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Ways to spend your May Bank Holiday in Bury St Edmunds

Posted on Friday, 27th April, 2018

May is a wonderful time of year, the weather is getting hotter, the trees are filing with leaves, the shorts are on and the summer is almost here! But maybe the best thing about this glorious month is that we are treated to not one, but TWO Bank Holidays!

‘What am I going to do with all that time off?’ I hear you cry! Read on for a load of great suggestions of things to do in Bury St Edmunds this Bank Holiday.

Early May Bank Holiday Weekend (4th-7th May)

Stranger Waters

Date: Friday 4th May
Time: 7:30
Tickets: £7
Venue: Conservatoire EAST Theatre, West Suffolk College

Let the Conservatoire EAST Year 1 Performing Arts students take you on a magical journey through the stranger waters of two of Hans Christian Anderson’s best-loved tales. Find transformation, love and laughter in the re-tellings of these classics, asking the question of where do we really belong?

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Pick 'n' Mix! The Voice Squad support the Mayor’s Charities

Date: Saturday 5th May
Starts: 7pm
Tickets: £12, Under 14s £10
Venue: The Apex

The 100+ forces of young singers from the National Award-Winning Voice Squad will bring an assortment of vocals... Hear music from classical and musicals, to gospel and chart hits, from across the eras.

This will be a colourful variety pack for all ages!

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Henry Blofeld: 78 Retired

Date: Sunday 6th May
Starts: 7.30pm
Tickets: £20
Venue: The Apex

Henry ‘My Dear Old Thing’ Blofeld has hung up his microphone after 50 years commentating on international cricket.

The cherished golden voice of cricket has decided to celebrate by touring the country with his brand new show, jam-packed full of unheard anecdotes from on and off the pitch, as well as stories from the TMS box - not allowed on the radio!

Don’t miss the chance to wave a bat in honour to the last bastion of the original Test Match Special team; the team who made it the much-loved programme it is today. 

The summers of cricket will never be the same without our ‘Dear Old Thing’. 

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Kerry Ellis 20th Anniversary Tour

Date: Monday 7th May
Starts: 7.30pm
Tickets: £28
Venue: The Apex

Join Kerry Ellis as she brings her UK Tour, celebrating 20 years since her West End debut, to The Apex. Kerry will be accompanied by her incredibly talented band, with a special guest appearance by the London Show Choir.

Expect a huge range of songs from Wicked show-stoppers to Queen, to Ed Sheeran and more, telling stories from her illustrious career to date. 

Ellis has just released her latest hit album on Sony Music with Brian May, 'Golden Days', and has starred in shows such as We Will Rock You. 

She was the first British Elphaba in both the West End and Broadway productions of Wicked and her many other leading role credits include Nancy in Oliver! and Grizabella in Cats at the London Palladium, Eliza Doolittle in My Fair Lady, Ellen in Miss Saigon, and Fantine in Les Misérables.

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Sybil Andrews: Movement at its Core

Dates: 24th March - 20th May
Times: 10am-5pm
Tickets: Standard admission charges apply
Booking: Not required
Venue: Moyse's Hall Museum

To mark the 120th Anniversary of Sybil Andrew’s birth, Moyse’s Hall Museum will be displaying its definitive collections of her work and collections connected to her.

In the early 1990s, whilst resident in Canada, Artist Sybil Andrews corresponded with Moyse’s Hall Museum, giving personal context to the examples of her work then housed here.

Born in the Town, her brother even served as the Curator of Moyse’s Hall Museum in the 30s, she spoke of Suffolk as “the core of what I am”.

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Inspirations by Suffolk Open Studios

Dates: Tuesday 10th April - Monday 7th May
Opening hours: Mondays to Saturdays 10am-5pm, Sundays 10am-4pm
Admission: Free
Venue: The Apex Gallery

A Taster Exhibition featuring 112 works from 30 Suffolk Artists prior to the annual opening of their Studios in June.

Suffolk has a fantastic array of inspirational beaches, woodlands, towns and villages. The artists live in varied locations and this will be reflected in the works displayed in the exhibition.

