Donate & Legacy

The Customs House is a not-for-profit charitable trust.  All profits go back into supporting our community and education projects, nurturing new creative talent and maintaining our Grade II listed building which is essential if we are to continue welcoming more than 250,000 visitors every year.


We may not be the biggest arts centre in the region but through your support we pride ourselves on being able to offer a wide range of experiences. Our motto is simple – ‘arts and entertainment for all’. From stage performances to cinema screenings, art exhibitions and get involved activities there really is something for everyone. We work with over 120 schools across the region supporting opportunities for young people to perform on stage  in events like South Tyneside Music Festival or Step Up and Dance; have their first experience of theatre visiting our award winning pantomime; support individual children to complete an Arts Award; help schools applying for Artsmark and offering educational resources. We provide a platform for young talent to write, produce and perform in front of packed houses and support community groups to learn new skills and develop existing ones .  Of course all of this comes at a cost which is why your help is so important.

There are many ways you can support your Customs House. You can donate a heart, buy gift vouchers, join our Friends scheme, name a seat, make a donation below or send a text donation, set up a direct debit, introduce a friend or family member to the venue or simply enjoy a meal in Dame Bella’s.  Any money you spend really does make a positive contribution to our charity. Please continue to support your Customs House by making a donation or visiting the links below.

Thank you – your support really is appreciated.

Name a Seat
Your chosen message can be engraved on a beautiful brass plaque and attached to a seat of your choice in the main auditorium. For £100 your message will stay on the seat for the next 10 years. This scheme is extremely popular and while every effort will be made to give you your favourite seat, we cannot guarantee it.

To avoid disappoint, Click here to make an enquiry.