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The Tower Arts Centre,
Romsey Road,
SO22 5PW

Telephone: 01962 867986


Foyer -Tower Arts Centre - Winchester Tower Arts Centre Winchester UK

(01962 867986)
Open Monday - Friday 10 am - 5 pm, and for one hour before the start time of any given performance. An answer phone is provided for calls outside of these hours.

All tickets must be paid for at the time of booking. Tickets will be held until the date of the performance.
Mastercard/Visa accepted.
50p booking fee per transaction applies.*

Make cheques payable to Hampshire County Council.*

*A charge of 50p is made if you require the tickets posted.

The Tower Arts Centre
SO22 5ZZ

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Available for students, senior citizens and the unemployed. Proof of concessionary status must be seen before tickets are released.

There is wheelchair access to the main performance area and the visual arts studio, which also provides access to the lower gallery area. Should you require any assistance on a proposed visit to The Tower, please phone 01962 867986.

CAR PARKING:  Free and lots of it.

Built in 1898, The Tower Arts Centre was originally a Water Tower serving Winchester, until, in 1955 the Reservoir proved inadequate to the City’s needs and became surplus to requirements.  In 1964 the octagonal shaped Tower was purchased by Hampshire County Council  for use as a place for rehearsing and performing Theatre under the control of the Department of Education .
The Centre was eventually opened in 1969 as a Drama Centre with toilets, workshop space, coffee bar, changing rooms and a gallery area.
As the Centre became more established it ventured into other art forms and began to provide activities for adults, bringing in professional Theatre companies on occasion to perform for drama groups and the general public. The rest of the programme continued to develop with the Centre introducing live music events, until in 1990 the Tower was transferred to the Department of Recreation, and then to the Arts, Countryside and Community Department.
In June 1996 Phase One of the Building programme - the visual arts studio, and accessible toilet - was completed and plans drawn up for Phase Two. This same year The Tower joined with five other Hampshire arts centres to form a consortium (subsequently called andCo) and won funding from the Arts Council of England to investigate new areas of programming and joint initiatives. Consequently, Phase Two has been delayed and other options are being considered.
The Tower continues to grow and develop, with good attendance’s for events and classes as part of an increasingly varied arts programme for Winchester, and the wider community. The Tower also created and hosts the Winchester Youth Theatre, the hugely successful Winchester Children’s Festival and an annual Summer School. They also publish a special newsletter (The Rocket) three time a year which goes into all Winchester junior and primary schools. The audiovisual systems have been upgraded with new surround sound and video projection facilities. It is also anticipated that The Tower become a recording studio, producing tapes and CD’s as well as publishing poetry and other literature.
One can only be impressed by the number and range of activities that The Tower has on offer. Every aspect of ‘The Arts’ is represented, and provides for all sections of the community.  Music, Theatre, Comedy, A Children’s Festival, Exhibitions, and a whole range of classes in just about anything connected with the arts is on offer. A really great mix of events.

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