To help keep everyone safe, we’ve made some changes at Forest Arts Centre. We have introduced a number of measures in line with government guidelines to help manage our visitor numbers and ensure we maintain social distancing to protect you, our staff and volunteers. Please read on for information about booking your visit and what to expect when you are with us.
What we are doing to help reduce the spread of COVID-19
- Giving you a warm welcome at a safe distance
- Opening for pre-booked, ticketed activities and events only
- Using signage to help you maintain social distance
- Asking for cashless payment wherever possible
- Providing hand sanitiser for you to use
- Reducing capacities for activities and events
If you have any concerns or questions during your visit, please talk to a member of our team – they will be happy to help you.
You can find out answers to some commonly asked questions in our reopening and coronavirus information and FAQs.
Please do not visit if you or any members of your household are showing symptoms of COVID-19 or if you have been in contact with anyone who has it. We also ask you to observe government guidelines before travelling to the venue. Information on how to re-book or cancel your visit is detailed on your booking confirmation.
Please note: Forest Arts Centre is currently closed.
We are open for customers who have pre-booked for classes, workshops and live events. Our venue and box office are open Monday – Friday from 9am – 5pm. The venue will also be open outside those times for some classes, workshops and events on evenings and Saturdays - please check specific bookings.
If an evening performance or event is in progress, Forest Arts will not close at 10pm. However, customers will not be able to consume food or drink on the premises after that time.
Social distancing and hygiene
During your visit, we ask that you follow our guidelines on social distancing and hygiene to help keep us all safe. We are operating a one-way system at Forest Arts Centre, which is indicated by signage. Hand sanitiser stations are positioned at the box office and entrances to the theatre and second foyer.
We continue to ask all customers to only book tickets for single households or support bubbles and, unless exempt, for customers over the age of 11 to wear a face covering at all times whilst in the building, when not consuming food or beverages.
Please do not meet socially inside the venue with anyone who is not in your household or support bubble, and ensure you follow government guidance when travelling to and from, arriving at and leaving events.
Our toilets will be open to class, workshop and event customers only.
Café and bar
The café will be open when pre-booked classes, workshops and events are taking place, with a limited selection of drinks and snacks available to eat in only. We are operating table service for our socially distanced indoor seating, on arrival please find a table and our team will take your order. Please wear a face covering in the café unless you are seated at a table.
Alcoholic drinks can only be served from 30 minutes before the start time for the performance, and must be consumed in the performance area. Please note, food and drink cannot be consumed at the centre after 10pm.
We’re passing on the VAT reduction on all applicable products. The reduction will be applied at the till when you make your purchase.
In accordance with government guidelines, we have carried out a COVID-19 risk assessment to make our sites COVID secure and identify risk control measures.
We're good to go
The Visit Britain We’re Good to Go symbol shows that Forest Arts Centre has followed government and industry COVID-19 guidelines and that we have processes in place to help keep everyone safe.
Forest Arts Centre is operated by Hampshire Cultural Trust, a registered charity. The coronavirus has had a huge impact on all of us. Please donate to help us re-connect communities through culture.