Eastlife October 2018


The leaves are golden, pumpkins are popping up everywhere and there’s a cool crisp bite in the air; it can only mean one thing, autumn is officially here!

October is one of those great transitional months that have us enjoying the best of the cooler weather without complaining it’s too cold. Make the most of this time with our ideas for autumnal experiences in the East and the best cosy
pub stops after a long walk through the crunchy leaves.

For the brave souls among you, check out our guide to the scariest ghost tours in the region and discover the most haunted locations in the East. There’s also plenty
of Halloween fun for little ones from page 40. Before you know it Christmas will be here, beat the crowds with our pick of early festive events. The months ahead are looking busy, plan your weekend with the latest news and events at www.eastlife.co.uk



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hey call us ‘empty nesters’ - the kids have grown up and left home (at last!) so we’re rattling around

in a house twice as big as we need. And we have a big garden that was ideal when the children

Then there’s the financial aspect. The house is apparently The properties are mostly one and two-bedroom

wanted to bring all their friends round to play football but is now just a chore to maintain.

worth a small fortune (the neighbours have just sold bungalows. Maybe we’ll take one of the larger ones so

theirs for a frankly ridiculous amount) but we’re not that we have somewhere for the children to stay when

Then there’s the financial aspect. The house is apparently The properties are mostly one and two-bedroom

getting any worth value a small from fortune money (the tied neighbours up in bricks have and just sold they bungalows. visit – and Maybe perhaps we’ll grandchildren take one of the too, larger one ones day so –

mortar. theirs for a frankly ridiculous amount) but we’re not who that knows? we have somewhere for the children to stay when

getting any value from money tied up in bricks and they visit – and perhaps grandchildren too, one day –

I am still working so we’re not exactly struggling for cash.


who knows?

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long-promised But with world more cruise, money for in the a start. bank we could do some of

the things that we can’t quite afford at the moment – that

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and buy somewhere smaller – and pocket the difference

So, we’re looking at ‘down-sizing’. Sell this big house

in prices.

and buy somewhere smaller – and pocket the difference

We’re planning prices. ahead, too. We’re in good health and

hope it will We’re stay planning that way ahead, for years too. We’re to come. in good But health we know and

that eventually hope it we’re will stay not that going way for to be years as to active come. as But we we are know All the homes have been designed to need minimal

now. that eventually we’re not going to be as active as we are ongoing All the maintenance. homes have been It means designed that to we need can minimal benefit from


the ongoing independence maintenance. and security It means of that property we can ownership benefit from

That’s why we’ve been looking at developments from without the independence the concerns and of property security of upkeep property – ownership the garden is

Larkfleet That’s Homes why under we’ve The been Croft looking brand. at developments They are from

a lot without smaller the so concerns there’s less of property mowing upkeep and weeding! – the garden is

designed Larkfleet to provide Homes the under over-55s The (whether Croft brand. retired They or are still a lot smaller so there’s less mowing and weeding!

designed to provide the over-55s (whether retired or still

working) with the independence of owning their own The bungalows

working) with the independence of owning their own The bungalows

homes combined with the benefits of being part of a are located around

homes combined with the benefits of being part of a are located around







and and gardens, gardens, creating creating

The second The phase second of phase development of development at The at Croft The Croft at Baston at Baston a pleasant a pleasant residential

has just opened. has just opened. It is a small It is a number small number of new of homes new homes in in environment. The The

this tranquil this village tranquil just village outside just outside Bourne Bourne in Lincolnshire. It It village village itself itself has has a a

sits alongside sits alongside the highly the successful highly successful fully-sold fully-sold first phase, first phase,

number of of shops and and

extending extending the community the community but keeping but keeping it at a it modest at a modest

two two excellent pubs pubs

scale. scale.

with with restaurants.

It is well located, too,

It is well located, too,

close to the A15 for

close to the A15 for

easy access to the

easy cities access of Peterborough

to the

cities and of Lincoln, Peterborough as well

and as Lincoln, nearby Bourne as well

as nearby and the Bourne historic town

and of the Stamford. historic And town if

of Stamford. we don’t want And to if use the car, the frequent bus service

we provides don’t want easy to use alternative. the car, the frequent bus service

provides Maybe

an it is

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The Croft at Baston.


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Dear Reader,

The leaves are golden,

pumpkins are popping up

everywhere and there’s a cool

crisp bite in the air; it can only

mean one thing, autumn is

officially here! October is one

of those great transitional

months that have us enjoying

the best of the cooler weather without complaining it’s

too cold. Make the most of this time with our ideas for

autumnal experiences in the East and the best cosy

pub stops after a long walk through the crunchy leaves.

For the brave souls among you, check out our guide to

the scariest ghost tours in the region and discover the

most haunted locations in the East. There’s also plenty

of Halloween fun for little ones from page 40. Before

you know it Christmas will be here, beat the crowds

with our pick of early festive events.

The months ahead are looking busy, plan your

weekend with the latest news and events at


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Discover ghost tours and spooky

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How to make the most of the new




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Mum’s the Word & half term

Halloween fun


School open days and the benefits

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News, the Cambridge Foodie,

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68-73 HEALTH

Breast Cancer Awareness Month &

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A resident’s view of Saffron Walden

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Music at the Movies

5 October, Sculpture

Gallery, Woburn

Enjoy a three course dinner and an

evening of music by candlelight as The

Aylesbury Symphony Orchestra perform

music classic scores from the likes of

Chindlers List, Adagio from Spartacus,

West Side Story and the theme from

Pride and Prejudice.


The Hostry Festival

13-28 October

Over 25 of Norfolk’s finest and diverse performers will come together this

month for the Hostry Festival, which is now in its eighth year. Highlights

include a world premier from Total Ensemble Theatre Company with their

Movement Theatre piece ‘Boy In The Lighthouse’, the return for the final

time of ‘The Human Voice’ and an interview and Q&A with actress and writer

Sally Philips. www.hostryfestival.org

Image: Hostry Festival launch, by Simon Finlay

Terry Dash Music tours the

Eastern region

This autumn Terry Dash Music will be

taking to the stage at theatres across the

East. The popular Johnny Cash Roadshow

makes a return appearance on Sunday

14 October at The Pier Pavilion, Cromer,

while singer Joanna Eden will perform at

the Haverhill Arts Centre on 5 October

with her ‘Embraceable Ella’ show. Prepare

to party with the Retro King Si Cranstoun

who will be ‘Twisting The Night Away’

at the Corn Hall, Diss on Saturday 24

November. www.terrydash.co.uk

Dubai Future

Champions Festival

12-13 October

An autumn highlight, the

Festival returns to the Rowley

Mile with Autumn Ladies Day,

amazing Group 1 racing and

entertainment for all. There’s

also fun free activities such as

the Taste of Dubai and a virtual

reality experience!

Kate Bush Tribute comes

to Hertfordshire

Friday 19 October,

Southern Maltings Art

Centre, Ware

Doors open 7.30pm

Live Music by The KT Bush Band

will perform the hits and classic

album tracks of Kate Bush.

Two of her original band members

have reformed to perform songs

from her early years in 1977.


Dive under the sea in Cambridge

12 October

The Ocean Film Festival World Tour is coming to Cambridge,

bringing inspirational ocean films to the Corn Exchange on 12

October. Returning to the UK for the fifth year running, the event

features a brand-new collection of ocean themed films, with

fascinating marine life and intrepid adventures from both above

and below the ocean’s surface. There’s a free prize giveaway of

ocean related goodies at each screening as well!


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Book tickets to the Thursford

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The Thursford Christmas Spectacular is bringing

festive fun to Norfolk once again at the Thursford

Collection from 6 November to 23 December.

One of Europe’s biggest and most anticipated

festive events, and now in its 41st year, this

staple of the Christmas season boasts 65 musical

numbers, glittering costumes, a troupe of dancers

from across the West End and Broadway and is

set to entertain over 110,000 people from up and

down the country.

The extravaganza is a dazzling festive celebration

of non-stop singing, dancing, music, humour

and variety, featuring a wealth of acts from

outstanding performers, many of whom have

frequented the nation’s most coveted stages.

It might only be October, but tickets to this seasonal showcase

sell out fast!

Prices from £37 – £47

Book at www.thursford.com/christmas-spectacular.

Huntingdon’s Christmas Celebrations

Building the roots of Ickworth

Is Christmas on your mind? Due to the success of last year’s

Christmas market in Huntingdon’s town centre, this year’s

event will be extended to four days from 29 November to

2 December.

The Market will be launched with the popular Christmas

Lights Switch On, which will take place at 6.30pm on the

evening of Thursday 29 November. The event, supported by

local businesses and charity stalls, will be a hub of festive fun,

with gifts, food and a visit by Father Christmas and his elves

to keep children entertained.


This autumn, the National Trust’s Ickworth House, is

celebrating its history of wood on the estate; how it

is used and what is has helped to build.

During October, visitors will be invited to explore

the world of wood both indoors and outdoors, from

the books that were bound to last to walks on the

life of an Ickworth Oak and how the woodland is

used to help heat the House. Children are invited to

take part and become ‘Little Rangers’ for the day by

collecting acorns to be replanted around the estate.

During half term, the children’s crafts will use the

nature around it including conkers, pine cones and

leaves, turning them into creative mementos to take


The biggest weekend in the Ickworth calendar,

the annual Wood & Craft, takes place on 6-7

October, which includes the rare opportunity to

buy quality Ickworth wood milled from across the

estate. Visitors will be able to purchase gifts, meet

Anglian potters, watch demonstrations from skilled

craftsmen and enjoy live music, locally brewed ales

and street food.

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Cambridge Festival of Ideas

2018 returns to the city

This year’s Cambridge Festival of Ideas,

which takes place 15-28 October, will

host over 200 events, exhibitions and

performances as it explores the theme

of extremes, from political and social

radicalism to life at high altitudes and the

extreme high street.

Now in its 11th year, this year’s programme

features events ranging from debates,

talks, exhibitions, films and performances

held in lecture theatres, museums and

galleries around Cambridge. There are

events for all ages and most are free.

Highlights include debates on ‘Europe in

an age of extremes’ on 18 October and

‘Bridging the gender gap’ on 24 October.

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There will also be a range of hands-on sessions for adults including

ethical dilemmas and what we can do with plastic wastes, as well as many

events for children, including an interactive Arctic Day, Mini Movers in

the Museum, and a Making Giants workshop. In addition there will be

film screenings and the launch of the ‘Centre for the Study of Global

Human Movement’. The full programme is available at


New festival comes to Suffolk; Film Feast Suffolk, 5-7 October

A new festival that showcases feature films, documentaries

and short films on the subject of food and drink is coming

to Woodbridge this autumn.

Local foodies will be able to enjoy the screenings at

The Riverside theatre and restaurant and at partner cafés

including The Fire Station, Honey & Harvey and The Tea

Hut. Each day a meal will also be recreated from one of

the feature films at three local restaurants, The Riverside,

The Galley and The Table.

Sponsored by The East of England Co-op, the event will

feature special guests including film critic, broadcaster

Nigel Floyd, TV presenter Ruth Watson and The Sunday

Times journalist and author, India Knight. Multi-award

winning local baker, David Wright, of The Cake Shop will

also be baking a wedding cake in under 45 minutes live

on stage during the festival.

For further details visit www.filmfeast.co.uk

Lisa Angel opens the doors to its new store in intu


Norwich jewellery and accessory business Lisa Angel continues to shine in

the city as it opens its doors to its new store at Intu Chapelfield, marking

10 years since the launch of its ground floor stand, situated just outside of


The business which offers stylish accessories, gifts and personalised items,

recently scooped three awards at the intu Chapelfield awards including

Intu Chapelfield Retailer of the Year, World Class Customer Service Award

and Jewellery & Accessories Retailer of the Year, for the year of 2018. The

business launched with a small table in the dining terrace of Chapelfield

in 2006, and has since grown with a permanent Chapelfield stand in

2008, followed by its Lower Goat Lane store in 2011 as well as securing

partnerships with Topshop, Not on the High Street and Next.

The new store will offer customers the opportunity to have their jewellery

hand-stamped with their chosen personalisation right in front of them,

as well as creating new positions for local tradesmen. Items can also be

purchased online at lisaangel.co.uk

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Written by Lily Webber

Tis the season to be…spooky! If you want to

scare yourself silly, a whole host of ghostly

amusements can be found across the East of

England, but here are the haunting highlights…


Nunkie, Ghost Writers on the Camb, takes place

most Sundays

For an intellectual look into the ghost tour, ‘Ghost Writers

on the Camb’ can be enjoyed by believers and nonbelievers

alike. The two hour tour focuses on the ghost

stories born from Cambridge’s hallowed halls by writers

such as M R James. The tour is led by storyteller and

art historian Robert Lloyd Parry and costs £10 a ticket.

Running all year long, it can be booked through the

website at www.nunkie.co.uk/ghost-writers-on-the-cam

Cambridge’s Official Guided Halloween Ghost Tour,

from 27-31 October

Suitable for the under 12s, this child friendly tour lasts for

an hour and costs £10 for an adult ticket, £6 for under

12s and £8 concessions. The tour starts at the front of

Guildhall Market Square and booking is essential. Two

tours run every day, one at 6pm and the other at 7.30pm.

Put your walking shoes on and look forward to your

spooky evening stroll through Cambridge!

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Black Shuck Cambridge Ghost Tours, 7 days a

week, all year long, tours start regularly from 4pm

to 10pm everyday

This is certainly one of Cambridge’s most well-known

spooky tours. Prices vary from £45 to £160 depending

on the size of the group and which length of tour you

choose. Or, if ghosts don’t tickle your fancy, Black Shuck

also offer a tour on death and a tour on witches.



Your Own Tour

If you’re brave enough to go it alone, and want

to become a home grown ghost hunter check out

Bedfordshire’s top 10 most haunted houses – including

the haunted (and grade 1 listed) Georgian, Flitwick Manor,

boasting its own hidden room, rediscovered in the 1900s,

and multiple sightings of a ghostly woman at the window.


Moot Hall, subject to availability

Bedfordshire is also home to the haunted Moot Hall which

can be rented for independent paranormal investigations

if you’re slightly more private about your ghost hunting.

Three previous investigations have resulted in sightings

and all groups have recorded EVRs in the same room.


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St Albans Ghost Walk, advance tickets only

Showing the hidden side of St Albans this is a popular

walk run from October and throughout winter, which

delves into the city’s long and interesting history. Use

the website to make enquiries about group bookings

but keep in mind that the website advises use of patron

discretion when considering under 12s for the tour.



Norfolk Tours

Another DIY ghost tour, Norfolk Tours summarises the

haunted highlights – including Blickling Hall where Anne

Boleyn‘s headless ghost is said to roam. The phantom of

her father, Sir Thomas, has also been spotted.


Ghost Walks Norwich, 28-31 October

For a guide led tour, Norwich Ghost Walks supply a

Halloween special which includes re-enactments of

some of the more gruesome local tales in the beautiful

Cow Tower Park in Norwich. It’s only £10 a ticket for this

affordable fright fest. A dramatic spin on the ghost tour

perfect for Halloween.



Ipswich Gemini Ghost Tour, first Thursday of every

month (4 October)

A pub and ghost tour led by author Ed Nicholls, this

Ipswich based ghost tour travels through the ancient

town and uncovers it’s ghoulish past – not for the faint

hearted or the close minded, this is a ghost tour for the

true believers and is priced at £7 a ticket.


Landguard Fort Ghost Tour, 13 October

On the 13 October there will be a paranormal

investigation of the whole fort. Holding a turbulent

history of conflict, the fort boasts a recurring sighting of a

sailor in one of the top right windows. For £45 this event

is for over 18s only and includes séances, ouiji boards and

actual ghost hunting equipment.



Red Lion Hotel, 19 and 31 October (18+ only)

An overnight spooky spectacular, this ghost hunting sit-in

event includes a hot buffet and is held in this grade 1

listed building from 8pm to 2am for £45 per person. Book

now to catch a glimpse of one of the main three ghosts

known to dwell at the hotel and restaurant – a young boy,

a monk and a murdered chambermaid.


Hangmans Hill Epping Forest Ghost Walk,

27-31 October

This legendary ghost tour is the official and original

Hangmans Hill Epping Forest ghost walk. Seen on both

TVs ‘Most Haunted’ and ‘The Only Way Is Essex’. The

tour includes tales of various sightings, the appearance

of a medium and a visit to a cemetery. Costing £18 per

ticket and lasting from 8pm -10.30pm, this night time

event is packed with all you could ask for from a ghost

tour. www.dusktilldawnevents.co.uk

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Tales of the East

Written by Ruby Reed | Instagram @rubymayree

Ruby is the author of ‘Loyal Liar’ available on Amazon

Cromer Pier

Beyond the pretty landscapes of the East are

some eerie goings-on. We’ve discovered the

most scary hauntings and myths that reside in

the region. Some you may have heard of but

we’re sorry if you hadn’t!




Hauntings of Cromer Pier

It seems there is a place with a particular reputation when

it comes to Norfolk. Anyone seeking some paranormal

activity (it’s a no from me) ought to pay a visit to the

historic grade II listed pier, more specifically the Pavilion

Theatre situated at the end of the pier. It is locally known

as a haunted hotspot.

The location of the pier dates back to 1391! So it has

seen a lot of characters. Some in particular seem to

have had unfinished business. The theatre is said to be

haunted by Dick Condon, an Irish impresario. Countless

performers claim to have been completely freaked by the

appearance of his ghostly figure as they perform on the

stage. Clearly he wasn’t ready lo leave the job in hand!

Many members of staff and visitors also continuously

report sightings of a man in a tall black hat, with jet black

hair and ashen face, along with the laughing and singing

of a ghostly woman in the corridors. Members of staff are

frequently frightened by witnessing poltergeist activity at

the Pavilion. Ranging from objects moving on their own

accord to glasses and bottles mysteriously smashing in

the bar area from unknown forces – eek!

In addition, visitors swear blind to seeing ghost figures

of gaunt medieval looking figures walking along the pier.

Could it get much creepier?

Lastly it is said the old lifeboat shed used to be haunted

by the spirits of dead lifeboat men. However they are

believed to have migrated and joined the party at the

theatre. You may even hear the cries of the long lost

sailors at sea…So what do you think, fancy catching a



Joseph - the Unknown Gypsy Boy

There is an unmarked grave near a crossroads on the

B1506, near Kennett, a few miles from Newmarket. The

rumors are a traveler boy is buried here, and that the boy

was falsely accused of sheep stealing. It is believed he

took his own life, rather than going to jail or being hung

as a traveler would have never gotten a fair trial in the

17th century.

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Oliver Cromwell

In the past crossroads had religious meaning. A church

viewed suicide as the murder of one’s self and would

not permit a body of such to be buried on consecrated

ground. The family would have selected a crossroads for

their loved one to be buried, near the crude shape of a

cross in the road.

Flowers and other items of respect are left here

frequently by a number of people - some for luck, some

to avoid suffering an accident in the area. Many cyclists

report coming off their bikes along this stretch of road,

for reasons they cannot explain. The site is deemed

haunted as it seems that a strange unseen power

dismounts those that pass.

According to Kennett locals the grave in question has

been a local landmark for a very long time, and travelers

marked the site with a cross in the 1970s. An inscription

reads: ‘Joseph - the Unknown Gypsy Boy. Rest in Peace.’

Today superstitious horse racing fanatics and gamblers

are known to sometimes visit the grave for good luck…at

their own risk!


Oliver’s Head

Having been established far back in 1209, Cambridge

is the fourth oldest university in the world, the second

oldest in England! Over these many years it is no surprise

it has accumulated some tales. One of its most famous

haunts is a well-known spirit- Oliver Cromwell. The late

Lord Proctor of England whose reputation has landed him

as one of the most evil men in the world - ouch!

It is said he lingers. But not all of him…because he was

so hated, after his death his body was dug up, hung and

distastefully beheaded. The body was discarded in a

shallow grave, Oliver Cromwell’s head was then displayed

on a pike over Westminster Abby for 20 years!

When eventually taken down, the head finally came to

rest at Sidney Sussex College. Ever since, the head has

been spotted floating around the campus in search of the

rest of its body. ‘Hey, you! Pay attention!’.


The depths of Epping Forest

This ancient woodland is overrun with skin crawlers.

Loughton Camp is an Iron Age Hill fort located in the

forest, dating back to 500 BC. It has been investigated by

paranormal search groups who have reported spotting

spooky lights, eerie mists, ghostly figures and hearing

unexplained sounds like that of footsteps in the woods

around them. Rhythmic sounds have also been recorded.

Along from Loughton Camp is Wake Arms roundabout.

Notorious for sightings of phantom horse-drawn carriages

and even headless bikers. Unexpecting drivers have been

startled at the sights here, in some cases spirit figures run

out in front of vehicles before vanishing into thin air!

And keep your eyes peeled all over East Anglia for

the Black Shuck…

Black Shuck is the name given to a ghostly black dog

which is said to roam the coastline and countryside of

East Anglia. Accounts of the Black Shuck form part of

folklore for Norfolk, Suffolk, Cambridgeshire and Essex.

A common description of the creature’s appearance is

described as a black shaggy dog, with fiery eyes and of

immense size. The shuck is said to visit churchyards at

midnight. It is sometimes recorded as an omen of death.

