Eastlife Spring 2021

This is our fourth issue during the pandemic. Fourth! I can’t quite believe it. Like many other businesses we have learned to adapt. I am no longer flustered when events are cancelled at the last moment before print, it has become the norm.

This is our fourth issue during the pandemic. Fourth! I can’t quite believe it. Like many other businesses we have learned to adapt. I am no longer flustered when events are cancelled at the last moment before print, it has become the norm.


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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 />


Beth Hagen<br />

Essex and Suffolk<br />

beth@eastlife.co.uk | 07557 649426<br />

Donna Auger<br />

Bedfordshire and Hartfordshire<br />

donna@eastlife.co.uk | 07796 082 836<br />

Jim Leishman<br />

Cambridgeshire and Norfolk<br />

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


Tollesbury Lightship, Essex 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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publisher. All times, prices and dates of events were<br />

correct at the time of going to press but readers are<br />

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Dear Reader,<br />

This is our fourth issue during the pandemic. Fourth! I can’t quite<br />

believe it. Like many other businesses we have learned to adapt. I am<br />

no longer flustered when events are cancelled at the last moment<br />

before print, it has become the norm. I no longer debate whether I<br />

should add COVID guidelines to every article, I think we’re all fully<br />

accustomed to wearing a mask and the two-metre rule by now. I<br />

know to include a balance of articles which suggest activities for<br />

lockdown, tiers and normal life (remember that? No, me neither).<br />

However, despite these changes, for the first time in the last 12<br />

months, this issue felt hopeful. With the roll out of the vaccine, I<br />

am hoping this magazine will be read post-lockdown. Confident<br />

attractions will open their doors and welcome us to spring delights.<br />

Optimistic we’ll once again be exploring our favourite holiday<br />

destinations and dining in restaurants. I do hope I am right and<br />

that you’re reading this with a smile on your face, in a beautiful East<br />

Anglian location, in a post-lockdown life.<br />

As always, we love to hear from you. Share your images and thoughts<br />

with us on social media using the hashtag #eastlife.<br />

Best wishes<br />

Emma Kemsley<br />


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Contents<br />

28<br />

34<br />

60<br />

110<br />

08 Word of Mouth<br />

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

upcoming events<br />

015 Lifestyle<br />

Online Mother’s Day ideas and socially<br />

distanced spring days out<br />

028 Travel<br />

Staycation inspo; a country esacpe,<br />

the Norfolk Broads, vineyard tours and<br />

wildlife adventure<br />

039 Dog Friendly<br />

Catch up on Tails About Town. Discover<br />

sensory spring walks for your dog<br />

045 Education<br />

Could you child benefit from boarding?<br />

Education experts share their advice<br />

051 Little East<br />

Keep your little ones entertained with<br />

Easter crafts and virtual farm days<br />

063 Food & Drink<br />

The latest food and drink news,<br />

Cambridge’s coolest coffee, eating in<br />

Norwich and Beds, and in the kitchen<br />

with chef, James Rix<br />

076 Health<br />

The region’s best outdoor exercise<br />

079 Fashion<br />

Add shades of spring to your wardrobe<br />

081 Weddings<br />

Say cheese! Wedding photography tips<br />

085 Motoring<br />

Sue Cooke reviews the DS7 Crossback<br />

Ultra Prestige E-Tense<br />

087 Consumer<br />

Martin Lewis advises how to reduce your<br />

council tax. Plus the latest WFH gadgets.<br />

095 Interiors<br />

Flooring, outdoor offices, sustainable<br />

homes, gardens and staging your house<br />

to sell<br />

107 Arts<br />

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

events<br />

110 Area Focus<br />

A spring day out; roadtrip inspiration,<br />

visitor guides and restaurant<br />

recommendations<br />


Word<br />

of<br />

Mouth<br />

The latest news from around the region<br />

Home Sweet Home in Cambridgeshire<br />

Country living with city links is on the top of most homebuyers<br />

lists, and award-winning developer Laragh Homes is making it<br />

a reality.<br />

Laragh is currently progressing with two additional<br />

developments in Cambridgeshire; The Mews on Histon Road<br />

and Phase 4 of Manor Farm in Stretham.<br />

www.laragh.co.uk<br />

Its latest Cambridgeshire developments, The Old Tannery in<br />

Ely, a collection of 25 lavish apartments, and Emerson Park in<br />

Great Abington, a group of 15 luxury houses, is quickly making<br />

progress with many plots already sold.<br />

The Old Tannery set in the beautiful Cathedral city of Ely<br />

features one studio, seven one-bedroom and 17 two-bedroom<br />

apartments with private parking available. Emerson Park is<br />

located in the picturesque south Cambs countryside in a<br />

quintessential village with access to the River Granta and a<br />

short distance to Cambridge city centre. Each home is designed<br />

to a high-specification with built-in features and impressive<br />

architectural concepts.<br />

A small selection of the homes at Emerson Park will be available<br />

to purchase through the £100K Home Initiative. In partnership<br />

with Cambridgeshire & Peterborough Combined Authority it<br />

creates a solution to ownership by offering affordable housing,<br />

ideal for first time buyers.<br />


A Scent of Calm<br />

The past 12 months has been stressful for most of us, but a Suffolk<br />

business, launched during the first lockdown, is providing the perfect<br />

antidote. Botanical Forrest, created by Clare Forrest, offers a selection<br />

of candles and wax melts made in small batches using 100 per cent<br />

plant-based soy wax.<br />

Inspired by the beauty of Suffolk’s nature, in particular its woodlands<br />

and coastline, each candle is infused with a premium fragrance and<br />

essential oil. Once lit the candle fills the home with a relaxing scent<br />

which lasts long after the flame has been blown out, a sign of true<br />

craftsmanship and excellence.<br />

The products are poured by hand, and in addition to their eco<br />

credentials, Clare has collaborated with local businesses including<br />

web designers, photographers and local artisans.<br />

Botanical Forrest will be giving back to the community through a<br />

partnership with Work For Good, donating 10 per cent of sales from<br />

their spring rose fragrance to Suffolk Mind, until the end of April.<br />

www.botanicalforrest.co.uk<br />

The Perfect Present<br />

If you’re stuck for a gift idea for Mother’s Day, look no further than<br />

vintage jewellery brand, Trinkets27.<br />

Created at the end of summer 2020, Trinkets27, a Saffron Walden<br />

business, is another delight to come out of lockdown. Each piece<br />

of ornate and beautiful vintage jewellery is carefully curated and<br />

reworked to give it a new life. The brands ethos is committed to<br />

extending the life of jewellery already in existence and giving it a new<br />

home. The jewellery is sourced as locally as possible with charms most<br />

often Victorian, and costume jewellery dating to back to the 1950s.<br />

Shoppers can pick up colourful handmade friendship necklaces,<br />

simple layering chains, vintage charms, earrings and rings, ranging<br />

from £9 to £55. It’s a great place to shop for gifts. The only problem is<br />

you may want to keep it all for yourself! www.trinkets27.com<br />

Oxwash Arrives in<br />

Cambridge<br />

Oxwash, a sustainable laundry delivery<br />

service has launched in Cambridge<br />

covering postcodes CB1 to CB5, and<br />

most recently, extending the service to<br />

CB24.<br />

Lines of Lowestoft<br />

Local artist and designer, Mickey<br />

Gibbons, has independently published<br />

a book of his Lowestoft sketches. A<br />

tribute to his father, Peter Gibbons,<br />

the designer returned to Lowestoft to<br />

visit his father’s favourite locations in<br />

his MK1 Ford Transit campervan. In<br />

the wake of his father’s death, Mickey<br />

curated 48 drawings centred around<br />

a discontinued Ordnance Survey map<br />

of the area. The colourful sketches are<br />

interesting and beautifully illustrated.<br />

The book titled ‘Sheet 137 Lowestoft’<br />

and published by The Leiston Press, is<br />

priced £25 and available to purchase at<br />

www.mickeygibbons.com/store<br />

Switched On<br />

A lighting brand has been launched by<br />

a small team of creatives, based in West<br />

Bergholt, Essex.<br />

Designed by David Lam and crafted<br />

by Julie Lam, the lights are fashioned<br />

locally using traditional skills to make<br />

chic, neutral lighting, that embodies a<br />

mindful approach.<br />

The beautiful collection of stylish,<br />

organic porcelain lights launched online<br />

in February.<br />

View the collection at<br />

www.lam-lighting.co.uk<br />

The service operates a sustainable wet<br />

cleaning facility using only water and<br />

biodegradable detergents, avoiding<br />

harmful chemicals usually required for<br />

dry cleaning. It uses a fleet of electric<br />

cargo bikes to return your laundry. It<br />

aims to reduce CO2 emissions, save<br />

water and remove plastic waste from its<br />

network.<br />

An 8kg bag of mixed items to be<br />

washed, dried and folded is priced<br />

£14.95, and based on a 48-hour<br />

turnaround. The company has seen<br />

growth due to the pandemic and<br />

now operates in London, Oxford and<br />

Cambridge. Get £5 off your first order<br />

with the code ‘EASTLIFE’, valid until 30<br />

April 21. www.oxwash.com<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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Some of our services include:<br />

Whether you’re ready to see a Consultant<br />

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• Cosmetic Surgery<br />

• Endoscopy<br />

• Hernia Repair<br />

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Let’s talk hips and knee<br />

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Wednesday 20 June, 6.30p<br />

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Consultant Orthopaedic S<br />

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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 Cambridge Festival, 26 March – 4 April<br />

The University of Cambridge has unveiled the programme for its exciting, new festival,<br />

the Cambridge Festival, which is set to host an extensive series of free, online events.<br />

March<br />

The Festival will bring together the Cambridge Science Festival and the Cambridge<br />

Festival of Ideas and aims to tackle and offer solutions for humanity’s most pressing<br />

issues, from pandemics, climate change and global economics, to human rights and<br />

the future of democracy.<br />

It will include over 370 events, including debates, discussions, talks, exhibitions, lab<br />

tours, workshops, films and performances, present new ideas, research and insight into<br />

our daily lives and the issues that are affecting all of us.<br />

www.festival.cam.ac.uk<br />

Hertford Arts Trail<br />

10 April – 8 May<br />

Returning to the market town once again, the arts trail will showcase a range of local<br />

artists and businesses. The pop-up art exhibition venues will be located around the<br />

town centre, where venues consist of a multitude of retailers including bars and cafes,<br />

beauty salons, clothes retailers and gift shops. Artwork will be available to purchase.<br />

Norfolk and Norwich Festival<br />

14-30 May<br />

Norfolk & Norwich Festival has confirmed that the <strong>2021</strong> Festival will take place<br />

between 14 – 30 May. The <strong>2021</strong> edition of the arts festival will be a one-off adaptation,<br />

with programme and presentation designed especially for COVID-times. The full<br />

programme will be released in March. www.nnfestival.org.uk<br />

Jess Glynne announces Forest Live dates for <strong>2021</strong><br />

Jess Glynne has announced dates as part of Forest Live, the summer concert series<br />

presented by Forestry England. She will perform at Thetford Forest, near Brandon,<br />

Suffolk on 20 June. www.forestryengland.uk/music<br />

Announcements<br />


Elephants Parade into Luton, 3 July<br />

A vibrant parade of elephants will arrive in Luton to form a public art trail – raising<br />

funds for Keech Hospice Care. At least 30 dazzlingly designed elephant sculptures<br />

will make up The Big Trunk Trail and trumpet along a free art trail around Luton’s<br />

landmarks and public spaces for 11 weeks.<br />

Bedknobs and Broomsticks at Milton Keynes Theatre<br />

Disney’s Academy Award-winning movie ‘Bedknobs and Broomsticks’ will make its<br />

world premiere as an exciting stage musical, coming to Milton Keynes Theatre from<br />

Tuesday 14 September <strong>2021</strong>.<br />

Announcements<br />

Classic Ibiza at Hatfield House<br />

Classic Ibiza is returning to Hatfield House, Hertfordshire on Saturday 21 August<br />

with its heady blend of Balearic-infused house music, performed by the 32-piece<br />

Urban Soul Orchestra (USO), headline DJs and globally renowned vocalists. In 2019,<br />

Classic Ibiza performed to 70,000 people in the UK and Spain. The show promises<br />

to be better than ever with an extra hour-long chill-out DJ slot, new tracks, an<br />

enhanced light-show and most importantly…even more toilets!<br />

The concert organisers are working with We Are The Fair, a health & safety specialist<br />

event company, that helps large concerts to take place safely in the current<br />

environment. Tickets priced £45.<br />

www.classicibiza.co.uk<br />

Abbey 1000 Celebrations in Bury St Edmunds<br />

Postponed<br />

In light of the continuing uncertainty around the global pandemic, the Abbey 1000<br />

Group has made the decision to postpone all of the events planned for the 1,000th<br />

anniversary of the founding of the Abbey of St Edmund until 2022.<br />



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Mother’s<br />

Day<br />

Treats<br />

Written by Abby Knight<br />

Imaginative ways to<br />

treat your mum this<br />

Mother’s Day<br />

Let’s hope we will all be<br />

celebrating Mother’s Day in the<br />

traditional way but whatever your<br />

plans, here’s some creative ideas<br />

to help make it special.<br />



Play Detective<br />

Why not let mum immerse herself in a fun<br />

murder mystery evening that takes place over<br />

a delicious three course meal? It’s available<br />

at one of over 100 top quality locations<br />

nationwide and with over 100 original plots<br />

where mum and her guest get to mingle with<br />

the actors. Once she’s solved the mystery,<br />

she can enjoy a comfortable night’s stay with<br />

breakfast. Price £179 for two, available at<br />

www.buyagift.co.uk<br />

Brunch for Mum<br />

Why not spoil mum this year with brunch<br />

at Gastrono-me, in the historic town of<br />

Bury St Edmunds? She’ll be made to feel<br />

completely special with complimentary fizz<br />

on arrival. Tuck into Gastrono-me’s delicious<br />

brunch dishes including home-baked<br />

banana bread sandwiched with whipped<br />

honey mascarpone, tossed almonds and<br />

blackberry compote; lemon berry pancakes<br />

with cheesecake cream and the signature<br />

Gastrono-me hash, spicy diced potatoes,<br />

chorizo, bacon, onion, tomatoes and peppers<br />

served on wilted spinach, farmhouse toast<br />

and topped with a fried egg. There is also the<br />

option to go bottomless for 90-minutes of<br />

unlimited breakfast Me-mosa’s! For details on<br />

how to book and availability, visit<br />

www.gastrono-me.co.uk<br />

Treat her to a ‘Feel<br />

Amazing’ App<br />

Great for stressed-out mums, treat her<br />

to a ‘Feel Amazing’ membership – a<br />

brilliant new mindful app created by<br />

leading hypnotherapist Ailsa Frank. In<br />

these unsettling times the ‘Feel Amazing’<br />

app is the perfect pick-me-up with short<br />

recordings to fit into her day including boost<br />

confidence, calming music and women’s<br />

wellbeing. Individual titles retail at £9.99<br />

each and the membership gives her access<br />

to 45 titles, available at Apple App Store or<br />

Google Play.<br />

Enjoy Some Together Time<br />

As part of Sea Salt Cornwall clothing and<br />

Pukka’s Make Time campaign, why not get<br />

together with your mum to create something<br />

special? Popular crafter Kate from The Makery,<br />

shows how to bring a little nature indoors by<br />

creating a pretty macrame plant pot hanger.<br />

Simple enough for beginners but stylish<br />

enough to display with pride, you only need a<br />

few materials to get going, plus a glass of wine<br />

to celebrate the finished result with your mum!<br />

For details visit www.seassalt.co.uk<br />



Roam the Gardens<br />

All Aboard the Steam Train<br />

A lovely way for the family, including mum,<br />

to get together. Bure Valley Railway is a great<br />

way to explore the Norfolk countryside, with<br />

views of the river too, on board an authentic<br />

steam train. Pack a picnic for when you jump<br />

off! For the timetable, to book and for more<br />

information visit www.bvrw.co.uk<br />

One of finest manor houses, Kentwell House,<br />

will reopen its gardens from mid-February<br />

<strong>2021</strong> after a long restoration project, giving<br />

you an opportunity to explore and unwind<br />

while at the same time keeping your distance<br />

from other visitors. Hopefully you’ll also be<br />

able to visit the Tudor house that’s been<br />

tastefully mixed with the contemporary by<br />

current owners for a family home with a real<br />

difference. Visit www.kentwell.co.uk for<br />

details and opening times.<br />

Step into a Legend<br />

Row your Boat<br />

Explore the wonderful winding rivers of<br />

Norfolk by taking a day out on one of popular<br />

Broads Tours comfortable day boats including<br />

the spectacular Belle of the Broads. The day<br />

trips have been specially redesigned to be<br />

safe and socially distanced and even pets are<br />

welcome. For prices and more details visit<br />

www.broadstours.co.uk<br />

Dating from the 17th century, the gardens at<br />

Hatfield House near Hertford, have evolved<br />

into a gardener’s paradise. Mums will love the<br />

peace of the West Garden with its scented<br />

garden, fountains and fascinating Longitude<br />

dial. In springtime there’s a spectacular show<br />

of bluebells and daffodils not to be missed.<br />

The park also has a series of great walks for all<br />

the family and a picnic area where dogs are<br />

welcome too. Hatfield House has appeared in<br />

many TV shows and films, see if you can spot<br />

where everyone’s must watch ‘The Crown’<br />

might have been filmed as well Sherlock<br />

Holmes and ‘The Favourite’. For details visit<br />

www.hatfield-house.co.uk<br />

Over the Rainbow<br />

An unusual treat for mum and a real spring<br />

pick me up, renowned Coggeshall-based<br />

therapist and healer Britta Hochkeppel,<br />

is offering a new online aura reading and<br />

healing session that will help your mum<br />

discover her true colours! Your emotional and<br />

physical wellbeing is revealed in the colours<br />

around your body that Britta can tap into<br />

that gives a valuable insight and fun healing<br />

session. Your mum will be sent her aura colour<br />

print to treasure too. Price £65 for 45-minute<br />

session, visit www.vitaserena.co.uk or call<br />

07900 211088 for more details.<br />


Live, work<br />

and play at<br />

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Inholm is a new neighbourhood<br />

within Northstowe, an exciting new<br />

town for Cambridgeshire.<br />

Inholm begins with 43 Town Houses on The Peninsula, built around<br />

landscaped squares, communal spaces and greenery. Effortlessly<br />

connected with guided busways, cycle routes and footpaths linking<br />

with the future town centre next door, the city of Cambridge and<br />

London. Be an early adopter at Inholm and discover the plans for<br />

Northstowe’s new amenities including shops, restaurants, office<br />

spaces, sports hubs and a huge education campus - eight new<br />

schools from nursery to 6th form!<br />

– Minutes by foot to Northstowe’s water parks<br />

– 32 minutes by bike to Cambridge Science Park<br />

– 29 minutes by guided bus to Cambridge Centre<br />

– 62 minutes by train to London King’s Cross<br />

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physical appointment<br />

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Stirling Road, Northstowe, Cambridge, CB24 1DJ


Put a spring<br />

in your step<br />

As the region begins to bloom, there’s no better time to<br />

explore some of the East’s best outdoor spaces<br />



Forests dense with pretty spring flowers. A carpet of daffodils, snowdrops and<br />

bluebells. Grand mansions that have stood the test of time and continue to inspire.<br />

Nature reserves alive with wildlife. Wherever you live or plan to travel to this spring,<br />

ensure you make the most of your time at your chosen destination and this beautiful<br />

season.<br />

Cambridgeshire<br />

With city and countryside, the county offers the best of both worlds. There’s plenty to<br />

discover during spring. Begin in the city of Cambridge with a walk along the Backs,<br />

a stretch of reclaimed land, which runs along the back of the riverside colleges.<br />

During spring it is covered with a blanket of daffodils and crocuses. Jesus Green is the<br />

perfect space to enjoy a walk, picnic or sports. Its outdoor swimming pool is ideal for<br />

warmer days. Escape the crowds and seek out Cambridge University Botanic Gardens<br />

featuring 40 acres of seasonal gardens and glasshouses.<br />

Sitting on the very western edge of the Fens, Whittlesey, not only has glorious<br />

walks with an abundance of wildlife but an interesting maze of streets with a mix of<br />

architecture spanning several centuries. Only a few minutes from the city centre of<br />

Peterborough is the glorious Nene Park. Stretching out over four acres along the<br />

River Nene, this is the perfect spot for picnics, bird watching, walking, cycling, riding,<br />

watersports and golf.<br />

Essex<br />

Quaint villages, country walks and lively seaside resorts, when the weather warms<br />

Essex is a delight. Enjoy the thrill of travelling through the countryside on a steam train<br />

at Colne Valley Railway. The pretty line is almost a mile long, with relocated station<br />

buildings, signal boxes and bridges all lovingly restored or rebuilt. The Gardens of<br />

Easton Lodge is an idyllic haven which has been partially restored to its former glory<br />

by a team of dedicated volunteers and the owners of Warwick House. Expect beautiful<br />

seasonal blooms and colourful displays.<br />

Colchester is a metropolis for heritage. Spend the day discovering Colchester<br />

Museum’s archaeology collection, step back in time and race a Roman chariot, explore<br />

behind the scenes on a guided tour or hire one of the tablets and watch history come<br />

to life before your very eyes. From here, take a walk around Castle Park with pretty<br />

gardens, expansive green space and history.<br />



Norfolk<br />

Norfolk certainly isn’t short of open<br />

spaces; wind swept beaches, nature<br />

reserves and forest. There are endless<br />

spots to enjoy. However, the county’s<br />

stately homes are probably best visited<br />

in spring as the grounds dazzle with<br />

colourful flowers and fresh blooms.<br />

Blickling Estate is a breath-taking<br />

red-brick mansion. Ancient yew hedges<br />

sit at the heart of a magnificent garden<br />

and historic park in the beautiful Bure<br />

Meadows. During spring the grounds<br />

come alive with daffodils and seasonal<br />

flora. Don’t miss bluebell season at the<br />

end of April and throughout May. Feel<br />

like royalty and walk the grounds of the<br />

Sandringham Estate. It is the ideal place<br />

for a day out with lots to see and do, and<br />

seasonal events.<br />

If you fancy some fresh air and a gentle<br />

stroll, visit Fairhaven. The Garden is an<br />

eclectic mix of native and cultivated<br />

plantings with a network of dyke<br />

systems and a private broad. There are<br />

four miles of woodland pathways and<br />

boat trips to enjoy, which are great for<br />

spotting local wildlife.<br />

Hertfordshire<br />

Home to historic houses, beautiful<br />

gardens, farms and wildlife parks,<br />

and market towns, there’s something<br />

new to discover every weekend<br />

in Hertfordshire. Put your best foot<br />

forward with a walk in the grounds of<br />

Hatfield House. There are three walks<br />

with varying lengths that explore the<br />

parkland. Spend the day exploring<br />

Knebworth House complete with a<br />

maze and walled kitchen garden. Visit<br />

the House, where knowledgeable<br />

guides will tell you the stories of<br />

Knebworth’s long history.<br />

For a day of culture, experience Henry<br />

Moore’s iconic work against the<br />

backdrop of the beautiful Hertfordshire<br />

countryside with a visit to the artist’s<br />

former home, studios and sculpture<br />

gardens. Exhibitions change regularly<br />

throughout the year.<br />

A great family day out, Willows Activity<br />

Farm, features daily Peter Rabbit and<br />

Friends Shows, tractor rides, indoor and<br />

outdoor adventure play areas and lots of<br />

farmyard favourites. During springtime<br />

you can watch live sheep shearing.<br />



From coast to country, hop between the<br />

sleepy villages, bustling towns and rustic<br />

seaside shores of Suffolk.<br />

Suffolk<br />

Bedfordshire<br />

Bedfordshire may be one of England’s<br />

smallest counties but it’s still a joyful<br />

place to live and visit. Throughout<br />

its wonderful countryside you’ll find<br />

picturesque towns and villages such as<br />

Woburn and Ampthill, great places to<br />

eat and drink and renowned attractions<br />

such as the Safari Park and Woburn<br />

Abbey House and Gardens, which is<br />

scheduled to reopen in spring 2022.<br />

Explore some of the county’s parks.<br />

Rushmore Country Park is a great<br />

place to enjoy the outdoors and view<br />

herons nesting in spring. There are<br />

400 acres of woodland, heathland and<br />

meadows offering walking, cycling and<br />

horse-riding trails with play areas and<br />

a treetop café. There’s even a fun area<br />

designed for dogs. Barton-le-Clay is a<br />

village at the foot of the beautiful Barton<br />

Hills. Visit the chalk stream river where<br />

children can splash around in wellies.<br />

It’s also home to the The Olde Watermill<br />

Shopping Village with independent<br />

stores, crazy golf, restaurant, a tearoom,<br />

antique centre and children’s play area.<br />

From coast to country, hop between<br />

the sleepy villages, bustling towns<br />

and rustic seaside shores of Suffolk.<br />

Take a long walk along the footpath at<br />

Oford Ness and climb the small spiral<br />

staircases of the castle to be rewarded<br />

with magnificent views. It’s a great<br />

place for foodies. Enjoy tea, cake and<br />

pastries at Pump Street Bakery or try<br />

the legendary oysters at Butley Orford<br />

Oysterage. Walk along the pier at<br />

Southwold while tucking into fish and<br />

chips or stroll along long the water’s<br />

edge lined with wild reeds at Snape<br />

Maltings in Aldeburgh before browsing<br />

the independent boutiques, vintage<br />

stores and galleries.<br />

The Muesum of East Anglian Life is set<br />

in 75 acres of beautiful countryside.<br />

Learn about fascinating East Anglian<br />

crafts and traditional Gypsy culture and<br />

discover splendidly restored historic<br />

buildings.<br />

Everyone knows about the castle on<br />

the hill, thanks to local lad and superstar<br />

Ed Sheeran, and quite right too, this is a<br />

Suffolk gem. Framlingham Castle was<br />

once upon a time a fearsome fortress.<br />

Head behind the castle’s towering walls<br />

and discover its fascinating history with<br />

its exhibition, take in stunning views and<br />

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Plan your next staycation with<br />

