Eastlife Autumn 2020

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Autumn Days Out

Pumpkin patches & foliage walks



Discover your next holiday


Business advice post-lockdown


Drive-in cinemas,

half term events,

art exhibitions and more.


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Children from 0-3 years can be seen in our outpatients

department and children over 3 years as inpatients.

If your child needs to stay overnight, a paediatric nurse

stays overnight as well, giving you the reassurance you

need that your child is safe. Alternatively we also have

facilities for you to stay overnight with your child.

It can be a worrying time when your child isn’t well.

We understand that sometimes you don’t want to wait for

a diagnosis or perhaps you just want a second opinion.

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Dear Reader,

It’s time to talk about the buzz word of the moment, no not COVID,

we’ve certainly had enough of that, but ‘staycations’! Who could have

foreseen that we’d all be frantically Googling for cottage rentals, hotel

offers and camping facilities in the UK? Well, 2020 is the year full of

surprises and I am firmly swapping my usual flight searches for a road

trip across England.

Fortunately, living in East Anglia makes it super easy to book a

staycation without the stress of travelling too far. We’re blessed

with wild coastlines, pretty villages dotted with cute cottages and

chic cities. In this issue you’ll find a guide to the best destinations

in the East complete with hotel and restaurant recommendations.

There’s also plenty of ideas for days out too; King’s Lynn,

Framlingham and Hitchin!

I am thrilled to see the return of outdoor events. Though plans may

change, there’s some exciting things to look forward to such as

drive-in cinema experiences, pumpkin patches and exhibitions.

Remember to check in advance if you plan on visiting and to social

distance at all times.

There’s been a few changes at eastlife during lockdown. We have a

new publisher, new team members and a fantastic newly designed

website! I hope you enjoy!

Stay safe

Emma Kemsley




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09 Around The Region

A round-up of the region’s news and

upcoming events.

059 Health

October is Breast Cancer Awareness

month. Find out how you can help!





017 Lifestyle

A guide to the best things to see and do

this autumn…all designed with your safety

in mind.

029 Travel

Where to embrace the staycation trend

than beautiful East Anglia?

033 Dog Friendly

Our ever present tails about town feature

and a round up of dog friendly days out.

041 Education

New technologies to ensure that

everyone is connected and educated.

043 Little East

Keep your little ones entertained with

autumn days out.

049 Food & Drink

The latest restaurant openings and how

to eat after lockdown.

061 Fashion

Is orange the new black?

066 Weddings

Practical planning and styling tips for your


069 Motoring

Sue Cooke reviews the Mercedes-Benz EQC.

071 Consumer

Martin Lewis brings us the latest news on

totally safe savings.

077 Property

A real fire is one of the great joys of the cooler


087 Arts

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


092 Area Focus

Take a look at some of our favourite towns

and villages in East Anglia.




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The latest news from around the region

Get Baking at New Suffolk

Bake School

Whether you’re looking to hone your baking skills or pick

up some new inside tips and techniques, then book a

course at The Two Magpies Bake School in Darsham,


Visit the newly opened Two Magpies Bake School and

experience artisan baking first-hand. Teaching skills and

sharing trade secrets, there’s a class to suit all abilities from

complete novices to more experienced bakers. There’s

a range of full and half day classes including doughnut

and sourdough masterclasses, gluten-free baking,

Scandinavian baking, continental baking and a bagel and

pretzel class.

Day to Night in Bury St Edmunds

Inspired by café cultures from all over the world, Gastrono-me,

has opened its doors on Abbeygate Street in Bury St Edmunds.

It’s a whole new dining experience complete with bottomless

brunch, an underground karaoke bar, a boozy vending machine

and insta-worthy décor!

All courses can be booked online at

www.twomagpiesbakery.co.uk with spaces filling up

quickly. Gift vouchers are also available to purchase.

Designed to entertain diners from brunch to the late hours, the

trendy restaurant has drawn on cuisine and flavours from across

the globe to create a tasty menu with something to suit all. Think

eggs with soft yolks, pancake stacks, deep fried burrata, tacos,

Vietnamese loaded fries and spicy stuffed Chinese bao buns to

name a few!

After dinner, slip under the tables to the secret underground

karaoke bar where you can sing your heart out. Magical Brian,

Gastrono-me’s boozy vending machine, is on hand to give you

some Dutch courage in the form of beers, wine, cocktails and

soft drinks. A ‘Gimme Gimme’ bell on the wall will refresh your

glasses and ice at a moment’s notice. A state-of-the-art global

karaoke system has access to more than 80,000 songs from all

decades and genres. You can even make your own playlist for

your session so if your friend needs a Whitney number – she’s

got it!



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from Able Community Care

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3. We have enabled thousands of older and disabled people to remain living in their home

of choice, their own.

4. All potential, Live-in Carers who wish to work through Able Community Care, must have

a minimum of one year’s professional experience before we consider their application.

5. Able Community Care writes for all references and telephone checks the validity

of each reference received.

6. All Carers working through Able Community Care have an in-date DBS.

7. Live-in Carers update their training on an annual basis.

8. We also offer Home from Hospital Support, Holiday Care Companions and Respite Care.

(Brochures are available)

9. Live-Care Packages from Able Community Care are reliable, praised and financially prudent.

10. Able Community Care is a family firm.

This is our office on the outskirts of Norwich.

‘The City of Stories’ film launches

campaign to bring residents safely back

into Norwich

Norwich Business Improvement District (BID) and VisitNorwich

have launched a new film, headlining a campaign aimed at

Norfolk residents. The ‘Norwich, the Next Chapter’ campaign

aims to inspire confidence in city users, encouraging them to

safely return back to Norwich. The film focuses on the human

moments we’ve missed, showing people that life is in the city

again, that safety measures are in place and it’s still an exciting

place to visit.

Taking cues from the city’s brand: ‘Norwich, The City of Stories’,

‘Norwich, The Next Chapter’ is a hopeful and positive campaign.

An invitation to come back to Norwich and support local


The campaign launches with a one-minute film featuring on

visitnorwich.co.uk, social media and YouTube. The film is

uplifting and emotive, with the city’s residents and businesses

as the star. Importantly, it acknowledges the changes we are all

making coming out of lockdown, but tells the story of the little,

everyday moments that make life in the city special.


Destination Chocolate

Luxury British chocolatier and cacao grower Hotel Chocolat

has opened a new ‘Drive-to Factory Outlet’ in St Neots. Located

just off the A1, the destination includes a café with outdoor (and

indoor) seating.

The outlet on Alpha Drive, offers the usual Hotel Chocolat

products as well as a range of factory specials. These include

end-of-season runs, misshapen chocolates and more.

Visitors are welcome to browse the chocolate boxes and gift

sets and enjoy ice cream, drinks and other snacks within the

dining spaces.

An Enchanted Journey at Thursford

Due to COVID-19, the popular Thursford Christmas Spectacular

has been postponed until 2021, however, ‘Thursford’s

Enchanted Journey of Light’ will take its place from 19

November until 3 January.

Visitors can enjoy a magical walk-through experience for all

ages. An all-new indoor Wonderland Trail; a maze of steam

engines, fairy-tale characters and an immersive experience

of light and sound including one of the UK’s biggest kinetic

light displays, will lead to a 4-acre Lantern Light Extravaganza;

a beautiful, breath-taking outdoor installation of luminous

sculptures, from a fantasy forest of jungle animals to the wilds of

the North Pole.

This is the first time the Thursford Christmas Spectacular has

been cancelled since it began in 1977.

Tickets for ‘Thursford’s Enchanted Journey of Light’ will be £15

each (free for under 3 years), with time slots allocated from 3pm

daily via the Thursford box office www.thursford.com




Due to COVID-19 event information is being updated frequently

and events may be cancelled or postponed. Please ensure you

check ahead before visiting any event listed.

Summertime Social

Norfolk Showground

14 August – 13 September

It’s not too late to enjoy the last weeks of summer as a new arts, music and culture

festival comes to the Norfolk Showground. The festival sees national and international

performers take to the stage. Expect home-grown talent, live music, DJs and comedy.

The event, which will run over 30 days, has been designed with safe, social distancing

practices in mind. There will be a fully outdoor event area, LED screens for extra

viewings and socially distanced pre-marked out pods. Tickets are sold in two, four and

six socially distanced marked spaces – with a maximum of five adults and one child in a

six person space.

For more information visit www.summertimesocial.co.uk

Enchanted Fairy Trail

Hertford Castle

22 August – 6 September

Let little ones’ imagination run wild as they follow the enchanting fairy trail in the

grounds of Hertford Castle. Multiple mythical creature displays will be hidden within the

castle grounds and around the flower gardens, river, stone walls and ancient trees. The

event is open seven days a week, 6.30am to 9pm and is free entry.



The Luna Drive-In Cinema

Hylands House

26 August – 9 September

The open-air film season returns in a new socially distanced way. Film lovers can

now watch the big screen from the safety of their car with Luna’s new drive-in

cinema experience. You can park up at Hylands House from 26 August to 9

September to watch blockbuster hits such as ‘Joker’, ‘The Greatest Showman’,

‘Grease’, ‘A Star is Born’, ‘The Lion King’ and more. Food will be available to order to

your car for the ultimate drive-in movie experience!


Supper Club

Braxted Park

4-5 September

Enjoy an outdoor dining experience in the ancient parkland at Braxted Park, Essex.

As the sun goes down, guests will be driven to their table nestled in the woodlands

overlooking the lake. The ‘secret supper club’ includes a five course meal, prepared

and cooked in front of you on an open fire, and accompanied by perfectly paired

cocktails. The blissful evening finishes with toasting marshmallows and s’mores over

the campfire. The experience is priced from £75pp.


Open Cambridge Virtual Tours

Open Cambridge heritage weekend is set to go ahead this year from 11-13

September with a series of free online events, from podcasts and films to virtual

tours, written stories, walks and talks. Each virtual event promises an insight into the

city and its storied streets full of history and culture at every turn.

11-13 September

Now in its 13th year, the annual three-day event celebrates the heritage and history

of Cambridge, offering curious visitors a rare opportunity to see some hidden gems

and to learn more about the city’s extraordinary past.

The free event is part of the national Heritage Open Days scheme, which is designed

to offer special access to places that are normally closed to the public or charge

admission, with local stories at its heart.

For the full programme visit www.opencambridge.cam.ac.uk

Hippodrome Halloween Spooktacular

22 October – 1 November

A brand-new show written by comedy partnership and Hippodrome favourites, Jack

Jay and Johnny Mac. Expect dazzling displays from a cast of talented international

acts. Social distancing seating will be in place, so tickets are limited.


Awesome Autumn

Gressenhall Farm and Workhouse

22 October – 1 November

This half term keep children entertained and let them explore the natural world

at Gressenhall. There are fun spotter challenges, mice hunts, a pumpkin obstacle

course and nature crafts.



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What’s On

at Bressingham Steam Museum

Vintage/Bygone Rally Day

Sun 27 Sep 2020

A wide variety of vintage agricultural machinery, tractors and steam engines will be on

show at this annual bygones event.

Halloween Evenings

Fri 30 Oct 2020 to Sat 31 Oct 2020

Its going to be a spooky time at Bressingham. Evening openings on Saturday 31

October 2020.

Consists of a train ride and gallopers rides. There will also be a variety of Halloween

themed games and some entertainers doing magic and balloon modelling.

Entry from 17:30. First train ride starts from when it gets dark. Ghost train runs on

demand. Last rides between 20:00 – 20:30.

Last Day of Bressingham’s Open Season with Rides

Sun 1 Nov 2020

The last chance to ride all the trains until next year!


Christmas Visits at Bressingham

Sun 29 Nov 2020 to Thu 24 Dec 2020

Father Christmas and his wife and elves, will be at Bressingham on the

29 November, 5/6, 12/13, and 19,20,21,22,23,24 December 2020.

Entry times vary depending on the day.

Booking is advisable and can be made by telephone on 01379 686900,online or in

person at the ticket office. You can also choose to pay on the day (if tickets are still

available), Ticket numbers are limited so it’s best to book online.

This year Santa is including:

• A ride on the Steam Train on the Fen Railway for everyone

• For those up to the age of 12 a visit to Father Christmas and a present from him.

Rides on the Gallopers are included too.

• The Dads Army Exhibition will be decorated for Christmas and a Childrens

entertainer will be in the Village Hall.

There will be food available at the Garden Centre if you arrive before Santa is ready

and at The Steam Museum too during your visit.


There really is something for everyone at Bressingham.

The unique Bressingham Gardens are renowned worldwide for their horticultural

excellence. With nearly 20 acres, four linking gardens and 8,000 species they can be a

truly tranquil place, perfect for relaxing and enjoying the scenery.

Take a trip on one of the four railways at Bressingham, the collection of working

locomotives will take you round our magnificent gardens and woodland, or ride on

the steam Gallopers. A trip to the locomotive sheds brings the power and the glory

of mighty steam engineering up close. The National Dad’s Army collection lets you

wander through Walmington-on-Sea looking at original props and vehicles from the

series, you’d be a stupid boy to miss it!





Your guide to the best things

to see and do this autumn…

all designed with your safety

in mind.



It’s been a surreal year, but finally, life is adjusting back to normal as venues and

attractions open their doors once again. We might have missed out on summer

fun, but event organisers are ensuring we have an autumn to remember as pop up

events get set to welcome visitors in a new way…

Heritage Open Week,

11-20 September

More than ever the region’s historic attractions need our support, which is why it’s

great to see the return of Heritage Open Days. For one week during September,

heritage locations across the UK welcome visitors for behind the scenes tours, talks,

exhibitions and more. This year there’s the added bonus of digital events so you

can enjoy the experience from your own home. The theme will be ‘Hidden Nature’

offering the opportunity to discover the nature on our doorsteps, explore areas

usually closed to the public and discover the history of the region’s gardens, parks,

vineyards, farms and forests. To find out which venues are participating visit the

website at www.heritageopendays.org.uk

Cambridge Dragon Boat Festival,

12 September

One of the most popular events in the city’s calendar; stand on the banks and

cheer on teams as they paddle to the beat of the drum! It’s an action packed race,

with over 40 teams battling it out over the 200m race course. Watch at the Ditton

Meadows location for a good view of the action and plenty of bank-side family



Luna Cinema,

21-27 September

Enjoy a film under the stars with an outdoor cinema experience at Hatfield House.

Taking place from 21 to 27 September at 7.30pm, you can watch classics such as

‘Back to the Future’, ‘Dirty Dancing’ and ‘Grease’, and recent blockbusters such as

‘Joker’. Socially distancing measures will be in place to keep guests safe. Pitches

will have more space than usual, chairs will be sanitised after each screening and no

food will be served, however you’re welcome to bring along a picnic!


