Theatre in the Parks

Abbey Gardens, West Stow Country Park and Brandon Country Park

Theatre in Parks

Summer 2022

Outdoor theatre returns to Bury St Edmunds’ beautiful Abbey Gardens and West Stow Anglo-Saxon Village this Summer! And, new for 2022, it will also be coming to the lovely Brandon Country Park!

So pack a picnic, bundle up a picnic blanket or a camping chair, and dress for the weather… all the world’s a stage, after all!

The Wind in the Willows

Brandon Country Park - Saturday 9 July at 1pm and 4pm

Paperback Theatre’s charming open-air adaptation of The Wind in the Willows sees Ratty, Badger and the loveably roguish Toad head off on an adventure to blow away the quarantine cobwebs.

More information or to book The Wind in the Willows

The Reluctant Dragon

West Stow Anglo-Saxon Village - Tuesday 26 July at 2pm and 6.30pm

Quantum Theatre presents Kenneth Grahame’s The Reluctant Dragon, an enchanting tale of a poetry-loving dragon and his friendship with a little boy. Together, they hatch a cunning plan to not fight St George!

More information or to book The Reluctant Dragon

Awful Auntie

West Stow Anglo-Saxon Village - Tuesday 2 August at 2pm and 6.30pm
Abbey Gardens - Tuesday 23 August at 2pm and 6.30pm

David Walliams’ thrilling tale - filled with owls, ghosts, chases, escapes, motorcycle rides and tiddlywinks - has been adapted for the outdoor stage by Heartbreak Productions.

The Tale of Peter Rabbit and Benjamin Bunny

West Stow Anglo-Saxon Village - Tuesday 9 August at 2pm and 6.30pm
Abbey Gardens - Tuesday 16 August at 2pm and 6.30pm

Join Peter Rabbit and Benjamin on their hair-raising adventures in this enchanting adaptation of the much loved Beatrix Potter classic.

Much Ado About Murder

Abbey Gardens - Tuesday 30 August at 6.30pm

Join Heartbreak Productions for some super silliness in this original murder mystery, which will set five suspects under the spotlight, as Heartbreak depend on the audience to find answers.

More information or to book Much Ado About Murder

Performances in Abbey Gardens: Location

Theatre in the Parks in Abbey Gardens will be held in the new Eastgate Nursery area next to the tennis courts - see map below for specific location.

Abbey Gardens map

Other events you may be interested in

Bury St Edmunds Food and Drink Festival

Each August bank holiday, this food & drink festival features cooking demonstrations from celebrity chefs and much more!

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Bury St Edmunds Literature Festival

Another superb literary line-up of authors offering something for everyone who loves a good book.

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Dragon Fest

Each year, West Stow Anglo-Saxon Village celebrates all things dragon in this fun family event!

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Heritage Open Days

Each September, historic venues open their doors for visitors to explore – for free!

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Motorsport East

Whether you’re an F1 fan or cherish collectors’ sports cars you’ll want to be in pole position at this event!

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Open Air Film Festival

3 days of open air movies and street food in the beautiful Abbey Gardens this summer!

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Suffolk Walking Festival

Each May/June explore Suffolk with this festival, featuring everything from short walks to long rambles!

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Theatre in the Parks

Heartbreak Productions bring outdoor theatre to West Stow Country Park and the Abbey Gardens.

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Whitsun Fayre

Celebrate the Spring Bank Holiday with stalls and attractions put on by Our Bury St Edmunds.

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