Eastlife Winter 2021

We all need a touch of Christmas magic this year, which is why we’ve pulled together a guide to festive fun in the region. There’s an event or activity to instil the Christmas spirit in us all. There are Christmas markets, dazzling light trails, winter walks and chic city breaks to see you through the season. If your children are more excited than Santa’s elves, read our guide to the best Santa grottos and festive railway experiences. This issue will see you through the lead up to Christmas, Twixmas and well into winter. There are travel ideas and days out for every county. Use this time as a chance to get out and truly explore the region without the crowds. Of course, Christmas is a chance to support local. This year is more important than ever. Championing local business, we’ve pulled together gift guides full of inspiration from independent retailers. I’d like to thank everyone that has taken the time to read eastlife or comment, like and share on social media this year. We appreciate each and every one of you! Merry Christmas & Happy New Year

We all need a touch of Christmas magic this year, which is why we’ve pulled together a guide to festive fun in the region. There’s an event or activity to instil the Christmas spirit in us all.

There are Christmas markets, dazzling light trails, winter walks and chic city breaks to see you through the season. If your children are more excited than Santa’s elves, read our guide to the best Santa grottos and festive railway experiences.

This issue will see you through the lead up to Christmas, Twixmas and well into winter. There are travel ideas and days out for every county. Use this time as a chance to get out and truly explore the region without the crowds.

Of course, Christmas is a chance to support local. This year is more important than ever. Championing local business, we’ve pulled together gift guides full of inspiration from independent retailers.

I’d like to thank everyone that has taken the time to read eastlife or comment, like and share on social media this year. We appreciate each and every one of you!

Merry Christmas & Happy New Year


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We all need a touch of Christmas magic this year, which is why<br />

we’ve pulled together a guide to festive fun in the region. There’s<br />

an event or activity to instil the Christmas spirit in us all.<br />

There are Christmas markets, dazzling light trails, winter walks and<br />

chic city breaks to see you through the season. If your children are<br />

more excited than Santa’s elves, read our guide to the best Santa<br />

grottos and festive railway experiences.<br />

This issue will see you through the lead up to Christmas, Twixmas<br />

and well into winter. There are travel ideas and days out for every<br />

county. Use this time as a chance to get out and truly explore the<br />

region without the crowds.<br />

Of course, Christmas is a chance to support local. This year is more<br />

important than ever. Championing local business, we’ve pulled<br />

together gift guides full of inspiration from independent retailers.<br />

I’d like to thank everyone that has taken the time to read eastlife or<br />

comment, like and share on social media this year. We appreciate<br />

each and every one of you!<br />

Merry Christmas & Happy New Year<br />

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011 Lifestyle<br />

Plan a Christmas to remember with our<br />

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Chic city breaks and the best winter spas<br />

035 Dog Friendly<br />

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040 Education<br />

Are face-to-face parents’ evenings a thing<br />

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043 Little East<br />

A full guide to festive fun; pantos, events,<br />

Santa railway specials and the best<br />

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058 Health<br />

Men’s health – everything you need to<br />

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063 Fashion<br />

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067 Weddings<br />

How to plan a winter wedding<br />

071 Consumer<br />

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social media tips for small businesses<br />

076 Interiors<br />

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on how to achieve the look<br />

083 Arts<br />

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

events<br />

087 Area Focus<br />

News, restaurant recommendations and<br />

travel inspiration for every county<br />

– 087 Norfolk<br />

– 099 Suffolk<br />

– 111 Cambridgeshire<br />

– 127 Essex<br />

– 139 Bedfordshire<br />

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Discover the region’s best winter light trails<br />


Light trails and illuminative experiences have become<br />

increasingly popular in recent years. A great winter’s event<br />

for all ages, take a walk through a winter wonderland of<br />

twinkling trees, sparkling stately homes and colourful<br />

characters.<br />

Illuminated Garden Trail,<br />

19 November – 19 December<br />

Helmingham Hall, Suffolk<br />

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around the dazzling gardens of Helmingham Hall. The trail<br />

begins at the historic drawbridge with mulled wine in the<br />

charming courtyard. Continue into the gardens dressed in<br />

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Thursford’s Enchanted Journey of Light,<br />

19 November – 23 December<br />

Thursford, Norfolk<br />

The home of Christmas in East Anglia, Thursford know<br />

how to put on a show. In addition to its famous Christmas<br />

Spectacular and Magical Santa’s Journey, the Enchanted<br />

Journey of Light creates a fantasy world of illuminated<br />

characters. The route will pass through Santa’s Magical<br />

Journey building with its penguins, polar bears, snowmen<br />

and elves hard at work. Venture outside into the Lantern<br />

Light Extravaganza full of luminous sculptures.<br />

www.thursford.com/enchanted-journey-of-light<br />

Glow at Hyde Hall,<br />

10 November – 1 January<br />

Hyde Hall, Essex<br />

It is the season of sparkle and RHS Garden Hyde Hall is<br />

glowing. The gardens, shrubs and trees will be lit with bright<br />

colours and pretty patterns. Wander through the winter trail,<br />

which this year includes the Australia and New Zealand<br />

garden. From here you’ll see dazzling views back across<br />

the grounds. The willow trees will be draped in twinkling<br />

lights and leaf sculptures lit with festive colours. Finish your<br />

evening by warming up with a festive beverage from the<br />

German style stalls.<br />

www.rhs.org.uk/gardens/hyde-hall/whats-on/hydehall-glow<br />

Luminate Sandringham,<br />

12 November – 19 December<br />

Sandringham Estate, Norfolk<br />

The-mile-long winter trail takes visitors on a journey<br />

of twinkling light displays within the country park at<br />

Sandringham. The much-loved rural home of royalty, the<br />

experience will enthral your senses as the lights sparkle<br />

alongside ambient music. End the evening with a whirl on<br />

the vintage fairground rides.<br />

www.luminatesandringham.com<br />

Enlightened at Hylands House,<br />

26 November – 2 January<br />

Due to popular demand, this year’s trail features a longer<br />

route with even more sparkling light installations. Curtains<br />

of fairy lights provide the perfect backdrop for a selfie, trees<br />

are up-lit with bright colours, buildings are decorated in<br />

dazzling displays and laser beams shoot into the sky. The<br />

event is the perfect activity for the whole family to enjoy<br />

this Christmas.<br />

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

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Enchanted at Audley End,<br />

selected dates in December<br />

This December, visitors will be able to enter a fairy-tale<br />

landscape as Audley End’s grounds are transformed into<br />

a winter wonderland of light, colour and sound. There’s<br />

magic at play with giant lilies reflecting in the Cam and<br />

along the wintery trail, families will be able to see Audley’s<br />

formal garden’s aglow and the historic house lit with festive<br />

projections. Experience a kaleidoscope of colours on the<br />

lawn, and for little ones the true magic is to be found at<br />

the secret fairy village. After your festive adventure, treat<br />

yourself to a mulled wine and mince pie, enjoy a fairground<br />

ride and browse for Christmas presents in the gift shop.<br />

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


Christmas at Wimpole,<br />

26 November-2 January<br />

Enchanted Woodland Walk at Ashridge<br />

House, 26 November – 9 January<br />

A truly magical festive experience, the trail begins at the<br />

Italian Gardens and proceeds into the woodlands where<br />

sparkling light installations bring the grounds to life. It’s<br />

a spectacular illuminated wonderland of festive fun. For<br />

something extra special, book a pre-trail dining experience.<br />

Head chef Paul Patterson will be serving up a delicious<br />

two course set menu in one of the heritage rooms inside<br />

the house – a perfect start to your evening and a fabulous<br />

festive experience to remember.<br />

www.ashridgehouse.org.uk/christmas<strong>2021</strong><br />

Tunnel of Light in Norwich,<br />

16 November – 5 January<br />

The after-dark illuminated trail through festive gardens<br />

is a must-visit event this winter. Be surrounded by<br />

more than a million twinkling lights, colourful trees and<br />

amazing illuminated installations, all choreographed to a<br />

soundtrack of much-loved seasonal music. There will be<br />

burnished lantern trees filled with flickering flames, neon<br />

strings stretched between towering trees, singing trees,<br />

larger-than-life mistletoe and perhaps a glimpse at Father<br />

Christmas too. This year sees some dazzling additions<br />

including the Christmas Cathedral adorned with over<br />

100,000 pea-lights, a neon tree and tree stars for that extra<br />

festive touch. After exploring the lights, warm up with<br />

toasted marshmallows and a hot chocolate.<br />

www.christmasatwimpole.co.uk<br />

<strong>Winter</strong> Lights at Anglesey Abbey,<br />

3-19 December<br />

One of the most magical festive experiences in<br />

Cambridgeshire, wander the trail which takes visitors<br />

on a journey of illuminative displays and creative light<br />

choreography. Taking place Friday to Sunday through<br />

December, this year’s theme is ‘Nature by Night, Nature by<br />

Light’ and promises to be a sensory overload.<br />

www.nationaltrust.org.uk/AA<strong>Winter</strong>Lights<br />

A Christmas tradition in the city, the Tunnel of Light returns<br />

for the festive season. Attracting visitors to Norwich from<br />

far and wide, the 45-metre tunnel dressed in 57,000 LED<br />

bulbs is a sight to behold. Norwich Castle projections will<br />

also once again take place. The historic attraction’s façade<br />

will be lit with festive images. Projections have previously<br />

included everything from Fantasia to Father Christmas.<br />

If you’re looking for a festive city break that ticks all the<br />

boxes, put Norwich on your list! www.visitnorwich.co.uk/<br />

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The Best<br />

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Markets<br />

Discover great food, stocking fillers and<br />

more at the region’s Christmas markets<br />

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

The lead up to Christmas is often the best part of the celebrations.<br />

Mulled wine and roasted chestnuts that warm your whole body,<br />

homemade gifts you won’t find anywhere else and festive spirit that<br />

fills an entire town – the markets in East Anglia are fantastic.<br />

Check out the <strong>2021</strong> Christmas markets you won’t want to miss.<br />

