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Pavilion Open Day


29 February 2020


Bournemouth Pavilion

Presented by BH Live

Bournemouth, UK – Bournemouth’s Grade II listed Art Deco theatre and ballroom is set to open its doors once again for another free community event next month. This is following the popularity of its ninetieth anniversary open day last year.

On Saturday 29 February 2020 between 10am-5pm visitors of all ages can take part in a range of free activities in this iconic seaside 1920s cultural and entertainment venue.

Guided tours will take visitors around the theatre, ballroom, on stage and behind the scenes. As they travel around the venue they will hear stories about the theatre’s history and the shows and entertainers who have performed there. They will see some of the building’s more intricate workings in the wings and learn more about the ninety-year-old Compton Organ and its ongoing restoration programme.

There may even be a ghostly tale or two along the way.

Tours will be running at 10.30am 12noon, 1.30pm and 3pm. Spaces will be available on a first come first served basis. Each tour will last approximately 1.5 hours. Places will be limited and some areas may contain stairs.

Younger visitors can follow the venue’s star trail as they explore hidden areas including backstage corridors and passages. They can also get into character by dressing up in costume and taking a snap at a dedicated selfie station.

For those looking to enjoy a turn on the dance floor between 2pm-4pm there will be a free to attend afternoon tea dance and recital hosted by internationally acclaimed organist Michael Wooldridge. For beginners, and the more experienced, there will be as assortment of ballroom, Latin and popular sequences dances to sashay around the dancefloor to.

Refreshments, including drinks and snacks will be available to buy from the theatre’s café.

There is a pay and display car park at the venue with 185 spaces available on a first come first served basis. Parking machines are cashless; parking can be paid for by card (including contactless) or by phone.

Bournemouth Pavilion is operated by BH Live in partnership with BCP Council.

Steve Turner, BH Live’s Divisional General Manager explains more about the day. He said, “Bournemouth Pavilion is an amazing venue hosting more than 400 events throughout the year. It is steeped in history and if the walls could talk they’d tell some great stories. It is a privilege to be able to open the doors for this free community event once more; enabling people to get a unique perspective from behind the scenes and find out more from the team who make the magic happen.”

“With the event being on a leap year too, who knows - we may even get an unexpected proposal in the venue too!”

Councillor Mark Howell, Cabinet Member for Regeneration and Culture at BCP Council said:

“After just over ninety years, Bournemouth Pavilion remains one of our region’s most iconic cultural and entertainment venues. We are pleased to see it will be celebrating this with a free day of activities for people of all ages. This is a great opportunity to explore behind the scenes and learn more about Bournemouth Pavilion’s fascinating heritage.’’



To avoid congestion we strongly recommend that you allow up to an hour before the event commencement time to find a parking space. Visit our Parking page for details of our car parks and others within walking distance of the BIC and Bournemouth Pavilion.


Patrons with accessibility or special seating requirements are kindly requested to call BH Live Tickets on 0300 500 0595 who will endeavour to provide the best and most appropriate service.