Lighthouse needs your support more than ever.

Lighthouse is a charity and our main purpose is to provide an exciting and diverse artistic programme for everyone in our community. 

As the UK’s largest regional arts centre, we provide the people of Poole, Dorset and the South-West with access to the country’s most significant cultural offerings here on their doorstep. We also create opportunities for people within our community to participate in the arts and we work to develop the next generation of professional arts practitioners from within this region. 

We offer a wide-ranging learning and participation output, taking our work out across our community, and maintaining a building that is one of the country’s major flagship cultural destinations. 

Our programme brings artists and projects to the region that are an essential part of developing the strong cultural offer and creative profile of Poole and Dorset. We aim to deliver a diverse programme that appeals to a wide, socially and geographically diverse audience. By doing this, we contribute significantly to the promotion of Poole’s economic growth and regeneration.  

Each year we present over 400 performances and 750 film screenings. We sell over 200,000 tickets and an additional 100,000 people attend an event, workshop or exhibition. More than 7,500 artists perform on our stages – most from right here in the UK. Around 18% of our programme is made by our community. 

Alongside our programming activities, Lighthouse recognises the importance of providing opportunities for people within the community to participate in the arts. Our Creative Engagement Programme provides talent development opportunities to young people – enabling them to learn from and engage with professionals in a real arts setting. We also have our Partner Schools programme which has now grown to 11 schools from the local area.  

As a charity, we could not succeed without the support of our community, so please consider supporting us today.  

Here are just a few ways that you can help us: 

  • Buy tickets - we have some socially distanced shows and cinema screenings as well as a packed programme in 2021. Buying your tickets now really helps us to plan financially going forward. Click here to see what's on.  

If you would like to have a chat about making a donation, you can email Tom, our Fundraising Manager, by clicking here. 

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