First children’s arts festival in Bury St Edmunds receives £15,000 boost

Karen Simpson
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Plans for the first Children’s Arts Festival in Bury St Edmunds have been given a £15,000 boost.

The Theatre Royal, which has spearheaded the ‘mini Edinburgh Festival’ style event for families, has been awarded the funding from the National Lottery through Arts Council England.

The Children’s Arts Festival Bury St Edmunds - from June 22 to July 4 - boasts drama, music and dance performances, workshops and other events at the theatre, The Apex, Conservatoire East and in schools across the region.

Karen Simpson, director of the theatre, said: “We have over 50 performances taking place and that means that so many people of all ages will get the opportunity to experience first rate work that is inspiring, creative and entertaining.

“In addition to families, we are also going to work with approximately 30 primary and middle schools in our region. There are original stories and adaptations using children’s story books alongside traditional tales that people know well.”

As well as single tickets for events there will be festival passes. It is sponsored by Conservatoire East with support from Suffolk County and St Edmundsbury Borough Councils. Tickets are on sale from April 8. Visit or