What You Need To Know About Watermans:
Watermans is a thriving community arts centre in West London. The venue comprises a cinema, a 239-seat theatre and large dining area, as well as a contemporary art gallery. You can choose from a wide range of theatre, comedy, cabaret and children’s shows.
The centre has a strong reputation for staging works created and performed by members of the British Asian community. It also has regular family-friendly and children’s shows on offer, which are usually shown on Sundays or to coincide with school holidays.
Keep an eye out also for the accompanying workshops, which often run alongside productions.
Watermans has plenty of children’s shows on offer and is committed to being family-friendly. You can use its buggy storage, baby changing facilities or even host a children’s birthday party there!
Top Facts About Watermans:
- The legendary sitar player Ravi Shankar was the first person ever to perform at Watermans.
- The centre is located straight across the river Thames from Kew Gardens, so you can enjoy stunning views from the venue’s café and bar.
- The area around Watermans is notorious for being where the mythical creature of the Griffin has frequently been spotted. Whether you’re a believer or not, you’re sure to see some fantastic tales come to life on the venue’s stage and screen!
Key Information About Watermans:
Train: The closest train stations are Brentford and Kew Bridge (both served by Southwest trains), which are both approximately 10-minutes’ walk from the venue.
Bus: Bus numbers 65, 267 and 237 all stop directly outside at the stop marked ‘Watermans Centre’. To plan your journey in more detail, please visit the Transport for London website.
The centre has its own on-site covered car park. Parking is free for the first hour, but you must Pay & Display after that. There is also a multi-storey car park about 300m from the venue, which is located behind the Premier Inn.
Blue Badge parking is also available in the on-site car park. Please register your number plate at reception to get free parking.
Watermans is fully wheelchair accessible and fitted with lifts to all levels. There are also ramps leading up to the box office, cinema and theatre.
Both the cinema and theatre have spaces for wheelchairs.
Accessible toilets are located on the Riverside level of the building.
The cinema is fitted with an audio loop and there is a portable unit available for use in the theatre.
To discuss all access requirements and to book tickets, please contact the box office on: 020 8232 1010.
Watermans offers one free ticket for a companion accompanying a registered disabled visitor to the venue.
Visitors to Watermans can enjoy a teas, coffees, cakes and Indian tapas in the Guru café and bar. There’s also a wide range of drinks on offer you can take into the cinema and the theatre – just ask for a plastic glass.
If you’re looking for something more substantial to eat, head to the Guru Tandori kitchen. They specialise in Indian food served with speed to ensure you don’t miss the start of the show. They offer a well-priced lunch menu and a Sunday buffet, as well a separate menu for children.
There is free WiFi throughout the building.