Missing Lighthouse? Trust us: we are too. We know you’ve been waiting patiently for news on when you can return. We are delighted that we opened again to the public on Tuesday 15 September, six months to the day after closing.

This is very much a soft opening and for the time being Lighthouse is booking a limited number of shows and films for socially distanced audiences. We are running with a very small team for now, all of whom have worked hard behind the scenes to ensure the best possible exoerience for you, our customers.

The initial reopening is very limited and restricted to the Cinema, the Beacon café, The Gallery, Ticket Office and some behind-closed-doors rehearsals, courses and classes. Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra have resumed rehearsals and tickets are on sale here for a series of digital concerts online


The reaction of our ticket holders to our closure really lifted our spirits over the last few months. Many have donated the cost of their ticket and we're truly grateful. THANK YOU.

Lighthouse earns more than 80% of its income from people coming to see shows and spending money on tickets, drinks and refreshments. That income was wiped out overnight when Lighthouse closed its doors on 17 March to help fight the spread of COVID-19. 

Emergency funding from Arts Council England has provided a vital lifeline and local people have continued donating during lockdown, but with full audiences still unable to return the organisation has launched  the Bridge The Gap campaign to support its on-going appeal to help it get through the current situation. 

The request is simple – we’re asking our loyal supporters and customers to give what they can to help us survive the next few months and ‘bridge the gap’ to a better time when we can again welcome capacity houses in our performance spaces and help us bounce back stronger than ever.


Our September events have been rescheduled with some Sherling Studio shows moved into the Theatre where there is more space.   A few performances are still holding dates for late 2020 and 2021.

Please note some events are part of major UK tours and it is complex for Promoters  to manage multiple date changes for an entire tour. We are holding future dates for these shows and will be in touch as soon as they are confirmed.

We have a small programme of socially distanced film, comedy, theatre and music and encourage you to book ahead and book online.  With reduced capacity performances will sell out faster. 

All ticket holders are entitled to retain their ticket for a rescheduled date or in the case of a cancellation, for a refund. We have contacted ticket holders and know we have a few of you that we have not been able to reach for various reasons.  

Ticket Office will be open from 10am - 5pm Monday to Friday with very limited staff cover.  Thank you for your understanding.

We are really looking forward to welcome you back to Lighthouse very soon.  Please stay safe and take care.

Please note:
If your event is postponed your ticket will be valid for the rescheduled date. If you are unable to attend the rescheduled date you will be able to obtain a refund of the ticket price within 14 days of the date of notification of the cancelled event.  In the event of a refund you will not be refunded the admin fee or the fulfilment fee. Lighthouse pays a charge per ticket to our software providers to cover the cost of the system and in the event of a refund we do not get this charge back.