After all, we all need a little bit of magic this year.<br />


German Market and Christmas Fair at<br />

Meadow Croft,<br />

16 September – 23 December<br />

German markets are renowned for their fun. This year<br />

Meadow Croft will welcome authentic German beers,<br />

famous Kurz and Lang bratwurst sausages, schokokusse<br />

(chocolate kisses) and stollen advent calendars. It will<br />

also host more than 30 stalls with delicately crafted gifts<br />

such as authentic cuckoo clocks, Christmas ornaments<br />

and woollen accessories. The organisers of the event<br />

actually travel to Germany themselves in search of new<br />

crafts and suppliers, ensuring true authenticity. This year<br />

they ventured to Seiffen, a tiny town where Christmas is a<br />

year-long occasion. It’s free entry and don’t forget to tag<br />

#germanmarketessex on social media! Experience the<br />

German market by night on 4 and 25 November where you<br />

can browse the stalls and sample Gluhwein and German<br />

beers (car parking priced £5).<br />

www.meadow-croft.co.uk/events/german-market<br />

Blackthorpe Barn Country Christmas<br />

Shop, 25 October – 22 December<br />

This might not count as a market as such, but this shop is a<br />

special exception. Here you’ll find memorable decorations<br />

and gift-wrapping essentials. Enjoy different themed<br />

decorations running through the shop such as Nordic<br />

yuletide, peacock garden, snow queen, pantomime, imperial<br />

Russian, Midas touch, magical woodland and festive fizz –<br />

your home will be the envy of the town. Plus, with craft kits<br />

and an extensive range of glitter, you can make your own<br />

memories by creating homemade Christmas decorations.<br />

And of course, a special array of gifts line the shelves too.<br />

It’s a one-stop shop for all your Christmas needs; you can<br />

even pick your own Christmas tree straight from the field!<br />

This year, Trudi Edmunds returns with her festive wreath<br />

workshops throughout December. Check out our review<br />

at www.eastlife.co.uk/article/wreath-workshops-atblackthorpe-barn<br />

www.blackthorpebarn.com<br />

St Albans Markets, selected dates<br />

November – December<br />

Though there’s no official Christmas market this year, the<br />

city will still host a selection of pop-ups to get you into the<br />

festive mood. From the historic and regular Charter Market<br />

to its vibrant pop-ups including Enjoy Eco, Young Traders,<br />

Inside Out, Real Street Food Nights, Caravanserai, Farmers,<br />

World and Vintage Markets, all offering an eclectic mix of<br />

fresh produce, diverse artisan goods and world foods.<br />

St Albans is a truly magical and vibrant place to be at<br />

Christmas with special produce and festive gifts on offer,<br />

you can shop for everything you could possibly want. In<br />

the lead up to Christmas there will be festive entertainment<br />

around the city, including street performers, installations,<br />

carol concerts, a nutcracker trail and special Santa post<br />

boxes so little ones can post their Christmas wish list!<br />

www.enjoystalbans.com<br />

Mill Road Saturdays,<br />

6 November & 4 December<br />

Unfortunately, due to the uncertainty over COVID, this<br />

year’s Mill Road <strong>Winter</strong> Fair has been cancelled. However,<br />

residents and visitors of Cambridge can still enjoy festive fun<br />

with Mill Road Saturdays. A series of small events will be held<br />


on Donkey Common and Petersfield. Expect stalls, buskers<br />

and bunting! It’s a great chance to explore the independents<br />

of Cambridge and immerse yourself in the community spirit.<br />

www2.millroadwinterfair.org<br />

Huntingdon Christmas Market,<br />

19-21 November<br />

Set in the Market Square, the festive celebrations include a<br />

mix of wooden chalets and stalls, bringing together a great<br />

selection of local businesses. Gifts, food and entertainment<br />

are all on the agenda. Though there will be no official light<br />

switch on this year, there will be live music and acts on stage<br />

at the opening of the market on 19 November.<br />

www.huntingdonchristmasmarket.co.uk<br />

Christmas Craft and Gift Market at<br />

Peterborough Cathedral,<br />

19-20 November<br />

The grand architecture of Peterborough Cathedral is<br />

the perfect backdrop for a Christmas market. Featuring<br />

handcrafted jewellery, glassware, wooden crafts, vegan<br />

soaps, bamboo socks and delicious sweet treats, finding<br />

stocking fillers won’t be difficult. Attendees must book a<br />

ticket in advance for £2, under 16s go free.<br />

www.peterborough-cathedral.org.uk<br />

Presents Galore at Newmarket Rowley<br />

Mile Racecourse, 19 – 21 November<br />

Welcome Christmas at East Anglia’s biggest Christmas fair!<br />

The three-day extravaganza includes over 100 boutique<br />

stalls packed with delicious aromas, treasures and festive<br />

cheer. All proceeds raised will be shared between Racing<br />

Welfare and the National Horse Racing Museum.<br />

www.presentsgalore.org<br />

Sandringham Christmas, Craft, Food and<br />

Gift Fair, 19-21 November<br />

The majestic estate will host over 150 craft stalls, a huge<br />

food market, working crafts, a bar and live entertainment.<br />

As well as homemade crafts, you’ll get the chance to see<br />

craftsmen at work such as blacksmiths, broom making and<br />

glass blowing. A team of carvers will be using a chainsaw<br />

to produce sculptures over the entire weekend. As for the<br />

food and getting merry, you can enjoy food from around<br />

the world and festive tipples whilst listening to jazz, wartime,<br />

swing and folk music, and a traditional brass band.<br />

There’s plenty to entertain the kids too. The jolly demeanour<br />

of Chris Nicholas, the Singing Santa, may even convince<br />

you that he really is Santa Claus! Circus and pottery<br />

workshops, and children’s amusements will also be set over<br />

Sandringham’s estate. Don’t forget to book your tickets.<br />

Adults cost £10, over 65s cost £9 and children (aged<br />

5-15) cost £4. www.livingheritagecountryshows.com/<br />

sandringham-christmas<br />


Pensthorpe’s Christmas Market,<br />

28 November<br />

The popular market is attended by the region’s best food and<br />

drink suppliers, artists and craft makers, and provides shoppers<br />

with an opportunity to support local business during the festive<br />

season. Stalls will be located outside, so wrap up warm for<br />

your visit. Entry and parking are free, but tickets to Pensthorpe<br />

Natural Park are available to purchase.<br />

www.pensthorpe.com/event/christmas-market-4<br />

Seckford Hall Christmas Fayre,<br />

21 November<br />

The cosy surroundings of Seckford Hall will be decorated<br />

in boughs of holly and beautiful decorations to transport<br />

you to a Christmas wonderland. A variety of stalls will sell<br />

handmade wreaths, silver jewellery, luxurious candles and<br />

more. The hotel will host Christmas parties, a wreath making<br />

workshop, a Christmas carols evening and Sunday lunch<br />

with Santa throughout the festive season.<br />

www.seckford.co.uk<br />

Festive Fair at The Forum,<br />

25 – 28 November<br />

The Festive Fair at The Forum in Norwich will be back with<br />

a bang in <strong>2021</strong> having missed a year in 2020. This popular<br />

Christmas market attracts thousands every year with its<br />

Norfolk-made crafts, food and produce theme. It’s great for<br />

shoppers who like to support small business. Enjoy a glass<br />

of local beer or cup of warming mulled wine while listening<br />

to Christmas carols from Norfolk’s own Pavilion Brass Quintet<br />

on Thursday and Friday and return at the weekend for<br />

festive tunes from a traditional fairground organ. Outside, the<br />

smell of Christmas fills the air as food and drink stalls serve<br />

up festive delights. Inside, there are stalls galore selling a<br />

mix of homewares, textiles, fashions and more. You certainly<br />

won’t go home empty handed! It’s free entry too!<br />

www.theforumnorwich.co.uk<br />

Knebworth House Christmas Fair,<br />

26-28 November<br />

The popular fair returns with a three-day extravaganza of<br />

festive fun. Browse the stalls and pick up presents and<br />

stocking fillers. Sample festive food and warm up with a<br />

traditional drink. It’s a great day out for the whole family.<br />

www.knebworthhouse.com/events/christmas-fair<br />

Hertford Christmas Gala,<br />

26 – 28 November<br />

The Christmas Gala will return bigger than ever, expanding<br />

from the town centre into the 15th century castle grounds. The<br />

weekend will begin with a Christmas market, performances,<br />

street entertainment, fairground rides and the Christmas tree<br />

light switch on. Visitors will also have the chance to shop local<br />

this Christmas as businesses will keep their doors open to offer<br />

amazing promotions and festive discounts. There’s plenty to<br />

explore in this magical atmosphere.<br />

www.hertford.gov.uk/christmas-gala<br />

Handmade Christmas Market,<br />

28 November<br />

Head to the Friendly Nettle Café in Shortstown for an afternoon<br />

of homemade festive treats. Talented local craftspeople will be<br />

selling their collections, there will be activities and of course<br />

gingerbread, mince pies and hot chocolate!<br />

www.friendlynettle.co.uk/whats-on<br />

Lavenham Christmas Fair, 3-5 December<br />

This charming medieval village was made for Christmas, the<br />

fact that it was a location for the Harry Potter movies confirms<br />

it. The uneven timber-framed buildings and narrow cobbled<br />

streets ensure a magical setting for a Christmas Fair. This year<br />

you can expect a huge array of stalls, live music, an auction and<br />

a dog competition.<br />

www.lovelavenham.co.uk/christmas-lavenham-suffolk<br />

Made in Bedford Christmas Makers’ Market<br />

11-12 December<br />

The town’s most-loved Christmas fair returns this year in a new<br />

location, the beautiful Harpur Square. Browse high-quality and<br />

unique cards, gifts, decorations, homewares, jewellery, and<br />

accessories lovingly created by local artists, designers and<br />

makers. With live music, locally ground coffee, warming hot<br />

chocolate and stalls decorated with an eco-conscious theme,<br />

this promises to be a fabulously festive day out for all the family.<br />

Ely Christmas Market Special,<br />

22 December<br />

Held in the city’s Market Place, this mini market will feature<br />

festive food, gifts and flowers. It’s the perfect opportunity to pick<br />

up those last-minute essentials before the big day.<br />

www.elymarkets.co.uk<br />

Enjoy the festivities and don’t forget to order a luxurious hot<br />

chocolate at any Christmas market you visit, perhaps even treat<br />

yourself to a shot of Baileys too!<br />


sponsored by Dr. Johnny Hon<br />

E A S T A N GLI A ’ S<br />



19 - 21 november <strong>2021</strong><br />

Free parking<br />

Over 100 stalls to browse<br />

Supporting two local<br />

charities, Racing Welfare<br />

and the National<br />

Horseracing Museum<br />


F R I: 16.00 - 20.00<br />

S A T: 09.30 - 17.30<br />

S U N: 10.00 - 16.00<br />


Gift Guide<br />

Family run business established 1967.<br />

For sewing machines, dress & craft<br />

fabrics, haberdashery etc. We pride<br />

ourselves on our personal service and<br />

expert advice.<br />

www.becclessewing.co.uk<br />

JANOME 2200XT<br />

Simple to use<br />

basic machine<br />

£18.00<br />

PFAFF Passport 2.0<br />

Compact full featured<br />

computerised<br />

machine<br />

£519.00<br />

BROTHER Stellaire XJ1.<br />

Top range sewing,<br />

quilting & embroidery<br />

machine<br />

£6,669.00<br />

Independent jewellery, accessories<br />

and gifts shop selling beautiful things.<br />

Follow us on Instagram and Facebook<br />

www.cloudninegems.com<br />

Diamonfire ladies’<br />

jewellery<br />

Fred Bennett Men’s jewellery<br />

Complimentary lingerie styling and<br />

fitting service by appointment at our<br />

boutique in Buckden or buy online.<br />

Call us on 01480 812740<br />

Text 07538 354701<br />

www.elouiselingerie.co.uk<br />

Louis Feraud<br />

Grafics nightwear<br />

From £158<br />

Aubade Fievre<br />

Andalouse<br />

collection<br />

From £58<br />

Empreinte Ellen<br />

lingerie<br />

From £51<br />

The Float Retreat facilitates an experience of pure<br />

relaxation. Set in the Hertfordshire/Essex borders<br />

with easy access to main roads, the Float Retreat<br />

targets your mind, body and soul. The benefits to<br />

floating are endless making this the ideal gift. Try<br />

something different this Christmas.<br />

10% off your first float, using the code ‘float10’.<br />

www.thefloatretreat.co.uk<br />


Gift Guide<br />

Soy Wax Wood Wick Candles & Melts<br />

Create the perfect home ambience<br />

with a softly crackling candle and<br />

beautiful festive fragrance that fills<br />

the room.<br />

<strong>Winter</strong> Berries<br />

Wax Melt<br />

Segment Pot<br />

£3.29<br />

Over 75<br />

fragrances<br />

available<br />

Cinnamon Apple Wood<br />

Wick Candle<br />

£10.99<br />

www.lylabelle.co.uk<br />

A national equine welfare charity<br />

responsible for over 2,000<br />

rescued horses, ponies, donkeys<br />

and mules across the UK.<br />

www.redwings.org.uk<br />

Brimstone in the snow<br />

Featuring Brimstone<br />

from Redwings Horse<br />

Sanctuary!<br />

£4.50<br />

Sponsor a rescued<br />

horse or donkey<br />

for a year<br />

From<br />

£15.00<br />

Little Donkey<br />

1,000 piece puzzle<br />

£13.00<br />

Sainsbury Centre<br />

University of East Anglia,<br />

Norfolk Road<br />

Norwich NR4 7TJ<br />

www.sainsburycentre.ac.uk/members<br />

Looking for a unique present for a<br />

friend or loved one? Give the gift of<br />

art this Christmas. Sainsbury Centre<br />

gift membership features many<br />

great benefits including unlimited,<br />

free entry to special exhibitions,<br />

priority booking, exclusive events,<br />

shop discounts and more. The gift<br />

pack also includes a parking permit<br />

and pen.<br />

Sainsbury Centre Gift<br />

Membership<br />

£40-£50 per year<br />


Christmas<br />

1991 – <strong>2021</strong><br />

at<br />

Blackthorpe Barn<br />




Purchase your Crafts Timed Arrival Tickets<br />

and see what else is happening<br />

blackthorpebarn.com<br />

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Party Picks<br />

Hosting a party? We’ve selected the best nibbles and<br />

drinks to serve your guests, all produced in East Anglia.<br />

Fairfield Crisps<br />

Can’t wait until the big day for a taste<br />

of turkey? Serve it up in crisp form at<br />

your seasonal soiree. The potatoes<br />

are grown, picked and crafted into<br />

crisps in Cambridgeshire. It’s a taste<br />

of Christmas with a crunch.<br />

www.fairfieldsfarmcrisps.co.uk<br />

Munchy Seeds Warm<br />

Cinnamon<br />

A bowl of nuts and seeds is a Christmas<br />

party essential. Give your guests a<br />

healthy grab snack option with Munchy<br />

Seeds Warm Cinnamon. Each bite<br />

tastes like winter with its blend of<br />

sunflower and pumpkin seeds, and<br />

a sweet taste of cinnamon. They are<br />

full of naturally nutritious ingredients such as vitamin E,<br />

fibre, iron, zinc and magnesium. Five additional flavours<br />

are available including sweet chilli, mega omega, salted<br />

caramel, honey roasted and mild chilli.<br />

www.munchyseeds.co.uk<br />

LA Brewery<br />

The perfect non-alcoholic option. Impress your guests with<br />

a refreshing mix of bubbles brewed in Suffolk. With bottles<br />

designed to look like wine and beer, the ginger, lemongrass<br />

and strawberry and pepper flavours are a nice alternative<br />

to the usual soft drink flavours. Pour over ice and garnish<br />

to add something a little extra. The drinks are gluten free,<br />

low sugar, vegan and low in caffeine; a satisfying option for<br />

everyone. Choose the Sparkling English Rose to add some<br />

fizz to a seasonal get together.<br />

www.labrewery.co.uk<br />

Fielding Cottage<br />

Whipped up on a small<br />

country farm in Norfolk, the<br />

creamy goat’s cheese is<br />

the perfect ingredient for<br />

a canape. There are three<br />

cheeses available: Wensum<br />

White, Norfolk Mardler and Goats Curd. Simply add to a<br />

cracker or small squares of crunchy loaf, topped with dill<br />

and capers for a guaranteed crowd pleaser.<br />

www.fieldingcottage.co.uk<br />

Blue Aurora<br />

Made by the Long brothers on their<br />

farm in Oundle, Blue Aurora is an<br />

English blueberry wine. Over 45ha<br />

of the farm is dedicated to growing<br />

blueberries. Those that don’t make<br />

the cut for supermarkets are skilfully<br />

turned into an award-winning wine<br />

to reduce waste. Three flavours are<br />

available including Dusk, Midnight<br />

and Ice wine. Try the Ice as an<br />

alternative to port or sherry; it’s the<br />

perfect accompaniment to a<br />

cheese board.<br />

www.blueaurorawine.co.uk<br />

Morton’s Cheese<br />

Hamper<br />

Morton’s Farm may be<br />

well known for its freerange<br />

Norfolk bronze<br />

turkey, but did you know<br />

you can order a few extra<br />

luxury Christmas treats<br />

from its website? This<br />

festive season Morton’s will be offering a range of hampers<br />

filled with artisan East Anglian produce, available for<br />

nationwide delivery. Try the cheese hamper designed to<br />

showcase some of the region’s best cheeses including Mrs<br />

Temple’s Binham Blue, Norfolk Dapple and Baron Bigod.<br />

It also includes butter, crackers and chutney – all sourced<br />

locally too.<br />

www.mortonsfarm.co.uk/product/east-angliancheese-hamper<br />

Harry Specters<br />

After a tasty dinner or one too many wines, a sweet treat is<br />

just the thing. Harry Specters is a Cambridgeshire-based<br />

award-winning chocolatier with a choice of seasonal<br />

selection boxes. Each chocolate is handmade and bursting<br />

with bold flavour. Harry Specters also gives the gift of<br />

goodwill. A business that champions social impact, it is<br />

dedicated to crafting delicious chocolates whilst offering<br />

confidence and hope to young autistic people by providing<br />

employment and free training. Harry Specters also sets<br />

aside 55% of its profit to support personal development and<br />

organise social activities for its autistic employees.<br />

www.harryschocs.co.uk<br />


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

Wonderland<br />

Scenic walks to blow<br />

the cobwebs away<br />

With the ground crisp underfoot, and the air so cold<br />

you can see your breath, winter is the perfect time for<br />

an exhilarating walk. Morning mists and frost transform<br />

the bare landscape into a magical world to be explored<br />

throughout the season until the first snowdrops peep<br />

through and announce that spring is on its way.<br />

Southwold to Walberswick, Suffolk<br />

(3 miles)<br />

In a nutshell: This stroll starts on the sea front in Southwold,<br />

with its picturesque lighthouse and colourful beach huts,<br />

and heads south along Havenbeach Marshes to the River<br />

Blyth where you can follow a path along the harbour. Here<br />

you can cross the footbridge and follow the path back to<br />

the coast, passing along the beach, before turning into the<br />

pretty, unspoilt village of Walberswick.<br />

Well-earned refreshment: In Walberswick, enjoy open<br />

fires and home-cooked meals at the 600-year-old Bell Inn,<br />

gastro-dining at the award-winning Anchor Inn or a lighter<br />

lunch and homemade cake at The Tea Shed.<br />

Can I take my dog? Dogs are allowed on Walberswick<br />

Beach, and also Southwold Beach from October to March,<br />

but use a lead near the fenced off areas to protect the<br />

land-nesting birds. The Bell, Anchor and Tea Shed are all<br />

dog-friendly.<br />

Download a map: www.gps-routes.co.uk<br />

Dunstable Downs, Bedfordshire<br />

(6.5 miles)<br />

In a nutshell: An exhilarating circular walk from the Chilterns<br />

Gateway Centre across Dunstable Downs’ chalk grassland,<br />

with fantastic views and historical interest. The route takes<br />

you past Neolithic and Bronze Age burial mounds and an<br />

Iron Age hill fort and into the village of Totternhoe. Follow<br />

the bridleway to the base of the downs for an uphill climb<br />

with views of the Vale of Aylesbury and Ivinghoe Beacon<br />

before finishing back at the Centre.<br />

Well-earned refreshment: The Old Farm Inn in Totternhoe,<br />

with open fires and log burners, is ideal for refuelling en route<br />

or enjoy a meal and snacks at the Gateway Centre’s View<br />

Cafe while watching the birds circle overhead.<br />

Can I take my dog? The route is dog-friendly but keep them<br />

on a lead when passing through the fields where sheep may<br />

be grazing. The Old Farm Inn and View Café welcome dogs.<br />

Download a map: www.nationaltrust.org.uk<br />

Milton Country Park, Cambridgeshire<br />

(95 acres)<br />

In a nutshell: A country park, just a few miles north of<br />

Cambridge city centre, which is ideal for a winter’s day walk.<br />

With plenty of space to explore, easy parking, and pathways<br />

suitable for bikes and buggies, it’s a great option for the<br />

whole family. Created from old gravel pits, the park offers<br />

a varied natural habitat with lakes, grassy meadows and<br />

woodland, plus two children’s playgrounds to keep the little<br />

ones amused. Look out for the migratory birds that take up<br />

residence in the winter.<br />

Well-earned refreshment: Treat yourself at Grounds, an<br />

independent café within the park, serving hot and cold<br />

drinks, handmade cakes, sandwiches, pastries, and<br />

artisan gelato.<br />

Can I take my dog? Dogs are welcome throughout the park<br />

and in the café, although there are signposted areas where<br />

you’ll need to use a lead.<br />

Download a map: www.miltoncountrypark.org<br />


Hemel Hempstead to Berkhamsted,<br />

Hertfordshire (6.5 miles)<br />

In a nutshell: A linear walk from station to station taking<br />

you along the towpath of the Grand Union Canal and then<br />

uphill along Hertfordshire Way, with beautiful views of the<br />

countryside. After passing through woodland on the edge of<br />

the Ashridge Estate, you’ll reach Berkhamsted Golf Club’s leafy<br />

fairways. Here you can follow a footpath which takes you past<br />

the remains of Berkhamsted Castle to the railway station.<br />

Well-earned refreshment: The Three Horseshoes is a lovely<br />

old pub on the Grand Union Canal at Winkwell serving<br />

great burgers with a pint. At the end of your walk, head into<br />

Berkhamsted where there are plenty of restaurants and cafés.<br />

Can I take my dog? Yes, although you may need a lead near<br />

the golf course and castle. The Three Horseshoes is a<br />

dog-friendly pub.<br />

Download a map: www.ramblers.org.uk<br />

Flitch Way, Essex (15 miles)<br />

In a nutshell: Flitch Way is a former railway line, offering an<br />

easy terrain, perfect for winter walks. The traffic-free route<br />

runs through the beautiful Essex countryside from Braintree<br />

to Bishop’s Stortford but can, of course, be walked in smaller<br />

sections. With interesting sites along the way, including<br />

Victorian railway stations, Hatfield Forest, Great Notley<br />

Country Park, Rayne Station Visitor Centre and Museum,<br />

there’s plenty to see and do.<br />

Well-earned refreshment: You can grab breakfast, lunch and<br />

snacks at the Booking Hall Café in Rayne and The Coffee<br />

Shop at Thremhall Park, Bishop’s Stortford. There are also lots<br />

of pubs and restaurants within a short walk of the Flitch Way.<br />

Can I take my dog? Yes, Flitch Way is very popular with dogwalkers<br />

and dogs are welcome in both the Booking Hall Café<br />

and The Coffee Shop.<br />

Download a map: www.visitessex.com<br />

Horsey Windpump Walk, Norfolk<br />

(3.6 miles)<br />

In a nutshell: A circular walk starting at Horsey Windpump<br />

Car Park which takes you across the broadland<br />

to Horsey Beach. This stretch of the coast comes alive in<br />

the winter with hundreds of breeding grey seals. Enjoy a<br />

stroll along the beach until you reach Horsey Gap and then<br />

head into Horsey village, passing the church with its pretty<br />

thatched roof and round tower. Follow the main road back<br />

towards the Horsey Windpump, an iconic sight on the<br />

horizon of the broads’ landscape.<br />

Well-earned refreshment: The Nelson Head in Horsey is<br />

a traditional pub offering real ale and local food, or visit<br />

Poppylands, a 1940s themed tearoom, for lunches and<br />

freshly baked cakes.<br />

Can I take my dog? Only if you can keep them on a short<br />

lead to avoid distressing the livestock in the fields and the<br />

seals on the beach. Both The Nelson Head and Poppylands<br />

are dog-friendly.<br />

Download a map: www.nationaltrust.org.uk<br />

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<strong>Winter</strong> getaway inspiration<br />

Enjoyed your staycation this summer<br />

and want to do it all over again? Plan<br />

a short trip to the region’s bustling<br />

cities and towns with our pick of<br />

the best destinations for a festive or<br />

winter escape.<br />


Where to stay: The Hyatt Centric,<br />

located in the Eddington District, is a<br />

stunning hotel complete with a roof<br />

terrace. There are four dining options<br />

and an impressive fitness centre on<br />

site. Make your way out to see the<br />

sights on one of the hotel’s bicycles<br />

or electric scooters available to hire to<br />

make exploring easy. For more details<br />

and offers visit<br />

www.hyattcentriccambridge.com<br />

Chic<br />

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

Breaks<br />

Written by Abby Knight<br />

Eating out: Restaurant Twenty-Two<br />

serves contemporary British dishes<br />

using seasonal locally sourced<br />

ingredients. Every experience in this<br />

elegant Victorian-style dining room<br />

is special with a menu that changes<br />

daily based on what’s supplied by<br />

its Cambridgeshire partners. For<br />

something a little extra, why not<br />

indulge in the full tasting menu?<br />

For full details visit<br />

www.restaurant22.co.uk<br />

What to see: Taking place between<br />

18-25 November at the Cambridge<br />

Arts Picturehouse, the 40th<br />

Cambridge Film Festival celebrates<br />

film both past and future and offers<br />

guests the chance to watch films<br />

from around the world as well as<br />

meet the actors, writers and directors<br />

behind them. Book your ticket at<br />

www.cambridgefilmfestival.org.uk<br />


Something not to be missed: Explore<br />

the Christmas trail at Wimpole just<br />

outside the city from 26 November<br />

to 2 January. The magical trail<br />

features spectacular light installations<br />

transporting you to a winter<br />

wonderland with a glimpse of Father<br />

Christmas. There are also some<br />

tempting food and drink stands<br />

to enjoy. Created by Culture Creative<br />

with Sony Music in partnership<br />

with the National Trust, tickets start<br />

from £14.<br />

Visit www.nationaltrust.org/<br />

wimpole to book.<br />


Where to stay: GreyFriars is a stunning<br />

Michelin recommended, luxury hotel<br />

with superb restaurant and lounge<br />

bar, which opened in 2015. Situated<br />

at the top of East Hill, at the Eastern<br />

end of Colchester’s High Street,<br />

GreyFriars is perfectly located in the<br />

centre of Colchester’s Cultural Quarter<br />

and only a couple of minutes’ walk<br />

from the town centre. The Cultural<br />

Quarter is home to Colchester Castle,<br />

the largest Norman keep in Europe,<br />

the Hollytrees Museum, the Natural<br />

History Museum, Colchester’s art<br />

galleries and the ruins of St. Botolph’s<br />

12th century Priory. The town centre<br />

has a flagship Fenwick’s store and<br />

some great independent and artisan<br />

shops to explore.<br />

The stylish rooms offer 5-star service<br />

and there are various dining options.<br />

The Baroque Bar serving delicious<br />

cocktails is not to be missed!<br />

For details and winter offers visit<br />

www.greyfriarscolcheser.co.uk<br />

Eating out: The Church Street Tavern<br />

is a Michelin-star restaurant in a<br />

stunning townhouse with a rustic<br />

interior and artwork supplied from<br />

award-winning Essex artist Philippa<br />

Down. Owned by Piers Baker, who<br />

also renovated the award-winning<br />

The Sun Inn in Dedham, the<br />

downstairs bar has an extensive menu<br />

that includes rare breed burgers. In<br />

the light-filled dining room upstairs<br />

you can enjoy the a la carte menu<br />

including vegan options with one of<br />

an eclectic mix of cocktails. There are<br />

attractive rooms to stay in too. To<br />

book and for details of Christmas<br />

menus, visit<br />

www.churchstreettavern.co.uk<br />

What to see: The acclaimed gardener<br />

Beth Chatto created an informal<br />

garden next to her home in 1960.<br />

These five acres had been left empty<br />

for decades because of the poor<br />

gravelly soil and boggy hollows.<br />

Now transformed, the gardens are a<br />

textbook example of how to choose<br />

the right plant for the right conditions<br />

and there’s a nursery to buy plants<br />

as well as a lovely café for a relaxing<br />

break. Visit www.bethchatto.co.uk<br />

for opening times.<br />

Something not to be missed:<br />

Rediscover the real-life murder<br />

mystery, ‘The Ballard of Maria Marten’,<br />

one of Suffolk’s most haunting stories,<br />

at the Mercury Theatre in February<br />

2022. This award-winning production<br />

will have you on the edge of your<br />

seat. Visit www.mercurytheatre.<br />

co.uk for times and tickets.<br />


Where to stay: Book a room in the<br />

historic town centre at the cosy<br />

Angel Hotel, once a favourite of<br />

Charles Dickens while he worked as<br />

a journalist for the Morning Chronicle.<br />

You can even stay in room 215 or the<br />

Charles Dickens suite, decorated in<br />

true Victorian style. Prices start from<br />

£139 including a hearty breakfast. To<br />

book visit www.theangel.co.uk<br />

Eating out: Home to Suffolk’s only<br />

Michelin star restaurant, Pea Porridge<br />

was opened by Justin Sharp and<br />

his wife Jurga in 2009. The rustic<br />

style dining rooms feature exposed<br />

brickwork and the tasty nose to tail<br />

dishes on the menu change each<br />

day. Make a reservation at<br />

www.peaporridge.co.uk<br />

What to see: Stand amongst the<br />

ruins of the 11th century Abbey of St<br />

Edmunds set in the stunning Abbey<br />

Gardens and appreciate its beauty.<br />

Celebrating its 1000th anniversary,<br />

the space is beautiful, especially<br />

on a frosty winter’s morning. The<br />

Abbey was one of the most important<br />

monasteries in medieval Europe but<br />

the whereabouts of St Edmunds still<br />

remains a mystery! Book a tour via<br />

www.burystedmundstourguides.<br />

org<br />

Something not to be missed: Moyses’<br />

Hall is home to a one-off art exhibition<br />

celebrating the world of Mary<br />

Beale, one of the most successful<br />

portrait painters of the late 17th<br />

century and thought to be England’s<br />

first professional female painter.<br />

‘Observations: The Mary Beale<br />

Collection’ will run until 30 January<br />

2022. Entry from £3. Visit<br />

www.moyseshall.org for details.<br />


Where to stay: Dunston Hall, built in<br />

1859, is an Elizabethan-style mansion<br />

that’s been lovingly restored to all<br />

its former glory. Located a short<br />


distance from the city so you can get<br />

the best of Norfolk’s city and country<br />

life, stay in one of 166 bedrooms<br />

and experience the leisure facilities,<br />

including an indoor pool, steam room,<br />

whirlpool and gymnasium. You can<br />

enjoy a winter’s round of golf on the<br />

18-hole championship-level course<br />

before eating in one of three dining<br />

areas including an outdoor terrace<br />

for sunny winter days. For details visit<br />

www.dunstonhallhotel.co.uk<br />

Eating out: Admire the peaceful<br />

surroundings of the stunning Victorian<br />

St John the Baptist Cathedral, one<br />

of the most impressive buildings<br />

in Norfolk, then have lunch in the<br />

pretty garden café – an annex to the<br />

cathedral – serving delicious hot and<br />

cold food, hot drinks and wine. For<br />

details visit www.norwichbid.co.uk<br />

What to see: The South Asia Collection<br />

Museum and Shop, otherwise known<br />

as Country & Eastern, located on<br />

Bethel Street is an old building that<br />

originally sold exotic imports from<br />

countries including Pakistan, Burma<br />

and China. Now it’s been transformed<br />

into an Aladdin’s cave selling beautiful<br />

furnishings such as oriental runs, bed<br />

linen, crafts and even kimonos! The<br />

museum has some fabulous exhibits<br />

form South East Asia to view.<br />

www.thesouthasiacollection.<br />

co.uk/museum-shop<br />

Something not to be missed: Perfect<br />

for a winter’s night, go with one of<br />

the experienced guides at Ghost<br />

Walks Norwich on a journey through<br />

the most haunted areas of the city.<br />

Hear tales of the many lost spirits and<br />

poltergeists who are still seen and<br />

heard to this day. Walks start from<br />

outside the Adam & Eve Pub and last<br />

around 90 minutes. For prices and<br />

details, visit<br />

www.ghostwalksnorwich.co.uk<br />


Where to stay: Set in acres of idyllic<br />

Hertfordshire countryside, enjoy<br />

an overnight stay at The Manor<br />

of Groves Hotel that starts with a<br />

chilled glass of prosecco and tasty<br />

nibbles before being shown to your<br />

comfortable room. You’ll have access<br />

to the hotel’s leisure facilities and<br />

your break includes a three-course<br />

meal in the Brasserie restaurant,<br />

breakfast and a fun three-hour gin<br />

tasting cruise on the River Lea. Soak<br />

up the views while discovering new<br />

ways to drink gin. Price £289 per<br />

person, email info@globexpert.co.uk<br />

for further details.<br />

Eating out: The Millstream pub,<br />

Port Vale, is one of Hertford’s bestkept<br />

secrets. Peter and Nicky, the<br />

husband-and-wife team who run the<br />

pub, make sure this friendly venue<br />

serves up some of the tastiest food<br />

in the region including daily specials<br />

and Sunday roasts. There’s a brewery<br />

on site with a great selection of real<br />

ales on pump and you can bring your<br />

dog to the gardens where they can<br />

choose from their own menu too. For<br />

details visit<br />

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

millstreatm<br />

What to see: Paradise Wildlife Park<br />

is a fun day out for all the family<br />

and has recently been awarded<br />

Hertfordshire’s best outside attraction<br />

by Trip Advisor. The zoo is home to<br />

over 800 animals including Amur<br />

tigers, snow leopards, European<br />

wolves as well as African penguins<br />

and many more. In 2020, the zoo<br />

launched their first TV series; CBBC’s<br />

One Zoo Three. For details and winter<br />

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The winter can play havoc on our skin, health and mental<br />

wellbeing. If the season is taking its toll on you, slip to into a<br />

luxury robe and leave your stresses behind with our editor’s<br />

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Set within the Centre Parcs complex, Aqua Sana spas are<br />

also open to day and overnight guests. Surrounded by<br />

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rooms, soothing sounds and outdoor relaxation areas, the<br />

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Sopwell House Spa<br />

The Varsity Hotel & Spa, Cambridge<br />

The chic hotel might have a prime location for exploring<br />

the city but it’s also home to a small spa and state-of-theart<br />

gym. During your city break, take time for yourself and<br />

melt your stress away in the sauna and steam room before<br />

relaxing in the bubbling Jacuzzi which overlooks the river.<br />

A choice of massages and facials are available using luxury<br />

Elemis products.<br />

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Champneys Henlow<br />

The grand Georgian manor will have you feeling as though<br />

you’re on the set of Downton Abbey. Champneys is famed<br />

worldwide for its health focus and spa credentials. This winter<br />

check-in for a ‘Longevity, Life Rejuvenation and Reverse-<br />

Ageing Retreat’. Hosted by Dr Alka Patel, a GP, health coach<br />

and lifestyle medicine physician, the experience centres<br />

around women’s health and how lifestyle can impact the<br />

immune system’s age. Taking place one day a month from<br />

November to March, the retreat features two engaging and<br />

knowledgeable sessions regarding aging and vitality and<br />

includes a biological age test.<br />

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Cambridge Country Club, Bourn<br />

Previously known as Bourn Golf & Country Club, the facilities<br />

are sporting a new name and multi-million-pound extension<br />

renovation which includes a luxury spa and gym. Inside the<br />

new 43,000 sq ft development marble adorns the floors and<br />

ceilings, with views from panoramic windows providing the<br />

perfect setting for the ultimate relaxation experience. The<br />

spa is beautifully decorated with marble, antique mirrors<br />

and gold furnishings completed with blush pink highlights.<br />

Facilities include a Himalayan salt spa, relaxation room and<br />

rainforest shower. Guests can make use of the state-of-theart<br />

gym, and swimming pool with whirlpool and poolside<br />

loungers. Guests can indulge in beauty treatments from<br />

Elemis and Gerrard International.<br />

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Bedford Lodge

Champneys<br />

Down Hall<br />

Weavers House Spa, Lavenham<br />

A little hidden oasis in heart of Suffolk. Surrounded by the<br />

town’s iconic timber framed buildings, the spa features a steam<br />

room, sauna and vitality pool. Take a plunge in the intimate,<br />

heated outdoor pool during the winter surrounded by the<br />

warming glow of the hotel. It’s a small spa but a welcomed<br />

addition to a country break in this pretty Suffolk village.<br />

www.theswanatlavenham.co.uk/spa<br />

Sopwell House, St Albans<br />

For an indulgent overnight spa break check into Sopwell<br />

House. Splash the cash on an overnight stay in a stunning<br />

suite at The Mews, which includes access to The Club at<br />

the Cottonmill. The Club gives visitors entry to areas in the<br />

spa, only accessible to selected groups. The glass-fronted<br />

sauna overlooks the immaculate zen-like gardens and the<br />

swimming pool extends outside for a refreshing experience.<br />

There are multiple areas to relax including a darkened mood<br />

room, plus steam room, gym, and yoga and dance studio.<br />

The treatments are pretty impressive too – sand and sound<br />

massage anyone?<br />

www.sopwellhouse.co.uk/cottonmill-spa/the-club-atcottonmill<br />

Ufford Park Hotel, Golf & Spa,<br />

Woodbridge<br />

If you like to keep active and can’t bear to sit around for too<br />

long, Ufford Park is for you. Set in calming countryside, near<br />

the pretty market town of Woodbridge, the hotel provides<br />

a peaceful environment to relax and rejuvenate. Featuring<br />

the latest thermal spa facilities, including a series of heating<br />

and cooling experiences such as a large hydro-pool,<br />

aroma steam room, mineral grotto and soft sauna, this spa<br />

is all about pampering. Before relaxing, work up a sweat<br />

or embrace your New Year fitness regime at the hotel’s<br />

gymnasium incorporating cardiovascular and resistance<br />

equipment or a challenging 18-hole golf course.<br />

www.uffordpark.co.uk<br />

Lifehouse Spa & Hotel, Frinton-on-Sea<br />

Escape everyday life with a day or overnight stay at<br />

Lifehouse Spa and Hotel, near beautiful Frinton-on-Sea. Feel<br />

invigorated with a pool dip and time in the sauna, steam and<br />

salt inhalation rooms. Switch off completely in the relaxation<br />

room which operates a ‘no phone’ policy. Set in 130 acres of<br />

grounds, take time to wander the gardens that bloom with<br />

each season. The spa offers a wealth of treatments to suit<br />

all needs and an extensive activity timetable with classes for<br />

both body and mind.<br />

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Down Hall, Hatfield Heath<br />

Located on the Essex/Hertfordshire border, the stunning<br />

country house with grandeur is ideal for a quiet weekend<br />

break. The hotel offers fine dining and a spa, set within 110<br />

acres of immaculate gardens, parkland and woodlands. If<br />

you’re looking to escape the bustle of everyday life, this is<br />

the spa for you. The spa menu includes a good selection of<br />

treatments, including a luxury double room for couples, plus<br />

hydrotherapy pool, steam room and sauna to help you detox.<br />

www.downhall.co.uk<br />

The Spa at Bedford Lodge, Newmarket<br />

Retaining the charm and character of a country house whilst<br />

offering modern comforts and luxury, The Spa at Bedford<br />

Lodge is set in the heart of Newmarket, Suffolk. The perfect<br />

place to embark on a wellness journey this January. Guests<br />

can relax and recharge in the hydrotherapy pool, relaxation<br />

room, steam room, sauna and experiential showers. There<br />

are a number of packages on offer this winter including the<br />

‘All About You’ option which includes a 30-minute treatment<br />

such a detoxifying scrub or a dry flotation for a tranquil<br />

state-of-mind, and an exclusive time slot to enjoy a private<br />

experience in the rooftop hot tub. For those who are back to<br />

work, the ‘Evening Bliss’, available from 4pm, could be just<br />

the thing to get you through the dark days of winter.<br />

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About<br />

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The Puppy Boom<br />

Puppy sales soared during the<br />

pandemic with many seeing<br />

lockdown as the perfect opportunity<br />

to seek pet companionship. However,<br />

the puppy boom raised concerns.<br />

Dog theft increased, illegal breeding<br />

was rife and shelters became<br />

overwhelmed with abandoned pets.<br />

A BBC documentary ‘Britain’s Puppy<br />

Boom: Counting the Cost’ shed light<br />

on the impact of the problem.<br />

It’s been awful to read about the<br />

devastating effects. However, I had<br />

no idea how the puppy boom would<br />

filter down to cause problems for<br />

Fletcher too. The pups we’ve seen<br />

on our daily walks are cute and<br />

Fletcher loves playing with them. It<br />

was all fun and games until the five<br />

female puppies of the same age<br />

came into season around the same<br />

time. Cue a very inquisitive and<br />

misbehaved Fletcher.<br />

Next came the problem of finding a<br />

dog sitter during our holiday. I made<br />

some phone calls, but everyone was<br />

full, and I mean everyone! There was<br />

no room at the inn. Our usual lady is<br />

no longer dog sitting which is a real<br />

shame. I relied on recommendations<br />

from others, but they were all fully<br />

booked for at least eight weeks<br />

ahead. At one point I considered a<br />

kennel, though I worried Fletcher<br />

would never forgive me if I took away<br />

his home comforts. It was full.<br />

The search continued for days<br />

and I considered cancelling our<br />

holiday. Finally, a friend of a friend<br />

recommended a sitter and thankfully<br />

(for us) her own holiday had been<br />

cancelled which meant she had<br />

availability for Fletcher. He had a<br />

wonderful time and he bonded with<br />

her child and dogs instantly. That’s<br />

one great thing about owning a<br />

sociable spaniel.<br />

I hope this isn’t standard practice<br />

for the foreseeable. Do I have to<br />

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months ahead every time I consider<br />

a holiday? I might start a campaign to<br />

encourage airlines to allow pets on<br />

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How to keep your dog safe this festive season<br />

