Eastlife February 2019


Love is in the air this month! As the most romantic day of the year approaches, we’ve come up with ways to fall head over heels in love with our beautiful corner of the UK. Escape reality and book a weekend break, staying at some of the best accommodation in region, discover Suffolk’s secret history or spoil the one you love with a romantic gesture such as a day out or dinner date at one of the most stylish restaurants in the East.

If you’re a fan of the arts, we have a sneak peek at the spring/summer theatre season, plus there’s 10 great ideas to keep children entertained during the half term.

February is the month of our wedding special. If you’re newly engaged, you’ll find plenty of inspiration for planning your big day, including this year’s must-have dress designs and venues that will make you feel like royalty!

As the season changes we’d love to see your pictures from around the region. Tag us on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram and use #eastlife




Living life

the East

February 2019


with special guest - Heather Small

Burghley House - 8th June

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We should have moved years ago

How many times have you finally got around to doing something you have been dreading - only to

decide you should have done it years ago?

Getting my parents to move to the The Croft in Baston

wasn’t easy. Although they could see the logic of moving

to a smaller home nearer to their children, it was an

emotional wrench to leave the old family home.

So, we spent months debating the ‘pros and cons’

– while I was clocking up hundreds of miles going

backwards and forwards. And although the kids loved

seeing their grandparents, car journeys with youngsters

can be a bit of a nightmare.

It’s not that Mum and Dad need looking after. They are

both fit and well. My father is still working, well past the

age at which many people retire.

But increasingly when we visited, we were being asked

to help with tasks around the house – especially jobs

involving ladders such as clearing the gutters that Mum

didn’t want Dad doing any more.

And we could all see that this was only going to increase

in years to come.

So, eventually, they moved. And they are having such fun

that Mum now says they should have moved years ago!

Not only that, they made money as a result of moving.

They sold the old house for a good price and spent much

less than that on their new one. Now they’ve started

spending the profit – a new car and a winter cruise.

And I think the pressure on Dad to retire is less than it

was. Mum was often lonely in the old house on her own

all day. Now in just a few weeks she has made many new

friends – there is a real sense of community at The Croft.

And the community is growing – although not too

much. The second phase of The Croft at Baston has just

opened, offering a small number of new homes.

It is extending the community but keeping it at a

modest scale.

The whole development is designed to provide over-

55s with the independence of owning their own homes,

combined with the benefits of being part of a community.

The properties are mostly one and two-bedroom

bungalows located around attractive walkways and

gardens. All of them have been designed to need

minimal ongoing maintenance – so Dad doesn’t need to

go up ladders any more!

Because my parents bought one of the larger bungalows,

there is somewhere for the children to stay when they

visit – which gives us a weekend off. And because they

are just a few minutes away, life is easier all round.

Baston itself is well located, just alongside the A15. And,

if my parents don’t fancy driving, the frequent bus service

provides easy links to Peterborough and the market town

of Bourne.

Not that they seem to feel any need to travel. Baston

itself has a number of shops and two excellent pubs with


So, it was a good move. And, yes, they should have done it

long ago!

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From the

Dear Reader,


Love is in the air this month! As

the most romantic day of the year

approaches, we’ve come up with

ways to fall head over heels in

love with our beautiful corner of

the UK. Escape reality and book a

weekend break, staying at some

of the best accommodation in the

region, discover Suffolk’s secret history or spoil the one you

love with a romantic gesture such as a day out or dinner

date at one of the most stylish restaurants in the East.

If you’re a fan of the arts, we take a sneak peek at the

spring/summer theatre season, plus there’s 10 great ideas

to keep children entertained during the half term.

February is the month of our wedding special. If you’re

newly engaged, you’ll find plenty of inspiration for

planning your big day, including this year’s must-have dress

designs and venues that will make you feel like royalty!

As the season changes we’d love to see your pictures

from around the region. Tag us on Facebook, Twitter and

Instagram and use #eastlife.

Have a wonderful month

Emma Kemsley

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the region

Dr Michael Mosley comes to Chelmsford

7 February, 7.30pm

Dr Michael Mosley, the man behind the iconic 5:2 diet is embarking on his first ever UK

theatre tour and will bring his ‘Trust Fast Health’ to Chelmsford’s Civic Theatre.

This informative and entertaining live show will see Dr Michael Mosley explode

common health myths and offer fascinating insights into the workings of the human

body. www.chelmsford.gov.uk/theatres

The Gingerbread Man

27 and 28 February and 2 March

It’s fun for all the family as Stuff and Nonsense Theatre

Company’s new production of ‘The Gingerbread Man’ comes

to Theatre Royal Bury St Edmunds. Expect a brilliant mix of

puppetry, live action, specially composed music, humour

and stunning staging in this exciting and pacey retelling of

a well-loved classic tale. www.theatreroyal.org/shows/the-

Voodoo Rooms, Marina

Theatre, Lowestoft, Suffolk

16 February, 7.30pm

Be part of an incredible homage,

to three legends in music, Jimi

Hendrix, Eric Clapton and Cream,

in this explosive new production.

Packed with incredible high energy

and performed by some of the UK’s

finest musicians. This powerhouse

performance will transport you back

in time to the original concerts,

delivering the true spirit of these

legendary superstars.

Tickets priced £22.


A Bumper Family

History Open Day,

Long Shop Museum,

Leiston, IP16 4ES

Saturday 23 February,

11am to 4pm

A variety of exhibits will be

on show, including local

graveyard surveys, war memorials, directories, old maps of the area and

much more. Leiston Grammar School sports team photographs from

1933 to 1968 will also be available. Visitors are welcome to bring along

old photographs to discuss with experts. Free entrance, but donations

welcome. www.aldevalleyfamilyhistorygroup.onesuffolk.net

Men United In Song kicks off with introduction sessions.

John Mansfield Campus, Peterborough

27 and 28 February and 2 March

New Year, new you? Looking for a fresh challenge, new skills and a great

social scene to boot? Then look no further…join Men United in Song, and

help raise money for Prostate Cancer UK. Absolutely no previous experience

is required to join, just a willingness to get involved and give it your best shot!

Launching in March, the project will sign up 40 local men with a range of

previous singing experience (including none) to rehearse over 10 weeks for a

charity concert at the Cresset Theatre on Saturday 11 May.

Call 01733 425194 or email menunited@peterboroughsings.org.uk

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Around the


Billy Ocean takes to the stage at

Burghley House this summer

The annual music concert returns to Burghley House this June

with performances from international singer Billy Ocean.

Billy had a string of international pop hits in the 1970s and

1980s. He was one of the most popular British R&B singersongwriters

of the early to mid-1980s.

He will be supported on stage by the Voice of ‘M People’

Heather Small. As part of ‘M People’ Heather enjoyed hits

such as, ‘Moving On up’, ‘One Night in Heaven’ and ‘Search

for the Hero’.

Bag It, Bring It, Boost It

It’s the time of year where we want a fresh start,

and nothing feels better than a spring clean,

but don’t throw away your unwanted clothes

and items, donate to East Anglia’s Children’s

Hospices (EACH), which has revealed it takes

over 6,000 bags of donations a week to run

its shops.

As a result, the charity has launched its ‘Bag It,

Bring It, Boost It’ campaign for 2019. EACH has

35 shops across Cambridgeshire, north Essex,

Norfolk and Suffolk that last year generated an

impressive profit of over £1.1 million. However

funds can only be raised with a regular flow

of donations, so once again it has continued

running its successful ‘Bag It, Bring It, Boost It’

campaign this year.

Ian Nicolson, EACH Head of Retail & Trading

advised the charity is currently in need of

homewares, menswear and toys.

EACH can help provide themed collection

bags, posters and flyers. It can also arrange

collections for any companies, schools or just

large groups that want to participate. For more

information visit www.each.org.uk

The concert will take place on 8 June, with tickets now on

sale from £39.50. Burghley House have previously hosted

top artistes such as Bryan Ferry, Status Quo, UB40 and Jools

Holland. To purchase tickets visit


Makeover for The Angel Hotel

in Bury St Edmunds

The Angel Hotel, Bury St Edmunds, has closed the door to

its ground floors, including the reception, bar, brasserie,

restaurant and lounge, for the first time in over 50 years as it

begins an extensive £750,000 refurbishment.

Robert Gough, owner of Gough Hotels said: “The Angel plays

a big part in the history of Bury St Edmunds, it’s iconic. But we

did think it was time for a little bit of a face lift. Our plans for

the refurbishment draw inspiration from the past, with a small

nod to Charles Dickens, who mentioned The Angel in The

Pickwick Papers (he stayed in this very building too!)”

The extensive refurbishment begun on 9 January with plans to

relaunch in spring this year. During this time, the hotel will be

offering a breakfast, lunch, afternoon tea and dinner service

in a temporary location in the building, and rooms will be

available as normal – there’s promotional rates for this period

too! www.theangel.co.uk

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What’s on at Slepe Hall

Hotel, Cambs

The small but welcoming Slepe Hall Hotel

in St Ives, Cambridgeshire, has a feast of

offers this spring.

Warm up at the Ramesey’s Brasserie, which

offers extensive mouth-watering, affordable

dishes ranging from the ultimate Sunday

Carvery (£12.95) and British weekday

favourites; Monday Pie, Wednesday Curry

nights (£9.95). Forthcoming specials

include the Valentine’s aphrodisiac inspired

three-course menu at £29 per person from

14-16 February. Before it sells out book

your Mother’s Day lunch or afternoon

tea with local Truly Romantic Singer. If

you’re newly engaged, the hotel’s Brunel

Suite could be the perfect spot for your wedding day. It’s ideal for large

ceremonies hosting up to 250 guests, while smaller function rooms can

be hired for more intimate celebrations.

The hotel features 16 en-suite bedrooms, a welcoming bar, family

restaurant, function rooms and terrace, all of which provide an ideal

combination for relaxing, celebrating or conducting business.


Down Hall Hotel announces new

summer concerts

For the first time this June, Live at Down Hall, will take over the grounds of

the hotel with a weekend of live music from Jools Holland and

James Morrison.

Located on the Essex/Hertfordshire border, the hotel will host two

evenings of music with talented pianist Jools Hooland and his Rhythm &

Blues Orchestra taking to the stage on Saturday 15 June, while Brit awardwinning

singer-songwriter James Morrison will entertain crowds on 16


Special guest acts on 15 June will include famed English drummer Gilson

Lavis and boogie-woogie queens Ruby Turner and Louise Marshall.

An additional guest act will be announced soon. There are a number

of ticket options available for the weekend from general admission to

Ultimate VIP. Guests can even enjoy a picnic on the hotel grounds with a

glass of Champagne with a Picnic Experience ticket.

photo by Mary McCartney

General admission tickets start from £75.

For more details visit www.liveatdownhall.co.uk/tickets

Step into spring at

Benington Lordship Gardens

The historic ruins of Benington Lordship Gardens

in Stevenage, Hertfordshire, is home to a stunning

display of naturalised snowdrops, offering the perfect

opportunity for a spring walk, from 6 February to

3 March, 12-4pm.

The walled garden will showcase an impressive

collection of 200 snowdrop varieties, among beautiful

views of the parkland and lakeside. The location is ideal

for getting some fresh air while admiring the change of season.

Finish with a trip to the café and warm up with homemade soup, tea and cake.

Free parking. Entry £5 (£6 on Sunday), children free. www.beningtonlordship.co.uk

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St Edmundsbury Cathedral

A beacon of faith, hope and love in Suffolk

Have you visited the Cathedral shop recently?

We sell a wide range of gifts, books, CDs and cards.

Monday to Saturday 10.00 am to 4.00 pm

Sunday 11.30 am to 4.00 pm




Historic ruins serve as a spectacular backdrop to the stunning

display of naturalised snowdrops at Benington Lordship. The walled

garden will showcase the impressive collection of two hundred

snowdrop varieties. Beautiful views over surrounding parkland

and a lakeside stroll complete a visit.

Bring this ad with you for a free cup of tea

Homemade soup, tea & cakes.

Gift shop. Free parking.

Open daily 6 February-3 March 2019, 12-4pm.

Admission £5 (£6 on Sundays), children free.

For more information ring 01438 869668

or visit www.beningtonlordship.co.uk

Stevenage, Hertfordshire SG2 7BS.


Westgate • Peterborough • PE1 1RB

Valentine’s Weekend

£220 for two people

Two night stay arriving on Friday 15th February for two people in an

executive bedroom with Full English Breakfast each morning.

Includes rose petals on the bed, chocolates and

a bottle of Prosecco on ice in the room.

Enjoy a romantic candlelit three course luxury dinner in our Brasserie

Restaurant on Saturday 16th February with live background music.

Why not dine with us on Friday evening at an additional supplement.

To make a reservation or for more

information call 01733 561364



10 Ideas for Valentine’s Day

It’s the month of romance and if you’re planning

to spoil someone special this Valentine’s Day,

we’ve got your date night sorted with fabulous

ideas for both him and her.

Restaurant with a view

Make your dining experience extra special and book one

of the most romantic tables for two in Cambridge at SIX.

Part of the Varsity Hotel, you’ll whizz up six floors to the

panoramic restaurant which has far reaching views over

the city. Start with a cocktail at the bar, before sitting

down to a tasty three course meal. Why not make a night

of it and book a room at the hotel?


Cocktails in the city

If you want to be among the love birds and find a cosy

corner in a cool bar then head to Norwich and hop your

way around the city, sipping on fine cocktails. Visit Mr

Postles Apothecary on Upper King Street for a 1820s vibe,

Hawthorn on St Benedicts Street for an intimate evening

and Frank’s Bar on Bedford Street, which is a favourite

haunt for locals, known for its atmosphere and live music!

A grand performance

Swoon at Shakespeare’s poetic language in the beautiful

surroundings of Peterborough Cathedral as the Gearbox

Theatre Company bring one of Shakespeare’s best

loved comedies, Twelfth Night, to life. Tickets are priced

£11-£25. If you really want to impress book the

‘Valentine Day Special’ which includes a luxury

afternoon tea for two, interval drinks plus the

option to renew your vows at Evensong before

the show and meet the cast during the interval.

The special is priced £85 for two.


Set sail in Suffolk

Take in Suffolk’s stunning scenery and wildlife

from the water aboard the Lady Florence, a

river cruise restaurant. Serving brunch (there’s

a Champagne option) and a la carte lunch year

round, the cruise departs from Orford and sails

the Rivers Alde and Ore. There’s a cosy coal fire

to keep you warm while you dine.


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Fine dining

Go all out this Valentine’s Day with an indulgent meal

for two at Paris House in Woburn; a Michelin star

recommended restaurant set in an 18th century house

surrounded by 22 acres of deer park. The drive to the

restaurant is enchanting as you meander your way up the

path, passing herds of deer to the grand black and white

building. Six, eight and 10 course menus are available.

Each dish is so beautifully presented it looks like a work

of art. Between 14-17 February, for an additional £55,

you can enjoy Champagne, a sharer dessert, individually

wrapped red rose and petits fours to take away.


For chocolate lovers, book the Chocolate and Petits Fours

Masterclass taking place on 17 and 21 February, priced

£169 per person, which includes two hours of cooking,

canapes, fizz and a five course lunch at the chefs table.


Pop the question on a punt

What could be more romantic than a cosy punt for two?

Wrap up warm and snuggle under the blanket with a

hot water bottle and take in the glorious architecture of

Cambridge. Give your loved one a moment to remember

with a private punting experience by Scudamores from

13-17 February, priced £100. It’s the perfect setting for a

romantic proposal!


Culture in Colchester

Art lovers should take a trip to Colchester Castle on

Valentine’s Day for an after-hours exclusive from 5-7pm.

Meet with the curators as they explore the magic of

Valentine’s and celebrate the history of love. A glass of

bubbles is also included! Booking is essential, priced

£7.50. cimuseums.org.uk/event/__trashed-5/

A short break in Suffolk

If you’re looking for a romantic getaway, you’ll be spoilt

for choice in Suffolk. By day enjoy peaceful walks in the

countryside or indulge in a couples massage at one of

the many spas. As night falls, wrap up warm and watch

the sunset on the horizon at Southwold with a glass of

Champagne before sitting down for dinner and tucking

into local produce. For a cosy cottage with a log fire try

holiday property companies Suffolk Hideaways or Secret

Suffolk. There’s no shortage of romantic hotels; the

Ickworth Hotel, Swan at Southwold and Bildeston Crown

are all stylish options.

Twilight spas

If you and your partner have had a busy day at work,

make time on Valentine’s evening to relax with a twilight

spa experience. Relax by the pool or in the Jacuzzi,

enjoy a steam and sauna and feel the stress of the day

melt away. Aqua Sana Spa at Elveden Forest offers a

twilight escape for two including a treatment from £69

per person. In Essex, Greenwoods Hotel and Spa offers a

twilight afternoon from 2pm until 9pm, featuring full use

of the facilities and afternoon tea served until 6pm, priced

£99 for two. Read our review online at www.eastlife.co.uk

Sweet treats

Want to make Valentine’s Day extra sweet? Surprise

your loved one by picking up some handmade tasty

treats at one of the region’s bakeries. The Pudding Stop

in St Albans is a sweet tooth’s paradise with its sticky

sponges, crumbles, ice cream and sundaes – you can

also order online! A favourite among Suffolk residents is

Two Magpies Bakery in Southwold and Aldeburgh and

Pump Street Bakery in Orford, which has one of the most

instagrammed walls in the county! There’s no denying that

Fitzbillies in Cambridge serve up the best sticky Chelsea

buns around, while independent artisan baker Bread

Source in Norwich and Aylsham is fast becoming Norfolk’s

go to for mouth-wateringly good pastries – try one of

their bread making workshops!

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This little corner of the UK offers travellers something

extra special. Beautiful beaches, luscious landscapes and

villages that time forgot are a major attraction for visitors.

Even during busy summer months, you can escape the

crowds and find your own hideaway on golden sands or

under the canopy of shady trees.

The shores of Norfolk, Suffolk and Essex draw in families

with its cheap entertainment of crabbing, boating and

paddling in muddy creeks, while its deliciously fresh

seafood and local brews attract groups of friends and

couples looking for weekend getaways.

Head inland and the dense forest, heaths and salt

marshes are a beautiful sight to behold. Wild landscapes

are home to an array of animals, impressive bird life and

colourful flora. The Broads National Park attracts tourists

year round with its boating opportunities, while Thetford

Forest and the pine pathways on the North Norfolk coast

and are popular among walkers and cyclists.

Part of the East’s charm is captured in its history. There

are few places that make you feel as though you’ve

stepped back in time, but the colourful cottages and

flint-built villages are reminders of a different life, one that

makes you feel compelled to slow down and embrace

your surroundings. Throughout the region stately homes,

museums, castles, churches and timber-framed towns

make an enjoyable day out. Research published by

Historic England at the end of 2018 revealed that the

region’s heritage was a vital contribution to the East of

England’s economy, generating £950m in spending by

domestic and international tourists in 2016.

The pace may feel slower but the social scene is eventful.

The East of England is home to some of the UK’s biggest

events. Festivals, fairs, live music, arts and more take

place throughout the year so no matter what month you

visit, you will find plenty to do!

Where to stay

If you want to start planning your summer holiday or are

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Norfolk Hideaways specialise in stylish properties across

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the county to suit all size parties, while the Blakeney

Cottage Company have a huge choice of stunning,

homely cottages on the North Norfolk coast. For bigger

budgets, book a break with SALT Norfolk which offers a

range of premium coastal retreats.

If it’s lazy days by the Suffolk Coast you desire, Suffolk

Secrets specialise in coastal properties with a focus on

Southwold and Aldeburgh, and have already added 30

new properties this year! Boutique agency So Southwold

features luxury apartments, townhouses and cottages,

but if you’re looking for a cosy home in the countryside

try Suffolk Cottage Holidays. Elsewhere, the city of

Cambridge is best enjoyed in style at luxury hotels such

as The Varsity Hotel and The University Arms, and there’s

a choice of holiday lets, hotels and camping opportunities

throughout Essex, check out www.visitessex.com for


If that’s got you thinking, take a look at our mini

guide to the best staycations in the region:

Best for Large Groups

Chelsea Villa, Southwold

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If you’re marking a special occasion then this luxurious,

seafront residence will have you celebrating in style.

Boasting immaculately detailed interiors, with each

sumptuously styled bedroom named after a Victorian

author, Chelsea Villa makes the perfect backdrop for

large groups. The question is; where to gather? There’s

the large sitting room overlooking the sea, a light-filled

open-plan dining room, a sanctuary-like snug, complete

with jukebox and, if the sun is shining, grab a bottle from

the wine fridge and head outside to dine alfresco in the

Mediterranean-styled courtyard. Sublime!

