Beating the bounds
Saturday, 25 May
Beating the bounds is an old custom, still kept in some parts of Britain, of marking the boundaries of a church parish by marching round them and hitting the ground, or certain boundary marks, with long sticks. The ceremony is performed once a year, usually on Ascension Day or before Easter. This tour will determine the popular boundary of the Abbey of St Edmund. Bury St Edmunds was once called St Edmunds Bury or 'Burg', meaning a fortified town, and previously Bedericesworth, or variations of that spelling.
Adults £10, Under-25s £5, Festival Friends £2 discount.