Ten-day Bury St Edmunds Festival starts today

Festival manager Nick Wells
Festival manager Nick Wells
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Today marks the start of the much-anticipated 2016 Bury St Edmunds Festival.

The 10-day extravaganza will see performances take place across the town with the Athenaeum, Hunter Club, Constitutional, Club, St Edmundsbury Cathedral, Theatre Royal, Abbeygate Cinema, The Apex and Abbey Gardens all set to host events within the first 24 hours.

This year’s line-up features high profile names like Sons of Pitches and Nigel Kennedy as well as an exciting mix of local talent including flautist Sally Beck, violinist Rosemary Hinton and up-and-coming saxophonist Harry Greene.

It is also especially family-friendly with free street theatre, a Three Little Pigs family concert celebrating Roald Dahl, The Piper of Hamelin children’s opera and The Rattler, an interactive re-telling of Rumpelstiltskin preceded by a music and craft workshop.

The festival will run until next Sunday. To book tickets, visit www.buryfestival.co.uk or call 01284 758000.