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July | August | September | October 2021
MOMENTS EXHIBITION AT MOYSE’S HALL A unique Exhibition of Modern Art
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ello, and welcome to the first What’s On West Suffolk magazine since before the pandemic began. It’s been a difficult year for all of us in so many ways, and as restrictions ease, I know many of you are looking forward to new, and safe, experiences and days out this Summer… That’s where the WOWS magazine can help! This issue is packed full of wonderful events, from outdoor theatre in West Suffolk Parks, to an open air film festival in the beautiful Abbey Gardens, to Moments - an exciting modern art exhibition that wouldn’t be out of place in London or Berlin, but is right here in Bury St Edmunds, and much more! So here’s to enjoying the best of what West Suffolk has to offer, and a return to, well, not quite normality, but the closest we’ve been in some time. As always, stay safe, follow the guidelines, and let’s enjoy the great British summer. Councillor Jo Rayner Cabinet Member for Leisure, Culture and Community Hubs.
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MOMENTS EXHIBITION ART AROUND TOWN THE APEX GALLERY BURY ST EDMUNDS OPEN AIR FILM FESTIVAL BURY ST EDMUNDS LITERATURE FESTIVAL OUR BURY ST EDMUNDS IS BACK BEHIND THE ABBEY GATE HERITAGE DAYS GET ACTIVE IN WEST SUFFOLK THEATRE IN THE PARKS WEST STOW ANGLO-SAXON VILLAGE EXPLORE BURY ST EDMUNDS AND BEYOND WEST SUFFOLK TO HOST WOMEN’S TOUR THEATRE ROYAL IS OPEN AGAIN LIVE EVENTS AT THE GUILDHALL SUMMER HIGHLIGHTS AT ICKWORTH COMING TO MOYE’S HALL MUSEUM SUMMER AT NHRM DISCOVER NEWMARKET
PRODUCTION TEAM Ian Clarke, Jennie Martin, Chloe Cawston (West Suffolk Council) T: 01284 758000 E: email@example.com To advertise an event with us please contact: firstname.lastname@example.org
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EXPERIENCE THE HOME OF HORSERACING
Guided Tours Experience the magic of Newmarket’s famous gallops, go behind the scenes at some of the most prestigious training yards and studs in the world or enjoy a guided tour of the National Horseracing Museum. Whether a racing enthusiast or a lover of history, food or art, our range of public and bespoke tours provide memorable experiences. Check out our website for a full list of available dates and tours on offer.
Discover Newmarket offer visitors a unique opportunity to go behind the scenes at racing’s headquarters to see equine stars at work and learn about the fascinating history, heritage and culture of the town.
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MOYSE’ S H A L L M U S E U M . BU RY ST E DM UN DS
AN EXHIBITION OF 23 HIGHLY ACCLAIMED ARTISTS INCLUDING 8 ORIGINAL BANKSYS! R
unning until Thursday 30 September, the ‘Moments’ exhibition of modern art at Moyse’s Hall Museum will feature works by 23 of the world’s best-known contemporary artists including eight original works by the world’s most exciting and controversial street artist, Banksy. Highly regarded as an exhibition of national importance, Moments is a major coup for the town and probably the hottest modern art exhibition in the UK this year. The exhibition is already playing a major role in helping the town’s economic recovery from the impact of the Covid-19 pandemic and subsequent lockdowns. Even with some restrictions, this exhibition could continue to attract significant cultural tourism from across the UK.
Organised in association with Brandler Galleries, the exhibition includes original works and prints from celebrated artists including Banksy, Damien Hirst, Tracey Emin, Kaws, Pure Evil, Connor Brothers, Blek le Rat, My Dog Sighs and Rachel List who soared to artistic notoriety during the pandemic with her artworks celebrating the NHS. Amongst the highlights will be eight artworks by Banksy, including the ‘Hula-Hooping Girl’ which originally appeared on the side of a building in residential Nottingham. Some of the artworks and prints will be available for purchase. Please note: booking is essential. Tickets must be purchased in advance, either online at www.moyseshall.org or by calling 01284 758000 Page 5
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s part of the Moments exhibition and in association with Brandler Galleries, Moyse’s Hall Museum is delighted to present three very special evening events with celebrated artists Pure Evil, My Dog Sighs and The Connor Brothers. The events each include a Q&A session, the opportunity to meet and chat with the artists, drinks and full entry to view the Moments exhibition at your leisure. Pure Evil
Tickets for these events are strictly limited to create an ‘up close’ experience.
MY DOG SIGHS
Saturday 7 August
Saturday 21 August
Inspired by the street art of the West Coast Graffiti Art scene of the 1990s, Welsh-born artist Pure Evil is known for portraits of famous figures depicted with drips of dark paint under their eyes.
My Dog Sighs’ style is characterised by the combination of melancholic and often innocent portraiture with found materials including abandoned food cans.
Pure Evil was involved in Banksy’s pop-up gallery concept ‘Santa’s Ghetto’, and has had exhibitions around the world, including the Saatchi Gallery and V&A Museum in London.
After 10 years of giving his art away for free through the now infamous Free Art Friday project, My Dog Sighs has seen a well-deserved meteoric rise and is fast becoming an important figure on the contemporary art scene.
THE CONNOR BROTHERS Saturday 11 September An international success story, the Connor Brothers bonded through adversity and their artwork, and created their original pieces as a project to reshape their lives. Their art - which is one step away from Banksy’s style using vintage images with a new twist - makes people smile while empowering them to pursue humanitarian projects.
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Their artworks will be inspired by the question ‘what makes Bury tick?’, in other words, the characters, landmarks and best kept secrets that give our town its unique feel. These artworks will be installed within the architecture of public buildings, and will transform the windows of local businesses. So far, around 25 businesses have confirmed that they’d like to host artists’ work, and more are getting in touch each day. It’s been a terrific response and we’ve even had interest in taking the idea out to the surrounding villages!
There are some very surprising locations lined up, and we are particularly excited to be placing at least four artists’ work inside the aviaries of Bury St Edmunds’ beloved Abbey Gardens! Amongst these artists we have a budgie painter, a bird sculptor and a nest builder… we’re intrigued to find out how they’ll use their pizza boxes. Sculptor Elizabeth Cooke tells us “its going to be all about what the birds want”.
ART AROUND TOWN
BURY ST EDMUNDS
his summer, Moyse’s Hall Museum brings Moments: an exhibition of modern art to Bury St Edmunds. The exhibition includes work by famous street artists such as Banksy and Pure Evil. Having an exhibition of this calibre in the town seemed like an excellent opportunity to let our local creative minds loose on the streets of Bury St Edmunds… and so Art Around Town Bury was born - the unruly little sister exhibition!
Around 500 creative people will be customising brown cardboard 10 inch pizza boxes, kindly donated by ICE café in Moreton Hall. It may seem like a strange canvas to use, but just look at the artwork of My Dog Sighs (ft. in the Moments exhibition) and his use of found materials including abandoned food cans! Plus, the boxes feel super stylish and can be adapted in many different ways; any medium or technique can be used so it will be fascinating to see what people come up with.
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To make the project as inclusive as possible, in May and June we invited members of the public to customise pizza boxes for the Apex Gallery. These will be installed in the huge upstairs windows, and people have been collecting boxes from The Apex and transforming them in all kinds of ways. Over the last few weeks it’s been exciting to see pizza box art turning up on our Instagram account @artaroundtownbury. The quality, imagination and sheer variety has blown us away. We really enjoy checking the feed to see the daily arrivals. The artwork will all be in place by 1 July, and will be exhibited until the end of September.
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Our Bury St Edmunds will provide a helpful art locator on their town centre app, and due to the ever-changing nature of street art we imagine more pieces will appear and some may even transform or disappear over the summer. Watch this space! Follow @artaroundtownbury on Instagram to find out more about the artists, the stories behind their boxes, and the businesses hosting the artworks. Page 9
APEX GALLERY T
he Apex Gallery is an innovative and exciting contemporary art gallery within the striking architecture of The Apex.
The Apex Gallery holds a range of exhibitions throughout the year, from both emerging and established artists, as well as community art groups.
THE RPS CREATIVE EYE GROUP EXHIBITION Thurs 24 Jun – Sun 22 Aug
The exhibition consists of an impressive selection of over 200 prints and onscreen images, with a hint of surreal and abstract, produced by members of The Royal Photographic Society’s Creative Eye Group.
