Abbey 1000 Schools Celebration and Parade

Next Event
29th June 12:00pm
Event Finishes
29th June 3:30pm

About this event

12 participating schools will share their learning of our town’s rich heritage at the Abbey 1000 School’s Celebration in the Abbey Gardens on 29th June 2022.

Students will contribute acts and performances for the afternoon event which will be preceded by a parade through the town with students showcasing their historical-themed dress. As part of the parade drama, local theatre company Magic Floor Productions will be leading the infamous William Catchpole to the gallows.

Parade
Schools will gather from 12pm at Charter Square. The parade will commence at 12.30pm from The Apex and take the route through the market (Buttermarket), Angel Hill and down to the Abbey Gardens where students will share their learning through music, singing, dance, drama and the spoken word. The event will finish at 3.30pm.

Members of the public are invited to join our parade and watch the show in the Abbey Gardens (where a standing viewing area will be available for members of the public).

Schools Heritage Visits
The event is part of a wider project connected to the Abbey 1000 events designed by artist and teacher Louise Gridley to bring local history to life for our young people. In March 2020 participating schools took part in a one-day educational programme that included visits to Moyses Hall Museum, The Cathedral, and Bury St Edmunds Town Guides in the Abbey Gardens. Students from Abbeygate Sixth Form College joined the celebrations by bringing original court drama back to life to life in the town’s original courtroom at The Guildhall.

The aim of the visits was to share local knowledge, stories and collections in a bid to inspire and educate. The schools performances in the Abbey Gardens are a culmination of and celebration of students’ learning outcomes.

Learning in the Classroom
Schools were supported through a range of educational resources to help facilitate learning in the classroom. The local CALSA team (Cultural Arts Leaders in Schools and Academies) headed by Kate Brown developed a range of creative resources to inspire and encourage creative engagement and participation. Resources were developed to aid creative curriculum subjects including English, Drama, Music, Dance, Textiles.

For more information about the event or wider project, please email Community artist Louise Gridley art@louisegridley.com


Part of the Abbey 1000 celebrations to celebrate 1,000 years since the founding of the Abbey of St Edmund in Bury St Edmunds.

For more Abbey 1000 events see our Abbey 1000 Guide.

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