Christmas is a time of celebrations. When decorations are<br />

sparkling, gift wrapping is being discarded across the living<br />

room in a frenzy and sweets are aplenty, it’s easy to forget<br />

in the moment, that it’s not just exciting for us, but our pets<br />

too. Christmas might be fun, but it can be hazardous for our<br />

furry friends. Here’s how to ensure the whole family have a<br />

merry Christmas…<br />

A Dog’s Christmas Dinner<br />

We all like to overindulge at Christmas, our pets included.<br />

While you may be tempted to treat your dog this Christmas,<br />

it’s important to understand what foods are suitable for their<br />

sensitive stomachs.<br />

If you’re planning to give your dog a taste of the turkey this<br />

Christmas Day, be careful to ensure there are no bones or<br />

carcass in the meat, even if cooked. Bones are a choking<br />

hazard for dogs. They can easily splinter and become<br />

lodged or puncture your dog’s digestive organs.<br />

Stuffing may be tasty, but it must be avoided by pets. A<br />

mix of sage, onion, leeks and garlic is toxic for dogs. Blue<br />

cheese, nuts and alcohol should also be avoided.<br />

Beware of festive treats especially chocolate. Chocolate<br />

includes a stimulant called theobromine, which is<br />

poisonous to canines. If eaten it can cause vomiting,<br />

diarrhoea, restlessness, hyperactivity, tremors and seizures.<br />

It affects the heart, central nervous system and kidneys.<br />

Adrian Caunter, clinical director at Vet’s Klinic, said: “The<br />

main dangers are chocolate, raisins and grapes which are<br />

in mince pies, Christmas pudding and many traditional<br />

desserts eaten during the Christmas season. We see<br />

problems like pancreatitis in any dog that overindulges,<br />

especially on fatty foods.”<br />

Décor Dangers<br />

Sparkling Christmas decorations hanging around the home<br />

are tempting for dogs, especially inquisitive puppies. Adrian<br />

added: “Other less common issues are foreign bodies<br />

from Christmas decorations, like tinsel.” If your pet eats a<br />

decoration, or part of, it can cause life threatening intestinal<br />

obstructions.<br />

Be careful where you place your festive plants too. If eaten,<br />

Poinsettia can cause irritation to the mouth and stomach<br />

and lilies are linked to serious kidney damage. Holly and<br />

mistletoe berries may cause upset stomachs, and no one<br />

wants to deal with that on Christmas Day! If your tree drops<br />

its needles, sweep as soon as possible. The sharp points<br />

can pierce paw pads and skin, and are even more harmful<br />

if eaten.<br />

Pet Presents<br />

Don’t worry, it’s not all doom and gloom, there’s still plenty<br />

of ways to include your pet in the family festive celebrations.<br />

Spoil your dog with treats, chews and toys from reputable<br />

pet brands. It will work as the perfect distraction from the<br />

dangers lurking on the dinner table.<br />

Your dog can enjoy a Christmas lunch too. If your pet is<br />

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Are face-toface<br />

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evenings<br />

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past?<br />

The new academic year is well underway and, after months<br />

of online contact, it’s a relief to see the school day returning<br />

to some sort of normality. However, there is one aspect<br />

of remote school activity that may be here to stay. During<br />

the pandemic virtual parents’ consultations proved very<br />

popular, not only with teachers but with parents too.<br />

Back in November last year, Labour MP Jess Phillips<br />

tweeted: “Last night I attended an online parents’ evening<br />

that gave you five minutes before it cut you off and moved<br />

you on to the next teacher. It was a revelation and the only<br />

thing I think is actually improved by being online.”<br />

It seems she wasn’t the only one to see the benefits. This<br />

year, during lockdown in May, the then Education Recovery<br />

Commissioner, Sir Kevan Collins, said that consultations<br />

would “never be the same again,” adding “Zoom for<br />

parents’ evenings is much better than trying to find a carparking<br />

space on a wet Tuesday and waiting your turn.”<br />

Unexpected benefits<br />

For parents:<br />

• No mad dash to arrive on time<br />

• No need to find a parking space<br />

• No confusion over where each teacher is located<br />

• Appointments are guaranteed to take place on time<br />

• No long queues for a teacher whose appointments<br />

have overrun<br />

• Separated or divorced parents can both attend without<br />

awkwardness<br />


Cambridgeshire school joins Diocese of<br />

Ely Multi-Academy Trust<br />

Headteacher Stephanie<br />

Lockwood with pupils at The<br />

Pathfinder Church of England<br />

Primary School. ©DEMAT<br />

A headteacher of a<br />

Cambridgeshire primary<br />

school says she is delighted<br />

it is becoming part of a<br />

leading educational trust.<br />

The Pathfinder Church of<br />

England Primary School<br />

joined the Diocese of<br />

Ely Multi-Academy Trust<br />

(DEMAT) in September,<br />

having been a local<br />

authority-maintained school<br />

since it opened in 2017.<br />

Headteacher Stephanie Lockwood said the support<br />

provided by the Trust would be beneficial to the school<br />

achieving its ambitions for the future: “Having experienced<br />

leadership at the Trust and the support of other teaching<br />

staff will be hugely valuable to Pathfinder.”<br />

Adrian Ball, CEO of the Trust, said: “We are thrilled to<br />

welcome Pathfinder which has big ambitions for the future<br />

and has worked hard to establish a caring atmosphere and<br />

culture of success among its pupils.”<br />

International recognition for top<br />

educator<br />

Jonathan Barfield Moore,<br />

Brentwood School Deputy Head<br />

(Academic)<br />

Brentwood School Deputy<br />

Head (Academic), Mr<br />

Jonathan Barfield Moore,<br />

has been awarded the<br />

<strong>2021</strong> Yale Educator Award<br />

which recognises teachers<br />

from around the world who<br />

inspire and support their<br />

students.<br />

Mr Barfield Moore was<br />

nominated for the award by<br />

former Brentwood School<br />

boarder Din-Ammar Tolj, an<br />

HMC Scholar from Bosnia, who started his scholarship at<br />

the Ivy League university last month.<br />

Mr Barfield Moore, who joined Brentwood in 2014, said:<br />

“This award comes as a great surprise, but also a great<br />

honour. It will take a special place on my desk and remind<br />

me of Din, who was a wonderful student to teach. I have<br />

always wanted to enable my students to become the best<br />

they can be.”<br />

Yale, a private research university based in New Haven,<br />

Connecticut, is one of America’s most prestigious and<br />

highly selective institutions.<br />


• Meetings can be joined from wherever you are,<br />

accommodating other commitments<br />

• A cup of tea (or even a glass of wine – just out of shot)<br />

can be sipped throughout<br />

• It’s a greener option, eliminating the drive to and<br />

from school<br />

For teachers:<br />

• It’s a more efficient use of time<br />

• It’s easier for schools to manage the logistics<br />

• A cup of tea can be grabbed in between conversations<br />

• Less noise in the room results in a more focussed<br />

discussion<br />

• Teachers don’t have to travel home late in the dark<br />

What about the disadvantages?<br />

• With strictly timed sessions, meetings can abruptly end<br />

mid-topic<br />

• The timer counting down on screen can put pressure on<br />

participants<br />

• It relies on parents having good internet connection and<br />

availability of devices<br />

• Sometimes meeting in person is important, particularly<br />

with sensitive issues<br />

• It may be the only time in the year that parents actually<br />

step inside their child’s school<br />

• Body language is not so clear and meetings can feel<br />

more impersonal<br />

Educators are now seeing the benefits of both. The National<br />

Association of Head Teachers (NAHT) said it hoped to see<br />

a hybrid model in the future with NAHT General Secretary,<br />

Paul Whiteman, stating: “We know [virtual meetings] have<br />

often made it easier for parents to attend appointments<br />

and have also made it easier for schools to manage the<br />

logistics.”<br />

It seems that many schools agree. A recent survey by<br />

SchoolCloud, the market leading online booking system<br />

for parents’ evenings, found that 60% of schools intend<br />

to use a combination of online and face-to-face meetings<br />

while a third have no plans to go back to traditional parents’<br />

evenings at all.<br />

This is good news for parents who are juggling school<br />

commitments with other responsibilities and also for<br />

those of us who like to pop our slippers on at the end of<br />

a busy day.<br />

New building marks new academic year<br />

at Cambridgeshire college<br />

Sixth Formers enjoying the<br />

new building at Impington<br />

International College<br />

Students at Impington<br />

International College in<br />

Cambridge are reaping<br />

the benefits of a brand<br />

new Sixth Form building<br />

which has opened to<br />

accommodate the 150<br />

students joining for this<br />

academic year: the largest<br />

Year 12 cohort in the last<br />

two years.<br />

The new building has three<br />

large classrooms, a fully<br />

equipped seminar room, an air-conditioned common room<br />

and an outdoor area that provides a dedicated space for<br />

socialising and relaxation between lessons.<br />

Johanna Sale, Vice Principal, said: “Our new building<br />

provides Sixth Form students with an exclusive space,<br />

giving them greater independence and enhancing their<br />

learning experience.”<br />

Year 13 student, Gethin W. said: “The space has breathed<br />

new life into our learning and I appreciate the fact that it<br />

takes less time to get around in between lessons. It has<br />

surpassed all of our expectations.”<br />

Wymondham College commended in the<br />

Bernice McCabe Award<br />

Bernice McCabe and HRH The<br />

Prince of Wales meeting teachers<br />

at the PTI Schools Programme<br />

Day 2011. Credit Benjamin<br />

Ealovega<br />

Education charity, the<br />

PTI, has announced the<br />

History department at<br />

Wymondham College in<br />

Norfolk as commended for<br />

the Bernice McCabe Award<br />

at a ceremony at Merchant<br />

Taylors’ Hall. Bernice McCabe<br />

OBE, who sadly passed<br />

away in February 2019, was<br />

the founding co-director<br />

of the PTI and believed in<br />

the transformative power of<br />

inspiring subject teaching.<br />

The Award has been<br />

created to remember Bernice and to promote and celebrate<br />

excellence in subject leadership in schools. A £5,000<br />

prize and trophy is awarded annually to an exceptional<br />

department which demonstrates the ethos and values of the<br />

PTI through their work within and beyond the curriculum.<br />

The History department at Wymondham College reviewed<br />

their curriculum and to focus on ‘overarching’ and ‘enquiry’<br />

questions and a ‘Story, Source and Scholarship’ approach.<br />

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Mum’s the Word:<br />

A Coat of Armour<br />

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

I love shopping. Not just shopping for myself either, I love<br />

shopping with others, for others, for toys, for gifts, for food,<br />

for clothes. I always enjoy shopping. There’s something<br />

about shopping for kids’ clothes though that sucks the<br />

joy out of it for me. I think it’s the seeming endlessness of<br />

replacing clothes that your child wore a handful of times<br />

before then growing out of. It’s like the whole Forth Bridge<br />

thing, just by the time you’ve replaced everything in your<br />

child’s wardrobe, they’ve grown some more, and you need<br />

to start again.<br />

Whilst begrudgingly buying new trainers and steeling<br />

myself for the fact I probably need to buy yet another winter<br />

coat for my son, I thought of my own childhood and the<br />

feelings I had getting a new winter coat and I felt my grip on<br />

my purse strings loosen a little.<br />

As a child you see a winter coat wasn’t the mundane thing<br />

that I see it as through adult eyes. My brand-new coat was<br />

so much more than a necessity, it was the start of a whole<br />

season of adventure.<br />

A winter coat to a child is a suit of armour to protect you<br />

in an epic snowball battle. It’s a storage system for the<br />

conkers that you gather up on the way home from school.<br />

I remember my most beloved childhood coat; it was pink,<br />

puffy and had what felt like a hundred pockets.<br />

When I went out to play in this coat, I didn’t just feel warm,<br />

or fashionable, no, this coat was my detective coat. I had<br />

pockets for hidden gadgets, for my police badge, pockets<br />

for storing evidence or for stashing an imaginary weapon.<br />

Whilst I’m sure my mum felt frustration when I inevitably<br />

grew out of that coat and needed a replacement, I felt<br />

sadness at the end of a rather illustrious season of thwarting<br />

bad guys and saving the day. I knew that, whatever coat<br />

I got the following winter, it wouldn’t be the same as my<br />

multi-pocketed detective gadget coat. And it wasn’t. But it<br />

was the coat that launched a whole new seasonal career as<br />

a travelling minstrel or as a private queen.<br />

So, this year when buying your child’s new winter coat just<br />

try and think of what new adventures you might be igniting.<br />


Thursford Christmas Spectacular,<br />

9 November – 23 December<br />

Thursford, Norfolk<br />

One of the biggest Christmas shows in the UK, The<br />

Thursford Christmas Spectacular blends Christmas<br />

entertainment, with dazzling dancers, beautiful costumes,<br />

and music including seasonal classics and year-round<br />

favourites. It’s a spectacle of colour and talent not to be<br />

missed. There are two performances per day, and this year<br />

promises to be bigger and better than ever before!<br />

Tickets start at £38.<br />

www.thursford.com/christmas-spectacular<br />

The North Pole Ice Rink,<br />

19 November – 3 January<br />

Parker’s Piece, Cambridge<br />

Frozen fun is coming to Cambridge this winter with the return<br />

of The North Pole Ice Rink. A great festive day out for adults,<br />

teenagers and children (penguin skating aids are available<br />

for little ones), the rink is available for skating during the day<br />

and evening. The fun continues with the addition of the Big<br />

Wheel and a three lane, real ice slide. After a whizz around<br />

the rink, visitors can warm up at the bar serving traditional<br />

bratwursts, hot chocolate and mulled wine.<br />

Prices from £13 per adult, £11 per child.<br />

Family discounts available.<br />

www.thenorthpolecambridge.co.uk<br />

Santa at Paradise Wildlife Park, selected<br />

dates between<br />

27 November – 24 December<br />

Play<br />

Dates<br />

Enjoy the most wonderful time of year with<br />

our pick of festive and winter events, perfect<br />

for toddlers, tweens and teenagers.<br />

Broxbourne, Hertfordshire<br />

Santa’s sleigh is landing at the zoo! Hertfordshire’s leading<br />

outdoor attraction will be dressed for the festive season<br />

featuring a sparkling 20ft Christmas tree and holiday music<br />

to keep you entertained on your walk to see the animals<br />

and dinosaurs. Children can visit the reindeers in the<br />

woodlands before meeting Santa.<br />

www.pwpark.com<br />



Magic of Christmas at Colchester Zoo,<br />

weekends in December & 18-24 December<br />

Colchester Zoo, Essex<br />

Experience the magic of Christmas at the zoo with festive<br />

treats and activities. Children can visit Santa’s reindeers in<br />

their stables, take part in arts and crafts at the elves workshop<br />

and listen to Christmas tales.<br />

www.colchester-zoo.com<br />

Bedford Christmas Tree Festival,<br />

5-11 December<br />

St Paul’s Square, Bedford<br />

A great way to get into the festive spirit, wander around<br />

the display of creatively decorated Christmas trees from<br />

local businesses and community groups. This year’s theme<br />

is panto!<br />

www.facebook.com/bedfordchristmastreefestival<br />

Santa Sunday’s at Stoke by Nayland,<br />

Sundays in December<br />

Near Colchester, Essex<br />

Escape to the countryside this Christmas and immerse<br />

yourself in the festive spirit at Stoke by Nayland Resort. The<br />

Resort is located in an ANOB and will be transformed into<br />

a magical winter wonderland. Santa comes to town every<br />

Sunday in December to treat families to some festive fun and<br />

a special lunch with the man himself. As well as tucking into<br />

a delicious three-course lunch, each child gets a surprise gift<br />

from Santa and the whole family can join in with the on-site<br />

festive entertainment.<br />

Tickets from £12 per child, aged 2-6 years.<br />

www.stokebynayland.com/christmas/santa-events<br />

IlluminAbbey, 2-4 December<br />

Bury St Edmunds, Suffolk<br />

The Abbey Gardens will be decorated in a dazzling display of<br />

lights accompanied by music and live entertainment, suitable<br />

for all ages. The 1km route begins at the Eastgate Nursery<br />

entrance, leading through the illuminated gardens and ruins.<br />

Along the way, there will be street theatre, circus acts and<br />

high impact drumming troupe with kaleidoscopic lighting.<br />

The trail takes place 4.30pm-8.30pm.<br />

Tickets; adult £6, child (4-16 years) £4, under 4s go free.<br />

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

illuminabbey<br />

Christmas Upside Down House,<br />

6 December – 3 January<br />

Lakeside, Essex<br />

Turn your world upside down and capture gravity defying<br />

photos with Santa. The Upside Down House will have a<br />

festive makeover this season. In addition to festive photo<br />

opportunities, visitors will have the chance to enter a<br />

competition to win tickets to other nearby attractions.<br />

www.upsidedownhouse.co.uk<br />

Christmas Spectacular Circus & Water<br />

Show, 11 December – 9 January<br />

Hippodrome Circus, Great Yarmouth, Norfolk<br />

The Christmas Spectacular returns with a fantastic display<br />

of music, dance and circus acts. There’ll be sensational<br />

acrobats, aerialists, water displays and the magic of<br />

Christmas with hilarious comedy from Jack Jay and<br />

Ben Langley. This is a great alternative to a traditional<br />

pantomime. Price: Adults £22-£27, children up to 14 years<br />


Pantomime<br />

It’s that time of year, oh yes, it is! It wouldn’t be Christmas<br />

without a trip to the theatre. This year, pantomime is back<br />

with great casts and hilarity.<br />

Car Park Panto<br />

17 December – Chelmsford City Racecourse –<br />

4.30pm and 7pm<br />

18 December – IWM Duxford – 2pm and 5pm<br />

19 December – London Stansted Airport –<br />

2pm and 5pm<br />

Enjoy the festive cheer of the panto from the comfort of<br />

your car. Car Park Panto in partnership with Birmingham<br />

Stage Company are bringing ‘Horrible Christmas’ to the<br />

region. A festive spin on children’s favourite, ‘Horrible<br />

Histories’, children (and adults) can cheer from their car,<br />

beeping their horn, for an interactive performance. Great<br />

value for money, the event is set to sell out fast!<br />

www.carparkparty.com<br />

Aladdin at Cambridge Arts Theatre,<br />

2 December – 9 January<br />

Aladdin longs for riches, good fortune and his one true love<br />

while stuck working in Widow Twankey’s laundrette. But<br />

when the dastardly Abanazar lures him into the depths of a<br />

deep dark cave, Aladdin’s life is turned upside down! With<br />

the Genie by his side and the magic lamp in his pocket,<br />

Aladdin finds himself on the adventure of a lifetime.<br />

Tickets from £17<br />

www.cambridgeartstheatre.com<br />

Dick Whittington and his Cat at Norwich<br />

Theatre Royal, 11 December – 9 January<br />

The classic story of Dick Whittington comes to the stage in<br />

Norwich this Christmas. A rag to riches tale of a young man<br />

who leaves home with only his cat to find fame and fortune.<br />

Audiences can expect lively songs, music, dance and<br />

slapstick comedy.<br />

www.norwichtheatre.org/whats-on/dick-whittington<br />

Beauty and the Beast at Chelmsford Civic<br />

Theatre, 26 November – 3 January<br />

The Disney classic is bought to life on stage and given a<br />

pantomime twist. The story of love and transformation<br />

will include fantastic sets, dazzling costumes and plenty<br />

of singing.<br />

www.chelmsford.gov.uk/theatres/whats-on/childrenand-families/beauty-and-the-beast<br />

Snow White & the Seven Dwarfs at The<br />

Alban Arena, 10 December – 3 January<br />

Laugh, cheer and boo your way through the story of<br />

Snow White. The performance sees the return of theatre<br />

favourites and familiar faces including Chizzy Akudolu, who<br />

starred in Holby and EastEnders. The theatre promises this<br />

will be its biggest and funniest festive treat to date!<br />

www.alban-arena.co.uk/events/snow-white-theseven-dwarfs-2<br />

Cinderella at Theatre Royal Bury St<br />

Edmunds, 26 November – 16 January<br />

The fairytale of Cinderella and Prince Charming is this year’s<br />

pantomime of choice. It’s a story of love and laughter. For<br />

extra fun, check out the gala performance which includes<br />

fancy dress before the show, a goodie bag, ice cream,<br />

nibbles and drinks.<br />

www.theatreroyal.org/shows/cinderella<br />

Rapunzel at Bedford Corn Exchange,<br />

21 December – 1 January<br />

A Christmas and New Year treat, the Bedford Pantomime<br />

Company return with festive traditional pantomime fun as<br />

they present the tale of Rapunzel and her luscious locks.<br />

www.bedfordcornexchange.co.uk/events/rapunzel-atangled-pantomime<br />


Santa Railway Specials<br />

The best festive railway experiences for families<br />

Bring the magic of Christmas to life with a journey on a<br />

steam train to visit Santa. Create special memories with<br />

the whole family as you hop abroad for festive fun and ride<br />

through the countryside. You’ll need to be quick; tickets sell<br />

out fast!<br />

North Norfolk Railway<br />

Weekends 27 November – 19 December,<br />

daily from 20-24 December<br />

A truly magical experience for children, journey through<br />

the glorious North Norfolk countryside to meet Santa. The<br />

festive feeling begins as the puffing steam train rolls into<br />

the platform at Sheringham Station. Grab a warming cup of<br />

soup or hot drink from The Old Luggage Office then hop<br />

aboard. With a toot of the horn, the train starts its route to<br />

the charming Edwardian station at Weybourne. Seasonal<br />

refreshments will be waiting then it’s a stroll through the<br />

beautifully decorated Christmas Tree Kingdom to meet<br />

Santa and his elves. There’s a gift for every child and<br />

photo opportunities before the return journey back to<br />

Sheringham. The railway will also host the ‘Norfolk Lights<br />

Express’ from 15 November to 3 January. The train will<br />

shine brightly, illuminated with colourful lights as it journeys<br />

through the countryside.<br />

Price: From £22, babes in arms £10 for Santa Specials.<br />

Norfolk Lights Express £18 per person.<br />

www.nnrailway.co.uk/santa_specials-<strong>2021</strong><br />

Bure Valley Railway, 4-24 December<br />

Departing from Wroxham Station, take a trip to see Father<br />

Christmas in his grotto where he’ll be waiting in his railway<br />

sleigh with gifts for children. There are songs, games and<br />

festive refreshments. With so much fun on offer, it’s no<br />

wonder this Christmas event has been running for over<br />

25 years.<br />

Price: Adult £15, children £15<br />

www.bvrw.co.uk<br />



Leigh Caudwell, NNR Bure Valley Railway<br />

Bressingham Railway<br />

28 November – 24 December<br />

The village and gardens sparkle with rows of festoon<br />

lighting and festive décor. Take a journey on the steam train<br />

on the Fen Railway, then visit Santa, his wife and elves in<br />

the grotto. Though some safety restrictions are in place,<br />

which includes no live entertainment in the village hall and<br />

no sitting with Santa directly, there’s still a magical element<br />

to this event. Tickets include a train ride, visit to Santa with<br />

a gift, a ride on the gallopers and entry to the Dad’s Army<br />

Exhibition which will also be decorated for Christmas.<br />

Price: Adults from £12.50, children aged 3-12 years from<br />

£15.50 and under 3s from £8.<br />

www.bressingham.co.uk<br />

Epping Ongar Railway<br />

Light Fantastic;<br />

19 November – 9 January<br />

Santa Specials; 4-24 December<br />

There’s a choice of two wonderful experiences at the<br />

railway this winter. Steam and diesel trains will sparkle<br />

with colourful lights for the ‘Light Fantastic’ event from 19<br />

November to 9 January, an illuminative experience with<br />

dazzling displays and on-board music and narrative. Then<br />

there’s the ‘Santa Specials’, available on selected dates<br />

from 4 to 24 December. The station comes alive with festive<br />

spirit as the elves keep little ones entertained before they<br />

board the train for a meet and greet. Each child will receive<br />

a gift, there are festive treats and the chance to write a letter<br />

to Santa.<br />

Price: Light Fantastic £20 per person.<br />

Santa Specials from £160 for up to six people.<br />

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

Mid Norfolk Railway<br />

13 November – 23 December<br />

Recreating the magic of the iconic festive film ‘The Polar<br />

Express’, the theatrical train ride will take families on an<br />

immersive experience of sights, sounds and festivities from<br />

Dereham Station. From the moment the conductor shouts<br />

“All aboard”, the magic begins. Chefs and waiters dance<br />

through the carriages serving cookies and hot chocolate<br />

and share the story of The Polar Express. Santa will hop<br />

aboard to spread his festive cheer and deliver a present to<br />

each child. This is one of the most magical family Christmas<br />

experiences of the season so early booking is advised.<br />

Price: Standard from £26, premium from £39.50<br />

www.midnorfolkthepolarexpressride.com<br />

Colne Valley Railway<br />

Weekends in December and<br />

21-22 December<br />

A lovely Christmas day out for children. The experience<br />

begins with a visit to Santa’s grotto, it’s then all aboard the<br />

diesel train to collect a present from Santa’s toy shop.<br />

Price: From £40<br />

www.colnevalleyrailway.co.uk<br />


Bure Valley Railway<br />

Create special memories with the<br />

whole family as you hop abroad<br />

for festive fun and ride through<br />

the countryside<br />

Audley End Miniature Railway<br />

20 November – 24 December<br />

One of the most popular railway experiences in the region,<br />

this is a traditional Christmas experience which will create<br />

ever-lasting memories. Designed to be a winter wonderland,<br />

the small train runs through the woodlands adorned in<br />

Christmas decorations, complete with dancing elves and<br />

festive fairies. So much more than a train journey, children<br />

will have the opportunity to send a letter to the North Pole,<br />

meet Santa and receive a gift, visit the gingerbread house<br />

and playground, make reindeer food and watch Mother<br />

Christmas’ interactive show. Tickets sell out fast!<br />

Price: Adults and children over 92cm £18-£25, children<br />

under 92cm £9-£12.50.<br />

www.audley-end-railway.co.uk/events/christmasspecial-<strong>2021</strong><br />

Leighton Buzzard Railway<br />

4-24 December<br />

There’s a choice of festive fun this December as the railway<br />

hosts its Santa Steam Specials for children in the lead up to<br />

Christmas with the opportunity to enjoy a 25-minute train<br />

journey and meet Santa in his grotto at Pages Park. While<br />

Santa takes a break over the festive period, the Mince Pie<br />

Specials will offer train enthusiasts a chance to enjoy the<br />

historic narrow-gauge railway and festive refreshments on<br />

27, 28 and 29 December.<br />

Price: Santa Specials; adults £10, children £11.<br />

Mince Pie Specials; adults £8, children £5<br />

www.buzzrail.uk/special-events<br />

Mid Suffolk Light Railway<br />

Weekends in December<br />

A lovely festive event, the train departs from Brockford<br />

Station and takes children on a journey to meet Santa at a<br />

decorated ‘North Pole Halt’. There’s a Christmas market too!<br />

Price: £25 for a compartment for up to two people<br />

www.mslr.org.uk/visit-us/santa-specials<br />

Nene Valley Railway<br />

27 November – 24 December<br />

The traditional railway and steam engine creates the perfect<br />

Christmas experience. Santa will meet and greet each child<br />

with a gift on arrival. It’s then a party aboard the classic<br />

carriages as festive cheer fills the air and everyone tucks<br />

into seasonal food and drink. There are four ticket options<br />

available including the opportunity to have your very own<br />

private first-class lounge with personal server.<br />

Price: Adults from £18, children from £18<br />

www.nvr.org.uk<br />

East Anglian Railway Museum<br />

Selected dates from 4-19 December<br />

A must for Thomas the Tank Engine fans! Children’s<br />

favourite trains, Thomas and friends, steam into Chappel<br />

& Wakes Colne Station for festive fun. Little ones can take<br />

a ride behind Thomas, meet The Fat Controller and Sodor<br />

station sweepers, Rusty and Dusty. There is plenty to keep<br />

children entertained with re-enactments, storytelling, model<br />

railways, themed activities and an optional visit to see<br />

Father Christmas.<br />

Price: Adults £16.50, children £12.10, under 2s free.<br />

www.earm.co.uk/days-out-with-thomas<br />


Santa Claus is<br />

coming to town!<br />

The best places in the East of England to<br />

meet Father Christmas<br />

Bring a little magic to the festive season and a smile to the<br />

faces of your little ones with a visit to see Santa.<br />

Father Christmas at Wardown,<br />

11-22 December<br />

Wardown House, Museum & Gallery, Old Bedford Road,<br />

Luton, Bedfordshire, LU2 7HA<br />

Curl up with Miss Christmas for a story in the library before<br />

joining Father Christmas in the dining room for a gift from<br />

under the tree. Afterwards, you’ll be treated to milk and<br />

cookies with the friendly elves.<br />

Child £14, adult £6.<br />

www.culturetrust.com<br />

The Magic of Christmas,<br />

3-24 December<br />

Mead Open Farm Stanbridge Road, Billington,<br />

Bedfordshire, LU7 9JH<br />

Meet Father Christmas, join the Elf Academy,<br />

make a bear, choose a toy in the Magical<br />

Shop, visit Mother Christmas and Merry<br />

Berry’s kitchen, and make reindeer food<br />

to sprinkle on Christmas Eve.<br />

Child from £25, adult from £18.<br />

www.meadopenfarm.co.uk<br />

Father Christmas at<br />

the Fen,<br />

4-21 December<br />

Wicken Fen, Lode Lane,<br />

Wicken, Ely, Cambridgeshire,<br />

CB7 5XP<br />

Make a decoration with the<br />

elves, and collect a craft<br />

pack, before popping into the<br />

Fen Cottage where Father<br />

Christmas will be warming his<br />

toes by the fire. He’ll have a<br />

present for you too!<br />

£10 per child (accompanying<br />

adults free).<br />

www.nationaltrust.org.uk<br />



Dine with Santa, 5-23 December<br />

Knebworth Barns, Old Knebworth Lane, Knebworth, Hertfordshire,<br />

SG3 6PY<br />

Enjoy an early Christmas treat with a meal at Knebworth Barns,<br />

complete with a visit from Santa and a gift for every child. Lunch<br />

and dinner available with roast turkey or nut roast plus all the<br />

trimmings and a delicious dessert.<br />

Adult £34.20, child £26.40.<br />

www.knebworthhouse.com<br />

Festive Express, 4-24 December<br />

Santa’s Woodland Grotto,<br />

16-23 December<br />

Hinchingbrooke Country Park, Countryside Centre,<br />

Huntingdon, Cambridgeshire, PE29 6DB<br />

Cheeky elves will greet you before you make your way<br />

through the woven willow tunnels, with a few surprise guests<br />

on the way. Santa and Mrs Claus will be waiting for you with a<br />

special gift. From £20 per child (accompanying adults free).<br />

www.ticketsource.co.uk<br />

The Father Christmas Experience,<br />

13 November-24 December<br />

Marsh Farm, Marsh Farm Road, South Woodham Ferrers,<br />

Essex, CM3 5WP<br />

Become an honorary elf at the Elf Academy, step into the<br />

Snow Show, visit Mother Christmas’ kitchen and meet<br />

Father Christmas. Back on the farm, enjoy festive rides and<br />

ice skating.<br />

From £35 per person.<br />

www.marshfarm.co.uk<br />

Santa Spectacular,<br />

20 November-24 December<br />

Willows Activity Farm, Coursers Road, London Colney,<br />

St Albans, Hertfordshire, AL4 0PF<br />

Head through <strong>Winter</strong> Wonderland to Santa’s grotto and<br />

choose a gift. Make a soft toy, decorate gingerbread, hop<br />

aboard Tristan Tractor, and enjoy the funfair rides and ice rink.<br />

Child from £45, under 2s from £22, adult from £23.<br />

www.willowsactivityfarm.com<br />

Christmas at Paradise,<br />

27 November-24 December<br />

White Stubbs Lane, Broxbourne, Hertfordshire, EN10 7QA<br />

Walk through the fairy light tunnel and visit Santa’s grotto.<br />

The park will be transformed with beautiful decorations,<br />

complete with a 20ft Christmas tree. See Santa’s reindeer in<br />

the Woodland Walk too.<br />

Children from £20, adults from £22.<br />

www.pwpark.com<br />

Bure Valley Railway, Aylsham Station, Norwich Road, Aylsham,<br />

Norfolk, NR11 6BW<br />

Hop on board a steam train to Brampton and enjoy refreshments<br />

in your own heated private compartment. Visit Santa and his<br />

elves in his grotto where each child will receive a personalised<br />

present.<br />

£15 per person.<br />

www.bvrw.co.uk<br />

The Christmas Experience,<br />

4-24 December<br />

Wroxham Barns, Tunstead Road, Hoveton Norfolk,<br />

NR12 8QU<br />

Meet the elves at college, visit the real animal nativity, build a<br />

teddy and join Mrs Claus’ kitchen workshop before story time<br />

with Santa. Enjoy unlimited play at the Fun Park.<br />

Child from £17.95, under 2 £11.50, adults from £14.50.<br />

www.wroxhambarns.co.uk<br />

Santa’s Workshop, 4-23 December<br />

Kersey Mill, Hadleigh Road, Kersey, Suffolk, IP7 6DP<br />

Collect lost gifts for Santa en route to the workshop where you<br />

can take part in the Christmas preparations, including loading the<br />

sleigh. Meet the candy elf, receive a gift and make a craft item.<br />

Child £32.50 including one adult, additional adults £15.<br />

www.kerseymill.net<br />

Kentwell at Christmas, 4-12 December<br />

High Street, Long Melford, Sudbury, Suffolk, CO10 9BA<br />

Step back in time to meet Victorian characters celebrating a<br />

traditional Christmas, with a visit to Father Christmas. The House<br />

and gardens will be also open.<br />

Child 2-3 from £10, 4-11 from £20, 12-15 from £27.50,<br />

adult from £32.50.<br />

www.kentwell.co.uk<br />

Christmas at Easton Park Farm,<br />

4-24 December<br />

Easton, Woodbridge, Suffolk, IP13 0EQ<br />

Magical activities including wishing tree craft, meet the Christmas<br />

animals, gingerbread decorating, reindeer food making, elf<br />

workshop present picking and meet Father Christmas.<br />

Children £17.95, adults £10.<br />

www.eastonfarmpark.co.uk<br />


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Testicular cancer is relatively uncommon and little understood. It doesn’t get a<br />

lot of press. This leaves many men uninformed, vulnerable to late diagnosis and<br />

unduly concerned about the condition.<br />

Mr Anil Vohra, Consultant Urological Surgeon at Nuffield Health Brentwood<br />

Hospital, explains the facts:<br />

It’s not that common<br />

• Cancer of the testicle is one of the less common<br />

cancers and tends to mostly affect men between 15<br />

and 49 years of age.<br />

• Testicular cancer is a relatively rare type of cancer,<br />

accounting for just 1% of all cancers that occur in men.<br />

• Around 2,300 men are diagnosed with testicular cancer<br />

each year in the UK.<br />

But it’s the most common cancer in<br />

younger men<br />

Although it is relatively uncommon overall, testicular cancer<br />

is the most common type of cancer to affect men between<br />

the ages of 15 and 49.<br />

So, it’s a key cancer to be aware of throughout this life<br />

stage. Most cases of testicular cancer are found by accident<br />

by the men themselves.<br />

Who’s most at risk?<br />

If you have an immediate family member who’s been<br />

diagnosed with testicular cancer, then your risk is 10 times<br />

higher than average. Men who have low fertility or have<br />

had one or both testicles fail to descend naturally into<br />

the scrotum also have heightened risk. For reasons that<br />

are unclear, white men have a higher risk of developing<br />

testicular cancer than men from other ethnic groups.<br />

If you have been diagnosed with testicular cancer, you also<br />

need to be observed for signs of recurrence between five<br />

and 10 years, so it’s very important that you attend your<br />

follow-up appointments.<br />

Don’t panic – the overwhelming<br />

majority survive<br />

The number of cases of testicular cancer diagnosed each<br />

year in the UK has roughly doubled since the mid-1970s.<br />

Again, the reasons for this are unclear.<br />

Testicular cancer is one of the most treatable types of<br />

cancer, and the outlook is one of the best for cancers.<br />

In England and Wales, almost all men (99%) survive for a<br />

year or more after being diagnosed with testicular cancer,<br />

and 98% survive for five years or more after diagnosis.<br />

You’ll probably lose a testicle<br />

For obvious reasons, many men are alarmed at this<br />

prospect, but it’s a small price to pay. If you have testicular<br />

cancer the first step is usually to remove the affected testicle<br />

(orchidectomy). This is the most effective way to ensure the<br />

cancer doesn’t spread, which could save your life.<br />

Removing one testicle won’t impact your sex life – you’ll<br />

still produce plenty of sperm and testosterone with the<br />

remaining testicle. A prosthetic testicle can even be inserted<br />

into the scrotum to maintain its appearance. When the<br />

cancer is more advanced, chemotherapy and radiotherapy<br />

can then be used to prevent the cancer from returning.<br />

It’s very unlikely you’ll lose both<br />

testicles<br />

Bi-lateral orchidectomy, or removal of both testicles, is<br />

extremely rare and necessary in only one in every 100<br />

procedures. Losing both testicles to cancer will prevent<br />

you from producing sperm and testosterone naturally.<br />


Testosterone can be replaced through injections or skin<br />

patches to help you maintain a healthy sex life. Sperm can<br />

also be banked before the procedure if you wish to father<br />

children in the future.<br />

How to self-check<br />

Self-checking is especially important if you’re affected<br />

by one or more risk factors. But all men can benefit from<br />

understanding what feels normal for them.<br />

Gently roll each testicle between your index finger and<br />

thumb to help identify any irregularities. When you are<br />

checking your testicles, you may feel a rounded tube<br />

towards the back of each testicle that may be tender. This<br />

is normal and is called the epididymis. It is part of the male<br />

reproductive system. It’s easiest to check your testicles<br />

when they’re warm and relaxed – after a shower or bath<br />

is ideal.<br />

Other symptoms<br />

• A hard lump on the front or side of the testicle<br />

• Swelling or enlargement of the testicle<br />

• Sharp pain or dull ache in the testicle or scrotum which<br />

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• An unusual difference between one testicle and<br />