PAINTING & RESISTANCE:
A SELECTION OF NEW WORKS BY KEITH HOPEWELL AND NIKKI GOLDUP Tues 24 Aug – Sun 19 Sept
Thurs 1 Jul – Thurs 30 Sept
This exhibition will include paintings, print, photography, textiles and film from artists Nikki Goldup and Keith Hopewell. At the crux of this exhibition is a short process film shot by Nikki, featuring Keith painting a large canvas, focusing on the performative elements of painting and art making as a lived experience.
As part of the exciting Art Around Town Bury project (see pages 8-9), this exhibition is full of pizza box artworks created by the general public to the theme ‘what makes Bury tick’?
KINGS ELY ART & DESIGN EXHIBITION
ART AROUND TOWN
Tues 21 Sept – Sun 17 Oct
The exhibition will show a broad range of GCSE and A Level Fashion and Textiles, Fine Art and Photography, celebrating the high quality work produced by Kings Ely students throughout the year groups. For more information on the Apex Gallery and forthcoming exhibitions, visit www.theapex.co.uk/ gallery
Ickworth Uncovered A Home of Great Art Experience a theatrical transformation of Ickworth’s collection with Ickworth's house exhibition created by design collective The Decorators, working with lighting designers Studio Dekka. For more information visit nationaltrust.org.uk/ickworth
© National Trust 2019. The National Trust is an independent registered charity, number 205846. Image: Titian - An Unknown Man
OPEN AIR FILM FESTIVAL T
his Summer, in partnership with Pop Up Pictures, West Suffolk Council brings an Open Air Film Festival to Bury St Edmunds… 3 days of open air movies and street food in the beautiful Abbey Gardens! There will be 12 films over 3 days, from Thursday 19 – Saturday 21 August, with something for everyone, including family favourites, classic oldies and spine-tingling horror flicks. The Open Air Film Festival will also host a Street Food Market with a range of tasty vendors and a local flavour, featuring traders local to Bury St Edmunds and Suffolk. The street food market will be open throughout the event, to both cinema customers and the public. Prefer to bring your own picnic? Just opt for the picnic pass tickets!
OUTDOOR CLASSICS THURSDAY 19 AUGUST
A group of young misfits called The Goonies discover an ancient map and set out on an adventure to find a legendary pirate’s long-lost treasure.
THE LOST BOYS
After moving to a new town, two brothers discover that the area is a haven for vampires. Page 12
FRIDAY 20 AUGUST
FRIDAY 20 AUGUST
A man in a legal but hurtful business needs an escort for some social events, and hires a beautiful prostitute he meets... only to fall in love.
Families will love this Disney double, and the grown-ups will love that the Kids’ Club is 2 films for the price of 1, and 1 child ticket free with every adult ticket!
THE LION KING
After the murder of his father, a young lion prince flees his kingdom only to learn the true meaning of responsibility and bravery.
As students at the United States Navy’s elite fighter weapons school compete to be best in the class, one daring young pilot learns a few things from a civilian instructor that are not taught in the classroom.
THE JUNGLE BOOK
After a threat from the tiger Shere Khan forces him to flee the jungle, a man-cub named Mowgli embarks on a journey of self discovery with the help of panther Bagheera and free-spirited bear Baloo.
SATURDAY 21 AUGUST
THE GREATEST SHOWMAN - 6PM Celebrates the birth of show business and tells of a visionary who rose from nothing to create a spectacle that became a worldwide sensation
Good girl Sandy Olsson and greaser Danny Zuko fell in love over the summer. When they unexpectedly discover they’re now in the same high school, will they be able to rekindle their romance?
2 FILMS FOR THE PRICE OF 1
BRUNCH CLUB SATURDAY 21 AUGUST
The story of a bride-to-be trying to find her real father told using hit songs by the popular 1970s group ABBA.
Finding the summer at a Catskills resort with her family, Frances “Baby” Houseman falls in love with the camp’s dance instructor, Johnny Castle. For more information or to book your tickets: www.whatsonwestsuffolk.co.uk
HORRORS IN ABBEY RUINS
Prepare to be spooked with two nights of latenight horror movies for those feeling brave…
FRIDAY 20 AUGUST
SHAUN OF THE DEAD
A man’s uneventful life is disrupted by the zombie apocalypse.
SATURDAY 21 AUGUST
A NIGHTMARE ON ELM STREET
The monstrous spirit of a slain child murderer seeks revenge by invading the dreams of teenagers whose parents were responsible for his untimely death.
BOTH SHOWING AT 8.55PM
JULY – OCTOBER 2021
WITH NICOLA BENEDETTI SAT 3 JULY 7.30pm / £35*, £28* (£6.50* U25s) Richard Ayres: No. 52 (Three pieces about Ludwig van Beethoven); Beethoven: Violin Concerto in D, Op.61. ‘Playing the Beethoven from memory, Aurora created an organic sense of community, dynamism and inspiration’ – New York Times. ______________________________________
GARY IN PUNDERLAND THU 8 JULY 8pm / £19*
FRI 23 JULY 8pm / £18.50* standing (£21* seated)
SUN 5 SEPT 7.30pm / £27*
SAT 24 JULY 8pm / £23* ______________________________________
THE SOUND OF SPRINGSTEEN
FRI 30 JULY 7.30pm / £25.50* ______________________________________
JUST PUSH PLAY FESTIVAL ______________________________________
FRI 9 JULY 7.30pm / £28.50* Last few tickets! ______________________________________
THU 15 & FRI 16 JULY 7.30pm / £26* ______________________________________
SUFFOLK PHILHARMONIC’S WELCOME BACK CONCERT
AN EVENING WITH
ANDREW COTTER, OLIVE & MABEL
SAT 31 JULY (Doors 11.30am) First band 12noon / £21* Those Damn Crows, Bad Touch, Gorilla Riot, Piston, Florence Black, Samarkind, The Nile Deltas, Jack J Hutchinson Band, At The Sun & The Hot One Two. ______________________________________
THE TOTAL WHO SHOW
SAT 21 AUG 7.30pm / £20* ______________________________________
FRI 27 AUG 7.30pm / £28*
Andrew tells the heart-warming story of his life with his two famous Labradors. Touching and laugh-out-loud funny, this is a treat for the whole family. ______________________________________
WED 8 SEPT 7.30pm / £27* Multi-award winning country music guitar picker. ______________________________________
TINA LIVE – A TRIBUTE TO TINA TURNER
THU 9 SEPT 7.30pm / £23* ______________________________________
THE REAL THING
SAT 11 SEPT 7.30pm / £25.50* Original vocalists Chris Amoo & Dave Smith and their 5-piece band. ______________________________________
WONDERS BEYOND NUMBERS SUN 12 SEPT 2pm / £15* (£13 child)
TUE 14 SEPT 7.30pm / £23.50* Classic songs from the five-times BBC Radio 2 Folk Award-winners. ______________________________________
LOS PACAMINOS WITH PAUL YOUNG
WED 15 SEPT 8pm / £23* standing (£25* seated) A Tex Mex party night with the cactus-sharp, Stetson-wearing magnificent seven. ______________________________________
THAT’LL BE THE DAY
THU 16 SEPT 7.30pm / £28* The nation’s premier Rock & Roll variety production. ______________________________________
LIVE/WIRE: THE AC/DC SHOW
SUN 18 JULY 4pm / £39.50*, £34.50*, £28.50*, £22.50* A delicious programme of joyful, sunny Mozart on a Sunday afternoon. ______________________________________
FRI 17 SEPT 8pm / £19* standing (£21* seated) ______________________________________
WED 21 JULY 7.30pm / £20* Much-loved songs like ‘Meet Me On The Corner’ & ‘Fog On The Tyne’. ______________________________________
BLUES, RHYTHM & ROCK FESTIVAL
Former Westlife singer plays an acoustic set of Westlife & solo hits & soul classics.
SAT 28 AUG 2pm / £28*adv (£31*door) Chantel McGregor, Dana Gillespie and the London Blues Band, Kyla Brox, When Rivers Meet, The Ryk Mead Band, The Cinelli Brothers & more tbc.
