About Woodbrooke

Woodbrooke is many things to many people. Our Quaker-based learning informs and motivates; our inspiring venue in Birmingham offers space for meeting or just for staying.

Woodbrooke offers opportunities for learning:

  • Through courses we run at our Quaker study centre in Birmingham, and at other venues such as Swarthmoor Hall.
  • Through our On-the-Road programme which brings our experienced tutors to you and your meeting.
  • Via online courses and webinars.

Woodbrooke’s centre in Selly Oak, a Grade II listed Georgian manor house with 60 bedrooms and 9 meeting rooms could be the perfect venue for your next meeting or conference and as a base to stay for visitors to Birmingham.

Did you know?

Woodbrooke was founded in 1903 and was the vision of George Cadbury and John Wilhelm Rowntree who saw a need amongst Friends for a ‘permanent settlement’ with a mission to ‘foster a vital Friends’ ministry’. Since then Woodbrooke has evolved and grown beyond the walls and boundaries of the place in which we are still based and rooted.

Today, as well as running courses at our Quaker study centre in Birmingham we run courses in Quaker meetings, at other venues and online. The ways we offer Quaker learning have changed but the original vision remains the same. Our mission today is still fostering a vital Friends’ ministry. For us, encouraging and enabling ministry is at the core of our Quaker approach to learning, whether that ministry is faith, witness, love or service.

At Woodbrooke Quaker Study Centre we  hold meeting for worship  six days of the week and epilogue every evening both of which are open to everyone. We have Quaker silence at mealtimes and there is a constant Quaker presence at Woodbrooke with Friends in Residence who uphold the worship and help provide our ministry of hospitality. We are pleased that so many individuals and organisations find Woodbrooke such a welcoming place regardless of their faith or spiritual outlook.