iconic Lincolnshire landmark to ENHANCE THE QUALITY OF LIFE FOR OUR COMMUNITY 

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The grade II listed Spilsby Sessions House (a former courthouse and police station that became Spilsby Theatre in 1984) has been on the national 'Theatres at Risk Register' since 2015 and is also registered as a heritage site at risk. 

Whilst some parts of the building, on the west side of the site, remain in use and are open to the public during events, the majority of the property is in very poor condition. Access is limited to protect the building and the public, however you can take a virtual tour of the building - click here for slide show. 

We are currently working with Historic England on a programme of urgent temporary repair work that will stabilise the building and prevent any further deterioration. This will also enable greater public access.

However, a much larger scale programme of repair and regeneration is required to bring the heritage site back into full use and ensure a sustainable future for the community asset. The Spilsby Sessions House team has been very proactive in working to make this possible and was successful with funding applications to the National Lottery Heritage Fund, the Architectural Heritage Fund and The Theatres Trust enabling a Viability Study to be produced in 2018 and further preparatory work to be undertaken in 2020. With support from East Lindsey District Council this work has recently been updated and revised as a single phase of construction work.


Spilsby Sessions House has been included in East Lindsey District Council's bid to the Levelling Up Fund Round 2.


The package bid with a lead theme of Culture repurposes 3 highly graded listed buildings, Spilsby Session House, Alford Manor and Alford Windmill, making the south Lincolnshire Wolds a real visitor destination, providing diverse, sustainable and accessible attractions and venues to develop and extend community cultural events and activity programmes.

If the bid is successful, Spilsby Sessions House will be transformed into an outstanding multi-purpose facility, bringing all its many rooms, spaces and even prison cells into use. It will be a community venue for all, a regional centre for arts development providing much needed support for local talent and a heritage attraction drawing visitors to Spilsby and the surrounding area.

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Restorative works & FACILITIES

  • Full roof repair/replacement

  • Restoration works to the building's columned front portico

  • Forecourt landscaping - outdoor public space

  • Accessible ramped access to entrances

  • Main space fit out creating a more flexible venue for live events, cinema and community hire

  • Prison cells refurbished to provide permanent heritage exhibition space

  • New cafe/bar/gallery foyer area on West side with access to rear garden

  • West side 1st floor offices/workspaces

  • New toilet facilities in old exercise yard behind cells

  • Rear outbuilding - the 'barn' - workshop and 1st floor office/workspace

  • All new utilities, heating etc throughout

  • East side - multi-use function room/backstage

  • East side - additional toilets

  • East side - 1st floor offices/workspace

Estimated cost £5.2m


Estimated completion (if bid is successful) December 2024 

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

  • History 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 and is included in the 2022 Architectural Report which can be viewed by clicking on the link above in the 'project documents' section.