Eastlife Summer 2019


This issue is packed with ideas on how to make the most of those sunny days ahead. From blissful beach days and picnics on the water’s edge to al fresco dining and weekend breaks, we have plenty of things to keep you entertained over the next few months.

The region is fully embracing summer vibes with exciting events taking place every weekend throughout the season – dance along to music with friends, wave your British flag proudly at Battle Proms and watch a film under the stars!

Keep reading for all the details on how to enjoy a truly great summer’s day out!



The Summer Issue

Get out there & fill each day with fun

Beach Breaks - Festivals - Outdoor Theatre - Wild Adventures - Al Fresco Dining




Where your new life


A new development, built by Larkfleet Homes

exclusively for the over 55s.

Make your life your own at The Croft at Baston, a stylish

development surrounded by beautiful grounds, with a variety of

facilities and services close by to suit every lifestyle.

The development, now in its second phase, consists of one and two

bedroom bungalows. In total there are less than 86 properties in the

two phases, keeping this a small community. What’s more, Larkfleet

offers a range of buyer services, to make your move to Baston easy

and trouble-free.

Call today 07917 761020

or visit our Sales office

Open Saturday to Tuesday 10am – 5pm

Close to Bourne and Market Deeping with good travel links

to other major towns and cities

Set in a secluded setting away from traffic

Low maintenance with a 10 year insurance backed warranty

A tranquil village with a great community spirit

The Croft at Baston,

Mayfield Gardens (off Chesham Drive), Baston, Lincolnshire PE6 9QW

Email: thecroftatbaston@larkfleethomes.co.uk www.larkfleet.com

was in two minds – should I move home or stay put? The family home was so full of memories.

I But it was not full of much else.

It started to feel empty when the children moved out.

Then, when my husband died, there was just me rattling

around in a house far bigger than I needed.

And the garden was sized to match the house. I was

either going to have to employ a gardener or watch as it

turned into a wilderness. There was no way I could look

after it on my own.

The children came to help, of course, but they have lives

and homes of their own.

So, to cut a long story short, I decided to ‘up sticks’

and move to The Croft in Baston, a Larkfleet Homes

development exclusively for the over-55s.

It is not the first house move I’ve made of course. When

my husband and I were young we seemed to move

every couple of years as we ‘climbed the property


But it was the first time I had moved home on my

own. To be honest, I was a bit worried about all the

paperwork and the practicalities of moving.

I needn’t have been concerned. The sales people at

Larkfleet could not have been more helpful and they

introduced me to a very friendly solicitor who talked me

through all the legal things that I needed to do – and

then did most of them for me!

Larkfleet also introduced me to an independent financial

adviser. The old family home was worth quite a lot more

than I paid for a bungalow at The Croft – even though

I opted for one of the larger two-bedroom homes so

that my grandson can come to visit. The adviser helped

me to sort out my finances and make sure the ‘profit’ I

made from moving is safely invested.

Another thing that really helped was Larkfleet’s ‘assisted

move’ scheme. They took care of all the arrangements

for selling the old house.

So, I moved into The Croft a few weeks ago.


So pleased I made the move.

It has been a new beginning. I have already made

some good friends. A group of us went to dinner and

the theatre in nearby Peterborough last week – it was a

great night out. We went on the bus but shared a taxi

back. We were all talking and laughing so much I’m sure

the driver was glad it is only a short journey.

Of course, I don’t need to go even that far very often.

Baston itself is an attractive village with shops and

other facilities – including two rather good pubs with


But if I want more shopping or just a change of scene,

there are regular buses to the nearby market town of

Bourne or the city of Peterborough.

There are still a few homes for sale at The Croft so it will

be interesting to see how the community fills up. I look

forward to welcoming new neighbours in the way that I

was welcomed when I moved in.

Interested in a new home at The Croft in Baston?

Search for ‘Larkfleet Homes The Croft Baston’ online

or call 07917 761020.

A house you can

truly make a home.

It can only be Redrow


Top tips to make

a move easy


Although it’s an exciting step

towards living in your dream

home, the process of moving

house can sometimes feel

like a demanding experience.

However, if the process is

managed well then it can

feel like a fond farewell to

your old home, rather than

a drawn-out process.

Here, Tonia Tyler, Sales

Director at Redrow Homes

South Midlands, discusses

how to make your move as

smooth as possible.

The Sell

Once you have decided to

make the move, your fi rst task

will be to sell your existing

home. However, this need not

be a chore. Taking the process

in bite-sized stages will make

it more manageable and mean

you don’t feel overwhelmed

during the process.

The good news is that if you

buy a Redrow home, then

you can utilise their handy

Help to Sell scheme to sell your

old property. Redrow Homes

will take care of the valuations,

appointing an estate agent,

and all of the tiresome

paperwork, leaving you

to focus on packing.

The Viewing

It’s important that your house

really looks and feels like it

could be a visitor’s next home.

A good spring clean gives

a great fi rst impression –

it’ll even help clear some

clutter when you do come

to making the move.

The Plan

Planning is essential in the run

up to the move, so ensure you

give yourself enough time to

pack before moving. Leaving it

to the fi nal few days may mean

you forget or break belongings,

so consider putting time aside

to get everything in order.

Secondly, you will need

the right materials to get the

job done, including boxes,

bubble wrap, tape and labels.

Booking a large vehicle or

home removal company well

in advance is also a must.

The Pack

Getting everything boxed up

will make the move a more

manageable process.

Everything precious will need

the protection of bubble wrap,

however do try to pack one

room at a time and label the

boxes as you go, as this will

make your belongings easier

to organise when they arrive

in your new home.

Start with the rooms you least

need, reducing the chance of

you rummaging through boxes

to fi nd important items days

before you move.

To fi nd out how you can use

Redrow’s Help to Sell scheme,

visit www.redrow.co.uk/


You can also visit one of

Redrow’s developments to fi nd

out how a Redrow home would

work for you. To fi nd your

nearest development, visit


Existing homeowner?

Help to Sell can get you moving

Designed to sell your existing home

quickly and easily, Help to Sell is your

ticket to a dream new home. We’ll take

care of all the paperwork and even

contribute to your estate agent fees,

leaving you to enjoy a hassle-free move.

The service you’d expect from a name

you can trust.

Find out more about our new Help to Sell

service and book your appointment today.

2, 3, 4 & 5 bedroom homes from £324,950

Sanderson Manor

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Call: 01223 665258

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visit www.redrow.co.uk for full details. Images are indicative only.

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Introducing robotic

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At 74 years young, Vivienne Crisp was not ready to be

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I got a list of the best surgeons and found Mr Melton, who is

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Nuffield Health Cambridge Hospital - Mr Melton explained

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He diagnosed the problem straight away and advised that both

knees were damaged, so we continued chatting about the best

way forward and he told me all about the new Mako Robotic

Arm Assisted Surgery available at the hospital. Coincidentally,

my husband, a consultant electronics engineer, was absolutely

fascinated by its capabilities to use computer images and

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robotic arm to carry out joint replacements to the absolute millimetre.

I felt reassured that Mr Melton would be in total control of my

operation and went for my knee replacement at Nuffield Health

Cambridge Hospital. I am being genuine when I say that every

single member of staff had a smile on their face. I can’t tell you

the difference this makes when you’re feeling absolutely rotten,

to be cared for by such positive professionals who are cheerful,

lovely and helpful – it had a tremendous effect.

I had tried almost everything to help alleviate the increasing

pain in my knee over the years, from shoe infills to

physiotherapy, but reached the point where I simply couldn’t

walk properly. I’m normally an outgoing and active person. I

care for my 97-year-old mum, and for the past 30 years have

walked the Lake District. I love it up in the high mountains, so

it became very distressing when I couldn’t walk around a lake.

In fact, I couldn’t even manage more than 100 yards without

being in a great deal of pain.

It wasn’t until friends, who have had knee replacements,

told me that I didn’t need to keep suffering and should

do something before I ran out of options, that I decided

to change my thinking. I first went to the NHS and was

referred for physiotherapy and I worked on that for a long

time. Unfortunately it didn’t help, so they sent me for an

assessment, only to be told it wasn’t quite bad enough to take

things further surgically. I was daft enough to be pleased with

that outcome, typically thinking; ‘it will be fine, I can still get up

and down the stairs – yes it hurts, but I’ll manage’.

It was quite depressing being stuck at home, knowing that I

couldn’t walk around the corner to post a letter or pop in to

visit a friend – you start to feel like you’re missing out on life.

After another year of this I went back to my GP, who confirmed

that I did actually require a new knee, adding; ‘It will take a

long time for an appointment, so if you can afford to, then go

private,’ which is exactly what I did.

On the afternoon of my operation a physiotherapist got me up

and walking, and by the second day I was on crutches and able

to use the stairs – I was absolutely astounded. On the second

day Mr Melton said I could go home, but I wasn’t ready to leave

so I asked if I could stay another night. This was no problem

and helped me build my confidence even further.

After a few days recovery, I went back for physiotherapy

sessions on just two occasions over four weeks, although I

could have had more if needed. The physiotherapist gave me

great advice, showing me exercises to do at home that would

help strengthen my knee, and massages to breakdown the

internal scar tissue. It was amazing just how quickly I was back

on my feet, and when my friends came to visit me at home, they

couldn’t believe that I was walking without crutches. In fact, after

just five weeks I went on a family camping holiday!

I cannot praise the hospital enough, everything was fantastic.

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just a short hobble away, but the care I received was heartwarming.

Having this procedure has given me a new lease of

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happened if I’d left it any longer. Now I’m preparing for my next

knee operation, but this new knee is so good that I’m going to

wait a while. The whole experience was marvellous and life is

already so much better – I would highly recommend it.

For more information on the surgeons offering Mako robotic

arm assisted surgery for hip and knee replacements at Nuffield

Health Cambridge Hospital, please call 01223 370922 or email


This content is provided for general information only and should

not be treated as a substitute for the professional medical

advice of your GP or healthcare professional.









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This Summer, Baycroft will be opening three homes in the area. Our care homes are being

built around the lifestyle and care requirements of each individual. As much thought has been

invested into the elegant surroundings, innovative technologies, restaurant standard dining

experience and the engaging social activities as the exemplary standards of care.

These elements combined create the comfortable and fulfilling lifestyle you or your loved one

deserve; and one that we are committed to deliver.

We are dedicated to making a better day every day for you and aligning our care and services

to your individual needs.






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‘Two Hearts - Two Minds’ by Samuel Thomas

Samuel Thomas captures limitless energy, hope and

optimism in his Norfolk & Suffolk inspired stylised

original paintings that are also available as Limited

Edition Prints. You can also commission a bespoke

painting by the artist. See his art on show (7 days a

week) at the Garden House Gallery, Cromer.


Browse or purchase artworks direct from the online

shop: www.samuelthomasart.co.uk

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Dear Reader

This issue is packed with ideas on how to make the most of those sunny

days ahead. From blissful beach days and countryside picnics to

al fresco dining and weekend breaks, we have plenty of things to keep

you entertained over the next few months.

The region is fully embracing summer vibes with exciting events taking

place every weekend throughout the season – dance along to music

with friends, wave your British flag proudly at Battle Proms and watch a

film under the stars!

Keep reading for all the details on how to enjoy a truly great summer’s

day out!

Have a great summer!

Emma Kemsley






016 Around The Region

A round-up of the region’s news and

upcoming events.

114 Weddings

What you need to keep an eye on when it

comes to food and drink trends.


026 Lifestyle

Festivals, festivals and more festivals. Time to

open up your diary.

060 Dog Friendly

Doggy paddleboarding - would your pooch

enjoy the SUP life?

117 Motoring

Sue Cooke reviews the new Hyundai

i30N FastBack.

119 Consumer

Martin Lewis brings us the latest news on

loans and what to look out for.


069 Education

We talk early years and children’s wellbeing in

our education round up.

137 Property

How property improvements can affect your

home insurance.



075 Little East

Fun filled days out for you and your little ones.

083 Food & Drink

Everything you need to know about the

region’s food scene.

098 Health

Do you know how to identify blood cancer?

Our article could save a life.

109 Fashion

Ruth Essex talks style crushes.

141 Arts

A round-up of the region’s arts news and


145 Area Focus

Take a look at what’s going on around East

Anglia (there’s a lot).

234 The Social Scene

A round up of what’s happening on social

media - get involved!


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and more!

Pick up your copy of our latest What’s On guide


What’s on at

the museum

23rd Festival of Beer & Brewing

Thursday 4 - Sunday 7 July

Celebrating the regions rich tradition

of brewing, our annual four day festival

features over 70 real ales.

Outdoor Cinema

Friday 23 & Saturday 24 August

Enjoy live family entertainment before

settling down to watch classic films under the stars.

Cider and Song

Friday 18 and Saturday 19 October

A celebration of all things apple, from family-friendly activities to

tutored cider tastings for the grown-ups.

NEW FOR 2019

VIsit the Heritage Farm, with a new farm barn, handson

farming activities, meet the animals and explore

the orchard.

Don’t miss - A packed Summer

programme of activities for

family, from Archery and

Archaeology to our weekly Mud,

Bugs and Baking session!

Visit www.eastanglianlife.org.uk

for more information.




Saddle Up

Newmarket-based animal charity, the Animal Health Trust, has

teamed up with local and national artists, local businesses,

organisations and community groups to bring a fun and

exciting art trail to Newmarket this summer.

A herd of horses will gallop into the town centre from July to

September as part of the Saddle Up Art Trail. There will be 18

inspiring art installations around the town, with a Trail map

available to help find them.

The horses are all fabulously different; designed and created

by talented artists using the same theme ‘What do horses

mean to you?’ Some pieces are large in size and others might

require explorers to look a bit harder to find them!

Enjoy the Trail as a family, with friends or absorb yourself in the

artwork and admire the talented artists and sculptors involved.

You can find out more about the Saddle Up Art Trail on the

Animal Health Trust at www.aht.org.uk/saddleup

Get ‘Appy’ in Huntingdon!

Thanks to Huntingdon First and LoyalFree, shoppers can save

within the town thanks to ‘Free App’ - to use in Huntingdon

shops and businesses throughout the year; from hair and

beauty to food and drink to fashion and shoes and more.

New to the LoyalFree App is the Huntingdon Dog Friendly

Trail. Find all the dog friendly places to eat, drink and shop in

Huntingdon where you can relax knowing your four-legged

friend is as welcome as you are.

Visit Huntingdon and download the LoyalFree App on the

App Store. Don’t miss the Summer Family Fun Day on 27 July;

a day of free activities in the Market Square!








Visitors can enjoy the state rooms rich in

paintings, fine furniture and tapestries along with

a picture perfect garden which dates from the

early 17th century.

Beautifully designed gifts, jewellery, toys and

much more can be found in the Stable Yard

shops. Visitors can also enjoy relaxing at River

Cottage Kitchen & Deli which serves a variety

of delicious foods throughout the day.









Horrible Histories in Suffolk

Moyse’s Hall Museum in Bury St Edmunds is celebrating its 120th

anniversary as a museum this year. All year round Moyse’s Hall

offers fascinating insights into the past and in 2019, alongside a

packed programme of exhibitions from book illustrations to vintage

toys, will be the addition of historical character trails from Terry

Deary, the best-selling author of the ‘Horrible Histories’ series.

Deary has developed six character trails of ‘Terrible Tales’ which

will follow local historical people, events and stories including Mary

Tudor and the Red Barn Murder.

Alongside this exciting new addition, Moyse’s Hall will be running

its hugely popular specialist exhibitions series including

‘Wonderland’ from 8 June – 1 September, which will feature

Tenniel’s original artwork from the first ever edition of ‘Alice in

Wonderland’, plus a selection of other first edition children’s

books, illustrations and memorabilia.


Pop Up in Norwich

Following expressions of interest from local businesses, start-ups,

entrepreneurs and crafters, Norwich Business Improvement District

(BID) are now offering interested parties the opportunity to be part

of a brand new PopUp space in Norwich city centre.

The PopUp space which used to house Maplin at 7A Castle House

on Castle Meadow, is an opportunity for local businesses to test

out an idea, build their brand and make sales without the cost and

commitment of a permanent city centre lease. To rent the space

would cost only £240 per week which includes electricity, WiFi

and business rates.

Anyone interested in how the PopUp space in Norwich

can work can find further information at


Take to the Skies

Fancy popping to France for the day in your own private jet? Or

how about seeing the region from the skies? Thanks to Wingly,

it’s now easier than ever to make the most of the region’s smaller


Wingly is a flight sharing platform in the UK democratising private

aviation by connecting private pilots who have empty seats in their

aircraft with passengers. Passengers can enjoy the experience of

a flight in a private plane while pilots share their costs and passion

for flying.

Sightseing and excursion flights are available from as little as £48

from a variety of Eastern airfields including, but not limited to:

Cranfield Airport, Fowlmere Airfield in Cambridge, North Weald

Airfield and Stapleford Tawney.



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Open Air Cinema

26 June to 6 July

St Albans, Hertfordshire

As part of the St Albans Film Festival, the Abbey Open-Air Cinema will take place in the

Cathedral grounds with a programme of classic movies over two weeks.


Leigh Folk Festival

27 June to 30 June

Leigh on Sea, Essex

A fabulous festival that draws visitors from far and wide. The festival brings together

over 200 artists in music, poetry and dance across 20 venues. The festival is now in its

28th year.


Hemingford Abbots Flower Festival

Hemingford Abbots, Cambridgeshire

29 June to 30 June

The pretty village will be full of blooms and colour. The church will be the focal point of

the weekend, but visitors can also view over 20 open gardens and a display of historic

cars, motorcycles and bicycles. There’s also entertainment from Morris Dancers, river

trips and more. Entry £8.




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23 – 26 August

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Craft Fair held within the Garden • Admission to Garden also gives

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Discover Britain’s foremost modern sculptor at

Henry Moore Studios & Gardens.

Explore Henry Moore’s studios, home

and sculptures in over 70 acres of glorious

countryside, plus a new exhibition

of the artist’s drawings.

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Fling Festival

Hylands Park, Chelmsford, Essex,

6 July

The fun and creative festival for adults returns for a day of live music, cabaret, surreal

theatre, circus acts and immersive arts and crafts, plus yummy food. Headliners include

Oh My God! it’s the Church, Lee Nelson and Tony Law. This festival is best described as

a playground for adults – don’t miss your chance to take part in the space hopper race!


Chapelfield Summer Circus

Norwich, Norfolk

11 to 14 July

Lost in Translation Circus presents a Big Top style tent with a hand-picked selection of

international contemporary circus shows appearing in Norwich for the first time

alongside up and coming local performers and free daytime outdoor circus fun.

Daytime and early evening shows are suitable for family audiences with late night

cabaret for adults on Friday and Saturday evenings.


Dog Show & Family Fun Day

14 July

East Park, Holkham Estate

Have a fun day out with the whole family – dogs included! In aid of Wells Community

Hospital Trust, the day will feature classes and activities for dogs, a programme of children’s

entertainment, live music and over 50 craft stalls to browse. Free entry, parking

£3 per car.

Matilda the Musical

Norwich Theatre Royal, Norwich

16 July to 17 August

The Roald Dahl classic and multi-award-winning show is coming to the Norwich

Theatre Royal. The much loved tale will be created on stage, expect excitement and

magic as the story of Matilda Wormwood comes to life. This is one not to be missed!


July Evening Airshow

Shuttleworth, Biggleswade

20 July

This classic evening airshow will bring to the fore the fun of flying, and a range of

aircraft of all shapes and sizes supported by the LAA. With a relaxed atmosphere, and

where the light can be at its best for photography, this airshow will showcase displaying

aircraft from the early and pioneering years of aviation quite unlike any found anywhere

else in the UK! Tickets: Adults from £20, children free.



Bedford Park Concerts

Bedford Park

26 July to 28 July

The concerts return for another summer weekend of live music! The action kicks off

with Café Mambo. Ibiza’s most iconic sunset bar will bring some Balearic magic from

the White Isle to Bedford on 26 July. DJ sets include Danny Howard, Jason Bye and

Judge Jules. Headliner Rita Ora will be blasting out her hits on 27 July, followed by

Radio one DJ ‘MistaJam’. Bedford Park Proms will close the weekend on 28 July with

a musical celebration which will culminate with rousing favourites of flag-waving and

singing along, including Rule Britannia and Land of Hope & Glory, as thousands of

lasers and fireworks light up the sky. This year includes Welsh tenor Wynne Evans! It’s

bound to be a sell out so book your tickets now!


Seeing It Differently

Norwich Cathedral, Norfolk

7 August to 18 August

Visitors to the Cathedral this summer will be in for a surprise as a 40ft helter skelter is

installed in the West End of the Nave! Climb up the helter skelter and you will be treated

to views of the Cathedral - including a closer look at the famous medieval roof bosses

depicting stories from the Bible. Alongside the helter skelter, ‘Seeing It Differently’ will

also feature a number of other installations for people to experience.


Burnham Week

The Quay, Burnham-on-Crouch, Essex

24 August to 31 August

As one of the East Coast's premier regattas, Burnham Week is in its 127th year. There

will be yachting events held on the River Crouch throughout the week, as well as

activities ashore including cocktail parties, dinners, BBQs & entertainment.


Open Air Cinema

24 August to 26 August

Hertford Castle, Hertford

Spectators can bring along picnic chairs, snacks and sit back to relax and enjoy movies

underneath the stars.


Photo Credit: Brian Sibley

Essex Sausage, Cider and Music Festival

Barleylands Farm, Billericay

24 August to 25 August

A fantastic Bank Holiday family event, the festival has a great line up of tribute bands

including Noasis, Kaiser Thiefs, Kopycat Killers, Guns 2 Roses, Cheatles, So Pink and

one of the UK’s leading Michael Jackson impersonators Navi. Glamping facilities are

available, and under 6s go free!



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we can offer care for future generations. If you have any questions

or would like further information, please contact our Legacy Giving

team on 01245 457346 or email legacies@farleighhospice.org

Please be assured that all conversations will be kept confidential

and we will not ask for your intentions regarding your Will.

It is because you care that we can


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It wouldn’t be summer without a festival

popping up almost every weekend.

Whether you’re looking for big-name

headliners, colourful comedy, films under the

stars, dancing in a field or beer on tap,

read our guide to the best festivals

taking place this season…


Music Festivals

The Oundle International Festival

4-13 July, Oundle, Cambs

Established for over 30 years, the festival has an extensive

programme for all to enjoy. There will be concerts by world

class musicians, rising stars and local performance groups,

arts and the return of the popular ‘Music in the Park’ on

6 July, the ‘Big Afternoon Tea’ on 7 July and the town’s

fabulous open-air party, ‘Party at the Wharf’ on 13 July,

which will be headlined by ABBAMANIA.


Newmarket Nights

8 June – 9 August, Newmarket Racecourse, Suffolk

Combining an evening of horse racing and live music the

Newmarket Nights are a great summer event. This year the

line-up includes Kaiser Chiefs on 28 June, Thriller on 19

July, Rudimental on 26 July, Pete Tong’s Ibiza Classics on

2 August and Bananarama on 9 August.


Maverick Music Festival

5-7 July, Easton Farm Park, Suffolk

Yee-haa! Join in the Americana Maverick Music Festival as

it hosts a fantastic line up of American and English music

acts all waiting to bring you a taste of the American dream.

Visitors can see over 50 artists across six stages, both

indoors and out.


Battle of the Proms

13 July, Hatfield House, Herts

A summer celebration, the event begins at 4.30pm, and

offers an afternoon and evening of entertainment including

Napoleonic re-enactors, WWI Cavalry Display, The Red Devils,

singing duo The Vignettes and evening gun salute. The Battle

Proms Orchestral performance and a traditional sing-along,

flag-waving and grand firework display closes the event.


Latitude Festival

18-21 July, Henham Park, Suffolk

In 2019 the family friendly festival will once again host an

impressive and diverse mix of comedy, music, theatre and

poetry. There will be performances from famous faces such

as George Ezra, Lana Del Ray and Snow Patrol on the main

stage, alongside other talented artists. Jason Manford and

Russell Kane will be bringing the laughs in the comedy

tent. There’s also the opportunity to enjoy a swim in the

lake and relax the mind, body and soul in the SOLAS area!

The activities and sheer scale of this festival is what makes

it so popular.


Standon Calling

25-28 July, Standon, Hertfordshire

Standon Calling is all about music and fun! The festival

brings big names in music to this small Hertfordshire

village for a weekend of non-stop dancing. Acts include

Rag’n’Bone Man, Wolf Alice, Nile Rodgers & Chic and

many more. This year’s festival story is ‘Twister Creature’,

which will influence activities. The festival has become a

much more family orientated event in recent years with

entertainment and daytime activities for babies, kids and

teens – there’s even an on-site nanny service! Dogs are

invited too, and can take part in the annual dog show.


Classic Ibiza

9 August, Blickling Hall, Norfolk

The Urban Soul Orchestra, conducted by Stephen Hussey,

return to perform classic Ibiza anthems under the stars, with a

live DJ and vocalists. As dusk falls, the lasers will hit the Blickling

skyline, as the Urban Soul Orchestra return to bring some of the

best of the White Island’s dance tunes to orchestral life.



16-18 August, Glenham Hall, Suffolk

The rural and quirky event hosts a great line up of local and

international acts. This year’s headliners include Richard

Thompson and Cara Dillon and Friends. Those looking to

enjoy a full weekend of performances can take advantage

of the fabulous glamping facilities.


Essex Back to the 90s Concert

23 August, Barleylands Farm, Billericay, Essex

Calling all 90s kids! Relive your youth with a night of 90s

hits. Confirmed artists include B*Witched, East 17, Baby D,

Living Joy and of course there really is no party like an

S Club Party!


Cool Britannia Festival,

30 August - 1 September, Knebworth House,


Back by popular demand, Cool Britannia will continue to

tend to the needs of rock and dance music fans in 2019

with camping, glamping, street food, themed bars, street

entertainers, funfairs, kid-zone, fireworks, trade stands,

karaoke and much more! TV and radio presenter Jo Whiley

will curate the Main Stage on Saturday 31 August.



Family Friendly Festivals

3foot People Festival

2 July, Hylands Park, Chelmsford

The hugely popular 3foot People Festival, aimed exclusively

at pre-school children will feature a mix of music, theatre,

storytelling, arts, crafts, sporting activities and play.


Hunstanton Kite Festival

18 August, Town Centre, Hunstanton, Norfolk

Fundraising is at the heart of ‘The Kite’ but the organisers also

want you to have a wonderful day of fun and entertainment with

family and friends that will create memories to treasure.


Great Yarmouth Maritime Festival

7-8 September, South Quay, Great Yarmouth, Norfolk

The famous Great Yarmouth Maritime Festival is a fantastic free

two-day event found on historic South Quay with ships to go

aboard, live shanty folk music, fun street theatre exhibitions and

demonstrations for visitors to explore.


Maui Waui Festival

23-25 August, Peakhill Farm, Theberton, Suffolk

The Maui Waui Festival gets bigger each year, with a three day

programme of international music, performance and vibrant arts.

The festival brings together accomplished and undiscovered

bands and performers from all around the globe. In addition to

music there are full circus shows in a dedicated circus tent, small

upbeat bands and acoustic acts, plus cabaret and comedy.

Highly regarded as one of the most family friendly festivals in the

region, the festival has plenty of activities for children too such

as circus acts, musical workshops, storytelling, crafts and a pirate

ship disco!


East Anglian Dragon Boat Festival

31 August, Oulton Broad, Lowestoft, Suffolk

Teams across East Anglia come together to battle it out on the

water in aid of charity. Join the thousands of spectators and

cheer on participants or enjoy the embankment activities such

as inflatable games, a funfair, children’s events and food stalls.



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Back for its 5th year of inner-city cinematic

magic, within the gardens of the Gonville hotel,

Enchanted Cinema are bringing new and classic

films to their (even bigger this year) screen.

Expect live musicians before the screenings,

street food vendors, an outdoor bar, and more

magic than ever before



Surrounded by mature trees and open countryside,

visit the the many other local attractions or just light a

fire and enjoy the outdoor experience.

The luxury glamping pods are fitted with en-suite

facilities and everything you need for a relaxing and

comfortable glamping break.


Luna Cinema,

Outdoor Cinema

May to September, Anglesey Abbey, Wrest Park, Holkham Hall,

Knebworth House, Audley End House, Hylands House and

Hatfield House

Enjoy your favourite films under the stars as The Luna Cinema

returns with its open air screenings from May to September. Singalong

to ‘The Greatest Showman’ and ‘Mamma Mia! Here We Go

Again’, and get lost in iconic films such as ‘A Star Is Born’ and the

multi-award winning ‘Bohemian Rhapsody’. Drama fans can have

a royal time watching ‘The Favourite’ at the actual location for the

film at Hatfield House. There’s classics too such as ‘Pretty Woman’

and ‘Moulin Rouge’. www.thelunacinema.com

Essex Outdoor Cinema

1 June – 28 September - Chelmsford, Upminster & Hainault

Get cosy under the night’s sky and watch star-studded films from

Essex Outdoor Cinema at a number of Essex locations. Films such

as ‘Bohemian Rhapsody’, ‘Dirty Dancing’, ‘Mamma Mia’, ‘Grease’

and ‘The Greatest Showman’ to name a few will be popping up at

RHS Garden Hyde Hall, Hainault Forest Country Park, Upminster

Junior School and Coopers' Company and Coborn School.


Sundown Cinema

8 June – 8 September, Suffolk, Cambs, Herts & Beds

This year Luton Hoo, Shuttleworth House, Mill Meadow Island

Bedford, Putteridge Bury, IWM Duxford, Hitchin Lavender,

Hitchin Priory, Melford Hall, The Jockey Club and Ickworth

House all welcome Sundown Cinema. Enjoy an evening in the

great outdoors while watching recent blockbusters such as ‘The

Greatest Showman’ and ‘A Star is Born’, as well as classic films

like ‘Dirty Dancing’ and ‘Top Gun’.


Chelmsford Summer Beer and Ale Festival

2-6 July, Admiral’s Park Essex

Taste a great selection of beers and ales, dine on foods from around

the world, learn more with Podge’s Belgian beer tour and enjoy live



North Norfolk Railway Beer Festival

19-21 July, Sheringham Station, Norfolk

This annual Beer Festival gets bigger each year. It will feature beer,

food, drink and entertainment over the three days. The Beer Festival is

established in the calendars of beer (and rail) enthusiasts’ alike.


Peterborough Beer Festival

20-24 August, The Embankment, Peterborough

This year the festival celebrates it 42th anniversary. An annual kneesup,

visitors will enjoy a lively atmosphere and over 400 real ales, ciders,

Perries and wines.


Beer Festivals






Pull on your

wellies and

celebrate the

region’s wonderful

countryside with

a day out at a lively

country show…

The Game Fair

26-28 July, Hatfield House, Hertfordshire

Celebrating British field sports and country life, The Game Fair is a funfilled

family day out, featuring gundog handling, clay shooting, archery,

fishing, falconry and ferreting. Visitors can also enjoy a host of food, drink

and shopping stalls, as well as outdoor activities including off-road driving.

There is something for everyone!


Steam, Crafts & Country Life Fair

10-11 August, Knebworth House, Herts

This fair isn’t just for motoring enthusiasts, there’s something for the whole

family. Steam & other vintage vehicles will feature alongside entertaining

displays, historical re-enactments, a medieval village, children’s

entertainers, food and drink marquees and plenty of farmyard animals.