Knebworth Decorative & Salvage Fair,

19-20 September

A great fair to browse and pick up quirky and vintage items for your home and

garden. The fair attracts dealers from around the country offering an eclectic mix

of decorative pieces and furnishings. It’s best to arrive early if you want to bag a

bargain. Cash is key and don’t forget your tape measure!


Mrs Cromwell’s Kitchen – Autumn Harvest,

7 October

Check with the venue or event

before you visit about the

safety measures they have in

place and whether you have

to pre-book in advance. Please

keep social distancing rules in

mind at all times.

Step back in time in Ely for a taste of the past. Taking place at Oliver Cromwell’s

House, Mrs Cromwell will be in the kitchen serving up old recipes such as beef with

rose hips. Local guide and food historian, Nora Gardner, will be on hand to teach

you more about the variety of flavours and ingredients, and how food has changed

over the centuries. You’ll also be able to take part in a tasting session of authentic

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all for Autumn

From colourful

walks to

Halloween and

Bonfire Night,

we’ve created

the ultimate

autumn guide to

see you through


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You can’t beat the feeling of autumn; a

chill to the air and a chance to get cosy.

It’s a time for long walks and tucking into

hearty comfort food. Make the most of

what our beautiful region has to offer

with our autumn experience bucket list.

1 Leaf Peeping

Autumn is a time for Mother Nature

to show off. Discover a display of

striking orange, golden yellow and

vibrant red foliage with a walk around

the East Anglian countryside. Enjoy

a colourful walk and crunchy leaves

at locations such as Blickling Estate,

Anglesey Abbey, Sutton Hoo, Fairhaven

Woodland and Water Gardens and

Christchurch Park.

2 Sunsets

Evening skies come alive during

autumn with dazzling pinks, red and

orange. With the change of the clock,

sunset is easier to catch. Wrap up

warm, grab a hot drink and head to the

coast for the best view of the sunset.

Hunstanton and Holme-next-the-Sea are

prime locations.

3 Conkers

What child doesn’t love collecting

conkers? Relive childhood memories

with the family and hunt for shiny brown

conkers. There’s something exciting

about cracking open the spikey green

case to reveal its size. Add string and

host your own conker championship –

hours of guaranteed fun! The region’s

parks are your best bet for finding them.

4 Bird Watching

The East of England is blessed with a

wealth of bird species. In fact, Norfolk

is one of the UK’s most sought after

destinations for twitchers. During

autumn many birds form flocks. Head to

the North Norfolk Coast to catch sight of

the pink-footed geese or visit The Wash

at Snettisham to see waders. Swans

start to arrive at Welney around late

October for the winter; stop by one of

the scheduled swan feeds.

5 Blackberry Picking

Those juicy blackberries are far too

tempting to resist. Take a pot on your

country walk and fill it with the autumn

fruit. They’re great for adding to pies and


6 Empty Beaches

What could be better than a beach to

yourself? Norfolk and Suffolk’s wild

beaches are often deserted during

autumn and winter, apart from the

odd dog walker. Wrap up, take a cosy

blanket, picnic and flask of tea and settle

down to admire the gorgeous seascape.

The sand dunes at Wells, Holkham,

Brancaster and Dunwich make a good

shield from the wind.

7 Wildlife Tours

There’s an abundance of wildlife during

autumn. Woodland animals begin to

stow away food for winter, otters make

an appearance, pheasants flap around in

the undergrowth and deer are frequently

seen. At this time of year stags develop

antlers to fight rivals to attract a mate.

You’ll be able to see deer at Minsmere,

Thetford and Holkham, which also offers

deer and wildlife safaris during October.



8 Coffee Shops

It might seem simple, but a cute

independent coffee shop is even more

special when it’s dark, rainy and cold

outside. Snuggle down in a cosy corner

with a book, coffee and cake and

watch the world go by. Eastlife’s top

picks include Fitzbillies in Cambridge,

Applaud Coffee in Ipswich, Hertford

Coffee Lab and Norwich’s Bicycle Shop


9 Heritage Sites

Stop by a stately home, castle or

medieval woodland for a glimpse into

East Anglia’s history. The surrounding

grounds will be filled with colour. Opt for

a guided tour or take a leisurely stroll.

10 Pumpkin Patch

Nothing quite says autumn like a

pumpkin patch. In recent years, farms

have gone all out with their pumpkin

displays. Warning, it will be muddy, so

pull on your wellies and head out to

pick your own pumpkins from the vine.

There’s usually additional entertainment

such as seasonal food, Halloween

displays, fairground rides and even

occasionally a corn maze! Visit

www.eastlife.co.uk for our pumpkin

patch guide.

11 Halloween

Join in the ghoulish fun at some of

the East’s most famous attractions.

Zoos, theme parks, farms and stately

homes host a number of Halloween

events for children. From spooky walks

and ghostly railway rides to crafts and

pumpkin carving, there’s plenty of

things to do during October half term.

If you’re feeling extra brave, visit one

of the region’s scare attractions such

as PrimEVIL, Scaresville or The Cursed

which run throughout October.

12 Ghost Tours

East Anglia is home to some of the most

haunted locations in the UK. Cambridge,

Norwich, St Albans, Ely and Ipswich

all offer ghost tours where you’ll walk

cobbled streets with a guide and get to

grips with harrowing tales of death and

murder. Anne Boleyn is Blickling Hall’s

resident ghost, while Oliver Cromwell

reportedly appears in Ely. If you’re

feeling brave check-in for a night at a

supposedly haunted hotel.

13 Bonfire Night

The smell of gunpowder in the air on a

crisp cold night is like the official scent

of autumn. Firework displays take place

across the region, some with huge

bonfires and additional entertainment.

Get ready to “ooooo” and “ahhh” as the

skies light up!

14 Cosy Pubs

Nothing beats a cosy pub with a

crackling fire after a long country walk.

Dotted in villages, countryside and on

the coast are comfy boltholes waiting to

be discovered. Plan your walking route

to tie in with a nice pub lunch and glass

of red in front of the fire – bliss!

15 Seafood

It’s no secret the East Anglian coast

serves up delicious seafood, but during

autumn and winter, shellfish comes into

season. October is great for a steaming

bowl of mussels; some of the best can

be found at Wells-next-the-Sea. Crab,

clams and scallops are also at their

finest during autumn. Don’t forget to try

the oysters at Brancaster, Mersea Island

or Orford.

16 Farmers’ Markets

Make the most of harvest season with

a trip to a farmers’ market or farm shop.

Most towns host a monthly farmer

market, while farm shops are stacked

with apples, pumpkins and squashes.

Try samples and browse the foodie

delights. It’s a great time to pick up fresh

produce for your seasonal homemade

pies and stews!

17 Apple Days

Apples come into season around the

end of September and to celebrate,

selected stately homes, markets and

farms offer a day dedicated to all

things apple. Learn about the different

varieties, try apple bobbing, have a go at

pressing and sip on local cider while you

explore. Check the National Trust and

English Heritage websites for events, or

stop by Gressenhall Farm & Workhouse

on 11 October.

18 City Breaks

Though it may be tempting to head to

the countryside for autumn, the region’s

cities are a nice alternative. You’ll get the

chance to see autumnal colours in the

parks, dine in style at chic restaurants,

try local tipples in traditional pubs and

explore the streets and attractions

before the Christmas crowds descend.

19 Movie Night

On a dark, cold evening or grey, wet day,

snuggle down with a bowl of popcorn,

hot chocolate and watch a film. Autumn

is a time for feeling warm and cosy

so break out the movie classics. This

year, outdoor cinema experiences are

extending into September and October,

check our website for more details.

20 Punting

Take in the autumn colours of

Cambridge with a punting experience

along the River Cam. Most reputable

punting companies offer blankets

to keep you warm and a selection of

different packages.



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A fun, cheap, family

day out this autumn,

we’ve selected the

best pick your own

pumpkin patches

A pumpkin is the must have accessory of the season! Pull on

your wellies and have an autumn adventure at a pumpkin patch.

There’s a chance to pick your own pumpkin, enjoy plenty of

family-friendly festivities and get ready for Halloween.


Cammas Hall, 6-31 October

Hatfield Broad Oak, near Bishop’s Stortford

There’s pumpkins galore! You can pick your own from the

field or from the ready picked patch. Stock up on sweet treats

and carving kits at the farm shop or enjoy a trip around the

Halloween themed Maize Maze. There’s also Halloween

colouring, crafts and face painting.


Foxes Farm Produce, open

throughout October

Basildon, SS15 4ER & Colchester, CO6 3PR

This farm has two locations, Colchester and Basildon, where

you can pick your pumpkin straight from the field. Don’t forget

to check out the Corn Maze! www.foxesfarmproduce.co.uk

Calcott Hall Farm, end of October,


Ongar Road, Brentwood, Essex, CM15 9HS

Head down to the farm and pick your own juicy pumpkin from

the field. Plans for 2020 are still to be confirmed, however if

pumpkins are limited you can still enjoy a tasty lunch in the cafe

and browse the farm shop. www.calcotthall.com

Marsh Farm, October half term

Marsh Farm Road, South Woodham Ferrers,

Chelmsford CM3 5WP

This year the festivities are going to be bigger than ever! The

family-friendly farm will be hosting a Halloween Festival where

children can take part in fun activities such as pumpkin carving,

the ‘Monster Mash’ disco and enjoy a visit to the ‘Boo Barn’,

among much more. This will take place in the ‘Pumpkin Village’;

an area full of pumpkins of all colours and sizes, a big top circus

tent for extra events and the new farm shop. There’s also a free

pumpkin for every child. It’s the ultimate Halloween day out for

your little monsters! www.marshfarm.co.uk


Undley Pumpkin Patch & Maize Maze,

October weekends and half term

Undley Road, Beck Row, IP28 8BX

One of the biggest and most popular pumpkin patches in

the region, you’ll need to be quick to snap up the best. Grab

a wheelbarrow and pick directly from the field – there’s 20

varieties of pumpkin available! Follow a map into the maize

maze, climb haybales and bounce on inflatables. There’s plenty

of seasonal food too!




Image: Marsh Farm


The Pumpkin House, 21-31 October

Brookhill Farm, Fakenham Road, Thursford, Fakenham

NR21 0BD

A pop-up shop and pumpkin patch. Now in its third year, get

into the Halloween spirit at the Pumpkin House, which will be

decorated with over 1,000 pumpkins. There’s a huge selection

of pumpkins to choose from, a wooded trail, displays, photo

opportunities and Halloween decor. New for 2020 is a special

‘Miniature Pumpkin House’, perfect for any visiting little witches

or wizards! Open 10am-4pm, it’s free entry and pumpkins are

individually priced.


The Tacons, October half term

The Grange, Rollesby, Great Yarmouth NR29 5AJ

A fantastic pick your own location. Stock up on pumpkins and

other autumnal produce.


Algy’s Farm Shop, throughout October

Billingford Rd, Bintree, Dereham NR20 5PW

Pick your own pumpkin from a huge field. Lots of shapes and

sizes available. www.algys.co.uk


Hill Farm, throughout October

Oundle Road, Chesterton, Peterborough PE7 3UA

The farm offers ‘pick your own’ through June to October.

October is all about pumpkins and squashes. Stop by with the

family, pick a pumpkin then head to the outdoor playground.


Pumpkins at Freshfields, throughout


Freshfields Farm, Benwick Road, Ramsey Forty Foot, Cambridge

Pick your own pumpkin directly from the field or choose from a

large selection of pre-picked options.


Skylark Maize Farm, October half term

Manea Rd, Wimblington, March PE15 0PE

There’s lots of Halloween fun including a pick your own

pumpkin patch, pumpkin carving, a maize maze and tractor

rides. www.skylark-events.co.uk

IMPORTANT INFO: Please check the pumpkin patch is available before visiting. Pre-booking likely due to social distancing.


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Shared Ownership

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buyers and

those that do

not currently

own a home the

opportunity to

purchase a share

in a new build or

resales property.

The purchaser pays a

mortgage on the share

they own, and pays rent

to a housing association

on the remaining share.

Because the purchaser

only needs a mortgage

for the share they are

purchasing, the amount

of money required for

a deposit is usually a lot

lower when compared to

the amount that would be

required when purchasing


The purchaser has the

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all the way to 100%. In this

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• Your monthly repayments

can often work out

cheaper than if you had

an outright mortgage.

The monthly payments

are also generally lower


than if you were to rent


• You have the option

to buy more shares of

your home in the future

via a process known

as ‘staircasing’. In most

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100%, in which case they

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mortgage along with any

relevant service charges

and ground rent.

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• It is not normally

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Duty land tax on an initial


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property for the duration

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leaseholder can organise

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surveyor with experience

in this area.


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After months of lockdown, we’re all eager to get out and explore and where better

to embrace the staycation trend than beautiful East Anglia? Wild beaches, stunning

countryside and chic cities, we’ve selected our favourite destinations complete with

accommodation and dining recommendations.

Cley-next-the-Sea, Norfolk

If you’re looking to escape the crowds on the North Norfolk Coast set up base at Cleynext-the-Sea.

Generally quiet, even during peak times, the sleepy coastal village is lined

with flint cottages. The Cley windmill, which offers accommodation and a restaurant,

stands proud on the marshes. Pick up local produce at the Cley Smokehouse or

Picnic Fayre. It’s a great location for long country and coastal walks, where you could

potentially not see a soul for miles!

Eat: Dun Cow, Salthouse

Stay: Cottage rental via the Blakeney Cottage Company

Holme-next-the-Sea, Norfolk

Neighbouring Brancaster and Hunstanton often steal the limelight of this tiny village

on the North Norfolk Coast. There’s beach for days; run wild and care-free for miles

and miles. In the distance you’ll see the colourful cliffs and lighthouse of Hunstanton.

It’s great for dog-owners as there’s no restrictions and plenty of long walks along

Holme Dunes and the Norfolk Coast Path. There are very few facilities, perfect for social

distancing. Pack a picnic and watch the sunset!

Eat: Old Town Beach Café, Old Hunstanton

Stay: Lavender Barn, available to rent via oceanbreaks.com

Beccles, Suffolk

After months of

lockdown, we’re all

eager to get out and

explore and where

better to embrace the

staycation trend than

beautiful East Anglia

Beccles and neighbouring Bungay, are two gorgeous Georgian towns, nestled in the

Waveney Valley. Suffolk’s coastal towns are the obvious choice for a staycation, but

Beccles offers an enjoyable weekend away. Rent a boat and navigate the southern

Broads, follow the Beccles Marsh Trail along the river, find a hidden treasure in the

antique stores or learn about the local history with the Bungay Town Trail. You can also

sample local tipples at Flint Vineyard and St Peter’s Brewery in Bungay.

