Eastlife Autumn 2021

It feels as though summer was over in the blink of an eye. The toing and froing of restrictions has left me a little discombobulated with holidays and plans up in the air. However, autumn is a time for change, and a welcomed one indeed. The weather may be getting cooler, but the East’s social calendar is heating up with a full schedule of festivals, events and exhibitions rolling into September, October and November.

It feels as though summer was over in the blink of an eye. The toing and froing of restrictions has left me a little discombobulated with holidays and plans up in the air. However, autumn is a time for change, and a welcomed one indeed. The weather may be getting cooler, but the East’s social calendar is heating up with a full schedule of festivals, events and exhibitions rolling into September, October and November.


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EDITOR Emma Kemsley<br />

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Dear Reader,<br />

It feels as though summer was over in the blink of an eye. The toing<br />

and froing of restrictions has left me a little discombobulated with<br />

holidays and plans up in the air. However, autumn is a time for change,<br />

and a welcomed one indeed. The weather may be getting cooler, but<br />

the East’s social calendar is heating up with a full schedule of festivals,<br />

events and exhibitions rolling into September, October and November.<br />

Besides the many exciting autumn events, the landscape is beginning<br />

to sparkle with colour as the leaves change and the nights draw in.<br />

<strong>Autumn</strong> is a time for exploring the great outdoors and everything that<br />

comes with it, check out our autumn bucket list – how many activities<br />

will you tick off? There’s also our pick of pumpkin patches for little ones<br />

and cosy cottage getaways for couples.<br />

Speaking of change, <strong>Eastlife</strong> has been given an overhaul. To improve<br />

reader experience, you’ll now find dedicated news pages, food articles<br />

and travel features for each county.<br />

Let us know what you think @eastlifemag<br />

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Contents<br />

15<br />

27<br />

47<br />

124<br />

010 Lifestyle<br />

The ultimate autumn bucket list; events<br />

and things to do<br />

027 Travel<br />

Plan your escape to the countryside with<br />

our pick of cosy cottages<br />

031 Dog Friendly<br />

Do you dream of worry free walks?<br />

Secure dog fields could be the answer<br />

037 Education<br />

Nutrition in schools and regional<br />

education news<br />

043 Little East<br />

Introducing our new feature ‘play dates’,<br />

a calendar of seasonal events. Plus, the<br />

best pumpkin patches in the East and<br />

dino days out<br />

059 Health<br />

Menopause – everything you need to<br />

know<br />

063 Fashion<br />

Get out of your joggers and into key<br />

autumn/winter trends<br />

067 Weddings<br />

Wedding fairs and exhibitions<br />

069 Motoring<br />

Sue Cooke reviews the Lexus UX300e<br />

071 Consumer<br />

Financial advice from Martin Lewis, eco<br />

initiatives for businesses and drones<br />

082 Interiors<br />

Create a cosy home with a lighting<br />

scheme and tips for keeping your garden<br />

secure<br />

089 Arts<br />

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

events<br />

093 Area Focus<br />

News, restaurant recommendations and<br />

travel inspiration for every county<br />

– 93 Norfolk<br />

– 105 Suffolk<br />

– 117 Essex<br />

– 129 Cambridgeshire<br />

– 141 Hertfordshire<br />

– 153 Bedfordshire<br />


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<strong>Autumn</strong> Events<br />

Plan an action-packed autumn with our pick of the best events this season<br />

Festivals, exhibitions, film screenings,<br />

activities and bonfires, summer may be<br />

over, but a jam-packed schedule of free<br />

and immersive events continues well<br />

into autumn. Celebrate the changing of<br />

the season with our pick of unmissable<br />

events across East Anglia.<br />

North Norfolk Food and<br />

Drink Festival,<br />

4-5 September<br />

Holkham Estate, Norfolk<br />

Calling all foodies! The region’s best<br />

loved producers and food businesses<br />

come together to celebrate the best of<br />

the county’s cuisine. After a year break,<br />

the festival, now in its 12th year, will<br />

include a wide selection of pop-up food<br />

stalls, picnicking options and the return of<br />

the Cookery Theatre. Well-known names<br />

will take centre stage to demonstrate<br />

their skills and share their expertise<br />

such as Norfolk foodie Andy Newman,<br />

Jordan Bayes from The Chequers Inn at<br />

Thornham who is offering up a peachy<br />

dessert, plant-based cook Sara Matthews<br />

who will create a delicious (and super<br />

healthy) breakfast, Michael Chamberlain<br />

from The Victoria Inn at Holkham who<br />

will use produce from the Estate, Fran<br />

Hartshorne from the White Horse at<br />

Brancaster Staithe and Jes Paskins from<br />

The Ostrich Inn at South Creake who<br />

promises a chilli crab dish.<br />

www.northnorfolkfoodfestival.co.uk<br />

British Science Festival,<br />

7-11 September<br />

Multiple venues, Chelmsford, Essex<br />

Inspire your imagination with a collection<br />

of curated events and talks which<br />

provide an insight into Chelmsford’s<br />

strengths in sustainability, healthcare<br />

and engineering. There will be a line-up<br />

of 100 free outdoor talks, immersive<br />

installations, and socially distanced<br />

indoor events that delve into the stories,<br />

ideas and the people behind science<br />

and innovation in Chelmsford and<br />

beyond. Catch a special filming of the<br />

BBC’s ‘The Sky at Night Question Time’<br />

at the Civic Theatre and explore the<br />

Ideas Hub at the Meadows Shopping<br />

Centre which will include the Climate<br />

Café, a music therapy workshop and a<br />

‘Chemistry of Curry’ demonstration.<br />

www.britishsciencefestival.org<br />

OPEN Cambridge,<br />

10-19 September<br />

Multiple venues, Cambridge<br />

Cambridge’s much-loved festival of<br />

history and culture returns with an<br />

extended programme of free live and<br />

digital events for everyone to enjoy.<br />

Open Cambridge, which is supported<br />

by the Cambridge BID, has extended<br />

its usual run of three days to 10 days of<br />

tours, walks, films, talks and a host of<br />

activities that bring together local people<br />

and visitors to celebrate the heritage,<br />

culture and community of Cambridge.<br />

During the 10 days, everyone will have<br />

the opportunity to see hidden places<br />

and try out new experiences that bring<br />

to life the historic city. With local stories<br />

at its heart, the free event is part of the<br />

national Heritage Open Days scheme,<br />

which is designed to offer special access<br />

to places that are normally closed to the<br />

public or charge admission.<br />

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

Newmarket Food and<br />

Drink Festival,<br />

11-12 September<br />

The Jockey Club Rooms, Newmarket,<br />

Suffolk<br />

The popular free festival, which<br />

celebrates the finest food and drink from<br />

across East Anglia is back! Celebrity<br />

chefs topping the bill on the main stage<br />

this year include chef and TV presenter<br />

Rosemary Shrager; Tristan Welch, a<br />

regular on BBC 1’s Saturday Kitchen<br />

and Chef Director at Parker’s Tavern in<br />

Cambridge; and acclaimed master chef<br />

Hans Schweitzer, who has cooked for<br />

the Queen, presidents, dignitaries and<br />

celebrities across the globe. Each chef<br />

will demo a range of dishes to teach<br />

audiences new skills and offer inspiration<br />

in the kitchen. In addition, the organisers<br />

plan to host over 60 artisan food and<br />

drink producers from across East Anglia<br />

and present a weekend packed full of<br />

live music, a selection of bars, and family<br />

entertainment.<br />

www.thehenrycecilopenweekend.<br />

co.uk/food-and-drink<br />

Feast, 25-28 September<br />

125a High Street, Aldeburgh, Suffolk<br />

An event for those with an appetite for<br />

art! Hosted by Art For Cure, the exhibition<br />

will feature over 25 artists, ceramicists<br />

and sculptors who have been inspired by<br />

the theme of food, dining and produce.<br />

The exhibition will include the launch<br />

of the new Ballroom Arts space and<br />

feature a uniquely commissioned piece<br />

titled ‘Fruits der Mer’ by international<br />

textile artist, Kate Jenkins, plus a series<br />

of Mersea-inspired oyster artworks by<br />

Patricia Forrester.<br />

www.artforcure.org.uk<br />



Apple Festival,<br />

25-26 September<br />

Audley End House & Gardens, Saffron<br />

Walden, Essex<br />

<strong>Autumn</strong> is a fruitful season, and where<br />

better to celebrate its produce than in the<br />

stunning gardens of Audley End House.<br />

A weekend dedicated to the apple will<br />

see over 150 varieties in the organic<br />

kitchen with expert gardeners on hand to<br />

answer your questions. Traditional tunes<br />

will be playing, and they’ll be the chance<br />

to sample apple treats and ciders.<br />

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

whats-on/audley-end-apple-festival-<br />

26-27-sep-<strong>2021</strong><br />

The Banff Mountain Film<br />

Festival, 25 September &<br />

22 November<br />

Cambridge Corn Exchange, Cambridge<br />

Returning as a live theatre tour, the<br />

Banff Mountain Film Festival features<br />

the world’s best adventure films,<br />

starring extreme human-powered<br />

expeditions in remote corners of the<br />

world. Audiences can expect nail-biting<br />

action, wild expeditions and stunning<br />

cinematography – from the comfort of a<br />

cinema seat.<br />

www.banff-uk.com<br />

The Cursed, selected<br />

dates during October<br />

Wat Tyler Country Park, Basildon, Essex<br />

Are you ready for a fright? Essex’s<br />

premier Halloween attraction returns<br />

with five themed horror mazes. There is a<br />

scare at every turn as thrill seekers make<br />

their way through different zones filled<br />

with live actors and street theatre. The<br />

event is usually a sell-out, so you’ll need<br />

to be quick to snap up tickets.<br />

www.thecursed.co.uk/tickets<br />

Mind Body Spirit and<br />

Wellbeing Festival,<br />

2-3 October<br />

Chelmsford City Racecourse, Essex<br />

It’s been a stressful 18-months for<br />

everyone, as we look to a new season<br />

take time to focus on you. Throughout<br />

the weekend reconnect with yourself<br />

and learn about the mind and body.<br />

The festival includes over 100 wellbeing<br />

exhibitors, a demo space, huge foodie<br />

village, live music and immersive events<br />

including workshops and yoga.<br />

www.lifearts.co.uk<br />

Hostry Festival,<br />

16-31 October<br />

Norwich Cathedral & The Chapel,<br />

Norwich, Norfolk<br />

This year’s festival celebrates a decade<br />

of original programming ranging from<br />

high profile guest speakers, concerts,<br />

drama and dance performances and<br />

exhibitions. At the centre of this year’s<br />

programme, will be the Norfolk premiere<br />

of Beethoven’s 10th, a play penned by<br />

one of the country’s favourite actors,<br />

renaissance man Sir Peter Ustinov.<br />

www.hostryfestival.org/whats-on<br />

The Suffolk Farmers<br />

Market, 16 October<br />

Trinity Park, Ipswich<br />

Stock up on the finest produce of<br />

the season at this traditional farmer’s<br />

market. The Cattle Sheds, a huge<br />

timber beamed structure, are filled with<br />

colourful gazebos and the smells of<br />

seasonal treats. They also provide a cosy,<br />

dry space to shop should the autumn<br />

weather not be so kind.<br />

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

events/suffolk-farmers-market-attrinity-park<br />

Norwich Beer Festival,<br />

25-31 October<br />

The Halls, St Andrews Plain, Norwich,<br />

Norfolk<br />

Raise your glass to the region’s best<br />

breweries. Over 200 cask-conditioned<br />

real ales and traditional ciders will be<br />

available from multiple independent<br />

brewers. Cheers to the sounds of live<br />

music and a feel-good festival vibe. There<br />

will also be bottled beer from Europe.<br />

www.norwichcamra.org.uk/festival/<br />

festival.htm<br />

King Coles Kittens’<br />

Fireworks, 5 November<br />

Colchester Castle Park, Essex<br />

The firework display is back with a<br />

bang to celebrate its 50th anniversary.<br />

The event starts at 6pm with live<br />

entertainment. Join the crowds as the<br />

guy is paraded to the bonfire. Once lit,<br />

over £15,000 of fireworks will light up the<br />

Essex sky.<br />

www.kingcoelskittens.org<br />

Cambridge Film Festival,<br />

18-25 November<br />

Cambridge Arts Picturehouse,<br />

Cambridge<br />

Film lovers can pen a date in their<br />

calendars as Cambridge Film Festival is<br />

set to go ahead as a physical event. The<br />

festival presents a diverse programme<br />

of over 40 films that promise to attract<br />

audiences of all ages and tastes. It<br />

includes UK premieres of new features,<br />

classic retrospectives, insightful<br />

documentaries, discovery titles from<br />

the global stage, family favourites, an<br />

eclectic array of short films, and several<br />

international film festival winners.<br />

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<strong>Autumn</strong><br />

Bucketlist<br />

Make the most of the season with our top<br />

pick of autumn experiences in the East<br />

Written by Emmanuelle Gammage | @emmanuelle.gammage<br />


The morning air is crisp, chestnuts are falling, and the leaves<br />

are turning from luscious green to vibrant shades of orange<br />

and golden honey. That can only mean one thing – autumn is<br />

upon us.<br />

You can’t beat this time of year. It’s time to alternate your<br />

wardrobe for the cooler months and get outside to see what<br />

you can explore in the glorious scenery of East Anglia.<br />

Take an autumn walk<br />

The countryside is abundant with walking routes and stately<br />

grounds to stroll. Around every corner is a chance to spot<br />

wildlife or a new shade of crimson. In Norfolk, Sadler’s Wood is<br />

home to an array of oak, pine, sweet chestnut and hornbeam<br />

trees. And, you’ll often see a tawny owl resting high in a tree<br />

and hear woodpeckers drum. In Suffolk, surround yourself with<br />

towering pine trees, timid deer and rare flora at King’s Forest, a<br />

quieter part of Thetford Forest.<br />

Visit an estate<br />

In 1968 some of the Queen’s private estate at Sandringham<br />

was designated as a country park, now known as Sandringham<br />

Royal Park. It has two marked nature trails and plenty of<br />

woodland paths with bountiful wildlife to explore for all of<br />

the family. On 20 October, you can take a tour with the head<br />

gardener to visit the gardens and freshly planted arboretum.<br />

Afterwards, enjoy afternoon tea made with homegrown<br />

produce and recipes from the Royal archives.<br />

Blickling Estate covers an immense 4,600 acres including a<br />

huge woodland where you can find the Mausoleum, one of<br />

Blickling’s most iconic landmarks. If you’re missing summer, visit<br />

Ickworth House which was inspired by Italian architecture. The<br />

house lies on a glorious landscape with lots of walking routes to<br />

the walled garden or canal lake.<br />

Head to Cambridge Botanical Gardens<br />

Cambridge Botanical Gardens is a sight to behold, with late<br />

flowers, fruits and trees having been especially planted to<br />

brighten the misty autumn days. From 10 September to 30<br />

November, you can partake in a self-led family activity. Upon<br />

entry, pick up a special card with an animal illustration and facts<br />

alongside fun games. A different animal will be at the gates each<br />

week and there are six to collect altogether.<br />

Enjoy peaceful birdwatching<br />

Norfolk and Suffolk are two of the most prominent birdwatching<br />

counties in the UK, especially in autumn as many species are<br />

migrating. At Minsmere Nature Reserve you might catch a<br />

glimpse of a curlew sandpiper or a little stint. Coasting along<br />

the Norfolk Broads is an idyllic location to enjoy the water and<br />

admire its flying visitors. Even if you’re not an avid birdwatcher,<br />

you can still appreciate the melody of birdsong and relish the<br />

undisturbed landscape.<br />

Watch the sunset on the beach<br />

The coast is always quieter in the cooler months so make the<br />

most of it. Wrap up warm, pack some blankets and a flask of hot<br />

chocolate for front row seats to an autumn sunset at Cromer,<br />

Old Hunstanton or Holkham.<br />

Go on a wildlife tour<br />

The East Anglian countryside is busting with wildlife in autumn<br />

as the creatures begin to prep for hibernation. It’s also prime<br />

season for deer rutting, where the stags compete for mating.<br />

Holkham is home to many roaming deer but keep your distance,<br />

especially in the rutting season. Holkham also offers a guided<br />

walk around the park to learn more about the resident Fallow<br />

Deer herd.<br />

Although otters are notoriously difficult to spot, Ranworth and<br />

Barton Broads offer a good chance. And it won’t be a wasted<br />

trip if not because the floating Wildlife Centre at Ranworth has<br />

panoramic views across the water – so you’re bound to see a<br />

number of little creatures.<br />

See the seals at Horsey<br />

Although there are seals all year round at Horsey beach,<br />

through October to February is the prime time for seal pup<br />

viewing. Last year, 2,069 seals were born on the beach so there<br />

really is no better place to see them. Make sure you stick to the<br />

viewing platforms to keep yourself and the pups safe.<br />


And of course, we can’t<br />

forget about Halloween!<br />

Brace yourself for a ghost tour<br />

East Anglia’s history is rich, including a long line of reigning<br />

ghosts. Norwich ghost walks take place every Tuesday and<br />

Thursday through the cobbled streets of Norwich Cathedral,<br />

Norwich Castle, Elm Hill and more. But if you’re a thrill seeker,<br />

head to one of England’s most haunted cities, Cambridge.<br />

Pick a pumpkin at Udley Farm<br />

Set over 75 acres, pop your wellies on and go and find the<br />

biggest pumpkin to put in your wheelbarrow and carve at home.<br />

Afterwards, take a wrong turn down the corn maze and try and<br />

finish the prize-winning activity. You can’t leave without a coffee<br />

and a Halloween themed cookie.<br />

Celebrate Bonfire Night<br />

Sadly, there aren’t as many fireworks displays as usual this<br />

year, but Ipswich Trinity Park will return with an action-packed<br />

evening with a mighty firework show, a fairground, live music<br />

and a bar and street food, all with free parking.<br />

Hunstanton Cliff Top firework display is also taking place.<br />

Choreographed to music and accompanied by lasers, it’s going<br />

to be a blast. Entertainment also includes a fun fair, Rock Choir,<br />

mulled wine and hot food.<br />

Make the most of autumn and get exploring!<br />

Have a fang-tastic time at Audley<br />

Miniature Railway<br />

The perfect day out for the family begins on the Halloween<br />

express which rides all the way into the woodland where you’ll<br />

be greeted by all kinds of magical characters. Entertainment<br />

includes fortune telling, an adventure play area and a wizard<br />

dwelling so make sure you’re dressed to impress. The event is<br />

running from 23 to 31 October.<br />

Halloween at Helmingham Hall<br />

The Star & Mouse Picture Show is coming to Helmingham on<br />

30 October for a spooky movie night. There will be fire pits, hot<br />

water bottles, mulled cider and you’ll have the chance to stroll<br />

through the candlelit gardens. Either wrap up cosy and take a<br />

seat outside or you can sit in the comfort of your car – it’s up to<br />

you. The film is yet to be revealed so keep your eyes peeled.<br />

Note: over 18s only.<br />



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surface, but with face-masks now a question of personal choice<br />

in some places, people being pinged and asked to self-isolate,<br />

and many people still working from home, it‘s not unusual to<br />

feel uncertain about how to handle the challenges and changes<br />

that have resulted from the ongoing pandemic. This is where life<br />

coaching can help.<br />

When the COVID-19 crisis started and the UK went into its first<br />

lockdown, Carrie Johnson, a trained psychodynamic counsellor<br />

and qualified life coach, with a Certificate in Coaching from<br />

the University of Cambridge, knew that more and more<br />

people would be needing support. She set up Cambridge Life<br />

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accessible to everyone. By providing impartial advice and<br />

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tackle anxiety. She also helps clients who are experiencing<br />

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business to help<br />

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What’s the difference between life<br />

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Coaching helps you to look ahead<br />

