Eastlife Winter 2020

You don’t need me to point out it’s uncertain times, but despite the on-going pandemic, the region’s residents and business owners are pulling together to ensure Christmas and winter festivities continue.

You don’t need me to point out it’s uncertain times, but despite the on-going pandemic, the region’s residents and business owners are pulling together to ensure Christmas and winter festivities continue.


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WINTER <strong>2020</strong> www.eastlife.co.uk<br />

A <strong>Winter</strong> Wonderland<br />

Festive events and days out<br />

Food, Glorious, Food<br />

A guide to the best farm shops<br />

www.eastlife.co.uk<br />

Interiors Special<br />

New Year, New Home<br />


Centre of Excellence for<br />

children and young people.<br />

referred to us from all over the country.<br />

Our experienced paediatric consultants have been<br />

leading the way for child treatments for a number<br />

of years, employing the safest and least invasive<br />

surgical techniques.<br />

Children from 0-3 years can be seen in our outpatients<br />

department and children over 3 years as inpatients.<br />

If your child needs to stay overnight, a paediatric nurse<br />

stays overnight as well, giving you the reassurance you<br />

need that your child is safe. Alternatively we also have<br />

facilities for you to stay overnight with your child.<br />

It can be a worrying time when your child isn’t well.<br />

We understand that sometimes you don’t want to wait for<br />

a diagnosis or perhaps you just want a second opinion.<br />

assured that your child is in the best hands possible<br />

for treatment.<br />

Below are just some of the children’s services we provide:<br />

• Allergies<br />

• Children’s surgery (minor)<br />

• Dermatology<br />

Additional services:<br />

• Physiotherapy<br />

or visit<br />

• Audiology<br />

• Dental services<br />

• Ear, nose and throat<br />

(ENT)<br />

• X-Ray<br />

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WINTER<br />



Contents<br />

Magazine Production<br />

PUBLISHER Christa Hallam<br />

christa@eastlife.co.uk | 07827 015170<br />

EDITOR Emma Kemsley<br />

emma@eastlife.co.uk<br />

FEATURES WRITER Jacqui Hagen<br />

jacqui@eastlife.co.uk | 07990 881546<br />

GRAPHIC DESIGN Doug Dawson<br />

doug@dougdawson.co.uk<br />


Jim Leishman<br />

jim@eastlife.co.uk | 07872 469 669<br />


Southwold, Suffolk by Tabitha Mary.<br />

Tabitha is inspired by the old railway posters.<br />

She captures places near and far. You can see<br />

her collection of 200+ prints on her website<br />

www.tabithamary.co.uk<br />

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Dear Readers,<br />

You don’t need me to point out it’s uncertain times, but despite the<br />

on-going pandemic, the region’s residents and business owners are<br />

pulling together to ensure Christmas and winter festivities continue.<br />

I’m happy to say there are still lots of seasonal events planned. From<br />

winter trails, ice rinks, drive-in pantos and Santa visits, we’ve picked<br />

the best events for you to enjoy, with safety measures in place of<br />

course.<br />

If you’re itching to get away but feel restricted with the current tier<br />

system, then check out our travel guides. There’s a foodie road trip<br />

around Essex that you can take at your own pace, beach escapes<br />

in Suffolk and cosy, country retreats that will take you completely<br />

off-grid in Norfolk.<br />

As always, we love to hear from you. Let us know about your favourite<br />

local business, share your pics and engage with our content via<br />

Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.<br />

Wishing you a very Merry Christmas and Happy New Year<br />

Emma Kemsley<br />


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Contents<br />

20<br />

46<br />

124<br />

120<br />

09 Around The Region<br />

A round-up of the region’s news and<br />

upcoming events<br />

015 Lifestyle<br />

A guide to seasonal and winter events.<br />

Plus a gift guide to help you support local<br />

business<br />

034 Travel<br />

His & Her spa beaks, rural retreats in<br />

Norfolk, winter on the Suffolk Coast and a<br />

foodie roadtrip around Essex<br />

049 Dog Friendly<br />

Catch up on Fletcher’s latest adventures<br />

in Tails About Town<br />

051 Education<br />

How to make the most of a school open<br />

day – everything you need to ask!<br />

055 Little East<br />

Keep your little ones entertained with<br />

winter days out<br />

063 Food & Drink<br />

The latest food and drink news,<br />

Cambridge’s newest food trend, it’s battle<br />

of the burgers in Norwich and a guide to<br />

the region’s best farm shops<br />

069 Health<br />

Find out why you shoud cycle to work,<br />

plus a full guide on how to choose the<br />

right care home for loved ones<br />

075 Fashion<br />

Slide into seasonal style with a skirt<br />

077 Weddings<br />

Planning tips for your 2021 wedding<br />

079 Motoring<br />

Sue Cooke reviews the Jeep Renegade 4xe<br />

081 Consumer<br />

Martin Lewis brings us the latest news on<br />

Government ‘Green Home’ grants<br />

085 Interiors<br />

Redecorate your home on a budget, plus<br />

sustainable Christmas ideas, garden updates<br />

and property<br />

099 Arts<br />

A round-up of the region’s arts news and<br />

events<br />

102 Area Focus<br />

A winter’s day out; read our visitor guides to<br />

the region’s chic cities, market towns and<br />

pretty villages<br />


More Than A Home,<br />

It’s A Way Of Life.<br />

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Having the time to do all those things you’ve been<br />

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Life just got better!<br />

Learn more about modern retirement living at one of<br />

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New developments at Bedwell Park, Cambridgeshire<br />

and Wixfield Park, Suffolk.<br />

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email info@tingdene.net<br />


Word<br />

of<br />

Mouth<br />

The latest news from around the region<br />

Dogs Trust Appeals for Foster Carers<br />

Dogs Trust Freedom Project, a pet fostering scheme run by the<br />

UK’s largest dog welfare charity, has launched an appeal to<br />

animal-lovers in East Anglia to temporarily care for the dogs of<br />

survivors of domestic abuse, enabling their owners to flee<br />

to safety.<br />

The Freedom Project provides foster homes for dogs and<br />

enables survivors to access safe accommodation without the<br />

fear of what may happen to their dog if they cannot take them<br />

with them. Sadly, there is a strong link between domestic abuse<br />

and abuse to pets, with research showing that pets will often be<br />

used by a perpetrator as a tool to threaten or coerce.<br />

Dogs Trust is currently expanding the project into East Anglia<br />

and urgently needs foster carers to support this vital service.<br />

The East Anglia service is set to run across Norfolk, Suffolk and<br />

Cambridgeshire. The service already operates in Essex, and this<br />

will mean that Dogs Trust can offer full coverage of the Freedom<br />

Project in the East of England.<br />

Volunteers will need to be at home during the day, potentially<br />

people who are retired or work from home. They must have<br />

some experience of caring for dogs, have their own garden<br />

or access to a communal garden, and be able to commit to<br />

fostering a dog for at least six months. Involvement in fostering<br />

through the project is always kept completely confidential to<br />

protect both the dogs and the foster carers.<br />

If you think you can help or would like more information on the<br />

service, you can visit www.dogstrustfreedomproject.org.uk,<br />

call 0808 196 6240, or you can apply via the website at<br />

www.moretodogstrust.org.uk/volunteer<br />


Proposed changes to<br />

London Luton Airport Arrivals<br />

The arrival flightpaths into London Luton Airport need to change, and you can help shape how<br />

What is being proposed?<br />

London Luton Airport shares arrival routes and holds with Stansted Airport. Any arrival delay or<br />

disruption at one airport can cause unnecessary arrival delay to the other, impacting the travelling<br />

public and local communities. The proposals for change involve separating London Luton Airport’s<br />

arrivals flightpaths further out and higher up to reduce delays and ensure safety for the future.<br />

Why are we doing this now?<br />

Although the amount of air traffic has reduced due to the impacts of COVID-19, the need to change<br />

the airspace remains. Unless we do something now, we will see more arrival delays and airborne<br />

holding as flights increase, worsening the environmental impacts and increasing the likelihood of<br />

delay in order to protect safety.<br />

Will the proposed change affect me?<br />

London Luton Airport and NATS are seeking your feedback on two options, which affect areas<br />

not only near the Airport but also across Bedfordshire, Buckinghamshire, Cambridgeshire, Essex,<br />

Hertfordshire and Suffolk. You can find out more about what the changes might mean for you by<br />

using the postcode search on the website.<br />

Have your say<br />

Your feedback is very important to help shape the final proposal. More information, including details<br />

of online meetings and how to submit your response, can be found by visiting london-luton.co.uk/ad6<br />

This consultation runs from Monday 19 th October <strong>2020</strong> until Friday 5 th February 2021.<br />

Responses should be made using the online form on the Civil Aviation Authority (CAA) Airspace<br />

Change Portal.<br />

If you require a printed copy of the consultation document or have any special requirements, please<br />

contact: Airspace Change, Flight Operations, London Luton Airport, Percival House, Percival Way,<br />

Luton, LU2 9NU.<br />

Email enquiries can be sent to AD6@ltn.aero<br />

Use the camera on your smartphone<br />

to scan this QR code for direct access<br />

to the website:

Rebrand for Norwich Shopping Centre<br />

Norwich’s Chapelfield shopping centre, has been renamed Chantry<br />

Place. The former intu location has undergone a rebrand. Its new<br />

name pays homage to the lesser known history of the site.<br />

As well as a new name, website, Facebook, Instagram and Twitter<br />

channels, the rebrand includes a new logo, signage and uniform<br />

for staff.<br />

The name Chantry Place embraces the site’s medieval heritage as<br />

a secular college and chapel, built during the 1200s, which was<br />

known as a chantry. Chantry Road runs along the side of the centre;<br />

Chapelfield Plain has been renamed Chantry Square.<br />

www.chantryplace.co.uk<br />

Griff Rhys Jones to continue EACH<br />

fundraising with Celebrity Bottom Drawer<br />

Auction<br />

A one-of-a-kind film camera coffin made in Ghana is among quirky<br />

items that could be yours this Christmas as A-listers sift through their<br />

D-list stuff to raise money for East Anglia’s Children’s Hospices (EACH).<br />

The Celebrity Bottom Drawer Auction is being organised by Griff Rhys<br />

Jones as he continues his annual festive fundraising for EACH. He is<br />

currently asking his network of celebrity friends built up over 40 years<br />

of comedy, TV and radio, to regift items too. Top grade celebrity castoffs,<br />

memorabilia and treasures are expected to be available come 27<br />

November, when a week-long online auction will begin.<br />

Exclusive books from David Walliams, including one of three copies<br />

of Baby Eric, a story written for Simon Cowell when his son was born,<br />

and a special £10 note created for Doctor Who from David Tennant are<br />

among items that have already started coming in.<br />

The likes of Alexander Armstrong, Ant & Dec, Ian Hislop, Joanna<br />

Lumley, Matt Lucas, Ralph Fiennes, Tom Hollander and many more<br />

have also pledged to delve through their drawers.<br />

For more information visit www.CelebrityBottomDrawer.com.<br />

Anyone who feels they already have enough items around the house<br />

will be able to ‘bid for nothing’ and make a donation straight to EACH.<br />

Madness Announce Forest<br />

Live Dates<br />

Madness have announced dates as part<br />

of Forest Live 2021; the summer concert<br />

series presented by Forestry England. The<br />

band will be performing their classic hits<br />

on stage at Thetford Forest on 19 June.<br />

Tickets are now on sale.<br />

www.forestryengland.uk/music<br />

Museum Openings<br />

A number of Norfolk’s museums are<br />

reopening their doors with safety<br />

measure in place. Visitors can once<br />

again enjoy the likes of Norwich<br />

Castle Museum & Art Gallery and Lynn<br />

Museum. Both attractions require<br />

visitors to book tickets in advance on<br />

the website.<br />

www.museums.norfolk.gov.uk<br />

Summer Announcements<br />

Let’s face it, we can’t wait to put<br />

<strong>2020</strong> behind us, which is why the<br />

announcement of forth coming summer<br />

concerts comes at a welcomed time.<br />

The Jockey Club Live have released<br />

details of its scheduled summer shows<br />

at Newmarket Racecourse, which<br />

includes big names such as The Script<br />

(18 June), Rick Astley (25 June), Bryan<br />

Ferry (16 July), Tom Jones (23 July),<br />

Olly Murs (30 July) and McFly (28<br />

August).Tickets are now on sale at<br />

www.thejockeyclublive.co.uk<br />


The<br />

Calendar<br />

Due to COVID-19 event information is being updated frequently<br />

and events may be cancelled or postponed. Please ensure you<br />

check ahead before visiting any event listed.<br />

The Village Van is on the Road…again!<br />

North Norfolk<br />

November<br />

The Village Van is once again hitting the road during lockdown to provide daily<br />

essentials to North Norfolk villages. The 1973 Citroen H van has been repurposed as a<br />

village shop selling fruit, vegetables, cheese and bread, among other essentials, all of<br />

which are sourced locally where possible. The service was hugely popular during the<br />

first lockdown and it will resume to serve the local community once again from Tuesday<br />

9 November, with one-hour slots at selected villages. In addition to local produce,<br />

residents can also order Christmas hampers! For the full location schedule visit<br />

www.neallskitchen.com/villagevan or Instagram @thevillagevan<br />

Hertford Christmas Prize Draw<br />

Hertford Town Centre<br />

Until 19 December<br />

Those shopping in Hertford this Christmas could be in for the chance of winning a<br />

£50 gift voucher to spend at any Hertford retailer. Once a customer has spent £10 in<br />

a participating store, to enter the competition the customer must leave their contact<br />

details to be entered into a raffle. The competition is organised by Hertford Town<br />

Council, and encourages people to shop locally and support the town’s shops and<br />

services. Ten lucky winners will be selected to win a £50 gift voucher. The winners will<br />

be announced on 22 and 23 December.<br />

www.gohertford.co.uk/events<br />

14 & 25 November,<br />

10am-5pm<br />

November<br />

Online Bedfordshire Christmas Fair<br />

www.bedfordshirechristmasfair.org<br />

Mannington Estate Walks, every day throughout<br />

the year<br />

Norwich, NR11 7BB<br />

Wrap up warm and enjoy the changing gardens at the Mannington Estate. Walks<br />

remain open every day throughout the year which also includes access to the bird hide<br />

where Otters and Kingfishers are spotted regularly. The grounds offer a peaceful and<br />

safe space during the current on-going pandemic.<br />

www.manningtonestate.co.uk<br />

Paul Dickson Tours/Norwich: An Introduction<br />

Meet outside the Erpingham Gate, Tombland, Norwich<br />

5 December, 10am<br />

Discover more than 1000 years of Norwich’s history on this circular tour, with guide<br />

Paul Dickson, starting and finishing at the 15th century Erpingham Gate, Norwich<br />

Cathedral, Tombland. Explore the ancient Cathedral Quarter. Hear stories of Norwich<br />

Castle, walk through the late Victorian shopping arcade, then see Norwich Market, the<br />

15th century Guildhall, City Hall and Jarrold’s department store. The return journey<br />

passes the Museum of Norwich, where you hear about Norwich’s former chocolate<br />

history, followed by Cinema City and St Andrews & Blackfriars Halls, before passing<br />

down picturesque Elm Hill to the River Wensum and back to the Erpingham Gate.<br />

Ticket £7, book via Eventbrite.<br />

www.pauldicksontours.co.uk<br />


Christmas Spectacular Circus & Water Show<br />

Hippodrome Circus, St Georges Road, Great Yarmouth<br />

5 December – 10 January<br />

The Christmas Spectacular returns for a social distanced performance, but bigger<br />

and better! There’ll be international circus artistes, a water spectacle with aerialists,<br />

synchronised swimmers, giant fountains and the magic of Christmas with hilarious<br />

comedy from Ben Langley and sensational acrobats with over 50 performers.<br />

Tickets are limited due to social distancing so book quick!<br />

www.hippodromecircus.co.uk<br />

Made in Bedford<br />

Bedford Chartered Market Square, St Paul’s Square, Bedford<br />

6 December, 10am-3pm<br />

A lovely fair showcasing the best crafts from local artists, craftspeople and<br />

producers. It’s the perfect opportunity to buy cards, gifts and decorations. The<br />

Number 13 café will be open for refreshments, cakes and there will be vegan food<br />

from Scrumdiddly Kitchen. There are a few changes to apply with COVID safety<br />

measures including fewer stalls outside on the Market Square. Unfortunately, there’s<br />

no music or live demos, but you can still expect a buzzing festive atmosphere.<br />

A Circus Carol<br />

Norwich Theatre Royal<br />

16-23 December<br />

Starring Lost in Translation Circus, the Charles Dickens’ timeless classic ‘A Christmas<br />

Carol’ is literally turned on its head in this spectacular production filled with gasps,<br />

thrills and laughs. Combining acrobatics and truly amazing trickery with ghosts of<br />

Christmas past, present and future, this marvellously intricate reimagining captures<br />

all the thrills and spills of the original festival tale with even more spectacle.<br />

Tickets priced £10 to £17.50.<br />

www.norwichtheatre.org<br />

1 January<br />

Sheringham New Year’s Day Dip<br />

Sheringham Beach<br />

Don your fancy dress and take the brave plunge into the sea for this long-standing<br />

tradition.<br />

Noah’s Ark Museum<br />

Orwell Quay, Cult Cafe, James Herir Building, University Avenue, Ipswich, IP3 0FS<br />

Until 28 March 2021<br />

This is one of your last chances to experience a floating museum! Noah’s Ark is the<br />

world’s only floating exhibition of Bible stories. The exhibition will come to a close<br />

at the end of March. Covering 2,000 square meters and four floors, the Ark is a halfsized<br />

replica of Noah’s original boat. Throughout the ‘museum-ship’ are exhibitions<br />

and displays of wooden sculptures telling some of the most popular Biblical stories<br />

including Adam & Eve, Moses and David & Goliath plus a 12ft tall ‘Tree of Life’.<br />

www.allaboutipswich.com/whats-on/events/noahs-ark<br />

Nuclear Fallout<br />

Brentwood, Essex<br />

6 February, 9am<br />

Burn off those Christmas calories with this almighty 7k and 12k obstacle course.<br />

You’ll need to train hard to tackle this one, and it’s not for the faint hearted but if you<br />

