BOURNEMOUTH Pavilion is set to open its doors for a free community open day. 

BH Live has announced it will open the doors of the Pavilion to celebrate the magic of theatre, music, and film at its free-to-attend open day on 13 April between 10am to 4pm. 

The day will include a range of events, including learning about the venue's Compton Organ which dates back to 1929 and was built specifically for the theatre's main auditorium. 

Steve Turner, director of venues, said: “Since beginning our community open day programme, we have welcomed thousands of people through the doors to celebrate the history of this iconic community asset that is treasured by so many.

“We are delighted to once more invite residents and visitors to come and learn more about the workings of the theatre including some of the fantastic cultural events we bring to the BCP region.”

The organ will be played by theatre organist Elizabeth Harrison who can be heard regularly at Blackpool Tower. 

Alongside the organ, the theatre's projector will exhibit short film excerpts to be shown throughout the day on 35mm film along with a star trail for children to take them on a discovery of the iconic building's history. 

Councillor Andy Martin, portfolio holder for culture and communications, said: “The Bournemouth Pavilion is loved by many our residents, and this is a fantastic opportunity to learn first-hand about its rich history and experience what happens behind the scenes here.

“The arts should be accessible for everyone, and it’s really great to see these open days become a yearly event in our community.”

Although offering activities for children, the Pavilion open day also offers guided tours for adults which will be delivered by experts and members of the theatre team. 

Tour members will be shown around the theatre, ballroom, stage and behind the scenes, running anecdotal commentary on the theatre's history and architecture. 

The tour also includes unseen backstage footage.

An afternoon tea dance will be held in the ballroom from 2pm with live music played by Elizabeth Harrison on the keyboard.