How to book: www.sosouthwold.co.uk


Tui Cottage

Best for Dog Lovers

Tui Cottage, Snape

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Dogs and their owners will adore this cosy cottage

whatever time of year they visit. In winter, cosy

up in front of the wood-burning stove whilst in

warmer months, you can fling open the French

doors and enjoy the private, fully-fenced garden.

Modern, bright with light pouring from generous

windows throughout, Tui Cottage feels like a

home from home, the perfect base in which to

explore the surrounding countryside. Don’t miss

walking along the river Alde, which passes by the

Snape Maltings complex (restaurants, galleries

and Benjamin Britten concert hall), a haven for

bird and wildlife and one of the best walks in

the area. Alternatively, take the short drive to

Aldeburgh for a run along the promenade.

How to book: www.suffolk-secrets.co.uk

Left: Chelsea Villa. Above: The Windmill

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Clarence House. Right: Forest Park

Best for Big Spenders

Clarence House

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Live like royalty at Clarence House! Not to be confused

with the London residence of HRH Prince of Wales, guests

opting to spend a week in this Suffolk abode of the same

name will still feel like royalty. The grand manor house,

set beside a large lake, features open fires, fine antique

furniture, various reception rooms, an impressive dining

hall, a wine cellar, and 12 bedrooms - most of which are

en-suite with roll-top baths. There is plenty to entertain

too, with a cinema room, a games room with pool, table

tennis and table football, and a gym, while a tennis court

can be found in the extensive 5,000 acres of shared

grounds. Set in Sibton, in the Suffolk countryside, Clarence

House is just a short drive from the heritage coastal towns

of Aldeburgh and Southwold – perfect for a bracing walk.

How to book: www.thewowhousecompany.co.uk

Best for Adults Only

The Windmill Suffolk

Sleeps 4

Originally built in 1891, the recently converted Windmill

has been lovingly restored over the past two years into a

lavish and luxurious adults-only holiday accommodation,

ideal for those that enjoy the finer things in life. Nestled

in the beautiful countryside, just two miles from historic

Lavenham, it’s perfect for a romantic hideaway for two

or for fun filled time off with friends. With stunning

panoramic views, you can enjoy the uninterrupted sights

from the comfy warmth of the top floor living space. Relax

on inviting and sumptuously oversized handmade velvet

sofas, piled high with plump cushions, fluffy blankets and

cosy throws. In the small hours unwind and delight in the

amazing and far reaching night sky views from the outside

balcony on the top floor, perhaps with a glass or two

of something chilled from that very handy wine fridge!

Despite the short time frame since opening in 2016, The

Windmill already boasts several accolades, scooping a

handful of architectural and building awards.

How to book: www.thewindmillsuffolk.com

Best for Adventure

Wigwam Holidays Forest Park

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Make the most of Norfolk’s stunning scenery with an

outdoors adventure! This idyllic holiday park is set in an

AONB, surrounded by 100 acres of woodland with Cromer

beach close by. The site includes 12 luxury en-suite

‘Running Water Deluxe Wigwam® Cabins’, five of which

are dog friendly, so the whole family can come along! New

for 2019 is an onsite doggy shower, so you can ‘pamper’

your pooch after the day’s exertions. All cabins are fully

heated and insulated with kitchenette, dining table and

chairs and comfy mattresses for a family of four. Other

facilities include an indoor heated pool, outdoor children’s

play area, onsite shop and clubhouse. The 2019 season

begins 15 March.

How to book: www.wigwamholidays.com/forest-park

Best for Families

Priory Holme, Kersey

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Families will love this chocolate box, ‘quintessentially

English’ thatched cottage. Step through the honeysucklecovered

porch and the inside is just as cosy, with a

wood-burning stove and comfy sitting room, whilst the

beautiful mature gardens are a haven for kids to play or

adults to relax in. Situated at the top of the hill affords

Priory Holme fabulous views over the rest of the village

(famed for its ford, which kids will love splashing in or biking

through), and you’re never far from the rolling countryside

in which to explore. Alternatively, head out to nearby

Lavenham, Flatford Mill (of John Constable fame) or the

Dedham Vale, one of the UK’s most beautiful valleys.

How to book: www.suffolkcottageholidays.com

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Matthew Bourne’s Swan Lake.

Photo by Johan Persson

On the stage

Written by Shelley Beth


Instagram @shelleybethblog

From West End tours to opera and more,

here’s what’s coming to a theatre near you.


Literary lovers rejoice, Norwich Theatre Royal

(theatreroyalnorwich.co.uk) have adaptations ‘The Girl on

The Train’ (1-6 July) and Agatha Christie’s ‘Mousetrap’ (8-13

July.) There’s plenty to keep the kids entertained too, with

‘The Worst Witch’ (16 - 20 April), Ben and Holly (7 - 8 June)

and ‘Horrible Histories’ (23 - 25 May).

There will be no shortage of laughter with Russell Kane (26

May), Al Murray (16 June) and Brian Blessed (18 March)

performing. The Playhouse’s (norwichplayhouse.

co.uk) comedic offering doesn’t disappoint, either -

catch Seann Walsh (3 - 5 March), Adam Riches (3 May)

and Rachel Parris (20 March) to name a few.

If you love ballet head to Bury’s Theatre Royal

(theatreroyal.org) to catch the Central Ballet (11 April) and

Welsh National Ballet’s ‘Romeo and Juliet’ (21 - 22 June).

From movie and book adaptations to comedies, the New

Wolsey (wolseytheatre.co.uk) has you covered with ‘Little

Miss Sunshine’ (20 - 25 May), ‘The Picture of Dorian Grey’

(1 - 6 April) and ‘Margaret Thatcher Queen of Soho’ (24


The Girl On the Train


Broadway’s ‘Rock of Ages’ (5 - 9 March) hits The

Regent Theatre (apps.ipswich.gov.uk) along with

‘Joseph’ (25 - 29 June). Best-selling author Adam Kay

(30 March), The Guilty Feminist (9 May) and The Hairy

Bikers (28 March) are other highlights.

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The classic ‘To Kill a Mockingbird’ (29 April - 4 May) comes

to Cambridge Arts Theatre (cambridgeartstheatre.com)

along with ‘The Worst Witch’ (6 - 10 February) and Sir

Ian McKellen (10 -11 May). Also, in Cambridge, The Corn

Exchange (cambridgelivetrust.co.uk) hosts The Northern

Ballet’s ‘Puss in Boots’ (17 May).

‘The Lady in the Van’ (17 - 20 April) swings by The Key

Theatre in Peterborough (vivacity.org) along with an ‘Only

Fools and Horses’ dining experience (20 - 21 September).



My Fair Lady’ takes an operatic twist at The Hertford

Theatre (5 - 9 March) and the classic ‘La Boheme’ (13

March) hits the Broadway Letchworth Theatre.

If you fancy a giggle both Seann Walsh (9 May) and Ruby

Wax (22 - 23 May) play the Broadway Letchworth Theatre.

Whilst the Alban Arena hosts Reginald D Hunter (19 May),

Russell Kane (14 May) and an adult pantomime (8 June).


Milton Keynes Theatre (atgtickets.com/venues/miltonkeynes-theatre/)

has more West End smash hits than you

can shake a stick at.


There’s no shortage of West End shows coming to

Essex. ‘My Fair Lady’ (26 February - 2 March) heads to

Chelmsford Civic Theatre (chelmsford.gov.uk), while ‘Annie’

(27 May - 1 June), ‘The Calendar Girls’ (23 - 27 April)

and ‘The Fully Monty’ (1 - 6 April) head to Cliffs Pavilion

(southendtheatres.org.uk). Over in Basildon, ‘Avenue Q’ (11

-16 March) makes its debut (towngatetheatre.co.uk).

Catch ‘The Bodyguard’ in March (12 - 23). April sees

‘Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dream Coat’ (8 - 13)

and American Idiot (23 - 27) hit the stage. ‘Les Misérables’

has a 3-week run (14 May - 8 June.) 1980s classic ‘Fame’

hits the stage in June (24 - 28). In July catch ‘Annie’

(1 - 6), ‘Hair’ (15 - 20) and ‘Motown the Musical’

(23 July - 3 August).

The Bodyguard -

photo by Uli Weber

If you love dance, catch ‘Here Come the Girls’ (14 March)

at Chelmsford Civic Theatre; the Vienna Festival Ballet

will perform ‘Giselle’ (24 May) at the Princes Theatre

(princestheatre.co.uk) and The Russian State Ballet of

Siberia dance ‘Swan Lake’ (3 March) at Cliffs Pavilion.

For a barrel of laughs or for something different head

to The Mercury Theatre (mercurytheatre.co.uk) and

learn how to be human with Ruby Wax (25 April). Catch

the ‘Lady Boys of Bangkok’ (18 April) at the West Cliff

(westcliffclacton.co.uk) or head to Cliffs Pavilion to

experience the Fawlty Towers dining experience (22 - 23

March and 6 - 7 September).

For something family friendly ‘Alice in Wonderland’ (13 - 14

April), ‘The Sooty Show’ (16 March) and ‘The Tiger Who

Came to Tea’ (15 – 17 July) are on at the Civic Theatre,

The Princes Theatre and The Palace Theatre, respectively.


There’s fun for all the family at the Hertford Theatre

(hertfordtheatre.com) with ‘Room on the Broom’ (22 - 23

March). ‘Horrible Histories’ (13 - 14 April) heads to The

Broadway Letchworth Theatre (broadway-letchworth.com)

and ‘Zog’ (16 - 18 April) swoops into the Alban Arena


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Hidden Histories:

Suffolk’s Historical Surprises

Looking for a historical getaway? Look no

further than England’s hidden gem, the county

of Suffolk. With good transport links to and from

London, as well as other places around the UK,

Suffolk has a host of great sights and attractions

for those looking to delve into British history.

Visit Suffolk has put together some of the top

historical places to visit in the region if you’re

thinking of a trip on home soil this coming year.

Bury St Edmunds Abbey

What was once one of the richest and most powerful

Benedictine monasteries in England, Bury St Edmunds

Abbey is now a complex of extensive remains. In 903, the

Abbey held the remains of the martyred King Edmund

and became a place of religious pilgrimage. The Abbey

also played host to a secret meeting in 1214 where a

group of barons came together to sign the Magna Carta.

During its rich history Bury St Edmunds welcomed and

hosted various royals, including Henry VI and Henry

VIII. The Abbey site now includes substantial ruins, the

impressive 14th century Great Gate and Norman tower,

as well as the altered west front of the church which has

post-medieval houses built into its walls.

The gardens adjacent the ruins are vast and beautiful; the

perfect place to sit down and take in the history of the

surroundings with a drink, before you venture into the rest

of the town to experience independent businesses galore.

Wolsey was one of Henry VIII’s principal advisors in 1509.

During the 14 years he was in a position of power, before

losing favour with the King, Wolsey organised reforms

across finance, taxation, educational provisions (including

the creation of Cardinal College, Oxford, now Christ

Church College) and justice.

Wolsey’s Gate is a standing monument of what might have

been. Wolsey had intended the gate to lead to his legacy,

a feeder college to Cardinal College in his hometown of

Ipswich. The gate was built and all the timber, stone and

lead was onsite, but after Wolsey’s fall from grace all the

materials were requisitioned by the King and taken back

to London.

Continue around Ipswich and you’ll find another

Tudor structure, The Tudor Christchurch Mansion. This

impressive house has over 500 years of history and is now

a museum with period rooms as well as an art gallery

where you can see some of John Constable and Thomas

Gainsborough’s finest works.

Ipswich’s Historical Gems

When you first think of Ipswich you’d be forgiven for just

imagining a modern townscape with a beautiful marina,

but Ipswich is actually the oldest Anglo-Saxon town in

England. Granted a royal charter in 1200 it has links to the

discovery of the Americas, and with historical powerhouse

Cardinal Wolsey.

The waterfront in Ipswich is now a bustling leisure hub,

but also boasts a strong history. The bend of the River

Orwell had been used for trade since the 8th century

but Ipswich’s ‘biggest enclosed dock in the kingdom’ at

the time was completed in 1842 after Royal Assent from

Queen Victoria. It was highly expensive for road travel

at the time and so sea travel was extremely important to

transport grain and other supplies; the dock became a

hive of industry up until the 1970s.

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Palace House, Newmarket

Royal Legends

For those history lovers who enjoy being in the great

outdoors, Suffolk is full of great walks. One top walking

route is set in the Shotley Peninsula and takes visitors

alongside the River Orwell, and then heads inland to the

village of Erwarton, where a royal legend thrives.

The infamous second wife of King Henry VIII, Anne Boleyn

had family in this village - her uncle Sir Phillip Parker lived

at Erwarton Hall and she would often visit in her youth.

Legend has it that Anne loved the village so much that

she asked for her heart to be buried in the local church

when she passed away.

In 1838 renovations began on St Mary’s Church in

Erwarton and a heart-shaped casket, with no inscription

was discovered - many believe this is Boleyn’s heart,

buried here by her uncle after her execution at the Tower

of London in 1536. Visitors to the church can decide for

themselves, as they gaze upon a drawing of Queen Anne

Boleyn by Holbein which resides on the church organ.

A Town of Kings

Newmarket is well-known for its four-legged residents and

their racing prowess, but did you know that the Home

of Horseracing was also home to royal palaces? Palace

House, Newmarket now houses a National Gallery of

Sporting Art as part of the National Heritage Centre for

Horseracing and Sporting Art, but its history is vast.

King James I was the first royal to visit Newmarket

frequently, travelling to the town to undertake sporting

pursuits like hare coursing and hawking. He liked it so

much that he had a royal palace constructed where he

could hold court. This building was in a different location

from the current Palace House site, and after James I

died, his son Charles I spent much of his time at this

residence until his imprisonment and execution during the

English Civil War.

During the 1650s Charles II had been in exile in Europe

but in the 1660s the monarchy was restored and Charles

II took over as King. He came to Newmarket soon after,

spending his time with mistress Nell Gwynn (who held

a residence opposite the palace), sporting pursuits and

altering horseracing to what we know today. He decided

to buy and extend a property, which was on the site

where Palace House stands today.

You can now stroll through the King’s bedroom, which

now houses artistic masterpieces instead of royalty, and

you can look through the oldest surviving sash window

in the UK, the very same window Charles II would have

looked out of in the 1660s. The window, dated 1670,

was found between two walls when Palace House was


These are just some of the amazing historical elements

waiting to greet you when you take a visit to Suffolk.

Come and discover more!

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Ofsted reports, exam statistics, extra curicular activities

– choosing the right school for your child can be

overwhelming at times. A good place to start is an open day

which provides an insight into a school’s overall approach and

atmosphere. We’ve listed upcoming open days throughout the

region to help make the process a little easier…


St Aubyn’s School

Bunces Lane, Woodford, Woodford Green, IG8 9DU

Tel: 020 8504 1577

Open day: 14 March,10am. The Headmaster will talk at


A co-educational, independent, preparatory school,

with around 500 pupils aged between 3-13.


St Mary’s School for Girls

91 Lexden Road, Colchester, CO3 3RB

Tel: 01206 572544

Open days: Kindergarten and Lower School, 7 February,

9 & 27 March, 25 April and 5 June, 9.30-11am; Senior

School, 26 February, 10.30-12pm and 27 April,


A high achieving independent school for girls aged

3-16 with a focus on building confidence and academic



Brentwood School

Middleton Hall Lane, Brentwood, CM15 8EE

Tel: 01277 243243

Open day: Prep taster morning 9 March

An independent day and boarding school for boys and

girls aged 3-18.


Gosfield School

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

Tel: 01787 474040

Open day: 9 March

An independent, co-educational through school,

delivering a consistent and supportive learning

environment for children from 2-18 years old.


St. Michael’s Church of England Preparatory School

198 Hadleigh Road, Leigh-on-Sea, SS9 2LP

Tel: 01702 478719

Open days: 1 March 10.30am – 12 noon & 2 March

10.30am – 12.30pm

A non-selective school for children aged 3-11 years.


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Saturday 9th March 2019

9.30am - 11.50am

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Excellent independent boarding and day

school located in Letchworth Garden City

for girls aged 3 - 18 years

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Oxford House School

2-4, Lexden Road, Colchester CO3 3NE

Tel: 01206 576686

Open day: Book a personal tour on any day of the week,

giving you a chance to experience a normal school day.

Part of the global Cognita family of schools, Oxford

House is a traditional nursery and preparatory school

providing the best education for 2½-11 year olds.



Cambridge International School

Cherry Hinton Road, Cambridge, CB1 8DW

Tel: 01223 416938

Open days: Spring dates to be announced soon.

The school provides an inspiring and exciting education

for children aged 3-18.


Norwich High School for Girls

95 Newmarket Road, Norwich NR2 2HU

Tel: 01603 453265

Open week: 4-8 March

The school offers an education which is about more than

exams, with sport, music, art, performance and innovative

enrichment opportunities, for girls aged 3 to 18 years.


Thetford Grammar School

Bridge Street, Thetford IP24 3AF

Tel: 01842 752840

Open days: 2019 dates are yet to be confirmed.

Call directly for more information.

An independent school offering a broad and balanced

education for boys and girls aged 3 to 18 years.


The Leys School

Fen Causeway, Cambridge, CB2 7AD

Tel: 01223 508900

Open days: 9 February and 27 April.

A co-educational independent day and boarding school

for children aged 11-18.


Cambridge Regional College

Kings Hedges Road, Cambridge, CB4 2QT

Tel: 01223 418200

Open days: Huntingdon Campus; 7 February, 2 May and

15 June. Cambridge Campus; 9 February, 3 April and

13 June.

Highly-rated further education college with excellent fulltime

and part-time courses, apprenticeships and Higher

Education, and professional training for businesses.



Wymondham College

Wymondham, Norfolk, NR18 9SZ

Tel: 01953 609000

Open days: Boarder taster evenings, 22 March &

14 June, 5.45-8.30pm; Main School open mornings,

23 March & 15 June, 9-11am; Sixth Form mini open

mornings, 9 February and 29 June.

A school for students aged 11-18, boarders and day

pupils. www.wymondhamcollege.org

East Norfolk Sixth Form

Church Lane, Gorleston, Great Yarmouth,

NR31 7BQ

Tel: 01493 662234

Open day: Information Evening 5 March, 4.30-6.30pm

The sixth form college welcomes 1,700 students to study

a curriculum with over 80 A Level and BTEC subjects at

Level 3 and Level 2.



Stoke College

Stoke by Clare, Sudbury, CO10 8JE

Tel: 01787 278141

Open days: 2019 dates to be announced soon.

Prep School open days are usually held on Friday

mornings, and Senior School and Sixth Form events on

Saturday mornings.

An independent day and boarding school with a focus

on strong academic progress, providing a breadth of

experience and opportunity to develop character and

help each child to discern their future.


South Lee School

Nowton Road, Bury St Edmunds, IP33 2BT

Tel: 01284 754654

Open day: Call directly to meet the head and take a tour.

Independent Day School & Nursery for boys and girls

aged 2-13, offering a stimulating and caring environment

for your child. www.southlee.co.uk

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Bedford Girls’ School is part of The Harpur Trust

An independent co-educational school

for children ages 2 1/2 - 11 years

Strong traditional values Unrivalled 11+ results

Montessori teaching


Music, dance and drama

enrich the curriculum

Now taking registrations

for Nursery 2020-21

For more information or to visit the school,

please contact Mrs Despriet on 01206 576686



Email: info@oxfordhouseschool.net



St Francis College

Broadway, Letchworth Garden City, SG6 3PJ

Tel: 01462 670511

Open days: 23-29 March

An all-girls school that provides an excellent education,

focusing on nurturing the individual talents of its pupils,

aged between 3-18 years old.


Kingshott School

Stevenage Road, St Ippolyts, Hitchin, SG4 7JX

Tel: 01462 432009

Open day: 3 May

A co-education day prep school for children aged 3-13,

providing tradition and innovation in teaching and



Duncombe School

4 Warren Park Road, Hertford, SG14 3JA

Tel: 01992 414100

Open days: 7 March and 2 May, 9.45am-11am.

A private school with co-educational Preparatory and Pre-

Preparatory Schools, for pupils aged 2-11 years.


Haileybury and Imperial Service College

Hertford, SG13 7NU

Tel: 01992 706200

Open days: 11+ & 13+ 16 March, 9.30am, 11+ 15 May,

9.30am and 16+ 20 June, 6pm

A co-educational boarding and day school for ages 11-18.


St Christopher School, Letchworth

Barrington Road, Letchworth Garden City, SG6 3JZ

Tel: 01462 650850

Open day: 11 May, 9.30am-1pm.

An independent school for girls and boys aged 3–18.


