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The Pump House has been providing a venue for community arts activities in Watford for over 50 years. We cover all art forms including performance, music, written, spoken and visual art.

Our mission

Our aim is to provide an accessible arts venue for the diverse communities we serve. In these tough times, the arts continue to provide a social and emotional lifeline for our communities – and we’re proud to be home to diverse groups supporting children, those living with mental health problems, learning disabilities or dementia.

Our ambition is to become a hub to nurture emerging new talent and to be a champion for the arts in the wider Watford cultural landscape. As part of this, we’re the driving force behind the annual Watford Fringe Festival, which brings together great performances of theatre, music, comedy, dance, magic and family fun.

We continue to invest in our facilities to make them as accessible as possible for all our users and visitors. That’s why we’ve launched our Raise the Roof campaign to replace our roof and make other improvements.

Nearly 38,000 people crossed our threshold in 2022, a 45% increase on our previous record of 21,000. That’s whether as an audience member, participant, or volunteer. 

Our Board of Trustees

The Pump House Theatre and Arts Trust is a registered charity and is run by a Board of Trustees:

  • Lee Farman (Chair)
  • Christopher Swallow
  • Jennifer Roberts
  • Roger Pidgeon
  • Marc McDonald
  • Jonathan Sadie
  • Jason Brameld
  • Sally Griffin
  • Anthony Murphy

The Board is supported by a dedicated team of volunteers.

Our patrons

We’re privileged to appoint two fantastic patrons to support our future plans and help raise awareness of the Pump House.

Dan Dark, OBE, Executive Vice President of Worldwide Studio Operations for Warner Brothers, and Chris Luff, MBE, CEO of Watford & West Herts Chamber of Commerce, have already been tremendous supporters of the Pump House so we’re proud to have them join us in these more formal roles.

Our partners

We’re grateful for funding from the following:

  • Covid Appeal – WR3T
  • Covid Recovery – Arts Council
  • Commissioning Framework – Watford Borough Council

And thanks to support from our various partners below.

Individual supporters:

  • Chris Wheeler
  • Kate Flatt
  • Vedi Roy
  • Andrew Sharp
  • Tom Kanji
  • Dillie Keane