Lighthouse in Poole picks up two tourism awards

POOLE’S Lighthouse Theatre has picked up two gongs at the prestigious South West England Tourism Excellence Awards.

The venue was named Business Events Venue of the Year, while also landing the Bronze Award for Resilience and Innovation, with the results announced during a ceremony at the Eden Project in Cornwall on March 23.

Lucy Funnell, corporate development executive at Lighthouse, said: “We work very hard to make sure everyone who comes to Lighthouse has a great experience, whether they come to see a show, attend a conference, take part in a course, or present a trade fair.”

The awards came as the venue continues to diversify.

As well as a programme of diverse arts and entertainment from national, international, and regional artists, the Lighthouse has hosted an increasing number of commercial and non-artistic events.

They range from a gala dinner for Diverse Abilities, to live streamed webcasts with You Are the Media marketing and training community, and a wide range of meetings for clients including Poole BID, RNLI and BCP Council.

“Not only is Lighthouse able to support business users deliver their events, our clients find that hosting events in an inspirational arts space offers them a welcome change of pace from their usual business environment,” Lucy added.

As a regional winner in the awards, Lighthouse now goes forward to the national Visit England Awards for Excellence to be announced at a special event in June.

For more on hosting Lighthouse business events, call Lucy Funnell on 01202 781319, or email

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