When it comes to the arts, Lighthouse arts centre in Poole, Dorset is a jack of all trades. The largest arts centre in the UK outside London, boasting a theatre, cinema and concert hall, Lighthouse is also home to the Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra which performs there each week.
Lighthouse originally opened under the name Poole Arts Centre in 1978, combining the Towngate Hall, Wessex Hall and the Ashley Cinema. It re-opened as Lighthouse in 2002 and has served the people of South East Dorset under that guise ever since. The venue contains a 1,500 seat concert hall, 669-seat theatre and 105-seat cinema, as well as a smaller studio, restaurant, and function rooms.
Thanks to its wealth of resources, Lighthouse offers its visitors a huge variety of artistic experiences. Lighthouse’s theatre regularly hosts touring productions of musicals, opera, dance, ballet, drama and comedy, while its concert hall has previously hosted the likes of The Fall, Kate Bush and U2. Its cinema, meanwhile, focuses on world cinema while occasionally showing blockbuster releases. The arts centre’s more intimate studio theatre hosts smaller scale adult and children’s events.
Quite simply, if you’re looking for an art fix in Dorset, there is no destination better than Lighthouse.