Arts and Culture

The arts thrive in vibrant Bury St Edmunds – and every year in May, visitors can enjoy ten full days of exciting music, theatre, film and exhibitions at venues across town during the Bury St Edmunds Festival.

The historic Theatre Royal, 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. On the first floor, The Apex Gallery exhibits works by new and established artists.

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.

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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