EastLife Summer 2022

This issue of Eastlife is a big celebration. Not only do we announce the winners of our first-ever awards, we also feature The Queen’s Platinum Jubilee and the events taking place across East Anglia to mark this momentous occasion.

This issue of Eastlife is a big celebration. Not only do we announce the winners of our first-ever awards, we also feature The Queen’s Platinum Jubilee and the events taking place across East Anglia to mark this momentous occasion.


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A <strong>Summer</strong><br />

Celebration<br />

This issue of Eastlife is a big<br />

celebration. Not only do we<br />

announce the winners of<br />

our first-ever awards, we also<br />

feature The Queen’s Platinum<br />

Jubilee and the events taking<br />

place across East Anglia to<br />

mark this momentous occasion.<br />

Our summer diary dates feel<br />

Suer<br />

celebratory too, as we look<br />

forward to the biggest line-ups<br />

for several years. The region’s<br />

favourite events are finally back<br />

and there’s a buzz of anticipation in the air. With the return of<br />

concerts, shows, country fairs, outdoor cinema, festivals and more<br />

- there’s plenty of summer fun for everyone.<br />

As always, the Eastlife team has been enjoying every corner of<br />

our region, discovering the highlights which make each county<br />

unique. In this issue you’ll find a kayaking adventure on the<br />

Norfolk Broads, dog-friendly walks in Suffolk’s stunning settings,<br />

an eco-stay at Cambridge’s Turing Locke and an island-hopping<br />

trip along the Essex coastline. Meanwhile in Hertfordshire, we<br />

spend a sunny day in St Albans and highlight the county’s<br />

prettiest places for fresh-air food. And there’s no better time to<br />

head to Bedford; we give seven irresistible reasons to visit the<br />

buzzing county town this summer.<br />

Wherever you are in our beautiful region, have fun!<br />

Jaci and þe Eastlife Team<br />

SUMMER <strong>2022</strong> www.eastlife.co.uk<br />

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Contents<br />

008 Lifestyle<br />

The Eastlife award winners plus summer’s<br />

big events including The Queen’s<br />

Platinum Jubilee<br />

064 Consumer<br />

The best cycling sunglasses and our top<br />

picks for outdoor kitchens<br />

08<br />

41<br />

60<br />

027 Travel<br />

The best day trips by train in East Anglia<br />

034 Dog Friendly<br />

A Norfolk adventure<br />

040 Education<br />

The rise of gymnastics and regional news<br />

045 Little East<br />

Family-friendly festivals, outdoor cinema<br />

and immersive entertainment<br />

058 Health<br />

Rejuvenation at Suffolk’s A-lister wellness<br />

retreat<br />

060 Fashion<br />

Confidence-boosting beachwear for your<br />

summer holiday<br />

074 Gardening<br />

The products no gardener should be<br />

without<br />

079 Arts<br />

A round up of the region’s summer<br />

exhibitions<br />

083 Area Focus<br />

News, adventure, restaurant<br />

recommendations and travel inspiration<br />

for each county<br />

– 083 Norfolk<br />

– 095 Suffolk<br />

– 105 Cambridgeshire<br />

– 117 Essex<br />

– 127 Hertfordshire<br />

– 137 Bedfordshire<br />

122<br />

063 Weddings<br />

How to choose the right wedding ring<br />


The votes are in… and we are so excited to announce the winners in our first ever<br />

Eastlife Awards! Voted by you, the winners are an impressive round up of the<br />

independent businesses who make East Anglia a great place to live and visit.<br />