Images of black sinister dogs are now legendary within

the area and appear in popular culture due to the mass of

reported sightings.

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at Bressingham

Steam Museum

Friday 26th and Saturday

27th October from 17:30

Its going to be a spooky time this

Halloween at Bressingham. The Fen

Railway train will be running from

18:00 through the edge of the haunted

woods, hoping it doesn’t need to stop

at the old abandoned crossing or the

wilderness swamp. See if you can avoid

riding with one of the Galloper ghosts

of years gone by.

There will be witches, ghosts and ghoulish goings on

to spot both on the train trip and inside the Museum.

Coming in costume adds to the occasion, so why not

get the whole family to dress up.

Magicians and Balloon modellers will be providing

entertainment. Zootastic will be here again with a

collection of creepy crawlies! We have a BBQ too!

Advance prices are £8.50 for Adults and £7 for

children, gates open at 17:30 - last rides at 20:30

Tickets are available on the day or in

advance on 01379 686900.

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Autumn Days Out

Written by Liz Mattock

Instagram @lizjanemattock

Autumn is here, and though it may be getting

colder, there’s no need to hibernate indoors.

Head out and experience the region in all its

colourful glory. We’ve listed 10 places to enjoy

the season.

Mid Norfolk Railway

Why not jump on board one of the diesel engines this

autumn and take in the beautiful Norfolk countryside in

style? Book onto an afternoon tea steam ride, high tea

or fish and chips, on board the most magnificent trains

in town. Watch the world pass by as you wine, dine

and sample some of Norfolk’s produce mixed with the

stunning visual delights of the Broads and the coast.

Prices and times can be found at mnr.org.uk

National Trust

The East of England is blessed with some of the most

beautiful National Trust sites, including Anglesey Abbey

and Mill in Cambridge, Oxburgh Hall and Felbrigg Hall

in Norfolk, and Willington Dovecote and Stables in

Bedfordshire. Choose from forests, woods, stately homes,

castles and ruins. Pick one, pack up the car and go!

More information at www.nationaltrust.org.uk/days-out/


Sheringham Park

Sheringham Park is one of the most picturesque parks in

the UK, with acres of green land, forest, paths and wild

roaming deer; it really is the perfect place to go exploring

amongst the autumnal leaves this October. The park is

dog-friendly and there’s plenty to spot on your walk from

rare butterflies to some four-legged friends.


Africa Alive!

This autumn, book yourself onto a wild safari and meet

over 80 species of animals from zebras and meerkats to

aardvarks and lions at Africa Alive! located in Lowestoft. If

you simply love animals or know someone with a special

birthday coming up, then book on to one of the wild

experiences to make your loved one or child’s birthday

that extra bit special. Tickets are priced at £19.95 per

adult and £14.50 for a child. Experiences are extra and

will need to be booked in advance. www.africa-alive.co.uk

Southwold Lighthouse & Beach

Fancy a day out by the sea, stepping back in time and

finding out more about the local lighthouse and how it

protects the stunning Suffolk coast and its visiting ships

from harm? Then head to Southwold and all will be

revealed. With so much on offer including the beach,

beach huts, local restaurants and the lighthouse and

its information centre, you can easily spend a weekend

exploring this beautiful part of the coast. Tickets cost £4

for adults and £3 for children. Find out more at


Adnams Gin Experience

If relaxing with a nice ale or refreshing gin is more your

thing then Adnams brewery in Bury St Edmunds is hosting

a number of brewery and distillery tours at its base

in Suffolk. Do the names Ghost ship, Long shore and

Copper House Dry Gin, ring any bells? Well this is the

home where they are lovingly created. Head online and

book a tour. If you want to see the distillery or brewery

working then it’s best to visit during the week. Housed in

a Victorian style building, a modern treat awaits you.

Book your tour at adnams.co.uk


A beach, a Quay, pubs, restaurants, cafes, a pirate ship,

shops, ice cream parlours and much, much more awaits

you on this picturesque stretch of the North Norfolk

coast. Take a boat trip through the marshes or opt for a

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Wells Quay

sunset tour through Wells Harbour Tours (this time of year

is great for pink glowing skies), or follow the coastal path

from Wells to Stiffkey, stop off at The Red Lion for lunch

and catch the Coasthopper back. Plan your day out at



Does one fancy a Royal visit perhaps? Sandringham Estate

is the 18th century countryside retreat of Her Majesty

Queen Elizabeth. Often frequenting at Christmas time

for gathering with all the family, the estate is free to visit

all year round. Swathed in history, the house, museum,

gardens and visitors centre are a must before resting your

feet at the onsite café. www.sandringhamestate.co.uk

Ipswich Oktoberfest

On 6 October, get out your lederhosen and enjoy

an evening packed with Bavarian food and drink

accompanied by none other than an original Oompah

band, who will have you slapping your thighs in the isles.

VIP tickets cost £29; trestle table seating is priced at £18.

Tickets include German speciality food and a pint of beer.

Lederhosen is encouraged.


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Spiral Staircase

inside Southwold

Lighthouse Suffolk

Framlingham Sausage Festival

Looking for a festival to warm up this

autumn? Framlingham is your best bet

where you can snuggle up with hot

sausages. It all happens on Sunday 14

October from 10am when the town of

Framlingham will celebrate the great

British sausage producers from East

Anglia. Tickets cost £6 per person or

a group ticket for four people can be

purchased for £20. You can even vote on

your favourite sausage and if you hang

around until 5.30pm, the winners will

be announced at Framlingham Castle.

There are three sizzling gluten free

categories in this year’s festival too, so

no one is left out.


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The Best East Anglian

Experiences this Autumn!

Spend a weekend exploring

The National Stud or visiting

the National Heritage Centre

for Horseracing & Sporting Art.

Great half-term fun for

the whole family



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Christmas is Calling!

We bet this headline has got you rolling your

eyes, as yes Christmas does seem to get

earlier every year but you’ll be hanging baubles

on a tree before you know it. To beat the

crowds and grab yourself the best festive finds

around, take a trip to one of these early seasonal


Blackthorpe Barn Country Christmas Shop, Suffolk

Blackthorpe Barn located in Rougham just outside

Bury St Edmunds is opening the doors to its Country

Christmas Shop on 22 October. Open every day until

22 December, the huge barn is full of festive décor and

gifts. Throughout the upcoming months Blackthorpe Barn

will be selling Rougham Estate Christmas trees, hosting

creative workshops and much loved Santa Grotto and its

inspiring Best of British craft weekend.


Christmas Shopping Evenings, Holkham Hall, Norfolk

The stately home is best enjoyed at Christmas. The

festivities start this year on 15 November with an evening

of shopping. Visitors can enjoy a complimentary mince pie

and mulled wine while browsing gifts, décor and treats.

Free entry.



German Christmas Market, Battlesbridge, Essex

Retuning for its fourth year, and promising to be bigger

than ever before, the European inspired market at

Meadow Croft Garden Centre will be serving up German

beer, Glubwein, pretzels, bratwurst and more alongside

traditional market stalls manned with traders in costume.


Christmas Market at Hatfield House, Hertfordshire

Hatfield House is kicking off the Christmas market season

and getting in early with its shopping event by Welwyn

Hatfield Conservatives on 3 November, from 10.30am to

4pm. In conjunction with Isabel Hospice the market offers

gifts from local businesses while raising funds for the

charity. Entry is £2.


Buckland Barn, Hertfordshire

It’s impossible not to get into the Christmas spirit here.

Stacked to the rafters, the barn features quirky festive

décor and homewares, Christmas trees, lighting, scents,

gifts and much more. The barn will be opening its doors

on 12 October. www.christmasatbucklandbarn.co.uk

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Tails about town

Written by Emma Kemsley

Cocker in Cornwall

Excitement got the better of Fletcher last

month when we swapped our corner in the

East for the south west land of Cornwall. As we

drove the winding lanes of the coastal path, the

squeals of excitement started…and didn’t stop

until we left five days later.

Our first stop was Mullion on the south coast. Desperate

to stretch our legs after a long six hour drive, we took

on the steep trek down to Mullion Cove, and instantly

discovered our first problem. Fletcher is a lot more agile

than us and while it took him a mere minute to bounce

down and splash into the sea, my husband and I had to

frantically scramble down the cliff after him.

We stayed at the Polurrian Bay Hotel, which has great

sea views from the bar and restaurant, and access to the

beach, perfect for sunset walks. It was wonderful to watch

Fletcher frolic in the sea with other dogs, while horse

riders trotted up and down on the sand. Our next stop

was the Artist Residence in Penzance; a stylish boutique

hotel. Both hotels catered well for furry guests and

included a dog bed, bowls and treats in the room.

Days were spent strolling along dog friendly beaches,

while Fletcher glided through the water doing his best

seal impression. I feel like a traitor for saying this, as I

think the North Norfolk coast is one of the best dog

friendly destinations in the UK, but I have found the

ultimate dog friendly beach; Porth Kidney, a secret oasis,

just a 10 minute drive from St Ives. You’ll feel as though

you’ve been transported to a Caribbean island (minus

the weather). The powder white sands stretched for

miles beyond us, and the crystal blue waters sparkled in

the sunlight. Fletcher wasted no time leaping into the

clear waters, while we found a spot on the soft sand. Not

wanting to miss out, my husband and I braced the chilly

sea temperatures and joined him for a swim. A family

memory made!

Once we’d washed the sea salt from our hair and fur

we ventured into St Ives for lunch. You’d assume after

three hours of swimming and skidding across the sand,

that Fletcher would be needing a break, but oh no, he

embarrassed us the entire way around St Ives. Pulling so

hard on the lead, we had to switch to the Halti, which

he always cries about, but add to that the squeals of

excitement as he knew the sea was just around the corner

and it was simply humiliating. We had people come up to

ask us what was wrong with him; was he in pain, was he

hurt, was he struggling to breathe…the answer in short –

no, he just wanted to swim, AGAIN!

The spoilt spaniel got what he wanted, and we settled

for ice cream by the dog friendly rocks at the end of the

beach, where Fletcher entertained crowds of tourists as

he hurled himself into clear water from the rocks, dived

under for stones and generally acted like an extra hyped

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Written by

Karen Rhodes

Do you dream of worry free walks? Secure

fields could be the answer

For some owners dog walks can be stressful, especially

for those who have reactive dogs or pets with a high prey

drive that just love to run and run.

Imagine your dog being able to run free without the

headache of other dogs or distractions. Maybe your

pooch seizes an opportunity to chase squirrels in the park

and you worry about them not coming back. Or you just

want somewhere secure to train your dog. You need to

hire a secure field.

Secure fields are available to hire for a whole host of

reasons and there are certainly more and more popping

up in our region. With up to 6ft fencing set in quiet

locations away from the many distractions of urban life,

these are the ideal places to train your new puppy recall

without the worry of them escaping.

Originally a field for hire was just that, fields with high

fencing, but many have seen a lot of improvements in

recent years. Some boast swimming pools, toys and lots

of fun equipment for you to use if you’re stuck for ideas

of things to do with your dog.

Your dog can enjoy the freedom to run around and sniff

to their hearts content and ‘be more dog’ without them

encountering the scary things that make them anxious.

The concept has become so popular that there is a

dedicated website where you can find a secure field. Visit

the dog walking fields’ website and simply enter your

postcode to find your nearest location:


Many are located in the stunning countryside; why not

hire out for a couple of hours and pack up the family and

take a picnic? Take advantage of your own private, safe

rural retreat for your whole family.

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Here are six top picks of secure fields to hire in the


Developing Dog Walks, Ely

Whitecross Road, White cross Farm, Wilburton, CB6 3QB

Possibly one of the largest secure fields in the UK,

Developing Dog Walks is an impressive secure field

covering over seven acres. Available to book in 45 minute

slots on Fridays only. You certainly won’t be stuck for

things to do in this natural wild flower meadow with

ponds and plenty of equipment for your dog to explore.


Suffolk Run Free, Woodbridge

School Road, Monk Soham, Woodbridge IP13 7EN

With six acres to explore consisting of fields, a small

wooded copse and ditches there’s definitely plenty of

exciting things for your dog to sniff. Also available is a

toy box, paddling pool and drinking areas all within the

safety of 6ft fencing. www.suff olkrunfree.co.uk

Puppy Paddocks, Norwich

Carleton End, Watton Road, Barford, Norwich, NR9 4AR

Their motto is: “Safe play for all dogs-not just puppies.”

With over two acres of secure field to hire by 30 minute

slots, enjoy a variety of activities with your dog including

agility or simply play with the toys available.


Sea Dogs Training, Sudbury

Melford Road, Sudbury CO10

With a bench to sit on, tea and coffee making facilities for

you and a water slide for your dog, what’s stopping you

from booking a slot here? Sea Dogs 2.5 acre secure field

is available to hire by the hour for individuals and groups.


Four Paws Adventure Academy, Bedford

Water End, Cople, Bedford MK44 3TY

This two acre secure field really is dog heaven. Set up just

like a playground, there are so many activities for your

dog to choose from including agility, sand filled tyres,

tunnels and so much more. Good luck trying to get your

dog to leave! www.fourpawsadventureacademy.co.uk

Grange Meadow Dog Field, Kings Lynn

Narborough, PE32 1JR

With an astonishing six acres to hire, Grange Meadow

dog field really is the largest dog field in Norfolk. Your

dog can explore trees, tyres and even have a go on the

agility equipment in this huge, secure area.


As chosen by Dragons Den Star and entrepreneur

Theo Paphitis, Karen Rhodes is the owner of awardwinning

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



It’s that time of year where the air hangs heavy

with the scent of pumpkin spice and the threat

of something spooky lurking around every

corner. Along with the creatures that lurk in the

shadows and things that go bump in the night I

must introduce you to a layer of hell that even

Dante didn’t dare to tackle: other people’s


Now I’m a pretty maternal person, I pushed my babies in

their various prams from the moment I could walk and if

you put me near a newborn I quickly turn to goo and start

sniffing their head frantically but it’s not all brand new

baby smell and teeny feet, those babies grow. They grow

into screaming toddlers and then raucous party goers and

then, perhaps the scariest, teenagers.

I used to think I could take on anything. I’m an ex ward

sister, I’ve dressed down a junior doctor whilst breaking

up rowing relatives and administering mouth to mouth but

nothing has prepared me for the hell that is a group of

children that you are not related to.

It’s a terrifying anarchic free for all. I mean there is

something to make your teeth grind in other people’s

children of all ages. We’ve all heard that child screaming

in the coffee shop, ruining our fifteen minutes of ‘me time’

with our caramel macchiatos, trying to not look annoyed

as we know that any one of us could be that mother, heck

we have been that mother and so we gurn in a weird

‘I want to show you solidarity fellow mum but also I really

really want your child to shut up before my brain bleeds’

kind of way.

You are tasked with the annual hell of birthday parties,

of children clinging to your legs as you try and pass

around the party bags. You fix that grin to your face whilst

your brain half wishes for death & half counts down the

minutes until you can pour a large shiraz.

Then come the sleepovers. The screaming at midnight,

the constant conflict of trying to be the cool mum whilst

wanting to unleash your inner Miss Trunchbull.

They grow and the evolve and so do the horrors. The

nasty Snapchats, the swear words you don’t even

understand, the ‘Muuuum he stole this’ and ‘so & so hit

me’ and you feel utterly inept as you try to navigate the

politics of teenage friendships & the even scarier politics

of trying to discipline a child that is not yours.

I love children, I do but for every treat there seems to

be at least two tricks. When I wake in the night in a cold

sweat after remembering the ‘girls night’ I agreed to next

weekend there is one thing that gives me comfort. My

darling children are other people’s children when they go

off to their friend’s houses and they become someone

else’s nightmare. Mwahahaha!

Read more from Dolly at www.raggydollywrites.wordpress.com

or follow her on Twitter @Osborneosaurus

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Written by Jessica Hutchinson

(Instagram @jessicahutchy)

Get spooky this October half-term with

some of our favourite Halloween events

across East Anglia.

Undley Pumpkin Patch and Maize Maze

Undley Road, Beck Row, Lakenheath, Bury St Edmunds

IP28 8BX

Start the Halloween celebrations off right by picking your

own pumpkin this October at Undley Pumpkin Patch.

Not only can you pick your pumpkin right from the vine

but you can also have fun in the scarecrow shaped maize

maze and enjoy the new family attractions including circus

performances, a pumpkin bouncy castle, a mysterious

storyteller and children’s workshops.


Halloween at Holkham, Wells next the Sea, Norfolk

From the 25-28 October, Holkham Hall presents its

spooktacular ‘Halloween Whodunnit’; a murder mystery

for all the family to investigate. There will also be

Halloween trails and quizzes, pumpkin carving, cookie

decorating, crafts and face painting including scratches

and gory cuts. Fancy dress is of course welcome and the

Halloween Express will take you to the walled garden

for activities and a chance to explore the ‘Field to Fork

Exhibition’. Holkham is open from 10am to 5pm and the

hall closes at 4pm.


Cassiobury Park Ghostly stories, Watford, Herts

In the woods of Cassiobury Park there will be a ghoulish

story telling session taking place on the 31 October. From

1-4pm children can listen to the story tellers, dress up in

fancy dress and take part in Halloween-themed crafts.

The cost is £2 per person and booking is required, but

payment is taken on the day. To book your storytelling

time slot from 1-3.30pm email


Mischief and Mayhem at Lee Valley Park Farms,


From 20 October to 4 November Lee Valley Park Farms

hosts its ‘Mischief and Mayhem Halloween’ event packed

with activities. These frightful delights include crafts, a

pumpkin patch and, for the very brave, a haunted house.

Get up close to Ember the tarantula, millipedes and stick

insects at the Creepy Crawly Critter Show. Or take a walk

along the trick or treat trails. On top of the Halloween

activities the usual activities such as the menagerie of

animals including meerkats will also be open. The farms

are open from 10am to 5pm and entry is £10 per person.


EACH’s Halloween Glow Walk, Felixstowe, Suffolk

Back again for its fourth year, the charity EACH presents

the Halloween Glow Walk in Felixstowe. The two mile

walk along the beachfront will take place on 27 October

with registration starting at 4.30pm. It will start and finish

at the Felixstowe Leisure Centre and you can book tickets

now. Prices are £7 for children aged 3 to 11, £2 for those

who are 12 or older and infants go free. The charity event

invites you to dress up and there will be prizes for the

best dressed boy and girl. www.each.org.uk/support-us/


Spooky Express Bure Valley Railway

All aboard the Spooky Express for a frightfully fun day

out along the Bure Valley Railway from 20-28 October.

Children go free with a fare-paying adult (£13.50,

maximum 2 children per adult). The resident bear will

dress up for the occasion to welcome the train at Aylsham

Station. On-board there will be themed events and a

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creepy competition of how many spooky items can be

spotted on the train’s journey. There is no pre-booking

required, just turn up 15 minutes before departure.


CURSED and SPOOKY FEST Fright Nights, Essex

In October the grounds of Wat Tyler Country Park will

play host to not one but two interactive Halloween

events. ‘Spooky Fest’ is their distinctly child-friendly

event running from 23-29 October with a Witches

Grotto and three mazes including a haunted house and

vampire village. Babies in arms and adults are free, 3s

and under are £3 and 4s and over are £5. Pre-book

now at www.spookyfest.co.uk

The second event is the infamous fright night

experience called ‘CURSED’ and this is definitely not

for the faint hearted. To attend you must be aged 12

or above, though those who are between 12 and 16

should be accompanied by an adult. This terrifying and

fun experience consists of seven scare mazes including

the ‘amphiFEARtre’, ‘Work Chop’ and ‘FestEVIL’ where

all sorts of monsters, clowns and ghouls will jump out

at you! CURSED fright nights run from 19-31 October,

entry costs £19 and those wishing to attend should

pre-book. www.thecursed.co.uk

Scaresville, Kentwell Hall, Suffolk

Another scary activity only for the very brave

is ‘Scaresville’, a haunted village where visitors

explore the woods, buildings and parkland, in neartotal

darkness where you can encounter residents

and things that go bump in the night at any time.

New for 2018 is a witchcraft themed rapid escape

room and while you wait to enter the ‘scarezone’

you can get a bite to eat around the Unfairground

where acrobats, magicians and a bearded lady

dwell. Afterwards why not go to the BarBaric for a


As with other fright experiences, it is advised to

come with a group as it’s more fun that way, and

to get the most out of the experience read their

guidelines about what time to go and what to wear.

The ticket prices are dependent on peak times and

range from £17.95 to £31.95. Scaresville runs from

3 October to 3 November - it’s popular so book in

advance. www.scaresville.co.uk/your-visit

Day of the Dead at Nanna Mexico, Cambridge

If, by the end of October, you have had enough of

the scares then ditch the spooky décor and enjoy

the colourful Day of the Dead celebrations at Nanna

Mexico. From 1-3 November all three locations

in Cambridge - Petty Cury, Regent Street and

Fitzroy Street, will be decorated with the colourful

authentic Mexican tissue-paper decorations and

marigold flowers. There will be freshly made

traditional Mexican dishes of course, including

special festival food such as ‘bread of the dead’ and

there will be free beer, Mexican soda or soft drinks

with every main meal purchased. On Saturday,

there will be face painting and a children’s colouring

competition to win a Guacamole Shift Cookery

workshop for their school.

