Cultural venues reopening after UK COVID-19 lockdown

The Culture Diary intends to update this page with opening dates of cultural venues in the UK as they are announced. Contact us at info@theculturediary.com with details of your plans to reopen or hold new events.

Note that new guidance has been published on GOV.UK for performing arts organisations on safely working during the COVID-19 pandemic. 

From 8 August, face coverings will be required at museums, art galleries, cinemas and libraries. 

If you want to find reopening venues in a calendar listing format, go here.

Museums and Galleries

  • Barbican Centre - Partial reopening 13 July 2020 starting with the art gallery and conservatory. Theatres, music venues, cinemas and public foyer spaces remain closed for now
  • BFI Southbank - open from 1 September 2020 with several preventative rules including advance e-booking only. More info here.
  • British Library - opening its Humanities I, Rare Book & Music, and Business & IP Centre Reading Rooms in St Pancras and Reading Room in Boston Spa on 22 July 2020. You must book a space in advance before attending. More info here.
  • Design Museum - opening from 31 July 2020 with the exhibition Electronic: From Kraftwerk to the Chemical Brothers. Find out more here.
  • FACT Liverpool - FACT Galleries opens on 12 August 2020, followng the opening of Picturehouse at FACT on 31 July 2020. - more information here. You can read more about and book tickets for the first exhibition 'And Say the Animal Responded?' on the Culture Diary here.
  • Handel and Hendrix - reopening 22 August 2020 with timed tickets and other precautions, on Saturdays only until at least 26 September.
  • Museum of London & Docklands - both the London Wall and Docklands Museum of London will be open on 6 August to the general public - book a time slot for either here.
  • National Army Museum - reopening from 7 July 2020, with measures in place so you can enjoy your experience as safely as possible. Entry remains free, but they are asking visitors to book a time slot online before visiting.
  • The National Gallery - open 8 July 2020 with added social distancing, one-way art routes and a contactless experience. Book visit here.
  • National Museums Liverpool - the World Museum and Walker Art Gallery are both opening on 15 July. Booking ahead for your visit is essential.
  • Natural History Museum - reopening on 5 August. It will open Wednesday-Sunday from 11.00-18.00, you'll need to book a free ticket before you visit, should wear a face covering, use hand sanitiser stations and staff will be cleaning throughout the day while some spaces will still be closed.
  • Nottingham Contemporary - reopens on 4 August with three new exhibitions on individual artists. Read more about those here.
  • The Royal Academy of Arts - opens to its Friends on 9 July and the general public on 16 July, with various COVID-19 prevention measures in place. Book your visit here. Their Picasso and Paper exhibition is currently sold out to both Friends and the public, but Friends will get first pick of any new tickets released.
  • Royal Greenwich Museums - all four sites will be opening over the summer. Cutty Sark is open from 20 July, followed by the Royal Observatory on 3 August, with Queen's House and the National Maritime Museum opening dates announcing soon. More information and mandatory booking here.
  • Science Museum Group - Five museums will be reopening on the following dates - all visits must be booked in advance:
        - Locomotion, Shildon - 28 July
        - National Railway Museum, York - 4 August
        - Science and Industry Museum, Manchester - 14 August 
        - National Science and Media Museum, Bradford  - 19 August
        - Science Museum, London - 19 August
    Across the Science Museum Group, there are new measures to protect the public, including enhanced cleaning. All visitors will need to book free, timed tickets in advance, to manage numbers and maintain social distancing, and at some points to follow self-guided or one-way routes through the museums.
  • Serpentine Galleries - Reopening on 4 August with free time slots for 'Cao Fei: Blueprints' available initially up to 16 August. Tickets are mandatory for any visit. Book here.
  • Sir John Soane's Museum - Planned to reopen on 1 October. You can still visit the museum virtually here.
  • Southbank Centre - the Hayward Gallery reopens with the postponed Among the Trees exhibition on 1 August. Buy tickets here.
  • Tate - All four of Tate's galleries will be reopening on 27 July. You must book tickets to visit, and pay attention to COVID-19 precautions. Tate Modern's postponed Andy Warhol exhibition will reopen on 27 July - tickets here.
  • V & A - reopens on 6 August with shorter opening hours and mandatory timed, ticketed free entry which you can book here.
  • The Wallace Collection - the permanent collection is open to the public from 15 July 2020 with timed free tickets or tickets with donations only. Critically-acclaimed temporary exhibition Forgotten Masters: Indian Painting for the East India Company will also reopen on 29 July until 13 September, with tickets on sale from 22 July. More info.
  • White Cube Gallery - open 16 June 2020 - this gallery is operating with reduced opening hours and timed visiting slots to enable easy social distancing and avoid queues. Advance booking is required. Book Mason's YardBook Bermondsey.

