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Artist's impression of Fareham's new community, arts and entertainment venue

Artist's impression of Fareham's new community, arts and entertainment venue

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9 October 2019

Operator announced for remodelled Ferneham Hall

Fareham Borough Council is pleased to announce the operator for the new Community, Arts and Entertainment venue that will replace Ferneham Hall.

The current venue will close on 6 January 2020 for a period of up to two years for the remodelling project to take place. When it reopens BH Live will manage the venue on the Council’s behalf.

BH Live is a charitable social enterprise and leading leisure and event venue operator, which manages 17 venues, leisure centres and attractions across Dorset, Hampshire and London. These include Bournemouth International Centre, Portsmouth Pyramids and Fairfield Halls (Croydon). They were chosen following a procurement process.

Executive member for Leisure and Community at Fareham Borough Council, Cllr Sue Bell, said:

“This is a great step forward in the transformation of Ferneham Hall. BH Live will bring a wealth of operating experience and we’re looking forward to working together to establish the new venue as a vibrant community facility with activity throughout the day and evening, offering something for everyone.”

Chris Symons, Chief Executive at BH Live, said:

“We are delighted to be working with the Council on plans that will see Ferneham Hall transformed into a thriving community arts and entertainment venue.

We share the Council’s ambition - to provide a sustainable cultural venue with a broad event and activity programme that is high quality and community-focussed. Local residents can expect the programme to include theatre, music, visual arts, international performances, comedy, heritage, health and wellbeing, exhibitions, festivals, dance and creative projects for young people.”



Notes to Editor:

About BH Live

BH Live is a leading operator of leisure and event venues; a social enterprise that designs and builds engaging experiences to inspire people and enrich lives.

With more than five million visits a year to venues across Dorset, Hampshire and London we are changing lives and are at the heart of the UK’s growing social economy. For more visit

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