Dec 14 2013Jan 8 2014
~ 14 – 23 December 2013 ~
~ 4-8 January 2014 ~
Please come and view our Christmas art sale, all proceeds go directly to the Horsebridge, bargain prices!
Works have been generously donated by local artists so we can sell at a huge discount to raise vital funding for the Horsebridge Centre this winter.
So come along now and grab yourself some great artwork for a great price.
Closed 24 December 2013 - 3 January 2014
Horsebridge Comedy Club Robin & Josie’s Shambles with Robin Ince and Josie Long Special Guest Grace Petrie
Jan 18 2014Jan 18 2014
Tickets £10 in advance / £12 on the door / £8 concessions
Robin Ince and Josie Long have been working together since she was just a teenager and Robin was only a young old man. Their Comedy Central podcast has had more than 500,000 downloads per episode and now they are taking the show on the road.
This will be Josie's first tour since her Edinburgh Fringe Comedy Award nominated Romance and Adventure. It will mix up brand new solo material from Robin and Josie with extracts from the Dirty Book Club, Robin's follow-up to his award-winning Bad Book Club show and, of course, some mucking about and nonsense together.
Grace Petrie, a brilliant Billy Bragg endorsed songwriter, will join them.
Expect a night of politics, science and grisly excerpts of gory killer crab novels.
Please call to book.
Saturday 18 January 2pm for 2.30pm start
A young boy, Kay, and his dear friend Gerda are devoted to each other. Kay’s grandmother tells them about an evil mirror that won’t reflect the good and beautiful in people, but magnifies all that’s bad and ugly. She also tells them about the cold-hearted Snow Queen who lures children to her palace at the North Pole.
One summer’s day a splinter from the mirror lodges in Kay’s heart and he changes, becoming cruel and cold. Later that year, when winter comes, the Snow Queen appears and takes Kay to her icy palace. No-one knows what’s happened to him, but heartbroken Gerda decides she must find out. After a long and dangerous journey, she discovers Kay under the Snow Queen’s spell. Can she break it and bring her old friend back?
Michael Whitmore’s delightful adaptation of Hans Christian Andersen’s magical tale conjures up a captivating mix of fantasy, fable and love triumphing over evil in this favourite winter story.
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Tickets: £7 adults / £5 under 16s and Friends of the Horsebridge
Dec 21 2013Dec 21 2013
£5 per person for teams of 6 - 8
Come to our fabulous and popular Christmas quiz! There will be prizes, tasty snacks (please bring drinks) with a good mixture of general trivia, brain teasers and quirky originality. Get a team together and book now to avoid disappointment.
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11 Horsebridge Road, Whitstable, Kent CT5 1AF
Open 7 days a week
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
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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.