Moments to treasure

Not only is the Athenaeum available for private hire but we also host a number of ticketed special events, including shows, concerts, party nights and themed events. Keep an eye on our latest events page on our website to see what’s coming up. The Athenaeum has always been considered to be a ‘local venue for local people’ and we positively encourage the local community to use our magnificent space when possible.

Unique Features


  • Proud to be a ‘local venue for local people’
  • Ideal location in the heart of Bury St Edmunds
  • Fully accessible
  • Range of themed events throughout the year

Celebration of Life

When a loved one passes away, it can be the most unbearable time. Consequently, thinking about the necessary arrangements can be difficult. 

The Athenaeum is one of the most iconic buildings in the centre of Bury St Edmunds, with several rooms available that are ideal for such a poignant occasion. 

Whenever your gathering is large or small, we are able to provide a range of choices from either hot and cold buffet selections, formal dining, open bar or just simple refreshments. We can take care of everything for you, to make a difficult time as stress free as possible. 

Please download the packages below for more information.