want to set yourself a challenge in 2021, sign up! Price from £59.50.<br />

www.nuclear-races.co.uk<br />


FRIDAY 27 NOVEMBER <strong>2020</strong> - SUNDAY 10 JANUARY 2021<br />

FOR AGES<br />

UP TO 7<br />

F U N F O R A LL T H E FA M ILY<br />

VENUE:<br />

The Garage, 14 Chapel Field North, Norwich, NR2 1NY<br />

TICKETS:<br />

£12.50 adult | £7.50 child, under 1s go free<br />


01603 283382 | thegarage.org.uk<br />

ALL<br />



COVID<br />

SECURE<br />

WEDNESDAY 16 DECEMBER <strong>2020</strong> - SUNDAY 3 JANUARY 2021<br />

FOR AGES<br />

UP TO 7<br />

U N F F O R A LL T H E FA M ILY<br />

VENUE:<br />

The Workshop, 38 New Conduit Street, Vancouver Quarter, PE30 1DL<br />

TICKETS:<br />

£12.50 adult | £7.50 child, under 1s go free<br />


01553 277919 | theworkshop.org.uk<br />



ALL<br />


Christmas<br />

EVENTS<br />

COVID-19 may feel like the<br />

unofficial Grinch that stole<br />

Christmas but there’s still plenty<br />

of festivities to be enjoyed. The<br />

region’s towns and cities will<br />

sparkle with light displays, Santa<br />

will still make an appearance<br />

and there’s lots of festive days<br />

out scheduled to go ahead. We’ve<br />

pulled together a handy guide of<br />

seasonal festivities for you to enjoy<br />

in a safe, social-distanced space.<br />

Remember, when it comes to<br />

Christmas shopping, local business<br />

needs our support more than ever.<br />

Read our gift guide for inspiration<br />

from independent brands.<br />

There’s still time salvage <strong>2020</strong>,<br />

after all this is the most wonderful<br />

time of the year!<br />



<strong>Winter</strong> Won<br />

A guide to unmissable festive events<br />

Don’t worry Christmas hasn’t been cancelled, the seasonal<br />

magic is spreading across the region, far and wide, with<br />

dazzling light displays, festive pop ups, ice rinks and more.<br />

Read our guide to enjoying winter in the East.<br />

Tunnel of Light,<br />

open until 5 January<br />

Hay Hill, Norwich<br />

Returning with glittering sequences,<br />

Norwich’s Tunnel of Light will once again<br />

thrill the senses with its 45-meters long, 4<br />

meters high and 6 meters wide tunnel. It’s<br />

a must visit if you’re in the city this winter,<br />

and a great photo opportunity. This year<br />

safety measures are in place; visitors<br />

are encouraged to walk on the left and<br />

there will be directional floor stickers one<br />

metre apart to help you social distance<br />

throughout the tunnel.<br />

www.visitnorwich.co.uk<br />

The North Pole,<br />

open until 3 January<br />

Parker’s Piece, Cambridge<br />

Get into the festive spirit, whatever the<br />

weather, and skate in style at The North<br />

Pole Cambridge. It features an undercover<br />

ice rink and cosy Alpine Cabin Bar. This<br />

year’s ice rink is the biggest yet, but<br />

there’ll be no increase in capacity to<br />

ensure there’s plenty of space for skaters.<br />

Full social distancing measures will be in<br />

place. New for this year is a ferris wheel<br />

offering wonderful views of Cambridge,<br />

and a thrilling three-lane ice slide. After<br />

skating, browse the stalls or warm up with<br />

mulled wine and a German bratwurst<br />

sausage. Adult tickets priced £13.50,<br />

children aged 3 to 12 priced £11.50.<br />

www.thenorthpolecambridge.co.uk<br />

Drive-In Christmas Show<br />

Chelmsford City Racecourse,<br />

11 December, 4.30pm & 7pm<br />

IWM Duxford, 12 December,<br />

2pm & 5pm<br />

Knebworth House, 24 December,<br />

2pm & 5pm<br />

A car park panto, yes you read that right,<br />

is coming to Chelmsford City Racecourse,<br />

IWM Duxford and Knebworth House. In<br />

partnership with the Birmingham Stage<br />

Company and Horrible Histories, there will<br />

be two performances a day of a ‘Horrible<br />

Christmas’; a hair-raising adventure<br />

through the history of Christmas with<br />

colourful characters. Families will be able<br />

to get into the festive spirit from the comfort<br />

and safety of their car. There are limited<br />

tickets for each show priced at £45 per car.<br />

www.carparkparty.com<br />


derland<br />

Festive Afternoon Tea at<br />

The Maids Head Hotel,<br />

December<br />

Tombland, Norwich<br />

Get into the festive spirit with the hotel’s<br />

award-winning traditional afternoon tea<br />

bursting with seasonal flavours. Enjoy<br />

this special treat with friends and family<br />

in either the Wine Press Restaurant or in<br />

one of the cosy lounges.<br />

Priced £20 per person.<br />

www.maidsheadhotel.co.uk<br />

Father Christmas at<br />

Glemham Hall,<br />

5 & 6 December<br />

Little Glemham, Suffolk<br />

Father Christmas will be flying into the Great<br />

Hall at Glemham Hall with festive crafts and<br />

elves to help children write and post a letter<br />

to the North Pole. Children can visit the<br />

reindeer hut in the garden and meet Santa<br />

himself.<br />

www.glemhamhall.co.uk/events/<br />

meetfatherchristmas<br />

Thursford Enchanted<br />

Journey of Light,<br />

open until 3 January<br />

Thursford Collection, Fakenham<br />

A magical walk-through experience<br />

for all ages, this is an all-new indoor<br />

Wonderland Trail. A maze of steam<br />

engines, fairy-tale characters and an<br />

immersive experience of light and sound<br />

including one of the UK’s biggest kinetic<br />

light displays, will lead to a 4-acre Lantern<br />

Light Extravaganza. This includes<br />

a beautiful, breath-taking outdoor<br />

installation of luminous sculptures, from<br />

a fantasy forest of jungle animals to the<br />

wilds of the North Pole. Tickets require<br />

pre-booking. £15 per person, maximum<br />

six tickets per booking. Free for ages two<br />

years and under. Time slots allocated<br />

from 3pm daily.<br />

www.thursford.com/enchantedjourney-of-light<br />

Bure Valley Railway<br />

Festive Express,<br />

5 December and daily<br />

from 19 December,<br />

including Christmas Eve<br />

Aylsham Station, Norwich Road,<br />

Aylsham<br />

The Festive Express is a one-hour<br />

experience from Aylsham station in<br />

the Norfolk Broads which includes a<br />

30-minute steam train ride, Christmas<br />

refreshments for all the family, a<br />

guest appearance from Santa and a<br />

personalised present for each child. The<br />

attraction is holder of VisitEngland’s<br />

‘We’re Good To Go’ mark, so you’re<br />

in safe hands. Advanced booking is<br />

essential. Tickets £12 per person (adults<br />

and children).<br />

www.bvrw.co.uk<br />

Panto in a Pickle! 16-24<br />

December, various times<br />

Theatre Royal, Norwich<br />

A brand new show for the whole family that<br />

captures lots of the traditional panto fun in<br />

a madcap adventure through six favourite<br />

stories. Be prepared for pantomime but not<br />

as you know it! There has been a terrible<br />

mess-up in Panto-land. What is Cinderella<br />

doing with those magic beans? Why did<br />

Captain Hook stop Snow White going to<br />

the ball? How did Aladdin end up in an<br />

enchanted sleep?<br />

Tickets priced £10 to £13.50.<br />

www.norwichtheatre.org<br />

Hertford Christmas Town<br />

Centre Trail,<br />

21 December – 1 January<br />

Hertford Town Centre<br />

Get the children excited about the town<br />

they live in with Hertford’s town trail. Taking<br />

place throughout the Christmas holidays,<br />

it is designed to encourage visitors to the<br />

town centre and to explore and support<br />

different retailers’ offerings.<br />

www.www.hertford.gov.uk<br />

Projections on Norwich<br />

Castle, displayed until<br />

31 January<br />

Norwich city centre<br />

Mesmerising projections will transform<br />

Norwich Castle’s historic façade with<br />

a celebration of the region’s culture<br />

and heritage, Christmas magic and<br />

mystery this festive season. The work of<br />

Illuminos projection arts will adorn the<br />

castle presenting new original stories to<br />

thrill audiences and add atmosphere to<br />

Norwich city centre.<br />

www.visitnorwich.co.uk<br />

Christmas Adventure Quest,<br />

26 December –<br />

3 January, 10am-4pm<br />

Audley End House & Gardens, Saffron<br />

Walden, Essex<br />

A great chance to get outdoors and embrace<br />

winter’s nature. Families can explore and<br />

discover fun facts and untold stories of<br />

history, hunt for clues and QR codes which<br />

reveal quirky tales. Hot chocolate and mulled<br />

wine will be on offer too.<br />

www.english-heritage.org.uk/visit/<br />

whats-on/audley-end-christmasadventure-quest-26-dec---3-jan-2021<br />


Steam Heritage|Gardens|Garden Centre<br />

www.bressingham.co.uk<br />


check www.bressingham.co.uk or call 01379 686900<br />

for further details<br />

Find us on Facebook & Twitter<br />

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Christmas<br />

at Bressingham Steam Museum<br />

For <strong>2020</strong>, there will be no live entertainment in the Village Hall, Santa will be in his grotto where<br />

you will be able to see and speak with him, and receive a present – however you will not be able to<br />

enter the grotto and sit with him.<br />

The <strong>2020</strong> times slots are for visiting the grotto, this must be done on arrival this year – then at your<br />

leisure look round the decorated spaces , take a train ride and ride on the Gallopers. Please arrive in<br />

time to park, get your tickets and make the 5 minute trip from the entrance to the Grotto<br />

Bookings is essential and should ideally be made ,online the way of operating this year severely reduces our<br />

numbers so it’s best to book online. Season ticket holders can ring or book during the year in person.<br />

Father Christmas and his wife and elves, will be at Bressingham on the 5/6, 12/13, and 19,20,21,22,23,24<br />

December <strong>2020</strong>. Entry times vary depending on the day.<br />

Why not stay all afternoon and visit Walmington on Sea at Christmas.<br />

This year Santa is including:<br />

• A ride on the Steam Train on the Fen Railway for everyone<br />

• For those up to the age of 12 a visit to Father Christmas and a present from him. Rides on<br />

the Gallopers are included too.<br />

• The Dads Army Exhibition will be decorated for Christmas<br />

There will be food available at the Garden Centre if you arrive before Santa is ready and at The<br />

Steam Museum too during your visit.<br />

• Adult (advance) tickets are £12.50#<br />

• Children (advance) 3-12 £15.50#<br />

• under 3’s (advance) requiring a present are £8.00#<br />

Tickets on the day will be £1 per person more than in advance –<br />

if there are any still available.<br />

#These prices include a Gift Aid donation. All offer types (including Tesco Deals) are excluded<br />

from use at this event.<br />



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Nothing beats the smell of a real fir at<br />

Christmas. If you’re thinking of picking<br />

your own pine, take a trip to one of the<br />

region’s Christmas tree farms<br />



The festive season may be looking<br />

a little different this year, but one<br />

thing Boris can’t stop us enjoying is a<br />

Christmas tree. Wrap up warm and get<br />

yourself to one of the many ‘pick your<br />

own’ farms across the region. Some<br />

farms have the addition of cute barns<br />

where you can eat, shop and soak up<br />

the festive atmosphere.<br />

Bedfordshire<br />

Stagsden Christmas Trees,<br />

Opens 7 November<br />

West End Farm, West End, Stagsden<br />

MK43 8SZ<br />

www.stagsdenchristmastrees.co.uk<br />

Windmill Christmas Tree Farm<br />

Windmill Lane, Stevington, Bedford<br />

MK43 7QZ<br />

www.facebook.com/<br />

localchristmastreefarm<br />

Badge Hill Christmas Tree Farm<br />

Badger Hill, Clophill Road, Maulden,<br />

MK45 2AD<br />

www.badgerhillchristmastreefarm.<br />

co.uk<br />

A Jakins & Sons Christmas Tree<br />

Kitchen End, Pulloxhill Road, Silsoe,<br />

MK45 4QT<br />

www.jakinstrees.com<br />

Clifton Bury Fruit Farm<br />

Clifton Bury Fruit Farm, Clifton,<br />

SG17 5EX<br />

www.facebook.com/<br />

CliftonBuryFruitFarm<br />

Fred’s Christmas Trees<br />

Grange Cottages, Sunderland Hill,<br />

Elm Farm Industrial Estate, Bedford<br />

MK44 2SJ<br />

www.freds-christmas-trees.<br />

business.site<br />

Hertfordshire<br />

The Real Christmas Tree Farm,<br />

24 November – 23 December<br />

Ringshal, Berkhamsted, HP4 1ND<br />

www.realchristmastreefarm.co.uk<br />

Christmas Tree Place,<br />

Opens 21 November<br />

Chesham Road, Berkhamsted HP4 2SZ<br />

www.christmastreeplace.co.uk<br />

Festive Trees Hertfordshire<br />

Oak’s Cross Farm, Hook’s Cross,<br />

SG14 3RY<br />

www.festivetreeshertfordshire.co.uk<br />

Ware Christmas Tree Farm<br />

Highview Farm, Green End Lane,<br />

Dane End, Nr Ware, SG12 0FF<br />

www.christmastree-farm.co.uk<br />

Christmas Tree Farm Chesham,<br />

Opening 21 November<br />

Chesham HP5 1NE<br />

www.christmastreefarm.co.uk<br />

The Magic of Christmas,<br />

Open until Christmas<br />

The Old Rectory Farm, Walkern,<br />

SG2 7PD<br />

www.themagicofchristmas.net<br />

Cambridgeshire<br />

Cambridge Christmas Tree Experience<br />

Newmarket Road, Bottisham,<br />

Cambridge CB25 9EG<br />

www.cambridgechristmastreeexperience.<br />

co.uk<br />

The Christmas Tree Firm<br />

Quarterway Barns, Ely CB6 3HP<br />

www.thechristmastreefirm.co.uk<br />

Ramsey Xmas Trees<br />

Mill View Farm, Holme Road, Ramsey St<br />

Mary’s, Huntingdon PE26 2ST<br />

www.ramsey-xmas-trees.co.uk<br />

Tallington Farm Christmas Trees<br />

Mill Lane, Tallington, Stamford PE9 4RR<br />

www.tallingtonfarm.co.uk<br />

Suffolk<br />

Church Farm Christmas Barn<br />

Bradfield Combust, Bury St Edmunds<br />

IP30 0LW<br />

www.churchfarmchristmasbarn.com<br />

Elveden Christmas Trees<br />

Estate Office, London Road, Elveden,<br />

Thetford IP24 3TQ<br />

www.elvedenchristmastrees.com<br />

Wrentham Christmas Trees,<br />

24 November to Christmas Eve<br />

Field Farm, Wrentham, Beccles,<br />

NR34 7NB<br />

www.wrenthamchristmastrees.com<br />

Sharman Christmas Trees<br />

3 Wash Lane, Burgh St Peter, Beccles<br />

NR34 0BW<br />

www.christmastreesbeccles.com<br />

Hollow Trees Farm<br />

A1141, Semer, Ipswich IP7 6HX<br />

www.hollowtrees.co.uk/christmas<br />

Manor Farm Christmas Trees,<br />

Open weekends in December<br />

Manor Farm, Vicarage Road, Great<br />

Hockham, Thetford IP24 1PE<br />

www.manorfarm-christmas.co.uk<br />

Blackthorpe Barn,<br />

Selected dates, must be pre-booked<br />

Rougham, Blackthorpe,<br />

Bury St Edmunds IP30 9JG<br />

www.blackthorpebarn.com<br />

Essex<br />

Rayleigh Christmas Tree Farm<br />

Slatfords Nursery & Garden Centre,<br />

Weir Cutting , Arterial Road, Rayleigh,<br />

SS6 7TU<br />

www.slatfordsnursery.co.uk/<br />

christmas-trees<br />

Hurley’s Christmas Tree Farm,<br />

Open 29 November<br />

Woodham Road Battlesbridge, Wickford<br />

SS11 7QL<br />

www.christmasfarm.co.uk<br />

Christmas Wrapped Up,<br />

1 November – 22 December<br />

Easter Hall, Aythorpe Roding, Dunmow<br />

CM6 1PE<br />

www.christmaswrappedup.co.uk<br />

Alsa Wood Farm,<br />

Open 28 November<br />

Alsa Wood, Stansted CM24 8SU<br />

www.alsawoodfarm.co.uk<br />

Foxes Farm Produce<br />

Upminster – RM14 1UA<br />

Basildon – SS15 4ER<br />

www.foxesfarmproduce.co.uk/<br />

christmas-trees<br />

Slamsey’s Christmas Trees<br />

Slamseys Farm, Blackley Lane, Great<br />

Notley, Braintree CM77 7QW<br />

www.slamseys.co.uk/christmas-trees<br />

Norfolk<br />

Norfolk Christmas Trees,<br />

28 November – 22 December<br />

Hall Farm Barn, Pockthorpe Road,<br />

Great Melton, Norwich NR9 3BW<br />

www.norfolk-christmastrees.co.uk<br />

Blackrow Nurseries<br />

Longthorn House, Shortthorn Road,<br />

Stratton Strawless, Norwich, NR10 4DE<br />

www.norfolkhedging.co.uk/pages/<br />

christmas-trees.htm<br />


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Gold Teardrop Necklace<br />

£50.00<br />

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Tonka Bottles<br />

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Mother of Pearl Purse<br />

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Why not give a unique gift with a<br />

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A guided-buggy tour of Watatunga<br />

Wildlife Reserve.<br />

www.watatunga.co.uk<br />

A national equine welfare charity<br />

responsible for over 2,000 rescued<br />

horses, ponies, donkeys and mules<br />

across the UK.<br />

www.redwings.org.uk<br />

Britain’s Biggest Online Beer,<br />

Spirits, Liquors and Wine Shop – all<br />

delivered straight to your door!<br />

www.beersofeurope.co.uk<br />

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NR34 9TB<br />

01502 714234<br />

www.becclessewing.co.uk<br />

Voucher for a<br />

4-seater buggy<br />

£60.00<br />

Lady and Holly in the<br />

Snow Christmas Card<br />

£4.50<br />

Nelsons Gold<br />

Liqueur<br />

£31.99<br />

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Simple to use,<br />

lightweight machine<br />

£119.00<br />

Voucher for a<br />

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Sponsor a rescued horse<br />

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£15.00<br />

Brewboard Craft Beer<br />

6 Can Gift Box<br />

£16.99<br />

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Embroidery Thread<br />

gift Box<br />

£52.99<br />

Christmas shopping<br />

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Christmas Gathering<br />

1,000 piece puzzle<br />

£13.00<br />

Armenian Brandy<br />

Rose<br />

£22.99<br />

BABYLOCK Victory<br />

Overlocker with ‘Jet Air’<br />

Self-threading loopers.<br />

£1149.00<br />

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ongoing care and, where necessary, giving up a pet, their friendly<br />

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This year has impacted our pets in a number of ways –<br />

disruptions to routines, financial challenges and more people<br />

than ever getting a new pet. As schools, work and social lives<br />

return, just as lockdown puppies reach adolescence, pets and<br />

their owners may face new challenges.<br />

Whatever circumstances pet owners find themselves in,<br />

Wood Green can provide free advice and support. Life can be<br />

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Annual<br />

Antiques<br />

Fair<br />

Guide<br />

Pop these dates in<br />

your diary<br />

Whether you’re an avid collector or<br />

simply fancy a day out, an antique fair<br />

can provide hours of entertainment.<br />

Browse the treasures of a bygone era,<br />

shop vintage clothing or find a key<br />

piece for your home. The good news<br />

is fairs are small, so there’s space to<br />

socially distance and there’s usually<br />

tea and cake!<br />

We’ve rounded up the best annual<br />

antiques fairs across the region.<br />

Some dates for 2021 are still yet<br />

to be confirmed, however keep<br />

checking with your selected fair as<br />

announcements will be made soon.<br />

Norfolk<br />

Norfolk Snettisham Fleamarket<br />

The Memorial Hall, 13 Old Church Road,<br />

Snettisham, PE31 7LX<br />

Open 9am-3pm. Entry 50p<br />

Hingham Antiques Fair,<br />

held on the last Sunday of every<br />

month except December (<strong>2020</strong> dates<br />

have been cancelled)<br />

The Sports Hall, Springfield Way,<br />

Hingham, NR9 4HB<br />

Open 9.30am-3.30pm. Entry £2<br />

Hemsby Antiques & Collectors Event,<br />

resuming March 2021<br />

Hemsby Village Hall & Social Club,<br />

Waters Lane, Waters Lane, NR29 4LE<br />

Open 8.30am-3.30pm. Free entry<br />

Norwich Brocante, 21 February 2021<br />

St Andrews Hall, St Andrews Plain,<br />

Norwich, NR3 1AU<br />

Militaria Fair Thetford Norfolk<br />

Thetford Leisure Centre, Croxton Road,<br />

Thetford, IP24 1JD<br />

Open 10am-2pm. Entry £3, under 16s<br />

free.<br />

Norfolk’s Collectors Fair at<br />

The Parish Hall<br />

Parish Hall, Church Street, Cromer,<br />

NR27 9ES<br />

Open 8am-3.30pm. Free entry<br />

Loddon Antiques & Collectors Fair<br />

Jubilee Hall, George Lane, Loddon,<br />

NR14 6NB<br />

Entry £1<br />

Watton Antiques & Collectables Fair,<br />

10 January 2021<br />

The Queens Hall, Norwich Road,<br />

Watton, IP25 6DA<br />

Open 9am-3.30pm. Free entry<br />

Roydon Antiques & Collectors Fair<br />

Village Hall, High road, Roydon,<br />

Diss, IP22 5RB<br />

Open 9.30am-3.30pm.<br />

Entry 50p, under 14s free<br />

The Grand Brocante<br />

at Riddlesworth Hall<br />

Riddlesworth Hall, Frenze Hall Lane,<br />

Diss, IP22 2TA<br />

Open 9am-3pm. Entry £3<br />

Reepham Objects & Antiques Festival<br />

Market Place, Reepham, NR10 4JJ<br />

Free entry<br />

NASADA Antiques Fair<br />

The Norfolk Lounge at NCFC, Carrow<br />

Road Stadium, Norwich, NR1 1JE<br />

Open 9.30am-3.30pm. Entry £3<br />

Stalham Vintage and Collectables<br />

Street Market<br />

High Street and Town Hall, Stalham,<br />

NR12 8AH<br />

Open 10am-4pm. Free entry<br />

Antiques & Craft Fair Aylsham<br />

High School<br />

Aylsham High School, Sir Williams Lane,<br />

Aylsham, NR11 6AN<br />

The Holkham Hall Antiques Fair,<br />

The Holkham Hall, Wells-next-the-Sea,<br />

NR23 1AB<br />

Open 11am to 5pm, admission £5<br />

Suffolk<br />

Long Melford Antiques and Vintage<br />

Fair, last Saturday and Sunday of<br />

every month, January to November<br />

The Old School, Hall Street,<br />

Long Melford, CO10 9DX<br />

Open 9.30am-4pm.<br />

Entry £1, under 16s free.<br />

Suffolk’s Graham Turner Antiques<br />

Fairs, first Wednesday of every month<br />

Long Melford Village Memorial Hall,<br />

Chemists Lane, (opposite The Bull<br />

Hotel), Long Melford, CO10 9LQ<br />

Open 9.30am-3.30pm<br />

Stonham Barns Antiques, Vintage,<br />

Retro & Collectors Fair<br />

Pettaugh Road, Stonham Aspel, IP14 6AT<br />

Open Saturday 10am – 4pm,<br />

Sunday 9am – 3pm.<br />

Entry Saturday £3, Sunday £2<br />

Suffolk Antiques & Collectors Fair<br />

Lavenham Village Hall, Church Street,<br />

Lavenham, CO10 9QT<br />

Open 9.30am-4pm. Entry £1<br />

Beccles Antiques Street Market,<br />

May & August<br />

Beccles Town Centre, Beccles, Suffolk,<br />

NR34 9HA<br />

Free entry.<br />

The Famous Copdock Antiques &<br />

Collectors Fair<br />

The Best Wesern Ipswich Hotel<br />

(Formerly the Cameo), Old Ipswich<br />

Road, Copdock, IP8 3JD<br />

Entry £2<br />

Newmarket Racecourse Antique<br />

and 20th Century Fair, expecting<br />

announcement for May & August<br />

2021<br />

Newmarket Racecourse (Rowley Mile),<br />

The Heath, Newmarket, CB8 0TF<br />

Open 9.30am-4pm. Entry £3.50<br />

The Bungay Antiques Street Fair,<br />

July<br />

Earsham Street, Bungay, NR35 1AF<br />



Southwold Fine Art and Antiques Fair<br />

Saint Felix School, Southwold, IP18 6SD<br />

Open 11am-5pm. Admission £4,<br />

under 16s free.<br />

Suffolk’s The Fair on the Green<br />

Southwold, July or August<br />

South Green to Gun Hill, Southwold<br />

IP18 6HB<br />

Open 9am-4pm. Free entry<br />

Halesworth Antiques Street Market<br />

Halesworth Thoroughfare, Market Place,<br />

IP19 8AP<br />

Open 9am-3pm<br />

Cambridgeshire<br />

Hinchingbrooke House Antiques Fair<br />

Hinchingbrooke House, Brampton<br />

Road, Huntingdon, PE29 3BN<br />

Open 10am-4pm. Entry £3.<br />

Great Chishill Antiques & Vintage Fair,<br />

February 2021<br />

Village Hall, Hall Lane, Great Chishill,<br />

Cambridge, SG8 8SH<br />

The Ely Antiques and<br />

Collectables Fair<br />

Centre E, 24 Barton Road, Ely, CB7 4DE<br />

Open from 10am. Entry £1<br />

Peterborough Festival of Antiques<br />

The East of England Showground,<br />

Peterborough, PE2 6HE<br />

Open Friday 10am-4.30pm,<br />

Saturday 9am-4.30pm. Entry £7.50<br />

St Ives Antiques Fair<br />

The Burgess Hall (One Leisure),<br />

Westwood Road, St Ives, PE27 6WU<br />

Open 10am-4pm<br />

The Curiosity Fair Great Shelford,<br />

March/April 2021<br />

120 Cambridge Road, Gt Shelford,<br />

CB22 5JT<br />

The Festival of Vintage East,<br />

September 2021<br />

East of England Arena, East of England<br />

Showground, Peterborough, PE2 6XE<br />

Open 10am-5pm<br />

Essex<br />

Maldon Antiques and Collectors Fair,<br />

first Saturday of the month<br />

Quaker Hall, Butt Lane, Maldon<br />

Open 9am-4pm<br />

Essex Curiosity Saffron Walden,<br />

March/April 2021<br />

Saffron Walden Friends Meeting House,<br />

High Street, CB10 1AA<br />

Open 10am-4pm. Entry £1<br />

Great Dunmow Jewellery Fair,<br />

17 April & 20 November 2021<br />

Foakes Hall, Stortford Road, Great<br />

Dunmow, CM6 1DG<br />

Colchester Antiques, Vintage,<br />

Retro & Collectors Fair<br />

Charter Hall, Leisure World, Cowdray<br />

Avenue (A133) AA Signposted,<br />

CO1 1YH<br />

Entry £2.50<br />

Southend Vintage Fair, spring 2021<br />

Southend Leisure & Tennis Centre,<br />

Garon Park, Eastern Avenue,<br />

Southend on Sea, SS2 4FA<br />

Entry £3<br />

Essex Antiques & Collectables Fair<br />

Ingatestone, 3 May & 30 August 2021<br />

Ingatestone Community Centre, 7 High<br />

Street, Ingatestone, CM4 9ED<br />

Open 9.30am-3.30pm. Entry £1.<br />

Rural Magpie Great Chesterford<br />

Jewellery Fair, 24 April and<br />

13-14 November 2021<br />

The Chesterfords Community Centre,<br />

Newmarket Road, Great Chesterford,<br />

CB10 1NS<br />

Rayleigh Antiques and Collectors<br />

Fair, April, June, September<br />

and November<br />

The Mill Arts Centre, Bellingham Lane,<br />

Rayleigh, SS6 7ED<br />

Open 9.30am – 4pm. Entry £2.50<br />

Theydon Bois Antiques &<br />

Collectables Fair,<br />

12 December <strong>2020</strong>, 20 February,<br />

17 April, 18 September and<br />

20 November 2021<br />

Theydon Bois Village Hall, Coppice<br />

Row, Theydon Bois, CM16 7ER<br />

Open 9.30am-3.30pm. Entry £1<br />

North Weald (Bassett) Antiques &<br />

Collectables Fair,<br />

6 March & 31 May 2021<br />

North Weald Village Hall, High Road,<br />

North Weald, CM16 6BU<br />

Open 9.30am-3.30pm. Entry £1<br />

Essex Mountnessing Antiques &<br />

Collectors Fair, 21 March 2021<br />

Mountnessing Village Hall, Roman<br />

Road, Mountnessing, CM15 0UG<br />

Open 9.30am-3.30pm. Entry £1<br />

Hertfordshire<br />

St Albans Antiques and Vintage<br />

Market, 6 December <strong>2020</strong><br />

St Peters Street, St Albans AL1 3DH<br />

Open 9am – 3pm<br />

Ware Antiques & Collectors Fair plus<br />

Flea Market<br />

Age Concern Hall, Priory Street, Ware,<br />

SG12 0DE<br />

Open 10am-4pm. Entry £1<br />

Big St Albans Antique & Vintage &<br />

Fair, spring 2021<br />

Oaklands College, St Albans Campus,<br />

Hatfield Road, St Albans, AL4 0JA<br />

Open 10am – 4pm. Entry £3<br />

Berkhamsted Antique and Collectors<br />

Fair, 30 May 2021<br />

Berkhamsted Sports Centre,<br />

Lagley Meadow, Douglas Gardens,<br />

Berkhamsted, HP4 3QQ<br />

Open 9.30am-4pm<br />

Sarratt Village Hall Antique &<br />

Collectables Fair, 13 December <strong>2020</strong><br />

Sarratt Village Hall, The Green, WD3 6AS<br />

Open 9am – 4pm. Entry £1<br />

White Knight Bushey Meads<br />

School Fair<br />

Coldharbour Lane, Bushey, WD23 4PA<br />

Open 8.30am-3pm.<br />

Ware Vintage Fair<br />

Ware Drill Hall, 17 Amwell End, Ware,<br />

SG12 9HP<br />

Open 10am-4.30pm. Entry £2<br />

Bedfordshire<br />

P.B’s Antiques & Collectors Fair –<br />

Ampthill<br />

Parkside Hall, Woburn Street, Ampthill,<br />

MK45 2HX<br />

Open 9.30am – 3.30pm. Entry £1<br />

Bedfordshire’s Antiques & Collectors<br />

Fair, 12 December <strong>2020</strong><br />

St Pauls Church, St Pauls Square,<br />

Bedford, MK40 1SQ<br />

Open 10am-4pm. Entry £1<br />

Flitwick Antiques and Collectors Fair,<br />

6 December <strong>2020</strong><br />

Bedfordshire Flitwick Village Hall,<br />

Dunstable Road, Flitwick, Bedfordshire,<br />

MK45 1HP<br />

Biggleswade Antique & Vintage Fair,<br />

17 January, 2021<br />

The Weatherley Centre, Eagle Farm<br />

Road, Biggleswade, SG18 8JH<br />

Open 9.30am-4pm. Entry £2<br />

Woburn Antiques and Collectors Fair,<br />

February 2021<br />

Woburn Village Hall, Crawley Road,<br />

Woburn, MK17 9QD<br />


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YOUR<br />

WINTER<br />



SORTED<br />

Written by Abby Knight<br />

Whether your idea of a winter staycation<br />

is a relaxing spa treat or a brisk walk on<br />

the golf course before a cosy dinner, our<br />

round-up of the best spa and golf breaks<br />

to take together will help you find the one<br />

to suit you best<br />


Stock, Essex<br />

What’s on offer: Nestled in 28 acres of pretty Essex countryside,<br />

The <strong>Winter</strong> Warmer Break includes a stay in a double standard<br />

