It’s far from the biggest playhouse you’ll ever pay a visit to, but the Theatre Royal is one of the most beautiful and historic venues in Britain. It’s the sole-surviving Regency playhouse in the UK and has been painstakingly restored to wow the public as the National Trust’s only working theatre. It’s small but seats an audience of 360 people in a setting of simple beauty for a year-round programme of theatre, ballet, live music and comedy. It’s absolutely worth checking what’s on during your stay. Plus, if you want a drink beforehand, you can make your way to the Greene King Brewery, one of the top activities in Bury St Edmunds, which is just across the road.
The Apex is Bury St Edmunds’ most popular entertainment venue. It’s a renowned concert hall, which books an excellent array of artists from around the world, as well as some of the best comedy acts in the business who will have your rolling in the aisles. The Apex is exceptionally modern, beautifully designed and enjoys an excellent location at the heart of the Arc Shopping Centre. It’s revered among artists for its acoustics, which allow you to catch bigger names than you might expect in Bury St Edmunds. The venue also houses an exciting contemporary art gallery on the first floor.