Cornerstone
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Cornerstone will keep creating!

Following government advice about Coronavirus, Cornerstone Arts Centre is currently closed to the public. Visit our blog post for more information on this closure: here.

Cornerstone Arts Centre is still Didcot's community hub even in this unprecedented time where we can't be physically open. We will continue to illuminate theatre, visual arts, community spirit and everything else under our umbrella in the best way we possibly can online. 

For a while, our website is going to look a little different. We are creating pages with details of our new digital initiatives including virtual galleries, streaming theatre and bringing classes into your living rooms so you can enjoy us even during this period. We will continue to be a community resource and we look forward to seeing you again in person when this is all over. 

 
Cornerstone Time Line

Cornerstone Timeline

2008 - Cornerstone opens its doors for the first time with a superb concert from The Ukulele Orchestra of Great Britain.

2009 - Her Royal Highness Princess Anne visits us to officially open the arts centre, unveiling a plaque which is still on the wall of our Box Office.

2009 - We also held our first ever first ever Free Bar Gig, Open Exhibition and Music and Beer Festival.

2010 – We commissioned and ran our Scooter Ballet performance.

2011 – We took part in the first Something for the Weekend event, a collaboration between 7 different Oxfordshire venues.

2011 - Elegant Cuisine took over as cafe bar operators at Cornerstone. Elegant are local caterers based at Millet's Farm in Frilford.

2012 – The 400,000th visitor walks through our doors. We also commissioned a new piece of theatre with other venues called As You Like It. We selected this piece as part of an initiative to create classic theatre for small to mid scale venues in conjunction with House.

2013 – As part of Something for the Weekend we held our first Access All Areas Day, a festival of workshops, activities and performances all accessible for people with learning disabilities.

2013 – On September 14 and 15th we celebrated our 5th Birthday in style with a gala concert from Alice Francis, and a weekend of free performances and activities. Around 3000 people came along to party with us enjoying everything from a treasure hunt, to dance performances in the window wall windows.

2014 - We replaced our auditorium cinema screen with a larger automated screen which delighted our regular Film Club.

2014 – Over 50 local young people took part in our first Free Youth Activity Day with activities ranging from jewellery making, a fire pit and table ping pong.

2014 - We worked with Ivory World Wide to re-design our outside seating area and cafe space. The re-design brings colour to the town square with new furniture, soft furnishings, heated and lit parasols and external dividers the design of which are based on railway sleepers as a tribute to Didcot's railway heritage.

Cornerstone Hall of Fame

Some big names have performed at Cornerstone over the years, here are a few of them...

Lee Evans, Michael Macintyre, Alan Carr, Jo Brand, Alistair McGowen, Jack Dee, Pam Ayres, Al Murray, Russell Kane, Jason Manford, The Hairy Bikers, Sean lock, Tom Stade, Greg Davies, Alex Horne, Gyles Brandreth, Mark Thomas, Sean Hughes, Richard Herring, Craig Campbell, Alun Cochrane, Jenny Eclair, Steve Hughes, Phill Jupitus,  Kevin Bridges, Josh Widdicombe, Matt Richardson, Shappi Khorsandi, Micky Flanagan, Henning Wehn, Robin Ince, James Campbell, Andy Oshie, Chris Addison, Chris Packham, Andy Parsons