Eat: Graze at The White Horse, Beccles

Stay: Waveney House Hotel, Beccles


Lavenham, Suffolk

The timber clad buildings, cobbled streets and colourful cottages of Lavenham and

Long Melford will make you feel as though you have been transported back in time.

There’s a photo opportunity around every corner! Spend a slow morning drinking and

eating in one of the many tearooms, shop in the boutiques and art galleries, and wander

around the local countryside. Stop by Kentwell Hall; a Tudor mansion with pretty

gardens and walking routes. There are often seasonal events which bring history to life.

Eat: The Great House Hotel & Restaurant

Stay: The Swan at Lavenham

West Mersea, Essex

There’s no loud amusements or buckets and spades, instead expect rustic shores with

pretty pastel beach huts and seafood shacks. Embrace your active side with paddle

boarding, kayaking and sailing. The jetty is the perfect location for enjoying a spot of

crabbing. Tuck into fresh fish and chips, seafood platters or oysters – a local delicacy.

As the sun sets, take a boat trip or nab an outdoor seat at one of the restaurants and sip

Champagne. West Mersea is also home to a vineyard if want to try local wine. Nearby

Colchester offers excellent shopping opportunities and Constable Country is only 30

minutes away too!

Eat: West Mersea Oyster Bar

Stay: The Victory at Mersea

Spend a slow morning

drinking and eating

in one of the many

tearooms, shop in

the boutiques and art

galleries and wander

around the local


Saffron Walden, Essex

If you’re looking for a country escape but still want amenities on your doorstep,

then book a weekend break in Saffron Walden. The small market town has plenty of

tearooms and restaurants. Shop at the market, boutique or antique stores. Explore the

17th century Audley End House and Gardens, Bridge End Gardens and Audley End

Park. If you have little ones in tow, hop aboard the Audley End Miniature Railway or visit

nearby Stansted Mountfitchet Castle. Saffron Walden is surrounded by pretty villages

with lovely country walks and cosy pubs.

Eat: The Coach & Horses Pub, Newport

Stay: The Cross Keys Hotel & Restaurant

Cambridge, Cambridgeshire

Cambridge is a popular city to visit at any time of year, but during autumn the cobbled

streets, colleges, parks and riverbanks are great for wandering. Admire the changing

trees through the parks, cycle along the riverbanks and country trails, hire a punt or

book a college tour. Back street pubs and cosy coffee shops offer the perfect escape

from the cold. Enjoy an evening at a cocktail bar or dine with views of the city, while

tucking into local hearty produce.

Eat: The Pint Shop

Stay: University Arms Hotel





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It’s been a while since I recalled Fletcher’s

tales of mischief. Lockdown for us was tough.

Not only because Fletcher was restricted

to one walk a day but for personal reasons,

which were made a hundred times worse

when lockdown boredom got the better of

Fletcher and he munched on some stones in

the garden.

It broke my heart to hand him to the vet in the

car park, petrified that I might never see him

again. However, surgery went well. A stone

was removed from his intestine. Recovery was

tough as he refused to eat at the vets, but back

home he couldn’t resist the chicken trail I left

around the house to tempt him to eat. If you’re

a regularly reader, you’ll remember last year

that Fletcher ate a kebab stick. Two surgeries

in 10 months – I’m a terrible mother! I’m sure

Tesco Pet Insurance are going to be thrilled

with us. I’m not looking forward to the renewal


Thankfully, Fletcher bounced back quickly and

he was soon up to his usual tricks. Once he

was fully healed, we treated him to a morning

of kayaking at Grantchester. It wasn’t the

peaceful experience I had in mind, as Fletcher

insisted on jumping on and off and swimming

the length of the river. No one else was soaking

wet in their kayak, just us – thanks Fletch!

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“Hello, my name is Fletcher, and

I’m a swimming addict!”

It’s no secret Fletcher loves to swim, but his

obsession is creating some awful behaviour.

He screams; a high pitch shrill while in the

car when we approach a familiar place with

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My husband and I ran after him while frantically

apologising to people for the carnage he was

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because the noise is unbearable. Fletcher

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We’ve listed our favourite

dog walking routes worth

exploring this autumn


Make the most of the colourful trees and crunchy leaves with a

walk around the East Anglian countryside complete with a cosy

pub pitstop.

Woodbridge, Suffolk

This is one of the most dog-friendly towns in the East. Most

cafes, pubs and stores are happy to welcome pooches; the

King’s Head even has a ‘mutts menu’ and doggy wall of fame!

Take a walk along the River Deben and Martlesham Creek

before stopping off for coffee and cake at one of the many

cafes. A short 10-minute drive away is Rendlesham Forest,

famous for its UFO trail and beautiful walks. Nearby, start a

circular walk at The Ramsholt Arms pub. The one-hour walk

from the pub leads through fields and country paths. Starting

and ending at The Ramsholt Arms, it’s a great walk to finish with

a pub lunch.

Audley End Park, Essex

Located in the pretty town of Saffron Walden, Audley End Park

is an extension of the grounds of English Heritage’s Audley

End House. The park is free to enter and runs alongside a

golf course. During autumn the park offers a stunning display

of colourful trees and corn fields. Enter via the Abbey Lane

entrance; here there is limited free parking, alternatively you can

park at the nearby Swan Meadows Car Park. There are varying

lengths of circular walks. Once you’ve worked up an appetite

head into town for a bite to eat at one of the many pubs or tea

rooms. The Eight Bells, Tea Amo and Kim’s Tea Room are all


Wells to Holkham, Norfolk

Starting at Wells-next-the-Sea, enjoy an autumnal coastal walk.

If you carry on past the iconic beach huts, eventually you will

reach the sands of Holkham. Visit the beautiful Holkham Estate

or simply return along the Norfolk Coastal Path and through

the pine forest back to Wells. Warm up at Wells Beach Café

which provides water bowls and a tap for washing sandy paws.

Alternatively head to the Quayside and tuck into fresh seafood

or fish and chips!

Grantchester, Cambridgeshire

A firm favourite with dog walkers year-round, this tiny village

offers a beautiful country path along the river – perfect for dogs

who love to swim! Wander around the pretty village where

the ITV drama is filmed, before heading down to the river and

walking along the footpath. Take in beautiful scenery and the

free roaming cows. The river gets muddy so make sure you

have appropriate footwear. The Red Lion is a great option for

lunch – remember to make a reservation as it can get busy!

Letty Green, Hertfordshire

Park at The Cole Green Way and explore the rail trail that runs

from Hertford to the edge of Welwyn Garden City. The old

railway line, with streams and plenty of shade, is popular with

dog walkers and is a great way of working up an appetite before

your trip to the local Cowper Arms pub. The pub offers a biscuit

bar for dogs and a good choice of food for humans too!

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How to take great photographs of your dog

Every dog owner loves to share photos

of their pet. But how do you get the

perfect picture? How do you master

an action shot? Nigel Wallace, a local

professional dog photographer,

has shared his top tips to taking

photographs of your dog like a pro.

With pretty autumn country landscapes

and beautiful sunsets, now is the time

to perfect your photography skills. Just

imagine how gorgeous your pooch will

look galloping through golden leaves or

posing with pumpkins!

Nigel Wallace is a professional

dog photographer based in

Suffolk, specialising in ‘on location’

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memories and working with natural light

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Get down low

Get to eye level with your dog to really

connect with them in your photos. I

often lay down on the ground to capture

an image.

Focus on the dog’s eyes

It’s important to ensure the eyes are in

focus as this is generally the first thing

people look at when viewing photos.

Avoid blurry photos

Ensure you use a high shutter speed

setting on your camera. This will help

freeze your subject. For example, I use

1/1000th of a second (or faster) shutter

speed for moving dogs.

Consider the background

For formal portraits, use a background

free of unnecessary distractions, such as

branches and twigs, which can take the

impact away from the subject.

Consider the light

Using the available natural light can

really show your dog at its best. Black

dogs tend to photograph the best when

facing the sun as this brings out the

details in the face and eyes. Flash can

be used carefully, if needed, if you feel

that your dog would not be frightened

by this.

Use natural props

Look for additional elements to add

interest to the photograph. For example,

a fallen tree covered in green moss can

make a good posing stand.

Dogs in action

Use your camera to record a series

of photographs. Using a continuous

autofocus tracking setting will help

keep your dog in focus whilst capturing

action shots.

Using rewards

When trying to get the dog’s attention,

have either a good supply of your dog’s

favourite treats or a squeaky toy to

encourage them to look at you.

Be patient

Your dog will not understand what

all the fuss is about but will be a great

model if you take your time and give

positive reinforcement when setting up

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Above all else, just enjoy being out with

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The disruption that the Coronavirus pandemic brought to schools and their students

was undeniable. Following school closures, we all had to act fast to ensure that we

could provide a seamless transition to home schooling for the benefit of our students.

The period of lockdown has given schools a great opportunity to adapt and use a

number of new technologies to ensure that everyone is connected and welcomed.

Through the use of collaborative technology tools, like Microsoft Teams, we have been

able to host pre-recorded and live lessons, with both students and parents, undertake

group work and 1-2-1 sessions. Even the most informal functionalities, like the chat

space, have their uses and can be used to mimic the day to day interactions that before

would have happened in the classroom.

For some students either joining a new school or going back to school this September,

they can expect a large part of their induction to take place virtually. As always, it is

our job, as teachers and mentors, to continue to make sure that students feel like they

belong to a community; reminding them that they have support and are cared for

and we will be ensuring that their needs are appropriately met. Our student cohort at

Impington International College is from nearly 20 countries, so unfortunately not all of

them will be able to physically join or re-join us, in person, from next month.

The period of lockdown

has given schools a

great opportunity to

adapt and use a number

of new technologies to

ensure that everyone is

connected and welcomed

But the use of technology to virtually induct should not have negative connotations for

students and parents. Technology gives students the opportunity to start the academic

year with confidence; they can undertake course and staff introductions, meet their

class mates in virtual “coffee rooms” and book in personal slots with experienced

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Written by Dolly Osborne

2020 was a year that came with such promise. A new decade,

perhaps the second roaring 20s, the 32nd Olympiad, the 75th

anniversary of V-E Day and, though only relevant to me and

my loved ones, my 40th birthday. Like many people up and

down the country I had planned a smorgasbord of events for

2020; comedy, theatre, music, festivals – a packed timetable

to celebrate my hitting the big 4-0. Now I don’t need to tell any

of you that didn’t happen. Instead as COVID-19 hit our shores

the country had to enter into a kind of reverse hibernation.

Households everywhere made like Moominpappa and stocked

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as we planned to bunk down for spring and summer.

Rather than seeing our children frolic amongst the bluebells

and blossom trees we saw them battling with unreliable maths

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return to the great outdoors. The season of mists and mellow

fruitfulness bringing so much more to the average British

household. We have two seasons worth of fun to catch up

on, of woodlands to explore, of family trips out and of autumn


Whilst I’m sure life won’t be quite like it was before the

pandemic, we will find a new normal, a normal that I suspect

will involve more exploration of our green and pleasant land.

Happily, I know that our beautiful country is more than up to the

challenge. Perhaps the spring picnics that were missed can be

replaced with pumpkin picking with the family. An abandoned

beach holiday can be replaced with a trip to one of Britain’s

many forests or other areas of natural beauty. And as we venture

out into a post COVID world it will be not only with a new-found

love of the world around us, but perhaps even a whole new

perspective on what is truly important in life. Now that’s an

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out after


Written by Gerla de Boer



On 26 March, the UK went into lockdown, which had a

devastating effect on many businesses, but there were

successes too. Some business owners decided to change

their business model, and almost overnight, it became a huge

success. Independents started home deliveries, chefs prepped

date night meals, working at home, cycling and al fresco dining

has become the new thing, but nobody knows what the future

will hold.

Positive things are happening as new businesses open their

doors. I am over the moon as I thought I only could share with

you the sad losses on the Cambridge food scene. During

lockdown Mark Poynton, previously Restaurant Alimentum,

and Gemma Whiting, the Linton Kitchen, opened doors to new


Mark took over the Ancient Shepherd’s in Fen Ditton, and

Gemma opened Barbarella Cafe in Easter Chesterton, which

is a shared pop-up cafe with the Botanica Alchemist. After the

revamp, The Ancient Shepherd will open from 20 August for

sit down meals. Barbarella Cafe will operate as a deli and cafe

once the storm of the pandemic has calmed down.

A lot is happening on the plant side eateries of Cambridge.

The street food inspired VetoMeato launched their pop-up

restaurant at Tabouche in July, which serves global classics

with far flung flavours that will excite and satisfy.

Thrive has been busy converting the well-know CB1cafe in

Norfolk Street since last year. This beautiful and friendly place

opened in June and aims to connect over plant-based meals,

cakes, coffee and drinks.

Stem and Glory have been busy bees, they’re not only moving

from King Street to a new location, behind We Work in Station

Road, but launching a range of ready meals, recipe kits and

branded products such as drinks and cheese.

Malloy’s Craft Butchery opened last year in August. It soon

became one of the places to buy premium quality meat and

Waygu. The lockdown period has seen its sales soar, and owner

Micky has cooked up some exciting ideas. At the time of writing,

he is hosting his first tasting menu at the Green Dragon Pub in

East Chesterton with head chef Gavin Firth taking care of the

delicious food. On 20 August he will start his residency here on

Thursday, Friday and Saturday evening.

Before lockdown, Andrew from Dulcedo announced that he

would be moving to Edington. Andrew is the master pâtissier in

Cambridge and one of the favourite stops on my food walking

tours. He is also opening a bakery at 190 Mill Road! The name is

a bit of a giveaway, Eclipse Bakery, is going to be a bit less floaty

as Dulcedo, edgy even. They are hoping to open in September.

On offer will be delicious homemade bread, enriched pastries, a

selection of dessert and deli products from local suppliers.

During the lockdown, I was fortunate to trial some excellent

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and Oreno classic Japanese Kushiyaki. Moz from Oreno took

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cooking. He will be adding more products to his range and will

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Prepped Food Company is the brainchild of Simon and Steve,

who hatched the idea during their travels to Asia. Always on

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excellent meals for the London commuters. They launched the

company in January 2020 operating from Audley End Station.

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to COVID-19. The focus shifted to the consumer market, and

their place at Audley End station is temporarily closed. Their

tasty food is prepared by Emma, who has worked for some big

names such as Angela Hartnett and Gordon Ramsey.

Let’s finish with dessert! Our king of the gelato has opened his

second shop. You can find Jack Gelato in All Saints Passage

now too. A new kid on the block is Saintly Foods and is another

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Written by Zena Leech-Calton


As I write this ahead of Eastlife’s next edition, it’s hard to know

what to write about. I’m in the middle of lockdown and there

is only change to come of which we are all uncertain. It’s a

different world and food is in a different place – mainly on my

doorstep as a delivery at the moment.