Don’t miss your chance to bottle feed the lambs! On the Sunday the event

will host the Companion Dog Show – bring along your canine friend and

have a go! www.knebworthhouse.com

Fenland Country Fair

25-26 August, Stow cum Quy Park, Cambridge

A celebration of Britain’s countryside, the jam-packed programme of

events includes demonstrations, displays, rural crafts, sporting pursuits,

vintage cars and tractors, a gundog competition and more. There’s also

the chance to browse and shop national retailers of country clothing,

equipment and crafts, alongside locally grown produce. This is one

outdoor event not to be missed! www.fenlandfairs.com

Festival of Dogs

Weald Country Park 28-29 September & Foxhall Park 19-20 October

Calling all dog lovers! Bring your furry friend along for a fun family day out

as the Festival of Dogs pops up across the region during late summer.

There’s plenty of have-a-go agility courses, the scurry, Dogs Have Talent

contest and fun dog shows including waggiest tail, most handsome dog

and dog who looks most like their owner to name a few!



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There’s nothing more satisfying than being by the water on a hot

sunny day…it’s even better if you can dip your toes and cool off!

Escape the coastal crowds and opt for a lazy day on the river; here are

some of our favourite picnic riverside locations…


The village of Grantchester is one of those picture perfect

quintessential English villages. Cobbled cottages sweeping with

wisteria, a beautiful church, plenty of green space and a few fabulous

welcoming pubs. During the summer its biggest attraction is the River

Cam which runs through the meadows.

The banks are the perfect spot for a picnic, ball games or a dog walk,

while the river comes to life with children swinging from the rope

swing, swimmers braving the murky water, paddle boarders and

punts. Punts can be hired at various points along the bank.

For those looking to get active, this is the ideal location to launch your

own kayak. Equipment such as the Itiwit three man inflatable kayak

can be picked up from Decathlon (www.decathlon.co.uk), for a

reasonable £249. Easy to pack and inflate, the kayak can bring hours

of family fun. Launch from the shallows and spend the afternoon

paddling up and down the river taking in the stunning scenery and

wildlife, including the resident cows!


The River Orwell offers some of the best views of Suffolk. Hop aboard

the Lady Orwell for a sightseeing tour or enjoy an afternoon tea cruise

from Harwich Harbour or Pin Mill. There are a number of cruises

throughout the year, including sunset options during the summer.

If you’d prefer to keep your feet on dry land but still want to

experience the River Orwell landscape, pack a picnic and head to the

Nacton Picnic Site, where you can watch ships navigating the narrow

channel up river to Ipswich.



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good company at

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We have 2 restaurants for you to dine in.

We offer food from the main menu but we also

have daily specials and bar food. We also have

a carvery which is available on Sundays

Magnificent Rooms

To Complete Your Stay

We have 14 fully refurbished rooms for

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Paddleboarding and canoeing on the Broads has become a

popular past time. However, if you’d prefer something a little

less wet and wild how about taking a Broads Cruiser; a great

way to enjoy the water and be guided through tranquil Norfolk

countryside. There are several passenger boat companies that run

scheduled hourly services from numerous locations across the

Broads during the summer season.


Discover the River Great Ouse with a trip to Bedford. Here you

can learn more about the waterway with a canoe or kayaking trip,

available at www.canoetrail.co.uk. For a leisurely afternoon

opt for a John Bunyan river cruise complete with afternoon tea

or a fish and chips supper. Of course, you don’t have to be on

the water to enjoy this stretch of river, there’s plenty of riverside

pubs where you can enjoy a Pimms in the sunshine including the

Bedford Swan & The Embankment.


There are plenty of boating and picnic opportunities in

Hertfordshire. Take a walk along the River Lee footpath from

Hertford to Ware and watch the canal boats float on by. If you

fancy having a go yourself, head to the Lee Valley Boat Centre in

Broxbourne, where you can hire a Rosie & Jim style boat for the

day. Pack a picnic and have a fun day navigating the water and


The Rickmansworth Aquadrome is a wonderful free day out. With

free entry and parking, settle down at one of the many waterside

picnic spots for lunch and games. There are plenty of walks and

the opportunity to join in one of the many watersports for an

additional fee.


For a sense of escapism visit Dedham Vale; an Area of

Outstanding Natural Beauty. It’s clear to see why this was

inspiration for artists Constable and Gainsborough, there’s beauty

at every turn. The village is lined with pastel coloured cottages,

the landscape is dreamy and the River Stour provides a haven for

picnics, paddleboards and punts. Laze along the banks or stop for

a bite to eat at the Boathouse Restaurant for lunch with a view!


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Wells Carnival

26 July – 3 August, Town Centre, Wells-next-the-Sea, Norfolk

A week of family fun and events including a Carnival Day

procession around the town featuring floats, fancy-dress,

pull-and push-along vehicles and much more. Traditional

seaside activities include a sand-castle competition, town

crier competition, gillying on the quay and the crowning of the

carnival royals. It’s great British traditional fun!


Felixstowe Carnival

26-28 July, Felixstowe, Suffolk

A traditional, colourful and lively coastal carnival.


Maldon Carnival

3 August, High Street, Maldon, Essex

Expect to see carnival queens, colourful floats, majorettes and

marching bands proceed along the High Street.


Sheringham Carnival

3-11 August, Town Centre, Sheringham, Norfolk

With a packed programme featuring fun for all the family,

Sheringham Carnival promises to be an event to remember.


Cromer Festival

17-23 August, Town Centre, Cromer, Norfolk

The carnival celebrates its 50th anniversary with a week of

colourful events. The parade takes place on 21st full of floats,

fancy dress and fun. Don’t miss the illuminated procession on

22nd from Meadow Road.


Aldeburgh Carnival

17-19 August, Aldeburgh Town Centre, Suffolk

A fun and colourful seaside event, which was crowned ‘Norfolk &

Suffolk Tourism Family Event of the Year’ in 2018.


SpectaculArts Carnival

7 September, Bedford Park, Bedfordshire

Bedford is known for its wonderfully diverse population and

the SpectaculArts Carnival will bring the town's communities

together for a town-wide carnival celebration. The parade

throughout the town centre will be a moving show, featuring

actors, musicians, storytellers, audience participation, street

performers and spoken word, culminating in a festival in

Bedford Park.

oin the Parade


Relax and unwind on the

North Norfolk coast

Take a relaxing break in affordable, stylish and comfortable surroundings.

Hotel & self catering accommodation with sea views

Restaurant with stunning sea views

Afternoon Teas and light lunches available.

Traditional on site pub with real ales,

good pub food and outside seating.

Old Hunstanton, Norfolk PE36 6JJ

Tel: 01485 534411 Email: reception@lestrangearms.co.uk


Heading to the country . . .

then why not visit our sister hotel;

Knights Hill Hotel in King’s Lynn.

South Wootton, King’s Lynn, Norfolk PE30 3HQ

Tel: 01553 675566 Email: reception@knightshill.co.uk www.knightshill.co.uk


“Foodie delights, local wildlife and stunning

scenery are just a few of the things that

make Norfolk a beautiful UK holiday


Whether you’re looking for a simple day trip or planning a longer adventure,

we take a look at the hotspots and lesser known areas around our region that

should be on your bucket list.

We’re fortunate to have a number of areas of natural beauty on our doorstep,

just waiting to be explored. From the Norfolk Broads to the Suffolk Coast and

everything inbetween. We take a look at where, when and why you need to

make your next trip closer to home.


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Static holiday homes for sale on a choice of 7 parks on the West Norfolk Coast

Shepherds Port

Snettisham, PE31 7RB

Offering 173 plots for both new and used

static caravans. Green trees and thick

hedges offer privacy unlike any other.


Heacham, PE31 7LA

Non-commercial park located in the

coastal village of Heacham, offering 40 plots

for high end new and used static caravans.


Hunstanton, PE36 5BA

Running parallel to the Promenade within

minutes from the Boating & Water Ski Club

and seaside town facilities.


Hunstanton, PE36 5BA

Completely redeveloped with large plots,

mostly west facing, and benefiting from

piped gas as well as all mains services.


Thornham, PE36 6NJ

The Haven Caravan Park hosts 100 plots in

this sought after village of Thornham. This

parks offer peace, quiet and tranquility.


Thornham, PE36 6LT

Ideal for famillies and dogs as Thornham

offers excellent coastal and country walks,

with the beach only 10mins away.


Brancaster, PE31 8AE

28 spacious plots for new static caravans

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Quality, used touring caravans for sale

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Avoid the crowds and live like a local on the North Norfolk Coast

Beyond the Beach

Written by Emma Kemsley

Stunning at any time of year, it’s no secret the North Norfolk coast

is a great place to holiday, but if you’d prefer to distance yourself

from the traffic, queues and buckets and spades that come with

this time of year then base yourself among the magical marshes

of Cley-next-the Sea.

Crowds are minimal, there’s a couple of great local pubs and

plenty of seafood pit stops including Cookies and Cley Smokehouse.

Pick up local produce for a beach lunch at Picnic Fayre.

This part of the coast with its bright flora, windswept beaches

and cobble lined windy country lanes, gives it a sense that it’s

somewhat off the beaten track. Follow the coastal footpath for a

refreshing one hour walk to neighbouring Blakeney, which was

recently listed by The Sunday Times as one of ‘the best places to

live in the UK in 2019’.

If you’re feeling fancy stop for Champagne and lunch

overlooking the quay at the Blakeney Hotel or tuck into

traditional fish and chips at the King’s Arms; a welcoming rustic

pub with no Farrow & Ball colours insight, just honest Norfolk

character. It’s dog-friendly too!

Sweet dreams

For a home away from home, bed down at one of the Blakeney

Cottage Companies self-catering holiday rentals. We had the

pleasure of staying at the cute and cosy Bradwell Lodge in


A two bedroom stylish house located next to Cley Windmill, the

holiday home is the perfect location for exploring this part of the

coastline. Ideal for a family of four or a couple of couples (the

twin room can be made into a double at request), it’s spacious

and offers everything you need for a self-catered break.

Set back off the main road, the front courtyard is the perfect

place to sip wine after a day of exploring. Take in the golden hour

of sunset with a walk along the marshes, which can be accessed

via a remote footpath between the cottage and windmill, offering

a sense of exclusivity! Should the rain fall, as it did during our visit,

snuggle down in the living room and enjoy a film or board game.

On a clear night, step outside into the silence and look up at

those big skies Norfolk is famous for, you’ll be thankful you did!


When hunger strikes

It’s quite easy to spend your days eating and drinking on the coast.

With little tearooms and coffee shops in almost every town and

village, cake is in no short supply. Try Owl Tearoom in Holt. One of

the oldest in Norfolk, it is tucked away on White Lion Street and has a

great courtyard for al fresco dining in the summer. On a little country

lane between Wells-next-the-Sea and Blakeney is Stiffkey Stores; a

quaint interior and botanic store that is also home to the village post

office. Stop to browse the homewares and enjoy a cup of tea and

cake in one of the cute converted sheds.

Everyone loves a bit of pub grub, however North Norfolk pubs

have an advantage over others as they have some of the UK’s best

produce on their doorstep. The Wiveton Bell is a multi award-winner,

The King’s Head in Letheringsett is quirky, and the Dun Cow in

Salthouse is a must for a seafood dinner. A five minute drive from

Bradwell Lodge, the Dun Cow is a favourite among locals and

visitors. The menu is plentiful with something for everyone. I started

with fresh oysters followed by crab linguine, simply divine.

Seafood fans should take a trip to Wells-next-the-Sea and book a

table at Wells Crab House or Seasons. Finish with a tasty treat from

the Wells Ice Cream Company. For something different hop aboard

Albatros moored in the Quay. Opt for one of the seasonal dishes or

their signature pancakes.

Rainy days

Of course the British summer doesn’t always play nice, so should the

rain fall take shelter in one of the many antique stores. During a

torrential downpour we took cover at Bayfield Hall Antiques &

Interiors – if only the car was big enough to take home the gorgeous

mirror I spied. Nestled in the Bayfield Estate is Natural Surroundings,

a small café located among a nursery of wild flowers, pots and

plants. A must visit for the green fingered among you!

Bradwell Lodge,


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Foodie delights, local wildlife and stunning scenery are

just a few of the things that make North Norfolk a

beautiful UK holiday destination. The stretch of

coastline from Wells to Cley is perfect for those looking

for a break that encourages a slower pace of life -

you just might not want to leave!

To escape the miserable weather we stopped at Wiveton Hall Café,

along with every other tourist. Made famous by the BBCs ‘Normal for

Norfolk’ it serves up tea, coffee, homemade cakes and lunch. The

interiors are bright, bold and brash. Take a walk through the gardens

or stay in one of the bell tents. Whether it lives up to the hype is up

for discussion, but if you’re looking for an alternative that captures

the true beauty of Norfolk, visit the NWT Cley Marshes Visitor Centre.

An exhibition and bird watching space, guests can enjoy a cup of

something warm in the glass fronted café overlooking the reeds

and marshes which stretch out to the sea. It makes for great views

whether the skies are grey or blue!


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Relax and unwind on one of our river trips.

Discover stunning scenery and wildlife around every

bend as you listen to the Skipper’s live commentary.

Trips available from 1 April to 31 October.

Or perhaps you’d prefer to be captain?

Hire one of our day boats and explore the Broads

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A Day on the

Norfolk Broads

If you’re in need of a little escape but don’t have the time for a

mini break, then pack up your picnic and Prosecco and head

to the Norfolk Broads for some peace and quiet.

You might be wondering if it’s possible to fully experience the

delights of the lock-free waterways in just one day, and the

answer is yes, yes it is! Read our guide on how to enjoy a day

on the Norfolk Broads.

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Ken's traditional fish and chip shop

is in the heart of Wroxham offers

quality food and a warm friendly

service. The restaurant at the rear

of the premises has stunning views

across the broads and there is also

outside seating so that diners can

enjoy the river side location.

A takeaway menu is also available so

customers can enjoy delicious fish

and chips where ever they please.

Ken’s is the longest running Fish and

Chip shop in Wroxham and is now

under the new management of local

lad Michael who has worked there

since his teens and has learnt his

trade from the original owner.

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Please see our website for full details of our opening times

Breakfast: 9am

Start your journey in Wroxham, regarded as the capital of the Broads.

You’ll need a hearty breakfast for your day ahead and there’s plenty of

choice in the town. Wake up with a coffee at Number 14; their Brioche

French toast topped with fruit is the perfect summer breakfast. For a fry

up visit The River Kitchen Café & Restaurant located on the water’s edge.

Boat Hire: 10am

Hiring your own boat for the day is an exhilarating experience, it’s a

chance to get up close with the beauty of the Broads and feel like

a captain. It appeals to almost everyone; families, groups of friends,

couples – boat hire is big business on the Broads. Most full day rentals

can be hired from 10am to 5pm. Day cruisers feature a toilet, galley,

canopy and essentials such as a stove and fridge so you can enjoy a

homemade lunch on the water. There are many reputable companies

based in Wroxham including Norfolk Broads Direct, which offers day hire

for up to eight people.

Practice: 10am to 11pm

Take some time to get to grips with your vessel. Navigating the waters

during busy summer months can be tricky if it’s your first time behind

the wheel. The Broad at Wroxham is slightly larger so it’s an ideal place

to begin.

Tour the Broads: 11pm to 12pm

Now you feel as though you’re a fully-fledged captain, make your way

towards Salhouse Broad. Take in the sights along the way; the banks

lined with pretty cottages, reeds and wildlife. Moor up and stretch your

legs with a stroll along one of the footpaths.

Lunch: 12pm to 1.30pm

Make your way to Horning a popular pit-stop for boaters. Dotted along

this stretch of water are The Innkeeper’s Lodge, The Swan and New Inn,

all great for a spot of lunch on the water’s edge. Just be prepared to wait

for a mooring spot in the summer months!

If you’re a keen fisherman, moor at the banks opposite The Ferry Inn at

Woodbastwick Staithe. Take the walk that leads to Cockshoot Dyke,

then continue to Cockshoot Broad. This is a great location for anglers

with Bream, Roach and Pike likely to take the bait.

Cruise to the boat yard: 1.30pm to 4pm

Make a slow meander back towards Wroxham, spying the local wildlife

as you go. The Broads are a bird spotters paradise with many species

bobbing along the water. If you’re lucky you might even see an otter!

Wroxham Barns: 4pm to 5pm

If you make it back in time, finish the day with a browse around Wroxham

Barns. Loved by both grown-ups and children, it features a junior farm,

park, mini golf, plus shopping opportunities with crafts, arts and more. It’s

well worth a visit for soaking up the best of Wroxham and local produce.


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Must See


on the Suffolk

Coast in 2019!

Whilst the Suffolk Coast is most

well-known for its glorious,

picturesque views and beautiful

coastlines, it is also the home to

many wonderful attractions and

unexpected areas of interest.

Visit Suffolk (www.visitsuffolk.com) has put together

10 unexpected must see experiences on the Suffolk Coast

that you’ve just got to see in 2019!

Felixstowe Seafront Gardens

Felixstowe, otherwise known as “The Garden Resort of East Anglia”, is

the home to eight Grade II listed gardens, dating back over a hundred

years and stretch almost a kilometre along the promenade.

Much of the gardens still have a large proportion of the original path

and planting dating back to the Victorians allowing you to enjoy the

flora and fauna in the sea air!

Walberswick Beach

Just across the River Blyth from Southwold, you will find Walberswick,

the dream location for aspiring surfers, kite surfers and crabbing

enthusiasts alike! Hop on board the foot ferry before indulging at

some of the pubs along the harbour after a hard days crabbing, with

beautiful views of Southwold and to the sea beyond.



RSPB Minsmere



Spend a summers afternoon wandering through wetlands,

woodland and coastal lagoons, as you explore the natural

wonder of RSPB Minsmere discovering some of the rarest

wildlife in the area. Keep your eyes peeled in the reedbeds and

grasslands for marsh harriers, otters, water voles, natterjack toads

and silver studded blue butterflies to name but a few!

The Riverside Restaurant and Theatre


Found along the River Deben in the pretty market town of

Woodbridge, this 1915 cinema has grown to become a much

loved venue for residents and visitors. With an eclectic range of

the latest blockbusters, art houses and locally made films, there

really is something for everyone! Why not enjoy a ‘Fish & Flick’

offer in their delightful contemporary restaurant?

Aldeburgh Beach Lookout and Art House


The tiny art temple by the sea! Established in 2010 by London

Art Dealer, Caroline Wiseman, who transformed the Lookout

to be an international art destination. Artists, poets, performers,

musicians and thinkers will reside an artist in residence, where

you can view their exhibition of work.

Bawdsey Hall Wildlife



The meadowland of Bawdsey Hall is truly a peaceful place to

visit, with large ponds and mature woodland which offer various

different habitats for the Suffolk wildlife to enjoy. You can enjoy

a range of unforgettable wildlife experiences from photography

days and evenings, tours, hide hire, owl and badger watching,

and even early morning mothing with a resident moth expert!


Learn a new sport

Situated in 120 acres of woodland and delightful

countryside High Lodge offers a range of leisure activities,

try a new sport this year. Something for all the family to

enjoy, a perfect place to escape, relax and unwind.

Clay Shooting | Footgolf | Archery | Golf

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Explore the beauty of the River Orwell with

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Daytime Public Cruises • Music Nights

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Luxury Self-catering Accommodation in eight

Converted Barns on a working Arable and Dairy Farm.

We are situated in the beautiful peaceful

rural Waveney Valley adjoining the southern

tip of the Norfolk Broads.

Many fantastic sandy beaches and attractions can

be found a short distance from Wheatacre Hall Barns

making this a great place to base your visit in your

discovery of Norfolk and Suffolk. Facilities include,

Games Barn, Fitness Barn, Soft Play Barn and Hot Tub

and plenty of outdoor space for fun and games.

Contact Joanna Burroughs on 01502 677208

Wheatacre Hall Barns, Wheatacre, Beccles, NR34 0AS


It’s not all


and fish and

chips in


Southwold Harbour

Experience a part of Southwold that’s often overlooked by

tourists. Approximately half a mile from the town centre, the

harbour is a hub for freshly caught seafood. Stop for lunch at the

Harbour Inn located on the water’s edge. It has plenty of nautical

charm and outdoor seating. For fresh seafood, nab a seat at the

Solebay Fish Company; a rustic fishing hut with a shabby chic

dining area. If you want to learn more about the history of the

area visit the Alfred Corry Lifeboat Museum.

LV18, Harwich Harbour


The LV18 Lightvessel is a survivor of the heyday of British

Shipping. This unique vessel is the only surviving lightship not to

have been stripped of its accommodation and has been lovingly

restored by a dedicated team of volunteers.

LV18 still contains the original crew quarters, galley, mess room

and six Gardner diesel generators to power the lantern, foghorns

and ship’s equipment. In 2018, it celebrated its 60th Anniversary!

The Aquarium, Claremont Pier Leisure

and Family Entertainment Centre


Claremont Pier Leisure and Family Entertainment Centre is a

hive of entertainment with the traditional range of fruit machines,

video games, roller skating and of course, great fish and chips!

But many won’t be aware of The Aquarium based at Claremont

Pier which is the only live music venue on a pier in the UK! With

lots of live music planned throughout the year from DJ’s, bands

and tribute acts, there is plenty to enjoy!

Wildlife in Southwold


It’s not all crabbing and fish and chips in Southwold. Beyond the

seaside town and golden sands, the area is thriving with local

wildlife. In fact, the Southwold Boating Lake and Tea Rooms

has a whole web page dedicated to the animals seen nearby. Sit

down with your cup of tea and see if you can spot them!







By Emma Kemsley

Fletcher has taken the phrase ‘doggy paddling’ to a whole new level as we hit the water

for an afternoon of paddleboarding in Thetford.

When I booked onto the taster session hosted by The Dog Backpacker, I initially began to

imagine Fletcher & I cruising down a river on a board in the sunshine, Fletcher poised at

the front. Then I remembered I have a crazy cocker spaniel obsessed with swimming and

realised I would probably spend most of my time waist deep in muddy water. However,

host Charlotte explained that paddleboarding or SUP as it also known, can be enjoyed by

all types of dogs, hyper spaniels and nervous pooches included. And she was right!

Despite being one of the coldest May days on record, we hopped aboard our boards for

a quick tutorial in paddling. Once I figured out how to stop going around in circles, we

were off. The session was led by two instructors, Chuck and Charlotte, who guided and

gave us tips along the way.


To my surprise Fletcher was more than happy to

sit on the board, initially with my husband, and for

the first five minutes he sat enjoying the ride as I

had hoped. It wasn’t long before he discovered

it would be much more fun to jump on and off

and that someone would be on hand to pull

him back aboard. Cue a few shaky moves as

the board swished from side to side as he leapt

through the air and into the water. He happily

swam alongside my board, pulling sticks from the

murky water as he went. Though he did prefer to

sit at the back of the board which was unnerving

as I couldn’t see when he was planning to hurl

himself back into the water. I did manage to

stand up but I wasn’t brave enough to do so as

he scrambled back aboard.

Photo Credit: Outdoor Media | www.outdoormediauk.com

Being a sociable spaniel, he was more than

happy to jump from my board, to my husbands

and to the instructors…basically whoever was

willing to find and throw the biggest stick for him

to leap after! He probably spent 80 per cent of

the session swimming, but dogs who aren’t so

confident are mostly happy to sit on their owners

board taking in the sights as demonstrated by

Chuck’s dog Milly.

Wet suits aren’t supplied but don’t panic, just

dress sensibly. I opted for layers and sports leggings

and stayed relatively dry. If you take time

to slowly find your feet and balance you will stay

afloat. Unfortunately, my husband didn’t listen

to this advice and toppled in, twice, a mere 10

minutes into the session. Fletcher can’t even be

blamed, he was on my board at the time. That’s

what happens when you get overconfident. It

was rather amusing for the rest of us, though

he was absolutely freezing by the end of the

session. Thankfully we had dry clothes in the

car. However, don’t worry about getting wet, it’s

all part of the fun. I hadn’t even noticed my wet

knees as I was having such a great time.

The Dog Backpacker offers both canoeing and

paddleboarding. The next session at Thetford

takes place on 20 July. Prices start from £30, and

it’s definitely worth every penny! We all had a

great time!

They are also stepping their paws into the

corporate world so if you have a dog-friendly

business or employees who own dogs, you can

arrange your own session!

The Thetford location is in partnership with Bush

Adventures which offers water sports, rock

climbing, bush craft and more. It also supports

the local community with sustainable and

working initiatives.

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Enjoy Summer on the Estate

Combining live musical entertainment with

exquisite food, the Bar & Brasserie at Channels

country estate is offering a calendar of summer

events designed to please foodies and music

lovers alike. The season of sun, fun and good times

is here and right on your doorstep.


For a full programme of events visit:


Tel: 01245 440003


If you are looking for attractions to take your family

this year, including your four legged companion,

then look no further than Suffolk. You may be

surprised at the range of activities that cater to the

furry individuals in your life! So, grab that lead and

water bowl and get outside and explore with your

family in tow.

The East Anglia Transport Museum

Open April to October

Chapel Road, Carlton Colville, Lowestoft, NR33 8BL


Admission: £9 Adults, £8 Seniors, £6 for children

between 5 and 15

Since its beginning in 1962, when five local tramway

enthusiasts rescued an old tramcar that was being

used as a summer house, the museum transformed

into a place where the vehicles of yester-year can be

seen in action. You and your family can see and hear

the vehicles from the past. You can even hop-onto

some of their working vehicles with your dog. All

aboard the vintage Tramway which takes you

through the museum street and into the beautiful

surrounding woodlands.

Waveney River Tours - open April to October and

June to August depending on boat trips

Bridge Road, Lowestoft, Oulton Broad, NR33 9JS





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Nestled in Oulton Broad, within the new Broads

National Park, Waveney River Tours have been

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and they show no signs of stopping. With a range of scenic boat tours which you can climb

aboard with your dog close behind, take in the stunning landscape of Suffolk on the

peaceful waters as you are guided by their friendly crew into the ancient marshland

landscapes. The Waveney Princess, their main vessel, is equipped with an open top deck

to give you panoramic views which your dog is sure to enjoy.

Of course, if you don’t fancy a tour, you can hire one of their self-drive day boats with your

pooch and get out and explore the waters yourself!

The Suffolk Punch Trust - spring, summer and autumn openings times

Sink Farm, St Davids Lane, Hollesley, Woodbridge IP12 3JR


Admission: £9 - Adults, £5 - Children, £7.50 - Senior Citizens

The trust was founded to help protect the critically endangered Suffolk horse which is the

oldest English breed of working horse. When you visit the trust, you can enjoy a host of

family activities which you, your family and your dog will love! Take a stroll to the stables

to get up close and personal to these magnificent horses and foals, but don’t forget to

say hello to a number of other animals including rare large Black Pigs, Red Poll Cattle and

Suffolk Sheep.

Immerse yourself in their Heritage museum and education room before losing yourself in

the beautiful Suffolk Heritage Garden. Let your dog sniff out the wild flora and fauna before

venturing around one of their three circular routes within the 200acre farm, as you take in

the peacefulness of the Suffolk countryside. Walks range from 30 minutes to 1.5 hours for

those with dogs who enjoy a longer walk!

Framingham Castle - open all year

Church Street, Framlingham, Woodbridge IP13 9BP


Admission: £9.50 - Adult, £5.70 - Child, £8.60 - Concession

Once a fearsome fortress, today a popular visitor attraction with 1,000 years of history,

brave the towering walls with your dog by your side as you explore the grounds of

Framingham Castle together. Head upwards to The Wall Walk, one of the castles best

features, with your pooch and walk along the circumference of the castle surveying the

cascading Suffolk countryside surrounding the castle. Whilst the steps may be steep, the

view is something to behold and once you get there, the view will take your breath away.

Of course, this is just the tip of all the dog friendly attractions and spaces for you and your

fury companion in Suffolk. From historical sites, adventures in the countryside, to attractions

filled with fun and games. Suffolk is the county that truly caters to your entire family. No

matter if you walk on two legs or four!

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How do we solve

the mental health

crisis in young


There is no

single solution.

Charlotte Avery,

headmistress at

St Mary’s School,



According to the Mental Health Foundation, mental health problems such as depression

and anxiety affect about 1 in 10 children and young people. How can we possibly

begin to tackle a crisis of this scale? Based on the daily interactions we have at St Mary’s

School, Cambridge with our students, I believe that an holistic approach is needed. There

is no single solution when it comes to the complexities of mental well-being – a

multi-faceted effort is needed to effectively prevent and tackle mental ill health.

Exercise forms one part of this approach. From team sports like hockey and netball

to dance, exercise in any form enables children to let off some steam, learn teamwork

skills and engage in some healthy competition. Alternative activities - such as yoga and

reflection - give children the opportunity to relax and take a moment of quiet in our hectic


Getting in the fresh air and enjoying the great outdoors is also important. The Japanese

pastime of shinrin-yoku, or ‘forest bathing’, has hit the press in recent years for the mental

and physical health benefits it can bring. Closer to home, ‘Woodland Explorer’ sessions

foster a lifelong appreciation of nature from an early age as they not only get kids active

(for example running about searching for mini-beasts and birds) but also provide

hands-on learning experiences.

Connecting with others is also key; the rationale being that by sharing our problems and

worries, we often find out the other people have the same concerns that we do, whether

that is body insecurities or exam stresses. We have recently introduced the ‘Girls on

Board’ initiative at St Mary’s School, Cambridge, which aims to encourage continued

dialogue, and focusses on helping girls solve their own friendship problems themselves;

it has been well received by the girls, their parents and teachers.

In other ways it is important to disconnect. Technology has seeped into nearly every

corner of our lives. The negative effects of social media are clear to see, with children

and adults alike comparing themselves with the impossible standards of photoshopped

celebrities who dangle false promises that you too can look like them if you buy this

pill, invest in this protein powder or their new exercise programme. Or else we spend

precious time worrying that our lives don’t match up to the picture-perfect photo reels

of friends and acquaintances who seem to have better holidays, bigger houses, and

more exciting jobs than we do. Of course, very few people include the bad times or the

mediocre experiences along with the good ones, which leaves us gazing at a skewed

version of reality.

And technology can have a detrimental impact on another aspect of our lives that is

essential to a healthy life: good sleep. The blue light from our phones and computer

screens suppresses the production of the sleep hormone melatonin. The effects can be

pretty disastrous for both our physical and mental health. The Harvard T.H. Chan School

of Public Health revealed that people who get too little sleep have a higher risk of weight

gain and obesity than people who get seven to eight hours of sleep a night. Furthermore,

according to Harvard Health Publications 69% of teenage depressions are preceded by

sleep problems.

So how do we solve the mental health crisis in our children? For starters we need to

switch off phones more often and connect with the here and now. We also need to get

outside, get active and make sure our diets are healthy and balanced, which will have

ripple effects on the quality of the sleep we get. If we can take baby steps in each of the

areas, the effect on our mental and physical health will be immense and will set us on the

path to healthier and happier lives.



Their future starts here

At Heath Mount School, we believe that the best learning takes place when children

are happy, settled and confident. We achieve this by offering a tailored curriculum to

support every pupil through their learning journey. We incorporate award-winning*

pastoral care, unrivalled facilities and dedicated staff to ensure our pupils leave at

the age of 13 equipped for a modern, fast-paced society.

*Boarding Schools’ Association Mental Health and Well-Being Award 2018

To book a tour, please email Louise Cook

at: registrar@heathmount.org or call us on: 01920 830230

Personal tours

with the

Headmaster are

available every


Where happy children explore, imagine, create and achieve.

Heath Mount as a leading co-educational Pre-Prep and Prep School for children aged 3 to 13.

