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Beehive Centre

The Beehive Centre will be a community theatre with associated rehearsal, exhibition and social spaces in the heart of Burgess Hill. The centre will enable people of all ages to enjoy a variety of events, from local pantomime, regional exhibitions and national music to community groups holding regular meetings for their members. The central, accessible location means a quality arts programme is available to all.

Architectural drawing of the proposed Beehive centre

The Design transforms a disused town centre building into a new live performance venue, with a space that can accommodate up to 320 (depending on stage configuration), a dance/rehearsal studio, a large meeting room, a café/bar, foyer spaces and multi-functional backstage accommodation.

The intention is to create an accessible and welcoming community hub with a varied and appealing programme of events. The vibrant design reflects the town’s heritage while looking to the future as Burgess Hill’s multi-million pound regeneration continues.

Planning Permisson was granted in January 2020, application ref. DM/19/3148 . To view the full application including all designs please visit the Mid Sussex Planning Register. Fundraising continues with the total cost of the project looking to be between £5.5 – £6 million.

Architectural drawing of the proposed Beehive centre

The project was supported by Dame Vera Lynn CH DBE LLD MMus who said:

“It is good to know that the future of the arts in Sussex will be secured, as this is very close to my heart and is an issue of great importance to me.

The new theatre sounds like a wonderful opportunity and, as a local resident, I am most honoured to put my name to it. Now we all need to support this project as best we can to give Burgess Hill an arts centre and theatre it can be proud of.”

For more information please contact Steve Cridland, CEO, telephone: 01444 247726, email:

Architectural drawing of the proposed Beehive centre