Eastlife July 2018


Dear Reader,
So far the weather has been kind to us this summer and let’s hope it continues as this month there is non-stop entertainment across the region. Some of the world’s biggest musicians will be taking to stages in the East, it’s full on glamour at the horseraces, colour galore as coastal carnival season kicks off and that’s just the start of things to come…

This issue is your guide to the summer scene in the East with something for everyone to enjoy. And I mean everyone. No matter your age, budget or preference, you’re bound to find a fun day out in our pages. So what are you waiting for, get reading! Have a great summer.



Living life in the East

July 2018



of events

Coastal carnivals,

concerts, outdoor

cinemas and more

School’s Out

Family days out and

animal encounters

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From the

Dear Reader,


So far the weather has been kind

to us this summer and let’s hope

it continues as this month there

is non-stop entertainment across

the region. Some of the world’s

biggest musicians will be taking

to stages in the East, it’s full on

glamour at the horseraces, colour galore as coastal carnival

season kicks off and that’s just the start of things to come…

This issue is your guide to the summer scene in the

East with something for everyone to enjoy. And I mean

everyone. No matter your age, budget or preference,

you’re bound to find a fun day out in our pages.

So what are you waiting for, get reading!

Have a great summer

Emma Kemsley

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A round-up of monthly news

and events


Exciting events not to be missed


Celebrate summer with a carnival


Tails About Town and dog-friendly




Mum’s the Word and the best zoos

and farms

53-59 FOOD & DRINK

News, the Cambridge Foodie &

al fresco dining

62-65 HEALTH

Take your workout outdoors



How to wear white & summer style


How to entertain your wedding



The best antique stores in the

East, plus advice for second time




July 2018


91-93 ARTS

Monthly column and the latest news

95-105 SUFFOLK

Explore Aldeburgh & Southwold


123-129 BEDS, BUCKS &


Events from the across the counties


109-121 NORFOLK

Secret Norfolk, Wells-next-the-Sea &

theatre listings


Summer in the city of Cambridge

140-145 ESSEX

A guide to Leigh on Sea and listings

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Enjoy a stroll through history at Woburn Abbey

Explore the award-winning, historic gardens

Treat yourself at the Duchess’ Tea room

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Eastlife Diary

Luna Cinema launches

children’s cinema

30 July – 4 August

This summer sees the addition of a

‘Kids Cinema’ at Hatfield House in

Hertfordshire, showing blockbusters

such as The Greatest Showman, Trolls

and Tangled, to name a few. Price starts

at £12.50 for adults, £7.50 for children.

You can also watch star-studded films

on the big screen outdoors at

Holkham Hall, Audley End House,

Knebworth House, Hylands House and

Harpenden Common.

Rock For Heroes

15 September, 7.30pm

at Marina Theatre Lowestoft, Suffolk

Sign up for the Ely

Colour Dash

11 August

East Anglia’s Children’s Hospices (EACH)

Colour Dash will be held on Saturday,

11 August at King’s Ely. Covering 5km

(3.1mile), participants will be showered

with clouds of coloured powder as they

run. Prices: Adult £20, Child (5-15) £10.


Help fundraising in support of Help for Heroes

and book your ticket to this live music experience.

Bringing the perfect combination of your favourite

rock and pop artists across the eras, performed by a

full live rock band and superb singers, it features hits

from the likes of Status Quo, Queen, David Bowie,

Madonna, Spandau Ballet, Bryan Adams and many

more. marinatheatre.co.uk

The Weird and Wacky Plants Project by Mr Plant Geek

Thursday 5 July, 7pm at The Exchange Restaurant,


An exciting event for the green fingers out there, to welcome

The Plant Den to Jarrolds, the store will be holding an event with

Michael Perry, aka Mr Plant Geek.

For over 20 years, Michael Perry’s career has

taken him around the world in his quest to find

new, different and unusual plants. He has now

brought all this together in the Weird and Wacky

Plants Project! With help from some of the

world’s most prominent plants-people, you can

join him on an hour’s visual journey through the

fascinating plant world!

Tickets £17.50 and include pizza, light bites,

wine and craft beer. Buy tickets at jarrold.co.uk/

events or Jarrold Customer Services, floor 2.

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Around the


Emirates launches Dubai flight

to London Stansted

History was made at London Stansted last month, as

Emirates celebrated the inaugural flight of its new

daily service from Dubai.

For the first time, residents in the East of England

can now fly direct to Dubai and beyond via 155

connecting flights. The launch of the highly

anticipated flight means travel to destinations such

as China, Australia and India will be easier than ever

before from the East.

Excitement filled the air at the celebratory event

on Friday 8 June 2018, as the brand new Emirates

Boeing 777-300ER touched down at London

Stansted. It is the seventh UK airport from which

Emirates operates.

In true Emirates style, the new aircraft is the height

of luxury comprising of fully enclosed first class

suites with ceiling to floor sliding doors; think a mini

bedroom with state-of-the-art equipment and style

in the air! Business class is spacious, providing plenty

of space for passengers to relax and features a mini

bar and entertainment system. The 306 seats in

economy have been given a stylish Champagne and

green colour scheme, more leg room than your usual

aircraft, a USB and socket charging point and a 13.3

inch screen complete with an updated entertainment

system offering up to 250 channels.

The daily flight from Dubai (DXB) to London

Stansted (STN) departs Dubai at 09:30hrs and

arrives in London Stansted at 14:10hrs. The return

flight departs London Stansted at 21:10hrs and is

scheduled to arrive in Dubai at 07:05hrs.

Outdoor summer spa comes to


Move over glamping, spas and retreats, there’s a new

Scandinavian lifestyle trend to embrace and it’s about to

appear in the Cambridgeshire countryside.

Inspired by the Scandis’ laid back lifestyle and love affair

with water and wood, PAUS is a new relaxation centre

comprising wood fired, red cedar hot tubs and sauna on the

hill top of Bourn.

Set to open in July, visitors can enjoy a soak in the wood

fired tubs, whilst sipping a complimentary drink of choice.

Cool pools provide an opportunity to refresh before

heading to the Terraza where a range of delicious, healthy

meze can be enjoyed sat by the open fire. PAUS will also be

hosting a number of exclusive events throughout the year,

from outdoor cinemas to yoga, hands-on workshops and

author’s readings. Tickets will be on a first come

first served basis.

Tickets will range from £35 to £80 for a day’s relaxation and

can be purchased at www.pauscambridge.com. Walk-ins are

welcome but this will be on a first come first served basis, as

space is limited.

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Discover Stylish Interiors in Newmarket

Strive For Design first opened its doors in Newmarket,

16 months ago, when founder and director, Leigh Hall,

decided to turn her on-site annexe into an interior

accessories showroom.

The showroom gives off a vibe that can only be described

as an array of warmth and comfort. Clients can walk-in

or book a private showing allowing them to sit down

and enjoy a cup of tea or coffee whilst going through

endless sample books of fabrics, lighting, furniture

and wallpapers, as well as exploring the bathroom and

kitchen showrooms and observing the work within Long

Cottage to get a real feel of all the possibilities within a


Along with Strive For Design, Leigh collaborates with

her husband Steve Hall. Their sister company ‘Strive

Construction’ allows the couple to work together

and focus on project planning. Strive Construction

predominantly focuses on residential construction

such as extensions etc.

For more details visit www.strivefordesign.co.uk

Former Top Gear star The Stig to launch

motorsports course

Former Top Gear star Ben Collins – aka The Stig – has teamed up with

an education charity to launch a new motorsports course.

The 43-year-old stuntman, who shot to fame as the anonymous driver on

the hit motoring TV show, is working with charity The Smallpeice Trust to

launch a motorsports engineering course in Hertfordshire for teenagers.

The programme, which is open to girls and boys, will teach young

people about all aspects of life in the fast lane, including aerodynamics,

engine and design testing, suspension and tyres. Working alongside

professional engineers, students will gain practical insight into

engineering principles, materials and technologies that shape the

cutting-edge world of professional motorsport.

The residential three-day course, which takes place at the University

of Hertfordshire between July 24 and 26, is aimed at Year 12 A-Level

maths students. For more information visit www.smallpeicetrust.org.uk or

call 01926 333 200.

Cambridge Bid brings Wimbledon to

station quarter on giant outdoor screen

Office workers and residents in the station quarter

are invited to enjoy an al fresco lunch while watching

Wimbledon on a giant screen, delivered by Cambridge

BID, from 2-15 July.

Entitled ‘Strawberries & Screen’, this is one of a number

of community-spirited events being hosted by the

organisation in Cambridge this summer. BBC coverage of

the tournament, including early evening highlights, will

be shown on a large LED screen next to The Tamburlaine

hotel. Seating for 100 viewers will be provided for free,

on a first-come, first-served basis.

foodPark will be supporting the event with a food truck

every Monday to Thursday lunchtime, with the regular

foodPark available as usual on Fridays.

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Summer Scene

Written by Chelsie Sewell


Get your tent and wellies ready for these

fantastic festivals taking place across the

region this summer. We are spoilt for choice

with the amount of fabulous music festivals and

concerts taking place this summer season. With

such a diverse range of events, from live music

at a festival dedicated to champagne, and music

festivals situated in the grounds of stunning

stately homes, we are sure there is

something for everyone. Here we

have listed our favourites.

RiZE Festival, Hylands Park, Chelmsford, CM2 8WQ

17-18 August, from £59.50

A brand new festival situated at the iconic Hylands Park

in Chelmsford, RiZE makes its debut this summer. With

Liam Gallagher and Stereophonics as the headlining acts,

alongside hundreds of others including James Bay and

Bastille, across four different stages. Get your wellies and

raincoats ready, as there is the option to camp onsite too.

Twinwood – Twinwood Area, MK41

6AB 24- 27 August, from £29

Twinwood is a weekend long event,

celebrating everything vintage. With

many acts returning from previous years,

as well as new, up and coming artists

making their Twinwood debut. Alongside

an amazing line-up, there are plenty of

things to do, from free dance classes,

pop-up vintage shops and museums.

Jazz in the Gardens, Wimpole Hall,

Royston, SG8 0BW

21 July, from £10

Enjoy an evening of Jazz with the

Cambridge Jazz Theorem, amongst

the gardens of a historic stately home;

Wimpole Hall. The talented band

of musicians create an exciting and

stimulating blend of music, by putting

their own spin on classical jazz. Bring

along Pimms and a picnic for a night of

great music.

Outside Live Festival, Sennowe Park, Norwich,

NR20 5PB 27-29 July, from £38.50

Outside Live Festival is set in the beautiful Sennowe Park,

near Norwich. A three-day event, with the first two nights

featuring incredible artists; James Arthur on the first, and

Katherine Jenkins on the second. The park transforms into

an outdoor cinema on the third day, showing the wellrenowned

film; The Greatest Showman.

RiZE Festival and DJ WIRE

Farr Festival, Bygrave Woods, Newnham, SG7 5JX

5-8 July, from £45

Farr Festival is an electronic music festival hidden amongst

an uninhibited forest in Hertfordshire. The forest is

illuminated by hundreds of fairy lights, whilst DJs and

artists perform their music all day long. You can also have

a swing in one of the hammocks hung between the trees

when your feet need a rest!

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Live music at Euston Hall,Thetford, IP24 2QW

5-7 July, from £39.50

Euston Hall will be hosting three nights of live music this

summer in the grounds of the spectacular stately home.

II Divo, the world’s first classical crossover group will be

performing for part of their UK tour, alongside Sir Tom

Jones who will be performing on the second night, and

British pop icons; Madness, on the third.

Little Mix at Earlham Park, Norwich, NR4 7TQ

21 July, from £47.75

The popular girl band, Little Mix will be performing at

Norwich’s Earlham Park this summer, for part of their UK

‘Summer Hits’ tour. They will be joined by fellow X Factor

winners Rak-Su and the Germein Sisters, who won the

2017 series. You can expect to hear the band’s wellknown

classics such as Wings, and Black Magic alongside

more recent hits from their Platinum Glory Days album,

such as Shout Out To My Ex.

Folk In A Field Festival, Bradmoore Woods,

King’s Lynn, PE32 1TS 6-8 July, from £62

A music festival situated in a woodland setting in the

heart of Norfolk. This rustic location helps contribute to

the carefree, nonchalant feel throughout the festival. As

well as having a diverse range of performers, from the

acoustic, folk and roots music scene, the festival offers

much more than just that. With craft demonstrations,

archery and music workshops for all ages, as well as free

camping and a children’s play area, this festival is perfect

for the whole family.

Brentwood Festival, Brentwood Centre, Brentwood

CM15 9NN 13-15 July, from £25

Another year and Brentwood Festival are hosting another

amazing event, with their proceedings going to charity.

Music sensations such as Scouting For Girls and rock

band Squeeze, are helping to raise money for Cancer

Research UK, whilst providing a weekend of fun for

everyone, you can even bring your dog along to join in!

Cambridge Folk Festival, Cherry Hinton Hall

Grounds, Cherry Hinton, CB1 8DW

2-5 August, from £29

This award-winning festival is renowned for its

atmosphere and eclectic range of music. With the best

traditional folk artists from the UK and Ireland, combined

with American country, blues and roots artists, acclaimed

singer songwriters, famous names and world music stars,

this is perfect for any folk fans. The festival is

conveniently situated only fifteen minutes out of

Cambridge City centre.

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Racecourse Events

What more could you want than a day at the

races, followed by an evening of singing

and dancing to your favourite live music? Here

we have found some events taking place across

the area this summer.

Magic of Motown at Newmarket Racecourses,

Newmarket, CB8 0TG 3 August, from £25

Prepare yourself for ninety minutes of Motown Classics

from the likes of Marvin Gaye, Diana Ross, Stevie Wonder

and many more. This incredible tribute band will be

singing forty back-to-back Motown hits, which are bound

to get your feet moving!

Moët and Chandon July Festival at Newmarket

Racecourses, Newmarket, CB8 0TG

12-14 July, from £15

Newmarket’s summer highlight, the Moet and Chandon

festival is returning in July, for a weekend of sun,

entertainment and of course races! Over forty thousand

visitors assemble at the picturesque Adnams racecourse

in their best attire, for one of Britain’s most stylish summer

events. Fashion guru, Gok Wan will be returning to

co-host Feel Good Friday on the second day, as well as

present the prize for most Stylish Group.

Melanie C at Ladies Night, Great Yarmouth

Racecourse, Norfolk 18 July, from £17

Sporty Spice, Mel C will be hosting the after-race

entertainment at Great Yarmouth’s Ladies Night event

this summer. The popular solo-singer will be presenting

tracks to reflect the ‘girl power’ feel of the annual event,

alongside her own favourite music.

Photo credit Great Yarmouth Racecourse

Bjorn Again

Bjorn Again at EACH Music Festival at Huntingdon

Races, Brampton, PE28 4NL

25 August, from £25

World famous ‘Bjorn Again’ will be performing some of

Abba’s greatest hits at a brand-new festival at Huntingdon

Racecourse this August bank holiday. The group have

performed in over a hundred countries, and they have

even been endorsed by ABBA themselves. The funpacked

festival will feature children’s stalls, inflatables,

face-painting as well as food and drink. The event is in aid

of East Anglia’s Children’s Hospices (EACH).

Haçienda Classiçal at Chelmsford City Racecourse,

Chelmsford, CM3 1QP 1 September, from £35

Haçienda Classiçal will be performing at Chelmsford City

Racecourse in September, after an evening of top-class

racing. Manchester Camerata orchestra will be playing

the biggest club tunes alongside DJ’s Graeme Park,

Mike Pickering and Special Guests. This light and sound

extravaganza is set to be the gig of the year!

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Sunday 5th August

That’ll Be the Day

Friday 21st September

Magic of Motown

Saturday 8th September

Boogie Bells

Saturday 22nd September






Sun 5th That’ll Be the Day

Fri 10th The Kick Inside – 40 Years of Kate Bush

Fri 17th Queen – Champions of Rock

Sun 26th The Carpenters Story


Fri 7th Delightfully Dusty

Sat 8th Boogie Bells

Fri 21st Magic of Motown

Sat 22nd G4

Fri 28th Roy Orbison Tribute

Sat 29th Ultimate Bublè


Sat 6th Rule the World – Tribute to Take That

Sun 7th Emerald Storm

Thurs 11th Simply Luther – A Tribute to Luther Vandross

Fri 12th Arrival UK

Fri 19th Vienna Festival Ballet – The Nutcracker

Sat 20th Puppetry of the Penis

Thurs 25th LDN Wrestling

Sun 28th The Real Thing

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Outdoor cinema

For a fun summer evening, book your

seat at one of these outdoor cinema

and film screenings popping up across

the East of England

The Star & Mouse Picture Show, until 15 September

The Star & Mouse Picture Show is back once again for

a season of screenings underneath the night’s sky at

various locations throughout Cambridgeshire. Expect

a cosy atmosphere with fairy lights, food, fire pits and

entertainment. You can catch Star & Mouse at venues

including The Double Tree Hilton, Creake Abbey,

Mandingly Hall, The Cambridge American Cemetery,

Wandlebury Park and many others. Booking is highly

recommended. Tickets are £12. www.starandmouse.com

Luna Cinema, various locations, until 13 July

This year Luna Cinema celebrates its 10th anniversary with

more screening than ever before with new blockbusters,

award winners and cult classics on the line up. Pack your

picnic and blanket and enjoy a film on the big screen

under the stars. Luna Cinemas will be popping up across

the region showing Pretty Woman, Moulin Rouge, The

Greatest Showman and Harry Potter to name a few! Book

your seat for a night at the movies at Hatfield House from

14-16 June, Holkham Hall on 29 and 30 June, Highfield

Park in St Albans on 5 July, Knebworth House from 7-8

July, Audley End House from 6-8 July and Hylands House

from 11-13 July. www.thelunacinema.com

Essex Outdoor Cinema, until 29 September

Get cosy under the nights sky and watch star-studded

films from Essex Outdoor Cinema at a number of Essex

locations. Films such as Pretty Woman, The Goonies,

Grease and Bridesmaids to name a few will be popping

up at Maldon Promenade Park, RHS Garden Hyde Hall,

Upminster Windmill, Capel Manor Gardens and Braxted

Park. www.essexoutdoorcinema.com

Star & Mouse Picture Show

Sundown Cinema, Suffolk, Cambs, Herts & Beds,

until 1 September

This year IWM Duxford, Hitchin Lavender, Hitchin Priory,

Luton Hoo, Shuttleworth House, Ickworth House, The

Jockey Club and Wimpole Estate welcome Sundown

Cinema. Enjoy an evening in the great outdoors while

watching classic films such as Top Gun, Dirty Dancing and

Breakfast at Tiffany’s. www.sundowncinema.co.uk

Enchanted Cinema, Cambridgeshire,

until 3 September

The popular pop up cinema returns for another summer

of movies under Cambridgeshire skies. You’ll be able

to catch family-friendly classics at Burwash Manor while

Brewboard Brewery will host cinematic marvels including

Bladerunner and Pulp Fiction. This year Enchanted

Cinema will be returning to the pretty inner city hidden

garden at The Gonville Hotel for a showing of the Great

Gatsby, Grease, Dirty Dancing and much more.


Summer Screen, Colchester, 6-15 July

A showing of five films, including big blockbusters such as

The Greatest Showman, will take place 6-8 July, followed

by a free live tennis stream from Wimbledon on the big

screen in from 2-15 July.


Strawberries & Screen, Cambridge, 2-15 July

Office workers and residents in the station quarter

are invited to enjoy an al fresco lunch while watching

Wimbledon on a giant screen, delivered by Cambridge

BID. Entitled ‘Strawberries & Screen’, this is one of a

number of community-spirited events being hosted by the

organisation in Cambridge this summer. BBC coverage

of the tournament, including early evening highlights,

will be shown from 2-15 July on a large LED screen next

to The Tamburlaine hotel. Seating for 100 viewers will be

provided for free, on a first-come, first-served basis.


Enchanted Cinema

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Visitors can enjoy the state rooms rich in

paintings, fine furniture and tapestries along with

a picture perfect garden which dates from the

early 17th century.

Beautifully designed gifts, jewellery, toys and

much more can be found in the Stable Yard

shops. Visitors can also enjoy relaxing at River

Cottage Kitchen & Deli which serves a variety

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Madchester comes

to Chelmsford!

Written by Ben Attenborugh

Ahead of their gig at Chelmsford City Racecourse,

we speak to legendary Hacienda DJ Graeme Park

about how playing dance music with a classical

orchestra came about.