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The Classroom

Fast Track to Happiness

Heath Mount Prep School just outside Hertford is

helping prepare students for modern day life in their

teenage and adult years with the help of its wellbeing

team and initiatives.

Awarded the 2018 Boarding Association’s Mental Health

and Wellbeing Initiative Award, the school benefits from

a full time School Counsellor, staff mentors and a trained

ARTiculate teacher who uses the therapeutic qualities of

art to support emotional literacy.

Unusually, the two other key staff members are Doodle

and Percy, Heath Mount’s adored nurture dogs, who are

readily available for cuddles and relaxing walks in the

woods. Scientific research shows that stroking an animal

for just 30 minutes helps significantly reduce anxiety

levels. Doodle and Percy bring a calming influence to

school life – especially during exam time when they

will often be found snoozing at the front of the hall. Just

watching an animal at rest signals to us safety, security

and wellbeing.

The government is increasingly looking to schools

to help tackle a rise in child mental illness with recent

figures stating one in ten 5-16 year olds have a mental

disorder and 75% of adult mental health problems are

present before they turn 18.

FXP Festival returns in July

The FXP Festival will take place from 6– 8 July, at the Rizing Games

studios at Cambridge Regional College.

The Festival is a local education initiative which uses computer

games to increase interest and uptake of STEM subjects, build

young people’s digital skills and provide an insight into what

careers in the technology, creative digital and related industries

might offer. The competition comprises three key strands –

computer games concept design, computer games development

and, new for 2019, creative writing and illustration.

Each year hundreds of students, aged 13-19, participate, with the

support and expert mentoring of industry volunteers from

companies including Jagex, Arm and Table Flip Games, as well as

course leaders from Anglia Ruskin University (ARU).

Entry is open to schools, colleges, home school groups and

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Early Years

It can be a worrying summer if you have young children starting

school in September. Luckily, Sue Smith, a Cambridgeshire

based childminder and PACEY (Professional Association for

Childcare and Early Years) facilitator, is on hand to share her

experience of supporting children as they make the transition

from early year’s settings into reception.

Make the most of the great outdoors

Summer is a great time for empowering children and supporting

those life skills needed for the start of school. There are more

opportunities to get outside and play, more scope for games to

encourage confidence and skills, as well as opportunities to get

together in larger community events.

You could take the time to practice ball games to develop and

build gross motor skills as well as hand to eye co-ordination,

supporting further confidence and concentration skills needed

during their early school days.

Listen and empower

It is important for a child to be emotionally ready for the changes

that lay ahead and parents can make a real difference by

listening and tapping into their child’s interests. Some of the most

effective ways of empowering children comes through encouragement

and exploration to find out how things work, which

helps to build on children’s naturally inquisitive nature.

Let them take the lead

By allowing your child to take the lead in some of the daily routines

around the house, for example, laying the table for a meal,

or helping to pack a picnic basket for an outing to the park can all

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get excited about learning. Encourage curiosity and motivation

to learn by spending time together and talking about emotions.


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Written by Dolly Osborne | www.raggydollywrites.wordpress.com

My instinctive response to a wedding invitation with a no

children caveat is to recoil in horror. My children are part of my

family and as such should be welcome at family events, right?

Not to mention you then have the pain of arranging childcare, of

deciding whether you can stay at the venue overnight, and, let's

be honest, having to explain to your kids why you're off to see a

family member get married but they're not welcome.

I was put in this situation recently and huffily agreed that we

would go child-free as requested and, given the distance, we

would stay over and arrange grandparental cover at home. As

the wedding got closer I started to get quite excited; I was going

to have a day to glam up and get to spend that day with my

husband, also suited and booted and extra handsome looking,

with no Mum and Dad duties to distract.

Indeed, when I got to the ceremony and saw two babies present

rather than thinking ‘Why are those children here when my little

darlings weren't welcome?’ I silently tutted as I couldn't hear the

vows being said over the baby in front of me crying (the tut was

absolutely quiet as I know what it's like when your baby is crying

in public, and it was not fun and a little part of me still had

solidarity with that Mum and wanted to give her a hug and tell

her not to worry). We had a great day, evening and relaxed

child-free morning. It was a refreshing break if I was honest.

So was I a convert to the child-free wedding? Perhaps it was a

place for adults to get together to toast the happy couple (generously)

and to get to reflect on their love for each other. It got me

thinking about my own wedding...or should I say weddings.

My first time we had the big full white wedding, all of the family

there, children included, it was the typical Irish family wedding

and it's was a pretty good day. I do have a memory of children

playing ‘Who can jump on the Brides train?’ as I was dancing,

which stopped being cute after about half a song, but beyond

that I don't really remember being bothered by children being

present at the wedding, and I hadn't considered I could have

done it any other way. My second wedding was a clandestine

affair. The ceremony was just me, my husband and our two best

friends; then we had a mini reception with friends we had arranged

a catch up with and it was the most perfect day of my life.

Do I think that perfection came from it being a child free zone?

No. And I don't think there's a right or wrong answer to this.

Weddings are about the two people getting married and their

promise to each other, and however that wedding day looks:

white, red, sunny, rainy, with or without children, it's entirely down

to the couple involved. And I promise you it isn't a comment on

whether they love your children or not, it’s just how they choose

to celebrate their love to each other.

Follow Dolly on Twitter @Osborneosaurus



Get Active

with the

kids this


Written by Amanda French


The sun is shining so it’s time to get those kids out of the door and enjoying some of the region’s top

outdoor attractions. Burn off some energy and try out a new adventure.


Canoe Trail (www.canoetrail.co.uk) is a family run business in Bedfordshire running canoe tours for

the whole family. Enjoy an authentic rural adventure on the beautiful river. After a little bank tuition,

hop in a Canadian Canoe or a kayak and paddle your way through stunning countryside, for a half,

full or two-day adventure. Pack a picnic and enjoy your day as a family in the open air.

Older kids (aged 10+) won’t even notice they are exercising as they swing through the trees and

climb ropes as part of the Go Ape Woburn High Ropes Adventure (www.goape.co.uk/days-out/

south-east/woburn-safari-park). Enjoy magical views over the elephant meadow as you zip

through the trees and take on a variety of obstacles which test your strength, co-ordination and



Head over to Top Golf in Watford (www.topgolf.com/uk/watford) for an experience the whole

family will enjoy. Make your way around the 18-hole adventure course surrounded by bubbling

ponds, flowing streams and gigantic rocks and see who can come out as family champion.

Open all summer, The Priory Lido in Ware (www.waretowncouncil.gov.uk/services/priory-lido) is

a great place for the whole family to spend a sunny day (or a colder one, as the pool is heated). Enjoy

playing Marco Polo in the fresh air with the kids.



Enjoy a new adventure in the centre of Cambridge with a

self-guided treasure hunt! Simply download the map and solve

the clues found on plaques, signs and buildings throughout

the city. Taking around 2.5 hours to complete, the kids will have

great fun and be out in the fresh air, while you get to enjoy seeing

areas of Cambridge you’ve probably never seen before.

Take the kids for a bug or bird hunt or just a run around at

Wandlebury Country Park (www.cambridgeppf.org/Pages/

Category/wandlebury-country-park). On the Gog Magog Hills,

this beautiful countryside estate offers miles of walks through

wildflower meadows and woodland with the odd sighting of

the Highland cattle that graze there. Build a den, go for a hike or

bring a picnic. You can also explore the Iron Age Hillfort and the

18th century house, stables and gardens there.


It might not be topic of mind this summer, but now’s the time to

get in your skiing and snowboarding practice at Brentwood Park

Ski & Snowboard Centre (www.brentwoodskicentre.co.uk).

Have fun trying to ski or snowboard as a family or sign the kids

up for lessons from qualified instructors. You’ll be ready for the

slopes next winter and have a great time practising.

Radical Bikes (www.radicalbikes.co.uk) in Chelmsford is a

must-visit for the BMX or bike obsessed teen. They can enjoy

dirt jumps on their range of jumps from tiny to competition sized,

practice new moves on the foam pit and then progress up to the

resi ramp. There’s also a variety of man-made and natural Trials

obstacles which are constantly updated and cater for everyone

from beginners to experts. BMXers can also enjoy a range of

ramps, boxes and rails.


Can’t decide what sport to do outside with the kids? Why not do them all? Head over to Whitlingham Adventure

(www.whitlinghamadventure.org.uk) and try a range of activities as part of their Wildlings Club for 8-16 year olds. From forestry

survival skills to kayaking, there’s an outdoor activity that everyone will enjoy.

With so many beautiful open spaces and of course, beaches to choose from in Norfolk, why not head to your local one and enjoy a day

of frisbee, cricket or just playing in the sea? We love Holkham beach for its wide open beaches and unspoilt vistas



Aquapark in Suffolk (www.aquaparkgroup.co.uk/suffolk) is the ultimate summer fun with over 50 different inflatable obstacles

including some of the UK’s biggest slides; the kids won’t want to leave. There’s also a range of climbing walls, trampolines, balance bars

and monkey bars to keep land lubbers entertained. For ages 6+.

If the kids haven’t tried horse riding yet, then let them have a go with a visit to the Valley Farm Equestrian Leisure in Woodbridge

(www.valleyfarm.co.uk). Kids can have riding lessons, western riding lessons or join the various different pony clubs. Once they’ve

started, they’ll be hooked.

With so many activities to do outside, there’s no excuse to spend this summer on the sofa. Get out there and enjoy some exercise in the fresh air.


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Enjoy a stroll through history at Woburn Abbey

Explore the award-winning, historic gardens

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The Bird of Prey & Activity

Farm (www.birdsofpreycen

tre.co.uk) is home to over 200

birds of prey and animals. With

daily displays, animal talks and

close up encounters as well

as hatchery, ride on tractors, a

nature explorer barn and much

more, you’ll be busy for the

whole day.

You can’t mention wildlife

adventures in Bedfordshire and not talk about Whipsnade Zoo

(www.zsl.org/whipsnade/zoo). The UK’s biggest zoo, this place

packs in all the animal fun. There are a huge amount of daily

activities such as demonstrations and animal feedings, so time

your visits to the different animals to enjoy these. They also hold

special events throughout the year including children’s days and

meet the character type events. Looking for something really

special? Why not spend a night in one of their ‘Lookout Lodges’

and sleep among the white rhinos.


Visit the Dragonfly Centre at Wicken Fen (www.british-dragon

flies.co.uk) for an interesting day out. Run by knowledgeable

and enthusiastic volunteers, there are plenty of colourful displays

and a dragonfly pond to enjoy. There are over 22 species of

dragonfly currently recorded on the Fen and on warm sunny

days a large number of dragonflies can be seen flying along the

waterways and ditches.

Don’t miss the cheeky red pandas at Shepreth Wildlife Park

(www.sheprethwildlifepark.co.uk) or the terrifying tigers.

With everything from Egyptian fruit bats through to otters and

meerkats, the kids will love a close up experience with nature.

They can also ride the little safari train around the park, which is

always popular!


Southend’s Sea Life Adventure (www.sealifeadventure.co.uk)

will see you walking through tunnels with sharks, meeting turtles

and getting up close with sting-rays. It is home to over 40

displays and with plenty of feedings and talks throughout the

day. There’s plenty of opportunity to find out more about our

favourite aquatic creatures (and a few others such as meerkats!).

Colchester Zoo (www.colchester-zoo.com) is a popular

attraction for the whole family. It is home to many endangered

and rare species and 270 species in total. Set in 60 acres of

parkland and lakes, there’s plenty to see. Come face to face with

Komodo Dragons, meet the beautiful sun bears and watch the

giraffes. Enjoy an underwater walk at the sealion exhibit and hop

on the land train for a little trip.


Head to Paradise Wildlife Park (www.pwpark.com) in

Broxbourne to visit a variety of animals – over 800 in fact,

including big cats such as White Tigers and Jaguars. Purchase

animal feed bags and feed many of the animals yourself, getting

up close in the process. If the kids still aren’t worn out, let them

loose in one of the five adventure playgrounds or head over to

the World of Dinosaurs, where life-like animatronics are used to

create a realistic dinosaur habitat.


Have you ever walked a Llama? If not, then why not add a trip to

Norfolk Llamas to your bucket list. (www.norfolkllamas.co.uk).

Spend a couple of hours enjoying the Norfolk countryside in the

company of a Llama. You’ll have the chance to meet them, learn

more about these gentle creates, take them for a walk and finish

with a drink on the patio. Based at Park Farm Nature Reserve,

you’ll also be able to pop in to enjoy over 25 acres of parkland

which are home to an abundance of bird life.

In the beautifully landscaped gardens of Thrigby Hall, you’ll find

an abundance of wildlife (www.thrigbyhall.com). A collection

of rare animals from across Asia are housed here and you’ll see

endangered tigers, huge crocodiles, noisy gibbons and much

more. A raised walkway takes you up close and personal to these

magnificent creatures.


Hidden away in a remote part of Suffolk is something you would

never expect to find…a camel park (www.oasiscamelpark.co.uk).

Oasis Camel Park is the only camel park in the UK and your only

opportunity to experience a real hands on camel adventure.

Enjoy a camel ride and learn more about these magnificent

creates at the ‘meet a camel’ sessions held throughout the day.

There’s also plenty of small animals to pet and even a little train to

enjoy. A great day out for the whole family to enjoy. Your beloved

dog can also join in the fun, as long as he stays on his lead.

Head on down to Africa Alive (www.africa-alive.co.uk) for a day

of wildlife fun. Described as a walking safari experience, the park

is set in 100 acres and is home to more than 80 different species

of animals from around the world including lions, giraffes, meerkats,

hunting dogs and many more. If you are feeling particularly

adventurous, why not sign up to one of their experiences and get

a real hands on experience with your favourite animals.



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On the Menu

A new plaice in St Ives!

A Norfolk favourite, Eric’s Fish And Chips, is coming to St Ives, Cambridgeshire, with

a brand-new restaurant and take-away. Opening its doors on Harrison Way this June,

locals can enjoy traditional fish and chips, plus Chef Patron Eric Snaith’s modern

European influence with more contemporary options such as Japanese-style fish

burgers and veggie options including gruyere and spinach arancini. There’s also an

ice cream station in collaboration with East Coast Gelato! A third restaurant is due to

open in Holt on 20 June.


Get the Drift

The Georgian Coffee House on Woodbridge’s Thoroughfare has undergone a

revamp to become the newly dubbed Drift Coffee House. The menu matches the

cool contemporary vibe serving up creative brunches including a sausage pattie

with smashed avocado, a fried egg and Sriracha sauce on a black brioche bun! Stop

by for breakfast, lunch and snacks, 9am to 4pm.

On Tap

The team behind independent BBQ restaurant SmokeWorks in Cambridge have

opened SmokeWorks Tap; a bar and sandwich/coffee shop on Bene’t Street. The

site, located just off King’s Parade, is connected underground to the group’s first

establishment ‘SmokeWorks Free School Lane’ which opened in 2014. By day it

serves Hot Numbers coffee and artisanal flatbread wraps stuffed with smoked fillings.

By night the place transforms into a buzzing bar with beer, bourbon and cocktails.


Everything’s Rosie

Enjoy the long days of summer with Rosie's Gin, hand-crafted by Heart of Suffolk

Distillery. Fruity, fresh and distilled with rose petals, Rosie's Gin is styled on a London

Dry Gin and is the perfect tipple to soak up the sunshine, whether you're enjoying a

family barbecue, lazy picnic or leisurely lunch outside. The Heart of Suffolk Distillery

is aiming to make its mark on the growing gin industry with a selection of small batch,

hand-crafted local gins that boast both quality and provenance. Rosie's Gin is priced

at £39 for a 70cl bottle, or £15 for a 20cl bottle from the distillery shop, independent

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Falcon Hotel - Whittlesey

A Traditional Olde English Coaching Inn. Circa 1600

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

town of Whittlesey on the western edge of the Fens.

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

well preserved buildings. Close to Peterborough, A1 & A47

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

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

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

focussing on good traditional food lunch & dinner complimented by

excellent ales, lagers & wines.

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

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

family get togethers.

Call 01733 351001 to book

Falcon Hotel, Whittlesey

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The Revival

of the Local


Written by Gerla de Boer | www.cambridgefoodtour.com

When was the last time you visited the market in the city centre of

Cambridge? Too much of a hassle as there is no parking space

and you prefer a one-stop shop at the supermarket or online?

These are the common comments on our food walking tours. We

take our guests here on various tours and time after time they are

surprised about the excellent and tasty offerings!

You might not think that the local market is a trendsetter, but it

certainly is and has been. It is hard to imagine, but bananas were

once upon a time an exotic product. In 1960 there was a stall

dedicated to it on our market.

Just like in other cities all over the world, apart from the Far East,

markets are suffering. One of the main reasons is that women used

to do the weekly shopping and stay at home. These days, they

have careers too, so less time to shop. Even some of the markets

in Rome have shut down because of this. In the Far East it is a

different ball game. They open very early in the morning, around

5am, and you’ll find a great activity. It’s a great experience to mix

with the locals at these markets as there is so much going on.

We are very lucky to have a thriving market, which trades seven

days per week. Many refer to the Sunday market as a farmers

market. Indeed, you can find two organic farmers here, on that

day, but there are also other offerings. It is a busy market day, just

like the other days, except for the beginning of the week. It was

difficult to fill the stalls on Mondays, Tuesdays and Wednesdays,

hence why the market management was looking for an alternative


Street food became very popular so inviting these traders to join

the market seemed to be a logic move. Over the last five years,

we have seen a steady increase of street food. It is not easy to get

a place though. Not only does the offering have to be unique,

the food has to be of excellent quality, the trader has to be social

media savvy and committed to the agreed dates. At lunchtimes,

the market is very busy. Some of the traders have done so well,

that they even have opened shop elsewhere in Cambridge, such

as Africa Food. They recently opened a restaurant on Newmarket


There are big plans to redesign the market. Whilst the City Council

and other partners are working on this, they introduced the

popular summer night markets and the free open air cinema last


The offering on the Cambridge Market varies per day and

sometimes you will find guest traders pitching up too. So who are

our favourite foodie traders on the market?

For your groceries: the cheese stall, seasonal fruit and juices,

the greengrocer, freshly baked bread, the fishmonger from

Wednesday to Saturday, two flower stalls, coffee beans, the

butcher, and a stall selling olives, nuts, herbs and tea.

Our favourite street food stalls: Coffee and cakes, falafel,

Spanish food, Paella, Arepa, Greek doughnuts and pastry, Chinese

and Japanese food, burgers, Belgium waffles, Greek wraps,

Hungarian food and North African sausages.


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If breathtaking panoramic views are high

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only thing better than getting a table

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The service is invariably warm and sunny,

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

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

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

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

serving a wide range of British and continental cheeses.

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Al Fresco

Written by Amanda French | www.fab-pr.co.uk



We had an early taste of summer this year as May saw us

enjoying some beautifully warm days, so we began testing

out some of the best places in the region to enjoy a cold

drink in the sunshine or a glass of wine or two on a warm

summer night. Here’s our top picks:

A recent addition to St Albans food scene is Dylan’s The

Plough at Sleapshyde (www.dylanstheplough.com).

Not only will you enjoy similar drinks to their city centre

venue but proper pub grub and if the sun is shining, sit

outside. With a spacious garden and terrace dining, enjoy

the very best food surrounded by beautiful fields and even

a horse or two!

Rocky Bottoms in West Runton, Norfolk, specialises in

crabs and lobsters, which is apt as it looks out to the sea.

Created from an old brick kiln, the restaurant was opened

by husband and wife team Richard and Alison, who cook

up delicious ingredients from the local area


Set in the Idyllic village of Horning on the River Bure, The

New Inn (www.newinn-horning.co.uk) has a spacious

riverside garden that includes a covered patio and heated

decking area. Enjoy watching the boats go by with a drink

and one of their traditional home-cooked meals.

The Crown at Woodbridge in Suffolk has a lovely terrace

for dining al fresco, giving visitors the chance to enjoy their

award-winning food in a sunny setting

(www.thecrownatwoodbridge.co.uk). The chefs use

locally sourced ingredients that showcase the very best of

Suffolk ingredients. They also have a strong relationship

with their local suppliers which include Blythburgh free

range pork, Woodbridge Tide Mill and Suffolk Salami.

Head over to the family run La Mimosa

(www.lamimosa.co.uk) in Cambridge for an authentic

Italian experience that uses fresh and local ingredients

wherever possible. Set in an idyllic spot on the River Cam,

sit outside and enjoy beautiful views in the sunshine.

Le Talbooth (www.milsomhotels.com/le-talbooth) in

the heart of the Essex countryside was established back in

1952 and is still going just as strong. Set beside the River

Stour, you can sit outside on the terrace, soak in some sun

and enjoy the beautifully presented food.

A stone’s throw from Bedford Park, on the outskirts of

town, The Park (www.theparkbedford.co.uk) has a

lovely walled terrace area to enjoy food or drink in the

sunshine. The emphasis here is on the freshest ingredients

and seasonal produce including daily fish specials fresh

from the market.

The popular riverside pub, The Ramsholt Arms in

Woodbridge (www.theramsholtarms.com) is set beside

the banks of the River Deben and features seasonal fare

with plenty of outside seating and a warm welcome for

your furry friends. There’s also real American barbeque at

weekends throughout the summer. Sit outside and soak

up that sunshine!













All homemade with a large

measure of love and a

sprinkle of magic, from

breakfast through to

early evening bites.

Folly Tearoom, Hoppers Yard, Bull Street,

Holt, Norfolk NR25 6LN Tel - 01263 713569










The Gallops Tearoom in

Newmarket now offers

private catering, celebration

cakes and private hire of the

tearoom in the evening for

parties of up to 40 people,

for any special occasion such

as birthdays, baby showers or

hen do’s! Call 01638 667765

to enquire about a booking.

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

Tel: 01638 667765



A stunning setting offering

the finest food and drink

with impeccable hospitality.

From Afternoon Tea, Sunday Lunch

to Private Dining, whatever the

occasion we’ll make it special.

The bar is spacious, but cosy, being partially divided by a

large brick built fireplace having open fires in the winter

months. Ample seating is provided for lunch time diners

and leather sofas with low coffee tables add a further

degree of comfort for those who would like to relax with

a glass of wine or a coffee. A variety of beers and real ales

are available as well as a good range of wines.

There is a separate restaurant which is bright and airy

and tastefully furnished with some tables overlooking the

gardens. Our menus are changed on a regular basis and all

our meals are prepared on the premises using fresh, daily

delivered produce. We are happy to cater for allergies and

special dietary requirements.

We have a mini zoo including meerkats and marmoset monkeys

within our large gardens and there are picnic tables

available for food and beverages. We also offer Al fresco

dining on our comfortably furnished patio.

Telephone 01284 735350

Visit www.ickworthhotel.co.uk

Email info@ickworthhotel.co.uk

Horringer, Bury St Edmunds, Suffolk, IP29 5QE

16 London Road, Woolmer Garden, Hertfordshire, SG3 6JP




As a nation of tea drinkers it’s no surprise that the phenomenon of afternoon tea

remains a firm favourite, especially during the summer – there’s even a whole

week dedicated to the classic British tradition in August (12-18 Aug 2019).

Throughout the region you’ll find plenty of places where you can indulge in an afternoon

of finger sandwiches and cake. Whether you’re looking for a sophisticated affair to sip

your Earl Grey, a cute and cosy café or fancy tea al fresco, we’ve travelled the region to

find the best afternoon tea experiences…



Tamburlaine Hotel

27-29 Station Rd, Cambridge CB1 2FB


You don’t need to be an overnight guest to enjoy a sumptuous

high tea. Enjoy your experience in the stylish surroundings at

Cambridge’s Tamburlaine Hotel. The hotel offers an indulgent and

colourful afternoon tea with loose leaf Newby tea, fruit infusion or

artisan coffees, alongside sandwiches, scones and fancy pastries

decorated with flowers. The afternoon tea can be enjoyed in the

sleek and stylish restaurant or the instagrammable garden room!

Ufford Park Hotel & Spa

Yarmouth Road, Melton, Woodbridge, IP12 1QW


Fancy a girly day out? Check in to Ufford Park for a spa day where

you can a leisurely swim, relax in the thermal suite or indulge in

a mud serial bath! Work up an appetite in the gym before visiting

the restaurant for an afternoon tea featuring sandwiches, a

homemade sausage roll, scones and selection of desserts. The

afternoon tea must be pre-booked, but if you’re not a big eater

there’s also the option of a cream tea!

Win Afternoon Tea

at The Tamburlaine

Hotel & Punting with


We’ve teamed up with the Tamburlaine to offer one lucky reader

the chance to win an afternoon tea experience for two with a

complimentary glass of Prosecco on arrival! Once finished the

winner will then head into the city for a leisurely punt along the River

Cam courtesy of Scudamores Punting.

To enter visit www.eastlife.co.uk or follow us on

Facebook at www.facebook.com/eastlifemag

T&C’s: The offer is not available in conjunction with any other offer and is subject to availability.

Valid for 12 months and excluding the 24 December 2019 – 1 January 2020 and the 14th Feb

2020. Must be pre-booked. Closing date 31 July.

The Gallops Tearoom

Newmarket CB8 8FF


Make this a stop before a day at the races! The Gallops Tearoom offers a

selection of delicious traditional afternoon tea options, including high tea and

afternoon tea, consisting of dainty sandwiches, scones and a selection of cake

and cream tea. For something different try the Gentleman’s Afternoon Tea

which is a slight twist on the traditional style and includes chunky bread, ham

and pickle, sausage roll and a selection of cakes. During the warmer months,

The Gallops will be offering a summer special Afternoon Tea with a choice

of Pimms or Gin and Tonic. Their picnic hamper hiring service will also return

throughout the summer, perfect for any occasion whether it’s a day at the

races or a picnic in the park. Their beautiful wicker basket hampers can be fully

customised to suit the occasion, choosing from the selection of sandwiches,

sweet and savoury snacks and delicious homemade cakes from the menu.



Woburn Abbey

Woburn, Bedfordshire, MK17 9WA


This summer Woburn Abbey will host ‘Two Centuries of Afternoon Tea’

on 24 July and 28 August. Visit where the concept of afternoon tea begun

for this fascinating illustrated talk by Simon Pestell, head housekeeper

at Woburn Abbey, with full afternoon tea included. It will cover how tea

drinking was first introduced into England, how it was popularised and how

afternoon tea became a social institution. Enjoy a glimpse into history and

find out, through entertaining anecdotes how Duchesses past and present

like to take their afternoon tea. Tickets priced £40.

Folly Tearoom

Unit 4 Hoppers Yard, Bull St, Holt NR25 6LN


For a classic option visit The Folly Tearooms; an enchanting oasis in the

centre of Holt where afternoon tea is served on vintage china accompanied

by uniquely blended Folly Teas. The food is all homemade including

delicate finger sandwiches, mouth-watering scones and delicious cakes.

A gentlemen’s afternoon tea with scrumptious quiche and sausage rolls

means all tastes are catered for. It’s a must visit if you’re in the area!

The Ickworth Hotel

Horringer, Bury St Edmunds IP29 5QE


Enjoy afternoon tea in the grand historical surroundings of the Ickworth

Hotel. Take a wander around the landscaped gardens before sitting down

in either the conservatory, drawing room, library or terrace, set within

the atmospheric walled garden, for afternoon tea with delicate finger

sandwiches, savouries and pastries. It’s the perfect location for a summer’s

day out.

The Orchard Tea Garden

45-47 Mill Way, Grantchester, CB3 9ND


During the summer there’s no better way to experience afternoon tea than

under a tree in Grandchester’s pretty orchards. The Orchard Tea Garden

is an expansive open air tea room with a delightful choice of sandwiches,

homemade scones, tray bakes and cakes.



They might be

rough around the

edges, but that’s

what makes these

seafood shacks

and sheds so

great. With sun

kissed skin and

salty hair finish

your day at the

beach with a bite

to eat at one of

these pit stops…





Cookies Crab Shop

Salthouse, NR25 7AJ | 01263 740352


Overlooking the pebbly shores of Salthouse, Cookies is a North Norfolk

favourite. The counter is a simple set up offering a variety of seafood, smoked

fish and sharing platters. Takeaway, dine in the hut next door or eat al fresco.

You can even bring your own wine. It gets busy during the summer so call

ahead to reserve a table or order your crab or lobster – they generally sell out!

The Crab Hut

Harbour Way, Brancaster Staithe, PE31 8BW | 01485 525369


Don’t leave Brancaster without trying a crab filled baguette from this little shack!

It doesn’t get much fresher than this - the owner catches lobster, crab and more

from their boat, Speedwell, out of Brancaster Staithe. Pre-order your baguette

with a filling of your choice for the perfect beach picnic.

Ash Smoked Fishes

Crag Path, Aldeburgh IP15 5BT


The black shed with its chalkboard menus has become somewhat of a

landmark on the Aldeburgh seafront. Enjoy the likes of haddock, eel, salmon,

tuna, mackerel and more, freshly smoked for a tasty lunch sat on a picnic bench

on the beach.

Photo Credit: Visit Suffolk

Pinney’s of Orford

Shop: The Old Warehouse, Quay St, Orford, IP12 2NU | 01394 459183

Restaurant: Butley Orford Oysterage, Market Hill, Orford, IP12 2LH |

01394 450277


It’s the lure of Pinney’s fresh catch from the North Sea and their rustic charm

that captivates visitors to Orford. This little Suffolk town serves up some of the

county’s best produce. Pinney’s oysters have been farmed at Butley Creek

since 1959, and the traditional smokehouse supplies freshly smoked fish. Pick

up food on the go at their shop on the Quay or book a table in the simplistic

restaurant on Market Hill for a hot and smoky lunch with a side of oysters!

Osborne Bros

Billet Wharf, High Street, Leigh-on-Sea SS9 2ER | 01702 477233


One of Essex’s oldest seafood suppliers, Osborne Bros has been serving their

fresh catch since the 1880s. You’ll find them in Old Leigh on Cockle Shed Row.

Slide into one of the picnic benches or choose a spot on the wall overlooking

the estuary, and tuck into freshly caught shell fish such as cockles, mussels,

whelks, winkles, prawns and more. Wash it down with a glass of wine from the

Crooked Billet pub opposite. During the summer and on sunny winter days this

place is heaving, so be prepared to wait…we promise it’s worth it!

The Company Shed

129 Coast Road, West Mersea, Colchester CO5 8PA | 01206 382700


The no thrills concept is what makes this seafood shed so popular. Serving up

fresh local seafood, diners are encouraged to bring their own wine and often

bread for a tasty lunch. However during the summer months you can expect a

two hour wait after midday. If you hate queues pick up a selection of seafood to

take away, and find a little sandy spot further up the coast.


Now open in st ives

fully Licensed restaurant & take-away Open daily, 12pm - 9pm

view our menu online at: www.ericsfishandchips.com | 5 abbey retail park, Harrison Way, st. ives, PE27 4AE

Visit us in our Norfolk restaurants: Thornham & Holt

... delicious tastes


01328 807034


12 The Quay

Wells-next-the-Sea, NR23 1AH

... with beautiful views

We are back up and running better than ever!

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A wide range of fresh, smoked fish and shellfish.

Why not visit our deli. Frozen game available.


Tues, Weds, Thurs: 7am - 4pm • Fri: 7am - 5pm

Sat: 7pm - 3pm


Austin Fields, King’s Lynn • 01553 772241

Walcot Hall is registered with the Care Quality Commission and is

WALCOT regulated HALL and inspected IS REGISTERED by the commision. WITH THE CARE

The old hall QUALITY was built in COMMISSION the 18th Century AND and has IS recently REGULATED been extended AND

to provide both short and long term care for up to 45 people.


