Film @ The Horsebridge: Inside Llewyn Davis

Jul 11 2014Jul 11 2014

Film @ The Horsebridge Presents:

By Audience Request 2: This Time it’s Personal!

After the success of the first ‘By Audience Request’ we just had to bring you the sequel! From the ever increasing list of your personal favourite films we bring you two more modern gems ‘Inside Llewyn Davis on Friday 11 July and The Grand Budapest Hotel on Thursday 31 July. Thank you and please continue to tell us what you would like to see from Film @ The Horsebridge.

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: Inside Llewyn Davis

Tickets £5 | Cert: 15 | Year: 2014
Friday 11 July 7.30pm (doors/bar 6.30pm)

Country: USA/UK/France

Running Time: 1 hour and 45 minutes
Director: Ethan Coen, Joel Coen

A week in the life of a young folk singer as he navigates the Greenwich Village folk scene of 1961, guitar in tow, huddled against the unforgiving New York winter; he is struggling to make it as a musician against seemingly insurmountable obstacles-some of them of his own making. Cast includes: Oscar Isaac, Carey Mulligan, Justin Timberlake, John Goodman, Garrett Hedlund, Ethan Phillips, Robin Bartlett, Jeanine Serralles, Adam Driver, Stark Sands

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Rock 'n' Rat Pack Live

Jul 19 2014Jul 19 2014

Rock 'n' Rat Pack Live

Saturday 19 July 7.30pm (doors/bar 7pm)

Tickets £10 in advance / £12 on the door

An evening of rock 'n' roll favourites and classics from the kings of swing. We are delighted to welcome back Kent powerhouse band The Rockin’ Decades (formerly The Wrinklies) and popular local entertainer Martin Farbrother.

The Rockin’ Decades join forces with Martin Farbrother to bring you an evening of rock ‘n’ roll favourites and big band swing classics to get you singing along and tapping your feet.

The Rockin’ Decades will blast through time with tracks from Johnny Kidd and the Pirates, Cliff Richard, The Beatles, Rolling Stones and Status Quo. Bay crooner Martin Farbrother will relive hits from the Las Vegas years of Sinatra and Co.

Expect a non-stop evening of fun, music and surprises.

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Matt Woosey - Contemporary Blues, Folk & Rock Singer & Songwriter

Jul 25 2014Jul 25 2014

Matt Woosey - Contemporary Blues, Folk & Rock Singer & Songwriter
Friday 25 July 8pm (doors/bar 7pm)
Tickets £10

Matt Woosey’s refreshing musical song writing and playing style combines acoustic blues, folk and rock conveyed with an accomplished vocal delivery which has been defined as The WooseyBlues. His ability to combine originality with a broad musical knowledge has gained him praise from sources as varied as Paul Jones (BBC2), Tom Robinson (BBC 6 Music) and who quote Matt as being “The Best British bluesman since Rory Gallagher”.

Matt’s song writing focuses strongly on combining the meaning and message of the lyrics with the composition and atmosphere of the music. His catalogue covers a wide spectrum delivering a powerful blend of tracks spanning 7 albums such as beautifully melodic songs like Noah, moving to the folk styled Elsie May and through to the raunchy rock of Black Smoke Rising. His on-stage presence has to be seen, with such a strong singing voice that he barely needs any amplification making every gig a unique and entertaining experience.

“Is Matt Woosey the finest acoustic blues guitar player currently working in UK?”, Tom Robinson - BBC 6 Music
“Matt Woosey’s guitar playing is simply brilliant”, AmericanaUK
“Woosey doesn't simply play acoustic guitar, he explores it”, Northern Sky
“Matt Woosey is all about performance… go see and hear him play”, SlapMag
“Completely convincing and a master at what he does - Matt is the real deal.” Tom Robinson - BBC 6 Music

Supoort from the Lightworkers

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Horsebridge Comedy Presents: Eric Tales of the Sea

Jul 26 2014Jul 26 2014

Saturday 26 July 7.30pm (doors/bar 7pm)
Tickets £10 / £8 concessions

Eric has a story to tell, the mysterious life of a submariner. Serving in the Royal Navy for 17 years before turning stand-up comic, in this award-winning show Eric truly mesmerise his audience with incredible images and tales of danger and adventure beneath the waves, taking them to the edge of tears before bringing them back with rapturous laughter.

Winner: Edinburgh Fringe Three Weeks Editor’s Award
Thrilling – A one in a million show” 5 Stars – Three Weeks
Deftly emotional – a quietly wonderful show” 4 Stars – The Times

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Horsebridge Programme July - September 2014

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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.