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In the late 80s a new

beat entered the British

music scene and a unique

club in Manchester was

the perfect conduit for

a dance movement that

would change youth culture

forever. The club was the

Haçienda and the music

was acid house.

The music of that era has now

been fused with a full orchestra

and is touring the country as

Haçienda Classical. On Saturday

1 September the show is coming

to Chelmsford City Racecourse.

Punters will experience an

evening of horse racing followed

by some of the biggest Haçienda

club tunes performed live by the Manchester Camerata

orchestra alongside DJs Graeme Park, Mike Pickering and

special guests. Graeme and Mike were both pioneering

DJs at the Haçienda and ahead of the performance I

interviewed Graeme Park.

The Haçienda closed its doors in 1997, but it has kept

going as a brand with the club’s iconic DJs Graeme Park

and Mike Pickering touring various clubs.

Graeme said: “Mike Pickering and I realized the number

of clubbers who had actually been to the original

Haçienda were becoming fewer and the audience was

getting younger. So we did what all good DJs should do

and started playing to the crowd.”

Unfortunately older fans just wanted to hear the classics,

so Graeme hit upon a novel idea. “A bunch of us were

in a hotel waiting for a lift. When the lift opened two

musicians came out carrying instruments and I said ‘that’s

what we should do, we should perform with an orchestra.’

“At first we all laughed, but gradually realized it was a

good idea.”

A one off “Haçienda Classical” event was organized with

Mike, Graeme and New Order’s Peter Hook, who would

sing on Blue Monday. But before long the one off concert

had transformed into a 18 event tour. Graeme said:

“During the fourth show I realised that this was going to

become a tour. And I thought to myself ‘this needs to be

better.’” So the group went back to the studio to record

more backing tracks, adding more variety to the show

and the next year 80% of the content of the performance

was new.

Graeme said: “We were also able to re-arrange wellknown

tunes so that the audience wouldn’t recognize

them until the vocal comes in. An example is Show Me

Love by Robin S. The arrangement is totally different so

the crowd is surprised and goes wild when the vocal hits.

“It was important to us that the whole set flows like a

DJ mix.”

The DJs can achieve this by playing a cappella tracks

and adding unexpected samples into the performance.

Graeme said: “Keeping that live DJ feel is important, I

don’t want to be a DJ who just throws their arms around

but doesn’t really do anything.” Another expected treat

audiences have experienced is actually hearing Graeme

sing on New Order’s Blue Monday (originally sung by

Peter Hook). Graeme said:“Two years ago in Lancaster

Mike couldn’t make a rehearsal and Peter Hook was flying

in from another country so couldn’t make it.

“When it comes to Blue Monday I grew up with this song,

so when we were playing it I just ran to the front of the

stage and started singing it. Afterwards everyone said it

was really good. I was like ‘no, I was just messing about’,

but everyone really liked it, so when Peter Hook couldn’t

make it I got really drunk and stepped in to do the vocals.

“Now I don’t need to get really drunk to sing and we’ve

actually added a second song for me to perform.”

Haçienda Classical will be coming to Chelmsford City

Racecourse on Saturday 1 September. For tickets see

tinyurl.com/hacienda-chelmsford and to find out more

about Graeme Park visit thisisgraemepark.com

Images: opposite page; Graeme Parker by Craige Barker

www.craigebarker.com. Above; image by Mark L Hill.

Left; image by Ant Mulryan

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Something for the whole family to enjoy!

Wings & Wheels

Written by Amanda French


Are your kids car or plane mad? Indulge

their love this summer by heading to

one of the many attractions, shows or events

taking place in the region.

Shuttleworth Family Air Show

Head to the Shuttleworth Family Air Show


on the 5 August in Bedfordshire for a full day

of family fun. There’ll be plenty of aircraft

displays, a pilot chat about the chipmunk,

live music, free rides on vintage buses as well

as craft activities for the kids including the

chance to make their own model aircraft.

The Norfolk Tank Museum

(norfolktankmuseum.co.uk) houses a huge

collection of military vehicles, weapons and

militaria. Of course, there’s also a fascinating

collection of centurion tanks. Pop down

during Armourfest on 11 & 12 August to see

some of them in action and enjoy an off-road

course in the Hagglunds BV206 All-Terrain

vehicle experience.

The Norfolk Tank Museum

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The De Havilland Aircraft Museum

(www.dehavillandmuseum.co.uk) in Hertfordshire is the

oldest aviation museum in the UK dedicated to the

preservation and display of de Havilland Aircraft which

played an important role in the history of 20th century

aircraft development in Britain. As a working museum,

you’ll see staff actively restoring the de Havilland Aircraft.

Find out more about radar at the RAF Radar Museum

(www.radarmuseum.co.uk) in Horning Norfolk. Sit in a

Jaguar or a Tornado cockpit, find out about the history

of radar and enjoy their current exhibition on the First

World War Women of Norfolk and enjoy talks on the early

development and the cold war.

The Little Gransden Air Show

(http://littlegransdenairshow.co.uk) returns to

Cambridgeshire on the 20 August. With over 300 vehicle

exhibitors and a flying display lasting more than 3.5

hours, this is a great show for the whole family. Run

completely by unpaid volunteers, all profit goes to BBC’s

Children in Need and various local charities.

Stowe Maries in Essex is holding the event, Stowe

Maries at War on the 21 July. (www.stowmaries.org.uk/

calendar/60/92-Stow-Maries-at-War). This event focuses on

the British Armed Forces of the Great War, from soldiers

and nurses through to airmen and covers everything from

their uniforms and weaponry through to equipment and

training. There will be demonstrations, a chance to view

a selection of Great War aircraft and some fantastic air

displays throughout the day.

And finally, for fans of the famous Flying Scotsman…

the well-known train will return to Peterborough’s

Nene Valley Railway (www.nvr.org.uk) in late September.

Tickets cost £25 for adults and £13 for children.

Booking in advance is essential.

The Old Buckenham Air Show

(www.oldbuckenhamairshow.co.uk) takes place on the 28 &

29 July in Norfolk and features a huge array of air displays

including wing walkers, spitfires and hurricanes. There’ll

also be the chance to take to the skies yourself with a

ride in a helicopter, tank rides, classic cars, a funfair and

so much more. The best bit? Under 12s go free!

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above; Nene Valley Railway

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for a great day out!

The Epping Ongar Railway is open

every weekend in July, August,

September and October, August

Bank Holiday and Fridays during

school holidays.

Family Fun Day

18th and 19th August


Come and see

Chase & Skye – 4 August

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Transport events at

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8th July

Peterborough Bus and Commercial vehicle rally

(Free buses to the rally-site from NVR at Wansford)

22nd July

Classic car day

Over 100 classic cars at the NVR Wansford site,

free entry to the display

4th August

Land Rover Day

All types of Land Rover invited to Join the Series 2 club

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Southend Carnival | Catherine Taylor

Written by Jessica Hutchinson

(Instagram @jessicahutchy)

The carnival season is approaching rapidly so

ready the floats and dust off the fancy dress –

it’s time to crash a carnival on the coast.

What is better than the exciting hubbub of a carnival?

The music, dancing, the bright colours and lights of the

fairground rides? A carnival right by the sea of course!

This summer, up and down the coast of East Anglia,

towns are preparing for the carnival season, painting

floats and practicing acts ready for the crowds to flood in.

Here are just a few of the seaside festivities worth a visit

this summer:

Great Yarmouth Family Fun Day, 14 July

Jellicoe Road, Great Yarmouth, Norfolk, NR30 4AU

If a procession isn’t for you but you still want to have

a great time with the family by the seaside then head

over to Great Yarmouth’s Family Fun Day. From 11am

until 6pm the town hosts Jousting tournaments, a circus,

petting zoo, magic shows, art and craft workshops,

Zorb ball activities, a dog show on the beach and much,

much more. This fun day is bound to have something for

everyone to enjoy, including well-behaved dogs.

Sheringham Carnival, 28 Jul – 5 Aug

Town Centre, Sheringham, Norfolk, NR26 8LG

The Sheringham Carnival festivities last for over a week,

including the usual fancy dress, children’s activities and

music. Sheringham crowns their ‘royal’ family at the start

of the week, which oversees the carnival, hands out prizes

and represents Sheringham by attending the Cromer

Carnival as well. Street races and fireworks on the beach

are the highlights of this carnival.


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Wells Carnival, 27 Jul- 5 Aug

Wells-Next-The-Sea, Norfolk, NR23 1EZ

Wells Carnival is packed full of activities for over a week.

In the days leading up to the Parade day on the 4th,

Wells-next-the-Sea hosts a disco, live music, fun run, a

dog show (2 Aug, 5.30pm) and a sandcastle competition

(2 Aug, 2pm) to name a few of the numerous events. In

the pretty Norfolk seaside setting fronted by colourful

beach huts, this Carnival is not one to miss.


Southend Carnival | Ross Day

Aldeburgh Carnival

Cromer Carnival, 11-17 Aug

Town Centre, Cromer, Norfolk, NR27 9HN

The Cromer Carnival week is packed full of activities and

shows to entertain the whole family. Activities throughout

the week include music, dancing and an enormous

breadth of acts; dog agility competitions, a BMX show,

falconry display and fairground rides. The Carnival Day

on the 15th features the traditional procession of floats,

fancy-dress, a display from the Red Arrows at 4pm and a

finale of fireworks. www.cromercarnival.co.uk

Cromer sunset

Downham Market Water Festival, 12 Aug

Hythe Bridge, Town Centre, Downham Market, Norfolk,

PE38 9

This fair is not on the beachfront, but it’s a fun day by

the water all the same, as the Downham Market Water

Festival and Dragon Boat Race takes place at Hythe

Bridge on the Great Ouse. With stalls, a fun fair and lots

of activities on the river, the festival lasts from 10am until

5pm. The dragon-headed boats full of madly paddling

people is a fun sight to see and worth a visit if you’re in

the area. www.downhammarkettowncouncil.org.uk

Southend Carnival, 18 Aug

Marine Parade, Southend-On-Sea, SS1 2EJ

Southend Carnival, which has run annually since 1906,

maintains a traditional combination of a colourful parade

of floats and costumes, acts, dancers and live music on

the beach. The 3000-participant-strong parade starts in

Southchurch Park at 6.45pm and finishes in Shoresfield

Road at 9pm. The best views of the parade are on the

central seafront City Beach. The impressive Rio-esque

carnival costumes add to the fun party atmosphere for

this carnival. www.southendcarnivalevents.org.uk

Aldeburgh Carnival, 18-20 Aug

Aldeburgh, Suffolk IP15 5DS

Aldeburgh has set their 76th Carnival’s theme as ‘fly me to

the moon’, so it is bound to be out of this world. Across

the three days, Aldeburgh hosts the colourful parade

(Monday at 3.15pm) and arena displays, the popular and

beautiful Chinese lantern procession (Monday at 8.45pm),

donkey rides, fireworks (Monday at 9.15pm) and music;

it’s no wonder it was awarded ‘Family Tourism Event of

the Year’ in the Norfolk and Suffolk Tourism awards 2018.

Filled with family fun, stalls, competitions and swimming

races in the sea, Aldeburgh Carnival is a perfect long

weekend for everyone. Buy a Carnival Programme for a

full run-down of what’s on.


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Tails about town

Written by Emma Kemsley

Scuba Spaniel

Is that a seal or a spaniel?” I heard a passer-by

say on the shores of Mersea Island (she

actually said dog but that doesn’t sound as

good), as Fletcher effortlessly glided through the

water with his head popping up just above sea


On a sunny Sunday, we packed a picnic and chew bone

and made our way to Mersea Island in Essex, with the

intention of picking up some seafood and settling down

on a sandy patch for the day. This idea was short lived

when a coastal breeze meant it was absolutely freezing,

however it didn’t stop Fletcher from running across the

beach at full speed and leaping into the sea as though he

was some kind of Olympic hero crossing the finishing line

for gold.

Fletcher’s obsession with swimming and stones started a

couple of years ago when we lived in Ibiza for six months.

His daily walks become daily swims and he’d spend hours

jumping off cliffs and diving down into the crystal clear

water for stones. He’d keep locals and holidaymakers

entertained with his antics with people queuing to

video and take pictures of him. You can just imagine the

reaction of people when they’d pop up with a snorkel and

come face to face with a spaniel or when he’d decide that

he was going to live the high life and swim up to one of

the many boats and yachts moored nearby. And so the

nickname ‘scuba spaniel’ was born!

Mersea Island’s sea might not be quite as clear or warm

but it didn’t stop him doing what he loves best. As we

strolled along the beach, Fletcher chose to swim against

the incoming tide for the entire length of the shoreline.

Worried he was going to exhaust himself and freeze,

we bribed him out with a pile of stones where he spent

an hour charging up and down, chasing the stones and

skidding in the sand as they landed.

Unable to stand the wind any longer, we grabbed some

fresh seafood to go, hopped back in the car and drove

25 minutes to Dedham, a delightful village in Constable

Country. We made our way along the picnic lined river

banks towards Flatford, where there was no breeze and

families basked in the heat. Once away from the crowds

and in a safe area, Fletcher was let off lead and wasted no

time making his grand entrance with an almighty splash!

Much to the amusement of those rowing past.

A day of sticks, stones and swimming meant we left

with one very happy puppy! We even got a peaceful

evening without him dropping the ball at our feet. Instead

he snoozed on the sofa twitching his nose and paws,

while squeaking – is there anything cuter than a doggy


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Pubs that


your pooch

Written by

Karen Rhodes

It’s nice to have your four-legged friend in tow,

especially on a sunny afternoon that calls for

a stop in a pub garden. Take a look at our top

picks for dog friendly pubs for whereever you

are in the region…


The King’s Head, Woodbridge

17 Market Hill, Woodbridge IP12 4LP

After a long walk along the river, quench your thirst at the

super dog-friendly King’s Head on Market Hill. Pick a table

outside and people watch while you enjoy a refreshing

drink and your dog chows down on one of the treats from

their ‘Mutt’s Menu’ such as cow ear, doggy sausage and

honey dried pig snout for just £1 per item.


The Duke of Marlborough, Somersham

Main Road, Somersham, Ipswich IP8 4QR

Located on the main road through Somersham, owners

and their well-behaved dogs can enjoy one of the many

beautiful rural walks before relaxing in the courtyard

garden or inside the spacious bar area. Soak up the

atmosphere of this stunning traditional building while you

enjoy a drink or treat yourself to a locally sourced dish from

the extensive menu. Dogs are welcomed and there is a jar

of dog biscuits on the bar which you can help yourself to.


The Ramsholt Arms, Ramsholt

Dock Road, Ramsholt, Suffolk IP12 3AB

Overlooking the River Deben, The Ramsholt Arms is an

idyllic place to stop for a drink and a bite to eat after a

leisurely dog walk along the riverside. Kick back and take in

the scenery as you decide whether to eat fresh fish or local

game from the extensive menu. www.theramsholtarms.com

The Ship at Dunwich, Saxmundham

St James’s St, Dunwich, Saxmundham IP17 3DT

Take your pick of dog walks from the beautiful surrounding

countryside. Nestled in between Southwold and

Aldeburgh, The Ship at Dunwich has a colourful history

including once being a smugglers haunt. “Muddy paws are

welcome at The Ship” which boasts dog-friendly dining in

the bar, conservatory or breakfast room and dog-friendly

accommodation to boot. www.shipatdunwich.co.uk


The Orange Tree, Thornham

High Street, Thornham, PE36 6LY

After a long walk and splash in the sea at either Brancaster

Bay, Thornham Beach or Brancaster Staithe harbour, rest

your feet and let your dog dry off at this stylish gastropub.

Dogs are welcome inside and out and it even has its own

doggy menu! www.theorangetreethornham.co.uk

The Crown Inn, Broughton

Bridge Road, Broughton, Huntingdon, PE28 3AY

This picturesque grade 2 listed former saddlery is set in an

acre of grounds allowing plenty of space for you and your

pooch. The Crown Inn is bursting with character with all

the charm you would expect in a building of that era. Why

not pop in for a pudding after a walk around the stunning

surrounding countryside. www.thecrowninnrestaurant.co.uk

The Crown, Pulham Market

The Green, Pulham Market, Norfolk, IP21 4TA

Packed with charm and with fantastic history, The Crown

is the perfect dog-friendly stop if you are visiting Pulham

Market. Set overlooking the village green and with the

picturesque church to the rear. Ask the bar staff about the

ghost, it even has its own table!


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The Nelson, Burnham Market

Creake Road, Burnham Market, Norfolk,

PE31 8EN

The stylish Nelson Country Inn is set in the pretty

town of Burnham market where you’ll find lots of

nice little walks a short distance away at the River

Burn. Put your feet up and watch the world go by in

the garden while you enjoy a drink in this lovely dog

friendly pub. www.the-nelson.com/index


The Bridge House, St Neots

Market Square, St Neots, PE19 2AP

Recently refurbished, the Bridge House is set in a

gorgeous location overlooking the Great Ouse. Take

a stroll along the river with your four legged friend

then sit back and relax in the bar with its oak beams.

Or watch the world go by in the garden as you tuck

into some traditional home cooked pub food.



The Chequers, Goldhanger

The Square, Goldhanger, Essex, CM9 8AS

Located in the charming village of Goldhanger,

near Maldon, on the River Blackwater in Essex, is a

warm and welcoming pub. It’s ideal for dog owners

as you’ll find plenty of walks nearby along the

Blackwater Estuary and surrounding area.

After a nice long walk return with your pooch to

quench your thirst or enjoy a bite to eat. The sunny

patio is the perfect place to relax and dogs are also

allowed inside at three of the bar areas.


The Anchor, Danbury

Runsell Green, Danbury, Chelmsford, Essex C

M3 4QZ

Set in a traditional picture postcard building, The

Anchor is packed with character features that you

would expect to find in a traditional country inn. The

nautical theme runs throughout the building inside

and out with an impressive collection of brass on

show. Dogs are welcome but not in the main dining

areas. The Anchor advise you book ahead during

busy periods to ensure they can accommodate you

and your pooch. www.theanchordanbury.co.uk/index

Coach & Horses

Cambridge Road, Newport, Saffron Walden

CB11 3TR

After a long walk following one of the nearby

footpaths which take you deep into the Uttlesford

countryside, stop by the Coach & Horses pub in

Newport for a refreshing drink and bite to eat. Dogs

are welcome inside the pub area, where owners can

also dine, and the huge garden. Staff are more than

happy to provide fresh water for doggies!



The Cowper Arms, Letty Green

57 Cole Green Lane, Letty Green, Hertford, SG14 2NL

Set in the pretty village of Letty Green, on the outskirts of

Hertford, the pub offers a biscuit bar for dogs and a good

choice of food for humans too! Choose a spot in the quiet and

enclosed garden on a nice sunny day. Nearby is The Cole Green

Way and the Hertford to Ware Towpath. An old railway line, with

streams and plenty of shade, it’s popular with dog walkers and

is a great way of working up an appetite before your trip to the

pub. Don’t leave without trying the melting golden chocolate

orange bomb for dessert! www.thecowperarmscolegreen.co.uk

The College Arms, Hertford

40 London Rd, Hertford Heath, Hertford SG13 7PW

Based in the centre of Hertford Heath and backing on to

woodland, The Collage Arms is the ideal place to stop for a

drink and a bite to eat after your dog walk. Why not visit on

a Sunday, try one of their Sunday roasts with large Yorkshire

puddings and relax after in a leather armchair with your pooch

by your side. www.thecollegearmshertfordheath.com

The Orange Tree, Baldock

Norton Road, Baldock, SG7 5AW

This 330 year old pub boasts the largest beer garden in the area.

You’ll not be spoilt for choice with what to drink as they have a

whopping 13 pumps with a selection from local breweries. Dogs

are welcome in the bar but are asked that they are kept on the

lead as there is a resident dog that may come and say hello.

Fresh water and dog biscuits are available on request.



The Embankment, Bedford

6 The Embankment, Bedford MK40 3PD

Located directly opposite the River Ouse, owners and their

dogs can enjoy a long walk along the river before relaxing on

the outside terrace with a refreshing summer cocktail. Dogs are

treated to fresh water and biscuits. Don’t worry if the weather

takes a turn for the worse, dogs are also welcome inside!


