01258 475137 DONATE

The Exchange is the culmination and the focal point of a remarkable community initiative to take the lead in the regeneration of the historic market town of Sturminster Newton. The building embodies many significant themes; the process of regeneration, the active involvement of local people, architectural quality and environmental awareness.

Our Story

1967

Sturminster Hall opened, cost £17000

1997

30th June Sturminster Cattle Market closes. 5 years of community action groups trying to secure the site.

97

November Contract agreed to purchase the site. First designs for the Market Site published.

Sturminster Newton Community Centre including 301 seat theatre market hall and offices. Working closely with the community Philip Proctor created a unique and economically successful heart to the town on budget and on time.

ARCHITECT: Philip Proctor (Proctor, Watts, Cole, Rutter of Shaftesbury)

 

02

May Planning permission granted with 2 hours to spare.

05

April The Exchange: concept agreed and name chosen.

June Work starts on Market Site.

October £2.5 million secured, builders appointed: Hammonds.

November First sod turned on Community buildings site.

05

April Work starts on The Exchange

August Old Market Hill opened, Station Road closed

07

February  The Exchange ‘topped out’

30th June market Bell rung, 10 years to the day after Market closed.

1000 visitors attend The Exchange open weekend

15th July Sturminster Hall closed.

September The Ball in the Hall. Sturminster Newton Rotary celebration

December Official opening by Julian Fellowes

07

August Elizabeth Frink sculpture unveiled

One year celebration event.

08

Want to know more about our history?


More info

Whats On

Thu

Jan

14

Beauty & the Beast

Living Spit’s Beauty and the Beast The classic French tale of Beauty and the Beast tells of a bright...

More info Book Tickets
Fri

Jan

15

Beauty & the Beast

Living Spit’s Beauty and the Beast The classic French tale of Beauty and the Beast tells of a bright...

More info Book Tickets
Sat

Jan

16

Beauty & the Beast

Living Spit’s Beauty and the Beast The classic French tale of Beauty and the Beast tells of a bright...

More info Book Tickets
Fri

Jan

29

Flea the Pandemic

FLEA the PANDEMIC   Dorset 1348   by Sue Ashby In 1348 a ship arrives at Melcombe Regis...

More info Book Tickets
Sat

Jan

30

Flea the Pandemic

FLEA the PANDEMIC   Dorset 1348   by Sue Ashby In 1348 a ship arrives at Melcombe Regis...

More info Book Tickets
Sat

Apr

10

Lollypops and Moptops

Lollypops & Moptops is a must see show for all 50’s & 60s music fans! A trip down nostalgia lane for...

More info Book Tickets
Fri

Apr

16

Psychic Medium – Nikki Kitt

THE SHOW HAS BEEN RESCHEDULED FROM 27TH MARCH 2020. ALL TICKETS PURCHASED FOR 27TH MARCH WILL BE VALID FOR...

More info Book Tickets
Tue

Apr

20

Bringing Back the Good Times

THE SHOW BRINGING BACK THE GOOD TIMES HAS BEEN RESCHEDULED FROM LAND OF HOPE & GLORY 24TH SEPTEMBER 2020. ...

More info Book Tickets
Sat

Apr

24

Jenny Eclair: Sixty! (FFS!)

Having hit 60 (but still a year younger than Madonna), Jenny Eclair AKA ‘The Face of Vagisan’ confronts a new...

More info Book Tickets
Sat

May

08

Stayin’ Alive – Bee Gees Tribute

THE SHOW HAS BEEN RESCHEDULED FROM 29TH MAY 2020. ALL TICKETS PURCHASED FOR 29TH MAY WILL BE VALID FOR...

More info Book Tickets
Wed

Jun

16

Lawrence: After Arabia

THE SCREENING HAS BEEN RESCHEDULED FROM 11TH MAY 2020. ALL TICKETS PURCHASED FOR 11TH MAY WILL BE VALID FOR...

More info Book Tickets
Thu

Jul

01

Living Spit – Elizabeth I

1558. England. A country divided by religion and politics, teetering on the brink of civil war. The hopes of the...

More info Book Tickets
Fri

Aug

06

Totally Tina

THE SHOW HAS BEEN RESCHEDULED FROM 20TH NOVEMBER 2020. ALL TICKETS PURCHASED FOR 2OTH NOVEMBER 2020 WILL BE VALID...

More info Book Tickets
Sat

Sep

18

A Vision of Elvis

THE SHOW HAS BEEN RESCHEDULED FROM 17TH APRIL 2020. ALL TICKETS PURCHASED FOR 17TH APRIL WILL BE VALID FOR...

More info Book Tickets
Fri

Sep

24

Ruby Turner

Ruby Turner was born in Jamaica and grew up in Montego Bay. Her Grandfather sang the lead in one of...

More info Book Tickets
Sat

Sep

25

dS:uK DIRE STRAITS

THE SHOW HAS BEEN POSTPONED UNTIL 25TH SEPTEMBER 2021 ALL TICKETS BOUGHT WILL BE VALID FOR THIS DATE ...

More info Book Tickets
Fri

Oct

08

‘Through the Rain’ Barry Manilow

THE SHOW IS BEING RESCHEDULED FROM 6TH NOVEMBER 2020. ALL TICKETS PURCHASED FOR 6TH NOVEMBER WILL BE VALID FOR THIS...

More info Book Tickets
Sat

Oct

30

Total Pop Party

THE SHOW HAS BEEN RESCHEDULED FROM 4TH APRIL 2020. ALL TICKETS PURCHASED FOR 4TH APRIL WILL BE VALID FOR...

More info Book Tickets
Fri

Nov

05

The Rod Stewart Experience

THE SHOW HAS BEEN RESCHEDULED FROM 1ST MAY 2020. ALL TICKETS PURCHASED FOR 1ST MAY WILL BE VALID FOR...

More info Book Tickets
Sat

Nov

27

Los Pacaminos

THE SHOW HAS BEEN RESCHEDULED FROM 13TH NOVEMBER 2020. ALL TICKETS PURCHASED FOR 13TH NOVEMBER WILL BE VALID FOR...

More info Book Tickets
Fri

Dec

03

Roy Orbison & Buddy Holly

POSTPONED DUE TO UNFORESEEN CIRCUMSTANCES - NEW DATE TO BE ANNOUNCED FOR NEXT YEAR Roy Orbison and Buddy...

More info
Sat

Dec

04

Andy Fairweather Low

THE SHOW HAS BEEN RESCHEDULED FROM 12TH JUNE 2020. ALL TICKETS PURCHASED FOR 12TH JUNE WILL BE VALID FOR...

More info Book Tickets
Fri

Dec

10

Christmas at the Opera

Christmas at the Opera features some of the greatest arias and ensembles from the operas of Mozart, Rossini, Verdi, Bizet,...

More info Book Tickets
Sat

Dec

11

Christmas at the Opera

Christmas at the Opera features some of the greatest arias and ensembles from the operas of Mozart, Rossini, Verdi, Bizet,...

More info Book Tickets
Sat

Feb

26

GO NOW! The Moody Blues Tribute

THIS SHOW HAS BEEN RESCHEDULED FROM 17TH OCTOBER 2020 & 26TH MARCH 2021 ALL TICKETS PURCHASED FOR 17THTHESE DATES WILL...

More info Book Tickets