Join us or renew your membership

It costs over £1,500 a week to run the Shaftesbury Arts Centre. Please help support us by becoming a member.  Membership is open to all and runs for 12 months from the date you join and is renewable annually. You can pay using any major credit card.

New Membership

Renew an Existing Membership   (select My Membership after logging in)

Membership benefits

Becoming a member means you are not only eligible to take part in any of the centre’s many activities but you also

  • qualify for a discount on many ticket prices – and see films for free if you take out extra film society membership (this alone can more than cover the cost of membership in any year)
  • can take an active part in the running of the centre (there are opportunities to volunteer in some 30 different activities from acting to bar-tending)
  • can vote at the annual meeting, and
  • can stand for election as a main board director if you wish.

Current subscription rates (from 1 Sep 2017) are as follows:

Adult + Film Society
Joint adult (2 adults at same address)
Joint adult + Film Society
Junior (under 18)


Reduced rate Students over 18 in fulltime education and people receiving state benefits qualify for a reduced subscription. To get the reduced rate applications must be made in person and evidence of entitlement produced. Please note there is currently no reduced rate for pensioners.

Adult reduced
Adult + Film Society reduced
Joint adult reduced
Joint adult + Film Society reduced

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Renewing your membership?

You can renew your membership, or update your details online. Just go into your account, by clicking here. 

Terms & Conditions (valid at 1 January 2011)

Membership By becoming a member of Shaftesbury Arts centre you become a shareholder in the charitable company that is Shaftesbury Arts Centre and agree to the following:

  • to abide by the provisions of the Memorandum and Articles of Association of the charity and its rules, a copy of which is attached here.
  • to pay the charity an amount not exceeding £10 if the charity is dissolved while you are a member and for 12 months after you have ceased to be a member in accordance with clause 7 of the charity’s Memorandum of Association.
  • to pay any membership subscriptions that are levied in accordance with the charity’s Articles and/or Rules.

Membership cards Membership cards are normally posted within 10 days of online purchase. They may also be collected from the Box Office during normal opening hours (Mon-Sat inc 10.30am-12.30pm).

Ticket purchase

We charge a 50p per ticket booking fee up to a maximum of £2 per transaction.
If you require tickets purchased online or over the telephone to be posted we make an additional £1 charge for this service.

Please also note:

  • Shaftesbury Arts Centre is not responsible for any ticket that is lost, stolen or destroyed.
  • Tickets cannot be exchanged or refunded after purchase unless the performance is cancelled or rescheduled.
  • Tickets bought online can be collected from the Box Office up to 15 minutes before the start of a performance.

Latest News

Shaftesbury Arts Centre AGM, 2021

Are you enjoying the artwork by Andrea Jenkins in the Gallery windows?

Our Covid-secure production of The Lion, The Witch and the Wardrobe is now scheduled for July!

Lawrence After Arabia moved to October 24. 

Samantha’s show moved to September 18.

The Unravelling Wilburys will return on November 13. Tickets now on sale.

History of the Arts Centre featured on ArtsReach

Listen to our Youth Theatre Group’s radio play  ‘A Scrap of Lace’

Youth Theatre is re-starting from 21 April 2021, at Shaftesbury Arts Centre, following virtual sessions throughout February and March. The group is currently invitation-only due to COVID-19 restrictions but our waiting list is active, so if your son or daughter is keen to join in, please get in touch on

Our groups will meet on Wednesday evenings –

6pm – 7.30pm 16 – 18 yr old
7pm – 8.30pm 11 – 16 yr old


With the welcome the return of Shaftesbury Fringe 27 to 30 August 2021, we’re delighted to be one of the many Shaftesbury venues available to performers.

This year, we’re hiring out the theatre only and have limited availability. Prices are £75 for a one hour slot and £130 for two one hour slots (even if two slots are on different days).

Full details of The Fringe are available at and further details of Shaftesbury Arts Centre’s facilities are available here

To book a slot or find out more, please contact


Shaftesbury Abbey Spring Lecture: ‘Shaftesbury Abbey – The Movie’ with Julian Richards has been moved to November.

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April, 2021

Want to get involved?

We are always looking for new volunteers to help us in these areas at the Arts Centre:

Gallery Stewards
Please pop in and say hello or contact if you are interested.

Spreading the Word
Would you like to advertise future events on a board outside your home, or could you help distribute posters and flyers around the town? Please call in at the Box Office to  join our team of volunteers.

Building Maintenance
Interested in joining the buildings team? Please call in at the Box Office to register your interest.