room, full use of the spa facilities and friendly gym, three course<br />

dinner in the award-winning Ellis’s restaurant and full English or<br />

continental breakfast.<br />

You’ll also enjoy the Body Nectar Nourishing Frangipani wrap; 65<br />

minutes of pure indulgence!<br />

Price: £349 based on two people sharing a double room.<br />

Available Sunday to Friday, 1 November to 28 February 2021.<br />

Please quote ‘<strong>Eastlife</strong>’ when booking.<br />

www.greenwoodshotel.co.uk<br />


Thorpeness, Suffolk<br />

What’s on offer: Tucked away on the Suffolk Heritage Coast,<br />

the Thorpeness Golf Club & Hotel is offering winter golf breaks<br />

for couples looking to play a round or two of golf together.<br />

Regarded as one of the finest golf courses in Suffolk, Thorpeness<br />

was designed by five-time Open Champion James Braid. The<br />

6,311-yard, par 70 course will appeal to golfers of all abilities.<br />

Tuition can be arranged with a member of the pro team.<br />

The offer includes a three-course dinner in the delightful<br />

Ogilvie’s restaurant and two rounds of golf.<br />

Price: The <strong>Winter</strong> Break costs from £105 for one night based on<br />

two people sharing a standard room, including breakfast. Dogs<br />

are welcome too.<br />

www.thorpeness.co.uk<br />



Woodbridge, Suffolk<br />

What’s on offer: Set in 120 acres of stunning historic parkland,<br />

if you play golf, at any level, you’ll certainly enjoy playing at<br />

Ufford Park Woodbridge, Hotel, Golf and Spa. Spread across<br />

120 acres of lush parkland, the18-hole, par 71 award-winning<br />

course is perfect for all intermediate and experienced players –<br />

and everyone in between. You can combine a his and her stay<br />

with a trip to the spa – just book the treatments on arrival so you<br />

can relax when you want.<br />

Price: From £130 from Sunday to Thursday night, The Spa<br />

Indulgence Break includes three hours in the Thermal suite spa,<br />

plus a 30-minute treatment of your choice.<br />

www.uffordpark.co.uk<br />


Norwich, Norfolk<br />

What’s on offer: Situated in 15 acres of Norfolk parklands,<br />

this stunning fully restored manor house hotel has all you<br />

need to enjoy some serious pampering with the Autumn Spa<br />

Breakaway. The package includes breakfast, a delicious dinner,<br />

plus a choice of a relaxing 50-minute treatment that includes<br />

a ‘Fit for Business Back Ritual’ or a choice of two 25-minute<br />

treatments such as the ‘Free Style Deep Tissue Massage’. You<br />

can also enjoy the relaxing pool and spa facilities.<br />

Price: From £109 per person with breakfast.<br />

www.dunstanhallhotel.co.uk<br />


Tring, Hertfordshire<br />

What’s on offer: Once owned by the wealthy Rothschild family,<br />

Champneys Tring has been a bastion of health since 1925 and<br />

while it remains faithful to its health farm roots, it’s also moved<br />

with the times and offers traditional spa treatments as well as<br />

one of the UK’s first Marine and Wellness Spas. Book yourself a<br />

night away for any arrival date until the end of January and you’ll<br />

have your stay extended for an extra night, completely free.<br />

Your stay includes use of the award-winning spa facilities and<br />

expert-led fitness classes, delicious food, gym access, bed,<br />

breakfast, nutritious lunch and three-course dinner.<br />

Price: From £470 per couple<br />

www.champneys.com<br />



Ballymena, Northern Ireland<br />

What’s on offer: Plan your next golfing getaway at Galgorm<br />

Spa & Golf resort; a fabulous hotel base set close to the stunning<br />

Northern Irish town of Ballymena. The Tee Up package includes<br />

an overnight stay in a luxurious Resort Guestroom, complete<br />

with complimentary mini bar and everything you need to<br />

ensure a relaxing stay. Once you’ve enjoyed your round of golf<br />

in the stunning, rolling countryside, you can succumb to the<br />

tranquillity of the Thermal Spa Village with a range of indoor and<br />

outdoor spa facilities designed to offer a truly Irish experience.<br />

Price: From £149 per person sharing a double room, valid<br />

Sunday to Friday, includes complimentary mini bar and a la<br />

carte breakfast.<br />

www.galgorm.com<br />


Golf and Spa Breaks<br />

one night from £130 per person<br />

Golf and Spa breaks include dinner, bed and breakfast,<br />

as well as either 3 hours in the Thermal Suite Spa and a 30 minute<br />

treatment, or up to two rounds of golf.<br />

For more information, please visit www.uffordpark.co.uk<br />

t: 01394 383555 e: reservations@uffordpark.co.uk

Sponsor a Redwings<br />

rescued horse<br />

Sponsor a rescued<br />

horse or donkey from<br />

as little as £15 a year<br />

and you’ll receive<br />

an adoption pack<br />

including your new<br />

friend’s story and a<br />

stunning photo, plus<br />

access to their online<br />

diary.<br />

Do your little ones like horsing around?<br />

Trot over to our website and check out the<br />

Young Reds At Home Academy!<br />

www.redwings.org.uk/adopt<br />

01508 481000

Off<br />

Grid in<br />

Norfolk<br />

Avoid the crowds and switch off<br />

entirely with a country retreat<br />

in Norfolk<br />

Escape your daily life, crowds and COVID chat, if only<br />

for a few days, with a remote hideaway. We’ve picked<br />

a selection of hidden, luxury cabins tucked away in<br />

Norfolk’s countryside, perfect for a minibreak that gives a<br />

whole new meaning to the phrase “getaway”.<br />


Albion Nights<br />

Located in the Waveney Valley, on the Norfolk/Suffolk border, this tranquil cabin offers<br />

the chance to reconnect with nature but on a luxurious scale. Make your way to the<br />

rustic cabin for two via a meadow walk, passing sheep and farmland. The cabin itself<br />

is cute, cosy and boasts some impressive eco-credentials. There’s no electric, but<br />

there is a USB point, powered by solar, if you feel you can’t live without your phone.<br />

Though you may struggle to get a signal, this is about relaxation after all. Hot water and<br />

heat come from the wood burner and the accommodation itself has been built using<br />

reclaimed, recycled and reused materials where possible. Take a dip in the outdoor<br />

bathtub or at night stargaze through the skylight above your bed. This is an adult-only<br />

escape, perfect for downtime and getting back to nature. During your stay, check out<br />

the nearby Secret Sauna on the banks of the River Waveney near Bungay.<br />

www.albionnights.co.uk<br />

Nor-Folk; The Water Cabin<br />

Switch off at this Scandi-inspired cottage on the banks of the Norfolk Broads. There’s no<br />

TV or Wi-Fi but don’t panic, use this as a chance to talk to each other. The owners have<br />

purposely chosen not to include an internet connection and have used a stylish, simplistic<br />

design to reinforce a back to basics way of living; think meals together and siblings<br />

bonding over boardgames, free of digital devices. Being free of technology, which keeps<br />

us connected 24/7, provides the opportunity to slow down, unwind and relax. Enjoy<br />

cooking as family and long walks along the river. The refurbished 1930s home sleeps<br />

four, in two bedrooms. Each piece of furniture and accessory has been carefully selected<br />

to suit the space. We promise you’ll come away feeling like a whole new person.<br />

www.nor-folk.com/stays/cabin<br />

Settle<br />

Something a little different. Quirky converted train carriages lie under the canopy of<br />

dense Thetford pine trees. A lakeside retreat, each of the three carriages have their<br />

own rustic design and artisan features but with mod-cons for ease. Surrounded by<br />

nature, take a hike through Thetford Forest, then return to this truly cosy bolthole and<br />

snuggle down in front of the wood burner for a night of pure bliss. In the morning,<br />

wake up and enjoy a breakfast from the hamper provided, stacked with local produce.<br />

In addition to the carriages, there’s also the opportunity to sleep in a cute, cosy cabin<br />

and canvas safari tent, perfect for a wild glamping experience.<br />

www.settlenorfolk.co.uk<br />

West Lexham Tree House<br />

Take your getaway to another level and enjoy a relaxing experience from the comfort<br />

of your very own treehouse. A wonderful escape at any time of year, the treehouses<br />

at West Lexham, sleep between two and six people. High up in the tree, your humble<br />

abode awaits. The surrounding majestic trees, the wooden staircase, furniture and<br />

beautifully handcrafted beds, will make you feel as though you’ve stepped into a<br />

fairytale. The ‘garden kitchen’ is a fantastic communal feature, offering a fully equipped<br />

kitchen and cooking station, including a wood-fired pizza oven. In the evening pitch up<br />

around the shared fire bowl and roast marshmallows or head back to your treehouse<br />

and snuggle up with a book in front of the log stove. Wi-Fi is intermittent so you may be<br />

able grab some signal to post your fancy Instagram pic, but make the most of this time<br />

to put away your digital devices.<br />


One of East Anglia’s oldest commercial vineyards<br />

producing a range of White, Red and Rosé wines<br />

as well as Quality English Sparkling wines.<br />

OPEN<br />

Free admission to vineyard trail & wine-tasting<br />

May to September - Monday to Saturday - 10am to 5pm<br />

October to April - Fridays & Saturdays - 11am to 4pm<br />

For full contact details and to view our online shop,<br />

please visit our website:<br />

www.shawsgate.co.uk<br />

Shawsgate Vineyard, Badingham Road (B1120),<br />

Framlingham. IP13 9HZ<br />

buy or HIRE A<br />

BEACH HUT in<br />

gorleston<br />

Redevelopment starts THIS <strong>Winter</strong><br />

OPEN AS<br />

USUAL<br />

Take the opportunity to buy or<br />

hire a Gorleston Beach Hut for<br />

use between 8am and sunset.<br />

Tel: 01493 846400<br />

More details or to book, visit:<br />

www.gorlestonbeachhuts.co.uk<br />

Central 6 day market<br />

Open Monday to Saturday<br />

Market Days<br />

Wednesday & Saturday all year round,<br />

plus Fridays from May to October<br />

www.greatyarmouthmarket.com<br />


Book your Perfect Suffolk Escape<br />

“Ideally located to explore Suffolk’s heritage coast”<br />

Self Catering Cottages and Studios<br />

& Caravan and Motorhome Club CL<br />

E A S T A N G L I A ’ S P R E M I E R C HRI S T M A S F A I R<br />


20 - 22 november <strong>2020</strong><br />


F R I SAT SUN<br />

BOOK T I CKE T S P R E S E N T S G A L O R E . O R G<br />

Mollett’s Farm, Main Road, Benhall,<br />

Saxmundham, Suffolk IP17 1JY<br />

+44 1728 604547<br />

www.molletts.com bookings@molletts.com<br />

@NHRMuseum<br />


Come and explore our stunning<br />

fine Artwork and Sculptures, our<br />

family freindly outdoor areas,<br />

fabulous Tack Room restaurant &<br />

bar, gift shop & bakery, plus the<br />

new ‘Sporting Talk’ Exhibition<br />

which opens December <strong>2020</strong> -<br />

please book tickets online.<br />

National Horse Racing Museum<br />

Palace Street, Newmarket,<br />

Suffolk, CB8 8EP<br />

T: 01638 667314<br />

Online booking - www.nhrm.co.uk or check out our socials: @nhrmuseum<br />


<strong>Winter</strong> on<br />

the Suffolk<br />

Coast<br />

The crowds are gone and there’s not a<br />

bucket or spade in sight, but that doesn’t<br />

mean the fun stops on the Suffolk Coast

For those that are in the know, winter is the best time to enjoy the Suffolk Coast. Stroll<br />

along wild, empty beaches, mingle with the locals at cosy pubs by the crackling fire,<br />

escape the hustle and bustle of the high street lined with independent boutiques and<br />

sleep tight at some of the region’s most stylish accommodation.<br />

Where to sleep<br />

You’ll need to make sure you’ve got a good base for your minibreak. Suffolk’s beautiful<br />

coastline and rolling countryside are perfect for a weekend escape, and there are<br />

plenty of romantic boltholes to choose from. What could be more perfect than<br />

spending a cold, winter’s day in front of the fire and sharing a bottle of wine with your<br />

special someone? There are also gorgeous country homes with lots of space for family<br />

breaks. Suffolk Hideaways, Suffolk Secrets and So Southwold offer good options for<br />

self-catering accommodation dotted along the coastline.<br />

If a hotel is more your style, both Aldeburgh and Southwold have exceptional<br />

accommodation choices. If you fancy wrapping up warm and enjoying long walks<br />

on the beach (perfect for burning off those Christmas calories), The Brudenell and<br />

Wentworth Hotel in Aldeburgh and The Swan Hotel and award-winning Crown in<br />

Southwold, are all within easy reach of the shore and local amenities. The White Lion,<br />

which sits opposite Aldeburgh’s pebbly beach and fisherman sheds, has a number of<br />

winter and festive offers.<br />

For country vibes, The Westleton Crown should go to the top of your list. Set in<br />

beautiful countryside, the cosy pub with its log burner, is the perfect place to bunk<br />

down. The pub has winter and Christmas breaks available, including both food and<br />

accommodation.<br />

Places to visit<br />

Spend your days exploring quaint villages and market towns adorned with twinkling<br />

lights, pick up last-minute handmade gifts in boutique stores, and blow away the<br />

cobwebs with a brisk walk on the beach. The Snape Maltings, home to a leading<br />

music centre, and collection of stores, galleries and cafe, is located a short distance<br />

from Aldeburgh. Wander around the stores, take a walk along the river and browse<br />

independent retailers.<br />

The pretty village of Orford is a must-visit. Picture-perfect cottages line the immaculate<br />

roads, the English Heritage castle stands proud and you simply can’t visit without<br />

tasting its famous oysters. The whole village has a rustic vibe, a place time forgot yet it<br />

is home to some of the county’s best produce. Visit Pump Street Bakery, with its freshly<br />

baked goods and famed chocolate. Its exterior, pastel pink wall has become perhaps<br />

one of the most Instagrammed places in Suffolk!<br />

What’s on<br />

This year has been challenging for the events industry and although there’s no<br />

guarantee Christmas events will go ahead, you’re still likely to be able to enjoy regular<br />

markets and tasting tours throughout Suffolk. Take time to enjoy the museums and<br />

places of interest at a leisurely pace.<br />

For a winter wilderness experience visit Dingle Marshes. The reserve attracts breeding<br />

and wintering wildfowl and wading birds, including the elegant avocet, the whitefronted<br />

goose, lapwing and redshank.<br />

Wander the streets of Southwold, where you’ll find cute cafes, independent boutiques,<br />

the famous Adnams brewery if you fancy a festive tipple, and of course fish and chips.<br />

Every year on Boxing Day, swimmers brave the cold and plunge into the sea to raise<br />

money for charity. It’s a fun, festive event. Unfortunately, it’s uncertain whether it will go<br />

ahead this year, but keep checking the council’s website for more details.<br />


Fournel Jewellers At The Amber Shop<br />


For you very special day come and be inspired<br />

by our specialist range of gem, diamond and<br />

engagement jewellery.<br />

15, Market Place, Southwold, IP18 6EA | 01502 723394 | www.ambershop.co.uk<br />

The Courtyard is an imaginatively designed and conceived development of<br />

Care Housing offering full 24 hour care in your own home. There are both one<br />

and two bedroom bungalows and houses. A connecting corridor, via the rear<br />

door, gives access to a dining room, where residents and their visitors may share<br />

a meal, a spacious lounge with conservatory and decking area overlooking an<br />

attractive landscaped pond. This corridor also enables staff to respond to calls<br />

via the Care Call system at any time, night or day.<br />

All properties have a fitted kitchen complete with hob, built-in oven, extractor<br />

fan and space for a washer-dryer. Alternatively full laundry services are available.<br />

Trained staff from the linked and connecting Chilton Court Care Home carry out<br />

all care requirements in your own home, when a care package is optioned, and<br />

are experienced in enabling residents to maintain their independence and<br />

retain their dignity.<br />

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Eat Your Way<br />

Around Essex<br />

Hop in your car and take in the sights,<br />

sounds and tastes of Essex<br />

Written by Emma Kemsley<br />

The staycation is here to stay, and Essex should be top of your<br />

list! There’s so much more to discover than TOWIE. In fact, Visit<br />

Essex, its official tourism board, recently released a campaign<br />

‘This is Essex’; a short video which aims to change people’s<br />

perception of the county’s stereotype.<br />

Beyond the fake tan and bling, there is plenty to explore. From<br />

coast to country the best way to discover Essex’s charms is by<br />

car. Meander through winding country lanes, passing through<br />

picturesque villages heading towards rustic shores.<br />

One of Essex’s lesser known gems is its food. The county is<br />

home to an abundance of producers specialising in juice, meat,<br />

seafood, confectionary, wine and more. Let’s not forget this fair<br />

county has turned out some of the best chefs in the business;<br />

Jamie Oliver and the Galvin Brothers, who are Michelin-star<br />

accredited. Check out their restaurant at the Galvin Green Man<br />

in Great Waltham, near Chelmsford.<br />

If you’re looking for a road trip with a difference, get behind<br />

the wheel and follow your hunger with pitstops at seafront<br />

restaurants, micro-breweries, artisan bakeries and vineyards.<br />

Start your journey towards the East in Burnham-on-Crouch;<br />

Essex wine country. Here you could easily confuse the<br />

landscape for Tuscany as you drive pass rows and rows<br />

of vines.<br />

Stop at Crouch Ridge Vineyard; a wine barn, cellar and vineyard<br />

all rolled into one. Tours and tastings are offered throughout<br />

the year. Owner Ross guides the tours, leading groups through<br />

the rows of vines used to produce Chardonnay and Pinot Noir.<br />

He explains how this area of the UK, due to its climate, is now<br />

rivalling France in the wine stakes. Thanks to the River Crouch,<br />

the temperature stays above freezing meaning a harvest<br />

is rarely ruined by frost. The tour is followed by a tasting of<br />

three wines complete with notes and tasting tips. Book lunch<br />

afterwards in the restaurant, where you can dine al fresco<br />

on the terrace overlooking the vineyard and river. Wine is<br />

available to purchase, and the Althorne Pinot Cuvee is highly<br />

recommended.<br />

Head North passing through Maldon where you can pick up its<br />

famous salt and local ale from the Maldon Brewing Co. Stretch<br />

your legs with a walk along the Blackwater to Heybridge Basin.<br />


For an overnight stay seek out the private dwellings on Osea<br />

Island. The island is only accessible at low tide for a<br />

period of four hours where cars can be driven across. At other<br />

times a river taxi ferries you back and forth. Steeped in history,<br />

here the island is your playground. Far away from noise and<br />

light pollution at night the stars glisten. Open a bottle of local<br />

wine, sit back and enjoy.<br />

From here, head further north again to the pretty village of<br />

Tiptree, famed for its jam. The Jam Factory is open to visitors<br />

and offers an insight into the jam-making process and history of<br />

this village’s legacy. Don’t leave without trying an afternoon tea<br />

of freshly baked, warm fruit scones, cream and jam. Dine in the<br />

restaurant with its traditional oak beams or during the summer<br />

sit outside on the terrace. You can even return to your childhood<br />

and request a specially made jam sandwich!<br />

For the next stop on your foodie adventure, head East towards<br />

the shores of Mersea Island. Essex has 350 miles of coastline<br />

with each seaside town offering something special. While<br />

crowds make their way to Southend on Sea for fish and chips,<br />

cockles at Leigh on Sea and candyfloss at Walton-on-the-Naze,<br />

Mersea Island remains fairly undeveloped. Pastel coloured<br />

beach huts line the shore, the worn wooden jetty leads you<br />

to the water and the discarded oyster shells are a sign of its<br />

crop. The West Mersea Oyster Bar and The Company Shed are<br />

two, no thrills restaurants, located on the waterfront. Wooden<br />

panelled and weathered but with queues out the door<br />

year-round.<br />

The oysters are the biggest sell at The West Mersea Oyster Bar;<br />

stacks of large shells piled on ice, complete with accompanying<br />

garnishes. If oysters aren’t for you, try the seafood platters with<br />

crab, cockles, prawns and more or the slabs of freshly fried fish<br />

complete with chunky chips.<br />

The Company Shed keeps it simple with dressed crabs, juicy<br />

lobster slathered in garlic butter, crab cakes, mussels and<br />

scallops. You’re welcome to bring your own bread and wine<br />

too, though the white wine from the local vineyard is certainly<br />

worth a try.<br />

It’s easy to work your way around Essex feasting from the<br />

land. However, should you require a hearty pub roast, head to<br />

Constable Country.<br />

Walk along the river at Dedham to work up an appetite and eat<br />

at one of the village’s cosy pubs.<br />

For Christmas, Essex doesn’t disappoint either. Kelly Bronze<br />

turkeys are reared in Danbury, Cole’s Christmas Puddings are<br />

manufactured in Saffron Walden and Fairfield Crisps are created<br />

using potatoes farmed in Colchester.<br />

The food tour doesn’t stop there, if you’re looking to brush up<br />

on your cookery skills, book yourself a place at one of the many<br />

cookery schools; The Mistley Kitchen in Manningtee and The<br />

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We all love to spoil our pets, especially at<br />