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Open Days


Stamford School

(Boys 11-18)

Saturday 6th October

Stamford High School

(Girls 11-18)

Saturday 6th October

Stamford Junior School

& Nursery School

(Boys & Girls 3-11)

Saturday 13th October

Sixth Form

(Boys & Girls 16-18)

Wednesday 10th October

To book your place, visit stamfordschools.co.uk or call us on 01780 750311



A non-denominational Christian day and boarding school

I believe

in living the value a balanced of knowledge life

Open Morning Saturday 13 th October, 10am

Telephone: 01234 361918


Bedford Girls’ School is part of The Harpur Trust

11-18 coeducational boarding at one of the

UK's top performing non-selective schools

for £4070 per term

Only 30 minutes from St Pancras International

Less than an hour by road from Heathrow, Stansted and Luton

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An open day is a great opportunity to get

a better insight into a school’s overall

approach and atmosphere. Here we list

upcoming open days throughout the region…


St Mary’s School Cambridge

Bateman Street, Cambridge CB2 1LY

Tel: 01223 353253 | www.stmaryscambridge.co.uk

Open days: Junior School open morning 22 September,

Senior School open morning 6 October, Sixth Form

Open Evening 18 October

An independent day and boarding school in central

Cambridge educating girls from age four to 18.

St Faith’s School

Trumpington Road, Cambridge CB2 8AG

Tel: 01223 352073 | www.stfaiths.co.uk

Open day: Call directly to arrange a personal tour

of the school.

An independent school for girls and boys aged 4-13

years, with a distinctively future-focused curriculum,

outstanding facilities and inspiring teachers.

The Leys School

Fen Causeway, Cambridge CB2 7AD

Tel: 01223 508900 | www.theleys.net

Open days: Open morning for 11+ and 13+ 6 October.

General open morning 9 February and 27 April 2019.

A co-educational independent day and boarding school

for children aged 11 to 18.

The Stamford Endowed Schools

Tel: 01780 750311| www.ses.lincs.sch.uk

Open days: Stamford School for boys aged 11-18 on 6

October, Stamford High School for girls aged 11-18 on

6 October, Junior and Nursery School for girls and boys

aged 3-11 on 13 October and Stamford Sixth Form for

girls and boys aged 16-18 on 10 October.

The Stamford Endowed Schools comprising Stamford

Junior School, Stamford High School and Stamford

School, work together to provide an outstanding

education (day, weekly and full boarding) for girls and

boys aged 3 to 18. The Schools, which are steeped in

heritage, provide a multitude of opportunities in and out

of the classroom to inspire pupils, nurture intellectual

curiosity and instil a love of learning.


Felsted School

Braintree Road, Felsted, Dunmow CM6 3JL

Tel: 01371 822600 | www.felsted.org

Open days: Sixth Form 13 October.

A leading co-educational, independent, boarding and day

school for boys and girls.

Gosfield School

Cut Hedge Park, Halstead Road, Gosfield, CO9 1PF

Tel: 01787 474040 | www.gosfieldschool.org.uk

Open days: Personal visits can be made by contacting the

school registrar.

An independent, co-educational through school,

delivering a consistent and supportive learning

environment for children from 2 to 18 years old.

St Mary’s School for Girls

91 Lexden Road, Colchester CO3 3RB

Tel: 01206 572544 | www.stmaryscolchester.org.uk

Open days: Kindergarten and lower school 4 October.

A high achieving independent school for girls aged

3-16 with a focus on building confidence and academic


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Colchester Royal Grammar School

6 Lexden Road, Colchester, CO3 3ND Tel: 01206 509100 - www.crgs.co.uk




The Sunday Times Parent Power East Anglia State Secondary School of the Year

Sixth Form Open Evening

Tuesday 16th October, 6.30pm - 9.00pm

Classical Civilisation

Classical Greek

Computer Science

We welcome applications in the following subjects:

Design & Technology


English Lit







Further Maths




Religious Studies






I believe

in the value of knowledge

Open Morning Saturday 13 th October, 10am

Telephone: 01234 361918


Bedford Girls’ School is part of The Harpur Trust

• Montessori teaching


• Emphasis on academic


• Strong traditional values

• Music, dance and drama

enrich the curriculum

An independent co-educational

school for children aged

2½ - 11 years

Please join us for our next Open Evening on

Thursday 8th November 2018, 6.00pm – 8.30pm

Please contact our Admissions Registrar, Mrs Harding on

01206 576686. 2 - 4 Lexden Road, Colchester, CO3 3NE


St Faith’s is a national award winning independent school

for girls and boys aged 4-13 years.

The closing date for receipt of applications for entry to

Year 3 in September 2019 is 30 November 2018.

Request a prospectus and application form via our website


Our Registrar, Anna Cornell, would be delighted

to arrange a personal tour for you. Please call Anna on

01223 229421

Let them be curious. Let them be inspired. Let them learn.

We believe in our girls.

And they believe in themselves.

Experts in girls’ education

from age 2 to 18

Full transport programme for

pupils to travel to and from school

Open Morning

Saturday 6 October

10.00am – 1.00pm

Early Years Fun Morning

Saturday 17 November

10.00am – 12noon

Visit us to see what we mean


01604 765765


Saturday 17th November

10am to 12 noon

For further details please visit our website

or call 01234 369555

Pilgrims Pre Preparatory School

Brickhill Drive, Bedford MK41 7QZ



Colchester County High School for Girls

Norman Way, Colchester CO3 3US

Tel: 01206 576973 | www.cchsg.com

Open day: Sixth Form Open Evening 1 November

The school provides education for girls to help prepare

and inspire them for the next stages in life. The school

promotes high aspiration and ambition within individuals.

Oxford House School

2-4 Lexden Road, Colchester, Essex CO3 3NE

Tel: 01206 576686 | www.oxfordhouseschool.net

Open day: 8 November

Located in a beautiful Victorian building the Nursery &

Preparatory School provides education for girls and boys

aged 2 1/2 to 11 years.

Brentwood School

Middleton Hall Lane, Brentwood CM15 8EE

Tel: 01277 243239 | www.brentwoodschool.co.uk

Open day: Preparatory School 19 October

An independent day and boarding school in Essex for

boys and girls aged 3 to 18.

Herts & Beds

St George’s School

Sun Lane, Harpenden AL5 4TD

Tel: 01582 765477 | www.stgeorges.herts.sch.uk

Open day: 5 October

An academy, all-ability, Christian Foundation but nondenominational

school for girls and boys.

Bedford Girls’ School

Cardington Road, Bedford, MK42 0BX

Tel: 01234 361900 | www.bedfordgirlsschool.co.uk

Open days: 13 October and 14 November

A vibrant independent day school for girls aged 7-18

Royal Masonic School for Girls

Rickmansworth Park, Rickmansworth WD3 4HF

Tel: 01923 773168 | www.royalmasonic.herts.sch.uk

Open days: Whole school open day 7 October. Sixth

Form preview evening 11 October.

Both day and boarding school are catered for, with an

ethos that is both aspirational and nurturing, where

girls receive an education that is rich and balanced.

Northampton High School

Newport Pagnell Road, Hardingstone,

Northampton NN4 6UU

Tel: 01604 765765 | www.northamptonhigh.co.uk

Open days: Whole school 6 October, Sixth Form evening

18 October, Early Years Family Fun morning 17 November

and Junior School STEM taster day 17 November. An

independent day school for girls aged from 3 – 18 years.

Tring Park School

Tring, HP23 5LX

Tel: 01442 824255 | www.tringpark.com

Open days: 5, 11 & 12 October

An outstanding performing arts school for talented young

individuals, that also focuses on an academic education.


Tring Park School

Tring, HP23 5LX Tel: 01442 824255 | www.tringpark.com

Open days: 5, 11 & 12 October

An outstanding performing arts school for talented young

individuals, that also focuses on an academic education.

South Lee School

Nowton Road, Bury St Edmunds, IP33 2BT

Tel: 01284 754654 | www.southlee.co.uk

Open Day: Call the school office for further details.

Independent Day School & Nursery for boys and

girls aged 2 to 13, offering a stimulating and caring

environment for your child.

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Because children learn best

where they’re happy

Prep School & Nursery | Senior School & Sixth Form

gosfieldschool.org.uk n registrar@gosfieldschool.org.uk



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What if your daughter was inspired to

think differently, develop her talents,

stand up for her beliefs, and always

achieve her very best?

At RMS we stimulate imaginations,

nurture potential, and build confidence –

where will it take your daughter?




RMS girls think differently

Open Day: 7th October

Senior School – Ages 11-18

Learn more at RMSforgirls.org.uk

The Royal Masonic School for Girls,

Rickmansworth, Hertfordshire, WD3 4HF

01923 773168

Howe Green

House Howe Green School

House School

Cambridge Park & Ride –

Taking you into the heart of Cambridge

Open seven days a week

Buses depart every 10 minutes (Mon-Sat) until 6.30pm and every 20

minutes after

Every 15 minutes (9am – 6pm) Sundays and public holidays


Tickets: *Park & Ride Return, £3 and with this ticket up to three children

travel for free

Park & Ride Group Ticket, £8.50 (purchased from driver), allows a group

of up to 5 people to travel together.

Park & Ride Weekly Ticket, £14 and valid for 7 days

Contactless payments are now accepted on all Park & Ride services

Concessionary pass holders travel for free with their passes after 9.30am

Monday to Friday, and all day at the weekend and on bank holidays.

Parking is free for up to 18 hours. Charges apply for longer stays, see

www.cambridgeparkandride.info for more

Further information: www.cambridgeparkandride.info

Independent co-ed prep school for 2 - 11 years

www.howegreenhouseschool.co.uk 01279 657706

Independent co-ed prep school for 2 - 11 years

www.howegreenhouseschool.co.uk 01279 657706

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High achieving.

Come along to our 2018 Autumn Open Days:

Senior School Saturday 29 September, 10.00-12.00

Kindergarten and Lower School Thursday 4 October, 9.30-11.00

St Mary’s


For more information, please contact our Registrar,

01206 594180 registrar@stmaryscolchester.org.uk


Colchester County High School for Girls

Sixth Form

Open Evening

1 November 2018, 6-8.30pm



6pm &


For direct entry into the Sixth Form of our top performing 11-18 state school for September 2019

Stunning new Sixth Form centre opened 2018 - Exceptional range of enrichment & leadership opportunities - Excellent record of A level success -

High rates of progression to Russell Group & Oxbridge universities - Aspirational, diverse & welcoming school community

Norman Way, Colchester, CO3 3US

Norman Way, Colchester, CO3 3US l 01206 576973 T:01206 I office@cchsg.com


For a prospectus visit: www.cchsg.com

Brookes Cambridge

Flempton Road, Risby, Bury St Edmunds IP28 6QJ

Tel: 01284 760531 | www.brookescambridge.org

Open day: Visitors are welcome to have a tour of the

school. Get in touch directly to arrange a suitable time.

An independent day and boarding school experience

for boys and girls aged from three years old.


East Norfolk Sixth Form College

Church Lane, Gorleston, Great Yarmouth, NR31 7BQ

Tel: 01493 662234 | www.eastnorfolk.ac.uk

Open days: 29 September and 4 October.

The sixth form college welcomes students to study a

curriculum with over 80 A Level and BTEC subjects at

Level 3 and Level 2.

Wymondham College

Wymondham, Norfolk, NR18 9SZ

Tel: 01953 609000 | www.wymondhamcollege.org

Open days: Sixth Form open morning 6 October.

The college offers an inclusive and caring boarding

community, with a long track record of success.

Norwich High School For Girls

95 Newmarket Road, Norwich NR2 2HU

Tel: 01603 453265 | www.norwichhigh.gdst.net

Open days: School open morning 6 October and Sixth

Form open evening 16 October.

An all-girls school with an approach to learning which

embraces both the study of a wide array of subjects

and interdisciplinary work. For girls aged 3-18.

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Festive Christmas Food


Roasted parsnip soup (V, LG)

Rustic farmhouse pate (LG)

Smoked salmon (LG)

Brie and cranberry mini filo parcels (V)


£28.95 per person

An optional service charge of

10% on all tables of 8 or more

Tel: 01353 861677 to book

£5 per person deposit required at

time of booking

Christmas pudding (LG)

Chocolate and gingerbread

cheesecake (V)

Crème bruleé (V, LG)

Apple and cranberry pie (V)

Parties of 25+ will be seated in the Green Room

Parties of 35+ have exclusive use of the Green Room

Double rooms can be booked if available

(V) Vegetarian

(LG) can be adapted to be low gluten on request on booking

01353 861677 1 Sandhill

info@swanontheriver.co.uk Littleport, Ely

www.swanontheriver.co.uk Cambs CB6 1NT


Roast free range turkey (LG)

Grilled ribeye steak (LG)

– (£4 supplement)

Herb crusted cod loin (LG)

Root vegetable pie (V)

Coffee & tea

Homemade mince pies

3 rd to 24 th





Opening children’s eyes

& ears to music

we do, so that the onus is on teachers rather than pupils

to set up the introduction. For many young people,

witnessing live music performed well will be a new

experience, and being able to hear the sounds created,

and trying to pin point which musician is creating which

sound, is completely captivating.

Yet, despite three of the five biggest-selling artists in

2016 being British (David Bowie, Coldplay and Adele),

and the music industry being worth approximately £4.5

billion per year to the UK, the industry is set to face an

“existential crisis” according to Michael Dugher, head of

UK music, because music education is becoming so rare.

Written by John Bowley, director of music at Gresham’s

School in Holt, Norfolk, which offers Music scholarships to

gifted musicians | www.greshams.com

People have for millennia been vocal about

the many beneficial applications of music.

Hearing (and seeing) music played has the

ability to lift our emotions, and change our

moods and responses – whether in isolation or

as part of wider productions.

There is also the sense of individual achievement that

comes from mastering an instrument or particular piece,

and the mutual satisfaction of a group of musicians

combining their talents to perform together. Yet, while

99 percent of people would say they like music, a great

many would not be confident to talk about more than a

couple of genres, having little or no knowledge of what

exists outside of their personal taste, comfort zone or

past experiences. A musical education at school should

combat this by providing an introduction to a much

wider range of genres. So the best thing we can do in

schools – in all disciplines in fact – is to open children’s

eyes and ears to what’s out there that might interest


Schools can do this by arranging for all pupils to meet

with the music department to determine how they

should be involved in the musical life of the school, as

Whereas in previous decades schools would have

offered one-to-one and small group instrumental

lessons, all-class music lessons, and extra-curricular

music clubs, they are now pressured to focus resources

on the ‘core’ EBacc subjects, leading to a decline in

uptake of music. According to The Economist “barely

one in 20 pupils took music GCSE last year” and, when

pupils haven’t studied Music GCSE, they are unlikely

to be able to continue it at a higher level. This is a

particularly sad truth for children from less affluent

families who, according to the Sutton Trust, are less likely

to become musicians: only 44 percent of undergraduates

at the Royal Academy of Music in 2016 came from state


With cuts likely to impact local provision further, there

are still opportunities for children to access musical

experiences and learning locally – from music schools in

the summer holidays or at weekends, to master classes

with professional musicians that schools like ours host

for local school pupils (children from across Norfolk, for

instance, recently attended masterclasses with Albion

Quartet and Norman Szymanski).

What’s more, as long as schools and

parents are able to ignite children’s

initial spark of interest, there is

a great deal children can go

on to discover on their own,

with a little encouragement

and guidance about which

genres, compositions,

musicians and performances

to investigate. In today’s

world of YouTube, Spotify,

Google and National Theatre

Live, access is increasingly

becoming less of a barrier to an

immersive music education.

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"Where Quality & Freshness Counts"

We're a small family run business, passionate about fresh, local produce and

quality products and we want you to share our passion too!

Our new café serves tea, coffee, light lunches and delicious cakes.

NS Risdon, a top quality traditional butcher is located in store.

With full traceability his meat is superb. We also now have a cheese counter

serving a wide range of British and continental cheeses.

Something for every taste and occasion!

Monday : Closed Tuesday : 8.30am – 5.30pm

Wednesday : 8.30am – 5.30pm Thursday : 8.30am – 5.30pm

Friday : 8.30am – 5.30pm Saturday : 8.30am – 5.30pm

Sunday : 10am – 2pm

Cafe opening hours differ from the shop, please check the website.


Calcott Hall Farm Shop, Ongar Road, Brentwood, Essex, CM15 9HS Tel: 01277 264164

Star Fishmongers

Now open

in store

Falcon Hotel, Whittlesey

A Traditional Olde English Coaching Inn. Circa 1600

The Falcon Hotel is situated in a quiet street within the old market

town of Whittlesey on the western edge of the Fens.

The town centre is an interesting maze of streets with a variety of well

preserved buildings. Close to Peterborough, A1 & A47

The Restaurant is open for breakfast, lunch & dinner daily, for residents

and non residents, we offer a variety of dishes to suit all palates.

The bar offers Cask Marque Ales and is part of Camra’s Locale scheme,

focussing on good traditional food lunch & dinner complimented by

excellent ales, lagers & wines.

We are able to cater for all meetings and functions within our superbly

appointed function suite, which is the ideal venue for weddings and

family get togethers.

Call 01733 351001 to book

Falcon Hotel, Whittlesey

Full Payment Required On Booking

Food& Drink news

Food & Drink

New Campaign to Combat Food Waste in the East

According to statistics by Waste and Resources Action Programme (WRAP), the

average East Anglian family wastes £810 on edible food each year. These facts

have prompted Norfolk and Suffolk councils to join forces with environmental

charity Hubbub to launch the campaign ‘Food Savvy’ to combat the issue and

reduce food waste across the counties.

The initial stage will run for two years and then Food Savvy’s most successful

elements will be scaled up to meet the seven-year target of reducing

food waste by 20% by 2025 in line with national framework, the Courtauld

Commitment and the global Sustainable Development Goals.

Food Savvy will bring together an entire cross section of the community to tackle

the issue, involving businesses, schools, community groups, as well as influencers

like chefs, food celebrities, lifestyle bloggers and vloggers. There will be activities

and programmes designed to raise awareness of the impact of food waste and give

people the tools they need to make a difference including seasonal waste campaigns,

educational initiatives, trials and challenges. To find out more and get involved in Food Savvy people can visit

www.foodsavvy.org.uk and follow #FoodSavvy on social media.

Adnams Copper House Pink Gin Launches to Join

the Adnams Range of Award-Winning Spirits

Hertfordshire Luxury Retreat Offers a

Taste of Italy

Hertfordshire rural retreat Bethnal and Bec has

partnered with local food blogger and cook, Kate

Ailey of Cooking and Carafes blog, to bring you a

weekend stay filled with Italian food and wine.

Guests will ignite their culinary senses in the

breathtaking surroundings of Bethnal & Bec with this two night stay

and two day Italian Cooking Course on 19 - 21 October. You’ll learn

how to make pizza and pasta from scratch, along with simple but

traditional Italian sauces that are packed full of flavour and receive

a welcome gift from Filippo Berio. This two night stay and two day

Italian Cooking Course is just £570 per couple, to book email


Adnams, the Suffolk-based brewer and distiller, has launched

Copper House Pink Gin. The new pink spirit will be available to

buy in store at every one of Adnams’ 12 retail outlets, online from

Adnams’ website, and served at Adnams managed inns.

Copper House Pink Gin joins the Adnams range of award-winning

spirits. One suggested way that gin drinkers can enjoy the new

pink variety of Copper House is to serve it on ice with tonic,

fresh mint and raspberries and it is a drink to enjoy at any time of

year - it could be an ideal gift for an occasion such as Christmas!


The Cock in Hemingford Grey Named

as Pub of the Year

Part of the Cambs

Cuisine group, The

Cock has won National

Pub of the Year 2019 in

the Good Pub Guide.

Now in its 17th year,

the pub was taken over

in 2001 by Oliver Thain

and Richard Bradley

who transformed the place from a rundown

old boozer into a stylish pub and restaurant.

The establishment serves local ales and village

ciders, and a British and European inspired

food menu, in the comfort of welcoming and

cozy surroundings.


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Gerla de Boer, founder of the Cambridge

Food Tour, (www.cambridgefoodtour.com)

shares her wisdom of the city’s cuisine…


Where to

warm up in


There is nothing better than a roaring fire.

Summer or winter, I always find an excuse

to light a fire. I can hear you think; in the

summer? Yes, of course! Sitting around an

outdoor fire with a group of people is a great

end to an evening. Telling stories, a hot drink

or a nice glass of wine, it is one of the great

pleasures in life.

Open fires are going through a big come back. A local

entrepreneur in Castle Camps started creating amazing

fire balls after a visit to the States. They are rather unique

as you can create your own design. Having lived in Africa

I opted for an African wildlife scene. These fireballs are

now so popular that companies started copying them, but

there is nothing like the real thing!

Cooking over fire has become trendy. It all started with

fancy BBQ’s, but now the outside kitchens are catching on

inspired by the outdoor living in warmer climates. The Big

Green Egg is extremely popular both for slow cooking,

smoking or a BBQ. Heston Blumenthal has even launched

his own version, The 4K, inspired by the 4000-year

tradition of Kamado-style and manmade clay cooking. A

very clever piece of kit.