So, without further ado, our brilliant winners in each county are…<br />



Theatres & Venues<br />

The Sharnbrook Mill Theatre<br />

103 Mill Rd, Sharnbrook, MK44 1NP<br />

sharnbrookmilltheatre.co.uk<br />

Adrenaline Rush Activities<br />

Palmer Sport at Bedford Autodrome<br />

Thurleigh Airfield Business Park,<br />

Thurleigh Road, Thurleigh, MK44 2YP<br />

palmersport.com<br />

Art Galleries & Museums<br />

The Higgins Bedford<br />

Castle Road, Bedford, MK40 3XD<br />

thehigginsbedford.org.uk<br />

Festivals & Events<br />

Bedford Park Concerts<br />

Millennium Studios, Bedford<br />

Technology Park, Thurleigh, MK44 2YA<br />

bedfordparkconcerts.co.uk<br />

Attractions & Days Out<br />

Shuttleworth<br />

Alder Drive, Biggleswade, SG18 9DT<br />

shuttleworth.org<br />

Gastro Pubs<br />

The Sun Felmersham<br />

Grange Road, Felmersham, MK43 7EU<br />

thesunfelmersham.com<br />

Accommodation<br />

Woodland Manor Hotel & Restaurant<br />

Green Lane, Clapham, MK41 6EP<br />

woodlandmanorhotel.co.uk<br />

Spas & Wellness<br />

Y Spa at Wyboston Lakes Resort<br />

Great North Road, Wyboston, MK44 3AL<br />

yspa.co.uk<br />

Country Parks<br />

Forest of Marston Vale<br />

Station Rd, Marston Moretaine, MK43 0PR<br />

marstonvale.org<br />

Wedding Venues<br />

Woodland Manor Hotel & Restaurant<br />

Green Lane, Clapham, MK41 6EP<br />




Theatres & Venues<br />

Cambridge Junction<br />

Clifton Way, Cambridge, CB1 7GX<br />

junction.co.uk<br />

Adrenaline Rush Activities<br />

Rumble Live Action Gaming<br />

Grafham Water, Marlow Park, Grafham,<br />

Huntingdon, PE28 0BH<br />

rumblelive.co.uk<br />

Art Galleries & Museums<br />

Burwell Museum<br />

Mill Close, Burwell, CB25 0HL<br />

burwellmuseum.org.uk<br />

Festivals & Events<br />

Kimbolton Country Fayre<br />

Kimbolton, Huntingdon, PE28 0EA<br />

kimboltoncountryfayre.com<br />

Attractions & Days Out<br />

Shepreth Wildlife Park<br />

Station Road, Shepreth, Nr. Royston,<br />

SG8 6PZ<br />

sheprethwildlifepark.co.uk<br />

Gastro Pubs<br />

The Plough Coton<br />

2 High Street, Coton, CB23 7PL<br />

theploughcoton.co.uk<br />

Accommodation<br />

Fuller’s Hill Cottages<br />

Fuller’s Hill, Little Gransden, Sandy,<br />

SG19 3BP<br />

fullershillcottages.co.uk<br />

Spas & Wellness<br />

The Varsity Hotel & Spa<br />

Thompson’s Lane (off Bridge Street),<br />

Cambridge, CB5 8AQ<br />

thevarsityhotel.co.uk<br />

Country Parks<br />

Hinchingbrooke Country Park<br />

Brampton Road, Huntingdon, PE29 6DB<br />

huntingdonshire.gov.uk/<br />

hinchingbrookecountrypark<br />

Wedding Venues<br />

Kimbolton Castle<br />

Kimbolton, Huntingdon, PE28 0EA<br />


ESSEX<br />


Theatres & Venues<br />

The Cliffs Pavilion and Palace Theatre<br />

Station Rd, Southend-on-Sea, SS0 7RA<br />

430 London Rd, Westcliff-on-Sea, SS0 9LA<br />

southendtheatres.org.uk<br />

Adrenaline Rush Activities<br />

Curve Water Sports<br />

Mill Street, St Osyth, CO16 8EW<br />

curvewatersports.co.uk<br />

Art Galleries & Museums<br />

Two Tree Gallery<br />

11 Rectory Grove, Leigh on Sea, SS9 2HB<br />

twotreegallery.co.uk<br />

Festivals & Events<br />

Helen Rollason Cancer Charity<br />

Yvonne Stewart House, The Street,<br />

Hatfield Peverel, CM3 2EH<br />

helenrollason.org.uk<br />

Attractions & Days Out<br />

Colchester Zoo<br />

Maldon Road, Stanway, CO3 0SL<br />

colchesterzoo.org<br />

Gastro Pubs<br />

Channels Bar & Brasserie<br />

Pratts Farm Lane East, Little Waltham,<br />

Chelmsford, CM3 3PT<br />

channelsestate.co.uk<br />

Accommodation<br />

LandyCampers<br />

Hill Pasture, Broxted, Dunmow, CM62BZ<br />

landycampers.co.uk<br />

Spas & Wellness<br />

Julie Court Nutrition<br />

Church Road, Brightlingsea, Colchester,<br />

CO7 0GG<br />

juliecourtnutrition.com<br />

Country Parks<br />

Cudmore Grove Country Park<br />

Broman’s Lane, East Mersea, Colchester,<br />

CO5 8UE<br />

explore-essex.com<br />

Wedding Venues<br />

Channels<br />

Pratts Farm Lane East, Little Waltham,<br />

Chelmsford, CM3 3PT<br />




Theatres & Venues<br />

The Factory Playhouse Theatre<br />

60 Wilbury Way, Hitchin, SG4 0TA<br />

factoryplayhouse.com<br />

Adrenaline Rush Activities<br />

Lee Valley White Water Centre<br />

Station Road, Waltham Cross, EN9 1AB<br />

visitleevalley.org.uk/whitewater<br />

Art Galleries & Museums<br />

Natural History Museum Tring<br />

Akeman Street, Tring, HP23 6AP<br />

nhm.ac.uk/visit/tring.html<br />

Festivals & Events<br />

Standon Calling<br />

Standon Lordship, SG11 1EF<br />

standon-calling.com<br />

Attractions & Days Out<br />

Knebworth House<br />

Knebworth Park, SG1 2AX<br />

knebworthhouse.com<br />

Gastro Pubs<br />

The Fox at Willian<br />

Willian, Letchworth Garden City, SG6 2AE<br />

foxatwillian.co.uk<br />

Accommodation<br />

Tewin Bury Farm Hotel<br />

Hertford Road, Welwyn, AL6 0JB<br />

tewinbury.co.uk<br />

Spas & Wellness<br />

The Cottonmill Spa at Sopwell House<br />

Cottonmill Lane, St Albans, AL1 2HQ<br />

sopwellhouse.co.uk/cottonmill-spa<br />

Country Parks<br />

Lee Valley Park<br />

Broxbourne Riverside, Mill Lane,<br />

Broxbourne, EN10 7AX<br />

visitleevalley.org.uk<br />

Wedding Venues<br />

Fanhams Hall Hotel<br />

Fanhams Hall Road, Ware, SG12 7PZ<br />




Theatres & Venues<br />

The Princess Theatre<br />

13 The Green, Hunstanton, PE36 5AH<br />

princesshunstanton.co.uk<br />

Adrenaline Rush Activities<br />

Holkham Ropes Course<br />

Holkham Hall, Wells-next-the-Sea,<br />

NR23 1AB<br />

holkham.co.uk/visiting/ropes-course<br />

Art Galleries & Museums<br />

Gressenhall Farm and Workhouse<br />

Gressenhall, Dereham, NR20 4DR<br />

museums.norfolk.gov.uk/<br />

gressenhall-farm-and-workhouse<br />

Festivals & Events<br />

Phoenix Events East Ltd<br />

St. Georges Works, 51 Colegate,<br />

Norwich, NR1 1DD<br />

phoenixeventseastltd.co.uk<br />

Attractions & Days Out<br />

Redwings Horse Sanctuary<br />

Spa Lane, Aylsham, NR11 6UE<br />

Caldecott Hall, Fritton, NR31 9EY<br />

redwings.org.uk<br />

Gastro Pubs<br />

The White Horse<br />

Main Road, Brancaster Staithe, PE31 8BY<br />

whitehorsebrancaster.co.uk<br />

Accommodation<br />

Riverside Rentals<br />

17 Lower Street, Horning, NR12 8AA<br />

riverside-rentals.co.uk<br />

Spas & Wellness<br />

Thompson Hall Retreat<br />

Hall Lane, Thompson, Thetford, IP24 1QA<br />

thompsonhallretreat.co.uk<br />

Country Parks<br />

Gooderstone Water Gardens<br />

The Street , Gooderstone, King’s Lynn,<br />

PE33 9BP<br />

www.gooderstonewatergardens.co.uk<br />

Wedding Venues<br />

Hockwold Hall<br />

Hockwold Cum Wilton, Brandon, IP26 4HZ<br />




Theatres & Venues<br />

Theatre Royal Bury St Edmunds<br />

Westgate Street, Bury St Edmunds,<br />

IP33 1QR<br />

theatreroyal.org<br />

Adrenaline Rush Activities<br />

Suffolk Ski Centre<br />

Bourne Hill, Wherstead, Ipswich, IP2 8NQ<br />

suffolkskicentre.co.uk<br />

Art Galleries & Museums<br />

The National Horse Racing Museum<br />

Palace Street, Newmarket, CB8 8EP<br />

nhrm.co.uk<br />

Festivals & Events<br />

Red Rooster Festival<br />

Euston Hall, Euston, IP24 2QW<br />

redrooster.org.uk<br />

Attractions & Days Out<br />

Jimmy’s Farm & Wildlife Park<br />

Pannington Hall Lane, Wherstead,<br />

Ipswich, IP9 2AP<br />

jimmysfarm.com<br />

Gastro Pubs<br />

The Unruly Pig<br />

Orford Road, Bromeswell, Nr<br />

Woodbridge, IP12 2PU<br />

theunrulypig.co.uk<br />

Accommodation<br />

The Great House<br />

Market Place, Lavenham, CO10 9QZ<br />

greathouse.co.uk<br />

Spas & Wellness<br />

Weavers’ House Spa<br />

High St, Lavenham, CO10 9QA<br />

theswanatlavenham.co.uk/spa<br />

Country Parks<br />

Brandon Country Park<br />

Bury Road, Brandon, IP27 0SU<br />

whatsonwestsuffolk.co.uk/parks/<br />

brandon-country-park<br />

Wedding Venues<br />

Jimmy’s Farm Weddings<br />

Pannington Hall Lane, Wherstead,<br />

Ipswich IP9 2AP<br />


<strong>Summer</strong> Diary Dates<br />

Your guide to making the most of the summer<br />

Festivals and events are back, bringing a mix of music, famous faces, arts and theatre to<br />

the East. To ensure you don’t miss out on the action, we’ve pulled together a guide to<br />

the biggest events coming to East Anglia this summer. From main stages with big-name<br />

headliners to smaller country folk vibes, one-off events and outdoor cinemas, there’s<br />