Therapy focuses on the past and is about listening and being<br />

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Craft<br />

Your Skills<br />

Discover your talents with our round-up of<br />

top 10 workshops and courses<br />

Written by Abby Knight<br />



Around three-quarters of Brits are ‘more open’ to arts and<br />

culture than before the start of the COVID-19 pandemic, with<br />

photography chosen by 48%, drawing 45%, and painting by<br />

39% according to new research. And it’ set to continue, with<br />

nearly two-thirds hoping to keep up their new hobby now that<br />

lockdown has lifted. Here’s our pick of the best courses and<br />

workshops to try:<br />

Bottoms Up<br />

Strike a Light<br />

Candle making company Cosy Owl run virtual candle making<br />

workshops for beginners and more advanced crafts experts.<br />

Hosted on Zoom and streamed to their Facebook live with<br />

candle making expert, Abbey White, as your workshop host.<br />

Free to attend, you just have to buy a simple candle making<br />

kit before the event to participate. Launched in 2017, these<br />

clever crafters have gone from strength to strength and during<br />

lockdown built their customer base to 6,500 with over 1.9<br />

million views on TikTok. One of the most relaxing classes I’ve<br />

joined in with, it’s easy to make a pretty candle you can light<br />

with pride! Want to try: For details visit www.cosyowl.com<br />

Love a glass of wine but would like to know more about where it<br />

comes from, how to choose wine and pair it with your favourite<br />

foods? A Wine & Spirit Education Trust WSET wine course is a<br />

great way to explore the world of wine. The Level 1 and Level<br />

2 Award in Wines courses are recognised across the world<br />

by professionals and enthusiasts alike and both courses suit<br />

anyone that wants to improve their knowledge. It’s a great way<br />

to help you navigate wine lists and help you start a collection<br />

too. The courses are available online and at venues in East<br />

Anglia, including The Cambridge Wine Academy and The<br />

Norfolk Wine School in Norwich.<br />

Want to try: Course fees start from £135, for more information<br />

about where to study can be found here:<br />

www.wsetglobal.com/where-to-study<br />

Sketch It Out<br />

Run by Studio Artist, Laura<br />

Pearson-Clark (Art in the<br />

Burrow), this informal sociable<br />

sketching club is for all<br />

abilities and experiences.<br />

Bring your own sketchbook<br />

and materials, flask of drink<br />

– although Arts Centre cafe<br />

is also open for refreshments<br />

and cakes – and camping<br />

chairs and make use of the<br />

wildlife and sculpture garden<br />

as inspiration in the company<br />

of a Haddenham Arts Centre<br />

studio artist. The Sketchbook Wednesday Club is on every<br />

Wednesday at the Wildlife Garden, Haddenham Arts Centre,<br />

near Ely during September and October, 10am-12pm. Price £10<br />

per session, discounts for booking in blocks.<br />

Want to try: Contact Laura Pearson-Clark on 07966727289 or<br />

visit www.facebook.com/artintheburrow or<br />

www.instagram.com/sketchbookwednesdayclub<br />

Pretty as a Flower<br />

Everyone loves buying and having fresh flowers in the house<br />

but there are tips and tricks for making them last and arranging<br />

them, so they look amazing. Multi-award winning The Stock<br />

Florist launched The Flower School last summer with classes<br />

and courses available at its Essex-based shop in Stock and in<br />

Bishop’s Stortford. Choose from half day, full day, three day<br />

and evening courses covering everything from perfecting a<br />

hand-tied bouquet to vase flower arranging with exciting wreath<br />

making and table centre design for Christmas dates coming<br />

soon.<br />

Want to try: Prices from £60 with groups of up to 10.<br />

www.stockflorist.co.uk/flower-school<br />



Now Stretch<br />

It’s so important to prioritise<br />

your health, fitness and<br />

mental wellbeing and if<br />

you’ve not been able to get<br />

back to the gym or prefer<br />

working out at home, at Kali<br />

Pilates you can access a<br />

range of online classes you<br />

can either join in live with<br />

pilates/fitness instructors<br />

Lisa Webster and Karen<br />

Curren or do the workouts on demand. With over 28 years<br />

teaching experience between them, choose from ‘Classic<br />

Pilates’ to strengthen, tone and improve flexibility and mobility,<br />

‘Step and Resistance’ sessions to boost metabolism and aid<br />

weight management and ‘Yoga and Relaxation’ to help cope<br />

with stress and mental overload.<br />

There are workouts for beginners and the menopause, and you<br />

can work out for as little as 10 minutes!<br />

Want to try: Price £20 a month to access over 200 classes and<br />

five live classes a month. Join in September and you can have<br />

a free seven-day trial plus a complimentary Pilates mini ball and<br />

two resistance bands to get you started.<br />

Visit www.kalipilates.co.uk for details.<br />

Get Crafty<br />

Lovers of card making, and all things scrap booking and<br />

decoupage, will love the easy-going craft sessions at Pinnacles,<br />

situated at Barleylands Farm & Craft Centre, Basildon, Essex.<br />

The two-hour classes include all the craft items you need to<br />

make the project plus tea and coffee, just bring your own cup!<br />

There are also popular Pergamano sessions on Tuesday and<br />

Wednesday evenings and weekend workshops.<br />

Be More Mindful<br />

At the just-launched Courses Company – for the price of<br />

one cup of coffee – you can purchase any course for just<br />

£3.99. Choose from over 120 courses to upskill and give you<br />

confidence with easy to access and enjoyable classes available<br />

in bundles. Try their mindfulness bundle or the personal<br />

development bundle covering everything from work life<br />

balance and increasing your happiness to job search skills.<br />

Want to try: The Courses Company bundles are available at just<br />

£3.99 per course – affordable and fun to do, too.<br />

For details visit www.coursescompany.com<br />

Self-Love Sundays<br />

What better way to spend an autumn Sunday than easing away<br />

stress and tension and discovering new ways to get in tune with<br />

your mind and body with Essex-based holistic therapists Louise<br />

Jane and Carla Banks initiative ‘Self Love Sundays’. As well<br />

as yoga, you can let go of your inhibitions with guided dance<br />

mediation as well as learn more about the art of journaling to<br />

express yourself. A great way to meet like-minded people, you’ll<br />

go home with a lovely goody bag containing crystals, oils and<br />

more. ‘Self Love Sundays’ take place on selected dates during<br />

autumn at various venues including the Galleywood Heritage<br />

Centre, Galleywood, Essex.<br />

Want to find more: Self Love Sunday sessions cost £77 for<br />

around four hours and includes a healthy lunch.<br />

www.instagram.com/self.love.sundays<br />

Want to try: Class prices are from £10 with all day Saturday<br />

lessons at £27 and you need to book, visit Pinnacles on FB for<br />

details and what to try.<br />

Shaken and Stirred<br />

Taste of Asia<br />

Chef Lilian Hiw, formerly of legendary Raffles Hotel in Singapore,<br />

hosts classes in Lilian’s Private Kitchen, Bury St Edmunds, Suffolk.<br />

Lilian’s classes are fun, informative and interactive with detailed<br />

easy to follow recipes you can try again at home using ingredients<br />

that are readily available. Class numbers are limited so you get all<br />

the help you need and include how to make the perfect Sushi,<br />

Dim Sum and delicious Thai and Vietnamese dishes.<br />

Great for the party season, The Cocktail Masterclasses available<br />

at The Players Lounge, an eclectic entertainments venue<br />

in Billericay that features an indoor golf and restaurant, are<br />

available to book at any time. Ideal for hen parties, birthdays<br />

and for team building, up to 12 people can join in this 90-minute<br />

session to make two delicious cocktails under the watchful eye<br />

of the resident mixologist.<br />

Want to know more: The Cocktail Masterclass costs £30 per<br />

person, including of nibbles and side dishes. For details visit<br />

www.players-lounge.co.uk<br />

Classically trained as a chef, she has worked in some of Asia’s<br />

top hotels and her travels all over Asia including Thailand, Hong<br />

Kong and Japan give her endless inspiration.<br />

Want to join in? Prices range from around £98 for the<br />

masterclass. For details and to book visit<br />

www.lilianskitchen.co.uk/cookery-class<br />







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Country Escapes<br />

Say goodbye to the hustle and bustle with our<br />

pick of the best country breaks<br />

Written by Emma Kemsley | @emma_kemsley<br />

<strong>Autumn</strong> brings with it a sense of magic. Crisp cool air,<br />

morning dews, golden light and changing colours. It compels<br />

us to slow down and enjoy natures show. Let go of the<br />

hectic summer and reset amongst the colourful country<br />

scenes that unfurl across the region.<br />


For an epic escape where at times you feel you could be<br />

the only person in the world, head to the medieval village of<br />

Worstead. The majority of the village is owned by the Worstead<br />

Estate. Between winding lanes and whimsical woodlands on<br />

the Estate, also a working farm, are three refurbished cottages:<br />

Estate Cottage, Holly House and the grade II listed, New Lane<br />

Cottage.<br />

Worstead is the essence of what makes Norfolk great. Fields<br />

of swaying crops and dense forest. The phone signal is patchy<br />

and the air is quiet. It’s an opportunity to cut off from the outside<br />

world and just be. The village was once home to a thriving cloth<br />

trade and is the birthplace of the material used to weave jeans.<br />

Today, its stone walls and crooked cottages are to be admired.<br />

Wander the footpaths on the edge of the Estate and you’ll catch<br />

a glimpse of rural living at its finest. Owner Bruce Paterson,<br />

one of three brothers who acquired the farm from their father,<br />

provided a fascinating insight into agricultural life. He relived<br />

the story of how his grandfather transported his dairy cows on<br />

the train from Scotland to south Norfolk and rented the land.<br />

Eventually, he purchased the Estate in the early 1930s. The farm<br />

produces multiple crops such as maize, carrots and potatoes<br />

and is renowned for its wagyu cattle.<br />

As the Worstead Estate creeps towards its centenary, the farm is<br />

undergoing significant changes to stand the test of time. There<br />

are impressive sustainable farming measures in place such as<br />

growing green fuel for a local AD plant, solar panels, a reduction<br />

in machinery, responsible grazing and a huge project which<br />

aims to harvest mature trees and replant 50 acres to bring the<br />

footpath back to its historic shape and to provide connecting<br />

habitats between the park and woodlands.<br />

Bruce said: “Farmers do everything; an engineer, welder,<br />

physicist, ecologist – there are so many things to turn your hand<br />

at. We need to diversify, because who knows what will happen<br />

over time.”<br />

In addition to its environmental stewardship, there are plans to<br />

convert some of the estate’s older buildings into a restaurant,<br />

further accommodation, a chefs garden and a brewery. The<br />

stunning wedding venue was recently completed. The Estate<br />

will no doubt become a hub for rural tourism in the not too<br />

distant future. In the meantime, guests can take advantage of its<br />

natural delights.<br />

I stayed at the recently refurbished New Lane Cottage. A single<br />

lane leads to the 200-year-old, thatched cottage which offers<br />

360-degree views of country landscape, including the odd cow!<br />

The terracotta tiles and fireplace give it a rustic edge, but the<br />

fully equipped kitchen, stylish bathroom and welcoming décor<br />

bring it back to the modern day. A welcome package full of<br />

locally sourced treats awaits guests.<br />

The staircase is the real attraction of the cottage. The steep<br />

concealed stairs spiral towards the bedrooms on the first floor<br />

and invite you to imagine the many footsteps that have been up<br />

and down during its long history.<br />

Silence is bliss, and here there’s plenty of it, except for the<br />

gentle call of a bird, soft mooing of a cow and nocturnal voices.<br />

Look closely and you’ll see an abundance of animals. Thanks<br />

to the farm’s stop on shooting, the wildlife is flourishing. It’s<br />

not uncommon to see deer, muntjac, buzzards, kites and even<br />

an otter at the Estate’s lake. If you’re an early riser take full<br />

advantage of the newly launched dawn chorus tour. Nearby<br />

Silence is bliss, and here there’s<br />

plenty of it, except for the gentle<br />

call of a bird, soft mooing of a<br />

cow and nocturnal voices<br />

guests can enjoy horse riding, clay shooting, rambling, sailing<br />

and even wild swimming. If you’d prefer to stay close to the cosy<br />

cottage, there are miles of footpaths. Visitors are welcome to<br />

explore the parkland in the Estate with its canopy entrance of<br />

autumn foliage and large lake – a hotspot for bird watching.<br />

Country pursuits are high on the agenda and it couldn’t be<br />

easier to book with the help of North Norfolk Concierge. The<br />

service can arrange activities, reservations and accommodation<br />

for those planning a trip to Norfolk.<br />

Before my visit to the cottage, I discussed my requirements for<br />

the trip with North Norfolk Concierge. Owner, Ashton, asked a<br />

few simple questions to understand my likes and dislikes and<br />

set about planning our Norfolk adventure.<br />

My love of seafood was met with a delicious Randy’s seafood<br />

platter placed in our fridge at the cottage for a lunch time arrival.<br />

She saved us space in the car by organising a dog bed, bowls<br />

and blanket in the cottage for the pooch in tow, and scheduled<br />

a day of activities on the coast.<br />

Norfolk combines the best of both worlds, country and coast.<br />

Within 30 minutes from the rural haven of Worstead you’ll meet<br />

with the seashore. North Norfolk Concierge organised a Temple<br />

Seal Trip at Morston Quay. I hopped aboard and cruised the<br />

calm Quay to view colonies of grey and common seal basking<br />

on the point. Captain Jim shared his knowledge of the area,<br />

its history and his tales of seal rescues. A must-do if you’re in<br />

the area. Next it was onto lunch at The Anchor Inn Morston.<br />

The cosy pub is ideal for escaping the sea breeze, the staff are<br />

attentive and friendly, and the food delicious.<br />

Using North Norfolk Concierge relieved the stress that usually<br />

comes with preparing for a minibreak. Rather than making<br />

phone calls and sending emails to book dinners and trips while I<br />

battle against article deadlines, I could rest assured it was taken<br />

care of for me. Instead, I focused on finishing my work, closing<br />

the laptop and relaxing into my country escape.<br />

If you have your autumn break planned but need assistance<br />

filling your days, restaurant recommendations, a bottle of<br />

Champagne on ice on arrival or perhaps a private chef to cook<br />

your dinner, North Norfolk Concierge can handle it!<br />

For the ultimate country escape, a place where you can hear<br />

yourself think, East Anglia’s villages will deliver.<br />

www.nnconcierge.com<br />

www.worsteadestate.com/stay<br />


©Worstead Estate<br />

Elsewhere in the East<br />

Cambridgeshire<br />

If you don’t want to leave the city too far<br />

behind but yearn for the sense of freedom a<br />

country break brings, check in to The Old Dairy<br />

set amongst 23 acres of private parkland in the<br />

small village of Horningsea, just north of the<br />

city of Cambridge. The beautiful interiors are<br />

a winning formation for an autumn getaway,<br />

think wooden beams and exposed brick<br />

combined with buttery leather and faux fur<br />

textures. Take a walk through the footpaths,<br />

read the blustery days away in front of the<br />

wood burner and simply relax. Fall asleep to<br />

the sound of silence in the four-poster super<br />

king size bed. The cottage is the perfect<br />

romantic retreat full of English charm.<br />

www.cambridgecountrycottages.co.uk<br />

Hertfordshire<br />

For those that seek country with a dose<br />

of cool, Bethnal & Bec ticks all the boxes.<br />

Heavily inspired by East London, hence its<br />

name, the two dwellings sit side by side in<br />

the countryside on the edge of Buntingford.<br />

Interiors are quirky with a retro vibe and the<br />

amenities will keep you pleasantly occupied.<br />

Light the log fire, fill the freestanding bathtub<br />

and put a vinyl on the record player. Both<br />

secluded units have a private garden, country<br />

views and a hot tub. It’s self-catering but<br />

essentials are supplied, and you can purchase<br />

from the stocked pantry or pre-order from the<br />

dine-in menu. It’s dog-friendly too!<br />

www.bethnalandbec.com<br />

Suffolk<br />

Switch off, quite literally, at Hex Cottage. The<br />

small, thatched home consists of just one<br />

room and no electricity. Swap social media for<br />

board games in front of the fire and Netflix for<br />

candlelit dinners. The real life fairy tale cottage<br />

is back to basics but with decadent antique<br />

furniture, a beautiful freestanding bathtub,<br />

open fire place and plush fabrics to keep you<br />

toasty. You’ll find the cottage on the Wilderness<br />

Reserve which is home to a collection of luxury<br />

country retreats.<br />

www.wildernessreserve.com<br />



Tails<br />

About<br />

Town:<br />

Dog Behaving Badly<br />

Written by Emma Kemsley<br />

I have resorted to professional<br />

help to assist with a feral<br />

Fletcher. The excitable<br />

screaming is out of control.<br />

His love for life and shrilling<br />

enthusiasm has become a<br />

very big problem. It puts a<br />

dampener on days out as my<br />

husband and I are often left<br />

stressed and embarrassed<br />

from his persistent screeching.<br />

He was recently politely<br />

declined a place on a seal trip<br />

at Morston Quay. Instead of<br />

enjoying a boat trip on the calm<br />

water and seal sightings in the<br />

sunshine, my husband had to<br />

march Fletcher up and down the footpath. On a recent working<br />

trip to Norfolk, poor Bruce at Worstead Estate, had to listen to his<br />

squeals for a whole three hours as he gave us a tour of the farm.<br />

It’s also progressed to the car. When we are close to arriving at a<br />

destination Fletcher eagerly screams. Ultimately it makes parking<br />

or traffic an unpleasant experience.<br />

At our wits end, we called in a professional. Fletcher sat sulking<br />

in the car, while my husband and I anxiously paced the car park<br />

waiting for the dog trainer to arrive. Would she scold us for<br />

being terrible owners? Would Fletcher be disciplined? Only time<br />

would tell.<br />

Julie was in fact rather lovely and understanding. She pointed<br />

out we had an extreme case on our hands and that Fletcher’s<br />

behaviour was quite unusual. Getting to the nitty gritty of the<br />

problem, it turns out Fletcher has learned how to manipulate<br />

us. Yes, that’s right, my husband and I are being controlled by a<br />

15kg fur ball that doesn’t even speak. He has worked out that if<br />

he consistently screeches, he will get exactly what he wants. The<br />

louder he screams, the quicker he gets it as we are desperate for<br />

it to stop.<br />

We tried her tactics; Fletcher wasn’t allowed out of the car<br />

until he stopped screaming. If, when the door was opened, he<br />

made a sound, it was immediately shut. It took an hour before<br />

he understood and started to compromise. He is one stubborn<br />

spaniel!<br />

We started with some basic training which takes away his<br />

freedom a little and keeps his focus on us when out and about.<br />

In theory it works, but it’s impossible to put it into practice every<br />

day. I don’t always have an hour to spare to wait for Fletcher to<br />

quieten. Imagine having to stand at the door for an hour before<br />

you leave for a meeting or appointment, or parking the car but not<br />

moving from the space for the next 45 minutes. It’s tough, but we<br />

are trying. Let’s say it’s a work in progress!<br />


Playing the Field<br />

Safe and secure dog fields for hire<br />

Other dogs, roads, water, livestock…sometimes walking a dog<br />

can be a logistical nightmare. If you’ve got a dog that’s nervous<br />

around others or a pooch with a high prey drive who loves to<br />

chase, a dog field could be the answer to your problems.<br />

Safe, secure and usually monitored by dog professionals, dog<br />

fields are available to hire on a 30 minute to one hour basis.<br />

Imagine a huge, open space where your pet can run wild and<br />

free, but most importantly safely. Dog fields can be hired for a<br />

number of reasons; safety, training, group walks and dog parties<br />

(yes, it’s a thing!).<br />

With the lockdown puppy boom, dog fields are becoming<br />

increasingly popular and popping up across the region. We’ve<br />

listed a few suggestions to get tails wagging…<br />

Puppy Paddocks, Norwich<br />

Carleton End, Watton Road, Barford Norwich, NR9 4AR<br />

Their motto is: “Safe play for all dogs-not just puppies.” With over<br />

two acres of secure field to hire and three separate paddocks,<br />

dogs will have the time of their life. There is agility play equipment,<br />

buddleia islands, a fenced diggy pit and sensory experience –<br />

perfect to practice recall training.<br />

www.puppypaddocks.co.uk<br />

King’s Lynn Dog Field, King’s Lynn<br />

Narborough, PE32 1JR<br />

With a huge six acres to hire, the dog field really is the largest dog<br />

field in Norfolk. Your dog can explore trees, hedges and even<br />

have a go on the agility equipment in this large, secure area. A sixand-a-half-foot<br />

fence and extra rabbit netting dug into the ground<br />

ensures your pooch is unable to escape.<br />

www.kingslynndogfield.uk<br />

Developing Dog Walks, Ely<br />

Whitecross Road, White cross Farm, Wilburton, Ely CB6 3QB<br />

Possibly one of the largest secure fields in the UK, Developing<br />

Dog Walks is an impressive safe field covering over seven acres.<br />

Available to book for one off slots and monthly membership, you<br />

certainly won’t be stuck for things to do in this natural wildflower<br />

meadow with plenty of equipment for your dog to explore. A<br />

pond is added during the autumn to fill with rainwater over winter<br />

– perfect for mucky pups!<br />

www.developingdogs.co.uk/safe-dog-walks<br />

Four Paws Adventure Academy, Bedford<br />

Water End, Cople, Bedford MK44 3TY<br />

This two-acre secure field really is heaven for dogs. Set up just like<br />

a playground, there are lots of activities for your pooch to choose<br />

from. Good luck trying to get your dog to leave! Each session lasts<br />

one hour. www.fourpawsadventureacademy.co.uk<br />


K9 Park & Play, Baldock<br />

Farrowby Farm, Hinxworth, Baldock, Hertfordshire, SG7 5EY<br />

There are two parks to choose from. The first, a safe, high fenced<br />

paddock, ideal for training without any distractions. The second<br />

park at the farm is a much larger space where dogs can stretch<br />

their legs and play on the obstacles. There’s shelter for owners on<br />

rainy days and even a wash down station for muddy paws.<br />

www.k9parkandplay.com<br />

BARKway Dog Park, Royston<br />

Buckland Road, Barkway, Royston SG8 8HA<br />

If you have a water loving pup, this is the place for you! There is a<br />

dog park and a dog field for safe playing and training purposes,<br />

but the star attraction of this location is the Canine Dip & Dive – a<br />

swimming pool for dogs! Available to hire for dog parties, solo<br />

splashing, puppy paddles, dip and dive and senior swims, it’s a<br />

great opportunity for dogs to exercise and stretch their muscles.<br />

Owners are welcome to hop in too, if you’re feeling brave enough.<br />

www.barkwaydogpark.wixsite.com/barkwaydogpark<br />

Dolly’s Dog Field<br />

Howland Farm House Rickling Road, Wicken Bonhunt, CB11 3UH<br />

Located in a peaceful area, there’s no other dog walkers or<br />

livestock in sight. Here you can relax as your dog runs free<br />

through the flat field. There’s agility equipment and a ballpit for<br />

inquisitive pups and a paddling pool in the warmer months.<br />

www.dollysdogfield.co.uk<br />

Crazy Dogs Playfield, Dunmow<br />

Clapton Hall Lane, Dunmow, Essex, CM6 1JF<br />

Essentially a giant play park for dogs. The securely fenced field<br />

includes a seesaw, jumps, tunnel, ball pit with footballs, frisbees,<br />

hula hoops and sand pit for dogs who can’t resist a dig. There’s<br />

also a paddling pool to cool off during the warmer months.<br />

www.crazydogsplayfield.co.uk<br />

Suffolk Run Free, Woodbridge<br />

School Road, Monk Soham, Woodbridge IP13 7EN<br />

With six acres to explore consisting of fields, a small wooded<br />

copse and ditches there’s definitely plenty of exciting things for<br />

your dog to sniff. Also available is a toy box, paddling pool and<br />

drinking areas all within the safety of six foot fencing.<br />

www.suffolkrunfree.co.uk<br />

Fressingfield Dog Run, Eye, Suffolk<br />

Yew Tree Farm, Cratfield Road, Fressingfield, Eye, IP21 5SH<br />

It’s nothing but fun and frolics at this meadow. Covering almost<br />

six acres, the field is available to hire for 30-minute and one-hour<br />

slots, group sessions and dog parties. Happy pups can run<br />

around, dig into the toy box or sniff out the agility play area.<br />

www.fressingfielddogrun.co.uk<br />

With contributions from Karen Rhodes.<br />



Impington<br />

International<br />

College: 30 years<br />

of world class IB<br />

education<br />

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

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

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

passions and interests.<br />

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

take with them into life beyond education.<br />

Outstanding results: In <strong>2021</strong>, 100% of students at the College<br />

passed the DP and CP, achieving an average point score of<br />

36, beating the global average of 33. Over 26% of students<br />

attained 40 points or more, with four students achieving 44<br />

and 45 points – the maximum possible point score. These<br />

accomplishments have secured students places at Oxbridge,<br />

Russell Group and leading international universities along with<br />

a number of top Drama Schools to study a multitude of subjects<br />

including Biology, Law, Acting and Psychology.<br />

Exciting scholarship programmes: As well as offering students<br />

over 30 subjects to choose from, Impington International<br />

College also has a range of scholarship programmes on offer.<br />

Those who wish to enter the professional world of theatre<br />

and performing arts can choose to study at the Performance<br />

School and work with leading industry professionals alongside<br />

their studies, while those with a high interest in sport can<br />

train alongside their studies through one of the College’s<br />

professional sports scholarships.<br />

Development of the whole student: Through the core elements<br />

of the DP and CP, students are given the opportunity to gain<br />

experience of team work, decision making, problem solving,<br />

access to a second language and undertake an independent<br />

in-depth piece of work similar to what the work they will<br />

complete at university.<br />

Host family network: Students who are out of the Cambridge<br />

area can reap the benefits of staying with the College’s network<br />

of host families in the local area who provide support, care and<br />

guidance throughout a student’s time at Impington.<br />

Impington International College students are motivated to<br />

succeed, with options that allow students to realise their goals<br />

and progress confidently into the next stages of learning,<br />

opening up a world of opportunities for them beyond the<br />

school gate.<br />

To find out more about Impington International College, visit:<br />

impingtoninternational.org.uk<br />

Quality of care: Every individual in the sixth form is known. The<br />

small class sizes ensure high contact time with teachers so that<br />

individual needs are met and the close-knit environment allows<br />

students to flourish, both academically and socially.<br />


e: international@ivc.tmet.org.uk<br />

t: 01223 200 402<br />

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A World Class IB education from<br />

Impington International College<br />

With a 100% pass rate for the IB, our students go on to study at Oxbridge,<br />

Russell Group, Ivy League and leading European universities.<br />

Contact us to book an individual meeting.<br />

The UK’s top non-selective provider of<br />

the International Baccalaureate (IB) -<br />

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National Food Strategy:<br />

The recommendations<br />

for schools<br />

Written by Jacqui Hagen<br />

The National Food Strategy, a government-commissioned<br />

report, is the first independent review of England’s entire food<br />

system for 75 years. Published in July this year and led by Henry<br />

Dimbleby, co-founder of Leon Restaurants and the Sustainable<br />

Restaurant Association, the report concludes that the nation’s<br />

diet must be transformed to save lives and to protect the NHS<br />

and the environment.<br />

At the heart of the report there are a number of measures for<br />

schools with a significant focus on pupil nutrition and food<br />

education. In addition to extending the eligibility for free school<br />

meals, the National Food Strategy recommends the launch of<br />

an ‘Eat and Learn’ initiative for all children aged 3-18 years to<br />

reverse declines in cooking skills and knowledge.<br />

The ‘Eat and Learn’ initiative would involve:<br />

1. Curriculum changes to ensure the subject is taken<br />

seriously<br />

The report recommends sensory education for early years. This<br />

teaching method – in which children are introduced to new<br />

foods and encouraged to explore them with all five senses – has<br />

been shown to increase children’s willingness to try fruit and<br />

vegetables. Furthermore, the food A-level, axed in 2016, should<br />

be reintroduced. The new A-level should include learning<br />

about the food system and how the food we eat affects the<br />

environment and our health.<br />

2. Schools working with ‘accreditation schemes’<br />

This part of the report highlights the importance of a ‘whole<br />

school approach’ to food, with the dining hall as the hub of the<br />

school; lunch as part of the school day; the cooks as important<br />

staff members; and food as part of a rounded education. The<br />

report further recommends schools work with accreditation<br />

schemes such as Food for Life. These schemes would also<br />

provide training and support for leaders and staff.<br />

3. Cookery inspected with ‘same rigour’ as English<br />

and maths<br />

Ofsted should assess the quality of food and nutrition lessons<br />

to ensure that all schools are taking the subject as seriously as<br />

they should, says the report. In addition, Ofsted should publish a<br />

research review into food and nutrition as it currently does with<br />

other subjects.<br />

4. The government covering the cost of pupils’ ingredients<br />

The report stresses the importance of food education being<br />

sufficiently funded and recommends that the government pay<br />

for ingredients children use in cooking lessons, as they do for<br />

schoolbooks. It further argues that the current system leads to<br />

waste, as it is hard for parents to buy ingredients in one-portion<br />

quantities, and to stigma for children whose parents struggle to<br />

afford them.<br />

5. A boost to recruitment and training<br />

According to the report, primary school teachers should be<br />

given the training and guidance they need to be able to deliver<br />

the curriculum. The government should also ensure there are<br />

sufficient training places, bursaries, and recruitment strategies<br />

in place to address the current shortage of food teachers in<br />

secondary schools.<br />

The National Food Strategy sees schools playing a vital role<br />

in changing the nation’s diet. It’s time to take food education<br />

seriously, it urges, and ensures that every child learns the life skills<br />

they need for a happy and healthy life.<br />

www.nationalfoodstrategy.org<br />


News<br />

from<br />

around<br />

the<br />

region<br />

A World First in<br />

Cambridge<br />

The Cavendish School, the world’s first<br />

International Baccalaureate (IB) special<br />

autism school, is set to open on the<br />

outskirts of Cambridge this autumn.<br />

Based in Impington, The Cavendish<br />

School will also be Cambridgeshire’s<br />

first state maintained special free school<br />

provision for young people with autism.<br />

The Cavendish School will be an IB<br />

World School, which means that it<br />

will follow the IB programmes and<br />

accredited qualifications, alongside<br />

specific therapies or interventions as<br />

appropriate for individuals.<br />

Julie Bailey, Chair of Governors at<br />

The Cavendish School and doctoral<br />

researcher at the Faculty of Education<br />

within the University of Cambridge,<br />

said: “The Cavendish School aspires<br />

to remove the barriers to inclusion and<br />

achievement that many young people<br />

with autism face in their education. It<br />

is set to have a transformative impact,<br />

giving its pupils an educational<br />

environment in which they will thrive.”<br />

www.thecavendishschool.org.uk<br />

It’s Gold for Framlingham<br />

College<br />

Framlingham College in Suffolk has been<br />

awarded an Artsmark Gold Award, the<br />

only creative quality standard for schools<br />

and education settings, accredited by<br />

Arts Council England.<br />

Deputy Head, Mark Robinson, said:<br />

“Everyone at Framlingham College is<br />

incredibly proud but the award didn’t<br />

come without its challenges.<br />

“The largest difficulties were the<br />

constantly changing Covid-19<br />

restrictions and protocols. Despite<br />

this, we managed to maintain plenty<br />

of activities online, including culinary<br />

challenges, recreating famous art works<br />

using everyday objects, film festivals,<br />

singing competitions and wellbeing<br />

training.<br />

“As pandemic restrictions have eased,<br />

we have gradually transitioned from<br />

entirely virtual to a hybrid of virtual and<br />

live performances, including a week-long<br />

arts and culture festival at the end of the<br />

summer term.”<br />

www.framlinghamcollege.co.uk<br />

Bramfield House Scoop<br />

SEN Provision Award<br />

Suffolk special school Bramfield House<br />

is celebrating having scooped the<br />

Education Business SEN Provision Award<br />

for the outstanding quality of education<br />

and care it provides for boys with social,<br />

emotional and mental health (SEMH)<br />

needs.<br />

The award judges applauded the<br />

school’s therapeutic approach to building<br />

boys ‘ confidence and its curriculum<br />

which offers activities ranging from rock<br />

climbing, sailing and archery to bi-annual<br />

ski trips. A school farm, horticulture area,<br />

and on-site construction and motor<br />

mechanics facilities help to build the<br />

boys’ confidence and self-worth.<br />

Headteacher, Davina Bell, said, “This<br />

amazing award gives recognition for<br />

the quality of the provision we deliver,<br />

the heart that we put into it and the<br />

commitment we all have for our boys<br />

here at Bramfield.”<br />

www.bramfieldhouse.co.uk<br />

Sean Doyle, Course Manager,<br />

with graduates Patrick, Ryan,<br />

John and Charlotte.<br />

Four 1sts in Degree Year<br />

Launching a new degree ‘top up’<br />

course in the middle of a pandemic<br />

has proven the professional mettle of<br />

Bedford College’s teaching team. Of<br />

the 14 students who embarked on the<br />

brand-new Media Technology and<br />

Music Production BAs (Level 6) ‘top up’<br />

to a degree, all passed and four gained<br />

1st Class degrees.<br />

Course Manager, Sean Doyle, said: “We<br />

are so proud of all our students who are<br />

now well-placed to seek careers in the<br />

fast-moving fields of movies and music.”<br />

Patrick Taylor, Music Technology<br />

graduate, of Milton Keynes travelled<br />

to the South Bank Centre in Bedford<br />

because: “There is nothing else like this<br />

in the area. The lecturers here know<br />

how the industry works and offer great<br />

insights.”<br />

Alex Mortby, Director of Higher<br />

Education, added: “Our Higher<br />

Education courses are well recognised<br />

by a wide range of major employers<br />

and our links with the arts and creative<br />

industries offer vital in-roads for<br />

students.”<br />

www.bedfordcollegegroup.ac.uk<br />




Made in<br />

Cambridge<br />

“The opportunities are limitless”<br />


Cambridge’s only boarding<br />

and day school for girls<br />

and boys aged 11 - 18<br />


February<br />

April<br />

October<br />

Small group and individual<br />

visits available year round<br />

To attend an open morning or arrange a visit contact T I 01223 508904 E I admissions@theleys.net W I www.theleys.net


Founded in 1875 The Leys School is Cambridge’s leading<br />

co-educational boarding school for children aged 11 – 18.<br />

Unusually for a city school, it is situated within a leafy 50<br />

acre campus, close to the banks of the River Cam, yet only<br />

a 10 minute walk from the buzz of the city centre. Its ethos is<br />

simple – to provide an excellent, all-round education for pupils,<br />

combining the traditional values of tolerance, respect and<br />

decency with a forward-looking and collaborative approach to<br />

teaching and learning.<br />

A Unique Location; the Cambridge<br />

Experience<br />

The university of Cambridge provides the kind of enrichment<br />

opportunities which are the envy of many schools. Links with<br />

the University are strong and the school takes full advantage<br />

of this; world-renowned speakers appear in Great Hall and<br />

pupils have the opportunity to attend academic lectures within<br />

university departments. The Chapel Choir regularly joins forces<br />

with the College choirs, singing in some of the most stunning<br />

College Chapels in the world. The award-winning Boathouse<br />

is shared with three university colleges and teams compete in<br />

many of their sporting fixtures.<br />

Academic Life<br />

Through the provision of a broad and balanced curriculum<br />

Leys pupils develop into articulate, confident and well-rounded<br />

individuals. Their timetables are tailored to their aptitudes, needs<br />

and interests. As pupils move up through the school they take<br />

on increased responsibility for planning their workloads, with<br />

support from a coordinated tutorial system.<br />

Beyond the Classroom<br />

Pupils at The Leys are encouraged to take part in as many widercurricular<br />

activities as they can realistically manage. Over 100<br />

clubs, societies and groups take place every week. 26 sports<br />

are offered from Athletics to Water Polo, alongside CCF, Duke of<br />

Edinburgh and Community Service groups.<br />

Support and Wellbeing<br />

The Leys is a close-knit community, based on mutual respect<br />

and shared values. Its backbone is the House system where<br />

our pupils are assured of a supportive and caring environment.<br />

Their wellbeing is at the heart of what The Leys stands for; it is a<br />

happy, inspiring and unique place.<br />

Joining The Leys<br />

Girls and boys join The Leys in Years 7, 9 and Sixth Form and<br />

may either sit the school’s own tests, obtain places via preassessment<br />

in Year 7 or apply for one of a range of scholarships,<br />

bursaries or exhibitions. Open Mornings are held on a termly<br />

basis alongside Small Group Visits whereby up to six families<br />

may visit the school together. The Admissions Team is also<br />

happy to arrange Private Visits when required.<br />

To find out what makes The Leys such a special place contact<br />

The Admissions Team on 01223 508904 or email<br />

admissions@theleys.net to arrange to come and visit.<br />


Navigate YOUR<br />

future after Year 11.<br />

Come and explore, in person,<br />

our friendly sixth form college.<br />

Talk to our dedicated teachers<br />

about our 48 courses (A Levels,<br />

Diplomas, GCSE re-sits) that<br />

we can offer and discover<br />

how we can tailor a study<br />

programme that is just<br />

right for you.<br />


–YEAR 11s–<br />





OPEN EVENINGS 21ST & 22ND SEPTEMBER <strong>2021</strong><br />




Mum’s the Word;<br />

The <strong>Autumn</strong> of Childhood<br />

Written by Dolly Osborne | www.raggydollywrites.wordpress.com<br />

As your children age so much of your day-to-day changes too.<br />

My main findings as my son marches through his teenage years<br />

are that he now needs to sleep more, eat more, wash more and<br />

the way I entertain him has changed significantly too. I’m very<br />

lucky that my son and I have very open communications, similar<br />

tastes and ways of thinking. Now not only am I able to share<br />

some of my teenage favourites with him (having done Smallville<br />

and Friends, we are now revisiting Ally McBeal) but also, he<br />

shares some tales of drama and woe from his friends at school.<br />

These conversations, as well as my youngest stepdaughter,<br />

fresh out of school and off to college, have had me reflecting<br />

on what I think is the hardest part of growing up, the autumn of<br />

childhood.<br />

Those years between freshly teenage and young adult are so<br />

hard to navigate, often I’ll listen to my son parroting what he’s<br />

heard at school and hear Britney Spears echoing in my head.<br />

These kids who have grown up so much and so very quickly<br />

since leaving primary school but who are so far off being able to<br />

see and more importantly navigate the world as adults. Not yet a<br />

girl, not yet a woman.<br />

I look back on my teenage years and how mature I felt, how<br />

insulted I would have been if someone suggested that I was<br />

being taken advantage of because of my age and I shudder. I<br />

experienced so much exploitation and yet I still feel lucky that<br />

it wasn’t worse, that decisions I made as a teen didn’t affect my<br />

whole life. As a parent this stage is so difficult to manage and I<br />

don’t have any quick fixes at all; all I can say is talk, talk, talk.<br />

By having these often awkward conversations with my kids I<br />

feel I am able to show them understanding but also to dole out<br />

huge doses of caution without veering into control. We act as<br />

if teenagers, young adults are equipped to take responsibility<br />

for all of their choices but when I look at the difference between<br />

14-year, 18-year and even 25-year old me, it is so much bigger<br />

than I perceived it at the time.<br />

We owe it to our children to help them get through this patch<br />

as safely as we can whilst also nurturing their emerging<br />

independence and adulthood. It’s not easy but I believe in y’all,<br />

you got this. Oh and #FreeBritney, that’s not the parenting you<br />

want to emulate.<br />

Find Dolly on Twitter @Osborneosaurus<br />


Play Dates<br />

Keep little ones entertained this autumn with events, clubs and days out<br />

Bambini Lingo<br />

494 Nacton Road, Ipswich<br />

It’s proven that languages are easier to<br />

learn between birth and aged five so<br />

why not start your children young with<br />

a fun and creative learning opportunity?<br />

Different languages are taught each<br />

day of the week and include French,<br />

German, Mandarin, Italian and Spanish.<br />

Classes run during term time and there<br />

are options for older children up to aged<br />

12 during half term.<br />

www.facebook.com/<br />

bambinilingoipswich<br />

Children’s Craft Activities<br />

Stuck for ideas on rainy days? Don’t<br />

worry, Norfolk Museums have you<br />

covered. Their Craft Activity series on<br />

YouTube has plenty of inspiration for arts<br />

at home. Subscribe to Norfolk Museums<br />

Service on YouTube and follow along.<br />

www.youtube.com/c/<br />

NorfolkMuseumsService<br />

Tuesday Toddlers, every<br />

Tuesday<br />

The Stables Courtyard, Hylands House,<br />

Chelmsford<br />

From 10am to 11.30pm, young children<br />

can let their imagination run wild as they<br />

explore the nature trails in the parkland.<br />

<strong>Autumn</strong> time is great for muddy puddles<br />

and the resident ducks like to say hello!<br />

£4 per child, adults free.<br />

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

category/children<br />

St Albans Treasure Trail<br />

St Michaels Street, St Albans,<br />

Feel like a pirate for the day as you<br />

hunt for treasure through the historic<br />

streets and landmarks of the city. The<br />

map is instantly downloadable from the<br />

website and the route takes two hours<br />

to complete.<br />

www.treasuretrails.co.uk/things-todo/hertfordshire/st-albans<br />

Apple Day,<br />

25-26 September<br />

Audley End House, Saffron Walden<br />

Keep the apple of your eye happy with<br />

an educational day out at Audley End<br />

House and Gardens. A chance to get<br />

children excited about fruit, learn about<br />

apples in the kitchen garden, join in fun<br />

activities and dance along to traditional<br />

tunes.<br />

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

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

Zoo Photography for<br />

Children, 2 & 16 October<br />

and 11 & 14 November<br />

Colchester Zoo, Maldon Road,<br />

Colchester<br />

A chance for budding junior<br />

photographers to get behind the lens<br />

and capture their favourite animals.<br />

Each participant will have a 30-minute<br />

online session prior to the workshop<br />

so the experience can be tailored to<br />

individuals. On the day, professional<br />

wildlife photographer Barbara Meyer will<br />

help children set up their cameras and<br />

teach them how to approach wildlife<br />

photography. The workshop is suitable<br />

for children aged eight to 15 years.<br />

www.colchester-zoo.com/event/<br />

zoo-photography-for-children-15<br />

Ring Quest,<br />

23-31 October<br />

West Stow Anglo-Saxon Village and<br />

Country Park<br />

A fun, family challenge to celebrate 20<br />

years since ‘The Fellowship of the Ring’<br />

hit the screen. Follow the trail, collect<br />

the rings and brave the dragon. Visit the<br />

Hobbit Hole and test your archery skills.<br />

Price £2 each.<br />

www.weststow.org/whats-on<br />

<strong>Autumn</strong> Festival Trail,<br />

23-31 October<br />

Hertford Castle, Hertford<br />

The free event gets children outdoors<br />

and into nature. Kick up leaves on the<br />

autumn trail and take a photo in front of<br />

the seasonal display. There’s more fun in<br />

the castle rooms and themed basement.<br />

www.hertford.gov.uk/eventslistings/autumn-festival-trail/<br />

Justin Fletcher,<br />

26 October<br />

Alive, King’s Lynn<br />

The Cbeebies superstar is taking to<br />

the stage for an all singing, all-dancing<br />

extravaganza.<br />

www.kingslynncornexchange.<br />

co.uk/theatre/whats-on/childrens/<br />

justin-fletcher-the-big-tour<br />

Gangsta Granny,<br />

27-30 October<br />

Cambridge Arts Theatre<br />

The David Walliams stage adaptation<br />

is back and ready to make children<br />

laugh out loud. Ben thinks staying with<br />

Granny is boring, but what he doesn’t<br />

know is Granny has a secret. Children<br />

will be hooked as they embark on an<br />

adventure. Suitable for aged 5+.<br />

www.cambridgeartstheatre.com/<br />

whats-on/gangsta-granny-0<br />

Spooky Night at<br />

Barleylands,<br />

29-31 October<br />

Barleylands Farm Park & The Village,<br />

Billericay<br />

A great Halloween evening for young<br />

children. Enjoy child-friendly fairground<br />

rides, safe trick and treating in the Village<br />

and a disco! There’s also a week of<br />

Halloween fun planned during half term.<br />

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




On the Patch<br />

The best pumpkin patches and Halloween events this October<br />

Taking inspiration from our American friends, pumpkin patches are popping up across the<br />

region. So much more than a muddy field, alongside vines of pumpkins, farms are getting into<br />

the spooky spirit with décor, maize mazes, carving and sweet treats. Plan a family day out this<br />

