Film @ Horsebridge: Dallas Buyers Club

Book now 26 September 2014 7.30pm
Doors/Bar: 6.30pm
Tickets: £5

In 1985 Dallas, electrician and hustler Ron Woodroof works around the system to help AIDS patients get the medication they need after he is himself diagnosed with the disease.

Director: Jean-Marc Vallée Writers: Craig Borten, Melisa Wallack Stars: Matthew McConaughey, Jennifer Garner, Jared Leto

Cert: 15 | Year: 2014 | Country: USA

Running Time: 1 hr 56 min


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Chantel McGregor

Picutre Credit: Howard Rankin

Book now Saturday 10 October 7.30pm
Doors/Bar: 7pm
Tickets: £12 adv | £14 door

Imagine the tone of Robin Trower, the inspiration of Hendrix, the influence of Stevie Ray Vaughan, the energy of Bonamassa, the intensity of Walter Trout and the haunting vocal of Stevie Nicks all rolled into one. Then let me introduce Chantel McGregor, one of the most exciting rock-blues musicians in the UK. Chantel has won several awards, the latest being voted 'Guitarist of the Year' and 'Female Vocalist of the Year' in the British Blues Awards 2013.


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U’Zambezi Arts: South African Song & Dance

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Friday 3 October
Workshop 5.30pm Performance 7.30pm
Tickets: Advance £8 | £4 under 16s

U'Zambezi Arts specialises in songs, drum rhythms, dances and instrumental music styles from the Southern African region. The musicians are self-taught, multi-talented artists whose work has taken them into Canada, the USA, Europe including the UK, and all across southern Africa.

They have performed at some of the world’s most prestigious venues over the past 18 years, such as the Winter Gardens in Toronto, Symphony Space in New York, JFK Centre in Washington DC, Opera de Paris, the Liverpool Philharmonic Hall, and Ronnie Scott's Club in London.

U’Zambezi has shared stages with reggae musician Jimmy Cliff and English singer-songwriter Peter Gabriel, and performed for dignitaries such as Nelson Mandela and Queen Elizabeth II. They have appeared on TV programmes including Blue Peter, Later with Jools Holland, and on prime time City TV-Toronto.

The artists also work in schools, universities, community centres, theatres, reformatories, prisons and, increasingly, in arts-based training on teamwork, cross-cultural awareness and cross-generation awareness.


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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.