I’ve been super impressed by how during this pandemic food

businesses have managed to carry on regardless, offering

treats, fine dining hampers, afternoon tea, booze boxes and

more. I’m super proud of Norfolk producers and caterers in

keeping us all fed while staying afloat.

So impressed in fact, that my fellow Norfolk food bloggers and

I will be organising some sort of ‘Norfolk Street Food Awards’ to

celebrate all the amazing food vendors that have knocked and

delivered food all over Norfolk during lockdown.

I’ve been part of The Clear Company for a few years now.

They’ve managed to organise a travelling street food fayre

offering tasty trailer food in certain towns and villages across

Norfolk. We’ve had the appearance of crumpet producers,

Kombucha bottles, bao bun kits and cocktail shaking kits –

inventiveness with food has certainly kept me going.

So, here’s to celebrating and visiting all the amazing restaurants,

cafes and pubs that so need our custom and make Christmas

the tastiest and booziest ever – we can always diet in January!

We have so much fine produce on our doorsteps and so

many amazing suppliers delivering the goods. Plus, you can’t

avoid Norwich Market. You’ll find half of the 200 stalls as food

suppliers offering everything from empanadas to Binham Blue.

And if all fails, there is a stall selling rather large knickers!

Cheers to that climb to the food fest that is Christmas. Don’t

forget to book your Christmas parties early and support local

as much as you can. Visit the Eastlife website for party venue


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wines to fall

in love with

Written by Matt Dicks

Twitter @vinopatrol

As a former pupil at the village primary school, I have vivid

memories of school assemblies. I used to sit at the back, out of

sight from the teachers so I could chat to my fellow classmates.

We used to sing hymns from a small paperback book consisting

of missing pages, ripped pages or a cover and no pages. One

of those hymns was called ‘Autumn Days’. Remember it? I won’t

attempt to attach a voice recording to this article of me singing

it because cracks in windows can cause an unwanted draught

during this time of year. ‘Silk inside a chestnut shell’, ‘the grass

is jewelled’ and ‘scent of gardens when the rain’s been falling’

were just some of the delightful lyrics used to describe the year’s

most colourful season.

However, it’s not all about verses of hymns, as autumn is all

about action in the world of wine. In the northern hemisphere,

it’s harvest season. Grapes are being plucked from the vines in

the vineyard by dozens of skilled workers, ready to be taken to

the winery, where the magic of fermentation takes place.

Having previously spent a year with a producer in

Gloucestershire, harvest time was certainly the highlight. A

constant stream of grapes arriving, ready to be de-stalked,

crushed and pressed. An all action week followed by misty

weekends wearing that favourite cosy jumper whilst walking

leafy lanes, was the perfect combination.

A colourful season requires some colourful wines, so here’s a

selection to ‘fall’ in love with:

Matt Dicks is a WSET qualified Beers, Wines and Spirits Specialist

for Waitrose & eastlife’s wine contributor.



Rustenberg John X


A brilliant Bordeaux blend showing

red berry fruits, chocolate notes and a

certain, spicy earthiness. John Xavier

Merriman, the last prime minister of

the Cape Colony before the formation

of South Africa, bought land in 1892

that became the beautiful Rustenberg

Estate. Try this rich, ripe, elegant red with

roast meats.

Torres Altos Ibéricos

Rioja Crianza

This wine is the first fruit of a venture in

the Rioja region by the famous Torres

winery of Catalonia. As you’d expect, it’s

delicious, with ripe berry flavours and

aromas. A 100% Tempranillo that’s the

very essence of Spain, immersing your

palate in velvety smooth red fruits. Try

it with tapas, roast duck or a sweet redpepper


Terre di Faiano Organic

Rosso IGP Puglia 2.25L

Ruby-red in colour, with aromas of rich

dark fruit, a silky texture and big bright

spicy flavours of cherries, vanilla and

chocolate. There is so much to enjoy

about this Primitivo – and we’d suggest

serving it with rich meat dishes.

Cave de Turckheim

Crémant d’Alsace

With its crisp, fresh apple notes and

creamy, smooth finish, this crémant

works as well as an apéritif as it does

with buffet food and puddings.

Kaapzicht Bush Vine

Chenin Blanc

This is from a collaboration between our

buyer and Kaapzicht, a family-owned

estate in Stellenbosch that is committed

to its environment and workers,

providing a crèche and a literacy

programme among other schemes. It

has deliciously rich apple and pineapple

flavours on the palate, which build to a

bright, dry finish.

Waitrose & Partners

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fine crusted port, a style with many

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Is orange

the new


Written by Ruth Essex, stylist and style writer


Is orange the new black? Autumn is the time of year when orange really

comes in to its own. It doesn’t suit everyone in its fruit colour form, but if

you play around with the tones then you will find a shade that works for


Those with warm colouring will be in their element as the shops offer a

bountiful harvest of orange shades. Even for those with cool skin tones,

who generally look better in pinks, do consider the amazing versatility

of a rich chestnut tan for accessories. These don’t tend to get worn near

the face, so are not going to clash with your pink skin undertones.

Tan leather accessories will never go out of fashion and the colour gets

richer over time like the patina on an ancient wooden bannister. As

darker clothes become more prevalent as the nights draw in, a chestnut

or orange handbag can add a lift of colour and opulence to your outfit.

Wearing head-to-toe orange is a bold move and not many would be

courageous enough to consider this on their ‘would it work at Waitrose?’

barometer. So, if orange makes you nervous, maybe just invest in a

silk scarf, a pair of orange leather gloves or a dash of orange in your

shoes. They will easily blend with your tried and tested neutral bases

like chocolate brown, navy, charcoal and black. There is nothing more

classic for autumn than the black and chestnut brown of a riding boot.

For the more adventurous, why not consider pairing your orange with

burgundy or plum? They make stunning combinations. I have an orange

coat I wear with a burgundy handbag and I have a claret red winter coat

I pair with orange leather gloves and an orange wool scarf. Unusual I

grant you, but certainly interesting.

Orange is basically a happy colour and it evokes a sense of warmth

like the sun, and triggers memories of childhood woodland walks and

kicking up leaves.

It adds a little zest into your wardrobe and on a dull or dreary morning,

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codes and waiting for flash sales, but at Braintree Village there’s

no waiting; every store offers great savings on the RRP, all day,

every day.

Braintree Village is an outlet shopping centre in Essex with

over 75 stores such as Reiss, Barbour, BOSS, Radley London,

Tommy Hilfiger and Kurt Geiger – to name a few. It has that cool

American vibe; an outdoor experience with stores purpose built

to feel like you’re shopping in an exclusive location. At the end of

last year the newly expanded Polo Ralph Lauren opened and in

2020 more big names have arrived including Calvin Klein, Kate

Spade New York and Jack & Jones..

Nike and Adidas offer rails loaded with the latest sportswear and

walls stacked with trainers. Lindt and Thornton’s are a haven for

chocolate lovers, there’s make-up galore at the Beauty Outlet

and Molton Brown and Le Creuset are great for picking up


I visited on a Friday (pre-COVID) to take advantage of one of

the VIP weekends. Braintree Village host a number of pop-up

events throughout the year, which include additional discounts

and special offers.

The M&S Outlet tend to have great offers on childrenswear,

nightwear and lingerie. I purchased khaki trousers, ideal for

cooler early autumn days for just £6. As I was leaving, I noticed

they had stock of a simple, soft crew neck jumper I had worn

plenty in previous months. I swiftly picked up a cream and black

version for £5 each ready for next winter.

The homeware stores are where you can save big bucks,

particularly on bedding. There are a range of styles available. I

bought a ‘hotel collection’ double duvet and pillow set for £20,

marked down from £100 at Julian Charles Home. However,

my favourite purchase of the day was the Loupe Dune London

sandals. Usually £85, I picked up the tan version for £38.50. I

already own a white pair, so I know from experience that they

are the comfiest summer sandal. In fact, I raved about them so

much while in the store, that I convinced another customer to

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When hunger calls, there are plenty of options to refuel. Bagel

Baby is a newbie and the brainchild from Essex-based food

entrepreneurs Becca and Ali, who founded Roo’s Coffee

back in 2017. It sells delicious deli style bagels – yum! The

Cornish Bakery recently opened, and there’s a choice of chain

restaurants such as Bill’s, Pizza Express and Wildwood.

Since COVID, Braintree Village have put safety measures in

place to keep shopper’s safe. There’s a one-way system, hand

sanitising stations and daily alerts via social media to announce

when the complex is busy or at full capacity.

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The beautifully restored Grade II* Listed Georgian Town Hall is

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The building boasts two renovated Court Rooms to provide

a unique and intimate setting for up to 60 guests. For larger

ceremonies and receptions, the Assembly Hall and Council

Chamber provide elegant spaces for parties of up to 120.

The Town Hall is available for viewing via appointment.

Should you wish to visit, please contact Hayley Burns on

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Practical planning and styling tips if you’re moving your

wedding from spring/summer to autumn/winter

Written by Katrina Otter | www.katrinaotterweddings.co.uk



With this in mind, here are 10 practical planning and styling tips:

It’s an incredibly surreal and uncertain

time for us all and from a wedding and

wedding planning perspective the

past few months have been filled with

a roller coaster of emotions, additional

work, loss of money, lack of sleep, an

immense amount of disappointment…

and so much more. If you too are

experiencing some or all of the

above, then I wholeheartedly know

how you feel.

If your wedding has been affected

by Coronavirus then firstly, I really do

hope that you’re ok. And secondly, that

you’ve managed to resolve any issues

and in turn have a positive plan in place

moving forwards.

Over my next few features for EastLife

Magazine, I’ll be offering some

insights and practical planning advice

specifically dealing with the affect and

impact that Coronavirus has had on

weddings and wedding planning. I’ll

also aim to cover a range of different

aspects and stages of the planning


This feature is tailored specifically to

help those of you who’ve unfortunately

had to make the difficult decision to

postpone your wedding from this

spring or summer to later in the year

or early next year, but it might also be

beneficial to anyone already planning

or considering an autumn or winter


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based wedding planner and event

organiser with over 10 years of

experience. Find out how she could

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As the sun will set earlier in the day, you may want to consider bringing timings

forward slightly or tweaking the order of events, especially if you envisage certain

elements of the day in natural daylight. Talk to your venue, caterer and especially

your photographer, as they’ll be able to provide plenty of guidance to help you

make the most of the shorter daylight hours.

If you were planning on having elements of your wedding outdoors such as your

drinks reception or group photos, then you’ll need to talk to your venue about

alternative locations and ‘Plan Bs’, and remember to check licenses and room

capacities too. If you have to double up or re-use rooms then also ensure that

you notify your suppliers so that they can factor this into their plans, costings and

staffing. If on the other hand you’re having a marquee wedding, then you’ll need

to talk to your marquee company to ensure that you have enough space for your

reception and dining.

Consider the possibility of alternative inclement weather. Talk to your venue and

suppliers about any plans that they have in place and ask them how they deal

with inclement weather. Also, think about you and your guests and have back-up

plans in place for all extreme weather eventualities.

If you still plan on going outdoors for part of the day, for example to travel

between locations, for photos, confetti etc, then think about you, your wedding

party and your guests – you may want to purchase or hire blankets, throws,

umbrellas and even hand warmers to ensure that you’re all comfortable and

happy throughout the day.

Don’t assume that your guests will come prepared for the weather so talk to your

venue or marquee company about heating and your caterer and bar staff about

warming food and drinks.

With the extra (warming) attire and umbrellas to hand, you’ll also need to

consider additional facilities like coat rails and umbrella stands. Hire these in if

you need to or talk to your venue about coat and bag checking systems,

staffing etc.

From a décor perspective, lighting will now be one of the most important

elements of your wedding and you may need to increase or tweak your budget

to accommodate this – from practical production lighting to lighting to enhance

and elevate your venue and tablescape.

Check with your venue what additional décor they have in place, especially

around Christmas. If it’s not to your taste, then now’s the time to ask whether

anything can be taken down or replaced.

Talk to your suppliers about seasonality and whether or not this will affect your

wedding – from your colour palette and choice of flowers to what food and drink

you serve your guests. It may be that you need to completely revisit your design

concept as well as attend another food tasting, especially to ensure that your

menu ticks those seasonal and more hearty boxes.

From an attire perspective staying warm is key so you may want to consider a

dress with long sleeves, striking ankle boots, capes (my personal fave), velvet

blazers and statement faux-fur accessories for your maids. And whilst we’re on

the subject of attire, talk to your hair and makeup artist about bridal prep and how

to keep you skin hydrated and hair glossy in the cooler months.





By Sue Cooke | Twitter: @cookecars

I’ve been driving in an ethereal Mercedes-Benz world of quiet, luxury and beauty.

When the man came to pick the EQC up, I even felt a little old tug of the heart

strings as I handed the keys over.

I absolutely fell in love with the crossover SUV with its avant garde style unique to

the all-electric range. The EQC is the first Mercedes-Benz model under the new

product and technology brand, the EQ, which pioneers dynamic performance

generated by two electric motors at the front and rear axles.

Power is instant when I press the accelerator and as I ease up, unlike the jerky

reaction and sudden braking of some electric vehicles, the EQC slows down

gradually. The range wasn’t an issue during my week of driving because the

80kWh lithium ion battery has a generous mileage of 259 (WLTP) and will

regenerate when coasting. The output is 408hp and 62mph from standstill can be

reached in 5.1 seconds. Top speed is 111mph.

But it’s always looks that turn my head and as I set out on a journey at dusk, the

automatic multibeam LED headlights soar into life with the most entertaining light

show that I have ever seen. A multitude of lights dance into view, flutter, then rise

to a majestic static encore. I have to admit that when I return home, I ensure that I

back onto the drive and switch the ignition on and off a couple of times, just in case

the people who live over the road didn’t see the show the first-time round!

Facts at a Glance:

Model: Mercedes-Benz EQC AMG Line


Price: £67,715otr

Battery: Lithium ion high voltage with

electric motor

Electric range: 232-259 WLTP

Charging Time: Public rapid charging –

40 mins. Wallbox 11 hours.

Performance: 0-62mph in 5.1 seconds and

on to a top speed of 112 mph

CO2 emissions: 0g/km

Transmission: Single speed automatic

When I have my fill of the lighting, the extremely quiet interior continues the

entertainment. The MBUX multimedia system displays the range, the charge status

and energy flow. Me and the innovative ‘Hey Mercedes’ virtual assistant get on

very well. She expertly calculates the fastest route I need to take, with the shortest

charging time and even tells me where the nearest charging points are.