The Three Cups, Bedford

45 Newnham St, Bedford MK40 3JR

Just outside the centre of Bedford, the award-winning The

Three Cups is a friendly and inviting pub with an interesting back

story about how it was turned into the place it is today. Why not

pop in for a visit after a walk along the River Great Ouse? It is

dog-friendly and they have a free supply of dog biscuits for the

four legged guests as well as stocking their own beers alongside

Greene King ales. www.threecupsbedford.co.uk

As chosen by Dragons Den Star and entrepreneur Theo

Paphitis, Karen Rhodes is the owner of award-winning Suffolk

Dog Services. She provides rural adventure walks specialising in

high energy working dog breeds. Taking them away from their

usual surroundings and treating them to amazing experiences.

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The Word

Written by

Dolly Osborne

Little East

Time flies

few things have happened this year that have

A reminded me that time is marching on. My younger

step daughter turned 13 making that two teenage

daughters that I have, my baby hit double digits, and

displayed a marked increase at giggling about private

parts, and I turned 38 which feels like a definite ‘almost

40’ as opposed to my previously comfortable position

in my mid-thirties.

However despite time clearly moving on I didn’t feel old,

I’m a card carrying ‘cool mum’ and my veneer of coolness

protects me from the erosion of time. Well it did until

last weekend…

It was a normal family weekend: drag the teenager out of

bed around noon, tear the youngest away from shooting

people on his phone and take a trip to everyone’s

favourite Swedish store for meatballs and fantasising that

your house looks as neat and tidy as the numerous staged

rooms you nose around.

So we go in the store and music is playing, Spice Girls’

‘Wannabe’ blasting from a strangely positioned DJ booth

and I, being both Cool Mom & child of the 90s, start

singing along. I soon notice I’m not alone in blasting

out a zig-a-zig-ah, my 15 year old also knows all of the

words and is singing. I smile at this moment of shared joy

but then it hits me. This, to her, is like ABBA was to me

growing up. It’s retro. It’s an old pop classic. And I am too.

Was quite a blow realising that I, the teenager that forced

my mum to listen to all of Parklife before she could

dismiss it as rubbish, was now the retro mum, almost 40

and reminiscing about the Spice Girls. It hurts.

Then however a 10 year old boy came to call for my boy.

“Are you his sister?” “-giggles- no, actually I’m his mum.”

“Oh wow, I’ve not seen you before. I like your dress,

are you going to a party?” “Oh, this old thing…” and

although I didn’t say it, there it was in my mind, I’ve still

got it. Even if I am nearly 40!

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Animal Encounters

Written by Amanda French


Schools out for summer, so there’s no

better time to be heading off for an animal

encounter at one of the many great zoos or

farms in the region. We’ve rounded up a great

range of places to add to your summer bucket

list, from the truly unusual through to the cheap

and cheerful. Why not visit them all?

Head on down to the Suffolk Punch Trust

(suffolkpunchtrust.org) to keep the kids happy with a

fully packed day of activities including meeting their

resident mares, stallions and foals, visiting their rare

breed pigs, sheep, cattle and chickens, going for a walk

in their wonderful grounds or taking part in one of their

stable demonstrations. There’s plenty going on during

the summer, so check the website for details of other

activities. You’ll have a great day and be helping the trust

to continue with their work to breed and preserve the

Suffolk Punch horse.

Drove Orchards (droveorchards.com) in Thornham in

Norfolk will be hosting its third annual ‘Go Wild at Drove’

event with the Norfolk Ornithologists’ Association

Lee Valley Park Farm

on Saturday 4 August 2018, 10am-4pm. They’ll be

celebrating local wildlife and offering visitors the chance

to get up close and see the amazing variety of birds,

insects and plants at Drove Orchards.

There’ll be a chance to enjoy close encounters with birds,

moths, butterflies, and caterpillars. Guided walks around

the orchards and around the wildlife-rich areas of the farm

will take place during the day, and there will be lots of

information and activities available at the big barn.

There will also be indoor and outdoor displays, activities

and goodie bags for kids.

Bedfordshire’s Woodside Farm (www.woodsidefarm.

co.uk) is a great place for kids and adults to get up close

to the wildlife when on a budget. (£7.50 per adult and

child. Under 2s free or go off peak for £5.50). Meet

baby ducklings, bunnies, giant lizards and even a 6ft boa

constrictor alongside pigs, goats and more. There’s also a

range of funfair rides, a tractor ride, crazy golf and even a

soft play centre…so plenty to keep you occupied.

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Lee Valley Park Farm

Shepreth Wildlife Park

(sheprethwildlifepark.co.uk) in Cambridgeshire has a

great variety of animals sure to excite every little one,

especially their tiger! Visit on 4 August for its Tiger Day or

alternatively pop along on 27 August for the Hedgehog

Day. There are plenty of activities throughout the day

including talks, lemur feeding, animal encounters,

nocturnal house feeding and much more.

Visit the Ventura Wildlife Park

(venturawildlife.co.uk/zoogardens) in Great Amwell in

Hertfordshire for some animal experiences. The park

is a community based wildlife park and home to a

variety of animals including zebra, emu, wallaby, red

kangaroo, reindeer, lorikeets, lemurs, snakes and lizards,

Madagascar’s largest carnivore…the fossa and the UK’s

only Cuban Hutia. Come face to face with the animals

with one of the many interactive experiences on offer.

Lee Valley Park Farm (lvfarms.co.uk) in Essex has a huge

array of events taking place over the summer which are

perfect for a day out with the family. Hawking Around (21

July – 3 August) focuses on all things birds in particular

majestic birds of prey. Horse Play (4 August – 17 August)

features live donkey and pony shows, giving visitors the

opportunity to groom and ride as well as a celebration

of the mythical unicorn. Critter Crazy (18 August – 2

September) will celebrate everything from snakes and

insects to rabbits and reptiles, giving visitors the chance

to get up close and personal with the animals.

With so many places to visit, just make sure you set aside

enough time to visit them all!

Ventura Wildlife Park

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New temporary exhibition

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Magnificent Masks:

Wednesday 15 (£1.50)

Paper Taxidermy:

Wednesday 29 (£1.50)

Animal colouring &

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Mythical Beasts:

Wednesday 22 (£1.50)


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Cambridge’s Midsummer House chef publishes his first book

The two-star Michelin star chef and TV regular, Daniel Clifford, has

published his first book, ‘Out of My Tree – Midsummer House’. The brutally

honest part autobiography, part cookbook tells the story of the chef’s life,

starting from the struggles he had as a child from a broken home, to the

bully boy tactics he experienced when he was just starting out as a chef, to

how he has become a successful business man and chef today. As well as

an autobiography, the book features over 140 recipes. It will be available at

the Midsummer House restaurant in Cambridge, as well as on the website,

priced £45. www.midsummerhouse.co.uk

Pearces Farmshop in

Herts, opens Pizzeria

Pearces Farmshop and Café near Buntingford, has opened a ‘Pizzeria’ in a

converted horsebox which is located on the meadows below the Café.

This vintage Rice horsebox has been creatively fitted out with an authentic

Italian pizza oven where the chef freshly cooks pizzas to order using

ingredients sourced from both the Farmshop and as locally as possible.

The simple and affordable menu has a choice of six thin-crust pizzas

including the popular Margherita and the spicy Diavola or Parma Ham;

prices are at £9.95 and £10.95. A drinks menu is also available. Two further

Rice horseboxes have also been converted to provide on-site smart ladies

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Channels Bar & Brasserie introduces

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Channels Bar and Brasserie in Chelmsford, Essex, has

opened its doors to our favourite furry friends and is now

offering ‘doggy dining’. It’s not just us humans that need

to fill our bellies after a walk around the park, but the

pooches can now join in too. Offering the ‘4 Paws’ menu,

which includes Proctors Sausages, Cheese & Biscuits,

Doggy Ice Cream, Snuffle Dog Beer and Pawsecco Wine.

Dogs can now dine in a dog-friendly setting, which is

separate to the ‘formal’ dining area. With exceptional

amenities, walks and green spaces, the doggy experience

is guaranteed to be fun for the whole family.


The Sun Inn in Dedham celebrates 15 years

with Beer and Music Festival

To celebrate its 15th anniversary, The Sun Inn, in Dedham,

Essex, is hosting a beer and music festival in its pub

garden on 20-22 July. Over the weekend there will be a

range of food and drinks available, as well as live music

from a number of musicians. Head Chef Jack Levine will

be cooking up Bonfire Pork Chilli and a Black Bean Chilli,

or you can grab a burger or an ice cream from the stands

outside. Visitors can enjoy a range of beers, ciders, craft

lagers and keg ales, plus a gin and prosecco bar.


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real tsunami has hit the high street.

A Popular shops and restaurants are closing.

As a result, there will be a lot of open spaces in

the town centres and shopping arcades. What is

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One of the biggest changes over the last two decades

has been shopping online. I can remember vividly when

the first online food shop started in the Netherlands. It

was back in the late 90s. The UK and the USA were far

ahead of this. It was the start of one of the big changes in

society. The other one was the increase in big superstores.

A one-stop shop was becoming more and more popular.

Cleverly thought through concepts where the smell

of freshly baked bread would draw you to the bakery,

colourful displays of fruit and vegetables convince you

to stock up on products you’ve never seen before and

a wide selection of convenience food to save you even

more time!

The one stop shop trend was eliminating the small

independent shops. Convenience was important,

especially as more and more women started having their

own careers. Even in cities like Rome, markets closed

down as there was no time to shop here anymore.

Society was changing.

So what was really changing? Did we get more time?

The harsh reality was probably not, but what did happen?

It became a lonely society. On a quick non-stop shop,

the cashier might exchange a few words if you are lucky.

Problems with online shopping? Not a problem at all,

the popup box will answer all your questions.

The social aspect of shopping has gone. It has had an

effect on a lot of things, not just the shopping experience.

The quality, price, consistency and sadly on our health.

We don’t tend the shop for quality anymore but on price.

On the other end, the producer is forced to sell his goods

for unreasonable cheap prices and this is where the

problem starts. But it is changing!

More and more people are going back to the roots. They

make their own bread, take on an allotment and are more

critical where to shop and dine. Big stores and restaurants

are under pressure to change and listen to the consumers.

They realise, that in order to be successful, they have to

put the customer first. One of the big hospitality chains

announced a drop in turnover the other day. The reason

was due to the beast from the east! As a market analyst

put it correctly; “they don’t listen to the clients.” Without

mentioning any names, I only can agree!

In order to make the big corporates change, we have

to change! Be more critical and shop locally. These

independents have taken great care, to choose the right

product, choose a sustainable source and can assist you in

your choice. They even ask you how you are and will spot

if something is not quite right.

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There’s no better way to spend a summer’s

afternoon or evening than sitting outside

in the sunshine with your friends and family,

eating delicious food, whilst you admire a

magnificent view. Here we have found the best

alfresco dining spots in the region for you to do

just that.

Six, The Varsity Hotel, Thompson’s Lane,

Cambridge CB5 8AQ. Tel: 01223 308030


Six is located on the sixth floor of The Varsity Hotel,

in the city centre. The rooftop location allows you to

see the renowned colleges from the comfort of your

seat, whilst you devour a perfectly cooked meal. This

restaurant is ideal for any occasion, whether you just

want a lazy brunch at the weekend, a lunch or dinner

with friends, or even if you are treating yourself to

afternoon tea! In addition to the extensive food

menu, there is a wide range of cocktails and G&T’s

on offer if you fancy a tipple while overlooking the

captivating city.

The Anchor, Silver Street, Cambridge CB3 9EL.

Tel: 01223 353554 | anchorcambridge.com

Located on the banks of the beautiful river Cam,

The Anchor allows diners to enjoy a homecooked

meal whilst they watch the punts glide to-and-fro

down the river. Being situated in the centre of the

historic city, you are just a stone’s throw away from

the famous colleges, and opposite the stunning

Mathematical Bridge. The menu offers classic ‘pubgrub’,

alongside more specialised options such as

the Japanese inspired Miso glazed aubergine.

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The River Garden, 36 Yarmouth

Road, Norwich, NR7 0EQ.

Tel: 01603 703900


The River Garden is located on

the outskirts of Norwich, beside

the River Yare. There are mooring

facilities, making it easy for anyone

arriving by boat to pay a visit. With

plenty of spots to sit outside in

the garden, this picturesque local

pub is an idyllic spot for lunch or

dinner on a summer’s day. The menu

consists of a range of locally sourced

and seasonal produce, as well as

occasionally hosting themed food


The Brudenell Hotel, The Parade, Aldeburgh, Suffolk,

IP15 5BU. Tel: 01728 452071 | www.brudenellhotel.co.uk

If you are after luxury food whilst you admire the seafront

from the convenience of your table, the Brudenell Hotel

is the perfect place for you. The outdoor terrace provides

a relaxed and informal setting, offering a wonderful

atmosphere for any occasion. The menu is made up of

an extensive list of locally sourced fresh fish and shellfish,

ranging from the classic beer battered cod to a whole

grilled lobster, as well as a range of meaty options from

the grill. Whether it is meat or fish you prefer, there is

something for everyone. Alongside the countless food

options, you can also enjoy one of the many cocktails or

gins from the drinks menu.

Plough Bolnhurst, Bolnhurst, Bedfordshire,

MK44 2EX. Tel: 01234 376274 | bolnhurst.com

This beautiful Tudor building is home to a candlelit

bar and restaurant, providing delectable English and

Mediterranean-style cuisine. The original low beams and

the open fire contribute to the charismatic and homely

feel of the pub. The spacious garden is scattered with

quirky deck style chairs for you to sit outside, as well as

tables for when you want to eat. This restaurant really has

thought of everything, providing blankets and picnic

rugs for summer days and the cooler evenings, the

perfect touch!

The River Kitchen, Riverside Road, Wroxham, Norfolk,

NR12 8UD. Tel: 01603 926560 | www.theriverkitchen.com

The River Kitchen is a restaurant café located in the heart

of the Norfolk Broads, overlooking this scenic stretch of

water. Whether you want breakfast, lunch or afternoon

tea, The River Kitchen only uses the freshest ingredients

to create meals and treats for you. With a range of

vegetarian and vegan options, there should be something

to suit everyone’s taste. The large outdoor seating area is

very popular on sunny days, as it allows you to overlook

the tranquil Broads. As well as great food, there are

mooring facilities for anyone visiting by boat.

Seafood & Grill at Brudenell Hotel, Aldeburgh

Le Talbooth, Gun Hill, Dedham, Essex, CO7 6HP

Tel: 01206 323150 | www.milsomhotels.com/le-talbooth

The riverside restaurant, Le Talbooth, provides an

exceptional fine dining experience, overlooking the

picturesque River Stour. The outstanding service and

fabulous food is what makes Le Talbooth so popular. The

well-executed menu consists of delicious British cuisine,

offering familiar dishes, as well as more creative, original

options for diners with a daring pallet. There is an a la

carte menu, as well as a set lunch and vegetarian menu.

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Take fitness


Written by Hannah Brown

British Summer Time, and whilst it’s a little

unpredictable, for the most part the sun is

finally shining. There is no better time to take

advantage of our great outdoors, and here

in the East, we are truly blessed with miles

of glorious countryside and coastline. Local

councils have invested their resources into

developing our parks and green spaces giving

some towns fantastic outside spaces to be

enjoyed by the whole family.

For many, like myself, fitness and staying well is incredibly

important. Remaining active provides so many health

benefits both mentally and physically but the added

goodness of the sun means that exercising outside is a

double positive. Doses of Vitamin D, or as appropriately

named the “sunshine vitamin” is proven to be vital for a

number of functions including the absorption of calcium

and the regulation of the immune system.

I am going to sum up some of our region’s brilliant ways

to maintain an exercise regime whilst enjoying the sun

(hopefully!). It’s simple, fun and incredibly beneficial -

need more reason?

British Military Fitness - sounds gruelling doesn’t it?

Advertised as the civilian friendly version of military

fitness, you will no doubt be put through your paces.

But take away the misconception of intimidation and fear

and instead be greeted with barrels of encouragement,

motivation and camaraderie - all whilst working up a

sweat! Find your nearest class at www.britmilfit.com

But perhaps, like me, the word military just fills you with

dread, so let me introduce Booty Fit. Female fitness for

all women aimed at delivering a fun and social workout,

improving confidence and energy. With classes found

around the Hertfordshire area, “Booty Fit” is fabulous for

post pregnancy and includes a timetable to compliment

the school run. Babies and children are even welcome to

join in, so there really are no excuses! www.bootyfit.co.uk

Perhaps though, the idea of a group fitness class isn’t for

you. One alternative is to join one of the many running

clubs and groups that are held around the region.

Each town has at least one club, if not more, each with a

friendly, welcoming vibe that accommodates runners of

all abilities. My favourite finding has to be the ‘Coffee and

Cake’ runs held by the Biggleswade Athletic Association.

I’m sure there is a pitch to be found for the

Olympic Board? Head to southernrunningguide.com and

you’ll find a plethora of groups including Grange Farm

Trotters based in Essex.

High intensity isn’t for everyone, but we can still enjoy the

outdoors and slow down with a little outdoor yoga, which

gives a welcome contrast to the stale studio routine, a

unity between nature, humanity and the universe.

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For two dates this summer Zone Outdoor Fitness will

be holding en masse yoga classes on Jesus Green in

Cambridge, which are open to all members of the public,

of all abilities. No need to book either, just turn up and

enjoy. More details at: www.zoneoutdoorfitness.com/yoga/

Exercising outdoors should be for everyone, including

those little ones. The Barns Fitness Studios in Potton,

Bedfordshire holds weekly outdoor classes for kids

including Kids Fun Zone and even Teen Boot Camp. As a

mother of three and fitness guru, Steph German, owner of

The Barns, advocates fitness at every level, whilst having a

lot of fun at the same time.

I’ve missed possibly the easiest and most glorious ways of

enjoying the local scenery and that is the simple activity of

walking. The Norfolk coastline provides for sheer beauty

and tranquility, fresh air and steady doses of stillness (wind

and rain permitting!). We have parks, routed walks and

cycle tracks as common features around the towns - no

flash equipment needed, just you and the great outdoors.

So this July, consider heading out. Try something new and

find the enjoyment in exercising outside. Whether it be

on your own, with a group or the whole family, feel the

benefits mentally and physically.

Hannah is the founder of AnEartoHear, a specialist online

peer support service. She is the southern Lead for Youth

Mental Health Matters and regularly speaks on an array

of mental health issues. aneartohear.co.uk

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5 ways a desk jockey

can improve their health

Are you eating your lunch at your desk, yet

again, whilst planning your next meeting

and at the same time trying to stay on top

of emails? You’re not alone with three out of

five workers admitting to being chained to

their desk and not escaping the workplace for

lunch. Sitting at your desk all day, staring at the

screen, can severely impact your health. We’ve

asked a number of health experts to share

their top tips to give your wellbeing a boost,

especially when you don’t have the chance to

take a full lunch break.


Make a packed lunch

To save time in your working day skip buying lunch

from the high street and bring something pre-made from

home. “Not only will you be saving big bucks, but you

also have the chance to wave good-bye to salt and sugar

ladened high street lunches. Packed lunches give you full

control over the quantities of each food group that you

add to your plate as well as the calorie content, which is a

massive plus point.

“High street lunches rarely provide you with enough veg,

fibre and good quality protein to keep hunger at bay

and blood sugar levels stable throughout the afternoon.

A great blood-sugar balancing lunch is essential for

preventing that post-afternoon energy slump as well as

keeping hunger at bay,” explains Lily Soutter, Nutritionist

at Lilysoutternutrition.com.


Avoid the ‘cake culture’

If you’re yet to head out for a break from the

delicious wafting smells reaching your desk, perhaps

chocolate cookies from the office’s ‘weekend baker’ or

‘congratulation’ doughnuts from the boss, then you may

be more likely to cave into eating calorific snacks.

A table of sugary treats is commonplace in many offices

and research from the Royal College of Surgeons

suggests that this cake culture is fuelling obesity and

dental problems.


Top up your vitamin D levels

Spending short periods of time in the sunshine is a

great way to top up your vitamin D levels, but for those

who are unable to venture outside on their lunch break it

is important to look at other ways of getting the sunshine

vitamin. “You can get some vitamin D from foods such as

butter and oily fish, but it’s not really enough. The best

way to get vitamin D is from spending lots of time in the

sun, but if this is not an option try taking a supplement,

such as Vega Vitamins Everyday-D 10g (from £5.95

www.vegavitamins.co.uk), which is available in a tasty

orange spray, or as blackcurrant chewable tablets (100s

and 500s),” says Nutritionist, Cassandra Barns.


