There’s nothing quite like an evening of food, drink, music, theatre and comedy set against a backdrop of a changing skies and rustling leaves. Warm or cool, clear or overcast, being outdoors is exciting and unpredictable; a magical experience.
Lighthouse:OUTSIDE is back for the second year of live events and we've made sure there's plenty to enjoy in our programme and that it's as diverse as possible.
Whether you're interested in TV comedians, (for grown ups and for kids), being swept away by the powerful storytelling in a play, celebrating with some of the best live musicians in town or relaxing as you and cast your eyes to the skies to enjoy the ever-changing cloudscape, there's something here for everyone in our intimate, open air setting. Gather your friends and family for some unforgettable evenings (and days).
Thanks to funding from the Weston Culture Fund and the Culture Recovery Fund, this year we have been able to invest in our outdoor space, artists and equipment so you can have an even better experience. We kick off at the end of May with weekend events through until July.
**NEW** We have lots to announce in the coming days. For the first time, Live and Unheard have a daytime programme with 'The Bit on The Side' on 3rd July. Book for the daytime and evening events on the same day and get a fantastic deal on your tickets. It's your very own festival fringe event in the heart of Poole.
Lighthouse: OUTSIDE takes place in the amphitheatre to the side of Lighthouse. You'll be seated on the grass, so please bring your own chairs, picnic rug, blankets and cushions to sit on.
Until 21 June performances will be to socially distanced audiences at maximum 50 per cent of full capacity.
Live & Unheard (May 2021)
Upswing: Circus Flavours
Sweet Little Mystery: The Songs of John Martyn with Sarah Jane Morris
The Ballad Seller
Coastal Comedy June 2021
Black Cherry Improv
Tales from the Trees
Live & Unheard - The Bit on the Side
Live & Unheard (July 2021)
The Importance of Being Earnest
The Heart at the Centre of the World
Coastal Comedy July 2021
Thokozile Collective / We Afro Tallawah
The Elves and the Shoemaker 2021
Moscow Drug Club 2021
How will it work and where to find us
Here are a few tips to make your visit more enjoyable.
Lighthouse: OUTSIDE performances take place to the side of our building in the grass amphitheatre space. Our friendly team will scan your tickets on arrival – just print them at home or have the PDF open and ready on your phone.
Lighthouse: OUTSIDE will take place outdoors, in all weathers, so please dress appropriately. Make sure you come prepared for all types of weather; bringing your own shade for the afternoon is just as important as a jumper for the evening performances. Sun hats, sun cream, sunglasses, raincoats and rain hats should all be considered. We may have to stop and re-start the show if the weather is changeable
On rare occasions, it will not be possible for us to complete the performance, but we will never cancel a performance before the advertised start time. This is because you would be amazed how often it can rain all day and then clear up just in time for the action to start and indeed, how localised bad weather can be. Also, we really don't want to disappoint anyone - audiences or our actors.
If the weather really is too bad for us to perform outside and we need to move the event we will contact you in plenty of time to let you know what is happening.
There is level access for wheelchairs in the bowl of the amphitheatre and for the café, toilets , and ticket office. Some areas of the amphitheatre are steep and grass covered, so we advise visitors to wear sensible footwear.
We are really looking forward to seeing you. Thank you for supporting us as we reopen Lighthouse.
Sit back, relax and enjoy!
Keeping You Safe
This show is outside at Lighthouse and the audience will be socially distanced with safety measures in place so you can relax and enjoy yourself.
We have done everything we can to make sure you are safe and would ask that you do the same for us.
We will send you an email 24 hours before your event remimnding you of your booking and sharing our tips for having a great day.
Lighthouse:OUTSIDE performances take place in the grass amphitheatre to the side of our building. Entry opens 30 minutes before each show.
When you arrive you will be met by one of our team who will direct you to the amphitheatre space and one way system.
Our stewards will scan your tickets on arrival – we can scan the barcode on tickets or print at home tickets, or you can have the PDF ticket ready to show on your phone.
We’ll be seating households and social bubbles at a social distance for the performance. Please make sure your booking is for your household/social bubble only. We are outside on the grass so please bring your own chairs, picnic rug, blankets and cushions to sit on.
We will update this page as further guidance is released.
Food and Drink
Although we would prefer you to purchase food and drink on site, as this revenue further supports Lighthouse, you can bring your own picnic and snacks as long as you promise to take your rubbish when you go! Please note you will not be able to bring glass or knives onto the site.
Our amphitheatre is licensed so you will not be able to bring alcohol onsite. Don't worry, our bar will open.
We will have more news on our outdoor bar and catering in the coming days.