Community is at the heart of all three of Hampshire Cultural Trust’s arts centres: here at the Westy, at Forest Arts in New Milton and Fareham's Ashcroft Arts.

We thrive on bringing people together for music, laughter, learning, inspiration and creativity. We particularly pride ourselves on being places where everyone can feel welcome and looked after. The COVID-19 crisis has challenged this and, since 18 March, our doors have been closed.

But during these weeks of closure, we have not stopped working. We’ve kept in touch with you, our staff and our volunteers, we’ve offered online courses for the first time and have been sharing ideas and inspiration on the trust’s digital publication, Culture on Call, bringing arts, culture and heritage direct into people’s homes.

Now, as restrictions begin to ease, we want to get back to doing what we do best: offering an exciting and varied programme of live performance, classes, workshops and other events, in an environment that is both welcoming and safe. It will be a while before that feels like it did before, but it gives us an opportunity to reconnect, to showcase and support local artists and to offer both familiar and new ways to experience the very best of arts and culture.

What we will be doing this year

Government guidance allowing, we will kick start our new season with regular music, comedy and theatre nights from mid-September, all in a relaxed setting and often with cabaret style seating. We will be focusing on supporting local and up-and-coming performers, although you may also recognise some household names! These live performances will be sold at a flat price of £10 per ticket - more details to come in early August. Our classes and workshops programme will be slightly reduced, but will otherwise look very similar, with some classes continuing to be delivered online.

Meanwhile, behind the scenes we will be doing everything we can to support artists and performers to continue to develop their practice and create new work. We are also exploring new and alternative ways to offer you access to cultural experiences - indoors, outdoors and online!

What’s happening with events this autumn

Many acts who were due to perform this autumn have either had to postpone or cancel their tours; in addition, we have been reviewing our capacity to ensure we can keep everyone safe. We are working to reschedule where possible and will be in touch with ticket holders to provide options for your booking.

Finally - we are hugely grateful for the patience and support we’ve had from you, our customers. Thank you!

Bridget Floyer
Artistic Director

To help keep everyone safe, we’ve made some changes at West End Centre. We have introduced a number of measures in line with government guidelines to help manage our visitor numbers and ensure we maintain social distancing. You can find out more about what we are doing to protect you, our staff and volunteers here.