Bury Free Press Business Awards

"Cheers filled The Apex last night as our top businesses were unveiled in the 2019 Bury Free Press Business Awards. The eighth awards night brought to an end the ninth West Suffolk Business Festival and celebrated the local leaders in the business field."

New Ale Trail takes in 20 pubs and bars in Bury St Edmunds

"This award-winning community pub is one of the friendliest places in Suffolk, with a carefully thought out range of drinks including beautifully kept ales, many of them from regional breweries such as Nethergate near Sudbury, and Shortts Farm in Eye, plus a small - but expanding - food menu."

New Ale Trail takes in 20 pubs and bars in Bury St Edmunds

Ales brewed in Bury St Edmunds and further afield are being showcased in the first official Bury St Edmunds ale trail. Aimed at real ale and craft beer enthusiasts, the trail, spearheaded by Our Bury St Edmunds, takes in 20 of the town’s licensed premises and gives people the chance to sup a range of ales.

Group hopes to buy a new press for


A Bury St Edmunds art group which launched in November is hoping to buy new equipment thanks to its success. The Making Space meets at Oakes Barn, in St Andrew’s Street South, and offers all abilities the chance to use a printer and materials.

Pub ditches plastic straws

Plastic straws are off the menu at a Bury St Edmunds pub which has joined a green campaign.

Oakes Barn, in St Andrew’s Street South, no longer routinely gives out plastic straws in its drinks, instead having a stash of paper straws available on request.

A group of artists is seeking volunteer models to give up a few hours of their time in return for receiving a portrait of themselves. The weekly portrait drawing group, which meets at Oakes Barn, in St Andrew’s Street South, in Bury St Edmunds, was launched nine weeks ago.

Heather Warren of Oakes Barn backs our Love Local campaign to support Bury St Edmunds town centre

When Heather Warren co-founded Oakes Barn she wanted the pub in St Andrew’s Street South to be a community hub. Five years on, the venue has become just as well-known for hosting a wide selection of groups as it has for its range of real ale on tap.