South Hill Park Arts Centre The Creative Heart of Berkshire
The creative heart of Berkshire, Bracknell's multi-purpose South Hill Park arts centre presents a wide variety of film, live music, theatre and dance performances, courses, workshops and community engagement opportunities. Housed in the dining room of a converted 18th century manor house, the dedicated cinema seats 60 and shows the best of popular and cultural cinema, and live streamed events on digital, 35mm, DVD and Bluray formats. South Hill Park is a vibrant centre for artistic excellence, cultural diversity and community involvement in the arts.
South Hill Park is truly the Creative Heart of Berkshire. Housing two theatres, a dance studio, creative spaces and a cinema within the grounds of an 18th century mansion house in Bracknell.
Last year over 270,000 people passed through the doors of the arts centre to take part in one of the many activities offered. South Hill Park offers visitors over 300 shows, events and films each year, alongside a busy programme of over 250 courses and workshops.
Visitors can expect an eclectic mix of entertainment; from big-name comedians on their warm up tours to nationally renowned ballet companies, and from quality in-house drama to our celebrated pantomime. For those wishing to truly immerse themselves, there are a range of course in arts and crafts, drama, dance and digital media.
South Hill Park is an arts centre with the local community at its heart offering a number of free entry festivals throughout the year, from a two-day food festival in June to a Christmas craft fair in mid-November. In August, 2015 over 6,000 local people congregated at South Hill Park for a one-day music festival, and more than 2,500 joined us to celebrate VE Day in May of the same year.
History: In 1970 Bracknell Development Corporation selected South Hill Park as the site for the new town’s arts centre and a 125-year lease was granted to South Hill Park Trust who converted the fine Grade II listed 18th century manor house. The arts centre opened in October 1973 with a range of courses and activities with conversion work continuing until 1975. Additions over the years include The Wilde Theatre (1982-04), re-development of the mansion space focusing on artistic activity and new atrium area (2002-04), and renovation and improvement of the grounds and surrounding parkland (2008-12).