Homemade pizzas are a must thing to do at the moment

so a pizza oven is needed of course. I prefer baking off my

pizzas in a wood burning oven. The burning wood gives

it a perfect taste and I love watching the flames dancing

behind the pizza and the big bubbles popping up created

by the yeast on the edge of the pizza.

Watching fires like this, makes you want it to be winter

again. Cuddling up around a roaring fire, warming your

hands around a hot drink and feeling comfy. Not many

homes have open fires these days so it’s a good excuse to

venture out for a long walk and cosy up at a local pub.

My favourite places to eat with a roaring fire in


Posh fire - The library at the University Arms |


Great Pub for drinks - The Champion of the Thames |


Pub with the best Scotch egg in town - The Free Press |


Sunday lunch or Brunch pub - The Petersfield |


Riverside Pub - The Fort St. George |


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A warm welcome

awaits you in this

popular local Cafe

in the centre of

the historic

Town of Clare

We serve a full breakfast menu and light lunches

with seasonal daily specials. A selection of teas

and locally roasted coffee, ground to order make

this cafe a welcome rest after a days shopping!

Christmas hampers made to

order with no minimum spend

1 High Street, Clare CO10 8NY

01787 278932 - kent.palmer@btinternet.com

Opening Times : Monday to Saturday – 9am-5pm

Why not try our sister cafe, Platform One?

Situated in Clare’s

beautiful country park

Parking available

01787 277850 - Station House, Clare Castle Country Park

Maltings Lane, Clare CO10 8NW

16 Priors Park, Milton Keynes MK4 2bt

Phone: 07910 944 826

Mon-Fri: 9-5pm • Sat: 10-5pm • Sun: Closed

Email: steph@theknifesharpenerguy.co.uk


Bridal Carriages of Northamptonshire

John & Amanda Sarrington invite you to visit them in Thrapston in order to view their

fantastic 10 car fleet of Rolls Royce, Jaguar and Daimler wedding cars which could whisk you

off on your way of dreams. An appointment is necessary to allow them to give you their best

attention. Free colour brochure available on request. Covering Northamptonshire,

Stamford, Peterborough, Huntingdon & Surrounding towns & villages.

For further information or to arrange a viewing kindly call John or

Amanda Sarrington on 01832 735162 or 0778 777 0971

Come and visit our showroom in Thrapston


In the Kitchen

Chickpea &

Spinach Curry

Add a little spice to your mid-week dinner

and celebrate National Curry Week

from 22-28 October. Authentic Indian dishes

are full of delicious fresh vegetables and

tantalising spices so this month swap your

chicken masala for a taste of the very best of


Preparation time:10 minutes

Cooking time:15 minutes

Total time: 25 minutes

Serves: 2-3


1 tbsp vegetable oil

1 onion, sliced

2 garlic cloves, crushed

1 tsp grated fresh root ginger

1 large tomato, roughly chopped

1 tbsp tomato purée

1 red chilli, halved

2 tsp garam masala, plus extra to serve

1 tsp fenugreek seeds

400g can chickpeas, drained and rinsed

235g pack ready washed spinach

Squeeze lemon juice

3 tbsp Yeo Valley Natural Yogurt, plus extra to serve

2 garlic and coriander naan bread, to serve


1.Heat the oil in a large saucepan over a medium heat.

Add the onion and a pinch of salt and fry for 8 minutes

until light golden brown. Add the garlic, ginger, tomato,

tomato purée, chilli, spices and chickpeas, then fry for 2

minutes more. Add 3 tbsp water and cook for another 2


2. Stir in the spinach, then cover and leave for 3 minutes

to wilt. Uncover, add a squeeze of lemon and stir

everything together. Take off the heat then stir in the

yogurt, a spoonful at a time, before serving on warm

naan bread with extra yogurt and a sprinkle more garam


Cook’s tip

Garam masala is a traditional Indian spice blend. Its ingredients

can vary but commonly include black peppercorns,

cinnamon, cloves and cardamom.

For more vegetarian recipe ideas join our Vegetarian &

Vegan Facebook group at


Recipe & image courtesy of Waitrose. Hundreds of

recipes can be found at www.waitrose.com/recipes

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Rooted in rural Cambridgeshire

Visit the distillery

Gin Discovery


Book now

Distilled with elderberries

www.roundwooddistillery.co.uk | 01487 829149

With a new name and new stores,

your favourite shopping destination

just got even better.

For the latest news and information

visit ClactonShoppingVillage.com

or fi nd us across social media.

With a new name and new stores,

your favourite shopping destination

just got even better.

For the latest news and information

visit ClactonShoppingVillage.com

or fi nd us across social media.


Pubs for a Beer

& Bite in Suffolk

Written by The Suffolk Spy

Instagram @thesuffolkspy

Autumn is a fantastic month to visit one of the

great Suffolk country pubs. Enjoy a beer and

a bite after a long crisp autumnal walk or catch

up with friends and enjoy a delicious Sunday

roast in front of a cosy pub fire. The Suffolk Spy

shares some of her favourite pubs...

The Turks Head, Hasketon

Low Road, Hasketon, Woodbridge, IP13 6JG |


Located just outside Woodbridge, The Turks Head is

an award-winning pub with a fabulous beer garden

overlooking the countryside! The pub has many local cask

beers, including Earl Soham Victoria and Captain Barlow,

an easy drinking ale brewed for the pub by Greene King.

The pub also has a guest ale every Friday. Find a seat and

enjoy the best fish and chips I’ve ever eaten!

The Queens Head, Hawkedon

Rede Road, Hawkedon, Bury St Edmunds, IP29 4NN |


A charming pub set in the picturesque village of

Hawkedon. The pub is brimming with character; low

timbered ceilings, a huge fireplace and interlocking rooms

making up the restaurant. Enjoy a pint of Southwoldbrewed

Adnams Best Bitter or any of up to four real ales

on tap. The food is fantastic but if you are looking for

something quick pop in on Friday or Saturday lunchtime

when they also serve great sandwiches.

The Weeping Willow, Barrow

9 Bury Road, Barrow, Bury St Edmunds, IP29 5AB |


Recently restored by a superb architect and a renowned

florist, this listed pub has been transformed into a

stunning modern country pub with a beautiful terrace.

The renovations alone make this pub very different to any

other pub in Suffolk. Head chef Nick Claxton serves up

delicious and beautifully presented dishes. Head to the

pub on a Friday and take a seat at the bar which has been

specifically designed with an Ale end!

Old Cannon Brewery, Bury St Edmunds

Old Cannon Brewery, 86 Cannon St, Bury St Edmunds,

IP33 1JR | www.oldcannonbrewery.co.uk

For something a bit different head to the Old Cannon

Brewery and enjoy a taste of their beer brewed in house,

and made from East Anglian grown and malted barley.

This is the only brew pub in Suffolk where you can see

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eer being made regularly. Go on a Monday

night and enjoy a pizza and a drink for only


The Maybush, Waldringfield

Cliff Road, Waldringfield, Woodbridge,

IP12 4QL | www.debeninns.co.uk/maybush

Possibly one of the most picturesque pubs

for a beer and a bite in Suffolk! The Maybush

is situated on the waterfront of the River

Deben and offers panoramic views from its

beer garden across the water. It’s the perfect

location for a sunset beer after work on a

Friday night! Given its proximity to the coast,

the pub offers a number of fantastic fish

options on its menu.

The Easton White Horse, Easton

The Street, Easton, IP13 0ED |


Refurbished and relaunched earlier this year, this 16th

century pub is situated in the charming village of Easton

in the Deben Valley. Head chef James Jay produces

phenomenal dishes using the finest seasonal and regional

produce. Visit on a Sunday and try the 4th best roast in

the country as rated by Rate Good Roasts!

The King’s Arms, Haughley

3 Old St, Haughley, Stowmarket IP14 3NT


This traditional country pub can be found in Haughley,

just outside Stowmarket. The pub’s decor has been

beautifully updated while retaining many of its traditional

charms. The food is delicious and fresh; there are pub

classics as well as dishes offering something a little

different. Enjoy the sofas by the fire with a little bird gin!

Above; Facebook @eastonwhitehorse.

Right; Facebook


The Crown, Stoke by


Park Street, Stoke-by-

Nayland, CO6 4SE |


Found in the stunning

Stour Valley, this

traditional pub has a

reputation for its large outside

terrace, excellent food and village

feel. The menu changes regularly and always embraces

seasonality and local produce. The pub has a great

selection of beers on tap including Adnams Ghostship

and Brewers Gold by Crouch Value. There is always a

rotating beer or lager too.

The Westleton Crown

The Street, Westleton, Saxmundham, IP17 3AD |


Previously visited by Prince William and the Duchess

of Cambridge, this attractive pub on the Suffolk coast

between Aldeburgh and Southwold is the perfect

place to stop following a trip to the coast. The pub is a

traditional coaching inn with a wealth of character but

which also has a contemporary feel. The pub offers a

light lunch menu and a full a la carte menu using the

finest and freshest ingredients. The pub serves a number

of beers on tap from big regional names and also from

smaller brewers across East Anglia.

The Henny Swan, Henny

Henny Road, Great Henny, Sudbury, CO10 7LS |


Located just outside Sudbury, this riverside pub is the

perfect combination for beer and sunshine lovers. The

pub has 15 draft beers on tap and a stunning beer

garden next to the river overlooking the beautiful Stour

Valley. The restaurant serves gastro pub favourites

with imaginative twists. A great value set menu is also

available Tuesday – Friday.

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Looking for quality care?

All Hallows has a 145 year history of providing the best possible care

to the local community and offers a wide range of services, including:

Nursing Home

• 24 Hour Nursing Care

• Convalescent Care

• Respite Care

Registered Charity No. 1124717

Community Hospital

• Respite Care

• Specialist Care

• End of Life / Palliative Care


• Personal Care

• Befriending

• Meals on Wheels

• Care in your own Home




Therapy Services

• Physiotherapy

• Exercise Classes

• Sports Injury Rehab

• Occupational Therapy

Neurological Services

• Reduces Isolation & Loneliness

• Entertainment & Activities

• Bathing Service

To enquire about our services:

There are few parts of East Anglia where

such an integrated service is available

• Neuro-rehabilitation

• Therapy Programmes

• Long & Short Term Care

Call 01986 892728 Email info@all-hallows.org.uk Website www.all-hallows.org.uk

A great place to meet friends,

host a party or just pop in for

Coffee & Cake







Email: everydayapicnic@gmail.com Tel: 01508 483947


Using as much locally sourced produce as possible, the aim of the

team at the Picnic is to provide customers with a relaxed dining

experience; Our Table service offers advice when making choices

from our daily changing Picnic counter.

Or why not opt for the more traditional Brunch style dishes which

are cooked to order, inc gluten free & vegetarian options. Coffee

& cake are a real must when visiting the Picnic, our daily cake

selection reflects our team. Never dull, fun & unusual, you never

quite know what the flavour’s will be today.

Brick Yard Ban, Norwich Road, Hedenham, Bungay NR35 2DE

01508 483947


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How to Support Breast

Cancer Now

This October is National

Breast Cancer Awareness

month and across the region

there will be plenty of pop up

events and opportunities to

help raise money and show

your support.

Over 50,000 women each year are

diagnosed with breast cancer

in the UK with 1 in 8 women

developing a breast cancer at

some point in their lifetime.

It is the most common cancer

diagnosed in women but early

detection leads to the best

possible chance of a cure.

This month aims to increase

knowledge and awareness about

the disease.

Wear It Pink

This October, Breast Cancer Now is encouraging the

UK public to dig out their pink glad rags for its flagship

fundraiser, wear it pink, which takes place on Friday 19


Wear it pink, the UK’s biggest pink fundraiser which takes

place during October’s Breast Cancer Awareness Month,

calls on supporters to ditch their everyday colours and pull

on some pink to raise money for Breast Cancer Now’s lifesaving

breast cancer research.

The fundraising event, back for its 17th year, encourages

supporters to hold events in their communities, schools

and workplaces on Friday 19 October and donate to

Breast Cancer Now to help the charity achieve its aim that

by 2050 everybody who develops cancer will live, and live


Wear it pink started in 2002 and has so far raised over

£31 million for Breast Cancer Now’s vital breast cancer


Actress and TV presenter, Lisa Riley, will be taking part

this October for her mum, Cath, who was diagnosed with

breast cancer in 2000 and died in 2012 after the disease

spread to her pancreas and became incurable.

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Image: Breast Cancer Now - Wear it pink campaign

Lisa Riley said: “I will be wearing pink this October for my

beautiful mum. I know the devastating effect this awful

disease can have and I want to help raise vital funds for

Breast Cancer Now’s research.”

Over 1100 people have already registered to hold a wear

it pink event in East Anglia, with more people registering

every day! You can register and host your own wear it pink

event at work, home or school – and join the many people

fundraising to make life-saving research happen.

To take part in wear it pink this October, please visit

wearitpink.org for further details, fundraising ideas and how

to register for your free fundraising pack.

The Big Pink Jump

Feeling brave? Take on the challenge of a lifetime and

join the Big Pink Jump, Breast Cancer Now’s flagship

skydive, which takes place on Saturday 13 October.

The skydive takes place at 20 locations across the UK

including Chatteris in Cambridgeshire and Norwich,

Norfolk. In the trusted hands of a British Parachute

Association (BPA) qualified instructor, you will freefall

from 10,000 feet reaching over 120mph.

To join the challenge, you can register a place for £70

and pledge to raise a minimum of £395 in sponsorship

in England and Wales and £450 in Scotland. The money

raised goes towards Breast Cancer Now’s life-saving


For further details and to sign up visit


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Sheds - Summerhouses - Playhouses

Home Office & Garden Rooms

Animal Housing

Company History

Established in 1982, A&J Sectional Buildings

is a family run business, with customer

service at its core. From its humble

beginnings A&J has built a strong reputation

to become the national supplier it is today.

A&J Sectional Buildings manufacture, deliver

and construct a wide selection of quality

garden buildings.

Building Standard


All of our buildings are constructed with the

following, unless otherwise stated.

• Tongue & Groove Shiplap

/ Matching Boards

• Lock & Key

• 3mm Toughened Glass

• Toughened Polyester Shed Felt

• Heavy Duty V313 Caberboard Flooring on

most buildings 8’ x 8’ & over

• Buildings are pre-treated level base

Door & windows can be moved to suit your

requirements. Lots of optional extras.

Agent Stamp

Sheds from £400-£2000

Summerhouses from £900

Bespoke Buildings to your requirements

Open: Mon-Sat 10am-4.30pm, Sun 10.30am-4.30pm at

Frosts Garden Centre, Newport Road, Woburn Sands MK17 8UE

(Situated in the lower garden centre, on the Food Hall side)

Telephone: 07483 330061

WOT no shed! Get one today, Get one from A&J

Come and

meet our


Come and join us at our FREE Hospital Open Events.

Let’s talk hip pain.

Wednesday 3rd October 2018 at 6.30pm

with Mr Mohammad Shoaib,

Consultant Orthopaedic Surgeon.

Let’s talk knee pain.

Tuesday 9th October 2018 at 6.30pm

with Mr Ahmad Ali, Consultant

Orthopaedic Surgeon.

Considering cataract surgery?

Thursday 11th October 2018 at 6.30pm

with Mr Aman Chandra, Consultant


Painful shoulders? Ask an expert.

Monday 15th October 2018 at 6.30pm

with Mr Ravi Ray, Consultant

Orthopaedic Surgeon.

How to treat digestive disorders.

Tuesday 16th October 2018 at 6.30pm

with Dr Leena Sinha, Consultant

Gastroenterologist and Mr Graeme Syme,

Specialist Gastrointestinal Dietitian.

Considering weight loss surgery?

Thursday 25th October 2018 at 6.30pm

with Mr Sanjay Agrawal, Consultant

Bariatric Surgeon.

Let’s talk varicose veins.

Thursday 1st November 2018 at 6.45pm

with Mr Sabu Jacob, Consultant General and

Vascular Surgeon.

Everyone is welcome, so

tell your friends and family.

Spaces are limited, call 01277 886706

or visit nuffieldhealth.com/book

Nuffield Health Brentwood Hospital

Shenfield Road, Brentwood, Essex, CM15 8EH




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Go Raw...

A Beginner’s Guide

So, you’ve been hearing a lot of hype about

raw food diets and you’ve decided you may

want to give it a try but have no idea where to

start. Health and Fitness Travel, the wellness

holiday specialists, has got the low-down on how

to kickstart your raw food journey.

Many A-listers have jumped on the bandwagon and

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The old saying ‘you are what you eat’ has never been

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nutritional regime of completely uncooked foods or foods

that have been heated no higher than 116°F. The science

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is believed to destroy the enzymes in our food that are

essential to our health. Eating foods raw therefore means

that the entire enzyme and mineral content of each

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As red is still such a hot colour for the autumn/

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been on the fence then read on for some ideas on how

you can make work for you.

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I appreciate red is an attention grabbing colour, which

is why it is used for brake lights, but it can be used in

more subtle ways too. When I do a colour analysis, there

is a red for every season; however the best red for each

individual varies in its level of brightness and whether it

is warm red with an orange undertone; a cool red with a

blue undertone; or a neutral red.

Style personality plays a big part in how comfortable you

are wearing this colour. Some people prefer to stand out

in a crowd and will completely embrace this bold colour;

whilst others are happier not to draw too much attention

to themselves, preferring a more subtle approach. I have

made some suggestions based on style personalities to

hopefully find a way of making red work for everyone.

A “bold as you can go girl” may be attracted to the

brighter reds and mixing it with another bright colour

such as the pink shades. It is a way of extending

your current wardrobe, and developing new colour

combinations. You could go for a pastel pink or a more

fiery fuchsia pink.

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The “tempted to try something new girl” is happy to find

a piece that she loves and add that to a current favourite

outfit. A red coat in a classic style will not date and is a

colour that you can wear for three out of four seasons. It is

bright for autumn and winter, yet still fresh for spring. Keep

the rest of the outfit neutral and then your coat will be your

statement piece.

The “don’t mind a dash girl” is not prepared to go for the

head-to-toe all red catwalk outfits, but is happy to try out

a new colour in her accessories. I adore berets, and a red

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or the width of your face. But if you are not a hat girl, then

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The “subtlety please girl” also has her saucy side, but

prefers her red to be far more discreet. It may be red polish

on her nails or a little oh la la in the lingerie department.

She knows she is wearing it; but not everyone else needs


Whatever level of red you choose; it is a powerful colour,

best used with intention. It helps you show up in your life

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Details &


Written by Katrina Otter

Details and décor – these are two things that

really bring your wedding style to life. The

decor that you choose can transform your venue

and the personal details will ensure that your

wedding day is a true reflection of you, your

partner and your relationship.

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It’s easy to overlook the importance of details and

decor and it’s just as easy to under-estimate how

much of your budget you might need to allocate to

get the look that you want. With this in mind, here’s

my guide to what you need to include and how

much you can expect to spend on your wedding

details and decor.


Firstly, when you compile your budget, how much

have you allowed for decor? It’s important to

remember that decor is more than just flowers, you

might want to hire chairs, tableware, additional

lighting or personalised signage. You also need to

think about favours, table plans, your guest book or

photo booth and even candles and festoon lights.

Once you know how much you’ve got to spend

on all of your décor and details, break the various

elements down and start to allocate your cash.


However, before you start buying, hiring and getting

excited on Pinterest, think about your priorities.

What’s super important to you? What’s essential

vs. nice to have? Do you want tablecentres with

the wow factor or a statement backdrop for your

ceremony? Are you happy to forgo favours so that

you can upgrade your cutlery and crockery? If you

put everything in order of priority, you can make sure

that there’s room in the budget for all of your musthaves

and if there’s any money left over, you can add

in a few of those ‘nice to have’ details too.

Do your research

A good place to start is Pinterest. Search for décor ideas

that suit your wedding style and pin those that you love the

most. From here, edit your board so that the vibe is consistent

and then start to research suppliers and costs. One word of

caution – remember that some of the images that you’ll see on

Pinterest are from styled shoots or destination weddings and

as a result they might not be available in the UK or practical

for a real wedding.


If you’re going to make any of the decorations and details

yourself, allow plenty of time. There’s nothing more stressful

than having to craft essential items in the days before your

wedding. Enlist help, be realistic about what you can manage

and don’t leave anything to the last minute. Also, think about

what you can re-use during the day – ceremony flowers for

example can be moved to your wedding breakfast. Lastly, ask

your venue what they include. Some have fairy lights, lanterns,

fire pits, garden games and tealight holders that are available

for you to use.

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What’s needed?

Well, there’s no definitive answer to that question because

every wedding and every couple is different and that’s

what makes modern weddings so fabulous. Similarly, there

are no rules about what you ‘should’ spend. Your budget,

your list of priorities and the style of your wedding will all

play a part but remember that what you include and what

you spend it on are always your choice.

To help you think about your priorities and what you

might choose, here are the most popular wedding details

and décor:

• Personal, ceremony and reception flowers – whether you

want to go all out on flowers, or foliage is more your vibe

I cannot stress how much this will transform your wedding

and bring your wedding style to life

• Ceremony – welcome and seating signage, ceremony

backdrops, candles and confetti

• Drinks reception – signage, table plans, seating /

chill-out areas, guest comfort ideas such as wraps or

baskets of essentials in cloakrooms, statement backdrops,

personalised bars / drinking areas, displays of family

photos and places for guests to leave cards and gifts

• Wedding breakfast – table décor, tableware, linen,

chairs, favours, place cards, table names / numbers

(including holders), menus, candles, props, installations,

hanging decorations and lighting

• Evening reception – light-up letters, dancefloors,

photobooths, lighting, guest books and guest treats such

as gin bars and snacking stations.