The Hall is set in three acres of mature grounds that include a small lake.

The home was inspected by the Care Quality Commission in

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garden surrounding countryside.

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Walcot Green, Diss, Norfolk, IP22 5SR

The home has a variety of single rooms and has a large suite for a

old hall was built in the 18th Century and ha

couple to share or an individual looking for more space.

to provide both short and long term care

The old hall was built in the 18th Century and has recently been extended

to provide both short and long term care for up to 45 people.

The Hall is set in three acres of mature grounds that include a small lake.

Residents’ rooms are arranged over two floors overlooking the lake,

garden Rooms and are surrounding all of a generous countryside. size and residents are encouraged to

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The home offers a selection of carefully designed

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Tel: 01379 6410

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A 24 hour live-in Care Service as

an alternative to residential care

At Able Care we believe that people are

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you in maintaining your independence

by providing a valuable alternative to

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Sackville Place, 44/48 Magdalan Street, Norwich NR3 1JU





National Care Home Open Day returns on 28 June for its seventh year.

To celebrate, the region’s care homes are opening their door to visitors to

showcase their services .

If you’re considering a care home for yourself or a loved one, this month is the perfect

opportunity to visit some of the region’s finest homes. This year the National Care Home

Open Day theme is ‘Arts in Care’, which will explore the importance of the arts within

care homes for health and wellbeing.

The key values of the open day are friendship and making connections. The event

offers a platform for local communities to come together and celebrate older and

vulnerable people.

With state-of-the-art-facilities, talented chefs and wellbeing being the core focuses

for many, care homes often exceed expectations. Beyond the facilities and services,

establishments offer a number of creative outlets including arts, crafts and music

sessions. The open day is an opportunity to see the influence this has on residents.

This year National Care Home Open Day has partnered with CommonAge and National

Activity Providers Association (NAPA). These organisations have a wealth of ideas on

how to connect with care homes and get involved with the celebrations.

Sylvie Silver, executive director at NAPA says: “Care Home Open Day is a great

opportunity to invite the local community into homes to share the amazing work that

goes on in them. Many will routinely display visual arts but far more creative activities

happen every day. Knitting groups, Poetry clubs and Fine Art discussions are just a few

that I have seen recently. Lots will be happening on 28 June and I hope that the general

public will make the most of this opportunity to make friends with their local home.”

Throughout the industry there are a variety of creative groups which specialise in

providing activities for care home residents. Purple Angel Music assists those living

with dementia through the use of music. Sound is used as a prompt to remind listeners

to eat and drink at regular times, reducing health risks. Non-profit organisation Music

& Memory trains carers and nursing staff to create personalised music playlists to help

those suffering with dementia or Alzheimer’s to recall memory.

It’s not just music which plays an important part in care homes, but also arts and crafts.

Creative activities are proven to have a positive impact on mental health and wellbeing.

A selection of these events will be demonstrated at open days across the region.

If you want to see a care home in its full glory, speak to staff and explore the facilities, the

28 June is the perfect opportunity. Discover if your nearest care home is taking part at






We understand being able to stay in your own home can make a huge difference to your mental and physical well-being.

Many of our clients aim to remain at home, independently for as long as possible. Through our work we have seen how

choice and control in later years can greatly improve your quality of life.

We offer a variety of care services from short visits offering personal care to providing help with domestic chores, through

to full-time live in care or respite services. We know that this is a new and potentially difficult period for you, but you can

have confidence in our capabilities to guide you through and ensure dignity, choice and respect. We boast a loyal team of

trained care professionals that have experience with most situations and take pride in delivering a quality service.

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Grove Court is one of a select

group of care homes operated by

Elizabeth Finn Homes and offers

a home from home for discerning

guests who appreciate comfort,

quality and exceptional care.

We offer personal or nursing care

on a permanent or short stay basis,

as well as end of life care, all to the

same exceptional standard.

From award-winning restaurant

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Call Helen Jones, our General

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On the


Would you

know the

symptoms of

blood cancer?

According to Bloodwise, the UK’s leading blood cancer research

charity, only 1 in 10 of people in the UK are aware of the symptoms

of blood cancer. Ahead of National Blood Cancer Awareness

month in September, ex-GP Mike Garside, discusses the medical


Leukaemia and Lymphoma are common cancers in the UK

accounting for 16-20% of all cancers; that’s about 22,000 cancer

diagnoses a year. Leukaemia and Lymphoma are both cancers of

blood cells, but it is the specific types of cell which is affected and

the location of the focus which leads to the specific sub divided

different types.

At this stage it starts to get very complicated as there are literally

hundreds of recognised types of blood cancer, each with a

different pattern of disease, treatment and prognosis. The good

news is most survival rates are on the increase. The bad news is

the disease is on the increase and forecast to further increase over

the next 25 years. Let’s see if we can keep it simple.

In simple terms Leukaemia is usually diagnosed in the bone

marrow. This is where the blood cells are created by the body.

Leukaemia tends to affect a younger age group. Compare this

to most Lymphoma which occurs in the lymphatic system and

generally affects an older patient population. The lymphatic

system is a drainage system which runs along veins, but doesn’t

carry blood, but drains tissue fluids and white cells fighting

infections and breakdown products from the bodies normal



Lymphoma occurs when lymphocytes, a type of white blood cell

which fights infection, divide abnormally. Lymphoma is divided

into two main types; Hodgkin Lymphoma, where a characteristic

abnormal cell is present, and everything else, Non-Hodgkin


Survival rates for Hodgkins Lymphoma exceed 80%. The

incidence of Lymphoma has increased over 25% in the last 10

years, and rates are forecast to rise further.

Loads of lymphocytes are produced in Lymphoma and collect

in lymph glands around the body, so often it is a lump, found in

the groin, armpit or neck, which alerts the patient. Unfortunately

the abnormal lymphocytes don’t fight infection very well, so

infection can be another presenting complaint. A third of cases

occur in patients over 75, but that leaves two thirds spread across

a younger age group including children. Other organs can be

affected in some types.

Leukaemia accounts for 9,000 new cancer cases a year in the UK

and the incidence is increasing and has been since the 1990s.

However, UK 10 year survival rates are over 46%.

Risk factors for Leukaemia include radiation and smoking.

Leukaemia is caused by abnormal white blood cells either

lymphatic or myeloid and is then subdivided into Acute (fast) or

Chronic (slow). Slow is obviously better but over time the risk is

it gets fast and as it is occurring in the bone marrow, it tends to

crowd out the production of other blood cells including red cells

and platelets, causing anaemia and blood clotting problems.

Diagnosing both conditions is difficult as there is no set pattern

of symptoms and the onset tends to be slow and gradual in

most cases. This non-specific gradual onset, means most cases

are diagnosed by exclusion of the more frequent and common

causes of the presenting symptoms, including fatigue, fever

and recurrent infection. Diagnosis is easier where bleeding

abnormalities or large lymph nodes are present.

For more information visit www.leuka.org.uk

Mike Garside is an ex GP and owns a medical supply company:



Come and meet

our experts.

Come and join us at our FREE Hospital Open Events.

A guide to bowel disorders. *

Tuesday 25th June 2019 at 6.30pm

With Mr Mrinal Saharay,

Consultant General Surgeon.

Let’s talk weight loss surgery. *

Thursday 27th June 2019 at 6.30pm

With Mr Sanjay Agrawal,

Consultant General Surgeon.

Let’s talk thyroid disorders. *

Tuesday 2nd July 2019 at 6.30pm

With Dr Rehman Khan,

Consultant Endoncrinologist.

Everyone is welcome, so

tell your friends and family.

*Presentation style event.

Let’s talk varicose veins. *

Thursday 4th July 2019 at 6.45pm

With Mr Sabu Jacob,

Consultant General and Vascular Surgeon.

Cataract surgery and

ageing eye diseases. *

Thursday 11th July at 6pm

With Mr Aman Chandra,

Consultant Ophthalmologist.

Women’s health

Urinary incontinence and prolapse. *

Tuesday 16th July at 6.30pm

With Mr Yemi Coker,

Consultant Gynaecologist.

Pelvic floor retraining. *

With Mrs Linda Griffin,


Spaces are limited, call 01277 695 631

or visit nuffieldhealth.com/book

Nuffield Health Brentwood Hospital

Shenfield Road, Brentwood, Essex, CM15 8EH

Rezum – a new treatment

for enlarged prostate.

Benign Prostatic Hyperplasia (BPH) is a localised enlargement of the prostate gland in ageing adult men.

It affects approximately 50% of men over the age of 50, and up to 90% of men over 80. This excess growth

of tissue compresses and obstructs the urethra, reducing the flow of urine from the bladder and sometimes

blocking it entirely. As the symptoms increase, they can greatly impact a man’s quality of life.

Rezūm is a treatment for BPH that can be performed in a clinic or out-patient setting. Rezūm uses the

stored thermal energy in water vapour (steam) to treat the extra prostate tissue that is causing symptoms

such as frequency, urgency, irregular flow, weak stream, straining and getting up at night to urinate.

Inside a hand-held device, radiofrequency energy is applied to a few drops of water to create vapour (steam).

The water vapour is injected into the prostate tissue that is blocking the flow of urine from the bladder, where

it immediately turns back to water, releasing the energy stored in the vapour into the cell membranes. At this

point, the cells are gently and immediately damaged, causing cell death. Over time, your body will absorb

the treated tissue through its natural healing response.

Talk With Your Doctor.

• Ask your doctor if Rezūm is a good treatment option for you.

• Review your International Prostate Symptom Score (IPSS) with your doctor.

Procedure Day.

• Simple, minimally invasive, in-office or out-patient therapy.

• Does not require general anaesthesia.

Rezūm Your Life.

• Return to regular activities within a few days.

• BPH symptom improvement in as soon as two weeks.

Mr Anil Vohra is a Consultant

Urological Surgeon at Nuffield

Health Brentwood Hospital and

specialises in all aspects of core

urology and erectile dysfunction.

He has a further clinical interest in laser prostate

surgery, endourology, laparoscopy/minimally

invasive surgery and female urology.

Mr Shailesh Kulkarni is a

Consultant Urological Surgeon at

Nuffield Health Brentwood Hospital

and specialises in all aspects of core

urology, endourology, female and

Paediatric urology.

He has further clinical expertise in Bladder

Dysfunction and management of patients with

prostatic enlargement.

How to book a consultation at Nuffield Health Brentwood Hospital

For any enquiries, to book an initial consultation or to request more information, please contact

our dedicated hospital enquiry team at Nuffield Health Brentwood Hospital on 01277 695 631



Visit one of our care homes and you will feel like

you have arrived somewhere very special.

Cambridge Manor offers residential,

nursing and specialist dementia care,

and is located on the northern outskirts

of Cambridge.

Cherry Hinton offers nursing care and

specialist dementia care, and is set just

south east of Cambridge.

Our highly trained dedicated teams are

proud to deliver quality person-centred

care. Both homes allow you or your

loved one to live life to the full.

Our on-site facilities include:

• Extensive menu choices

• Wellbeing and lifestyle activities

• Landscaped gardens

To view our homes or to meet a member

of our team, please call us now or visit


Cambridge Manor

Residential, nursing and specialist

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wonderful Rye Art Gallery, East Sussex. The gallery is home to

a regularly changing display of contemporary art and craft. It

also houses a permanent collection of national and regional


Representing some of the foremost fine artists of today,

throughout June, the gallery is curating a special show, ‘Drawing

Now’. The exhibition is a focus on the practice of drawing,

one of the oldest forms of human expression and explores its

fundamental core within the artistic spectrum.

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components of art. Discover how this often preliminary, but

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thought provoking creations.

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Royal Print Society, young artists from the Jerwood Drawing

Prize and past and present-day illustrators. There will also be

selected works from the gallery’s permanent collection. The

opening reception is on Saturday 1 June but you have the

whole of the month to enjoy, peruse or purchase.

Heading north, a favourite destination has to be the lovely

Georgian town of Holt, Norfolk. This perfect holiday location is

full of natural and cultural treasure. Here the superb Bircham

Gallery hosts a truly comprehensive collection of fine and

original art.

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original prints. Look out for the joyfully energised and quietly

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etchings of Anna Ravenscroft.

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British Art. Whether simply browsing or perhaps looking to find

a truly significant piece of your own, this gallery is a must visit.

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Visit the Cambridge Open Studios this July

Cambridge Open Studios brings together over 500 talented artists,

craftspeople and designer-makers working throughout the county. On

weekends through July, the community will be showcasing their work to

the public with open studios, exhibitions and displays. It’s an opportunity

to bring artists and local people together to learn more about the creations,

inspiration behind the work and techniques used.


August Bank Holiday Contemporary Craft Fair

Craft In Focus is staging its contemporary craft and design fair during the

August bank holiday weekend within the RHS Garden at Hyde Hall, from

23-26 August. This craft event will showcase 140 contemporary

craftmakers and artists in the UK and will give the public the opportunity to

view and purchase direct from talented designer makers who have a real

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exhibitors selling delicious food products and a varied selection of live

music throughout the event making this an enjoyable day for the whole

family. Opening times: 10 am–5 pm. www.craftinfocus.com

A Way With Words

The Lettering Arts Centre’s ‘A Way With Words’ is a major touring exhibition

celebrating the 25th Anniversary of the Calligraphy & Lettering Arts Society,

with almost 100 selected pieces of calligraphic and lettering work, in a

variety of media, to show the huge range of ways to express words visually

and beautifully. Traditional manuscript painting and gilding can be seen

alongside many other techniques, such as writing on metals or glass, work

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The sixth Waveney Valley Sculpture Trail will return to south Norfolk from

2 August to 8 September. Annually attracting thousands of visitors to the

region, this year’s trail will feature the work of 38 artists from across the UK.

Organised by Waveney & Blyth Arts, the event takes place at The

Raveningham Centre, on a three-acre site of lawns, hidden groves,

orchards and walkways. This year’s trail will include site-specific work, 3-D

constructions and sculpture. A new area of woodland, which gives views

out over neighbouring meadows and pasture land, has been opened up

for 2019 to provide a space for large-scale sculpture. All artwork on the trail

will be available for sale and there will be a pop-up gallery in the farmhouse

showing prints, paintings, textiles and ceramics. Open every day from

10am-5pm. Entry £6 for adults, under 18s are free.



It’s Ampthill Festival time again and we’ll be hosting not only the VIP guest area

but also the Amp Rocks After Party in the Stables, be sure to not miss out!

New for this year is the ticket only guest area (Upgrade tickets available

through Amp Rocks). The BeechHut grill will be fired up and we’ll be selling a

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It’s that time of year again when the quiet pretty market town of

Ampthill comes alive with the sound of music. This summer British

pop rock boyband The Vamps are taking to the stage alongside

Squeeze, The Cuban Brothers and Jo Whiley to bring a lively

weekend of fun and frolics at the Ampthill Festival Weekend.

Taking place 5-7 July in Ampthill Park, the three-day volunteer-run

music festival, will see festival-goers enjoy a weekend of live music

and entertainment. The festivities begin with AmpRocks on Friday

5 July, where The Vamps, Squeeze, The Cuban Brothers and Jo

Whiley will entertain crowds. The event is hugely popular so be

quick to purchase tickets.

The weekend continues with AmpProms on the Saturday with

performances by Britain’s Got Talent winning musical theatre

quartet Collabro, the Ampthill Choir and Ampthill Concert

Orchestra. The event is finished with a spectacular firework


The weekend closes with the AmpGala on Sunday 7 July. A free,

no ticket required, event. It’s a great family day filled with fun, a

lively parade, local bands and stalls.



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Enjoy a family day out

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If you’re looking for a fun family day out full of colour, crafts and

community spirit, make your way to Leighton Buzzard for the

annual Linslade Canal Festival. Taking place on Saturday 27 July

at Tiddenfoot Waterside Park, in Linslade, the event promotes arts

and crafts, life on the canal, conservation and heritage. Visitors will

have the opportunity to browse the numerous handcraft and trade

stalls offering an array of goods and gifts.

Walk along the towpath and you’ll find a large number of colourful

trade boats selling their wares. It’s an interesting and quirky

shopping opportunity! Rural craft demonstrators will provide a

visual insight into the traditional skills alongside a more modern

mix of food stalls, craft exhibits and activities.

A programme of live music will set your toes a tapping with styles

ranging from folk to traditional drumming; grab a spot on the lawn

and relax with a local ale from the bar.

Back by popular demand is the Fun Dog Show with classes and

competitions. Throughout the day, a variety of food vendors

will be on site offering a range of hot and cold food, from Thai,

Jamaican, curries, BBQ’s to savouries, cakes and ice-cream. The

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A weekend guide to the vibrant City

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In addition to the attractions included in this column,

St Albans hosts various festivals and events throughout

the year.

Start your Saturday at Charlies Coffee and Company

(charliescoffeeandcompany.co.uk). It’s a fabulously hip and

tiny cafe serving carefully sourced and roasted coffee. From

there, wander up to the city centre and enter the Cathedral’s

new Welcome Centre via Sumpter Yard. Discover the story

of Alban, Britain’s first saint, then take an hour or so to enjoy

some of the Cathedral’s hidden gems (can you find the Nine

Men’s Morris board scratched into the stone where pilgrims

would wait to visit the Shrine?) or book ahead to climb the

tower as part of a tour.

Step out of the West End of the Cathedral to admire

its gorgeous facade, before walking back through the

churchyard towards Waxhouse Gate and the Clock Tower,

proudly keeping time for the City since Medieval times. On

Summer weekends you can climb its 93 narrow, steep and

uneven steps for a great view.

Alban Roman Festival

21-30 June

It kicks off with the Alban Pilgrimage on 22 June

and the Alban Street Festival on 23 June and

incorporates events and activities across the city.

St Albans Film Festival

25 June- 7 July

Screenings, events and workshops across the City

including a giant outdoor screen at the Cathedral.

Time for some lunch? There’s a thriving street food hub at

the Clock-tower end of the Market where you’ll find anything

from aromatic Brazilian feijoada (a warmly spiced stew of

pork and beans) to the most gorgeous crunchy falafel wraps,

with pickled and fresh veggies. You might want to opt for

something to eat on the hoof while you mosey around the

Market, which was operating on Wednesdays and Saturdays

for hundreds of years even before the granting of the Market

Charter in 1553. Beloved by locals, but a magnet for visitors,

it offers all the fresh fruit and vegetables you could want

along with jewellery, gifts, cut flowers, party wares, picture

framing, watch batteries, fresh bread, fabrics, clothing,

cheese, toys and shoes. First time visitors marvel at the sheer

range on offer – the effect is of a range of top quality pop-up

shops run by knowledgeable and long serving traders.

From the Market head to George Street for its lovely

independent shops then carry on down the hill to St

Michael’s Village, where, if you’re feeling peckish, you can

enjoy a waffle in the atmospheric surroundings of a 16th

Century watermill (wafflehouse.co.uk/st-albans). Walk it

off in Verulamium Park, built on the site of the third largest

Roman City in Britain. There are impressive remains here,

including a well preserved hypocaust. You can learn all

about it at the Museum, near the beautiful St Michael’s



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St Albans Folk Festival 28-30 June

A day of dance in the City on Saturday 29 June, as well as

performances in various locations.

St Michaels Village Folk Evening 3 July

A takeover of this pretty village for music and dancing

in the street.

Did you know it

was the site of two

battles in the Wars

of the Roses?

Finish your tour of the park with a stroll back up through the

Abbey Orchard, not forgetting to stop off at Britain’s Oldest

Pub Ye Olde Fighting Cocks (yeoldefightingcocks.co.uk)

on the way.

The Cathedral Quarter offers a wealth of fabulous options

for dinner, from Turkish to traditional British, Thai to Italian. A

slightly more unusual option is the wild, foraged food on the

menu at The Foragers at The Verulam Arms


International Organ Festival Fringe 3-13 July

Music and performances across the City.

International Organ Festival 8-20 July

A world-famous celebration of organ music both secular

and religious.

UK’s Strongest Man 26-28 July

Trials of strength and muscle-mania in Verulamium Park.

Heritage Open Days 13-22 September

See the parts of the City that are usually hidden,

incorporating the City-wide Time Turner event on

September 22nd.

St Albans & Harpenden Food & Drink Festival

25 September to 7 October

Including Tom Kerridge’s Pub in the Park Sept 13th-15th ,

CAMRA St Albans Beer & Cider Festival September

25th-28th and the outdoor Feastival on 29th Sept.

Golf fans should consider staying overnight at the former

premises of the Ryder Seed Company, whose founder

donated the trophy to the tournament that bears his

name. A suitably grand building – with its former exhibition

greenhouse next door – which is now a hotel


Stroll back into town on Sunday morning to see what’s

going on. If you’re visiting on the second Sunday of the

month, there’s a fantastic Farmers’ Market where you can

shop for locally produced meats, cheeses and fresh produce

– even locally grown and ground flour - to the strains of live

music. Other Markets and events – such as regular antique

and vintage markets – take place throughout the year, check

enjoystalbans.com for details.

The backdrop to all this activity is the newly restored

jewel in the City’s crown: St Albans Museum + Gallery

(stalbansmuseums.org.uk). It tells the story of the City

(did you know it was the site of two battles in the Wars of the

Roses?) and hosts top-class touring art exhibitions, as well

as being a wonderful building to visit in its own right. From

grand sweeping staircases to its courtroom with cells below,

it’s a beautiful emblem of this varied and fascinating City.

For Sunday lunch, try a roast at one of the City’s wealth of

cosy pubs, such as The White Lion (whitelionstalbans.

co.uk). If you’d prefer something bright and airy try

Lussmanns (lussmanns.com). It’s been tempting locals for

15 years with its delightfully eco-conscious menu.

If your timing is right you could conclude your visit to St

Albans with a visit to one of two unique treasures: St Albans

South Signal Box (sigbox.co.uk), next to the City Station,

or the St Albans Organ Theatre

(stalbansorgantheatre.org.uk). Built in 1892, the Signal

Box is the largest preserved Midland Railway signal box and

one of the few that’s open to the public and on a mainline

railway. The Organ Theatre houses a collection of rare

mechanical musical instruments, dance organs, player

pianos and theatre pipe organs.

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Rich in history, the towns of Hitchin and Letchworth

make for an enjoyable summer visit…


With its stylish bistros, independent shopping scene and of

course the famous Lavender fields, Hitchin is a great summer

destination. Take a stroll around the town and enjoy its beautiful

heritage and architecture before heading to some of its most

popular attractions. Hitchin plays host to one of the most beautiful

gardens in England. Nestled in Cadwell Farm are acres and acres

of fragrant Hitchin Lavender, open between June and September.

There is over 25 miles of lavender rows for visitors to wander


Experience history at The British Schools Museum. The

classrooms are furnished and equipped to show the history of

elementary education from 1810 to 1969 and there’s hands-on

activities: such as pen dipping in an inkwell, writing in a sand tray

or on slate, and playing with early toys, games, and puzzles.


The new Discover Letchworth centre opens in late June, offering

a vibrant gateway to the town for visitors and the local community

alike. Located at the One Garden City building next to the

picturesque Broadway Gardens, the centre is the place to find

out information on a range of arts, culture and heritage events,

local services and wellbeing activities, acting as a one stop shop

for everything there is to see, do and know about the world’s first

garden city.

The Discover Letchworth team are poised and ready to share

their knowledge of the town as well as upcoming events and

activities. Whether you want to take part in a walking trail to explore

the garden city’s rich architectural heritage, or enjoy a show

at Broadway Theatre, the team will be able to bring together a

programme to suit your interests.

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Written by Erica Roffe

Bedford is a beautiful place to visit in the Summer. The banks of

the River Great Ouse are perfect for a gentle stroll, the parks are

in full bloom and there are events galore to enjoy. The Explore

Bedford website (www.explorebedford.co.uk) features a full list

of everything going on in Bedford this Summer, but here are our

2019 highlights:

For two Sundays this Summer (21 July and 8 September) Bedford

Flea takes place in St Paul’s Square. Inspired by French brocante

markets, Bedford Flea is a great place to pick up anything from

eclectic furniture to collectables, vinyl to vintage. The Affordable

Art Market shares the square too, showcasing some of the region’s

best artists. Come along and pick up a bargain!


Join the Bedford Tour Guides every Sunday for their regular

guided tours of the town centre. Each week the walk has a

different theme, from WWII to Bedford Castle. Whether you’ve

lived in Bedford all your life, or are just visiting for the day, we

guarantee you’ll learn something new. Booking required.


The ever-popular Taste Bedford is back for its third year on Mill

Meadows on 13 July. The free-to-enter annual food and music

festival hosts dozens of street food vendors, bars, a professional

demo kitchen featuring award-winning chefs, local producers’

stalls, live music on the Victorian bandstand plus circus skills

workshops, craft activities and more. A brilliant – and tasty – day

out for all the family. www.bedpop.co.uk

This year’s Bedfringe takes place at the Quarry Theatre from 15 –

27 July – a record-breaking fortnight of fun. With over 150 events

programmed, take a chance on some great comedy, children’s

theatre, dance, music and performance. If you’re coming from

further afield, why not stay a while? The Embankment, D’Parys

Hotel and the Swan Hotel are all within walking distance of the

theatre. www.bedfringe.com

Bedford’s first Street Arts Festival takes place on Saturday 7

September at Bedford Park this year. The Spectacularts parade

will showcase incredible dance, costumes and performances,

followed by a party in the park. A great festival to finish off the

summer in Bedford in style. www.spectacularts.co.uk

Don’t miss the mouth-watering delights of StrEAT Feast at

Riverside Bedford on the last Friday of every month. From 4 – 9pm,

sample the wares of the many street food traders before a night

out in town. We recommend following up with craft beers at

Beerfly, cocktails at Bears & Tales, wine and tapas at the Blue Glass

or catching a show at the Quarry Theatre or Corn Exchange.


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27-Jun Hormonal Housewives

No subject is taboo for these girls and no thought is too private as the

challenges of modern womanhood are sliced, diced and put to rights.

Aylesbury Waterside Theatre, Exchange Street,

HP20 1UG. 0844 871 7607. www.atgtickets.com

28 Jun - 26 Jul Late and Live: Castle Comedy

Milton Keynes Theatre’s monthly comedy night held in the

Marlborough Gate Bistro inside the venue. Hosted by

Bedfordshire’s Castle Comedy’s Paul Revill, each month sees TV

favourites and the UK’s freshest comedy acts take to the venue’s

Late & Live stage.

Milton Keynes Theatre, Marlborough Gate MK9 3NZ

0844 8717652. www.atgtickets.com

29-Jun The Magic of Motown

Prepare yourself for 40 back-to-back classic Motown hits,

glittering costume changes, dazzling dance moves and

outstanding musicianship in this explosive concert experience.

Aylesbury Waterside Theatre, Exchange Street HP20 1UG

0844 871 7607. www.atgtickets.com

1-6 Jul Annie

Set in 1930s New York during The Great Depression, brave

young Annie is forced to live a life of misery at Miss Hannigan’s

orphanage. Her luck soon changes when she’s chosen to spend

a fairytale Christmas with famous billionaire, Oliver Warbucks.

Meanwhile, spiteful Miss Hannigan has other ideas and hatches

a plan to spoil Annie’s search for her true family…

Milton Keynes Theatre, Marlborough Gate MK9 3NZ

0844 8717652. www.atgtickets.com

04-Jul Small Island

The play follows three intricately connected stories. Hortense

yearns for a new life away from rural Jamaica, Gilbert dreams of

becoming a lawyer, and Queenie longs to escape her

Lincolnshire roots. Hope and humanity meet stubborn reality as

the play traces the tangled history of Jamaica and the UK.

Watford Palace Theatre, 20 Clarendon Road, Watford WD17 1JZ

01923 235455. www.watfordpalacetheatre.co.uk

04-Jul Ministry of Science Live

This new production takes an anarchic approach to science

communication whilst looking at the inventors and engineers

who have shaped and inspired the modern world that we live in.

Broadway Theatre, Eastcheap, Letchworth Garden City SG6 3DD

01462 681300. www.broadway-letchworth.com

07-Jul Southside Wresting - Chop Gunn 2

Southside Wrestling return to Bedford with yet another huge

show featuring stars from all around the world.

Bedford Corn Exchange, St Paul’s Square, Bedford MK40 1SL

01234 718044. www.bedfordcornexchange.co.uk

10-13 Jul Horrible Histories - Terrible Tudors

Using actors and ground-breaking 3D special effects, this

astounding show is guaranteed to thrill you and your children.

Milton Keynes Theatre, Marlborough Gate MK9 3NZ

0844 8717652. www.atgtickets.com

10-Jul Jimmy Carr - Terribly Funny

Jimmy’s brand new show contains jokes about all kinds of

terrible things.

Aylesbury Waterside Theatre, Exchange Street HP20 1UG

0844 871 7607. www.atgtickets.com

11-13 Jul Horrible Histories - Awful Egyptians

Using actors and ground-breaking 3D special effects, historical

figures and events will come alive on stage and hover at your


Milton Keynes Theatre, Marlborough Gate MK9 3NZ

0844 8717652. www.atgtickets.com

13-Jul Gyles Brandreth: Break a Leg They say all political

careers end in tears. In Brandreth’s case it’s tears of laughter

as the actor, author, ex-MP and One Show reporter is back on

tour with his new show celebrating all things theatrical.

Broadway Theatre, Eastcheap, Letchworth Garden City SG6 3DD

01462 681300. www.broadway-letchworth.com

14-Jul That’ll Be The Day

A rock and roll party of live music performances of classic gold

hits from the 50s, 60s & 70s!

Milton Keynes Theatre, Marlborough Gate MK9 3NZ

0844 8717652. www.atgtickets.com

15-20 Jul Hair the Musical

It’s 1967 and Hair’s hippie ‘tribe’ youngsters in the East Village of

New York are yearning to change the world, questioning authority

and the American flag. Wild, colourful, sexually liberated and

free, they are united in protest and song, under the shadow of the

Vietnam War.

Milton Keynes Theatre, Marlborough Gate MK9 3NZ

0844 8717652. www.atgtickets.com

15-27 Jul Bedford Fringe

This year the event celebrates its 13th year with some fantastic

acts; fimiliar faces at bedfringe as well as some brand new talent.

Quarry Theatre, 26 St Peter’s Street, Bedford MK40 2NN

01234 362337. www.quarrytheatre.org.uk

18-Jul The National Trust Fan Club

Join Helen Wood’s one-woman quest to visit every National

Trust site and become the NT’s biggest super-fan. Don’t miss

this chance to see Helen’s new show before it appears at the

Edinburgh Fringe.

Rhodes Theatre, 1-3 South Road, Bishop’s Stortford CM23 3JG

01279 710200. www.rhodesbishopsstortford.org.uk

22-27 Jul Avenue Q

Catch-up with all your favourite (and unforgettable) characters on

a downtown New York street trying to make sense of life’s burning

issues - like what do you do with a BA in English? How do you find

your purpose? And is the internet really just for... never-mind.

Aylesbury Waterside Theatre, Exchange Street HP20 1UG

0844 871 7607. www.atgtickets.com

23 Jul - 3 Aug Motown The Musical

The songs. The sound. The story. The tale of Motown Records

and the man who fought to create something more than just a

record label and brought to us music that defined a generation.


