Eastlife Spring 2022

It’s the time of year where there’s a spring in our step. For the first time since the pandemic, we’re feeling hopeful about everything the season has to offer.

It’s the time of year where there’s a spring in our step. For the first time since the pandemic, we’re feeling hopeful about everything the season has to offer.


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Contents<br />

Magazine Production<br />

PUBLISHER Christa Hallam<br />

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

EDITOR Emma Kemsley<br />

emma@eastlife.co.uk<br />

FEATURES WRITER Jacqui Hagen<br />

jacqui@eastlife.co.uk<br />

GRAPHIC DESIGN Doug Dawson<br />

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Jim Leishman<br />

jim@eastlife.co.uk | 07872 469669<br />

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Dear Reader,<br />

It’s the time of year where there’s<br />

a spring in our step. For the first<br />

time since the pandemic, we’re<br />

feeling hopeful about everything<br />

the season has to offer.<br />

We’ve created a bountiful issue<br />

of inspiration to encourage you<br />

to get outside and soak up the<br />

delights of spring.<br />

From days out wandering<br />

stately homes, visiting blooming<br />

gardens, sailing the Essex coast<br />

and the return of festival season,<br />

there’s something for everyone<br />

to enjoy.<br />

Children are kept entertained with a season of wild woodland<br />

activities and school holiday camps, and we’ve listed the best<br />

petting farms to see spring lambs, chicks and bunnies this Easter.<br />

The hospitality industry is heating up too with new openings and<br />

refurbishments. Check out our reviews in the county pages.<br />

However, the biggest news of the spring is the launch of the<br />

<strong>Eastlife</strong> Awards! For the first time ever, we’re honouring the best<br />

businesses in the East with our exclusive and exciting awards.<br />

There are amazing prizes up for grabs. Tell us about your favourite<br />

regional business by nominating online at eastlife.co.uk/awards<br />

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We can’t wait to receive your votes.<br />

Happy <strong>Spring</strong>!<br />

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Contents<br />

010 Lifestyle<br />

Details of the first-ever <strong>Eastlife</strong> awards,<br />

plus days out and events to see you<br />

through spring<br />

063 Motoring<br />

Sue Cooke gets behind the wheel of the<br />

Mazda MX-30<br />

13<br />

24<br />

45<br />

132<br />

024 Travel<br />

Avian adventures and group getaways<br />

031 Dog Friendly<br />

All aboard! How to sail the Essex coast<br />

with your dog<br />

037 Education<br />

The tutoring trend, open days and news<br />

043 Little East<br />

School holiday and Easter fun; keep<br />

children entertained with woodland<br />

adventures and petting farms<br />

054 Health<br />

Fact or myth? We bust health related old<br />

wives’ tales<br />

057 Fashion<br />

Ladies who brunch! Style for all ages<br />

061 Weddings<br />

Plan your big day with a visit to a wedding<br />

exhibition this spring<br />

065 Consumer<br />

Are you one of over a million people<br />

missing out on Universal Credit? Martin<br />

Lewis shares his advice<br />

072 Interiors<br />

Kitchen trends and gardening jargon<br />

made simple<br />

079 Arts<br />

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

exhibitions<br />

083 Area Focus<br />

News, restaurant recommendations and<br />

travel inspiration for every county<br />

– 083 Norfolk<br />

– 095 Suffolk<br />

– 105 Cambridgeshire<br />

– 117 Essex<br />

– 127 Hertfordshire<br />

– 137 Bedfordshire<br />


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<strong>Eastlife</strong> Awards <strong>2022</strong><br />

Here at <strong>Eastlife</strong> Magazine we love sharing the best of the region with our<br />

readers. But this spring, we’re turning things up a notch and introducing the<br />

first ever <strong>Eastlife</strong> Awards!<br />

Following a tough two years, we think it’s time for a celebration.<br />

Our awards will champion the businesses who made it through rocky times<br />

and continued to provide the services we love.

The Categories<br />

The <strong>Eastlife</strong> Awards will celebrate the small<br />

and independent businesses that make<br />

East Anglia a great place to live and visit.<br />

Split into six counties, Bedfordshire,<br />

Hertfordshire, Cambridgeshire, Norfolk,<br />

Suffolk and Essex, with 10 categories to<br />

choose from, we can’t wait to find out who<br />

our readers think is the cream of the crop.<br />

How it Works<br />

Readers will be able to nominate from<br />

Tuesday 1 March <strong>2022</strong> until midnight on<br />

Sunday 3 April <strong>2022</strong>, when we will put<br />

together shortlists for each category from<br />

the most nominated.<br />

On Monday 4 April <strong>2022</strong>, we will announce<br />

the businesses that have made it on to the<br />

shortlist and these will once again be put to<br />

the vote.<br />

Our lucky winners will be announced on<br />

Monday 25 April <strong>2022</strong> and featured in<br />

a spread in the summer issue of <strong>Eastlife</strong><br />

magazine and on all our social media<br />

platforms – how amazing is that!<br />

How to Enter<br />

Simply visit eastlife.co.uk/awards.<br />

Select a category and nominate your<br />

favourite business. It’s that easy!<br />

The Prize<br />

We’ll be shouting about the winners to<br />

our 100,000+ readership. The winner of<br />

each category will receive a certificate of<br />

recognition to display proudly, feature in<br />

an editorial spread in the summer issue of<br />

<strong>Eastlife</strong>, receive social media support on<br />

<strong>Eastlife</strong> platforms and feature on the <strong>Eastlife</strong><br />

Awards website for a year!<br />

Theatre & Venues<br />

Let’s hear a round of applause for the region’s theatres.<br />

This category is for all theatres, entertainment venues<br />

and production companies.<br />

Art Galleries & Museums<br />

Do you have a favourite exhibition? Share it with<br />

everyone and nominate your favourite art gallery and/<br />

or museum.<br />

Attractions & Days Out<br />

We love a day out in the East. Vote for your favourite<br />

attraction, experience or day out.<br />

Accommodation<br />

East Anglia is one of the most sought-after holiday<br />

destinations in the UK. From boutique hotels,<br />

campsites, glamping and self-catering cottages,<br />

nominate your favourite place to stay.<br />

Country Parks<br />

Venture into the great outdoors and vote for your<br />

favourite country park or nature reserve.<br />

Adrenaline-rush Activities<br />

Nominate the kind of activity that gets your heart<br />

beating faster. This category is suitable for, but not<br />

limited to, escape rooms, theme parks, trampoline<br />

parks, paintballing and go-karting.<br />

Festivals and Events<br />

From music, arts, food, comedy, literature and more,<br />

this category is open to all annual events.<br />

Gastro Pubs<br />

It’s no secret the East is home to some great pubs<br />

with superb cuisine. Vote for your favourite place for<br />

Sunday lunch or dinner.<br />

Spas & Wellness<br />

Everyone loves a pamper. The category is open to all<br />

spas, wellness centres and retreats.<br />

Wedding Venues<br />

Whether it’s traditional or edgy, if you can legally get<br />

married at the venue, then we want to hear from you.<br />

Why get involved<br />

The Easlife awards are a fantastic<br />

opportunity to support and promote<br />

deserving businesses in your county so<br />

please do get involved and vote now!<br />

Win!<br />

To say thank you for<br />

nominating your favourite<br />

local business, we’re offering<br />

readers the chance to win<br />

some fantastic prizes.<br />


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Step into<br />

<strong>Spring</strong><br />

Make the most of the longer days and springtime<br />

sunshine with our pick of days out<br />

With Mother’s Day, Easter, school holidays and sunnier weather on the horizon,<br />

we’ve selected the best days out and activities to embrace the great outdoors<br />

this spring.<br />


Anglesey Abbey<br />

Quy Road, Cambridge<br />

A trip to this National Trust property is a great spring day<br />

out. From Lord Fairhaven’s collection in the house, which<br />

took 40 years and a vast fortune to acquire, to the amazing<br />

collection of plants in the garden, there’s plenty to see<br />

and do. There are a number of walks to enjoy. Explore the<br />

Cambridgeshire countryside, passing waterways and the<br />

Quy Fen or opt for the Anglesey Abbey Dog Walking Trail,<br />

a short walk which takes in the countryside near the Abbey<br />

and the village of Lode.<br />

nationaltrust.org.uk/anglesey-abbey-gardens-andlode-mill<br />

Stately Homes<br />

During spring the region’s stately homes come to life. The<br />

doors are reopened to beautiful interiors and the grounds<br />

begin to bloom. Bank holidays usually welcome activities<br />

and reenactments for the whole family to enjoy too. Be sure<br />

to pay a visit to these stately homes this spring:<br />

Wrest Park<br />

Silsoe, Bedfordshire<br />

Wrest Park is a spectacular country house which was<br />

designed to look like a grand French chateau. Visitors can<br />

explore the evolution of the English garden with a stroll<br />

through three centuries of landscape design. From dazzling<br />

parterres and fragrant borders, to sweeping views and<br />

woodland walks, the 92-acre gardens are a treat for the<br />

senses. From 2-21 April, children can become explorers<br />

with an Easter Adventure Quest, while a St George’s Festival<br />

takes place from 23-24 April.<br />

english-heritage.org.uk/visit/places/wrest-park<br />

Hatfield House<br />

Hatfield Park, Hertfordshire<br />

Explore the Jacobean craftsmanship throughout the house<br />

with its grand interiors, collections and art loans. There are<br />

multiple gardens to explore, each with their own beautiful<br />

design. On 18 April and 12 May, head gardener, Andrew<br />

Turvey, will host an evening tour of the Historic Gardens,<br />

providing visitors with insightful knowledge about the<br />

landscape and plants.<br />

hatfield-house.co.uk<br />

Knebworth House<br />

Knebworth Park, Hertfordshire<br />

With its grand house, beautiful gardens, parkland, children’s<br />

playground and dinosaur trail, Knebworth House is a<br />

perfect spring day out for the whole family. There’s plenty to<br />

see and do. The grounds host regular events so check the<br />

events calendar before your visit.<br />

knebworthhouse.com<br />

Audley End House and Gardens<br />

Saffron Walden, Essex<br />

Created by the famous 18th century designer Lancelot<br />

‘Capability’ Brown, the gardens at this historic home are<br />

beautiful at any time of year, but during spring and summer<br />

they come alive with vibrant colours. Stroll through the<br />

immaculate grounds, before stopping for tea at the café.<br />

From 2-24 April, the grounds will host its popular, Easter<br />

Adventure Quest.<br />

english-heritage.org.uk/visit/places/audley-endhouse-and-gardens<br />

Kentwell Hall<br />

Long Melford, Sudbury<br />

Explore this beautiful home which has been lived in for<br />

over 500 years. Most of the house can be viewed, while the<br />

extensive gardens offer many ancient features including a<br />

moat, 17th century walled garden and yews of a great age.<br />

kentwell.co.uk<br />

Framlingham Castle<br />

Framlingham, Suffolk<br />

Everyone knows about the castle on the hill, thanks to local<br />

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

Suffolk gem. Once upon a time it was a fearsome fortress,<br />

head behind the castle’s towering walls and discover its<br />

fascinating history with its exhibition, take in stunning views<br />

and finish with Tudor treats at the café. Keep an eye out for<br />

upcoming Easter and spring events.<br />

english-heritage.org.uk/visit/places/framlinghamcastle<br />

Blickling Estate<br />

Blickling, Norwich<br />

The breath-taking red-brick mansion and ancient yew<br />

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

park in the beautiful Bure meadows. Explore the walled<br />

garden, admire historic buildings and stroll around the lake.<br />

During spring the space comes alive with daffodils and<br />

seasonal flora. Don’t miss bluebell season at the end of April<br />

and throughout May.<br />

nationaltrust.org.uk/blickling-estate<br />


Sandringham Estate<br />

Sandringham PE35 6EN<br />

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

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

out with lots to see and do. Follow the footpaths<br />

through the woodlands and parklands or opt for a<br />

tour of the house and gardens.<br />

sandringhamestate.co.uk<br />

<strong>Spring</strong> Strolls<br />

As the new season blooms head to the region’s<br />

forests and country parks for a carpet of spring<br />

flowers. We’ve listed the best times and places to<br />

get your floral fix.<br />



Sheringham Park,<br />

Sheringham, Norfolk<br />

A great location to visit at any time of year, but<br />

during the spring the parkland comes alive<br />

with colour. You’ll find the Galanthus plicatus or<br />

‘Upcher’ variety of the flower scattered in displays<br />

throughout the park.<br />

nationaltrust.org.uk/sheringham-park<br />

Wimpole Estate<br />

Royston, Cambridgeshire<br />

Throughout February the Pleasure Grounds are<br />

covered in angelic snowdrops.<br />

nationaltrust.org.uk/wimpole-estate<br />

Thornham Estate<br />

Eye, Suffolk<br />

Snowdrops cover the 2,000 acres of parkland that<br />

make up this grand estate. There are over 12 miles<br />

of public footpaths as well as a walled garden and<br />

café.<br />

Thornhamestate.com<br />

Grove Lodge<br />

Saffron Walden, Essex<br />

A dazzling display of snowdrops and crocus pop<br />

up at this large walled garden. It’s a short stroll from<br />

the town centre so be sure to warm up at one of<br />

the local cafes.<br />

essexngs.co.uk<br />

Benington Lordship Gardens<br />

Stevenage, Hertfordshire<br />

Opening every year in February, brighten up<br />

your day with a walk around the gardens that are<br />

carpeted in a beautiful display of snowdrops.<br />

beningtonlordship.co.uk/snowdrops<br />

The Swiss Garden<br />

Old Warden, Bedfordshire<br />

Stop by in February for a prime peak at the<br />

clustered displays of snowdrops set amongst<br />

immaculate lawns and winding paths. With its<br />

Swiss Cottage, pond and trails, this enchanting<br />

garden is perfect for an early spring day out.<br />

shuttleworth.org/explore/swiss-garden<br />



Felbrigg Hall<br />

Norwich, Norfolk<br />

The stately home and gardens tick all the boxes<br />

for a spring day out. The estate and parkland are<br />

swathed in a golden display of daffodils, and new<br />

life can be spotted all around with chicks at the<br />

walled garden and lambs and calves on the estate.<br />

nationaltrust.org.uk/felbrigg-hall-gardensand-estate<br />

Ickworth House<br />

Bury St Edmunds, Suffolk<br />

Discover the classical Rotunda at the heart of the<br />

estate and wander through the heritage daffodils<br />

popping up throughout the pleasure grounds in<br />

front of the Italianate palace.<br />

nationaltrust.org.uk/ickworth<br />

Thriplow Village<br />

Thriplow, Cambridgeshire<br />

Every year the village hosts its popular Daffodil<br />

Weekend and Country Fair. The community<br />

comes together to showcase the village’s daffodil<br />

displays and residential gardens. There’s a country<br />

vibe with live music, a dog show, stalls, and plenty<br />

of street food. This year’s event takes place 19-20<br />

March.<br />

thriplowdaffodils.org.uk<br />

Warley Place Nature Reserve<br />

Check out our<br />

guide to spring days<br />

out in every county:<br />

eastlife.co.uk/?s=spring<br />

Warley, Essex<br />

This little natural haven outside the busy town of<br />

Brentwood is the site of a house and Edwardian<br />

gardens belonging to Ellen Willmott. Now<br />

maintained by Essex Wildlife Trust, the 25-acre<br />

reserve serves up a bright and colourful display of<br />

daffodils.<br />

essexwt.org.uk/nature-reserves/warley-place<br />


Turn to page<br />

50 for the best<br />

farms to visit<br />

this Easter!<br />

Cassiobury Park<br />

Watford, Hertfordshire<br />

A regular award winner, the park is a great day out for the<br />

whole family, and come spring, blooms with displays of a<br />

variety of daffodils.<br />

Wrest Park<br />

Silsoe, Bedfordshire<br />

The walled garden blossoms with spring favourites planted<br />

among wildflowers and native daffodils brighten up the<br />

Pear Orchard too.<br />

english-heritage.org.uk/visit/places/wrest-park<br />


Foxley Woods<br />

Dereham, Norfolk<br />

Boost your mood with a wander through the carpet of<br />

bluebells which bloom from late April.<br />

norfolkwildlifetrust.org.uk<br />

Haughley Park<br />

Stowmarket, Suffolk<br />

Between mid-April and early May, the woodland floor<br />

blooms with bluebells. On the last Sunday of April and first<br />

Sunday of May, this private estate opens its gates to the<br />

public to share the beauty.<br />

haughleypark.co.uk/public-events/bluebell-Sundays<br />

Thorpe Wood<br />

Peterborough, Cambridgeshire<br />

Under a canopy of the ancient woodland, a beautiful<br />

display of bluebells emerges. Stop by to admire natures<br />

beauty of flora and fauna.<br />

wildlifebcn.org/nature-reserves/thorpe-wood<br />

Blake’s Wood<br />

Danbury, Essex<br />

Immerse yourself in the beauty of nature. Paths wind<br />

through the ancient woodland, taking visitors past trickling<br />

streams and stunning bluebells.<br />

woodlandtrust.org.uk/visiting-woods/woods/blakeswood<br />

Ashridge Estate<br />

Berkhamsted, Hertfordshire<br />

One of the most popular bluebell walks in the East, the<br />

spring flower has been present at the estate for 400 years.<br />

There are two waymarked routes to see the bluebells,<br />

which begin at the Visitor Centre.<br />

nationaltrust.org.uk/ashridge-estate<br />

Landpark Wood, Bedfordshire<br />

A tranquil spot near Whipsnade with a carpet of vibrant<br />

bluebells in spring and birdsong in the canopy. Park at<br />

Whipsnade Heath and take the circular walk to the wood<br />

via Dunstable Downs.<br />

wildlifebcn.org/nature-reserves/landpark-wood<br />


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Festival<br />

Fever<br />

Grab your wellies and get ready to dance the<br />

day away as festival season returns<br />

Written by Noah Keate | noahkeate.journoportfolio.com<br />

The weather is warming up, and the opportunity to enjoy more culture<br />

accompanies it. The East’s festival scene is back with a bang. Whether<br />

you’re after great music, local food and drink, chilled vibes, or a family day<br />

out, there’s something for everyone. With so much on offer, we’ve made<br />

things a little easier with our guide to this year’s festival scene.<br />


Bury Fringe Festival, 1-30 April<br />

Multiple venues in Bury St Edmunds<br />

A popular Suffolk event, the festival will provide a<br />

programme of arts, music and entertainment throughout<br />

April. Further details to be announced on socials.<br />

facebook.com/BuryFringeFestival<br />

Festival of Suffolk <strong>2022</strong>, May – October<br />

Multiple venues across Suffolk<br />

The Festival of Suffolk will seek to unite the whole county in<br />

a celebration of community. The festival, organized by the<br />

Suffolk Lieutenancy, will also spotlight aspects of Suffolk life<br />

and feature a celebration of the Queen’s Platinum Jubilee.<br />

festivalofsuffolk.org<br />

Norfolk and Norwich Festival,<br />

13 – 29 May<br />

Norwich & multiple venues across Norfolk<br />

Founded to fundraise for Norfolk and Norwich Hospital, the<br />

charity aims to share cultures and bring people together.<br />

Celebrating its 250th anniversary, the festival has adapted<br />

from a fundraiser to a music festival and now a celebrated<br />

diverse range of artistic creativity. This year, the festival will<br />

look towards how to work with young people and ensure<br />

social responsibility is upheld while delivering an eclectic<br />

mix of treats. nnfestival.org.uk<br />

Suffolk Walking Festival, 14-29 May<br />

Multiple Suffolk walking routes<br />

Put your best foot forward and uncover the delights of<br />

Suffolk with a mix of events and unforgettable walks. Taking<br />

place over the whole county, there are over 70 walks<br />

to enjoy including long walks, short strolls, nature trails,<br />

coastal paths and more. Be quick to book your space on<br />

the ‘Walk n’ Water’ short walks which include a boat trip<br />

along the River Stour in Sudbury, and a free hot drink – it’s<br />

always a sell-out! This festival is a celebration of the great<br />

outdoors and nature, and a chance to appreciate the<br />

beauty of the region. Additional activities include a twilight<br />

bat safari, campfire make and bake and family wild crafts.<br />

suffolkwalkingfestival.co.uk<br />

Youphoria is designed to shake off serious thoughts and<br />

celebrate what makes people feel good. The grounds<br />

of Knebworth House offer the perfect place for eclectic<br />

workshops and eccentric workouts to suit all. Highlights<br />

include a roller-skating disco, circus skills, yoga and therapy.<br />

youphoria-festival.co.uk<br />

Newmarket Nights, June – August<br />

Newmarket Racecourse<br />

Newmarket Nights does exactly what it says on the tin.<br />

Offering brilliant value, it combines great music from bignamed<br />

stars with world famous horseracing. This summer<br />

sees Paloma Faith, The Script, Anne Marie, The Wombats<br />

and ​Pete Tong’s Ibiza Classic take to the stage. More artists<br />

will be announced soon.<br />

thejockeyclub.co.uk/newmarket/events-tickets/<br />

newmarket-nights<br />

Red Rooster, 2-4 June<br />

Euston Hall, Suffolk<br />

Following its huge success in 2021, Red Rooster is back<br />

with an impressive line-up of country, soul and blues<br />

artists. The festival will welcome the four-time Grammy<br />

award nominated North Mississippi Allstars to perform<br />

and Mississippi Hills blues guitarist, Cedric Burnside, who<br />

is a key representative of the genre. The Sheepdogs from<br />

Canada will take to the stage with their dynamic sounds,<br />

alongside San Francisco’s Chuck Prophet and The Mission<br />

Express, who offer a mixture of storytelling songs to compel<br />

audiences. As always, festivalgoers can expect a hearty mix<br />

of Southern inspired food. The festival has consistently sold<br />

out over the last four years so be quick to snap up tickets.<br />

redrooster.org.uk<br />

Cambridge Club Festival,<br />

10-12 June<br />

Childerley Orchard, Cambridge<br />

The Cambridge Club Festival is an event<br />

designed for all ages, offering family<br />

fun alongside a range of music,<br />

arts and culture. Expect a lively<br />

atmosphere with live entertainment<br />

Weird & Wonderful Festival, 14-15 May<br />

Haughley Park, Stowmarket, Suffolk<br />

The festival is dedicated to the beauty and craftsmanship<br />

of wood. Artists and crafts people come from all over<br />

the country to showcase their skills in carving and<br />

sculpture, fine furniture making, musical instrument<br />

making, displays by traditional fletchers and<br />

bowyers, chainsaw carving and more.<br />

Workshops for both adults and children are<br />

free, and include activities such as archery,<br />

den building and tree climbing in nets.<br />

weirdandwonderfulwood.co.uk<br />

Youphoria, 20-22 May<br />

Knebworth Park, Hertfordshire<br />

A celebration of mind, body and wellness,<br />


for both adults and children and great food and drink.<br />

This year’s line-up includes mega-star, Diana Ross.<br />

thecambridgeclub.co<br />

Forest Live at High Lodge, 16-19 June<br />

Thetford Forest<br />

Set in stunning natural surroundings, the Forest Live project<br />

raises money to care for the woodlands. Through money<br />

raised by ForestLive gigs and other ventures, they have<br />

built over 1,800 miles of walking, running, and cycling<br />

trails, supplied large amounts of sustainable timber, and<br />

conserved plant and animal species. This year’s acts<br />

include Rag’n’Bone Man, Keane and Madness.<br />

forestryengland.uk/thetford-forest-live-music<br />

Cambridge Rock Festival, 16-19 June<br />

East of England Showground, Peterborough<br />

Hugely popular with fans of rock and blues, the festival<br />

promises to offer a great line-up including Cats in Space,<br />

The Pure Floyd Show and Buster James. An event run by<br />

volunteer music fans for music fans, it has a real noncorporate<br />

atmosphere as part of its ethos. Bars will offer real<br />

ales and ciders, with on-site camping for tents, caravans<br />

and motorhomes. cambridgerockfestival.co.uk<br />

Folk By the<br />

Oak, 17 July<br />

Hatfield House, Hertfordshire<br />

With the Proclaimers headlining, it certainly<br />

looks like a trip worth walking 500 miles<br />

to. The festival offers both a level of<br />

intimacy with the Acorn Stage alongside<br />

an open-air festival buzz on the Main<br />

Stage. Seeking to allow award-winning<br />

musicians and talent to thrive, the level of<br />

energy and dynamism is striking. There’s<br />

hand-picked craftspeople and caterers, and<br />

creative workshops for children.<br />

folkbytheoak.com<br />

Bedford Fake Festival, 18 June<br />

Bedford Park, Bedford<br />

The Bedford Fake Festival has an impressive track record<br />

of selling out. Six superb tribute bands will entertain music<br />

fans. fakefestivals.co.uk/events/<strong>2022</strong>/Bedford.html<br />

Essex Festival of Food and Drink,<br />

18-19 June<br />

Cressing Temple Barns, Braintree, Essex<br />

If you like your food and drink, this weekend is guaranteed<br />

to keep you full on activities and tasty delights. Pick up<br />

tips from celebrity chefs, including Rosemary Shrager, be<br />

hands-on with masterclasses and workshops and taste<br />

some of the region’s best produce. There are events for little<br />

wannabe chefs too!<br />

lovefoodevents.co.uk/essexfoodfestival<br />

Folk in a Field, 1-3 July<br />

Bradmoor Woods, West Acre, Norfolk<br />

Bringing together a diverse range of folk and roots music,<br />

there will be a laid-back atmosphere with lots of food and<br />

workshops on offer. Taking place in a woodland clearing,<br />

the festival includes free camping and parking, alongside<br />

free admission for under 12s. folkinafield.co.uk<br />

Bedford River Festival, 23-24 July<br />

The Embankment, Bedford<br />

Free for all to attend, the festival brings the community<br />

together with its extensive programme of river activities<br />

and raft and dragon boat races. On dry land, there’s a<br />

lively atmosphere with a funfair, continental market, live<br />

entertainment and more. The event ends with a bang with a<br />

spectacular firework display. riverfestival.bedford.gov.uk<br />

Warm Up Festival, 18-21 August<br />

Bygrave Woods, Hertfordshire<br />

The Warm Up Festival is a vision of the London club scene.<br />

Offering the best in techno, house and progressive music<br />

with a focus on homegrown, upcoming talent, it’s a must for<br />

clubbing fans. Dwellers can revel in interactive installations,<br />

immersive experiences and wellness activities.<br />

warmupfestival.co.uk<br />

Folkeast, 19-21 August<br />

Glemham Hall, Suffolk<br />

FolkEast celebrates its 10th anniversary in <strong>2022</strong> by<br />

offering a line-up that reflects the last decade. With lots of<br />

information still under-wraps, it’s set to be an exciting event<br />

you won’t want to miss. folkeast.co.uk<br />

Todd in the Hole, 15-17 July<br />

Bury Wood, Stevenage, Hertfordshire<br />

A family-friendly festival primarily based around a sense of<br />

community and togetherness. Across three days, over 80<br />

artists will perform across five stages.<br />

toddinthehole.co.uk<br />

Hifields Festival, 27-28 August<br />

Chippenham Park, nr Ely, Cambridgeshire<br />

The Hifields Festival will take place in the idyllic<br />

Cambridgeshire countryside. Create lasting memories with<br />

friends as you dance under a canopy of the trees and within<br />

the meadows. Saturday is aimed at friends with a love of<br />

music, while Sunday is more of a family affair. hifields.com<br />



and Soul Blues Male Artist of the Year, over two consecutive<br />

years. Rayford combines classic soul melodies with funky<br />

R&B grooves, raw blues power and mashed up with modern<br />

sensibilities.<br />

<strong>2022</strong> is here and<br />

we’re ready to<br />

make it the most<br />

exciting festival<br />

to date.<br />

To celebrate Her Majesty The Queen’s Platinum Jubilee on<br />

2 June, we are honoured to be part of this important part<br />

of history, with the local community lighting the beacon in<br />

Euston Park on our opening day.<br />

We have also become part of The Festival of Suffolk, which<br />

aims to build a £5m Festival Fund by 2024, administered in<br />

partnership with the Suffolk Community Foundation. This<br />

fund will support grant funding to charities, community<br />

groups and social enterprises in Suffolk who share the<br />

Festival values, and act in one or more of the six core areas:<br />

Culture & Tourism, Opportunity & Education, Enterprise,<br />

Community, Environments and Health & Wellbeing. We’re<br />

delighted to be part of the celebrations and we are also<br />

delighted to announce who will be joining us at Red Rooster<br />

this summer!<br />

We’re very excited to welcome Seasick Steve as the<br />

headliner of Red Rooster <strong>2022</strong> on Friday night. Steve has<br />

come a very long way in the 15 years since he burst into<br />

the public consciousness with his amazingly raw, powerful<br />

and emotional performances on Jools Holland becoming<br />

a household name overnight. It is those astonishing and<br />

engaging live performances that have turned Steve and<br />

drummer Dan Magnusson into such a powerful force both<br />

Iive and on record (selling over 1m albums), and selling out<br />

venues all over the world in the process.<br />

Born and raised in California, ex-UEA student Nick<br />

Waterhouse tops the main stage’s Saturday billing,<br />

bringing his intoxicating Rhythm and Blues to Euston Hall.<br />

His latest album ‘Promenade Blue’ represents rebirth and<br />

reinvigoration as well as a clarity of purpose, vivid and<br />

magnetic.<br />

Memphis man Sugarray Rayford joins us, with new album<br />

‘In Too Deep,’ the follow up to his 2020 Grammy nominated<br />

‘Somebody Save Me’, an album which also earned Rayford<br />

two major Blues Music Awards for B.B. King Entertainer<br />

We’ve been working on booking Joshua Hedley since his<br />

amazing Third Man album ‘Mr Jukebox’ was released by Jack<br />

White’s label in 2018. Joshua has been making a name for<br />

himself as Nashville’s right-hand man. Known as the “mayor of<br />

lower Broadway” by collaborators and comrades, Hedley is a<br />

fixture at Robert’s Western World, where he plays for tips with<br />

his band the Hedliners. The multi-talented singer-songwriter<br />

has played fiddle with Justin Townes Earle, Robert Ellis and<br />

Jonny Fritz. Now Music City’s favourite son is breaking out on<br />

his own and he’s heading to Red Rooster.<br />

Another Third Man act is Smoke Fairies who were the first UK<br />

band to release a record on the Nashville based label. Their<br />

latest album ‘Darkness Brings The Wonders Home’ reached<br />

#1 in the UK Rock chart and went top 10 in the Indie Album<br />

charts.<br />

A twice winner of the British Blues Award for Best Acoustic<br />

Performer and Best Songwriter, Marcus Bonfanti signs up<br />

to Red Rooster, Bristol’s Beth Rowley brings her Americana<br />

inspired lullabies, and we see the very welcome return of slide<br />

guitar maestro, Martin Harley, who will blow our minds once<br />

again.<br />

Danish/Brazilian duo The Courettes make their Red Rooster<br />

debut, whilst William The Conqueror return with their fuzzy<br />

roots rock n’ chops.<br />

‘He Was In Heaven Before He Died: A Tribute to John Prine’,<br />

will feature Robert Chaney, The Magic Numbers, Beth Rowley,<br />

Felix Holt, Louis Brennan, Josh Flowers, Laura Tenchert,<br />

Pat Ralla and Joe Harvey Whyte. After a stellar show at Red<br />

Rooster 2021 with their homage to legendary music doc<br />

‘Heartworn Highways’, this unique collective of musicians and<br />

songwriters are back once again to pay tribute to one of the<br />

most influential songwriters of a generation.<br />

Also newly announced are Awkward Family Portraits, The<br />

Schizophonics, Lady Nade, Alan Tyler & The Tapadoband,<br />

PM Warson, Red Hot Riot, Old Baby Mackerel, Chastity Brown,<br />

Mudlow, East Lonesome Drifters, The Dashwood String Band,<br />

Professor Baba & His Invisible Band, Ags Connolly, Jake<br />

Morrell, Sister Suzie, Lucy Grub, The McGuilty Brothers, East<br />

Angles Brass Band and Loose Leaf Drifters. With DJ sets from<br />

Eddie Pillar, Iraina Mancini, Ross Allen + Rocky, Wendy May,<br />

DJ Diddy Wah, Dean Thatcher, Dean Chalkley + Neil Barker,<br />

Oh Gunquit, Crispy Cowboy, Hank JD Sleek, Shola Aleje, and<br />

Andrew Hackett.<br />

This fantastic line-up will join the previously announced<br />

North Mississippi Allstars, Cedric Burnside, Robert Finley, The<br />

Sheepdogs, Chuck Prophet & The Mission Express, Elles<br />

Bailey, Danny George Wilson, and Dom Pipkin & The Ikos.<br />

Red Rooster has consistently sold out the last four years<br />

and expect to sell out quicker in <strong>2022</strong>. We’re one of the best<br />

