The Cafe Bar at Theatre Royal Winchester has reopened this week in a bid to help raise the £225,000 needed by the end of September by the charity that runs the theatre, Play to the Crowd, in order for the organisation to survive beyond the Covid crisis.
The Cafe Bar will initially be open Tuesday to Saturday from 10am to 3pm serving coffee, toasties and a range of pastries and cakes to either ‘eat in’ or takeaway. The Cafe Bar has also been extended outside on to Tower Street, with their Hat Fair inspired garden, allowing customers to sit outside and enjoy the fine weather.
The charity has followed guidance from the UK Government and put in place measures to ensure that the Cafe Bar is Covid-secure. These include a one-way system throughout the building, with customers entering the building via their Jewry Street entrance, there are hand santiser stations at the entrance and exit and customers are asked to pay via contactless cards. The number of tables and chairs within the building has been reduced to aid social distancing and the external doors remain open at all times to allow good air circulation. Customers eating in will be asked to leave their contact details for track and trace purposes and the charity has also implemented an increased cleaning schedule.
The charity has opened the Cafe Bar to help them raise some much needed funds to survive the impact of Covid. All profits from the Cafe Bar will go towards Play to the Crowd’s Survival Fundraising Appeal. The charity has raised over £70,000 via its Crowdfunder site towards its Survival appeal since launching it just over a week ago. Play to the Crowd have cancelled this year’s Hat Fair Outdoor Arts festival, Playmakers activities and all live events at Theatre Royal Winchester until 31 August 2020.
To make a donation www.crowdfunder.co.uk/playtothecrowd or call Theatre Royal Winchester’s Box Office on 01962 840 440. For further information contact Becca Moore, Fundraising Manager on [email protected]
The theatre’s Cafe Bar will be open Tuesday to Saturday 10am – 3pm.