Did you now that Bury St Edmunds, a beautiful historic town, just 14 miles from Newmarket, takes its name from Edmund, the original Patron Saint of England and King of East Anglia? His shrine, which can be seen at the Abbey of St Edmund, was once one of the most famous and wealthy pilgrimage sites in England. Every year on the 20th November, the good folk of Bury celebrate his birthday and this year they have gone all out as a warm up to the St Edmund’s Day Weekend Spectacle of Light as part of the Abbey 100 celebrations which we can look forward to in 2022.
So, what events do they have in store for 2021?
A giant monk sculpture made from steel will be on display in the renowned Abbey Gardens to celebrate the official St Edmund’s Day on November 20th. They have a great competition to take part in on their socials for the best photo taken with the monk, with the winning photo receiving a £50 Bury St Edmunds Gift card.
Your Cathedral at Night – explore St Edmundsbury Cathedral and experience a special late-night celebration of St Edmund’s Day with music, mini tours and mulled wine. The event will take place on Friday 19 November from 6.30pm to 8.30pm.
Grab a St Edmund’s Crown Cocktail over St Edmund’s Day weekend at Baskerville’s in Whiting Street!
A special St Edmund’s Day Mass will also take place at St Edmund’s RC Church on Saturday November 20.
The St Edmund flag will be flying on the Abbey Gate and The Angel Hotel on Angel Hill for the first time!
Businesses in the town will also be decorating their premises in St Edmund bunting including the Arc Shopping Centre.
There is a special children’s pack to download which includes facts about St Edmund and St Edmund’s Day and a St Edmund flag to colour in. It is hoped that children will colour in the flag and it will be displayed in windows at homes across Bury St Edmunds for the weekend.
Win a Tour of Gifford’s Hall and a Bottle of their St Edmundsbury Wine!
Add a St Edmund’s Day frame to your social media profiles!
So, join in with the celebrations and head over to see our neighbours in the lovely Bury St Edmunds this November.
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