something to suit all budgets and moods…<br />


Music Concerts<br />

Live Music at Thorington Theatre, 5 & 12 June<br />

Thorington, Saxmundham, Suffolk<br />

Nothing quite matches the location of Thorington Theatre.<br />

Located deep in the Suffolk forest, a wooden amphitheatre<br />

hosts a number of productions throughout the summer<br />

months. Two dates this June are dedicated to the music<br />

listened to while the structure was built. One of the most<br />

played artists during the build was the Alabama 3. They’ll<br />

take to the stage on 5 June to play their own narco-acoustic<br />

slant on their current recordings, back catalogue of hits, and<br />

the music that inspired them along the way. On 12 June,<br />

Yorkshire based, acoustic singer-songwriter, Jon Gomm will<br />

be entertaining audiences with his emotive performances.<br />

thoringtontheatre.co.uk<br />

Newmarket Nights, June – August<br />

July Course, Newmarket<br />

Combining an evening of horse racing and live music the<br />

Newmarket Nights are a great summer event. This year the<br />

line-up includes Paloma Faith on 17 June, Rudimental on<br />

24 June, The Script on 15 July, Anne-Marie on 29 July and<br />

Pete Tong’s Classic Ibiza on 12 August to name but a few!<br />

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

newmarket-nights<br />

Classics On The Embankment, 10 June<br />

Peterborough Embankment, Cambridgeshire<br />

Iconic dance music brand Café Mambo Ibiza has<br />

announced ‘Classics On The Embankment’; an unmissable<br />

outdoor dance music event. The legendary Ibiza brand<br />

will bring thousands of dance music fans together for an<br />

unforgettable experience under the stars as they relive the<br />

massive tunes that provided the soundtrack to generations<br />

of Ibiza adventures. Serving up the classics are some of<br />

the biggest DJs in dance music: Paul Oakenfold, Roger<br />

Sanchez, a huge special guest to be announced, and<br />

Mambo resident Andy Baxter. lphconcerts.co.uk<br />

Strawberries & Creem, 17-19 June<br />

Childerley Orchard, Cambridge<br />

After announcing themselves as a major new force on the<br />

UK weekend festival scene last year, Strawberries & Creem<br />

returns bigger and better for <strong>2022</strong> unleashing a stellar,<br />

one-of-a-kind line-up for their return. A three-day event, the<br />

festival will be joined by Lil Wayne. After a 14-year hiatus this<br />

will be his only Europe show. Other artists taking to the stage<br />

include R&B singer and songwriter Ella Mai, Mabel and<br />

upcoming producer Tems. The festival pulls in the crowds<br />

with its mix of everything from drum and bass, hip hop,<br />

dance reggae and more. strawberriesandcreem.com<br />

Elvis Tribute Nights at Stonham Barns Park,<br />

24 June & 19 August<br />

Stonham Aspal, Stowmarket, Suffolk<br />

A series of tribute nights at Stonham Barns Park are coming<br />

up for summer months. The good time, feel-good nights will<br />

include a much-acclaimed Elvis Tribute. Andy Ottley has<br />

earned a reputation as one of the busiest Elvis tribute artists<br />

in East Anglia having performed professionally now for five<br />

years touring theatres, hotels and clubs.<br />

stonhambarns.co.uk<br />

Paul Weller <strong>Summer</strong> Show, 30 July<br />

Bedford Park, Bedfordshire<br />

British music icon, Paul Weller will be touring this summer,<br />

bringing his well-known hits to Bedford Park. The former<br />

frontman of The Jam will be supported by Richard Hawley<br />

who is widely recognized as one of the UK’s foremost<br />

songwriters.<br />

bedfordparkconcerts.co.uk/events/paul-weller<br />

Queen Symphonic Spectacular <strong>Summer</strong> Show,<br />

6 August<br />

Hatfield Park, Hertfordshire<br />

Star performers from the smash-hit London West End<br />

production ‘We Will Rock You’ will take to the stage at<br />

Hatfield Park, as part of a rock and orchestral spectacular<br />

celebrating the music of Queen. Queen Symphonic will<br />

entertain the crowds with one of the biggest rock shows<br />

they are ever likely to experience. Over 60 performers will<br />

be on stage, with the ‘We Will Rock You’ star singers backed<br />

by a full rock band together with The Heart of England<br />

Orchestra. This outdoor show will be an unmissable date<br />

on the summer calendar with friends and families enjoying<br />

picnics in the park, while singing and dancing along to<br />

classic Queen hits.<br />

lphconcertsandevents.co.uk<br />

Rock at the Castle, 7 August<br />

Hertford Castle, Hertfordshire<br />

Bringing together local bands and artists, the Castle will<br />

once again host a day of music to see you through a<br />

summer Sunday. To date, the event has raised over £50,000<br />

for local charities. hertford.gov.uk/events<br />

Classic Ibiza, 20 August<br />

Hatfield House, Hertfordshire<br />

Classic Ibiza, an open-air orchestral celebration of White<br />

Isle-inspired house music, has once again partnered with<br />

Isabel Hospice for its much-awaited return to Hatfield<br />

House. With the show due to sell-out, and with the concert<br />

organisers increasing their charitable donation by 150%,<br />

it is hoped that considerable funds will be raised for this<br />

extremely worthy local charity. Classic Ibiza starts with a<br />

‘Chill-Out DJ Set’ performed by Rich Seam, who has played<br />

everywhere from the original warehouse parties to Ministry<br />

of Sound and Glastonbury. The Urban Soul Orchestra (USO)<br />

and DJ Goldierocks then take to the stage for the ‘San<br />

Miguel Sundowner Set’. Goldierocks then performs her<br />


very own ‘House DJ Set’, before she is re-joined on stage<br />

by USO for the ‘Dance Set’ and laser light show. All aboard<br />

for a magical four-hour tour of the very-best in stately house<br />

music. classicibiza.co.uk<br />

Maui Waui Festival of Music and Performing Arts,<br />

25-28 August<br />

Hill Farm, near Dereham, Norfolk<br />

Returning for its ninth year, this event is one of the most<br />

diverse and creative festivals in the region. The festival<br />

has six stages and provides four nights and three days of<br />

entertainment including 80’s ska legends Bad Manners,<br />

New Zealand meets Dutch Prodigy My Baby, Zimbabwe’s<br />

Accappella choir and dance group, Black Umfolosi, plus<br />

Dub Pistols meet Freestylers for a legendry back-to-back<br />

DJ set. More than 100 bands are set to take the stage, and<br />

this year sees the addition of a freshly built Pirate Ship Mk<br />

II – a wooden replica of a pirate ship complete with smokefiring<br />

canons, sails and pyrotechnics that will make the DJ<br />

area go with a bang! Sunday is dedicated to an Americana<br />

theme with a special stage hosting some of the country’s<br />

leading performers of country, blues, bluegrass and<br />

American folk music. Without a doubt, this is the place to be<br />

on August Bank holiday weekend!<br />

mauiwauievents.co.uk<br />

Airshows<br />

Shuttleworth Fly Days, May to October<br />

Old Warden, Bedfordshire<br />

Shuttleworth is bringing the skies to life this summer with a<br />

programme of events. With vintage vehicles on the ground<br />

and aeroplanes in the sky, there are multiple themed<br />

events each month to keep the whole family entertained.<br />

Highlights include the show-stopping Jubilee Flying Circus<br />

Air Show on 5 June and Flying Proms complete with a<br />

spectacular air display and wonderful live music from a<br />

full symphony orchestra on 7 August – to name a few!<br />

shuttleworth.org/events/airshows<br />

IWM Duxford Air Shows,<br />

18-19 June & 10-11 September<br />

IWM Duxford’s flying season brings the historic airfield<br />

to life and, this year, a jam-packed programme of events<br />

promises plenty of thrilling aerobatics, roaring Spitfires and<br />

entertainment on the ground. The Duxford <strong>Summer</strong> Air<br />

Show will be taking place on 18-19 June promising fun<br />

for all the family with fast-flying, all-action aerobatics and<br />

spectacular sights in the air and on the ground. The annual<br />

Battle of Britain Air Show will return on 10-11 September<br />

offering visitors an immersion into the 1940s when RAF<br />

Duxford played a pivotal role in the Battle of Britain, helping<br />

to defend the United Kingdom against Nazi air attacks.<br />

Expect plenty of Spitfire nostalgia as history is brought to<br />

life across the site for this much-loved weekend of flying<br />

entertainment.<br />

In addition, the IWM Duxford Air Show team will also<br />

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27 August to catch spectacular aircraft in flight as dusk<br />

descends over the airfield. Whilst Duxford Flying Finale on<br />

8 October will bring together highlights from the year as we<br />

say farewell to another fantastic season of flying.<br />

Clacton Airshow, 25-26 August<br />

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Celebrating 29 years of flying, an impressive aerobatic<br />

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greensward will wow an audience.. A twilight display will<br />

take place on the Thursday too.<br />

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Country Fairs & Dog Shows<br />

Stonham Barns Park Country Fair, 19 June<br />

Stonham Aspal, Stowmarket, Suffolk<br />

This brand-new country show will showcase all that is great<br />

about farming and the countryside including the legendary<br />

tug-of-war competition, a digger challenge, trade stands<br />


and food and drink stalls. It has all the thrills and spills<br />

you would expect from a Young Farmers-inspired show;<br />

a fun family day out aimed at providing visitors with the<br />

opportunity to learn, experience, promote and celebrate<br />

all the great things that come with living and working in<br />

Suffolk. Run by the Young Farmers, the day will be filled with<br />

lots to see and do, including shopping and sampling goods<br />

from a wide variety of local trade stands.<br />

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Suffolk Dog Day, 31 July<br />

Helmingham Hall, Suffolk<br />

A day dedicated to our furry friends! Part of the Festival of<br />

Suffolk, a two-month programme of events to celebrate<br />

the county, its history and the Queen’s Jubilee, Suffolk Dog<br />

Day will be a firm favourite for all dog lovers. Bring along the<br />

whole family, pooch included of course, for a day of canine<br />

celebrations. There will be dog classes, hands (paws)-on<br />

activities, an agility ring, shopping, live demonstrations and<br />

more.<br />

suffolkdogday.com | festivalofsuffolk.org<br />

The Gin & Rum Festival<br />

3-4 June, Saint Andrews & Blackfriars Hall, Norwich<br />

22-23 July, Peterborough Cathedral<br />

Learn more about your favourite tipple. There are over 120<br />

spirits to try, masterclasses, a DJ and live entertainment.<br />

New this year is the tequila bar serving up a variety of<br />

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Taste of Sudbury Food & Drink Festival, 18 June<br />

Melford Hall<br />

Enjoy watching some of Suffolk’s best foodie talent in<br />

cookery demonstrations and tuck into great local produce.<br />

The beautiful grounds of Melford Hall will be filled with<br />

stalls, stands, funky vans and more selling delicious food.<br />

tasteofsudbury.co.uk<br />

Essex Festival of Food and Drink, 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 />

Bedfordshire Gin Fest, 25 June<br />

Russell Park, Bedford<br />

Bedford’s one-day festival featuring many local and national<br />

gin brands, plus craft beers, wines and much more. With<br />

bars, samplings, street food and live music, there’ll be<br />

something for everyone.<br />

bedfordshireginfest.co.uk<br />

The Great British Food Festival, 16-17 July<br />

Knebworth House, Hertfordshire<br />

The festival brings together artisan producers, scrumptious<br />

street food and a selection of bars. Top up your culinary<br />

skills in the cookery demos or watch warriors take on<br />

the Men v Food challenges. Chill to live music while the<br />

children try their hand at a cookery lesson before joining<br />

a foraging walk. This is a fun, foodie event for the whole<br />

family – it’s dog-friendly too!<br />

greatbritishfoodfestival.com<br />

The Bury St Edmunds Food and Drink Festival,<br />

28-29 August<br />

Town Centre, Bury St Edmunds<br />

With a line-up of cooking demonstrations from top local<br />

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This year, on 6 February, Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II<br />