a mini break at Norfolk’s most<br />

stylish cottage<br />

A Romantic<br />

Norfolk Hideaway<br />

Written by Emma Kemsley | @emma_kemsley<br />

The fields of swaying reeds speed by in a flash. The villages we<br />

pass are lined with flint cottages, some grand and glass fronted,<br />

others small and cobbled, standing the test of time. The road<br />

becomes narrow and we slowly drive down a winding lane into<br />

the heart of North Norfolk’s countryside. With every minute that<br />

passes it feels as though we’re escaping further away from the<br />

troubled world and entering a secret location where only my<br />

husband and I exist.<br />

We park directly outside Spinks Nest Cottage; a small flinted<br />

bolthole in the village of Hunworth. A cast iron table for two sits<br />

on the gravel outside and we bustle our way into the cottage<br />

to escape the icy wind. Instantly, our eyes dart around taking<br />

in every colour and detail of the meticulous interiors that<br />

somehow seem effortless. The cottage is a feast for the senses.<br />

Cute and cosy, it boasts a home away from home vibe. Within<br />

little time we had lit the fire, poured a gin and sat blissfully curled<br />

up in the armchair, book in hand.<br />


The Interior<br />

Curated to perfection, reclaimed and vintage items sit alongside<br />

rustic textures and textiles. Earthy and natural shades provide a<br />

sense of adventure. The living space is inviting with its exposed<br />

flint fireplace and log burner, cosy armchairs and reclaimed oak<br />

beams. Taking centre stage is the green dresser decorated with<br />

a decanter and glasses, dried flowers and a pheasant feathered<br />

wreath.<br />

The wooden kitchen shelves are stacked with glassware and<br />

botanicals, and the old worn timber table calls for a homemade<br />

supper. Spinks Nest brings the outdoors in with its collection<br />

of potted plants and herbs. The kitchen itself is high spec with<br />

everything you need for a self-catered break.<br />

The cottage has been cleverly designed to make the most of<br />

every nook. The living space is raised from the kitchen. Curtains<br />

subtly divide the lounge and bedroom area. The king size bed<br />

with its hypoallergenic wool mattress and divine linen is the kind<br />

of bed you sink into and never want to leave. A rustic ladder<br />

makes for a cool alternative wardrobe.<br />

If you’re not already sold on a staycation here, the bath will<br />

secure the deal. A quirky architectural feature, the sunken microcement<br />

bath for two is the perfect place to spend the evening.<br />

Light the candles, pour the Champagne and simply relax<br />

amongst the bubbles.<br />

It’s not just the eclectic interiors that set this holiday home apart<br />

from the rest, it’s those little touches too. Those you wouldn’t<br />

necessarily miss, but are appreciative to have; Jo Malone pillow<br />

mist, Aesop shower gel, a welcome gin, Nespresso machine<br />

and pantry basics.<br />

The Location<br />

While Norfolk’s biggest lure is its vast beaches, the countryside<br />

is also a delight to explore. Set in the village of Hunworth, Spinks<br />

Nest is a couple minutes’ walk to The Hunny Bell which serves<br />

up tasty pub grub. There are miles of footpaths which take you<br />

through fields and tiny lanes, especially great if you have your<br />

dog in tow. Explore the woodlands and spot the wildlife at Holt<br />

Country Park, which can be reached by a picturesque walk from<br />

the cottage in approximately 45 minutes.<br />

If you can’t resist the call of Norfolk’s shores, Weybourne,<br />

Sheringham, Cley and Blakeney are within easy reach by car.<br />

This is the ideal location to hop between sleepy country villages<br />

and rustic seaside towns.<br />

The Lifestyle<br />

Spinks Nest compels you to embrace a slower pace of life.<br />

Leisurely mornings with coffee in bed, afternoon snoozing by<br />

a crackling fire and evenings drinking wine over a game of<br />

Scrabble. It’s simple living at its finest.<br />

A romantic escape for two, the cottage is one of the few<br />

undiscovered gems of Norfolk. I felt as though I’d been given<br />

the keys to a secret hideaway for only those in the know.<br />

Though, I doubt it will stay under the radar for long, I expect<br />

there will soon be a waiting list for availability.<br />

We departed relaxed and refreshed but with a feeling of<br />

sadness as we headed back to real life. This is one of those<br />

holiday rentals that you don’t want to leave, and you driveaway<br />

planning your return.<br />

Booking details:<br />

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Life<br />

on the<br />

Broads<br />

Discover the best boat hire to start your<br />

journey on the Norfolk Broads<br />


Think of Norfolk, and for most, the Broads immediately<br />

comes to mind. The National Park features over 125<br />

miles of lock free waterways, meandering its way through<br />

stunning countryside and historic towns and villages. It’s<br />

the perfect destination for a weekend getaway or a day<br />

out at any time of year.<br />

Boat hire<br />

Without a doubt the best way to see the Broads is by<br />

boat. Hiring your own boat for the day is an exhilarating<br />

experience, it’s a chance to get up close with the beauty of<br />

the Broads and feel like a captain for the day – no wonder<br />

it appeals to almost everyone. Families, groups of friends<br />

and couples – boat hire is big business on the Broads.<br />

A Google search will list hundreds of companies offering<br />

both day hire and boating holidays, but there are a few<br />

that have been around for generations. Norfolk Broads<br />

Direct have been specialising in boating holidays for over<br />

100 years. It has a modern fleet of luxury cruisers available<br />

to pick up from the ‘capital of the Broads’, Wroxham. It<br />

also has riverside cottages available for hire for those that<br />

prefer to stay on dry land.<br />

Boating holidays<br />

Potter Heigham is another popular place to begin your<br />

Broads journey. It is home to Herbert Woods, which has had a<br />

presence on the Broads for nine decades. The ‘Adventuring<br />

Light,’ a small compact cruiser is perfect for couples and<br />

first-time boaters. The boat is easy to moor with an in-built bow<br />

thruster and a central steering position.<br />

If you fancy taking to the Broads in old school style, you<br />

can hire ‘Spark of Light’; Herbert Woods’ original wooden<br />

motor cruiser. The wooden boat, built in 1927, captures the<br />

old-time cruising fashion of idyllic motor boating in that era,<br />

with in-built mod-cons you would expect to find in its modern<br />

fleet of boats. It has been refurbished, ready to hire to couples,<br />

families and boating enthusiasts for week-long breaks.<br />

Sailing on the Broads<br />

Fancy sailing? Hunter’s Yard in Ludham offers the opportunity<br />

to get behind the sail with its fleet of 14 engineless cabin<br />

yachts and seven half deckers (day boats) available for hire.<br />

You can take a two-hour class with an experienced skipper or<br />

holiday and learn to sail at the same time.<br />

Wroxham is a popular place to start your journey. It also<br />

makes a great day out even if you’re not planning to<br />

take to the water. Famed for Roys, said to be the world’s<br />

largest village store, it is home to plenty of places to eat,<br />

a terminus of Bure Valley Railway and the popular family<br />

attractions of BeWILDerwood and Wroxham Barns.<br />

Pubs on the Norfolk Broads<br />

If you’re hiring a boat from Wroxham get to grips with<br />

your vessel as you make your way to Horning, a popular<br />

pit-stop for boaters. Dotted along this stretch of water are<br />

The Innkeeper’s Lodge, The Swan and New Inn, great for<br />

a spot of lunch on the water’s edge. Just be prepared to<br />

wait for a mooring spot in the summer months.<br />

Things to do<br />

Of course, you don’t have to hire a boat to enjoy this part of<br />

Norfolk. There are plenty of cottage and apartments available,<br />

which make a great base for other activities such as fishing<br />

and wildlife spotting. Keen anglers will love the wide range<br />

of fishing on offer. Among the rivers and shallow lakes, the<br />

waters are rich with bream, roach, eels, perch, rudd, tench,<br />

carp and pike.<br />

Get back to nature with a visit to one of the many nature<br />

reserves or take a walk along nearly 200 miles of footpaths<br />

and discover the wildlife and rare plants such as the nationally<br />

protected fen orchid and crested buckler fern.<br />

From here, make your way to Ranworth, a beautiful little<br />

village which is home to St Helen’s Church, known as the<br />

Cathedral of the Broads, a nature reserve and a fantastic<br />

pub, The Maltsters. Ranworth is a popular place for<br />

overnight mooring so it’s recommended you arrive prior to<br />

sunset as space is limited.<br />

Dotted along the Broads are picturesque villages, market<br />

towns and some of the counties best-loved pubs. Are you<br />

tempted yet?<br />

For the best of the Broads including pubs,<br />

accommodation and day trips visit<br />

www.eastlife.co.uk and search ‘Norfolk Broads’.<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 />

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please visit our website:<br />

www.shawsgate.co.uk<br />

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

Framlingham. IP13 9HZ

On the<br />

Grape<br />

Vine<br />

Due to COVID-19, tours may be<br />

postponed. Check before visiting.<br />

Forget Tuscan hills<br />

and sunny Californian<br />

countryside, the UK’s<br />

wine industry is fast<br />

gaining an international<br />

reputation, and there’s<br />

plenty to sample in the<br />

East<br />

Wine producers from around the world<br />

are planting vines in the UK thanks to<br />

chalky soil and the climate. Each year,<br />

there’s a week dedicated to celebrating<br />

England’s finest. This year English<br />

Wine Week takes place 23-30 May. To<br />

learn more or to pick up a bottle, we’ve<br />

listed the best vineyards in the East of<br />

England.<br />

Weststreet Vineyard<br />

West Street Wine Barn, West Street,<br />

Coggeshall, CO6 1NS<br />

Nestled in the countryside of charming<br />

Coggeshall, the vineyard is a great<br />

place for lunch or to celebrate a<br />

special occasion. The shop sells<br />

a good selection of wine and the<br />

knowledgeable staff are on hand to help<br />

you choose.<br />

www.weststreetvineyard.co.uk<br />

Crouch Ridge Vineyard<br />

Fambridge Road, Althorne, Chelmsford<br />

CM3 6BZ<br />

Take a drive through Burnham-on-<br />

Crouch in Essex and you could easily<br />

mistake it for Tuscany as you drive<br />

pass rows and rows of vines. Crouch<br />

Ridge Vineyard is a wine barn, cellar<br />

and vineyard all rolled into one. Tours<br />

and tastings are offered throughout<br />

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

leading groups through the rows of<br />

vines used to produce Chardonnay and<br />

Pinot Noir. Thanks to the River Crouch,<br />

the temperature stays above freezing<br />

meaning a harvest is rarely ruined by<br />

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

of three wines complete with notes and<br />

tasting tips. Book lunch afterwards in the<br />

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

on the terrace overlooking the vineyard<br />

and river. Wine is available to purchase,<br />

and the Althorne Pinot Cuvee is highly<br />

recommended.<br />

www.crouchridge.com<br />

Saffron Grange<br />

Rowley Hill Farm, Saffron Walden,<br />

CB10 1UZ<br />

Saffron Grange is a family-run vineyard<br />

located just 1.5 miles from the historic<br />

market town of Saffron Walden. The<br />

chalky soil on site tells its own historic<br />

story and was once roamed by woolly<br />

mammoths at the end of the last ice<br />

age. Today the vineyard grows quality<br />

Chardonnay, Pinot Noir, Pinot Meunier,<br />

Seyval Blanc and Pinot Gris grapes to<br />

make premium sparkling wines. Saffron<br />

Grange offers tours and tastings by<br />

appointment from April to October. If<br />

you can’t wait, they also occasionally<br />

have a stall at Saffron Walden Market.<br />

www.saffrongrange.com<br />

New Hall Wines<br />

Chelmsford Road, Purleigh, Chelmsford,<br />

CM3 6PN<br />

One of the oldest vineyards in England,<br />

the family-run establishment has been<br />

producing wine since 1969. A number<br />

of tours are available throughout the<br />

year, where visitors can learn more<br />

about English wine and the vineyard’s<br />

history. If you’re just passing, make a<br />

stop at the shop and stock up on some<br />

fine wine.<br />

www.newhallwines.co.uk<br />


Flint Vineyard<br />

Camphill Farm, Middle Rd, Earsham,<br />

Bungay NR35 2AH<br />

Owned by Ben and Hannah Witchell,<br />

the vineyard has had tremendous<br />

success within just a few short years.<br />

Thanks to the sheltered and sunny<br />

slopes of the Waveney Valley the<br />

vineyard is producing one of the<br />

best Bacchus in the region. Tours are<br />

available from £25 per person, plus<br />

there’s the option of adding the ’15 Mile’<br />

lunch which features the best of local<br />

produce. www.flintvineyard.com<br />

Winbirri Vineyard<br />

Bramerton Road, Surlingham, NR14 7DE<br />

Learn about the wine and vineyard<br />

from head winemaker Lee Dyer, who<br />

will show you around the vineyard and<br />

provide an insight into the history, care<br />

of the vines and the grapes grown in this<br />

part of the region. If you’re passionate<br />

about wine, enquire about ‘The W<br />

Club’ which offers members exclusive<br />

discounts and a hands-on experience<br />

during the harvest season.<br />

www.winbirri.com<br />

Dedham Vale Vineyard<br />

Green Lane, Colchester, CO4 5TS<br />

Located in an Area of Outstanding<br />

Natural Beauty, the vineyard features<br />

40 acres of vines, woods and pasture.<br />

Visitors can explore the winery with a<br />

tour and tasting where you’ll hear about<br />

the vines and wine making process.<br />

Lunch is included too!<br />

www.dedhamvalevineyard.com<br />

Giffords Hall<br />

Hartest, Bury St Edmunds, IP29 4EX<br />

The vineyard is perfect for a summer’s<br />

day out. Join one of the vineyard tours<br />

which includes a tasting of five wines<br />

and a buffet lunch. Personalised and<br />

private tours can also be booked. Don’t<br />

leave without a browse of the vineyard<br />

shop.<br />

www.giffordshall.co.uk<br />

Wyken Vineyard<br />

Wyken Hall, Wyken Road, Stanton, Bury<br />

St Edmunds, IP31 2DW<br />

So much more than just a vineyard,<br />

Wyken’s is also home to a country store,<br />

beautiful gardens, farmers’ market<br />

and restaurant. Wander through the<br />

vineyard from the Leaping Hare over to<br />

Home Meadow and through an ancient<br />

woodland. Wines can be purchased<br />

from the well-stocked store.<br />

www.wykenvineyards.co.uk<br />

Shawsgate Vineyard<br />

Badingham Road, Woodbridge,<br />

IP13 9HZ<br />

The vineyard offers a choice of tour and<br />

tasting experiences, which can also<br />

include lunch or afternoon tea. Visit the<br />

shop to mix and match a case of your<br />

favourite wines.<br />

www.shawsgate.co.uk<br />

Valley Farm Vineyards<br />

Rumburgh Road, Wissett, Halesworth,<br />

IP19 0JJ<br />

The eight-acre vineyard produces<br />

vintage, single estate, still and sparkling<br />

wines. A variety of tours are available<br />

offering customers the chance to<br />

sample wines and learn more about the<br />

vineyard.<br />

www.valleyfarmvineyards.co.uk<br />

Chet & Waveney Vineyard<br />

Loddon Road, Bergh Apton, NR15 1BT<br />

The family run vineyard produces both<br />

still and sparkling wines. Tours and<br />

tastings are available by appointment.<br />

For a one-off experience visit for the<br />

grape harvest in late September, early<br />

October, followed by a supper to<br />

celebrate the vendange.<br />

www.chetvineyard.co.uk<br />

Humbleyard Vineyard<br />

Paddock Farm Shop, Mulbarton,<br />

NR14 8JT<br />

With a history dating back to the Anglo-<br />

Saxon times, the lands of the vineyard<br />

have a story to tell. Pick up a map at the<br />

farm shop and meander through the<br />

grounds on a self-guided tour, before<br />

picking up one of the award-winning<br />

wines at the shop.<br />

www.humbleyardenglishwine.co.uk<br />

Chilford Hall<br />

Balsham Road, Cambridge CB21 4LE<br />

The vineyard is open to visitors from<br />

March to October, with tours taking<br />

place throughout the open season. The<br />

pretty vineyard is home to 17,000 vines<br />

of nine different varieties.<br />

www.chilfordhall.co.uk<br />

Warden Abbey Vineyard<br />

Bedford Road, Biggleswade, SG18 9LS<br />

It’s not often you come across a<br />

community run vineyard. Leased<br />

by Bedfordshire Rural Communities<br />

Charity, it produces a handful of awardwinning<br />

wines. Unfortunately, it’s not<br />

open to the public and tours can only be<br />

booked in advance. However, you can<br />

support the vineyard by attending one<br />

of its open days, a pre-booked tour or<br />

pruning experience.<br />

www.wardenvineyard.org.uk<br />


Into theWild<br />

Written by Bob Cox Wrightson | Twitter @bobcw<br />

Ryan Dorling Wildlife Photography<br />

Ryan Dorling Wildlife Photography<br />

With exotic travels off the agenda for the time being,<br />

why not discover the wilderness on your own doorstep?<br />

From tapirs and terns to alpacas and bats, there’s sure to be something<br />

for you to discover among the creatures of the Wild East. Here is our<br />

round-up of the most exciting, outdoor wildlife adventures to be had<br />

in the region.<br />


Nightingale Extravaganza<br />

Wednesday,29 April<br />

Nightingales get into full voice as spring really gets going,<br />

and late April is a great time for this star songbird singer.<br />

Led by David Grimwood of The Froize Inn, Chillesford, the<br />

tour begins at 8am with tea or coffee and an introductory<br />

chat followed by a masterclass on searching for<br />

Nightingales and other birds that you may come across.<br />

The trip finishes at 1pm with a scrumptious lunch back at<br />

the Inn, where you can relax, enjoy your meal and discuss<br />

your morning’s sightings.<br />

Priced: £35 including masterclass and lunch.<br />

www.suffolkbirding.co.uk/east-coast-safaris<br />

Bat Safari Punting<br />

Join the Wildlife Trust on a ‘Bat Safari’ punt for adventures at<br />

dusk on Grantchester Meadows. The local bat population<br />

emerges from hibernation in May, with several species<br />

flying close to the water and the punts. The chauffeured tours<br />

are led by knowledgeable Wildlife Trust bat experts and<br />

they’ll make sure you get the most from your experience,<br />

including the use of specialist electronic bat detectors which<br />

convert the bats’ sonar signals into audible frequencies.<br />

Your guide will outline the characteristics and habitats of bats<br />

likely to be encountered on your trip and teach you how to<br />

use the detectors.<br />

www.scudamores.com/bat-safari-punting<br />

Deer Safari<br />

Seal Trip<br />

A ‘must do’ when visiting the Norfolk coast is a trip to see the<br />

seals at Blakeney Point. It’s a treat to see the common and grey<br />

seals lolling about on the shore, with the more inquisitive of these<br />

marine mammals swimming up to the boat to say hello. This area<br />

of the coast is also famous for its bird life, with its most popular<br />

summer visitors being the terns – mainly common, sandwich<br />

and little terns and, quite often, Arctic terns. The popular sea trips<br />

operate from early spring, leaving from Morston Quay.<br />

Ryan Dorling Wildlife Photography Ryan Dorling Wildlife Photography<br />

Snettisham Park is a 329-acre working farm, featuring a<br />

spectacular deer safari, where you can meet their magnificent<br />

red deer herd. The tractor and covered trailer, or Safari Land<br />

Rover ride, is an experience not to be missed. During the<br />

45-minute round trip you will meet, and be able to feed, the<br />

spectacular herd of red deer with over 60 hinds and two<br />

stags. You can be sure to get an amazing close encounter<br />

with the deer, all of which are more than happy to feed from<br />

your hands.<br />

Running every hour from 11am.<br />

Pre-booking essential 48 hours in advance by calling<br />

01485 542425.<br />

www.snettishampark.co.uk<br />

Alpaca Trekking<br />

Have you ever thought of becoming an alpaca trekker? Well,<br />

if you like your wildlife cute and fluffy, alpacas are for you!<br />

Let’s Go Alpacas in Wretham offers a 40-minute walk through<br />

the lovely scenery of Thetford Forest with these amazing and<br />

characterful creatures, with time for a selfie stop along the<br />

way. Alpacas are adorable and well natured, although they<br />

can be lovably stubborn! Hand feeding is also available, so<br />

that you can give your walking companion a tasty treat.<br />

www.hedinghamalpacas.co.uk/lets-go-alpacas<br />

Jimmy’s Farm and Wildlife Park<br />

You’ve probably seen Jimmy Doherty on TV on Jimmy’s<br />

Farm, but did you know that he also has a wildlife park? Get<br />

up close with crocodiles, camels, capybara and skunks,<br />

and book for a private animal encounter. Join one of the<br />

experienced keepers in the animal enclosure of your choice.<br />

Here you will get the opportunity to learn about the animals<br />

whilst giving them a feed, grooming them or even giving<br />

them a bath! Experiences include Reptile Madness, where<br />

you will meet tortoises, snakes, lizards and crocodiles, and<br />

Tapir Tummy Rubs, where you can get hands on with Teddy<br />

and Tip Tap, their two adorable lowland Tapir.<br />

www.jimmysfarm.com/farm-wildlife-park-zoo<br />

Priced: adults £13, children £7<br />

Booking recommended by phone: 01263 740505 or<br />

01263 740038.<br />

www.beansboattrips.co.uk<br />






PHONE: 07720 834868<br />



Tails About<br />

Town:<br />

Poo Parade<br />

Written by Emma Kemsley<br />

This is not the first time I have spoken about Fletcher’s pooing habits for a light-hearted<br />

read, but it always makes for entertainment, and I think we’re all in need of some comical<br />

relief.<br />

I should’ve known he would be trouble. When he was a puppy, he chose to poop in the<br />

middle of a main road during rush hour, stopping traffic. I politely waved an apology to<br />

each driver while I desperately waited for him to finish.<br />

On our strolls through our local town, he’ll often wait until he is in the middle of the market<br />

to have his morning poo despite being given the option to do so in the park. The more<br />

people, the better. He’ll of course choose the most awkward location too. The middle of a<br />

crowd or the alleyway that joins the car park and Market Square, which causes a queue as<br />

people wait for him to finish and for us to pick up the waste. It’s mortifying.<br />

Not only does he choose the busiest location, but he poops strangely with his bum flat<br />

to the floor. He’ll look around to ensure all eyes are on him. He sure knows how to be the<br />

centre of attention. He recently got caught in a bramble bush mid-poo. Cue the dramatics.<br />

This time though, he’s need for an audience has pushed me to my humiliation limits.<br />

Cambridge was quiet. Almost ghostly. All except for what I assume was a Bollywood<br />

film set outside King’s College. We strolled along the King’s Parade past the actors and<br />

camera crew of at least fifty men. And that’s the moment. The moment Fletcher decided<br />

he’ll do the biggest poo of his life. Bum to the floor, he looked eagerly around, mouth open<br />

as though he was grinning, and took his sweet time to relieve himself.<br />

We were met with daggers from a film crew who couldn’t quite believe what they were<br />

witnessing. As I held up an apologetic hand and waited for him to finish, my husband<br />

flapped with a poo bag. Seconds seemed to last minutes as we felt a hundred eyes on us.<br />

My husband picked up the poo, which looked like it belonged to a mini horse, in a<br />

haste. Not quite content with his poo performance, Fletcher then decided to howl while<br />

standing on his hind legs as an ambulance siren signalled in the distance. If you’re not<br />

familiar with his howling, visit www.eastlife.co.uk/article/tails-about-town-nothingbut-a-hound-dog<br />

My husband and I looked at each other and laughed. What else could we do?<br />


A lasting tribute<br />

to those no longer<br />

with us<br />

A new tribute site from Wood Green, The Animals Charity gives<br />

pet lovers the opportunity to celebrate the life of a beloved friend,<br />

family member or pet by creating a space to come together, share<br />

anecdotes and keep the memories of loved ones alive. Giving a<br />

gift in someone’s memory is a wonderful way to commemorate<br />

their life, whilst also supporting Wood Green’s work.<br />

Jensen Calleemootoo, from Wood Green’s In-Memory Giving<br />

team, said: “Losing someone is never easy and we understand<br />

how painful it can be. Although nothing can replace them, we<br />

know that many people find a great deal of comfort and purpose<br />

by creating a tribute fund in their name, for a cause close to their<br />

heart. By donating or fundraising around key milestones such as<br />

birthdays and anniversaries, those loved ones stay with us forever<br />

– and help Wood Green be there for even more pets in need.”<br />

Funds raised through the tribute site will help cover the cost<br />

of providing veterinary treatment and daily care to pets like Tia<br />

(pictured above). Tia, a six-year-old Rottweiler Cross, was brought<br />

to Wood Green’s Godmanchester centre in May as her owner<br />

was too unwell to keep her. The charity has so far spent more<br />

than £1,400 on veterinary treatment, food and supplies for Tia,<br />

and their dedicated team will continue taking good care of her<br />

until the perfect new home is found. This is only possible through<br />

the generosity of Wood Green’s supporters.<br />

For Len, a gift to Wood Green was the perfect way to honour his<br />

late wife, Val: “Leaving a lasting tribute to Val means her love for<br />

animals lives on through the care Wood Green gives to homeless<br />

pets. Supporting a cause which brought her so much joy and<br />

happiness gives me comfort. I have something positive to focus<br />

on, despite the pain I felt since losing her.”<br />

Based in Cambridgeshire, Wood Green rehabilitates and rehomes<br />

around 3,500 dogs, cats and small animals each year. Many of<br />

these pets require intensive veterinary and behavioural care before<br />

they are ready to be matched with a new home. Going beyond<br />

this, Wood Green also supports pet owners with free one-to-one<br />

advice and behavioural support, expert-led online training classes<br />

and workshops, and even financial support to help cover the cost<br />

of pet care (subject to assessment).<br />

To find out more about setting up a tribute fund for a loved one,<br />

please visit inmemory.woodgreen.org.uk or contact Wood<br />

Green’s In-Memory Giving team on 0300 303 9333 option 3.<br />

Celebrate<br />

the memory<br />

of a loved<br />

one<br />

Setting up a tribute fund<br />

is a wonderful way to<br />

commemorate a life whilst<br />

making a difference to<br />

pets in need.<br />

Wood Green, The Animals Charity, Registered Charity No. 298348 009011KS0221<br />

