Shaftesbury has one of the best volunteer-led arts centres in the South West


‘Shaftesbury Arts Centre aims to take the lead in seeking to optimise opportunities for the community of Shaftesbury and the surrounding area to experience and take part in the highest standard of the widest range of the creative arts.’

Established in 1957 in the old covered market in the centre of the medieval Dorset hilltop market town of Shaftesbury, Shaftesbury Arts Centre is now widely recognised as one of the best volunteer membership- led arts centres in South West England.

The regular, varied and lively year-round programme of amateur and professional plays, films, art, photography and craft exhibitions, workshops, and training courses draws people from surrounding counties. It is also increasingly taking the arts out into the community.

Fancy being a volunteer?

It’s a great way to meet people, be at the heart of something amazing, and to enjoy new experiences. The charity
relies solely on volunteers to manage every aspect of the Arts Centre, from set building to selling tickets, and from make-up to maintenance. If you’ve got a little time, would like to meet new people, and get involved in any way, pop into the Arts Centre and have a chat, or drop an email to: They are always looking for people to help front of house, backstage and in the general running of the Arts Centre – so there’s something to suit everyone.

A returning schedule of events

Little by little, things at the Arts Centre are getting back to some sort of normality. The room hire is gradually picking up, rehearsals are underway for the October production of Bugsy Malone (tickets are selling well already) and plans are afoot for a pantomime in January.

The Friday films were back in September and the monthly Tuesday afternoon seniors’ matinees (for over 50s) have

returned. These are ticketed events, which can be bought on the day or in advance.
The Gallery continues to thrive with increased footfall and in the autumn, we hope to allow artists to resume holding private viewings, albeit with reduced numbers.

For more information, visit

Sir Cliff Richard invites fans to be part of the most fabulous big screen party of the year.
On Saturday 20th November Shaftesbury Arts Centre will present a recorded Live Streaming event from the Royal Albert Hall. The Great 80 Tour features a selection of his greatest hits. Cliff Richard’s incredible energy and passion on stage will sweep you off your feet and be sure to have you swaying in the aisles.

Proudly sponsored by: Ward Goodman


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