became the first British monarch to celebrate a platinum<br />

jubilee, marking 70 years since her accession to the<br />

throne. This incredible achievement makes her the<br />

longest reigning living monarch anywhere in the world.<br />

To mark this momentous occasion, there will be<br />

celebrations across the country with plenty of<br />

opportunities to join in the fun in East Anglia too. During a<br />

visit to Bury St Edmund’s in 2002, The Queen expressed<br />

her affection for the region:<br />

“Our sense of what it is to be British derives as<br />

much from the treasured towns, villages and<br />

coastline of East Anglia as it does from the<br />

great cities like London or Birmingham.”<br />

Throughout her reign, The Queen has travelled more<br />

widely than any other monarch and has visited East<br />

Anglia on numerous occasions both in a private and<br />

official capacity.<br />

Perhaps the most memorable visits are the Jubilee tours<br />

with the Silver Jubilee celebrations taking The Queen to<br />

Norwich, Ipswich, Felixstowe and Colchester in 1977.<br />

The Golden Jubilee tour followed in 2002, when The<br />

Queen and The Duke of Edinburgh visited Ipswich,<br />

Stowmarket and Bury St Edmund’s on 17 July. The<br />

following day took them to Norwich Castle Museum<br />

before they hosted a garden party for Norfolk at<br />

Sandringham House.<br />

Ten years later, Hertfordshire was part of the Diamond<br />

Jubilee tour, when The Queen visited Hitchin’s Market<br />

Square before heading to Stevenage where she opened<br />

the Lister Hospital’s new maternity wing.<br />

Of course, many of The Queen’s visits to East Anglia have<br />

been to Sandringham, her much-loved country estate in<br />

Norfolk; a retreat away from the city where she can enjoy<br />

the benefits of country life. It was here that she chose to<br />

celebrate her 96th birthday in April this year.<br />

The Queen takes a personal interest in the breeding<br />

of thoroughbred stock at her Sandringham Estate and<br />

enthusiastically attends race meetings at Newmarket. In<br />

November 2016 she unveiled a statue of herself with a<br />

horse and foal, a gift from the town in celebration of her<br />

90th birthday.<br />

Cambridgeshire has welcomed The Queen many<br />

times and in 2019 she visited The National Institute of<br />

Agricultural Botany and Queen’s College before unveiling<br />

a plaque at the Royal Papworth Hospital commemorating<br />

the opening of the site.<br />

The Queen’s visit to Bedfordshire in November 2006<br />

included a tour of Samuel Whitbread Community College<br />

as well as St John’s Hospice in Moggerhanger in her<br />

capacity as patron of Sue Ryder Care. She returned in<br />

April 2017 to officially open the new Centre for Elephant<br />

Care at Whipsnade Zoo.<br />

Silver Jubilee Tour in Ipswich, 1977<br />

Join in the Celebrations<br />

Celebratory events and activities are planned throughout<br />

the four-day Platinum Jubilee weekend. Here is The<br />

Queen’s order of events:<br />

Thursday 2 June<br />

More than 1,400 soldiers, 200 horses and 400 musicians<br />

will come together in the traditional Trooping the Colour<br />

parade from Buckingham Palace, ending with an RAF<br />

flypast, watched by The Queen from her balcony.<br />

Thursday will also see the lighting of the Platinum Jubilee<br />

Beacons throughout the United Kingdom, Channel<br />

Islands, Isle of Man and UK Overseas Territories.<br />

Friday 3 June<br />

A Service of Thanksgiving for The Queen’s reign will be<br />

held at St Paul’s Cathedral.<br />

Saturday 4 June<br />

The Queen will attend the Derby at Epsom Downs.<br />

A special live concert, featuring some of the world’s<br />

biggest entertainment stars, will also be broadcast from<br />

Buckingham Palace.<br />

Sunday 5 June<br />

The Big Jubilee Lunch is a community event encouraging<br />

neighbours to come together to celebrate the Jubilee<br />

with a picnic, street party or tea and cake. Find tips and<br />

ideas at edenprojectcommunities.com. The Platinum<br />

Jubilee Pageant will also take place when performers,<br />

dancers, musicians, military personnel, key workers and<br />

volunteers will tell the story of The Queen’s 70-year reign<br />

in a festival of creativity.


Sandringham<br />

Celebrations begin with the lighting<br />

of the Jubilee beacon on Thursday,<br />

accompanied by live music. Katherine<br />

Jenkins and The Military Wives<br />

perform at an outdoor concert on<br />

Friday and a live screening of the<br />

‘Platinum Party at the Palace’ will be<br />

shown on Saturday. The weekend<br />

culminates on Sunday with a motoring<br />

pageant, live music and aerial displays.<br />

Norwich<br />

A Big Jubilee Lunch hosted by the<br />

Lord Mayor takes place in the city<br />

centre on Sunday with a traditional<br />

street party, live music and family<br />

friendly activities such as balloon<br />

modelling and circus skills workshops.<br />

Bring a picnic or enjoy the street food<br />

available on Millennium Plain.<br />

Diss<br />

Join the party at Glow in the Park on<br />

Thursday with live music, street food<br />

stalls, a beacon lighting ceremony,<br />

lantern procession and firework<br />

display in Diss Park.<br />

For further details and to find<br />

more events in Norfolk visit<br />

platinumjubileenorfolk.org<br />


Sudbury<br />

Head to Friars Meadow on Thursday<br />

for a country fair with mini rowing<br />

regatta, dog show, circus workshops,<br />

children’s rides and craft stalls.<br />

A street party follows on Sunday<br />

at Market Hill with live music,<br />

performers, magicians and food stalls.<br />

Felixstowe<br />

The Jubilee Carnival brings a<br />

weekend of music, celebration and<br />

parades with community groups,<br />

schools and bands presenting<br />

songs through all the decades of the<br />

Queen’s reign.<br />

Thorington, nr Southwold<br />

On Thursday Proms in the Woods<br />

takes place at Thorington Theatre<br />

with internationally renowned<br />

coloratura soprano Christina<br />

Johnston and an ensemble of<br />

classical musicians.<br />

For further details and to find more<br />

events in Suffolk visit<br />

festivalofsuffolk.org<br />


Ely<br />

Celebrations span the weekend<br />

with a food, drink and craft show on<br />

Friday, a fete at Oliver Cromwell’s<br />

House on Saturday and the big Jubileel<br />

day and street party on Sunday.<br />

visitely.org.uk<br />

St Neots<br />

Join the Jubilee Picnic in the Park<br />

on Saturday at Regatta Meadow<br />

for an afternoon of music, food<br />

and celebration with children’s<br />

entertainment and live music. visitstneots.co.uk<br />

Peterborough<br />

Visit Sacrewell for a four-day event<br />

with inflatables, live music, children’s<br />

games, craft activities and a tractor<br />

display. Pre-book tickets for Saturday<br />

outdoor theatre and picnic hampers<br />

for the Big Jubilee Lunch on Sunday.<br />

sacrewell.org.uk<br />



Ashridge<br />

Enjoy a patriotic day at The Best of<br />

British Car Show on Saturday. The<br />

Giant Jubilee Picnic will be held<br />

in the grounds on Sunday, when<br />

you can meet Tudor kings and<br />

queens, play historic royal games<br />

and dance around the maypole.<br />

ashridgehouse.org.uk<br />

St Albans<br />

The Platinum Party takes place<br />

in the city centre on Thursday<br />

with live music and market stalls<br />

and entertainment with children’s<br />

activities including games, face<br />

painting, circus skills workshops and<br />

a magic show. stalbans.gov.uk<br />

Hertford<br />

Celebrate at Hertford Castle on<br />

Thursday with a brass band concert,<br />

afternoon tea and traditional lawn<br />

games. hertford.gov.uk<br />


Shuttleworth<br />

The aeronautical museum hosts The<br />

Jubilee Fly In on Friday with food<br />

and live music. The Jubilee Flying<br />

Circus follows on Sunday with a<br />

show-stopping air show featuring the<br />

incredible wing walkers.<br />

shuttleworth.org<br />

Moggerhanger Park<br />

A beacon lighting event is planned<br />

for Thursday with a bouncy castle,<br />

face painting, music, BBQ, and<br />

an after-party with dancing in the<br />

courtyard.<br />

moggerhangerpark.com<br />

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Great Dunmow<br />

Enjoy a secret tea party at Talliston<br />

House from Thursday to Sunday with<br />

canapés, fizz, a high tea and exclusive<br />

use of the house and gardens to<br />

explore and enjoy. talliston.com<br />

Burnham-on-Crouch<br />

Part of the Essex Book Festival,<br />

Greenwood Words is a special<br />

Jubilee event taking place on<br />

Thursday around the Quay. Enjoy<br />

salty storytelling, The Poetry<br />

Pharmacy, workshops, witchy<br />

walks, and the opportunity to<br />

plant your own Jubilee acorn.<br />

essexbookfestival.org.uk<br />

Search for more Jubilee events<br />

taking place near you at<br />

platinumjubilee.gov.uk<br />


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If you’re looking to avoid traffic jams and excessive fuel costs this<br />