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• A heavy or dragging feeling in the scrotum<br />

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Most lumps or swellings in the scrotum are not in the<br />

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Anyone who knows my personal style will be well aware of<br />

my beautiful collection of coloured leather gloves. Indeed,<br />

one of the advantages of the cooler weather is that I get to<br />

wear, and enjoy, my lovely collection. I have a whole drawer<br />

full of them, carefully lined up in a rainbow of colours and a<br />

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They are mainly leather, but there are also a few pairs in<br />

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To determine the quality of a glove, touch them to feel<br />

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<strong>Winter</strong> weddings can be magical and utterly romantic –<br />

think warm cosy fires, toasty blankets, crisp blue skies,<br />

mulled wine, rich and warm berry tones with plenty of<br />

foliage and an abundance of candlelight. There are of<br />

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What makes a good winter<br />

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2. A venue where the inside is just as spectacular and<br />

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guests will be spending their time wrapped up indoors.<br />

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ideally a number of different rooms that are able to<br />

accommodate the various elements of the day such as<br />

separate rooms for a ceremony and reception.<br />

4. A venue that offers plenty of onsite or nearby<br />

accommodation as guests are less likely to want to<br />

travel at the end of the evening.<br />

5. A venue that will work with and compliment a winter<br />

wedding colour palette and can also accommodate<br />

candlelight or additional lighting.<br />

6. A venue that isn’t too far from suitable transport and<br />

road links.<br />

Things to consider<br />

Try to schedule venue visits and recces at a similar time of<br />

year to your wedding so that you’ll know what to expect<br />

on the day. There’s also less risk then of you falling in love<br />

with an element of your venue that might not necessarily be<br />

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Don’t be afraid to ask a potential venue about logistical<br />

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CUPRA is the sporty brand of the Spanish manufacturer, SEAT. CUPRA stands for cup<br />

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day before your 40th birthday.<br />

Here are my 10 key need-to-knows.<br />

1. It’s only for someone who’s<br />

never owned or part-owned a<br />

home.<br />

2. You can use it to buy any<br />

residential property (not buy-tolet)<br />

costing up to £450,000.<br />

3. You get a 25% bonus on<br />

everything, up to £4,000 per<br />

tax year, you put in until you’re<br />

aged 50. So, if you save £1,000,<br />

you’ll have £1,250, and if you save<br />

the full £4,000, you’ll have £5,000.<br />

4. Each person has their own LISA,<br />

so couples can have one each.<br />

Two first-time buyers, buying a<br />

property together costing £450,000<br />

or less, can BOTH open one and<br />

save in it, doubling the bonus.<br />

5. A first-time buyer, buying with<br />

someone who’s already owned,<br />

can still get the bonus.<br />

6. You need to have your LISA<br />

open for at least a year to use it<br />

to buy a house (so EVERYONE<br />

should open one with £1+ now).<br />

Even if you’re not ready to start<br />

saving, open it with £1 to get the<br />

clock started, then when you are<br />

ready, there’s no wait (and if not,<br />

withdraw the £1 and you’ll get 94p<br />

back – no biggie).<br />

7. LISAs can be used for your<br />

home exchange and mortgage<br />

deposits. When you’re ready to<br />

buy, your house purchase solicitor<br />

will need to sort out the money for<br />

you.<br />

8. LISAs can also be used for<br />

retirement savings. The money<br />

and bonus can also be taken<br />

out once you hit age 60. Though<br />

putting money in a pension is<br />

more efficient for most.<br />

9. Withdraw cash for owt else,<br />

and there’s a penalty. You can<br />

take your money out whenever<br />

you want, but if it’s not for the<br />

property – or at retirement – there’ll<br />

be a 25% penalty (remember<br />

you’ve already been given a 25%<br />

bonus). The maths works out that<br />

for every £100 you put in, you get<br />

£93.75 back.<br />

10. You can have a LISA alongside<br />

other ISAs. The overall ISA limit<br />

is £20,000 in the <strong>2021</strong>/22 tax<br />

year. You’re allowed to split this<br />

between a LISA (up to the max<br />

£4,000) and put the remainder in a<br />

cash ISA, stocks & shares ISA and/<br />

or an innovative finance ISA in the<br />

same tax year.<br />

The number of providers<br />

offering LISAs is limited<br />

There are two flavours of LISA: cash<br />

LISAs, which are savings accounts,<br />

and stocks & shares LISAs for those<br />

who want to invest. Sadly, supply<br />

of LISAs is limited as providers are<br />

nervous that if people put money in<br />

them for retirement when it’s not right<br />

for them, they could face mis-selling<br />

claims. This is a LISA design fault that<br />

I and others warned about from the<br />

early days, but sadly it’s never been<br />

dealt with. Yet that shouldn’t put firsttime<br />

buyers off.<br />

The top LISA providers and rates can<br />

change at any time, so to find the<br />

current top payers go to the constantly<br />

updated guide at<br />

www.moneysavingexpert.com/<br />

LISAs. You’ll also find information<br />

there on the best stocks & shares LISA<br />

options – though those tend to be<br />

best for those planning on not using<br />

the money for at least five years.<br />

Should I shift my Help to<br />

Buy ISA to a LISA?<br />

My full explanation of which is best is<br />

at www.moneysavingexpert.com/<br />

Help2BuyOrLISA, but in a nutshell…<br />

If you’ll DEFINITELY buy a home<br />

for less than the LISA maximum of<br />

£450,000, are aged 18 to 39, and you<br />

WON’T do it within a year of opening,<br />

and can max out the savings, it may be<br />

worth switching to a LISA as you will<br />

get a bigger bonus.<br />

Yet if you’re BUYING QUICKLY, you’re<br />

40 or over, or you’re not 100% sure<br />

you’ll buy at all, then it’s safer to stick<br />

with your H2B ISA.<br />

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101<br />

Back to Basics<br />

Written by Tara-Louise McCaughey<br />

Over the past year, nearly every<br />

business has gone online. Your<br />

business needed to grow online, but<br />

do you feel like you are still going<br />

round and round in circles? New<br />

updates, algorithms and trying to<br />

keep up with recent trends all while<br />

trying to run your business, is a lot.<br />

Business 101 will help you battle<br />

the online world while still having<br />

the time to run your business on the<br />

ground. Your business social media<br />

profiles will be ready to welcome new<br />

customers with open arms with my<br />

simple tips and tricks.<br />

Let’s go back to basics. When setting<br />

up a business page on any platform,<br />

you have sections to fill out. 90% of<br />

the time, you forget to go back and<br />

update them. It could be anything<br />

from new opening hours, service<br />

updates or maybe just a general<br />

refresh on your message to new and<br />

old customers. Follow my checklist<br />

below to make sure your profiles are<br />

ready for business.<br />

Business Name: Make sure<br />

all your profiles have the same<br />

name. Gone are the days of having<br />

one name for Facebook, one for<br />

Instagram and another for Twitter.<br />

Consistency is key to a strong brand<br />

presence. Plus, it makes it easier for<br />

people to find and interact with you<br />

online.<br />

Page category: This helps<br />

people to see from the start what<br />

your business is about. Page/<br />

account categories are used on<br />

both Facebook and Instagram. They<br />

have a wide range to choose from<br />

but select the closest one to it if your<br />

business sector is not listed. It also<br />

helps when people are searching<br />

for a service, product or business.<br />

Facebook and Instagram will bring<br />

these up in searches. Think of it as a<br />

social network Yellow Pages.<br />

Location: A must-have for local<br />

businesses, make sure your address<br />

is correct on Facebook as they now<br />

have a direction feature that links to<br />

the map on your phone. Again it also<br />

brings you up in searches. Perfect for<br />

tourists who don’t know the area.<br />

Contact details: Keep these<br />

updated and check you have the<br />

correct email address, website and<br />

phone number listed. You could be<br />

missing potential new customers<br />

who cannot contact you.<br />

Website links: If you have a<br />

website, ensure the URL is working<br />

correctly and bringing customers to<br />

your main page. For example, if you<br />

are a restaurant, you would want<br />

to be driving people to either your<br />

booking details or menus. It should<br />

be the landing page linked to your<br />

Facebook or Instagram website links.<br />

You can also use Linktree or another<br />

URL sharing software to add in more<br />

options.<br />

Opening hours: Update this<br />

section each season. Do you open at<br />

different times over the summer and<br />

winter months? Have you changed<br />

your open days? It is the first place<br />

someone will check, and having the<br />

wrong times can lose you customers.<br />

Profile image: If you are using<br />

your logo, make sure it’s clear and of<br />

high quality. It is the first impression<br />

you make on customers viewing your<br />

page. Set a strong image from the<br />

start. If you are using a location shot<br />

inside your business, make sure it’s<br />

clear and lets customers know who<br />

you are. I would advise using a logo<br />

if you are a business and a friendly<br />

headshot or logo of yourself if you<br />

are a service.<br />

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Interior experts share their top<br />

looks for 2022<br />

This year’s interior design trends take<br />

inspiration from far-flung destinations<br />

and nature. Colour makes a<br />

comeback and classic styles are<br />

revived. For a home that feels<br />

stylish yet warm, read our interior<br />

expert’s advice.<br />

Bold & Bright<br />

Moving away from <strong>2021</strong>’s love for all<br />

things neutral, Farrow & Ball’s colour<br />

curator, Joa Studholme, predicts ‘that<br />

simple and familiar colours in clever<br />

combinations will be experiencing a<br />

revival in the home in 2022.’<br />

“There’s something inherently human<br />

in the colours that we are attracted<br />

to for 2022,” explains Joa. “Décor<br />

is moving forward while drawing<br />

inspiration from the modest character<br />

of the world of folk and craft. Function<br />

goes hand in hand with ornament,<br />

using colours and finishes in unusual<br />

ways to celebrate the principles of<br />

utility, kindness and honesty.”<br />

Try adding colour to your home paired<br />

with Farrow & Ball’s School House<br />

White. Joa suggests it’s the ideal<br />

shade that is ‘timeless and familiar but<br />

has a subtle sophistication that makes<br />

it the perfect foil for stronger hues.’<br />

Farrow and Ball’s recommended<br />

colours for 2022 include Babouche<br />

for a hint of sunshine, Incarnadine<br />

for an affect that’s happy and bold,<br />

and Breakfast Room Green – a good<br />

option as a background for art.<br />

Japandi<br />

The combination of Japanese and<br />

Scandi styles hit the interiors scene<br />

in <strong>2021</strong>, and it looks set to continue<br />

for the year ahead. A mix of interior<br />

design elements from both cultures,<br />

the look can easily be achieved in the<br />

home by simply adding accessories.<br />

Amy Hillary, interiors writer at<br />

wallsauce.com, said: “Japandi is<br />

about embracing a clean, minimalist<br />

look that finds beauty in the imperfect<br />

– otherwise known as “wabi-sabi”.<br />

For instance, choose handmade<br />

pottery that isn’t perfectly smooth or<br />

symmetrical.”<br />

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For Scandi vibes natural materials<br />

are essential. Amy adds: “The natural<br />

look will continue into the New Year<br />

where organic materials will show our<br />

growing concern for sustainability.<br />

Seek items made from rattan, hemp<br />

and wicker, such as storage baskets,<br />

lamp shades, rugs and chairs, to<br />

show your home’s connection to the<br />

outdoors. Don’t forget to incorporate<br />

leafy green plants, such as spider<br />

plants and monsteras, to achieve<br />

purified air environments.”<br />

Bring the Japandi look together by<br />

adding emerald-green, which is set<br />

to be one of the hottest colours in<br />

2022. Amy suggests choosing ‘dark<br />

green shaded paint for the walls and<br />

embrace decadent velvet green<br />

upholstered items such as divans and<br />

armchairs.’<br />

Bring the Outside In<br />

Embrace the great outdoors inside<br />

the comfort of your home. While<br />

house plants remain a popular<br />

decorative option, wall art can also<br />

bring a home to life. A cost-effective<br />

way of updating your home, framed<br />

prints can add instant style. Leading<br />

online print shop, Desenio, brings<br />

the wild into your home this autumn/<br />

winter with its ‘Woodland Retreat’<br />

collection. The prints are designed<br />

to create rooms that evoke feelings<br />

associated with wild forests and a<br />

sense of calm. Images combine the<br />

shades of nature with a full spectrum<br />

of green hues from dark to light.<br />

WFH Makeover<br />

We’ve become comfortable with<br />

working from home over the last<br />

18 months. With many businesses<br />

re-evaluating how staff work and<br />

continuing with flexi office hours and<br />

working from home, it’s time to break<br />

free from the colours of the corporate<br />

world and give our home office an<br />

overhaul.<br />

TV Celebrity Interior Designer & Co-<br />

Founder of La Di Da Interiors, Steph<br />

Briggs, advises ‘a glamourous desk<br />

set at the right height’ is what we<br />

need in our home.<br />

She adds: “We are no longer bound<br />

by corporate colours and practical<br />

laminate desks. Splashes of colour,<br />

unique patterns and prints, beautiful<br />

artwork and scented flowers all<br />

make for a delightfully beautiful<br />

and joyfully personal, individual<br />

place of work. Via zoom, your home<br />

office is an extension of your work<br />

wardrobe; a reflection of your style<br />

and personality.”<br />

Whether you go bold or simple,<br />

colourful or neutral, modern or<br />

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budgets and homes.<br />

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

Colour<br />

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Both Ade and his wife Sophie run the blog, ‘Agents of<br />

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<strong>Winter</strong> can sometimes be a season of struggles. The darker<br />

days and longer nights can make many people irritable<br />

and depressed. Now recognised as a common medical<br />

condition, Seasonal Affective Disorder (SAD), also known<br />

as winter depression, can dampen your enjoyment of the<br />

festive period.<br />

It’s important to find things that give you a sense of<br />

well-being, and believe it or not, colourful plants are one<br />

solution. Although many gardens can look drab at this<br />

time of year, it’s worth planting a colourful floral display<br />

close to your house, that’s easy to see from the window.<br />

Or try planting alongside garden paths, in containers and<br />

hanging baskets, that will sit on the patio or hang outside<br />

your door, so you can enjoy the hit of colour as you step<br />

outside into the cold.<br />

A good flower to consider is the Christmas Rose. An<br />

evergreen hellebore, it has a long flowering period and<br />

offers white, pink, yellow or purplish-black blooms.<br />

Although it does well in most soils, it prefers a little shade.<br />

As the flower emerges, cut away the foliage for maximum<br />

floral impact.<br />

The delicate cyclamen is a winter must. Try to choose<br />

hardy varieties such Cyclamen hederifolium or Cyclamen<br />

coum. Unphased by the colder weather, they can flower<br />

right through to spring. Plant them in well-drained soil and<br />

give them a little shade. They look wonderful at the front<br />

of borders, under tree canopies or planted in pots and<br />

hanging baskets.<br />

Garden nurseries and online traders recognise the<br />

importance of winter flowers, so there’s never a shortage of<br />

choice. Pansies, violas, primroses or polyanthus all come<br />

in a wide variety of colours and sizes, all you have to do is<br />

decide where to position them. Try planting in a window<br />

box along with some trailing ivy for an eye-catching display.<br />

Don’t overwater and deadhead regularly.<br />

You can also consider plants with coloured berries.<br />

Most people will know about winter holly, but think<br />

about evergreen shrubs such as the Skimmia japonica,<br />

cotoneaster or pyracantha. For a real showstopper, try<br />

Callicarpa (aka beautyberry). A hardy shrub, it produces<br />

clusters of bright purple berries, bringing a real sense of<br />

drama to the garden.<br />

Visit any RHS garden during the winter months and you’ll<br />

see the fiery colours of a cornus, also known as Dogwood,<br />

burning brightly at the back of a border. Their blazing<br />

branches set an empty bed alight with flashes of red,<br />

orange, yellow or green.<br />

Finally, if you have the space, add a touch of magic with a<br />

Witch Hazel. Its bright, spider-like flowers liven up a grey<br />

day. Whether you opt for red, yellow or orange, this mystical<br />

shrub can be planted in partial shade or full sun in neutral or<br />

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Neighbourhood<br />

in Town<br />

Could Cambridgeshire’s newest town<br />

be the location of your next home?<br />

Northstowe is Cambridgeshire’s exciting new town,<br />

somewhere in which a new quarter is emerging. Known<br />

as Inholm, it is the next big thing and is being created by<br />

modern housebuilder House by Urban Splash.<br />

One of the people helping deliver the vision, Mark Latham,<br />

Regeneration Director, lists all of the great things that make<br />

this such a great place to live, work and play…<br />

You’ve probably heard of Northstowe – a sustainable new<br />

development that’s rich in local history, giving it an identity<br />

that is entirely unique. The area naturally promotes health<br />

and wellbeing, and is surrounded by vast countryside<br />

around which residents can live their best lives, walking,<br />

jogging, running or cycling around their community. This<br />

modern, Cambridgeshire town is also just a short commute<br />

from the city, with central Cambridge just eight miles<br />

away, and London King’s Cross just 49 minutes away from<br />

Cambridge by train.<br />

It’s got great amenities<br />

Northstowe is home to a thriving, active community. It has a<br />

mobile food and drinks scene, neighbourhood play areas,<br />

and its local secondary school, Northstowe Secondary<br />

College, offers top quality facilities that can be used by the<br />

whole community – including a 3G pitch, football pitch,<br />

tennis courts, and a large theatre space with a stage. A<br />

community café opened autumn term of <strong>2021</strong> and a gym is<br />

set to open by January 2022.<br />

It’s the perfect place for families<br />

Northstowe’s schools cover all ages. Northstowe<br />

Secondary College, which opened in 2019, shares its<br />

campus with Martin Bacon Academy – an Area Special<br />

School for children aged from three-to-19-years-old,<br />

dedicated to making education accessible and inclusive<br />

for the whole community. Northstowe Secondary College’s<br />

sixth form is due to open in 2024, making life even easier<br />

for residents who currently have to travel up to 1.5 hours to<br />

reach other local colleges.<br />

The next big thing is<br />

becoming a reality<br />

“The next big thing here is Inholm<br />

– House by Urban Splash, a<br />

neighbourhood of 406 homes at<br />

Northstowe,” says Mark.<br />

“It’s our futureproofed take on<br />

suburbia filled with brilliantly<br />

designed ‘sociable’ streets – spaces<br />

which prioritise people over cars<br />

so that children can safely play,<br />

and neighbours can convene. As<br />

the world has changed so much<br />

over the past 18 months, we’re<br />

creating a neighbourhood which<br />

accommodates work and play –<br />

in an environment created to<br />

enjoy life.”<br />

Each home at Inholm is created in the House by Urban<br />

Splash factory. This precision engineering facility is just 100<br />

miles up the M1 in a little town called Alfreton, the place in<br />

which the team put together each customer’s house on a<br />

slick production line using a timber frame, modular process.<br />

Every house at Inholm has been designed by RIBA awardwinning<br />

architects, shedkm who’ve designed a home<br />

offering a generous 139 sq m of living space – with 2.7m high<br />

ceilings and oversized windows – over three floors. They all<br />

boast exceptional finishes, high-speed broadband, energyefficient<br />

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The Arts Column<br />

Written by Collette Hoefkens<br />

www.nortonwaygallery.com<br />

In the darker hours of the shorter days, shed some light<br />

upon your soul with a visit to one of the region’s wonderful,<br />

independent art galleries. So many towns and villages are<br />

home to multiple visual havens. Two such destinations on my<br />

list for this winter are Upingham in Rutland, and Letchworth<br />

Garden City, Hertfordshire.<br />

The lovely market town of Uppingham is blessed with<br />

galleries, antiques centres and design shops. Among them<br />

are the famous Goldmark Gallery, Garners Fine Art, Antiques<br />

and Interiors and the more recently emerged, Peter Barker<br />

Fine Art.<br />

Summer-on-the-Ivel<br />

Peter Barker Fine Art sports such names as David Curtis ROI<br />

RSMA, Peter Brown ROI RSMA and of course, Peter Barker<br />

RMSA; the wealth of skill and beauty is endless. Peter and<br />

his partner Jane opened the gallery in 2015. Since then,<br />

they have gained a super reputation for being warm and<br />

inviting, and bursting with beautiful, representational and<br />

impressionistic works of art.<br />

The gallery will be hosting exhibitions throughout the winter<br />

months. With colourful and textured homage to the seasons,<br />

there will be wonderful still life, portraits and landscapes from<br />

Jenny Aitken, Nigel Fletcher and Peter, himself.<br />

Back in my hometown of Letchworth Garden City, you will<br />

also find several galleries to enjoy, all very different to each<br />

other. In the town centre there is The Wynd Gallery, The<br />

Broadway Gallery and Vilas Arts. Both the Broadway and Vilas<br />

showcase many established names, as well as promoting<br />

those currently on the rise, whilst The Wynd is a superb<br />

cooperative of artists, local to the area.<br />

Interesting and alternative additions are The Eastcheap<br />

Project and the Digswell Arts Trust. Both these venues are<br />

made of a collection of practising artists’ studios. Lastly, just a<br />

short walk from the town, situated on Norton Way North, there<br />

is my very own Norton Way Gallery.<br />

Bijou and filled exclusively with original artworks we were<br />

founded in 2007. With an extensive stable of talent, selected<br />

from across the UK and a little beyond, we are proud to<br />

exhibit the internationally renowned, such as Michael Alford,<br />

Andrew Haslen and Phil Greenwood. Our ‘Autumn and <strong>Winter</strong><br />

Collection’ will be launched on Saturday 20 November. We<br />

look forward to welcoming you for a relaxing browse of our<br />

latest paintings, drawings, original prints and sculpture. We<br />

are particularly excited to be showing some rather rare Anne<br />

Songhurst landscapes.<br />

Whichever town, village or city you find yourself in, you will<br />

be sure to be close by to a superb, independent, fine and<br />

contemporary gallery.<br />

After the Rain by Peter Barker<br />

Letchworth Garden City, Hertfordshire<br />

The Wynd Gallery<br />

www.wyndgallery.co.uk<br />

The Broadway Gallery<br />

www.broadway-letchworth.com/gallery<br />

ICAS Vilas Art<br />

www.vilasart.co.uk<br />

Norton Way Gallery<br />

www.nortonwaygallery.com<br />

Uppingham, Rutland<br />

Goldmark<br />

www.goldmarkart.com<br />

Garners Fine Art, Antiques and Interiors<br />

www.garnersantiques.co.uk<br />

Peter Barker Fine Art<br />

www.peterbarkerfineart.co.uk<br />


On the Market Place, in the historical town of Olney, Leo<br />

Antiques has been providing quality antiques since<br />

2003. This year is a particularly challenging one with the<br />

pandemic, nevertheless, here at Leo’s we are following<br />

government guidelines, and all visitors are provided<br />

with gloves so that they may handle goods. HANDS<br />

Our products and services we offer are wide and varied and we<br />

are a small independent company which means we can stock<br />

what we want and are not controlled by the manufacturers of<br />

the products we stock.<br />

We hold stock on the most popular ranges of cookware and<br />

bakeware and can order in if required, anything that we do<br />

not hold as a stock item at the time of your visit.<br />

If you ever need our advice we have well trained staff that are<br />

always on hand to help with advice on our product ranges.<br />

If you only require a part for an accessory then please ask as<br />

we also carry many of these on the premises too.<br />

Social Distancing is followed by only allowing 10<br />

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On the<br />

Canvas<br />

Discover the latest art<br />

exhibitions in the region<br />

Present Arts at The Gallery at Parndon Mill,<br />

5 November – 23 December<br />

The Gallery at Parndon Mill, Harlow, will present a series of exhibitions of fine art and<br />

crafts by skilled and distinguished artists in the lead up to Christmas. The exhibition<br />

features quality works but with an emphasis on affordable art.<br />

The skills of many of the artists who have studios at the Mill are represented, showing<br />

artworks in glass and ceramics, silver jewellery, paintings and prints. The exhibition is<br />

an opportunity to acquire a special present, something new for the home, individual<br />

cards or even handmade decorations for the Christmas tree. New this year will be<br />

samples of stone carved lettering. Regular exhibitors who work nearby are also<br />

included, alongside new artists to the gallery.<br />

www.parndonmill.co.uk<br />

New at The Sainsbury Centre<br />

‘Rhythm and Geometry: Constructivist art in Britain since 1951’ will be available to<br />

view at the Sainsbury Centre in Norwich until 30 January 2022.<br />

©Mary Webb<br />

The free-entry exhibition celebrates the abstract and constructed art made and<br />

exhibited in Britain since 1951. The show includes around 120 objects across<br />

sculpture, reliefs, mobiles, painting, drawing and print, many of which have not<br />

been exhibited in decades. Running alongside this, Anthony Caro’s 35-metre<br />

long ‘Goodwood Steps’ is sited in the Sculpture Park between the UEA Lake and<br />

Ziggurats. www.sainsburycentre.ac.uk<br />

Cambridge ranked UK’s third-biggest art-buying city<br />

Artfinder, a UK art marketplace, has released new data on the latest art-buying habits<br />

across Britain, revealing the top 10 cities that purchase the most art. Cambridge<br />

ranks in third place, with 471 artworks bought per 100,000 inhabitants.<br />

Alongside Cambridge, Salisbury placed first, with Oxford, Gloucester and<br />

Chelmsford also ranking in the top five, making them the UK’s most arty cities.<br />

Cambridge’s art-lovers buy more paintings than any other kind of art, with oil<br />

and acrylic paintings making up 46% of all pieces bought. All things nature is top<br />

preference when it comes to the subject of artworks, as landscapes, sea and sky<br />

(26% of all purchases) is the most sought after subject, with people and portraits<br />

(18% of all purchases) closely following.<br />

Bloomberg New Contemporaries at Firstsite<br />

In autumn, Firstsite in Colchester, become the launch venue for ‘Bloomberg New<br />

Contemporaries <strong>2021</strong>’ as part of the celebrations for its 10th anniversary year.<br />

‘Bloomberg New Contemporaries’ is an annual exhibition that showcases the work<br />

of artists at the beginning of their careers. The exhibition is available to view until 28<br />

November. www.firstsite.uk<br />



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The team will manage maintenance of your property so you<br />

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Properties will be inspected on a weekly or twice weekly basis<br />

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From cleaning and gardening through to food shopping ahead<br />

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For larger families or big groups, you can look forward to<br />

