Covid 19 – What to expect when you visit us

We want you to feel as safe and comfortable as possible when you come to the Centre, ensure the health, safety and most importantly, enjoyment, of our events for all staff and visitors.

Please do not travel to or attend our events if you have:

  • A fever or symptoms of respiratory infection (cough, sore throat, shortness of breath)
  • Have returned from overseas
  • Have been in close contact with a confirmed case of COVID-19 in the last 14 days

Information on self-monitoring for symptoms, safe travel and up-to-date Public Health Advice is available in the HNS inform website. All current COVID-19 protection levels in Scotland are published on the Scottish Government website.

Before you visit

Exhibitions are free but due to limited capacity all are ticketed. You are encouraged to book in advance and whilst there may be some availability on the day, entry is not guaranteed, and we do not want you to be disappointed. Bookings are restricted to six people from three households. Tickets can be booked online or by calling the box office on 01294 274059 during opening hours:

  • Wednesday – 11am to 3pm
  • Thursday – 11am to 3pm
  • Friday – 10am to 4pm
  • Saturday – 1pm to 4.30pm

The Harbour Arts Centre reserves the right to stop events and the right to cancel due to unforeseen circumstances. In the event of this happening, a public announcement will be made at the earliest possible opportunity. We ask that all audience members check their emails, our website, and / or social media before visiting.

When you arrive

To comply with the Scottish Government’s Check and Trace system, you will required to supply your details when you arrive. This will either be via the Protect Ayrshire app on your smart phone or in writing.

In accordance with current Scottish Government legislation, you must wear a face covering in the building unless you are exempt. Hand sanitiser is located at the entrance in the foyer as you enter and at clearly signed sites throughout the building. We encourage you to use these as much as you can. All visitors must observe two metre social distancing where possible. Toilets will be open but capacity will be reduced in order to maintain social distancing. We have introduced additional regular cleaning throughout the day.

Our Nearer Future exhibition is taking place in the theatre, please exercise caution when entering or exiting the theatre and give other visitors space and time to move through the doorways. We have installed floor markings and signage to help you keep your distance. We will be operating a one-way system and entry and our friendly staff will be on hand to guide you and help if required.

We are open to feedback and would welcome your ideas on how we can improve in this area. To contact us, please email