Bedford Girls’ School

Cardington Road, Bedford, MK42 0BX

Tel: 01234 361900

Open day: 6 March, 10am

A vibrant independent day school for girls aged 7 to 18



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Tails about town

Written by Emma Kemsley

Spoilt Spaniel

Following a rather low-key Christmas and New

Year (apart from when Fletcher got caught in

the fairy lights and almost pulled the whole tree

down), I was worried that I might not have any

anecdotes to report this month, but I can always

rely on Fletcher to pull something out the bag.

This time for all the wrong reasons. He is being

an absolute nightmare and I’m at my wits end.

I can only think of one reason...he is SPOILT!

Too spoilt.

Having my husband and I at home for almost two weeks

over the festive break, it appears Fletcher has become

accustomed to the extra belly rubs, cuddles on the sofa,

presents and treats. During Christmas he has had our full

attention, days have evolved around his needs. We’ve

been on lots of lovely local walks including Audley End

Park in Saffron Walden, South Weald Country Park, city

strolls in Cambridge and a refreshing New Year’s Day

walk in Grantchester, where Fletcher dived straight into

the middle of a group of canoeists and proved he is the

ultimate mucky pup by covering himself head to paw in

thick, sticky mud.

Since I’ve returned to work, he has been a complete pest!

Whining, crying and hanging on me as I type. He simply

won’t settle. And when he does I can see one big brown

eye staring at me and hear subtle whimpers. I spent a

good few days pandering to his needs, thinking perhaps

he was ill, but no, there’s nothing wrong with him. Then

I thought maybe he could smell the fox that I saw dart

across the garden, but that was a week ago. Truth is, he is

just being naughty!

I’ve lost count how many times I’ve threatened him with

Battersea Dogs Home. I even called the vets to enquire

about having him neutered. When I said our surname,

the vet immediately replied with: “Fletcher! Oh yes, I

remember him, such a bundle of energy!” Of course she

remembers him, he likes to make an impression. Last

time she saw him, he was splashing blood around her

reception. Anyway she believes as he doesn’t hump nor is

he aggressive, neutering won’t help and he is “just being

a spaniel!”

Things got so bad earlier this week, that my husband

and I had to leave the house. On a cold, damp Tuesday

evening in January, our dog actually made us leave home.

I wish I was joking and I know it sounds ridiculous, but

I needed the peace and quiet. We went for dinner just

to have an hour break from his relentless playing and


As I write this, he has climbed on the back of my chair and

onto my shoulders because I’m not paying him attention.

Send help!

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If there’s a new puppy in the home and

you’re excited to start training, get ahead

before they’re old enough to attend classes

with our five tips for training the basics.


Take a treat and move it towards your

dog above their head. As you move it

between their eyes, the dog will naturally

sit back to look up. Hey presto, you

have a sit! Repeat this exercise until they

undersatnd each time and then add the

word “sit”. Simply repeat until you can say

“sit” and they do so without the need for using treats.


With your dog in a sitting position take

a treat from their nose in a downward

motion to the ground. This may take a

little longer than the sit to master but

once they have it, give lots of praise.

Repeat until they’ve got it before

introducing the word down.


Whatever you’re doing will be interesting to an

inquisitive new pup, coming to you will be easy in

the home but could be more difficult outside if not

mastered early on. Each time your

puppy comes to you give lots of

praise and a reward and you

can guarantee they’ll come

back for more.


Probably the most difficult for a wiggly puppy but the

earlier you start, the quicker they’ll pick it up.

You might need someone helping with this by holding

them to begin with in the place you want them to

settle. Keep them in one position, move a short

distance away, treat them for staying in the

same position and gradually increase the

length of time.

Heal/loose lead walking

If your puppy is racing ahead at

the end of their lead, it’s because

they’re excited to get to where

you’re going. Give your pup

something to do during the walk

like looking at you for a tasty treat.

They can’t focus on looking up at you if they’re ahead so

they’ll naturally stay close.

It’s best to sign up for training classes as soon as you

bring your puppy home to guarantee your space for when

they’re able to attend.

To find a list of trainers in your area, a good place to

start is the IMDT www.imdt.uk.com/find-a-qualifiedimdt-trainer.html

or APDT www.apdt.co.uk/dog-owners/

local-dog-trainers to find experienced, qualified trainers

who abide by a code of ethics.

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The Word

Little East

Written by

Dolly Osborne

Love on the playground

My 10-year-old turned around to me the other

day and said: “Mummy, which is the bad

person: the dumper or the dumpee?”

It led on to a conversation that made the playground

dating scene seem like a Stalinist regime where basically

dumping someone makes you an outcast.

I explained to my son that as heartbreaking as being told

that someone might not like you in the same way you

like them is, that it’s not an act of evil to be honest about

your feelings. I mean look at the alternatives: you never

have the fun of puppy love, of exchanging friendship

bands or Pokémon cards or whatever the big thing of the

moment is, and whilst avoiding dating drama may seem

tempting it is quite a good way to hone your social skills

before hormones complicate things even further. Or you

just pretend to like someone who likes you in order to not

be the ‘bad guy’; this seemed to be the path my son was

considering with his (not so) secret admirer but I pointed

out that by doing this he wasn’t, in fact, choosing the

kinder path.

To hide how you actually feel, to make someone think

that you like them more than you do is actually not kind

to either party. Also it can lead to the cruellest of dating

behaviours, that of ghosting someone who has no idea of

your feelings towards them and no way of finding out.

Let us be honest the likelihood of finding the great love

of your life at primary school or even secondary school is

rather slim and therefore he does need to learn the skills,

and undoubtedly experience the pain, of heartbreak.

As a mother of a boy I feel I have a real duty to raise a son

who treats women the right way, I just didn’t think I’d be

up against a fascist no-dumping regime when I did that.

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things to do

this half term

If you’re forever trying to get your children

to step away from a screen, try one of these

fantastic family days out to put a smile on

their face…

Gruesome going-ons at Framlingham Castle,

18-22 Feb, 11am-3pm

Church Street, Framlingham, Suffolk, IP13 9BP

Make history fun with tales of painful punishments and

pop up activities. Children can re-write history and decide

who are ‘Top of the Chops’ and discover an alphabet of

grim and ghastly tortures and punishments throughout

history. Price: Adults £9.50, Child 5-17 years £5.70,

English Heritage members free


Get your skates on in Cromer, 19-23 Feb

North Lodge Park, Overstrand Road, Cromer, Norfolk,

NR27 0AH

If your little ones are fans of ITV’s ‘Dancing on Ice’, give

them the chance to practice some moves of their own

at North Lodge Park’s synthetic ice rink. Pre-booking is

recommended but not essential.

Price: £6-£7.50


Framlingham Castle

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Fantasy February at Roarr! Dinosaur Adventure,

18-24 Feb, 9am-4pm

Lenwade, Norwich, Norfolk, NR9 5JE

Let your child’s imagination run wild as they get to dress

up as their favourite fantasy character and learn about the

beauty of nature with four workshops throughout the day.

Every child in full fancy dress (no cheating with wings and

a mask!) will gain 50 percent off entry.

Price: Usual entry cost applies, workshops priced £1


Game Plan, until 3 March

St Albans Museum + Gallery, Town Hall, St Peter’s

Street, St Albans, AL1 3DH

Who doesn’t love a good board game? Originally

displayed at the V&A’s Museum of Childhood, this

exhibition celebrates the most iconic games of our time

and those from a time gone by. There are hands-on

interactive experiences where you can learn what type of

player you are and over 100 objects to browse.

Price: Adults £5, under 18s £2.50


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Magic and Mayhem, 22 Feb, 7.30pm

St George’s Theatre, King Street, Great

Yarmouth, Norfolk, NR30 2PG

Let award-winning TV magician Chris

North and ventriloquist and magician Paul

Henri entertain the whole family with a

spellbinding evening of magic.

Price: Adults £9, Children (under 16) £6



Make a masterpiece, until 24 March

The Higgins Bedford, Castle Lane,

Bedford, MK40 3XD

Let your children get creative with art and

science workshops inspired by the gallery’s ‘We are Five’

exhibition. Workshops start at 11am, 12.30pm and 2pm

and last one hour. The activities are aimed at 5 to 13 years

old. Tickets must be purchased in advance at The Higgin’s

reception. Price: £3


Awesome Archaeology, 11am-5pm, 11am-3pm

Silsoe, Bedfordshire, MK45 4HR

A chance for children to get their hands dirty as they

become a daring archaeologist on a mini dig for the day.

Re-create ancient faces by layering on plasticine onto

their bones, and try out the GeoPhys kit to scan what lies

under the ground. Discover hidden treasures and fantastic

finds as you excavate the secrets of Wrest Park.

Price: Adults: £10.90, Children (5-15): £6.50,

English Heritage members free


February Half Term Trail, 18-24 Feb, 10am-3pm

Marks Hall Gardens and Arboretum, Marks Hall,

Coggeshall, Essex, CO6 1TG

Discover the trees and pretty flowers that come to life

at this time of year. Visitors can follow the fun snowdrop

trail and learn something new while discovering the trail

boards. Children aged 3 to 13 years can complete the trail

leaflet and win a prize!

Price: Normal Admission Applies. Trail cost: £1.50


Twilight at the Museums, 20 Feb, 5-7.30pm

Kettles Yard, Castle Street, Cambridge, CB3 0AQ

See the city’s museums in a new light! Step into the

unknown and explore local museums and collections

after dark where visitors can view works from a different

perspective and discover a luminous trail and new

exhibitions. Complete your adventure by visiting the Clore

Learning Studio and take part in creative activities using

light, image projections, grids and lines. Don’t forget your

torch! Price: Free


Meet the newborns on the farm,

16-24 Feb (closed 18 Feb), 10am-4pm

Baylham Farm, Mill Lane, Baylham, Ipswich, Suffolk,


Get up close and cuddle the newborn lambs at the farm.

Some lucky visitors may even see a lamb be born! There’s

also other hand-on experiences including pig and goat

grooming and meeting the bunnies in the Bunny Barn.

Price: Free entry


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Food& Drink news

Food & Drink

Goodbye to Plastic

The UK’s first zero-plastic spring water is now stocked at

Roarr! Dinosaur Adventure, one of the first companies in

East Anglia to stock the innovative new product.

As the park continues to move forward with its

environmental impact status, guests will now have the

opportunity to buy Life Water, the UK’s first BPA-free

canned spring water.

Joining the campaign to help change attitudes towards

plastic waste and its effect on our environment, Roarr!

Dinosaur Adventure will be stocking the cans, which are

100% recyclable and made from 70% recycled aluminium,

with the water sourced locally from British natural springs.

These will replace single-use plastic bottles at the park,

with all the cans sealed from light and air, for freshness.

The scheme is supported by scientists and is already in

operation at the Natural History Museum in London.

Over nine million cans are recycled every hour, with

worldwide aluminium recycling preventing around 170

million tonnes of greenhouse gases from entering the

environment each year.


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Two New Properties for

The Chestnut Group

The Chestnut Group has announced the addition of

The Weeping Willow near Bury St Edmunds and

The Eight Bells in Saffron Walden to its growing

portfolio of East Anglian country and coastal inns.

The Weeping Willow, located in Barrow, eight miles

from Bury St Edmunds, is a 16th century pub, which

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Gerla de Boer, founder of the Cambridge

Food Tour, (www.cambridgefoodtour.com)

shares her wisdom of the city’s cuisine…

It’s pretty

hot out there

Certainly not the weather, although we’ve

had a very mild winter. I am talking about

the local food scene. I always think that I can

predict what is next, but I have to say many

of the new openings have taken me

by surprise.


Vegan products have become extremely popular in the

UK, so much in fact, that we are now the market leader in

vegan products. From a niche product, it has grown up as

a serious player on the market. Marks & Spencer’s have

recognised this with the launch of a new line of 60 vegan

gourmet products. It also makes you wonder if there is

anything else new under the sun? Yes, there is indeed! I

am writing this article whilst travelling in Australia, often

seen as one to the leading countries for food trends.

Apparently, the next big thing is also a plant-based

cuisine. Not a new one, but an ancient one, Greek!

At home in Cambridge, we can look forward to a huge

number of new openings in the food scene. Some of them

will be open by the time you are reading this, others will

soon open their doors. From fine dining to fast food and

coffee, there is something for everybody.

Let’s kick off with fast food; burgers! Do we need more

as there are quite a few burger joints around already?

However, these are not the kind of burgers you are used

to. They are vegan! I couldn’t believe it, that not just one

but two vegan burger places decided to open their doors

in Cambridge in January. Doppleganger Burger in Regent

Street and Vegan Vice has a permanent kitchen take over

at Ta Bouche.

One of our favourite street food traders has decided to

have a permanent base too. Brix + Mortar by Provenance

Kitchen, is a cafe and deli that serves delicious food

cooked over an open fire in Whittlesford. I am a big fan

of real fire. It gives the food a distinct flavour and there is

nothing better than slow-cooked food and pizza from a

wood fired oven.

Thirsty, the well-known quirky bottle shop, bar and eatery

on Chesterton Road now has a base in King Street.

Thirsty & Hungry serves up a good glass of wine, craft

beer and delicious food designed by Mark Poynton.

Mill Road is going to be the hotbed for new foodie places

this year. In December the Cambridge Waffle Bar and the

Turkish baker Bravo opened their doors at the back end

of Mill Road. Artisans at heart, they make everything from

scratch. In March, Alex Rushmer and Lawrence Butler

will open Vanderleyle with daily changing menus and

seasonal food.

Our favourite Sicilian cafe, Aromi has introduced

‘Aperitivo’ time at Bene’t Street and a stone’s throw

away, one of the most exciting and quirky openings is in

Downing Street. Tucked away under the arcades of the

Hilton Cambridge, The Brew Project, specialty roasters,

hailing from Bury St. Edmunds, will open a barber shop,

brunch venue, natural wine and craft beer/spirits bar plus

live music, coffee and barbering events. The word ‘quirky’

doesn’t really cover it, don’t you think?

Have fun eating and drinking your way around these new

foodie hotspots!

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Nothing says romance like a good

glass of wine. Here’s six of the best

to enjoy on Valentine’s Day…

Written by Matt Dicks

Twitter @vinopatrol

Roses are red, violets are blue, have I got some

amazing wine choices for you! Ok, it’s not

Shakespeare’s finest, but with Valentine’s Day

on the horizon, there’s no better time to hit the

bullseye with your wine choices. However, this

begs the question, what exactly is a romantic


For me, it’s a tipple that hits the sweet spot that fills the

moment with quality and magic. However, you don’t need

to splash the cash as fine wine isn’t the answer

to everything.

Love it or loath it, the 14th February can be rather

predictable: Champagne, chocolates, flowers and a battle

to get a table in your favourite restaurant. Whether you

rule the roost in the kitchen or pull out all the stops on

a night out, there’s a tipple to suit everyone. However,

if you’ve thought about your lover’s tastes, attentively

chosen a tipple to woo them or considered matching the

wine to a romantic dinner that you’ve made, you can

triple your brownie points in a heartbeat. Plus, we know

that points win prizes on Valentine’s Day! It could make all

the difference.

So here’s a handpicked selection of drinks to help charge

those love batteries, ready to sip and impress:

Mirabeau La Folie Rosé

If your other half enjoys a classy glass of rosé but also

likes a cheeky glass of fizz then pour them a glass of

this sparkling masterpiece. Hailing from Luberon in

central Provence, Mirabeau La Folie Rosé is the perfect

aperitif and pairs beautifully with salads, seafood tapas

and summer fruit desserts.

British Cassis & Prosecco

Sweet at first taste, before the irresistibly

sharp after-kick, British Cassis is the perfect

aperitif served straight, over ice, twists

beautifully into fizzing champagne or

prosecco and is decadent in cocktails.

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Organic Fiano

Green apple, pear and

almond aromas abound here,

backed by succulent fruit

on the palate and a lifted

mineral finish. An authentic

taste of southern Italy that

will excel with chicken and

roasted vegetable dishes.

ANDA Tempranillo

Syrah – Andalucia

If you decide to stay in and rule

the kitchen then why not try

this great alternative to world

renowned Rioja. Heralding

from sunny southern Spain, the

cooler climate high up in the

mountains of Andalucía, hidden

away behind the beaches and

holidaymakers, helps create a

medium bodied wine of real

freshness, complex yet easy

drinking, with crisp acidity, soft

tannins and plenty of juicy fruit.

Gifford’s Hall Rosé

Magnum Suffolk

Go big for Valentine’s Day

and splash out on a magnum,

it makes for an iconic table

piece. A delightful blend of

Madeleine Angevine and Rondo

grapes results in a delicate yet

concentrated nose, with a wild

strawberry aroma, hints of

white flowers and peaches.

The palate is fresh, with

distinct red berry flavours

and a touch of pink


St. Giles Gin

51 million bottles of gin were

purchased by UK consumers last

year and I’m sure your loved

one contributed towards that

statistic! Distilled in historic

Norwich but inspired by the

four corners of the earth –

lemongrass and rose petals are

just two exotic botanicals in

this smooth, fruity gin. St. Giles

is smooth enough to impress in

a glass over ice.

Matt Dicks has been a Wines,

Beers and Spirits Specialist

for Waitrose since 2006. He

holds a variety of Wine and

Spirit Education Trust (WSET)

certificates. He is also a judge

for the International Wine

Challenge and International

Wine and Spirit Competition.

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The Power of the Mind

Are you stressed or do you just

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Emma Kemsley investigates.

Hypnosis. What comes to mind? Falling asleep

at the click of the fingers or running around

a stage like a chicken? The concept has been

given a bad reputation over the years, thanks to

TV shows and films, but things are changing, and

the complementary therapy is now being used to

treat a multitude of conditions.

Claire Ivey, an Essex based hypnotherapist, has 17 yearsexperience

specialising in hypnosis, hypnotherapy and

hypnoanalysis, her preferred method. “It occurs when

one is relaxed and the hypnoanalyst will ask questions

about how the client is feeling. The client answers and a

dialogue ensues led by the client’s answers,” she says.

The method can help one deal with emotional issues, be

it stress or grief, using the subconscious to overcome the

problem. Claire adds: “The subconscious mind is open

and willing due to bypassing the CCF (Conscious Critical

Faculty). Hypnoanalysis is my much preferred method to

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For me, we focused on fertility. After two failed rounds

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Your immune system does a terrific job of

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in your body that can cause you to fall ill. But, in

order to keep your immune system functioning

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help keep harmony throughout your entire body

and keep those nasty bugs at bay. We have

listed six healthy-living strategies to help keep

your body as nutrient-filled as possible to ensure

your immune system will have the upper hand!

Get some vitamin D

The UK’s leading nutritionist and author of The Natural

Health Bible for Women, Dr. Marilyn Glenville

(www.marilynglenville.com), recommends upping your

vitamin D to help boost your immunity. “According to

research, vitamin D strengthens the body’s immune

system and is able to ‘trigger and arm’ the body’s T

cells to attack invaders and fight infection. Natural food

sources of vitamin D are few, but it is found in oily fish

and eggs as well as fortified foods such as margarines

and breakfast cereal.” You can also try adding a vitamin

D supplement to your diet, such as NHP’s Vitamin D3

Support, which delivers the government recommended

400ius per day (£12.97, www.naturalhealthpractice.com).

Swap your go to drink for Kombucha

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– the perfect cultivation of flavours that also helps to

boost your immunity. Try Equinox Kombucha (£1.80, from

Waitrose), which brews the finest organic green tea with

spring water and organic, unrefined cane sugar before

adding the kombucha culture and fermenting for a few

weeks, creating this award-winning recipe, which is very

much alive! If you still want that hit of gin, try adding

Equinox as your mixer and ditching the sugar-filled

tonic water!

Up your heart rate

Exercise reduces the impact of the stress hormones, which

make us more vulnerable to colds and flu. “Normally,

when these hormones are released we are in ‘fight or

flight’ mode and we are going to spring into action. So,

when we are active this actually helps dissipate the stress

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Even if you don’t follow high

fashion, it is so easy to start

feeling frumpy if you don’t make

efforts to renew and refresh.

So how about trying a style

inspiration exercise?

If you are a magazine reader, then

a scrap book, glue stick and pair

of scissors is a great place to start.

Set some time aside just for you.

Gather fashion magazines, Sunday

supplements, Boden catalogue;

whatever no one minds you cutting

up. Look for things you are drawn to. It

might be a style, a texture, a feeling or

even the sleek lines of a silver car. The

advert might highlight how you like simple clean lines,

in neutral colours, in your clothing. Flip past the pictures

you feel indifferent or have no real reaction to, and ignore

affordability and practicality. Go for the gut feelings of

love it or hate it.