Delving into Heritage Day

The Origins and Development of

Monastic Heritage in Greensand Country

Date: Tuesday 16 July 2019

Description: Day-long conference with a range of speakers and

optional guided walk

Venue: The Sculpture Gallery, Woburn Abbey

Charge: £15 per person (Student Concessions: £5 per person)

Greensand Country has a rich medieval monastic heritage with several sites clustered together

in the area surrounding the Greensand Ridge. Why are there so many monastic sites and what

impact do they have on the landscape today?

Together, with a range of experts including Historians; Archaeologists; Geologists and Historic

Designed Landscape Specialists, we will explore the unique heritage of monastic sites in

Greensand Country. This will be an informal conference with the opportunity to take part in a

guided walk around the gardens at Woburn Abbey.

The Greensand Country Landscape Partnership is proud to be working with The Sculpture

Gallery at Woburn Abbey to deliver the second of three annual ‘Delving into Heritage Days.’

Each year, we explore a difference landscape theme that makes up the distinctive ‘landscape

character’ of the Greensand Country area.

Booking is essential. Last year’s conference was very popular so we advise booking tickets

early to avoid disappointment. Tickets available from Monday 10 th June but you can

request to be emailed further information and a booking reminder at the beginning of

June by contacting team@greensandcountry.com NOW.

The conference is also an opportunity to find out more about our Community Heritage Grant

Schemes and how you can apply to the Greensand Country Landscape Partnership for funding

to investigate and promote local heritage. Have a look at our website – greensandcountry.com

– to discover more about events, activities, training courses and projects being delivered by the

Greensand Country Landscape Partnership.

This is Motown the Musical! Milton Keynes Theatre,

Marlborough Gate MK9 3NZ

0844 8717652. www.atgtickets.com

26-27 Jul Aliens Love Underpants

With stunning effects, madcap action, original music (and lots of

aliens of course!) this fantastically fresh and funny production will

delight the whole family.

Hertford Theatre, The Wash, Hertford SG14 1PS

01992 531500. www.hertfordtheatre.com

1-3 Aug Mr Stink

The very kind, but lonely 12 year old Chloe, invites ‘Mr Stink’ and

his slightly wiffy dog to leave behind the wooden bench they call

home and secretly move into her family’s shed. Matters become

more complicated when Chloe’s mother, a woman with unfulfilled

political ambitions, tries to take credit for Chloe’s generosity.

But exactly who is Mr Stink anyway?

The Gordon Craig Theatre, Lytton Way, Stevenage SG1 1LZ

01438 363200. www.gordon-craig.co.uk

03-Aug Poems for a Summer’s Evening

The Bedford Poetry Company presents a specially created

programme of poetry chosen to reflect the many moods of an

evening in the height of summer.

Quarry Theatre, 26 St Peter’s Street, Bedford MK40 2NN

01234 362337. www.quarrytheatre.org.uk

09-Aug Elmer The Patchwork Elephant

The show’s subtle message that it is always best to be yourself,

combined with the vibrant colour and cheeky humour of the main

character, makes Elmer a great show for children of all ages.

Rhodes Theatre, 1-3 South Road, Bishop’s Stortford CM23 3JG

01279 710200. www.rhodesbishopsstortford.org.uk

18-Aug Dementia Friendly Screening - The Greatest Showman

A screening of the sensational film ‘The Greatest Showman’

starring Hugh Jackman and Michelle Williams.

Aylesbury Waterside Theatre, Exchange Street HP20 1UG

0844 871 7607. www.atgtickets.com

19-24 Aug The Mousetrap

The scene is set when a group of people gathered in a country

house cut off by the snow discover, to their horror, that there is a

murderer in their midst. Who can it be?

Milton Keynes Theatre, Marlborough Gate MK9 3NZ

0844 8717652. www.atgtickets.com

24-Aug An Exhibition of Darts

An Exhibition of Darts returns following the success of last year’s

event and sees England’s Conan ‘the barbarian’ Whitehead

joined by Lakeside World Champion Glen ‘Duzza’ Durrant.

Aylesbury Waterside Theatre, Exchange Street HP20 1UG

0844 871 7607. www.atgtickets.com

25-Aug Sing-a-Long-a The Greatest Showman

Cheer on Hugh Jackman, lust after Zac Efron and hiss Rebecca

Ferguson (…or maybe not) as you experience ‘The Greatest

Showman’ in the greatest way possible - with lyrics on the screen

so you can join in as loud as you want.

Milton Keynes Theatre, Marlborough Gate MK9 3NZ

0844 8717652. www.atgtickets.com

30 Aug - 1 Sep The Tiger Who Came To Tea

Join the tea-guzzling tiger in this delightful family show; packed

with oodles of magic, sing-a-long songs and clumsy chaos!

Hertford Theatre, The Wash, Hertford SG14 1PS

01992 531500. www.hertfordtheatre.com


30-Jun Big Band Special

Drawing from seven decades of big band music, the thrilling

sound of the Nick Care Big Band is only heard locally once or

twice a year, so don’t miss them!

The Court Theatre, Station Road, Tring HP23 5QY


06-Jul Rum & Reggae Festival

Soak up the Caribbean vibes with an evening of DJs, a live reggae

band, carnival dancers, rum cocktails and authentic Caribbean food

Watford Colosseum, Rickmansworth Road, Watford WD17 3JN

01923 571 102. www.watfordcolosseum.co.uk

08-Jul Shalom Hanoch

Shalom Hanoch is considered to be the father of Israeli rock and

one of the most important artists of that area. His works have

profoundly influenced Israeli rock and modern Israeli music.

Watford Colosseum, Rickmansworth Road, Watford WD17 3JN

01923 571 102. www.watfordcolosseum.co.uk

11-Jul Roy G Hemmings: Hits of Motown

This Show feature some of the classic hits Motown, by The

Supremes, Martha Reeves and the Vandellas, The Four Tops,

The Temptations, Marvin Gaye, Stevie Wonder and Lionel Richie

to name but a few.

The Gordon Craig Theatre, Lytton Way, Stevenage SG1 1LZ

01438 363200. www.gordon-craig.co.uk

12-Jul UK Pink Floyd Experience

Recreating the sights and sounds of the legendary Pink Floyd

live in concert, this highly authentic show features over 50 years

of hits by this iconic band.

Hertford Theatre, The Wash, Hertford SG14 1PS

01992 531500. www.hertfordtheatre.com

21-Jul Bedfordshire Gala Orchestra Concert

150 musicians of all ages, who were trained through the

Bedfordshire Music system over the past 50 years, will gather on

the 21st July for this grand event.

Bedford Corn Exchange, St Paul’s Square, Bedford MK40 1SL

01234 718044. www.bedfordcornexchange.co.uk

24-Jul One Night In Dublin

Be transported to “Murphys Pub” where the house band, The

Wild Murphys, will be performing great Irish songs by the likes of

The Pogues, The Dubliners, The Fureys, The Saw Doctors and

many more. Middi and his award-winning seven piece band are

widely regarded as one of the best Irish bands in the UK, having

played thousands of shows since starting back in 2005.

Watford Colosseum, Rickmansworth Road, Watford WD17 3JN

01923 571 102. www.watfordcolosseum.co.uk

09-Aug The Proclaimers

It has been 32 years since Scottish twins Craig & Charlie Reid

aka The Proclaimers emerged. Since then, their enduring appeal

across generations has carved a niche for themselves where

pop, folk, new wave and punk collide as the emotional honesty,

political fire, wit and sing-along raucousness of their songs and

their extensive touring has enlightened and entertained fans

throughout the World.

Watford Colosseum, Rickmansworth Road, Watford WD17 3JN

01923 571 102. www.watfordcolosseum.co.uk

09-Aug The Gloria Estefan Experience

The World’s Premier show in live concert format, celebrating ‘The

Queen Of Latin Pop’ experience all the hits from her amazing

career culminating in over 100 Million album sales and 26 Grammy

Awards. This show stopping Latin extravaganza includes a 12 piece

band with Cuban themed singers and dancers and of course the

most iconic Pop songs of the era.

Bedford Corn Exchange, St Paul’s Square, Bedford MK40 1SL

01234 718044. www.bedfordcornexchange.co.uk

18-Aug The Illegal Eagles

Described as ‘flawless’ by The Express, The Illegal Eagles are internationally

renowned for their outstanding ability to recreate the Eagles’

distinctive sound with both flare and incredible authenticity.


Milton Keynes Theatre, Marlborough Gate MK9 3NZ

0844 8717652. www.atgtickets.com

28-Aug Live Midweek Music - Rocco Lane & Miguel

Olivares Maracay

Relax on a Wednesday evening in the theatre lounge while listening

to the very best from the vibrant local music scene. Free entry.

Rhodes Theatre, 1-3 South Road, Bishop’s Stortford CM23 3JG

01279 710200. www.rhodesbishopsstortford.org.uk

13-Aug Pop Up Pottery Event

Explore with clay and texture while making your very own

tortoise and hare. Guidance and materials supplied.

Rhodes Theatre, 1-3 South Road, Bishop’s Stortford CM23 3JG

01279 710200. www.rhodesbishopsstortford.org.uk


Until 7 Jul Cresta Couture at Mill Green Museum & Mill

A partnership exhibition with the University of Hertfordshire

celebrating the innovative and stylish fabrics created by local

textile company Cresta Silks from the 1920s to the 1970s.

Original Cresta items from the museum’s collection will be

displayed alongside contemporary pieces and designs created

by Fashion and Fashion Business students at the University of

Hertfordshire who have been inspired by the iconic designs.

Mill Green Mill & Museum, Bush Hall Lane, Hatfield AL9 5PD

Until 1 Sep The Pickling Project

Following a period of intense and urgent conservation, a

collection of fascinating animal and plant specimens preserved

in fluid go on display in this new exhibition. ‘The Pickling Project’

explores a previously unknown and neglected part of St Albans

Museums’ collection, and shines a light on the processes taken

to look after the natural history collection.

St Albans Museum + Gallery, St Peter’s Street AL3 5DJ


Until 10 Aug Courtyard’s Summer Show

An exciting venture designed to show off the vision and creative

talent found across the region. Part of Courtyard Arts’ endeavour

to foster a broad community of working artists, the ‘Summer

Show’ gives fellow practitioners the chance to exhibit together in

what will hopefully become an annual event.

Courtyard Arts & Community Centre, Hertford, SG14 3AA

01992 509596. www.courtyardarts.org.uk

Pop Up Pottery Event

12 Aug - 5 Sep Members’ Show

A variety of styles and a variety of media. Whether you are interested

in 2D or 3D its all here on Castle Road.

The Eagle Gallery, 101 Castle Road, Bedford MK40 3QP

01234 346995. www.eaglegalleryartists.co.uk

14-Aug Wax Resist Wonders

Join in the workshop and discover how wax crayons and colour

wash can be used to create effective art. Explore how Henry

Moore used silhouettes and perspectives to add depth to his

drawings. Workshop Wednesdays are suitable for all ages. Entry

included in your admission ticket. Drop-in from 12 - 4pm,

no booking necessary.

Henry Moore Studios & Gardens, Perry Green SG10 6EE

01279 843 333. www.henry-moore.org

16-18 Aug Art in Clay

‘Art in Clay’ showcases some of the finest ceramics currently

being made by individual makers in the UK and Europe. This

outdoor summer event held in marquees in the beautiful parklands

of Hatfield House hosts over 200 exhibitors, including a full

programme of talks & demonstrations and a Clay Creation Zone

to fire your imagination.

Hatfield House, Great North Road, Hatfield AL9 5HX


28-Aug Create your own Hepworth inspired soap sculpture!

Carve your own sculptures from a bar of soap! Inspired by nature

and the artworks of Barbara Hepworth, work together as a family

to make your own sculpture. This activity is perfect for children

aged 8 and above. There will be two sessions of this activity, one

at 10:15am and another at 11:30am.

St Albans Museum + Gallery, St Peter’s Street AL3 5DJ


Wax Resist Wonders

22 Jul - 10 Aug New Painting! Members’ Themed Show

In the second theme show, the members’ who didn’t partake in

‘Drawings and Prints’ explore painting techniques new to them,

or just display brand new work.

The Eagle Gallery, 101 Castle Road, Bedford MK40 3QP

01234 346995. www.eaglegalleryartists.co.uk

25-Jul Open Archive: Moore’s Illustrations in the Literary World

Delve into the extensive collections of the Henry Moore Archive in

this themed session. Free with your admission ticket, you will be

able to look at archive material relating to Moore’s drawings: particularly

his illustrations for books and magazines. 11am-1pm.

Henry Moore Studios & Gardens, Perry Green SG10 6EE

01279 843 333. www.henry-moore.org


2, 9, 16, 23 & 30 Jul Vegan Day at Treat Street

Head to Treat Street for a wide selection of delicious vegan desserts.

Treat Street,Bedford. www.riversidebedford.co.uk

4-7 Jul Luna Cinema

The Luna Cinema returns with an incredible line up of films

including ‘Batman’, ‘A Star is Born’, ‘Mamma Mia: Here we go

Again’ and ‘Bohemian Rhapsody’.

Knebworth House, Old Knebworth Lane, Knebworth, SG3 6H

01438 812661. www.knebworthhouse.com

13-Jul Battle Proms

A summer celebration with music, Spitfire, cannons, cavalry & fireworks!

Hatfield House, Great North Road, Hatfield AL9 5HX



20-21 Jul The Great British Food Festival

Amazing artisan producers, scrumptious street food and brilliant

bars. Come along and top up your culinary skills in the cookery

demos or watch warriors take on the Men v Food challenges.

Chill to soothing live music while the children try their hand at a

cookery lesson before going off to make giant bubbles or learn

circus skills!

Knebworth House, Old Knebworth Lane, Knebworth, SG3 6HQ

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24-Aug Bedford Detective Day

CluedUpp is the exciting detective game that’s just like a giant,

outdoor version of the board game Cluedo – and it’s happening

in Bedford! Your team of detectives will be tasked with cracking

the case as you stalk the streets, tracking down virtual witnesses

and eliminating suspects. Between 10am and 1pm – finish

before 5pm. www.cluedupp.com/bedford.html

21-Jul Hertford Castle Teddy Bears’ Picnic

Children are encouraged to bring along a teddy to the event.

There will be a bear hunt, teddy bear parade, magic shows,

bouncy castle and activities arena. A live brass band concert will

perform throughout the day and Hertford Castle will be open to

the public to explore. Hertford Canoe Club will be running free

water activities on the River Lea for children and adults to enjoy.

Hertford Castle, Hertford. www.hertford.gov.uk/events

21-Jul Italian Festival

A little piece of Italy comes to Bedford with delicious food, stalls

and more.

Harpur Square, Bedford MK40 1PJ

26-28 Jul The Game Fair

Celebrating British field sports and country life, The Game Fair

boasts a comprehensive itinerary for the whole family, including

gundog handling, clay shooting, archery, a host of food, drink

and shopping stalls, as well as outdoor activities.

Hatfield House, Great North Road, Hatfield AL9 5HX


27-Jul Love Bedford Medieval Festival

Free family entertainment Medieval style! Activities will include:

ferret racing, artillery display, sword fighting tournament, kings

executioner, a Merrie Noyse, Devilstick Peat Fibbs and more.


The Embankment, Bedford


04-Aug Rock at the Castle

A free music festival within the spectacular grounds of Hertford

Castle. Live music will be performed across three music stages

featuring acoustic, folk, indie, rock and pop music. 12.30pm – 7pm

Hertford Castle, Hertford. www.hertford.gov.uk/events

Bedford Prosecco & Gin Festival

24-Aug Bedford Prosecco & Gin Festival

Try more than 30 types of Prosecco, Cava, Pink Fizz and a handpicked

selection of World Gins, this really is an absolute must for fans

of the fizz. There’s a glorious selection of Prosecco Cocktails too.

Bedford Corn Exchange, St Paul’s Square, Bedford MK40 1SL

01234 718044. www.proseccofestival.co.uk

25-26 Aug Classic Motor Show

With up to 1,000 classic and collectable vehicles taking part

each day, the Knebworth Classic Motor Show is not to be

missed. There will be a number of static displays to see, as well

as a show arena hosting stunning parades.

Knebworth House, Old Knebworth Lane, Knebworth, SG3 6HQ

01438 812661. www.knebworthhouse.com


30-Jun The Hertfordshire Militaria & Medal Fair

After over 20 years at Watford, the fair has now moved to

Rickmansworth. Always a good range of medals and militaria -

offered by some of the country’s leading dealers. Ample (free)

parking and good catering facilities. Admission £4 preview, 9am

- 10am then £2.50, 10am - 2pm.

Rickmansworth School, Scots Hill, Rickmansworth WD3 2AQ

7 Jul & 4 Aug Flitwick Antiques and Collectors Fair Bedfordshire

Flitwick fair has been running for over 30 years.

Flitwick Village Hall, Dunstable Road, Flitwick MK45 1HP

Love Bedford Medieval Festival

10-11 Aug Country, Crafts & Steam Fair

All day entertainment will include steam engines – both full size

and scale, fighting knights and medieval village, displays,

children’s petting pens, historical re-enactments and much more.

Knebworth House, Old Knebworth Lane, Knebworth, SG3 6HQ

01438 812661. www.knebworthhouse.com

14-Aug Theatre in the Park - Treasure Island

Join Chapterhouse Theatre Company for this brand-new adaptation

of everyone’s favourite swashbuckling pirate adventure,

performed in the open air where you are welcome to bring a

low back chair and a picnic! Hatfield House, Great North Road,

Hatfield AL9 5HX. www.hatfield-house.co.uk

14 Jul & 11 Aug Woburn Antiques and Collectors Fair

Woburn Fair has been established for over 35 years.

Woburn Village hall, Crawley Road, Woburn, MK17 9QD

14 Jul & 11 Aug

Sarratt Village Hall Antique & Collectables Fair

Antique & Collectables And Glass fair 30 stalls. Open: 9am - 4pm.

Admission: £1.

Sarratt Village Hall, The Green, Hertfordshire WD3 6AS

21-Jul Ware Antiques & Collectors Fair plus Flea Market

30 stands/dealers of mixed antiques, collectables and flea

market items. Free parking. Open: 10am - 4pm.

Admission: £1.

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Life in a Fine County

Written by Nicole Ranaweera

Summer is finally here and there is no better place to spend it than

in Norfolk. So, grab your hats and sunscreen and come have some

summer fun in our fine county…

For the nature lovers

If nature is your thing, then Norfolk ticks this box several times over!

The coastline speaks for itself, but Norfolk’s RSPB reserves are

also a must visit if you’re a photographer or bird watcher. A trip to

Pensthorpe Natural Park or Fritton Lake Outdoor Centre is great for

all the family, young or old. And let’s not forget the Broads; either

hire a boat or, for the more adventurous types, enjoy a spot of wild

swimming along the River Bure!

For the sightseers

Norfolk loves a good sightseeing tour! View the North Norfolk

coast by steam on the North Norfolk Railway

(www.nnrailway.co.uk) or by boat with well-known tour

operators Temples, Searles, Bishops or Beans (to name a few).

Alternatively, head inland with Pub and Paddle to explore the River

Wensum by canoe, stopping off at riverside pubs along the way!


For the kids

From dinosaurs to Twiggles to high ropes; Norfolk’s attractions

can easily keep the kids entertained all summer! But, don’t forget

to enjoy a low cost day out too – explore the coastline and Broads

or, head indoors to one of the super family-friendly museums. Or,

pop along to one of Norwich City Council’s free outdoor theatre


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Written by Visit Norwich | www.visitnorwich.co.uk

All year, in all seasons, and around every corner there’s

something going on in Norwich, the City of Stories. During

the summer months in particular, the streets, parks and beer

gardens all come alive again; the riverside walkways bloom,

and you’ll spot the odd canoe on the lazy Wensum.

Explore the city

Aside from special one-off events, Norwich is full of hidden

gems like Marble Hall in Surrey House (open Monday to Friday

during office hours). Home to Aviva, its commanding Palladian

exterior looks out over the Surrey Street, and its interior is

adorned with 15 varieties of marble, classically inspired frescos

and a stunning glass atrium is not to be missed.

Upper St Giles in The Norwich Lanes is a delightful street with

handsome Georgian architecture and small independent

stores. On the edge of The Lanes, it’s easy to miss so plan a

visit and don’t get side-tracked!

Plantation Garden (£2 entry in an honesty box, close to

Upper St Giles) is Norwich’s secret garden, a Victorian oasis in

summer. And if you visit on a Sunday, take advantage of their

homemade teas - sometimes with live musical performance.

Finally, Norwich Cathedral Quarter is one of the most historic

areas of Norwich, where you’ll find Norwich’s most complete

medieval street – Elm Hill. And England’s smallest cloisters at

The Great Hospital is a stone’s throw from England’s largest

cloisters at Norwich Cathedral. Wander around Quayside from

Wensum Bridge - one of Norwich’s oldest bridges - and take

in the influence of Dutch Strangers’ architecture. In Magdalen

Street find stonemasons keeping faith in an age-old tradition

at St Clement Church and further along, forage for vintage,

upcycled and antique collectables in warehouses bursting

with eclectic finds.

For loads more ideas, things to do, places to stay, eat and shop

go to www.visitnorwich.co.uk.


What’s on

Through June, July and August, the City’s Story is one of free and

affordable cultural activity. Which means saving some spare cash

for a beer or a cocktail in a pretty outside space – of which Norwich

has many.

The Degree Shows at Norwich University of the Arts are one

of the city’s summer highlights (25 June and 3 July). These

shows are nothing short of genius. The university nurtures such

immense creative talent from film, fine art, textiles and fashion,

to photography, animation, graphic design, VHX, branding and

marketing. Anyone interested in any of these subjects won’t

be disappointed, and anyone who isn’t might just surprise

themselves. Free to enter, the shows take place into the early

evening. If you can, do the shows over a few days; there’s so much

to see, it’s hard to take everything in over one visit – and families

are very welcome. And just next door, the terrace by the river at

Norwich Playhouse is perfect for a drink afterwards.

From June, Sunday afternoons will never be the same again (or

at least until June next year): it’s the start of the free Bandstand

Concerts in Norwich parks, organised annually by Norwich City

Council. Taking place every Sunday at 3pm, in a different park until

the end of August - pack up a picnic, round up some friends and

family and enjoy the outdoors – all to the soundtrack of live music.

It truly does put a smile on your face.

Sports fans - especially cycling fans - will be welcoming the first

HSBC UK National Road Championships to Norfolk and Norwich

between 27 – 30 June. On Sunday 30th June, the races for both

the men and the women will be on the road simultaneously - a

first in the championship’s history. Hot on their heels will be the

public race, which starts and finishes in Norwich. And if this kind

of thing is up your street then there are several city cycle routes to

enjoy after this, including Whitlingham Country Park and – if you’re

serious about your cycling – The Marriott’s Way.

Arguably one of the best cycle routes in Norfolk, The Marriott’s

Way was named after William Marriott: Chief Engineer and

Manager of the Midland and Great Northern Railway - M&GN - for

41 years. This lush green route, bursting with wildlife, follows two

disused railway lines between medieval Norwich and the historic

market town of Aylsham for 26 miles, beginning in the city centre

where Barn Road meets Barker Street (only minutes from Norwich


Carnival fever hits the streets of Norwich in July at the annual Lord

Mayor’s Celebrations (5 – 7th) where local residents take to the

streets for a day (6th July) of free entertainment, performance and

a sparkling parade through city centre. Expect music, dancing,

street food and some awesome spectacles as the parade passes

by. And at the end of July, Norwich celebrates Pride on the 27

July with all the colours of the rainbow. Another reason to get your

dancing shoes on.

‘Seeing It Differently’ at Norwich Cathedral is the must-see event

this summer. For 12 days only between 7 and 18 August, ride a

vintage helter skelter in the West End of the Nave (yes, inside!),

40ft high.

The idea behind ‘Seeing it Differently’ is to explore the cathedral

from different angles. Over 1,200 roof bosses feature throughout

the cathedral and the cloisters, each one unique, each with its own

religious representation. Beautifully carved and around 900 years

old they’re quite a sight. Looking up from the helter skelter, visitors

will enjoy the craftsmanship in more detail. Meanwhile, in the East

End of the Nave, everyone’s invited to lie on a yoga mat and enjoy

the view.



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Holt is on your list. A beautiful Georgian town, it’s a haven for artists,

photographers, walkers and tourists at any time of year.


The town’s character and charm has been drawing in visitors for

decades. Tucked away down the many alleyways and courtyards,

you’ll find a shopper’s paradise – boutiques, galleries, bookshops

and antiques stores lend themselves to hours of browsing. A potter

around the historic Bakers and Larners Department store is a must.

Food and drink

Quaint tearooms and cafes are dotted throughout the town,

however set in what is thought to be the oldest building in Holt,

Byfords is perhaps one of the most famous places to visit in the

whole town. The beautiful Grade II listed property is mirrored in

its famed deli shop, café and restaurant, and posh B&B, which

has graced the pages of glossy magazines in recent years and is

highly recommended by Visit Britain.

Country Walks

If you fancy walking off your indulgent treats, Holt Country Park

offers 100 acres of woodland, picnic areas, nature trails and an

adventure playground is just a short walk away.


The Holt North Norfolk Railway Station lies just a short bus

ride from the town centre, and from here the famous ‘Poppy

Line’ runs steam train services to the popular seaside town of

Sheringham. Not only is this a chance to revisit history in motion,

but experiencing the stunning Norfolk coastal countryside from

the traditional interior of a steam train is a truly unforgettable



Year after year the Holt Festival serves up the very best arts and

performances from across the region. From 21-27 July, the town

will come alive with a mix of comedy, poetry, dance, music and

more with something for everyone to enjoy. Acts include punk

princess Toyah on 26 July and popular household name Georgie

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Enjoy a traditional British seaside break

If you’re looking for a day filled with sandcastles and ice cream,

hop in the car and visit one of these Norfolk beach towns…


With a seafront townscape that rises steeply from the Promenade

and a traditional pier, Cromer recalls a golden age of British

seaside holidaymaking. The Pavilion Theatre hosts one of the

country’s last end-of-the-pier summer variety shows. Full of

glitz and glamour, the theatre production runs from 2 July to 7


Cafes, gift shops and amusements sit above the beach, while

the RNLI Henry Blogg Museum gives insights into the bravery of

those men who risk their lives to save others at sea. The Cromer

Museum, adjacent to the church at the heart of the town, is also a

trove for those interested in local history.

Amazona Zoo on the edge of Cromer, brings the colour of tropical

South America to the North Norfolk coast, while The National

Trust’s Felbrigg Hall, just two miles from Cromer, has a lush walled

garden and acres of parkland and woodland to explore. Cromer

crabs are still as famous as ever with fishing boats, launched from

the beach in season. Don’t leave without a tasty crab lunch!


A plume of steam is often seen rising above the heart of

Sheringham, as engines embark from The Poppy Line heritage

railway along the coast to Holt. The Poppy Line station hosts

themed events throughout the year, recalling a golden age of the

railways with steam and diesel engines.

Sheringham boasts an array of independent shops, and there is

a wealth of attractions in and around the town. Pass an afternoon

wandering the enchanting Priory Maze & Gardens, which lie

around the ruins of the 13th century Augustinian Friary of St Mary

at Beeston Regis.

The National Trust’s Sheringham Park is a mature woodland with

paths and walks, punctuated by viewing platforms for taking in the

stunning colour of the many flowers that blossom throughout the

summer. A treetop platform gives breath-taking coastal views!


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Steam Punk Weekend

Sat 6 Jul 2019 to Sun 7 Jul 2019

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Everything Goes

Sun 7 Jul 2019

Fire Rally

Sat 27 Jul 2019 to Sun 28 Jul 2019

Marshall from PAW Patrol Visits

Sat 27 Jul 2019

A day of family fun!

Fireman Sam Visits

Sun 28 Jul 2019

Fireman Sam visits Bressingham on Sunday only!

East Anglia Garden Rail Show

Sat 10 Aug 2019

Trade Stands and Layouts Including Live Steam.

Steam in Miniature Weekend

Sat 10 Aug 2019 to Sun 11 Aug 2019

Miniature Models that pack a Steamy Punch.

Everything Goes

Sun 25 Aug 2019

Model Railway Day

Sun 1 Sep 2019

Model Railway Exhibition featuring visiting layouts of a variety of scales and gauges.

Exhibition will also feature a number of trade stalls.

Vintage Farming Day

Sun 29 Sep 2019

Vintage Rally and Full Steam Event. The 2019 event will feature a special area

celebrating the achievements and history of E. Youngs & Co. Engineers in Diss.

Halloween Evenings

Fri 25 Oct 2019 to Sat 26 Oct 2019

Its going to be a spooky time at Bressingham. Evening openings on Friday 25th and

Saturday 26th October 2019

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21-29 Jun Towards Zero

This version of the nail-biting thriller was adapted for the stage

in 1945 by the Queen of Crime herself and only discovered four

years ago in a pile of dusty old papers.

Maddermarket Theatre, St Johns Alley, Norwich, NR2 1DR

01603 620917. www.maddermarket.co.uk

1-6 July The Girl On The Train

Rachel Watson longs for a different life. Her only escape is the

perfect couple she watches through the train window every day,

happy and in love. Or so it appears. When Rachel learns that the

woman she’s been secretly watching has suddenly disappeared,

she finds herself as a witness and even a suspect in a thrilling

mystery in which she will face bigger revelations than she could

ever have anticipated.

Norwich Theatre Royal, Theatre Street, Norwich, NR2 1RL

01603 630000. www.theatreroyalnorwich.co.uk

2 Jul - 7 Sep Cromer Pier Show 1

The annual Cromer Pier Show is full of glitz, glamour and lively

entertainment. As usual the production team will bring you two

completely fabulous shows, starring the same cast that change

over every Thursday until the final two weeks of the season when

the finest moments of both shows will be blended together to

bring you the Ultimate Cromer Pier Show.

Cromer Pier & Pavilion Theatre, Promenade, Cromer NR27 9HE

01263 512495


3-7 Jul The Very Hungry Caterpillar

Eric’s well-known books captivated readers with his iconic colourful

hand-painted tissue paper collage illustrations and distinctively

simple stories, introducing generations of children to a bigger,

brighter world – and to their first experience of reading itself.

Norwich Playhouse, 42 - 58 St Georges St, Norwich NR3 1AB

01603 598598. www.norwichplayhouse.co.uk

07-Jul Great Value For A Tenner

Comedy legend Jimmy Cricket returns to the Princess Theatre

with his live show that is choc full of one liners, visual comedy,

and a brand new letter from his Mammy!

Princess Theatre, 13 The Green, Hunstanton PE36 5AH

01485 532252. www.princesshunstanton.co.uk

8-13 Jul The Mousetrap

The scene is set when a group of people gathered in a country

house cut off by the snow discover, to their horror, that there is a

murderer in their midst. Who can it be?

Norwich Theatre Royal, Theatre Street, Norwich NR2 1RL

01603 630000. www.theatreroyalnorwich.co.uk

16 Jul - 17 Aug Matilda The Musical

‘Matilda The Musical’ is the story of an extraordinary little girl who,

armed with a vivid imagination and a sharp mind, dares to take a

stand and change her own destiny.

Norwich Theatre Royal, Theatre Street, Norwich NR2 1RL

01603 630000. www.theatreroyalnorwich.co.uk

18-20 Jul Karl Minns: Sortabiography

A story of loss and redemption, despair and hope, Yarmouth and

Norwich, showing the tenacity of the human spirt, how comedy

can take root in the darkest depths and the realisation that the

bravest thing we can ever do is to try and write our own story.

