New Year's Resolutions you can Keep!

Make 2018 one to remember with one of these New Years Resolutions!

2018 is here! Over the year most people are guilty of not sticking to them. We've come up with a few resolutions which, with the help of some of the fantastic businesses and things to do in and around Bury St Edmunds, we are sure you can stick to!

Get Fit!

Getting fit and losing weight is one of the most popular New Year’s Resolutions. According to a recent study the top four resolutions are:  Exercise more, lose weight, eat more healthily and take a more active approach to health. During your visit to Bury St Edmunds, you needn't let your exercise regime slip, pick up a pass to one of these gyms or hire a bike and burn off those calories on two wheels...

Bury St Edmunds Leisure Centre  

The leisure centre has everything you need to start you new year fitness  regime. You will be spoilt for choice with the wide range of facilities they  offer including; 110 station gym, 3 aerobic studios, 1 Power plate studio, 4  swimming pools & flumes plus much more!  

The centre is family friendly so there is no excuse not to get involved. There are lots of packages available to suit all budgets, including day passes, a flexible membership and swimming options from £24.99 per month. 


This one is for the ladies… If you feel slightly intimidated by conventional gyms, Gymophobics is the place for you.  

What’s great about Gymophobics?  Gymphobics is different from a conventional gym because of the ‘holistic’  approach which takes each member’s lifestyle into account. Their aim is to  help you to improve your lifestyle to achieve good health. If you have been out of the fitness game for a while and 2018 is your year to  get back into exercise and staying healthy, use the free guest pass to see what activities take your fancy!

On your bike!  

If getting some fresh air whilst you exercise is more appealing then why not take up cycling?  Bury St Edmunds and the surrounding villages of Clare, Long Melford and Lavenham have some excellent cycling routes to suit all fitness levels; from enjoying the landscape in Risby to touring the Bury St Edmunds Abbey Ruins. Whether you are an avid rider or a beginner there is a route for everyone.  

If you haven’t got a bike don’t worry there are a few bike shops around Bury St Edmunds who can provide everything you require for life on the saddle. Micks Cycles on St Johns Street has 44 years of experience serving the cycling community in Suffolk. If you are not sure what type of bike you need, their highly trained and experienced staff can size you up for the perfect bike, better still, you can grab a bargain in their New Year sale! Alternatively, pop in to Revel Outdoors; one of the biggest and best independent specialist bike shops in  East Anglia with an extensive range of cycles, accessories and clothing  including triathlon kits if you want to take your  to fitness the next level!


It’s free, you don’t need any equipment, you can go at your own pace and it’s  great for keeping fit. Why not try Bury St Edmunds Blue Plaques Trail? The Blue plaque trail in Bury  St Edmunds celebrates the lives of seven people with connections with the town, you can follow the trail by picking up a leaflet with details of each recipient and a map. -  a great way to improve your fitness whilst discovering Bury St Edmunds fascinating history!

For more inspiration, check out our Winter Walks Guide!

Learn a new skill or take up a hobby  

Learning a new skill or taking up a hobby is also one of the top resolutions that many make each year. There are plenty of ways to learn something new; be it a skill, local knowledge, or simply meeting new people. 


It's true that the more we give the better we feel. We know that people’s lives can get very busy at times but volunteering can help you to reduce stress, find friends, reach out to the community and learn new skills. There are many places that you can volunteer in and around Bury St Edmunds; many of the town's historic buildings such as Moyse's Hall Museum, the Theatre Royal and St Edmundsbury Cathedral wouldn't be open without the dedication of their volunteers.

With the support of the Heritage Lottery Fund, the Bury St Edmunds Heritage Trust is developing a brand-new visitor attraction and community hub from one of Bury St Edmund’s oldest buildings, The Guildhall. In the coming months The Guildhall will be looking for volunteers to help with costume designs, marketing and more, keep an eye out for more information coming soon! 

Or, if you have a thirst for history, why not become one of the town's tour guides! Pop into the Tourist Information Point in the Cathedral Shop for more information on how to get involved.  


Gardening is a relaxing hobby that can be enjoyed by people of any age. Although it’s a bit too nippy out there at the moment to start gardening it doesn’t mean you can’t start doing some research. Why not visit the stunning  Abbey Gardens or Fullers Mill Garden for some inspiration? Or visit your local garden centre to stock up on your gardening essentials. Date for your diary! The Whitsun Fayre in Bury St Edmunds on 28th May is a gardener’s utopia with plant and flower stalls a plenty.  Learn from the expert; Carol Klein Acclaimed plantswoman and bestselling author who will be visiting Bury St Edmunds to talk about life in her own beautiful cottage  garden.  


What with the stress of Christmas we could all do with some ‘me’ time! In fact, 12% of us vow to spend more time on personal wellbeing in the New Year. The definition of wellbeing is ‘the state of feeling healthy and happy.’ and these places are sure to make you feel better not only in body, but also in spirit!

Body and Mind Studio offers a range of personally tailored products and services targeted at all areas of the body and mind to give their clients a total feeling of wellness. , you can enjoy a range of treatments including Massage, Chinese Nutritional Therapy and Kinesiology. You can also get help and advice on your diet and nutrition and they stock a range of supplements and speciality foods.

Heritage and Beauty Wellbeing Centre is Suffolk's most serene and welcoming salons and in their own words; ‘The quintessential environment for complete relaxation.’  The centre, which is set amongst the calming surroundings of Nowton Park offers a wide range of holistic therapies from Reflexology to Indian Head Massage to help you to relax and de-stress.  

Whatever your New Years Resolution, have a happy and healthy 2018!