More venues open their doors

More spaces and places continue to reopen in North Somerset…

Libraries

More libraries in North Somerset have opened their doors once more to welcome back visitors.

Since Monday, members can borrow books using self-service facilities and use computers by prior booking at Pill and Worle library and children’s centres, Winscombe library and Weston library in the Town Hall.

Next week (from Monday 14 September), the library at the Campus, in Locking Castle, will also re-open offering the same services.

Opening hours are restricted so check before visiting. You must follow safety procedures and wear a face covering, unless exempt.

Also, staff cannot answer face-to-face enquiries or assist with computers.

The local studies library in the Town Hall is not open yet, but if you have an enquiry call 01934 426 863 or email

The contact-free click and collect service, where staff select books for customers to collect at pre-arranged times, is still continuing at all libraries and the expanded online library service is still available.

The home library service, where volunteers deliver books to housebound residents, has also resumed.

 

Town Hall

The Town Hall in Weston-super-Mare reopened on Monday with restricted services.

Reception is only open to visitors who have booked an appointment in advance. If you have an enquiry call 01934 888 888, ask for the relevant service and an appointment will be arranged if needed.

When visiting, you must respect a two-metre distance, sanitise your hands on entry and wear a face covering, unless exempt. The number of people allowed in at any one time is restricted so you may have to wait before you can enter. You’ll also need to give your details for the NHS Test and Trace service.

 

Playhouse Theatre

Theatre lovers will soon be able to see performers tread the boards once more in Weston-super-Mare.

The Playhouse Theatre is re-opening this autumn with a limited programme and social distancing in place.

North Somerset Council is giving a one-off contribution of £100,000 to the theatre to help cover the losses incurred and to enable it to restart performances.

The money is coming from the council’s coronavirus fund and operators Parkwood will also seek financial support from the government’s culture recovery fund.

There will then be a profit-share arrangement for the extended period of the contract, to enable the council to recoup the costs.

The council and operators Parkwood have agreed a deal to ensure the theatre can continue to entertain audiences until at least 2027.