Swanage Bandstand is set in its own unique amphitheatre with 2 tiers of seating all around its perimeter. Its located almost on the sea front close by the town centre and has been a continuous focus of musical performance since 1923.
Surrounded by green space, the bandstand is a safe and easily accesible location for performance. Away from busy roads and with nearby car parking, it is a superb venue for typical seaside resort bandstand performances. But that's not all. Local schools use the bandstand as a meeting place and they and other music, drama and community groups want to ensure its continued availability.
Swanage now has a reputation for encouraging culture and music with its blues, jazz and folk festivals. The town band has existed for many years, performing many events during the year, encouraging youth participation and raising funds for local causes. FOSB want to ensure that this venue remains and continues to encourage and support musical performance and continues to be an asset for the people of Swanage.
This is a challenge but it is also an opportunity - an opportunity to to not only restore the bandstand, but to improve the facilities for performers and also the audience.
We would like to provide storage for seating for the bands so they no longer have to bring their own.
We want to restore the seating around the perimeter or provide alternative seating for the audience.
We would like to improve disabled access for the performers and audience.
We would like to ensure appropriate performance and use of the bandstand is secured for the future working with local residents and the Swanage Town Council