Past Event
Heritage & Tours

Heritage Open Day

Mon 6 Aug 2018

Built by Prince Regent as a stable block, our Grade I listed venue has had many guises over its 200-year history. Take a behind-the-scenes tour (and get a glimpse of our famed underground tunnel), learn about celebrated landscape designer Humphrey Repton’s unrealised vision of the Royal Pavilion Estate, plus live music in the Café-bar and heritage craft activities for our youngest visitors. 

A peek into the Corn Exchange

The Corn Exchange doors on Brighton Dome’s West Corridor will be opened for the first time since building works began. Giving you a taste of the extensive renovation project which will restore breath-taking and previously hidden heritage features, as well as provide new state-of-the-art facilities.

Historical Research Volunteers

10am – 4.30pm

The Brighton Dome and Corn Exchange Research Project launched in August 2018. Come and find out what a Brighton Dome Historical Research volunteer does! Our newly recruited Research Volunteers will be on hand to tell you about three areas they have been exploring and share some of the stories they have been investigating of our 200 year history! -

Live music from the Sam Carelse Trio

12 – 12.45pm and 1.15pm – 2pm


10am – 12pm and 2-4pm

Print your own Dome by Art Jam

11am – 1pm

Printmaking session exploring the textures and patterns found in Brighton Dome's Iconic Building using lino prints, stamps and collage to make your own beautiful print to take home.

Humphry Repton and his Designs for the Royal Pavilion

With Dr Alexandra Loske

12pm – 1pm

Dome Concert Hall

Free admission

BSL Interpreted

Humphry Repton’s ‘Red Book’ of 1806 shows an important stage in the evolution of the Royal Pavilion, even though none of his designs were ever implemented. Dr Alexandra Loske’s talk will focus on Repton’s plans for the Royal Pavilion Estate, commissioned by George IV in 1805. Although his proposal was never realised, Repton’s vision is preserved in one of his beautifully illustrated Red Books, enabling us to see what might have been. Some of Repton’s designs for the Pavilion and an original Red Book will be on display during the talk.

Build Brighton Dome

Maxine Hort, Director of Operations, Brighton Dome and Festival

11.15am – 12pm & 12.45pm - 1.30pm

Founders Room

Free admission, limited seating capacity

This illustrated talk will offer an overview of the redevelopment plans, insights into the building work completed to date and will be an opportunity to ask questions about the project. Combining a royal palace and Regency garden, museum and art gallery and our 3 performing arts spaces, the Royal Pavilion Estate is our city’s cultural heart. We have embarked on an exciting journey to restore and reunite this historic estate, starting with a major refurbishment of our nationally important Corn Exchange and Studio Theatre. Due for completion in 2019 the transformation of both spaces will reveal and restore previously hidden heritage features and provide new, state of the art facilities