Eastlife November 2018


The countdown to Christmas has begun! This year our favourite cities and market towns are going all out to delight and dazzle in the lead up to the big day. With so much action, let us be your guide to the festive fun. From the best Christmas markets and pantomimes to light switch-ons and family events, we have the essential dates covered.

The latest trend to be sweeping the region is wreath making workshops. Popping up in florists and historic houses, it’s a great opportunity to get creative. Find our top picks on page 38. If you’ve still not booked your Christmas party, we’ve got plenty of inspiration on page 28.

If you’re struggling to find the perfect present for loved ones, take a peek at our ultimate gift guide full of great ideas from local independent retailers.

There were so many Christmas events that we couldn’t fit them all in this issue, so keep checking www.eastlife.co.uk




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The village itself has a number of of shops and two two

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It is well located, too, close to the A15 for easy access

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

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provides an easy alternative.

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

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November 2018 Make the most of where you live Issue 162

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Special thanks to our contributors

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De Boer, Dolly Osborne, Sue Cooke, Katrina Otter,

Collette Hoefkens, Wendy Howes, Suzanne Archer,

Karen Rhodes, The Suffolk Spy, Ruth Essex,

Tessa Beecroft

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Living life in the East


November 2018

Over 100


Christmas Events

Festive markets, pantomime,

wreath workshops, gift ideas and more

On the

front cover:

Artist Robert Nelmes, ‘Sasha

Eating His Chips’, Pottergate,

Norwich, Oil, 41x30cm.

Photo © Katy Jon Went

Artist bio and link:


From the

Dear Reader,


The countdown to Christmas has

begun! This year our favourite

cities and market towns are going

all out to delight and dazzle in the

lead up to the big day. With so

much action, let us be your guide

to the festive fun. From the best

Christmas markets and pantomimes to light switch-ons and

family events, we have the essential dates covered.

The latest trend to be sweeping the region is wreath making

workshops. Popping up in florists and historic houses, it’s

a great opportunity to get creative. Find our top picks on

page 38. If you’ve still not booked your Christmas party,

we’ve got plenty of inspiration on page 28.

If you’re struggling to find the perfect present for loved

ones, take a peek at our ultimate gift guide full of great

ideas from local independent retailers.

There were so many Christmas events that we couldn’t fit

them all in this issue, so keep checking www.eastlife.co.uk

for more updates.

Emma Kemsley

Find us on online:







Available on the Google Play

and Apple App Stores.

Just search “eastlife”

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On all orders placed

before 31st December




A round-up of monthly news

and events


A guide to the best festive markets

across the region


Watch your town sparkle for xmas



Present ideas for men and women


Tails About Town and boarding


Mum’s the Word and festive family



School Open days


65-71 FOOD & DRINK

News, the Cambridge Foodie &

festive feasts

74-75 HEALTH

Winter workouts


Stylish sleepwear


Why you should hire a wedding




November 2018




Kitchens, an interview with Bella Art,

gardens and Cambridge property

99-101 ARTS

Monthly column and the latest news

103-111 NORFOLK

Secret Norfolk & a stylish city break

in Norwich


Christmas in Olney & Ampthill



Must visit events in Cambridge

137-141 ESSEX

Christmas in Chelmsford

143-153 SUFFOLK

Get festive in Woodbridge and

Bury St Emunds

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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

Eastlife Diary


the region

The KT Bush Band

9 November

The Cut Art Centre,

Halesworth, Suffolk

Two of the original members have

reformed to perform hit songs and

classic album tracks of Kate Bush.

Tickets available from the box office.


Presents Galore

23-25 November

The Millennium Stand, Rowley Mile Racecourse, Newmarket,


The festive fair is back for another year of shopping to raise money for

Macmillan Cancer Support. All entrance fees and 10% of sales will go to

the charity. It’s a great opportunity to pick up gifts and shop from local

businesses while raising money for a good cause. Tickets priced £7.


Image: Hitchcock Law

Cambridge International Jazz

Festival 13 November

The fourth annual Brewin Dolphin

Cambridge International Jazz Festival

kicks off on 13 November with two weeks

of live music at a staggering array of

over 30 city centre venues. With music

from a wealth of legendary national and

international stars, a variety of emerging

artists, and a wide choice of mainstream

and cutting-edge music, the Festival is

expected to attract thousands of people

to over 60 events at venues across the

city. www.cambridgejazzfestival.info

TV Chef Gregg

Wallace on stage

The Quarry Theatre,

Bedford, 10 November

The star of BBC’s MasterChef,

takes to the stage for this

brand new live show mixing

hilarious behind the scenes

tales with demonstrations

and audience fun and games.

Complete with a Q&A, this

really is a must-see event for

any foodie and Gregg fan!


Southwold Literature

Festival, 8-12 November

Ways With Words returns for

another year with a host of great

speakers at St Edmund’s Arts

Centre. This year’s highlights

include tales of high adventures

on the seas from Robin Know-

Johnston, a political sketch from

John Crace and talks from Baroness

Kennedy QC about the ongoing

#Metoo debacle and Dr Irving

Finkel on history, to name a few.

This year will also see additional

evening events. Book tickets at



Cambridge Music Festival

14-26 November

Over 10 days, the festival will bring big names in classical and

contemporary music to the city’s most loved venues. Audiences will

be able to immerse themselves in a programme featuring pieces

written to reflect epoch-changing moments, passionate personal

stories, and the peaks and troughs that define what it means to

be alive. Visit www.cambridgemusicfestival.co.uk for the full

programme and tickets.

Image: Aurora Percussion Duo

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Shop local with ‘Small Business


The annual ‘Small Business Saturday’ campaign returns

on 1 December encouraging small businesses to

demonstrate what their business is all about and reach

out to customers.

Local businesses will be coming together across the

region to support the campaign, but there’s one in

particular which is going all out; Pavilion at the Park in

Bedford. It has been chosen as one of the ‘Small Business

Saturday’ #SmallBiz100 which highlights 100 small

businesses across the country, one a day for the 100 days

leading up to the event itself.

On Thursday 8 November, Pavilion at the Park will be all

over Small Business Saturday’s social media platforms,

and from 8am-10am it will host a business breakfast

which is free if you post about The Pavilion to your

followers on Instagram, Twitter and/or Facebook using


There will be a #smallbiz100 selfie frame too, which

encourages companies to bring its company literature,

and help to champion Bedford’s incredible array of

small businesses and meet, network and share. The

#SmallBizSatUK Twitter account has over 43.6K followers,

so this is the chance, for one day only for Bedford’s small

businesses to go viral and take over the feed!

From 10am - 4pm, all freelancers are invited to work from

the Pavilion at the Park all day with free Wifi and free teas

and coffees for you and anyone you invite for a business

meeting. Plus there’s a free prize draw for in which

businesses can take part.

There will be further celebrations on 1 December with

Explore Bedford, with offers and events throughout the


Further details at pavilion.attheparkbedford.co.uk and


Shops, eateries, places to stay, attractions, and other

businesses will be able to display the #dogfriendlybse

paw print logo sticker in their window and put out a dog

water bowl to show they are dog friendly.

The initiative, funded by Bury St Edmunds Town Council,

aims to help visitors and residents easily identify

businesses that are dog friendly in and around Bury St

Edmunds. ‘Dog-Friendly Bury St Edmunds’ was launched

at Really Rather Good, a café in Abbeygate Street and

just one of the many dog friendly businesses in the town.

Is Bury St Edmunds the most dog

friendly town in Suffolk?

Image by Jon Kay

A new initiative to give dogs a warm welcome in Bury

St Edmunds has been launched by Bury St Edmunds

Town Council, Bury St Edmunds Canine Creche, Bury St

Edmunds and Beyond and OurBuryStEdmundsBID.

You can find a list of dog friendly places in and around

Bury St Edmunds who have signed up to the initiative

and who display the Dog Friendly Bury St Edmunds paw

print sticker in their window on the Bury St Edmunds

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New Ely ‘Borrow Bag’ Scheme targets a

Plastic Bag Free City

We’ve all done it. There’s nothing worse than getting to

the checkout only to realise you’ve forgotten your bag

for life and have the guilt of buying another plastic bag.

However, in a bid to become a plastic bag free city, Visit

Ely and Sew Much To Do have joined forces to launch

‘Ely Borrow Bags’.

Ely Borrow Bags comes from the nationwide Morsbags

initiative and aims to encourage local shops and

businesses to offer customers strong reusable, original,

recycled and washable bags that will last for years, thus

reducing the use of plastic bags.

This is a community-based scheme and volunteers are

invited to join in whether by making and distributing the

bags, donating fabric or helping to spread the word.

Want to get involved? Ely Morsbaggers is co-ordinated

by Sew Much To Do which will also be running regular

bag making ‘sewcials’. Full bag making instructions

and how to get more involved are also on the Visit Ely

website at www.visitely.org.uk.

Follow the ‘Morsbags’ pattern or let your creativity flow

and design your own. Each bag must carry the Ely Borrow

Bag logo, a Morsbag tag. Once complete you must let

Ely Mosbaggers know so they can update the tally. The

target is 500 by Christmas! Labels are available from

either Ely Tourist Information Centre or Sew Much To Do,

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There are new stores opening at selected Intu shopping

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Last month intu Lakeside, in Thurrock, Essex, opened its

doors to long established beauty brand, Molton Brown.

This is part of the malls expansion which see an additional

175,000 sq ft of extra space for leisure brands like

Nickelodeon and Hollywood Bowl as well as a selection of

new restaurants. Other luxury brands to have signed up to

the centres retail mix include G Star and Watchfinder.

H&M opened the doors to its latest store at intu Watford

last month, while Oliver Bonas has signed up to intu

Chapelfield in Norwich as part of the independent retailers

expansion to new areas. The 2,000 sq ft store will offer a

range of homeware, gifts and fashion collections, designed

in-house by the Oliver Bonas team.

The Varsity Hotel & Spa, Cambridge, gets started on


The Varsity Hotel & Spa on Thompson’s Lane is investing £2 million to

undertake a full refurbishment of its 44 guest rooms.

The scheme will be completed by January and will help the hotel increase

trade, which is projected to add 22 jobs to the local economy. Each of the

newly designed rooms will feature herringbone wood flooring, handmade

rugs from artisan weavers and delicately patterned wallpaper from luxury

British high end Designers Guild and Colefax and Fowler.

Each bedroom will be completed by a sandstone bathroom, boasting

underfloor heating, a monsoon shower or Victorian free-standing bath-tub

and exclusive Elemis products, some will have mini TVs in the bathrooms.

The guest experience is at the heart of the new refurbishment. The Varsity

has incorporated the latest technology with a smart television in each

room, and in-room tablets to allow guests to order room service, make

concierge requests and access a full-service directory at the press of a

button. www.thevarsityhotel.co.uk

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Vouchers Available

Festivals, markets

games, oh, my!

ith 2,000 years of history

within easy reach, St

WAlbans is the perfect place

for a festive shopping trip.

The main shopping street in

St Albans St Peter’s Street, is

transformed for the festive season.

Trees wrapped in thousands of fairy

lights provide a magical ambience

to showcase some gorgeous shop

window displays. Do look out

for the special displays in shops

participating in the daily advent

calendar reveal. You can find out

more and take a tour of the Advent

trail at www.enjoystalbans/christmas

On Wednesdays and Saturdays

the centre of St Albans is alive with

the bustle and calls of up to 150

traders in the venerable old Market.

With a history that reaches back

even further than the granting of its

Charter in 1553, it has long defined

this charming and characterful city.

Nowadays you’ll find stalls selling

everything from fish to fruit, foam to

fascinators. A special extension of

the Market is in place for the week

leading to Christmas, so you can find

gifts for everybody on your list on the

Market every day from Sunday 16

December right up to Christmas Eve.

St Albans Cathedral – dedicated

to Britain’s first saint, Alban – is

a wonderful place to take some

time for reflection. Enjoy special

Christmas-themed tours and the

wonderful Carols on the Hour on

Saturday 15th December www.


From the sublime to the side-splitting,

don’t miss the hilarious, fun-packed

family pantomime, Cinderella, at

The Alban Arena. Starring Rachel

Stevens (S Club 7), children’s

favourite, Ben Faulks (Cbeebies’

Mr Bloom) and local legend, Bob

Golding. http://www.alban-arena.


For more fantastic family fun, visit

the Meraki Christmas Festival on

the Events Meadow in Verulamium

Park. For the first time this year,

the St Albans Christmas Market is

being hosted within a spectacular

festival. So not only will you be

able to shop for unique hand-made

goods from picturesque wooden

chalets, you’ll also be able to enjoy

all the fun of the fair. This part of

Verulamium Park will be transformed

into a winter wonderland with rides,

a spectacular virtual reality Santa’s

grotto experience, Christmas movies,

skating, an ice bar and much, much

more. Check out www.merakifestival.

com for more information.

Resplendent at the heart of the

City in its newly restored glory is

the St Albans Museum + Gallery.

Its festive exhibition references a

popular family pursuit for Christmas

get-togethers. Game Plan: Board

Games Rediscovered celebrates

the joy, excitement and occasional

frustration of playing board games.

This exhibition, originally displayed

at the V&A’s Museum of Childhood,

includes some of the most iconic,

enthralling and visually striking

games from the V&A’s outstanding

national collection of board games.

Alongside current family favourites

such as Cluedo and Trivial Pursuit,

and traditional games like chess,

the exhibition will look at historical

board games including The Game

of the Goose and other beautifully

designed games from the 18th and

19th centuries.

Displayed at St Albans Museum

+ Gallery from November 2018

to March 2019. https://www.


For more information on what’s going

on in St Albans at Christmas, go to



Cosy up at a

Christmas Market

Written by Amanda French


Nothing gets you in the

Christmas spirit like a

potter around a beautifully lit

Christmas market one evening.

Enjoy a glass of mulled wine, a

mince pie or Bratwurst and pick

up some presents for family and

friends. We’ve pulled together

a round-up of our favourite

markets across the region this

year to make it even easier to

find your local one.

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The 24 November sees the Red Cross Bedfordshire

Christmas Fayre take over the Great Hall at Bedford

School as over 60 stalls of gifts, homewares and festive

food set up shop. Get into the festive spirit and get that

Christmas shopping sorted early. Open from 10am-4pm.

£4 entry, children under 10 go free. www.redcross.org.


The Made in Bedford Artisan Christmas Fair will once

again be heading to the Bedford Corn Exchange on

Sunday 2 December from 10am – 4pm. Local artists,

craftspeople and producers will be showcasing their

festive wares. Pick up gifts, decorations, cards and more

while also sampling local homemade treats. There’ll also

be the chance to take part in craft workshops and enjoy

demonstrations. Enjoy a cup of mulled wine as you head

around the fair and enjoy carol singing. Admission is free.



Market Square in Saffron Walden will be turning into a

winter wonderland for one day for the Christmas Street

Market on Sunday 25 November, the same day as the

Christmas lights switch on. From 11am until 5pm there’ll

be food, drink, music and of course entertainment

including a screening of Frozen at the Town Hall.

Find out more at www.saffronwalden.gov.uk

Channels, the beautiful estate in Little Waltham near

Chelmsford is hosting a Christmas Market on the 23

November. Stalls offering original handmade gifts, vintage

offerings and festive decorations will be on offer on the

Friday from 12pm – 3pm and again from 4pm until 9pm.

Santa will be popping by on his sleigh at 5pm and will be

manning his grotto from 6pm until 9pm. It’s not just for

the kids though as there’ll be plenty of live music, festive

food, mulled wine and more.

It might sound barking, but due to last year’s success,

the Doggie’s Christmas Party returns on Saturday

24 November at 10am – 1pm and 2pm – 5pm. The

party includes festive stalls with doggy gifts, a pet

photographer, dog display team and a professional dog

groomer. Find out more here: www.channelsestate.co.uk

Braxted Park launches its inaugural Christmas Market

on the 1 and 2 December to showcase outstanding local

businesses and artisan producers. The park is usually

closed to the public, so this event also offers a rare

opportunity to see the house and 500 acres of parklands,

woodland and gardens hidden behind the wall. There will

be local food and drink available to enjoy at the market,

as well as wine and spirit tastings provided by the team

behind Maldon District Council’s Grape & Grain Trail.

Younger visitors to the market will be able to visit Mrs

Christmas’s Kitchen to decorate an edible treat to take

home, and some of Father Christmas’ reindeer will be

paying the estate a visit throughout the two days. Over

the weekend The Cookery School at Braxted Park will

be opening its doors for exclusive hands-on cookery

workshops with celebrated chef Tim Maddams (River

Cottage). Tickets for these workshops are £10 and are

available from www.christmasatbraxtedpark.com.

The Braxted Park Christmas Market is free to attend.


From the 15 – 17 November the Ely Cathedral Christmas

Gift & Craft Fair will be taking place. This massive event

sees over 120 stalls located in the Cathedral’s magnificent

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Ely Cathedral (left), Christmas Market at Burnham Deepdale (above)

magical festive atmosphere with over 100 stalls,

free children’s entertainment, real reindeer and

Santa and his elves in their winter workshop.

For more details, visit


nave, the Lady Chapel and even a heated marquee

in the grounds. As well as the chance to pick up gifts,

homemade treats and more, the fair also features live

demonstrations, a festive food hall, a vintage carousel,

reindeer and children’s entertainment (Sunday only).

Find out more and purchase tickets in advance here:

www.elycathedral.org or call 01353 660349


St Albans Christmas Market will once again be taking

over the city from 30 November until 22 December.

This year will be the first year it is being hosted within

the Meraki Christmas Festival which means not only will

it be packed with stalls offering local and handcrafted

gifts, but there’ll also be the chance to enjoy rides, a

spectacular virtual reality Santa’s Grotto experience,

Christmas movies, skating, an ice bar and much, much

more. Visit www.merakichristmas.com for more



The Bury St Edmunds Christmas Fayre this year runs

from 22 until 25 November and will be showcasing

a huge selection of arts, crafts and gifts, as well as a

variety food and drink from the region. With over 300

stalls set out along the town’s medieval streets and

gardens, you’ll find a gift for even the hardest relative

or friend to buy for. The Abbey Gardens provides a

Christmas arrives at Blackthorpe Barn every

weekend from 10 November with the arrival of

the Christmas British Crafts events. Visitors can

meander through the barn and enjoy hand-crafted

goods from a variety of artists and skilled crafts

makers. Packed with 100% British made items,

there’ll be the chance to buy gifts including wooden

creations, knitwear, artworks, ceramics, leather

goods and much, much more. Find out more here:


Lavenham’s Market Square is completely

transformed for three days from 7-9 December

as the Christmas Fair arrives. With a funfair, big

wheel and over 50 stalls, it’s truly a family affair.

There’ll also be carol singers to get you in the mood

and village shops will also be open for late night

shopping during the event. Find out more at



The 30 November until 2 December sees the

return of Deepdale’s famous Christmas Market at

Burnham Deepdale on the North Norfolk coast.

More than 130 artisans and producers join the

permanent shops and cafe to create one of the best

festive markets in the region. With free entry and

plenty of food, drink and entertainment to enjoy,

this one is a great day out for the whole family.

The market runs from 10am until 5pm each day.

For more information visit


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Thursday 29th Nov – Sun 2nd Dec 2018

Thursday : 12.00noon – 7.30pm Friday : 9.00am – 7.30pm

Saturday: 9.00am – 7.30pm Sunday: 9:00am – 5.00pm

Market Square & Town Hall

CHRISTMAS LIGHTS SWITCH ON Thurs 29th Nov at 6.30pm

d Fun for all the family d Meet Father Christmas d Children’s entertainment

d Festive food and drinks d Live music stage d Christmas gifts & stocking fillers

To find out more, visit:

Facebook: Huntingdon Christmas Market 2018

Website: www.huntingdonchristmasmarket.co.uk

Email: natasha.pierson@huntingdontown.gov.uk





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One of the most exciting things in the lead up to

Christmas is watching your home town twinkle

into action with festive lights. Get ready to be

dazzled with seasonal cheer, food and fun at one of

these Christmas light switch-ons in the East.


Norwich, 15 November 6pm-10pm


Holt, 14 November, 6.30pm


Burnham Market, 17 November, 10am-6pm


Great Yarmouth, 30 November,

Gorleston-on-Sea, 25 November

North Walsham, 24 November, 2.30pm-7pm

Wells-next-the-Sea, 24 November



Lowestoft, 1 December


Beccles, 30 November, 5.30pm-9pm


Southwold, 24 November, 2pm-7pm

Felixstowe, 1 December, 5pm


Ipswich, 22 November, 4.30pm-7pm



Cambridge, 18 November


Peterborough, 16 November, 4pm

Huntingdon, 29 November, 6pm

St Neots, 30 November, 5pm-9pm



Chelmsford, 18 November, 2pm-6pm


Braintree, 17 November, from 4pm

Saffron Walden, 25 November, 5-6pm


Brentwood, 24 November, 12.30pm-6pm

Halstead, 1 December, 4.30pm

Maldon, 29 November, 6pm-9pm

Southend on Sea, 17 November, 7.30pm


Great Dunmow, 1 December



Hertford, 23 November, 3.30pm-8pm


Ware, 7 December, 6pm-10pm


St Albans, 18 November, 12noon – 6pm


Harpenden, 28 November, 12noon – 5pm


Watford, 10 November, 4.30pm-6pm


Bedford, 22 November


Olney, 9 December, 10am-4pm

Sawbridgeworth, 24 November, 4.30pm

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THE kings arms




we are now takings bookings for your Christmas party throughout December,

£25 per head for 3 courses, menu and booking information is available on


Christmas Day Bookings are also being taken, £65.00 per head for 3

courses, bookings 12-2pm, please email info@kingsarmspolebrook.co.uk

for booking and menu information


we now have extensive choice from Dinner party menus to afternoon tea party

menus in order to host your group function or celebration, Function menus

are available to view on www.kingsarmspolebrook.co.uk


Every Tuesday Evening 2 courses £16, menu available to view on




Bar Only; 6-10pm

Happy Hours; 6-8pm

TUESDAY (from 4th Sept onwards);

Bar; 12-3pm & 6-10pm Food; 12-2pm & 6-9pm


Bar; 12-3pm & 6-10pm Food; 12-2pm & 6-9pm


Bar; 12-3pm & 6-10pm Food; 12-2pm & 6-9pm


Bar; 12-2pm & 5-11pm Food; 12-2pm & 6-9:30pm




Bar; 12-10pm

Food: 12-2:30pm & 6-9:30pm

Food; 12-7pm

Tel: 01832 272363



Now taking bookings

for Christmas Parties

From the lovely open fires to the ample

beer garden, which has been recently

refurbishment. This is the perfect place to

while away those long summer afternoons

and enjoy a spot of al fresco dining.

