About Us

About Us

The Guildhall Arts Centre is a community-centred venue that aims to offer its customers innovative, stimulating and quality arts’ experiences.

Housed in what was Grantham’s town hall, jail and sessions hall (see Guildhall History) the Arts Centre is part of Cultural Services provided by South Kesteven District Council (SKDC) along with Stamford Arts Centre and The Bourne Corn Exchange.

Our venue is predominantly a receiving theatre where we bring in professional touring shows and also hire the venue out to professional shows. In addition, Grantham has a thriving amateur scene and several groups from the area hire the venue for their productions.  We have an annual Christmas pantomime, which for 18 years was produced in association with director Douglas Gorin and now will be in partnership with Polka Dot Theatre Company.

Alongside the shows, the Arts Centre is also a hub for workshops and community activities. We offer several workshops for a range of ages (see Regular Workshops) and our rooms are in constant use by businesses, organisations and individuals for meetings, workshops, fairs, conferences and parties (see Weddings & Room Hire).

Our Box Office is also the Tourist Information Centre for Grantham and our staff provide both box office and tourist information services.

Our Aims

Our aims come under the SKDC’s overall aim – ‘To Provide Brilliant Service for our Customers’.

They are:

  • To serve the cultural needs of the people of South Kesteven
  • To be inclusive and accessible to all
  • To provide work which caters for a wide range of ages and tastes
  • To provide enjoyable, high quality, stimulating arts experiences

By keeping these points in mind in all areas of our service, we hope to continually improve what we provide to you, our customers.

From our What’s On section...

  • drama, comedy
    The Lady Killers

    The Lady Killers

    Wed 22 - Sat 25 Nov

    GDS performs the classic Ealing comedy, in a version by the writer of ‘Father Ted’. A com...

  • dance, family
    Disco Toddlers

    Disco Toddlers

    Thurs 23 Nov, Thurs 15 Feb & Thurs 19 Apr 2018

    We are having a party! Join us for our hip club for pre-schoolers and their happening pare...

  • comedy, meres live
    Milton Jones is Out There

    Milton Jones is Out There. No, really out there and this tim...

  • family, pantomime
    Peter Pan

    Peter Pan

    Sat 9 Dec - Tues 19 Dec, Thurs 21 - Sun 24 Dec, Wed 27 - Sun 31 Dec, Tues 2 - Sun 7 Jan 2018

    PolkaDot Pantomimes fly off to the magical world of Neverland as we proudly present PETER...

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