The regular venue for concerts promoted by Music in Peebles is the Main Auditorium of the Eastgate Theatre and Arts Centre , the vibrant heart of the arts scene in Peebles and the busiest arts venue in the Scottish Borders.

Eastgate Theatre Auditorium, with Gina McCormack and Nigel Clayton
Painted by Music in Peebles Board Member Philip Hutton, 2018

The Theatre occupies the former Free Church building (St Andrew’s) in the centre of Peebles, dating from 1872. The transformation of the building by multi award-winning Edinburgh-based architect Richard Murphy retained the original Gothic facade but introduced a completely new entrance elevation allowing views of the interior.

On its completion in 2004, the building was short-listed for the prestigious Best Building in Scotland award and was described by the judges as ‘an excellent piece of urban design’. The new arts centre’s inaugural event, on 2nd March 2004, was a Music in Peebles concert given by the Carducci Quartet.

Newly refurbished in 2019, the Main Auditorium is on the first floor and seats just over 200; 144 stalls (raked seating), 12 rear gallery, 48 side galleries.

There is space at the front for up to six wheelchairs and the Theatre has facilities in place, including a passenger lift to the auditorium, to ensure that disabled customers have easy access and good support while they are at the Eastgate.

The Theatre has a café-bar, which is open from 6.30pm before the concert and during the interval.

The café-bar is also open during the day, 10am to 5pm, Monday to Saturday, from 6.30pm on show nights and from 1.00pm on Sundays when there are films or a show.

If you’re in town, why not drop in for morning coffee, a light lunch or afternoon tea?

The Theatre is located at:
EH45 8AD

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Travelling to The Eastgate…..

By bus
The Eastgate Theatre is located directly opposite the main Peebles Bus Stop, which is situated on Eastgate outside the Post Office.

Peebles is well served by buses from Edinburgh, Penicuik, Innerleithen, Galashiels, Biggar, Broughton and West Linton. For details, please visit the Borders Buses website.

By rail
Peebles is not on the rail network, but there are good bus links between Peebles and the nearest railway stations, Edinburgh Waverley and Galashiels (on the Borders Railway).

By car
If you are travelling by car, you approach Peebles on the A72 from Biggar and Galashiels, or the A701 then A703 from Edinburgh.

There is a large car park situated within a short walk from the theatre, which can be accessed from Edinburgh Road (A703). Parking is free except for Saturdays.



We are extremely fortunate in Peebles to have such a wonderful venue for our concerts as the Eastgate Theatre and Arts Centre. As regular members of the audience, there’s a danger that we all take it for granted, but visiting a

rtists regularly comment on the quality of the Theatre, the professionalism and helpfulness of the staff and the pleasure of performing in the Eastgate. However, the Eastgate cannot survive on praise and grants alone!

This is where the Friends of the Eastgate Theatre step in. The Eastgate relies enormously on the support of its Friends to fund various activities and items for the Theatre. In return, Friends receive a variety of great benefits, including discounts on tickets for selected shows and at the café-bar.

As a lover of live music, whether or not you are a member of Music in Peebles, please do consider joining the Friends of the Eastgate Theatre. You can find out more by visiting the Friends of the Eastgate Theatre page on the Theatre website, or by picking up a leaflet and application form at the Theatre.

Your membership will mean so much to the Theatre, and will help it to go from strength to strength!