About this event
The rich decadence of the roaring 20s will be brought back to life this Christmas at The Athenaeum in Bury St Edmunds with a 21st Century party twist and an element of fun.
Our Christmas Party nights make any occasion memorable, whether you're celebrating with your company, friends or joining us with your nearest and dearest.
The ultimate celebration begins from the moment you arrive at The Athenaeum as you indulge in exhilarating entertainment, a delicious three-course meal, stunning costumes and a spectacular party led by our DJ.
The event includes a Twenties themed cocktail on arrival, festive dinner with tea/coffee and music, throughout the night ensuring this Christmas festivity is the bee's knees. As part of the experience, you and your guests will be able to pose for selfies at the stunning photo booth full of 1920s props and capture your finest memories.
So gather your revellers, glam up in your best 1920s finery and get ready for the ultimate themed Christmas gathering.
Bookings are required for multiples of 8 guests per table. The Athenaeum can hire in a limited number of larger tables to accommodate up to 12 guests at an additional charge. Secure your table today by telephoning 01284 758380 or email email@example.com
Party Night Dates
Friday 2 December
Saturday 3 December
Thursday 8 December
Friday 9 December
Saturday 10 December
Thursday 15 December
Friday 16 December
Saturday 17 December
About the Venue
The Athenaeum was purpose-built in the early 18th century as Assembly Rooms where the locals could gather to play cards, read books, attend parties and generally have a good time; not that different from its use today!
It was re-named The Athenaeum in 1854 and is a Grade I listed building comprising a number or spaces available for hire, including the ornate Georgian Ballroom, its chandeliered ceiling and grand décor being reminiscent of the days of Pride and Prejudice.
Now owned by St Edmundsbury Borough Council and managed in association with the Council’s catering partners, Sodexo Prestige, it is well known as a ‘local venue for local people’, playing host to wedding receptions, balls, conferences, dinners and much, much more.
The Athenaeum with its splendid frontage stands proudly in Angel Hill – physically, very much in the centre of historic Bury St Edmunds and intellectually, right at the heart of much of Bury’s history.
The building is adjacent to St Edmundsbury Cathedral, the impressive, 12th century Norman Tower and the magnificent Abbey Gate, which was of course the entrance to the Abbey grounds where once stood one of the most powerful and influential monasteries in England.
It is also right next to the Angel Hotel where Dickens stayed in 1859 and 1861 when he was giving readings in The Athenaeum. The Bury St Edmunds records office holds a lovely letter from Dickens, thanking his friend Mr Thompson, who was at the time the proprietor of the subscription rooms (now the Athenaeum) and who had arranged for him to read from David Copperfield. Oscar Wilde, The Rev Charles Kingsley, author of Westward Ho and The Water Babies, as well as W M Thackeray, author of Vanity Fair, also gave readings at The Athenaeum in the 1800s.
A feature of the Athenaeum which is of particular interest is a fair-sized, domed observatory on the roof, containing a telescope. A lecture on Astronomy was held by Sir James Airy, 7th Astronomer Royal in October 1858, at which time, by happy coincidence, the impressive Donati’s comet happened to be looming large in the night sky.
These two events combined, so inspired members of the Institute that they felt moved to build the observatory! Airy advised on the design of the dome and choice of telescope to furnish it, which was to be enjoyed by the thriving Astronomical Society that arose to utilise it. The observatory today has fallen into disrepair, but still exists as a fantastic time capsule of Victorian astronomy.