Visit www.inmemory.woodgreen.org.uk<br />

or call our In-Memory Giving team<br />

on 0300 303 9333 option 3<br />


Raising Frenchies from<br />

the Ashes, with TLC<br />

Phoenix French Bulldog Rescue has been established in the UK<br />

since 2017 not only to offer a home to any French Bulldog, or<br />

cross-breed thereof, in need within the UK, but also to educate<br />

the public on this wonderful breed, promote and support good<br />

ownership and to help keep Frenchies at home with their families<br />

wherever possible. Sometimes, people just need advice and<br />

support to be able to manage and keep their pet, at other times<br />

they need our non-judgemental, professional help in rehoming<br />

their dog. As much as we can often be heard to say that it is ‘all<br />

about the dog’ we never lose sight of the fact that there is often<br />

a broken-hearted human at the end of a surrendered dog’s<br />

lead. We will never judge and all our volunteers are mindful of<br />

this. Other dogs may be genuine ‘rescues’ and our Team are<br />

well-versed in collecting these and seeking appropriate medical<br />

attention immediately, before they even reach their specialist<br />

foster-homes where the real mending can begin. All our dogs<br />

receive the very best care, medically and psychologically, during<br />

foster and afterwards in adoption. We will never turn away a<br />

dog in genuine need unless there are extremely exceptional<br />

circumstances<br />

For General Enquiries please call 0300 772 7716 or<br />

email: enquiries@phoenixfrenchbulldogrescue.org<br />

www.phoenixfrenchbulldogrescue.org<br />

Registered Charity No. 1171943

Doggy Days Out<br />

Bored of the same walks? You may be surprised<br />

to know some of the region’s best-loved family<br />

attractions are dog-friendly too<br />

While lockdown may have been great for discovering new walks<br />

on your doorstep, the same scenery can get a little tiresome, not<br />

just for us humans, but dogs too. As restrictions ease why not treat<br />

your dog to a day out? It will be a blast for the family and a sensory<br />

delight for wet noses.<br />

Audley End House &<br />

Gardens<br />

Audley End Road, Saffron Walden<br />

Explore stunning gardens in the<br />

shadow of the grand stately mansion.<br />

The English Heritage property features<br />

manicured lawns and pretty gardens,<br />

perfect for a dog walk. Dogs must be<br />

kept on a lead at all times and are not<br />

allowed inside the house, however<br />

the landscape makes up for it. There’s<br />

plenty of opportunities for a picnic<br />

under the trees and on the green by<br />

the water. Dogs are not allowed inside<br />

the café, but there are picnic benches<br />

within the grounds.<br />

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

places/audley-end-house-andgardens<br />

Epping Ongar Railway<br />

Station Approach, Ongar<br />

Hop aboard a steam engine train and<br />

journey through the Essex countryside.<br />

Well behaved dogs are welcome on the<br />

railway at no extra charge. Dogs are not<br />

permitted on the dining trains, but there<br />

is plenty of other options. Should your<br />

companion feel thirsty, there are usually<br />

water bowls on the platforms.<br />

www.eorailway.co.uk<br />

Hedingham Castle<br />

Bayley Street, Hedingham<br />

Step back in time and admire the castle<br />

and its surrounding grounds. Dogs are<br />

very welcome, except on event days.<br />

Dogs must be kept on a lead at all times<br />

and are not permitted in the Castle itself,<br />

but there are lots of lovely walks nearby.<br />

www.hedinghamcastle.co.uk<br />

Lady Grace Boat Trips<br />

Coast Road, West Mersea<br />

Feel the wind in your hair (or fur) as you<br />

take to the seas. Well behaved dogs are<br />

welcome aboard with their owners to<br />

enjoy a 20-minute trip on the estuary.<br />

The boat departs seven days a week<br />

from the crabbing jetty. Trips must be<br />

booked in advance.<br />

www.essexboattrips.co.uk<br />


The Suffolk Punch Trust<br />

Sink Farm, St David’s Lane, Woodbridge<br />

An educational and environmental<br />

charity dedicated to breeding and<br />

preserving the Suffolk Punch horse.<br />

Take one of the three pretty walks<br />

around the farm where dogs are<br />

welcome on leads.<br />

www.thesuffolkpunchtrust.co.uk<br />

West Stow Country Park<br />

Icklingham Road, West Stow<br />

Explore 125 acres of countryside<br />

featuring trails, heaths and woodlands.<br />

There’s beauty at every turn but due to<br />

the abundance of wildlife, dogs must be<br />

kept on leads.<br />

Bury St Edmunds<br />

The historic market town has a dogfriendly<br />

initiative in place, which helps<br />

residents and visitors identify which<br />

businesses are dog-friendly. Many pubs,<br />

cafes and shops are happy to welcome<br />

pooches. Take a walk around the town,<br />

explore its parks and stop off for a bite<br />

to eat. There are plenty of water bowls<br />

dotted around too!<br />

www.visit-burystedmunds.co.uk<br />

Outland Broads<br />

Discover walkways along the water.<br />

Carlton and Oulton Marshes are a jewel<br />

of the Suffolk Broads with its flora and<br />

fauna. From Carlton Marsh hop on the<br />

passenger ferry crossing the river to<br />

Burgh St Peter and the Waveney River<br />

Centre.<br />

Bure Valley Railway<br />

Norwich Road, Aylsham<br />

Pooches are welcome to hop aboard on<br />

the trains and walk beside the line with<br />

their owner. Fresh water is provided,<br />

and a marquee will be available for<br />

shade in hot weather. Dogs are not<br />

permitted inside the café, but dog<br />

parking hitches are available.<br />

www.bvrw.co.uk<br />

Redwings Horse<br />

Sanctuary<br />

Alysham & Coldecott<br />

Support this hard-working charity that<br />

rescues and cares for over 2,000 horses,<br />

ponies, donkeys and mules. Take a walk<br />

around the centre with your dog on lead<br />

and learn more about the care of the<br />

animals. There are Norfolk Pooch’s dog<br />

treats for sale in the shop too.<br />

www.redwings.org.uk<br />

Blickling Estate<br />

Blickling<br />

Understandably dogs are not allowed<br />

in the house or gardens but there are<br />

four miles of glorious walks within the<br />

grounds. During the spring the forest is<br />

alive with colour with a beautiful display<br />

of daffodils and bluebells.<br />

www.nationaltrust.org.uk/blicklingestate<br />

Salhouse Broad<br />

Lower Street, Salhouse<br />

Salhouse Broad is a great place to<br />

moor with your dog. Dogs can paddle<br />

in the water before taking a stroll into<br />

the village, where they are welcome at<br />

the Fur & Feathers Pub. Be respectful<br />

of local wildlife and rules; dogs are not<br />

allowed on nature serves and must be<br />

kept on lead at Whitlingham Broads.<br />

Wimpole Estate<br />

Arrington<br />

The grounds of this working estate are<br />

guided by the seasons. Visit during<br />

spring for a spectacular display of<br />

seasonal flora. Dogs are welcome on<br />

lead in the park.<br />

www.nationaltrust.org.uk/wimpoleestate<br />

Knebworth House<br />

Old Knebworth Lane, Stevenage<br />

Enjoy the ancient chestnut and lime<br />

avenues. The park is a perfect setting<br />

for country picnics and walks. Wellbehaved<br />

dogs on leads are welcome in<br />

Knebworth Park, but are not permitted<br />

in the House, Gardens, Dinosaur Trail or<br />

inside Fort Knebworth, however there’s<br />

still plenty of ground to explore.<br />

www.knebworthhouse.com<br />

Jordan’s Mill<br />

Southill Road, Broom<br />

Dogs are welcome to dine with owners<br />

on the veranda and enjoy the beautiful<br />

meadows and gardens.<br />

www.jordansmill.com<br />


East Anglia State Secondary School of the Decade<br />

Colchester Royal Grammar School<br />

01206 509100 crgs.co.uk<br />

CRGS provides a rich education for its students and promotes their personal development<br />

through outstanding pastoral care, extracurricular activities and leadership opportunities.<br />

It is one of the top-performing schools in the country and one of very few state boarding<br />

schools, with family-style boarding houses designed for 30 Sixth Form students.<br />

Visit our website to find out more,<br />

download a prospectus and<br />

take a virtual tour of the school.<br />


A<br />

Virtual<br />

World<br />

What is the future of<br />

school open days?<br />

It’s safe to say lockdowns and COVID restrictions have propelled<br />

education into a new realm. Online classes and home-schooling<br />

have tested families across the country. But it’s not just everyday<br />

teaching causing stress, concerned parents are at a loss on how<br />

to choose a school for their child when they are unable to visit.<br />

Schools are quickly adapting to make the process as simple as<br />

possible for parents and potential students. Like many events,<br />

open days and evenings are moving online. Though it may be<br />

unconventional, schools such as Impington International College<br />

in Cambridge, are urging parents to participate.<br />

Vice Principal, Johanna Sale, said: “My main piece of advice for<br />

parents is to approach virtual events as though they are face to<br />

face events. Of course, one of the benefits of a virtual event is that<br />

you can watch the recorded sessions on-demand, but this is no<br />

substitute for attending the live event because you will be relying<br />

on other people to ask the questions that you want answered.<br />

Due to life behind screens, it’s more important than ever to get<br />

involved in the conversations and actively ask the questions that<br />

you want to know.”<br />

It is key for parents to have a list of questions ready to ask during a<br />

Q&A session once the presentation is over. If your question hasn’t<br />

been answered, voice your query. Grades are a good indication<br />

of a school’s performance, but care and support are essential for<br />

a child’s wellbeing too.<br />

Sale continued: “We would encourage any prospective parent<br />

and their children to focus on speaking to the students at the<br />

open events they are attending. Delve into the students’ minds, as<br />

they will have all of the key information that sometimes teachers<br />

can’t provide.”<br />

If you’re still undecided on a school, contact administrations<br />

directly to see if a private viewing can be arranged following<br />

government safety guidelines and restrictions.<br />


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Express<br />

Set in 480 acres of beautiful parkland, in Suffolk.<br />

Culford School is part of the Methodist Independent Schools Trust. Registered Charity No. 1142794. Company Number. 7649422.

The Benefits of<br />

Boarding<br />

Could your child benefit from boarding?<br />

With more parents working full-time, quality family time can<br />

get squeezed out by work obligations, the daily commute, the<br />

school run, sports/music commitments and homework, which<br />

makes boarding an opportunity for children to learn and grow.<br />

Boarding can give children an academic boost,<br />

independence and free up the time to take part in<br />

extracurricular activities. While all children are different, many<br />

excel in a boarding environment. Nadia Katevska, a student<br />

at Brentwood School, Essex, who left in summer 2019, said:<br />

“We are so advantaged because we have much more time for<br />

studying.”<br />

Most boarding schools will offer on-site facilities for students<br />

to part-take in extra activities. From swimming pools,<br />

running tracks, tennis courts and events, children are able to<br />

demonstrate their skills and broaden their horizons through<br />

the extracurricular activities available to them.<br />

Though education, skills and independence may be at<br />

the forefront of parent’s minds, the life-long friendships are<br />

frequently the most valued experience by students. Culford<br />

School, prep school housemistress, Melanie Detnon,<br />

explained: “The fun, friendships, diverse activities and<br />

experiences, the opportunity to develop responsibility for<br />

themselves added to the academic and pastoral support<br />

the children receive, are several factors which I believe make<br />

boarding so valuable and so special. I love to see the children<br />

in my care thrive and grow in confidence and am honoured to<br />

be both facilitator and cheerleader. Added to all of that, here in<br />

our surroundings at Culford we have a wonderful mix of ages<br />

and families from a variety of backgrounds, including Forces,<br />

expat and local – what better preparation for life?​“<br />

Both full and weekly boarding can have a positive influence<br />

on children. Felsted School was shortlisted for TES Boarding<br />

School of the Year 2020. Annabel from Suffolk, a pupil and<br />

weekly boarder at Felsted, discussed the benefits of boarding:<br />

“Being a weekly boarder at Felsted means I get the best of<br />

both worlds. In the week I do not have to waste time travelling,<br />

but have time to take part in all the activities on offer, get<br />

support with my homework and have fun social time with my<br />

friends.”<br />

She continued: “At weekends, I can then enjoy quality time<br />

with my family. The weeks are less stressful for the whole<br />

family and I have become much more organised and<br />

independent.”<br />

Many of the region’s independent boarding schools are<br />

hosting online open days and viewings by appointment<br />

during COVID restrictions.<br />


A world class<br />

education<br />

Impington International College, a sixth form on the<br />

outskirts of Cambridge, gives students a personal sixth form<br />

experience, where education can be tailored to students’<br />

passions and interests.<br />

World class education: The College is extremely proud to have<br />

been teaching International Baccalaureate (IB) programmes<br />

for 30 years, and describes them as curricula with added value.<br />

Both the IB Diploma Programme (DP) and the IB Career-related<br />

Programme (CP) offer students so much more than just subjects<br />

in isolation; allowing for breadth and also depth of study,<br />

something that students, and often parents, want from A Levels.<br />

The programmes also offer a holistic approach to learning,<br />

developing key skills and traits within students that they can take<br />

with them into life beyond education.<br />

Outstanding results: In 2020, 100% of students at the College<br />

passed the DP and CP, and nearly a fifth (18%) of all students<br />

achieved a point score of 40 or above, which is 7% higher than<br />

the international average.<br />

Destinations: The College’s academically driven cohort<br />

achieves fantastic results and its alumni have gone on to attend<br />

renowned higher education institutions around the world. In the<br />

midst of students receiving their university offers for September<br />

<strong>2021</strong>, four IB students at the College, have received conditional<br />

and unconditional offers to study at the University of Oxford<br />

and the University of Cambridge, reading Biology, English,<br />

Geography and Mathematics.<br />

Exciting scholarship programmes: As well as offering<br />

students over 30 subjects to choose from, Impington<br />

International College also has a range of scholarship<br />

programmes on offer. Those who wish to enter the professional<br />

world of theatre and performing arts can choose to study<br />

at the Performance School and work with leading industry<br />

professionals alongside their studies, while those with a high<br />

interest in sport can train alongside their studies through one of<br />

the College’s professional sports scholarships.<br />

Development of the whole student: Through the core<br />

elements of the DP and CP, students are given the opportunity to<br />

gain experience of team work, decision making, problem solving,<br />

access to a second language and undertake an independent<br />

in-depth piece of work similar to what the work they will complete<br />

at university.<br />

Impington International College students are motivated to<br />

succeed, with options that allow students to realise their goals<br />

and progress confidently into the next stages of learning,<br />

opening up a world of opportunities for them beyond the<br />

school gate.<br />

To find out more about Impington International College, visit:<br />

impingtoninternational.org.uk<br />

Quality of care: Every individual in the sixth form is known. The<br />

small class sizes ensure high contact time with teachers so that<br />

individual needs are met and the close-knit environment allows<br />

students to flourish, both academically and socially.<br />


e: international@ivc.tmet.org.uk<br />

t: 01223 200 402<br />

w: impingtoninternational.org.uk<br />

A World Class IB education from<br />

Impington International College –<br />

your ticket to a world of opportunity<br />

With a 100% pass rate for the IB, our students go on to study at Oxbridge,<br />

Russell Group, Ivy League and leading European universities.<br />

We are still accepting applicants for September <strong>2021</strong>. Contact us to book<br />

an individual meeting.<br />

The UK’s top non-selective provider of<br />

the International Baccalaureate (IB) -<br />

Sunday Times Parent Power list 2020<br />

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Felsted<br />

for me<br />

Leading all-round education with pupil wellbeing at its<br />

heart. Give your child the space to thrive with our variety<br />

of modern boarding & day options. Based on a safe rural<br />

campus in stunning North Essex, with daily bus routes<br />

from across the region.<br />

Developing character, making a difference.<br />

Co-educational, ages 4-18, boarding & day.<br />

Open Morning: Saturday 8 May<br />

Visit felsted.org to register and explore our Virtual Tours & Events<br />

#felstedforme<br />

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Mum’s the<br />

Word:<br />

A Time<br />

for Hope<br />

Written by Dolly Osborne | www.raggydollywrites.wordpress.com<br />

Somehow, we have got to the point where vaccines are no<br />

longer a part of our routine but are something controversial. To<br />

me the word vaccination summons up memories of queuing<br />

up in our vests at primary school or the memory of being a sixth<br />

former getting her BCG vaccine late and yet insisting the school<br />

nurse held my hand even though it meant losing face in front of<br />

the younger kids.<br />

Now vaccinations are a tricky topic; talk of them quickly<br />

becomes emotional and divisive with everyone concerned<br />

insisting that they are doing the right thing for their child<br />

whether they be pro or anti-vax. Indeed, the subject is so<br />

emotionally loaded that I was hesitant to even bring it into my<br />

light-hearted mummy column for fear of alienating readers<br />

but given the state of the country right now, I feel it’s the only<br />

parenting issue I could possibly address.<br />

COVID-19 has turned our world upside down. It has brought so<br />

many losses with it; the devastating loss of life, loss of freedoms,<br />

of celebrations, the loss of close contact and time together as<br />

families, losses that are too vast to even summarise here.<br />

New Year to most of us is a time of hope. It’s a run up to spring<br />

and new life, fresh starts and in <strong>2021</strong> much of the optimism<br />

