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Love is all around – for Valentine’s Day with Our Bury St Edmunds

It’s the most romantic time of the year – and where better to share the love than in Bury St Edmunds where you’ll find everything for the perfect date night or romantic surprise? Whether you want a card, flowers and chocolates, a candlelit meal for two or a romantic overnight stay you’ll be spoilt for choice in our wonderful historic market town.

Starting with a card, you’ll find all the big name card retailers here of course but also check out some of our independent gift retailers too – many of whom also sell cards.  At Buy the Light in Whiting Street, February’s featured fragrance is Classic Candles Rose Petals and there’s 20% off the range.  A lovely alternative or indeed accompaniment to a dozen of the real thing.  Quest on Abbeygate Street has all its new designs in for spring and over the road The Parsley Pot has plenty of ideas for a surprise gift too.

Of course nothing says Be My Valentine more than flowers.  Luxury florist Tudor Rose at the top of Hatter Street has a gorgeous range of bespoke Valentines bouquets.  And if you want to add a bottle of wine to your Valentines Day gift then pop into Vino Gusto also in Hatter Street. Adnams on Cornhill might be better known for beers and spirits, but why not check out their wine range too for your Valentine?

Chocolates make a lovely gift whether you’re celebrating your first Valentines Day as a couple, or your 50th.   Choose from Marimba’s ‘I love you’ collection or really go to town with their Valentines hamper and much more at the shop in the Butter Market.  Also in the Butter Market you’ll find Mr Simms Olde Sweet Shoppe with Love lollipops, chocolate hearts and even chocolate roses.  And there’s Hotel Chocolat at arc Shopping Centre too.

Afternoon tea is another great way to celebrate Valentines Day and make sure you catch the stunning window design by the talented Bethany for Procopio’s Pantry in Langton Place.  Choose a rose hot chocolate – yes it’s pink – and a cranberry scone at Bay Tree Café in St Johns Street. Or maybe you’re after something quick and on -the-go?  Then why not pop into Baileys2 and grab their creamy hot chocolate, topped with cream, strawberry sauce and a heart-shaped biscuit to sweeten your Valentine’s Day celebrations. Or book a table at Lottie’s on  Angel Hill for a special Valentines afternoon tea. If little ones are part of your Valentines Day too then book a place at Little Wood Worms in Churchgate Street on the 14th for Valentines-themed biscuit making.

Before a romantic dinner for two why not cosy up at the cinema as part of your date night?  February 14th is the opening night for the new Everyman cinema at arc Shopping Centre and ‘One Love’ is their first screening.  At Abbeygate Cinema in Hatter Street you can catch a classic romance with Casablanca and Breakfast at Tiffanys both showing and enjoy a three course meal at its No. 4 restaurant. There’s more romance at Theatre Royal where Romeo & Juliet is on until Saturday. For something completely different try a couples escape room at The Evidence Room in Risbygate Street

Whether it’s breakfast, brunch or dinner Gastrono-Me in Abbeygate Street is sharing the love on Valentines Day.  With music from Ella-Rose in the evening quote ‘Love is all you need’ when booking for a complimentary glass of fizz.  Every dish tells a love story according to Orissa bar and grill in Risbygate Street with bookings being taken for Valentines.  Or try a special ‘Taste of Spain’ night on the 14th at Queen’s in Churchgate Street. At Verve in Woolhall Street enjoy a candlelit two or three course dinner for two with a cocktail such as Cupid’s Cosmo included.

The Italian for ‘love’ is amoré and Pizza Express in Abbeygate Street has a two or three course date night set menu on Valentines Day.  Or try a special ‘Taste of Spain’ night on the 14th at Queens in Churchgate Street. Keep with the Mediterranean flavours by booking your table at Francela, open all day on the 14th on Angel Hill. And if you want to extend your celebrations then a few doors away

The One Bull has a special Valentines menu until the 17th.  Can’t stay in town for dinner? Order a take home box of starter, main and dessert for two with a box of macarons from  Léa in Churchgate Street.

And if you are looking to celebrate in style with your true love then book a luxurious one-hour couple’s massage at Amanda Janes priced at just £100. Or maybe you’re looking to celebrate with a romantic night away? The Angel Hotel on Angel Hill has a special offer for a one-night stay, which includes sparkling rose wine on ice, a box of luxury chocolates and dinner followed by a full Suffolk breakfast the next morning – see the offers section of their website for the full terms.

