ROTHESAY PAVILION

Rothesay Pavilion

An inspiring place with global connections.

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Isle of Bute

Experience a beautiful Scottish island a stone’s throw from the mainland.

Rich in Scottish history, heritage and culture.

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Before foreign holidays, Disneyland and the Movies, places like Rothesay were the dream worlds where hard working Clydesiders could escape’

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Throughout ancient times to the modern, industrial age, Bute’s appeal—its safe harbour, fresh air, fertile land, and resources has attracted marauders, settlers, visitors, and even to this day, Scottish nobility. By the 1800s, it had become a haven for wealthy Glasgow industrialists seeking escape from the grit and grime of the city life to ‘take the sea air’ and enjoy hydrotherapy, botany and outdoor activities close to nature.

The rise of railways and ferry services in the Victorian era, along with the formal introduction of Glasgow’s Trades ‘Fair Fortnight’ break, led to a surge in excited holidaymakers heading to the beach and coastal resorts like Rothesay. This tradition included a much-anticipated ferry journey across the Clyde estuary that coined the phrase “going doon the watter”. The huge crowds also included popular entertainers who wanted to make the most of the festivities and opportunity to reach large, enthusiastic audiences.

However, the economic crash of the 1920’s and years of recession that followed had a cumulative effect on the island’s tourism economy. Given the economic challenges, and the prospect of the island’s growing decline in 1934, Rothesay Burgh Council proposed a solution to establish a stunning new focal point for ‘public recreation’ that would strengthen island appeal —and so the idea of a Pavilion was born, that had to be something truly special.

Modern, abstract and sleek: An experience at the forefront of style in Scotland.

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In 1934 when the industrial and architectural landscape was undergoing a profound change shift in design, production and taste the Royal Burgh Council held a national competition to design a modern-day Pavilion.. At that time architects and craft makers were drawing fresh inspiration from avant-garde art movements in Europe and North America.

Bold structures, shapes and new ideas formed to create buildings and product designs with new materials that were both artistic and functional. This mix of creativity, style and usefulness became the hallmark of a new era in architecture and the beginning of a design movement called International Modernism whose influence stands the test of time today..

The architectural design brief for Rothesay Pavilion aimed to cater for a year-round range of public activities – dances, functions, conferences, as well as sports and recreation of various kinds. The winning design came from James and James Andrew Carrick, a father and son architectural practice from Ayr in Scotland. Guided by their combined professional interest in traditional arts and crafts, and modern avant guard influences from travel and education in Europe, their entry impressed the judges with its bold shapes, stand out modern design and practicality.

British ‘beaux arts’, and International style with a uniquely Scottish character with little if anything of its period to equal it in Scotland.

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During the heydays of the 40’s and 50’s the Pavilion was a bustling hive of activity. With music hall, comedy theatre, dancing and sports, the Pavilion played host to royal dignitaries, beauty pageants, festivals and celebrations, business, trade union conferences and meetings,. Canadian navy and servicemen billeted in Rothesay during WW2 received an especially warm welcome!

Throughout the Summer it was a heady mixture of popular seaside entertainment, local community dances, events and festivals.

However, during the 1960s and 1970s as car ownership and foreign holidays became more widespread, these changing holiday trends meant a decline in visitor numbers that hit Bute’s tourism industries hard. Many other attractions in the town closed down and people moved away to seek work elsewhere. Although over the years Pavilion managed to survive, largely due to its ongoing importance to the local community until, after years of decline, in  2010 this Grade A Listed faded architectural masterpiece was put on the Historic Environment Scotland ‘Buildings at Risk’ register under threat of extinction, until now…

We are transforming a hidden architectural gem & much-loved music, dance hall and community gathering space into a modern visitor attraction and dynamic creative and cultural hub, where everyone is welcome..

 

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Rothesay Pavilion, like before, boosts Bute’s economy, culture, and community spirit. It sparks creativity and is a catalyst for growth, locally, nationally and internationally empowering people of all ages and abilities to thrive in a changing world.

