While you enjoy the day’s street activities, why not take a break to explore Britain’s oldest Arts Centre in 18th century Castle Street. The Centre, first opened in 1946, will be open to the general public and a short, entertaining guided tour is on offer at hourly intervals starting at 10.30 am.

The tour will take you from the front door in Castle Street, through the Art Gallery, down into the vaulted basement (which was once part of the original town castle) and across the stage of the theatre and back out into Queen Street. Art work and a video installation will be on display.

Due to COVID regulations, tickets are restricted to 6 people per tour.

Bridgwater Arts Centre has been in existence on it’s Castle Street site since 1946. We are the oldest funded Arts Centre in England.

It is currently a volunteer run independent organisation. There is a managing board of directors and trustees, supported by a network of volunteers all of whom have a part to play in making things happen.

We have an intimate but atmospheric 160-seat theatre and our other facilities are available to hire, for both professional and community groups.

To stay up to date with arts centre news, visit here, or our Facebook & Twitter pages. We do not currently have a newsletter. You will be the first to hear when we are in a position to publish further news.

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  • Bridgwater Arts Centre
  • Castle Street
  • Bridgwater
  • United Kingdom

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