summer, a trip by train may be the answer. Stress free and sustainable,<br />

rail travel provides the opportunity for adventure in nautical towns,<br />

historic cities, the famous Broads and the East’s coastline. The journey<br />

is part of the adventure itself. So, pack your bags, hop aboard and plan<br />

your day trip or mini break with our pick of cheap rail deals this summer.<br />


Essex Coast<br />

Greater Anglia rail service provides<br />

links to some of Essex’s most popular<br />

coastal destinations. The sunshine coast,<br />

including Clacton-on-Sea, Walton-on-the-<br />

Naze and Frinton-on-Sea, is perfect for<br />

families. Clacton and Walton offer awardwinning<br />

sandy beaches, amusements,<br />

holiday parks and fish and chips. For<br />

something a little quieter, stop at Frinton.<br />

Back in the day, it was favoured by the<br />

rich and royalty, but today its sweeping<br />

green lawn on the esplanade and sandy<br />

beach lined with Victorian-style beach<br />

huts are perfect spots to kick-back and<br />

relax on warm, sunny days. Return tickets<br />

from Colchester cost £10 or less.<br />

If you’re in London the C2C offers<br />

direct links to the family seaside town of<br />

Southend-on-Sea. Home to the world’s<br />

longest pleasure pier, sandy beach,<br />

a theme park, and amusements, it’s a<br />

great day out for families. However, in<br />

recent years, thanks to the opening of<br />

the Roslin Beach Hotel and restaurants<br />

serving cuisine beyond fish and chips,<br />

it’s become a popular overnight break for<br />

couples and groups too. People visiting<br />

from London can catch a direct train to<br />

Southend Victoria from as little as £6.<br />

Suffolk Coast<br />

Whether it’s hitting the beach,<br />

reconnecting with nature or soaking<br />

up culture and scenery, Suffolk has<br />

plenty to offer. Greater Anglia run direct<br />

trains between Ipswich and Felixstowe.<br />

However, the beautiful coastal town of<br />

Southwold is accessible without a car<br />

too. Simply catch the train to Halesworth<br />

and hop on First Bus 99A service. Here<br />

you can spend the day soaking up the<br />

sunshine on a sandy beach, tasting local<br />

ales at Adnams Brewery or feasting on<br />

fresh seafood. Southwold’s landmark<br />

lighthouse is available for tours and from<br />

May to September and the Southwold<br />

<strong>Summer</strong> Theatre runs a series of shows.<br />

It’s cheap and easy to explore the Suffolk<br />

Coast by train. The East Suffolk Ranger<br />

provides one day’s unlimited travel on<br />

Greater Anglia’s East Suffolk Lines, which<br />

runs from Ipswich to Felixstowe and<br />

Lowestoft. Tickets are valid from 8.45am,<br />

Mondays to Fridays, and at any time on<br />

Saturdays, Sundays and Bank Holidays.<br />

It costs just £21 per adult or £13.85 with<br />

a Railcard. Up to four accompanying<br />

children can travel for just £2 each.<br />


Norfolk<br />

For a special railway experience, hop aboard the vintage<br />

Poppy Line from Sheringham to Holt. Chug through the<br />

stunning North Norfolk countryside on the puffing steam<br />

train. The stations provide a glimpse into rail life in the 1800s<br />

and several historic themed events are held throughout the<br />

year.<br />

Combine city and coast during your Norfolk getaway with<br />

a rail trip from Norwich to either Cromer, Sheringham or<br />

Great Yarmouth. The city is suitable for families and couples<br />

thanks to its many attractions, castle adventure, thriving arts<br />

scene, shopping opportunities and ever-growing indie food<br />

offerings. The connecting coastal towns are each famed<br />

for their seaside charm with long stretches of beach, lively<br />

attractions, and foodie delights including traditional. fish<br />

and chips, tearooms, street food and, of course, plenty of<br />

fresh shellfish.<br />

The Wherry Line Ranger offers one day’s unlimited travel on<br />

Greater Anglia services from Norwich, through the Norfolk<br />

Broads to Lowestoft and Great Yarmouth (via Reedham and<br />

via Acle) and costs just £11.50 per adult, accompanying<br />

children pay half price.<br />

Head inland and the Broads are waiting to be discovered.<br />

With boat hire, pubs on the water’s edge, activities and<br />

nearby attractions, the Norfolk Broads are a fantastic<br />

summer holiday destination. While extending your trip with<br />

boat or cottage hire is a great choice, the Broads can be<br />

explored in just a day too.<br />

Catch the train from Norwich to Wroxham and pick up a<br />

day boat. Make your way to Salhouse Broad to soak up the<br />

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of lunch at one of the waterside pubs. Nearby Cockshoot<br />

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The Bittern Ranger offers one day’s unlimited travel on<br />

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Whether it’s a day trip or extended stay, this summer make<br />

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your car for a carriage!<br />

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Tails About Town:<br />

A Norfolk Adventure<br />

Written by Emma Kemsley<br />

Fletcher bounced through the doors of The Globe Inn,<br />

ready for his overnight escape in Norfolk’s seaside town of<br />

Wells-next-the-Sea.<br />

I worried Fletcher’s enthusiastic screaming would get us<br />

kicked out before we’d even checked in. However, instead,<br />

his squeals attracted loving affection from the kind staff.<br />

It was clear within moments that The Globe Inn treats dogs<br />

as guests in their own right.<br />

Set overlooking a pretty green, a five-minute stroll from<br />

Wells Quay, the rustic gastropub is conveniently located for<br />

making the most of North Norfolk’s holiday hotspot.<br />

The pub which has 19 rooms was acquired by The<br />

Chestnut Group back in 2020. It recently underwent a major<br />

refurbishment firmly establishing itself as a go-to destination<br />

for locals and tourists, especially those with dogs in tow.<br />

Wooden floors, exposed brick work and earthy colours<br />

set the tone and encourage visitors to kick back in plump<br />

armchairs with a drink in hand and dog by side. Artwork<br />

and decorative accessories give a nod to Norfolk’s fishing<br />

heritage. Staff welcome guests with a smile at the nooked<br />

check-in desk, a recent addition as part of the new interior<br />

layout.<br />

Outside, visitors can sit back at wooden tables in the<br />

sunshine and admire the grand Georgian houses or during<br />

summer months retire to the small roof terrace with festoon<br />

lighting.<br />

I was eager to check out The Globe Inn’s dog-friendly<br />

credentials. Our room was spacious, painted dusky<br />

pink with Scandi-influenced furnishings, and included a<br />

wonderful welcome pack for Fletcher. A dog bed (great for<br />

space saving in the car), towel, ball, bowl, and treats were<br />

provided. Fletcher wasted no time tucking into the coconut,<br />

mango and fish treats.<br />

Once unpacked, Fletcher, my husband and I<br />

headed to the beach for a long walk. It had been<br />

a while since Fletcher had his paws in the sand. He ran and<br />

jumped with pure excitement. A huge expansive white sand<br />

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Best enjoyed out of season if you want the extra space,<br />

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towards Holkham beach and return via the pine forest for a<br />

six-mile circular walk.<br />

The fresh sea air gave us an appetite and we stopped off<br />

at Bang Wells for a snack. The trendy bistro is dog-friendly,<br />

and they were happy to provide water for Fletcher.<br />

For dinner, we booked a table at The Globe Inn. Dogs<br />

are welcome to dine with their owners in the restaurant.<br />

However, we left Fletcher in our room as he simply doesn’t<br />

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the highlight of the meal was the mussel chowder starter<br />

and insanely good chocolate bar dessert.<br />

Feeling guilty that other doggy guests were accompanying<br />

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Whirlpool Inspires Young Engineers<br />

The fledgling company, whose motto is ‘Sustainably<br />

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CEO and Lower Sixth student, Olivia Argent, explained: “Our<br />

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International kitchen appliance manufacturer, Whirlpool<br />

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Open to all secondary schools in the areas surrounding<br />

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Impington Village<br />

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The college offers its students a wide range of mental<br />

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The college also places a strong emphasis on staff<br />

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patterns, one paid family day annually and the option to<br />

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For Heaven’s Bakes, a Brentwood School Young Enterprise<br />

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With seven medals scooped by Team<br />

GB gymnasts in the 2016 Olympic<br />

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in Tokyo last year, it’s easy to see why<br />

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With a growing demand to access<br />

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young children.<br />

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children with a progressive journey<br />

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while encouraging them to develop<br />

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It is hoped the programme will<br />

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regardless of their experience or<br />

background.<br />

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Inspiring the next generation<br />

The programme has been<br />

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community including primary school<br />

teachers. Premier Education, the<br />

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British Gymnastics, will deliver the<br />

programme to primary schools in<br />

England.<br />

David Batch, Chief Executive of<br />

Premier Education, said: “This is<br />

a huge opportunity to improve<br />

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many of whom may not ordinarily<br />

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It is hoped the programme<br />

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Aimed at preschool children, phase<br />

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The second phase gives children<br />

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pathways. Skills are nurtured<br />

naturally rather than through a focus<br />

on awards, enabling gymnasts to<br />

achieve at their own pace.<br />

Gemma Barton, Head of Participation<br />

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innovative new approach. It is our<br />

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As a school with a focus on<br />

promoting healthy lifestyles,<br />

there was always plenty of<br />

enrichment and extra-curricular<br />

activities on offer for students<br />

of Sparhawk Infant and Nursery<br />

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Yet when the opportunity<br />

arose to offer pupils the<br />

new, expert-led gymnastics<br />

programme developed by<br />

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gymnastics club, which<br />

quickly became one of the<br />

most popular additions to the<br />

calendar.<br />

Clare Campbell, Headteacher<br />

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School, commented: “The fact<br />

that I have a Friday after-school<br />

club that’s fully subscribed<br />

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“I think people are nervous<br />

of offering a subject like<br />

gymnastics because it’s quite<br />

skills-based, but you have<br />

to think about the wellbeing<br />

aspect for the children – they<br />

learn foundational skills and<br />

keep active in a fun and<br />

inclusive way.<br />

“The staff at Premier Education<br />

are excellent and thanks to<br />

them the children love it, the<br />

parents love it and I like that we<br />

are able to bring professionals<br />

in to widen the children’s skills<br />

base.”<br />

Rise Gymnastics lessons are<br />

tailored to suit different age<br />

groups. Pupils like those from<br />

Sparhawk are working on<br />

early movement, balance and<br />

co-ordination skills as well as<br />

learning through imaginative<br />

themed sessions.<br />



Great fun and no school run<br />

Staying at school five nights a week is an<br />

opportunity for girls and boys to develop<br />

important life skills and can really take<br />

the pressure off busy families, leaving the<br />

weekends free for quality time together.<br />

Early mornings can be the most hectic time of the day in<br />

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with after-school clubs and homework to fit in. For some<br />

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surprise that the number of children choosing to board at<br />

school during the week is on the rise.<br />

Many schools now offer a variety of boarding arrangements<br />

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With no commute to school in the mornings, children have<br />

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and catch up with their friends before lessons start. In the<br />

evenings, they can make the most of after-school clubs<br />

and activities – from sports practice and music or drama<br />

rehearsals, to spending time on artistic or creative projects.<br />

‘Just hanging out with their friends in the boarding house is<br />

an opportunity for boarders to develop their social skills,’ says<br />

George Masters, Deputy Headmaster at Felsted, a day and<br />

boarding school for girls and boys aged four to 18 in north<br />

Essex. ‘One of the best aspects of boarding is that the pupils<br />

learn to live and work well with others, as well as developing<br />

their independence. Students from all over the world board at<br />

Felsted, so it’s a chance for young people to understand and<br />

respect cultures that are different from their own.’<br />

Of course, there is still homework to be done, but boarders have<br />

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study in the boarding house.’<br />

There are eight boarding houses at Felsted, each one very<br />

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Far from the cavernous dorms of children’s literature, bedrooms<br />

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‘It’s important that the boarding houses are relaxing places to<br />

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Mum’s the Word<br />

Up until recently, I thought I had a common-or-garden14-<br />

year-old boy at home. I mean his spoken word output had<br />

dropped dramatically whilst his grunt output had increased<br />

exponentially, and his deodorant use had trebled. However,<br />

when I found him to be extra grumpy on a Saturday<br />

afternoon, I soon discovered a keen difference between<br />

him and his peers.<br />

You see it was one of the first sunny days of the year and<br />

my boy wanted to go out and play in the park; most of his<br />

school friends live around the various edges of a park so<br />

he tried to coordinate everyone meeting up and he was<br />

met with resounding nos. According to his friends ‘outside<br />

was boring’ and the only real way to hang out with your<br />

friends was virtually, in a computer game. In that moment<br />

my son went into what he would call ‘full boomer mode’<br />

bemoaning a generation who would rather look at a screen<br />

than a sky and who didn’t see the benefit of physically<br />

being with their friends.<br />

I started to wonder however if there was more to it than<br />

just a generational shift; after all, we just had two years of a<br />

global pandemic. That’s two years of telling our children to<br />

stay at home, stay away from others, to isolate. I wondered<br />

if that had moulded their habits more than addiction to<br />

technology.<br />

I still felt sad for my boy as he’s a social little bean with quite<br />

a lot of energy to burn off and apparently chatting to mum<br />

whilst washing dishes doesn’t cut it. Indeed my son cooped<br />

up isn’t fun for anyone and so we had made sure he got<br />

outside during the pandemic: walking the dog, throwing<br />

a ball around with his dad, climbing the odd tree. But<br />

perhaps we had been anomalies? We do live in a city rather<br />

than rolling countryside but we still have green spaces<br />

nearby and I balk at the idea of a future where these aren’t<br />

filled with children playing.<br />

Maybe parents are still being cautious, that’s<br />

understandable, and perhaps the reluctance to go out and<br />

play is a manifestation of that? I really hope it’s a blip. In the<br />

meantime, I urge you to get outside with your kids. Throw<br />

a ball, climb a tree, maybe even invent a world that’s not<br />

made from brightly coloured pixels. Bring on the summer.<br />

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Playdates<br />

Make the most of summer with our family events guide<br />

There is no denying that as a parent it can be challenging to keep the children busy for six whole weeks.<br />

Read our guide to keeping all ages entertained this summer…<br />

Family-friendly Festivals<br />

Festivals don’t have to be all rock’n’roll; there’s plenty to<br />

keep little ones entertained too.<br />

3foot People Festival, June<br />

Hylands Park, Chelmsford, Essex<br />

The hugely popular 3foot People Festival aimed exclusively<br />

at pre-school children returns for <strong>2022</strong>. Designed to<br />

broaden little ones’ imagination, the line-up includes a mix<br />

of music, theatre, storytelling, arts, crafts, play and more.<br />

chelmsford.gov.uk/leisure-theatres-and-museums/<br />

festivals-and-special-events/3foot-people-festival/<br />

about-the-festival<br />

Standon Calling, 26-29 July<br />

Standon, Hertfordshire<br />

Standon Calling is all about music and fun! It’s quickly<br />

established itself as one of the most popular festivals of the<br />

summer, attracting visitors from across the country. The<br />

festival has become a much more family-orientated event<br />

in recent years with entertainment including children’s<br />

theatre, dance, circus, sensory play, storytelling and more.<br />

There are events for toddlers, tweens and teens. This year<br />

will see the return of family favourites Horrible Histories,<br />

How To Train Your Dinosaur and the infamous Dick & Dom<br />

DJ Battle. As an added bonus, there’s an on-site evening<br />

babysitting service. <strong>2022</strong> headliners include Ann-Marie,<br />

Madness, Craig David and more.<br />

standon-calling.com<br />

Immersion Theatre presents Rapunzel<br />

1 August<br />

Hatfield House, Hatfield AL9 5NQ<br />

Let your hair down and get tangled in a brand-new musical<br />

adaptation of the classic fairy tale!<br />

This fast-paced, larger-than-life production contains all the<br />

ingredients Immersion’s loyal audiences have come to<br />

love and expect, including a laugh out loud script, heaps of<br />

audience interaction, a host of catchy songs, unforgettable<br />

characters, and maybe even the odd water gun or two!<br />

With magic and mayhem throughout, this is one hair-raising<br />

adventure the family won’t want to miss!<br />



Maui Waui Festival, 25-28 August<br />

Hill Farm, near Dereham, Norfolk<br />

The Maui Waui Festival of Music and Performing Arts has<br />

become one of the most exciting and well-loved creative<br />

festivals in East Anglia, attracting around 5,000 people. The<br />

festival is so much more than just the music; it boasts a full<br />

circus tent with workshops, displays and shows. Live circus<br />

acts also happen throughout the weekend, inbetween<br />

the acts on the stages. The festival has a huge kids’ area<br />

with a full weekend of free activities throughout the event,<br />

including wacky racing, craft sessions, bouncy castles,<br />

bubble craft, storytelling and lots more. The little ones will<br />

love what’s on offer and have full supervision within the<br />

special children’s area. There is a special family camping<br />

area and also quiet camping available. Children 13yr and<br />

under go free!<br />

mauiwauievents.co.uk<br />

Outdoor Cinema<br />

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

of the best summer family events. Grab your picnic blanket<br />

and popcorn and find your nearest outdoor cinema.<br />

Luna Cinema, 1-3 July<br />

Harpenden Common, Hertfordshire<br />

The Green Flag award-winning site is the perfect spot for<br />

a movie night. There are multiple seating options available<br />

including a luxe sofa complete with a firepit and snuggly<br />

blanket. Screenings include Spider-Man and Dirty Dancing.<br />

thelunacinema.com/venue/harpenden-common<br />

Sundown Cinema<br />

Multiple locations throughout the region<br />

The big screen returns to Russell Park in Bedford, Hitchin<br />

Lavender, The Jockey Club Rooms, Ickworth House and<br />

Luton Hoo Hotel. Ideal for both film-loving adults and<br />

movie-mad kids, the cinema provides a good selection of<br />

screenings including Dumbo and The Greatest Showman.<br />

sundowncinema.co.uk<br />

Festivals don’t have to be all<br />

rock’n’roll, there’s plenty to keep<br />

little ones entertained too.<br />

Commonwealth Games, 29 July – 8 August<br />

Station Road, Cambridge<br />

If you’re a family of sporting fanatics, make sure you arrive<br />

early enough to secure your space at the screening of the<br />

Commonwealth Games on the big screen in Cambridge.<br />

Bring your flags and cheer on Team GB in the sunshine. It’s<br />

a great free event for the whole family!<br />

love-cambridge.com/events/commonwealth-games<br />

The Nickelodeon Experience<br />

14 August - 27 August<br />

Knebworth House, Stevenage SG1 2AX<br />

Nickelodeon has announced a brand new outdoor<br />

immersive event, The Nickelodeon Experience, set to<br />

launch this summer, promising to be an epic adventure for<br />

the entire family.<br />

This first-of-its-kind experience is coming to Hertfordshire<br />

where families will be able to experience the thrills of<br />

Nickelodeon in the glorious grounds of Knebworth<br />

House. Adventure seekers, aged 2-14 years old, can<br />

explore the worlds of their favourite Nickelodeon TV<br />

shows and discover ten activity zones. From multi-sensory<br />

and interactive adventures to creative and skill-based<br />

challenges, kids get to map their own journey and curate<br />

their own fun.<br />

Capacities are limited but you can book your tickets now at<br />

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



OUT<br />

OF THIS<br />

WORLD!<br />

Step into another dimension with the best<br />

immersive experiences in East Anglia<br />

Written by Jacqui Hagen<br />

From virtual reality to sci-fi themed events, we’re witnessing an explosion of<br />

immersive entertainment offering escapism and adventure: heart-pumping<br />

experiences which use sights, sounds, costumes, and technology to<br />

transport you into another world.