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bigger every year. It’s full of new toys, chews<br />

and treats, all of which I individually wrap as he<br />

likes to tear open the paper.<br />

It’s almost as if Fletcher understands that<br />

Christmas Day is special. He’ll cry to get up<br />

earlier than usual, he runs around the house<br />

with excitement and dives head-first into<br />

his stocking, pulling out each gift. In reality<br />

it’s probably the smell of the treats that gets<br />

him over excited, but I’d like to think it’s his<br />

intelligence.<br />

Our Christmas morning is spent opening<br />

presents. Fletcher’s stocking first of course,<br />

while we drink tea and eat the festive edition<br />

M&S biscuits. Fletcher is allowed one treat to<br />

enjoy while we open our gifts. He usually opts<br />

for a Pedigree Jumbo. We then wrap up warm,<br />

pop on Fletcher’s festive collar and head out for<br />

a long, frosty walk.<br />

Even my family buy Fletcher presents. By the<br />

end of the day he has a new fully stocked toy<br />

basket. With online searches for buying a puppy<br />

increasing by 120% over lockdown, and from<br />

the number of bouncy puppies I have seen<br />

on my recent dog walks, we’re going to need<br />

inspiration for doggy gifts. Fortunately, earlier<br />

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If you’re looking to buy a present for your dog<br />

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worth a browse. There’s a choice of beds, chew<br />

toys, trendy bowls and even items such as an<br />

automatic ball launcher, a pet staircase and pop<br />

up play pen. I tried the play pen for Fletcher,<br />

thinking it would stop him causing carnage in<br />

our friend’s gardens when we visit. He sat in it for<br />

a mere 20 seconds, looked at me and hopped<br />

straight out. This one might be better suited for<br />

puppies or small pooches.<br />

Fletcher was impressed with the toys. He loved<br />

the football sized ball with chew ropes attached.<br />

In fact, it temporarily replaced ‘red’, his favourite<br />

toy bone. He loved shaking it around, bouncing<br />

it on his nose and playing tug of war.<br />

I’ve already started collecting treats for<br />

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house and put them in a safe hiding place,<br />

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Children go to school to learn, right?<br />

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Other schools involve students in<br />

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internships. Do students go on trips or<br />

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Facilities<br />

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room, drama hall, gymnasium, dance<br />

studio, swimming pool, tennis courts,<br />

art room and science laboratories. What<br />

are the sports fields like, and for younger<br />

students, are there different play areas?<br />

Is the environment and sustainability<br />

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grow their own vegetables for use in the<br />

school kitchen. Other schools have a<br />

comprehensive recycling programme.<br />

The classroom<br />

experience<br />

A positive classroom experience inspires<br />

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forms life-long learners. As you tour a<br />

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all qualified teachers? Do they hold<br />

degrees in the subjects they teach –<br />

even advanced degrees? Classroom<br />

size is also important as well as the<br />

teacher to student ratio. Do students<br />

receive individual attention? Also, do<br />

the classrooms contain interactive<br />

whiteboards? Do students use<br />

computers during lessons? How does<br />

each school ensure that the overall<br />

classroom experience is effective,<br />

accessible, and memorable?<br />

Clubs<br />

Clubs make a school a community<br />

by bringing together students and<br />

teachers outside of the classroom.<br />

What club would your child want to<br />

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the school magazine and newspaper,<br />

sciences, foreign languages, maths,<br />

public speaking, debating, equestrian,<br />

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Parent involvement<br />

No parent likes unpleasant surprises<br />

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Besides scheduled back-to-school<br />

nights, it’s useful to know how the school<br />

communicates with parents – and viceversa<br />

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the various heads. Do teachers keep in<br />

touch with parents through telephone<br />

calls, e-mail messages or notes in<br />

the school bag? Can parents e-mail<br />

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Yule Celebration<br />

Written by Dolly Osborne<br />

So, <strong>2020</strong>, quite a year, eh? I’m sure that I’m not the only person<br />

that will not only be glad to see the back of this year but who<br />

also is determined to make the most of the good times that<br />

we are still able to have. Not only will my Christmas tree be<br />

going up in November so that I can revel in the twinkly lights<br />

for as long as possible but also this year I plan to bring in some<br />

older traditions that feel appropriate for a year as mixed and<br />

challenging as this one has been.<br />

The <strong>Winter</strong> Solstice is on 21 December and is when the longest<br />

night occurs. To mark this occasion, I plan to gather our family<br />

around for a small Yule celebration. We have already found our<br />

Yule log on a trip out to the woods together and rather than this<br />

one being chocolate cake and ganache, we will dress it with<br />

holly from the garden and a candle for each of us.<br />

Traditionally Yuletide was a time to look back on the bad things<br />

that have happened in the year and to search for lessons, for<br />

light in the darkness. As a family we plan to sit around the table<br />

and talk about the difficulties that the year brought each of us<br />

and then sharing the light that may have accompanied each of<br />

these difficulties. It can be a time for the family to put to bed<br />

the troubles of <strong>2020</strong> ready for the hope and happiness of<br />

a New Year.<br />

The candles on the Yule Log can be lit to light our way out of<br />

the dark solstice and into a bright new year. I’m no longer lucky<br />

enough to have an open fire but if I did I would burn my Yule log<br />

upon it and hope that the troubles of <strong>2020</strong> blow away with the<br />

smoke and that 2021 will be bright and happy for us all. Perhaps<br />

indulging in that other type of Yule log as well.<br />

Merry Christmas & a blessed Yule to you all.<br />

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East Anglia is blessed with lots of outdoor space, so while<br />

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ZSL Whipsnade Zoo<br />

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Keep the kids entertained this winter with a trip to the zoo. ZSL<br />

Whipsnade is home to over 3,400 creatures, from beautiful<br />

butterflies to the scariest wolverines. If the weather isn’t so good,<br />

you can stay in your car and join the safari.<br />

Social distancing rules are in place with numerous hand<br />

sanitiser stations. There can be no more than six people in your<br />

group and they must be from two households only. Face masks<br />

should be worn at all times unless sat at a table in the café.<br />

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Battlefield Live<br />

Old Hall Farm, French Drove, Peterborough, Cambridgeshire,<br />

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Laser tag with a difference – it’s outdoors, it’s muddy and it’s<br />

even more fun. Suitable for children aged from seven-yearsold.<br />

The games mirror military exercises and there are various<br />

scenarios to complete such as the Capture and Hold a Base,<br />

Sniper Alley, Rescue the VIP, team combat and more, plus you<br />

can play in all weathers, including snow!<br />

Check the website before you set off as some areas of<br />

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Paper Mill Lock & Tea Rooms<br />

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Pick a cold, crisp, sunny day, wrap up warm and take the<br />

children on this canal side adventure. Open from 10am daily,<br />

seven days a week, the lock offers visitors a 14-mile walk with<br />

the tea rooms nestled nicely at the seven-mile point. Picnic<br />

benches are also available if you wish to take your own packed<br />

lunch. Social distancing measures are in place as well as<br />

multiple sanitiser points to keep your family safe. The lock is<br />

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Hertford Murder Mystery Treasure Trail<br />

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Head to the website to purchase your guide for just £9.99 and<br />

take part in a self-guided murder mystery treasure trail around<br />

Hertford. A variety of trails are on offer from two-miles to 17-miles<br />

long, depending on how energetic you are feeling. It is suitable<br />

for most ages but steps will prove challenging for pushchairs<br />

and wheelchair users.<br />

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and your group does not exceed more than six people from two<br />

households, you are free to explore any time of the year. Visit the<br />

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Get up with the birds<br />

Various locations, Norfolk<br />

Wrap up warm with woolly hats, scarves and gloves and get up<br />

at 7am to watch the sunrise on the Norfolk Coast. You will be<br />

treated to a magnificent display of Norfolk’s migratory birdlife.<br />

There are a number of RSPB sites along the Norfolk Coast that<br />

offer look out posts, including Snettisham, Titchwell Marsh,<br />

Blakeney, Morston Quay and Holkham, plus many more. There<br />

are so many to choose from you could easily visit a different one<br />

each weekend over the winter and get the children to create a<br />

log of the birds they spot along the way.<br />

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nature-reserves<br />

Explore Suffolk from your armchair<br />

Yes, you read that right. Get yourself a big bowl of popcorn, a<br />

cup of tea for you and a juice for the kids, and sit down in front<br />

of the computer or TV to learn all about the history of Suffolk.<br />

The area is steeped in history, bathed in mystery and medieval<br />

stories. Hosted by Visit Suffolk, the films are a great way for the<br />

whole family to learn about new places. It also means you can<br />

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Turkey for the Win<br />

Morton’s Family Farm in North Norfolk have been awarded a 3-star Great Taste<br />

award for its Norfolk Black free-range turkey. Judged by 144 of the most discerning<br />

palates, belonging to food critics, chefs, cooks, restaurateurs, buyers, retailers and<br />

producers, the turkeys were praised as “a beautiful, well-proportioned bird.”<br />

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delivery nationwide. www.mortonsfarm.co.uk<br />

Coastal Spirit<br />

If you ever needed an excuse to head to Aldeburgh’s seafront, this is it. Fisher’s<br />

Gin, has opened its doors overlooking the pebbled beach. Officially the closest<br />

distillery to the sea in the UK, tours and tasting experiences are available, and it is<br />

conveniently located next to the Brudenell Hotel if you have one too many! There’s<br />

an outdoor terrace for summer and lounge space with a woodburner for the colder<br />

months. The 90-minute tour, priced £30, offers an insight into the history and origins<br />

of Fisher’s and the local area, the gin-making process and a tutored tasting with an<br />

exclusive try of unreleased varieties and seasonal cocktails. There’s also a botanical<br />

tea-making experience, where guests can make their own blend!<br />

www.fishersgin.com<br />

Greek to your Door<br />

London’s Greek street food brand The Athenian, has launched a Deliveroo Editions<br />

kitchen in Cambridge, offering online deliveries of fresh, Greek fare. To celebrate<br />

the launch The Athenian will be offering a 25% discount until 22 November.<br />

If you’re craving the tastes of Greece, Souvlaki and Gyros will be on offer, as well as<br />

modern favourites such as halloumi fries and feta and courgette fritters.<br />



The beautifully restored Grade II* Listed Georgian Town Hall is situated on<br />

the historic Market Square in Huntingdon. The building boasts two<br />

renovated Court Rooms to provide a unique and intimate setting for up to<br />

60 guests. For larger ceremonies, the Assembly Hall and Council Chamber<br />

provide elegant spaces for parties of up to 120.<br />

We are currently taking bookings for 2021. If you are interested in booking,<br />

please get in touch by emailing Hayley.burns@huntingdontown.gov.uk or<br />

call 01480 410380. Please be assured that in the event that your booking is<br />

