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Lighthouse, Poole's Centre For The Arts
Ranked #14 of 63 things to do in Poole
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London, United Kingdom
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4 reviews
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“Support them!”
Reviewed 30 November 2013

Brilliant facilities. Local Arts Centre that needs supporting! Always friendly, always helpful, great variety especially for children and older people.

Visited November 2013
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Bridport, United Kingdom
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“Improving - but slowly”
Reviewed 8 November 2013

The Winter Gardens used to be the home of the Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra (BSO), but closure was inevitable and with that in mind, the town council built the Bournemouth International Centre (BIC). Unfortunately, as with all non-professional councils, they wanted a building that was all things to all people, but as is always the case, it fell far short, which was evident from the opening night concert.
By this time the BSO had started playing in the Poole Lighthouse and their concerts there became more and more frequent so that the situation is now that their winter seaon of Wednesday night concerts is always held there. (The more popular music Saturday night concerts being held in the Bournemouth Pavilion.)
Lighthouse has no architectural merit, serving merely as a shell to house a (small) cinema, a theatre and a concert hall, which is the only one on the south coast, but despite that, the music standard is very high, attracting resident conductors such as Paavo Berglund, Simon Rattle, Jakob Kreitsberg, Marin Alsop and the current incumbent Kirill Karabits. They also broadcast regularly on Radio 3, appear at the Proms and tour overseas.
The building has a restaurant which used to offer a huge selection of food in the evenings, but it appears that it is now under new management, as the staff has changed, the menu has been slimmed down and they offer deals, such as 2 Light Bite lunches for £10, coffee & a cake for £3.50 and if you buy 2 large glasses of wine, you get the rest of the bottle for free. There is a dearth of good eating places in that part of town, so with little competition, the food does not have to be that good, but it is! However, if you are going to an evening performace and want to eat there beforehand, be sure to have placed your order by 6.15, otherwise the specials will have gone and you might have a problem finding somewhere to sit.
The BIG let-down is the coffee, the Bistro being the only place in the building with a proper Gaggia-type coffee maker, the bars only having press-button machines that deliver dishwater.

Visited November 2013
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LighthousePoole, Public Relations Manager at Lighthouse, Poole's Centre For The Arts, responded to this review, 14 November 2013
Thank you for your review and for your kind comments.

Lighthouse is very proud to have been home to the BSO since 1978, and to provide them with the facilities to plan, create, rehearse and perform their work, which is then exported across the region, and indeed, the world, via broadcasts and recordings. We are extremely lucky to have such a world-class orchestra here in Poole.

I will pass on your kind comments regarding the food to BH Live, who operate the Terrace Bistro here at Lighthouse, and will let our Bar Manager have your feedback regarding the coffee.

I hope you will return soon for another event with us.
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Debrecen, Hungary
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“dissapointed because...”
Reviewed 9 September 2013

we taught that there is a lighthouse there as well, so we were very dissapointed that this is only the name... nothing more.

Visited July 2013
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Poole, United Kingdom
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10 reviews
3 attraction reviews
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“Pathetic service. Not looking after the future of the Arts Centre”
Reviewed 3 September 2013

What has happened to The Lighthouse in Poole. I wrote 2 years ago that it has become very elitist and it was not looking after the locals views of seeing more concerts that were affordable, or slightly bigger named acts from London and that the price is getting a bit silly.

But now they proclaim that they are catering for a much wider audience when they are still missing out on bands, unless as they proclaim they are having a wide range from The Proclaimers to Bay City Rollers Story, Pink Floyd TRIBUTE band to Elkie Brooks.

The Lighthouse has lost it's edge - I thought it was supposed to be for the people of the South of England, not pampering to being a safe house that won't offend anyone.

Ohhhhh wait a minute they do have Puppetry of the Penis, but it's just a bunch of Knobs, oh sorry that's the people who run the Lighthouse.

In 10 years time you will have lost the 15/16/17/18 year old's who are not being attracted by pop bands, which in turn makes them come back to the Lighthouse in later life.

I think the Arts Council should stop funding it, as it's not really for the people, it's a jolly for the Management of their fav. safe bands and comedians.

Art is supposed to have a dangerous side, The Lighthouse have erased it and have therefore erased the future of The Lighthouse.

A slow ironic clap for the management.

Visited June 2013
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“Great Venue”
Reviewed 27 August 2013

We visited in July, good amenities, bar queues not too long with the option to pre-order drinks ready for the break.

Visited July 2013
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