Service in 12th century priory ruins to launch day of celebration for Blythburgh

A scene from last year's Celebrating Blythburgh Day. Picture: Nikki Wong

A scene from last year's Celebrating Blythburgh Day. Picture: Nikki Wong - Credit: Archant

One of Suffolk's most historic villages will hold a day of celebration this weekend.

An open-air service will see people gather in the ruins of Blythburgh's 12th century priory as Celebrating Blythburgh day is held this Sunday, July 9. The service, which starts proceedings at 11am and is led by the Rev Malcolm Doney, will be followed by a party in the Priory garden, thanks to the owners Matthew and Chiara Saunders. Events, including a dog show, a treasure hunt, river walk and guided tour of the ruins, are free and will be held throughout the day until 5pm.

Free boat trips on the River Blyth will be provided by Natural England. Anybody wishing to pre-book a trip should call 07970 463826.

Adam Burrows, senior Suffolk Coast reserves manager for Natural England, said: 'A large chunk of the reserve is in Blythburgh and as part of Celebrating Blythburgh we are giving people the opportunity to see a different part of the reserve not normally open to view.'

There will be live music, throughout the afternoon, a licensed bar and free barbecue for parishioners.

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Celebrating Blythburgh is supported by the Blythburgh Latitude Trust and Blythburgh with Bulcamp and Hinton Parish Council.

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