impacted by COVID-19 restrictions, we will work with you to reschedule or<br />

cancel your booking at no cost.<br />

For more information on Huntingdon Town Hall weddings,<br />

visit www.huntingdontownweddings.co.uk

FOOD & DRINK<br />

The Cambridge Foodie<br />

Cooking has never been so much fun<br />

Gerla de Boer | www.cambridgefoodtour.com<br />

It’s that time of the year again, what will be hot next year?<br />

Will you be eating out or staying in? The hospitality industry<br />

was faced with a huge challenge this year and had to<br />

reinvent itself. Under pressure, often the best things are<br />

born, and that certainly has been the case.<br />

Michelin star restaurants turned their delicious creations<br />

into food at home, local restaurants deliver your favourite<br />

dishes to your door, and businesses have started using<br />

Zoom for cookery classes and masterclasses. It is quite<br />

clear that the English public wants to be entertained and<br />

have something to look forward to. Zoom masterclasses<br />

are the new hot thing!<br />

One of the great advantages is that you can have a fun time<br />

with more than six. Local businesses in Cambridge now<br />

offer chocolate, wine and cheese tasting via Zoom with<br />

unlimited numbers. A few months ago, Novi Cambridge<br />

hosted a cocktail masterclass via Zoom for one of the<br />

colleges. They organised cocktail shakers, the glasses<br />

and the ingredients. I wish I had been a fly on the wall. It<br />

must have been fun seeing all the participants shaking the<br />

cocktails at the same time.<br />

How does a Zoom masterclass work? Once you have<br />

booked the masterclass of your choice, you will either be<br />

sent a list of ingredients or you’ll receive the list of products<br />

which are needed for the event. You have to buy these<br />

yourself.<br />

The next step is the masterclass. An invite will be sent<br />

by email, and you simply click on the link to join the<br />

Zoom event. The fun will start here. You will be able to<br />

comment, crack a joke and ask questions. It is definitely a<br />

fun alternative to the traditional masterclass. Keen to join a<br />

cook along every week? That’s possible too.<br />

Here are some of my favourite businesses for weekly cook<br />

along and Zoom masterclasses:<br />

Zoom masterclass<br />

Cambridge Cheese Company<br />

Mama Bombon<br />

Que Rico Tapas<br />

Novi Cambridge<br />

Weekly cook along<br />

Camfit Nutrition<br />

Meat Smoke and Fire<br />

Not too keen on Zoom masterclasses?<br />

These businesses are open for business with<br />

restricted numbers:<br />

Cambridge Cookery School<br />

Bibi’s Indian Cookery Classes at your home<br />

Gourmandises Academy<br />



• Farm Shop & Deli Show ‘Retailer of the Year 2016’<br />

• Individual Food Hero Award – Aylsham Show 2013<br />

• Best Food & Drink Supplier – Aylsham Show 2014<br />

• Finalist, Innovation of the Year – Butcher of the Year Awards 2014<br />

• East Anglian Champion – Farm Shop & Deli Awards 2014 and 2015<br />

• Finalist, Butcher of the Year – Farm Shop & Deli Awards 2016<br />

• Finalist, Butcher of the Year – Countryside Alliance ‘Rural Oscars’ 2016<br />





FOOD & DRINK<br />

Norwich<br />

Eats:<br />

Burger<br />

Wars<br />

Written by Zena Leech-Calton<br />

www.lovenorfolkfood.co.uk<br />

It’s a battle of the burgers in Norwich. FUPburger have made a<br />

big impact on the dirty dripping food scene with pop ups in local<br />

pubs and beer gardens. Pictures adorned social media with<br />

the locally famous double pressed meat patties, cooked to a<br />

succulent medium in local artisan toasted bread, crispy Clarke’s<br />

bacon and dripping in cheese with a secret, slightly, oh so tasty<br />

spiced sauce. Tom, the original Fry Up Police (FUP), launched his<br />

burger brand last year at Latitude and COVID pulled him back to<br />

serve hundreds of pre-ordered and drop-in burgers over summer<br />

and beyond.<br />

I’ve always loved a Gonzo’s burger. It’s the whole package; a<br />

quirky space, dirty burgers and lovely, hand cut fries. They make<br />

and cut them fresh every morning.<br />

Harry’s, which opened last year in Chapelfield Gardens in the<br />

old Pedro’s spot, knock out a good one too – lovely quality, adult<br />

toppings and a tasty ‘cook how you like’ meat patty. I like mine<br />

medium, leaving it nice and juicy. Always a toasted bun and you<br />

get a smokey BBQ taste from the char, leaving a lovely aroma,<br />

textures and flavours.<br />

Earlier this year The Ribs of Beef got a new pop up; The Recipe<br />

Kitchen. I’ve not managed to go yet but they look super tasty on<br />

social media and they do a chicken and waffle option too.<br />

Just when you thought things couldn’t get any better, after all,<br />

we do have a Five Guys (surely, the best fast food chain burger<br />

around), plus Byron’s (decent too), a new pop-up pub kitchen<br />

takeover has emerged called The Beasty Boys Grill at the Steam<br />

Packet, located at the back of Anglia TV. It’s a new level of dirty<br />

here, with the ‘Beast’ double burger offering hand pressed local<br />

butchers meat patties in-between two layers of cheese, a toasted<br />

local artisan sesame roll with a zingy house sauce and frazzles for<br />

a little crunch, along with thick cut, crispy streaky bacon.<br />

Then (and this is a final then), we had Fat Elvis in lockdown<br />

– formed from the owners of Don Txoko, a Spanish Basque<br />

style restaurant on St Benedict’s Street. They came up with a<br />

fried chicken sandwich and launched it via their kitchen as a<br />

Fat Elvis takeaway delivery service during COVID. The people<br />

spoke and the people loved it, so much so that it was brought<br />

back on a Monday and Tuesday during Augusts Eat out to<br />

Help Out scheme. They also serve a don burger made from<br />

their salt fridge aged beef and of course, their 48-hour loved<br />

fried chicken thigh burger with spiced sauce and pickles. They<br />

season their fries with salted crispy chicken skin…oh lord!<br />

‘Sall’s Lokma’ opened this year too on Rose Lane, selling<br />

burgers such as the ‘Mediterranean’ with homemade garlic<br />

sauce and charred courgettes and aubergine. They also do a<br />

veggie burger with a red beetroot bun. They also make Lokma;<br />

a Mediterranean donut. You’ll find this on the streets of Turkey<br />

and beyond – fresh yeast dough, deep fried in to small balls<br />

until super crispy. It’s traditionally soaked in stock syrup and<br />

drizzled with honey but ‘Sall’ does a VIP version filled with either<br />

custard, cream or chocolate sauce, and then topped with your<br />

choice of toppings.<br />

Norwich has seen some good street food markets and pop ups<br />

this summer, but Norwich Market remains my favourite. Cuppie<br />

Hut expanded into a bigger unit. The boys at Sicilian Street have<br />

also got a little trattoria and pizzeria on Bridewell Alley in the old<br />

mustard shop. Plus, Christopher Crepes has a new crepe and<br />

ice cream café in the old Tofurei on Pottergate, while Torfurei<br />

went larger with more seating on Greggory’s Alley.<br />

What’s next? Christmas. Whatever the rules and regulations are,<br />

it’s sure to be a different kind of Christmas this year but local<br />

businesses still need your support. So even if you can’t go in<br />

your masses, you can still support solo or in smaller groups. And<br />

don’t forget, calories don’t count at Crimbo time!<br />

Follow Zena at<br />

@love_Norwich_Food<br />

YouTube: Dyslexic Chef<br />


From<br />

Farm to<br />

Fork<br />

Suffolk<br />

Maple Farm<br />

Kelsale, Saxmundham<br />

www.maplefarmkelsale.co.uk<br />

Hollow Trees Farm Shop<br />

A1141, Semer, Ipswich IP7 6HX<br />

www.hollowtrees.co.uk<br />

Longwood Farm<br />

Tuddenham St. Mary, Bury St. Edmunds<br />

www.facebook.com/<br />

LongwoodOrganicFarmShop<br />

Suffolk Food Hall<br />

Wherstead, Ipswich<br />

www.suffolkfoodhall.co.uk<br />

Find the best farm<br />

shop near you<br />

Farm shops offer prime, locally sourced<br />

and seasonal meats, produce and<br />

homemade treats. As winter hits there’s<br />

nothing quite like a Sunday roast, veggie<br />

soup or tasty cake to give you that nice,<br />

warm feeling. Of course, farm shops<br />

are a great choice for stocking up on<br />

Christmas food and perfect for avoiding<br />

supermarket crowds.<br />

To make life simple, we’ve pulled<br />

together our pick of the best farm shops<br />

across East Anglia.<br />

Norfolk<br />

Wiveton Hall Farm Shop<br />

Wiveton Hall, Holt<br />

www.wivetonhall.co.uk/farm-shop<br />

White House Farm<br />

Sprowston, Norwich<br />

www.norwich-pyo.co.uk<br />

Back to the Garden<br />

Letheringsett, Holt<br />

www.back-to-the-garden.co.uk<br />

Drove Orchards<br />

Thornham Road, Hunstanton<br />

www.droveorchards.com<br />

Farm to Fork and Fish<br />

Norwich Road, Norwich<br />

www.farmtoforkandfish.co.uk<br />

Algy’s Farm Shop<br />

Billingford Rdoa, Dereham<br />

www.algysfarmshop.co.uk<br />

Groveland Farm Shop<br />

Thorpe Market Road, Roughton<br />

www.grovelandfarmshop.co.uk<br />

Walsingham Farms Shop<br />

Little Walsingham<br />

www.walsingham.co/our-farmshops/walsingham<br />

Green Pastures Plant Centre & Farm<br />

Shop<br />

Mill Road, Bergh Apton<br />

www.greenpasturesnursery.co.uk<br />

Groveland Farm Shop<br />

Thorpe Market Road, Roughton<br />

www.grovelandfarmshop.co.uk<br />

Orchard Farm Shop<br />

Orchard Farm, Norwich<br />

www.orchardfarmshop.com<br />

Cavick House Farm<br />

Cavick Road, Wymondham<br />

www.cavickhousefarm.co.uk<br />

Jimmy’s Farm Butchery & Larder<br />

Pannington Hall Lane, Ipswich<br />

www.jimmysfarm.com<br />

Hog & Hen Farmshop<br />

Mill green farm, Debenham Road,<br />

Stonham Aspal, Stowmarket<br />

www.hogandhenfarmshop.co.uk<br />

Alder Carr Farm<br />

Creeting St Mary, Ipswich<br />

www.aldercarrfarm.co.uk<br />

Grange Farm Shop<br />

Grundisburgh Road, Woodbridge<br />

www.facebook.com/<br />

grangefarmshophasketon<br />

Friday Street Farm<br />

Friday Street, Saxmundham<br />

www.fridaystfarm.co.uk<br />

Cambridgeshire<br />

Radmore Farm Shop<br />

Victoria Avenue, Cambridge<br />

www.radmorefarmshop.co.uk<br />

The Gog Farm Shop<br />

Heath Farm, Shelford Bottom,<br />

Cambridge<br />

www.thegog.com<br />

Darwin Nurseries & Farm Shop<br />

Newmarket Road, Cambridge<br />

www.cpft.nhs.uk/Darwinnursery<br />

Bushel Box Farm Shop<br />

130 Station Road, Willingham<br />

www.bushelboxfarmshop.co.uk<br />

Burwash Manor<br />

New Road, Barton<br />

www.burwashmanor.com<br />

Farm Shop at The Old Granary<br />

94 High St, Linton<br />

www.farmshoplinton.com<br />

Anglia Farm Shop<br />

Spring Farm, Bottisham<br />


Ron’s Farm Shop<br />

2 Honey Hill, Fenstanton, Huntingdon<br />

www.facebook.com/ronsfarmshop<br />

La Hogue Farm Shop & Café<br />

La Hogue Road, Chippenham, Ely<br />

www.lahogue.co.uk<br />

The Longhorn Farm Shop<br />

Cuckoo Hill Farm, Oakington Road,<br />

Cottenham<br />

www.facebook.com/<br />

longhornfarmsop<br />

Essex<br />

Calcott Hall Farm Shop<br />

Ongar Road, Brentwood<br />

www.calcotthall.com<br />

Sparrows End Farm Shop<br />

Sparrows Hill House, Newport,<br />

Saffron Walden<br />

www.sparrowsendfarmshop.co.uk<br />

Sarah Green’s Organics<br />

Mark Farm, Tillingham<br />

www.sarahgreensorganics.co.uk<br />

Blackwells Farm Produce & Farm Shop<br />

Colne Rd, Coggeshall, Colchester<br />

www.blackwellsfarmproduce.co.uk<br />

The Green Barn Farm Shop<br />

North Benfleet Hall Fishery, Benfleet<br />

www.greenbarnfarmshop.com<br />

Manor Farm Shop<br />

Maldon Road, Great Baddow,<br />

Chelmsford<br />

www.themanorfarmshopchelmsford.<br />

co.uk<br />

Deersbrook Farm<br />

Shalford Green, Braintree<br />

www.deersbrookfarm.com<br />

Ashlyns Farm Shop<br />

Epping Road, Epping<br />

www.ashlynsfarmshop.co.uk<br />

Spencer’s Farm Shop<br />

Park Road, Halstead<br />

www.spencersfarmshop.com<br />

The Old Woodham Road Farm Shop<br />

Woodham Road, Battlesbridge<br />

www.facebook.com/Old-Woodham-<br />

Road-Farm-Shop<br />

The Outlet Farm Shop Burstead<br />

Tye Common Rd, Billericay<br />

www.facebook.com/Theoutletstore<br />

Barleylands Farm Shop<br />

Southend Road, Billericay<br />

www.barleylands.co.uk/thevillage<br />

Fullers Family Food Hall<br />

Bretts Farm, White Roding, Dunmow<br />

www.fullersfamilyfoodhall.co.uk<br />

Birchwood Farm Shop<br />

Birchwood Road, Dedham, Colchester<br />

www.birchwoodfarmshop.co.uk<br />

C Humphreys & Sons – Retail Farm Shop<br />

Blixes Farm, Rank’s Green, Chelmsford<br />

www.facebook.com/<br />

CHumphreysandSons<br />

Hertfordshire<br />

Foxholes Farm<br />

London Road, Hertford<br />

www.foxholesfarm.com<br />

Carpenter’s Farm Shop<br />

Sandridge, St Albans<br />

www.carpentersnursery.co.uk/<br />

farm-shop<br />

Pearce’s Farm Shop<br />

A10, Hamels Mead, Buntingford<br />

www.pearcesfarmshop.com<br />

Bury Lane Farm Shop<br />

A10, Melbourn, Meldreth, Royston<br />

www.burylanefarmshop.co.uk<br />

Battlers Green Farm<br />

Battlers Green Farm, Common Lane,<br />

Radlett<br />

www.battlersgreenfarm.co.uk<br />

Brookfield Farm Butchery and Village<br />

Stores<br />

Aston End Road, Stevenage<br />

www.brookfield-farm.co.uk<br />

Rumbler’s Farm Shop<br />

Potten End Hill, Water End,<br />

Hemel Hempstead<br />

www.facebook.com/pages/<br />

category/Farm/Rumblers-Farm-<br />

Shop<br />

Farrowby Farm<br />

New Inn Road, Baldock<br />

www.farrowbyopenfarm.co.uk<br />

P E Mead & Sons Farmshop<br />

Lower Icknield Way, Tring<br />

www.pemeadandsons.co.uk<br />

Sarah’s Farm Shop<br />

Greenslade Farm, Ashwell Road,<br />

Steeple Morden, Royston<br />

www.facebook.com/<br />

SarahsFarmShop<br />

Lordship Farm Shop & Tea Room<br />

77 Upton End Road, Shillington, Hitchin<br />

www.lordship-farm-shop-tea-room.<br />

business.site<br />

Wayside Farm<br />

Watford Road, Kings Langley<br />

www.wayside-farm.co.uk<br />

Bedfordshire<br />

Pells Farm Shop<br />

Southend Farm, Renhold Road, Bedford<br />

www.facebook.com/pages/<br />

category/Garden-Center/Pells-farmshop<br />

The Barn Cardington<br />

Cople Road, Cardington, Bedford<br />

www.thebarncardington.com<br />

Black Cat Farm Shop<br />

C/o Roxton Garden Centre, Bedford<br />

www.blackcatfarmshop.co.uk<br />

Franklins Farm Shop & Butchery<br />

Trumpetons Farm, Thorncote Green,<br />

Sandy<br />

www.franklinsfarmbutchers.co.uk<br />

Woodview Farm Shop<br />

Potton Rd, Gamlingay, Sandy<br />

www.woodviewfarm.co.uk<br />

Parkside Farm Shop<br />

55 Southill Rd, Broom, Biggleswade<br />

www.parksidefarmshop.co.uk<br />

Nobbys Farm Shop and<br />

The Baa T-Room<br />

Greenfarm, Leighton Road, GtBillington,<br />

Leighton Buzzard<br />

www.nobbysfarmshop.co.uk<br />

Herrings Green Farm Shop<br />

Cotton End Rd, Wilstead, Bedford<br />

www.birdsofpreycentre.co.uk/<br />

Pecks Farm Shop<br />

Stockwell Farm, Leighton Road,<br />

Eggington, Leighton Buzzard<br />

www.pecksfarmshop.co.uk<br />

Woburn Country Foods<br />

West End Farm, W End, Bedford<br />

www.woburncountryfoods.com<br />

Browns of Stagsden<br />

Church Lane, Stagsden, Bedford<br />

www.brownsofstagsden.co.uk<br />

Flitvale Garden Centre<br />

Flitwick Road, Westoning, Bedford<br />

www.flitvalegardencentre.com<br />

The Maulden Farm Shop<br />

Maulden Garden Centre, off, A507,<br />

Maulden<br />

www.mauldenfarmshop.com<br />


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HEALTH<br />

How to<br />

find the<br />

best cycle<br />

routes for<br />

your<br />

commute<br />

By Catherine Ellis, Hill & Ellis<br />

www.hillandellis.com<br />


Thanks to local council investment and pressure from<br />

environmental groups, a brilliant network of cycle routes<br />

are popping up all over the country. These routes are often<br />

separated from the main road, and allow you to cycle freely<br />

without having to squeeze past cars and lorries. These routes<br />

have been mapped out and can be downloaded, or even<br />

ordered as a print edition so you can plan your route at home,<br />

over a coffee.<br />

For local maps your local council will have them on their website,<br />

and for countrywide check out Sustrans.<br />

Cambridge – www.cambridgeshire.gov.uk/residents/travelroads-and-parking/cycling/cycle-routes-and-maps<br />

Norwich – www.norwich.gov.uk/downloads/file/3488/norwich_<br />

cycle_map<br />

Essex – www.essexhighways.org/getting-around/cycling/routesand-maps.aspx<br />

Country wide: www.sustrans.org.uk/national-cycle-network/<br />


If you want to carve out your own route, get off the main roads.<br />

The main roads might be the most direct path, but they will<br />

definitely not be the most pleasant. Always take the backstreets;<br />

they are quieter, safer and much more interesting as you get<br />

to discover parts of your town or city you would never have<br />

seen before. So give yourself an extra 15 minutes and enjoy the<br />

journey. If you don’t have a great sense of direction, you can<br />

always cheat. Beeline have designed a GPS system that tells<br />

you the direction you need to head in so you can take the back<br />

streets without losing your way.<br />

www.beeline.co/pages/beeline-velo<br />

It’s no secret that cycling is booming and with trains still running<br />

a reduced service and buses crowded, cycling really is the best<br />

way to get to the office.<br />

If you are taking to the saddle to commute the most<br />

important thing you can do is plan your route. Finding<br />

the best cycle routes will transform your journey<br />

from a grind to the favourite part of your day. Here’s<br />

how to find the best cycle route for your bike<br />

commute.<br />


If you don’t have much confidence cycling to work, build it up<br />

with a cycle group. There are many great networks out there,<br />

encouraging people to get on their bikes. One for women is the<br />

Breeze network, which offer group rides. If you want a guide to<br />

start you off on your cycle commute, check them out.<br />

www.letsride.co.uk/breeze<br />


After a while, you might think you have found the best route,<br />

but the beauty of cycling is that you can keep exploring. So<br />

when you are on your way home, take a different road, turn<br />

right instead of left or go one road further. One of the<br />

pure joys of commuting by bike is it doesn’t have to be<br />

monotonous.<br />

Keep mixing it up and enjoy the ride!<br />




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Retirement Home<br />

HEALTH<br />

With retirement villages and care homes<br />

popping up across the UK, the Eastern<br />

region has a boastful selection to choose<br />

from; but how do you decide which is best<br />

for you?<br />

Written by Rebecca Smith | www.glutarama.com<br />

Helping a loved one find a suitable home for a comfortable and<br />

secure future needn’t be a stressful process. My family have<br />

been through it personally with my grandmother. The biggest<br />

step is the first; researching what’s out there and also what<br />

support are you entitled to?<br />

Once you’ve taken that first step, a whole new world opens up<br />

and suddenly you realise this is not a step backwards but a leap<br />

forwards towards your loved one’s improved independence,<br />

making new friends and getting that familiar spark back.<br />

A simple checklist for your perfect retirement/care home<br />

Given our recent experiences I can share with you our<br />

simple checklist of things we wanted Gran to have<br />

access to;<br />

• A private room/living quarters<br />

• En-suite bathroom<br />

• Qualified staff (nursing, caring, catering, hairdressers)<br />

• Landscaped and easy access outdoor space<br />

• Communal dining areas<br />

• Various communal areas to socialise<br />

• Social activities<br />

• Ample parking for visitors<br />

• All this within a specific budget<br />

Visiting each potential care home and retirement village<br />

was the next step. I highly recommend going together<br />

with your loved one followed by a visit to the local coffee<br />

shop afterwards to discuss everyone’s thoughts on the<br />

experience. Even better, in the coffee shop on site if this<br />

is an option.<br />

As with any form of house hunting, buildings blend into<br />

one after a while so it’s advisable to make your pro’s and<br />

con’s lists while the visit is still fresh in your minds.<br />


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Interesting Skirts<br />

Written by Ruth Essex | www.ruthessex.com<br />

As we are no longer getting out like we used to, I have made it a rule,<br />

that when I do go out, I make the effort to dress up a little more. I am<br />

so bored with a jeans outfit, I am yearning for something different, so<br />

I have turned my attention back to the skirt. But not just any old skirt,<br />

it has to be an interesting skirt.<br />

Starting at the top end of fashion fun, I fell in love with feathers a<br />

while ago and lengthened one of my party skirts by adding a feather<br />

hem. It added a whole new level of glamour and fabulousness. It<br />

wouldn’t work in Waitrose admittedly, but I am optimistic we shall be<br />

going out for a few holiday-season cocktails and canapes, at some<br />

point this year.<br />

Faux suede makes a lovey daytime skirt choice. Its soft texture is<br />

comfortable to wear, and you can spill with impunity, as it is machine<br />

washable. I like to wear mine with a cosy jumper for the colder days,<br />

and then swap the jumper for a white shirt when indoors.<br />

The third skirt look I find myself attracted to is a multi-layered,<br />

modern boho skirt. These were called gypsy skirts in the 1970s and<br />

the fabrics then, were highly gathered, and tended to billow out.<br />

The new gypsy skirts are lighter, made of chiffon and have a more<br />

floaty, ethereal quality to them. As a woman with a curve or two, I<br />

think it will be one of those looks I may try on and return to the rail,<br />

and decide whilst I love it, it doesn’t love me back. But this does<br />

mean it will be perfect for some of my clients who have a straighter,<br />

more athletic figure, and want to add a few more curves.<br />

Why not dig around in your skirt wardrobe to see what you have<br />

that is interesting? Then all you have to do is create your outfit and<br />

take yourself out for the day. Enter the winter season with hope and<br />

optimism; an interesting skirt is out there for all of us.<br />

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Sparkle Pleated Skirt £59.50<br />

Right: FatFace Broderie Blouse, £42.50,<br />

Beverley Ditsy Maxi Skirt £45<br />



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Your Wedding in 2021<br />

#LoveisnotCancelled is the moto for<br />

couples across the world in <strong>2020</strong>. Whilst<br />

lockdowns and restrictions<br />

have impacted weddings enormously, it<br />

does not mean that they have<br />

ceased altogether. In fact, love has<br />

really triumphed this year, with couples<br />

finding new ways to have their<br />

special days. Special being the key<br />

message here.<br />

As 2021 fast approaches (thank<br />

goodness!) here’s how you can still plan<br />

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1. Manage your<br />

expectations to avoid<br />

disappointment:<br />

So many couples were blindsided this<br />

year. They had their plans completely<br />

de-railed, causing huge disappointment<br />

and heartbreak. For 2021, you’re<br />

going into your planning with full<br />

knowledge that restrictions are likely<br />

to be in place for some time. Manage<br />

your expectations. Plan for a beautiful<br />

wedding that can go ahead safely under<br />

today’s restrictions and then, if things<br />

change for the better, you can scale up.<br />

Whilst you’re prepared for things to get<br />

better, it’s also good to be ready in case<br />

things get worse. Just in case you’re<br />

forced to reduce numbers even more,<br />

have a ‘Mini Wedding’ backup plan in<br />

mind. Hopefully you won’t have to act<br />

on it, but it will make you feel better if<br />

you’ve already thought of this.<br />

2. Have an open dialogue<br />

with your suppliers:<br />

Suppliers have really suffered too this<br />

year, so they’ll be so excited to book in<br />

plans for 2021. But, there are a few key<br />

questions to ask when making your<br />

booking:<br />

a) What is their current cancellation<br />

policy? Is your deposit refundable or<br />

can it be transferred to a later date?<br />

Is there an additional fee for this?<br />

b) Should things get worse, what is<br />

their refund policy here?<br />

c) Do they have a contingency plan if<br />

they cannot deliver their services to<br />

you on the day?<br />

d) What safety measures do they have<br />

in place to keep themselves and you<br />

safe?<br />

And don’t forget to check your contracts<br />

thoroughly, to make sure the above is<br />

covered and clarified.<br />

3. Make the most of<br />

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So many wonderful suppliers are<br />

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4. It’s all about the micro<br />

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It may not be the day you originally<br />

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to be any less dreamy. Re-position your<br />

priorities and build a day around what<br />

really matters to you. Understanding<br />

why you want to get married now, rather<br />

than waiting, will help you focus on<br />

what’s important to include.<br />

Don’t think of it as settling, it’s still your<br />

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fabulous fashion, speeches and really<br />

spoil the guests that are there.<br />

A micro wedding will give you the most<br />

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be more special? If this year has taught<br />

us anything, it’s what really matters.<br />

Coronavirus cannot and will not stop<br />

you from taking this step with your<br />

partner. Whatever your wedding day<br />

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is the day you get to marry the love of<br />

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Written by Sue Cooke | Twitter @cookecars<br />

Sales of plug-in hybrids in the UK increased by 221.1% according to the latest<br />

figures from the Society of Motor Manufacturers and Traders, and the latest<br />

manufacturer to step into the world of electrification is Jeep. Starting with the launch<br />

in September of the Renegade 4xe plug-in hybrid.<br />

The new Renegade is powered by a battery that can be recharged while driving<br />

or through an external power outlet or charge point. The battery powers a 60hp<br />

electric motor which is located between the rear axle. In full electric mode there<br />

are zero tailpipe emissions up to a range of 26 miles. On longer jaunts, combined<br />

with the 1.3-litre turbo petrol engine, CO2 emissions are less than 50g/km in hybrid<br />

mode. Less CO2 emissions, less road tax to pay.<br />

In case of extended off-road driving, two electric motors featuring Powerloop ensure<br />

that eAWD traction is always available. Jeep says the Renegade 4xe is not only at<br />

home off road, but its capability and driving pleasure also shines through in the city.<br />

Buyers can customise their Jeep and there are 18 exterior colours to choose from.<br />

My road test Renegade arrived in a jetset Blue, but I really like the Colorado red.<br />

This SUV does look compact from the outside but behind the wheel, I felt as if I was<br />

driving a large, solid and capable machine. The power bulge on the front bonnet<br />

adds to the feeling of invincibility and with the new 4x4 systems. I wouldn’t hesitate<br />

to take the Renegade into the slipperiest conditions.<br />

Facts at a Glance:<br />

Model: Jeep Renegade 4xe plug in hybrid<br />

Limited<br />

Price: 34,500otr<br />

Engine: 1.3 litre turbo; battery and<br />

electric motor<br />

Performance: 232-259 WLTP<br />

Charging Time: 0-62mph in 7.5 seconds<br />

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electric and up to 124mph in hybrid mode<br />

CO2 emissions: less than 50g/km in<br />

hybrid mode<br />

Combined fuel consumption: achieving<br />

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battery charged).<br />

The rear lights feature an attractive unique X design theme which was inspired by<br />

the ‘jerry’ cans mounted on the back of the military Willys Jeep – the legend that<br />

inspired the brand.<br />

Behind the wheel, this hybrid plug-in drives just the same as a Renegade powered<br />

by a pure combustion engine. There are three trim levels – Longitude, Limited and<br />

Trailhawk – all featuring four-wheel-drive (eAWD).<br />

For the first time, Jeep is offering the Drowsy Driver Detection system. There are<br />

high-visibility full LED headlights, Forward Collision Warning and Lane Departure<br />

Warning Plus, Intelligent Speed Assist and Traffic Sign Recognition and front and<br />

rear parking sensors.<br />

The Renegade 4xe features a new six-speed automatic transmission selector and<br />

updated Selec-Terrain rotary control with eAWD modes which enable driving on<br />

snow, mud, sand and rock.<br />

The Jeep Renegade 4xe is a positive step into all electrification. Plug in hybrids<br />

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You can install more than one<br />

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If you get a primary instalment<br />

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SECONDARY improvements.<br />

New £5,000<br />

grants to improve<br />

your homes<br />

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The government’s new Green<br />

Homes Grant scheme is one<br />

every English homeowner<br />

should check out. It may provide<br />

serious free cash for insulation,<br />

double glazing, and a host of<br />

other things that will improve<br />

the energy efficiency of your<br />

home and your home’s value.<br />

That’s the good news, the bad, is<br />

the scheme has some systemic<br />

design flaws that many will find<br />

deeply frustrating. Let me take<br />

you through it.<br />

Launched just before the start of the<br />

month, the Green Homes Grant is…<br />

• Available to all English homeowners<br />

(including park homes) and<br />

residential landlords apart from<br />

unoccupied new builds.<br />

• It gives grants (ie non repayable)<br />

of up to £5,000 per household to<br />

cover two thirds of the cost of labour,<br />

materials, and VAT of installing<br />

certain energy efficient measures.<br />

So, if the installation costs £7,500,<br />

you’ll get a £5,000 voucher from<br />

the Government and you pay the<br />

remaining £2,500.<br />

• Those on certain benefits (e.g.<br />

housing benefit, universal credit and<br />

pension ‘guaranteed’ credit) can<br />

claim up to £10,000, which covers<br />

the entire cost, you pay nothing.<br />

• You only have until 31 March 2021,<br />

to get the installation completed, that<br />

may not be easy for everyone.<br />

That’s the qualifications, but this scheme<br />

isn’t simply a case of you get what you<br />

want. There are two categories of home<br />

improvements which interrelate.<br />

You must install a<br />

PRIMARY improvement.<br />

You can only access the scheme if<br />

you need what the Government calls a<br />

‘primary’ improvement. These must be<br />

new or a top up. It can’t replace what<br />

you have already. These are:<br />

• Insulation: including solid wall, cavity<br />

wall, underfloor, loft or roof. Insulation<br />

for a park home is also included.<br />

• Low-carbon heating: including airsource,<br />

ground-source and hybrid<br />

heat pumps, solar thermal systems<br />

and biomass boilers, which provide<br />

renewable ways of heating your<br />

home.<br />

Once you’ve installed the primary<br />

improvement, you’ll then be able to get<br />

a voucher up to the same amount for a<br />

secondary improvement (ie get £1,000<br />

primary voucher, you can get an up<br />

to £1,000 secondary voucher). These<br />

include…<br />

• Windows & doors… draught<br />

proofing, double/triple/secondary<br />

glazing (only if replacing single),<br />

energy efficient replacement doors.<br />

• Heating controls & insulation… hot<br />

water tank thermostat & insulation,<br />

smart heating controls, thermostatic<br />

radiator valves etc.<br />

How to apply for the<br />

vouchers<br />

It’s an online system. I asked the<br />

Department for BEIS how those who<br />

don’t have access to the internet can<br />

use it, it said to get them to ask friends or<br />

family to help (but not installers).<br />

1) First use the<br />

www.simpleenergyadvice.org.uk<br />

eligibility checker, to see what may be<br />

available to you. It’ll show registered<br />

local tradespeople (who must<br />

be Trustmark or Microgeneration<br />

Certification Scheme registered).<br />

2) Then get quotes from tradespeople<br />

– the Government recommends at<br />

least three. Try avoid any firms that<br />

ask you to pay for quotes. And do<br />

check prices compared to doing<br />

it outside the scheme. Plus, worth<br />

noting installers can’t ask for a deposit<br />

larger than your contribution.<br />

3) Only then can you apply via www.<br />

gov.uk/apply-green-homes-grant.<br />

If successful you’ll then be emailed<br />

a voucher. And ensure you only start<br />

the work once you’ve received the<br />

voucher, as the Govt says you can’t<br />

claim for any work that’s started<br />

before the voucher is issued.<br />

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What’s to become of our charities?<br />

Many of East Anglia’s charities have been hit hard. Some have been forced to close<br />

their retail outlets, most have had to cancel fundraising events, and all have struggled<br />

to deliver services due to lockdown regulations. However, despite the challenges, there<br />

have been local charities using their ingenuity and resourcefulness to find ways to raise<br />

money and to reach out to their communities. Whether that’s by adapting to provide<br />

services online or reaching out to new groups of donors, we can all take a leaf from<br />

their books.<br />

What are you doing online?<br />

Whatever the service, most charities can find ways to provide help virtually. Survivors<br />

in Transition, for example, is providing virtual therapy services for beneficiaries, whilst<br />

St John’s Ambulance made all training available online for both staff and volunteers.<br />

Closer to home, Falcon Meadow Community Trust, a Norfolk/Suffolk environmental<br />

charity, moved its entertaining sponsored plastic duck race online, using videos and<br />

live streaming to raise funds.<br />

Written by Michelle Wright,<br />

CEO of Cause4<br />

www.cause4.co.uk<br />

It’s tricky without the digital-know-how. According to the Charity Digital Skills Report,<br />

27% of charities cancelled their services this year because of a lack of ICT skills. It’s a<br />

pity in the short-term and also doesn’t bode well for the future. But there are support<br />

programmes available for charity staff to improve their digital skills. It’s time to learn what<br />

you need to take things digital.<br />

Adapt and keep going<br />

I’ve been inspired by the charities that have adapted during Covid-19. As the ongoing<br />

threat of repeated lockdowns keeps us a long way from returning to how things used<br />

to be, it’s vital that charities address the need to change. In East Anglia, Blue Cross<br />

Suffolk, an animal rehoming charity near Ipswich, set up virtual adopting and rehoming<br />

services. Through videos, they’ve showcased their own expertise and provided<br />

useful insight, all the time encouraging potential adoptors to meet and spend time<br />

with the animals.<br />

Help is available<br />

If your charity or the charity you support is a heritage organisation, which includes<br />

local museums, parks, landscapes, heritage buildings, even places of worship, there<br />

is a new programme that might be able to help. From November <strong>2020</strong>, 150 small or<br />

medium-sized English Heritage organisations will be given free training and mentoring<br />

to help them develop effective business plans, devise income strategies and get the<br />

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With the recent clock change and winter fast approaching, having the<br />

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having a good winter coat. And let’s face it, we will be spending a lot<br />

