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Summer Nights Out in Bury St Edmunds & Beyond

Enjoy the long, warm evenings and enjoy a night out in Bury St Edmunds & Beyond this summer...

As Spring gives way to summer and the sweltering days melt into soft balmy evenings you’ll want to take advantage of the many evening activities available in Bury St Edmunds & Beyond; from live music, outdoor theatre and festivals, to exhibitions and gastronomic supper and wine clubs, there’s something to suit everyone. So, gather your friends and family or embark on an extra special date night and head out into the hazy evenings to make the most of that special time of day. 

Open Air Theatre in the Abbey Gardens and West Stow Country Park

Bury St Edmunds is host to a whole range of exciting outdoor performances this Summer, with something for all ages and tastes. Head to the atmospheric Abbey Gardens and enjoy a stage adaptation of Fitzgerald’s tale of the roaring 20’s ‘The Great Gatsby', accompanied by the jazzy Nick Carraway quartet on 29 August. 

West Stow Country Park has a particularly great range of family friendly outdoor theatre, with David Walliams’ best-selling ‘Mr Stink’ adapted for stage- a hilarious production for young theatregoers on 26 August. For fans of fairies, mischief and more than a touch of silliness, 'A Midsummer Night’s Dream' is a perfect story to introduce youngsters to the bard on 18 August. Children aged 6 and up with love Heartbreak Productions’ ‘Wonder with Grimm’ a playful and irreverent new take on the stories of the Brothers Grimm on 29 July. Pack a picnic and a blanket, head down into the forest and get lost in a world of stories, fantasy and wonder. 

Live Music at The Apex

There’s nothing like a night of live music to really help you let your hair down and relax. The Apex is host to an eclectic range of artists, with music to suit different tastes. 

Join Suffolk’s own Bessie Turner for a night of summery folk-infused hits from this revered singer-songwriter. The Joanna Eden Band promises to combine the energy and rhythm of Latin music with a range of classic hits such as Carole King, Sam Smith and Joni Mitchell, and even a few of her own original tunes. 

Take a journey into the mind of rock and roll alien David Bowie as The Bowie Collective recreate Bowie’s most iconic recordings against a wild backdrop of spell-binding light and visual effects. 

Legendary group The Drifters are back on tour with a brand-new show performing all their classic hits from the last six decades. Look forward to an incredible list of hits including Saturday Night at the Movies, Come on over to my Place, Stand By Me, Under the Boardwalk and many more!

Live Performance at Theatre Royal Bury St Edmunds

A night at the theatre is a simply magical event and the Theatre Royal Bury St Edmunds has something for everyone. Watch one of Shakespeare’s shortest and most farcical comedies, 'The Comedy of Errors'; a raucous show packed with slapstick, word play and a terrifying chain of chaotic events.

 Fans of Jane Austen’s works of literature are sure to be tickled by a night of improvised mayhem from the cast of 'Austentatious'. Every night this group of quick-witted comic performers conjure up a brand new ‘lost’ Jane Austen novel based on a title suggested by the audience. 

Younger theatregoers will enjoy a stage adaptation of the book 'Holes' by Louis Sachar. The story of Stanley Yelnats follows the curse that began with his great great grandfather and winds up at camp Green Lake where Stanley uncovers a sinister secret. 

Wine Nights at The Angel Hotel

Gather your friends and indulge your senses at one of the wine nights hosted by The Angel Hotel. These popular evenings for connoisseurs offer you a chance to sample fabulous wines partnered with deliciously prepared food. Enjoy three delectable courses whilst you savour a range of carefully curated beverages with each night dedicated to wine from a different part of the world. From the beautiful Iberian groves to the gorgeous South American vineyards this is a luxurious treat for wine lovers.

Shakespeare Picnic in the Park

The best way to enjoy a Shakespeare play is in the open air and preferably with an ale and pie in hand. So grab a blanket and put together a picnic before settling down to enjoy Shakespeare’s classic romantic comedy ‘Twelfth Night’ in the ancient grounds of the Abbey Gardens. With disguises, intrigue and romantic entanglements you’ll be laughing along with the foolish exploits of Malvolio in this bombastic tale of mistaken identity. A refreshments tent is provided onsite and there are a range of evening and matinee performances. 

Underground Supper Club at The Angel Hotel 

New for 2021, the stylish Angel Hotel at the heart of Bury St Edmunds, presents its first Underground Supper Club. This eagerly anticipated event begins this summer and the first Supper Club of the series is on the 1st July. Relax in a cosy corner of this underground haven and sample a selection of exquisite small plates and inventive cocktails with ‘Sticky Bao Buns’, ‘Miso Glazed Boneless Chicken Wings’ and ‘Fritto Misto’ featuring on the menu. Signature cocktails include ‘Rhubarb Mule’, ‘Watermelon Sugar High’ and the indulgent ‘Salted Caramel Espresso Martini’. You won’t want to miss this exclusive occasion. 

Moments Exhibition - An Evening with Pure Evil 

Make your way to the historic Moyse’s Hall Museum for an intimate evening of intriguing art. ‘Pure Evil’ is the alias of Welsh born graffiti artist Charles Uzzell Edwards, who after studying Fashion and Graphics in London relocated to California where he was inspired by the street art and graffiti art scene of the 1990s. 

Edwards has collaborated with Banksy, exhibited at the Saatchi Gallery and is most well known for his portraits of famous figures depicted with drips of dark paint under their eyes. This event is a rare chance to enjoy the Moments exhibition, take part in a Q&A session and the ticket price even includes drinks.

Red Rooster Festival

Yeeehaw! Get on down to the Red Rooster Festival for a whisky sippin', guitar strummin', banjo pickin', rib suckin', weekend of Southern Blues and Country in the heart of Suffolk County. This year the line-up includes the legendary Richard Hawley, Jade Bird with her unique spin on modern Americana, trio of songwriters Kitty, Daisy & Lewis and many more. 

Enjoy the expansive grounds of Euston Hall and sample some of the best barbeque around courtesy of the award-winning Smoke and Fire events. There’s a range of accommodation options available; from simple tent pitches to bell tents and retro campervans. And it’s not just about great music- there’s river swimming, bush craft, pedalos, dog agility, games and workshops so there’s plenty for everyone in the family to enjoy.

For more events coming up this summer, take a look at our 'What's On Guide'. 

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