An engaging & fun packed show for ages 9+ ______________________________________
I COULD BE WRONG, I COULD BE RIGHT SAT 18 SEPT 7.30pm / £30* (VIP £75*/£45*)
FAT CAT COMEDY CLUB
SUN 12 SEPT & 10 OCT 8pm / £tbc For line-up, see www.fatcatcomedyclub.com ______________________________________
WHITESNAKE’S BERNIE MARSDEN
MON 13 SEPT 7.30pm / £22* The guitar hero & raconteur will play songs & tell tales about the golden age of rock.
An insightful & funny evening with the frontman of the Sex Pistols and Public Image Ltd.
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NEWTON FAULKNER THU 30 SEPT 8pm / £26.50*
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BARBARA DICKSON WITH NICK HOLLAND
WED 20 OCT 7.30pm / £28*
TUE 12 OCT 7.30pm / £24.50* A special acoustic performance drawing on Barbara’s folk roots, contemporary greats & her classic hits. ______________________________________
WED 13 OCT 7.30pm / £25* Soulful acoustic blues with a pop edge and a distinctively laid-back style. ______________________________________
McTell brings his exquisite songwriting to life with virtuoso guitar picking and evocative stories. ______________________________________
MON 20 SEPT 7.30pm / £17.50* The Yorkshire Vet brings warm and compassionate anecdotes. ______________________________________
FRI 24 & SAT 25 SEPT 7.30pm / £27.50* ______________________________________
THE FOUR SEASONS – LA SERENISSIMA MON 4 OCT 7.30pm / £28*, £23* (£6 U25s) Vivaldi: Concerto for violin, strings & continuo in E, RV 281; Vivaldi: Concerto for cello, strings & continuo in B, RV 424; Brescianello: Overture-Suite for strings & continuo in D; Vivaldi: Le Quattro Stagioni / The Four Seasons (Manchester version). ______________________________________
‘Dervish are simply brilliant… they carry Irish history with them’ – The Guardian. ______________________________________
SUN 17 OCT 7.30pm / £23.50*
WED 6 OCT 7.30pm / £21*
FRI 22 OCT 8pm / £26* standing (£28.50* seated) A glorious set of guitar pop hits & anthems - ‘Get Over You’, ‘Jimmy Jimmy’, ‘My Perfect Cousin’, ‘Teenage Kicks’ & many more. ______________________________________ WED 27 OCT 7.30pm / £27*
Sam, Albert, Baby, Roger the bodyguard and an urban fox have all survived 2020 locked down with Paul... well nearly. They can’t wait to see you! ______________________________________
ONLY FOOLS & BOYCIE THU 7 OCT 7.30pm / £20*
MON 27 SEPT 7.30pm / £24* Never Too Late 70th Birthday Tour. Hits include; ‘Motorway’, ‘War Baby’ and the anthemic ‘Glad To Be Gay’. ______________________________________
AN EVENING OF BURLESQUE
WED 29 SEPT 7.30pm / £27* The UK’s biggest burlesque extravaganza brings beautiful stars, variety artists & fabulous costumes.
SUN 26 SEPT 7.30pm / £27* (VIP ticket £76*)
All-round entertainer with his cheeky character and 24 carat gold voice. ______________________________________
THU 21 OCT 8pm / £26* One of the most formidable acts to emerge from the ‘60s progressive rock scene. ______________________________________
Enjoy an intimate evening with John Challis, best known as Boycie in BBC1’s Only Fools and Horses.
Seven-times winner at The BBC Radio 2 Folk Awards, Karine’s songs of contemporary relevance draw inspiration from folk music’s long tradition. ______________________________________
THE SYD LAWRENCE ORCHESTRA
Last few tickets! ______________________________________
GARY STEWART’S GRACELAND
MON 18 OCT 7.30pm / £24.50* (£6 U25s) All your Big Band favourites & a hearty helping of nostalgia. ______________________________________
THU 28 OCT 7.30pm / £18.50* Gary & his 6-piece band recreate Paul Simon’s landmark album. ______________________________________
A YEAR IN THE LIFE OF THE APEX
FRI 29 OCT 7.30pm / £21* One of Britain’s most outspoken politicians and a remarkable public speaker, David is a GQ Magazine Politician Of The Year.
EXHIBITION TUE 19 OCT – SUN 21 NOV / Free entry To help celebrate The Apex’s 10th anniversary in 2020, photographer Geoff Price spent twelve months documenting everyday life at The Apex.
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he Bury St Edmunds Literature Festival returns from Thursday 23 – Sunday 26 September with another superb literary line-up of authors offering something for everyone who loves a good book. Celebrating the written word, this year’s 4 day festival welcomes satirical novelist Simon Edge, historian Dr Francis Young, multi-award-winning comedy writer Jan Etherington, acclaimed crime writer William Shaw in conversation with Bury’s favourite crime writer Nicola Upson, Booker Prize long-listed author and biographer D J Taylor, Sunday Times bestseller Rachel Hore, prizewinning biographer and novelist Julia Blackburn, international bestseller Liz Trenow, and Adrian Bleese with his memoirs of adventures in a Suffolk police helicopter.
The Festival starts on 23 September with An Evening with John Row and the East Coast Poets followed by an Open Mic for everyone. Comic writer Simon Edge will be talking about his latest book Anyone for Edmund, which Dr Francis Young describes as “gripping, funny and richly entertaining. Not only a compelling read, but also grounded in real history.” In his book, Simon takes aim at politicians who never miss an opportunity to promote themselves. The following day, Dr Francis Young will give us a fascinating talk about the real Edmund. Francis is a well-known historian and expert on St Edmund, and an entertaining and knowledgeable speaker. He believes that St Edmund’s body will be found somewhere beneath the Abbey Gardens, and has set out his theories in Edmund: In search of England’s lost King. Nicola Upson is the author of a hugely enjoyable and popular series of novels starring Josephine Tey, one of the Queens of the Golden Age of crime writing. Her latest novel, The Dead of Winter, includes Marlene Dietrich in its cast of characters and references the rise of the Nazis.
BURY ST EDMUNDS LITERATURE FESTIVAL T
Bury born Nicola is very much looking forward to returning to the Festival. She’ll be talking crime writing with William Shaw, known for his series set in “swinging sixties” London featuring DS Cathal Breen and DC Helen Tozer. His latest series, beginning with his breakout novel The Birdwatcher, features DS Alexandra Cupidi, a woman making her way in what is still a male dominated world. “To convince readers our murders are real we have to build a plausible world around them. Crime fiction often does that by bringing the real world and its issues into the plot. Detective fiction at its best is not just an examination into one or two murders; it’s about detecting something bigger about the world.”
Jan Ethe ring ton
This year’s festival will end with An Evening with Jan Etherington. Jan is a multi-award-winning comedy writer, best known – and loved – as a script and play writer for stage, television, and radio, including the hugely popular BBC Radio 4’s Conversations From a Long Marriage which stars Joanna Lumley and Roger Allam. We also look forward to hearing Adrian Bleese speak about the side of policing most of us never see; in Above The Law, he recounts the most challenging, amusing and downright baffling episodes in his 12 years flying on police helicopters! Norwich born author David Taylor’s festival talk on George Orwell will draw on the recent research which informs his newly updated biography Orwell: the New Life. Prizewinning author Julia Blackburn will talk about her latest book, Time Song, and how it arose from her fascination with Doggerland, the vast once-populated stretch of land that connected Great
Britain to Continental Europe thousands of years ago but is now under the North Sea. A special free event will be a performance by the Bury Theatre Workshop following William Shaw and Nicola Upson on Saturday. For more information on the Festival, visit https://burylitfest.wordpress.com Book your tickets via The Apex (01284 758000, www.theapex.co.uk)
You can also keep up to date via Facebook at www.facebook.com/ BuryLitFest and on Twitter @BuryLit.
Once again, thanks to the trustees of the Unitarian Meeting House, Bury St Edmunds, our Festival sponsors and main hosts of our Festival. www.hireunitarianmeetinghouse.org.uk
FREE SUMMER EVENTS FROM OUR BURY ST EDMUNDS ARE BACK! A
s Coronavirus restrictions have continued to be lifted, it’s time to make the most of everything Bury St Edmunds town centre has to offer, especially the free Our Bury St Edmunds family events. These days out have been carefully planned to ensure that safety guidance appropriate at the time will be in place while still allowing the fun-filled events to have something for everyone.
stalls too. Plus you’ll find loads of street entertainment and other fun activities with enough to keep everyone in the family happy throughout the day.