Norwich Playhouse, 42 - 58 St Georges St, Norwich NR3 1AB

01603 598598. www.norwichplayhouse.co.uk

18, 19, 20, 24, 25, 26 and 27 Jul Daisy Pulls It Off

A spiffing yarn of pluck, dastardly deeds, heroines, sneaks and

toadies at Grangewood School for Young Ladies where Hockey

is Queen and new girl Daisy is honourable and straight in all

things—even if it means getting the jolly old push and, what’s

worse, missing the hockey final!

Westacre Theatre, River Road, Westacre PE32 1UD

01760 755800. www.westacretheatre.com

19-27 Jul A View From The Bridge

Miller’s play is a tragic masterpiece of the inexorable unravelling

of a man, set in a close-knit Italian-American community in 1950s

New York.

Maddermarket Theatre, St Johns Alley, Norwich NR2 1DR

01603 62091. www.maddermarket.co.uk

2-3 Aug Pool (No Water)

‘Pool (No Water)’ is a play about the fragility of friendship and the

jealousy inspired by success.

Norwich Playhouse, 42 - 58 St Georges St, Norwich NR3 1AB

01603 598598. www.norwichplayhouse.co.uk

2-7 Aug Dial ‘M’ for Murder

The play that inspired Hitchcock’s suspense classic weaves an

ever-tightening web of danger and deception. Sheringham Little

Theatre, 2 Station Road, Sheringham NR26 8RE

01263 822347. www.sheringhamlittletheatre.com

6-11 Aug Chitty Chitty Bang Bang: The Musical

One of the world’s favourite musicals, ‘Chitty Chitty Bang Bang’

will have audiences of all ages flying high with its mixture of

madness, intrigue and exuberance.

OPEN Norwich, 20 Bank Plain, Norwich, NR2 4SF

01603 763111. www.opennorwich.org.uk

8, 9, 10, 15, 16, 17, 22, 23 and 24 Aug Ben Hur

Four actors take on the might of the Roman Empire.

Complete with chariot race, sea battle, and off-stage combat!

Westacre Theatre, River Road, Westacre PE32 1UD

01760 755800. www.westacretheatre.com

17 Aug - 1 Sep The Secret Garden

Frances Hodgon Burnett’s timeless story of hope over fear

is brought colourfully to life in this faithful adaptation, by the

acclaimed writer of Nell Gwynn and Blue Stockings.

Maddermarket Theatre, St Johns Alley, Norwich NR2 1DR

01603 620917. www.maddermarket.co.uk

21-28 Aug Sunkissed

Two friends, Daisy and Emma, arrive on the Spanish island of

Mallorca for a week of sun, sand and sangria. However, their

holiday soon gets out of hand when Daisy comes face to face

with her husband, Clive, a man whose funeral she attended five

years ago.

Sheringham Little Theatre, 2 Station Road, Sheringham NR26 8RE

01263 822347. www.sheringhamlittletheatre.com


The Mid-Norfolk Railway

The Dereham – Wymondham Abbey Line

Open from the end of February to Christmas, join us for:

Steam Train Rides Diesel Train Rides Beer Festival

Steam and Diesel Galas Jazz and Folk Trains

Fish and Chips Specials Murder Mystery Train

On-train Cream Teas and High Teas Vintage Bus Day

1940s Weekend Classic Car Days The Polar Express

Getting married? Dereham Station is now a licensed marriage

and civil partnership venue, hire the railway for

your wedding and/or reception.

Discounts available for on-train birthday and

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23-Aug West End Experience Summer Showcase

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concert not to be missed.

OPEN Norwich, 20 Bank Plain, Norwich, NR2 4SF

01603 763111. www.opennorwich.org.uk

30 Aug - 4 Sep Jeeves & Wooster in Perfect Nonsense

When a country house weekend takes a turn for the worse, Bertie

Wooster is unwittingly called on to play matchmaker –

reconciling the affections of his host’s drippy daughter Madeline

Bassett with his newt-fancying acquaintance Gussie Fink-Nottle.

Sheringham Little Theatre, 2 Station Road, Sheringham NR26 8RE

01263 822347. www.sheringhamlittletheatre.com


29-Jun The Roy Orbison Story

Get ready for an upbeat night of solid gold 60s hits and 80s

contemporary genius as the Roy Orbison Story celebrates the

musical legacy of The Big O.

King’s Lynn Corn Exchange, Tuesday Market Place, PE30 1JW.

01553 764864. www.kingslynncornexchange.co.uk

05-Jul Through The Decades: Roy Orbison & Buddy Holly

Marking the 60th anniversary of Buddy Holly’s death, Darren now

joins Marc for his latest show ‘Through the Decades with Roy Orbison

& Buddy Holly’ to deliver a feel good night with all the hits.

Maddermarket Theatre, St Johns Alley, Norwich NR2 1DR

01603 620917. www.maddermarket.co.uk

09-Aug ELO

Roll over Beethoven, because the greatest tribute to Jeff Lynne’s

Electric Light Orchestra is here! In an all live show featuring

soaring strings, striking vocal harmonies and playing all the

much loved songs from ELO’s hit-filled library.

Gorleston Pavilion Theatre, Gorleston-on-Sea NR31 6PP

01493 662832. www.gorlestonpavilion.ticketsolve.com

10-Aug The Sixties Invasion

Three world famous bands that made British pop music the best

in the world in the swinging sixties, will take you on a magical

rollercoaster ride to the most exciting time when pop music was at

its best.

Princess Theatre, 13 The Green Hunstanton PE36 5AH

01485 532252. www.princesshunstanton.co.uk

17-Aug Counterfeit Quo

An adrenaline charged set crashes its way through many of

Quo’s 22 top ten chart hits.

Gorleston Pavilion Theatre, Gorleston-on-Sea, NR31 6PP

01493 662832. www.gorlestonpavilion.ticketsolve.com

18-Aug Little Fix

Finalists in BBC ‘One’s Even Better Than the Real Thing’, officially

voted the UK’s number one Little Mix tribute act in last year’s

National Tribute Music Awards, Little Fix are coming to town…

Princess Theatre, 13 The Green Hunstanton PE36 5AH

01485 532252. www.princesshunstanton.co.uk

12-Jul Miss Hope Springs

‘Miss Hope Springs’ is the ‘cult creation’ (The Times) of internationally

acclaimed songwriter, pianist, singer and comic actor Ty

Jeffries who grew up between Pinewood and Hollywood where

he mixed with Shirley MacLaine, Diana Dors, Shelley Winters and

even danced with Fred Astaire, all of which adds authenticity to

his ‘stellar portrayal of a jaded faded star’ (FringeReview).

Norwich Playhouse, 42 - 58 St Georges St, Norwich NR3 1AB

01603 598598. www.norwichplayhouse.co.uk

14-Jul BBC Concert Orchestra

Conductor Richard Balcombe, along with Graham Bickley and

Louise Dearman will lead the orchestra in a joyous musical feast.

King’s Lynn Corn Exchange, Tuesday Market Place PE30 1JW

01553 764864. www.kingslynncornexchange.co.uk

19-Jul Skipinnish

With hit after hit of self-penned songs and a strong mix of

powerful bagpipe, fiddle and accordian led tune sets, Skipinnish

encompass the very best of contemporary Celtic music.

King’s Lynn Corn Exchange, Tuesday Market Place PE30 1JW

01553 764864. www.kingslynncornexchange.co.uk

21-Jul Lesley Garrett & Emma Johnson

A specially devised programme for the soprano voice and its

instrumental counterpoint, the clarinet, focusing on the natural

melody of folk song and of great composers such as Schubert,

Handel, Gershwin and Puccini.

King’s Lynn Corn Exchange, Tuesday Market Place PE30 1JW

01553 764864. www.kingslynncornexchange.co.uk

21-Jul Everly & Friends

With live acoustic guitars, flawless harmonies, a truly impressive

outing for all, accompanied by special guest star tributes.

Gorleston Pavilion Theatre, Gorleston-on-Sea, NR31 6PP

01493 662832. www.gorlestonpavilion.ticketsolve.com

21-Jul The Mary Duff Concert

As time goes by Mary Duff’s career seems to go from strength to strength,

and as the salutation and success continue to roll in for the genuinely

charismatic and warm Irish singer; she is about to enter, what is hoped to

be, one of the most exciting phases of her career so far.

Princess Theatre,13 The Green, Hunstanton PE36 5AH

01485 532252. www.princesshunstanton.co.uk

Motown & Soul Show

29-Aug Les Poules à Colin - Head Out Not Home Festival Finale

Taking their name from a traditional song, Les Poules à Colin are

an indie roots band that channels the old medieval ballads and

sugarshack dance tunes of Québec.

OPEN Norwich, 20 Bank Plain, Norwich, NR2 4SF

01603 763111. www.opennorwich.org.uk

31-Aug Motown & Soul Show

The show is full of timeless songs performed with energy and

sensitivity, creating emotions that touch the hearts of audiences


Gorleston Pavilion Theatre, Gorleston-on-Sea, NR31 6PP

01493 662832. www.gorlestonpavilion.ticketsolve.com

31-Aug Freedom! 19

International tribute artiste Wayne Dilks and his band pay tribute

to the late George Michael in this stunning show.

Princess Theatre, 13 The Green, Hunstanton PE36 5AH

01485 532252. www.princesshunstanton.co.uk

31-Aug The Floyd Effect

The Floyd Effect faithfully recreates the music and intensity of a Pink

Floyd concert without recourse to backing tracks, racks of

computers, or other technological wizardry. Every note that you

hear is played and sung by the band, making each concert a

genuine ‘live’ event; powerful and emotional.

Norwich Playhouse, 42 - 58 St Georges St, Norwich NR3 1AB

01603 598598. www.norwichplayhouse.co.uk



Until 18 Aug WG Sebald: Far Away - But From Where?

To mark what would have been the 75th birthday of W.G.

Sebald (1944–2001), this innovative, interdisciplinary exhibition

combines rare and unseen archive material with work by leading

contemporary artists. Sainsbury Centre for Visual Arts, UEA,

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

1 Jun - 31 Aug Mark Mann: Mann Up!

Norwich based artist Mark Mann is the designer behind

In-Decent Interiors. He creates statement wallcoverings and

upholstery fabrics which fuse art, craftsmanship and luxury to

create interiors which tell stories.

Gallery in the Lanes, 25 Bedford Street, Norwich, NR2 1AG

01603 767282. www.galleryinthelanes.co.uk

29 Jun - 15 Sept Fragile Nature: from control to freedom

Works by Paca Sanchez, Elspeth Owen, Lotte Scott and Emma Howell.

GroundWork Gallery, 17 Purfleet Street, King’s Lynn, PE30 1ER


29 Jun - 3 Aug Destroy and you create: Gustav Metzger in

King’s Lynn

The exhibition celebrates the town’s connections with radical

political artist Gustav Metzger (1926-2017), who lived and

worked in King’s Lynn between 1953-1959. This exhibition will

feature paintings and drawings made by the artist during that

period, including works that had been considered lost until very

recently, when a cache of drawings were discovered in a loft in

London. The exhibition will also include archival material relating

to Metzger’s political activism and involvement in local issues

and events at that time.

Fermoy Gallery, 7-9 St George’s Courtyard, King’s Lynn PE30 1EU

01553 767557. www.kingslynnfestival.org.uk


30-Jun Great British Cycling Festival

Come join the festival atmosphere in Norwich city centre, with

the opportunity to take part in the HSBC UK Let’s Ride Norwich –

a free community bike ride through the iconic streets of Norwich

on a closed road circuit of the city that is suitable for the whole


The Forum, Millennium Plain, Norwich, NR2 1TF

01603 727950. www.theforumnorwich.co.uk

3 Jul - 30 Aug Boogie on the Broads

Join Broads Tours for the ultimate Broads Disco experience on

board the Vintage Broadsman. Every Wednesday and Friday

evening, 7.15pm-10pm.

The Bridge, Wroxham NR12 8RX

01603 782207. www.broadstours.co.uk

3 Jul - 28 Aug Picnic & Paddle at Fairhaven Woodland

and Water Garden

Enjoy a gentle summer evening paddle along Broadland

waterways, stopping for a picnic in the reeds with Free Spirit

Canoe Tours. Small groups. No experience necessary. All abilities

welcome. Paddles provided; bring your own picnic!

Fairhaven Woodland and Water Garden, School Road,

South Walsham NR13 6DZ

01603 270449. www.fairhavengarden.co.uk/what-s-on

5-7 Jul Folk in a Field Festival

A secluded and remote music festival in a forest setting. Friday

evening to Sunday night with free camping, free parking, free

activities, workshops, local foods ans ales.

West Acre PE32 1TR

07880 586569. www.folkonafield.co.uk

6-28 Jul Strawberries and Steam

Enjoy free local strawberries with cream for every full fare-paying

passenger at the Whistlstop Cafe. Saturday & Sunday through July.

Bure Valley Railway, Aylsham Station, Norwich Road NR11 6BW

01263 733858. www.bvrw.co.uk

6-7 Jul Great Yarmouth Wheels Festival

An array of bikes, classic and contemporary cars will be lining up

to star in a seafront wheels festival. Admission to the event which

will be from Britannia Pier along to the Pleasure Beach is free and

celebrates all things with wheels.

Marine Parade, Great Yarmouth NR30 2EN


Wild Woman Photoshoot

8-13 Jul Wild Woman Photoshoot

A selection of the photos from SoulShine’s Wild Woman photo

shoots. The photos aim to open up the conversation about body

image, self-acceptance and our connection to the natural world.

The Forum, Millennium Plain, Norwich, NR2 1TF

01603 727950. www.theforumnorwich.co.uk

13 Jul - 12 Jan 2020 Tor Falcon - Rivers of Norfolk

‘Rivers of Norfolk’ is shown in the Colman Project Space, alongside

the work of the Norwich School of Painters. Falcon walks

to find her subject, making drawings ‘en plein air’, the scale and

medium of the work dictated by their portability.

Norwich Castle Museum & Art Gallery, 24 Castle Meadow, NR1 3JU


3-16 Aug Norfolk Creations August Craft Fair

The Craft Fair at Blakeney will have a wide range and variety of

arts and crafts on display and for sale including semi-precious

gemstone jewellery, artisan preserves, cottage garden toiletries,

scenic norfolk photography and much more.

Blakeney Church Hall, The Quay, Blakeney NR25 7A


13-Jul Burnhams Flower Show & Carnival

The carnival parade, led by the Phoenix Pipes & Drum Band,

leaves the green in front of The Hoste at 1.45pm and makes its

way to the playing field, where the horticultural marquee takes

pride of place. Events on the field include side shows, games,

children’s entertainers, craft stalls and Gray’s Funfair.

Burnham Market PE31 8HD


14-27 Jul 69th King’s Lynn Festival

The 50th anniversary of the first moon landings is the inspiration

for the 2019 Festival theme of Science and Arts.

Town Centre, King’s Lynn PE30 1HP


24-Jul The 138th Sandringham Flower Show

Sandringham Flower Show is one of the most prestigious

horticultural events in the East of England. Now in its 138th year,

it is much more than just a Flower Show, offering not only the

best in horticulture but also an excellent day out, filled with family


Sandringham House, Sandringham, King’s Lynn PE35 6AB



Every Wednesday 24 Jul - 28 Aug Summer Fireworks

Every Wednesday evening for six weeks the skies over Great

Yarmouth are illuminated with fantastic summer firework spectacular.

The evening starts off with fun and music entertainment

from 8pm followed by a firework display starting at 10pm.

Seafront, Great Yarmouth NR30 2EN


3-4 Aug Sandringham Food & Drink Festival

A great summer’s day out with demos, celebrity chefs, tastings,

food halls, live music and entertainment and much more.

Sandringham Estate King’s Lynn PE35 6EN


03-Aug Downham Market Country Market

There will be a large variety of home baked, hand made & home

grown items including cakes and savouries, preserves, local

honey, cards, crafts, plants, knitwear and gifts. 9.30am-12pm.

Old Fire Station, Priory Road, Downham Market PE38 9JS

11-Aug Water Festival

The Water Festival has something for everyone - stalls and

attractions, alongside the now legendary Dragon Boat races.

Town Centre, Downham Market, PE38 9


Hingham Antiques Fair

30 Jun, 28 Jul & 25 Aug Hingham Antiques Fair

The fair has been running for over 20 years so is well established

with a good customer base and some great quality dealers.

There is capacity for 70 stands. Eclectic mix of antiques, collectables,

vintage and retro items. This is an opportunity to stand

at the fair for anyone that has good quality stock. This is not a

datelined fair but does expect good quality items.

Open: 9.30am - 3.30pm. Admission: £2.

The Sports Hall, Springfield Way, Hingham NR9 4HB

2, 9, 16, 23 & 30 Jul Antiques & Collectors Fair Community Hall

Dealers in glass, porcelain, ceramics, books, coins, bank notes,

medals, jewellery and much more. Admission Free.

Community Hall, Garden Street, Cromer, Norfolk NR27 9HH

07-Jul Loddon Antiques & Collectors Fair

Loddon Antiques and Collectors Fair will showcase up to 40

general and specialist dealers selling a wide range of good

quality antiques and collectables including furniture, silver, china,

linen, jewellery, books, clocks, retro and vintage design and

decorative items. Entry £1.

The Loddon Trail, Loddon


Water Festival

13 & 29 Aug Searching for Sharks at NWT Holme Dunes

Meet at NWT Holme Dunes and go on a egg hunt, searching for

sharks’ egg cases. Come along and help identify what sharks

can be found off the coast of Norfolk.

NWT Holme Dunes, Broadwater Road, PE36 6LQ

01603 625540. www.norfolkwildlifetrust.org.uk/whats-on

17-Aug The Burnham Market Craft Fair

The Craft Fair consists of over 100 carefully selected crafters

stalls which are set out over the Burnham Market Village Greens

in the centre of the Village.

The Green, Bunham Market PE31 8HD

18-Aug Hunstanton Kite Festival

For over 20 years the Rotary Club of Hunstanton & District has

organised an annual event to raise funds to support predominantly

local good causes. Enjoy a colourful display of kites.

Town Centre, Hunstanton PE36 6BQ

25-Aug World Pier Crabbing Championships

Join in the fun of the World Crabbing Competition as a team or

individual competitor, go to your assigned pitch, and try to catch

the most crabs or the biggest crab. Registration starts at 9.30am

with the competition kicking off at 10.30am. Winners will be

announced on the Pier at 1.30pm.

Town Centre, Cromer NR27 9HN


31-Aug Raveningham Country Fair

This year there will be steam engines, vintage machinery, classic

vehicles, craft stalls, working horses, viking re-enactment, birds of

prey, clowns, dance displays, tea tent, beer tent and much more.

Raveningham. www.ravfair.co.uk

07-Jul Militaria Fair

Around 140 tables of items of Military interest for sale from

knowledgeable and experienced dealers. Open:10am-2pm.

Breckland Leisure Centre, Croxton Road, Thetford P24 1JD


13-14 Jul Norfolk Antique & Collectors Fair

Whether you are a professional dealer, an avid collector looking

to complete a cherished collection, or an enthusiast searching

for the ‘once in a lifetime’ treasure, the fair offers a diverse range

of antiques and collectables. Entry £4. 10am-5pm.

Norfolk Showground, Dereham Road, Costessey, NR5 0TT

01702 549623. www.norfolkantiquefair.co.uk

14 & 28 Jul Blakeney Village Hall Antiques Fair

24 sellers. Open 10am - 4pm. Admission £1.

Blakeney Village Hall, Langham Road, Norfolk NR25 7PG

03-Aug Norwich Vinyl Record Fair

Visitors will be treated to genres of music from Prog Rock, Punk

Rock, Hard Rock and Hip Hop to Soul, Jazz, Reggae and Doo

Wop. In addition to Vinyl, CDs, books and memorabilia will be

on sale

St. Andrews Hall, Norwich, Norfolk, NR3 1AU

24-25 Aug North Creake Antiques & Collectors Fair

Dealers in glass, ceramics, porcelain, jewellery, postcards,

ephemera, medals, bank notes and much more. Refreshments

available. Admission £1.

Village Hall, Church Street, North Creake, Norfolk, NR21 9LQ

2, 9, 16, 23 & 30 Jul and 6, 14, 15, 16, 20 & 27 Aug

Antiques & Collectors Fair Community Hall

Dealers in glass, porcelain, ceramics, books, coins, bank notes,

medals, jewellery and much more. Admission Free.

Community Hall, Garden Street, Cromer, Norfolk NR27 9HH


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Southwold lies in the centre of an area of great natural beauty – a

haven for the walker, the naturalist and the birdwatcher.Situated

on a hill that gently rises from the Blyth Valley, the town is virtually

an island, being surrounded by the River Blyth to the south and

Buss Creek to the north. This has enabled Southwold to retain its

old world charm. The dramatic coastline and the town’s beautiful

architecture make it a popular attraction throughout the year.

In the summer, Southwold’s sandy beaches are a huge draw

and out of season some of its most charming elements can be

enjoyed – cosy pub lunches, isolated walks or a quiet browse in

its many antiques shops. Southwold’s beach is immaculately kept

and is a regular Blue Flag winner. The shore is famous for its rows

of brightly coloured beach huts. These days they sell for the price

of a small flat!

Quiet and full of character, Southwold is a refreshingly unspoilt

coastal resort. In the town centre there’s an exciting selection of

interesting and independent shops, selling antiques, crafts and

gifts. There’s also a variety of art galleries, boutiques and jewellers

scattered around the town.

As you’d expect, first-class seafood can be found in the town’s

many fine restaurants and pubs, most of which serve ales brewed

by the local – and world famous – Adnams Sole Bay Brewery. The

Adnams stamp is everywhere and reflected in the cluster of great

pubs in the area. The brewery can be found on East Green, which

has both brewery and distillery

tours available.

The Swan Hotel, which dominates the Market Place, is not only an

excellent place to stay but has a highly regarded restaurant.

Southwold looks out over Sole Bay, scene of an inconclusive

battle in 1672 between the combined British and French fleet and

the Dutch fleet. The town was once known for its herring fishery,

and today the attractive harbour is still home to a little fleet of boats.

To discover something of Southwold’s maritime heritage visit the

Sailors’ Reading Room, on East Cliff overlooking the sea, where the

exhibits include ship models, figureheads and early photographs

of past seafaring local heroes. There’s more maritime history to be

found in The Alfred Corry Lifeboat Museum.

Visitors who climb the winding lighthouse stairs are rewarded with

fantastic views. Those wanting to take to the sea themselves can

take the Coastal Voyager sea trip from the harbour.



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Places to Eat

In between your exploring you should know Newmarket is not

short on quirky places to eat…

Mangiare Ristorante: This new Italian in town has nothing but

the finest reviews. The perfect stop for a romantic encounter.

The Pantry: A café with great reviews located in the Guineas

shopping centre. It provides gluten free and vegan options

alongside modern décor.

The Waggon and Horses: This local pub, located on the High

Street, is known for its hearty full English breakfasts.

The Tackroom: A beautiful building and surroundings, it provides

good quality lunches and evening meals. Fine food is just another

day in the kitchen for these guys!

Many of us know of Newmarket in relation to its global status

within the horseracing world. You may well pass through

occasionally, but have you experienced what the historical and

local town has to offer?

As summer approaches, it’s the perfect time to plan a visit,

especially as just recently Discover Newmarket were nominated

for the British Coach Tourism Awards - the only non-coastal region

in the running might we add! Well how about that, there must be a

lot going on…here’s how to plan your trip.

Things to do

The Racecourse

Yes, your visit is very likely to revolve around horseracing.

Everybody should experience a race day once in their lives, but I’d

like to predict it won’t be your last! This year, as always, Newmarket

offers an array of meets and events throughout the summer

months, including the popular Newmarket Nights. Make sure your

visit includes a dressed to impress race day experience!

To see what’s coming up visit www.thejockeyclub.co.uk

The Tour

Discover Newmarket are the professionals when it comes to a very

much needed tour. They offer a wide range so feel free to find the

perfect one for you on their website at


Half day or whole day, historical or training grounds, there’s a full

supply available. You’ll leave feeling a knowledgeable Newmarket


Khobkhun Thai Restaurant: Located on the High Street, this

family run restaurant has provided recipes straight from Thailand

for over 12 years. Go for the mixed starter!

Where to Stay

A place to rest after the day’s adventures include…

Bedford Lodge Hotel: This is the highest ranked hotel in

Newmarket and it’s easy to see why. Your stay is guaranteed to

be glamorous, it is equipped with a spa, swimming pool, fitness

centre, restaurant and bar.

The Packhorse Inn: Listed in The Times' 'Ultimate 100 British

Hotels' feature, it doesn’t disappoint. Exquisite food and

undeniable class!

Premier Inn Newmarket: For a failsafe stay, trust Premier Inn at

their central location. Minimal walking distance to local amenities.

Newmarket Boutique Apartments: Cute and cosy, these small

apartments offer your own kitchen facilities - oh and a hot tub!

Kings Newmarket: Looking for that little bit of sass? Stop off in a

stylish room overnight and don’t forget to check out the cocktail


Walk the Walk

Why not finish off your trip with a relaxed wander to explore a little

more; the AA recommend the Newmarket’s Sport of Kings Walk.

The walk takes approximately 90 minutes, taking in the town

centre and heath, with plenty of places to stop! For directions visit

the AA website and search Newmarket walks, it will be your top


Happy Exploring!


A Vintage Boutique with a Bohemian vibe

3catsVintage offer their customers an eclectic mix of carefully curated

vintage, retro and handmade treasures. The ever-changing stock include

vintage clothes, handbags, accessories, costume jewellery, furniture,

retro home decor, steampunk lamps, collectibles, handmade cards and

artwork from local artists. So if it's a one-off gift you are looking for

this is the place to come.

Why not keep an eye on 3catsVintage on social media as they host regular

pop-up markets during the summer on the decking in front of the shop.

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The Sewing


The Sewing Studio is a family business

established in 2010. We are located at

13 St Johns Street in Bury St Edmunds.

Our range of services includes:

Roman blinds, curtains

and soft furnishings made to measure

bespoke clothing

wedding dresses, evening gowns, men's tailoring


sewing classes

Opening hours: Mondays to Saturdays from 9am to 5pm

Tel. 01284 705277


Shopping in

Bury St


Few places in England can match the beauty, character and

history of Bury St Edmunds.

As one of the fastest growing town’s in Suffolk, its network of

streets have become home to a mix of high street stores and

flourishing independents.

The town has excellent leisure and shopping facilities and is at its

busiest on Wednesdays and Saturdays when people flock to the

Buttermarket and Cornhill to visit one of the best provision markets

in the East of England. The town is a shopper’s delight, where

every sort of store from the large high street names to family-run

businesses and fascinating small gift shops sit comfortably sideby-side.

If you love to browse independent boutiques then head for

St Johns Street. The cobbled street with towering church and

traditional shop fronts is home to 70 independent retailers. It’s

quite easy to spend an afternoon walking along and admiring the

stores that range from clothing and food to repairs and beauty.

For a bite to eat stop by cosy cafes like The Bay Tree for

homemade delights (there are some great vegan and gluten free

options too) or if you’re looking for a leisurely lunch with drinks

stop by the Bushel pub.

St John’s Street is a hub for vintage finds. Books, furnishings,

clothing and records await in the likes of Smoking Monkey

Antiques, 3 Cats Vintage and Vinyl Hunter. Elsewhere, you’ll

find stylish clothing boutiques such as Wolf in Sheep’s Clothing

and the quirky Pocket Watch & Petticoats, jewellery stores and a

talented florist – don’t leave without picking up a bouquet to take


For something a little different brush up on your sewing skills at

The Sewing Studio which features a classroom space for adults

and children of all levels. You can also stop by for their expertise

in repairs.

Don’t forget to look out for the ‘Dog-Friendly Bury St Edmunds’

initiative. Stores that allow dogs inside proudly display the logo

and often a bowl of water for pups that have come along for a day

out too!

Providing the perfect place for all gifts and purchases, ranging

from flower shops to toys to kitchenware, men’s and womenswear,

and even furniture - Bury St Edmunds shopping offers something

for all.


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25-29 Jun Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat

Retelling the biblical story of Joseph, his eleven brothers and the

coat of many colours, this magical musical is full of unforgettable

songs including ‘Go, Go, Go Joseph’, ‘Any Dream Will Do’, ‘Jacob

and Sons’, ‘Close Every Door To Me’ and many more.

Ipswich Regent Theatre, 3 Saint Helen’s Street, Ipswich IP4 1HE

01473 433100. apps.ipswich.gov.uk

2-6 Jul Blithe Spirit

Socialite and novelist Charles Condomine invites an eccentric

medium and clairvoyant to his house to conduct a séance,

hoping to gather material for his next book. However, the

scheme backfires when, after the séance, he is haunted by the

ghost of his annoying and temperamental first wife, Elvira.

Theatre Royal, Westgate Street, Bury St Edmunds IP33 1QR

01284 769505. www.theatreroyal.org

05-Jul Complete Madness

A sensational Theatre extravaganza featuring the amazing

talents of this 5-piece band who will take you on a musical

journey through the story of one of Britain’s most memorable,

visual and fun bands.

Marina Theatre, The Marina, Lowestoft NR32 1HH

01502 533200, www.marinatheatre.co.uk

6-14 Jul Peter Pan - A Musical Adventure

Close your eyes and imagine, close them tight and pretend as you

take off on a magical trip to Never Land where you never grow old.

The New Wolsey Theatre, Civic Drive, Ipswich IP1 2AS

01284 769505. www.wolseytheatre.co.uk

10-13 Jul Duets

A gloriously funny examination of the chaotic world of love, relationships

and why the grass is never greener, Duets is a hilarious

tribute to the strength and madness of the human heart.

The New Wolsey Theatre, Civic Drive, Ipswich IP1 2AS

01284 769505. www.wolseytheatre.co.uk

13-Jul A Midsummer Night’s Dream

A talented cast of eight will tell the story of the extraordinary events

that take place in the city of Athens and the enchanted wood just

outside its walls on midsummer night.

Everitt Park, Lowestoft

01502 589726. www.theseagull.co.uk

13-Jul Two

Jim Cartwright’s dark, heart-rending comedy depicts the rich

tapestry of human experience through intimate insights into the

lives of those on both sides of the bar.

The Cut, New Cut, Halesworth, IP19 8BY.

0300 3033 211. www.newcut.org

18-Jul Griff Rhys Jones: All Over the Place (preview)

Griff is back and once again all over the place previewing new

material for his forthcoming stand-up tour. It’s all guaranteed to

be packed with wicked insights into the pains of celebrity, the

vicissitudes of parenthood and encounters with the great, the

good and even the royal.

Haverhill Arts Centre, High Street, Haverhill CB9 8AR

01440 714140. www.haverhillartscentre.co.uk

20-Jul Ben & Holly’s Little Kingdom

Join Ben and Holly, and their friends on this exciting, enchanting

and magical musical adventure packed full of games, songs and


Ipswich Regent Theatre, 3 Saint Helen’s Street IP4 1HE

01473 433100. apps.ipswich.gov.uk

21-Jul Adventures of the Yorkshire Shepherdess

In this frank, funny and informative new show, Yorkshire Shepherdess

Amanda Owen shares heart-warming tales and honest anecdotes

from her remarkable farming family life in North Yorkshire.

The Apex, 1 Charter Square, Bury St Edmunds, IP33 3FD

01284 758000. www.theapex.co.uk

24-27 Jul The Lady in the Van

‘The Lady in the Van’ tells the true story of Alan Bennett’s strained

friendship with Miss Mary Shepherd, an eccentric homeless

woman whom Bennett befriended in 1974 before allowing her

‘temporarily’ to park her Bedford van in the driveway of his

Camden home.