But if you really, really want to spoil your loved one why not put an Our Bury St Edmunds Gift Card inside their Valentines card too.  With over 70 shops and businesses accepting it they can choose their own special treat.  Find out more about it at www.ourburystedmunds.com and follow our social media channels or download the LoyalFree App for more promotions and trails.

Bury St Edmunds businesses invited to learn more about neurodiversity

A groundbreaking workshop has been launched to help town centre businesses understand neurodiversity.

The workshop is a collaboration between mental health wellbeing company, Three Eggs Training, and Bury St Edmunds Business Improvement District (Our Bury St Edmunds).

It’s aimed at helping town centre business such as shops, bars, restaurants, hairdressers, theatres and dentists, understand neurodiverse conditions such as dyslexia, dyspraxia, dyscalculia, ADHD and autism.

The idea is not only to boost awareness in the workplace but also create a more ‘neurodiverse friendly town’ for residents and visitors.

Louise Newby, director of learning at Three Eggs Training, said: “The workshop is for anyone who wants to understand more about neurodiversity.

“This includes how neurodiversity impacts individuals, changes that can be made to make environments more accommodating, and how interactions with neurodiverse individuals can be improved.

“Neurodiverse conditions can cause people anxiety, when people are forced to live in a neuro-typical society.

“A shop with bright lights and loud music can be challenging for example, or perhaps the way information is printed or presented.

“The workshop will also help staff to understand what to look out for, and how they can help if, for instance, someone has an autistic child who is having difficulties.

“A number of businesses have already introduced changes and in many ways, Bury is ahead of the curve.”

The first workshop, which is free for BID members, is being held at the Bury St Edmunds & Farmers Club, on February 5, between 9.30am and 1pm.

Already 15 of the 20 places have been booked.

Louise added: “We use activities to help people understand what it’s like to be dyslexic for example, alongside videos and information.

“We are seeing a lot more organisations becoming aware of neurodiversity, the same way they did with mental health three or four year ago. It is our most powerful workshop in terms of the impact on people.”

Three Eggs works with businesses, schools, sports teams and public sector organisations and provides training courses covering a range of topics including mental health, neurodiversity, menopause, dementia, pregnancy, safeguarding and bereavement.

Mike Kirkham, Bury St Edmunds Improvement District business support manager, said: “We’ve had such a positive response, as I know our businesses aim to provide the best experience possible for their customer.

“Our town centre has so many great qualities. My hope is that becoming neurodiverse friendly will become one of these.”

BID members can contact mike.kirkham@ourburystedmunds.com for details.

 

Last few days of Dry January? Here’s what you need to know to keep with it.

If you’ve been doing Dry January but are now looking for more variety rather than soft drinks and sparkling water then there are plenty of options in the pubs and bars of Bury St Edmunds town centre meaning you don’t have to turn down a night out or think there’s nothing to entice you in.  And if you haven’t stuck to Dry January but still fancy a change, read on for some delicious low and no alcohol options worth sampling.

Eating out but want to keep a clear head?  Mowgli Street Food offers Lucky Saint 0.5% lager or try their mango lassi yoghurt drink. Take a look at Verve’s special Dry menu of mocktails where you’ll find a selection that includes a Toffee Espresso Marti-no or a Mock Mango Marg. They also have zero alcohol amaretto, gin and rum as well as a number of lagers.  Plus there’s even a 0% bottomless brunch on offer too.  At The One Bull – as well as their usual range of 0% beer and wine look out for some new flavours from Crossip.  Try rich and spicy Dandy Smoke with a ginger beer or cola.  Sister establishment Damson & Wilde has a selection of no-alcohol cocktails too.

Mocktails are very much the flavour of the month at many of the bars in town. Fancy a Flight of the Dove or a Cat’s Meow?  They’re just two of the mocktails at Baskervilles.  Or pick a Coconut and Pineapple Punch from the range on offer at Edmundo Lounge.  Staying with the fruit flavours how about an Apple No-jito at Boosh? And try an Elderflower Spritz at Lipstick and Locks which combines beauty salon with cocktail bar.