Theatres

  • Regent's Park Open Air Theatre - reopens 14 August with Jesus Christ Superstar: The Concert. Details here.
  • St Martin's Theatre will reopen on 23 October 2020 after the previously unbroken run of Agatha Christie's The Mousetrap, which had been running since 1952, came to an end on 18 March 2020. The show's historic second run will be socially-distanced with online bookings only.

Spun Glass Theatre is gathering a database of the status of UK theatres, venues and festivals, with funds granted by Arts Council England. Sign up here to register for Theatre Search and help touring theatre get restarted. Its entire database has been published - register to get access.

Open venues:

  • Aros Centre, Isle of Skye - Open for limited activity - shop
  • The Albany, Deptford - Open for some activities; cafe and venue opening planned for September
  • Barbican Centre - Partial reopening, including art gallery, conservatory and cafe. Theatres, music venues, cinemas and public foyer spaces remain closed for now
  • Belgrade Theatre, Coventry - Open for limited activity - cafe
  • Bloomsbury Festival, London - 2020 festival announced
  • Bonington Theatre Arnold, Nottingham - Open for limited actiity - cinema
  • The Cabaret Supperclub, Belfast - Open with social distancing
  • Chol Theatre, Huddersfield - Open for work with communities and schools
  • Cockpit, London - Open for rehearsals and workshops
  • De la Warr Pavilion, Bexhill - Open for limited activity - cafe and gallery
  • Eastgate Theatre - Open for limited activity - cafe
  • Etcetera Theatre, London - Open for workshops and rehearsals only
  • Freedom Studios, Bradford - Open for limited activity - youth theatre
  • Greenwich and Docklands Festival (GDIF) - Reimagined for 2020
  • Jordanstown Loughshore Park, Jordanstown - Outdoor venue
  • Marine Court Hotel, Bangor - Event room for hire
  • The Minack, Penzance - Open (outdoor)
  • Mouth of the Tyne Festival, Tynemouth - Headline artists rescheduling shows for November 2020
  • Slunglow at the Holbeck, Leeds - Open for outdoor and community work
  • The Pound Arts Centre, Corsham - Cafe and gallery only
  • Quay Arts, Newport - Cafe and gallery only 
  • Storyhouse, Chester - Cinema only

Venues with planned re-openings:

  • Arts Alive, Blue Barn - Planned reopening autumn 2020
  • Babylon Arts, Ely - Planned reopening 1 August 2020 (gallery only)
  • The Barn Theatre, Cirencester - Planned reopening 25 July 2020 (outdoor festival)
  • Barnsley Civic - Planned reopening September 2020
  • Belfast International Arts Festival - Planned reopening October 2020
  • The Brewhouse, Burton-on-Trent - Planend reopening 3 August 2020 (socilly-distanced workshops and activities)
  • Brighton Open Air Theatre, Brighton - Planned reopening 25 July 2020
  • Catstrand, St John's Town of Dalry - Planned reopening for limited activity in August
  • The Courtyard, Hereford - Planned reopening September 2020
  • Culture Night, Belfast - Planned reopening 18 September 2020
  • Dundee Contemporary Arts - Planned reopening 4 September 2020
  • Enable Us, Sheffield - Planned reopening November 2020
  • The Garden Theatre, London - A new outdoor theatre opening 3 August 2020
  • Gatsby's Drugstore, London - Planned reopening 1 October 2020
  • Glyndebourne, Lewes - Planned reopening July 2020 (outdoors)
  • Half Moon Theatre, London - Planned reopening 3 August 2020 (community outreach)
  • Hanover Community Centre, Brighton - Planned reopening 1 September 2020
  • HOME Manchester - Planned reopening 4 September 2020
  • Little Angel Theatre, London - Planned reopening Christmas 2020
  • The MAC, Belfast - Partial reopening 2 September 2020
  • The Maltings, St Albans - Planned reopening August 2020 (outdoor work)
  • Millfield Theatre, London - Planned reopening 3 December 2020
  • Palace Theatre, Manchester - Planned reopening 20 September 2020
  • The Phoenix Arts Club, London - Planned reopening 1 August 2020
  • Rural Arts, Thirsk - Planned reopening 11 August 2020
  • Theatre Severn, Shrewsbury - Planned reopening September 2020
  • The Ulster American Folk Park, Omagh - Planned reopening 13 August 2020
  • The Ulster Museum, Belfast - Planned reopening 30 July 2020
  • The Ulster Folk Museum, Belfast - Planned reopening 13 August 2020
  • Vaults Festival, London - Planned dates January 2021
  • Watermill Theatre, Newbury - Planned reopening 29 July 2020 (outdoor performance)
  • Waterside Arts Centre, Sale - Planned reopening 2 August 2020 
  • The Winter Gardens, Blackpool - Planned reopening 25 August 2020