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


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Top Tips to

Enjoy Your

Wedding Day

You’ve been planning for months and have every

last detail in place, but have you thought about

how you’re going to enjoy your hard work? Your

wedding day is the one day you’ll remember forever

so it’s important to make every second count.

The wedding day itself is likely to be quite overwhelming

emotionally, they always go too quick and you might get

to 9pm and realise you’ve barely eaten a thing! We’ve

asked Fanhams Hall’s wedding co-ordinators for their

expert advice on how to make sure you get the most

from your day…

2.Getting ready

There’s nothing worse than getting in a panic about time

and not enjoying all parts of the day. Work backwards

from the time you need to leave, giving extra time to

each part of getting ready (hair, make-up, pictures etc.)

– you might need to start earlier than you think! Another

little tip, when you’re doing your hair and make-up, wear

a dress shirt so you can unbutton and remove without

needing to pull a top over your head.

3. Memory moments

The whole day can end up feeling like a bit of a whirlwind.

Take a few moments during the day to capture a mental

memory. Look around, soak up the atmosphere, all

the happy faces and most importantly, your loved one

standing in front of you.

Five top tips on how to enjoy your big day from

start to finish:

1. Start the day right

As tempting as it is to catch up and have drinks with

family and friends the night before, or perhaps think

over all the last minute details, make sure you get to bed

at a reasonable hour. Giving yourself plenty of time to

get off to sleep will help ensure you are well rested and

refreshed in the morning. And when breakfast comes,

embrace the carbs and protein! I know, a little scary

perhaps before getting into your dress or suit, but a

breakfast rich in these will keep you going for longer.

4. Stay hydrated and fed

With so many people to see, thank and talk to during the

day, you can easily realise you’ve gone hours without a

drink or anything to eat. Make sure you find time to drink

water and enjoy the food you picked out for your special


5. Footloose and photo fun

It’s time to let your hair down and enjoy the reception

party! This is a great time to get group photos with work

friends, school friends or anyone who wasn’t in formal

shots earlier - get the DJ to help by calling them over

on the mic. Everybody loves a dance, but there’s a good

chance you haven’t worn in your wedding shoes much.

Remember to pack some comfy flats, so you can continue

to boogie as much as your heart desires.

For more information about weddings at Fanhams Hall

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Flight Delays

Summer’s now over, and sadly there’s little you

can do to repair a holiday ruined by flight

delay or cancellation (e.g. from a strike like

Ryanair’s) but many are entitled to up to £550

per person compensation. In fact this applies

even for delays as far back as 2012.


The easy rules apply to EU regulated flights. This is all

about EU regulation 261/2004 – and it’s important to

mention that rule in any complaint you make as it has

specific rules (and that’s due to move into UK law once

we leave the EU).

This means you can claim a fixed amount of compensation

if you meet certain criteria below, for flights going back to

2012. Here’s the key things to know…

1) It must be an ‘EU regulated flight’. That means the

flight must have left from an EU airport (including all UK

airports of course) or arrived at an EU airport (but in this

case it must be an EU airline). So a delayed Manchester

to Miami flight qualifies, regardless of the airline. Yet for

Miami to Manchester, you are entitled to compensation

under this rule flying EU airlines like Virgin or KLM, but

not on Air India.

2) It must have ARRIVED 3hrs+ late. It doesn’t matter

how late you leave, it’s all about how late you arrived. So

if you’re on a flight that takes off 4 hours late but arrives

2 hours 55minutes late – you’re not over the three hours

needed to get compensation. And technically the time

that counts is when the door opens to get off the plane.

3) It must have been the airline’s fault to claim.

So things such as bad weather, airport staff strikes or

political problems doesn’t count, and you can’t claim

compensation. However, things that are under the airlines

control such as staffing problems, poor planning, and

now even technical problems caused by not fixing regular

wear and tear all count.

Airlines will try and play fast and loose with this – so listen

carefully and note down what you’re told is the delay

reason. If, for example, they’ve people working on the

planes to fix them for hours but later claim bad weather –

challenge it.

Ryanair has already declared it won’t pay compensation

for the strike by some of its Irish pilots in July as it says

it wasn’t at fault. Yet the regulator, the Civil Aviation,

has said you should get it. So if it rejects you in the first

instance just carry on to the next stage.

4) You are entitled to cash. Airlines sometimes offer

vouchers, so unless they’re offering more, you can

formally say you want cash.

How do I put in a claim?

My full help including a totally free tool to do this is

at www.mse.me/flightdelays. But if you want to do it

manually, first, write to the airline stating the details of

your delay and asking for the compensation.

If rejected, and that’s common, then depending on where

you flew from and the airline you flew with, you can go to

the relevant regulators for that country, or one of several

new Alternative Dispute Resolution (ADR) schemes many

airlines have signed up with.

If your appeal is unsuccessful it’s still possible to go to

court if you really want to press your case, though then

you need to weigh up if it’s worth it. And while I would

always try and do this yourself for free up to this point – if

you do decide to go to court then you may want to use

someone like Bott & Co, a law firm that has been at the

forefront of flight delay compensation, though it will take

25% of what you are due if you win as a fee.

How much compensation can I get?

The amount you get is fixed solely on the flight length

and delay time. So a 1,000km flight delayed by three

hours is €250 (£220ish) per person, while a 4,000km flight

delayed for five hours is €600 (£540ish) per person.

What if my flight was cancelled?

Then you’re entitled to the choice of a refund or a

replacement flight – and that applies whether it is the

airline’s fault or not.

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and old tiled floors, you won’t resist lifting

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can restore a neglected treasure, hidden beneath

the carpets or vinyl.

Floors are just one tiny element in house buying choices

but, as repairs or replacement can be expensive, a good

floor can be a real sales point. However in real life, when

you pull up the old carpets in many houses unless you are

very lucky, you will find that all you have underneath is

chipboard or maybe concrete.

And yet the flooring in a room can make such a big

difference to the overall feel, even if it’s not the first

thing you notice or the strongest element of the design.

Flooring helps set the background, in much the same way

as paint colour and lighting, yet it is one of the things

many of us do not always consider as fully as maybe we


How to choose the right flooring for your lifestyle

Traditional materials such as stone and wood will always

prove resilient and long-lasting. After all, they have been

in and out of fashion for hundreds of years, but they may

not always be the most practical for your lifestyle, design

or budget. Modern

materials such as

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vinyl and ceramic

tiles can offer great

cheaper alternative

options. They may

also offer easy care

and harder resilience

to dirt in some cases

while retaining

all the character

of traditional


Creating flow

Large areas can give impact to an overall design, and

continuing, or flowing a flooring material between rooms

or repeating the use of flooring materials can really

pull the overall design together. At Gardeners Cottage

in Blakeney, we used only two flooring finishes in the

completed project. This reduced costs and wastage, both

in the build stage and the final fit, but it also tied the

overall coastal theme of the design together.

Starting with a blank canvas we needed to address the

wear and tear of heavy traffic areas in a commercial

holiday rental property, with the practicality of a weekly

high season turnaround and clean. We achieved this by

combining ceramic limestone effect tiling with engineered

oak floor boarding. Both within a similar tone and colour

pallet and both with strong texture effects, which helps

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By repeating the ceramic tiles from the entrance, through

to kitchen and bathrooms and breaking to planked oak

boards in living and bedroom areas, the canvas was set.

Hard ceramics in high traffic and wet areas, softer wood

in living and sleeping areas. Think of the flooring as the

background set for a movie. It needs to set the mood

without distracting from the main design elements, which

can then hold the focus. if you want to soften the hard

floors simply add rugs which can be purchased either new

or at auction.

replaced floorboards. The effect can also lighten rooms

considerably and re-touching high traffic areas work really

well with modern floor paints.

What are the key interior trends for flooring this


Hard floors are again a key interior design trend this year.

Think white marble and red cedar. Yes, OK maybe not

seriously, I am joking, because, come on, your approach

to choosing a floor really should be a long-term love affair,

not just a fashion statement. Hard floors are expensive

and messy to replace. Find your balance of practical and

beautiful for a long-term relationship with a floor you love.

Tailor your flooring to your overall design

My approach in restoring a 400 year old farmhouse was

very different. For a start, we were working with some

very ancient and traditional materials, including Norfolk

paments laid on a lime mortar. At certain times of year

and atmospheric conditions, these tiles literally breathe

or sweat to be more accurate with damp patches and salt

precipitates. Sealing these or replacing them with hard

or nonporous alternatives would be disastrous, almost

certainly leading to damp walls or worse, rot! The solution

was to look to very traditional and reclaimed materials.

In Norfolk we are blessed with an excellent selection of

reclamation yards, offering recycled traditional floors both

tiled and wooden.

Reclaimed and upcycled floors

The design approach was also very different. Unlike

Gardeners Cottage, with its large flowing rooms, the

farmhouse presented a plethora of smaller spaces,

pantries, larders, corridors and walk-in cupboards. Most

on different levels, with threshold steps between rooms.

No possibility of flowing acres of crisp-edged tiling

here. Our solution, repair, restore and where neither

was possible, replace with a reclaimed alternative with

an aged patina to keep the ‘been down for at least 100

years’ look. We also ended up painting the floorboards in

many of the rooms and bathrooms. Chances are plumbers

and electricians have taken their toll over years, painting

boards can offer the best low-cost option for damaged or

Flooring does not have to be boring

In summary, the flooring that you choose needs to reflect

your lifestyle. If you have lots of dogs and children you

will probably need to choose flooring that is easy to

keep clean. But as our guide shows this does not mean

that your flooring cannot be beautiful and practical.

Alternatively, you could get a dog that does not moult or

get muddy ( if such a thing exists), sell the kids on eBay,

and hey, if Red Cedar rocks your boat, go with it!

Kate lives in North Norfolk and is owner of a holiday

cottage in Blakeney that she has renovated with her

husband and now lets out. She is passionate about

vintage and antique furniture & china, upcycling and

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Say hello to Wendy Howes, our

gardening columnist, who will be

revealing the trials and tribulations of her

garden restoration project every month…

At the time of writing, we now have a gaping

great hole in the garden where two of

Percy’s borders used to lay, and a sloping mud

line leading down to it where the hazardous

York stone offered a chaotic path. The contrast

between this and the neighbouring rose garden,

which we are slowly restoring, is phenomenal.

Cyclamen glade

I have also been busy

mulching the beds with

plenty of organic manure.

Two pallet loads to be

precise! Gazing down

from the house onto

the beautifully dressed

chestnut brown flower

beds is so fulfilling,

although my back may

beg to differ. Hopefully

by next year we will have

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system up and running to

enable us to fully recycle all the organic matter created

within the gardens.

The next job up is to plant a serious amount of daffodils,

which over time will naturalise. I have also sourced half a

dozen Cyclamen hederifolium, another naturalizing spring

plant. I find their dainty pink flowers totally adorable,

however it will be a good few years before they can

establish enough of a carpet here to have much impact. It

will be a delight to take a few moments out in the spring,

cup of tea in hand, to enjoy the glorious glow of new

beginnings as they burst into flower.

It took four men three days to lift and relocate the stone

slabs to a friend’s house in the next avenue. They too are

restoring their garden and we were able to help each

other out, with the added bonus of knowing Percy’s

beloved York stone is being put to use nearby.

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Next week the landscapers will return to level the area

using diggers before dressing it with a few tons of

topsoil and lastly seeding. I have also made a last minute

request for a few Himalayan silver birches (Betula utilis

jaquemontii). I have been besotted with them since I saw

a photo of the spectacular Winter Garden at Anglesey

Abbey. It will be some time before we can recreate that,

but I am hoping the introduction of an initial family of five

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the day of the move itself, if you manage the

process well then it can feel like a fond farewell

to your old home, rather than a drawn-out


Here, Tonia Tyler, sales director at Redrow Homes South

Midlands, discusses how to make your move as smooth

as possible.

The Sell

Once you have decided to make the move, your first

task will be to sell your existing home. From making any

updates to your home to make it more appealing to

potential buyers, through to selecting an estate agent to

market your house, this process marks the beginning of

your journey.

However, this need not be a chore. Taking the process in

easy, bite-sized stages will make it more manageable and

mean you don’t feel overwhelmed during the process.

The Viewing

It’s not all about the smell of freshly baked bread to

entice viewers into the dream of owning your property –

it’s important that your house really looks and feels like it

could be a visitor’s next home. This means putting away

personal items, having a good dust, and removing any

unsightly furniture or fixtures and fittings. While there’s

no need to be excessive, a good spring clean gives a

great first impression – it’ll even help clear some clutter

when you do come to making the move.

The Plan

Planning is essential in the run up to the move,

particularly when it comes to time and materials. Ensure

you give yourself enough time to pack and move, before

finally unpacking in your new home. Leaving it to the final

few days may mean you forget or break belongings, so

consider putting time aside to get everything in order

before you go back to day-to-day life.

Secondly, you will need the right materials to get the job

done, including boxes, more boxes, bubble wrap, tape

and labels or a good pen. Booking a large vehicle or

home removal company well in advance is also a must,

particularly if you are moving further afield.

The Pack

Getting everything boxed up will make the move a more

manageable process. Everything precious will need the

protection of bubble wrap, however do try to pack one

room at a time and label the boxes as you go, as this

will make your belongings easier to organise when they

arrive in your new home.

Start with the rooms you least need, reducing the chance

of you rummaging through boxes to find important

items days before you move. This stage is also a great

opportunity to get organised and decide what you simply

must take to your new home, and what could be better

off donated to a charity shop. Arrive at your new home

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Arts News

for October

Written by Lily Webber


f you want something to do indoors now that

there’s a chill in the air and the leaves are

beginning to fall, why not head to one these

galleries and check out a local exhibition? This

article features the top autumn exhibitions in

the East, including a wide variety of showcases

– from small scale to big names; surely there’s

something to tickle the art critic within?

‘The Artist’s Garden’ exhibition, until 13


In South Norfolk until 13 October there will be ‘The

Artist’s Garden’ exhibition featuring works by David

Hockney and Lucian Freud as well as several artworks

by regional and local artists, at the newly refurbished

Corn Hall in Diss.

The exhibition demonstrates the impression gardens

have made across time on all artists. “This diverse

exhibition explores how all artists engage with their

natural everyday surroundings,” says Sophie Towne,

the Arts & Heritage Outreach Manager for Corn

Hall. Not only a great day out, all the exhibitions are

free and open from 10am to 4pm from Monday to

Saturday. www.thecornhall.co.uk/whats-on

Image by Rosie Copeland

Image: Stephen Lawrence’s running vest made into a tribute

of ‘The Boy Who Loved To Run’ by Rosalind Wyatt

‘How Do You Want To Be Remembered?’

The Suffolk Lettering Arts Centre at the Snape

Maltings will play host to the ‘How Do You Want To Be

Remembered?’ exhibition from 21 September to 18


Works will be a celebration of 30 years of memorials,

curated by Annet Stirling and Harriet Frazer. The

exhibition aims to show how surprising, varied and

moving memorials can be: from Stephen Lawrence’s

running shirt, to the Bali Bombing memorial, and

personal headstones for private individuals.

Making the exhibition even more notable, the venue will

also show a selection of artworks from The Lettering Arts

Trust’s Art & Memory Collection. Usually only on show at

five UK locations to demonstrate the breadth of creativity

and the skills of the artists who created them.


The Young Turner: Ambitions in Architecture

and the Art of Perspective’ at Sir William Harpur

Gallery, Bedford

The free exhibition taking place until 16 December,

will include JMW Turner’s unrivalled painting of The

High Street, Oxford. The painting is accompanied by

an exhibition exploring the young Turner’s interest in

architecture and the development of his skills in the art of


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Just a ‘new town’?

There’s more beneath the surface.

Treasures. The new exhibition at

Peterborough Museum

25 Aug 2018 - 6 Jan 2019

Download your free guide at vivacity.org/treasures

or visit Peterborough Museum

New Woburn Gallery

Five artist friends have come together to create their own

gallery, in the charming market town of Woburn, Beds.

Located at the Telephone Exchange on the Market Place,

the venture was devised after the artists struggled to

find opportunities to exhibit, despite success at local

exhibitions and open studios.

The high end gallery offers paintings, pottery, sculptures,

glassware and jewellery. Visitors can expect a high

turn over of exhibitions and artists, alongside a warm

welcome. www.woburnartgallery.co.uk

Dad’s Army Radio Hour

Alan Noyes ‘Remember that afternoon’

Exhibition of Watercolours from the

Country’s Finest Artists in Ely

The Society of East Anglian Watercolourists (SEAW)

are coming together for a showcase of local art at

this annual selected exhibition held at the Babylon

Gallery in Ely, from 16-28 October.

Featuring more than 80 works, the exhibition will

give viewers the chance to look at contemporary

and traditional style watercolours from some of the

foremost watercolour artists working in Britain today.

All works in the exhibition are selected on merit by

a panel of expert judges and visitors will have the

opportunity to view and purchase the paintings.

There will be a wide range of prizes and awards

presented to artists at the exhibition including the

prestigious Royal Watercolour Society President’s


www.seaw.co.uk | www.babylonarts.org.uk/gallery

Open Studio Weekend in Harlow, Essex

The Gatehouse Arts Open Studio Weekend will be

showing for its eighth year. The weekend runs from

Saturday 13 to Sunday 14 October and is free entry.


Halesworth Art Festival

2018 marks the 17th year of this perennially popular

Festival, with all events this year at the New Cut Arts

Centre in Halesworth between 13-28 October.

In conjunction with the World Land Trust, the main

exhibition this year is of original works by ‘The Owl &

the Pussycat’ author, Edward Lear. Although nowadays

best known for his poems, Lear was a fine painter of

landscapes and creatures – especially birds.

Concert events kick off this year with a brand-new folk

musical ‘Here at the Fair’, presented by Mick Ryan &

company. The truly original Opera-lele return with a

new collection of operatic gems and songs from the

shows, sung with ukulele accompaniment. Classical music

concerts include the Sacconi Quartet, a piano recital by

Charles Owen and the return of the European Chamber


Dad’s Army Radio Hour, the poet Roger McGough

with Chris Riddell, a new play about Agatha Christie

going missing, an evening with Jacqui Dankworth and

Craig Ogden, the finals of the Suffolk’s Young Poet

Competition, and several other events all lead up to

the final night: a James Bond Spectacular. Q the Music

big band with original Bond girl Madeline Smith play an

unforgettable selection of music from 007 movies.

Tickets for all events are available now, only from the

Festival box office: online, by phone, by post or if you’re

lucky on the door. www.halesworthartsfestival.org.uk

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What’s on: Beds, Bucks & Herts


4-27 Oct Much Ado About Nothing

Set at the height of the Battle of

Britain, this is an affectionate homage

to the servicewomen of World War

Two is a playful response to the

all-male productions of Shakespeare’s

own time. Watford Palace Theatre, 20

Clarendon Road, Watford, WD17 1JZ

01923 235455


9-Oct Airplane!

When the passengers and crew of

a jet are incapacitated due to food

poisoning, a rogue pilot with a

drinking problem must cooperate

with his ex-girlfriend turned stewardess

to bring the plane to a safe

landing. Quarry Theatre, 26 St Peter’s

Street, Bedford, MK40 2NN

01234 362337


9-13 Oct Chess

A story of love and political intrigue

set against the backdrop of the Cold

War in the 1980s. The Court Theatre,

Station Road, Tring, HP23 5QY


9-13 Oct Hairspray

‘Hairspray’, winner of eight Tony

Awards, including Best Musical, is a

family-friendly musical, piled bouffant-high

with laughter, romance and

deliriously tuneful songs. Hertford

Theatre, The Wash, Hertford,

SG14 1PS. 01992 531500


9-13 Oct Saturday Night Fever

Whilst paying homage to the 1977

John Travolta classic, this all new

stage version promises more drama,

more music and is bound to have you

dancing in the aisles. Aylesbury

Waterside Theatre, Exchange Street,

Aylesbury, HP20 1UG. 0844 871 7607


10-11 Oct Dear Zoo

This production will enchant all

those who have read the book

(both young and old) as it unfolds

with child-engaging puppets, music

and lots of audience interaction.

Broadway Theatre, Eastcheap,

Letchworth Garden City, SG6 3DD

01462 681300


15-20 Oct Benidorm

ITV’s award-winning comedy celebrates

over a decade of all-inclusive

hilarity, Litten has now written an all

new set of Alicante escapades for the

much-loved cast members as they

swap sangria for the stage - after a

quick spruce up at the Blow ‘n’ Go!

Milton Keynes Theatre, Marlborough

Gate, Milton Keynes, MK9 3NZ.

