Number 8 is a thriving community arts centre inspired and led by the people of Pershore. As a registered charity (no. 1089301) our mission is to provide arts and leisure activities to the local community and beyond with the aim of improving the social well-being of the inhabitants of Pershore and surrounding areas.
Number 8 offers a vibrant programme of film (with digital projection and 3D), live events (including music, theatre and dance), plus events beamed in via satellite such as ballets, operas and the National Theatre Live seasons.
We run a programme of creative courses including Chance to Dance dance classes for over 55s. Number 8 also hosts a popular monthly readers’ group. Within The Foyer our coffee bar gallery space we have a continuous programme of art and designer craft exhibitions and informal performances and events.
Number 8 is home to Pershore Operatic and Dramatic Society, our resident amateur company, and a host of arts and leisure courses such as yoga, art classes and ballet. The venue is available for hire by community groups or the corporate sector for regular classes, conferences, meetings or training events.
Number 8 also runs the Just After 8 Charity Shop situated just around the corner at 23 Broad Street selling secondhand books, furniture, bric-a-brac, DVDs, jewellery and CDs, and locally made craft items. The shop is open Wednesday to Saturday 10am – 4pm.
Fully integrated into the community of Pershore Number 8 was inspired by the local community, realised by the local community and is now supported by them operationally and as attendees. With registered charity status the organisation is governed by a Board of Trustees and managed by a team of four full-time paid staff, three part-time staff and over 200 volunteers.
Number 8 aims to provide high quality, professional arts products and activities for all its patrons. High standards, professionalism and community ownership lies at the heart of the venue’s operation.