The Active Parking Assist gives a very clear view of the road behind. Other features

I appreciate are blind spot assist, keyless-Go, head up display and heated front

seats. The very large touchscreen media display and instrument cluster stretches

seamlessly across the centre console and behind the steering wheel. Ambient

lighting has a choice of 64 colours. The AMG Line has a startling blue optical line of

carbon fibre trim.

The large boot has a double layer for usefully hiding any items. The tailgate

automatically opens and closes by pressing a button on the key fob. Storage in

the interior is also huge with a wide area inside each door and there is a very deep

large covered storage area between the front seats.

The combination of beauty, luxury and extreme quiet in the new Mercedes-Benz

EQC will be very difficult to forget.

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Millions of people, across the nation have money

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diddly-squat, often at 0.1% or less. Many of you are

scared to move your money as you want safety. Yet

there’s currently a way you can earn over ten times

that amount and it’s 100% safe.

This is the worst time for savers I can remember. UK interest

rates are 0.1% – the lowest in the Bank of England’s 325-year

history. The only way to get a half-decent return, is to become

an active, disloyal, aggressive saver, shifting from best rate to

best rate.

So, everyone CHECK NOW WHAT YOUR SAVINGS PAY, owt less

than 1% likely needs sorting. Below are the top ways to save, at

the time of writing, but for more detail, and daily updated best

buys see www.moneysavingexpert.com/topsavings.

The three top easy access savings

accounts are all totally safe

If you want an easy-access account where you can put

money in and withdraw when you like, then currently and

unprecedentedly, the top-paying easy-access savings all

come from by far the safest place – www.nsandi.com, the

Government-backed savings institution. So, there’s really no

excuses to be earning anything less than these…

1. NS&I Income Bonds: 1.16% AER (min £500). It’s the

highest payer and can be operated online. Deposits and

withdrawals must be in chunks of at least £500, and interest

is paid monthly into a separate account (so you don’t earn

compounded interest – unless you then put it back in).

2. NS&I Direct Saver: 1% AER (min £1). It’s simple and can be

operated online. You have full flexibility on withdrawals and

deposits, and interest is paid into the account annually and


3. NS&I Investment Account: 0.8% AER (min £20). This is similar

to the Direct Saver, but is postal only.

An added boon with NS&I is that it’s 100% safe. While all

UK-regulated savings accounts are protected up to £85,000

per person per institution under the UK safe savings scheme,

but for those with more, as NS&I is Government-backed it’s all

protected – even if you’re lucky enough to have millions – which

many of these accounts allow you to put in.

These accounts also smash the pants of the next top rates.

www.ybs.co.uk is 0.8% AER, but minimum deposit is £10,000,

for less www.saga.co.uk is 0.75%.

And while fixed rates normally smash easy-access, as you have

to lock your money away, right now NS&I beats the top 1 year

and 2 year fixes.

Rates are variable, but I’d be surprised

if they dropped

NS&I’s rules say it must give you two months’ notice. Yet

crucially the government’s just told NS&I to increase its

fundraising from £6bn in March to £35bn now (when you save

you’re lending the govt your cash – and it needs it), so its rates

are likely to stay strong to ensure that happens. I suspect it will

very much fight to be the best buy and possibly even launch

new products.

Have debts? For most it’s better to pay

these off first

If you’re paying interest on credit cards or overdrafts and loans

(barring student loans), it’s usually far better to pay those off with

any savings, just double check for early repayment penalties

on loans. As the interest they charge is much higher than the

amount you earn in savings.

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Business tips to stay visible in a remote world

There’s no doubt that businesses were forced to rapidly adapt how they operate

when the COVID lockdown slammed into our world of work. The shift from working

practices that were built upon the face-to-face interactions to digital-powered remote

environments was fast and is likely to leave a longer legacy of remote working adoption

in the future.

Although many are embracing the home working and teams are finding new ways to be

efficient, one of the most crucial areas of doing business is still finding its feet – the task

of finding new business. Sales teams have had many of their typical lead-generation

and business-winning activities whisked away due to the inability to connect in person,

and so they are having to find a new normal that helps to drive interest from new

customers or clients.

In a remote new business setting, visibility is key. People are spending, work is being

won and pounds are still being spent. But unless you are only hoping to win work from

your own network or existing clients, ways need to be found that ensure you are top of

the pile when your customers start searching.

Written by Kirsty Jarvis,

Founder & CEO at Luminous PR


The good news is that being visible in a remote environment is doable, but you will

need to put a sharp focus on working out how to get noticed, and where your potential

new clients hang out in an online environment. Online media consumption went

through the roof during lockdown and has shown no sign of tailing off, so it’s important

to be able to line yourself up to be able to take advantage of an appetite that is growing

and here to stay.

Firstly, if you haven’t fully embraced social media yet, now is the time. Businesses

should be looking open and busy to the outside world, so make sure that you are

sharing case studies, company news and things you are doing from a CSR perspective

that might make you relevant to any business looking for your services. This will force

you to think cleverly about your content and blog strategy too. Putting the insight and

clever thinking into words that can be shared and might catch the attention of a target

client should be at the heart of your plans. What matters to them? Can you show that

you understand the challenges they are facing? How can you show them that you are

the experts and the only ones to call?

Social media and Google also offer you lots of options to advertise your thoughts and

services in clever ways, giving additional opportunities to put your brand and your

thinking in front of the people that are not only relevant, but who are also searching for

you. The audience targeting is sophisticated and with the right plan, your leads will be

delivered to your door without the need for face to face networking or prospect calls to

empty offices.

Finally, if new potential clients don’t know you yet, be aware of how much research they

will do about you before they make a decision to hire you, or even pick up the phone.

Think about how you present to the world in an online environment. How can you find

ways to show your credibility and validate your expertise? Think about ways where

other parties can help you be relevant and expand visibility of what you have to say. PR,

virtual speaking engagements, webinars and contributing thought-leadership articles to

publications that are respected by your target clients are all things that help you to stay

forefront of people’s minds.


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At Home with Eilidh

Whether you are exploring locally or further afield, with a little pre-planning you can

leave only your footprints behind and it will save you money too.


You will need a decent sized bag to be

able to carry water bottles, snacks and

everything else with you. Don’t try and

cram it all into an oversized handbag as

it will weigh you down. If you have kids,

as they get older, they can carry their

items in their own backpack!

Don’t forget your

reusable water bottle

This saves us so much money, and with

more places joining schemes like Refill

Bedford, it is now easier than ever to fill

your water bottle up when you are out

and about. If you like your water cold,

opt for an insulated bottle.

Hand gel

At the moment hand gel is a must. Check

out Proverb, who offer a refillable plant

powered hand sanitizer or Evolve, whose

organic liquid hand sanitizer comes in a

glass bottle. Both companies give one for

everyone you buy to charities, those on

the front line and people most in need.

Mini first aid kit

Put together a little first aid kit with as

many natural and plastic free items as

you can. Aloe Vera is good for stings and

rashes, whilst bamboo plasters are not

only eco-friendly but great for anyone

with sensitive skin.

Pack snacks

It’s not a fun day out with hangry people

so make sure you pack snacks and

lunch if you are planning on staying

out for longer. Try to opt for making

your own sandwiches than buying

pre-packaged ones, and any packaging

you do end up with, take home to be

recycled. If you do stop for a coffee and

cake, try out independent places rather

than large chains.


If you’re taking wipes with you, then the

best option is either using a pre-made

wet set or taking a couple of dry flannels,

old cut up squares of material or bamboo

rounds. You can wet with water as

needed either with some water from

your bottle, a tap or a spray bottle. Pack

a mini waterproof bag to store any used

wipes in to take home and wash. If you

really can’t give up on wet wipes, try to

get genuinely biodegradable ones and

never flush them!

Eilidh is a blogger and freelance writer who is happiest

outdoors. A mum of three and a former fast fashion

addict, she now writes about their journey as a family

to a simpler more eco-friendly way of living.

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A real fire is one of the great joys of the cooler nights. Here are our five tips to ensure you get the best from yours:


Make sure that you have your chimney regularly

swept by a reliable and competent chimney sweep.

Chimney sweeps get very busy in the autumn and winter


once people start to use their fires so you may need

to book well in advance. If your fire is in regular use it

should be swept at least once a year to reduce the risk of

chimney fires or blocked flues causing fumes and smoke

to re-enter the room. Even if you do not use your fire that

often it is still worth having it swept annually as birds often

nest in unused chimneys in spring and summer.



Choose the right fuel for your fire. Log burners

need well-seasoned logs. Hard wood logs will usually

burn for longer than soft wood, but they may need

more seasoning after cutting before you can use them.

A Victorian and Edwardian style grate will need a

smokeless coal.

A multi-fuel stove is often the best choice as you can burn

wood or smokeless coal products. Free or cheap fuel for

your log burner or fire can be readily sourced by scouring

industrial estates and asking businesses if they have any

wood scraps. Window companies often have offcuts they

may be looking to dispose of. This sort of wood is great

for getting your fire going as it is usually very dry and

burns quickly.


Kindling is required to get your fire going.

Try scrunched up newspaper and some light twigs.

Offcuts of pine work really well. Starting at the base with

paper, then kindling, then wood, build your fire in layers.

Once the fire is going you may add larger pieces of wood

or coal-based products to the fire depending on the type

of fireplace it is.

If you have an open fire it is wise to have a fire guard

and large stone or tiled hearth. This is to reduce the

risk of sparks jumping out of fire and setting fire to the

house and also to prevent children or animals touching

fire or inadvertently falling on to it.

Clean your fireplace out regularly. Ash will

accumulate under your fire and this needs to be removed

when it is cold, or it will eventually cause a blockage. A lot

of modern log burners have an easily removable ash tray

that can be taken outside and emptied. If not, it is back to

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Moving home can be very confusing, with masses of

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Written by Ade Sellars

There’s no getting away from the fact there’s a change in the air. With days

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perennials can be lifted, divided and

re-planted, increasing your flower

stock next year. For protection against

dropping temperatures, ensure you

mulch around the plant. Don’t cover

them over, as this will encourage rot.

Despite fading flowers and falling

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time. Its palette is awash with rich golds,

fiery reds and burnt oranges. Fruits

and vegetables are ripe for the picking,

ready to be stored and turned into hot

soups and warm treats for the colder

months ahead.

On gardens and allotments, we need

to make ready for winter, but also keep

one eye ahead to spring. Clean the

greenhouse, clear away the used veg

beds and plant those spring bulbs,

making the most of the mild weather

before first frosts arrive.

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constant use, lawns will need your

attention. Re-lay any bare patches with

new turf or re-sow seeds directly into the

soil. Scarify, aerate and apply a dressing

to the lawn. Keep edging in check and

remove any fallen foliage. Any leaf buildup

can harbour pests, stop light getting

to your lawn and create a ‘browning

off’ effect.

Your perennials will have seen better

days, but these plants can still offer

benefits for wildlife searching for food

throughout the colder months, so I’d

always encourage you to keep them

if you can. Otherwise, cut the plants

back to the base. Summer flowering

Dahlia bulbs can be lifted, and their

foliage cut back to several centimetres

above the tuber. Turned upside down,

they should be left a day or two to

drain. Once dried, they can be stored

somewhere cool, dark and frost free.

Speaking of bulbs, spring bulbs can

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and as temperatures slowly start to

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If you’ve been harvesting apples and

pears and are planning to store them,

ensure none are spoilt and place them

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Store them somewhere dark and cool,

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If you’re leaving vegetable beds empty

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somewhere dry and bright for a few days

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Written by Collette Hoefkens;

Proprietor at Norton Way Gallery and artist


‘Step by Step III’ by Magdelena Morey

at The Darryl Nantais Gallery

Galleries have long promoted professional and aspiring artists. It is an amazing and

wonderful, yet sometimes very difficult vocation. Choosing individuals that you trust

and utterly believe in is a soul-searching task, for both the gallery and the artist. So why

do they feel that they need each other?

Many involved in the creative sector reject the theory that art is simply a matter of

taste. For them it is essential that created works meet particular criteria such as depth,

meaning, creativity, skill and occasionally beauty. Whether a piece meets these criteria

can be open to opinion, but most agree that it should.

Both galleries and artists have always had very strong opinions on what art is and

whether it is good. Rarely do they all agree on every aspect but there is, unsurprisingly,

a substantial area of common ground. Artists like to be represented by galleries that

share the same beliefs as themselves. They are thrilled to be exhibited with the peers

that they admire.

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competitors. For example, Andrew Farmer ROI and Magdalena Morey are constantly

approached by talent spotters and are able to choose the representation that suits

them best.

Once a relationship is forged between artist and gallery, expectations will be

established. If the importance of the art is to be more than surface deep, then it must

be nurtured and understood. The gallery will invest huge amounts of time and capital

in exhibiting the works, both physically and online. In return for their investment, they

will keep a share of the proceeds once the work is sold. The artist will strive to create

honest pieces that genuinely reflect their feelings and engage the potential appreciator.

It is a hard line for both to follow and the balance between integrity and finance is often

challenged. Both parties must understand and acknowledge what they provide for

each other.

‘Woodland Sunset’ by Andrew Farmer

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It is imperative that the mutual respect and hard work of the artist and gallery combine

through a genuinely shared artistic ethic. Once this is found and developed, they are

then able to find each precious piece of work a new and loving home.

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Discover the latest art

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Norfolk Art Collective

A Norfolk art collective is set to take part in a collaboration with The Munnings Art

Museum from 9-13 September.

Norfolk and Norwich Art Circle was established in 1885 following Crome & Cotman’s

famous Norwich Society of Artists and boasts Sir Alfred Munnings as one of its founding

members. Now, the group is teaming up with the museum dedicated to Munnings and

his work to mark their strong links with the artist.

The group, which boasts more than 200 professional and amateur members, will

display a range of artworks in various mediums – including painting, 3D and sculpture –

and on various subjects.

The exhibition will take place at The Munnings Art Museum in Colchester and will be

staged in a marquee in the grounds of the museum. On Sunday 13 September it will be

complemented by a live demonstration by artists Sue Williams and John Shave in the

garden. Entry is free. www.nnartcircle.com

New East End Gallery Display at The Sainsbury Centre

The Sainsbury Centre has announced a new East End gallery display of two alabaster

stone sculptures by Anish Kapoor: ‘Involute, 2017’ and ‘Untitled, 2010’.

This is presented as part of a major exhibition on show across the grounds and historic

interiors of Houghton Hall.

Anish Kapoor is considered one of the most important sculptors working today. Born in

1954, Kapoor started exhibiting his seminal pigment works in the early 80s and rose to

prominence as part of the New British Sculpture movement.

The two alabaster works that Kapoor has selected to show at the Sainsbury Centre

have been created through the carving process of negative space into positive form;

they demonstrate Kapoor’s interest in the void of deep dark space and the interior state

of the object.