Stay hydrated

Even if you’re swamped with work, remember to

drink plenty of water. “Focusing on our water intake is

absolutely essential for health. We should be aiming for

two litres of water per day. Herbal teas count towards this

however caffeinated drinks, fruit juice and fizzy drinks do

not. Keeping hydrated is important for many processes

in the body, including brain function.” explains Shona

Wilkinson, Nutritionist at SuperfoodUK.com, an online

shopping destination for all things health and wellbeing.


Up your daily steps

When possible, take a walk out at lunch to stretch

those legs and up your steps, but if you’re struggling to

fit this in the odd day Podiatrist Dave Wain, at Carnation

Footcare has some suggestions; “Change your route to

work. Even by adding an extra five minutes, you’ll up your

step count. I’d also suggest if you’re a bit of a desk jockey,

set a reminder to make sure you have a brief walk around

the office to get yourself moving and always opt to take

the stairs.”

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White Trousers:

The Perfect Summer

Staple for Everyone


Written by Ruth Essex

This month I am championing either white trousers, or white

jeans for everyone. They can look edgy, bright, feminine,

comfy, casual or chic. Your style personality will decide the

direction that is best for you.

I know many people don’t wear white as they

worry it will make them look bigger, but it

is not necessarily true. White per se doesn’t

necessarily make you appear larger; it is

clothing that is too tight or ill-fitting that will

not flatter you.

Lining makes a massive difference to how

well a pair of trousers hang, particularly for

a summer favourite such as linen. A touch of

lycra will help linen crease less and trousers

to hold their shape better. Crisper fabrics like

cotton hold their structure and can disguise

any bits you are less happy with as they

skim, rather than cling. A boot cut or straight

trouser with a heel will elongate your legs.

A muffin top can be avoided with a slightly

higher rise, should the tummy

be your area of concern.

Be careful of white crops as they can make

your legs look cropped too, particularly if

they are wide. Ensure they finish between

the calf and ankle where the leg starts to slim

down. You can reduce the cropping impact

by having shoes in a neutral colour similar to

your skin tone or by adding a heel, to extend

your leg. Wearing white on your top and bottom creates a single column of

colour and this has a lengthening and hence streamlining effect. Use all white

as a base, then add another colour jacket on top or a pretty floral blouse.

As a final word, remember to keep your underwear nude rather than white, so

it won’t show through the fabric. I appreciate white does attract the dirt, so

these will be in the washing machine quite frequently, but their versatility and

timeless appeal make it worth searching out the right pair. They will

be a great addition to your wardrobe that you could wear

at least once a week for the whole of summer.

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Wedding Guests

Written by Katrina Otter

Every couple wants to enjoy their

wedding day and, if you’re planning

your big day, you’ll want your guests

to have a fabulous time too. There

are a huge number of ways for you to

entertain your guests so whether you’re

looking for traditional fun or alternative

amusements, here’s an overview of

options plus some advice that might be

useful as you organise your celebrations.

Food & drink

Now this is a form of entertainment that’s

absolutely essential! Providing great food

and drink for your guests will always improve

the atmosphere because no one is at their

best if they’re hungry and thirsty. Get creative

with your options and really give your guests

something to talk about! Signature cocktails,

craft gin bars, champagne towers, barrels of

beer, mobile bars and stations that encourage

you to ‘pimp your prosecco’ are all popular

options and with good reason – everyone loves

them! When it comes to food, how about

food trucks, wood-fired pizza, BBQs, family

style dining options, sharing platters or even a

doughnut wall?


If there’s one way to create an atmosphere quickly, it’s with music.

Take the time to choose appropriate pieces for your ceremony,

drinks reception and evening reception and you’ll be guaranteed to

set the perfect tone to entertain your guests. You might also want

to think about music to play during your wedding breakfast –

sometimes conversation is easier with a little background music.

In addition to your entrance/exit music and first dance, don’t

forget about the last song. Choose an iconic track and finish the

evening on a high!


Your wedding day should be an enjoyable one and if you want to

get everyone smiling, some games can be a great idea, especially

during a lengthy drinks reception. Giant garden games such as

Jenga and chess are always fun, or you could opt for croquet,

table tennis or even old-school fairground rides and games.

Thankfully lots of venues now have their own games that you can

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Children’s entertainment

As amazing as your wedding day will be, younger guests

tend to see things a little differently! Make sure that the

children at your wedding have a fantastic day too by

thinking about entertainment for them as well. Treasure

hunts and bouncy castles can work really well for dealing

with excess energy or how about setting up a movie night

complete with tepee, bean bags and plenty of popcorn!

Even an area with board games, colouring books and

child-friendly pastimes is a great idea because it gives

children somewhere to ‘escape’ when all that adult chat

becomes too much!

DIY Entertainment

Of course, you don’t need to hire professionals to

entertain your guests. Set up a photo booth with fun

props, hire a temporary tattoo or glitter bar or arrange a

sparkler send-off for the end of the evening. Bonfires and

firepits are ideal for outdoor weddings (especially if there

are marshmallows to toast!) and quizzes always bring out

everyone’s competitive side.

Additional entertainment

Enjoying something a little out-of-the-ordinary will

always get your guests talking. There are of course the

more traditional magicians, caricaturists and silhouette

artists but my current favourite forms of additional

entertainment are roving glitter artists and giant dancing

disco ball heads (yes, you read that right!). Depending on

the length of time you’re trying to fill then activities such

as wine tasting, and guided tours can also prove to be

popular with your guests.

With all these ideas to choose from, it can be tempting to

fill every minute of your day with various entertainment.

However, remember that as fun as entertainments are,

guests will also enjoy having the time and space to catch

up with people they’ve not seen for a while or to make

new friends. It’s usually best to make any entertainment

optional so that your guests can dip in and out as they

please. You should always be the stars of the show!

Katrina Otter is a Cambridgeshire based wedding

planner and event organiser with over 10 years

experience. Find out how she could help you plan your

wedding day at www.katrinaotterweddings.co.uk

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Don’t believe reports of the

death of reclaiming bank charges


Bank charges don’t need to be fair. That was

the sad, and surprising, ruling of the Supreme

Court back in 2009, when it overturned the high

court on a technicality.

The campaign to reclaim unfair bank

charges had been raging for

five years until then, with over

£1 billion paid out by that

point. It was the campaign

which really kick started

my career. With over 6

million downloads of my

templates to get money

back - I was referred to as

the campaign’s “big gob in

chief”. Yet reports of the death

of bank charge reclaiming are


Firstly, its effect has echoed for years. So

much so, that these days no UK banks charge those

hideous £35 per transaction fees for busting your

overdraft limit; that could mean you spend £20 on

shopping in five different shops, and find yourself owing

£175 in charges. If you couldn’t pay those, charges on

charges, meant it’d snowball into thousands.

The banking regulator the FCA now requires banks to

have a monthly cap on unarranged overdraft fees.

You can still reclaim charges now

More importantly, while being able to reclaim every

charge regardless are long gone, some can still get the

money back. The key is that the charges need to have

contributed to genuine financial hardship; such as being

unable to repay your mortgage, rent, energy, or credit

cards, or regularly having payments returned due to a lack

of cash.

If this has happened to you, then write to the bank

explaining your situation, and ask for a refund of all the

charges over that period. There’s full step-by-step help

(and those template letters) available at


When you ask, some banks will simply pay out.

Unsurprisingly though, most won’t. They may even write

you a very formal legally drafted letter which tells you it’s

a load of baloney and you aren’t entitled to anything.

If they do, don’t worry. That’s just part of the dance.

Don’t let it put you off. If you think your charges have

been unfair and caused you hardship, carry on. The next

stage is to simply move on to the free www.financialombudsman.org.uk

service where you will get an impartial


Cut the cost of your overdraft

Even without bank charges,

overdrafts are often a more

expensive way to borrow than

credit cards. So for some, debit

cards are debt cards too. Of

course budgeting to avoid

being in your overdraft is the

best thing. If it’s too late for that,

ensuring your overdraft is a cheap

as possible, will help you get rid of

it quicker.

There are some 0% overdraft bank accounts

– which is of course as cheap as it gets. These will

require you to pass a (not usually too harsh) credit check

to be accepted. My two top picks are:

1) First Direct. www.FirstDirect.com offers most a £250

interest-free overdraft. If you switch you also get a choice

of one of a variety of freebies including tech products

such as £170 Bose wireless headphones, a £150 Expedia

voucher or an online course. And it’s won every customers

service poll I’ve ever done. So if you’ve a small overdraft

this is ideal for getting rid of it.

2) Nationwide. www.Nationwide.co.uk The Flex Direct

account offers most a one year 0% overdraft, then 50p a

day after – so use the interest-free time to clear the debt

(if not after the year, if it’s lower but not gone, you could

then shift again to First Direct.)

Credit limits with Nationwide can be a lot larger,

though frustratingly there’s no way to find out other

than applying.

For larger amounts, if you’ve a decent credit score it’s also

possible to shift your overdraft to a specialist 0% ‘money

transfer’ credit card for up to 36 months 0%, though

you’ll pay a fee of up to 4% of the amount transferred.

Full details and top picks on that in


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MoneySavingExpert.com. Sign up for his free Money Tips

weekly email, go to www.moneysavingexpert.com/latesttip.

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Written by Sue Cooke - Twitter @cookecars

Getting access to my car seat can sometimes be

an athletic marathon due to the huge amount

of working clutter and children’s clutter in the cabin!

That is, until this week when I road tested Fiat’s mini

MPV. There is so much space! It must be the largest

interior I have seen in any road test car this year.

Peer into the depths behind the front seats and it’s like

looking into a black hole. Sat each side of the rear seats,

even the kids couldn’t reach to hit each other! And of

course, this is the chosen car for comedian Peter Kay in

the sitcom ‘Car Share’ and it’s ideal for ferrying passengers

around. The seats are comfortable with supportive sides

and a long seat squab.

The five door is taller than most cars so there is also good

head room. The driver has a commanding view of the

road ahead and the wraparound glazing concept means

that visibility is class leading. Thanks to the glazed A-pillar,

parking is easier too, helped by front and rear view

sensors. Manoeuvrability is another simple act as despite

the huge interior space, the 500L doesn’t feel like a big car

to drive.

Large storage spaces are numerous and embrace every

size of clutter which meant I had a clean car all week.

The 500L had a bit of a nip and tuck late last year and

the cabin is completely new. The updated dashboard is

now more high-tech and added chrome accents give a

more iconic look. Options include ‘packs’ and new owners

can choose between comfort, city, safety, style and style

plus. Useful features include a child monitoring mirror to

keep an eye on rear seat passengers, puddle lights which

illuminate the area around the car when light is poor and

debuting on the new family car are advanced smartphone

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Apple CarPlay perfectly integrates the iPhone with the

display and controls, so users can make calls, play their

music, send and receive messages, get directions optimised

for traffic conditions and much more, while keeping your

hands on the wheel and eyes on the road. With Android

Auto drivers can access Google Maps, with voice-guided

navigation, real time traffic information and lane guidance

and Google Play Music, among other music services.

My road test car was powered by the new 1.4 litre T-Jet

with a 6 speed manual transmission. This engine has great

acceleration but is poor on fuel consumption and CO2

emissions. I would choose one of the two diesel engines.

The 1.3 litre MultiJet with Dualogic transmission has good

CO2 emissions of 106g/km and great combined fuel

consumption of 70.6mpg. But acceleration is 0-62mph in

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The Fiat 500L is definitely a car for sharing and I can

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Written by Kate Garside

Discover the best antique

stores across the East,

complete with a tea stop!

don’t know about you but I love a trip to an

I antique centre or fair followed by afternoon

tea or lunch out. To me shopping for antiques

and collectables feels like treasure hunting, you

just never know what you are going to find. If I

can find a nearby vintage style tearoom, all the

better. So here is a round-up of my favourite

places to shop (and have afternoon tea) in and

around the region…


I live in North Norfolk so we’re going to start here.

When we were looking for furniture for Gardeners

Cottage in Blakeney, we found lots of wonderful

painted furniture at the fabulous Bayfield Hall Antique

Centre (bayfieldhallantiques.com), which is about a fiveminute

drive from Blakeney, and five minutes from the

Georgian market town of Holt, well-known for its antique

shops and centres. Situated in the fabulous Old Stables at

Bayfield Hall this is a very special antique centre and well

worth a visit if you’re in the area.


Afterwards, pop into Holt and pick up a leaflet from

the wonderful Shirehall Plains Antique Centre opposite

Byfords (shirehallplainantiques.co.uk), which has an

excellent selection of good quality antique furniture,

jewellery and collectables. The leaflet will guide you to

all the other antique centres and shops in Holt so you

can do the full tour. Holt has a wonderful selection of

antique shops to keep you amused and also several lovely

tearooms including Byfords of Holt and The Folly Tearoom

(www.follytearoom.co.uk). Both do great afternoon teas and

light lunches.

Just outside Holt is the large Holt Antiques and Interiors

centre (www.holtantiquesandinteriors.co.uk), which is a great

place to source painted furniture, architectural salvage

and reclamation, industrial, vintage and retro furniture.

There is limited parking outside the centre but we have

always managed to get a space!


If you are in Norwich city centre visit St Gregory’s

Antiques & Collectables, housed in a medieval 14thcentury

church in the Norwich Lanes. Here you’ll find

excellent value and a treasure trove of vintage and

antiques. We nearly always find something in here.

There are also regular antique fairs at the Norwich

Showground. The next one is 14-15 July.

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The busy Beccles Antiques Street Market in Beccles town

centre in Suffolk has around 100 stalls selling small items

of antique and vintage items & collectables. Entry is free.

There is street food and a lovely buzzing atmosphere.

The next event takes place on Sunday 12 August 2018.

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If you fancy a trip into Cambridgeshire then Waterside

Antiques in Ely (www.watersideantiques.co.uk) is well worth

a visit followed by afternoon tea at the fantastic Peacocks

Vintage Tearoom next door (www.peacockstearoom.co.uk)

We love this place! The tearoom is open Wednesday to

Sunday, 10.30am - 5pm. The antique centre is situated

next to the river in Ely and there is a free NCP car park

nearby. Afterwards, have a walk along the river or

around the beautiful and historic city with its magnificent


The Peterborough Festival of Antiques is held twice yearly

at the East of England Showground and is now one of the

largest antique fairs in the country. Catch the next event

on Friday 28 September 2018.

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Further afield…

If you fancy venturing further afield then the Newark

Antique Fair is held every couple of months.. The pretty

town of Newark on the river Trent in Nottinghamshire

is also great for antique shopping and there are lots of

lovely cafes, tearoom and restaurants. Gannets Day Cafe is

our favourite (fantastic tasty homemade lunches) and the

perfect place for a quick lunch in Newark in between your

antique shopping. We go regularly and always come back

with a car boot full.

Take a trip to Lincolnshire Helmswell Antique Centre

(www.hemswell-antiques.com) the UK’s largest antique

centre, and probably the best antique centre I have ever

been in, and I’ve been in quite a few!

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favourites that we visit regularly.

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husband and now let’s out. She is passionate about

vintage and antique furniture & china, upcycling,

gardening and Norfolk. www.blakeney-cottage.co.uk

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garden restoration project every month…

s it just me or is this year flying by? It seems

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of summer when it seems like only five minutes ago

we were dealing with the Beast from the East.

Gardens across the country are now bursting with colour

and dense foliage. It is a joy to see the variety of design

styles and planting themes as you pass front gardens on

your day-to-day business, with quite a few offering the

chance to see even more during various garden open

days held throughout the summer.

up through the foliage acting as a tall companion plant to

complement your Rozanne.

If your hardy geraniums are starting to look a little tired

towards the end of the summer, be brave and remove

all foliage and flowers to ground level. The geranium will

burst back into life and may well reward you with another

flush of flowers.

In recent years, rising costs have seen plant prices shoot

up at an astonishing rate. Get the most from your hardy

geranium collection by lifting and splitting each spring.

Just before we moved less than two years ago, I potted

up a root cutting of my all-time favourite; Geranium

himalayense ‘Plenum’ with its beautiful purple-pink

double petalled flowers. Earlier this year I was able to split

this into five separate plants, which are now flowering

profusely in one of the borders.

Geranium Rozanne

I’m a great lover of perennial planting schemes with a

particular favourite being hardy geraniums. The smaller

varieties, such as Geranium ‘Ann Folkard’ make a

wonderful ground cover with striking magenta flowers

against greenish gold foliage. Or perhaps the more

delicate Geranium ‘Dilys’ to provide ground cover with

its substantial spread and long flowering period from July

through to the first hard frost.

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Possibly one of the most famous and instantly

recognizable Geranium is Geranium Rozanne. The striking

violet-blue flowers with purple veins and a white centre

become real show stoppers when highlighted by the fresh

green foliage. This is a large plant which needs plenty of

space so is best suited to containers or under-planting.

Consider planting some purple alliums to grow

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Taking the second step without

the Bank of Mum and Dad

Advice on buying your second home with Annette Cole, Sales and Marketing

Director at Crest Nicholson Eastern (www.crestnicholson.com)


n today’s property market, emphasis is

placed on how first-time buyers can take

that important first step onto the property

ladder. Supporting young people and

families with the purchase of their first

home is always high on the government’s

agenda, however, there is much less

awareness about the problems homeowners

can face in their next move.

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As prices continue to rise, second time buyers, coined

as ‘Second Steppers’, who have outgrown their first

property, can struggle to upgrade their one or twobedroom

flat or house to a larger family home.

The price difference between a typical first-time-buyer

home and a second stepper’s ideal home – typically a

detached property – is £126,000. According to research

from Lloyds Bank last year, this leaves a third of second

steppers expecting to have no other option than to call on

the Bank of Mum and Dad for financial support to make

the jump. These buyers will look to borrow more than

£21,200, despite over 50% receiving financial support for

their first home.

Annette Cole, Sales and Marketing Director at Crest

Nicholson Eastern, gives her advice to those looking

to bridge that gap, without calling on the Bank of Mum

and Dad.

Help to Buy scheme

‘Help to Buy’ is a Government backed initiative that

supports those looking to purchase a brand-new home.

It isn’t widely known that the Help to Buy equity loan is

open to all new homebuyers, not just first-time buyers.

Those using the scheme can apply for equity loans of up

to 20% of the cost of their new build home and will not be

charged interest on the loan for the first five years

after purchase.

Part Exchange scheme

A home at Elms Farm, Stansted Mountfitchet, Essex

In simple terms, Part-Exchange is trading a house or

apartment you already own to move up the property

ladder against the value of a new home. The developer

of a new-build property purchases your existing home

and the value is taken away from the price of the property

you are buying. The process of Part-Exchanging a home

is very robust and ensures homeowners get a fair market

value for their current home. The biggest benefits of

Part-Exchange is the guarantee of a cash purchaser to

those selling their home on the open market, no chain

involved therefore reducing the stress of the move and

accelerating the process, and that homeowners don’t

need to move out of their current home until their new

property is ready to move into. Another huge benefit of

the scheme is that there are no agent fees to pay.

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Written by Collette Hoefkens,

proprietor at Norton Way Gallery

and an artist in her own right |


s the growing appreciation of art spreads

Aacross the nation, more and more people are

becoming interested in the activity of drawing.

Myself, I believe that drawing is one of the

most fundamental and primary factors of art. In

addition, I think that one of the major keys to

understanding art is to participate directly in the

act of observation and creation. Certainly, once we

take the time to study from life and translate what

we see to paper, we quickly become aware that

actually, we cannot easily do that! Not without a

great deal of hard work.

Until 21 July, the Mandell’s Gallery in Norwich are hosting

a superb exhibition dedicated entirely to drawing. ‘Draw’

brings together and features artists that are associated

with the Royal Drawing School. Through a variety of

media, including charcoal, graphite, chalk and ink, this

comprehensive collection beautifully illustrates the

importance and perhaps magic of the art of this essential

discipline. Each piece shown is the direct result of a

physical and sensual encounter with a landscape, street

or person. A visit to this show will be an absolute must

for both practitioners and appreciators alike.

Amongst the selection of over 40 professional artists and

printmakers, you will find such names as Susan

Bird Study, Susan Bacon

Bacon and Paul Fenner. Each unique in their approach

and execution, their sketches and finished pieces are

wholly individual and original. These are drawings from

the heart. These works have not been constructed to

appease and please a commercial audience but rather

to satisfy the curiosity and driven lust for knowledge of

the artist. Each work is the product of an exploration of

the subject matter and the desire to convey and share

the findings with a viewer of rare, special empathy and


Susan’s poetic lines and careful tonal choices capture a

wonderful feeling of both stillness and movement. There

is a strong presence of time passing in her drawings.