Completing the final stages of the restoration depends on financial support for our £11M fundraising campaign

We are now 80% of the way there to complete the capital works on the restoration, with opening planned for 2026 and wish to create a £2 Million sinking fund for the first 5 years of operation to underwrite the Pavilion’s operating costs, underpin the Pavilion’s future sustainability, and build up a funds to use strategically for continued programme development, innovation and accessibility.

A community wealth building is a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity for the island and the Nation, and a gift that keeps on giving. We invite you to support us in our mission now.

Gift Aid Donation

If you are a UK tax payer, you may support the project by making a Gift Aid donation. This means that we may reclaim from HMRC the basic rate tax on your gift (at no cost to you). This increases the value of your gift, so that a gift of £100 is worth £125 to the campaign. For a higher-rate tax payer, you receive a tax advantage which represents the difference between the basic tax rate and your own. (Thus a £100 donation would represent a £75 “cost” to 40% tax payer).

Cash Donation

If you are not a UK tax payer, a donation of cash, shares or property that may be realised for the benefit of the campaign is very welcome. Please get in touch to discuss with Executive Director Julie L Tait julie@rothesaypavilion.co.uk  077 4777 0018

Leave a Legacy

If you leave a gift to a charity such as Rothesay Pavilion Charity in your Will, its value will be deducted from your estate (your money, possessions and property) before Inheritance Tax is worked out. If your estate is liable to Inheritance Tax, you could reduce the amount due by choosing to give money to charity. You can choose to leave a specific gift of any size, or you can leave the residue or a fraction of your estate once family and friends have been looked after. Please get in touch to discuss with Executive Director Julie L Tait julie@rothesaypavilion.co.uk  077 4777 0018

Gift Aid Donation

If you are a UK tax payer, you may support the project by making a Gift Aid donation. This means that we may reclaim from HMRC the basic rate tax on your gift (at no cost to you). This increases the value of your gift, so that a gift of £100 is worth £125 to the campaign. For a higher-rate tax payer, you receive a tax advantage which represents the difference between the basic tax rate and your own. (Thus a £100 donation would represent a £75 “cost” to 40% tax payer).

Gift Aid Donation

If you are a UK tax payer, you may support the project by making a Gift Aid donation. This means that we may reclaim from HMRC the basic rate tax on your gift (at no cost to you). This increases the value of your gift, so that a gift of £100 is worth £125 to the campaign. For a higher-rate tax payer, you receive a tax advantage which represents the difference between the basic tax rate and your own. (Thus a £100 donation would represent a £75 “cost” to 40% tax payer).

Gift Aid Donation

If you are a UK tax payer, you may support the project by making a Gift Aid donation. This means that we may reclaim from HMRC the basic rate tax on your gift (at no cost to you). This increases the value of your gift, so that a gift of £100 is worth £125 to the campaign. For a higher-rate tax payer, you receive a tax advantage which represents the difference between the basic tax rate and your own. (Thus a £100 donation would represent a £75 “cost” to 40% tax payer).

Gift Aid Donation

If you are a UK tax payer, you may support the project by making a Gift Aid donation. This means that we may reclaim from HMRC the basic rate tax on your gift (at no cost to you). This increases the value of your gift, so that a gift of £100 is worth £125 to the campaign. For a higher-rate tax payer, you receive a tax advantage which represents the difference between the basic tax rate and your own. (Thus a £100 donation would represent a £75 “cost” to 40% tax payer).

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Restoration & Transformation

The Pavilion is a striking, three-story grade A listed building that’s stands out on the island of Bute’s seafront providing a range of modern, flexible, and fully accessible multi purpose space and amenities suitable for just about any size and shape of public or business gathering, with few limits on the creativity or inventiveness on how they can be used. It is an exceptional example of a unique style of modern architecture, visitor magnet and thriving community hub offering a combination of inspiring and adaptive spaces for exploration, learning and entertainment.

