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Fairs, Festivals & Annual Events

Ring Quest - February

Ring Quest, during the February school holiday, is a week when fans of Tolkien's Lord of The Rings and The Hobbit books and the spin-off movies can celebrate all things Middle Earth.

Tolkien was a Professor of Old English/Anglo-Saxon and Middle English language and literature, and this literature, particularly Beowulf, influenced his own writings.

So it is particularly fitting that Ring Quest is held at West Stow Anglo Saxon Village, just ten minutes from Bury St Edmunds.

There are also Real Middle Earth Tours where people can walk upon Anglo-Saxon ‘Middangeard’ (Middle-earth) and hear about the many important links between the first English and Tolkien’s world.

https://www.weststow.org

Bury St Edmunds Festival - May

CANCELLED for 2020

May's Bury St Edmunds Festival is a 10-day inspiring programme of music, dance, drama, film, literature, and more!

The festival, held in intimate venues in the twon, has attracted the likes of violinist Nigel Kennedy, film director David Puttnam and a host of celebrated and famous names in the past.

Its fantastic line ups with wide ranging acts means there is something every year for every taste.

https://www.buryfestival.co.uk

Bury St Edmunds Whitsun Fayre - May

CANCELLED for 2020

The annual Our Bury St Edmunds Whitsun Fayre transforms Bury St Edmunds town centre into a sea of colour!

For two days on the last bank holiday weekend in May the town centre is transformed into a sea of colour with plant, flower and home produce stalls, Captain Jack Sparrow, and even an urban beach.

You can find stalls and activities outside in the Buttermarket and Cornhill with a farmer's market on Angel Hill. A free entry event!

http://www.ourburystedmunds.com/whitsunfayre/

Dragon Fest - June

For one weekend every year in June West Stow Anglo Saxon Village celebrates all things dragons at the annual Dragon Festival!

This popular family event has an array of Dragon themed performances and activities including walk about characters, puppet theatre, combat skill training, music and crafts to entertain the crowds.

From nest building, dancing and storytelling for the younger visitors to learning how to protect your dragons, drum workshops, holistic treatments and stalls, there is something for all ages.

The wearing of dragon and dinosaur costumes is positively encouraged!

https://www.weststow.org/

Bury St Edmunds Food and Drink Festival - August

CANCELLED for 2020

The Food & Drink Festival will take place in 2021 on 29th and 30th August with the same fabulous line up of chefs!

Foodies will love the two day Bury St Edmunds Food and Drink Festival held on August Bank Holiday.

With an annual line-up of cooking demonstrations from top celebrity chefs, the chance to taste and purchase food and drink from over 100 stalls and a popular farmer’s market, this is a foodie’s heaven.

There’s also lots to keep the children occupied with fairground rides, street entertainment, and a mini farm. A free entry outside event!

https://www.ourburystedmunds.com/foodanddrinkfestival

Bury St Edmunds Sci-Fi Exhibition - October

Every October, the museum hosts the Bury St Edmunds Sci-Fi Exhibition, bringing a taste of Hollywood to the region!

See screen-used props, screen accurate replicas, original artwork and much more from the world of Sci-Fi and action including Star Wars, Doctor Who, Marvel, DC Comics and others!

Plus plenty of photo opportunities including costumed characters and special guests from the world of Sci-Fi and comics!

https://www.moyseshall.org/

Bury St Edmunds Christmas Fayre - November

CANCELLED for 2020

The award-winning Bury St Edmunds Christmas Fayre held in November has grown into one of the country’s biggest with over 300 stalls in the town centre and Abbey Gardens.

With live music and street entertainment, it is the perfect event to pick up unique gifts for friends and family.

There is so much to see and do at the Bury St Edmunds Christmas Fayre you will struggle to fit in everything in one day. Why not make a weekend of it and stay at one of our elegant hotels, quaint B&B’s or a tucked away country cottage. A free entry event!

https://www.burystedmundschristmasfayre.co.uk

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