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Wide range of entertainment as arts centre opens its doors to celebrate 75th anniversary

BRIDGWATER Arts Centre – the first of its type in the country – will be celebrating its 75th anniversary next Sunday (October 10) with an open day from 11am to 4pm.

The bar will be open, the Chandos Society will have an art exhibition in the gallery, there’ll be food available in the garden and musicians will be dropping in and performing throughout the day. Everyone is welcome to the free event.

The centre was opened in 1946 as a space where the many different arts forms in the town could come together and meet, share works, perform, exhibit and entertain.

Over the years it has hosted everything from folk to jazz to classical to punk music, exhibited local, national and international artists and staged both self-written plays by local authors and national touring theatre companies, and put on comedians, poets, singer-songwriters, tribute bands, youth theatre and cabaret.

Bridgwater first

Brian Smedley, leader of Bridgwater Town Council, said: “The Art Centre is another Bridgwater first which we are incredibly proud of and is crucial to such a creative town as ours.

“It’s survived 75 years despite all the odds and we need it to survive another 75 … at least. But for that to happen we need people to support it and make sure it survives.

“The centre needs volunteers to run it, customers to use it and promoters and performers to recognise its place as an ideal intimate venue for the creative, performance and visual arts.

“Drop in on Sunday 10th and have a look around. That’s how most of us got involved in the first place.”


  • 11am doors open (bar open-gallery open -food available)
  • 11.30am – mid-day Voice of the People Choir
  • Mid-day – 12.30 Mariusz on the piano
  • 12.30 – 2pm Jazzical Swing
  • 2pm – 2.30pm Elaine di Campo
  • 2.30- 3pm Yvette Staelen
  • 3pm – 4pm Red Smed (and guests)

Now owned and supported by Bridgwater Town Council, the Art Centre is up and running again after its covid closure and and has a full programme ahead of it which can be found on its website here


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