Featuring 11 days packed with over 50 events across 13 venues, the Festival will take in some great music, song, dance, comedy, film and other art forms with top performances by artists of international renown alongside home-grown talent.

The fantastic line-up includes renowned classical violinist Nigel Kennedy, returning after his sell-out concert in 2016; Rick Wakeman and Clare Teal, both also making return visits; Dr John Cooper Clarke, the Ukulele Orchestra of Great Britain; Quintet-a-Tete jazz band, the Puppini Sisters and Chineke! The programme also includes guided walks, exhibitions and an array of family events. 

Celebrating its 200th anniversary this year, the Theatre Royal, Britain's last working Regency playhouse, will be home to several key events.  Other venues include The Apex, St Edmundsbury Cathedral and the Abbey Gardens as well as Moyse's Hall Museum and The Guildhall. 

Music, Song, Comedy and Dance

This year's Bury Festival presents a wide variety of music genres with something for most tastes from classical favourites and easy listening to blues, jazz and folk plus ceilidh, a brass band, Latin American sounds and an early music trio. Similarly, vocal artists range from close harmony and a cappella to a Judy Garland tribute, and concerts by the Cathedral Choir. 

The comedy acts are sure to put a smile on your face. Join Edinburgh Fringe's favourite housewife 'Barbara Nice' for an evening of proper good fun, while comedian and author James Campbell will present a stand-up comedy show for children aged six upwards, their parents and anyone who likes comedy without the rude words. Then there's Dr John Coper Clarke who brings a mix of classic poetry with hilarious ponderings on modern life and good honest gags.

Dance enthusiasts can enjoy two very contrasting evenings from high energy ceilidh to classical ballet. Combine all this with guided walks, street theatre, art and photographic exhibitions and the screening of Oscar Wilde plays recorded live from London's Vaudeville Theatre and you have a festival so crammed with goodies that it's a day longer than usual to fit in everything. 

See the full line-up and book online at www.buryfestival.co.uk. Tickets are also now on sale and brochures available from The Apex and other venues around Bury St Edmunds or call the Box Office on 01284 758000. Follow on Twitter and Instagram @buryfestival and Facebook.