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The Criterion: Hard Hat Tours (Event from 2023)



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The Criterion, Forton Road, Gosport, Hampshire, PO12 3HA

The Criterion is a 20th-century cinema and bingo hall marked for refurbishment by Gosport Borough Council. See inside this historic building and explore its history and potential future at the heart of Gosport…

Come along to see inside this iconic and historic building, with exclusive access to the auditorium and the behind-the-scenes areas.

And sign up to get involved in creating a community-led exhibition – we want the people of Gosport to tell their own stories of the vibrant heritage of live entertainment in the area and to reimagine a beautiful new future for this iconic building.

Please arrive up to 10 mins before the start time to meet your Guide.

Duration 15 minutes.

Event Times

Friday 8 September: 1000, 1045, 1130, 1215, 1300, 14.30, 1515, 1600, 1645, 1800 & 1845

Booking Details

Pre-booking: Required
Please self book, but if you experience any difficulties please contact us.

Assisted Booking Telephone: 023 9217 7392 or 07849 399 823
Booking opens: 26 August 2023 09:30
Booking closes: 5 August 2023 17:00


Please note that tour participants must be over 18. Pushchairs and prams cannot be brought inside the building. There is no wheelchair accessibility. Those with mobility issues or respiratory conditions should be aware that there is uneven ground, narrow steep stairs and that the dilapidation of the interior means that there is likely to be dust in the environment. There are no toilets, and no refreshments on-site. No parking close to the building apart from some on-road areas for Blue Badge holders.

Additional Information

This building has been closed to the public since 2020. For the safety of all visitors, hard hats will be provided during the tour. Please wear sturdy shoes.

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Organised by

Hampshire Cultural Trust


Also known as Crown Bingo Hall. At The Crossways traffic light junction in Forton Road.