6 ISSUES FOR £6 Subscribe to EADT Suffolk today click here

Explore Bury St Edmunds

PUBLISHED: 13:05 18 April 2017 | UPDATED: 13:05 18 April 2017

Sunny weather in the Abbey Gardens in Bury St Edmunds.

Sunny weather in the Abbey Gardens in Bury St Edmunds.

Archant

There’s more to Bury St Edmunds than history

Arc Shopping CentreArc Shopping Centre

It has links to the Magna Carta. At its heart stands one of the most magnificent cathedrals in the East of England. And it is surrounded by, and filled with fragrant, flower-filled parks. But Bury St Edmunds has more to it than meets the eye. Steeped in history, it’s also a buzzing, vibrant town for the 21st century that’s attracting leading employers, is home to some of Suffolk’s best restaurants, and has an exciting cultural scene.

The epicentre of Bury St Edmunds (Cornhill) is home twice a week to one of the country’s biggest markets (Wednesdays and Saturdays), now supplemented by a brand new farmers’ market on the second Sunday of every month, where around 20 local producers sell food and drink made within a 50 mile radius of the town.

St Edmundsbury Cathedral viewed from the Abbey Gardens in Bury St Edmunds.St Edmundsbury Cathedral viewed from the Abbey Gardens in Bury St Edmunds.

Reaching out from the heart of the town are sprawling alleyways and thoroughfares filled with independent shops selling fashion, gift, home and food. And when it comes to entertainment, there’s the annual Bury Festival (May 19 to 28), leading shows at the historic Theatre Royal, and a line-up of great music and comedy at The Apex, said to have some of the best acoustics in England.

Shopping

Where to start? The town has all areas covered. A visit to St John’s Street is a must. There are dozens of interesting shops to see here. Beautiful Beers is packed to the rafters with a carefully selected and changing range of beers from around the world, and staff are excellent at dishing out advice. A few doors down is artisan bakery and café Gastrono-Me for fantastic bread and cakes to take away. And then there’s Steamer Trading – a haven for keen cooks.

Greene King will lead a new ‘St Edmund for England’ campaign, which seeks to reinstate the first patron saint of England and calls for a national bank holiday on the Monday closest to 20 November - St Edmund’s Day. 
Greene King will lead a new ‘St Edmund for England’ campaign, which seeks to reinstate the first patron saint of England and calls for a national bank holiday on the Monday closest to 20 November - St Edmund’s Day.

Whiting Street, Hatter Street and Abbeygate Street are all ripe for exploration too. Get a kick out of the shoe collection at Nicola Sexton. Seek advice on lingerie or invest in a new designer swimming costume for your holidays at Cabana. And make a pit-stop at Javelin – an independent fashion store that’s won numerous prestigious awards for its mixture of affordable and designer clothing.

For gifts there are delights to be found at Buy the Light, Loft and Spires (where there are lots of British-made pieces including beautiful jewellery), The Parsley Pot, and Quest.

eadt news west - jo thewlis -   photograph tudor morgan-owen 03/03/11; The Arc shopping centre in Bury St Edmunds is celebrating it's 2nd birthday this weekend.; EADT 5.3.11eadt news west - jo thewlis - photograph tudor morgan-owen 03/03/11; The Arc shopping centre in Bury St Edmunds is celebrating it's 2nd birthday this weekend.; EADT 5.3.11

Eating out

From bites on the go to blow-out meals, it’s all here. There are some interesting street food stalls on the weekly market, including Japanese cuisine. Chill out to the latest sounds with a hand made burger or pizza at trendy LP bar. Or indulge in Mediterranean-inspired dishes at Casa Del Mar.

The Old Bull serves great pub food with a twist, and Ben’s Restaurant has been acclaimed for its field to fork ethos.

If you want to impress, try Maison Bleue, currently a finalist in a worldwide luxury dining competition. Fish especially, is excellent here. EADT Suffolk Food and Drink Awards Chef of the Year 2016 James Carn has left the brilliant Pea Porridge (another one to try) and is making waves at The Angel hotel. Or nip out of the town to elegant Restaurant of the Year 2016 Tuddenham Mill to sample Lee Bye’s hyper-local, seasonal and exceptional menus.

Look out for luxury lobster and grill house Bougee, set to open in the Cupola building in the near future too.

Events

May 5

Fashion Fusion, The Apex, 7pm

Raising money for St Nicholas Hospice Care, this fashion show will showcase women’s clothing from both independent and high street stores and the ticket price includes a cocktail, interval refreshments and entry into a prize draw on the night.

Tickets are £18 from The Apex.

May 14

Fat Cat Comedy Club, The Apex, 8pm

One of the biggest hits on the Bury St Edmunds social scene, this is a brilliant night out, featuring high quality comedy acts. This one is a mystery show- so who knows who’s going to take to the stage.

Tickets are £14 from The Apex.

0 comments

Welcome , please leave your message below.

Optional - JPG files only
Optional - MP3 files only
Optional - 3GP, AVI, MOV, MPG or WMV files
Comments

Please log in to leave a comment and share your views with other EADT Suffolk Magazine visitors.

We enable people to post comments with the aim of encouraging open debate.

Only people who register and sign up to our terms and conditions can post comments. These terms and conditions explain our house rules and legal guidelines.

Comments are not edited by EADT Suffolk Magazine staff prior to publication but may be automatically filtered.

If you have a complaint about a comment please contact us by clicking on the Report This Comment button next to the comment.

Not a member yet?

Register to create your own unique EADT Suffolk Magazine account for free.

Signing up is free, quick and easy and offers you the chance to add comments, personalise the site with local information picked just for you, and more.

Sign up now

More from Out & About

Yesterday, 13:04

Visit Ed’s ‘castle on the hill’ and much more in this attractive market town

Read more
Tuesday, April 18, 2017

There’s more to Bury St Edmunds than history

Read more
Monday, April 10, 2017

Spectacular displays of bluebells come into bloom in April and May - from country parks to ancient woodlands, we pick 8 places in Suffolk to go for a woodland walk

Read more
Monday, April 10, 2017

As the largest district in Suffolk, Mid Suffolk is home to over 100 parishes and towns with what are arguably some of the most beautiful places to live in the county. Here are 10 of our favourites

Read more
Tuesday, April 4, 2017

Living in Suffolk, we are fortunate to have one of the most beautiful coastlines in the country, with many unspoilt rivers and estuaries, so it is no surprise that sailing and boating are popular pastimes.

Read more
Monday, March 27, 2017

Admire famous artwork, take a trip down the river, shop at independent stores and pick up some locally produced food and drink in this pretty market town

Read more
Thursday, March 23, 2017

This Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty stretches from Kessingland to Shotley Peninsula spanning across a plethora of diverse landscapes from beaches, heath and forest

Read more
Monday, March 20, 2017

View picturesque scenery, sail along tranquil waterways, visit independent shops and take advantage of all this beautiful area has to offer

Read more
Monday, March 20, 2017

The new garden at Hintlesham Hall bursts with life. Flowers, herbs, vegetables and even a patch especially for local school children.

Read more
Monday, March 13, 2017

Indulge your love of art and antiques, admire mellow Kentwell Hall and Melford Hall, browse stylish fashion for you and your home, and drop into an eatery for some tasty local food

Read more

Newsletter Sign Up

Sign up to the following newsletters:

Sign up to receive our regular email newsletter


Topics of Interest

Food and Drink Directory

Local Business Directory

Suffolk's trusted business finder

Job search in your local area



Search For a Car In Your Area

Property Search