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While we don’t need more sleep during winter than summer, despite<br />

our urge to hibernate, creating a warm, inviting winter bed may just<br />

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you create the look and feel at home? Tielle Love Luxury is the linen<br />

brand behind some of the UK’s most luxurious hotels, the Dorchester<br />

and the Savoy to be exact. Co-founder Robert Lancaster-Gaye explains<br />

why taking some tips from five-star hotels can result in the very best<br />

night’s sleep at home: “There is nothing more comforting than slipping<br />

into bed in with freshly laundered bedlinen. Add to that the quality<br />

of the bedlinen in a luxury hotel and our fondest memories of a night<br />

away almost always focus on the bedroom and the quality of the sleep<br />

especially as the days get colder.”<br />

By following these simple steps, you can create the ultimate winter bed:<br />


Show your bed some love by layering first with a mattress protector.<br />

This will help protect the mattress from wear, stains and keep it mite-free.<br />

Look for a comfy quilted protector made from 100% breathable cotton<br />

to help maintain the perfect sleeping temperature and make sure it fits<br />

snugly. You don’t want your mattress protector pinging off in the middle<br />

of the night.<br />


Mattress toppers are the unsung hero of the winter bed. Hidden from<br />

the eye, the right topper creates a sumptuously warm and cosy sleep<br />

experience, although arguably they may make it harder to get out of<br />

bed! Look for a generously filled natural topper in a soft, breathable<br />

cotton-case that’s tightly woven. This will prevent annoying down or<br />

spiky feathers poking through.<br />


A cosy duvet to crawl into on a dark winter’s night is a must. One<br />

of those bedroom essentials you wonder how people ever lived<br />

without. As most homes now have central heating, gone are the days<br />

of needing a winter-specific duvet – just a good quality all-seasons<br />

10.5 tog duvet. This will keep you cool in summer and warm in winter,<br />

preventing night-time sweats.<br />

Feather and down are best for warmth, comfort and breathability; the<br />

duvet’s softness or weightiness depends on the finish and fill. Natural<br />

down is soft and lightweight, whereas feathers provide bulk and<br />

weight. Some luxury microfibre duvets also have a lovely natural<br />

duvet look and feel and are a great option for guest rooms and<br />

children’s bedrooms.<br />


No article on layering would be complete without a throw or blanket,<br />

the mainstay of any cosy autumn and winter bedroom scheme.<br />

Providing an extra layer of bed warmth, a stylish throw or blanket also<br />

help adds interest and depth to interiors and can look great slung over<br />

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Five tips for creating<br />

the perfect home office<br />

Written by Liz Mattock | www.wolfauthor.com<br />

Working from home but want to keep it professional? We have<br />

five fantastic ways to help you design the perfect home office to<br />

get your brain ticking and your creative juices flowing as soon as<br />

you step inside.<br />

1. Space<br />

Create a space that works for you. You will need a clear desk<br />

space to hold your laptop or computer and mobile phone. Set<br />

up your home office in a room with a window. The light and<br />

breeze will help you concentrate better and avoid eye strain.<br />

2. Get Organised<br />

Buy yourself a set of trays and label them so you can keep your<br />

urgent, less urgent and completed jobs separate. Equip<br />

yourself with a good set of stationery and notepads; the art of<br />

scribbling down notes with a pen and paper never gets old.<br />

Treat yourself to a diary with plenty of space for important<br />

meetings and deadlines and have a separate pad for a to-do list<br />

so nothing gets missed. A to-do list also sets you up for the day<br />

and week ahead.<br />

3. Décor<br />

Use light, pastel colours like greens, creams and blues, which<br />

are soothing to the eye and promote a sense of calm. Display<br />

motivational quotes and pictures on your walls for when you<br />

gaze around the room looking for inspiration.<br />

4. Wellbeing<br />

We all get tempted by the biscuit tin, just one more coffee<br />

and skipping lunch breaks. Have a two-litre bottle of water<br />

next to your desk, a fully stocked fruit bowl and set an alarm<br />

mid-morning, at lunchtime and mid-afternoon to remind you to<br />

take a short break and stretch your legs. You will be much more<br />

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out in the fresh air if you can to give you that extra boost.<br />

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With many of us going online to MS Teams or Zoom to conduct<br />

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How to<br />

Update<br />

your<br />

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on a<br />

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It’s uncertain times, and most of us<br />

are feeling the pinch of COVID on<br />

our finances. The worry that we don’t<br />

know what’s around the corner may<br />

make you feel as though you can’t<br />

make big investments such as home<br />

improvements right now. However, if<br />

your kitchen is looking a little tired, a few<br />

simple touches can have a huge impact.<br />

Read our top tips for the many ways to<br />

update your kitchen – they’re easy on the<br />

wallet too!<br />

Painting the doors and drawers<br />

It’s incredible what a tin of paint can do. Give your cupboards and panels an instant<br />

update by refreshing the colour with paint. Chalk paint is a good option as there’s little<br />

prep work. Just remember to wax after the paint has dried to keep them looking their best.<br />

Update doors<br />

A little more expensive than painting, but so worth it. Completely transform your kitchen<br />

by replacing the doors and side panels of your kitchen carcass. You could change colour,<br />

style or both for a reasonable price.<br />

Splashbacks<br />

It may not be something you’d think of changing, but when you look at a cooker your<br />

eyes are usually drawn to the splashback. Give it an update by replacing glass with tiles or<br />

visa versa. For a very budget friendly option, makeover outdated or worn tiles with stencils<br />

or waterproof tile stickers.<br />

Replace hardware<br />

There are hundreds of door and drawer handles to choose from, all of different shapes<br />

and shades. Updating your kitchen’s hardware is a cost-effective and subtle way of<br />

adding instant style.<br />

Worktops<br />

A slightly most costly option but changing a worktop will make a huge difference to the<br />

look and feel of a kitchen. Shop around as prices vary. Quartz is at a higher price point,<br />

but there are some good quality laminates now available for those with smaller budgets.<br />

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Bath and Beyond<br />

How to turn your bathroom into a tranquil sanctuary<br />

It’s been a tough year, and we all need a little escape now and<br />

then. With COVID restricting the places we can escape to for<br />

some peace and quiet, why not create your own little sanctuary<br />

in your bathroom? It’s easy to do. With a few simple touches you<br />

could have your very own spa-like space.<br />

Scents<br />

Spas have you instantly relaxing with the scents spritzed<br />

throughout. Apply the same method to your bathroom. Diffusers<br />

are great for creating a lasting aroma. If you’re looking for<br />

something extra luxurious purchase an air humidifier essential<br />

oil diffuser lamp (definitely worth popping on your Christmas<br />

list). Of course, candles are the obvious choice for scents and<br />

relaxation. Run a bubble bath, light some candles and relax.<br />

Sandalwood and lavender are both good choices.<br />

Plants<br />

Greenery in the home has been a big trend for the last few years.<br />

It’s practically taken over every room of the house, and the<br />

bathroom is no exception. From banana plants to palms, create<br />

an exotic atmosphere for your peaceful space.<br />

Towels<br />

Throw away old towels and replace with fluffy white goodness.<br />

Opt for pure luxury with high end brands or keep it simple and<br />

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the same feeling as fresh new sheets! Pop on the radiator while<br />

you soak in the tub, then wrap yourself in the warmth and fall<br />

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A Green<br />

Christmas<br />

Written by Eilidh Gallagher<br />

Do you feel the pressure to make each Christmas bigger<br />

and better than the one before? More presents, more<br />

decorations, more parties, just more. Thanks to social media<br />

we see so many images of the picture-perfect Christmas that<br />

we feel the pressure to recreate. Christmas has become such<br />

an excessive season with a huge amount of waste created.<br />

But if everyone made a few swaps or thought more about<br />

their gifts, we could reduce the huge amount of waste that<br />

is created.<br />

Give one or more of these ideas a go this year to help make<br />

your Christmas become more sustainable…<br />

1. Have a think about what presents you can make this year<br />

with foraged ingredients or ones you already have in your<br />

kitchen. Think little bottles of sloe gin and home baked<br />

Christmas spiced cookies in a jar, tied with a ribbon.<br />

2. Look into sourcing pre-loved and vintage gifts rather than<br />

buying new. There are so many places you can look, from<br />

your local charity shops to online. Whether it is clothing,<br />

electricals, books, toys or hobby related items you will<br />

save yourself money too.<br />

3. Keep the decorations you already have and instead<br />

of buying new, bring the outdoors in with freshly cut<br />

greenery like holly and mistletoe hung from your<br />

mantlepiece or doorways and fresh sprigs of rosemary<br />

for your Christmas table.<br />

4. Do you really need a new Christmas jumper this year that<br />

you may only wear once before being discarded? Start<br />

looking now for pre-loved Christmas jumpers, customize<br />

your own or swap with family and friends.<br />

5. When it comes to your Christmas tree if you already have<br />

an artificial one, the best thing you can do is to keep<br />

using it. If you get a real tree, make sure that it is FSC<br />

certified and try to support your local Christmas<br />

tree farms.<br />

There are so many ways to have a greener Christmas without<br />

compromising on the fun. For more ideas check out my<br />

book, ‘Green Christmas’.<br />

Eilidh is a blogger and<br />

freelance writer who is<br />

happiest outdoors. A mum of<br />

three, she now writes about<br />

their journey as a family to<br />

a simpler more eco-friendly<br />

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Gardens<br />

by Ade<br />

Without a doubt, we will look back on <strong>2020</strong> as a year like no<br />

other. Despite all the challenges and restrictions, one positive<br />

has come from this unsettling time. The number of people<br />

who picked up the spade and took to gardening as a<br />

‘lockdown’ escape.<br />

So, how do we keep this momentum going when gardens<br />

are now looking worse for wear, days are shorter and Jack<br />

Frost is knocking at our door? Firstly, this is winter and it’s all<br />

part of Mother Nature’s cycle. Just because things may not be<br />

flourishing above ground, underground is telling a very different<br />

story. Roots are re-generating; soil is realising its valuable<br />

nutrients and everything is gearing towards a new growing<br />

season. So, don’t look at your gardening spaces with a frown,<br />

embrace the season. There are still jobs that can be done, and<br />

preparation is key at this time of year.<br />

With the garden looking bare, you can now see the ‘bones’ of<br />

your growing spaces. If you’re looking to add structures, trees,<br />

or create new areas to grow plants or veg, this visual blueprint<br />

is a great guide. It’ll also reveal if anything needs repairing or<br />

replacing, such as rotten fence panels. With a dormant garden,<br />

it’s easier to move around on beds without fear of treading on<br />

your prize blooms.<br />

If your shed and garden tools are looking a little worse for wear,<br />

take this time to clean, repair and tidy. Service all power tools,<br />

including the lawn mower. Thoroughly clean all empty pots and<br />

trays in hot water and diluted washing up liquid. Carrying out<br />

these tasks now will ensure your tools last for years to come.<br />

Whilst the tools are out, why not give it a go to build a<br />

birdhouse? For the price of a few bits of wood and several nails,<br />

your garden could be a haven for birdlife come the following<br />

spring. To build your own birdbox, check out my short video<br />

(www.youtube.com/watch?v=BbweicrcICo ). Remember,<br />

to keep those birdfeeders topped up, and ensure their water<br />

supply never freezes.<br />

Mulching your growing areas now could give your plants a<br />

valuable kickstart in spring. Not only are you providing nutrients<br />

and matter for your soil, this top layer will insulate your precious<br />

plants. Just ensure you mulch around the plant area and not<br />

over them, otherwise they could rot.<br />

But if the cold weather starts to get the better of you, retreat to<br />

the cosiness of a roaring fire and a cup of warming soup. All<br />

ingredients care of your vegetable and herb bed of course. This<br />

is an ideal moment to takeout laptops, pencils, paper and seed<br />

catalogues. Read about new plants, draw plans and write wish<br />

lists for next year. What do you want to grow? What do you want<br />

to eat? And what haven’t you tried before?<br />

We’re all very different and our creativeness is unique to each<br />

and everyone of us. So, don’t be inhibited or feel overwhelmed<br />

by what you want to achieve in your garden. If you’re looking for<br />

free advice, garden bloggers are a great community of people<br />

to get to know. From all walks of life, on different gardening<br />

journeys, they’re only too happy to help. Why not take this<br />

opportunity to create your own gardening blog or Instagram<br />

account, using it as a journal for your own gardening adventure.<br />

In the depths of winter, looking back over your summer garden<br />

photos, can be just the inspiration to create your dream garden<br />

next year.<br />

Whatever you hope to achieve in your gardens in 2021, may<br />

it be a creative, prosperous and happy year for both you and<br />

those you hold dear.<br />

Ade is a freelance presenter,<br />

blogger, vlogger, writer and multimedia<br />

producer. Whilst a garden presenter<br />

on the QVC Channel, he’s also<br />

a live speaker, who can host stage<br />

garden events. adesellars.com<br />

Both Ade and his wife Sophie run the<br />

blog, ‘Agents of Field’, which won<br />

the GMG Awards ‘Blog of the Year<br />

2016’. agentsoffield.com<br />



The Future<br />

of the Property Market<br />

Everything you need to know<br />

In what has been an uncertain year to say the least, the initial<br />

impact of COVID-19 on the housing market was one of huge<br />

concern and ambiguity. But seven months on from lockdown,<br />

both property prices have increased by an average of 2.5 per<br />

cent, or £6,000 in comparison according to thisismoney.co.uk,<br />

and the number of active buyers are 66 per cent higher than a<br />

year ago.<br />

October saw Boris Johnson announce the Government’s<br />

intention to ‘fix the broken housing market’ and turn ‘generation<br />

rent into generation buy’, which could help up to two million<br />

first-time buyers get onto the property ladder.<br />

Out of all the regions, East Anglia has seen a steady growth<br />

in house prices due to inflation. But with property forecasters<br />

still hesitant to make any solid predictions for 2021, CALA<br />

Homes’ Glenn Copper, sales and marketing director for its North<br />

Home Counties region, talks through the best advice, tips and<br />

predictions that can be offered for buyers in this area.<br />

Glenn comments: “COVID-19 has had a very positive impact on<br />

the housing market, but there is still uncertainty ahead. With the<br />

furlough scheme ending, and now on the run up to Christmas,<br />

we’d advise now is one of the best times to move in order to<br />

make the most of the all-time house price costs, and<br />

house-buying schemes available.”<br />

Banks however have made it increasingly more challenging to<br />

obtain loan-to-value mortgages of 90%, or even 85%, buyers<br />

would need to save up for a deposit of around 15%.<br />

Glenn continues: “What the Prime Minister is working towards<br />

announcing sounds promising, with the potential for first-time<br />

buyers to be offered long-term fixed rate mortgages with a 5%<br />

deposit option. But it’s not all encouraging news, as this would<br />

see banks lending more, and therefore taking greater risks. This<br />

is a gap in the scheme that needs addressing more definitively.”<br />

The stamp duty holiday has only incentivised more people to<br />

move, with house prices increasing on average by £5,500.<br />

But with this finishing at the end of March and a possible job<br />

crisis looming, now might be a better time than ever to<br />

consider moving.<br />

Glenn concludes: “Additionally, the Help to Buy scheme is also<br />

changing, with buyers in the East of England soon only able to<br />

borrow up to £407,000, as stated by www.landc.co.uk. If both<br />

homeowners and first-time buyers want to take advantage of<br />

the original £600,000 price bracket, they only have until 15<br />

December to do so on homes that are due for build completion<br />

by the end of March 2021.”<br />


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The Arts Column<br />

Written by Collette Hoefkens; Proprietor at Norton Way Gallery and artist<br />

www.nortonwaygallery.com<br />

Woman on a chaise<br />

Frome Meander<br />

In this year of uncertainty, we need to find a lasting light with<br />

which to fill our hearts. A positive addition to any home is a<br />

piece of art. Large or small, the product of true and honest<br />

creativity can be uplifting and inspiring.<br />

From exciting autumn, winter and Christmas collections, I have<br />

chosen three skilful and committed artists that I feel celebrate<br />

or enrich the colder seasons. Represented by long established<br />

and dedicated galleries, you can enjoy their works both online<br />

and on the walls of carefully and safely curated exhibitions.<br />

Do check their websites or contact the galleries for up-to-date<br />

information.<br />

Firstly, the luxurious oil paintings of Chris Bennet ROI.<br />

Reminiscent of a modern Singer Sargent, his flowing<br />

brushstrokes and compositions create tantalizing works of<br />

light, shade and narrative. Whether exploring the bright surface<br />

of a sunlit building or the outward gaze of a beautiful woman,<br />

serenity and intrigue capture the viewer.<br />

Chris’ work can be seen as part of the Lime Tree Gallery’s<br />

Autumn Exhibition. As an important member of their catalogue<br />

of artists, his work can be viewed on most visits but is much sort<br />

after and does not hang around for long.<br />

For a harmonious accompaniment to the darker months look no<br />

further than the work of Swindon based artist, Anna Boss. Her<br />

quiet and intimate landscapes are full of stillness and calm. With<br />

layer upon layer of resin and acrylic she conjures hauntingly<br />

beautiful vistas of passage and optimism. Hedgerows, trees<br />

and reeds, flank meandering rivers and streams, continually<br />

promising new days and horizons.<br />

Anna’s dreamlike landscapes can be seen as part of the Norton<br />

Way Gallery’s Autumn and <strong>Winter</strong> Collection. The gallery has<br />

regular opening hours and a comprehensive website but also<br />

offers relaxed, private viewing appointments.<br />

Finally to Rob Barnes, who never fails to lift the spirits. His highly<br />

considered linocuts are rhythmic and almost playful. Scenes<br />

of working and pastoral England are steeped in joy. Ploughed<br />

fields and snow wrapped valleys are paid full homage in his<br />

expertly chiselled original prints.<br />

The Southwold Gallery will be displaying many of Rob’s latest<br />

pieces as part of their Christmas Show. This tardist of a gallery<br />

is home to so many superb artists; there really is something for<br />

everyone!<br />

Lime Tree Gallery<br />

Long Melford, Suffolk<br />

www.limetreegallery.com<br />

Norton Way Gallery<br />

Letchworth, Hertfordshire<br />

www.nortonwaygallery.com<br />

The Southwold Gallery<br />

High Street, Southwold, Suffolk<br />


The Eagle Gallery<br />

The Eagle Gallery is a unique artistled<br />

gallery in Bedford. It is managed<br />

and run by a co-operative of 40<br />

local artists and receives no grant<br />

aid or commercial funding.<br />

All members bring to the gallery very different<br />

backgrounds and a variety of experiences. Their<br />

exhibitions reflect this diversity and present exciting<br />

and eclectic work that ranges from the traditionally<br />

figurative to the highly conceptual and includes<br />

ceramics, sculpture, textiles, photography as well as<br />

paintings in oils, acrylics and watercolour. They change<br />

their exhibitions at least monthly to ensure a varied<br />

programme throughout the year and hold a number<br />

of one-week exhibitions to showcase the work of<br />

individual members or small groups. This enables them<br />

to give all their members year-round exposure that<br />

would be impossible in a commercial gallery.<br />

The Eagle Gallery<br />

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On the<br />

Canvas<br />

Discover the latest art<br />

exhibitions in the region<br />

Bill Brandt | Henry Moore,<br />

from 20 November – 28 February 2021<br />

Sainsbury Centre for Visual Arts, Norwich Research Park, University of East Anglia<br />

Norwich, Norfolk, NR4 7TJ<br />

This major exhibition traces the parallel and intersecting careers of two leading artists<br />

of the 20th century, starting with their iconic work from the Second World War and<br />

moving through to their healing post-war portrayals of nature and landscape. It features<br />

nearly 200 varying works including photography, sculpture and drawings, showcasing<br />

the interdisciplinary talent of both artists.<br />

The exhibition opens with the moment the artists met in 1942 when Brandt<br />

photographed Moore in his studio to accompany a 10-page spread in Lilliput<br />

magazine, which juxtaposed the two artists’ shelter images for the first time.<br />

www.sainsburycentre.ac.uk<br />

Norfolk abstract artist creates works for latest Eno<br />

albums<br />

Norwich School of Art, Slade & NUA alumnus, artist Dom Theobald, who lives and<br />

works amongst the grand but crumbling surroundings of Ditchingham House – the<br />

Norfolk home of Rider Haggard, has collaborated heavily with Brian and Roger Eno<br />

and created stunning abstract artwork for their last two releases. Dom has produced<br />

beautiful, abstract covers for the albums, available on 12-inch gatefold vinyl and CD.<br />

www.domtheobald.com<br />

Christmas Exhibition at Thomson’s Gallery, Aldeburgh<br />

from early December until end January 2021<br />

Thompson’s Gallery in Aldeburgh, will proceed with its annual Christmas Exhibition,<br />

opening 5 December. The exhibition will show paintings and sculptures by over 25<br />

different artists, both old and new, connected to the gallery from both the 20th and 21st<br />

century.<br />

Among the highlights from the exhibition is a lithograph by Henry Moore ‘Reclining<br />

Woman’, plus several John Piper originals as well as work by Peggy Somerville and<br />

