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Friends Event: Ale to Abbey Tour

Friday 12 June, Depart 10.30am from Aldeburgh and Snape Maltings, returning 11pm

Part of Friends Events

With a history stretching back to the early Anglo-Saxons, Bury St Edmunds is one of England’s best-preserved medieval cities. We’re thrilled to be partnering with the town as they celebrate 1,000 years since the abbey’s founding by King Canute.

As the excitement builds for opening night, we’ll discover more about this fascinating history.

Travelling by coach to Bury St Edmunds, we’ll disembark at the Greene King brewery in the heart of the town. Here, we’ll enjoy a buffet lunch, followed by a guided tour of the brewery.

We’ll hear how brewing has shaped the town, as well as observing the traditional copper brew tanks and brewing methods which are still in use today. There’ll also be a chance to sample some of the produce at the end of the tour.

We’ll then explore the nearby cathedral and adjacent abbey grounds with a guided tour. Once one of the tallest religious buildings in the world, the atmospheric cathedral and abbey buildings are still at the architectural, cultural and social centre of Bury life today.

Before the concert, we’ll enjoy a delicious two course dinner in the cathedral restaurant hosted by Joe Hawes, Dean of the cathedral, in conversation with Roger Wright. From here, we’ll progress to our reserved seating for this evening’s exciting Britten-focussed programme.