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Stapleford Granary




We are a registered charity, founded in 1958, promoting international understanding through cultural exchange and education. We believe in the power of the arts to change and enrich lives. A culturally curious society enables us to better understand, respect and value one another and create the kind of world we want to live in.


More than 65 years later, the vision and values of our founder, Philip Brooke Barnes, have never been more relevant. The Association for Cultural Exchange owns and operates Stapleford Granary, a vibrant arts centre, just outside Cambridge. Our distinctive and innovative music programming presents concerts by performers of all nationalities and across all genres. We host art exhibitions, talks, workshops, and courses. To inspire children, a wide range of creative activities nurture what will hopefully become a lifelong passion for art and culture.


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Set in sweeping rural landscape, the converted farm buildings of the long derelict Bury Farm now provides a beautiful arts and music study centre in Stapleford, South Cambridge. Boasting its own 120 seat recital hall complete with Steinway Grand piano, ensemble room, art studio and workshop, it is clear to see the level of sophistication and thought that has gone into this exciting development.


Stapleford Granary is now the permanent home of the ACE Foundation (The Association for Cultural Exchange), with whom the vision of Stapleford Granary began. Purchased by the ACE Foundation in 2009, the first phase of building works saw life brought to the beautiful 19th century farm buildings and has been lovingly restored to provide an inspirational place for shared educational and cultural pursuits.


In Spring 2018, Phase 2 of the building works were completed, and have provided further areas for music and art education, as well as increased capacity for the Granary Hall, new gallery spaces, a new foyer bar, outside terrace, and additional car parking facilities. A new cafe was opened on site in summer 2022. As Stapleford Granary continues to grow, so does the range of activities, audiences, and the calibre of artists and musicians attracted by the Granary. 


The Granary’s impressive programming allows access to all levels of art, music and culture, with participation very much at the core of Stapleford Granary. Regular music courses such as the Youth String Orchestra, Folk Ensemble, Clarinet Choir, Flute Choir, Piano Club, Phoenix Chorale and Come and Sing, help provide a range of activities for professionals and novices alike. The well equipped Granary Art Studio also provides home to a range of regular art courses, masterclasses and one off workshops, from printmaking to mixed media and drawing.


Alongside educational courses, the programme of concerts, lectures and events offers a truly remarkable experience for audiences, not only due to the quality of artist and events, but also down to the intimacy of the Granary Hall. For this reason artists seem to truly enjoy performing at the Granary, and are keen to return for its small audiences and beautiful acoustic.

For further information and booking please visit our website or call 01223 849004


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Stapleford Granary, Bury Road, Stapleford, Cambridge, CB22 5BP
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