We operate from two venues in and around Hastings, East Sussex.

The Barn Theatre and Museum is set within 24 acres in the High Weald Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty on the outskirts of Hastings and comprises a 50-seat children’s theatre, workshop studio and a museum featuring John Bright's collection of toys and puppets.

Located in the heart of St Leonards-on-Sea, The Benbow Arts Space (opening end May 2024) is a creative learning hub dedicated to the art of filmmaking.  Young people can discover their passion for filmmaking, develop skills and begin their journey into the film industry.

Visits are by appointment only or for special events – see Whats On for more information. 

Barn Theatre

The Barn Theatre presents inspirational puppet shows and theatre productions to children, young people, and their families. 

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The adjoining museum showcases John Bright’s personal collection of antique toys, puppets and model theatre sets dating from the 18th century to present day. 

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Benbow Arts Space

The Benbow Arts Space is located in the heart of St Leonards-on-Sea and will be opening at the end of May 2024.



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Barn Theatre & Museum
Rodgers Farm
Stonestile Lane
East Sussex
TN35 4PH


Registered address:
2 London Road
St Leonards-on-Sea
East Sussex
TN37 6AE


© 2023 The Bright Foundation. Registered charity number: 1179452
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