Bury’s Whitsun Fayre celebrates its green roots and attracts thousands of people

Bury St Edmunds, Suffolk. Whitsun Fayre - Theo and Ava Mitcham in a giant deckchair at the urban beach in the Traverse.  

Picture: MARK BULLIMORE
Bury St Edmunds, Suffolk. Whitsun Fayre - Theo and Ava Mitcham in a giant deckchair at the urban beach in the Traverse. Picture: MARK BULLIMORE

Two TV gardeners, an urban beach, a Formula 1 simulator and a mini farm helped pull in the crowds to Bury St Edmunds’ Whitsun Fayre.

Thousands of people flocked to the town centre on Sunday and Monday for the event, which celebrated a landmark anniversary with a nod to its green roots.

Bury St Edmunds, Suffolk. Whitsun Fayre - TV gardener, Katie Rushworth from ITV�"s Love Your Garden on stage outside Moyses Hall Museum.

Picture: MARK BULLIMORE

Bury St Edmunds, Suffolk. Whitsun Fayre - TV gardener, Katie Rushworth from ITV�"s Love Your Garden on stage outside Moyses Hall Museum. Picture: MARK BULLIMORE

The fayre started life as a flower and plant market 20-years-ago and became the Whitsun Fayre in 2011 when Our Bury St Edmunds began organising it.

Returning the focus to its green-fingered origins, TV gardeners Katie Rushworth, from ITV’s Love Your Garden, and Joe Swift, from BBC 2’s Gardeners World, topped the bill on the stage outside Moyse’s Hall Museum.

There were also presentations about Bury’s floral heritage.

Mark Cordell, chief executive of Our Bury St Edmunds, said: “It was a huge success and the weather obviously helped.

Bury St Edmunds, Suffolk. Whitsun Fayre 

Picture: MARK BULLIMORE

Bury St Edmunds, Suffolk. Whitsun Fayre Picture: MARK BULLIMORE

“It was wonderful to see all of the families and everyone so happy.”

The most popular attraction was the urban beach in The Traverse while motorsports enthusiasts could test their racing driver skills in a Formular 1 simulator.

There were also animals at a mini-farm in Abbeygate Street and a Sense-o-matic, which was a Victorian inspired device to test the senses.

Demonstrations ranged from wood-turning to flower arranging by the town’s Tudor Rose florist.

Other attractions included a carousel, helter skelter, giant games at the arc shopping centre and an appearance by Pirates of the Caribbean’s Captain Jack Sparrow.

For more pictures see Friday’s Bury Free Press newspaper.