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Atrium

As you descend our beautiful wrought iron staircase you enter the Lower Atrium, perhaps one of the most unique spaces within The Exchange. The look and atmosphere of the space changes completely depending on how it is used. This busy, open...

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Bow Room

The Bow Room is the second largest room at The Exchange and is once again, used for a wide variety of events and activities. Situated adjacent to the Bibbern Coffee Lounge and Bar, this large carpeted room has a capacity of...

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Chivrick

SItuated on the ground floor, Chivrick is a light and airy room with a wooden floor making it the perfect space for dance, art and exercise classes. The easy to clean floor and child friendly environment also makes it suitable for childrens...

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Darknoll

Darknoll and Divelish are situated on the ground floor adjacent to the Lower Atrium. Both rooms boast shower and toilet facilities and can be hired along with the Stour Hall as dressing rooms for performers. Each room is fitted with an intercom...

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Divelish

Darknoll and Divelish are situated on the ground floor adjacent to the Lower Atrium. Both rooms boast shower and toilet facilities and can be hired along with the Stour Hall as dressing rooms for performers. Each room is fitted with an intercom...

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Kitchen

The main kitchen is a fully functioning, 5* kitchen with a large double gas oven, eight ring hob, commercial dishwasher, Kenwood mixer, microwave, grill, pots, pans and utensils needed by professional caterers. Available to hire at reasonable rates....

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Stour Hall

The Stour Hall is the largest space here at The Exchange with total theatre seating capacity of 300, half of which are tiered. With one of the widest stages in the county, it is ideal for all types of performance, be it dance,...

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Dorset's finest public building

The Exchange is situated in Sturminster Newton, in the heart of North Dorset. Centrally located within the county and with a number of rooms available to hire at very competitive rates, it is the ideal venue for a wide range of functions, catering from small groups through to 300. A full catering kitchen and functioning bar are available along with multimedia facilities, sound and lighting equipment and Wi-Fi access throughout.

Whether you are hosting a conference or team-building day, running an informal meeting or interviews, needing somewhere to rehearse, wanting to celebrate a birthday or wedding, hold a trade fair, auction or indoor market or put on your own performance, The Exchange has a room for every occasion.

Accessibility

The Stour Hall is the largest space here at The Exchange with total theatre seating capacity of 300, half of which are tiered. With one of the widest stages in the county, it is ideal for all types of performance, be it dance, drama or music and with a 16ft wide cinema screen, we are now able to show the latest blockbuster hits. There is level access to the stage which makes loading in and out simple.

  • Disabled car parking is available
  • The Stour Hall has a hearing loop system installed
  • A lift is available for users to access all floors
  • Guide, hearing and assistance dogs are welcome throughout the building.
  • There are accessible toilets for wheelchair users on all floors
  • The ground floor disabled toilet has a nappy changing facility

Car Parking

The Exchange shares a free short stay car park on Old Market Hill (DT10 1FH) with the adjacent medical centre. We ask that from 9am-5pm Monday to Friday, visitors to The Exchange use only unmarked white parking bays.During the evening and at weekends, visitors to The Exchange can park anywhere within the Old Market Hill car park and enter the building via our first floor entrance.

Alternatively the town’s main car park is situated behind The Exchange on Station Road (DT10 1BN). Charges apply between 9am and 3pm only and the maximum charge is £3.50 for 6 hours. Visitors to The Exchange can enter the building by our ground floor entrance on Station Road.

Whats On

Sat

Apr

04

Total Pop Party

The Perfect Party for your little ones. Total Pop Party is brand new and exciting show for 2020! ...

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Tue

Apr

21

Land of Hope & Glory

Neil Sands and his wonderful cast are back with a new production for 2020, of their most popular patriotic show...

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Wed

Apr

22

She’Koyokh & Jyotsna Srikanth

She’Koyokh & Jyotsna Srikanth: Bangalore, Balkans and Bagels “The UK’s finest klezmer & Balkan band” (Evening Standard) team up...

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Thu

Apr

23

Knives Out

A detective investigates the death of a patriarch of an eccentric, combative family. Not so much a whodunnit as...

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Fri

Apr

24

‘Through the Rain’ Barry Manilow

Through The Rain: A Celebration of Barry Manilow Very few performers have had an effect on the modern pop...