0844 8717652. www.atgtickets.com

16-20 Oct The Thrill of Love

‘The Thrill of Love’, based on documentary

evidence, is a gripping tale

of vice, murder and obsession. It’s

also a story of a woman trying to

make a life in a world where the dice

were loaded against her. The Place

Theatre, Bradgate Road, Bedford,

MK40 3DE. 01234 354321


18-Oct Mayerling

‘Mayerling’ is a classic of the Royal

Ballet repertory, with its emotional

depth, haunting imagery, and one

of the most demanding roles ever

created for a male dancer. Watford

Palace Theatre, 20 Clarendon Road,

Watford, WD17 1JZ. 01923 235455


20-21 Oct Peppa Pig’s Adventure

Join Peppa as she gets ready to go

on an exciting camping trip to the

woods with George and her school

friends, including Pedro Pony, Suzy

Sheep and Gerald Giraffe. The

Gordon Craig Theatre, Lytton Way,

Stevenage , SG1 1LZ. 01438 363200


23-27 Oct Summer Holiday

The hit iconic 1960’s film starring

Cliff Richard is now the feel- good

musical of the year, bringing music,

laughter and fun to the stage as it

becomes the happiest hit musical

around. Aylesbury Waterside Theatre,

Exchange Street, Aylesbury,

HP20 1UG. 0844 871 7607


24-Oct Not: Lady Chatterley’s Lover

Think The Naked Gun and Airplane!

mixed with a steamy costume drama

in this laughter-filled parody of the

D.H. Lawrence novel. Rhodes Theatre,

1-3 South Road, Bishop’s Stortford,

CM23 3JG. 01279 710200.


25-Oct Gary Delaney: Gagster’s


One of Britain’s leading one-liner

comics returns to the road with

another onslaught of lean, expertly

crafted gaggery. The Stables,

Stockwell Lane, Milton Keynes,

MK17 8LU. 01908 280800


26-Oct The Noise Next Door

Ten time sell-out veterans of the

Edinburgh Fringe Festival and one

of the country’s most sought after

comedy club headliners. Quarry

Theatre, 26 St Peter’s Street, Bedford

MK40 2NN. 01234 362337


27-Oct Eddie Summer: Flat M8

Welcome to Eddie’s hilarious world

of props, music and mayhem! Quarry

Theatre, 26 St Peter’s Street, Bedford

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27-Oct Omid Djalili

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8-Oct The ELO Experience

The ELO Experience are the world’s

foremost tribute to The Electric Light

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11-13 Oct That’ll Be the Day

Featuring incredible live music performances,

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Gordon Craig Theatre, Lytton Way,

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14-Oct Tom Jones Tribute

Welsh-born Dean Jones is a

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performer not to be missed! Watford

Colosseum, Rickmansworth Road,

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16-Oct Gwyneth Herbert: Letters I

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21-Oct Jackson - Live in Concert

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28-Oct Albert Lee

Albert Lee one of the worlds finest

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The Empire Windrush’s voyage from

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city this autumn

There’s plenty to love about October; crisp

days, the changing colours and the nostalgia

that Christmas is just around the corner. If you’re

feeling the cosy vibes, here’s how to make the

most of autumn in the city:

Stomp the cobbles

Get ahead of the crowds this month and make a start

on the Christmas shopping at one of Cambridge’s

many independent boutiques. As the new seasons and

collections drop, now is the time to find perfect presents

for loved ones. From antiques at The Hive and Angela

Reed’s stunning homeware to divine jewellery at Della

Kaur and fashions at Lilac Rose, you won’t be leaving

empty handed. You’ll also be feeling pretty smug come


Backstreet pubs

The colder days call for a cosy pub and a glass of red.

Luckily, Cambridge is home to a number of historic

pubs with crackling fires and comfy corners. Check out

the Free Press Pub on Prospect Row for its cosy nooks

and tasty food or for Halloween feels visit The Eagle on

Benet Street, known for its history, RAF associations and

resident ghosts! The cool kids among you should visit

Calverley’s Brewery and Taproom, on Hooper Street, just

off Mill Road. Open Thursday and Friday evenings, and all

day Saturday, here you’ll find a diverse range of brews.

Slow down with a book

We all know Cambridge is famous for its museums,

colleges and galleries but this month why not curl up with

a good book at Cambridge University Library. Dating

back to the 1400s it has a story to tell; you’ll find plenty of

literature plus regular exhibitions, events and tours.

Feel the crunch

One of the best things about autumn is the changing

colours and crunch of leaves under your feet. Make the

most of this beautiful season with a stroll around the

Cambridge University Botanic Garden. There’s 8,000

species spread over 40 acres of landscaped grounds.

Don’t miss the Apple Day on 21 October.

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On your bike

See the sights of Cambridge on two wheels.

Cycle the streets of the city admiring the

architecture, before passing the cows on the

common and pedalling your way along the river.

It’s a great way to appreciate the beauty of

Cambridge. For all your bicycle needs head to

Townsend Light Blue Cycle Centre, Cambridge’s

oldest bike shop. Having been established

in 1895, its a fourth generation family owned

local company. After more than 120 years of

serving cyclists the Centre now offers service

and sales advice on all types of bicycles. The

shop floor keeps a wide range of bicycles from

brands including Ridgeback, Pashley, Genesis,

Ridley and Surly, as well as its very own range

of The Light Blue cycles, alongside which have

a broad range of accessories from lights and

locks to helmets and clothing and most things

in between.

Vintage finds

Faux furs, woolly jumpers and retro levis; give your

wardrobe a classic update with a trip to Cambridge’s

Affordable Vintage Fair at The Guildhall on 6 October,

10.30am-4.30pm. Search through the rails full of

fabulous fashions from the eras gone by, browse stalls of

collectables and jewellery, find homeware treasures and

finish with a slice of cake at the vintage tea party pop up.

Entry £2.

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To the market

Pick up the delights of autumns fruits at the weekly

Sunday Farmer’s Market on the Market Square, 10am

to 4pm. Under the canopies, stalls are stacked with

colourful, fresh produce from local farmers. Top buys

this month include figs, leeks, blackberries, beets and of

course apples.

Ghost Tours

October is the month of all things spooky, so as night

falls and the air becomes crisp and misty, join one of the

ghost tours available and hear about the gruesome tales

of murder, historic hangings and the wandering ghosts

that stalk the city’s streets and buildings. You’ll also learn

about the whereabouts of Oliver Cromwell’s head! Visit

cambridgeghosttours.com for more information.

Row, row, row your boat

One of the biggest draws of Cambridge is its river and

water activities. A punt is fun at any time of year, but

October may be a bit too cold for paddle boarding so

why not watch those who are far braver as local rowing

clubs take to the water to practice. Wrap up warm, grab a

travelling cappuccino and make your way to Midsummer

Common, Ditton Meadows or the Plough – it’s a great

way to pass an afternoon at the weekend, plus it’s free!

Sweet treats

Snuggle up in the corner or grab a window seat at one of

Cambridge’s famous cafes and simply watch the world go

by. Colder weather calls for a little indulgence so tuck into

the stickiest Chelsea buns around at Fitzbillies, reminisce

about Mediterranean holidays with Pastéis de Nata at the

Norfolk Street Bakery or sip one of the finest coffees in

the city at Hot Numbers Coffee on Gwydir Street.

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The city of Ely knows how to show its

residents and visitors a good time.

Throughout the year it plays host to fairs,

festivals and frolics, and this month is no

exception. As we head into autumn, Ely will

be entertaining with great local produce

and taking visitors on a journey through its

fascinating history.

Ghost tours

It wouldn’t be October without indulging in the Halloween

spirit. As one of the most haunted cities in Europe, Ely has

plenty of spooky stories to tell. Send shivers down your

spine with a Riverside Ghost Tour, which run every Friday

from 5 October to 2 November. Tours last approximately

75 minutes and cost £15. You’ll hear about ghostly

sightings as you walk through the Medieval streets and

down to the river where you’ll hop aboard the Liberty

Belle to learn more about the waterside after dark.

The fascinating talk will be followed by a tasting with Mile

Tree Brewery. The event takes place at Oliver Cromwell’s

House from 7pm-9.30pm and advanced booking is

advised. Tickets cost £9.


If you’re brave enough join the ghost tour which starts at

Oliver Cromwell’s House from 27 October to 1 November.

You’ll walk the streets and learn about gruesome tales

of scandal and death, and may even meet with the

ghosts themselves! All tours must be pre-booked. Tickets

available at www.olivercromwellshouse.co.uk

Pub Building and Beer Tasting

There’s some great pubs in Ely, and with ‘The Golden Age

of Pub Building + Beer Tasting by MileTree Brewery’ on 17

October, you’ll get to hear all about how they came to be

and how they have transformed over the centuries. Geoff

Brandwood, a member of CAMRA’s Historic Pubs Group

will be delving into the history of pubs focusing on various

arts of their interiors and what made them special.

Apple Festival

Autumn is the season of the apple, and Ely will be

celebrating with its annual Apple Festival on 20 October

on Palace Green, 10am-4pm. There will be competitions,

stalls, demonstrations, workshops and tasty street food.

Art Unequalled

2018 marks eight years since local sculptor, Sally Dunham

launched Art Unequalled at The Maltings in Ely to bring

together artists and craftsmen from across the country.

Taking place 27-28 October the exhibition is a chance to

admire, browse and buy beautiful art works, crafts and

jewellery from 45 selected exhibitors. You might even pick

up an early Christmas present or two!


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Dining out

At lunchtime you will be spoilt for choice, whether you are

exploring alone, as a couple or with family. The town has

numerous pubs and restaurants offering a wide range of

cuisine from English dishes, Italian and even Nepalese.

The George Hotel, St Martins is a beautiful grand building

known as one of the greatest English coach inns of all

time. Offering delightful British dishes, if you are looking

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for a bigger meal you won’t be disappointed. You never

know you might decide to stay another day so you could

book one of the hotel’s decadent bedrooms while you’re

there. www.georgehotelofstamford.com

For a lighter lunch, The Model Fish Bar on Broad Street,

serves up fresh fish and chips daily. Mama Liz’s on North

Street offers up something with a bit of heat to put a

spring in your step ahead of the afternoon. From super

salads to hot and spicy fajitas, there is also a good

selection of vegan and vegetarian choice as well as a

mezze menu. www.mamaliz.co.uk


Shopping is a must. A mixture of boutique, independent

and high street hives await you from kitchenware to

clothing. A lot of well-known retailers are based on the

High Street, with the more boutique and independent

shops scattered across St Mary’s Hill, St Mary’s Street, Red

Lion Square and Silver Lane.

Extend your stay

Treat yourself to an upmarket Italian meal with fantastic

wines at Cloisters Bistro (www.cloistersbistro.com) before

a good night’s sleep at either the charming Crown Hotel,

great for families or the extravagant William Cecil Hotel in

the grounds of the Burghley Estate. More information can

be found at www.kneadpubs.co.uk/the-crown-hotel and


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What’s on: Cambridgeshire


7-Oct The Missing Light

‘The Missing Light’ is an enchanting

show about hopes, dreams, togetherness

and true friendship created by

Mark Arends for Make Mend and Do.

The Junction, Clifton Way, Cambridge,

CB1 7GX. 01223 511511


8-13 Oct Rain Man

When self-centred salesman Charlie

Babbitt discovers that his long-lost

brother Raymond, an autistic savant

with a genius for numbers, has inherited

the family fortune, he sets out to

get ‘his half’. Cambridge Arts Theatre,

St Edward’s Passage, Cambridge,

CB2 3PJ. 01223 503333


9-Oct Importance of Being Earnest

Wilde’s much-loved masterpiece

throws love, logic and language into

the air to make one of theatre’s most

dazzling firework displays. Key Theatre,

Embankment Road, Peterborough,

PE1 1EF. 01733 207239


9-13 Oct Vita & Virginia

Adapted from the correspondence

of Virginia Woolf and Vita Sackville-

West, Eileen Atkins’ careful composition

of the blossoming romance

between these two opposite people

with kindred spirits is witty, tender,

and utterly charming. Corpus Playroom,

10 St Edward’s Passage,

Cambridge, CB2 3PJ. 01223 300085


11-Oct Jason Manford: 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! Cambridge Corn

Exchange, Wheeler Street, Cambridge,

CB2 3QE. 01223 357 851


11-Oct Austentatious

‘Austentatious’ is an improvised

comedy play starring a cast of the

country’s quickest comic performers.

Key Theatre, Embankment Road, Peterborough,

PE1 1EF. 01733 207239


12-Oct Ocean Film Festival World


Brought to you by the team behind

the Banff Film Festival UK Tour, this

collection of short films celebrates

divers, paddlers, surfers and oceanographers

who live for the sea’s salt

spray. Cambridge Corn Exchange,

Wheeler Street, Cambridge,

CB2 3QE. 01223 357 851


16-20 Oct Still Alice

Alice Howland is stubborn, clever

and driven – a professional at the top

of her game. But, diagnosed with

early-onset Alzheimer’s at the age of

50, she is compelled to confront her

new reality and draw on her resilience

to remain independent for as long as

possible. Cambridge Arts Theatre,

St Edward’s Passage, Cambridge,

CB2 3PJ. 01223 503333


16-20 Oct The Children’s Hour

In 1930s New England two female

teachers who are accused of homosexuality

by one of their students.

Once the scandal reaches the local

community, Martha and Karen’s lives

are destroyed as they become increasingly

ostracised by society. ADC

Theatre, Park St, Cambridge, CB5

8AS. www.corpusplayroom.com

17-Oct Frankie Vah by Luke Wright

Multi-award winning performance-poet

Luke Wright captures the passion

of a generation of young idealists

and activists with deft verse, archive

film footage and visceral, iconic

music, drawing an emotional and

political line between 80s politics and

21st century austerity Britain. Key

Theatre, Embankment Road, Peterborough,

PE1 1EF. 01733 207239


21-Oct Joanna Lumley - It’s All

About Me

This intimate night with Joanna tells

some of these tales and more as we

gallop through almost 50 years in this

business we call show. Cambridge

Corn Exchange, Wheeler Street,

Cambridge, CB2 3QE. 01223 357

851. www.cambridgelivetrust.co.uk

23-27 Oct Horrible Histories: Awful


From the fascinating Pharaohs to the

power of the pyramids, discover the

foul facts of death and decay with

the meanest mummies in Egypt.

Cambridge Arts Theatre, St Edward’s

Passage, Cambridge, CB2 3PJ.

01223 503333.


26-Oct Henning When: Get on with it

You couldn’t make it up; surely

the German Comedy Ambassador

Henning Wehn hasn’t bosched out

yet another new show? The Cresset,

Bretton Centre, Peterborough,

PE3 8DX. 01733 265705


26-Oct Adam Rowe: Undeniable

Fresh from a sell-out UK tour; Liverpool

Comedian of the Year winner

and English Comedian of the Year

nominee Adam Rowe, presents his

hilarious new stand-up show about

his working-class roots and the

determination, arrogance, selfishness

and sacrifices it takes to become undeniable.

The Junction, Clifton Way,

Cambridge, CB1 7GX. 01223 511511


27-28 Oct Beauty and the Beast:

A Musical Parody

Brace yourself for 90 minutes of

boundless energy and musical

mayhem as Fat Rascal Theatre

explore whether fairytales really

can come true, in this brand new,

gender-swapped musical parody

of Beauty and the Beast. Mumford

Theatre, East Road, Cambridge,

CB1 1PT. 0845 196 2320


27-Oct Rip It Up

‘Rip It Up’ brings the fabulous

soundtrack of the 1960s to life

in an explosion of song and dance!

Cambridge Corn Exchange, Wheeler

Street, Cambridge, CB2 3QE. 01223

357 851. www.cambridgelivetrust.co.uk

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27-Oct Swan Lake

‘Swan Lake’ is one of Tchaikovsky’s

best works, featuring some of

ballet’s most memorable music and

breath-taking dance. Key Theatre,

Embankment Road, Peterborough,

PE1 1EF. 01733 207239


29 Oct - 2 Nov The Habit of Art

Exploring friendship, rivalry and

heartache, this multi-layered

masterpiece examines the joy, pain

and emotional cost of creativity.

Cambridge Arts Theatre, St Edward’s

Passage, Cambridge, CB2 3PJ.

01223 503333


30-Oct Seven Ages

Comedy theatre exploring the idea

that we go through seven stages in

life. From infancy - through love and

wisdom - to growing old disgracefully!

Mumford Theatre, East Road,

Cambridge, CB1 1PT . 0845 196

2320. www.anglia.ac.uk

30-Oct Two by Two

An evening of comedy duologues!

Cambridge is the home of the double

act: Fry and Laurie, Mel and Sue,

Mitchell and Webb. ADC Theatre,

Park St, Cambridge, CB5 8AS



13-Oct Fastlove

The show is packed with crowd

pleasing anthems. Cambridge Corn

Exchange, Wheeler Street, Cambridge,

CB2 3QE. 01223 357 851


14-Oct Sinfonia of Cambridge

Three pieces which embody the

passion and tragedy of the Russian

tradition, with the brilliant young

Cambridge violinist Stephanie

Childress as soloist. West Road

Concert Hall, Cambridge, CB3 9DP

0845 196 2320. www.anglia.ac.uk

19-Oct Marty Wilde

Back by popular demand, topping

the bill will be Marty Wilde, one of

the leading British rock and roll singers,

with over 60 years experience

in the industry. The Cresset, Bretton

Centre, Peterborough, PE3 8DX

01733 265705. www.cresset.co.uk

21-Oct Clare Teal and her Big Mini

Big Band

A celebration of popular music from

the golden age of song - upbeat

and uplifting to the extreme.

Cambridge Arts Theatre, St Edward’s

Passage, Cambridge,

CB2 3PJ. 01223 503333


23-Oct 4Ever Hollywood

An all singing, all dancing show

celebrating four fabulous decades

of timeless tunes & fancy footwork

of the silver screen legends. Key

Theatre, Embankment Road, Peterborough,

PE1 1EF. 01733 207239


24-Oct Coasts

A five piece indie/pop band from

Bristol whose influences range from

Foals to The Cure. The Junction,

Clifton Way, Cambridge, CB1 7GX

01223 511511. www.junction.co.uk


4 Sep - 14 Oct The Humility of

Plaster: Florian Roithmayr

Florian Roithmayr’s ‘Humility of

Plaster’ is a two-year research and

exhibition project exploring the

materiality of collections housing

plaster moulds and casts across

Europe. Kettle’s Yard, University of

Cambridge, Castle Street, Cambridge,

CB3 0AQ. 01223 748 100


2 Oct - 9 Dec Virginia Woolf: An

exhibition inspired by her writings

This exhibition draws attention to

the many connections between Virginia

Woolf, her contemporaries and

those who have been inspired by

her work. The Fitzwilliam Museum,

Trumpington Street, Cambridge,

CB2 1RB. 01223 332900.


5-14 Oct Museum of the Moon

A visually stunning installation by

artist Luke Jurram. The moon,

measuring seven metres in diameter

and featuring 120dpi detailed NASA

imagery of the lunar surface, will be

suspended in the magnificent space

of Peterborough Cathedral.

Peterborough Cathedral,

Peterborough, PE1 1XS

5-28 Oct New works by Antoine

Josse 2018

The use of captivating and revealing

motifs, along with the presence of

human beings immersed in a dreamlike

landscape, convey a unique

charm to his work and we are excited

to be showcasing both paintings

and sculptures in this exhibition.

Byard Art, 14 King’s Parade,

Cambridge, CB2 1SJ. 01223 464646



5 Oct - 2 Nov Riverside Ghost


Hear about the ghostly sightings

as you walk through Ely’s medieval

streets and down to the riverside.

Then jump on board the Liberty

Belle to hear the tales of Ely’s waterside

after dark. Priced £15. Oliver

Cromwell’s House, 29 St Mary’s

Street, Ely, CB7 4HF. 01353 662062


5-6 Oct St Neots Gin Festival

This will not be an evening of traditional

G&T with ice and a slice, but

will open your eyes to the different

types of gins, dressings and mixers

that are now available. Wyboston

Watersports Centre, Wyboston

Lakes, MK44 3AL

20-Oct Apple Festival

The day will be jam packed with

apple related competitions, stalls,

demonstrations, workshops, musical

entertainment and street food. Not

forgetting of course the popular

Longest Apple Peeling Competition

and Apple Identification Tent. 10am

until 4pm. Palace Green, Ely


14-Oct Ely Antiques and

Collectables Fair

With approx 20 dealers of Antiques

and collectors with a good mixture

of items from a range of eras. Free

parking next to venue. Entry £1.

Open 10am. Centre E, 24 Barton

Road, Ely, CB7 4DE. 01353 668558

27-28 Oct The Curiosity Fair

30 stalls of vintage, antiques, crafts

and collectables. Entry £1.

Scotsdales Garden Centre,

120 Cambridge Road, Gt Shelford,

CB22 5JT

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Saffron Walden:

A Resident’s Perspective


Written by Lily Webber

From a Saffron Walden civilian through and

through, here are my personal top five

things for you to do in Saffron Walden:

1. Harts Book Shop

The town is lucky to have such a beautiful bookshop

located just off the Market Square. Another branch of

Daunt Books (the London book store) this shop is both

beautifully polished and wonderfully free of feeling at all

part of a chain – it’s well worth a browse.

2. Market Day

One of the proudest institutions of Saffron Walden, every

Tuesday and Saturday, is the Saffron Walden Market.

There’s something for everyone; from food – veg, olives,

cake, sausages, fish – to clothes, coffee and flowers. It’s a

great place to feel the community buzz!