value festivals out there at just £109.50 + booking fee for the<br />

whole weekend, which includes three nights of camping and<br />

parking FREE. Kids under 12 are free as always and we’ve also<br />

introduced a teen weekend ticket for just £50 + booking fee.<br />

Get your ticket before it’s too late – you won’t want to miss this<br />

one!<br />


A<br />

Wild<br />

Adventure<br />

Discover the best avian activity on<br />

your doorstep<br />

Norfolk might be becoming the UK’s “capital of<br />

birdwatching”, with Suffolk and Cambridgeshire close<br />

by, but what is it that makes here so special for birds?<br />

The RSPB’s Becca Smith reveals the top five nature<br />

reserves in the area, and what wildlife you’re likely to<br />

spot should you visit…<br />

Blessed with wide sandy shores, RSPB Titchwell<br />

Marsh on Norfolk’s north coast, hosts a great range of<br />

habitats as well as stunning views across The Wash,<br />

an internationally important area for wildlife and the<br />

picturesque scene from many a photograph.<br />

This intertidal saltmarsh, accompanied by freshwater<br />

lagoons and swaying reedbeds, promise a wonderful<br />

walk for all nature lovers, as a variety of birds call it<br />

home. From avocets (the RSPB’s emblem bird) wading<br />

across silent pools, marsh harriers swooping overhead,<br />

and bearded tits clinging to slim reed stalks, whether<br />

you’re an experienced birdwatcher or not, there is<br />

plenty to enjoy.<br />

With a fantastic shop and café on site, Titchwell<br />

Marsh really is the base from which to start your wild<br />

adventure. Why not pick up a new pair of binoculars<br />

with the help of the RSPB’s friendly staff, or indulge in a<br />

scrumptious slice of cake to fuel your walk?<br />

Only 25 minutes away, RSPB Snettisham is a must<br />

see, especially if you time your visit right. Celebrating<br />

its 50th anniversary this year, RSPB Snettisham gives<br />

a close-up view of just how important The Wash is for<br />

wildlife, with its whirling wader spectacle bringing the<br />

sky to life.<br />

Caused by high spring tides that push large numbers<br />

of knot, dunlin and oystercatchers up off the mudflats,<br />

the sight and sound of hundreds of wingbeats in the<br />

air around you are not to be missed. The spectacle is<br />

not an everyday occurrence, with visitors only able to<br />

witness the display less than 50 times a year. Be sure to<br />

plan your visit carefully using the RSPB’s handy guide<br />

on their website so you don’t miss out.<br />

It’s not just the skies that fill with birds at RSPB<br />

Snettisham, as its beach is also a vital habitat for<br />

breeding birds. Did you know that over half of<br />

England’s most threatened breeding birds nest on or<br />

near the ground?<br />

At RSPB Snettisham, a project is underway to help<br />

threatened ringed plover. These small birds nest<br />

in shallow indentations in the sand and are easily<br />

disturbed by humans and dogs. To help protect these<br />

well-camouflaged birds, and other ground nesting<br />

species, visitors are asked to watch their step and keep<br />

their dogs on leads when exploring all nature has to<br />

offer.<br />

© rspb-images.com<br />

Further inland, and 25 minutes from Norwich, RSPB<br />

Strumpshaw Fen in Norfolk promises to delight with<br />

orchid and butterfly rich meadows, leafy woodlands<br />

and stunning riverside walks.<br />


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moment! Turn<br />

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our pick of the<br />

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Keen eyed visitors may spot the elusive bittern skulking<br />

at the water’s edge, marsh harriers performing their<br />

breath-taking “sky dance” display, or the flash of blue as<br />

kingfishers catch a fish beneath the surface of the reedbed<br />

pools. Whenever you choose to visit, this nature reserve<br />

is fantastic for all the family, with activities taking place<br />

throughout the year including pond dipping and binocular<br />

hire. Why not grab a refreshing drink or snack to round off<br />

the visit too?<br />

Over in Suffolk, nature enthusiasts will find RSPB<br />

Lakenheath Fen, a magnificent wetland and woodland<br />

with big skies and awe-inspiring nature experiences. These<br />

former carrot fields are now filled to the brim with wildlife<br />

amongst the reeds and trees, from otters and water voles to<br />

kingfishers and bitterns.<br />

A vital nature reserve in the Fens, Lakenheath Fen has<br />

become a strong hold for the crane, a huge bird that<br />

had once disappeared from the UK before a successful<br />

reintroduction project secured its future. Visitors may be<br />

lucky enough to spot the cranes on the reserve, as well as<br />

observe hobbies skilfully darting above the water’s surface<br />

catching dragonflies and other insects.<br />

a dedicated wild zone for children to explore, the whole<br />

family can also enjoy den building and minibeast hunting<br />

before finishing up at the on-site shop and café for a treat<br />

or two.<br />

With hand-picked events running at these RSPB reserves<br />

regularly, you can learn more about what makes these<br />

nature reserves so special for wildlife while taking a walk<br />

with a warden or a bird identification masterclass. To find<br />

out more, visit events.rspb.org.uk.<br />

© Kevin Sawford<br />

If that doesn’t whet your appetite enough, the visitor centre<br />

has everything you need to find out more about the reserve<br />

and its wildlife, as well as a selection of tasty refreshments<br />

available to enjoy.<br />

Meanwhile, at RSPB Minsmere on the Suffolk coast, some<br />

of the UK’s rarest wildlife can be discovered while on an<br />

idyllic coastal walk, guaranteed to have something for all<br />

the family. Seventy-five years in the making, Minsmere is a<br />

patchwork of habitats, from purple heathland and stunning<br />

sunsets, to calming reflections cast across coastal lagoons.<br />

Steeped in history and archaeology as well as wildlife, spot<br />

avocets, bearded tits and red deer amongst historical ruins,<br />

listening out for the sweet song of warblers or the boom<br />

of the bittern as you meander through the reserve. With<br />

Thinking of booking a staycation?<br />

Make the most of your visit by staying in one of<br />

thousands of handpicked cottages across the UK<br />

thanks to holidaycottages.co.uk. Throughout <strong>2022</strong>,<br />

holidaycottages.co.uk are supporting the RSPB’s<br />

conservation work – saving species and restoring<br />

habitats right across the UK – with every booking made<br />

resulting in a donation to the RSPB.<br />

These photos was taken with a telephoto lens to avoid disturbance to birds<br />


Essex Wildlife Trust<br />

Fingringhoe Wick Nature Discovery Park<br />

A great place to visit—at any time of year!<br />

South Green Road, Fingringhoe, Colchester, Essex CO5 7DN<br />

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 />

• Check Facebook or the website for events, inc guided walks, children's holiday<br />

activities and birthday parties<br />

• Suggest donation for entry<br />

• Reserve open 7 days a week 9am-5pm. Visitor Centre opens at 10am<br />

Registered Charity No. 210065<br />

Info: fingringhoe@essexwt.org.uk 01206 729678<br />

essexwt.org.uk/reserves/fingringhoe-wick<br />

Facebook: EWTfingringhoe<br />

Protecting Wildlife for the Future and for the People of Essex

Church Cottage and Water Tower<br />

Group<br />

Getaways<br />

Big houses for large celebrations<br />

Oversea travel may still be uncertain, but at<br />

least this year we can staycation with friends<br />

and family. If you’re planning a group getaway,<br />

we’ve got you covered with the best luxury<br />

holiday rentals in the region.<br />

Kimbolton, Cambridgeshire<br />

Sleeps: 10<br />

Price: Seven nights from £2,934<br />

Located on the Cambridgeshire and Bedfordshire border<br />

in the quaint town of Kimbolton, the cottage combines<br />

old and new. Originally built in the early 17th century,<br />

Church Cottage and Water Tower has been refurbished<br />

into a stylish holiday home for those looking to explore<br />

Bedfordshire. The property started as a vicarage house<br />

next to the village church and the water tower was built<br />

by US forces stationed in Melchbourne in 1941.<br />

Interiors in the old part of the house are cosy and<br />

traditional, think wood panelling, rustic beams and a<br />

fireplace, while the newer extension includes a glass<br />

exterior housing the sleek indoor swimming pool. If that<br />

wasn’t enough of a wow factor, the secluded garden<br />

features a large terrace and hot tub, perfect for catching<br />

up with friends over a glass of wine.<br />

During a spring visit, families can enjoy the walking trails<br />

through the nearby nature reserves, including Little<br />

Paxton Pits Nature Reserve and the Nene Wetlands<br />

Nature Reserve. A range of charming pubs are also<br />

located close by, with local ales and traditional pub grub<br />

on offer, and water sports are available at Grafham Water<br />

for adventurers, from sailing to canoeing.<br />

sykescottages.co.uk<br />

Goldstones Farm – The Hayloft<br />

Saffron Walden, Essex<br />

Sleeps: 10<br />

Price: From £1,875<br />

For a taste of rural life, check-in to The Hayloft. The luxury<br />

barn conversion offers five bedrooms and beautiful open<br />

plan living areas ideal for group celebrations. Beyond the<br />

interiors, the decking complete with a bubbling hot tub,<br />

has far reaching views of the Essex countryside. A village<br />

pub is a short driveaway, while the medieval market town<br />

of Saffron Walden provides plenty of things to do on a<br />

spring or summer’s day, including landscaped gardens,<br />

walking trails, shopping and English Heritage’s Audley<br />

End House.<br />

cottage-choice.co.uk<br />

A Modern Farm House<br />

Great Amwell, Hertfordshire<br />

Sleeps: 12<br />

Price: Enquire directly<br />

If you like chic, modern interiors this is the house for<br />

you. Featuring six bedrooms and a large garden with<br />

swimming pool and hot tub, this holiday rental is ideal for<br />

large families wanting to take advantage of Hertfordshire’s<br />

attractions and quick links to London. If you’re celebrating<br />

a special occasion, a private chef is available to hire too!<br />

airbnb.co.uk<br />


Clarance House<br />

Yoxford, Suffolk<br />

Sleeps: 24<br />

Price: Three-night weekend from £12,390, seven nights<br />

from £25,190<br />

Live like royalty at Clarence House! Not to be confused<br />

with the London residence of HRH Prince of Wales,<br />

guests opting to spend a week in this Suffolk abode of<br />

the same name will still feel like royalty. The grand manor<br />

house, set beside a large lake, features open fires, fine<br />

antique furniture, various reception rooms, an impressive<br />

dining hall, a wine cellar, and 12 bedrooms – most of<br />

which are en-suite with roll-top baths.<br />

There is plenty to entertain too, with a cinema room, a<br />

games room with pool, table tennis and table football, and<br />

a gym, while a tennis court can be found in the extensive<br />

5,000 acres of shared grounds.<br />

Set in Sibton, in the Suffolk countryside, Clarence House<br />

is just a short drive from the heritage coastal towns of<br />

Aldeburgh and Southwold – perfect for a bracing walk.<br />

thewowhousecompany.com<br />

Belvedere House<br />

Snettisham, Norfolk<br />

Sleeps: 18-20<br />

Price: Seven-nights from £6,040, or short breaks from<br />

£3,995<br />

Live your very own music video fantasy at this<br />

spectacular Norfolk house, where the interiors are as cool<br />

as its features. Ideal for those who love music or want to<br />

live like a celebrity, if only for a few nights, this is a country<br />

house with a touch of rock ‘n’ roll.<br />

Not only does the property boast nine individually-styled<br />

bedrooms, a large kitchen and separate catering kitchen,<br />

fine dining room and a cosy den but also a fully soundproofed<br />

leisure room with a cinema screen, DJ decks,<br />

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• Harnesses, Collars & Leads<br />

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• Quality Dog Beds<br />

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• Kong Toys<br />

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Being clumsy is something I thought Fletcher would grow<br />

out of but after seven and half years, I think it’s safe to say,<br />

it’s a trait he was born with.<br />

During the puppy days he would trip over his little legs as<br />

he chased the ball. Rolling down the stairs was his preferred<br />

choice as he was too impatient to learn how to descend<br />

correctly. He’d run and launch himself off furniture. March<br />

up to the biggest dogs without fear. As he grew, so did his<br />

bravery.<br />

It soon become clear Fletcher was not like most dogs, and<br />

we got him insured immediately for his own safety and the<br />

safety of our bank balance when an inevitable injury would<br />

happen.<br />

According to Statista, in 2020 the value of claims paid out<br />

by pet insurance totalled £800million in the UK. Fletcher<br />

contributed to the figure by racking up £10,000 worth of<br />

surgery in 2020 due to eating things he shouldn’t; stones<br />

and a kebab stick in case you were wondering.<br />

Tails About<br />

Town:<br />

Clumsy Cocker<br />

It’s no secret Fletcher is a lively little soul, which is why he<br />

frequently lands himself in a predicament. Over the past<br />

month or so he has encountered getting stuck in a fence,<br />

tangled in wire, and falling off the bed while he snoozed.<br />

Add this to the countless times he trips, walks into things,<br />

and knocks items over, you can start to understand why<br />

I’ve begun to worry about his senses.<br />

On a recent walk, he become so distracted by another dog<br />

being told off, he walked straight into a brick wall, knocking<br />

himself back and becoming slightly dazed. The other dog<br />

owner apologised for the incident while I laughed at the<br />

silliness of it all.<br />

And there you have it, the reason for his clumsiness.<br />

Fletcher is so easily distracted that he acts before he<br />

thinks. He bounces from one thing to the next, loving<br />

life and oblivious to anything or anyone around him.<br />

His enthusiasm for life puts a smile on my face every day.<br />

Given the heaviness of the last couple of years, I think<br />

we could all do with being a little more like Fletcher.<br />

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I N D E P E N D E N T D I A B E T E S T R U S T<br />

These booklets provide you with help<br />

and advice about everyday aspects of<br />

living with diabetes<br />



Type 1 Diabetes<br />

Know the Facts<br />

A charity supporting and listening to people who live with diabetes<br />

HELPLINE: 01604 622837<br />

www.iddtinternational.org<br />

I N D E P E N D E N T D I A B E T E S T R U S T<br />

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Diabetes<br />

Everyday Eating<br />

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about everyday eating and a four week menu plan.<br />

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Type 2 Diabetes<br />

Management and Medication<br />

Understanding<br />

Your Diabetes<br />

HELPLINE: 01604 622837<br />

www.iddtinternational.org<br />

A charity supporting and listening to people who live with diabetes<br />

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TELEPHONE: 01604 622837 or<br />

EMAIL: martin@iddtinternational.org<br />

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www.iddtinternational.org<br />

Charity Number: 1058284<br />

Registered Number: 3148360

There’s nothing like the<br />

freedom of seeing some of<br />

the finest coastal and river<br />

villages on the East coast<br />

and there’s lots for dogs,<br />

too. Here’s what we found<br />

when we set off with our<br />

pup Bob in tow…<br />

When the weather looked set fair for a<br />

week last summer, my husband Chris<br />

and I packed up picnic supplies as well<br />

as Bob’s favourite treats and set off<br />

on our boat Poseidon from our home<br />

birth in Fambridge Yacht Haven, Essex.<br />

It’s a great place to visit for a leisurely<br />

walk at any time of year across the salt<br />

marshes and along the river path.<br />

The River Breeze Café Bar in the<br />

marina has a dog-friendly deck and just<br />

beyond the marina, the 600-year-old,<br />

Ferry Boat Inn, has been refurbished<br />

with a barn-style conservatory, serving<br />

great food and cocktails with dogfriendly<br />

seating available inside and<br />

out.<br />

Along the River Crouch there’s plenty<br />

of wildlife to see including the Shell<br />

Duck, Grey Heron and if you’re lucky<br />

enough as we were, at the Yolkesfleet<br />

Creek – the point where naturalist<br />

Darwin set off on one of his epic tours<br />

in HMS Beagle – some friendly seals.<br />

Bob, our Borderpoo, is just two and,<br />

although a little timid at first, now firmly<br />

has his sea paws and we keep him<br />

extra safe in his own life jacket.<br />

Sailing the<br />

Essex Coast<br />

with your Dog<br />

Written by Abby Knight<br />

First stop on our August tour was the<br />

sleepy marina at Bridgemarsh; very<br />

reasonable to moor for the night. The<br />

facilities are fairly basic but the staff are<br />

friendly. The main attraction is Crouch<br />

Ridge Vineyard that’s just a short uphill<br />

walk from the marina.<br />

Serving fabulous tapas style platters<br />

as well as afternoon tea, the vineyard<br />

is a jewel on the East coast which has<br />

become very popular over the last<br />

year. Owners Ross and Samantha,<br />

are fifth generation farmers, and host<br />

events and tastings of their most<br />

popular wines, pairing with locally<br />

caught oysters. From the terrace you<br />

can see the vines stretch down to the<br />

river, it felt just like being in Tuscany!<br />

Bob on deck at home port of Fambridge<br />


Highlight for us is the Butt & Oyster<br />

Pub. At exceptional high tide it can<br />

get cut off for a while and the stone<br />

flag bar has been the same for<br />

hundreds of years. We had a great<br />

seafood inspired dinner while Bob<br />

enjoyed his own bowl of freshly<br />

cooked sausages.<br />

Abby and Bob at Walton-on-the-Naze<br />

The next morning we made the<br />

short hop downriver to Burnham<br />

Yacht Harbour for brunch. Already<br />

a firm favourite for a staycation,<br />

Burnham-on-Crouch has a bustling<br />

river front with lots of great places<br />

for dogs to enjoy. The Crouchvale<br />

Park makes for a great early morning<br />

walk, then you can stop for coffee<br />

at Bistro on The Quay or wander up<br />

to the town itself to one of the many<br />

dog-friendly locations for lunch or<br />

dinner. We chose the Oyster Smack,<br />

One of the nicest things to do in<br />

a boat is to anchor up in a bay or<br />

sheltered area and have a picnic. We<br />

did this on our way back along the<br />

River Orwell, anchoring up in a sunny<br />

spot with busy Felixstowe Docks on<br />

the horizon. Bob enjoyed watching<br />

people jump off their boats into the<br />

cool water while we fixed a picnic<br />

with some of the wine we’d bought at<br />

Crouch Ridge.<br />

To get back to Brightlingsea, our last<br />

birth before returning home, you<br />

have to cross the North Sea – a bit<br />

lively even on a summer’s day. We<br />

put the covers up for a while to avoid<br />

the splash but once back in sheltered<br />

waters, Bob and I were back on deck.<br />

which serves some of the best fish<br />

and chips I’ve tasted as well as local<br />

beers.<br />

Our birth for the night was around a<br />

two-hour trip to Titchmarsh Marina,<br />

set in Hanford Waters. It’s popular<br />

with sailors as well as powerboaters.<br />

We decided to walk into<br />

Walton-on-the-Naze for dinner;<br />

a real family seaside town with a<br />

wide sandy beach. We were lucky to<br />

find a seafront café that served tasty<br />

seafood supper complete with Sexon-Walton-Beach<br />

cocktails. Bob even<br />

got his own mini burger in a basket!<br />

Chris and I had a spent a weekend<br />

away with friends on a Dutch barge<br />

in Pin Mill, Suffolk, a few years back<br />

Titchmarsh Marina<br />

and really wanted to visit again.<br />

The nearest marina is Wolverstone<br />

Marina and Lodge Park on the River<br />

Orwell. Five hundred years ago King<br />

Henry VIII gifted the riverbed to the<br />

people of Ipswich to help with trade.<br />

It’s close to the Royal Harwich Yacht<br />

Club, while the popular Loch & Quay<br />

restaurant welcomes dogs on the<br />

large deck.<br />

We walked through the woods with<br />

Bob to Pin Mill itself; a favourite place<br />

of author Sir Arthur Ransome of<br />

Swallows and Amazons’ fame who<br />

set his book ‘We Didn’t Mean to Go<br />

to Sea’ in the pretty hamlet. It really is<br />

a place where time has stood still. A<br />

little brook runs through the village<br />

and there is a pretty café and art<br />

gallery to visit.<br />

Brightlingsea is another coastal gem<br />

to visit. Still a busy fishing village,<br />

there’s always a fresh catch on the<br />

harbour wall and there are plenty of<br />

pubs to enjoy lunch and dinner. We<br />

discovered The Rosebud, a pretty<br />

pink coloured pub with a lovely<br />

garden that slopes down to the open<br />

sea. We sat outside with Bob and<br />

enjoyed some tasty sea bass.<br />

If you’re looking for a longer stay on<br />

land, The Belvedere luxury boutique<br />

apartment on East Street, originally<br />

The Royal Hotel, was built in 1875,<br />

and is famous for its glamorous<br />

clientele including Joan Collins. The<br />

retro lift that takes you up to your<br />

room is an original feature and the<br />

viewing tower at the top gives you<br />

amazing views of the sea.<br />

As the sun set on our sailing<br />

adventure, it was time to wander back<br />

down to the marina for one last drink.<br />

Number 1 Harbour Square has a real<br />

Mediterranean feel and is always<br />

busy. It serves breakfast, lunch and<br />

dinner and dogs are welcome on the<br />

sheltered terrace.<br />

Waking up next morning and<br />

preparing to return to Fambridge, we<br />

reflected on the great time we had.<br />

Our East coast has so much to offer<br />

and there’s always a warm welcome<br />

for our furry friends too.<br />


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Choosing a tutor for<br />

your child<br />

Coronavirus is a reality that we have<br />

been forced to live with for almost<br />

two years now, and it has touched<br />

almost every part of our lives.<br />

According to new research by online<br />

tutoring provider GoStudent, 79<br />

per cent of UK students believe that<br />

remote learning during this period<br />

has disrupted their education, and 60<br />

per cent of parents feel learning gaps<br />

caused by disrupted learning might<br />

continue into the new academic year.<br />

Given these findings, it is perhaps<br />

not surprising that the same study<br />

found that children who received<br />

private tutoring during the last<br />

academic year were two times more<br />

optimistic that they will catch up this<br />

year compared to those who weren’t<br />

tutored. With the possibility of further<br />

disruption in sight, many parents<br />

may also be considering additional<br />

support for their children.<br />

From how many hours to opt for<br />

to selecting the right tutor based<br />

on your child’s learning style, there<br />

are a lot of questions to ask before<br />

getting started. To help, <strong>Eastlife</strong> asked<br />

GoStudent to share the key questions<br />

to consider when selecting a tutor:<br />

What kind of tutor do I<br />

need?<br />

Approximately 75 per cent of parents<br />

are looking to help their child achieve<br />

an academic goal, so they will be<br />

looking for a tutor who is familiar with<br />

the curriculum for their child’s year<br />

group. Other parents are looking<br />

to nurture a particular passion or<br />

interest. In these instances, they will<br />

be seeking an equally passionate<br />

individual who has wide-ranging<br />

knowledge of that subject, who can<br />

help their child to grow their curiosity<br />

and understanding in that area.<br />

How does my child like to<br />

learn?<br />

Is your child a visual learner? Do they<br />

learn best through play? Do they<br />

struggle with their attention span?<br />

Do other children distract or motivate<br />

them? Which teachers do they like<br />

best at school and why? By building<br />

a learning profile for your child, you<br />

can work out if they would be bestsuited<br />

to 1:1 or group tuition, and if<br />

online or in-person tuition would be a<br />

better fit. Once you have your profile,<br />

you can contact tutoring services to<br />

see if they offer the type of tutoring<br />

that you are after.<br />

What results am I hoping<br />

to achieve?<br />

If you are aiming for sizeable<br />

academic change, then it could be<br />

wise to opt for three to four tutoring<br />

sessions a week; however, if you are<br />

looking for a little extra support, or<br />

to nurture a passion, perhaps one to<br />

two hours will suffice. It is also key to<br />

keep in mind that, when it comes to<br />

learning, there is no ‘quick fix.’ If you<br />

are looking to ensure long-lasting<br />

academic success, then plan to work<br />

with your chosen tutor for at least<br />

six months, so that you can track<br />

progress and see tangible results.<br />

How many subjects?<br />

If the child is engaged with, enjoying,<br />

and taking in the lessons, then there<br />

is no reason to set limitations on the<br />

number of subjects a child should<br />

be studying outside of school hours.<br />

That said, GoStudent recommends<br />

starting small to see results in one<br />

area first. This will boost the child’s<br />

confidence and, in turn, enthusiasm<br />

and excitement. Once a learning<br />

routine has been established, then<br />

new sessions can be introduced –<br />

either with the same tutor, or with a<br />

different expert.<br />

GoStudent offers affordable 1:1<br />

video-based tuition to primary,<br />

secondary, and college-aged<br />

students across the UK. For more<br />

information visit gostudent.org<br />

What is Kumon tutoring?<br />

Kumon is the UK’s largest<br />

supplementary education provider,<br />

offering individualised maths and<br />

English programmes which aims<br />

to help any child of any ability to<br />

progress and reach their potential.<br />

Kumon study programmes are<br />

designed to help learners think for<br />

themselves and develop strong<br />

problem-solving skills, using<br />

worksheet examples to try to<br />

work out answers independently.<br />

Instructors observe students learning,<br />

using their patience and judgement<br />

to offer guidance only when<br />

necessary to develop each child’s<br />

ability to self-learn.<br />

The Kumon Method of Learning was<br />

created by Toru Kumon, a father and<br />

gifted high school maths teacher,<br />

who saw that his son Takeshi was<br />

not excelling in maths at school.<br />

To help him improve, he wrote out<br />

maths worksheets for his son to<br />

complete daily. His son’s success<br />

and Toru Kumon’s desire to develop<br />

the potential of as many children as<br />

possible, prompted him to open the<br />

first Kumon maths centre in Osaka,<br />

Japan in 1955. The first UK Kumon<br />

study centre opened in 1983.<br />

Find a local instructor at<br />

kumon.co.uk<br />


Felsted<br />

for me<br />

Leading all-round education with pupil wellbeing at its<br />

heart. Give your child the space to thrive with our variety<br />

of modern boarding & day options. Based on a safe rural<br />

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Developing character, making a difference.<br />

