Abbey 1000 Celebrations
A year of celebrations has been planned for 2022 to mark 1,000 years since the founding of the Abbey of St Edmund in Bury St Edmunds by King Cnut.
Originally planned for 2020 but moved because of the pandemic, the celebrations in 2022 will feature an exhibition of Abbey Manuscripts in the Cathedral Treasury (the first time that the manuscripts are reunited in their place of origin since 1539), special Abbey Tours, an Abbey 1000 Heritage Trail, a Picnic in The Park, a special sculpture exhibition in the Abbey Gardens, plus much more! The celebrations will end with St Edmund's Weekend Spectacular in the Abbey Gardens for St Edmund's Day weekend.
For details of events as they are announced visit www.abbeyofstedmund1000.co.uk
Bury St Edmunds Food and Drink Festival 2022
Foodies will love the two day free Our Bury St Edmunds Food and Drink Festival held on August Bank Holiday Sunday & Monday from 10am to 5pm each day.
With an annual line-up of cooking demonstrations from top celebrity chefs, the chance to taste and purchase food and drink from over 100 stalls and a popular farmer’s market, this is a foodie’s heaven.
Celebrity chefs to be announced. FREE entry to the event!
For more details as they are announced visit https://www.burystedmundsfestivals.com/festivals/home/
20th Anniversary of Ring Quest!
Ring Quest returns to West Stow in the 2022 February half term for its 20th anniversary celebration!
Join West Stow Anglo-Saxon Village and explore Tolkien's world in this Lord of the Rings themed family challenge...
In February 2002, the first ever Ring Quest event took place at West Stow Anglo-Saxon Village. Ring Quest has always been a family friendly event, awakening all ages to the special magic that is Tolkien’s world. Now, 20 years on, Ring Quest will celebrate this milestone with an event that’s bigger and better than ever!
Ring Quest takes place February 19 - 27. Find out more at https://www.weststow.org/whats-on/
30th East Anglian Beer & Cider Festival
The making of beers and wines has a long history in monasteries and Benedictine abbeys such as the one founded in Bury St Edmunds over 1000 years ago!
The festival, which takes place June 14 - 19, celebrates its 30th anniversary in 2022.
To find out more visit https://www.facebook.com/eabcf2022
The Nearly Festival
The Nearly Festival is an affordable alternative to the bigger touring festivals & features 14 of the UK's best touring tribute acts live on stage, a 'Kidzone' with cool kids attractions & activities, a tasty & local 'Street Food Market' & a pub priced 'Pub in the Park' !
2 days of fun for all ages, day or weekend tickets available & under 5's go free!
The Bury St Edmunds Nearly Festival takes place on Saturday June 11 from 11.30am-9pm and Sunday June 12 from 11.30-8pm.
Line up to be revealed. Early bird tickets are now on sale at https://nearlyfestival.com/bury/
Bury Fringe Festival 2022
The Bury St Edmunds Fringe Festival is back! After a short pandemic related break the Fringe Festival will return next April.
The Festival takes place April 1 - 30. More information announced soon so keep your eye on their facebook page at https://www.facebook.com/BuryFringeFestival.
East Anglian Game and Country Fair 2022 at Euston Hall
The East Anglian Game & Country Fair began in 2004 and is an annual two day, family event taking place at the Euston Estate near Thetford, just off the A11.
Home to the Duke and Duchess of Grafton, Euston Hall is steeped in history and provides a beautiful backdrop to the fair.
There's equestrian events, dog events, children's activities, live music, and 350 shopping stands!
For more information on the Fair on April 23 & 24 and to book tickets visit https://ukgamefair.co.uk/
Red Rooster Festival 2022
Join 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.
For the very finest R 'n B, Americana, Blues, Soul, Roots and Country, with high quality food and loads of style, Red Rooster succeeds in recreating the deep South in beautiful Suffolk again in 2022.
Red Rooster Festival is from June 2-4. For the full line up as it is announced visit https://www.redrooster.org.uk/
80s Music Legends Perform at The Apex
Eighties legends Paul Young, Carol Decker (T'Pau) and Hue and Cry come together for the tour of the year celebrating a decade of the greatest hits!
80’s heart throb Paul Young, shot to fame with his much loved album No Parlez’ followed by a steam of top 10 hits such as Wherever I Lay My Hat, which hit the number 1 slot in 1983 Love of The Common People, Everytime You Go Away’ & Everything Must Change. He is also a Brit Award winner for Best Male vocalist, sings the opening lines on the original Band Aid Single Feed The World and performed at Live Aid in 1984. Well known as a loyal & loving family man Paul is also a keen chef, biker and fan of all things Mexicana!
Carol Decker of T’Pau, broke hearts with her powerful vocals on huge hits such as China in Your Hands (Number 1 for 5 weeks in the Official Uk Top 40) and the uniquely arranged Heart and Soul their debut single that reached number 4 . The flame haired songstress became a teen icon in the 80’s for many a young girl who aspired to be like her! Their 1987 album Bridge of Spies is as synonymous with the 80’s as Carol’s trend setting pineapple hair do!
Scottish duo Hue & Cry were a force majeure with their high energy hit Labour Of Love. The band consistently skirted around the top 20 throughout the 80s, their seminal Hue and Cry album Rote, was released to not only huge acclaim but to multi-platinum success, spawning the singles ‘Ordinary Angel’, ‘Violently’ and ‘Looking for Linda’.
Performing at The Apex on Tuesday October 4. Tickets now on sale at https://www.theapex.co.uk/whats-on
Panto at Theatre Royal Bury St Edmunds
Pity the impoverished people of Nottingham – their scheming Sheriff is relentlessly raising his taxes. Most folks have had to quit the city and move out to Sherwood Forest, as Nottingham becomes the preserve of the uber-rich.
Yet fear not, for a hero has emerged. Robin of Loxley! Not only does he steal from the rich and give to the poor, but he also looks fantastic in tights. Thankfully, Robin is not alone. No-nonsense Maid Marion, loud-mouthed Little Joan and puny pauper, young Rob have joined the fight.
It’s people power vs ‘the man’. Let’s just hope the little guy can save the day!
The Legend of Robin Hood runs from November 25 - January 16. Book your tickets now at https://theatreroyal.org/
Bury St Edmunds Food & Drink Festival - Full Line Up Announced!
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East Anglian Wine of the Year Competition 2022 to be Held at Giffords Hall Vineyard
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