3.Eight Bells

A bar and restaurant with a slightly classier experience,

the Eight Bells is gastronomic pub fare done well. Perhaps

visit there for a bite to eat after visiting the nearby Bridge

End Maze and Gardens. With relaxed, formal and patio

seating the restaurant probably has something you can

enjoy, plus – it’s dog friendly, there’s treats on the bar for

furry visitors!

4. Charity Shops

Maybe an odd one to some, but as a student on a budget

I know that the Saffron Walden charity shops can have

some great clothing finds. Buying from charity shops also

means sustainable fashion with a conscience – so not only

are you guilt free about spending money you don’t have,

but you can rest easy that you’re choosing fashion with a

good cause.

5. Tea Amo

A quirky little café, one of many that populate Saffron

Walden, Tea Amo is my personal favourite. They serve

cream teas, sandwiches and all the good stuff, including

their own homemade gluten free cakes and cookies. Best

of all they serve their very own Tea Amo cappuccino (my

regular order).

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2-6 Oct Murdered to Death

A murder takes place at Bagshott

House and Inspector Pratt comes to

investigate. More shots are fired and

confusion reigns. There are suspects

aplenty and each one has a motive.

Palace Theatre, 430 London Road,

Westcliff-on-Sea, SS0 9LA. 01702

351135. www.southendtheatres.org.uk

4-Oct Living With Luke

Danson Thunderbolt is no ordinary

Dad, and his teenage son Luke is

not so ordinary either. Braintree Arts

Theatre, Notley Road, Braintree,

CM7 1WY. 01376 556 354


7-Oct Emerald Storm

With an exhilarating mix of original

scores, incredible dancers invite you

into their world - from traditional

soft-shoe choreography to explosive

Irish Tap routines. Princes Theatre,

Station Road, Clacton-on-Sea, CO15

1SE. 01255 686633. www.tendringdc.

gov.uk › Leisure › Princes Theatre

8-Oct Jamie Raven: Making Magic

Expect the very unexpected, and to

laugh as much as you are mystified.

Palace Theatre, 430 London Road,

Westcliff-on-Sea, SS0 9LA.

01702 351135.


9-13 Oct The Picture of Dorian Gray

Set in Oscar Wilde’s prison cell, this

new adaptation of ‘The Picture of

Dorian Gray’ takes place entirely

in Oscar’s imagination. For only

by re-visiting scenes from his most

self-reflective, semi-autobiographical

work, is he able to cling to the

memory of the people and places he

once knew and loved and thereby

escape the isolation and degradation

of prison life. Palace Theatre, 430

London Road, Westcliff-on-Sea,

SS0 9LA. 01702 351135


12-Oct An Evening With Stacey


Catch Stacey in this rare live appearance

as she discusses everything

from gender equality and domestic

violence, to sex trafficking and sexual

identity, weaving these global strands

together in an exploration of what it

is to be women in the world today.

Palace Theatre, 430 London Road,

Westcliff-on-Sea, SS0 9LA.

01702 351135.


12-20 Oct Silence

1996. London. It’s Ewa’s birthday.

Her daughter Anna is coming home

from university with a secret to share

but Maria has some news of her

own. As wartime memories of Siberia

resurface, old steps are retraced

to uncover the secrets of the past

and a Polish heritage that unites

and divides them. Mercury Theatre,

Balkerne Gate, Colchester, CO1 1PT.

01206 573948


13-Oct Sara Pascoe: LadsLadsLads

Always honest, always regretting it

later, Sara opens her heart and mouth

again to share the adventures of the

last year. Palace Theatre, 430 London

Road, Westcliff-on-Sea, SS0 9LA

01702 351135


20-Oct The Elves and the


A retelling of the classical fairytale,

featuring an original score of songs.

Queen’s Theatre, Billet Lane, Hornchurch,

RM11 1QT. 01708 443333


22-24 Oct Stick Man Live

What starts off as a morning jog

becomes quite the misadventure for

Stick Man: a dog wants to play fetch

with him, a swan builds a nest with

him, and he even ends up on a fire!

How will Stick Man ever get back to

the family tree? Mercury Theatre,

Balkerne Gate, Colchester, CO1 1PT

01206 573948


25-Oct Joanna Lumley: It’s All

About Me!

This intimate night with Joanna tells

some of these tales and more as we

gallop through almost 50 years in this

business we call show. Cliffs Pavilion,

Station Road, Southend-on-Sea,

SS0 7RA. 01702 351135


26-Oct The Golden Days of


A smash-hit show from Jeff and Sue

Short with their musicians featuring

the very best songs and anecdotes

from Hollywood film musicals.

Queen’s Theatre, Billet Lane, Hornchurch,

RM11 1QT. 01708 443333


26-27 Oct Frogman

A coming-of-age thriller exploring the

fragility of the childhood imagination.

The Harlow Playhouse, Playhouse

Square, Harlow, CM20 1LS. 01279

431945. www.playhouseharlow.com

30 Oct - 3 Nov What the Butler


Set in the sixties, it reflects the times.

If you want to shock your Aunt Edna

or any family member for that matter

with outrageous non-PC comedy,

then this is the play for you. Palace

Theatre, 430 London Road, Westcliffon-Sea,

SS0 9LA. 01702 351135.


30 Oct - 3 Nov Dirty Dancing

The classic story of Baby and Johnny,

featuring the hit songs. Cliffs Pavilion,

Station Road, Southend-on-Sea,

SS0 7RA. 01702 351135


30 Oct - 3 Nov The Pride

Alternating between 1958 and

2008, The Prideexamines changing

attitudes to sexuality, looking at

intimacy, identity and the courage it

takes to be who you really are.

The Old Court Theatre, Springfield

Road, Chelmsford. 01245 606505


30-31 Oct My Mother Said I Never


The play details the lives of four

women through the immense social

changes of the 20th century. Civic

Theatre, Duke Street, Chelmsford,

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Our Suffolk showroom:

Overland Park,

Great Whelnetham,

Bury St Edmunds,

Suffolk IP30 0UL

Tel. 01284 388188

Located in the historic Townsford

Mill, Halstead Antiques Centre is

home to over 80 antiques dealers,

specialising in a wide range of antique, vintage and collectable

items, including paintings and pictures, ceramics, silver,

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11-Oct Someone Like You

Back on the road by popular

demand, this is an immaculate celebration

of one of our generation’s

finest singer-songwriters, and is

returning to theatres in 2018.

Civic Theatre, Duke Street, Chelmsford,

CM1 1JG. 01245 606505


12-Oct The Rat Pack

Combining the full sound of big

band swing with charisma, panache

and swagger, the trio – collectively

known as The Rat Pack, had attitude

to spare. Cliffs Pavilion, Station

Road, Southend-on-Sea, SS0 7RA

01702 351135


12-Oct The Little Mix Experience

Four hugely talented girls pay

tribute to one of the UK’s finest Girl-

Bands. West Cliff Theatre, Tower

Road, Clacton-on-Sea, CO15 1LE

01255 43 33 44


12-Oct Arrival The Hits Of Abba

The winning formula of fantastic

hits, harmonies, authentic costumes

and first class vocals and musicians,

recreates the true feel and thrill of a

live ABBA show. Princes Theatre,

Station Road, Clacton-on-Sea,

CO15 1SE. 01255 686633

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20-Oct Maximum Rhythm and


Join the legendary Manfreds and

Georgie fame for a fabulous evening

of Rhythm and Blues nostalgia,

and some of the greatest hits ever

written! Cliffs Pavilion, Station Road,

Southend-on-Sea, SS0 7RA.

01702 351135.


22-Oct Pop Divas Live!

The best songs from all your

favourite female stars in one

fabulous fun-packed show – that’s

Pop Diva’s Live! The Harlow

Playhouse, Playhouse Square,

Harlow, CM20 1LS. 01279 431945


24-Oct Famous Potatoes

A high-energy evening of bluegrass,

country, folk and Cajun on accordions

and fiddles with punchy guitars

and a washboard. Queen’s Theatre,

Billet Lane, Hornchurch, RM11 1QT.

01708 443333.


25-Oct The Sensational 60’s


A three hour extravaganza of pure

1960’s nostalgia. Civic Theatre,

Duke Street, Chelmsford, CM1 1JG

01245 606505


26-Oct The Dead Famous Zombie


The dancing dead have spoken and

the Zombie Prom has returned! A

night of anthems supplied by DJ

John Watson. Cliffs Pavilion, Station

Road, Southend-on-Sea, SS0 7RA

01702 351135



Until 27 Oct Show Women

In 1918, 40 per cent of women

across the UK were legally entitled

to vote for the first time. 100 years

later, we respond to the first wave of

women to get the vote with ‘Show

Women’: an exhibition of painting,

sculpture, film and installation by

contemporary women and non-binary

artists. Gibberd Gallery, The

Water Gardens, Harlow, CM20 1WG

01279 446404


Until 28 Oct BRONZE AGE c. 3500

BC – AD 2018

The exhibition recreates a fictional

Bronze Age presentation from a

forgotten museum. Firstsite, Lewis

Gardens, High Street, Colchester,

CO1 1JH. 01206 713 700. firstsite.uk

5-7 & 12-14 Oct Exhibition of

Contemporary Textiles

Tolesbury Textile Group makers

present to talk about the work and

demonstrate techniques. work for

sale, textile sample packs etc.

Whimbelart, 2 East Street, Tollesbury,

CM9 8QD. www.tollesbury.org


Every Monday, Wednesday &

Saturday Essex Bootcamp

Army-style outdoor training is

bound to sound intimidating at

first but persevere and soon you’ll

be dipping and lunging like a

pro. Promenade Park, Park Drive,

Maldon, CM9 5JQ.


7-Oct Hylands House - Open Day

Enjoy free guided tours of Hylands

House led by the knowledgeable

team or walk around at your leisure.

Guided tours at 11am & 2pm. In

addition, Hylands Farmers’ & Crafts

Market and the artist studios and

are open for you to browse and

purchase gifts. Hylands House,

London Road, Chelmsford,

CM2 8WQ. hylandsestate.co.uk

8-30 Oct Pop Up Lobster


‘Dirty Lobster’ brings like-minded

people together to enjoy a snappy

dinner showcasing amazing food,

music and drink in intimate and

unusual spaces. Release your creativity

and enjoy some dish tasting,

social chemistry! The Cells,

Colchester, CO1 2PG.

14-Oct Halloween Themed Open

Day at Easton Lodge

Folk music and a variety of stalls

along with some Halloween

competitions and some fun filled

children’s activities. Little Easton,

Great Dunmow, CM6 2BB


26-27 Oct Museums at Night

Explore the house after dark and

hear the tales of Audley End’s

fascinating history brought to life.

Audley End House & Gardens,

Saffron Walden, CB11 4JF


6-Oct Manningtree Vintage &

Collectables Market

Up to 50 traders with a great

selection beautiful things.

Town Centre, Manningtree.

13-Oct Vintage Fair

Find handpicked quality goods with

stalls of vintage fashion, accessories,

home, collectables and more.

Entry £2.50. 11am-5pm. Colchester

Leisure World, Cowdray Avenue,

Colchester, CO1 1YH

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Christmas 2018

8th, 9th, 15th, 16th Dec

10.30am – 4pm

£7 per child

Santa’s Grotto and

Christmas Farmyard

Come and see Santa arrive on his sleigh pulled by his Suffolk Punch

before you meet him in his magical Grotto

Santa’s Grotto available at set times Saturday

Santa’s Grotto available at set times Saturday

and Sunday, booking is essential.

Visit www.suffolkpunchtrust.org for full details

and to book online, or call 01394 411327

and Sunday, booking is essential.

Visit www.suffolkunchtrust.org for full details

and to book online, or call 01394 411327



Written by Liz Mattock


This historic Suffolk town has a lot to offer,

make sure you don’t miss out.

Framlingham Castle

Framlingham Castle towers over the town like a statue on

guard protecting its people. This 12th century spectacular

was where Mary Tudor was proclaimed Queen of England

and was once a fierce fortress which warned off even the

most fearless attacker. Entry costs £9.50 for adults and

£5.60 for children under the age of 17. The castle is open

for tours between 10am and 5pm, seven days a week.

Don’t miss Gothic Falconry on 20-21 October and Spooky

Stories during half term week from 22-28 October.


Framlingham Town Trail

Why not follow the town trail and uncover the history of

Framlingham? Much of its history is easily missed, hidden

in historic nooks of the town, as a result the council

created the town trail; a circular walk marked out by metal

guide posts and an audio guide is also available. Visit

framlingham.com/framlingham-town-trail/ to download

the town trail map and guide.

Framlingham Market

Framlingham is home to one of the oldest markets in

Suffolk, with its roots dating back to 13th century. It is

held twice a week on Tuesday & Saturday, and brings

together some of the region’s best producers and

artisan craftsmen. You never know what you might find!


Image: Visit Suffok; Framlingham Castle, Suffolk.


A full morning or afternoon can be spent browsing the

mix of stores in Framlingham. From arts to clothing and

interiors to wine, you’ll find it here. The town is firm

favourite with antique lovers, and is home to a number

of stores selling the wares of a time gone by. Stop by the

Theatre Antiques Centre, Witchball Antiques and Dix-Sept



Start the day with a coffee at the Dancing Goat Café or

stop for a light lunch at The Lemon Tree Bistro. If its an

evening meal you’re after the curry house is the locals

favourite. Curry India offers restaurant and takeaway

Bangladeshi dishes between 5pm and 11pm, but book to

avoid disappointment.

The Riverside Theatre, Woodbridge

The Riverside is the closest cinema and theatre venue

to Framlingham, however it conceals a hidden gem. The

Michelin listed Riverside Restaurant, featured in the Good

Food Guide and The Financial Times is open for lazy

lunches or candlelit dinners. Using local produce, creating

a range of inventive menus as well as classic dishes.

Visitors can book a Dinner and Film package. Screenings

in October include Willy Wonka and the Chocolate

Factory, Jaws and even Cliff Richard, live broadcast of his

60th anniversary tour. www.theriverside.co.uk

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What’s on: Suffolk


9-13 Oct High Society

You’re invited to the wedding of

the year and what a swell party it’s

going to be! Theatre Royal, Westgate

Street, Bury St Edmunds, IP33 1QR

01284 769505. www.theatreroyal.org

10-Oct Communicate

James is suffocated by his past.

Based on true events, this is one

couple’s journey through bereavement,

love, pregnancy, superheroes

and enforced pen maintenance.

The Seagull, 19-75 Morton Road,

Lowestoft, NR33 0JH. 01502 589726


11-Oct Lets Hang On

This award-winning production,

endorsed by Frankie Valli himself, celebrates

the music of one of popular

music’s most successful bands of

all time. Ipswich Regent Theatre, 3

Saint Helen’s Street, Ipswich, IP4 1HE

01473 433100

11-Oct The Ladyboys of Bangkok

The show will include your favourites

from the last 20 glorious years who

have been re-imagined, added to

new scenes of spectacular costumes

and given new choreography. There

will also, of course, be hilarious

comedy! The Apex, 1 Charter Square,

Bury St Edmunds, IP33 3FD. 01284

758000. www.theapex.co.uk

11-12 Oct Sherlock Holmes - The

Sign of Four

Crammed full of adventure, romance,

comedy and of course one or two

rather brilliant deductions, ‘The Sign

of Four’ is Arthur Conan Doyle’s

epic second Sherlock Holmes tale, a

breath-taking yarn brought to life in

this spectacular new stage adaptation.

Marina Theatre, The Marina,

Lowestoft, NR32 1HH. 01502 533200


13-Oct Here at the Fair

A new folk musical, written and

directed by Mick Ryan with a stellar

folk cast, including Heather Bradford,

Pete Morton, Geoff Lakeman, Alice

Jones and Granny’s Attic. The Cut,

New Cut, Halesworth, IP19 8BY

0300 3033 211. www.newcut.org

15-Oct Scenes of 2018

Look back at 2018 in an entertaining

evening of satirical, intimate and

ultimately hopeful short plays.

Theatre Royal, Westgate Street,

Bury St Edmunds, IP33 1QR.

01284 769505. www.theatreroyal.org

14-Oct Jon Culshaw: The Great

British Take Off

An evening of unscripted, spontaneous

comedy and conversation as

politicians, sports personalities and

celebrities are all up for a roasting.

Marina Theatre, The Marina,

Lowestoft, NR32 1HH. 01502 533200


17-19 Oct The Adventures of


Full of drama, jaw-dropping special

effects, and fantastical creatures,

Fabba Theatre finally goes Greek

with their take on the classic legend!

The Seagull, 19-75 Morton Road,

Lowestoft, NR33 0JH. 01502 589726


18-20 Oct The Goon Show

From the producers of the critically

acclaimed 50th Anniversary Tour of

Round the Horne comes another

radio comedy classic live on stage.

Theatre Royal, Westgate Street,

Bury St Edmunds, IP33 1QR. 01284

769505. www.theatreroyal.org

22-Oct Finding Joy

The funny, fearless international

sell-out mask production from the

UK’s leading full mask company.

Theatre Royal, Westgate Street,

Bury St Edmunds, IP33 1QR. 01284

769505. www.theatreroyal.org

23-Oct Foolhardy Circus Company

Lashings of sumptuous comedy

and a creamy dollop of acrobatics

combined to ensure you leave

smiling. The Seagull, 19-75 Morton

Road, Lowestoft, NR33 0JH. 01502

589726. www.theseagull.co.uk

23-Oct LDN Wrestling

An explosive night of top action

bringing ahost of top American

wrestling stars to the ring to face the

very best of home grown talent in a

two hour rip-roaring family entertainment

show. Haverhill Arts Centre,

High Street, Haverhill, CB9 8AR.

01440 714140


24-Oct Funny Girl - The Musical


Live broadcast of the story of musical

hall star Fanny Brice, with Sheridan

Smith in the title role. Haverhill Arts

Centre, High Street, Haverhill,

CB9 8AR. 01440 714140


24-Oct Dad’s Army Radio Hour

Two actors play 25 characters in this

brilliant staging of classic radio scripts

based on favourite episodes from the

original TV series. The Cut, New Cut,

Halesworth, IP19 8BY. 0300 3033 211


24-Oct The Wind in the Willows

This exciting and playful take on the

tale features a professional cast of

energetic performers, catchy new

songs and lots of humour that will

entertain and delight the whole

family! Marina Theatre, The Marina,

Lowestoft, NR32 1HH. 01502 533200


25-Oct Minor Miracles

A laugh-out-loud, one-of-a-kind

magic show packed with world class

sleight-of-hand magic and topped

with a pinch of confetti. Theatre

Royal, Westgate Street, Bury St

Edmunds, IP33 1QR. 01284 769505


30 Oct - 3 Nov Henry V

Shakespeare’s play is a thrilling

examination of the nature of power.

It explores the burden of leadership

and explodes the myth of heroism.

Theatre Royal, Westgate Street,

Bury St Edmunds, IP33 1QR. 01284

769505. www.theatreroyal.org


12-Oct Zingaro Blue

Zingaro is the Italian word for gypsy

and if you try to describe the music

of Zingaro Blue, you would probably

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end up saying that it’s a fusion of

gypsy folk/rock/pop and jazz/blues all

moulded into one. The Seagull, 19-75

Morton Road, Lowestoft, NR33 0JH

01502 589726. www.theseagull.co.uk

13-Oct The Kick Inside – The Songs

of Kate Bush

Adopting their name from KB debut

album, TKI (The Kick Inside), perform

tracks from her early albums fully

live, elegantly and stylishly capturing

the energy, excitement and fragility

of Kate’s music. The Seagull, 19-75

Morton Road, Lowestoft, NR33 0JH

01502 589726. www.theseagull.co.uk

17-Oct Red Priest

The world-famous baroque quartet

led by ‘superhuman’ recorder player

Piers Adams and the devilish fiddler,

Adam Summerhayes, transform into a

wild ‘baroque gypsy’ band. The Cut,

New Cut, Halesworth , IP19 8BY

0300 3033 211. newcut.org

15-Oct Sons of Pitches: 100 Number

One Hits!

Expect fast-paced medleys and

mind-bending mashups as the Sons

of Pitchesattempt to hit their target

of 100 legendary tracks in just one

evening. The Apex, 1 Charter Square,

Bury St Edmunds, IP33 3FD. 01284

758000. www.theapex.co.uk

21-Oct Ronnie Scott’s All Stars

Featuring classic music from the jazz

greats who have performed at Ronnie

Scott’s, alongside narration and

projected archive images and rare

footage from the club, ‘The Ronnie

Scott’s Songbook’ is a glimpse into

this world and its incredible history.

The Cut, New Cut, Halesworth, IP19

8BY. 0300 3033 211. newcut.org

26-Oct Legend of a Band

Enjoy the music of The Moody

Blues in the company of a supergroup

of legendary musicians, singers and

songwriters...The Apex, 1 Charter

Square, Bury St Edmunds, IP33 3FD.

