Arts and Culture

The arts thrive in vibrant Bury St Edmunds!

The historic Theatre Royal Bury St Edmunds, the UK’s only remaining Regency playhouse, inspires audiences of all ages with impressive performances from leading arts organisations and local, emerging talents. Meanwhile, St Edmundsbury Cathedral provides a unique venue for local and international choirs and musicians.

The award-winning Apex is known for its amazing acoustics. The home of live music in East Anglia, this contemporary venue’s diverse music programme is complemented by dance and performing arts events.

The Hunter Club is known for supporting a wide range of local grassroot bands, musicians and promoters, as well as hosting more well-known musicians, comedy nights and more. While The Market Cross regularly hosts live events, workshops, art classes, and craft markets.

The independently owned Abbeygate Cinema, which dates back to the 1920s, screens a mix of arthouse, independent and acclaimed mainstream films in addition to live broadcasts of theatre, opera and dance performances. There's also a Cineworld showing the latest blockbusters.

Bury St Edmunds is fast becoming known for art – a place to see great art, buy art, and enjoy the experience of creating art.

There are some wonderful galleries to explore including The Apex Gallery, Art in East Anglia, Chelmer Fine Art, Guildhall Studio, The Market Cross, and The Bury Framing Centre.

Bury St Edmunds is also home to an important collection of fine art. Renowned local artists Mary Beale, Sybil Andrews and Rose Mead are among the artists featured at the 12th century Moyse’s Hall Museum.

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