Co-educational, ages 4-18, boarding & day.<br />

Open Morning: Saturday 8 May<br />

Visit felsted.org to register and explore our Virtual Tours & Events<br />

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Upcoming<br />

open days<br />

in the<br />

region<br />

Attending an open day is an<br />

important part of choosing<br />

the right school. It is a great<br />

opportunity to get a feel for the<br />

school, inspect the facilities and<br />

chat with pupils and staff.<br />

Bedford Girls’ School<br />

Thursday 5 May<br />

A vibrant independent day school<br />

for girls aged 7-18.<br />

Cardington Road, MK42 0BX<br />

bedfordgirlsschool.co.uk<br />

Bedford College<br />

Tuesday 22 March<br />

Offering full-time, part-time courses<br />

and apprenticeships.<br />

Cauldwell Street, MK42 9AH<br />

bedfordcollegegroup.ac.uk<br />

Shuttleworth College<br />

Saturday 19 March<br />

Outstanding college set within the<br />

stunning location of Old Warden<br />

Park.<br />

Biggleswade, SG18 9DX<br />

bedfordcollegegroup.ac.uk<br />

The Bedford Sixth Form<br />

Monday 28 April<br />

Institution providing A-Level and<br />

Diplomas to full-time students.<br />

Bromham Road, MK40 2BS<br />

bedfordsixthform.ac.uk<br />

St Mary’s School<br />

Cambridge<br />

Saturday 12 March<br />

An independent day and boarding<br />

school for girls from age 4 to 18.<br />

Bateman Street, CB2 1LY<br />

stmaryscambridge.co.uk<br />

The Leys School<br />

Saturday 23 April<br />

An independent day and boarding<br />

school for children aged 11 to 18.<br />

Cambridge, CB2 7AD<br />

theleys.net<br />


Ready, Set, Game!<br />

Back for its<br />

sixth year, FXP<br />

Festival, the<br />

Cambridgeshirebased<br />

education<br />

initiative focused<br />

on computer<br />

game design and<br />

development<br />

will, for the first<br />

time ever, invite<br />

students to participate in either a nine-week virtual festival,<br />

or attend the popular three-day games jam in person – or<br />

both!<br />

The festival, which is a registered charity, is being supported<br />

by Ukie, the trade body for the UK’s creative games and<br />

interactive entertainment sector. Over 300 students<br />

participated in FXP Festival 2021, and the initiative provides<br />

a gateway for students to develop their skills and gain an<br />

insight into the opportunities available to them in the games<br />

development industry.<br />

The virtual festival will run from 19 April and the in-person<br />

event will take place from 9-11 July at Cambridge Regional<br />

College. Thanks to FXP Festival’s supporters and sponsors,<br />

including Anglia Ruskin University, it remains completely<br />

free for all students who wish to participate.<br />

FXP Festival is open to entries from schools and colleges<br />

in Cambridgeshire. Each team can be made of up to five<br />

people aged between 12 and 19, however, projects will<br />

be judged in two age categories: Year 8-11 and Further<br />

Education.<br />

To find out how to sponsor the event or register your<br />

school’s interest, visit fxpfestival.com<br />

Student to Represent UK in German<br />

Olympiade<br />

Sprechen Sie Deutsch?<br />

Well, year 10 Brentwood<br />

School student Martha<br />

Machray certainly does as<br />

she will represent the United<br />

Kingdom at the world finals<br />

of the International German<br />

Olympics in Hamburg.<br />

Fifteen-year-old Martha won<br />

her category of the Goethe-<br />

Institut’s International<br />

German Olympiad (IDO<br />

– Internationale Deutsch<br />

Olympiade) and is one of only two students chosen to<br />

represent the UK in this summer’s event.<br />


Felsted School<br />

5 March & 23 April – Year 7 entry<br />

A leading co-educational,<br />

independent, boarding and<br />

day school.<br />

Essex, CM6 3LL<br />

felsted.org<br />

Oxford House School<br />

Wednesday 11 March<br />

Nursery & preparatory school for<br />

children aged 30 months to 11 years.<br />

Colchester, CO3 3NE<br />

oxfordhouseschool.net<br />

Brentwood School<br />

Saturday 11 June<br />

An independent day and boarding<br />

school for children aged 3 to 18.<br />

Middleton Hall Lane, CM15 8EE<br />

brentwoodschool.co.uk<br />

Kingshott School<br />

Tuesday 22 March<br />

A co-education day prep school for<br />

children aged 3-13.<br />

Hitchin, SG4 7JX<br />

kingshottschool.com<br />

Tring Park School<br />

Friday 25 February<br />

An outstanding performing<br />

arts school.<br />

Mansion Drive, HP23 5LX<br />

tringpark.com<br />

Haileybury School<br />

11+ & 13+ Saturday 12 March,<br />

16+ Saturday 21 May<br />

A dynamic school with a successful<br />

IB diploma programme.<br />

Hertford, SG13 7NU<br />

haileybury.com<br />

East Norfolk Sixth Form<br />

College<br />

Offering A Level and BTEC subjects<br />

at Level 3 and 2.<br />

Great Yarmouth, NR31 7BQ<br />

eastnorfolk.ac.uk<br />

Old Buckenham Hall<br />

Saturday 12 March<br />

A leading preparatory school for<br />

children aged 3-13 years.<br />

Ipswich, IP7 7PH<br />

obh.co.uk<br />

Stoke College<br />

9 March, 30 April & 11 May<br />

A day and boarding school for 3 to<br />

18-year-olds set in an historic house.<br />

Stoke by Clare, CO10 8JE<br />

stokecollege.co.uk<br />

The Goethe-Institut promotes German language,<br />

intercultural exchange, art and culture, and the<br />

Internationale Deutsch Olympiade is a biannual worldwide<br />

contest in which contestants can put their German<br />

language skills to the test.<br />

Martha won a national contest to qualify for the international<br />

final and the chance to compete against the world’s best<br />

German learners.<br />

Martha explained: “I am so thrilled to have been selected to<br />

represent the UK. When I started learning German in Year 7<br />

it quickly became one of my favourite subjects.”<br />

Head of German at Brentwood School, Mrs Miriam Morris,<br />

said: “This is an incredible achievement. Martha is an<br />

inspiration to all language learners and shows what can be<br />

achieved with hard work, passion and dedication. We wish<br />

her every success in the finals in the summer.”<br />

Residents Asked to Share their Hobbies<br />

City College<br />

Peterborough wants to<br />

hear from people who<br />

are passionate about<br />

a particular interest or<br />

hobby and would like to<br />

earn money sharing it with other city residents.<br />

The college is looking for anyone with good knowledge<br />

and the practical skills for their particular interest, which<br />

they can share with people who want to learn something<br />

new.<br />

Successful applicants will run short taster sessions with<br />

the college to see if their course will generate enrolments.<br />

The opportunity is open to anyone over the age of 19.<br />

Hobbies for the taster sessions can be about a wide range<br />

of subjects from cookery, languages, history, science,<br />

basic IT, writing, gardening, tai chi, or anything that has a<br />

broad appeal to individuals or families.<br />

Applicants do not need to be a qualified tutor; the only<br />

requirement is being able to inspire people with the<br />

passion they have for their topic.<br />

Janet Bristow, deputy principal and head of service at<br />

City College Peterborough, said: “The taster sessions are<br />

designed to encourage people to improve their health,<br />

confidence and wellbeing by embracing something new<br />

and, for some, tempting them into their first step towards<br />

further learning.”<br />

For more information about running an online taster<br />

session, email Harriet Bowen<br />

hbowen@citycollegepeterborough.ac.uk or<br />

call 01733 761361.<br />


Little East


Mum’s the<br />

Word<br />

“Little Darling, it’s been a long, cold,<br />

lonely winter.<br />

Little Darling, it feels like years<br />

since it’s been here.”<br />

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

I think we can all relate to that line. George Harrison<br />

wrote ‘Here Comes The Sun’ when he took a day off from<br />

wrangling with his problems with the Beatles and I think<br />

that even as the cloud of Covid hangs above us we can use<br />

spring to find a similar release.<br />

Being outside, in open space, is one of the healthiest places<br />

to be right now and we are very lucky to have access to so<br />

many beautiful open spaces in our region.<br />

<strong>Spring</strong> can still be a bit chilly to brave the North Sea but<br />