The New Wolsey Theatre, Civic Drive, Ipswich IP1 2AS

01284 769505. www.wolseytheatre.co.uk

26-Jul Gary Delaney: Gagster’s Paradise

‘A Mock The Week’ regular and recent star of the new ‘Live At

The Apollo’ series, Gary’s shows are renowned in the business

for a near unrivalled volume of high-class gags.

The Apex, 1 Charter Square, Bury St Edmunds, IP33 3FD

01284 758000. www.theapex.co.uk

26-Jul Hooma Comedy

Selecting the best up and coming acts on the UK comedy circuit

and some old favourites Hooma promises a fantastic night of live


The Seagull,19-75 Morton Road, Lowestoft, NR33 0JH

01502 589726. www.theseagull.co.uk

31-Jul Measure For Measure

The Royal Shakespeare Company’s live broadcast. When a

novice nun is compromised by a corrupt official, she has no idea

where to turn for help. When she threatens to expose him he tells

her that no-one will believe her. Shakespeare’s play, directed by

Gregory Doran remains astonishingly relevant today.

Haverhill Arts Centre, High Street, Haverhill CB9 8AR

01440 714140. www.haverhillartscentre.co.uk

5-7 Aug Mr Stink

The very kind, but lonely12 year old Chloe, invites ‘Mr Stink’ and

his slightly wiffy dog to leave behind the wooden bench they call

home and secretly move into her family’s shed. Matters become

more complicated when Chloe’s mother, a woman with unfulfilled

political ambitions, tries to take credit for Chloe’s generosity.

But exactly who is Mr Stink anyway?

Marina Theatre, The Marina, Lowestoft NR32 1HH

01502 533200. www.marinatheatre.co.uk

08-Aug Glyndebourne: The Magic Flute

This new production by the renowned directing/design duo

Barbe & Douce promises to take a fresh and playful look at the

opera’s troublesome gender politics.

Marina Theatre, The Marina, Lowestoft NR32 1HH

01502 533200. www.marinatheatre.co.uk


14-Aug Elmer the Patchwork Elephant Show

‘Elmer The Patchwork Elephant Show’ features a menagerie

of 21 loveable puppets, tells the tale of an elephant that stands

out – both with his patchwork-coloured skin and his sense of

humour – but ultimately realizing that his friends have always

valued his unique characteristics.

Ipswich Regent Theatre, 3 Saint Helen’s Street, Ipswich IP4 1HE

01473 433100. apps.ipswich.gov.uk

12-Jul Purple Zeppelin

In a full on show with costume changes, you’ll hear more than 30 classic

songs as Purple Zeppelin take you back to the magic, the excitement and

the sheer raw energy generated by those incredible musicians.

The Apex, 1 Charter Square, Bury St Edmunds, IP33 3FD

01284 758000. www.theapex.co.uk

23 Aug - 7 Sep Pride and Prejudice

In the sparkling comedy that continues to astound audiences

more than 200 years after its publication, Austen shows the folly

of judging by first impressions and pokes fun at the affectations

and etiquette of provincial life.

Theatre Royal, Westgate Street, Bury St Edmunds IP33 1QR

01284 769505. www.theatreroyal.org

29-31 Aug And Then There Were None

10 strangers are lured to a remote island, where they discover

that their host is missing. At dinner a recorded message plays

accusing each of them of having a guilty secret. Stranded on the

island by a torrential storm and haunted by an ancient nursery

rhyme, they soon realise there is not only a killer amongst them,

but he or she is preparing to strike again…

The Seagull, 19-75 Morton Road, Lowestoft NR33 0JH

01502 589726. www.theseagull.co.uk


18-Jul The Rocket Man

Starring world-renowned tribute artist Jimmy Love, noone else recreates

the flamboyant megastar with as much vigour and brilliance.

The Apex, 1 Charter Square, Bury St Edmunds, IP33 3FD

01284 758000. www.theapex.co.uk

19-Jul Showaddywaddy

The live show is dynamic and uplifting featuring all of their

biggest hits, many of which reached number one in the pop

charts of Europe.

Marina Theatre, The Marina, Lowestoft NR32 1HH

01502 533200. www.marinatheatre.co.uk

Elmer the Patchwork Elephant


29-Jun The Counterfeit Seventies

Featuring the music of Slade, Sweet, T.Rex, The Bay City Rollers

and many, many more, they will take you through a rollercoaster

ride of the biggest 70s hits.

Haverhill Arts Centre, High Street, Haverhill CB9 8AR

01440 714140. www.haverhillartscentre.co.uk

05-Jul One Night of Adele

‘One Night of Adele’ features the outstanding talents of Sarah

Evans, hand picked by Adele to perform for ‘Adele at the BBC’

and whose audition video had made the star cry!

Haverhill Arts Centre, High Street, Haverhill CB9 8AR

01440 714140. www.haverhillartscentre.co.uk

08-Jul Westlife: The Twenty Tour from Croke Park

The final spectacular show of the UK and Ireland leg of the ‘The

Twenty Tour’ will be broadcast to cinemas from Dublin’s iconic

Croke Park stadium. Irish heartthrobs Shane, Nicky, Mark and

Kian will perform brand-new music alongside their greatest hits .

Marina Theatre, The Marina, Lowestoft NR32 1HH

01502 533200. www.marinatheatre.co.uk

08-Jul Nancy Kerr & James Fagan

Nancy Kerr and James Fagan are one of the best-known and

most experienced folk duos on the British circuit today.

The Apex, 1 Charter Square, Bury St Edmunds, IP33 3FD

01284 758000. www.theapex.co.uk

19-Jul The Hollies and Searchers Experience

Enjoy the magical hits of these two legendary harmony bands.

Let the haunting melodies transport you to the exciting era when

millions of records were sold.

Haverhill Arts Centre, High Street, Haverhill CB9 8AR

01440 714140. www.haverhillartscentre.co.uk

19-Jul The Settlers

Bringing much loved songs from the 60s and 70s plus popular

material from 80s and current self -penned folk material The

Settlers hits include ‘The Lightning Tree’.

The Seagull, 19-75 Morton Road, Lowestoft NR33 0JH

01502 589726. www.theseagull.co.uk

20-Jul Viva Santana

A celebration of the music of Carlos Santana performed by Viva

Santana, featuring inspirational Spanish guitarist - Marcos Rodriguez.

The Apex, 1 Charter Square, Bury St Edmunds, IP33 3FD

01284 758000. www.theapex.co.uk

27-Jul Purple Jimi & Obscured by Floyd

Purple Jimi deliver a full-on show that features all of your

favourite Hendrix tunes, performed with an energy and virtuosity

that transcends tribute band status.

The Seagull, 19-75 Morton Road, Lowestoft NR33 0JH

01502 589726. www.theseagull.co.uk

17-Aug The Searchers and Hollies Experience

Back by popular demand! ‘The Searchers and Hollies

Experience’ – an incredible back catalogue of over 30 hit songs

in this amazing tribute show.

The Seagull, 19-75 Morton Road, Lowestoft NR33 0JH

01502 589726. www.theseagull.co.uk


23-Aug The Sound of Springsteen

Formed in late 2017, each member of this eight-piece band

has been chosen for their unique abilities as performers and an

undeniable love for the music of The Boss.

The Apex, 1 Charter Square, Bury St Edmunds, IP33 3FD

01284 758000. www.theapex.co.uk

24-Aug Forever Sabbath

Forever Sabbath are celebrating 50 years of everything Black

Sabbath. This promises to be an explosive evening of Ozzy and

Dio with full theatrics played with a real passion.

The Seagull, 19-75 Morton Road, Lowestoft NR33 0JH

01502 589726. www.theseagull.co.uk

27-Aug We Love Little Mix

With breathtaking dance moves, replica costumes and some

of the finest vocals in the UK, this is a high-energy show from

beginning to end, packed with all of Little Mix’s greatest hits and

suitable for all ages!

The Apex, 1 Charter Square, Bury St Edmunds, IP33 3FD

01284 758000. www.theapex.co.uk

29-Aug The Tina Turner Experience - European Tour 2019

The concert style show features a seven-piece band making

this the only completely live touring tribute to the multi-award

winning legend, Tina Turner.

The Apex, 1 Charter Square, Bury St Edmunds, IP33 3FD

01284 758000. www.theapex.co.uk


20-26 Jun Perception and Beyond

Cyndi Speer’s dream-like paintings of oils and mixed media, are a

natural response to the atmospheric Suffolk landscape and beyond.

Carol Pask’s sculptural pieces are often fused with metal, wood or slate

and are a response to the fragility and beauty of the natural world.

The Quay Gallery, Snape Maltings, Snape, IP17 1SP


25 Jun - 21 Jul Unlocking

In this body of work Pandora Butterfield offers an interpretation of

her surroundings for others to explore. The focus on the Suffolk

landscape deliberately gives this work a sense of place, an

essential element in the quest to belong.

The Apex, 1 Charter Square, Bury St Edmunds, IP33 3FD

01284 758000. www.theapex.co.uk

27 Jun - 3 Jul Precarious Apertures

Jim pushes at his own conventions to find fresh ways to combine and

‘frame’ images derived from photography and digital design within the

painting process.

The Garage Gallery, 152 High St, Aldeburgh

28 Jun - 30 Sep Summer Exhibition

A mixed exhibition showcasing all of the gallery artists.

Southwold Gallery, 64a High Street, Southwold, IP18 6DN.

01502 723888. www.southwoldgallery.co.uk/exhibitions

4-10 Jul Power of Stitch

In this new exhibition by East Anglia Stitch Textile the artists have

pursued their own areas of interest but with a deliberate focus on

stitch to interpret their creative journey.

The Pond Gallery, Snape Maltings, Snape IP17 1SP


13 Jul - 26 Aug Suffolk Craft Society Summer Exhibition

Visit the gallery where makers are happy to talk about the work

displayed, and what inspires them to create their unique pieces.

Peter Pears Gallery, Aldeburgh


16-Jul The House of Dreams: Reimagining The Munnings

Art Museum

In 1919 Sir Alfred Munnings (who had local to Halesworth

connections) moved to Castle House in Dedham living there

until his death in 1959. Jenny Hand will demonstrate how the

house, now a museum, presents and promotes the work of this

celebrated local artist.

The Cut, New Cut, Halesworth, IP19 8BY

0300 3033 211. www.newcut.org

20 Jul - 28 Aug Michael Coulter

Suffolk-based artist Michael Coulter paints exclusively in

watercolour – his distinctive style heavily influenced by his

training in illustration and printmaking. Many of his paintings

will resonate with those who share an appreciation of the sights

associated with the Suffolk Coast.

The Maltings Gallery, Granary Building IP17 1SP


23 Jul - 18 Aug Martin Warner - A new exhibition of portraits

Local artist Martin Warner is showcasing his last two years of

portrait studies. Using oils and acrylic techniques, his work is

often dramatic, aimed at capturing the essence of both famous

and not-so-famous characters.

The Apex, 1 Charter Square, Bury St Edmunds, IP33 3FD

01284 758000. www.theapex.co.uk

1-14 Aug Watercolours by Michael Bullen

The Quay Gallery, Snape Maltings IP17 1SP


8-14 Aug Memory and Metamorphosis

Artists Sarah Bale, Julie Dodds and Rhoda Webb bring their

unique visions on the subject of change and transformation in

this exhibition of paintings, photography, and sculpture.

The Pond Gallery, Snape Maltings, Snape IP17 1SP


22-28 Aug 4PRINTmakers

4PRINTmakers are a group of women artists working in East

Anglia who came together over four years ago to share their

work and practice and exhibit together.

The Garage Gallery, 152 High Street, Aldeburgh



31 May - 29 Jun Curious About Ipswich

Looking for an unusual and quirky activity which gets you out in the

fresh air whatever the weather? Take a self-guided walk with a treasure

hunt theme – looping around the better-known sights, as well as

some of the more unusual and quirky ones, which combined make

Ipswich an intriguing place to explore!

Town Centre, Ipswich, Suffolk IP1 1DP


30 Jun, 28 Jul, 15 Sep & 13 Oct Vintage & Makers Market

Expect to find vintage clothes, antique furniture, 20th

century designs and lip-smacking local food and drink.

Snape Maltings,Snape Maltings Concert Hall,Snape, IP17 1S

01728 687110. www.snapemaltings.co.uk

07-Jul Music in the Gardens

Enjoy an afternoon exploring the gardens followed by live music

by Swing Machine; an Ipswich-based 17 piece big band that

performs many styles of music. Bring a chair, blanket, enjoy a

picnic or take advantage of the BBQ & bar. 11am-7pm.

Helmingham Gardens, Stowmarket IP14 6EF

01473 890799. www.helmingham.com

10-31 Jul Theatre on the Coast

‘Theatre on the Coast’, will include shows such as Patrick Marlowe’s

‘The End of the Line’, ‘A Bunch of Amateurs’ by Ian Hislop

and Nick Newman, Debbie Issitt’s ‘The Woman who Cooked her

Husband’, finishing with ‘Hobson’s Choice’ by Harold Brighouse.

Southwold Arts Centre, Southwold

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13-Jul Forest Bathing

Forest bathing is the practise of bathing all of the senses whilst

taking in the forest atmosphere, it’s a slow practise, guiding you

through a series of gentle exercises designed to restore you both

mentally and physically.

RSPB Minsmere, Westleton, Saxmundham, IP17 3BY

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14-Jul The Old Newton Country Fayre and Dog Show

A fun-filled day that celebrates the very best of the rural countryside

community featuring a dog show and agility ring, classic

car displays, crafts and more. It’s free entry and free parking too!

Town Centre, Stowmarket, IP14 1


27-28 Jul Easton Park Farm Circus Weekend

Perfect for youngsters, the circus themed weekend will be full of

colour and circus activity. Juggling, clowns, acrobatics and more

- plus of course the animals.

Easton Park Farm, Pound Corner, Easton, Woodbridge IP13 0EQ


30-Jul Mini Monsters Roadshow

The Mini Monster Creepy Crawly Roadshow gives your children

the chance to get up close and personal with a selection of (very

friendly!) critters, including giant snails, giant millipedes, tarantula’s,

snakes and lizards!

The Seagull, 19-75 Morton Road, Lowestoft NR33 0JH

01502 589726. www.theseagull.co.uk

02-Aug Open Air Cinema: Mama Mia Here We Go Again

Bring your own picnic and chairs and enjoy a film under the sky.

Kentwell Hall and Gardens, Long Melford CO10 9BA

01787 310207. www.kentwell.co.uk/events/evening/openair-cinema-mamma-mia-here-we-go-again

04-Aug Helmingham Festival of Classic & Sports Cars

Over 1,000 vehicles attend, representing the last 10 decades of

motoring history, including many from Britain’s motoring heyday.

Helmingham Gardens, Helmingham, Stowmarket IP14 6EF

01473 890799. www.helmingham.com

17-Aug Bring Your Dog Day at Easton Farm Park

The farm is inviting families to bring their well behaved dogs along

for a day out together.

Easton Park Farm, Pound Corner, Easton, Woodbridge IP13 0EQ


31-Aug East Anglian Charity Dragon Boat Festival

Dragon Boat racing is an ancient Chinese tradition and the fastest

growing water activity in Britain today- as well as the most fun! Up

to 10 people paddle each 30’ boat with a drummer at the front

beating in time and our helm at the tail steering a straight course.

No previous experience is required, just plenty of team spirit!

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29-30 Jun, 27-28 Jul & 24-25 Aug

Long Melford Antiques and Vintage Fair

A monthly two-day fair featuring 50 tables selling antiques,

jewellery, ceramics, collectables, militaria, vintage clothing and

accessories, vinyl records, ephemera, kitchenalia etc. Free

parking. Dog friendly. Wheelchair accessible. Admission: £1

adult entry. Children under 16 free. Open: 9.30am - 4pm.

The Old School, Hall Street, Long Melford Suffolk CO10 9DX

3 Jul & 7 Aug Suffolk’s Graham Turner Antiques Fairs

40 professional dealers. No reproduction or modern items.

Open: 9.30am - 3.30pm.

Long Melford Village Memorial Hall, Chemists Lane CO10 9LQ

21-Jul Suffolk Antiques & collectors fair

Antiques & collectors fair in the beautiful village of Lavenham.

Refreshments available. Open: 9.30am - 4pm. Admission: £1.

Lavenham Village Hall, Church street, Lavenham, CO10 9QT

21-Jul The Bungay Antiques Street Fair

With 80 plus Antique & Vintage dealers offering a eclectic mix of

antiques & vintage this rates as one of the top street fairs in East


Earsham Street, Bungay NR35 1AF

27-28 Jul Stonham Barns Antiques, Vintage, Retro &

Collectors Fair

Indoor and outdoor stalls selling thousands of items to tempt

you. Open Saturday 10am - 4pm, Sunday 9am - 3pm.

Admission: Saturday £3 , Sunday £2.

Stonham Barns, Pettaugh Road, Stonham Aspel IP14 6AT

04-Aug Suffolk The Famous Copdock Antiques &

Collectors Fair

This much loved fair has been established for more than 25

years. 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.

The Best Wesern Ipswich Hotel, Copdock IP8 3JD

18-Aug Newmarket Racecourse Antique and 20th Century Fair

Over 200+ inside stands plus outside stands of Antiques, Art

Deco and Collectables. Antique valuation roadshow. Free

valuations and appraisals. Antique Restoration workshop.

Specialist Collectors Room for stamps, medals, cards, coins,

ephemera etc. Free parking and full catering service on site.

Open: 9.30am - 4pm (Trade 8am - 9am).

Admission: £4 (Trade £7).

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Bring Your Dog Day at Easton Farm Park

19-23 Aug Summer Guided Tour

This course involves a guided exploration of the Suffolk

countryside, taking in some of the natural history, local history

and places of interest. With a natural story teller as your tutor you

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25-Aug Halesworth Antiques Street Market

In its 27th year the annual Street Fair attracts 80 plus antique

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disabled, child and dog friendly. You will find stalls in the

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There are three floors: on the ground floor are the

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in Maldon

Maldon has been drawing crowds during the summer for generations. With 75 miles of isolated

coastline and the big skies over the marshes, it provides the perfect backdrop for summer picnics

and sunny days filled with ice creams. If you’re planning a trip to the Essex town, here’s 10 things to

put on your to do list:

Splash Park

On sunny days children can cool off at the Splash Park

located in the Valley of Promenade Park. There are a

number of fountains and sprays which are guaranteed to

put a smile on their face.

Promenade Park

A huge hit with families, the award-winning Promenade Park

on the bank of the River Blackwater makes a great day out.

Bring a picnic and spend time lazing on the grass with an

afternoon of games. Children can let off steam at the Valley

Adventure play area, Pirates Bay Adventure Golf, crabbing

lake and sandpit.


A classic British tradition and great fun for both kids and

adults. Take your line, bait and bucket along to the boating

lake in Promenade Park, the estuary edge or Hythe Quay.

See how many you can catch before releasing the little

nippers back into the water.

Beach Huts

Pretty pastel coloured huts are available to hire in

Promenade Park. Equipped with lighting, a plug socket and

deckchairs, they make a great base for a family day out.



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Maeldune Heritage Centre

Discover Maldon’s past with a trip to the Maeldune Heritage

Centre. It features a 42ft Maldon Embroidery which

commemorates the 1000th anniversary of the Battle of Maldon,

plus historical displays, arts and crafts.

Thames Sailing Barge

Maldon is home to the iconic sails of the Thames Sailing Barge.

The Trust have a schedule of trips where you can experience

sailing on a historic vessel and visit various locations around the

Thames Estuary.

Moot Hall

Get a better look of the town at Moot Hall. Built in the 15th century,

you can explore this fascinating building on a tour and enjoy its

panoramic rooftop views of Maldon and beyond.


Local cuisine

Food from the sea has always been an important part of local

life and the tradition continues in Maldon with oysters still being

grown at Goldhanger. Of course, you simply can’t leave without

sampling or buying the famous sea salt.

Hythe Quay

Walk along to the Quay to get insight into the town’s maritime

past. Home to the Thames Sailing Barge and some award-winning

pubs, it’s a great place to spend a sunny afternoon.


Maldon is home to two award-winning microbreweries; Maldon

Brewing Company and Mighty Oak Brewing Company. Both

breweries are part of the Grape and Grain Trail, which showcases

vineyards, breweries and distilleries in district. It’s a great

opportunity to learn about local produce!

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Leigh on Sea

The perfect summer day out

Written by Abby Knight

From the bustling Broadway and thriving old town, to the quaint

cobbles of the water’s edge, Leigh-on-Sea makes the ideal place

to visit this summer .

Leigh on Sea has been a focal part of the Essex coast since the

Middle Ages and stayed a prosperous base for fisherman until the

late 18th century. It wasn’t until the 19th century that some of the

original waterfront was demolished to make way for the railway

link to London. The good news is some of the curving waterside

remains have been restored with clapboard houses, and former

storehouses and boat sheds now home exciting bars and

restaurants. Just a few miles west of Southend, with a 45 minute

transfer from London’s Fenchurch Street – Leigh has something

for everyone.

From the moment you arrive, the road which curves along the

railway track boasts stunning scenery especially at low tide; boats

perched on the mudflats, mastheads rattling in the wind and

marshes and creeks on the horizon. Still a base for fish mongers

which are open to the street, just-caught plump shrimps and

cockles make the perfect snack if you’re planning just to sit and

watch the water.

Fabulous Food

Leigh on Sea has a host of tasty options from trendy cafes to a

range of restaurants you’ll need to book to avoid missing out.

Simply Seafood on the High Street is a high end dining room

serving a range of delicious fish and shellfish dishes. Try the

Boatyard on the waterfront. On a sunny day this glass-fronted

restaurant has spectacular views over the water – you can order

your food on the deck during summer.

Need some caffeine?

There are cafes and bars galore including The Hatch; a new café

located in an old boat shed on the High Street complete with a

bottle green refurbished Southend pier train carriage. Or try Sara’s

Tea Garden for traditional afternoon tea – it’s dog friendly too!



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You’re in the right place for a gentle summer pub crawl - from the

historic weather boarded Crooked Billet at 51 High Street with its

cosy interior and wooden floors to the Ye Olde Smack, a Greene

King watering hole with a secret terrace right on the water. The last

pub on the waterside is the Mayflower which is also the place to

pick up a lunch or supper of delicious fish and chips. Wine more

your thing? Look out for Vino Vero, a wine shop and bar that holds

tasting evenings and events through the year.

Music Makes It

Leigh is a focus for music over the summer including The Folk

Festival from 27 -30 June. It’s the UK’s largest free folk festival and

features Morris dancers, craft stalls and craft beers with plenty of

great live music.

Take in Some Art

There are a number of galleries along the waterfront including the

popular Estuary Gallery Barge on High Bank and Miss Annabelle

Dee Gallery and Studios – the perfect place to pick up a seaside

inspired print.

We Do Like to be Beside the Seaside

One of the most popular events in the county, which takes

place this year on 15 September, is the Leigh Regatta. It offers

family friendly fun, music, dance and stalls in a great festival style


The Great Outdoors

Leigh is a National Nature Reserve and the foreshore path is well

signed with plenty of fauna and flora to view including the lovely

sandy beach you can follow to Southend – heaven when the sun

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Mersea Island

There’s few places nowadays that retain the charm of a time

gone by, but Mersea Island on the Essex coast has managed to

escape the clasps of the modern world, somewhat at least. Yes,

there’s the odd sea-facing glass fronted bars and restaurants

to serve weekend crowds, but hey, who doesn’t love a glass of

Champagne with their oysters?

Beyond this though, you’ll find sandy dunes and fish shacks

accompanied by the gentle hum of boat sails flapping in the wind.

The pace of life is generally a little slower and there’s no loud

clanking of amusements or fairgrounds, it’s coastal bliss.

Beach days

Start your trip at the beach where you’ll find pretty pastel beach

huts lining the shore. If you enter the beach on Coast Road, you’ll

need to walk along the jetty to reach the sand dunes. Here there

is plenty of space to make camp for the day. The beach is large

enough for you to find your own little secluded corner, even

during busier periods and there’s a section which is dog-friendly

all year round.

Boat trips

Feel the sea breeze in your hair and view the coastline from a

different perspective by hopping aboard the Lady Grace Boat,

which runs 20 minute trips, seven days a week, all year round.

There’s no need to book, just turn up at the jetty and wait your turn.

They even let well-behaved dogs aboard! The jetty is also a prime

spot for crabbing – perfect if you have little ones in tow.

If you’re feeling a little

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Food, glorious food

It’s quite easy to spend the day eating your way around Mersea

Island. Purchase fish from the local fisherman as they unload

their daily catch or dine at one of the rustic restaurants serving

up delicious seafood. A no thrills concept, both Company Shed

and West Mersea Oyster Bar, are essentially a shack that serve

up some of the best seafood on the Essex coast. Diners are

encouraged to bring their own bread and wine to the Company

Shed, while the Oyster Bar has outside picnic benches and a

licenced bar so you can enjoy oysters and a glass of white with a

sea view!

If you’re feeling a little weather beaten after a day on the beach,

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A night away

There’s so much to do in this little corner of Essex, a two to three

night break is highly recommended. If you do extend your stay, try

a break at Waldegraves Holiday Park. Overlooking the sparkling

Blackwater Estuary, you can hire a luxury self-catering holiday

home at the park that sleeps 6 guests, from just £159 per break.

Day visitors are welcome to dine in The Granary restaurant or

make use of their golfing facilities and fishing lakes on site.

Family run and owned, Waldegraves has been trading for over

70 years, offering family holidays from camping to luxury static

holiday home breaks. They are also committed to environmental

issues and promote sustainability to help keep Mersea Island a

beautiful and clean location. There are several areas of wood and

meadowland around the park to encourage wildlife, as well as a

butterfly conservation area, housing plants specifically chosen to

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If you’re a keen fisherman or have little ones keen to try their hand

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The Best of

Saffron Walden

Go beyond the cobbles of this old market town

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Best for Breakfast

If you like your eggs with a side of sourdough, avocado, freshly

squeezed juice and strong coffee then sit down at the trendy

Curious Goat. www.facebook.com/curiousgoatcafe

Best for Lunch

Walk through the stylish furnishings of Angela Reed to the first

floor café, which serves up tasty homemade cuisine. Nab a spot

on the terrace overlooking the crooked roof tops!


Best for Afternoon Tea

A warm welcome, great service and tasty scones and cakes – it’s

all served up at Connie’s Pantry, tucked away on Market Row.


Best for Dinner

For gastro dining at its best visit the Eight Bells. Sink into one of the

buttery leather armchairs with a drink or book a table in the oak

beamed restaurant. There’s half price fizz on a Thursday evening

too! www.8bells-pub.co.uk

Best for Shopping

Stop by on market day! Tuesday’s is more traditional mainly aimed

at locals, but on Saturday the buzzing market has a cosmopolitan

edge, selling local produce, antiques, flowers, crafts and more. Buy

a bottle of wine and a tasty loaf and sit down at the fishmonger

stand where you can share seafood platters!


Best Summer Event

Head out of town to the nearby village of Thaxted for the annual

Thaxted Festival, from 21 June-14 July. It offers a mix of classical

orchestral concerts, piano soloists, choral works, jazz, blues, folk

and more, in the superb surroundings of Thaxted’s historic Parish

Church. www.thaxtedfestival.org.uk

Best Thing To Do

Discover a time gone by at Audley End House & Garden. A

short driving distance from the town centre, the stately home,

landscaped gardens and immaculate lawns are a great day out.

Check ahead to see if there are any upcoming events!





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Discover a world of hidden treasures

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• Geology • Local and Social History

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Letchworth Hall Hotel

Letchworth Garden City, Herts

(Three Course Dinner & Coffee)

In Aid of Ernest Gardiner Treatment Centre

Offer Ends 12th July | Event Date 30th August

The Stanwell Hotel Staines

Staines, Middx

(Welcome Drink & Three Course Dinner)

In Aid of Ashford Hospital Cancer Unit

Offer Ends 19th July | Event Date 6th September

The Buckingham Hotel

Buckingham, Bucks

(Three Course Dinner & Coffee)

In Aid of Stoke Mandeville Hospital Cancer Unit

Offer Ends 19th July | Event Date 7th September

The Heath Court Hotel


(Welcome Drink & Three Course Dinner & Coffee)

In Aid of Newmarket Community Hospital

Offer Ends 2nd August | Event Date 20th September

Hatfield Oak Hotel

Hatfield, Herts

(Welcome Drink & Three Course Dinner & Coffee)

In Aid of One Hatfield Hospital

Offer Ends 9th August | Event Date 27th September

The Wherry Hotel

Oulton Broad, Lowestoft

(Three Course Dinner & Coffee)

In Aid of James Paget University Hospital Cancer Unit

Offer Ends 16th August | Event Date 11th October

Ufford Park Hotel

Melton, Woodbridge, Suffolk

(Welcome Drink & Three Course Dinner & Coffee)

In Aid of Ipswich Hospital Cancer Unit

Offer Ends 23rd August | Event Date 18th October

Homestead Court Hotel

Welwyn Garden City, Herts

(Three Course Dinner & Coffee)

In Aid of The New QE11 Hospital

Offer Ends 30th September | Event Date 15th November














East Anglian Railway Museum, Chappel Station, Colchester, Essex CO6 2DS T : 01206 242524




28-29 Jun The Gruffalo

Join Mouse on a daring adventure through the deep, dark wood

in Tall Stories’ magical, musical adaptation of the classic picture

book by Julia Donaldson and Axel Scheffler.

Palace Theatre, 430 London Road, Westcliff-on-Sea SS0 9LA

01702 351135. www.southendtheatres.org.uk

29-Jun Hormonal Housewives

No subject is taboo for these girls and no thought is too private as the

challenges of modern womanhood are sliced, diced and put to rights.

West Cliff Theatre, Tower Road, Clacton-on-Sea CO15 1LE

01255 433344. www.westcliffclacton.co.uk

2-6 Jul Lilies on the Land

‘Lilies on the Land’ tells the story of four World War 2 land girls and

how their lives changed forever as they learned how to work on the

land and cope with the unexpected, far from home.

The Old Court Theatre, 233 Springfield Rd, Chelmsford CM2 6JT


3-6 Jul The Perfect Murder

Carla Moorland has been murdered and John Hoskins, who has

been having an affair with her, knows who did it - himself. John’s

wife Elizabeth, rather than call the police, is determined to keep

John out of prison, even if it means an innocent man will be

punished for the crime.

Palace Theatre, 430 London Road, Westcliff-on-Sea SS0 9LA

01702 351135. www.southendtheatres.org.uk

03-Jul Whitney - Queen of the Night

Fans will be blown away by three decades of nostalgic hits, including

‘I Wanna Dance With Somebody’, ‘I Will Always Love You’ and

many more.

Cliffs Pavilion, Station Road, Southend-on-Sea SS0 7RA

01702 351135. www.southendtheatres.org.uk

06-Jul Gary Delaney: Gagster’s Paradise

‘A Mock The Week’ regular and recent star of the new ‘Live At

The Apollo’ series, Gary’s shows are renowned in the business

for a near unrivalled volume of high-class gags. You should

expect no different from this highly acclaimed show.

Palace Theatre, 430 London Road, Westcliff-on-Sea SS0 9LA

01702 351135. www.southendtheatres.org.uk

08-Jul Rhythm of the Dance

Experience flailing fiddles, flutes, and inspiring dances along

with live vocalists, all complimented by a top live Irish trad band

of multi-instrumentalist musicians and a sensational sound and

light show as seen on TV from China to California, from Siberia to


Civic Theatre, Duke Street, Chelmsford CM1 1JG

01245 606505. www.chelmsford.gov.uk

11-14 Jul Tom Gates

Entertaining, funny and exceptionally feel-good, Tom Gates is

jam-packed with Liz Pichon’s illustrations which are amazingly

animated for the stage!

