Events Calendar 2018

Sunday, 29 July

Time on Your Hands

Every moment of our lives is important – it always has been. Find out more about the timepieces in Bury St Edmunds, related buildings and people who have been important in the town’s history of time. What did we use before we had clocks in the streets? You may know who bequeathed a clock collection to the town but what of his musical connections? Where will you discover that the clock of the oldest business in town refers to the internet?

Saturday, 11 August

Hysterical Bury St Edmunds for children

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. An hour of hilarious, historical (and sometimes hidden) stuff to do and see at every stop. Suitable for family groups with children aged 6 and above. No more than 4 children per one adult, please.

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Wednesday, 15 August

Inns and Alehouses

Why was so much ale drunk in Bury St Edmunds? Why were there so many inns, taverns and alehouses here? Discover why coaching inns had such large stables - one had room to stable seventy horses. Come and learn where you can sip a cocktail beneath majestic medieval arches or enjoy a beer in Britain’s smallest pub. Did you know that a medieval monk had an allowance of eight pints of ale a day? Join us to find out all this and more.

Wednesday, 22 August

Hysterical Bury St Edmunds for children

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. An hour of hilarious, historical (and sometimes hidden) stuff to do and see at every stop. Suitable for family groups with children aged 6 and above. No more than 4 children per one adult, please.

Tuesday, 4 September

Dissent, Riot and Rebellion

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.

Saturday, 8 September

Dissent, Riot and Rebellion

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.

Sunday, 16 September

Ladies of the Town

Heritage Open Days is England's largest annual festival of history and culture. This year we're celebrating the centenary of women's suffrage with a 90-minute walking tour of Bury St Edmunds to discover more about some of the movers and shakers of the town - who also happen to be women!

Bury’s first woman councillor, an author whose books became big-screen movies, a legendary royal needlewoman and a famous art deco artist will all feature in this voyage of discovery.

Wednesday, 10 October

Crime and Punishment

Find out about the gruesome methods of punishment that would have been used in the past, such as being burnt at the stake or drowned in a ducking stool. Discover more about a grisly murder in the abbey, and the infamous William Corder, who murdered Maria Marten in the Red Barn and was hanged in Bury. Hear tales of local folk transported to the colonies for stealing a waistcoat, and how drunks were punished by being whipped around the marketplace. Not for the faint hearted!

Saturday, 3 November

Bury at War

Bury has had a long, distinguished, and sometimes tragic association with modern warfare. This walk will take in some of the most iconic sites and symbols of warfare around the town, from the earliest campaigns of the Suffolk Regiment to the war in the skies of East Anglia during World War II.

Tuesday, 6 November

Bury at War

Bury has had a long, distinguished, and sometimes tragic association with modern warfare. This walk will take in some of the most iconic sites and symbols of warfare around the town, from the earliest campaigns of the Suffolk Regiment to the war in the skies of East Anglia during World War II.