a trip to the seaside is always a good shout for family fun,<br />

whether it’s the hustle and bustle of Great Yarmouth with<br />

the grand promenade and its Pleasure Beach or a quieter<br />

day spent off the North Norfolk or Essex coast, there’s<br />

something for all tastes. Maybe just pack an extra blanket or<br />

two along with the picnic.<br />

George Harrison was an avid gardener. I’m not very green<br />

fingered but I do find peace in a pretty garden when other<br />

people have done that work. East Anglia is packed full of<br />

wonderful gardens you can visit, like the Plantation Garden<br />

in Norwich or Abbey Gardens in Bury St Edmunds.<br />

Personally, I like to head out to woods at springtime,<br />

especially if there are bluebells. A carpet of new blooms<br />

poking out of the woodland floor lifts my soul and my often<br />

too grown-up teenager magically reverts to childhood as he<br />

climbs trees and builds hideaways.<br />

I think that’s the real joy of getting the family outside at this<br />

time of year. It feels freeing and almost nostalgic. We shed<br />

the inhibitions that the daily grind imbues us with, and we<br />

splash in the sea; we remember how to have fun.<br />

Life has been tough on us these last two years and we don’t<br />

know how long it will last but the arrival of spring really<br />

opens up our countryside again and gives us a source of<br />

hope.<br />

“Here comes the sun, do do do do, here comes the sun, and<br />

I say, it’s alright.”<br />

Find Dolly on Twitter @Osborneosaurus<br />


Playdates<br />

Visit<br />

eastlife.co.uk for this<br />

year’s best Easter egg<br />

hunts & events!<br />

Shake off the winter blues and get<br />

some fresh air with our pick of the best<br />

outdoor days out and events across the<br />

region for toddlers, tweens and teens.<br />

Geocaching in Norfolk<br />

Multiple locations, Norfolk<br />

A modern day treasure hunt for the whole family to enjoy.<br />

Add some additional excitement to a country walk this<br />

spring with Norfolk Trails geocaching series. All you need<br />

is a smart phone or GPS device to track down the hidden<br />

caches. There are multiple routes to choose including the<br />

Nar Valley Way, a two-mile beginner series; Weavers’ Way<br />

Thurne circular walk along the Broads; Bittern Line circular<br />

walk from Gunton Station; and a 10-cache series on the<br />

Wensum Way between Swanton Morley and Elsing.<br />

norfolk.gov.uk/out-and-about-in-norfolk<br />

Woodland Play at Danbury Country Park,<br />

21 & 28 February, 21 & 28 March, 25<br />

April, 9, 16 & 23 May<br />

Woodhill Road, Chelmsford, Essex<br />

Let little ones embrace the great outdoors with this series<br />

of six woodland play sessions. Perfect for children under<br />

five who aren’t afraid to get dirty, the interactive tasks<br />

and activities include forest crafts, den building, mud fun,<br />

cooking on a fire and more. Booking is essential. Discount<br />

for sibling participation.<br />

explore-essex.com/whats-on/woodland-play-atdanbury-country-park<br />

Code Ninjas at Welwyn Garden City,<br />

courses and drop-in sessions available<br />

Applecroft School, Welwyn Garden City<br />

A social activity for keen gamers, there are two classes<br />

available for ages five to six and seven to 14. Children will<br />

learn how to problem solve and code at their own pace.<br />

Sessions last one to two hours and free taster sessions are<br />

available.<br />

codeninjas.co.uk/welwyn-garden-city-hrt-uk<br />

Little Bugs Club at Nene Wetlands,<br />

3, 10, 17, 24 & 31 March, 10.30am-12pm<br />

Nene Wetlands Visitor Centre, The Boardwalk,<br />

Rushden Lakes<br />

Designed for two to five-year-olds, the weekly sessions<br />

help develop imagination, confidence and new skills. Little<br />

ones can explore nature with activities such as bug hunting,<br />

natural art and storytelling. Booking is essential.<br />

£6 per child.<br />

wildlifebcn.org/nene-wetlands<br />



Easter Egg Hunt at Wimpole Estate,<br />

29 March – 11 April<br />

Arrington, Royston SG8 0BW<br />

Discover the beautiful parkland with a family-friendly Easter<br />

trail complete with a chocolate reward. Pick up the Easter<br />

trail for just £3 at Hardwicke Gate. Tickets will be released<br />

from Friday 26 March. Booking is essential.<br />

nationaltrust.org.uk/wimpole-estate/features/<br />

wimpole-at-easter<br />

Polar Pop Up; Life on Ice, 2 April<br />

The Polar Museum, Cambridge<br />

An event for curious minds, the museum will host hands<br />

on activities, trails, demonstrations and short films to show<br />

what it’s like to live and work in Antarctica.<br />

Events available to book.<br />

spri.cam.ac.uk/museum<br />

Easter Holiday Prize Trail at Brandon<br />

Country Park, 9-24 April<br />

Copper Beech Café, Brandon Country Park, Suffolk<br />

Pick up a puzzle sheet from the café and follow the trail,<br />

finding words along the way. Each completed puzzle will<br />

receive a prize when returned to the visitor centre. At just<br />

£1, this is a cheap and fun Easter activity for all ages.<br />

facebook.com/BrandonCountryPark<br />

Adventure Camp at Down Hall,<br />

Easter Half Term<br />

Down Hall, Hatfield Heath<br />

Sharky & George, one the UK’s leading children’s event<br />

planners, returns to Down Hall Hotel for school holiday<br />

fun and games. In the professional hands of the Sharky &<br />

George team, young adventurers will shape the order of<br />

the day, with child-led activities ranging from den-building,<br />

French cricket and t-shirt tie-dying to lip sync battles,<br />

chocolate truffle making and DIY volcano crafting. Places<br />

are priced at £35 per child and must be pre-booked as a<br />

part of any overnight stay.<br />

downhall.co.uk<br />

Easter Egg Hunt at Burwell Museum,<br />

17-18 April<br />

Burwell Museum & Windmill, Mill Close, Burwell<br />

A fun and affordable Easter activity. Hop along for an Easter<br />

egg hunt for just £1.<br />

burwellmuseum.org.uk/event/easter-egg-hunt-<br />

Sunday<br />

Easter Bunny Fly-In and Egg Hunt,<br />

17-18 April<br />

Shuttleworth, Old Warden Park, Biggleswade, Bedfordshire<br />

Look to the sky at around 11am to watch the Easter Bunny<br />

make fly in and make an entrance. Don’t forget to get up<br />

close to the runway! Follow the Easter Bunny into The<br />

Swiss Garden and see how many eggs you can collect.<br />

Once you have collected all the Easter eggs you can carry,<br />

take them to The Discovery Hub to collect your prize from<br />

the Easter Bunny.<br />

shuttleworth.org/product/easterbunnyflyin<br />

Great Dunmow Soapbox Race, 1 May<br />

Great Dunmow, Essex<br />

A fun, action-packed day out for the whole family. Cheer<br />

on the teams as they take on obstacles and race against<br />

the clock to be crowned the champion. Expect adrenaline<br />

filled action and crashes to raise money for Great Dunmow<br />

Round Table and selected charities.<br />

greatdunmowsoapboxrace.co.uk<br />

Hertford Castles Children’s Art Trail,<br />

9 April – 7 May<br />

Hertford Castle, Hertfordshire<br />

Part of the Hertford Arts Festival, this year’s event includes<br />

a chance for young creatives to get involved too. Children<br />

will be encouraged to forage the castle grounds and<br />

create masterpieces with nature. Paintings, drawings and<br />

photographs can also be entered into a competition with a<br />

chance to be exhibited at the next Castle Open Day.<br />

hertford.gov.uk/events-listings/hertford-castlechildren-s-art-trail<br />

Family Wellness Walk, 22 May<br />

Colchester, Essex<br />

A buggy friendly walk designed for young families, new<br />

and expectant parents. It provides a chance to get outside<br />

and meet like-minded families. Meet at the Visitor Centre at<br />

11am. Booking is essential.<br />


Make memories<br />

to last a lifetime at<br />

Banish the winter blues with a visit<br />

to Colchester Zoo this spring!<br />

Watch in awe as some of the most critically<br />

endangered animals start to enjoy the arrival<br />

of a new season and, no matter the weather,<br />

we have a range of undercover areas<br />

to keep you dry!<br />

Tickets<br />

must be<br />

pre-booked<br />

online in<br />

advance!<br />

Check out our website or social media<br />

for the latest news, events,<br />

and information or download<br />

the Colchester Zoo App.<br />

www.colchesterzoo.org<br />

stop by our<br />

Daily encounters<br />

Enjoy a variety of animal<br />

encounters taking place at<br />

selected times throughout<br />

the day!<br />

© Josh Dennington © Tom Smith

Animal Magic<br />

The best petting zoos in East Anglia<br />

Children love getting close to<br />

animals. Whether it’s cuddling<br />

a cute rabbit, grooming a pony,<br />

bottle feeding a kid goat or seeing a<br />

newborn lamb take its first steps – a<br />

trip to a petting zoo is a wonderful<br />

experience. From getting up close to<br />

farmyard favourites to learning more<br />

about exotic species, we’ve picked<br />

some of the best petting zoos in the<br />

region for a perfect spring day out.<br />

Animal Edge<br />

Fordfield Road, Millbrook,<br />

Bedfordshire, MK45 2HZ<br />

Animal Edge is an award-winning<br />

small farm surrounded by beautiful<br />

Bedfordshire countryside. Visits,<br />

which must be booked in advance,<br />

give exclusive access to the farm<br />

where children can tickle a pig or<br />

take a goat for a walk and teach<br />

them tricks. Drinks are served from<br />

a converted horse-box, or you can<br />

bring a picnic to enjoy while taking in<br />

the views.<br />

animaledge.co.uk<br />

Mead Open Farm<br />

Stanbridge Road, Billington,<br />

Bedfordshire, LU7 9JH<br />

From alpacas and calves to pygmy<br />

goats and piglets, baby animals are<br />

born at Mead Farm throughout the<br />

year. But spring is perhaps the most<br />

special time when the pregnant<br />

ewes give birth to fluffy, bouncy<br />

lambs. With go-karts, crazy golf, sand<br />

play and award-winning food in the<br />

Grainstore Kitchen, it’s a great family<br />

day out.<br />

meadopenfarm.co.uk<br />

© National Trust Images/Megan Taylor<br />

Wimpole Home Farm<br />

Arrington, Royston, Cambridgeshire,<br />

SG8 0BW<br />

Discover rare breeds and make<br />

friends with familiar farmyard<br />

favourites on this working estate with<br />

impressive mansion, parkland, and<br />

café. Visit the White Park cattle and<br />

Longhorns in the yard along with<br />

Shire and Shetland ponies. Meet the<br />

Oxford Sandy and Black pigs, rare<br />

breeds of sheep and mischievous<br />

goats skipping around the paddock.<br />

nationaltrust.org.uk<br />

South Angle Farm Park<br />

Angle Common, Soham,<br />

Cambridgeshire, CB7 5HX<br />

Cuddle the rabbits and bottle feed<br />

the lambs. Or, if you’re feeling brave,<br />

you can meet the reptiles and minibeasts<br />

and say hello to the tarantula.<br />

There’s plenty to occupy the kids<br />

with sand play, a craft barn, reading<br />

corner, pedal-powered racetrack,<br />

woodland walk and watering cans<br />

aplenty in Mr McGregor’s garden.<br />

southanglefarmpark.co.uk<br />



© South Angle Farm<br />

Aldenham Country<br />

Park Farm<br />

Aldenham Road, Elstree,<br />

Hertfordshire, WD6 3BA<br />

A not-for-profit farming, food, and<br />

education enterprise where you can<br />

meet and feed the animals. Enjoy<br />

acres of countryside, explore the farm<br />

and the 100 Aker Wood, home of<br />

Pooh Bear and friends. There is also a<br />

pavilion and playground for children<br />

with special educational needs and<br />

you can enjoy a cuppa in the Rustic<br />

Rhubarb café.<br />

aldenhamcountrypark.co.uk<br />

Willows Activity Farm<br />

Coursers Road, London Colney,<br />

Hertfordshire, AL4 0PF<br />

A day out for the whole family with<br />

farmyard animals, shows, rides,<br />

inflatables, acres of outdoor space,<br />

and the popular Peter Rabbit<br />

Adventure Playground. Look out for<br />

their spring events which include<br />

Easter egg hunts, cow milking<br />

demonstrations, bottle feeding<br />

newborn lambs and sheep racing.<br />

willowsactivityfarm.com<br />

© Jimmy’s Farm<br />

Barleylands Farm Park<br />

Barleylands Road, Billericay, Essex,<br />

CM11 2UD<br />

Home to traditional farm animals<br />

as well as nocturnal and exotic<br />

creatures such as fruit bats, sugar<br />

gliders, skunks, snakes, tree frogs,<br />

chameleons, turtles, meerkats and<br />

wild cats. You can make a day of it<br />

with playgrounds, racetracks, play<br />

barn and discovery centre, all set<br />

within The Village and its craft studios,<br />

boutiques and restaurant.<br />

barleylands.co.uk<br />

Old MacDonald’s Farm<br />

Weald Road, Brentwood, Essex,<br />

CM14 5AY<br />

There are so many animals to meet<br />

at this award-winning farm including<br />

meerkats, pigs, wallabies, rabbits,<br />

ponies, cows, chinchillas, rheas,<br />

tortoises, and wallabies. Don’t miss the<br />

<strong>Spring</strong> Babies event, which runs from<br />

February to April, when you can see<br />

the newborn farm animals. With rides,<br />

indoor play areas and a café, there’s<br />

plenty to keep the whole family happy.<br />

omdfarm.co.uk<br />

Snettisham Park<br />

Bircham Road, King’s Lynn, Norfolk,<br />

PE31 7NG<br />

A hands-on experience where you<br />

can bottle feed lambs, collect fresh<br />

farm eggs and ride ponies.<br />

A highlight is the deer safari when<br />

you can meet the spectacular<br />

herd who will come to say hello<br />

and happily feed from your hands.<br />

There’s plenty to keep your little<br />

ones amused with a play area, pedal<br />

tractors, tearoom and gift shop.<br />

snettishampark.co.uk<br />

Stow Bardolph Rare<br />

Breeds Centre<br />

Church Farm, Downham Market,<br />

West Norfolk, PE34 3HT<br />

You can make friends with the<br />

animals and meet all their young<br />

throughout the season. Hold a<br />

fluffy chick, give a dusty donkey a<br />

pamper, groom a goat, and stroke<br />

the rabbits, guinea pigs and rats. With<br />

an adventure playground, indoor<br />

play area, tractor rides and even pig<br />

racing, there’s plenty to see and do.<br />

churchfarmstowbardolph.co.uk<br />

Jimmy’s Farm<br />

Pannington Hall Lane, Ipswich,<br />

Suffolk, IP9 2AR<br />

The Wildlife Park at Jimmy’s hosts<br />

traditional and exotic animals from<br />

crocodiles, camels and capybara to<br />

pigs, skunks, and guinea pigs. For<br />

an even closer encounter, pick an<br />

Animal Experience and join a keeper<br />

in the animal’s enclosure – feed an<br />

anteater with an impressive 60cm<br />

tongue, handle a snake, give a tapir<br />

a belly rub or pet the cute rabbits and<br />

mischievous ferrets.<br />

jimmysfarm.com<br />

Baylham House Rare<br />

Breeds Farm<br />

Mill Lane, Baylham, Suffolk, IP6 8LG<br />

A small farm specialising in native<br />

breeds that are now rare. Balance<br />

food on the outstretched tongue<br />

of a cow or tickle the belly of a piglet.<br />

And, if you’d really like to experience<br />

life on the farm, you can step into the<br />

farmer’s boots for a day – an exciting<br />

gift for any animal lover!<br />

baylham-house-farm.co.uk<br />


Little East<br />

is now online<br />

Redwings<br />

Horse Sanctuary<br />

A fun,<br />

family day<br />

out<br />

Dog<br />

friendly!<br />

We have two<br />

centres<br />

in Norfolk!<br />

For inspiration and ideas for things<br />

to do and places to go with your little ones<br />

in the East of England follow us at<br />

LittleEast.uk on Facebook and Instagram<br />

Meet friendly rescued horses and donkeys at<br />

Redwings Aylsham, nr Norwich, NR11 6UE or<br />

Redwings Caldecott, nr Gt.Yarmouth, NR31 9EY<br />

Open 10am to 3pm every Friday, Saturday, Sunday and Monday<br />

Please visit our website to book<br />

www.redwings.org.uk/visiting | 01508 481000<br />



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HEALTH<br />

Does an apple<br />

a day really<br />

keep the<br />

doctor away?<br />

Fact or myth:<br />

10 age-old<br />

health adages<br />

explained<br />

Written by Jacqui Hagen<br />

You’ve probably heard the popular<br />

expression, ‘an apple a day keeps the<br />

doctor away’. Perhaps, like me, you<br />

grew up being told that carrots will help<br />

you see in the dark and that eating your<br />

crusts will make your hair curly. We look<br />

at 10 well-known phrases relating to<br />

our bodies and health to see if there is<br />

any truth in them.<br />

1. An apple a day keeps<br />

the doctor away<br />

While there is no evidence to<br />

show that eating more apples<br />

results in fewer visits to the doctor,<br />

adding them to your diet can bring<br />

several health benefits. Apples are<br />

packed with important nutrients<br />

including fibre, vitamins, minerals<br />

and antioxidants which can help<br />

to prevent diseases and keep you<br />

healthy. Snacking on an apple can<br />

also support weight loss as the fibre<br />

and high-water content can help fill<br />

you up without a lot of calories.<br />

Verdict: As part of a balanced diet,<br />

apples can improve your health,<br />

but they won’t necessarily keep the<br />

doctor away.<br />


2. Going out with wet hair<br />

will give you a cold<br />

“You’ll catch your death of cold,”<br />

my grandmother used to warn me<br />

when I headed out to play with wet<br />

hair on a winter’s day. She needn’t<br />

have worried. To catch a common<br />

cold, you must be exposed to a virus;<br />

this could be via contaminated<br />

surfaces, human to human<br />

contact, or droplets in the air<br />

from coughing and sneezing.<br />

Being cold and wet does not increase<br />

the chance of catching a cold.<br />

Verdict: There is no truth in this old<br />

adage. Colds are infectious viruses<br />

and are completely unrelated to<br />

damp hair.<br />

3. Carrots can help you<br />

see in the dark<br />

Carrots are rich in a<br />

substance called betacarotene<br />

which activates<br />

to form vitamin A (aka retinol).<br />

Retinol is used to form retinal which<br />

binds with other components to<br />

create rhodopsin, a photo-sensitive<br />

molecule in the eye that operates in<br />

low-light conditions. If you have a<br />

severe vitamin A deficiency (generally<br />

due to gastro-intestinal disorders),<br />

you may develop nyctalopia or<br />

night blindness. Eating carrots could<br />

correct this deficiency and improve<br />

night vision.<br />

Verdict: Unless you are severely<br />

deficient in vitamin A, eating carrots<br />

will not help you to see better in the<br />

dark.<br />

4. Swallowed chewing<br />

gum takes seven years to<br />

digest<br />

Although it’s not recommended, if<br />

you accidentally swallow a piece of<br />

chewing gum there’s no need to be<br />

alarmed. While it’s true that your body<br />

can’t digest gum, it will usually pass<br />

through your digestive system and<br />

come out in your stool, just like almost<br />

everything else you eat. However, it<br />

isn’t a good idea to regularly swallow<br />

chewing gum as there have been<br />

cases where children have had to<br />

have large masses of gum removed<br />

from their bowels.<br />

Verdict: Chewing gum does not<br />

take seven years to digest and small<br />

amounts will pass through your<br />

system intact.<br />

5. Eating the crust of your<br />

bread will make your hair<br />

curly<br />

I can’t be the only gullible child who<br />

dutifully ate my crusts because<br />

my parents insisted it would make<br />

my hair more curly. Such naivety!<br />

Obviously, eating bread crusts can’t<br />

alter the gene composition of hair<br />

shafts. In truth, crusts can sometimes<br />

be dry and a bit boring, so this is just a<br />

trick adults employ to get children to<br />

eat a whole sandwich.<br />

Verdict: A complete myth. However,<br />

on the plus side crusts are good for<br />

you and eating the entire slice of<br />

bread avoids waste.<br />

6. Never wake a<br />

sleepwalker<br />

Some say waking a sleepwalker can<br />

cause them to have a heart attack or<br />

to go into shock, but this is thought<br />

to be highly unlikely. There is no<br />

evidence it causes the person any<br />

harm at all. However, sleepwalking<br />

occurs in the deepest stage of sleep<br />

and can cause safety concerns<br />

such as walking out of the house,<br />

using lighters and kitchen knives,<br />

bumping into objects and so on. For<br />

this reason, it is always best to gently<br />

guide a sleepwalker back to bed.<br />

Verdict: It is not dangerous to wake<br />

a sleepwalker, but it can be difficult to<br />

achieve or lead to disorientation.<br />

7. Cracking your knuckles<br />

causes arthritis<br />

When you crack your knuckles, the<br />

joint space is widened, lowering<br />

the pressure. This allows gases<br />

in the fluid surrounding the joint<br />

to leave forming a bubble, which<br />

then collapses on itself making the<br />

characteristic ‘cracking’ sound. One<br />

researcher, Donald Unger, cracked<br />

the knuckles of his left hand at least<br />

twice a day for over 50 years but<br />

never his right in order to prove his<br />

mother wrong and won an Ig Nobel<br />

prize in 2009 for his efforts.<br />

Verdict: Further scientific studies<br />

haven’t shown any link between<br />

knuckle cracking and arthritis.<br />

8. Plucking a grey hair<br />

will cause 10 more to<br />

grow<br />

The sight of your first grey hairs in<br />

the mirror can be a shock. If you’ve<br />

panicked and plucked them from<br />

your head, don’t worry: they will<br />

not come back with a vengeance.<br />

Plucking a grey hair only results<br />

in a new grey hair in its place<br />

because only one hair grows per<br />

follicle. Our hair turns grey or white<br />

when the pigment cells in the<br />

follicle surrounding the hair die; the<br />

surrounding hairs will not turn white<br />

until their own follicles’ pigment cells<br />

die.<br />

Verdict: The idea that pulling out a<br />

grey hair will cause 10 more to grow<br />

in its place is simply not true.<br />

9. Wine, coffee and<br />

chocolate are good for<br />

your heart<br />

It’s often claimed that our favourite<br />

treats can keep our hearts healthy<br />

but is it too good to be true?<br />

According to a recent article by one<br />

of the world’s leading cardiologists,<br />

dark bitter chocolate is a “joy” for<br />

our cardiovascular system, coffee<br />

is likely protective, but wine is at<br />

best “neutral”. Professor Thomas<br />

Lüscher concluded that there are<br />

pros and cons to each of them which<br />

differ depending on how much is<br />

consumed, as well as by whom.<br />

Verdict: The answer is more complex<br />

than a simple yes or no and a healthy<br />

lifestyle is what really matters.<br />

10. Urine cures a jellyfish<br />

sting<br />

It’s thought that this alleged remedy<br />

became even more popular after the<br />

1997 Friends TV episode in which<br />

Monica gets stung by a jellyfish<br />

and Joey remembers seeing a<br />

documentary that advised urinating<br />

on the sting to ease the pain. Monica<br />

agrees to try the treatment and it<br />

works. However, in 2007 Scientific<br />

American magazine busted this<br />

myth. In fact, they found that urine<br />

can actually aggravate the jellyfish’s<br />

stingers into releasing more venom<br />

and make the pain worse.<br />

Verdict: Joey Tribbiani is not a<br />

reliable source of medical information<br />

and urine will not cure a jellyfish sting.<br />


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Ladies Who Brunch<br />

Written by Ruth Essex; stylist, writer and<br />

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When the text comes from the girls to say: “Why don’t we<br />

all meet for brunch? See you in an hour x,” our brain will<br />

be whirring over what to wear to make the most of those<br />

precious rays of early spring sunshine over fresh coffee, a<br />

croissant and maybe a sneaky Bucks Fizz or two? My kind<br />

of breakfast!<br />

For brunching, the common staple is jeans. Skinny,<br />

boyfriend, crop flare or white. It doesn’t matter, but it is the<br />

jeans which will act as the anchor to your outfit.<br />

There is usually a rebel in the group; the rock chick at heart,<br />

in all black with her leather jacket, skinny jeans and shades;<br />

the one who stayed out partying later than everyone else.<br />

In juxtaposition, there is the one that looks like she enjoyed<br />

eight hours of refreshing sleep, a face pack and natural, yet<br />

perfectly applied make up. Dressed in soft feminine colours<br />

and immaculate white jeans, this girl neither spills nor<br />

swears, but we still love her anyway.<br />

The accessories girl of the group is casually undone with<br />

her outfit, but there will always be fabulous shoes. Or a<br />

fabulous handbag. Probably both. Heads always go down<br />

when she arrives to check out her happy feet.<br />

The organiser is the classic girl. She arrived first, booked the<br />

table, and sent all the messages. Polished and just a little<br />

bit Parisian in her look; maybe a blazer, maybe pearls. She<br />

makes effortless look easy every time.<br />

Our modern boho girl prefers not to be too dressed up. But<br />

make no mistake, her outfit is still just as carefully chosen.<br />

Earthy colours and natural fabrics with jewellery from her<br />

travels as her signature look. The easy going one, who<br />

laughs a lot.<br />

These may be my girlfriends or<br />

yours I am describing; but age<br />

does not matter here. Versions<br />

of these looks work with any age<br />

group. They just need tweaking<br />

to suit individuals. There is<br />

always style inspiration to be<br />

found if you look around, so why<br />

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Get ready to plan your big day<br />

Weddings<br />

Wedding season is upon us. If you’re a bride-to-be, you’ll know planning is all part of the excitement. As spring<br />

approaches, the region’s vendors come together to showcase their services at wedding fairs and exhibitions.<br />

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Bressingham Hall & High<br />

Barn Wedding Show<br />

Low Road, Diss, Norfolk, IP22 2AA<br />

Sunday 6 March, 11am – 3pm<br />

East Mersea Hall<br />

Wedding Show<br />

Church Lane, East Mersea, Colchester, CO5 8TJ<br />

Sunday 3 April, 11am – 3pm<br />

The Ware Priory Wedding Fair<br />

High Street, Ware, Hertfordshire, SG12 9AL<br />

Sunday 13 March, 11am<br />

Wedding Fair at The Lawn<br />

Hall Road, Rochford, Essex, SS4 1PL<br />

Sunday 20 March, 10.30am – 3.30pm<br />

Park Farm Hotel<br />

Wedding Show<br />

Hethersett, Norwich, Norfolk, NR9 3DL<br />

Sunday 20 March, 11am – 3pm<br />

Copdock Hall Wedding Fayre<br />

Copdock, Ipswich, Suffolk, IP8 3JZ<br />

Sunday 20 March, 11am – 3.30pm<br />

The Madingley Hall,<br />

Cambridge Wedding Fair<br />

University of Cambridge, Madingley,<br />

Cambridgeshire, CB23 8AQ<br />

Saturday 2 April, 11am – 3pm<br />

The Bedford Swan Hotel<br />

Wedding Fair<br />

The Embankment, Bedford, Bedfordshire, MK40 1RW<br />

Sunday 3 April, 11am<br />

The ECO Wedding Show<br />

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It’s spring, warmer months ahead, with new changes and new challenges to<br />

embrace. The perfect time to road test Mazda’s first all-electric car, the MX-30.<br />

This SUV has already been named best electric compact SUV by Diesel and Eco<br />

Car Magazine in their annual awards and certainly provided me with some new<br />

challenges and wonderful new gadgets to enjoy.<br />

Give me an app on my mobile that allows me to remotely charge the Mazda<br />

MX-30; or heat the cabin on cold mornings and send the destination ahead of my<br />

departure to the navigation system and I can’t resist playing.<br />

Before I even drove the MX-30; Mazda had sent me a link to the Connected<br />

Services app. I can check whether I really did lock the door. I can even search for<br />

my car when I’ve parked it among many others at some show and can’t find it.<br />

I like the exterior styling although it took me a while to work out how to open<br />

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The interior is quality but sorry Mazda I do not like the cork material which lines the<br />

centre console. I thought they had been stuck on as an afterthought. Harvested<br />

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fibres from recycled plastic bottles. I do like the volume of storage space. The<br />

floating centre console sits independently from the dashboard and offers lots of<br />

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In the spacious cabin, the dials in front of the steering wheel are clear and simple to<br />

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which is full colour and has a clear display. The three model grades are SE-L Lux,<br />

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An electric motor and a lithium-ion battery delivered a range of 126 miles when I<br />

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Changes at the end of<br />

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benefits or not…<br />

- Use a 10-minute Universal Credit &<br />

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Make sure you have your details to<br />

hand, and it shouldn’t take more than<br />

10 minutes to find out what you’re likely<br />

to be entitled to, and how much it could<br />

be.<br />

• If you tried before November,<br />

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December…<br />

• Work allowances increased by £42<br />

per month. This is the amount those<br />

in households with children, or those<br />

with ‘a limited capacity for work’, can<br />

earn before Universal Credit starts to<br />

drop.<br />

• If you earn over your work allowance,<br />

you keep more of the benefit. It’s now<br />

45p per £1 of earnings, rather than<br />

37p.<br />

• On ‘legacy benefits’ – does<br />

Universal Credit pay more?<br />

There are three million people still on<br />

old style benefits: tax credits, income<br />

support, housing benefit,<br />

income-based jobseeker’s<br />

allowance and income-related<br />

employment & support allowance.<br />

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eventually be moved to Universal<br />

Credit which replaces them all. Yet this<br />

may take years. So it’s worth checking if<br />

you’d be better off switching now.<br />

This isn’t easy though, and you need to<br />

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on Universal Credit, there’s no going<br />

back – even if you find out that you’re<br />

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Step 1: Check if you’re in a category<br />

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then you’re in the sweet spot where<br />

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higher end of earnings that still allow<br />

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On the other hand, if you’re a single<br />

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Step 2: If you’re in the right category,<br />

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Step 3: If the calculator shows you’ll<br />

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• It’s one payment to the household (a<br />

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• The first payment takes five weeks<br />

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• The work rules may be different;<br />

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And most importantly if you have<br />

certain debts, including council tax,<br />

rent and energy bills, up to 25% can<br />

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So you can see why I say go through<br />

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Branding is a way for customers or potential customers to identify your<br />

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A strong brand is more than just a logo — it’s reflected in everything from<br />

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Creating a solid brand involves research. A strong brand will help<br />

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Customers tend to be loyal to a brand they trust. It requires time, research,<br />

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What makes you different from other brands out there? Why should your<br />

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Your visuals checklist<br />

• Logo<br />

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social media/websites<br />

• A style guide that explains<br />

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tone of voice<br />

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Consistency is key if you want your brand to be remembered. Your<br />

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If something isn’t working for your brand, you need to be willing to change<br />

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Cameras and<br />

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The famous photographer and director Chase Jarvis once said,<br />

“The best camera is the one you have with you.” Nowadays this will<br />

more than likely be our phone. With high quality images and both<br />

hardware and software continually improving, for most of us this<br />

will be enough. But, if you’re serious about your photography and<br />

looking to take it to the next level, it’s worth investing in a ‘proper’<br />

camera. When starting out, your most important considerations are<br />

likely to be value for money, versatility and user-friendly features<br />

making it easier to get started. With so many on the market, we’ve<br />

highlighted some of the best to match your budget.<br />

Under £500<br />

Nikon D3500<br />

With simplified controls and a<br />

built-in guide mode, the D3500 is<br />

an affordable option for beginners<br />

to learn the basics of creative<br />

photography. This DSLR offers big<br />

advantages including superb battery<br />

life, a 24MP sensor and impressive<br />

image quality. Weighing just 415g,<br />

it’s very light, and usually comes with<br />

an 18-55mm AF-P kit lens which has<br />

a retracting mechanism, making it<br />

more portable when it’s not switched<br />

on. It’s also compatible with a wide<br />

range of F-mount Nikon lenses.<br />

FOR<br />

Value for money<br />

Excellent image quality<br />

Easy to use<br />

Responsive autofocus<br />

5fps continuous shooting<br />

Impressive 1,550-shot battery life<br />


Fixed rear screen<br />

No 4K video<br />

Relatively slow live view AF<br />

No touchscreen control<br />

Bluetooth, but no Wi-Fi<br />

Greg Coyne is a semi-professional<br />

wildlife photographer whose images<br />

have gained recognition in national<br />

wildlife photography competitions<br />

and magazines. Greg runs workshops<br />

and trips in the UK for budding wildlife<br />

photographers. <strong>Eastlife</strong> caught up with<br />

him to see if he had any advice for keen<br />

nature photographers who are just<br />

starting out.<br />

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Instagram, Twitter and Flickr:<br />

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Under £1000<br />

Sony A6100<br />

A great entry-level APS-C mirrorless<br />

camera for both stills and video.<br />

Its main strengths are its image<br />

quality, battery life and class-leading<br />

autofocus. It can also grow with you<br />

as it inherits many features from<br />

Sony’s significantly more expensive<br />

APS-C cameras. The general<br />

handling and performance of this<br />

user-friendly camera is enhanced<br />

through its excellent continuous<br />

autofocus system.<br />

FOR<br />

Good battery life<br />

Easy to use controls<br />

Lightweight and compact<br />

Real-time tracking autofocus<br />

4K video recording<br />

3.5mm microphone jack<br />

1:1 aspect ratio option<br />


No IBIS for video<br />

Limited touchscreen functions<br />

Relatively low-spec LCD and EVF<br />

Plasticky feel<br />

Under £1500<br />

Fujifilm X-T4<br />

With cutting edge 4K video<br />

performance and 60p 10-bit internal<br />

recording, the X-T4 is a superb<br />

APS-C mirrorless camera for both<br />

photographers and filmmakers.<br />

It really is two cameras in one.<br />

Don’t let the chic, retro exterior fool<br />

you as it’s packed with advanced<br />

features such as in-body image<br />

stabilisation (IBIS), a vari-angle<br />

touchscreen display, great battery life<br />

and a quiet shutter.<br />

FOR<br />

Excellent APS-C sensor<br />

IBIS for video and stills<br />

Good battery life<br />

Easy menu system<br />

Classic controls and layout<br />

60p 10-bit 4K internal video<br />


AF performance potentially limited by<br />

choice of lens<br />

EVF behaviour in low contrast light<br />

No headphone jack<br />

Complex burst and video fps options<br />

Under £2000<br />

Panasonic Lumix S5<br />

The S5 has a full-frame sensor and is<br />

capable of producing some fantastic<br />

imagery. It’s compact and has an<br />

impressive 24MP CMOS sensor<br />

within a tough weather-resistant<br />

body. Delivering up to 6.5-stops<br />

of image stabilisation, 4K video<br />

recording and 96MP high resolution<br />

RAW+JPEG capture, it’s a fantastic<br />

hybrid which will appeal to a wide<br />

variety of creators.<br />

FOR<br />

Best in-class video performance<br />

Compact full-frame quality<br />

Magnesium frame and vari-angle<br />

screen<br />

Dual SD card slots<br />

Small size and weight<br />

Good range of controls<br />

Excellent video specifications<br />


Only contrast AF<br />

No full-sized HDMI port<br />

Large lenses affect compact size<br />

Lacks best-in-class autofocus<br />

Greg’s top tips for beginners:<br />

1. Don’t skip learning the basics<br />

Photography is all about ‘the light’ and you need to understand<br />

the relationship between aperture, speed and ISO. The best way to<br />

acquire this knowledge is to enrol at a college for a short course. It’s<br />

an inexpensive route to take and you can cover the basics in a few<br />

weeks.<br />

2. Get out with the camera and put what you have learned into<br />

practice<br />

If it’s nature you have an interest in, why not go and sit in a hide for a<br />

few hours? Never be afraid to ask questions of other photographers.<br />

We are usually a pretty friendly bunch and love talking photography.<br />

3. Study your subject beforehand<br />

Knowing its habitat and how best to approach it will save you a lot of<br />

time and ultimately get you better images.<br />


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“We have seen an exodus from London, as families relocate<br />

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“We see this trend echoed in kitchen design as nature<br />

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durability of an engineered product whilst maintaining the<br />

look and feel of nature. Wood is being used for much more<br />

than cabinetry, bringing year-round warmth and organic<br />

texture. We are designing countless hues of greens into our<br />

kitchens, and seeing families opt for clay reds and earthy<br />

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Gone are the days of fixed, glossy wall cabinets,<br />

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Sustainability<br />

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Colours are no longer top of a homeowner’s kitchen wish<br />

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The design options are endless but making your kitchen a<br />

space for living rather than just cooking is a sensible choice<br />

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<strong>Spring</strong>’s knocking on our doorstep, breathing life slowly<br />

back into our gardens. Pockets of floral colour begin to<br />

emerge, giving you the inspiration to get those fingers<br />

green this season.<br />

Eagerly embarking on your horticultural adventure, you<br />

soon discover some of the terminology leaves you cold.<br />

Shuffling around garden nurseries picking up potted plants,<br />

labels are spelling out the language of the ancients, Latin.<br />

What you’ve always known as a sweet pea, its label reads<br />

Lathyrus odoratus. This is thanks to 18th century Swedish<br />

botanist, Carl von Linné. He created naming plants in Latin<br />

as it was the international language of science at the time.<br />

Struggling to pronounce the abstract diction, self-doubt<br />

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been dead-headed, potted up and pricked out! What was<br />

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Annual – A plant that comes and goes within one season.<br />

Biennial – A plant that completes its cycle in two years.<br />

Growing the first year, then flowering and reproducing the<br />

second year.<br />

Chitting – Encouraging seed potatoes to sprout tendrils<br />

prior to spring planting.<br />

Cloche – Protect crops from pests and frost, usually<br />

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Cold Frame – Used for growing on, protecting or<br />

acclimatising plants to the outdoors.<br />

Dead-head – Removing fading and dead flowers, enabling<br />

the plant to produce further blooms. This also prevents it<br />

from going to seed.<br />

Deciduous – A tree or plant that sheds its leaves in winter.<br />

Hardening Off – Taking plants that have been grown<br />

indoors, under protection, and bringing them outside a<br />

few hours a day to acclimatise to outdoor conditions. That<br />

way, when they’re eventually planted outside they’re hardy<br />

enough to handle various weather conditions.<br />

Mulch – Either bark, organic matter or leaves are mostly<br />

used to lay over the soil, or around the base of plants and<br />

trees to suppress weeds, retain moisture and can offer<br />

nutrients for the growing plant.<br />

Pinching out – To remove growing points of plants to<br />

encourage side-shoots and a bushier plant.<br />

Pot on – Plant seedlings into large containers to grow on.<br />

Prick out – Remove or transfer seedlings into larger pots to<br />

grow on.<br />

Propagate – To grow plants from seed, grafting or cuttings.<br />

Self-fertile – Plants or trees that pollenate themselves.<br />

Thinning – When seedlings are removed from a<br />

growing area allowing the remaining plants to grow on<br />

without competition.<br />

Tilth – The condition of tilled soil.<br />

Woody – When the stems of plants start to harden and<br />

produce bark.<br />


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at its very core, art is born from a personal truth and honesty.<br />

Similar to a journalist, the artist seeks to discover the truth and<br />

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than dominating them. That is, neither party make their<br />

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meaningfulness. Therefore, artist and gallery need to be right<br />

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The search to find the right collaboration is important for<br />

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A perfect such joining of forces occurred in Suffolk, at the<br />

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approached the highly acclaimed Lime Tree Gallery, in Long<br />

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the quality of her materials and framing. “Anna was just lovely,<br />

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of view, which would enable them to develop a relationship,<br />

in tune with the gallery’s long-established identity. “It is all<br />

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Having reached the semi finals of Sky’s Landscape Artist<br />

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before contacting the Lime Tree, she had been following<br />

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her own thought process and work.<br />

“My paintings complement their current group of artists.<br />

My style isn’t too similar to any of their current artists but sits<br />

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You can currently see Anna’s stunning mixed-media<br />

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From 2 April, they will be exhibited in the Lime Tree’s<br />

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Discover the latest art<br />

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‘By Night: Perspectives of Poaching’ at Moyse’s Hall<br />

Museum<br />

An exhibition exploring the illicit world of the poacher will be held at Moyse’s<br />

Hall Museum in Bury St Edmunds from 19 February until 1 May. ‘By Night:<br />

Perspectives of Poaching’, will present rural objects, art and literature from the<br />

darker side of West Suffolk Heritage Service’s collection to illustrate the perils and<br />

conflicts of the practice.<br />

It will also include items on loan from the Museum of East Anglian Life, Bungay<br />

Museum and the Roald Dahl Museum and Story Centre, which will provide<br />

invaluable additions to the narrative. While the exhibition concentrates on<br />

the local history of hunting and poaching from the 18th to the 20th century, it<br />

also traces the roots of poaching back to the era of the Norman Conquest and<br />

examines how it can still prove a divisive subject, even today.<br />

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Tickets can be booked online at moyseshall.org<br />

New Exhibitions at The Sainsburys Centre, Norwich<br />

Two exhibitions will launch at The Sainsburys Centre this spring. Opening on<br />

13 March is ‘Pablo Picasso: The Legacy of Youth’. Available to view until 17<br />

July, the exhibition focuses on the early artistic formation of Pablo Picasso, from<br />

his teenage years to his thirties. The exhibition traces the artist’s progress and<br />

compares his achievement with the artists he admired and made use of. Rarely<br />

seen paintings and drawings will be shown alongside more familiar works.<br />

The second exhibition is a free display by ceramic artist Richard Slee, titled<br />

‘Swans’. In this work, showing until 14 August, 14 majestic swans with red latex<br />

beaks glide across the tranquil surface of the museum plinth. With twisting,<br />

sinuous necks, the swans exude a restless, inquisitive energy that animates the<br />

surrounding space. sainsburycentre.ac.uk<br />

Textile Exhibition at St Albans Museum + Gallery<br />

An exhibition of sculptural textile work by acclaimed artist Anna Ray will be<br />

on show at the Weston Gallery until 17 April. Titled ‘Fibre and Form’, it focuses<br />

on large-scale sculptural wall pieces created over the past 20 years by the<br />

Hertfordshire artist. On display for the first time is a 2019 padded sculpture titled<br />

‘Ribbon Chain’. With its interlocking and coiled links, it complements the scale<br />

and palette of another, much larger piece in the exhibition, titled ‘Margate Knot’.<br />

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Charles Debenham Exhibition at Chappel Galleries,<br />

Colchester<br />

The exhibition, ‘The Good, the Bad and the Ordinary’, will be a collection of 37<br />

works by Charles Debenham, available to view from 12 March to 10 April.<br />

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Escape Your Reality in Norwich<br />

With real-life<br />

trips to far<br />

off places<br />

remaining<br />

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to plan, a<br />

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Vector VR, can<br />

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and friends escape to other worlds and fantasies.<br />

Located in the city centre’s Castle Quarter, Vector VR<br />

has a range of over 30 games and experiences which<br />

are suitable for children aged eight all the way up to<br />

groups of adults.<br />

Players can book between one and four VR pods to play<br />

alone or with friends in individual or multiplayer games<br />

and experiences. Popular games include ‘The Blu’,<br />

which allows people to experience the beauty of the<br />

underwater world, exploring ocean habitats and coming<br />

face to face with a range of awesome sea creatures and<br />

‘Ragnarok’, where players become a Viking captain.<br />

Vector VR is open from 11am, until late, seven days a<br />

week. Snacks and soft drinks are available to purchase<br />

in-between games. vectorvr.co.uk<br />

Veincentre Opens in Norwich<br />

From your initial point of contact you will be<br />

communicating with patient advisers, who only deal<br />

with patients who suffer from varicose veins and are all<br />

highly experienced and can confidently answer all of<br />

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Congham Hall Launches Cabins<br />

To celebrate its 10th anniversary, Congham Hall have<br />

launched five cabins set in the Georgian manor’s<br />

historic apple orchard.<br />

The cabins are perfect for a romantic break with their<br />

cosy design and terrace with a freestanding bathtub.<br />

This indulgent outdoor bath offers the ultimate spot<br />

from which to enjoy views of the orchard by day or gaze<br />

at the stars by night.<br />

These peaceful cabins are the latest addition to the<br />

hotel, following the recent restyling of its 2 AA Rosette<br />

restaurant as The Samphire Kitchen, and enhancement<br />

of its Secret Garden Spa.<br />

The £1 million development is part of the celebrations<br />

for the hotel’s 10th anniversary under Nicholas<br />

Dickinson and his team, which took over Congham<br />

Hall in 2012 and relaunched it as a relaxed countryhouse<br />

hotel.<br />

Prices for the Orchard Cabins start at £399 per room<br />

per night, including dinner and breakfast.<br />

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Veincentre, the UK’s leading varicose veins treatment<br />

provider with clinics nationwide, has opened its doors in<br />

Norwich on Surrey Street.<br />

Veincentre has been treating veins using modern<br />

techniques for over 18 years and provides the most<br />

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everyone. All treatments are minimally invasive – walk-in,<br />

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Veincentre treats the underlying cause and not just the<br />

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ROARR! to Open New Activity this<br />

<strong>Spring</strong><br />

ROARR! Dinosaur Adventure will be launching the<br />

‘Valley of the Dinosaurs’, featuring 11 new animatronic<br />

dinosaurs that will bring the creatures to life, this spring.

