We offer a stimulating and inclusive programme at the heart of Weston’s cultural life, appealing to theatregoers of all generations.
The Blakehay Theatre’s mission is to be leading the way in this zeitgeist for Weston-super-Mare. We create Theatre for the whole community, bringing national popular shows and treading subject matters onto the stage. To promote a creative hub for artists and performers in the local area and a cultural home for fans of the arts.
Our uniquely diverse program of locally produced and touring work is curated especially for you. We are striving to create an inclusive creative community to make the most of a beautiful venue by using all of its spaces for artistic endorsers, and we are delighted you want to be a part of it.
We may be little, but we have big ideas!
Our vision is to build a ‘big-city’ creative culture into the heart of the Victorian seaside resort of Weston-super-Mare. We need continued public support to help sustain and grow this vision through ticket sales, personal donations, sponsorship and help spreading the word!
We are constantly working and adapting our programme each season to bring new and exclusive works to Weston-super-Mare, but we can’t do that without your support, so please spread the word and support our little theatre with big ideas!
What a wonderful place to find…full of character & friendly staff. We’ll be looking for the next excuse to return. Slater
Very Friendly and family orientated with a varied range of shows and films. Taylor
History of the Blakehay Theatre
Built in 1850, the building was Weston-super-Mare’s first Baptist church and first public building. In 1862 Hans Price, who became the town’s leading architect, was commissioned to adapt and enlarge the building. During the Second World War it was hit by incendiary bombs and only the outside walls of the church remained, after the war it was rebuilt inside the original Victorian shell. The building closed as a place of worship in 1985 and was saved from demolition and replacement with a block of flats in 1986 by the actions of Weston Civic Society.
It was converted into a venue for amateur and professional events and public meetings and renamed ‘The Blakehay’. The name ‘Blakehay’ comes from “Black Hay”, a field that originally lay between the High Street and Wadham Street. The original 230 church seats were placed on a new raked platform and the old Baptistery turned into a stage. The old Sunday school rooms were converted into two studio space on the ground and first floors.
Weston-super-Mare Town Council then purchased the theatre in 2004. During the time that Weston-Super-Mare Town Council have owned and managed the theatre there has been extensive refurbishment with the Foyer, Toilets and Theatre Bar being refurbished in 2010. In 2017 the Town Council refurbished the old first floor Upper studio into a Studio Theatre that can also be used as two separate studio spaces and re-branded the theatre.
The Blakehay Theatre can be hired and used for a variety of events, performance, exhibitions, parties, meetings, conferences, classes, and so much more.
As well as the equipment and facilities available, we can also offer the services of skilled technicians to operate lighting and sound, plus a full staff including duty manager, Box Office, front of house and bar staff.
Please see the individual pages for more detailed information, or feel free to contact us to see how our fantastic facilities can meet your requirements.
The Blakehay Theatre has a busy artistic programme and can get booked up a long way in advance. We do recommend early booking to avoid disappointment, particularly for use of the Main House.
We will always do our best to find a suitable date for you, so it is worth contacting us, even if it is short notice.
We are very happy to meet with you to discuss your event and show you around The Blakehay Theatre. It’s a beautiful space and we like to show it off! It also gives you the chance to check it’s the right space for you.