Paul Fenner’s loose fluid lines, dots and dashes, capture

both the encounter and the moment. Layer upon layer

of re-assessed detail and contour; build a sense of time,

space and three dimension. His sketches and drawings

beautifully portray both his subjects and his connection

to them.

I utterly recommend this exhibition. Drawing and painting

is so much more than merely visually copying something

in front of you. It is a holistic sensory experience and

this should be imbedded in the produced work itself. In

order to draw and create art, the artist and the viewer

are required to engage and surrender themselves to the

work. Do visit the Mandell’s Gallery website for Paul’s full

forward to this exhibition. It is both enlightening and full

of artistic wisdom.

Street Scene, Paul Fenner

‘Draw’, 23 Jun — 21 Jul

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International Sculpture Exhibition

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Five striking, contemporary works by noted Romanian

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Great St Mary’s Church, from 23 July to December.

Marilyn Monroe Iconic Photography Exhibition

Now Open in Bury St Edmunds

‘Timeless’, an exhibition of images of Hollywood

legend Marilyn Monroe, was opened at Bury St

Edmunds’ Moyse’s Hall last month by the world’s

leading Marilyn Monroe tribute artist, Suzie Kennedy.

The exhibition, which is available until 30 September,

shows the artist’s latest collection of rare vintage

photographs and limited-edition prints, celebrating

the life and career of Marilyn Monroe.

Works include stunning portraits from Monroe’s early

years as an aspiring actress and model through to

her dazzling rise to international stardom. Highlights

include original vintage photographs, shot and

processed when Marilyn was alive, images that were

once part of famous curated collections and historic

limited edition prints produced and signed by the

original photographic artists. This is a rare chance to

witness such an extensive collection in the UK.

Entitled ‘Archetypes’, the free-to-view installation is

designed to spark a conversation about history, faith, art

and technology. The sculptures range in height from 1.3m

to an impressive 5.4m, with the smallest weighing 200kg

and the largest over one tonne.

Commissioned by the Jubilee Centre in Cambridge, an

organisation that offers a faith-based perspective on

contemporary issues, ‘Archetypes’ explores five universal

themes found in almost every culture and society: belief,

destiny, transcendence, sacrifice and revelation.


image credit: (c) Keith Mindham

The exhibition is open Monday to Saturday, 10am –

5pm and Sunday, 12pm – 4pm with admission only

£5 for adults and £3 for children.

Wells Heritage Art Trail Set to Open this Summer

The first-ever outdoor art trail in Wells-next-the-Sea,

North Norfolk, will take place from 23 June until the

end of September, with a series of fascinating sculptures

celebrating the town’s rich and varied history.

All the work in the Wells Heritage Art Trail has been

created by Norfolk artists specifically for the event.

Commissioned by Wells Maltings, the new £5m arts,

heritage and community hub on Staithe Street,

and funded by the Heritage Lottery, the Wells Heritage

Art Trail will feature 17 artworks by 26 artists, all of which

will be for sale.

The Trail has been curated by well-known Wells residents

and art experts John and Yvonne Millwood and should

take around an hour-and-a-half to complete. Free trail

maps will be available from the new Wells Maltings

complex, which will also open at the end of June.


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Aldeburgh, just north of the River Alde, is famous as the

home of the composer Benjamin Britten. If you would

like to know more about the composer you can visit The

Red House. This house has been restored to give the

impression that Britten has just stepped out; with tours, a

beautiful garden, art gallery and Benjamin’s archives this

place is worth a visit.

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clues. There is even a free mobile text service if you get

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with a concert hall showing live music and plays. It also

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Set in an area of outstanding beauty there are plenty of

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refreshment. For tea and cake The Cragg Sisters Tearoom

is a must, or maybe you would prefer a milkshake from

Delphine’s Diner. Aldeburgh Fish and Chips, one of the

best in the county, is a great place to grab lunch to eat

on the beach followed by delicious ice cream from Ives

Ice Cream Parlour. The Lighthouse offers delicious food

sourced locally, a favourite among locals and visitors.

As this town has so much to offer you might want to stay

with hotels such as the Brudenell, the White Lion and

Wentworth. If you are staying for a while, take a look at

the many beautiful holiday cottages in the town.

For nature lovers, there is a circular walk to Dunwich,

another place of historical interest. This walk takes you

past Walberswick and into the nature reserve, out into

the marshland before coming to Dunwich. A landing spot

for Scandinavian raiders this village is falling into the sea.

While here why not stop off at The Ship; once a haunt

for smugglers, this is the perfect place to refuel before

walking back to Southwold down the coastal path.

After all this activity you might like some retail therapy.

Southwold is full of charming shops including Craftco,

which is full of exhibits from local craft peoples. To help

soothe those tired feet try the Two Magpies Bakery full

of yummy treats and a great place to grab a coffee, or

head to the beach to Suzie’s Beachside Café to enjoy a

cappuccino on the seafront.

With so much to see and do in these stunning locations,

you can spend a day or even a week and not get bored.

Southwold is a beautiful old harbour and fishing town

on the mouth of the River Blyth. Home to the Adnams

Brewery which has been making great beer since 1872

and also produces some tasty spirits. In the town itself,

you can go on a tour of the brewery and copper house,

this is a must for adults, I can personally recommend it. If

you want to stay overnight, The Swan Hotel is perfect if

you’re looking for good food and stylish accommodation.

You could also try The Sail Loft which has its own café

and restaurant, or Sutherland House, another beautiful


There are a couple of famous landmarks in Southwold

that are a must, the pier and lighthouse. The pier

originally built in 1900 was used as a landing post for

steamships. Having been rebuilt several times it is now

thriving, with shopping and half term events, they even

serve gluten-free fish and chips on the first Sunday of

every month. The lighthouse came into operation in 1890

and in the centre of this historic town, it still provides a

waymark for ships navigating the east coast. Tours are

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01440 714140.


7-Jul An Afternoon with Tracy


A true Lavenham favourite, author

and historian Tracy Borman returns!

Theatre Royal, Westgate Street,

Bury St Edmunds, IP33 1QR. 01284

769505. www.theatreroyal.org

9-10 Jul The Scarlet Pimpernel

Against the background of the

French Revolution and Madame la

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between three men, her husband,

her brother and the power hungry,

aristocrat hating Chauvelin. Marina

Theatre, The Marina, Lowestoft,

NR32 1HH. 01502 533200.


12-14 Jul Singin’ in the Rain

Monumental Pictures’ biggest stars,

the glamorous on-screen couple,

Lina Lamont and Don Lockwood,

are keeping up appearances for the

sake of their fans. In truth, he barely

tolerates her and falls in love with

Kathy Selden. Along with his hilarious

best friend Cosmo Brown, we see

them all sing and dance their way

into the ‘talkies’. The Apex, 1 Charter

Square, Bury St Edmunds, IP33 3FD

01284 758000. www.theapex.co.uk

17-Jul From the Cam to the


An illustrated talk by Tony Schur who

returned to Zambia in 2013 having

served there in the Colonial Service

prior to independance. The Cut, New

Cut, Halesworth, IP19 8BY. 0300 3033

211. newcut.org

18-Jul Rhythm of the Dance

Internationally rated as one of the

most popular and successful Irish

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audiences, and millions of fans

around the world. Marina Theatre,

The Marina, Lowestoft, NR32 1HH

01502 533200. www.marinatheatre.


19-Jul Marcus Day

Internet sensation and star of The

MediumWave, Marcus Day is coming

back to Haverhill Arts Centre for a

one off evening of Mediumship. Since

his last appearance Marcus has taken

his abilities across the country and

continues to grow his online show.

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Haverhill, CB9 8AR. 01440 714140


20-21 Jul Deckchairs

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eight characters for a fun, fast paced

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Edmunds, IP33 1QR. 01284 769505


20 Jul - 2 Aug Mamma Mia! Here

We Go Again

‘Mamma Mia! Here We Go

Again’ picks up the story with Sophie

pregnant, and not sure how she’s

going to cope. Marina Theatre,

The Marina, Lowestoft, NR32 1HH

01502 533200.


22-Jul New Words, Fresh Voices

Described as ‘a place of truth-telling

which is the basis of all good poetry’,

contributors explore what is good,

bad and fascinating about being

human – all told with refreshing

honesty and good humour.

The Seagull, 19-75 Morton Road,

Lowestoft NR33 0JH. 01502 589726


24-26 Jul Dream Nights

This is no high-brow, Shakespearean

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The Apex, 1 Charter Square, Bury St

Edmunds, IP33 3FD. 01284 758000


25-28 Jul Footloose

Suffolk Young People’s Theatre return

in 2018 with their fully staged version

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Musical, Footloose. Theatre Royal,

Westgate Street, Bury St Edmunds,

IP33 1QR. 01284 769505


26-Jul Three Little Pig Tails

A brand new version of the classic

story of the three Little Pigs set in

Paris. Haverhill Arts Centre, High

Street, Haverhill, CB9 8AR.

01440 714140.


27-Jul One Man, Two Guvnors

Richard Beans English version

of Goldini’s classic comedy, set

in1963 Brighton. Francis Henshall

finds himself working for both a

gangster and a criminal in hiding,

both of whom are linked in a web of

schemes, extortions and romantic

associations. To prevent discovery,

Francis must do everything he can to

keep his two guvnors apart.

The Seagull, 19-75 Morton Road,

Lowestoft, NR33 0JH. 01502 589726


27-Jul An Indian Affair

An evening splashed with turmeric,

smeared with the bright hues of fresh

chilli powder, the jangle of little silver

bells and the sensational whirl of

India’s Bollywood. Fisher Theatre,

Broad Street, Bungay, NR35 1EE

01986 897130. www.fishertheatre.org

30 Jul - 4 Aug The Case of the

Frightened Lady

‘The Case of the Frightened

Lady’ remains one of Edgar Wallace’s

most celebrated works. Adapted for

film several times, this is your chance

to catch this chilling, captivating

and complex thriller live on stage.

Theatre Royal, Westgate Street,

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to take you right back to the days

that brought us beat, flower power

and psychedelia. Marina Theatre,

The Marina, Lowestoft, NR32 1HH

01502 533200.


13-Jul The Billy Fury Years

Michael King and his fantastic

collection of musicians take you on

a journey through the musical career

of Britain’s best loved Rock ‘N’ Roll

legend. Marina Theatre, The Marina,

Lowestoft, NR32 1HH. 01502 533200


14-Jul Frankie’s Guys

With slick choreography, charm,

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and amazing live vocals and

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standing ovations all over the

world. Marina Theatre, The Marina,

Lowestoft, NR32 1HH. 01502 533200


14-Jul Elvis the Man, the Legend

Performing with The Vegas Band and

the Sweet Nightingales, bringing

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Legend’. Fisher Theatre,Broad Street,

Bungay, NR35 1EE. 01986 897130


21-Jul Super Swing Band Concert

Back by popular demand, the Super

Swing Big Band is an 18-piece big

band celebrating the classic 1940s

swing era. Fisher Theatre, Broad

Street, Bungay, NR35 1EE. 01986

897130. www.fishertheatre.org

22-Jul The Quo Experience

A special event with the legendary

former Status Quodrummer, Matt

Letley, performing the whole show

with The Quo Experience. The Apex,

1 Charter Square, Bury St Edmunds,

IP33 3FD. 01284 758000


28-Jul Purple Jimi and Forever


Paying homage to Jimi Hendrix, their

refreshingly energetic and unpretentious

live show is not to be missed!

The Seagull, 19-75 Morton Road,

Lowestoft, NR33 0JH. 01502 589726


28-Jul Andre Rieu

Set against the stunning backdrop

of the town square in Maastricht,

the maestro is in his element, along

with his 60 piece Johann Strauss

Orchestra, sopranos, tenors and

special guests. André delivers an unforgettable

musical experience full of

humour, fun and emotion for all ages.

The Cut, New Cut, Halesworth, IP19

8BY. 0300 3033 211. newcut.org


29 Jun - 9 Sept Summer Exhibition


Annual mixed summer exhibition

features all of our gallery artists with

an array of stunning new works.

Southwold Gallery, 64a High Street,

Southwold, IP18 6DN. 01502 723888


1-15 Jul Threading Through Time

Exhibition of embroidery and textile

art inspired by the history of Beccles

and surrounding villages and the

artifact in the museum. Leman House,

Ballygate, Beccles, NR34 7ND. 01502

715722. becclesmuseum.org.uk

17 Jul - 12 Aug Landscapes and


Around 30 members have created a

series of embroidered textile work

mounted on canvas on the theme

of ‘landscapes and gardens’ to

celebrate the 300th centenary of the

landscape architect Capability Brown.

The Apex Gallery, 1 Charter Square,

Bury St Edmunds, IP33 3FD.


19-Jul Rococo and Neo-Classicism

Looking at the rise of the Academies

and some very high profile women

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(official artist to Marie Antoinette)

and her pupils. Also the rise of the

Neo-Classical style which arose hand

in hand with the French Revolution.

This is part one of twelve from the

‘GIRL POWER - A History of Women

Artists’ talk series. The Cut, New Cut,

Halesworth, IP19 8BY. 0300 3033 211


20-26 Jul Exhibition: Suffolk Idyll

2018 - Ian Russell

An ongoing love affair with Suffolk

means that the Suffolk coastline is the

source of inspiration for many of Ian’s

paintings. Next to the River Alde,

Snape Maltings, Snape, IP17 1SP



6-8 Jul The Maverick Festival

A festival featuring films, workshops

and performances from over fifty

different artists across six stages,

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Pound Corner, Easton, Woodbridge,

IP13 0EQ. www.eastonfarmpark.co.uk

6-Jul Stradisphere Music Festival

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bouncy castles! Town Centre, Eye,

IP23 7. www.stradisphere.co.uk

7-Jul Exotic Crown Workshop

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Price: £45-£50. Urban Jungle, London

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tel: 01553 772564 www.krfireplaces.co.uk


Finest Quality Locally-Sourced Food

Since 1889

Flying the Flag for Norfolk Produce





A Guide to



his charming seaside town is

perfect for a summer staycation.

Wells is surrounded by some of the

best North Norfolk beaches and

stunning countryside. Make time

to explore the harbour, take a trip

to the beach and visit the other

outstanding areas of natural beauty

close by.

Written by Shelley Beth


Where to stay

Fisherman’s Cottage

1 Red Lion Yard, Wells-next-the-Sea, NR23 1AX


This 300-year-old Fisherman’s cottage is tucked away

from the hustle and bustle, but still close to the popular

Quayside. Pets are welcome and parking is included. You

can even arrange hire of a beach hut hire through the


The Albatros

The Quay, Wells-next-the-Sea, NR23 1AT


If you fancy something different, book a cabin on board

this Dutch ship moored on the Quayside. Both children

and dogs are welcome and a Dutch breakfast is included

in the restaurant. The pancakes and Dutch apple cake

come highly recommend.

Bang in Wells

2 Staithe Street, Wells-next-the-Sea, NR23 1AF


Stay in the heart of the town in this colourful grade II

listed property. There are four modern rooms to choose

from and breakfast is included in the popular café and

bar downstairs. Even if you don’t stay here the café is

well worth a visit.

Things to do

Head to the beach

The vast, unspoilt beach with its colourful beach huts is a

mile from the Quayside. You can hop aboard the harbour

railway if you don’t fancy the walk. The beach forms part

of the Holkham Estate and is on both the Peddlars Way

and North Norfolk Coastal Path. If you like walking plan a

trip to neighbouring Blakeney or Holkham.

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Climb aboard the Wells and Walsingham Light

Railway Station, Wells-next-the-Sea, NR23 1QB


The world’s smallest light railway heads through the

countryside to the historic Village of Walsingham, with its

Abbey and shrines. They hold various events during the

school holidays and dogs are welcome on board too.

Explore Wells by Boat

E Quay, Wells-next-the-Sea, NR23 1AT


Hop on board the Wells Ferry and explore the nearby

beach or marshes. Keep an eye out for a range of local

wildlife and birds whilst you soak up the beauty of the

surrounding area.

Food and drink

French’s Fish and Chips

10 The Quay, Wells-next-the-sea, NR23 1AH


Founded in 1921 French’s has panoramic views of

the Quayside. Classic fish and chips are served

alongside vegetarian options, crispy mac n cheese

and retro soft drinks. You can dine in or take away.

What’s on

Wells Carnival

Friday 27 July to Sunday 5 August


The annual carnival dates as far back as 1926. There

are a variety of beer festivals, live music performances,

craft fairs and sporting events on either side of the main

parade on the 4th.

Wells Crab House

38-40 Freeman St, Wells-next-the-Sea,

NR23 1BA


Sample some of North Norfolk’s finest seafood

in relaxed surroundings. Delicious fish dishes and

platters sit alongside a small selection of nonseafood

options. During lunch, the restaurant is

family friendly but in the evening it’s an adult only


The Globe Inn

The Buttlands, Wells-next-the-sea,

NR23 1EU


Enjoy a taste of Norfolk at this pub which serves

a range of dishes using locally sourced, fresh and

seasonal produce. Pop by for breakfast, lunch or

dinner and dine al fresco on a sunny day. There’s a

steak night on Wednesdays and roasts on Sundays



Bar, Restaurant, B&B

On board historic sailing ship Albatros,

The Quay, Wells-next-the-Sea, Norfolk NR23 1AT

Traditional DUTCH CUISINE including our famous


Chef’s DAILY SPECIALS MENU with vegetarian,

vegan and gluten-free options available.

Fully LICENSED BAR serving the best choice of

local REAL ALES from cask

Listed in The CAMRA GOOD

BEER GUIDE since 2010

Speciality LODGING/B&B

in the former CREW CABINS

LIVE MUSIC every weekend

OPEN daily for LUNCH and DINNER from 12 noon



Woodforde’s Beer Festival Friday

July 27th - Monday 30th July

For more details visit


For Enquiries

07979 087228


Holiday Activities


a huge range of activities for children

aged 4 - 6 and 7 - 12


Climbing | Musical Theatre | Photography

Mad Science | Cheerleading | Gymnastics

Football | Jedi Academy

Creative Writing | Street Dance | Stop Frame

and much more.....

One day activities for 4 - 6 year olds are £16

Two day activities for 7 - 12 year olds are £30

For more information visit:


or pick up a brochure from our Drop In Café

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Summer Events in King’s Lynn


Festival Too 30 June – 14 July

King’s Lynn Festival 15 – 28 July

Forties Lynn

22 July

Mods & Rockers

5 Aug

Folk in the Town 11 & 12 Aug

Hanseatic Ski Race

Fairytales & Legends

Mini Meet

Heritage Open Day

(& Classic Car Day)

18 & 19 Aug

26 Aug

2 Sept

16 Sept

These events are organised or supported by

the Borough Council of King’s Lynn & West Norfolk.

Event details may change. Visit our website for the latest information

What’s on: Norfolk


26 Jun - 8 Jul Shrek the Musical

This hilarious and spectacular production

turns the world of fairytales

upside down in an all-singing,

all-dancing, must-see musical

comedy. Norwich Theatre Royal,

Theatre Street, Norwich, NR2 1RL

01603 630000


4 & 18 Jul If It’s Laughter You’re


‘If it’s Laughter You’re After’ is a

fun filled afternoon of music, some

fabulous magic and great comedy

songs, as well as a big dollop of

Norfolk ‘squit’! Princess Theatre, 13

The Green, Hunstanton, PE36 5AH.

01485 532252.


7 Jul - 5 Sep Cromer Pier Show 2

A feast of comedy, speciality acts,

music, vocals, dance and fun. Pavilion

Theatre, Cromer Pier, Cromer,

NR27 9HE. 01263 512495.


4-14 Jul The 39 Steps

An hilarious and spectacular stage

version of Buchan’s famous thriller!

Westacre Theatre, River Road, Westacre,

PE32 1UD. 01760 755800


10-14 Jul Some Mothers Do ‘Ave


Hilarious mishaps and DIY disasters

are bringing the house down, quite

literally, as Some Mothers Do ‘Ave

‘Em hits the road with Joe Pasquale

as the lovable accident-prone Frank

Spencer. Norwich Theatre Royal,

Theatre Street, Norwich, NR2 1RL

01603 630000


10-Jul Lou Conran: I love Lou C

This is the real story of Lou’s experiences

with baby loss. Not the obvious

remit for comedy granted, but it was

her intention to try to lift the taboo.

