Portobello Town Hall - Open the Doors!

by Portobello Central SCIO in Edinburgh, United Kingdom

We did it
On 2nd April 2023 we successfully raised £25,607 ( + est. £4590.00 Gift Aid ) with 561 supporters in 42 days

Open Portobello Town Hall for dance, debate, music, meetings, movement, sales and family occasions. We like weddings!

by Portobello Central SCIO in Edinburgh, United Kingdom


Portobello Central SCIO is the community charity bringing Portobello Town Hall back to life, for everyone to use and enjoy. That’s what it was built for in 1914 and that’s its future. It has had a difficult few years but now the City of Edinburgh Council has accepted our proposal to take it into community management on a 25 year lease. 

It is a venue for all the events of life: weddings and parties, music and dance, sports and competitions, markets and sales. It is a large hall with a stage, a good-sized meeting room upstairs and can seat several hundred people. Local groups and businesses are keen to have the Town Hall back. Already people are making booking enquiries for dates right into 2024. 


The Town Hall is right in the heart of Portobello and just minutes from the beach. It is easy to get to - the buses stop right outside - so it serves Edinburgh and beyond as well as the immediate community. Recognising our commitment to reopening, the Council allocated £350,000 of Scottish Government funds to make the building wind and watertight. The scaffolding that enabled that work is down now, the windows are painted and all has been made safe, so we can move on to open the doors of our Town Hall. Portobello Central has strong public membership to which it is accountable.

A local, Fran, said:

"... it’s fantastic that the community has come together to revitalise the Town Hall for all our use.  I can’t wait for the time when the Town Hall is once again a flourishing space, whether it’s for concerts or coffee mornings and of course with the aim of being carbon neutral.  I hope you might be able to support the redevelopment of the Town Hall to ensure it becomes the thriving hub of our community once again."



Hundreds of volunteer hours have been put in and we are confident that our Town Hall will wash its face financially. Every booking is a step forward, but we’re not quite there yet - we need “lift-off” cash help as there’s a whole range of things we have to pay for before we open doors. It is your place, your family’s place, your friend’s place – bring it back to life with a donation. We need £25,000 to open the doors and a bit more to be sure. 

Can you help us turn the key?



This project offers rewards in return for your donation. Please select a reward below.

£25 or more

The Portrait of Portobello Town Hall

A quality picture of Portobello Town Hall, reminding you of the good times and the fun to come, and a warm note of thanks on behalf of your family, friends and neighbours for your contribution to bringing life back to the heart of Portobello

£60 or more

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Aerial Art House - Taster Session

Allows you to try 4 different tester sessions valid for 3 months Allows you to try 4 different tester sessions valid for 3 months If you are not in love with aerial yet, this is your chance to catch the bug! You can find out more at www.aerialarthouse.com

£100 or more

"Its Got Your Name On It"

Your name in lights! Or at least, your name, or that of someone you choose, inscribed on our "Wall of Thanks" , recording the energy, enthusiasm and generosity of people in bringing Portobello Town Hall back to life. Your name will encourage others to follow you in ensuring a strong future for the Town Hall as a centre of culture and community. Show your pride in the place, make others feel the same

£50 or more

20 of 20 claimed

A Postcard from the Past - before you were born

A genuine old postcard of Portobello Town Hall or its surroundings from its heyday - all over 70 years old. Mounted for display with historic information. There are several designs and some still have the original message and stamp - recording a day out in one of Scotland's most popular tourist places. There will be a warm message of thanks for your substantial contribution to new life in the heart of Portobello

£60 or more

2 of 2 claimed

Aerial Arts House - Total Beginners

Aerial silks total beginner’s course: Valid for 3 months, allows you to join our total beginner’s course on Mondays at 6.30 pm. You can find out more at www.aerialarthouse.com

£120 or more

1 of 1 claimed

Aerial Art House - Group Taster Session

Allows you to book a taster session for up to 7 people. Valid 5 months. The best way to have a fun session with your friends. You can find out more at www.aerialarthouse.com

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