Look out for the return of the Our Bury St Edmunds Motorsports East day on Sunday 25 July. This has grown from an attraction that was part of the annual Our Bury St Edmunds Whitsun Fayre, to an event in its own right. Whether you’re an F1 fan or cherish collectors’ sports cars you’ll want to be in pole position at this event.
For more information about what’s on in the town centre, visit www.ourburystedmunds.com
The Our Bury St Edmunds Food & Drink Festival (Sunday 29 – Monday 30 August) sees the return of one of the festival’s most popular celebrity chefs to the Stoves Cookery Theatre when Paul Rankin turns up the heat on Monday. Making a first appearance in the kitchen this year on Sunday is Sean Wilson from Channel 5’s Great Northern Cookbook – and who also played Martin Platt in Coronation Street for 21 years. The event is a foodie’s paradise with local produce, a farmers market and plenty of street food
These days out are a great way to enjoy all that Bury St Edmunds has to offer by building in some shopping or time to relax at your favourite coffee shop or bar.
WITH BURY TOUR GUIDES
o often, we walk past iconic buildings and admire them without really appreciating how they came to be built or their purpose… The Abbey Gate in Bury St Edmunds is a typical example.
2020’s celebrations of 1000 years since the founding of the Abbey had to be deferred, but Bury Tour Guides have come up with six specific tours which give chapter and verse on the Abbey’s history. These tours explain the life of the Benedictine monks and their undoubted skills, the Abbey’s workers, and royal visitors. Turbulent and bloody times are graphically narrated, and what happened after the Abbey was dissolved in 1539 is unravelled.
Melanie Mills, one of the town guides
BEHIND THE ABBEY GATE…
‘Funny stories for an Abbey Birthday’ for children aged 6+ is exactly as it says and is an exciting way of finding out about the Abbey – adults accompanying their children will be expected to join in and relive their childhood! The guides will also deliver their 2pm daily tours covering the Abbey and town, unearthing those nuggets that become great conversation-pieces. These are great value and prove popular with locals and visitors alike! And there is more! Marketing officer John Saunders explains “It is a busy year ahead and we have a great range of tours and talks available, including specials for Heritage Open Days.” For more information or to book a tour, visit: www.burystedmundstourguides.org
These morning tours each last 90 minutes, but for those with only an hour to spare there are the brisker ‘Bite-size’ tour for Wednesday lunchtimes. Page 19
REDISCOVER THE RICHES OF CATHEDRAL HERITAGE IN BURY ST EDMUNDS A
warm welcome awaits you at St Edmundsbury Cathedral, located alongside the award-winning Abbey Gardens. Now open daily once again: Mondays to Saturdays 10am4pm and Sundays 12.30pm-3pm for visits, services and exhibitions. Once part of the great Abbey of St Edmund, St James’ parish church became St Edmundsbury Cathedral in 1914. Discover the story of St Edmund through stained glass, statues, tapestry and paintings. The Millennium tower, which now dominates the skyline of the town, was only completed in 2005 and a breathtaking vaulted ceiling added as recently as 2010. Join a guided tour with a knowledgeable volunteer guide, or pre-book to take a climb (202 steps) to the top of the tower. There’s even a chance to add a brick to the LEGO model of the Cathedral!
Allow time in your visit to browse in the Cathedral shop for unique souvenirs, local history and Christian books, beautiful gifts, and classical music CDs. No visit would be complete without welcome refreshments in Pilgrims’ Kitchen, open daily. Locally sourced food, quality tea and coffee with tempting cakes are served in beautiful surroundings, with heritage colours, chapel tables and rustic furniture and a spacious garden. For further information, visit www.stedscathedral.org/visit
Fullers Mill is open until 31 October: 2pm–5pm on Wednesdays and Fridays 11am–5pm on Saturdays and Sundays Booking essential: visit www.fullersmillgarden.org.uk or call 01284 334396 Page 20
Photograph by Clive Nichols
Fullers Mill is one of three gardens that have been gifted to Perennial, alongside York Gate in Leeds and The Laskett in Herefordshire. Perennial is the charity helping people in horticulture build and live better lives. The gardens are an important part of Perennial, not only are they examples of horticultural excellence, but they help to raise funds so they can continue to deliver their frontline services to people who work in horticulture and to spread the word about how they help.
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ullers Mill is a beautiful waterside and woodland garden set in West Stow, just outside Bury St Edmunds. This seven-acre garden sits on the banks of the River Lark and Culford Stream with its own millpond. Fullers Mill is enchanting. But it wasn’t always so. In 1958 it was created by the late Bernard Tickner MBE from rough scrub and woodland, into a surprising yet quiet waterside oasis. The garden combines an unusual mix of shrubs, perennials, lilies and marginal plants, some of which are now extinct in the wild. It is a garden of truly year-round interest and recently won the 2020 Tripadvisor Travellers’ Choice Award. There is also a new pop-up shop selling a beautiful range of gifts; plants propagated from the garden for sale and refreshments available to enjoy in the garden.
TWO GREAT WEEKENDS OF HERITAGE OPEN DAYS IN WEST SUFFOLK!
e are delighted to announce that Heritage Open Days will be going ahead this year, 10-19 September. Heritage Open Days is England’s largest free festival of heritage and culture, with over 5,500 events created by local communities, organisations and individuals.
West Suffolk venues taking part include:
Every year in September, places across the country throw open their doors to celebrate their heritage, community and history. It’s your chance to see hidden places and try out new experiences – and it’s all FREE.
Brandon Heritage Centre
Bury Guided Walks
Great War Huts
Mildenhall & District Museum
Every year, 1000s of events take place across the country, encompassing walks, talks, tours, plays and galleries, opening up archives and backstage areas, and hundreds of buildings that are normally closed to the public, unlocking their doors.
Rede Hall Farm Park St Edmundsbury Cathedral Ancient Library
In 2020, the festival was expanded to include digital events, providing even more ways for people across England and beyond to engage with our stories and places. We would love you to be part of that community.
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West Stow Anglo-Saxon Village
Heritage Open Days’ events highlight all the wonderful places and stories on our doorsteps – including those that are often overlooked, or rarely open to visitors.
Bradfield Woods Bury Society Clare Ancient House Museum Haverhill Countryside Guided Walk Norman Tower Rougham Control Tower Tours of Lavenham
For more information, including a full list of participating organisations taking part in West Suffolk, please visit www.whatsonwestsuffolk.co.uk Page 21
GET ACTIVE IN WEST SUFFOLK… C
ustomers are enjoying the results of West Suffolk Council’s multi-million investment in its leisure centres over the past year:
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Mildenhall has brand new leisure facilities with two swimming pools and a state of the art gym within the Mildenhall Hub Newmarket has a new café, children’s soft play, (including sensory play for children with disabilities) a party area, new studios and new facilities including an eGYM Brandon has a new gym, changing rooms and changing places facility with a new café, studio and Shapemaster suite due to open in the autumn.
Healthy families and communities are a priority for the council, and it has joined up with community health colleagues to bring services as close to patients as possible, at Brandon and Mildenhall leisure centres. Find out more at www.acleisure.com
If you fancy some fresh air, why not get active in the West Suffolk Parks? There are of course plenty of beautiful walking trails of various distances – check out our newly-designed parks leaflets, complete with maps, walking trail descriptions, and information on what nature to look out for and when in each park! Brandon Country Park and Nowton Park have gorgeous cycle trails, plus there’s a waymarked, walking and cycling friendly 14 mile (22.5km) linear trail between West Stow Country Park and Brandon Country Park - the ‘Brecks Trail’. West Suffolk Parks’ children’s playgrounds encourage the little ones to climb, swing, spin and jump – and are the perfect way to entice your children out for some fresh air. Not to mention the Abbey Gardens’ tennis courts… the two LTA standard hard tennis courts are open all year round. You can hire a tennis court (booking essential) or book tennis coaching sessions with Titan Tennis Academy. For more information, visit www.whatsonwestsuffolk.co.uk/parks
KEEP WEST SUFFOLK PARKS CLEAN! W
est Suffolk’s award-winning parks and open spaces are to be enjoyed at their best over the summer months, for an evening walk, meeting up with family and friends or a play session outside with the children – there’s something for everyone.
possible so you can properly segregate the recyclable material. If that’s not practical, then please use one of our bins rather than just leaving it in situ. Thank you for helping others to enjoy our beautiful open spaces”.