of the new year seems to be attached to the arrival of the<br />

COVID-19 vaccination rollout. It promises so many of us hope.<br />

Hope that some semblance of normalcy will return. Hope<br />

that we can see friends and family that we have missed all<br />

year. Hope that our lives can take place outside of the virtual<br />

recreation centres that we have had to build and rely on. This<br />

ray of light is the thing helping me get out of bed every day. Yet<br />

every bit of light brings a shadow and I fear that the shadow<br />

attached to this optimism is fear of vaccination.<br />

I’m not an immunisation specialist but I was a nurse for 15 years<br />

and I know that for any vaccination program to be successful<br />

a certain percentage of the population has to participate. Right<br />

now, I’m scared that the chance for my son to get back to<br />

school, to see his grandparents, his aunt, his cousin, that all of<br />

this might be scuppered by fear.<br />

I never thought as an adult I’d long for those days of queueing<br />

in my vest in the primary school corridors, but I do. Back then<br />

we all felt like one community coming together to keep us all<br />

healthy; I really hope we are still.<br />

Find Dolly on Twitter @Osborneosaurus<br />


Easter<br />

at Home<br />

10 eggs-cellent things you can do at home<br />

this Easter<br />

Written by Liz Mattock | www.wolfauthor.com<br />



With another national lockdown imposed earlier in the year and<br />

some restrictions still in place, it has been difficult for everyone<br />

to make Easter plans. Hopefully we’ll be able to at least enjoy<br />

walks in the countryside and trips to local parks, but just in case<br />

we have put together 10 things to do at home with the family<br />

this Easter.<br />

Why not host a virtual tea party? Invite friends and family to<br />

join you online via Zoom or Skype, with a cup of tea in hand<br />

and a slice of cake. It’s a great way to catch up when you can’t<br />

meet up.<br />

Organise an Easter egg hunt either around the house or in your<br />

garden. Plan ahead and prepare some clues that little kids and<br />

big kids alike can follow to find their favourite chocolate. Hiding<br />

places can be easier for smaller children and more challenging<br />

for older ones.<br />

Have a hot chocolate and movie night. Stock up on hot<br />

chocolate powder, milk, marshmallows, cream and sprinkles<br />

when you next visit the supermarket. Then pick a film and settle<br />

in for the afternoon. Great Easter themed family films include<br />

‘Peter Rabbit’ or ‘Charlie and the Chocolate Factory’. If it’s just<br />

you and your other half and the children are in bed, watch<br />

‘Chocolat’ or an old classic ‘Easter Parade’.<br />

No doubt the children will miss meeting up with friends this<br />

Easter at school fetes and fairs. Get in touch with other parents<br />

and arrange for your child and their friends to meet up online<br />

for an Easter quiz. Parents get to supervise as they will need a<br />

quizmaster and to make sure no one cheats, plus the winner<br />

gets a prize; an Easter egg.<br />

Kids love getting messy. Choose a time where you can put a<br />

few hours aside to get creative. Clear a space, collect together<br />

any crafts, paints, pens, pencils and materials you have and let<br />

their imagination run wild as they create the most outlandish<br />

Easter pictures that they can think of to demonstrate what<br />

Easter means to them. This is a great way for kids to let out all<br />

their energy and boosts their mood by getting them to think<br />

creatively.<br />

If you are a larger family, ask your children to put on a play. Now<br />

we’re not talking the Von Trap family here but something simple<br />

that they can put together and perform for you. If you are tech<br />

savvy you could always record them on your phone to send to<br />

grandparents, aunts and uncles to enjoy too.<br />

Make home-schooling a little more interesting, so interesting<br />

that they won’t even realise they are learning whilst helping you<br />

to bake a cake or cook a simple meal. Ask your child to join you<br />

in the kitchen and give them tasks relevant to their age. Little<br />

ones can mix cake mixture or add decorations to cakes and<br />

older ones can help with measuring ingredients. Each one will<br />

be so focussed on doing their job right that there won’t be time<br />

for squabbles.<br />

Get out in the garden and plant some flowers and vegetables.<br />

Get outside and get digging. Perfect bulbs to plant in April<br />

include sunflowers. We’ve all had that childhood photo posing<br />

next to our first sunflower, right?<br />

If you don’t have a large garden, head to the Garden Centre to<br />

pick up a small planter and some seeds and teach the kids how<br />

to grow their own vegetables. April is the perfect time to sow<br />

peas, carrots, lettuce and radishes.<br />

Have an indoor or outdoor picnic. Just because there are<br />

certain restrictions outside our homes doesn’t mean we have<br />

to stay indoors when we can get out into the garden. Get the<br />

children involved in making sandwiches, homemade lemonade<br />

and cakes, grab something to sit on and some cutlery and<br />

take your lunch outside. That way everyone gets some fresh<br />

air and the whole family can enjoy the experience without<br />

being distracted by computer games, the television and mobile<br />

phones.<br />

Try these simple, budget-friendly suggestions and you’ll<br />

soon find even the most energetic children are entertained<br />

this Easter.<br />


Wildlife Reserve is<br />

ahead of the curve<br />

The next few years will see huge changes in farming and<br />

agriculture in the UK as the new Agricultural Bill asks farmers<br />

to both produce more food and protect the environment. It is a<br />

challenge that involves a fine balance between farming highly<br />

productive soil for crops and being brave enough to recognise<br />

that some soil is better taken out of farming and used in other<br />

ways.<br />

Edward Pope is ahead of the curve when it comes to finding<br />

this balance. His venture, Watatunga Wildlife Reserve has been<br />

created on 170 acres of old quarries, lakes and woodland,<br />

previously used for monoculture farming practices. Ed Pope says<br />

the land that makes up the reserve had limited yield potential and<br />

was simply not suitable for modern sustainable agriculture.<br />

twenty-five deer and antelope species, not to mention rare birds,<br />

including the star of the show – the Great Bustard. With many<br />

of the birds and animals on the endangered list, Watatunga<br />

provides a safe haven and a place where important breeding<br />

programmes are carried out.<br />

While the fertile soils of the nearby fen continue to provide food<br />

for the population, the team at Watatunga are leading the way<br />

when it comes to re-imagining land use for the greatest good.<br />

Watatunga re-opens to the public in April. Visit the website:<br />

www.watatunga.co.uk for more information on their<br />

accommodation and to book a guided tour of the wildlife reserve.<br />

Gift vouchers are also available.<br />

Fast forward three years and the once sterile site has been<br />

restored to nature. Watatunga Wildlife Reserve, found in<br />

Watlington near King’s Lynn, is now a wildlife paradise of<br />

woodland, grasses and lakes and is home to more than

Farm<br />

Life<br />

Make your next family<br />

day out a trip to the farm<br />



Life on the farm doesn’t stop for a pandemic, and while<br />

it’s not certain attractions will open their gates for Easter,<br />

new life still blossoms. Last year, many farms decided to<br />

go virtual, posting videos, photos and answering children’s<br />

questions about farm life. At the time of print, it’s unknown<br />

what will happen this year, but it’s worth checking the<br />

farms websites and social media pages to ensure you don’t<br />

miss out on any action, be it a real visit or viewing from the<br />

comfort of your own home. Here is our pick of farms to keep<br />

on your radar.<br />

Snettisham Park, Norfolk<br />

A 329-acre working farm, a visit here can involve many<br />

exciting adventures from seeing lambs being born to a<br />

45-minute deer safari where you will see the magnificent<br />

red deer herd. You can bottle feed lambs, collect fresh farm<br />

eggs and ride ponies as well as taking a walk on one of<br />

three wonderful trails. The farm has a shop selling its own<br />

produce too.<br />

www.snettishampark.co.uk<br />

Suffolk Punch Trust, Suffolk<br />

Home to stables and farmyard animals such as pigs, sheep,<br />

cattle and chickens, there’s plenty of fun to be had. Explore<br />

heritage exhibitions, walking trails and learn about the<br />

Suffolk Punch breed. Visit the ducks, rabbits, goats and<br />

guinea pigs at the Pets Paddocks. Complete your visit with a<br />

bite to eat at the café. www.suffolkpunchtrust.org<br />

Easton Farm Park, Suffolk<br />

There’s a good mix of education and hands-on fun at this<br />

farm. Get up close with the animals with pony rides,<br />

bunny hugs and creepy crawlies. Explore the farm by<br />

following its Green Trail and Meadow Walks. Let children<br />

burn off energy at the adventure play area. Make the most<br />

of your trip with an extended stay at the on-site campsite or<br />

holiday cottages.<br />

www.eastonfarmpark.co.uk<br />

Wimpole Home Farm, Cambridgeshire<br />

Petting, feeding, play areas, pretty gardens and walking<br />

trails, this farm has it all. During lockdown closure the farm<br />

has been virtually offering an insight into what life is like<br />

on the farm. Visit the website to watch videos to meet new<br />

arrivals including calves, lambs and piglets, watch horses<br />

being exercised, seed sowing and the mucking out of the<br />

pig pen!<br />

www.nationaltrust.org.uk/wimpole-estate<br />

Mead Open Farm, Bedfordshire<br />

Covering 30 acres, the farm is home to animals large and<br />

small including sheep, pigs, cows, goats, ponies and<br />

rabbits. There’s a focus on education with the opportunity<br />

for children to learn and interact with the animals through<br />

bottle-feeding lambs, grooming ponies, petting rabbits<br />

and more.<br />

www.meadopenfrm.co.uk<br />

Old MacDonalds Farm, Essex<br />

A popular family day out, the farm is alive with animals<br />

bouncing around and colourful adventure areas. During<br />

Easter, there’s usually special events with workshops, shows<br />

and baby animal encounters.<br />

www.omdfarm.co.uk<br />

Thrigby Hall Wildlife Gardens,<br />

Norfolk<br />

With its 250-year-old landscaped garden and mostly<br />

outdoor attractions, there’s plenty of space to social<br />

distance. Get close to a range of animals throughout the<br />

grounds which is home to snow leopards, tigers, crocodiles,<br />

gibbons and more. The animal feed and talk programme is<br />

an exciting opportunity to learn more.<br />

www.thrigbyhall.com<br />

Paradise Wildlife Park, Hertfordshire<br />

Located in Broxbourne, the wildlife park has an amazing<br />

range of animals including tigers, lions, monkeys, zebras,<br />

camels and wolves. What makes it really special is the<br />

fact that you can get up close and personal, meeting and<br />

feeding many of the animals. There are three themed<br />

adventure playgrounds, children’s rides, indoor soft play<br />

areas and more.<br />

www.pwpark.com<br />

Herrings Green Activity Farm,<br />

Bedfordshire<br />

The birds of prey are the big attraction with over 200 birds<br />

on display. Herrings Green Activity Farm is a family run<br />

business caring for all its birds and animals around the<br />

clock. As well as birds, handlings and displays, there is a<br />

farm with goats and alpacas. A number of experiences are<br />

available throughout the year.<br />

www.birdsofpreycentre.co.uk<br />



What are we?<br />

We are an independent museum in Huntingdonshire situated in<br />

open countryside on the edge of a small Fenland town. Housed in<br />

renovated 17th century farm buildings, the museum is full of items<br />

and exhibits kindly donated by local companies and the public.<br />

Ramsey Rural Museum is a charitable trust that is managed and<br />

maintained entirely by volunteers.<br />

What will you find here?<br />

On site there are many areas showing a variety of machinery,<br />

implements and vehicles spanning 200 years of rural life.<br />

Both the Chemist Shop and the Cobblers Shop were donated to<br />

the museum – the former had been owned by the Whitwell family<br />

of Peterborough and the latter from the Paul’s of Chatteris.<br />

A history of the drainage of the Fens can be found in the Pump<br />

Room along with tools used for hedging, ditching and turfing.<br />

lifestyle rooms and various cabinets exhibit numerous artefacts<br />

from years gone by.<br />

The museum also houses extensive archives of local family history<br />

and the range of paperwork, maps and photographs are available<br />

for photocopying. Ramsey and its surrounding villages are also<br />

well documented.<br />

Light refreshments are provided either in our Tea Room or alfresco<br />

in the courtyard. If you prefer, bring a picnic and enjoy the peaceful<br />

setting.<br />

Throughout the year we hold many events details of which appear<br />

on our ‘events page’ of the website.<br />

For information regarding our Opening Times, Entrance Charges,<br />

How to find Us or any other information please visit us at<br />

https://ramseyruralmuseum.co.uk/<br />

What else do we offer?<br />

We have a wonderful second-hand bookshop in the Courtyard<br />

where there is a great selection of good quality books at bargain<br />

prices on a large range of subjects. Come along and browse, if<br />

you are just visiting the Bookshop you don’t need to pay Museum<br />

admission, but while you’re there why not pop into the tea-room<br />

for a cuppa and a slice of cake!<br />

As well as fiction we have books on:<br />

Handicrafts, Sports, Transport, Poetry and classics, WW1 and<br />

WW2, Biographies, Travel, Gardening, Cookery, History. We<br />

welcome donations of clean, good quality books to add to our<br />

stock<br />

The Barn Annexe gives a fascinating insight into the work of<br />

Wheelwrights and Farriers, and amongst the myriad of farming<br />

equipment there are even examples of some 19th century Graffiti!<br />

There is so much to look at in the Trades Room. As the name<br />

suggests there are displays depicting a range of occupations<br />

and memorabilia from local companies. Through the tea room<br />

is Ramsey Stores – an early 20th century shop with well known<br />

brands on view at the counter.<br />

The thatched Well was one of the sources of water for the nearby<br />

Ramsey Abbey. We even have a 2 seater Privy!<br />

The Stable Block is a two storey building packed with nostalgia.<br />

Upstairs is an old schoolroom and displays dedicated to the armed<br />

forces, police and fire services. On the ground floor the three<br />

Opening Times <strong>2021</strong><br />

Please see our website for opening times<br />

Other times by appointment - Phone 01487 815715<br />

Ticket Prices<br />

£4.50 Adults | £4.00 Concessions | £1.00 Children (5 – 16)<br />

Children under 5 FREE<br />

FAMILY TICKET £10.00 (2 Adults & 2 Children)<br />

Facilities<br />

- Tea Room - Gift Shop<br />

- Toilets - Disabled Toilet with Alarm<br />

- Wheelchair Access - Play tent<br />

- Free Parking with Disabled Parking<br />

- Well stocked second hand bookshop<br />

- Baby changing facilities

Happy<br />

Campers<br />

Create lasting memories with a<br />

family-friendly camping holiday<br />

Last year opened up our eyes to travel<br />

on our doorstep. Coastal towns were full<br />

of tourists, country cottages fully booked<br />

and campsites full of laughter and joy.<br />

Campsites have come a long way over<br />

the years. Gone are the days of battling<br />

against the elements while pitching<br />

a canvas tent. Now you’ll find luxury<br />

tipis, beautiful yurts and cosy pods.<br />

Basic toilet blocks have been replaced<br />

with stylish sustainable solutions and<br />

outstanding facilities, think firepits and<br />

outdoor kitchens.<br />

If your eager to create lasting memories,<br />

then book a trip to a campsite with<br />

family and friends. East Anglia is blessed<br />

with some of the best child-friendly<br />

campsites in the country with attractions<br />

and beaches all within easy reach.<br />

For a back to nature experience escape<br />

to Round the Woods. Located in the<br />

peaceful mid-Norfolk countryside,<br />

you’ll find two luxury yurts and a newly<br />

hand-built roundhouse set in a large<br />

wildflower meadow. The ‘Willow<br />

Roundhouse’ sleeps up to seven and<br />

features everything you need for a<br />

lavish camping adventure. After a day<br />

of exploring the 18-acre nature reserve,<br />

get cosy by the woodburner and<br />

snuggle down in the accommodation’s<br />

comfy king-sized beds that have<br />

Hungarian Goose Down bedding and<br />

sumptuous cotton linen.<br />

There’s an emphasis on ‘off grid’ living<br />

and sustainability but comfort isn’t<br />

compromised. Yurts include a luxury<br />

en-suite compost toilet and separate<br />

spacious shower complete with fluffy<br />

towels and robes.<br />

There’s plenty to do during the day<br />

such as woodland walks, den building<br />

and pond dipping, but at night is when<br />

the camping magic comes alive with<br />

BBQs, storytelling around the firepit and<br />

stargazing from the hammock.<br />



The riverside campsite<br />

provides the chance to get<br />

back to nature with friends<br />

and family<br />

Owner Kate said: “Our yurts and<br />

Roundhouse are really child friendly<br />

and we’re popular with young families.<br />

We have high chairs, travel cots (we ask<br />

guests to bring bedding for these) and<br />

have plastic plates and cups available.<br />

“The site is great for families, there’s<br />

a huge meadow for exploring and<br />

running free where parents can easily<br />

see them. There’s also a woodland<br />

play area which families love and we’re<br />

currently putting up a tipi shelter which<br />

gives outdoor protection from the<br />

elements including the hot sun<br />

for babies.”<br />

Discover Cambridgeshire’s heritage and<br />

countryside with a break at Waterclose<br />

Meadows campsite near Huntington.<br />

The riverside campsite provides the<br />

chance to get back to nature with<br />

friends and family. Set in the grounds<br />

of the historic Houghton Mill National<br />

Trust watermill, the camp is perfect for<br />

making the most of long summer days<br />

with plenty of local cycling and walking<br />

routes plus water activities such as<br />

canoeing. It’s certainly worth packing<br />

your dinghy! Alternatively keep it<br />

classic and hire a punt or rowboat from<br />

Houghton Boats next to the Mill.<br />

At Secret Meadows in Suffolk, there’s a<br />

choice of glamping accommodation.<br />

Luxury lodge tents, a hobbits box, gypsy<br />

rest and even a two-storey safari tent.<br />

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FOOD & DRINK<br />

On the Menu<br />

From Field to Front Door<br />

Famed for being the world’s best beef, wagyu has long been a favourite among chefs<br />

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What makes this North Norfolk farm extra special is its commitment to raising the Full<br />

Blood and F1 Wagyu Cross animals as ethically and sustainably as possible. The team<br />

works at the cattle’s pace of life, with regular monitoring, humane handling and a respect<br />

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Farm practices are modernised to reduce carbon emissions and the need for chemical<br />

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only around one third of the animal, Worstead Estate ensure no meat goes to waste<br />

by working with charities that supply food and meals to the homeless, elderly and<br />

vulnerable.<br />

There are a number of meat boxes available with a well-rounded selection of cuts,<br />

delivered nationwide. Don’t miss out on the Easter special! Tried and tested by <strong>Eastlife</strong>, we<br />

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Click It Local<br />

Forget fast food, this is speedy shopping! Supporting local business has been made<br />

easier than ever with the help of Click It Local; an online delivery service available in<br />

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Barnes Wines, Hill St Chocolate and The Cambridge Cheese Co, to name a few. The list<br />

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FOOD & DRINK<br />

The Cambridge Foodie<br />

Cool Beans<br />

The boom of artisan coffee in Cambridge<br />

Written by Gerla de Boer | www.cbtravelguide.co.uk & www.cambridgefoodtour.com<br />

It’s a cold and rainy day in Cambridge, and I spot a long<br />

queue outside one of the small coffee shops. My initial<br />

thought is that they are waiting for a sandwich. How wrong<br />

could I be? One after the other comes out with a steaming<br />

hot cup of coffee. What is the big attraction of clinging onto<br />

an umbrella in the blistering cold just for a cup of coffee? The<br />

answer is the type of coffee. Artisan is much sweeter than<br />

regular coffee, which tastes quite bitter. Most importantly, it’s<br />

roasted with love and care.<br />

A good artisan coffee starts at the source. An artisan coffee<br />

roaster chooses his supplier with care. There are important<br />

considerations such as the type of bean, the conditions it<br />

has been grown in and the harvesting practices. As with<br />

everything artisan, it requires plenty of time, dedication<br />

and practice. You don’t become an artisan coffee roaster<br />

overnight. Unlike the big brands, artisan coffee is roasted in<br />

small batches and not stored for months.<br />

There is more to it though. The place to get the perfect artisan<br />

cup of coffee is a small independent coffee shop. They<br />

prepare it with love and care, and unlike some of the big high<br />

street brands, they make you feel special.<br />

The artisan coffee movement is growing. Many coffee<br />

fanatics are practising their barista skills at home too. One of<br />

the first coffee roasters who spotted a niche in the market was<br />

Nespresso over 30 years ago. They created a coffee machine<br />

building on the earlier work of Luigi Bezzera with the simple<br />

idea to enable anyone to create the perfect cup of espresso<br />

coffee – just like a skilled barista. Being a lover of a fine cup<br />

of coffee, I bought mine in 1992. My flavour palette changed<br />

over the years, and my Nespresso coffee machine made its<br />

way to a barista-style coffee machine, Sage.<br />

Where to find artisan coffee beans in<br />

Cambridge and Ely?<br />

Silver Oak<br />

Available online and at Ely market<br />

Kerb Project<br />

Available online and The OtherSyde, Cambridge<br />

Hot Numbers<br />

Available online, at their two cafes in Cambridge<br />

on Gwydir Street and Trumpington Street, and Hot<br />

Numbers Roastery in Shepreth<br />

XueCam Coffee<br />

Available online, Cambridge Market and at the La<br />

Latina Bustaurante in the Grafton Centre<br />

Coffee Temple<br />

Available online and from their van close to Orchard<br />

Street at Christ’s Pieces, Cambridge<br />

Town and Gown<br />

Available online and at their cafe at Raft Market on<br />

Sidney Street<br />

With so many excellent local artisan coffee roasters around,<br />

it is sometimes difficult to make a choice. It all depends on<br />

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Norwich<br />

Eats:<br />

Inspiration for<br />

your next<br />

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experience in<br />

Norwich, post<br />

lockdown<br />

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The lockdown didn’t stop the fine foodies of Norwich, we carried<br />

on eating in the new normal and out of the embers came some<br />

mighty fine places to eat.<br />

Oishi took over the food at Chambers Cocktail bar in the city with<br />

an Asian inspired street food menu. A collaboration between<br />

The Hen House Kitchen and Moco, both street food vans, means<br />

you can choose Hen House’s crispy fried chicken burgers like<br />

the Godzilla with crunchy Katsu chicken, pickled ginger and<br />

Japanese mayo, or opt for Moco inspired rice boxes along with<br />

crispy wings and Korean topped fries. If you love a brownie, tag<br />

on a miso caramel topped gooey chocolate hit delight.<br />

Market News<br />

Norwich market has set up its own delivery service,<br />

visit www.norwichmarket.net. Using Norwich Urban<br />

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locally and charging the customer, not the business.<br />

Keep up-to-date with market news on the new Instagram<br />

account @Norwichmarket_life.<br />

If you haven’t tried market food yet you’re missing out! You’ll<br />

find authentic Empanadas, Thai street food, Malaysian<br />

noodles, Punjabi slow cooked curries and bao buns, not to<br />

mention sweet treats like brownie stuffed cookies and that’s<br />

only a third of it.<br />

Connaught Kitchen has been recently renovated by team Moco<br />

as a local’s café offering breakfast and brunch, plus fine cakes<br />

and bakes. They will also focus on foodie events like tapas<br />

weekends and pop ups with their street food buddies.<br />

A new Middle Eastern shawarma café opened its doors in<br />

lockdown on Unthank Road. 1st Shawarma includes authentic<br />

naans and Turkish bread and proper shawarmas, nothing like a<br />

doner, along with okabasi coal cooked kebabs and Persian sides.<br />

Chick Inn is a rotisserie eat in or takeaway, once Micawbers<br />

Tavern, on the corner of Pottergate. The chicken is slowly cooked<br />

in house for tenderness and served with fries, house slaw,<br />

smashed avocado and lots of sauces. Their sticky BBQ is divine!<br />

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FOOD & DRINK<br />

On the Plate<br />

in Bedfordshire<br />

Discover Bedfordshire’s best waterside dining<br />

Whether it’s fine dining by the river, lakeside cocktails or a hearty pub lunch<br />

watching the narrowboats go by, we’ve rounded up some of the county’s<br />

restaurants with the best waterside views.<br />

Corner 5, Box End Park<br />

Box End Park, Box End Road, Bedford, MK43 8RQ<br />

With its lakeside setting, contemporary timber building and panoramic views,<br />

Corner 5 offers a fine dining experience. Menus change with the seasons and<br />

dishes are freshly prepared using the finest ingredients. Part of the Box End Park<br />

complex, a family business offering water sports on two purpose-built lakes,<br />

Corner 5 is a fantastic place to relax and take in the views.<br />

www.boxendpark.com<br />

Riverside Cafe, Jordans Mill<br />

Jordans Mill, Holme Mills, Southill Road, Broom, SG18 9JX<br />

Take a guided tour of the Victorian mill, explore the beautiful gardens with crops<br />

growing alongside ornamental plants and enjoy the wildlife and tranquility of the<br />

meadow and woodland. Relax in the Riverside Café where you can enjoy freshly<br />

prepared food and drink overlooking the stunning River Ivel.<br />

www.jordansmill.com<br />

Waterfront Brasserie, Wyboston Lakes<br />

Wyboston Lakes Resort, Great North Road, Wyboston, MK44 3AL<br />

Perfectly situated with views over the lake, the Waterfront Brasserie offers plenty<br />

of choice with traditional British dishes alongside European classics. With a wide<br />

variety of gins and a dedicated Martini menu, a pre or post dinner drink by the<br />

water is a must.<br />

www.wybostonlakes.co.uk<br />

The Grove Lock<br />

The Grove Lock, Grove, Leighton Buzzard, LU7 0QU<br />

Located beside Lock 28 of the Grand Union Canal, the pub serves hearty food,<br />

traditional ales and wonderful views over the water. On the menu you’ll find daily<br />

signatures alongside the classics using seasonal and locally sourced ingredients.<br />

The canal side garden is a beautiful spot to stop and watch the boats go by.<br />

www.grovelock.co.uk<br />

The Wine Glass & Riverside Bar, The Barns Hotel<br />

The Barns Hotel, Cardington Road, Bedford, MK44 3SA<br />

The Wine Glass is a river facing restaurant offering delicious food. In a tranquil<br />

setting, the Riverside Bar is a place to linger for one drink longer or indulge in a<br />

sharing platter. Arrive by river and you can moor alongside the bar; the perfect<br />

place to stop for lunch or sip a few drinks while watching the sun set.<br />

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FOOD & DRINK<br />

In the Kitchen<br />

…with James Rix,<br />

Chef and Owner, at<br />

Fox & Hounds, Hunsdon<br />

James began cooking, aged 15,<br />

in his local village restaurant and<br />

had work experience at Waterside<br />

Inn in Bray and La Tante Claire with<br />

Pierre Koffmann. In 1994, he started<br />

at the Greenhouse with Gary<br />

Rhodes and later moved to one of<br />

the Roux brothers’ consultancies in<br />

upstate New York. After a brief spell<br />

at London’s Oxo Tower, James<br />

started at Alastair Little’s Frith Street<br />

restaurant in Soho, where he worked his way to head chef. In<br />

2000, he moved to Tom Conran’s The Cow, before opening the<br />

Fox & Hounds in Hunsdon, Hertfordshire in 2004.<br />

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What or who inspired you to become a chef?<br />

I fell into cooking with a Saturday job in a pub in the small<br />

Buckinghamshire village where I grew up. My first job after<br />

college was with the legendary Gary Rhodes and he was a real<br />

inspiration to me.<br />

Do you have any standout moments of your career so far?<br />

I always dreamt of opening my own restaurant so opening the<br />

doors of the Fox & Hounds has to be the standout moment. It’s<br />

been a labour of love from the start! Another highlight was being<br />

awarded our first Michelin Bib Gourmand in 2012, which we’ve<br />

held ever since.<br />

Describe dining at the Fox & Hounds in five words.<br />

Welcoming, convivial, gentle, familiar and friendly.<br />

Tell us about the menu at the Fox & Hounds.<br />

Our simple but sophisticated menu features creative food with<br />

seasonal ingredients. We source the best produce we can and<br />

don’t mess around with it. We use rare-breed meat, local game<br />

and native fish and seafood. Fox & Hounds favourites include<br />

crab taco with mango salsa, handmade spaghetti with clams,<br />

Swaledale lamb rump and Old Spot pork loin. We’re also famous<br />

for our Sunday lunches!<br />

Can you name an ingredient you love to cook with and one<br />

you hate?<br />

Love: game birds…partridge, pheasant. Hate: prunes!<br />

Are there any cooking gadgets that you can’t live without?<br />

We’re pretty gadget free and don’t have any toys – just flames<br />

and knives. My favourite thing in our kitchen is our charcoal<br />

Josper oven that works like an indoor barbecue to give meat a<br />

fantastic flavour while keeping it moist and tender.<br />

When it’s your day off, what do you like to do?<br />

My wife and business partner, Bianca, and I love to go for lunch<br />

in London. Our favourite is Kiln, in Soho because it’s so different<br />

from the kind of food we cook here. Other than that, I like to go<br />

to the gym or for a run over the fields to de-stress. We have two<br />

teenagers, so it’s good to hang out with them too.<br />

What seasonal ingredients should our readers be looking<br />

to buy this spring?<br />

Look for produce from local growers or farmers’ markets – spring<br />

vegetables like peas and spring cabbage or foraged greens like<br />

nettles and wild garlic.<br />

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The desire for perfect teeth is something that many of us try to<br />

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options that can help you broaden your smile.<br />

Professional cleaning should be the first port of call. Karim<br />

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teeth cleaning by a GDC registered dentist or hygienist which<br />

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Whitening toothpastes contain abrasives which remove surface<br />

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of the enamel which over time can result in making your teeth<br />

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can also provide a short-term fix, but EU regulations means the<br />

kits contain no more than 0.1% hydrogen peroxide, therefore<br />

the results don’t last long.<br />

Home bleaching is a more affective method. Karim explained<br />

that it “involves taking impressions of your teeth for the<br />

fabrication of close-fitting whitening trays that are loaded with a<br />

whitening gel and worn either during the day or overnight. This<br />

usually achieves good results within about 2-4 weeks.”<br />

In-chair bleaching by a professional will achieve instant results<br />

and is the safest option. Karmin continued: “When carried<br />

out by a registered dental professional, this procedure is very<br />

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peroxide delivered in the form of either hydrogen peroxide<br />

or carbamide peroxide. These agents penetrate the tooth<br />

structure to oxidise and break up the stain molecules, thereby<br />

making the teeth appear brighter. It is imperative to have a<br />

check-up with your dentist before teeth whitening, to ensure<br />

that there are no ongoing oral conditions that require treatment/<br />

stabilisation prior to whitening.”<br />

Understandably teeth whitening is not for everyone. If you’d<br />

prefer a more natural solution to reducing teeth stains, Mayur<br />

Pandya, clinical director at Together Dental, advises using<br />

fluoride toothpaste and avoid over consumption of food and<br />

drinks that cause staining, such as red wine, tomato-based<br />

sauces, coffee and curry.<br />

She added: “Maintaining a bright, healthy looking smile is<br />

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East Anglia is packed with exciting activities to do year-round! From UFO trails and gentle<br />

rambles to adrenaline-pumping kitesurfing and competitive rowing, here’s your guide to the<br />

region’s best outdoor exercises.<br />

Bedfordshire<br />

Canoe along the Great Ouse<br />

During summer, there are several<br />

options to rent a canoe or kayak in<br />

Bedford city centre. While these tend<br />

to close for the winter season, paddling<br />

through this historic market town into<br />

woodland and countryside is just as<br />

charming in cooler months too. If you<br />

have a vessel of your own, it’s worth<br />

making the trip.<br />

If you don’t have your own boat, you<br />

can still get on the water. Head to Priory<br />

Sailing Club, a calm lake where you can<br />

hire gear and take lessons.<br />

Norfolk<br />

Embrace pedal power<br />

Norfolk is threaded with breezy bike<br />

rides. If you’re looking for adventure,<br />

head to Thetford Forest (mountain bike<br />

recommended) to explore trails through<br />

sprawling pine forest and heathland.<br />

Bonus: you’ll often see more wildlife on<br />

a bike than on foot, such as the forest’s<br />

shaggy wild ponies.<br />

Blow any cobwebs away by taking a<br />

ride along the Norfolk Coast Cycleway.<br />

Break up your journey with a boat ride<br />

to see seal pups at Blakeney Point, and<br />

(when COVID allows) a pub stop along<br />

the route for a steaming hot bowl of<br />

fresh local mussels.<br />

Cambridgeshire<br />

Row your boat<br />

Rowing isn’t just for Cambridge Blues;<br />

oar-mad Cambridge city is one of the<br />

best places to try this exhilarating sport.<br />

Clubs along the River Cam cater to<br />

all abilities, from semi-pro scullers to<br />

complete beginners.<br />

If rowing in a team isn’t your cup of tea,<br />

the Cam offers plenty of opportunity<br />

for solo recreation. Punt through town,<br />

a surprisingly effective arm workout,<br />

or kayak along the much quieter<br />

Grantchester Meadows stretch, where<br />

you can even take a dip if you’re feeling<br />

brave.<br />


Essex<br />

Try stand up paddleboarding<br />

Stand up paddleboarding (SUP)<br />

is a whole-body workout that’s<br />

becoming increasingly popular in<br />

the East of England. Learn the basics<br />

or rent equipment at Mersea Island<br />

Watersports. Once you’ve built up your<br />

confidence (and balance), Essex has a<br />

surprising number of pretty waterways<br />

to explore.<br />

The channels and creeks around<br />

Mersea Island are an obvious first<br />

choice, but after that you could glide<br />

down the River Stour to Flatford Mill, or<br />

paddle past bird- and wildlife-filled Two<br />

Tree Island. You could even challenge<br />

yourself with SUP yoga classes at<br />

WetnDry Boardsports, Rayleigh.<br />

Hit the beaches<br />

With more than 350 miles of shoreline<br />

on offer, it’s no surprise that Essex is<br />

home to some excellent beaches, and<br />

they’re not just good for long walks.<br />

Switch up your exercise routine with<br />

a run along the waterline. Running on<br />

sand decreases the impact on your<br />

joints, which is always a bonus. You<br />

could explore places like Walton-onthe-Naze,<br />

where WWII remnants dot<br />

the shore. Pop into the art gallery on<br />

Martello Beach. Try jogging past the<br />

candy-coloured bathing huts on West<br />

Mersea Beach too.<br />

Suffolk<br />

Follow the UFO trail<br />

Do you believe in aliens? Get out and<br />

about by following this trail through<br />

Rendlesham Forest to learn more about<br />

the alleged sightings which took place<br />

here in 1980. Little ones (and not-quiteso-little<br />

ones) will also love the forest’s<br />

giant play area, kitted out with gear<br />

including an obstacle course, zip line<br />

and tube slide.<br />

Go kitesurfing<br />

If the thought of plunging into icy ocean<br />

fills you with excitement rather than<br />

dread, head to the Suffolk coast’s prime<br />

surfing locations to catch a wave or two.<br />

You’ll soon warm up wearing a wetsuit!<br />

Lowestoft has plenty of gear rental<br />

shops where you can kit yourself out,<br />

plus a smooth sandy beach in case of<br />

any mishaps like crashing into the shore.<br />

Stay the night to catch a glimpse of the<br />

UK’s earliest sunrise.<br />

Hertfordshire<br />

Get sweaty in an outdoor gym<br />

Are you missing gym workouts? You<br />

could find a replacement in your<br />

local park. In Hertfordshire, you’ll spot<br />

outdoor gym equipment in Abbots<br />

Langley, Borehamwood, Elstree,<br />

Harpenden, Hitchin, Potters Bar, St<br />

Albans, Stevenage and Watford.<br />

While this doesn’t necessarily cover<br />

everything (weightlifters are likely to<br />

be disappointed), it can add a touch of<br />

variety to your workout routine. It comes<br />

with the bonus of fresh air and vitamin D.<br />

Explore on foot<br />

Hertfordshire is home to several scenic<br />

running trails, like the Grand Union<br />

Canal’s serene towpath. Take a look at<br />

a map and try to spot likely contenders<br />

– you might find a new favourite route<br />

right on your doorstep.<br />

If running isn’t quite your style, go<br />

rambling through the county’s<br />

numerous heritage trails. You could<br />

take in Roman walls and an impressive<br />

cathedral in St Albans, stroll past listed<br />

buildings in pretty Wheathampstead, or<br />

take in scenic views from the Chiltern<br />

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Written by Ruth Essex | ruthessex.com<br />