If you’re heading to a show at The Apex then check out the range of low and no alcohol drinks at the bar.  They include a 0% gin and from local brewer Greene King a 0.5% version of the popular Old Speckled Hen.  Local pubs with a selection of low and no include The Masons Arms with Heineken 0.0% alongside their range of Cask Ales to try after Dry January.

Whether it’s for a Dry January night in or a booze-free weekday because it’s a work night, then there are lots of shops in town that can help.  At Beautiful Beers you’ll be able to choose from a selection that you might not find elsewhere such as vandeStreek Fun House New England IPA 0.5%, Sassy non alcoholic organic cider 0% and Viven Nada IPA 0.3% to name but a few.  At Adnams town centre shop you can pick up the 0.5% version of Ghost Ship or Wild Wave the 0.5% cider.   And at Nethergate there’s a 0.5% version of their popular amber ale Venture – it’s called Venture Point Five.

Don’t forget that if you do fancy a tipple you can follow the Our Bury St Edmunds Ale Trail on the LoyalFree App.  All the establishments featured will still welcome you for a soft drink, low or no option and perhaps even a cup of coffee.  Keep visiting www.ourburystedmunds.com and follow our social media channels for all the latest updates from Our Bury St Edmunds.

Why January’s offers in Bury St Edmunds are not to be missed!

Chase away those January blues with a visit to Bury St Edmunds town centre and make the most of the fantastic offers around this month.  These are constantly updated at www.ourburystedmunds.com/offers so make regular checks to ensure you don’t miss anything.  At the moment you’ll find great deals including up to 50% off at local businesses such as: Javelin; Gerald Boughton; Abbeygate Lighting and So Bar.  And check out the sales at Sneezums, Cycle King, The Wine Cellar, Sunrise and Verve Bar and Restaurant.

Got an Our Bury St Edmunds Gift Card for Christmas? Now’s the time to make the most of it in the sales.  There are more than 70 businesses currently accepting it so the hardest thing about spending it is likely to be where to choose to shop first.

You could start at arc shopping centre where you’ll find plenty of the big high street names – soon to be joined in the spring by Primark.  It’s then just a short walk to Cornhill and Buttermarket where you’ll find other town centre favourites and of course the bustling market on Wednesdays and Saturdays.

There’s a wealth of independent shops in Bury St Edmunds too and where better to start than in St Johns Street?  From Beautiful Beers to Vinyl Hunter there’s so much to explore.  A short walk across town and you’re in Abbeygate Street. Here you’ll find gifts, jewellery, lighting and fashion. Turn into Hatter Street where the eclectic range of shops includes those selling flowers, antiques and even cheese.  Then wend your way to Angel Hill.  As well as the magnificent hotel from which it takes its name you’ll find restaurants, cafes, shops including Olivia Benn boutique and of course the Abbey Gardens and the Cathedral.

In between all that shopping, there are plenty of fabulous cafes, coffee houses and other places to eat and drink around town when you want to take a break.  If you always choose plant-based treats – or perhaps you’re just giving Veganuary a try then you’ll find a trail featuring many of the eateries in town that offer plant-based options on the LoyalFree app.  Just select Bury St Edmunds, choose tours and trails and click on the vegan eateries one.

In the trail you’ll find the newly refurbished Pizza Express where the pizzas include Sloppy Vegan as well as plant based versions of favourites such as Padana and Giardiniera.  There are a number of the other high street names on the trail too or why not pay a visit to some of the independents that give Bury town centre its amazing foodie vibe.

At Gastrono-Me whether it’s breakfast, lunch or dinner there are options such as dark chocolate porridge or beer-battered avo tacos to make you want to come back long after Veganuary is over.  Edmundo Lounge has an extensive choice for eating in or take away – look out for the vegan tapas menu.  And staying with the Mediterranean flavours do try the mezze at Francela too.

Mexican restaurant Amigos has a vegan menu including jackfruit wings and vegan chilli tacos among the specialities.  Health and wellbeing café Primal 8 in Risbygate Street always has plenty of healthy snacks and drinks.   Keep an eye on Bay Tree Café’s Insta for mouth-watering photos of their delicious Veganuary dishes.  Enjoy a hummus, avocado and pink pesto bagel at Lotties on Angel Hill or be really decadent with the vegan Biscoff waffle.