Halloween with our top pick of the crop…<br />


Cammas Hall, open throughout October<br />

Hatfield Broad Oak, near Bishop’s Stortford<br />

There are pumpkins galore! Each year the choice gets bigger;<br />

you can pick your own from the field or from the ready picked<br />

patch. Pass through the Halloween house and get your Insta<br />

worthy pic on the hay bales surrounded by colourful pumpkins.<br />

Stock up on sweet treats and carving kits at the farm shop or<br />

enjoy a trip around the Halloween themed Maize Maze. There’s<br />

also Halloween colouring, crafts and face painting during half<br />

term. www.cammashall.co.uk/halloween<br />

Hatters Farm, every weekend and half<br />

term during October<br />

Hatter’s Farm, Takeley, Bishop’s Stortford, CM22 6NP<br />

Explore the field full of pumpkins of all shapes and sizes, admire<br />

the displays and lose yourself in the maize maze with its twists,<br />

turns and games. Setting this farm apart is the pumpkin cannon.<br />

Propel a pumpkin into the air and aim for the Halloween target<br />

range! If the weather allows, guests are welcome to enjoy a picnic<br />

and let children run off some steam through the nature trail.<br />

Booking is essential. It’s £3 per car which is redeemable against<br />

your pumpkin purchase. www.hattersfarmpumpkins.co.uk<br />

Foxes Farm Produce, open throughout<br />

October<br />

Basildon, SS15 4ER & Colchester, CO6 3PR<br />

This farm has two locations, Colchester and Basildon, where you<br />

can pick your pumpkin straight from the field. You can pick as<br />

early as 25 September. This year the farm recommends visiting<br />

early due to weather and stock levels.<br />

www.foxesfarmproduce.co.uk<br />

Calcott Hall, October, 26-28 October<br />

Ongar Road, Brentwood, Essex, CM15 9HS<br />

Head down to the farm this half term and pick your own juicy<br />

pumpkin from the field. Once you’ve chosen your loot, let the<br />

children enjoy the playground then warm up in the Barnyard<br />

Café. www.calcotthall.com<br />

Undley Pumpkin Patch & Maize Maze,<br />

weekends and half term in October<br />

Undley Road, Beck Row, IP28 8BX<br />

One of the biggest and most popular pumpkin patches in<br />

the region, you’ll need to be quick to snap up the best. Grab a<br />

wheelbarrow and pick directly from the field – there’s 60 varieties<br />

of pumpkin available! Get lost in the maize maze, climb the hay<br />

bales, shop Halloween décor and tuck into tasty treats. This year<br />

the pumpkin patch and activities will be spread over a colossal<br />

75-acres to ensure there’s plenty of space for everyone.<br />

www.undleyfarmevents.co.uk<br />

Friday Street Farm<br />

Friday Street, Saxmundham IP17 1JX<br />

The farm shop and cafe will be hosting a PYO pumpkin patch.<br />

Choose a pumpkin from the field, browse seasonal produce in<br />

the store and enjoy a bite to eat at the cafe.<br />

www.fridaystfarm.co.uk<br />



The Pumpkin House, October half term<br />

Brookhill Farm, Fakenham Road, Thursford, Fakenham NR21 0BD<br />

Get into the Halloween spirit at the Pumpkin House, which will be<br />

decorated with over 1,000 pumpkins and scarecrows. There’s a<br />

huge selection of pumpkins to choose from and plenty of photo<br />

opportunities. www.pumpkinhouse.co.uk<br />

The Tacons, October half term<br />

10am-4pm<br />

The Grange, Rollesby, Great Yarmouth NR29 5AJ<br />

A pick your own location. Stock up on pumpkins and other<br />

autumnal produce to create tasty treats at home such as pumpkin<br />

pie. www.thetacons.co.uk<br />

Algy’s Farm Shop, throughout October<br />

Billingford Rd, Bintree, Dereham NR20 5PW<br />

Pick your own pumpkin from a huge field. Pumpkins will be<br />

attached to the vine with lots of shapes and sizes to choose from.<br />

www.algys.co.uk<br />

Pumpkin Jims, 23-31 October<br />

Ickleton, Saffron Walden CB10 1TA<br />

Get into the Halloween spirit at this popular pick your own patch.<br />

Grab a wheelbarrow and make your way across the field. Choose<br />

big pumpkins for carving, squashes, dig up seasonal veg and pick<br />

wildflowers. It’s a great family autumn day out, plus you can warm<br />

up with hot drinks and treats from a selection of food trucks.<br />

www.pumpkinjimspatch.co.uk<br />

Hill Farm, throughout October<br />

Oundle Road, Chesterton, Peterborough PE7 3UA<br />

The farm offers ‘pick your own’ through June to October. Stop<br />

by with the family, pick a pumpkin then head to the outdoor<br />

playground. www.hillfarmpyo.co.uk<br />

Pumpkins at Freshfields,<br />

throughout October<br />

Freshfields Farm, Benwick Road, Ramsey Forty Foot, Cambridge<br />

Pick your own pumpkin directly from the field or choose from a<br />

large selection of pre-picked options.<br />

www.facebook.com/pg/pumpkinsatfreshfields<br />

The Pop Up Farm, throughout October<br />

Junction 9, Flamstead, St Albans AL3 8HT<br />

An experience for the whole family, choose a wheelbarrow and<br />

make your way across the muddy field to stock up on pumpkins<br />

of all shapes and sizes surrounded by hay bales and displays.<br />

Booking is essential. www.thepopupfarm.co.uk<br />

The Patch<br />

Hatch Lane, Weston, Hitchin, SG4 7EB<br />

Teach your children where their food comes from and turn a trip<br />

to ‘the patch’ into an educational experience. There is a wide<br />

selection of pumpkins to choose, plus you can pick up honey<br />

from the bees that pollinated the pumpkins flowers. Get lost in the<br />

maize maze and enjoy the outdoors activities.<br />

www.thepatchweston.com<br />

Halloween<br />

Events<br />

Treat your little horrors to a fun-filled Halloween.<br />

The Glorious Glowing Lantern Parade<br />

at BeWILDerwood Norfolk, selected<br />

evenings between 16-31 October<br />

Horning Road, Hoveton, Norwich, NR12 8JW<br />

BeWILDerwood will shine like never before in a gloriously glowing<br />

woodland display this October half term! See the park in a<br />

spectacular new light and watch the story unfold as you journey<br />

through the woods. Make marvellous memories as a family, and<br />

not to worry if you aren’t the bravest Boggle – it’s spooky not scary!<br />

Follow BeWILDerwood Norfolk on their social media profiles and<br />

keep a beady eye on the website for more info – tickets are limited<br />

so make sure you book quickly.<br />

www.norfolk.bewilderwood.co.uk<br />

Marsh Farm, October half term<br />

Marsh Farm Road, South Woodham Ferrers, Chelmsford CM3 5WP<br />

The family-friendly farm will be hosting a Halloween Festival<br />

where children take part in fun activities and events and choose a<br />

pumpkin to take home. www.marshfarm.co.uk<br />

Week of Wickedness, 23-31 October<br />

Skylark Garden Centre,Manea Road, Wimblington, March PE15 0PE<br />

There’s lots of Halloween fun including a pick your own pumpkin<br />

patch, pumpkin carving, den building, pig racing, a scarecrow<br />

smash and more! Arrive in fancy dress for your chance to enter the<br />

daily competition.<br />

www.skylark-events.co.uk/week-of-wickedness<br />

Halloween at Pettitts Adventure Park,<br />

23-31 October<br />

Church Road, Reedham, Norwich NR13 3UA<br />

Enjoy the animals and rides before getting stuck into some spooky<br />

fun. Every child will receive a free pumpkin to carve and take home.<br />

www.pettittsadventurepark.co.uk/character-days<br />

Pumpkin Festival by Night,<br />

28-31 October<br />

Wroxham Barns, Tunstead Road, Hoveton, NR12 8QU<br />

A huge pumpkin field with Halloween entertainment. Enjoy<br />

unlimited rides at the Fun Park, visit the animals and tuck into great<br />

street food. This event is better suited to older children.<br />

www.wroxhambarns.co.uk<br />

Pumpkin Festival, 16-31 October<br />

Willows Activity Farm, Coursers Road, London Colney,<br />

St Albans, AL4 0PF<br />

Pick a pumpkin from the patch then join in Halloween fun with<br />

Willow’s regular characters. Follow the pumpkin hunt to win a prize<br />

and take an Insta-worthy picture in the gourd’s grotto!<br />

www.willowsactivityfarm.com/pumpkin-festival<br />








Jurassic<br />

Fun<br />

Learn about the Jurassic era with<br />

our pick of dinosaur days out for<br />

adventure loving children<br />


Dinosaurs are roaring across East Anglia<br />

with attractions filled with life-sized<br />

models and adventure trails. If your<br />

little one is obsessed with all thing’s<br />

dinosaurs, we’ve pulled together some<br />

great days out where they can embrace<br />

their inner palaeontologist.<br />

The World of Dinosaurs<br />

at Paradise Wildlife Park<br />

White Stubbs Lane, Broxbourne<br />

EN10 7QA<br />

This is the closest you’ll get to a real<br />

dinosaur. The World of Dinosaurs,<br />

an area of the park, uses life-like<br />

animatronics to create a realistic dinosaur<br />

habitat. Discover 35 huge replicas<br />

including a Triceratops and Spinosaurus,<br />

hiding among the trees. They move, roar<br />

and even breathe! See if you can spot the<br />

famous Indoraptor from Jurassic World.<br />

In addition, there are over 800 animals<br />

to view, including big cats such as Amur<br />

tigers and white lions, plus red pandas,<br />

penguins, the largest Green Anaconda<br />

on display in the UK and more. If the kids<br />

still aren’t worn out, let them loose at one<br />

of the five adventure playgrounds.<br />

www.pwpark.com<br />

Roarr! Dinosaur<br />

Adventure<br />

Lenwade, Norwich NR9 5JE<br />

Roarr! Dinosaur Adventure is an 85-acre<br />

family-owned Jurassic-themed park,<br />

situated in Lenwade, Norfolk. The perfect<br />

attraction for dinosaur lovers, the park is a<br />

great value and mammoth day out, with<br />

things to do for all members of the family.<br />

From Dippy’s Splash Zone to the winding<br />

dinosaur trail – there’s also Dippy’s<br />

Raceway, Dinomite Indoor Adventure<br />

Play (the biggest indoor play area in<br />

Norfolk), Predator High Ropes and new<br />

for <strong>2021</strong>, Dippy’s Theatre. With plenty<br />

of food outlets available across the<br />

park, there’s also Dippy’s Picnic Area for<br />

picnics and packed lunches.<br />

During the October half-term the park<br />

hosts its Halloween Days event, with<br />

spooky activities for all the family and<br />

on selected evenings, its well-known<br />

PrimEVIL event, aimed at thrill seekers<br />

aged 12+.<br />

The park has an array of measures in<br />

place to keep guests safe including<br />

plenty of hand sanitiser dispensers,<br />

social distancing dinosaur footprints,<br />

increased cleaning around the park and<br />

pre-booking of some activities.<br />

www.roarrdinosauradventure.co.uk<br />

Playground & Dino Trail<br />

at Knebworth House<br />

Old Knebworth Lane, Stevenage<br />

SG1 2AX<br />

Enjoy a day of outdoors adventure with<br />

the family. Young visitors can follow the<br />

Dinosaur Trail in the Wilderness Garden<br />

and find the 72 life-sized dinosaurs<br />

and prehistoric creatures. Make them<br />

roar with the wind-up sound box. Don’t<br />

miss the huge chalk board where<br />

children can create their own cave man<br />

drawings! Spend the day exploring the<br />

pretty gardens with a maze and walled<br />

kitchen garden. Enjoy the historic Deer<br />

Park and huge Adventure Playground at<br />

Fort Knebworth with its astro slide and<br />

drop slides, zip wire and splash water<br />

play features. The House is also open to<br />

visitors where knowledgeable guides will<br />

share stories of Knebworth’s long history.<br />

It’s fun for the whole family!<br />

www.knebworthhouse.com<br />



Jurassic Links Adventure<br />

Golf at Kingsway Golf<br />

Centre<br />

Cambridge Road, Melbourn, Royston,<br />

SG8 6EY<br />

The family-run centre course opened in<br />

spring <strong>2021</strong> and got off to a roaring start<br />

post-lockdown. However, its dinosaurs<br />

hit troubled waters when a 30-foot<br />

T.Rex got caught up in the Suez Canal<br />

blockage. It’s still detained by Egyptian<br />

authorities! Not wanting to let visitors<br />

down, the Jurassic themed golf course<br />

which includes 18-holes of adventure,<br />

river and waterfall challenges, have since<br />

welcomed the arrival of a Pterosaur flown<br />

in from China. This autumn sees the<br />

new addition of a metre long Guanlong<br />

Wucaii from the late Jurassic period in<br />

China, a 2.5metre long Dilophosaurus<br />

Veneifer and a 3.4metre baby<br />

Stegosaurus. The golf centre recently<br />

opened its Jamaica Blue restaurant, the<br />

perfect place to refuel after an afternoon<br />

amongst the dinosaurs.<br />

www.kingswaygolfcentre.co.uk/golf/<br />

jurassic-links<br />

Mountfitchet Castle and<br />

Norman Village<br />

Stansted, Essex, CM24 8SP<br />

Towering over the village, the<br />

reconstructed Castle and Norman Village<br />

offers a chance to experience what life<br />

would have been like during the Norman<br />

era. The buildings stand on land believed<br />

to have been an early Iron Age fort and<br />

Roman, Saxon and Viking settlement.<br />

History comes to life with costumed<br />

characters and events throughout the<br />

year, while rescued animals such as<br />

chickens, goats and deer roam free.<br />

Once you’ve explored the castle, take<br />

a walk through the life sized dinosaur<br />

display on your way to the Toy Museum.<br />

There’s the opportunity to try fossil<br />

hunting at the Palaeontology House.<br />

www.mountfitchetcastle.com<br />

Sedgwick Museum of<br />

Earth Sciences<br />

University of Cambridge, Downing Street,<br />

Cambridge, CB2 3EQ<br />

This free day out is better suited to older<br />

children keen to learn more about the<br />

history of dinosaurs. Explore the display<br />

of fossils and bones on display in the<br />

gallery and learn more about the 800<br />

species that roamed the Earth for more<br />

than160 million years. The museum<br />

hosts events and activities throughout<br />

the year.<br />

www.sedgwickmuseum.org<br />

Congo Rapids Lost World<br />

Adventure Golf<br />

Ufford Park Hotel, Yarmouth Road, Melton,<br />

Woodbridge IP12 1QW<br />

The family can practice their swing at the<br />

adventure golf course featuring a jungle<br />

plane crash, lost temple and volcano.<br />

Take on the challenges before entering<br />

the land of dinosaurs. Face the menacing<br />

T.Rex and 5metre tall brachiosaurus<br />

at the 13th hole before taking on the<br />

dinosaur claw.<br />

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

woodbridge<br />

Jurassic Journey<br />

Tower complex, Marine Parade,<br />

Great Yarmouth NR30 2EW<br />

An interactive experience, which will<br />

make visitors feel as though they’ve<br />

transported to Jurassic times. There are<br />

over 10 electronic moving installations<br />

and a chance to get up close with a life<br />

like Stegosaurus, Velociraptor and T.Rex<br />

in the walk-though exhibit. Hands-on<br />

experiences such as fossil digging, a<br />

scavenger hunt and roaring installations<br />

make this a must visit for any dinoenthusiasts!<br />

www.jurassic-journey.co.uk<br />

Gulliver’s Land Dinosaur<br />

Park<br />

Livingstone Drive, Milton Keynes<br />

MK15 0DT<br />

A fun-filled day out for the whole family,<br />

the theme park features the ‘Lost World<br />

of the Living Dinosaurs’. Children can get<br />

up close to 30 huge tail-thrashing dinos<br />

and learn about the Jurassic period with<br />

activities along the way. Take your trip to<br />

the next level with an overnight stay at<br />

one of the themed cabins including the<br />

Lost World Dino Den and Deluxe Dino<br />

Den which features a cool campervan.<br />

The attraction includes multiple themed<br />

areas with mazes, rides, splash zone and<br />

play areas.<br />

www.gulliverslandresort.co.uk<br />


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Menopause<br />

Awareness<br />

Are women suffering in silence?<br />

Written by Jacqui Hagen

Some women choose to go through the menopause without<br />

treatment, while others prefer some form of treatment to<br />

manage their symptoms, by using either hormone replacement<br />

therapy (HRT) or an alternative treatment.<br />

HRT is the most common form of prescribed treatment for<br />

menopausal symptoms. It helps to replace the hormone<br />

oestrogen in your body, which decreases around your<br />

menopause. You may sometimes also need other hormones<br />

(such as progestogen and testosterone) that your body is no<br />

longer producing.<br />

HRT replaces your lost hormones to counteract the effects of<br />

the menopause. Your consultant can discuss and recommend<br />

the right type of HRT for you. This discussion should cover both<br />

the short-term (over the next five years) and the longer term<br />

(beyond the next five years) benefits and risks for you.<br />

Like many women, I thought I knew what to expect with the<br />

menopause but when it hit I realised I was totally unprepared.<br />

My ignorance isn’t really a surprise. My mother didn’t talk much<br />

about her menopause and I’m certain that my grandmother<br />

talked even less about hers. In fact, the menopause has always<br />

been a taboo subject: something that women are expected to<br />

just get on with…quietly.<br />

Thankfully, there are signs that the tide is turning with women<br />

sharing their experiences more openly and several celebrities,<br />

including Mariella Frostrup and Davina McCall, recently taking<br />

up the cause.<br />

When I meet up with friends, it’s a major talking point. Where<br />

once we would talk about our families, careers and holiday<br />

plans, we now discuss brain fog, hot flushes, anxiety, headaches<br />

and sleepless nights. This time together is important, and we<br />

find comfort in our solidarity.<br />

There are changes afoot in Parliament too with Labour MP<br />

Carolyn Harris’s bill calling for hormone replacement therapy<br />

(HRT) prescription charges to be scrapped and for menopause<br />

rights and education to be discussed via a newly launched<br />

All–Party Parliamentary Group (APPG) on the menopause.<br />

There are different ways to have HRT:<br />

• a daily tablet<br />

• a skin patch applied to the skin<br />

• gel medication applied to the skin<br />

HRT is an effective treatment for:<br />

• hot flushes and low mood associated with the menopause<br />

• it can improve sexual desire and reduce vaginal dryness<br />

• it helps keep your bones strong by preventing osteoporosis.<br />

Ms Seema Bagtharia is a consultant gynaecologist at Nuffield<br />

Health Brentwood Hospital who specialises in general<br />

gynaecology with a special interest in perimenopausal<br />

problems, including postmenopausal bleeding and<br />

menopausal symptoms.<br />

You can book a consultation at Nuffield Health Brentwood<br />

Hospital by calling 01277 886706 or find more information<br />

online at www.nuffieldhealth.com/hospitals/brentwood/<br />

womens-health<br />

Further information and support can be found at<br />

www.themenopausecharity.org/<br />

So, what happens during the menopause<br />

and what can women really expect<br />

during this chapter in their life?<br />

Ms Seema Bagtharia, consultant gynaecologist at Nuffield<br />

Health Brentwood Hospital, explains:<br />

The menopause is when a woman stops having periods. It<br />

happens when your ovaries stop releasing eggs or have been<br />

removed.<br />

The time before your last period, when your oestrogen levels<br />

are falling, is called the perimenopause (“the change”), which<br />

can last from a few months to several years. Around half of all<br />

women notice physical and/or emotional symptoms during this<br />

time.<br />

Every woman experiences the menopause differently. The most<br />

common issues are:<br />

• periods can become erratic/heavy<br />

• hot flushes<br />

• night sweats<br />

• vaginal dryness<br />

• low mood and/or feeling anxious<br />

• joint and muscle pain<br />

• loss of interest in having sex

Premature Menopause<br />

Most women in the UK have their menopause between the<br />

ages of 45 and 55 years, with the average age being 51 years.<br />

But for one in 100 women, the menopause can happen years or<br />

even decades earlier. This is known as premature menopause<br />

or premature ovarian insufficiency (POI).<br />

Hayley Cockman was only 14 when<br />

she was diagnosed with premature<br />

menopause. Now, 26 years on, she<br />

has been able to come to terms with<br />

her condition and share her story<br />

through social media to help others.<br />

Hayley’s Instagram<br />

@prematuremenopause14 has<br />

nearly 6,000 followers. I spoke to<br />

Hayley to hear more about her<br />

experience:<br />

Premature menopause must have been<br />

a shock. What were your symptoms and<br />

how did the diagnosis affect you?<br />

My periods only lasted a year and then stopped. I had typical<br />

menopause symptoms: hot flushes, night sweats and poor<br />

concentration. I kept telling my Mum that I didn’t feel like my<br />

normal self, yet I couldn’t explain why. I didn’t understand what<br />

my diagnosis meant at the time. I was told that I needed to be on<br />

HRT to protect my bones against osteoporosis and that I would<br />

be unable to have my own biological child. I wasn’t given any<br />

advice, reading to take away, nothing. Any information online<br />

related to ladies in their 50s, who didn’t look like me, so I felt very<br />

isolated.<br />

Were you offered any support to<br />

help you to come to terms with your<br />

diagnosis?<br />

At the time of diagnosis, I was offered no support at all. When<br />

I grieved for the loss of my fertility in my 20s I had Cognitive<br />

Behavioural Therapy (CBT), but it wasn’t for me. Plus, it was<br />

with a man which made me feel uncomfortable. I just wanted to<br />

speak to others that were the same as me. CBT made me feel<br />

like I was depressed but I wasn’t depressed; I just wanted to<br />

know that I wasn’t alone.<br />

How has early menopause impacted<br />

your life since then?<br />

I was taking HRT but it was the wrong dose so I suffered<br />

from every menopause symptom through the years which<br />

were dismissed by GPs. It has been tough on relationships. I<br />

pushed people away as I was scared to get serious. I thought<br />

they would reject me or end the relationship because they<br />

wanted to father their own biological child. It also affected my<br />

relationships with friends as they were all becoming mothers.<br />

They didn’t know how to act around me, so I wasn’t invited to<br />

things as much. At times, I felt embarrassed and a failure as a<br />

woman. When people constantly ask when you are going to<br />

have a baby, it grinds you down.<br />

Why have you decided to share your<br />

story with others now?<br />

So, I am currently going through the adoption process, and I<br />

decided to document this on Instagram. I thought if I am going<br />

to bring up a child who I will be honest with, so they know<br />

about their past, then I need to start being honest with myself<br />

too. I no longer feel ashamed. People ask me if I wish I’d done it<br />

sooner, but I wasn’t ready. Now I am ready to own it and to help<br />

others. The last thing I want is for anyone else to feel alone like I<br />

did for all those years.<br />

What do you think could be done to help<br />

women more?<br />

There needs to be more about the menopause on TV and in<br />

the media. If a soap did a storyline about someone with POI that<br />

would raise great awareness. Diane Danzebrink’s menopause<br />

campaigns are amazing but so much more needs to be done.<br />

GPs need more training and workplaces need educating. The<br />

menopause has now been added to the school curriculum but<br />

this needs implementing. I have contacted my local schools<br />

offering to give talks to the pupils. Women need to realise they<br />

are not alone. Social media can be an awful place at times but<br />

finding your tribe of ladies that get you is a godsend.<br />

You can follow Hayley on Instagram<br />

@prematuremenopause14<br />

World Menopause Day 18<br />

October <strong>2021</strong><br />

World Menopause Day is held<br />

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The sales of athleisure wear sky-rocketed during lockdown. Zoom calls with a smart<br />

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Now life is a little more normalised again, I am advocating autumn as the time to turn<br />

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Throughout lockdown, I have made a point of keeping to my #FancyFriday. Instead of<br />

being a more casual day of the week, I enjoy dressing up on a Friday. It gives me a lift.<br />

I spend a little more time on my hair and make-up. I chose something lovely to wear,<br />

and I feel more polished, and motivated generally. So many of our lovely clothes were<br />

pushed to the back of our wardrobes as the months of Covid went on and on. I am<br />

suggesting you dive in there, and bring them all back to the front again.<br />

My autumn style essential is a pair of long, leather boots. Riding style or with a heel.<br />

Brown or black, as you prefer. They work with jeans, but I find them perfect for wearing<br />

with skirts in the cooler months.<br />

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ASHION<br />

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Top fashion finds to invest in this season<br />

Written by Jordine Bartlett | Instagram @jordinebartlett<br />

If life has taught us anything these past two years, it’s that we should seize the moment and create ensembles that reflect our gratitude<br />

for life. Luckily this year’s autumn/winter fashion trends fit the brief perfectly.<br />

Both high end and high street designers opt to use vibrant details to differentiate the latest collections from years gone by – seeing it as<br />

a chance to inject excitement and vigour back into dressing-up, after what has felt like a never-ending stretch of social restrictions.<br />

Understanding that many will be pivoting between office, home and leisure, retailers have cleverly elevated staple pieces to serve our<br />

need for flexibility and comfort.<br />

Here’s where to find the five most coveted trends to wear this autumn/winter.<br />


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This assortment of oversized Damsville jumpers from French<br />

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The peekaboo trend is not only<br />

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Ruffled knit top in<br />

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Knit sweater and culottes<br />

in camel – £59.98<br />


Floral print maxi wrap<br />

dress – £58.49<br />


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Flowers are intrinsically linked to spring collections,<br />

yet it’s clear that the pattern reminiscent of summer,<br />

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hues and a myriad of muted motifs (think Liberty wall<br />

prints) which when paired with opaque tights and<br />

thigh-high boots, prove perfect for the cooler climate.<br />

Voluminous printed organic<br />

cotton dress – £164.95<br />

The versatility of both these full-length dresses by<br />

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investment pieces.<br />

Padded Peplum Jacket<br />

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Kay shawl collar coat<br />

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Tara coat in navy – £450<br />

Love them or loath them the<br />

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and independent boutiques<br />

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Newly described as the waterfall effect and more<br />

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jewellery takes centre stage this season. Here<br />

English accessories brand, Fiorelli, showcase a<br />

striking necklace and earring pairing versatile<br />

enough to be worn both night and day.<br />

Sterling silver waterfall necklace and earrings – £130<br />

So, regardless of whether you find yourself housebound or<br />

venturing further afield, this selection of items will see you<br />

through to the new year.<br />

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One of the largest wedding shows in the county and free to<br />

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10 October, 11am-3pm<br />

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An opportunity to view this stunning new wedding venue.<br />

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The East of England Wedding Show,<br />

17 October, 10.30am-3pm<br />

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Peterborough, PE2 6HE<br />

This popular event is now in its 19th year. One of the biggest<br />

wedding shows in the East, the event features over 80 exhibitors.<br />

There is a complimentary glass of bubbly for every visitor and the<br />

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Knebworth Wedding Fair,<br />

24 October, 11am-4pm<br />

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Set within Bressingham Gardens, the wedding venue beautifully<br />

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In 2019 I wrote about ‘falling under the spell of the Lexus UX hybrid’ so I was super<br />

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electric vehicle. I was not disappointed.<br />

The compact crossover is powered by a battery located beneath the vehicle body<br />

and an electric motor set low in the engine bay. This helps with a low centre of<br />

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For charging the battery, there are two cables provided and a flap each side of<br />

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In fact, I normally find one or two things about the cars I road test which I do not like<br />

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stars appears in front of the driver. Press it again and a digital display of dials emerge<br />

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The exterior has sculpted character lines and an athletic coupe like roof which team<br />

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What I like about any Lexus is the signature front grille. The electric model adds<br />

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Facts at a Glance:<br />

Model: Lexus UX300e all electric<br />

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Performance: 0-62mph in 7.5 seconds<br />

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3. Reduce paper<br />

Before printing documents, ask yourself<br />

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When buying paper, choose recycled<br />

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than manufacturing from new.<br />

4. Convert to energyefficient<br />

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LEDs use 75 per cent less energy so will<br />

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9. Use local products and<br />

suppliers<br />

Buying local products is a great way to<br />

make your business more eco-friendly<br />

as these items generally involve less air<br />

miles and emissions. Choose local or<br />

organic food for your canteen which<br />

uses less energy-intensive technologies<br />

and chemicals in production.<br />

10. Set up a ‘Green Team’<br />

Making your business greener is a<br />

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Team’ to create new initiatives by<br />

allocating them a budget and targets.<br />

It’s important to get employees on<br />

board so you can all work together to<br />

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Online services may reduce paper waste<br />

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impact on the environment.<br />

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compostable and biodegradable<br />

packaging materials and aim to ship in<br />

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footprint.<br />

5. Use energy-saving<br />

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6. Switch to a renewable<br />

energy provider<br />

Switch your electricity and gas to a<br />

green provider offering energy from<br />

renewable resources such as wind and<br />

solar. See if your current provider has<br />

a renewable tariff or use a business<br />

energy comparison site to compare<br />

green tariffs.<br />

7. Hybrid working<br />

Is a mixture of remote and in-house<br />

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environmental impact of a business and<br />

its employees. Offering this flexibility<br />

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8. Opt for eco products in<br />

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Choose eco cleaning products and<br />

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Purchase A+ energy efficient laptops,<br />

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Switching to electric vehicles will cut<br />

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grants and tax incentives available.<br />

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Invest in renewable technology such as<br />

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Sales soar as technology advances<br />

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With their ability to capture images from a unique perspective and access hard to reach places,<br />

drones have opened up an exciting new range of possibilities for both recreational users<br />

and commercial operators. Recent years have seen a huge surge in drone sales with diverse<br />

applications from artistic travel photography to practical building inspections and enhanced TV and<br />

film production.<br />

<strong>Eastlife</strong> caught up with Steve Peters, a film and TV drone pilot, to ask him the reasons behind the<br />

recent boom and what this rapidly developing technology means to him.<br />

Why have drones become so popular?<br />

When I first started messing with drones in 2013 the battery life was short, at around six minutes.<br />

Costing £1,500, they were expensive, and the camera was a GoPro hard mounted to the drone.<br />

If you moved the drone the picture was unusable since the camera was fixed to the body – if you<br />

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and has a 4k camera, controlled from the ground remotely, which can tilt and will hold a level<br />

horizon when the drone moves. Drones are now easy to fly with intuitive controls and a good price<br />

point which has made them very accessible.<br />

When are they most useful?<br />

I’m lucky to work solely within the film and TV industry and, for us, drones have meant that we<br />

are able to get shots that either wouldn’t have been possible before or would have required an<br />

expensive helicopter or a technocrane. We fly between 0 and 600ft with the same cameras that are<br />

being used on the ground which means that the viewer often can’t tell a drone shot until it does<br />

something drone-like.<br />


What is it about drones that excites you?<br />

Drones have enabled me to travel to places that I never would have<br />

visited in my previous life at Sky News. Since I started flying drones,<br />

I’ve been fortunate to travel to both polar regions. I’ve flown at the IAAF<br />