Hands up if you bought your new spring<br />

handbag way before Christmas? I did. I often<br />

shop for seasonal items, many months in<br />

advance. You see, I get excited for change.<br />

I love the new season coming in with fresh<br />

and inspiring items. It makes me feel joyful,<br />

especially after a winter of hibernation.<br />

As a stylist I need to keep abreast of trends.<br />

I have some clients who, like me, prefer to<br />

shop well in advance. And, if you love buying<br />

second-hand items, or rush to be the first<br />

one in store, when new season stock arrives,<br />

knowing the trends in advance can help. It<br />

guides you to the best picks; what to try and<br />

what to pass by.<br />

For a long-term curated wardrobe, my<br />

top tip for any spring season is to look for<br />

lighter backgrounds for any prints you are<br />

considering. They appear fresher and more<br />

uplifting, than the deeper backgrounds we see<br />

througout the winter.<br />

Shades<br />

of <strong>Spring</strong><br />

Also, search for items in tulip shades. These<br />

colours return every year without fail. Review<br />

the Pantone predictions too. Designers and<br />

manufactuerers use these to select their<br />

colour palettes, so it is what you will find in the<br />

shops. You can sign up for my free newsletter<br />

at ruthessex.com if you enjoy seeing the<br />

Pantones for each season.<br />

In <strong>2021</strong>, the spring colours will be shades of<br />

lilac, mint, light and dark orange, and a midpink<br />

too. Even a bright turquise. Most of us<br />

have some clothes in a few of these colours<br />

already.<br />

But this season, why not consider a new<br />

handbag instead of more clothes? Perhaps a<br />

floral one instead of a neutral? It adds interest<br />

to a plain outfit with no effort. If you don’t fancy<br />

a pattern, try a bright colour. Pink for cool tones<br />

and an orange or green for warm tones – you<br />

won’t go far wrong. An instant update you can<br />

bring out again next year and already works<br />

with your existing wardobe. What is not to<br />

love?<br />

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teacher of style. Get in touch at<br />

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Weddings<br />

Your wedding photos will stay with you for the rest of your<br />

lives together and, in many cases, the images will be the<br />

only tangible reminder you’ll have of your big day when<br />

it’s all over. To make sure that your photos tell the whole<br />

story of your day, here’s what you need to think about:<br />

Your Bridal Preparations<br />

Capturing this part of the day, especially the last couple<br />

of hours, is important. Think about the backdrop for these<br />

photos – lots of natural light and tidiness give the best<br />

results. Some of the essential shots for your photographer<br />

to capture include: the details (the ring + ring box, veil,<br />

dress, accessories, bridal bouquet, buttonholes and<br />

stationery suite – this is especially important if you want to<br />

get your wedding featured in print or online afterwards),<br />

bride with bridesmaids, bride putting on her dress,<br />

bridesmaids/parents of the bride seeing the bride for the<br />

first time and moments during hair and makeup.<br />

Your Ceremony<br />

More and more couples are now asking for ‘unplugged’<br />

ceremonies. This is a great idea as asking your guests to<br />

put away their phones and cameras means that they are<br />

fully present for your ceremony. It also means that your<br />

photographer can capture absolutely everything without<br />

anyone or anything getting in the way.<br />

Your Family Photos<br />

Family photos are now much more creative and<br />

interesting than the staid line-ups of years gone by and if<br />

there’s a particular shot that you want, make sure that you<br />

ask for it. Speak to your photographer for advice and as a<br />

rule of thumb limit your number of family/group photos to<br />

no more than 10.<br />

Your Couple’s Portraits<br />

Say cheese<br />

These shots will quite likely become the images that you<br />

share the most on social media and display in your home<br />

after your wedding. If you’d like photos that have that<br />

gorgeous, soft light that you often see in magazines and<br />

online, talk to your photographer about the most suitable<br />

times during the day for couple photos and factor this into<br />

your schedule. This may mean that you have leave your<br />

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The speeches, the cutting of the cake, the first dance and<br />

guests having fun all need to be photographed. If there<br />

are any elements of your décor and details that you really<br />

want your photographer to capture, then give them a list.<br />

Trust your photographer<br />

You’ve chosen them because you love their work and<br />

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DS7 Crossback<br />

E-Tense<br />

Written by Sue Cooke | Twitter @cookecars<br />

<strong>Spring</strong> for me is new beginnings, new changes and new innovations. DS<br />

Automobiles, which is the luxury arm of Citroen has some wonderful new<br />

technology which I spent a glorious week exploring during my recent road test of<br />

the DS7 Crossback E-Tense.<br />

I have never seen headlights on an SUV that are so fascinating but then I wasn’t<br />

around to buy cars in 1955. That was the year of the original DS which inspired<br />

the headlights. With some added technology, the new headlights have a main<br />

projector headlamp and a cluster of three LEDs that rotate 180° and sparkle. My son<br />

videoed them and my daughter wanted to show them off to her boyfriend. These<br />

headlights are not just for show though, they help the driver by focusing the light on<br />

the road. The beam adapts in width and range to the road conditions and vehicle<br />

speed and they do not dazzle oncoming drivers. Six lighting modes are available<br />

and are selected automatically by the system; Parking, Town Beam, Country Beam,<br />

Motorway Beam, Adverse Beam and High Beam. Isn’t new technology wonderful.<br />

The DS7 Crossback has plenty of other innovative features which kept me<br />

entertained all week. As I rounded a corner a stick figure and two stick animals<br />

appeared in a red warning light on the dash. Outside the car, a man was walking<br />

two dogs, balancing on the narrow edge of the B road. An infrared camera<br />

positioned in the grille picks up the behaviour of pedestrians or livestock up to 100<br />

metres away and artificial intelligence analyses the camera footage and represents<br />

the picture in front of the driver, using thermal imagery.<br />

On the motorway, I appreciated the warning sign, ‘Be Vigilant’, which flashed on the<br />

screen when I became hemmed in by several large trucks. A windscreen-mounted<br />

camera scans the road surface up to 20 metres ahead and warns the driver. Only a<br />

handful of high-end limousines currently boast this advanced technology.<br />

Facts at a Glance:<br />

Model: DS7 Crossback Ultra Prestige<br />

E-Tense<br />

Price: £56,075 otr without options<br />

Engine: Turbocharged petrol engine and<br />

two electric motors combined to produce<br />

300hp<br />

Performance: 0-62mph in 5.9 seconds<br />

and on to a top speed of 149mph<br />

CO2 emissions: 33-37g/km (WLTP)<br />

Combined fuel consumption: 166.2-<br />

235.4mpg (WLTP)<br />

Electric range combined: 34-40 miles<br />

(WLTP)<br />

New research by DS Automobiles has revealed that almost a quarter of the UK<br />

public are likely to make a premium purchase over the next 12 months. Nearly half<br />

of those surveyed stated high levels of interior technology and features as the main<br />

qualities they look for.<br />

This is what you will find in the spacious interior of this Crossback offering the very<br />

best of French style, with ‘ooh la la’ attention to detail. I like the chrome scrolling<br />

cylinders which are used to increase the audio volume or change the view of the<br />

large digital instrument display. From the nappa leather to silver chrome highlights<br />

everything is quality.<br />

The E-Tense plug-in hybrid is powered by a turbocharged petrol engine and<br />

two electric motors that combine to produce 300hp. Up to 30mph the cabin is<br />

exceptionally quiet and even when the engine ignites, silence remains paramount.<br />

CO2 emissions are 33g/km, so new DS owners will find huge tax savings.<br />

My road test review of the DS7 Crossback E-Tense can only be described as a super<br />

smooth spring into a super quiet and stately environment. Yes, you will pay for this<br />

premium purchase and its great technology, but it’s a welcome change for <strong>2021</strong>.<br />



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Top dash cams for <strong>2021</strong><br />

Dash cams are rising in popularity among drivers as a way to lower insurance costs and,<br />

should an incident occur, protect against liability. We look at the top products on the<br />

market to help establish which model is best for you.<br />

Local Dash Cam Stockists:<br />

Autotronix – stores in Bedford and Luton<br />

Peter Doige – Great Yarmouth<br />

Pulse Car Audio – Hadleigh, Benfleet<br />

Nextbase 622GW Dash Cam<br />

The Nextbase 622GW has all the high-tech features: 4k image quality, night vision,<br />

Bluetooth, Alexa compatibility, adjustable capture rate, slow-mo playback and digital<br />

image stabilisation for clearer details (even in fog or poor weather conditions). The real<br />

selling point of this model is the use of what3words: a feature which has the ability to<br />

share your location within three-metres, so that you can be located if an emergency<br />

occurs. The 622GW is currently the only dash cam on the market with this potentially<br />

life-saving extra.<br />

GREAT IF:<br />

You enjoy hi-tech gadgets with flashy extras and tightened safety<br />

measures.<br />

Approximate retail price: £249<br />

Garmin Dash Cam Mini, 1080p<br />

Compact, discrete (comparable to car keys in size) and does what it says on the tin.<br />

Its 1080P HD lens does the job, offering quality whilst keeping its retail price low. This<br />

dashcam doesn’t have a display, making it incredibly low maintenance, and will begin<br />

recording automatically when plugged in. All footage is viewable on the Garmin Drive<br />

app, which has a good reputation for being easy to use.<br />

GREAT IF:<br />

You are looking for efficiency at a low price.<br />

Approximate retail price: £89<br />

Garmin Dash Cam 66W<br />

The Garmin Dash Cam records in 1440p with an extra wide lens; for its mid-range<br />

price, this is good quality. This dashcam is low maintenance with its automatic incident<br />

detection, lane departure/collision warnings, voice control and a handy ‘Travelapse’<br />

mode which condenses your journey into highlights. Footage can be saved to an inserted<br />

micro-SD card or viewed on the Garmin Drive app.<br />

GREAT IF:<br />

You want a little extra security with the hard work done for you.<br />

Approximate retail price: £159<br />

Kenwood DRV-A501W Wide Quad HD Dash Cam<br />

The winner of the EISA Best In-Car Dash Cam category for 2020-21, the DRV-A501W box<br />

includes a polarised filter, to reduce weather glare and keep footage sharp, and a 16GB<br />

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extras, while all the expected features of a dashcam in this price range are provided too:<br />

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easy position adjustability with its magnetic quick release.<br />

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Over half of all councils are expected to<br />

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crucial public services, but during the<br />

pandemic, they’ve been a lifeline to many.<br />

Yet council tax bills – especially if they<br />

increase – are a stretch for many, and<br />

while it’s important that people pay<br />

their dues, it’s equally worth checking<br />

you’re not missing out on legitimate<br />

discounts and reductions. So, let me<br />

take you through my key council tax<br />

need-to-knows…<br />

1. Up to 400,000 homes in England<br />

and Scotland are in the wrong band.<br />

Council tax was first introduced in Great<br />

Britain in 1993 (Northern Ireland has a<br />

different system). It’s a payment based<br />

on the value of your home – homes are<br />

banded from band A the least expensive,<br />

to band H, most expensive (Band I in<br />

Wales).<br />

Before the tax came in, a stop-gap ‘2ndgear’<br />

valuation of all homes was done.<br />

Literally people in cars with a clipboard<br />

assessing a band. Yet in England and<br />

Scotland that stop-gap has never been<br />

updated and is still what dictates most<br />

homes bands – meaning there’s been<br />

estimated to be up to 400,000 homes in<br />

the wrong band (Wales has more recently<br />

been re-assessed). Some will be paying<br />

too little, some too much, all the way back<br />

to 1993, and could be backdated.<br />

You can’t ask for your band to be lowered,<br />

only evaluated, and to stop yours, or<br />

worse your neighbour’s band increasing,<br />

there are two checks you should make.<br />

• The Neighbours check: Are you in a<br />

higher band than neighbours in similar<br />

or better identical homes (see your<br />

and their bands at www.voa.gov.uk<br />

in England and www.saa.gov.uk in<br />

Scotland).<br />

• The valuation check: Effectively back<br />

calculating what your house was worth<br />

in 1991 when bands were set. Don’t<br />

worry to make this easy I’ve a free tool<br />

to help at www.mse.me/counciltax<br />

(which also includes far more help on<br />

how to do this, and FAQs if you run into<br />

problems).<br />

Only if BOTH of these stack up then it’s<br />

worth asking for them to check if you’re<br />

in the right band (for how to do this see<br />

the link above).<br />

2. Live alone, with under-18s or fulltime<br />

students? There’s a single-person<br />

reduction of 25%. Those under aged 18<br />

and full-time students are disregarded for<br />

council tax purposes, so a single parent<br />

would be entitled to this. All student<br />

households pay nothing. Live-in carers in<br />

some circumstances are exempt too.<br />

3. Do you live with someone with a<br />

‘severe mental impairment’? You<br />

could be missing discount worth<br />

£1,000s. If someone has a diagnosed<br />

severe mental impairment, which includes<br />

someone with Alzheimer’s, Parkinson’s,<br />

strokes and more, and are eligible (not<br />

necessarily claiming) for some benefits,<br />

e.g disablement allowance or incapacity<br />

benefit – they may be disregarded for<br />

council tax purposes. Meaning they don’t<br />

have to pay council tax if they live alone<br />

and get 25% off if they live with one other<br />

adult. Plus, some councils backdate it,<br />

leading to £1,000s back.<br />

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been trying to raise awareness, and<br />

have had many successes. This can be<br />

complicated so do read the full details at<br />

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4. Had your home adapted for a<br />

disabled resident. Rather than a<br />

discount you may be able to get your<br />

council tax band lowered, speak to the<br />

council.<br />

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could get up to 100% off. Council tax<br />

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Lockdown has changed the way we<br />

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A business coach will only be beneficial<br />

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The more you invest in yourself, the<br />

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Accomplish your goals<br />

A business coach offers so much more<br />

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The best gadgets for working from home<br />

It’s been a year since many of us started working from home due to the<br />

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The latest home trend; the outdoor office<br />

The pandemic opened our eyes to a<br />

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From wooden hideouts resembling<br />

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Gone are the days where a decorated<br />

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If you want to become more eco conscious but feel you can’t afford it, you might<br />

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are some easy ways:<br />

Try buying no new clothes for a month, then see if you can stretch it longer.<br />

Instead, experiment with the wardrobe you already have or look into buying<br />

pre-loved. You won’t be spending money on any new clothes or adding to<br />

landfill.<br />

Meal plan and use up any leftovers. It’s good for your wallet and the environment<br />

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Swap to a bar of soap; simple and effective.<br />

See if switching energy providers to a green provider will save you money on<br />

your tariff.<br />

Take your lunch and water bottle with you. It will save you hundreds of pounds<br />

over the year and stop you from having to buy disposables.<br />

Consider eating less meat, your shopping bill will be cheaper, and you will<br />

be having less of an impact. You could even have a go at growing your own<br />

vegetables.<br />

Learn how to mend clothes. It will save you having to buy new and make the<br />

clothes you have last longer.<br />

Make your own natural cleaning products with a few cheap and simple<br />

ingredients, and without the chemicals and endless plastic bottles.<br />

Turn electrical items off rather than leaving them on standby. If you do this<br />

consistently it will save you money and be good for the planet too.<br />

Walk or cycle when you can rather than driving. You’ll save on petrol as well as<br />

reducing your carbon footprint.<br />

Bring your own shopping bags so you don’t need to get and pay for a plastic<br />

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Don’t keep the tap running whilst shaving or brushing your teeth. It will save you<br />

money on your water bill and stop water waste.<br />

Look into getting a water butt to collect rainwater to water your plants and<br />

garden rather than water from the tap.<br />

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Gardens with Ade<br />

With clocks going forward on 28 March,<br />

we can finally say goodbye to winter and<br />

hello to spring. Fresh buds on roses, and<br />

vibrant trumpets of cheery daffodils hailing<br />

the new season in. It’s time to put those<br />

plans, we drew up over the winter months,<br />

into action. However, keep horticultural<br />

fleece and cloches close at hand, as<br />

winter still has a sting in its tail.<br />

After a hard season, flower borders<br />

aren’t looking at their best. Get them<br />

spring-ready by removing all fallen debris<br />

and weeds, and cutdown last season’s<br />

perennial foliage to a few cms above the<br />

ground. You can also increase your stock<br />

by dividing and replanting these plants.<br />

Finally, give the area a heavy mulch,<br />

ensuring you don’t cover over plants or<br />

shrubs, as this will prevent sunlight and<br />

warmth reaching them and can cause<br />

them to rot.<br />

Before you sow your first seed, take<br />

them time to clear up and clean your<br />

greenhouse, cold frames and sheds,<br />

including pots, trays and tools. Not only<br />

will this get you into the right headset for<br />

gardening, but it will get rid of unwanted<br />

pests and potential diseases that could<br />

harm young plants. Also, wash away the<br />

grim on your greenhouse glass with warm<br />

soapy water, as new shoots will need all<br />

the light and warmth they can get.<br />

If you’re looking for blooms this season, try<br />

sowing French marigolds, cornflower or<br />

cosmos. Sweet pea can also be sown, but<br />

can be tricky to germinate. Try leaving the<br />

seeds overnight in a bowl of water, or give<br />

the seed a shallow nick before planting.<br />

Fill a small pot or tray with either seed or<br />

multi-purpose compost. Tap the container<br />

gently, and brush the excess soil from<br />

the rim. Sow your seeds thinly and then<br />

cover over with a thin layer of compost,<br />

or vermiculite. Once labelled, place your<br />

container in a couple of inches of water.<br />

The pot will draw the water from the<br />

bottom, leaving the seeds undisturbed.<br />

Finally, place in a bright and warm spot.<br />

If homegrown veg is your thing, then early<br />

varieties of peas can be sown indoors. As<br />

legumes have a deep root system, ideally<br />

you want to sow them in root trainers<br />

as they don’t like their roots disturbed.<br />

Not only are you providing the best<br />

opportunity to grow strong plants, but<br />

when you plant out, the roots won’t suffer<br />

from stress.<br />

There’s nothing more satisfying than lifting<br />

and eating your very own homegrown<br />

potatoes. So, if you haven’t started chitting<br />

your tubers yet there’s still time. Chitting is<br />

simply a process in giving your potatoes<br />

a head start. Newly bought tubers should<br />

be placed in a warm, dry area with plenty<br />

of sunshine. Stand them upright, egg<br />

boxes make a great holder, with their eyes<br />

facing upwards. After several weeks they<br />

should have healthy shoots. Try to keep<br />

these sprouts down to the strongest three<br />

or four. If you don’t have an allotment or<br />

raised beds, consider growing them in<br />

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Early varieties of forced rhubarb, such<br />

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Once picked, refrain from forcing further<br />

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leave the crown to rest for a year.<br />

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the temptation of a sunny day or two.<br />

Whatever you get up to this spring, take<br />

the time to enjoy the season and get<br />

outside.<br />

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Stage the Scene<br />

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BEFORE<br />

AFTER<br />

Staging for residential sales is big business in the US, but<br />

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until 31 March, the property market is currently booming. If you’re<br />

looking to make a quick sale, home staging could make all the<br />

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The concept of staging means getting your home ready for a<br />

potential buyer. A few simple changes can help speed up the<br />

sale of your home and even add value.<br />

Staging is important for both estate agency photography<br />

and home showings. Don’t wait for a prospective buyer to<br />

step through your door, start staging your home for online<br />

photographs. Rightmove and Zoopla are an online platform to<br />

showcase your home. In a competitive market, if you provide<br />

beautiful alluring imagery, you’ll see an increase in viewings,<br />

which could lead to a quicker sale. When a potential buyer arrives<br />

to view the home, ensure they see the scene they saw online.<br />

Continue to sell them a well-put together home they could<br />

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Not sure where to start? Home Style Stories, a home staging<br />

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Lucy Eastwood, stylist and owner at Home Style Stories, said:<br />

“The market is saturated. To sell quickly you must stand out from<br />

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The Arts Column<br />

Written by Collette Hoefkens<br />

Proprietor at Norton Way Gallery and artist<br />

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Beech-Mist – Gary Cook<br />

Day-in-the-Sun – David Parfitt<br />

The days are growing longer and so too, hope starts to blossom<br />

in our hearts. Nurture this feeling with an indulgent and<br />

necessary feast upon the arts. The doors may be closed but the<br />

websites are very much open, bringing our wonderful regional<br />

galleries, directly into our homes. With a vast number to choose<br />

from, here are two recommendations, just for starters.<br />

The superb Rye Art Gallery, East Sussex, is scheduling two<br />

exhibitions to run side by side from March to May. The Rye<br />

Society of Artists (RSA), ‘There will be Growth in <strong>Spring</strong>’ and<br />

Nick Archer, ‘Somewhere the Grass is Greener’. Both promise to<br />

be uplifting and exciting new collections.<br />

The RSA are a society of around 50 members, all of whom are<br />

professional artists, living and working in the Rye area. The<br />

collective work will include a wide breadth of media, with the<br />

focus on that most hopeful of all seasons, spring. Look out for<br />

works by the renowned Fred Cuming RA and Robert Greenhalf.<br />

Nick Archer, also an RSA member, accompanies this group with<br />

a solo showing of his own work. He is a prestigious awardwinning<br />

artist who trained at the Royal Academy Schools in<br />

London. His strangely familiar works are both compelling and<br />

haunting. Exploring the relationship between the natural world<br />

and its place in our imagination, he uses many visual layers of<br />

film, art and folklore references within his vibrant, mysterious<br />

and most thought provoking, oil paintings.<br />

Further north, you will find the wonderful Sea Pictures Gallery<br />

in Suffolk. Nestled in the heart of its smallest town Clare, this<br />

beautiful gallery is a treasure trove of original art and is fully<br />

operational online. Amongst an excellent collection of original,<br />

coastal and maritime related works, I draw your attention to<br />

painters Gary Cook and David Parfitt.<br />

Both Gary and David, manage to capture and convey an<br />

essence of the somewhat darker side of the natural landscape.<br />

Dense thicket, trunk and furrow darkly beckon the viewer to<br />

peer inside their beautiful and serious vistas.<br />

David’s traditionally fluid use of watercolour creates romantic<br />

and quietly dramatic, contemporary landscapes. Gary’s mixed<br />

media pieces exude a theatrical narrative, evoking memories of<br />

magical tales.<br />

Enjoy browsing and keep an eye out for that very special piece<br />

that just has to come home to you. Many galleries are currently<br />

offering free UK delivery.<br />

Online Collections, March- May<br />

Rye Art Gallery, 107 High Street, Rye, East Sussex, TN31 7JE<br />

Tel: 01797 222433<br />

www.ryeartgallery.co.uk<br />

Online Collection<br />

Sea Pictures Gallery, Well House, Well Lane, Clare,<br />

Suffolk CO10 8NH<br />

Tel: 01787 279024<br />

www.seapicturesgallery.com<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 <strong>2021</strong>. 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

On the<br />

Canvas<br />

Discover the latest art<br />

exhibitions in the region<br />

The Great Big Art Exhibition<br />

The Great Big Art Exhibition launched on 28 January <strong>2021</strong> and will run until the end<br />

of April. It calls for the nation to create work following leading artists who will choose a<br />

different theme each fortnight.<br />

People across the UK are being invited to make works of art to put up in their front<br />

windows to create the nation’s largest ever exhibition – a celebration of creativity to<br />

counter the gloom of the pandemic.<br />

© David Parry_PA Wire<br />

Work can be submitted from individuals or as a community, by joining up ‘virtually’ with<br />

neighbours, schools, churches or football teams for example, to produce memorable<br />

and exciting artwork.<br />

Presented by Firstsite, Colchester, to celebrate its 10th anniversary and supported by<br />

the Plus Tate Network, which includes leading museums and galleries across the UK,<br />

artworks can be made of anything. Firstsite will be making key works from across the UK<br />

available for download to use as a template, for colouring in or as an inspiration.<br />

www.firstsite.uk<br />

The Robins Project<br />

The Robins Project aims to celebrate the lives of children and adults facing<br />

life-threatening conditions by providing professional photography sessions,<br />

free-of-charge.<br />

Developed by Kristi Atkinson, the photographs will not tell a bleak story, but instead<br />

focus on joy, family, and what it means to truly live. It is a wonderful service that helps<br />

families capture lasting memories.<br />

For more information visit www.humanknd.co.uk/the-robins-project<br />

‘Moments’ Exhibition of Modern Art<br />

Featuring some of the world’s best-known contemporary artists, ‘Moments’ exhibition will<br />

open on Sunday 2 May and run for an extended time of five months until Thursday, 30<br />

September at Moyse’s Hall Museum, Bury St Edmunds.<br />

© John Brandler<br />

Artists will include Banksy, Damien Hirst, Tracey Emin, Kaws, Pure Evil, Connor Brothers<br />

and Rachel List, with both original artworks and prints.<br />

The exhibition, which will be of national importance and interest, is a major coup for West<br />