For three-course fine dining look no further than Maison Bleue but if it’s a coffee break you’re after then head to Midgar and;” enjoy a vegan jam oat slice with your hot drink of choice. And why not treat yourself to a selection of vegan chocolates from Marimba before you head home?

Keep visiting www.ourburystedmunds.com and follow our social media channels for all the latest updates from Our Bury St Edmunds.  And once you’ve enjoyed the vegan trail on the LoyalFree App why not check out some of our other trails too.

Holocaust Memorial Day to be marked at St Edmundsbury Cathedral

On Friday 26 January, St Edmundsbury Cathedral will hold a special service in the Abbey Gardens for Holocaust Memorial Day, to remember the victims of genocide. The service will take place in the Peace Garden in the Abbey Gardens at 10.30 am.

The theme for 2024’s Holocaust Memorial Day is Fragility of Freedom. The title reflects on the ten stages of genocide, as identified by Professor Gregory Stanton, which demonstrate that genocide never just happens. Instead, it’s a staged process where piece by piece, freedom is taken from a group of people by limiting movement, religion, creativity and more. During Holocaust Memorial Day (HMD), all victims of genocide are remembered, including more recent genocides in Cambodia, Rwanda, Bosnia and Darfur.

Joining the Cathedral for the service will be local schools Guildhall Feoffment, County High School and King Edward VI who will contribute readings and music. As well as the special service at 10.30 am, the Cathedral will be open throughout the day for reflection and contemplation.

Later in the day on Friday 26 January at 7.00 pm, the St Edmundsbury Cathedral Youth Choir will offer an act of meditation for Holocaust Memorial Day. They will sing works exploring themes of suffering, peace and reconciliation, including Gregorio Allegri’s famous Miserere mei, Deus. This liturgical performance will take place by candlelight at the High Altar.

Revd Canon Matthew Vernon said, “This year, it feels especially important to reflect on the victims of genocide as we see a horrifying humanitarian crisis unfolding in Israel and Gaza. We should all feel the call to challenge discrimination in our time and to better understand how, stage by stage, it can occur.”

Alongside the service, an exhibition titled, ‘We have to move on’: Jewish refugees in Suffolk in WW2’ will reside in the Cathedral from Tuesday 23 January to Sunday 4 February. Through the exhibition, discover the stories of the Jewish refugees who found a safe home in Newmarket in Suffolk during the Second World War. This travelling exhibition from the National Horseracing Museum and Suffolk Archives was inspired by the memoir of lawyer and cellist Fritz Ball, who wrote about his experiences as a refugee in Suffolk. The exhibition will be available to view during Cathedral visiting hours.

On Saturday 27 January, the Cathedral Tower will be lit in purple, along with iconic buildings and landmarks in the UK, for HMD’s Light the Darkness campaign – a powerful national moment of commemoration and solidarity. The public can also take part by placing a candle safely in their window at 8.00 pm on 27 January.

Ice rink attraction raised £2,500 for local charity

arc Shopping Centre has announced that the ice rink at Charter Square, a partnership of arc along with Our Bury St Edmunds BID, Bury St Edmunds Town Council and West Suffolk Council Levelling Up Fund, has raised £2,500 for local Bury St Edmunds charity and arc’s charity of the year, Gatehouse.

The ice rink, located in Charter Square from December 14th until January 3rd, was made free to the public with donations to the charity encouraged. The festive activity saw an incredible turnout from participants of all ages, providing a fun and memorable event for the community.

The ice rink was a joint endeavour funded by four partners, including arc Shopping Centre, Our Bury St Edmunds BID, Bury St Edmunds Town Council, and West Suffolk Council Levelling Up Fund. Allan Hassell, Centre Manager for arc Shopping Centre, said: “I would like to extend my sincerest thanks to Our Bury St Edmunds BID, Bury St Edmunds Town Council, and West Suffolk Council Levelling Up Fund for their generous support in bringing this marvellous attraction to the town.” “Not only were we able to raise an incredible amount of funds for Gatehouse, we were able to provide the town with a free, family friendly activity at a time of year when everyone is feeling the pressure.”

