Welcome to The Word Barn (Meadow)!
We are SO happy to be able to open up again, even at limited capacity, and celebrate great events and community again – thanks for being part of it!!
In order to keep our space safe for all, we ask that you respect and follow the protocols outlined below.
Food Option: Thanks to our sponsor, Ohana Kitchen, you can order a delicious poke bowl and have it ready and waiting for you when you arrive (pick up from our bar!). Bowl options include: Ohana Classic, Spicy Crunchy Ahi, Miso Salmon, Northeast Chicken, and SoyJoy.
Food orders can be made via PortsmouthNHTickets.com, and will automatically be added to your order. Cut off is generally 11am the day of your event.
If you’d rather do dinner & a show via a restaurant, check out our other sponsor and Exeter’s newest Gastropub, Epoch. Their food is fantastic, and be sure to give them a hello from The Word Barn!
Bonus – During some of our events, we are happy to host the Up Street FOOD TRUCK that offers delicious and fresh New England comfort food. Feel free to email us to see if they are scheduled for your event.
Doors: “Doors” open one hour before show time. Please do not arrive before door time – we have lots to do to prepare and get ready.
Parking: We have two parking areas. Come up the main driveway and you’ll be directed where to park. PLEASE NOTE: First come, first serve. Once the main parking area fills, we will place a sign at the end of our driveway directing you to park in the overflow lot accessed down the road. If you have mobility issues or want a super close spot, good to come early (but not before doors!)
Note: the Word Barn is located on a precarious corner of Newfields Road, so do take care pulling in/out.
Check-in: Event check-in will take place in front of the Word Barn by name – no hard tickets or print outs required.
Seating: Seating is by general admission; please respect a minimum of 6 feet apart from other groups. We ask that you bring your own chairs and/or blankets.
Beverages: You are allowed to bring food onsite, but not drinks or alcoholic beverages.
The Word Bar will be available, with its usual tasty treats (local beers, hard cider, wine, seltzers, soda, water). Please consume responsibly and arrange for designated drivers as needed. (There’s Uber/Lyft in our area now too!)
Drink service has moved back inside The Word Barn (limited, distanced entry), masks required. If you are not comfortable entering this space, remain at the entrance and we will serve you there.
We hope to be able to return to washable dishware soon, but for now, all items are disposable (and recycled as we can).
Masks: Per CDC guidance, masks are now not required for fully vaccinated attendees. Individuals who have not received COVID-19 vaccinations are asked to continuing wearing masks while on the Word Barn property. Thank you for respecting this rule for the safety of everyone.
Bathrooms: Bathroom entry is from the Newfields Road side of the Word Barn (blue and yellow door) with an exterior sign indicating if it is available or occupied. If occupied, please wait outside and physically distance as needed.
Rain: Now that things have improved, and the CDC has lifted restrictions, we have the ability to use The Word Barn as a rain venue. Ticket holders are notified via the email address used to secure their tickets about any change. Masks are not required for those vaccinated, and chairs are provided. Please note that predicting weather is tricky, as is moving a show – there are a world of factors at play (how much set up time is needed, comfort level of performers, space needs, etc.) and we work hard to make the right call for everyone involved.
The magic of being inside The Word Barn is the intimacy – which we recognize not everyone is ready for yet, vaccinated or not. Please note that the entire back wall of the Word Barn is constructed of 5′ windows. Should we move an event inside, these windows will be opened, as will the entrance door to the covered porch, so that those who do not want to be inside with folks, can easily watch, hear and enjoy the show from outside. It’s a place we used to enjoy our shows from all the time in the beforetimes, even without the windows open.
Location: The Word Barn is located on our property at 66 Newfields Road, Exeter. GPS sometimes indicates the wrong side of the road, but we’re directly across from a GIANT red barn. Can’t miss it.
See you in the Meadow!
Sarah & Ben