We have sought to highlight diversity in the

menus. You will find modern British cuisine

elegantly presented alongside an offering of

traditional pub meals such as the homemade

beef burgers and fresh fish and chips.

While the food served is certainly of

restaurant standard, The Red Lion

has not forgotten its status as a pub

- we have a wonderful premium gin

menu, craft ales and

an extensive wine

menu. This is what

the Red Lion is

all about.

Don’t forget to bring your furry friend along with you as they are very welcome in our bar areas and our garden.

Mon - Friday 12 - 3, 6 -11pm

Sat - 12-11pm | Sun - 12-7pm

01525 210 044


The Black Horse,

1 Bedford Street, Woburn,

MK17 9QB

01525 290210


Join us for a proper Christmas feast this year. Our turkeys are

bronze, free-range birds from Worcester, our beef is British and

our fish is always responsibly sourced. We want to make sure

your party is magical from the moment you step into the pub. The

fires will be lit, mulled wine will be gently simmering on the bar,

buttery mince pies stacked up in the kitchen and Santa hats are on

the table for every guest (wearing them is obligatory).

There’s a list of award-winning wines and bubbles to choose from

too, all you need to do is gather your friends, family or work mates.


Book a table for lunch or dinner between Wednesday 28th November

and Sunday 9th December and enjoy three courses from our Christmas

menu for the price of two. For parties booked between 5.30pm-6.30pm

and dining from our Christmas menu, any day right up to Christmas Eve,

enjoy a glass of Prosecco each on us.

Served from 28th November until Christmas Eve

£23.50 for 2 courses or £28 for 3 courses

Butternut Squash Soup, Toasted Seeds & Croutons

Venison & Pheasant Terrine, Plum & Ginger Chutney, Toasts

Smoked Mackerel Pâté, Pickled Cucumber & Fennel, Grilled Bloomer

Deli Plate for One - Tomato Houmous & Toasted Pitta, Soy & Chilli Marinated

Aubergine, Spiced Cauliflower Salad (also suitable for vegans)

Free-range Worcester Bronze Turkey, Chipolatas, Sage & Onion Stuffing

Fillet of Salmon, Sautéed Leeks & Crushed Potatoes, Chardonnay Cream Sauce

Moroccan-spiced Vegetable & Chickpea Tagine,

Beetroot Barley & Toasted Hazelnuts (also suitable for vegans)

Slow-cooked Blade of Beef Bourgignon, Parsnip Purée

All served with seasonal vegetables & roast potatoes

St Clement’s Cheesecake

Christmas Pudding Tart & Chantilly Cream

Dark Chocolate Pot, Candied Fruit, Almonds & Honeycomb

(also suitable for vegans)

Individual Smidgen of Winterdale Cheese, Apple & Crackers



The Christmas get-together with colleagues or

friends is always something to look forward to in

the lead up to the big day itself. If you’ve taken on

the task of finding the perfect location and event

to keep everyone smiling, then read our guide to

the best festive party packages across the East of


Ufford Park, Hotel, Golf & Spa

Yarmouth Road, Melton, Woodbridge, Suffolk, IP12 1QW

Tel: 01394 383555 |


This year the hotel will be adding a touch of Parisian

glamour to its festivities. Christmas party nights will take

place on Fridays and Saturdays between 30 November

and 5 January, excluding Christmas and New Year. Guests

can indulge in a tasty three course meal and dance the

night away under twinkling lights for a touch of Moulin

Rouge. If you can’t make a party evening, there’s also

the opportunity for a festive lunch or afternoon tea

throughout December. Party nights priced from £37.50

per person.

The Northgate

Northgate Street, Bury St. Edmunds IP33 1HP

Tel: 01284 339604 | www.thenorthgate.com

For a more subdued Christmas gathering with the team

book a table at The Northgate, a stylish boutique hotel

Photo credit:

Aqua Parks Group, Rutland

and restaurant in Bury St Edmunds. Its Christmas party

package includes a three course menu which showcases

some of Suffolk’s best produce. Guests can dine in the

restaurant or in the private Club Room which seats up to

24 people. The menu starts from £28 per person from the

19 November.

The Bull Hotel

Westgate, Peterborough PE1 1RB

Tel: 01733 561364 | www.peelhotels.co.uk/bull-hotel

It’s all fun and games at The Bull Hotel with its huge

offering of festive events. Choose from a winter

wonderland themed party night or keep it traditional, get

involved with a Murder Mystery dinner, create a bespoke

party night for your needs or enjoy a festive lunch or

afternoon tea. With prices starting from £18.95 you will

certainly find something to suit all tastes and budgets.

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Knebworth House

Knebworth SG1 2AX

Tel: 01438 812661 | www.knebworthhouse.com

Partygoers can add a dash of intrigue to their festive fun

this year, with a masquerade ball at Knebworth House.

Every Thursday, Friday and Saturday from 30 November

until 12 January, the venue is holding lavish parties in a

star-clothed marquee within its grounds, which includes a

three-course meal, a late bar and dancing until 1am.

For those looking for a spicier celebration, this Christmas

will also see the return of Knebworth’s much loved

Christmas Curry Nights, with a special Indian-themed hot

buffet, available on Wednesday 5, 12 and 19 December.

The party will then last into the night with dancing, a DJ

and a late bar.

During December, the Cobbold Barn will also play host

to traditional Christmas parties for corporate and social

guests, featuring the same three course menu served at

the Masquerade balls.

Paris House

Woburn Park, Woburn, Bedford MK17 9QP

Tel: 01525 290692 | www.parishouse.co.uk

If fine food is more your style book a table at Paris House

where award-winning chef and owner Phil Fanning will be

serving up a six, eight and ten course lunch and dinner

menu using seasonal ingredients taking inspiration from

around the world with a particular focus on Asia. Prices

start from £54 per person.

Revolución de Cuba

7-9 Queen St, Norwich NR2 4TL

Tel: 01603 857565 | revoluciondecuba.com

Forget turkey with all the trimmings and add some heat

to your Christmas party! Reserve a table or booth for

your group, start with cocktails before indulging in a

Caribbean themed three course dinner and dance the

night away.

Orsett Hall

Prince Charles Ave, Orsett, Grays RM16 3HS

Tel: 01375 891402 | www.orsetthall.co.uk

Orsett Hall is one of the most popular party venues in

Essex, and this Christmas it is bringing pure festive fun to

the county. Book a table and join other groups and enjoy

a three course meal followed by dancing with music from

a live DJ. If you fancy something a bit more traditional,

choose the ‘Merry Swingmas Evening’ which includes a

live band. There’s also an all-inclusive option which has

both food and drinks covered. Prices start from £38 per


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Westgate • Peterborough • PE1 1RB

New Year’s Eve

Masquerade Ball

Monday 31th December

£170 per adult

Check into your room from 2pm followed by Afternoon Tea served between 2:30pm &

4pm. Join us for a pre-dinner reception with cocktails and canapes from 7pm and then

sit down to our chefs mouth-watering 4-course menu for all of your party to enjoy!

(black tie optional, smart attire) Enjoy live entertainment throughout dinner, then

dance the night away courtesy of our resident DJ. Includes overnight accommodation

and a Full English breakfast served on New Years Day from 9am-12 noon.

• Spacious Riverfront Garden

• Traditional Homemade Pub Classics

• Quality Cask Ales & Fine Wines

• Free Mooring for Patrons

• Electric Boat Hook-Up

• Mooring Assistance Available

• Children’s Amusements

• Large Covered Heated Decking Area

• Free Pub Wi-Fi

To make a reservation or for more information, please take a brochure

or contact our events team on 01733 561 364.

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The New Inn, 54 Lower Street, Horning, NR12 8PF

01692 631223 Booking Advisable


Get wrapped up this Christmas

at Ufford Park Woodbridge




an evening for the whole family


29th November

6:30pm - 9:00pm

£6 per person

(includes a drink and canapés)

In aid of local charity

Tickets m ust be booked and pre-paid

Some stall holders do not have card

machines, bring plenty of cash so

you don’t miss out!

t 01394 383555 ext. 325

w www.uffordpark.co.uk

Yarmouth Road | Woodbridge |

Suffolk | IP12 1QW

Suffolk Age UK Registered charity number 1085900

Make it a jolly holiday with

a meal at the

King’s Head at Ivinghoe

Festive Menu @ £29.95


Tel: 01296 668388


Sugar and spice make Christmas nice!

Christmas Party Menu

throughout December

Celebrate in style this festive season

Real Reindeer

2nd & 9th


Works Christmas Parties

Family Get Together

The Flight of

Wines Menu

13th December

Real Trees & Wreaths in Store

Breakfast with Santa - Book online

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Elton, Peterborough, PE8 6SH

Tel: 01832 343104 www.bosworthsgc.co.uk

Discover Hotel Felix where fabulous food,

first class service and chic contemporary

interiors combine to create the perfect

setting for a truly festive celebration.

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Christmas Party

Lunches and Dinners

2 Courses £22.50 &

3 Courses £26.95

Only 7 miles from Cambridge,

with easy access and ample

free parking, making the perfect

venue to celebrate Christmas


To discuss your needs please email

daniel@bourngolfandleisure.co.uk or call 01954 718057

Bourn Golf and Leisure Club, Toft Road, Bourn, Cambridge CB23 2TT

in association with Jordan Productions present

ONE FROM THE HEART in association with


Frankie Jones

as Jack

Jon De Ville

as Fleshcreep

Nicholas Pound

as King Clarence

Tom Lowe

as Dame Trott

Written and directed by Guy Unsworth Musical Supervision and Arrangements

by Ben Kennedy Choreographed by Anthony Whiteman

Written by Chris Jordan Directed and Choreographed by Julia Cave

15 December 2018 - 6 January 2019

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Wyllyotts Theatre, Darkes Lane, Potters Bar, Herts EN6 2HN

You shall go to the


Written by Amanda French


There’s nothing as uniquely

British as a trip to the

panto at Christmas. Why not

enjoy some light-hearted

festive escapism with a trip to

one of the region’s many fine

pantomimes taking place this

year? We’ve rounded up some

of the best to make choosing

even easier.

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The 7 to 31 December will see Snow White and the

Seven Dwarfs arrive at The Grove Theatre in Dunstable.

With Charlie Brooks from EastEnders in the starring role

and some familiar faces in the form of Joseph Elliott and

Richard David-Caine from CBeebies and Brian Wheeler

from Star Wars, there’ll be plenty of famous faces to spot

in this classic panto tale. Visit www.grovetheatre.co.uk for

more information.

Aladdin is coming to the Bedford Corn Exchange from

the 22 December until 1 January thanks to the not-forprofit

Bedford Pantomime Company. There’ll be a live

band along with plenty of mayhem and magic for the

whole family. For more information visit



Vivacity Theatre in Peterborough has this year chosen

Peter Pan as its panto. Follow the story of the boy who

never grew up with an original script filled with magic

for the whole family. Running from 6 December until

6 January, there’s plenty of opportunities to enjoy this

fabulous show for the whole family.

Visit www.vivacity.org/panto to find out more.


Panto favourite, Peter Pan will also be arriving at the

Princes Theatre Clacton from 8 December until 1 January

featuring plenty of fun, frolics and festive cheer. There’ll

be some stunning special effects, flying and of course, a

good sprinkle of fairy dust.

Visit www.princestheatre.co.uk to find out more.

Cinderella will be coming to Chelmsford Civic Theatre

from 30 November until 6 January. The classic tale

will feature the fantastic Ugly Sisters as well as a special

appearance from Shetland ponies pulling Cinderella’s

carriage. There’ll be plenty of laughs, live music and

dance routines in addition to the wonderful cast. For

more information visit www.chelmsford.gov.uk/theatres.


Cinderella at Chelmsford Civic Theatre

The Hawthorne Theatre in Welwyn Garden City will also

be staging the classic panto, Aladdin from 15 December

until 6 January. There’ll be silliness galore, plenty of local

jokes and oodles of fun in this performance which will

see the return of local dame, Michael Totton. For more

information visit www.cwentertainment.co.uk/shows/


Wyllots Theatre in Potter’s Bar will be the home of Jack

and the Beanstalk this Christmas from 15 December until

6 January. There’ll be spectacular music, stunning sets,

sensational costumes and of course, plenty of laughs at

this year’s panto. Visit www.tickets.wyllyottstheatre.co.uk

for more information and to book tickets.

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We’ve teamed up with

Norwich Theatre Royal to

offer one lucky reader the

chance to win a family ticket

to its dazzling pantomime.

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for more details!

Grantchester (left), Dedham Vale (above)

Above; Peter Pan at Vivacity Theatre.

Right; Sleeping Beauty at Beccles Theatre


Alive’s Corn Exchange in King’s Lynn will be staging

the classic panto, Sleeping Beauty from the 7 until

31 December. Sure to be packed full of plenty of

fun, frolics and fabulousness, the panto will also be

featuring local children www.kingslynncornexchange.


Norwich Theatre Royal will be hosting the much-loved

Aladdin this year starring Rik Makarem, who played

Nikhil in Emmerdale. Running from 12 December until

13 January, the panto will also star Hollyoaks favourite

Steven Roberts and Milkshake star, Kiera-Nicole

Brennan, who plays the genie. Local star Richard

Gauntlett will also be back, wearing some outrageous

outfits as Widow Twankey. He has also written and

directed the whole event. For more information visit



Beccles Theatre will be falling under the spell of

Sleeping Beauty this Christmas as it takes over from

21 until 31 December. Enjoy slapstick comedy, popular

songs and a huge sprinkling of fairy dust, with the

return of the much-loved Dame Victoria Sponge.

More information can be found at


Pleasurewood Hills in Corton, Lowestoft, will host its

first ever pantomime this Christmas with the arrival of

Cinderella. Running from 12 to 27 December, the show

will feature fantastic special effects, comedy routines

and of course, plenty of family fun. Visit

www.pleasurewoodhills.com for more information.

The enchanting tale of Sleeping Beauty also hits the

stage at Theatre Royal Bury St Edmunds from 30

November to 13 January. The kingdom will bring

magic and mayhem in this classic family friendly

pantomime full of goodness, love and laughter. Peak

dates are selling quickly so hurry to book your ticket!


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The Whitney Houston Show

Sat 10th Chicago Blues Brothers

Sat 17th Victorian Christmas Market

Tues 20th Christmas Memories – Matinee

Friday 23rd You Win Again –

Celebrating the Music of the Bee Gees

Sat 24th Musical Comedy – The Crooners

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Get creative with a festive floral


This year is my first Christmas in my new home and

of course I am currently deep in thought when it

comes to how to decorate. My concerns are currently

ranging from serious doubts on whether an adequate

tree will fit in that corner…to where can I order some

festive cushions from in time? I’m having fun! As I’m

thinking what could make the final touches it hits me, I

need a wreath.

Well we are in luck. It’s a growing trend to get creative

by designing and making your very own. There are

workshops available locally guaranteeing a great activity

experience which is bound to get you in the Christmas

spirit. Here are some of our favourites…

Audley End House & Gardens, Saffron Walden,


Wreath making at the lovely 17th century house is taking

place Thursday 13 & Friday 14 December this year.

Included in the adult price of £60 per head is creation

of your wreath using the estates resources and a lunch.

Sessions run from 10am-2pm. Make sure you book

your tickets for this event as places are limited. Tickets

are available to purchase by calling 0370 333 1181 or

visit www.english-heritage.org.uk/visit/whats-on/audley-wreath-making

St Nicholas Chapel, King’s Lynn, Norfolk

Back by popular demand! Staff from Deb’s Florist will be

there to show you how to foliage and decorate your very

own wreath using fresh pine, ivy, holly and traditional

Christmas flourishes. The very friendly classes are paced

to individual needs with endless guidance. Workshops are

delivered with the support of the Heritage Lottery Fund.

Enjoy the high quality classes at a very low price of just £10

per person, which includes festive refreshments. Again,

booking is essential as places are limited. Oh and bring

some secateurs with you! Running Friday 30 November &

Tuesday 4 December. Contact 01553 774471 to book your


The Wallflower & Wallace, Heydon, Norfolk

The Wallflower & Wallace are set to be running a series of

festive workshops this year. Wreath workshops are taking

place on 10 & 11 December where you can join Karen

Wheeler for the festive mayhem or try the rustic wreath

workshop on the 18 December! No previous floristry

experience is needed and you’ll be walking away with your

handmade masterpiece, consisting of seasonal foliage

and a variety of other materials. Workshops are from 2pm-

5pm, priced £45pp including festive treats! Other festive

workshops include Christmas decorations and table centrepieces.

For details visit www.thewallflowerandwallace.com

Feather & Ferns, Bourn, Cambridgeshire

The ladies are back! After a successful floral crown

workshop earlier this year, Feather & Ferns return this

time with festive opportunities. There are two sessions

on Saturday 1 December and a Christmas table centre

workshop on the 16 December, taking place at the beautiful

wilderness surroundings of PAUS in Bourn. At £50 per

person Feather & Ferns are doing what they do best.

Find them at www.pauscambridge.com/workshops

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The Baldock Flower Farm, Hertfordshire

For £45 per head including materials and refreshments,

here you can create a special piece in a relaxed and

informal workshop. You will be guided through the process

of making your own fresh foliage wreath, adding fabulous

embellishments to ensure a completely unique finish.

Places are selling out fast but are scheduled throughout

November and December including evening classes!

To book visit www.thebaldockflowerfarm.co.uk

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Tails about town

Written by Emma Kemsley

A Weekend in


It’s easy to fall in love with Suffolk; wonderful walks

by the water, cute cottages and friendly faces – the

list goes on, but last month myself (and Fletcher) fell

so deeply in love that I’ve spent the last few weeks

searching Right Move for houses.

Our new found crush is all thanks to Suffolk Holiday

Cottage’s newest holiday home, The Old Warehouse; a

stunning three bed holiday let in the delightful town of

Woodbridge. When a holiday home ticks all the boxes

and oozes style, describing it as a ‘home away from

home’ seems the obvious choice, but this is not the

case. The Old Warehouse goes beyond that, as quite

frankly, it is so much better than my own home in every


Putting a traditional stamp on a contemporary

mezzanine design, interiors resemble a New York loft

– who would have thought a property this quirky could

be hiding down a small back street in Woodbridge?

The home is fully equipped, full of high tech features

and offers everything you need for a dog friendly or

family break, and I mean everything – we were tempted

to use the picnic basket but I knew a muddy Fletcher

would ruin the autumnal scene I was imagining.

The property welcomes two dogs to stay, a plus for

us as our friends and their dog Juno were joining my

husband and I. A welcome pack was laid out for us on

arrival which included a guide to the area, the usual

essentials and eggs from the owner’s rescue hens!

However, it was the informative guide for canine visitors

that offered something extra. As well as doggy treats,

which instantly got the approval from Fletcher, there

was a whole folder dedicated to local dog walks and

recommendations for dog friendly dining – this became

our bible for the weekend.

Friday was spent enjoying a lovely walk along the

River Deben in the glorious late afternoon sunshine,



The Old Warehouse

Sleeps 6 in 3 bedrooms

3 bathrooms

2 dogs allowed

Price from £544 for a 3-night short break or £725

per week (low season) to £908 for a 3-night short

break to £1,210 high season.

How to book:

Suffolk Cottage Holidays

Tel: 01394 389 189


and Fletcher and Juno wasted no time heading straight for

the silky mud and splashing in the low tide. Both sporting

mud socks, they ran up and down the banks until we were

sure they were worn out. Not wanting to cover the house in

stinky silt, we found a tap near the boatyard to wash them

down, however I later discovered The Old Warehouse has

a handy outdoor tap for muddy paws. Fletcher naughtily

finished the walk with a leap and splash into the model

boating pond at The Tea Hut.

That evening we visited the King’s Head on the Market

Hill for dinner, browsing the windows of the independent

boutiques on the short five minute walk from the property.

Both dogs were welcomed with a treat on arrival, given

fresh water, and while we ate dinner they dined on pigs ears

from the pubs ‘Mutts Menu’. There’s even a wall of photos

dedicated to doggy visitors.

The next morning I carefully chose a dog walk from the

guide. I picked a walk which had minimal water as Juno isn’t

very good at swimming, no cars as Fletcher has no road

sense and a limited amount of foot traffic as nobody wants

a two hyper dogs bounding up to them. I thought I had

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has no killer instinct and just enjoys the chase. So be

warned, this walk is great but not one for gun dogs.

Correction…not one for badly behaved spaniels.

I’d like to say we learnt our lesson but unfortunately

not. This happened twice. I have Juno to thank for

coming back pretty quickly the second time around as

Fletcher followed. She doesn’t like being out of sight

of her owners unlike Fletcher who goes voluntarily deaf

and is quite happy to have his own adventure.

found the perfect one hour walk; timed well for lunch

and to avoid the rainy forecast. Starting and ending at

The Ramsholt Arms it was a great walk to explore this

area’s countryside and finish with a pub lunch, however

I forgot one minor detail…it’s gaming season!

Five minutes in and pheasants were flying and

squawking in every direction, chased by a determined

Fletcher and his spaniel instincts, followed by a

confused Juno who didn’t really know what was going

on but wasn’t going to miss out on the fun. The corn

wavered around, the birds took flight, Fletcher popped

up here and there, but refused to come back. It was


After a hair raising 10 minutes, we managed to get

both panting dogs back on the lead, and no pheasants

were harmed. It amazes me that despite not being

a working spaniel or having any gun training, that

those breed traits are strong, and Fletcher just can’t

help himself around a pheasant or deer. Thankfully he

When the rain fell later that day, we spent the afternoon

warming up in front of the fire at The Old Warehouse,

playing board games and enjoying a home cooked

meal. The bad weather didn’t faze us as it meant we

got to make the most of this fabulous rental.

