Tour Calendar 2020

Ghostly and Macabre Tours

Fridays, October-March

Join our Ghostly and Macabre Tours on Friday evenings, October-March, to explore the darker side of Bury St Edmunds.

Come with us as we venture out on a dark winter’s night to chill you with tales of ghostly apparitions, foul murders, witchcraft and spooky sights and sounds.

Dare to walk through the haunted churchyard and hear of the dastardly deeds committed there.

Not for the faint-hearted! Adults £6, minimum age 14.

Bury in Words

Saturday, 16 May

Since Jocelyn the Cellarer first wrote his journal about the life of the Abbey here, Bury St Edmunds has featured in great works of literature in many styles throughout many centuries. Join us on a walk full of words from 14th Century poetry to Victorian comedy, from radical tracts to gothic rock lyrics.

Characters from the stories will be brought to life along the route by performers from the Theatre Royal's community groups as part of the Beyond Walls programme.

Bury in Words starts at 10.30am from the War Memorial on Angel Hill, and lasts 90 minutes. It is in English and is suitable for all ages and abilities.

Tickets are £10, U25s £5, Festival Friends £2 discount, and includes coffee and a pastry.

Abbey Habits

Sunday, 17 May

Would you like to have been a monk in the Abbey?

Find out how they lived their lives, what they did for the town and how they looked after St Edmund.

Abbey Habits starts at 10.30am opposite the Abbey Gate on Angel Hill, and lasts 90 minutes. It is in English and is suitable for all ages and abilities.

Tickets are £10, U25s £5, Festival Friends £2 discount, and includes coffee and a pastry.

The Dark Side of the Abbey

Saturday, 23 May

Throughout the 500 years of its existence the tranquility and calm of the abbey was often disrupted by its fair share of natural disasters, including Fire, Flood and Plague.

Combine all that with times of dissent and bloody violence and you have a rich story book of tales to bring to life as we examine the turbulent side of the abbey’s history.

The Dark Side of the Abbey starts at 10.30am from the War Memorial on Angel Hill, and lasts 90 minutes. It is in English and is suitable for all ages and abilities.

Tickets are £10, U25s £5, Festival Friends £2 discount, and includes coffee and a pastry.

The Legacy of the Abbey

Sunday, 24 May

With the dissolution of the abbey in 1539, its story does not end. In the centuries that followed, this solid focal point of the town has continuously played host to historical events of local and national importance, as well as adding richly to the social life of the town.

This walk brings to life the journey of regeneration through stories which span the nearly 500 years since the last Benedictine monk departed.

The Legacy of the Abbey starts at 10.30am from the War Memorial on Angel Hill, and lasts 90 minutes. It is in English and is suitable for all ages and abilities.

Tickets are £10, U25s £5, Festival Friends £2 discount, and includes coffee and a pastry.