About this event
Celebrate St Edmund's Day on November 20!
Bury St Edmunds takes its name from King Edmund, the original Patron Saint of England and King of East Anglia, whose shrine at the Abbey of St Edmund was once one of the most famous and wealthy pilgrimage sites in England.
The brave King Edmund who was killed by Danish invaders on 20 November 869 after refusing to denounce his Christianity. In 1020, King Canute had a stone church built for Edmund's body and the first abbots arrived. This was the beginning of the Abbey of St Edmund and it became a site of great pilgrimage as people from all over Europe came to visit St Edmund’s shrine.
St Edmund's Day is celebrated around the world every year on November 20th.In 2022, there are lots of events planned including the St Edmund's Weekend Spectacular, 2022 St Edmund Lecture, and services to mark this special day at St Edmundsbury Cathedral and St Edmund's RC Church (details coming soon).
To find out how Bury St Edmunds is marking St Edmund's Day this year see our St Edmund's Day Guide.