Suffolk Council which runs Moyse’s Hall Museum. It will play a major role in helping the<br />

town’s economic recovery, after the impact of the Covid-19 pandemic and subsequent<br />

lockdowns.<br />

It will be supplemented by a range of workshops, live art demonstrations, artist talks and<br />

pop-up activities themed around the concept of ‘moments’, some will be suitable for<br />

school and college students. These activities will take place at various locations around<br />

the town including The Apex entertainment centre.<br />


Essex<br />

Exploring Uttlesford;<br />

a Rural Road Trip<br />

Historic market towns and over 100 villages and hamlets make<br />

up this area of North Essex. The bustling small towns are full<br />

of independent business and are surrounded by miles of<br />

country walks. It’s no wonder the district regularly lands in the<br />

top five as one of the best places to live in the UK – it’s rural<br />

living at its finest.<br />

You could easily visit most of the towns and slightly larger<br />

villages within one day. A rural road trip could be just the<br />

socially distanced spring activity you need. On your travels<br />

you’ll discover over 3,500 historic listed buildings, conservation<br />

areas, stunning churches, thatched cottages, tearooms and<br />

cosy country pubs.<br />

Start your journey in Saffron Walden. Combining the best of<br />

both worlds, it’s where old meets new. You can often feel as<br />

though you’ve been transported to a time gone by while doing<br />

your grocery shopping. A wander around the cobbled streets,<br />

while popping into independent boutiques and admiring the<br />

historic architecture is a lovely way to spend an afternoon.<br />

Market day takes place every Tuesday and Saturday, but on<br />

quieter days take advantage of a stroll around the manicured<br />

lawns of The Common, which features a playground and turf<br />

maze. Seek out Bridge End Garden hidden in the back streets of<br />

the town. The grade II listed space consists of seven interlinked<br />

gardens and a popular hedge maze. Saffron Walden is also<br />

home to English Heritage’s Audley End House and Gardens<br />

which features immaculate landscaped gardens, a Victorian<br />

country house, service wing, stable yard and café.<br />

From here, hop in the car and travel via the villages of Newport<br />

and Quendon. It’s worth finding a spot to park. Both have a<br />

number of country walks and a stunning church. Carry on<br />

towards Stansted Mountfitchet. A small town with a number<br />

of eateries. The Cork House on the corner is a stylish pub with<br />

outdoor seating and a tapas menu.<br />


Essex<br />

If you’re not quite ready for lunch wait until your next stop, Great<br />

Dunmow. The town has seen significant growth in recent years<br />

with an increase in housing developments. Crooked pastelcoloured<br />

buildings line the High Street and house independent<br />

retailers and businesses. The town is one of few in the country<br />

that is made up almost entirely of independent businesses.<br />

At the centre you’ll find the war memorial and clock tower, a<br />

reference to its history. Trendy eateries, timeless inns with a<br />

gastro vibe and quaint tearooms are dotted around the town for<br />

those looking for a bite to eat. The Flitch House, Angel & Harp<br />

and Square1 Restaurant are favourites amongst locals. Work off<br />

your lunch with a walk around the Doctor’s Pond. The next stop<br />

is Thaxted. Though it’s worth making a small detour to explore<br />

the pretty villages of Stebbing or Felsted. On route to Thaxted,<br />

make time for a walk around The Gardens of Easton Lodge; an<br />

idyllic grade II listed garden that looks beautiful all year.<br />

Thaxted is instantly recognisable by its timber-framed Guildhall,<br />

windmill and colourful medieval cottages. Its history dates<br />

back to before the Domesday Book, and much of its character<br />

still remains. It’s easy to spend time simply walking along and<br />

admiring the architecture. There’s a sense of community spirit<br />

with welcoming businesses and restaurants. Each year it hosts<br />

the Thaxted Morris Men and the Thaxted Festival.<br />

The road out of Thaxted will lead you back to Saffron Walden,<br />

however during the journey you can make pitstops at a number<br />

of country villages including the Sampfords, followed by<br />

Wimbish which is home to a small garden centre. It is located<br />

opposite a cool café called Bonnefirebox, known for its wood<br />

fired pizza. Next stop is Debden. Visit the Debden Barns; a<br />

quirky rural business that features an antiques and home<br />

decor store, florist and barn café with a courtyard terrace and<br />

extensive seating on the lawn.<br />

Stomachs full and horizons broadened, you’ll be planning your<br />

move to this corner of Essex in no time.<br />


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Tel: 01245 225420<br />

Fax: 01245 227672<br />

Mob: 07799 654107<br />

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Hall Lane, Ingatestone,<br />

Essex, CM4 9NR<br />

(off the London end of Ingatestone High St.)<br />

16 th Century manor house & grounds with a wealth of<br />

history.<br />


PUBLIC on<br />

Wednesday, Sunday<br />

and Bank Holiday<br />

afternoons (Noon – 5<br />

p.m.) from EASTER<br />

SUNDAY until the<br />

END OF<br />


A PERFECT SETTING for your wedding or family<br />

celebration The House and/or Gardens are also available<br />

for hire for public or private events such as weddings,<br />

concerts exhibitions or corporate events.<br />

By prior arrangement, guided tours for groups or school<br />

visits are also offered outside normal opening hours<br />

For more information, see our website:<br />

www.ingatestonehall.com<br />

Tel. 01277 353010<br />

Email: house@ingatestonehall.co.uk<br />

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Essex<br />

Essex<br />


25-Apr Milkshake Monkey’s Musical<br />

Milkshake Monkey can’t wait for his new musical but when stage<br />

fright hits, his favourite Milkshake friends come to help, creating<br />

the most dazzling show you have ever seen!<br />

Charter Hall, Cowdray Ave, Colchester, CO1 1YH<br />

01206 573948 www.colchester-events.co.uk<br />

29-Apr Arsenal Legends in Conversation<br />

Star striker Paul Merson, Ray “The Romford Pele” Parlour and<br />

fans’ favourite midfielder Perry Grove talk about their actionpacked<br />

careers with a chance to pose questions during the<br />

evening.<br />

Harlow Playhouse Playhouse Square, Harlow, CM20 1LS<br />

01279 431945 www.harlowplayhouse.co.uk<br />

02-May Friends - The Musical Parody<br />

A hilarious look at the TV phenomenon that ruled the 90’s.<br />

Celebrating and poking fun at some of the iconic moments of<br />

the 20-somethings as they navigate the pitfalls of work, life and<br />

love in 1990’s Manhattan.<br />

Princes Theatre, Town Hall, Clacton-on-Sea, CO15 1SE<br />

01255 686633 www.princestheatre.co.uk<br />

28-29May Jack Dee Off The Telly<br />

New stand-up tour. “In these difficult and uncertain times people<br />

need hope – a ray of sunshine to brighten their day. And that’s<br />

very much where I come in” says Jack.<br />

Cliffs Pavillion, Station Road, Southend-on-Sea, SS0 7RA<br />

01702 351135 www.southendtheatres.org.uk<br />

MUSIC<br />

07-May The Legends of American Country<br />

Award winning show with tributes to Dolly Parton, Johnny Cash,<br />

Patsy Cline, Kenny Rogers and more. Prepare to be transported,<br />

hand clapping and toe tapping, to Nashville and back in one<br />

night.<br />

West Cliff Theatre, Clacton-on-Sea, Tower Road, Clacton,<br />

CO15 1LE<br />

01255 433344 www.westcliffclacton.co.uk<br />

09-May The Glen Miller Story<br />

A feast of Glenn Miller hits and the music of The Andrew Sisters,<br />

Vera Lynn and Frank Sinatra which raised the morale of the<br />

Allies, plus a selection songs from Showboat to Chicago.<br />

Princes Theatre, Town Hall, Clacton-on-Sea, CO15 1SE<br />

01255 686633 www.princestheatre.co.uk<br />

10-May Sophie Ellis-Bextor, Kitchen Disco Tour<br />

Sophie’s Instagram Kitchen Discos provided virtual escapism for<br />

many during lockdown. Now, Sophie brings all of the camp and<br />

frivolity of her original show to the stage.<br />

Cliffs Pavillion, Station Road, Southend-on-Sea, SS0 7RA<br />

01702 351135 www.southendtheatres.org.uk<br />


27Mar-4Jul<br />

All Fired Up:<br />

A History of Firefighting in Essex<br />

Exhibits include a wide range of artefacts, photographs,<br />

uniforms and equipment which trace the history of firefighting in<br />

Essex from Victorian times to the present day.<br />

Saffron Walden Museum, Museum Street, Saffron Walden,<br />

CB10 1JL<br />

01799 510333 www.saffronwaldenmuseum.org<br />

22May-13Jun Estuary <strong>2021</strong><br />

Large-scale arts festival celebrating the Thames Estuary.<br />

Artworks set in the landscape, online and within Covid-safe<br />

venues explore the estuary through the lens of contemporary<br />

concerns.<br />

Multiple locations across the Thames Estuary region<br />

www.estuaryfestival.com<br />


27Mar-11Apr<br />

Easter Special at Audley End<br />

Miniature Railway<br />

Hop aboard a train and venture deep into the woods to find the<br />

Easter Bunny and receive a gift. Wander around the magical<br />

Easter Trail and let off steam in the adventure play area.<br />

Audley End Road, Audley End, Saffron Walden, CB11 4JB<br />

01799 510726 www.audley-end-railway.co.uk<br />

18-Apr April Open Day<br />

Enjoy a relaxed stroll around the gardens. Locally sourced<br />

bacon, cheese or hummus rolls and homemade cakes<br />

available. Garden produce and plants for sale.<br />

The Gardens of Eastern Lodge Little Easton, Dunmow, CM6 2BD<br />

01371 876979 www.eastonlodge.co.uk<br />

30Apr-3May<br />

<strong>Spring</strong> Craft Fair<br />

Craftspeople and designer-makers selling fine art, photography,<br />

jewellery, ceramics, textiles and contemporary crafts. Plus<br />

demonstrations, music, food and the garden in full spring<br />

bloom.<br />

RHS Hyde Hall, Creephedge Lane, Rettendon Common,<br />

Chelmsford, CM3 8ET<br />

01245 402019 www.rhs.org.uk/gardens/hyde-hall<br />

2-3May Knights of Hedingham<br />

A fun-filled Medieval re-enactment with hand to hand combat,<br />

horses and magical fighting. Will the lords of the land stand with<br />

the tyrant king or with the people?<br />

Castle Hedingham, Bayley Street, Halstead, CO9 3DJ<br />

01787 460261 www.hedinghamcastle.co.uk<br />


11-Apr Antique & Vintage Market<br />

Outside stalls with some inside a marquee. Jewellery, silver,<br />

coins, fashion, furniture, sculpture, garden ornaments, curios,<br />

art, collectables, ceramics, bric-a-brac and more.<br />

Museum of Power, Langford, Maldon, CM9 6QA<br />

07519 276507 www.haddonevents.co.uk<br />


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Bedfordshire<br />

Woburn:<br />

5 Hidden Gems<br />

The historic Abbey<br />

and popular Safari<br />

Park have always<br />

attracted visitors to<br />

Woburn but there’s<br />

more to explore in<br />

this pretty Georgian<br />

village<br />


An art lover’s dream…with a twist. By<br />

day, Woburn Mosaic is a contemporary<br />

art gallery, specialising in original<br />

painting, sculpture, glass and ceramics.<br />

By night, the entire space transforms<br />

into a relaxing lounge bar. Much of the<br />

work remains on display so, wherever<br />

you choose to sit, you are surrounded<br />

by art to admire while sipping wine and<br />

tucking into a sharing platter.<br />

www.woburnmosaic.co.uk<br />


Gifted to the village by the Duke of<br />

Bedford in 1911, Woburn Lido will be<br />

110 years old this year. It is a popular<br />

summer attraction in a lovely setting<br />

adjoining the Woburn Abbey Estate,<br />

with plenty of space for picnics and<br />

sunbathing. Last winter, for the first<br />

time, the Lido opened for cold water<br />

swimming which proved a big hit. The<br />

pool is heated from May throughout<br />

the summer months. Book a session at<br />

www.woburnlido.weebly.com.<br />


Situated in the heart of the village,<br />

The Wine Cellar is an independent<br />

retailer offering hand-crafted stock from<br />

family-owned wineries. Pop in or visit<br />

www.thewinecellar.wine to book an<br />

enlightening wine tasting event with a<br />

cheese and charcuterie board. Recent<br />

events have seen these expand to the<br />

Zoom platform. Available nationally,<br />

each online tasting is designed for two<br />

people with wine delivered in small<br />

bottles along with a cheese platter and<br />

tasting notes.<br />


The third Sunday of each month sees<br />

the Farmers’ Market take place in the<br />

centre of the village. Offering an array of<br />

produce from local farmers and artisan<br />

producers, the popular 800-year-old<br />

street market continues to attract both<br />

new and regular customers. There is<br />

plenty of free parking so make a day<br />

of it by having lunch in one of the<br />

many restaurants and browsing the<br />

independent shops.<br />


With three championship courses<br />

and superb hospitality, Woburn has<br />

everything required for a perfect<br />

golf day. The historic Abbey and<br />

surrounding Estate provide a stunning<br />

backdrop while each course offers<br />

a different challenge for golfers of<br />

all abilities. Named after some of the<br />

world’s greatest golfers, the Masters<br />

Lounge is the perfect place to relax after<br />

your round. <strong>Spring</strong> visitor packages are<br />

now available.<br />

www.woburngolf.co.uk<br />


Exceptional care, companionship and support for your total peace of mind<br />

Signature at Bentley House has an unwavering commitment to creating safe and welcoming<br />

environments for our residents. We are proud to announce that all of our residents and staff have<br />

now been offered the COVID-19 vaccine, providing total peace of mind and reassurance as we look<br />

forward to spring.<br />

We are actively welcoming new residents to Bentley House offering assisted living, nursing and<br />

dementia care in apartment style accommodation. Residents can enjoy a varied programme of<br />

activities and entertainment in expansive communal areas that allow for social distancing.<br />

Safety remains at the forefront of everything we do, having invested in specialist training, equipment<br />

and rigorous additional health protocols – often setting industry firsts.<br />

To find out more about how Signature at Bentley House can provide total peace of<br />

mind for you and your loved ones, please contact Kendra or Dominic today.<br />

01992 721 108 | enquiries.bentley@signaturesl.co.uk | signature-care-homes.co.uk

Bedfordshire<br />

Beds<br />


3-5Mar Dalloway<br />

Adaptation of Virginia Woolf’s celebrated map of hearts, minds<br />

and memories offering a compellingly feminist response to the<br />

aftermath of the First World War.<br />

The Place Online<br />

www.theplacebedford.org.uk<br />

17-Apr How The Koala Learnt To Hug<br />

Ten years after the publication of Steven Lee’s best-selling<br />

book, this family musical reminds us why there’s nothing quite<br />

as wonderful as a nice warm hug.<br />

Quarry Theatre, 26 St Peter’s Street, Bedford, MK40 2NN<br />

01234 362337 www.quarrytheatre.org.uk<br />

08-May Woodland Tales with Granddad<br />

Machines are gathering at the edge of the wood and the<br />

animals are worried. Only Granddad can help them now. But is<br />

there enough time to save the wood?<br />

Leighton Buzzard Theatre, Lake Street, Leighton Buzzard,<br />

LU7 1RX<br />

0300 300 8125 www.centralbedfordshire.com<br />

16-May The Shires<br />

With their hearts in the UK and their heads in Nashville, The<br />

Shires combine the best of both musical worlds. The duo are<br />

the UK’s most successful country music act.<br />

Bedford Corn Exchange, St Paul’s Square, Bedford, MK40 1SL<br />

01234 718044 www.bedfordcornexchange.co.uk<br />

21-May Beegees Tribute & Disco<br />

Performing all of the hits, from the Night Fever classics to the<br />

more modern songs. The show will be followed by a disco till<br />

late so don’t forget your flares...<br />

Forest of Marston Vale, Marston Moretaine, MK43 0PS<br />

01234 718044 www.bedfordcornexchange.co.uk<br />


06-Mar Science Lab at Home<br />

To celebrate British Science Week, The Higgins Bedford has<br />

teamed up with local providers for a day filled with free handson<br />

science, animal encounters and interactive online fun..<br />

01234 718618 www.thehigginsbedford.org.uk<br />

8-12Mar Bedfordshire Festival of Music,<br />

Speech & Drama<br />

Annual showcase of talent in amateur performing arts in<br />

Bedfordshire and the surrounding area with classes for all ages.<br />

This year’s festival will take place online.<br />

07824 829097 www.bedfordshirefestival.org.uk<br />

9-20Mar Inside/Outside<br />

Cecilia Gatehouse makes wall sculpture using wire drawings<br />

with fabrics, beads and buttons. Jill Taylor is an abstract painter<br />

who works with shapes, colour and rough texture.<br />

The Eagle Gallery, 20 St Peter’s Street, Bedford, MK40 2NN<br />

01234 346995 www.eaglegalleryartists.co.uk<br />


16-May An Audience with Anton Du Beke<br />

Join the King of Ballroom and Strictly legend for an intimate<br />

evening of conversation, laughter, song and dance. Get up<br />

close and personal with Mr Showbusiness himself.<br />

Grove Theatre, Grove Park, Court Drive, Dunstable, LU5 4GP<br />

01582 602080 www.grovetheatre.co.uk<br />

MUSIC<br />

15-May Worbey & Farrell<br />

Internationally acclaimed concert pianists and Steinway<br />

ensemble with a wicked sense of humour. You’ve never seen a<br />

piano played like this before!<br />

Quarry Theatre, 26 St Peter’s Street, Bedford, MK40 2NN<br />

01234 362337 www.quarrytheatre.org.uk<br />

21Mar-4Apr<br />

Daffodil Festival<br />

Take a tour with the Head Gardener, find out about the Swiss<br />

Garden’s past, listen to a talk by Daffodil specialist Johnny<br />

Walkers or take a self-guided walk around the Daffodil Trail.<br />

Shuttleworth Swiss Garden, Old Warden, SG18 9EP<br />

01767 627927 www.shuttleworth.org<br />

02-May Season Premiere Drive-In Display<br />

Expect thrilling air displays from historic aircraft and explore the<br />

beautiful Swiss Garden. A great day out for the whole family!<br />

Shuttleworth Estate, Old Warden, Nr Biggleswade, SG18 9EP<br />

01767 627927 www.shuttleworth.org<br />


02-May Flitwick Antique Fair<br />

Offering a wide range of quality antiques and vintage<br />

collectables. Homemade food served all day, disabled facilities<br />

and plenty of free parking.<br />

Flitwick Village Hall, Dunstable Road, Flitwick, MK45 1HP<br />

www.pastpastiche.com<br />


Hertfordshire<br />

Hertford & Ware<br />

Up too late for<br />

breakfast but too<br />

hungry to wait for<br />

lunch? Brunch,<br />

the meal that<br />

combines the two,<br />

is the answer. From<br />

bottomless brunch<br />

with prosecco to a<br />

traditional fry up<br />

with a pot of tea,<br />

we’ve rounded up<br />

the best places to<br />

brunch in Hertford<br />

and Ware.<br />

Salisbury Arms Hotel<br />

Fore Street, Hertford, SG14 1BZ<br />

Tel: 01992 583091<br />

Open all day, every day offering<br />

traditional cooked breakfasts, buttermilk<br />

pancakes, eggs ‘served your way’,<br />

smashed avocado and more. This<br />

beautiful 18th century building is<br />

perfectly situated for refuelling after a<br />

cycle or countryside walk and, if you’ve<br />

been strolling with your pooch, they are<br />

welcome too.<br />

www.salisburyarmshotel.co.uk<br />

Mudlarks Café<br />

32 Fore Street, Hertford, SG13 1BY<br />

Tel: 01992 538515<br />

Hertford’s only vegetarian and vegan<br />

café, Mudlarks is a fantastic community<br />

project providing training and paid<br />

work for adults with learning disabilities.<br />

Vegetables are grown on their own<br />

allotment while cakes, pastries and<br />

bread are made by their on-site bakers.<br />

Gluten, wheat and dairy-free options are<br />

available, and the café is wheelchair,<br />

pushchair, breastfeeding and dog<br />

friendly.<br />

www.mudlarksgarden.org.uk<br />

The Old Barge<br />

The Folly, Hertford, SG14 1QD.<br />

Tel: 01992 581871<br />

A traditional family pub in an idyllic<br />

riverside setting in the centre of<br />

Hertford. Brunch is served from 10am<br />

to 1pm every Saturday and Sunday.<br />

Menu highlights include a vegetarian<br />

full English with halloumi instead of<br />

bacon, savoury and sweet waffles plus<br />

the option of a Prosecco Mimosa or<br />

Bloody Mary to liven up your visit or<br />

recover from the night before. Dogs are<br />

welcome in the garden.<br />

www.theoldbarge.com<br />

Bebo<br />

1 Railway Square, Hertford, SR14 1BG<br />

Tel: 01992 848556<br />

It’s all about the coffee at Bebo’s with<br />

both their Italian and a special blend<br />

always on offer in their charming,<br />

character-filled building with exposed<br />

beams and wooden floors. Brunch<br />

is cooked to order until noon on<br />

weekdays and all day at the weekends<br />

with everything from a gourmet fry up<br />

to American pancakes, waffles, eggs<br />

Benedict, bagels, baguettes and more.<br />

www.bebocafe.com<br />


Hertfordshire<br />

Brunch Guide<br />

Hertford House<br />

1 Fore Street, Hertford, SG14 1DA<br />

Tel: 01992 517440<br />

A beautifully converted Grade II listed<br />

Georgian townhouse hotel in the heart<br />

of the town. Alongside the classics, the<br />

weekend brunch menu showcases<br />

spicy breakfast tacos, buttermilk<br />

pancake stacks and smoked duck hash<br />

with the added bonus of a DIY Bloody<br />

Mary bar. If you still want more, try their<br />

‘Bottomless Brunch’ with unlimited<br />

cocktails, prosecco, wine or beer.<br />

www.hertfordhouse.co.uk<br />

Rose Café<br />

33 Railway Street, Hertford, SG14 1BG<br />

Tel: 01992 553524<br />

If you’re looking for a traditional café<br />

offering all-day breakfasts, cooked in the<br />

kitchen from scratch, this is your place.<br />

One of Hertford’s most popular eateries,<br />

Rose Café is renowned for serving<br />

generous portions of tasty food with a<br />

proper cup of tea at reasonable prices.<br />

Vegan options are available.<br />

Cinnabar<br />

88-96 Fore Street, Hertford, SG14 1AA<br />

Tel: 01992 660660<br />

A bustling restaurant and cocktail bar<br />

with a reputation for being Hertford’s<br />

number one breakfast and brunch<br />

venue. Feel saintly by choosing<br />

smashed avocado, feta and sun-dried<br />

tomatoes on sourdough or the coconut<br />

and passion fruit porridge with cacao<br />

nibs. Satisfy a bigger hunger with a<br />

traditional breakfast or balsamic glazed<br />

chorizo and potato hash. Gluten-free<br />

and vegan options available.<br />

www.cinnabarvenues.co.uk<br />

Ware to Eat<br />

20-22 Baldock Street, Ware, SG12 9DZ<br />

Tel: 01920 486808<br />

A family-run business, specialising in<br />

all day breakfasts and brunches freshly<br />

cooked to order with bread supplied<br />

from a local bakery. Ware to Eat is a<br />

traditional café offering a full English<br />

or build your own breakfast plus a<br />

selection of homemade daily specials.<br />

Milady Tea & Coffee<br />

Lounge<br />

12 High Street, Ware, SG12 9BX<br />

Tel: 01920 469997<br />

A family-run, popular little café in the<br />

centre of Ware. Brunch dishes, which<br />

are served all day until 4pm, include<br />

avocado and egg on toast with smoked<br />

salmon, double eggs Benedict with<br />

spinach, breakfast baguettes, hot<br />

sandwiches, pancakes, waffles and<br />

more.<br />

www.milady-ware.co.uk<br />

The Mexican at Jacoby’s<br />

13-15 West St, Ware, SG12 9EE<br />

Tel: 01920 449559<br />

Want to spice things up a little? Head<br />

to this restaurant and cocktail bar for<br />

a Full Ingles or Full Mexican, breakfast<br />

burritos, huevos rancheros, quesadilla<br />

tradicional and churros with chocolate<br />

for dipping. A great Sunday morning<br />

hangover cure especially if you add<br />

a Bloody Mary, Breakfast Margarita,<br />

Cerveza Cubana or Mimosa from their<br />

‘Hair of the Dog’ drinks menu.<br />

www.themexicancantina.co.uk<br />


Hertfordshire<br />

Visit Watford,<br />

Hemel Hempstead<br />

& Kings Langley<br />

With bustling town centres, fun entertainment venues and award-winning open<br />

spaces, the south-west corner of Hertfordshire has something for everyone.

