We call ourselves ‘Friends of the Tivoli’. We’re a group of volunteers united by a passion to preserve and celebrate the Tivoli Theatre in Wimborne. We all come from different backgrounds, have different skills and different day jobs but this iconic building, its history, place in the community, and possibilities for the future are what has bought us all together.
After thriving in the 1930’s by the 80’s the theatre had fallen into disarray. Our campaign began in 1991 when we finally decided that something had to be done. And after a long struggle to save it from demolition the theatre was officially ‘resurrected’ in 1993, and we, a group of volunteers, ‘The Friends of the Tivoli’ have been running it ever since.
It’s been tough road, we’ve had our ups and downs, but we keep going. Why? Simply because of the wonderful comments we receive from customers. Because of its journey the Tivoli has a personality, and people respond to that. It’s more than a venue, it’s an iconic part of the community. And the community in Wimborne are hugely important to us, through volunteering in the box office, buying tickets for performances, and continuing to use the venue together we ensure that it’s a valuable, profitable business that can survive in the 21st century.
In tern, the Tivoli has become something of an attraction, it’s in guidebooks, travel websites and has become an iconic part of Wimborne’s identity. It brings thousands of people into the town every year and while we rely on the people of Wimborne to keep using it, The Tivoli itself is what drives a lot of the footfall through the town. It takes hard work, dedication and passion but the theatre is now an solid part of Wimborne’s identity and we, The Friends of the Tivoli, don’t plan to stop anytime soon.
We’re the Friends of the Tivoli and that’s our #PixieStory.