New Year's Resolutions you can Keep!

Make 2020 one to remember with one of these New Years Resolutions!

2020 is here! Make the year one to remember with one of these New Years Resolutions!

Many people end up feeling guilty for not sticking to their resolutions. We've come up with a list 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  

Bury St Edmunds Leisure Centre has everything you need to start your 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 and 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?  Gymophobics 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 2019 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.

If you love exploring on two wheels, then pay a visit to Maglia Rosso Cycle Centre and Country Café, based at a former public house, in the village of Hawstead, just four miles South of Bury St Edmunds. 

Here you can find everything for the cyclist including top brands like Trek and Scott as well as fully equipped workshops and bike fitting service, as well as great bikes for youngsters and Bike Hire to suit all sorts of cyclists, as well as escorted rides and recommended routes for riders to follow in the beautiful Suffolk countryside. There is  also have a one mile purpose built cross country circuit for testing and training!

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 in 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, experienced and super friendly 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 (should 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 trail in Bury St Edmunds celebrates the lives of seven people with connections to 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 the fascinating and complicated history of one of Britain’s oldest towns!

For more inspiration, check out our Winter Walks Guide!

Learn a new skill or take up a new 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. 


Whether you've decided to go vegan and want to learn some new dishes, fancy yourself as a baker and want to improve your skills, or simply want to spend time together learning a new skill with your partner or family, ICE Cook School has a workshop for you!

Offering full day, half day and evening courses and demonstrations by award winning chefs, pitched at all levels from novice to professional!


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 has opened a brand-new visitor attraction and community hub from one of Bury St Edmund’s oldest buildings, The Guildhall. You could become a volunteer and help with costume designs, marketing and more! 

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 any age and any ability or experience. 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 Sunday 24th and Monday 25th May is a gardener’s utopia with plant and flower stalls aplenty.  


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 & 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.

An award-winning spa located within the stunning Swan Hotel at Lavenham, the Best of Weavers spa package is the ideal way to de-stress. The 90 minute package includes a trilogy of treatments (choose from Power Breakfast Facial, Drift Away Massage, Express Manicure, Express Pedicure and a Sedating Scalp Massage) plus a 2-hour relaxation pass so you can relax in the Vitality Pool, steam room, sauna and spa lounges. For more information and to book, visit

Escape the January blues with Bedford Lodge Hotel & Spa's new Mid-Week Spa Retreat! Relax and unwind with a trip to the spa, treatments, dinner and an overnight stay! For more details visit

With so much to see and do in Bury St Edmunds & Beyond season, why not book a winter stay - take a look at our 'Places to Stay' guide!

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Whether you choose a resolution from our list or one of your own - whatever your New Years Resolution, Bury St Edmunds & Beyond wish you happy and healthy 2020!  

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