Benbow Arts Space

The Benbow Arts Space is a creative learning hub dedicated to the art of filmmaking based in the heart of St Leonards-on-Sea.

Young people can discover their passion for filmmaking, develop skills and begin their journey into the film industry.

The venue includes an Early Cinema exhibition alongside workshop and event spaces.

Activities for young people aged 11+ include school and group visits, after-school filmmaking clubs, holiday courses, and creative career support. We will also offer occasional public events and workshops.

The Benbow Arts Space takes its name from the former pub it is located in, the Admiral Benbow.

The Admiral Benbow first opened its doors in 1833. It was the third licensed premises to be built on the new town of St Leonards-on-Sea then being erected by James Burton. It was first known as the Saxon Shades, and changed its name to the Yorkshire Grey in 1884.

During the 1980s the large upstairs room became a popular live music venue until it was closed down in 1995. Soon after it was renamed the Admiral Benbow, after 17th century British Naval officer.

The Admiral Benbow closed in 2008 and was renovated by Philip Oakley into a lighting studio and residence. John Bright purchased the building from Philip Oakley in 2019.

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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


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