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News<br />

Hamleys Opens at Chantry Place<br />

Just in time for Christmas, multi-national toy retailer,<br />

Hamleys, has opened at Norwich’s Chantry Place.<br />

Hamleys new 2,750 sq.feet store will transport visitors<br />

to a world of fun, magic and theatre. Across the store,<br />

children will have their pick from a wide range of top<br />

brands, from the iconic Hamleys Bears to super speed<br />

racing cars, Barbie and L.O.L dolls, plus all the classic<br />

family favourites.<br />

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Better Two-gether<br />

The Gin Trap Inn, a cosy country pub in Ringstead,<br />

are encouraging visitors to Norfolk this winter with its<br />

‘Better Two-gether’ break offer, where guests get the<br />

second night free when booking between 1 November,<br />

<strong>2021</strong> and 10 February, 2022 (excluding Friday arrivals).<br />

Priced from £204 per double room, the stay will include<br />

breakfast each morning and a two-course meal for two.<br />

www.thegintrapinn.co.uk<br />

Food & Drink<br />

Dine in a Pop-Up Igloo<br />

The Assembly House in Norwich are adding a festive<br />

twist to afternoon tea. Start the festive celebrations<br />

by booking a Prenoon Tea or Narnia Afternoon Tea<br />

in your own private pop-up igloo. Breakfast consists<br />

of a cooked breakfast along with a breakfast themed<br />

traditional cake stand including bites such as breakfast<br />

shot glass with granola, yoghurt and fruit compote<br />

and ‘Fried egg’ mango and vanilla cheesecake Cruffin<br />

cinnamon roll. If you prefer sweet treats tuck into<br />

delights such as ‘Raspberry Snowflake Dodger’, and<br />

‘Snowy Black Forest Cheesecake’ with an Igloo Narnia<br />

Afternoon Tea, priced £35 per person. The festive<br />

afternoon teas are available 1 November to 2 January.<br />

www.assemblyhousenorwich.co.uk<br />

<strong>Winter</strong> Warmers at Mysabar<br />

Mysabar has reopened for its second winter experience<br />

under the lights of Norwich Castle. Open until early<br />

January, the bar located in the Castle Quarter Gardens,<br />

will serve craft beer, wine and food from local traders<br />

and restaurants under beautifully decorated tent<br />

canopies. Heaters will keep guests warm through the<br />

season. As Christmas gets underway there will be winter<br />

warmers and festive food offerings, plus some one-off<br />

special events with live music. Mysabar will continue<br />

to operate a table-service system and bookings will be<br />

available online in two-hour sittings for tables of 2, 4, 6<br />

(or multiples of/large bookings welcome) plus there will<br />

be some tables available for walk-ins.<br />

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Norwich Restaurant Awarded Three<br />

AA Rosettes<br />

The Farmyard restaurant in Norwich is celebrating<br />

a culinary win with three AA Rosettes Award. The<br />

Farmyard was praised by AA inspectors for serving up<br />

“innovative combinations and knockout textures”.<br />

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It wasn’t the only East Anglian restaurant to receive<br />

recognition at the ceremony; Tuddenham Mill in<br />

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Norwich Film Festival, Norwich, 12 – 21<br />

November<br />

Part of the Head East campaign, which encourages visitors<br />

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Norwich Film Festival is an exciting place to discover<br />

new talent and to be discovered. A key annual event for<br />

emerging and established filmmakers from all over the<br />

world, the festival programme is curated with original,<br />

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Christmas Crown Trail,<br />

16 November – 5 January<br />

Norwich Business Improvement District and VisitNorwich<br />

in partnership with Norfolk Museum Services celebration of<br />

‘Christmas at the Castle: The Story of the King’, brings a trail<br />

of crowns hidden in the windows of shops and businesses,<br />

Norwich Cathedral and stalls on Norwich Market. Taking<br />

you across Norwich in a quest to find as many crowns as<br />

possible, pick up a map and get going remembering to<br />

look up, down and around along the way! The trail begins<br />

at Norwich Castle and leads visitors to the Tunnel of Light.<br />

www.norwichbid.co.uk/whats-on<br />

Kiefer Sutherland at Norwich UEA,<br />

30 January<br />

This highly popular after-dark event makes its return to the<br />

streets and iconic buildings of central Norwich. With many<br />

artists already confirmed, once again Norwich will play host<br />

to beautiful and unique international, national, and local<br />

pieces of light art works.<br />

Returning for a second year is Nicholas Azidis, artistic<br />

director of ProjectionTeknik. Based in Melbourne, Nick<br />

will present ‘Luminos Pareidolia’, a brand-new glittering<br />

projection. Norwich University of the Arts graduate, Amber<br />

Lights, will also return with ‘Out of the Cocoon’, a butterfly<br />

inspired installation which explores sustainability. This is<br />

Amber’s first project powered by solar power.<br />

Sound is an integral part of the Love Light Norwich<br />

experience and mixing these senses with sculpture the<br />

festival will see artist Pif-Paf appear at Love Light Norwich<br />

for the first time, exhibiting ‘The Celestial Sound Cloud’.<br />

Inspired by galaxies far away, the installation is suspended<br />

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which in turn creates music and light sequences.<br />

The event will also include the return of the popular Love<br />

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Norwich BID and supported using public funding by the<br />

National Lottery through Arts Council England.<br />

www.lovelightnorwich.co.uk<br />

Kiefer Sutherland will bring his European ‘Chasing the Rain’<br />

tour to Norwich early 2022. From ‘Lost Boys’ and ‘Stand<br />

By Me’ to ‘24’, everyone knows about Kiefer Sutherland’s<br />

phenomenally successful acting career. Yet in recent<br />

years, he has focused on applying his storytelling ability to<br />

music, with two acclaimed albums spanning a spectrum of<br />

country and Americana. His third album ‘Bloor Street’ is set<br />

for release on 21 January.<br />

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Brand New Festival – Wide Skies &<br />

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August 2022 will see the launch of a major new music<br />

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Mixology is an art form, balancing those tastes, creating<br />

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sours and sweetness. I am not a lover of alcohol; you won’t<br />

catch me downing a pint or slamming tequilas, but you will<br />

find me sipping great cocktails around Norwich. Here are a<br />

few of my favourite places for a cocktail in the city:<br />

The Ivy Brasserie<br />

Yes, it’s a chain and I am a lover of all things independent,<br />

but sitting at the art deco bar in the evenings and sipping<br />

one of the well-blended cocktails is a good thing to do. My<br />

top tip is to try the ‘Apple Tart Fine’, order to the bar and<br />

share with a friend. It’s got a 14-minute cooking time but it is<br />

perfect with a cocktail.<br />

Open: Open all week. Price: Cocktails from £10-12<br />

The Urban Lounge<br />

A newbie to the city, it’s a daytime urban café on Magdalen<br />

Road opposite the Stanley (also a good gastro boozer).<br />

It does a mean mojito; you can taste the pounded brown<br />

sugar and mint. They also offer all day brunch.<br />

Open: Thursday to Saturday until 11.30pm<br />

Price: Cocktails from £8-12<br />

Gyre and Gimble<br />

A specialist in gins, not just their own exceptional Cherry,<br />

London Dry and Coastal, but lots of other local ones too.<br />

My favourite cocktail is the ‘Pineapple Express’ – sprayed<br />

with a little absinth.<br />

Open: Wednesday to Saturday<br />

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from 5pm<br />

Arboretum<br />

A shop of vintage curiosity and wonder. There’s no menu,<br />

simply tell them what you like, and they’ll mix you a cocktail.<br />

They also sell 80% absinth, and once a month offer a<br />

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The Earlham<br />

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Secret Norfolk<br />

The winter bucket list in Norfolk<br />

Norfolk is one of those wonderful<br />

destinations that lends itself perfectly<br />

to any time of year. If you find<br />

yourself wrapped up, battling the<br />

wild weather during peak winter in<br />

Norfolk, here’s how to make the most<br />

of your trip…<br />

Coastal Walks<br />

Beaches aren’t just for summer,<br />

especially in Norfolk. In fact, the<br />

county’s long stretches of golden<br />

sand are perhaps even more<br />

beautiful in the colder months,<br />

and there’s 83 miles of the Norfolk<br />

Coastal Path to discover. Watch the<br />

wild waves crash onto the shore as<br />

you stroll along windswept sands<br />

backed by pine forest or grassy<br />

dunes. Holkham Nature Reserve,<br />

Wells-next-the-Sea and Brancaster<br />

are popular choices, but the footpath<br />

at Cley-next-the-Sea that takes you<br />

past the iconic windmill, or the walk<br />

from Blakeney to Morston Quay, are<br />

well-worth seeking out too.<br />

Christmas Lights<br />

Head inland and you’ll find Norfolk’s<br />

finest town’s putting on a show<br />

for Christmas. Holt is known for its<br />

dazzling fairy lights hung along<br />

the gables, gutters and roofs,<br />

accompanied by impressive festive<br />

window displays. The Georgian<br />

village of Burnham Market has a<br />

magical atmosphere in the lead up<br />

to Christmas with lights twinkling in<br />

the trees, shopping opportunities and<br />

pubs with cosy corners and roaring<br />

fires to escape the cold. There are lots<br />

of Christmas markets too.<br />

Birdwatching<br />

During the winter months in Norfolk,<br />

nature puts on a show. Look up to<br />

the sky and try to catch a glimpse<br />

of the pink foot geese that fly over<br />

the North Norfolk Coast. Watch the<br />

geese arriving for the winter at RSPB<br />

Titchwell Marsh or visit the Norfolk<br />

Wildlife Trust’s Visitor Centre at Cley<br />

to learn more about the birds that visit<br />

the marshes during the season.<br />

Deer Safari<br />

Pull on your wellies and take a walk<br />

through the countryside where you’ll<br />

find herds of deer, pheasants and<br />

more. Hundreds of deer roam the<br />

estate and woodlands of Holkham<br />

Hall, and it’s worth booking a wild<br />

deer safari.<br />

Seal Spotting<br />

The colony of seals and their pups<br />

with their cuteness draw in visitors<br />

throughout the winter months.<br />

It’s likely you’ll spot a seal on your<br />

coastal walk. Thousands of them<br />

gather along the beaches and are<br />

most likely to be spotted on walks at<br />

Horsey, Blakeney Point and Morston<br />

Quay. If you’d like a closer look, book<br />

a boat trip with Beans Boat Trips or<br />

Temple Seal Trips.<br />

Pub Lunch<br />

A trip to Norfolk wouldn’t be<br />

complete without sampling local<br />

produce. Thaw out after a long walk<br />

at a traditional cosy pub complete<br />

with a warming fire, top grub and<br />

local booze. The Gunton Arms near<br />

Cromer, King’s Head in Letheringsett,<br />

Red Lion in Stiffkey and the Dun Cow<br />

at Salthouse are popular choices.<br />

Despite being winter, these pubs<br />

do get busy so book ahead if you’re<br />

planning to eat.<br />

Stately Homes<br />

The royal family make Sandringham<br />

House their home at Christmas so<br />

why not feel like royalty on your<br />

trip with a visit to a stately home?<br />

Visit Holkham Hall for extravagant<br />

Christmas celebrations, sing carols<br />

at Felbrigg Hall or wrap up warm<br />

and wander the stunning parkland<br />

at Blickling Hall, it’s rumoured to be<br />

haunted by the ghost of Anne Boleyn!<br />

Seafood<br />

You simply can’t leave Norfolk<br />

without tucking into its delicious,<br />

locally caught seafood. <strong>Winter</strong> is a<br />

plentiful season. Most pub menus<br />

will have dishes dedicated to daily<br />

catch. Warm up with clam chowder,<br />

try tasty oysters from Brancaster or<br />

juicy mussels in a white wine and<br />

garlic broth.<br />

Antique Shopping<br />

Tucked away down cobbled streets,<br />

alleyways and hidden in country<br />

barns are some of Norfolk’s most<br />

treasured antique stores. Stacked<br />

to the rafters with wooden furniture,<br />

glassware, silver and more, it’s easy to<br />

fall in love with a piece from a bygone<br />

era. Popular antique shopping<br />

locations include Norwich and Holt.<br />


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Tunnel of Light<br />

Hayhill, Norwich<br />

Tuesday 16 November – Wednesday 5 January 2022<br />

The Tunnel of Light has become an iconic sight in the<br />

centre of Norwich every festive season. At 45-metres<br />

long, four metres high and six metres wide with over<br />

57,000 LEDs, the tunnel never fails to bring a smile<br />

to the faces of anyone making a journey through the<br />

dancing sequences of pretty lights.<br />

www.visitnorwich.co.uk<br />

Garden of Lights at Blickling<br />

Wells Christmas Tide<br />

Wells-next-the-Sea<br />

Saturday 4 December, 10am – 8pm<br />

Wells Christmas Tide Festival regularly pulls in<br />

thousands of families lured by the prospect of seeing<br />

Santa Claus arrive in Norfolk from the North Pole by sea.<br />

The town’s main shopping street will then remain the<br />

focus of the festive fun as a whole host of acts keep<br />

visitors entertained from 10.30am to 8pm. A fair will be<br />

operating on The Quay from 10am onwards and the<br />

annual Christmas Tree Festival will take place in the<br />

Congregational Hall in Clubbs Lane from 10am to 4pm.<br />

WHAT’S ON<br />

Christmas lights switch on is at 4.45pm. Santa is due to<br />

arrive on the Quay at around 6.15pm before heading for<br />

his grotto at Playland amusements to see children from<br />

around 7pm onwards.<br />

The crowds will then be further entertained by a<br />

spectacular fireworks display over the Wells Marshes.<br />

The Quay will be closed to all traffic from 4.30pm to 8pm.<br />

www.wellschristmastide.org.uk<br />

Blickling Hall, Blickling, Aylsham<br />

Monday 29 November – Sunday 19 December,<br />

3.30pm – 8pm<br />

Enjoy the colours, smells and sounds of Christmas at<br />

Blickling Hall. Begin your visit through the magically lit<br />

walled garden, before discovering the garden of lights<br />

and lit acorns on the Parterre. Warm up with mulled wine<br />

and a mince pie as you soak up the magical atmosphere<br />

at night.<br />

www.nationaltrust.org.uk/blickling-estate/<br />

features/christmas-garden-of-lights-at-blicklingestate<br />

Christmas in the Parks<br />

Great Yarmouth & Gorleston<br />

Friday 26 November – Sunday 28 November<br />

Wednesday 1 December – Sunday 5 December<br />

Taking place in Great Yarmouth and Gorleston with<br />

Christmas markets in both locations.<br />

In Great Yarmouth, find the annual Christmas market in<br />

a new spot for <strong>2021</strong> at St George’s Park. With twinkly<br />

lights on the trees and the smell of Christmas in the air,<br />

browse a selection of stalls, watch festive entertainment<br />

and get yourself in the mood for Christmas.<br />

In Gorleston, a new Christmas market will take place<br />

in Priory Gardens. This beautiful setting will play host<br />

to a selection of stalls, more festive entertainment and<br />

interactive activities for children with friendly elves.<br />

Round off your Christmas in the Parks’ experience with a<br />

visit to Santa in his Grotto at The Waterways.<br />

With fun transport links between each location, you’re<br />

sure to be filled with Christmas spirit by the time you<br />

leave.<br />

Hockwold Christmas Fayre<br />

Hockwold Cum Wilton,<br />

Brandon<br />

Sunday 5 December,<br />

10am – 3pm<br />

With a wide range of crafts,<br />

food, drink and other gifts<br />

on offer, come along for<br />

a visit to a quintessential<br />

Christmas shopping<br />

experience. With exhibitors<br />

joining from all over the<br />

country, along with live<br />

entertainment, samples to<br />

try, and a vast range of activities to try, it’s definitely an<br />

event for the whole family to truly get into the holiday<br />

season mood. Featuring a spectrum of colourful stands,<br />

it promises to be one of the Christmas shopping events<br />

of the year, ideal for visitors looking for unusual gifts<br />

and exciting additions to their enhance their festive<br />

experience.With themed tents and stands, the event<br />

will offer a wide range of tasty and enticing items for<br />

purchase.<br />

www.hockwoldchristmasfayre.co.uk<br />

Christmas Food, Drink and Gift<br />

Market at Holkham Hall<br />

Saturday 18 December – Sunday 19 December,<br />

10am – 4pm<br />

Perfect for some Christmas shopping, or well-deserved<br />

treats for yourself, the Christmas market will see the<br />

best local producers showcasing their seasonal food,<br />

drink and gifts in the Lady Elizabeth Wing. There will be<br />

tasty takeaway stalls in the courtyard to tickle your taste<br />

buds too. www.holkham.co.uk/events<br />


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Ballingdon Hall Reopens with<br />

Personal Wellbeing and Spiritual<br />

Retreat<br />

Lesley Reynolds, co-founder of the award-winning<br />

aesthetics clinic Harley Street Skin, is opening the doors<br />

to her new wellness retreat at the beautiful 16th century<br />

Ballingdon Hall in Suffolk.<br />

The ‘Personal Wellbeing and Spiritual Enrichment’ event<br />

will take place 7 November, with another scheduled for<br />

January 2022.<br />

The three-day residential event is focused on<br />

meditation, yoga and healing along with spiritual<br />

guidance to release stress and improve physical and<br />

mental health.<br />

Lesley explained: “Personal wellbeing and spiritual<br />

enrichment, which is at the heart of this event, has never<br />

been more important given the impact of the pandemic<br />

on the nation’s physical and mental health.”<br />

Ballingdon Hall is famous a 16th century, supposedly<br />

haunted house, that was famously moved up a hill<br />

in 1972.<br />

www.ballingdonhall.co.uk<br />

Magical ‘Fairy Tale in New York’<br />

Christmas party nights at Thorpeness<br />

Country Club<br />

Get in the festive spirit and book your Christmas party at<br />

the Thorpeness Country Club, near Aldeburgh, which<br />

will be transformed into ‘A Fairy Tale in New York’ for this<br />

year’s party season.<br />

The seafront venue will be hosting a variety of party<br />

nights with a three-course dinner and either live<br />

performers and tribute acts, or a disco, to keep you on<br />

the dance floor all evening.<br />

The fun starts on Friday, 3 December with the Jersey<br />

Boys duo tribute act, while the next evening Paul<br />

Reason invites you to sing along to the best of Robbie<br />

Williams. Go along on Friday,10 December for a chance<br />

to show your best Dancing Queen moves with the Abba<br />

Re-arrival Duo, then Saturday, 11 December sees the<br />

return of the Lady GaGa tribute act, back by popular<br />

demand.<br />

Seasonal Stems<br />

Shida Preserved Flowers, an e-commerce florist<br />

based in Bury St Edmunds, is giving homes a festive<br />

floral makeover with their winter range of preserved<br />

flower arrangements. The collection includes Nuit<br />

and Carmen, both incredibly opulent, in four styles; a<br />

bouquet, a posy, a DIY wreath kit and styling stems,<br />

which can be used for little arrangements and present<br />

toppers to tree decorations and place settings. Perfect<br />

for adding a luxurious festive flair to your home or<br />

sending to a loved one, the preserved flowers last for up<br />

to a year.<br />

www.shida.florist<br />

Food & Drink<br />

New Executive Head Chef at Bedford<br />

Lodge Hotel & Spa<br />

Bedford Lodge Hotel & Spa in Newmarket, has<br />

welcomed Lee Cooper as its new Executive Head Chef<br />

of Squires Restaurant and Roxana Bar.<br />

The final party weekend begins on Friday, 17 December<br />

with a chance to sing and dance to party favourites<br />

performed by the Troubadour Male Vocal Harmony<br />

Group, while on Saturday, 18 December<br />

Gary Goodmaze takes the stage with a tribute to<br />

Freddie Mercury.<br />

Book at www.thorpenesscountryclub.co.uk.<br />

Cooper joins Squires Restaurant from his role as<br />

Executive Chef at Milsoms Kesgrave Hall in Ipswich. He<br />

has also worked at a range of hotels and restaurants,<br />

including Infusions in Bury St Edmunds and The<br />

Oaksmere in Eye.<br />

Cooper will be bringing his wealth of experience in<br />

high-end, gastro-style dining to the restaurant. He vows<br />

to continue Bedford Lodge Hotel & Spa commitment<br />

to supporting the suppliers within the local community,<br />

reducing their carbon footprint as a result where<br />

possible. www.bedfordlodgehotel.co.uk<br />


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Award for The Newmarket Gin<br />

The Newmarket Gin has been awarded a 1-star award by<br />

Great Taste. Out of 5,383 products worldwide to receive<br />

a Great Taste 1-, 2- or 3-star accolade, The Newmarket<br />

Gin will again be able to display the black and gold logo,<br />

a stamp of excellence that is recognised by retailers and<br />

consumers alike.<br />

The Newmarket Gin is handcrafted in small batches by The<br />

British Honey Company. It uses an exclusive combination of<br />

locally sourced ingredients to create a smooth, refreshing,<br />

and delicious English Botanist Gin. It pays homage to<br />

Newmarket, the historic town of horseracing, through its<br />

iconic design which cleverly incorporates a binocular<br />

window with a racehorse storming to victory in one of the<br />

‘Classics’ races at Newmarket.<br />

www.thenewmarketgin.co.uk<br />

Diary Dates<br />

Simon Brodkin Headlines WCB Comedy<br />

at Southwold Arts Centre, 14 November<br />

Comedian Simon Brodkin will break away from his high<br />

selling UK tour to headline this special evening of comedy<br />

in Southwold on 14 November. Simon is best-known for<br />

his comedy creation Lee Nelson. Stand-up comedian and<br />

writer, Scott Bennet, is the opening act, while the MC for the<br />

evening is Dana Alexander, a regular fixture on the British<br />

Comedy circuit performing at clubs like, The Glee, The<br />

Comedy Store, Komedia and The Stand.<br />

Book tickets at www.wcbcomedy.com<br />

Cara Dillon: Upon A <strong>Winter</strong>’s Night at<br />

The Apex, 14 December<br />

Cara and her band return<br />

with their Christmas show – a<br />

collection of songs ancient and<br />

modern that provide a welcome<br />

reminder that the festive season<br />

can be about more than just<br />

commercialism. Celtic and folksy<br />

rhythms are woven alongside<br />

reverent and atmospheric carols,<br />

while Cara holds the darkness at<br />

bay with the purity of her voice.<br />

www.theapex.co.uk<br />

Amy Winehouse Celebration with<br />

National Youth Jazz Orchestra at The<br />

Apex, 23 January<br />

NYJO alumna Amy Winehouse is undoubtably one of<br />

the greatest musical talents to come out of the UK. Her<br />

unmistakable character, vocal dexterity and masterful<br />

songwriting made her a pop icon. This concert series<br />

celebrates Amy’s enduring legacy, reimagining hits<br />

and revisiting early works she sang with the 24-piece<br />

National Youth Jazz Orchestra as a promising 16-year-old<br />

singer, back in 2000. The NYJO aim to honour her life,<br />

and her work, with a celebratory performance that will be<br />

enjoyed by big band jazz fans, and Amy fans alike.<br />

Tickets from £18.50.<br />

www.theapex.co.uk<br />

Coming up...<br />

Paul Hollywood Live at Ipswich Regent<br />

Theatre, 7 November 2022<br />

Great British Bake Off<br />

star Paul Hollywood is<br />

hitting the road with a<br />

brand-new tour for 2022.<br />

Paul Hollywood Live will<br />

visit 18 towns and cities<br />

across the UK including<br />

a date at Ipswich Regent<br />

Theatre on 7 November<br />

and Southend Cliffs<br />

Pavilion on 8 November<br />

2022. He will be<br />

entertaining audiences<br />

with live demonstrations,<br />

baking tasks and some<br />

very special surprises.<br />

Tickets now on sale at<br />

www.cuffeandtaylor.com<br />




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The best dog-friendly pubs in Suffolk<br />

Suffolk has a great selection of<br />

dog-friendly pubs and inns. Enjoy a<br />

country walk then warm up with a visit<br />

to a cosy pub with a fireplace, comfort<br />

food and great drinks selection this<br />

winter.<br />

The Weeping Willow<br />

Bury Road, Barrow<br />

Tel: 01284 771881<br />

Popular for its cosy interiors, Instaworthy<br />

garden tipi and great food,<br />

this pub ticks all the boxes. Starting<br />

at the pub, take a scenic circular<br />

walk around the village of Burrow<br />

(you’ll find a map on the website),<br />

before returning for a hearty lunch.<br />

The pub recently launched its dog<br />

menu consisting of tasty chew treats,<br />

a sausage, pigs ear and alcohol free<br />

doggy beer!<br />

www.theweepingwillow.co.uk<br />

Crown & Castle<br />

Market Hill, Orford | Tel: 01394 450205<br />

Enjoy a lovely long walk along Orford<br />

marshes before visiting for a delicious<br />

dinner. Dogs are welcome in the bar<br />

area. There’s a hosing down area for<br />

pooches that may have truly enjoyed<br />

themselves exercising across the<br />

marshes. As a restaurant with rooms,<br />

you can even extend your stay.<br />

www.crownandcastle.co.uk<br />

The White Hart<br />

High Street, Aldeburgh<br />

Tel: 01728 453205<br />

A cosy pub with coal fire for the colder<br />

months. Stop by after a long beach<br />

walk. The pub has two guest beers<br />

on pump each week. Well-behaved<br />

dogs are welcome and are usually<br />

treated to a dog biscuit! www.<br />

whitehartaldeburgh.co.uk<br />

Masons Arms<br />

Whiting Street, Bury St Edmunds<br />

Tel: 01284 753955<br />

The pub is great for food and dogs<br />

will love the attention from staff. The<br />

pub even won a ‘Five Paws’ award for<br />

its dog-friendly service. Water bowls<br />

are provided for doggy visitors. The<br />

building dates back to the early 16th<br />

century and the pub is well known for<br />

its home-cooked food.<br />

www.masonspub.co.uk<br />

White Horse<br />

The Street, Easton | Tel: 01728 746456<br />

A lovely modern pub, great for dining.<br />

Dishes are created using seasonal and<br />

regionally sourced produce. There’s<br />

lots of lovely country walks nearby. Sit<br />

by the fireplace to warm up in winter.<br />

www.eastonwhitehorse.co.uk<br />

The Dog<br />

The Green, Grundisburgh<br />

One of the most dog friendly pubs<br />

in East Anglia. Pooches will be given<br />

a warm welcome, water, treats and<br />

are allowed in the bar, restaurant and<br />

garden. The website even suggests<br />

a local dog walk if you fancy working<br />

up an appetite before your visit. The<br />

pub serves traditional pub grub, has<br />

an extensive wine and gin list and is an<br />

all-round great location.<br />

www.grundisburghdog.co.uk<br />

King’s Head<br />

Front Street, Orford<br />

Tel: 01394 450271<br />

There’s a great circular walk which<br />

starts at the pub and heads north out<br />

of the village. Alternatively take a walk<br />


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along the river before enjoying a drink<br />

and bite to eat. Dogs are welcome in<br />

the bar and pet friendly rooms are also<br />

available.<br />

www.thekingsheadorford.co.uk<br />

The Ramsholt Arms<br />

Dock Street, Ramsholt<br />

Tel: 01394 411209<br />

A great pub overlooking the water.<br />

There’s a good choice of food,<br />

especially during winter when the<br />

menu takes advantage of the local<br />

game in the area. Try the one-hour<br />

circular walk from the pub through<br />

fields and country paths with your<br />

dog before you settle down for a pub<br />

lunch.<br />

www.theramsholtarms.com<br />

The Plough & Sail<br />

Snape Bridge, Saxmundham<br />

Tel: 01728 688413<br />

A cosy and snug pub perfect for post<br />

winter walks. Tuck yourself away in<br />

a corner, perch in front of the fire or<br />

book a table in the large restaurant<br />

in the original part of the pub where<br />

dogs are welcome.<br />

www.theploughandsailsnape.com<br />

The Harbour Inn<br />

Black Shore, Southwold<br />

Tel: 01502 722381<br />

A traditional fishermen’s pub full of<br />

nautical charm. The dog-friendly pub<br />

is located on the water’s edge. Stop for<br />

a pint or bite to eat – a great option for<br />

seafood and fish dishes.<br />

harbourinnsouthwold.co.uk<br />

The King’s Head<br />

Market Hill, Woodbridge<br />

01394 387750<br />

The pub is exceptionally dog friendly.<br />

There’s a special ‘Mutts Menu’ and<br />

Instagram wall of doggy visitors.<br />

Pooches are given a treat and water<br />

on arrival. The pub itself is rustic but<br />

charming, with worn tables, cosy<br />

corners, a fireplace and traditional<br />

pub grub.<br />

www.kingsheadwoodbridge.co.uk<br />

The Unruly Pig<br />

Orford Road, Bromeswell<br />

Tel: 01394 460310<br />

A good option if you’re looking for<br />

something a bit more upmarket than<br />

a traditional pub. Food is tasty and<br />

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We Are Handmade Christmas Market<br />