Norwich Arts Centre, St. Benedict’s

Street, Norwich, NR2 4PG. 01603

660352. norwichartscentre.co.uk

11-15 Jul Six

From Tudor queens to pop princesses,

the six wives of Henry VIII finally

take the mic to tell their tale, remixing

five hundred years of her-storical

heartbreak into a 75-minute celebration

of sisterly sass-itude. Norwich

Theatre Royal, Theatre Street,

Norwich, NR2 1RL. 01603 630000


16-19 Jul Good Vibes Only

Laughing Mirror presents Good Vibes

Only, a brand-new, verbatim-inspired

comedy by Charlotte McEvoy, on its

way to the Edinburgh Fringe for summer

2018. Maddermarket Theatre,

St Johns Alley, Norwich, NR2 1DR

01603 620917.


18-20 Jul Framed

Based in Norwich, Laughing Mirror

aim to present new writing which

challenges audiences to reflect on,

and ultimately laugh at, the more

ridiculous aspects of humanity and

society. Maddermarket Theatre,

St Johns Alley, Norwich, NR2 1DR

01603 620917.


19-Jul Comedy Club

The winning format of four comedians

in a relaxed cabaret setting, and

value for money ticket price mean

that the comedy clubs regularly sell

out. King’s Lynn Corn Exchange,

Tuesday Market Place, King’s Lynn,

PE30 1JW. 01553 764864


20-Jul Skinnyman & Franko Fraize

This show is set to be a lively and

energetic lyrical display of what it is like

living in England in modern times. Norwich

Arts Centre, St. Benedict’s Street,

Norwich, NR2 4PG. 01603 660352.


20-28 Jul Quality Street

Fast paced with a delightfully fiendish

plot, ‘Quality Street’ is a charming

blend of the warmth of Jane Austen

and the wit of Oscar Wilde. Maddermarket

Theatre, St Johns Alley,

Norwich, NR2 1DR. 01603 620917


24-Jul Rainbow Heart

‘Rainbow Heart’, the new musical

show from The Bleeding Obvious

endeavours to describe the experience

through songs and tales of joy,

grief, happiness, loss, discovery and

defiance. Norwich Arts Centre, St.

Benedict’s Street, Norwich, NR2 4PG

01603 660352. norwichartscentre.co.uk

25-28 Jul Grease

The duck tailed, hot-rodding boys, and

the gum-snapping, hip-shaking girls

conjure up the look and sound of the

1950s in this rollicking musical. Norwich

Theatre Royal, Theatre Street, Norwich,

NR2 1RL. 01603 630000.


25-26 Jul You’ve Changed

Through song, dance, hard-won wit

and wisdom, ‘You’ve Changed’ sees

Kate collaborate with choreographers,

musicians and filmmakers to

explore the ins and outs and ups

and downs of transitioning. Norwich

Theatre Royal, Theatre Street,

Norwich, NR2 1RL. 01603 630000


26 Jul - 1 Aug Don’t Dress for Dinner

In a stylishly converted French farmhouse,

Bernard is hoping to entertain

his chic, Parisian mistress, Suzy, for

the weekend. He has arranged for

a cordon bleu cook to furnish the

gourmet delights, is in the process

of packing his wife, Jacqueline, off

to her mother, and has even invited

along his best friend Robert as a suitable

alibi. It’s foolproof, what could

possibly go wrong…? Sheringham

Little Theatre, 2 Station Road, Sheringham,

NR26 8RE. 01263 822347


27-Jul Stephen Bailey

Stephen Bailey’s friendly, open brand

of gossipy humour has made him one

of the most enjoyable acts on the

UK comedy circuit today. Norwich

Theatre Royal, Theatre Street,

Norwich, NR2 1RL. 01603 630000


29-31 Jul Dave Gorman

Dave Gorman, the man behind

Dave TV’s hit show ‘Modern Life Is

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Bressingham Steam Museum


Steampunk Weekend

A fabulous weekend of Norfolk

punkery at BresSteam

Sat 7 Jul 2018 to Sun 8 Jul


BresSteam. A celebration of all things

Steampunk. A festival of the future

as Victorians may have imagined it.

Splendid costume, creativity, imagination

and invention. Amongst Bressingham’s

magnificent collection of functioning

Steam Engines.

Fire Rally

Sat 28 Jul 2018 to Sun 29 Jul 2018

The Fire Engine Rally will be held in our bottom field so that we

have enough room to display all of the engines.

The museum, gardens and steam rides will all be open and

operating as usual but the event will be held slightly off the

main site next to the overflow carpark! All of this will be clearly

signposted on the day!

Event information:

Fire Engines from the days of steam through to the present day

will be displayed at Bressingham throughout the weekend. There

will be a whole host of activities and demonstrations taking place

from fire crews on both days.

Norfolk Fire Museum have helped organise this special weekend

and they have arranged for a wide variety of fire engines to attend

for our visitors to interact with. There will be live demonstrations

from the crews and there will be plenty of opportunities to squirt

water from a fire engine hose!

Fireman Sam Visits

Fireman Sam visits

Bressingham on Sunday only!

Sun 29 Jul 2018

2018 details not yet available, 2017


Steampunk Market

Where you will be able to purchase all

manner of exciting Steampunk artefacts.

Tea Duelling and Umbrella Fencing

and more provided by Steampunk


Nothing up our sleeves

An informal collective of highly skilled

and sumptuously attired Magicians,

Jugglers, Comedians and Comperes.

We envisage having more fire engines attend this years event than

in previous years. Therefore we have made the decision to move

the Fire Engine Rally into our bottom field so that we have enough

room to display all of these engines. The museum, gardens and

steam, rides will all be open

and operating as usual but the

event will be held slightly off the

main site next to the overflow

carpark! All of this will be clearly

signposted on the day!

Included in the standard

unlimited train rides price

The museum, gardens and

steam, rides will all be open

and operating as usual but the

event will be held slightly off the

main site next to the overflow

carpark! All of this will be clearly

signposted on the day!

A weekend not to be missed

Steam Heritage|Gardens|Garden Centre



check www.bressingham.co.uk or call 01379 686900

for further details

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St James Pool,

Downham Leisure

& Oasis

Holiday Clubs • Swimming

• Roller Skating • Alive

Adventures • Tennis •

Climbing & much more!

Booking is advisable for all activities.


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Goodish’ is back on the road with

a brand new live show, ‘With Great

PowerPoint Comes Great ResponsibilityPoint’.

Norwich Playhouse,

42 - 58 St. George’s Street,

Norwich, NR3 1AB. 01603 598 598



12-Jul Sweethearts of Swing

‘Sweethearts of Swing’ celebrates

the entertainers of WWI and

WWII,with nostalgic music, singers

and big bands, who maintained

morale during both world wars.

King’s Lynn Corn Exchange, Tuesday

Market Place, King’s Lynn, PE30 1JW

01553 764864.


14-Jul A Night at the Musicals

Showcasing the very best of the great

Broadway and West End musical, this

concert performance will be a night

to remember. Norwich Arts Centre,

St. Benedict’s Street, Norwich,

NR2 4PG. 01603 660352


15-Jul ABBA Reunion

A tribute show, starring the original

‘Frida’ from the London West End

cast! Superbly accurate vocals,

harmonies, guitar, keyboards plus

back line musicians produce the most

authentic and requested Abba tribute

show in the world today. Princess

Theatre, 13 The Green, Hunstanton,

PE36 5AH. 01485 532252


22-Jul Girl Power – The Spice Girls


‘Girl Power – The Spice Girls Experience’

includes stunning costumes,

exciting signature choreography and

most importantly a vocal repertoire

that gives this spectacular re-creation

concert an attitude-injected punch

that will transport you back in time!

Princess Theatre, 13 The Green, Hunstanton,

PE36 5AH. 01485 532252.


23-Jul Mud Morganfield Band

Multi-award-winning artist Mud Morganfield

is an established star in the

world of Blues music. Norwich Arts

Centre, St. Benedict’s Street, Norwich,

NR2 4PG. 01603 660352.


27-Jul Lance Ellington Sings


BBC’s Strictly Come Dancing favourite

Lance Ellington sings Broadway in

a fabulous show with an all star musical

line up led by Ed Barker. Princess

Theatre, 13 The Green, Hunstanton,

PE36 5AH. 01485 532252



17 Jun - 14 Oct Brian Clarke: The

Light of Art

Clarke is celebrated as the greatest

stained glass artist in the world today

and has collaborated globally with the

most radical architects of our time.

Sainsbury Centre for Visual Arts, UEA,

Norwich, NR4 7TJ. scva.ac.uk

24 Jun - 8 Sep Go Go Hares Trail in

the City

A free art sculpture trail of 50 hares in

and around the city of Norwich, and

a further trail around Norfolk of 18

moongazer sculptures, raising money

for Norfolk children’s charity Break.

City of Norwich. www.gogohares.co.uk

1-31 July Interactive Art Display by

David Shenton

Local artist and cartoonist, David

Shenton, has been published in

national journals and British newspapers

for over forty years. His style

is humorous, fun and fresh. Norwich

Theatre Royal, Theatre Street, Norwich,

NR2 1RL. 01603 630000


1-8 Jul Jugglers, Clowns & Fliers

Stories from 250 years of Circus

jugglers, ‘Clowns and Fliers’ looks

at the lives of some of Norwich’s

forgotten circus families. The Forum,

Millennium Plain, Norwich, NR2 1TF

01603 727950.


4-7 Jul Art Norfolk’s 2018 Summer


An exciting and eclectic exhibition

showcasing paintings, sculptures,

and various mixed media. The Forum,

Millennium Plain, Norwich, NR2 1TF

01603 727950.


21 Jul - 8 Aug Holt Festival


Painting, drawing and printmaking

from the last 10 years with sculptural

designer glass by Charlie

Macpherson. Bircham Gallery,

14 Market Place, Holt, NR25 6BW

01263 713312



6-8 Jul Folk in a Field Festival

The festival brings together a diverse

mix of performers from the acoustic,

folk and roots music scene, interesting

craft demonstrations and local

food. Free camping, Under 12 go

free. Prices are from £15 for Children

and £20 for Adults. West Acre,

PE32 1TR. folkinafield.co.uk

6-8 Jul Gin Festival Norwich

As well as the opportunity to try a

huge variety of gins from all over

the world,) there will be live music,

great food and a gin cocktail bar.

There will also be gin masterclasses

and the opportunity to meet gin

distillers in person, try free samples

and chat about their gin. St Andrews

& Blackfriars Halls, St Andrew’s Plain,

Norwich, NR3 1AU. 01274888588


7-8 Jul Elveden Country Show

Whether you be a Country Show fan,

an avid foodie, a dog lover, want

loads for the kiddies to do, love living

history or simply want a fun filled

day out, the show is for you! Elveden

Estate, Elveden, Thetford, IP24 3TQ

01728 685302. www.elvedencountryshow.co.uk

28-Jul Norwich Pride

This year is the 10th Norwich Pride

celebration – join the city for a

city-centre parade, stage show,

political debate, stalls and more! City

of Norwich. www.norwichpride.org.uk


10, 17, 24 & 31 Jul Antiques &

Collectors Fair Community Hall

Dealers in glass, porcelain, jewellery,

small furniture and much more. Free

admission. Community Hall, Garden

Street, Cromer, NR27 9HH

8 & 22 Jul Blakeney Antique &

Collectors Fair

Maximum 24 Tables. Well Attended

Throughout The Year. Open

10am-4pm. Admission £1. Blakeney

Village Hall, Blakeney, NR25 7NQ

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Maria Grazia Salon at 34 Castle Lane Bedford is a town centre oasis

that takes endeavours to give you an experience – in a space that

channels creativity within a calming environment. Owned by Maria

Grazia, with an extensive career as a colour specialist behind her and

also as a Technical Educator working as a colour consultant for both

Schwarzkopf and Sassoon, Maria and her team are perfectly trained

to give you the best hair experience.

The Salon offers a full range of services including

Balayage, Red Carpet ‘Blow Out’ and Colour

transformations to name but a few.

To book an appointment or a chat, you can find Maria

and her team at 34 Castle Lane Bedford, MK40 3US

or by calling 01234 345000 - www.mariagraziasalon.co.uk

/MariaGraziaSalon - See the salon on @mariagraziasalon




The Bedford Park Café

Open 9am-5pm every day

for Breakfast, Brunch,

Lunch and Tea.

Visit us online at


t 01234 351104

e bedfordpavilion@gmail.com




Visit our microcafe

‘Kiosk at the Park’

in Russell Park, on

Bedford’s stunning


The Jaffa Orchard is a friendly community café

just off Castle Road in Pembroke Street.

We serve honest homemade food, including jacket potatoes,

sandwiches and fry-ups. Our cakes are homemade and delicious

with a cup of tea or coffee. We offer scrumptious afternoon

teas, consisting of cakes, scones, jam and clotted cream,

with a selection of sandwiches.

If you are looking for an original item we display & sell crafts, artwork

& greeting cards for all occasions by local craftsmen & women,

along with some homemade preserves & chutneys.

Besides the main ground floor

restaurant, we have a ground floor

lobby which is child friendly.

We have seating upstairs for

larger groups & those that

want a quieter atmosphere.


Tuesday - Saturday 10am to 5pm

51A Pembroke Street, Bedford MK40 3RH

Tel: 01234 290295 Email: jaffaorchard@gmail.com


Beds, Bucks, Herts

What’s on in


Written by Erica Roffe

Bedford Flea

The Philharmonia, festivals and flea markets;

there’s something for everyone in Bedford this


July sees one of the highlights of Bedford’s events

calendar – the much-anticipated bi-annual River Festival.

Celebrating its 40th birthday this year, the River Festival

takes place on 14–15 July along the banks of the River

Great Ouse, with six music and performance stages,

sports and heritage villages and dozens of events taking

place on the water. A fabulous free family day out,

this year’s festival site extends to incorporate the new

Riverside Bedford development and there’s even a river

taxi to help you beat the crowds.


If live performance is your thing, the 11th annual

Bedfringe festival takes place at the Quarry Theatre at

St Luke’s from 18 – 22 July. Britain’s Got Talent winner,

Lost Voice Guy may have already sold out his 18 July

performance, but you can still catch shows from dozens

of other comedians and performers including the brilliant

Lucy Porter, Hardeep Singh Kohli, Patrick Monahan and

Geoff Norcott. bedfringe.com

a boat from the Longholme Café. The perfect recipe for a

great day in Bedford! bedpop.co.uk

The world-famous Philharmonia Orchestra, resident

orchestra at Bedford Corn Exchange, comes to Bedford

from 2 July with The Virtual Orchestra, a free event

that gives everyone the opportunity to experience a

symphony orchestra up-close. A large tent on Riverside

Square becomes home to a 10-room installation that

showcases the internal workings of the Philharmonia as

the orchestra performs ‘Holst’s The Planet’s, and virtual

reality headsets that transport you to a concert hall stage

where you can see and hear the orchestra up close in

360-degree virtual reality.


Coming from out of town? Parking in town centre

council-owned car parks is free for two hours every

Saturday and all day on Sundays.

Lucy Porter at the

Bedford Fringe

On Sunday 8 July (11am – 4pm), the second Bedford Flea

of the summer takes place on St Paul’s Square. Taking

its inspiration from traditional French brocante markets,

Bedford Flea has an eclectic range of stalls selling collectibles,

vintage clothing, rural bygones, vinyl, furniture and

more. Pick up a coffee from La Piazza, browse and buy

at the Flea and then take a stroll along the River, have

lunch at one of Bedford’s independent restaurants or hire

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Two floors of showrooms with over 30 fireplace displays.

Gas fires, Powerflues (No chimney - no problem)

Stoves, Wood, Multi fuel or gas, Firebaskets.

Made to measure fireplaces available in Solid Woods,

Marble & Stone. Relaxed friendly atmosphere,

free delivery, installation by our own in-house fitting service.

Largest selection of ornate plasterware in Bedfordshire

Ample Free Parking

Open: Monday - Saturday 9am - 5pm

info@charactercoving.co.uk www.charactercoving.co.uk

Unit 4/5 Hockliffe Business Park, Watling Street, Hockliffe, Bedfordshire Tel/fax: 01525 211155

The King’s Head - Ivinghoe

An appealing mix of oak beams, log fires, antique

furniture and fresh flowers sets the scene in the

bars, fine dining restaurant, coffee lounge and

Banqueting Suite where the marks of history

are firmly stamped.

The dining room

comfortable seats 60 in

comfort and offers an a la

carte menu at luncheon and

dinner, additionally the Bon

Appetit menu at luncheon

(Monday to Saturday only)

offers exceptional value.

01296 668388

Leighton Buzzard, Bedfordshire, LU7 9EB



Enjoy a family day out at the

Linslade Canal Festival

Linslade Canal Festival

If you’re looking for a fun summer’s day out, head

to Leighton-Linslade in Bedfordshire.

The town council hosts a number of free to attend

community events annually, the largest of which attracts

up to 9,000 visitors annually to the picturesque Tiddenfoot

Waterside Park. This country park adjacent to the Grand

Union Canal provides the setting for the ever popular

Linslade Canal Festival. This year the event takes place on

28 July, from 11am to 5pm.

Promoting arts and crafts, cottage industries, life on

the canal, conservation and heritage, visitors will have

the opportunity to browse the numerous handcraft and

trade stalls offering goods from jewellery, wooden items,

gifts, plants, glassware and pet accessories alongside

demonstrations of trades from yesteryear.

Walking along the towpath, visitors will find a large

number of colourful narrow boats selling anything from

hand crafted gifts, knitted items, to cheese, fudge and art

work. New for 2018, there will be live demonstrations of

Blacksmith forging and a mobile petting farm.

Rural craft demonstrators will provide a visual insight into

the traditional skills as well as Bee Skeps, Love Spoons,

Corn Dollies, Basket Making and Besom Brooms offering

visitors the chance to “have a go”.

A programme of live music will set your toes a tapping

with styles ranging from folk to contemporary; so, grab a

hay-bale and relax with a local ale from the well-stocked


The park offers plenty of space whether you choose a

quiet corner to chill out and watch the world go by, picnic

by the lakeside or enjoy the hustle bustle of the tow path;

there is something for everyone.

Pedestrian admission to the festival is free. Nearby car

parking is available for the event site at £5 per car. A

charge of £2.50 for blue badge holders applies with free

transfer to the event for the less mobile. These fees are

collected by local voluntary organisations and a donation

is made to local charitable causes.

For more information about this summer event visit


Food Festival

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24 Jun - 14 Jul The Tringe

The three week festival runs from

from 24 June to 14 July and sees the

biggest and best comic acts previewing

their shows before they head up

to Edinburgh in August. The Court

Theatre, Station Road, Tring, HP23

5QY. www.courttheatre.co.uk

9-14 Jul An Officer and a

Gentleman The Musical

The world premiere of a new musical

that will simply sweep you off your

feet! Based on true events, ‘An

Officer and a Gentleman The Musical’

follows the Oscar-winning film

starring Richard Gere. Milton Keynes

Theatre, Marlborough Gate, Milton

Keynes, MK9 3NZ. 0844 8717652


10-11 Jul Insomniac

After spending the night together,

Isobel and James begin an unlikely

friendship – a friendship that gets

tested as they find their way through

a world that doesn’t make sense to

them. A new play about loneliness,

communication and choices. Quarry

Theatre, 26 St Peter’s Street, Bedford

MK40 2NN. 01234 362337


11-Jul Jason Munford: Muddle


‘Muddle Class’ promises to feature a

wealth of new material about Jason

growing up ‘working class’ then

finding, over the years, that part

of him has become ‘middle class’ -

causing much confusion! The Gordon

Craig Theatre, Lytton Way,

Stevenage , SG1 1LZ. 01438 363200


12-Jul Mark Simmons & Edd

Hedges double-bill: Edinburgh

Festival Preview

Mark Simmons is an exceptional

one-liner comedian. With an incredibly

endearing stage presence, Edd

Hedges has a natural affinity with

an audience and since winning ‘So

You Think You’re Funny’ in 2013 his

career has sky-rocketed. The Stables,

Stockwell Lane, Milton Keynes, MK17

8LU. 01908 280800. www.stables.org

13-Jul Pete Firman: Edinburgh

Festival Preview

Expect Pete’s trademark blend

of laugh-out-loud comedy and

jaw-dropping magic. The Stables

Stockwell Lane, Milton Keynes,

MK17 8LU . 01908 280800


16-21 Jul Flashdance

‘Flashdance’ tells the inspiring

and unforgettable story of Alex, a

welder by day and ‘flashdancer’ by

night, who dreams of going to the

prestigious Shipley Dance Academy

and becoming a professional dancer.

