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.
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.
Updated opening hours from Monday 12 April 2021, until Sunday 16 May 2021:
- Box office, Tourist Information Centre and Shopmobility open (see our Box office page for opening hours)
- Apex Café open Monday to Saturday 10am-4pm and Sunday 11am-4pm, for outdoors (rule of six or two households) and takeaway only.
Based on the government’s roadmap out of lockdown, we are then planning for the following:
Monday 17 May 2021
The Apex will re-open for socially distanced events (rule of six or two households applies to bookings)
Opening hours to be confirmed.
Monday 21 June 2021
The Apex will re-open with no restrictions.
The above dates are dependent on government announcements, 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.
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.