Surviving a turbulent history, The Quay has become part of Sudbury’s community - embedded within the town’s cultural scene. It offers a range of one-off and unusual shows to regular club meetings and educational courses, delivering many events and activities within all fields of the performing arts. From acoustic sessions, to cheap and cheerful comedy, there’s always something to see. Dating back to 1791, The Quay first started out as the Sudbury Warehouse. It was saved from demolition by the Sudbury Dramatic Society in 1977, and began showcasing a range of theatrical productions. Despite being a popular venue, The Quay struggled to stay afloat until the mid 1980s, which saw several professional touring companies and local rock bands enliven the space. This lead to a grant and subsequent extensions in the form of kitchens, a box office, an admin office, a larger bar area and hireable rooms. In the 1990’s The Quay also reached out to its community via various educational and societal projects. Its programme began to include workshops, lectures and clubs for children, such as Mr Punch’s Sausage and Custard Club. As a result, the venue became an established site for family entertainment. Other clubs meet at The Quay, including a resident book club, chess club, drama club aimed at assisting adults with special needs, summer schools and various other drama clubs distinguished by course length and age. The venue is a great place for a night out, from its broad bill of entertainment to its community spirit. It also offers a unique wildfood pop-up restaurant from Thursday-Saturday. Dishes are the creative product of Michelin-trained chef, Carl Shillingford, which are full of fresh and inventively-paired ingredients.