If you are more of an IT person, then Pinterest is an

excellent tool to group together electronic images that

you love. I use this for both my own personal inspiration

and also for clients. If you want to take a look, my account

is Ruth Essex at www.pinterest.co.uk/ruthaugust, where

you can peruse some of my readymade pin

boards. There are boards on ‘Navy as a Neutral’

or ‘Spring Colour Outfits’ for example. Set up

your own account for free if you like the look of

Pinterest, then start following others who inspire

you or pinning boards yourself. If you find a look

that you want to try, have a go at recreating your

own version of it.

It is within everyone’s reach to feel stylish and

happy in their statement look, however I do

understand that it takes time and some effort to

work out what stylish and happy means for you.

Identifying the styles you are drawn to and the

outfits you want to wear, can stop you making

expensive shopping mistakes or purchasing

random items that end up as unworn items

hanging lonely on the rail. Before you know it,

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At a time where we expect things at the click

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tells us how shopping malls are meeting

customer demand

Retail is a dynamic industry, and shopping

centres and the stores within them are having

to constantly evolve to stay up-to-date. At this

moment in time we are probably witnessing the

biggest and fastest changes at shopping centres.

To address changing lifestyle needs, shopping

centres have started to move away from a retail

only offer, introducing new leisure concepts to

enhance the shopping experience.

Customers can now purchase a new work outfit online

while they watch TV in their front room, but internet

shopping still only accounts for less than 20% of

spending. Shoppers still spend more of their hard-earned

money in physical stores, but the internet is likely to

continue to grow and so traditional shops and shopping

centres must keep moving.

The principal change we are seeing is that customers

are no longer simply browsing and purchasing items, the

focus is very much about making memorable experiences,

and using valuable time in exciting and interesting spaces

and places. People are seeking a day out to enjoy time

with family and friends, alongside the traditional shopping

experience. While shopping remains fundamentally

important, a varied and quality customer experience has

become essential for successful shopping centres.

A high quality, luxury customer experience will be critical

to the future of shopping. There will be increasing

diversity of the in-shop offer. For example, shoppers will

have noticed certain fashion brands introducing premium

services such as hair salons or nail bars into their stores

and we see this trend sure to continue.

I think this helps to explain our own success at

Springfields. We’ve seen a steady increase in visitors and

14 years of consecutive turnover growth since opening in

2004. Being located within 45 acres of grounds, shared

with Springfields Festival Gardens, our customers can

enjoy a unique shopping experience. In the past six

months alone we’ve added premium brands Joules, Jack

Wills, White Stuff and the Cosmetics Store Company (part

of the Estee Lauder Group).

Springfields visitors can tour the grounds featuring

fountains, sculptures, wetlands and woodlands, plus

showcase gardens by renowned designers such as Chris

Beardshaw and Charlie Dimmock. Customers can sample

one of numerous cafes or restaurants or, during the

summer months, ride the water taxi into Spalding town


Last summer, we opened Adventure Land, featuring the

UK’s largest JCB Young Drivers’ Zone, a covered beach,

gold-panning and Treetop Village. Providing an even

better day out for all of the family.

Shopping centres will continue to change. We will

see further development of leisure being introduced

alongside stores. Family entertainment and physical

experiences will be at the forefront. And we will see

technology leading the way, with a vast array of exciting

new concepts making use of innovation such as virtual

reality which will bring family and friends together.

The retail industry in the UK remains an ever-changing

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To the Fair

Why attend wedding fairs & how to get the

most out of them

Written by Katrina Otter

It’s that time of year again when there

are wedding fairs and open days taking

place every weekend and, if you’re recently

engaged, it’s really rather tempting to attend

as many as possible. However, are wedding

fairs worth it when everything is now online?

How do you make them work for you? And

how can they help you plan your wedding?

Answers below…

Firstly, making time to visit wedding fairs, especially when

you’re in the early stages of planning your wedding, is

definitely a good idea. Why? Well, there’s no substitute

quite like meeting suppliers face to face and, when

you’re new to the wedding world, wedding fairs can

be enlightening, packed full of inspiration and you’ll

hopefully come away with lots of ideas and even a

confirmed supplier or two.

Another reason to visit wedding fairs, particularly those

hosted at your chosen wedding venue, is that you often

get to see spaces dressed for weddings. This can be

incredibly helpful as you can see what works well at

your venue and you’ll be able to meet the suppliers who

know how to make the best of the space too. Use the

opportunity to speak to wedding pros who know your

venue inside out – this is your chance to ask those allimportant


Wedding fairs can also help you make savings because

some suppliers will offer discounts if you book them there

and then or will offer discount codes for you to use at

a later date. To make the most of these offers, do your

research before you go and find out which suppliers will

be there, researching them online ahead of your visit

so you’ll know beforehand whether they suit your style

and your budget. Then, if there are discounts on offer

on the day, you can make the most of them knowing

that the supplier in question is the right for you and your


So, when there’s so much to see at wedding fairs, how do

you get the most out of them? Here are my top tips:

Know what you want to get from each fair you visit. Be

clear about your reasons for attending each fair. Are

you going to get inspiration, to see your venue again or

to seriously look for suppliers? What suppliers are you

looking for and what is your budget?

• Visit a range of fairs from smaller, local fairs to larger,

regional or national events. Also, look out for fairs that

best suit your style of wedding. There are now lots

of events that suit all styles of wedding so if you’re

planning a boho day for example, look for a fair that’s

right for you.

• Be comfortable! Wedding fairs, especially the larger

shows, will mean a lot of walking and sometimes a

venture outdoors too. Also, take a bottle of water as

fairs can get hot and dehydration is no fun at all.

• Make sure that you know all the logistical details in

advance. Double check the venue, opening times and

the entrance info too. Some fairs are free to enter but

require you to register online before you attend, others

need you to buy tickets in advance or on the door

whilst others are completely free.

• Do your research before you go. Find out which

suppliers will be there and times for any catwalk shows,

workshops or other events and then make sure that you

arrive with time to spare.

• Think about who you’re going to take with you. Do

you want to go with your partner, your parents or your

bridesmaids? This ultimately depends on what you’re

hoping to find – if you’re booking major suppliers, take

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your partner. If you’re looking for bridal accessories, hair

and makeup artists or similar, invite your girlfriends.

• Don’t be pressured into booking or buying. Of course,

wedding suppliers attend fairs to get business but

don’t be pressured into booking or buying anything,

particularly things that you’ve not included in your

budget. Suddenly deciding that you want fireworks

because you find a great company at a wedding fair is

going to affect your entire wedding budget so think

before you commit!

• If you’re not ready to buy or need to time to digest

things, leave your details with the suppliers in question.

Most will email out after the event (sometimes with

special offers) and you can always stay in touch with

them too.

Lastly, have fun! Remember that you’re attending

wedding fairs because you’re getting married so make

the most of every minute. Stop for a coffee (or obligatory

glass of fizz!) after you’ve been to the fair, use the time

to talk about your wedding and get ahead with planning

your amazing day.

Katrina Otter is a Cambridgeshire based wedding

planner and event organiser with over 10 years

experience. Find out how she could help you plan your

wedding day at www.katrinaotterweddings.co.uk

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Dates for

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Find the best suppliers for your

big day at a regional wedding fair

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The Cambridge Wedding Fair, 10 February

Anstey Hall Courtyard, Maris Lane, Cambridge,


Browse local suppliers and enjoy a fashion show at

12.30pm and 2.30pm, showcasing the latest trends in

bridal wear. Open from 11am - 3.30pm.

The Wedding Fayre at Trinity Park, 10 February

Trinity Park, Felixstowe Road, Ipswich, Suffolk

A popular fayre with up to 75 suppliers.

East of England Valentine’s Wedding Show,

10 February

East of England Showground, Oundle Road, Alwalton,

Peterborough PE2 6XE

Packed with inspiration from wedding professionals,

goody bags for the first 250 brides and a complimentary

glass of bubbly for all visitors. Open 10.30am-3pm.

Wedding Spectacular at Knebworth Barns,

17 February

Knebworth House, Knebworth, Hertfordshire SG1 2AX

A chance to view the historic venue and browse up to 50

local suppliers. Fashion Shows at 12.30pm and 2.30pm.

Free entry. Open 11am-4pm.

Signature Wedding Show, 17 February

The Brentwood Centre, Doddinghurst Road, Brentwood,

Essex CM15 9NN

There will be a huge number of wedding specialists on

hand to answer all your questions. Free entry. Open


Swynford Manor Wedding Show, 17 February

London Road, Six Mile Bottom, Newmarket CB8 0UE

Free entry and goody bag for all couples getting married.

Marston Vale Wedding Fair, 21 February

Forest Centre, Station Road, Marston Moretaine,

MK43 0PS

An opportunity to see the rooms dressed for your

ceremony and wedding breakfast, and to meet some

fabulous local suppliers. Book in advance to receive a free

goodie bag on arrival. Open 6.30pm-9pm. Free entry.

The Suffolk Wedding Show, 24 February

Wherstead Park, Wherstead, Ipswich, IP9 2BJ

One of the largest shows in the Ipswich area with over

65 suppliers. Free parking, wedding magazine and glass

of bubbly.

The Colchester Wedding Fair, 17 March

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View the venue and meet local suppliers. Free entry.

Open 11am-3pm.

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A Royal Affair

Magical venues fit for

a prince and princess

Meghan Markle has a lot to answer for…not

only has she influenced women’s fashion

but since saying “I do” to Prince Harry, the

Markle sparkle has had a major impact on the

wedding industry. From dresses and flowers to

ceremonies and venues, brides-to-be want to

feel like royalty, and why not, it’s your wedding

day after all. If you’re dreaming of marrying

your own Prince Charming in a royal fairy tale

setting this year, we’ve selected the most

beautiful venues in the region fit for a princess.

Mannington Hall, Norfolk

If you’re looking for a gorgeous backdrop to

your wedding, look no further than Mannington

Hall. Owned by Lord and Lady Walpole, the hall

and gardens offer the perfect surroundings for a

beautiful wedding. Both large and small parties are

catered for, and couples can choose from a marquee

or the rose tearooms for their reception.


Hylands Estate Banqueting Room

Hylands Estate, Essex

Grand, beautiful and surrounded by landscaped parkland,

Hylands Estate is perfect for adding a touch of regal elegance

to your big day. The interiors are lavishly designed with a neo

baroque style with French marble fireplace and floor to ceiling

windows. Brides can make a grand entrance on a horse drawn

carriage along the sweeping driveway.

Michelle Marwood, assistant manager of the wedding venue,

said: “Whilst we see a wide range of couples and ceremonies

at Hylands Estate, ever since Meghan and Harry tied the knot,

we have noticed that couples have become more empowered

to break with tradition. Taking inspiration from Meghan

walking herself down the aisle, we are now meeting with

brides-to-be who want to do their own thing, and are talking

about their mum, sister or friends walking them down the

aisle.” www.hylandsestateweddings.co.uk.

Hertford Castle, Hertfordshire

It doesn’t need to cost a fortune to have a royal wedding.

If you want a regal venue without the price tag opt for the

beautiful Grade I listed, mid-15th century Hertford Castle. The

venue offers a variety of packages to suit all budgets and even

allows guests to supply their own alcohol to save on costs.


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Hylands Estate

Hengrave Hall, Suffolk

If you have as many friends as the Duke and Duchess,

the impressive Tudor mansion accommodates wedding

parties of up to 140 guests. Built in 1525, the property

boasts an idyllic chapel, banqueting hall, gallery, library,

courtyard and more. Its grand halls and chambers will

have you feeling like a queen. It also has 27 bedrooms

on-site so your guests are well looked after too!


Hedingham Castle

Ware Priory, Hertfordshire

Period features are great for adding a regal vibe to your

big day, and the architecture at Ware Priory will have

you falling in love all over again. The Priory Hall features

gothic stone arches, stained glass windows and has the

remnants of a Victorian Trompe-l’oeil. Brides can make a

grand entrance through a gorgeous Jacobean front door.

For a more intimate ceremony, couples can get married

at the Hadsley Room, which features late-medieval roof

beams and crown post roof. The room includes a 14th

century refectory table, which is believed to be a

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Hedingham Castle, Essex

What could be more romantic than getting married in

your very own castle? The interiors are as grand and

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I love the driving force that a new year brings. In the bridal world,

I am witnessing some of the biggest changes in trends that I have

seen for a long time. And you probably won’t be surprised to hear

that it’s all down to the influence of those young, chic royals…

There is an undeniable move towards a clean, tailored cut,

with a minimal aesthetic. What I love about this is that it shouts

couture! The beauty is in the richness and purity of those stunning,

high quality fabrics like Mikado for structure, triple organza for

ethereal body, and heavy silk crepe

for drape and controlled movement.

Also with these royal gowns, there is

the execution of the fine construction

work – there is literally nowhere to hide

and all seams are revealed. The cut of

any dress is the true sign of wonderful

craftsmanship. An immaculate style-line

designed to perfection are the skills

that set those couture designers above

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Everyday fashion styles are also finding

their way onto the ivory catwalk…

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necks, co-ordinated with long sleeves of

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Oh! What a breath of fresh air –

lace is on its way out! Although lace cut work and what I call ‘story-telling’

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Look out for halternecks, too. Another Meghan Markle-effect piece, along with

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and drama. These balance out beautifully with a slimmer silhouette.

Don’t worry if you’re still wowed by the traditional wedding dress shape – the

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Let them eat cake!

2019’s biggest trends

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The most delicious part of wedding planning

- choosing your cake! Once an element of

the wedding day that was all about tradition,

today we’re seeing more couples use their

wedding cake as a style statement, a wowworthy

addition to your decor. Each year,

wedding cakes seem to be getting even

prettier and couples are choosing awe-inspiring

designs that really bring something to the

table, to be gazed at and fussed over by their


Weddingly, Hertfordshire’s fastest growing online

wedding resource, teamed up with Hitchin-based

wedding cake maker and expert, Claire Festa from

At Your Wish (atyourwishcakes.co.uk) to share the most

beautiful upcoming trends in wedding cakes for 2019.

1. Marble

The luxury look that’s been all over our Instagram feeds

is here to stay for 2019. Feminine but sophisticated and a

little bit quirky, the marble finish is achieved by kneading

together different shades of icing. Presented with a

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5 ways to drive down

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Petrol prices are up, car insurance prices are

up, breakdown costs are up – but don’t

let it get you down. There are many ways to

slash the cost of motoring. As we don’t get

an annual bill for our car, the cost just comes

in dribs and drabs, few people focus on it –

even though that bill would likely be £1,000s.

This means the savings can be huge.

The drastic action is to do what I’ve done, and get rid

of your car altogether. Though to be fair, for me that’s

because I try and walk everywhere as I’m addicted to

hitting my 20,000 steps a day target. So let me show

you five easy ways to put the brakes on your

vehicular costs.

1) Don’t overpay on breakdown cover

Roadside recovery policies are especially important right

now at the coldest point of year. Back-up in case your

car fails is important, especially if you rely on it for work

or the kids. Most people stick with the big names, but

if you’re willing to shift away from them you can make

large savings. A year of cover at www.autoaidbreakdown.

co.uk costs £48 - not much more than the basic policies

with the big firms - and it includes home start and

onward travel and includes cover for you and your spouse

(including civil partners) at no extra cost. Call-out times

are said to be roughly similar too.

If you are with the big firms, and want to stay that way,

then the golden rule when it comes to renewal is to

haggle. The success rates of those who try are incredible,

in my most recent poll on it 87% of www.rac.co.uk and

90% of www.theaa.com customers who tried succeed.

Alternatively if you just want a basic AA or RAC policy,

new customers buying through cashback sites

www.topcashback.co.uk or www.Quidco.com can

effectively reduce the price to as little as £20 a year after

cashback (it changes daily). So if you were to alternate AA

one year and the RAC next, you can play this out.

2) Find the cheapest fuel

To find the cheapest petrol and diesel near you in

seconds, use the nifty tool on www.petrolprices.com.

Create a free account, enter your postcode and select

how far you’re willing to travel to a forecourt (5, 10 or 25

miles) - the difference between best and worst can be

huge. It’s also worth checking whether supermarkets are

giving out discounts if you spend over a certain amount.

3) Drive efficiently and save

How you drive is the biggest single factor affecting your

fuel costs, and in extreme cases people find they can

save 30% when they change their driving habits.

• Accelerate gradually without over-revving (think of the

accelerator as a money pump)

• Change up a gear earlier than feels natural, this keeps

the revs and the cost down

• Think about your road position, so you can keep

moving rather than stopping and starting.

• Slow naturally where safe instead of hitting the brakes

(braking late is just burning money you’ve spent to make

your car accelerate)

4) Free Halfords winter car check

Halfords.com is offering a free ‘£15’ winter car check,

which includes checks to your battery, bulbs, wiper

blades, oil and screen wash levels. There’s no need to

book in advance, though you can do so online if you

want, and the check should take about 15 minutes.

There is no obligation to buy anything, but be prepared

that staff might try to upsell to you. The winter car check

is on until spring.

5) Two or more cars at home? Check multi-car

Never auto renew car insurance, especially now as

prices could be rising. Instead my normal solution is

check you’ve the right cover (don’t assume third party is

cheaper), and search by combining the right comparison

sites – see my full guide at www.moneysavingexpert.

com/carinsurance You should also add in www.directline.

com and www.aviva.co.uk which the comparison sites

don’t include.

Martin Lewis is the Founder and Chair of

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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

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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?

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Written by Sue Cooke - Twitter @cookecars

February is the month for romance and it

seems as if the motoring public have fallen in

love with SUVs. Driving around this week, very

comfortably, in the Volvo XC60 road test car, I

was struck by the amount of fellow Sports Utility

Vehicle drivers there are on the road.

And while currently my own car is a hatchback, when I

buy a new car, it will be an SUV…and I am not alone. One

major manufacturer says that by 2025, 50 percent of its

cars sold throughout the world will probably be an SUV.

In 2007 these sometimes off roaders, represented just

8.5% of market share. In 2017 the market share was 29.3%.

With a size to fit all, Volvo offers the XC40, XC60 and the

largest XC90 and with the surety of being able to drive

through some water and with a decent amount of off-road

capability, the SUV has won our hearts.

Gone are the days of the boxy van shape. The Volvo XC60

is a stylish contender. Three designers, Thomas Ingenlath,

Robin Page and Maximilian Missoni worked closely

together to develop an award-winning Scandinavian

design. Volvo says they will now focus on future design

opportunities which will be created by the company’s move

towards electrified and ultimately autonomous cars.

And this is the other big change - the move from fossil

fuels. The UK Government vows to ban new sales of

all purely petrol and diesel driven vehicles by 2040. So,

what’s the option – hydrogen, electricity or a compromise,

the hybrid? Volvo has recently launched the twin engine

plug-in hybrid which combines a powerful petrol engine

with a battery-powered electric motor. This gives the

owner a virtually silent, zero emission city car, an

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hours (at 6 amps). There is a choice of driving modes, Pure,

Hybrid, Power or AWD. During my week of road testing I

used all four, individually, which are simple to select.

The quality interior is gorgeous with a huge 9-inch

touchscreen displaying radio, nav and even the weather. It

is easy to change the climate in the cabin or the music by

pressing a voice activation button on the steering wheel.

I loved my week in Volvo’s premium car and felt very safe

with the ground-breaking technology which can help

prevent collisions. City Safety, ‘Run off road’ mitigation,

automatic braking if sensors detect that you have turned

in front of an oncoming vehicle at junctions as well as

automatic headlight dip are all useful features. My favourite

is the £800, 360-degree surround view parking camera

which includes park assist pilot for automatic parallel and

90-degree parking. The automotive world may be treading

uncertain roads but in this month of peace, love and

harmony, I do hope that the Volvo XC60 hybrid is an SUV

that will stay around for a long time.

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There are few improvements that can make

a difference to the home as much as a

conservatory. Easy to build and cheaper than

an extension, conservatories are perfect for

brightening up the home, creating space and

adding value.

Looming Brexit has many of us uncertain as to whether

put our house on the market, but if you’re in need of

some extra space, a conservatory can be a fantastic

quick fix solution. Thirty years ago, a conservatory was

considered an extra room plonked onto the back of

the house, scorching in summer and an igloo in winter

but times have changed. As with the rest of the home,

the conservatory concept has evolved to make a style

statement of its own. Now purpose built and a year round

living space, a conservatory can add significant value to

the home if designed well.

who will be using the room: young children, adults, pets

etc. The more information the homeowner can feed to the

designer the better the outcome will be.”

Location is vital when building a conservatory. Ultimately,

you want the new space to be used year round. It

is advised that if you have a choice of options, the

conservatory should be constructed on the south facing

outer wall to attract more sunshine.

“Ventilation is a crucial consideration for keeping a

conservatory cool, as it is essential that air is able to flow

through the building and that colder air can be drawn into

the extension,” adds James. “Consider the use of either

roof vents, extractor fans, ceiling fans or air conditioning.”

