The Barrington Centre
The Barrington Centre and Barrington Theatre at Penny's Walk, Ferndown (opp Tesco) is the major entertainment, leisure and Community Centre in the Ferndown area. It is also the home of the Town Council Offices.
The 250 seat theatre has a large stage with excellent lighting and sound facilities which attracts many professional and amateur companies providing concerts, classic and comedy plays, rock bands and large scale musicals at affordable ticket prices. The Theatre can also be used for dances with its polished maple sprung floor, and is also used for monthly films and bingo, formal dinners, discos, seminars, quiz evenings, AGMs and Christmas Fayres.
Raffles Coffee House and Restaurant (licensed) at the Barrington Centre is a very popular and busy meeting place for local residents with a seating capacity of 60 and is open Monday to Friday 8:30am-4:30pm and Saturdays 8:30am-3:30pm. Hot and cold drinks are available, including a selection of coffees from our 'La Spaziale' state-of-the-art coffee machine. Ice-creams, extensive snacks and daily 'lunch specials' are all available as well as afternoon teas.
In the evenings our comfortable Theatre Bar is available fort drinks both before a show and during the intervals. The Bar Lounge is available for hire with or without the use of the Bar facilities, being particularly suitable for small family gatherings or receptions.
The Centre is managed by Ferndown Community Association which exists to provide a varied programme of educational, social and recreational events for the local community. Attractive discounts on ticket prices for many shows are available to FCA Friends of the Barrington. The small annual fee can be recouped through these discounts.
Theatre tickets are available from the reception/box office (Monday-Friday 9am-5pm; Saturday 9am-4pm) or on 01202 894858 by debit card (no surcharge) or credit card (£1 surcharge). Free parking is available at the 'Tesco' public car park approached from Ringwood Road and parking is also available in the Penny's Lodge car park (free from 6pm) approached via Victoria Road and Albert Road. The Centre itself is 'disabled friendly' being on one level with easy access.
If you are looking for an imaginative present for someone for a birthday, anniversary, Christmas or just to say 'thank you', why not buy a Theatre Token or Restaurant Token which can be used towards the cost of a show or towards a meal. Ask at the office for details. If you are looking for a room to hire for your club, activity or event please contact us to arrange a look round, or view photos of the rooms on our website under Room Hire. We have very competitive hire rates and will set up your room according to your requirements. Catering is available. Please ask for details. Or you may DIY in our servery which is available for all users of the Centre.
The Barrington Centre is known for being the centre of Community Activity in Ferndown where many clubs and associations base their activities, contact details are as follows:
- Bits & Bytes Computer Club Mr N Barton - 01202 861077
- Christchurch & East Dorset Conservative Assoc Mrs Q Comfort -01202 873221
- Dorset Adult Learning Mr I Burch - 01202 851492
- Ferndown Art Society Mrs C Hamilton - 01202 875464
- Ferndown Branch of Labour Party Mr C F Hampton - 01202 876401
- Ferndown Camera Club Mr M Smith - 01425 277370
- Ferndown Drama Group Mr C Allen - 01202 578048
- Ferndown French Circle Mrs E Rothwell - 01202 874868
- Ferndown Informal Courses Mrs M Jefford - 01425 476508
- Ferndown Historical Society Mr J Utting - 01202 897649
- Ferndown Music Makers Mr P Geal - 01202 892283
- Ferndown Neighbourhood Watch North Mr P Ebers - 01202 872739
- Ferndown & West Moors Philatelic Club Mr T Kirkman - 01202 572711
- Ferndown Phoenix Musical Society Mr T Holbert - 01202 893706
- Ferndown Spiritual Healing Group Mrs J Lyndley - 01202 822654
- Ferndown & District U3A Mrs S Goode - 01202 861132
- Ferndown Wine Society Mr P Fearnley - 01202 707128
- Gladelands Coffee Morning Club Mr A Giles - 01202 891369
- National Trust East Dorset Assoc Mrs J Matthews - 01202 820965
- Parkinsons Support Group Mrs I Musk - 01202 874249
- Penny's Patchers Mrs J Hunnings - 01202 873437
- Rotary Club of Ferndown Mr N Meldrum - 01202 891419
- Scrapping Frenzy Crop Mrs J Dumbleton - 01202 880929
- Strollers Mr A Welfare - 01202 870644
- Unison Theatrical Choir Mrs L Robbins - 01202 872346
- University of the Third Age (U3A) Mrs S Goode - 01202 861132
- West Moors Singers Mr B Roberts - 01202 892810
- Wimborne & Ferndown Lions Club Mr F Fortey - 01202 88602