When the sun returned the next day, we visited Orford,

where I lost my heart to this part of Suffolk. Watching

Fletcher run up and down the banks, splashing in the

water and leaping with pure joy through the air, was

wonderful. Add to that a stroll admiring the pretty

cottages covered in autumn leaves, a wander around

the castle, oysters at The Butley Orford Oysterage

and sweet treats from the Pump Street Bakery, and I

can honestly say a stay at The Old Warehouse offers a

wonderful slice of Suffolk!

With attractions such as the Suffolk Punch Trust,

Rendlesham Forest and Sutton Heath, all of which are

dog friendly, and gastro pubs such as The Crown, The

Oyster Inn and the Unruly Pig close by, it’s the perfect

location to enjoy a weekend break at any time of the


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Written by

Karen Rhodes


too early for


C Word?

Work parties, Christmas markets and

pantomimes, it has to be the busiest time

of the year. It’s never too early to get organised,

so when you’re planning your events, plan for

your dog at the same time.

Did you know that a lot of savvy dog owners book their

dog care before they make their own arrangements?

Don’t leave it to the last minute or you’ll find all the best

dog carers will be booked up.

Here’s a run down of some of the options available for

your dog’s care and questions you should ask before


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1. Boarding kennels

Often set in the countryside with lots of land, boarding

kennels are probably the best option if you’re on a

budget. Dogs are kept in separate heated kennels and

should have access to indoor and outdoor runs and will

have a minimum of one walk per day.

2. House sitters

House sitters will come to your home and look after your

dog as well as your property. This is a great option if you

want your house to appear lived in for security reasons.

If you think your dog would be more settled in their own

home, a house sitter will be able to keep pretty much to

their usual routine.

3. Home boarding

Home boarders will take your dog into their own home

and look after them as if they were their own. They’ll

be living as part of the family and with your permission,

will have other dogs staying too. They’ll have a fun filled

break with lots of love and cuddles.

Questions to ask before booking:

• Are they licensed?

Kennels and home boarders are required to be licensed

by the council and should display their license in a

prominent position or have available for you to view.

• Are they insured?

Whatever option you chose, they must be insured for

public liability and be willing to show you their certificate.

• Are they qualified?

The safety and security of your pet is important so they

must have a minimum of an emergency first aid certificate,

preferably having qualifications in animal care too.

• Are they DBS checked?

For house sitters it’s advisable for them to be DBS

(disclosure and barring service) checked, after all they’ll

have access to your home and contents! A good house

sitter will have this and be willing to show you.

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.

www.suffolkdogservices.co.uk | Facebook: /suffolkdogservices

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The Word

Written by

Dolly Osborne

Little East




Remember, remember the fifth of November,

gunpowder, treason and plot. I see no reason

why gunpowder treason should ever be forgot.

Except it is really, isn’t it? You don’t look forward to

Bonfire Night and think: “Ooh yay! A time to reflect on a

foiled assassination on King James the first of England,

the sixth of Scotland. What a joyous event!”. Instead,

if you are like me, you think: “Ooh I should bake some

potatoes, and eat tiffin, and maybe buy some sparklers.”

And, if you are like the many, many people I see across

social media, you will be thinking: “Why does bonfire

night seem to last a month? Why are people letting off

fireworks when it’s still light?! Why can’t they just ban

fireworks because it’s utterly unbearable?” And ultimately:

“… it wasn’t like this in my day!!!”

And you know what? As much as I love Bonfire Night

and the crisp, evening air being heavy with sulphur, I

begrudgingly admit they are right; the incessant banging

that fills every November evening wasn’t as bad when

I was younger. And I have a theory as to why… Public

Service Announcements.

See, in the 70s and 80s a Public Service Announcement

wasn’t something you wrote on Facebook before ranting

about your bugbear of the day. Instead they were

unnecessarily terrifying adverts that warned the public of

the dangers of railway lines or river swimming, of grain

pits or flying kites near pylons, and at this time of year, of

fireworks. Those things were brutal. Whole generations of

children who thought you needed full body armour to go

near the government standard biscuit tin containing the

rockets that were to be lit AT ARMS LENGTH down your

grandad’s allotment.

Fireworks were seen as serious business; on par with

electrocution and suffocation by grain. We wouldn’t

have dreamed of letting them off down the park for fun

(I’ll admit that some children did but they were the ones

destined for borstal). The Public Service Announcements

may well have caused a nightmare epidemic that

stretched over two decades, but at least then the bumps

in the night were in the kid’s bedrooms rather than hitting

their windows.

So, if you want an end to the scourge of November bangs

and flashes maybe you should campaign for their return?

Though you will have to be prepared for the flashbacks of

a sad child with a preposterously bandaged hand every

time you see a sparkler. But for a bit of peace is that not a

small price to pay?

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

or follow her on Twitter @Osborneosaurus

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at Bressingham


Father Christmas at is coming to Bressingham on

selected days in December

Father Christmas is coming to Bressingham

Sat 3 Dec 2016 to Sat 24 Dec 2016

on selected days in December.

Rudolph is away on his holidays so Santa decided

to use his old faithful Steam Car for the journey to


Sat 1st December to

Monday 24th December


He and














at Bressingham

decided to


use his

old faithful Steam Car for the journey to Norfolk.

the 3/4, 10/11, 17,18 and 21,22,23,24 December 2016.

Entry times vary depending on the day.

He and his wife and elves, will be at Bressingham on

the 1/2, 8/9, 15/16, and 21, 22, 23, 24 December 2018.

Entry This times year vary Santa depending is including: on the day.

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no everyone. earlier than 6pm. 9, 15, 16 have an additional 12pm to

2pm entry slot, 24th has an 11am to 2pm entry slot and

• For those up to the age of 12 a visit to Father

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Christmas and

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a present

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from him.

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This year Santa is including:

• The Dads Army Exhibition will be decorated for

• Christmas A ride on the and Steam a Childrens Train on entertainer the will be in the

Village Fen Railway Hall. for everyone

•There will be food available at Wyevale if you arrive

• For those up to the age of 12 a visit to Father

before Santa is ready and at The Steam Museum too

Christmas and a present from him. Rides on the

during your visit.

Gallopers are included too.

• Booking The Dads is Army advisable Exhibition and can will be be made decorated by telephone for

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We’ve rounded up the very best

Christmas activities in the region to

help keep your little ones entertained and

full of the Christmas spirit throughout the



Take the kids to the Cambridge Corn Exchange to enjoy

the classic Christmas ballet, ‘The Nutcracker’. Saint

Petersburg Classic Ballet returns to Cambridge Corn

Exchange from 29-31 December with two Tchaikovsky

favourites, The Nutcracker and Swan Lake. Under the

expert direction of Marina Medvetskaya, this acclaimed

company combines classical training and technique with

the best-loved Russian ballets, accompanied by a full

orchestra, to entertain audiences in breath-taking style.

The remake might be available at the cinema, but nothing

beats the beauty of ballet for this festive tale. Book your

tickets at www.cambridgelivetrust.co.uk/cornex/events/


There’s no need to pay thousands to jet to the northern

hemisphere for a North Pole experience, it’s right here in

Cambridge. Returning for another year of frozen frolics,

is the North Pole Festival at Parkers Piece in Cambridge.

From 17 November to 8 January, visitors to the city can

have the ultimate Christmas experience with ice skating,

fun fair rides and winter warmers at the Alpine lodge.

Tickets are on sale now, head to



Hop aboard the Santa Express at Audley End Miniature

Railway and travel into the woodland to discover the

magic of Christmas on selected dates between 24

November and 24 December. Cheeky elves will keep your

little ones entertained as they arrive at Father Christmas’s

Winter Wonderland. Once back from the journey, children

can enjoy writing a letter to Santa, crafts, storytelling and

a dance tent. Prices between £11 to £15. This is a hugely

popular event so book your tickets quick at www.audleyend-railway.co.uk/events/christmas-special-2018


There will be another sprinkling of Christmas magic in

Ipswich this year at the East Anglia’s Children’s Hospices

(EACH) lantern walk. The walk on Saturday, 24 November

starts and finishes at DanceEast in Foundry Lane, taking

in just over two kilometres of the waterfront in between.

Proceedings will be drawn to a close with some festive

entertainment and refreshments. Tickets for the lantern

walk cost £10. Registration for the lantern walk is from

5.30pm, with the event to have ended by 9pm. For more

information visit www.each.org.uk


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

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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/christmasspectacular


Lee Valley White Water Centre’s Christmas attraction is

back for 2018. For the third year running the venue will

host an array of seasonal activities and entertainment

for families and friends to enjoy throughout the festive

period. The Christmas destination will run for just over

five weeks from Saturday 1 December to Sunday 6

January 2019 and will feature an ice rink, curling lanes,

a Santa’s grotto and fun fair.

Visitors can get into the Christmas spirit with a skate

on the venue’s real ice rink. Available from Friday to

Sunday, ticket prices for ice skating start from £5pp

and include a 45 minute session on the ice. New for

2018, the venues ice rink will also feature four real

ice curling lanes, for visitors to experience a taste of

the winter Olympic sport.

For those wanting to pick up some last minute

stocking fillers, a Christmas market will be open on

Saturday 15 and Sunday 16 December. With quirky

gifts to dazzling decorations, the free entry market

offers an opportunity to discover a host of presents

for Christmas.

No festive day out would be complete without

a visit to Santa’s grotto. Here, children can enjoy

an enchanting experience meeting with the big

man himself. Father Christmas is available to visit

on weekends between 10:30am – 6pm and on

Christmas Eve. Pre book tickets at



It’s never too early to plan in advance, head on over

to Bedford’s Corn Exchange for Santa’s Christmas

Party on 20 December. Jack Frost has been causing

mischief up at the North Pole and needs your help

to fix it. Enjoy a show packed with festive fun and

party games, with a present from Father Christmas

for every child. Aimed at 2 to 7 year olds, this is

a perfect adventure for the little ones. Find out

more at www.bedfordcornexchange.co.uk/events/


The Dunstable Downs is once again running their

Christmas Trail, this year based on the 12 days of

Christmas. Pick up your leaflet at reception and

follow the clues, singing as you go. Looking to have

some time with the big man himself? Then head

over to The View Café for breakfast with Father

Christmas who’ll be there to chat with children at

various dates in December. To find out more about

the trail and the breakfast visit:


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Open days are coming to end, but there’s

still time to make a decision about the right

school for your child with a visit to one of these

independent schools across the region…

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


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: General opening morning 9 February and 27

April 2019.

A co-educational independent day and boarding school

for children aged 11 to 18.

Bedford Girls’ School

Cardington Road, Bedford, MK42 0BX

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

Open day: 14 November

A vibrant independent day school for girls aged 7-18.

Northampton High School

Newport Pagnell Road, Hardingstone, Northampton


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

Open days: 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


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.

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Register by

Saturday 1st December 2018

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

I believe

in the spirit of inquiry

Open Morning Wednesday 14th November, 10am

Telephone: 01234 361918


Bedford Girls’ School is part of The Harpur Trust


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



The Preparatory Division at New Hall School is expanding to 3 form entry in Years 3, 4 & 5 in September 2019

Registration is now open

Please contact the Admissions Department on 01245 236 098 or via registrar@newhallschool.co.uk for more information

New Hall School, The Avenue, Boreham, Essex. CM3 3HS




A non-denominational Christian day and boarding school

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

Herts AL5 4TD | boarding@stgeorges.herts.sch.uk | 01582 716284


I believe

in living a balanced life

Open Morning Wednesday 14th November, 10am

Telephone: 01234 361918


Bedford Girls’ School is part of The Harpur Trust

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?

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


Situated in Clare’s

beautiful country park

Parking available

01787 277850 - Station House, Clare Castle Country Park

Maltings Lane, Clare CO10 8NW





A great place to meet friends,

host a party or just pop in for

Coffee & Cake



Email: everydayapicnic@gmail.com Tel: 01508 483947


The Gallops Tearoom offers

over 20 loose leaf teas and

promises a wide range of

breakfast, brunch and lunch

options as well as sweet

and savoury snacks, daily

homemade cakes and a variety

of afternoon tea choices.

For larger parties

please book in advance

The Island, Fred Archer Way, Newmarket, Suffolk, CB8 8FF

Tel: 01638 667765



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.

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Food & Drink

Sourcing local produce is now easier than ever

There’s no better time to shop local than at Christmas, but many of us are unaware

of just how many farm shops, butchers and grocers are located on our doorstep.

If you fancy a taste of home this festive season, log on to BigBarn, a handy

website which allows you to search by postcode retailers, producers and

suppliers in your local area. There’s even a dedicated turkey map! Not only

will you get fresh tasty produce but you’re more likely to reduce excess plastic

packaging and you’ll be supporting the local community and economy.

Visit www.bigbarn.co.uk

Pop Open the Fizz at

Slug & Lettuce Bedford

With sales of the notorious Pornstar Martini hitting 1.3 million

across its bars last year, Slug & Lettuce Bedford has your fizzy fix

sorted this autumn with its new ‘Giant Pornstar Martini’.

A concoction of smashed Smirnoff vanilla vodka, passion fruit

liqueur, caramel syrup, lemon juice, pineapple juice and passion

fruit puree, plus a bottle of Prosecco on the side, and giant

sparkler, it’s guaranteed to be a hit this party season!

In addition, the Pornstar Martini Tree will feature nine cocktails

and is the perfect antidote for a girl’s night out- definitely worthy

of an Insta snap! www.slugandlettuce.co.uk

Accolades keep coming for West

Suffolk Restaurant

Tuddenham Mill, the three-rosette

restaurant and boutique hotel between Bury

St Edmunds and Newmarket, has recently

been named as one of only a handful of

hotels to win the coveted Editor’s Choice

Award in the 2019 edition of the Good

Hotel Guide as well as the ‘Notable Wine

List’ award from the AA for the third year


Tuddenham Mill’s Chef Patron, Lee Bye said: “Editor’s Choice in the

Good Hotel Guide is an amazing honour. We’ve built up a wine list

that’s a real mix of traditional flavours, and we’re not afraid to throw

in some modern flourishes. It’s a reflection on how we run the hotel

and restaurant really, so it’s great that we’re being recognised for it.”

Tuddenham Mill has also received awards from the AA and others

for accommodation, food and wine.


Suffolk’s newest destination café

opens this November

Located at Fornham Business Court, just five

minutes outside Bury St Edmunds, Folk Café is

the latest addition to the Suffolk food scene.

Set within a timber framed converted barn, the

café will be serving up a simple but tasty menu

of artisan coffee and bread from local suppliers,

plus hearty homemade breakfasts, lunches

and snacks. The café is the perfect pit stop for

cyclists, dog walkers or those want to a break

from the hustle and bustle of the town.


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Gerla de Boer, founder of the Cambridge

Food Tour, (www.cambridgefoodtour.com)

shares her wisdom of the city’s cuisine…



memories of

a globetrotter


Travel and food have always been in my blood.

From the early teens, I was the person in the

family who would map out the journeys and

wouldn’t hesitate to add a twist whilst en route.

These off the beaten track detours became

known as ‘Gerla’s shortcuts’, which would take us

most of the time miles away from where we were

heading for.

Nothing has changed over the years. Google map is a

great tool, but there is nothing better than a

proper map as you can’t always rely on a mobile

connection. One thing maps don’t do is surprise

you by the surroundings so I always follow my eyes and it

has taken us to some quite unusual finds! Including nice

places to eat and drink.

Food is always on top of my agenda when I travel or visit a

place. My eyes always get drawn to food, even when I am

out shopping. I used to be a buyer so I always scan shops

for new products and trends, especially in the food and

drink section.

So it might not surprise you, that my holiday memories

are often based around the food I have had or restaurants

with amazing views. I can remember every single place

where I have eaten with the most stunning sceneries. It is

a very important part of enjoying a meal in my opinion. Of

course, I snap away to record the delicious food, but I

take notes too so I can either find the recipe online or try

to figure out myself how to reproduce it.

So what are my latest holiday foodie memories and

where to go in Cambridge to get something similar?

Split - Bruschetta drowned in red wine and topped with

chunky tomato sauce

Comfort food - The Petersfield and the Punter

Verona - Ricotta Gnocchi and truffle and Spaghetti with

raw creamed oyster

Good Italian food - Gattuso’s

Bray - Heston Blumenthal’s breakfast starter

Mind-blowing creations - Midsummer House

Cartmel - Truffle bread and butter pudding at L’Enclume

Pushing the boundaries - Restaurant 22 and Alimentum

Paternoster - Foraged succulents

Foraged food - the Cambridge Cheese Company

London - Masala chickpeas and curry leaves at Scully


Excellent Indian food - Prana lounge and Navadhanya

Hanoi - Beatle leaves and Pho

Asian comfort food - Zhonghua and Noodles +

Image: Alimentum

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On the Table

If there’s one time of year to go all out with

the food shop and indulge, it’s Christmas!

The festive season has us wanting to serve up

only the very best to our friends and family.

If you’re hosting this year, we’ve picked our

favourite festive foods to put on your table…

Say Cheese

It wouldn’t be Christmas without a cheese board. From

brie and camembert to stilton and smoked, choosing

cheese is a big decision. It’s a wise choice to visit your

local deli counter for some expert advice. The Gog,

Cambridge’s award winning farm shop, deli and café,

know a thing or two about cheese, and shop and deli

manager Lydia, their resident expert when it comes to

all things cheese, suggests opting for their ‘Traditional

Cheese Selection’ priced £38. The package comes with

Coston Bassett, Montgomery’s cheddar and

Baron Bigod.

“You’ve got all you need; a blue, a soft and a hard,”

says Lydia. “Baron is locally made in Bungay, Suffolk by

John and Dolce Crickmore. The Gog team have been

to visit their farm and experienced hands on the cheese

making process. Baron is a fantastic cheese, one of the

most popular in our counter, the flavours are clean and

milky with mushroomy, vegetal notes!

“Montgomery’s cheddar is made in Somerset, in

the village of Cadbury, by our good friend Jamie

Montgomery. We have also been to his farm on a quick

whistle stop tour to see how it’s made. Montgomery’s is

a firm favourite, buttery texture with bold earthy tones

and used in our 2 star Great Taste award winning Gog

cheese scones.

“Colston Basset is the best of the blues! Home of the

traditional Stilton in Northamptonshire. It’s hard to beat

with its fabulous creamy smooth texture, and fruity

floral flavours.”

A block of

Montgomery’s cheddar

The Gog also offer an award-winning butchery, and if you

haven’t yet found the perfect present for someone, one

of their hampers, stocking fillers or masterclasses could be

your answer! The farm shop will be hosting a Christmas

Showcase on 3 and 24 November, and will be launching a

competition to win your Christmas order for free if placed

before 18 November. www.thegog.com

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Proof is in the pudding

Festive food is indulgent and hearty, and can often

leave vegans feeling a little left out. However, this year

things have finally changed and producers are adding

more animal free options to their Christmas collections.

It doesn’t just stop with huge retailers like M&S either,

local producers are expanding their range too. LilyPuds,

an Essex artisan Christmas pud maker, have launched a

vegan Christmas pudding meaning no one misses out on


The pudding is light and delicious, and it would be

difficult to tell the difference between the traditional and

vegan versions. Using vine fruits, Chockwork orange beer,

ginger, almonds, apple and spices, it’s sure to be a hit

with everyone. It’s also gluten free!


Tasty tipple

Think fresh juniper aromas and herbal scents,

balanced with a touch of spice, hints of sweetness

and fragrant citrus: that’s the essence of Norfolk

Gin. Handmade in Norwich with real botanicals.

One of the original new breed of artisan gins in

the UK, Norfolk Gin was first created in 2014 by

Jonathan and Alison Redding in their kitchen,

located in the city of Norwich. Now available

across the East of England and beyond, every

batch of Norfolk Gin is still made by hand, and

with love, in their Norwich gin studio.

Whether in a classic gin and tonic or a superstylish

Singapore Sling, Norfolk Gin is great for

seasonal soirees and the perfect present for

any gin-lover this Christmas.

Norfolk Gin is available in a 70cl (RRP £42 -

£45) bottle. www.norfolkgin.co.uk/buy-now

Christmas canapes

If you’re hosting a festive gathering and fancy

polishing your cookery skills, book a place

onto the ‘Christmas Canape Masterclass’

at Paris House, in Woburn on 11, 23 or 25

November. Priced £169 per person, you’ll be

taught by award-winning chef Phil Fanning in

an interactive, hands-on course which will give

provide the skills needed to produce bite-sized

treats worthy of the finest drinks party.

The Masterclass will be hosted in the Paris

House kitchen and will last approximately

two hours. This will be followed by a glass of

bubbles & canapés and a 5 course lunch at

the Chef’s Table. Additional lunch guests are

welcome to join at a cost of £99 per head.


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Written by

Tessa Beecroft


As a personal trainer, you spend quite

some time trying to figure out what your

speciality is (or if you even have one!). I knew

my speciality was within mental health and

fitness, having gone through my own journey

of severe anxiety and depression for several


Winter is a difficult time of year to get motivated to do

any type of exercise. It’s cold, the nights are drawing in

and all you want to do is curl up on the sofa with comfy

socks on and a hot chocolate.

It’s even more difficult for those who experience SAD

(Seasonal Affective Disorder). SAD is a form of depression

that people experience at a particular time of year or

during a particular season and is a recognised mental

health disorder.

Most of us are affected by the change in seasons – it is

normal to feel more cheerful and energetic when the sun

is shining and the days are longer, or to find that you eat

more or sleep longer in winter.

However, if you experience SAD, the change in seasons

will have a much greater affect on your mood and energy

levels, and lead to symptoms of depression that may have

a significant impact on your day-to-day life.

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Exercising during the winter can help protect your wellbeing

over the season. Physical activity will help reduce stress, improve

sleep and energy levels, boost self-esteem and ultimately ward

off those feelings of depression and anxiety.

So here are my tips on how to get more active during


1. Work out during the day.

As the nights draw in, some of us may not even see daylight

before work and getting home. This can lower your mood and

motivation so it’s important to enjoy the day and try to work

out in daylight hours. But what about if you work 9am-5pm? Try

working out or going for a walk during your lunch hour. If you

know you’re not going to get some time to do that during the

week, factor some time in over the weekends if you can. We are

lucky to have some beautiful walks around Norfolk including

some amazing National Trust parks.