Like many home updates, a conservatory shouldn’t be

built in haste. Take time to carefully plan the addition and

choose a style that works with your home’s aesthetics and

family’s needs.

James Upton, managing director at Westbury Garden

Rooms, an Essex based, designer and manufacturer of

bespoke, handmade conservatories and other garden

rooms, said: “Have a clear idea of the purpose of the

conservatory and what activities will take place in the

room and at what times of the day. It is key to consider

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conservatory was de rigueur, through to garden rooms and

latterly the orangery is the company’s most sought-after

extension type, with a roof lantern as the strong focal point,”

explained James. As a result the company has phased in more

classically inspired designs.

“An orangery is a stunning addition to any home and whilst

their use may have changed over time, their distinguishing

features never fail to deliver the wow factor that they once did

over four centuries ago,” he adds.

“Orangeries and garden room extensions create amazing new

open spaces with an abundance of light, opening the door to

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“We are currently seeing more of our customers opting for

black shades of paint for the outside joinery of their glazed

extension in order to really make a statement. As a black

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ensuring the property stands proud without the need for any

extravagant accessories or finishing touches. In the broad

sunlight, even the deepest shades of black will provide a warm

tone of colour, which seems to fade into a deeper colour when

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Whether it be a conservatory, orangery or garden room, each

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Camellia japonica


February is a bit of a marmite month; you

either love it or loathe it. On one side there

is the feeling that the winter will never end,

yet pop on your positive hat and we’re actually

through the worst of it. Or let’s hope we are …

Helleborus niger

vibrant leaves giving the plants a new lease of life once it

has finished flowering.

There are glimmers of hope in the garden. Those tiny

little snowdrop bulbs I painstakingly planted back in the

autumn are now rewarding my efforts, with their bright

white heads dancing in the breeze. As the Betula utilis

Jaquemontii they have been planted beneath are too

young to have developed their trademark silver bark, the

snowdrops are a welcome beacon; the bare branches of

the ‘glade’ are somewhat lost against the green grass for


If your garden is lacking a bit of late winter/early

spring colour, consider adding an evergreen Camelia

japonica ‘Elegans’. This stunning, bright pink camellia is

guaranteed to brighten up even the bleakest of days. In

a sheltered spot, the shiny deep green foliage creates a

fabulous backdrop for herbaceous planting later in the

season. Alternatively, if you have a tired old fence or wall

that is crying out for a climber, why not head to your

local garden centre for a Jasminum nudiflorum, more

commonly referred to as Winter Jasmine. Adorned with

bright yellow flowers, it’s a real show-stopper at this time

of year.

I also salvaged a few Helleborous from one of the borders

we were closing down. They were being suffocated by

the heavy clay and perked up no end once transferred to

a position under one of our willow trees, an area which

had been freshly dug over with plenty of organic matter

added. Having trimmed their foliage back to give the

roots the maximum chance of settling in, they are now

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and co-ordinates well with snowdrops. As a little tip, now

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showcase the flowers. This will also encourage new,

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According to new research by the Federation of Master

Builders (FMB), the largest trade association in the UK

construction industry, homeowners must plan up to

seven months ahead if they want a successful home

improvement project. After all you want a space to be

enjoyed once complete and ultimately add value to your

home, there’s no fun in spending more time and money

fixing snags.

Existing research from the FMB revealed that consumers

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• Seven months for an extension

• Six and a half months for a loft conversion

• Five months to paint the entire interior of your home

• Five months for a new bathroom

• Five months for a new kitchen

• Five months to convert part of a master bedroom into

an en-suite

• Five months to convert a cupboard under-the-stairs

into a downstairs toilet

• Just under five months to remove an internal wall to

create an open plan kitchen/diner.

Brian Berry, chief executive of the FMB

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requires careful planning and our research gives clear

guidance to consumers on likely timelines. Not only do

homeowners need to consider how long a project takes

to complete, they also need to remember how long they

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to get going on their project. If homeowners want to work

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least four months and as a general rule, the larger the

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builder, alarm bells should ring if they say they can start

next week. Experienced and professional building firms

are booked up far in advance and it’s always worth waiting

for these firms if you want a stress-free experience and a

quality finish.”

Berry continued: “To bring this to life, if homeowners want

a new extension fully completed in time for Christmas

2019, they should be contacting builders for quotes

by May at the very latest. If you want your new kitchen

installed by the start of the summer, you should be getting

in touch with builders now. We’re urging homeowners

who are keen to crack on with their renovation project to

start getting in touch with prospective builders as soon

as possible.”

He concluded: “Refurbishment projects don’t come cheap

and it’s worth protecting yourself as much as possible

to ensure a positive experience. Ask for references from

the builder’s previous clients and if possible, speak to

them directly about the builder. Furthermore, always use

a written contract and never pay for the whole project

up-front. If a builder is reluctant to use a contract, and

demands a disproportionate amount of money up-front,

alarm bells should sound. Professional building firms do

not work in this way. In the longer term, we need to end

the cowboy builders’ reign of terror once and for all!”

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The Arts Column

Written by Collette Hoefkens,

proprietor at Norton Way Gallery

and an artist in her own right.

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Approaching the coldest days of the

season, we all need to remember to

recharge and feed the soul. If your quest for

doing so takes you near the busy market town

of Hitchin, be sure to visit the tucked away

treasures of West Alley! On 2 February, The

Art Nest will be reopening its doors after its

winter break.

Amongst the wonderful array of paintings, sculpture and

stained glass, you will find a collection of beautiful new

works from the well-loved Hertfordshire artist, Krysia D

Michna-Nowak. As well as being represented by major

galleries across the country, Krysia enjoys a regular

appearance at this lovely, independent, original art

gallery, situated in her home county.

Born to Polish parents, Krysia’s work is influenced by

Polish culture, folklore, fairy tales, the circus and theatre.

Exotic, exciting and moving, each painting beholds a

narrative of colour, line and smooth luxurious texture.

This is an artist like no other but there are strong

reminiscences of Picasso, Matisse and Chagall in her work.

Like the great pioneers, she too is driven to experiment

and mix her media. Combining original printmaking,

drawing and painting, the results possess immense

originality and texture.

Each piece usually starts life from using the mono print

process. Krysia begins by painting, drawing and markmaking

onto a flat glass plate, outlining her subject.

Placing and pressing a sheet of paper on top of the plate

she then carefully lifts the paper away from it. The marks

originally painted and drawn onto the glass are thereby

transferred to the paper. Thus, she has “pulled” the print!

Blue Angel by

Krysia D Michna-Nowak

The Tie by Krysia D Michna-Nowak

Krysia uses this print as the starting point, guide and

inspiration for a painting. However, sometimes the print

is allowed to dry and she will work and paint directly

upon it. When this happens, the serendipity and chance

of the initial printmaking is crucial to the whole creative

process. The shape and texture of the strokes created

are absolutely integral to the finished piece and carry

huge importance. Defined, elegant edges and strong

“orchestrated” areas of colour integrate, creating

brooding portraits and humorous studies.

Focusing on portraiture, both the human and feline kind,

Krysia prefers to use Japanese matt acrylics. With these

beautifully chalky and opaque paints, she succeeds in

portraying the emotion of her subjects. The eyes, elegant

lines and velvety surfaces, powerfully project mood and

feeling and with their pensive gaze, human beauties and

feline stars, command both our attention and compassion.

They compel us to contemplate their meaning and the

symbolism of their given title. This work is assertive,

sensitive and tantalizingly complex.

Krysia D Michna-Nowak

The Art Nest, reopening February 2019

4-5 West Alley, Hitchin, Hertfordshire, SG5 1EG

Tel: 01462 454 019


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The Musical Theatre Course




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The Musical Theatre Course




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MORRIS and DICK Markova Theatre, SCANLAN Tring Park School HP23 5LX


New Lyrics by DICK SCANLAN New Music by JEANINE TICKETS: TESORI £21 & £16 (concessions)

Original Story and Screenplay by RICHARD New MORRIS Lyrics by DICK SCANLAN


Original Story and Screenplay by RICHARD MORRIS


Originally Produced for Broadway by Michael Leavitt Fox Theatricals Hal Luftig Stewart F. Lane

This amateur production is presented by arrangement with Music Theatre

James L. Nederlander Independent Presenters Network L.Mages/M.Glick Berinstein/Manocherian/

International (Europe) All authorised performance materials are also supplied

Dramatic Forces John York Noble and Whoopi Goldberg

by MTI Europe www.mtishows.co.uk

Markova Theatre, Originally Tring Park Produced School for HP23 Broadway 5LX by Michael Leavitt Fox Theatricals Hal Luftig Stewart F. Lane

TICKETS: £21 James & L. £16 Nederlander (concessions)

Independent Presenters Network L.Mages/M.Glick Berinstein/Manocherian/

Available online at www.tringpark.com/boxoffice Dramatic or Tel. Forces 01442 John 821516 York Noble and Whoopi Goldberg

This amateur production is presented by arrangement with Music Theatre International (Europe)

All authorised performance materials are also supplied by MTI Europe www.mtishows.co.uk





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Markova Theatre, Tring Park School HP23 5LX




New Lyrics by DICK SCANLAN

Original Story and Screenplay by RICHARD MORRIS


Originally Produced for Broadway by Michael Leavitt Fox Theatricals Hal Luftig Stewart F. Lane

James L. Nederlander Independent Presenters Network L.Mages/M.Glick Berinstein/Manocherian/

Dramatic Forces John York Noble and Whoopi Goldberg

Available online at www.tringpark.com/boxoffice or Tel. 01442 821516

This amateur production is presented by arrangement with Music Theatre International (Europe)

All authorised performance materials are also supplied by MTI Europe www.mtishows.co.uk

TICKETS: £21 & £16 A (concessions) retrospective of the life

and work of Ros Newman

19th February – 30th March 2019

Available online at www.tringpark.com/boxoffice or Tel. 01442 821516

This amateur production is presented by arrangement with Music Theatre International (Europe)

All authorised performance materials are also supplied by MTI Europe www.mtishows.co.uk

A Norwich-based sculptor will be celebrating her 80th birthday with a

solo retrospective exhibition at the Fairhurst Gallery in Norwich.

Ros Newman, who has lived in Norwich for more than 40 years, has recently

dismantled her studio and has been working with the gallery to catalogue

her works for this insightful exhibition.

Websdales Court, Bedford Street, Norwich, NR2 1AR | 01603 614214

enquiries@fairhurstgallery.co.uk | Open Tuesday - Saturday, 9.30 - 5.30

Arts News

for February

Art installation by acclaimed

artist Liz West comes to


UHArts is bringing Liz West’s stunning

site-specific installation ‘Our Colour

Reflection’ to St Albans Museum +

Gallery from 6 February to 19 March.

With hundreds of mirrors made of

coloured acrylic, the installation will

reflect light and project colour into the historic interior

of the Assembly Room. The installation creates a

conversation between the viewer and the space using

more than 700 mirrors of different colours and sizes, set

at various heights on the floor. Reflecting its surroundings

and bathing the room in colour, the installation is

playful and engaging, elegant and thoughtful. There is

also an element of performance to the work – viewers’

perspectives and experiences are affected by movement

through the space and through time.

www.uharts.co.uk | www.stalbansmuseums.org.uk

Glass Fair returns to Knebworth House

On Sunday 24 February, the Glass Fair will return to

Knebworth House Barns for its seventh year, showcasing works

from 70 exhibitors.

The Fair will feature a collective mix of styles and ages of antique

and contemporary glass. Glass from all periods and genres will

be offered for sale from fine quality antiques and continental high

design to retro collectables and pressed glass, paperweights and


For those interested in contemporary studio glass, the field will

be well represented by exhibitors with artists showing their highly

skilled works including hand blown cameo, graal pieces, sculpture,

kilnforming and engraving.

Exhibitors will be available to discuss items with visitors.

The fair is open 10.30am-4pm, entry £5.


Image by Francesca Ucci

The Secret Art Fair comes to


Discover one-off contemporary art at The

Secret Art Fair at The Minories Art Gallery in

Colchester from 1-3 March.

Taking over the first floor of the gallery,

the fair is the go-to event for discovering

a refined selection of professional

contemporary artists showing work including

original paintings, sculpture, ceramics,

jewellery and fine art prints.

The fair gives residents the chance to view

an otherwise unseen high calibre of visual

art. Artists confirmed include Abi Fawcus,

Alison Wagstaffe, Bev Howe, Elise Clitheroe,

Evelyn Polk, Gillian Plummer and Val Bright

Jones. All works displayed will be available

to purchase. www.wecreateprojects.co.uk/


Image by Wendy


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Twitter: @victoriamagnall

Instagram: @victorias_social_scene

Blog: victoriamagnall.wordpress.com


As a true romantic, I am a big fan of this time

of year and embrace all that is associated

with Valentine’s Day wholeheartedly! With so

many romantic hotspots on our doorstep, here

are some suggestions for a variety of occasions...

Where better for a first date than the Cambridge Arts

Picturehouse cinema on St Andrew’s Street. It really is

the ideal venue for those passionate about movies as the

Picturehouse is famed for quality screenings, both new

releases and the classics. Its elegant, vintage interior sets

itself apart from the multi-screen experience which is

perfect for a first date. Film-goers are able to enjoy a glass

of wine in the bar beforehand and during the movie which

certainly adds to the decadence. Why not discover one of

the themed evenings; Happy Mondays, Vintage Sundays

and even the Slackers Club (free student screenings!).

Date nights should always be exciting and the hot dining

booking is most definitely Restaurant Twenty Two on

Chesterton Road. For serious wow factor, surprise your

loved one with a table at this beautiful restaurant.

The lovingly restored Victorian townhouse backs onto

the River Cam and Jesus Green and is home to exciting,

modern British dining. Chef patron, Sam Carter, sources

produce locally and makes everything fresh on site.

As a result, the menu changes weekly depending on

what seasonal produce our Cambridgeshire partners

have delivered.

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Parker’s Tavern at The University Arms

If relaxation is the order of the day, The Glassworks at

the Varsity Hotel comes highly recommended. Set in

the centre of Cambridge, the Elemis spa is an oasis of

calm and includes a sauna, steam room and Jacuzzi

overlooking the River Cam in which you can relax anytime

during your stay. You could even whisk your loved one

away for some “one to one” time with a romantic stay

and enjoy a relaxing and intimate candlelit massage for

two before enjoying a bottle of Taittinger Champagne in

your stylish room.

The stunning University Arms on Regent Street has never

looked better since its recent two year renovation under

the watchful eye of architect John Simpson and interior

designer Martin Brudnizki. As the oldest hotel in the city,

it offers guests the most beautiful setting in which to relax

in Cambridge with views across Parker’s Piece. Occupying

the ground floor is Parker’s Tavern; a quintessentially

English brasserie where Chef director Tristan Welch has

designed every dish to be a whimsical re-imagining of

a British classic, sourced from field, fen and seas. This is

where you will find plates piled high with Norfolk fruits de

mer, or in winter, suckling pig with wild mushrooms and

Tristan’s signature pie of the day...you can taste England

on every plate! To burn off the delicacies the hotel offers

guests their bespoke bicycles to tour the city sights.

If you are looking for the perfect spot for that all

important marriage proposal, then the Bridge of Sighs is

surely the most romantic place. Queen Victoria is said to

have loved it more than any other spot in the city.

You could even hire a punt to pop the question under

the bridge!

Victoria’s Top Tip

A top tip for a romantic gift this year is

to replicate Princess Diana’s gift to her

bridesmaids; send your loved ones favourite

bloom to be made in to a beautiful yet

practical paperweight.

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Written by Liz Mattock

Step out in style around St Ives, a wonderful

riverside town, basking in beauty in


Located a short distance from the A14, with easy access

to Huntingdon and just 15 miles from Cambridge, the

pretty town on the banks of the river Great Ouse is great

for a weekend break or just a day trip you have planned.

If you love wandering along historic streets, waterways,

finished with a bite to eat, this is the right spot for you.

St Ives has a bustling shopping centre with a good mix

of independent traders and high street stores. Markets,

selling local produce and handmade wares are held every

Monday and Friday with Bank Holiday markets being very

popular. On the first and third Saturday of each month

an excellent Farmers’ Market takes place from 8.30am to

2pm. Check the tourism website www.ourstives.com for

up-to-date information.

Refresh from your journey at one of the many cosy cafes

in the area, and with a good selection of restaurants

and family-friendly pubs, you won’t be able to wait

for lunchtime or your evening meal – not forgetting

afternoon tea, of course!

Depending on the time of year, annual events include

an illuminated boat parade, which this year will take

place on 7 September, The Old Riverport Jazz and Blues

Festival and one for next Christmas, the Spectacular

Snowman Festival.

The charming 15th century bridge and chapel over

the river is one of only three such surviving bridges in

England. Grab a takeaway coffee to keep you warm and

take a saunter around the town’s winding streets, over

the bridge and fill your lungs with the fresh air that this

time of year brings.

Catch one of the local buses and in 10 minutes you

will find yourself in Cambridge itself. Punting, river

boats, bus and bike tours all allow you to experience

Cambridgeshire in style.

There is a range of accommodation available in the

town as well as surrounding villages, but vacancies fill up

quickly due to the popularity of the area, so book your

stay early to avoid disappointment.

For more information on St Ives and its surrounding

towns and villages, visit www.visitcambridge.org

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for all of your cycling needs!

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Opening Hours: Monday to Saturday, 8.30am - 5.30pm www.townsends-lb.co.uk

What’s on: Cambridgeshire


5-9 Feb She Loves Me

Set in a 1930s Budapest parfumerie,

‘She Loves Me’ is a hilarious,

heart-warming and Olivier awardwinning

musical that follows the love

lives of its various employees.

ADC Theatre, Park St, Cambridge,

CB5 8AS. www.corpusplayroom.com

6-10 Feb The Worst Witch

Featuring Jill Murphy’s beloved characters,

this new action-packed stage

adaptation features original songs,

music, magic and a dose of Mildred’s

brand of utter pandemonium!

Cambridge Arts Theatre, St Edward’s

Passage, Cambridge, CB2 3PJ

01223 503333


7-Feb Jason Donovan: Amazing

Midlife Crisis Tour

This is a tour with a twist! These intimate

evenings will be an opportunity

to see him like you’ve never seen him

before! Key Theatre, Embankment

Road, Peterborough, PE1 1EF.

01733 207239.


8-Feb Ahir Shah: Duffer

Ahir Shah returns with a new standup

show about life and what comes

after, death and what comes before,

and Bohemian Rhapsody.

The Junction, Clifton Way, Cambridge,

CB1 7GX. 01223 511511.


12-Feb Mark Thomas: Check Up

Based on a series of interviews with

leading experts in and on the NHS

and residencies in hospitals and surgeries,

Thomas, working with director

Nicolas Kent, uses his own demise

to explore the state we’re in. What’s

going right, what’s going wrong and

how does it get better? The Junction,

Clifton Way, Cambridge, CB1 7GX

01223 511511. www.junction.co.uk

13-16 Feb Pool Noodles: A Comedy


Kenny Shallows has always dreamt of

being a poolside lifeguard. But when

he wangles a place on the prestigious

lifeguarding course at Hardwater

Leisure Centre (largest in Britain if

you count the car park!) he finds he is

a small fish in a big pond. ADC

Theatre, Park St, Cambridge, CB5

8AS. www.corpusplayroom.com

14-Feb Queer Valentine’s

Cambridge’s celebration of queer

love on Valentine’s night 2019 will

include a line up of fantastic acts.

The Junction, Clifton Way, Cambridge,

CB1 7GX. 01223 511511


17-Feb Tortoise and the Hare

Northern Ballet’s ‘Tortoise & the

Hare’ races on to the big screen as

part of the fantastic season of interactive

ballets for children, narrated by

Anita Rani. Key Theatre, Embankment

Road, Peterborough, PE1 1EF.

01733 207239.


19 Feb - 2 Mar 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? Cambridge Arts Theatre,

St Edward’s Passage, Cambridge,

CB2 3PJ. 01223 503333


19-23 Feb Bad Luck Charlie

Part comedy, part drama, this piece

of new writing explores with tenderness

and wit, what grief, intimacy,

and what it means to be vulnerable.

Corpus Playroom, 10 St Edward’s

Passage, Cambridge CB2 3PJ


19-23 Feb A Plane Old Sketch Show

‘A Plane Old Sketch Show’ does away

with all the ploys and tricks of other

sketch shows and just presents good,

funny sketches for an hour of simple,

funny comedy without gimmicks.

Corpus Playroom, 10 St Edward’s

Passage, Cambridge, CB2 3PJ.


20-Feb Dolly Alderton: Everything I

Know About Love Live

After a wildly successful and entertaining

run of live dates in 2018,

Dolly is heading back out on tour to

celebrate the paperback publication

of her bestselling début book,

‘Everything I Know About Love’.

