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50 Things To Do This Summer in Bury St Edmunds

There's loads going on this summer in Bury St Edmunds - take a look at out top 50 picks below!

50 Things To Do This Summer in Bury St Edmunds and Beyond

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Visit the FREE Abbey exhibition at Moyse's Hall Museum

1. Visit the FREE Abbey exhibition at Moyse's Hall Museum. 'The Abbey of St Edmund: Artisan and Pilgrimage in the Liberty of St Edmund' will showcase the beauty and gravitas of St Edmunds’ Abbey, as well as explore the people that travelled great distances to see the tomb of the martyred king.

2. Enjoy a summer walk at Nowton Park - the children will love the maze!

3. Savour one of Bury St Edmunds' gastronomic experiences in Suffolk's Foodie Town.

4. Little ones can take part in the Snot, Blood & Bones Acting Class as part of the Abbey 1000 celebrations. Under expert tuition from local actress and author Hatty Ashton this free event is sure to be popular this summer!

5. See Russell Watson in concert in the stunning and historic surroundings of St Edmundsbury Cathedral. His Summertime Special is sure to get you in the mood for sunny days making memories!

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Matilda Afternoon Tea at the Ickworth Hotel

6. Enjoy an afternoon tea at one of Bury St Edmunds' foodie hotspots, including The Ickworth Hotel's Matilda Afternoon Tea for families! New for 2022.

7. Discover Suffolk's smallest town on the self-guided Clare Town Trail.

8. Take in a show at The Apex! Among the shows at this summer are the Illegal Eagles, Black Umfolosi, The Wedding Present, and Just Push Play Festival and the children will love the Fireman Sam show.

9. Children will also enjoy The Lightning Thief - The Percy Jackson Musical (adapted from the best selling book) and The Secret Garden, both playing at Theatre Royal Bury St Edmunds this summer.

10. The FREE self guided Abbey 1000 Heritage Trail runs over the summer to St Edmund's Day in November!

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Cathedral LEGO

11. Join St Edmundsbury Cathedral for their 100,000th LEGO Brick Family Activity Day! The Cathedral is celebrating hitting the halfway point on their Cathedral LEGO model and they've got fun FREE LEGO related activities for the whole family. Be creative with LEGO – build statues, stained glass windows, pews, St Edmund! (Bricks provided), add a brick to our Cathedral model, follow a special trail around the Cathedral, LEGO-themed refreshments.

12. If you love LEGO, you'll also love the Brick Built Exhibition at Moyse's Hall Museum this summer. From the Houses of Parliament to the exploration of space, this touring exhibition by Warren Elsmore will feature his team’s models of famous buildings, monuments and structures made from LEGO bricks.

13. Creative thinking, problem solving and battling against the clock, are you ready to take on the escape room challenge at The Evidence Room? With three escape rooms on offer, each designed to test your logic, teamwork and patience, you’ll need to have your wits about you as nothing is quite as it seems.

14. No need to visit Spain this summer, Bury St Edmunds is bringing a touch of Spain here with a Flamenco Dance Show at The Market Cross.

15. The Abbey Gardens will host an outdoor performance of Peter Rabbit and Benjamin Bunny. Join Peter Rabbit and Benjamin on their hair-raising adventures in this enchanting outdoor theatre adaptation of the much loved Beatrix Potter classic.

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Our Bury St Edmunds Food and Drink Festival on August Bank Holiday!

16. There's something about eating outside in the summer which makes you feel instantly relaxed. There are lots of eateries that have beautiful outside spaces to eat in Bury St Edmunds and the surrounding area, take a look at our Alfresco Dining Guide for some inspiration.

17. Discover the stories of the soldiers of the Suffolk Regiment through medals, uniforms, photographs, weapons, equipment and personal memorabilia at the Suffolk Regiment Museum.

18. Find out more about military history through the ages as it is brought to life by Kentwell Hall's expert living historians at their War and Peace event.

19. If you love cars then Lavenham Classics Car Show is back for 2022.

20. See local chef demos and enjoy a wide range of food and drink stalls at Our Bury St Edmunds Food and Drink Festival.

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Take a Greene King Brewery Tour this summer

21. A tour of Greene King Brewery is a must when you visit! The brewery has a fascinating history going all the way back to 1086, when monks would brew ale on the site of the Great Abbey using water from Bury’s chalk wells which are still used today by Greene King.

22. Take in a film at Abbeygate Cinema or Cineworld in the town. Abbeygate Cinema is a local independent cinema which dates back to the 1920s and shows the latest blockbusters alongside classics and special showings, while Cineworld has the latest releases.

23. Enjoy a day or two just shopping in Bury St Edmunds. It's the perfect place for retail therapy! While away a day exploring the 200 stores that line the picturesque medieval streets, and elegant Georgian squares. From clothes to kitchenware, shopping in Bury St Edmunds offers something for everyone - all within an easy walking distance in beautiful surroundings. As well as favourite High Street brands, Bury St Edmunds has a host of independent and individual shops that you won't find anywhere else.

