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 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...

  • dance, workshops
    Discos for Grown Ups

    Discos for Grown Ups comes to Grantham! Get ready to boogie...

  • music, variety, workshops
    The Groove

    The Groove

    Sat 25 Jan, Sat 29 Feb, Sat 28 Mar & Sat 25 Apr

    An exciting, fun-filled night for adults with disabilities aged 16+, their families and su...

  • music
    The Jive Aces - Big Beat Revue

    Britain's Got Talent semi-finalists, The Jive Aces, explode...

  • film
    Tolkien

    Tolkien

    Tues 28 Jan

    The formative years of the orphaned author J.R.R. Tolkien as he finds friendship, love and...

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