The historic town of Bury St Edmunds has always been a place to keep busy. Whether it’s a leisurely lunch and shop or a cultural look around the famous abbey garden ruins. Bury is always booming from evening events at The Apex to seasonal fairs. Well keeping to tradition the town will not be letting us down this year, as it again hosts the Bury St Edmunds festival from 18-27 May.
Bury St Edmunds Festival 2018
The 35th year of the festival is set to be a big one; taking place over 10 days, spread over 14 venues and hosting 59 events. From national musical treasures, Aled Jones and Jools Holland to the Grammy award-winning Ladysmith Black Mambazo to literary legend Benjamin Zephaniah and 80s chart toppers UB40, there’s something for everyone to enjoy!
With so much on you may struggle to decide what to come and see! Read the full guide to what’s on at www.buryfestival.co.uk
Events in Bury St Edmunds summer 2018
Paws in the Park in Nowton Park, 20 May
A friendly dog show and family day out at Nowton Park, this is definitely one not too miss! There will be arenas with dog judging, dog agility and gundog scurry, as well as food and drink stalls, children’s amusements, craft, dog accessories and dog groomers.
Wander over to the dog show arena, where you can enter your dog into as many categories as you wish, including best puppy, handsomest dog and scruffiest mutt. Throughout the day, there will be agility demonstrations and the opportunity to have a go. This will be a great family outing. Last year, thousands of people and their four-legged friends helped to raise more than £9,000 for St Nicholas Hospice. I think I might just take my own dog – there’s a rosette with his name on it I’m sure!
Bury St Edmunds Whitsun Fayre, 27-28 May
For two whole 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, gardening demonstrations and a popular man-made beach. Last year’s attractions also included the family favourite mini-farm giving children the chance to meet pygmy goats, miniature pigs, an alpaca, a miniature horse and lots more – make sure you head to Abbeygate Street! And don’t forget to watch a Punch & Judy show or ride the funfair!
Euston Rural Pastimes, 10 June
Enjoy the great British countryside with this annual celebration of rural pursuits and agriculture featuring Traction and Stationary Engines, Classic and Vintage Cars, crafts and more. www.eustonruralpastimes.org.uk
For more on what’s happening in BSE head to… www.visit-burystedmunds.co.uk/whats-on
Whether it’s a specific event you want to visit Bury St Edmunds for or just a general wander, the town has much to offer. Shopping, lunch and culture must be high on everyone’s list. Check out the aviaries in the Abbey Gardens too, they’re home to a handful of exotic birds!