World Athletic Championships, the University Boat Race, with Jason<br />

Statham on Fast and Furious and Gordon Ramsay in Finland.<br />

What is the best drone to buy?<br />

The best drone question is always asked, and it’s always answered<br />

with the question: “What do you want to do with it?”<br />

If it’s solely for personal private use, then the DJI Mavic Mini 2 is<br />

unbeatable for the price, at £549.<br />

If you are lucky to have a business requirement that needs film quality<br />

pictures then the Inspire 2, also from DJI, is the one to go for at £8,799<br />

but expect to pay close to £20k for a system with all the lenses,<br />

enough high-capacity cards to record at high data rates and batteries<br />

to fly all day with maybe a spare in case one decides not to start or has<br />

a technical issue.<br />

If you want to go beyond this then you are already in the drone world,<br />

have probably already spent a silly amount of money upgrading, and<br />

you probably already know the answer!<br />

Steve Peters is a drone pilot and operator who works both at home<br />

and internationally on commercials, features, promos and live sports.<br />

His credits include the ‘Fast and Furious’ franchise, ‘Hope Gap’ and<br />

‘Aeronauts’. Steve flies the Freefly Systems Alta X, Alta 8 and DJI Inspire<br />

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Thinking of buying a drone?<br />

Flying drones is fun and rewarding but it is your responsibility to ensure that you<br />

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• You need a Civil Aviation Authority (CAA) Operator’s ID which costs £9 per<br />

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• If your drone is 250g or more, you will also need to pass a theory test to get a<br />

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• You must always fly your drone below the legal height limit of 120m (400ft)<br />

• With some drones there are restrictions on how close you can fly to<br />

uninvolved people<br />

• You must stay away from airports/airfields – failure to do so may result in a<br />

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• You could be breaking data protection laws if you do not respect people’s<br />

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Create a warm, cosy glow in your<br />

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As we approach the end of our ‘blink and you’ve missed it’<br />

summer, it’s easy to feel despondent at the thought of the<br />

long, dreary months ahead – especially with the amount of<br />

time most of us have spent at home in recent times.<br />

There are several ways to help lift our spirits and brighten<br />

up our homes, however, both literally and psychologically.<br />

As well as the more usual changes we might make to our<br />

homes in autumn such as swapping cushions and throws<br />

for thicker, more sumptuous fabrics, it’s a good idea to<br />

consider your lighting.<br />

In recent years, the importance of lighting within an interior<br />

design scheme has really come to the fore, with more<br />

people realising the impact of a beautiful lighting scheme<br />

and its ability to elevate a room from ‘nice’ to ‘wow’!<br />

A successful lighting scheme will consist of layers; this<br />

means using a mixture of overhead or ‘ambient’ light,<br />

task lighting such as floor and desk lights, and decorative<br />

lighting. Lighting types can also cross over within the<br />

classifications – a decorative ceiling light, for example,<br />

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serve little purpose other than to highlight a piece of art or<br />

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Changes you can make to your lighting layers as we move<br />

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• Changing lampshades to lighter colours to allow<br />

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• Choose bulbs for your ambient and decorative lighting<br />

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toned light.<br />

• Fit dimmer switches where possible – the long, darker<br />

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• Create a cosy reading corner with a table or floor<br />

lamp, a comfortable chair and throw where you can<br />

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• Remember, if all else fails to cheer you up, it will soon<br />

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Protecting<br />

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Written by Ade Sellars


The garden can be one of the most<br />

important parts of our home. With<br />

flowers blooming and veg growing,<br />

these havens of biodiversity can bring<br />

us closer to nature. Giving us a feeling of<br />

joy, relaxation and wellbeing.<br />

It’s easy to forget how much we spend<br />

on our gardens. Whether it’s a new<br />

barbeque, garden furniture or an<br />

outdoor heater, it can potentially add<br />

up to a lot of money. Protecting them<br />

from pests and diseases is one thing,<br />

but we should also consider protecting<br />

them from intruders. With a few simple<br />

measures you can keep intruders out,<br />

so you continue enjoying your precious<br />

green space.<br />

With driveways at the side of many<br />

homes, this can give an opportunist a<br />

clear view into your garden. Therefore,<br />

create structures, plant climbing plants<br />

and tall shrubs, or add a high fence<br />

and gate to obscure the view from<br />

the pavement. Fixing a horizontal<br />

plant trellis across the top of a fence,<br />

for plants to grow up and through,<br />

can give you that extra height, whilst<br />

making it a difficult obstacle to climb<br />

over. A gravelled drive will mean noise,<br />

something a burglar will want to avoid.<br />

Also, don’t help the intruder by leaving<br />

your wheelie bins out, this gives him<br />

leverage to hop over a fence. Place<br />

these safely out of sight when it’s not<br />

bin day.<br />

Whether it’s bought plants, pots or<br />

tools, anything new brought into your<br />

garden, ensure all labelling and price<br />

tags are removed. For packaging, try to<br />

keep it out of sight until bin day. Anyone<br />

can easily rifle through your recycle<br />

bin, giving them clues to what’s worth<br />

pinching from your garden.<br />

Hedging can do much for a garden. Not<br />

only does it create structure and help<br />

fill flower beds, it can also be used as a<br />

deterrent. By using prickly and thorny<br />

shrubs, such as roses, berberis and<br />

pyracantha, these can be strategically<br />

planted in exposed areas. Or planted<br />

below windows, to help prevent<br />

someone from trying to gain entry into<br />

your home.<br />

Keeping a garden pruned can reduce<br />

shaded unkept areas, making it difficult<br />

for someone to hide unnoticed. Also,<br />

keep borders, fences and gates up<br />

together. Anything that has deteriorated<br />

or is broken, replace.<br />

Garden tools, bikes and hoses can easily<br />

be removed from a garden. So, if you’re<br />

not using it, lock it away. A secure shed,<br />

padlocks and chains can be enough to<br />

put a burglar off. However, if you don’t<br />

have the space in your shed or garage,<br />

items can be chained and anchored.<br />

Covered over with a little ground cover<br />

planting, you wouldn’t know they’re<br />

there. Also, for large, expensive pots,<br />

when planting up, add a few bricks or<br />

large gravel to the base. Not only for<br />

drainage, but that extra weight will<br />

make it difficult to lift and remove from<br />

your garden.<br />

An obvious security measure is lighting.<br />

Fixing security lighting somewhere<br />

where it can be seen, but not reached,<br />

a burglar can be put off entering your<br />

premises. If he does decide to take the<br />

risk, then the sensors will trigger the<br />

lighting revealing the intruder. With<br />

lighting and alarm systems that can<br />

now alert you on your phone, it can<br />

give you that extra piece of security if<br />

you’re away.<br />

Finally, make sure your garden, and<br />

its items, come under your house<br />

insurance policy. A lot of people regard<br />

their green spaces as another valuable<br />

room to their home, so it’s easy to forget<br />

how much time and expense can go<br />

into this area. Also, tag items with your<br />

postcode. If they are stolen, and then<br />

recovered at a later date, you know<br />

these are yours if marked with invisible<br />

ink for prove of ownership.<br />

Your garden is for you and those close<br />

to you. So, give yourself that piece of<br />

mind and protect your green space.<br />

For more information on garden security<br />

go to: www.met.police.uk/cp/crimeprevention/protect-home-crime/<br />

protecting-garden-to-safeguardyour-home<br />

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The Arts Column<br />

Written by Collette Hoefkens<br />

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As the autumn gently evolves, nature unfurls her quieter<br />

but no less beautiful display. So too, do the region’s superb,<br />

independent, fine art galleries.<br />

The South East boasts a bounty of renowned venues,<br />

committed to promoting original, fine and contemporary art.<br />

Each sources artists that they have immense belief in; artists<br />

whose work they are certain will endure the test of time. I have<br />

selected just a few to tempt you with, during this colourful,<br />

inspiring season.<br />

Famous for their catalogue of serious and exciting works, The<br />

Lime Tree in Long Melford, will be hosting a two-person show<br />

with Robert Newton and Philip Richardson. Both artists have<br />

international acclaim for creating dynamic, soul-searching<br />

pieces, with fresh perspective. Philip’s ‘Yellow Roses’,<br />

demonstrate perfectly, the vibrancy and command of the<br />

traditional still life, yet with a modern, immediate and tender<br />

efficiency.<br />

Yellow Roses by Philip Richardson<br />

The Pink Foot Gallery in Cley-next-the-Sea is delighted to<br />

feature national favourite Andrew Haslen, amongst their<br />

specialist, wildlife collection. Recently, Andrew’s approach<br />

has become increasingly liberated and expressive. He paints<br />

with an absolute passion for honesty and reality. Dedicated<br />

to colour, his relentless palette knife, sculpts magnificent oils,<br />

alive with movement and soul.<br />

Heading back south, to Cambridge, you will find the reigning<br />

champions of the explosive, semi abstract; the Darryl Nantais<br />

Gallery. Here, a particular shining star is David Hawthorne.<br />

Each of his stunning, light-filled works is steeped in depth and<br />

intrigue. Fluid brushstrokes create dreamlike, watery coast and<br />

landscapes, which are easy to lose yourself within.<br />

Lastly, in East Sussex, the wonderful Rye Art Gallery will be<br />

featuring a collection from Louis Turpin, which will be held<br />

during this year’s, popular Rye Festival of the Arts.<br />

Wherever you may wander during this mellow and magical<br />

season, do search out one of these excellent real art galleries,<br />

and enjoy their expert selection and knowledge.<br />

Barn Owl in Flight by Andrew Haslen<br />

Lime Tree Gallery<br />

Long Melford, Suffolk<br />

www.limetreegallery.com<br />

Pink Foot Gallery<br />

Cley-next-the-Sea, North Norfolk<br />

www.pinkfootgallery.co.uk<br />

The Darryl Nantais Gallery<br />

Linton, Cambridge<br />

www.linton59.co.uk<br />

The Rye Art Gallery<br />

Rye, East Sussex<br />

www.ryeartgallery.co.uk<br />


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On the<br />

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Discover the latest art<br />

exhibitions in the region<br />

Norfolk Open Studios, 25 September – 10 October<br />

The award-winning Norfolk Open Studios returns to celebrate the county’s artists and their<br />

achievements by offering them the opportunity to open their doors to the public to exhibit,<br />

sell and talk about their work. Last year’s event was cancelled due to the pandemic, but<br />

this autumn will see more than 320 artists take part across 267 venues to share and sell<br />

their work.<br />

©Mosely<br />

Artists will be at work in their studios, garages, spare rooms, garden rooms, community<br />

spaces and schools sharing how they work. The scheme will welcome 23 schools to the<br />

event as well as 13 art trails, allowing visitors to enjoy several studios in one day. The event<br />

is free to attend. For more information visit www.norfolkstudios.org.uk<br />

Beale: Observations at Moyse’s Hall Museum, 16<br />

October – 27 February<br />

A new one-off exhibition celebrating the work of Mary Beale – one of the most successful<br />

portrait painters of the late 17th century and widely believed to be England’s first<br />

professional female painter is to be held at Moyse’s Hall Museum, in Bury St Edmunds,<br />

Suffolk. Beale: Observations will run from 16 October <strong>2021</strong> until 27 February 2022. The<br />

exhibition will feature loans never seen in Bury St Edmunds before as well as the museum’s<br />

own collection of Mary Beale’s paintings, the largest collection in the world.<br />

www.moyseshall.org<br />

The Thetford Treasure Exhibition<br />

A selection of objects from the Thetford Treasure, on loan from the British Museum, will<br />

be on display at Ancient House Museum until 29 August 2022. The exhibition will present<br />

11 of the key items from this internationally important Roman hoard, including items such<br />

as the famous gold belt-buckle, a gold chain necklace, gold bracelets, gold finger rings, a<br />

pendant, a silver strainer and inscribed silver spoons.<br />

www.norfolk-museums.arttickets.org.uk/ancient-house<br />

Leiko Ikemura: Usagi in Wonderland at<br />

The Sainsbury Centre<br />

Visitors to The Sainsbury Centre this autumn can enjoy Japanese culture with works by<br />

Japanese-Swiss artist, Leiko Ikemura, on display until 12 December.<br />

Leiko Ikemura, presents a selection of paintings, sculptures, drawings and photography<br />

in her first exhibition in the UK, ‘Leiko Ikemura: Usagi in Wonderland’. Ikemura has chosen<br />

50 works that span three decades of her career. The exhibition’s dominant theme is the<br />

connectivity of all aspects of nature, be it human, animal, plant or mineral, in an eternal<br />

circle of life. Through her fantastical figures and primeval landscapes, Ikemura explores<br />

fragility, transience and slow evolutionary change – choosing to address environmental<br />

issues from an empathetic, global perspective.<br />

Usagi, meaning ‘rabbit’ in Japanese, is a recurrent mystical motif in Ikemura’s work,<br />

representing rebirth, fertility and renewal. Opening with a section dedicated to ‘Girls’,<br />

the exhibition features the artist’s ceramic and bronze figures alongside her enigmatic<br />

paintings and drawings from the 1990s. On canvas, her spirit-like figures swoop and dive.<br />

Ikemura’s girls are non-specific, ageless, hybrid human-animals: sensitive and innocent.<br />

The exhibition has been developed in collaboration with the Sainsbury Institute for the<br />

Study of Japanese Arts and Cultures to coincide with the Japan-UK Season of Culture.<br />

Tickets are available to buy online, priced £8/£7 concessions.<br />

www.sainsburycentre.ac.uk/whats-on/leiko-ikemura-usagi-in-wonderland<br />


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Double the Fun<br />

Two of Norfolk’s nature attractions have joined forces to<br />

form a new partnership which will benefit visitors with<br />

discounted entry.<br />

Pensthorpe Natural Park, a 700-acre family-friendly nature<br />

reserve located in Fakenham, 11 miles inland from the North<br />

Norfolk coast – and Watatunga, a new wildlife reserve based<br />

outside King’s Lynn – will provide visitors with a moneysaving<br />

discount so they can enjoy more fun-filled family<br />

days out for less.<br />

Anyone who visits Watatunga will receive 20% off their<br />

next trip to Pensthorpe, and those who have an annual<br />

membership to Pensthorpe will be able to redeem a 20%<br />

discount when booking a guided tour at Watatunga<br />

throughout the rest of the season, which is scheduled until<br />

October.<br />

www.pensthorpe.com | www.watatunga.com<br />

Roar all<br />

the Way!<br />

Roarr! Dinosaur<br />

Adventure has<br />

announced<br />

the return of its<br />

sell-out Dippy’s<br />

Christmas<br />

Celebration.<br />

Taking place on<br />

selected days<br />

during November and December, visitors can embark on<br />

a magical journey through the optional festive experience<br />

during the park’s normal daytime opening hours by<br />

purchasing a standard park ticket and a ‘Jingle All The Day’<br />

ticket, priced from £15 per child. For a magical evening<br />

experience once the wider park is closed, opt for a ‘Sparkle<br />

In The Dark’ ticket priced from £17.50 per child. Early bird<br />

tickets are available until 1 September, with standard tickets<br />

available thereafter.<br />

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

News<br />

Home Sweet<br />

Home<br />

H&M HOME continues its<br />

expansion with a new store<br />

opening at Chantry Place<br />

in Norwich. Shoppers to the<br />

city this autumn can now<br />

shop interior must-haves,<br />

in addition to women and<br />

menswear, and the newly<br />

opened H&M Kids.<br />

Paul McCarthy, general<br />

manager at Chantry Place,<br />

said: “Our aim is to provide<br />

our customers with the<br />

best shopping and visitor experience, and the opening of<br />

H&M HOME is a great addition to the Centre, providing even<br />

more choice for people visiting. We are really excited to be<br />

chosen as a venue to have these upgrades and we know<br />

that families will love visiting the children’s zone. We will<br />

also be announcing some other big names coming to the<br />

Centre soon.”<br />

That’s the Spirit!<br />

Sip sustainably with Bullards Spirits, a Norwich distilled gin<br />

with an impressive eco project. The perfect gift for gin lovers,<br />

or a treat for yourself, Bullards Spirits hampers include a<br />

branded glass, bottle for life and filled eco-refill pouch, plus<br />

a fruit garnish and recipe card. Beautifully presented in a<br />

wicker hamper, ideal for picnics, the bottle can be reused<br />

with the help of the eco-refill pouch.<br />

Once you’ve finished your tipple, simply pop the empty<br />

pouch in the post, no stamp required, and Bullards will<br />

use TerraCycle® via their Zero Waste Box solution. The<br />

pouches are sorted, turned into plastic granules and used<br />

for new products. You can then top up your bottle for life<br />

with a new order.<br />

There are four flavours to choose from; Old Tom Gin with a<br />

natural sweetness from Norfolk honey and mango, London<br />

Dry Gin with notes of vanilla, Strawberry and Black Pepper<br />

Gin, a spicy infusion with warming flavour and <strong>Eastlife</strong>’s<br />

personal favourite; Coastal Gin featuring a collection of<br />

botanicals hand-foraged from the Norfolk coast to remind us<br />

of those summer beach days.<br />

www.bullardsspirits.co.uk<br />


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Diary<br />

Dates<br />

Raise the Bar<br />

Restrictions have lifted and the fun can commence, and there’s certainly<br />

no shortage at Norwich’s Boom Battle Bar. The multi-activity bar, located in<br />

the Castle Quarter, has re-opened and continues to thrill visitors with axe<br />

throwing, crazy golf and beer pong.<br />

The bar was open for a few short months before being closed due to<br />

Covid-19. This autumn it’s luring drinkers back with a bottomless brunch<br />

and corporate and Christmas packages which will include a choice of two<br />

activities plus hot food from £25 per head. www.boombattlebar.co.uk<br />

Double Expansion for Two<br />

Magpies Bakery<br />

Visitors to Blakeney can now enjoy the fluffy<br />

pastries and tasty sourdough of Two Magpies<br />

Bakery. Housed in the historic St Nicholas<br />

Church rooms on the Quay, and open seven<br />

days a week, the bakery will serve sourdough<br />

bread, delicious cakes and a range of hand<br />

laminated pastries both sweet and savoury.<br />

There will also be a tasty menu of breakfast<br />

and lunch options for locals and tourists alike.<br />

The location is one of two new sites. Alongside<br />

Blakeney, Two Magpies has also opened a<br />

new bakery unit in Halesworth. With demand<br />

so high for its bread and pastries more space was needed so the 2000sq ft<br />

unit will be the new home to the bakers and production team who produce<br />

all the sourdough bread and savoury pastries for the bakeries, cafes and<br />

wholesale customers.<br />

www.twomagpiesbakery.co.uk<br />

Improve Your Digital Skills<br />

According to government figures, approximately 11 million adults in the UK<br />

struggle with their digital skills. Important for employment, schooling and<br />

managing administrational tasks, basic I.T skills are vital in today’s world.<br />

If you live in Norfolk and would like to improve your digital abilities, a new,<br />

free qualification offered by Norfolk County Council could make a valuable<br />

difference.<br />

Essential Digital Skills (EDSQ) is bridging the gaping skills gap exacerbated<br />

by the pandemic, and the good news, the course is free to anyone over the<br />

age of 19, who hasn’t already got an IT qualification.<br />

Since the pandemic so many services have gone online, from ordering your<br />

‘wheelie bin’ from the council to home schooling, remote meetings and even<br />

doctors’ appointments. For more information on the new free Essential Digital<br />

Skills course call: 0344 800 8020 or visit www.norfolk.gov.uk<br />

Norfolk Heritage Open<br />

Day Festival,<br />

10-19 September<br />

The popular annual festival coordinated<br />

by The Forum in Norwich sees venues<br />

across Norfolk opening their doors<br />

allowing visitors the chance to explore<br />

the county’s rich heritage for free. The<br />

festival offers everyone the opportunity<br />

to explore new buildings, discover some<br />

hidden gems not normally open to the<br />

public and learn more about the cultural<br />

heritage in our communities. The<br />

theme for this year’s festival is ‘Edible<br />

England’ so alongside tours and open<br />

days expect food related events and<br />

activities.<br />

www.norfolkheritageopendays.co.uk<br />

NORCON,<br />

25-26 September<br />

Norfolk’s very own TV, film and comic<br />

con, returns to the Norfolk Showground.<br />

Fans will be able to enjoy a fantastic<br />

mix of exhibits, celebrity appearances,<br />

stage talks and demonstrations, photo<br />

opportunities and a multitude of traders<br />

selling memorabilia and merchandise<br />

from every corner of the galaxy. Among<br />

the line-up of celebrity guests for<br />

<strong>2021</strong> is Pirates of the Caribbean star<br />

Kevin McNally (Mr Gibbs) who is also a<br />

character in latest gaming sensation Sea<br />

of Thieves. www.nor-con.co.uk<br />

The Milky Way Comes to<br />

King’s Lynn,<br />

1 to 17 October<br />

A sci-fi, time-travel adventure takes<br />

over King’s Lynn from 1 to 17 October,<br />

with live-action film, night projections<br />

and interactive installations. ‘Collusion<br />

– Intergalactic Hanseatic League’ is<br />

directed and co-founded by Rachel<br />

Drury. Take a sneak peek at<br />

www.the-ihl.com<br />

Out There Festival,<br />

17-19 Sept and Fire on<br />

the Water, 21 Oct – 6 Nov<br />

Two exciting festivals are coming<br />

to Great Yarmouth this autumn. Out<br />

There Festival returns with quality<br />

performances and comedy across the<br />

town centre, while Fire on the Water will<br />

provide an immersive experience with<br />

dramatic outdoor arts, hypnotic water<br />

projections and shining installations.<br />

www.outtherearts.org.uk<br />


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Norwich Eats:<br />

Homegrown produce in Norwich<br />

Written by Zena Leech-Calton | www.lovenorwichfood.co.uk<br />

Norwich and Norfolk are a foodie<br />

paradise. Covid has squeezed a few local<br />

producers out into the open, created<br />

new ones and propelled oldies. The<br />

county produces everything from goat’s<br />

cheese to dried mustard and whelks to<br />

stuffed brownie cookies.<br />

I would find it hard to think of anything<br />

we don’t produce – caviar maybe?<br />

Saffron? Yes. Crocodile? No – but we<br />

do have one in Cambs. I was thinking<br />

lemon grass, but you can buy that from<br />

Norfolk Herbs.<br />

Here is my lowdown of the best produce<br />

in Norwich and Norfolk…<br />

Monty’s Mustard is a Norfolk mustard<br />

with its own open kitchen in the farm<br />

shop and café at The Dairy in Stanfield,<br />

East Dereham. They are known as<br />

Essence Foods; a family run jam and<br />

chutney manufacturer, who also make<br />

Montys mustard offering the only dry<br />

mustard powder other than Colman’s<br />

Mustard. They also make Beetella, a<br />

healthy chocolate spread.<br />

www.essencefoods.co.uk/productcategory/montys/<br />

Emporium is run by a Brazilian couple in<br />

Norwich creating bite sized brigadeiros,<br />

an artisan South American style<br />

chocolate, along with chocolate spread<br />

and seasonal specials.<br />

www.emporiumnorwich.co.uk<br />

Liddell and Duckworth is a Barbados<br />

barrelled rum 10 years in the making by<br />

Gyre and Gimble. It’s £42 per bottle with<br />

autumnal tones of nutmeg, vanilla, dried<br />

fruits, molasses and oak. There is also the<br />

bar of the same name in Norwich with a<br />

gin academy attached. They create their<br />

own bottled gin, along with additional<br />

liquors and spirits for cocktails.<br />

www.gyreandgimble.co.uk<br />

A Lifetime of Chocolate is an online<br />

artisan chocolatier run by Chloe Saterlay,<br />

a professional patisserie chef. I wouldn’t<br />

be lying if I said she makes the most<br />

decadent chocolates with only the best<br />

quality ingredients. Its dark, glossy and<br />

smooth to the tongue. I also ordered her<br />

brownies and Biscoff fudge. They were<br />

the best I’ve ever had – simply divine. You<br />

can taste the quality of ingredients.<br />

www.lifetimeofchocolate.com<br />

Crumpetorium is run by Kat; a crumpet<br />

enthusiast who creates artisan crumpets<br />

with delicious flavours. Stocked in<br />

Norfolk farm shops and delis, and stores<br />

in Suffolk and London, I’m in love with<br />

the chocolate orange flavoured ones.<br />

She also produces ginger and cheese<br />

savoury varieties, all in packets of six.<br />

www.crumpetorium.com<br />

Fancy Jacks serves flapjacks and sweet<br />

treats made by pastry chef, Martin<br />

Linsdell. He makes treat boxes for UK<br />

delivery and supplies to local cafes.<br />

www.facebook.com/fancyjacks<br />

Yare Valley Oils make a variety of oils<br />

on their family run farm but my go to oil<br />

obsession (yes, it fits in my handbag) is<br />

their truffle oil. You’ll find it in Jarrod’s,<br />

online or from their farm shop in<br />

Surlingham.<br />

www.yarevalley.com<br />

Norfolk Brew is a mighty fine tea bag with<br />

flavours of Ceylon and Assam. No oil<br />

slick top, just a clean cuppa. They have<br />

planted their own tea leaves so they can<br />

eventually mix Norfolk grown tea into the<br />

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Historic Heacham Manor<br />

Hotel welcomes new<br />

meeting and events venue<br />

Following the completion of construction work in December<br />

2020, Heacham Manor is proud to have opened The Pavilion.<br />

The new area features a sports bar and patio with an all-day<br />

brasseries style menu, golf pro shop and changing facilities.<br />

There are four versatile meetings and events function suites;<br />

with the largest catering for up to 150 people; a private south<br />

facing function garden and an upstairs bar and terrace with<br />

stunning west facing views across the golf course and towards<br />

The Wash with its gorgeous sunsets that West Norfolk and<br />

Hunstanton are renown for.<br />

“This new development opens a new chapter in our story,” says<br />

Paul Searle, managing director of Searles Leisure Group. “I’m<br />

very proud of the work our team has put into the opening of<br />

this beautiful venue in May, under what has been rather difficult<br />

circumstances. It’s a really fantastic venue and our customers<br />

are loving it, from our golfers, hotel guests and local residents to<br />

wedding couples and corporate clients.”<br />

Built in 1580, Heacham Manor is a grade II listed property and a<br />

great place for a Norfolk holiday. A beautiful Elizabethan country<br />

house hotel with 52 bedrooms ranging from the luxury manor<br />

suite to the contemporary cottage standard rooms, an excellent<br />

18-hole golf course recently listed as ‘Number 86 in Golf<br />

World Top 100: Best Golf Resorts in Great Britain and Ireland’,<br />

a boutique spa and a 1 AA Rosette Mulberry Restaurant in The<br />

Manor, it’s a wonderful location on the north west Norfolk coast.<br />

Guest Jim Leishman said: “The hotel offers stunning views in<br />

very peaceful natural surroundings. There’s a great golf course,<br />

quality and superbly well-furnished rooms, and the building is<br />

an ideal venue for weddings and corporate meetings.”<br />

The Pavilion has become a go-to destination for meetings<br />

and events within Norfolk. The centre features its own private<br />

entrance via south-facing gardens, state-of-the-art audio-visual<br />

equipment and free Wi-Fi and parking. In addition, meetings are<br />

catered by talented head chef Dale Hurlimann, who trained at<br />

Les Roches Hotel School in Switzerland.<br />

For corporate meetings, conferences, away-days, team-building<br />

events or training, The Dove Suite can accommodate 90<br />

delegates in a cabaret style set-up, but layouts can be tailored<br />

to the requirements of the customer. The Dove Suit has a<br />

soundproof partition wall that cleverly divides the space in two<br />

for smaller events, with the number of delegates depending on<br />

the layout required. There are also other smaller meeting rooms<br />

in the old Manor House, offering great versatility.<br />

If you dream of a Norfolk wedding, The Dove Suite, can cater for<br />

up to 150 guests for a sit-down dinner, or 120 with ample space<br />

for a dance floor and a small band or disco. With the additional<br />

benefit of 52 bedrooms on the property, it lends itself perfectly<br />

for weddings, celebrations or meetings that require overnight<br />

accommodation for up to 130 people.<br />

For more information about Heacham Manor Hotel visit:<br />

www.heacham-manor.co.uk<br />


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Secret Norfolk;<br />

Arts & Culture<br />

We list the best places to visit in Norwich for an inspiring day out<br />

Spark your imagination with a visit to Norfolk. Beyond the beaches and country villages, the<br />

county is a thriving destination for arts and culture. Let your creativity flow with a trip to the best<br />

galleries, museums and arts events in Norwich.<br />


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Noirwich Crime Writing<br />

Festival, 9-12 September<br />

One of the UK’s fastest growing literary<br />

festivals, the programme explores crime<br />

writing, celebrating some of the genres<br />

best loved authors. Attendees have the<br />

opportunity to improve their writing skills<br />

with workshops hosted by recognised<br />

names in crime. This September you<br />

can learn from the likes of the Guardian’s<br />

Duncan Campbell, author Jacob Ross<br />

and novelist Elizabeth Haynes.<br />

www.noirwich.co.uk<br />

Hostry Festival, October<br />

– November<br />

Celebrating its 10th anniversary,<br />

the festival returns with a diverse<br />

programme showcasing art, music,<br />

film and literature. In partnership with<br />

Norwich Theatre Royal, events will be<br />

hosted throughout the autumn. The<br />

excitement begins with a launch night<br />

on 6 September at Norwich Cathedral<br />

with performances from two of its<br />

signature projects; The African Choir<br />

of Norfolk and Total Ensemble Theatre<br />

Company. www.hostryfestival.org<br />

UEA Live<br />

Norwich is England’s first UNESCO City<br />

of Literature, and that’s partly thanks to<br />

the support of UEA Live. Established in<br />

1991, the literary festival brings great<br />

minds, writers and poets to Norwich for<br />

a celebration of the written word and<br />

ideas. Playing a pivotal role in Norwich’s<br />

culture, UEA Live hosts a spring and<br />

autumn programme of events.<br />

www.uealive.com<br />

National Centre for<br />

Writing<br />

Located in the historic Dragon Hall<br />

in Norwich, the centre celebrates the<br />

literary history of Norwich and explores<br />

the artistic and social power of writing.<br />

It supports the city’s biggest literary<br />

events such as Noirwich Crime Writing<br />

Festival and the City of Literature,<br />

a sector of the Norfolk & Norwich<br />

Festival. The centre hosts an innovative<br />

programme of events, in person and<br />

online, which showcases new stories<br />

and writers in the world of literary. It<br />

also provides workshops, teaching and<br />

mentoring for budding writers.<br />

www.nationalcentreforwriting.org.uk<br />

Sainsbury Centre for<br />

Visual Arts<br />

The glass building and its surrounding<br />

eccentric sculptures stands out<br />

against Norwich’s historic architecture.<br />

However, Norman Foster’s grand<br />

hanger is a fine example of museum<br />

design and The Sainsbury Centre<br />

continues to be one of the most<br />

prominent university art galleries in the<br />

UK, and a centre for major exhibitions.<br />

Here you’ll find regularly changing<br />

exhibitions and works spanning 5,000<br />

years of human creativity within its<br />

collection. Until 12 December visitors<br />

can view a selection of paintings,<br />

sculptures, drawings and photography<br />

from Japanese-Swiss artist, Leiko<br />

Ikemura. Take a walk around the<br />

Sculpture Park, which features over<br />

20 sculptures by some of the most<br />

important modern and contemporary<br />

sculptors. These include works by<br />

Henry Moore, Antony Gormley, Lynn<br />

Chadwick and Elisabeth Frink.<br />

www.sainsburycentre.ac.uk<br />

Norwich Arts Centre<br />

You’ll find this small, independently<br />

run, contemporary arts venue on<br />

St Benedicts Street. Its extensive<br />

programme features live music, theatre,<br />

dance, comedy, visual art and literature.<br />

If you’re planning a trip to the city visit<br />

the website before your visit and plan an<br />

evening of entertainment.<br />

www.norwichartscentre.co.uk<br />


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Norfolk<br />

WHAT’S ON<br />


25 September<br />

NORCON – Norfolk’s TV, film and comic con<br />

Comic, film and TV fans will be able to enjoy a fantastic<br />

mix of exhibits, celebrity appearances, stage talks and<br />

demonstrations, photo opportunities and a multitude of<br />

traders selling memorabilia and merchandise from every<br />

corner of the galaxy.<br />

Norfolk Showground, Dereham Road, Norwich NR5 0TT<br />

www.nor-con.co.uk.<br />

24 October<br />

Bridget Christie: Who Am I? <strong>2021</strong> Tour<br />

The Edinburgh Comedy Award, Rose D’Or and South Bank<br />

Sky Arts Award winner presents her highly-anticipated,<br />

brand-new show Who Am I?<br />

Norwich Theatre Playhouse, 42 – 58 St. George’s Street,<br />

Norwich NR3 1AB<br />

www.norwichtheatre.org/whats-on/bridgetchristiewho-am-i/<br />

MUSIC<br />


18 – 19 September<br />

Feastival at The Forum<br />

Celebrating Norfolk’s edible heritage and local food and<br />

drink producers. The Feastival will showcase Norfolk based<br />

independent and artisan traders with tasters, promotions<br />

and a fine selection of local produce. Throughout the<br />

weekend there will also be delicious street food stalls, talks,<br />

and other food related events and activities.<br />

The Forum, Millennium Plain, Norwich NR2 1AW<br />

www.theforumnorwich.co.uk<br />

30 September – 4 October<br />

Skamouth<br />

A family-friendly event showcasing the best of ska, mod,<br />

reggae, northern soul, punk and more.<br />

Vauxhall Holiday Park, Great Yarmouth, Norfolk NR30 1TB<br />

www.skamouth.co.uk<br />

14 – 17 October<br />

Wild Paths Festival<br />

A multi-venue, independent music festival in Norwich,<br />

inviting over 200 artists to perform across 20 of the city<br />

centre’s finest venues. October <strong>2021</strong> will see it return with<br />

another weekend of events taking over all Norwich’s bestloved<br />

music venues and showcasing an eclectic mix of<br />

emergent and established artists.<br />

www.wildpaths.co.uk<br />


25 September – 10 October<br />

Norfolk Open Studios <strong>2021</strong><br />

A 16-day celebration of Norfolk’s artistic community. This<br />

free event will see artists throughout the county opening<br />

their doors to the public to exhibit, sell and talk about their<br />

work and practice. Now established as one of the largest<br />

open studios’ schemes in the country, visitors will have the<br />

opportunity to see new art, meet artists, and – with many of<br />

the works on display being for sale – buy original artworks<br />

directly from their creators. It’s a great opportunity for the<br />

artists to meet with the public and talk about their work and<br />

for people to have the chance to see artists at work first hand.<br />

www.norfolkstudios.org.uk<br />

9 October – 10 October<br />

The National Country Show Live<br />

Two-day COVID-secure outdoor show is a great day out<br />

for the family, complete with country shopping, food,<br />

entertainment, animals, live music, have a go activities,<br />

stunning arena displays, as well as all of your traditional<br />

country show finds.<br />

Norfolk Showground, Dereham Road, New Costessey<br />

NR5 0TT<br />

www.nationalcountryshow.co.uk<br />

6 November<br />

Cliff Top Fireworks Display at Hunstanton<br />

Hunstanton cliffs is the perfect spot for a Guy Fawkes<br />

night celebration and the fireworks are big, loud and go<br />

on and on and on! Doors open at 5.30pm on Saturday 6th<br />

November <strong>2021</strong> and the giant bonfire before is lit at 6pm.<br />

Wrap up warm for this amazing bonfire, laser and fireworks<br />

spectacle. Previous displays have combined fireworks with<br />

a laser show and pounding atmospheric music to thrill the<br />

many people who attend the Cliff Firework Extravaganza.<br />


31 October<br />

Easton Antiques Fair<br />

Over 70 stands consisting of a wide range of antiques and<br />

collectables to include furniture, clocks, jewellery, bygones,<br />

ceramics, glass, postcards, stamps, vintage fashion and art.<br />

Easton College, Bawburgh Road, Norwich NR9 5DX<br />

Last Sunday of each Month<br />

Hingham Antiques Fair<br />

Silver, furniture, ceramics, glass, clocks, jewellery, tools,<br />

books, postcards and Vintage fashion with prices from £3<br />

to £5000. There is catering at the fair with all cakes, quiches,<br />

sausage rolls, sandwiches homemade.<br />

The Sports Hall, Springfield Way, Hingham NR9 4HB<br />


Suffolk<br />

Kerrie Holgate<br />

Instagram: @Splendours_of_Suffolk<br />

Website: www.etsy.com/shop/SplendoursOfSuffolk<br />


Suffolk<br />


A Light of Hope<br />

Cosy Aromas, a<br />

Suffolk based wax<br />

melts and candle<br />

company, have<br />

launched a new<br />

‘Red Raspberry and<br />

Honeydew’ scent in<br />

collaboration with<br />

the Miscarriage<br />

Association, to<br />

raise awareness of<br />

infertility.<br />

Owners Tamar and Paul Mayne have experienced their<br />

own heart-breaking fertility journey and miscarriage and<br />

hope the candle will be lit by customers as part of the<br />

Global Wave of Light on 15 October, the closing event of<br />

Baby Loss Awareness Week, from 19-15 October.<br />

The campaign coincides with the couple’s own crusade<br />

– as they fund a third IVF cycle to celebrate their 10th<br />

wedding anniversary.<br />

To support the Cosy Aromas charity campaign and<br />

purchase one of the ‘Red Raspberry and Honeydew’<br />

candles at £19.99 or wax melts at £5.99, visit<br />

www.cosyaromas.com<br />

A Golden Oldie<br />

News<br />

Culture is back with Head East<br />

Head East, a regional cultural tourism campaign, has<br />

launched to showcase the rich diversity and quality<br />

of arts, culture and heritage found right here, on our<br />

doorstep. Residents from Norfolk and Suffolk will have<br />

the opportunity to return to their favourite activities or<br />

discover exciting new experiences on a par with London’s<br />

cultural scene.<br />

From coastal locations to rural and urban settings, over<br />

one year, Head East will celebrate the cultural gems in<br />

our counties, while highlighting the region as a mustsee<br />

cultural destination in the UK and encouraging<br />

sustainable travel.<br />

Head East is also demonstrating that culture is open to<br />

everyone, promoting events ranging from grassroots<br />

events to high-end arts; from free museums to premium<br />

performances; from outdoor festivals to indoor<br />

experiences.<br />

For the programme of events and activities visit:<br />

www.visiteastofengland.com<br />

Food and Drink<br />

A Taste of France<br />

Lockdown saw a puppy boom, but as adorable as they<br />

may be, there are still many older dogs across Suffolk,<br />

and the UK, who need a home. Karen Rhodes, owner of<br />

Luxury Dog Hampers, which creates premium packages<br />

using safe chew toys and organic treats, has teamed up<br />

with The Oldies Club, a charity helping rescue centres<br />

in the UK find homes for senior dogs. Inspired by the<br />

love and loss of her own senior rescue dog, Bailey, the<br />

former Suffolk dog walker has created the ‘Golden Oldies<br />

Hamper’, priced £64. It includes healthy, nutritious and<br />

natural goodies plus enrichment toys styled in a wicker<br />

basket. All profits will go directly to the charity.<br />

www.luxurydoghampers.co.uk<br />

Look out for our competition to win a doggy hamper,<br />

launching 29 November at<br />

www.eastlife.co.uk<br />

The Swan at Lavenham Hotel and Spa has welcomed<br />

new French head chef, Olivier Bertho.<br />

Olivia, 52, took up his new position after spending 18<br />

years working with Woburn Enterprises and will be<br />

heading up exciting new menus. He will be working with a<br />

large team providing food for a variety of different guests<br />

and tastes from afternoon teas to formal dining. Both<br />

restaurants at the hotel, the vaulted Gallery restaurant and<br />

the informal Mess Call 487 restaurant have been given an<br />

overhaul, plus comfy new chairs.<br />

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


Suffolk<br />

Diary Dates<br />

Sailing Taster Day, Alton<br />

Water Suffolk,<br />

11 September<br />

For all 11-13 year olds, Royal Hospital<br />

School is offering a chance to try sailing<br />

at their sailing academy at Alton Water,<br />

right next to the school in Holbrook,<br />

Suffolk. Young sailors of all levels can<br />

expect a morning of fun. There will be<br />

a coaching session run by four-times<br />

Paralympic sailor Hannah Stodel and<br />

supported by Royal Hospital School<br />

trained staff. The event is free of charge<br />

and open to sailors across East Anglia<br />

on a first come, first served basis.<br />

Children from all schools are welcome,<br />

but must be in year 6 or above in<br />

September <strong>2021</strong> to take part. To register,<br />

visit:<br />

www.royalhospitalschool.org/<br />

admissions/openday-register-clone<br />

The Moon, meet our<br />

nearest neighbour,<br />

Ipswich Art Gallery, until<br />

10 October<br />

‘The Moon: Meet our nearest neighbour’<br />

is a touring exhibition and features<br />

fascinating objects such as a large<br />

inflatable Moon, scientific instruments,<br />

and actual Moon rock on loan from<br />

Bespoke Scientific, giving you the<br />

chance to discover what the Moon<br />

is made of, how it has influenced our<br />

history, culture and natural world, and<br />

how we have explored it from ancient<br />

times to the present and future.<br />

www.ipswich.cimuseums.org.uk/<br />

events/themoon<br />

Suffolk Short Film<br />

Festival, Ipswich,<br />

8-10 October<br />

The Suffolk Short Film Festival is a<br />

new festival taking place in Ipswich.<br />

Originally planned for October 2020,<br />

the festival will screen short films which<br />

tell stories and push boundaries, while<br />

demonstrating skilful producing and<br />

editing. The event has partnered with<br />

the Ipswich Film Theatre for screenings<br />

in real life and online.<br />

www.suffolkshorts.co.uk<br />

On a Kinfe’s Edge, until 7<br />

November<br />

In 2019 ‘The State of Nature’ report<br />

highlighted the plight of numerous<br />

species, flora, fauna and habitats in the<br />

UK. ‘On A Knife Edge’ is a response by<br />

some of the UK’s foremost lettering<br />

artists to this perilous condition. The<br />

title of the exhibition is also a nod<br />

to the heritage craft of hand letter<br />

cutting – a declining art form for which<br />

the Lettering Arts Trust, as a charity,<br />

is dedicated to sustain. This mixed<br />

media exhibition features stone carving,<br />

calligraphy, etching and woodcarving.<br />

The exhibition is free to view at The<br />

Lettering Arts Centre in Snape Maltings.<br />

www.letteringartstrust.org.uk<br />

Newmarket Food and<br />

Drink Festival,<br />

11-12 September<br />

The popular free festival, which<br />

celebrates the finest food and drink from<br />

across East Anglia is back! Celebrity<br />

chefs topping the bill on the main stage<br />

this year include chef and TV presenter<br />

Rosemary Shrager and Tristan Welch,<br />

both of who are appearing in ITV’s<br />

Cooking with the Stars, and acclaimed<br />

master chef Hans Schweitzer, who<br />

has cooked for the Queen, presidents,<br />

dignitaries and celebrities across the<br />

globe. Each chef will demo a range of<br />

dishes to teach audiences new skills<br />

and offer inspiration in the kitchen.<br />

In addition, the organisers plan to<br />

host over 60 artisan food and drink<br />

producers from across East Anglia and<br />

present a weekend packed full of live<br />

music, a selection of bars, and family<br />

entertainment.<br />

www.thehenrycecilopenweekend.<br />

co.uk/food-and-drink/<br />

International Mini Print<br />

Exhibition, until<br />

5 September<br />

Pop along to the Wingfield Gallery in<br />

Suffolk for a collection of quality prints at<br />

an affordable price.<br />

www.wingfieldbarns.com<br />

Behind-the-Scenes at<br />

Newmarket Racecourse<br />

An exclusive peep behind the scenes<br />

at Newmarket Racecourses and<br />

the chance to watch the bidding at<br />

Tattersalls, Europe’s leading bloodstock<br />

auctioneers, are now possible on<br />

three returning day-long experiences<br />

from Discover Newmarket. Dates for<br />

the ‘Behind The Scenes Racecourse<br />

Tour’, ‘Newmarket Race Day Tour’ and<br />

‘Tattersalls Tour’ have been extended to<br />

end of October. Book tickets at<br />

www.discovernewmarket.co.uk<br />

Sound City Ipswich <strong>2021</strong>,<br />

1-2 October<br />

The second Sound City Ipswich<br />

returns with a hand-picked selection<br />

of upcoming and established bands,<br />

showcasing emerging regional talent<br />

alongside major touring acts.<br />

Over 30 international artists will be<br />

performing over two days at four indoor<br />

venues across the town, in addition to<br />

those at the free outdoor stage in the<br />

city centre.<br />

The live line-up includes an impressive<br />

list of musical styles.<br />

www.soundcityipswich.co.uk<br />

Paul Zerdin, 6 October<br />

Back by popular demand, Paul Zerdin<br />

heads to The Apex in Bury St Edmunds,<br />

with a brand new show. Sam, Albert,<br />

Baby, Roger the bodyguard and an<br />

urban fox have all survived 2020 locked<br />

down with Paul….well nearly. They<br />

can’t wait to see you, so get ready to<br />

be involved. As well as his hilarious<br />

characters ‘Hands Free’ features Paul<br />

giving us a glimpse into his own world<br />

showing us what it’s like to be able to<br />

throw your voice in everyday situations<br />

where anything and everything can<br />

talk back!<br />

www.theapex.co.uk<br />

Theatre Royal Bury St<br />

Edmunds <strong>Autumn</strong> Season<br />

Stand-up comedy, monthly drama,<br />

family shows, live music and Christmas<br />

performances are all on the agenda<br />

this season at Theatre Royal Bury St<br />

Edmunds. The theatre is back with a full<br />

programme of entertainment. Theatregoers<br />

can watch big names in comedy<br />

such as Mark Thomas (3 October) and<br />

Ed Byrne (10 October). There’s a great<br />

selection for music lovers with tributes<br />

to Simon & Garfunkel, Neil Diamond and<br />

Queen. The thrilling ‘The Strange Case<br />

of Dr Jekyll and Mr Hyde’ comes to the<br />

stage from 12 to 16 October and the<br />

UK tour of Andrew Lloyd Webber and<br />

Don Black’s classic musical, ‘Tell Me<br />

On A Sunday’ takes place from 2 to 6<br />

November. Get into the Christmas spirit<br />

from 9 to 13 November with comedy<br />

classic ‘Season Greetings’ and the<br />

beautiful re-telling of Hans Christian<br />

Andersen’s classic fairy tale ballet, ‘The<br />

Snow Queen’ from 15 to 16 November.<br />

The full programme is available at<br />

www.theatreroyal.org<br />


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abilities), thermal suite spa, indoor<br />

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Golf Course and delicious locally sourced<br />

food served all day.<br />

Why not pop in for a Paddy and Scott’s<br />

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Everyone is welcome,<br />

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Mandy‘s Jewellery and Gifts<br />

Monday 10 am to 5 pm<br />

Tuesday 10 am to 5 pm<br />

Wednesday 10 am to 2 pm<br />

Thursday 10 am to 5 pm<br />

Friday 10 am to 5 pm<br />

Saturday 10 am to 5 pm<br />

Closed Sunday<br />

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it’s packed with original gifts crafting<br />

kits and thousands of handmade<br />

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Mandy has a wide range of crafting kits<br />

available to entertain the kids (and you).<br />

You can choose cards kits, candle<br />

making kit, knitting kits, soap kits,<br />

jewellery kits and more<br />

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Suffolk’s Best Coffee<br />

Shops<br />

Is there anything better than a steaming<br />

hot cup of coffee accompanied by light<br />

fluffy pastry goodness on a blustery<br />

autumn day? Coffee culture is thriving<br />

in Suffolk with cute cafes and trendy<br />

bistros popping up in almost every town<br />

and village. We’ve selected a few of our<br />

favourite coffee hotspots for you to get<br />

your caffeine fix on your travels…<br />

Two Magpies Bakery<br />

88 High St, Southwold IP18 6DP<br />

Tel: 01502 726120<br />

This award-winning bakery is a favourite<br />

with locals. In fact, their bread, cakes<br />

and pastries are so good they now have<br />

multiple locations across the region;<br />

Southwold, Aldeburgh, Darsham,<br />

Norwich, Holt and most recently,<br />

Blakeney. Try their freshly baked bread<br />

packed with flavours or indulge in<br />

something sweet. They even teach the<br />

art of baking at their Bake School which<br />

offers classes in sourdough, pizza,<br />

continental baking and gluten-free.<br />

www.twomagpiesbakery.co.uk<br />

Urban Jungle<br />

London Road, Beccles NR34 8TT<br />

Tel: 01502 219110<br />

The Mediterranean inspired and<br />

Instagrammable Urban Jungle is a<br />

café and plant nursery, and the perfect<br />

location for a pitstop in Suffolk. The food<br />

is just as vibrant as the interiors and you<br />

can tuck into delicious cakes among<br />

the garden plants. Don’t leave without<br />

visiting the Cactus House!<br />

www.urbanjungle.uk.com/visit/<br />

urban-jungle-suffolk<br />

Milk Shed Café<br />

Hadleigh Road, Springvale Studios,<br />

Sproughton IP8 3AS | Tel: 07368 486581<br />

The Swedish inspired café officially<br />

opened in spring, and has since lured in<br />

customers with its take on the Swedish<br />

tradition of Fika; a concept which<br />

encourages people to slow down<br />

and make time for friends and family<br />

over coffee. Locally roasted speciality<br />

coffee sits alongside baked savouries,<br />

cakes, and a delicious, freshly prepared,<br />

seasonal menu. Follow Milk Shed Café<br />

on Facebook and Instagram<br />

@milkshedcafe<br />

On the<br />

Menu in<br />

Suffolk<br />

Suffolk Food Hall<br />

Wherstead, Ipswich, IP9 2AB<br />

Tel: 01473 786 616<br />

Popular with locals and visitors, Suffolk<br />

Food Hall has a reputation for excellent<br />

local produce. Browse the farm shop<br />

stacked with local goodies, then sit<br />

down in the restaurant for scones,<br />

toasties, deli delights and of course, tea<br />

and coffee.<br />

www.suffolkfoodhall.co.uk/foodhall<br />

Folk Café<br />

Fornham Business Court, The Drift,<br />

Fornham St Martin, Bury St Edmunds<br />

IP31 1SL | Tel: 01284 705099<br />

Just five minutes outside Bury St<br />

Edmunds, Folk Café is set within a<br />

timber framed converted barn. It serves<br />

up a simple but tasty menu of artisan<br />

coffee and bread from local suppliers,<br />

plus hearty homemade breakfasts,<br />

lunches and snacks. The café is the<br />

perfect pit stop for cyclists, dog walkers<br />

or those wanting a break from the hustle<br />

and bustle of the town.<br />

www.folk.cafe/folk-food<br />

Applaud Coffee<br />

19 St Peter’s St, Ipswich IP1 1XF<br />

Tel: 01473 808142<br />

It’s a family affair at Applaud Coffee. The<br />

stylish café is run by sisters and is set<br />

among the independent retailer scene<br />

of Ipswich. Tuck into fresh scones and<br />

cakes which are made on-site, toasties,<br />

smoothies and porridge with fruits. If<br />

you’re in the mood for something more<br />

substantial share one of the artisan<br />

boards stacked with cured meats, olives<br />

and bread. It’s a great location to work<br />

from and if you fancy improving your<br />

barista skills, you can book an espresso<br />

and milk workshop.<br />

www.applaud-coffee.co.uk<br />

Honey + Harvey<br />

56 Thoroughfare, Woodbridge IP12 1AL<br />

Tel: 01394 547216<br />

Sourdough, eggs, bacon, halloumi,<br />

smashed avocado, sweet potato hash,<br />

Buddha bowls, artisan coffee and<br />

more – the menu here is impressive.<br />

Alongside its Insta worthy dishes, the<br />

cool, industrial interiors have made<br />

Honey + Harvey a firm favourite<br />

with remote workers, residents and<br />

millennials. There are two locations,<br />

Woodbridge and Melton.<br />

www.honeyandharvey.co.uk<br />


Now offering finance packages to spread the cost!<br />

Based in Woodbridge, we assist vulnerable people to manage<br />

their finances and to live as independently as possible.<br />

Please contact our friendly team to see how we can help you.<br />

Telephone: 01473 736296<br />

Email: hello@thepds.net<br />

Website: www.thepds.net<br />

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can become a test of stamina, source of stress and hassle.<br />

Fruitless viewings, missed chances, tense negotiations.<br />

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We are<br />

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Grove Court is one of a select<br />

group of care homes operated by<br />

Elizabeth Finn Homes and offers<br />

a home from home for discerning<br />

guests who appreciate comfort,<br />

quality and exceptional care.<br />

We offer personal or nursing care<br />

on a permanent or short stay basis,<br />

as well as end of life care, all to the<br />

same exceptional standard.<br />

From award-winning restaurant<br />

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Suffolk<br />

Bury St<br />

Edmunds<br />

Travel<br />

Guide<br />

Written by Emmanuelle Gammage<br />

Instagram @emmanuelle.gammage<br />

Surrounded by beautiful countryside and<br />

immersed in rich history, this charming<br />

Suffolk town has much to explore.<br />

Bury St Edmunds was once home to Saint Edmund, the first<br />

patron Saint of England. Today, the Cathedral stands on the<br />

ruins of the 11th century Benedictine Abbey. The traditional<br />

town is also home to elegant Georgian buildings where not only<br />

Saints, but Queens and a famous writer once resided too. Let’s<br />

not forget its food credentials. It’s home to Greene King Brewery,<br />

cute cafes and award-winning restaurants.<br />

What to do in Bury<br />

Shopping<br />

From little boutiques to high-street fashion, you’ll have no<br />

trouble with retail therapy. Arc Shopping Centre has all of your<br />

favourite high street retailers, but among the cobbled roads<br />

and cottage lined streets, you’ll find independent stores selling<br />

toys, clothes, home décor, vintage wares and food. Check out<br />

Javelin for timeless style and on-trend home décor or pick-up<br />

local brews at Beautiful Beers.<br />

Abbeygate Cinema<br />

This independent cinema is perfect for a rainy day. Featuring<br />

mainstream and indie movies, it’s a cool venue to hang out in.<br />

If you have the munchies, its Georgian style restaurant and bar<br />

No.4 has an edgy twist, and the chef specialises in Canadian<br />

West Coast cuisine.<br />

Greene King tour and beer cafe<br />

Take a stroll through the Greene King buildings and enjoy their<br />

beer brewing history. Back at their cafe you’ll take a virtual tour<br />

of the brewery and the best part, you’ll get to taste some beer<br />

and discover your favourites.<br />


Suffolk<br />

Enjoy the Abbey Gardens<br />

In a moment of bliss away from the town, prepare to watch the<br />

scuttle of a squirrel and listen for the chirp of a robin whilst you<br />

sip your takeaway coffee. It’s beautifully kept with plenty of<br />

space for picnics and a play in the park.<br />

Bury St Edmunds Cathedral<br />

At the heart of Bury St Edmunds is its stunning Cathedral and<br />

Abbey Gardens. Tower tours are available March to October,<br />

which give visitors a chance to learn about the Cathedral’s<br />

history as well as providing stunning views across the town. A<br />

year of celebrations has been planned for 2022 to mark 1,000<br />

years since the founding of the Abbey of St Edmund in Bury St<br />

Edmunds by King Canute.<br />

What’s on in Bury?<br />

Between modern music venue and gallery, The Apex, and one<br />

of the oldest theatres in the country, the Theatre Royal – there is<br />

always something going on.<br />

Moment’s Exhibition<br />

Until 30 September, Moyse’s Hall Museum invites you to ‘share<br />

a moment’ with a collection of modern art created by Bansky,<br />

Damien Hurst and more renowned artists.<br />

Wine nights at The Angel Hotel<br />

On 8 September, 10 November and 8 December, the Angel<br />

Hotel is hosting a tasteful evening full of delicious samples of<br />

wine and a three-course meal.<br />

Visit the Theatre Royal<br />

The theatre is back with a full schedule of autumn events. It’s<br />

laughs aplenty as comedians Milton Jones, John Shuttleworth,<br />

Mark Thomas and Ed Byrne take to the stage in September<br />

and October. They’ll also be comedy shows ‘Dad’s Army Radio<br />

Show’ and ‘Girls Just Wanna Have Fun’. There’s no shortage<br />

of drama this season with at least one great drama every<br />

month. Don’t miss Scarborough’s thrilling retelling of Suffolk’s<br />

real-life murder mystery, ‘The Ballad of Maria Marten’ from<br />

16-18 September. From 12-16 October Blackeyed Theatre, in<br />

association with South Hill Park, presents ‘The Strange Case of<br />

Dr Jekyll and Mr Hyde’. There’s enough shows to see you right<br />

through the festive season too!<br />

If you’re in the mood for one of the best roasts in Bury, The<br />

One Bull has a fortnightly menu including a roast on Sundays.<br />

The meat is cooked to perfection and is served with a<br />

mouthwatering selection of vegetables and the best bit, crispy<br />

roast potatoes.<br />

We also love Mings Oriental for a contemporary Chinese fusion<br />

menu, CASA for tapas and Queens for a true taste of Suffolk.<br />

Queens’ owner, Ben, has his own smallholding where he grows<br />

seasonal fruit and vegetables and produces rare breed pork – all<br />

to be enjoyed in the dog-friendly courtyard or by the pool table.<br />

Where to stop for a drink<br />

Bury is popular for its coffee culture. Wrights boasts a quirky<br />

interior and has an impressive counter for any visitors with a<br />

sweet tooth. Really Rather Good and No 5 Angel Hill also serve a<br />

mean cup of coffee right across from the Abbey Gardens so you<br />

can watch the world go by with your caffeine fix.<br />

Later on, step into Boosh Bar to be transported into an interiors<br />

dream. The stylish bar has an extensive cocktail menu and an<br />

Instagram worthy backdrop. If you prefer something slightly<br />

more lowkey, listen to some live music in So Bar and watch the<br />

sun go down on one of their outside benches.<br />

And of course, you can’t leave without trying to squeeze<br />

yourself into one of smallest pubs in the world, The Nutshell.<br />

Where to sleep<br />

Stay in the very room that Charles Dickens used to sleep at The<br />

Angel Hotel. The contemporary hotel has a range of ornate<br />

rooms, some with free-standing copper baths to relax in. With<br />

views of the Cathedral, you’ll feel like you’re in a movie.<br />

Church Farm is a family run self-contained B&B on an expansive<br />

farm just outside of the town. It only has two rooms: Pippin and<br />

Bramble, so it’s truly personal. You can take a stroll through<br />

their beautiful orchard and marvel at the cherry blossom and<br />

apple trees. If you plan to visit at Christmas, then you’ll watch it<br />

transform into a festive cottage where you can pick your own<br />

Christmas tree whilst sipping on homemade hot chocolate.<br />

Where to eat<br />

Pea Porridge is Suffolk’s first Michelin star restaurant. If you took<br />

a stroll down Cannon Street you might not even notice it but<br />

that’s why it’s so special. Originally two cottages built in 1820, it’s<br />

now a cosy, rustic restaurant offering innovative dishes.<br />

For an evening of luxury, head to The Northgate to enjoy local<br />

produce handcrafted into art on a plate. They also have a Chef’s<br />

Table where you can soak up the busy atmosphere and watch<br />

the chef and his team, work their magic.<br />

Christmas in Bury<br />

The famous Bury Christmas Fayre usually held in November is<br />

a huge event with over 300 stalls, live entertainment and fun<br />

rides covering the town centre and Abbey, Unfortunately it was<br />

cancelled last year and it doesn’t look likely to go ahead this<br />

year. However, the council has ensured that the festivities will<br />

go on! It will be working with local organisations and businesses<br />

to create secure events to celebrate Christmas.<br />


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Open Daily - free admission<br />

Visit Suffolk’s Cathedral alongside the award-winning<br />

Abbey Gardens and the atmospheric ruins of the<br />

Abbey of St Edmund<br />

We look forward to welcoming you back for Guided Tours, LEGO®,<br />

Recitals, Shop, Pilgrims’ Kitchen, exhibitions or just to sit and enjoy<br />

Located in historic Bury St Edmunds<br />

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Suffolk<br />

WHAT’S ON<br />


12 October – 16 October<br />

The Strange Case of Dr Jekyll and Mr Hyde<br />

A thrilling stage adaptation by Nick Lane of Robert Louis<br />

Stevenson’s dark psychological fantasy which immerses<br />

you in the myth and mystery of 19th century London’s fogbound<br />

streets where love, betrayal and murder lurk at every<br />

chilling twist and turn.<br />

Theatre Royal, Westgate Street, Bury St Edmunds IP33 1QR<br />

www.theatreroyal.org<br />

23 October<br />

Newmarket’s Food and Drink Taster Tour<br />

This delightful guided walking tour will showcase some of<br />

the important elements of the town’s storied history. This<br />

tour will give you the opportunity to visit three beloved<br />

Newmarket institutions to experience the food and drink<br />

that have formed part of Newmarket’s heritage. Learn all<br />

about the famed Newmarket sausage how the town got<br />

its own gin and all about the historic Newmarket cake<br />

-including of course, tastings and a light lunch!<br />

www.discovernewmarket.co.uk<br />


25 – 26 September<br />

The East Anglian Game & Country Fair<br />

Action-packed entertainment for all the family. With Main<br />

Arena demonstrations, forestry village, gun makers row, an<br />

array of pet and working dog demos and competitions, a<br />

‘have a go’ and 40 bird re-entry competition clay shoot, rifle<br />

range, archery and crossbows, off-road 4x4 course, fishing<br />

demos and tuition, mouth-watering food on offer in the<br />

Food & Drink Hall and local celebrity chefs demonstrating<br />

their cooking skills in the Game Fair Country Kitchen.<br />

Euston Estate, Thetford, Suffolk, IP24 2QH<br />

www.ukgamefair.co.uk<br />

MUSIC<br />

4 October<br />

Vivaldi: The Four Seasons – La Serenissima<br />

Vivaldi – Concerto for violin, strings & continuo in<br />

E, RV 281<br />

Vivaldi – Concerto for cello, strings & continuo in<br />

B, RV 424<br />

Brescianello – Overture-Suite for strings & continuo<br />

in D<br />

Vivaldi – Le Quattro Stagioni / The Four Seasons<br />

(Manchester version)<br />

Arguably the most iconic piece of classical music, Le<br />

Quattro Stagioni is presented here in the Manchester<br />

version, being more faithful to Vivaldi’s original intentions.<br />

The first half showcases two concertos by Vivaldi alongside<br />

music by Brescianello, a composer who was integral to the<br />

dissemination of Vivaldi’s music in Germany.<br />

The Apex, Charter Square, Bury St Edmunds, Suffolk<br />

IP33 3FD<br />

www.theapex.co.uk<br />


23 September – 26 September<br />

Bury St Edmunds Literature Festival<br />

The festival returns to the town with a whole host of exciting<br />

events, talks and discussions. Join us this autumn at the<br />

Unitarian Meeting House for a feast of all things literary.<br />

www.burylitfest.wordpress.com<br />

19 September<br />

Guided Walk of Historic Clare<br />

A 90 minute guided walk which takes the visitor around this<br />

compact market town which flourished for centuries.<br />

Although Clare’s history stretches back into early England,<br />

the remains of a Norman castle dominates the town,<br />

underlining the importance of Clare in the history of the<br />

area. This event is free as it is part of Heritage Open Days<br />

but booking is essential – Call 01284 758000<br />

9 October<br />

Women’s Tour<br />

The Women’s Tour is Britain’s most prestigious stage race<br />

thanks to its status as a UCI Women’s WorldTour and will<br />

see the world’s best professional female cyclists race<br />

across and through Suffolk towns and communities for the<br />

final stage<br />

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

30 October<br />

Bury St Edmunds Gin & Fizz Festival <strong>2021</strong><br />

Meet the distillers, chat, sample and even buy a bottle or<br />

two of your favourites to enjoy at home. Each and every<br />

show will be carefully programmed with a selection of small<br />

batch, hand crafted gins. Amongst the gin party setting will<br />

be local music, a fizz bar serving an assortment of bubbles,<br />

a games corner, Instagram selfie station with dress up<br />

props and much much more.<br />

The Athenaeum, Angel Hill, Bury St. Edmunds IP33 1LU<br />

www.myginfestivals.com/gin-fizz-festivals/<br />


13 September<br />

Mid Suffolk Monday<br />

Antiques, Vintage and Retro Fair<br />

Mid Suffolk Showground, Stonham Barns Park, Pettaugh<br />

Road, Stonham Aspal, Suffolk IP14 6AT<br />


Essex<br />

Benjamin Thomas



News<br />

Jet Ready to Play<br />

Iceland’s newest airline, PLAY, has launched flights to Reykjavik from<br />

London Stansted.<br />

Holiday makers can once again explore the Icelandic city and natural<br />

wonders of the country. Flights will operate four times a week on<br />

Mondays, Thursdays, Fridays, and Sundays, with fares starting at £30 one<br />

way.<br />

Steve Griffiths, managing director of London Stansted, said: “The North<br />

Atlantic island offers an incredible number of things to do and see for<br />

holidaymakers and adventures alike. With its stunning scenery, volcanos,<br />

waterfalls, geysers and hot springs, it’s truly a spectacular place to visit.”<br />

