Built in 1973, the multi-purpose centre is used throughout the year for a range of different events, including children’s shows, stand-up comedy and musical performances. It’s also renowned for its professional Christmas production held annually for three weeks during the festive period. The Princes Hall took its name from HRH Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh, intended to be a civic building but transpiring as an entertainment venue. The first concert took place in 1972 prior to its official opening, with a performance by Kenny Ball and Jazzmen. In the 80s, stars Norman Wisdom, Des O’Connor and Alvin Stardust appeared on its stage, creating a buzz in the Aldershot community with the venue’s continuingly impressive lineup. The site was redeveloped in the late 1980s, enlarged and modified to accommodate a growing audience and spectrum of shows. Famous acts such as Ken Dodd, Katherine Jenkins, Jimmy Carr, Jools Holland and Al Murray have performed at the venue since, and in 2006, the Princes Hall hosted its first ever ice show with Snow White On Ice. Today, the Princes Hall continues to welcome many touring acts with a broad programme of local and household artists, living up to Prince Philip’s expectations where he predicted the Hall would be a ‘tremendous success’.