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Celebrate Suffolk Day 2020!

Sunday 21 June is Suffolk Day! The annual event celebrates everything that is great about Suffolk - find out how you can join in in a virtual celebration of our great county!

Whether you are a visitor to Bury St Edmunds or a resident, join us to celebrate Suffolk Day 2020!

Although there are no in person events this year, you can still celebrate at home and online! 

Started by BBC Radio Suffolk presenter Mark Murphy, and supported by the East Anglian Daily Times, Suffolk Day is an annual celebration of all things ... (you've guessed it) Suffolk! 

Make a traditional Suffolk sweet treat

God’s Kitchel - an 11th century  sweet treat consisting of dried fruit and pastry which may have begun life in Bury St Edmunds!

Back in the 11th century, kitchel was an efficient fuel for hard working bodies and a way of getting through the lean period between November and late March when very little fresh fruit was available. Many towns and regions at that time had their own very specific feast day foods of which the kitchel was one, believed to have originated from Suffolk. It has been suggested that the kitchel’s original triangular shape was a reference to the Holy Trinity, as are the three cuts in the top.

Chefs at ICE Cafe, Cook School & Development Kitchen, part of the Infusions Ltd Group, have created their version of kitchel just for Suffolk Day. Why not try it at home? Post photos of your ICE-inspired homemade kitchel on social media using the hashtags #SuffolkDay #SuffolkKitchel

Ingredients: 
50g unsalted butter
500g of your favourite dried fruit (you can marinade in alcohol for 12 hours previously if you want to go off piste a little)
200g ground almonds
2 tsp mixed spice
Some golden caster sugar (this is my favourite but whatever sugar you have available will be fine)
Puff pastry ( I do not specify how much as it will depend on how full you fill the kitchels and how thick you like your puff pastry)
A little egg wash or milk if you prefer

Warm the butter in a thick bottomed pan or melt in a bowl in the microwave if you prefer. 

Take off the heat and add the fruit, the almonds and the mixed spice. 

Mix well then cover with cling film and allow to cool.

Roll your puff pastry out into squares, I like 15cm x 15cm but the size is up to you. 

Put a generous amount of the filling on one half of the puff pastry but leave a 1cm gap around the outside. 

Brush the gap with egg wash and fold the pastry over to make a triangle. 

Seal the edges by pressing gently with your fingers. Egg wash the top of the kitchel and then with a sharp knife score three lines across the top. 

Sprinkle the top with golden caster sugar and bake in an oven at 200 degrees C until golden brown (usually 25 – 30 minutes but every oven is different)

Remove from the oven and place on a cooling rack. Make a big mug of tea, grab a kitchel and enjoy a traditional Suffolk working persons lunch!

Tip - a squeezy of vanilla paste is not traditional but delicious and we really won’t judge you I promise!


Enjoy an Armchair Tour of Bury St Edmunds

Although Bury St Edmunds Tour Guides cannot take you on a tour of the town just yet, they've prepared an online armchair tour  especially for Suffolk Day to give you a taste of what's to come!


Enjoy a picnic 

Enjoy a picnic indoors, in your garden or at a local park - just remember to social distance!

There are a number of wonderful eateries which are providing take away picnics for collection and delivery in Bury St Edmunds including a Piggy Parcel for two (pictured above) from Ben's. Call 01284 762119, collection and delivery available.

Who could resist a Baileys2 traditional afternoon tea for Suffolk Day weekend? With sandwiches, scones with clotted cream, macarones and much more. From this week new additions to go with the afternoon tea include freshly baked sausage rolls and hand raised pork pies at an additional cost of £3.50 each. A bottle of Prosecco  can also be added for £15. 

Afternoon tea is £20 and delivery is within a 5 mile radius of Bury St Edmunds. There's a late collection service on Saturday 20 June between 6 pm and 8 pm from the shop where pre-booked afternoon teas can be collected to then enjoy on Suffolk Day.  Email louise@loudeano.com. For more details visit https://www.facebook.com/Baileys-2-158370970842407/

Enjoy a Harriets Cream Tea delivered to your home. Alternatively, send it as a gift at £10 per box. The tea serves 2-4 people. Included is 6 freshly baked scones, Harriets Strawberry Jam and Clotted Cream. Disposable knives and napkins provided for those ‘on the go’. Just email: burystedmunds@harrietscafetearooms.co.uk. For more details visit https://harrietscafetearooms.co.uk/


There's A Head in My Bed Special Reading

Especially for Suffolk Day, local author Hatty Ashton has created a video reading of her first book 'There's a Head in My Bed', a story based on the legend of St Edmund, for everyone to enjoy.