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Sat

Apr

25

Graffiti Classics

Graffiti Classics burst the elitist boundaries of the traditional string quartet with their hilarious all-singing, all-dancing musical comedy show. ...

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Fri

May

01

The Rod Stewart Experience

Dedicated to one of the biggest music legends of all time, the one and only Rod Stewart. Garry Pease brings...

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Sat

May

02

Now That’s What I Call Country

A laugh and cry, feel good evening with a history of country music thrown in. Now That’s What I Call...

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Wed

May

06

Tony Stockwell – Psychic Medium

Remarkably compelling, amazingly detailed and always humorous. The popular star of TV’s Street Psychic, Psychic Private Eyes and Psychic...

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Mon

May

11

Lawrence: After Arabia

Lawrence: After Arabia – Pre-Release screening and Director Q&A. The venue is very proud to present a pre-release screening...

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Thu

May

14

Little Women

In the years after the Civil War, Jo March lives in New York and makes her living as a writer,...

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Fri

May

29

Stayin’ Alive – Bee Gees Tribute

Winners of the National Tribute Awards in 2013, 2016 and 2017, Stayin Alive are recognised as the UK's top Bee...

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Thu

Jun

11

BOVTS Far From The Madding Crowd

BRISTOL OLD VIC THEATRE SCHOOL PRESENT FAR FROM THE MADDING CROWD By Thomas Hardy, Adapted by Mark Healy Based...

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Fri

Jun

12

Andy Fairweather Low

Andy Fairweather Low's pedigree is the stuff rock dreams are made of. He first came to prominence at the vanguard...

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Thu

Jun

18

CATS

A cat named Victoria (Francesca Hayward) is abandoned in a London alleyway. There, she meets the ‘Jellicle cats’, who all...

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Sat

Jun

20

The Alter Eagles

The Alter Eagles are delighted to bring their two hour plus tribute to one of the greatest bands of all...

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Thu

Jul

02

Living Spit – Elizabeth I

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

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Fri

Jul

17

Rabbit Rabbit

Rabbit Rabbit - A tribute to Chas & Dave It’s time to “put your beer in the sideboard here”...

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Wed

Jul

29

Psychic Medium – Nikki Kitt

Evening of Mediumship with Psychic Medium Nikki Kitt Psychic Medium Nikki Kitt is a Spiritualist Medium who is currently touring...

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Fri

Aug

07

dS:uK DIRE STRAITS

THE SHOW HAS BEEN POSTPONED FROM 20TH MARCH  2020. ALL TICKETS DATED 20TH MARCH WILL BE VALID FOR THE...

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Fri

Sep

18

A Vision of Elvis

Starring Rob Kingsley, winner of The National Tribute Music Awards “Official Elvis Show” and “No.1 Male Tribute”. Rob Kingsley...

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Sat

Oct

17

GO NOW! The Moody Blues Tribute

GO NOW! The Music of The Moody Blues is an opportunity for fans to experience this timeless music live,...

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Wed

Oct

28

Jethro – The Final Good Night

For one last time enjoy a memorable evening of hysterical nonsense - take a peek into the circus lurking deep...

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Fri

Nov

13

Los Pacaminos

We are thrilled to be welcoming back Los Pacaminos featuring Paul Young, Drew Barfield, Mark Pinder, Steve Greetham, Jamie Moses...

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Fri

Nov

20

Totally Tina

Voted the UK’s official No 1 Tina Turner tribute for the past six years by the Agents Association of Great...

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Fri

Dec

11

A Christmas Night at the Opera

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

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Sat

Dec

12

A Christmas Night at the Opera

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

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As the Coronavirus situation evolves the safety and wellbeing of our volunteers, our staff and our community is our highest priority. Following the latest advice from HM Government, we regret that The Exchange will be closed for the immediate future. How long this situation lasts will depend on recommendations from the relevant authorities; we will be monitoring the ongoing situation and following their guidance. For any urgent queries please email us [email protected] Wherever possible events will be re-scheduled for future dates. Our website and social media pages will be updated and we will issue local press releases. As a registered charity, with no on-going grants, income from ticket sales is vital to The Exchange. If your booking is cancelled and you are in a position to do so, we ask you to accept a voucher for future use or donating the value of your ticket to The Exchange, rather than a refund. If you can do this, your kindness will help support us through these difficult times. The doors of The Exchange are now closed and we will continue to review the situation. The Trustees
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