Abbey 1000 Events

An exciting year of events lies ahead as we celebrate the 1000th anniversary since the founding of the Abbey of St Edmund by King Canute.

A feast for the senses awaits at St Edmundsbury Cathedral, Bury St Edmunds, in this special anniversary year. From the soaring notes of world-renowned musicians, the rich illumination of ancient manuscripts to the echoes of pilgrims footsteps reverberating on the ancient stones, a full programme of events offers a treat for all as part of the town-wide celebration to mark the 1000th anniversary of the founding of the Abbey of St Edmund.

Further information about events across the town can be found here


The Dean, Joe Hawes

Welcome to a place of contrasts!

A building which stands on ancient ground, yet many of whose stones are still new.

A soaring space which can provide room for quiet and intimate reflection.

A place of grand occasion, which still aspires to be a simple tent of meeting for any who come in search.

A structured community which wants to make space to be truly inclusive.

A place of establishment rooted in one of the most radical movements in history.

A gathering of contemporary men, women and children whose lives are inspired by Jesus, who lived, died and rose again two thousand years ago, and still speaks to us today.

A place of stability, always on the move.

A place of simplicity, generous in hospitality.

A place of tradition, experimental in intention.

Welcome to St Edmundsbury Cathedral, poetry in stone, wood and glass, a community of living stones journeying together to the Kingdom.