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We bring music, events and community activities to the spaces within Southside, celebrating all that is good about living in the South of our city, opposite the South Common and most definitely South of the train tracks! From live music gigs to wedding receptions, community activities, and of course developing our Heritage offering in what we believe is a vitally important sector of the city.

Southside provides quality cultural experiences. We nurture creativity and emerging talent across a range of art forms and deliver a stimulating, engaging programme to a diverse audience. We continually question and adapt to the changes around us to ensure we are an authentic, welcoming venue for all. We nurture creativity through opportunity. We champion artists and creatives by providing support and a platform to showcase their talents. 

We strongly believe in equality of access and are committed to removing barriers. We will continue questioning and asking ourselves and our communities how we can be more accessible across race and ethnicity, class, age, gender, sexuality and disability status. View our: Equality, Diversity & Inclusion Policy.

800 years ago, one of the foremost priories in medieval England operated on this site in Lincoln. The religious order of The Gilbertines looked after the spiritual needs of the local inhabitants and founded a centre for worship at a time when Lincoln was very important. Famous Kings and Queens worshipped here – King John, Eleanor of Castille, Edward II (the first Prince of Wales) and many more. Indeed, this was the site of the first Eleanor Cross, commemorating the journey of the great queen following her death, as her body was transported to London and eventual burial.

Fast forward to 1880, and a Methodist chapel was built on the site by the Wesleyan movement, followed by the church building seven years later, leaving the old chapel to be used as a parish hall. Although the church was valued and well used for almost a century, by the 1970’s it had sadly fallen into disrepair as times – and people – change.

The site was sold to a local ironmonger as a shop and store, and many people of ‘a certain age’ will remember 3 B’s here. However then buildings became even more dilapidated and eventually were sold to a trust so that they could be renovated. Over roughly a ten-year period, the Parish Hall (re-named ‘The Priory Centre') was restored, followed by St Katherine’s Church, with a grant from the Heritage Lottery Fund.

So, after 800 years , what next?




Colin Webb

Managing Director


Emily Nichol

Operations Director


Eliot Clarke

Audio Tech Manager


Amy Parkinson

Bookings & Administration

Beautifully run place. The staff are professional and very friendly. The place is warm, clean and beautiful.

(Google Reviews)

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