Events arena/auditorium & stage

Events arena/auditorium & stage (8,956 sqft / 832 m2) – the biggest gathering space and stage includes the original sprung wooden dance oors and a state-of-the-art concert audio system with upgraded backstage facilities. Perfect for large scale performance exhibitions, conferences, product launches, film screenings, festivals, indoor markets, civic celebrations and family-friendly community leisure activities.

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Draft copy about about international modernism, creativity Bauhaus

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Draft copy about what will go on in the building – activities for every generation, fun, confidence, purpose, new experiences…

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Draft copy about the Pavilion as an anchor institution a new model of working together long term building capacity and resilience amongst community and community interest groups & potentially one of the largest community interest companies in Scotland

List Community groups and organisation Funders, Business Partners,  Investors &
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We are united by one positive ambition.

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A community wealth building like the Pavilion is a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity for the island, and a gift that will keep on giving. We invite you to support us in this mission now.

We are now 80% of the way there to complete the capital works on the restoration, with opening planned for 2026. We need a £2 Million sinking fund for the first 5 years of operation to underwrite the Pavilion’s transition to a self-sustaining community wealth building model able to operate  sustainability, continuously develop programme, innovation and accessibility and Bute’s creative economy.

 

GIFT AID DONATION

CASH DONATION

LEAVE A LEGACY

OVERSEAS DONATION

GIFT OF SHARES

ENDORSE/ SPONSOR

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GIFT AID DONATION

If you are a UK tax payer, you may support the project by making a Gift Aid donation. This means that we may reclaim from HMRC the basic rate tax on your gift (at no cost to you). This increases the value of your gift, so that a gift of £100 is worth £125 to the campaign. For a higher-rate tax payer, you receive a tax advantage which represents the difference between the basic tax rate and your own. (Thus a £100 donation would represent a £75 “cost” to 40% tax payer). Click here to donate (LINK TO SITE)

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CASH DONATION

If you are not a UK tax payer, a donation of cash, shares or property that may be realised for the benefit of the campaign is very welcome. Please get in touch to discuss with Executive Director Julie L Tait julie@rothesaypavilion.co.uk  077 4777 0018

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LEAVE A LEGACY

If you leave a gift to a charity such as Rothesay Pavilion Charity in your Will, its value will be deducted from your estate (your money, possessions and property) before Inheritance Tax is worked out. If your estate is liable to Inheritance Tax, you could reduce the amount due by choosing to give money to charity. You can choose to leave a specific gift of any size, or you can leave the residue or a fraction of your estate once family and friends have been looked after. Please get in touch to discuss with Executive Director Julie L Tait julie@rothesaypavilion.co.uk  077 4777 0018

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OVERSEAS DONATION

Supporters in the USA may make tax-deductible gifts through a 501 (C) (3) incorporated organisation which is able to direct support to Rothesay Pavilion Charity in Scotland Please get in touch to discuss with Executive Director Julie L Tait julie@rothesaypavilion.co.uk  077 4777 0018

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GIFT OF SHARES

Share giving can be amongst the most tax-effective means of support, especially if the shares have appreciated greatly in value in your ownership. Giving shares means you get Income Tax relief on the value of the shares as well as exemption from Capital Gains Tax on disposal. We can advise on the process and would be very pleased to receive financial support in this way. Please get in touch to discuss with Executive Director Julie L Tait julie@rothesaypavilion.co.uk  077 4777 0018

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COMMERCIAL BRAND ENDORSEMENT/EVENTS & CORPORATE SPONSORSHIP

Commercial brand endorsement/sponsorship can increase brand visibility, credibility, and association with popular figures or events. A relationship with Rothesay Pavilion will enhance brand awareness, loyalty, and trust among consumers and audiences, especially around design, creativity, innovation, heritage, the environment and sustainability leading to potential sales growth and competitive edge in the market. Rothesay Pavilion has a number of exclusive partnership one off opportunities across the entire range of its operation and networks. Please get in touch to discuss with Executive Director Julie L Tait julie@rothesaypavilion.co.uk  077 4777 0018

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