2. Find something you really love doing!

There is no point signing up to the gym if you hate it. If it’s not

going to inspire you to even get through the door, then don’t do

it. You need to find out what it is that really motivates you. If you

are a runner, join the free Parkruns on a Saturday morning. If you

like sports, there are some amazing clubs to be part of. Walking,

yoga, swimming, trampolining, rock climbing, cycling, dancing,

fitness classes….there are so many things for you to try. Don’t

fall into the trap of thinking exercise = gym.

3. Work out with a friend.

Having someone to support you and encourage you to keep

going can be so important. So if there is a new fitness class or

club you want to join, take your bestie with you! If you don’t

have anyone to train with, find a local group or club. Having that

sense of community and relating to people who are there for the

same reasons as you, will keep you motivated to continue and

you’ll make new friends at the same time!

4. Eat a balanced diet.

If you are really struggling to find the motivation

to do any sort of activity, then make sure you are

eating a balanced diet rather than comfort food.

5. Don’t feel guilty.

If you are just not able to get yourself motivated

and can’t bring yourself to do anything else but

bunker down for the winter, don’t feel guilty.

Putting that extra pressure on yourself is only

going to make you feel less motivated. Be kind to

yourself, recognise how you are feeling and if you

need to talk to someone, please reach out.

Help and advice:



Tessa is personal trainer based in North Norfolk,

and specialises in weight management and

helps clients who need support with their mental

wellbeing through exercise.

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Once the clocks have changed, many of us change

into night wear much earlier and wear it in the

evening, and even if we’re just watching TV or reading,

we deserve to look and feel good.

Does yours make you feel attractive? Please don’t make

do with a boyfriend’s cast off old T-shirt. You are worth

more. It may be comfortable, but it is possible to feel

comfortable and stylish at the same time. First of all, you

could try the back of your lingerie drawer and actually

wear the lovely stuff you have had since last Christmas.

If you need new, there are lots of gorgeous options to

choose from; crisp cotton pyjamas, soft modal wide legs

trousers and matching top, or a silky night dress. Texture

should play a big part in your choice of nightwear. What

feels good against your skin? Silk feels beautiful, but I

would recommend machine washable silk; most of our

lives are far too busy to be hand washing anything.

Satin is an alternative choice; it has a similar feel but

is easy to care for. A ¾ ballerina length chemise is an

elegant option. A bias cut will flatter curves and a strappy

top encompasses femininity, and shows off the flattering

décolletage area. You can even find nightdresses with

hidden support if you prefer more structure.

If your legs are your best feature then choose a shorter

version or a shorts pyjama set, with more coverage at the

top. It is always best to leave a little something to the


A pretty dressing gown in a coordinating colour or fabric

will add warmth and cosiness. It is an often neglected

area of even the most stylish women’s wardrobe, but,

with wonderful nightwear you won’t be able to wait to

slip off your coat and shoes and change into something

comfortable, and a little bit glamourous when the nights

draw in, or for those precious Sunday mornings in bed

with a breakfast tray and the papers.

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Why Hire

A Wedding


Written by Katrina Otter

It wasn’t all that long ago that wedding planners

were only popular with the rich and famous.

Now, there are planners out there to suit every

style of wedding and every budget too. But why do

couples choose to hire a wedding planner? Isn’t it

just an indulgent luxury? What are the benefits of

letting someone else plan your big day? Read on

and I’ll explain everything…

Let me start by explaining why couples hire a wedding

planner because there are lots of reasons you might not

have thought about. It might be that the couple work

long hours and just don’t feel that they have the time

to commit to planning their own wedding (on average

it takes at least 250 hours to plan a wedding!). Some

couples work with a planner because they’re getting

married in an area that they don’t know or aren’t local to.

There are then those couples that live overseas and are

‘coming home’ to get married or have chosen the UK as

the location for their destination wedding.

Some couples know that planning just isn’t where their

skills lie, whilst others don’t know what they want or

where to start. Alternatively, there are also couples that

have a clear vision for their day but aren’t sure how to

bring it to life and others who just want someone by their

side throughout the planning process.

So, as you can see, there are many reasons why couples

choose to work with a professional to plan their wedding.

But, whatever the reasons, what do you actually get for

your money and why have wedding planners become

so popular?

Well, for starters, the wedding world has changed

considerably in the last decade. Modern celebrations

don’t follow the formula of weddings of the past.

Couples have a huge choice of venues, suppliers, styles

and details available to them and this can make planning

much more complicated and considerably more time

consuming. Asking a couple who already have busy lives

and no knowledge of planning a large event to step in

and just take control is a big ask and there’s no shame in

saying ‘I want to get married but I don’t want to plan

the wedding.’

A wedding planner knows how to make a wedding look

amazing and run smoothly. They have links with the best

suppliers, they know what works well and what needs

more management, they can deal with all the wedding

admin and they’ll be there on the day to coordinate

everything for you. A planner will check over quotes

and contracts, they’ll make sure that you don’t miss any

deadlines and they’ll come up with lots of fantastic ideas

that will help you put your own stamp on your big day.

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Planners are also great if you’ve chosen a nontraditional

wedding venue. Whether you’ve opted for

a giant tipi, a blank canvas industrial space or a private

estate, there will be a lot to do. You’ll need to bring in

so many suppliers, think about logistics and deal with

the set up and breakdown of your event. A planner can

manage all of this for you so that you get the wedding

you want without taking on more work.

If you choose to work with a wedding planner, you’re

also much more likely to come in on budget. Your

planner will allocate your cash, keep tabs on how much

has been spent and they’ll also factor a contingency

fund into your budget too. Of course, if time is money

then you’ll also be saving because your planner will

handle so much for you.

Your planner will also give you a huge amount of

support and freedom. If there’s ever anything you’re

not sure about or something you’d like help with, your

planner will be there to support you. You’ll also be

free to enjoy the build-up to your wedding. When you

know that someone else has everything under control

for you, you can just relax and look forward to the

big day.

One thing that your planner won’t do however is

make decisions for you. Yes, they’ll shortlist venues,

suppliers and ideas but ultimately, all of the decisions

and choices are yours. They won’t push you to one

style or another or make you choose one supplier

above another. A planner will share their knowledge,

their expertise, their honest advice and they’ll work

tirelessly on your behalf. Every wedding planner wants

just one thing for their clients – fabulous, memorable

and wonderful weddings.

Katrina Otter is a Cambridgeshire

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How do you earn big interest on

ickle savings?

The world of children’s savings is actually far

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Done right, interest rates are far higher - though

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So with the long run-up to Christmas soon to start, and

the market all shook up with a change of best-buys, let me

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alone. If your kids or grandkids are old enough, sit down

with them and talk them through each savings pick and let

them choose - turn it into a fun financial game. This is crucial

financial education – teaching them not just to save, but

importantly where to save to get the most from their money.

Earn 4.5% interest if you save each month

If you’re looking for somewhere to put children’s savings,

pick the account paying the highest rate. On interest, the

easy winner is the Halifax Kids’ Regular Saver

(www.Halifax.co.uk), for up to age 15, which pays 4.5% AER

fixed for a year. You can pay in £10 to £100 per month, and

you are allowed to miss a month, but you can’t withdraw any

money until the year’s up.

After a year, the rate drops, so get your child to set a diary

reminder and move their money to a better account when

it does. If you’ve more to save then Saffron Building Society

(www.saffronbs.co.uk) is similar at 4% AER, though with this

one you can make withdrawals. If you’re not near a branch,

then it can be opened by post.

Earn 3.5% on lump sums

Nationwide (www.nationwide.co.uk) has just launched

its new Future Saver account for under 15s. It pays 3.5%

AER, but only if the parent or guardian holds a Nationwide

current account (not flex basic). Up to £5,000 can be saved

in it each year, but only one penalty-free withdrawal is

allowed from it.

If you don’t have the Nationwide current account, it pays

2.5%, in which case the HSBC MySavings account

(www.hsbc.co.uk) pays 3% on up to £3,000 and it allows you

to withdraw money as often as you like. In the unlikely event

that your little one has really big money to save, Skipton

Building Society’s Children’s Saver easy access account

(www.skipton.co.uk) pays 2.25% on up to £50,000.

The Top Children’s Accounts with debit cards

Some older children want accounts where they can spend

on a card or online. If they’re aged 11-18, the Santander 123

Mini account (www.santander.co.uk) pays 3% on £300-

£2,000 and gives a debit card to use in shops – though if

they’re under 13, you need to have a Santander account for

them to open it.

Alternatively, the TSB Under-19s’ Account (www.tsb.co.uk)

can be opened by 11 to 18-year-olds and pays interest of

2.5% on balances between £1 and £2,500. It offers the

choice of a cash withdrawal only card, or a Visa debit card

to use for cash, online and in store.

Can grandparents open these accounts?

For children under roughly age 18, an adult will need to

open the account (with the child’s ID) and be a trustee

or signatory on the account. Most accounts including

Santander and Nationwide require the adult to be a person

with parental responsibility, though grandparents and other

family members can pay in. With Halifax, grandparents are

allowed to manage the account.

The top paying Junior ISA pays 3.6%

Junior ISAs (JISAs) are savings (or investment) accounts.

You can save up to a set amount each tax year - £4,260 in

this tax year - and the money is then locked away until the

child’s 18th birthday (after that it’s theirs to do what they

want with – regardless of why you saved it).

The big sell is that the interest is tax-free, but these days

that’s irrelevant for most as:

- Children pay tax just like adults, meaning they can earn

£11,850 each year without paying tax on it.

- There is a rule that says kids can only earn £100 interest

a year (so that’s about £3,000 saved in the top easy-access

account) from money given by each parent. Above that it’s

counted as the parents’ income and taxed at their rate.

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Four Door Saloon

Written by Sue Cooke

Twitter @cookecars

Sadly, the manual handbrake is becoming a

creature on the edge of extinction. I have

fond memories of grabbing this automotive

saviour while learning how to perform a hill

start. And I have rather more scarier memories

of boyfriends, now banished to the times I

would rather forget, who demonstrated rather

flamboyant handbrake turns. Alas, the manual

handbrake is passing, as only 37% of new

cars on sale in the UK come equipped with

the traditional mechanical lever, according to

research by CarGurus.

The new Honda Civic four door saloon follows the

automotive crowd and has an electronic parking

brake switch, but depending whether you choose an

automatic transmission or a manual transmission, will

depend on its exact location on the centre console.



MODEL: Honda Civic four door saloon SE

PRICE: £20,745 otr


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CO2 EMISSIONS: 83.1mpg


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The new saloon is a dynamic and

sophisticated four-door compact model

and represents a significant step forward

for Honda in this segment. For many

customers, the Civic is synonymous with the

Honda brand. This 10th generation model

sets new benchmarks for the compact class

in terms of dynamic performance, fuel

efficiency, spaciousness, safety and interior


The exterior design is sporty with a short

front overhang, a sharp and aggressive

face and pronounced wheel arches. The

interior is spacious as it is built on a wider

and longer platform. The cabin is simple

and uncluttered with a long list of new

technologies and high-grade materials. The Entry level

grade, SE, comes with Honda SENSING suite of safety

features which the company says ensures the car is among

the very safest in its class.

The road test car arrived with a 1.6iDTEC diesel engine

which Honda says it is continuing to build where there is

a demand for diesel engines. There is also a VTEC TURBO

petrol. I can understand why the diesel engine is popular

with CO2 emissions from just 91g/km, which means very

low road tax. The petrol version is equally clean with 107g/

km CO2 for the CVT gearbox, while the petrol engine with

manual gearbox emits just 110g/km CO2, making the Civic

four door one of the cleanest saloons in its class.


a month on a three year, 10,000 mile contract on 5.9%

APR for a 1.6 i-DTEC SR manual.

Unfortunately, the traditional handbrake is likely to decline

further, only to be found on a select number of niche

models. But there are many benefits to the electronic

parking brake, which is regarded as a luxury feature. To

engage the brake requires less physical effort, it holds

the car more securely and doesn’t need adjusting like the

traditional lever. Most electronic handbrakes disengage

automatically when you pull away plus they often offer an

automatic hill-hold assist function.

The Honda Civic four door is a good-looking saloon, with

features both in and out which make it a pleasure to drive.

Starting from £19,395 otr, the PCP pricing has also been

confirmed for the new car with monthly payments of £259

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For many of us, Christmas is the highlight

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the perfect opportunity to tuck into a grand

roast. But, when you’re the one in charge of

preparing and cooking the meal, you can feel

less enthusiastic about the day.

Christmas dinner is famous for coming with all the

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and a stack of washing up by the end of it. So, if you’re

looking to maximise the space in your kitchen this

Christmas, we’ve got some solutions for you.

Create a cooking plan

The classic Christmas dinner is made up of many

components that need to be cooked in the oven. But,

as it’s not usually possible to cook these all at once, your

kitchen can find itself laden with food-filled baking trays

waiting to be cooked.

To combat this issue, Jane Rylands from the kitchen

appliance manufacturer Belling recommends creating a

cooking plan to ensure everything is made as efficiently as


“Before you cook anything, you should consider which

foods will take priority and which ones can be cooked

in different ways. For example, the meat is bound to be

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“You should also be thinking about which components can

be cooked at the same temperature, or even on the same

baking tray. There’s nothing wrong with throwing some

pre-bought Yorkshire puddings onto the same tray as your

parsnips or putting your vegetables around the meat.

“Using a fan oven will also help as it’ll equally distribute

the heat inside of your oven, meaning less cooking time

and a more evenly cooked roast.”

Organise your fridge

Preparing elements of your Christmas dinner before the

big day will give you a great head start, but it can also

lead to your fridge being crammed full. To avoid this, it’s

important that you learn how to organise your fridge well,

so everything is safely stored and nothing spoils before

the big day.

However, if your roast bird is taking up too much space

in your fridge, find a spot in your home that’ll keep your

bulky drinks cartons and bottles chilled. A cold utility

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festive fizz crisp. For more information, BBC Good Food

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Make a ‘help yourself’ station

Once your Christmas dinner is ready to serve, you might

struggle to fit everything on your dining table. So, why

not try something different this year? Instead of having

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up a self-service buffet spot to ensure your table isn’t

overcrowded, and that everybody can enjoy their dinners

without being asked to pass the gravy again.

If you don’t have enough surface space to set up your

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can even get ones with heated shelves and compartments

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With so many different dishes to prepare, and limited

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Written by

Emma Kemsley

We take a sneak peek in the studio of

Lucy Dawson, owner and creator

of Bella Art in Suffolk

When we purchase homewares, gifts

or fashions, the story of how these

items came to be is a rare thought, but

here among the reels of fabric propped up

against the wall, the canvases standing tall

and the sketches that lay across the table,

it is clear to see the hours of talent,

creativity and passion that goes into

making Bella Art products.

I am in the studio of Lucy Dawson, the artist and

business brain behind Bella Art based in Suffolk.

Known for her country style animal prints, she

designs and sells beautiful prints and textiles for

the home including lampshades, cushions, make

up bags, aprons, bunting and table runners.

I’m immediately drawn to her newly launched

notebooks, which are sure to be a hit for Christmas.

Bella Art is stocked in Wow Vintage in Southwold,

Neptune Interiors in Bury St Edmunds and an outlet

at Jimmy’s Farm. Regular pop ups include Ivy Joan

in Bury St Edmunds and Dalegate Market, and a

number of Christmas markets are scheduled for the

festive season.

Her studio and showroom, which can be booked

to view by appointment, is located at Finbows

Yard in Bacton, near Stowmarket, set among other

flourishing independent businesses such as gift and

home store and café EmZo and others.

Where to find Bella Art:

Showroom open every Wednesday and Saturday in

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“It’s important to support local businesses,” says Lucy.

A choice which is evident in her own work. Bella Art

lampshades, coasters and notebooks are all made in her

studio, while other textile items are made in a historical

mill in Lancashire. The UK craftsmanship is reflected in

the high quality of each individual product.

Bella Art draws on inspiration from Suffolk’s countryside,

woodlands and wildlife. Designs include stags, hares,

horses, bees, birds and wild flora, created using earthy

tones and a neutral palette, perfect for fitting into any

home. Hares are one of the most popular designs with

customers and a favourite of Lucy’s too: “My favourite

to paint are the hares,” she says. “It’s amazing to watch

them in the fields. They are intelligent with their own

character. One hare was particularly inquisitive and

came close enough for me to take photos including one

sticking his tongue out! I think it’s the sense of folklore

which makes them a popular choice.”

Photographing the animals is just the beginning of

creating one of Bella Art’s lovely pieces. From a photo

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“I’ve always been a keen artist and always liked portraits and life

drawing. My love of fabrics came from my gran and mum, they give

me a nostalgic feel,” she explains.

The beauty of living and working in Suffolk has inspired many of

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homes across the county. This is an area of the business she will

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With more launches, stockists and pop ups planned for 2019, this

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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…


s the weeks seem to skip past I am amazed to find

myself writing the November column. Yet another

year has whizzed by and as the secret garden slows for

winter, it is a great time to take stock of what we have

achieved and the projects that lie ahead.

As I mentioned last month, our final ‘big’ job of the

season was to plant a few bulbs. Four hundred to be

precise. My husband has just about forgiven me for

what must be one of the most hateful tasks if for even

one second you lose sight of the rewards come spring.

Even worse, the ‘heavy duty’ bulb planter I treated

him to broke a mere twenty minutes into the task! We

persevered and within just a few months each Betula utilis

jaquemontii will have a ring of Galanthus nivalis followed

by Narcissus ‘Tete a Tete’ whilst the stream bank will

glow with a variety of daffodils including the naturalizing

Narcissus pseudonarcissus.

Sadly another year has swept by without us creating some

sort of permanent composting area. Given the amount of

leaves that are now gently falling to the ground this is a

great shame, but the great thing about gardening is the

whole process will be repeated again next year.

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With the exception of removing two flower beds and the

path, this year has been more about consolidating and

enhancing what we have. Adding two pallets of manure

to the remaining flower beds and rose garden has given

me a welcome temporary break from weeding. It has also

freed up my time to tie in and tidy the climbing roses and

give each shrub and perennial a good inspection. Having

rehomed over 50 plants before turning the two borders

over to lawn was rather unforgiving in the heat of August,

and I am somewhat amazed that our only casualty was

a Pestemon ‘Garnet’, usually one of the more sturdy


Our new glade of Betula utilis jaquemontii have settled in

nicely and the grass seed, which sprouted within a week,

now offers a vibrant green avenue where once was Percy’s


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Why now is the time to buy a new home

During the summer, UK mortgage approvals

hit a nine-month high, coupled with interest

rates remaining abnormally low. Potential

home buyers in Cambridge now have a great

opportunity to land their dream new home.

Annette Cole, Sales and Marketing Director at Crest

Nicholson Eastern (www.CrestNicholson.com) said: “In

spite of the recent increase, interest rates in 2018 have

continued to be at an all-time low, allowing more and

more buyers in Cambridge to get onto property ladder.

New build homes are an attractive option to many

buyers – offering benefits, such as subsidies like the

government’s much lauded Help to Buy scheme, energy

efficiency and cheaper running costs.”

And what about renters and first-time buyers looking to

get a foot on the ladder? Recent research by Santander

Mortgages in 2018 has found Cambridge residents

would save an average of more than £2,268 a year if they

bought a property rather than renting something very


So why buy new?

Annette Cole, shares the five key advantages of choosing

a new build home for your next move:

1. No chain

According to a survey by Which? in 2017, around three

out of ten property purchases in the UK collapse, at an

average cost of nearly £3,000 to each buyer. And with

one failing link in the chain risking the collapse of the

whole property chain, it’s a major consideration.

Downward chains can be one of the most frustrating

experiences when buying a house, with one in three sales

falling through after the offer price has been accepted.

New build homes come with the added benefit of having

no upward chain to consider. This means the whole

process is much less stressful and often quicker than a

second-hand purchase.

2. Peace of mind

All new-homes are independently assessed during

construction and covered by a 10-year warranty. Home

security and low-level maintenance are built in from the

design stage and every home undergoes a stringent ‘fit

for purpose’ inspection prior to occupancy.

3. Value for money

New homes are built to a much higher specification than

the majority of older homes, so you often get more for

your money. They have central heating, double-glazing,

floor and wall insulation as standard. Other features also

including fitted kitchens with integrated appliances and

stylish bathrooms.

4. Tailored to your lifestyle

New homes are built to make use of every inch of space.

Often in older properties, with dated layouts, living space

goes unused. New homes on the other hand provide

large flexible living spaces than can be tailored to your

lifestyle. Whether you’re single, a couple, a growing

family or retired, you will find the right layout for your


5. A sustainable choice

The average new home is up to four times more energy

efficient than a traditional second-hand home. New

homes have excellent insulation and the latest energy

saving appliances. This means they have lower running

costs compared to traditional homes.

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The Arts Column

Written by Collette Hoefkens,

proprietor at Norton Way Gallery

and an artist in her own right |


As November brings the colder weather and the

longer nights, it is time to take a nourishing

fill of the Eastern region’s artistic offers. Search

and you will find a wealth of group and solo shows

throughout the counties. Each will be presenting

an inspirational display of art in all its varied forms.

From original etchings to beautiful glass and

ceramics, there is no shortage of creativity to enjoy.

This month my own Norton Way Gallery, (Letchworth,

Hertfordshire) will be celebrating the season with a

special weekend opening of our ‘Autumn and Winter

Collection 2018’. We will be exhibiting many of our

wonderful regular artists such as Anne Songhurst and

will be introducing a beautiful new talent from Ireland,

Stephen Lawlor and Suffolk favourite Chrissie Norman.

Anne has been exhibiting with the gallery for over 11

years and has never failed to both stun and delight

appreciators with her beautiful still life paintings. Warm

and intense, her richly conveyed pieces of oil on linen

capture the essence of nature and the manmade. Jewelllike

fruits are exquisitely juxtaposed with lusciously tactile

cotton, lace or wood. Silver and bronze gleam under the

expert delivery of her eye and brush. With all her heart

she transforms humble items of the everyday into objects

of sheer beauty.

Clementines and Silverware by Anne Songhurst

With a darker and more mysterious eye, Stephen Lawlor

invites us to glimpse a world of enigma and secrecy.

Quietly thrilling etchings and monotypes weave in

and out of focus, teasing and displacing us but also

compelling us to take a closer look. Shadowy figures,

familiar but unknown, tempt us to engage, whilst

beautiful brooding landscapes beckon with subtle

warning to tread carefully.

