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In 2003 Somerset Film opened The Engine Room an accessible community media centre located in Bridgwater’s High Street. The centre co-ordinates all our activity as well as providing a cafe with internet access and facilities including licensed cinema, studio and edit suites.

Originally conceived as a three year experiment (!), we are delighted to still be here, and in rude health! Over the next couple of years we plan to work with friends and supporters to take The Engine Room to the next level, building on the opportunity afforded by our 99 year lease to create a new, enhanced centre for creativity and communication...




• Drops Ins - free public access sessions.  Each week local residents have access to 7 hours of free equipment and expertise through 'drop-in' sessions, which are staffed by professional filmmakers.

These session take place every* Tuesday between 2pm till 9pm.

*From time to time we do have to postpone our Drop-Ins, we do our best to advertise closures a week before however do email us if you  are traveling from a distance to avoid disappointment.

• Vegetarian Cafe - with wifi and internet access

Our cafe manager welcomes you to The Engine Room Cafe. We have a selection of hearty, hot vegetarian food offered daily including delicious Curries, Burgers, Soups and Chilli. We also have tantalizingly good weekly specials.

As well as hot food we offer freshly made sandwiches, snacks, hot and cold drinks, and homemade cakes.

If you would like to find out more or have a look at our full menu please email cafe@somersetfilm.com.

• Courses - for all levels and on a range of creative activities from filmmaking, script writing and  editing to entry level IT courses and creative one day courses.
• Events - including an annual festival and specialist masterclasses
• Facilities and Equipment Hire - at accessible prices

View our User Information guide here.

The Engine Room also takes up residence from time to time as a Pop-Up. Our aim is to offer some of the regular activities held at The Engine Room to as many people across Somerset as we can. In the past we have popped up in an empty shop in the Quedam Shopping Centre, Yeovil, Prioswood Library, Taunton and The Coast Hotel, Minehead.

If you would like The Engine Room to visit you town or village then get in touch.

From  30th January - 3rd January 2017 we’ll be taking up temporary residence in Chard for a week.

We’ll be based at The Lace Space, a new business hub for digital technology and innovation at the Lace Mill, Chard. You can help inform the activities we will be holding there by taking part in this online questionnaire. Watch out further details in local press or subscribe to our ebulletin. We hope to see you there!

To find out more register your interest via email.

Or contact Natalie | 01278 433187
The Engine Room – part of Somerset Film
trading name of Somerset Film & Video Limited
Registered Charity No.1095587