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Fairs, Festivals & Annual Events

Bury St Edmunds Spring Fayre

Grab your sunscreen and bucket and spade – the urban beach is returning to Bury St Edmunds town centre after a four-year absence as part of the new-look Spring Fayre.

In addition to the beach another highlight this year is a series of virtual reality games for all ages from the very young to the young-at-heart to enjoy. Shoppers can browse approximately 80 stalls around the town centre with a Flower, Food and Craft Market on Angel Hill, including local cut flowers, rustic crafts, and artisan food producers. There will also be a Vintage Market in the Buttermarket. Other attractions of the weekend include a helter-skelter, roundabout and astronomy area, with big games including table football and mini golf at arc shopping centre.

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Dragon Fest

For one weekend every year in June West Stow Anglo Saxon Village celebrates all things dragons at the annual Dragon Festival!

This popular family event has an array of Dragon themed performances and activities including walk about characters, puppet theatre, combat skill training, music and crafts to entertain the crowds. From nest building, dancing and storytelling for the younger visitors to learning how to protect your dragons, drum workshops, holistic treatments and stalls, there is something for all ages. The wearing of dragon and dinosaur costumes is positively encouraged!

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Bury St Edmunds Food and Drink Festival

Foodies love the Our Bury St Edmunds Food & Drink Festival takes place every August Bank Holiday Sunday & Monday with the same fabulous line up of chefs!

With an annual line-up of cooking demonstrations from chefs, the chance to taste and purchase food and drink from over 100 stalls and a popular farmer’s market, this is a foodie’s heaven. There’s also lots to keep the children occupied!

Free Entry!

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Ring Quest

Ring Quest, during the February school holiday, is a week when fans of Tolkien's Lord of The Rings and The Hobbit books and the spin-off movies can celebrate all things Middle Earth.

Tolkien was a Professor of Old English/Anglo-Saxon and Middle English language and literature, so it is particularly fitting that Ring Quest is held at West Stow Anglo Saxon Village, just ten minutes from Bury St Edmunds. There are also Real Middle Earth Tours!

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Panto at Theatre Royal Bury St Edmunds

The British pantomime is an experience to be hold. Oh no it isn't - oh yes it is!

Pantomime at the Theatre Royal Bury St Edmunds is a wonderful tradition and a highlight of the theatre's year. It often starts in November and runs until mid January and gets rave reviews by the well-respected theatre newspaper The Stage.

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