The works are free to view. www.sainsburycentre.ac.uk

Henry Moore Studios

& Gardens

Open until Sunday 1 November 2020

Wednesdays to Sundays and Bank

Holidays, 11am – 5pm

Last admission: 4pm.

Perry Green, Hertfordshire


The Secret Art Fair –

New Date

Open to the public from 11-13

December, 10am-4pm

The Minories Art Gallery in central

Colchester, Essex


The Good Companions:

The Many Roles of our

Canine Friends

Available to view at Newmarket’s

National Horse Racing Museum until

1 November 2020

Featuring 30 paintings, drawing,

sculptures, photographs, books and

objects, and even taxidermy of fourlegged

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16-Oct Alexander O’Neal – My Farewell Tour

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tracks from his new album with support from Mamma Freedom.

Charter Hall, Colchester, Leisure World, Cowdray Avenue

Colchester, CO1 1YH

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15-Nov Forever in Blue Jeans

Starring Carole Gordon with terrific singers, dancers and

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15Aug-18 Oct Jaywick Creatives Exhibition

Discover three artists from Jaywick Sands: Coralina Cattrell,

Josie Staessen and Steve Eden. Open every weekend 10am-


Jaywick Martello Tower, The Promenade, Belsize Ave

Clacton-On-Sea, CO15 2LF


12-13 Sep Colchester’s Street of Tombs

Learn about the excavations at the front of the Essex County

Hospital, an area once crossed by this remarkable Roman street.

Roman Circus Visitor Centre, Roman Circus Walk, Colchester


01206 501785. www.romancircus.co.uk/events

13 Sep The Gibberd Garden

Featured on the BBC’s Hidden Gardens. An ideal place for the

whole family to visit with an on-site tea room and parking. Open


The Gibberd Garden, Marsh Lane, Harlow, CM17 0NA


13 Sep Heritage Drawing Trail

Drink and Draw Chelmsford presents a drawing crawl of some

of the lovely Chelmsford landmarks. Booking required.


07779 931401. www.chelmsfordcivicsociety.co.uk/



20 Sep Hylands Estate Farmers’ & Crafts Market

Outdoor event with seasonal food and handmade crafts

including soy wax candles, homemade jewellery and more!

Hylands House, Hylands Estate, Chelmsford, CM2 8WQ

01245 605500. www.hylandsestate.co.uk

07-Nov The East Anglian Winter Fair

Amazing shopping, great main ring acts, brilliant cookery

demos, Punch and Judy and more! Children under 5 are free.

Chelsford City Racecourse, Chelmsford, CM3 1QP

01728 685302. www.winterfairs.co.uk

31 Oct & 1 Nov Days Out with Thomas

Take a train ride behind Thomas, Daisy and Percy and meet

Toby and Henrietta. Watch re-enactments of Thomas stories

and see Thomas and Friends in our Model Railway displays.

East Anglian Railway Museum, Chappel Station, Colchester


01206 242524. www.earm.co.uk/

22 Nov Crafts for Christmas

With unique, beautifully designed and handcrafted gifts,

the Essex Craft Guild fair is the perfect opportunity to purchase

your Christmas gifts.

Hylands House, Hylands Estate, Chelmsford, CM2 8WQ

01245 605500. www.hylandsestate.co.uk


06-Sep A Summer Antique & Vintage Outdoor Market

Antique and vintage items for sale in picturesque grounds. Art

trail, model village, steam engines and museum. Vintage style

café and food stands.

Museum of Power, Langford, Maldon, CM9 6QA


11-Oct Southend Vintage Fair

Vintage fashion, jewellery, furniture, collectables, curios, kitsch,

kitchenalia and art. Vintage hair and make up, live music,

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A Day in



Saffron Walden combines the best of both worlds. It’s where

old meets new. You can often feel as though you’ve been

transported to a time gone by while doing your grocery

shopping. A wander around the cobbled streets, while

popping into independent boutiques and admiring the historic

architecture is a lovely way to spend an afternoon.

Things to do

The Market

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 a barrel at the fishmonger stand where you can share

seafood platters! www.saffronwalden.gov.uk/markets

The Common

Visit the manicured lawns of The Common. Great for picnics,

balls games and dog walks. There’s also a newly refurbished

playground and turf maze! It’s home to pop up events and

markets throughout the year.


Bridge End Garden

Hidden in the back streets of the town, the grade II listed space

consists of seven interlinked gardens and popular hedge maze.

The Turf Labyrinth, another maze which twists and turns, is sure

to be a hit with children.



Audley End House & Garden

A short drive 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.


Audley End Miniature Railway

A massive hit with families, the railway trails through the forest

where children can spot teddies that live in the woods. There’s

also an Enchanted Fairy and Elf Walk and picnic and play area –

great for when the warmer weather arrives! There are seasonal

events too! www.audley-end-railway.co.uk

Saffron Screen

The town features an independent community cinema, which

has a full programme of films, screenings and concerts.



If you have a love of all things fashion, then you’ll adore Saffron

Walden’s independent boutique scene. Dotted throughout

the town are stylish stores housing high end designers and

relatively unknown brands. Stop by Ruby Rooms for the

latest fashions or Blue for timeless classic style staples and


If it’s home décor or a special present you need visit Talents;

a small store filled with quirky items and gift ideas, while the

Corner Cupboard is great for fine jewellery and stylish home

furnishings. For a home overhaul visit Lottie Mutton, which

offers interior design services and home accessories.

Eat and drink

Saffron Walden’s crooked timber clad buildings are home to

a number of pubs. The Eight Bells is a stylish gastro pub; sink

into one of the buttery leather armchairs with a drink or book a

table in the oak beamed restaurant. The Market Place is a great

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House hunting begins with excitement and

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Framlingham Castle

A definite highlight — full of beauty and history! There is a lot to

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• Fully accessible facilities

The Suffolk Punch Trust, St David’s Lane, Hollesley, Woodbridge. IP12 3JR

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19-24 Oct Sister Act

Brenda Edwards stars as Deloris Van Cartier in this hilarious,

Motown-inspired, feel-good musical. Join the sisterhood on

their journey as they discover the joys of soul and disco behind

their convent guise!

Regent Theatre, 3 St. Helen’s Street, Ipswich, IP4 1HE

01473 433100. www.ipswichtheatres.co.uk/

23-24 Oct Sheerluck Holmes

Cluedo meets Agatha Christie in a hilarious murder mystery

dinner. Inspect the clues and leave no dish uneaten. All tickets

include a 3-course meal and 2-hour interactive show.

The Athenaeum, Angel Hill, Bury St Edmunds, IP33 1LU

01284 758000. www.theapex.co.uk

20-Nov Joel Dommett: Unapologetic (If That’s OK?)

Join the popular English comedian as he brings you bang up to

date on his life since his last live show!

Corn Exchange, King Street, Ipswich, IP1 1DH

01473 433100. www.ipswichtheatres.co.uk/


23-Oct The Cavern Beatles

The Cavern Beatles, a band fully endorsed and licensed by the

same club, return with their remarkable show that is a magical

history tour through the works of the greatest pop music


The Apex, Charter Square, Bury St Edmunds, IP33 3FD

01284 758000. www.theapex.co.uk

20-Nov SongBird – The Music of Fleetwood Mac

Featuring classic songs from ‘Rumours’ ‘Tango in the Night’,

‘Tusk’, and ‘Mirage’. Songbird offer a tribute to this iconic rock

band with a mix of light, sound and video projection.

The Seagull, 19-75 Morton Rd, Pakefield, Lowestoft, NR33 0JH

01502 589726. www.theseagull.co.uk/

25-Nov What’s Love Got To Do With It?

Tribute concert paying homage to one of the most iconic

musical artists of the 20th Century with Tina Turner’s greatest

hits performed by the amazing vocal talent of Elesha Paul

Moses supported by a full live band.

Regent Theatre, 3 St. Helen’s Street, Ipswich, IP4 1HE

01473 433100. www.ipswichtheatres.co.uk/


19-Sep Woodbridge Ecclesiastical Walk

A Heritage Open Days event. From Saxon foundation parish

church to non-conformist chapels to Catholicism restoration

and Victorian expansion, Woodbridge Rotary Club lead a walk

to places of Christian worship. Meet at 10am.

Woodbridge Railway Station, Station Road, Woodbridge,

IP12 4AU


19 Sep-20 Sep Lowestoft’s Lost or Forgotten Buildings

Be part of a socially distanced audience and listen to a talk by

popular Historian Ivan Bunn talk about the buildings of Old

Lowestoft. Tickets free but booking essential.

The Seagull, 19-75 Morton Rd, Pakefield, Lowestoft, NR33 0JH

01502 589726. www.theseagull.co.uk/

24 Oct-11 Nov Still Life Exhibition

Featuring works by Sally Anne Fitter, Kate Felton, Chris Kendrick

and Susanne Mason. Open daily 10am to 5pm.

Southwold Gallery, 64a High Street, Southwold, IP18 6DN

01502 723888. www.southwoldgallery.co.uk/


24 Oct-1 Nov Halloween Fun

A day out with a Halloween theme for young families. See the

animals, visit the spooky trail, make a wand, make a broomstick

and complete the creepy quiz.

Easton Farm Park, Pound Corner, Easton, Woodbridge, IP13 0EQ

01728 746475. www.eastonfarmpark.co.uk

24 Oct-1 Nov Spooky Trail at Landguard Fort

Half-term fun with the quiz trail around the Fort. Normal admission

charges apply, plus £2 for a trail sheet. Open 10am to 4pm.

Landguard Fort, View Point Road, Felixstowe, IP11 3TW

01394 675900. www.landguard.com

07-Nov Farmers’ Market

Fewer producers and more space between the stalls, but there

will still be a fantastic range of high-quality local produce on

offer in the open air with the market on the Henry Moore lawn

and along the quay.

Snape Maltings, Snape, IP17 1SP

01728 688303. snapemaltings.co.uk


06-Sep Classics at Glemham

Huge display of vehicles set in the spectacular grounds of

Glemham Hall plus live music, an arts and crafts marquee, autojumble,

children’s entertainment, licensed bar and more. Tickets

£6 per adult in advance online only. Under 15 years free.

Glemham Hall, Little Glenham, Woodbridge, IP13 0BT

07920 855041. classicsglemham.org.uk

27-Sep The Grand Brocante Antique & Vintage Fair

An array of antiques, vintage & interiors in the grounds of the

historic Glemham Hall. On site parking, food village, buskers and

toilet facilities. 9am to 4pm. £3 per car.

Glemham Hall, Little Glenham, Woodbridge, IP13 0BT

01986 948546



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Cambridge Scene

Written by Emma Kemsley | Instagram @emma_kemsley

Cambridge’s University Arms

is the place to go for a safe and

stylish staycation

As more of us opt for a staycation following the pandemic, it’s

natural to feel nervous about planning a getaway. I’ll admit I felt

the same when I decided to enjoy a night in Cambridge post

lockdown, however upon check-in at the University Arms, that

anxiety slipped away.

My husband and I were greeted by friendly reception staff

who wore either a visor or mask, and there were gold hand

sanitisation stations at all entrances, perfectly in-keeping with

the hotel’s luxurious décor. Though valet parking is currently

suspended, a member of the concierge team, who wore a mask

and gloves, showed us to the car park and escorted us back to


Polite notices are present at the elevators, explaining a policy

of ‘only one person per lift unless you are from the same

household’. The sanitising package in our room was a nice

touch too.

Armed with our masks and gloves, we wandered around the

city. Alternatively, you could borrow the hotel’s complimentary

bicycles, all of which are disinfected after each use. There is a

one-way system in place in the city’s streets and most visitors

were abiding by the rules. It was refreshing to see people al

fresco dining, socially distanced of course, and punts up and

down the river. It offered a sense of normality; a sign life is

returning to normal in a safe manner.

We chose to dine at the hotel’s restaurant, Parker’s Tavern. The

restaurant is a must try. Think hearty meat dishes, British classics

and tasty Norfolk fish. Open to guests and non-residents, half

the tables have been removed to allow more space for social

distanced dining and the restaurant staff wear masks. There’s

also a newly launched al fresco dining space on Parker’s Piece

featuring bright coloured deckchairs and tables dressed in

pristine white tablecloths.

University Arm’s décor and grand stature is impressive.

Immaculately designed with shiny brass, historic fireplaces

and buttery tan leather. If you’d prefer not to venture out into

the city, the hotel alone provides a blissful hideaway. The

rooms are spacious, beautifully designed and in-keeping with

Cambridge’s rich history. The terrace rooms offer spectacular

views over Parker’s Piece and a free-standing bathtub – simply


At present only rooms with natural ventilation are being used.

The stationary has been removed and each room is left for 24

hours between guest departures.

General manager, Ian James, gave an insight into the extra

safety measures in place, all of which happen without

disturbing the guests. This includes hourly bathroom and

luggage cart cleansing, and a nightly disinfectant spraying of all

the surfaces.

If you’re currently undecided on your staycation destination,

then look no further than the charming city of Cambridge. The

University Arms have you covered for a safe and blissful night’s

sleep and the independent businesses will welcome you with

open arms…from a safe two-metre distance of course!




One of the finest Norman

cathedrals in England

• Katharine of Aragon’s tomb

• 13th century nave ceiling, unique in England

• Former burial place of Mary Queen of Scots

• Extensive grounds

• Worship online or in person

For opening times please visit:

www.peterborough-cathedral.org.uk 01733 355315


A Day Trip to


With great transport links, don’t

overlook Peterborough as a day


Offering an exciting mix of culture, countryside and city

attractions, Peterborough is in its prime. You can enjoy

afternoons walking among acres of rolling countryside and

miles of waterways or full days out visiting Peterborough’s

museums, stately homes and visitor attractions.

After a successful shop, take time out to rest your feet at one of

the many cafés and restaurants; dine al fresco so you can soak

up the atmosphere while relaxing with a drink and a bite to eat.

Places to visit

Peterborough Cathedral

The cathedral is open to the public daily and is welcoming

visitors with social distancing measures in place. Wander

around the cathedral admiring the Nave ceiling, choir stalls and

hanging crucifix. Information panels are in place to help you

learn more. The cathedral dates back to 655AD and is the burial

place of two queens; Katharine of Aragon and Mary, Queen of

Scots. Visitors can light a candle at the candle stand, enjoy the

grounds and visit the Sunday carvery and tearoom from Friday

to Sunday. Tours are due to be relaunched in due course.


Nene Park

Only a few minutes from the city centre is the glorious Nene

Park. Stretching out for over six miles along the River Nene, this

is the perfect spot for autumn walks, bird watching, cycling,

riding, sailing and golf. www.nenepark.org.uk

Nene Valley Railway

The trains are up and steaming at this great family attraction.

Feel as though you have stepped back in time as you hop

aboard a steam train and journey through the countryside.

