Venues

Located five miles inland from Aldeburgh, our ‘Creative Campus’ at Snape Maltings has four performance venues (from 70 to 810 capacity) and over 20 rehearsal and public spaces.

Britten–Pears Building

Peter Pears Recital Room, Holst Library, Rehearsal rooms

A former barley store, the Britten–Pears Building was officially opened in 1979 by HM Queen Elizabeth The Queen Mother. Peter Pears held many of his legendary early masterclasses in the Recital Room, a 112-seat space suitable for both rehearsals (with seats retracted) and more intimate performances.

Dovecote Studio

With its simple, light interior and stunning views of the marshes from a small inside writing platform, the Dovecote Studio was created particularly for composers, writers and visual artists to work in.

The Pumphouse

The Pumphouse is a Victorian brick structure situated on the edge of the marshes on the outskirts of Aldeburgh.  It has been used as a fringe venue during the Aldeburgh Festival since 2000 and the combination of its raw-found beauty, intimacy and eclectic programme has made it very popular with audiences and performers. In 2011 the Pumphouse underwent significant improvements by adding an extension to the west side of the building offering a dressing room, toilets and a small foyer, all of which offer heating. Please note there is no heating in the Pumphouse itself. The venue is licenced for up to 60 people.