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Planning a day out in Bury St Edmunds? Don’t miss these top summer sights!

Posted on Friday, 5th May, 2017

Planning a day trip to Bury St Edmunds in the summer can be a difficult task because there is just too much to do! Therefore, to give you a helping hand, below we have listed the must-see attractions in the town, along with a couple of optional extras!

Moyse’s Hall Museum

Set in the heart of Bury St Edmunds within an amazing medieval building, this museum offers rich and eclectic collections and changing exhibitions which are guaranteed to provide fun for all of the family.

There are many fascinating local history exhibitions, from social history, to military history through to prison paraphernalia, crime and witchcraft. Alongside this there is an exquisite collection of clocks, timepieces and historic artwork.

Not only can you view all this amazing history, but you can also take part in one of the many events that take place throughout the year, from themed family workshops to historical lectures.

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Abbey Gardens

The internationally acclaimed Abbey Gardens is located in the centre of Bury St Edmunds, with the magnificent St Edmundsbury Cathedral as its backdrop.

This six hectare site is filled with fantastic things to do throughout the year, but the summertime is the prime time to enjoy this wonderful space. You can admire the Appleby Rose Garden, stroll the central area with its amazing display of flowers, explore the Sensory Garden, or relax on the bank of the River Lark.

If you’re looking for something a little more energetic, you could try your hand at tennis, be bowled over by bowls or practice your putts at the putting green. Alternatively, if you need to take the kids somewhere to let off some steam, head to the play area, woodland tree houses, willow maze or just go wild on the crazy golf course!

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St Edmundsbury Cathedral

St Edmundsbury Cathedral occupies an ancient site overlooking the beautiful Abbey Gardens. It has been a place of worship for over 1,000 years. Edmund, King of the East Angles was killed by the Danes in 869 and his death led to the construction of an abbey on the site to house his remains, which was established as a Benedictine foundation in 1020. St James’s Church was later built within the Abbey’s precincts and eventually became a cathedral in 1914.

From the ancient library, to the wonderful stained glass, to the more modern LEGO Cathedral, there is something for everyone to enjoy. Why not stop off for a coffee at Pilgrims’ Kitchen? Or for a true insight, join one of the guided tours.

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To really make the most of our fantastic town, time your visit to coincide with one of the many fantastic festivals that take place in the town. Below are just a couple that we would recommend:

The Whitsun Fayre
28th-29th May 2017

This fun-filled family weekend event is hugely popular with locals and visitors alike. Taking place over the bank holiday at the end of May, there is a whole host of activities to enjoy.

There is street entertainment, fairground rides, flower stalls, a mini farm, a motorsports car show and even the Bury St Edmunds Beach! But most exciting of all are appearances from celebrity gardeners, Katie Rushworth and Joe Swift!

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Food & Drink Festival
27th-28th August 2017

If you are a foodie, then you will love the Bury St Edmunds Food & Drink Festival. This event is a celebration of the renowned food and drink scene in the town with some seriously tasty treats on offer!

Once again, the street entertainment, fairground rides, mini farm and Beach return to the town, but this time they are accompanied by a farmers market, Mad Hatter’s tea party, loads of food and drink stalls, tutorials and even appearances from celebrity chefs, Jack Stein and Paul Rankin!

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