Bury St Edmunds and Beyond Gets Ready to Celebrate Suffolk Day

With 50 days to go, attractions in the Bury St Edmunds area are preparing to celebrate Suffolk Day.

One of the highlights will be an exclusive walk and talk tour of Suffolk’s cathedral by the man responsible for its iconic Millennium Tower.

Horry Parsons, the former Project Manager for the construction of the Millennium Tower project and the Cathedral’s Vaulted ceiling, will be returning to St Edmundsbury Cathedral in Bury St Edmunds to talk about the construction of both.

Three free ‘Building the Tower’ walk and talks* will take place on Suffolk Day and last 45 minutes.

Hannah Ratcliffe, Visits and Communications Manager, said: “We are delighted to welcome back former Millennium Construction Project Manager, Horry Parsons, for three exclusive walk and talks on the iconic Millennium Tower and Vaulted Ceiling. 

“Horry had a key role in these two major works which are now the crowning glory for Suffolk’s only cathedral here in Bury St Edmunds. We are proud to be a beacon of faith, hope and love in Suffolk and would love for our visitors to join in with this special series on Suffolk Day’.”

Suffolk Day, on summer’s longest day June 21st,  is a day to celebrate all the wonderful things Suffolk is known for: beautiful landscapes; a vibrant arts scene; world-class cultural heritage; a growing reputation as 'The Foodie County' (and all the delicious local produce and talent that entails); an impressive stock of top-notch holiday accommodation; and of course friendly people, known for their warmth and hospitality.

Ickworth House, Park and Gardens in Horringer will be offering free house entry throughout the day (visitors will need to purchase a parkland and garden ticket). A full range of free tours both indoor and outdoor will be on offer to visitors and if the weather is good visitors will be invited to picnic. 

Ickworth’s chef James Stockham will also be baking a special Suffolk Apple Cake and BBC Radio Suffolk’s Lesley Dolphin mid-morning show will be broadcast live from Ickworth on the North Lawn.

In Bury St Edmunds, Abbeygate Cinema in Hatter Street will be screening the ever-popular Sir Peter Hall's Akenfield at 13.00 on June 21 which was filmed in and around Charsfield in Suffolk.

Directed by Sir Peter Hall in 1974 and often described as “a work of rural realism”, Akenfield has been digitised thanks to the British Film Institute’s Unlocking Film Heritage Digitisation Fund ensuring more access, for a wider audience, to Britain’s valuable film heritage via digital platforms. It was the people of the Suffolk village who had the starring roles acting out the stories of 3 generations.

The stunning Tudor mansion Kentwell Hall in Long Melford will be opening longer on summer’s longest day to enable people to enjoy the House, Gardens and Farm until 8pm and offering half price admission from 5pm to 8pm.

Alix Massey, Sales and Marketing Manager at Kentwell Hall, said: “Kentwell Hall is proud to be part of Suffolk Day, celebrating everything this wonderful county has to offer. We are excited to open the House, Gardens and Farm for longer on summer's longest day for everyone to enjoy.”

Local radio station RWSFM will be celebrating Suffolk Day and broadcasting live for its Ian Norris Show from Bury St Edmunds’ newest attraction, Bury St Edmunds Guildhall, ahead of its official opening on July 14, and talking all things Suffolk.

While at the 15th century Swan at Lavenham Hotel & Spa Head Chef, Justin Kett has created a new lunch menu celebrating Suffolk Day and the county’s excellent local food and drink. Although Suffolk Day is on Thursday, 21st June, this menu will be available in the Swan’s AA two rosette Gallery restaurant Monday to Saturday throughout the month of June.

Guests can choose from four tasty options for each course. For starters the menu includes Suffolk salt beef with a fried duck egg or local blue cheese panna cotta, while for mains there’s confit Suffolk pork, roast cod loin or garlic Suffolk chicken Kiev with locally grown vegetables as well as a vegetarian option. A choice of indulgent puddings follows.

Justin turns his passion for using the finest Suffolk ingredients into outstanding food with a focus on British cuisine. Fresh fruit and vegetables come from local farms, while meat and game is sourced from the butchers just across the road from the hotel. Wherever possible the fish and seafood are also from Suffolk’s shores.

Sue Warren, Brand and Marketing Manager for Bury St Edmunds and Beyond, said: “Suffolk Day is a great opportunity to shout about all the wonderful places to see, stay, eat and drink, shop and explore in the county and there are so many of them in Bury St Edmunds and surrounding area. I’m delighted that our members are taking the opportunity to shout about the Bury St Edmunds area and our beautiful county.”

* Building the Tower Walk and Talks with Horry Parsons will take place on Suffolk Day (21 June) at 11am, 1pm and 2.30pm. Free to attend (donations to the cathedral gratefully received). Please book your space in advance at , or call into the Cathedral Visitor Information Point, on the day to sign up. The talk begins on the Garth (near the labyrinth on the lawn) and lasts approx. 45 minutes. 

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