Hugh Boycott-Brown. The gallery will be open in line with Government guidelines, but<br />

is available online at all times. www.thompsonsgallery.com<br />

The Art Cave<br />

Firstsite will be hosting a weekly online art class, ‘The Art Cave’; a spin off to ‘Art is where<br />

the home is’ which launched in March during lockdown.<br />

This new, fun, free ‘how-to’ online show will be released at 10am each Saturday<br />

morning until Christmas. Colchester artists Iris Gunnarsdottir and Tom Armstrong will<br />

show children and young people how to create fun art and crafts at home.<br />

© Bill Brandt Bil…t Archive Ltd © John Piper<br />

© Tom Armstrong<br />

Each episode of ‘The Art Cave’ will include a mixture of building, drawing and play –<br />

from making sock puppets to drawing cartoons – and encourage making and creativity<br />

in the home.<br />

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A <strong>Winter</strong> Break<br />

in Ampthill<br />

Written by Jacqui Hagen<br />

With its beautiful scenery, fascinating<br />

history and bustling town centre,<br />

Ampthill ticks all the boxes for a<br />

wonderful winter break.<br />

Ampthill Great Park<br />

Pack your walking boots and enjoy the spectacular<br />

views from the brow of the Greensand Ridge with lots<br />

of opportunities for wildlife spotting. There’s plenty to<br />

interest history lovers too: the park was one of Henry VIII’s<br />

favourite hunting grounds and it was here that his first<br />

wife, Katherine of Aragon, was incarcerated during her<br />

divorce. The beautiful parkland landscape, enjoyed by so<br />

many today, was created by Lancelot ‘Capability’ Brown<br />

in the 18th century.<br />

Houghton House<br />

Head to the outskirts of the town and you’ll find another<br />

slice of history at Houghton House. Although now<br />

a ruined shell, enough remains of the 17th-century<br />

mansion to envisage how it must have looked in its<br />

heyday. Built in a mixture of Jacobean and Classical<br />

styles with magnificent views across the Bedfordshire<br />

countryside, it’s said to be the inspiration for the ‘House<br />

Beautiful’ in John Bunyan’s Pilgrim’s Progress.<br />

Shopping<br />

Ampthill’s busy town centre with narrow streets, Georgian<br />

buildings, thatched cottages and attractive market place<br />

is a delight to explore. If you’re looking for Christmas gifts,<br />

you’ll find plenty to browse in the independent shops<br />

while the Thursday markets are a particular draw for<br />

visitors with delicious treats, homeware, books, cards and<br />

crafts in abundance.<br />


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Beds<br />

Food and Drink<br />

In Ampthill, you’ll be spoilt for choice when it comes to places<br />

to eat and drink with everything from authentic Italian dishes<br />

at Donatello’s to afternoon tea at Cakestand and Crumb.<br />

If you’re looking for a buzz, head to The Hide Café Bar, a<br />

popular destination for breakfast right through to cocktails.<br />

Or, for a really special treat, try the tasting menu at Eileen’s<br />

by Steve Barringer, local boy and former Masterchef: The<br />

Professionals finalist.<br />

Where to stay<br />

Once an 18th century coaching inn, The White Hart with its<br />

boutique style bedrooms, busy bar and central location is the<br />

ideal place to stay in Ampthill. A little further out in the pretty<br />

village of Maulden you’ll find The George Inn, a recently<br />

restored 16th century pub offering a cosy bolthole for a<br />

relaxing weekend break.<br />

Ampthill Micro Museum<br />

If you want to discover more about Ampthill’s fascinating<br />

past, you’ll find 1,000 years of history from Norman times to<br />

the modern day at Ampthill Micro Museum. Tucked away in a<br />

beautiful 18th century building above Ampthill Fireplaces on<br />

Bedford Street, the museum is open Monday to Friday 10am-<br />

5pm and Saturday 10am-4pm.<br />

Explore further<br />

Take a 15-minute drive south and you’ll find the attractive<br />

village of Barton-le-Clay which nestles at the foot of the<br />

beautiful Barton Hills. Barton Springs, a pretty chalk stream<br />

river, is popular for walkers and a great place for children to<br />

splash around so be sure to take their wellies! Barton-le-Clay<br />

is also home to the The Olde Watermill Shopping Village<br />

with over 20 shops set around an historic watermill. There’s a<br />

restaurant, tea room, antique centre and children’s soft play<br />

area so you can really make a day of it.<br />




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5<br />

reasons to<br />

Visit Olney<br />

this winter<br />

Written by Jacqui Hagen<br />

The shopping experience<br />

Shopping in Olney is lovely. It’s like stepping back in<br />

time and far removed from a busy retail park or shopping<br />

centre. A variety of shops line the High Street, one of<br />

widest in the country, and surround the Market Place with<br />

more in hidden courtyards waiting to be explored.<br />

The majority of Olney’s shops are independents,<br />

attracting shoppers from further afield to find the<br />

galleries, antiques, rug and furniture sellers as well as<br />

jewellery, interior design and clothing boutiques. Free<br />

parking throughout the town makes a day trip easy. This<br />

pretty market town is particularly inviting at Christmas<br />

time when the streets are adorned with sparkling lights<br />

and festive trees with late night shopping throughout<br />

December.<br />

Vibrant markets<br />

Olney has a weekly market with an array of stalls every<br />

Thursday as well as a Farmers’ Market offering locally<br />

sourced produce on the first Sunday of the month. With<br />

a Farmers’ Market on Sunday 6th December and the<br />

weekly markets running right up to Christmas Eve, you<br />

can get all your fresh festive produce for the big day.<br />

Delicious pitstops<br />

There’s a fantastic choice of restaurants, pubs and cafés<br />

offering breakfast, lunch and dinner as well tempting<br />

treats to keep you refreshed throughout your visit. While<br />

you explore the town, you’ll inevitably find somewhere to<br />

rest your feet and try something a little different including<br />

a speciality delicatessen, vintage tea shop, pancake<br />

parlour and traditional sweet shop. As the day draws to<br />

a close, the many pubs and restaurants keep the town<br />

bustling into the evening.<br />

A charming setting<br />

Olney’s historic buildings take you on a journey through<br />

the centuries as you wander through the town. From<br />

17th century coaching inns and 18th century Georgian<br />

grandeur to Victorian town houses, the architecture is<br />

fascinating. You can explore Olney’s rich heritage by<br />

visiting the Cowper & Newton Museum on the Market<br />

Place.<br />

Olney is a great destination<br />

with plenty to offer for a day<br />

trip or a weekend away with<br />

accommodation in the heart of<br />

the town or the tranquility of the<br />

surrounding countryside.<br />


Beds<br />

Head out of the town into the surrounding countryside and<br />

you’ll find the Great Ouse which offers a delightful riverside<br />

walk and nearby Emberton Park with lakeside walks and<br />

children’s play areas, fishing, boating and camping.<br />

New in town<br />

Located on the Market Place is a tiny new children’s<br />

bookshop called The Snug, run by Rose who is passionate<br />

about literacy. Rose also visits local villages and schools in<br />

Grace the Bookbus – a refurbished cherry red mini bus giving<br />

children a space to relax, read and learn.<br />

Also new to the Market Place this year is The Wine Cellar,<br />

a family-run, independent retailer offering hand picked<br />

stock and unpretentious advice. Pop in or visit<br />

www.thewinecellar.wine to book an enlightening wine<br />

tasting event with a sharing cheese and charcuterie board.<br />

Capadocia Turkish Meze and Grill opened in The Galleries<br />

this year offering authentic Turkish cuisine using the finest<br />

locally grown ingredients. Try their traditional dishes cooked<br />

over a charcoal grill and finish with the sticky, sweet baklava.<br />

On the Market Place, in the historical town of Olney, Leo<br />

Antiques has been providing quality antiques since<br />

2003. This year is a particularly challenging one with the<br />

pandemic, nevertheless, here at Leo’s we are following<br />

government guidelines, and all visitors are provided<br />

with gloves so that they may handle goods. HANDS<br />

Social Distancing is followed by only allowing 10<br />

people into the shop at any one time. SPACE<br />

We look forward to welcoming you, and wearing a smile<br />

under our masks! FACE<br />

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You’ve woken up dazed and<br />

confused, with no memory of how<br />

you’ve got here.<br />

After discovering you’re chained<br />

up and trapped you hear the voice<br />

of the Psychopath...<br />

He wants to play a game, and you<br />

are his entertainment…<br />

You have been on a tour of one<br />

of the most mysterious research<br />

centres in the country, you spot<br />

the “restricted area” zone and take<br />

a look…<br />

Instantly regretting your decision,<br />

you are trapped in the Lab and only<br />

have 60 minutes to get out before<br />

you become a test subject yourself…<br />

A serial killer is on the loose in<br />

Bedford, you are a crime scene<br />

investigator called to a shady<br />

apartment to investigate a murder<br />

but before you know it you’re<br />

trapped!<br />

In just 60 minutes can you identify<br />

the murderer and escape before<br />

it’s too late?<br />


Beds<br />

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WHAT’S ON<br />


11-Dec A Christmas Carol<br />

Dickens’ fable is brought to life as Olivier Award winner Guy<br />

Masterson recreates Scrooge, Marley, the Fezziwigs, Tiny Tim et<br />

al in an enchanting performance that will dazzle.<br />

Quarry Theatre, 26 St Peter’s Street, Bedford, MK40 2NN<br />

01234 362337 www.quarrytheatre.org.uk<br />

14-31 Dec It’s a Wonderful Life<br />

The Christmas classic as you have never seen it before: with live<br />

music, puppetry and a sack load of Christmas magic. Prepare<br />

to have your heart strings tugged, your sides split and your<br />

disbelief suspended.<br />

The Place Theatre, Bradgate Road, Bedford, MK40 3DE<br />

01234 354321 www.theplacebedford.org.uk<br />

17-Dec Castle Comedy Christmas Special<br />

The headline act is a Mystery Guest Star!<br />

Opening the show is Patrick Monahan who blends a<br />

high-energy comedy with topical material. Aaron Twitchen<br />

completes the bill. Camp, catty and fabulous!<br />

Quarry Theatre, 26 St Peter’s Street, Bedford, MK40 2NN<br />

01234 362337 www.quarrytheatre.org.uk<br />

27-31 Dec A Christmas Carol<br />

With live music, packed full of family fun and side splitting<br />

comedy, Lamphouse’s one man version of A Christmas Carol<br />

will bring you some much needed Christmas cheer!<br />

The Place Theatre, Bradgate Road,Bedford, MK40 3DE<br />

01234 354321 www.theplacebedford.org.uk<br />

16-Feb Safari Adventure<br />

From giraffes that laugh to monkeys going bananas – a roaring<br />

musical adventure, packed with action songs, live music and<br />

audience participation. Come dressed as your favourite animal!<br />

Leighton Buzzard Theatre, Lake Street, LU7 1RX<br />

0300 300 8125 www.leightonbuzzardlibrarytheatre.co.uk<br />

MUSIC<br />

22-Jan Elton John Tribute<br />

One for Tiny Dancers Joel Coombes has been performing as<br />

Elton for over a decade – with all of the outfits, the piano skills<br />

and the uncanny vocals to boot.<br />

Forest of Marston Vale, Marston Moretaine, MK43 0PS<br />

01234 767037 www.marstonvale.org<br />

13-Feb From The Jam<br />

Featuring original Jam member Bruce Foxton. Performing<br />

songs from The Jam’s album ‘Setting Sons’ along with handpicked<br />

songs from their back catalogue<br />

Corn Exchange, St Paul’s, Square Bedford, MK40 1SL<br />

01234 718044 www.bedfordcornexchange.co.uk<br />


5 Sep-11 Apr Vauxhall- Made in Luton<br />

Showcasing the iconic vehicles produced by Vauxhall over the<br />

last 100 years. Follow the story of the major car company and<br />

learn some of the impact made on the town.<br />

Stockwood Discovery Centre, London Road, Luton, LU1 4LX<br />

01582 878100 www.culturetrust.com<br />

3 Oct-11 Apr Under the Same Sky Exhibition<br />

Discover the local impact of weather alongside artists’<br />

depictions of the sky above. Includes the work of JMW Turner,<br />

Samuel Palmer, Alfred Sisley, Eric Ravilious, Paul Nash and<br />

Edouard Manet.<br />

The Higgins Gallery, Castle Lane, Bedford MK40 3XD<br />

01234 718618 www.thehigginsbedford.org.uk<br />

25Nov-24Dec Christmas Cornucopia<br />

Members showcase their work in a new arrangement.<br />

The Eagle Gallery, 20 St Peter’s Street, MK40 2NN<br />

01234 346995 www.eaglegalleryartists.co.uk<br />


5, 12, 19-Dec Christmas Dinner with Festive Music<br />

Live performance by Becky Bennet followed by a Christmas<br />

feast celebrating local and seasonal ingredients. A giant tree<br />

from the estate will be decked with candles and the mantles<br />

adorned with holly.<br />

Shuttleworth Estate, Old Warden, Nr Biggleswade, SG18 9EP<br />

01767 627927 www.shuttleworth.org<br />

06-Dec Made in Bedford’s Christmas Artisan Market<br />

Showcasing the work of local artists, craftspeople and<br />

producers. An ideal opportunity to buy unique cards, gifts and<br />

decorations. Number 13 café open for refreshments with cakes<br />

and vegan food from Scrumdiddly Kitchen.<br />

St Paul’s Square Bedford, MK40 1SL<br />

26 Dec-3 Jan Christmas Adventure Quest<br />

Discover fun facts and untold stories in the places where history<br />

happened! Hunt for clues and QR codes which reveal quirky<br />

tales or treat yourself to a hot chocolate or mulled wine in<br />

beautiful surroundings.<br />

Wrest Park, Silsoe, MK45 4HR<br />

0370 333 1181 www.english-heritage.org.uk<br />


06-Dec Flitwick Antique Fair<br />

Homemade refreshments, excellent disabled facilities and a<br />

wide range of interesting items for sale.<br />

Flitwick Village Hall, Dunstable Road, Flitwick, MK45 1HP<br />

07730 562329 www.antiques-atlas.com<br />

17-Jan Biggleswade Antique & Vintage Fair<br />

Over 45 stalls including silver and enamel, quality and costume<br />

jewellery, decorative antiques, mid-century homeware. Ample<br />

parking and a visit must include a stop at the on-site café to refuel.<br />

The Weatherley Centre, Eagle Farm Road, SG18 8JH<br />

07906 647346 www.madisonevents.co.uk

from<br />

including<br />


30 November to 24 December<br />


12 to 24 December.<br />

from<br />





Herts<br />

The famous St Albans Charter Market, which has been<br />

running for over 900 years, takes place every Wednesday<br />

and Saturday and has a wealth of traders selling everything<br />

from watch batteries to tasty street food.<br />

Recognising how much we all love a market at Christmas,<br />

extra artisan pop ups have been arranged from 30th<br />

November with the Christmas Charter Market running<br />

every day from 12th December to Christmas Eve bringing a<br />

fantastic atmosphere and festive cheer to the city centre.<br />

Christmas<br />

in<br />

St Albans<br />

Christmas will definitely be coming to<br />

St Albans this year with preparations<br />

underway to welcome visitors and<br />

make destination St Albans a fantastic<br />

experience for everyone.<br />

Christmas sparkle<br />

Building on the success of last year’s animated pieces, St<br />

Albans city centre will have lots of twinkling lights and Instagram<br />

opportunities. The extremely popular red carriage and snow<br />

globe will return plus additional pieces yet to be announced<br />

which may include a rather spectacular reindeer on a roof!<br />

Festive shopping<br />

The city centre is ready to welcome shoppers and visitors<br />

safely with the relevant regulations and PPE in place in all of the<br />

shops, bars, restaurants & cafes. Browse the The Maltings and<br />

Christopher Place shopping centres or visit the independents<br />

in the Cathedral Quarter of the High Street, Holywell Hill and<br />

George Street.<br />

Things to see and do<br />

If shopping isn’t enough for you then take in some of the<br />

city’s Roman and medieval history by strolling down to<br />

Verulamium Park via the amazing cathedral and on to the<br />

oldest pub in the country ‘Ye Olde Fighting Cocks’. Or grab<br />

a coffee and sit by the medieval Clock Tower before visiting<br />

the wonderful Museum & Gallery which hosts some really<br />

fantastic exhibitions.<br />

Places to stay<br />

There really is so much to do in St Albans this Christmas<br />

so why not make a weekend of it by staying in one of the<br />

local hotels? The four-star Clarion Hotel overlooks the<br />

Cathedral and is perfectly placed to explore the shops, cafes,<br />

restaurants, bars and pubs that the city centre has to offer. Or,<br />

if you’re looking for a luxurious treat, book a room or suite at<br />

Sopwell House, a popular country house hotel in 12 acres of<br />

grounds with a cocktail lounge, top-notch dining, swimming<br />

pool and spa.<br />

Virtual St Albans<br />

Those who prefer to visit virtually can head to<br />

www.enjoystalbans.com for the city’s online Christmas<br />

activities for all the family or take a look at the shopping<br />

directory and buy online to support local businesses. If you’re<br />

stuck for present ideas, the St Albans Gift Card might be just<br />

what you are looking for. Available at www.stalbansgiftcard.<br />

co.uk and redeemable in over 50 independent stores, cafés<br />

and restaurants locally.<br />

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11-Dec Lee and Dean’s Christmas Countdown<br />

Britain’s worst builders and stars of Channel 4’s smash-hit<br />

comedy, reunite for hilarious festive fun. The boys give DIY tips,<br />

Christmas dinner advice, play games, sing songs and solve all of<br />

your yuletide problems.<br />

South Mill Arts, 1 -3 South Road, Bishop’s Stortford, CM23 3JG<br />

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12-Dec Matthew Bourne’s Cinderella<br />

A love story set in London during the Second World War. A<br />

chance meeting results in a magical night for Cinderella and her<br />

dashing young RAF pilot who fall in love before being parted by<br />

the Blitz.<br />

The SandPit Theatre, Sandringham School, The Ridgeway,<br />

St. Albans, AL4 9NX<br />

01727 799565 www.sandpittheatre.co.uk<br />

12 Dec-3 Jan The Very Hungry Caterpillar Show<br />

A theatrical recreation of Eric Carle’s beautifully imaginative<br />

stories featuring a menagerie of enchanting puppets during a<br />

magical 50-minute show.<br />

Hertford Theatre, The Wash, Hertford, SG14 1PS<br />

01992 504537 www.hertfordtheatre.com<br />

15-19 Dec Showstopper! The Improvised Musical<br />

An Edinburgh Festival must-see phenomenon and winner of an<br />

Olivier Award. The Showstoppers transform your suggestions<br />

into an entirely different show every time.<br />

Watford Palace Theatre, 20 Clarendon Road, Watford, WD17 1JZ<br />

01923 225671 www.watfordpalacetheatre.co.uk<br />

05-Feb Jason Manford: Like Me<br />

He’s back! It’s been a busy few years since his last smashhit<br />

show but fans of his Absolute Radio show will know this<br />

nationally acclaimed comedian hasn’t changed a bit.<br />

Watford Colosseum, Rickmansworth Road, Watford, WD17 3JN<br />

01923 571 102 www.watfordcolosseum.co.uk<br />

MUSIC<br />

21-Jan One Night in Dublin<br />

The Wild Murphys perform great Irish songs by The Pogues,<br />

The Dubliners, The Fureys, The Saw Doctors and more.<br />

Watersmeet, High Street, Rickmansworth, WD3 1EH<br />

01923 711063 www.watersmeet.co.uk<br />

30-Jan Just Judy<br />

The new Judy Garland biopic packed with live performances<br />

of her songs alongside astonishing tales from the roles that<br />

brought international stardom.<br />

South Mill Arts, 1 -3 South Road, Bishop’s Stortford, CM23 3JG<br />

01279 710200 www.watfordcolosseum.co.uk<br />

09-Feb Jason Donovan – Even more Good Reasons<br />

Jason Donovan sings his greatest pop hits along with his<br />

favourite songs from his career in musicals.<br />

Watford Colosseum, Rickmansworth Road, Watford, WD17 3JN<br />

01923 571102 www.watfordcolosseum.co.uk<br />


10 Oct-31 Jan Looking Back, Looking Forward<br />

Telling the story of the city and surrounding district showing its<br />

regional and national impact.<br />

St Albans Museum + Gallery, Town Hall, St Peter’s Street, St<br />

Albans, AL1 3DH<br />

01279 710200 www.stalbansmuseums.org.uk<br />

13 Nov-21 Feb Cabaret Mechanical Marvels<br />

These whimsical mechanical artworks illustrate their inner<br />

workings at the push of a button or turn of a lever, enabling a<br />

greater level of understanding of mechanics, engineering and art.<br />

St Albans Museum + Gallery, Town Hall, St Peter’s Street,<br />

St Albans, AL1 3DH<br />

01279 710200 www.stalbansmuseums.org.uk<br />


14 Nov-17Jan Hogwarts in the Snow<br />

New for <strong>2020</strong>, Diagon Alley will be given a festive makeover.<br />

With wreaths and trees topped with witches on miniature<br />

broomsticks in The Great Hall and original props in the<br />

Gryffindor common room.<br />

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6, 13, 20 & 23-Dec Lunch with Santa<br />

Give your family an early Christmas treat with lunch at Knebworth<br />

Barns, complete with a visit from Santa and a gift for every child.<br />

Knebworth House, Old Knebworth Lane, Stevenage SG3 6PY<br />

01438 812661 www.knebworthhouse.com<br />

12Dec-24Dec Christmas Charter Market<br />

Come and join the Charter Market traders in St. Albans City<br />

Centre this December for gifts, produce and Christmas spirit.<br />

St Albans City Centre<br />

www.enjoystalbans.com<br />


06-Dec St Albans Antique & Vintage Market<br />

A unique, urban street market with 80 dealers and a wonderful<br />

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St Peters Street, St.Albans<br />

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vintage accessories, costume jewellery, china, glass, ephemera,<br />

treen and more.<br />

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Why I love<br />

winter in<br />

Cambridge<br />

Banish the winter<br />

blues with a city<br />

break in Cambridge<br />

Written by Emma Kemsley<br />

There is no best time to visit Cambridge,<br />

it’s a year-round destination. In spring<br />

the city’s green spaces comes alive with<br />

colourful flowers, summer lends itself<br />

to punting and lazy days sprawled in<br />

the parks, autumn sees students return<br />

to the colleges and the foliage change<br />

colour, and winter welcomes crowds of<br />

shoppers, scarves flapping in the wind,<br />

darting from store to store.<br />

For me, winter in Cambridge feels extra<br />

special. Scenes you read about in books<br />

take place in front of your eyes; cobbled<br />

streets filled with shoppers, steamedup<br />

coffee shop windows and roaring<br />

laughs spill from the warm glow of the<br />

pubs.<br />

Shopping<br />

Under the twinkling festive lights,<br />

residents and visitors bustle among<br />

the Market Square and shopping malls.<br />

Though our shopping experience<br />

may feel a little different this year, and<br />

online shopping should certainly be<br />

encouraged, don’t miss an opportunity<br />

to support local independents that<br />

have truly felt the pinch of this year’s<br />

pandemic. Sidney Street, Green Street,<br />

King’s Street and Bridge Street are great<br />

for browsing indie retailers. Expect to<br />

find boutiques and stores stacked with<br />

quirky gift ideas, designer brands and<br />

handmade items.