Cambridge Corn Exchange, Wheeler

Street, Cambridge, CB2 3QE

01223 357 851


20-Feb Chinese New Year


From the cheerful spirit of the auspicious

Lion Dance, to the awe-inspiring

contortion, the show is a

colourful display of Chinese cultural

tradition. Key Theatre, Embankment

Road, Peterborough, PE1 1EF.

01733 207239.


21-Feb Olga Koch

In her debut show, the Edinburgh

Comedy Award Best Newcomer

nominee 2018 will try to dissect this

real-life spy drama with nothing but

a projector and a ‘unique voiced

surely destined for stardom’ (British

Comedy Guide). The Junction,

Clifton Way, Cambridge, CB1 7GX

01223 511511. www.junction.co.uk

23-Feb Andrew Doyle: Friendly


Andrew Doyle is one of the UK’s

foremost political satirists. ‘Friendly

Fire’ is his seventh solo stand-up show.

It follows the critically acclaimed

Thought Crimes, which ran at the

Edinburgh Festival Fringe last year

and later transferred to the Soho

Theatre in London. The Junction,

Clifton Way, Cambridge, CB1 7GX

01223 511511. www.junction.co.uk

23-24 Feb We’re Going on a Bear


An unmissable adventure through

gigantic swishy swashy grass, the

splishy splashy river and the oozy,

squelchy mud in search of a bear. Key

Theatre, Embankment Road, Peterborough,

PE1 1EF. 01733 207239


26-Feb Hancock’s Half Hour

Written by young up-and-comers

Ray Galton and Alan Simpson, who

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later went on to create Steptoe and

Son, Hancock’s Half Hour redefined

radio comedy and has had people

laughing non-stop for the past 65

years. Key Theatre, Embankment

Road, Peterborough, PE1 1EF.

01733 207239.


28-Feb The Turk by Michael


A chilling tale of mystery, sentience

and loss inspired by an 18th century

‘thinking machine’. Key Theatre,

Embankment Road, Peterborough,

PE1 1EF. 01733 207239



7-9 Feb The Mikado

Exchanging 19th-century Japan for

1920s Brooklyn, this production

of the best-loved of Gilbert and

Sullivan’s operettas promises to be

one of the theatrical highlights of

the Cambridge year! West Road

Concert Hall, Cambridge, CB3 9DP

0845 196 2320. www.anglia.ac.uk

9-Feb Rachid Gholam

Reviving the cultural treasure of the

Muwashshah, one of the most iconic

forms of classical Arabic music,

Rachid Gholam’s stunning ensemble

pays homage to its vast trove of

poetry and melody. The Junction,

Clifton Way, Cambridge, CB1 7GX

01223 511511. www.junction.co.uk

14-Feb Jacqui Dankworth and

Charlie Wood

Multi award-winning vocalist, Jacqui

Dankworth, is joined by acclaimed

American pianist-vocalist, Charlie

Wood for a concert of duets

celebrating a century of song. Key

Theatre, Embankment Road, Peterborough,

PE1 1EF, 01733 207239


18-Feb Kathryn Joseph

Prodigiously talented and criminally

underrated; Kathryn is one of

Scotland’s best-kept secrets. The

Junction, Clifton Way , Cambridge,

CB1 7GX. 01223 511511


21-23 Feb Cambridge University

Opera Society

This ambitious production, directed

by Eleanor Burke and performed

in the original French (with English

subtitles) with full orchestra under

the baton of Oliver Cope, will bring

together some of Cambridge University’s

finest musicians, singers and

dancers to create a truly spectacular

evening. West Road Concert Hall,

Cambridge, CB3 9DP. 0845 196

2320. www.anglia.ac.uk

21-Feb Clare Teal - Swing’s The


A celebration of popular music from

the golden age of song - upbeat

and uplifting to the extreme. Key

Theatre, Embankment Road, Peterborough,

PE1 1EF. 01733 207239


24-Feb Woody Woodmansey and

Tony Visconti’s Holy Holy

Probably the closest experience

to a Bowie gig you can get! Holy

Holy are Bowie’s drummer and

Spider Man from Mars – Woody

Woodmansey and producer Tony

Visconti, who worked on many of

Bowie’s albums and played Bass on

the ‘Man Who Sold The World’.

Cambridge Corn Exchange, Wheeler

Street, Cambridge, CB2 3QE.

01223 357 851


27-Feb Peter Andre

‘The Celebrating 25 Years’ tour will

see Peter encompass his musical

journey through the years, performing

his best loved hits from his early

years to his present-day tracks that

reignited the hearts of the nation.

Cambridge Corn Exchange, Wheeler

Street, Cambridge, CB2 3QE.

01223 357 851.



22 Jan - 24 Mar Julie Mehretu

Drawings and Monotypes

For this exhibition, Mehretu has

made a new installation of richly

layered drawings and monotypes,

extending her dynamic exploration

of the potential of drawing and

mark making which are fundamental

to her artistic practice. Inspired by

current world issues, her personal

biography, and the history of abstraction,

Mehretu’s powerful works

interrogate the present with urgency

and lyricism. Kettle’s Yard, University

of Cambridge, Castle Street,

Cambridge, CB3 0AQ. 01223 748

100. www.kettlesyard.co.uk

20-Feb How We Got Here

Artist Emma Smith shares the

making of her new commission. The

Fitzwilliam Museum, Trumpington

Street, Cambridge, CB2 1RB

01223 332900.


26-Feb Art Speak

Drop-in and enjoy half an hour looking

at and talking about art.

The Fitzwilliam Museum,

Trumpington Street, Cambridge,

CB2 1RB. 01223 332900



14-Feb Cheese & Wine Tastings

There will be something for everyone

in this special tasting. If you like

cheese and you like wine, this is the

perfect combination. Cambridgeshire

Wine School, The Royal

Cambridge Hotel (hired venue),

Trumpington Street, Cambridge,

CB2 1PY. 01223 655391


20-22 Feb Lions Sports Academy

Ely Rugby Camp

A three-day mixed rugby camp at

the home of Ely rugby, for ages

6 to 12 years old (U7 to U12).

It’s all about having fun, building

confidence, making new friends and

developing the basic rugby skills

needed to perform well and reduce

the risk of injury. Lions Sports Academy,

Ely. www.lionssport.academy

22-Feb Happily Ever After

Introduce children to the story of

‘The Ugly Duckling’ and discover the

wonderful world of ducks through

crafts, activities, songtime and

stories. Ferry Meadows, Ham Lane,

Peterborough, PE2 5UU



6-Feb The Curiosity Fair Burwash


Monthly flea market, 25 traders of

vintage, antiques, crafts and collectables.

Enjoy them all in the grounds

of lovely Burwash Manor. Open:

10am - 4pm. Entry £1. Burwash

Manor, New Road, Barton,

CB23 7EY. 07803 167982

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Shopping in Essex

For some, nothing feels better than

a little retail therapy. If you’re

looking to spend some well-earned

money, then hop in the car and visit

one of Essex’s shopping destinations.

From large malls and designer

outlets to quirky boutiques and

markets, the county has something

for everyone.

Braintree Freeport

A hub of modern entertainment in the town is Braintree

Freeport. The popular retail outlet, which has over 85 stores

offering up to 60 per cent of designer brands is definitely

a place to visit for the shopaholics among you. You’ll find

designer clothing, accessories and homewares for a fraction

of the RRP! The area also has a cinema and a selection of

chain restaurants. www.freeport-braintree.com


Home to one of the UK’s biggest summer festivals,

shopping centres and glorious parks, Chelmsford has

established itself as one of the most popular places in

Essex. The city has grown immensely over the last few years

with modern property developments and improvements

to the town’s centre including the Bond Street Shopping

Area, which makes a pleasant addition to the retail scene.

It features a number of high street stores including John

Lewis’ first Essex-based store, and a cinema. The town

centre has an additional two shopping malls; The Meadows

and High Chelmer Shopping Centre. Drive a short distance

out of town and you’ll discover Chelmer Village Retail Park.

Intu Lakeside

Here, you’ll find everything you need under one

roof. In recent years the shopping mall has seen

some huge changes with the addition of more

stores, restaurants and leisure facilities. It’s a

shopper’s paradise with big brand names and

retailers. Developments are still on-going and 2019

will see the opening of the Nickelodeon family

entertainment centre, Hollywood Bowl, Puttshack

and Flip Out trampoline park.

If you have a special occasion coming up, try the

free personal shopping service. Read our review at

www.eastlife.co.uk/article/ enjoy-personal-stylingat-intu-lakeside

Clacton Factory Outlet

The lure of Clacton may be its sandy beach and lively pier,

but for shoppers wanting a bargain, Clacton Factory Outlet,

is the place to visit. The pedestrianised shopping complex

features a range of stores such as fashion, jewellery, gifts,

homewares and more with discounts of up to 60 percent.

It’s easy to reach, and just 20 minutes from Colchester, plus

there’s free parking.


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Britain’s oldest town is great location for a spot of

shopping. Colchester’s Charter Market dates back close

to a millennium and continues to be a vibrant place to

shop along Culver Street West, Long Wyre Street and

Culver Street East every Friday and Saturday. The town

centre is features two large, indoor shopping centres,

Culver Square and Lion Walk, that between them house

many of the country’s most popular high street retailers

from Debenhams to H&M, alongside local businesses.

Great Dunmow

Forget shopping malls and big department stores,

the small market town of Great Dunmow has

established itself as one of the region’s leading

independent shopping destinations. As more

and more of us buck the trend of fast fashion and

adding to the pockets of big-brand retailers, this

Essex town has been working hard for years to

promote its shopping local scene. The High Street

is a collective of independent businesses – think

cute homeware stores, stylish boutiques, salons

and cosy coffee shops.

Saffron Walden

Saffron Walden combines the best of both worlds.

It’s where old meets new. You can often feel as

though you’ve been transported to a time gone

by while doing your grocery shopping. A wander

around the cobbled streets, while popping

into independent boutiques and admiring the

historic architecture is a beautiful way to spend

an afternoon. The market takes place on Tuesday

and Saturday and offers a delightful mix of local

produce, furnishings and crafts. After a browse

during the summer, prop yourself up at the make

shift barrel table on the fish stall for cockles and a

little tipple!

Dedham Art & Craft Centre

For a different kind of shopping experience visit

the Dedham Art & Craft centre, which is housed

in a converted church in the village on the Essex/

Suffolk border. Over three floors visitors can browse

and buy work from more than 60 artisans. Combine

your visit with a stroll around this charming village

nestled in the heart of Constable Country.


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30 Jan - 9 Feb Annie

Join Annie, a plucky, charming

orphan girl, and her loveable

adopted mutt named Sandy, as they

take you on a musical adventure in

1930s New York. Mercury Theatre,

Balkerne Gate, Colchester, CO1 1PT

01206 573948


6-7 Feb The Shy Manifesto

The Shy Manifesto is bittersweet

comedy drama about a boy who is fed

up of being told to come out of his

shell. The Harlow Playhouse, Playhouse

Square, Harlow, CM20 1LS. 01279

431945. www.playhouseharlow.com

7-Feb Adam Kay: This is Going to


Award-winning comedian Adam

Kay shares entries from his diaries

as a junior doctor in this “electrifying”

(Guardian) evening of stand-up

and music. Cliffs Pavilion, Station

Road, Southend-on-Sea, SS0 7RA

01702 351135.


7-14 Feb DNA

A group of teenagers do something

bad, really bad, panic and cover

things up. But when they find their

misfiring practical joke uniting them,

what’s the point of putting things

right? Queens Theatre, Billet Lane,

Hornchurch, RM11 1QT.


9-Feb Ken Cheng

Dave Joke of the Fringe Winner,

Cambridge mathematics dropout

and professional poker player Ken

Cheng embarks on his UK-wide

tour following a sold-out, award

nominated run at the Edinburgh

Festival. Palace Theatre, 430 London

Road, Westcliff-on-Sea, SS0 9LA

01702 351135


9-Feb Mandy Muden: Cunning Stunts

Loads of amazing tricks, razor sharp wit

and lots of audience participation. Don’t

miss a chance to see the only women

ever to combine magic and comedy.

The Harlow Playhouse, Playhouse

Square, Harlow, CM20 1LS. 01279

431945. www.playhouseharlow.com

12-14 Feb We’re Going On A Bear


Expect catchy songs, interactive

scenes and plenty of hands-on

adventure! Palace Theatre, 430

London Road, Westcliff-on-Sea,

SS0 9LA. 01702 351135


14-Feb Russell Kane

Packing more energy than a Duracell

factory, Russell’s RS Turbo laugh

engine will motor through love, family

and life – once again proving that

the fast and the curious amongst us,

see more stuff, and get more done.

Mercury Theatre, Balkerne Gate,

Colchester CO1 1PT. 01206 573948


15-Feb Dan Snow – An Evening with

the ‘History Guy’

The evening will feature the wellknown

historian and TV presenter

recount anecdotes of memorable

experiences from his very successful

career as an historian and broadcaster.

West Cliff Theatre, Tower Road,

Clacton-on-Sea, CO15 1LE.

01255 433344.


16-Feb Joan Collins - Unscripted

‘Joan Collins - Unscripted’ will see

audiences enthralled as Dame Joan

reveals some of the exciting stories

and secrets from her long career

and also includes a question and

answer session with the chance to ask

questions about her life and career.

Palace Theatre, 430 London Road,

Westcliff-on-Sea, SS0 9LA. 01702

351135. www.southendtheatres.org.uk

16, 17 & 20 Feb Film: Colette

Keira Knightley stars in this vibrant

biopic about the French writer

who challenged gender norms and

revolutionised literature in Belle

Époque Paris. Saffron Screen, Saffron

Walden County High School, Audley

End Road, CB11 4UH. 01799 500238


18-23 Feb The Girl On The Train

Adapted from Paula Hawkins’ novel –

an international phenomenon selling

over twenty million copies worldwide

– and starring Samantha Womack and

Oliver Farnworth, this gripping new

play will keep you guessing until the

final moment. Palace Theatre,

430 London Road, Westcliff-on-Sea,

SS0 9LA. 01702 351135.


18-23 Feb The Mousetrap

Experience shuddering suspense

and a brilliantly intricate plot where

murder lurks around every corner.

Mercury Theatre, Balkerne Gate,

Colchester, CO1 1PT. 01206 573948


21-Feb LDN Wrestling

The stars of LDN Wrestling are

returning to the Princes Theatre for a

night of over the top super-slamming

wrestling! Princes Theatre, Station

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

01255 686633. www.tendringdc.gov.

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26 Feb - 2 Mar My Fair Lady

The tale of a cockney flower girl, Eliza

Doolittle, transformed into an elegant

lady by Professor Henry Higgins and

the subsequent unexpected affect

that she has on his life. Civic Theatre,

Duke Street, Chelmsford, CM1 1JG

01245 606505.


27 Feb - 9 Mar One Man, Two


In 1963 Brighton, out-of-work skiffle

player Francis Henshall becomes

separately employed by two men

– Roscoe Crabbe, a gangster, and

Stanley Stubbers, an upper class

twit. Francis tries to keep the two

from meeting, in order to avoid each

of them learning that Francis is also

working for someone else.

The Old Court Theatre, 233 Springfield

Road, Chelmsford, CM2 6JT


28-Feb Carl Hutchinson - I Know I

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9-Feb On Tour with Elvis

An exciting Vegas show filled

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delivered live in true Elvis style.

West Cliff Theatre, Tower Road,

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12-Feb The Magic of the Bee Gees

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15-Feb Icons: Celebrating The

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15-Feb Whitney - Queen of the Night

A stunning celebration of the music

and life of one of the greatest singers

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Street, Chelmsford, CM1 1JG. 01245

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16-Feb The Opera Boys

Leading men from London’s West

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16-Feb Fast Love

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22-Feb Island In The Stream

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Civic Theatre, Duke Street, Chelmsford,

CM1 1JG. 01245 606505


26-Feb The Johnny Cash Roadshow

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Balkerne Gate, Colchester, CO1 1PT

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5 Jan - 24 Feb New Year Selection

Exhibition open Wednesday to

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Chappel Galleries,

15 Colchester Road, Chappel,

CO6 2DE. 01206 240326.


5-Feb Exhibition on Screen: Young


Too long ignored, it is time to look

at the early years of Picasso; the

upbringing and the learning that led

to his extraordinary achievements.

Firstsite, Lewis Gardens, High Street,

Colchester, CO1 1JH. www.firstsite.uk

23-Feb Model Railway Club


An exhibition with 10 working

layouts, traders, second-hand stall

and refreshments. 1 Market Place,

Saffron Walden, CB10 1HR


6 & 20 Feb Maldon Film Club

Maldon Film Club screens a

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fortnightly. Maldon Town Hall,

Market Hill, Maldon, CM9 4RL.

01621 869340.


14-Feb The Magic Of Valentine’s at

Colchester Castle Museum

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Beccles is home to the most southerly navigable point of

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of the river and spot some wildlife. The Beccles Marsh

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Tales in Bungay

Located 6.5 miles west of Beccles, Bungay captivates

visitors with its history and folklore. Famous for the tale

of Black Shuck; a ghostly black dog that supposedly

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world charm. Both towns host a weekly market, Bungay’s

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‘pub grub’ visit Bungay’s The Fleece Inn.


If you enjoy browsing antiques and vintage items,

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Street Market. Held in the town centre on 5 May and 11

August, a hundred general and specialist dealers will be

selling a range of goods including furniture, jewellery,

books, décor and much more. For the first time, this year

will also incorporate street food. Don’t worry if you can’t

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Beccles Food and Drink Festival

Celebrating its 5th year, Beccles Food and Drink Festival

is returning in 2019 to tantalise the taste buds. Set for

Saturday 25 May, 10am-4pm, the Festival features over

70 food and drink stalls, many of them local artisan

producers, as well as those from farther afield in East

Anglia. Based in the centre of the vibrant market town,

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where additional parking will be available.

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Tasty tipples

You simply can’t visit Bungay without sampling

its local ales. Within the area you’ll find

traditional pubs selling a range of local brews.

If you want to find out more, St Peter’s Brewery

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If you’re making a weekend of your trip, bed

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30 Jan - 9 Feb The Wisdom Club

‘The Wisdom Club’ explores the

real-life experiences of Britain’s

ageing population from their

humorous perspective. Theatre Royal,

Westgate Street, Bury St Edmunds,

IP33 1QR. 01284 769505


6-7 Feb Bing Live

Join Bing, Sula, Coco and Pando as

they find out how to tell stories by

pretending, dressing-up and singing

songs. Flop and Amma are there to

help, but in this magical world of

make-believe things don’t always go

according to plan…Marina Theatre,

The Marina, Lowestoft, NR32 1HH

01502 533200.


9-Feb Superslam Wrestling Live


If you have seen the live action

before, you know how exciting the

kids get watching the World famous

superstars in action. If you haven’t,

give it a whirl and see for yourself

LIVE action that the rest of the world

only can see on TV. Grand Hall,

Corn Exchange, Ipswich, IP1 1DH


12-16 Feb The Band

The Band features the music of

Take That, Britain’s most successful

boyband of all time, whose songs

include Never Forget. Ipswich Regent

Theatre, 3 Saint Helen’s Street,

Ipswich, IP4 1HE. 01473 433100.


12-Feb The Tragedy of King

Richard the Second

Simon Russell Beale plays William

Shakespeare’s Richard II, broadcast

from the stage of the Almeida

Theatre, London. Richard II, King of

England, is irresponsible, foolish and

vain. His weak leadership sends his

kingdom into disarray and his court

into uproar. Haverhill Arts Centre,

High Street, Haverhill, CB9 8AR.

01440 714140.


13-Feb Film: Edie

A beautiful film shot in the Scottish

Highlands. Recently bereaved Edie

faces some tough realities as she

begins to question her mortality.

Between losing her husband and her

distant daughter trying to put her into

a retirement home, Edie decides to go

on the trip she never got to take. The

Cut, New Cut, Halesworth, IP19 8BY.

0300 3033 211. newcut.org

15-16 Feb Showstopper!

The Improvised Musical

A brand new musical comedy

is created from scratch at each

performance of this award-winning

show as audience suggestions

are transformed on the spot into

all-singing, all-dancing productions

with hilarious results. Theatre Royal,

Westgate Street, Bury St Edmunds,

IP33 1QR. 01284 769505


15-Feb A Night with Frank, Dean &


Strictly Theatre Co. present their

swinging tribute to Frank Sinatra’s

Rat Pack, featuring swing singers

and brothers Paul & Stephen Amer

who will be joined by female singer

Ellie Darnell, their live show band

including a world class brass section,

plus dancing showgirls. Haverhill Arts

Centre, High Street, Haverhill,

CB9 8AR. 01440 714140


15-Feb The Intellectual Hooligans –

Valentines Improv Comedy Special

The show will consist of “Whose

Line is it Anyway?” style games

based entirely on audience suggestions,

anything goes (and we mean

anything!) so come armed with your

best ideas and scenarios! The Seagull,

19-75 Morton Road, Lowestoft,

NR33 0JH. 01502 589726


17-Feb Jimeoin - Result!

