Autumn Stay & Create Breaks in Bury St Edmunds & Beyond

This autumn, get your creative juices flowing, learn a new skill and enjoy a stay in historic Bury St Edmunds...

Autumn is the perfect time to get creative; as the night's draw in and the leaves begin to fall, book yourself on to one of the many creative workshops taking place in Bury St Edmunds and make a weekend of it with a stay in a boutique hotel or holiday apartment or cottage and sample all the cultural delights the town has to offer...

Creative Workshops

From September to November, The Market Cross Community of Creatives are delivering a series of art and creative workshops; covering different techniques and mediums of art which are held by local artists and teachers.  

4th September - Mixed Media Textile with Jane Southgate

A textile-based mixed media workshop for adults based on natural forms and employing paint, paper, cardboard, assorted papers, fabric and thread to create a textural collaged artwork. 

11th September - Fabric block printing with Evelyn Polk

In this class you will be taught how to carve your own design using a lino block printing method, which can then be printed onto fabric items such as tea towels, tote bags, bunting or t-shirts. 

18th September - Oil painting still life & Natural Form with Karen Larwood and Paul Janssens 

This workshop is primarily an introduction to the wonderful world of oil painting. It is aimed at adults who want to experience using and developing skills in this media, or for the more advanced artist who has always wanted to ' give it a try. 

25th & 26th September - 2 Day Creative Writing Workshop

In an exciting 2 day journey, you will get to explore experimenting with a variety of style and ideas with a view of stimulating new content.

We will be reading and discussing lyrics, short stories and poetry and through a series of exercises and mini assignments, building up your own writing skills as well as building up ways to use language to capture your audiences attention.

2nd October - Drawing from the Urban Landscape with Clare Taylor 

Drawing from imagery of architectural features, this workshop offers an ideal opportunity for students who may be interested in developing their work for their GCSE, A-Level or University portfolio or for those who have never drawn before to learn techniques to capture their favourite structural features in the landscape.

9th October - Sculpting the Female Form with Louise Gridley 

14th October - Cocktails & Canvas

Sip on an espresso martini or negroni and get creative on canvas at The Northgate Hotel.

Join Penny from Cork Canvas Cambridge in the newly styled private dining room, as she expertly guides you through painting your own masterpiece! Discover your inner artist, come with a friend or solo and mingle with some like minded creatives!

16th October - Les Voyages des amis with Clare Taylor and Johnny Richmond 

Participants will explore a fictional, poetic journey through the French language to create their own characters, images and narratives. 

Using mono-print, calligrams, collage and text, participants will develop their own illustrated storybook to take away at the end of the session. 

Ideal for those that love the French language, story-making and illustration, this workshop will inspire people of all linguistic abilities and artistic inclinations to compose their own fictional adventure to share with others.

6th November - Block Printing Christmas Cards with Evelyn Polk 

In this class, you will be taught how to carve your own festive design using a lino block printing method, which can then be printed onto blank cards. Suitable for complete beginners or for those who wish to revisit this printmaking technique. You will end the class with 6 unique printed Christmas cards to take home.

13th November - Gargoyles, Green men and Boggits with Clare Taylor

Make your own ceramic character to adorn your garden this autumn. This workshop will enable you to create your own clay creature to hang in your garden. Inspired by different images of other ceramic gargoyles, green men and women you will learn how to use terracotta clay with hand-building and slab building techniques to create your own unique character’s face.

From September - December - Booze & Brushes

Enjoy a drink or two with friends at this fun paint class at The Apex in Bury St Edmunds. In the class, which takes place weekly, you will be guided through a painting, step-by-step, from start to finish. At the end of the class you can take your very own 16” x 20” masterpiece home!

Whilst you're in town

Make the most of your stay in the historic town of Bury St Edmunds, and pay a visit to these attractions and be inspired by the town's cultural scene...

'Moments' Exhibition at Moyse's Hall Museum

Taking place at Moyse's Hall Museum until 30 September, 'Moments' is a must-see exhibition featuring a unique collection of modern art created by some of the world’s best-known artists, including Banksy, Tracy Emin, Damien Hirst, The Connor Brothers, Blek Le Rat, Pure Evil, Rachel List and Kaws.

Whilst there, be sure to also check out the new Mary Beale collection; A new one-off exhibition celebrating the work of Mary Beale - one of the most successful portrait painters of the late 17th century and widely believed to be England's first professional female painter. The exhibition runs from 23rd October 2021 until 30 January 2022. 

The Apex 

The Apex is an award-winning venue, known for its acoustic excellence and home to a diverse programme of live music and events; from classical concerts to pop, rock, jazz, blues, world, country and folk, plus comedy and dance performances. 

This autumn, book tickets to the Fat Cat Comedy Club, Vivaldi - The Four Seasons La Serenissima, Only Fools & Boycie, Suffolk Philharmonic's Welcome Back Concert, An Evening with Brian Blessed and Jason Manford - Like Me - and many more!

During your visit, be sure to pay a visit to The Apex Gallery, this autumn from 19th October - 21st November, photographer Geoff Price will mark The Apex' 10 year anniversary, with an exhibition documenting everyday life at The Apex. The results beautifully capture every aspect of what this much loved venue has to offer, as well as the major role it plays in the community of Bury St Edmunds and West Suffolk.

Theatre Royal Bury St Edmunds

Theatre Royal Bury St Edmunds was designed and built in 1819 by William Wilkins. With many of its original features still intact, it is a superb example of a Regency playhouse and one of the most beautiful, intimate and historic theatres in the world.

Today the theatre hosts an exciting array of performances, from comedians and choirs, opera singers and symphony orchestras to children's theatre and West End touring productions. This autumn, you can enjoy Dad's Army Radio Show, Ed Byrne, The Addams Family, Tell Me on a Sunday and The Chapel Choir of Selwyn College, Cambridge. 


Blackthorpe Barn

The 16th century Blackthorpe Barn is a hive of creative activity. Hosting workshops, classes, fairs and exhibitions featuring some of East Anglia's top artisan craftspeople.

From 25th September - 10th October, Blackthorpe Barn's 'Artworks' exhibition will feature a range of media created by 30 leading artists. A must-visit Christmas activity, throughout November and December the barn hosts an exciting programme of Christmas craft workshops, craft fairs, Christmas tree shop and the impressive Christmas Shop.

Make a stay of it

Why not make the most of your visit to Bury St Edmunds and book a stay in one of the many hotels and accommodations in the town. Choose from boutique hotels with stylish bedrooms, country cottages or town centre apartments and quirky B&Bs all within walking distance of the town's top attractions including the Abbey Gardens, St Edmundsbury Cathedral, Abbey of St Edmund Ruins; award-winning restaurants and a fabulous shopping experience.

Find a place to stay at https://www.visit-burystedmund...