The Apex is an award-winning venue, known for its acoustic excellence and home to a diverse programme of live music and events; from classical concerts to pop, rock, jazz, blues, world, country and folk, plus comedy and dance performances.

It also hosts a number of community and corporate events, offering the local community and wider environs a unique and exciting space from which visitors can see a great selection of artists, bands and events.

It has been very well publicised (and we never tire of hearing it!) that, as well as its architectural beauty, The Apex also has the very best acoustics, with many musicians who've played here describing it as the best acoustic in the UK, if not Europe:

  • "Best new venue in the UK. Absolutely superb" - Funeral For A Friend
  • "Best acoustic we’ve had in 40 years of touring" - Fairport Convention
  • "The best hall we have ever played in" - The Escher String Quartet

What's on at The Apex

To experience The Apex's incredible acoustics for yourself, visit our What's On page to find out what we've got coming up. You can also sign up to our mailing list and register your interests, then you'll be among the first to know what’s on and who will be appearing at The Apex.

View our latest brochure.

Food and drink at The Apex

The Apex Café, which is situated in the foyer, is open daily serving a selection of hot and cold drinks (including fair trade and organic coffee), homemade cakes and snacks. Please visit The Apex Cafe page for opening hours. 

Seating is available in the foyer, upstairs in the Lounge (where you can take in the beautiful artworks on display in The Apex Gallery), or outside in Charter Square.

There are three bars on site, located in the foyer, the auditorium and in the Lounge. Bars open at least an hour prior to the event start time, and the number of bars open is dependant on the event.

Art at The Apex

The Apex Gallery is situated on the first floor and is currently opening in line with The Apex Cafe's opening hours.

The gallery holds a range of regularly-changing exhibitions featuring works by emerging and established artists, as well as engaging with West Suffolk's various art groups and offering an opportunity to schools and the wider community to display work in a professional environment. All works are for sale, unless otherwise stated.

Visit our Gallery page for more information on current and forthcoming art exhibitions.

Box office

COVID-19 information

Monday 17 May - Sunday 18 July 2021

Open for socially distanced events (rule of six or two households applies to bookings).

Box office, Tourist Information and Shopmobility opening hours

  • In person Monday to Saturday - 10.30am-4pm (changing to 10am-4pm from Monday 21 June)

Phone lines:

  • Box office – Monday to Friday, 10am-5pm 
  • Tourist Information Centre – Monday to Saturday, 10.30am-4pm 
  • Shopmobility – Monday to Saturday, 10.30am–4pm 

Apex Café opening hours

Open Monday to Saturday 10am-4pm and Sunday 11am-4pm (changing to Monday to Saturday 9.30am-4.30pm and Sunday 10.30am-4pm, from Monday 21 June), for larger groups (max. 30) outdoors. Card payments only. Please visit our Apex Café page for full details.

Monday 19 July 2021

Dependent on government announcements, The Apex will re-open with no restrictions.

For more information about COVID-19 restrictions and the roadmap out of lockdown, please visit GOV.UK - Coronavirus (COVID-19).

Please visit our Apex updates page for the latest information regarding cancelled or postponed events. If an event you have booked for is cancelled or postponed, the box office will contact you.

Getting here

The Apex is situated in the centre of Bury St Edmunds, Suffolk, and is easily reachable via bus, train or car.

For more information on how to get here visit our Directions and parking page.