For more information and to book visit www.flyplay.com<br />

Kidding Around<br />

Kids Around, a luxury childrenswear store has opened at Braintree Village,<br />

bringing eight new jobs to the retail destination.<br />

Kids Around is a boutique dedicated to famous brands for kids,<br />

with brands stocked at the Braintree Village store including Kenzo,<br />

DKNY, BOSS Kidswear, Timberland, Billieblush and Carrément Beau.<br />

Childrenswear and accessories will be available for ages 0-16 years within<br />

the store at Braintree Village with up to 60% off the RRP.<br />

The opening is the second retailer to be announced this year, following<br />

the opening of the Armani store in April.<br />

www.braintree-village.com<br />

Get Moving<br />

Property developer, Taylor Wimpey, has launched new homes in<br />

Burnham-on-Crouch. The development, Emberton Grange, features a<br />

mix of 90 homes including properties for first time buyers, families and<br />

downsizers. In addition to the two, three and four bedroom homes,<br />

residents will be able to enjoy a large area of green space, orchard and<br />

community allotments.<br />

www.taylorwimpey.co.uk<br />

Theatre and Tavern Partnership<br />

Following its reopening at the end of July, after a two-year closure for<br />

a major redevelopment project, Mercury Theatre in Colchester, has<br />

relaunched its partnership with Church Street Tavern.<br />

Church Street Tavern is the only restaurant in Colchester with a Michelin<br />

Plate and two AA Rosettes. The Corporate Partnership scheme with<br />

Mercury Theatre encourages support for the local economy and allows<br />

theatre-goers to combine good food and drink with great performances.<br />

Doner on your Doorstep<br />

German Doner Kebab has opened its doors in Colchester, bringing a<br />

new fast-casual dining experience to the town. Located at 50 High Street,<br />

the eatery offers a dine-in experience, takeaway with Click & Collect<br />

and delivery. The brand has recently confirmed its position as the UK’s<br />

fastest-growing restaurant chain after announcing that it will open 47 new<br />

restaurants in the UK during <strong>2021</strong>.<br />

Diary<br />

Dates<br />

NightFlix Drive-in<br />

Cinema’s first Oktoberfest,<br />

27 September – 3 October<br />

Grab your pretzels, biersteins and<br />

Lederhosen! NightFlix Drive-in cinema is<br />

bringing a taste of Germany to Tollgate<br />

West in Colchester this autumn with its<br />

first Oktoberfest festival. Visitors can watch<br />

beloved 80s classic ‘Ferris Bueller’s Day<br />

Off’, and the outrageous animated comedy<br />

romp ‘Sausage Party’ featuring the voice<br />

talents of Seth Rogan, Jonah Hill and<br />

Kristen Wiig.<br />

While sinking a few of Germany’s best<br />

beers, audiences can enjoy stilt walkers,<br />

fire jugglers, circus acts, some high energy<br />

bingo, and music provided by a German<br />

Oompah music, live bands and DJ support,<br />

all there to entertain the crowd.<br />

www.nightflix.co.uk/octoberfest<br />

Luke Wright around the<br />

region this autumn<br />

Internationally renowned Suffolk based<br />

wordsmith Luke Wright is touring three<br />

shows around the country this autumn –<br />

and you can see two of them in the region.<br />

His most recent collection of poems,<br />

‘Come! Come On! Meet Me!’ can be seen<br />

at his biggest headlining show to date at<br />

Lowestoft’s Marina Theatre on Saturday 4<br />

September.<br />

Essex<br />

On 13 October Luke is performing the final<br />

instalment of his trilogy of ‘verse plays’ at<br />

Colchester Arts Centre.<br />

www.lukewright.co.uk<br />

The Harwich International<br />

Shanty Festival, 8-10<br />

October<br />

Harwich is home to the UK’s premier sea<br />

shanty festival! This October the town will<br />

come alive with pirates, actors, salty seadogs,<br />

and song. Most of the events are free<br />

and suitable for all ages.<br />


Jazzy Sunday<br />

(1:30-2:30pm & 3:30-4:30pm)<br />

12 th Sept | 10 th Oct | 14 th Nov | 12 th Dec<br />

Friday Nights<br />

(7:30pm)<br />

24 th Sept Squire & Smith<br />

29 th Oct Emma Cummins<br />

26 th Nov The Peppermint Apes<br />

10 th Dec Squire & Smith<br />

The ultimate destination bar and restaurant in Chelmsford<br />




www.channelsestate.co.uk<br />


Bar & Brasserie: 01245 440 005<br />

Channels, LUXURY Pratts BOUTIQUE Farm Lane ACCOMMODATION<br />

East, Little Waltham, Chelmsford Channels CM3 3PT Lodge: (Entrance 01245 by 441 the 547 Park & Ride)<br />

Channels, Pratts Farm Lane East, Little Waltham, Chelmsford CM3 3PT (Entrance by the Park & Ride)

Essex<br />

Cosy country dining in Chelmsford<br />

Beyond the town of Chelmsford, hiding<br />

amongst the picturesque parkland of<br />

Little Waltham, is a dining destination<br />

every Essex resident and visitor should<br />

try, Channels Bar & Brasserie.<br />

Avoiding the glitz and glamour and<br />

instead opting for country charm but<br />

with a touch of cool, the restaurant<br />

and bar brings diners big bold flavours<br />

through its plentiful dishes which uses<br />

the best of seasonal produce, local<br />

where possible too.<br />

This autumn visitors can tuck into the<br />

likes of crab katsu consisting of baked<br />

curry brown crab custard topped with<br />

pickled turnip and red onions and<br />

garnished with white crab Pakora.<br />

The miso cod with its bok choy, leek<br />

and Asian broth is also set to be a firm<br />

favourite.<br />

Head chef, Dan Pitts, said: “Here at<br />

Channels, the bottom line with our<br />

cooking is it has to be seasonal, local<br />

preferably from plentiful Essex. We<br />

always strive to source and buy our<br />

seasonal ingredients daily or pick them<br />

from our chef’s garden and look to<br />

maximise their potential, treating them<br />

with the attention and respect they<br />

deserve.”<br />

You’ll receive a bespoke menu<br />

while soaking up the buzzing<br />

atmosphere.<br />

Channels Brasserie caters for<br />

all tastes with a good range of<br />

vegetarian and vegan options too.<br />

Dogs are welcome on the patio and<br />

a selected area of the indoor dining<br />

space. Furry friends will benefit from<br />

their very own dog dining menu.<br />

The surrounding countryside<br />

offers the opportunity for walks in<br />

Little Waltham Meadows Nature<br />

Reserve or along the east banks<br />

of the River Chelmer, making this<br />

a prime destination for a post dog<br />

walk lunch.<br />

A family owned and run business<br />

for over 40 years, Channels Bar<br />

& Brasserie know how to treat<br />

their customers. It prides itself on<br />

its service and cuisine. During<br />

lockdown an extension was added<br />

to the bar and restaurant to provide<br />

additional covered and heated<br />

seating as well as open air, casual<br />

dining.<br />

This is the place to put on your<br />

autumn dining out list!<br />

www.channelsestate.co.uk<br />

Some produce travels mere meters<br />

as Channels boasts its own vegetable<br />

garden and beehive for honey. They<br />

also use their own fishing boat for fresh<br />

daily catch. It really doesn’t get much<br />

fresher than this!<br />

If you are looking for a special night<br />

out this autumn, reserve your place at<br />

the new and exclusive Chef’s Table.


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 />

"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 />

www.calcotthall.com<br />

Calcott Hall Farm Shop, Ongar Road, Brentwood, Essex, CM15 9HS Tel: 01277 264164<br />


The<br />

Creek<br />

Restaurant<br />

Bar<br />

Garden offering<br />

outdoor dining<br />

2 Courses 23.95 Or 3 Courses 29.95<br />

For you - your family and friends<br />

Visit the website for more information<br />

2 Cocktails For £10<br />

Every Wednesday to Friday 6.00pm - 7.300pm<br />

Courtyard and bar offering outdoor dining<br />


HALL<br />

16th Century manor house & grounds<br />

with a wealth of history.<br />


Sunday, Wednesday and<br />

Bank Holiday afternoons (12–5 pm)<br />

until the end of September<br />

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


Sep 11/12 TUDOR FESTIVAL<br />

An evocation of 16th century life<br />

Nov 10<br />


Nov 12/13 CONCERT – AMY CLAYTON<br />

In aid of the N.H.S.<br />

The Creek, Flag Hill, Great Bentley,<br />

Colchester CO7 8RE<br />

01255 317950<br />

www.thecreekgreatbentley.co.uk<br />


THE YEAR<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 />


The Dorrington<br />

2 great venues for your event!<br />

The Dorrington for your celebratory<br />

parties, both large and small.<br />









14 HOTEL ROOMS<br />

Buffets supplied to your requirements<br />

The Trinity Nightclub<br />

The Dorrington Halstead - Essex CO9 1JD<br />

Tel: 07790955805 www.thedorrington.co.uk<br />

enquiries to: thedorrington@gmail.com<br />


Essex<br />

Discovering<br />

Brightlingsea<br />

and Harwich<br />

<strong>2021</strong> is the year of the staycation, and there’s plenty of hidden treasures to uncover whilst exploring areas just a short hop from<br />

your doorstep. This autumn acquaint yourself with some of the best spots on the Essex coast.<br />

Essex benefits from ‘Indian summers’ with warm seas and dry sunny climes; autumn is a wonderful chance to take a short<br />

break, watch the local harvest, enjoy local foods and tour the areas growing vineyards.<br />

Brightlingsea<br />

It’s hard not to adore the delightful little<br />

seaside town of Brightlingsea. There’s<br />

only one road in and out of Brightlingsea<br />

and that fact maybe explains why this<br />

place has been unaffected by the<br />

glitzy glamour that defines Southend<br />

and Clacton. Walking past the rows<br />

of beach huts on the promenade and<br />

popping into the town’s last remaining<br />

lido in Essex, it’s easy to feel part of the<br />

community. The lido is open until the<br />

end of September and is well worth<br />

dipping your toes in.<br />

A collection of small beaches run from<br />

Bateman’s Tower to the mouth of<br />

Brightlingsea Creek, and you can spend<br />

many happy hours with an ice cream<br />

in hand watching boats sailing by and<br />

teams of rowers practising their strokes<br />

in traditional rowing boats. Bateman’s<br />

Tower, a folly built in 1883, is an ideal<br />

spot for crabbing, so discover your inner<br />

child and pick up a line and bait from the<br />

local shops.<br />

Brightlingsea Harbour is home to a hive<br />

of waterside activity. The town has a<br />

proud maritime history and is the only<br />

Cinque Port north of the Thames. The<br />

town earnt this title by supplying ships<br />

and men for the service of the Crown<br />

and played a role in defeating the<br />

Spanish Armada.<br />

At the harbour you can catch the foot<br />

ferry to Mersea Island, where you can<br />

take a stroll along the coastal path to<br />

pick up some fresh oysters from local<br />

fishermen. Also on offer are boat trips<br />

around the harbour, plus a river cruise<br />

up the winding river Colne to Wivenhoe,<br />

where a delicious pub lunch awaits.<br />

The harbour is also home to The Paddle<br />

Hut where you can learn to kayak and<br />

paddleboard, or hire the equipment and<br />

paddle down the creek and pass the<br />

moored yachts.<br />

Ramblers will also feel at home in<br />

Brightlingsea. The town has a 26-mile<br />

network of easy to walk footpaths.<br />

Walking the sea wall from Bateman’s<br />

Tower to Alresford Creek, is a popular<br />

five-mile trek; following the Colne<br />

estuary, you’ll wander past saltmarshes,<br />

secluded beaches and vineyards. The<br />

walk is also alive with birdlife, everything<br />

from barn owls, waders, geese and<br />

songbirds.<br />

Once you discover Brightlingsea and<br />

its surrounds you will always return.<br />

The nearby Wivenhoe Park Hotel is<br />

an ideal base for a weekend exploring<br />

Brightlingsea and is close to the Colne<br />

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Essex<br />

Harwich<br />

It’s difficult to think of Harwich without<br />

focusing on it being a major port full of<br />

cruise ships, ferries and boats cum pirate<br />

radio stations. However, Harwich does<br />

have a life away from the port terminals<br />

and it is well worth investigating.<br />

The old town of Harwich is steeped in<br />

history and there are plenty of reminders<br />

of the connection with The Mayflower.<br />

The ship that delivered the Pilgrim<br />

Fathers to America was built in the<br />

town and captained by Harwich man,<br />

Christopher Jones, and his home in<br />

Kings Head Street is celebrated by a<br />

plaque. Elsewhere in the town you can<br />

find the circular Redoubt Fort built during<br />

the Napoleonic Wars, the iconic Harwich<br />

lighthouse, the house where famed<br />

diarist and one time MP for Harwich,<br />

Samuel Pepys lived, and the Electric<br />

Palace, the oldest, unaltered purposebuilt<br />

cinema in the UK whose patron is<br />

the actor Clive Owen, who lives locally.<br />

Conveniently located on the quay in the<br />

old town is the Pier Hotel. The stunning<br />

boutique hotel overlooks the historic<br />

waterfront and provides visitors with a<br />

panoramic view of the seafront, plus<br />

vessels on the water and the fresh fish<br />

being landed at the quay, before heading<br />

to the hotel’s seafood restaurant. The<br />

Ha’penny Pier next to The Quay, is also<br />

the place to depart on seal watching<br />

trips, which leave all year round and is<br />

a fantastic way to see these mammals,<br />

and birdlife, up close.<br />

If you are looking for an outdoor activity,<br />

Clacton Kayaks based at Dovercourt<br />

Bay in Harwich, can offer training<br />

sessions for kayaks and paddleboards,<br />

as well as equipment hire. The beach at<br />

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it retains its blue flag each year, so it’s<br />

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Date for your diary<br />

Harwich is home to the UK’s premier<br />

sea shanty festival! The Harwich<br />

International Shanty Festival takes<br />

place between 8 – 10 October; the<br />

town comes alive with pirates, actors,<br />

salty sea-dogs, and song. Most of<br />

the events are free and suitable for<br />

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WHAT’S ON<br />


21 October<br />

Girls Just Wanna Have Fun<br />

From the writers of hit sketch show Hormonal Housewives<br />

comes the brand-new musical comedy Girls Just Wanna<br />

Have Fun! This show will get you In The Mood for Dancing<br />

as it’s jam packed with your favourite night-out anthems.<br />

You’ll be dancing in the aisles and rolling in them too once<br />

we Get This Party Started!<br />

Civic Theatre, Fairfield Rd, Chelmsford CM1 1JG<br />

www.chelmsford.gov.uk/theatres/whats-on/civictheatre/<br />


17 – 18 September<br />

<strong>Autumn</strong> Plant Fair<br />

Organised with Essex Plant Heritage, enjoy a weekend<br />

all about plants at RHS Garden Hyde Hall with specialist<br />

nurseries from across the region selling rare and unusual<br />

plants. Taking place over Friday and Saturday in <strong>2021</strong>, this<br />

is the perfect opportunity to get your garden set up for the<br />

season ahead.<br />

You’ll also be able to chat to RHS Advisors for all manner<br />

of gardening advice and enjoy tours to take in the autumn<br />

colours of the garden.<br />

RHS Garden Hyde Hall, Creephedge Lane, Chelmsford<br />

CM3 8ET<br />

www.rhs.org.uk/gardens/hyde-hall/<br />

MUSIC<br />

24 September<br />

The Rock Orchestra by Candlelight: Colchester<br />

Get ready to be moved with an orchestral reimagining of<br />

the Rock and Metal genres performed by Festival of The<br />

Dead’s ‘Rock Orchestra’ in stunning, candlelit surroundings.<br />

Expect a selection of hits from the last 40 years including:<br />

Metallica, Rage Against The Machine, Linkin Park, Led<br />

Zeppelin, Evanescence, Guns N Roses, Billy Idol, Queens of<br />

The Stone Age & MORE<br />

Charter Hall, Cowdray Avenue, Colchester CO1 1YH<br />

www.festivalofthedead.co.uk/rockorchestra/<br />

6 November<br />

Tubular Bells Live! – The Music of Mike Oldfield<br />

Internationally renowned Tubular Bells maestro Phil Toms<br />

is back on tour with his band performing music from<br />

the 1973 hit record Tubular Bells by Mike Oldfield and<br />

highlights from his 50 year career including the songs<br />

Moonlight Shadow, To France and Guilty, and excerpts<br />

from instrumental albums including Ommadawn, Tubular<br />

Bells 2 and 3.<br />

Mercury, Balkerne Gate, Colchester CO1 1PT<br />

www.tubularbellslive.com<br />


3 – 19 September<br />

Southend Arts Festival<br />

Events and activities for all ages will take place across the<br />

Borough between 3 – 19 September. These include a pop<br />

up art gallery at The Royals Shopping Centre, a Chalk fest<br />

for families to get involved with on a section of Southend<br />

High Street, the Garden Gatherings in Leigh Library<br />

Gardens, as well as comedy workshops and street theatre.<br />

The festival will taking place in various locations from Leigh<br />

to Shoebury.<br />

www.visitsouthend.co.uk/event/southend-artsfestival/<br />

2 October<br />

Oktoberfest Chelmsford<br />

Experience a traditional Oktoberfest as Chelmsford is being<br />

transformed for one weekend into a traditional Bavarian<br />

bash with authentic Oktoberfest steins! Top up your stein<br />

and step inside the huge Bier tent and prepare to be<br />

entertained – Bavarian style!<br />

Central Park, Parkway Entrance, Chelmsford CM1 1WZ<br />

www.oktoberfestessex.co.uk<br />

Various Dates in October<br />

The Trail of Terror at Colchester Zoo<br />

The Trail of Terror is a pre-bookable event with a maximum<br />

capacity each evening. The Trail of Terror begins as soon<br />

as you step foot in the door, from rustling bushes, to<br />

masked monsters and screaming scarers, they could get<br />

you anytime and anywhere…<br />

Colchester Zoo will close at 5.00pm to day visitors as usual,<br />

before opening at 6.30pm on selected evenings, leaving<br />

the zoo behind as The Trail of Terror comes to life! With<br />

your pre-booked ticket, you will enter The Trail of Terror on<br />

your chosen date and time slot and spend up to 1.5 hours<br />

following this spooktacular route with scares, screams and<br />

laughter!<br />

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19 September & 21 November<br />

Colchester Antiques, Vintage, Retro & Collectors Fair<br />

From Jewellery to Militaria and vintage bags to<br />

autographed memorabilia there will be something for<br />

everyone.<br />

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Cambridgeshire<br />


Second Hilton Opens in Cambridge<br />

The Fellows House Cambridge has opened its doors,<br />

marking the first Curio Collection by Hilton in the city<br />

and outside of London, and Hilton’s second property in<br />

Cambridge. The 131-room apartment-style hotel is a short<br />

walk from the city centre, the River Cam and Jesus Green.<br />

The hotel interiors create a homely yet luxurious setting<br />

with a combination of textures such as brick work, wood<br />

and marble, and artwork and sculptures, designed locally<br />

in Cambridge. The spacious rooms are named after people<br />

associated with the city and notable Cambridge fellows such<br />

as Kipling, Newton, Gormley and Attenborough. Varying<br />

room sizes are available for short or long term stays, including<br />

king rooms, studios and one-bedroom apartments, together<br />

with Fellows Duplex apartments split across two levels. All<br />

studios and apartments have fully equipped kitchens and<br />

luxe finishes.<br />

Outdoors, hotel-guests can pull up a seat on the spacious<br />

terrace, featuring a cosy sheltered corner complete with<br />

a fireplace and big screen TV, ideal for the cooler months.<br />

There’s a choice of two restaurants, The Folio Bar & Kitchen<br />

and The Sage of Cambridge, a coffee shop by day serving<br />

health-conscious options including wraps, smoothies and<br />

vegan salads, as well as freshly baked breads and pastries.<br />

During the evening the bistro transforms into a vibrant wine<br />

and aperitifs bar. Additional facilities include an indoor<br />

swimming pool, gym, sauna and steam room and bicycles<br />

for hire.<br />

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The Turning Tour<br />

To mark the release of the new £50 note which recognises<br />

world known mathematician, Alan Turning, a graduate of<br />

the University of Cambridge, the University Arms hotel has<br />

created a ‘Turning’ experience for those wanting to learn<br />

more about the former King’s College student.<br />

Guests can stay in the Turning Suite, a room dedicated to<br />

Turing and his achievements. In addition, the ‘Alan Turing<br />

Trail’, an exclusive walking tour, will guide guests to his most<br />

visited haunts, including the Eagle Pub and the Cavendish<br />

Laboratory. Along the way, interesting stories of his life will<br />

be told.<br />

The tour will take visitors to the Alan Turing plaque on<br />

King’s Parade, stop off at King’s College and highlight<br />

the scientific discoveries he made during his time at<br />

Cambridge, along with his eccentricities.<br />

www.universityarms.com<br />

News<br />

Banksy in Cambridge<br />

Extraordinary Objects, a new gallery featuring a collection of<br />

artwork, sculptures, antiquities and natural history objects,<br />

has opened in Green Street in Cambridge city centre.<br />

From a 68-million-year-old dinosaur skull to Banksy<br />

sculptures, the Extraordinary Objects collection celebrates<br />

curiosity and adventure, displaying modern masterpieces<br />

alongside rare fossils and minerals. There is no specific<br />

genre or time period that defines the collection; every<br />

piece is chosen for its extraordinary nature and the sense of<br />

wonder it invokes.<br />

Pieces range from £100 to £100,000, but, with not all items<br />

for sale, Extraordinary Objects is as much a museum as it is<br />

a gallery.<br />

www.extraordinaryobjects.co.uk<br />

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FoodCycle, a national charity that aims to make food<br />

poverty, loneliness and food waste a thing of the past for<br />

every community, has launched multiple projects across<br />

Cambridgeshire and Essex, but urgently needs the help of<br />

volunteers.<br />

FoodCycle Peterborough serves free nutritious meals every<br />

Monday, 12.30-1.30pm and Cambridge every Saturday<br />

from 12.20pm, at the Baptist Church. The latest project<br />

at Springfield Park Baptist Church will serve meals to the<br />

community every Thursday.<br />

If you are looking to fill your spare time or would like to give<br />

back to the community, FoodCycle are recruiting volunteers<br />

and project leaders. There are flexible volunteer roles without<br />

a minimum time commitment, open to anyone and include<br />

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Holiday Inn Cambridge Unveils £1million<br />

Refurbishment<br />

The Holiday Inn Cambridge has unveiled a £1million refurbishment to its brandnew<br />

stylish open lobby concept designed to provide guests with one<br />

multi-faceted public space.<br />

The traditionally separate zones of a reception, lobby, bar, lounge, restaurant and<br />

business centre have been merged into one cohesive ‘open lobby’ space where<br />

guests can operate in a more instinctive, flexible and homely way.<br />

Key features include free high-speed Wi-Fi, a ‘To Go’ Café where food and drinks<br />

are available 24/7, a versatile dining space with a range of seating from booths<br />

to high and low tables, a living-room style media lounge with comfy seating,<br />

games, magazines and TV and an E-Bar where guests can plug-in to power<br />

points, a wireless printer and more.<br />

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New Site for Stem & Glory<br />

Diary<br />

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Restaurant Pop Up<br />

Cambridge-based events company,<br />

Elle-Events, has launched a 12-week<br />

restaurant pop-up featuring local,<br />

independent chefs at Cambridge<br />

Cookery School. Taking place each<br />

Saturday night until the end of October,<br />

guests can enjoy a variety of cuisines<br />

from around the world – from South<br />

African to seafood, Iranian to Italian<br />

– and drinks from local breweries<br />

and wine merchants to complement.<br />

Throughout September, guests can<br />

enjoy: Shanty by Chef Jason Howard,<br />

local cheesemonger Perry from Rennet<br />

and Rind, My Persian Kitchen and Rob<br />

and Isaac from Fasta Pasta.<br />

www.elle-eventsltd.co.uk/events<br />

Ocean Film Festival,<br />

25 September<br />

Ocean Film Festival is bringing a<br />

collection of mesmerising oceanthemed<br />

films to the the Cambridge Corn<br />

Exchange on 25 September. Featuring a<br />

brand-new selection of films, audiences<br />

can dive into a night of mind-boggling<br />

marine-life and extreme seafaring<br />

voyages – from the comfort of a cinema<br />

seat. www.oceanfilmfestival.co.uk<br />

Vegan restaurant brand Stem & Glory has opened a new larger eatery at the<br />

CB1 site in central Cambridge. The plant-based restaurant have taken over the<br />

ground floor in one of Cambridge’s largest office buildings at 50/60 Station Road.<br />

The restaurant, which has been designed by renowned designer, Afroditi Krassa,<br />

fronts Station Road, just metres from Cambridge railway station, and features a<br />

large outdoor terrace. www.stemandglory.uk/cambridge<br />

Wine in a Can<br />

Cambridge’s wine scene is booming, and The Copper Crew are leading<br />

the way with a canned initiative. Founded by friends Theo, Sam and Oli, the<br />

team produce award-winning wines, specifically sourced to be canned. The<br />

aluminium cans are recycled over and over and produce less carbon footprint<br />

than a bottle. A new wine will be launched in the range every three months or so,<br />

perfectly timed with each UK season. Keep an eye out for their pop-up truck!<br />

www.coppercrew.co.uk<br />

The Prosecco Express<br />

After selling out The Palladium in a<br />

matter of days, stand-up comedian<br />

and podcaster, Joanne McNally, has<br />

announced her first UK tour, which will<br />

stop at Cambridge Junction on 16 June<br />

2022. Book at www.junction.co.uk<br />

The Tickell Arms<br />

celebrates heritage,<br />

7 October<br />

The Tickell Arms in Whittlesford is<br />

celebrating its quirky history this<br />

autumn, with an evening of fun and<br />

food. Previous owner, Squire Tickell,<br />

was known for drinking champagne<br />

in the duck pond, smashing up chairs<br />

for firewood and being slightly choosy<br />

about who he let in. While the event<br />

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will be plenty of great food, funny stories<br />

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We are now fully open after the Lockdown we have<br />

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& Harvest Fayre <strong>2021</strong><br />

Saturday October 9 th<br />

10am – 4pm<br />

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Apple and Harvest Fayre is back! Now<br />

in its 21 st year, this eclectic autumn<br />

fayre celebrates the great British Apple<br />

and the Harvest! Watergull Orchards<br />

will be in attendance, with their juices<br />

and apples, plenty of competitions,<br />

apple and spoon races, longest peel<br />

competition and more. Come and join<br />

in the fun, identify your apple, create<br />

crafts, browse the stalls<br />

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Local Wines<br />

Let’s get cosy this autumn with wine<br />

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As the nights start to draw in, we start<br />

thinking of comfort food and bold<br />

glasses of wine. For me, there is nothing<br />

better than to open an excellent vintage<br />

and enjoy it with friends over a good<br />

meal. You appreciate it a lot more<br />

when you haven’t been able to do this<br />

for a while.<br />

Last year was challenging, especially<br />

during the dark winter months. Not being<br />

able to visit friends and family at home<br />

or your favourite pubs is something we<br />

hopefully don’t have to go through again.<br />

It was good to revisit my favourite places<br />

and see the restaurant owners’ happy<br />

faces to be back in business. Many of<br />

them had to rethink how they work<br />

and created more space by designing<br />

fantastic alfresco areas, something I have<br />

wished for years.<br />

Another big change was the<br />

appreciation of locally sourced produce.<br />

Being an advocate of local and indie,<br />

I am delighted that this has become<br />

more popular recently, with even niche<br />

products like oysters and English wine.<br />

Due to the complications of exporting<br />

fish at the moment, we now have an<br />

abundance. So, you’ll be able to tuck into<br />

oysters at many places, even at pubs!<br />

Who would have thought 20 years ago<br />

that the English wine industry would be<br />

booming? In 2020 there were two and a<br />

half times more vineyards and wineries<br />

in England than five years ago. There are<br />

now 522 commercial vineyards and 164<br />

wineries in England producing 15 million<br />

Wine Bars in<br />

Cambridge<br />

Cambridge Wine Bar and Wine<br />

Merchants, Bridge Street<br />

Cambridge Wine Bar and Wine<br />

Merchants, Cherry Hinton Road<br />

Thirsty Cambridge, Chesterton<br />

Road<br />

NYWines of Cambridge, High<br />

Green, Great Shelford<br />

Vinopolis, Devonshire Road<br />

Grape Britannia, Arbury Road<br />

The Wine Rooms, Hills Road<br />

The Kingston Arms, Kingston<br />

Street<br />

Maurizio Dining and Co, Mill Road,<br />

Petersfield<br />

bottles per year. We even have an urban<br />

winery in Cambridge. And did you know<br />

that there are some excellent vineyards<br />

within 30 minutes-drive from the city?<br />

A few months ago, a Cambridge winery<br />

opened its doors just north of the river in<br />

Chesterton. Make your way to the end<br />

of French Road, and you’ll get to quaint<br />

houses and a windmill, which houses<br />

Gutter & Stars, the only urban winery<br />

in Cambridge. If you’re keen to find out<br />

more about English wine, just a stone’s<br />

throw away from Gutter & Stars, is Grape<br />

Britannia. This wine merchant specialises<br />

in English wines and distils. Join one of<br />

their wine tastings to learn more about<br />

English wines.<br />

A bit further afield towards the east of<br />

Cambridge, you’ll find the vineyards<br />

Chilford Hall in Linton and Saffron<br />

Grange in Saffron Walden. I can highly<br />

recommend joining one of their<br />

vineyard tours.<br />

We might have thought that it was only<br />

doom and gloom recently, but some<br />

excellent restaurants and bars have<br />

opened in Cambridge. There is now a<br />

shift to organic and farm to plate using<br />

local producers.<br />

One of the most exciting news, in<br />

my opinion, are the changes in wine<br />

production, something which I fully<br />

embrace. It’s not back to basics but<br />

instead, leaving the nasty stuff out. I<br />

am sure you have seen organic wines<br />

around, but the focus is now on natural<br />

wine. Not to be confused with organic.<br />

These low intervention wines, called<br />

natural wines, started in France and Sicily<br />

some time ago. Wine contains sulphites<br />

naturally, but they add extra sulphur<br />

dioxide as a preservative, especially<br />

when transported in bulk. It can make<br />

you ill, as it did to me.<br />

When you dine out, ask your sommelier<br />

for their natural wine selection. Your<br />

local wine merchant is the person to<br />

tell you more about these wines. We’re<br />

lucky to have excellent wine merchants<br />

in Cambridge, which host wine tastings<br />

regularly, and some have wine bars too.<br />

The newest addition to Cambridge’s<br />

wine scene is the Wine Rooms on Hills<br />

Road, opposite the Botanic Gardens.<br />

They are open from midday till late,<br />

and at their wine bar, they serve a<br />

fine selection of wines paired with<br />

Mediterranean style inspired food.<br />

Don’t worry if you aren’t sure which<br />

wine to choose, as they have a<br />

sommelier at hand.<br />

Another new opening with a fine<br />

selection of wines is the Kingston<br />

Arms. Maoz Alonim, a well-known<br />

restauranteur from Tel Aviv, took over<br />

the previously British pub in Kingston<br />

Street in December. After a facelift, he<br />

launched an Eastern Mediterranean<br />

menu, including seafood and oysters.<br />

Their impressive wine list is one of<br />

Cambridge’s best, and you will be<br />

guided by a sommelier if needed.<br />

Wine Merchants in<br />

Cambridge<br />

Cambridge Wine Bar and Wine<br />

Merchants, Bridge Street<br />

Cambridge Wine Bar and Wine<br />

Merchants, Cherry Hinton Road<br />

Cambridge Wine Merchants, Kings<br />

Parade<br />

Thirsty Cambridge, Chesterton<br />

Road<br />

NYWines of Cambridge, High<br />

Green, Great Shelford<br />

Vinopolis, Devonshire Road<br />

Grape Britannia, Arbury Road<br />

The Wine Rooms, Hills Road<br />

Cozzi & Boffa, Burwash Manor<br />

Bacchanalia, Mill Road & Victoria<br />

Road<br />



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much more than just somewhere we cook. We<br />

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sales@eadonstone.co.uk<br />

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including hayfever treatment and advice, travel<br />

vaccinations and suncare information. We also provide<br />

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Petersfield Pharmacy, 56 Mill Road, Cambridge, CB1 2AS<br />

“Excellent and helpful staff. Very polite. Fast and free<br />

delivery of prescriptions. I would highly recommend.” Lucy A.

