Winchester’s Guildhall is planning to diversify its range of events to include music, comedy, theatre and film.
New General Manager, Chris Smith, intends to give a new lease of life to the historic venue in the heart of the city.
Chris said: “It’s an exciting time, as we introduce changes to how we operate to increase the use of our beautiful building. There should be something for everyone at the Guildhall and my aim is to offer just that.
“Whilst remaining one of the most flexible and historic venues for weddings and private parties, I am also excited about the range of new events we plan to hold ourselves.”
Plans also include improvements to rooms, more licensed bars and extended menu options for banqueting and the Eighteen71 café.
There will be improved conference facilities to suit companies of different sizes and new offers for weddings and parties.
Chris wants to see the Guildhall used more frequently by local people and plans to involve the community through partnership events – the recent fundraiser for the Nepal earthquake is an early example.
Already in place for 2015 are Winchester Festival of the Arts events in July featuring some well-known names including Prof Robert Winston, Will Self, Greg Dyke and John Lloyd, Patrick Gale and Dan Snow.
People can keep up-to-date with developments at the Guildhall through its website, Facebook, Twitter and YouTube presence or via a monthly e-newsletter.