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Arts and Culture in Lincolnshire

Art and Culture Venues in Lincolnshire

Lincolnshire is a vibrant and historic county. Home to an array of galleries, arts and craft events, museums, theatres, performing centres and more, art and culture is very much at its heart.

A variety of festivals are also hosted in Lincolnshire.

Whatever kind of entertainment you are looking for, there is a great selection, catering for all budgets.

What about catching a show at the New Theatre Royal in Lincoln? Or checking out the fantastic creations at the The National Centre of Craft and Design in Sleaford?

Lincoln Drill Hall

The Lincoln Drill Hall offers an eclectic programme of events, including comedy, family, dance, music and theatre. They often provide free events and activities with a view to being a central community venue; available to people from all walks of life.

Address: Lincoln Drill Hall, Free School Lane, Lincoln, LN2 1EY

Lincoln Performing Arts Centre

Located on The University of Lincoln campus, the LPAC is a contemporary theatre. It is home to the university’s Performing Arts students, but offers a range of activities open to the general public, including concerts, theatre and dance.

Address: Lincoln Performing Arts Centre, University of Lincoln, Brayford Pool, Lincoln, LN6 7TS

The Collection & Usher Gallery

Located in the cultural quarter of Lincoln, The Collection and Usher Gallery is host to Art & Archaeology exhibitions and events in Lincolnshire. The museums showcase local treasures alongside visitor displays, featuring everything from military pieces to contemporary art.

Address: The Collection, Danes Terrace, Lincoln, LN2 1LP

Terry O’Toole Theatre, North Hykeham

Terry O’Toole Theatre has a dedicated Children’s Theatre, so it is a perfect venue to take the children for a lovely day out. It also has plays, music concerts and local community events, such as Dance Factor.

Address: The Terry O’Toole Theatre, Moor Lane, Lincoln LN6 9AX

New Theatre Royal, Lincoln

Recently refurbished, this magnificent theatre hosts some of the finest performances in the county; from music and comedy to drama and ballet. Originally opened in 1893, the New Theatre Royal has a capacity of 475 and productions to suit all ages. It also celebrated its 125th birthday in 2018.

Address: Clasketgate, Lincoln, LN2 1JJ

Trinity Arts Centre, Gainsborough

Trinity Arts Centre is in the heart of Gainsborough, with music, theatre, comedy and live bands regularly featuring on the monthly line-up. They also offer a cinema facility showing both new releases and classic films.

Address: Trinity Arts Centre, Trinity Street, Gainsborough, Lincolnshire, DN21 2AL

Blackfriars Theatre & Arts Centre, Boston

Home to two local amateur-dramatic groups and host of numerous professional productions, the Blackfriars provides an excellent range of plays and performances.

They also boast a gallery, bar and art studio, allowing them to host various displays and exhibitions. 

Address: Spain Lane, Boston, PE21 6HP

National Centre For Craft And Design, Sleaford

The National Centre of Craft and Design is the largest of its kind in England. Purely dedicated to showcasing design and craft exhibitions, they do not have a static collection, but instead have a programme of exhibitions featuring pieces from artists across the UK.

Address: The National Centre of Craft and Design, Navigation Wharf, Carre Street, Sleaford NG34 7TW

Guildhall Arts Centre, Grantham

The Guildhall Arts Centre focuses more on theatre productions, attracting many professional touring shows. The centre is home to several local amateur theatre groups and often hosts community events and activities.

Address: Guildhall Arts Centre, St Peter’s Hill, Grantham NG31 6PZ

The Broadbent Theatre, Wickenby

This quaint, 100-seat theatre is home to Lindsey Rural players, a production company and registered charity who formed during the Second World War. They were founded by Roy Broadbent, father of famous actor, Jim, who is now the group’s president.

The Broadbent Theatre hosts numerous productions, as well as live music performances and youth activities & workshops.

Address: Snarford Road, Wickenby, LN3 5AW

Louth Riverhead Theatre

Louth Riverhead Theatre is an established amateur theatre with regular shows run by local volunteers. A focal community point, it provides shows suitable for all ages from children’s plays to dramas.

Address: The Riverhead Theatre Victoria Road, Louth Lincolnshire LN11 0BX

South Holland Centre, Spalding

With both live performances and cinema screenings, there is sure to be something for everyone at the South Holland Centre. The centre has a range of features which enables it to screen 3D films and host workshops & classes.

Address: South Holland Centre, 23 Market Place, Spalding, Lincolnshire, PE11 1SS

Stamford Arts Centre

Stamford Arts Centre has a history dating back as far as the 18th century. The centre is dedicated to providing a full mix of art forms, including dancing, drawing, music and film. Professional touring companies often book the centre as a venue for their tours.

Address: Stamford Arts Centre, 27 St Mary’s Street, Stamford, PE9 2DL

For more information on theatres in Lincolnshire, visit our theatres directory page.

Do you want to learn more about the history of theatres and drama in Lincolnshire? Here are a couple of recommendations: