Eastlife Summer 2021

If there was ever a year to make the most of where you live, 2021 is it. With lockdown restrictions beginning to lift, many of us are slowly starting to take steps back into normality. First came the opening of pubs and restaurants with their customised outdoor dining spaces, and now it’s the turn of accommodation.

If there was ever a year to make the most of where you live, 2021 is it. With lockdown restrictions beginning to lift, many of us are slowly starting to take steps back into normality. First came the opening of pubs and restaurants with their customised outdoor dining spaces, and now it’s the turn of accommodation.


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PUBLISHER Christa Hallam<br />

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EDITOR Emma Kemsley<br />

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FEATURES WRITER Jacqui Hagen<br />

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GRAPHIC DESIGN Doug Dawson<br />

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Dear Reader,<br />

If there was ever a year to make the most of where you live, <strong>2021</strong> is<br />

it. With lockdown restrictions beginning to lift, many of us are slowly<br />

starting to take steps back into normality. First came the opening of<br />

pubs and restaurants with their customised outdoor dining spaces,<br />

and now it’s the turn of accommodation.<br />

With oversea holidays still off the agenda, this an opportunity to fall in<br />

love with where you live, all over again. Parks, forests, riverbanks and<br />

coastal towns, discover the natural beauty of the region. Pack a picnic<br />

and embrace the great outdoors. This issue will help you do just that.<br />

Our area focuses take on a nautical theme discovering the East’s<br />

coastline. There are locations for wild swimming and water activities,<br />

and scenic road trips to help you find peace and solitude away from<br />

the crowds.<br />

It’s reassuring to see things are changing for the better with a number<br />

of festivals and events scheduled to go ahead too. For the first time<br />

in over a year, eastlife is back to bringing you a full guide of shows,<br />

concerts and events, with safety measures in place of course.<br />

It’s exciting times. Keep up-to-date with the latest events via<br />

www.eastlife.co.uk and social media.<br />

Have a great summer!<br />

Best wishes<br />

Emma Kemsley<br />

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Contents<br />

17<br />

31<br />

64<br />

135<br />

08 Word of Mouth<br />

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

upcoming events<br />

017 Lifestyle<br />

Festivals are back! Fill your summer plans<br />

with days out and events<br />

031 Travel<br />

Escape the crowds with a scenic road<br />

trip. Cool off with our pick of water side<br />

destinations<br />

047 Dog Friendly<br />

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

hotels for you and your dog<br />

054 Education<br />

Mindfulness in schools<br />

057 Little East<br />

Keep your little ones entertained with<br />

adventurous days out<br />

067 Food & Drink<br />

The latest food and drink news and<br />

themed afternoon tea<br />

071 Health<br />

How to improve your mental health and<br />

immune system<br />

077 Fashion<br />

Accessories for summer and an inspiring<br />

interview with a young, Essex-based,<br />

swimwear fashion designer<br />

081 Weddings<br />

Inspiration for small weddings<br />

083 Motoring<br />

Sue Cooke reviews Audi Q7 e quattro<br />

plug in hybrid SUV<br />

085 Consumer<br />

Financial advice from Martin Lewis,<br />

business grants and home security<br />

091 Interiors<br />

How to make your home more<br />

sustainable, wall art, gardens, mortgages<br />

and an exclusive interview with<br />

Collingwood Coastal<br />

101 Arts<br />

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

events<br />

110 Area Focus<br />

An exciting new look for each county;<br />

now even more localised information,<br />

restaurant recommendations and travel<br />

inspiration for every county<br />


Word<br />

of<br />

Mouth<br />

The latest news from around the region<br />

Cambridge Country Club’s new<br />

5* luxury spa experience<br />

Following an extensive multi-million-pound refurbishment, Bourn Golf & Country Club is<br />

set to reopen this summer, under a new name, ‘Cambridge Country Club’.<br />

As part of an 18-month renovation project, the 43,000 sq foot complex will include a<br />

wellness centre complete with a state-of-the-art gym, luxury spa facilities, stylish new<br />

bar and restaurant, fully equipped conference rooms and function rooms complete with<br />

panoramic views overlooking the golf course.<br />

The country club has recently announced partnerships with ELEMIS ®, in-house skin<br />

clinic with London Harley Street dermatologist, Dr Chopra and celebrity Master Chef,<br />

Steven Saunders.<br />

The development will supplement the18-hole par 72 Championship parkland course<br />

that measures 6,594 yards from the white tees and boasts an excellent reputation for<br />

both its year-round condition and design.<br />

www.cambridgecountryclub.com<br />


Explore Norfolk with an E-Bike<br />

Torque E-Bikes, a family run business in Great Snoring, has<br />

launched an electric bike hire company available for half<br />

or full day hire.<br />

Based in the setting of Thursford Castle, riders can quickly<br />

access a network of beautiful country lanes and breathtaking<br />

cycling routes.<br />

Want to be the Gatekeeper at<br />

Glemham Hall?<br />

For the first time in 200 years, the iconic gatehouse at Glemham<br />

Hall is available for weekend breaks and holidays.<br />

Surrounded by trees and a large pond, The Gatehouse cottage<br />

has been sensitively refurbished to offer two bedrooms,<br />

sleeping up to four.<br />

The cottage has a fascinating history. Set in stone on the westfacing<br />

wall of the property is a monogram of two interwoven C’s<br />

to mark the marriage of King Charles II to Catherine of Braganza,<br />

who married on 23 June 1661. As well as a dowry of £500,000,<br />

Catherine of Braganza is famed for popularising tea-drinking<br />

in England.<br />

Book a break via Airbnb at<br />

www.airbnb.com/h/glemhamlodge<br />

Have you herd the news?<br />

Colourful Cow<br />

sculptures will create<br />

a feel-good factor in<br />

the streets and public<br />

spaces of Cambridge<br />

as the art trail, Cows<br />

about Cambridge,<br />

takes place from 28<br />

June to 4 September.<br />

Some 40 decorated cow sculptures and 45 mini moos will<br />

be put out to pasture for 10 weeks so that local residents and<br />

visitors to the city can enjoy exercise, as they navigate the free<br />

trail to discover the inspirational designs that regional artists,<br />

schools and community groups have painted and collaged on<br />

to these 3D canvasses.<br />

Produced by global public art event producers Wild in Art in<br />

partnership with children’s charity Break, and in association with<br />

principal partner Cambridge Business Improvement District<br />

(BID) and travel partner Thameslink, the trail was all set to go live<br />

in March 2020 when the first lockdown hit.<br />

There is a range of e-bikes to choose from, including<br />

step-throughs, crossbars, mountain bikes and a fun and<br />

funky 2-seater. Plus, from mid-June, a Babboe Electric<br />

Cargo Bike, which can carry up to four small children, will<br />

be available.<br />

Torque E-Bikes provide customers with suggested routes,<br />

including 10-mile circuits through villages to 40 mile<br />

routes taking in stately homes, walled gardens, beaches<br />

and boutique shopping.<br />

www.torque-ebikes.co.uk<br />

Suffolk Libraries launches new<br />

digital story-sharing service<br />

Suffolk Libraries has teamed up with Featherbed Tales<br />

to provide a new way for people to share stories with<br />

children or loved ones.<br />

Suffolk Libraries is the first library service to work with<br />

Featherbed Tales who make it possible to read, record<br />

and share one of their special children’s stories using your<br />

own voice. The service is ideal for those who are not able<br />

to meet up with other family members and can help to<br />

boost children’s reading and listening skills.<br />

Anyone with a Suffolk Libraries account can log into the<br />

Featherbed Tales website, read and record one of the<br />

six short stories and then share a link by email. It also<br />

works both ways and your child can also read the story to<br />

provide a great present for a grandparent who hasn’t seen<br />

them during lockdown.<br />

www.suffolklibraries.co.uk/featherbed<br />

Braintree Village opens Armani store<br />

Shoppers to Braintree Village in Essex, can now shop<br />

Italian luxury fashion brand Armani with up to 35% off the<br />

RRP across the store. The store is the latest addition to the<br />

outlet retail village.<br />

www.braintree-village.com<br />

Since then, the decorated fibreglass cows have been waiting<br />

in the stalls, ready to support the city’s recovery from the<br />

pandemic. The discovery trail, which incorporates many<br />

outdoor locations, will offer a family-friendly and socially<br />

distanced form of exercise. It will help locals to reconnect with<br />

their city, while also promoting climate conversations, and<br />

supporting the arts – a sector hugely impacted by COVID.<br />

After the trail closes on Saturday 4 September <strong>2021</strong>, the large<br />

cow sculptures will be auctioned to raise money for Break, while<br />

the mini moos will find forever homes back with the schools and<br />

community groups that created them.<br />

www.cowsaboutcambridge.co.uk<br />


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Discover a new kind of living in our Town House show homes.<br />

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- Cambrigeshire countryside<br />

- Neighbouring water parks<br />

- 32 mins by bike to Cambridge Science Park<br />

- 29 mins by Guided Bus to Cambridge centre<br />

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The<br />

Calendar<br />

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

Postponed<br />

Forest Live Postponed<br />

Forest Live, the outdoor summer concert series presented by Forestry England, where<br />

acts perform in woodland locations around the country has been postponed to 2022.<br />

For new 2022 dates at Thetford Forest visit www.forestryengland.uk/music<br />

Rediscover Hertfordshire with Treasure Trails<br />

With restrictions lifted, there’s no better time to step outside and rediscover<br />

Hertfordshire with Treasure Trails – the perfect solution to safe, socially-distanced<br />

outdoor entertainment.<br />

The themed self-guided walking trail booklets (only £9.99 each) take explorers on<br />

a circular outdoor route of approximately two miles. En route, you have the added<br />

challenge of working together to hunt down clues and solve a puzzling Detective<br />

Mystery, Treasure Hunt or Spy Mission.<br />

There are more than 1,200 Treasure Trails across the UK – and 12 to choose from<br />

across Hertfordshire including Berkhamsted, Bishop’s Stortford, Buntingford, Hitchin,<br />

Hertford, Much Hadham, St Albans, Royston, Tring, Ware and Watford.<br />

Tours & Trails<br />

Treasure Trails are available to buy online at treasuretrails.co.uk; they can be<br />

downloaded as a printable PDF or posted as a printed booklet.<br />

The National Stud Tour<br />

The National Stud offers an insight into a thoroughbred breeding operation as well as<br />

the heartwarming sight of foals at play. On the 90-minute behind-the-scenes tour, by<br />

foot and coach, visitors will see the mares with their newborn foals in the paddocks, as<br />

well as yearlings and stallions, and hear about the history of the stud and the work that<br />

goes into producing future champions. www.discovernewmarket.co.uk<br />

MT FEST: Daisy<br />

31 May – 6 June<br />

Norwich Theatre<br />

This story explores several forms of loss, challenges the resilience of a family, and<br />

celebrates the healing-power of storytelling. After waking from a coma with no memory<br />

of life before her accident, a young woman must try to move on knowing little more<br />

than her name: Daisy.<br />

www.norwichtheatre.org<br />


John Sergeant<br />

20 June<br />

Theatre Royal Bury St Edmunds<br />

Theatres have reopened their doors, and Theatre Royal Bury St Edmunds has a<br />

fanatsic line up. 20 June will see one of the foremost journalists and political experts<br />

in the UK, John Sergeant, joined by his friend Terry Waite CBE, English humanitarian<br />

and author, for a fascinating and fun evening of conversation.<br />

www.theatreroyal.org<br />

IWM Duxford Events<br />

Events<br />

IWM Duxford has announced its summer air display events. On 6 June IWM Duxford<br />

will celebrate D-Day with vintage ground activities and living history groups,<br />

which bring the 1940s to life with the chance for visitors to learn more about this<br />

remarkable Second World War seaborne invasion. Watch as vintage aircrafts,<br />

including Spitfires and Thunderbolts, take to the skies over this former RAF base.<br />

‘Thank You Dads’ on Sunday 20 June will celebrate fathers and father figures at a<br />

themed flying day, complete with crazy golf and displays of contemporary, vintage<br />

and military aircraft.<br />

www.iwm.org.uk/visits/iwm-duxford<br />

GoGoDiscover<br />

12 July – 11 September<br />

Norwich<br />

Get ready to go on a Jurassic jaunt with GoGoDiscover <strong>2021</strong> when 20 large<br />

Tyrannosaurus-Rex sculptures will stomp into Norwich. The GoGoDiscover<br />

charity sculpture trail is delivered by East Anglian based children’s charity Break, in<br />

partnership with Wild in Art. Each T.rex has been decorated by local and national<br />

artists and sponsored by businesses from across the region. The family-friendly trail<br />

coincides with and celebrates another prehistoric visitor as the T.rex arrive just days<br />

before Dippy the Diplodocus at Norwich Cathedral, meaning trail go-ers will have 21<br />

dinosaurs to visit.<br />

www.break-charity.org/gogodiscover<br />

Newmarket Food and Drink Festival<br />

11-12 September<br />

The Jockey Club Rooms, Newmarket<br />

The popular free festival, which celebrates the finest food and drink from across East<br />

Anglia is back! Celebrity chefs topping the bill on the main stage this year include<br />

chef and TV presenter Rosemary Shrager; Tristan Welch, a regular on BBC 1’s<br />

Saturday Kitchen and Chef Director at Parker’s Tavern in Cambridge; and acclaimed<br />

master chef Hans Schweitzer, who has cooked for the Queen, presidents, dignitaries<br />

and celebrities across the globe. Each chef will demo a range of dishes to teach<br />

audiences new skills and offer inspiration in the kitchen. In addition, the organisers<br />

plan to host over 60 artisan food and drink producers from across East Anglia<br />

and present a weekend packed full of live music, a selection of bars and family<br />

entertainment. www.thehenrycecilopenweekend.co.uk/food-and-drink<br />

The Addams Family<br />

31 August – 4 September<br />

Milton Keynes Theatre<br />

The musical comedy has been rescheduled. Samantha Womack and Cameron<br />

Blakely will revive their much-loved roles as Morticia and Gomez Addams, based on<br />

the characters created by Charles Addams.<br />

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Festivals <strong>2021</strong><br />

Unmissable<br />

festivals to fill<br />

your summer<br />

calendar<br />

Last year, the<br />

pandemic put a<br />

stop to festival<br />

season, but this<br />

summer things<br />

are looking a little<br />

different. With<br />

testing available<br />

and the roll out of<br />

the vaccination,<br />

event organisers<br />

are hopeful.<br />

Plan your summer<br />

with our pick of<br />

festivals and events<br />

currently scheduled<br />

to go ahead. For the<br />

full list visit<br />

www.eastlife. co.uk<br />



individual on a shared flight, £950 for<br />

a couple and up to £1,650 for a party<br />

of six.<br />

www.greatballoonrace.co.uk<br />

The Wildwood Disco<br />

When: 26 June<br />

Where: The Woodland Glade,<br />

Horesheath Racecourse, Linton, Cambs<br />

Line-up: Krystal Klear, Jackmaster, Dan<br />

Shake, Seb Fortaine and more<br />

The Wildwood Disco brings together<br />

DJs and musical talents for a festival<br />

At Home Farm<br />

When: May to September<br />

Where: Home Farm, Aldenham Road,<br />

Elstree, Hertfordshire,<br />

Line-up: Jack Garratt, Rogue Theatre,<br />

The HandleBards, Showtime Circus<br />

and more<br />

At Home Farm makes its debut with<br />

a line-up of intimate outdoor events<br />

and residencies designed to leave you<br />

feeling nourished inside and out, with<br />

some of the best names in independent<br />

music, gastronomy, wellbeing and<br />

outdoor performance. Visitors can expect<br />

live music, a long table al fresco dining<br />

experience, comical theatre, circus acts,<br />

Wildfitness coaching, yoga and more.<br />

www.athomefarm.live<br />

Norfolk and Norwich<br />

Festival<br />

When: 17-30 May<br />

Where: Norwich, Norfolk<br />

Line-up: Don’t Touch Duckie!, Bourgeois<br />

& Maurice, Tim Spooner, Kaleider and<br />

many more<br />

The 14-day event is set to be a specially<br />

created one-off adaptation including<br />

outdoor and socially distanced<br />

performance, art and music as well as<br />

a digital strand. The Festival will take<br />

place in venues across the city and<br />

county, and at the newly reopened<br />

Festival Gardens, where a brand-new<br />

festival music weekend has been<br />

announced in collaboration with Wild<br />

Paths – Garden Sessions.<br />

www.nnfestival.org.uk<br />

Estuary <strong>2021</strong><br />

When: 22 May – 13 June<br />

Where: Southend-on-Sea, Essex<br />

This summer visitors to Southendon-Sea<br />

will have a feast for the eyes<br />

as the town hosts a large-scale,<br />

multi-disciplinary outdoor arts festival.<br />

Estuary <strong>2021</strong> is curated in response<br />

to the Thames Estuary and the lives,<br />

landscapes and histories found there.<br />

Produced by Metal Southend and<br />

Cement Fields in Kent, it includes a<br />

mix of large scale works and intimate<br />

artistic explorations. Alongside an online<br />

discussion and events line up, the<br />

physical programme will explore and<br />

respond to powerful themes resonant to<br />

the Estuary, from the climate to rebellion<br />

and imperial legacy through literature,<br />

music and film.<br />

www.estuaryfestival.com<br />

The Great Balloon Race<br />

When: 25-27 June<br />

Where: Shuttleworth Estate<br />

Line-up: Great Balloon Race, Ibiza<br />

Classics Orchestra<br />

Up to 50 balloons of all shapes and sizes<br />

will fill the skies across Bedfordshire and<br />

beyond before returning for a dazzling<br />

night glow display at dusk accompanied<br />

by the Ibiza Classics Orchestra. The<br />

Great Balloon Race extravaganza will<br />

feature a breath-taking Sky Dance from<br />

a 100ft crane by Incandescence plus<br />

a dynamic fireworks display. Plots will<br />

accommodate up to six people, priced<br />

from £65. For those with a head for<br />

heights, balloon flights are also available<br />

with prices starting from £325 for an<br />

full of energy. Lose yourself under<br />

the canopy of the trees as the<br />

glitterball spins and the music plays.<br />

Accompanied by entertainers, fire pits,<br />

bars and street food, the festival has<br />

something for everyone. Boutique<br />

camping is also available.<br />

Tickets from £48.15.<br />

www.thewildwooddisco.com<br />



Newmarket Nights<br />

When: July to August<br />

Where: The July Racecourse,<br />

Newmarket, Suffolk<br />

Line-up: Tom Jones, Olly Murs and<br />

Rick Astley<br />

Get dressed up for an evening of horse<br />

racing and live music. Place your bets<br />

and soak up the summer atmosphere,<br />

before dancing the night away to live<br />

music from UK chart toppers.<br />

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

newmarket/events-tickets/<br />

newmarket-nights<br />

Battle of the Proms<br />

When: 17 July<br />

Where: Hatfield House, Hertfordshire<br />

Line-up: Napoleonic Cavalry Display,<br />

The Red Devils, New English<br />

Concert Orchestra<br />

A summer celebration. Enjoy an<br />

afternoon and evening of entertainment<br />

including Napoleonic re-enactors, The<br />

Red Devils, live music and spitfire air<br />

display. The Battle Proms Orchestral<br />

performance and a traditional singalong,<br />

flag-waving and grand firework<br />

display close the event.<br />

Tickets from £48.<br />

www.battleproms.com/venues/<br />

hatfield-house/<br />

Bedford Park Concerts<br />

When: 29-31 July and 1 August<br />

Where: Bedford Park, Bedford<br />

Line-up: Olly Murs, Café Mambo Ibiza<br />

in the Park, Ocean Colour Scene and<br />

Bedford Park Proms<br />

Bedford Park Concerts are back. The<br />

event has become somewhat of a<br />

summer tradition in the county. Over<br />

four days locals and visitors can enjoy<br />

a day of live music and summer fun.<br />

Olly Murs kicks off the event with pop<br />

hits. Those who missed out on a trip to<br />

Ibiza will be keen to book tickets to Café<br />

Mambo Ibiza on 30 July and Ocean<br />

Colour Scene will be taking us back<br />

to the 90s. The concerts close with a<br />

spectacular light show and the 25th<br />

celebration of the Park Proms.<br />

www.bedfordparkconcerts.co.uk<br />

Heritage Live<br />

When: 12-14 August<br />

Where: Audley End House and Gardens,<br />

Saffron Walden, Essex<br />

Line-up: Culture Club, James Blunt, Van<br />

Morrison and Russell Watson<br />

Enjoy live music in the grand setting of<br />

a stately home. Find a spot on the lawn<br />

and listen to some of the biggest names<br />

in music. Small picnics are permitted but<br />

alcohol must be purchased on site.<br />

www.heritagelive.net/venues/<br />

audley-end<br />

Concerts at Chelmsford<br />

Racecourse<br />

When: August -September<br />

Where: Chelmsford City Racecourse,<br />

Essex<br />

Line-up: Example and Ministry of<br />

Sound Classical<br />

In addition to its schedule of summer<br />

racing events and popular ladies’ day,<br />

the racecourse is hosting a number of<br />

live concerts. Don’t miss the ‘Now that’s<br />

what I call the 80s’ evening for your<br />

chance to relive best-loved classics.<br />

www.chelmsfordcityracecourse.<br />

com/events<br />

32-piece Urban Soul Orchestra (USO),<br />

headline DJs and globally renowned<br />

vocalists. It’s a symphony for your<br />

senses. Blickling Estate on 7 August in<br />

Norfolk is sold out, but you can sign up<br />

to the waitlist. There are a few tickets<br />

remaining for the performance at<br />

Hatfield House.<br />

www.classicibiza.co.uk<br />

Red Rooster<br />

When: 27-29 August<br />

Where: Euston Hall, Suffolk<br />

Line-up: Richard Hawley, Jade Bird,<br />

Songhoy Blues, Elles Bailey and more<br />

You’ll need to be quick to snap up<br />

tickets to this soulful festival. For the<br />

past three years, the laid-back music<br />

festival, set within private gardens and<br />

countryside of a Suffolk stately home,<br />

has been a sell-out. Inspired by the<br />

music and lifestyle of the American<br />

Deep South, the festival celebrates the<br />

best of rock’n’roll, blues and country<br />

music. In addition to a great line-up<br />

that will have you dancing all day long,<br />

festivalgoers can cool off with river<br />

swimming, hop on a pedalo and join<br />

in games and workshops. It’s a family<br />

affair with children’s activities and even<br />

dog agility. There’s a good selection<br />

of food too – why not sample a fine<br />

range of bbqs, cajun stews, nachos<br />

washed down with specialist bourbons,<br />

sundowner cocktails, real ales, alcoholfree<br />

cordials? A choice of luxury<br />

camping options are also available<br />

including Lotus Belle tents and yurts.<br />

Weekend ticket priced £89.50.<br />

www.redrooster.org.uk<br />

Classic Ibiza<br />

When: 21 August<br />

Where: Hatfield House, Herts<br />

Line-up: Urban Soul Orchestra, Stephen<br />

Hussey, Goldierocks, Jose Luis<br />

and more<br />

If you can’t get to the Balearics this year,<br />

this is the next best thing! Classic Ibiza<br />

features a heady blend of Balearicinfused<br />

house music, performed by the<br />

Maui Waui Festival<br />

When: 27-29 August<br />

Where: Hill Farm, Gressenhall, Norfolk<br />

Line-up: Dub Pistols, Peatbog Faeries,<br />

Dutty Moonshine Big Band and more<br />

A family-friendly festival with a host of<br />

world class bands, full circus shows,<br />

small upbeat bands and acoustic acts,<br />

plus cabaret and comedy.<br />

www.mauiwauievents.co.uk<br />


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Outdoor Screening<br />

23 rd July – Toy Story 4 & Aladdin<br />

13 th Aug – Secret Life of Pets 2 & Yesterday<br />

Market Square<br />

First film begins at 18:15pm<br />

Seats available on a first come first served basis<br />

Strawberries & Screen<br />

28 TH JUNE – 11 TH JULY<br />

Live BBC Coverage of Wimbledon Festival<br />

Next to Clayton Hotel, Station Road<br />

Olympics Screening<br />

23 RD JULY – 8 TH AUGUST<br />

BBC Coverage of the <strong>2021</strong> Olympics<br />

Opening Ceremony being shown at Market Square with<br />

remaining tournament next to Clayton Hotel, Station Road


On the Big Screen<br />

Watching a film on the big screen outdoors has to be one of the<br />

ultimate summer events. Together with friends, pack your picnic<br />

blanket and popcorn and take your seat under the sky for an<br />

unforgettable movie experience.<br />

Luna Cinema, May<br />

Knebworth House, Herts<br />

This year event organisers have had to rethink their set-up. With<br />

social distancing in mind, Luna Cinema has created a drive-in<br />

experience. Throughout May, movie-lovers can enjoy a retro<br />

cinema experience. From the comfort of your own car, you<br />

can watch classics such as ‘Jaws’, ‘Grease’, ‘Pulp Fiction’, ‘Dirty<br />

Dancing’ and more. More recent blockbusters are also on the lineup<br />

including ‘The Greatest Showman’ and ‘Rocketman’. The film<br />

will be displayed on a huge screen and you’ll be able to listen via<br />

in-car speaker boxes.<br />

www.lunadriveincinema.com<br />

Sundown Cinema, August<br />

Hitchin Lavender, Herts<br />

Hitchin Lavender is the location for Sundown Cinema this summer.<br />

Enjoy an evening in the great outdoors while watching recent<br />

blockbusters such as ‘The Greatest Showman’ and ‘A Star is Born’,<br />

as well as classic films like ‘Dirty Dancing’ and ‘Point Break’.<br />

www.sundowncinema.co.uk<br />

Free Outdoor Screenings in Cambridge,<br />

June to August<br />

This summer big screens will be popping up in the city to provide<br />

outdoor entertainment. ‘Strawberries and Screen’ kicks off the<br />

programme with live coverage of Wimbledon in the Station area.<br />

There will be around 100 chairs available on a first come first<br />

served basis.<br />

Cambridge BID’s alfresco cinema returns to the Market Square<br />

from 23 July. This year, the programme of free films is set to<br />

delight audiences of all ages with double screenings in July<br />

and August. The films start from 6pm and include ‘Toy Story 4’,<br />

‘Aladdin’, ‘Secret Life of Pets 2’ and ‘Yesterday’.<br />

On 23 July the screen will be in the Market Square and the<br />

Olympic Opening Ceremony will be shown before the film<br />

events starts at 6pm. Start time is around midday until 3pm. The<br />

screen will then head back at the Station area to show the BBC<br />

Coverage of the <strong>2021</strong> Olympics Games. Pull up a seat and cheer<br />

on Team GB!<br />

Enchanted Cinema, May to June<br />

Gonville Hotel, Cambridge and The Plough, Fen Ditton<br />

The popular pop-up cinema returns for another summer of movies<br />

under Cambridgeshire skies. Watch well-loved films such as ‘Dirty<br />

Dancing’ and ‘Top Gun’ as well as recent hits like ‘Rocketman’ and<br />

‘Bridesmaids’ at the pretty inner city hidden garden at The Gonville<br />

Hotel and the lawn of The Plough in Fen Ditton.<br />

www.enchantedcinema.co.uk<br />


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The Secret<br />

Garden<br />

Picture perfect gardens for your summer picnic<br />

There’s something special about a garden. A delight for the<br />

senses, the pretty gardens of East Anglia offer a welcome<br />

escape from the hustle and bustle of everyday life. If you’re<br />

looking for a moment of peace, plan your trip to one of these<br />

green spaces…<br />



Markshall Gardens and Arboretum<br />

Coggeshall, Colchester CO6 1TG<br />

Marks Hall Gardens and Arboretum near Coggeshall<br />

form an unmissable attraction in the Essex countryside,<br />

combining beautiful formal gardens, an enviable<br />

collection of mature trees from the temperate zones<br />

of the world and walks through ancient woodland.<br />

A wonderful place to visit all year round, highlights<br />

include spectacular snowdrop displays, glorious<br />

autumn colours, the largest European collection of<br />

Wollemi pines and a beautiful walled garden boasting<br />

the longest double border in East Anglia. The garden<br />

recently rebranded to ‘Markshall’ which dates back to<br />

the Domesday Book of 1086, under the Anglo-Saxon<br />

spelling of ‘Mercheshala’. The refreshed identity<br />

represents a new period for the charity ahead of its 50th<br />

birthday celebrations which begin in November. The<br />

2,350-acre estate and its world-class arboretum are<br />

open six days a week, year-round.<br />

www.markshall.org.uk<br />

Bridge End Gardens<br />

Saffron Walden, Essex<br />

For serious secret garden vibes, take the time to visit<br />

this gem hidden behind colourful cottages in the<br />

market town of Saffron Walden. It’s estimated the<br />

garden was created in 1840 and unusually, it was never<br />

attached or designed around a dwelling. Roses and<br />

hydrangeas bloom through the summer, vines and<br />

climbers create arches, delicate stone statues stand<br />

proud and Victorian greenhouses are full of pretty pots.<br />

Wander the hedge maze for a moment of solitude.<br />

www.saffronwalden.gov.uk/bridge-end-garden<br />



© Clive Nichols<br />

Fullers Mill Garden<br />

© Clive Nichols © Clive Nichols<br />

West Stow, Bury Saint Edmunds IP28 6HD<br />

Fullers Mill is an enchanting seven-acre garden on the<br />

banks of the River Lark. But it wasn’t always so. In 1958<br />

it was created by the late Bernard Tickner MBE from<br />

rough scrub and woodland, into a surprising yet quiet<br />

waterside oasis. The garden combines a beautiful site of<br />

light dappled woodland with a plantsman’s collection<br />

of unusual shrubs, perennials, lilies and marginal plants,<br />

many of which are extinct in the wild. It is a garden of<br />

truly year-round interest. The garden is open to visitors<br />

from April to October. Tea, coffee and cake is available<br />

to take away from the Bothy Tea Room and plants<br />

propagated from the garden are for sale. There is also a<br />

new pop up shop this season.<br />

www.fullersmillgarden.org.uk<br />

Fairhaven Woodland and Water<br />

Garden<br />

School Road, South Walsham, Norwich, NR13 6DZ<br />

Set over 130 acres, here plants are wild and natural but<br />

beautiful. The space is great for wildlife enthusiasts.<br />

Lose yourself amongst the woodland pathways and<br />

take in views of the Broad. The garden hosts regular<br />

water activities and workshops too.<br />

www.fairhavengarden.co.uk<br />

Knebworth House<br />

Old Knebworth Lane, Stevenage, SG1 2AX<br />

The stunning house is home to equally beautiful<br />

gardens. Explore 28 acres of greenery which includes<br />

a maze, a walled kitchen garden, colourful borders,<br />

trees and a wilderness area. Those with children in tow<br />

can follow the dinosaur trail and explore the parkland.<br />

Knebworth House will host the Hertfordshire Garden<br />

Show on 19 and 20 June.<br />

www.knebworthhouse.com/discover/knebworthgardens-dinosaur-trail<br />



HALL<br />

16th Century manor house & grounds with a wealth of history.<br />


Sunday, Wednesday and Bank Holiday afternoons (Noon – 5 p.m.)<br />

until the end of September<br />

Adults - £7 * • Pensioners - £6 • Children (over 5) - £3<br />


May 20/23<br />

Jun 19<br />

Jul 3<br />

Jul 17<br />

Jul 18<br />

Early Doors Theatre presents ALFIE<br />

CONCERT – Bravissima Choir<br />


Rain or Shine Theatre presents<br />



Hall Lane, Ingatestone Essex, CM4 9NR<br />

(Take Station Lane off the London end of Ingatestone High St.)<br />

Tel. 01277 353010 •Email: house@ingatestonehall.co.uk<br />


Make this <strong>Summer</strong> one to<br />

remember at Knebworth House<br />


Six<br />

reasons<br />

why you<br />

should plan<br />

a fishing<br />

trip this<br />

summer<br />

If you are already an angler, then you don’t need us to tell you<br />

the benefits of sitting on the side of the bank waiting for your<br />

latest catch to be hooked. The love of fishing is something that<br />

non-anglers don’t always understand. If you are looking to try<br />

something new this summer or are keen to take up a new hobby,<br />

we have put together a list of reasons you may want to give<br />

fishing a try if you haven’t already…<br />

Spending time in nature<br />

After being locked down for the past 12 months, we have learned<br />

many great reasons why spending more time in nature is good<br />

for us, plus it is also just an enjoyable thing to do, even with British<br />

weather! Fishing is a wonderful opportunity to get some fresh<br />

air. With many fisheries located in the countryside, it’s the perfect<br />

excuse to leave town life behind. Fishing is an all-weather sport;<br />

make sure you have good waterproofs and get outside in rain<br />

or shine!<br />

Stress relief<br />

Fishing is the perfect way to relax and unwind, sit back and enjoy<br />

the ripples of the water and the gentle tug of the line. There is<br />

something calming about stopping to sit and listen to the wind,<br />

water and wildlife. You will find all of your stresses of the week<br />

melt away. Fishing gives you something to focus your mind on<br />

and is a good distraction from any current worries.<br />

Enjoy some solitude<br />

On the flip side, if you are craving some alone time, fishing is one<br />

of the best escapes and solo experiences. It’s a great way to enjoy<br />

peace and quiet.<br />

Competition<br />

There is a competitive element to fishing which is all part of the<br />

fun. Fishing is a skill that needs to be learned over many a lost<br />

catch. It can be challenging, so it’s gratifying when you finally<br />

land a fish you’ve been after for years. It’s also fun to engage in a<br />

little healthy competition with your fishing buddies, seeing who<br />

can catch the biggest fish or catch the most in a day. National and<br />

regional fishing competitions are so available to enter.<br />

Fishing for children<br />

If you have little ones, fishing is an enjoyable activity that you<br />

can do together – the perfect day out activity during weekends<br />

or school holidays. Introducing fishing at a young age will help<br />

children understand about nature in their area, the different<br />

species of fish and how they live in different environments.<br />

Whether they take a little net to the beach or you teach them how<br />

to hold a rod and wait for a bite, they are sure to have a great time.<br />

Stay active<br />

While leisurely fishing isn’t usually much exercise, that doesn’t<br />

mean that it can’t be. Wading through rivers and long walks to<br />

fishing plots while carrying bundles of equipment can certainly<br />

feel like a workout.<br />

If you love fishing, or if we have inspired you to take up a new<br />

sport, we have listed East Anglia’s best lakes for your next<br />

fishing trip…<br />



Cobbleacre Park<br />

Brick Kiln Road, Hevingham, NR10 5NL<br />

Tel: 01603 754305<br />

A picturesque site with a variety of lakes<br />

for all ages and abilities.<br />

Facilities: camping, toilets.<br />

Waters: five lakes<br />

Fish: carp, ide, tench, roach, perch,<br />

silvers, rudd, skimmers, catfish.<br />

www.cobbleacre.co.uk<br />

Taswood Lakes<br />

Mill Road, Flordon, Norwich, NR15 1LX<br />

Tel: 01508 470919<br />

A tranquil fishery nestled in beautiful<br />

countryside.<br />

Facilities: Lakeside lodges, toilets,<br />

showers, tackle shop, access for disabled<br />

anglers.<br />

Waters: seven lakes<br />

Fish: carp, tench, roach, chub, barbel,<br />

bream.<br />

www.taswoodlakes.co.uk<br />

Narborough Fisheries<br />

Main Road, Narborough, Norfolk,<br />

PE32 1TE<br />

Tel: 01760 338005<br />

A site with chalk stream water running<br />

through the lakes.<br />

Facilities: camping, toilets, showers,<br />

tackle shop.<br />

Waters: five lakes<br />

Fish: carp, chub, tench, roach, bream,<br />

perch, trout.<br />

www.narfish.co.uk<br />


Field Farm Fisheries<br />

Guildhall Lane, Wrentham, Suffolk,<br />

NR34 7HP<br />

Tel: 01502 675273<br />

A popular venue near the coast offering<br />

fishing for all levels.<br />

Facilities: camping, toilets, tackle shop<br />

Waters: Six lakes<br />

Fish: carp, bream, tench, roach, rudd,<br />

perch, chub, orfe.<br />

www.fieldfarmfisheries.com<br />

Broome Pits<br />

Broome, Beccles, NR35 2PE<br />

Former gravel pits set on the Suffolk<br />

heath land.<br />

Facilities: toilets<br />

Waters: four lakes<br />

Fish: carp, tench, bream, pike, roach,<br />

rudd.<br />

www.broomepitsfishinglakes.co.uk<br />

Suffolk Waterpark<br />

Loraine Way, Bramford, Ipswich, Suffolk,<br />

IP8 4JS<br />

Tel: 01473 832327<br />

Former quarry works developed into a<br />

picturesque site.<br />

Facilities: bait and tackle shop, café, log<br />

cabins, toilets<br />

Waters: nine lakes<br />

Fish: carp, pike, tench, bream, roach,<br />

rudd, perch, eels, bream, skimmers.<br />

www.suffolkwaterpark.co.uk/ourlakes/traditional-lake<br />

ESSEX<br />

Lake John Fishery<br />

Aimes Green, Galley Hill, Waltham Abbey,<br />

EN9 2BJ<br />

Tel: 07958 938152<br />

Set in the Epping Forest by the market<br />

town of Waltham Abbey.<br />

Facilities: café, main lake suitable for use<br />

by disabled anglers.<br />

Waters: two lakes<br />

Fish: roach, bream, perch, silver fish,<br />

rudd, chubblets, gudgeon, carp.<br />

www.lakejohnfishery.co.uk<br />

Coleman’s Cottage Fishery<br />

Little Braxted Lane, Witham, CM8 3EX<br />

Tel: 01376 516383<br />

Fishery in open countryside on the bank<br />

of the River Blackwater.<br />

Facilities: camping, tackle shop, toilets,<br />

access for disabled anglers.<br />

Waters: five lakes and a section of the<br />

River Blackwater<br />

Fish: carp, tench, roach, rudd, bream,<br />

crucian carp, chub, gudgeon, pike.<br />

www.colemansfisheries.co.uk<br />


Henlow Bridge Lakes<br />

Bridge End Road, Henlow, Bedfordshire<br />

SG16 6LN<br />

Tel: 01462 812645<br />

Within a mature conservation area<br />

providing a countryside backdrop.<br />

Facilities: camping, tackle shop,<br />

showers, toilets, children’s play area,<br />

access for disabled anglers.<br />

Waters: four lakes and section of the<br />

River Hiz<br />

Fish: carp, roach, rudd, tench, bream,<br />

perch.<br />

www.henlowbridgelakes.co.uk<br />

Lakeside Coarse Fishery<br />

Lakeside Farm, Wing Road, Cublington,<br />

LU7 0LF<br />

Tel: 01296 682201<br />

Well established lakes on the outskirts of<br />

the Chiltern Hills.<br />

Waters: two lakes<br />

Facilities: fisherman’s lodge, microwave,<br />

tea and coffee, toilets, access for disabled<br />

anglers.<br />

www.lakesidefishery.com<br />


Stanborough Lakes<br />

Stanborough Road, Welwyn Garden City,<br />

AL8 6DQ<br />

Tel: 07530 971634<br />

A coarse fishing gravel pit within the<br />

126-acre public park.<br />

Facilities: tackle and bait shop, toilets,<br />

access for disabled anglers.<br />

Waters: one lake and section of the<br />

River Lea<br />

Fish: carp, chub, bream, roach, tench,<br />

pike, zander.<br />

www.wgc-angling-club.co.uk/<br />

stanborough-lakes<br />

Albans Lakes<br />

Willows Farm, A414 North Orbital Road, St<br />

Albans, AL4 0RY<br />

Tel: 01727 822106<br />

An ideal rural retreat in beautiful<br />

surroundings.<br />

Facilities: tackle shop, catering, toilets.<br />

Waters: three lakes and a section of the<br />

River Colne<br />

Fish: carp, bream, skimmers, roach,<br />

silverfish.<br />

www.albanslakes.com<br />


Head Fen Lakes Fishery<br />

Main Drove, Little Downham, Ely,<br />

CB6 2ER<br />

Tel: 07971 574375<br />

Complex in the Fenland countryside for<br />

anglers of all abilities.<br />

Facilities: camping, log cabins, toilets.<br />

Waters: three lakes<br />

Fish: carp, tench, bream, skimmers,<br />

roach, rudd, perch, gudgeon, chub,<br />

barbel.<br />

www.headfenlakes.co.uk<br />

Ferry Meadows<br />

Nene Park, Ham Lane, Orton Waterville,<br />

PE2 5UU<br />

Tel; 01733 234193<br />

Linked lakes, open to the River Nene, in<br />

the country park.<br />

Facilities: access for disabled anglers,<br />

café and toilets in the public park.<br />

Waters: two lakes and a section of the<br />

River Nene<br />

Fish: bream, silverfish, tench, pike,<br />

zander, carp.<br />

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

ferry-meadows<br />

Decoy Lakes<br />

351 Drybread Road, Whittlesey,<br />

Peterborough, PE7 2AD<br />

Tel: 01733 202230<br />

One of the UK’s leading coarse fisheries<br />

for anglers of all abilities.<br />

Facilities: tackle shop, bar, café, toilets,<br />

showers, access for disabled anglers.<br />

Waters: 11 lakes<br />

Fish: barbel, carp, rudd, crucians, roach,<br />

tench.<br />

www.decoylakes.co.uk<br />


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bags and hitting the road.<br />

Compact with everything you need for an enjoyable holiday,<br />

campervans are ideal for escaping the heaving tourist<br />

crowds and social distancing. Driving through countryside<br />

and along coastal roads provides a sense of adventure. It’s<br />

great for connecting back to nature which can be hugely<br />

beneficial for wellbeing too.<br />

“The excitement I get knowing I am about to hit the road<br />

in a motorhome is immense,” said Melissa Matthews of<br />

Road2Freedom, a family owned motorhome hire company<br />

based south of Bedford. “Closing the blinds one day on a<br />

blissful beach and opening them again next to a fantastic<br />

mountain. Going right off the beaten track and exploring<br />

the great outdoors. The unexpected sights you see, it’s an<br />

experience like no other.”<br />

Digital nomads have been springing up on social media with<br />

their van conversions and freedom for some time, but it’s not<br />

just for singles or couples. Campervans can be enjoyed by<br />

families too. Melissa added: “Watching the kids having the<br />

time of their lives racing around outside; swimming, climbing,<br />

walking, then back to your fully contained luxurious<br />

motorhome for a nice hot shower – it’s quality time being<br />

together, making memories to cherish for a lifetime.”<br />

With accommodation across the country mostly fully<br />

booked, a campervan is the perfect holiday on wheels. There<br />

are a number of rentals across the region, and most offer<br />

a vehicle delivered straight to your door for a fee. Camper<br />

Tribe has a fleet of brand-new VW Vans, sleeping up to four<br />

adults. Collection is available from Tiptree in Essex, and other<br />

locations across the UK. The campervan arrives with a full<br />

tank of fuel and features a cooker, sink, fridge and air heating.<br />

Once you’re acquainted with your vehicle, it’s time to<br />

embrace vanlife and hit the road. East Anglia has many<br />

beautiful routes to discover. Drive along country lanes,<br />

passing pretty pastel-coloured villages with thatched<br />

cottages and quiet riverside locations. Alternatively, take a<br />

coastal route and beach hop along the Essex, Suffolk and<br />

Norfolk coast.<br />


Cool camping<br />

For a quirky alternative, how about hiring a fully converted<br />

Land Rover Defender? Imagine waking up in the roof top<br />

tent to a beautiful sunrise across a meadow or drinking a<br />

glass of wine while the sun sets on the horizon.<br />

LandyCampers, based in Essex, have a selection of<br />

Defenders, ready for your adventure.<br />

Owner, Max Isham, shared his favourite route to Norfolk: “We<br />

head North-West, avoiding the M11 and taking the slow<br />

country roads instead. Our first stop for a long walk is Thetford<br />

Forest, the UK’s largest lowland pine forest along the Suffolk<br />

Norfolk border. Parking the Landy at St Helens Picnic Site or<br />

the High Lodge Car Park, we choose from the countless walks<br />

to get lost in the woods for an hour or two.<br />

“From here we head East, with our next special stop in<br />

Bungay. The next day is spent in one of the most intriguing<br />

landscapes of East Anglia; the Norfolk Broads National<br />

Park – a vast network of rivers and lakes formed by the<br />

flooding of medieval peat works. One of Britain’s largest<br />

protected wetlands and home to a wealth of birdlife, we<br />

love to experience the area on the Barton Boardwalk or in<br />

the Hickling Broads. If we are up for a bit more adventure,<br />

we explore the endless waterways on SUPs or even a kayak.<br />

Between November and January, we add a stop at the<br />

famous Horsey Gap. The extensive system of dunes is home<br />

to a large colony of grey seals breeding here in winter – which<br />

means thousands of white woolly seal babies scattered along<br />

the beach – a sight not quickly forgotten!<br />

“A great nearby place for a dinner is the King’s Arms in<br />

Fleggburgh. Hidden in what looks like an inconspicuous<br />

pub, we find an award-winning restaurant with the mostfriendly<br />

service and heaps of local produce and fresh fish on<br />

the menu.”<br />

The fun doesn’t stop there. Max advises continuing the<br />

journey with pitstops at Norfolk attractions. He adds: “We<br />

can never drive past a National Trust property, the next<br />

day takes us on a little detour back inland to the stunning<br />

Blickling Estate. An intriguing 15th century stately home, and<br />

birthplace of the tragic figure of Anne Boleyn, surrounded<br />

by thousands of acres of wood and parkland. We head<br />

further North until we hit the A149 – the North Norfolk Coast<br />

route connecting Cromer and Hunstanton. We take it slowly,<br />

drawing in the gently undulating landscape and pretty<br />

coastal villages. If we are up for a longer hike, we might<br />

tackle a stretch of the North Norfolk Coastal Path, part of the<br />

National Trail England Coast Path that will eventually let you<br />

walk the whole coastline of the country.<br />

“We end the trip with the obligatory fish and chips sitting<br />

on the quay of the coastal villages of Blakeney or<br />

Wells-next-the-Sea before we say goodbye (for now) and<br />

head back home.”<br />

With the freedom to design your own journey and find<br />

hidden locations, campervan hire has never seemed<br />

more appealing.<br />

To book your road trip with LandyCampers visit<br />

www.landycampers.co.uk<br />

Explore Bedfordshire & Hertfordshire<br />

The Greensand Ridge in Bedfordshire and the Chiltern Hills in<br />

Hertfordshire are both popular for walkers but provide some<br />

lovely views from the road too. Here are a couple of routes<br />

with some perfect pitstops:<br />

Bedfordshire, approx 28 miles:<br />

Begin at Leighton Buzzard, taking in Rushmere Park. Head to<br />

Woburn for shops, cafes, restaurants and, of course, the safari<br />

park. From here visit Ampthill for Houghton House, then head<br />

to Haynes for a view of Cardington Hangers – airship sheds<br />

now used for films including Batman! From here, journey to<br />

Old Warden and visit the Shuttleworth Collection and Swiss<br />

Garden. The final stop is Biggleswade for lunch at Jordans<br />

Mill; a historic mill, garden and café.<br />

Hertfordshire, approx. 30 miles:<br />

Start your journey at Great Offley for a traditional pub lunch.<br />

Stomachs full, drive to Whitwell and visit Water Hall Farm and<br />

Crafts Centre. The next stop is Harpenden for shops, cafes<br />

and restaurants. Venture to Great Gaddesden with pitstops at<br />

the garden centre, River Gade and Gade Valley. Next, make<br />

your way to beautiful Berkhamsted; browse the independent<br />

stores and swing by the Frithsden Vineyard. The final stop is<br />

Ley Hill for dinner.<br />

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Embrace you wild side<br />

Written by Liz Mattock | www.wolfauthor.com<br />

We’ve all heard of the saying ‘take<br />

a walk on the wild side’ but what<br />

about taking a swim?<br />

Throughout lockdown we have had to find new ways of<br />

ensuring we keep on top of our mental and emotional<br />

wellbeing as well as our physical health. Wild swimming<br />

has become a popular choice for some, to embrace<br />

nature and to test their physical and mental limits.<br />

What is wild swimming?<br />

Essentially wild swimming is taking a swim in a natural<br />

pool of water. An area which isn’t man made. All that<br />

stands between you and the wild is a swimming costume<br />

or a pair of trunks.<br />

The location you choose could be a river, lake or the sea.<br />

The point is, it has to be a naturally occurring stretch<br />

of water.<br />

Why should I try wild swimming?<br />

You are going to get wet and most probably at some<br />

point very cold but there are actually major health<br />

benefits to wild swimming. It can be quite scary,<br />

swimming in the unknown, but it also fuels the body with<br />

adrenalin and endorphins known as happy hormones as<br />

you move through the water at one with nature.<br />

You will come across parts of nature you haven’t<br />

experienced before in this way which can be beneficial<br />

for your mental health and wellbeing as you dive (not<br />

literally unless it’s safe to do so) into your experience and<br />

forget about daily trials and tribulations.<br />

On cooler days, you are going to feel the cold, but<br />

this encourages your body to regulate your body<br />

temperature to keep you warm which in turn, burns fat,<br />

so it’s a great way to keep physically healthy too.<br />

Do I need lots of kit?<br />

The simple answer is no. Wild swimming is about just<br />

you and the elements. Ideally you will be a confident<br />

swimmer with the ability to judge your own limits. You<br />

don’t want to end your first wild swim having to be<br />

rescued and pulled floundering to shore.<br />

A swimming costume or a pair of trunks is a must and<br />

on colder days you may wish to wear a wet suit. Pack a<br />

towel and a change of clothes so you can dry off and<br />

warm up quickly after your dip.<br />

Research the area you are going to beforehand. You<br />

may need to consider your footwear particularly in rocky<br />

areas where you may slip entering and exiting the water.<br />

Where is the best place to start?<br />

Instead of venturing off on your own for the first time,<br />

why not find a local group which you can join to test the<br />

water? There are numerous wild swimming groups<br />

up and down East Anglia who get together regularly<br />

and who have all experienced the call of the wild, just<br />

like you.<br />

Search online www.outdoorswimmingsociety.com/<br />

uk-wild-swimming-groups where you can find out<br />

how to join groups in your area.<br />

For inspiration and swimming locations in Norfolk, check<br />

out @swimspotsnorfolk on Instagram and YouTube.<br />


mming<br />

A good option for beginners is outdoor swimming<br />

pools such Jesus Green Lido in Cambridge, Woburn,<br />

Ware Priory, Beccles and Brightlingsea lidos. If you’re<br />

looking for the back to nature experience, Grantchester<br />

Meadows is a popular choice for novices too.<br />

How can I stay safe?<br />

This is a very good question because after all you won’t<br />

have a lifeguard or the sides of the pool marked ‘deep<br />

end’ to protect you.<br />

Research, research and research some more about the<br />

area you are going to swim in. Be aware of the tides and<br />

always know your exit point from the water before you<br />

set off.<br />

Swim with others, including more experienced wild<br />

swimmers who can guide you, or with a guided group to<br />

build your confidence.<br />

We have a natural average body temperature of<br />

around 37 degrees. It’s likely you will be experiencing<br />

temperatures in the water below 15 degrees which<br />

causes the ‘gasp reflex’. Introduce your body to the<br />

water temperature gradually so your body adapts for a<br />

more comfortable swim.<br />

Do not mix alcohol or any recreational drugs with<br />

swimming. Substances reduce your ability to make clear<br />

and quick judgements and even though wild swimming<br />

can be an amazing experience at one with nature, you<br />

need to have your wits about you and be mindful of the<br />

elements at all times.<br />

Remember the SAFE code<br />

SPOT – the dangers<br />

ADVICE – follow the safety advice and learn how to<br />

read signs<br />

FRIEND – swim with others who are more<br />

experienced<br />

EMERGENCY – recognise the signs of drowning<br />

and learn how to raise the signal for help.<br />

Find your inner wild, but be SAFE.<br />






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25<br />

Things<br />

to Do in<br />

Essex<br />

Discover why Essex should<br />

be your next staycation<br />

destination<br />

6<br />

Book a Staycation<br />

Think you know Essex? Well<br />

think again…discover somewhere<br />

new in the county and spend a few days<br />

exploring the local area. Go to<br />

www.visitessex.com/accommodation<br />

to find somewhere new.<br />

7 Racing<br />

Get dressed up and head to<br />

Chelmsford City Racecourse.<br />

There are a number of racing events and<br />

live concerts scheduled throughout the<br />

summer.<br />

8<br />

Slap up seafood meal<br />

Local crab, oysters, lobster<br />

anyone…? Take a trip to The Pier at<br />

Harwich or Mersea Island for fresh local<br />

seafood.<br />

A wonderful mix of old and new, Essex<br />

combines modern towns and glamour<br />

with historic villages and rustic charm.<br />

Boasting stately homes, art galleries,<br />

vineyards, 350 miles of coastline and<br />

more, Essex is the perfect location for a<br />

mini break or day out with family, friends<br />

or as a couple.<br />

To help you plan your trip, we’ve listed 25<br />

things to do during your visit:<br />

1<br />

Take a winery tour<br />

Crouch Ridge and Tuffon Hall<br />

vineyards are resuming their<br />

tours this year. Tour the vineyards with<br />

an expert and sample the local wines,<br />

paired with a delicious cheese platter or<br />

charcuterie.<br />

2<br />

Ride a steam train<br />

All aboard! East Anglian Railway<br />

Museum and Epping & Ongar<br />

Railway are running steam and diesel<br />

days once again. Check individual<br />

websites for details.<br />

3<br />

Take a trial, tandem<br />

glider flight<br />

See Essex from new heights as<br />

you take to the sky with a gliding lesson.<br />

www.esgc.co.uk/buy-a-trial-glidinglessons<br />

9<br />

Take a boat trip<br />

Whether it’s seals, oysters or<br />

sunsets, Essex is a coastal county<br />

with 350 miles of coastline and inland<br />

waterways a-plenty. Take time to enjoy a<br />

relaxing boat ride. www.visitessex.com/<br />

things-to-do/tours-and-sightseeing/<br />

boat-tours<br />

10<br />

Fossil hunting<br />

Find historic treasures at<br />

Walton-on-the-Naze.<br />

11<br />

Take a walking<br />

tour of Colchester<br />

Learn about Britain’s First City,<br />

the Roman occupation, Boudicca’s revolt<br />

and the Norman Castle and the heyday of<br />

the Victorian era. Then come bang up to<br />

date with an exhibition at the modern art<br />

gallery, Firstsite.<br />

4<br />

Discover Essex<br />

Coastal Path walks<br />

There are miles of glorious<br />

footpaths to discover. Pack a picnic and<br />

enjoy the beauty of Essex.<br />

www.gojauntly.com<br />

5<br />

Visit Saffron Walden<br />

& Audley End<br />

Pick up the town trail from Saffron<br />

Walden TIC and discover historic<br />

buildings, a charming town museum,<br />

a magnificent church and the hidden<br />

Bridge End gardens. Audley End is a<br />

perfect Jacobean manor house, which<br />

hosts regular events.

12<br />

Visit the Essex<br />

Serpent film<br />

locations<br />

Clare Danes and Tom Hiddlestone star in<br />

Apple TV’s adaptation of Chelmsford girl,<br />

Sarah Perry’s novel, the Essex Serpent.<br />

Tick off Arlesford Creek, Maldon’s<br />

Victorian High Street and more.<br />

13 Windsurfing<br />

Feel the wind in your hair as<br />

you to take to the water at<br />

Mersea Island with Essex Outdoors.<br />

14 Follow the 40-mile<br />

Walk the St<br />

Peter’s Way<br />

pilgrimage route from Greenstead to St<br />

Peter’s by the Wall; a remote, ancient<br />

chapel out on the headland at Bradwell,<br />

surrounded by beautiful sea views.<br />

www.britishpilgrimage.org/portfolio/<br />

st-peters-way<br />

15<br />

Jump Street<br />

Jump, hop, leap, somersault<br />

and walk on walls in sticky<br />

socks at these great Essex indoor<br />

adventure playgrounds.<br />

16<br />

Go Paddle<br />

Boarding<br />

Discover Essex by water.<br />

Keep your balance on a paddle board in<br />

Maldon. www.frangipanisup.com<br />

17<br />

Go White Water<br />

Rafting<br />

Take on an Olympic course<br />

at Lee Valley White Water Centre.<br />

www.visitleevalley.org.uk/<br />

whitewater<br />

18<br />

There’s lots of options for<br />

Book a Spa break<br />

a relaxing spa day. Check<br />

out Down Hall Country House Hotel,<br />

Lifehouse Spa and Hotel and Five Lakes<br />

Resort to name a few.<br />

19 A popular choice is the<br />

Take Afternoon<br />

Tea<br />

Wilkins Jam Factory at Tiptree or any<br />

of the Tiptree tearooms around the<br />

county for that matter. Enjoy tea at The<br />

Lock at Heybridge Basin, looking out<br />

over the River Blackwater or amongst<br />

the splendour of the medieval Cressing<br />

Temple Barns.<br />

20 Beautiful<br />

Gardens<br />

Soak up the sunshine in<br />

beautiful Essex RHS Hyde Hall – The Beth<br />

Chatto Gardens.<br />

21<br />

Farm Shops<br />

Dig out some great local<br />

produce from Blackwells<br />

Farm Shop near Coggeshall or Calcott<br />

Hall Farm in Brentwood.<br />

23<br />

Visit an Essex<br />

Wildlife Trust<br />

nature reserve<br />

Abberton Reservoir or Fingringhoe Wick<br />

are both special in their own way.<br />

24<br />

Stay at the<br />

Mistley Thorn<br />

The location is steeped in<br />

stories of witchcraft.<br />

25<br />

Take a cookery course<br />

Mistley Kitchen<br />

at the Mistley Kitchen.<br />

Established by American-born chef Sherri<br />

Singleton, the Mistley Kitchen Culinary<br />

Workshops have developed into a<br />

destination for keen cooks of all abilities<br />

from around the country offering relaxed,<br />

informative courses for food lovers.<br />

For more help with your trip visit<br />

www.visitessex.com/inspire-me/theessex-bucket-list<br />

22 Foraging<br />

Treat yourself and the<br />

family to a wild, foraged<br />

food experience at The Foragers Retreat<br />

in Pebmarsh.<br />

www.theforagersretreat.co.uk<br />


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Make a<br />

Splash<br />

Cool off this summer with a day on the water<br />

There’s nothing quite quintessentially English than enjoying a<br />

Pimms or pint in the sunshine at the pub – throw in a river view<br />

and it becomes the ultimate summer experience. The East of<br />

England is awash with fantastic waterside dining destinations,<br />

not to mention boat hire and outdoor pools. So, if you fancy<br />

watching the boats sail on by alongside your Sunday lunch or<br />

trying a range of water activities, plan a day out at one of these<br />

waterside destinations.<br />

Boat Hire<br />

Feel like a real captain for the day and hire a boat. Spending the<br />

day on the water is a fantastic day out and a great way of making<br />

the most of the warm weather. There’s plenty of options for your<br />

vessel of choice – canoes, canal boats, rowing, sailing, paddle<br />

boards and motorboats, all of which can be found for hire in the<br />

East. Those looking to relive childhood memories of Rosie & Jim<br />

should jump aboard a canal boat at the Lee Valley Boat Centre in<br />

Broxbourne. There are four styles to choose from for day hire, all<br />

with essential facilities. The River Lee does involve a lot of locks,<br />

so you’ll need a bit of strength. Pack a picnic and make the most<br />

of being on the river or stop at a pub for a bite to eat. Alternatively,<br />

if you’d rather leave the hard work to someone else, Lee Valley<br />

offers public cruises too.<br />

The region’s obvious answer for boat hire, be it for the day or a<br />

holiday, is the beautiful Norfolk Broads. Your journey can start<br />

at various marinas along this vast waterway. Barnes Brinkcraft is<br />

located in Wroxham, known as the ‘capital of the Broads’, and<br />

home to the famous Roy’s of Wroxham, while Herbert Woods<br />

is located in the quaint town of Potter Heigham. Richardson’s<br />

Boating Holidays in Stalham is located between the two and has<br />

a large and stylish fleet of boats to cater for all purposes.<br />

Paddle Boarding<br />

For something a little different and for those who are not afraid<br />

to get wet, try out paddle boarding, also known as SUP (Stand<br />

Up Paddle Boarding). Navigate the waterways and reeds of the<br />

Broads National Park with Canoe Man, which offers kayak, canoe<br />

and SUP hire and trails. It’s a great way to see the area from a<br />

whole new perspective.<br />

Cruises in Cambridgeshire<br />

One of the best ways to explore the stunning Cambridgeshire<br />

landscape is by boat. Discover the Fenlands and the county’s rich<br />

heritage from the water. The River Great Ouse features a number<br />

of historic buildings, parks and monuments as you travel between<br />

Ely and St Ives, and the River Nene, which is slightly quieter, takes<br />

in the sights of Peterborough and Ferry Meadows Country Park.<br />

Boat hire is available from Fox Narrowboats in March and Black<br />

Prince located in Ely.<br />


Feel like a real captain for the day and hire a boat.<br />

Spending the day on the water is a fantastic day out and a<br />

great way of making the most of the warm weather.<br />

Punting<br />

Whether it’s for the first time or tenth, punting along the River Cam<br />

is a wonderful way to spend a summer’s afternoon in Cambridge.<br />

Soak up the city’s history as you pass by iconic architecture and<br />

pretty parkland. Scudamores and Rutherfords are some of the<br />

most reputable punt hires on the river and offer a number of t<br />

ours for all occasions including Champagne, gin and afternoon<br />

tea tours.<br />

Riverside Restaurants<br />

If you’d prefer to stay on dry land and watch the world go by as<br />

you tuck into lunch, visit one of the region’s riverside restaurants.<br />

The Wroxham Hotel and Swan Inn in Horning, are among the<br />

most popular places for a pint on the Broads. Both offer al fresco<br />

dining with river views, and are popular with day boaters.<br />

The Suffolk coast certainly isn’t short of a restaurant overlooking<br />

the water, but if you’re looking for something a little more quaint<br />

head to the Meare at Thorpeness. Much of the original character<br />

and charm dating back to 1913 is retained, and you can hire a<br />

colourful row boat before enjoying tea and cake at the café.<br />

Fans of the River Deben should book a table at The Ramsholt<br />

Arms. Situated on the banks, the pub is renowned for its sunsoaked<br />

terrace and sunset, neighbouring beach and crab<br />

fishing jetty.<br />

If you’re not heading to the coast, there’s still plenty to enjoy<br />

inland. Hertfordshire offers miles of wonderful walks. Take a stroll<br />

along the River Lea from Ware to Hertford and finish with a glass<br />

of wine and lunch at The Old Barge.<br />

Gastro pubs are the perfect place to spend a lazy summer<br />

afternoon with friends, and where better than The Embankment<br />

in Bedford, which overlooks the banks of the River Great Ouse.<br />

Outdoor Pools<br />

If you’re looking for ways to keep the little ones entertained on<br />

hot days, there’s nothing quite like a dip in an outdoor pool. The<br />

region’s lidos are guaranteed family fun, all you need is swimwear<br />

and sunscreen! Check out the Woburn Lido on Crawley Road,<br />

which adjoins the Woburn Abbey Estate, and the much-loved<br />

Peterborough Lido, which features heated swimming pools,<br />

sunbathing terraces and a children’s play area. There are also<br />

options in Beccles, Cambridge, Brightlingsea, Ware and Hitchin.<br />


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Written by Emma Kemsley<br />

Strike-a-paws!<br />

I had intended this column to be about<br />

the day Fletcher made a child cry as he<br />

helped himself to her stick den. However,<br />

there’s never a dull moment in the life of<br />

Fletcher, and he recently found himself<br />

in the spotlight when he was invited to<br />

Nobu Hotel Portland Square, London,<br />

to model their new in-room dog robe by<br />

Tielle Love Luxury; an ethical, luxury linen<br />

brand and hotel supplier. Yes, I’ve become<br />

a momager!<br />

Fletcher played the part of the medium<br />

dog, alongside a labrador and dachshund.<br />

The day before the photoshoot, I spent<br />

time teaching Fletcher how to look at the<br />

camera. Every time I tried to take a photo,<br />

he immediately turned his head away from<br />

the lense or marched out of the room. We<br />

were off to a great start.<br />

On the day, in typical Fletcher behaviour,<br />

he got over excited. Screaming and<br />

squealing with excitement while we<br />

made introductions. I knew this may be<br />

the case, so I came armed with a supply<br />

of chicken, treats and his favourite toys.<br />

Unfortunately, nothing could distract from<br />

his enthusiasm.<br />

Acquainted with his model buddies,<br />

Finley and Lola, the shoot began with<br />

Fletcher entering the hotel in his swanky<br />

robe. While the labrador walked in,<br />

Fletcher galloped through the door with<br />

all his might.<br />

The next image was Fletcher checkingin<br />

at reception. I think he performed<br />

very well. Yes, he made a bit of a noise<br />

screaming for his chicken bribery, but we<br />

got the shot.<br />

It soon became clear to everyone on<br />

the photoshoot that Fletcher isn’t like<br />

most dogs. Personally, I’d call the other<br />

dogs boring, most would call them wellbehaved.<br />

What can I say, Fletcher has a<br />

big personality!<br />

His questionable behaviour meant it<br />

was best that he missed the in-room<br />

shots, and instead he had his final photo<br />

on a duvet and pillow in the park. He<br />

certainly got the attention of everyone<br />

as he strutted through Marylebone in<br />

his robe with his entourage in tow (the<br />

photographer, PR, my husband and I).<br />

It was a fun day. Fletcher smiled proudly<br />

on his shoot and I’m chuffed with<br />

the images we now have with fond<br />

memories. However, I have started to<br />

rethink his excitement issues. It’s not<br />

normal. Can dogs suffer with ADHD? He<br />

is showing all the symptoms. I’ve booked<br />

an appointment with the vet just in case.<br />

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A fun,<br />

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Dog<br />

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We have two<br />

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Meet friendly rescued horses and donkeys at<br />

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Open 10.30am to 3pm every Friday, Saturday, Sunday and Monday<br />

Entry is by pre-booked tickets only, please visit our website to book<br />

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Our family-friendly hotel boasts a fantastic<br />

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delicious locally sourced food served all day.<br />

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Dog-friendly<br />

Holidays<br />

The best dog-friendly hotels<br />

Our beloved pets are part of the family so why should they<br />

miss out on the all the fun when we go on holiday? Forget the<br />

kennels and check in to one of these dog-friendly hotels…<br />

Titchwell Manor<br />

Titchwell, Nr Brancaster PE31 8BB<br />

This hotel ticks all the boxes for a dogfriendly<br />

holiday. The pet-friendly hotel<br />

is located a short distance from some of<br />

the North Norfolk coast’s finest beaches,<br />

perfect if your dog loves to feel the sand<br />

beneath its paws. Friendly staff can’t<br />

resist a cuddle and offering a biscuit to<br />

four-legged guests. Rooms are dogfriendly,<br />

complete with treats for your<br />

dog, and the lounge, bar and restaurant<br />

are all dog-friendly, meaning your pet<br />

can join you for dinner too! Read more<br />

about the hotel’s dog-friendly features<br />

at www.titchwellmanor.com<br />


Sitting on a prime spot overlooking the crashing waves and stony<br />

shores of Aldeburgh, the dog-friendly hotel is a highly sought after<br />

holiday destination for dog-owners<br />

Ufford Park Woodbridge<br />

Yarmouth Road, Melton, Woodbridge,<br />

Suffolk, IP12 1QW<br />

The family-owned hotel, golf and spa<br />

destination surrounded by parkland<br />

is loved by owners and their dogs.<br />

There are a number of dog-friendly<br />

rooms available, and though pets are<br />

not allowed in the restaurant, they are<br />

welcome to accompany their owners<br />

on the large outside terrace during<br />

warmer months. There’s also a two-mile<br />

trail which follows the edge of the golf<br />

course so your pet can stretch their legs.<br />

Dogs also get their own doggy bag<br />

which includes a tasty treat. It’s a great<br />

location for exploring the River Deben<br />

and Woodbridge.<br />

www.uffordpark.co.uk<br />

Gonville Hotel<br />

Gonville Place, Cambridge CB1 1LY<br />

This is the place for city chic canines.<br />

The elegant Gonville Hotel allows dogs<br />

in all classic and superior bedrooms.<br />

Unlike most hotels, there are little<br />

restrictions. Dogs are welcome to join<br />

their owners in the bar and restaurant,<br />

and there’s a safe and secure outdoor<br />

space for dogs to stretch their legs.<br />

The hotel is located opposite Parker’s<br />

Piece, the perfect green space for an<br />

enjoyable walk and game of fetch.<br />

Here, pooches are welcomed by staff<br />

and treated as a guest in their own<br />

right. Each dog will receive an in-room<br />

welcome pack of doggy treats too!<br />

www.gonvillehotel.co.uk<br />

Brudenell Hotel<br />

The Parade, Aldeburgh, IP15 5BU<br />

Sitting on a prime spot overlooking the<br />

crashing waves and stony shores of<br />

Aldeburgh, the dog-friendly hotel is a<br />

highly sought after holiday destination<br />

for dog-owners. The beach has<br />

the usual summer dog restrictions,<br />

but further along the coast towards<br />

Thorpeness you’ll find a beach which<br />

is dog-friendly year round. Dogs can<br />

stay with their owners in their rooms,<br />

and every four-legged guest receives<br />

a welcome tasty treat and their own<br />

water bowl on arrival in their room. After<br />

an exhausting walk, dogs can relax<br />

on the hotel’s sea facing terrace, and<br />

while their owners might enjoy a coffee,<br />

glass of wine or sun downer from the<br />

hotel’s bar, they can indulge in free tasty<br />

doggie treats and fresh water to quench<br />

their thirst.<br />

www.brudenellhotel.co.uk<br />

Packhorse Inn<br />

Bridge St, Newmarket CB8 8SP<br />

The gorgeous boutique hotel and<br />

restaurant offers a ‘Muddy Paws’<br />

break, which includes dinner for two,<br />

an overnight stay and breakfast for<br />

humans, and treats and a cosy blanket<br />

for doggy guests. The small hotel is<br />

located in a pretty, rural village and is<br />

great for pre or post-dinner walks.<br />

www.thepackhorseinn.com<br />

The Embankment<br />

6 The Embankment, Bedford MK40 3PD<br />

The Embankment in Bedford welcomes<br />

pets to stay overnight. It’s just an extra<br />

cost of £10 including a rasher of bacon<br />

or sausage for your dog’s breakfast.<br />

Dogs are welcome throughout the pub<br />

as long as they are polite and kept on a<br />

lead, and the pub is happy to keep<br />

them watered.<br />

www.embankmentbedford.co.uk<br />


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New school for children with<br />

autism opens in Epping, Essex<br />

The Tower School, part of Options Autism – a new provision<br />

designed to meet the needs of young people aged 11-18 with a<br />

primary diagnosis of autism – has opened in Epping, Essex. Situated<br />

in the heart of the community in what was formerly the town’s historic<br />

1920’s Blue Star car showroom and next to its Grade II listed water<br />

tower, the building has been redesigned and refurbished to meet the<br />

specific needs of young people with autism. It has capacity to take<br />

up to 62 students referred by parents and local authorities including<br />

Essex, Havering, Redbridge, Waltham Forest and Hertfordshire.<br />

Classes of no more than 7 young people will be staffed by specialist<br />

teachers who will deliver bespoke Key Stage 3, 4 and 5 lessons<br />

that balance academic learning alongside core life skills and<br />

employability tailored to the individual needs of each young person.<br />

Alongside the core subjects it will offer a variety of options resulting<br />

in qualifications including Entry Level, Level 1 and Level 2, GCSE<br />

and BTEC.<br />

Support listed in each young person’s Education, Health and Care<br />

Plan will be provided by its multi-disciplinary clinical team which will<br />

include Speech and Language Therapists, Occupational Therapists<br />

and Educational Psychologists.<br />

If you are interested in visiting The Tower School, 33 High<br />

Street, Epping, Essex, CM16 4BA, please contact: Kerry Linden,<br />

Headteacher Email: Kerry.Linden@ofgl.uk Tel: 01992 926011.<br />

Find out more<br />

about upcoming events<br />

on our website<br />

@brentwoodSchool<br />

We are an independent day and<br />

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Mindfulne<br />

in Schools<br />

Have<br />

Written by Jacqui Hagen<br />

you noticed how mindfulness<br />

has become the latest buzzword? Type<br />

‘mindfulness’ into a Google search and<br />

you will get over 200 million results.<br />

A quick browse through these might<br />

lead you to think mindfulness means<br />

relaxation, emptying your mind or even<br />

yoga. In fact, it is none of these. So what<br />

exactly is mindfulness, why is it now so<br />

popular, and how is it being used<br />

in schools?<br />

The growth of<br />

mindfulness<br />

Despite its current boom, mindfulness is,<br />

in fact, far from new with its origins found<br />

in scriptures over 2,500 years old. In the<br />

past 40 years mindfulness has found its<br />

way into mainstream medicine, health<br />

care and psychology, where it continues<br />

to be studied through clinical research<br />

and neuroscience. In 2014, an all-party<br />

parliamentary group was set up to<br />

examine the role that mindfulness could<br />

play within the areas of health, education,<br />

the workplace and criminal justice. Within<br />

education, the group recommended the<br />

development of mindfulness training for<br />

both teachers and young people.<br />


Despite its current boom, mindfulness is, in fact, far from new<br />

with its origins found in scriptures over 2,500 years old. In the past<br />

40 years mindfulness has found its way into mainstream medicine,<br />

health care and psychology, where it continues to be studied through<br />

clinical research and neuroscience.<br />

ss<br />

The Mindfulness in Schools Project<br />

(MiSP), a charity with over 10 years’<br />

experience of delivering mindfulness<br />

training in schools, was part of the<br />

group’s consultations within the<br />

education strand. To date, over 540,000<br />

children and young people are estimated<br />

to have benefited from their classroombased<br />

mindfulness.<br />

So what is mindfulness?<br />

Mindfulness brings awareness to what<br />

is actually happening in the moment,<br />

whether pleasant, unpleasant or<br />

neutral. It involves paying attention to<br />

our thoughts, physical sensations and<br />

feelings without believing there is a right<br />

or wrong way to think or feel about them.<br />

This awareness means we can respond<br />

more skillfully to whatever the present<br />

moment throws at us.<br />

Within education, a whole school<br />

approach to mindfulness is key. Claire<br />

Kelly, director of Curriculum and<br />

Teacher Development at MiSP, told<br />

<strong>Eastlife</strong> that training starts with the staff<br />

as it is essential that they understand<br />

mindfulness first. Claire was also keen<br />

to stress that it isn’t a quick fix but, as<br />

with most things in life, hard work brings<br />

rewards: “A bit like going to the gym, you<br />

need to keep doing it to see the benefits.<br />

But just like going to the gym or learning<br />

any new skill, there are days when it<br />

comes easily and days when it doesn’t.<br />

It’s the days when it’s trickier that the real<br />

learning happens.”<br />

Claire is passionate about providing<br />

young people with the skills to move<br />

forward in life. She explained how<br />

mindfulness can help pupils by teaching<br />

them how to learn, how to concentrate,<br />

how to look after themselves and others,<br />

and how to manage relationships.<br />

Teachers can also benefit as mindfulness<br />

can help with stress regulation and<br />

increase teaching efficacy.<br />

Mindfulness in East<br />

Anglia<br />

Whilst making a programme about<br />

children’s mental health five years ago,<br />

documentary film maker Katy Sheppard<br />

was blown away by a school in Liverpool<br />

and the progress they were making with<br />

their pupils through mindfulness practice.<br />

She was so inspired that, when filming<br />

finished, she enrolled on the MiSP’s<br />

Ofsted approved course. Now a qualified<br />

practitioner, Katy teaches mindfulness in<br />

Holbrook Primary School in Suffolk on a<br />

voluntary basis.<br />

Katy’s enthusiasm for mindfulness in<br />

schools is clear. She praised the MiSP<br />

curriculum which uses clever ways to<br />

engage children such as teaching them<br />

that their mind is like a puppy – sometimes<br />

it wanders off or makes a mess but, as<br />

with a puppy, they can learn to train their<br />

brain using techniques such as kindness,<br />

firmness, patience and repetition. Katy is<br />

delighted that the teachers in Holbrook<br />

Primary have noticed a subtle shift in the<br />

children’s behaviour with mindfulness<br />

having a positive effect resulting in calmer,<br />

clearer thinking.<br />

Katy acknowledged: “We’re not able to<br />

solve all mental health issues but the<br />

training provides all children, regardless<br />

of need, the opportunity to explore and<br />

understand mindfulness and gives them<br />

immediate techniques to help with their<br />

daily lives.”<br />

Katy is now looking at ways to introduce<br />

mindfulness into more schools within the<br />

county. She is aware of six practitioners<br />

across Suffolk and yet, due to a lack of<br />

resources within schools, none of them<br />

are currently teaching. Katy is working to<br />

bring the practitioners together to offer<br />

mindfulness across the region.<br />

Making Me is a Bedfordshire based<br />

charity delivering strategies which equip<br />

primary school children with resources<br />

to know and communicate their feelings<br />

and maintain their emotional wellbeing.<br />

These include a weekly story that builds<br />

children’s emotional literacy and affords<br />

them the opportunity to practise mindful<br />

breathing as a strategy to ‘calm down’<br />

in the face of overwhelming feelings.<br />

Building resilience is another core<br />

focus of the work they do so that, over<br />

time, children are equipped with the<br />

knowledge and skills they need to thrive<br />

rather than just survive throughout life.<br />

To find out more about mindfulness<br />

in schools:<br />

• Visit mindfulnessinschools.org for<br />

information about the MiSP<br />

• Contact Katy Sheppard<br />

katysheppard@gmail.com to get<br />

involved in MiSP Suffolk<br />

• Visit www.makingme.org.uk<br />

to learn about Making Me in<br />

Bedfordshire<br />


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Mum’s the Word;<br />

Self-Esteem<br />

Written by Dolly Osborne | www.raggydollywrites.wordpress.com<br />

Children’s self-esteem has made the headlines again recently<br />

thanks to Dove’s ‘self-esteem project’ and in particular the<br />

reverse selfie campaign trying to undo the damage being done<br />

to our teenagers by being a part of ‘the selfie generation’.<br />

Being step-mum to two teenage girls I have seen this first-hand:<br />

the constant analysing, hours spent perfecting an Insta worthy<br />

eyebrow and the pressure to present a perfect blemish-free<br />

dreamy-filtered face for the world to congratulate you on.<br />

Clearly social media plays a large part in this pressure, but we all<br />

know that the solution lies beyond banishing AI face smoothers<br />

and Vaseline lensed filters.<br />

Society holds women and girls to impossible standards and<br />

the messages about how we should look are insidious and<br />

ever present: Barbie’s biology defying frame, heavily gendered<br />

clothing that plants little girls into the pretty princess category<br />

almost from birth, and even the seemingly innocuous arena of<br />

mobile gaming.<br />

If you have ever wasted hours on mobile games then you have<br />

probably seen the advert for the game that makes my feminist<br />

rage pique: Project Makeover. I’ve never played this game,<br />

though according to their adverts millions do, but the adverts<br />

are just disgusting.<br />

The premise appears to be an ‘ugly’ girl wants to attract a man/<br />

be prom queen/not be bullied anymore and so they turn to you/<br />

Project Makeover to make them beautiful. The heinous crimes<br />

that these women commit to make the men in the adverts run<br />

away screaming (literally, that’s not hyperbole) include body<br />

hair, body odour, unplucked eyebrows or pimples and blocked<br />

pores, you know all of the stuff that every teenager already feels<br />

super conscious about.<br />

This game’s view of what is acceptably beautiful not only rides<br />

roughshod over normal, pubescent changes it is also so narrow<br />

that it leaves no space for the quirky or alternative. It wants<br />

Stepford teenagers to all look Insta perfect and ready for their<br />

close ups.<br />

As parents we need to be aware of all of these influences on<br />

our children and to maintain a dialogue about what is normal<br />

and what is unrealistic. We need to show our daughters our<br />

unshaved legs and unfiltered selves and help them to see that<br />

they are beautiful because of who they are and not just what<br />

they look like.<br />

Find Dolly on Twitter @Osborneosaurus<br />


We’re this<br />

dot here!

Wildlife<br />

Adventure<br />

We list the best days out<br />

for animal lovers<br />

More than ever, the region’s zoos need<br />

our help. Incredible teams work hard to<br />

care for the animals and their welfare.<br />

Release your wild side and show your<br />

support with a trip to the best rated zoos<br />

in the East of England.<br />

Shepreth Wildlife Park<br />

Station Rd, Shepreth, Royston SG8 6PZ<br />

There’s a variety of animals to excite<br />

children, especially the tiger! There’s<br />

animals from all around the world, plus<br />

plenty of activities throughout the day<br />

including talks, feeding and animal<br />

encounters.<br />

www.sheprethwildlifepark.co.uk<br />

Africa Alive<br />

Whites Lane, Kessingland, Lowestoft<br />

NR33 7TF<br />

Explore the sights and sounds of Africa<br />

and discover lions, giraffes, meerkats,<br />

hunting dogs and many more animals<br />

from the African continent. ‘Plains<br />

of Africa’ is the perfect place to spot<br />

species of African savannah animals,<br />

including giraffes and rhinos. There’s a<br />

variety of experiences, discovery areas<br />

and free safari road train.<br />

www.africa-alive.co.uk<br />

Linton Zoo & Gardens<br />

Hadstock Rd, Linton, Cambridge<br />

CB21 4NT<br />

Linton Zoo is a conservation centre,<br />

focusing on breeding species which<br />

are vulnerable to extinction. Expect to<br />

see a good variety of jungle cats, birds,<br />

reptiles and smaller animals. The zoo<br />

struggled during lockdown and the<br />

team worked tirelessly to care for the<br />

animals, take the time to show your<br />

support this summer.<br />

www.lintonzoo.com<br />

Lee Valley Animal<br />

Adventure Park<br />

Stubbins Hall Lane, Waltham Abbey,<br />

EN9 2EF<br />

From snakes and insects to meerkats<br />

and reptiles, visitors have the chance<br />

to get up close and personal with the<br />

animals. There are indoor and outdoor<br />



play areas, and themed events are held<br />

throughout the summer too.<br />

www.leevalleyfarm.co.uk<br />

Whipsnade Zoo<br />

Dunstable, Bedfordshire, LU6 2LF<br />

One of the UK’s biggest zoos, visitors<br />

can view lions, elephants, rhinos,<br />

giraffes, chimpanzees, tigers, bears,<br />

penguins and more. Hop aboard the<br />

Great Whipsnade Railway or drive<br />

across Passage through Asia, where the<br />

animals roam in acres of open space.<br />

There’s a good choice of enclosures<br />

and experiences.<br />

www.zsl.org/zsl-whipsnade-zoo<br />

Thrigby Hall Wildlife<br />

Gardens<br />

Filby Road, Thrigby, Great Yarmouth<br />

NR29 3DR<br />

Among the glorious green gardens,<br />

you’ll find jungle cats, primates and<br />

pandas. Take the chance to tour the<br />

Hall itself and historic gardens, before<br />

encountering the many endangered<br />

species that have been rescued. As well<br />

as large animals you’ll also find reptiles,<br />

otters, rodents and lots of feathered<br />

friends – a walk through the aviary is a<br />

must for all visitors! Special attractions<br />

include the Tiger Tree Walk and feed<br />

and talk times. www.thrigbyhall.com<br />

Colchester Zoo<br />

Maldon Rd, Heckfordbridge, Colchester<br />

CO3 0SL<br />

One of the most popular zoos in the UK,<br />

Colchester Zoo is a full day experience.<br />

Learn about the animals as you see<br />

them up close, watch one of many daily<br />

displays and take the opportunity to ride<br />

on the ‘Lost Madagascar Express’ road<br />

train. This is a real walk on the wild side<br />

as you come face to face with Komodo<br />

dragons and see white rhino, giraffes<br />

and ostrich roaming the Kingdom of<br />

the Wild. Don’t miss the programme of<br />

animal feeding and displays.<br />

www.colchester-zoo.com<br />

Watatunga Wildlife<br />

Reserve<br />

Watlington Road, King’s Lynn,<br />

PE33 0RG<br />

Experience an overnight wildlife<br />

adventure. Located in 170 acres of<br />

unused wetland in Norfolk, Watatunga<br />

protects endangered deer and<br />

antelope. The reserve is dedicated<br />

to the conservation of threatened<br />

ungulates and birds. The deer and<br />

antelope wander the reserve freely;<br />

grazing on grassland and drinking<br />

at the lakeside, making tours an<br />

extra special experience for visitors.<br />

Tour guides will provide information<br />

about the endangered species and<br />

conservation work of Watatunga. If you<br />

want to take your safari experience up<br />

a notch, book an overnight stay at the<br />

Stable Cottage or Major’s Lodge, where<br />

you can watch the herds from the<br />

comfort of the sitting room.<br />

www.watatunga.co.uk<br />

Amazona Zoo<br />

Hall Road, Cromer NR27 9JG<br />

Amazona Zoo offers a fun day out for<br />

the whole family. It’s home to over<br />

200 animals specifically from tropical<br />

South America, including jaguars,<br />

monkeys, peccaries, macaws, parrots,<br />

capuchins, spiders, snakes, flamingos<br />

and many more. The zoo also boasts<br />

an impressive outdoor play area, an<br />

education yurt ideal for rainy days, and<br />

a large, well-equipped indoor play area.<br />

www.amazonazoo.co.uk<br />

Banham Zoo<br />

Kenninghall Rd, Banham, Norwich<br />

NR16 2HE<br />

Banham Zoo is a family attraction with<br />

over 2,000 animals from around the<br />

world and set in 50 acres of beautiful<br />

parkland and gardens. Throughout the<br />

day there are plenty of activities to thrill<br />

and entertain families, including daily<br />

animal feeding talks. Go all out and<br />

book an ‘on the day experience’, which<br />

includes a feeding experience with a<br />

tiger, leopard, cheetah or giraffe.<br />

www.banhamzoo.co.uk<br />

Woburn Safari Park<br />

Woburn Park, Bedfordshire, MK43 0TU<br />

With over 80 species of wildlife<br />

including lions, tigers and bears, this<br />

award-winning popular attraction is<br />

one of the biggest safari parks in the<br />

UK. Drive through the safari and get<br />

up close to tigers, lions, rhinos and<br />

monkeys. You can continue the journey<br />

on foot to see the penguins, wallabies,<br />

meerkats and more. Activities also<br />

include swan boats and the Great<br />

Woburn Railway.<br />

www.woburnsafari.co.uk<br />

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<strong>Summer</strong> Fun<br />

The best family holiday destinations in East Anglia<br />

Guaranteed to entertain both adults and children, these<br />

destinations are the perfect place to escape to this summer.<br />

Lowestoft, Suffolk<br />

Located on the most easterly point of the British coast,<br />

Lowestoft provides an ideal holiday location for all ages. It<br />

offers a mix of lively beaches, pleasant seaside walks and<br />

quality family attractions, set within a traditional seaside town.<br />

The beach is a mix of shingle and sand, complete with a long<br />

promenade and colourful beach huts, some of which are<br />

available to hire. South Pier provides entertainment with its<br />

amusements featuring traditional arcade games and a couple of<br />

restaurants. There’s plenty to see and do including watersports,<br />

a trip to the Heritage Quay and the Maritime Museum, theatre<br />

and Africa Alive; a zoo which is home to some of Africa’s best<br />

loved animals.<br />

Walberswick, Suffolk<br />

Untamed and wild, Walberswick is a pretty little village. Think<br />

windswept grassy dunes, shingle, sand and heathland with old<br />

world charm. Despite being only a mile away from Southwold,<br />

it is much quieter, so you’ll be able to escape heaving crowds if<br />

you have little ones in tow. The beach is one of Walberswick’s<br />

biggest draws. Great for buckets and spades, it’s also dogfriendly<br />

year-round. Walberswick is the acclaimed home of<br />

crabbing; simply set yourself up on a jetty or footbridge and see<br />

what you can catch! You can visit neighbouring Southwold with<br />

either a walk along the riverbank or by hopping on the foot ferry<br />

that operates during the summer months.<br />

Norfolk Broads, Norfolk<br />

Better suited to those with older children, a boating holiday<br />

on the Norfolk Broads is a break you’ll never forget. With its<br />

beautiful scenery, abundance of wildlife, cycle paths and<br />

riverside pubs, you can plan a trip at any time of year. Without<br />

a doubt the best way to see the Broads is by boat. Feel like a<br />

captain as you navigate the waterway and reeds. Hiring your<br />

own boat for the day or weekend is an exhilarating experience.<br />

It’s a chance to get up close with the beauty of the Broads and<br />

children can learn about the wildlife that lives here. There are<br />

attractions on dryland too – Wroxham Barns and Junior Farm,<br />

BeWILDerwood and Fairhaven Woodland and Water Garden<br />

are all worth a visit.<br />

Cromer, Norfolk<br />

Cromer is a Victorian gem, with a seafront townscape that<br />

rises steeply from the promenade. Here you’ll find a sandy and<br />

shingle beach, lively pier and of course – the famous Cromer<br />

Crab! One of North Norfolk’s best-known landmarks, Cromer<br />

Pier, recalls a golden age of British seaside holidaymaking.<br />

Children can learn to crab from the pier, while the Pavilion<br />

Theatre hosts summer variety shows, along with concerts for<br />



all the family throughout the year. Educate the family about the<br />

town’s heritage at the RNLI Henry Blogg Museum and Cromer<br />

Museum. There’s a great choice of seafood restaurants as well<br />

as traditional fish and chips.<br />

Wells-next-the-Sea, Norfolk<br />

This sandy stretch of the North Norfolk coast is a popular<br />

choice with families. During the height of summer, it gets busy,<br />

really busy, but you’ll still find a spot on the large expanse of<br />

sand. Better still, why not hire your own beach hut for the day?<br />

See the beauty of the area by hopping aboard the Wells and<br />

Walsingham Light Railway. Here, it’s traditional seaside fun<br />

with ice creams, sandcastle building and crabbing off the quay.<br />

Venture to nearby Holkham where the beach fun continues.<br />

Visit Holkham Hall to learn more about the area, wander the<br />

walled gardens, hop on a deer safari tour or hire a boat on the<br />

lake. The area is mostly dog-friendly so the family pooch can<br />

have a holiday too!<br />

Fritton, Norfolk<br />

Escape to the blissful countryside of Fritton. Get children away<br />

from their screens and into the great outdoors at Fritton Lakes.<br />

For a real back to nature experience take a wild lake swim,<br />

hike, forage for dinner or enjoy a water or jeep nature safari.<br />

There’s plenty of sporting activities, adventure playgrounds<br />

and opportunities to learn about the natural ecosystem. It’s<br />

Scandinavian vibes on the lake with a floating sauna located<br />

on a pontoon so it can move around. There’s a choice of<br />

accommodation including woodland cabins, cottages and a<br />

boutique hotel.<br />

Frinton-on-Sea, Essex<br />

Recently listed within The Times ‘top 40 UK beaches’, Frinton is<br />

a relaxed and pretty seaside resort. Tree-lined avenues sweep<br />

down to the elegant Esplanade and cliff-top greensward, with<br />

its colourful Victorian-style beach huts. The sandy beach is<br />

quiet and secluded and one of the best on the Sunshine Coast.<br />

If easy-going beach fun is what you’re after this is the place.<br />

Hire a beach hut for the day or enjoy picnics on the sand, ice<br />

creams and traditional fish and chips. If you’re after a livelier<br />

scene, the buzzing amusements of Walton-on-the-Naze is a<br />

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Into the Sea<br />

Following the success of ‘For The Love of the Land’ in summer 2020, Jenny Jefferies, a<br />

South Cambridgeshire based farmer’s wife and author, has released her second book.<br />

‘For The Love of the Sea’ highlights the hard work and dedication of the men and women<br />

who work in the British fishing industry, as well as those who support them including the<br />

Royal National Lifeboat Institution and the Marine Stewardship Council.<br />

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Southwold, The Female Fisherman aka Ashley Mullenger, who operates two working boats<br />

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native artisan wholesale and retail fish seller who flies the flag for storytelling and herring.<br />

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including Waterstones and online from www.mezepublishing.co.uk and<br />

www.jennyjefferies.co.uk<br />

Swedish inspired café opens in Suffolk<br />

A new independent coffee shop has opened its doors in Sproughton. Tucked away in<br />

a former cowshed, Milk Shed Café is serving locally roasted speciality coffee alongside<br />

baked savouries, cakes and a delicious, freshly prepared, seasonal menu, all sourced<br />

locally wherever possible. The café is dedicated to the Swedish tradition of Fika<br />

(pronounced fee-kah), which means “to take a break and make time for friends and<br />

family to share a cup of coffee and a little something to eat”.<br />

Follow Milk Shed Café on Facebook and Instagram @milkshedcafe<br />

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pick up the ‘Fuelling Ambition Starter Kit’ which includes a range of delicious, ethical and<br />

sustainable coffee so he can experiment at his leisure. For just £22.50 the kit includes<br />

four bags of freshly-ground coffee and a week’s supply of craft coffee brew bags.<br />

www.paddyandscotts.co.uk<br />

Doughnuts on Demand<br />

Crosstown, a sweet treat brand, has opened its first store outside London, in<br />

Cambridge. Famed for creating sourdough doughnuts, Cambridge locals can now<br />

order the full range of cookies and doughnuts for collection or on-demand delivery<br />

direct to their doorstep in under an hour.<br />

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a delicious three course meal in your own kitchen. Brought to you by Peach Pubs,<br />

which owns the Black Horse in Woburn, The Swan at Salford and The Embankment in<br />

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Afternoon<br />

Tea with<br />

a Twist<br />

Written by Jacqui Hagen<br />

Break the traditions of afternoon tea with a little character<br />

The seventh Duchess of Bedford, Anna Maria Russell, was a marvellous woman. Thanks to<br />

her, and her late afternoon ‘sinking feeling’, we now have one of the most quintessential (and<br />

delicious) English customs: afternoon tea.<br />

In the 19th century dinner was served fashionably late and so, at around four o’clock, the<br />

hungry Duchess would request a tray of tea, bread and butter and cake to be brought to her<br />

boudoir. Realising that this treat would be even better shared, she began inviting friends to<br />

join her in the drawing room at Woburn Abbey. Word spread and, before long, afternoon tea<br />

became a fashionable social event for the upper classes.<br />

Today, although still considered a luxury, afternoon tea is firmly established as one of the<br />

nation’s favourite culinary traditions. More recently, it has been elevated to new heights<br />

with themed events increasing in popularity. From seasonal themes embracing Easter,<br />

Halloween and Christmas to Hollywood, Disney and literary events, the options are endless.<br />

Here are our favourites across the region this summer:<br />


FOOD & DRINK<br />

The Parlour at Mad Dogs & Englishmen<br />

1349-1353 London Road, Leigh-on-Sea, Essex, SS9 2AB<br />

Tel: 01702 714766<br />

Enjoy a decadent affair from 19 May to 4 July with a ‘Breakfast at Tiffany’s Afternoon<br />

Tea’, inspired by the 1961 film starring the iconic Audrey Hepburn. The Parlour will be<br />

decorated in the signature Tiffany blue throughout and your afternoon tea will pay<br />

homage to the favourite delicacies of the era. This will be followed by The Parlour’s ‘Be<br />

Our Guest Afternoon Tea’, inspired by Disney’s Beauty and the Beast, from 10 July to 5<br />

September.<br />

Weekday £33pp inc service, weekend £38.50pp inc service.<br />

www.maddogsandenglishmeninteriors.co.uk<br />

The Assembly House<br />

Theatre Street, Norwich, Norfolk, NR2 1RQ<br />

Tel: 01603 626402<br />

Famous for its award-winning themed afternoon teas, The Assembly House is promising<br />

a summer theme that will be a sweet temptation to diners. Themes are always kept under<br />

wraps until shortly before they launch with this year’s scheduled to begin on 21 June.<br />

To give you an idea of the delights to be announced, last summer’s themed tea was ice<br />

cream inspired and included a chocolate and strawberry Neapolitan macaron, a mintchoc-chip<br />

gâteau opéra, a knickerbocker glory shot and an ice cream cookie sandwich.<br />

£23.95pp, £14 for children.<br />

www.assemblyhousenorwich.co.uk<br />

The Ickworth<br />

Horringer, Bury St Edmunds, Suffolk, IP29 5QE<br />

Tel: 01284 735350<br />

With both adult and children’s menus available, The Ickworth’s ‘Wind in the Willows<br />

Afternoon Tea’ features the favourite foods of the much-loved characters in Kenneth<br />

Grahame’s children’s classic. Along with delicious savouries, adults will be treated to<br />

Ratty’s lemonade posset and Badger’s chocolate and berry Swiss roll while the children’s<br />

tea includes a classic breakfast re-imagined. Mole’s Boiled Egg reveals a surprise filling<br />

of whipped mascarpone mousse and a mango gel with soldiers replaced by a chocolate<br />

pastry finger for dipping. Available from May through to the end of September.<br />

£27 per adult, £15 per child<br />

www.ickworthhotel.co.uk<br />

Sugar Boutique<br />

13 Station Road, Knebworth, Hertfordshire, SG3 6AP<br />

Tel: 01438 221144<br />

Sugar Boutique specialises in teas with a delightful twist and they have lots of new<br />

themes planned for this summer. Join them for an Instagram-worthy experience with a<br />

selection of delicious savoury and sweet treats inspired by your chosen theme. Indulge<br />

in a trip through ‘Wonderland’, take part in a magical ‘Hogwarts’ adventure or relax with a<br />

‘Mary Poppins Tea’ which is, of course, “practically perfect in every way.”<br />

A non-refundable deposit of £10 will be taken at the time of booking.<br />

£27.50 per adult, £15 per child<br />

www.sugar-boutique.co.uk<br />


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Ideas: Meet a friend for coffee, ask a colleague about their<br />

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Being active is great for your physical health, but it also releases<br />

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Learning new skills can be useful and can also boost our mental<br />

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It can be easy to rush through life without stopping to notice<br />

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Ideas: Watch the sun setting, meditate, have a bath with candles,<br />

listen to music, get out into the park or the countryside, try cloud<br />

spotting, watch the birds outside, try a new food.<br />

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Written by Ailsa Hichens | www.foodfabulous.co.uk<br />

Our health and immune system are more important than ever.<br />

During the pandemic many of us become more aware of our<br />

immunity against infection and disease. The supplement market<br />

is full of pills and capsules to support our body, but one vitamin<br />

that is vital to our immune health is vitamin D.<br />

Vitamin D is a superstar vitamin, or to be correct, a hormone,<br />

because it supports so many functions in the body. One of the<br />

key roles is in immunity although it is implicated in all kinds<br />

of things such as good digestion, hormone balance and<br />

blood sugar regulation, plus mood disorders like anxiety and<br />

depression. If any of this is out for you, it’s worth considering<br />

whether you might be deficient.<br />


One of the reasons people tend to get more colds and flu during<br />

winter months is we are outdoors less and get less sunlight on<br />

our skin. Your body makes vitamin D after contact with the sun’s<br />

UV rays. It’s a combined effort between the liver and kidneys.<br />

What we’ve come to understand from emerging research is that<br />

that higher vitamin D levels are associated with the reduced risk<br />

and severity of COVID-19. We have known for a while that people<br />

with low vitamin D levels are much more likely to get upper<br />

respiratory tract infections (think regular flu) than those with<br />

enough of the hormone in their body.<br />


YOU HAVE?<br />

You can get vitamin D from foods – like oily fish, egg yolks and<br />

whole milk – but the vast majority is made in the body. As an<br />

aside, do not be fooled into thinking the fortified foods are<br />

the same or have similar benefits. Fortified foods (like cereals,<br />

margarine and some yoghurts) contain a synthetic version of the<br />

vitamin known as D2 (the natural form is D3). Research shows this<br />

is less effective at raising levels of vitamin D in the blood.<br />

However, it is hard to get as much as you need from food alone,<br />

so you may need to top up.<br />

The optimal way to do that is to regularly spend time outdoors in<br />

the sun (even winter sun). About 10-30 minutes most days should<br />

do it.<br />

If getting out in the sun is not an option, sit in front of a light box<br />

that supplies 10,000 lux of full-spectrum light for 30 minutes every<br />

morning. This is an especially good option for winter months and<br />

for nightshift workers.<br />

You can of course, take supplement and vitamin drops or spray<br />

ahead of tablets for absorbability. You’ll also want to choose<br />

vitamin D3, which is most efficient at raising vitamin D levels in<br />

the body.<br />

Even if you already take a supplement, work out whether what<br />

you are taking is actually what<br />

you need.<br />

There are different opinions about what is right and wrong.<br />

The Department of Health recommends 400IU a day between<br />

October and March and more if you don’t get outside much or<br />

if your skin is darker. The reality is this is likely to be a getting-by<br />

amount where most nutrition professionals aim a bit higher than<br />

that for optimal health.<br />

The key is in testing your own vitamin D with a finger-prick blood<br />

spot test and these are now readily available from companies<br />

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will supplement to what you actually need.<br />

There is such a thing as too much vitamin D (known as vitamin<br />

D toxicity). You’d have to be going some way to get there but it is<br />

possible, which is why it is essential you know your levels before<br />

you start guzzling any supplements.<br />


VITAMIN D?<br />

Among other things that go a bit wrong as you get older, your<br />

body is less good at turning the rays from the sun into vitamin D.<br />

Specifically, the kidneys which are less good with age at turning it<br />

to the active form of calcitriol.<br />

Problems with the digestive system mean the digestive tract does<br />

not absorb the vitamin D as well too.<br />

When you’re stressed, the stress hormone cortisol reduces the<br />

uptake of vitamin D.<br />

The darker your skin, the less vitamin D you will make. This is due<br />

to the higher levels of melanin in your skin that protect against UV<br />

light. By blocking the sun’s rays, it also curbs the body’s ability to<br />

make the precursor to the active vitamin D.<br />

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health coach at Food Fabulous.<br />


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Tan Lines<br />

Why tan accessories are the perfect<br />

neutral for summer<br />

Written by Ruth Essex | www.ruthessex.com<br />

Although this summer allows new levels of freedom and travel, there is<br />

still an element of caution in the air; a sense of testing the waters, rather<br />

than diving straight back in to life as we knew it. I believe that in order<br />

to feel balanced, our clothes need to reflect how we are feeling. In my<br />

Lessons In Style Club, I create quarterly seasonal capsules; designing<br />

the capsule to not only reflect the season, but also the zeitgeist; the<br />

mood of the time and place we find ourselves in.<br />

The summer capsule is a curated collection of clothing and accessory<br />

pieces, and I purposefully chose tan as the key accessory colour.<br />

When worn as an accent, tan, a rich, chestnut brown, is a universal<br />

colour. It doesn’t matter if you have warm or cool colouring, because<br />

it still works.<br />

A tan belt works equally well with a pair of black linen shorts, your<br />

blue denim shirt dress or a pair of white trousers. It is a colour you<br />

will always find in the shops. Once you have invested in your tan<br />

accessories, you can re-use those pieces every year, and never feel<br />

like you are out of fashion. It is almost anti-fashion because it is a<br />

grounded staple that you can rely on. It won’t date like the colour of<br />

the season.<br />

Admittedly, tan won’t set your world on fire, but is that what you are<br />

looking for right now? It is such a relief to see people stepping away<br />

from shapeless joggers at last, but we still seem to want the security of<br />

items we know and love, like our jeans and simple summer dresses.<br />

By adding a few tan accessories, you can bring new life to all your<br />

old favourites, making them chic and elegant or natural and boho,<br />

depending on how you wear them. A touch of something new, but<br />

grounded in items you already own. It will give you a summer capsule<br />

that feels harmonious, peaceful and grounded; something we might<br />

want for ourselves, and by using tan, our wardrobe can reflect this.<br />

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Dive In<br />

Swim with Grace takes us from<br />

pandemic to pool side<br />


The last 18-months has been tough<br />

for us all. As businesses clung to the<br />

hope of grants to keep afloat and<br />

redundancies were made, university<br />

graduates were left with few prospects.<br />

However, Grace King, a 24-year-old<br />

fashion graduate, from Saffron Walden,<br />

Essex, took lockdown as an opportunity<br />

to follow her passion.<br />

With her nine-month around the world<br />

trip cancelled, Grace used her savings to<br />

create a sustainable swimwear brand<br />

for women. “All my pay checks from<br />

Audley End, working with the horses,<br />

had been saved over four years.<br />

When I realised, I had to cancel, I was<br />

devastated,” she said.<br />

Rather than feel deflated, Grace took the<br />

plunge and created a collection of five,<br />

high quality, swimwear pieces which are<br />

suitable for all body shapes.<br />

“I had to adapt my way of thinking. I<br />

thought; I have this money, let me make<br />

something good of it. I need to spin<br />

this on its head, so I invested into my<br />

passion,” she continued.<br />

Her love for fitness and sports shines<br />

through the collection with each piece<br />

carefully designed to be comfortable<br />

and suitable for watersports with no<br />

ties and hardwear. “I love surfing in<br />

Cornwall,” said Grace. “I wanted the<br />

collection to be flush to the skin for<br />

comfort.”<br />

The collection includes both two-pieces<br />

and swimsuits available in a range of<br />

colours; the bold orange is a vibrant<br />

addition to any holiday wardrobe. Each<br />

piece is perfectly cut and flattering for<br />

all body types, thanks to the use of<br />

ECONYL ®; a sustainable material made<br />

with waste from the ocean. Sourced<br />

from Bali, every purchase helps support<br />

women in work and contributes to the<br />

cleaning of Bali. Each product takes<br />

longer than average to create as the<br />

fabric needs to be collected, cleaned<br />

and created. Consumers are purchasing<br />

an investment item with durability,<br />

longevity and little waste, ultimately<br />

spending more, but buying less!<br />

Speaking of her journey from idea to<br />

product, Grace said: “I studied fashion<br />

buying and design at university, but<br />

as opposed to a project, reality is quite<br />

different. When a sale comes through, it<br />

motivates me.”<br />

Grace offered her advice to other<br />

women looking to start their own<br />

business: “Don’t be afraid, risks are<br />

worth taking. People will buy into a story<br />

and passion. Don’t be afraid to ask for<br />

help. In Essex, there are start-up grants<br />

available. I joined women in business<br />

seminars and local business groups to<br />

make connections.”<br />

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Weddings<br />

Less is<br />

More<br />

Written by Jordine Bartlett<br />

As of 17 May, wedding ceremonies and receptions of a<br />

maximum of 30-guests can be held at Covid-secure venues<br />

across England – including both indoor event spaces and<br />

private gardens.<br />

A trimmed guest list is most certainly not a bad thing. It offers<br />

brides and grooms the opportunity to incorporate special details<br />

which might otherwise prove difficult to create on a larger scale.<br />

Below are our suggestions for how to maximise a wedding with<br />

a limited bridal party.<br />

Increase Participation<br />

Rather than speeches after dinner with a curated guest list,<br />

newlyweds can introduce several moments throughout when<br />

groups can share meaningful memoirs. This twist on traditional<br />

speeches brings people together and increases the atmosphere.<br />

Live Stream<br />

Bring the day to those who can’t be in attendance by recording<br />

the ceremony live. Those tuning in can join in and raise a glass<br />

from the safety of their sofas.<br />

Experiment with Entertainment<br />

A mixologist assigned to each table making signature aperitifs<br />

could be a nice touch for cocktail lovers or how about asking<br />

your live band to play a song request from each guest? These<br />

thoughtful shared experiences are guaranteed to heighten the<br />

experience of the day for everyone invited.<br />

Enjoy Socialising<br />

Another way to ensure a momentous day is to make time to<br />

mingle. A smaller setting allows brides and grooms to navigate<br />

the room with ease and have one-on-one time with loved<br />

ones. It’s also the perfect moment for informal photographs to<br />

be taken.<br />

Choose a venue that reflects your<br />

personality<br />

Sourcing a venue that accommodates great numbers can<br />

prove challenging, however finding a location for a select few is<br />

much simpler.<br />

Here’s our roundup of some of the best venues for intimate<br />

gatherings:<br />

Henry Moore Studios and Gardens, Hertfordshire<br />

A 70-acre country estate set amongst Henry Moore’s iconic<br />

sculptures.<br />

Houchins Wedding Venue, Essex<br />

A quaint barn recently modernised for civil ceremonies and<br />

conscious couples seeking an intimate reception venue.<br />

Voewood, Norfolk<br />

Renowned for its artistic interior, the beautiful venue is just a<br />

stone’s throw from the beaches of Norfolk.<br />

Eggington House, Bedfordshire<br />

Set within 25 acres of enchanting woodland, couples have the<br />

option to customise every detail of this venue.<br />

Woodhall Manor, Suffolk<br />

An exclusive rural escape steeped in history and an abundance<br />

of charm.<br />

Fewer guests mean more time, resource and budget for those in<br />

attendance so don’t consider it a setback – embrace it!<br />

Born and raised in Hertfordshire,<br />

Jordine has a passion for showcasing<br />

the heritage, history and diversity of the<br />

county, demonstrated in her storytelling.<br />

She is the founder of the luxury planning<br />

platform – Wedding Status, she is a<br />

great advocate for the wedding sector<br />

and considered a leading voice within<br />

the industry.<br />

@jordinebartlett<br />


Motoring<br />

Audi Q7 TFSi e<br />

quattro<br />

Written by Sue Cooke | Twitter @cookecars<br />

As pandemic restrictions are slowly eased, there comes the freedom to explore our<br />

towns and villages as well as places of interest with the family this summer. And<br />

what better way to do that than in a family SUV and one that has hybrid power,<br />

which is easier on the purse strings. So more to spend on the family day out.<br />

No new petrol or diesel powered cars will be built after 2030, so if you don’t have the<br />

confidence to go all electric, then a step forward is to choose hybrid. In a recent poll<br />

on used car website DesperateSeller.co.uk, 16% of respondents said they thought<br />

that hybrid meant the car could run on petrol and diesel. It does not.<br />

The car I road tested this week was a plug-in hybrid electric vehicle (PHEV). The<br />

Audi Q7 TFSI e quattro is powered by a V6 turbo charged petrol engine and an<br />

electric motor under the boot floor which is driven by a lithium-ion battery. What this<br />

means for the buyer is a reduction in CO2 emissions, down to 61g/km. If you keep<br />

the battery charged, then you can also save on fuel consumption.<br />

There are three driving modes. Hybrid – which is the default mode when the<br />

system chooses fully electric, petrol power on its own, or a combination of both.<br />

In EV (Electric Vehicle) mode, the car relies purely on electric power unless the<br />

accelerator is pressed, in which case the engine instantly fires back into life. In<br />

Battery Hold mode, the battery charge is preserved at its existing level.<br />

The downside of a PHEV in an already weighty vehicle is the addition of the motor<br />

and battery, both of which impact on fuel economy. If you do not have the ability to<br />

charge the battery before your journey, you could find that your fuel economy will<br />

halve. Using a home wall box or a roadside charger it will take two-and-a-half hours<br />

to fully charge.<br />

The Q7 has an elevated seat which gives a great view of the traffic ahead. In the rear<br />

there are three individual seats and a lot of leg space. Boot space is a capacious 650<br />

litres and the boot lid rose very accommodatingly as I struggled to the car carrying<br />

suitcases and other holiday items. With the rear seats down the litres of space rise<br />

to 1835.<br />

Facts at a Glance:<br />

Model: Audi Q7 TFSI e quattro Tiptronic<br />

Price: From £75,030 otr with options<br />

Engine: V6, motor and lithium ion battery<br />

Performance: 0-62.1mph in 5.8 seconds<br />

and on to a top speed of 149.1mph<br />

CO2 emissions: 61g/km<br />

Combined fuel consumption: 104.6mpg<br />

(S Line) (WLTP)<br />

There is a very clear digital display in front of the steering wheel which includes<br />

technology to help you drive a little greener. I like the traditional volume button to<br />

work the audio system. I coped quite well when reversing into a narrow spot as<br />

there is a very clear picture of the area behind in full colour and there are parking<br />

sensors. Manoeuvring the Q7 is smooth, cornering is like driving on rails and grip is<br />

outstanding on wet slippery roads.<br />

The Vorsprung Durch Technik branded SUV is packed with technology but then<br />

you would probably expect that with an on the road price starting from £67,670. You<br />

pay extra for the Daytona grey pearl exterior colour of £750, but it is beautiful.<br />

The Audi Q7 e quattro is a powerful and technologically advanced family car, which<br />

with plug in hybrid power is an inspiration to plan ahead for road trips around our<br />

beautiful country.<br />


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Martin<br />

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Claim two years<br />

tax relief if you<br />

work from home<br />

If you’re an employee<br />

who’s had to work from<br />

home, even for just a<br />

couple of days, you could<br />

be owed up to £280 by<br />

HMRC. That’s because<br />

it’s now confirmed that<br />

if you’ve had to work<br />

from home during the<br />

pandemic, and had extra<br />

costs, you can get relief<br />

for the entire tax year. I<br />

understand that sounds a<br />

bit goobledegooky, so let<br />

me take you through it…<br />

What is this tax relief…<br />

It’s always been the case that if your<br />

employer has required you to work from<br />

home, and you’ve had additional costs<br />

because of it (e.g heating or electricity)<br />

then you’re able to claim for these<br />

increased costs – known as the working<br />

from home (wfh) tax relief.<br />

For far more help on this see my<br />

www.moneysavingexpert.com/<br />

WFHtaxrelief guide, yet in brief, to<br />

claim the tax relief you must have, and<br />

declare that you have had, specific extra<br />

costs due to working from home. Yet<br />

apportioning extra costs, such as heating<br />

and electricity, is tough. Due to that, there<br />

is a flat rate of £6 a week available to you,<br />

which you can get either…<br />

• £2.70 a week for a top 45% rate<br />

taxpayer (£140.40 a year)<br />

If you’re not the only employee in the<br />

house who’s been required to work<br />

from home, and it’s fair to say that costs<br />

have increased specifically from each<br />

individual working from home, you can<br />

all each claim it.<br />

Work from home for just a<br />

day and you get the whole<br />

year’s relief<br />

During the 2020 lockdown as millions of<br />

UK staff were required to work from home<br />

temporarily – HM Revenue and Customs<br />

(HMRC) changed the way the working<br />

from home tax relief operates.<br />

Previously, you could claim the working<br />

from home tax relief for each week you<br />

were required to work from home. Yet<br />

in Oct 2020 it launched a ‘microservice’<br />

which, even if you only needed to work<br />

from home for ONE day and had extra<br />

costs, you automatically got the WHOLE<br />

tax-year’s relief.<br />

And a few weeks ago, as the new <strong>2021</strong>/22<br />

tax year started on 6 April, HMRC decided<br />

to continue that microservice for <strong>2021</strong>/22<br />

too – which means many can now claim<br />

TWO year’s worth of relief – worth up<br />

to £280.<br />

Martin Lewis is<br />

the Founder of<br />

MoneySavingExpert.com.<br />

To join the 13 million<br />

people who get his free<br />

Money Tips weekly email,<br />

go to<br />

www.moneysavingexpert.com/latesttip<br />

• An extra £6/week tax-free from your<br />

employer. They don’t have to give<br />

you that, and in fact most employers<br />

aren’t giving it as they are most likely<br />

struggling.<br />

• If you’re not getting that from your<br />

employer, then you can get £6 taxrelief.<br />

To make the process easy, HMRC<br />

says that for claims in line with the<br />

employers’ payment, you won’t need<br />

to keep receipts or prove information (if<br />

you have bigger expenses and want to<br />

claim more, you would need to prove it).<br />

The tax relief of £6 a week equates to<br />

a gain of…<br />

• £1.20 a week for a basic 20% rate<br />

taxpayer (£62.40 a year)<br />

• £2.40 a week for a higher 40% rate<br />

taxpayer (£124.80 a year)<br />

How to claim TWO years’<br />

relief (or an extra one if<br />

you’ve already claimed)<br />

To process claims, most employees<br />

(including part timers) can use the<br />

microservice at www.Gov.uk. The<br />

exception to this is if you do a selfassessment<br />

tax form, in which case you<br />

can still claim but it’s a different route – see<br />

my www.moneysavingexpert.com/<br />

WFHtaxrelief guide for help with that.<br />

To use the microservice you need a<br />

Government Gateway ID. If you don’t have<br />

one, you can set one up along the way.<br />

You’ll also be asked if you’re claiming any<br />

other work-related expenses. So, if you<br />

wear a uniform to work, do read about<br />

the www.moneysavingexpert.com/<br />

reclaim/uniform-tax-refund as you may<br />

be able to claim that too.<br />




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Business101<br />

Free business support<br />

Running a business can be tough and, for many, the pandemic<br />

and the impact of Brexit have brought a new set of challenges.<br />

It’s good to know where to find a helping hand, so we’ve put<br />

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support with everything from funding and people management<br />

to mentoring and business development.<br />

National Organisations<br />

Better Business Finance<br />

Free access to approved finance suppliers. Impartial information<br />

for businesses and entrepreneurs looking to develop and grow.<br />

0333 305 0698<br />

www.betterbusinessfinance.co.uk<br />

Advisory, Conciliation and Arbitration Service (Acas)<br />

Free, impartial advice for employers and employees on<br />

workplace rights, rules and best practice including training and<br />

help resolving disputes.<br />

0300 123 110<br />

www.acas.org.uk<br />

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Advice and funded support for businesses looking to<br />

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0300 123 3066.<br />

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Government grants available for upgrading to a high-speed<br />

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areas. Full eligibility criteria on the website.<br />

www.gigabitvoucher.culture.gov.uk<br />

Coronavirus financial support for businesses<br />

Government business support finder to check eligibility<br />

for loans, tax relief and cash grants due to the impact of<br />

coronavirus.<br />

www.gov.uk/business-coronavirus-support-finder<br />

Business Support Helpline (England)<br />

Free business advice from the government.<br />

Call 0800 998 1098 or email<br />

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Regional Organisations<br />

South East Creatives<br />

Business development and grants for creative, cultural or digital<br />

SMEs in Essex. Offering workshops, mentorship, business<br />

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Apply online.<br />

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Wenta Mentor Scheme<br />

Free mentoring from a fully trained mentor for businesses in<br />

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Get Enterprising<br />

Free growth support programme for early-stage businesses in<br />

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info@wenta.co.uk or 01438 310020.<br />

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Marketing, finance, distribution, sales, premises, employment<br />

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01206 548 833<br />

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Invest East Investment Readiness Programme<br />

Free investment readiness programme for SMEs in Norfolk and<br />

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Scale Up New Anglia<br />

Business health analysis, peer-to-peer learning, industry and<br />

academic expertise, workshops, supplier visits and support<br />

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Safe &<br />

Secure<br />

Written by Emma Kemsley<br />

How safe is your home?<br />

“People only ever buy a camera after a burglary because they never think it will<br />

happen to them.” That’s the exact statement the police officer said to me on a cold<br />

Wednesday evening in January 2020. As I looked numbingly at the shattered glass<br />

of my French doors covering the living room, I knew he was right. I’d been naïve. I live<br />

in a small village, in an area that regularly tops The Times ‘best places to live’ poll. A<br />

place where everyone knows everyone, and we smile at those we don’t know and<br />

wish them a good day as we pass by.<br />

How could I have become victim to a burglar? What made my house so special?<br />

It’s certainly not the biggest or most attractive in the village. I am on a main road for<br />

goodness sake. How is it possible to slip in and out with no one seeing? The answer<br />

was obvious. I had no security. No camera. No alarm. A dark garden. The burglar saw<br />

an empty house and took their opportunity.<br />

After the initial shock wore off, I wasted no time researching security options. Yes,<br />

the damage had been done, but I would sleep better at night knowing I had safety<br />

measures in place. I quickly stumbled upon Ring. I had previously heard of their<br />

doorbell camera system, but I had no idea about their extensive range of products.<br />

Ring is on a mission to make neighbourhoods safer by creating a ‘Ring of Security’<br />

around homes and communities with its affordable and stylish home security<br />

products and services. I initially bought three Ring cameras and the alarm system<br />

which allows you to place sensors at key points of entry. Easy to install, all products<br />

connect with our Alexa, and my husband and I both have apps on our phone<br />

which show all camera views and alert us if a camera or sensor is triggered. For an<br />

additional annual fee, if the alarm is set off, an automated alert will call our mobile<br />

phone. Our kind neighbour also gets a notification if we are unavailable.<br />

The system has been flawless. The only small issue we’ve encountered is the camera<br />

that is most active, for example, the one we pass daily in and out of the house, runs<br />

low on battery and requires charging every two weeks. It hasn’t been a problem, but<br />

not wanting to risk forgetting to charge it, we recently switched it to the Spotlight<br />

Cam Solar, and it’s made life much easier. The HD camera with two-way talk and<br />

spotlights, connected to a solar panel for non-stop power has provided a<br />

continuous level of reassurance. The spotlight is surprisingly bright and covers a<br />

good distance too!<br />

With Ring and other similar products available, a full home security system no longer<br />

needs to be an extravagant expense. You’ll always think you are safe until it happens<br />

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Sustainable Home<br />

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Nine tips for saving energy and money in your home<br />

Improving the sustainability of your<br />

home isn’t just good for the planet, your<br />

home will be more comfortable to live<br />

in and your wallet will thank you too!<br />

Making your home greener can also<br />

boost your house price. Here are my top<br />

energy-saving tips:<br />

Change to LED Lightbulbs<br />

You’ll be surprised! Yes, it’s only<br />

lightbulbs and you can change them<br />

yourself, but LEDs use up to 80 per cent<br />

less energy than regular bulbs so there<br />

is money-saving potential here over the<br />

longer term.<br />

Switch energy supplier<br />

If you’re not already with a green energy<br />

provider then look to switch to one. It’s<br />

the simplest way to go green without<br />

having to make any physical changes to<br />

your home.<br />

Get a smart meter<br />

Keep an eye on your energy usage with<br />

a smart meter. Most energy providers<br />

install them free of charge and watching<br />

the pennies go up on the gauge will<br />

soon make you more efficient at turning<br />

things off when they’re not in use or<br />

dropping the heating down a degree<br />

or two.<br />

Consider replacing your<br />

showerhead and toilets<br />

Another small improvement that will<br />

make a big difference is changing<br />

to a low-flow system for your toilet<br />

and showerhead. The average home<br />

toilet is responsible for 30% of water<br />

consumption, making it one of the<br />

costliest systems in your house.<br />

Go natural<br />

Mainstream household cleaning<br />

products are packed with nasty<br />

chemicals so switch to eco-friendly<br />

brands or try natural products such as<br />

vinegar and bicarbonate of soda to get<br />

rid of grime.<br />

Upgrade your home’s<br />

insulation<br />

As much as 40% of a home’s heat loss<br />

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Just Hang<br />

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Update your home with wall art<br />

Let’s face it, after lockdown we’re<br />

all a bit tired of staring at the walls<br />

of our home. If your living room,<br />

bedroom, bathroom and kitchen<br />

are in need of an update, framed<br />

prints are a simple, easier alternative<br />

to paint and wallpaper.<br />

From multi-coloured abstracts to<br />

playful patterns, Instagram home<br />

accounts have plenty of cool art<br />

inspiration, but why have prints<br />

become so popular? Annica<br />

Wallin, executive creative director<br />

at Desenio, which specialises in<br />

high quality prints and frames, said:<br />

“With people spending more time<br />

at home than ever before, keeping<br />

on-trend and implementing new<br />

ideas into living spaces has never<br />

been more important.<br />

“There’s no easier way to transform<br />

a room than by adding a gallery<br />

wall. You get to set the rules: mix and match prints to get a look and feel that’s<br />

perfect for you. Once you have the frames in place, you can switch prints easily and<br />

affordably whenever you want to change your style. It’s the perfect way to prepare<br />

your home for a new season.”<br />

If you love the concept but unsure of what to choose for your home, Annica added:<br />

“Don’t be afraid to mix and match<br />

colours, styles, and sizes! Use large<br />

prints for elegant feature walls, or<br />

many small prints to create a cosy<br />

and personalised feeling.<br />

“Whether you’re looking to<br />

introduce a sense of calm to your<br />

surroundings or want to add<br />

vibrancy, colour and the “wow”<br />

factor, choosing new prints is an<br />

instant fix! It’s a fun way to get<br />

creative and add some personality<br />

to your home. Choosing a wall<br />

colour that reflects the tones in your<br />

new prints is going to take your look<br />

to the next level.”<br />

The Desenio website features at<br />

handy gallery wall tool for selecting<br />

prints too. Whether you opt for a<br />

trend or choose a style to suit your<br />

personal taste, the wall gallery is<br />

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Making Waves<br />

Written by Phoebe Taylor | www.phoebegracetaylor.journoportfolio.com<br />

How seafaring adventures,<br />

North Norfolk landscapes<br />

and lockdown inspired a<br />

wallpaper brand<br />

If it hadn’t been for COVID, Zoe Dunford<br />

might never have started her wallpaper<br />

business.<br />

“It was during that first lockdown,” she<br />

says. “When I was feeling hemmed in,<br />

I just took myself back onto the water,<br />

onto the marsh, and got my sketch pad<br />

out.” Normally a skipper for the Coastal<br />

Exploration Company (CEC), based in<br />

Wells-next-the-Sea, she wasn’t able to sail,<br />

and so found herself drawn to sketching<br />

boats instead. “I couldn’t go and smell<br />

the wood or feel those canvas sails<br />

beneath my hands. But I could draw them<br />

and transport myself back to them in<br />

that way.”<br />

Zoe also runs a holiday let business<br />

and was looking for nautical-themed<br />

wallpaper for a renovation. Nothing she<br />

found was quite the right fit, therefore<br />

she decided to create her own. Inspired<br />

by her previous sketches, she came up<br />

with elegant, blueprint-like designs – and<br />

Collingwood Coastal was born.<br />

A prestigious pedigree<br />

Admiral Lord Collingwood, Collingwood<br />

Coastal’s namesake, was Nelson’s friend<br />

and comrade-in-arms. When Nelson<br />

was fatally shot at the Battle of Trafalgar,<br />

Collingwood took over command of the<br />

British fleet. Thanks to his leadership, not<br />

a single British ship was lost, either during<br />

the battle, or during the violent, week-long<br />

storm which followed swift on its heels.<br />

To Zoe, he’s not just an historical figure,<br />

but someone with great personal<br />

significance. A direct relation on her<br />

mother’s side, Zoe remembers tracing her<br />

connection back to the Admiral through<br />

family trees brought out at gatherings and<br />

special occasions.<br />

In the present day, Collingwood Coastal<br />

is also a family matter. While Zoe is the<br />

mastermind behind each design, she<br />

collaborates with youngest brother<br />

Richie to bring them to life. First, Zoe<br />

creates the sketches by hand, and comes<br />

up with a concept, layout and colour<br />

palette, then Richie helps turn them into<br />

graphic designs using Illustrator. “We<br />

share the screen and work together,<br />

which is really nice,” Zoe says. “He’s an<br />

actor in London, and I don’t see him very<br />

often.” It’s a way to stay connected with<br />

each other.<br />

Boats for treacherous<br />

waters<br />

Take a closer look at Zoe’s wallpaper<br />

designs and you’ll notice that the boats<br />

featured all have their own distinctive<br />

identity, very specific to the North<br />

Norfolk coast.<br />



partnership with One Tree Planted. “I’m<br />

also really aware,” she notes, that “a little<br />

tree is no replacement for an old tree, an<br />

old rainforest that’s already got all that<br />

biodiversity.” Thus, she’s also partnered<br />

with the World Land Trust, which helps<br />

to protect endangered habitat. “Having<br />

suffered from eco anxiety for years, it just<br />

feels really good to be doing something<br />

positive,” she adds.<br />

You can buy Collingwood Coastal<br />

wallpapers at collingwoodcoastal.com,<br />

or at local stockists Tatty Tides in Holt and<br />

The Alder Tree in Wells-next-the-Sea.<br />

“If you look on the charts of the North<br />

Norfolk coast,” Zoe explains, “It’s got<br />

lines of sand flats. And over the centuries,<br />

there have been many people wrecked<br />

and killed. It can be quite treacherous if<br />

you don’t know what you’re doing.” The<br />

traditional fishing boats depicted in her<br />

designs – crab boats, whelk boats, and<br />

mussel flats – can sail in water just a few<br />

feet high. Flat bottoms and tall masts<br />

allow them to glide over sand flats and<br />

through marshy creeks.<br />

As a skipper, this landscape can be<br />

challenging. Wells’ long, flat beach<br />

means that tides sweep in swiftly and<br />

powerfully. The tides are so strong, in<br />

fact, that Zoe had to spend a year weight<br />

training in order to build the strength<br />

required to scull against them. The<br />

creeks shift as the sand moves, meaning<br />

that each year their positions need to be<br />

re-learned through long, circuitous walks.<br />

But the landscape is also rewarding.<br />

North Norfolk and its huge expanse of<br />

salt marsh is one of the UK’s last great<br />

wildernesses, Zoe says: “You can’t build<br />

on it, because it’s flooded by the tide<br />

each day. Not everybody explores it, so<br />

you can get out and find your own tiny<br />

bit of isolation, even on an August day<br />

when the harbour is heaving. It just feels<br />

like a wild place...there’s a bit of jeopardy<br />

about it.”<br />

Staying sustainable<br />

At the core of Collingwood Coastal<br />

is Zoe’s deep love of nature, and so<br />

sustainability was essential for her.<br />

“I worked as a science writer, and I<br />

couldn’t just ignore that and become<br />

another company that contributes to the<br />

problems that we’ve got,” she says.<br />

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The skies are blue, the air is warm, and the birds are singing.<br />

<strong>Summer</strong> has arrived! For the past few months, we’ve been<br />

working up to this glorious season: sowing seeds, potting on and<br />

planting out. And now it’s time to reap the rewards. With flowers<br />

blooming and crops ready for the picking, gardens and allotments<br />

have never looked so fine. But with pests lurking and diseases<br />

only too keen to spoil your prized veg, it’s important to remain<br />

vigilant.<br />

<strong>Summer</strong> won’t last forever, but while it’s here, take the time to relax<br />

in the garden with a glass of something cold.<br />

If you haven’t done so already, now’s the time to introduce a plant<br />

feed. Nutrients in pots, containers and hanging baskets will have<br />

quickly depleted, so give them a weekly feed and ensure you<br />

maintain a regular watering regime.<br />

With heavy flowerheads and ever-growing stems, plants such<br />

as dahlias and gladioli will need staking. This extra support will<br />

not only prevent damage, but discourage ground pests from<br />

attacking low-lying plants. Also, what’s the point of growing tall<br />

flowers if you can’t see their glorious blooms?<br />

Hot temperatures outside will mean even warmer temperatures in<br />

your greenhouse. Just a few extra degrees can cause your young<br />

plants to shrivel and die. So, introduce shading to your glass roof,<br />

keep all vents and doors open to encourage a steady airflow, and<br />

water the floor daily to increase humidity and deter red spider mite.<br />

For vegetables such courgettes, beans and peas, the key is to pick<br />

them regularly. This will ensure the plant continues to produce.<br />

Letting crops grow past their best can encourage pests, or send<br />

a signal to the plant to stop growing altogether. Carrots, beetroot<br />

and onions will also be ready for harvesting.<br />

By now, you should have five or six trusses on your cordon<br />

tomatoes, so, before your plants reach the greenhouse roof,<br />

pinch out the growing tips. The energy will transfer into setting<br />

your tomatoes. Also, feed regularly, and pinch out all side shoots.<br />

Don’t let plants dry-out, or water irregularly, as this can encourage<br />

blossom end rot. Finally, remove any leaves beneath the first truss<br />

of tomatoes, as this will help circulation and prevent the build-up<br />

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You mention winter, and people shudder. Yet it’s something<br />

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The Self-Employed<br />

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Being self-employed has its benefits, but when it comes to<br />

mortgages, securing a lender can be challenging. Add to this the<br />

effects of the pandemic and East Anglia as a desirable place to<br />

live, the application process can be complexed.<br />

If you’re newly self-employed, we’ve asked the questions that<br />

are no doubt on your mind, to a mortgage expert. Joanne Leek,<br />

marketing manager, mortgages, at Ipswich Building Society<br />

shares her advice:<br />

What initial steps should be taken by<br />

those who are self-employed to help<br />

secure a mortgage?<br />

“A way to improve your chances of having a mortgage<br />

application approved is by having your business accounts<br />

signed off by a suitably qualified accountant and obtaining a<br />

SA302 certificate to evidence your income. You will usually be<br />

required to submit at least two years of accounts and SA302/Tax<br />

Calculations.<br />

“If you’re approaching a year end, it can help to have predictions<br />

of your year end position, as well as credible business forecasts to<br />

show that earnings in future years are likely to remain at the same<br />

level or above. You may also wish to consider providing evidence<br />

of contracts, along with any evidence of work history in your<br />

chosen field prior to becoming self-employed.<br />

“Those with particularly complicated applications could consider<br />

the help of a mortgage intermediary who has experience in this<br />

market; they will have expertise in finding a suitable lender and<br />

helping you provide all of the information needed to package the<br />

case for the mortgage company.”<br />

Is a larger deposit required to secure a<br />

mortgage?<br />

“You may find you’re expected to save a larger deposit too. Most<br />

lenders will look for at least a 10-20% deposit, and for those<br />

without a long history of accounts, you might need an ever bigger<br />

deposit to show a lender you’d be a reliable borrower.<br />

“With any house purchase, regardless of circumstances, the<br />

bigger deposit you’ve got, the easier it could be to secure a<br />

mortgage, and, importantly, a mortgage at a potentially better rate.<br />

If you can afford to wait a little bit longer and put together a higher<br />

deposit, that’s good advice whoever you are.”<br />

Many people have been made redundant<br />

due to COVID, but now work freelance.<br />

Will this affect a mortgage?<br />

“Switching from being employed to a freelancer is a change that<br />

could affect your mortgage application. If you’re still working in<br />

the same industry and indeed at the same company, that will<br />

give the mortgage provider some comfort that you can make a<br />

success of these changes in employment circumstances. On the<br />

other hand, freelancers and contractors can sometimes secure<br />

a higher day rate and therefore they may be able to borrow more<br />

than they could have done previously, as long as they have a<br />

continuous employment history. It’s important to have your new<br />

freelance contract available to share with the provider during<br />

the application process. Consider applying to a provider who<br />

undertakes a manual underwriting approach as they’ve got the<br />

resources to really understand your new employment status.”<br />

Will the pandemic affect self-employed<br />

first-time buyers?<br />

“First time buyers, who can’t afford a large deposit, are faced with<br />

challenges getting a foot on the property ladder, especially in East<br />

Anglia where property prices are higher than average.<br />

“In addition, those in existing mortgages could find themselves in<br />

a tricky situation too. It’s been a difficult year financially for many,<br />

and as product terms come to an end, borrowers will naturally<br />

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The Arts Column<br />

Written by Collette Hoefkens<br />

Proprietor at Norton Way Gallery and artist<br />

www.nortonwaygallery.com<br />

Short Eared Owl by Jennifer Tetlow<br />

Farm in the Usk Valley by Lynda Jones<br />

As the summer settles, our wonderful regional galleries are<br />

opening their doors for seasonal exhibitions. Many venues will<br />

take this opportunity to introduce exciting new artists to their<br />

stables of talent. My very own Norton Way Gallery in Letchworth<br />

is no exception. We are delighted to be premiering, painter in<br />

oils, Lynda Jones and stone carver, Jennifer Tetlow.<br />

Our summer show will start on 5 June until 28 August. You<br />

will be able to browse in person or visit our exhibition page for<br />

a full, wonderful viewing. Among over 10 artists, Lynda and<br />

Jennifer will be showing their very latest pieces. Some have<br />

been created specifically for the gallery, celebrating our famous<br />

nature theme.<br />

Living and practicing in Wales, Lynda’s work has been<br />

exhibited and collected for many years and is particularly<br />

admired for its magical, narrative quality. Vistas of woodland<br />

and nestling dwellings suggest stories that our imaginations are<br />

commanded to conjure. Colourful foliage, secret pathways and<br />

deep sheltered glades, remind us of fairy tales and folklore from<br />

many moons ago.<br />

There is more than a touch of the sublime and surreal about<br />

these compelling landscapes. Intense, vividly painted trees and<br />

ferns seduce the viewer into a land of luscious green and hope.<br />

Offering a creative antidote to some of our darker fears, they bid<br />

you to enter, but mind that you tread carefully.<br />

Lynda’s oil paintings are fluid and at the same time beautifully<br />

controlled. Hues of viridian and ultramarine provide atmosphere<br />

and layers of wonder and depth. Precise patterns and<br />

contrasting highlights bring order to the natural wilderness,<br />

making these real and dreamt places, inviting and serene.<br />

No less magical are the stunning carvings of Jennifer Tetlow.<br />

Also, much exhibited and collected, Jennifer is already a very<br />

established name across the country. Her beautiful, classical<br />

and symbolic sculptures are imbued with character and love.<br />

Each piece is individually carved from a block, chosen for its<br />

inspiring nature.<br />

Jennifer first began carving in stone after a chance encounter<br />

with masons, dressing wall-stones. The sound and rhythm of<br />

hammer on chisel and the neat-handed skills of the quarrymen<br />

impressed her so greatly that she quickly purchased her first<br />

stone working tools. She soon began her career, capturing<br />

the natural world around her. With close observation and<br />

dedication, she is able to convey its beauty in simple, exquisite,<br />

shape and form.<br />

Where and however, you choose to browse, keep safe and<br />

thoroughly enjoy!<br />

<strong>Summer</strong> Collection, 5 June – 28 August<br />

Norton Way Gallery<br />

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On the<br />

Canvas<br />

Discover the latest art<br />

exhibitions in the region<br />

A Passion for Landscape: Rediscovering John Crome,<br />

17 May – 5 September<br />

Stop by Norwich Castle Museum & Art Gallery for an exhibition celebrating the work of<br />

one of Britain’s great romantic artists John Crome (1768-1821) on the bicentenary of<br />

his death in 1821.<br />

The exhibition features approximately 90 paintings, watercolours, drawings and<br />

etchings. Alongside Norwich Castle’s pre-eminent collection of works by John Crome,<br />

the exhibition will present loans from private and public collections, including Tate, the<br />

V&A and Fitzwilliam Museum.<br />

www.museums.norfolk.gov.uk/norwich-castle<br />

Michael Landy’s Welcome to Essex,<br />

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<strong>2021</strong> is the 10th anniversary of Firstsite’s award-winning building, designed by Rafael<br />

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and commissions, which kicked off with The Great Big Art Exhibition, with a major<br />

exhibition of brand-new works by Michael Landy CBE (b.1963).<br />

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Michael Landy grew up in Ilford during the 60s and 70s, at a time when the town<br />

transitioned from being in Essex to Greater London. For his first major public gallery<br />

exhibition in the UK for almost a decade, and on the 20th anniversary of one of his<br />

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contemporary portrayal in popular culture.<br />

The exhibition will unpack origins and question the influence of the media in<br />

conjunction with political agendas, in forming regional and national identities and often<br />

harmful stereotypes that deviate from on-the-ground reality.<br />

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New exhibitions at Tide Mill, Woodbridge<br />

Upon its reopening the Tide Mill in Woodbridge has announced a summer programme of<br />

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There are four exhibitions planned at the Mill, one of which highlights the work of the<br />

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Shopping in Holt<br />

The beautiful Georgian town of Holt is a must-visit during your travels to Norfolk. One of<br />

the larger market towns before you hit the coast, the High Street of washed stone and<br />

flint lined yards offers a collection of independent boutiques, stores, delis, tearooms<br />

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While many high streets across the country struggle with empty stores, Holt continues<br />

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Start your visit with a wander along the main Market Place, home to the 250-year-old<br />

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East Anglia, the food hall is great for a browse. There’s no shortage of food in Holt.<br />

Hidden amongst the cobbled streets and yards are delis and tearooms. Pick up fresh<br />

bread at Krusty Loaf, enjoy a taste of the Med at Casa Blanca, an Iberian gourmet store<br />

and sample ale at the Chubby Seal, a rustic beer café. If you’re after something more<br />

substantial The Wandering Whelk serves up a good all-day brunch. Keep it traditional<br />

with afternoon tea at Folly Tearoom, Owl Tea Room or Byfords which also offers B&B<br />

accommodation.<br />

The colourful shop fronts and architecture of Holt is visually pleasing itself, but if you’re<br />

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The Gallery Holt, Bircham Gallery and Red Dot Gallery showcase collections of original<br />

arts, ceramics, sculptures and more.<br />

The beauty of Holt is its mix of curated stores. For original homewares visit Make Holt or<br />

for scents to fill your home as a reminder of your time spent in Norfolk check out Natural<br />

Living Norfolk, a wellbeing and fragrance store.<br />

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Royal West Norfolk Golf Club<br />

Beach Road, Brancaster, King’s Lynn PE31 8AX<br />

This not-so-secret club is located on the coast at beautiful<br />

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Hunstanton Golf Club<br />

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Mundesley Golf Club<br />

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Gorleston-on-Sea Golf Club<br />

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Lockdown restrictions are easing and it’s time to seek new<br />

adventure on our doorstep. Norwich is making a comeback<br />

with a season of socially distanced events and activities to keep<br />

tourists and residents entertained. Show your support for the city<br />

and its businesses at one of the many upcoming events. We’ve<br />

listed our favourite to help you plan your trip.<br />

Boat trips on the River Wensum<br />

From 21 June the most historic hotel in Norwich launches their<br />

new elegant Edwardian style Frolic 31 electric launch called The<br />

Myrtle Fish. Open to book for guests and non-guests alike, the<br />

boat will tour for two-hour trips to Whitlingham Country Park –<br />

part of the Broads National Park. As well as enjoying the scenery,<br />

guests on board can also enjoy afternoon tea, canapes, grazing<br />

boards, and cheese and wine. The boat gets its name from The<br />

Myrtle Fish Tavern which was once on the site of the hotel today.<br />

The Maids Head claims to be the oldest hotel in the UK with<br />

the site having been a place of hospitality since the middle of<br />

the1090s. www.maidsheadhotel.co.uk<br />

City Sightseeing Bus Tours of Norwich<br />

Having not operated since 2019, it’s great to see the open-top<br />

City Sightseeing bus back in Norwich. It will be resuming from 18<br />

May running all summer until 26 September with four tours a day<br />

(two in the morning, two in the afternoon), six days a week from<br />

Tuesday to Sunday.<br />

www.city-sightseeing.com/en/98/norwich<br />

Gin Making at Gyre & Gimble<br />

During lockdown 2020 Gyre & Gimble decided they had to do<br />

something if the bar wasn’t open. And with that they began<br />

making their own gin. Now it’s your turn. For 2.5 hours you can<br />

participate in a Gyre & Gimble Gin Academy and become a<br />

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with you. Your recipe will be filed so it can be reproduced at any<br />

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and learn about the history of gin. Priced £85. Available Saturdays<br />

from May. www.gyreandgimble.co.uk/experiences/bookan-experience<br />

Castle in the Spotlight: A Masterpiece<br />

by Bellotto from the National Gallery,<br />

London, 17 May – 4 July<br />

Norwich Castle Museum & Art Gallery<br />

Bernardo Bellotto’s The Fortress of Königstein from the North<br />

is one of the most original and impressive examples of 18th<br />

century landscape painting. In 2017 it was saved for the nation<br />

with support from Art Fund and other donors, and to celebrate<br />

its acquisition, the National Gallery has loaned the painting to a<br />

number of institutions so that audiences around the country can<br />

appreciate this important masterpiece. The enormous painting –<br />

over two metres in length – will be on display in Norwich Castle’s<br />

Colman Project Space from 17 May.<br />

Tickets for the museum must be booked in advance via Art Fund<br />

at www.museums.norfolk.gov.uk/norwich-castle/whats-on/<br />

exhibitions<br />

Macbeth in the Cloisters of Norwich<br />

Cathedral, 9 – 10 July<br />

Make a date for some outdoor theatre this summer with the Lord<br />

Chamberlain’s Men who will perform Macbeth over two nights in<br />

the beautiful setting of Norwich Cathedral Cloisters – the largest<br />

monastic cloisters in the country. Bring a picnic and seating and<br />

settle in to watch an all-male cast with Elizabethan costumes,<br />

music and dance.<br />


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Norwich City Food Trail, 12 July –<br />

22 August<br />

Enjoy a brand-new City Food Trail giving people the chance<br />

to explore Norwich, whilst enjoying the best meals the city has<br />

to offer. Running from 12 July – 22 August, the summer City<br />

Food Trail is dinosaur themed, to celebrate Dippy’s arrival at<br />

the Cathedral and GoGoDiscover’s T.rex trail. Restaurants from<br />

across Norwich are participating with special dino menu items for<br />

everybody to enjoy.<br />

GoGo Discover T.rex sculpture trail<br />

GoGo on a Jurassic jaunt this summer with Break and 20<br />

large Tyrannosaurus-Rex sculptures from Monday 12 July<br />

until Saturday 11 September <strong>2021</strong>. The <strong>2021</strong> family-friendly<br />

trail coincides with and celebrates another prehistoric visitor<br />

as the T.rex arrive just days before Dippy the Diplodocus at<br />

Norwich Cathedral, meaning trail go-ers will have 21 dinosaurs<br />

to visit! As well as sponsoring a T.Rex, Chantry Place, one of<br />

Norwich’s shopping malls, is one of the presenting partners of<br />

GoGoDiscover <strong>2021</strong>, along with Norwich BID, and will be home<br />

to some of the trail’s T.rex this summer. The trail is free to follow.<br />

Dippy on Tour at Norwich Cathedral,<br />

13 July – 30 October<br />

Dippy, the Natural History Museum’s iconic Diplodocus cast, will<br />

be taking up residence in Norwich Cathedral’s Nave in July, and<br />

the Dippy on Tour exhibition will run from Tuesday 13 July until<br />

Saturday 30 October <strong>2021</strong>. Norwich Cathedral is the eighth and<br />

final stop for the exhibition that aims to inspire people of all ages<br />

to engage more with nature and explore the natural world on<br />

their doorsteps. The exhibition is free to visit.<br />

www.cathedral.org.uk/dippy-on-tour<br />

For more events and activities visit www.visitnorwich.co.uk<br />

Where to stay<br />

Make the most of your visit to Norwich with an extended<br />

stay in the city.<br />

Hotels in Norwich<br />

Gothic House: charming two-bedroomed B&B, adults<br />

only<br />

The Assembly House: posh B&B with three new rooms<br />

opening this summer, some family rooms, one accessible<br />

room<br />

The Maids Head Hotel: city centre location, 4*, family<br />

rooms available<br />

18A at The Grosvenor: two-bedroom, stylish city<br />

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for families<br />

Best Western Annesley House: 10-minute walk from the<br />

city centre<br />

Stay on the outskirts of Norwich<br />

Stower Grange: Set in wooded grounds just 15 mins from<br />

Norwich<br />

The Norfolk Mead: 4*, on the edge of the Broads and<br />

only six miles from Norwich<br />

Park Farm Hotel: Located just outside Norwich, includes<br />

hotel rooms, plus three standalone lodges with leisure<br />

facilities<br />

Barnham Broom Hotel: features a spa, pool, leisure<br />

facilities and championship golf courses<br />

Spixworth Hall Cottage: Self-catering cottage just outside<br />

Norwich with outdoor pool, ideal for groups<br />

Poolside Lodge: Self-catering accommodation located<br />

just outside Norwich with an outdoor pool, good for<br />

groups<br />

Norfolk Broads Direct: Boating holidays and<br />

accommodation on land in the Broads<br />

Fielding Cottages: Just outside Norwich, and set on a<br />

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Norwich Eats:<br />

New Openings and Events<br />

Written by Zena Leech-Calton | www.lovenorwichfood.co.uk<br />

Ok I’m two stone heavier than pre-lockdown but I’ve enjoyed every bite, even that<br />

tinned chilli mash up I made to get rid of lockdown jars and cookery school supplies.<br />

So, as I look down on my ever-expanding waistline which used to be as flat as a<br />

pancake with Pilates three times a week, I ponder on my favorite lockdown Norfolk<br />

treats. Let’s start with cake – after all that’s what’s brought me to this stage.<br />

Megsy Bakes is just one of the amazing young bakers born out of COVID. An ex-ballet<br />

dancer with a passion to bake and boy, does she do it well.<br />

Life is also better with chocolate. Saffire Chocolates has been around for a couple of<br />

decades and they have developed, in my opinion, into the best chocolate box makers<br />

in the region.<br />

Topokki is a Korean comfort food, made deliciously by Kimchi Norwich. It’s sliced fish<br />

cakes and tofu in a very spicy but bearable Korean chilli sauce.<br />

If you’re looking to get out and about in the city this summer, here are my pick<br />

of new Norwich openings:<br />

Oishi, an Asian takeaway pop up, has moved into The Earlham. Meanwhile Fupburger<br />

have moved into The Dog House and have a £250,000 refurbishment planned.<br />

The Yard opened where Rabbit used to be in Pottergate, and offers pasta, cocktails<br />

and beers.<br />

Upcoming events for<br />

the diary<br />

Mysabar has dates confirmed until<br />

May, but they hope to continue<br />

in some capacity on top of Castle<br />

Quarter for the summer.<br />

www.mysabar.co.uk<br />

Sausage & Cider Festival,<br />

Saturday 24 July<br />

St Andrews Hall<br />

www.sausageandciderfest.co.uk<br />

Local Flavours,<br />

Wednesdays<br />

29 September<br />

Norfolk Show Ground<br />

www.localflavours.co.uk<br />

Clear Company are a charity<br />

organizing travelling fayres across<br />

Norfolk, featuring street food, local<br />

musicians and artists.<br />

Announced dates include Saturday<br />

29 May and 26 June in Wymondham.<br />

www.clearcompany.org.uk<br />

The Blues Kitchen is a pop up at The Rosebery, feeding us roast dinners and meal kits<br />

through lockdown. It is delighting us with an exciting menu.<br />

Holy Guacamole is a Mexican takeaway from the chefs at Brix & Bones, located above<br />

Gonzo’s Tea Room. It went so well over lockdown they hope to continue.<br />


Norfolk<br />

WHAT’S ON<br />


25 May – 12 October <strong>Summer</strong> Showtime<br />

A brand new show and welcomes both new and familiar<br />

faces to the Pavilion stage. Our amazingly talented cast<br />

are ready to entertain you every Tuesday from 18th May<br />

through to October. From Elo to a tribute to Broadway there<br />

is something for every taste in our biggest show yet.<br />

Pavilion Theatre Gorleston, Pier Gardens, Gorleston, Norfolk<br />

NR31 6PP<br />

www.gorlestonpavilion.co.uk<br />

14 July Wind in the Willows<br />

The Wind in the Willows is a beautiful and enchanting<br />

musical production written by Academy Award winner<br />

Julian Fellowes with music by the award-winning Stiles &<br />

Drewe, presented by the Turbine Theatre, London. Last<br />

seen at the London Palladium in 2018, The Wind in the<br />

Willows has been specially adapted for a more intimate<br />

outdoor performance.<br />

Norwich Theatre, Theatre Street, Norwich NR2 1RL<br />

www.norwichtheatre.org/whats-on/wind-in-thewillows<br />

19 - 20 and 26 - 27 June. Harleston &<br />

Waveney Art Trail<br />

A collective of professional artists living and working within<br />

central Waveney Valley open their studios to the public<br />

annually, offering works for sale, and generating interest<br />

and understanding between the local community, the<br />

artists and makers.<br />

www.hwat.org.uk<br />

28 July – 31 July Holt Arts Festival<br />

An annual arts festival, which comprises a range of events,<br />

from food and theatre to music, fine art and more. The<br />

festival week has been adapted to meet CV19 restrictions<br />

but will still be home to musicians, poets, actors, dancers,<br />

artists and comedians.<br />

www.holtfestival.org<br />


MUSIC<br />

2 July The Manfreds<br />

British blues/pop-outfit featuring original Manfred<br />

Mann members (except for Manfred): Paul Jones, Tom<br />

McGuinness, Mike d’Abo, Mike Hugg, Rob Townsend and<br />

Marcus Cliffe.<br />

St Andrew’s Hall, St Andrew’s Plain, Norwich,<br />

Norfolk NR3 1AU<br />

www.thehallsnorwich.com/standrews<br />

15 Aug Tom Jones<br />

Knighted and awardwinning<br />

Welsh singer who<br />

has managed to sustain his<br />

success from the 60s, selling<br />

over 100 million records since<br />

1965 including the familiar<br />

“It’s Not Unusual”, “Delilah”,<br />

“Green Green Grass of Home”,<br />

“What’s New Pussycat?”,<br />

“Thunderball”, “Kiss” (Art of<br />

Noise feat. Tom Jones), “Burning Down the House” (Tom<br />

Jones and The Cardigans), “Sex Bomb” (Tom Jones with<br />

Mousse T) and “Islands in the Stream” (with Rob Brydon,<br />

Ruth Jones and Robin Gibb).<br />

Earlham Park, Norwich NR4 7TJ<br />


5 – 28 June King’s Lynn Festival<br />

Started in 1951 and running for 2 weeks each July, with<br />

30+ events and dozens of fringe events around King’s<br />

Lynn and West Norfolk. There is also a year-round event<br />

schedule. This year they will be celebrating their<br />

70th festival.<br />

www.kingslynnfestival.org.uk<br />

13 – 15 August Festival of Sport Holkham<br />

Centred around a programme of core sports, Festival of<br />

Sport at Holkham provides an amazing opportunity for<br />

kids to try new sports for the first time whilst also receiving<br />

expert coaching and learning new skills in the sports<br />

they love. Sports include rugby, hockey, cricket, football,<br />

gymnastics, netball, tennis, rowing and athletics.<br />

Each sporting zone is led by a famous face from the<br />

sporting world. From Olympians to World Cup winners,<br />

you’ll be rubbing shoulders with a whole host of sporting<br />

legends all weekend.<br />

Holkham Estate, Wells-next-the-Sea, Norfolk NR23 1AB<br />

www.festivalofsportuk.com<br />

29 – 30 August All About Dogs<br />

Bring your dog to the Norfolk Showground on Sunday<br />

29th and Bank Holiday Monday 30th August <strong>2021</strong> for<br />

a weekend packed with exciting arena displays, expert<br />

advice, shopping and lots of have-a-go activities – and if<br />

you don’t have a dog, there’s plenty of fun for humans too!<br />

Norfolk Showground, Dereham Road, Norwich, NR5 0TT<br />

www.allaboutdogsshow.co.uk/norfolk/<br />


4 July Watton Antiques & Collectors Outside Street<br />

Market & also inside The Queens Hall Fair Come join the<br />

fun, the quality is usually high and vendors tend to be<br />

knowledgeable about what they’re selling. For this July<br />

date we will be in our Regular place with stalls in The<br />

Queens Hall & also along the full length of Watton High<br />

Street with stalls selling an eclectic range of treasures &<br />

delights,<br />

Watton High Street & inside The Queens Hall, Norwich Road,<br />

WATTON, Norfolk, IP25 6DA<br />


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Suffolk<br />

Lowestoft<br />

The Perfect Seaside<br />

Staycation<br />

Written by Emmanuelle Gammage | Insta @emmanuelle.gammage<br />


Suffolk<br />

Located along the Suffolk Coast,<br />

Lowestoft is famous for being the most<br />

easterly town in the UK, so it’s the very<br />

first spot to see the beautiful sunrise<br />

each morning.<br />

Staycations are booking up fast and you<br />

may have overlooked this traditional<br />

seaside town, but it’s got a lot to<br />

offer; surrounded by quaint villages,<br />

marvellous sandy beaches and plenty of<br />

fun activities.<br />

Whether you’re a family looking for an<br />

adventure or are a couple desperate<br />

for a romantic getaway by the sea,<br />

Lowestoft is the perfect holiday location.<br />

Things to do<br />

Relax on a glorious sandy beach<br />

Also known as Victoria Beach, this<br />

golden fine sand and clear water has a<br />

Blue Flag award. With miles of beach,<br />

it’s the perfect place for impressive<br />

sandcastle creations or soaking up the<br />

sunshine. If you’re an early riser, start<br />

your day right with a stroll along the<br />

beach and watch the sky turn lavish<br />

shades of red and orange. For an<br />

adventurous day, you can book a horseriding<br />

experience with Pakefield Riding<br />

School or try your hand at a selection of<br />

water sports.<br />

FUN FACT: The famous composer<br />

Benjamin Britten was born in<br />

Lowestoft and it’s believed that<br />

Victoria Beach was the inspiration<br />

for his first masterpiece.<br />

Africa Alive<br />

Only 15 minutes away from the town,<br />

you’ll find giraffes, meerkats, lions and<br />

rhinos set over 100 acres of Suffolk<br />

countryside. Your family will have the<br />

chance to learn some interesting facts<br />

about the inhabitants, take a safari<br />

train ride and experience the animals<br />

up close. You can even book a special<br />

experience to feed the giraffes or<br />

meet the rhinos. There’s a brand new<br />

addition too; three Red River Hogs<br />

called Kinshasa, Rebecca and Rosie<br />

have arrived in a new interactive habitat<br />

called ‘Hog Snorts’.<br />

East Anglia Transport Museum<br />

Entirely run by volunteers, this is the<br />

only museum in East Anglia where<br />

you can actually take a ride on an old<br />

tramway. It’s also home to vintage cars,<br />

renovated vehicles and traditional<br />

trolleybuses. You’ll have fun soaking up<br />

history in style.<br />

Sail along the Broads<br />

Just a couple of miles west of Lowestoft<br />

lies Oulton Broads where you can put<br />

on your captain hat and sail along the<br />

River Waveney or hop on the Waveney<br />

Princess for a relaxing boat tour. Enjoy<br />

the tranquil views and the famous<br />

floating yellow water lilies that begin<br />

blooming in May.<br />

Lowestoft is also renowned for its<br />

beautiful wealth of wildlife. Perched<br />

along the River Waveney, you’ll find all<br />

sorts of birds like red kites and shrikes,<br />

and at Oulton Broad you’ll find rich<br />

botanical life in the marshes; marigold,<br />

ragged robin and perhaps even an<br />

otter lurking about. Managed by Suffolk<br />

Wildlife Trust, it’s a great opportunity to<br />

relax in nature or teach the little ones<br />

about the world around them.<br />

Pleasurewood Hills<br />

With over 35 rides, shows and<br />

attractions for both thrill seekers and<br />

little ones, you’ll be spoilt for choice. Try<br />

and stay dry on Timber Falls or brace<br />

yourself 60 feet high in the sky atop of<br />

the Jolly Rodger. If rides aren’t for you,<br />

you can watch a parrot show, visit the<br />

sea lions or run around the play area<br />

instead – plenty of fun for everyone!<br />

Where to stay in<br />

Lowestoft<br />

Ideal for families, Broadland Sands<br />

Holiday Park is situated between<br />

two seaside towns: Great Yarmouth<br />

and Lowestoft. It’s the perfect spot to<br />

explore the joys that both Suffolk and<br />

Norfolk have to offer. Even if you don’t<br />

feel like venturing far, there’s family<br />

entertainment, a restaurant and a<br />

swimming pool right on site.<br />

Lowestoft also has an array of romantic<br />

or family friendly hotels. Directly<br />

overlooking the sea on top of Kirkley<br />

Cliff stands Hotel Victoria with 24 ensuite<br />

rooms, while The Hog Hotel is a<br />

new farmhouse turned luxury boutique<br />

hotel in the local village of Pakefield.<br />

If you prefer to self-cater, there’s a huge<br />

choice of holiday accommodation to<br />

suit all size parties and budgets.<br />

Where to eat in Lowestoft<br />

The Hog Hotel has a popular restaurant<br />

with outside seating in the summer<br />

months. It has a monthly changing<br />

menu with daily specials and signature<br />

sharing dishes, so you’re bound to find<br />

something to your taste. Mark Gee also<br />

has an ever-changing menu that uses<br />

rustic and seasonal ingredients that they<br />

find on the day. With over 100 pubs in<br />

Lowestoft, you won’t have to look far for<br />

a traditional home-cooked pub meal.<br />

Book your Lowestoft staycation now<br />

and enjoy relaxing in the sunshine or<br />

adventuring around the Suffolk Coast.<br />


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A Guide to<br />

Beccles &<br />

Bungay<br />

Plan your trip to the<br />

Waveney Valley this<br />

summer<br />

Beccles and neighbouring Bungay, are<br />

two gorgeous Georgian towns, nestled<br />

in the Waveney Valley. Suffolk’s coastal<br />

towns may often steal the limelight but if<br />

you’re looking for an enjoyable day out<br />

or weekend away, you’ll be pleasantly<br />

surprised with what the historic towns<br />

have to offer.<br />

Beccles is home to the most southerly<br />

navigable point of the Broads National<br />

Park, perfect for taking to the water<br />

with a day hire boat or canoe. Local<br />

company Hippersons have a fleet of<br />

boats and can advise on routes along<br />

the Broads, rivers and waterways. If<br />

you prefer to let someone else do the<br />

driving, hop aboard the Big Dog Ferry,<br />

which offers a 40-minute boat journey<br />

along the River Waveney.<br />

If you’d rather stay on dry land, Beccles<br />

has many beautiful walks where you’ll<br />

still get to take in the beauty of the river<br />

and spot some wildlife. The Beccles<br />

Marsh Trail is a popular option with a<br />

series of walks and cycle routes.<br />

The charming town of Bungay is home<br />

to an array of independent boutiques,<br />

local produce, beautiful walks, historic<br />

architecture and the legendary Black<br />

Shuck fable. A must-visit is the remains<br />

of a Norman Castle. Discover the history<br />

at the visitor centre, where displays help<br />

you imagine what the castle would have<br />

been like in the early 12th century. Entry<br />

is free but donations are welcomed.<br />

You simply can’t visit Bungay without<br />

sampling the local produce. Within the<br />

area you’ll find traditional pubs selling a<br />

range of local brews. If you want to find<br />

out more, St Peter’s Brewery is close by<br />

and offers a brewery tour and tastings<br />

from Easter to December. If you prefer<br />

grape to grain, book a tour of Flint<br />

Vineyard. Learn about the wine<br />

making process, sample the awardwinning<br />

wine and enjoy a tasty lunch<br />

created from produce sourced within a<br />

15-mile radius.<br />

For an experience to remember during<br />

your trip, book a slot at the Secret<br />

Sauna. Perched on the banks of the<br />

River Waveney, off-grid and hidden,<br />

the cabin allows you to relax with<br />

undisrupted views of nature. Two-hour<br />

slots for two to four people are available<br />

six days week.<br />

Whatever you choose to do on your trip,<br />

you won’t be disappointed by this part<br />

of Suffolk.<br />


Suffolk<br />

WHAT’S ON<br />


22 – 24 June Austentatious<br />

An improvised comedy play starring a cast of the country’s<br />

quickest comic performers. Every single show the cast<br />

conjures up a brand new ‘lost’ Jane Austen novel based on<br />

nothing more than a title suggested by the audience.<br />

Westgate Street, Bury St Edmunds IP33 1QR<br />

www.theatreroyal.org/shows/austentatious<br />

26 – 27 July Romeo & Juliet<br />

Duke’s Theatre Company presents Shakespeare’s tragic<br />

love story, ‘Romeo & Juliet’. Packed with live music,<br />

uproarious comedy and heartbreak, this vital and energised<br />

outdoor production from The Duke’s Theatre Company<br />

promises to pack a punch, whilst delivering the classical<br />

text with modern clarity and relevance. This story is as<br />

current and relatable today as it was 400 years ago.<br />

Thorington Theatre, Thorington, Nr. Southwold, Suffolk,<br />

IP17 3RB<br />

www.thoringtontheatre.co.uk/events/romeo-andjuliet-26-july<br />

MUSIC<br />

30 July Olly Murs<br />

English pop singer and songwriter from Essex. He came<br />

second in the 2009 series of The X Factor, with his debut<br />

2010 single ‘Please Don’t Let Me Go’ hitting the top of the<br />

UK charts. Other releases include “Thinking of Me”, “Heart<br />

Skips a Beat” and “Dance With Me Tonight”.<br />

Newmarket Racecourse Westfield House, The Links,<br />

Newmarket, Suffolk CB8 0TG<br />

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21 August Rumours of Fleetwood Mac<br />

British Fleetwood Mac tribute band, playing songs from the<br />

Peter Green era, through the ‘70 ‘Rumours’ era up to ‘Tango<br />

in the Night’.<br />

“With over 500 major concert events behind them to date<br />

the British rock anthology concert production ‘Rumours<br />

of Fleetwood Mac’ has now performed to over 550,000<br />

Mac fans Worldwide. This show has now established itself<br />

across the world as the Ultimate Celebration Concert to<br />

Fleetwood Mac and tours with Mick Fleetwood’s golden<br />

seal of approval”.<br />

Regent Theatre, 3 St Helens Street, Ipswich, Suffolk IP1 1HE<br />

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chatting with us from the comfort of their own homes in the<br />

UK and beyond!<br />

Harvest House, Cobbold Road, Felixstowe, Suffolk IP11 7SP<br />

www.felixstowebookfestival.co.uk<br />

27 June – 7 November Spirit of Place<br />

A Series of seven afternoon soiree events on the first<br />

Sunday of each month. Live music, words, film, art<br />

installations and more to lift the spirits of Woodbridge and<br />

beyond. Leave the darkness behind and celebrate the light<br />

of <strong>Summer</strong>! With live music music from Aartwork & friends,<br />

art exhibition & installations, poetry and more!<br />

The Longshed, TideMill Way, Woodbridge, Suffolk IP12 1FP<br />

www.spiritofwoodbridge.com<br />


21 June Suffolk Day<br />

A county-wide party to recognise our great icons,<br />

attractions, landscapes, institutions, special events and<br />

more. From guided walks and treasure hunts to live<br />

broadcasts and competitions, there is something for<br />

everyone to enjoy and get involved with.<br />

www.suffolkday.co.uk<br />

17 – 18 July Family Fun Fest<br />

Family Fun Fest is a family festival fun day celebrating the<br />

best entertainment on the Eastcoast. One event 4 Festivals!<br />

KidzFest, DogFest, DinoFest & RideFest<br />

Trinity Park Conference & Events Centre, Felixstowe Road,<br />

Ipswich IP3 8UH<br />

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22 – 25 July Latitude Festival<br />

The popular family festival boasts a weekend of music,<br />

theatre, comedy, workshops and more. Latitude’s<br />

eclectic programme spans from main stage headline<br />

sets to stand-up comedy, and theatre productions from<br />

esteemed companies. Acts headlining this year include<br />

Lewis Capaldi, Snow Patrol and Bastille, with more to be<br />

announced! The festival also includes late night DJ sets,<br />

interactive art installations, families fun, dance, poetry,<br />

comedy and wellbeing activities.<br />

Henham Park, Beccles, Suffolk NR348AQ<br />

www.latitudefestival.com<br />


28 May – 27 June Sculpture in the Valley<br />

Enjoy sculptural and site specific artworks by over 30 artists<br />

in the magical setting of Potton Hall, with views across<br />

to Dunwich heath and woodland. Potton Hall offers an<br />

extensive site including wild-flower meadow, cascading<br />

waterfall, rose garden, lawns with formal planted beds,<br />

pergolas and pond. There will be lots to explore and<br />

plenty of space to enable social distancing. Lunch, snacks,<br />

afternoon tea, and drinks are available at The Yurt Café.<br />

Potton Hall, Blythburgh Rd, Westleton, Suffolk IP17 3EF<br />

www.waveneyandblytharts.com<br />

26 – 27 June Felixstowe Book Festival<br />

Felixstowe Book Festival takes place at Harvest House in<br />

Felixstowe. This year’s Festival includes a programme of<br />

live, in person events, complimented by an exciting online<br />

programme of live streamed events where authors will be<br />


21 – 22 August Clare Antiques Fair<br />

A great collection of antiques and vintage wares, from<br />

dealers all over the region and grab a delicious home-made<br />

lunch in our ‘Café under the Stage’. Situated in the heart of<br />

Suffolk, in the beautiful village of Clare.<br />

Old Town Hall, Market Hill, Clare, Suffolk CO10 8NN<br />


Essex<br />

Cobbles to the Sea<br />

Leigh-on-Sea, Essex<br />

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Essex<br />

A Day Trip to<br />

Maldon<br />

Spend the day amongst the sailing barges, waterside pubs<br />

and heritage of Maldon<br />

Maldon has a rich and varied history waiting to be explored.<br />

With 75 miles of coastline and big skies over the marshes, it<br />

provides the perfect backdrop for summer picnics and sunny<br />

days filled with ice creams. If you’re planning a trip to this part<br />

of Essex, we’ve listed the best activities to ensure you make the<br />

most of your day…<br />

Moot Hall<br />

Built in the 15th century, you can explore this fascinating<br />

building on a tour and enjoy its panoramic rooftop views of<br />

Maldon and beyond. www.themoothall.co.uk<br />

Promenade Park<br />

A huge hit with families, the award-winning park on the bank<br />

of the River Blackwater makes a great day out. Bring a picnic<br />

and spend time lazing on the grass with an afternoon of games.<br />

Children can let off steam at the Valley Adventure play area,<br />

Pirates Bay Adventure Golf, splash park, crabbing lake and<br />

sandpit. www.visitmaldon.co.uk/promenade-park<br />

Thames Sailing Barge<br />

Maldon is home to the iconic sails of the Thames Sailing Barge.<br />

There is a schedule of trips where you can experience sailing on<br />

a historic vessel and visit various locations around the Thames<br />

Estuary. www.thamesbarge.org.uk<br />

Microbreweries<br />

Visit two award-winning microbreweries; Maldon Brewing<br />

Company and Mighty Oak Brewing Company. Both breweries<br />

are part of the Grape and Grain Trail, which showcases<br />

vineyards, breweries and distilleries in the district. It’s a great<br />

opportunity to learn about the local produce.<br />

Beach Huts<br />

For the ultimate traditional summer day out, hire one of the<br />

pretty pastel-coloured huts at Promenade Park. Equipped with<br />

lighting, a plug socket and deckchairs, they make a great base<br />

for a family day out.<br />

Crabbing<br />

A classic British tradition and great fun for both kids and adults.<br />

Take your line, bait and bucket along to the boating lake in<br />

Promenade Park, the estuary edge or Hythe Quay. See how<br />

many you can catch before releasing the little nippers back into<br />

the water.<br />

Hythe Quay<br />

Walk along to the Quay to get an insight into the town’s<br />

maritime past. Home to the Thames Sailing Barge and some<br />

award-winning pubs, it’s a great place to spend a sunny<br />

afternoon. For a better view of Hythe Quay, hop aboard The<br />

Viking Saga. The 40-minute cruise departs from Maldon<br />

Promenade and takes you on a journey past Heybridge, Osea<br />

Island and Hythe Quay.<br />



"Where Quality & Freshness Counts"<br />

We're a small family run business, passionate about fresh, local produce and<br />

quality products and we want you to share our passion too!<br />

Our new café serves tea, coffee, light lunches and delicious cakes.<br />

NS Risdon, a top quality traditional butcher is located in store.<br />

With full traceability his meat is superb. We also now have a cheese counter<br />

serving a wide range of British and continental cheeses.<br />

Something for every taste and occasion!<br />

Now with In store fish counter, Star Fishmongers<br />

Monday : Closed Tuesday : 8.30am – 5.30pm<br />

Wednesday : 8.30am – 5.30pm Thursday : 8.30am – 5.30pm<br />

Friday : 8.30am – 5.30pm Saturday : 8.30am – 5.30pm<br />

Sunday : 10am – 2pm<br />

Café Opening hours Tuesday to Saturday 8.30 – 4.30<br />

and Sunday & Monday CLOSED<br />

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Calcott Hall Farm Shop, Ongar Road, Brentwood, Essex, CM15 9HS Tel: 01277 264164<br />

Discover a world of hidden treasures<br />

at this family-friendly museum<br />

Rolling programme of special exhibitions, activities and events<br />

Ancient Egypt • Archaeology<br />

• Ceramics and Glass • Costume and Textiles<br />

• Furniture and Woodwork<br />

• Geology • Local and Social History<br />

• Natural History • World Cultures<br />

Please check our website<br />

for current opening times<br />

prior to your visit<br />


Museum Street, Saffron Walden, CB10 1BN<br />

(01799) 510333 museum@uttlesford.gov.uk<br />

www.saffronwaldenmuseum.org<br />

Entrance Fees: Children (18 and under) FREE, Adults £2.50, Discounts £1.25, Season Tickets £8.00 and £4.00<br />

Opening Hours: March – October: Tuesday – Saturday 10am – 5pm (Sundays and Bank Holidays 2pm – 5pm)<br />

November – February: Tuesday – Saturday 10am – 4.30pm (Sundays and Bank Holidays 2pm – 4.30pm)<br />


Essex<br />

A Day in<br />

Leigh on Sea<br />

© James Ball | www.jamesballphotography.com<br />

Fall for Leigh’s cockle sheds,<br />

cool bars and coastal charm<br />

With most of us not wanting to venture too far for a summer<br />

holiday or day out, now is the time to make the most of the<br />

treasures on our doorstep in the East. Cue Essex’s rustic<br />

seaside towns.<br />

While families are drawn to the likes of Clacton-on-Sea, Waltonon-the-Naze<br />

and Southend-on-Sea with their large sandy<br />

beaches, funfairs and traditional seaside attractions, Leigh on<br />

Sea strives for the attention of city slickers, cool 20-somethings,<br />

couples and creatives. Less than an hour by train from London,<br />

crowds are drawn to its atmospheric old town, cool bars and<br />

chic boutiques.<br />

On the buzzing Broadway, groups of friends dine al fresco in<br />

the bistros over bottomless brunch, cocktails and long lunches.<br />

Among the bars and restaurants are independent, quirky<br />

fashion boutiques, antiques stores, and home-ware emporiums,<br />

elegantly placed alongside high-street stores.<br />

Old Leigh takes on a different persona; sails clunk together<br />

in the breeze, fishermen boats are moored by timber-clad<br />

buildings and the smell of fresh seafood fills the air. Most days<br />

throughout the summer, the wooden picnic benches beside<br />

the cockle sheds are full of visitors tucking into tubs of seafood<br />

accompanied by a pint of beer or glass of white wine from<br />

the pub opposite. Ye Old Smack Inn is a popular pub with its<br />

waterside location and family-friendly beer garden. The pub<br />

regularly screens sporting events and hosts live music from<br />

local bands.<br />

Leigh-on-Sea spoils visitors with its many food and drink<br />

options. There are a number of fine dining restaurants including<br />

the popular Boatyard with a deck over the estuary. The<br />

Peterboat pub is a firm favourite with its views across the water.<br />

The terrace is generally heaving on warm days, and on colder<br />

days, diners huddle under the patio heaters while enjoying the<br />

traditional pub grub served here.<br />

The cobbled street of Old Leigh is also home to Sara’s Tea<br />

Garden – a cute, dog-friendly cafe, ice cream shops and an art<br />

gallery. Towards the end where the road stops, you’ll be greeted<br />

with a small but clean beach, ideal for families with its splash<br />

pools and crabbing spots. The water is also a good location for<br />

paddleboarding.<br />

Leigh-on-Sea ticks all the boxes for an enjoyable summer’s<br />

day out.<br />



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Essex<br />

A Staycation<br />

on Mersea<br />

Island<br />

For a slower pace of life, enjoy the charm of this stretch of Essex Coast<br />

There’s a magical quality to Mersea Island that captures the<br />

hearts of those that visit. Perhaps it’s the seashell shores lined<br />

with pastel coloured beach huts or the fact the island is cut off<br />

from the outside world during high tide, either way this quaint<br />

seaside town in Essex should be on your agenda.<br />

West Mersea is the popular choice for day visitors and<br />

holiday makers. Here you’ll find sandy dunes and fish shacks<br />

accompanied by the gentle hum of boat sails flapping in the<br />

wind. The pace of life is generally a little slower and there’s no<br />

loud clanking of amusements or fairgrounds, it’s coastal bliss.<br />

The beach is long enough to not become too overcrowded on<br />

hot days and the water offers the chance for paddle boarding<br />

and swimming, though be careful of the fast-changing tide<br />

and under currents. At low tide, children gather in the shallows<br />

to hunt for crabs and seashells. The draw of this beach is the<br />

iconic beach huts, some of which are available to hire. Check<br />

out our review at www.eastlife.co.uk/article/beach-hutsjust-got-cool.<br />

Away from the huts and along the beach in the<br />

direction of Coast Road, you’ll find creeks and broadwalks that<br />

interconnect the marshes. The beach here is part sand, part<br />

shingle and offers a feeling of escapism. An added bonus is that<br />

the beach is dog-friendly year-round.<br />

There’s nothing quite like fish and chips at the beach, if it’s fluffy<br />

chips and chunky haddock you’re after pop by the Mersea<br />

Island Fish Bar. If you prefer to sit in comfort with table service,<br />

The Coast Inn and The Peldon Rose are a good option too.<br />

Accommodation is relatively limited. Continue the traditional<br />

coastal vibes at Monkey Beach Cottage. A stone’s throw from<br />

the beach, the charming, weatherboard, 300-year-old property<br />

is a cosy bolthole, which sleeps up to seven.<br />

For families and couples looking for a wealth of facilities in one<br />

site, Coopers Beach Holiday Park or Waldegraves Holiday Park<br />

is ideal.<br />

If you’re looking to get away from it all and discover this<br />

county’s old world charm then pack your bags and have a<br />

break in this corner of Essex.<br />

When you tire of the beach, make your way to the rustic<br />

seafood shacks that overlook the estuary. Nestled along the<br />

far end of Coast Road, The Company Shed and West Mersea<br />

Oyster Bar pull in the crowds with their no fuss, back to basics<br />

menu of seafood platters, grilled prawns, garlic mussels, crab<br />

and crayfish. It’s simplicity at its finest, however expect to a long<br />

wait on sunny days, queues are often out the door. Of course,<br />

you can’t visit Mersea Island without sampling the local oysters.<br />

Wash down the delicacy with a glass of Mersea Mehala; a dry<br />

white full of aroma and the flavour of elderflower from the<br />

local vineyard.<br />


Essex<br />

WHAT’S ON<br />


15 June Exhibition On Screen: Sunflowers (U)<br />

A unique opportunity to see, as never before, this series of<br />

spectacular paintings. The Van Gogh Museum opens its<br />

doors to Exhibition on Screen.<br />

Firstsite, Lewis Gardens, High Street, Colchester, Essex,<br />

CO1 1JH<br />

www.firstsite.uk/event<br />


26 June Frinton Open Gardens<br />

<strong>2021</strong> will see the first nationally co-ordinated Royal National<br />

Lifeboat Institution Open Gardens initiative; the RNLI is<br />

entirely funded via voluntary contributions. Frinton On<br />

Sea’s established biennial event will assume a lead role<br />

in this new initiative with our local event benefitting the<br />

Walton / Frinton Lifeboat Station Funding Guild. At least<br />

eight diverse Frinton gardens will be open to the paying<br />

public from 10am to 4pm on the day.<br />

www.frintongardens.wixsite.com/open<br />

11 July Orsett Classic & Vintage Show &<br />

Family Fun Day<br />

A great family day out and a must for vintage lovers. There<br />

will be something to make everybody happy, from the<br />

young to the not so young. Expect great live music, rides,<br />

side shows and stalls. Not forgetting the hundreds of<br />

classic, vintage & custom cars, bikes, scooters, trucks and<br />

oddities which make the event so special.<br />

Orsett Showground, Rectory Road, Orsett, Essex RM16 3JN<br />

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

24 June and 29 July<br />

Her & ‘The Change’ In Me Inside the Brain of<br />

Menopausal Woman<br />

Real-life pub landlady Debbie Baisden invites us inside<br />

her mind to talk about the menopause and the workings of<br />

her brain.<br />

Maritime Room, Cliffs Pavilion, Cliffs Pavilion, Station Road,<br />

Southend-on-Sea, Essex. SS0 7RA<br />

www.southendtheatres.org.uk<br />

MUSIC<br />

25 June The House & Garage Orchestra<br />

Bringing back the iconic sounds of House & UK Garage<br />

featuring Shelley Nelson, MC Neat, Lifford Shillingford, 3 of<br />

a Kind, Shy Cookie, Kele Le Roc, Sweet Female Attitude and<br />

Shola Ama<br />

Admirals Park, Admirals Walk, Chelmsford CM1 2XS<br />

8 Aug Writtle Jazz Festival<br />

Headline act SNOWBOY & THE LATIN SECTION!<br />

Supporting bands include the Nicola Farnon Quartet and<br />

The Fellowship which includes our very own Zak Barrett on<br />

Saxophone and Guthrie Govan on Guitar. There will be a<br />

variety of bars and food offerings on the day<br />

Writtle Village Green, The Green, Writtle, CM13DU<br />

www.writtlejazzfestival.co.uk<br />


26 June – 5 September<br />

Michael Landy’s<br />

Welcome to Essex<br />

Explore, celebrate and<br />

question the recent history of<br />

Essex and its contemporary<br />

portrayal in popular culture.<br />

Firstsite, Lewis Gardens, High<br />

Street, Colchester, Essex,<br />

CO1 1JH<br />

firstsite.uk/event/michael-landys-welcome-to-essex<br />

20-22 Aug Smoke & Fire Festival<br />

The UK’s largest BBQ festival experience. This alternative<br />

and all-inclusive food festival delivers new and exciting<br />

taste sensations, as well as sparking an everlasting interest<br />

in the alchemy and techniques of cooking with smoke and<br />

fire. At Smoke & Fire Festival Colchester you’ll watch some<br />

of the top BBQ chefs and open-fire cookery, pitmasters’ live<br />

demonstrations and masterclasses – whilst feasting on a<br />

tremendous variety of BBQ’d and open-fire cooked food.<br />

Colchester Castle Park, High Street,Colchester, CO1 1UG<br />

www.smokeandfirefestival.com<br />

27 Aug - 29 Aug Essex Sausage & Cider Music Festival<br />

The Festival caters to all age groups with something for<br />

everyone! We have loads of kids entertainment, a wide<br />

variety of high-quality food vendors, a wide selection of<br />

beverages including our famous cider collection!<br />

Barleylands Farm, Barleylands Road Billericay CM11 2UD<br />

www.ontick.co.uk/event/essex-sausage-cider-musicfestival-<strong>2021</strong><br />


Sunday 13th June - Antique & Vintage Outdoor<br />

Market at The Museum of Power<br />

Following the continued success of the market. We again<br />

return to the Museum of Power for our second Antique &<br />

Vintage outdoor market of the season. The majority of stalls<br />

will be outside, on the show field and in the courtyard, with<br />

some inside a marquee. Expect to find stalls selling antique<br />

and vintage items including, jewellery, silver, coins, vintage<br />

fashion, handbags, furniture, sculpture, garden ornaments,<br />

household effects, curios, art, collectables, ceramics, bric-abrac<br />

and much more..<br />

Museum of Power, Langford, Maldon, Essex CM9 6QA<br />

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



Cambridgeshire<br />

The Cambridge Foodie:<br />

Best places to dine out<br />

in Cambridgeshire<br />

Written by Gerla de Boer | www.cbtravelguide.co.uk & www.cambridgefoodtour.com<br />

It has been the most awaited re-opening<br />

of the hospitality industry. After a long<br />

and cold winter, everybody was keen<br />

to get out of hibernation and meet up<br />

with friends and family. A year ago, we<br />

couldn’t have imagined that socialising<br />

would be so special.<br />

Many businesses had to reinvent<br />

themselves. From one day to the other, a<br />

good online presence was essential, and<br />

unfortunately, some didn’t survive. Much<br />

to my surprise, some great new ventures<br />

have sprung up. I am even more pleased<br />

that they are all indie businesses.<br />

For alfresco dining this summer, read my<br />

pick of places to eat out:<br />

From the Sky<br />

Six at the Varsity Hotel is one of the top<br />

venues in Cambridge to meet up and<br />

have a bite to eat. Sip cocktails or bubbly<br />

while you are soaking up the stunning<br />

views of Cambridge from this rooftop bar.<br />

Mill Pond<br />

This pretty area of Cambridge, where the<br />

towpath along the river ends, is a popular<br />

location to meet up with friends for a<br />

picnic from Fitzbillies or a pint from the<br />

Mill Pond pub. It is now becoming even<br />

better. If you like it swanky, then you are<br />

in the right place. The Graduate Hotel is<br />

set to open during the summer of <strong>2021</strong>,<br />

and with the stunning views of Mill Pond,<br />

this is definitely the place to meet up.<br />

Wood and Fire<br />

Just on the outskirts of Cambridge, you’ll<br />

find Provenance in Whitlesford. Famous<br />

for cooking over a fire, this fantastic<br />

restaurant boasts a wonderful garden,<br />

which they have turned into an alfresco<br />


Cambridgeshire<br />

Craft Beer and Pizzas<br />

The home of craft beer, the Pint Shop<br />

on Peas Hill, has teamed up with Lylas;<br />

a pizzeria to complement their fantastic<br />

selection of craft beer. Just in case you<br />

weren’t aware, they stock one of the<br />

largest gin collections in Cambridge!<br />

Quintessentially English<br />

Do you like a bit of glam? Then the<br />

Gonville Hotel is the place to go! One<br />

of the top hotels in Cambridge, it has<br />

turned its lawn into a quintessentially<br />

English dining experience, featuring<br />

a lavishly decorated tent and using<br />

individually designed plates. On Friday<br />

and Saturday nights you’ll be graced<br />

with live jazz music.<br />

Gin on the River<br />

One of the most successful products of<br />

Cambridge has hit the river. Rutherford’s<br />

punting company has teamed up with<br />

the award-winning Cambridge Gin<br />

Company, and you now can sip gin<br />

on the exclusive Cambridge Gin<br />

Company punt.<br />

Eastern Mediterranean<br />

Tapas<br />

One of the most popular pubs in<br />

Cambridge has changed hands.<br />

Moaz, from Tel Aviv, is serving an array<br />

of Mediterranean tapas and oysters<br />

complemented with one of the best<br />

selections of wines at the Kingston Arms,<br />

just off Mill Road.<br />

Under a Willow Tree<br />

This charming and independent<br />

hideaway in Bourn offers a special<br />

alfresco dining experience. At the Willow<br />

Tree, sip drinks in a deck chair in their<br />

peaceful willow garden, dine under an<br />

awning on the terrace or book one of<br />

their posh dining pods, which was a big<br />

hit last year among Cambridge’s foodies.<br />

At a Mill<br />

Escape the crowds and head to the<br />

east of Cambridge. Meet up with friends<br />

or family at the Outside Inn at Quy Mill<br />

Hotel. Enjoy pizzas and light snacks<br />

while you enjoy the tranquil setting<br />

around an old mill.<br />

Oyster Bar on the River<br />

Cafe Foy has always been one of my<br />

favourite places in Cambridge for a drink<br />

and a bite to eat, but it has become even<br />

better. The Oysterlab is popping up<br />

here during the summer, every Friday<br />

and Saturday from 4pm. The variety of<br />

preparations is impressive. Booking is<br />

recommended as they sell out quickly.<br />

Historic Views<br />

For many years I hoped that the stunning<br />

setting of King’s Parade would introduce<br />

more terraces so you could enjoy the<br />

views of the colleges whilst you ate. For<br />

the time being, the council has relaxed<br />

the rules to assist the businesses on this<br />

stretch of road. Let’s hope they will allow<br />

terraces in future too.<br />

Church Garden<br />

One of the most unique settings for<br />

alfresco dining is in the church garden<br />

of St.Bene’t’s. Tucked away behind<br />

the church, you can enjoy the fantastic<br />

sandwiches or bowls with slow-cooked<br />

meat from nearby Bread & Meat.<br />

Vegetarian options are also available.<br />

At a Museum<br />

The OtherSyde is one of the funkiest<br />

restaurant gardens in Cambridge. Set<br />

in the city’s Old Pumping Station on<br />

the riverside in east Cambridge, it offers<br />

entertainment, Escape Games and a<br />

relaxed dining experience.<br />

Turkish Grub<br />

Just a stone’s throw away from the<br />

OtherSyde on the other side of the<br />

river, you’ll find the Green Dragon.<br />

Overlooking Stourbridge Common,<br />

it offers one of the best views of the<br />

River Cam. One of the oldest pubs in<br />

Cambridge, it is now the home of<br />

Stuff My Pitta offering excellent<br />

Turkish cuisine.<br />

At a Cookery School<br />

Famed for their Scandi cuisine, delicious<br />

brunches and salads, the Cambridge<br />

Cookery School have teamed up with<br />

Levante. Enjoy authentic Ligurian cuisine<br />

at their pop-ups during the summer.<br />



Cambridgeshire<br />

Cambridge Scene:<br />

Perfect Picnic Spots<br />

in Cambridge<br />

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

We’re finally able to get outdoors<br />

and enjoy the city, but if you’d<br />

still rather keep your distance,<br />

we’ve picked the best locations<br />

to bask in the sunshine with a<br />

picnic in the city and beyond.<br />

Grantchester<br />

Meadows<br />

Cambridge’s iconic picnic spot,<br />

and with good reason. These<br />

grazed meadows meander<br />

alongside the winding River<br />

Granta towards the beautiful<br />

village of Grantchester, offering<br />

many shady spots for a picnic.<br />

Start by walking across Lammas<br />

Land by the River Cam to<br />

Grantchester Street, where you<br />

can stock up on strawberries<br />

and bubbly from the Co-op.<br />

From there it’s an easy walk to<br />

the Meadows, where you can lay out<br />

your blanket and watch the punts go<br />

by. If you don’t fancy carrying your own<br />

food and drink, it’s a short walk from the<br />

Meadows to the Orchard Tea Garden,<br />

where you can enjoy afternoon tea under<br />

the trees.<br />

www.theorchardteagarden.co.uk<br />

Cambridge University<br />

Botanic Garden<br />

This oasis of calm in the centre of the city<br />

is a wonderful place to spend a relaxing<br />

afternoon. Spread out over 40 acres,<br />

with many types of gardens, lakes and<br />

greenhouses, there are plenty of picnic<br />

benches and shady spots to sit and relax.<br />

If you don’t fancy bringing your own<br />

picnic, you can dine al fresco with tasty<br />

treats from the Garden Cafe.<br />

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

Picnic Punt<br />

Punting and afternoon tea are two<br />

summer pastimes that are not to be<br />

missed in Cambridge. Why not enjoy a<br />

punt tour down the River Cam, sitting<br />

© Cambridge University Botanic Gardens<br />

back to immerse yourself in the beautiful<br />

architecture of Cambridge, whilst<br />

enjoying a tasty traditional treat or two?<br />

The Traditional Punting Company have<br />

teamed up with Harriet’s Tearooms<br />

to provide a truly high-quality English<br />

experience.<br />

www.traditionalpuntingcompany.<br />

com/cream-tea-picnic-punting<br />

Anglesey Abbey<br />

Anglesey Abbey is a National Trust<br />

property in the village of Lode,<br />

approximately five and half miles<br />

northeast of Cambridge. The gardens are<br />

the perfect spot to sit and enjoy a picnic<br />

– choose from the South Glade, the East<br />

Lawn, the Pinetum or the Arboretum.<br />

You can even top-up your picnic from<br />

the restaurant. You can take your picnic<br />

blanket or try to nab<br />

a deckchair in the<br />

Skylight Garden and<br />

recline amongst the<br />

cherry blossoms.<br />

www.nationaltrust.<br />

org.uk/angleseyabbey-gardens-andlode-mill<br />

Wimpole<br />

Estate<br />

This National Trust<br />

property comprises an<br />

impressive mansion<br />

and a working country<br />

estate. Take a stroll through the pleasant<br />

gardens and explore the bustling<br />

farmyard. You can also venture further<br />

across the landscaped park, through<br />

woodlands, lakes and fields – you’ll find<br />

lots of lovely spots under trees and in<br />

meadows to unfurl your blanket. The Old<br />

Rectory Restaurant counter is on hand to<br />

serve a range of takeaway hot and cold<br />

drinks and light snacks.<br />

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


Cambridgeshire<br />

Peterborough:<br />

From Humble Saxon<br />

Beginnings To<br />

Thriving New Town<br />

Written by Abby Knight<br />

Peterborough is the city at the heart<br />

of rural East England, bridging the<br />

Cambridgeshire, Rutland, Lincolnshire<br />

and Northamptonshire borders. As<br />

well as being a heritage city – once<br />

the smallest city in the UK – it has lots<br />

of reasons to visit with regular events,<br />

cosmopolitan shopping and leisure<br />

areas.<br />

Originally a Saxon settlement,<br />

Peterborough was called<br />

Medehamstede or meadow homestead<br />

and after an original abbey was torn<br />

down by the Danes in 870, a new one<br />

was built in the late 900s and more<br />

houses were built around.<br />

In about 1000AD a wall was also built<br />

around the village to protect it from<br />

attack and it was called St Peters Burgh<br />

– burgh was the Saxon word for fortified<br />

settlement. Under the watchful eye of<br />

the Abbot, the village grew into a small<br />

town with a busy market.<br />

Despite another attack during the time<br />

of William the Conqueror, the spirited<br />

people of the small town survived and<br />

rebuilt. A new marketplace was set up to<br />

the west of the abbey and new streets<br />

sprung up too, including Cowgate and<br />

Priestgate – the names coming from the<br />

Danish word for street or gata.<br />

During the middles ages the main<br />

industry in Peterborough was weaving.<br />

An annual fair was created to attract<br />

buyers and sellers from neighbouring<br />

counties and its popularity grew.<br />


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After King Henry VIII closed all the<br />

monasteries and abbeys in England<br />

including Peterborough Abbey, it wasn’t<br />

until 1541, the abbey church was made<br />

a cathedral and King Henry founded<br />

the King’s School, which is still a statefunded<br />

Church of England school.<br />

Peterborough was now a city, a small<br />

one with a population of just 1,500, but it<br />

was beginning to grow.<br />

Wool was still the most important<br />

industry but maltings for grains to<br />

be distilled were built and clay pipes<br />

started to be made in the city and,<br />

although like all cities in the country, the<br />

plague inevitably took its toll, each time<br />

it recovered.<br />

Significantly Mary Queen of Scots was<br />

buried in Peterborough Cathedral after<br />

her execution, in a tomb opposite one<br />

of King Henry’s wives Catherine of<br />

Aragon, she was later re-buried in<br />

Westminster Abbey.<br />


As the city became bigger, the first<br />

theatre was built for visitors in 1774. The<br />

Custom House was built in 1790 and,<br />

when an act of parliament created the<br />

Improvement Commissioners – a group<br />

of men responsible for the maintenance<br />

of the town, from 1795, the streets were<br />

lit with oil lamps.<br />

While Peterborough was still a relatively<br />

small market city it became the focus of<br />

the surrounding villages and, when the<br />

Napoleonic wars brought prosperity to<br />

the area, the demand for its goods and<br />

industries grew.<br />

As more people moved to the UK’s<br />

smallest city, improvements were made<br />

too. A hospital was built in 1821 and gas<br />

street lighting lit up shops and houses.<br />

Just like the capital London, a corn<br />

exchange was set up so that grain<br />

could be traded and the famous<br />

architect Sir George Gilbert Scott built<br />

the St Peter’s Training College for<br />

teachers, a huge gothic building that’s<br />

used for offices today.<br />

Thanks to its fairly central location, new<br />

industries including an iron foundry<br />

were opened and while clay pipes were<br />

no longer in demand brick making was,<br />

and it meant more people moved to the<br />

area for work.<br />

The city was given a corporation and<br />

later in the early 20th century, electricity<br />

was switched on with trams running<br />

through the streets and the first cinema<br />

opened its doors to show the movies<br />

of the day in 1911. By now industries<br />

including tool making had also been<br />

set up.<br />


It was in 1967 when the city’s<br />

population stood at around 80,000,<br />

that government decided to give<br />

Peterborough new town status.<br />

A new development corporation was<br />

formed, and the city grew rapidly.<br />

New suburbs including Bretton and<br />

Orton were built together with a new<br />

district hospital and three shopping<br />

centres including the still popular<br />

Riverside Centre.<br />

With a museum and art gallery, regular<br />

events including the Festival of Antiques<br />

and nearby Fen and river walks as well<br />

as water sports to enjoy, Peterborough<br />

is a thriving and attractive place to<br />

live with over 200,000 people and<br />

a growing tourist industry. Why not<br />

explore this summer?<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 />

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 />

We are currently taking bookings for <strong>2021</strong>. If you are interested in booking,<br />

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Due to the vast size of the arenas, it's ideal for some<br />

socially distant fun! All equipment is sanitised between<br />

sessions too.<br />

Although walk-ins are possible, it's advised to book online<br />

in advance to avoid disappointment as peak periods<br />

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Cambridgeshire<br />

WHAT’S ON<br />


9 - 11 July Cambridge Comedy Festival<br />

3 Days, 4 Stages, 150 Acts. A spectacular event featuring<br />

superstar household names, the very best circuit acts,<br />

left-field fringe performers, live podcast shows plus brilliant<br />

family shows and all set in a beautiful countryside open air<br />

location.<br />

Grange Farm, Abbots Ripton, Huntingdon PE28 2PH<br />

www.cambridgecomedyfestival.com<br />

31 August – 1 September Zog - Live on Stage<br />

The smash-hit stage adaptation from Freckle Productions<br />

(the team behind Stick Man, Tiddler and Other Terrific<br />

Tales and Tabby McTat) is back and promises to be bigger,<br />

brighter and more roar-some than ever before! With lively<br />

songs from Joe Stilgoe (The Jungle Book, The Midnight<br />

Gang) and directed by Emma Kilbey, Julia Donaldson and<br />

Axel Scheffler’s much-loved Zog is a magical production<br />

for all ages.<br />

Cambridge Corn Exchange. Wheeler Street,<br />

Cambridge CB2 3QE<br />

www.cambridgelive.org.uk/cornex/events<br />

17 – 31 July Cambridge <strong>Summer</strong> Music Festival<br />

A programme of high-quality concerts by outstanding<br />

soloists, chamber ensembles, choirs, orchestras and bands,<br />

presented in historic and beautiful venues, including<br />

college chapels, city churches, concert halls and the<br />

Cambridge University Botanic Garden.<br />

www.cambridgesummermusic.com<br />


18 May – 1 Aug The Human Touch<br />

Drawing on works of art spanning four thousand years<br />

and from across the globe, this exhibition explores the<br />

fundamental role of touch in human experience, and<br />

offers new ways of looking. The curators explore anatomy<br />

and skin; the relationship between the brain, hand, and<br />

creativity; touch, desire and possession; ideological touch;<br />

reverence and iconoclasm. A final section collects a range<br />

of reflections, historic and contemporary, on touch.<br />

The Fitzwilliam Museum, Trumpington Street, Cambridge<br />

CB2 1RB<br />

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


23 – 25 July Cambridge Foodies Festival<br />

The biggest celebration yet of top chefs, tasty food,<br />

delicious drinks and live music including renowned tributes<br />

Maybe Gaga, Ultimate Coldplay & Kylie on Show. Watch<br />

MasterChef Champions, Michelin star and top local chefs<br />

cooking their signature summer recipes in The Chefs<br />

Theatre and giving you top tips.<br />

Parker’s Piece, Cambridge, CB1 1NA<br />

www.foodiesfestival.com/cambridge<br />

24 July Shazia Mirza: Coconut<br />

Following the success of her critically acclaimed recent<br />

shows; With Love From St. Tropez, a riot of brexit, buquas<br />

and butt-plugs through the lens of The Periodic Table,<br />

and The Kardashians Made Me Do It, a searing and urgent<br />

exploration of life, love and Jihadi brides, Shazia is taking on<br />

the burning (and infectious) issues of our time in her latest<br />

show; ‘Coconut’.<br />

Cambridge Junction, Clifton Way, Cambridge, CB1 7GX<br />

www.junction.co.uk/shazia-mirza<br />

MUSIC<br />

29 June Skunk Anansie<br />

Powerful English rock-band from London, formed in 1994.<br />

The Corn Exchange, Wheeler Street, Cambridge CB2 3QB<br />

www.cambridgelive.org.uk/cornex<br />

9 – 11 July Ely Folk Festival<br />

A bijou weekend folk and roots music festival that takes<br />

place in the wonderful cathedral city of Ely. The festival is<br />

an opportunity to listen to some of the best folk and roots<br />

acts around in an intimate and friendly environment. With<br />

on-site camping facilities, a real ale bar, lots of kids activities,<br />

morris dancing displays, ceilidhs, workshops and music<br />

sessions, whether you visit for a day or the whole weekend,<br />

the festival is a sure winner for music and festival lovers of<br />

all ages.<br />

Ely Tigers Rugby Club, Downham Rd, Ely CB6 2SH<br />

www.elyfolkfestival.co.uk<br />

19 June Duxford Flying Days – Model Aircraft<br />

Spectacular flypasts, aerial displays and aerobatics. All in<br />

miniature form! Join the celebration of model aircraft flying<br />

with our friends from the British Model Flying Association.<br />

Enjoy expertly made model aircraft and chat to their<br />

builders of the hand crafted masterpieces before watching<br />

them take to the skies. Just like watching the real thing!<br />

Expect a variety of life-like Radio Control model aircraft both<br />

on-show and in the skies over IWM Duxford.<br />

Duxford Airfield, Duxford CB22 4QR<br />

www.iwm.org.uk/airshows/events<br />


29 – 30 August St. Ives Antiques Fair<br />

A fun and friendly Antiques Fair with around 50 dealers<br />

offering affordable quality antiques and vintage pieces.<br />

Including ceramics, glass, silver, china, jewellery, small<br />

items of furniture, paperweights, postcards and other<br />

interesting treasures of yesteryear at prices to suit all<br />

pockets.<br />

Burgess Hall, One Leisure, Centre, Westwood Road, St Ives<br />

PE27 6WU<br />


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5<br />

Berkhamsted<br />

Reasons<br />

to visit<br />

Berkhamsted<br />

is a charming market town surrounded by the<br />

rolling green Chiltern Hills. With its half-timbered buildings,<br />

cobbled streets and chic shops, it’s a great place to while<br />

away an afternoon. Looking to extend your stay? Here are five<br />

reasons to linger longer in this attractive town.<br />

Take an Historic Adventure<br />

Explore 950 years of history by visiting the ruins of Berkhamsted<br />

Castle, one of England’s oldest motte and bailey castles. From<br />

the Norman Conquest onward, numerous royals and notable<br />

historical figures have lived within the castle walls including<br />

Edward the Black Prince, Thomas Becket and Geoffrey<br />

Chaucer. Take your historical adventure further with an escape<br />

room style game played in the Castle grounds. Book at<br />

www.adventureoutgames.co.uk and work as a team<br />

searching for clues and solving puzzles.<br />

Visit the most Beautiful Cinema<br />

Set in a glorious art deco building, The Rex is an independent<br />

cinema showing vintage classics to modern blockbusters on<br />

a huge screen with luxurious seating throughout. There’s no<br />

dress code, yet most arrive in their best to sit at the cabaret style<br />

tables with swivel chairs in the stalls. Don’t expect a bucket of<br />

popcorn here; it’s a far more civilised experience with cheese<br />

boards and wine to enjoy anywhere in the auditorium while<br />

watching the film.<br />

Revel in the Roaring Twenties<br />

Located in what was the original foyer of the restored cinema,<br />

The Gatsby Restaurant and Piano Bar evokes all the glitz and<br />

glamour of F.Scott Fitzgerald’s classic novel. Here, you can sip<br />

cocktails and dine on modern European cuisine with a piano<br />

accompaniment in ornate, art deco surroundings. If you have<br />

tickets for a movie, the lunch menu doubles as a pre-cinema<br />

two or three-course feast and includes a glass of wine or half<br />

of beer.<br />

Walk in the Footsteps of a Literary Great<br />

Born in Berkhamsted in 1904, Graham Greene became one<br />

of the most successful British authors of the 20th century. The<br />

Graham Greene Trail takes you through the town that Greene<br />

knew so well, highlighting the local places which had an<br />

influence on his life and work. If you’re visiting in September you<br />

can catch the International Graham Greene Festival, a four-day<br />

celebration of the author with talks, films, exhibitions and social<br />

events. www.grahamgreenebt.org<br />

Enjoy a Waterside Stroll<br />

The Berkhamsted Waterways Walk starts at the station and<br />

explores the River Bulbourne chalk stream and Grand Union<br />

Canal which run through the town. Along the walk you’ll find<br />

The Boat pub, with its waterside terrace, and The Rising Sun, a<br />

great place for canal side refreshments. Cross the canal bridge<br />

on Castle Street and you’ll be met by an unexpected sight.<br />

Situated on the tow path is a genuine Canadian totem pole<br />

traditionally carved in cedar. Some believe the carving to be a<br />

fertility symbol and that women wishing to conceive should visit<br />

and make three wishes for the child they dream of!<br />


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Hertfordshire<br />

In the Kitchen<br />

…with Andrei Lussmann,<br />

MD and founder of Lussmanns<br />

Sustainable Dining<br />

Interview by Jacqui Hagen<br />

Fifteen years since launching a<br />

small café on the Portobello Road,<br />

Lussmanns has evolved into a<br />

successful, independent collection<br />

of four locally driven restaurants<br />

with a focus on making ethical<br />

and sustainable dining accessible<br />

to all. We caught up with Andrei<br />

Lussmann to ask him about his<br />

restaurants in Hertford, Harpenden,<br />

Hitchin and St Albans.<br />

How did you first get into the hospitality sector?<br />

My parents thought I would be good in hospitality and I was<br />

a huge fan of Keith Floyd when I was younger, so this just<br />

cemented it really and here I am 30 years later.<br />

What would you say is the most important thing you’ve<br />

learned during your 30 years’ experience?<br />

There are three things really and they are:<br />

- The importance of resilience<br />

- The relevance of a sense of humour<br />

- The value in knowing your numbers; you may have good<br />

profit margins but if you don’t have cashflow then your<br />

business is not working well.<br />

In what ways are your restaurants sustainable?<br />

Our environmental footprint is lightweight. All the decisions we<br />

make are underpinned by a strong ethical position, from using<br />

green energy to recycling everything and the provenance of our<br />

ingredients. Our meat is either organic or from high welfare British<br />

farmers. Our fish is MSC certified, and our menus have become<br />

more veg driven and less reliant on meat dishes. We have a<br />

strong social responsibility too, whereby we raise between<br />

£5-10K a year for a rotating chosen local charity.<br />

Describe dining at Lussmanns<br />

Dining at Lussmanns is stylish but non-fussy; it can feel smart<br />

but it’s not pretentious and fits the bill for most occasions and all<br />

walks of life. Our dishes are true crowd-pleasers and are great<br />

value, making them accessible to a wide demographic.<br />

It’s been a tough year for hospitality. What’s your vision of<br />

the future for Lussmanns?<br />

We just can’t wait to get back to what we do best and to open<br />

more restaurants.<br />

Where are you happiest?<br />

When I have a buzzy restaurant with lots of happy diners enjoying<br />

their food and the company of the others.<br />

What would be your perfect meal?<br />

It would have to be a quiet spot on the Med, enjoying a fresh<br />

grilled fish and a chilled glass of rosé.<br />

What can we all do to ensure we’re making more<br />

sustainable food choices?<br />

Demand more answers about where your food comes from and<br />

eat less meat. When you do eat meat, ensure it’s ethically farmed<br />

and top quality. Also, eat MSC certified fish where you can.<br />


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Discover<br />

Welwyn Garden City<br />

One of only two garden cities in the country, Welwyn Garden City<br />

was founded in 1920 by Sir Ebenezer Howard who envisioned<br />

‘a town for healthy living’, combining urban life with green<br />

spaces and surrounding countryside. With recent lockdowns<br />

highlighting the benefits of the outdoors for our mental health,<br />

you’d be forgiven for thinking that Howard was a man ahead of<br />

his time.<br />

Fortunately, Howard’s utopian vision remains intact today. Visitors<br />

to Welwyn Garden City will discover a vibrant town centre with<br />

contemporary shopping and entertainment venues set among<br />

tree-lined roads, beautiful floral displays and award-winning<br />

parks. If you’re planning a weekend or day out in Welwyn Garden<br />

City, there is plenty to see and do.<br />

Shopping<br />

The Howard Centre, named after the town’s founder, houses<br />

big brands alongside smaller outlets and plenty of coffee shops<br />

where you can rest and refuel. Conveniently located in the heart<br />

of the town, it offers plenty of parking with direct access to the<br />

railway station. Welwyn Garden City also boasts a large John<br />

Lewis department store, complete with café and further parking.<br />

Entertainment<br />

With a three-screen cinema, roller skating rink, soft play area,<br />

live theatre venue, café and bar, Campus West is the town’s<br />

entertainment hub. A short walk from the town centre is Gosling<br />

Sports Park with a dry ski slope, driving range, trampoline park,<br />

gym and tennis courts, plus a luxurious spa to restore both body<br />

and mind.<br />

Award-winning parkland<br />

Enjoy a visit to Stanborough Park, set in the picturesque countryside<br />

on the outskirts of the town. With nature walks, children’s play area,<br />

high and low ropes courses, boating lake plus a restaurant and café,<br />

there’s something for the whole family to enjoy.<br />

Splashlands play area<br />

An exciting new leisure facility opened in Stanborough Park last<br />

July. Splashlands centres around a 600m sq water play area<br />

surrounded by a nautical-themed adventure playground, featuring<br />

a large pirate ship and a variety of play equipment for children of<br />

all ages. There is also an outdoor gym and sports pitch providing<br />

fitness options for teenagers and adults.<br />

Local history<br />

Visit the bronze statue of Ebenezer Howard, installed in<br />

Howardsgate to mark the centenary of the town he founded in<br />

1920. The 2.2m (7.2ft) bronze sculpture depicts Howard giving a<br />

speech before digging the first spade of earth of the garden city.<br />

There’s more to discover in the surrounding area. Visit the Mill<br />

Green Museum where you can see local art displays and find out<br />

about the region’s history. Learn about the Romans’ culture of<br />

bathing at the Welwyn Roman Baths which are preserved under<br />

the nearby A1(M) motorway and marvel at The Welwyn Viaduct,<br />

an impressive monument of the railway age.<br />


Hertfordshire<br />

WHAT’S ON<br />


11 July Gyles Brandreth: Break a Leg!<br />

They say all political careers end in tears. In Brandreth’s<br />

case it’s tears of laughter as the actor, author, ex-MP,<br />

One Show reporter and QI, Have I Got News For You<br />

and Countdown star is back on tour with his new show<br />

celebrating all things theatrical.<br />

The Alban Arena, Civic Centre, St Albans AL1 3LD<br />

www.alban-arena.co.uk/events<br />

14 July Anton & Giovanni: Him & Me<br />

Strictly Come Dancing professionals ANTON DU BEKE and<br />

GIOVANNI PERNICE join forces in <strong>2021</strong> for their first ever<br />

tour together!<br />

Arts & Leisure Centre, Lytton Way, Stevenage, Herts,<br />

SG1 1LZ<br />

www.gordon-craig.co.uk<br />

8 August Garden Theatre – Macbeth<br />

The Lord Chamberlain’s Men are back on the Sunken Lawn<br />

of Knebworth House this <strong>Summer</strong>, this time performing<br />

their rendition of Shakespeare’s Macbeth. Bring a chair and<br />

a picnic. Elizabethan costumes, music and dance.<br />

Knebworth House, Old Knebworth Lane, Stevenage<br />

SG1 2AX<br />

www.knebworthhouse.com/events<br />

24 July Noo Limit Fest<br />

Set to make its spectacular debut, Noo Limit Fest is set<br />

to push the barriers and limits with a Superstar LineUP<br />

including Millionz, Wstrn, Alicai Harley, Ard Ardz, Heartless<br />

Crew and IQ. An intimate festival for up to 5000 people<br />

showcasing the diverse mix of urban and BAME inspired<br />

sounds from across the UK and overseas live on our<br />

festival stages.<br />

Springfield’s Farm, St. Albans.<br />

www.noolimitfest.com<br />


20 May - 24 October The<br />

Young Generation - Art by and<br />

about children<br />

A good number of artworks in<br />

the Museum’s collection involve<br />

children, including portraits of<br />

children; pictures that feature<br />

children; art specifically directed<br />

at children, and artwork by<br />

children. The exhibition encompasses all this, as well as<br />

children’s costumes and toys.<br />

Anne Blessley Gallery, Bushey Museum & Art Gallery,<br />

Rudolph Road, Bushey Hertfordshire WD23 3HW<br />

MUSIC<br />

16 – 18 July Todd in the Hole Festival<br />

The ultimate family friendly festival, set in stunning<br />

Hertfordshire countryside. This year’s stellar line-up<br />

includes The Killerz, A Tribute to George Michael and<br />

Wham, Who Are You UK, Amy Winehouse - A Tribute,<br />

Wrong Jovi, Mused, 7 Wonders of Fleetwood Mac, Women<br />

in Rock, Definitely Could be Oasis, Tom Petty & The<br />

Heartbreakers, Dave Pearce, 80’s icon Pat Sharp, plus loads<br />

more!<br />

Bury Wood, Todd’s Green, Stevenage, Hertfordshire<br />

SG1 2JE<br />

www.toddinthehole.co.uk<br />

18 July Folk by the Oak<br />

A family friendly one day summer festival of fine folk, roots<br />

and acoustic music, with delicious food from around the<br />

world and inspiring activities for all ages.<br />

Hatfield House, Hatfield AL9 5HX<br />

www.folkbytheoak.com<br />

June - Frozen in Time: early photographs of<br />

North Herts<br />

The Museum Service has an extensive collection of historic<br />

photographs covering all North Hertfordshire, which was<br />

home to some pioneering photographers. They have<br />

chosen a sample to give you a taste of local life more than<br />

a hundred years ago. See if you can spot familiar places<br />

and work out how much has changed as well as what has<br />

remained from Victorian and Edwardian times.<br />

North Herts Museum, 14 Brand Street, Hitchin, Herts<br />

SG5 1JE<br />

www.northhertsmuseum.org/events<br />


17 & 18 July The Great British Food Festival<br />

The Great British Food Festival is returning to Knebworth<br />

Park this <strong>Summer</strong>, bringing amazing artisan producers,<br />

scrumptious street food and brilliant bars. The perfect<br />

recipe for a fun, foodie, family day out!<br />

Knebworth House, Old Knebworth Lane, Stevenage<br />

SG1 2AX<br />

www.knebworthhouse.com/events/the-great-britishfood-festival<br />

28 July – 1 August St Albans Comedy Garden<br />

The ultimate remedy this summer with five nights of<br />

stupendous open-air stand-up comedy in the glorious<br />

surroundings of Verulamium Park! Featuring comic master<br />

DARA Ó BRIAIN, multi-award winning SARA PASCOE, the<br />

riotous TOM ALLEN and many (many) more!<br />

www.stalbanscomedygarden.co.uk<br />


25 June Fine Art Sale<br />

Viewing 23, 24 June 10am – 5pm<br />

Tring Market Auctions, Brook Street, Tring, Hertfordshire<br />

HP23 5ED<br />

www.tringmarketauctions.co.uk<br />


Bedfordshire<br />


Weddings<br />

Ceremonies & Evening Receptions<br />

In the heart of rural Bedfordshire<br />

Spacious Wedding Suite<br />

Wedding Garden for Outdoor Photographs<br />

Wedding Ceremony Licence<br />

Dedicated Wedding Team<br />

Free Parking for Guests<br />

Treat our space like a blank canvas and make it your own<br />

We don’t have set packages or insist you use particular suppliers<br />

The Rufus Centre, Steppingley Road, Flitwick, MK45 1AH<br />

Tel: 01525 631905 Email: events@therufuscentre.co.uk<br />


Bedfordshire<br />

On the Plate; A Taste of<br />

Italy in Bedfordshire<br />

Written by Jacqui Hagen<br />

Discover Bedfordshire’s<br />

best Italian dining<br />

From rustic plates of pasta to modern<br />

fine dining, Bedfordshire has plenty of<br />

delicious destinations for Italian food.<br />

Here’s our pick of the best…<br />

Fratelli Cucina Italiana<br />

40 George Street, Woburn, MK17 9PY<br />

Tel: 01525 290105<br />

If you enjoy hearty, fresh and authentic<br />

Italian dishes served in a lively, vibrant<br />

and bustling setting, then you’ll love<br />

Fratelli. An award-winning restaurant<br />

managed by three brothers Carmelo,<br />

Mario and Antonino Di Giorgi who share<br />

a love of simple Italian produce, prepared<br />

and cooked with passion.<br />

Customer favourites:<br />

Linguine Gamberetti – king and Atlantic<br />

prawns, white wine, garlic and red<br />

chilli in a vine tomato and basil sauce,<br />

topped with wild rocket and lemon<br />

breadcrumbs.<br />

Pizza Picante – plum tomato sauce, fior<br />

di latte mozzarella, pepperoni, fresh<br />

red chilli, red onion, roasted peppers,<br />

Kalamata olives and wild rocket.<br />

www.fratelli-italian.co.uk/woburn<br />

Mamma Concetta<br />

35-37 Harpur St, Bedford, MK40 1LA<br />

Tel: 01234 215048<br />

Mamma Concetta is a family-run pizzeria<br />

that will take you back in time to the<br />

more traditional Italian values of food and<br />

hospitality. Authentic Neapolitan style<br />

pizza and rustic dishes are cooked in<br />

their wood fired ovens while ingredients<br />

are imported from Italy, using the finest<br />

San Marzano tomatoes from the hills of<br />

Vesuvio in Naples.<br />

Customer favourites:<br />

Salsiccia e Friarielle – a white base pizza<br />

with no tomato, Italian fennel sausage,<br />

wild broccoli tips and fior di latte<br />

mozzarella.<br />

Al Tartufo Nero – signature pizza with<br />

smoked mozzarella, black truffle,<br />

caramelised red onions, toasted walnuts<br />

and truffle infused olive oil.<br />

www.mammaconcetta.co.uk<br />

Martini Ristorante<br />

Italiano<br />

19-21 Hockliffe St, Leighton Buzzard,<br />

LU7 1EZ<br />

Tel: 01525 853796<br />

A family-run restaurant serving classic<br />

and modern Italian dishes using fresh<br />

ingredients from local farmers’ markets.<br />

Keen to expand the perception of Italian<br />

food, fortnightly tasting menus showcase<br />

dishes from the different regions. Eat al<br />

fresco in the attractive courtyard and<br />

you’ll feel as if you’ve stepped into a little<br />

part of Italy.<br />

Customer favourites:<br />

Pappardelle al Cinghiale – large egg<br />

pasta with slow cooked wild boar ragout,<br />

truffle and aged parmesan cheese.<br />

Pâté di Fegato – homemade chicken liver<br />

pâté served with crostini, caramelised red<br />

onions and pistacchio.<br />

www.martini-restaurant.co.uk<br />

Rustico Italian Bistro<br />

7 New Road, Linslade, LU7 2LS<br />

Tel: 01525 217225.<br />

Rustico is a trendy, yet intimate, bistro<br />

opened in 2018 by Valentina and<br />

Giovanni who came to England from<br />

Lake Como. Gio and Vale share a passion<br />

to create traditional Italian dishes with<br />

a modern twist. These are served in an<br />

authentic, friendly atmosphere to make<br />

you feel you are dining in Italy.<br />

Customer favourites:<br />

Homemade potato gnocchi with clams,<br />

razor clams, mussels, squid and prawns<br />

in a cherry tomato, garlic, chilli and white<br />

wine sauce.<br />

Paccheri pasta from Gragnano with<br />

nduja and burrata mozzarella.<br />

www.rustico-italian-bistro.co.uk<br />

Carriages at The Linton<br />

Hotel<br />

136 Tennyson Road, Luton, LU1 3RP<br />

Tel: 01582 407644<br />

Offering an authentic Italian and<br />

European menu, Carriages have entered<br />

into a partnership with executive chef<br />

Fabrizio Morelli – the former executive<br />

chef of celebrity chef Gino D’Acampo.<br />

Having worked for 20 years in top Italian<br />

restaurants, Morelli’s expertise brings a<br />

modern twist to Italian favourites with<br />

new and creative dishes.<br />

Customer favourites:<br />

Linguine al Astice – linguini pasta with<br />

half a lobster, shallots, brandy and a<br />

cherry tomato sauce.<br />

www.carriagesrestaurant.com<br />


Bedfordshire<br />

Cultural<br />

Luton<br />

Once a thriving industrial town, boasting hundreds of hat<br />

factories, Luton is now perhaps best known for its international<br />

airport and not thought of as a destination town. However,<br />

boosted by recent investment along with a growing celebration<br />

of the town’s cultural heritage, there is a rich history to explore<br />

and a vibrant future in the making.<br />

Stockwood Discovery Centre<br />

Originally a country estate, Stockwood is now a public park.<br />

While the original house was pulled down in the 1960s, the<br />

former stables and walled gardens now host the Stockwood<br />

Discovery Centre. With interactive exhibitions, an outdoor<br />

children’s play area and beautiful gardens, it’s a great day out<br />

for the family. The museum galleries bring the stories of local<br />

people to life, dating back from prehistoric times to the present<br />

day. Highlights include the largest horse drawn carriage<br />

collection in Europe and the Wenlock Jug, a rare medieval<br />

masterpiece. Entry is free and the Garden Café is open every<br />

day, serving homemade food using fruit and vegetables from<br />

their garden.<br />

Wardown House, Museum & Gallery<br />

A Grade II listed building situated in the beautiful grounds of<br />

Wardown Park, Wardown House is now a museum which<br />

transports you back in time to a wealthy Victorian family home.<br />

Every room tells a story with interactive displays, a treasure<br />

trove of local curiosities and the largest hat collection in the UK.<br />

The Morning Room art gallery displays exhibitions throughout<br />

the year and the Dining Room café, which overlooks the park’s<br />

stunning floral displays, serves delicious coffee and cake.<br />

There is plenty to see in the park too with a boating lake, a 1908<br />

ornamental iron suspension bridge and a children’s playground.<br />

Hat Factory Arts Centre<br />

The Hat District regeneration project has seen the town<br />

restore the historic hat factories and transform them into arts,<br />

culture and creative spaces. Working with local talent and<br />

leading artists from across the UK, the newly refurbished Hat<br />

Factory Arts Centre offers an exciting programme of live music,<br />

contemporary dance, drama and film. With a theatre, gig<br />

space, basement bar and workshop zones you can experience<br />

incredible performances, enjoy Luton’s thriving arts scene or<br />

allow your own creativity to flourish. Open Monday to Saturday<br />

from 11am, The Hat Factory Café serves delicious food in a<br />

buzzing atmosphere and is a great place to meet.<br />


Bedfordshire<br />

Luton International Carnival <strong>2021</strong><br />

The UK’s largest one-day carnival usually takes place in Luton at<br />

the end of May. Originally introduced by the town’s West Indian<br />

community in the 70s, the annual event has blossomed into a<br />

vibrant cultural celebration with a funfair, dancing, international<br />

food stalls and live music. Community groups from around the<br />

town create colourful costumes and spectacular floats. With<br />

the pandemic preventing this year’s party and parade, a new<br />

National Children’s Carnival Week will take place from 12-18<br />

July instead, allowing all children everywhere to celebrate the<br />

Luton Carnival’s 45th birthday. Covid safe activities are planned<br />

for schools and youth groups so that they can create their<br />

own costumes, learn carnival culture and history and organise<br />

their own carnival celebration. Based in Luton, the UK Centre<br />

for Carnival Arts (UKCCA) will also bring the Carnival to the<br />

community with online activities for families at home and mini<br />

carnival experiences popping up all over the town. Join in the<br />

fun at www.carnivalarts.org.uk<br />

The Big Trunk Trail<br />

From 10 July to 8 October, Luton will come alive with a parade<br />

of beautifully decorated elephant sculptures. Over 30 giant<br />

elephants will form a free, fun and family-friendly art trail around<br />

Luton’s key landmarks, streets and open spaces. It will be the<br />

biggest outdoor public art event Luton’s ever seen with smaller<br />

sculptures – adopted and decorated by schools, colleges and<br />

community groups – also displayed as part of the big adventure.<br />

Trail explorers can have fun rediscovering Luton, learning about<br />

the artwork and getting outside together. You can join in on<br />

social media via @bigtrunktrail and download The Big Trunk<br />

Trail app for even more fun. Following the event, the sculptures<br />

will be auctioned to raise vital funds for Keech Hospice Care.<br />


Have you visited our<br />

Heritage Centre<br />

and Tearoom?<br />

Join us for breakfast, lunch,<br />

coffee and cake or afternoon tea<br />

We’re open Wednesday to Sunday,<br />

10am to 4pm. Just pop in!<br />

The<br />

Shuttleworth<br />

25-27 June <strong>2021</strong><br />

Bookings for afternoon tea must<br />

be made in advance:<br />

Call 01525 287120<br />

Email tearoom@bedsrcc.org.uk<br />

We also have gift cards available<br />

Ridgmont Station Heritage Centre, Station Road, Ridgmont MK43 0XP<br />

www.ridgmontheritage.org.uk<br />

Come and visit us!<br />

Café serving brunch and lunch<br />

Fully stocked deli<br />

Homemade cakes<br />

Fesh vegetables<br />

Gourmet frozen food<br />

Woburn Country Foods butchery<br />

Other local suppliers<br />

We’re open 8.30am - 5pm Tuesday<br />

to Saturday and 10am - 4pm Sunday<br />

Call 07939 030377<br />

Cople Road, Cardington, Bedford. MK44 3SH<br />

www.thebarncardington.com<br />

Family friendly self catering at Fuller’s Hill Cottages<br />

on a family run farm in South Cambridgeshire.<br />

Featuring 7 unique cottages with hot tubs and pretty<br />

gardens which can sleep individual families or larger<br />

gatherings and social bubbles!<br />

For a love of the outdoors, local attractions, dog friendly,<br />

a new sundown spot to watch the beautiful sunsets, and a<br />

play area, choose us for your next staycation!<br />


Please call Kirstie on 07544 208959<br />

Email bookings@fullershillcottages.co.uk<br />

www.fullershillcottages.co.uk<br />

@fullershill.cottages Fullers Hill Cottages Official @fullershill<br />


Bedfordshire<br />


2 July Treasure Island<br />

This swashbuckling tale will be lifted from the pages of<br />

Robert Louis Stevenson’s much loved novel and brought to<br />

life with sea shanties and sword fights galore!<br />

The Quarry Theatre at St Luke’s, 26 St Peter’s Street, Bedford<br />

MK40 2NN<br />

www.quarrytheatre.org.uk<br />

6 July Francis Rossi<br />

In Francis Rossi: I Talk Too Much, the founder, lead singer<br />

and lead guitarist of Status Quo will talk about his mishaps<br />

and adventures of life on the road with one of the biggest<br />

and most loved bands ever.<br />

Corn Exchange Bedford, St Paul’s Square, Bedford<br />

MK40 1SL<br />

www.bedfordcornexchange.co.uk<br />

30 July Jane Eyre<br />

Charlotte Bronte’s masterpiece is brought vividly to life in<br />

this new stage adaptation.<br />

The Place Bedford, Bradgate Road, Bedford MK40 3DE<br />

www.theplacebedford.org.uk<br />

Wednesday 2nd June – Saturday 12th June<br />

Anthony MacKay Solo Show<br />

Many of the works displayed are inspired by the ups<br />

and downs of a recent family drama involving travelling<br />

through landscapes which changed in mood as the<br />

circumstances moved from despair and foreboding to relief<br />

and celebration.<br />

St Peter’s Street, Bedford MK40 2NN<br />

www.eaglegalleryartists.co.uk<br />


25 - 27 June The Great Balloon Race<br />

This 3 day event will see the skies filled with colour as<br />

these gentle giants take flight. Together with fantastic<br />

entertainment including aerial acrobatics, balloon night<br />

glow and giant fireworks display.<br />

The Shuttleworth Collection, Old Warden Aerodrome, Nr<br />

Biggleswade, Bedfordshire SG18 9EP<br />

www.shuttleworth.org/events/greatballoonrace<br />

WHAT’S ON<br />

MUSIC<br />

4 July Rock Choir LIVE<br />

You will witness a spectacular display of uplifting, feel-good<br />

pop, rock and contemporary chart songs performed by<br />

Dunstable, Hemel Hempstead, Amersham and Welwyn<br />

Garden City Rock Choir.<br />

Grove Theatre, Grove Park, Court Drive, Dunstable, LU5 4GP<br />

www.grovetheatre.co.uk<br />

Bedford Park Concerts<br />

29 July OLLY MURS Special Guests - Scouting for Girls<br />

30th July Café Mambo – Ibiza in the Park<br />

31st July Ocean Colour Scene Special Guests – Dodgy,<br />

The Wholls and Marquis Drive<br />

1st August Bedford Park Proms<br />

www.bedfordparkconcerts.co.uk<br />

21 August Noasis<br />

With two shows sold out back to back in January 2020<br />

Noasis are back by demand by adding a high summer<br />

show at Bedford Esquires.<br />

Esquires, 60A Bromham Road, Bedford MK40 2QG<br />

www.bedfordesquires.co.uk<br />

4 September AmpRocks<br />

Headline Act - McFly<br />

Special Guests – ASH<br />

Ampthill Great Park, Woburn Street, Bedfordshire MK45 2GU<br />

www.ampthillfestival.com<br />


3rd October 2020 - 27 June <strong>2021</strong><br />

Under the Same Sky<br />

In this art and social history exhibition, discover the local<br />

impact of the weather alongside artists depictions of the<br />

sky above. Highlights include stories of the founders of the<br />

National Meteorological Society, the weather forecasters<br />

for the airships at Cardington and the recorders of rainfall,<br />

accompanied by artworks by JMW Turner, Alfred Sisley,<br />

Eric Ravilious, Paul Nash, Edouard Manet and more.<br />

The Higgins Bedford, Wixamtree and Connections Gallery,<br />

Castle Lane, Bedford MK40 3XD<br />

www.thehigginsbedford.org.uk/Exhibitions<br />

4 July & 1st August Flying Day Picnic<br />

Bring a rug and a picnic and enjoy a relaxing afternoon with<br />

family and friends among the vines. You can take a free<br />

self-guided or virtual tour too, and enjoy chilled wine from<br />

our marquee. Well behaved dogs on leads are welcome.<br />

The picnic coincides with the nearby Shuttleworth airshow<br />

and there’s usually a chance to spot planes heading our<br />

way, although this may depend on which way the wind is<br />

blowing.<br />

Warden Abbey Vineyard, Bedford Rd, Old Warden<br />

SG18 9LS<br />

www.wardenvineyard.org.uk<br />


6 August Collectable Toys Auction<br />

A fascinating mix of dolls, teddy bears, tinplate and other<br />

toys from the 19th century through to<br />

more recent times.<br />

Viewing<br />

Friday 30th July – 9am to 5pm,<br />

Saturday 31st July – 9am to 1pm,<br />

Thursday 5th August – 9am to 5pm,<br />

Morning of sale from 9am<br />

W&H Peacock, Bedford Auction Centre, Eastcotts Park,<br />

Wallis Way, Bedford MK42 0PE<br />



Accommodation<br />

Varsity Hotel<br />

The Varsity Hotel is situated amidst the<br />

Cambridge Colleges with views from many<br />

of the rooms across Kings, St Johns and<br />

Trinity. It is also a stones throw from the<br />

main punting area and has many great<br />

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<br />

in the attractive East Northamptonshire<br />

village of Barnwell, three miles from the<br />

historic town of Oundle. We can provide<br />

you with a comfortable and relaxed country<br />

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 />


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