A dedicated team of staff and volunteers keep things spick and span, but, as Cllr Peter Stevens, Cabinet member for Operations explains, West Suffolk Parks need visitors to do their part. “West Suffolk Council has made healthy families and communities a priority and during lockdown our parks and open spaces have been havens for getting outside for some exercise and relaxation and I am delighted that they remain as popular now we can socialise again. To keep things up to our high standards, we have reviewed the size and location of litter bins and how often they are emptied. We have increased overall capacity, but as they are only designed for small pieces of litter, not bags of rubbish, we are asking you to please take your waste home where Page 23
THEATRE IN THE PARKS I
f you go down to the woods this Summer, you’re sure of a big surprise… as the fantastic Heartbreak Productions bring outdoor theatre to West Stow Country Park! Not content to stop there, they’re also returning to Bury St Edmunds’ beautiful Abbey Gardens with yet more open-air theatre! So pack a picnic, bundle up a picnic blanket or a camping chair, and dress for the weather… all the world’s a stage, after all!
A MIDSUMMER NIGHT’S DREAM West Stow Country Park Wednesday 18 August at 2pm & 6.30pm Suitable for ages 7+ Perfectly scripted for the outdoor stage, Heartbreak Productions bring Shakespeare’s best-loved comedy, A Midsummer Night’s Dream, to West Stow Country Park! A story of order and disorder, reality and appearance and love and marriage, our story follows a troupe of actors deep into the enchanted forest… Let Heartbreak whisk you away to a dream world of flying fairies, mistaken identities and love triangles.
WONDER WITH GRIMM West Stow Country Park Thursday 29 July at 6.30pm Suitable for ages 6+ Join Heartbreak for an evening of enchanting storytelling full of magic, puppetry, and music, as we enter into the fantastical world of the Brothers Grimm with a modern twist. Have you heard of the Grimm? Originally from the Black Forest, it travels through wooded places looking for children’s voices to steal. Only stories can stop it, so we must re-tell the fairy tales of the Brothers Grimm.
We can’t just keep telling the same stories in the same way for hundreds of years, though. That would be very boring, and not very much like Heartbreak at all. So... what if Rapunzel escaped her tower? Or Snow White didn’t wake up? Join us, and Wonder with Grimm…
OPEN AIR THEATRE – MR STINK
OPEN AIR THEATRE – THE GREAT GATSBY
West Stow Country Park Thursday 26 August at 2pm & 6.30pm
Abbey Gardens Sunday 29 August at 6.30pm
Abbey Gardens Tuesday 17 August at 2pm & 6.30pm
Suitable for ages 9+
Suitable for ages 7+ Packed with fun, humour and a heartwarming message, David Walliams’ best-seller Mr Stink is a touching tale that provides the perfect family entertainment when performed by Heartbreak Productions.
Join Heartbreak Productions and the Nick Carraway quartet for an evening of jazz, prohibition style… Band leader Nick is a top-notch storyteller, who will take you back to the summer of 1922 when he lived next door to the infamous Jay Gatsby, a mysterious party-throwing millionaire who was hopelessly in love with Daisy. Served up with a twist of iconic Heartbreak style, this outdoor adaptation of F Scott Fitzgerald’s classic is the perfect way to mark 100 years since prohibition!
You’re invited to celebrate Annabelle’s 10th birthday! Everyone is welcome… that is, everyone apart from Chloe’s particularly smelly new friend, Mr Stink. A chance meeting between the lonely, kind and curious 12 year old Chloe Crumb and an incredibly smelly homeless man leads to an extraordinary and rewarding friendship that takes them to the heady heights of live television and Downing Street – via a garden shed!
Booking essential. For more info or to book your tickets, visit www.whatsonwestsuffolk.co.uk or call 01284 758000
WEST STOW ANGLO-SAXON VILLAGE & COUNTRY PARK SANDS OF TIME TRAIL
ere at West Stow we’ve been busy during lockdown, creating the new Sands of Time Trail, our new mini-dig structure. Come and get a taste of the archaeological life, and uncover replica archaeological objects by using brushes to move the sand that hides them… The Sands of Time Trail has a total of five time periods to discover: Stone Age, Bronze Age, Iron Age, Roman Britain and of course the Anglo-Saxons. Uncover all the objects and let the Sands of Time Trail take you on a journey through time. Designed by Ian Drake Design, the new mini-dig structure has been scaled up to be substantially larger than the previous structure, providing space for different groups of visitors to spread out and take part without infringing on one another. The sand pits have also been raised from floor level to an easily accessible level to enable both children and curious parents to easily sift away the sands to discover replicas based upon the real artefacts we have in our museum and archaeology gallery.
RINGQUEST That’s right, the ever-popular RingQuest is back with another Lord of the Rings themed family adventure in the October half term! This year’s event celebrates 20 years since “Fellowship of the Ring”, the first film of the trilogy directed by Peter Jackson, hit the big screen. When J.R.R. Tolkien penned that paragon of fantasy literature The Lord of the Rings, it was widely assumed that Middle-earth was a figment of his fertile imagination. However, the enchanted realm was inspired by the real world of the Anglo-Saxons, a period of our history the Oxford academic felt had been systematically suppressed in favour of French culture after the Norman Conquest in 1066. For those who have not been to RingQuest before, it promises fun for all the family…
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Get out in the open air and solve two sets of clues, each taking about an hour, to save Middle-earth
Meet and talk to Halbarad, a Ranger of the North, and hear how he has fought orcs alongside the famous Arathorn.
Marvel at the exterior of a Hobbit house
Have a go at archery
By popular demand, there will also be two opportunities for Tolkien aficionados to delve deeper into his masterpiece with talks and tours on the weekends.
SUMMER EVENTS AT WEST STOW
RATTLEBOX THEATRE COMPANY: BEOWULF PUPPET SHOW & STORYTELLING Sat 3 & Sun 4 Jul
LIVING HISTORY WITH EALDFAEDER: WRIGGLE LIKE A WARRIOR Sat 10 & Sun 11 Jul
WEAVING, SPINNING AND WOOL DYEING WITH CHES
(COLCHESTER HISTORICAL ENACTMENT SOCIETY) Sat 24 & Sun 25 Jul
OPEN AIR THEATRE: WONDER WITH GRIMM Thurs 29 Jul, 6.30pm
RATTLEBOX THEATRE COMPANY: BEOWULF PUPPET SHOW & STORYTELLING Sat 14 & Sun 15 Aug
OPEN AIR THEATRE: A MIDSUMMER NIGHT’S DREAM Weds 18 Aug
EXPLORE THE ANCIENT SAGA OF BEOWULF The Anglo-Saxon story of Beowulf is one of the most important texts in Old English, believed to date from somewhere between 975 and 1025. This Summer, there are plenty of opportunities to get up close to the fantastic tale of monsters, dragons, and epic battles! On Saturday 3 & Sunday 4 July, and again on Saturday 14 & Sunday 15 August, Rattlebox Theatre Company bring us gripping puppet-show performances of Beowulf, and storytelling sessions. Year-round, West Stow Country Park boasts a wonderful interpretive trail inspired by the ancient saga. Journey through parts of the unique Breckland landscape including heathland, woodlands and the lake, and find the six large themed carved sculptures including the sleeping dragon! Interactive Beowulf & Grendel Trail packs can be purchased from the visitor centre, with rune quiz, map, and activities for all the family!