Through a combination of private hire, card transactions, and cash donations, the ice rink managed to raise an impressive £2,500. This will be donated to Gatehouse Home Store and Food Bank, a local charity committed to helping those who are most vulnerable.
Amanda Bloomfield, CEO of Gatehouse, expressed her gratitude, stating, “I’d like to thank all those who made donations to Gatehouse. The ice rink was a lovely family activity bringing a real festive feel to Bury St Edmunds.”

“The donations raised by the rink will go towards our services to the community, helping relieve poverty through practical and emotional support, providing a safe space for people to meet, make friends, and reduce isolation. I’d also like to thank the team at arc for all their fundraising in 2023, making a significant difference to those we help.”

Mark Cordell at Our Bury St Edmunds BID commended the success of the ice rink: “Bringing a free to use ice rink to the town for the festive period was the result of positive partnership work in order to attract people to the town centre but allowing them to spend their money with our businesses, rather than on entertainment, during this cost of living crisis. “I was delighted with the response and the positive comments we have received. It was lovely to see so many people using the rink, particularly young families and the fact that £2,500 was raised for the Gatehouse Charity was a fabulous bonus.”

Positive year ahead predicted for Bury St Edmunds town centre

Business leaders in Bury St Edmunds say new data from a town centre study gives cause for optimism in the local economy during 2024.  Coupled with footfall figures from the week before Christmas, which show that nearly 25% more people visited the town centre than in the same period in 2022, it suggests that some of the challenges of 2023 are starting to diminish.

The benchmarking study commissioned by the Business Improvement District (BID) organisation Our Bury St Edmunds asked for feedback from those who visit or live in the town centre as well as business owners.  A record 99% of respondents said they would recommend a visit to Bury St Edmunds to others and more than 70% of the businesses questioned rated the prosperity of the town as positive.

Where spending is concerned, Bury St Edmunds is faring better than the national average for similar sized towns. On a typical visit to the town 31% said they spend between £10 and £20 but 44% said they spend more than £20, which is 4% higher than the average.  And 80% of those questioned said they visited the town at least once a week. Turnover had been as good or better in the last year for 85% of the businesses questioned compared to 63% nationally.

The results have been generally encouraging according to Our Bury St Edmunds BID Chief Executive Mark Cordell, and measures are already being put in place to address areas highlighted as needing attention.  He said: “This report makes welcome reading as we head into 2024.  I was especially pleased to see that around three quarters of the businesses who responded were positive about the work of the BID, particularly highlighting our marketing and free training courses for member businesses.  From the public perspective our cafes and restaurants, were very highly rated – significantly more so than the national average and at a similar level to previous years as a very valued aspect of the town centre.

“The footfall recorded in this survey on both market and non-market days was higher in the busiest part of town than any of our previous studies and also around 30% higher than the national average.  Together with the most recent footfall data from our own monitoring showing that numbers for the year to date were up by nearly 8% on 2022 this is very encouraging.  Bury St Edmunds has out-performed both the regional and national figures for that week, compared to the previous year.”

The survey also asked respondents for their views on where improvements could be made.  As in previous years’ reports, car parking issues were highlighted by both users and businesses.    A number of respondents also commented on anti-social behaviour and suggested more visible policing in the town to reduce this.

Addressing those concerns, Mark Cordell added: “The policing model for the town has changed in the last month and I have already met the new dedicated police officer who is committed to addressing anti-social behaviour including street drinking as a priority.  I have also arranged for the Police and Crime Commissioner to visit Bury St Edmunds soon to meet business owners and hear any concerns, particularly concerning retail-related crime.

“Although parking is not an area that comes under the BID’s remit, I will be sharing the results of the survey with those responsible for parking at West Suffolk Council and continue to engage with the authority to bring concerns from business members to their attention.”

In many aspects of the report, Bury St Edmunds scored well above the national average for similar sized town centres. The significant findings of the research include:

  • A record 99% of respondents (compared to 91% in 2021) said they would recommend a visit to the town to others, which is 30% higher than the national average.
  • In terms of business confidence, 44% of businesses reported they expected their turnover to increase in 2024 compared to 34% nationally.
  • Physical appearance, cleanliness, hospitality, cultural activities/events and retail offer all scored significantly higher as positives compared to other towns.
  • Convenience shopping and leisure were the two most popular reasons given for visiting the town centre – both more than 10% higher than the national average.
  • The aspect rated highest as a negative was car parking by 45% of respondents which is broadly in line with the national average.

