Day of celebration to be held in historic village

A scene from the Celebrating Blythburgh service last year. Picture: David Tytler

A scene from the Celebrating Blythburgh service last year. Picture: David Tytler - Credit: Archant

It is one of Suffolk's most historic villages, renowned for its historic buildings and scenic rural setting.

And this weekend Blythburgh will be a hive of activity as a day of celebration is held. The village's annual community event – Celebrating Blythburgh – takes place this Sunday, July 29 as everyone is welcome to join the residents at their village party.

Celebrating Blythburgh will start with an open-air service in the ruins of Blythburgh's 12th century priory at 11am, which will be led by local resident the Rev Malcolm Doney. There will be guided tours of the ruins, with local historian Alan Mackley conducting guided tours of the priory ruins at 2pm and 4pm. Celebrations will continue in the grounds of The Priory, thanks to the owners Matthew and Chiara Saunders, until 5pm. All events are free, with entry by the village hall. There will be live music throughout the afternoon, games for children, a barbecue and licenced bar, soft drinks, tea and coffee.

Free boat trips on the River Blyth will be provided by Natural England. To pre-book call 07970 463 826. These will leave from the landing stage behind the White Hart every half an hour from 11am to 2pm.

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