Light show to take place during St Edmund’s Day weekend

A spectacular light show will take place every evening during St Edmund’s Day weekend between today (November 17) and Sunday, as part of the celebrations for the 1000th anniversary of the founding of the Abbey of St Edmund.

Sound and light projections onto the historic Norman Tower and St Edmundsbury Cathedral Tower will tell the story of St Edmund and the founding of the Abbey using carefully researched historic images, accompanied by themed light trail through the Abbey Gardens.

The two video projections will use 3D mapping directly onto the surface of the buildings, as opposed to a conventional screen, resulting in visually striking effects, creating an unmissable finale to the year’s celebrations. Each projection will be around 10 minutes long and repeated during the evening.

Images will be from many historic sources including illuminated manuscripts from the Abbey such as the Bury Bible and Lydgate’s Life of St Edmund, combined with special lighting effects, music and voices.

The Weekend Spectacular experience begins at the Norman Tower. View the projection on the building, then follow the special effects light trail through the Abbey Gardens taking in the Abbey ruins, Rose Garden and the Pilgrims Herb Garden. The trail emerges into the Cathedral car park, where you can view the second projection on the side of the Cathedral Tower.

Fully accessible, it will take around 20 to 30 minutes to walk through the light trail with timed and ticketed admission. Tickets are on sale at priced at £3 per person, with free entry for under fives.

The Weekend Spectacular is among nine important Abbey 1000 events supported by the National Lottery Heritage Fund.

It is being jointly organised by St Edmundsbury Cathedral and West Suffolk Council on behalf of Abbey 1000 CIC, while West Suffolk College is producing the Abbey Gardens trail.

The light show will be created by the award-winning Projection Studio, who have created 3D video mapping on several UK landmark buildings including the Blackpool Tower and York Minster.

More details about this event and the full year’s programme can be viewed at

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