The study was carried out by researchers from People and Places Insight Ltd via online and face to face surveys.  Businesses were invited to participate via a postal or online response.

Where to find last minute presents and stocking fillers in Bury St Edmunds

With Christmas almost upon us there’s just time to find those last minute presents and stocking fillers in the final few shopping days ahead.  And there’s no better place to look for all those gifts for under the tree than Bury St Edmunds town centre.  Whether it’s treats for the kids’ stockings, last minute inspiration or that just-in-case present for an unexpected visitor you’ll find something for all ages and budgets.

Sweet treats make great gifts and you’ll be spoilt for choice if you visit Mr Simms in the Buttermarket.  Candy canes are perfect or choose chocolate festive figures or perhaps a sweet cone – whatever their favourite you’ll find it here.  Chocolate shop Marimba in the Buttermarket has a truffle-filled Christmas cracker, mulled white chocolate thins or delicious hot chocolate melts for a warming drink at any time.

If you love Cookie Barista’s bubble tea when visiting St Johns Street, not to mention their delicious Cookies including Triple Chocolate or Oat and Raisin, then you can now give a bubble tea gift pack to make their favourite flavours at home.  Or choose a selection of Hip Pop Kombucha cans from Primal 8 in Risbygate Street.

But when choosing a gift that’s a little stronger, in Bury St Edmunds beer fans are spoilt for choice.  Suffolk is famous for its beers and you’ll find a great selection of beers from the coast at Adnams on the Cornhill, as well as their gins, spirits and wines.  Nethergate in The Traverse has a range of different ales from a single bottle to a gift pack.  For beers from Belgium, the USA as well as closer to home in East Anglia, visit Beautiful Beers in St Johns Street.  And not forgetting the brewery that’s been a fixture in the town for more than 200 years – visit the Greene King Beer Café in Westgate Street to find their full range.  If it’s wine that you’re looking to put into a Christmas bottle gift bag then Vino Gusto in Hatter Street will find you something from the funky and exotic to the fruity and floral.

We have a wealth of lovely gift shops in the town centre so if you have time to visit all of them, you’ll be bound to come away with gorgeous unique gifts.  Buy the Light in Whiting Street is famous for its fragrances and candles but you’ll find so much more as well.  Still looking for in-SPIRE-ation – Loft & Spires on Cornhill, beneath the Corn Exchange has delightful home and style accessories and gifts.  Keyrings make a brilliant stocking filler and the Metalmorphose range at Quest in Abbeygate Street are stylish and cute at the same time. At The Parsley Pot nearby, the bunny and mouse range from Maileg make adorable gifts.  Or choose something for the little ones in your life from Bimbi’s range of unique Italian and Spanish clothing at their shop in The Traverse. 

For a more sustainable Christmas this year how about picking up a Fair Trade gift from the Cathedral Shop on Angel Hill.  Or something vintage and preloved that is more affordable and helps the planet too.  You’ll be spoilt for choice at Luna House Boutique in the Buttermarket and also at Bohemia Vintage and Lifestyle in High Baxter Street where the retro look is always in style.

Finally – if you still can’t decide what to get then the perfect present is an Our Bury St Edmunds Gift Card.  There’s still time to pop into town and pick one up at Lorfords, Buy the Light, ProCook, Shuffle Board Game Café, or Vinyl Hunter and allow the lucky recipient to treat themselves at one of more than 70 different businesses in the town centre.  Perhaps some pampering at The Body Sanctury in St Johns Street or a decadent cocktail and hair and make up package at Lipstick and Locks in Abbeygate Street – both of which accept the Gift Card.

And there’s much more to find when you download the LoyalFree app, so make it your new year resolution to keep visiting www.ourburystedmunds.com and follow our social media channels for all the latest updates from Our Bury St Edmunds.  In the meantime, if the shopping is all done, the presents are already wrapped and you are ready for the big day – we wish you a Bury Merry Christmas.

