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Annual Events

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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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.

Free entry!

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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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East Anglia Beer & Cider Festival

For six days, St Edmundsbury Cathedral, its cloisters and garth, hosts over 250 real ales and 40 ciders at the annual East Anglia Beer & Cider Festival.

The Festival is organised by the local branch of the Campaign for Real Ale, the nationwide consumer organisation responsible for the preservation of our brewing and pub heritage.

The festival both raises money to support CAMRA’s aims and local charities and deserving good causes.

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Sci Fi and Action Exhibition

For over a decade Moyse’s Hall Museum has displayed screen used props and costumes from some of the biggest franchises in movie and TV history as part of its Sci-Fi and Action exhibitions.

It has displayed pieces from popular TV and film including Doctor Who, Star Wars, Titanic, Lord of the Ring, Batman, Wonder Woman, Gremlins and more. Many of the pieces are rare and valuable, complete and even after years in mint condition.

Displays have also celebrated cult TV, classic cartoons and British offbeat shows both nostalgic and forgotten to time.

The Sci Fi and Action Exhibition takes place every year from October to December.

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Christmas Lights Event

We invite you to experience The Bury St Edmunds Christmas Lights Event for free family fun.

Every year, we have a variety of entertainment and stalls for you to enjoy and the event marks the start of Christmas in Bury St Edmunds.

This takes place in November every year.

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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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