Saturday 17th August

Claiming the Fens – Neil Wright Talk

Arrival from 12:30pm, seats for 1pm.  £5 per person with a complimentary tea or coffee on arrival.

For centuries, the fens north and west of Boston were vast areas of common land, over which  commoners from many villages on the fed edges enjoyed common rights.  Even  though parts of the fens were often flooded for months at a time, they still provided great benefits to the commoners.  Yet their great potential for growing crops could not be realised while the area was still open and unenclosed..  Between 1764 and 1812, drainage improvements and the enclosure of the land transformed the area and it became what it is today, one of the best areas of arable farming in the Kingdom.  Enclosure of the common land was controversial at the time, and historians today still argue as to whether it was a good or bad thing.  Come and hear both sides of the argument.


Saturday 18th September

Heritage Open Days – Boston’s Cultural Quarter Tours

10:30am and 1:30pm – Boston Guildhall, free tours, booking essential as numbers are limited.

Join us as Boston Guildhall joins with our neighbours at Fydell House, Blackfriars Theatre and Arts Centre and Shodfriar’s Hall to offer a 30 minute tour of each site twice throughout the day.  You are welcome to join us at one location or more of these historic venue tours.  Boston Guildhall tour times are 10:30am and 1:30pm but the tours start from 10am at Fydell House.  Booking is essential through calling Blackfriars Theatre 01205 363108 or going on line to their booking office www.ticketsource.co.uk/blackfriars


Saturday 28th September

Pilgrim Family Day

10:30am – 3:30pm Boston Guildhall

Come and explore our new Pilgrim exhibitions…. with objects from our museum collections and loaned items from other institutions, this new exhibition runs from now through to the end of 2020 and into 2021.

To accompany the new exhibitions there will also be family activities including face painting and a trail, craft activities and stories in the gardens of Fydell House which are all free to join in with.  There will be a talk at 1pm in our Banqueting Hall from Neil Wright “The Pilgrim Story”, £5 per person payable on the door with a complimentary tea or coffee on arrival.  During the day a pop up café from The Chocolate Fairy Catering Company will also be with us serving refreshments, light snacks and cakes.

For more information please contact guildhall@boston.gov.uk or call 01205 365954.


Saturday 16th November

Feathers, Filters and Cigars – Neil Wright Talk

Arrival from 12:30pm, seats for 1pm.  £5 per person with a complimentary tea or coffee on arrival.

In the 19th century, Boston had many small and medium sized industries, few of which survive today.  Fisher Clark’s labels, Fogarty feathers to name just some of the larger companies along with Boston’s water filters and tobacco businesses were all here.  Come and find out more about these industries, not only those of recent memory, but also some which disappeared much earlier.


Sunday 24th November

Boston Sinfonia Present

Doors Open 2:30pm, seats to be taken for performance at 3pm.

Adult Tickets – £10 in advance or £12 on the door, children under 18 free

Tickets may be purchased in advance from the Gift Shop in St Botolph’s Church, Monday to Saturday, 10am -3.30pm 

It is with pleasure that we welcome back Boston Sinfonia to perform here at Boston Guildhall.  The afternoon performance is as follows:

Grieg Two Nordic Melodies

Grieg Holberg Suite

Beethoven Cavatina (Quartet op 130)

Britten Simple Symphony

The Nordic first part of this concert presents familiar and well loved works by Grieg. Ending with Britten’s youthful Simple Symphony and Beethoven’s Cavatina, one of his most profound movements, a foretaste of 2020’s Beethoven celebrations. Beethoven reportedly said he was in tears as he wrote this work!     


Saturday 7th December

Victorian Murder Mystery – The Curse of the Cloak of Calcutta!!

Arrival from 6:30pm, seats to be taken for 7pm

Tickets advance purchase only – £25 per person

London, 1876 –  On the eve of Queen Victoria’s creation as Empress of India, a body is discovered in Amsterdam Road, at the heart of London’s Docklands. The Metropolitan Police force call in the renowned lady detective, Mrs Paschal. Can she uphold her reputation as the first – and only – woman detective, by solving the mystery? – and is there a link with the fabled curse of the cloak of Calcutta?

With a bar on site drinks will be available to purchase from arrival and through the evening.

With a Victorian Christmas Style dinner, serving from a tremendously decadent buffet table laced with Victorianesque crackers and cards the following menu is to accompany the evening.

Sauté Chicken with Tarragon Sauce or Venison Casserole with Port or Roasted Cauliflower and Beetroot – all to be served with seasonal vegetables and roast potatoes.

Followed by a choice of Chocolate and Chestnut Roulade or Tipsy Trifle

Mince Pies and Coffee

Menu choices to be confirmed on booking.  To book your table or request further information please contact guildhall@boston.gov.uk or pop by to purchase your tickets during our normal opening hours.  If you have dietary requirements please could you advise us when booking your tickets.


Boston Guildhall is available for Private Hire & is a Licensed Venue for Weddings.

If you would like to know more please contact guildhall@boston.gov.uk

Wedding Venue, Meeting Hire, Corporate Functions, Conferences, Wakes, Tours, Afternoon Tea, Paranormal Investigations, Exhibitions, Museum Collections, School Trips, Presentations and more….

www.bostonguildhall.gov.uk  01205 365954  guildhall@boston.gov.uk

Boston Guildhall, South Street, PE21 6HT

Our normal opening hours are Wed, Thurs, Fri & Sat 10:30am – 3:30pm