29th East Anglian Beer and Cider Festival

St Edmundsbury Cathedral is pleased to host the 29th East Anglian Beer and Cider Festival from 25 to 30 August.  Full details of the opening times and how to book tickets can be found on the website.


The making of beers and wines has a long history in monasteries and Benedictine abbeys such as the one founded in Bury St Edmunds over 1000 years ago. Hosting a Beer festival is a ‘first’ for an English cathedral, which are first and foremost places of worship and pilgrimage. St Edmundsbury Cathedral is also at the heart of the community, serving the people of Bury St Edmunds and the county of Suffolk. At the core of its values are welcome and hospitality, key Benedictine virtues.  As the country emerges from the pandemic, the Cathedral is looking to attract new visitors to its beautiful spaces and the Beer Festival offers such an opportunity, showcasing and celebrating some of our great regional beers and ciders, as well as offering an exciting entertainment programme.


The Cathedral and Beer Festival organisers have worked closely together to offer what it is hoped will be an excellent event in a unique setting.

Throughout the Festival the Cathedral continues to offer daily worship, including a special service ‘Beer and Hymns’ at 5.30 pm on Sunday 29 August on the Cathedral lawn. Full details of all services can be found on the Cathedral website

Please note that during the Beer Festival, and the set up days, the Cathedral is closed for visitors.  Full details.