OPEN AIR THEATRE: MR STINK Thurs 26 Aug, 2pm & 6.30pm
WEAVING, SPINNING AND WOOL DYEING WITH CHES
(COLCHESTER HISTORICAL ENACTMENT SOCIETY) Sat 28 Aug - Sun 30 Aug
LIVING HISTORY WITH WUFFA Sat 4 & Sun 5 Sept
LIVING HISTORY WITH WULFINGAS Sat 25 & Sun 26 Sept
RINGQUEST: A LOTR THEMED FAMILY ADVENTURE Sat 23 Oct – Sun 31 Oct
For more information, visit www.weststow.org Page 27
2. EXPLORE PARKS AND GARDENS
HOLIDAYS AND DAYS OUT ON YOUR DOORSTEP: EXPLORE BURY ST EDMUNDS AND BEYOND! N
o matter how you plan to spend your summer, local visitor attractions and experiences would welcome your support right now! Here’s 5 ways you can be a tourist on your doorstep in Bury St Edmunds and Beyond…
1. DISCOVER LOCAL HISTORY WITH A TOUR OF BURY ST EDMUNDS With 1,000 years of history to explore in Bury St Edmunds, you’d be forgiven for not passing a history quiz on Bury St Edmunds! But a great way to start is to take a walking tour with Bury St Edmunds Tour Guides. Find out about the legend of St Edmund and the wolf, Bury St Edmunds’ connections to the Magna Carta, and the story of the great Abbey. New for 2021, are tours to celebrate the 1,000th anniversary of the founding of the Abbey. www.burystedmundstourguides.org Page 28
The award-winning Abbey Gardens, in the heart of Bury St Edmunds, is the perfect spot for enjoying peace and quiet whilst watching the world go by. The Abbey Gardens is renowned for its colourful and attractive floral displays, and the ruins of the Abbey of St Edmund. Nowton Park has 200 acres of landscaped Suffolk countryside to explore! Nature lovers can visit the arboretum which is home to trees from around the world. Fullers Mill Gardens, on the quiet banks of the River Lark, combines a beautiful site of light dappled woodland with a plantsman’s collection of unusual shrubs, perennials, lilies and marginal plants. The 1,800 acres of parkland and gardens at National Trust Ickworth are a must-visit. With rolling landscapes and woodland, there’s much to explore. The stunning gardens of Kentwell Hall are a perfect combination of ancient features and careful landscaping. A highlight is the Walled Garden. Enjoy a gentle stroll through the garden of National Trust Melford Hall or a brisk walk in the park. Discover the colours, scents and sights of the seasonal planting throughout the gardens. The extensive grounds of Euston Hall feature designs by the world-renowned William Kent and Capability Brown. www.visit-burystedmunds.co.uk/blog/2018/glorious-gardens
3. EXPERIENCE THE ARTS Bury St Edmunds’ Theatre Royal, built in 1819, has a wonderful programme for the summer season including Austentatious in June and Alan Ayckbourn’s Absurd Person Singular in August.
5. GO ON AN ADVENTURE
The Apex is back with a bang with lots of live music performances throughout the summer including The Drifters, and Brian McFadden, plus Leo Sayer, Wet Wet Wet and Scouting for Girls to look forward later this year!
Skid pan driving, blindfolded driving, clay pigeon shooting, and historical weaponry can all be found at Explore 4x4.
Master the art of medieval longbow archery with Arnor Archery at West Stow Anglo-Saxon Village this summer.
4. SEEK OUT THE INSTAGRAM HOTSPOTS You’ll never see a visitor in Bury St Edmunds and Beyond without a camera or camera phone in hand and for good reason - there are some beautiful instagrammable spots so you really can play tourist!
Maglia Rosso in Hawstead boasts a mile long cyclocross training course with technical challenges to test your skills. www.visit-burystedmunds.co.uk/blog/2021/adrenalin-pumpingactivities-in-bury-st-edmunds-beyond For more info on the above visitor attractions and an up to date what’s on guide, visit www.burystedmundsandbeyond.co.uk
www.visit-burystedmunds.co.uk/blog/2019/bury-st-edmundsmost-intagrammable-spots Page 29
WEST SUFFOLK TO HOST THE START OF THE FINAL STAGE OF THIS YEAR’S WOMEN’S TOUR! T
he Women’s Tour, the most prestigious stage race on the international women’s cycling calendar, is due to start the final of its six stages in Haverhill on Saturday 9 October.
West Suffolk is no stranger to hosting elite cycle races and will be giving the world’s best women cyclists a great welcome, with plenty of bike action for those attending too. There is a strong local cycling culture so please consider arriving on your bike. Part of the spectacle is seeing community riders leading out at the stage start, a memorable experience for the audience and those taking part. Details of the route are updated on www. womenstour.co.uk and there will be plenty of opportunities to enjoy the atmosphere along the way. Stage features will include SKODA Queen of the Mountains and sprints so keep your eye open for announcements. Haverhill is an active, friendly place that enjoys life and loves hosting exciting
events like this. The final stage will start in the Market Square, a generous open area in the heart of town in between the traditional shop fronts of Queen Street and the bustling High Street, which has a fantastic atmosphere when the town turns out. There is ample car parking on both sides of the town centre: on the Victorian conservation area side of the Market Square and in the popular leisure quarter just across the Stour Brook. If you want to stretch your legs, follow the Stour Brook as it flows the length of the town passing under the impressive Sturmer Arches viaduct, which now carry the railway walk, a green corridor for residents and wildlife alike. It connects to parks and open spaces and a wider network of footpaths and long distance walks. For more information, visit www.womenstour.co.uk/stages/stage-6
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ince it’s conception in 2018, BSE Rickshaws has had a fantastic response, and while its aim may be the same “to help those less able and more isolated”, the service has evolved as we realised how an environmentally friendly, volunteer-led service can bring so much joy to so many people… The pandemic has made all of us realise that we like being part of a community that cares, and BSE Rickshaws has grown from 20 to over 50 volunteers; the 2-3 daily rides we did in 2018 has increased to c.15-20 deliveries/rides a day! We have increased our fleet of rickshaws, which now includes the original rickshaw, a cargo bike which is wheelchair friendly, and 2 new Chats that provide more seating space for passengers to enjoy their ride. Our rides are available 7 days a week, and you can book in advance for a ride from your home to anywhere in Bury – of course the beautiful Abbey Gardens is a popular destination. If you or someone you know aren’t getting out much or just want some fresh air and company, please get in touch! We have a screen installed between rider and passenger to keep everyone safe, blankets are available and aired after use, and all of our riders are DBS checked and follow strict covid protocols. As well as rides, BSE Rickshaws continue to provide a food and prescription delivery service to those less able. Prescriptions are now delivered Tuesday and Fridays. All other services are available 7 days a week. We respond to calls during the working day for all of our services to those really struggling to get out themselves. A huge thank you to all our volunteers who have helped us make our town a better place to live in such challenging times. Thanks also to our sponsors and everyone who’s donated. As a charity run entirely by volunteers, your support has helped us grow, and we rely on you to help keep our wonderful fleet of bikes operational and our community’s needs met. For more information, visit www.bserickshaw.org.uk To book your ride or prescription delivery, visit the website or call 01284 339449 (1pm-4pm, Mon-Fri)
THEATRE ROYAL BURY ST EDMUNDS IS OPEN ONCE AGAIN! T
heatre Royal Bury St Edmunds is open again with a Summer 2021 season sponsored by Ellisons Solicitors.
July 1 sees the hugely talented actor, humourist, writer and general raconteur Christopher Biggins on stage with one of his best mates, Birds of a Feather star, Lesley Joseph for an in-conversation style fundraising evening. With this pair you never quite know what you might get, but it’s guaranteed to be anything but dull! Ballet Central return to the theatre with their new tour on July 2. This renowned company of young graduate dancers will be performing a crowd-pleasing mix of dance pieces by leading choreographers including Matthew Bourne’s Highland Fling, a gothic fable of winged fairies, romanticism and kilts filled with wit, magic and wicked humour.