When a romance with Nick Hurley

complicates her ambitions, she

harnesses it to drive her dream.

Milton Keynes Theatre, Marlborough

Gate, Milton Keynes, MK9 3NZ. 0844

8717652. www.atgtickets.com

18-22 Jul Bedford Fringe Festival

Big names in the world of theatre,

music and comedy to the town,

as a final stop on their way to the

world famous Edinburgh Fringe.

Quarry Theatre, 26 St Peter’s Street,

Bedford, MK40 2NN 01234 362337


18-22 Jul Awful Auntie

From the award-winning West

End producers of Gangsta

Granny comes the world premiere

of David Walliams’ amazing tale

of frights, fights and friendship,

featuring a very large owl, a very

small ghost and a very awful Auntie!

Aylesbury Waterside Theatre,

Exchange Street, Aylesbury,

HP20 1UG. 0844 871 7607


19-21 Jul Dinosaur World Live

Dare to experience the dangers and

delights of Dinosaur World in this interactive

new show for all the family.

Milton Keynes Theatre, Marlborough

Gate, Milton Keynes, MK9 3NZ

0844 8717652. www.atgtickets.com

20-22 Jul Casus: Driftwood

Using traditional and contemporary

circus techniques, Driftwood is an

exquisitely beautiful and dazzling

display of choreography, acrobatics,

trapeze and aerial stunts. The

Stables, Stockwell Lane, Milton

Keynes, MK17 8LU. 01908 280800


20-23 Jul thescreen: The Happy

Prince (15)

The final years of Oscar Wilde, and

the ghosts that haunted him, are

vividly evoked in Rupert Everett’s

directorial debut. Rhodes Theatre,

1-3 South Road, Bishop’s Stortford,

CM23 3JG. 01279 710200


21-22 Jul What the Ladybird Heard

With live music, puppetry, plenty of

audience participation and lots of

laughs! Hertford Theatre, The Wash,

Hertford, SG14 1PS. 01992 531500


21-Jul Griff Rhys Jones: Where Was


A hilarious evening of comedy -

observations, anecdotes, reminiscences

and outright lies - from forty

years of travelling down rivers and up

mountains, into Africa, out of India,

and across the arid wastes of the

BBC. The Gordon Craig Theatre,

Lytton Way, Stevenage, SG1 1LZ

01438 363200.


21-29 Jul Over to You

Have you ever sat in the audience

at one of our shows and thought

Ive got a great idea for an event for

this space? Well, this July we are

throwing open the doors of The

Place Theatre to you and your ideas.

The Place Theatre, Bradgate Road,

Bedford, MK40 3DE. 01234 354321


22-Jul Mark Watson: This is Half

Way to Being a Show

This multi-award-winning writer and

comedy star offers witty food for

thought, audience interactions and

all sorts of other fun in this work-inprogress

show. The Stables, Stockwell

Lane, Milton Keynes, MK17 8LU

01908 280800. www.stables.org

25 Jul - 5 Aug Shrek the Musical

Based on the story and characters

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You are invited to a Quintessential English Affair

This is a brand-new event for the community and visitors to celebrate the

wonderful Welwyn Garden City and enjoy a fun day out with the family.

Cream Teas

Tewin Bury Farm Hotel are

joining forces with the WGC

Centenary Foundation to

delight anyone who fancies

popping in to the marquee

for a scone and tea with a

proportion of funds going

to charity. Whilst enjoying

your treat you will be able

to listen to the live acoustic

music, sure to get those toes tapping! For the grown ups there will

also be a Pimms bar on site.

Grand Makes Tipi

Crafting workshops will take place throughout the day giving

people opportunity to have a go at something new, without

the expense of buying lots of materials and equipment.

Workshops are mainly £2.50 and to guarantee a seat at the

crafting table, please book your tickets online at

www.ticketsource.co.uk/wgc-bid Workshops include origami,

knitting pom poms and floristry to name but a few.

Bake off Competition

Entry to the competition is free and there are 3 categories: Most

Creative, Best Tasting and Under 11’s. Whole or individual cakes

can be entered and need to be presented by 1pm for judging at

1.30pm. At 2pm the winners will be announced, and the cakes

sold for donations to charity.

Children’s entertainment

Bring the kids along

to enjoy meeting their

favourite mascots, where

they can have pictures

taken and enjoy free prints

to take home. There’ll also

be free face painting and

glitter tattoos as part of the

days fun alongside craft

workshops they can attend

in the tipi (advisable to

pre-book online).

This is your chance to slow

things down, take a break

and enjoy our beautiful

Garden City.

Craft Stalls

Welwyn Garden City love to

support local businesses, so we’ve

invited a number to showcase

in a marquee, from handmade

prints and jewellery to chutneys

and jams. You will be able to

experience Rituals demonstrating

their amazing products and why

not join volunteers from the UK

Hand Knitting Association and

Welwyn Garden City Knitting

Group to learn new crafty skills

including finger knitting and basic

crochet. An expert will also be on

hand for any knitting conundrums

you might have. And of course,

there will be plants to buy and take

home to adorn your garden.

For more details visit welwyngarden.co.uk

from the Oscar®-winning Dream-

Works Animation film, this hilarious

and spectacular production turns the

world of fairytales upside down in

an all-singing, all-dancing, must-see

musical comedy. Milton Keynes

Theatre, Marlborough Gate,

Milton Keynes, MK9 3NZ. 0844

8717652. www.atgtickets.com

26-Jul Saul

David has vanquished the giant

Goliath, but not everyone rejoices

in his victory. Jealous of the young

warrior, King Saul turns against him,

descending into violent, destructive

madness that forces his children to

choose between loyalty and love,

tearing both a family and a nation

apart. Watford Palace Theatre, 20

Clarendon Road, Watford, WD17 1JZ

01923 235455



15-Jul Little Miss Minogue

A truly remarkable and

authentic tribute act, Little Miss

Minogue combines iconic costumes,

unmistakable vocal style with stage

presence to imitate the Australian

legend perfectly. Watford Colosseum

Rickmansworth Road Watford

WD17 3JN. 01923 571 102


15-Jul Osman Mir

Osman Mir is fast becoming a name

to be reckoned with in the music

industry. Watford Colosseum,

Rickmansworth Road, Watford,

WD17 3JN. 01923 571 102


17-21 Jul The Pepper Show

‘The Pepper Show’ brings together

an incredible group of singers and

musicians - some who are in the

music business full time and others

who perform outside of their normal

day jobs. The Court Theatre, Station

Road, Tring, HP23 5QY


20-Jul The UK Pink Floyd


Recreating the sights and sounds

of the legendary Pink Floyd live in

concert, this highly authentic show

features over 50 years of hits by this

iconic band. Hertford Theatre, The

Wash, Hertford, SG14 1PS

01992 531500.


26-Jul Some Guys Have All The


‘Some Guys Have All The Luck’ is

a brand new theatrical production

celebrating the career of one of rocks

greatest icons, Rod Stewart – from

street busker through to international

superstar! Aylesbury Waterside

Theatre, Exchange Street, Aylesbury,

HP20 1UG . 0844 871 7607


28-Jul André Rieu’s 2018 Maastricht


This presentation of André Rieu’s

2018 Maastricht Concert in Cinemas

features host Charlotte Hawkins, who

conducts an interview with André

Rieu the moment he steps off stage,

exclusively for cinema audiences.

Watford Palace Theatre, 20

Clarendon Road, Watford,

WD17 1JZ . 01923 235455.



4 May - 15 Jul Barry Parker: Architecture

for All

This will be the first exhibition to

examine Parker’s contribution to

architecture, showcasing some of the

4,500 objects from the Parker Collection,

including architectural plans

and drawings, photographs, furniture

and fine art. Broadway Theatre,

Eastcheap, Letchworth Garden City,

SG6 3DD. 01462 681300


25 Jun - 28 Jul Members’ Show

Another new display of artwork from

the Eagle Gallery Artists. The Eagle

Gallery, 101 Castle Road, Bedford

MK40 3QP. 01234 346995


30 Jul - 16 Aug Members’ Themed

Show (Representation)

Some of the gallery members display

work under the category ‘Representation’.

The Eagle Gallery, 101 Castle

Road, Bedford, MK40 3QP.

01234 346995.



5-9 Jul Farr Festival

Bringing an array of international

musical talent to the tranquil environment

surrounding Farr Festival. This

year’s line-up includes Mount Kimbie,

Tom Misch and Dixon.Baldock,

SG7 5JX. www.farrfestival.co.uk

6-22 Jul The Big Screen

The Big Screen will be making a

welcome return to the town centre

at the start of the Summer promising

two weeks of films that young and

old can enjoy including blockbusters,

rom coms and family films. Free to

attend. The Parade, Watford. www.


7-8 Jul DogFest

Expect to see amazing agility displays,

dog dancing and daring action performances

as well as the chance to take

part in have-a-go sessions with your

dog! Knebworth House, Knebworth,

SG3 6PY. 01438 812661.


14-Jul Entertaining Stortford


Find out more about the history of

Bishop’s Stortford on one of our

guided walks. All walks start at

Rhodes Arts Complex and typically

last for one to one and half hours.

Please wear sensible walking

shoes. Booking essential. Rhodes

Theatre, 1-3 South Road, Bishop’s

Stortford, CM23 3JG. 01279 710200


14-Jul Battle Proms

Pack up the hampers and champers

and join thousands of loyal fans for an

exceptional afternoon and evening

of entertainment at the 18th annual

Hatfield House Battle Proms Concert.

Hatfield House, AL9 5NQ.

21-22 Jul The Great British Food


In addition to a unique range of

artisan food and drink stalls, there will

be a great range of fun activities.

Knebworth House, Knebworth,

SG3 6PY. 01438 812661



21-Jul Stable Yard Antiques Fair

A free monthly antiques market

features a huge range of antiques

and collectibles. Stable Yard, Hatfield

House, AL9 5NQ

07751 296625

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Written by Rosemary Talbot

Cambridge is a city of bicycles and there’s no

better way to get around, so buying a bike

was top of my list when we moved here three

years ago. There are plenty of bike shops around

and a cycle repair stall in the market most days.

My local cycle shop, Townsends on Chesterton Road,

is fourth generation family owned and they kitted me

out with a bike from their own range of The Light Blue

cycles plus a strong lock, lights, a helmet and a wicker

basket, then waved me off on my rather wobbly way! A

favourite cycle ride is an easy one of about 25 minutes,

mostly on paths and through lush green meadows, out to

Grantchester. This very pretty, tranquil village was once

home to poet Rupert Brooke who wrote of it nostalgically,

“And is there honey still for tea?” Well, The Orchard

Tea Garden in Mill Way has been serving honey for tea

since 1897 not only to Brooke but, back in the day, to

luminaries like Virginia Woolf, Maynard Keynes and Alan

Turing. There’s nothing nicer than sitting in a deckchair

in dappled sunlight under an apple tree here, enjoying

tea and cake. They also serve breakfast, lunch,scones and

full cream teas and there’s plenty of indoor seating for

cooler days. Another excellent pitstop in Grantchester is

Cambridge Distillery on the High Street. Master Distiller

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Distillery on the High Street. Master Distiller William

Lowe creates award-winning gins using freshly foraged

local botanicals. Lemon balm, blackcurrant leaf, magnolia

and local honey all feature in the Spring/Summer 2018

seasonal gin which you can sample along with the rest

of the range. Maybe pre-book a Masterclass to boost

your gin know-how or even create your own bespoke

spirit at a private Gin Tailoring session. The Distillery also

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Cambridge Open Studios, held over

four weekends in July

A chance to meet artists, craftspeople and designermakers

in their studios and workshops in and around

the city. Enjoy a feast of painting, ceramics, sculpture,

handmade jewellery, glass, photography and much more.

You’ll find free printed guides for this event in shops,

galleries and libraries and there’s an App to download

too. www.camopenstudios.co.uk

The Summer Night Market with open air cinema

screening on 20 July

Market Square will be buzzing with many of the regular

market traders plying their wares alongside street food

vendors, pop up bars and restaurants. The family-friendly

film “Paddington” will be screened at 6.30pm, followed

by “Grease” at 8.30pm. This free event is always popular

so the advice is to get there early and maybe bring your

own portable chair! www.cambridgebid.co.uk/events

Cambridge Summer Music Festival, running from

23 June to 4 August

In its 40th anniversary year, it brings a programme of

different music genres to venues across the city and

showcases young upcoming talent as well as established

artistes. A particular favourite of mine is “Sounds Green”,

held at the stunning Cambridge University Botanic

Garden on Wednesday evenings at 6.15pm. It’s perfect

for all ages…just take a rug and a picnic, sit back, get

up and dance if you like and enjoy the music, be it tunes

from local ensemble Prime Brass or Afro-Brazilian jazz,

samba and bossa nova from four piece band Afrosamba.


The Big Weekend on Parker’s Piece from 13-15 July

It’s all going on here with live music, a silent disco,

fireworks, food stalls, sports and science activities, a

children’s entertainment area and more. Sunday 14 July

features the Cambridge Mela, celebrating Asian culture.


Image credit: Rosemary Talbot

Cambridge Comedy Festival, returning to Cambridge

Junction from 18 – 21 July with four performance

venues, a covered “Moonshine Brewery” beer garden

and street food vendors

This is a great chance to see big name headliner

comedians at Jesterlarf Comedy Club and Edinburgh

preview shows as well as emerging comedic talent plus

there are three family shows on Saturday 21 July. Just

like going to the Edinburgh Fringe without going all

the way to Edinburgh!


Rosemary is a Cambridge resident blogging about

what’s new in this beautiful, vibrant city. Read her

guide to city living on her blog at

www.newincambridge.com Follow her on Instagram

@rosemarybtalbot & Twitter @talbot_rosemary

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5-Jul Everybody’s Talking About


Jamie New is sixteen and lives on

a council estate in Sheffield. Jamie

doesn’t quite fit in. Jamie is terrified

about the future. He is going to be a

sensation. Supported by his brilliant

loving mum and surrounded by his

friends, Jamie overcomes prejudice,

beats the bullies and steps out of

the darkness, into the spotlight. Key

Theatre, Embankment Road, Peterborough,

PE1 1EF. 01733 207239


9-14 Jul Sherlock Holmes: The

Final Curtain

Chilling, gripping and filled with

twists and revelations, this new thriller

has been commissioned by Theatre

Royal Bath from award-winning

dramatist Simon Reade. Cambridge

Arts Theatre, St Edward’s Passage,

Cambridge, CB2 3PJ. 01223 503333


10-14 Jul The War of the Worlds

An alien invasion throws humanity

into chaos in the classic sc-fi novel

The War of the Worlds, but all it took

to cause real-life panic in the streets

was Orson Welles’ 1938 radio adaptation,

which listeners took for news.

In the days following the broadcast,

widespread outrage was expressed in

the media. Corpus Playroom,

10 St Edward’s Passage, Cambridge,

CB2 3PJ. 01223 300085


11-Jul Giovanni Pernice

Get ready for glitzy costumes,

amazing routines and another beautiful

story - headlined by Giovanni.

Expect even more energy, even more

passion, and even more heat. Key

Theatre, Embankment Road, Peterborough,

PE1 1EF. 01733 207239


13-Jul Andrew Maxwell & Darren


Performances by Andrew Maxwell, a

world-class hour of whip-smart personal

and political comedy from everyone’s

favourite Irish funnyman and Darren

Harriott returns with a brand new show

exploring more of the issues that keep

him awake at night. Key Theatre, Embankment

Road, Peterborough,

PE1 1EF. 01733 207239.


14-15 Jul Plagiarised

An ordinary, ugly town. The people

are too, because they are alive. For

now. The rats come up from the sewers,

dying. After the feverish success

of “Project 1”, Sam Plumb’s Devising

Group adapts Camus’ “The Plague”

— and tries to survive. The Junction,

Clifton Way, Cambridge, CB1 7GX

01223 511511.


17-21 Jul Six

From Tudor queens to pop princesses,

the six wives of Henry VIII finally

take the mic to tell their tale, remixing

five hundred years of her-storical

heartbreak into a 75-minute celebration

of sisterly sass-itude. Cambridge

Arts Theatre, St Edward’s Passage,

Cambridge, CB2 3PJ. 01223 503333


18-Jul Catherine Bohart

Catherine Bohart is the bisexual,

OCD daughter of a Catholic Deacon

and she’s got a hell of a lot to say

about it. The Junction, Clifton Way,

Cambridge, CB1 7GX. 01223 511511


18-Jul Elf Lyons

The queen of clown is back and she’s

making the dismal science fun with

a whole orchestra and an Invisible

Hand. The Junction, Clifton Way

Cambridge, CB1 7GX. 01223 511511


19-Jul Tom Stade: I Sweat To

After last year’s smash-hit tour, the

comedy legend returns with a new

show, picking up just where he

left off. The Junction, Clifton Way,

Cambridge, CB1 7GX. 01223 511511.


21-Jul Henry Paker

Award-winning stand-up and comic

writer Henry Paker is one of the most

sought after comic brains in the UK.

Described by The Guardian as “one

of the funniest men on the planet”.

The Junction, Clifton Way, Cambridge,

CB1 7GX. 01223 511511


24-28 Jul Alternate Slices

Two parallel realities find Finola alternately

setting up home with DIY enthusiast

Matt and exploring the world

with adventurer Nick. Whichever

lifestyle she has found herself drawn

into, Finola wonders if she could have

cut her cake without it crumbling.

Corpus Playroom, 10 St Edward’s

Passage, Cambridge, CB2 3PJ. 01223

300085. www.corpusplayroom.com

26-Jul Sir Ranulph Fiennes: Living


Sir Ranulph Fiennes’ many endeavours

have pushed his endurance

levels to the very limits, inspiring generations

and making him a pioneer of

exploration with an unparalleled story

to tell. Cambridge Corn Exchange,

Wheeler Street, Cambridge,

CB2 3QE. 01223 357 851


27 Jul - 4 Aug His Dark Materials

Using a specially built temporary

theatre and spectacular sets, lighting

and puppetry, this production promises

to be a theatrical experience

like no other. Fitzwilliam Museum,

Trumpington St, Cambridge,

CB2 1RB. 01223 300085



6-Jul The Upbeat Beatles

With the songs that changed a

generation, this show will have you

tapping your feet from the opening

bars…..dancing in the aisles…..and

screaming like you did (or would

have!) in ’63! The Cresset, Bretton

Centre, Peterborough, PE3 8DX

01733 265705. www.cresset.co.uk

13-Jul Oh Sees

The band’s lineup has spawned and

re-spawned a few times before reaching

their current incarnation featuring

John Dwyer on guitar/vocals, Tim

Hellman on bass, Dan Rincon and

Paul Quattrone on drums.

The Junction, Clifton Way,

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Cambridge, CB1 7GX. 01223

511511. www.junction.co.uk

14-Jul Cambridge Summer Music


One of the world’s leading pianists

and recording artists, Joanna

MacGregor makes a welcome return

to CSM with this colourful programme

of Beethoven and Chopin

interspersed with music from South

America.West Road Concert Hall,

Cambridge, CB3 9DP0845 196

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20-Jul Bon Giovi

Covering every aspect of Bon Jovi’s

extensive career, Bon Giovi perform

all the greatest hits. The Cresset,

Bretton Centre, Peterborough,

PE3 8DX. 01733 265705


27-Jul The High Fiver

A longstanding Cambridge Junction

event offering emerging bands the

opportunity to play on the J1 stage.

The Junction, Clifton Way, Cambridge,

CB1 7GX. 01223 511511


28-Jul Austin Gold

Following the success of their debut

album ‘Before Dark Clouds’, the

multi-award winning local band,

Austin Gold, will be taking a break

from their summer festival tour and

return to their hometown. Key Theatre,

Embankment Road, Peterborough,

PE1 1EF. 01733 207239



1 Jul - 27 Aug Antony Gormley


‘SUBJECT’ highlights many of Antony

Gormley’s interests, including

how sculpture can activate both

the space that it occupies and the

body of the viewer. Kettle’s Yard,

University of Cambridge, Castle

Street, Cambridge, CB3 0AQ. 01223

748100. www.kettlesyard.co.uk

5 Jul - 2 Sept Mixed Summer

Exhibition 2018

Cambridge, picture, hand made

original print, jewellery, sculpture

and craftwork. Byard Art, 14 King’s

Parade, Cambridge, CB2 1SJ

01223 464646. www.byardart.co.uk

7-29 Jul Joan Miro: Lithographs

An exhibition of lithographs and

pochoir at the Babylon Gallery of

spanish painter, sculptor and ceramicist

Joan Miró. Babylon Gallery,

Waterside, Ely, CB7 4AU. 01353

616991. www.babylonarts.org.uk

7-29 Jul Cambridge Open Studios

Artists will open their doors to the

public over four weekends in July.