Saturday 20 November 10am – 4pm<br />

Returning to Long Melford for a 10th year, this fair will<br />

be taking place over four rooms in The Old School,<br />

and offers shoppers a wonderful choice of beautifully<br />

designed and handcrafted gifts for Christmas. Makers<br />

will be showcasing the latest in contemporary and<br />

vintage inspired handmade items. Stallholders<br />

include Woodturner Glyn Hall; Peter Clayton Wildlife<br />

Photographer; glass by the Little Lime Design Company;<br />

sculptures by The Happy Hare Co and Nanuk Jewellery.<br />

A full list of makers will be on www.wearehandmade.<br />

co.uk nearer the event. Visitors can sit down and enjoy<br />

some delicious homemade cakes with a cup of tea, all<br />

served in lovely vintage style crockery, courtesy of Plum<br />

Fairy who will be running the tearoom.<br />

Hall Road, Long Melford, Sudbury, Suffolk CO10 9DX<br />

www.wearehandmade.co.uk<br />

Whitney – Queen of the Night<br />

Christmas at Kentwell Hall<br />

Saturday 4 December – Sunday 5 December<br />

Saturday 11 December – Sunday 12 December<br />

Step back in time to meet a range of Victorian characters,<br />

including Cooks in the Great Kitchen, Bakers and<br />

Villagers at the Moat House, meet Mr Charles Darwin<br />

himself and the Victorian Ladies in the Parlour. The Great<br />

Hall will be decorated in sumptuous style, with a massive<br />

Christmas tree and the decorated Dining Room will be set<br />

for Christmas Dinner. Then follow the Days of Christmas<br />

Trail through the Gardens and find the animals and<br />

garden crafts at the stables. Take your Christmas Portrait<br />

in Victorian Style in the biggest ‘selfie booth’ anywhere!<br />

Mother Christmas will also be there to welcome you to<br />

Father Christmas’s Cottage, and help you write and post<br />

your Christmas letter. There will be a giant sleigh for you<br />

to sit in, and, of course, a family visit to Father Christmas<br />

for families with children under 11 years of age.<br />

High Street, Long Melford CO10 9BA<br />

www.kentwell.co.uk/events/christmas-at-kentwell<br />

WHAT’S ON<br />

Thompson’s Gallery, Aldeburgh<br />

Christmas Exhibition<br />

Ipswich Regent Theatre 7.30pm<br />

Thursday 25 November<br />

Critically acclaimed international stage sensation<br />

Whitney – Queen of the Night is back with its biggest<br />

ever UK tour. The electrifying show – which has wowed<br />

audiences and critics in the West End and around the<br />

world – is a stunning celebration of the music and life of<br />

one of the greatest singers of all time.<br />

Regent Theatre, 3 St. Helen’s St, Ipswich IP4 1HE<br />

Tickets are on sale now from<br />

www.cuffeandtaylor.com<br />

Chelsworth Christmas Fair<br />

Saturday 4 December 11am – 4pm<br />

A traditional Christmas Fair in a lovely medieval church,<br />

situated in one of Suffolk’s prettiest villages. Stalls will be<br />

selling gifts, crafts, foods and more. Light refreshments<br />

will be available and free parking will be just a short<br />

walk away down the picturesque village street. If you<br />

fancy more substantial refreshments, why not visit the<br />

Peacock Inn, the lovely village pub which is nearby and<br />

if you need exercise after your lunch, why not take a<br />

walk in Chelsworth community woodland which is near<br />

to the parking area.<br />

All Saints Church, Chelsworth, Suffolk<br />

Opens Saturday 4 December<br />

Showing over 30 different artists from all over Britain<br />

from the 20th and 21st century. This is their second<br />

largest exhibition of the year and has a strong tradition<br />

of being able to show off works by well established<br />

artists as well as some newcomers too. This year<br />

they have included a ‘Man and Horse’ lithograph by<br />

Elisabeth Frink, several works by the war artist Edward<br />

Ardizonne, a Cornish scene by Julian Trevelyan,<br />

lithographs by Harry Becker and screen prints by John<br />

Piper as well as an etching by Augustus John. All of<br />

these represent the 20th century side of things.<br />

Representing the 21st century are Scottish artists Mhairi<br />

McGregor, James Tweedie and Judith Bridgland and a<br />

beautiful still life by Norman Edgar as well as other artists<br />

north of the border. They will also be showing new<br />

work by our sell out artists Brita Granström and Emma<br />

Williams, both hugely popular.<br />

Thompson’s Gallery, 175 High Street, Aldeburgh, Suffolk,<br />

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Cinderella The Christmas Panto<br />

The Spa Pavilion, Felixstowe<br />

Friday 17 December – Monday 3 January<br />

Enjoy huge fun for all the family as the ugly sisters do<br />

their best to make sure that Cinderella misses the ball,<br />

while she depends on your help to get there.<br />

With all the usual pantomime ingredients, some new<br />

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Fly into the School Holidays<br />

IWM Duxford have school holidays covered with its<br />

programme of family events. From 27 December to 20<br />

February, the museum will display a large exhibition of<br />

12 historic spitfires, titled ‘Spitfire: Evolution of an Icon’.<br />

The exhibition will be accompanied by a programme of<br />

tours, talks, events and family activities which will delve<br />

deeper into the Spitfire’s history.<br />

‘Duxford in a Different Light’ returns on 19 February<br />

2022. All twelve Spitfires gathered for the exhibition<br />

will be lit by white and coloured lights throughout the<br />

evening, complete with reenactors from living history<br />

groups. Tickets priced £75, include admission to the site<br />

from 3:30pm. www.iwm.org.uk/visits/iwm-duxford<br />

A Touch of Magic<br />

Thomas Sabo have launched<br />

its Magic Stars Collection for<br />

Christmas gifting. Available from<br />

the Cambridge Grand Arcade<br />

store from 28 October, the range<br />

includes more than 30 jewellery<br />

options with cosmetic designs.<br />

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Holistic Health Retreat at<br />

University Arms<br />

Start the New Year afresh with a three-day Holistic<br />

Health experience at the University Arms. Taking place<br />

21-23 January, the industry experts will guide guests<br />

through a programme of movement, mindfulness<br />

and wholesome menus. Holistic Coach, Lizzy Chong<br />

will provide meditation sessions, nutritionist Eva<br />

Humphries will educate guests on diet myths and<br />

performance coach and wellbeing expert Dalton Wong<br />

will lead active sessions. Meanwhile, Chef Patron of<br />

Parker’s Tavern, Tristan Welch, will demonstrate how<br />

to maximise the nutritional value of seasonal produce.<br />

The weekend of wellbeing is a great choice for those<br />

looking to improve on self-care as part of their New Year<br />

resolution. www.universityarms.com<br />

Food & Drink<br />

The Tipsy Vegan opens in Cambridge<br />

Following the success of its Norwich restaurant, The<br />

Tipsy Vegan has opened its doors in Cambridge.<br />

Located in the city’s Quayside area, the eatery will serve<br />

up both vegan and non-vegan food with small plates<br />

inspired by worldwide cuisine. The Tipsy Vegan team<br />

will also be introducing new main courses, brunch and<br />

Sunday lunch. The restaurant will initially be<br />

open Wednesday to Sunday, and seven days per week<br />

from Christmas.<br />

www.thetipsyvegan.co.uk/cambridge<br />

A Honest Christmas<br />

Returning for <strong>2021</strong>, Honest’s ‘Christmas’ burger has<br />

become a menu staple for the festive season. Available<br />

at all Honest restaurants from 30 November to 24<br />

December, the ‘Christmas’ combines Honest beef with<br />

smoked bacon, deep-fried camembert, cranberry sauce<br />

and rocket, served with Honest’s signature homemade<br />

rosemary salted chips for £13.50.<br />

www.honestburgers.co.uk/locations/cambridge<br />

Seasonal Dishes at The Ivy Cambridge<br />

Brasserie<br />

This winter The Ivy Cambridge Brasserie is adding<br />

an array of seasonal dishes to its already extensive<br />

menu. From 17 November, guests will be able to enjoy<br />

the likes of roast butternut squash with cranberries<br />

(£15.50), a delicious combination of buckwheat,<br />

chickpeas, pumpkin seeds, sesame and pomegranate<br />


Cambridge<br />

with crumbled feta cheese, harissa sauce and coriander<br />

dressing, pan-fried lemon sole with brown shrimps (£24.95),<br />

featuring beurre noisette, lemon, capers and Brussels<br />

sprout leaves.<br />

For those with a sweet tooth, the brasserie is getting into<br />

the spirit of Christmas, with a traditional British treat sure<br />

to get guests tastebuds tingling. Made with the very finest<br />

ingredients including plump fruits, buttery pastry and rich<br />

brandy, The Ivy Cambridge’s mince pies are not to be<br />

missed during this festive time of year.<br />

www.theivycambridge.com<br />

Diary Dates<br />

Cambridge Literary Festival,<br />

17-21 November<br />

from the world’s festival circuit; and the Camera Catalonia<br />

strand; a special window into contemporary Japanese<br />

cinema. Don’t worry if you can’t make it to a screening,<br />

the festival will be hosting its first ever solo UK-wide digital<br />

programme between 21 November – 5 December.<br />

www.camfilmfest.com<br />

<strong>Winter</strong> at Wandlebury Country Park<br />

This winter, Wandlebury Country Park, is encouraging<br />

everyone to wrap up warm and get outside. There’s a<br />

season of outdoor activities planned to include wreath<br />

making on 5 and 11 December and guided walks to learn<br />

about winter trees on 8 December and 18 January. The<br />

family fun continues during February half term with a<br />

children’s holiday bushcraft from 14-18 February.<br />

www.cambridgeppf.org<br />

Cathedral Choir Christmas Concert,<br />

18 December, 7pm<br />

Get into the festive spirit at Peterborough Cathedral as it<br />

hosts a Christmas choral spectacular performed by the<br />

Cathedral Choir, Youth Choir and Festival Chorus, featuring<br />

seasonal favourites and familiar Christmas carols to sing<br />

along to. A memorable night to get everyone in the festive<br />

mood. Tickets priced £25, £20, and £15 (U18s half price).<br />

www.peterborough-cathedral.org.uk<br />

This year’s winter festival takes place online with a<br />

programme of recognisable writers, novelists and poets.<br />

Proceedings begin with Dame, Professor and stalwart<br />

Cambridge citizen, honorary patron Gillian Beer, who<br />

talks movingly to fellow honorary patron Alex Clark about<br />

‘Stations Without Signs’, her short memoir recounting her<br />

childhood experiences as an evacuee in World War II. The<br />

festival will discuss a range of topics including climate<br />

change and environmental issues. For the full programme<br />

visit www.cambridgeliteraryfestival.com<br />

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Cambridgeshire County Day,<br />

23 June 2022<br />

Cambridge Film Festival,<br />

18-25 November<br />

Film lovers can rejoice as Cambridge Film Festival (CFF)<br />

prepares for its return with an eclectic showing of 95 titles<br />

from 44 countries, 21 UK feature premieres and a further five<br />

features making their European premieres. Celebrating its<br />

40th anniversary, festival highlights include gala screenings<br />

presenting high-profile films, International Festival<br />

Highlights, showcasing exceptional award-winning cinema<br />

It’s never too early to plan a summer’s day out. 2022 sees<br />

the launch of the first ever Cambridgeshire County Day<br />

at the July Course in Newmarket. The Lieutenancy of<br />

Cambridgeshire, in partnership with key organisations<br />

across the county, have created the event to celebrate all<br />

communities, faiths and cultures that live within the county.<br />

The day will seek to inspire future generations while also<br />

showcasing key achievements in Cambridgeshire during<br />

the 70 years of Her Majesty The Queen’s reign. In addition<br />

to horseracing and a garden party, visitors can watch<br />

demonstrations, live music and theatre performances.<br />

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The Fellows House<br />

Part of the Curio Collection by Hilton, the hotel opened earlier<br />

this year. It became an instant hit with tourists and residents,<br />

thanks to its chic café, stylish restaurant, indoor pool and<br />

apartment style rooms. A great location for exploring the city,<br />

the hotel is a short walk from Jesus Green and the River Cam.<br />

Throughout the hotel sculptures stand tall and the walls are<br />

adorned by original artwork playing homage to Cambridge<br />

fellows such as Kipling, Newton, Gormley and Attenborough.<br />

Featuring 131 rooms, the apartment style studios and duplex<br />

split-level apartments feature a fully equipped kitchen, ideal<br />

for families, relocation or extended work trips. Sip cocktails<br />

at the bar, dine at the open plan Folio Kitchen and unwind in<br />

the courtyard complete with a fireplace and big screen.<br />

Check out our full review at www.eastlife.co.uk<br />

Price: Rooms start from £170 per night for 2 people staying in<br />

a Kipling King room on a B&B basis.<br />

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Turing Locke<br />

A newly opened aparthotel that prides itself on its sustainable<br />

credentials, Turing Locke is one of the newest editions to<br />

Cambridge’s hotel scene. Named after the revolutionary<br />

computer scientist Alan Turing, it combines avant-garde and<br />

mid-century design, think dreamy hues of soft pink and sage<br />

green. The trendy 180 apartments are perfect for short and<br />

extended breaks and working visits – guests are welcome<br />

to use the complimentary co-working area. In the atrium<br />

guests will find KOTA. From the team behind NOVI, the trendled<br />

eatery serves up boozy brunches, botanical cocktails,<br />

daytime dining and a chargrilled evening menu. There’s no<br />

shortage of beverages here, Dutch, a second site for the<br />

owners of 196 Cocktail Bar on Mill Road, serves a range of<br />

cocktails and small plates.<br />

Price: Room rates at Turing Locke start from £120 per night.<br />

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Hyatt Centric Cambridge<br />

Sharing the development space with Turing Locke, the<br />

150-room Hyatt Centric Cambridge is the first opening of the<br />

Hyatt Centric lifestyle brand in the UK. Ideal for short breaks<br />

and overnight stays, guests can take advantage of the<br />


estaurant, cocktail bar, co-working space and gym. After a<br />

day of exploring the city, head to the rooftop terrace and kick<br />

back with a drink while you soak up the sunset over<br />

the skyline.<br />

Price: Room rates at Hyatt Centric start from £120 per night.<br />

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The University Arms<br />

A Cambridge institution, the University Arms Hotel is<br />

located in the city centre, on the edge of Parker’s Piece. Its<br />

grand façade and ornate and inviting interiors are thanks<br />

to renowned architect John Simpson and interior designer<br />

Martin Brudnizki. Luxury flows throughout –immaculate<br />

design with wooden doorways, shiny brass, historic<br />

fireplaces and buttery tan leather. Rooms are comfortable<br />

and plush, but for extra indulgence check-in to a suite with<br />

a terrace overlooking the park and free-standing bathtub.<br />

Parker’s Tavern, the hotel’s restaurant, is headed up by chef<br />

director Tristian Welch, who alongside a talented team, serve<br />

up British classics with an innovative twist.<br />

Price: Room rates at University Arms from £159 per room per<br />

night. Suites start from £419.<br />

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The Varsity Hotel & Spa<br />

Cool, contemporary and chic, this 44-room hotel ticks all<br />

the boxes for a city break. Sip cocktails on the roof terrace,<br />

dine at SIX with panoramic views of the city, relax in the<br />

spa or workout in the state-of-the-art gym – all this before<br />

you’ve even set foot outside. The hotel is in a prime location<br />

for walks along the Quay, enjoying the city’s parks, punting<br />

and shopping.<br />

Price: Room rates at The Varsity Hotel start from<br />

£170 per night.<br />

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The Holiday Inn Cambridge<br />

Mixing affordability and style, the hotel recently completed<br />

a £1million refurbishment. Updates include a new open<br />

lobby concept providing guests with one multifaceted<br />

public space to eat, meet, relax, socialise and work. Set by<br />

the lake in Impington, the hotel is just two miles from the<br />

city centre, and includes the Spirit Health Centre.<br />

Price: Room rates at the Holiday Inn start from<br />

£100 per night.<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 />

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family, eating out and enjoying a<br />

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openings are the Garden House at<br />

Mill Pond, KOTA in Eddington<br />

and The Orator at the Cambridge<br />

Union Society.<br />

The Garden House<br />

Set on the River Cam at Mill Pond, this<br />

sanctuary in the heart of Cambridge<br />

is a perfect location for afternoon<br />

tea. Dine at their Grill with its focus<br />

on seasonal products and celebrate<br />

the best of East Anglian and British<br />

produce by chef Adam Wood. At the<br />

centre of the hotel, the bar offers a<br />

broad range of bespoke and classic<br />

cocktails, wines and specialist beers.<br />

The Orator<br />

This hidden gem is tucked away<br />

behind the Round Church on Bridge<br />

Street. Unknown to many locals, the<br />

Cambridge Union Society bar has<br />

always been open to the public and<br />

not only a privilege for the Cambridge<br />

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historical Cambridge Union Society<br />

has long since hosted famous<br />

speakers for drinks after spirited<br />

speeches or passionate debates.<br />

While this history still stands strong,<br />

The Orator Brasserie and Bar, now<br />

provides a perfect destination for<br />

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Union members.<br />

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KOTA in Eddington<br />

This swanky eatery and bar<br />

specialising in contemporary<br />

wood-fired food and botanical<br />

cocktails is set in North Cambridge<br />

at the Turing Locke aparthotel and<br />

Hyatt Centric Cambridge Hotel<br />

complex’s prestigious development<br />

of Eddington. Sunset cocktails have<br />

never been so good as the views<br />

from their rooftop bar are said to be<br />

the best in Cambridge. This exciting<br />

new addition is the sister restaurant<br />

of the successful bar and eatery NOVI<br />

on Regent Street.<br />

Also, check out:<br />

Restaurants<br />

The Green Dragon Pub<br />

This well-known local pub now<br />

serves Turkish food by Ozzie and<br />

delicious Sunday lunches with a<br />

Turkish twist.<br />

Raja Restaurant<br />

A ballad of East and West, this awardwinning<br />

restaurant in King Street has<br />

had a fantastic make-over, including<br />

a new menu with a modern twist.<br />

Fancett’s Bistro<br />

Fancett’s is a small French-influenced<br />

bistro located on Mill Road in<br />

Cambridge. The setting is relaxed,<br />

personal and intimate, with seasonal<br />

menus based on the best available<br />

produce. Food by the well-known<br />

chef, Dan Fancett.<br />

The Fin Boys<br />

The brainchild of local food heroes<br />

Richard and Jay. This Fish Butchery<br />

and Restaurant are open for lunch,<br />

dinner and Sunday brunch.<br />

Check out their feasting menu for<br />

small groups.<br />

The Tipsy Vegan<br />

From a street food van in Norwich<br />

to brick and mortar. After their<br />

successful restaurant in their<br />

hometown, the Tipsy Vegan have<br />

opened their second restaurant on<br />

the Quayside in Cambridge.<br />

KOTA<br />

Orator<br />

Wine rooms<br />

Bars<br />

The Bird and Worm<br />

Excellent cocktails and small plates<br />

on New Market Road at the premises<br />

of Ninja Theory. Open weekdays only.<br />

The Wine Rooms<br />

A destination wine bar and shop<br />

serving contemporary food by wine<br />

merchants and sommeliers. Located<br />

on Hills Road opposite the Botanical<br />

Gardens.<br />

The Lab Cocktail Bar<br />

Set to open in late October, this<br />

stylish bar on Regent Street will<br />

be the perfect place for innovative<br />

cocktails and delicious small plates.<br />

Dutch<br />

Another new opening at Eddington<br />

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Cambridge<br />

Magic & Mayhem at the Cambridge<br />

University Botanic Gardens<br />

Saturday 13 November – Tuesday 23 December<br />

Enjoy exploring the Garden this Christmas but be<br />

warned – the mischievous elves are back! They have<br />

been sprinkling seasonal fun around, with some fun<br />

surprises and entertaining installations hidden around<br />

the Garden. You may discover some unexpected<br />

surprises! A map and colouring in activity will be<br />

available from the ticket offices if you’d like to make<br />

it into a magical hunt and make sure you don’t miss<br />

anything!<br />

Cambridge University Botanic Garden, 1 Brookside,<br />

Cambridge CB2 1JE<br />

www.botanic.cam.ac.uk/whats-on/magicmayhem-<strong>2021</strong><br />

March Christmas Market<br />

Sunday 5 December 10am – 3pm<br />

Live entertainment, mulled wine, speciality foods,<br />

quality gifts, free rides on the Market Place and activities<br />

in the Town Hall.<br />

www.fenland.gov.uk/events<br />

Rural Magpie Antiques and<br />

Vintage Fair<br />

Sunday 5 December 10am – 4pm<br />

A warm and welcoming fair with approximately 20 stalls<br />

packed full with antiques and collectables including<br />

Moorcroft, antique jewellery and glass, plus much more<br />

enticing dealers, TV production teams, collectors and<br />

the general public.<br />

WHAT’S ON<br />

Peterborough Cathedral – The Angels<br />

are Coming<br />

Wednesday 24 – Saturday 27 November<br />

The stunning light display, timed to coincide with the<br />

start of the Advent season, is designed to capture<br />

the imagination of all the family and point towards<br />

Christmas. It begins outside with a light art projection<br />

onto the three great porticos of the Cathedral, set to<br />

music composed by David Harper. The audience then<br />

enter the Cathedral to see the interior of the nave full of<br />

light projections with accompanying sound.<br />

www.ticketsource.co.uk/peterboroughcathedral?eventref=angels<br />

St Neots Christmas Light Switch On<br />

Sunday 28 November 12pm – 6pm<br />

Christmas market, fun fair, street food, live music and<br />

Santa’s Grotto.<br />

Lights switch on at 5pm<br />

Market Square, St Neots, Cambridgeshire<br />

A Wimpole Christmas<br />

December Weekends<br />

Enjoy a festive day out to Wimpole Estate this Christmas.<br />

Discover the gardens and parkland on a winter’s walk<br />

with family or friends, spotting magical Christmas trees<br />

and sparkling decorations as you explore the estate.<br />

Visit The Stables to listen to Christmas carols sung by<br />

local choirs. Have your spirits lifted by festive tunes,<br />

sip on a warming hot chocolate whilst you enjoy and<br />

perhaps even join in with some well-known yuletide<br />

favourites, sure to leave you feeling jolly.<br />

Wimpole Estate, Arrington, Royston, Cambridgeshire<br />

SG8 0BW<br />

www.nationaltrust.org.uk/wimpole-estate/<br />

features/christmas-at-wimpole-<strong>2021</strong><br />

Refreshments available offering homemade delights of<br />

sausage rolls, cakes and sandwiches. Outside children’s<br />

play area and free car park.<br />

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

SG8 8SH<br />

Swing into Christmas<br />

Friday 17 December<br />

The Down for the Count Concert Orchestra and<br />

vocalists present a festive celebration featuring the<br />

music of Nat ‘King’ Cole, Billie Holiday, Judy Garland,<br />

Ella Fitzgerald and many more, in a luscious orchestral<br />

setting evoking the sounds of the great Capitol Studios<br />

recordings. Expect to hear faithful recreations of the best<br />

music of the swing era including I’ve Got You Under My<br />

Skin, Let’s Face The Music and Dance and ‘S Wonderful,<br />

alongside original arrangements of jazz and festive<br />

standards written by the Orchestra’s principal conductor<br />

Mike Paul-Smith, including <strong>Winter</strong> Wonderland and The<br />

Christmas Song (Chestnuts Roasting).<br />

West Road Concert Hall, West Road Concert Hall, 11<br />

West Rd, Cambridge CB3 9DP<br />

www.cambridgelive.org.uk/tickets/events/swingchristmas<br />

Ely Cathedral – Vivaldi’s Four Seasons<br />

at Christmas<br />

Sunday 19 December 7.30pm<br />

In the heart of Cambridgeshire, the walls of Ely<br />

Cathedral will resound to the music of Vivaldi, Corelli<br />

and Mozart, performed by the Piccadilly Sinfonietta. The<br />

Piccadilly Sinfonietta is one of the UK’s most exciting<br />

young ensembles and performs a selection<br />

of well-loved classics including the seasonal<br />

Christmas Concerto by Corelli and Vivaldi’s exquisite<br />

Four Seasons.<br />

Ely Cathedral, Ely, Cambridgeshire CB7 4DL<br />

www.elycathedral.org/events/vivaldis-fourseasons-at-christmas<br />


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News<br />

<strong>Winter</strong> Heats Ups at Lakeside<br />

Water activities don’t usually conjure up the idea of<br />

warmth, especially during winter, but that’s about to<br />

change as Skuna Boats, bring the UK’s first hot tub boat<br />

experience to Alexandra Lake at Lakeside.<br />

Heated at a toasty 38°C, the deluxe wood-fired hot tubs<br />

contain fresh filtered water which is changed after each<br />

trip to ensure the highest hygiene standards. Changing<br />

rooms are heated too, and feature lockers, plus mirrors<br />

and sockets to help you get ready for more adventures<br />

back on dry land.<br />

The electric boats are easy to drive and accommodate<br />

up to seven guests, for ages 12+. Perfect for a<br />

celebratory event, the experience is set to become<br />

a must-do activity in Essex. Hot tub boats are also<br />

available at West India Quay, Canary Wharf. Prices start<br />

from £225.<br />

www.skunaboats.com<br />

Hello Future!<br />

A new free training programme has been launched for<br />

18-24 year-olds in Tendring and Colchester to improve<br />

their employability skills or to help them start their own<br />

businesses.<br />

Shop ‘til you Drop<br />

Braintree Village has partnered with Dropit to launch<br />

a carry to car and home delivery shopping service,<br />

offering visitors a new level of convenience during their<br />

trip to the outlet shopping destination.<br />

Many brands at Braintree Village are participating in the<br />

scheme, meaning shoppers can ‘drop as they shop’<br />

and enjoy a bag-free shopping experience – perfect for<br />

Christmas shopping and the January sales.<br />

Guests can choose to have bags delivered to a<br />

preferred location at a convenient time with Dropit<br />

providing delivery to homes, hotels and workplaces<br />

within the Essex area. Shoppers also have the option to<br />

collect all their bags with flexible on-site bag collection<br />

from Guest Services. They’ll even deliver your bags<br />

to your car if parked in the specially marked bays,<br />

conveniently situated in the North Car Park.<br />

www.braintree-village.com/articles/dropit-nowbraintree-village<br />

Plantable Christmas Cards<br />

Colbea has partnered with Tendring District Council<br />

and Colchester Borough Council for its HELLO FUTURE!<br />

training programme. The six-week online programme<br />

helps young adults identify strengths and capabilities,<br />

builds confidence and provides support to find the right<br />

opportunities.<br />

Candidates will also be able to try out networking skills<br />

with a group of people making similar decisions and<br />

hear from real people; business owners and employees,<br />

sharing real experiences, tips, hints, and resources to<br />

support entrepreneurship or employment.<br />

Sign up at www.colbea.eventbrite.co.uk<br />

Luxury British sustainable brand, The Seed Card<br />

Company, have you covered for an eco-friendly<br />

Christmas. The family run, Essex based company,<br />

create fully sustainable greetings cards, perfect for<br />

eco-conscious friends and family. Each card is made<br />

from plantable seed card embedded with wildflower<br />

seeds, printed with vegan inks and use zero plastic in all<br />

packaging.<br />

www.theseedcardcompany.com<br />


Essex<br />

Plastic Free Fun<br />

Eco toys aren’t just good for the planet, they’re better<br />

for children too. Reduce your plastic consumption this<br />

Christmas and keep little ones protected with a plasticfree<br />

gift from PomPom. Based near Saffron Walden, the<br />

online shop features beautifully crafted wooden toys, raffia<br />

baskets, organic felt kids rugs, sugar cane building blocks<br />

and recycled cardboard wall decorations. PomPom will be<br />

exhibiting at the Newmarket Christmas Fair from<br />

19-21 November.<br />

www.shoppompom.com<br />

Food & Drink<br />

Essex Pub Named Best in the UK<br />

Diary Dates<br />

Essex Festive Gift & Food Show,<br />

6-7 November<br />

Brentwood Centre, Brentwood<br />

Get into the festive spirit and tick off your Christmas list with<br />

a visit to one of the biggest seasonal shopping events in the<br />

county. Browse stalls of decorations, gifts, homewares and<br />

accessories, before sampling delicious food and drink from<br />

regional producers.<br />

www.essexfestiveshow.co.uk/visiting-tickets/<br />

shopping<br />

Robin Hood at Harlow Playhouse,<br />

3 December – 2 January<br />

This festive season Harlow Playhouse celebrates its 50th<br />

anniversary with ‘Robin Hood – the Greatest Pantomime<br />

Adventure’ to entertain audiences. Offering a family-friendly<br />

performance from 3 December to 2 January, the panto<br />

includes theatre favourites Ben Parsley, as Silly Willy Scarlet<br />

and Jimmy Burton Iles as Dame Auntie Dolly. The show<br />

promises hilarious comedy, dazzling dance routines and<br />

spectacular sets and costumes are sure to hit the target!<br />

www.harlowplayhouse.co.uk<br />

An Enchanted Christmas at<br />

Colchester Castle, 19 December<br />

Galvin Green Man in Chelmsford – the pub from Michelinstarred,<br />

Essex-born brothers Chris and Jeff Galvin – has<br />

been named as the best pub in the UK, having secured the<br />

top accolade at the National Pub & Bar Awards.<br />

The venue, which was refurbished and opened by the<br />

Galvins in 2016, was commended for its first-class delivery<br />

of food, drink, service and all-round pub experience.<br />

The Green Man is said to be one of the oldest pubs in Essex,<br />

built in 1341. It was also one of 15 pubs to be named as the<br />

best in its region.<br />

“To come through the last year and a half and be<br />

recognised like this is fantastic,” says Chris Galvin.<br />

“Everyone’s a winner here, but I’m particularly proud of our<br />

head chef Chris Ball, and general manager Katie MacKay<br />

who runs a really tight ship. It’s all about looking after our<br />

locals and anyone that visits. We try our best day in, day<br />

out. It’s important to mention our suppliers, who have been<br />

on the same difficult journey and often get forgotten. They<br />

redoubled their efforts when we reopened.”<br />

www.galvinrestaurants.com/restaurant/galvin-greenman-chelmsford<br />

During a two-hour session, children can meet the snow lion,<br />

snow queen and Father Christmas, and take part in craft<br />

activities. With displays and interactive exhibits, including<br />

the Castle’s latest exhibition, ‘Decoding The Roman Dead,’<br />

it’s a fun, festive yet educational event for the whole family.<br />

www.colchester.cimuseums.org.uk/events/<br />

anenchantedchristmas<br />

New Year’s Day Walk, 1 January,<br />

11am-1pm<br />

High Woods Country Park, Colchester<br />

Blow away the cobwebs with a three-mile ranger led walk<br />

through the park. There’s no need to book, simply meet<br />

outside the Visitor Centre at High Woods.<br />

Talliston House & Gardens Guided Tour,<br />

29-30 January, 26-27 February and<br />

26-27 March<br />

51 Newton Green, Great Dunmow<br />

An exclusive opportunity to explore behind the doors of<br />

Talliston House & Gardens, in which lies a labyrinth of<br />

rooms, each set in a different time and place. A project,<br />

which took 25 years to complete, the property used to be<br />

an ex-council house, but is now home to unique rooms and<br />

gardens which comprise 13 locations. The full guided tour<br />

takes visitors on a journey of the property, followed by tea,<br />

coffee and cake.<br />

www.talliston.com/talliston-tours<br />



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Peaceful walks, wonderful wildlife and stunning views. Explore and discover over<br />