An evening of world class stand-up

as the Irishman from Australia brings

his brilliantly observed, ever-evolving

and hilarious comedy to The Apex,

fresh from a smash-hit New York

off-Broadway season with his latest

sell out tour. The Apex, 1 Charter

Square, Bury St Edmunds, IP33 3FD

01284 758000. www.theapex.co.uk

20-Feb Check Up – Our NHS @


Based on a series of interviews with

leading experts in and on the NHS

and residencies in hospitals and

surgeries, Thomas, working with

director Nicolas Kent, uses his own

demise to explore the state we’re

in. What’s going right, what’s going

wrong and how does it get better?

Theatre Royal, Westgate Street,

Bury St Edmunds, IP33 1QR. 01284

769505. www.theatreroyal.org

21-Feb Seven Ages

A truly unique show that makes one

re-assess one’s priorities in life, whilst

simultaneously making you laugh.

Theatre Royal, Westgate Street,

Bury St Edmunds, IP33 1QR. 01284

769505. www.theatreroyal.org

25-27 Feb Bouncers

Lucky Eric, Judd, Les and Ralph

are back and telling the tales of a

Yorkshire nightclub. Of lads and

lasses, sticky floors and shots galore,

and the early morning taxi home,

all under the watchful eyes of the

Bouncers. Theatre Royal, Westgate

Street, Bury St Edmunds, IP33 1QR.

01284 769505. www.theatreroyal.org

27-Feb Film: Faces Places

In this wonderful documentary 90-

year-old Agnes Varda, grande dame

of the French New Wave, shares the

role of director with 35-year-old JR,

street artist and photographer. The

Cut, New Cut, Halesworth, IP19 8BY.

0300 3033 211. newcut.org


8-Feb Let’s Hang On

The world’s longest-running tribute

to the music of Frankie Valli & The

Four Seasons celebrates 10 years at

the top. The Apex, 1 Charter Square,

Bury St Edmunds, IP33 3FD.

01284 758000. www.theapex.co.uk

8-Feb Love Songs For Losers

Jon Peach is a Great Yarmouth based

Singer/Songwriter. ‘Love Songs for

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Morton Road, Lowestoft, NR33 0JH

01502 589726. www.theseagull.co.uk

15-Feb Simply Dylan

A musical journey through the career

of one of the world’s most iconic

singer-songwriters. The Apex, 1

Charter Square, Bury St Edmunds,

IP33 3FD. 01284 758000


15-Feb Respect to Aretha

Life-long Aretha Franklin fan and

power-house vocalist, Letitia George

stars in this heartfelt and uplifting

dedication to the Queen of Soul.

Marina Theatre, The Marina,

Lowestoft, NR32 1HH. 01502 533200


16-Feb Dan Webster

Dan Webster is described as ‘one of

the UK’s best kept musical secrets

and one not to miss! The Seagull,

19-75 Morton Road, Lowestoft,

NR33 0JH. 01502 589726


17-Feb Pocket Sinfonia

Pocket Sinfonia is a combination of

flute, violin, cello and piano. The

group is reinterpreting

orchestral masterpieces with the

fresh spontaneity and intimacy of a

chamber group. The Cut, New Cut,

Halesworth, IP19 8BY. 0300 3033 211.


19-Feb Voice of the Heart

This stunning show celebrates the

music of The Carpenters. Theatre

Royal, Westgate Street, Bury St

Edmunds, IP33 1QR. 01284 769505


23-Feb Blake Tour 2019

Brit-Award-winning vocal trio Blake

are taking their anniversary show

on tour throughout the UK. Theatre

Royal, Westgate Street, Bury St

Edmunds, IP33 1QR. 01284 769505


23-Feb Roy Orbison Story

Barry Steele has been stunning

audiences with his uncanny ability

to recreate the vocal talents of this

legendary entertainer, winning rave

reviews across the globe.

Marina Theatre, The Marina,

Lowestoft, NR32 1HH.

01502 533200


25-Feb Academy of Ancient Music

Young recorder-player Lucie Horsch is

already in demand internationally

as a soloist and, with a critically-acclaimed

solo album to her name,

has launched what promises to be a

distinguished career. The Apex, 1

Charter Square, Bury St Edmunds,

IP33 3FD. 01284 758000



8-10 Feb Painting Constable

Country in Oils

An opportunity to paint in oils some

of the landscape made famous by

John Constable around Flatford Mill

in Suffolk. Participants will be able to

adopt a slightly more contemporary

approach whilst learning and practise

various techniques. Flatford Mill, East

Bergholt, CO7 6UL. 01206 297110.


19-21 Feb Animal Invasion

The live animals are back! Find out

more about a range of animals,

how they adapt and survive in their

environments, and how humans have

an impact on their worlds. Check

out www.cimuseums.org.uk for more

details on the animals and exciting

topics we will explore. £3.30 entry.

Ipswich Museum, High St, Ipswich IP1

3QH. www.ipswich.gov.uk/content/


21-Feb Abstraction

This idealistic international movement

included such radical artists as

Vanessa Bell, Sophie Tauber Arp and

Sonia Delaunay. This is part one of 12

from the ‘GIRL POWER - A History of

Women Artists’ talk series.

The Cut, New Cut, Halesworth,

IP19 8BY. 0300 3033 211.


27-Feb Introduction to Sculpture

Develop techniques and create

new work through free artist-led

workshops. Suitable for all levels of

ability. Free to attend. Christchurch

Mansion, Soane St, Ipswich, IP4 2BE



9-Feb Yoga & Fitness Mini Retreat

A full morning of yoga and fitness

related activities. Choice of 12 classes

from the best local instructors. Create

your own schedule of 4 classes out of

a choice of 12 exciting options. Each

class is 50 minutes in duration. There

is a 20min break in between classes

where you will be offered a healthy

snack. Henham Park, Beccles, NR34

8AN. www.henhamyoga.com/events

15-Feb Be My Valentine

Start your evening by shaping your

own chocolate creations, then settle

down to a late night showing of

‘Ghost’ – the best movie to combine

pottery and romance. Not feeling

the love? Bring your mates for the

perfect Valentine’s date alternative.

£16.50 per person. Christchurch

Mansion, Soane St, Ipswich IP4 2BE

16 Feb - 22 Apr Children’s Spring


Pick up a Nature Trail map from the

Visitor Centre or Little Rascals and

find friends around Snape Maltings.

The Nature Trail ends in Little Rascals

where there’s a chance to enter the

free prize draw. To enter, complete

the keep in touch card provided.

Have fun! Snape Maltings Snape,

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3-Feb The Famous Copdock

Antiques & Collectors Fair

Dealers from Suffolk, Norfolk, Essex

and beyond will be selling a wide

range of fascinating items. Some

dealers will also be buying, so if

you have any heirlooms you would

like to part with bring them along.

Admission £2. Seniors & Students

£1.50. Accompanied Children under

14 admitted free. The Best Wesern

Ipswich Hotel (Formerly the Cameo),

Old Ipswich Road, Copdock, IP8 3JD.

01702 410171

17-Feb Suffolk Antiques & Collectors


Antiques & collectors fair in the

beautiful village of Lavenham. Refreshments

available. Open: 9.30am

- 4pm. Admission: £1 accompanied

children free. Lavenham Village Hall,

Church Street, Lavenham, CO10 9QT

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Life in a Fine County

Written by Nicole Ranaweera

As the world starts to take sustainable shopping

more seriously, you’ll be relieved to know that

Norfolk is not lagging behind. Sustainability and

ethical consumerism are complex issues, but any

move to reduce waste and your carbon footprint

is a move to buy better. So, if you’re trying to

clean up your act in 2019, take a look at some of

the best places in Norfolk…


Whether you’re looking for refillables, reusables or just

to reduce your waste, there are some great local shops.

If you’re in Norwich, pop to Rainbow Wholefoods (www.

rainbowwholefoods.co.uk) in The Lanes, Norwich Market

for fresh fruit and veg without plastic, or The Green

Grocers (www.thegreengrocers.co.uk) on Earlham Road.

Or, further East is The Green Lady Eco store in Lowestoft

which also allows you to shop online at


Eating out

The easiest way to reduce waste and your carbon

footprint is to eat at home, however there’ll always be

times when you’re out and about and want to grab

a coffee or enjoy a night out. Committed to making

sustainable, carbon-neutral choices where possible, you

won’t go wrong with a trip to either Erpingham House

(www.erpinghamhouse.com) in Tombland (perfect for

breakfast, lunch or dinner!) or The Greenhouse Trust café

(www.greenhousetrust.co.uk) on Bethel Street (great for a

light lunch or coffee and cake).

Deepdale Campsite

If you want to go further out of town, pop along to the

Green Parrot in Swaffham (www.green-parrot.co.uk).


If you’re holidaying in Norfolk this year, you’ll be pleased

to know there are some eco-friendly options here too.

If you’re visiting the coast then Deepdale Hostel and

Campsite (www.deepdalebackpackers.co.uk) or Mill Farm

Eco Barn (www.millfarm-ecobarn.co.uk) are both great

choices. If you’re planning a trip to the Norfolk Broads

The Waveney River Centre (www.waveneyrivercentre.co.uk)

has been awarded David Bellamy’s Gold Conservation

Award and offers both lodges and camping facilities.

Lastly, if you need a taxi to get you home after a night

out, or take you to the shops or train station, you’ll be

pleased to know that a zero emissions Taxi Firm has

opened in Norwich. Find out more about Zero Taxis here:


Above & below: The Waveney River Centre

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5 Reasons to

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Written by

Kate Garside

The traditional friendly market town of

Harleston is in the Waveney Valley on the

Norfolk/Suffolk border and is about 30 minutes

south of Norwich by road. My husband and I

visited it on a cold grey Thursday in January,

and spent about four hours in the town, and

thoroughly enjoyed it. Next time we would

definitely give ourselves longer. Here are our five

reasons to visit:

1. Harleston is an ancient market town. There has been

a market in Harleston every Wednesday for over 500

years. The town is full of character with narrow streets,

pretty houses and quirky cottages and lanes around

every corner. If you love period houses, you will love the


2. There are lots of independent shops. There are lots of

useful and interesting stores including several butchers,

bakers, ladies clothing, an excellent shoe shop, a nice gift

store Daisy & Co, a large card shop, florist, a hardware

store, pet shop, photography studio, independent

chocolate confectionary and lots of charity shops.

Everything was very reasonably priced and the staff in all

the shops were very friendly and helpful. It’s worth noting

that Thursday is half day closing. There is also a large

Adnams store, a small Boots chemist and a very good

Co-Op in the centre of the town with lots of free parking.

On the edge of the town there is a factory shop outlet.

3. There are several useful interior shops. This includes a

very reasonably priced bathroom store, an excellent paint

shop that stocks Farrow and Ball, a lighting retailer, and

another interior store that will be opening soon.

The Tudor


4. There is a fabulous antiques and vintage centre.

Cornucopia, in the old Corn Exchange building, which

is a treasure chest and great fun to browse. It is also

warm (unusual for an antiques centre in winter) and very

welcoming. There is also a lovely vintage tearoom serving

light lunches, afternoon tea and more, all served on

vintage china.

5. There are lots of cosy cafes and several good pubs

serving food throughout the town. We had lunch at The

Egg and Easel Cafe which was a real treat. A pretty cafe

serving homemade lunches, cakes, coffees and teas. Try

something from the daily special board! Their lamb tagine

was delicious and just what we needed to warm us up on

a cold day. The café was popular with the locals, thanks

to its tasty food and warm and friendly welcome. We

would like to have tried all the cafes on our visit as they all

looked good!

Powder Socks at gift

shop Daisy and Co

Vintage tearoom,

Cornucopia antiques

Kate lives in North Norfolk and is an owner of a holiday

cottage in Blakeney that she has renovated with her

husband and now rents as a holiday let. She is passionate

about vintage and antique furniture & china, upcycling,

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


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accessories in this region. We have a fine showroom,

with over 60 exquisite wood stoves, gas fires and

cookers to view, many set in live displays.

Our distinctive range of products will fuel your

imagination. This diverse collection includes the

impressive Clearview wood burning stoves, Harrie

Leenders ceiling mounted and rotatable stoves,

Piazzetta double and triple sided stoves and the

elegant Rais range. We also have a large selection of

Gazco gas and electric fires and stoves.

We are based in the historic market town of

Wymondham in Norfolk. Our Showroom is just off

the A11 and we have a large free car park.


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The Best of the


Pubs…that is! Mike Garside discovers

the best pubs on the Norfolk Broads;

it was a tough job, but someone had to do it…

When I first started to think about writing an

article on the best pubs to eat in on the

northern Broads and rivers, I thought I would

approach it geographically, or nautically, as most

seasonal boat hire travellers would find them.

On reflection I suspect most readers are more

likely to approach most of them by car, either in

passing or as a planned trip out for a meal.

Getting a feel for the Broads by car is at best tricky,

glimpses of the river are often fleeting, even frustrating,

and these pubs can offer great access points to the

water’s edge and views of all the boat traffic and even

some of the wildlife, normally reserved for those lucky

enough to actually get on the water.

We normally have two or three dogs on board, or in

the boot, so our selection tends towards dog-friendly

establishments by default. If you baulk at eating in the

company of four legged companions, these may not be

for you, but many offer a dining area, separate from the


The Swan Inn, Horning

Tudor wood-framed in part, and perhaps one of the most

recognised and photographed pubs on the Bure, the

Swan is now part of a large chain, but none the worse for

it. Limited moorings in Horning are a constant problem

for river visitors, but the adjacent public car par (pay

and display) offers access to the village, pub and river

for drivers. The Swan offers an extensive menu, with an

outside dining area on the river bank in season, giving

perhaps one of the best vantage points of the bustling

river for lunch or dinner in mid-summer. The Swan is dog

friendly and offers accommodation.


The Bridge Inn, Acle

Cask marque accredited with guest beers and both

Woodfords and Adnams on draft, the Bridge Inn is

located by the Acle bridge and is easily accessible by

river and road with good moorings and car parking. The

website is worth pulling up for menus, offers, reviews

(very good) and a great history page with old photos and

the pub’s history. Children and dogs are welcome, and

there’s a riverside beer garden in peak season and Sunday

roast in low season.


The Lion Inn, Thurne

The Lion Inn is a little off the beaten track by car, being

on the road to nowhere, apart from Thurne, but it’s

worth the effort. It does benefit from seasonal boat

traffic, being situated at the head of Thurne Dyke and its

iconic windmill, which offers a large number of overnight

moorings (small charge payable at the pub). It’s very

popular with families and is dog friendly, in fact it’s one

of the best places to eat and dog walk, with riverside

footpaths allowing river view/side walking all the way to

Potter Heigham. www.lion-inn-thurne.co.uk

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The Nelson Head, Horsey

This was recommended to my wife and I by Alison from

Oliver’s Sailing Holidays (www.broadssailingholidays.

co.uk) who hire classic sailing yachts. She describes it as

a “little pub with a big character and definitely one of

our very favourite pubs in Norfolk!” I’ve tried to eat here

twice now and failed due to its popularity. I still want to

go back, partly from the reviews and mostly because it’s

like stepping into the 19th century. Punt guns over the

bar, shackles and ropes. Dogs under every table. There

are very limited covers due to its compact size, so arrive

early (which we didn’t). Outside seating in the summer

helps, and yes I know it’s not strictly on the Broads, but

it’s close enough to Horsey Mere to count. Visit seals on

the beach at Horsey for a wildlife experience to rival any

large game safari. If you can’t get a table, a short drive

away at the top of Hickling Broad is its sister pub, The

Pleasure Boat Inn.


The Pleasure Boat Inn, Hickling

This was first recommended to us by Nick Highton of

Martham Ferry Boatyard, a local dog friendly day boat

hire company (marthamferryboatyard.co.uk).

“The Pleasure Boat is exceptionally located, overlooking

Hickling Broad and Dyke, and a great lunch stop for

our hire boat visitors, being about an hour from the

boatyard and taking visitors across the wonderful

Hickling Broad,” he explained.

The Pleasure Boat Inn dates back to 1745, simply

furnished, serving value for money tasty pub food. The

tables outside have a fabulous view of Hickling Dyke

and Broad. The pub is dog and child friendly. There is

a massive free car park. Motoring homes - remember

to take a right turn up to see Horsey Mere and the

Windmill at Horsey Dyke.


The Nelson Head

The King’s Head, Coltishall

The King’s Head is a 17th century country inn situated

on the banks of the River Bure on the Wroxham

approach to Coltishall. The 24-hour moorings are

popular during the summer. Car parking is also busy

in peak season and shared with the Rising Sun, on

adjacent sites. The King’s Head offers fine cuisine,

specialising in locally sourced produce. One for diners

wanting gastro over pub grub. Bed and Breakfast is also

offered. The outside seating area is limited, and more

on the road than the river.


The Wroxham Hotel, Wroxham

I know it’s strictly not a pub but I do think this is worth

a mention, not just because most people’s experience

of the Broads rarely extends much beyond a trip to

Wroxham, but also because it’s just so good. Recently

refurbished, it has one of the best terrace bar areas

on the river and has a great restaurant and bar menu,

and moorings. The terrace provides views of Wroxham

bridge and all the fun that a low narrow, partly blind

stone arch can create for the novice captains of the

massive hire boats, trying to pass under. The food is

great with a friendly bar with dogs and kids welcome.

There’s the bonus of afternoon tea and cakes too.


Mike Garside is passionate about sailing, walking, dogs,

eating out and Norfolk. He is owner of a holiday cottage

in Blakeney that he has renovated with his wife and now

rents as a holiday let. www.blakeney-cottage.co.uk

The Wroxham Hotel

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Reedham Ferry & The Archers Touring Park

For your camping holiday in Norfolk,

we offer an idyllic setting in the heart of the Norfolk Broads.

We pride ourselves on cooking the best food from

local suppliers, we prepare from fresh so you are aware

straight away that quality shines through

For fishing, with its own lakes on site

and the River Yare adjacent to the facilities.

Reedham Ferry Touring Park, Reedham

Ferry Inn, Norwich, NR13 3HA.


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What’s on: Norfolk


5-12 Feb Calendar Girls the Musical

An award-winning production based

on the true story of the calendar

girls - a group of ordinary ladies

who achieved something extraordinary.

Norwich Theatre Royal,

Theatre Street, Norwich, NR2 1RL

01603 630000


6-9 Feb Peddling

The earth grumbles. Growling.

Rising. We’re in a field somewhere

in London. A peddler boy wakes up,

a firework in his hand. How did he

get here? Maddermarket Theatre,

St Johns Alley, Norwich, NR2 1DR

01603 620917


7-Feb An Evening Of Mediumship

with Psychic Tony Stockwell

It’s psychic medium Tony Stockwell

demonstrating his belief that

those who have passed can communicate

with their loved ones. Princess

Theatre, 13 The Green, Hunstanton,

PE36 5AH. 01485 532252


8-9 Feb A Man of Letters

Frank has erected signs for a

commercial letterer for twenty-five

years but one day, up on the roof

with trainee Alan, his attempts at

trying to spell a familiar word lead

to a loss of confidence. And it’s a

long way down…Westacre Theatre,

River Road, Westacre, PE32 1UD

01760 755800


8-Feb Morgan & West - Parlour


Time travelling magic duo Morgan

& West present a brand new show

chock full of jaw dropping, brain

bursting, gasp eliciting feats of

magic. Sheringham Little Theatre,

2 Station Road, Sheringham,

NR26 8RE. 01263 822347


8-Feb Vampires Rock

Sam Bailey is about to get her teeth

into a real rocker of a show when

she takes the role of the Vampire

Queen in the hit touring musical

extravaganza ‘Vampires Rock Ghost

Train’ for the 2019 spring tour. King’s

Lynn Corn Exchange, Tuesday Market

Place, King’s Lynn, PE30 1JW.

01553 764864.


9-Feb Tatterdemalion - Manipulate


From the creators of Boris & Sergey

comes a one-hour one man show

featuring puppetry, physical comedy,

and mime. Norwich Puppet Theatre,

St James, Whitefriars, Norwich,

NR3 1TN. 01603 629921


9-Feb Baby With the Bath Water

Durang’s Broadway play is a satirical

approach on the issues that can be

deeply felt in modern society. It is

guaranteed to make you laugh and

gasp at the same time. Sheringham

Little Theatre, 2 Station Road, Sheringham,

NR26 8RE. 01263 822347


13-Feb Nish Kumar

Double Edinburgh Comedy Award

Nominee Nish Kumar is taking

his brand new show on a national

tour of the UK! King’s Lynn Corn Exchange,

Tuesday Market Place, King’s

Lynn, PE30 1JW. 01553 764864.


