Bury St Edmunds’ Festival of Sport due to launch on the day the Tour of Britain comes to town

Festival of Sport launched for Bury St Edmunds

Festival of Sport launched for Bury St Edmunds - Credit: Gregg Brown

A website has gone live detailing everything that is happening during the nine-day Bury St Edmunds Festival of Sport in September.

The festival – which is a first for the town – will begin on Saturday, September 12, which is when the Tour of Britain cycle race will come through Bury at about lunchtime and will run until the following Sunday.

Dozens of ‘have-a-go’ activities will be taking place across the town centre, which are now listed on www.ourburystedmunds.com/festivalofsport, and sports broadcaster John Inverdale will also be making an appearance as guest speaker at a three-course dinner at the Apex on September 14.

There is still room for clubs within the town to get involved by hosting ‘taster-sessions’ or other introductions to their sport.

The Festival of Sport is being organised by a partnership including Ourburystedmunds, which manages the Business Improvement District (BID), along with Abbeycroft Leisure, St Edmundsbury Borough and Suffolk County Councils and Suffolk Sport.

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The group is chaired by Mark Cordell, chief executive of Ourburystedmunds, who said: “The Festival of Sport website is there for all clubs in Bury St Edmunds to take advantage of.

“Its purpose is to advertise any sports-related activity during the festival, whether it’s a training event that people are encouraged to participate in or something that might appeal to the armchair enthusiast such as the festival’s gala dinner at the Apex with TV and radio sports presenter John Inverdale as its special guest.”

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As well as including the Tour of Britain stage, the Festival of Sport will also take in the opening Rugby World Cup match between England and Fiji at Twickenham on September 18. In between there will be activities for people of all ages and abilities, with everything from American football to Zorbing.

There are still opportunities available for sporting groups who want to run an event to coincide with the festival or to get involved with the activities.

Interested clubs based in or serving Bury should email Denise Moulton

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