The Exchange

The Exchange,
Old Market Hill,
Sturminster Newton,
DT10 1FH
Opening Times
mon09:00 - 22:00
tue09:00 - 22:00
wed09:00 - 22:00
thu09:00 - 22:00
fri09:00 - 22:00
sat09:00 - 13:00


The Exchange is our community resource with almost no equivalent in the country let alone the county. Built using funds gathered from its community and almost entirely manned by volunteer staff it provides a social centre, a cafe, a place for markets,a home to charity and community events and above all else a performance space for local, national and international performers of a standing that belies Sturminster’s location and population. Our emphasis is on serving our community by making all of this affordable and within reach of our local populace ever mindful of the need to pay our way and not be a financial burden to the town. Notable successes over the years include concerts by Des O’Connor and presentations by Michael Portillo, himself incredulous that Sturminster could offer such a well equipped and supported facility. Wether it’s holding your own birthday disco, attending the annual SNADS panto or learning how to tell your IOS from your BIOS The Exchange and its staff extend a warm, helping and welcoming hand to you and friends.


Accepted Payment Methods

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The Exchange, Old Market Hill, Sturminster Newton, Dorset, DT10 1FH


wheelchair accesshearing loopspram accessiblepublic toiletsdisabled toiletsguide dog friendlypublic wifi

Additional Accessibility

The Stour Hall is the largest space here at The Exchange with total theatre seating capacity of 300, half of which are tiered. With one of the widest stages in the county, it is ideal for all types of performance, be it dance, drama or music and with a 16ft wide cinema screen, we are now able to show the latest blockbuster hits. There is level access to the stage which makes loading in and out simple.

Disabled car parking is available

The Stour Hall has a hearing loop system installed

A lift is available for users to access all floors

Guide, hearing and assistance dogs are welcome throughout the building.

There are accessible toilets for wheelchair users on all floors

The ground floor disabled toilet has a nappy changing facility



Parking Instructions

The Exchange shares a free short stay car park on Old Market Hill (DT10 1FH) with the adjacent medical centre. We ask that from 9am-5pm Monday to Friday, visitors to The Exchange use only unmarked white parking bays.During the evening and at weekends, visitors to The Exchange can park anywhere within the Old Market Hill car park and enter the building via our first-floor entrance.

Alternatively, the town’s main car park is situated behind The Exchange on Station Road (DT10 1BN). Charges apply between 9 am and 3 pm only and the maximum charge is £3.50 for 6 hours. Visitors to The Exchange can enter the building by our ground floor entrance on Station Road.