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Late May Bank Holiday (25th-28th May)

Spamalot - The Monty Python Musical

Dates: Wed 23 — Sat 26 May
Time: 7:30pm
Tickets: £10 (£25 including dinner)
Venue: Conservatoire EAST Theatre, West Suffolk College

Lovingly ripped off from the classic film comedy Monty Python and the Holy Grail, this riotous musical follows King Arthur and his somewhat eccentric Knights of the Round Table, in their quest to find the Holy Grail.

Along the way they encounter a bevy of beautiful show girls, killer rabbits, tactless minstrels and ferociously flatulent Frenchies!

This fully staged musical, including a 14-piece live band and an inflatable cow, is funnier than the plague and will leave you asking how did God, the almighty and all knowing, misplace a cup?

Why not join us for a pre-show dinner at 6pm? (prior booking necessary)

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The true story of Karen Silkwood

Date: Friday 25th May
Starts: 6pm
Tickets: £11
Venue: Abbeygate Cinema

A nuclear whisteblower and union activist, who tried to uncover wrongdoing at the plutonium plant where she worked. 

It features an Oscar-winning performance by Meryl Streep and the screenplay is by the incredible Nora Ephron and Alice Arlen.

1983, 131 mins; Certificate 15

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Psychic Sally Kisses to Heaven

Date: Fri 25 May
Time: 7:30pm
Tickets: £26
Venue: Theatre Royal

World renowned psychic, television and theatre star and the UK’s favourite award winning medium Sally Morgan is back and better than ever with her phenomenal interactive stage show. Sally is one of the Uk’s most successful touring acts and has been wowing audiences across the country for the past 9 years.

Sally’s jaw dropping show has attracted amazed reviews from theatre goers and psychic fans. The messages from beyond come thick and fast. Funny, entertaining, touching, sometimes heart-breaking, often controversial; Kisses to Heaven showcases the phenomenal ability of the nation’s best loved medium.

Sally says ‘The shows will be psychic dynamite and although they are undoubtedly entertaining, there is also a very serious side, which is to give audience members messages of hope and love from the other side’.

This is a unique evening not to be missed. Book your tickets now to see this phenomenal psychic in action.

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Prime Brass

Date: Friday 25th May
Starts: 7.45pm
Tickets: £12, U25s £5, £2 discount off top price band for Festival Friends, purchase ten or more tickets in one transaction and save £1 per ticket 
Venue: Unitarian Meeting House, Bury St Edmunds

A welcome return to the festival for this wonderful 10-piece brass ensemble based in Cambridge. It is often possible to hear their effervescent playing on Classic FM and BBC Radio 3.

Their concert tonight will feature music from their most recent album, including Beethoven’s stunning Three Equali for 4 trombones. 

Supported by the Unitarian Trustees

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Walk: Hysterical Bury St Edmunds

Date: Saturday 26th May
Starts: 2pm
Tickets: Standard £7, Festival Friend £5, purchase ten or more tickets in one transaction and save £1 per ticket
Ends: 3pm at The Apex

An hour of hilarious, historical (and sometimes hidden) stuff to do and see at each stop. A nasty Norseman (called Boneless), a saintly Saxon (with a big nose), the riotous rabble and many mean old monks make up the story of Bury St Edmunds - talk a couple of grown-ups into booking the family on to this activity trail around the heart of our very old town.

Suitable for family groups with children aged 6 and above. No more than 4 children per one adult, please.

Meet on Angel Hill, near the War Memorial.

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Gorillas in the Mist

Date: Saturday 26th may
Starts: 6pm
Tickets: £11
Venue: Abbeygate Cinema, Bury St Edmunds

The true story that portrays the determination of Dian Fossey, whose work to document and protect the mountain gorillas of Rwanda was vital to their survival from extinction. Sigourney Weaver in the lead role was nominated for an Oscar for her performance.

1988, 129 mins; Certificate 15

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Brodsky Quartet & Sir Willard White

Date: Saturday 26th May
Starts: 7.30pm
Tickets: £25, £21, £2 discount off top price band for Festival Friends, purchase ten or more tickets in one transaction and save £1 per ticket 
Venue: The Apex, Bury St Edmunds

The brilliant Brodsky Quartet are no strangers to Bury St Edmunds and it is always a delight to invite them back. Their imagination and creativity has led them to collaborate with a wide range of musicians. 