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Nine new static dinosaurs will also be added to the existing<br />

54 in ROARR!’s current trail – taking the total number of<br />

dinosaurs at the park to over 150.<br />

The new attraction is part of a £300,000 investment by<br />

ROARR! to provide its guests with an immersive and<br />

engaging experience.<br />

‘Valley of the Dinosaurs’ visitors will be greeted by a statue<br />

of the park’s legendary Norfolk-born explorer Cornelius<br />

Weston Smythe, the sanctuary owner for rescued dinosaurs<br />

in a new themed area. The character will encourage young<br />

guests to find the missing pages in his notebook as they<br />

travel through the valley.<br />

Featuring voiceovers from Cornelius, in addition to a host<br />

of new dinosaur sounds, the interactive experience will<br />

also provide dino fans with exciting new photo-taking<br />

opportunities and more.<br />

Alongside this investment, ROARR! is planning to submit<br />

further expansion proposals to its local planning authority,<br />

which will see additional rides and dinosaur-themed<br />

experiences to enhance the dinosaur-themed visitor<br />

attraction. roarrdinosauradventure.co.uk<br />

Coastal Marathon Returns After 32 Years<br />

North Norfolk District<br />

Council, supported by North<br />

Norfolk Beach Runners, is<br />

set to host the first official<br />

‘Mammoth Marathon,’<br />

sponsored by Sportlink, on<br />

Sunday, 15 May.<br />

The event, featuring 1,000<br />

runners, will be the first<br />

large-scale coastal road race<br />

in North Norfolk for 32 years.<br />

The competitors will take in the stunning scenery of the<br />

North Norfolk Deep History Coast during the 26.2-mile race<br />

and will have to endure the gruelling ‘Mammoth Mile’ at<br />

mile 25, prior to eventually finishing at Sheringham High<br />

School.<br />

The full marathon will start at 9.30am in Sea Palling and the<br />

half-Marathon will start in Mundesley – the finish line for<br />

both races will be at Sheringham High School.<br />

More details about the event, including categories, fees,<br />

prizes, start times and the full route is available at<br />

north-norfolk.gov.uk/projects/mammoth-marathon<br />

Get Moving<br />

A brand-new activity finder website, ‘Every Move,’ has been<br />

launched by Active Norfolk.<br />

The web-based platform will provide an easy-to-use way to<br />

access a broad directory of exercise opportunities across<br />

Norfolk for the general public and for health professionals<br />

looking to prescribe social and fitness activities.<br />

Every Move has been created to help people at any stage<br />

of their physical journey to find activity that is right and<br />

accessible for them.<br />

It already has more than 100 activity providers, who have<br />

promoted over 300 regular physical activity sessions<br />

across the county, from King’s Lynn to Great Yarmouth.<br />

everymove.uk<br />

Food & Drink<br />

Food Festivals are Back<br />

Calling all foodies! A showcase of the region’s best produce<br />

returns this spring with three festivals.<br />

The Proudly Norfolk <strong>Spring</strong> Food and Drink Festivals returns<br />

to The Forum in Norwich on 22 April with a collection of<br />

artisan producers and live music.<br />

For celebrity chefs, tasty samples, demonstrations and<br />

more, visit the Sandringham Food, Craft and Wood Festival<br />

at Sandringham Estate from 30 April to 2 May. Keeping food<br />

fans entertained over the first May Bank Holiday will be TV’s<br />

Jo Pratt, MasterChef Professionals winner Laurence Henry,<br />

Norfolk favourite Galton Blackiston and Michelin awardwinning<br />

chef, Jean-Christophe Novelli, to name a few.<br />

Bringing together two of Norfolk’s seaside towns is the<br />

Cromer and Sheringham Crab and Lobster Festival.<br />

Attracting over 20,000 visitors every year, the festival<br />

features delicious seafood delicacies. This year’s event<br />

takes place from 15-16 May and includes heritage<br />

demonstrations, a cookery theatre, Boat Art Trail and the<br />

Scrumptious Seafood Trail which includes more than 35<br />

local restaurants, cafés and pubs.<br />

Coming Up...<br />

Holt Festival Returns<br />

The popular arts and culture festival returns to the North<br />

Norfolk market town from 23-30 July. Expect a programme<br />

of poets, musicians and performers. holtfestival.org<br />

Kiefer Sutherland ‘Chasing The Rain’<br />

Tour, 7 November<br />

The ’Chasing The Rain’ tour, which was postponed due to<br />

the pandemic, has been rescheduled for 7 November at<br />

The Waterfront, Norwich.<br />

From ‘Lost Boys’ and ‘Stand By Me’ to ‘24’, everyone knows<br />

about Kiefer Sutherland’s phenomenally successful acting<br />

career. Yet in recent years, he has focused on applying his<br />

masterful storytelling ability to music, with two acclaimed<br />

albums spanning a spectrum of country and Americana.<br />

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Secret Norfolk<br />

A Slice of Rural Magic<br />

Discover the medieval village of Godwick<br />

Written by Polly Robinson<br />

Peaceful, rural and relaxing, luxurious and languid the<br />

Godwick Estate is a wonderful spring retreat. Yes, it’s off the<br />

beaten track, but also not far from the Norfolk coastal gems<br />

of Holkham and Wells. Godwick makes a welcome break<br />

from the hustle and bustle of Norfolk’s popular locations.<br />

It is home to Godwick Hall, a large, luxurious country house,<br />

wedding venue Godwick Great Barn, and three quirky<br />

shepherd’s huts. It’s ideal for a midweek or weekend stay<br />

and is the perfect location for discovering these ancient<br />

lands and Godwick’s special history.<br />

Take a country walk around the ‘Lost Village of Godwick’.<br />

Once part of the Holkham Estate, Godwick is set over 100<br />

acres of quintessential English countryside and one of<br />

the finest examples of a deserted medieval village in the<br />

UK. The ‘Lost Village of Godwick’, where you can see the<br />

remains of medieval streets, houses, a church tower and the<br />

foundations of a wonderful Elizabethan manor house, are<br />

all etched in this ancient landscape. Open to the public, it’s<br />

worth a wander for those who enjoy their history, or just like<br />

looking at sheep grazing the wide-open pasture.<br />

The story of the lost village and its landscape are narrated<br />

as you walk the site by six descriptive panels explaining<br />

the history and the people who shaped it and gives visitors a<br />

helping hand in interpreting the ancient parkland, made up of<br />

humps and hollows that denote a time before.<br />

The village was almost completely abandoned by 1586, when<br />

the original Godwick Hall manor house was constructed, and<br />

formal gardens and a park laid out around it.<br />

Sir Edward Coke, attorney general to Queen Elizabeth I and<br />

forefather of the Coke dynasty that built Holkham Hall in the<br />

18th century, purchased Godwick in the early 1590s and set<br />

about building a Great Barn, which is now one of Norfolk’s<br />

finest wedding venues. It was completed in 1597 and signaled<br />

the end of village life for the few peasants who were left, as the<br />

magnificent barn’s north end strode across the village’s main<br />

street.<br />

Coke’s desire to build a very early landscape park saw him turn<br />

his attention to the village’s church tower, which had fallen<br />

into disrepair. By 1602 he had converted it into a folly, which<br />

according to Historic England is one of the first recorded follies<br />

built anywhere in the UK.<br />

The east side of the church tower collapsed in 1981, and it<br />

was until recently on Historic England’s at risk register, until<br />


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it was consolidated in 2020 in a project involving Historic<br />

England, the National Lottery Heritage Fund and Godwick<br />

Hall.<br />

The Garner family are fortunate to have been the custodians<br />

of this land for over 90 years with William Garner taking over<br />

the tenancy of the farm in 1928 and eventually buying it<br />

from the Holkham Estate in 1959.<br />

The Garner family have thoughtfully protected the<br />

landscape and buildings to create a luxury rural retreat.<br />

A range of holiday accommodation provides guests with<br />

an opportunity to immerse themselves in this historic<br />

landscape and relax.<br />

Where to stay<br />

Accommodation is centered around Godwick Hall, which<br />

was built in 1840, and is a sumptuous Georgian country<br />

house which sleeps up to 14 people in seven beautiful<br />

bedrooms melding traditional features with modern<br />

touches. There’s a grand drawing room, a games room,<br />

a splendid dining room, and a vast kitchen with an Aga.<br />

There’s even a heated outdoor swimming pool and<br />

children’s play area, making it perfect for a family gathering<br />

or special occassion.<br />

The Old Stables, Godwick’s latest conversion was opened<br />

in 2021, offering a contemporary light Scandi style space<br />

with views across the tranquil parkland, and sleeping up to<br />

six in the three en-suite bedrooms. All the rooms have luxury<br />

beds, the huge living room has a large sofa and a wood<br />

burner, while the well-equipped kitchen has doors opening<br />

onto the patio and large garden.<br />

For a romantic retreat for couples Godwick’s three<br />

shepherds huts are close to nature – quirky, rustic and<br />

extremely comfortable. They have wood burners and<br />

radiators so are cosy retreats even in the colder months.<br />

The three huts come with some fabulous mod cons – a<br />

double bed and en-suite shower room, a small kitchenette,<br />

microwave, DAB radios and even a two person hammock.<br />

As well as a comfortable night’s sleep, guests can order<br />

a welcome breakfast hamper of Norfolk bread and cereal<br />

along with a host of other extras such as a bottle of fizz<br />

chilling in your fridge, a barbeque, and fire pit, basket<br />

of wood, blankets, marshmallows and skewers so you<br />

can marvel at the stars. Godwick Hall has trademarked it<br />

Schlamping for luxury glamping!<br />

Where is Godwick?<br />

Godwick is a great base to explore North Norfolk with its<br />

wide-open beaches and renowned pubs and restaurants.<br />

Eleven miles from Wells-next-the-Sea and Holkham, it’s also<br />

within reach of the fine city of Norwich.<br />

Shepherd’s Huts prices from £90/night, minimum<br />

two-night stay.<br />

Godwick Hall sleeps 14 adults is £1000/night,<br />

minimum stay three nights.<br />

The Old Stables sleeps six adults is £450/night,<br />

minimum stay two nights.<br />

Find out more at godwickhall.co.uk |<br />

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There are ample walks in the area as well as fantastic places<br />

to eat and drink nearby including the award-winning,<br />

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Indulge in a sweet<br />

treat this Easter<br />

Written by Zena Leech-Calton | lovenorwichfood.co.uk<br />

Chocolate is probably my favourite<br />

subject. When I was studying to be<br />

a cookery tutor, I gave my first micro<br />

lesson for my exam in chocolate. The<br />

whole class had been subjected to<br />

talks on equations, the rules of chess<br />

and the plays of Shakespeare – then<br />

I came on with proper hot chocolate,<br />

you know the sort made with just<br />

melted chocolate and cream, and<br />

maybe with a touch of vanilla pod.<br />

I talked about the history and the<br />

process and treated them to some<br />

melt in the mouth single source South<br />

American, 70% cocoa chocolate,<br />

and a generous slice of chocolate<br />

and Guinness cake. It wasn’t hard<br />

to win all the brownie points – wake<br />

the room up and make everyone my<br />

bestie.<br />

After that I taught a few classes in the<br />

art of chocolate for adult education,<br />

but never felt it was my best teaching<br />

subject – all that tempering and mess<br />

to wash up. So now it’s a little sneaky<br />

chocolate that goes into a few things<br />

on my teaching days like in the Mole<br />

sauce in my Mexican class, triple<br />

choc something for my kid’s parties<br />

and the option to make chocolate<br />

spaghetti in my Italian class. I have to<br />

say it’s one of the nicest flavours ever<br />

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chocolate and spaghetti can be off<br />

putting but trust me, I’m a chef – it’s<br />

divine.<br />

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Zena!<br />

Recommended Chocolate<br />

Companies in Norfolk<br />

Simply Cake Co.<br />

Susanna Lemon (yes, a suitable last<br />

name) creates gluten free brownie<br />

boxes from King’s Lynn that can be<br />

delivered all over the UK. There are<br />

vegan options too.<br />

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Saffire Chocolates<br />

A family run chocolate shop in the<br />

Royal Arcade in Norwich. They make<br />

the best flavoured chocolate boxes<br />

around with over 30 different flavours.<br />

Just under £10 for a box of eight and<br />

part of my Norwich Food & Drink<br />

walking tour.<br />

www.saffire.co.uk<br />

Lifetime of Chocolate<br />

The company is run by Chloe, a<br />

professionally trained chocolatier,<br />

and certainly the best tasting pure<br />

chocolate around. Find her at local<br />

fayres and online. If you get a chance,<br />

try her Biscoff fudge bites – it’s pure joy.<br />

www.lifetimeofchocolate.com<br />

Nox Chocolatier<br />

Set up by Chef Walker in lockdown,<br />

he creates amazingly bang on trend<br />

flavours like Smoked Oak Moss<br />

Caramel. Local Norwich pick-ups are<br />

available. Find out more on Instagram<br />

and Facebook @noxchocolatier<br />




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Historic Pubs of Norwich Tour<br />

Friday 25 March<br />

10.30am–12.30pm<br />

Get a taste for the<br />

history of Norwich<br />

pubs on this guided<br />

walking tour with<br />

Norwich tour guide,<br />

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tour starts outside the<br />

Maids Head Hotel<br />

in Tombland. See<br />

where Ralph McTell<br />

had his first professional gig and Paul Simon sang solo;<br />

explore where Monsieur du Pain entertained drinkers<br />

by dipping his feet in boiling lead; visit Alan Partridge’s<br />

favourite Norfolk bar and discover where 18th century<br />

diarist Parson Woodforde used to drink. Hear stories of<br />

gruesome murders, sixties music heroes, student sit ins<br />

and much more.<br />

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Sheringham Viking Festival<br />

Saturday 9 April, 11am–7pm<br />

Wuffa will be returning once more to Scira’s village of<br />

Sheringham! There will be a full Viking and Saxon camp<br />

with all sorts of different displays on including Viking<br />

cooking, crafts and weaponry, as well as have-a-go<br />

axe-throwing demonstrations and a working iron forge.<br />

There will also be a full combat display and as always<br />

the event will end with a torch lit procession and the<br />

burning of a Viking boat!<br />

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Family Canoe Trails at Fairhaven<br />

Woodland and Water Garden<br />

Norfolk Antique and Collectors Fair at<br />

the Norfolk Showground<br />

Sunday 17 and Monday 18 April<br />

From beautiful antique furniture, to exquisite ornaments,<br />

one off knickknacks and collectable treasures, the<br />

Antique and Collectors Fair is a haven for artefact<br />

admirers. Everything has a story and everything needs a<br />

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Stately Home Car Boot Sale at<br />

Sennowe Park<br />

Sunday 1 May, 9am<br />

Bargain hunters can get their hands on a treasure chest<br />

of rare antiques and historical artefacts. Fine antiques<br />

and forgotten bygones will be on offer from around 150<br />

stately sellers which have previously included Holkham<br />

and Houghton Halls. As well as buying items, visitors<br />

can have their own pieces, plus those they have just<br />

bought, valued by auctioneers, Cheffins. The event will<br />

also host a number of high-quality caterers on site.<br />

lovenorfolk.co.uk/events/stately-home-car-bootsennowe<br />

WHAT’S ON<br />

Tuesday 5 & 12 April, 2pm<br />

Take the exploration of the Broads to a new level with<br />

the new family canoe trails. Explore the Broads and<br />

some water ways of Fairhaven, glide through the waters<br />

as a family and see the best of South Walsham inner and<br />

outer broads. Keep your eyes peeled for the magnificent<br />

heron or the sensational kingfishers before trying to<br />

spot the gorilla from the outer broads. With garden entry<br />

cost included, you can have a two-hour magical family<br />

ride and explore the gardens, making it a real day to<br />

remember.<br />

fairhavengarden.co.uk/what-s-on<br />

Crab & Lobster Festival<br />

Sunday 15 and<br />

Monday 16 May<br />

Starting with the<br />

Grand Opening<br />

Variety Concert<br />

at the Pier<br />

Pavilion Theatre<br />

in Cromer, there<br />

will be a whole<br />

host of events,<br />

including heritage<br />

demonstrations,<br />

a cookery theatre, the “Bootiful” Boat Art Trail and the<br />

Scrumptious Seafood Trail which includes more than<br />

35 local restaurants, cafés, pubs and snack bars. There’s<br />

also a street market packed with local produce, live<br />

music during the day and at night, street performers,<br />

heritage and seafaring crafts and children’s activities.<br />

lovenorfolk.co.uk/events/crab-lobster-festivalnorfolk<br />


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News<br />

<strong>Spring</strong> Season at Theatre Royal Bury<br />

St Edmunds<br />

Theatre Royal<br />

Bury St Edmunds<br />

have launched its<br />

spring <strong>2022</strong> season,<br />

sponsored by Ellisons.<br />

Theatregoers can<br />

enjoy a varied<br />

programme of events<br />

including stand-up<br />

comedians, drama,<br />

music, dance and<br />

family shows.<br />

Comedians Jenny<br />

Éclair, Dylan Moran, Reginald D Hunter and Patrick<br />

Kielty will be bringing the laughs, while drama includes<br />

the ‘Birds and the Bees’ from 3 May to 7 May and<br />

‘Boeing Boeing’ from 14 to 18 June.<br />

Every season Theatre Royal Bury St Edmunds arranges<br />

special events to help raise much-needed funds for<br />

the theatre and this season is no exception with the<br />

agenda including an annual Golf Day which will be held<br />

at Thetford Golf Club on 7 April, the return of the ever<br />

popular Bury St Edmunds Concert Band on 1 May and<br />

‘A Night Out the Musicals with Irving Stage Company’<br />

on Friday 1 and Saturday 2 July.<br />

theatreroyal.org<br />

A Year of Celebrations<br />

Edmund. The first sculpture to be installed will be a<br />

giant Monk (7ft 6ins tall) made from 2mm thick steel<br />

and weighing some 250kg designed by Nigel Kaines<br />

and made by blacksmith Kevin Baldwin from Designs<br />

on Metal.<br />

Visit burystedmundsandbeyond.co.uk/abbey-1000<br />

for a full programme of events.<br />

Priory Suite Opens at Swan at<br />

Lavenham Hotel & Spa<br />

The Swan at Lavenham has a stunning new suite set<br />

within the town’s Grade I listed,13th century Priory, a<br />

short stroll from the main hotel and its boutique spa.<br />

Romantic and cosy for two, but with two bedrooms<br />

sleeping four, the Lavenham Priory Suite has its own<br />

hidden courtyard garden at the back. The half-timbered<br />

house with its centuries old oak beams is the perfect<br />

retreat, yet guests have full use of The Swan Hotel’s<br />

facilities. Prices start from £300 per night for two.<br />

theswanatlavenham.co.uk.<br />

Aspal Antiques Expands<br />

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Bury St Edmunds will celebrate the founding of the<br />

Abbey of St Edmund by King Canute 1,000 years ago<br />

with a year of special events culminating on the Saint’s<br />

Feast Day on 20 November <strong>2022</strong>.<br />

This spring sees the launch of a series of trails to mark<br />

the celebration. Launching in April is the Abbey of St<br />

Edmund Anniversary Tours, which offers daily town<br />

walks. The Abbey 1000 Heritage Trail takes place from<br />

21 May to 20 November, while a monthly changing<br />

display of sculptures will be on display between May<br />

and November in the crypt within the Abbey ruins,<br />

where the shrine of St Edmund would have stood.<br />

Schools and artists are being invited to create the<br />

artworks on a theme of the story of the Abbey and St<br />

Aspal Antiques has opened at Stonham Barns Park, an<br />

entertainment and leisure venue destination, selling<br />

antiques, vintage and retro pieces.<br />

The business has grown as a result of a collecting<br />

revival that began in lockdown and is continuing to see<br />

an increase in demand from people for architectural<br />

feature pieces.<br />

Aspal Antiques will host ‘Mid Suffolk Mondays’<br />

antiques, vintage and salvage trade fairs which will run<br />

throughout <strong>2022</strong>, taking place on the second Monday<br />

of the month at Stonham Barns Park Showground.<br />

stonhambarns.co.uk<br />


Suffolk<br />

Food & Drink<br />

An Asian Influence<br />

Lilian Hiw of Lilian’s Kitchen,<br />

based in Bury St Edmunds, has<br />

won The London Prestige Awards<br />

for the title of ‘Private Chef of the<br />

Year’ for London and South East.<br />

The award celebrates small<br />

and medium-sized enterprises<br />

consisting of local businesses<br />

and sole traders that have<br />

thrived in their highly competitive<br />

community and have proven<br />

their success. Over the past year<br />

4,374 nominations were received by the awards team at<br />

Prestige Awards by industry experts, readers and satisfied<br />

customers.<br />

Providing cookery classes and private chef services,<br />

Lilian is classically trained and uses her Singapore roots,<br />

knowledge and travels all over Asia to influence her style of<br />

cooking.<br />

Check out our summer issue, where <strong>Eastlife</strong> will be joining<br />

Lilian in her kitchen!<br />

lilianskitchen.co.uk<br />

Meat on the Road<br />

A former truck driver from Ipswich, Marcus Livermore, has<br />

launched Marcos Smokeshed, a catering trailer offering<br />

home-smoked meats and burgers.<br />

Marcus, who has spent years on the road eating<br />

sub-standard lay-by food, decided to use the inheritance<br />

left by his 102-year-old grandad, to set up the business<br />

which allows him to combine his two great loves: food and<br />

feeding people.<br />

With his new trailer situated on the A12 between Ipswich<br />

and Woodbridge, Marcus is serving up a range of<br />

handmade ‘dirty’ burgers, roasted meats and pulled pork<br />

and brisket that is all freshly prepared, with some hot<br />

smoked in advance and some cold-smoked in the van.<br />

instagram.com/marcos_smokeshed<br />

Top Dog<br />

The Three Blackbirds in Newmarket, has won the title of<br />

‘Best Dog-Friendly Pubs with Rooms’ in the PetsPyjamas<br />

Dog-Friendly Travel Awards.<br />

The village pub impressed PetsPyjamas judges and<br />

received the award thanks to its recent refurbishment<br />

offering guests stylish decor and modern touches that<br />

create a lovely warm dog-welcoming stay. The judges<br />

also loved the British food made from local produce from<br />

award-winning local suppliers, local ales and stylish dogfriendly<br />

bedrooms, as well as the warm welcome offered<br />

to pooches along with a cosy blanket, flavoursome treats<br />

from Pooch’s of Norfolk, a sausage breakfast and walk<br />

recommendations.<br />

The pub beat thousands of nominees both in the UK<br />

and abroad. The establishment was judged in-line with<br />

PetsPyjamas’ consistent gold-standard of dog-friendliness;<br />

a dog-loving atmosphere and staff, dog-friendly rooms and<br />

provisions available, access to the property’s communal<br />

areas and the ability to dine with their owners with pet<br />

menus being a bonus.<br />

petspyjamas.com<br />

Two Magpies Bakery Opens in<br />

Woodbridge<br />

Continuing its expansion<br />

across the region, cafe and<br />

bakery group, The Two<br />

Magpies, has opened its<br />

seventh store in Woodbridge.<br />

Serving up fresh cakes<br />

and bakes, it will include a<br />

50-cover cafe and will be<br />

run by a team of highlyskilled<br />

pastry chefs, bakers<br />

and baristas. Two Magpies<br />

Woodbridge will be open<br />

Monday-Sunday, 8am-5pm.<br />

twomagpiesbakery.co.uk<br />

Coming Up...<br />

Joe McElderry<br />

Tribute to George<br />

Michael<br />

X Factor winner, musical<br />

theatre star and number<br />

one selling artist, Joe<br />

McElderry, is set to perform<br />

at theatres across the UK<br />

with a brand-new tour<br />

celebrating the music of<br />

the late George Michael.<br />

‘FREEDOM’ will pay<br />

homage to one of world’s<br />

most iconic music<br />

legends visiting venues<br />

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Suffolk<br />

Spotlight on<br />

Shopping in<br />

Suffolk<br />

Written by Victoria Hebbert<br />

With a rise in staycations and the ever-changing COVID<br />

regulations, spending weekends closer to home seems<br />

the order of the day. So, what better way to enjoy<br />

weekends in the East of England than by exploring<br />

the very best of Suffolk’s independent stores. Here’s a<br />

round-up of some of the county’s finest offerings.<br />

Stonham Barns<br />

Stonham Aspal, IP14 6AT<br />

You may know Stonham Barns for its Owl Sanctuary, its<br />

pottery painting or perhaps one of its events, from last<br />

year’s ABBA tribute concert to the steam and vintage<br />

engines show. Yet you might not yet have explored<br />

its warren of little shops – offering the best of the<br />

county’s fabrics, antiques and artwork. It’s well worth<br />

taking a Saturday afternoon to peruse the myriad of<br />

independent stores within the barns, there is something<br />

for everyone, and with onsite tea rooms and other<br />

activities, nobody has to hear the much dreaded cries<br />

of “Can we go yet, mum?!”<br />

Finbows Yard<br />

Bacton, Stowmarket, IP14 4NH<br />

Finbows Yard appears in the list because it’s a<br />

great selection of really useful stores, as well as fun<br />

places to browse. Are you looking for a well-stocked,<br />

independent ironmonger for that latest DIY project?<br />

It’s got J Lawes Ltd. Or do you need a repair for<br />

a household appliance, or perhaps buy a new or<br />

reconditioned model? Head to DK Appliances Ltd. Or<br />

perhaps you’re looking to kit out your newly decorated<br />

house? That’s where Finbows Furnishers will come<br />

in handy. Whatever takes you to Finbows Yard, the<br />

delicious smell of freshly baked cheese scones wafting<br />

in the air will ensure that you end up at EmZo Cafe.<br />

© Alexander Ward<br />


Suffolk<br />

Snape Maltings<br />

Snape, IP17 1SP<br />

Snape Maltings is perhaps the place that makes me most<br />

proud to hail from Suffolk. If you haven’t been entranced<br />

by the spectacular music on offer throughout the season<br />

of events, you really must book tickets. But until then, it can<br />

satiate your wildest shopping dreams too. It’s the perfect<br />

choice for natural beauty products, locally crafted pottery,<br />

art, and jewellery, or to explore its antiques emporium. The<br />

Maltings are also home to Greenroom, which will make you<br />

crave houseplants you never knew you wanted, and the<br />

Lettering Arts Centre, which sells stunning, yet affordable<br />

works of art from the little-explored crafts of<br />

letter-carving, calligraphy, wood-carving,<br />

letterpress, and linocut. If you fancy your hand<br />

at any of these artforms, you can book into<br />

one of the centre’s workshops and give it a go<br />

yourself. Snape Maltings has an online shop<br />

so you can explore from the comfort of your<br />

own home.<br />

Beach Street<br />

Felixstowe, IP11 2GN<br />

If you’ve spent the last 40 years delving<br />

into the county’s independent shopping offering, you<br />

might be pleased to hear about the newly opened Beach<br />

Street in Felixstowe. A wonderful little selection of stores,<br />

surrounded by plenty of eateries to satisfy every appetite.<br />

Cosy Aromas celebrates and champions a Suffolk couple’s<br />

passion for scents, and now offers a huge array of handblended<br />

room sprays, soy wax melts and fragrance oils. You<br />

can also take a sartorial trip around Europe without leaving<br />

the Suffolk coast, by shopping for timeless Scandinavianinspired<br />

fashion at Puzzle and colourful Italian clothing at<br />

SusieSparkle, for all sizes from 12 to 32. Your inner free spirit<br />

will enjoy the jewellery and incense at Crystal Eclipse, the<br />

classes at Hazel & Co Yoga Studio, and the boho fashion on<br />

offer at Tinx Boutique.<br />

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© Alexander Ward<br />

© Alexander Ward<br />

Retail Therapy<br />

Lavenham, CO10 9PX<br />

Choosing just one store from Lavenham’s incredible<br />

selection of independent boutiques is nigh on impossible,<br />

and any trip to this beautiful Suffolk town should include<br />

a walk the length and breadth of the High Street. The top<br />

choice could also have been Pickles & Lillies, the charming<br />

childrenswear and traditional toy shop, the family business<br />

that specialises in organic and sustainable products.<br />

But for sheer, one-of-a-kind magic, the top Lavenham<br />

recommendation would be for Retail Therapy, which stocks<br />

a rainbow of womenswear for every occasion, in beautiful<br />

colours and fabrics – it’s just impossible to leave empty<br />

handed!<br />

Wilde and Greene<br />

Tuddenham St Mary, IP28 6TB<br />

For those of you to the west of the county, or over the<br />

border in Cambridgeshire, a trip to Wilde and Greene in<br />

Tuddenham St Mary will not disappoint. Upon arrival, a<br />

seemingly inconspicuous farm shop, but upon entering,<br />

a treasure trove of hand-crafted jewellery, homemade<br />

produce, locally sourced meat, and an endless stock of<br />

refillables – from nuts and flour to natural washing up liquid<br />

and freshly ground coffee. What’s even nicer is that the<br />

couple who run the store, Jen and Sue, make everyone feel<br />

like an old friend, and no request is too difficult for them.<br />

After a trying season for<br />

the retail sector, in light<br />

of the pandemic, do<br />

explore these Suffolk<br />

independent shops and<br />

enjoy supporting your<br />

local businesses.<br />

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Suffolk<br />

Lambs & <strong>Spring</strong> Bulbs at Kentwell Hall<br />

Saturday 26 March – Sunday 10 April, 11am-3pm<br />

You will see new-born lambs and young lambs at the<br />

lambing yard in the Tudor Stables, as well as older<br />

lambs out in the paddocks. You might even see a lamb<br />

being born! With drifts of massed daffodils, lambing and<br />

lambs, this is the time for mums and their children.<br />

An active, outdoor day out for explorers of all ages – a<br />

breath of fresh air for everyone!<br />

kentwell.co.uk<br />

WHAT’S ON<br />

Mid-Suffolk Light Railway Easter<br />

Steam Up<br />

Arena events, dog events, equestrian events, forestry<br />

area, displays & attractions, game fair country kitchen,<br />

fishing village, live music and lots more.<br />

ukgamefair.co.uk<br />

Stonham Barns Steam & Vintage Show<br />

Sunday 17 & Monday 18 April<br />

The first major weekend opening of <strong>2022</strong> will be the<br />

Easter Steam Up. All the Middy attractions, Museum,<br />

Restoration Shed, Tea Room and The Kitchener Arms<br />

real ale bar will be open and ready for a great weekend’s<br />

entertainment. Two locos will be on duty, the Cockerill<br />

Steam Tram and the Shredded Wheat Heritage Railway<br />

Association’s award-winning Fowler diesel, topping and<br />

tailing the trains of Victorian 4-wheel coaches.<br />

mslr.org.uk<br />

Saturday 21 & Sunday 22 May, 10am-4pm<br />

A gathering of historic traction engines, steam rollers<br />

and other historic exhibits such as tractors, stationary<br />

engines, agricultural and construction vehicles, vintage<br />

motorcycles and bicycles, working horses, wood and<br />

metal craft and the like. There will be demonstrations in<br />

the show ring, a vintage market selling gifts and unique<br />

items, along with Morris Dancers, archery, the Vander<br />

wheel of death, kiddies’ corner, dog displays, live music,<br />

trade stalls, food outlets and a licensed bar. Dogs are<br />

welcome but must be kept on leads.<br />

stonhambarns.co.uk/whats-on/stonham-barnssteam-vintage-show<br />

Beccles Food and Drink Festival<br />

Easter Country Show at Henham Park<br />

Sunday 17 & Monday 18 April<br />

An event with something for everybody from fabulous<br />

crafts people along with a wide selection of artisan<br />

food and drink providers where you can stock up on<br />

delicious cheeses and mouth-watering homemade<br />

sweet and savoury bakes. As well as great shopping, the<br />

Show hosts an amazing main ring with six smaller rings<br />

and a mix of enjoyable activities, entertainment and<br />

music for all the family.Don’t forget about the fabulous<br />

street food and drinks whilst soaking up your amazing<br />

day, surroundings and atmosphere – the perfect day<br />

out! Four-legged family members are welcome too and<br />

can enjoy the Easter We Love Dogs show.<br />

eastercountryshow.co.uk<br />

East Anglian Game & Country Fair<br />

Saturday 23 April & Sunday 24 April<br />

A two-day event taking place at the Euston Estate,<br />

Thetford for all the family to enjoy including your dog!<br />

Free parking and under 5’s go for free.<br />

Saturday 28 May 10am-4pm<br />

A free Festival featuring over 50 food and drink stalls,<br />

many of them local artisan producers, as well as those<br />

from further afield in East Anglia. Based in the centre<br />

of the vibrant market town, the Festival will include<br />

cookery demonstrations and talks, world street food<br />

and children’s entertainment. A free Park & Ride shuttle<br />

service will run throughout the day from Beccles Quay.<br />

becclesfoodfestival.co.uk<br />



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Gin O’Clock<br />

This spring Rutherford’s<br />

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Think of a health regime<br />