Among the huge range of specialisms

will be: fine art, photography,

pottery, glass making, sculpture,

illustration, textiles, jewellery and

furniture making, and more besides.

Studios are open to visit between

11am and 6pm. 87 venues to visit in

central Cambridge and Grantchester

and a further 134 venues in the

wider Cambridgeshire area.


13 Jul - 28 Oct Tree of Life -

Exhibition of works by Helaine

Blumenfeld OBE

An enlightening and unmissable

exhibition at Ely Cathedral showing

major new works by nationally

acclaimed artist and contemporary

sculptor Helaine Blumenfeld. Ely

Cathedral, Chapter House, The

College, Ely, CB7 4DL.


31 Jul - 11 Nov Designers &

Jewellery 1850 –1940: Jewellery &


Showcasing little-known treasures

from the Fitzwilliam Museum’s

outstanding permanent collection,

this exhibition celebrates exquisitely-designed

and often hand-crafted

jewellery and metalwork, dating

from the late 19th and early 20th

centuries. The Fitzwilliam Museum,

Trumpington Street, Cambridge ,

CB2 1RB. 01223 332900



6-Jul Ticklefest at Icklefest

Scott Bennett is the headliner for the

first ever Tickelfest at Icklefest. Part

of the Ickleton Lion Beer Festival, the

night begins around 8.15pm and tickets

start at just £8.80. The Ickleton

Lion, 9 Abbey Street, Ickleton

7-Jul What’s Your Poison?

Heffers’ celebrated summer crime

and mystery fiction party is back!

Featuring a selection of hand-picked

authors, come along for a lively

evening of readings, book chat and

signing. For more information of

who is appearing and to book £7

advance tickets, call 01223 463200.

8-Jul Cambridge Race for Life

Cambridge Race for Life will bring

thousands of women together

to support Cancer Research UK’s

life-saving research. Race for Life 5k

is great for all ages. Jesus Green,

Jesus Green, Victoria Avenue,


15-Jul Science on Sundays

This talk will show how recent

discoveries reveal how the fibres are

made and then woven into wood.

Cambridge University Botanic Garden.

Garden’s Classroom close to

Brookside Gate entrance, CB2 1JE.

01223 336265

26-29 Jul Cambridge Rock Festival

With around 75 bands appearing on

three fully covered stages set outdoors

in the grounds of Horseheath

Lodge, thanks to the sponsorship

of Black Barn Records. Horseheath

Lodge, Dean Road, Horseheath



28-Jul Saturday Pass

This festival is born from our love

of cheesy B-Movies from funny

80’s mullet action to over the top

splatter mayhem! The Junction,

Clifton Way, Cambridge, CB1 7GX

01223 511511. www.junction.co.uk


8-Jul Vintage & Craft Market

An average of 25 stalls offering an

eclectic mix of homewares, shabby

chic furniture, textiles, clothing, jewellery,

gifts and much more. Open

10am. £1 Entry, under 16’s free.

Free parking. Mill Lane,

Whittlesford, CB22 4NE

15-Jul 1 Day Peterborough Indoor

Antiques Fair

There will be up to 80 stalls selling a

wonderful array of antiques, vintage

and collectables. Open: 9.30am -

4pm. Admission: £3. The Cresset,

Rightwell, Peterborough, PE3 8DX

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Following a restful night’s sleep, descend

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panoramic views. After a morning enjoying

the sites of Southend, relax with a tailormade

massage and facial in our Retreat.

Enjoy a decadent afternoon tea with delicious

pastries in our flower-filled Green room.

Later, catch up with friends on our generous

terrace overlooking the sea and the bobbing

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A Day in

Leigh on Sea

Written by Chelsie Sewell

Instagram @chelsiesewell

If you find yourself pondering about what to do or

where to go this summer, look no further than the

quaint coastal town of Leigh-on-Sea. Spend the day

exploring the quirky craft shops, boutiques, and art

galleries or grab a bite to eat in one of the famous fish

restaurants or cockle sheds. This is the perfect place to

unwind and take in the fresh sea air.

Where to Eat

Leigh-on-Sea may be a small town, but it definitely doesn’t

lack in the food department! There are so many places

to choose from, whether you’re after a light snack or an

extravagant three course meal, you are spoilt for choice!

Sit outside and enjoy the panoramic views of the estuary

at the Peterboat Restaurant. The menu offers traditional

‘pub-grub’ and modern dishes, including a variety of tasty

vegetarian options. It also boasts a range of seafood

dishes, including its famous cockle chowder.

The flavoursome food means that you won’t be feeling

deprived, and you can even dine outside in the newly

opened garden. The restaurant also offers a vegan and

gluten free afternoon tea from £10 a head.

Where to shop

Leigh-on-Sea is the perfect place for some retail therapy.

With many boutique clothes, bespoke jewellery shops and

interior design stores, there is somewhere for everyone to

splash their cash.

Whether you are in search for a dress for a party, or you

need a new weekend wardrobe, Just Fox Boutique caters

for the fashion style conscious. Housing high-end brands,

such as the likes of Brodie Cashmere, as well as brands you

might not find on the high street, it is perfect for everyone,

whatever their style or budget may be.

If you’re after a fine dining experience, opt for The

Boat Yard Restaurant. The interior mimicking that of a

luxury cruise ship, the restaurant offers a premier dining

experience, just a stone’s throw away from the cobbled

streets of Old Leigh. With reclaimed timber floors, a

polarised glass front, as well as a beautiful outdoor deck,

allowing you to take in the uninterrupted views of the

Thames Estuary, it a lovely setting for lunch or dinner. The

menu offers a range of fish and meat dishes, as well as an

extensive wine list.

The Oaktree Restaurant just off the Broadway, is perfect

for vegetarians, vegans and meat-eaters. The vegetarian

menu has a Mediterranean and Asian influence, with every

dish available as fully vegan too (even the ice cream!).

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If it’s your home you’re looking to restyle, pay a visit to Tin

Design. Owned by two locals, this quirky interior design

shop contains a mix of Scandinavian homeware, eclectic

lighting, wallpaper and wall art, as well as local artisan

pieces, all of which have been handpicked. The pair also

offer an interior styling service if you need a hand!

Treat yourself or a loved one to a new piece of jewellery at

Castle Collection. The jewellery boutique and workshop

boasts contemporary jewellery created by the owner

herself, as well as collections from other designers to

create an eclectic mix. Lisa also offers a personal service

where, if desired, you can have an input on the design, to

create a piece especially for you. You can even learn the

art of silver-smithing and make your very own ‘ready-towear’

sterling silver ring at one of Lisa’s jewellery-making


Things to do

Visit Leigh Heritage Centre and learn all about the local

history of Leigh-on-Sea. Located in an original Victorian

cottage, it is home to a fascinating wealth of local

historical artefacts and memorabilia, as well as having

many volunteers on hand to answer any questions. There

is also a restored fisherman’s cottage attached, to give you

an insight to how they used to live.

Outside you can pick up the new Leigh-on-Sea heritage

trail, which is a 1.8 mile hike that takes around an hour.

Some sections of the trail are steep, so it’s best for

the able-bodied and active types only. Make sure you

download and print the map, as the trail is not marked!

Take a stroll through nearby Belfairs Park and Nature

Reserve, which is home to a diverse range of wildlife,

including rare butterflies like the heath fritillary. The park

also has facilities for tennis, bowling, golf and horse riding,

as well as the woodland centre which is an educational

facility where you can learn all about the fantastic ancient

woodland in an interactive way.

If you prefer to stay inside, visit one of the independent art

galleries. The Estuary Gallery Barge is a 21-meter floating

gallery showing Fine Art Photography by resident artist

Ian James and Watercolour and Mixed Media Paintings

by Josephine James. It also showcases additional work by

invited artists throughout the year.


Throughout the summer Leigh-on-Sea is hosting the

‘Summer Season on Strand Wharf’ event. Each week

Strand Wharf will have a different theme, allowing you

to try, taste and learn new things.It kicks off on 8 July

with the Craft and Cuisine Festival. There will be 18 stalls

of handmade goods by local crafters, including bags,

jewellery arts and cards. There will also be plenty of food

stalls, offering pastries, breads, cakes and street food, so

you won’t go home hungry!

On 15 July the Wharf transforms into a ‘kidszone’. The

children will be able to decorate a bag, create some sand

art as well as learn how to juggle in the circus workshop!

On 22 July, put your dancing shoes on and join in for an

afternoon of dance demonstrations. Or if you prefer, take

along your mat and water bottle, for a yoga and Tai Chi

Taster session with a beautiful beachside view. On 29 July

have a sing song, at the Music-a-Leigh event. Relax in the

deck chairs and enjoy a day of music from local choirs and


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What’s on in Essex


7-Jul Fastlove

The show is packed with

crowd pleasing anthems. From

the Wham classics of the new pop

revival to the chart-topping success

of the eighties album Faith. Princes

Theatre, Station Road, Clacton-on-

Sea, CO15 1SE. 01255 686633

www.tendringdc.gov.uk › Leisure ›

Princes Theatre

8-Jul Dan Snow – An Evening with

the ‘History Guy’

The evening will feature the wellknown

historian and TV presenter

recount anecdotes of memorable

experiences from his very successful

career as an historian and broadcaster.

West Cliff Theatre, Tower Road

Clacton-on-Sea, CO15 1LE. 01255

433344. www.westcliffclacton.co.uk

10-14 Jul Wish List by Katherine


Katherine Soper, with delicate and

sensitively powerful writing, asks

what our labour is worth and how

can life be lived when the system is

stacked against you? The Old Court

Theatre, Springfield Road,

Chelmsford. 01245 606505


12-Jul Around the World

Features dynamic choreography,

scenes with a comic twist and vocal

arrangements from classic musicals

and popular songs. Civic Theatre,

Duke Street, Chelmsford, CM1 1JG

01245 606505.


13-14 Jul BIG - the Musical

The classic 1987 film starring Tom

Hanks bursts onto stage with

energetic and heartfelt songs for all

the family. Civic Theatre, Duke Street,

Chelmsford, CM1 1JG. 01245 606505


13-Jul Crooners

‘Crooners’ follows the story of three

very British gentlemen who exhume

the characteristics of a crooner;

suave, self-assured, stylish, as they

defend the role of a crooner in our

modern world. Cliffs Pavilion,

Station Road, Southend-on-Sea,

SS0 7RA. 01702 351135


13-Jul Sixties Explosion

Enjoy a night of magical nostalgia

from these four experienced

musicians. Listen to the haunting

melodies that were the backdrop of

the Sixties. Braintree Arts Theatre,

Notley Road, Braintree, CM7 1WY

01376 556 354


13-Jul Craig Campbell: Easy Tiger

The majestic mountain moose in a

tiger striped onesie brings his thrilling

new show ‘Easy Tiger’ out of the

Fringe jungle and onto the world

stage for his 3rd solo tour. Colchester

Arts Centre, Church St, Colchester

CO1 1NF. 01206 500900


14-Jul Fanny’s Buns & Bubbles

Enjoy afternoon tea with a difference

with Southend’s favourite drag

queen! Spoil yourself with fabulous

cakes, sandwiches and a glass of

bubbles with Fanny as your host.

Cliffs Pavilion, Station Road, Southend-on-Sea,

SS0 7RA. 01702 351135


15-Jul Griff Rhys Jones: Where Was


A hilarious evening of comedy - observations,

anecdotes, reminiscences and

outright lies – from 40 years of travelling

down rivers and up mountains,

into Africa, out of India, and across

the arid wastes of the BBC. Colchester

Arts Centre, Church St, Colchester

CO1 1NF. 01206 500900


16-17 Jul Little Baby Bum

Join Mia, Jacus, Twinkle and their

Nursery Rhyme friends at the world

premiere of a brand new LIVE show.

Palace Theatre, 430 London Road,

Westcliff-on-Sea, SS0 9LA.

01702 351135.


19-21 Jul Anything Goes

Join us aboard the S.S. American

and sail from New York to England,

alongside a colourful collection of

passengers, for Anything Goes – a

musical of love, laughter, madcap

antics and everything in between

Queen’s Theatre, Billet Lane, Hornchurch,

RM11 1QT. 01708 443333


21 Jul - 30 Oct Afternoon Glee

Harlow’s very own drag queen Fanny

will be your host, and you might

even get to enjoy some lip-syncing

from the Queen herself....The Harlow

Playhouse, Playhouse Square,

Harlow, CM20 1LS. 01279 431945


24-28 Jul Endinburgh Preview

Great shows from fantastic stand-ups

as they hone their performance for

the famous Edinburgh Festival...

Colchester Arts Centre, Church

St, Colchester, CO1 1NF

01206 500900


24-28 Jul Some Mothers Do ‘Ave


Hilarious mishaps and DIY disasters

are bringing the house down, quite

literally, as ‘Some Mothers Do ‘Ave

‘Em’ hits the road with Joe Pasquale

as the lovable accident-prone Frank

Spencer. Palace Theatre, 430 London

Road, Westcliff-on-Sea, SS0 9LA

01702 351135


25-Jul Daffodil Scissors

A fun short play about Daffodil and

his problems and indeed woes,

mostly at the hands of his highly

needy Dad. Princes Theatre, Station

Road, Clacton-on-Sea, CO15 1SE.

01255 686633. www.tendringdc.

gov.uk › Leisure › Princes Theatre

27-Jul Rhythm of The Dance

This stunning Irish spectacular that

is ‘Rhythm of the Dance’, a fully live

show that celebrates Irish culture

through music and dance, featuring

world champion dancers, a traditional

Irish band, singers, a most gifted cast

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who have been wowing audiences

all over the world since 1999. Civic

Theatre, Duke Street, Chelmsford,

CM1 1JG. 01245 606505


27 Jul - 26 Aug Babe, The


Adopted by Hoggett’s faithful

sheepdog, Fly, the little pig soon

settles into farmyard life. But as he

begins to find his place amongst

the animals, a sudden threat to the

sheep flock gives Babe a taste for

the thrills of herding and his life is

changed forever. Mercury Theatre,

Balkerne Gate, Colchester, CO1 1PT.

01206 573948.


28-29 Jul The Gruffalo’s Child

One wild and windy night the

Gruffalo’s child ignores her father’s

warning and tiptoes out into the

snow. After all, the Big Bad Mouse

doesn’t really exist does he? Civic

Theatre, Duke Street, Chelmsford,

CM1 1JG. 01245 606505.


31-Jul An Audience with Ann


Forthright, intrepid and engaging,

Ann Widdecombe, the former

Shadow Home Secretary, has

reinvented herself since leaving

Parliament. Theatres and festivals

absolutely love hearing her talk

about her life, which still involves

serious debate and regular TV

documentaries. Mercury Theatre,

Balkerne Gate, Colchester, CO1 1PT

01206 573948.



9-Jul Buddy Holly - A Legend


Relive the rockin’ fifties music scene

with hits such as Peggy Sue, Oh

Boy, It Doesn’t Matter Anymore, It’s

So Easy, Rave On, Who’s Sorry

Now, Stupid Cupid, Lipstick On Your

Collar and many more. Queen’s

Theatre, Billet Lane, Hornchurch,

RM11 1QT. 01708 443333.


10-Jul Rocket Man

Entertainers are proud to present

‘The Rocket Man’, a tribute to

Multi-Grammy award-winning

legend and superstar, Sir Elton John.

Queen’s Theatre, Billet Lane, Hornchurch,

RM11 1QT. 01708 443333


14-Jul Thank You for the Music

This international smash-hit tribute

show brings all of ABBA’s number

one hits to the stage in a production

like no other. Cliffs Pavilion, Station

Road, Southend-on-Sea, SS0 7RA.

01702 351135.


20-Jul Take That Experience Show

‘Take That Experience Show’

gives you the very latest Take That

favourites as well as all the classic

songs from the past. Braintree Arts

Theatre, Notley Road, Braintree,

CM7 1WY. 01376 556354


21-Jul Bee Gees Fever Show

From soulful ballads to high-energy

disco classics, the band faithfully

recreates the songs that made the

Bee Gees musical legends. West

Cliff Theatre, Tower Road, Clactonon-Sea,

CO15 1LE. 01255 433344


23-Jul Legend - The Music of Bob


An unforgettable evening celebrating

this musical icon in one fantastic rasta

spectacular. Queen’s Theatre, Billet

Lane, Hornchurch, RM11 1QT. 01708

443333. www.queens-theatre.co.uk

28-Jul Lance Ellington Sings


Featuring all the glitz and glamour

of Strictly – including the promise of

some behind-the-scenes exclusives –

it’s the very best of Broadway. West

Cliff Theatre, Tower Road, Clactonon-Sea,

CO15 1LE. 01255 433344



20 Apr - 28 Jul Positive Proof

All works are original and printed by

hand. They reflect the collaborative

relationships which develop between

the studio and the artists. Gibberd

Gallery, The Water Gardens, Harlow,

CM20 1WG. 01279 446404.


23 Jun - 23 Jul Maldon Art Trail

The Maldon Art Trail showcases art

in shops, cafés, and public buildings

in and around Maldon. From

paintings and photographs to sculptures,

textiles and papercutting, the

diverse range of work showcases the

talent of local artists. Town Centre,

Maldon, CM9 6. www.facebook.


1 Jul 18 - 19 Mar 2019

Warner’s in Colour: A Tool for


It will celebrate colour as a fundamental

part of the design process,

exploring the collection held at the

Warner Textile Archive through the

lens of colour. Warners Mill, Silks

Way, CM7 3GB. 01376 557741



23 Jun - 23 Jul Maldon Festival

Maldon Festival provides music

lovers with a feast of orchestras,

choirs, musicians and more.

Town Centre, Maldon, CM9 6


2-15 Jul Summer Screen: Live

Wimbledon Screenings at Castle


The Wimbledon games will all be

screened free of charge, and the

cafe in the park will be open, and

serving strawberries and cream!

Castle Park, High Street, Colchester,

CO1 1TJ. www.colchester-events.


7-Jul Saffron Screen Pop Up

A screening of ‘Sideways’, with

wines from Joseph Barnes Wines.

Market Place, Saffron Walden,

CB10 1HR. www.saffronscreen.com


17-Jul Saffron Walden Emporium -

Collectables, Crafts

A variety of stalls selling small-scale

antiques, collectables, bric-a-brac

and crafts, including knitwear, cards

and home-made preserves. Market

Place, Saffron Walden, CB10 1HR

28-Jul The Curiosity Fair Antiques

and Collectables

25 stalls of vintage, antiques, crafts

and collectables on market day

in this lovely town.10am - 4pm

£1 entry. Saffron Walden Friends

Meeting House, High street,

CB10 1AA

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Residents can’t

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Come and see why.

Show Suite Open Day:

Saturday 7 th July 2018

10pm – 4pm

Come and see for yourself how

industry-leading residential, nursing and

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by award-winning facilities that mean

residents can carry on doing the things

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There’s such excitement about

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Arlington Manor Care Home, Wellbrook

Way, Girton, Cambridge, CB3 0FW





Contact us for further information or for a free market appraisal

T. 01223 667 355 | E. info@redmaynemiller.co.uk




After successfully managing the Lettings

Department of a large independent

Cambridge agency for five years and

significantly increasing their lettings portfolio,

Will has now co-founded Redmayne Miller.

His extensive knowledge and drive to

succeed are the perfect combination to

ensure Redmayne Miller goes from strengthto-strength!



Ali co-founded Redmayne Miller after

forming a strong partnership with Will during

their years together at a Cambridge agency.

Ali has worked in the Lettings Industry for

eight years and excels in providing a high

level of customer service to both Landlords

and Tenants. Her positive attitude and

commitment to clients is paramount,

ensuring a personal service is delivered.



With 10 years’ experience as a Property

Manager, Karen brings a wealth of knowledge

and understanding to the team.

Karen ensures that all tenancies run as

smoothly as possible and manages the

day-to-day repairs and maintenance. Karen is

arguably one of the best Property Managers

in the area and will ensure that your property

is in safe hands.


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