Cliffs Pavilion, Station Road, Southend-on-Sea SS0 7RA

01702 351135. www.southendtheatres.org.uk

14-Jul A Mermazing Pirate Adventure

Come and join in the fun in this family-friendly adventure, packed

with music, songs and magic.

Palace Theatre, 430 London Road, Westcliff-on-Sea SS0 9LA

01702 351135. www.southendtheatres.org.uk

15-17 Jul The Tiger Who Came To Tea

Join the tea-guzzling tiger in this delightful family show; packed

with oodles of magic, sing-a-long songs and clumsy chaos!

Palace Theatre, 430 London Road, Westcliff-on-Sea SS0 9LA

01702 351135. www.southendtheatres.org.uk

23-27 Jul Grease

After a whirlwind summer romance, leather-clad greaser Danny and

girl-next-door Sandy are unexpectedly reunited when she transfers

to Rydell High for senior year. But can they survive the trials and

tribulations of teenage life and find true love once more?

Cliffs Pavilion, Station Road, Southend-on-Sea SS0 7RA

01702 351135. www.southendtheatres.org.uk

25-Jul The Lehman Trilogy

Sam Mendes (Skyfall, The Ferryman) directs Simon Russell

Beale, Adam Godley and Ben Miles, who play the Lehman Brothers,

their sons and grandsons, in this critically acclaimed play.

Saffron Screen, Audley End Road, Essex, CB11 4UH

01799 500238. www.saffronscreen.com

27 Jul & 11 Aug André Rieu 2019 Maastricht Concert:

Shall We Dance?

Performing live from the stunning medieval town square, André

is accompanied by his 60-piece Johann Strauss Orchestra, as

well as a cast of over 100 dancers.

Saffron Screen, Audley End Road, Essex, CB11 4UH

01799 500238. www.saffronscreen.com

29 Jul - 3 Aug 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.

Cliffs Pavilion, Station Road, Southend-on-Sea SS0 7RA

01702 351135. www.southendtheatres.org.uk

6-7, 13-14, 20-21 & 24 Aug The Summer Show 2019

(125 Years of Variety)

Come and indulge in the glitz and glamour of a great British

revue show. Featuring laugh out loud comedy, spell binding

performances and spine tingling vocals, together with a

company of eight gorgeous dancers plus the junior ensemble…

West Cliff Theatre, Tower Road, Clacton-on-Sea CO15 1LE

01255 43 33 44. www.westcliffclacton.co.uk

09-Aug Big Girls Don’t cry

Come and experience the iconic sounds of Frankie Valli & The

Four Seasons authentically recreated by a phenomenal cast and

live band.

West Cliff Theatre, Tower Road, Clacton-on-Sea CO15 1LE

01255 43 33 44 . www.westcliffclacton.co.uk

10-Aug Thank Abba for the Music

Grab your platforms and flares for a journey back in time to when


ABBA dominated the charts and ruled the airwaves!

Braintree Arts Theatre, Notley Road, Braintree CM7 1WY

01376 556354. www.braintreeartstheatre.com

17-Aug That’ll Be The Day

Featuring a fresh line-up of sensational gold hits, spanning the

50s, 60s & 70s, mixed as always with more side-splitting comedy


Cliffs Pavilion, Station Road, Southend-on-Sea SS0 7RA

01702 351135. www.southendtheatres.org.uk

18-Aug Lee Mead – Ten Years

Join Lee and his amazing band as he takes you through the last

ten years of his life. Featuring songs from the classic shows he

has starred in, such as ‘Phantom of the Opera’, ‘Miss Saigon’,

‘Wicked’ and many more.

West Cliff Theatre, Tower Road, Clacton-on-Sea CO15 1LE

01255 433344. www.westcliffclacton.co.uk

22-26 Aug Puttin’ on the Ritz

This dazzling production features spectacular singers and

wonderful dancers direct from London’s West End, together with

breathtaking costumes and stunning musical arrangements.

Cliffs Pavilion, Station Road, Southend-on-Sea SS0 7RA

01702 351135. www.southendtheatres.org.uk

24-26 Aug Hey Diddle Diddle

When the full moon shines bright there’s magic in the air, and all

the animals come out to play. Stay up late with flying cows, jazzy

cats and runaway crockery and as we jump and jive to the music

in a brilliant new take on the classic nursery rhyme.

Palace Theatre, 430 London Road, Westcliff-on-Sea SS0 9LA

01702 351135. www.southendtheatres.org.uk

28-29 Aug Peppa Pig - My First Concert

Peppa Pig, along with Mummy Pig, Daddy Pig and George, visit

Southend for Peppa Pig: My First Concert - a fun, interactive introduction

to a live orchestra for ages 18 months and older.

Cliffs Pavilion, Station Road, Southend-on-Sea SS0 7RA

01702 351135. www.southendtheatres.org.uk

05-Jul The Real Thing

Return to the glory days of jazz funk and soul with real dance

music legends as The GRT Music Group present a soulsational

evening of non-stop, live dancefloor anthems.

Cliffs Pavilion, Station Road, Southend-on-Sea SS0 7RA

01702 351135. www.southendtheatres.org.uk

05-Jul Travelin Man – The Ricky Nelson Rock N Roll Show

‘Travelin Man’ is the Uk’s first and only tribute show dedicated to

the rock n roll legend Ricky Nelson. This authentic show features

all the hits of the man who was second only to Elvis in record

sales between 1957 & 1962.

West Cliff Theatre, Tower Road, Clacton-on-Sea CO15 1LE

01255 433344. www.westcliffclacton.co.uk

06-Jul Whole Lotta Shakin

The first half is the narrated story of Shakin Stevens rise to fame

from 1969 and into the person we know and love today. Along

with projection screen visuals and incredible live band it includes

hits made famous by Elvis, Eddie Cochran, Chuck Berry, Ritchie

Valens and many more! The second half is a full concert based

on Shaky’s 40 hits, including the famous denims and pink jacket

that was his signature look during the late 80s.

Princes Theatre, Station Road, Clacton-on-Sea CO15 1SE

01255 686633. www.princestheatre.co.uk

12-Jul Fast Love

This show will take you on a musical journey from the moving

‘Jesus To A Child’, to the celebration of ‘Don’t Let The Sun Go

Down On Me’, to everyone’s favourites ‘I’m Your Man’ and ‘Wake

Me Up’. A respectful tribute to one of the greatest musicians of

all time with our stunning stage show that’s taking the globe by


Princes Theatre, Station Road, Clacton-on-Sea CO15 1SE

01255 686633. www.princestheatre.co.uk

28-31 Aug As If By Magic

It’s entertainment all the way with incredible sleight of hand,

mind reading and magic suitable for all ages. Every show is

different and with a Saturday children’s matinee too, the show

has something for everyone.

Palace Theatre, 430 London Road, Westcliff-on-Sea SS0 9LA

01702 351135. www.southendtheatres.org.uk


28-Jun Some Guys Have All The Luck

50 years on from the release of Rod’s first album, ‘Some Guys

Have All The Luck – The Rod Stewart Story’ is back in theatres

in 2019 with a brand new show, bringing to the stage a fantastic

live concert celebration of one of rock music’s greatest icons.

Cliffs Pavilion, Station Road, Southend-on-Sea SS0 7RA

01702 351135. www.southendtheatres.org.uk

30-Jun The Ronnie Scott’s All Stars

Featuring classic music from the jazz greats who have performed

at Ronnie Scott’s, alongside projected images and footage, and

tales of old Soho, miscreant musicians and police raids.

Cliffs Pavilion, Station Road, Southend-on-Sea SS0 7RA

01702 351135. www.southendtheatres.org.uk

04-Jul Into The Groove

Recreating highlights from her breathtaking live tours, this show

pays tribute to the classic songs, spectacular costumes and

iconic dance routines that have earned Madonna the title Queen

of Pop.

Cliffs Pavilion, Station Road, Southend-on-Sea SS0 7RA

01702 351135. www.southendtheatres.org.uk

Lee mead - Ten Years

19-Jul The Music of Prince

Celebrate the life, legacy and the music of Prince, this brilliantly

funky show featuring the world class New Purple Celebration delivers

a non-stop 2-hour hit packed extravaganza. Expect to see, hear

and feel all of the hits from one of the most loved Artists of all time.

Cliffs Pavilion, Station Road, Southend-on-Sea SS0 7RA

01702 351135. www.southendtheatres.org.uk

19-Jul ICONS: Celebrating The Legendary DIVA’S

Unleash your inner diva and join this sensational cast, as they

take you through the biggest divas of the decades. Performing

the hits of legends such as Cher, Aretha, Whitney, Dusty, Tina,

Barbra & so many more.

West Cliff Theatre, Tower Road, Clacton-on-Sea CO15 1LE

01255 433344. www.westcliffclacton.co.uk

20-Jul Rock for Heroes

Immerse yourself in the incredible new live music experience

with ‘Rock For Heroes’. Bringing the perfect combination of your


favourite Rock & Pop artist across the eras, fundraising in support

of Help for Heroes.

West Cliff Theatre, Tower Road, Clacton-on-Sea CO15 1LE

01255 433344. www.westcliffclacton.co.uk

02-Aug Rocketman: The Ultimate Elton John Tribute

Andy’s show with all of Elton’s greatest hits, makes you believe his

show could be the real deal with every detail taken into account

including authentic replica costumes that have been specifically

made for Andy. Couple this to his cheeky twinkle and light hearted

manner on stage, his baby grand piano and those classic Elton

glasses make for a great nights entertainment always enjoyed by

old and young Elton fans around the globe.

Cliffs Pavilion, Station Road, Southend-on-Sea SS0 7RA

01702 351135. www.southendtheatres.org.uk

11-Aug That’ll Be The Day

Featuring a fresh line-up of sensational gold hits, spanning the 50s,

60s & 70s, mixed as always with more side-splitting comedy sketches!

Princes Theatre, Station Road, Clacton-on-Sea CO15 1SE

01255 686633. www.princestheatre.co.uk

15-Aug Luther - Tribute to Luther Vandross

The world’s premier show in celebration of ‘The Velvet Voice’,

experience all the hits from his amazing career, culminating over

40 million album sales and eight Grammy Awards including

many of the greatest dance anthems and love songs ever

written, fronted by international Luther Vandross tribute Harry

Cambridge and his 10 piece band.

Princes Theatre, Station Road, Clacton-on-Sea CO15 1SE

01255 686633. www.princestheatre.co.uk

16-Aug The Best of Queen

The Bohemians have been paying homage to the world’s most

theatrical and dramatic rock band, Queen since 1996, and in that

time have had a huge impact on audiences across the world.

Cliffs Pavilion, Station Road, Southend-on-Sea SS0 7RA

01702 351135. www.southendtheatres.org.uk

16-Aug Bowie Experience

‘Bowie Experience’ is a breathtaking concert celebrating the music

of the world’s greatest pop icon, David Bowie. A must see for

all Bowie fans, the latest production promises an unforgettable

journey of sound and vision, featuring all the hits from A to Ziggy.

Palace Theatre, 430 London Road, Westcliff-on-Sea SS0 9LA

01702 351135. www.southendtheatres.org.uk

17-Aug Legend - The Music of Bob Marley

‘Legend’, the music of Bob Marley is an unforgettable evening

celebrating this musical icon in one fantastic stage show

extravaganza. Combining his superb, distinctive vocals with

flawless musicianship, and a supremely talented cast.

Princes Theatre, Station Road, Clacton-on-Sea CO15 1SE

01255 686633. www.princestheatre.co.uk

23-Aug Marshall King – The Only Way is ELVIS

With authentic jumpsuits made by Elvis’s own costume designer,

don’t miss this fun-packed show which will transport you back to

the fabulous Las Vegas shows that Elvis was so famous for.

West Cliff Theatre, Tower Road, Clacton-on-Sea CO15 1LE

01255 433344. www.westcliffclacton.co.uk

24-Aug Dancing Queen

Featuring a dynamic cast of singers and dancers, stunning

costumes and dazzling choreography, this high octane, musical

extravaganza performs wall-to-wall mega ABBA hits.

Princes Theatre, Station Road, Clacton-on-Sea CO15 1SE

01255 686633. www.princestheatre.co.uk

28-31 Aug Buddy-The Buddy Holly Story

Forget feel good, ‘Buddy – The Buddy Holly Story’ is feel great!

Experience the drama, passion and excitement as a cast of phenomenally

talented actors and musicians tell Buddy Holly’s story,

from his meteoric rise to fame, to his final legendary performance

at The Surf Ballroom in Clear Lake, Iowa.

The Harlow Playhouse, Playhouse Square, Harlow CM20 1LS

01279 431945. www.playhouseharlow.com

31-Aug Rock ‘N’ Roll Paradise

Each performance will be special as the show tries to fit in as many

icons as possible, bringing to life the music of the giants of rock and

roll. Backed by the dynamic Paradise Band, among the many legends

paid tribute to are: Buddy Holly, Gene Vincent, Jerry Lee Lewis,

the Big Bopper, Eddie Cochran, Ricky Nelson, Connie Francis,

Brenda Lee, Everly Brothers – and the King himself, Elvis.

West Cliff Theatre, Tower Road, Clacton-on-Sea CO15 1LE

01255 433344. www.westcliffclacton.co.uk

31-Aug Are You Experienced? A tribute to Jimi Hendrix

The guitar work is note-perfect and beautifully fluent. The voice is

Hendrix, and the persona of the man himself is on stage, personified

by John, who bears a striking physical resemblance to Jimi.

Palace Theatre, 430 London Road, Westcliff-on-Sea SS0 9LA

01702 351135. www.southendtheatres.org.uk


22-30 Jun Burnham Art Trail

Burnham Art Trail makes a fantastic day out with plenty to see,

including open studios, painting demonstrations and ‘Art on the

Quay’, where you can join in with the public artwork and chat to the


Town Centre, Burnham-on-Crouch


20-21 Jul Open Studios

In this idyllic setting, over 20 studios offer an insight into the

creative process and the opportunity to participate. An amazing

diversity of talent and skills are nurtured at Parndon Mill and will

be on view during this year’s event. In addition to the fine arts of

painting and sculpture, craftwork in glass, textiles, calligraphy,

guitar making, ceramics, jewellery, printing and metalwork can

be seen here this weekend.

The Gallery, Parndon Mill, Harlow, CM20 2HP

01279 426042


Until 3 Nov Take Away the Walls

‘Take Away the Walls’ explores the everyday wildlife of

north-west Essex. Discover how human actions affect the area’s

distinctive plants and animals.

Saffron Walden Museum, Saffron Walden CB10 1JL

01799 510333. www.saffronwaldenmuseum.org

23-26 Aug August Bank Holiday Contemporary Craft Fair

This craft event will showcase 140 of the very best contemporary

craftmakers and artists in the UK and will give the public the

opportunity to view and purchase direct from talented designer

makers who have a real passion for the work that they create.

RHS Garden Hyde Hall, Chelmsford, Essex, CM3 8ET



27-30 Jun Leigh Folk Festival

The festival has a village fete like atmosphere, spanning across

the town and music from talented folk artists.

Various locations in Leigh. www.leighfolkfestival.com

29-Jun Alfresco Cinema: Mamma Mia!

An unforgettable star-filled movie experience within the setting of

the Promenade Park.

Promenade Park, Maldon


1-14 Jul Summer Screen 2019

Enjoy free screenings of all the action from Wimbledon, then

between the 4-7 July catch a selection of fantastic feature films


The Dorrington

2 great venues for your event!

The Dorrington for your celebratory

parties, both large and small.

The Trinity Nightclub on

the first floor has a capacity

of 230 guests and is

available to hire FOR

ONLY £275 for a four hour

slot to include DJ.

Alternatively you can have

The River Lounge FREE

OF CHARGE for smaller



The Trinity Nightclub

Motown Night

Saturday 29th June till late

Great Music.


Please visit our facebook page

or website for details.

The Dorrington Halstead - Essex CO9 1JD

Tel: 07790955805 www.thedorrington.co.uk

enquiries to: thedorrington@gmail.com


Hall Lane, Ingatestone, Essex CM4 9NR

(Take Station Lane off the London end of Ingatestone High St.)

16th Century manor house & grounds with a wealth of history.



June 8/9 ESSEX MILITIA – Historical Re-Enactment

June 30

July 6

July 21






– Festival Players


– Gardens Open in Aid Of




Sunday, Wednesday and Bank Holiday afternoons (Noon – 5 p.m.)

from Easter Sunday until the end of September

Adults - £7 * Pensioners - £6 * Children (over 5) - £3

Guided tours for groups or schools are also available at any time

outside normal opening hours by prior arrangement

Tel: 01277 353010 | Email: house@ingatestonehall.co.uk | Website: www.ingatestonehall.com

- all in the grounds of Colchester’s historic and beautiful Castle


Castle Park High Street, Colchester CO1 1TJ


2-4 Jul The 3 Foot People Festival

A fun festival exclusively for pre-schoolers (0-5yrs). As you

explore the intimate village of tents, tepees and areas hidden

amongst the trees, you’ll discover activities, interactive play,

performances and shows. Hylands Park, Chelmsford


06-Jul Fling Festival

Join like-minded souls for a heady mix of music, arts and fun

engaging activities across an intimate village of bespoke areas

and stages.

Hylands Park, London Road, Chelmsford CM2 8WQ

01245 606987. www.facebook.com/flingfestival

11-Jul Animal Aid Music Festival & Family Fun Day

Popular festival and family fun day - bands, singers, craft stalls,

dog competitions, childrens entertainment, food, drink, licensed

bar, raffles, this year top of the bill - Elvis tribute (Neil Duncan).

The Green Man, 11 Cricketers Lane, Brentwood CM13 3P


12-14 Jul Dixie Fields Festival

Its lineup of US and UK artists has been described as ‘the best

country music lineup of the summer’. Headliner Lauren Alaina

is a 24 year old country singer from Georgia USA. It’s an outdoor

event with plenty of additional activities such as fairground rides,

trade stands and a range of food and drink stalls.

Chelmsford CM1 3DU


14-Jul Essex Baby Show

The Essex Baby Show will host dozens of local and national

businesses showcasing their baby, children and parent-related

products and services – everything from baby clothing to

children’s toys and nursery accessories, childcare services to

baby and toddler classes.

Chelmsford City Racecourse, Chelmsford CM3 1QP


20-21 Jul Crouch Valley Festival of Food & Drink

The Crouch Valley Festival of Food & Drink will showcase local

independent producers along with the area’s high quality gastro

experience. The festival will focus on the growing prominence of

the Crouch Valley vineyards and the strengthening of the English

wine reputation. Local breweries will showcase their award-winning

beers, ales and ciders along with other food and drink


Burnham Riverside Park, Millfields CM0 8HS


21-Jul Classic Vehicle Show

There will be classic vehicle displays, a live jazz band, craft stalls, dance

performances, miniature steam train rides and more. The museum,

Steam Pump Tea Room and ‘Astaria’ model village will all be open.

Museum of Power, Hatfield Road, Langford, CM9 6QA


2-4 Aug Festival of Flowers

St Marys’ annual Festival of Flowers has become a community

event, welcoming flower arrangers from local churches and

community groups to join the St Mary’s team.The theme this year

is ‘All About Maldon’.

St Mary’s with Mundon, Church Street, Maldon CM9 5HP


3-4 Aug Nearly Festival 2019

An affordable alternative to the bigger touring festivals. It features

14 of the UK’s best touring tribute acts live on stage, a ‘Kidzone’

with cool kids attractions & activities, a tasty & local Street Food

Market & a pub priced ‘Pub in the Park’!

Castle Park,High Street, Colchester


10-11 Aug The Meadow Croft Food and Drink Festival

A weekend of local fine and artisan foods, wines, beers, gins and

more. Plus a weekend of live music and craft activities for children

and the garden centre and mini golf course will be open too.

Battlesbridge SS11 7RE. www.meadow-croft.co.uk

18-Aug Saffron Walden Motor Show

Static display of classic and vintage motors, cars & bikes.

Saffron Walden Common, Saffon Walden CB10 1JH


20-23 Aug Clacton Airshow

Now in its 28th Year, 2019 will once again see the award-winning

seafronts and west greensward be transformed over two days

into a fun filled display/event site and flight viewing area.

Seafront, Clacton on Sea


31 Aug - 1 Sep New Hall Annual Wine Festival & Family Fun


A fun-packed family-friendly weekend where the vineyard and

winery is open to everybody. A 50th anniversary celebratory,

there will be dog agility trails and live music throughout the

weekend by amazing bands. The Barns will be packed with local

craft stalls, plus a Food Hall.

New Hall Vineyards, Chelmsford Road CM3 6PN


Auctions & Antiques

23-Jun Rayleigh Antiques and Collectors Fair

A long established fair with a wide variety of items on display

from 50 stall holders. The fair also features a valuation and

appraisal service by local auctioneers Chalkwell Auctions. Open:

9.30 - 4pm. Admission: £2.50 for Adults and £1.50 concessions.

The Mill Arts Centre, Bellingham Lane, Rayleigh SS6 7ED

6 Jul & 3 Aug Maldon Antique and Collectors Fair

An interesting antiques fair with a good selection of items.

Held the first Saturday of each month excluding January.

Maldon United Reformed Church, Market Hill, Maldon, CM9 4PZ


6 & 21 Jul and 3 Aug

Manningtree vintage & Collectables Market

A Street brocante style Vintage and Collectables Market in

the heart of Manningtree’s medieval town. Open: 9am - 3pm.

Admission: Free.

South Street, CO11 1BA

10-Aug All Saints Antiques Valuation

Antiques Valuation Day at All Saints, based on BBC’s Antiques Roadshow

with valuers from Reeman Dansie’s Auction House in Colchester.

All Saints, Little Totham

Classic Vehicle Show

31-Aug Curiosity Fair - Vintage & Craft Fair

A great selection of vintage and craft items, plus tea and cake.

Saffron Walden Friends meeting house, Saffron Walden





Thinking of visiting Cambridge this summer? Here’s

how to make the most of a day trip or weekend break

to the city…

From punting on the Cam, gallivanting around

galleries, cycling along the river and strolling around

the shops, it’s easy to pass the time in Cambridge. The

compact city comes alive in the summer with plenty to

see and do. We’ve picked a few of our favourite events

coming up in the months ahead.

The Big Weekend

5-7 July, Parker’s Piece, Cambridge

It wouldn’t be summer without the Big Weekend!

Once again, visitors can expect a fantastic weekend

of live music covering all genres from top artists and

local acts. There’s hours of entertainment for the

whole family to enjoy, including a French market,

Sports Zone, Gaming Hub and the Cambridge Mela; a

celebration of Asian culture! But the best news is, the

event is completely free to attend!


Cambridge Rock Festival

25-28 July, Barton, Cambs

Celebrating its 15th year, over 50 bands will be

appearing across two fully covered stages set

outdoors in the grounds of Haggis Farm Polo Club.

The festival includes real ale, on site camping with

parking by your tent (a rare treat!) and a variety of food














QUALITY REPAIR SERVICE Open Mon - Sat 9am - 6pm


01223 312 971



We can cater for parties

whatever the occasion,

birthdays, weddings,

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With delicious food

served all day.

Bbq, buffet, hog roast,

cream tea or fine dining.

Why not book our

conservatory overlooking

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our marquee or our

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with ample FREE parking.

To enquire or make a booking contact


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

Summer at St Neots Museum

St Neots English Civil War Festival

Saturday 6th July 2019, 11.00am – 4.00pm

On St Neots Market Square

Discover the 1648 ‘Battle of St Neots’ with battle & drill displays

Hog roast (Charges apply), Family craft activities

Try the Town stocks and whipping post

Summer Family Activities

Drop-in activities every Thursday and Friday

11.00am – 3.00pm, £4.00 per child

All activities are part of Cambridge Summer at

the Museums, an annual programme of events

running across museums and similar venues

throughout the holidays


Summer Exhibition

Marble Mania, fun family exhibition 24th July – 7th Sept.

Send your marbles spinning round our temporary

exhibition gallery.



8 New Street, St Neots, PE19 1AE / 01480 214163

Open: Tuesday to Saturday, 11.00am - 4.00pm

Admission: Adults £3.00, Seniors £2.00, Children £1.00

Free entry for all local people


Cambridge Folk Festival

1-4 August, Cherry Hinton Hall, Cambs

One of the longest running and most famous folk festivals in the

world, the festival attracts thousands of visitors each year. It’s

renowned for its mix of music and great line-up of artists. This

year Nick Mulvey has come on board as the Guest Curator. He

will select five of his favourite artists to perform amazing sets as

well as joining the line-up himself. Throughout the four days,

visitors can enjoy music from the likes of Lucinda Williams,

Fisherman’s Friends and Ralph McTell to name a few. Camping

facilities, children’s entertainment, music workshops and other

entertainment will also be available.


Summer Nights

26 July & 30 August, Market Square, Cambridge

Cambridge BID has announced a programme of free films to

delight audiences of all ages, with double screenings at 6.30pm

and 8.30pm, and a night market selling artisan food, beverages,

crafts and gifts. On Friday 21 June the biggest family film of

2018, ‘Peter Rabbit’, will captivate a younger audience before

box-office-topper ‘Mamma Mia 2: Here We Go Again!’ brings

sunshine back to the big screen.

The Parr family will endeavour to restore public trust in superheroes

on Friday 26 July with the ‘Incredibles 2’, ahead of the hilarious

‘School of Rock’. The season finale on Friday 30 August will

see ‘Early Man’, a historical football comedy from the creators

of Wallace and Gromit, entertain a family audience. Major box

office success ‘Bohemian Rhapsody’ will follow - don’t miss an

earlier than usual start at 8pm - with a musical celebration of

Queen and their extraordinary lead singer, Freddie Mercury.

You’ll need to be quick to nab a seat though, there’s

approximately only 100 seats available on a first-come-firstserved

basis for each screening! However, families and film

buffs are welcome to bring their own chairs and rugs.


Enchanted Cinema

Until 19 September, Gonville Hotel, Cambridge

Under the city sky watch well-loved films such as ‘Dirty Dancing’,

‘TopGun’, ‘Kill Bill’ and ‘Romeo & Juliet’. There are recent

hits like ‘A Star is Born’ and ‘Bohemian Rhapsody’ at the pretty

inner city hidden garden at The Gonville Hotel. Make it the

ultimate movie night and pre-order popcorn and prosecco or a

gin & tonic!








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25-Jun Victoria

In celebration of her bicentenary year, Northern Ballet, famed for

their outstanding narrative works, bring the sensational story of

Victoria to life in dance.

Key Theatre, Embankment Road, Peterborough PE1 1EF

01733 207239 www.vivacity-peterborough.com

30-Jun Small Island

‘Small Island’ embarks on a journey from Jamaica to Britain,

through the Second World War to 1948 – the year the HMT

Empire Windrush docked at Tilbury. The play follows three

intricately connected stories. Hortense yearns for a new life

away from rural Jamaica, Gilbert dreams of becoming a lawyer,

and Queenie longs to escape her Lincolnshire roots. Hope and

humanity meet stubborn reality as the play traces the tangled

history of Jamaica and the UK.

Key Theatre, Embankment Road, Peterborough PE1 1EF

01733 207239. www.vivacity-peterborough.com

2-3 Jul The Tiger Who Came To Tea

Join the tea-guzzling tiger in this live show; packed with oodles of

magic, sing-a-long songs and clumsy chaos! A stunning children’s

play adapted from the classic family story of teatime mayhem.

Key Theatre, Embankment Road, Peterborough PE1 1EF

01733 207239. www.vivacity-peterborough.com

2-3 Jul Film: Rocketman

‘Rocketman’ is an epic musical fantasy about the uncensored

human story of Sir Elton John’s breakthrough years, starring Taron

Egerton, Jamie Bell, Richard Madden and Bryce Dallas Howard.

Key Theatre, Embankment Road, Peterborough PE1 1EF

01733 207239. www.vivacity-peterborough.com

04-Jul The British Invasion Show

‘The British Invasion Show’, by Johnny Warman’s Magic Bus,

relives an iconic time between 1964 and 1966 when British

bands captured American charts and minds.

Key Theatre, Embankment Road, Peterborough PE1 1EF

01733 207239. www.vivacity-peterborough.com

Film: Rocketman

06-Jul Here Come The Boys

Three of the biggest stars of ‘Strictly Come Dancing’ combine

their incredible talents in a brand-new show. Watch giants of the

ballroom and Latin world, Aljaž Škorjanec, Giovanni Pernice and

Gorka Marquez battle it out on the dance floor.

Cambridge Corn Exchange, Wheeler Street, CB2 3QE

01223 357 851. www.cambridgelivetrust.co.uk

07-Jul Jimmy Carr: Terribly Funny

Terrible things that might have affected you or people you know

and love. But they’re just jokes - they are not the terrible things.

Having political correctness at a comedy show is like having

health and safety at a rodeo.

Cambridge Corn Exchange, Wheeler Street, CB2 3QE

01223 357 851. www.cambridgelivetrust.co.uk

07-Jul How Does This Politics Thing Work?

Rubbish! Politics is actually super important and can be made

really fun, if you know how. Luckily Tatton Spiller (Simple Politics)

and Tiernan Douieb (Comedy Club 4 Kids, CBBC’s The Slammer)

know exactly how and will show you over 60 minutes just how to

make sense of it all.

Key Theatre, Embankment Road, Peterborough PE1 1EF

01733 207239. www.vivacity-peterborough.com

12-14 Jul We’re Going on a Bear Hunt

Join the intrepid family of adventurers and their musical dog

on a quest to find a bear; as they wade through the gigantic

swishy swashy grass, the splishy splashy river and the thick oozy,

squelchy mud! Expect catchy songs, interactive scenes, plenty

of adventure and a few surprises along the way.

Cambridge Arts Theatre, 6 St Edward’s Passage CB2 3PJ

01223 503333. www.cambridgeartstheatre.com

12-Jul Armadia

Join Aliana on her adventure magical land of ‘Armadia’ where

she must go on a journey that will change her life forever.

Balancing her head and her heart, she must find a way to

overcome her fears and thoughts in a desperate battle against

evil and the hardest of enemy’s...love!

The Junction, Clifton Way, Cambridge CB1 7GX

01223 511511. www.junction.co.uk

15-20 Jul 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.

Cambridge Arts Theatre, 6 St Edward’s Passage CB2 3PJ

01223 503333. www.cambridgeartstheatre.com/

23-27 Jul Sink or Swim

‘Sink or Swim’ is one of six original one-act plays that make up

the WRiTEON Festival, a celebration of new writing across all

three ADC venues: the ADC Auditorium, the Corpus Playroom,

and the Larkum Studio. This collection spans genres, themes

and styles. Dip in or complete the set for the full experience.

Corpus Playroom, 10 St Edward’s Passage, Cambridge CB2 3PJ

01223 300085.


23-27 Jul Blood Music

Emily and Andy used to say they were soulmates, but the rhythm of

their bodies broke them apart and now they’re ‘all grown up’. With

an eclectic soundtrack of nostalgia and new discoveries pumping

the blood in their ears, Emily, Andy, Beau and David embark on a

gently comic exploration of friendship, love, sex and meaning.

Corpus Playroom, 10 St Edward’s Passage, Cambridge CB2 3PJ

01223 300085



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