In recent years, venues have really<br />

embraced the exciting possibilities<br />

of virtual reality entertainment.<br />

Using cutting edge headsets and<br />

simulators, you can escape from a<br />

virtual room, hurtle into an adventure,<br />

or turn your hand to combat in an<br />

imaginary world.<br />

NorwichVR.com offers mindblowing<br />

virtual escape rooms<br />

including the multi award-winning<br />

Huxley which transports you into a<br />

machine-dominated future. Their<br />

newly launched Eclipse, where<br />

players rescue a lost space crew, is<br />

a must for sci-fi and gaming fans. In<br />

their multiplayer arena, you can fight<br />

zombies, protect an enchanted tree,<br />

or shoot your way to victory in a laser<br />

tag maze.<br />

Recommended for players aged 12+<br />

years.<br />

New in Peterborough for <strong>2022</strong> is<br />

The Mind Factory, which has no less<br />

than ten otherworldly escape room<br />

adventures with fantasy, horror,<br />

sci-fi and action themes. Their bodymotion<br />

trackers allow you to control<br />

your character’s body as well as see<br />

your teammates in the virtual world.<br />

Players must be 14+ years and under<br />

18s must be accomanied by an adult.<br />

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At Virtuam in King’s Lynn, you can<br />

immerse yourself into extraordinary<br />

new adventures. Soar through the<br />

narrow streets of Paris as a bald<br />

eagle, race down a mountain range<br />

on a luge or descend into the depths<br />

of the ocean. Their simulators take<br />

you a step further with exhilarating<br />

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interactive motion so that you feel<br />

every jump, bump, and near miss.<br />

Suitable for 8+ years.<br />

virtuam.co.uk<br />


You don’t have to go to a galaxy far,<br />

far away to step into a scene from a<br />

sci-fi movie. Just head to Robotazia,<br />

the robot-themed restaurant and<br />

museum in Milton Keynes.<br />

Here, you can immerse yourself in<br />

a robotic dining experience, with<br />

friendly robot waiters and waitresses<br />

who deliver food to your table. You<br />

can also explore the astounding<br />

robot creations around the venue.<br />

Inspired by sci-fi classics such as<br />

Star Wars, Dr Who, Robocop and<br />

Transformers, the unique works of art<br />

are crafted by artisans using recycled<br />

materials and components you<br />

would never expect.<br />

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Now one of the UK’s most sought-out<br />

attractions, escape rooms offer a fully<br />

immersive experience where you<br />

have a limited time to save the world<br />

from a deadly virus, defuse a bomb,<br />

or simply break free by searching for<br />

clues and solving puzzles.<br />

We’re spoilt for choice with rooms all<br />

over East Anglia. Si5 Spy Missions is<br />

one of the most popular with centres<br />

in Cambridge, Chelmsford, Norwich,<br />

and Milton Keynes. Si5 Spy Missions<br />

is the brainchild of Bob Richardson,<br />

an entrepreneur who channelled<br />

his own characteristics of having<br />

attention deficit hyperactivity disorder<br />

(ADHD) into creating immersive<br />

experiences. Eastlife caught up with<br />

Bob to learn more – (See opposite<br />

page)<br />



Bob Richardson, creator and founder<br />

of Si5 Spy Missions, chats to Eastlife:<br />


Dress up as your favourite character<br />

and immerse yourself in one of these<br />

upcoming events in the region:<br />

St Albans Comic-Con, 17 July<br />

Westminster Lodge Leisure Centre,<br />

Hertfordshire<br />

Film, TV, comic and gaming guests<br />

along with props and vehicles plus<br />

comic artists, specialist traders and a<br />

cosplay zone.<br />

creedconventions.com<br />

Tokonatsu, 28 July-1 August<br />

Boyd Campsite, Henlow, Bedfordshire<br />

Japanese Culture Festival with anime<br />

screenings, manga library, matsuri<br />

events, cosplay, TokoMart, traditional<br />

gaming and bonkers outdoor events.<br />

Open to all ages. Parent/guardian<br />

consent required for under 16 years.<br />

tokonatsu.org.uk<br />

SciFiWeekender, 10-13 November<br />

Vauxhall Holiday Park, Great Yarmouth,<br />

Norfolk<br />

The biggest sci-fi festival in Europe<br />

returns with talks, panels, quizzes, live<br />

music, entertainment, signings, cosplay,<br />

artists, dancing, eating and partying.<br />

scifiweekender.com<br />

How did you come up with the idea for Spy<br />

Missions?<br />

When my sons were small, I designed spy-like missions<br />

at home. As they grew, we’d go out into the countryside<br />

with missions which would last a few days. A friend<br />

encouraged me to turn the idea into a business. So,<br />

in 2007, I gave up kitchen fitting and opened Si5 Spy<br />

Missions. It’s all grown from there.<br />

You sound like the best Dad. How did your puzzles<br />

develop as your children grew?<br />

As they got better, I made them harder. I remember one<br />

puzzle had them stumped. I’d hidden a 30-digit code inside<br />

a cupboard door which they couldn’t possibly memorise.<br />

They could only open the cupboard twice for 10 seconds<br />

or it would be game over. After 20 minutes, they ran<br />

downstairs, grabbed a camera and took a photo. It’s fun to<br />

sit back and watch!<br />

You attribute much of the success of Si5 Spy Missions<br />

to you having ADHD. Why is this?<br />

Having ADHD is a real benefit when you’re planning puzzles<br />

and missions. I never wanted things to get boring or staid<br />

for my children and now the same applies to the gameplay I<br />

develop for our customers.<br />

Do you think your success will change people’s<br />

perceptions of ADHD?<br />

I hope so. Already ADHD and Autism are generally accepted<br />

as conditions that affect you. It’s far different to when I was<br />

at school. I hope I can show that ADHD is not something to<br />

sympathise with, but an asset; a different way of thinking that<br />

can be tapped into, if you understand it.<br />

Spy Missions is obviously fun but are there other benefits<br />

for the kids taking part?<br />

Si5 Spy Missions is all about teamwork and problem solving.<br />

Children need to collaborate to successfully complete the game,<br />

and that means allocating tasks, helping each other out and<br />

cooperating. They also need to listen carefully to our guide, to<br />

understand what the objective is.<br />

What are your plans for the future?<br />

Southend opens in May and then Leicester is planned next, taking<br />

us to nine centres. The plan is to have 20 UK-wide, plus we have<br />

developed a play-at-home version that can go across the world.<br />

And we’re constantly imagining new games and missions, to keep<br />

game play fresh at all our sites.<br />

spymissions.co.uk<br />


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hosted by celebrity healer,<br />

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Reviewed & written by Emma Kemsley<br />

Celebrities are flocking to the historic Ballingdon Hall, in Sudbury, for its<br />

programme of wellness retreats taking place from April to October.<br />

This is no ordinary wellness retreat. Be prepared to escape your reality through<br />

conscious creation. We’re not talking Hulu’s ‘Nine Perfect Strangers’ style, but a<br />

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Perhaps due to the pandemic, wellness tourism is booming with individuals<br />

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Last year, aesthetics power duo, Dr Aamer Khan and his wife Lesley Reynolds, cofounders<br />

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The spiritual enrichment retreats are hosted by celebrity psychic medium and<br />

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How much does it cost?<br />

A two-day wellness retreat costs<br />

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elsewhere.<br />

Eco-lodges are expected to arrive on<br />

the site soon. A two-day retreat in an<br />

eco-pod will cost £625 per person.<br />

Day retreats also available.<br />

For more information visit<br />

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The retreat<br />

During my visit, Lee led me on a journey of meditation and<br />

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deadlines, chores, finances and meetings. Through a mix<br />

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Lucia Light Therapy, a transcendental experience<br />

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The opening wellness retreats have attracted the likes of<br />

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Style<br />

Confidence-boosting beach outfits for summer holidays<br />

Though we may dream of feeling the sun’s warmth<br />

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boobs? Skinny legs? Wobbly tummy? Well, let me share<br />

a style secret I learned from spending summers in Italy;<br />

the key to beach confidence is preparation.<br />

Treat going to the beach as a special occasion outfit,<br />

and plan ahead. Identify at least one, and preferably two<br />

of your best points. I will start. I have a defined waist and<br />

a good cleavage. There. Not so hard.<br />

Next decide on your least favourite part(s). You are<br />

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Choose a short-length cover-up to show off good legs,<br />

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Pick a cover-up colour that flatters you, and add flat<br />

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Put a ring on it<br />

Weddings<br />

How to choose the right wedding ring<br />

Platinum is the perfect metal to show<br />

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Though ladies are looking for a<br />

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something classic. Platinum is a<br />

popular choice for many men due<br />

to its hardiness as it doesn’t weaken<br />

or misshape. We would always<br />

recommend looking at the profile of<br />

the ring and how that sits on the skin<br />

– your ring should be comfortable.<br />

Grooms can find choosing their<br />

wedding band hard because men are<br />

not used to wearing a ring. Yet 90%<br />

of our grooms take longer to choose<br />

their wedding ring compared to our<br />

brides and they enjoy the experience.<br />

The current trend is still very much for<br />

white coloured metal rings. However,<br />

platinum is more popular than ever<br />

before, as for the first time, platinum is<br />

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If you are newly engaged, planning or<br />