200 acres of reserve.<br />

• Gift shop with nature themed gifts, cards, books, bird seed and binoculars.<br />

• Cafe serving snacks, cakes, hot and cold drinks.<br />

• Covid Secure environment please respect current guidelines.<br />

• Check Facebook or the website for future events, inc children's holiday activities<br />

• Suggest donation for entry<br />

• Reserve open 7 days a week 9am-5pm. Visitor Centre opens at 10am<br />

Info: fingringhoe@essexwt.org.uk 01206 729678<br />

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"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 />

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 />

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 />

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Essex<br />

On the Farm<br />

The best farm shops in the county<br />

Farm shops no longer just sell fruit and veg. With<br />

in-house butchers and bakeries, delis and cafes, we<br />

list the best places for a cup of coffee alongside your<br />

grocery shop.<br />

Calcott Hall Farm Shop<br />

Ongar Road, Brentwood CM15 9HS<br />

A family run business for over 40 years, Calcott Hall<br />

features produce from over 60 regional suppliers.<br />

The shop has a homely feel with rustic wood floors<br />

and stacked crates stock-piled with fresh fruit and<br />

veg. There’s an in-house butcher, a huge choice of<br />

freshly baked bread (the sundried tomato bread is a<br />

must-try) and selection of cakes for sweet cravings.<br />

Stop by The Barnyard Café for breakfast, light bites<br />

and hearty baked potatoes.<br />

www.calcotthall.com<br />

Sparrows End<br />

Farm Shop<br />

Sparrows Hill House,<br />

Newport, Saffron<br />

Walden CB11 3TU<br />

The wooden cladded<br />

building is perched<br />

on a green space<br />

complete with a<br />

terrace decked out in<br />

style. Festoon lighting<br />

hangs from the<br />

entrance and quirky<br />

outdoor furniture sits<br />

invitingly on the lawn; the perfect pitstop for a light<br />

lunch. The farm shop may be small, but it stocks<br />

a good range of local produce and freshly baked<br />

goods are delivered every morning, though you’ll<br />

need to be quick to snap them up. There’s a good<br />

selection of wine, and tastings are held throughout<br />

the year. The next event takes place on Saturday 4<br />

December.<br />

www.sparrowsendfarmshop.co.uk<br />

the farm is full of festivities with Christmas trees and<br />

wreaths and the opportunity for young visitors to see<br />

Santa. www.greenbarnfarmshop.com<br />

Ashlyns Farm & Restaurant<br />

Epping Rd, Epping CM16 6RZ<br />

Housed in a big wooden building, a trip to this farm<br />

shop is a day out. The shop itself stocks a wide range<br />

of produce, features an on-site butcher and deli,<br />

which sells fresh homemade scotch eggs, sausage<br />

rolls and fluffy pastries. The menu at the restaurant<br />

is a tempting mix of small plates, egg dishes,<br />

sandwiches and hearty meals. Next door children<br />

can visit the animals on the farm and run wild in the<br />

softplay barn. Wine lovers can pick up a bottle of<br />

plonk at The Black Dog Wine Company and keen<br />

anglers can fish for carp on the lake.<br />

www.ashlynsfarmshop.co.uk<br />

Blackwells Farm Shop<br />

Herons Farm, Colne Road, Coggeshall, CO6 1TQ<br />

Set in the glorious Coggeshall countryside, the farm<br />

shop has a number of awards to its name. Selling the<br />

best of the best, most produce is sourced within a<br />

20-mile radius. The on-site butcher is on hand to offer<br />

advice and recommendations, and the farm hosted<br />

its first butchery class this autumn. Once you’ve<br />

chosen your goodies, grab a hot drink and slice of<br />

cake, and take a seat on the decking area.<br />

www.blackwellsfarmproduce.co.uk<br />

Sarah Green’s Organics<br />

Mark Farm, Tillingham, Essex<br />

If you can’t find the time to get out and about to do<br />

your shopping, why not have it delivered to you?<br />

Each week’s new crops are listed on the website.<br />

Just pick the items you want, place them in your<br />

online hamper basket, pay and they will be with you<br />

shortly. Boxes range from £8.50 to £20.<br />

www.sarahgreensorganics.co.uk<br />

The Green Barn Farm Shop<br />

North Benfleet, SS12 9JR<br />

Located on a working farm, the shop stocks<br />

homegrown produce including its home reared<br />

Aberdeen Angus beef and dairy from the<br />

neighbouring farm. Visitors are welcome to browse at<br />

a leisurely pace and enjoy a hot drink while watching<br />

the cows. The farm hosts a regular market with<br />

goods on offer from local businesses. In November,<br />


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Essex is a great shopping destination. Whether you’re<br />

Christmas shopping, browsing for a bargain in the January<br />

sales or simply fancy treating yourself, the county’s large<br />

malls, designer outlets, boutiques and markets offer plenty<br />

of choice.<br />

Braintree Village<br />

Shop smart at Braintree Village. Get the best for your money<br />

with over 75 outlet stores featuring premier brands such as<br />

Armani, Kate Spade, Polo Ralph Lauren and Tommy Hilfiger.<br />

Definitely a place to visit for the shopaholics among you.<br />

You’ll find designer clothing, accessories and homewares<br />

with up to 60% off the RRP. During the festive season the<br />

store canopies are draped with fairy lights and there’s a<br />

magical buzz in the air. The village hosts promotion days<br />

throughout the year and is also home to a cinema and a<br />

selection of chain restaurants, so you won’t go hungry!<br />

www.braintree-village.com<br />

Lakeside Shopping Centre<br />

One of the biggest malls in the county, it’s a shopper’s<br />

paradise with big brand names and retailers all under one<br />

roof. If you’re shopping for a special occasion, use the free<br />

personal styling service, simply call ahead to arrange an<br />

appointment. Stop by the Harrods Champagne Bar for a<br />

glass of bubbles alongside your beauty fix. More than a<br />

shopping destination, Lakeside has become a family day<br />

out with its extensive leisure facilities including Nickelodeon<br />

Adventure, Hollywood Bowl, Puttshack, Flip Out trampoline<br />

park, an Upside Down House and Rock Up climbing wall.<br />

It recently announced the addition of Boom Battle Bar; a<br />

restaurant and cocktail bar with crazy games such as axe<br />

throwing and beer pong.<br />

Chelmsford<br />

Home to shopping centres and glorious parks, Chelmsford<br />

has established itself as one of the most popular places<br />

in Essex. The city has grown immensely over the last few<br />

years with property developments and improvements to the<br />

centre. The Bond Street shopping area features a number<br />

of high street stores including John Lewis’ first Essex-based<br />

store, a cinema and restaurants. The city centre has an<br />

additional two shopping malls; The Meadows and High<br />

Chelmer Shopping Centre. Drive a short distance out of town<br />

and you’ll discover Chelmer Village Retail Park.<br />

Clacton Factory Outlet<br />

The lure of Clacton may be its sandy beach and lively pier,<br />

but for shoppers, Clacton Shopping Village, is the place to<br />

visit. The pedestrianised shopping complex features a range<br />

of stores such as fashion, jewellery, gifts and homewares,<br />

plus a few outlet stores.<br />

Colchester<br />

Britain’s oldest town is a great location for a spot of shopping.<br />

Colchester’s Charter Market dates back close to a millennium<br />

and continues to be a vibrant place to shop along Culver<br />

Street West, Long Wyre Street and Culver Street East every<br />

Friday and Saturday. The town centre is home to two large,<br />

indoor shopping centres, Culver Square and Lion Walk, that<br />

between them, house many of the country’s most popular<br />

high street retailers. The Fenwick store is also the perfect<br />

place to indulge your favourite retail passions.<br />


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Maldon Christmas Festival<br />

Thursday 25 November 4pm – 9pm<br />

Christmas shopping, Punch and Judy show, reindeers,<br />

Father Christmas in his grotto, live music and<br />

entertainment along the high street between 4pm and<br />

9pm.The Christmas lights will be switched on at 4.30pm.<br />

Southend Seafront Fireworks Display<br />

Jack ’n’ the Beanstalk<br />

The Headgate Theatre<br />

Friday 3 December – Saturday 11 December<br />

A fast-moving, up-to-date retelling of this classic folk tale<br />

about brave young Jack Nimble, Daisy the dancing cow<br />

and a life and death struggle with the cannibal giant Mr.<br />

Bigg. Will love triumph over greed? Can Greenville be<br />

saved from the forces of evil that threaten to swallow up<br />

the village and everyone in it? All will be revealed as this<br />

traditional English panto unfolds! Suitable for all the family.<br />

Headgate Theatre, 14 Chapel Street North, Colchester<br />

CO2 7AT<br />

www.ticketsource.co.uk/whats-on/colchester/<br />

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WHAT’S ON<br />

Throughout November 7.30pm<br />

Wrap up warm, round up your friends and family and<br />

head on down to the seafront every Saturday night<br />

during November and the first Saturday in December.<br />

Embrace the exciting atmosphere, the smell of chips,<br />

the sounds of Adventure Island, the buzz of the seafront<br />

arcade machines. Each display lasts approx. 10 minutes<br />

but that’s plenty of time to enjoy the spectacular night<br />

sky. Start practicing your oooohhhs and ahhhhhs now!<br />

For more information, visit<br />

www.visitsouthend.co.uk/guide/fireworks<br />

Saffron Walden Christmas Gift Fair<br />

Friday 3 December 9am – 8pm<br />

Saturday 4 December 9am – 5pm<br />

Sunday 5 December 9am – 4pm<br />

Come and shop for Christmas gifts, handmade and<br />

vintage items at this three-day Christmas Gift Fair.<br />

Refreshments will be available.<br />

Saffron Walden Town Hall, CB10 1HR<br />

Hylands Estate Christmas Open Day<br />

and Farmers’ & Craft Market<br />

The Colchester Town Hall Christmas<br />

Market<br />

Saturday 27 November – Sunday 28t November<br />

10am – 5pm<br />

Stalls will include cards, festive refreshments, jewellery,<br />

beauty, ornaments, personalised gifts and more. With<br />

everything being sourced and made locally,<br />

your guaranteed to find the perfect gift for all your<br />

loved ones.<br />

Colchester Town Hall, High Street, Colchester CO1 1PJ<br />

Sunday 19 December 10am – 4pm<br />

Hylands House opens its doors free of charge to<br />

reveal the secrets behind its history with an exhibition<br />

displayed in the library – this month’s exhibition is<br />

‘Weddings and Royalty! ’. Browse Hylands House at<br />

your own leisure, or enjoy a free guided tour at 11am led<br />

by their knowledgeable team.<br />

The Farmers’ & Craft Market is located both outside the<br />

front of Hylands House and inside the Grand Pavilion.<br />

The market is a treasure trove of fresh, local food,<br />

drink, and crafts direct from the producers and makers.<br />

Christmas wreaths, macramé, mulled wine and sweet<br />

treats are just some of the delights you’ll find. The Stables<br />

Cafe will offer tasty festive delights, from hot food and<br />

sweet treats to spiced winter warmers and hot chocolate.<br />

Hawthorn Heavy Horses will be providing estate carriage<br />

tours throughout the day. Tour times will be available to<br />

book via the website after Sunday 21 November. To top<br />

it all off, Santa will also be making an appearance!<br />

Hylands House, Hylands Estate, Chelmsford, Essex<br />

CM2 8WQ<br />

https://hylandsestate.co.uk/events<br />


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Bedfordshire<br />


News<br />

Bedford Proms just £1 for NHS<br />

workers<br />

Bedford Park Proms celebrated its 25th Anniversary in<br />

September with a spectacular classical picnic concert.<br />

A poignant moment of the show was a special guest<br />

appearance by Hannah Ingram-Moore and Benjie<br />

Ingram-Moore who talked about their late father/<br />

grandfather Captain Sir Tom Moore and his amazing<br />

achievement raising £38.9m for NHS charities.<br />

Hannah went on to announce that the promoter of<br />

Bedford Park Concerts, Mark Harrison, is giving 8000<br />

tickets for the 2022 Proms to NHS workers for just £1.<br />

This £1 will be donated straight back to the NHS and<br />

given to The Bedford Hospital Charity.<br />

Bedford Park Proms 25th Anniversary (Part 2) takes<br />

place on Sunday 31 July 2022 and tickets for NHS<br />

workers can be purchased at<br />

www.bedfordparkconcerts.co.uk<br />

It’s Panto at the Christmas Tree<br />

Festival<br />

‘It’s Panto!’ is the theme for this year’s Christmas Tree<br />

Festival, which runs from 1-5 December, at St Paul’s<br />

Church, Bedford. With 60 illuminated trees and daily<br />

concerts, the event is the must-see start to the Christmas<br />

season.<br />

Bedford’s Pipe Band opens the Festival on the morning<br />

of 1 December and, in the evening, ‘Fizz at the Festival’<br />

is a private viewing in memory of Jayne Beard, a former<br />

Chairman of the Bedford Hospitals Charity. The annual<br />

Festival Concert will be held on the evening of Friday<br />

3 December with the Minerva Piano Trio performing<br />

pieces by Ravel, Stravinsky, Mozart & Vivaldi.<br />

The popular event is organised jointly by and is<br />

in aid of the Bedford Hospital Charity & Friends,<br />

together with the church. www.facebook.com/<br />

bedfordchristmastreefestival<br />

© Caroline Greenwood<br />

New academy for young performers<br />

Milton Keynes Theatre has launched a brand-new<br />

academy, providing performing arts training to young<br />

people aged 4-14 in a series of classes, workshops, and<br />

holiday projects.<br />

The weekly youth theatre classes will be led by a DBS<br />

certified drama specialist who will take young people on<br />

a journey of creativity, self-expression, and confidencebuilding<br />

to develop essential performance and life skills.<br />

Free trials are available, so young people can have a<br />

taste of what to expect. No auditions are necessary to<br />

take part, and the course welcomes young people of all<br />

abilities and backgrounds.<br />

For further information, get in touch with the<br />

Milton Keynes Theatre Creative Learning team at<br />

miltokeynescreativelearning<br />

@theambassadors.com<br />

Classical music returns to Bedford<br />

Bedford Music Club is a charity that promotes<br />

professional classical music concerts each season<br />

under the umbrella ‘Music on Thursdays’. This season’s<br />

concerts, which began in October, are as eclectic as<br />

ever with music spanning six centuries from three<br />

continents, exploring classical music in all its endless<br />

variety.<br />

The concerts run through to April 2022 and include<br />

a recital for French horn; a concert of classical Indian<br />

ragas; songs by Vaughan Williams, Rachmaninov,<br />

Brahms, and Schubert; piano trios by Haydn and<br />

Beethoven; and operatic selections performed by a<br />

brass quintet.<br />

Visit www.bedfordmusicclub.co.uk for more<br />

information and tickets.<br />


Bedfordshire<br />

Food & Drink<br />

A taste of things to come in Woburn<br />

The Elves and the Shoemaker<br />

18 – 24 December<br />

Join Full House Theatre back at Luton Library Theatre this<br />

Christmas with a joyful family show. With original toetapping<br />

music, laugh-out-loud characters, puppetry and<br />

real magic, The Elves and the Shoemaker is a festive story<br />

sure to make the whole family feel all warm and cosy inside.<br />

www.culturetrust.com<br />

Christmas Adventure Quest<br />

26 December – 2 January<br />

If you’re heading inside now the evenings are getting cooler<br />

or are in search of a cosy spot after a brisk weekend walk,<br />

make for The Black Horse in Woburn. Head chef Roger<br />

Hayward, who came to the pub via The Birch in Woburn<br />

and before that the four-star George Hotel in Colchester,<br />

has created a new winter menu with hearty dishes made<br />

with top-notch British produce. Warming curries plus<br />

satisfying slow braises are plentiful, as are classic puds.<br />

You can make Christmas special and help those most<br />

in need by having your celebration at The Black Horse.<br />

This year, the pub is Making Life Peachy by supporting<br />

FareShare, a charity network that aims to relieve food<br />

poverty and reduce food waste in the UK.<br />

www.blackhorsewoburn.co.uk<br />

Diary Dates<br />

The Woburn Luxury Gift Fair<br />

16 November<br />

Shop in the delightful surroundings of Woburn Safari Lodge<br />

in the grounds of the Safari Park. With over 40 stalls of<br />

inspiring gift ideas from stocking fillers to sheer indulgence,<br />

there’s something for everyone. Tickets are £5 and all<br />

proceeds go to the NSPCC to support Childline.<br />

www.woburn.co.uk<br />

Head to Wrest Park for a festive adventure quest! Follow<br />

the trail, find the clues, and discover the garden’s amazing<br />

stories and secrets. Treat yourself to a hot chocolate in<br />

beautiful surroundings. It’s a great way for the whole family<br />

to get out and about in Christmas week.<br />

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

Coming Up...<br />

Les Misérables<br />

Milton Keynes Theatre, April 2022<br />

The UK and Ireland tour of Boublil and Schönberg’s Les<br />

Misérables reopens this November and will visit Milton<br />

Keynes Theatre from Tuesday 26 April to Saturday 21<br />

May 2022. Since Cameron Mackintosh first conceived<br />

this acclaimed new production in 2009 to celebrate the<br />

show’s 25th anniversary, it has taken the world by storm.<br />

Seen by over 120 million people in 52 countries and in<br />

22 languages, Les Misérables is undisputedly one of the<br />

world’s most popular and contemporary musicals. Tickets<br />

are now on sale.<br />

www.atgtickets.com<br />

Bedford River Festival<br />

23-24 July 2022<br />

Shuttlemas – A Christmas Party<br />

3-18 December<br />

Party the night away at Shuttleworth House with resident<br />

DJ, magic mirror photo booth, magician, and festive glitter<br />

face painting. Two fantastic food vans will be offering<br />

wood-fired pizza and turkey spit roast with all the trimmings.<br />

With 15 ensuite bedrooms, why not really make a night of it<br />

and stay over? www.shuttleworth.org<br />

This ever-popular event takes place in July every other<br />

year, and will be back bigger and better for 2022. As always,<br />

the River Festival is free to attend and offers something for<br />

everyone – including countless river activities, live music<br />

and performance, a continental market, funfair, spectacular<br />

firework display, raft and dragon boat races, plus the<br />

heritage village, sports village and water sports arena.<br />

www.riverfestival.bedford.gov.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 />