Theatre Royal is proud to support the talent that Suffolk has to offer with productions featuring local people performing on the stage. 6-10 July Bury St Edmunds Operatic & Dramatic Society bring their production of Sherlock Holmes’ most spine-chilling mystery, The Hound of the Baskervilles, and from 4-7 August, Suffolk Young People’s Theatre transport us to the fantastical world of Dr. Seuss in the musical extravaganza – Seussical The Musical. 10-14 August sees Alan Ayckbourn’s comic masterpiece of social climbing in 1970s suburbia, Absurd Person Singular. This potent mix of farce and black comedy features three married couples, three kitchens and three Christmas parties. Class differences and naked ambition
combine to hilarious effect as cracks in the couples’ marriages begin to show. From 20 August to 4 September, Theatre Royal present their community production, Louis Sachar’s Holes. Stanley has been unjustly sent to a detention centre, Camp Green Lake, where the inmates build character by spending all day, every day digging holes. There is no lake at Camp Green Lake. But there are an awful lot of holes. Louis Sachar’s multi-million bestselling novel is adapted for the stage by the author himself in this inventive and darkly humorous tale of crime and punishment—and redemption. The finale to the year will be the muchanticipated pantomime, Cinderella. Postponed from 2020, this is one you
won’t want to miss! Up at Sickworth House, Kylie and Miley are making Cinderella’s life a misery. Poor old Cinders! All she knows is domestic drudgery, day in, day out…but this day is different, this day is special and when this day is done, nothing will ever be the same again. Join in this tale laced with laughter and love; plus the ugliest sisters you’ll ever be likely to meet. www.theatreroyal.org Audience members with access needs or those requiring assistance please email email@example.com. The Box Office is not currently taking incoming calls, but the Box Office is available to help via email at booking@theatreroyal. org. Page 33
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Highlights include a celebration of creativity from the Art and Design students at West Suffolk College, concerts by musicians Ricky Solo and Hexachordia, a talk by popular local historian Martyn Taylor, and a performance of Quirkhouse Theatre’s original drama Seventh Train, which won the prestigious Kenneth Branagh Award for new drama. Discover the old secrets of Bury’s streets with a tour by town guide Terry O’Donoghue, or try something completely new with beginner’s sessions of yoga and tai-chi. These Guildhall events are all about celebrating local talent and supporting this special venue. The Guildhall Season runs from 21 June - 11 July. We look forward to seeing you there! Tickets are available through the Apex. For more information, visit www.burystedmundsguildhall.org.uk Page 35
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tep inside Ickworth this summer and experience a theatrical transformation of Ickworth’s collection. The Ickworth Uncovered exhibition, created by design collective The Decorators, working with lighting designers Studio Dekka was cut short in 2020, however there’s another chance to see the exhibition, which is in place until October 2021. Take a journey from darkness to light, as you explore the collection up close beginning your journey in the darkened entrance hall. You’ll move through the house, following the daylight up to where the new roof will reveal itself, in all its sunlit glory. Ickworth Uncovered draws out the spirit of the Earl Bishop’s vision for a home of great art, bringing paintings to life and showcasing the collection for all to see up close, using lighting and scaffolding to amplify this reveal. Key works of art, including paintings, ceramics, silver and textiles are featured and displayed in new ways. Highlights of the exhibition range from Titian’s ‘Portrait of an Unknown Man’ and Vigée Le Brun’s ‘Self Portrait’ to the famous Flaxman marble sculpture of the ‘Fury of Athamas’ and the nationally important silver collection. You’ll be able to uncover even more treasures when you visit (11am – 3pm daily) and discover the stories behind these newly displayed collection pieces. To make the most of those longer days, and warmer evenings and with the beautiful backdrop of the iconic Rotunda, why not enjoy an evening of al fresco entertainment this summer at Ickworth.
Ickworth Estate is hosting a programme of outdoor performances, from the Three-Inch Fools performing family favourite ‘Robin Hood’ and The Pantaloons, with Jane Austen’s literary classic ‘Pride and Prejudice’ to The Lord Chamberlain’s Men and the brilliant tragedy ‘Macbeth’. All you need to bring is a picnic and a glass of bubbly for alfresco entertainment at its finest. For further information please visit nationaltrust.org.uk/ickworth Page 37
WHAT’S ON IN WEST SUFFOLK THIS SUMMER
LIVING HISTORY WITH EALDFAEDER: WRIGGLE LIKE A WARRIOR
MOMENTS: AN EXHIBITION OF MODERN ART
SAT 10 & SUN 11 JULY WEST STOW ANGLO-SAXON VILLAGE __ ___________________________________________________ _______ __________________ ______________________________
SHAKESPEARE IN THE PARK: TWELFTH NIGHT TUE 20 – SAT 24 JULY ABBEY GARDENS ___________________________________________________
UNTIL 30 SEPT • MOYSE’S HALL MUSEUM See artworks by Banksy, Blek L Rat, Pure Evil, My Dog Sighs, Damian Hirst, Tracey Emin and more… ___________________________________________________
SPORTING TALK: THE FORGOTTEN HISTORY OF EVERYDAY SPEECH
WEAVING, SPINNING AND WOOL DYEING WITH CHES SAT 24 & SUN 25 JULY SAT 28 & SUN 30 AUG WEST STOW ANGLO-SAXON VILLAGE ___________________________________________________
HORSESHOE MAKING DEMONSTRATION
UNTIL SUN 17 OCT NATIONAL HORSERACING MUSEUM ___________________________________________________
OPEN AIR THEATRE: PRIDE AND PREJUDICE WED 28 JULY NATIONAL TRUST ICKWORTH ___________________________________________________
OPEN AIR THEATRE: WONDER WITH GRIMM THU 29 JULY WEST STOW COUNTRY PARK An evening of enchanting storytelling full of magic, puppetry, and music: the fantastical world of the Brothers Grimm with a modern twist. ___________________________________________________
ALAN AYCKBOURN’S ABSURD PERSON SINGULAR TUE 10 – SAT 14 AUG THEATRE ROYAL BURY ST EDMUNDS ___________________________________________________
OPEN AIR THEATRE: MR STINK
THE RPS CREATIVE EYE GROUP EXHIBITION UNTIL SUN 18 JULY • THE APEX GALLERY ___________________________________________________
ART AROUND TOWN BURY THU 1 JULY – THU 30 SEPT AROUND BURY ST EDMUNDS The unruly little sister exhibition of Moments featuring pizza boxes customized by around 500 local artists and creative people! ___________________________________________________
SAT 24 JULY NATIONAL HORSERACING MUSEUM
BEOWULF PUPPET SHOW & STORYTELLING
SAT 3 & SUN 4 JULY SAT 14 & SUN 15 AUG WEST STOW ANGLO-SAXON VILLAGE Family fun: gripping puppetshow performances of Beowulf, and storytelling sessions.
OUR BURY ST EDMUNDS MOTORSPORTS EAST DAY SUN 25 JULY • BURY ST EDMUNDS Whether you’re an F1 fan or cherish collectors’ sports cars you’ll want to be in pole position at this event.
TUE 17 AUG • ABBEY GARDENS THU 26 AUG • WEST STOW COUNTRY PARK A touching and funny tale, this adaptation of the David Walliams’ best-seller is the perfect family entertainment.
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OPEN AIR THEATRE: A MIDSUMMER NIGHT’S DREAM WED 18 AUG WEST STOW COUNTRY PARK Shakespeare’s best-loved comedy, A Midsummer Night’s Dream, perfectly scripted for the outdoor stage. ___________________________________________________
OPEN AIR THEATRE: THE GREAT GATSBY
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SUN 29 AUG • ABBEY GARDENS An evening of jazz, prohibition style… this outdoor adaptation of the classic is the perfect way to mark 100 years since prohibition! ___________________________________________________
OUR BURY ST EDMUNDS FOOD & DRINK FESTIVAL
HOLES – A THEATRE ROYAL PRODUCTION FRI 20 AUG – SAT 4 SEPT THEATRE ROYAL BURY ST EDMUNDS
THU 23 – SUN 26 SEPT ST JOHN’S CENTRE AND UNITARIAN MEETING HOUSE, BURY ST EDMUNDS A superb literary line-up of poets and authors for everyone who loves a good book. ___________________________________________________
LIVING HISTORY WITH WULFINGAS
OPEN AIR FILM FESTIVAL
THU 19 – SUN 22 AUG ABBEY GARDENS 3 days of open air movies and street food, with 12 films including family favourites, classic oldies and spine-tingling horror flicks.
BURY ST EDMUNDS LITERATURE FESTIVAL
SUN 29 & MON 30 AUG BURY ST EDMUNDS A foodie’s paradise with a farmers market and plenty of street food stalls, plus celebrity chefs in the Stoves Cookery Theatre.
SAT 25 & SUN 26 SEPT WEST STOW ANGLO-SAXON VILLAGE ___________________________________________________
SHEERLUCK HOLMES FRI 1 OCT & SAT 2 OCT 7.30PM THE ATHENAEUM A classical and hilarious murder mystery dinner: inspect the clues and leave no dish uneaten in this 3-course meal and interactive show. ___________________________________________________
WOMEN’S TOUR: STAGE 6
LIVING HISTORY WITH WUFFA SAT 4 & SUN 5 SEPT WEST STOW ANGLO-SAXON VILLAGE ___________________________________________________
HERITAGE OPEN DAYS
OPEN AIR THEATRE: MACBETH SUN 22 AUG NATIONAL TRUST ICKWORTH
FRI 10 – SUN 19 SEPT AROUND WEST SUFFOLK England’s largest free festival of heritage and culture – explore hidden places…
PAINTING & RESISTANCE EXHIBITION
KINGS ELY ART & DESIGN EXHIBITION
TUE 24 AUG – SUN 19 SEPT THE APEX GALLERY
TUE 21 SEPT – SUN 17 OCT THE APEX GALLERY
SAT 9 OCT • HAVERHILL The most prestigious stage race on the international women’s cycling calendar starts the final stage in Haverhill! ___________________________________________________
RINGQUEST SAT 23 – SUN 31 OCT WEST STOW ANGLO-SAXON VILLAGE Enjoy a Lord of the Rings themed family adventure during half term!