It is also with great pleasure that we show, for the first

time, the highly revered Suffolk printmaker, Chrissie

Norman. Regionally famous for her commanding, rural

landscapes, Chrissie’s beautiful etchings exude a sense

of home. Trees, fields, tracks and trails forever promise to

lead us to remembered and imagined havens of personal


Haunting yet peaceful paths and avenues transport us to

a world of timeless beauty. The stillness of quiet or the

gentle rustles of an autumn day reach out for us from her

skilful lines, hues and tones.

Come and join us on from 17-18 November for the

special weekend opening and enjoy a relaxing browse of

these and many more superb artists. If you would like to

attend the private views beforehand, please contact the

gallery for information.

After the Rain by Chrissie Norman

Autumn and Winter Collection 2018 Opening

Weekend 17-18 November

Norton Way Gallery, 51 Norton Way North, Letchworth

Garden City, Hertfordshire, SG6 1BH

Tel: 01462 685139 | www.nortonwaygallery.com

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for November

East Anglia’s Most Wanted: Championing a

Dynamic Hub for British Art

Sworders Fine Art Auctioneers are holding an East

Anglian themed valuation day at their Stansted

Mountfitchet Auction Rooms on Friday 9 November.

The auctioneers have a strong track record selling a

plethora of works by local artists and artisans and are

hopeful of meeting members of the public with similar

pieces for valuation for sale.

Elisabeth Frink: Humans and Other Animals at

the Sainsbury Centre, Norwich

This autumn, the Sainsbury Centre will present a

major new exhibition of work by Elisabeth Frink

(1930-1993), until 24 February 2019.

Featuring over 130 works by the artist, it will be

the largest showing of Frink’s work in 25 years. The

exhibition will provide new perspectives and examine

her radical and bohemian beginnings in 1950s

London, reappraising one of the most important

British sculptors of the 20th century. Frink’s work will

be placed alongside that of other modern masters,

most notably Pablo Picasso, Alberto Giacometti,

Auguste Rodin, Francis Bacon, Germaine Richier and

Louise Bourgeois.

Specialists in other disciplines such as silver, furniture,

ceramics, books, maps and works of art are also hopeful

of seeing pieces by some of the region’s most talented

artisans and craftsmen. Tudor and Stuart silver made in

Norwich (an assay office closed in 1701), porcelain from

the Lowestoft factory (active from 1757 to 1802), Nelson

memorabilia and glass and creamware decorated by

William Absolon (1751-1815) of Great Yarmouth have all

been well-received at auction in recent years.

To make an appointment to meet with one of our

specialists, please contact call 01279 817778.


‘Elisabeth Frink: Humans and Other Animals’ will

trace the evolution of Frink’s work over four decades,

presenting the major themes in her practice and

paying significant attention to her early work in the

context of artists such as Rodin, Giacometti and

Richier who inspired her.


Anglian Potters Christmas Ceramics Exhibition

returns to All Saints’ Cambridge

Anglian Potters Christmas Exhibition returns from 10

November to 9 December at All Saints’ Church, Cambridge

where more than 70 potters will be showing their latest

work. This exhibition features a wide range of ceramics

from cutting-edge contemporary art to handcrafted

functional domestic ware, decorative forms, cards and


A vast range of handmade ceramic Christmas decorations

are also available with all proceeds going to charity.

Entrance is free and visitors are invited to meet the potters,

browse and perhaps purchase a Christmas gift or two from

the wide variety of handmade items on display.

Open every day from 10am to 4pm.


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Norfolk Life


in a Fine County

Written by

Nicole Ranaweera

A festive day out in Norfolk

With November comes the start of Christmas

cheer – with light switch-ons to Christmas

markets and pantos, Norfolk fully welcomes

festive fun with open arms. I’m personally a

believer that Christmas shouldn’t start until

December, but there are some great events

happening this year that may tempt me to

embrace the festivities just that little bit earlier.

If however, you’ve been on a Christmas

countdown since January, then Norwich really

is the place to visit! Take a look below for a few

suggestions for a festive day out this November


Norwich for the last few years has really enjoyed lighting

up its streets and this year is no different. The Tunnel of

Light will be returning for a third year on 15 November

when the city officially switches on its lights.

If you love a good Christmas Market then you won’t want

to miss the four day Festive Fair at The Forum on the 22-

25 November or the Global Village Christmas Market, 29

November – 1 December (www.theforumnorwich.co.uk).

Make a day of it by starting on that Christmas shopping,

squeeze in a lunch at one of the city’s cosy pubs (the

Sir Garnet on the market offer both light lunches or a

Sunday roast) and top it off with a gander and obligatory

Instagram photo in the Tunnel of Light as daylight starts

to fade.

Or, if you’d prefer to avoid the bustle of the markets why

not take in a show at one of the city’s Theatres? For all

you parents out there, the Scummy Mummies Christmas

Show returns to Norwich Playhouse for guaranteed laughs

on 29 November (www.norwichplayhouse.co.uk).

Or, enjoy the magical winter wonderland of The

Nutcracker on 21-24 November at Norwich Theatre Royal



For a truly festive evening, Diva Opera, Britain’s foremost

chamber opera company will be returning to Holkham

Hall again this year on 30 November – 1 December with

Christmas stories and songs (www.holkham.co.uk/events/

christmas-at-holkham/christmas-music). For a great day

out, enjoy a beach walk from Holkham to Wells, a spot of

lunch at one of Wells’ restaurants on the Quay and return

to Holkham via the pinewoods – take a look at Holkham’s

website for detailed directions: www.holkham.co.uk/


For all you Christmas Market lovers, you can easily while

away the day at either Pensthorpe Christmas Market on

25 November (www.pensthorpe.com) or the Christmas

Fair at Sandringham, 16-18 November

(www.livingheritagecraftshows.com). With unusual gifts

to buy and mulled wine and mince pies galore you’ll be in

the Christmas spirit in no time!

For more events in Norfolk visit www.eastlife.co.uk or join

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Wonderful value breaks in luxurious

and stylish settings in the city centre

If you’re looking for the picture-perfect

Christmastime city, then Norwich is it. Dressed

head to toe in twinkling lights and festive

decorations, this is a city that wears the season

particularly well, and is a must-see if you’ve

never visited before.

In places, the peaceful cobbled streets are the romantic

picture of Christmas that we all imagine when we think

of that Dickensian, snow covered yuletide. In others,

Norwich is a city that buzzes with shoppers, music in the

streets, and the promise of hot food al-fresco in Norwich


It’s a wonderful time to visit, and an even better time to

stay for the weekend. Enjoy a luxurious city-centre stay, or

make your base a bit further out in the gorgeous, rugged

Norfolk countryside – there’s nowhere better to spend a

stylish winter weekend.


Gothic House

King’s Head Yard, Norwich, NR3 1JE

Tel: 01603 631879 | www.gothic-house-norwich.com

Gothic House is in a great location, just on the edge of

the Cathedral Quarter. It’s the perfect base for wandering

around Magdalen Street & Wensum Street, which is

famed for collectables, antiques, second-hand books,

objets d’art, independent lifestyle shops and coffee

houses. The B&B is less than 10-minute walk from Elm

Hill, Norwich Lanes, great shopping, eating out, and all

the main attractions. It’s the perfect retreat for couples,

or for best friends on a Christmas shopping break.Prices

from £95 per night minimum 2-night weekend stay

(Fri-Sun) B&B Mon – Thurs, 1-night stays from £105, B&B.

The Norfolk Mead

Church Loke, Coltishall, Norwich NR12 7DN

Tel: 01603 737 531 | www.norfolkmead.co.uk

The Norfolk Mead is about a 15 minute drive just north

of Norwich, so you’re perfectly in between the fun of

the city and the quiet of rural Norfolk. Coltishall is a

picturesque location, and the Mead is nestled in its own

grounds perfect for winter walks and easy riverside strolls.

In addition to the individually appointed rooms, there are

summerhouses and a cottage available to book – each

one cleanly and stylishly decorated. From £135 per night.

The Assembly House

Theatre Street, Norwich NR2 1RQ

Tel: 01603 626402 | www.assemblyhousenorwich.co.uk

The Assembly House is simply one of the finest hotels in

Norwich. It has 11 spacious and stylish rooms: six with

their own secret gardens, four with their own lounges, a

bridal suite with its own garden and two opulent top-floor

suites. It is pure luxury, and hospitality at its very best, all

within the city centre. While you’re there, treat yourself

to one of the hotel’s famous afternoon teas. Prices from

£140 per night B&B, and a splendid cooked breakfast.


Roger Hickman’s Restaurant

This classic, elegant restaurant has recently expanded,

and is owned by former Michelin-starred chef Roger

Hickman. There are three menus – a Tasting Menu, a

Lunch Menu and a multi-course Table d’Hôte Dinner

Menu, and the restaurant holds a prestigious 3-AA

Rosette Award to its name. Very sophisticated, and

laid-back with it.

The Ivy Norwich Brasserie

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Norfolk-inspired interior by the Martin Brudnizki design

studio, the décor is as fabulous as the food on offer.

On one of Norwich’s busiest shopping streets – London

Street – The Ivy is ideal for drinks any time, or dining late

into the evening.

Benedict’s Norwich

A jewel in the crown of the Norwich Lanes, this 3 AA-

Rosette restaurant is very special indeed. Chef proprietor

Richard Bainbridge is a Great British Menu winner and

judge, and is the beating heart of Benedicts. The focus is

on using fresh, local ingredients, and using small suppliers

to deliver the very best. This is a truly special, unique

dining experience that you won’t forget.


An intimate fine dining restaurant, located in a beautifully

historic area of Norwich. This small-but-perfectly-formed

restaurant offers a range of enticing seasonal menus

to choose from, to give you a taste of the real Norfolk!

With a focus on wine and food, this is very romantic, and

perfect for an atmospheric, candlelit dinner of real charm

and quality.


Tunnel of Light

Hay Hill, Norwich, NR2 1QX

15 November 2018 – 5 January 2019, FREE


Returning for its third year with glittering new sequences,

Norwich’s Tunnel of Light will once again thrill the senses

with its 45-meters long, 4 meters high and 6 meters wide

tunnel made from 50,000 pulsating LEDs. As well as all

the usual colours and thrills, new for 2018 visitors can

experience a James Bondesque sequence with speeding

colours firing through the tunnel as well as a sequence

giving the illusion of splashing, cascading water with

waves rolling high above your head. Share your tunnel

photos on Instagram #MyTunnelOfLight |


‘Twas the Night Before Christmas

Strangers’ Hall, Charing Cross, Norwich, NR2 4AL

Saturday’s 1, 8, 15, 22 December, 10am – 4pm,

Father Christmas visit & museum admission child £10

or Father Christmas only £8, both include quality gift

& photo. Adults usual museum entry cost £5.20. Prebooking

advised | Norfolk-museums.arttickets.org.uk

Strangers’ Hall is a delightful museum to celebrate

Christmas and this year for the first time the perfect

setting as they present Victorian Father Christmas visits

themed with the famous poem ‘Twas the Night Before

Christmas, creating an authentic and exciting immersive

experience for children and adults alike.

Christmas Markets

Christmas shopping wouldn’t be complete without a visit

to a Christmas Market, and Norwich has several.

Until the 15 December, pick up some ‘Cards for Good

Causes’ outside the Forum, and on the 22 to 25

November, Millennium Plain will also host the hugely

popular ‘Festive Fair at the Forum’.

At the beginning of December, the Royal Norfolk

Agricultural Association are hosting a magnificent,

Victorian-inspired Christmas Market at Norwich Cathedral.

Launching on the 30 November at the Blessing of the Crib

service, on Saturday 1 December a Farmers’ Market will

be taking place in the Cloisters with a range of delicious

food and drink produce as well as providing some great

gift ideas. With fairground rides and decorations, this is

the nostalgic Christmas experience you’re looking for.

Further out the city and into Norfolk, Pensthorpe Natural

Park, and Holkham Hall have their own unique take on

Christmas shopping events.

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6-8 Nov A Christmas Story

The multi-award winning LHMTC are

back once again with their festive

family variety show, full of original

and familiar songs, sketches and lots

of laughter to put you in the festive

mood. King’s Lynn Corn Exchange,

Tuesday Market Place, King’s Lynn,

PE30 1JW. 01553 764864


8-10 Nov Awful Auntie

David Walliams’ amazing tale of

frights, fights and friendship, featuring

a very old car, a very large owl

and a very small ghost! Norwich

Theatre Royal, Theatre Street,

Norwich, NR2 1RL. 01603 630000


10-Nov Haunted Discoveries

With tales of screams being heard

from the waves of the North Sea and

stories of locals witnessing former

lifeboat men walking the planks of

the pier and into the Theatre; this

will be a ghost-hunt to remember.

Pavilion Theatre, Cromer Pier,

Cromer, NR27 9HE. 01263 512495


10-Nov Sara Pascoe:


Full of jokes, hope and white

wine ‘LadsLadsLads’ is the thinking

person’s stag do. King’s Lynn Corn

Exchange, Tuesday Market Place,

King’s Lynn, PE30 1JW.

01553 764864.


11-Nov Voices of War

On the centenary of the Armistice for

an evening of poetry, prose, drama

and song composed during the First

World War and by writers inspired by

the events of 1914-18. Maddermarket

Theatre, St Johns Alley, Norwich,

NR2 1DR. 01603 620917


14 & 17 Nov Glyndebourne -

Cinderella (Cendrillon)

A glittering comic opera celebrating

the power of fantasy, Cendrillon is Jules

Massenet’s musical fairytale. Norwich

Theatre Royal, Theatre Street,

Norwich, NR2 1RL. 01603 630000


15-17 Nov Legally Blonde:

The Musical

Based on the novel and the hit-movie

of the same name, ‘Legally Blonde:

the Musical’ chronicles the journey

of the famously perky Elle Woods, a

fashion savvy UCLA sorority girl who

finds her life turned upside down

when she is dumped by her boyfriend

Warren. Gorleston Pavilion Theatre,

Pier Gardens, Gorleston-on-Sea,

Great Yarmouth, NR31 6PP.

01493 662832


16-24 Nov The Diary of a Nobody

A frenetic and frequently daft adaptation

of this Victorian comedy of

manners. Maddermarket Theatre,

St Johns Alley, Norwich, NR2 1DR

01603 620917


16-Nov Allelujah!

Filmed live at London’s Bridge

Theatre during its limited run, don’t

miss this ‘rousing chorus line for the

NHS’ (Observer) in your local cinema.

Sheringham Little Theatre, 2 Station

Road, Sheringham, NR26 8RE.

01263 822347


18-Nov My Mountain Life

This illustrated lecture features spectacular

images and film of the most remote

and rarely explored mountain ranges of

the world from the Arctic to the Antarctic

and Alaska to Central Asia. Norwich

Arts Centre, St. Benedict’s Street,

Norwich, NR2 4PG. 01603 660352.


19-Nov Christmas Memories

Be transported back on a yuletide

sleigh ride filled with of 60 all-time

favourite Christmas songs and carols.

King’s Lynn Corn Exchange, Tuesday

Market Place, King’s Lynn, PE30 1JW

01553 764864


20-Nov An Audience With Simon


Simon Reeve is an adventurer and

New York Times bestselling author

and TV presenter who has travelled

to more than 120 countries making

multiple award-winning TV series for

the BBC. King’s Lynn Corn Exchange,

Tuesday Market Place, King’s Lynn,

PE30 1JW. 01553 764864


21-24 Nov The Nutcracker

Share in Clara’s adventures as she

is swept away by her Nutcracker

Prince into an enchanting winter

wonderland. Norwich Theatre Royal,

Theatre Street, Norwich, NR2 1RL

01603 630000


24 Nov - 30 Dec Cromer Pier

Christmas Show

‘The Cromer Pier Christmas Show’

returns for its 14th year and is now

considered to be one of the best

family Christmas shows in Norfolk,

strengthening the county’s fantastic

festive entertainment offering.

Pavilion Theatre, Cromer Pier,

Cromer, NR27 9HE. 01263 512495


24-25 Nov Autumn Reflections

A celebration of the season of mists

and mellow fruitfulness in words,

music, images and food! Westacre

Theatre, River Road, Westacre,

PE32 1UD. 01760 755800


26 Nov - 1 Dec The Full Monty

This production about six out-ofwork,

impoverished steelworkers

from Sheffield with nothing to lose,

took the world by storm and has become

one of Britain’s most successful

shows. Norwich Theatre Royal,

Theatre Street, Norwich, NR2 1RL

01603 630000


30 Nov - 1 Dec Remote

Over the course of one autumnal

evening, seven teenagers’ lives intertwine

as they make their way through

the park. And everything that seemed

normal becomes extraordinary. Maddermarket

Theatre, St Johns Alley,

NR2 1DR. 01603 620917


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1 Dec - 1 Jan 19 Snow White and the

Seven Dwarfs

Stunning costumes, creative choreography,

scenery straight from

an enchanting fairy tale and a fast

paced story line which will ensure this

year’s production of ‘Snow White and

the Seven Dwarfs’ is a truly magical

experience. Princess Theatre, 13

The Green, Hunstanton, PE36 5AH

01485 532252.



10-Nov Totally Tina

The show brings the spectacle and

energy of Tina’s live concerts to her

fans, courtesy of talented Justine

Riddoch and a superb cast of vocalists,

musicians and dancers. Princess

Theatre, 13 The Green, Hunstanton,

PE36 5AH. 01485 532252


11-Nov Sixties Gold

An evening to be remembered and

a must for all fans of the Swinging

Sixties. Norwich Theatre Royal,

Theatre Street, Norwich, NR2 1RL

01603 630000


15-Nov One Night of Queen

‘One Night of Queen’ is a spectacular

live concert, recreating the look,

sound, pomp and showmanship of

arguably the greatest rock band of

all time. King’s Lynn Corn Exchange,

Tuesday Market Place, King’s Lynn,

PE30 1JW. 01553 764864.


16-Nov Derek Ryan

Derek Ryan has become one of country

music’s leading entertainers and

makes his highly anticipated return

to Hunstanton for a performance

of his self-penned hits along with a

sprinkling of country classics. Princess

Theatre, 13 The Green, Hunstanton,

PE36 5AH. 01485 532252


24-Nov Holly At Christmas – Buddy

Holly & The Cricketers

Guaranteed to have everyone singing

along to the music and dancing in

the aisles. Princess Theatre, 13 The

Green, Hunstanton, PE36 5AH.

01485 532252.


29-Nov Stick in the Wheel

Known for their fierce, raw delivery,

this is culturally and politically

switched on music, with the group

being widely commended for their

timely appraisal of English Folk.

Norwich Arts Centre, St. Benedict’s

Street, Norwich, NR2 4PG. 01603

660352. norwichartscentre.co.uk


13 Oct - 16 Dec Theories of the


‘Theories of the Earth’ brings together

three artists whose work is defined

by shared interests in elemental

aspects of the environment, the deep

histories of the earth and its geological

formation. Groundwork Gallery,

17 Purfleet Street, King’s Lynn,

PE30 1ER. 01553 34071

1-13 Nov Norfolk in the First World

War: Somme to Armistice


Explore the legacies of Armistice and

how the campaigns on the Somme

and in Gaza impacted the lives of

Norfolk men. Learn about Norfolk

women whose lives were transformed

as they stepped into new roles and

how these pioneers lost much of their

new found liberty at wars end.

The Forum, Millennium Plain,

Norwich, NR2 1TF. 01603 727950


3-28 Nov Christmas Exhibition:

Part 1

The first of two great collections

for Christmas from selected artists.

Bircham Gallery, 14 Market Place,

Holt, NR25 6BW. 01263 713312.


17 Nov - 23 Apr Ken Kiff

This exhibition of selected works from

the modernist figurative artist features

‘The Sequence’, a series of vivid

paintings that form a chain, repeating

and developing imagery and colour.’

Sainsbury Centre for Visual Arts, UEA

Norwich, NR4 7TJ. scva.ac.uk


11 Oct - 15 Dec Cards for Good


‘Cards for Good Causes’ offer 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.


7-18 Nov Norwich Film Festival

The festival will screen over 100

films including regional premieres of

incredible Feature Films, short films

and talks, panels and networking

events with the chance to see the

odd celebrity or two who will discuss

their work in film. The Forum,

Millennium Plain, Norwich, NR2 1TF

01603 727950.


15-17 Nov Modern Country Crafts

Christmas Fair

A craft and gift fair with an eclectic

mix of stalls selling quality

bespoke products, sourced and made

locally. The Forum, Millennium Plain,

Norwich, NR2 1TF. 01603 727950.


29 Nov - 17 Dec - Selected dates

Candle Tours

A magical opportunity to see the

magnificent state rooms adorned

with opulent Christmas decorations

and beautiful flickering candlelight.

Holkham Estate, Wells-next- the-Sea,

NR23 1AB. www.holkham.co.uk

Weekends from 30 Nov - 23 Dec

Great Yarmouth Winter Festival

A mixture of wooden chalets and

gazebos will take shape in the Market

Square, creating a perfect festive

atmosphere with unique gifts, handmade

crafts and treats for everyone

on offer. Market Square,

Great Yarmouth, NR30 2AX


11 & 25 Nov Blakeney Antique &

Collectors Fair

Maximum 24 tables. Well attended

throughout the year. Free parking.

Open 10am-4pm. Admission £1.

Blakeney Village Hall, Blakeney,

NR25 7NQ. 01263 713120

13-Nov Antiques & Collectors Fair

Community Hall

Dealers in glass, porcelain, ceramics,

books, coins, bank notes, medals,

jewellery, retro accessories, shabby

chic and small furniture and much

more. Free entry. Community Hall

Garden Street, Cromer, NR27 9HH

07501 782821

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Nearly 30 burgers

to choose from

(inc. vegetarian)

or you can

build your own

Also available:

Marinated Grilled Meats,

Pizzas, Pastas, Salads

and a great kids’ menu!

Restaurant & Bar

Open 11am to 11pm

7 days a week

Live Jazz on Monday nights

Try our ‘no bun burger’.

Low carb, Paleo friendly

and Keto friendly.

01234 717 000



Olneys Kitchens

36A Market Place, Olney, Buckinghamshire MK46 4AJ

A traditional

Christmas in


Beds, Bucks & Herts

Sometimes you just can’t beat a historic market

town and there’s no better time to visit than

at Christmas. Known for its independent retail

and food scene, Olney knows how to celebrate

the festive season in style.

