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10 reasons for visiting Bury St Edmunds this Christmas

Posted on Tuesday, 12th December, 2017

As if you needed to be told why you should be visiting Bury St Edmunds this Christmas, where else would you want to be? Even so, we have put together 10 fantastic reasons so there is definitely no doubt!

Here are our 10 reasons to visit Bury St Edmunds this Christmas:


1. Christmas Entertainment

What better way to get into the Christmas spirit than with an fantastically fun Abba party, hilarious comedy or excellent live music? Bury St Edmunds has some fantastic venues that offer top-class Christmas entertainment for all the family!

Whether it’s the Theatre Royal, The Apex or St Mary’s Church there’s something for everyone! Get your tickets booked soon or you’re sure to miss out!

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2. Fantastic Food

If there’s one thing that Bury St Edmunds does very well indeed, it’s food! Our foodie scene has a fast growing reputation of being one of the best in the region and for very good reason!

Why not try it out for yourself by sampling some Christmas treats at one of the many brilliant independent restaurants? Each has its own character and individual style, but all have one thing in common delicious food!

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3. Bustling Bars

Christmas is a time to get social. A time to catch up with old friends and a time to enjoy the company of your loved ones. One of the best ways to do this is to meet up for drinks at one of the many brilliant bars in Bury St Edmunds.

Are you a connoisseur of cocktails? A sucker for a good sauvignon? Do you love a good lager? Or maybe you’re an avid fan of real ale? Whatever your preference, you’ll find a perfect venue for drinking in Bury St Edmunds.

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4. Plenty of Places to Party!

It’s Christmas party season! You’ve enjoyed a lovey meal, loosened up with a couple of cocktails, now there’s only one thing left to do: Dance! You can do just that at one of the nightclubs in Bury St Edmunds.

With great drinks deals, lively music and fun promotions, you can have a brilliant time partying into the early hours.

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5. Superb Shopping

The clock is definitely ticking for you to find the perfect gift for your loved ones this Christmas! Luckily for you, there is an amazing range of shops to choose from. Whether you’re looking for independent businesses or national brands, you can find whatever you need.

Go shopping in Bury St Edmunds and you’ll be spoilt for choice for gifts for him, gifts for her, gifts for kids, or just a gift for yourself! And what’s more, late night shopping on Thursdays gives you even more opportunity!

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6. Browse the Bury St Edmunds Market

The Bury St Edmunds Market offers a huge range of products from foodie treats and homewares, to bargain clothes and beautiful jewellery. It takes place every Wednesday and Saturday in the Cornhill and Buttermarket areas of the town and attracts thousands of visitors.

Make sure you come and visit this Christmas - we’re sure you’ll find plenty of stocking fillers!

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7. Visit Father Christmas’ Grotto

From the 2nd-24th December, there will be a Father Christmas Grotto in Charter Square at the arc Shopping Centre! Take the kids to meet the man himself, Father Christmas along with his team of elves!

We are expecting big crowds for this amazing opportunity, so make sure you arrive early during busy periods. We would recommend booking your visit in advance to avoid disappointment.

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8. Have a go on the Vintage Dodgems & Carousel

Not only can you meet Santa in Charter Square this Christmas, but you can also have a go on the brilliant vintage dodgems and carousel! Available from 30th November to 31st December, these classic attractions never fail to entertain!

These excellent rides are open every day except Christmas Day and Boxing Day from 10am-5:30pm and later on late night shopping. Fancy having them all to yourself? Both are available for private hire on Monday and Friday evenings!

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9. Experience Moyse’s Hall Museum

This ancient building dates back to 1180 and has a wealth of history and character. After some time as a prison, then a police station, it became a museum in 1899 and has remained as one ever since.

Moyse’s Hall Museum is a great place to learn about the local history of Bury St Edmunds any time of year, but at Christmas time there are loads of great shows and activities for you to enjoy like theatre, performances and Santa’s Grotto!

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10. Traditional Christmas Carols in the Cathedral

Finally, no Christmas would be complete without a traditional carol service, and what better place to have it than the spectacular surroundings and acoustics of St Edmundsbury Cathedral?

The service takes place on 23rd December at 7:00pm and is free of charge with donations welcome on the night.

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Find out more

If you’d like to browse more reasons to visit Bury St Edmunds this Christmas, click here to take a look around our website to explore all the amazing things on offer!

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