Hertfordshire<br />

Warner Bros Studio Tours<br />

Located at the studios where the Harry Potter films were made,<br />

this tour showcases the iconic sets, animatronic creatures<br />

and breathtaking special effects. Enter the magical, wizarding<br />

world by wandering down Diagon Alley, visiting The Great Hall,<br />

exploring the Forbidden Forest and boarding the Hogwarts<br />

Express at Platform 9 3 /4. www.wbstudiotour.co.uk<br />

The Lincolnsfields Centre<br />

Home to The Forties Experience, the Centre is open to the<br />

public on the last Sunday of the month. On these open days<br />

you can experience how life was in the 1940s, with hands-on<br />

interaction while volunteers talk you through the artefacts on<br />

display and answer any questions you may have about the<br />

decade. www.lincolnsfields.co.uk<br />

Cassiobury Park<br />

This Green Flag award-winning beauty spot is the jewel in<br />

Watford’s crown. With wide open spaces, ancient woodland,<br />

tranquil canal, children’s playground, miniature railway and café,<br />

it offers everything for a great day out. At the edge of the park<br />

you’ll find Cassiobury Farm, a rare breeds centre housing micro<br />

pigs, miniature horses, alpacas and more.<br />

www.watford.gov.uk/cassioburypark<br />

Shopping<br />

With over 140 stores, restaurants and leisure attractions,<br />

Watford’s spacious retail centre is a great place to shop, dine<br />

and play. Located in the heart of the town and housing all the<br />

big brands plus a nine-screen cinema, bowling alley and indoor<br />

climbing, it’s certain to be a crowd-pleaser.<br />

www.watford-shopping.co.uk<br />

Cheslyn House & Gardens<br />

Discover Watford’s best kept secret. Designed by renowned<br />

architect Henry Colbeck and his wife, Daisy, the gardens display<br />

unusual and exotic plants collected while travelling the world.<br />

Imaginatively laid out with a pond, fernery, herbaceous borders,<br />

aviary and a dense woodland garden, which is full of colour in<br />

spring. Dogs on leads are allowed in the gardens.<br />

www.watford.gov.uk<br />

Planet Ice<br />

An ice rink offering fun family sessions, open skate times,<br />

birthday parties and disco evenings. If you want to take things<br />

more seriously, they also offer lessons in figure skating, ice<br />

dancing and ice hockey: a great way to develop confidence,<br />

balance and fitness. Cute penguin skating aids are available for<br />

beginners to hang on to while you find your ice legs!<br />

www.planet-ice.co.uk<br />

Bhaktivedanta Manor<br />

Originally gifted to the Hare Krishna movement by the Beatle<br />

George Harrison, this stunning mock Tudor mansion is a<br />

sanctuary with beautiful gardens, a children’s playground, farm<br />

and lake. It’s open all year for visitors to explore the grounds or<br />

take part in yoga classes, mantra meditation, vegetarian cookery<br />

and inspirational talks. www.bhaktivedantamanor.co.uk<br />

The Watford Museum<br />

Housed in the former Benskins Brewery, the museum tells the<br />

story of the town’s past and present with displays of local history,<br />

industry and archaeology. Topics include Watford at war, print,<br />

brewing and Watford Football Club with some fabulous Elton<br />

John memorabilia. www.watfordmuseum.org.uk<br />

Watford Palace Theatre<br />

Opened in 1908, this beautiful 600-seat Edwardian Palace<br />

Theatre is a Grade II listed building. The popular venue offers<br />

something for everyone with inclusive drama, plays, musicals,<br />

dance, free outdoor festivals, stand-up and, of course, the<br />

much-loved traditional pantomime.<br />

www.watfordpalacetheatre.co.uk<br />

The Snow Centre<br />

Here you’ll find a huge 160m main slope as well as the UK’s<br />

largest indoor lesson slope with perfect real snow conditions<br />

all year round. Catering for both beginners and pros, the centre<br />

also has a bar, coffee shop and alpine themed restaurant where<br />

you can relax and enjoy the panoramic views of the action.<br />

www.thesnowcentre.com<br />

Langleybury Children’s Farm<br />

A farm run by volunteers where you can get close to all of the<br />

animals including sheep, pigs, goats, ducks, geese, chickens,<br />

rabbits, owls, aviary birds and ferrets. Bring a picnic or buy a light<br />

lunch at the farm shop and let your kids let off steam in the play<br />

area with bouncy castle and mini football pitch.<br />

www.langleyburychildrensfarm.org.uk<br />






Hertfordshire<br />

Herts<br />


10-Apr Car Park Party Presents: David Walliams’<br />

Billionaire Boy<br />

Joe Spud is very rich. He has a sports car, £100k a week pocket<br />

money and two pet crocodiles. Can Joe find the one thing money<br />

can’t buy?<br />

Knebworth House, Old Knebworth Lane, Stevenage SG3 6PY<br />

01438 812661 www.knebworthhouse.com<br />

15-Apr Meet Me a Tree<br />

An interactive first opera for 0-2 year olds with music by<br />

Schumann, Delibes and Monteverdi as well as nursery rhymes<br />

and original songs.<br />

South Mill Arts, 1 -3 South Road, Bishop’s Stortford, CM23 3JG<br />

01279 710200 www.southmillarts.co.uk<br />

18-May Pam Ayres: Up in the Attic<br />

Pam Ayres, who has been making the nation laugh for over 40<br />

years, performs poems from her new book along with classics<br />

from her long career.<br />

The Gordon Craig Theatre Arts & Leisure Centre, Lytton Way,<br />

Stevenage, SG1 1LZ<br />

01438 363200 www.gordon-craig.co.uk<br />

20-22May Horrible Histories (Socially Distanced)<br />

Gorgeous Georgians and Vile Victorians! Can you see eye<br />

to eye with Admiral Nelson? Will you be saved by Florence<br />

Nightingale? A horrible history of Britain with the nasty bits left in!<br />

Hertford Theatre, The Wash, Hertford, SG14 1PS<br />

01992 504537 www.hertfordtheatre.com<br />

MUSIC<br />

30-Mar Rose Royce featuring Gwen Dickey<br />

Car Wash kick-started the band’s career and hit after hit<br />

followed including Wishing On A Star, Is It Love You’re After and<br />

Love Don’t Live Here Anymore.<br />

The Gordon Craig Theatre, Arts & Leisure Centre Lytton Way,<br />

Stevenage, SG1 1LZ<br />

01438 363200 www.gordon-craig.co.uk<br />

27-May The Wild Murphy’s perform:<br />

One Night in Dublin<br />

The multi-award winning Irish band perform great Irish songs by<br />

The Pogues, The Dubliners, The Fureys, The Saw Doctors and<br />

more.<br />

Watersmeet, High Street, Rickmansworth, WD3 1EH<br />

01923 711063 www.watersmeet.co.uk<br />


10Mar-18Apr<br />

Arriving and Belonging<br />

Experiences of Jewish people in Britain and how they became<br />

part of the city. Fascinating stories bring to life the themes of<br />

sanctuary, courage, compassion, work and community.<br />

Online Exhibition<br />

01279 710200 www.stalbansmuseums.org.uk<br />

10Apr-8May<br />

Hertford Arts Trail<br />

Pop-up art exhibition in venues around the town centre<br />

including bars and cafés, beauty salons, clothes retailers and<br />

gift shops. Free of charge.<br />

Hertford Town Centre<br />

www.gohertford.co.uk<br />

11-Apr Easter in Art<br />

Shot on location in Jerusalem, USA and Europe, this film<br />

explores how artists have depicted the Easter story through the<br />

ages and thus depicts the history of us all.<br />

The SandPit Theatre, Sandringham School, The Ridgeway,<br />

St. Albans, AL4 9NX<br />

01727 799565 www.sandpittheatre.co.uk<br />


20-Mar NGS Gardens Open for Charity<br />

Enjoy spring bulbs in the lime walk, sundial and Old Palace<br />

garden, childhood home of Queen Elizabeth I. The woodland<br />

has masses of naturalised daffodils and bluebells.<br />

Hatfield House, Great North Rd, Hatfield, AL9 5HX<br />

www.hatfield-house.co.uk<br />

1Apr-30Jun<br />

A Celebration of Slytherin<br />

Known for its ambition and links to dark magic, Slytherin is home<br />

to some of the greatest wizards. Discover the secrets behind the<br />

costumes and props of your favourite cunning characters.<br />

Warner Bros. Studio Tour London, Studio Tour Drive, Leavesden,<br />

WD25 7LR<br />

0800 640 4550 www.wbstudiotour.co.uk<br />

05-Apr Tudor Legacies - Meet Henry VIII,<br />

his Wives & Children<br />

Interact and engage with Henry VIII, his six wives and his<br />

children. Find out what it was really like to be married to one of<br />

history’s most infamous kings.<br />

Hatfield House, Great North Rd, Hatfield, AL9 5HX<br />

www.hatfield-house.co.uk<br />

30-May Slam Dunk Festival<br />

The number one pop-punk, rock and alternative festival in the<br />

UK is returning to Hatfield House for <strong>2021</strong>!<br />

Hatfield Park, Great North Rd, Hatfield, AL9 5HX<br />

www.slamdunkfestival.com<br />


21-Mar St Albans Antique & Vintage Market<br />

An outdoor street market right in the heart of this amazing<br />

Cathedral City bringing all manner of antiques, vintage,<br />

brocante and architectural salvage.<br />

St Peters Street, St.Albans<br />

www.enjoystalbans.com<br />


Visitor Attraction<br />

With the aid of Heritage Lottery Funding,<br />

Oliver Cromwell’s House will be introducing a<br />

new and exciting audio tour, both for adult and<br />

family groups (coming Summer <strong>2021</strong>!).<br />

www.olivercromwellshouse.co.uk<br />

Our products and services we offer are wide and varied and we<br />

are a small independent company which means we can stock<br />

what we want and are not controlled by the manufacturers of<br />

the products we stock.<br />

We hold stock on the most popular ranges of cookware and<br />

bakeware and can order in if required, anything that we do<br />

not hold as a stock item at the time of your visit.<br />

If you ever need our advice we have well trained staff that are<br />

always on hand to help with advice on our product ranges.<br />

If you only require a part for an accessory then please ask as<br />

we also carry many of these on the premises too.<br />

Why not enhance your tour by taking a take a short<br />

trip to further understand Cromwell’s fascinating and<br />

controversial story and visit our friends at the Cromwell<br />

Museum, where many original artefacts are housed in<br />

the original building where Cromwell went to school.<br />

www.cromwellmuseum.org.<br />

36 Market Place, Oundle<br />

Peterborough, PE8 4BE<br />

Tel/Fax: 01832 275414<br />


You can order your prescription medicines from us and<br />

we can deliver to your door free of charge.<br />

We deliver for free to these areas:<br />

Cambridge - CB1, CB2, CB3, CB4 & CB5.<br />

It is quick and easy to arrange, just give us<br />

a call on 01223 354383 or visit:<br />

www.petersfieldpharmacy.co.uk/sign-up-today/<br />

We also offer a range of other services including flu<br />

vaccinations, travel vaccinations, weight loss advice,<br />

professional health and wellbeing guidance, emergency<br />

contraception, dossett boxes and minor ailment advice<br />

Petersfield Pharmacy, 56 Mill Road, Cambridge, CB1 2AS<br />

“Excellent and helpful staff. Very polite. Fast and free<br />

delivery of prescriptions. I would highly recommend.” Lucy A.<br />

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With full in-house bespoke<br />

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Cambridgeshire<br />

Cambridge Scene:<br />

Spanish Cuisine<br />

If you can’t get away to European shores this year, fear not, Cambridge<br />

is packed with tantalising cuisines to tempt your tastebuds.<br />

Terracotta dishes full of garlicky seafood,<br />

espresso with a punch and delicate<br />

white wine, all enjoyed on cobbled<br />

streets or in restaurants with open<br />

windows. No, we’re not describing a<br />

scene from a town in Spain but some of<br />

the best restaurants in Cambridge.<br />

The city is bursting with Mediterranean<br />

flavour. To fine dining and the back street<br />

bars you’d usually find in the likes of<br />

Barcelona, we’ve listed the best locations<br />

in the city to sample a taste of Spain.<br />

Mercado Central<br />

Located on Green Street, Mercado<br />

Central is inspired by Spain’s historic<br />

markets and restaurants, with a particular<br />

focus on Galician and Basque heritage.<br />

The interior is chic and simple with an<br />

open kitchen. The food is centre stage<br />

here. Choose from a range of authentic<br />

dishes using seasonal produce. The<br />

sharing dishes will transport you to the<br />

coast of Galicia with a choice of prawns,<br />

clams and octopus. The Fish Counter<br />

serves up fresh catches and changes<br />

with the seasons. On a sunny day nab an<br />

outside table, order a sangria and watch<br />

the world go by.<br />

www.mercadocentral.co.uk<br />

La Latina<br />

For Latino vibes head to The Grafton<br />

Centre, where you’ll find La Latina on the<br />

top floor in the food court. A new location<br />

for the south American eatery, in addition<br />

to its converted double decker bus at<br />

Cambridge Retail Park, it serves up fresh<br />

tropical juices, empandas, pulled meats,<br />

desserts and Colombian coffee. When<br />

life returns to normal there are plans to<br />

offer Spanish language classes and salsa<br />

lessons too!<br />

www.facebook.com/lalatinabustaurante<br />

Tabanco<br />

You’ll find this Andalucían inspired<br />

restaurant on Green Street. Staying true<br />

to its culture the menu features Iberian<br />

charcuterie, artisan cheese, fish and<br />

traditional tapas. On warm, sunny days<br />

the bi-folding windows are opened,<br />

and diners gather in the window<br />

seats, clinking glasses and tucking<br />

into sharing plates. If it wasn’t for<br />

Cambridge’s surrounding architecture,<br />

you could easily mistake this for a<br />

bodega in Seville.<br />

www.tabanco.co.uk<br />

Que Rico Tapas<br />

Bring Spain to your home with the<br />

help of caters Que Rico Tapas. While<br />

some services such as a private chef<br />

and cooking lessons are currently<br />

postponed due to the pandemic, online<br />

cookery classes are available. Learn<br />

how to cook traditional dishes along<br />

with wine pairing from the comfort of<br />

your own kitchen while practicing your<br />

Spanish. Classes are priced £125.<br />

www.quericotapas.com<br />


We mainly specialise in silver, gemstone<br />

and leather jewellery for both men and<br />

women. We also have a lovely range of new<br />

baby gifts, handbags, purses, scarves,<br />

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Rest & Relaxation<br />


Cambridgeshire<br />

A Day Guide to<br />

Ely<br />

Think of a Cambridgeshire city and immediately Cambridge<br />

springs to mind, but as the weather improves, why not avoid<br />

the crowds and heaving traffic and instead, take a trip to the<br />

beautiful city of Ely?<br />

Ely has plenty to discover including a wealth of shops, great<br />

restaurants, bars and cafes, fascinating museums and galleries,<br />

green open spaces and a magical stretch of riverside. Absorb<br />

the atmosphere and character of this small city with its<br />

intriguing mix of old and new with many quaint side streets,<br />

always bustling but never frantic. Read our guide to the best<br />

things to do and see to make the most of your trip.<br />

Ely Cathedral<br />

Wander around this magnificent building famous for its<br />

octagon tower or take advantage of having a more informative<br />

experience with a guided tour. Tours also include optional visits<br />

to the octagon and west towers where the spectacular views<br />

make it well worth the climb. www.elycathedral.org<br />

Oliver Cromwell’s House<br />

Home to the Tourist Information Centre, the former family<br />

home of Oliver Cromwell features a ‘Civil War Exhibition’, the<br />

opportunity to try on costumes and play games. It’s also home<br />

to an Escape Room. Tours available.<br />

www.olivercromwellshouse.co.uk<br />

Eel Trail<br />

At the TIC, pick up a copy of the Eel Trail which is a self-guided,<br />

circular walk around the city centre. This is the best way to<br />

ensure that you see all the beauty and glory of Ely as well as<br />

learn about the city’s history and origins including why Ely is<br />

in love with eels and why it has its own Eel Festival! This year’s<br />

event is planned for 7-10 May, but check before visiting.<br />

www.elyeelfestival.co.uk<br />

Ely Museum<br />

Before leaving the city centre, take the time to visit Ely Museum.<br />

Discover the story of Ely from pre-historic times to the 20th<br />

century set in the city’s former gaol.<br />

www.elymuseum.org.uk<br />

Waterside<br />

Ely’s Waterside is a hotspot for visitors wishing to relax and<br />

enjoy afternoon tea or to take a boat trip. Stop off at one of the<br />

traditional tea rooms or restaurants or take a trip along the Great<br />

River Ouse on board the Liberty Belle, Ely’s Fenland Cruiser<br />

(Easter to October) and enjoy the live commentary.<br />

www.facebook.com/LibertyBelleEly<br />

Dining<br />

Ely’s food scene is diverse. Enjoy lunch at trendy kitchen and<br />

cocktail lounge Eleven A or pick up pastries to go on your<br />

travels from one of the many cafés. Ely is the perfect setting for<br />

indulging in an afternoon tea. A firm favourite is The Old Fire<br />

Engine House, a restaurant gallery set in a Georgian house<br />

surrounded by a beautiful garden of fruit trees, herbs and<br />

flowers. Peacock’s Tearoom with its wisteria covered exterior<br />

and riverside location is perfect for watching the world go<br />

by over a cuppa. There’s pub grub at the cosy, oak beamed<br />

Lamb pub and The Cutter Inn on the waterfront. The Almonry<br />

is known for its bistro dining and fantastic garden with views of<br />

the cathedral.<br />

For more information visit www.visitely.org.uk<br />


Fenchurch House Care Home<br />

Vaccinating against Covid-19<br />

Fenchurch House provides the kind of care we’d want all of our loved ones to receive. Our<br />

brand new home is beautifully furnished, whilst retaining a warm family atmosphere that<br />

makes Fenchurch House feel extra special. If you’re concerned about how your relative is<br />

coping and would like them to have more support, Fenchurch House provides family-led care<br />

in a luxurious and homely environment. The Covid-19 vaccine will be offered to all those in our<br />

care, allowing them to live safely and as they wish.<br />

• Bistro Café<br />

• Fisherman’s Arms Pub<br />

• Hair and pamper salon<br />

• Tailored meaningful activities<br />

• Daily Fine Dining<br />

• Luxury en-suite bedrooms<br />

01775 711 959<br />

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Lincolnshire, PE11 3AS<br />


Cambridgeshire<br />

Cambs<br />


11-Mar Keep on Track with Ray Mears<br />

In this fascinating and educational show, Ray demonstrates and<br />

explains techniques that will help us improve our senses and<br />

highlights the problems nature faces today.<br />

Vivacity’s Key Theatre, Embankment Road, Peterborough,<br />

PE1 1EF<br />

01733 207239 www.vivacity-peterborough.com<br />

5-9Apr Bleak House<br />

Charles Dickens’ tale of a family who wait in vain to inherit<br />

money from a disputed fortune. Blending detective fiction,<br />

romance and satire, the story illustrates what Dickens<br />

considered to be the principle of English law... to make business<br />

for itself.<br />

ADC Theatre, Park Street, Cambridge, CB5 8AS<br />

01223 300085 www.adctheatre.com<br />

19-Apr Jess Fostekew: Hench<br />

Absolute powershed and regular host of The Guilty Feminist,<br />

Jessica explores her big strong strength. Ever watched a<br />

feminist try and take ‘hench’ as a compliment? It’s like watching<br />

a snake eat but funny. “<br />

The Junction, Clifton Way, Cambridge, CB1 7GX<br />

01223 511511 www.junction.co.uk<br />

28-Apr Rob Brydon - A Night of Songs & Laughter<br />

The award winning comedian and his eight-piece band with<br />

songs from Tom Waits to Tom Jones and Guys and Dolls to<br />

Elvis. Expect Rob’s usual humour as well as his famed gallery of<br />

voices.<br />

Cambridge Corn Exchange, Wheeler Street, Cambridge,<br />

CB2 3QE<br />

01223 357851 www.cambridgelive.org.uk<br />

MUSIC<br />

17-23Mar Cambridge Music Festival<br />

Ceebrating its 30th year with artists including cello/piano duo<br />

Sheku and Isata Kanneh-Mason, pianist Stephen Hough and<br />

the Choir of King’s College. Online alternatives planned if<br />

necessary.<br />

Multiple venues in Cambridge<br />

www.cambridgemusicfestival.co.uk<br />

21-Apr Wardruna<br />

Masterful storytellers Wardruna have carved a dramatic musical<br />

landscape illuminating Norse tradition through contemporary<br />

composition. Beyond genre, theirs is a sound that must be<br />

experienced.<br />

Cambridge Corn Exchange, Wheeler Street, Cambridge,<br />

CB2 3QE<br />

01223 357851 www.cambridgelive.co.uk<br />

27-Apr Flook<br />

Twenty six years after their first gig, Flook continue to enchant.<br />

Taking inspiration from their Irish and English roots, their unique<br />

sound stems from the intuitive exchange between flutes, frets<br />

and skins.<br />

The Junction, Clifton Way, Cambridge, CB1 7GX<br />

01223 511511 www.junction.co.uk<br />


18Mar-25Apr Nature Exhibition – <strong>Spring</strong> <strong>2021</strong><br />

A celebration of the natural world featuring craftwork, picture,<br />

handmade original print, jewellery and sculpture from a diverse<br />

collection of artists.<br />

Byard Art, 14 King’s Parade, Cambridge, CB2 1SJ<br />

01223 464646 www.byardart.co.uk<br />

5Jan-3May<br />

The Human Touch: Making Art,<br />

Leaving Traces<br />

Drawing on works of art spanning four thousand years and from<br />

across the globe, this exhibition explores the fundamental role<br />

of touch in human experience and offers new ways of looking.<br />

The Fitzwilliam Museum, Trumpington Street, Cambridge,<br />

CB2 1RB<br />

01223 332900 www.fitzmuseum.cam.ac.ukk<br />


26Mar-4Apr<br />

Cambridge Festival Online<br />

The University’s new festival featuring prominent figures in<br />

science, current affairs and the arts. Free, online events tackle<br />

humanity’s pressing issues: pandemics, climate change, global<br />

economics, human rights and the future of democracy.<br />

www.festival.cam.ac.uk<br />

23-30Apr Cambridge Literary Festival Online<br />

This year’s <strong>Spring</strong> Festival brings the best authors, speakers and<br />

writers from across the world. With a successful Winter Festival<br />

Online under their belts, you can be assured of top events come<br />

what may!<br />

www.cambridgeliteraryfestival.com<br />

7-10May Ely Eel Festival Weekend<br />

The annual festival with local traders, acts, demonstrations,<br />

celebrity chefs and community organisations. Highlights<br />

include the Eel Food Safari, Eel Day Parade and World Eel<br />

Throwing Competition.<br />

Ely City Centre<br />

www.elyeelfestival.co.uk<br />

16-May Mammal Tracks and Signs<br />

Wildlife Trust BCN online event, with optional outdoor visit to<br />

Hayley Wood, highlighting the mammal tracks and signs you<br />

might come across in the countryside.<br />

Hatfield Park, Great North Rd, Hatfield, AL9 5HX<br />

www.wildlifebcn.org<br />


21-22May The Festival of Antiques Market<br />

A must-visit event for all antique and vintage enthusiasts. Set<br />

within four buildings and acres of outdoor pitches with furniture,<br />

jewellery, ceramics, silver, architectural salvage, fine art and<br />

more.<br />

The East of England Showground, Peterborough, PE2 6XE<br />

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35<br />

Things to do<br />

in Norfolk<br />

this <strong>Spring</strong><br />

Blow away the<br />

cobwebs with a<br />

walk at a Nature<br />

Reserve.<br />

Enjoy an ice<br />

cream at<br />

Wells-next-the-<br />

Sea.<br />

Walk Peddars Way<br />

and soak up the<br />

beauty of the spring<br />

season.<br />

Follow your nose<br />

and find wild garlic<br />

in the woodlands<br />

at Lower Wood,<br />

Ashwellthorpe.<br />

From March to May, discover the<br />

beauty of Norfolk during the spring<br />

Norfolk is one of those great places that can be enjoyed all year<br />

round. To wake you from your sleepy winter coma, we’ve listed<br />

35 things to be enjoyed in Norfolk during spring – most can be<br />

experienced at a leisurely pace and social distanced too!<br />

Hire a beach hut<br />

on stilts at Wells.<br />

Discover the ancient<br />

grounds of NWT<br />

Honeypot Woods.<br />

It dates back to the<br />

ice age!<br />

Spot the<br />

butterflies and<br />

dragonflies that<br />

flutter on the<br />

Broads Nature<br />

Reserve.<br />

Dine on tasty crab<br />

in Cromer. Rocky<br />

Bottoms and Hot<br />

Rocks are firm<br />

favourites amongst<br />

locals.<br />

Enjoy Easter<br />

lunch at a cosy<br />

country pub.<br />

Stay overnight<br />

in Cley<br />

Windmill.<br />


It’s Lapwing show<br />

time over coastal<br />

marshes during<br />

March and April.<br />

Get up early for<br />

your best chance of<br />

seeing them.<br />

Help bottle feed<br />

the lambs at<br />

Snettisham Park.<br />

Take a long walk<br />

along Brancaster<br />

beach.<br />

See a carpet of<br />

bluebells at NWT<br />

Foxley Woods<br />

from late April.<br />

Tuck into<br />

Brancaster<br />

oysters.<br />

Try pond dipping at<br />

RSPB Strumpshaw<br />

Fen; spring is<br />

the best time for<br />

tadpoles.<br />

Book a food tour<br />

of Norwich.<br />

View the spring<br />

flowers at<br />

Blickling Hall.<br />

There are more<br />

than 100,000<br />

daffodils.<br />

Canoe along<br />

the Little Ouse<br />

from Thetford to<br />

Brandon.<br />

At sunset, hear the<br />

unusual birdsong<br />

of the nightjars<br />

at NWT Roydon<br />

Common.<br />

Find fossils<br />

along West<br />

Runton beach.<br />

Sail the marshes<br />

and sea with a<br />

pitstop for lunch<br />

with the Coastal<br />

Exploration<br />

Company.<br />

Ride the Poppy<br />

Line from<br />

Sheringham to<br />

Holt.<br />

Paddleboard<br />

on the Norfolk<br />

Broads.<br />

Spot the hares<br />

on the coastal<br />

marshes and<br />

heathlands.<br />

Explore the<br />

Victorian walled<br />

garden at<br />

Holkham Hall.<br />

Hop on your bicycle<br />

and pedal your way<br />

along Marriott’s<br />

Way Cycle Route;<br />

26-miles of traffic<br />

free cycling.<br />

Brave the cold and<br />

try wild swimming<br />

in the River Bure.<br />

Lammas near<br />

Buxton is a quiet,<br />

clear and deep<br />

stretch of water.<br />

Visit a stately<br />

home such as<br />

Sandringham<br />

House and stroll<br />

around the<br />

gardens full of<br />

spring blooms.<br />

Try trail running<br />

through<br />

Sheringham or<br />

Blickling Park.<br />

Eat fish and chips<br />

on the beach at<br />

Hunstanton while<br />

watching the<br />

sunset.<br />

Keep children<br />

entertained<br />

with crabbing at<br />

Blakeney Quay.<br />

Explore the<br />

restaurants,<br />

cafes and delis at<br />

Burnham Market.<br />

Discover hidden<br />

treasure in North<br />

Norfolk’s antique<br />

stores and barns.<br />

Pick up fresh,<br />

seasonal local<br />

produce at a<br />

farm shop.<br />


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10 Reasons to visit Kin<br />

Norfolk<br />

Written by Liz Mattock | www.wolfauthor.com<br />

A pivotal town in Norfolk’s maritime past, with its historic waterfront, cobbled lanes<br />

flanked by medieval merchants’ houses and two magnificent marketplaces, the town is<br />

a treat to discover and explore. Read our guide to 10 things to do in King’s Lynn:<br />

