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.
Performances also take place at other venues in the local area, including Blythburgh, Orford and Aldeburgh Churches, the Pumphouse, and the Jubilee Hall in Aldeburgh.
Find out more about our venues, access information and hire below.
Concert Hall Building
Built by Newson Garrett in the mid-19th century, Snape Maltings Concert Hall began life as a malthouse. When the malting of barley in Snape ceased in 1965, the site was purchased by Suffolk farmer George Gooderham.
Meanwhile the Aldeburgh Festival, founded by the composer Benjamin Britten, was outgrowing its small venues in Aldeburgh and other locations around the Suffolk coast. In 1965 Britten leased the largest building at Snape Maltings from George Gooderham to convert into the 830-seat Snape Maltings Concert Hall, which was opened by HM Queen Elizabeth in 1967.
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.
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 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.