Halloween themed events are scheduled to take place.


TOP TIP: Check the East of England Showground website for upcoming events!


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what we want and are not controlled by the manufacturers of

the products we stock.

We hold stock on the most popular ranges of cookware and

bakeware and can order in if required, anything that we do

not hold as a stock item at the time of your visit.

If you ever need our advice we have well trained staff that are

always on hand to help with advice on our product ranges.

If you only require a part for an accessory then please ask as

we also carry many of these on the premises too.

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Face your fears on one of our famous Ghost

Tours around the City of Ely. Enjoy discovering

our new haunting stories and sightings.

• Ghostly Tales & Witches Brew

Enjoy tales on the river and finish with a

cocktail at 11A. Every Friday in October

• The Haunted House Tour

20th/21st/27th/28th October.

Strictly 12 years +

• Friday Fright Night

Every Friday in November

Strictly 12 years +

• Ghost Tours

Enjoy plenty of scares with our ghostly

characters. 3rd/10th/17th /24th October

• Witches and Witchcraft in the • Blue Moon Event

Discover the haunted happenings and enjoy

Isle of Ely Tour

a selection of stalls selling their witchy wares

Every Thursday in October

Saturday October 31st

For more information & to book tickets visit www.visitely.org.uk/whats-on

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19-24 Oct Groan Ups

Following their phenomenal rise to global success with The

Play That Goes Wrong, The Comedy About a Bank Robbery and

Peter Pan Goes Wrong, the multi award-winning Mischief Theatre

return with their brand-new comedy all about growing up.

Cambridge Arts Theatre, 6 St Edward’s Passage, Cambridge,


01223 503333. www.cambridgeartstheatre.com/

11-14 Nov Chicago

VAMPS present the multi-award winning musical Chicago. This

sharp edged satire is accompanied by a dazzling score which

includes some of the greatest show tunes such as Razzle Dazzle,

All That Jazz, Mr Cellophane, Cell Block Tango and more.

The Priory Centre, Priory Lane, St Neots, SS0 9LA

01480 388922. www.thevamps.org/


18-Nov G4 Christmas

Experience sumptuous harmonies of Jonathan, Lewis, Mike

and Duncan in an idyllic, festive setting. Expect to hear timeless

classics such as When A Child is Born, Silent Night and All I

Want For Christmas, as well as delightful medleys to evoke the

Christmas spirit.

Ely Cathedral, Chapter House, The College, Ely, CB7 4DL

01353 667735. www.g4official.com/

27-Nov Rock for Heroes

Live music experience bringing your favourite rock and pop

artists across the eras, in celebration of Help for Heroes. With

music from artists such as Dire Straits, Status Quo, Queen, David

Bowie, Madonna, Spandau Ballet, Bryan Adams, Elton John,

Simple Minds and more.

Burgess Hall, One Leisure, West Wood Road, St Ives, PE27 6WU

01480 388111. www.ticketsource.co.uk/


07-Oct Mrs Cromwell’s Kitchen – Autumn Harvest

Join Nora Gardner, aka The Hungry Roundhead, our local guide

and food historian to learn about the flavours and ingredients of

17th Century cooking in England. Visit Mrs Cromwell’s original

kitchen and learn about Mrs Cromwell’s favourite dishes and how

she used the craft of preserving to prepare for the year ahead.

Oliver Cromwell’s House, 29 St Mary’s Street, Ely, CB7 4HF

01353 662062. www.olivercromwellshouse.co.uk/


29 Aug-20 Sep Bridge the Gap

A novel alternative to the city’s traditional event. The walk can

be completed in one day or over a number of days, raising

funds for Arthur Rank Hospice Charity and Romsey Mill. £20

to register, whether walking as an individual, household or

socially-distanced group (up to 6 people).

Arthur Rank Hospice Charity, Cherry Hinton Road, Shelford

Bottom, CB22 3FB

01223 675777. www.arhc.org.uk/events/detail/bridgethe-gap/

1 Sep-30 Nov The Great Game Cambridge

A unique, interactive outdoor treasure hunt leading you around

the city taking in its famous landmarks and explaining a bit of its

history along the way. The treasure is a great pub at which you

can receive 20% off your total food and drink bill.

Cambridge Train Station, Station Street, Cambridge, CB1 2JW


12-Sep Autumn Flower & Vegetable Show & Beer


75 flower and vegetable show classes in the village hall. 6

different locally brewed ales plus ciders, wines & soft drinks for

an afternoon on the field. Bring deck chairs and picnic rugs.

Little Paxton Village Hall, High Street, Little Paxton, PE19 6HG

01480 470193. www.littlepaxtonparishcouncil.gov.uk

18-20 Sep 80th Anniversary of Battle of Britain Air Show


Be part of this special three-day event commemorating the

80th anniversary of the Battle of Britain. The Friday spectacular

Duxford Battle of Britain Proms starts off the Air Show weekend,

remembering the men, women and aircraft entwined with

Summer 1940.

IWM Duxford, Duxford, CB22 4QR

02074 165000. www.iwm.org.uk/visits/iwm-duxford

12-14 Nov Christmas Gift & Food Fair

Over 100 trade stalls in the Cathedral’s magnificent nave and

famous Lady Chapel along with refreshment stalls within

the beautiful grounds. This high profile event, at one of

Cambridgeshire’s most iconic venues, makes Ely Cathedral

Christmas Fair a perfect day out.

Ely Cathedral, Chapter House, The College, Ely, CB7 4DL

07784 933077. www.elycathedral.org/


2-3 Oct Peterborough Festival of Antiques

With over 2000 stalls this is a must-visit event for all antique and

vintage enthusiasts. Hosted within four permanent buildings

and several acres of outdoor pitches at the East of England

Showground has something for everyone – from antique

furniture, jewellery, ceramics, glass, silver, architectural salvage,

fine art, vintage and more.

The East of England Showground, Peterborough, PE2 6XE

01636 702326. www.festivalofantiques.co.uk/


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Secret Norfolk:

A Great Adventure

The best outdoor experiences in Norfolk

Sure, there are big beaches and miles of stunning countryside,

but have you ever seen Norfolk up close? Close enough to

feel the sea salt whip your face or hear the pitter patter of deer

hooves? There are plenty of opportunities to get back to nature

in Norfolk. Make sure you add these activities to your next trip.

North Norfolk Safaris

There’s no need to travel to Africa for a thrilling safari, this is a

real back to nature experience. Hop into the classic Land Rover,

and let the excitement build as you bump across meadows and

splash through water to find close encounters with Norfolk’s

wildlife. Experiences are available for one or two people at a

time, in order not to disturb the habitat or wildlife. Your guide will

take you to remote marshes and hidden hideaways where you’ll

catch a glimpse of owls, hares and more. From autumn to early

spring opt for the ‘Wild Goose Chase’ where you’ll track down

and watch the pink footed geese. Don’t forget your camera!

Price from £80 pp.


Broads Boat Tours

Norfolk is blessed with fantastic waterways. Tours and boat hire

are a great way to see the best of the Norfolk Broads. Broads

Tours ferries passengers from Wroxham to Salhouse Broad with

full commentary from the skipper. You’ll learn about points of

interest and wildlife while taking in the stunning scenery. Dogs

are welcome aboard too!


Local Delicacies Delivered to your Door

If you’ve planned the perfect staycation in a cute, cosy cottage,

why not go all out and have local produce delivered? The

Thornham Oyster Co deliver oyster platters complete with

accompanying wine and seafood hampers straight to your door

– fancy, eh? For locally sourced jams, sauces, cheese, meats,

cakes and more, place a hamper order at A Little Bit of Luxury.



Coastal Exploration Company

Feel the wind in your hair as you sail Norfolk’s saltmarshes.

You’ll see the coastline from a whole new perspective. A sailing

schedule is released every Friday, however if you’re eager to

book one of the four boats available for charter, then simply

email your dates, what you’d like to do, and the helpful team will

organise the rest! Charters include the opportunity to swim and

eat delicious locally sourced food! Prices from £340.


North Norfolk Paddle Boards

Let’s set the scene; the water is gently lapping at your board,

the sky is on fire and there’s only quietness as you watch the

sun dip below the horizon. It’s easy to see why paddleboarding

or SUP as it is also known, has become hugely popular. It’s a

great way to explore the water, and you don’t need to be an

expert. It’s surprisingly easy to stand up and softly paddle along

the marshes. Hire and tours are available at Brancaster Staithe,

Burnham Overy Staithe and Wells-next-the-Sea.



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Every time you buy from Emmaus or donate an item, you are

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Here at Emmaus Cambridge, we collect and sell pre-loved

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A Trip to

King’s Lynn

Full of history, King’s Lynn is a great

destination offering a superb mix of

heritage, shopping and entertainment.

With its historic waterfront, cobbled

lanes flanked by medieval merchant’s

houses and two magnificent

marketplaces, the town is a treat to

discover and explore.

At the heart of the medieval old town,

King’s Lynn Minster dominates the

Saturday Market Place, also home to

some fine architecture including the

distinctive Trinity Guildhall and historic

Town Hall complex.

Take a short walk past the grand

buildings and merchants houses of

King Street and Queen Street, towards

the magnificent Tuesday Market

Place, probably one of England’s

grandest squares and home to the Corn

Exchange, now a thriving concert hall.

Walks & Tours

A great way to explore the town is to follow the King’s Lynn Maritime Trail. Discover the

town’s history as a premier English seaport, the stories of its merchants, ship builders,

sailors, fishermen, press gangs, porters and pubs which have played key roles in its


Join one of the regular guided walks with the King’s Lynn Town Guides. Walks run

regularly on Tuesday, Friday and Saturday afternoons from May through to October.


Visit the Tourist Information Centre and maritime displays at the Custom House to find

out more about the host of places such as True’s Yard Fisherfolk Museum and nearby St

Nicholas’ Chapel, Lynn Museum, King’s Lynn Minster, Marriott’s Warehouse, Greyfriars

Tower and Gardens or the classic 18th century town park known as ‘The Walks’. Here

you can indulge in discovering more of King’s Lynn’s rich history and heritage. A great

place to start your visit is the iconic Custom House with its elegant rooms, views of the

river and displays that tell of the famous mariners of Lynn – including Vancouver and

Nelson – as well as its merchants, customs men and smugglers.


As you stroll through the cobbled streets, you’ll find large brand names at every turn.

The Vancouver Quarter is the main hub for national retailers and has established itself

as the town’s destination for shopping, dining and entertainment. Throughout the year

it holds regular promotions, events and fun days for visitors.


Stay active and visit Alive West Norfolk for sporting facilities and activities. For theatre,

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10-Sep Graffiti Classics

Busting the elitist boundaries of the traditional string quartet

with their hilarious all-singing, all-dancing musical comedy

show. Socially distanced seating.

Chapelfield Gardens, Norwich, NR2 1RP

01603 630 000. www.norwichtheatre.org

17-Sep Botanical Drawing for Beginners

Learn the art of botanical illustration with tutor Isabel from

Iceni Botanical Artists. No previous knowledge or experience

necessary. Pre-booking required.

Thetford Town Council, The Carnegie, Cage Lane, Thetford,

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07553 388551. www.heritageopendays.org.uk

20 Nov-28 Feb Bill Brandt | Henry Moore Exhibition

Exhibition of two leading artists of the 20th century, with their

work from the Second World War through to their postwar

portrayals of nature and landscape, showcasing theit

interdisciplinary talent.

“Sainsbury Centre, University of East Anglia,

Norfolk Road, Norwich, NR4 7TJ”

01603 593199. sainsburycentre.ac.uk

3-4 Oct Austentatious

Each show the cast conjures up a new ‘lost’ Jane Austen novel

based on nothing more than a title suggested by the audience.

Period costume with live musical accompaniment.

Norwich Theatre Playhouse, 42-58 St George’s Street, Norwich,


01603 630 000. www.norwichtheatre.org


12-13 Sep Wild Fields Summer Party

Live music, DJs and food & drink. Watch the acts in a safely

distanced environment with screens and 360 surround sound

providing a fully immersive festival atmosphere.

Norfolk Showground, Dereham Road, Norwich, NR5 0TT


16-17 Sep The Joe Ringer Band: Legends of Jazz

Joined by award-winning vocalist Roxy Yarnold and his

swinging’ quintet with songs from Cole Porter and Irving Berlin

to the hits of Sinatra, Ella and Nat ‘King’ Cole.

Chapelfield Gardens, Norwich, NR2 1RP

01603 630 000. www.norwichtheatre.org


11-20 Sep Portraits of Life Exhibition

Exhibition displaying photographs of Norwich city streets in the

1950s and 1960s by photographer Jack Roberts.

The Forum, Millennium Plain, Norwich, NR32 1TF



13-Sep Diss Heritage Transport Fayre

The historic marketplace of Diss will play host to classic vehicles

for a day of learning and fun. There will also be a BBQ and

music. 10-4pm.

Diss Museum, 11-12 Market Hill, Diss, IP22 4JZ

01728 746475. www.heritageopendays.org.uk

20 Nov-20 Dec Luminate Light Trail

A captivating trail weaving through the Country Park with

interactive lighting elements and fabulous light play, all set to

ambient music. Entry 4.30-9pm. Online booking required.

Sandringham Estate, Kings Lynn, PE35 6EN



06-Sep Norfolk Antique & Collectors Fair

Whether you’re a professional dealer, an avid collector or an

enthusiast searching for a treasure, the fair offers a diverse range

of antiques and collectables.

Norfolk Showground, Dereham Road, Norwich, NR5 0TT

01702 549623. www.aztecevents.co.uk/


10-11 Oct Eastern Counties Vintage Show

Commercials, tractors, crawlers, stationary engines, classic

& vintage cars, military vehicles, caravans, trade stands &

shopping, arts & crafts, refreshmentsl, mini fun fair & music.

Norfolk Showground, Dereham Road, Norwich, NR5 0TT

07753 182065. www.norfolkshowground.rnaa.org.uk


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town adapts

to succeed

Hitchin is a beautiful historic market town in North Hertfordshire,

renowned for its independent shops, cafés and restaurants,

vibrant music scene and bustling markets.

With popular attractions such as Hitchin Lavender’s stunning

summer displays, the British Schools Museum and the cobbled

Market Place with its buildings dating back to the 15th century,

it’s easy to see why Hitchin has become a favourite tourist


Throughout lockdown and beyond, The Hitchin Business

Improvement District (BID) team has been working hard with

local businesses readying the town to welcome back both

locals and visitors.

Visitor safety

By providing subsidised PPE, external floor stickers and signage,

the BID team has eased the financial pressures on local

businesses of reopening post lockdown. To help customers

shop safely, outdoor hand sanitiser stations have been installed

throughout the town along with social distancing signage.