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Designed to not just improve physical health but also<br />

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Spending time in a hot tub raises the core body<br />

temperature, which can reduce blood pressure and<br />

inflammation, improve cardiovascular health, and<br />

relieve stress and pain. It may also help you get a good<br />

night’s sleep.<br />

If you want to align circadian rhythm, pop along to the<br />

Award Leisure showroom in in Swavesey, Cambridge<br />

where you’ll find a range of hot tubs to choose from.<br />

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Cambridgeshire Garden Party<br />

Celebrations<br />

As part of the first ever Cambridgeshire County Day, a<br />

Garden Party will be held on 23 June at the July Course,<br />

Newmarket, Cambridgeshire.<br />

Sponsored by Birketts and Anglian Water, the Garden<br />

Party, which is being hosted by Her Majesty’s Lord-<br />

Lieutenant of Cambridgeshire, Mrs Julie Spence OBE<br />

QPM, will be by invitation only and will serve to thank<br />

individuals who have been the backbone of the county<br />

over many years.<br />

The Lord-Lieutenant has asked key organisations<br />

from across Cambridgeshire to nominate attendees,<br />

including volunteers, front line workers, and those who<br />

have gone the extra mile to contribute to the life of the<br />

county, particularly throughout the COVID pandemic.<br />

The celebration will be of Royal standard akin to that<br />

observed at Buckingham Palace, with tea, coffee,<br />

sandwiches and delicious cakes served.<br />

Cambridgeshire County Day will highlight the best<br />

of the county’s organisations, while inspiring future<br />

generations with an unrivalled display of innovation,<br />

ambition, commitment and passion.<br />

Businesses, not-for-profit organisations and schools<br />

interested in supporting, taking part or getting involved<br />

with Cambridgeshire County Day can find out more by<br />

visiting cambridgeshirecountyday.org.<br />

Hit Paus<br />

Set on a hilltop in Bourn, PAUS, (pronounced ‘pause’)<br />

will be re-opening on 10 March after their winter break.<br />

This bathing and breathing space, is a great opportunity<br />

to spend time outdoors in the fresh air and day light and<br />

awaken your senses this spring. It will open Thursday to<br />

Sunday for waterside saunas, outdoor bathing, barefoot<br />

walking and dining at the hilltop bistro. A schedule of<br />

events will be available during the season including<br />

yoga and sketching retreats.<br />

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Holiday Inn Opens in Cambourne<br />

The Holiday Inn<br />

Express Cambridge<br />

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opened its doors to<br />

business travellers and<br />

tourists.<br />

Located near the<br />

Cambourne Business Park, the hotel includes 144<br />

bedrooms with key features such as blackout curtains,<br />

a power shower, and free high-speed Wi-Fi. They are<br />

also fitted with smart design features such as a flexible<br />

workspace, flat screen TV where guests can mirror<br />

content from their phones, ergonomically designed<br />

chairs and ample USB ports and plug sockets next to<br />

the bed.<br />

In the hotel’s lobby, guests will find tables with<br />

integrated power – all part of the brand’s Next<br />

Generation design solutions. A mix of seating styles<br />

provide a welcoming space for guests to work or relax.<br />

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Cambridge<br />

Medical Moves<br />

The University of Cambridge has launched a new premedical<br />

studies course to help mature students on their<br />

pathway to becoming a doctor.<br />

Students without standard qualifications but with the<br />

aptitude to study medicine are encouraged to apply.<br />

The course is aimed at those in their twenties, thirties<br />

and beyond, a group who are underrepresented at<br />

medical schools.<br />

To address this obstacle, the University of Cambridge’s<br />

specialist adult education provider the Institute of<br />

Continuing Education (ICE) has worked with the medical<br />

schools at the University of Cambridge, University of East<br />

Anglia (UEA; Norwich) and Anglia Ruskin University (ARU;<br />

Chelmsford) to develop a new pre-medical studies course<br />

to support mature students aspiring to become a doctor.<br />

Dr James Gazzard, Director of Continuing Education at<br />

ICE said: “The East of England has a shortage of doctors,<br />

particularly in areas of urban and coastal disadvantage. We<br />

also know there are many talented adults across this region,<br />

drawn from diverse communities, who could become<br />

excellent doctors.”<br />

The CertHE in Pre-Medical Studies, resulting in a University<br />

of Cambridge qualification, will accept its first cohort of<br />

students in autumn <strong>2022</strong>, and is now open for applications.<br />

Applicants must hold six GCSEs grade B or higher<br />

(including mathematics, English language and science)<br />

and will be able to demonstrate a patient-focused outlook<br />

during the interview process.<br />

While successfully completing the Certificate of Higher<br />

Education in Pre-Medical Studies does not guarantee<br />

entry to medicine at Anglia Ruskin University, University of<br />

Cambridge or University of East Anglia, the qualification is<br />

a recognised prerequisite qualification at the region’s three<br />

medical schools.<br />

The deadline for applications is 31 May <strong>2022</strong>.<br />

For more information, visit here: ice.cam.ac.uk/course/<br />

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Food & Drink<br />

Gastrono-me Opens in Cambridge<br />

Gastrono-me, the all-day<br />

buzzy restaurant and bar<br />

in Bury St Edmunds, will<br />

be opening its second<br />

restaurant on Bridge Street<br />

in Cambridge this March.<br />

Inspired by café cultures<br />

from around the world, Gastrono-me will take over the<br />

former Bella Italia site, and serve up breakfasts, bottomless<br />

brunch, lunch and dinner, alongside creative cocktails.<br />

Best known for creating beautiful and craveworthy food,<br />

the team have been busy at work, creating exciting dishes<br />

like the lox deluxe bagel tower layered with cured salmon,<br />

herbed cream cheese, potato rösti, Gastrono-me’s soufflé<br />

egg wedge; and the decadent organic dark chocolate<br />

porridge – rolled oats, blended with fair trade 75% cocoa<br />

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Coming Up...<br />

IWM Duxford First-Ever Live Event<br />

Tickets are now available for<br />

IWM Live, a new all-day event<br />

on Saturday 11 June. It brings<br />

together IWM’s collection;<br />

the expertise of the museum’s<br />

curators; book signings from<br />

leading historical authors;<br />

and the opportunity for visitors<br />

to engage with veterans of<br />

conflict.<br />

Events will take place at IWM Duxford with a range of talks<br />

about iconic aircraft, such as the Lancaster, Vulcan, Spitfire<br />

and Mosquito, and demonstrations and presentations<br />

of some of the most compelling objects from the IWM<br />

collection, with the chance to handle objects, some of<br />

which will be presented to the public for the very first time.<br />

Tickets priced: £45.<br />

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Manic Street Preachers at Peterborough<br />

Embankment<br />

Manic Street Preachers, synonymous with 90’s alternative<br />

rock, have announced a massive summer outdoor show at<br />

Peterborough Embankment on Sunday 12 June.<br />

The iconic rock band have headlined countless festivals<br />

including Glastonbury, T In The Park and Reading Festival.<br />

Their loyal fanbase will get the opportunity to see them<br />

in Peterborough as they perform iconic hits such as<br />

‘Motorcycle Emptiness’, ‘Design For Life’ and ‘Everything<br />

Must Go’, as well as UK no.1 hit singles ‘If You Tolerate This<br />

Then Your Children Will Be Next’ and ‘The Masses Against<br />

The Classes’.<br />

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What’s Love Got To Do With It?<br />

Cambridge Corn Exchange has announced a new date<br />

for the hit touring show ‘What’s Love Got To Do With It?’.<br />

Taking place on Friday, 30 September <strong>2022</strong>, the concert<br />

production celebrates the music of the much-loved<br />

rock’n’roll icon Tina Turner and stars Elesha Paul Moses<br />

(Whitney – Queen Of The Night, The Voice, The X Factor)<br />

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A celebration of Cambridge’s finest shopping<br />

The picturesque city of Cambridge, known for its rich history,<br />

punts and university, is a popular destination for day trippers<br />

and visitors seeking a long weekend break. However, away<br />

from the museums and beautiful green spaces, the city has<br />

a booming shopping scene with plenty of independent<br />

stores offering speciality products, alongside familiar brands,<br />

making the city worth a visit for shopping alone.<br />

Here are a few must-visit streets for keen shoppers to explore:<br />

Rose Crescent<br />

This quaint walkway, lined with bicycles, leads off Market<br />

Square to some of Cambridge’s most popular shops.<br />

Fans of fine jewellery will be spoiled within Cellini, an<br />

independent company of designers and makers, whose<br />

store is complete with its own workshop. The company,<br />

founded in 1981, holds one of the largest selection of pearls<br />

in the UK and additionally carries an assortment of fine<br />

coloured stones and high-quality loose diamonds. Visitors<br />

can choose stunning jewellery pieces from a collection of<br />

over 8,000 designs, or alternatively there is the option for<br />

bespoke creations.<br />

Along the narrow lane, the family run business of Cheaney<br />

is dedicated to handcrafting premium leather shoes.<br />

Established in 1886, the family has been making fine shoes<br />

for five generations and are fully committed to producing<br />

the finest footwear entirely made in England. Footwear<br />

connoisseurs have further choice at North Shoes, founded<br />

in 1876, which offers a handful of stores in Lincolnshire and<br />

Northamptonshire, in addition to its Cambridge store.<br />

Alongside wonderful independent shops, visitors keen to<br />

pick up beauty products can pop into well-known brands<br />

such as Neal’s Yard Remedies, Molton Brown, Jo Malone and<br />

L’Occitane En Provence.<br />

Trinity Street<br />

Flanked by the historic buildings of Trinity College and<br />

Gonville & Caius College, this charming street offers a range<br />

of fashion shops and eateries. At All Saints Garden, Saturday<br />

shoppers can visit the weekly arts and crafts market where<br />

traders sell pottery, paintings, clothing and more.<br />

Trinity Street also offers prime reading material with a number<br />

of popular bookstores. Heffers Bookshop is the largest in<br />

Cambridge, having traded in the city since 1876. The store<br />

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No visit to Cambridge is complete without<br />

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bookshop site in the country. Proudly<br />

showcasing a huge range of the Press’s<br />

publishing, visitors can also pick up a<br />

selection of Cambridge gifts and souvenirs<br />

too.<br />

Bookworms can even follow a literary trail<br />

which takes in three further independent<br />

bookstores, alongside those located on<br />

Trinity Street. Down the narrow path of<br />

St. Edward’s Passage are The Haunted<br />

Bookshop and G. David Bookseller, which<br />

sit in the shadow of the ancient church of St.<br />

Edward King and Martyr, whilst Bookish can<br />

be found on Market Square<br />

Green Street<br />

This narrow-cobbled street boasts an array<br />

of fantastic shops and establishments,<br />

including the popular Cambridge Gin<br />

Laboratory, with its interactive space<br />

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to taste like a professional, blend their own<br />

bottle guided by gin lab experts, or just pick<br />

up a bottle of ‘mother’s ruin’ to enjoy when<br />

home.<br />

Further along Green Street shoppers will<br />

find Laird Hatters, host to handmade hats<br />

and caps inspired by Scottish and English<br />

heritage meeting modern design, with<br />

choices for both men and women. With<br />

a small number of stores in London also,<br />

Laird Hatters sources the best materials and<br />

supports British manufacturing.<br />

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Away from these three streets, visitors will<br />

find plenty more stretches of shopping to<br />

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The Cambridge Foodie;<br />

The Best Asian Restaurants<br />

in Cambridge<br />

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From dumplings to curry, where to find<br />

the best Asian restaurants in Cambridge.<br />

When I first moved to the Cambridge area, Asian restaurants<br />

were hard to find. Twenty years ago, around 2002,<br />

Cambridge was labelled as a clone city with mainly chain<br />

restaurants populating the city centre. Since then, many<br />

things have changed.<br />

Cambridge has become an exciting foodie destination<br />

and has recently attracted many well-known chefs to settle<br />

down and aspire to open restaurants. Traditional curry<br />

houses have made place for fancy Indian restaurants with<br />

a modern take on traditional cuisine. Chinese restaurants<br />

have popped up like mushrooms as Chinese visitors<br />

and students favour their comfort food, dumplings and<br />

steaming bowls of noodles.<br />

Previously these Chinese restaurants used to be dotted<br />

around the city. However, over the last few years, the<br />

bottom end of Regent Street has turned into ‘our’ China<br />

town, lined with Chinese restaurants, packed with students<br />

and visitors, but there is a lot more on offer.<br />

Here is a guide to my favourite independent Asian<br />

restaurants:<br />

Indian<br />

Navadhanya<br />

A fine dining restaurant in Cambridge where you can enjoy<br />

a delicious seven-course menu. They’ve recently moved<br />

to the other side of Newmarket Road, where they will have<br />

more seating to accommodate their guests.<br />

Tiffin Truck<br />

This Indian Street Food style restaurant on Regent Street<br />

is the sister restaurant of Navadhanya. Popular for a quick<br />

snack, lunch or dinner. The Thali, Pani puri, chicken 65 and<br />

crispy kale chaat are highly recommended.<br />

Tawa Kitchen<br />

Tucked away behind the big office buildings at Station<br />

Road, Tawa Kitchen moves away from the format of<br />

stereotypical Indian restaurants serving heavy dishes<br />

concentrating on curry and rice. Look forward to delicious<br />

plant-based nutritious food and carefully spiced meat<br />

dishes. Instead of poppadoms, opt for the crispy okra<br />

spiced with garlic and ginger; the perfect side snack.<br />

Raja<br />

The Indian and Bangladeshi restaurant on King Street, Raja,<br />

became a local favourite overnight, attracting many awards<br />

and accolades over the years. In 2021, they decided it<br />

was time for a makeover, still offering their favourites, but<br />

a new menu that will take you on a journey like no other.<br />

It’s the first Indian in Cambridge to introduce breakfast and<br />

afternoon tea.<br />


Prana Restaurant<br />

In 2016, Prana decided to join forces with the multi-awardwinning<br />

restaurant of owner Kobir’s uncle, Maliks, in<br />

Cookham. Their menu is known for evolving dishes using<br />

old and modern techniques and sharing family recipes to<br />

create award-winning cuisine.<br />

Pipasha<br />

One of the oldest and most popular curry houses in<br />

Cambridge. Originally from Bangladesh, they serve<br />

excellent Indian and Bangladeshi cuisine with a twist.<br />

Highly recommended, besides their curries, is the Paneer<br />

Tandoori (Ponir Shashlik).<br />

Vietnamese<br />

Thanh Binh<br />

If you have been to Vietnam, you know that Vietnamese<br />

food is a hard find outside of the country and London.<br />

Fancy crispy beetle leaves, deep-fried soft shell crab or<br />

Banh Xeo? The family-run Thanh Binh on Magdalene Street<br />

is the place to go.<br />

Chinese<br />

Noodles +<br />

One of my ultimate favourite Asian restaurants. This tiny<br />

Shanghai-style restaurant is one of the most popular<br />

restaurants on Mill Road. Make sure you get there early to<br />

avoid queuing (it’s worth it). Must-have is Xia Long Bao.<br />

Zonghua Traditional Snacks<br />

Tucked away on Norfolk Street, this tiny restaurant has<br />

been a local favourite for many years. Serving homemade<br />

Chinese dumplings, soups and other specialities.<br />

Cafe Oriental & Dumpling Bar<br />

This Asian cafe on Burleigh Street deserves a special<br />

mention as it is rather unique. It serves excellent handmade<br />

dumplings, Chinese cuisine and fry-ups.<br />

Yippee Noodles Bar<br />

Voted as one of the ‘best 130 places to eat in Britain under<br />

£20 a head’ by The Sunday Times. The minimalist and<br />

informal family-owned restaurant, Yippee, serves classic<br />

noodle and rice dishes from China, Japan and Thailand.<br />

Yim Wah Express<br />

A traditional, family-run restaurant situated in the heart of<br />

Cambridge city centre serving Cantonese cuisine.<br />

A must-have is the peking duck and clay pot dishes.<br />

1 and 1 Rougamo<br />

Where to go for Chinese food on Regent Street with so<br />

many options? I can highly recommend, 1 and 1 Rougama.<br />

This understated restaurant is a hidden gem. One of the<br />

only places in Cambridge serving hand-pulled noodles and<br />

the only place including Xi’an Sandwich on the menu. This<br />

traditional snack of the Han Chinese in Northwest China is<br />

much like Turkish pita – bread filled with minced meat.<br />

Highly recommended.<br />

Japanese<br />

Ittou Noodle Bar<br />

Look up to the sky opposite King’s College, and you’ll spot<br />

the sign to the passage leading you to Ittou. It will take you<br />

to this small and charming restaurant under King’s Parade<br />

serving delicious dumplings, Tonkostu Ramen and<br />

sparkling sake.<br />

Thai<br />

Take me back to Thailand for good Thai food! There is<br />

nothing better than tucking into a spicy Larb or a red curry<br />

under the Thai sun. So, if you can’t go to Thailand, where do<br />

you go in Cambridge?<br />

Sala Thong<br />

Tucked away behind the colleges and Mill Pond, this has<br />

been a local Thai favourite for over 20 years, serving delicious<br />

food created by Aranya and her team using her family’s<br />

recipes.<br />

Pubs<br />

The Wrestlers<br />

A simple pub, serving real ales and a menu of excellent<br />

classic Thai dishes for casual dining and takeaways.<br />

Mains and salads only.<br />

The Free Press Pub<br />

One of the last places you would expect excellent Asian food<br />

is at a traditional British pub. Trust me, Tom, the co-owner and<br />

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Visit Ely Celebrates Her Majesty's<br />

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Programme of Events<br />

Thursday 2nd June (evening)<br />

Civic Celebrations - Lighting of the Beacon, St Mary's Green<br />

Town Crier's Commemorative Cry and Piper<br />

Contact 01353 662062 for further information<br />

Friday 3rd June<br />

Ely's Grand Jubilee Food, Drink and Produce Show<br />

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Saturday 4th June<br />

Jubilee Family Fete Day at Oliver Cromwell's House<br />

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Cambridgeshire<br />

Thriplow Daffodil Weekend and<br />

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Saturday 19 and Sunday 20 March<br />

Walk through Thriplow village to view stunning displays<br />

of over 100 different varieties of daffodil on show. Enjoy<br />

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Cambridge Literary Festival<br />

St George’s Fayre – March<br />

Sunday 24 April<br />

St George’s Fayre is a local festival celebrating our patron<br />

saint with great good, fantastic local entertainment, large<br />

craft market and an art exhibition. Welcoming thousands<br />

of people into March each year, there will be children’s<br />

entertainment, a street market and much more. This<br />

year commemorates both the 75-year anniversary of VE<br />

day which would have taken place in 2020 and also the<br />

Queen’s Platinum Jubilee. The event will be welcoming<br />

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Darlings and the Bombardiers!<br />

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Wednesday 20 – Sunday 24 April<br />

Literary greats Julian Barnes, Rose Tremain, Poet<br />

Laureate Simon Armitage, Ali Smith, Nobel Prize for<br />

Literature winner 2021 Abdulrazak Gurnah and Booker<br />

Prize winner 2020 Douglas Stuart. From the world<br />

of music, environment, politics, science, fashion, art,<br />

cooking and gardening, the festival welcomes Will<br />

Young, Ed Balls, John Barnes, Claudia Roden, Osman<br />

Yousefzada and Joe Swift. For younger members of<br />

the family Michael Morpurgo and Christopher Lloyd<br />

will sprinkle some magic. Unmissable conversations<br />

held in stunning venues: the luxurious University Arms<br />

Hotel, the stately Cambridge Union Debating Chamber,<br />

the Old Divinity School, and the renowned Fitzwilliam<br />

Museum.<br />

cambridgeliteraryfestival.com<br />

Vivaldi’s Four Seasons by Candlelight<br />

at Ely Cathedral<br />

Friday 22 April, 7.30pm – 9.30pm<br />

The Piccadilly Sinfonietta is one of the UK’s most<br />

exciting young ensembles and performs a selection of<br />

well-loved classics including Vivaldi’s exquisite Four<br />

Seasons. The concert features breath-taking feats of<br />

virtuosity from the Violinist sensation, Sara Trickey, and<br />

features the virtuoso concert pianist Warren Mailley-<br />

Smith in performance of Mozart’s sublime Piano<br />

Concerto No. 21 in C major.<br />

elycathedral.org/events/vivaldis-four-seasons-bycandlelight<br />

Flying Days: VE Day at Duxford<br />

Saturday 7 May<br />

From a flying-line up commemorating the role of<br />

aviation and RAF Duxford in the fight for peace across<br />

Europe to entertainment on the ground including a<br />

street party. Step back into 1945 and celebrate VE Day<br />

at IWM Duxford with an extra special Flying Day.<br />

iwm.org.uk/airshows/events/may-flying-day-one<br />

Mamma Mia! ABBA Outdoor Cinema<br />

Experience at the East of England<br />

Arena<br />

Saturday 7 May, 7.30pm<br />

This summer celebrate 50 years of ABBA with a special<br />

outdoor cinema screening of ‘Mamma Mia!’ at the East<br />

of England Arena in Peterborough. Plus, music from the<br />

70s & 80s to enjoy before the film, with a soundtrack<br />

of disco and party classics. Gates open at 7.30pm, film<br />

starts shortly after sunset. Bring a blanket or camping<br />

chair and watch ‘Mamma Mia!’ on a giant cinema screen<br />

under the stars!<br />

adventurecinema.co.uk/venues/east-of-englandarena<br />

Yaxley Festival<br />

Saturday 14 and Sunday 15 May<br />

Truly an event that defies categorisation, the madcap<br />

mashup of culture, community, heritage and sports<br />

lures tens of thousands of visitors for an unforgettable<br />

weekend in the green heart of one the UK’s biggest<br />

villages. Powered 100% by volunteers and created by<br />

the community, YaxFest punches way above its weight.<br />

yaxleyfestival.info<br />


Making an entrance with<br />

Hall Brothers’ staircases<br />

Whatever type of home you live in – a period property, a barn<br />

conversion or a modern house – Hall Brothers’ bespoke staircase<br />

designs will complement your style and fit the exact space.<br />

We can also offer matching wooden flooring to complete the look.<br />

For more information call 01206 735287 / 01473 365167<br />

or visit www.hall-brothers.co.uk<br />


Essex<br />

All Saints Church, Maldon in spring.<br />

© Visit Essex<br />


Essex<br />


News<br />

Two New Stores at Braintree Village<br />

Braintree Village has added two more stores to its<br />

growing retail scene. Savvy shoppers can bag up to 60<br />

per cent off RRP at menswear British heritage brand,<br />

Hackett. Meanwhile, the retail outlet centre continues<br />

to expand its food and drink offerings with the arrival<br />

of Cookies & Cones. The American-style dessert brand<br />

was established in 2018, and this is its seventh store<br />

opening in Essex.<br />

braintree-village.com<br />

Jump on board<br />

Experience Days at Hedingham Castle<br />

The historic castle has launched its first Hedingham<br />

Experiences. Diversifying following the pandemic,<br />

visitors can enjoy the castle and its grounds with four<br />

interactive experiences.<br />

Wine lovers can indulge in a wine and cheese tasting<br />

set within the castle’s atmospheric walls, hosted by<br />

winemaker, Jane Mohan, owner of West Street Vineyard<br />

in Coggeshall, Essex.<br />

Step back in time with either the Hedingham Half Day<br />

and Full Day experiences which combine immersive<br />

historic pursuits of falconry and archery, within the<br />

120-acre estate. Reconnect with your British heritage as<br />

you try your hand at an archery masterclass, woodland<br />

hunt with rubber targets on trees and walk through the<br />

ancient woodland. Both experiences include a hearty<br />

lunch in the castle.<br />

If you want to feel like royalty, choose to stay in the<br />

exclusive Royal Chamber, a luxurious bedroom suite<br />

located on the top floor of the castle. All experiences are<br />

now available and are also available to purchase as a<br />

gift voucher.<br />

hedinghamcastle.co.uk<br />

<strong>Spring</strong> at Colchester Zoo<br />

© Josh Dennington<br />

Southend has the longest pleasure pier in the world<br />

and from <strong>2022</strong> new eco-friendly trains, powered by<br />

lithium batteries, will take passengers the 1.25 miles<br />

from the shore to the pier head in the North Sea. The<br />

carriages will be fitted with state-of-the-art audio-visual<br />

equipment, a hearing loop system, a braille driver alert<br />

and even USB charging points. The old trains will be<br />

repurposed to form a passenger waiting area on the<br />

pier. Discover more at visitessex.com/things-to-do<br />

Explore the wonders of wildlife at Colchester Zoo and<br />

visit their many different habitats, including the chance<br />

to see some of the most critically endangered animals<br />

in the world. Experience a jam-packed day out, no<br />

matter the weather, with a range of indoor activities that<br />

include hand feeding the colourful lorikeets a nectar

Essex<br />

treat, watching your little one release their wild side at the<br />

Jungle Tumble soft play, or even transforming into your<br />

favourite animal at the Face Painting Station.<br />

Exciting development work is also taking place throughout<br />

<strong>2022</strong>, including the opening of a new catering outlet, Wrap<br />

and Roll.<br />

Food & Drink<br />

Dinner with a View<br />

Whist venturing around the zoo be sure to stop and enjoy<br />

the variety of animal encounters that take place at selected<br />

times throughout the day – the perfect chance to see your<br />

favourite animal.<br />

Don’t forget to upgrade your day ticket to an annual pass on<br />

your way out for a year’s admission to the zoo, along with a<br />

whole host of other benefits. Your wild adventure awaits…<br />

colchester-zoo.com<br />

The Art of Skincare<br />

With a view like no other, the newly refurbished Royal<br />

Pavilion Restaurant and Bar at the end of Southend Pier,<br />

offers diners 360-degree vistas of the Thames Estuary. The<br />

restaurant features local, seasonal produce, including beers<br />

from the Leigh-on-Sea Brewery and gin from Southend’s<br />

own Pigs Bay Distillery. Watch the boats sail by whilst<br />

enjoying some fabulous food and craft drinks. Book a<br />

reservation at southendpier.co.uk/pavilion<br />

Did you know one in five people in the UK have a tattoo?<br />

No, us neither. However, until recently skincare for tattoos<br />

has been relatively limited. Unimpressed with the lack<br />

of feminine tattoo care products available, Colchester<br />

based tattoo artist, Alice Nicholls, used her years of tattoo<br />

experience to devise natural balms to work with all skin<br />

requirements.<br />

Coming Up…<br />

The Dogfather Comes to Colchester<br />

Four Tattoo Care balms are formulated for all skin types in<br />

need of nourishment post tattoo to create healthier designs<br />

but can also be used by those who are tattoo free too. As<br />

the name suggests, four options are available: sensitive, dry,<br />

oily and mature.<br />

The range is free of harmful chemicals and includes only<br />

natural and vegan friendly ingredients. The environmental<br />

ethos of the brand is continued with its sleek circular pots<br />

made of 100 per cent recyclable, reusable and refillable<br />

glass and sustainable bamboo lids ensuring the products<br />

look great on your shelf too.<br />

Combing her passion for delicate artwork and tattooing,<br />

Alice has incorporated a gallery into her studio in<br />

Colchester for local artists to showcase their work.<br />

She recently welcomed Suzie M, a Maldon based artist,<br />

who had a pop-up with Fenwicks.<br />

Each balm is priced £15 for 30ml.<br />

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Calling all dog lovers! Graeme Hall, known as The<br />