Tonight’s concert sees them come together with one of the best-loved and most versatile opera stars of the last 40 years, Sir Willard White. 

This concert pays homage to the working relationship between the Hollywood Quartet and Frank Sinatra in the 1950s which resulted in the classic ‘Close to You’ album. The programme has a strong American theme with Barber’s hauntingly beautiful 'Dover Beach' and works by Copland, Gershwin and Kern amongst others.

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Roger McGough and LiTTLe MACHiNe

Date: Saturday 26th May
Starts: 7.30pm
Tickets: £22.50, £17, £14, £10, £2 discount off top price band for Festival Friends, purchase ten or more tickets in one transaction and save £1 per ticket 
Venue: Theatre Royal, Bury St Edmunds

Hilarious and surreal, Roger McGough is a poet of many voices. Menace and melancholy there may be, but with plenty of McGough'scharacteristic wit and wordplay too. 

His new show with Walter, Steve & Chris of LiTTLe MACHiNe features a fine selection of vintage, classic & surprising poems set to music. 

Drawing on three thousand years of poetry - Sappho, Chaucer, Shakespeare, Blake, Byron, Eliot, Larkin and many more - LiTTLe MACHiNe set classic poems to music and perform them with energy, passion and humour. Music that moves the feet for words that move the soul! It's poetry - but not like you've heard or seen it before.

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Whitsun Fayre

Date: 27th-28th May
Time: 10am-4pm
Venue: Bury St Edmunds Town Centre
Tickets: Free

Don’t miss this amazing weekend of family fun right in the heart of Bury St Edmunds. The Whitsun Fayre features a whole host of amazing entertainment including plant & flower stalls, a mini farm, a Punch & Judy show, face painting, fairground rides, and street entertainment.

This is the perfect celebration of the beginning of summer and promises to be every bit as exciting as usual! Visit the website to find out more.

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Walk: Dissent, Riot & Rebellion

Date: 27th May
Starts: 10.30am
Tickets: Standard £9, Festival Friend £7, Under 25s £5, purchase ten or more tickets in one transaction and save £1 per ticket
Ends: 12pm at The Apex

Civil unrest, rioting in the streets, even bloody violence – not the first association you would make with modern Bury St Edmunds.

However for centuries the town was at the centre of national and regional events. With this role came unrest, much of it with violent consequences. Walk with us and enjoy stories from the 1100s right up to the very recent past.

You will be surprised at how volatile the town’s history has been and how that was expressed, some with tragic results, and some just plain comical. All of it played out on streets and featuring buildings recognisable today. 

Meet on Angel Hill, near the War Memorial.

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Date: Sunday 27th May
Starts: 2pm
Tickets: £9
Venue: Abbeygate Cinema, Bury St Edmunds

The second feature film from Amma Asante, one of the UK’s most talented directors and screenwriters.

Based on the true story of Dido Elizabeth Belle (Gugu Mbatha-Raw), the illegitimate daughter of a Royal Navy Captain and an African slave, who was raised at Kenwood House in London by her aristocratic Great Uncle.

2013, 100 mins; PG

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An Evening with Roy Hudd OBE

Date: Sun 27 May
Time: 7:30pm
Tickets: £10.50-£26
Venue: Theatre Royal

Sixty years in show business! Debbie Hudd interviews Roy, as only she dares, and digs out some of the stories, songs and anecdotes from Roy’s long career. From variety, musicals, pantomime, stage, radio and television – Roy will tell all about his long career and will spill the beans on the legendary names he loves and admires…and the others!

A huge lover of Music Hall, Roy’s one man show ‘Roy Hudd’s Very Own Music Hall’ played to a packed house here at Theatre Royal in 2016  – this evening is a wonderful opportunity to be entertained by one of our best loved entertainers.

We are so grateful to Roy and Debbie Hudd, who are giving their time for free to support us. Tickets are available to join a private post-show reception with Roy and Debbie at £10 each.

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