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Festival season has arrived in Suffolk

Spring is in the air and May marks the start of an exciting calendar of festivals, and events in Suffolk.

Whether you are joining us for a countryside staycation with the family or an overnight break with your other half, there is something for everyone to enjoy. Look at our top picks of things to do in and around Bury St Edmunds for 2022.


Suffolk Show, 31st May–1st June 2022

The Suffolk Show is one of the UK's oldest county shows and remains a traditional agricultural show at heart. There will be lots to see and do for all the family; from attractions and displays, live music to animals, and a huge choice of delicious food and drink.

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Red Rooster Festival, 2nd-4th June

Join the Red Rooster Festival for a whisky sipping, guitar strumming, banjo-picking weekend of Southern Blues and Country in the heart of Suffolk. A one-stop weekend for the very finest R 'n B, Americana, Blues, Soul, Roots, and Country music, with fantastic food and drinks. Red Rooster recreates The Deep South in beautiful Suffolk.

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Nearly Festival, 11th-12th June 2022

Back for 2022, Nearly Festival features 14 of the UK's best touring tribute acts live on stage. The whole family will be toe-tapping to live music from Beyonce tributes, Queen tributes, and many more. There’ll also be a Kidzone with kid’s attractions and activities and a tasty, local Street Food Market, and a 'Pub in the Park'.

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30th East Anglian Beer and Cider Festival, 14th–19th June 2022

Enjoy a fabulous selection of craft beers and ciders with the wonderful backdrop of the Cathedral. For six days, St. Edmundsbury Cathedral will host over 250 real ales, 40 ciders, and a myriad of mouth-watering food stalls, all served with a side of live entertainment from a Sound Stage. Well-behaved dogs are welcome.

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Hidden Gardens of Bury, 3rd July 2022

Bury St Edmunds has many fine and historic buildings, but what about its gardens?  Hidden Gardens, giving people the chance to discover the secret patios, lawns, borders, vegetable gardens, greenhouses, and other features behind their facades and high walls. 

Organised by and in aid of St Nicholas Hospice Care. 

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The Pantaloons presents 'The War of the Worlds', 29th July 2022

 An opportunity not to be missed!

A live outdoor performance on The Ickworth estate this summer. Join us as H. G. Wells's science fiction classic ‘The War of the Worlds’ is brought to life by the critically acclaimed Pantaloons in this funny yet faithful adaptation using musical instruments, puppetry, and enthusiasm on an epic scale.

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The Lord Chamberlain's Men presents 'As You Like It', 21st August 2022

A summer’s evening wouldn’t be complete without a spot of alfresco entertainment. This August, The Ickworth is joined by Lord Chamberlain’s men for a performance of a true Shakespearean classic.

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Bury St Edmunds Food & Drink Festival, 28th–29th August 2022

Food lovers unite!

With an annual line-up of cooking demonstrations from top celebrity chefs, the chance to taste and purchase food and drink from over 100 stalls, and the popular farmer’s market, this is a foodie’s heaven.