COVID-19 - information
Box office staffed hours: 10am - 4:30pm, Monday-Friday. (Closed on bank holidays.)
Update: 11th June 2021
We look forward to our dance classes returning in-person on 14 June, followed by Stage School on 19 June, before reopening to the public on 21 June.
A full cinema programme of the latest releases has been planned and will be shown in the Theatre, with social distancing in place. In our galleries, and indeed throughout the building, our Oriel Lockdown exhibition will feature works that have been created in, or reflect on, the pandemic. Families will be pleased to learn that over the school summer holidays we will be hosting a wide range of activities including dance; drama and arts and crafts for children (with the popular Criw Celf returning in-person); as well as weekend masterclasses for adults. We will also be offering a programme of outdoor summer events on Chapel Court, including theatre, music, and family events.
The safety and wellbeing of our customers and staff is paramount, and we have put in place a number of procedures to allow us to reopen safely and inspire confidence in our customers. We are proud to have gained the ‘Good to Go’ and ‘See it Safely’ kitemarks, which are industry-wide standards which guarantee that venues are following COVID protocols. Until the autumn we will also be operating a ‘Book with Confidence’ scheme, allowing ticketholders to receive a no quibble refund if their attendance at an event is impacted by Covid-19.
We very much look forward to welcoming you back to Aberystwyth Arts Centre.
Update: 1st March 2021
*Advance notice of temporary suspension of booking services*
On Wednesday 3 march 2021, the booking of tickets via our website and through the box office will be temporarily unavailable, due to a ticketing software upgrade being undertaken.
We apologise for any inconvenience caused, and aim to be back up and running on Thursday 4 March 2021.
Update: 8th February 2021
Work has begun to replace the floor, which we're really pleased about, and that we're looking forward to being able to reopen early summer. Until then, Creative Learning is continuing online (Look out for weekly zoom classes and half term workshops here: https://www.aberystwythartscentre.co.uk/take-part) , there are films to download (here: https://www.aberystwythartscentre.co.uk/whats-on/film) , and we're working on lots of projects for the future. The building may be closed but the Arts Centre is still busy online until we can meet again in person.
Update: dance school - September 27th, 2020
Following discussions with Ceredigion County Council in light of the tightening of Welsh Government restrictions over the past week, we are once again closing our facilities to all users, other than the University’s student community.
This means that all dance classes at Aberystwyth Arts Centre will be available online only from Monday 28 September 2020 and until further notice.
This is being done to reduce the potential for the virus to be spread between different parts of the community.
We would like to apologise for the disappointment that this may cause, but we hope you will understand that this decision has been taken, in collaboration with the Council, with your health and wellbeing in mind.
Please check your emails for invites to the online classes – these will follow the same timetable as the classes you have already attended, as far as possible.
In the meantime, we look forward to resuming classes once circumstances improve sufficiently for us to do so.
Update - August 19th, 2020
Aberystwyth Arts Centre, which has been closed since March due to Covid-19 restrictions, has been forced to delay its re-opening following flood damage caused by recent heavy rainfall.
Over the past several weeks staff at the Arts Centre had been preparing to reopen some facilities to the public, eagerly anticipating welcoming people back to the building, especially in advance of the new term at Aberystwyth University.
Unfortunately, the Arts Centre suffered considerable damage following the exceptionally heavy rain fall on Monday, 10 August.
The sheer volume of rain overwhelmed the drains in and around the building, with water flowing through parts of the building, including the box office area, the Great Hall foyer, and the bar area and Gallery 2 on the first floor. There is also damage to backstage areas and some of the balcony seating in the Great Hall.
Our original plans for a phased reopening from early September have been put on hold as we assess the damage. Needless to say, water damage can take some time to put right, not least because of the need to dry out the affected areas thoroughly before remedial work can begin.
The work required to repair the damage to the building has begun and will be on-going, while plans are put in place to adjust the opening of forthcoming creative learning classes and exhibition provision. We are extremely proud at Aberystwyth Arts Centre to provide an important focus for the arts in mid Wales, and we very much look forward to welcoming everyone back as soon as we can. Please keep an eye on our social media pages and our website for future updates.
Message from March 17th, 2020
To all our valued friends and supporters,
Aberystwyth Arts Centre will close to visitors from 6pm today (Tuesday 17 March) until further notice. The safety of audiences and staff is of paramount importance in making this decision. We will continue to follow guidance as to when we should recommence our programme.
Our Box Office team are contacting all ticket holders to arrange refunds and advise of rescheduled dates, but please be patient with us as there are many hundreds of people to contact. We will update our website and social media regularly, so please keep checking for the latest updates.
Thank you for your patience, understanding and cooperation. We send our best wishes to everyone in this difficult time and very much appreciate your support. Please stay safe and look after each other.