New Luxury Care Home<br />

Open Day<br />

Sunday 12 th<br />

September<br />

10am-4pm<br />

Castor Lodge Care Home<br />

Opening in September <strong>2021</strong> Castor Lodge Care Home will provide the highest standards of familyled<br />

residential and dementia care. Our home will be luxurious and beautifully furnished, whilst<br />

retaining a warm family atmosphere that will make Castor Lodge feel extra special.<br />

• 68 Spacious en-suite bedrooms<br />

• 6 Premium self-contained suites<br />

• Bistro Café and themed Pub<br />

• Sociable lounge and dining areas<br />

• Roof terrace and landscaped gardens<br />

• Hair and pamper salon<br />

• Daily fine dining<br />

• Tailored meaningful activities<br />

Join us for our Open Day, Sunday 12 th September 10am -4pm<br />

Take a tour of the home, meet the staff team and sample our mouthwatering menus. Listen to<br />

entertainment from electric string quartet Escala in our beautiful gardens.<br />

For more details contact Laura Mills on 07725 799 217 or laura.mills@countrycourtcare.com<br />

01733 823 163<br />

Splash Lane, Castor, Peterborough, PE5 7BD<br />


Cambridgeshire<br />

Cambridge<br />

Scene; Raising<br />

the Bar<br />


Cambridgeshire<br />

The best gin experiences in Cambridge<br />

Gin has been a firm favourite on the cocktail list for some time,<br />

but in 2020 gin sales increased by 10 per cent. No longer refined<br />

to the bottle, gin is an experience in itself, and Cambridge is<br />

booming with the good stuff. Take your love for the juniper<br />

laced liquid beyond the bottle with tastings, tours and tipples on<br />

the go in the city.<br />

For a behind the scenes exclusive visit the Cambridge Distillery<br />

Showroom in Grantchester. The glass fronted building in the<br />

centre of the pretty village, is open seven days a week. Pre-<br />

Covid the showroom hosted a masterclass, while it’s likely they<br />

will continue at some point dates are yet to be announced.<br />

Hop over to the Cambridge Gin Laboratory on Green Street in<br />

the city, where you can continue your education further in the<br />

dedicated Gin Classroom. Here, you’ll be guided through the<br />

history of gin, learn how to taste like a pro and create your own<br />

bottle of gin, selecting your preferred botanicals. The experience<br />

is by appointment only so booking is essential. Of course, if you<br />

prefer to skip on the teaching and go straight for tasting, both<br />

the Cambridge Gin Lab and Showroom have a selection of gins<br />

for sale.<br />

Rock up to any bar or pub in Cambridge and you’ll be<br />

welcomed with a variety of gin to choose from. The Pint Shop on<br />

Peas Hill has an impressive gin menu serving up concoctions of<br />

citrus, herb, floral and spice botanicals.<br />

You know a bar takes its gin seriously when it has a special ‘gin<br />

of the month’. Book your table at SIX at The Varsity Hotel and<br />

sip the selected gin with skyline views of the city. Meanwhile<br />

on street level, tempt your tastebuds with gins from around the<br />

world at The Royal Standard. The pub, located on Mill Road, has<br />

over 30 gins to choose from.<br />

For a one-off experience visit the bar at Parker’s Tavern, home<br />

to one of the world’s most exclusive (and expensive) gins,<br />

Watenshi. For an eye-watering £2,000 per bottle, or £250 per<br />

shot, gin-lovers can enjoy notes of sweet citrus and spice,<br />

supported by bitter juniper and a long, complex finish. This is<br />

one gin you won’t want to spoil with a tonic!<br />

Combine gin with a Cambridge<br />

classic, punting! Both Rutherfords<br />

and Scudamores punting offer a<br />

gin experience.<br />

Combine gin with a Cambridge classic, punting! Both<br />

Rutherfords and Scudamores punting offer a gin experience.<br />

Glide along the Backs, past the colleges and the city’s stunning<br />

architecture while drinking a G&T by the Cambridge Distillery.<br />

It’s the perfect afternoon activity and one worth booking<br />

whether you’re visiting or a resident.<br />

Cambridge is a hub for gin creations. Located a short distance<br />

from the city in Newton, is Pinkster HQ. While the distillery is<br />

not open for tours and tastings, the Cambridgeshire gin is a<br />

popular choice. It’s crafted from fresh raspberries grown locally<br />

just outside Cambridge which gives the gin its pink colour and<br />

deliciously dry and fruity finish. It has won multiple awards and<br />

is stocked in 170 branches of Majestic Wine across the UK,<br />

Marks & Spencer across the South East, plus Fenwick, Harvey<br />

Nichols and Selfridges. Not bad for a business that was created<br />

at the kitchen table in 2013. You can try the gin locally at The<br />

Snug on Lensfield Road, The Pint Shop and Cambridge Wine<br />

Merchants Bar.<br />

Proving it’s more than its historic credentials once again,<br />

Cambridge is a must-visit for any gin enthusiast.<br />


Cambridgeshire<br />

WHAT’S ON<br />


25 September<br />

Ocean Film Festival World Tour<br />

Meet surfers, paddlers, divers and oceanographers<br />

who have dedicated their lives to answering the call of<br />

the ocean in the wildest corners of the planet. Witness<br />

incredible seafaring voyages, captivating footage from both<br />

above and below the surface, and the chance to dip your<br />

toes into the wonders of the big blue – from the comfort of<br />

a cinema seat!<br />

Cambridge Corn Exchange, Wheeler Street, Cambridge<br />

CB2 3QE<br />

www.cambridgelive.org.uk/cornex/<br />

26-30 October<br />

Dead Lies<br />

Directed by critically acclaimed director Joe Harmston,<br />

the action takes place during a fiercely fought election<br />

campaign. The story follows Peter George (Clive Mantle),<br />

a politician who promises a new kind of politics beyond<br />

sleaze and spin. A roller-coaster ride of a play, packed with<br />

twists and turns until the very last scene.<br />

New Theatre, 46 The Broadway, Peterborough PE1 1RS<br />

www.newtheatre-peterborough.com<br />

15 – 16 October<br />

Crafting Live <strong>2021</strong><br />

Stephanie Weightman’s award winning Crafting Live show<br />

is coming to Peterborough and bringing a whole host of<br />

crafty celebrities. There will be a vast range of exhibitors<br />

stocking stamps, dies, decoupage, fabric, wool, ribbon,<br />

beads and much more. You can stock up on all of your craft<br />

essentials, as well as finding inspiration from brand new<br />

products and watch on-stand demonstrations. There are<br />

also refreshment options and areas to have a much needed<br />

sit down after all that shopping!<br />

The East of England Showground Peterborough PE2 6XE<br />

eastofenglandarena.com/events/crafting-live-2/<br />

16 October – 30 January 2022<br />

Sutapa Biswas: Lumen<br />

Spanning the artist’s extensive career, this will be the first<br />

substantial solo show in 14 years of British Indian artist<br />

Sutapa Biswas (b. 1962). The show will foreground Biswas’s<br />

vital contributions to the Black Arts Movement in Britain<br />

and to the shifting understanding of post-war British art.<br />

Biswas’s works visually disrupt, challenge and reimagine<br />

our present time.<br />

Kettle’s Yard, Castle Street, Cambridge, CB3 0AQ<br />

www.kettlesyard.co.uk/events/sutapa-biswas/<br />

MUSIC<br />

17 October<br />

80s Mania<br />

Europe’s Official Long-Standing Premier 1980’s Multi-<br />

Tribute Concert Show! 28 chart-topping artistes from the<br />

80’s are authentically recreated to look and sound as they<br />

did back in the day with a full live band, awesome dancers,<br />

mind-blowing lasers and light design combined with huge<br />

video projection complete the production together with<br />

over 150 costumes!<br />

The Cresset, Rightwell, Bretton, Peterborough,<br />

Cambridgeshire, PE3 8DX<br />

www.reuniongroup.co.uk/80smania<br />


6 August – 30 September<br />

On the Wall – Andy English & Michael Edwards<br />

Engravings, prints and watercolours in The Bar and the<br />

Sitting Room at The Old Fire Engine House Gallery. The<br />

Old Fire Engine House is a beautiful, three storey Georgian<br />

house in central Ely, near the Cathedral. The gallery has<br />

been exhibiting established and emerging artists since<br />

1968. Six exhibitions and previews are held each year<br />

in a dedicated gallery space on the first floor with large<br />

windows overlooking Palace Green. An extensive selection<br />

of contemporary work is also for sale throughout the house.<br />

25 St. Mary’s Street, Ely CB7 4ER<br />

www.theoldfireenginehouse.co.uk/exhibitions.htm<br />


18 – 19 September<br />

Duxford Battle of Britain Air Show<br />

Immerse yourself in summer 1940. When the Spitfire ruled<br />

the skies and the ‘Few’ brought hope to the British Isles.<br />

Step into Duxford’s remarkable past as the roar of Merlin<br />

engines fills the air above this important RAF fighter station,<br />

famous for 140 defending Great Britain during the Second<br />

World War.<br />

www.iwm.org.uk/airshows/duxford-battle-of-britainairshow<br />

9 October<br />

Ely’s Apple & Harvest Fayre<br />

Everything from the longest peel competition, fresh<br />

produce from some amazing local suppliers, apple<br />

crumbles, and so much more! Free entry to lots of fun.<br />

Palace Green opposite Ely Cathedral<br />


1 – 2 October<br />

The Festival of Antiques Market<br />

Hosted within four permanent buildings and several acres<br />

of outdoor pitches at the East of England Showground,<br />

Peterborough, the ‘Festival of Antiques’ Market is a an event<br />

which has something for everyone – from antique furniture,<br />

jewellery, ceramics, glass, silver, architectural salvage, fine<br />

art, vintage and much more.<br />

www.festivalofantiques.co.uk<br />



Hertfordshire<br />


Pedal Power – Metro Bank<br />

Colleagues Help Charity Raise<br />

£21K+<br />

Colleagues from Metro Bank’s Hemel Hempstead and<br />

St Albans’ stores volunteered to support local homeless<br />

charity DENS when COVID restrictions impacted DENS’<br />

ability to stage the Hemel Hill Buster – a massive cycling<br />

fundraising event.<br />

More volunteers were needed to help run the event,<br />

so 10 Metro Bank colleagues stepped up to ensure<br />

participants could register at the start line and filter onto<br />

the course safely, in addition to running a checkpoint<br />

along the Chiltern Hills’ course distributing food and<br />

water to the cyclists.<br />

The event raised an impressive £21,811 for DENS<br />

which helps local people who are facing homelessness,<br />

poverty and social exclusion.<br />

New Neapolitan Pizza Restaurant in<br />

the Heart of Hertford<br />

Popular restaurant group Proove, established in 2015<br />

by Rob Engledow and Deepak Jaiswal, has expanded<br />

its reach and acquired a central spot in Hertford’s<br />

Parliament Square.<br />

With a team of talented pizzaiolos and an exciting,<br />

authentic, Neapolitan-style pizza menu, Proove is set to<br />

News<br />

make a fantastic addition to an already thriving<br />

high street.<br />

The Proove team has worked hard to renovate their new<br />

restaurant space<br />

which spans two floors and has a fantastic outdoor<br />

dining area looking onto the main square.<br />

Proove offer pizzas and small plates as well as a<br />

dedicated vegan menu, bottomless brunch, and a host<br />

of gluten-free options.<br />

www.proove.co.uk<br />

Salad Days for St Albans<br />

St Albans’ residents have been following a nationwide<br />

trend to eat healthily and more plant-based by flocking<br />

to the new entrant to the city’s hospitality scene, Leafy, a<br />

Scandi-inspired salad bar and gift shop.<br />

At Leafy, customers are invited to build their own salads<br />

with a rainbow of vegetables, healthy proteins, slowreleasing<br />

carbs and ‘superfood’ toppings such as hemp,<br />

chia and pomegranate seeds. The menu includes plantbased<br />

Grilled Pulled Oumph and Räksmörgås, the open<br />

Swedish prawn sandwich, alongside juices, smoothies,<br />

iced coffees and Swedish buns.<br />

Located in Christopher Place, Leafy is the brainchild<br />

of Swedish-born Johanna Zissman, who is passionate<br />

about healthy eating and stylish living.<br />

www.leafy.co.uk<br />


Hertfordshire<br />

Diary Dates<br />

1-26 September<br />

St Albans Food & Drink<br />

Festival<br />

The month-long festival, now in its 13th<br />

year, is hugely popular with locals and<br />

visitors with a host of on and offline<br />

events that showcase the food and drink<br />

heroes across the district. The festival<br />

culminates with the vibrant FEASTIVAL<br />

street event on 26 September with food<br />

and drink stalls, bars with live music,<br />

entertainment, face painting and fun for<br />

all ages.<br />

www.enjoystalbans.com<br />

10-12 September<br />

Pub in the Park<br />

Verulamium Park, St Albans<br />

Tom Kerridge’s food and music festival<br />

returns with tasty dishes from The Hand<br />

& Flowers, The Hardwick and The Green<br />

Man, and live performances from All<br />

Saints, Basement Jaxx DJ Set, Gabrielle,<br />

Lightning Seeds and more! Celebrating<br />

everything there is to love about the<br />

glorious British pub: delicious food,<br />

award-winning chefs, chart-topping<br />

music, great drinks and a fantastic time<br />

with friends and family.<br />

www.pubintheparkuk.com<br />

11-12 September<br />

DogFest<br />

Knebworth House<br />

The ultimate dogs’ day out! Bring your<br />

new fur-friend to the puppy academy<br />

to socialise, learn tricks and obedience<br />

techniques. Watch doggy-displays and<br />

join the activities from ultimate frisbee<br />

to hide and seek and pup paddle<br />

boarding. Shop pet products you<br />

won’t find on the high street, relax with<br />

food and drinks or take part in the Big<br />

Dog Walk.<br />

www.dog-fest.co.uk<br />

11-19 September<br />

Heritage Open Week at<br />

Rothamsted Manor<br />

Rothamsted Estate, Harpenden<br />

Heritage Open Week will see<br />

Rothamsted Manor open its doors for<br />

self-guided house and garden tours,<br />

and fun family activities centring around<br />

this year’s theme ‘Edible England’.<br />

Rarely open to the public, the Grade I<br />

listed Jacobean Manor House will have<br />

a pop-up café serving hot and cold<br />

drinks, delicious snacks and cream teas.<br />

www.rothamstedenterprises.com<br />

18 September<br />

Firework Champions<br />

Hatfield Park<br />

Three of the UK’s best firework<br />

companies compete against each<br />

other with a 10-minute firework display<br />

perfectly choreographed to music. It is<br />

then up to the audience to choose the<br />

winning display via standard rate text<br />

voting. The evening also features a not<br />

to be missed pyrotechnic display in the<br />

sky by Aerosparx Aerobatics and closes<br />

with a larger firework display.<br />

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

24 September –<br />

7 November<br />

Master the Dark Arts<br />

Warner Bros Studio Tours<br />

The popular Harry Potter Dark Arts<br />

feature returns for <strong>2021</strong>. See the Great<br />

Hall covered with over 100 floating<br />

pumpkins as well as a Halloween feast<br />

of lollipops and red apples dressing<br />

the long tables. Try your wand combat<br />

moves against Death Eaters in a live<br />

duel demonstrating how battle scenes<br />

were directed.<br />

www.wbstudiotour.co.uk<br />

Until 31 October<br />

The Chroniclers of<br />

History<br />

St Albans Museum + Gallery<br />

An exhibition bringing together,<br />

from across the country, medieval<br />

manuscripts originally created in the<br />

Scriptorium of St Albans Abbey from as<br />

early as the 13th century. Residents of<br />

21st-century St Albans will be able to<br />

view the works by which the Abbey and<br />

city became widely known centuries<br />

ago, while visitors can enjoy this rare<br />

opportunity to see these manuscripts<br />

together.<br />

www.stalbansmuseums.org.uk<br />

16-31 October<br />

Pumpkin Festival<br />

Willows Activity Farm<br />

Pick your pumpkin from Willow’s<br />

Pumpkin Patch and enjoy a full<br />

programme of pumpkin-tastic fun<br />

including all your Willows favourites:<br />

Peter Rabbit’s Adventure Playground,<br />

Mr Todd’s Lair, The Big Dig sand &<br />

water play, Squirrel Nutkin’s Treehouse,<br />

The Farmyard, JCB Young Driver’s Zone,<br />

Bouncy Bounce inflatable pillows<br />

and more.<br />

www.willowsactivityfarm.com<br />


Hertfordshire<br />

In the Kitchen<br />

…with Andrew Clarke, acclaimed chef and menu designer at Hertford House & Anexo<br />

Interviewed by Jacqui Hagen<br />

Best known for his London<br />

restaurants Brunswick House and<br />

St Leonards, award-winning chef<br />

Andrew Clarke has now teamed<br />

up with Hertford House to<br />

create seasonal menus for their<br />

established brasserie and newly<br />

launched tapas bar. We caught<br />

up with Andrew to ask him about<br />

his new dishes, food passions,<br />

and spectacular tattoos.<br />

Describe your earliest food memory.<br />

I was a curious kid with food. I had some extreme taste –<br />

maybe I still do. An early memory is a trip to Margate with my<br />

grandparents when I was five or six. I remember fondly eating<br />

jellied eels with my grandad on a bench outside a seafood<br />

kiosk. The seafood shack has long gone, but a little van still<br />

serves jellied eels and other seafood delights in the same spot.<br />

I had to get myself some when I was there earlier this year, and<br />

I still love them!<br />

Who influenced your cooking and the<br />

type of things you like to make?<br />

Travel and my own insatiable appetite have played the<br />

biggest roles. I travel a great deal and there’s no better way to<br />

understand a country and culture than to immerse yourself<br />

in its food. I’m a big fan of spices so naturally, I love the Indian<br />

subcontinent. I cook a lot of Indian food at home and there’s<br />

quite often a few reference points in my food.<br />

From a chef point of view, Fergus Henderson of St John<br />

Restaurant was hugely impactful on my career in the early days.<br />

I love the honesty and simplicity of his food and the fact that he<br />

was championing ‘nose to tail’ eating. His influence has stuck<br />

with me to this day.<br />

You’re a renowned BBQ chef, what do<br />

you love about wood-fire cooking?<br />

Working with live fire is a very primal thing that requires more<br />

instinct and attention than conventional cooking. I start my<br />

fires in very a ritualistic way to invoke the spirit connected to<br />

the flame. From there it’s just exceptional ingredients, cooked<br />

very simply, with the elements imparting flavour and heat. The<br />

custom frames I usually cook on have different areas to hang<br />

and slow cook as well as a flat area for fierce grilling. Using the<br />

different areas of heat is a bit of a science but, once understood,<br />

you’ll get so much more from your barbecues.<br />


Hertfordshire<br />

With 20 years in the hospitality industry, there must be many<br />

standout moments. What are your most memorable?<br />

I could write a book of my years in the industry, but I’m sure I’d<br />

have to change so many names, that it would end up being<br />

fictional. Opening St Leonards was a highlight. It was based on<br />

an idea I’d been carrying around for a number of years so, when<br />

it finally came to life, I was elated. We got a lot of great reviews<br />

and had a few big industry players come through the door<br />

including Pierre Koffman, Claude Bosi, and Alain Ducasse – I<br />

was very proud to have cooked for those great chefs.<br />

Winning the ‘Innovation Award’ at The Craft Guild of Chefs<br />

Awards was another big one for me. It was the only award that<br />

was voted for on the night by a room of 800 people, many old<br />

school heroes like Michel Roux Snr, Anton Mossiman, Raymond<br />

Blanc – not sure if they actually voted for me though haha!<br />

The new menus sound exciting. How did<br />

you get involved in this project?<br />

My old sommelier, Bert Blaize, was already consulting on the<br />

wine list and said the guys at Hertford House wanted to meet<br />

me. We had dinner and they showed me around Hertford,<br />

talking me through the planned projects. Another friend, Freya<br />

O’Malley, was project managing everything, so I thought<br />

it would be a great opportunity to jump on board and do<br />

something out of London with some great people in a lovely<br />

town.<br />

What can diners expect when they visit<br />

Anexo?<br />

Anexo is split into two parts – the main restaurant is on the<br />

ground floor, serving small plates of Spanish-inspired tapas.<br />

Then downstairs we have our intimate, 20 cover charcuterie bar<br />

where guests can enjoy plates of jamon, cheese, and pintxos<br />

with ice cold beer.<br />

Responsibly sourced ingredients are<br />

clearly important to you. How can we all<br />

make the best choices when shopping?<br />

Where possible I try to go to a local grocer, farm shop or butcher<br />

over the supermarkets. Establish a relationship with them and<br />

they’ll likely order in whatever you need. This helps support<br />

small businesses all the way through the supply chain. Try to<br />

buy organic and demand traceability on the produce – it will<br />

taste so much better.<br />

Describe your perfect meal.<br />

Well, fish & chips cooked in beef dripping or pie and mash with<br />

loads of liquor and a side of jellied or stewed eels would be my<br />

‘death row’ meal. But I have to say, I love simple, honest home<br />

cooking. No one ever cooks for me, and I rarely cook for myself,<br />

so I’m always humbled when someone makes the effort. Maybe<br />

I just need better friends? Haha!<br />

Tell us about the menu at Hertford<br />

House?<br />

The core of the menu is British with a little European and Indian<br />

sub-continent influence. We have a few guys from Sri Lanka in<br />

the team so expect some of their excellent curries. The food has<br />

a laid-back brasserie feel, with some modern touches, using<br />

the best of British ingredients and as much local produce as<br />

we can find. Working with new suppliers and growers is a work<br />

in progress, but I can’t wait to see those relationships develop<br />

as time goes on and each season brings a new bounty of<br />

ingredients.<br />

Working with live fire is a very primal thing<br />

that requires more instinct and attention<br />

than conventional cooking.<br />

How do you relax?<br />

I’m constantly working on multiple projects, so I have to keep<br />

my mind calm and focused. I do a lot of meditation and try to get<br />

out of London as much as I can to connect with nature. Yoga<br />

and Muay Thai also play a big role in keeping me sane. It’s about<br />

balance and if I don’t look after myself physically and mentally, I<br />

risk burning out!<br />

You have some spectacular ink. What<br />

does your most recent tattoo represent?<br />

Might be a little controversial to some, but since you asked…I<br />

have a small bunch of mushrooms on my leg that represent the<br />

psychedelic kind. I’m a big advocate of plant medicines and<br />

know first-hand how important they are to better mental health.<br />

I’m glad to see mainstream medicine finally acknowledging the<br />

importance of psilocybin and I’m sure they’ll be decriminalised<br />

in the near future.<br />

www.hertfordhouse.co.uk<br />

www.anexo.co.uk<br />



“We are totally delighted with our amazing new kitchen<br />

- even better than the spec. The installation team were<br />

brilliant & always ensured that all mess was cleared<br />

away each day. Communication with the admin team<br />

was excellent throughout and we were always treated<br />

with respect as valued customers. Everything works<br />

perfectly & looks beautiful. Would highly recommend<br />

Royston K&B!”<br />


“Everything... including the kitchen sink!”<br />




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• Gas Boiler Service & replacement<br />

• Full Central Heating<br />

• Underfloor Heating<br />

• General Plumbing<br />

01763 246300<br />

info@roystonkandb.co.uk | www.roystonkitchensandbathrooms.co.uk<br />

Unit 2, Lumen Road, Royston, SG8 7AG


Retire in style<br />

in Harpenden<br />

When thinking about retirement, many of us will picture a<br />

smaller home within easy reach of amenities but modern<br />

day retirement has definitely changed from this outdated<br />

perception.<br />

Welcome to 23a Leyton Road<br />

Pegasus’ 23a Leyton Road community in Harpenden is a<br />

collection of two and three-bedroom apartments designed<br />

by award-winning architects RCKa, set around a beautiful<br />

courtyard planted with beautiful seasonal blooms. Everything<br />

has been designed with the health, wellbeing and happiness of<br />

homeowners and tenants at its heart.<br />

High Specification Apartments<br />

Each of the apartments have been carefully designed to<br />

maximise space and enhance natural light with open plan living<br />

areas and Juliet balconies. The spacious and contemporary<br />

kitchens are fitted with integrated appliances boasting an<br />

ergonomic design, while the bedrooms benefit from large<br />

windows allowing the light to flood in. All master bedrooms<br />

feature an en-suite bathroom and integrated wardrobes giving<br />

ample storage.<br />

Social and Wellbeing<br />

Beyond your apartment, there are plenty of amenities to enjoy<br />

including an Owners’ Lounge offering a cosy and relaxing<br />

space to socialise with your neighbours. Access to the<br />

landscaped courtyard gardens with seating, offers the perfect<br />

summer evening spot to catch up over a bottle of wine as the<br />

sun sets, as well as having the guest suite available for friends<br />

and family to book.<br />

On-site restaurant, the Kitchen Harpenden is here to delight<br />

both the residents and wider Harpenden community, offering<br />

an all-day menu of tasty delights from breakfast through to<br />

lunch and afternoon tea.<br />

If you’re looking to pamper yourself then there’s no need to<br />

book into a nearby spa you can enjoy a massage or other<br />

beauty and therapeutic treatments in the treatment rooms at the<br />

community.<br />

The on-site Lifehost and Assistant General Manager, are also on<br />

hand make life as relaxing and enjoyable as possible. They can<br />

help with any enquiries and support with day to day activities if<br />

you wish.<br />

Harpenden Village<br />

With the thriving town centre of Harpenden only a few minutes’<br />

walk away, offering a range of restaurants, boutiques and<br />

cultural events and the stunning Chiltern Hills on your doorstep,<br />

Pegasus’ 23a Leyton Road is a place to call home for those who<br />

place lifestyle high on their list of priorities.<br />

Experience more choice<br />

Choosing whether to sell your home, move location or simply<br />

stay put can be a difficult decision to make at this stage of life.<br />

At Pegasus, we offer a range of flexible rental options at our<br />

developments, such as long-let tenancies, rolling contracts and<br />

rent before you buy, so you can choose the lifestyle that suits<br />

you best.<br />

Prices for a 2 bedroom apartment start from £775,000 to buy<br />

and £3,714pcm to rent. Reserve by the end of September and<br />

get up to 5 years’ service charge paid!<br />

Contact our sales team today to book an appointment and<br />

explore the options available. Call us on 01582 643 726,<br />

email leytonroad@lifestory.group or search Lifestory.group/<br />

Harpenden.<br />


Hertfordshire<br />

A Day in Harpenden<br />

Written by Jacqui Hagen<br />

Harpenden is a pretty town, popular with<br />

London commuters, yet it’s sometimes<br />

overshadowed by St Albans, its cathedral<br />

city neighbour. While St Albans is<br />

famed for its Roman history and culture,<br />

Harpenden’s appeal lies in its quaint,<br />

village-like charm. Lush green spaces<br />

and tree-lined roads boast an abundance<br />

of shops, cafés and bars, making it not<br />

only a great place to live but ideal for a<br />

day trip too.<br />

First on the scene<br />

Arrive early and relax with breakfast in<br />

one of the many cafés to set yourself up<br />

for the day. You’ll find everything from<br />

a good old bacon butty to chia seeds<br />

soaked in coconut milk. Brew & Cru has<br />

a great menu and is popular with locals<br />

who love their artisan coffee. If you’ve<br />

pressed snooze on your alarm one too<br />

many times, head straight to Okka, a café<br />

with a Mediterranean influence serving<br />

brunch every day until 3pm.<br />

A shopping experience<br />

The attractive town centre is, quite<br />

simply, a nice place to be. High<br />

street brands are outnumbered by<br />

independents which range from quirky to<br />

high-end. Alongside clothing boutiques,<br />

there’s plenty to tempt the home lover<br />

with interior shops offering pieces<br />

from designer brands as well as artisan<br />

makers. For gorgeous and unusual gifts,<br />

try the family-run Threads which also<br />

has a great selection of cards. If that’s<br />

not enough, you’ll also find a traditional<br />

shoe shop, well-stocked book shop, a<br />

selection of jewellers and several florists<br />

offering beautiful blooms.<br />

We loved Thorns, a quaint sweet shop<br />

and tobacconist which will take you back<br />

in time. The oldest shop in Harpenden,<br />

established in 1918, it has all of the oldfashioned<br />

sweets from your childhood.<br />

We couldn’t resist a trip down memory<br />

lane with a quarter of cola cubes tipped<br />

into a paper bag.<br />

Plenty of pit stops<br />

When it comes to drinks and snacks,<br />

you’ll be spoilt for choice. We<br />

recommend Emilio’s coffee served<br />

from his cute, vintage Citroën van and,<br />

although we didn’t try it, we can vouch<br />

that his Lebanese street food looks and<br />

smells amazing too. Parked up next to<br />

him, you’ll find Toastielicious offering<br />

grilled cheese toasties and churros.<br />

A little further down the High Street,<br />

located within Purple menswear, Eight<br />

Ounce Coffee is renowned for amazing<br />

cakes. For take-out, try Parker & Vine who<br />

cleverly blend Mediterranean, Middle<br />

Eastern and North African flavours or<br />

Zero, the super trendy sushi bar.<br />


Hertfordshire<br />

Time to chill<br />

When you’ve had your retail fix, pamper<br />

yourself in one of Harpenden’s nail<br />

bars or hair and beauty salons. There’s<br />

men’s grooming too at Harpenden<br />

Barber – a traditional Turkish barber<br />

offering haircuts, steam shaves, face<br />

masks, beard trimming and threading.<br />

If, like us, you’ve over-indulged in the<br />

tasty temptations on offer, head to<br />

nearby Rothamsted Park to walk it off.<br />

Much loved for its wide-open spaces,<br />

there’s also a popular play area where<br />

the kids can let off steam. The avenue of<br />

lime trees is beautiful all year round, but<br />

particularly spectacular in autumn.<br />

Enjoy a sundowner<br />

While the town is bustling in the day, it’s<br />

buzzing at night with plenty of places to<br />

enjoy a drink before heading home. The<br />

Cock Inn is a great pub with a spacious<br />

bar while the Oddfellows Arms has an<br />

outdoor area with beautiful floral displays<br />

and a Tipsy Terrace where you can enjoy<br />

mild evenings.<br />

Dining out<br />

If you’d like to stay for dinner, there’s<br />

much to tempt you in this lovely town:<br />

from Lussmanns, situated in an 18th<br />

century former coach house, to the<br />

gastro pubs and authentic Italian<br />

and Turkish restaurants. You can’t go<br />

wrong with traditional fish and chips at<br />

Godfrey’s, the poshest chip shop we’ve<br />

ever seen. Highlights on their menu<br />

include battered halloumi, minted peas,<br />

homemade tartare sauce, craft beers<br />

and even lemon posset for dessert. We<br />

couldn’t resist the Thai tapas at The<br />

Giggling Squid, overlooking the pretty<br />

Leyton Green. With friendly service and<br />

exciting flavours, it’s definitely worth a<br />

visit.<br />

We loved our day trip but feel we<br />

only scratched the surface of what<br />

Harpenden has to offer. We’re already<br />

talking about our next visit and may even<br />

stay over for a night or two.<br />

We loved Thorns, a quaint<br />

sweet shop and tobacconist<br />

which will take you back<br />

in time. The oldest shop in<br />

Harpenden, established in<br />

1918, it has all of the oldfashioned<br />

sweets from<br />

your childhood.<br />






For more information<br />

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The beautifully restored Grade II* Listed Georgian Town Hall is situated on<br />