Olney Town Council hosts perhaps one of the biggest

and most renowned Christmas events in the region each

year, ‘A Dickens of a Christmas’. Bringing a piece of

Victorian England to the town and attracting thousands

of visitors, it’s a must for anyone who loves Christmas or

who wants to experience traditional festive fun – trust us,

even Scrooge would find it difficult not to get into the

Christmas spirit here!

This year’s annual ‘Dickens of a Christmas’ market will

be held on Sunday 9 December, 10am to 4pm. Traders

dressed in Victorian clothes will occupy Olney’s Market

Place and High Street with stalls selling gifts and festive

food. The Farmers market will be held on the same day,

offering delicious local produce. It’s the ideal opportunity

to get some tasty ingredients if you’re planning a

Christmas party.

As the smell of roasting chestnut and mulled wine fill the

air, visitors can browse everything from an array of gifts,

holly wreaths and wrapping to handmade crafts. Delicious

mulled wine, hot chocolate and turkey rolls, among other

tempting festive treats, offer the perfect excuse to warm


The Cowper and Newton Museum, which celebrates the

literary history of two men who lived in the town and the

story of their friendship, will be putting on extra festive

events as well as selling warming drinks – perfect if you

need a break from the cold and want to get to know more

about this beautiful town.

Decorated trees will line the high street, lights will

sparkle and the town’s main tree will all add to the festive

atmosphere. There will be an opportunity for children

to visit Father Christmas and his elves in the grotto, pet

the reindeers and enjoy fairground rides. There are brass

bands, street entertainers and not to mention three

indoor craft fayres.

Even visitors are encouraged to dress up in Dickensian

theme but be warned the Dickens Day is renowned as

being the coldest day of the year, so wrap up well. If the

cold becomes too much, most of the town’s pubs and

restaurants will be open where you can warm up with a

nice hot beverage.

Almost everyone gets that expectant tingle at Christmastime

as the holiday season jingles into view and nowhere

will that be truer than at Olney’s newest pub – The Cherry

Tree. Exquisitely rebuilt in a Listed mansion, this will be

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Come to us for bespoke furniture and kitchens

and ideas / gifts for the home. We also have

a fantastic display of Christmas decorations

following on from the tradition of previous years.

10 Market Place, Olney MK46 4EA

01234 711065 www.wildleaf.co.uk

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ago, our suite of products has lead the market in their breadth

of application, uniqueness of design, quality of construction

and performance in use.

1st Floor Dagnall House, Stanley Court, Olney,

Buckinghamshire, MK46 5NH

01234 712200


The installation of well-made, well-specified timber windows

and doors can really enhance the beauty and value of your home

and we look forward to working with you on your exciting project!

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Fresh FOOD

Delicious DRINKS

Feeling hungry? We have a range

of sandwiches, bagels and salads

freshly made to order featuring

ingredients from a number of local

suppliers. We also have home

made waffles with savoury or

sweet topping. Don’t miss out on

our ever changing cakes and

traybakes either!


The sweet (no pun intended)

aroma of our kid's pick ‘n’ mix

will awaken your senses when you

walk into our sweet shop.

For traditional tea lovers, we

serve loose leaf tea in vintage tea

cups... maybe coffee is your thing?

Try our Hand-Roasted coffee or

for a truly indulgent chocolate

experience, try our velvety smooth

Marimba hot chocolate. We offer

a wide choice of milk shakes inc.

snickers as well as the classics.


With over 50 varieties to choose

from, our jars of old-fashioned

retro sweets will have you taking a

trip down memory lane.


We also offer Free WI-FI, High-chairs and Baby changing

facilities with 3 hours free parking in town centre*




Based in the lovely market town of Olney,

providing quality antiques since 2003

Stocking a varied selection of goods, including over 100

paintings from the 18th century through to modern art,

mirrors of all shapes and sizes, a healthy selection of

glassware including all the best names at a fraction of

the price in high street. Costume jewellery and a strong

silverware offering alongside porcelain

Leo Antiques & Interiors

19 Market Place, Olney

Tel no 01234 240003 - 11am to 4pm

(Closed Monday apart from Bank Holidays)

Images by Jeremy Rawlings

The Cherry Tree’s first Christmas and Stevie Watts, the

General Manager, described her key hopes for her

first Christmas in charge of the town’s popular bar and


“Traditional, magical, and relaxed – that’s what I want

our guests to say about us the next day. We want them

to feel as though they’re in a cosy “home-from-home”

atmosphere – where just on this one day of the year –

we’re going to be doing all the work. I want all our

Christmas guests to simply relax and unwind, whilst they

have a proper catch-up with all their friends, and nearest

and dearest.”

visit. The charming Buckinghamshire town will be

switching on its Christmas lights on 24 November,

accompanied by a Christmas Fair at St Peter & St Paul’s

Parish Church. The atmosphere will be buzzing as local

craftsmen come together to sell homemade gifts, arts

and cakes. There will be mulled wine and carol singing

inside the church after the town’s Christmas Lights have

been switched on.

The festive fun continues into December with a Christmas

Tree Festival from 14-16 December at St Peter & St Paul’s

Parish Church, 10am-4pm. Marvel at the extravaganza;

a host of different trees designed and decorated by

children’s groups, schools, organisations and businesses

in the town.

To ensure you’re prepared for the big day, another

Christmas Fair will take place at Castlemead Court

Garden on 16 December, 11am to 4pm.

Whether you’re thinking of a decadent Christmas day

lunch with loved ones, catching up with special friends

over a festive cocktail and yuletide nibbles or celebrating

the joy of Christmas with work colleagues over a gourmet

buffet, The Cherry Tree’s team of talented elves have

everything wrapped up to keep the festive cheer flowing.

Within the streets of Olney and hidden down alleyways

and courtyards, you’ll find everything you need create

a perfect Christmas. Interior and gift stores such as The

Nest at no.9 and Afterglow will be stacked with gifts

for loved ones and cute Christmas décor, while fashion

retailers such Noa Noa, Dusk til Dawn and Valeria C, will

have you looking your best throughout the festive season.

Nearby in Newport Pagnell

If that isn’t enough to put you in the seasonal spirit then

nearby Newport Pagnell should also be on your list to

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Specialising in floral designs

for every occasion,

traditional or contemporary.

Weddings, Funerals & special occasions,

unique gifts, balloons, chocolates, fruit,

hampers and plants

Created and presented by our friendly,

expert team of florists

43 High Street, Newport Pagnell

01908 611082


Winter Scenes in Newport Pagnell

Images courtesy of

Newport Pagnell Town Council

Christmas Bookings

Now Being Taken

Providing fine Turkish dining in wonderful surroundings

in the centre of the town of Newport Pagnell

Authentic Turkish food, friendly environment and

most importantly the best customer service possible.

Sunday Lunch 12-5pm £14.95 per person

inc Coffee & Desserts

All Day lunch menu Mon-Sat 12-5pm

£8.95 per person inc soft or hot drink

Available for Corporate Parties, Birthday

Parties & Special Occasions.

Open Christmas Day for Set Meal

53 High Street, Newport Pagnell, Buckinghamshire, MK16 8AU

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Christmas in Ampthill

The historic market town of Ampthill hosts a

magical Christmas scene every year, and this

month is no exception. If you’re heading to this

Bedfordshire gem, prepared to be dazzled by

twinkling lights and festive spirit.

Christmas lights

Christmas begins with the light switch on taking place

Sunday 28 November from 2.30pm. Crowds will gather

in the Market Square for fun festive entertainment in the

lead up to the switch on.

Festive market

It’s never too late, or early for that matter, to start

your Christmas shopping and if you’re looking to give

someone a one-off or thoughtful gift this Christmas,

why not take a browse at the Christmas Fair at Parkside

Hall on Woburn Street on Saturday 17 November. There

will be a variety of stalls featuring handmade jewellery,

cushions, bunting, Scandinavian Christmas décor, a

classic tombola and much more. Plus Father Christmas

will be stopping by to entertain little visitors!

you can expect laughs aplenty! Book online at


Festive feast

Whether you’ve visited one of the festive events or

spent hours shopping at Ampthill’s independent

boutiques, take a moment to warm up and refuel at

one of the town’s restaurants or cafes. Ampthill Deli &

Kitchen is perfect for grabbing a coffee or quick bite,

while Eileens Restaurant or Fratelli offer a more leisurely

dining experience.

‘Tis the season to be jolly, and where better to celebrate

the magic of Christmas than at The White Hart in the

heart of Ampthill. Their buzzing venue will be filled to

the brim with festive cheer and a yuletide atmosphere,

from office parties to family celebrations. Steeped in

history as an 18th century coaching inn, the building has

been lovingly restored with the original Prince of Wales

feathers residing above the open fireplace.

Christmas Tree Festival

Ampthill’s biggest and most popular festive event is the

Christmas Tree Festival. This year the festival will take

place 1 to 2 December at St Andrew’s Church. From

10am-4.30pm. Across the two days there will be a jampacked

schedule of activities including live music, stalls

with Christmas crafts and seasonal refreshments.

The festival is an exciting and merry event, which will

display a range of decorated Christmas trees that have

been submitted by local businesses, organisations and



It wouldn’t be Christmas without slapstick humour from

a pantomime classic. On 15 and 16 December, Maurice

Kachuk will put on the traditional family pantomime of

‘Aladdin and his wonderful lamp’ at The Connolly Hall at

Redborne School. Tickets are priced £13 for adults, and

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Movement and Mind for Modern Living

A dedicated practice and

therapy space in the heart

of historic Ampthill.

Open seven days a week.

Classes, workshops and

introduction courses:

Yoga, Pilates, Meditation, Tai Chi,

Functional Movement & Rehab

Mind Body Therapies:

• Massage & Soft Tissue Therapies

• Stress, Tension & Trauma Release

• Counselling & Life Coaching

4A Church Street, Ampthill, Bedfordshire, MK45 2EH

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Tel: (01525) 404666


Christmas in Ampthill

Images courtesy of Ampthill Town Council




Only a short walk from Hatfield railway station and within

easy reach of central London it is ideal for guests attending

events at Hatfield House and visitors to the area who want

to enjoy the beauty of historic rural England.










What’s on: Beds, Bucks & Herts


8-Nov Joe Lycett

Pop in and see Joe Lycett on his

brand new stand-up tour, where

he’ll be sharing jokes, paintings and

some of the pathetic internet trolling

he’s been up to recently. Watford

Colosseum, Rickmansworth Road,

Watford, WD17 3JN. 01923 571102


9-Nov Stephen K Amos

As Brexit looms on, Trump reigns

rampant and everyone seems pushed

to extremes, Stephen’s main aim is

to cheer us up. The Court Theatre,

Station Road, Tring, HP23 5QY


10-Nov Gregg Wallace: Doesn’t Get

Tougher Than This

Join Gregg as he answers the

questions you’ve always wanted to

ask, shares classic anecdotes and

dishes up a sumptuous serving of

MasterChef’s juiciest bits. Complete

with a Q&A, this really is a must-see

event for any foodie and Gregg fan!

Quarry Theatre, 26 St Peter’s Street,

Bedford, MK40 2NN. 01234 362337


10-Nov Joanna Lumley; It’s All

About Me

Joanna will take audiences through

her hilarious and interesting adventures

from her incredible career

spanning more than four decades,

recounting some never heard before

stories. Aylesbury Waterside Theatre,

Exchange Street, Aylesbury,

HP20 1UG. 0844 871 7607


11-Nov That’ll Be The Day

Christmas Show

The UK’s most popular rock ‘n’

roll variety show celebrates the

festive season with all your favourite

Christmas classics from the 50s, 60s &

70s, plus plenty of hilarious comedy!

Milton Keynes Theatre, Marlborough

Gate, Milton Keynes, MK9 3NZ.

0844 8717652. www.atgtickets.com

12-17 Nov Oklahoma!

Set in a Western Indian territory just

after the turn of the century, the

high-spirited rivalry between the local

farmers and cowboys provides the

colourful background against which

Curly, a handsome cowboy, and

Laurey, a winsome farm girl, play out

their love story. Rhodes Theatre,

1-3 South Road, Bishop’s Stortford,

CM23 3JG. 01279 710200. www.


13-17 Nov Guys and Dolls

With a live band on stage playing

the dynamic score, action-packed

staging, romance and plenty of

laughs, this colourful musical has

everything needed to create the

perfect theatre experience. Watford

Palace Theatre, 20 Clarendon Road,

Watford, WD17 1JZ. 01923 235455


14-Nov Sara Pascoe:


Always honest, always regretting

it later, Sara opens her heart and

mouth again to share the adventures

of the last year. Full of jokes, hope

and white wine ‘LadsLadsLads’ is

the thinking person’s stag do. The

Stables, Stockwell Lane, Milton

Keynes, MK17 8LU. 01908 280800.


14-17 Nov The Vicar of Dibley

An hilarious and not to be missed

evening for all the family, adapted

from the popular television series of

the same name. Hertford Theatre,

The Wash, Hertford, SG14 1PS

01992 531500.


14-18 Nov Nativity The Musical

Featuring all of your favourite

sing-a-long hits from the

movies including Sparkle and

Shine, Nazareth, One Night One

Moment, She’s the Brightest Star and

a whole host of new songs filled

with the spirit of Christmas, Nativity!

Milton Keynes Theatre, Marlborough

Gate, Milton Keynes, MK9 3NZ

0844 8717652. www.atgtickets.com

20-24 Nov 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? Milton Keynes Theatre,

Marlborough Gate, Milton Keynes,

MK9 3NZ. 0844 8717652.


20-23 Nov Vote!

‘Vote!’ is a new play entirely devised

and performed by Certain Age.

Using material from a wide variety

of sources the piece explore how

women gained the vote and takes

a, sometimes light-hearted, look at

how attitudes have changed (or not

.!) over the last century.The Place

Theatre, Bradgate Road, Bedford,

MK40 3DE. 01234 354321


20-21 Nov Private Peaceful

Commemorating the 100th year

anniversary of the end of World

War One, ‘Private Peaceful’ relives

the life of Private Tommo Peaceful,

a young soldier awaiting the firing

squad at dawn. Broadway Theatre,

Eastcheap, Letchworth Garden City

SG6 3DD 01462 681300


22-Nov Ruby Wax, the monk and the

neuroscientist; How to be Human

‘How to be Human’ is the show you

need to help you upgrade your mind

as much as you’ve upgraded your

iPhone. Watford Palace Theatre,

20 Clarendon Road, Watford,

WD17 1JZ. 01923 235455.


26 Nov - 1 Dec Fame the Musical

Based on the 1980 phenomenal pop

culture film, ‘Fame The Musical’ is

the international smash hit sensation

following the lives of students at New

York’s High School For The Performing

Arts as they navigate their way

through the highs and lows, the

romances and the heartbreaks and

the ultimate elation of life. Aylesbury

Waterside Theatre, Exchange Street,

Aylesbury, HP20 1UG. 0844 871 7607


29 Nov - 1 Dec The 39 Steps

Actors play over 100 different

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characters in this brilliant staging

of ’39 Steps’ set in London,1935.

The actors’ multi-role episodes and

comedic use of props will be sure

to have its audience laughing out

of their seats! Quarry Theatre, 26 St

Peter’s Street, Bedford, MK40 2NN

01234 362337


29-Nov Joanna Eden: Jazz at the

Movies, A Swinging Christmas!

‘Jazz At The Movies: A Swinging

Christmas’ gathers jazzy festive favourites

as made famous by Ella, Eartha,

Frank, Doris, Dean, Bing and a whole

gang of cool celluloid cats and hip

Hollywood chicks. The Stables,

Stockwell Lane, Milton Keynes, MK17

8LU. 01908 280800. www.stables.org

30 Nov - 26 Jan Snow White and the

Seven Dwarfs

A magical adventure to meet a

Wicked Queen with a jealous streak,

a handsome prince who’s searching

for love and the fairest of all damsels

in distress. The Gordon Craig

Theatre, Lytton Way, Stevenage,

SG1 1LZ. 01438 363200.



9-Nov The Counterfeit Stones:

Street Fighting Sham

Why pay a fortune to see ants in a

stadium when for a fraction of the

price you can get up close and smell

the faking brilliance of the Counterfeit

Stones - described as Rolling

Stones’ hooky masterpiece? Hertford

Theatre, The Wash, Hertford,

SG14 1PS. 01992 531500.


11-Nov The High Kings

The new live show will showcase

fan favourites from The High Kings

extensive catalogue from the past

10 years and will feature some new

additions too. The Stables, Stockwell

Lane, Milton Keynes, MK17 8LU.

01908 280800. www.stables.org

23-24 Nov The Best of Wham!

A show featuring the best of George,

Andrew, Pepsi and Shirlie with

sensational vocals, choreography,

costumes and an awesome live band.

Rhodes Theatre, 1-3 South Road,

CM23 3JG. 01279 710200. www.

rhodesbishopsstortford.org. uk

24-Nov Best of Queen

‘The Best of Queen’ show features

a selection of the most loved and

iconic classics from across Queen’s

entire back catalogue creating a

live stage show which catches the

essence of this most incredible British

band. The Stables, Stockwell Lane,

Milton Keynes, MK17 8LU.

01908 280800. www.stables.org

28-Nov The Ukulele Orchestra of

Great Britain

The Ukes provide pure entertainment,

dead-pan British humour

and irresistible foot-tapping music.

Watford Colosseum, Rickmansworth

Road, Watford, WD17 3JN.

01923 571 102



16 Oct - 10 Nov Gryphaea and


Textiles, prints and paintings by artist

Melanie Ewer. Courtyards Gallery,

Port Vale, Hertford, SG14 3AA. 01992

509596. www.courtyardarts.org.uk

17-24 Nov Janet Cook, Sue Melville

and Anja Penger-Onyett One Week


An exciting display of artwork from

this trio of Eagle artists. The Eagle

Gallery, 101 Castle Road, Bedford,

MK40 3QP. 01234 346995


24 Nov - 3 Feb Imprinted

Working from studios in Hertfordshire,

artists Jane Glynn and Suman

Gujral present solo exhibitions in

neighbouring galleries. Each with

a particular style exploring the

experience of time and memory, this

exhibition shares personal autobiographical

subjects through sensitive

paintings, prints and associated

ephemera. St Albans Museum +

Gallery, Market Place, St Peter’s

Street, St Albans, AL3 5DJ



9-11 Nov Knebworth Winter Festival

Featuring 200 craft, gifts, food &

drink stalls, a themed outdoor food

and drink village, programmed

feature stage and an enchanting

Santa’s grotto. Knebworth House,

Knebworth, SG3 6PY. 01438 812661


23-24 Nov Hertford Christmas Gala

The annual Christmas Gala event will

take place on Friday with Christmas

markets, street entertainment, performance

stage, petting reindeer and

stalls, Christmas grotto and Christmas

tree light switch on. 3.30pm-8pm.

The event is followed by the Think

Hertford, Think Christmas event on

24 November, which will fetaure

craft workshops and seasonal offers.

Hertford Town Centre

24-Nov British Red Cross

Christmas Fair

The programme will include demonstrations,

tastings & activities. Live

performances by local school choirs.

Stalls selling superb, quality items &

many handmade gifts & products.

Homemade cakes, refreshments,

raffle, tombola & much more. The

Great Hall, Bedford Boys School,

DeParys Avenue, Bedford

28-Nov Christmas wreath-making

and shopping event

A festive evening to decorate a

Christmas wreath and browse the

shop without the crowds. Design and

decorate your own wreath with the

expert help of florists from Edesborough

flowers. Dunstable Downs,

Chiltern Gateway Centre


11-Nov Sarratt Village Hall Antique

& Collectables Fair

Antique, collectables and glass. 30

stalls. Open: 9am - 4pm. Admission:

£1. Sarratt Village Hall, The Green,


17-Nov Stables Antique &

Collectables Market

Pick up unusual curiosities including

furniture, mirrors, hats and

ornaments! 10am – 5pm.

Hatfield House, Hatfield Park,

Hatfield AL9 5NB. 01707 287010


18-Nov Big St Albans Antique &

Vintage & Fair

This huge indoor venue will be

packed full of stalls selling all manner

of weird and wonderful items. From

quality antiques, to vintage fashion,

furniture to jewellery, collectables,

curios or art. 10am - 4pm. Entry £3

Oaklands College, St Albans Campus,

Hatfield Road, St Albans, AL4 0JA

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Finding a good gift fair can be difficult.

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New Year’s Eve Party

Monday 31 st December

Tickets £25

1 November Forbidden Nights

3 November Boogie Nite

9 November Jim Davidson

10 November Big Band Concert

11 November Indoor Car Boot

16 November How to Hide a Lion

18 November Christmas Gift & Craft Fair

23 November 80s Mania

24 & 25 November St Ives Antiques Fair

26 November Tea Dance

28 November Burgess Bingo

30 November Forever Jackson

1 December Merry & Bright Christmas Party

8 December Jingle Bell Ball

10 December Tea Dance

19 December Christmas Bingo

20 December Santa’s Christmas Party

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Christmas in Cambridge

Cambridge is beautiful at any time of year

but during the festive season the city

has an electric atmosphere that just can’t be

beaten. The lights sparkle throughout the

historic streets, the market square comes alive

with festive smells and carol singers gather to

entertain shoppers.

The switch on

There’s plenty to see and do with The Big Switch On

being the first of one of many festive events. Taking place

on 18 November Cambridge BID invites you to join them

in the fun and festivities.

This year sees twinkling new lights and schemes across

the city centre. Instead of a traditional Christmas tree,

the centrepiece for the display will be a dazzling walkthrough

illuminated tree in Market Square. The new LED

illuminations will additionally include enhanced schemes

on Green Street, Bridge Street and Magdalene Bridge

– while The Guildhall and many of the trees around the

city will also be picked out with glittering strands and

golden uplighters for the very first time. The superfestive

event - which takes place in Market Square on

Sunday 18 November promises a fun-packed day for

all the family. There will be a lively line-up of Christmas

entertainment from local schools, performing arts groups,

choirs and singers such as busker Tom Korni, Rock Choir,

Razzamatazz, Tom Splitz, Sing! and the Fulbourn primary

school choir. Performances start at noon and carry on until

Santa arrives at 4.30pm, followed by the main Switch-On

event by the mayor and a top-secret celebrity at 5pm.