Dogfather, will be live on stage at Charter Hall, Colchester<br />

on 13 May. Famed for his Channel 5 TV show, ‘Dogs<br />

Behaving (Very) Badly’, the dog trainer will be bringing his<br />

wisdom to the stage. The 90-minute show is full of tricks,<br />

memories, surprises, and an exclusive Q&A. If you have an<br />

unruly pup, this may be your chance to learn a trick of the<br />

trade!<br />

Don’t forget you can join our community of East Anglian<br />

dog owners with our dog-friendly Facebook group at<br />

facebook.com/groups/dogfriendlydoglife<br />


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Floating Fun –<br />

Hot Tub Boats at Lakeside<br />

Water activities don’t usually conjure up the idea of warmth<br />

but that’s about to change with a hot tub boat experience at<br />

Lakeside in Essex.<br />

Visitors to Lakeside can take a leisurely ride around<br />

Alexandra Lake in a floating hot tub this spring. Yes, really!<br />

Skuna Boats launched the hot tub boat experience at the<br />

Essex shopping and leisure centre at the end of last year.<br />

Heated to a balmy 38°C, the wood-fired hot tubs contain<br />

fresh filtered water which is changed after each trip to<br />

ensure the highest hygiene standards.<br />

Located a short distance from the Ferris wheel and<br />

Broadwalk, the candy-striped changing rooms sit on<br />

the deck while the steaming boat beckons. The changing<br />

rooms feature heaters to keep you warm while you change<br />

into your swimwear and lockers for valuables. From the<br />

changing rooms, it’s a few short steps to the hot tub. Leave<br />

your towel and flipflops in the storage container then slip<br />

into the bath-like water.<br />

The electric boat is easy to drive, but you’ll be given<br />

instructions before you set off. Alcohol is allowed onboard<br />

and there’s even an ice cooler for drinks, however the<br />

captain must stay sober to ensure no drink driving laws<br />

are broken.<br />

<strong>Eastlife</strong> visited on a sunny, but chilly day. The self-conscious<br />

thoughts of being in swimwear at a public place soon<br />

slipped away as we dipped our toes into the steaming<br />

water. We floated around<br />

the lake’s island, watching<br />

the swans, while sipping<br />

Prosecco and it was<br />

absolute bliss!<br />

Though we took this as an<br />

opportunity to relax, each<br />

boat seats up to seven<br />

people so it’s perfect for<br />

celebrations, occasions<br />

and even half term<br />

adventure for ages 12+. The experience lasts 75-minutes<br />

and is priced from £32 per person. A bar is set to open at the<br />

site soon and summer will see the arrival of BBQ boats too!<br />

A few questions we’ve been asked since our visit. Did you<br />

get cold? No, the wood burner ensures the water stays<br />

toasty for the duration of the experience. Could people see<br />

you from the Broadwalk? No, as you sit low in the hot tub,<br />

it simply looks like you are in a boat. Would you do it again?<br />

Absolutely,100%!<br />

Skuna Boats reopens for spring in April. A Nordic tradition,<br />

the hot tub boat is probably best enjoyed on cooler days<br />

for a real treat. Already a popular experience at London’s<br />

Canary Wharf, the hot tub boats at Lakeside are guaranteed<br />

to become a must-try activity for every season.<br />

Pricing: £225 Sunday-Friday/£250 on Saturdays<br />

Book at skunaboats.com/book-lakeside-essex<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 />

and Sunday & Monday CLOSED<br />

www.calcotthall.com<br />

Calcott Hall Farm Shop, Ongar Road, Brentwood, Essex, CM15 9HS Tel: 01277 264164<br />


Essex Eats<br />

Essex<br />

A Taste of History<br />

Abby Knight reviews the newly refurbished Church Street Tavern, Colchester<br />

Coaching inns and taverns are a<br />

rich part of our heritage, and Church<br />

Street Tavern, tucked away in one<br />

of Colchester’s picturesque narrow<br />

lanes, is no exception.<br />

Originally a Savings Bank in 1852,<br />

owner Piers Baker, who also has the<br />

award-winning Sun Inn at Dedham,<br />

felt it right to use this handsome<br />

building as a place to meet, have fun<br />

and be well looked after. And, we<br />

certainly felt so when we arrived on a<br />

very chilly January evening, pleased<br />

to see a welcoming bar with a cosy<br />

feel. Comfy sofas strewn with plump<br />

cushions, and interesting artefacts<br />

to look at including vintage books,<br />

crockery and paintings while we<br />

perused the detailed drinks menu.<br />

As well as a traditional wine list, there is<br />

a good selection of delicious cocktails<br />

on offer including barrel-aged Negroni<br />

and Ameretto Sours. There are some<br />

interesting local and craft beers and<br />

ciders to try too. My husband Chris<br />

was intrigued by the Siren Craft Brew<br />

White Tips which, served in a slim<br />

stemmed glass, looked very elegant<br />

and tasted super crisp and citrusy.<br />

Once our guests had arrived, we<br />

made our way upstairs to the dining<br />

room: spacious but intimate thanks<br />

to its table placement. Our host was<br />

super helpful in explaining the menu<br />

with details of the dishes of the day.<br />

Most of the restaurant suppliers are<br />

within a 30-mile radius and fish comes<br />

fresh from inshore day boats on the<br />

Essex and Suffolk coast.<br />

My husband and our friends decided<br />

on the cod ceviche with Hendrick’s<br />

Gin, cucumber, mint, chilli and<br />

coriander which presented on<br />

vintage style plates looked generous,<br />

especially with the addition of the<br />

freshly baked focaccia bread served<br />

with dipping oils and tapenade.<br />

I opted for the yummy sounding roast<br />

spiced parsnip soup with cumin,<br />

labneh and granola which was thick<br />

and creamy with just enough spice.<br />

The steak options had been<br />

recommended to us especially as they<br />

are served with chips that look more<br />

like roast potato slabs piled Jenga<br />

style, with mushroom and creamed<br />

spinach. My husband enjoyed the<br />

super tender venison fillet dish with<br />

fresh greens.<br />

As a seafood lover, I chose the hake<br />

that was served super plump and juicy<br />

with delicious, mashed style potatoes<br />

and greens, a garlic velouté foaming<br />

sauce and clams.<br />

Our guests were too full for dessert,<br />

but I wanted to try the decadent<br />

sounding steamed chocolate<br />

orange sponge with crème fraiche<br />

and orange sorbet and my husband<br />

was happy to share. This super light<br />

dessert had lots of added orange zest<br />

to make it zing on the tongue and we<br />

didn’t want it to end.<br />

Our meal was rounded off with<br />

espressos and complimentary homemade<br />

sweets of coconut ice and<br />

Turkish delight.<br />

The menus change by the season and,<br />

as well as meat and fish dishes, there<br />

are plenty of interesting vegetarian and<br />

vegan options.<br />

Church Street Tavern also has a casual<br />

bar menu available every day. We<br />

noticed a group of ladies enjoying<br />

some very impressive cheese platters<br />

with Prosecco and there is also a<br />

happy hour and Wednesday Wine<br />

Club with events running throughout<br />

the year.<br />

Service was friendly, welcoming, and<br />

super-efficient with excellent food,<br />

beautifully presented; we are already<br />

planning a return visit!<br />

For further information, menu and wine<br />

lists visit churchstreettavern.co.uk<br />



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16th Century manor house & grounds<br />

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Sunday, Wednesday and<br />

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9th & 10th APRIL <strong>2022</strong><br />

The Chesterfords Community Centre<br />

Recreation Ground, Newmarket Road<br />


Saffron Walden Essex CB10 1NS<br />


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E.T. Foakes Memorial Hall<br />

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May 14/15 TUDOR FESTIVAL<br />

An evocation of 16th century life<br />

11am. 5pm.<br />

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

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

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


10 am – 4 pm | £2 Admission Fee | TEA ROOM<br />

www.ruralmagpie.co.uk<br />

karen@ruralmagpie.co.uk<br />

07803 052918<br />

Discover a world of hidden treasures<br />

at this family-friendly museum<br />

Rolling programme of special exhibitions, activities and events<br />

Ancient Egypt • Archaeology<br />

• Ceramics and Glass • Costume and Textiles<br />

• Furniture and Woodwork<br />

• Geology • Local and Social History<br />

• Natural History • World Cultures<br />


Museum Street, Saffron Walden, CB10 1BN<br />

(01799) 510333 museum@uttlesford.gov.uk<br />

www.saffronwaldenmuseum.org<br />

It’s time to enjoy your Saffron Walden Museum.<br />

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Essex<br />

Harwich Illuminate Festival<br />

Friday 25 March 6pm and Saturday 26 March <strong>2022</strong> 10pm<br />

A spectacular twilight aerial display will get the <strong>2022</strong><br />

Illuminate Festival off to a flying start in Historic Harwich.<br />

The festival is a celebration of the town’s heritage – and<br />

in particular its links to The Mayflower ship which carried<br />

the first Pilgrims to America.<br />

Riverside Ice Show –<br />

Beauty and the Beast<br />

Wednesday 6 April – Sunday 10 April<br />

Pull up a chair for Riverside and Chelmsford Ice Skating<br />

Club’s beautiful amateur production of Beauty and the<br />

Beast on ice, the perfect show for kids of all ages!<br />

Be transported into a magical world and follow the<br />

tale of love and bravery, inspired by the Disney classic.<br />

Featuring colourful costumes and catchy songs, the ice<br />

show is a fantastic musical treat for all the family.<br />

chelmsford.gov.uk/leisure-centres/what/iceskating/ice-show/<br />

<strong>Spring</strong> Joust at Castle Hedingham<br />

Sunday 17 April and Monday 18 April 10am – 4pm<br />

The Castle grounds will be filled with medieval magic as<br />

the Knights of Middle England join us to battle in front<br />

of the ancient Keep. With two Jousts to enjoy each day,<br />

alongside plenty of fun activities and displays, there<br />

is something for everyone. Enjoy a variety of pursuits<br />

including Falconry, musicians, archery and much<br />

more, as well as food stalls serving a variety of delicious<br />

lunches and snacks. This really is a fantastic day out for<br />

all the family. Please note: dogs are NOT permitted at this<br />

event due to the presence of horses and birds of prey.<br />

hedinghamcastle.co.uk/events/<br />

Crouch Ridge Vineyard Open day<br />

Saturday 28 May <strong>2022</strong> 10am – 10pm<br />

Crouch Ridge Estate would like to invite you to the<br />

Vineyard to celebrate English Wine Week.<br />

Gin and Bubbles Bar – also local beer, cider, tea/coffee<br />

& soft drinks<br />

Wine Tasting workshops on the Terrace £25pp. Booking<br />

essential @ 12noon & 2pm<br />

Live Music; 4.30pm – 9.30pm<br />

Pop-Ups and Stalls, Refreshments – CHEESE and MEAT<br />


Wine and Gift Shop<br />

Plenty of free parking<br />

crouchridge.com<br />

<strong>Spring</strong> Craft and Design Show at RHS<br />

Garden Hyde Hall<br />

Friday 29 April – Monday 2 May <strong>2022</strong> 10am – 5pm<br />

A fabulous four-day <strong>Spring</strong> Craft and Design Show<br />

and to experience the garden in full bloom. Organisers,<br />

Woodland Crafts Event Management, specialise<br />

in ‘Maker-only’ events offering visitors a fabulous<br />

opportunity to discover, buy or commission unique<br />

handcrafted pieces direct from some of the UK’s most<br />

talented craftspeople and designer-makers. On display<br />

will be a showcase of fine art, photography, jewellery,<br />

ceramics, woodwork, metalwork, furniture, textiles and<br />

so many more contemporary crafts, for the home and<br />

garden.<br />

rhs.org.uk/gardens/hyde-hall/<br />

National Flower Show at<br />

Hylands House<br />

WHAT’S ON<br />

Museum of Power Transport Festival<br />

Sunday 17 April <strong>2022</strong> 10am – 3.30<br />

Easter Show with Classic Cars, Buses, Military Vehicles<br />

& all types of transport. Stalls, music and entertainment.<br />

Internal model displays in the Museum & Kids rides &<br />

activities. Miniature steam train OPEN for rides (extra<br />

charge applies) – to be confirmed by railway team.<br />

Please contact the Museum to confirm. ‘Astaria’ model<br />

village OPEN. ‘Marshall’ the Lilleshall pumping engine<br />

will be run by steam and other oil / diesel engines will be<br />

running<br />

museumofpower.org.uk<br />

Friday 20 May – Sunday 22 May 10am – 5pm<br />

A three-day gardening extravaganza set in the stunning<br />

grounds of Hylands House. The outdoor event sees<br />

Hylands Estate filled with inspiration, flowers, plants,<br />

and everything you need for your home and garden<br />

including the Outdoor Plant Village, a magnificent<br />

Floral Pavilion, the Food & Drinks Pavilion, and well as a<br />

Home and Country Pavilion with a selection of original<br />

handmade giftware, jewellery and more – visitors can<br />

shop in abundance with hundreds of exhibitors at the<br />

show!<br />



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News<br />

Paradise Jaguar Jungle Coming Soon<br />

Paradise Wildlife Park have shared computer-generated<br />

imagery of their new Jaguar Jungle, set to open this<br />

year. The new habitat will house their resident jaguars,<br />

Kumal and Kedera, who are currently staying at their<br />

sister charity, The Big Cat Sanctuary.<br />

Jaguar Jungle, which will feature upstairs viewing areas<br />

and even a new pool with underwater viewing, is a UK<br />

first for visitors who will be able to get an up-close view<br />

of the jaguars. It is hoped that the new habitat will raise<br />

awareness of the challenges wild jaguars face every day<br />

and highlight the pressing need to conserve the most<br />

iconic big cat of the Americas.<br />

To keep up to date on the progress of Jaguar Jungle<br />

visit pwpark.com<br />

New Look for Anniversary Gardens<br />

The Anniversary Gardens in Welwyn Garden City are<br />

getting a makeover, with work completed this spring.<br />

The project, carried out by Hatfield Welwyn Borough<br />

Council, will include a new path and benches<br />

along with landscaping that will provide enjoyment<br />

throughout the seasons. Sustainable and pollinatorfriendly<br />

plants will develop as the garden matures and<br />

the design also includes the fragrant, apricot rose ‘Rosa<br />

Welwyn Garden Glory’ which flowers throughout the<br />

summer.<br />

A new tree will be planted as part of the council’s<br />

participation in the Queen’s Green Canopy initiative, as<br />

well as a special plaque to mark Her Majesty’s Platinum<br />

Jubilee.<br />

Councillor Stephen Boulton said: “Anniversary Gardens<br />

is a popular spot with visitors to the town centre. We<br />

hope this carefully thought-out redesign will provide a<br />

tranquil green space in the heart of Welwyn Garden City<br />

which will be enjoyed for many years to come.”<br />

Rock in the Priory is Back!<br />

After two difficult years, live<br />

music fans and local talent<br />

can look forward to summer as<br />

Ware’s Rock in the Priory returns<br />

on Sunday 17 July.<br />

Prior to the event, a Rock in<br />

the Priory Showcase will be<br />

staged for artists who are keen<br />

to perform at the much-loved event. This will take place<br />

at Southern Maltings on Sunday 10 April and acts and<br />

artists of all genres are invited. The general public are<br />

also welcome to come along and enjoy an eclectic mix<br />

of music.<br />

Both band and acoustic sets will be up for grabs, but<br />

competition is always fierce. For your chance to bag<br />

a set at the Showcase send links of your music to:<br />

rosalyn@waretowncouncil.gov.uk by Friday 18 March.<br />

Rock in the Priory is part of the Ware Festival, a wide<br />

range of events held in the town throughout July.<br />

The Rock in the Priory line-up will be announced soon<br />

after the Showcase and tickets for the hottest show in<br />

town will then go on sale.<br />

Food & Drink<br />

An Ink-redible Launch<br />

Food lovers of Hertfordshire can get excited as Giggling<br />

Squid has opened its doors in Welwyn Garden City.<br />

Taking inspiration from Thai traditions and legends,<br />

Giggling Squid’s menu features vibrant, fresh and<br />

flavoursome dishes that tantalise your tastebuds. It<br />

celebrates Thailand’s abundance of exciting and exotic<br />

ingredients such as fresh seafood and a bounty of herbs<br />

and vegetables.<br />


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Cooked by expert Thai chefs and featuring luscious curries,<br />

sizzling stir fries and Thai tapas, every dish encourages<br />

the ethos of Thai mealtimes – plentiful dishes to share and<br />

enjoy with friends and family. An extensive vegan menu is<br />

also available as well as a kids’ menu for the little Squids.<br />

Giggling Squid co-founder, Andy Laurillard, said: “Thai<br />

mealtimes are energetic, informal, adventurous and where<br />

food is celebrated. Every Giggling Squid has its own<br />

personal touch to it, and this restaurant is no different; it’s a<br />

beautifully designed space that we hope will bring a lot of<br />

pleasure to our guests. We can’t wait to welcome everyone<br />

in the Welwyn Garden City community.”<br />

gigglingsquid.com<br />

Bringing Drinks Excitement Indoors<br />

The award-winning<br />

Hertfordshire-based<br />

company promises to bring<br />

you six incredible wines<br />

delivered through your<br />

letterbox every month, with<br />

an accompanying informal,<br />

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ensure you get the most out<br />

of your kit.<br />

You’ll be tasting some of the freshest wine by way of the<br />

brand’s ‘cleanroom’ warehouse facility and its state-of-theart<br />

eco letterbox-friendly packaging. Lightweight and ultralow-carbon<br />

versus glass bottles, these innovative packs<br />

mean you’ll be doing your bit for the environment too.<br />

If you like what you taste, you can hop onto the website and<br />

purchase a full bottle afterwards, with free shipping on<br />

six bottles or more. onlinewinetasting.club<br />

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Henry Moore: The Sixties<br />

Premium bespoke mixer brand Sekforde is pouring<br />

something new and different at Oakman Inns’ garden<br />

Oakpods and indoor bars.<br />

Oakpods are bookable private spaces – ideal for a tasty<br />

discovery of the new limited-edition Sekforde spritzes<br />

and highballs mixed with premium spirits. Each enclosed<br />

outdoor space seats six to eight and is themed around<br />

either a tropical winter escape, a whisky winter lodge or a<br />

frosted botanical garden.<br />

Livening up Oakman’s Oakpods and bars are mojito<br />

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vodka spritzes with Raspberry, Rose & Sage, tequila spritz<br />

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highballs with Sicilian Orange, Rosemary & Gentian Soda.<br />

Sekforde mixers are 100% natural, low in sugar and are<br />

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Drinkers looking to discover premium spirits in a new way<br />

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The tailored mixers are also stocked in over 100 retail<br />

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Feel like branching out and trying a different wine, but<br />

always end up playing it safe? Step forward The Online<br />

Wine Tasting Club, founded by Jamie Smith (certified<br />

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Running from 1<br />

April to 30 October,<br />

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a fascinating insight<br />

into Moore’s life<br />

and work during<br />

this pivotal decade<br />

in his career.<br />

Featuring rarely<br />

seen sculptures,<br />

drawings, graphics<br />

and a wealth of archive material to illuminate the innovation<br />

of an artist himself in his sixties but at the height of his<br />

powers. Entry to the exhibition is included in a ticket to<br />

Henry Moore Studios & Gardens. Experience Moore’s iconic<br />

work against the backdrop of the beautiful Hertfordshire<br />

countryside with a visit to his 70-acre former home in Perry<br />

Green, near Much Hadham. henry-moore.org<br />

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Celebrate summer in style at<br />

Hatfield House on Saturday<br />

16 July, with the perfect<br />

party-in-the-park experience.<br />

Enjoy soul-stirring classical<br />

music, vintage vocals<br />

and breathtaking Spitfire,<br />

parachute, cavalry, cannon<br />

and firework displays. An<br />

open-air spectacular not to<br />

be missed, the Battle Proms<br />

picnic concert takes place in the Queen Elizabeth Oak Field<br />

in the leafy parkland at Hatfield House. Pre-order a delicious<br />

picnic or sparkling high tea to collect on arrival along<br />

with chairs, tables and pre-erected gazebos which are all<br />

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Discover Hertford<br />

Reasons to visit Hertfordshire’s county town this spring<br />

Written by Jacqui Hagen<br />

Hertford is an attractive market town with a wealth of<br />

restaurants, independent stores and pretty riverside walks.<br />

Located where four river valleys meet, the town centre<br />

boasts Georgian townhouses, timber-framed buildings<br />

and a picturesque castle set within beautiful gardens. The<br />

labyrinth of tunnels, said to lie beneath the streets, adds<br />

mystery to its historic charm.<br />

Explore<br />

The Hertford Heritage Trail is a fantastic way to explore<br />

the town and appreciate its historic buildings and fine<br />

architecture. The trail’s blue plaques highlight no less than<br />

41 fascinating locations including its once royal castle,<br />

the Georgian Shire Hall overlooking Fore Street’s rare<br />

ornamental plastering, the oldest purpose-built Quaker<br />

meeting house and the site of the former Christ’s Hospital<br />

School, where an ancient water pump still graces the<br />

courtyard. You can pick up a copy of the trail map from the<br />

Hertford Town Tourist and Information Centre or download<br />

a copy at gohertford.co.uk<br />

Shop<br />

While exploring, you’re bound to notice Hertford’s many<br />

quaint and quirky shops. The town boasts an array of<br />

independent traders and specialist retailers. Head to Five<br />

and Dime for contemporary interiors, Azir for designer<br />

menswear and Eye Mind Heart for gifts. If you’re looking for<br />

ethical fashion, Frankie and Olive, offer sustainable clothing<br />

while Rossi’s Attic is a mini emporium full of antiques and<br />

collectables. Visit Hertford on a Saturday and you’ll also find<br />

the Charter Market at Salisbury Square, Maidenhead Street<br />

and Bircheley Green with stalls selling olives, bread, cheese,<br />

furniture, flowers and more.<br />

Cruise<br />

Every weekend from April to September, you can hop<br />

aboard the water bus which cruises alongside the<br />

picturesque flood plains of the River Lee between Hertford<br />

and Ware. The journey, which begins next to The Old Barge<br />

pub and passes through two original working locks, takes<br />

around 75-90 minutes each way. Return tickets are £12<br />

and can be purchased in advance or on board, subject<br />

to availability. Treat yourself to a drink from the bar and<br />

enjoy the scenic views across The Meads which has an<br />

abundance of wildlife.<br />

Eat<br />

Hertford caters for every taste with cafés, restaurants, pubs<br />

and bars waiting to tempt you around every corner. Graze<br />

on tapas at the super chic Anexo or enjoy a burger with<br />

dirty fries on the riverside terrace at The Woolpack. The<br />

stylish and award-winning Lussmanns is well worth a visit,<br />

as is Giambrone’s family-run Italian deli and coffee bar.<br />

Like Japanese food? No problem, head to Mr Tanaka’s<br />

for katsu curry or pick up some sushi at Oishii by Elle. For<br />

more Eastern delights, book a table at Baan Thitiya, a<br />

contemporary Thai.<br />

Upcoming events<br />

Haunted Hertford<br />

Friday 25 February, Friday 25 and Saturday 26 March<br />

An atmospheric guided walk through the ghostly haunted<br />

sites of Hertford. Walks are £7 and begin at the White Hart<br />

Pub in Salisbury Square. Booking is essential.<br />

hertfordtownshop.co.uk<br />

Hertford Arts Festival<br />

Saturday 9 April to Saturday 7 May<br />

The Hertford Arts Festival is back to showcase the local arts<br />

and culture in the town. Immerse yourself by visiting pop<br />

up exhibitions, shows and performances. This year sees the<br />

launch of the Hertford Castle Children’s Art Trail – forage the<br />

castle grounds and make a masterpiece or paint, draw or<br />

photograph the castle with selected works exhibited at the<br />

next open day. Pick up your festival programme from the<br />

Town & Tourist Information Centre.<br />

Cars at the Castle<br />

Sunday 15 May<br />

Motor on down to Hertford’s largest free car show set within<br />

the picturesque castle grounds. Exhibiting up to 80 modern<br />

and vintage cars, there will be plenty to marvel over. The<br />

event will feature food and refreshment stalls, live music, and<br />

more, fuelling an afternoon of family fun. Hertford Castle will<br />

also be open for visitors to explore.<br />


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In the Kitchen<br />

With Ben Ebbrell, YouTube food star, chef and co-founder of SORTEDfood<br />

Written by Jacqui Hagen<br />

Started by four Hertfordshire<br />

school friends in 2010,<br />

SORTEDfood has now become<br />

the world’s largest online<br />

food community with over 2.5<br />

million YouTube subscribers.<br />

Weekly videos cover everything<br />

from learning basic cooking<br />

techniques to investigating<br />

new food trends and taking on<br />

ultimate cooking challenges. As<br />

the chef of the group, Ben takes<br />

charge of the food team and is<br />

also a highly regarded public keynote speaker on subjects<br />

such as the future of food and food trends.<br />

What or who inspired your love<br />

of cooking?<br />

I grew up in a very foodie family where scratch cooking was<br />

always the norm. So, when I decided to turn my passion<br />

and love of good food into a career, it just made perfect<br />

sense.<br />

Where was the first professional kitchen<br />

that you cooked in?<br />

It was a weekend job in a pub kitchen a few miles from my<br />

home in Hertfordshire. I’d cycle there and back on a Saturday<br />

and Sunday, aged 16. Shift number one, I was just on pot<br />

wash, but I was keenly observing the rest of the kitchen, so<br />

the chef asked me if I wanted to try that instead. Shift two, I<br />

did. Within a few months, I was left to open-up and run the<br />

kitchen with a team. Nothing fancy, but it taught me the<br />

workings of a kitchen and the importance of a brigade.<br />

Did you ever imagine it would be so<br />

popular?<br />

We never set out with a big plan. We just wanted to help<br />

people with food. It began small and we published our<br />

videos on YouTube which, as a platform, had only just<br />

begun a few years before. We broke the mould and created<br />

content that was very unlike traditional TV and made sure<br />

that we kept producing stuff that was fun and useful. It’s<br />

always been peer-to-peer, rather than patronising and<br />

condescending. So no, we never thought it would grow so<br />

big and impactful, we simply kept it authentic and genuine.<br />

How much of your YouTube content is<br />

driven by your subscribers?<br />

Practically everything we do is steered or shaped by our<br />

audience. Some broad topics and themes emerge from<br />

large numbers of comments requesting them and a general<br />

feel of what’s trending and popular…whilst at a microlevel we<br />

celebrate individual comments and tips and tricks to help<br />

create dishes. Especially given it’s a global audience and<br />

they know so much more than we ever can when it comes<br />

to other cuisines or dishes that we aren’t familiar with.<br />

What is the weirdest thing ever<br />

suggested?<br />

Tomato soup cake. Hands down, odd! But several<br />

comments suggested we try it over the course of a few<br />

weeks, so reluctantly I did. A cake batter made with an entire<br />

tin of tomato soup…even as it goes into the oven, it’s vile. But<br />

what emerges after baking is delightful.<br />

How did SORTEDfood begin?<br />

Sharing stories of university adventures around a pub<br />

table with old school mates during a semester break. It<br />

became evident that food and cooking was a challenge<br />

across the board so, as a chef, I’d share simple recipes.<br />

Sorted began with a student cookbook and not much has<br />

changed since…the essence remains the same, just not<br />

solely for students anymore. It’s for anyone keen to cook<br />

great food without the hassle and whilst keeping time in the<br />

kitchen short, budgets low and inspiration varied. Sharing<br />

recipes, tricks and hacks so we can all continue to learn and<br />

improve.<br />


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What is your most memorable<br />