Venues with extended closures:

  • The Alexandra, Birmingham - Closed until October 2020
  • ArtsDepot London - Closed until 31 August 2020
  • Birmingham Hippodrome - Closed until 2 November 2020
  • Black Country - Closed until April 2021
  • The Blue Orange Theatre, Birmingham - Closed until October 2020
  • Cast, Doncaster - Closed until winter 2020
  • Chapter Arts Centre - Closed until autumn 2020
  • Curve, Leicester - Closed until 31 October 2020
  • Edinburgh Playhouse - Closed util 20 September 2020
  • Festival Theatre, Edinburgh - Closed until 1 November 2020
  • Gala Theatre, Durham - Closed until January 2021
  • Howden Park Centre, Livingston - Closed until 1 September 2020
  • Hull Truck - Closed until November 2020
  • Just So Festival, Cheshire - Closed until 2021
  • The King's Theatre, Edinburgh - Closed until 1 November 2020
  • The King's Theatre, Glasgow - Closed until 20 September 2020
  • The Landmark, Ilfracombe - Closed until 26th November 2020
  • Lincoln Performing Arts Centre - Closed until 31 August 2020
  • Lochgelly Centre - closed until spring 2021
  • The Lowry, Salford Quays - Closed until 31 August 2020
  • mac Birmingham - Closed until 2021
  • Marina Theatre, Lowestoft - Closed until 30 November 2020
  • Mayflower, Southampton - Closed until 10 December 2020
  • The Mill Arts Centre, Banbury - Closed until 30 September 2020
  • Octagon Theatre, Bolton - Closed until November 2020
  • The Old Market, Hove - Closed until 1 March 2021
  • The Olde Rep, Birmingham - Closed until September 2020
  • Pitlochry Festival Theatre - Closed until 31 December 2020
  • Polka Theatre London - Closed until spring 2021
  • Queen’s Theatre, Barnstaple - Closed until 26 November 2020
  • Royal Court Theatre, London - Closed until October 2020
  • Royal Lyceum, Edinburgh - Closed until spring 2021
  • Scottish Dance Theatre - Closed until 2021
  • Sheffield Theatres - Closed until spring 2021 (with a pop-up festival at The Crucible autumn 2020)
  • Shelley Theatre, Bournemouth - Closed until 1 September 2020
  • Sherman Theatre, Cardiff - Closed until spring 2021
  • Southbank Centre, London - Closed until April 2021
  • The Spire, Brighton - Closed until at least 1 September 2020
  • The Stand, Edinburgh - Closed until 1 September 2020
  • The Stand, Glasgow - Closed until 1 September 2020
  • The Studio Theatre, Edinburgh - Closed until 1 November 2020
  • Theatre Royal, Glasgow - Closed until 20 September 2020
  • Theatre Royal Newcastle - Closed until late November 2020
  • Traverse Theatre, Edinburgh - Closed until the end of 2020
  • Venue Cymru, Llandudno - Closed until 2021
  • Wales Millennium Centre, Cardiff - Closed until January 2021

 

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