Bury St Edmunds and Beyond will be sharing the video next Friday on our social media channels and over at What's On West Suffolk they will be introducing characters from the book throughout next week, before the video is released next Friday ahead of Suffolk Day on June 21! ⁣⁣

⁣⁣Find out more about  over at the 'There's a Head in My Bed' facebook page.⁣

Take a virtual tour of Moyse's Hall Museum

You can now take a tour of Moyse's Hall Museum in Bury St Edmunds from the comfort of your sofa! A brand new virtual tour of the town's Moyse's Hall Museum can be found at https://my.matterport.com/show...

Digital photographic specialist, David Carpenter, scanned the building with his 360-degree camera and worked with the Heritage team to add information points on items from within the collection.

Steeped in history, Moyse's Hall has looked out over Bury St Edmunds market place for almost 900 years. The landmark 12th century building rich and varied past has included serving as the town Bridewell, workhouse and police station, first opening as a museum in 1899.

Today the museum offers a fascinating view into the past with collections that document the foundation of the early town as well as remarkable collections relating to the notorious Red Barn Murder and fascinating insights into local superstitions and witchcraft.  It has a gallery dedicated to the Suffolk Regiment and is home to a world class collection of exquisite collections of clocks and timepieces and fine art.

Moyse's Hall Museum will also be sharing some hidden features at that you've probably never seen before at the museum every day leading up to Suffolk Day on their facebook page https://www.facebook.com/moyseshall/


Cheers from Bury St Edmunds

You can buy great Suffolk produce online right now from many of our Bury St Edmunds businesses. Delivered straight to your door so you can enjoy the taste of Suffolk wherever you are!

For wine lovers, there's the award-winning Giffords Hall wines. A family owned vineyard planted on the site of an ancient glacial riverbed near Long Melford in Suffolk. Their sandy/clay soil produces quality grapes, high in natural sugars and acids, that lend themselves particularly well to both sparkling and dry, aromatic still wines. Choose from sparkling, white, red and rose, Giffords Hall also offer mixed cases. 

Enjoy beer from Greene King, who have been brewing in the town for over 200 years! Enjoy Abbot Ale, IPA, Old Speckled Hen, and more including low alcohol and gluten free. You can also build your own beer box!

If you are local, you can also click and collect from Brewshed's brewery in Ingham near Bury St Edmunds which started in 2011. 

Choose from New England, Peach Mel-buh! Vanilla Porter, Pale Ale, Best bitter and American Blonde. If you live further away you can also buy bottled Cocoa dark beer, Cocoa blonde W-IPA beer and Pale cocoa beer, brewed by Brewshed, from Hotel Chocolat online and in their shops.


Discover the History of One of the Oldest Buildings in Suffolk

What would you eat at a 12-hour feast? How do you get a King to do you a favour? What is a Court of Pie Powder? Take a virtual tour of Bury St Edmunds Guildhall to find out! 

The Guildhall has been at the heart of the town for nearly 1000 years. From banquets to business meetings, ceremonies to criminal trials, the Guildhall is full of stories. 

Visit the Guildhall website on Suffolk Day https://burystedmundsguildhall.org.uk/ to discover the hidden history of one of Bury St Edmunds and Suffolk's oldest buildings.

Take a virtual tour of Suffolk's Cathedral

Take a tour of Suffolk's only cathedral! 

This brilliant virtual tour of the town's St Edmundsbury Cathedral, by David Carpenter, can be found at: https://my.matterport.com/show/?m=33bTC66c77r

Step inside from the comfort of your own home and marvel at the history, the architecture and the beauty of the Cathedral. Then make a note to visit it in person when it reopens to the public. 


Share Suffolk #SuffolkDay2020

Go online and share the #SuffolkDay posts and help us shout about our great county!

You could include your own video or photo message on what's great about Suffolk and Bury St Edmunds! 

Why not share some of your photos from happy times in our beautiful county. Just don't forget to use the hashtag!