Have you heard the news? The management of Portsmouth’s pride and joy, the Guildhall, has recently been taken over by the newly established Portsmouth Cultural Trust: a team of vibrant entertainment experts set out to turn this iconic building into Hampshire’s prime venue for concerts, weddings, banquets, seminars and exhibitions.
Boasting more than fifty events in the first half of the year they have something for everyone, presenting the biggest names in popular and classical music, comedy and dance LIVE on your doorstep.
The improved Café Guildhall is cosy and getting increasingly busy during lunch times. The chefs are eager to impress with delicious yet affordable dishes: you can get a tasty jacket potato with toppings for only £2.70! New personnel are literally running into each other and working until late at night to get things going in the Portsmouth Cultural Trust offices. Everyone is really passionate about the Guildhall and bubbling over with ideas for change; the first of which will be a stunning new website with first class online booking facilities scheduled to launch in March 2012. A new box office telephone system will soon be installed for improved customer service and there are plans in place to refresh the reception area and to also incorporate digital panels displaying upcoming events. Signage in and around the building, especially surrounding the box office, will also be updated.
Another new initiative is the Guildhall’s VIP Lounge, an exclusive facility for those seeking special treatment during events. Upgrade any seated event ticket at an additional cost of only £15 to be allowed to enter the venue early to relax in the private Members’ Room while being spoiled by snacks and an arrival drink. It also enables you to pre-order drinks and to enjoy coffee, tea and cakes during interval.
“We have a truly exceptional venue here that can be used in so many ways, it is important to make full use of all the remarkable areas in the building. Besides having started to attract some of the biggest event promoters out there with our wide variety of successful shows we have also been hosting spectacular weddings and impressive conferences of varying sizes, and have even been renting out office space to very happy tenants” says Cultural Transition Project Manager Claire Looney. “Already we are seeing a daily increase in the number of feet moving through the building, it is exciting to be part of all these changes.”
Don’t miss out on their newly introduced regular Sunday Boutique Markets for an alternative shopping experience. Browse the vintage-style indoor stalls for a fine selection of crafts, handmade wares, vintage clothing and homemade edibles. The next markets are on 18th March and 19th April.
Portsmouth Guildhall has recently hosted The Kaizer Chiefs, The Wombats and Rebecca Ferguson, and will this month be presenting McFly (7th March), Matt Cardle (11th March), Noah & The Whale (25th March) and Sarah Millican (28th March). Jaguar Skills will be DJing to the early hours of the morning (10th March), Portsmouth Music Service will thrill with “Seascape” (14th March), a musical extravaganza with hundreds of children from thirteen different schools, and the Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra will once again delight with concerts entitled Beethoven’s Fifth (8th March) and Country Life (29th March).
Few other venues can host everything from symphony- and rock concerts to tattoo conventions, wrestling and bodybuilding competitions with equal ease and success. We can’t wait to see what else the Portsmouth Cultural Trust will do with the Guildhall this year!
Book your tickets at the Box Office on 023 9282 4355, or online on www.portsmouthguildhall.org.uk.
For any press related enquiries please contact Portsmouth Guildhall Marketing Officer Marelize de Beurs.