Bridgwater Arts Centre

Bridgwater Arts Centre

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We are a professional venue with the community as our beating heart. Generations of Bridgwater families have performed on our stage - and many of our volunteers/ supporters see themselves as giving back to the place that gave them so much when they were younger. Bridgwater has a strong community spirit which has a big impact on how we operate.

One of the oldest multidisciplinary Arts Centre‘s in England, the BAC holds the significant accolade of being the very first Arts Centre to be funded by the then new Arts Council.

This is thanks to the determination and good connections of Arts patron Gwen Pollard who founded the Centre in 1946 in our beautiful Georgian townhouse. The building  itself, now two Georgian townhouses, adds to the unique customer experience. Many people comment on how it feels like they are visiting someone’s house - this makes it stand out against purpose built Arts venues.

Whilst the venue offers a variety of genres, the leaning has traditionally been to live music,  theatre and the visual arts. It has become the home of opportunity for people to gain skills, be creative and connect with like minded people. An important community resource.



We run a theatre programme of performance, music and  dance; plus workshops, classes and clubs in a wide range of arts disciplines. Our facilities are available to hire, for professional and community groups.

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