Cambridgeshire<br />

Where to eat<br />

Foodies should slip down the side<br />

street of All Saints Passage. A resident<br />

favourite, The Cambridge Cheese<br />

Shop, awaits. Taste samples at the deli<br />

and buy cheese, wine and chutneys.<br />

Gift hampers are available, but if you’re<br />

feeling extra extravagant you can<br />

arrange a cheese tasting in advance.<br />

This is also the location of Hill St; a<br />

delightful chocolatier.<br />

It’s quite easy to eat your way around<br />

Cambridge. The city has a delicious<br />

café or restaurant on almost every<br />

corner. Duck into Cambridge classic,<br />

Fitzbillies, whose windows are stacked<br />

with mouth-watering sticky buns. Aromi<br />

tempts passers-by with its cheesy<br />

pizzas, bulging arancini and Sicilian<br />

desserts. Under the colourful canopies<br />

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Meat lovers should head to Bread +<br />

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To dine with unbeatable views of the<br />

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Prior to dinner, perch yourself at the<br />

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Things to do<br />

Wandering the streets admiring<br />

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easy and free way to spend an afternoon.<br />

You can also pay to visit the grounds of<br />

some of the colleges, though numbers<br />

are currently restricted, and you’ll need<br />

to purchase your ticket in advance.<br />

Embrace the cold winter air and take a<br />

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08-Feb Arabella Weir: Does My Mum Loom Big In This?<br />

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Hickling Broad<br />

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Oxburgh Hall<br />

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the National Trust, both the halls and<br />

gardens are a real treat and well worth<br />

a visit. The gardeners are also very<br />

knowledgeable and happy to talk about<br />

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to the gardens. The gardens are also<br />

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Biddy’s Tearoom<br />

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town of Aylsham. The cakes are<br />

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The Horning Deli<br />

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Holt Antiques and<br />

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Waxham Beach<br />

Waxham beach followed by tea and<br />

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Wiveton Downs<br />

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Somerleyton Hall<br />

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a pleasure to explore, with a great selection of shops and cafes,<br />

and history around every corner. Norwich is easy to get to via<br />

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Shopping<br />

Norwich has two shopping centres – Chantry Place and The<br />

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Art<br />

A short walk from the University of East Anglia is one of the<br />

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Antony Gormley and displays of landscape paintings by David<br />

Hockney and Claude Monet. Set in a spectacular Norman<br />

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History<br />

The magnificent Romanesque Cathedral is set in 44 acres of<br />

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Hidden Gem<br />

The Plantation Garden is a 3-acre garden established over 100<br />

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centre. Featuring an Italianate terrace, woodland walkways and<br />

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provides a habitat for wildlife, making it a haven of peace and<br />

tranquility and a glimpse into a bygone age.<br />

Location<br />

The Norfolk Broads and the beautiful North Norfolk coast are<br />

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Sheringham, and the heritage North Norfolk Railway.<br />

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Christmas activities<br />

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Plays | Music | Talks | Opera | Classes | Workshops<br />

Group discounts available<br />

Box office 01603 620917 - maddermarket.co.uk<br />

Maddermarket Theatre St John’s Alley, Norwich, NR2 1DR<br />


Norfolk<br />

Norfolk<br />

WHAT’S ON<br />


4 Dec-1 Jan Strictly Christmas<br />

Hosted by Norfolk funny man Olly Day and an array of entertainers<br />

in a celebration of variety and the arts. Expect some talented faces<br />

that have graced the theatre’s famous stage before and also some<br />

new ones in a 90-minute variety extravaganza.<br />

Cromer Pier, The Promenade, Cromer, NR27 9HE<br />

01263 512495 www.cromerpier.co.uk<br />

16-23 Dec A Circus Carol<br />

Charles Dickens’ classic is turned on its head in this spectacular<br />

production filled with gasps, thrills and laughs. Combining<br />

acrobatics and amazing trickery with ghosts of Christmas past,<br />

present and future. this re-imagining. All the thrills of the original<br />

tale with even more spectacle.<br />

Norwich Theatre Royal, Theatre Street, Norwich , NR2 1RL<br />

01603 630 000 www.norwichtheatre.org<br />

16-24 Dec Panto in a Pickle!<br />

There has been a terrible mess-up in Panto-land. What is<br />

Cinderella doing with those magic beans? Why did Captain<br />

Hook stop Snow White going to the ball? How did Aladdin end<br />

up in an enchanted sleep? This really is Panto in a Pickle!<br />

Norwich Theatre Royal, Theatre Street, Norwich , NR2 1RL<br />

01603 630 000 www.norwichtheatre.org<br />

19 Dec-1 Jan Mother Goose<br />

A cracking Christmas panto! A poor woman befriends a magical<br />

goose that provides her with golden eggs. She is rich, but there<br />

is something she wants more than money - she wants to be<br />

young and beautiful.<br />

Princess Theatre, 13 The Green, Hunstanton, PE36 5AH<br />

01485 532252 www.princesshunstanton.co.uk<br />

22-24 Dec Rapunzel the Lockdown Pantomime<br />

A socially distanced pantomime where we get to shout, “It’s<br />

Behind You!” to <strong>2020</strong>. Expect the usual family festive fun packed<br />

with songs, slapstick and hilarity. So let your hair down with<br />

Rapunzel and join us for a hair-raising adventure!<br />

2 Station Road, Sheringham, NR26 8RE<br />

01263 822347 www.sheringhamlittletheatre.com<br />

MUSIC<br />

6 Dec-3Jan The Magic of Christmas<br />

It’s the most wonderful time of the year and now more than ever<br />

we should celebrate by enjoying all our favourite Christmas<br />

songs wrapped up in this wonderful new production performed<br />

by a truly amazing cast.<br />

Pavilion Theatre, Pier Gardens, Gorleston, Norfolk NR31 6PP<br />

01493 662832 www.gorlestonpavilion.co.uk<br />

26-Feb The Unravelling Wilburys<br />

Playing the country-rock songs of the Traveling Wilburys, the<br />

band’s great combination of brilliant musicianship and tongue<br />

in cheek humour has had rave reviews throughout the UK.<br />

Maddermarket Theatre, St Johns Alley, Norwich, NR2 1DR<br />

01603 620917 www.maddermarket.co.uk<br />

28-Feb The Songs of Stevie Wonder<br />

Presented by the Leo Green Orchestra as broadcast on<br />

BBC Radio 2. This fantastic show is not a tribute show, it is a<br />

celebration of the great icon’s music.<br />

Princess Theatre, 13 The Green, Hunstanton, PE36 5AH<br />

01485 532252 www.princesshunstanton.co.uk<br />


5 Dec-6 Jan Christmas Exhibition: Part 2<br />

View winter and festive inspired works from a range of artists.<br />

Bircham Gallery,14 Market Place,Holt,NR25 6BW<br />

01263 713312 www.birchamgallery.co.uk<br />

6 Feb-16 May Grayson Perry: The Pre-Therapy Years<br />

Grayson Perry’s groundbreaking ‘lost’ pots will be reunited for<br />

the first time to focus on the formative years of one of Britain’s<br />

most recognisable artists. The works explore the themes of<br />

fetishism, gender, class, his home county of Essex, and the<br />

vagaries of the art world.<br />

Salisbury Centre, University of East Anglia, Norfolk Road,<br />

Norwich, NR4 7TJ<br />

01603 593199 www.sainsburycentre.ac.uk<br />


20 Nov-20 Dec Luminate Light Trail<br />

As darkness descends, join us on an enchanting journey,<br />

a captivating light trail weaving through the Country Park.<br />

Immerse yourself in a mesmerising mile long trail, with<br />

interactive stunning lighting elements and fabulous light play,<br />

all set to ambient music. Entry 4.30-9pm.<br />

Sandringham, King’s Lynn, PE35 6EN<br />

01485 545400 www.sandringhamestate.co.uk<br />

7-21 Dec Gardens, Grottos, Trees and Terraces<br />

A guided tour of the Secret Garden. You may have glimpsed<br />

the intricate terraces when visiting Holkham Hall, but did you<br />

know that there is a hidden private garden to the east of the hall<br />

with its own arboretum and even a grotto? This tour will delight<br />

garden lovers and history afficionados alike.<br />

Holkham Hall, Wells-next-the-Sea, NR23 1AB<br />

01328 713104 www.holkham.co.uk<br />


06-Dec St Albans Antique & Vintage Market<br />

A unique, urban street market with 80 dealers and a wonderful<br />

relaxed atmosphere.<br />

St Peters Street, St.Albans<br />

www.enjoystalbans.com<br />

20-Dec Potters Bar Antique & Vintage Fair<br />

Over 50 stalls including silver and enamel, quality jewellery,<br />

vintage accessories, costume jewellery, china, glass, ephemera,<br />

treen and more.<br />

Wyllotts Theatre, Darkes Lane, Potters Bar, EN6 2HN<br />

01480 382432 www.antiques-atlas.com<br />


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Suffolk<br />

A Day Trip to<br />

Lavenham and<br />

Long Melford<br />

Thatched cottages, cobbled streets, tearooms,<br />

galleries and cosy country pubs; read our guide to<br />

two of Suffolk’s prettiest villages<br />


Suffolk<br />

Lavenham and Long Melford really do<br />

have to be visited to be appreciated.<br />

Those white timber-clad buildings may<br />

look beautiful in photographs, but up<br />

close and personal they’re even more<br />

spectacular.<br />

A visit to these Suffolk villages will<br />

make you appreciate the history of our<br />

beautiful region. Here are a few things to<br />

put on your bucket list if you’re visiting<br />

the area:<br />



Places to visit<br />

Stop by the Guildhall, Little Hall Museum<br />

and Tourist Information Centre to learn<br />

about Lavenham’s past. In the 1300s<br />

Lavenham was the 14th richest town in<br />

the country. Home to a thriving<br />

wool industry, its buildings were built<br />

by wealthy merchants. Today they<br />

house the likes of the Guildhall, pubs,<br />

hotels and coffee shops. Despite<br />

succumbing to modern culture,<br />

Lavenham has thankfully kept much of<br />

its old-world charm.<br />

Dotted around the Market Place<br />

and along the High Street you’ll find<br />

independent boutiques, coffee shops<br />

and salons. Art lovers will be spoilt for<br />

choice with its many galleries featuring<br />

works from local artists. Lavenham<br />

Contemporary is worth a visit too; book<br />

ahead before visiting.<br />

Explore the cobbled streets and<br />

you’ll find fashion boutiques and<br />

homewares stores. Housed in pretty<br />

historic buildings, shopping here<br />

feels special. Stop by the Little White<br />

Box for furnishings so beautiful you’ll<br />

immediately want to redecorate<br />

your home.<br />

Restaurants in Lavenham<br />

When it comes to eating, there’s plenty<br />

of options – the hardest decision will<br />

be settling on just one. Pretty quaint<br />

tea rooms are perfect for light bites<br />

but for a warming lunch its best to<br />

sample the local pub scene. The Angel<br />

on the Market Place and Lavenham<br />

Greyhound on the High Street both<br />

serve hearty pub grub alongside a<br />

selection of beverages including some<br />

tasty local ales.<br />

If it’s fine dining you’re looking for book<br />

a table at The Great House Hotel &<br />

Restaurant. Housed in a 15th century<br />

building, the restaurant has a charming<br />

atmospheric feel and serves exquisitely<br />

presented French cuisine.<br />

Things to do<br />

Take time to wander and appreciate this<br />

village. An ideal place to begin a stroll<br />

is at the Holy Trinity Church, which like<br />

many in the area is a wool church<br />

from the 15th century, a product of<br />

prosperity among local cloth merchants<br />

of the time.<br />

A visit to Long Melford wouldn’t be<br />

complete without a trip to Melford Hall.<br />

Run by the National Trust it is one of two<br />

Tudor mansions in close proximity and<br />

is a fine example of Elizabethan life.<br />

Then there is Kentwell Hall; a romantic,<br />

completely moated, redbrick Tudor<br />

mansion in a tranquil parkland setting.<br />

There is lots to do at the Hall. In addition<br />

to the house and gardens, look out for<br />

the award-winning seasonal events. Try<br />

to catch one of the renowned Tudor<br />

re-enactments.<br />

Shopping<br />

There are a great variety of places to<br />

buy quality goods of all sorts, including<br />

fashion, home furnishings, works of art<br />

and food to name a few, as well as the<br />

antiques for which the village is famous.<br />

Most stores offer one-off pieces you<br />

won’t find on the high street. Get into the<br />

vibe of a time gone by with a visit to the<br />

vintage and antiques stores. Art lovers<br />

should head to the Lime Tree Gallery,<br />

located on Hall Street. Here you’ll<br />

discover contemporary fine art and<br />

glass and regular exhibitions throughout<br />

the year.<br />

Besides shopping, there are many more<br />

charming restaurants and typical Suffolk<br />

inns to be found such as The Black<br />

Lion and Long Melford Swan, while an<br />

indoor farmers’ market is held at the<br />

Village Memorial Hall on the second<br />

Saturday of every month.<br />




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Suffolk<br />

WHAT’S ON<br />


12-Dec Ghost Stories for Christmas<br />

These tales are not intended to warm you with seasonal<br />

cheer. Witness four eerie and spine-chilling ghost stories that<br />

will follow you home long after you have heard them. ‘Tis the<br />

season to be… terrified! In aid of Lowestoft Foodbank.<br />

The Seagull, 19-75 Morton Road, Lowestoft, NR33 0JH<br />

01502 589726 www.theseagull.co.uk<br />

19-23 Dec Dame Dora’s Pop Up Panto Party<br />

That’s Entertainment Productions are refusing to let the Covid<br />

Grinch steal our Christmas. Dame Dora Trolley hosts her very own<br />

panto party bursting with madcap magicians, jumping jugglers,<br />

silly songs and even the legendary ghost scene with a twist!<br />

Haverhill Arts Centre, High Street, Haverhill, CB9 8AR<br />

01440 710174 www.haverhillartscentre.co.uk<br />

22-Jan An Evening with Brian Blessed<br />

A giant of a man, accompanied by an eloquent wit and<br />

booming, operatic voice who is also an avid explorer and<br />

climber. Anecdotes from his illustrious acting career with tales of<br />

his adventuring.<br />

The Apex, Charter Square, Bury St Edmunds, IP33 3FD<br />

01284 758000 www.theapex.co.uk<br />

8-13 Feb Hairspray<br />

It’s Baltimore 1962 and Tracy Turnblad, a big girl with big hair<br />

and an even bigger heart, is on a mission to dance her way onto<br />

national TV. Tracy uses her new-found fame to fight for equality,<br />

bagging the local heartthrob along the way.<br />

Regent Theatre, 3 St. Helen’s St, Ipswich, IP4 1HE<br />

01473 433100 www.ipswichtheatres.co.uk<br />

25-Feb Rhod Gilbert: The Book of John<br />

The multi-award winning Welsh comedian is back with a brand<br />

new live show. After a seven-year break and just when he<br />

thought he’d hit rock bottom he met a bloke... called John.<br />

Regent Theatre, 3 St. Helen’s St, Ipswich, IP4 1HE<br />

01473 433100 www.ipswichtheatres.co.uk<br />

MUSIC<br />

10-Dec Christmas Crooners<br />

Following a sellout show in October, Masters of Swing return<br />

with their festive show celebrating the best singers from<br />

the golden age of swing and the big band era in a fun-filled,<br />

traditional style holidays special.<br />

The Seagull, 19-75 Morton Road, Lowestoft, NR33 0JH<br />

01502 589726 www.theseagull.co.uk<br />

05-Feb Cloudbusting: The Music of Kate Bush<br />

Championed by BBC One as one of the most authentic tributes<br />

in the world, Cloudbusting’s passion for Kate’s music has won<br />

over fans everywhere, resulting in sell-out performances across<br />

the UK. Expect all the hits!<br />

The Marina Theatre, Marina, Lowestoft, NR32 1HH<br />

01502 533200 www.marinatheatre.co.uk<br />

18-Feb Gigspanner Big Band<br />

A unique force in British folk music. Influential musicians, all with<br />

their own unique identity, producing an electrifying force that is<br />

even greater than the impressive sum of its parts.<br />

The Cut, New Cut, Halesworth, IP19 8BY<br />

0300 3033 211 www.newcut.org<br />


14 Nov-4 Jan Mixed Christmas Exhibition<br />

Showcasing work from all of the gallery’s regular artists.<br />

Southwold Gallery, 64a High Street, Southwold, IP18 6DN<br />

01502 723888 www.southwoldgallery.co.uk<br />

13-22 Feb Driftwood & Glass Exhibition<br />

Exhibition of some of the region’s favourite artists including<br />

Naomi Brangwyn, Seth Draper, Lynne Muir and Andy Povey.<br />

Southwold Gallery, 64a High Street, Southwold, IP18 6DN<br />

01502 723888 www.southwoldgallery.co.uk<br />


24 Oct-20 Dec Moyse’s Hall: The Museum Strikes Back<br />

<strong>2020</strong> marks 40 years since Star Wars: The Empire Strikes Back<br />

hit the big screen. Explore the movie that introduced us to Yoda,<br />

AT-AT walkers and a shocking family revelation!<br />

Moyse’s Hall Museum, Cornhill, Bury St Edmunds, IP33 1DX<br />

01284 706183 www.moyseshall.org<br />

6-20 Dec Santa Specials at the Mid-Suffolk Light Railway<br />

The popular event returns, offering several dates in December<br />

to enjoy the magical train ride. Passengers ride form Brockford<br />

Station all the way to North Pole Halt, where each child meets<br />

Santa himself and gets a gift from the magic brake van.<br />

Brockford Station, Wetheringsett, Stowmarket, Suffolk, IP14 5PW<br />

01449 766874 www.mslr.org.uk/contact-us/<br />

1-9 Dec Christmas Chocolate Workshop<br />

Join The Food Hub’s chef for a chocolate filled day learning<br />

how to make truffles and creating a magnificent yule log.<br />

The Food Hub, Bellwell Lane, Debenham, IP14 6JF<br />

01728 862062 www.foodhubsuffolk.co.uk<br />


06-Dec Antique & Collectors Fair<br />

Over 60 tables offering a variety of items. Large free car park.<br />

The Best Western Hotel, London Rd, Copdock, Ipswich IP8 3JD<br />

01702 410171 www.gnbfairs.com<br />

30-31 Jan Long Melford Antiques & Vintage Fair<br />

Over 30 stalls offering jewellery, ceramics, militaria, collectables,<br />

toys, postcards, books, tribal art, kitchenalia, vintage clothes and<br />

accessories and more. Homemade refreshments at the vintage<br />

cafe. 9.30am-4pm<br />

The Old School, Hall Street, Long Melford, CO10 9DX<br />

07837 497617 www.melfordantiquesfair.co.uk<br />


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A Weekend in<br />

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Shopping<br />

Market days, every Friday and Saturday<br />

High Street<br />

Colchester Farmer’s Market, first Friday of every month<br />

Colchester Arts Centre<br />

Independent stores<br />

From Crouch Street to The South Lanes, explore the narrow<br />

streets and discover boutiques, vintage clothing and tearooms.<br />

Fenwick<br />

Standing proud on the High Street, make sure you visit this<br />

iconic department store.<br />

Shopping Centres<br />

There are two indoor shopping centre; Culver Square and Lion<br />

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Entertainment<br />

Mercury Theatre | www.mercurytheatre.co.uk<br />

Firstsite | www.firstsite.uk<br />

The Minories Art Gallery | www.theminoriesgalleries.co.uk<br />

Colchester Arts Centre | www.colchesterartscentre.com<br />

Things to do<br />

Colchester Zoo<br />

Learn about the animals as you see them up close, watch one of<br />

many daily displays and visit the interactive play areas.<br />

www.colchester-zoo.com<br />

Colchester Castle<br />

Soak up 2,000 years of history. Discover archaeological collections<br />

and learn more about the town’s past with its programme of talks,<br />

tours, quizzes and workshops, for both families and adults.<br />

www.cimuseums.org.uk/visit/venues/colchester-castle<br />

TOP TIP: Visit nearby Dedham for beautiful riverside walks<br />

and cosy country pubs. If you prefer a crisp winter’s walk along<br />

the beach, then hop in the car and visit Mersea Island; a rustic<br />

coastal town, located a 25-minute drive away. The beach<br />

is lined with pretty pastel beach huts, and there’s plenty of<br />

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Hylands House<br />

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Chelmsford Museum<br />

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www.chelmsford.gov.uk/museums<br />

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Food & Drink<br />

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December. Participants will be limited due to COVID measures,<br />

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www.hylandsestate.co.uk/events<br />

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27 Dec-3 Jan Sleeping Beauty<br />

A Spellbinding family pantomime. King Egbert forgets to<br />

invite the wicked fairy Carabosse to celebrate the birth of his<br />

daughter, Princess Rose. The evil sorceress proclaims that Rose<br />

shall prick her finger on a spindle and die. Can Rose’s friends<br />

save her and make her dreams come true?<br />

Civic Theatre, Duke Street, Chelmsford, CM1 1JG<br />

01245 606505 www.chelmsford.gov.uk<br />

4Dec-3 Jan<br />

Treasure Island<br />

All aboard the Jolly Roger for our swashbuckling, social<br />

distancing adventure. Join Jim Hawkins as he sets sail to find<br />

the lost treasure of Captain Flint, but will the evil Sea Witch foil<br />

their plans and get the treasure for herself?<br />

Harlow Playhouse, Playhouse Square, Harlow, CM20 1LS<br />

01279 431945 www.playhouseharlow.com<br />

12-2 Dec The Great Christmas Sleigh Ride<br />

Lily, with the help of her brother Jack, is determined to deliver<br />

her letter to Father Christmas. But they don’t have a sleigh and<br />

they don’t actually know how to get to the North Pole. A funfilled,<br />

sing-along, interactive festive show for 2-6 year olds.<br />

“Harlow Playhouse, Playhouse Square, Harlow, CM20 1LS<br />

01279 431945 www.playhouseharlow.com<br />

17-20 Dec The Christmas Show<br />

If you’re looking for an alternative to pantomime, this Christmas<br />

Show is just the ticket! Filled with plenty of festive cheer,<br />

comedy, song and dance, it really is the perfect way to get ready<br />

for Christmas.<br />

West Cliff Theatre, Tower Road, Clacton, CO15 1LE<br />

01255 433344 www.westcliffclacton.co.uk<br />

9-13 Feb Dial M for Murder<br />

Tom Chambers stars as the charismatic and manipulative<br />

Tony Wendice, a jaded ex-tennis pro who has given it all up<br />

for his wife Margot (Sally Bretton). When he discovers she’s<br />

been unfaithful his mind turns to revenge and the pursuit of the<br />

‘perfect crime’.<br />

Palace Theatre, 430 London Road, Westcliff-on-Sea, SS0 9LA<br />

01702 351135 www.southendtheatres.org.uk<br />

13-Feb Exciting Science<br />

This brand new exciting and educational show will amaze and<br />

astound all ages from 4 years upwards. So stand clear and<br />

prepare for action with lots of of wiz, bang, pop and splurt!<br />

West Cliff Theatre, Tower Road, Clacton, CO15 1LE<br />

01255 433344 www.westcliffclacton.co.uk<br />

MUSIC<br />

06-Feb Ronan Keating: Twenty Twenty<br />

Part of a tour celebrating the release of his latest album. Ronan<br />

describes his new record as “a greatest hits of brand-new<br />

music”. He revisits three of his biggest hits plus new tracks<br />

recorded with friends including Emeli Sande.<br />

Cliffs Pavillion, Station Road, Southend-on-Sea, SS0 7RA<br />

01702 351135 www.southendtheatres.org.uk<br />

12-Feb Showaddwaddy<br />

Europe’s most successful ever exponents of retro-inspired<br />

rock & roll with 23 Top 40 hit singles, including 10 Top 5 hits.<br />

Performing ‘Under The Moon of Love’, ‘You Got What It Takes’,<br />

‘3 Steps To Heaven’, ‘Hey Rock & Roll’ and more.<br />

Princes Theatre, Town Hall, Clacton-on-Sea, CO15 1SE<br />

01255 686633 www.princestheatre.co.uk<br />


26 Sep - 4 Mar A Turner at The Castle<br />

‘Walton Bridges’ was painted by Turner in 1806 close to his<br />

home on the River Thames. Colchester + Ipswich Museums<br />

were instrumental in a bid to help save it for the nation. Further<br />

support from the Friends of Colchester Museums has brought<br />

this stunning artwork to Colchester Castle.<br />

Colchester Castle Museum, Castle Park, Colchester, CO1 1TJ<br />

www.colchester.cimuseums.org.uk<br />


28 Nov-3 Jan Princes on Ice<br />

A synthetic Ice Rink for the festive season. It’s a big change<br />

from a pantomime will hopefully still help bring a little Christmas<br />

magic that the whole family can enjoy!<br />

Princes Theatre, Town Hall, Clacton-on-Sea, CO15 1SE<br />

01255 686633 www.princestheatre.co.uk<br />

12-13 Dec Father Christmas at Marks Hall Estate<br />

Experience the magic of Christmas. Step into the festive garden<br />

and help Father Christmas find his reindeer in time for the big<br />

day - a tasty gingerbread treat will be your reward! Make a<br />

Christmas decoration and meet Father Christmas.<br />

Marks Hall Estate, Marks Hall Road, Coggeshall, CO6 1TG<br />

01376 563796 www.markshall.org.uk<br />

26 Dec-3 Jan Christmas Adventure Quest<br />

Join our festively-fun quest. Explore and discover fun facts and<br />

untold stories in the places where history happened! Hunt for<br />

clues and QR codes which reveal quirky tales and lead you to a<br />

small reward.<br />

Wrest Park, Audley End, Saffron Walden, MK45 4HR<br />

0370 333 1181 www.earm.co.uk/spring-steam-gala/<br />


12-Dec Antiques & Collectables Fair<br />

A selection of Christmas gifts in this modern venue with great<br />

access. Glass, china, figurines, postcards, pottery, barometers,<br />

records, jewellery (gold, silver and bling), die-cast vehicles,<br />

stamps, coins, ephemera and more. Homemade refreshments.<br />

Village Hall, Coppice Row, Theydon Bois, CM16 7ER<br />

07780 971214<br />

01-Jan Essex Absofab Vintage, Collectors, Antiques<br />

Fabulous stalls offering you a wide range of vintage, curios,<br />

retro, small antiques and collectables from over 25 stands.<br />

Homemade refreshments, on site parking, wheelchair access,<br />

pets allowed. 11am-4pm<br />

St. John’s Church Hall, High Road, Buckhurst Hill, IG9 5RX<br />

07956 221710<br />





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