01284 758000. www.theapex.co.uk

26-Oct And Finally... Phil


This well-established, superbly

professional, and entertaining production

perform an action packed

two hours of the best-known songs

from Grammy award winner, Phil

Collins. Marina Theatre, The Marina,

Lowestoft, NR32 1HH. 01502 533200


27-Oct Jackson - Live in Concert

‘Jackson Live in Concert’ brings

together superb musicians and

dancers, fabulous costumes, and of

course all the signature dance moves

associated so fondly with the undisputed

King of Pop. Marina Theatre,

The Marina, Lowestoft, NR32 1HH

01502 533200



8 Sep - 10 Oct Autumn Exhibition

The Autumn Exhibition also includes

work by many of the favourite gallery

artists including Vivienne Williams

RCA, David Porteous - Butler, Mhairi

McGregor RSW, David Smith RSW,

Ed Hunter, Val Pitchford and Robert

Newton. Lime Tree Gallery, Hall

Street, Long Melford, CO10 9JF


9 Oct - 13 Jan East Anglian


The annual ‘open’ winter exhibition

featuring up to 200 images of

regional landscapes by a host of

artists using a variety of mediums,

including paintings, prints, drawings,

collages and photographs, all of

which will be available to purchase.

The Apex, 1 Charter Square, Bury St

Edmunds, IP33 3FD. 01284 758000


11-17 Oct Dream and Reality

Cyndi is a fine artist based in Suffolk.

Her art works are predominately

oils onto canvas. She is greatly

inspired by the beauty of our Suffolk

countryside, and the nature that is

held within it. The Quay Gallery, Next

to the River Alde, Snape Maltings,

Snape, IP17 1SP. snapemaltings.co.uk

20-Oct Arts Festival & Big Draw

Some of the best art talent in the

area will be exhibiting their work

where inspirational paintings will be

shown and most are for sale. All activities

run from 10am to 4pm. Wickham

Market Village Hall, High Street,

Wickham Market, IP13 0HE


3 Oct - 3 Nov Scaresville

Across open ground and in almost

complete darkness you will journey

through pitch black mazes, over open

fields and through woodlands. This

event if not for the faint hearted!

Kentwell Hall, Long Melford, Sudbury,

CO10 9BA. www.scaresville.co.uk

5, 12, 19 & 26 Oct Southwold

Artisan Craft Market

Selection of local crafts including

textiles, pebble art, stained glass,

jewellery, natural products, paper

cutting, homemade cards, sun

catchers and more. Southwold United

Reform Church Hall, High Street,

Southwold, IP18 6DS.

20-Oct Country Mile Tour

You will get to visit Newmarket’s top

attractions, as well as a morning on

the gallops and behind-the-scenes

yard tour. Timings can vary. Palace

House Palace Street, Newmarket,

CB8 8EP.


22-28 Oct Children’s Pumpkin Trail

Pick up a Pumpkin Trail map from our

Visitor Centre or Little Rascals and find

the pumpkins around Snape Maltings.

Snape Maltings, Snape, Suffolk,

IP17 1SP. snapemaltings.co.uk

29-Oct Pumpkin Party

Flower arranging takes a darker

theme for a special halloween

masterclass. The Old School,

Long Melford, CO10 9AA



6-Oct Stonham Barns Antiques,

Vintage, Retro & Collectors Fair

Indoor and outdoor stalls selling

thousands of items to tempt you.

10am-4pm. Pettaugh Road, Stonham

Aspel, IP14 6AT. 01702 410171

14-Oct Suffolk Antiques &

Collectors Fair

9.30am - 4pm. Entry £1. Lavenham

Village Hall, Church Street, CO10 9QT

27-28 Oct Long Melford Antiques

and Vintage Fair

A monthly two-day fair featuring 50

tables selling antiques, jewellery,

ceramics, collectables, militaria,

vintage clothing and more. Free

parking. Dog friendly. Entry £1. Open

9.30am - 4pm. The Old School, Hall

Street, Long Melford, CO10 9DX

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Life in a Fine County

Along with the change in weather comes

a fantastic change in local produce. And,

there is nowhere finer to enjoy a bit of autumnal

comfort food than in Norfolk. With a whole new

range of seasonal food to enjoy, I’ve rounded

up some of the best food and drink events

happening in the county this October

Written by

Nicole Ranaweera


Titchwell Manor takes part in Norfolk Restaurant Week

5-6 October, Oktoberfest, Eaton Park, Norwich


Ok, so this isn’t regional local produce but there will be

a huge selection of traditional German foods – think

sausages, pretzels & bier!

6 October, Harfest, Norwich Cathedral


A free, family event in Norwich City Centre; bringing the

farm to the city and celebrating all things harvest. Expect

a farmers market, live entertainment, children’s activities

and more.

13 October, Porkstock, Norfolk Showground


A free, family-friendly festival, Porkstock celebrates

Norfolk food and drink whilst raising as much money as

it can for Nelson’s Journey. The fun continues into the

evening with a good old-fashioned ‘knees-up’!

14 October, Apple Day, Gressenhall Farm & Workhouse

01362 860563 | www.events.museums.norfolk.gov.uk

This Gressenhall tradition celebrates the best of autumn

with all things appley: pressing, tasting, buying and

naming! Enjoy live entertainment and music, meet local

craftsmen and artists and buy local produce.

17 October, Parade of Puddings, Assembly House,


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Part of the Assembly House Food Festival which runs

throughout September, October and November, David

Clayton celebrates his love of puddings with a selection of

Great British Puddings.

22-27 October, Norwich Beer Festival, St Andrews Hall


This fantastic annual event draws big crowds with its

great selection of bottled and cask ales, beers, ciders and

perries. Try some of the finest beer brewed in East Anglia,

along with continental beers.

29 Oct to 9 Nov, Norfolk Restaurant Week


Sample those restaurants you have always wanted to try,

or revisit existing favourites, all at incredibly tempting

prices…Take a look at the website to find out which

restaurants are participating.

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Fall for Norwich’s

Food & Drink Scene

Article courtesy of Visit Norwich | www.visitnorwich.co.uk

Aprogramme of limited edition and unusual

culinary experiences has come together

throughout Autumn, to create a season of

events in Norwich that is unlike anything the

city has seen before.

The Norwich food scene has erupted over the past year.

Recently we’ve seen more and more vegan businesses

open and flourish in the city, and Norwich Market has

undergone its own food renaissance, attracting attention

from all over the country. With a high number of

independent eateries, talented local chefs and imaginative

menus built upon local produce, Norwich really does have

food to fall in love with this Autumn.

The Assembly House Food Festival, until November

The inaugural Assembly House Food Festival brings a

whole new flavour to the House, with a wonderful mix

of performance, dining and fun events. The Assembly

House in the heart of Norwich is one of the city’s finest

examples of Georgian architecture. Frequented in the

19th century by local gentry, today the House is an 11-

bedroom boutique B&B, restaurant, opulent afternoon tea

venue, arts hub and home to the Richard Hughes Cookery



Louis’ Deli in Upper St Giles in the Norwich Lanes has

been a local institution for over 20 years. This autumn sees

the deli become Louis’: café by day and Les Garrigues

by night, as two independent businesses join forces. Les

Garrigues offers French wines from natural vineyards with

wine priced more affordably than in restaurants.

The Ivy Norwich Brasserie

The latest addition to The Ivy Collection opens its doors

in a beautiful historic building located in the heart of

the Norwich Lanes on London Street. Its setting on

one of Norwich’s best-known pedestrianised streets

makes alfresco dining in pretty surrounds available for

the first time into the evening. Inside, the colourful and

stylish décor gives a nod to Norwich scenes whilst the

cocktail menu includes exciting new drinks inspired by

local stories, such as Felbrigg Gardens and Iceni Martini

(Boudicca, Queen of the Iceni’s has just been named

number 14 in the BBC History Magazine’s ‘100 women

who changed the world’).

High Sea at the Grosvenor Fish Bar

The High Sea is the fishy sister to High Tea! For over 90

years the Grosvenor has been selling fish and chips from

its corner spot in Pottergate in the Norwich Lanes. Today

the Grosvenor never sits still, launching new products on

a regular basis. The latest – High Sea – is a 3-tiered fishy

extravaganza featuring mini-clam sliders, cod cheeks,

prawns, goujons, whitebait, dips and chips. Cost: for two

£29; for one £15.

The Great Market guided walking tours, £7.50

including tastings, 1.5 hours

For those who love a slice of history with their lunch, The

Great Market tour is the answer. Recently Norwich Market

(the largest 6-day-a-week permanent market in the UK)

has seen an influx of wonderful artisan food stands open

offering food from around the world. Discover/experience

tastings with historic facts, covering 940 years of buying

and selling, the growth of the medieval market, the

market as a place of execution and entertainment, the

long-lost Market Cross, pubs, and so much more.

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Porkstock, Norfolk Showground, free day,

£20 Evening Knees Up, 13 October

The daytime family-friendly programme at

Porkstock is all about fun whilst celebrating local

produce. This year Porkstock – which started as a

small event for a group of friends in a brewery – is

hosting its largest food demo kitchen by far, with

some of the best and most established chefs and

chef proprietors of independent restaurants and

food businesses in the county.

Richard Hughes

‘High Sea’ at Grosvenor Fish Bar

Norwich Science Festival, 19 – 27 October

(free and paid events)

Norwich Science Festival is now in its third

year. As the name suggests, it’s bursting with

experiments, tests, exhibitions, shows, activities

and food science. This year’s foodie events

include: Bakineering in Space with Andrew Smyth

(Great British Bake Off); Health Benefits of Dark

Chocolate, Green Tea and Broccoli; Dinner with

a Difference - an evening of delicious food and

diverting facts in the company of two scientists

and a chef; DNA Detectives: DNA Extraction from

Bananas; Is There More to Food Than Taste and

Flavour and Discovering Our Forgotten Senses.

Norwich Beer Festival, 22 – 27 October 2018

Norwich Beer Festival is the largest provincial

beer festival in the country. Run by CAMRA the

festival offers over 200 cask-conditioned Real Ales

from Britain’s independent brewers, with over 70

varieties of traditional ciders and perries from East

Anglia as well as draught and bottled beers from

Continental Europe. The Halls venue is an historic

site in Norwich, dating back to 1307 and the

Dominican Blackfriars.

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Six delightful 4 star / families welcome graded holiday

properties sleeping from 2 to 15 in Sheringham

Foresters, Augusta & Madge are all rated suitable for

wheelchair users by Visit England, as well as being

great for families

Superb quiet location. Blue flag beach, shops, family

pubs, theatre and 18-hole golf course all within 200


Free use of local leisure centre, inc. swim and gym,

Sky TV, sports and movies, Wi-fi, gardens and off

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Free pick up from Sheringham train & bus station

Call: 01263 577 560

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What’s on: Norfolk


2-6 Oct Still Alice

Uncompromising yet tender, this new

adaptation of the award-winning novel

truthfully acknowledges life with

a progressive disease – its conflicts

and burden, and its small, priceless

victories. Norwich Theatre Royal,

Theatre Street, Norwich, NR2 1RL

01603 630000


7-Oct Balloon: The European


A debate with a difference. Six

Players and a Pilot are floating

above Norwich in a punctured hot

air balloon, which is sinking fast. By

sheer wit, eloquence, and mastery of

the chosen topic, they must persuade

the Mob (that’s you) why they should

not be ejected to re-gain height and

save the remaining Players. Norwich

Arts Centre, St. Benedict’s Street,

Norwich, NR2 4PG. 01603 660352


10-Oct Ministry of Science

This is not your ordinary science show

– it comes with a bang. It comes with

a whoosh. But most of all it comes

with a hovercraft built on stage. Norwich

Theatre Royal, Theatre Street,

Norwich, NR2 1RL. 01603 630000


11-Oct Flawless

Flawless came to the fore on TV’s

Britain’s Got Talent a few years ago

and their popularity has continued to

rise ever since. King’s Lynn Corn Exchange,

Tuesday Market Place, King’s

Lynn, PE30 1JW. 01553 764864


16-20 Oct The Comedy About a

Bank Robbery

A priceless diamond has been entrusted

to the city bank, an institution

so corrupt that even the security

guards are on the take. Can it be

safely stored or will it all go horribly

wrong? Norwich Theatre Royal,

Theatre Street, Norwich, NR2 1RL

01603 630000


17-Oct Spirit Of The Blitz

A tribute to the legendary stars who

kept us smiling through our darkest

days, ‘Spirit of the Blitz’ recaptures

the patriotic optimism of war-torn

Britain. Princess Theatre, 13 The

Green, Hunstanton, PE36 5AH.

01485 532252


19-27 Oct Mary Shelley

With daring theatricality, Helen

Edmundson’s play explores how

a scandalous elopement and the

subsequent family breakdown crafted

an imagination that would result in

one the greatest novels in the English

language. Maddermarket Theatre,

St Johns Alley, Norwich, NR2 1DR

01603 620917


19-20 Oct The 39 Steps

An hilarious and spectacular stage

version of Buchan’s famous thriller!

Westacre Theatre, River Road, Westacre,

PE32 1UD. 01760 755800


21-Oct Michael Brandon Stand Up


With original footage and rare photographs,

this is an hilarious evening

of eye-widening Hollywood truths!

Princess Theatre, 13 The Green, Hunstanton,

PE36 5AH. 01485 532252


24-Oct Live Encore: Funny Girl -

The Musical

Don’t miss this sensational production

based on the life and career

of Broadway star, film actress and

comedienne Fanny Brice. Westacre

Theatre, River Road, Westacre,

PE32 1UD. 01760 755800


25-Oct Lights! Planets! People!

An intimate and exhilarating story

about communication, both interpersonal

and intergalactic. Norwich

Arts Centre, St. Benedict’s Street,

Norwich, NR2 4PG. 01603 660352


25-Oct Ballet Black

The production mixes classical and

contemporary to distil the essence

of Shakespeare’s comedy, unfolding

to the eclectic sounds of Eartha

Kitt, Barbra Streisand, Yma Sumac

and more. Norwich Theatre Royal,

Theatre Street, Norwich, NR2 1RL

01603 630000


26-27 Oct Dinosaur World Live

Dare to experience the dangers and

delights of Dinosaur World in this

interactive new show for all the

family. Age 3+. Norwich Theatre

Royal, Theatre Street, Norwich,

NR2 1RL. 01603 630000


30 Oct - 3 Nov Macbeth

The National Theatre bring this epic

and visually daring production of

Shakespeare’s most intense tragedy

on a tour of the UK and Ireland

immediately following a sold out run

in London. Norwich Theatre Royal,

Theatre Street, Norwich, NR2 1RL.

01603 630000


30-Oct Film: Swimming With Men

When an accountant, played by

multi-talented comedian Rob Brydon,

seeks to win back his wife, he stumbles

upon a surprising solution in the form

of a male synchronised swimming

team: Men Who Swim. Sheringham

Little Theatre, 2 Station Road, Sheringham,

NR26 8RE. 01263 822347.


30-Oct Emerald Storm

Feel the immense power and

thunderous rhythms of Irish dance

brought soaring into the 21st century

with this fresh take on the traditional.

King’s Lynn Corn Exchange, Tuesday

Market Place, King’s Lynn, PE30 1JW

01553 764864


31 Oct - 3 Nov Oliver!

It’s a show packed with humour, pathos

and drama, while delighting everyone

with such outstanding musical classics.

Maddermarket Theatre, St Johns Alley,

Norwich, NR2 1DR. 01603 620917.


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Selected Halloween events between

12th - 14th OCTOBER


Severn locomotives in action - Historic Carriages

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18 - 26 October

Lynnsport, St James Pool,

Downham Leisure & Oasis

Haunted Halloween Holiday Clubs/Spooktastic Swimming/Freaky

Football/Haunted House Roller Discos/Trick or Treat Tumble

Teds/ Creepy Crafts, Slime Fun & Face Painting and loads more!

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10-Oct A Beautiful Noise

Award-winning Fisher Stevens

celebrates the life and music of Neil

Diamond, one of the world’s greatest

ever singer songwriters. Norwich

Theatre Royal, Theatre Street,

Norwich, NR2 1RL. 01603 630000.


12-Oct Frankie’s Guy

A celebration of Frankie Valli & The

Four Seasons; a fast paced, energetic

production with an authentic live concert

feel. King’s Lynn Corn Exchange,

Tuesday Market Place, King’s Lynn,

PE30 1JW. 01553 764864


16-Oct Wishbone Ash

With millions of albums sold,

‘Wishbone Ash’ continue performing

their iconic twin-guitar sound to

audiences around the world. Princess

Theatre, 13 The Green, Hunstanton,

PE36 5AH. 01485 532252.


19-Oct Showstopper! The

Improvised Musical

A brand new musical comedy is created

from scratch at each performance

of this award-winning show as audience

suggestions are transformed on

the spot into all-singing, all-dancing

productions with hilarious results.

King’s Lynn Corn Exchange, Tuesday

Market Place, King’s Lynn, PE30 1JW

01553 764864


21-Oct Rich Hall’s Hoedown

There’s stand-up, improvised ballads,

cracking good musicianship, and

ultimately a hilarious, foot-stomping

good time to be had by all. King’s

Lynn Corn Exchange, Tuesday Market

Place, King’s Lynn, PE30 1JW

01553 764864


22-Oct A Country Night In Nashville

‘A Country Night in Nashville’

showcases the very best of country

music, with songs including ‘Ring

Of Fire’, ‘9-5’ and more. Norwich

Theatre Royal, Theatre Street,

Norwich, NR2 1RL. 01603 630000


26-Oct Steve Steinman’s Meat Loaf


With incredible stage set, superb

band and Steve Steinman’s sense

of humour and stage presence, the

show will have you up on your feet

and dancing in the aisles to all the

greatest Meat Loaf hits. Pavilion

Theatre, Cromer Pier, Cromer,

NR27 9HE. 01263 512495


30-Oct Halloween Rocks

A heart stopping mix of some of

the greatest rock and pop anthems

ever performed by a cast of leading

performers. Princess Theatre,

13 The Green, Hunstanton, PE36 5AH

01485 532252.



1-6 Oct Norfolk and Norwich Art

Circle Exhibition

The 198th exhibition showcasing

artwork in a variety of mediums by

members of the Norfolk and Norwich

Art Circle. The Forum, Millennium

Plain, Norwich, NR2 1TF. 01603

727950. www.theforumnorwich.co.uk

3, 10, 17, 31 October & 7, 14, 21, 28

November John Hughes’ Art Classes

Based in the Shed space at Westacre

Theatre, these classes are perfect for

those just starting out wanting to gain

experience and for more experienced

painters looking to develop their

ideas. Westacre Theatre, River Road,

Westacre, PE32 1UD. 01760 755800.


6-31 Oct Angela Harding/Stuart


Paintings and prints of British wildlife

and landscape by Angela Harding

with bronze animal sculpture by

Stuart Anderson. Bircham Gallery,

14 Market Place, Holt, NR25 6BW

01263 713312.


13 Oct - 24 Feb Elisabeth Frink:

Humans and Other Animals

The exhibition will reappraise one of

the most important British sculptors

of the 20th century and feature over

130 works by the artist, making it the

largest exhibition since her death

in 1993. Sainsbury Centre for Visual

Arts, UEA, Norwich, NR4 7TJ



5-6 Oct Oktoberfest Norwich

A traditional Oktoberfest experience

for one weekend of traditional Bavarian

bash! Bring on the bier over - 30,000

litres to be precise! Eaton Park, South

Park Avenue, Norwich, NR4 7AZ.


7 & 21 Oct American & Classic Car


Visitors to the show can expect to see

classic Hot Rod’s, Harley Davidson bikes

and trikes along with many other all

American classics as well as British classics

and some custom vehicles. Marine

Parade, Great Yarmouth, NR30 2EN.


11 Oct - 15 Dec Cards for Good


A wide range of Christmas cards,

wrapping paper, gift tags ans advent

calendars representing over 40

national and local charities.

The Forum, Millennium Plain,

Norwich, NR2 1TF. 01603 727950


12 Oct - 3 Nov PrimEVIL

Norfolk’s biggest scare experience,

the nationally acclaimed PrimEVIL

is back – and this year it’s evolving

and mutating into the most terrifying

experience ever! Roarr - Dinosaur

Adveture, Lenwade, Norwich,

NR9 5JE. www.primevil-scare.com


16-Oct Antiques & Collectors Fair

Community Hall

Dealers in glass, porcelain, small

furniture and much more. Free entry.

Community Hall, Garden Street

Cromer, NR27 9HH

19-21 Oct Holkham Hall Antiques


40 dealers in the finest antique

furniture, paintings, silver, jewellery,

clocks, glass and everything for the

home. 11am-4.30pm. Holkham

Estate, Wells-next- the-Sea,

NR23 1AB. www.lomaxfairs.com

21-Oct Dunston Hall Antiques Fair

Around 35 dealers on 50 tables

selling quality items. All stock for sale

is datelined to 1940. Open: 10.30am

- 4pm. Admission £3. Dunston Hall

Hotel, Ipswich Road (A140), Norwich

NR14 8PQ

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GO NOW! The Music of The Moody Blues is

an opportunity for fans to experience this timeless

music live, in a tribute to... The Greatest Classic

Rock Band of a Generation – recently inducted

into The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame

In this show, all the classic hits are celebrated, including

Nights in White Satin, Go Now, Tuesday Afternoon,

Legend of a Mind (Timothy Leary’s), I Know You’re Out

There Somewhere, Question, Isn’t Life Strange plus

Forever Autumn and a show-stealing rendition of Eve of

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