1Green Quay<br />

Situated in the beautiful<br />

Marriott’s Warehouse and<br />

home to the local discovery centre,<br />

here you can learn about the wildlife<br />

native to The Wash before setting out<br />

to spot some yourself, nestling along<br />

the banks. Have a pen and paper handy<br />

and you can tick off the species you<br />

spot along the way. A great idea if you<br />

have children with you – take them on a<br />

wildlife trail.<br />

2Custom House<br />

The location of the<br />

Maritime Museum.<br />

Exhibitions here are constantly<br />

changing so make sure you check out<br />

the website before you visit. Previous<br />

exhibitions have included local artists<br />

and historical events.<br />

3True’s Yard<br />

Fisherfolk<br />

Museum<br />

This will take you back in time to the<br />

early 19th century where you can<br />

follow the story of the fisherfolk and<br />

their way of life. The story is brought<br />

to life in two original 19th century<br />

converted cottages. This very close-knit<br />

community was made up of mariners,<br />

sailors and boat builders, with some<br />

men travelling over 100 miles away to<br />

bring in their catch while the women<br />

looked after the home and children.<br />

www.truesyard.co.uk<br />

4Vancouver<br />

Quarter<br />

The shopping hub of King’s<br />

Lynn. High street stores, coffee shops<br />

and independent retailers fill the centre<br />

with plenty of variety for everyone,<br />

providing a place where you can do all<br />

your shopping in one trip.<br />

5Stories of Lynn<br />

Head to the Saturday<br />

Market Place and you’ll<br />

find the Stories of Lynn and the old<br />

Gaol House where you can experience<br />

what jail was like dating back to<br />

the 12th century. Take a tour by<br />

downloading the app and listen to the<br />

tales of the gaol and find out the types<br />

of crimes that got you put behind bars.<br />

Keep your eyes peeled for ghoulish<br />

spirits that are rumoured to still haunt<br />

the cells. A fantastic experience for all<br />

the family.<br />

www.storiesoflynn.co.uk<br />

6The Walks<br />

Wander along the town’s<br />

impressive 17-hectare<br />

park enveloping a traditional 15th<br />

century chapel, ‘The Red Mount<br />

Chapel’. It boasts some fantastic<br />

photo opportunities for those who<br />

are interested in architecture as well<br />

as a children’s play area and coffee<br />

shop. There are walking routes to<br />

follow around the park as well as cycle<br />

and running routes if you are feeling<br />

particularly energetic.<br />

7Greyfriars Tower<br />

It now stands in ruins<br />

but it was once a 15th<br />

century Franciscan friary and is only<br />

one of three remaining in the country:<br />

this being the most complete. It was<br />

once used by sea mariners to navigate<br />

the choppy waters of The Wash. The<br />

tower and the surrounding gardens<br />

were landscaped in 1911 to mark the<br />

coronation of King George V and are<br />

open to the public all year round.<br />

8King’s Lynn<br />

Minster<br />

Towering over the market<br />

town in pride of place, this magnificent<br />

building dates from the 12th century<br />

and has gone through restoration in<br />

the 15th, 18th and 19th century. Must<br />

see parts of the minster include the rare<br />

wooden roof and its mid-18th century<br />

organ which stands proudly at the back<br />

of the minster.<br />


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g’s Lynn<br />

9Castle Rising<br />

Step back into the 11th<br />

century and visit the<br />

medieval Castle Rising Fortress,<br />

originally built as a fortress and a palatial<br />

hunting lodge surrounded by acres of<br />

park with roaming deer. Even though<br />

only ruins remain, the site is open all<br />

year round for visitors to get a sense<br />

of the vastness of the building and its<br />

surroundings.<br />

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

places/castle-rising-castle<br />

10<br />

Sandringham<br />

Estate<br />

The stately home sits on<br />

the very outer edge of the King’s Lynn<br />

boundary. Well-known as one of the<br />

private royal residences in England,<br />

it is now used by the royals from late<br />

December to February where they<br />

celebrate Christmas and the New Year<br />

as a family. The estate boasts 20,000<br />

acres of land and the surrounding<br />

parkland is open to the public all year<br />

round. Deer spotting, wildlife and<br />

waterfowl are in abundance here as<br />

well as walking tours, cycle and running<br />

routes. The site hosts a number of<br />

seasonal events throughout the year.<br />

www.sandringhamestate.co.uk<br />

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13-17Apr Private Lives<br />

Patricia Hodge and Nigel Havers star in Noël Coward’s entertaining<br />

comedy. A divorced couple find themselves on honeymoon with<br />

their new spouses, in adjacent rooms at the same hotel.<br />

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12-15May Horrible Histories: Barmy Britain<br />

Would you lose your heart or head to horrible Henry VIII? Can evil<br />

Elizabeth entertain England? Will Parliament survive gunpowder<br />

Guy? It’s the horrible history of Britain with the nasty bits left in!<br />

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MUSIC<br />

27-Mar James Taylor Quartet<br />

British four-piece jazz funk band renowned for their live<br />

performances. Their entertaining tunes take inspiration from the<br />

rare-groove style funk, and boogaloo funk of the 60s and 70s.<br />

Norwich Arts Centre, St Benedict’s Street, Norwich, NR2 4PG<br />

01603 660352 www.norwichartscentre.co.uk<br />

7-9May Folk on the Pier<br />

A bumper bundle of established artists and rising stars from the folkrock<br />

and acoustic music scenes. Running alongside is the Fringe<br />

Festival with performances in many of the town’s venues.<br />

Pavilion Theatre, Cromer Pier, Promenade, Cromer, NR27 9HE<br />

01263 512495 www.folkonthepier.co.uk<br />

29-May Let’s Rock Norwich!<br />

The ultimate retro festival returns with the best in 80’s music.<br />

Featuring Boomtown Rats, Wet Wet Wet, ABC, Howard Jones,<br />

Tony Hadley, Sister Sledge, Betty Boo, The Undertones and<br />

more.<br />

Earlham Park, Norwich, NR4 7TJ<br />

01493 662832 www.letsrocknorwich.com<br />

14-30May Norfolk & Norwich Festival<br />

Norfolk’s biggest arts event offers a culturally diverse<br />

programme of music, dance, theatre, literature, circus and visual<br />

arts. The Festival transforms city streets, venues, parks, forests<br />

and beaches with inspirational events.<br />

Multiple locations<br />

01603 531800 www.nnfestival.org.uk<br />


2-5Apr Easter Treasure Hunt<br />

Follow the clues which will take you all on an exciting journey<br />

around the beautiful gardens, ending at the entrance kiosk<br />

where you can collect your Easter prize.<br />

Hoveton Hall Estate, Hoveton, Norwich, NR12 8RJ<br />

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4-5Apr Easter Country Show & Festivals of Dogs<br />

Main ring attractions, cookery demos, Punch and Judy, magic<br />

shows, motorbike stunt teams, petting farms and some truly<br />

unique shopping.<br />

Summerpit Farm London Road, Elveden Estate Elveden,<br />

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16-May The Diss Organ Festival<br />

Diss will be alive with the joyful sound of over 50 mechanical<br />

music machines with musical boxes in the Corn Hall and hand<br />

turned instruments in Cobbs Yard. The Park will have a display<br />

of vintage vehicles with veteran traction engines.<br />

Diss Town Centre<br />

www.dissorganfestival.co.uk<br />

30-31May Country Fair<br />

All the fun of the fair, with East Norfolk Militia displays, clay<br />

pigeon shooting, archery, falconry, fun dog show, vintage<br />

games, Punch & Judy, craft and food stalls.<br />

Hoveton Hall Estate, Hoveton, Norwich, NR12 8RJ<br />

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Grayson Perry:<br />

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Grayson Perry’s groundbreaking ‘lost’ pots are reunited to focus<br />

on the formative years of one of Britain’s most recognisable<br />

artists. The works explore the themes of fetishism, gender, class,<br />

his home county of Essex and the vagaries of the art world.<br />

Sainsbury Centre, University of East Anglia, Norfolk Road,<br />

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11-May Hollie McNish<br />

Ted Hughes Award winner Hollie McNish reading from and<br />

chatting about her latest poetry collections. Expect strong<br />

language. Socially distanced event with seating grouped into<br />

‘bubbles’.<br />

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22-Mar Antiques & Collectors Fair<br />

An eclectic mix of items with coins and militaria, silver, jewellery,<br />

ceramics, small furniture, glass and vintage Items. Vintage café<br />

with homemade cakes, sandwiches and all day breakfasts.<br />

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4-5Apr Norfolk Antique and Collectors Fair<br />

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the outdoor stands. Hot & cold food available.<br />

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Ipswich is the jewel in Suffolk’s crown. Set inland, the town<br />

benefits from a thriving cosmopolitan scene yet embraces its<br />

maritime past. If you’re heading to the Suffolk Coast this spring,<br />

it’s well worth making a detour for this growing town.<br />

Places to visit<br />

The waterfront<br />

A trip to Ipswich wouldn’t be complete<br />

without taking a walk along the<br />

Waterfront. A vibrant area, alive with<br />

restaurants, cafes, bars and home to<br />

the University of Suffolk, all perched on<br />

the water’s edge. A great place day and<br />

night; watch world-class contemporary<br />

dance and performances at DanceEast,<br />

relax on a river cruise down the Orwell<br />

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Ipswich Museum<br />

Discover history, wildlife and more across<br />

the two floors of this historic Victorian<br />

building. Travel through Ancient Egypt in<br />

Suffolk’s only Egyptology gallery, stand<br />

eye-to-beak with an eagle in the Ogilvie<br />

British Bird Gallery or marvel at ship<br />

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Events for all ages are held regularly at<br />

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Christchurch Mansion<br />

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nursey to paintings by renowned Suffolk<br />

artists Gainsborough and Constable,<br />

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Tudor mansion. Christchurch Mansion is<br />

situated in the stunning surroundings of<br />

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temporary exhibitions. www.ipswich.<br />

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Things to do<br />

Shopping<br />

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of high street and independent retailers.<br />

There are two large shopping and leisure<br />

centres, Sailmakers and Buttermarket<br />

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Take a walk<br />

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Theatre<br />

After a tough year, the arts need support<br />

more than ever. If you’re planning to<br />

extend your time in Ipswich, fill your<br />

evening with comedy, music or theatre at<br />

one of the many entertainment venues.<br />

The New Wolsey Theatre, Ipswich Corn<br />

Exchange and Ipswich Regent Theatre<br />

host some of the UK’s biggest theatre<br />

and musical productions and best-loved<br />

comedians.<br />


Sponsor a Redwings<br />

rescued horse<br />

Sponsor a rescued<br />

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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 />

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

01508 481000<br />

We are<br />

open for<br />

admissions<br />



Grove Court is one of a select<br />

group of care homes operated by<br />

Elizabeth Finn Homes and offers<br />

a home from home for discerning<br />

guests who appreciate comfort,<br />

quality and exceptional care.<br />

We offer personal or nursing care<br />

on a permanent or short stay basis,<br />

as well as end of life care, all to the<br />

same exceptional standard.<br />

From award-winning restaurant<br />

style dining to beautiful landscaped<br />

gardens and industry leading social<br />

engagement, Grove Court provides<br />

the highest level of service and<br />

facilities.<br />

TOP<br />

20<br />

AWARD 2019<br />

Why not come and see for yourself?<br />

Call Helen Jones, our General<br />

Manager on Tel: 01394 446500<br />

or email:<br />

enquiries.grovecourt@efhl.co.uk<br />


Beech Way,<br />

Woodbridge,<br />

Suffolk IP12 4BW<br />

No hidden charges | Charity Owned | Well-established | Reputation for high quality care<br />

www.efhl.co.uk<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 />

Now offering finance packages to spread the cost!<br />

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

Saxmundham, Suffolk IP17 1JY<br />

+44 1728 604547<br />

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

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Hidden treasure<br />

for all to enjoy<br />

A warm welcome and fantastic views await<br />

you; for business, pleasure or leisure.<br />

Our family-friendly hotel boasts a fantastic<br />

18 hole, par 71 golf course (suitable for all abilities),<br />

thermal suite spa, indoor swimming pool,<br />

Congo Rapids Adventure Golf Course and<br />

delicious locally sourced food served all day.<br />

Why not pop in for a Paddy and Scott’s<br />

coffee and a piece of homemade cake?<br />

Everyone is welcome,<br />

even your four-legged best friend.<br />

t 01394 383555<br />

w www.uffordpark.co.uk<br />

Yarmouth Road|Woodbridge | Suffolk | IP12 1QW<br />


Suffolk<br />

48<br />

Hours in<br />

Woodbridge<br />

Woodbridge in 48 hours?<br />

Don’t think it’s possible?<br />

It is now with our guide to<br />

the best attractions, coffee<br />

shops, restaurants and<br />

accommodation; all you need<br />

to do is book<br />

Written by Liz Mattock | www.wolfauthor.com<br />

With coastal vibes, cobbled streets and<br />

independent retailers, Woodbridge<br />

should be top of your list when visiting<br />

Suffolk. We’ve planned a two-day<br />

itinerary to ensure you enjoy the best of<br />

what the town has to offer.<br />

Day 1<br />

10am – Arrive early<br />

Your accommodation might not be<br />

ready until later in the day, but you can<br />

park up at one of seven pay and display<br />

car parks in the town and settle yourself<br />

into your surroundings with a coffee<br />

and breakfast at The Tea Hut. Sitting on<br />

the banks of the stunning River Deben<br />

it serves hot drinks, cooked breakfasts<br />

and lighter bites.<br />

11am – 1pm – Deben Cruise<br />

Take a two-hour cruise along the<br />

River Deben; one of the most beautiful<br />

stretches of the water in the East with an<br />

abundance of wildlife to see. You can<br />

sit back, relax and listen to the onboard<br />

commentary as you take in the view. It<br />

is ideal for photographers and wildlife<br />

lovers. Trips leave twice daily between<br />

May and October, on this all-weather<br />

cruiser. You can check availability and<br />

book ahead online at<br />

www.debencruises.co.uk<br />

1pm – 2pm – Pub Lunch<br />

Pop into the Coach and Horses for a<br />

traditional pub lunch, serving salads,<br />

sandwiches, steaks and hot dishes of<br />

the day. The bar stocks local ales as<br />

well as a range of wines, spirits and soft<br />

drinks. The pub includes vegetarian and<br />

gluten free menus and is dog-friendly<br />

too. Food is served all day, every day<br />

12pm until 9pm. www.debeninns.<br />

co.uk/coachandhorses<br />


Suffolk<br />

2pm – 4pm – Woodbridge Museum<br />

Get to know the history behind the<br />

town by visiting Woodbridge Museum<br />

which takes you through its evolution<br />

from an Anglo-Saxon town to the market<br />

town it is today. Learn about the history<br />

of its ship building connections and<br />

its status as a Garrison town through<br />

the Napoleonic wars. The museum is<br />

open 10.30am to 4.30pm every day<br />

throughout May to October.<br />

www.suffolkmuseums.org/<br />

museums/woodbridge-museum<br />

4pm – 5pm – Check into your<br />

accommodation<br />

By now you’ll be ready to find your<br />

accommodation for the night and<br />

freshen up for an evening of dining.<br />

Particular favourites include the stylish<br />

loft inspired holiday home, The Old<br />

Warehouse, situated in a prime location<br />

tucked away off The Thoroughfare<br />

and the chic nautical rooms at The<br />

Crown. Low Farm Cottages is perfect for<br />

families looking to self-cater. If you enjoy<br />

the great outdoors, Sutton Hoo Holiday<br />

Campsite provides camping facilities for<br />

cars and caravans looking to pitch up<br />

overnight.<br />

5pm – 9pm – Pre dinner drink &<br />

evening meal<br />

After all that exploring you will be<br />

ready for a refreshing drink and dinner<br />

to relax into the evening. Visit The<br />

Unruly Pig with its extensive collection<br />

of wine, cider and local ales and<br />

hearty menu. The Ufford Crown is a<br />

superb recommended family pub and<br />

restaurant, while The Ramsholt Arms<br />

provides alfresco dining opportunities<br />

and great views over the river.<br />

Day 2<br />

9am – 10am – Breakfast<br />

Head to the likes of Honey + Harvey or<br />

Wild Strawberry Café, firm favourites<br />

among locals. Further afield, and great<br />

for combining with a walk to take in the<br />

local countryside, is The Blue Rabbit<br />

Café. A small hut located in the field at<br />

Shottisham Campsite, here ingredients<br />

travel mere meters! Hens hop around<br />

on site, there’s goats and their own<br />

rare-breed pigs. It may be a 15-minute<br />

drive from Woodbridge, but it’s worth a<br />

stop for a breakfast bap or cake if you’re<br />

in the area.<br />

10am – 1pm – Deben Peninsula<br />

Boots laced and bellies full, it’s time<br />

to take a scenic walk to the Deben<br />

Peninsula; don’t forget your camera!<br />

With beautiful purple heathlands, this<br />

Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty is<br />

not to be missed. The area is protected<br />

by the local conservation group and is<br />

home to hundreds of species of wildlife<br />

and birds native to this unspoilt area.<br />

On your route you will also come across<br />

the National Trust Sutton Hoo, home<br />

to one of the greatest archaeological<br />

discoveries of all time – an Anglo-Saxon<br />

ship burial.<br />

1pm – 2pm – Lunch<br />

On your walk you will come across<br />

the village of Orford, which is home<br />

to colourful cottages and some of<br />

Suffolk’s finest producers. Pump Street<br />

Chocolate Bakery is a chocolate lover’s<br />

dream offering daily baked bread and<br />

pastries, hot drinks, artisan foods and<br />

of course locally produced chocolate<br />

in many forms. The Butley Orford<br />

Oysterage is iconic. Grab a seat in the<br />

rustic restaurant and enjoy a plate of<br />

delicious seafood.<br />

2pm – 5pm – Cycle Tour<br />

For your final afternoon, swap two<br />

legs for two wheels. The 15-mile cycle<br />

ride starts at Woodbridge train station<br />

car park and follows roads and quiet<br />

lanes to the beautiful riverside village<br />

of Waldringfield. The return route visits<br />

the village of Hemley and nearby<br />

Newbourne <strong>Spring</strong>s Nature Reserve.<br />

Bike hire is available from Suffolk Cycle<br />

Hire which hires mountain bikes or<br />

tourers. They can even be delivered to<br />

you at the train station and collected<br />

too. Prices start from £18 per adult per<br />

day, child seats are £5 per day.<br />

Cycle maps are available online at<br />

www.thesuffolkcoast.co.uk/cyclingon-the-suffolk-coast<br />


Minsmere<br />

It’s naturally fun<br />

for everyone!<br />

Start exploring rspb.org.uk/discoverminsmere<br />

/RSPBSuffolk<br />

/RSPBMinsmere<br />

RSPB Minsmere nature reserve, Suffolk coast.

Suffolk<br />

Suffolk<br />


24-25Mar Peppa Pig’s Best Day Ever<br />

Get ready for a road trip full of fun adventures. From castles to<br />

caves, dragons to dinosaurs and ice creams to muddy puddles.<br />

With songs, games and laughter, it really is the best day ever for<br />

Peppa Pig fans!<br />

Regent Theatre, 3 St. Helen’s St, Ipswich, IP4 1HE<br />

01473 433100 www.ipswichtheatres.co.uk<br />

28-Mar Wizard of Oz Easter Panto<br />

Starring Bobby Davro as Scarecrow. Join Dorothy and her pet<br />

dog Toto on a magical adventure. Watch in amazement as they<br />

are picked up by a tornado and carried off to the magical Land<br />

of Oz.<br />

Regent Theatre, 3 St. Helen’s St, Ipswich, IP4 1HE<br />

01473 433100 www.ipswichtheatres.co.uk<br />

28-31Mar Goldilocks and the Three Bears<br />

The much-loved fairy tale set in the circus where Goldilocks and<br />

Silly Billy fall upon hard times. They enlist help of three talented<br />

and musical bears to bring their circus fortunes back to life.<br />

Haverhill Arts Centre, High Street, Haverhill, CB9 8AR<br />

01440 714140 www.haverhillartscentre.co.uk<br />

07-Apr Jimmy Carr - Terribly Funny<br />

Jimmy’s new show contains jokes about terrible things that might<br />

have affected you or people you know and love. But they’re<br />

just jokes. Having political correctness at a comedy show is like<br />

having health and safety at a rodeo. You’ve been warned!<br />

The Spa Pavilion, Undercliff Rd West Felixstowe, Suffolk IP11 2DX<br />

01394 284962 www.spapavilion.uk<br />

MUSIC<br />

23-May Songs of the Sea<br />

Lowestoft’s very own shanty choir return with their usual<br />

inimitable mix of sea shanties and storytelling. Singing along will<br />

be encouraged and welcomed!<br />

The Seagull Theatre, 19-75 Morton Rd, Pakefield, Lowestoft,<br />

NR33 0JH<br />

01502 589726 www.theseagull.co.uk<br />

28-May Anything for Love: The Meatloaf Story<br />

Featuring Meat Loaf and Jim Steinman’s greatest hits with an<br />

incredible stage set and ten-piece live band. You’ll be up on your<br />

feet dancing and singing out loud!<br />

The Marina Theatre, Marina, Lowestoft, NR32 1HH<br />

01502 533200 www.marinatheatre.co.uk<br />


20Apr-23May Wayne Tanswell<br />

This well-known Suffolk sign writer and lettering artist’s words will<br />

rise and fall and overlap each other, highlighted in contrasting<br />

colours, all painted by Wayne’s highly skilful and practiced hand.<br />

The Apex, Charter Square, Bury St Edmunds, IP33 3FD<br />

01284 758000 www.theapex.co.uk<br />

2May-30Sep<br />

Moments: An Exhibition of<br />

Modern Art<br />

A unique collection of modern art created by some of the<br />

world’s best-known artists including Banksy, Tracy Emin,<br />

Damien Hirst, The Connor Brothers, Blek Le Rat, Pure Evil,<br />

Rachel List and Kaws.<br />

Moyse’s Hall Museum Cornhill, Bury St Edmunds, IP33 1DX<br />

01284 758000 www.moyseshall.org<br />


19-21Mar <strong>Spring</strong> Awakening<br />

A residential bird identification course with opportunities to view<br />

migrants on the coast, heathland birds and a range of waders<br />

and wildfowl at close quarters.<br />

Bawdsey Hall, Ferry Road, Woodbridge, IP12 3AS<br />

07763 291026 www.bawdseyhall.com<br />

3-4Apr The Framlingham Country Show<br />

The show with something for everybody, from cookery demos,<br />

main ring attractions, Punch and Judy, magic shows, petting<br />

farms, great shopping and more.<br />

Framlingham College, College Road, Framlingham, IP13 9EY<br />

01728 685302 www.classicfestivals.co.uk/shows<br />

19-Apr Genetic Genealogy - DNA for Beginners<br />

Thinking of taking a DNA test? Wondering how it can help<br />

your family tree research? Need help interpreting your<br />

results? Then Debbie Kennett’s talk over Zoom is right for you.<br />

The Alde Valley Suffolk Family History Group<br />

01728 830949 www.avsfhg.org.uk<br />

15-16May Stonham Barns Steam & Vintage Show<br />

Traction engines, steam rollers and other historic exhibits with<br />

demonstrations in the show ring. An old-time funfair, stalls and a<br />

vintage market plus buskers, traditional dancing and walkabout<br />

artists.<br />

Pettaugh Road, Stonham Aspal, Suffolk, IP14 6AT<br />

01449 711111 www.stonhambarns.co.uk<br />


24-25Apr Long Melford Antiques & Vintage Fair<br />

Jewellery, ceramics, militaria, collectables, toys, postcards,<br />

books, tribal art, kitchenalia, vintage clothes and accessories.<br />

Homemade refreshments at the vintage café. 9.30am-4pm<br />

The Old School, Hall Street, Long Melford, CO10 9DX<br />

07837 497617 www.melfordantiquesfair.co.uk<br />

16-May The Grand Brocante<br />

Held in the glorious grounds of Glemham Hall with over 100<br />

brocanteurs offering antiques and vintage items for sale plus a<br />

display of vintage cars, musical entertainment and food from<br />

local producers.<br />

Glemham Hall, Little Glemham, Woodbridge, IP13 0BT<br />

07920 855041 www.glemhamhall.co.uk<br />



Accommodation<br />

Varsity Hotel<br />

The Varsity Hotel is situated amidst the Cambridge Colleges<br />

with views from many of the rooms across Kings, St Johns<br />

and Trinity. It is also a stones throw from the main punting<br />

area and has many great shops nearby.<br />

Cambridge<br />

T: 01223 306030<br />

E: res@thevarsityhotel.co.uk<br />

www.thevarsityhotel.co.uk<br />

Cambridge<br />

Lower Farm<br />

Lower Farm Bed and Breakfast is situated in the attractive East<br />

Northamptonshire village of Barnwell, three miles from the<br />

historic town of Oundle. We can provide you with a comfortable<br />

and relaxed country retreat tucked away from busy roads in a<br />

picturesque and traditional farm setting.<br />

Northamptonshire<br />

T: 01832 273220<br />

E: lowerfarmbandb@btconnect.com<br />

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

Northamptonshire<br />

Sibton White Horse Inn<br />

Wonderful unspoilt 16c freehouse, same owners for 15<br />

years, just 20 minutes from the coast. Enjoy excellent food<br />

within the warm and cosy inside or outside on the covered<br />

heated terrace. Five adjacent rooms provide the comforts<br />

expected from an AA 4 star gold rated inn.<br />

Nr Saxmundham<br />

T: 01728 660337<br />

E: info@sibtonwhitehorseinn.co.uk<br />

www.sibtonwhitehorseinn.co.uk<br />

Suffolk<br />


Tye Green Lodge<br />

Harl o w<br />

Are you looking for care?<br />

If you or an elderly friend or loved one needs care<br />

and support, whether for a short break or a longer<br />

term stay, we are here to help.<br />

At Tye Green Lodge we offer the highest standards of<br />

care, delivered by our friendly and professional teams.<br />

Quality, personalised care, day and night<br />

Warm and friendly home offering en-suite bedrooms<br />

Staff trained to the highest standards<br />

Full programme of activities and engagement<br />

Great food, freshly prepared on site<br />

Prescriptions, healthcare and GP visits all taken care of<br />

Stringent Covid protection and prevention measures<br />

Visit www.carehome.co.uk<br />

Tye Green Lodge<br />

Review Score:<br />

9.7<br />

Tel: 01279 770500<br />

Email: tye@quantumcare.co.uk<br />

Tye Green Village, Harlow,<br />

Essex CM18 6QY<br />

If you would like more information about Quantum Care homes or<br />

any of our services please call 01707 393293 or 01707 393294<br />

or email enquiries@quantumcare.co.uk<br />

COVID-19 Prevention:<br />

All Quantum Care homes have the strictest prevention<br />

measures in place including the full use of Personal Protective<br />

Equipment at all times, regular testing for staff and residents<br />

and the highest standards of infection control<br />

www.quantumcare.co.uk<br />



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