Film @ The Horsebridge Sunshine on Leith

Apr 26 2014Apr 26 2014

Film @ The Horsebridge - Sunshine on Leith
Saturday 26 April 7.30pm (doors/bar 6.30pm)
Tickets £5
Year: 2013
Cert: PG
Running Time: 1 hours and 40 minutes
Director: Dexter Fletcher

Film @ The Horsebridge Presents Brit Flick April celebrating a year in classic British filmmaking with two of the most popular British films of the past 12 months.

Dexter Fletcher directs Sunshine on Leith; a jubilant, heartfelt musical about the power of home, the hearth, family and love. It is the tale of one tight-knit family, and the three couples bound to it, as they experience the joys and heartache that punctuate all relationships and they do it all while singing to the euphoric music of The Proclaimers.

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Like A Rolling Stone

Apr 19 2014Apr 19 2014

Like a Rolling Stone
Saturday 19 April 8pm (doors/bar 7pm)
Tickets £10
Two top tribute bands deliver a night of classic Bob Dylan and Rolling Stones-not to be missed!

Not the Rolling Stones have been together for over five years playing theatres and festivals all over the UK as well as high profile international events in Holland, Belgium, Croatia, Italy and the middle-east.

What sets Not the Rolling Stones apart from other Stones tribute acts is their front-man and supremo Jagger lookalike Mike Jagger! Mike has appeared on TV and in videos in six countries as the next best thing to Sir Mick himself.

The band ethos is simple: be a great rock and roll band and create the authentic live sound of The Stones covering the best known classics from the greatest Rock and Roll band in the world. You won't believe it's not Jagger!

Also performing - The Bob Dylan Experience

The Bob Dylan Experience is a four piece band which has been playing Bob Dylan's music over the past 4 years. They are experienced musicians with many years of live work and recordings between them. From his earliest to his latest recordings, they feature the classic and popular songs that have made Bob Dylan a musical icon and inspired generations over the past 50 years... and counting!

Many of Bob Dylan's songs are equally as well known as the Stones and sometimes even more so as recordings by other artists. For example Adele recently had a number one hit with 'Make you feel my love' which was written by Bob Dylan. He is in his own right an enduring artist and his popularity continues to grow with people of all ages.

His most recent album 'Tempest' went to number one in the album charts in only five days after its release.


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Jazz with the Blue Rhythm Kings

Apr 18 2014Apr 18 2014

Friday 18 April 8pm (doors/bar 7pm)
Tickets £10 - Box office 01227 281174

The Blue Rhythm Kings are one of the only bands in the United Kingdom specialising in the iconic music from the 1920s and early 1930s; the glorious era which has become known as “Jazz Age”, bringing to mind flapper dresses, bright young things, all night parties and the fusion of Jazz improvisation with popular dance music of the day.

This Kent based band has received many accolades for its eclectic programme of some of the best music from the era, played by handpicked musicians who are fully versed in the idiom and can therefore play fresh, improvised solos at every performance.

The band has a long history, dating back to the 1970s, when there were a few 1920s style bands around, now Blue Rhythm Kings are one of the only ones left in the South East.

The Horsebridge, since it first opened its doors, has been the “home base” of the Blue Rhythm Kings and a great night out is guaranteed at each and every one of their monthly concerts.

The Blue Rhythm Kings have represented England (in the Jazz category) at the Boulogne Music Festival in 1990, where they shared the bill with Yehudi Menhuin. They have also appeared at Jazz festivals throughout the UK, including the prestigious Bude Festival.

Jazz buffs will recognise the direct influence of Bix Beiderbecke, Red Nichols, Ben Pollack, Gene Golkette and Paul Whiteman which, together with some lovely ballads from the 1930s featuring vocals in the styles of Bing Crosby and Al Bowlly, provides a unique and exciting programme; definitely not to be missed.

“Jazz/Dance music of the twenties in a better than usual re-creation of the real thing, both in sound and spirit… Accomplished group who actually sounded interested in the music per se, rather than opportunities for endless self-indulgent solos… Audience clearly enjoyed and appreciated the performance. A good evening, much enjoyed, and at more than one level. The Blue Rhythm Kings are a group worth looking out for.” - The Farnham Herald

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Post Art

May 1 2014Jun 28 2014


1 May - 28 June

Our fourth annual postcard exhibition. This year we ask you to simply post art. In 2011 we had the very first Post Nude show and exhibited 700 postcards from around the world and locally. In 2012 Post View attracted 800 postcards. Last year in 2013 we brought back Post Nude and were overwhelmed with 900 nudes on postcards.

We are now asking you all to submit your art, be it painted, photographed, etched, sketched, knitted, collaged, sculpted, written, screenprinted, ceramic, any medium of art at all! The theme is as broad as it can be, we just want you to send us your own work in it's original form on a postcard in the post. We will exhibit the cards during May and June in Gallery 3 and expect record numbers of visitors. Be part of this phenomenally successful and beautifully simple show.

What is Post Art?

An exhibition of postcards sent through Royal Mail from all over the world and locally. This year's theme is beautifully straightforward. Send us your art, any medium, on a postcard in the post. Guidelines available from the Horsebridge centre and website.

The incredible, unprecedented success of Post Nude in 2013 saw almost 1000 perfect naked postcards sent to the exhibition, trusted to the safe handling of Royal Mail. The show was enormously popular with artists and visitors, and was a celebration of the nude in art, the postal process and the fading tradition of sending postcards. We had nudes in every artistic medium: knitted, painted, wooden, textile, etched, wire, drawn, photographs, 3D, sculptural all were completely unique and quite honestly beautiful in their own right. We had cards from India, France, America, the Netherlands, Mexico, Spain, Iceland, Canada, Ireland, and locally too. It was a powerful expression of the creative ability of humans, the incredible wonder of the human form and the trust people have in our postal system.

We are again calling you all to post us your art, in all it's many forms, by the 27 April to be part of Post Art 2014.

So, how can you take part this year? The Horsebridge need your postcards, we need your support more than ever and being part of free open exhibitions like this one is a great way of showing us you need us, and it gives us a chance to offer the visitor and local community a fantastic artistic experience. Simply make your art on a postcard, any subject, any medium as long as it is in it's original form, post it to us and come and see the exhibition. Guidelines available at The Horsebridge or via the website.



Our galleries are open 9am - 6pm daily (10am - 6pm Sundays / 5pm winter hours)

Horsebridge Programme April - June 2014

Please click on the above image to view the Horsebridge Programme for April - June 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)

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 10% 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.