The Grand Arcade will also be hosting individual activities

on the same day, with a switch on of its lights by BBC

Radio Cambridgeshire presenter Jez Sallis at 4pm. There

will be entertainment from choirs and musicians from

12pm to help get shoppers into the seasonal spirit. The

Cambridge Theatre Group will be showing extracts from

their new show Peter Pan as well as a performance from

the Stagecoach Choir & Dance Group, with the everpopular

Rock Choir doing the final build up to 4pm.

Stores will be open and stocked with Christmas gifts, with

many serving mince pies and festive drinks. The Grand

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Arcade’s confetti canons have been given some extra

pizazz this year, throwing glitter up to 12 metres into the

air, covering the mall in stars.

Christmas Shopping

With a huge range of big brand names and independent

stores, Cambridge is the perfect place to tick off presents

on your Christmas list. With three shopping centres within

the city centre, boutiques, crafts and a market to explore,

you’ll find no shortage of gift ideas.

Events and panto

In the lead up to Christmas, Cambridge theatres and

attractions will be a hub for entertainment. Following on

from the city’s Christmas market, The Botanic Garden

is holding a Wreath Making Workshop on 3 December.

Guided by award-winning florist Sam Cotterell, you’ll be

able to create your own festive wreath using a selection

of foliage, fresh fruit and decorations. The event must be

pre-booked and tickets cost £50 (www.botanic.cam.ac.uk).

The popular Mill Road Winter Fair returns on Saturday 1

December from 10.30am-4.30pm with a range of festive

stalls, food and music guaranteed to get you into the

festive spirit. Last year the event attracted over 10,000

visitors so expect a busy and buzzing atmosphere.

If you can’t make the Fair, stop by Market Square in the

lead up to the big day which will be busier than ever

offering local produce, festive treats and crafts.

One of the great things about Cambridge is that it’s full

of independent stores, great for purchasing one-off gifts

and supporting local trade. From fashions and homewares

to art and food, the city’s independent scene is booming.

You’ll find quirky, one off and meaningful gifts which are

not available from high street stores, plus benefit from

shorter queues and a personal service. You can find out

more about Cambridge’s independent retailers at


Cambridge’s theatres have a jam-packed schedule.

The Junction will be showing ‘Snow White’ from 5-31

December, Cambridge Arts Theatre will be hosting

‘Aladdin’ from 29 November to 6 January, The Mumford

Theatre will entertain with silly puppetry filled ‘Nativity’

on 2 December, a heart-warming version of ‘A Christmas

Carol’ on 10 December and a laugh out loud panto of

‘Cinderella’ on 15 and 16 December.

With so much going on, you’ll be thankful to put your feet

up on Christmas Day!

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9 Oct - 21 Nov Footlights

‘Footlights’ bring you the funniest

songs, sketches, monologues and

stand-up in an hour of non-stop,

back-to-back fun-filled hilarity.

ADC Theatre, Park St, Cambridge,

CB5 8AS. www.corpusplayroom.com

7-Nov Sing-along-Grease

This is your chance to don those pink

jackets, grease up those quiffs and

let your inhibitions go for an evening

where you are the stars. Key Theatre,

Embankment Road, Peterborough,

PE1 1EF. 01733 207239


7-10 Nov High School Musical

Troy is a star basketball player. Gabriella

is a shy science geek new to East

High School. Together they form an

unlikely couple with their shared passion

for music that they need to keep

hidden from their friends and families

while being faced with the challenges

of growing up: schoolwork, identity,

and first love. ADC Theatre, Park

Street, Cambridge CB5 8AS


7-Nov The Knot

You’re invited to a completely different

wedding celebration where the

bride, groom, best man and bridesmaids

are all world-class dancers and

audience members are the wedding

guests. Mumford Theatre, East Road,

Cambridge, CB1 1PT . 0845 196 2320


9-10 Nov Bullish

‘Bullish’ pits ancient mythology

against modern gender navigation to

furiously disrupt, traverse and rewrite

the rulebook. Stepping into the

ring with a gender fierce ensemble

of hopers and renegades, ‘Bullish’

is a story about packing, passing,

and gambling your way out of the

labyrinth. Key Theatre, Embankment

Road, Peterborough, PE1 1EF.

01733 207239


10-Nov Three Wine Men

Oz, Tim and Olly will be on hand and

ready to point you in the direction of

some top tipples and start you on the

road to vinous pleasure. You grab a

glass and move from table to table

to taste from the hundreds of wines

on offer. Cambridge Corn Exchange,

Wheeler Street, Cambridge,

CB2 3QE. 01223 357 851


10-Nov Figurines

An exercise in transformation and

perpetual movement, ‘Figurines’ is

inspired by whirling dervish dance.

A dancer sets off on a spinning

journey of becoming by shaping and

re-shaping herself continuously. The

Junction, Clifton Way, Cambridge,

CB1 7GX. 01223 511511


14-17 Nov The Full Monty

Six mill workers, out of work, luck,

cash and hope, chase a dream to

make money to hold their lives

together by becoming the next Chippendales!

More than that, they vow

to overcome their personal inhibitions

and go ‘The Full Monty’. The Cresset,

Bretton Centre, Peterborough,

PE3 8DX. 01733 265705


17-Nov Notflix

‘Notflix’ combines the taste profiles

of a room full of theatre go-ers to

create a brilliantly hilarious and completely

improvised viewing experience

– a full musical. The Junction,

Clifton Way, Cambridge, CB1 7GX

01223 511511. www.junction.co.uk

18-Nov Snow Queen

Mike Kenny has taken Hans Christian

Andersen’s most highly acclaimed

story and simplified it into a tale for

the young. Ivan Stott returns to tutti

frutti (Underneath a Magical Moon)

to create memorable music and

songs accompanied by a typically

beautiful tutti frutti design.

The Junction, Clifton Way,

Cambridge, CB1 7GX. 01223 511511.


20-24 Nov Wise Children

A big, bawdy tangle of theatrical

joy and pain, ‘Wise Children’ is a

celebration of show business, family,

forgiveness and hope. Expect show

girls and Shakespeare, sex and scandal,

mischief and mistaken identity

- and butterflies by the thousand.

Cambridge Arts Theatre, St Edward’s

Passage, Cambridge, CB2 3PJ

01223 503333


25-Nov Festive Frolics

Mixing songs, readings and an unexpected

tune or three, all proceeds

will go towards charities providing

for both patient and staff benefits,

so push the puddings and stuffing to

one side, dig deep in your pockets

for a valiant cause, and enjoy a truly

unique evening of fun! Key Theatre,

Embankment Road, Peterborough,

PE1 1EF. 01733 207239.


26-27 Nov 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.

Mumford Theatre, East Road,

Cambridge, CB1 1PT . 0845 196 2320


26-Nov Neural Notwerks

Half improvised, half sketch

show, ‘Neural Notwerks’ returns in a

blaze of computer-generated glory

to spit out the most uncannily apt yet

nonsensical comments about today’s

current social and political climate.

Probably. ADC Theatre, Park Street,

Cambridge, CB5 8AS.


29 Nov - 6 Jan Aladdin

The most thrilling pantomime adventure

of them all returns to Cambridge

this Christmas, as Aladdin flies into

the Arts Theatre to make all your

wishes come true! Cambridge Arts

Theatre, St Edward’s Passage,

Cambridge, CB2 3PJ.

01223 503333


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Saturday 1st December 2018, 10.00am to 4.30pm

At Peterborough Cathedral | PREVIEW Friday 30th November, 6.30pm – 9.00pm

Packed with gift ideas and seasonal fare.

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01733 355315


9-Nov West Road Remembers

An evening of music marking the

100th anniversary of the signing of

the Armistice in 1918. Music from

World War 1 to the present day,

to remember and uplift the spirits.

West Road Concert Hall, Cambridge,

CB3 9DP. 0845 196 2320


13-Nov Gogo Penguin

Manchester-based leftfield piano

trio GoGo Penguin are pianist Chris

Illingworth, bassist Nick Blacka and

drummer Rob Turner. The Junction,

Clifton Way, Cambridge, CB1 7GX

01223 511511. www.junction.co.uk

15-Nov Reef

Return of the West Country rockers

fronted by Gary Stringer who first

found fame in the mid 90s thanks

to their song ‘Naked’ being used

in a Sony Minidisc commercial. The

Junction, Clifton Way, Cambridge,

CB1 7GX. 01223 511511


18-Nov Think Floyd - The 2018 Tour

This extraordinary band, dubbed the

“Definitive Pink Floyd Experience”,

are renowned for their stunning celebration

of the music of one of the

world’s greatest bands. Key Theatre,

Embankment Road, Peterborough,

PE1 1EF. 01733 207239


23-Nov YolanDa Brown

Known for her unique fusion of Reggae,

Jazz and Soul, this tour features

music from her critically acclaimed

albums, plus many crowd favourites.

Key Theatre, Embankment Road, Peterborough,

PE1 1EF. 01733 207239.


24-Nov Russell Watson

Captivating to watch and enchanting

to listen to, Russell Watson

continues to wow audiences with

his enigmatic and entertaining live

performances. Cambridge Corn Exchange,

Wheeler Street, Cambridge,

CB2 3QE. 01223 357 851


25-Nov Blues & Roots Ensemble:

The Music of Charles Mingus

Presented by Cambridge International

Jazz Festival. Mumford Theatre,

East Road, Cambridge, CB1 1PT

0845 196 2320. www.anglia.ac.uk

27-Nov Blake Christmas Classics

Back by popular demand, Brit-

Award-winning vocalists BLAKE celebrate

Christmas in style, with a show

featuring over 20 festive anthems,

top class musicians, hand-picked

choirs and guaranteed snow-storms

every night! The Cresset, Bretton

Centre, Peterborough,

PE3 8DX. 01733 265705


29-Nov That’ll Be The Day

Christmas Show

The UK’s most popular Rock ‘n’ Roll

variety show celebrates the festive

season with all your favourite Christmas

classics from the 50s, 60s & 70s,

plus plenty of hilarious comedy!

The Cresset, Bretton Centre, Peterborough,

PE3 8DX. 01733 265705


29-Nov All Saints

All Saints have to date sold over

12million records, had five No.1

singles, 4 hit albums and won two

BRIT awards. After a 10 year hiatus

they returned in 2016 with the

hugely successful album ‘Red Flag’,

which reached No.3 in the Official

UK Albums Chart. Cambridge Corn

Exchange, Wheeler Street, Cambridge,

CB2 3QE. 01223 357 851



2 Oct - 28 Jan Jerusalem: Coinage

and empire from antiquity to the

19th century

This special display explores the

history of Jerusalem through the

coins minted and used in the city

from the earliest coinage to that of

the Ottoman Empire. The Fitzwilliam

Museum, Trumpington Street, Cambridge,

CB2 1RB. 01223 332900


10 Nov - 24 Dec Christmas

Cracker 2018

Picture, sculpture, craftwork, hand

made original print and jewellery.

Byard Art, 14 King’s Parade, Cambridge,

CB2 1SJ. 01223 464646


17 Nov - 22 Dec Taken by Storm,

the art of Storm Thorgerson and


A stunning Christmas exhibition featuring

the art of Storm Thorgerson

and StormStudios. Babylon Gallery,

Waterside, Ely, CB7 4AU. 01353

616991. www.babylonarts.org.uk


5-Nov Cambridge Fireworks &

Bonfire Night

Cambridge’s Bonfire Night is one of

the most popular events in the city’s

calendar and Cambridge City Council

are proud to have provided this

free event for over 20 years. Midsummer

Common, Cambridge.

10-Nov Ely Fireworks 2018

The Guy Fawkes competition will

be judged by the Mayor of Ely at

6pm and the bonfire lit at 6.30pm.

Fireworks spectacular starts at 7pm.

In addition there is a fun fair and

food stalls. Cherry Hill Park, Ely

14-17 Nov Ely Cathedral

Christmas Gift & Food Fair

Over 120 bespoke trade stalls,

plus live demonstrations, musical

entertainment, cafe & food vendors,

a festive food hall, vintage carousel

plus reindeer and children’s entertainment

(Saturday Only).

Ely Cathedral. 01353 660349


29-Nov Gin Tasting

Try six different gins with Fever Tree

tonic and learn all about the best

garnishes to choose. Cambridgeshire

Wine School, The Royal

Cambridge Hotel (hired venue),

Trumpington Street, Cambridge,

CB2 1PY. 01223 655391. www.



4-Nov Great Chishill Antiques &

Vintage Fair

Approx. 20 stalls packed full of

antiques, collectables and vintage

items. 10am - 4pm. Entry £1.

Great Chishill Village Hall, SG8 8SH

24-25 Nov Hinchingbrooke House

Antiques Fair

40 + dealers in fine antique furniture,

pictures, silver, jewellery,

clocks, ceramics and much more.

open 10am - 4pm. Entry £3. Brampton

Road, Huntingdon, PE29 3BN

01379 586134

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Christmas comes to


- and it’s festive fun all the way!


Written by Abby Knight

Whether you love the idea of browsing a

traditional Christmas market, taking in a

pantomime or just looking for a great place to

have some festive food, Chelmsford has it all!

Visit the continental street market

Bond Street, Chelmsford’s stylish shopping area, which

hosts a Continental Market for one special day on 25

November. They’ll be stalls selling homeware and art,

Italian nibbles and gluhwein, with entertainment, Santa

and more. Opening at 9am until 6pm with official opening

by the Mayor of Chelmsford at 10am, the event is being

run by Chelmsford City Council with Mencap, supporting

local charities.

You shall go to the Chelmsford Civic Theatre’s Panto

Grab your glass slippers and ball gown, Cinderella,

the fairy godmother of pantomimes, is coming to

Chelmsford’s Civic Theatre from Friday 30 November

2018 to Sunday 6 January 2019.

Cinderella will be played by new star, Caitlin Rutter and

they’ll be a special appearance from two Shetland ponies

harnessed to Cinderella’s sparkling coach. You’ll be

guaranteed a show filled with fun, songs and magic!

For more information and to book tickets call the

Box Office on 01245 606505 or book online at www.

chelmsford.gov.uk/theatres. Tickets are £23 (full-price) and

£20 (concession) with special rates for groups, families and


Feel fantastic at Hylands Estate Christmas Frost Fair

This wonderful new Christmas fair has over 120 exhibitors

showing original crafts and gifts, plus fine foods direct

from local suppliers. Dressed as a traditional frost fair,

local entertainers will perform through the day, plus

Father Christmas is on hand to collect the all-important

lists! The event runs from 10am to 5pm with festive food

available, price £6 for adults, concessions, £5 and children

under 16, free. To book visit battenburgevents.co.uk or call

01487 814800.

Come see the Chelmsford Lights

Much more than a light switch on, on Sunday 18

November there’ll be a whole afternoon of entertainment

taking place in the high street with music on the main

stage, walkabout acts, festive face painting and, after the

switch on at 5pm, a fireworks finale. The shops will be

open for you to browse and refreshments available.

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7-10 Nov Peter Pan - A Musical


JM Barrie’s timeless tale of the boy

who refuses to grow up is reborn

in this spectacular musical, with a

beautiful score by Stiles and Drewe.

Palace Theatre, 430 London Road,

Westcliff-on-Sea, SS0 9LA.

01702 351135


7-Nov Rich Hall’s Hoedown

The Hoedown begins as a withering

dissection of Trump’s America,

but ends up being a celebration

of Americana. Mercury Theatre,

Balkerne Gate, Colchester, CO1 1PT

01206 573948


9-Nov The Whitney Houston Show

A critically acclaimed live concert

honouring the talent, music and

memory of Whitney Houston. Princes

Theatre, Station Road, Clacton-on-

Sea, CO15 1SE. 01255 686633.

www.tendringdc.gov.uk › Leisure ›

Princes Theatre

10-Nov For the Fallen

‘For the Fallen’ brings together

10 of the nation’s most powerful

poems about war and remembrance,

and combines them with specially

chosen pieces of music performed

by Matthew Trusler, violin, and

Ashley Wass, piano. Mercury Theatre.

Balkerne Gate, Colchester, CO1 1PT

01206 573948


10-Nov Henning Wehn

You couldn’t make it up; surely

the German Comedy Ambassador

Henning Wehn hasn’t bosched out

yet another new show? And what’s

he still doing here anyway? Well, his

lack of transferable skills is what keeps

him here and his belief that practise

makes perfect is what keeps him

going. Cliffs Pavilion, Station Road,

Southend-on-Sea, SS0 7RA. 01702

351135. www.southendtheatres.org.uk

11-Nov Last Night of the Autumn


Uplifting classics crowned with a

Great British Proms finale. Cliffs

Pavilion, Station Road, Southend-on-Sea,

SS0 7RA . 01702 351135


13-17 Nov Going Postal

Moist von Lipwig is a liar, scoundrel,

conman and Ankh Morpork’s last

hope for a decent postal service.

All that stands in his way is is clay

golem parole officer, an elderly junior

postman, a pin collector and the

murderous board of the Grand Trunk

and their chairman Reacher Gilt.

Palace Theatre, 430 London Road,

Westcliff-on-Sea, SS0 9LA.

01702 351135.


16-17 Nov Some Kind Of Wonderful

This is a brand new musical that takes

us on a fantasy filled journey back in

time, and to the world inside a very

magical toy shop. Palace Theatre,

430 London Road, Westcliff-on-Sea,

SS0 9LA. 01702 351135.


17-Nov Robin Windsor

This autumn sees one of BBC Strictly

Come Dancing’s favourite professionals,

Robin Windsor, heads out on tour

for the very last time! Braintree Arts

Theatre, Notley Road, Braintree,

CM7 1WY. 01376 556 354


18-Nov Elf The Musical JNR

Based on the cherished New Line

Cinema hit. ‘Elf JR’ features songs by

Tony Award-nominees, Matthew Sklar

and Chad Beguelin, with a book by

Tony Award-winners, Thomas Meehan

and Bob Martin. West Cliff Theatre,

Tower Road, Clacton-on-Sea,

CO15 1LE. 01255 433344


20-24 Nov Henry IV Part One

Henry IV is a king exhausted from

fighting to save his throne. To make

things worse his son is happier

drinking and carousing with the

loveable rogue, Sir John Falstaff,

in the taverns and brothels of East

London. This adds up to an evening

packed full of comedy and drama.

Palace Theatre, 430 London Road,

Westcliff-on-Sea, SS0 9LA.

01702 351135.


24 Nov - 20 Jan Jack and the


‘Jack and the Beanstalk’ promises

to be a glittering Christmas treat for

the whole family to enjoy. Mercury

Theatre, Balkerne Gate, Colchester,

CO1 1PT. 01206 573948


28 Nov - 1 Dec Wizard Of Oz

The award-winning musical based

on the 1939 classic movie, features

all the enchanting characters and

timeless musical numbers you know

and love. Palace Theatre, 430 London

Road, Westcliff-on-Sea, SS0 9LA

01702 351135


28 Nov - 6 Jan Jack and the


Join Jack and dotty mum Dame Trott

as they scale the Beanstalk, outwit

the Giant and are reunited with Jill,

the girl Jack loves. Queen’s Theatre,

Billet Lane, Hornchurch, RM11 1QT.

01708 443333


30-Nov Felicity Ward - Busting A


Felicity Ward is back and ready to

bust a nutful of jokes. Palace Theatre,

430 London Road, Westcliff-on-Sea,

SS0 9LA. 01702 351135


30 Nov - 6 Jan Aladdin

Featuring an exciting blend of live

music, quality professional performers,

stunning sets, lavish costumes and

jaw dropping effects, The Harlow

Playhouse is the home of family

pantomime in Essex this Christmas. The

Harlow Playhouse, Playhouse Square,

Harlow, CM20 1LS. 01279 431945.



9-Nov Hooray for Hollywood

Step back in time to 1920s London

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and discover the most unforgettable

show songs that made their way

across the Atlantic as “Hooray for

Hollywood” unveils the influential

music that helped shape a legacy

of opulence still much admired

today. Cliffs Pavilion, Station Road,

Southend-on-Sea, SS0 7RA.

01702 351135


16-Nov Phil Crosby Jnr - The Great

American Songbook

The grandson of the legendary entertainer,

Bing Crosby. Civic Theatre,

Duke Street, Chelmsford, CM1 1JG

01245 606505


16-Nov Johnny Cash Roadshow

JCR are now recognised and

loved as a band in their own right,

unrivalled by any other that truly

celebrates the career of a music

legend, Johnny Cash. The Harlow

Playhouse, Playhouse Square,

Harlow, CM20 1LS. 01279 431945.


18-Nov The Best Of John Williams

Enjoy this concert packed full of

the Hollywood heavyweight’s most

celebrated and iconic music. Cliffs

Pavilion, Station Road, Southend-on-Sea,

SS0 7RA. 01702 351135


18-Nov Bye Bye Baby

A tribute to Frankie Valli and the

Four Seasons. Civic Theatre, Duke

Street, Chelmsford, CM1 1JG.

01245 606505.


20-Nov Christmas Memories

It is a truly spectacular mix of over

60 of your favourite Christmas songs

and carols, 40 stunning costume

changes, lots of good old fashioned

festive fun, taking you back to a

time when Christmas really was the

most wonderful time of the year.

Princes Theatre, Station Road,

Clacton-on-Sea, CO15 1SE. 01255

686633. www.tendringdc.gov.uk ›

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28-Nov That’ll Be The Day

Topped with lashings of Christmas

spirit get ready to party as ‘That’ll

Be The Day’ returns with its brand

new 2018 Christmas Show! Cliffs

Pavilion, Station Road, Southend-on-Sea,

SS0 7RA. 01702 351135


30-Nov Totally Tina

The show re-creates the spectacle

and energy of her live shows with

a six-piece live band, four stunning

dancers and Justine’s incredible

impersonation of the Queen of Rock

and Soul. Braintree Arts Theatre,

Notley Road, Braintree, CM7 1WY

01376 556 354



Until 6 Jan Colchester In The First

World War

Find out about Colchester

during the First World War in this

temporary exhibition to commemorate

100 years since its end.

Colchester Castle Museum, Castle

Park, Colchester, CO1 1TJ

22 Sep - 31 Dec flyingleaps: Art on

the Streets

A collaboration with flyingleaps,

an organisation that commissions

artists to create posters in response

to contemporary politics, events and

ideas. Firstsite, Lewis Gardens,

High Street, Colchester, CO1 1JH.