14-Feb Sindhu Vee: Sandhog

Edinburgh Comedy Award Best

Newcomer Nominee 2018, Sindhu

Vee embarks on a UK tour with her

critically acclaimed and Edinburgh

Fringe sell-out show, Sandhog.

Norwich Arts Centre,

St. Benedict’s Street, Norwich,

NR2 4PG. 01603 660352.


15-23 Feb The 39 Steps

Based on John Buchan’s classic

whodunit, with an affectionate nod

to Hitchcock and a dash of Monty

Python, this fun-filled adaptation sees

four fearless actors play 139 roles.

Maddermarket Theatre, St Johns

Alley, Norwich, NR2 1DR. 01603

620917. www.maddermarket.co.uk

15-Feb Film: Valentine’s Special:

A Star is Born

A musician helps a young singer find

fame, even as age and alcoholism

send his own career into a downward

spiral. Westacre Theatre, River Road,

Westacre, PE32 1UD. 01760 755800


19-Feb An Evening with Sir Ranulph

Fiennes - Living Dangerously

Sir Ranulph Fiennes’ many endeavours

have pushed his endurance

levels to the very limits, inspiring generations

and making him a pioneer

of exploration with an unparalleled

story to tell. Norwich Theatre Royal,

Theatre Street, Norwich, NR2 1RL

01603 630000


21-Feb Russell Kane

Packing more energy than a Duracell

factory, Russell’s RS Turbo laugh engine

will motor through love, family

and life - once again proving that

the fast and the curious amongst us,

see more stuff, and get more done.

King’s Lynn Corn Exchange, Tuesday

Market Place, King’s Lynn, PE30 1JW

01553 764864


22-Feb Be Happy, Harry Hippo

Harry Hippo has lost his smile and

can’t seem to get it back. No matter

what he tries or where he looks, Harry

can’t find his smile anywhere. What

will he do? Sheringham Little Theatre,

2 Station Road, Sheringham,

NR26 8RE. 01263 822347.


24-Feb A Feast of True Stories

Storytellers will tell stories inspired

by the theme and memorable food

related to it. The audience will share

the experience of both the story and

the food. Norwich Arts Centre,

St. Benedict’s Street, Norwich,

NR2 4PG. 01603 660352.


25 Feb - 2 Mar Club Tropicana

Take a trip back to the electric 80s

and embark on a summer of love and

smash-hit classics! Norwich Theatre

Royal, Theatre Street , Norwich,

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Bressingham Steam Museum


Heritage Steam Gala

Saturday 4 May 2019 to Monday 6 May 2019

A celebration of steam at

Bressingham Steam Museum.

The highlight of Bressingham’s events calendar where

there will be over 20 engines in steam each day over this

special Bank Holiday Weekend!

The Gala will officially welcome vertical boiler 2ft

locomotive ‘Fernilee’ to Bressingham. This engine has

joined the Bressingham Collection on loan and will be

seen throughout the weekend performing a number of

duties on the Fen Railway.

The museum will be joined by a number of visiting traction

engines and steam rollers over weekend.

Please visit www.bressingham.co.uk for full listings of the


1940s Day

Sunday 12 May 2019

A Celebration

of Croft and Perry.

Bressingham will once again be supported by the

Dad’s Army Appreciation Society as they celebrate 50

years of Dad’s Army. We are pleased to announce that

Bressingham will be joined by some of the cast and crew

from Croft and Perry sitcoms. Our special guests will be

making appearances throughout the day.

We are expecting the following actors to attend our 1940s


Michael Knowles , John Clegg, Frank Williams, Harold

Snoad, Ronnie Grainge, Dave Webb, Charles Garland,

Felicity Montagu, Jon Pertwee (Son of Bill Pertwee),

Nicholas Ridley (Son of Arnold Ridley) & more

Bressingham will be full of displays, entertainment and

stalls which includes music from Sounds from the era

performed by Timescape, Swing & jive from Texas Tommy

and the Jitterbug dancers. Living history/ re-enactment

groups which include Allied Star Re-enactment group, The

Royal Norfolk’s Living History Group. The Ethan Reuban

History boys and Airbourne Assault 44


A variety of period vehicles will be on display throughout

the museum grounds with support from the Norfolk

Military Vehicle Group.

Steampunk Weekend

Sat 6 Jul 2019 to Sun 7 Jul 2019

A fabulous weekend of Norfolk punkery

at BresSteam


There will be a variety of trade stalls including Robert

Taylor Military Collectables, vintage hand knits & 1940s

Style for You

BresSteam. A celebration of all things Steampunk. A festival

of the future as Victorians may have imagined it. Splendid

costume, creativity, imagination and invention. Amongst

Bressingham’s magnificent collection of functioning Steam


Steampunk Market

Where you will be able to purchase all manner of exciting

Steampunk artefacts, we currently have thirteen traders


Tea Duelling and Umbrella Fencing and more provided by

Steampunk Shenanigans.

Nothing up our sleeves

An informal collective of highly skilled and sumptuously

attired Magicians, Jugglers, Comedians and Comperes.

For more info and more events go to www.bressingham.co.uk

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27-Feb Ben Fogle - Adventures in the


Thrilling tales from a modern day

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28 Feb - 3 Mar Curtain Up On


An amateur drama company is

rehearsing in the theatre at the end

of the pier. Storms rage overhead

and the doors are locked - they are

trapped! Events take a sinister turn

when a mysterious, ghostly presence

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her death through a trapdoor, the

remaining actors are thrown into

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Pier Gardens, Gorleston-on-Sea,

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15-Feb The ELO Experience

Blending rock rhythms with classical

influences, ELO also released many

classic albums such as A New World

Record, Discovery and Out of the

Blue, and many sell out tours which

further established them as one of

the most important and influential

bands ever. King’s Lynn Corn

Exchange, Tuesday Market Place,

King’s Lynn, PE30 1JW. 01553 764864


16-Feb The Jive Aces

The UK’s No.1 and world’s busiest

swing and jive band, The Jive Aces

present their biggest theatre show

to date, the Big Beat Revue! Princess

Theatre, 13 The Green, Hunstanton,

PE36 5AH. 01485 532252


16-Feb Forever In Blue Jeans

A perfect feast of entertainment

with superb singers, dancers and

musicians playing the best in country

music and Rock ‘n’ Roll. King’s Lynn

Corn Exchange, Tuesday Market

Place, King’s Lynn, PE30 1JW

01553 764864


17-Feb The Classic Rock Show

From AC/DC to ZZ Top - including

Led Zeppelin, Dire Straits, Queen,

The Eagles, Meatloaf and more.

Bringing the original recordings back

to life on stage, with a huge sound

and light show, culminating in a

show-stopping guitar duel. Norwich

Theatre Royal, Theatre Street,

Norwich, NR2 1RL. 01603 630000


19-Feb Lau

The new music was written in Shetland

and highlights the continuation

of Lau’s experimental approach to

folk music with increasingly minimal

arrangements in song form which

include the themes of togetherness

and forgiveness. Norwich Arts Centre,

St. Benedict’s Street, Norwich,

NR2 4PG. 01603 660352


22-Feb Pop Divas Live

With dazzling choreography, state of

the art videos and superb vocals Pop

Divas Live! is the perfect pop concert

experience for the little divas in your

life. King’s Lynn Corn Exchange,

Tuesday Market Place, King’s Lynn,

PE30 1JW. 01553 764864



Until 21 Feb Dust to Dust

Taking inspiration from basic principles

of inner-city design, practiced

by the ancient Maya, the relationship

between soil management and urban

life is given centre stage in schemes

that inspire to improve the long-term

sustainability of cities worldwide.

Sainsbury Centre for Visual Arts UEA,

Norwich, NR4 7TJ. www.scva.ac.uk

9 Feb - 6 Mar Chris Harrison

Paintings and photographs inspired

by details of North Norfolk. Bircham

Gallery, 14 Market Place, Holt,

NR25 6BW. 01263 713312. www.


19-24 Feb Norfolk Makers’


Join creative people from across

Norfolk all keen to share their skills

and knowledge. Have a go at a huge

range of activities including knitting,

sewing, embroidery, quilting, lace

making, sculpting, painting, drawing,

printing, felting and much, much

more. The Forum, Millennium Plain,

Norwich, NR2 1TF. 01603 727950



6 & 20 Feb Walk with the Walden

Bernard Bishop has been the warden

for more than 40 years and is the

third generation of his family to work

at Cley Marshes. Hear about the

history of Cley, how the reserve has

changed over time and what life is

like as a warden on a coastal nature

reserve. Suitable for all walking abilities.

Booking essential. £3.50 NWT

members, £5 non members.

Coast Road, Cley next the Sea,

NR25 7SA. 01263 740008

13 Feb - 2 May 2019 Spring Literary


The 2019 Spring Literary Festival

brings an eclectic mix of today’s best

writers, thinkers and speakers to

Norwich. This is a festival that revels

in the power of the written word to

delight, provoke and inspire.

University of East Anglia, Norwich

Research Park, Norwich, NR4 7TJ


16-23 Feb Scira Viking Festival

Various events celebrating the

heritage of the Vikings. Sheringham.




17-Feb Loddon Antiques &

Collectors Fair

Up to 40 general and specialist

dealers selling a wide range of good

quality antiques and collectables.

Admission £1. Jubilee Hall, George

Lane, Loddon, NR14 6NB

23-Feb Norfolk Snettisham Fleamarket

Around 20 stalls selling antiques, vintage,

retro, collectables, curios and

more! Open: 9am - 3pm. Admission:

50p (early bird £2) & under 16s free.

The Memorial Hall, Old Church Road,

Snettisham, PE31 7LX

23-Feb Roydon Antiques &

Collectors Fair

Open 9.30am-3.30pm. Entry50p,

under 14s free. Village Hall, High

road, Roydon, Diss, IP22 5RB

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It’s time to practice your pancake flipping with

the return of the famous Olney Pancake Race.

This year the historic race will take place in March

with a host of events in the lead up to the big

race itself. In the evening the international winner

of the pancake race is announced via a web link

with Liberal in the Church Hall. Bringing together

the community, supported by local businesses,

this event is one not to be missed!

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4-9 Feb The Rocky Horror Show

‘The Rocky Horror Show’ is the story

of two squeaky clean college kids -

Brad and his fiancée Janet. When by

a twist of fate, their car breaks down

outside a creepy mansion whilst on

their way to visit their former college

professor, they meet the charismatic

Dr Frank’n’Furter. Milton Keynes

Theatre, Marlborough Gate, Milton

Keynes, MK9 3NZ. 0844 8717652


7-Feb Luke Jermay: Intuition

A brand new interactive stage show

jam-packed with phenomenal jaw

dropping demonstrations of intuition,

telepathy and prediction…Quarry

Theatre, 26 St Peter’s Street, Bedford

MK40 2NN. 01234 362337


8-Feb An Audience With Vinnie


This is your chance to be a part of

an exclusive event to witness Vinnie

Jones reflect on his life and achievements

in an amazing atmosphere.

Watford Colosseum, Rickmansworth

Road, Watford, WD17 3JN.

01923 571 102.


8-Feb The Thinking Drinkers

‘The Thinking Drinkers’ are back on

tour with a brand-new, hilarious,

intoxicating bar-hop through history.

Hertford Theatre, The Wash,

Hertford, SG14 1PS. 01992 531500


10-Feb Andrew Bird: Ha Ha Time


If you like your comedy funny then

join Andrew for a show jam-packed

with observations and stories about

marriage, parenthood and the

petty grievances of modern life.

The Stables, Stockwell Lane, Milton

Keynes, MK17 8LU. 01908 280800


13-16 Feb Oklahoma!

Set in Western Indian Territory just

after the turn of the 20th century,

the spirited rivalry between the local

farmers and cowboys provides the

backdrop for the love story between

Curly, a handsome cowboy, and

Laurey, a beautiful farm girl. Watford

Palace Theatre, 20 Clarendon Road,

Watford, WD17 1JZ. 01923 235455


15-16 Feb Robin Hood & The

Revolting Peasants

Find out when Oddsocks rumble

in with their rumbustious new

adventures of this legendary folk

hero in a show for all the family.

Quarry Theatre, 26 St Peter’s Street,

Bedford, MK40 2NN. 01234 362337


15-Feb Benedict Allen

In a brand new show, adventurer-explorer

Benedict Allen tells

the whole unvarnished truth of his

most recent adventure – a solo

expedition to Papua New Guinea.

Broadway Theatre, Eastcheap,

Letchworth Garden City, SG6 3DD

01462 681300



‘ANiMALCOLM’ combines physical

theatre, puppetry and the company’s

outstanding storytelling style to

bring David Baddiel’s magical and

wonderfully comic story to the stage.

Broadway Theatre, Eastcheap,

Letchworth Garden City, SG6 3DD

01462 681300


18-23 Feb To Kill a Mockingbird

Set in the Deep South, Harper Lee’s

Pulitzer Prize-winning novel sees

racial injustice envelop a smalltown

community. With integrity and

compassion, lawyer Atticus Finch

seeks the truth. His courageous

daughter, Scout, brings hope to a

neighbourhood in turmoil. Milton

Keynes Theatre, Marlborough Gate,

Milton Keynes, MK9 3NZ. 0844

8717652. www.atgtickets.com

18-Feb The Amazing Bubble Man

Louis Pearl has been thrilling

audiences worldwide for over 30

years with the art, magic, science

and fun of bubbles. Rhodes Theatre,

1-3 South Road, Bishop’s Stortford,

CM23 3JG. 01279 710200.


19-23 Feb The History Boys

Alan Bennett at his best, not only

raising universal questions about the

nature of history and how it is taught,

but also questions about the purpose

of education today. The Court

Theatre, Station Road, Tring,

HP23 5QY. www.courttheatre.co.uk

20-Feb Sing-a-Long-a The Greatest


Experience The Greatest Showman in

the greatest way possible - with

lyrics on the screen so you can join

in as loud as you want. Aylesbury

Waterside Theatre, Exchange Street,

Aylesbury, HP20 1UG. 0844 871 7607


20-Feb Jimeoin: Result!

An evening of world class stand-up

as the Irishman from Australia brings

his brilliantly observed, ever-evolving

and hilarious comedy to The Stables,

fresh from a smash-hit New York

off-Broadway season with his latest

sell out tour. The Stables, Stockwell

Lane, Milton Keynes, MK17 8LU

01908 280800. www.stables.org

21-24 Feb Snooker Shoot Out 2019

It’s the sport’s fast and furious alternative

format, with all matches lasting

a maximum of 10 minutes. Watford

Colosseum, Rickmansworth Road,

Watford, WD17 3JN. 01923 571102.


23-Feb The Boy and the Mermaid

Join three shanty-singing fishermen

as they weave a fishy tale of musical

merfolk, menacing monsters and

spectacularly bad town planning.

Watford Palace Theatre, 20

Clarendon Road, Watford

WD17 1JZ. 01923 235455


25 Feb - 2 Mar Trial by Laughter

William Hone, the forgotten hero

of free speech, was a bookseller,

publisher and satirist. In 1817, he

stood trial for ‘impious blasphemy

and seditious libel’. The only crime

he had committed was to be funny.

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Worse than that he was funny by

parodying religious texts. And

worst of all, he was funny about

the despotic government and the

libidinous monarchy. Milton Keynes

Theatre, Marlborough Gate, Milton

Keynes, MK9 3NZ. 0844 8717652



8-Feb Mercury: The Ultimate Queen


Celebrating 20 years on the road in

2019, Mercury are well established

as one of the world’s most authentic

tributes to the legend that is Freddie

Mercury. Aylesbury Waterside

Theatre, Exchange Street, Aylesbury

HP20 1UG . 0844 871 7607


9-Feb Pasadena Roof Orchestra

Laced with a liberal dose of British

humour in its presentation; it is an

evening of pure joy for those who

love Swing, 20s and 30s music.

Rhodes Theatre, 1-3 South Road,

Bishop’s Stortford, CM23 3JG.

01279 710200


9-Feb Pop Divas Live!

With dazzling choreography, state of

the art videos and superb vocals Pop

Divas Live! is the perfect pop concert

experience for the little divas in your

life. Hertford Theatre, The Wash,

Hertford, SG14 1PS. 01992 531500


14-Feb The Chicago Blues Brothers:

Motown Mission

Over 40 hits performed live in

concert in this high octane party

show. The Gordon Craig Theatre,

Lytton Way, Stevenage, SG1 1LZ

01438 363200.


14-Feb Respect to Aretha

Life-long Aretha Franklin fan and

power-house vocalist Letitia George

stars in this uplifting dedication to

the Queen of Soul. The Stables,

Stockwell Lane, Milton Keynes, MK17

8LU. 01908 280800. www.stables.org

15-Feb Nights on Broadway:

The Bee Gees Story

The six-piece live band blend the

classic hits, acoustic medleys, songs

written for other major artists, and

dance floor fillers to tell the story of

the Bee Gees from start to finish.

The Stables, Stockwell Lane, Milton

Keynes, MK17 8LU. 01908 280800


15-Feb Buddy Holly and The


Authentic arrangements, driving

rhythms, energetic performances and

wonderful musicianship, all delivered

with charm and humour. Rhodes

Theatre, 1-3 South Road, Bishop’s

Stortford, CM23 3JG. 01279 710200


17-Feb The Sensational 60s


Six legendary names take to the

stage and deliver to you a night

never to be forgotten. With the

definite feel-good factor, this is must

see 60s show. Milton Keynes Theatre,

Marlborough Gate, Milton Keynes,

MK9 3NZ. 0844 8717652


24-Feb Elkie Brooks

Performing some of her classic hits,

blues and jazz, an electric evening

with Elkie Brooks is guaranteed to

leave you begging for more.

Milton Keynes Theatre, Marlborough

Gate, Milton Keynes, MK9 3NZ

0844 8717652. www.atgtickets.com


4-28 Feb Members’ Show

A new display of work from local artists

who are members of the Eagle Gallery.

The Eagle Gallery, 101 Castle Road,

Bedford, MK40 3QP. 01234 346995.


6 Feb - 15 Mar Liz West: Our Colour


‘Our Colour Reflection’ uses more

than 700 acrylic mirrors of different

colours and sizes at different heights

to playfully reflect light and project

vivid colours up into the historic

interior of the Assembly Room. St

Albans Museum + Gallery, Market

Place, St Peter’s Street, St Albans, AL3

5DJ. www.stalbansmuseums.org.uk

7-Feb Colour Burst: Art and Science


Colour Snap closing event: join in to

hear from speakers across visual arts

and science talking about colour.

Art and Design Gallery, University of

Hertfordshire, Hatfield. 01707 281127


1-14 Feb Bishop’s Stortford College

Festival of Literature 2019

There will be more speakers than

ever before, including a number

of returning favourite authors,

plus a community and education

programme aimed specifically at

children and young people. Bishop’s

Stortford College, 10 Maze Green

Road, CM23 2PJ. 01279 838575


5 Feb - 7 May themuseum: Take me

back Tuesdays

Go back in time and delve into the

history of Bishop’s Stortford. Look

at old photos and chat about your

memories of the town. Rhodes

Theatre, 1-3 South Road, Bishop’s

Stortford, CM23 3JG. 01279 710200


10-Feb Behind the Scenes – Voyages

of Discovery - The Natural History

Museum At Tring

A rare chance to get up close to

historic specimens from the extraordinary

travels of Darwin, Wallace,

Shackleton and more. The Walter

Rothschild Building, Akeman Street,

Tring, HP23 6AP. 0207 9426163



17-Feb Ampthill Antiques and

Vintage Fair

32 stalls selling China, books,

furniture, coins, silver, gold, model

trains, cigarette cards, vintage

clothing, dress jewellery etc. Entry £1.

Open: 9am - 3.30pm. Parkside Hall,

Woburn Street, Ampthill, MK45 2HX

17-Feb Biggleswade Antique &

Vintage Fair

Over 45 stalls selling silver, jewellery

of all types, books, small furniture,

pictures, advertising, china and tons

of vintage. Open: 9.30am - 4pm.

Entry £2, free for children under

16 accompanied by an adult.The

Weatherley Centre, Eagle Farm Road,

Biggleswade, SG18 8JH.

23-Feb Bedfordshire’s Antiques &

Collectors Fair

Entry £1, children free. Open:

10am- 4pm. St Pauls Church, St Pauls

Square, Bedford, MK40 1SQ

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