PDSW occupies approximately a quarter of the Pavilion Theatre complex on the side facing Bournemouth pier. Approaching from either side of the building, head around towards Bournemouth's iconic Lower Gardens and our main entrance is up on the terrace next to the cafe.
From the Pavilion car park: walk down the steps to the right of the Pavilion Theatre and you’ll see Pavilion Dance over-looking the Lower Gardens.
From Pier Approach or Lower Gardens: Pavilion Dance faces the seafront and Lower Gardens and so can be reached either by the steps or accessible ramp.
By bus: We are a 3 minute walk to major bus routes, the main bus stops are on Westover Road and Gervis Place. For local services call Yellow Buses on 01202 636000 or Wilts & Dorset on 0845 0727 093
By train: We are 20 mins walk from Bournemouth train station . For local services call South West Trains on 0845 6000 650 or visit South West Trains, Trainline or Megabus (for cheap tickets to and from London).
By bike: There are several places to lock up your bike on Westover Road and on Pier Approach. Dorset Police recommend D-locks to ensure your bike is more secure.
By car: There are 2000 parking spaces within 10 minutes walking distance. The nearest is the Pavilion Theatre (sat nav BH1 2BU, Westover Road) with alternatives at Bath Road (BH1 2EW). Economical parking is available at Central Car park on Upper Hinton Road (BH1 2LH) within a 10 minute walk. More information via this link.
Local Accommodation: For any of our visitors looking for nearby accommodation, Travelodge Bournemouth is offering a 5% discount on your next stay. To receive your discount, click here.
Book online: via this website, usually without any booking fees. Tickets can be sent immediately via email, posted for £1 or held for collection.
Book over the phone: Monday to Saturday between 10am and 5pm (until 9pm Monday to Friday during term time).
Book in person: Monday to Saturday between 10am and 5pm (please check with us for evening hours)
Booking your tickets: Wheelchair space and free carer seats can be booked online, by phone or in person. To book online, log into your online account preferences and update your details with the relevant options/ Wheelchair spaces and/or carer tickets will then be made available for that and all future bookings. You can also share with us online any other access requirements. If you’d like, we can also update these details for you over the phone or in person.
Getting to the venue: If arriving by car, the nearest parking spaces are in the Pavilion Car Park with assistance via the BCP Council outdoor lift to the right of the building down to the Lower Gardens Terrace. Alternatively, the Bath Road car park is to the rear of the building and provides step free access to the building via the slope between the Pavilion Ballroom and the flyover.
Approaching the venue: The Pavilion complex is set into a natural slope. Approaching from the front, take the right hand pathway around the building. There is a significant set of steps down to the terrace where we are situated or an outdoor lift operated by BCP Council. From the rear of the venue there is step free access through the Lower Gardens by approaching the flyover and turning left or via Bath Road by turning down the access road (steep slope).
Entering the venue: We have automated doors. The reception desk / box office is just in front and to the right and the bar is in front and to the left.
Getting around the venue: We have accessible all gender toilets on every level of the building with lift access. For our seated performances, if you have booked a wheelchair space, we’ll have configured your row correctly in advance. If you have not booked a space yet, please let us know. We have a loop system if you need to augment your audio experience in the Ocean Room.
If there is a problem during your visit: All of our staff and volunteers have badges and / or uniforms on and are here to help.
When you leave: If you’d like us to call you a taxi, please let us know. We are always looking at ways to improve access so if you’d like to feed back on any of our facilities after your visit, please email the Venue Manager firstname.lastname@example.org