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Bedfordshire<br />

Fine Dining the ultimate treat<br />

by Jacqui Hagen<br />

<strong>Winter</strong> is a season of celebrations<br />

with Christmas, New Year and<br />

Valentine’s Day providing good<br />

reason to treat ourselves and others.<br />

It’s a time for extravagance and<br />

indulgence. With exquisite dishes,<br />

meticulous attention to detail and<br />

phenomenal service in glamorous<br />

surroundings, fine dining is perfect<br />

for your special occasion. Here are<br />

our favourite places in Bedfordshire<br />

for a truly unforgettable dining<br />

experience.<br />

Paris House<br />

Paris House, Woburn Park, London<br />

Road, Woburn, MK17 9QP<br />

An elegant restaurant, set in the deer<br />

park of the Woburn Estate, offering<br />

inspirational menus from awardwinning<br />

chef and owner, Phil Fanning.<br />

In a sumptuous dining room with<br />

rich turquoise and golds, attentive<br />

staff will wow you with their food<br />

and wine knowledge, while getting<br />

the right balance between first class<br />

service and a relaxed environment.<br />

Festive menus are available from<br />

11 November until Christmas. The<br />

restaurant closes over the Christmas<br />

period, reopening on 6 January with<br />

the winter menu.<br />

Six-course tasting menu priced £80<br />

per person, with accompanying wine<br />

pairing £69.<br />

www.parishouse.co.uk<br />

Eileen’s<br />

86a Dunstable Street, Ampthill,<br />

MK45 2JP<br />

Eileen’s celebrates local produce in a<br />

friendly, non-pretentious atmosphere<br />

with dishes thoughtfully crafted by<br />

head chef, Steve Barringer, who shot<br />

to prominence as runner-up on the<br />

BBC’s Masterchef: The Professionals<br />

in 2011. Named after Steve’s<br />

grandmother, who was the inspiration<br />

for his career as a chef, Eileen’s is a<br />

small, intimate restaurant with tasting<br />

menus featuring innovative dishes<br />

and bold flavours.<br />

Five-course tasting menu priced £60<br />

per person, with accompanying wine<br />

pairing £40.<br />

Seven-course tasting menu priced<br />

£80 per person, with accompanying<br />

wine pairing £50.<br />

www.eileensampthill.co.uk<br />

St Helena<br />

High Street, Elstow, MK42 9XP<br />

Named after the nearby Abbey<br />

Church, St. Helena is a stylish<br />

restaurant within a period country<br />

house in a village setting. Elegant<br />

dining rooms, adorned with fine<br />

paintings and antiques, and a<br />

contemporary conservatory provide<br />

the perfect setting for your special<br />

occasion. Head Chef Lorenzo and his<br />

team create a varied menu with daily<br />

specials encompassing innovative<br />

flavours and textures, often adding a<br />

modern twist to classic favourites.<br />

Three-course menu priced £52.50 per<br />

person includes chef’s appetiser and<br />

coffee with petit fours.<br />

www.sthelenarestaurant.co.uk<br />

Wernher Restaurant<br />

Luton Hoo, The Mansion House,<br />

Luton, LU1 3TQ<br />

For exquisite fine dining there can<br />

be few more spectacular settings<br />

than The Mansion House at Luton<br />

Hoo Hotel. Remodelled in the early<br />

20th century by the architects of<br />

the Ritz Hotel in London, its exotic<br />

marble panelwork and richly coloured<br />

fabrics are reminiscent of the Palace<br />

of Versailles. The festive menu is<br />

available from 1 to 24 December<br />

and a lavish five-course gourmet<br />

dinner, with Champagne and canapé<br />

reception, will be held on New Year’s<br />

Eve, priced £145 per person.<br />

Three course menu priced £52<br />

per person.<br />

www.lutonhoo.co.uk<br />

The Kings Head<br />

2 Station Rd, Ivinghoe,<br />

Leighton Buzzard, LU7 9EB<br />

A 16th century, grade two listed<br />

building set at the foot of the Chilterns<br />

where you can savour a glass of your<br />

favourite tipple and nibble canapés<br />

in the welcoming bar before moving<br />

through to the opulent dining room.<br />

Head Chef, Jonathan O’Keeffe, offers<br />

contemporary French and English<br />

cooking which brings new vigour to<br />

traditional dishes and novel tastes to<br />

modern cuisine.<br />

Three-course menu priced £38-60<br />

per person includes chef’s appetiser<br />

and coffee.<br />

Six-course tasting menu, £63.50 per<br />

person (not available in December).<br />

www.kingsheadivinghoe.co.uk<br />


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1. Fly and Surf<br />

Located in Milton Ernest, Twinwoods<br />

Adventure is an extreme sports<br />

centre where you can experience<br />

the exhilaration of sky diving and the<br />

thrill of catching a wave…indoors!<br />

Twinwoods’ wind tunnel is an<br />

adrenalin rush for those who dream<br />

of flying while FlowRider’s continual<br />

cascade of waves will challenge any<br />

wannabe surfer. With a climbing wall,<br />

soft play, health club and more, there’s<br />

plenty for the whole family to enjoy.<br />

www.twinwoodsadventure.com<br />

2. Expand your mind<br />

Luton is home to the Stockwood<br />

Discovery Centre, with interactive<br />

exhibitions and the biggest carriage<br />

collection in Europe, and also to<br />

Wardown House, a museum which<br />

transports you back in time to a<br />

wealthy Victorian family home.<br />

www.culturetrust.com<br />

The Higgins is celebrating 200 years<br />

of Bedford’s art with their exhibition,<br />

Going to Town, which runs until 20<br />

March 2022. View artworks by JMW<br />

Turner, Dora Carrington, Thomas<br />

Fisher and Stanley Orchart which<br />

highlight their fascination with the<br />

town and River Great Ouse.<br />

www.thehigginsbedford.org.uk<br />

10<br />

Things to do<br />

6. Escape!<br />

Can you use your wit and skills to<br />

crack puzzles and decipher codes?<br />

Can you keep calm under pressure<br />

and work as a team? An escape<br />

room is the perfect indoor activity<br />

for a family or group of friends.<br />

Try the Escape Rooms (www.<br />

bedfordescaperooms.co.uk)<br />

and Don’t Get Locked In (www.<br />

dontgetlockedin.com) in Bedford,<br />

or Locked Escapes in Dunstable and<br />

Luton (www.lockedescapes.com).<br />

Some venues are now really upping<br />

their game with themed cocktails<br />

when you break free!<br />

7. Indulge in a Spa Day<br />

Escape into a world of relaxation,<br />

bliss, and rejuvenation in one of the<br />

county’s top locations. Visit Woburn<br />

Forest at Center Parcs for fantastic<br />

poolside views<br />

(www.aquasana.co.uk), Luton Hoo<br />

Hotel for a country club experience<br />

(www.lutonhoo.co.uk) or<br />

Champneys Henlow Grange to relax<br />

in Scandi-inspired pods and poolside<br />

cabanas (www.champneys.com).<br />

Not forgetting Yspa at Wyboston<br />

Lakes Resort which reopens,<br />

following refurbishment, in January<br />

2022 (www.yspa.co.uk).<br />

8. See a Show<br />

Bedfordshire has some super small<br />

theatres offering a full programme of<br />

comedy, dance, drama, and music.<br />

This season’s highlights include<br />

Robin’s <strong>Winter</strong> Adventure at Luton<br />

Library Theatre (www.culturetrust.<br />

com); The Pantaloons’ Humbugged:<br />

A Christmas Carol 2 at The Place<br />

Bedford (www.theplacebedford.<br />

org.uk); and The Ultimate<br />

Commitments & Blues Brothers<br />

Experience at The Quarry Theatre<br />

Bedford (www.quarrytheatre.org.<br />

uk). And, with pantomimes back this<br />

year, don’t miss the fun-filled Aladdin<br />

at Grove Theatre in Dunstable<br />

(www.grovetheatre.co.uk).<br />


3. Bounce!<br />

Kids need to let off steam? Then head<br />

to Orbital Trampoline Park in Luton,<br />

a huge warehouse with hundreds of<br />

interconnecting trampolines, where<br />

they can experience over a dozen<br />

ways to bounce, flip, and spin. Navigate<br />

the freestyle course, compete in team<br />

dodgeball, go head-to-head on the<br />

battle beam, and test your agility and<br />

skill with the Ninja Warrior course and<br />

spinning Wipeout challenge. There are<br />

also Whipper Snapper sessions for little<br />

ones under five.<br />

www.orbitaltrampolinepark.co.uk<br />

4. Shop in a Special<br />

Village<br />

Based in Barton-le-Clay, The Olde<br />

Watermill Shopping Village is set<br />

in and around a historic water mill.<br />

With cobbled streets, alleyways,<br />

and Dickensian shop fronts, it’s<br />

a shopping experience unlike<br />

any other. Home to more than 20<br />

independent retailers, a tearoom,<br />

antique centre, children’s play barn<br />

and crazy golf, there’s something for<br />

everyone, come rain or shine.<br />

www.oldewatermill.co.uk<br />

5. Cuddle a Cat<br />

On a gloomy day, lift your mood with<br />

a visit to Bedford Cat Café where you<br />

can relax while enjoying a cuddle<br />

with a cat. Research has shown that<br />

stroking a cat for just 10 minutes can<br />

reduce stress hormones and improve<br />

your mood. Meet Radish, a lap cat<br />

who is partially deaf; Kitty Donut, who<br />

has white fur and striking yellow eyes;<br />

Steve, the boss of all the café cats;<br />

and the rest of the Peterborough Cat<br />

Rescue gang. Go to<br />

www.bedfordcatcafe.wixsite.com<br />

to book and read the house rules.<br />

in Bedfordshire<br />

on a <strong>Winter</strong>’s Day<br />

Written by Jacqui Hagen<br />

The weather outside may be frightful but that<br />

doesn’t mean you have to stay home. Whether<br />

you’re looking for something invigorating,<br />

cultural, relaxing, or even mind boggling, there are<br />

plenty of options throughout the county. Head to<br />

one of these attractions for a great day out.<br />

9. Play a Game<br />

For old-school fun visit Ready Steady<br />

Roll, an award-winning board game<br />

café and shop in Sharnbrook. Set in<br />

a rural location, it’s a beautiful place<br />

to try a fantastic range of board, card<br />

and dexterity games while enjoying<br />

coffee and irresistible homemade<br />

cake (www.readysteadyroll.co.uk).<br />

Geek Retreat, in Bedford’s Harpur<br />

Centre, stocks some of the biggest<br />

brands in geekdom and has a<br />

collection of free to play board<br />

games to enjoy over a geek-themed<br />

milkshake or a tasty burger. It’s also<br />

an events hub with learn to play<br />

sessions, games tournaments and<br />

quizzes. www.geek-retreat.com<br />

10. Put your Foot on the<br />

Gas<br />

Racegoers and thrill seekers will love<br />

the indoor go-kart track at TeamSport<br />

in Dunstable. With a multi-level circuit,<br />

18 nail-biting bends, exhilarating long<br />

straights and jaw dropping ramps, it’s<br />

the ideal destination for an actionpacked<br />

day out. Whether you’re a<br />

karting newbie or a seasoned pro,<br />

there’s something for everyone with<br />

a range of events for individuals,<br />

families, and groups.<br />

www.team-sport.co.uk<br />


Now taking Christmas Bookings<br />

in our Dining Room and Yurt<br />


Tel: 01234 781355 Email: info@thesunfelmersham.com<br />

The Sun, Grange Road, Felmersham, MK43 7EU

Bedfordshire<br />

Shuttleworth in Lights –<br />

A Festive Special<br />

Thursday 25 November – Sunday 19 December<br />

This year the illuminated trail will take on a festive<br />

twist! With a bevvy of wonderful Christmas and festive<br />

elements to find along your walk as you discover<br />

an enchanting world of light and colour. Start the<br />

adventure at the World Famous Shuttleworth Collection<br />

Hangars from here enter the Swiss Garden, head into<br />

the Paddock 4 for a special display, re-join the route at<br />

the Shrubbery walk, pop past the Summer House, then<br />

stroll down the wonderful Lakeside Parkland and back<br />

into the Swiss Garden, finishing with a visit to the Gift<br />

Shop and Runway Café.<br />

www.shuttleworth.org/product/shuttleworth-inlights-festive-special<br />

Pamper and Christmas Shopping<br />

Evening<br />

Friday 26 November 7pm – 10.30pm<br />

Treat yourself to an evening of pampering, relaxation<br />

and shopping! Find some unusual and thoughtful<br />

Christmas gifts then reward yourself with a beauty<br />

treatment...or three!<br />

Therapists offer a variety of treatments from top to toe,<br />

and local stallholders will be selling a range of gifts and<br />

beauty products as well as handmade crafts. All monies<br />

raised on the night is for the Forest of Marston Vale,<br />

helping care for your local community woodlands and<br />

plant more trees!<br />

£5 per person for entry – parking is free for this event.<br />

Food and a fully licensed bar will also be available<br />

courtesy of the Lakeside Café, for an additional cost on<br />

the night.<br />

The Forest Centre, Station Road, Marston Moretaine<br />

MK43 0PR Tel 01234 767037<br />

www.marstonvale.org<br />

A Christmas Carol at Wardown House<br />

Thursday 2 December – Saturday 18th December<br />

This magical promenade piece takes you around the<br />

beautiful rooms in Wardown House. Telling us the story<br />

of ‘A Christmas Carol’ by Charles Dickens, be prepared<br />

to be hear this classic tale told in a way you have never<br />

heard before.<br />

Wardown House, Museum and Gallery, Old Bedford<br />

Road, Luton LU2 7HA<br />

www.culturetrust.com/whats-on/christmas-carol-1<br />

Christmas Market Weekends at<br />

Rushmere Country Park<br />

Saturday 4 – Sunday 5th December<br />

Saturday 11 December – Sunday 12th December<br />

Saturday 18 December – Sunday 19th December<br />

Three festive weekends with gift stalls for you to browse,<br />

locally sourced and Fairtrade festive food and drink,<br />

seasonal music and of course Christmas trees for sale!<br />

The Festive Fairy trail will be available throughout and<br />

Father Christmas will be dropping by on Sunday 19<br />

December.<br />

Rushmere Country Park, Linslade Road, Heath and<br />

Reach, LU7 0EB<br />

www.greensandtrust.org/Event/christmas-marketweekends<br />

Stockwood Illuminated<br />

Friday 30 December – Thursday 23rd December<br />

Your invited on a journey of light and sound in the<br />

historic gardens at Stockwood Discovery Centre.<br />

Throughout the seasonal period you can explore<br />

Stockwood in a new light. Weave your way on a<br />

self-guided trail through the illuminated pathways, set<br />

against the backdrop of the lush greenery.<br />

Running time: 60 mins, with slots available every 30<br />

minutes<br />

Stockwood Discovery Centre, London Road,<br />

Luton LU1 4LX<br />

Jordans Mill Christmas Craft & Food<br />

Fayre Spectacular<br />

Saturday 11 & Sunday 12 December 9.30pm – 4pm<br />

Come along for a browse and bag yourself some<br />

amazing Christmas Gifts, made by a host of talented<br />

local businesses. Whilst you’re there spoil yourself this<br />

festive season with a Jordans Festive Afternoon Tea, or<br />

sit back and relax with with their Festive Mains Menu.<br />

Jordans Mill, Holme Mills, Southill Road, Broom,<br />

Bedfordshire SG18 9JX<br />

www. jordansmill.com/events<br />

Castle Comedy Christmas Special at<br />

The Quarry Theatre<br />

Thursday 16 December 8pm<br />

Castle Comedy is back at The Quarry Theatre with a<br />

Christmas Special. The show will feature star names,<br />

mince pies, crackers and loads of Christmas cheer!<br />

26 St Peters St, Bedford MK40 2NN<br />

www.castlecomedy.co.uk/home<br />

Richard Shuttleworth Murder Mystery<br />

Saturday 29 January<br />

It is 112 years since Richard Ormonde Shuttleworth was<br />

born, on 16 July 1909. Guests (and suspects) are invited<br />

for a meal to celebrate what would have been his 112th<br />

birthday. However, some of the guests are interested in<br />

more than just the party…<br />

Enjoy a wonderful evening of Shakespeare’s best-loved<br />

romantic comedy, complete with beautiful Elizabethan<br />

costumes and a splendid musical score. A glorious<br />

welcome back to theatre under the stars for family,<br />

friends, and children of all ages.<br />

Old Warden Aerodrome, Biggleswade SG18 9DX<br />

www.shuttleworth.org/product/richardshuttleworth-murder-mystery/<br />

WHAT’S ON<br />




Plan your visit at<br />

enjoystalbans.com<br />

or scan me<br />



Mike Carroll, Lens2Print, www.lens2print.co.uk<br />


Hertfordshire<br />


News<br />

Watford Market Lates: a big success<br />

Watford Market welcomed over 600 town centre visitors<br />

to its first-ever night event ‘Market Lates’.<br />

A soundtrack of live music and delicious street food<br />

from around the globe brought a relaxed festival vibe to<br />

the covered outdoor space, offering a feast for the eyes,<br />

ears and the belly.<br />

Elected Mayor of Watford, Peter Taylor, said: “The<br />

Market Lates event was a big success. It was a great<br />

opportunity for people to discover some of the market’s<br />

popular traders, whilst enjoying a night out with friends<br />

and family. I’m really looking forward to attending future<br />

events.” www.watfordmarket.co.uk<br />

<strong>Winter</strong> in St Albans: It’s a cracker!<br />

St Albans is<br />

magical in winter<br />

and is a mustvisit<br />

destination<br />

for Christmas<br />

shopping, fantastic<br />

entertainment and<br />

delicious food and<br />

drink.<br />

This year, the<br />

fun starts on 6<br />

November with<br />

the Fireworks<br />

Spectacular in<br />

Verulamium Park.<br />

The festive season<br />

then kicks off on 21 November at The Christmas<br />

Cracker event, a street festival with family entertainment,<br />

rides, and festive market stalls.<br />

There’s plenty more planned throughout November<br />

and December, with a pop-up public art exhibition, a<br />

family trail, carol concerts, live street entertainment and<br />

more. Visit www.EnjoyStAlbans.com for details.<br />

Jack To The Future<br />

This year, during<br />

lockdown, Hertford<br />

schoolboy Jack<br />

Andrews created his<br />

own podcast as he<br />

wanted something<br />

fun to do and to keep<br />

in touch with other<br />

people. “It’s called<br />

Jack To The Future<br />

because my favourite<br />

film is Back To The<br />

Future and I just<br />

changed the name!”<br />

explained Jack.<br />

From the future of science and technology to the arts<br />

and issues affecting our planet, Jack talks about what’s<br />

changing in the world, what the future could be like and<br />

how we can help. “I’d really like people to listen in so<br />

that we can all make the world a better place,” said Jack.<br />

Jack, who is eight years old, does most of the artwork<br />

for his episodes and his mum, Laura Andrews, manages<br />

the social media coverage due to his age. They are<br />

proud members of the Kids Listen community, an<br />

organisation that encourages high quality audio content<br />

for children. Jack will be interviewing Dr Holthaus from<br />

The Robot House, University of Hertfordshire in January<br />

and has lots of fascinating podcasts lined up for the<br />

winter months including The Future of Maths, English,<br />

Housing, Radio, Clothing and Fast Food.<br />

Jack To The Future offers other young people the<br />

chance to share their views about the future, and any<br />

children or grown-ups are asked to get in touch if they<br />

are interested in being a guest.<br />

To listen, visit www.linktr.ee/Jtothefuture. Jack to<br />

the Future is available on all the usual major podcast<br />

platforms. You can also follow @jtothefuture on<br />

Facebook and Instagram.<br />

Food & Drink<br />

Lussmanns to Open 5th Restaurant<br />

The multi-award-winning Lussmanns Sustainable<br />

Restaurant Group is opening a fifth restaurant in<br />

Hertfordshire, in the pretty canal-side historic market<br />

town of Berkhamsted.<br />


Hertfordshire<br />

Andrei Lussmann, Founder and MD of Lussmanns, said:<br />

“Over the past 20 years, we have built a restaurant brand<br />

that the people of Hertfordshire trust. I am looking forward<br />

to bringing accessible sustainable dining to the people of<br />

Berkhamsted.”<br />

The partnership of Andrei and his Group Head Chef, Nick<br />

McGeown, is a pioneering one: the Group has won multiple<br />

national awards and Lussmanns has also been included in<br />

The Times 100 Best Places to Eat in the UK.<br />

www.lussmanns.com<br />

Hertford Christmas Gala,<br />

26 November<br />

Taking place in Hertford Town Centre, the Christmas Gala<br />

will kick off the festive weekend on Friday evening with<br />

market stalls, a performance stage, street entertainment,<br />

fairground rides and the famous Christmas tree lights<br />

switch on. The Hertford Castle Christmas Market will take<br />

place on the Hertford Castle Lawn, running alongside the<br />

Christmas Gala on the Friday evening and throughout the<br />

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

A Farr Brew Christmas<br />

Farr Brew is gearing up<br />

for a busy Christmas<br />

period as it has already<br />

started bottling up<br />

its extremely popular<br />

Brewdolph the Red<br />

Nose Rein-beer ale,<br />

which it will be taking<br />

to Christmas markets<br />

across the county<br />

from the beginning of<br />

November.<br />

Farr Brew will also be taking its other popular beers such as<br />

Lock In, Farr Apart, Porter and Chief Jester as well as its very<br />

own Farr Brew gin, spiced rum and whisky. The ales will be<br />

available in three and six-bottle gift packs.<br />

www.farrbrew.com<br />

Diary Dates<br />

The Remarkable World of Trees,<br />

Until 23 January<br />

Trees play a vital role in our world, and St Albans Museum<br />

+ Gallery is celebrating them with a new exhibition, inspired<br />

by local author Kate Bretherton’s book, The Remarkable<br />

Trees of St Albans.<br />

The exhibition explores the vital role that trees play in our<br />

environment and what we can do to support sustainability.<br />

Attendees will be able to examine trees and hedges and<br />

look at the animals that call them home. Adults and children<br />

will be encouraged to look at trees through different<br />

mediums, including music, poetry, and artwork from local<br />

artists. The Remarkable World of Trees is free to attend.<br />

www.stalbansmuseums.org.uk<br />

Coming soon...<br />

Get Set for Classic Ibiza<br />

Kattam Katti by Pagrav Dance Company,<br />

12 November<br />

A chance to see this new<br />

dance/theatre show at<br />

Watford Palace Theatre<br />

before its world premiére in<br />

London. The Asian dance<br />

company combines<br />

neo-classicist movement<br />

with live music to tell tales<br />

inspired by the colourful<br />

yet ruthlessly competitive<br />

Uttarayan kite festival,<br />

highlighting the parallels with<br />

today’s divided societies.<br />

www.<br />

watfordpalacetheatre.<br />

co.uk<br />

Tickets are now on sale for Classic Ibiza which returns to<br />

Hatfield House on 20 August 2022. Revellers can once<br />

again expect awesome performances by Stephen Hussey’s<br />

Urban Soul Orchestra, live vocalists, and headline DJs,<br />

including Goldierocks and Jose Luis.<br />

From an atmosphere similar to one of Ibiza’s iconic chillout<br />

bars, the rhythm steadily builds and as night falls the<br />

Hatfield audience will be transported to a magical alfresco<br />

nightclub, accompanied by a breathtaking laser and light<br />

show. www.classicibiza.co.uk<br />


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well proportioned active ingredients,<br />

hydrolyzed collagen, hyaluronic acid,<br />

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The Klara’s creams, serum and cleanser<br />

provide the harmonized products for<br />

the regular skincare routine day and<br />

night. Regular use of the products will<br />

rejuvenate and nourish the skin and<br />

reduce the signs of ageing.<br />

Dr Klara Valko, a published pharmaceutical and formulation<br />

scientist, has developed a new trademarked technology for<br />

delivering natural active ingredients to the skin.<br />

Klara’s anti-wrinkle and rejuvenating skincare products are<br />

manufactured in the UK by Bio-Mimetic Cosmetics, a trading<br />

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Trial size samples are also available at:<br />

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In the Kitchen<br />

with Scott Barnard, Head Chef at Crockers Chef’s Table<br />

Interviewed by Jacqui Hagen<br />

Perhaps best known as a<br />

MasterChef: The Professionals<br />

finalist, Scott Barnard began his<br />

culinary career at a local catering<br />

college. After progressing<br />

through a number of prestigious<br />

kitchens, Scott spent nine years<br />

at The Grove in Watford before<br />

heading up the kitchen at the<br />

original Crockers Chef’s Table in<br />

Potten End. He now continues to<br />

wow guests at Crockers Tring.<br />

When and how did your love of cooking<br />

begin?<br />

No romantic stories of baking bread with my Nan, I’m afraid.<br />

I chose to do food at school probably because there were<br />

more girls in the class, although I enjoyed doing a bit of<br />

basic cooking at home too. We always went camping in<br />

France, as kids, and I used to love running to the onsite<br />

bakery in the mornings and grabbing pain au chocolat,<br />

croissants and French sticks, then covering them in jam.<br />

I was adventurous as a child, tasting things like rabbit.<br />

I decided to study food at Barnfield College in Luton. I<br />

wanted to do something practical.<br />

How would you describe your style of<br />

cooking?<br />

Modern British. We source the best ingredients from the UK.<br />

We are an island, surrounded by great fish and shellfish. I<br />

have fantastic suppliers who I’ve built relationships with for<br />

years.<br />

Coming second in Masterchef: The<br />

Professionals in 2015 must have been<br />

an amazing experience. Can you tell us<br />

about the highs and the lows?<br />

Highs are definitely getting great feedback from Marcus<br />

Wareing and Monica Galetti. Also, going through the<br />

journey with other great chefs who have now become<br />

friends. The low point was not winning twice; I came<br />

second in the rematch 2018 too. But, like all parents say, it’s<br />

the taking part! Haha!<br />

How did your Masterchef success impact<br />

on your life and career?<br />

I did Masterchef because I wanted to create an opportunity<br />

for myself. I wanted to show people what I’m about and the<br />

food I like to cook. It hasn’t changed my life, but I’ve been<br />

given the platform to express myself.<br />


The Chef’s Table at Crockers sounds<br />

like a fun way of dining, tell us more<br />

about it?<br />

Crockers Chef’s Table is a great dining experience. Fifteen<br />

guests arrive for pre-dinner drinks in our basement bar<br />

and are then brought upstairs and seated at our bespoke<br />

U-shaped oak table, looking on to the pass and kitchen.<br />

You can ask the team questions and get as much out of it as<br />

you want. We cook set seasonal tasting menus in a relaxed<br />

and fun way. It’s fine dining, without the fuss. We call it fun<br />

dining not fine dining.<br />

Where do you get your inspiration for<br />

your dishes?<br />

I would say amazing produce first, eating out, social media<br />

and going back and tweaking dishes I have loved cooking<br />

over the years.<br />

What are your favourite ingredients to<br />

cook with and why?<br />

I love cooking anything really. But hand-dived Scottish<br />

scallops are the best. Also, Cornish turbot, lobsters, and<br />

amazing herdwick hogget and aged beef from the Lake<br />

District farmers in Cumbria.<br />

What was the best meal you’ve<br />

ever eaten?<br />

It was at Eleven Madison Park, a three-star Michelin<br />

restaurant, in New York. Absolutely faultless.<br />

When it’s your day off, what do you like<br />

to do?<br />

I spend time with the kids, Esme and Elliott, and my wife<br />

Dee. Family time is so important.<br />

What do you have in your fridge at home<br />

right now?<br />

Not scallops or hogget. More like beers, cheese, and bacon<br />

for a sarnie on Sunday.<br />

Can you suggest a simple festive recipe<br />

for our readers to cook at home?<br />

Smoked Salmon Pâté<br />

with pickled beetroot, apple and bitter leaves<br />

Serves 10<br />

For the salmon pâté:<br />

500g flaked hot smoked salmon<br />

200g cream cheese<br />

200g crème fraîche<br />

chopped chervil<br />

chopped dill<br />

lemon zest<br />

Mix the cream cheese, crème fraîche, herbs and lemon zest.<br />

Fold the smoked salmon through, but don’t break it up too<br />

much.<br />

Taste for seasoning. Divide into bowls of your choice.<br />

For the pickled beetroot and apple:<br />

(make a few days before)<br />

2 large red beetroots, peeled<br />

2 Granny Smith apples<br />

200g water<br />

100g sugar<br />

75g red wine vinegar<br />

2 sprigs thyme<br />

Slice the beetroot and apple on a mandolin, we use the<br />

attachment to give you thin strips.<br />

Bring the rest of the ingredients to the boil and strain onto<br />

the beetroot and apple.<br />

Allow to cool down. Drain off when needed.<br />

For the garnish:<br />

favourite salad dressing<br />

grilled sourdough<br />

red chicory<br />

frisée<br />

watercress<br />

sliced Granny Smith apple<br />

Dress the bitter leaves with the dressing, add a pinch of sea<br />

salt.<br />

Spoon a pile of the pickles onto the salmon.<br />

Arrange the leaves. Serve the sourdough on the side.<br />

Christmas is a great time for cooking<br />

for family and friends, what are your<br />

top tips for a delicious and (relatively)<br />

stress-free meal?<br />

I love Christmas time. The best tip is, don’t try and please<br />

everyone. Use the microwave if it helps.<br />

Keep it simple and enjoy that special time with loved ones.<br />

Crockers Tring<br />

74 High Street, Tring, Hertfordshire, HP23 4AF<br />

www.tring.crockersuk.com<br />


5<br />

Reasons<br />

to<br />

Visit<br />

Aldbury<br />

Hertfordshire<br />

Aldbury is a pretty<br />

village nestled among<br />

the Chiltern Hills, with<br />

spectacular views in<br />

every direction. Its<br />

quaint centre and<br />

picturesque landscape<br />

make it a popular<br />

destination for ramblers,<br />

dog walkers, horse<br />

riders and cyclists…not<br />

to mention film and TV<br />

crews!<br />

Written by Jacqui Hagen<br />

1Chocolate<br />

Box Charm<br />

With timber-framed cottages<br />

clustered around a pretty duck<br />

pond, Aldbury is one of the<br />

most picture-perfect villages<br />

in Hertfordshire. Take a stroll<br />

around the lanes and you’ll<br />

feel as if you’ve stepped back<br />

in time, with much of its fabric<br />

unchanged for centuries – even<br />

the medieval stocks and whipping<br />

post, once used for punishment<br />

and humiliation, remain in the<br />

village centre. Designated a<br />

Conservation Area to protect its<br />

character and heritage, Aldbury<br />

remains relatively untouched by<br />

modern development and a world<br />

away from the busy towns that<br />

surround it. It’s little wonder that<br />

this quintessential English village<br />

has been a popular setting for<br />

television programmes and films<br />

including Midsomer Murders,<br />

Inspector Morse and Bridget<br />

Jones.<br />

2<br />

National<br />

Trust<br />

Countryside<br />

Aldbury sits at the foot of the<br />

Chiltern Hills and adjacent to the<br />

5,000-acre Ashridge Estate, with<br />

vast woodlands, chalk downlands,<br />

and lush meadows to explore.<br />

From the village centre, a short<br />

but steep wooded track takes<br />

you to Ashridge Visitor Centre<br />

with its popular café and shop<br />

offering products made by local<br />

crafters, second-hand books,<br />

and plants. It’s an ideal place to<br />

grab some refreshment before or<br />

after venturing further. From the<br />

Centre you can embark on one of<br />

three waymarked walks through<br />

the Estate or visit the Bridgewater<br />

Monument, a towering granite<br />

column, built in 1832 in memory<br />

of the third Duke of Bridgewater<br />

who once lived in Ashridge House.<br />

During weekends, from April to<br />

October, you can climb the 172<br />

steps and look out across rolling<br />

countryside.<br />


Hertfordshire<br />

4<br />

Food &<br />

Drink<br />

In a perfect spot, overlooking<br />

the village pond, you’ll find The<br />

Greyhound Inn which seamlessly<br />

combines a traditional pub with a<br />

restaurant offering gastro dining. It’s<br />

definitely worth calling ahead as we<br />

found the restaurant fully booked<br />

on a gloomy Wednesday. Happily,<br />

there was plenty of covered space<br />

on the outside terrace where<br />

we devoured sweet potato and<br />

halloumi fries with a sweet chilli dip<br />

and a homemade steak and ale pie<br />

with chips. Just a short drive away<br />

is Ashridge House where you can<br />

enjoy a light lunch in the Courtyard<br />

Café or indulge in an afternoon tea<br />

served in one of the historic dining<br />

rooms, followed by a walk in the<br />

beautiful grounds and gardens.<br />

3 5<br />

Cycling<br />

An Ideal<br />

Base<br />

Aldbury sits within the Chilterns<br />

Cycleway, a 170-mile circular cycle<br />

route which takes in the best of the<br />

beautiful scenery along with plenty of<br />

opportunities to spot magnificent red<br />

kites soaring above. The route, which<br />

is mainly on-road, is popular with<br />

experienced cyclists but includes<br />

a 4.5km gravel trail through the<br />

Ashridge Estate, ideal for leisurely<br />

riders and families. Aldbury also<br />

boasts the cool and trendy Musette, a<br />

cycle themed café, gallery and shop,<br />

located in a former racehorse stable<br />

on the outskirts of the village. Popular<br />

with the lycra-clad crew as well as<br />

dog walkers and ramblers, it’s well<br />

worth stopping here to sip artisan<br />

coffee with a piece of homemade<br />

cake or refuel with a nutritious<br />

brunch.<br />

The Greyhound Inn has cosy B&B<br />

rooms, as well as a two-bedroom<br />

cottage, where you can stay over and<br />

explore the surrounding area. Nearby<br />

attractions include Tring, a buzzing<br />

market town with museums, shops,<br />

cafés, bars and restaurants, along<br />

with a brewery offering tasting tours.<br />

If you like to play a round, Ashridge<br />

Golf Club, set within 350 acres of<br />

tranquil surrounds, welcomes visitors<br />

for casual green fee play and just<br />

seven miles away is Whipsnade,<br />

where you can enjoy a day out at<br />

the UK’s biggest zoo. If, after all your<br />

adventures, you need to rest your<br />

tired legs and ease the tensions<br />

in your muscles, head to nearby<br />

Pendley Manor or Champneys for a<br />

relaxing and rejuvenating spa day.<br />


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Hertfordshire<br />

The Adult Panto – Little Red Riding….!<br />

The Market Theatre, Hitchin<br />

Friday 26 November – Saturday 26 February<br />

They’re back again! (Already!) Oh yes they are! The<br />

fearless company of three actors return to bring you<br />

an evening of corny jokes, raunchy plots and blatant<br />

sexual innuendo using a minimum of set props and<br />

costume. Get ready for another evening of slick, fastmoving,<br />

farcical fun and bawdy sexual innuendo (did<br />

we mention the innuendo?) for adults only. Not suitable<br />

for under 16’s.<br />

www.markettheatre.co.uk/whats-on<br />

The Hospice of St Francis Concert<br />

St Albans Cathedral<br />

Sunday 5 December 3pm<br />

A magical afternoon of popular carols, guaranteed to<br />

get you in the festive spirit! With special performances<br />

from talented local choirs, the hour and 15-minute<br />

concert will feature a mix of solo recitals, thoughtful<br />

festive readings and plenty of opportunity for merry<br />

audience participation. Standard tickets cost £12.<br />

For tickets for the Carol Concert call 01727 890290<br />

(Cathedral Box Office)<br />

WHAT’S ON<br />

Hertford Castle Christmas Market<br />

Friday 26 November<br />

– Sunday 28<br />

November<br />

Come down to<br />

Hertford Castle this<br />

winter as it hosts<br />

its first Christmas<br />

market within its<br />

spectacular grounds. The event will be free of charge to<br />

attend and boast an array of Christmas market stalls on<br />

the Castle Lawn.<br />

Offerings include homeware, crafts, jewellery, and much<br />

more! Perfect for those who like to shop early and local<br />

for Christmas.<br />

In addition, there will be festive entertainment for you to<br />

enjoy and food and drink stands providing festive treats<br />

to warm you up!<br />

Castle Street, Hertford, SG14 1HR<br />

Letchworth Christmas Lights<br />

Switch On<br />

Saturday 27 November<br />

As the evenings draw in and the weather turns chilly,<br />

our little ones might be hearing sleigh bells or reindeer<br />

hooves in the distance, while the grown-ups can smell<br />

mulled wine in the air!<br />

It’s time to light-up Letchworth for a magical Christmas!<br />

From midday on Saturday 27 November Santa and<br />

his Elves will be in town, to watch the Christmas Lights<br />

being switched on. You’re invited to an afternoon<br />

and evening of festive celebrations, with stalls, food,<br />

drinks music and fun in the fresh air of our spacious<br />

Letchworth town centre.<br />

St Albans Vintage Market<br />

Sunday 5 December 9am – 3pm<br />

An outdoor street market right in the heart of this<br />

amazing Cathedral City bringing all manner of antiques,<br />

vintage, brocante and architectural salvage...An<br />

amazing atmosphere...and inspirational dealers.<br />

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

Hitchin Christmas Market<br />

Wednesday 8 December 11am – 7pm<br />

Come down to the Market Place this winter as it hosts<br />

its annual two-week Christmas Market. The event will be<br />

free of charge to attend and boast an array of Christmas<br />

market chalets.<br />

Offerings include homeware, crafts, street food, and<br />

much more! Perfect for those who like to shop local<br />

this Christmas and support the town centre. For more<br />

information visit marketing@hitchinherts.com<br />

Come along to experience the magical atmosphere, you<br />

won’t want to miss out.<br />

Market Place, Hitchin SG5 1DL<br />

Frosty Footsteps at Hatfield House<br />

Thursday 9 December – Sunday 12 December<br />

Wrap up and get outside to enjoy the crisp, frosty air.<br />

Remember, it’s not time to hibernate yet!<br />

Stroll along the Woodland Walks to enjoy and<br />

experience everything this magical season has to offer.<br />

There’s nothing quite like a <strong>Winter</strong> Walk and you never<br />

know what you might find on your journey.<br />

In addition, you can enjoy the festive atmosphere within<br />

The Stable Yard. Enjoy the lights and decorations, as<br />

well as all that our independent retailers have to offer.<br />

www.hatfield-house.co.uk/your-visit/openingtimes-prices<br />

The Borrowers<br />

Abbey Theatre, St Albans<br />

Friday 17 December – Tuesday 28 December<br />

Arrietty Clock lives with her parents under the floorboards<br />

of a country house. The diminutive family ‘borrow’ from<br />

the human owners to furnish their home below-floor.<br />

But Arrietty longs for freedom, fresh air, and sunshine<br />

on her face. When they are discovered by the ‘human<br />

beans’, they set off to find a new home and their long-lost<br />

relations, facing many challenges along the way.<br />

This delightful play will enchant young and old alike,<br />

making it the perfect festive treat for everyone.<br />

www.abbeytheatre.org.uk/whats-on/theborrowers/<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 stone’s 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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