Hitchin BID is also working with the Council on reducing traffic

by increasing pedestrianisation of the narrower areas of the


Launch of hitchinbasket.com

The BID’s new website hitchinbasket.com highlights what

the town centre has to offer by allowing customers to search

for specific products and services available. All town centre

businesses are featured with a profile, opening times and

up-to-date information which customers can easily access.

Eat Alfresco

The BID’s ‘Eat Alfresco’ initiative has been a fantastic success,

transforming Hitchin’s Market Place into an outdoor eating area

with live music for local cafés and restaurants. It runs for seven

days a week 10am-7.30pm Sunday to Thursday and 10am-

9.30pm on Fridays and Saturdays until the end of September.

Tom Hardy, Town Centre Manager, said: “Although this is an

incredibly challenging time for Hitchin, I have been impressed

by businesses’ ability to adapt and come up with ways to

continue trading. This situation has highlighted the importance

of our town centre businesses and community. When this crisis

has passed, I’m confident that Hitchin will be stronger and more

resilient to future challenges.”

Hitchin’s innovation has secured its status as a jewel in

Hertfordshire’s crown. It’s a small town with a big heart and is

well worth a visit.


Wood Green

is here for

pets and

their owners

Wood Green, The Animals Charity can support you at every step

of your pet ownership journey. From choosing the right pet to

ongoing care and, where necessary, giving up a pet, their friendly

team can help.

This year has impacted our pets in a number of ways –

disruptions to routines, financial challenges and more people

than ever getting a new pet. As schools, work and social lives

return, just as lockdown puppies reach adolescence, pets and

their owners may face new challenges.

Whatever circumstances pet owners find themselves in,

Wood Green can provide free advice and support. Life can be

unpredictable and some owners may no longer be able to care

for their pets. Whatever the reason, Wood Green will listen and

guide you through your options. Visit www.woodgreen.org.uk

Do you need to find

your pet a loving new

home? Wood Green

are here for you.

Registered Charity Number 298348 00782ks0820

We understand that life can

be unpredictable, sometimes

making it hard to care for your

pet – but we can help. We’ll

listen, advise, and if you do

need to hand them over to us,

we’ll take them into our care

and find that loving new home.

To find out more, please call 0300 303 9333 or email pet.support@woodgreen.org.uk






18-Oct The Dong With A Luminous Nose

With a huge and colourful cast of abstract and figurative

puppets, this absurd take on Edward Lear’s nonsense classic

explores that difficult age between being a child and becoming

an adult.

Rhodes Arts Complex, 1 -3 South Road, Bishop’s Stortford,

CM23 3JG

01279 710200. www.rhodesartscomplex.co.uk/

16-Oct Kelly O’Brien as Dolly Parton

Kelly is the best in the business; she sounds like Dolly, she looks

like Dolly and she’s as witty and entertaining as Dolly. 3 course

meal included.

Hotel Cromwell, High Street, Stevenage, SG1 3AZ

01438 779954. www.cromwellstevenage.co.uk/

22-Nov The Junk Orchestra Recycled Rave

Family music jam session. Join the Junk Orchestra and boogie

on a tuned sonic collection of percussion, wind and string.

Children can also build a drum to take home – so bring a tin, pot

and plastic bottle to add to the fun.

Watersmeet, High Street, Rickmansworth, WD3 1EH

01923 711063. www.watersmeet.co.uk/


16-Oct Kelly O’Brien as Dolly Parton

Kelly is the best in the business; she sounds like Dolly, she looks

like Dolly and she’s as witty and entertaining as Dolly. 3 course

meal included.

Hotel Cromwell, High Street, Stevenage, SG1 3AZ

01438 779954. www.cromwellstevenage.co.uk/


12 & 17 Sept A Walk Back in Time

A guided tour of Berkhamsted’s historic town centre pointing

out significant buildings and events along the way. Pre-booking


Berkhamsted Castle, Brownlow Road, Berkhamsted, HP4 1LJ

01442 865158. www.heritageopendays.org.uk/

15 & 17Sept Repton’s Ashridge

Guided tour of the gardens designed by Humphry Repton and

others at Ashridge. Pre-booking required.

Ashridge House, Ashridge, Berkhamsted, HP4 1NS

01442 865158. www.heritageopendays.org.uk/

19-Sep Rothamsted Manor Heritage Weekend

Free self-guided tours. Explore the Manor’s rich history, take

part in science activities, see the 16th Century art and enjoy the

beautiful gardens and delicious cream teas. Booking essential.

Rothamsted Manor House, West Common, Harpenden, AL5


01582 938500. www.rothamstedenterprises.com/event/


04-Oct Silver Clay Jewellery for Beginners

Learn how to make real silver jewellery with new creative clay.

Expect to make two or three items such as earrings and a

pendant or charms for a bracelet and a necklace.

Artshed Arts, Westmill Farm, Ware, SG12 0ES

01920 466446. www.artshedarts.co.uk/


11-13 Sep Drive In Garden Party

Park up and party with a car-full of friends in your own private

enclosure. Live music and DJ sets from acts including Kaiser

Chiefs, Rick Astley, Basement Jaxx DJ Set, Soul II Soul Sound

System. Five restaurants courtesy of top chefs including Tom

Kerridge, Atul Kochhar and Paul Ainsworth.

Knebworth House, Old Knebworth Lane, Stevenage, SG1 2AX


22-27 Sep The Luna Cinema

The new Duxford Battle of Britain Proms on Friday will start off

Air Show commemorations. From the sky to the showground,

enjoy history-packed entertainment from bands and dancing to

living history groups.

Hatfield House, The Cricket Pitch, Station Lodge, Hatfield,


0844 858 6767. www.thelunacinema.com/hatfield-house

1-4Oct The Watford Fringe

Festival of music, drama, comedy, improv, dance, poetry, art and

beer. With a variety of high quality events offering something

exciting for every taste.

Pump House Theatre & Arts Centre, 5 Local Board Road,

Watford, WD17 2JP

01923 241362. www.watfringe.co.uk/

07-Nov Cassiobury Fireworks

Our annual fireworks display promises to be an evening of

spectacular colour and sound! With food and drink stalls, mini

fun fair rides plus entertainment and live music from the stage.

Cassiobury Park, Cassiobury Park Avenue, Watford, WD18 7LG

02074 165000. www.watfordbigevents.co.uk/


18-Oct St Albans Antique and Vintage Market

Outdoor street market right in the heart of this amazing

Cathedral City bringing all manner of antiques, vintage,

brocante and architectural salvage.

St Peter’s Stree, St Albans, AL1 3DH

01636 702326. www.stalbansantiqueandvintagemarket.





Future for


Undeterred by the exceptional challenges of 2020, Bedford is

forging ahead with its plans for the future.

Town Centre Improvements

Works to improve Bedford’s town centre are continuing,

including changes to encourage pedestrians and cyclists and

provide a more pleasant shopping experience. Mayor Dave

Hodgson said: “We are looking to the future to ensure our town

centre continues to thrive in these difficult times.”

Higgins Bedford

The art gallery and museum, located in the 19th century

buildings of Castle Brewery, has reopened. Home to a world

renowned art collection, visitors will once again be able to enjoy

displays telling the story of the local area, alongside nationally

significant collections of art and design.


Bedford offers a wealth of choice for shoppers with the modern

Harpur Centre housing national brands alongside independent

stores. Explore the historic arcades and back streets and you’ll

discover even more stores. Samantha Laycock, Harpur Centre

manager, commented: “It has been wonderful to welcome

customers back and I know our town has a bright future ahead.”

Outdoor spaces

Bedford’s beautiful parks and open spaces have provided a

lifeline in recent months. The Embankment is a glorious sight

with over 20,000 flowers planted by the Council, bringing a

swathe of colour along this stretch of the River Great Ouse.


New dates have been announced for Bedford’s biggest festivals

which were due to take place this year. The incredibly popular

River Festival will now go ahead on 17 and 18 July 2021 while

the Bedford Kite and Motoring Festival will return to Russell Park

and the Embankment on 12 and 13 June.

A Place to Stay

Following a multi-million pound investment, The Bedford Swan

Hotel now boasts 113 stunning bedrooms, including a palatial

honeymoon suite, an enlarged dining space at the Pen & Cob

brasserie, extended Terrace overlooking the river, a new lounge,

transformed function rooms and Anna’s, a perfect place for

afternoon tea.

New in Town

CarRumBar, which opened its doors in Howard Street in August,

promises the full Caribbean experience of great food and good

vibes while the new family-owned Bridges Espresso Bar serves

breakfast, brunch and lunch with locally roasted coffee and

cocktails in Riverside Square.


Registered Charity No 307534



Six hangars filled with The Shuttleworth Collection’s vintage aircraft and

vehicles, and Swiss Garden bursting with pretty seasonal colour and two

delightful peacocks. Wander along the woodland sculpture trail, around a lake

home to nesting swans and other wildlife. Observe fantastic views of Shuttleworth

House and the scenic surrounding countryside from North Park’s gentle hills,

before a stroll around the paddocks overlooking the grass airfield. Bring a picnic,


FREE ENTRY for Kids under 16 & MEMBERS

Visit with confidence, Shuttleworth has safety measures in place including: Social

distancing reminders, hand sanitiser, takeaway catering, contactless payment, and

plenty of clean toilets!








06-Sep Twelfth Night (Outdoors)

The critically-acclaimed Pantaloons Theatre Company present

their own brand of socially-distanced open-air Shakespeare

mayhem. Family-friendly fun with live music and audience


The Place Theatre, Bradgate Road, Bedford, MK40 3DE

01234 354321. www.theplacebedford.org.uk/

02-Oct 100% Simon Brodkin

After three BBC series as Lee Nelson, multiple sell-out tours

and various court appearances following stunts on Theresa

May, Sepp Blatter, Donald Trump and Kanye West, the awardwinning

comedian unleashes his funniest creation yet… himself!

The Quarry Theatre, 26 St Peter’s Street, Bedford, MK40 2NN

01234 362337. www.quarrytheatre.org.uk/


11-Sep Live Outdoor Music: Journey Through the Past

Acoustic music from the 60’s, 70’s, 80’s and 90’s. Bar open and

plenty of space for social distancing. Booking essential. Bring

your own garden chair.

The Place Theatre, Bradgate Road, Bedford, MK40 3DE

01234 354321. www.theplacebedford.org.uk


25 Aug-20 Sep Dreams and Nightmares Exhibition

Artists’ depictions of dreams and nightmares from the

internationally renowned Cecil Higgins Collection with artworks

by William Blake, Pablo Picasso, Dante Gabriel Rossetti and


The Higgins Bedford, Castle Lane, Bedford, MK40 3XD

01234 718618 www.thehigginsbedford.org.uk/

5 Sep20-11 Apr21 Vauxhall – Made in Luton

Exhibition showcasing a selection of the iconic vehicles

produced by Vauxhall over the last 100 years. Follow the story

of the major car company and learn something of the impact

made on the town.

Stockwood Discovery Centre, London Road, LU1 4LX

01582 878100. www.culturetrust.com/

11-20 Sep Ridgmont Station Exhibition & Tour

Award-winning Victorian station house and booking office

with vintage tea room (booking recommended), gift shop and


Ridgmont Station Heritage Centre, Station Road, Ridgmont,

MK43 0XP

01525 287121. www.marstonvalecommunityrail.org.uk


1 Sep-30 Nov Pop Off Greensand Challenge

How many miles of the Greensand Ridge Path can you walk

self-guided over the weekend? Certificates for those who

complete the full 40 miles when verified by pictures.

Bedfordshire Area Ramblers


12-Sep A Very Different Bike & Hike

Sponsored Bike ‘n Hike organised by the Beds and Herts

Historic churches Trust. Visit as many churches and chapels as

you can. Visit website for sponsorship form and further details.

01767 312966. www.b-n-h.co.uk/

25-Sep Swiss Garden Open Evening with Live Music

Access to the garden 6-7.30pm followed by live performance

from our resident artist. Shuttleworth Pod serving hot and cold

drinks with snacks or bring your own picnic.

Shuttleworth, Old Warden Aerodrome, Nr Bigglesswade, SG18


01767 627927. www.shuttleworth.org/

26-Sep Ampthill EAT Feast

An array of international flavours from established food trucks

and caterers, celebrating good food and company.

Ampthill Great Park, Woburn Street, Ampthill, MK45 2HX

07497 145426. www.facebook.com/eatfeastco/

04-Oct Race Day: The Spirit of Shuttleworth Airshow

Vintage racing aircraft, Edwardian racing cars and classic

motorcycles. Step back to the 1920s with the smell of oil and

the roar of engines. Come in period dress and make it a day to


Shuttleworth, Old Warden Aerodrome, Nr Bigglesswade, SG18


01767 627927. www.shuttleworth.org/

24-31Oct Spooky Wrest Park

Follow the trail to solve creepy clues and listen to spooky

stories. Fun fancy dress competition – come in your scariest

outfit to be in with a chance of winning.

Wrest Park, Silsoe, MK45 4HR

0370 333118. www.english-heritage.org.uk

26-Nov Spa Christmas Shopping Evening

Enjoy mulled wine and mince pies whilst exploring a variety of

luxury gifts at great prices. Discounts and promotions, beauty

tips and product demonstrations.

Luton Hoo Hotel, Golf & Spa, The Mansion House, Luton, LU1


01582 734437. www.lutonhoo.co.uk/


03-Oct Bedfordshire’s Antiques & Collectors Fair

Jewellery, books, pictures, brass, copper, silver, small items of

furniture, pottery, glass, coins, stamps and postcards. Raising

funds for the Church’s good causes around the world.

St Paul’s Church, St Paul’s Square, Bedford, MK40 1SQ

07843 174615. www.antiques-atlas.com/




University Arms

Situated in the heart of Cambridge overlooking Parker’s Piece.

The highest quality linens can be found in our 192 bedrooms

which include 10 luxury suites offering Edwardian-inspired

décor, combining classic interiors with a modern flourish to

inspire your imagination.

Cambridge, UK

T: +44 (0) 1223 60 62 66

E: reservations@universityarms.com


Varsity Hotel

The Varsity Hotel is situated amidst the Cambridge Colleges

with views from many of the rooms across Kings, St Johns

and Trinity. It is also a stones throw from the main punting

area and has many great shops nearby.



T: 01223 306030

E: res@thevarsityhotel.co.uk


Sibton White Horse Inn

Wonderfull unspoilt 16c country freehouse, same owners

for 15 years, just 20 minutes from the coast. Enjoy excellent

food inside or out in the splendid courtyard. Five adjacent

rooms provide the comforts expected from an AA 4 star gold

rated inn.

Nr Saxmundham

T: 01728 660337

E: info@sibtonwhitehorseinn.co.uk





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