South Hill Park – Berkshire’s Centre for the Arts, Business and Community – hosts over 300 shows, events and films each year, alongside a busy programme of over 250 courses and workshops.
As a registered charity, costing over £25,000 a week to run, we rely on your support in order to deliver such a diverse range of events, alongside our extensive work in the community, which includes:
Park & Gardens
Over 220,000 people enjoy our award winning Park and gardens every year.
Over 185,000 participate in our arts programme annually including theatre, dance, music, workshops and cinema.
Over 5000 take part in our community programme, comprising groups and classes for adults, children and young people, inspiring a lifelong love or arts and culture. We develop artists of tomorrow by providing LAMDA classes and support participants to achieve their potential and obtain regulated and recognised qualifications which carry UCAS points.
We host 21 amateur theatre and music groups each year and set up 4-6 in house productions annually including our popular Pantomine, offering the community the opportunity to audition and perform. Our South Hill Park Presents shows encourage creativity across generations and provide opportunities for local performers, from 6 to 88, to hone their skills and star in high-quality pieces of drama and musical theatre.
Dementia Friendly Screenings
Over 500 people enjoy our Dementia Friendly screenings for the elderly.
We host 12 visual arts exhibitions a year, free to the public, with almost 90,000 visitors a year.
We provide primary and secondary schools with workshops, classes, work experience, tours, digital lessons, and talks with industry professionals. We work with trusts and foundations to support Pupil Premiums students access the arts.
Learning and Participation
Over 2000 people take part in our community learning and participation activities each year, including Wild Young Producers and Wilde Young Programmers offering 15-20 year olds training and hands-on experience working in a professional venue. In addition, Wilde About Arts is an accessible arts class young encouraging teamwork, organization, self motivation and a passion for the arts.
We provide space for resident companies including Black Eyed Theatre, Theatre RE and County Dance Company Youth, to research and develop new shows showcasing the talents of young aspiring actors and dancers.
We nurture talent by providing exceptional holiday activities for over 160 young people and have bursary spaces available to support those who are most in-need in our community.
National and International Partners
We partner with national and international partners including The Prince’s Trust and Rubies International College to promote diversity and connect people to others, ideas and the world around us.
We are proud associates of Artemis College, a leading vocational Performing Arts college who provide free training for aspiring 1100 young performers between the ages of 16-19, hosting 45 students annually.
We support over 100 volunteers and welcome 20 students from the Arts into work experience annually.
We regularly support our community with charitable projects, during COVID we adapted our work to deliver an all-digital, multi-disciplinary programme which included professional and community generated work and was viewed over 79,000 times.
Your contribution helps to keep our community work going – thank you!
Core figures based on 2019 visitors
Thank you for allowing our pupils to come and see the Tempest. I think it was a great experience for all; certainly pupils were discussing it in the car park after with particular praise given to “making it a musical” and “the way the ropes changed”. As a teacher it was lovely to hear pupils discussing Shakespeare with the same level of interest normally reserved for Love Island! Myself and the other three teachers who attended will definitely be coming back soon.
Thank you Mark for allowing our child such an incredible opportunity. She has really enjoyed herself throughout the whole process and made some new friendships. Despite being autistic, she coped brilliantly with all the change and a new environment to where she has performed previously, and as a family are very grateful for the experience.