Hosting and promoting (in normal times) more than 300 creative events each year, the Eastgate Theatre in Peebles is the most active arts space in the Scottish Borders. As well as local, national and international companies and artists performing live on stage, the Eastgate’s state-of the art cinema screens a range of films, from blockbusters to arthouse, attracting audiences from across the Scottish Borders and beyond.
The Eastgate also offers development opportunities for young artists across a variety of disciplines, while participants aged 2 to 92+ enjoy a rich programme of classes covering dance, music, writing, visual arts and more.
In 2019, the venue underwent a major, first stage re-development of its theatre and café/foyer facilities, ensuring that the renowned warmth of the Eastgate’s welcome and accommodation of artists is now reflected in its provision for participants and audiences.
If you are travelling by car, you approach Peebles on the A72 from Biggar and Galashiels, or the A703 from Edinburgh.
The Eastgate is located directly opposite Peebles Bus Station (at the post office) and can be accessed from Venlaw Road. A number of bus services run directly to the Eastgate. The main one being the First Bus X62 running from Melrose via Galashiels, and Penicuik through to Edinburgh check out the timetable on the First Bus website.
There is a large car park a couple of minutes walk from the theatre. It has dedicated disabled spaces and parking is free except on Saturdays when there is a small charge. The car park is just off the Edinburgh Road (A703).
There are a number of facilities in place to ensure that disabled customers and performers have easy access and good support while they are at the theatre. These include:
Easy one-level access to café bar, studio and toilets on the ground floor
Passenger lift to auditorium on first floor
Six spaces in the auditorium reserved for wheelchairs, six more for people with mobility problems
Performers’ toilet and shower with wheelchair access
Assist dogs are welcome
Visitors with wheelchairs or push chairs can access the Eastgate by using the ramped entrance to the front of the building.
The front door is automatic