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COMING SOON TO MOYSE’S HALL MUSEUM… T he spectacular Moments exhibition of modern art runs until 30 September, but how will Moyse’s Hall Museum possibly follow an exhibition of such national significance?
In October, Moyse’s will unveil a new Terrible Tales display alongside Observations: The Mary Beale Collection.
TERRIBLE TALES Ready for the October Half Term, there’ll be a trail for families and a chance to catch up with the ‘Terrible Tales’ written by Horrible Histories author, Terry Deary. We’ll have new additions for winter 2021, as we’ve been busy digging out some of the most disgusting and horrible things we can find in our collections, most things unseen for generations… Excitingly, a Bury St Edmunds book, written by Terry Deary in partnership with Moyse’s Hall, will be launched at the end of the year!
OBSERVATIONS: THE MARY BEALE COLLECTION The Suffolk-born 17th century portrait artist Mary Beale was England’s first professional female painter, and this will be the first time West Suffolk Heritage Service has curated an exhibition exclusively dedicated to her works.
The exhibition will feature the majority of our collection of her works which, as such, is one of the largest collections of any public institutions. We hope to be able to unveil a new Beale acquisition during this time and share some important connected loans from some other National institutions. For more information on events and exhibitions at Moyse’s Hall Museum, visit www.moyseshall.org
The House and Gardens are open on Wednesdays, Thursdays, Saturdays and Sundays, from 11am to 3pm, plus daily during school holidays. The tearoom is operating on a take-out basis, with seating in the stableyard, the tea garden and under a canopy. With over 30 acres of glorious gardens and grounds to explore, with surprises around every corner, a visit to Kentwell is a super way to while away an afternoon.
KENTWELL HAS A FULL PROGRAMME OF SPECIAL EVENTS THIS SUMMER: SAT 12 & SUN 13 JUNE: War and Peace Weekend THU 17 JUNE: Buildings Tour with Patrick Phillips FRI 18 JUNE: Open Air Cinema - Casablanca SAT 19 & SUN 20 JUNE: Tudor Midsummer FRI 9 JULY: Open Air Cinema - the original (1969) Italian Job SAT 24 & SUN 25 JULY: Magic Festival - a weekend of outdoor magical fun and activities for the whole family in Kentwell’s enchanted gardens. SAT 14 TO SUN 22 AUGUST: Hands-On History Days - for a great family day out, with a difference, SAT 28 TO MON 30 AUGUST: Kentwell’s History Festival - the ultimate day of History Time Travel SUN 12 SEPTEMBER: Porsche Day - the Porsche Club of Great Britain are holding their 60th anniversary rally at Kentwell Hall SAT 25 & SUN 26 SEPTEMBER: Tudor Michaelmas and Apple Weekend
There is so much to look forward to over the summer at Kentwell. Due to the current rules and restrictions, visitors are asked to pre-book tickets for all visits, as numbers may be limited.
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Kentwell Hall | Long Melford | Suffolk CO10 9BA
SUMMER AT NATIONAL HORSE RACING MUSEUM T
he Palace House Estate is a 5-acre site in the heart of Newmarket. It comprises three complementary attractions; National Horseracing Museum in the Trainer’s House and King’s Yard Galleries, Packard Galleries of British Sporting Art in Palace House, and a chance to meet former racehorses in the flagship home of Retraining of Racehorses in the Rothschild Yard. Why not make a day of your visit and pre-order a picnic from The Bakery to eat in our beautiful grounds, or book a table at The Tack Room Restaurant? This summer we have an exciting schedule of events and exhibitions for all the family to enjoy! Don’t miss - George Denholm Armour – A Life Illustrated. The museum is so grateful to have been loaned a collection of original drawings by the famous artist’s estate, dating from the 1870s–1930s. This lifetime of work covers a period of enormous social, economic, and technological change in both Britain and the wider world. Exhibition runs until 8 August. If you’ve ever wondered why we say such things like ‘under the thumb’ or ‘the gloves are off’, NHRM has the answer! Extended by popular demand, Sporting Talk: The Forgotten History of Everyday Speech; explores the origins of well-loved sayings and takes a light-hearted look at the sporting heritage of our familiar and over-used catch phrases. Exhibition runs until 17 October.
Newmarket Farrier, Gavin Moody has 25 years’ experience as a farrier and has worked with some of racing’s most prestigious yards. Join us from 10am–1pm on Saturday, 24 July as he demonstrates the art of making horseshoes. International jockey Jimmy Quinn is kindly lending Gavin his horse - so that he can show us how to fit those shoes onto all four feet of Star, the horse! Mud, Sweat and Tears: A history of Jump Racing opens in July. This exhibition will explore the excitement and unpredictability of Jump Racing from its 18th century origins in Ireland to the modern day. Highlights include iconic items relating to the Cheltenham Gold Cup, the Grand National and much-loved horses such as Red Rum. Visitors will also be able to enjoy an immersive experience recreating the sounds and excitement of Golden Miller’s
Last year’s Farrier competition was such a huge success that we’re hosting our second annual competition on Saturday, 28 August. Come and support the competitors as their blacksmith skills are put to the test!
Grand National win in 1934. Exhibition from 10 July – 5 December. All these fabulous events and exhibitions are included in the general admission ticket price of £15, or £10 for local residents – and don’t forget you can upgrade your day pass to an annual pass for free when you visit us! www.nhrm.co.uk
DISCOVER NEWMARKET IS DELIGHTED TO BE ABLE TO RE-OPEN THEIR EXCLUSIVE, BEHIND THE SCENES TOURS PROGRAMME ONCE AGAIN! I
f you have been stuck indoors and are looking for truly memorable experiences to enjoy with friends and family, then we may have the answer. Designed to give you an in-depth insight and taste of the home of horseracing, these tours are perfect for residents, racing enthusiasts, travel lovers, groups and indeed anyone who enjoys new experiences.
Running throughout the year, we also offer private tours on a day of your choice, making the perfect way to celebrate a special occasion. From the splendour of a morning on the famed Gallops, to meeting some of the stars of the turf, to going inside hallowed institutions like the Jockey Club Rooms and the Tattersalls sales complex, a Discover Newmarket tour allows you to fully explore the history and heritage of this unique town and its 3,000 equine residents. Take a tour of The National Stud which covers over 500 acres and where over 100 foals have already been born this year. Delve into history with a visit to National Horseracing Museum with its amazing interactive exhibitions and have a go at the horse simulator (it isn’t as easy as you think!).
Discover Newmarket also provides a range of themed walking and driving tours which home in on the town’s fascinating history, both past and present. Visit our website and book your tour today! www.discovernewmarket.co.uk
EARLY RISER Newmarket is a town that rises early, and this morning tour gives you a glimpse of some of the most breath-taking scenes ever as you head to the famed Gallops before enjoying a hearty breakfast.
THE NEWMARKET EXPERIENCE/THE ULTIMATE NEWMARKET EXPERIENCE With this half day tour, you will be taken onto the Newmarket training grounds before going behind the scenes at a working racing yard. Meet some equine heroes and the people involved. Then after morning coffee, take a guided tour of The National Stud. You can expand your tour by adding lunch and a visit to the National Horseracing Museum.
CHAMPAGNE AFTERNOON TEA AND TOUR Learn about the illustrious history of the Jockey Club and the sport of kings with a guided tour of the Jockey Club Rooms. Marvel at their impressive collection of sporting art and memorabilia before indulging in an afternoon tea, with bubbles of course!
HERITAGE FOOD AND DRINK TRAIL Learn about Newmarket’s links to royalty and the town’s fascinating history. Hear why Newmarket is also famous for its sausages and how it came to have its very own gin and cake! Enjoy some tastings along the way before finishing with lunch.
NEWMARKET’S RACING ROYALTY TOUR Learn about the most noted Royals, from the past 2000 years, and hear about the secrets and scandals of the rich and famous as they rub shoulders with the royals throughout the ages. Join us for an enlightening and fascinated guided tour on foot and coach, finishing with a cream tea.
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