Regional arts centre, The Stag in Sevenoaks has been proven to have a major impact on its community as well as generating nearly 200 jobs within its organisation and wider area.

A recently commissioned economic report examined the employment opportunities created by The Stag and the effect the venue has on tourism.

The venue which houses a 450 seat theatre, 150 seat studio and two screen cinema, attracts around 300,000 visits per year which in turn creates spend at the centre as well as the town. The Stag had earlier recognised its link with its community and launched its own Dine in Time scheme in 2015, to support local restaurants and help its audiences looking for places to eat locally.

Despite difficult times for arts venues across the country, The Stag has continued to develop after it was taken over by Sevenoaks Town Council in 2009 and became a not for profit charity in 2011. It is now 97% grant free and relies on hiring out its facilities to professional and amateur shows, its cinema, donations and the sponsorship and support of local businesses.

Stag Chief Executive Andrew Eyre said: “The Stag is enormously proud to be standing on its own two feet as a reputable and successful local theatre. We are a small team but thanks to their hard work and that of our invaluable volunteers, we will continue to grow. The Town Council took a leap of faith in taking over The Stag and it is paying off. We won’t be resting on our laurels but it is very heartening to read the report and share how important The Stag is to the local community”.

The Stag was also found to provide essential cultural content in Sevenoaks through locally produced productions, youth and community engagement, amateur productions and touring productions. It is also an essential community meeting space in the Stag Café, Stag Plaza studio and other meeting rooms. The Arts Centre promotes a high number of volunteering opportunities, with approximately 6,000 volunteer hours per annum. This provides opportunities for social inclusion, exposure to cultural activities, work experience, and promoting engagement with the local community.

The report is available from Sevenoaks Town Council’s Website

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