‘Tis the season for Our Bury St Edmunds Town Centre Gift Cards

If you haven’t yet got Christmas ‘wrapped’ and especially if you are looking to spend your Our Bury St Edmunds Town Centre Gift Card in the run up to the big day, then feast your mince pies on this handy guide to gift cards and other great presents that will make you wish it could be Christmas every day.

There are more than 70 different places in the town centre where you can spend your Our Bury St Edmunds Gift Card – so whether you’re looking for a present for yourself as you finish your gift buying for others, or you want to take a break for a coffee and a meal there’s really something for everyone to make it an ideal present this year.

What could be more festive than Buy the Light’s featured fragrance for December, which is the Classic Candle Christmas Pudding.  With 20% off during this month it makes a mouth-watering present ahead of Christmas lunch being served.  And don’t forget that as well as accepting the Our Bury St Edmunds Gift Card as payment, Buy the Light, in Whiting Street, is also a stockist of the card if you want to gift it to someone this year.  Just pick one up and load it with the amount you want to give in a couple of taps on your screen – it couldn’t be easier. 

Santa’s elves always do a fantastic job getting all the toys ready for Christmas – we think that for the good children of Bury St Edmunds they probably shop at Starlings in Charter Square, where there’s new stock arriving all the time.  Look out for some new lines at great prices – your town centre gift card might go a lot further here than you’d imagine.

Red Santa and Good Elf are two of the seasonal ales that make up the Christmas Mixed 6 Beer Box at Nethergate in The Traverse.  If you’re looking for a present for a beer fan then there’s lots to choose from here with your gift card.  You could even purchase a voucher for a tour of the brewery or a gin lovers Christmas box.

And on the subject of the Christmas ‘spirit’ a Cocktail Masterclass is a present to look forward to in the New Year at The Wine Cellar in the Buttermarket.  Or use your Our Bury St Edmunds Gift Card to pop in for a glass of wine or a bottle to take away.

For a more traditional gift Bury St Edmunds town centre has a wealth of unique and independent shops where you’re bound to find something for even the hardest to please – or where they can spend the gift card to pick something for themselves.  Head to Abbeygate Street and start at The Parsley Pot for adorable Jellycat penguins, snowmen and reindeer as well as many others in the range.  At Quest look out for the Sweet William range of gifts that are perfect for dog lovers everywhere.  And nearby Javelin is always popular with Our Bury St Edmunds Gift Card users and just the place to find that festive fashion treat.

Just around the corner in High Baxter Street you’ll find Bohemia Vintage and Lifestyle.  This treasure trove of retro delights offers unique gifts for all ages.  And for something completely different why not use your town centre gift card to book a visit to the cinema for a festive family film.  Abbeygate Cinema in Hatter Street is showing Wonka, Elf and The Muppet Christmas Carol as well as the perennial Christmas favourite It’s a Wonderful Life.

There are gifts galore at Loft & Spires on the Cornhill.  It’s another of the fabulous independent shops that make Bury St Edmunds such a wonderful place to visit not just at Christmas but all year round. Whether you’re after a pretty piece of jewellery or something that will put a smile on someone’s face you’re bound to find it here.

And if you are after a Christmas jumper, a smart festive frock or a pair of wellies for winter head to Joules in the arc Shopping Centre where whichever member of the family you are buying for, there’s bound to be something to suit.

If you want to dress the younger members of the family to impress this Christmas then Bimbi in The Traverse will add a touch of European style to their wardrobe. And with toys and accessories too, how will you choose to treat the children or grandchildren using your Our Bury St Edmunds Gift Card?  

Sweet treats always go down well at Christmas with all ages.  Mr Simms in the Buttermarket has sweet hampers, pick and mix and for those who say Bah Humbug at this time of year – a bag of the minty sweets might be just what they want. 

If you’re still not sure you’ll find just the gift a friend or family member is looking for then allowing them to choose their own treat with an Our Bury St Edmunds Gift Card is the answer.  Buy the card online and have it sent to you in the post or visit one of our town centre stockists where you can load the card with cash yourself and have it ready to gift straight away.  Find the cards at: Buy the Light, ProCook, Lorfords, Vinyl Hunter and Shuffle Board Game Café.

There’s lots more to discover about the town centre at www.ourburystedmunds.com and make sure you follow our social media channels too.  And for even more offers, deals and competitions download the LoyalFree app for Bury St Edmunds.