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Bury St Edmunds has been a centre of entertainment and the arts for centuries. Today, many outstanding public buildings host events and performances throughout the year. The Theatre Royal, a superb restored Georgian building (the first purpose built playhouse of its kind in England), features opera, dance and music as well as drama from the best touring companies. Bury St Edmund's Art Gallery has exhibitions of contemporary arts and crafts of the highest quality. As well as holding its own annual community arts festival, Haverhill boasts the Town Hall Arts Centre, a magnificent Victorian hall, which promotes a wide range of entertainment and cinema.

The highlight of the artistic calendar is the annual 17 day Bury St Edmunds Festival, held in May, which offers music and entertainment to suit all tastes. It includes exhibitions, talks, walks, films, dance, opera, theatre, comedy and much more . Call the Festival booking office from March on (01284) 757099 for details of events, and contact the Tourist Information Office on (01284) 764667 to find out about special Festival breaks.

At one time this part of Suffolk boasted more pubs than churches.The number has dwindled over the years but there is still a wealth of pubs, coaching inns and hostelries to choose from, including the Nutshell in Bury St Edmunds reputed to be the smallest pub in England. Because of the abundance of fertile farmland in the region, you can be almost certain that the food on your plate will be fresh and locally produced. The same may be true of the beer in your glass. The mighty Greene King brewery in Bury St Edmunds produces some of the best beer for some of the best pubs in England! At the other end of the size scale, little Nethergate's brewery in Clare brews fine, ales for a loyal local following.There are also vineyards that offer tastings of the excellent wines that they produce.

On top of all this, there are the restaurants, snack bars, bistros, cafes and hotels offering food that varies from traditional Suffolk fayre to more exotic dishes from all over the world. If you can be sure of one thing, it is that you will be spoilt for choice in St Edmundsbury.

Entertainment on the Internet

Rollerbury, The National Roller Skating Centre
Club Brazilia nightclub
Chicago Rock Cafe

The above text has been reproduced from the Official Borough Guide to St Edmundsbury, produced by the St Edmundsbury Borough Council