Brian Baker’s ‘The Way We Were’

30 Jul 201430 Jul 2014

Wednesday 30 July 7.30pm
Tickets £5

Brian Baker expands on his local history articles from the Whitstable Times, bringing our past to life through images and film. Amongst the audience will be people who have been featured, or provided additional memories that add to our understanding of the way we were, plus a live demonstration of how an audience chosen topic from the past becomes next week’s history article.

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An Evening of Street Rock & Roll

2 Aug 20142 Aug 2014
An Evening of Street Rock & Roll
Saturday 2 August 8pm (doors/bar 7pm)
Tickets £10

Three great bands one great night! Centurion Sect, The Lords of Lonesome and The Warriors.

Centurion Sect
Centurion Sect are a garage punk band who write and perform dark and dangerously amusing songs. We wear pyjamas and glower menacingly at our audience, causing grown men to weep with envy and women to faint. We are fun and we are ready to take the world by storm.

The Lords of Lonesome
The Lords of Lonesome are a combination of a classic rock guitarist, a street poet/bass guitarist and a powerful drummer.

Drawing from the early days of British rock and roll they take their influence from artists like Marty Wilde, Joe Brown, Billy Fury and Wee Willie Harris.

Combining these influences with the powerful delivery of two great rock and roll bands The Pirates and The Wild Angels.

The Lords of Lonesome formed not only to play and record original rock and roll inspired songs but also to have a laugh in the process.

Lonesome from is a small part of South London renamed Streatham Vale and was the home of highwaymen and later became home to Wee Willie Harris.

The Warriors
The Warriors formed in late 1981 out of the ashes of 'The Last Resort'. They have toured across Europe and the USA playing quality bare bones old-school British street punk. They are currently preparing dates for the forthcoming year which include a welcome return to the Rebellion festival, Blackpool in August. Their latest album ‘Never Forgive, Never Forget’ is a no-nonsense, minimalist, working class punk album that delivers the goods with a punch.

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Film @ The Horsebridge: Frozen

20 Aug 201420 Aug 2014

Film @ The Horsebridge
Bring your parent for FREE!

In the summer holidays are you stuck with a parent and can’t think of anything to do with them? Does your parent get restless and moany? If you love films and want your parent occupied for a little while, why not bring them along for free while you watch a great movie!? It’s only one free parent per ticket though so if you want to bring more than one then they have to buy their own ticket.

Wednesday 20 August 3pm
Tickets £5 (1 child and 1 free parent)
Cert: PG
Year: 2013
Country: USA
Running Time: 1 hour and 58 minutes
Director: Jennifer Lee, Chris Buck

Walt Disney Animation Studios, the studio behind ‘Tangled’ and ‘Wreck-It Ralph’ present ‘Frozen’, a stunning big-screen comedy adventure. Fearless optimist Anna (voiced by Kristen Bell) sets off on an epic journey - teaming up with rugged mountain man Kristoff (voiced by Jonathan Groff) and his loyal reindeer Sven - to find her sister Elsa (voiced by Idina Menzel), whose icy powers have trapped the kingdom of Arendelle in eternal winter. Encountering Everest-like conditions, mystical trolls and a hilarious snowman named Olaf, Anna and Kristoff battle the elements in a race to save the kingdom.

Cast includes;
Kristen Bell (voice), Alan Tudyk (voice), Idina Menzel (voice), Josh Gad (voice).

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Film @ The Horsebridge: Blue Jasmine

29 Aug 201429 Aug 2014

Film @ The Horsebridge Presents:

The Great American Double

Two outstandingly beautiful American movies. Blue Jasmine on Friday 29 August and Dallas Buyers Club on Friday 26 September. Blue Jasmine is the latest instalment in a body of work unparalleled in the industry by the irrepressible Woody Allen. Match that with the film that won Mathew McConaughey best actor in a leading role at the 2014 Oscars and you have The Great American Double!

Film @ The Horsebridge are committed to supporting independent filmmakers. With this in mind we will endeavour to show independent short films before main features whenever possible.

Film @ The Horsebridge
Blue Jasmine
Friday 29 August 7.30pm (doors/bar 6.30pm)
Tickets £5

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Wealthy socialite wife Jasmine Francis (Cate Blanchett) has lost everything after her businessman husband Hal (Alec Baldwin) was caught by the FBI stealing money from investors, so she has moved to San Francisco to stay with her sister Ginger (Sally Hawkins) and a series of men Jasmine deems bad for her. As she adjusts to her new lifestyle Jasmine reflects back on her past in New York City and what went wrong, particularly with her cheating husband.

