What's On Festival Week

Make the most of your visit to Bury St Edmunds for the festival and head to one of the many events being held in the town and beyond!

The 2018 Bury St Edmunds Festival boasts a stellar line up; with headline acts including Jools Holland and his Rhythm & Blues Orchestra, Ladysmith Black Mumbazo, Benjamin Zephaniah, UB40, The Tap Pack and Aled Jones.

In between concerts, there is a jam-packed schedule of events being held in Bury St Edmunds and Beyond, our guide has all you need to plan the itinerary of your trip!


Comedy Workshop - 20th May at The Hunter Club

This comedy workshop is great for budding comedians aged between seven and eighteen.

This workshop, led by the Comedy 4 Kids team, will help young people find the funny in experiences and turn it into stand-up and sketches.

Tickets: £10

Comedy Club 4 Kids - 20th May at The Hunter Club 

If your little one loves to make people laugh then take them to the Comedy Club 4 Kids. Ideal for children and teenagers plus adults who enjoy a swear-free hour with the international circuit's best stand-ups and sketch acts. 

Suitable for children aged 6+

Tickets: £7, family tickets £25.

The Comedy Market- 20th May - The Hunter Club

A chance to see some of the funniest contemporary comedy acts on the circuit. The Comedy Market shows are always popular, so book early to avoid disappointment!

Tickets: £7

Further Unbearable Pleasures of Being a Woman - 21st May - Hunter Club

Brighton Fringe Award Winners and Edinburgh Fringe favourites Mac & Eden take you through the highs and lows of womanhood.

This hilarious and moving musical journey features candid, poignant and irreverent original songs. Created and performed by singer/songwriter (and mentor to Sam SmithJoanna Eden and West End and National Theatre actress Leigh McDonald, this is Musical Comedy Cabaret at its naughty best! 

Tickets: £14

Step Back in Time

Lavenham's Annual Vintage 1940s weekend - 18th - 21st May - The Swan at Lavenham

Get dressed up and join in with the celebrations marking the 75th Anniversary of RAF Lavenham being built by Laing’s in 1943, by hosting a wonderful weekend celebrating all things 1940s.

The weekend will include a commemorative church service, 1940s swing dance, vintage vehicle display, Evacuees exhibition, wartime food stall at Lavenham's wartime British Restaurant at The Guildhall, sing-a-long vintage afternoon tea and vintage fair. 

Bury at War- 19th May - Angel Hill

This walk will take in some of the most iconic sites and symbols of warfare around the town.

Bury St Edmunds has had a long, distinguished, and sometimes tragic association with modern warfare.

This walk, by the Bury St Edmunds Tour Guides and part of the Bury St Edmunds Festival, will take in some of the most iconic sites and symbols of warfare around the town, from the earliest campaigns of the Suffolk Regiment to the war in the skies of East Anglia during World War II. 

Tickets: Standard £9, Festival Friend £7, Under 25s £5, purchase ten or more tickets in one transaction and save £1 per ticket.

Fascinating Falconry: Museums at Night - 19th May - Palace House, Newmarket

Head to Palace House in Newmarket after hours for this special Museums at Night event. 

Find out why hawks are so important in the royal history of Newmarket and meet the majestic birds themselves in the historic Rothschild Yard.

£5.00 per person, children must be accompanied by an adult.

Walk: Time on your Hands - 20th May - Angel Hill

Find out more about the timepieces in Bury St Edmunds, related buildings and people who have been important in the town’s history of time. What did we use before we had clocks in the streets? You may know who bequeathed a clock collection to the town but what of his musical connections? Where will you discover that the clock of the oldest business in town refers to the internet?

Tickets: Standard £9, Festival Friend £7, Under 25s £5, purchase ten or more tickets in one transaction and save £1 per ticket

Spotlight on the Dark Ages - 26th - 28th May - West Stow Anglo Saxon Village 

Come and meet Anglo-Saxon and Viking people as they live and work alongside each other in the Village at West Stow.

Talk to the re-enactors and find out more about this period of history....the different clothing, textiles, crafts. skills and daily life....and take the opportunity to talk with them about their weapons and armoury, and maybe watch some combat demonstrations!

Kentwell through the Ages - 26th - 28th May - Kentwell Hall

Take a fascinating journey through the fashions, food and entertainments Thru' The Ages at Kentwell Hall; From a Neolithic camp to the twentieth century, there's plenty to see and do for the whole family. 

Enjoy the Outdoors

Bury St Edmunds Whitsun Fayre - 27th & 28th May 

For two days on the last bank holiday weekend in May the town centre is transformed into a sea of colour with plant, flower and home produce stalls, and the popular urban beach. Not to be missed!

Long Melford Open Gardens - 28th May 

Fabulous private gardens in the beautiful village of Long Melford will be revealing their secrets. From grand country houses to pretty cottage gardens and secluded courtyards.

Known more for its historic high street, its picturesque grand and stately homes, Long Melford Open Gardens will offer the opportunity to see some of Suffolk's most beautiful gardens.

Several gardens will be serving refreshments so you can sip your tea amongst the early summer flowers and greenery.

Paws in the Park - 20th May - Nowton Park

Take the whole family and join in the waggy-tailed fun at Paws in the Park. With arenas, dog agility and gundog scurry, food and drink stands, children’s amusements, craft stands, dog accessories and dog groomers.

enter your dog into the best puppy, handsomest dog and scruffiest mutt contests and be inspired by the dog agility demonstrations.

Street Theatre - 19th May - Abbey Gardens

A host of fantastic street theatre performers will delight you, amaze you and put a smile on your face in this free performance taking place in the Abbey Gardens.

Tickets: Free of charge