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Our core aims are the preservation of Spilsby's Sessions House and the promotion of the arts for the benefit of the public. 

The grade II listed Spilsby Sessions House (aka Spilsby Theatre) has been on the national 'Theatres at Risk Register' since 2015 and is also recognised, by East Lindsey District Council's Historic Environment Officer, as a heritage site at risk. 

We are working on a full project of restoration that will bring the building back into use as an outstanding regional arts facility. 


We also work with the community and regional partners to promote arts activities in the local area.



A viability study, including an options appraisal of re-use of the building, was completed in 2018. Following a subsequent review and having received advice from the National Lottery Heritage Fund and other heritage sector experts, the project is now being phased..


Working with professional consultants, a full phasing study and additional preparatory development work has been completed.


This essential work has been funded by the National Lottery Heritage Fund, the Architectural Heritage Fund and the Theatres Trust.

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PHASE ONE (Development)

  • Building purchase

  • Temporary repairs

  • Planning permission

  • Recruit Project Manager

  • Procure Architectural Team

  • Appoint Activities Team (including Programme Manager & Consultant Heritage Interpreter)

  • Further public consultation and detailed phase one delivery planning

  • Launch fundraising campaign

PHASE ONE (Delivery)

  • All roof works on site

  • Meanwhile use; semi-operational venue

  • Operate project based heritage/arts activities

  • Open up site/venue to public


  • Fully operational venue

  • Main space fit out - live events and cinema

  • Prison cells refurbished - heritage exhibition space

  • New cafe/bar/gallery foyer area

  • West side 1st floor offices

  • New toilets behind cells

  • West side works - All utilities, heating etc


  • Additional facilities and heritage preservation

  • East side - Function room

  • East side - Additional toilets and backstage facilities

  • East side - 1st floor offices

  • Works to frontage and forecourt

We are currently working on funding Phase One (Development) and estimate this first stage could be complete in 2022. 


PHASE ONE (Development) £366,000

PHASE ONE (Delivery) £921,000K

PHASE TWO (capital works only) £1,760,000

PHASE THREE (capital works) £706,000



We have enabled one small room in the building, to be used for community arts events. Prior to Covid-19 we we held approximately 150 events per year including Grubby Knees Youth Theatre group, regular music events, comedy, dance events and small scale touring theatre 


A minimal programme of events is now happening. 

For details click on the button below.


We have also been developing partnerships with other organisations to deliver and support high quality arts experiences. To find out more about our arts partnership work click on the button below. 

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building history&


Essential research for the restoration project has provided detailed information about the building including:

  • Historical information and chronology

  • Study of heritage significance

  • Architectural drawings

  • Structural survey 

  • Conditions survey

This work, undertaken by Tim Ronalds Architects and Cambridge Architectural Research Ltd, was funded by the National Lottery Heritage Fund and the Architectural Heritage Fund. Click on the button below to view the work.

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