the historic Market Square in Huntingdon. The building boasts two<br />

renovated Court Rooms to provide a unique and intimate setting for up to<br />

60 guests. For larger ceremonies, the Assembly Hall and Council Chamber<br />

provide elegant spaces for parties of up to 120.<br />

We are currently taking bookings for <strong>2021</strong>. If you are interested in booking,<br />

please get in touch by emailing Hayley.burns@huntingdontown.gov.uk or<br />

call 01480 410380. Please be assured that in the event that your booking is<br />

impacted by COVID-19 restrictions, we will work with you to reschedule or<br />

cancel your booking at no cost.<br />

For more information on Huntingdon Town Hall weddings,<br />

visit www.huntingdontownweddings.co.uk<br />


Hertfordshire<br />

WHAT’S ON<br />


15 – 23 October A Bunch of Amateurs<br />

Jefferson Steele arrives in England to play King Lear in<br />

Stratford – only to find that this is not the birthplace of the<br />

Bard, Stratford upon Avon, but a sleepy Suffolk village. And<br />

instead of Kenneth Branagh, Dame Judi Dench and John<br />

Cook, the cast are a bunch of amateurs trying to save their<br />

theatre from developers. Jefferson’s monstrous ego, vanity<br />

and insecurity are tested to the limit by the enthusiastic amdram<br />

thespians. As acting worlds collide and Jefferson’s<br />

career implodes, he discovers some truths about himself –<br />

along with his inner Lear.<br />

Barn Theatre, Barn Close, Welwyn Garden City,<br />

Hertfordshire AL8 6ST<br />

www.barntheatre.co.uk<br />


11 – 12 September DogFest<br />

Bring your pooch along to the Puppy Academy – the<br />

pawfect place to socialise, play, learn tricks and obedience<br />

techniques; or make new friends at the best Breed Meetups<br />

in town. Watch awesome doggy-displays and join the<br />

pawsome new ‘Have-a-go’ activities from Ultimate Frisbee<br />

to Hide and Seek, and Pup Paddle Boarding!<br />

Shop unique pet products you won’t find on the high street,<br />

relax with some fab food and drinks in the sunshine or<br />

maybe even take a stroll through the grounds as part of the<br />

Big Dog Walk.<br />

Knebworth House, Old Knebworth Lane, Stevenage, Herts<br />

SG1 2AX<br />

www.dog-fest.co.uk/<br />

MUSIC<br />

13 November Wet Wet Wet<br />

Glasgow-based pop-soul outfit formed in 1983 and<br />

comprised of Tommy Cunningham – drums, Graeme Clark<br />

– bass, Neil Mitchell – keyboards, Graeme Duffin – lead<br />

guitar and, as of 2018 lead singer Kevin Simm (replacing<br />

founder member and former lead singer, Marti Pellow).<br />

Gordon Craig Theatre, Lytton Way, Stevenage, Herts<br />

SG1 1LZ<br />

www.gordon-craig.co.uk<br />


12 September Hertford Castle Heritage Day<br />

In conjunction with the National Heritage Weekend<br />

programme, the lawn will host medieval encampments,<br />

bouncy castles, historical information stalls and birds of<br />

prey. You will have the opportunity to be a real-life Viking<br />

wielding the bow and arrow at the Archery Workshop. The<br />

performance arena will return with a programme that’ll<br />

have you at the edge of your seat; hosting Viking battles, reenactments,<br />

storytelling, and falconry displays! Don’t forget<br />

to head inside the Castle to explore the original parts of the<br />

building, including the robing room, and then head down<br />

to the basement to check out the themed rooms. This event<br />

is free of charge, but donations are welcome, raising money<br />

for the Mayor of Hertford’s Charity.<br />

Hertford Castle, Castle Street, SG14 1HR<br />

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

18 September Firework Champions<br />

Three of the UK’s best firework companies compete against<br />

each other with a 10 minute firework display perfectly<br />

choreographed to music. It is then up to you, the audience,<br />

to choose the winning display via standard rate text voting.<br />

Organisers, MLE Pyrotechnics, fire a larger closing display<br />

after the voting finishes. The results are then announced.<br />

There will be food and drink (bar and soft drinks) available<br />

on site from licensed vendors, however please feel free<br />

to bring your own. You may also bring a picnic and table/<br />

chairs.<br />

Hatfield House, Park & Gardens, Hatfield Park, Hatfield, Herts<br />

AL9 5AB<br />

www.fireworkchampions.co.uk<br />


21 November Big St Albans Antique & Vintage Fair<br />

Huge indoor venue packed full of stalls selling all manner of<br />

weird and wonderful items.<br />

From quality antiques, to vintage fashion, furniture to<br />

jewellery, collectables, curios and art.<br />

Herts Oaklands College, St Albans Campus, Hatfield Road,<br />

St Albans Herts AL4 0JA<br />

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

31 October Berkhamsted Antique and Collectors Fair<br />

Offering a wide selection of antiques and collectables<br />

including porcelain, silver, glass, jewellery, clocks and<br />

ephemera.<br />

Berkhamsted Sports Centre, Lagley Meadow, Douglas<br />

Gardens, Berkhamsted, Herts, HP4 3QQ<br />



Bedfordshire<br />


New Game Brings Fun to the Streets<br />

of Bedfordshire<br />

Central Bedfordshire Council has partnered with Street<br />

Tag to encourage active lifestyles and help residents<br />

explore their local areas, parks and green spaces by<br />

walking, running or cycling using a fun, free new game.<br />

Launched in August, Street Tag enables players to<br />

collect points by using their smartphones to scan virtual<br />

tags in various locations across the region. The app will<br />

log any activity completed by participants, and it will<br />

show on a range of competitive leader boards.<br />

Schools will have the opportunity to compete in the<br />

Central Bedfordshire Schools Street Tag League, while<br />

residents in small groups of six or less will compete<br />

against other families or groups on a community leader<br />

board and earn rewards for their efforts.<br />

www.centralbedfordshire.gov.uk<br />

Big Trunk Trail – the Herd Bids a<br />

Spectacular Farewell<br />

The Big Trunk Trail, which has taken place all over Luton<br />

this summer, will come to an end in October. With more<br />

than 30 beautifully decorated elephants on display, it<br />

has been the biggest outdoor public art event the town<br />

has ever seen.<br />

News<br />

The elephants’ story, however, is far from over as the<br />

entire herd will gather at Whipsnade Zoo from 22 to<br />

28 October and Stockwood Discovery Centre from 30<br />

October to 7 November to bid a spectacular farewell.<br />

Adding to the Big Trunk Trail experience is the<br />

opportunity to take your favourite elephant home to<br />

keep forever in a grand auction to be held in November,<br />

with all the proceeds going towards Keech Hospice<br />

Care’s vital work.<br />

www.bigtrunktrail.co.uk<br />

Calling all Bedford Geeks and<br />

Gamers<br />

The hottest entertainment retailer, Geek Retreat, has<br />

opened a new store at the Harpur Centre Bedford.<br />

Founded in Glasgow in 2017, this ‘geek culture’ retailer<br />

sells everything from figures, board games, tabletop<br />

games and trading cards from some of the biggest<br />

brands in geekdom – there is a collection of free to play<br />

board games which you can enjoy over a geek-themed<br />

milkshake or a tasty burger.<br />

Geek Retreat is also an events hub, catering for kids<br />

and beginners with Learn to Play Sessions, from casual<br />

players to tournaments for more experienced players<br />

for games including Magic: The Gathering, Pokémon,<br />

Dungeons and Dragons and Yu-Gi-Oh!<br />

So, whether it’s comic book signings, games<br />

tournaments or quizzes, shoppers will be able to find<br />

something to enjoy in a safe environment.<br />

www.geek-retreat.com<br />


Bedfordshire<br />

Diary Dates<br />

18 September<br />

Heritage Open Days<br />

John Bunyan Museum, Bedford<br />

A family activity trail of ‘edible’ history<br />

around the main museum; a handling<br />

session with 17th century objects<br />

about dining in John Bunyan’s day; a<br />

demonstration of recipes made at the<br />

time, especially for the Heritage Open<br />

Days Edible England theme. John<br />

Bunyan, author of The Pilgrim’s Progress,<br />

is one of Bedford’s most famous sons.<br />

www.heritageopendays.org.uk<br />

Until 19 September<br />

Modern Slavery<br />

Stockwood Discovery Centre<br />

Syrian artist Sara Shamma brings<br />

attention to the global issue of human<br />

trafficking and modern slavery, through<br />

a new series of large-scale portraits.<br />

A compelling exhibition of portraits,<br />

considering the meaning of survival,<br />

endurance, and recovery from the<br />

survivors’ perspectives.<br />

www.culturetrust.com<br />

2-3 October<br />

Race Weekend<br />

Shuttleworth<br />

Classic racing cars will thunder down<br />

the runway at the Shuttleworth Sprint<br />

on Sunday while Saturday’s air show<br />

will celebrate Richard Shuttleworth’s<br />

racing career in the 1930s with the finest<br />

racing aircraft of the period, including<br />

the winning de Havilland DH88 Comet.<br />

With thrilling displays and the beautiful<br />

Shuttleworth Swiss Garden, there’s<br />

something to keep the whole family<br />

entertained.<br />

www.shuttleworth.org<br />

8 – 31 October<br />

The Howl<br />

Mead Open Farm, Leighton Buzzard<br />

This October, step into a real-life horror<br />

movie! Prepare for a night you won’t<br />

forget, as The Howl returns for <strong>2021</strong> with<br />

incredible mazes and a freaky festival<br />

vibe. With dazzling special effects, live<br />

actors, immersive scenery, licensed bar,<br />

street food and live music, it’ll be one<br />

hell of an atmosphere. Think you can<br />

handle the fear?<br />

www.scaredirectory.co.uk<br />

20 November<br />

Spontaneous Potter<br />

Luton Library Theatre<br />

Grab your wands, don your house<br />

robes, and apparate yourselves to the<br />

theatre! Hilarity ensues as an entirely<br />

new Potter adventure is magically<br />

improvised on the spot, based on<br />

audience suggestion, with live musical<br />

accompaniment. There is also a matinee<br />

performance, Spontaneous Potter Kidz,<br />

based on suggestions from young<br />

witches, wizards, and their families.<br />

www.culturetrust.com<br />

Until 20 March 2022<br />

Going to Town – 200<br />

Years of Bedford’s Art<br />

The Higgins Bedford<br />

An exhibition celebrating artists’ views<br />

of Bedford and the surrounding area,<br />

displaying watercolours, oils and<br />

prints from the past two centuries. The<br />

exhibition includes artworks by JMW<br />

Turner, Dora Carrington, Thomas Fisher<br />

and Stanley Orchart, highlighting their<br />

fascination with the town and River<br />

Great Ouse. Visitors are invited to take<br />

a walk into Bedford town through<br />

200 years of artists’ eyes and see long<br />

forgotten buildings as well as familiar<br />

sights.<br />

www.thehigginsbedford.org.uk<br />

26 September – 30<br />

October<br />

Dial M for Murder<br />

Milton Keynes Theatre (Bucks)<br />

Can you ever get away with the perfect<br />

crime? TV and stage favourite, Tom<br />

Chambers, (Top Hat, Strictly Come<br />

Dancing) stars as the charismatic and<br />

manipulative Tony Wendice, a jaded<br />

ex-tennis pro who has given it all up for<br />

his wife Margot, played by Diana Vickers<br />

(The X factor). When he discovers she has<br />

been unfaithful his mind turns to revenge<br />

and the pursuit of the ‘perfect crime’.<br />

www.atgtickets.com<br />

29-31 October<br />

Halloween Town Festival<br />

The Great Meadow, Bedford<br />

A fang-tastic and wildly wicked festival<br />

featuring Craig David, Andy C, DJ EZ,<br />

The Levellers and many more! With<br />

a lineup ready to raise the dead on<br />

the spookiest night of the year, you’ll<br />

encounter thousands of like-minded<br />

party people, monstrous production,<br />

and spine-tingling displays inside the<br />

haunting big top.<br />

www.halloweentownfestival.com<br />










YEARS<br />


Bedfordshire<br />

On the Plate; Cosy Roasts<br />

in Country Pubs<br />

Written by Jacqui Hagen<br />

Discover the Bedfordshire<br />

pubs with fireplaces and<br />

hearty roasts<br />

<strong>Autumn</strong> mornings may be chilly, but<br />

they are a glorious time to head into the<br />

countryside and enjoy the changing<br />

landscape. The perfect reward, after<br />

a brisk walk in the crisp air, is to seek<br />

sanctuary in a cosy pub, preferably with<br />

a roaring fire to thaw out your fingers<br />

and toes. We’ve rounded up some of the<br />

cosiest pubs, nestled in Bedfordshire’s<br />

beautiful countryside, where you can<br />

tuck into a hearty Sunday roast.<br />

Three Fyshes<br />

Bridge St, Turvey, MK43 8ER<br />

This early 17th century pub overlooks<br />

Turvey’s stone bridge, said to be the<br />

oldest crossing of the Great Ouse<br />

in Bedfordshire. Find a comfy seat<br />

under the low beams, close to the<br />

big inglenook with wood burner, and<br />

enjoy a traditional roast with unlimited<br />

vegetables and extra gravy. The jointed<br />

whole chicken with stuffing is great value<br />

for a family of four.<br />

www.threefyshes.co.uk<br />

The John O’Gaunt<br />

30 High Street, Sutton, SG19 2NE<br />

A traditional country pub with open<br />

fire and log burner set in the charming<br />

village of Sutton, a stone’s throw from the<br />

picturesque packhorse bridge at Potton<br />

Brook. One of only four Bedfordshire<br />

restaurants in the Michelin Guide, the<br />

food is impressive with meat and game<br />

from Crumps Butchers and handpicked<br />

vegetables from nearby Wood View<br />

Farm.<br />

www.johnogauntsutton.co.uk<br />

The White Hart<br />

Brook Lane, Flitton, MK45 5EJ<br />

Full of character and charm, this familyowned<br />

country pub sits next to a 13th<br />

century church. Relaxing in the beautiful<br />

surroundings is easy, choosing a roast<br />

is trickier with aged Aberdeen Angus,<br />

pork belly, leg of lamb, half roast chicken,<br />

Woburn venison haunch and nut roast<br />

on the menu. For ultimate comfort,<br />

order sides of cauliflower cheese and<br />

dauphinoise potatoes.<br />

www.thewhitehartflitton.co.uk<br />

The Plough at Bolnhurst<br />

Kimbolton Rd, Bolnhurst, MK44 2EX<br />

Described by the Michelin Guide as<br />

‘one of our most delightful places’, this<br />

popular pub attracts visitors from near<br />

and far. The expert team make everything<br />

look effortless, yet you know there is<br />

hard work involved in making every visit<br />

perfect. For a real feast, preorder the côte<br />

de boeuf with duck fat roast potatoes,<br />

served family-style at the table.<br />

www.bolnhurst.com<br />

The Sun<br />

Grange Road, Felmersham, MK43 7EU<br />

Enjoy a walk along the River Great Ouse<br />

before heading to The Sun to enjoy top<br />

quality, locally sourced food. Succulent<br />

rotisserie chicken is always on the menu<br />

but there are daily specials aplenty<br />

too. Well-deserved winners of CAMRA<br />

Lockdown Hero award, the team kept<br />

locals happy throughout with takeaways<br />

and treats from their truck.<br />

www.thesunfelmersham.com<br />

The Black Horse Ireland<br />

Shefford, Bedfordshire, SG17 5QL<br />

This picture-perfect 17th century pub<br />

consistently wins The Good Pub Guide’s<br />

County Dining Pub of the Year. Set in the<br />

small hamlet of Ireland, the family-owned<br />

inn has a contemporary style yet retains<br />

its character with original beams and<br />

inglenook fireplaces. Choose a traditional<br />

roast with meat from nearby Woodview<br />

Farm or the ‘Trio of Meats’ if you want to<br />

sample them all.<br />

www.blackhorseireland.com<br />

The Plough Inn<br />

Tebworth Road, Wingfield, LU7 9QH<br />

A little off the beaten track, this 350-yearold<br />

thatched inn is tucked into the hamlet<br />

of Wingfield. Full of history, the pub<br />

even has its own friendly ghost! Enjoy a<br />

delicious roast in the cosy interior with<br />

low ceilings, oak beams and open fires<br />

or book a heated outdoor dome with<br />

360-degree panoramic views of the<br />

surrounding countryside.<br />

www.theploughinn.com<br />

The Swan at Salford<br />

2 Wavendon Road, Salford, MK17 8BD<br />

An attractive Edwardian pub in a lovely<br />

village setting with hearty roasts to tempt<br />

you out of the cold. Settle into comfy<br />

seats for beef from Aubrey Allen, Jimmy<br />

Butler’s free-range pork or the vegetarian<br />

choice with all the trimmings. Children<br />

are welcome and the kitchen is happy to<br />

make them simplified versions of dishes,<br />

or half portions at half price.<br />

www.swansalford.co.uk<br />

The Green Man<br />

Church End, Eversholt, MK17 9DU<br />

Warm yourself by one of the log fires in<br />

The Green Man, a traditional 19th century<br />

inn, close to the Woburn Abbey Deer<br />

Park. Run by Candice Brown, the 2016<br />

Great British Bake Off winner, and her<br />

brother who have achieved their dream<br />

of creating a welcoming pub where you<br />

bring your kids, dogs and Nan for some<br />

great pub grub and a few pints.<br />

www.greenmanpub.org<br />

The George Inn<br />

6 George St, Maulden, MK45 2DF<br />

The George Inn is set in the pretty village<br />

of Maulden. Surrounded by ancient<br />

woodland and the Greensand Ridge,<br />

there are plenty of beautiful walks to<br />

choose from before warming up with a<br />

hearty roast. Lovingly restored, the 16th<br />

century pub is cosy yet contemporary<br />

with snug areas and a homely log burner.<br />

www.thegeorgemaulden.com<br />


Bedfordshire<br />

Explore the Greensand<br />

Written by Jacqui Hagen<br />

Running through the centre of Bedfordshire, the Greensand Ridge is a band of higher ground<br />

which dramatically rises from surrounding clay vales to create a stunning landscape.<br />

Covering 40 miles of scenic countryside, which is rich in wildlife and cultural heritage, there<br />

is so much to explore. The gentle rolling hills and ancient woodlands are ideal for weekend<br />

walks while the parks, nature reserves and historic sites are perfect for family days out.<br />

We’ve picked our top five highlights:<br />

1<br />

The best way to experience the<br />

Greensand Ridge is to set out on foot and<br />

soak up the beautiful landscape. From a<br />

gentle stroll through wooded valleys to<br />

a brisk climb up to a viewpoint, there is<br />

plenty of choice.<br />

Walk the Ridge<br />

The most famous route is The Greensand<br />

Ridge Walk which runs for more than 40<br />

miles from its origin at Leighton Buzzard to<br />

its endpoint at Gamlingay. The gloriously<br />

varied route takes you first along the<br />

towpath of the Grand Union Canal and<br />

onto the heathland of Rushmere Country<br />

Park before passing Woburn Abbey and<br />

its parkland with roaming deer. Heading<br />

further you’ll find the ruins of Houghton<br />

House in Ampthill Great Park, before<br />

arriving at the rich woodland in Maulden<br />

and then joining Kingfisher Way, a walk<br />

along the banks of the River Ivel. But rest<br />

assured, you don’t have to tackle it all at<br />

once. The route has been divided into five<br />

sections with good public transport links,<br />

pubs and places to stay along the way.<br />

You can download maps for each walk at<br />

www.centralbedfordshire.gov.uk<br />

©Walk2Fitness<br />

2<br />

Ideal for families all year round, the<br />

Sculpture Trail at Rushmere Country<br />

Park is a great way to explore the<br />

outdoors. Kids can have fun playing on<br />

the wooden sculptures, finding the fairy<br />

doors and sitting in the giant’s chair. The<br />

Oakwood Trail is a more recent addition<br />

with fantastical sculptures of the park’s<br />

creatures and creatively carved benches<br />

where you can rest your feet and take a<br />

moment to listen for woodpeckers along<br />

the way.<br />

www.greensandtrust.org<br />

Follow a trail<br />

©Paul John Wright<br />

3<br />

The Lodge in Sandy is the RSPB’s<br />

headquarters and nature reserve which<br />

is free to visit and has great outdoors<br />

activities for children. Covering more<br />

than 200 hectares of heathland,<br />

grassland and woodland, the wildlife<br />

trails and play areas make this a fun day<br />

out for all the family. <strong>Autumn</strong> is magical<br />

with the arrival of the first winter finches,<br />

fungi appearing on the woodland floor,<br />

trees bearing nuts and seeds and silver<br />

birches and oaks displaying wonderful<br />

colours before the leaves begin to<br />

fall. Look out for additional events<br />

throughout the year such as big wild<br />

sleep-outs and mini-beast safaris.<br />

www.rspb.org.uk<br />

Get close to nature<br />

©The Greensand Trust/Alan Jackson<br />


Bedfordshire<br />

Ridge<br />

©The Greensand Trust/Alan Jackson<br />

Find history and<br />

tranquility<br />

4<br />

The Shuttleworth Collection at<br />

Old Warden is an aeronautical and<br />

automotive museum, home to vintage<br />

aircraft, veteran vehicles and classic<br />

motorcycles. The amazing collection of<br />

genuine WWI aircraft and other historic<br />

aircraft dating from 1909 to the 1950s<br />

is the best in Europe. The entry fee of<br />

£15 (free for under 16s) also includes<br />

the Regency Swiss Garden, a peaceful,<br />

tranquil space featuring numerous listed<br />

structures and a woodland sculpture<br />

trail. With a restaurant, gift shop and play<br />

area, there’s plenty for the whole family<br />

to enjoy.<br />

www.shuttleworth.org<br />

©The Greensand Trust/Alan Jackson<br />

5<br />

Take a road trip through Woburn Safari<br />

Park where you’ll see wild animals<br />

roaming in acres and acres of beautiful<br />

countryside. Spot rhinos, antelope<br />

and buffalo grazing in the Savannah<br />

Grasslands; venture into the Kingdom of<br />

Carnivores, if you dare, to see the tigers,<br />

wolves, bears and lions; and discover the<br />

mischievous Barbary macaque monkeys<br />

in the African Forest. Continue your<br />

adventure on foot to explore the habitats<br />

of a host of smaller mammals and birds.<br />

www.woburnsafari.co.uk<br />

Go on a safari<br />

©The Greensand Trust/Alan Jackson<br />

Places to stay<br />

With so much to explore, you’ll want to<br />

find a base and head out on more than<br />

one adventure. Fortunately, there are<br />

some great places to stay along the Ridge.<br />

Here are some of our favourites:<br />

The Old Piggery<br />

West Park Farm, Wilstead Hill, Haynes,<br />

MK45 3QS<br />

A bed and breakfast guesthouse with<br />

self-catering yurts on a working arable<br />

farm with views over the surrounding<br />

countryside.<br />

www.theoldpiggerybandb.co.uk<br />

The White Hart<br />

125 Dunstable Street, Ampthill, MK45 2NG<br />

An 18th century coaching inn with<br />

boutique-style bedrooms, popular bar and<br />

Mediterranean-inspired menu.<br />

www.thewhitehartampthill.co.uk<br />

The George Inn<br />

6 George St, Maulden, MK45 2DF<br />

Cosy and stylish en-suite rooms, within the<br />

grounds of the popular 16th century pub,<br />

in the pretty village of Maulden.<br />

www.thegeorgemaulden.com<br />

Clophill Eco Lodges<br />

Old Church Path, Clophill, MK45 4BP<br />

A dog friendly site, with walks straight<br />

from your door, set in a tranquil woodland<br />

copse halfway along the Greensand<br />

Ridge Walk.<br />

www.clophillecolodges.co.uk<br />

The Woburn<br />

1 George St, Woburn, MK17 9PX<br />

A charming 18th century hotel in<br />

picturesque Woburn village with 48<br />

rooms and additional cottages across the<br />

courtyard.<br />

www.thewoburn.co.uk<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 />

www.therufuscentre.co.uk<br />


Bedfordshire<br />


29 September<br />


5 of the most incredible Illusionists in the world perform<br />

in a non-stop show packed with breathtaking magic<br />

and illusions from. Appearing Superbikes, Impossible<br />

Predictions, Double Levitations with an EXPLOSIVE finale!<br />

Grove Theatre, Grove Park, Court Drive, Dunstable<br />

Bedfordshire, LU5 4GP<br />

www.grovetheatre.co.uk<br />

30 September<br />

The Unremarkable Death of<br />

Marilyn Monroe<br />

August 5th, 1962: Monroe as<br />

we’ve never seen her before:<br />

alone in her bedroom, in<br />

dressing gown and underwear;<br />

no glitz, no glamour, no masks.<br />

Overdosed on pills, the woman<br />

behind the icon unravels her<br />

remarkable life, taking us back<br />

through the memories of her<br />

closest relationships. Repeatedly<br />

stalked by a mysterious caller,<br />

the Hollywood icon tells all (Joe DiMaggio, Clark Gable,<br />

Arthur Miller, her mother – it’s all here), revealing a biting<br />

intelligence and an imperfect body, leading us in real time<br />

to the very moment of her death.<br />

The Quarry Theatre at St Luke’s, 26 St Peter’s Street, Bedford<br />

MK40 2NN<br />


10 July–28 November <strong>2021</strong>, Sir William Harpur<br />

Gallery – Free Entry<br />

10 July <strong>2021</strong>-20 March 2022, Connections Gallery –<br />

Free Entry<br />

Airship Dreams: Escaping Gravity<br />

Bedford Creative Arts, The Higgins Bedford, the Airship<br />

Heritage Trust and artist Mike Stubbs, have joined forces to<br />

launch this two-fold exhibition which celebrates Bedford’s<br />

airship heritage. It brings together innovative digital<br />

contemporary art and exciting new community sourced<br />

displays, presenting the pioneering vision of airship<br />

development over the decades.<br />

www.thehigginsbedford.org.uk/Exhibitions<br />


26 September<br />

Tasty Creative Market<br />

Tasty creative is a cross between a craft fair and farmers<br />

market, so if you are a crafter or create lovely goodies to eat/<br />

drink this is the market for you!<br />

Houghton Hall Park, Park Road North, Houghton Regis LU5<br />

5FU<br />

www.houghtonhallpark.org/events/events<br />

WHAT’S ON<br />

MUSIC<br />

12 September<br />

Music in the Museum: Classical<br />

One of the UK’s leading young musicians, Elizabeth Green,<br />

will be giving a Harp Recital of a fascinating and surprising<br />

repertoire for solo harp. Featuring genres from classical<br />

to folk and everything in between, this concert will have<br />

something for every musical taste.<br />

Wardown House, Museum and Gallery, Old Bedford Road,<br />

Luton LU2 7HA<br />

www.culturetrust.com/whats-on/music-museumclassical-sept-<strong>2021</strong><br />

29 October<br />

Craig David presents TS5<br />

Craig David heads up Friday at Halloween Town Festival<br />

Bedford with his world renowned TS5 party experience!<br />

Expect massive old-school anthems, chart-topping house<br />

hits & garage classics from the man himself. Special guests<br />

Nathan Dawe, Majestic, Sean Harvey and DJ Wreckdown<br />

will join the event.<br />

www.halloweentownfestival.com<br />

31 October<br />

The Levellers<br />

Levellers are still going strong after 30 years in the game;<br />

and are celebrating the anniversary of their seminal<br />

platinum-selling album Levelling The Land with a new live<br />

performance date in Bedford. During the summer of 1991<br />

Levelling The Land redefined the UK’s musical landscape.<br />

www.halloweentownfestival.com<br />

2 – 3 October<br />

Shuttleworth Race Weekend<br />

Classic racing cars will thunder down the runways followed<br />

on the air show day by the finest racing aircraft of the<br />

period, including the winning de Havilland DH88 Comet,<br />

will celebrate Richard Shuttleworth’s racing career in the<br />

1930s.<br />

Shuttleworth, Old Warden Aerodrome, Nr Biggleswade,<br />

SG18 9EP<br />

www.shuttleworth.org/events/raceweekend/<br />


19 September & 17 October<br />

Biggleswade Antiques & Vintage Fair<br />

The fair has over 45 dealers and there is always a wide<br />

range of stalls from dateline antiques through to vintage.<br />

There is a cafe serving hot and cold food all day as well as<br />

free parking with step-free access.<br />

The Weatherley Centre, Eagle Farm Road, Biggleswade<br />

SG18 8JH.<br />

https://www.madisonevents.co.uk<br />

5 November<br />

Wines & Spirits Specialist Auction<br />

Vintage and classic wines and spirits as well as more<br />

everyday drinks<br />

Locke & England Auctioneers, Eastcotts Park, Wallis Way,<br />

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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