24. If the children are getting restless this summer holiday then West Stow Country Park's Beowulf and Grendel Trail is a fantastic walk to keep them occupied while learning something of the area's history and tales. The trail is self-guided and free!

25. National Trust Ickworth welcomes K.D Theatre this summer as they present the children's classic 'Alice in Wonderland'. Join Alice down the rabbit hole in her magical adventures through Wonderland in this brand-new open-air theatre adaptation of Lewis Carroll’s family favourite ‘Alice In Wonderland.’

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The Abbey Gate by Agnieszka Procajlo

26. Check out a new exhibition by Suffolk artist Agnieszka Procajlo called Feel It, See It, Paint It at The Apex Gallery (free entry) until August 14. The artworks in this exhibition are varied in theme - from portraits to nature studies, and even landscapes depicting the beauty of West Suffolk and beyond, including St Edmundsbury Cathedral and Moyse's Hall Museum among other landmarks.

27. Take a stroll around beautiful Lavenham. With its Tudor houses, crooked, half-timbered cottages and 15th Century Wool church, it’s easy to understand why the streets of Lavenham have been used as background for TV and films including Lovejoy and Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part 1.

28. The Bury St Edmunds Outdoor Film Festival returns this summer in the Abbey Gardens with a 2-4-1 offer across each day.

29. Take a walking tour of Bury St Edmunds with the Bury St Edmunds Tour Guides this summer! They also have very special Abbey Tours to celebrate 1,000 years of the Abbey of St Edmund!

30. See the stunning Fullers Mill Garden at West Stow - the enchanting and tranquil waterside and woodland garden is truly magical.

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31. Could there be anything better than strolling through vibrant blooms of mini-sunflowers, picking to your heart’s content or sitting by a sea of yellow with your loved ones enjoying a summer’s picnic? Well… you can do it at Rougham Estate near Bury St Edmunds! Pick Your Own Mini Sunflowers from July 27 - it is thought they will last 2-3 weeks so hurry!

32. Enjoy wine? Then why not visit a local vineyard for a tour and tasting? Giffords Hall Vineyard is a family owned Vineyard near Long Melford in Suffolk where they grow Bacchus, Madeleine Angevine, Reichensteiner, Rondo and Pinot Noir varieties.

33. Described as “one of Britain’s finest ancient woodlands”, Bradfield Wood is home to 24 resident species of butterfly as well as birds and mammals too; the garden warbler and blackcap, stoats, yellow-necked mouse and badgers - the perfect place for a butterfly hunt and bird watching.

34. Visit Bury St Edmunds Farmers Market in August for some local produce!

35. Get your skates on and go roller skating at CurveMotion.

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The Nutshell

36. Discover the Bury St Edmunds Ale Trail featuring 23 pubs and bars including Britain's smallest pub, The Nutshell.

37. Visit Suffolk's oldest working water mill. Pakenham Water Mill.,

38. Play tennis at the Abbey Gardens Tennis Courts!

39. Marvel at the Threads Through Creation Exhibition at St Edmundsbury Cathedral, a retelling of the creation story from the bible through eight million stitches!

40. Wander the seven rooms of treasures at Little Hall, Lavenham. One of the oldest buildings in the best preserved of the Suffolk wool towns, Little Hall is a 14th Century house built for the Causton family of clothiers and its subsequent development has mirrored the changing fortunes of Lavenham. Little Hall was restored by the Gayer-Anderson brothers in the 1920s and 30s and they filled the house with art and artefacts collected during their extensive global travels.

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41. Visit Kentwell Hall - one of England’s finest Tudor houses that stands within the most extensive moat in the county and nearly 30 acres of formal gardens and grounds. The house offers the visitor a journey through time from the Great Tudor Kitchen, the Gothic centre block to the State bedroom that was created by Thomas Hopper in the 1820s for a visit from the then Duke of York. The grounds during the summer are very special.

42. Take a tour of Middle Earth in West Stow!

43. Have a picnic in the Abbey Gardens and go view the latest sculpture in the Abbey 1000 Sculpture Exhibition in the crypt within the ruins - part of the Abbey of St Edmund 1000 year anniversary celebrations!

44. Explore Long Melford with its antiques shops, small boutiques and historic pubs and eateries.

45. Take a tour of Suffolk's smallest town Clare on a Clare Town Tour!

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46. Pretend you are Arrow, Hawkeye or Robin Hood and enjoy an Archery Experience at West Stow Country Park!

47. Discover Bury St Edmunds' best cocktail bars on the Bury St Edmunds Cocktail Trail!

48. Take a tour of Bury St Edmunds Guildhall - the oldest continuously-used civic building in Britain.

49. See behind the scenes at Theatre Royal Bury St Edmunds on a Theatre Tour - a vibrant 200-year-old theatre and the last remaining working Regency playhouse in the country. Step on up and into the spotlight where the likes of Ian McKellan CBE, Dame Judi Dench DBE, Sir Peter Hall CBE and many more have gone before you. You’ll even get to tread the boards yourself!

50. Marvel at our historic town from the top of St Edmundsbury Cathedral on a tower tour!

For more things to do this summer visit our What's On Guide!

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