Arts Club and Theatre, Suffolk

In 2019 we set up a new company to buy a former social club in Framlingham, Suffolk, which had closed in late 2018. We were determined not to see this building converted into flats, and but to maintain a public life for it in the town.

Since we bought the club (on April Fools Day 2019), we have been working with the local community and developing a new vision for it. We had to move extremely quickly and managed to achieve Planning Permission and Listed Building Consent in September 2019. Building works commenced in December 2019.

The club will house a cafe, a youth club, community meeting rooms, art studios and other creative workspace, opening in May 2019. The town council will also be moving to a new dedicated office in the building.

A second phase will involve work to the former theatre next door, which is currently an antiques shop.

More information can be found at and also at Instagram @exconclub