moment filming?<br />

We’ve always liked to think that we can bring people<br />

together around food in a really fun way. It can be so<br />

personal. A few years back we were invited to one of<br />

the most personal moments of two viewers’ lives – their<br />

wedding! They had been watching and engaging for years<br />

so it felt like Sorted were their close friends. We gratefully<br />

accepted the invite and arranged to make the wedding<br />

favours for them. The video in the run up to and at their<br />

Indian wedding is spectacular and is a testament to just how<br />

close the connection with our audience is.<br />

Working with lifelong friends looks fun<br />

but does it bring any challenges?<br />

Of course…we’re all very ambitious and what we’ve built<br />

together means so much to us all. We don’t always agree on<br />

everything…which is healthy. So, there are some moments<br />

where we clash but never to a point that it can’t be settled<br />

over a pint at the end of the day.<br />

arrives. A brilliant ham hock scotch egg is still my fave there.<br />

The counter to this is the likes of The Tilbury in Datchworth,<br />

a proper gastro pub with an exquisite menu and a great<br />

wine list too. My friends and I have been known to walk<br />

miles across beautiful footpaths and bridleways for several<br />

courses at lunch, before walking it all off again on the way<br />

home. If it’s high-end seasonal stuff you’re after, including<br />

lots of game at this time of year, then Thompson’s Dining in<br />

St Albans is ideal for a special occasion. Go all out with the<br />

tasting menu and Phil Thompson and his team will craft an<br />

absolute delight. Phil was responsible for Hertfordshire’s<br />

first Michelin Star several years back at his previous place.<br />

What seasonal ingredients should our<br />

readers being looking to buy this spring?<br />

<strong>Spring</strong> is tricky in the UK but early on will be the last of<br />

the root veg, leeks and brassicas from the winter months<br />

plus forced rhubarb of course. Then, by late spring, it gets<br />

exciting. New potatoes, asparagus, the first few radishes<br />

and watercress. Watercress is a brilliant ingredient and is<br />

often overlooked.<br />

Tell us about the SORTED Meal Packs App<br />

This is the smart tool that we’ve created, as part of a<br />

subscription service, to help plan meals for home cooks<br />

to enjoy. Recipes are bundled together to benefit from<br />

the sharing of ingredients, keep shopping lists down and<br />

reduce food waste by using up all the fresh stuff you buy.<br />

Not to mention keeping quick and simple midweek meals<br />

interesting and teaching a bunch of stuff that’s been distilled<br />

down from the chefs at Sorted. Thousands of people are<br />

already using it to reshape their cooking and we’re super<br />

proud of the money, food waste and boredom that it’s<br />

saving people every day.<br />

Where are your favourite places to eat in<br />

Hertfordshire?<br />

Hertfordshire has got some real gems. I love an understated<br />

or underrated pub that does great classics. The Goat in<br />

Hertford Heath is brilliant for this. Unassuming...until the food<br />

What three dishes do you think every<br />

home cook should master?<br />

A risotto because it’s hugely versatile and can be changed<br />

up each month, based on seasonal ingredients, so you<br />

never get bored.<br />

An omelette as it can be thrown together in no time at all, is<br />

nutritious and becomes the perfect vehicle to use up any<br />

odds and ends in the fridge at the end of the week.<br />

A showstopper of a dessert – even if it’s an easy one.<br />

Our 15-minute chocolate fondant always gets a wow.<br />

The gooey oozy centre is a real crowd pleaser, yet it’s<br />

surprisingly simple.<br />

SORTEDfood YouTube Channel:<br />

SORTEDfood – YouTube<br />







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Hertfordshire<br />

Hertfordshire Garden Show at<br />

Knebworth House<br />

pop-up art exhibition venues will be located around the<br />

town centre, where venues consist of a multitude of<br />

retailers including bars and cafes, beauty salons, clothes<br />

retailers and gift shops.<br />

gohertford.co.uk/news/a/hertford-arts-trail-<strong>2022</strong>/<br />

Cars at the Castle, Hertford Castle<br />

WHAT’S ON<br />

Sunday 30 April – Monday 2 May <strong>2022</strong><br />

There will be plenty of inspiration for the <strong>Spring</strong> and<br />

Summer months ahead supplied by the exhibitors<br />

attending the show with a wide variety of goods on<br />

display and for sale including garden furniture, water<br />

features, tools, sculptures and more. This ticket will<br />

include access to Knebworth Park, Gardens, Adventure<br />

Playground with Fort Knebworth and Dinosaur Trail.<br />

knebworthhouse.com/events/hertfordshiregarden-show/<br />

Tudor Legacies at Hatfield House<br />

Sunday 15 May <strong>2022</strong> 12 noon – 4pm<br />

Motor on down to Hertford’s largest free car show of<br />

the year set within the picturesque castle grounds.<br />

Exhibiting up to 80 modern and vintage cars, there will<br />

be plenty to marvel over. The event will feature food<br />

and refreshment stalls, live music, and more, fuelling an<br />

afternoon of family fun. Hertford Castle will also be open<br />

throughout the event for visitors to explore.<br />

hertford.gov.uk/events-listings/<br />

Saturday 9 April and Saturday 7 May <strong>2022</strong> 11am & 2pm<br />

Visitors will have the exciting opportunity to interact and<br />

engage with Henry VIII, his six wives and his children<br />

& many other historical characters. Find out what it<br />

was really like to be married to one of history’s most<br />

infamous kings…Come and meet the personalities<br />

behind the portraits as all six wives regale you with<br />

their own individual experiences within a royal court<br />

full of scandal, intrigue and beheadings. Also featuring<br />

little Princess Elizabeth, the future Queen of England,<br />

Elizabeth I and the daughter of Henry VIII and Anne<br />

Boleyn.<br />

hatfield-house.co.uk/event/tudor-legacies/<br />

Hertford Arts Trail<br />

Saturday 9 April until Saturday 7 May <strong>2022</strong><br />

The popular Hertford Arts Trail returns this spring,<br />

bringing together local artists and the array of<br />

independent, high street businesses within the County<br />

Town of Hertford as part of the Hertford Arts Festival.<br />

The Trail attracts up to 40 talented artists who will<br />

showcase their work within a prime town centre location<br />

to exhibit and sell artwork for a month-long period. The<br />

The Watford Jazz Junction Music<br />

Festival<br />

Thursday 19 – Sunday 22<br />

May <strong>2022</strong><br />

Venues across the town<br />

will be putting on some<br />

amazing shows including<br />

Shri Sriram featuring Dennis<br />

Rollins, the Emma Smith<br />

Quartet, the National Youth<br />

Jazz Orchestra featuring<br />

Tim Garland, Jelly Cleaver,<br />

Archipelago, the John<br />

Etheridge Trio, and Tomorrow’s Warriors.<br />

www.watfordjazzjunction.com<br />

Hertfordshire County Show at The<br />

Showground, Hertfordshire<br />

Saturday 28 and Sunday 29 May <strong>2022</strong><br />

Witness spectacular entertainment in the Main Ring<br />

from the gravity defying Bold Dog Lings as the main<br />

attraction for <strong>2022</strong>. Enjoy and discover the very best<br />

of local shopping with deliciously curated produce<br />

in our Food Court and iconic Made in Herts zones<br />

with local foods and local crafts that showcase the<br />

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News<br />

Arora Group Buys Luton Hoo Hotel<br />

The Arora Group has purchased the 5-star, 228 room,<br />

Luton Hoo Hotel, Golf & Spa from Elite Hotels. The<br />

estate is set in over 1,000 acres of parkland, woods and<br />

lakes.<br />

Originally known as a specialist airport hotel owner<br />

operator, the Arora Group established their first<br />

city centre hotel in 2017 with the opening of the<br />

InterContinental London – The O2 and most recently<br />

has diversified further into the country house hotel<br />

market with the opening of Fairmont Windsor Park.<br />

Surinder Arora, CEO and chairman of the Arora Group<br />

commented: “Our acquisition of Luton Hoo Hotel, Golf<br />

and Spa continues to support our strategy to diversify<br />

our hotel portfolio and we are excited to build on the<br />

already significant investment and development by Elite<br />

Hotels since their purchase of the estate in 1999. We<br />

are excited to welcome the Luton Hoo Hotel, Golf & Spa<br />

team to the Arora Group and are looking forward to the<br />

opportunities ahead for our expanded family.”<br />

lutonhoo.co.uk<br />

A Big Splash for Houghton Regis<br />

A stunning new centre, with superb leisure and<br />

community facilities, is on the cards for Houghton<br />

Regis. The plans for a £25million centre, financed with<br />

£20million of government funding plus major Central<br />

Bedfordshire Council investment, have been unveiled.<br />

Residents can look forward to a 25-metre swimming<br />

pool, a state-of-the-art fitness suite, exercise studios<br />

and two squash courts. Plans also include a café,<br />

community space, crèche, children’s outdoor play zone,<br />

outdoor fitness trail and public areas.<br />

Enhanced landscaping and planting will surround<br />

the centre, with improved walking and cycling routes<br />

across the Kingsland Campus linking up with the new<br />

Houstone School. Car parking, cycle parking and bus<br />

drop-off areas are all included in the plans designed<br />

to support the needs of a growing Houghton Regis<br />

community.<br />

Sport England said: “The new development will offer<br />

upgraded, superior leisure provision as recommended<br />

in our adopted Leisure Facilities Strategy. It’s one of<br />

several major investments planned to enhance leisure<br />

facilities across Central Bedfordshire. There are plans for<br />

a new leisure centre in Leighton Linslade and significant<br />

improvements lined up at the Jenkins Pavilion in<br />

Sandy.”<br />

Car Club Comes to Bedford<br />

A new car club has been launched in Bedford in a bid to<br />

reduce congestion and air pollution across the borough.<br />

Bedford Borough Council has teamed up with<br />

Enterprise Rent-A-Car to launch Bedford Car Club,<br />

enabling residents to rent a Nissan Leaf Electric Vehicle<br />

(EV) from Riverside Car Park.<br />

Residents can rent the car for a few hours, a day or<br />

longer, giving the option to reduce car ownership while<br />

still having access to a vehicle when needed. The car<br />

can be accessed via the Car Club app or website. It<br />

takes about 10 minutes to put in your details and once<br />

you’re approved you can use the car straight away.<br />

Mayor Dave Hodgson said: “If you are thinking of<br />

making the switch, or perhaps getting rid of your car<br />

entirely, this is a great scheme to get involved with.”<br />

Dan Gursel, managing director of Enterprise Car Club,<br />

said: “We are delighted to work with Bedford Borough<br />

Council to launch this service which will help people to<br />

make more sustainable travel choices.”<br />

To sign up to the Car Club visit<br />

enterprisecarclub.co.uk<br />

Makeover for Wyboston Lakes Resort<br />

A £1.5m makeover<br />

of The Waterfront<br />

Hotel, Spa & Golf<br />

at Wyboston Lakes<br />

Resort is underway.<br />

The project includes<br />

a renovation of the<br />

Brasserie and a major<br />


Bedfordshire<br />

refurbishment of the hotel’s reception area, event spaces,<br />

Y Spa Bistro and outdoor terrace. Three new event spaces<br />

will also be created within the four-star hotel, which can be<br />

used either separately or together, for parties, events and<br />

social gatherings.<br />

A vibrant and flexible co-working area under the resort’s<br />

serviced offices brand, Landing Pad, will be added on the<br />

first floor.<br />

This renovation follows the completion of a £5m<br />

transformation of The Willows Training Centre and The<br />

Woodlands Event Centre in the last few years.<br />

Good sustainability rating after the pandemic and achieving<br />

Three Stars, Peach truly is demonstrating to its customers,<br />

staff and industry colleagues that it is 100% committed to<br />

serving up a better food future.”<br />

Coming Up...<br />

Two Music Icons to Play Bedford<br />

The 380-acre resort also comprises an 18-hole golf course,<br />

picturesque water sports lakes, a nature reserve, serviced<br />

offices, business units, and land for future enterprise.<br />

Managing director, Steve Jones, said: “We feel very<br />

fortunate to be able to carry out this work after such a<br />

challenging 18 months. However, the transformation of<br />

our hotel will strengthen our quality of product and keep<br />

our customers wanting to spend time with us in the future.”<br />

wybostonlakes.co.uk<br />

Food & Drink<br />

Beds Pubs Receive Sustainability Award<br />

Simply Red have announced live dates for the summer<br />

with Mick Hucknall bringing his unique brand of UK soul<br />

and pop to Bedford Park on 28 July. Also lining up is very<br />

special guest, soulful dance diva, Lisa Stansfield.<br />

Simply Red fans will flock to the stage to hear one of the<br />

UK’s biggest bands perform a catalogue of unforgettable<br />

hits, including ‘Something Got Me Started’, ‘Stars’,<br />

‘Fairground’ and the US number one hits, ‘Holding Back<br />

The Years’, and ‘If You Don’t Know Me By Now’.<br />

Mick Hucknall said: “It’s wonderfully inspiring that people<br />

can go and see bands again now, and I can’t wait to get<br />

back on stage.”<br />

The Swan in Salford and The Black Horse in Woburn have<br />

been awarded a Three Star Food Made Good rating by the<br />

Sustainable Restaurant Association (SRA).<br />

The pubs and their owners, Peach Pubs, were given the<br />

accolade for the steps they have taken to reduce their<br />

impact on climate change and help people to make more<br />

sustainable choices when eating out. These ranged from<br />

celebrating local and seasonal produce and sourcing fish<br />

responsibly, to treating its people fairly and eliminating<br />

food waste.<br />

“It’s fantastic news and doubly significant after what has<br />

been a year like no other for the hospitality industry. It<br />

is tremendous encouragement from the Sustainable<br />

Restaurant Association and we shall be working with them<br />

over the year ahead to be even better and improve our<br />

scores,” said Frazer Sutherland, Peach Partner, who looks<br />

after the pubs.<br />

Juliane Caillouette-Noble, managing director of the SRA,<br />

said: “By being the first pub to complete the Food Made<br />

More excitement arrives at Bedford Park on 30 July, when<br />

legendary music and style icon Paul Weller takes to the<br />

stage.<br />

Fans can enjoy live performances of new material and<br />

classics from his back catalogue such as ‘Wild Wood’,<br />

‘Wake Up the Nation’ and ‘You Do Something To Me’.<br />

Paul’s 17th solo album ‘An Orchestrated Songbook’ was<br />

released in December. Recorded with award-winning<br />

arranger Jules Buckley and the BBC Symphony Orchestra,<br />

the album reimagines a selection of his vast catalogue. This<br />

follows 2021’s highly acclaimed number one album ‘Fat<br />

Pop’ with fans likely to hear tracks from this album live for<br />

the first-time.<br />

Commenting on his live dates, Paul said: “It’s brilliant to<br />

announce these UK summer shows and to be able to play<br />

outdoors again after such a long time.”<br />

Tickets for both events are on sale now at<br />

lphconcertsandevents<br />


Bedfordshire<br />

Bedfordshire’s Blooms<br />

Beautiful gardens to visit this spring<br />

Written by Jacqui Hagen<br />

© Wrest Park<br />

As the days become longer and warmer, gardens burst into life. Celebrate the new season with our guide to the best<br />

Bedfordshire gardens to visit this spring.<br />

Kathy Brown’s Garden<br />

The Manor House, Stevington, MK43 7QB<br />

This four-and-a-half-acre private garden in Stevington<br />

village has been lovingly designed and cared for by<br />

Kathy and her husband over the past 30 years. <strong>Spring</strong> is a<br />

wonderful time to visit with each month offering stunning<br />

displays. April is beautiful with spring bulbs and blossoms,<br />

May is exuberant with peonies, wisterias and alliums<br />

while June is a joy with foxgloves and roses. Open every<br />

Tuesday from 5 April until the end of September, plus some<br />

Saturdays and bank holidays, visits must be pre-booked<br />

online. Entrance is £8 and children aged 3-17 years are<br />

half price, with teas and Kathy’s special homemade cakes<br />

available at £6 per person. Why not learn a new skill at a<br />

Kokedama workshop and take home your own homemade<br />

moss ball? Priced at £30 and taking place on Friday<br />

29 April and 6 May, it includes a demonstration,<br />

practical session, tour and tea.<br />

kathybrownsgarden.com<br />

Mill Gardens<br />

Jordans Mill, Broom, SG18 9JX<br />

Designed by Chelsea Flower Show winners, Ian Kitson<br />

and Julie Toll, the gardens at Jordans Mill are a wildlifefriendly<br />

setting where crops, vegetables and fruits grow<br />

alongside wildflowers and cultivated garden plants. Enjoy<br />

a stroll around the ornamental flower displays, cereal crops,<br />

orchard and allotment and then continue your journey<br />

through the meadow and woodland which are havens for<br />

wildlife and great for budding explorers. As the gardens,<br />

meadow and woodland shift and change with the seasons,<br />

there is always something new to enjoy. Open every<br />

Thursday to Sunday, 9-4pm, and admission to the gardens<br />

is free. The historic Mill reopens this spring with guided<br />

tours priced at £5, or you can explore at your own leisure<br />

with a self-guided leaflet, for just £2.50. Complete your visit<br />

with a freshly prepared meal in the Riverside Café and pick<br />

up some locally produced treats in the shop.<br />

jordansmill.com<br />


Bedfordshire<br />

Swiss Garden<br />

Shuttleworth, Old Warden, SG18 9DX<br />

Take a walk through ornate ironwork gates into this<br />

delightful nine acre regency and Victorian layered garden,<br />

complete with resident peacocks. There are 13 listed<br />

structures to explore including the Swiss Cottage, Indian<br />

Kiosk, and Grotto & Fernery with its cave-like Pulhamite<br />

tunnels. Thousands of daffodils flower here from late<br />

February through to April which will be showcased at their<br />

Daffodil Tour on Saturday 26 March. Priced at £20, the tour<br />

begins with tea and cake in the beautiful sunroom.<br />

The popular ‘<strong>Spring</strong> Walk and Lunch with the Head<br />

Gardner’, which costs £40 per person, takes place on Friday<br />

22 April, when you can enjoy many seasonal highlights<br />

including large banks of rhododendrons in full bloom.<br />

Online daily admission tickets are £16, children are free,<br />

and can be used multiple times for up to 30 days. Tickets<br />

on the gate are £17.50 and single use only. Admission gives<br />

you access to explore almost 60 acres of Shuttleworth,<br />

including the famous Shuttleworth Collection, historic<br />

lakeside parkland and children’s playground.<br />

shuttleworth.org<br />

Wrest Park<br />

Silsoe, MK45 4HR<br />

Discover over 90 acres of beautiful gardens showcasing a<br />

range of styles including Dutch and Italian. Wander along<br />

the formal Long Water walk and spot classical statues<br />

as you explore the grounds. In spring, Wrest Park comes<br />

to life with daffodils and primroses flowering within the<br />

woodland areas. In the Walled Garden, spring blossom on<br />

the fruit trees and fresh young foliage, along with daffodils<br />

and allium, provide fragrance and colour while the formal<br />

gardens around the house are a stunning display of colour<br />

with seasonal bedding schemes including tulips, hyacinths,<br />

violas, forget-me-not, polyanthus and crown imperial<br />

fritillaries. Advance online tickets are £12.60, children aged<br />

5-17 years priced £7.60, family £32.80 and include the Dairy<br />

Sculpture Gallery and children’s playground. Admission<br />

prices are higher on the day. Head to the café for seasonal<br />

hot and cold meals, drinks and snacks and pick up jams,<br />

chutneys, wines, beers, books and garden gifts at the shop.<br />

english-heritage.org.uk<br />

© Kathy Brown’s Garden<br />

© Jordans Mill<br />

The Walled Garden<br />

Luton Hoo Estate, Farm Rd, LU1 3TQ<br />

Designed by Capability Brown in the late 1760s,<br />

The Walled Garden at Luton Hoo Estate is now maintained<br />

by enthusiastic volunteers and a conservation team<br />

who continue to reveal its rich history. The stunning<br />

five-acre garden, which has a range of glass houses<br />

and is surrounded by the original octagonal wall, offers<br />

a fascinating glimpse into the historic gardens at one of<br />

England’s great stately homes. Visitors are welcome on<br />

Open Wednesdays from 4 May to 28 September and the<br />

£5 entry fee includes a guided tour of the garden and<br />

Victorian farm buildings. The Woodyard Coffee Shop is a<br />

small café nestled within the grounds of the estate, serving<br />

teas, coffee, homemade cakes and lunches. Visit the<br />

website for information about special events including<br />

their spring open day and bluebell walks.<br />

lutonhooestate.co.uk<br />

© Shuttleworth Swiss Garden<br />

© Luton Hoo Estate

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Bedfordshire<br />

Review:<br />

The Black Horse, Woburn<br />

Modern dining in an historic setting<br />

Reviewed by Jacqui Hagen<br />

Lined with elegant Georgian-fronted buildings, Bedford Street runs through the<br />

centre of Woburn. Here you’ll find the Black Horse, a former coaching inn that has<br />

long been at the heart of village life.<br />

Step inside the double-leafed door and you’ll find yet more character, where low<br />

ceilings and exposed beams meet contemporary décor and a recent mini-refurb<br />

has added colour and warmth.<br />

We stopped by for lunch on a chilly Tuesday in January and escaped the cold into<br />

the welcoming restaurant with a menu boasting hearty, winter dishes. Seasonal<br />

ingredients are fundamental to what they do here, so the spring menu will inevitably<br />

showcase the best of the new season’s larder.<br />

The Black Horse has a busy, yet relaxed atmosphere and we quickly got the<br />

impression that manager Charlotte and her team have everything under control.<br />

The staff here are attentive and happy to answer questions about the menu and<br />

frequently changing specials board.<br />

We started with plump scallops, corals intact, on a bed of white beans braised with<br />

leeks and chorizo which offered up a satisfying warmth. From the ‘Small Plates’, we<br />

chose chunky halloumi fries: the crunchy coating giving way to salty cheese with a<br />

bloody Mary dip on the side providing spice.<br />


Our mains included the 14-hour braised beef and ale pie, one of the pub’s most<br />

popular dishes which deservedly stays on the menu throughout the year. Tender<br />

meat and rich gravy encased in crisp pastry came with well-seasoned, buttery mash<br />

and greens.<br />

Beautifully cooked sea bass fillets, enlivened by capers and lemon, were the fish<br />

of the day. Served with new potatoes and buttery soft spinach, this is a classic<br />

combination which brings joy to the tastebuds when done well like this.<br />

For dessert, we were happy to go with Charlotte’s recommendations. We loved the<br />

smooth lemon panna cotta, topped with tangy rhubarb and an almond crumble for<br />

sweetness and texture. The surprisingly light treacle sponge had a subtle, fragrant<br />

spice and jug of creamy custard for pouring.<br />

If you’re too full for dessert but don’t want to miss out, you can opt for a bitesize<br />

chocolate brownie with your choice of tea or coffee. Or, if you prefer a savoury end<br />

to your meal, there’s a superb selection of British cheeses served with chutney and<br />

Peter’s Yard crackers.<br />

The Black Horse is the kind of place where you can enjoy a real ale or cocktail at the<br />

bar, sit by the fire and graze on small dishes with a glass or two from their impressive<br />

wine list, or go all out as we did with the full three courses.<br />

On warmer days, head through the carriage arch to the side of the pub and<br />

you’ll find a secluded courtyard garden, a lovely place to sit and enjoy the spring<br />

sunshine.<br />

The Black Horse, 1 Bedford Street, Woburn, MK17 9QB<br />



Les Misérables<br />

star Nic<br />

Greenshields<br />

chats to<br />

<strong>Eastlife</strong><br />

One of the world’s most popular<br />

musicals, Les Misérables, returns<br />

to Milton Keynes Theatre this April.<br />

Reprising the role of the relentless<br />

antagonist Javert is Nic Greenshields.<br />

We caught up with Nic about taking on<br />

the role and what makes the musical so<br />

loved…<br />

What’s it like taking on one of the most<br />

iconic roles in musical theatre?<br />

It’s a great privilege to play Javert. I first saw the show when<br />

I was in my teens, and to be doing it 25-years later is a huge<br />

honour. I try to bring out a different side to Javert, giving him<br />

multiple dimensions and making him more than just the<br />

baddie, showing a more emotional side to him.<br />

Does the role require a lot of stamina<br />

as a performer, and what helps you to<br />

perform each night?<br />

I took up running during lockdown! I felt I needed to do<br />

something, and just before we started rehearsals, I ran a half<br />

marathon which was a big achievement. All the roles are<br />

demanding, if you keep delivering at the level we want to, it is<br />

tough work. You do have to look after yourself.<br />

Do you remember your first experience<br />

of Les Misérables?<br />

I remember buying a cassette when I was about 11 years old<br />

of people singing songs from Les Mis. I remember listening<br />

to it and trying to imagine what the show would be like.<br />

Eventually I begged my Mum to take me, and we queued for<br />

returns. I was just blown away.<br />

Why do you think audiences still love to<br />

come and see Les Mis?<br />

The music is definitely a huge part of it. The score is stunning<br />

and has really broken through into popular culture, bringing it<br />

to a new audience. Ultimately, I think the show has remained<br />

so popular because of the themes. It’s a show about<br />

redemption and the human condition and everything that still<br />

resonates with us all today. We connect with the characters<br />

and become engrossed in the story and the beautiful music<br />

pulls everything together. It’s clearly a magical formula.<br />

Les Misérables is at Milton Keynes Theatre from Tuesday 26<br />

April to Saturday 21 May. For tickets, visit<br />


Bedfordshire<br />

<strong>Spring</strong> Food, Craft and Gift Market at<br />

Shuttleworth House<br />

performances and<br />

activities culminating in<br />

England’s most legendary<br />

battle. Cheer on gallant St<br />

George as he mounts his<br />

mighty steed and takes<br />

on his fiery green nemesis<br />

in the ultimate, dramatic<br />

show down. So join Wrest<br />

Park as they demonstrate<br />

everything quintessentially<br />

English and celebrate England’s legendary patron saint.<br />

englishheritage.seetickets.com/tour/wrest-park<br />

WHAT’S ON<br />

Saturday 26 and Sunday 27th March <strong>2022</strong> 10am – 3pm<br />

Stalls will be positioned around the grand rooms of<br />

Shuttleworth House for visitors to enjoy the stunning<br />

interiors as they shop from a variety of food, craft and gift<br />

stalls. Entry is free of charge however donations to the<br />

Shuttleworth Trust are welcome. Visitors are welcome<br />

to stroll down and wander around the world-famous<br />

Collection of aircraft or enjoy a walk around the beautiful<br />

nine-acre Swiss Garden plus the Parkland, Shurubbery<br />

and Woodland Walks. A small refreshments station<br />

will be open at Shuttleworth House or guests can dine<br />

at the Runway Café down by Shuttleworth Collection<br />

Hangars.<br />

shuttleworth.org/product/springmarket/<br />

Ghost Hunt at Moot Hall<br />

Dinosaur Adventure Live at The<br />

Bedford Corn Exchange<br />

Monday 18 April <strong>2022</strong><br />

11.30am, 2pm & 4pm<br />

Join the intrepid<br />

Dinosaur Adventurers<br />

as they journey to<br />

a world of living,<br />

breathing, life-like<br />

Dinosaurs. Walk<br />

with them through<br />

the Jurassic era on<br />

an unforgettable<br />

interactive experience<br />

as they introduce you to some of the most incredible<br />

species ever to have lived on Earth. Feel the excitement<br />

of meeting real life-like Dinosaurs face-to-face and<br />

hearing the tremendous roar of a T-Rex. Learn their<br />

history and even feed them but watch out – you could<br />

be on the menu.<br />

This awe-inspiring show captivates both young and<br />

young at heart, immersing audiences in an enthralling &<br />

realistic world of Dinosaurs.<br />

bedfordcornexchange.co.uk/events/dinosauradventure-live/<br />

St George’s Day Festival at Wrest Park<br />

Saturday 23 and Sunday 24 April <strong>2022</strong><br />

Celebrate our green and pleasant land and immerse<br />

yourself in the story of England at the biggest, most<br />

action-packed St George’s Day celebration in the<br />

country. Enjoy a weekend of shows, battles, games,<br />

Saturday 23 – Sunday 24 April <strong>2022</strong> 7.30pm – 00.30am<br />

Come a long to this event and enjoy using a whole<br />

range of ghost hunting equipment!<br />

There will a number of seances and then you’ll get the<br />

chance to use the equipment in your own time. Snacks<br />

and drinks will be available all night.<br />

Ghostlygatherings.co.uk<br />

Season Premiere Air Show<br />

Sunday 1 May <strong>2022</strong> Gates open 9.30am<br />

Blow away the winter cobwebs and get set for what<br />

promises to be an exciting show. Expect a thrilling<br />

air display from historic aircraft, fantastic children’s<br />

activities, and a chance to explore the beautiful<br />

Shuttleworth Swiss Garden. There is something to keep<br />

the whole family entertained!<br />

shuttleworth.org/product/seasonpremiere/<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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