Cast includes
Alec Baldwin, Cate Blanchett, Louis C.K., Bobby Cannavale, Andrew Dice Clay, Sally Hawkins, Peter Sarsgaard, Michael Stuhlbarg

Cert: 12A | Year: 2013 | Country: USA
Running Time: 1 hour and 38 minutes
Director: Woody Allen


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Horsebridge Programme July - September 2014

Please click on the above image to view the Horsebridge Programme for July - September 2014

Take an advert in our printed programme

Quarter page £45 for three months (book 12 months and pay for only 9 months, that's £2.60 per week)

Half page £90 for three months (book 12 months and pay for only 9 months, that's £5.16 per week)

Full page £165 for three months (book 12 months and pay for only 9 months, that's £9.52 per week)

The Horsebridge programme has a print run of 8,000 and is distributed to local business, libraries, and to the book bags of all children in nine local schools as well as to people on our mailing list.

The Horsebridge Centre

11 Horsebridge Road, Whitstable, Kent CT5 1AF

01227 281174
01227 281255 (cafe)

Fully accessible
Free Wi-Fi

Open 7 days a week
Monday - Saturday 9am - 6pm
Sunday 10am - 5pm
Bank Holidays 10am - 5pm
Open up to 9pm Monday - Thursday for room bookings
Open from 7pm Friday - Saturday for box office events

Charity Number: 1099570
Company Number: 4727071

The Horsebridge Arts and Community Centre is located in the heart of Whitstable on a site which has a long tradition of community and cultural activity. Since its launch in April 2004, the Horsebridge has established itself as a quality venue at the heart of arts, social, learning and leisure activities in Whitstable and the wider north east Kent area.

The Horsebridge Centre has a packed programme of events all year round that includes ground floor galleries, workshops, cafe with balcony and a large performance space for theatre, screenings, talks and live music.

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"I remember the days before Whitstable Horsebridge Centre had been built, so can now fully appreciate what it adds to the town.

The centre has numerous weekly classes such as yoga, mediation and dancing, as well as one-off workshop courses. It always has some kind of art exhibition that is free to go and view, a bar/cafe for food and refreshments, as well as a packed evening entertainment calendar such as live music and comedy nights.

It really gives Whitstable a community feel and I always enjoy my visits there." Via Tripadvisor

"This is what a community centre should be all about. There is art on the ground floor, a nice family friendly cafe with locally made cakes on the first floor and we attended an amazing baby group on the top floor. I can't fault the concept, the staff or the layout. Really nice experience." Via Tripadvisor

"What a gem this place is! It was one of the reasons I moved to Whitstable and I use it every week." Via Tripadvisor

"We find ourselves in there most weeks, all year round. It has been a huge success. The staff are friendly and efficient, they are also truly engaged in the desire to bring art to the community and visitors to the town alike." Via Tripadvisor

We have several rooms of various sizes accommodating small workshops to large conferences, parties and markets. Please see our room hire page for full details.

Become a 'Friend of the Horsebridge' and receive a membership card entitling you to a 15% discount in our cafe and bar, concessionary rates on selected events and quarterly mail out of our printed programme. Please see our page on joining for more details.

If you are interested in the many varied voluntary roles at the Horsebridge Centre please contact Hannah Wenn on 01227 281174 or email for more details.

We are a registered charity and rely on the local community to support us.



A History of the Horsebridge

The name itself comes from the jetty used by the horses taking the catch from the boats. Later, the first railway in Kent, the Canterbury & Whitstable (aka Crab and Winkle),took the place of the horses.

The Horsebridge area has played a key part in the varied history of Whitstable.

Whitstable has a long tradition of community and cultural activity including community and arts groups operating on the Horsebridge site itself. Canterbury City Council was committed to a building that reflects this activity and seeking to create a focal point for the town.

The project was a public / private sector partnership between Canterbury City Council, who owned the land, and the local developer Banbury Estates.

Four schemes for the re-development of the Horsebridge site were shortlisted and were featured in a public exhibition in April 2000. Over 600 comments were received from local people with 62% favouring an “upturned boat” design submitted by architects Clague.

The Centre opened to the public on Saturday 10 April 2004, and is run as a Company Limited by Guarantee and with Charitable status.