01206 713 700. firstsite.uk

10-11 Nov Annual Exhibition &


The Fry Gallery’s ever-popular

‘Annual Exhibition and Sale’ takes

place in the Gallery. The Fry Art

Gallery, Castle Street, Saffron

Walden, CB10 1BD. 01799 513779



3-Nov Maldon Fireworks Show

Organised by the Maldon Rotary

Club, the Maldon Fireworks is a

massive event every year which sees

thousands of spectators. Along with

the fireworks displays, there will

also be music and entertainment.

Promenade Park, Park Drive, Maldon.


3-4 Nov Essex Festive Gift & Food


Packed with Christmas gifts,

presents for all the family and

delicious festive food & drink.

Brentwood Centre, Doddinghust

Road, Brentwood, CM15 9NN

8 Nov - 23 Dec German Christmas

Market at Battlesbridge

This year there’s German beer,

Gluhwein and traditional German

market stalls, manned by teams in

traditional German costumes. Plus

fetsive food, gifts and decorations.

Battlesbridge, SS11 7RE

10-Nov Essex Christmas Jewellery


Browse and purchase from a wide

variety of excellent quality jewellery

from antique to vintage, beads

and pearls, modern, preloved

and costume. Great Chesterford

Community Centre, Newmarket

Road, Great Chesterford, CB10 1NS

01223 894292. ruralmagpie.co.uk

24-Nov Bradfield Christmas Market

Craft and food stalls, refreshments,

raffle, tombola, plus Father

Christmas. 10am-4pm. Bradfield

Community Centre, The Street,

Bradfield, CO11 2UU

24-25 Nov Christmas Special Event

at Audley End Miniature Railway

Take the Santa Express train to meet

Father Christmas and his Elves at

his winter wonderland in the woods.

Each child receives a present from

Father Christmas! Audley End Road,

Saffron Walden, CB11 4JB



4-Nov Essex Mountnessing

Antiques & Collectors Fair

A great choice of items ranging from

stamps, ephemera, glass, china,

jewellery and lots more. Entry £1.

Mountnessing Village Hall, Roman

Road, CM15 0UG

24-Nov Essex The Curiosity Fair

Antiques and Collectables

25 stalls of vintage, antiques, crafts

and collectables on market day in this

lovely town. 10am - 4pm £1 entry.

Saffron Walden Friends meeting

house, High street, CB10 1AA

25-Nov Brentwood Centre Antiques

& Collectors Fair

The fair features indoor and

outdoor stalls with dealers from all

overthe UK selling a huge variety of

affordable items. Entry £4.50. The

Brentwood Centre, Doddinghurst

Road, Brentwood, CM15 9NN

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Discover festive events and Christmas shopping in this delightful Suffolk town

Written by Suzanne Archer

Woodbridge is a beautiful place to visit

over the festive period. This idyllic market

town has great shopping and events in the

lead up to Christmas. There is a local tradition

of Christmas trees with lights mounted to

buildings as well as a large tree on Market Hill,

usually switched on during the last week of

November. Celebrated with Christmas themed

stalls, this is a fun event to attend to get into

the festive spirit.


The best shopping event of the year is the Mammoth

Christmas Street Fair, taking place on 2 December.

This fair is packed with stalls full of gift ideas from local

craftsmen and independent stores.

To keep you going while searching for the perfect present,

there are plenty of food stalls and cafes so you can shop

until you drop!

If you can’t make the Street Fair, Woodbridge still has

lots of shopping opportunities. Full of independent

retailers, a few of my favourites are Vanilli on the Market

Hill with its Swedish style, and The Happiness Store on

the Thoroughfare, which is full of great gift ideas and

possibly has the best window display on the High Street.

The Woodbridge Emporium sells books and tea - the best

combination in my opinion, and Silver Sun Jewellery has

some beautiful pieces for that special person in your life.

There are also several independent coffee shops where

you can refuel after a day of busy shopping.

Carol Singing

If you enjoy a good sing-along there are several carol

services. St Johns Church offers a carol service in aid of

EACH on 13 December. If you can brave the cold, there

is a carol service on the Market Hill on 20 December run

by the Rotary Club in aid of Macmillan. If you are going to

this service I would suggest wrapping up warm as it can

be very cold!

Festive fun

For something fun with the kids, there is the Christmas

Special at Easton Farm Park. Visit the elf workshop, meet

Santa as well as the animals and much more. Running

from 1 to 24 December, this is one not to miss!

Ufford Park, just outside Woodbridge, is hosting a Faulty

Towers evening on 6 December with good food and

plenty of comedy. This will be a great night out so be sure

to book as tickets are selling fast.

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apparel and footwear, as well as a full range of

branded hunting, fishing and shooting

equipment and accessories.

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For the crafters among you, the Suffolk Punch Trust

is running a wreath making workshop on 4 and

11 December with tea and cake provided. Fiona’s

Fabrics in Woodbridge is offering a class to make

an appliqued Christmas table runner and mat

on 7 December, great for those looking to make

something special for the Christmas period.

Snape Maltings, located a short drive from

Woodbridge, not only has lots of great shopping

but Father Christmas will be sailing in on 21

December, and this year from 7-16 December,

there will be a performance of ‘The Nutcracker’ for

all theatre lovers.

The Seckford Theatre is offering lots of seasonal

entertainment with ‘Tinsel Town’ by the Theatre

Emporium on 8 December and the Company of

Four presenting a ‘Christmas Tale’ from 4 to 7


With all this going on in the coming months,

Woodbridge is well worth a visit this Christmas.

Make a weekend of it and book a stay at one of

Woodbridge’s most stylish holiday lets. Read our

review on page 50.


Suzanne is Woodbridge born and bred. She owns

a cafe in Woodbridge called Christine’s named

in her mother’s memory where she sells delicious

homemade cakes. www.christinescakeshop.com

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Country Christmas Shop | British Crafts | Workshops

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Santa’s Grotto | Café | Festive Nights


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Enjoy a special

Christmas at the

Cathedral this year

Our November to December, Events &

Services leaflet is available in hard copy

from the Cathedral and Tourist Information

Points in the town. You can also view and

book online through our website.

New for this year is our special Candlelit

Cathedral tour, on Friday 30 November

from 7 pm. Explore the Cathedral with our

Guides, by candlelight. Warm drink and

mince pie included in ticket.

Limited spaces, booking now

available through our website.


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Christmas Shopping and

Festive Events

Written by The Suffolk Spy |

Instagram @thesuff olkspy

Christmas is a favourite time of the year for

many people; a wonderful occasion for

spending invaluable time with friends and family

and, of course, the perfect time to treat those

we love the most. As Christmas approaches,

Bury St Edmunds has a number of festive events

for you to enjoy.

Christmas Lights Switch On

To get you in the mood for Christmas, visit the town’s

well-known Christmas Lights Switch On event on 15

November. This will be The Snow Queen’s fourth year

attending and there will be plenty of fantastic street and

stage entertainment for everyone to enjoy from 3pm.

The beautiful lights will be switched on at 7pm. On the

same day, also pop into Neptune Bury St Edmunds which

will be holding its spectacular Christmas Charity Event

in conjunction with number of local businesses including

Javelin Fashion and Stanley & Maud jewellery.

Christmas Fairs

Bury St Edmunds’ Christmas Fayre is the largest event to

take place in the town every year. This seasonal sparkle

runs from 22 – 25 November and is a fantastic place to

pick up some wonderful Christmas gifts from over 300

stalls all over Bury St Edmunds. There will be fine arts,

jewellery and local craft stalls as well as free children’s

activities, street entertainment and live music!

Lavenham’s Market Square is transformed into a beautiful

Christmas Fair back dropped by stunning medieval

timber-framed buildings. This year the Fair takes place

during the first weekend of December and there will be

craft and food stalls as well as carol singing and plenty of

mulled wine. It will certainly fill you with Christmas spirit!

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Food and Drink

If you’re really looking to impress your guests,

make Christmas and New Year entertaining

simple by learning from the very best, two

Masterchefs of Great Britain at Ice Cook School,

Rougham. The chefs offer twists on traditions,

give hints and tips on the essentials and help

you create the most beautiful canapes for your

guests. Ice Cook School has availability on both

6 and 20 November.

Christmas Crafts events or join the cooks in the kitchen

and get a head start on some of your own Christmas

preparations by making a Christmas pudding to take


Christmas Entertainment

Take the children along to enjoy Theatre Royal’s classic

Christmas Pantomime, Sleeping Beauty. Cheer the

goodies, boo the baddies and have a great time singing

along and enjoying the show. Sleeping Beauty runs from

30 November to 13 January.

Christmas Crafts

Give your party guests an entrance to remember and

take part in one of the many Christmas wreath making

workshops around Bury St Edmunds. Blackthorpe Barn

and The Crafty Foxes have a number of workshops on

throughout December. Forage for your own greenery,

mix with Christmas embellishments and ribbon and create

your own stunning Christmas wreath to give your front

door some Christmas cheer. At the weekend Blackthorpe

Barn is a haven for Christmas cheer; you can pick up some

special Christmas gifts from the British Crafts area, collect

your Christmas tree and also take your children in to visit

Santa at his magical Grotto!

Ickworth House has a number of Christmas events on

throughout November and December. Entertain your

overly excited children by taking them to one of the

If you are looking for something a bit different, Kentwell

Hall is hosting a traditional Dickensian Christmas.

Experience a Victorian style Christmas; meet a Victorian

family (including upstairs and downstairs) and see how the

house is set up for Christmas. Visit the Victorian Tavern

and the Music Hall and see Mr Dickens himself narrating

‘A Christmas Carol’, complete with Victorian illusions.

Book tickets via the website!

For more entertainment, visit The Apex which also has

festive entertainment on during December including “The

Lock In ‘Christmas Carol’” described by the Telegraph as

“guaranteed to raise weary spirits and send an audience

home smiling” as well as an adaptation of Charles’

Dickens most well-known story, ‘A Christmas Carol’.

Wishing you all a wonderful Christmas!

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6-10 Nov ‘Allo ‘Allo

Based on the hugely successful British

television series that ran for seven

seasons. Theatre Royal, Westgate

Street, Bury St Edmunds, IP33 1QR

01284 769505. www.theatreroyal.org

8-Nov Rebellious Sisterhood - Votes

for Women

This exciting play takes a rare glimpse

behind the scenes at the private lives

and the personal cost paid by the

leaders of the Suffragettes. The Cut,

New Cut, Halesworth , IP19 8BY

0300 3033 211. newcut.org

10-Nov Flawless

This fantastically high energy, acrobat-fused,

family show follows the

journey of 10 Big Dreamers, seeking

the opportunity to live their ultimate

dance fantasy on board the”Intergalactic

Dream Ship”. Ipswich Regent

Theatre, 3 Saint Helen’s Street,

Ipswich, IP4 1HE. 01473 433100

11-Nov War - Some Women and Bits

of Boys

Inspired by letters from a Gunnery

Officer to his wife and enriched by

poetry and song, this powerful and

touching performance celebrates

the extraordinary endurance of the

human spirit. The Cut, New Cut,

Halesworth, IP19 8BY. 0300 3033 211


13-Nov Dr Phil Hammond

Nye Bevan’s beautiful baby is 70

this year, but will she make a tonne?

A decade of austerity with a Brexit

cherry on top has brought her to her

knees. Do we just keep doing what

we’re doing, or is it time for a radical

rethink? Theatre Royal, Westgate

Street, Bury St Edmunds, IP33 1QR

01284 769505. www.theatreroyal.org

14-15 Nov 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. Theatre Royal,

Westgate Street, Bury St Edmunds,

IP33 1QR. 01284 769505


15-17 Nov Darknet

Welcome to Octopus In., the internet

giant that allows users to exchange

personal data for currency. But not

everyone is prepared to sacrifice their

privacy for an easier life. Theatre

Royal, Westgate Street, Bury St

Edmunds, IP33 1QR. 01284 769505


15-Nov Meet Tommy Atkins

This brand new play details, through

the eyes of a simple ‘Tommy’ the

reality of war for those who actually

fought it. Haverhill Arts Centre, High

Street, Haverhill, CB9 8AR. 01440

714140. www.haverhillartscentre.co.uk

18-Nov Coppelia Dance – A Magical


This dazzling Christmas production

follows an enchanting story of a

young girl’s magical journey to save

her sister from the icy clutches of

the Snow Queen. Marina Theatre,

The Marina, Lowestoft, NR32 1HH

01502 533200.


19-21 Nov Beauty & the Beast

Will they confess their love for one

another before it is too late? Theatre

Royal, Westgate Street, Bury St

Edmunds, IP33 1QR, 01284 769505


20-Nov The Whitney Houston Show

The two-hour production will fill

you with joy, nostalgia and wonderment

as you are taken on a heartfelt

musical journey through Houston’s

greatest hits. Ipswich Regent Theatre,

3 Saint Helen’s Street , Ipswich,

IP4 1HE. 01473 433100

22-Nov Christmas Memories with

Neil Sands

Neil Sands and his wonderful West

End cast are back with the 2018

production of their hit show, bringing

an unforgettable afternoon of festive

nostalgia, taking us all back to a time

when Christmas really was the most

wonderful time of the year. Marina

Theatre, The Marina, Lowestoft,

NR32 1HH . 01502 533200


22-Nov The Pizza and the Pastor

Once more the Rector Eoin Buchanan

and Desmond return for an evening

of fun and reflection. The nights

proceeds will go towards feeding

the homeless on Christmas Day.

The Seagull, 19-75 Morton Road,

Lowestoft, NR33 0JH. 01502 589726


24-Nov The Magic of Motown

Prepare yourself for 40 back-toback

classic Motown hits, glittering

costume changes, dazzling dance

moves and outstanding musicianship

in this explosive concert experience.

Marina Theatre, The Marina,

Lowestoft, NR32 1HH. 01502 533200.


28 Nov - 1 Dec Zombie Prom

Is prejudice born of society? Will

true love really conquer all? Can the

recently deceased still graduate high

school? Theatre Royal, Westgate

Street, Bury St Edmunds, IP33 1QR

01284 769505. www.theatreroyal.org

30 Nov - 13 Jan 19 Sleeping Beauty

A traditional family pantomime in the

medieval kingdom of Burytonia for

magic, mayhem and more. Theatre

Royal, Westgate Street, Bury St

Edmunds, IP33 1QR. 01284 769505


30-Nov That’ll Be The Day -

Christmas Show 2018

The UK’s most popular Rock ‘n’

Roll variety show celebrates the

festive season with all your favourite

Christmas classics from the 50s, 60s &

70s, plus plenty of hilarious comedy!

Marina Theatre, The Marina,

Lowestoft, NR32 1HH. 01502 533200.


30-Nov Film: Pandora’s Box

A great silent classic made in 1929,

starring the truly iconic actress Louise

Brooks as Lulu. A heartless seducer,

she causes havoc amongst her many

admirers before meeting the well-deserved

fate awaiting her. It’s a tale of

lust, greed and violence. The Cut,

New Cut, Halesworth, IP19 8BY

0300 3033 211. newcut.org

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11-Nov MJ HIStory

From the Jackson 5 to the King of

Pop - Michael Jackson’s greatest

hits performed LIVE! Theatre Royal,

Westgate Street, Bury St Edmunds,

IP33 1QR. 01284 769505


11-Nov Songs of Remembrance

‘Songs of Remembrance’ is a

nostalgic and humorous commemoration

to music, singers and comedians

that helped win the war. The Seagull,

19-75 Morton Road, Lowestoft,

NR33 0JH. 01502 589726


14-Nov Arrested Development

Arrested Development are true

trailblazers within hip-hop music.

The Apex, 1 Charter Square, Bury St

Edmunds, IP33 3FD. 01284 758000


16-Nov Purple Zeppelin

A tribute show to two iconic bands,

Led Zeppelin and Deep Purple.

Haverhill Arts Centre, High Street,

Haverhill, CB9 8AR. 01440 714140


17-Nov The Searchers & Hollies


The best of both worlds performed

by the FOD Band brings to the stage

the magical hits of these two ledgendary

harmony bands. The Seagull,

19-75 Morton Road, Lowestoft,

NR33 0JH. 01502 589726


17-Nov The Rolling Stones Story

‘The Rolling Stones Story’; a high

energy concert celebrating the music

of the world’s greatest Rock ‘n’ Roll

band. Marina Theatre, The Marina,

Lowestoft, NR32 1HH. 01502 533200


23-Nov Megson

The husband & wife duo bring an

infectious mix of heavenly vocals,

lush harmonies and driving rhythmic

guitars. Haverhill Arts Centre,

High Street, Haverhill, CB9 8AR.

01440 714140.


27-Nov Blazin’ Fiddles

With the recent release of their ninth

album, ‘The Key’, no other band

has quite managed to capture the

excitement, passion and sensitivity of

Scottish music all at once. The Apex,

1 Charter Square, Bury St Edmunds,

IP33 3FD. 01284 758000


30-Nov Billy Ocean

Billy Ocean is the biggest selling

black recording star Britain has ever

produced and has sold over 30million

records in his lifetime to date. Ipswich

Regent Theatre, 3 Saint Helen’s

Street, Ipswich, IP4 1HE

01473 433100

30-Nov The Red Hot Chilli Pipers

The past 15 years has seen The Red

Hot Chilli Pipers become the most

famous bagpipe band on the planet!

Bagpipes with attitude, drums with

a Scottish accent and a show that

carries its own health warning.

The Apex, 1 Charter Square, Bury St

Edmunds, IP33 3FD. 01284 758000



22 Sep - 12 Nov Autumn Exhibition

An exciting mixed show featuring

some of the gallery’s favourite local

artists who have been very busy

painting this summer around Suffolk.

The Hunter Gallery, 31 Angel Hill,

Bury St Edmunds, IP33 1LS/ 01284

752283. www.thehuntergallery.com

1-7 Nov ‘Cape to Snape’ by Brain


Brian’s evocative mixed media

paintings use a hand pressed

technique, and are inspired by his

walks along the river Alde from

Snape to Iken. The Quay Gallery,

Next to the River Alde, Snape

Maltings, Snape, IP17 1SP


8 Nov - 25 Dec Christmas in the

Maltings Gallery

A curated selection of works from

local artist and makers – reflecting

the winter season in paintings,

ceramics, glass, wood and jewellery –

and all eminently giftable. The Quay

Gallery, Next to the River Alde,

Snape Maltings, Snape, IP17 1SP


15-Nov Girl Power - A History of

Women Artists

Looking at the rise of subjectivity in

the avant-garde – the use of strong,

wild colour and expressive line and

brushwork in artists such as Gabriele

Munter and Marianna Von Werefkin.

Also the powerful political graphic

work of Kathe Kollwitz. The Cut, New

Cut, Halesworth, IP19 8BY

0300 3033 211. newcut.org


17-Nov We Are Mademade

Christmas Craft Fair

This event will offer shoppers a

wonderful choice of beautifully

designed and handcrafted gifts for

Christmas. Makers will be showcasing

the latest in contemporary and

vintage inspired handmade items.

The Old School, Long Melford,

CO10 9AA


24-Nov Making Glass Stars for


On this one day course you will learn

to make hanging copper foiled glass

stars. You will have time to make

three stars, varying in size from 11 -

19cm. Flatford Mill, East Bergholt,

CO7 6UL.. 01206 297110


30 Nov - 1 Dec Clare Christmas Fair

With over 60 exhibitors selling festive

food, drinks and a great selection

of gifts this is the Christmas event

in Clare and not to be missed! Town

Centre, Clare, CO10 8PE. 01787

277100. www.clarechristmasfair.co.uk


18-Nov Newmarket Racecourse

Antique and 20th Century Fair

Over 200+ inside stands plus outside

stands of antiques, art deco and

collectables. Free valuations and

appraisals. Antique Restoration

workshop. Specialist Collectors

Room. Newmarket Racecourse

(Rowley Mile), The Heath,

Newmarket, CB8 0TF

24-25 Nov Long Melford Antiques

and Vintage Fair

A monthly two-day antiques and

vintage fair featuring 50 tables

selling: antiques, jewellery, collectables,

militaria, vintage clothing and

accessories, vinyl records, etc. Free

parking. Dog friendly. Entry £1. Open

9.30am - 4pm. The Old School, Hall

Street, Long Melford, CO10 9DX

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Back to Life

Here Chris Whitehall of ‘Projects

4 Roofing’ speaks about the possibilities of transforming your old

conservatory to an all year round living space.

Chris Whitehall of Projects 4 Roofing

talks about the possibilities for changing

a conservatory into an all year round

living space. These days a conservatory

can become much more than a room to

relax in occasionally and enjoy views over

the garden.

There are new ways to make a

conservatory an all year round living

space which keeps the benefits of a

conservatory whilst making it a usable

office area, dining space, playroom or

even a cosy evening snug.

Traditional conservatories are normally

at least 75 per cent glass and so can be

very cold at some times of year, whilst

being too hot in the summer months.

Some people experiment with blinds or

special coatings on the windows to try to

minimise the temperature changes, and

these do help. However, a better option is

available which significantly improves the

insulation of the room.

Conservatory roof conversion:

A conservatory roof conversion is the

replacement of a glass or uPVC roof

with a solid structure. The whole roof

is removed and is followed by the

construction of a lightweight aluminium

frame retaining the original doors,

windows, walls and frame. A new high

performance insulated roof is installed in

a matter of a few days.

The finished room has an insulated

plastered ceiling, into which can be

installed spotlights. It’s also possible to

have roof light windows. The exterior roof

“There are new ways to make a

conservatory an all year round living


is covered in lightweight synthetic slates

or tiles that come in a wide range of

colours and finishes.

What are the benefits?

The main benefit is thermal efficiency,

which means there will no longer be

large fluctuations in temperature in the

conservatory. It will be comfortable on

hot days and easy to heat in winter.

A solid roof also cuts down significantly

on sun glare and furniture fading,

removing the need for blinds. The new

roof also creates new design options: you

can create an open plan look by removing

the interior conservatory doors. That’s

great for making a bigger entertaining or

dining space and improving the flow of

the house.

For more information about a

conservatory roof conversion, call

01638 507730 or visit


Questions to ask before buying a

conservatory conversion:

Is my conservatory structure sound?

How will I know if the finished roof

meets building regulations? (Insist

on a pass certificate from the local

authority for the whole new room).

What guarantees are offered on the

new roof?

How will the new roof be ventilated

to prevent condensation?

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