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Discover the latest art exhibitions in the region<br />

Alfred Munnings (1878-1959) “A Life of his Own” at<br />

The National Horseracing Museum<br />

The British Sporting Art Trust will present ‘Sir Alfred Munnings (1878-1959) – A Life<br />

of his Own’ celebrating the life and work of Sir Alfred J. Munnings PPRA which will<br />

be exhibited at The National Horseracing Museum, Newmarket from 24 May –<br />

12 June.<br />

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‘Slaves of Fashion: The Singh Twins’ at Firstsite<br />

Colchester<br />

The exhibition at Firstsite, ‘Slaves of Fashion: The Singh Twins’ explores narratives<br />

around empire, enslavement, luxury consumerism, and the relevance of all these<br />

issues in our world today, through the colonial history of Indian textiles.<br />

Available until 11 September, the exhibition will showcase artworks by the<br />

internationally renowned artists, which focus on the relationship between<br />

Britain and India, hidden details of Europe’s colonial past and its legacies,<br />

including current debates around ethical trade, responsible consumerism and<br />

decolonisation and racism. Primarily known for their hand-painted work in a<br />

modern development of the Indian miniature tradition, The Singh Twins’ latest<br />

work combines traditional hand-painting techniques with historical archival<br />

material and digitally created imagery.<br />

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‘SHOWWOMEN’ National Tour comes<br />

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A spectacular new show from Olivier award-winning performance maker<br />

Marisa Carnesky, ‘SHOWWOMEN’ is a feminist rewrite: The untold herstory of<br />

British working-class entertainment from immigrant, queer, activist and occult<br />

perspectives.<br />

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1940’s body magic star Koringa, 1930’s pioneer clown Lulu Adams, 1920’s female<br />

dare-devil Marjorie Dare and 1880’s teeth-hanging aerialist superstar Miss La La<br />

have inspired an exploration of lesser-known stories of extraordinary women in<br />

variety performance from a century ago. ‘SHOWWOMEN’ compares them to the<br />

lived experiences of exceptional performers today.<br />

Expect witchy collective going-ons in full leopard print, naked crocodile women<br />

scaling walls, ladders of swords, live hair hanging, never-ending pom poms and<br />

ectoplasmic clowns. ‘SHOWWOMEN’ channels entertainment heritage to create<br />

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Top of the Books<br />

Norwich bookshop, Bookbugs and Dragon Tales,<br />

has scooped the <strong>2022</strong> Independent Bookshop of the<br />

Year prize in the regional East of England category.<br />

Located on Timber Hill, the winner specialises in<br />

children’s literature and impressed the judges with<br />

its amazing hands-on activities and events for young<br />

book lovers. The bookshop is now in contention for<br />

the overall Independent Bookshop of the Year Award,<br />

announced at the British Book Awards ceremony<br />

to be held at Grosvenor House in London in May.<br />

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George Clarke Debut Tour Comes to<br />

the East<br />

The live shows will include stunning audio-visual<br />

features as George shares tales from his childhood, how<br />

he was inspired to pursue architecture, and how he<br />

stumbled into TV – as well as talking audiences through<br />

some of the architectural highlights of their local area.<br />

Tickets on sale at ticketmaster.co.uk<br />

Too soon to mention Christmas?<br />

It might be summer but Pensthorpe Natural Park is<br />

thinking ahead to Christmas and is on the look out for<br />

the region’s best producers for its annual Christmas<br />

market – whether that’s food and drink suppliers, artists<br />

or craft makers.<br />

Pensthorpe is accepting stall holder applications until<br />

31 May <strong>2022</strong> and application forms can be found on the<br />

nature reserve’s website.<br />

Taking place on 27 November, the festive market will<br />

provide suppliers from across Norfolk the chance to<br />

showcase everything they have to offer – from delicious<br />

food and local produce to stunning crafts and beautiful<br />

gifts.<br />

Featuring pop-up stalls in a relaxed outdoor<br />

environment and music to set the scene, the<br />

Pensthorpe Christmas market is a popular event for<br />

shoppers searching for creative gift ideas away from the<br />

hustle and bustle of the high street.<br />

pensthorpe.com/event/annual-christmas-market.<br />

Architect and TV presenter George Clarke has laid the<br />

foundations for his debut live tour – preparing to share<br />

stories from a ‘Life In Amazing Architecture’ both on and<br />

off screen as he travels the country.<br />

‘George Clarke’s Life In Amazing Architecture’ will visit<br />

19 towns and cities this autumn, including a date at<br />

King’s Lynn Corn Exchange on 6 October, Ipswich Corn<br />

Exchange on 7 October and Peterborough’s Cresset<br />

Theatre on 20 October.<br />

The tour will give fans a glimpse behind the scenes<br />

of George’s hit TV shows, including The Restoration<br />

Man, Amazing Spaces and latest venture, Remarkable<br />

Renovations.<br />

Norwich ranked 5th best night<br />

out in UK<br />

New research has<br />

revealed Norwich is<br />

the fifth best place<br />

for a night out in<br />

the UK.<br />

The study, from Get<br />

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the number of<br />

venues per head,<br />

the cost of a pint<br />

and a range of<br />

safety issues to<br />

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A university city with a thriving independent food and drink<br />

scene, it’s no surprise Norwich is creeping towards the top<br />

spot as great place for a night out. York secured the top<br />

spot, with Cambridge ranked eighth.<br />

New store openings at Chantry Place<br />

Three new stores have opened<br />

at Chantry Place in Norwich.<br />

Luxury fashion retailer group<br />

TFG London brings Hobbs,<br />

Whistles and Phase Eight to<br />

the city’s shopping mall.<br />

The contemporary and luxury<br />

womenswear brands will offer<br />

an extensive collection and be<br />

located on the upper ground<br />

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Two Norfolk Restaurants Awarded AA<br />

Rosettes<br />

Fee Fi Fo Fun<br />

Norwich Theatre Royal has announced Jack & the<br />

Beanstalk as its <strong>2022</strong> Christmas pantomime, taking place<br />

10 December <strong>2022</strong> to 7 January 2023.<br />

Jack & the Beanstalk tells the story of hero Jack who swaps<br />

his family’s cow for a bag of magic beans. By climbing the<br />

beanstalk of the beans he planted he finds himself on a<br />

GIANT adventure!<br />

The show will be jam-packed full of slapstick comedy,<br />

laugh-out-loud gags, outrageous costumes, dazzling song<br />

and dance numbers and plenty of chances to cheer, boo<br />

and hiss.<br />

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The AA announced its <strong>2022</strong> Rosette Award winners this<br />

spring, recognising the restaurants achieving the highest<br />

culinary standards in the UK. Two Norfolk restaurants were<br />

among 15 restaurants nationwide to be awarded three AA<br />

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New Owner for The Lawns in Holt<br />

Chestnut, East Anglia’s fastest growing hospitality brand,<br />

has announced the acquisition of The Lawns in Holt as its<br />

latest addition of pubs and inns.<br />

The new acquisition is part of an ambitious three-year<br />

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collection, the addition of over 80 new team members<br />

and year on year revenue growth of 150%. The new sites,<br />

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Kayaking<br />

the length of<br />

the Broads<br />

Getting up close and personal with<br />

the Norfolk Broads Waterways<br />

Written by Mauro Solive<br />

When I unfolded the map on the table, it became<br />

immediately apparent that the best way to explore<br />

the Broads was to follow the intricate network of<br />

canals and rivers that makes this area one of the most<br />

extraordinary landscapes in the country. What better<br />

way to do so than gliding silently on the water in a<br />

kayak, in harmony with nature and in close proximity<br />

with this unique environment?<br />

As I wanted this to be part of my broader project of<br />

traversing, solo and unsupported, all UK National<br />

Parks by human powered means, I had to be<br />

completely self-sufficient, packing a tiny tent in,<br />

rations for the journey and be prepared for minimal.<br />

comfort for a few days. This was my first microexpedition<br />

in a kayak, which added excitement and a<br />

sense of adventure to the trip.<br />

A further look at the map revealed that starting in<br />

Geldeston and arriving in Dilham would cover the<br />

widest part of the Norfolk Broads National Park,<br />

crossing it from South to North in its entirety. The<br />

route, with a total distance of 96 miles, was a great<br />

opportunity to explore most of the Rivers Waveney,<br />

Bure and Ant.<br />

Immersed in nature<br />

To fully enjoy the sense of solitude and the contact<br />

with nature that I was seeking, I decided to wait until<br />

autumn, the off-peak season, and be prepared to face<br />

whatever the weather would throw at me. And so<br />

it was that on a cold and rainy day in mid-October I<br />

pushed out into the water hoping that, at some point,<br />

the weather would improve.<br />

The banks of the River Waveney were dense with<br />

tall reeds, limiting my view to the sinuous ribbon of<br />

water stretching in front of me, with the occasional<br />

church tower or windmill appearing above the<br />

vegetation to signal the proximity of a village. Old<br />

drainage windmills were especially abundant;<br />


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picturesque features<br />

providing welcome<br />

reference points to mark<br />

my progress. Despite the<br />

incessant drizzle, I was<br />

enjoying myself, taking<br />

pleasure in the rhythmic<br />

movement of the paddle<br />

and the beauty of the<br />

surroundings.<br />

With daylight fading<br />

quickly, I took advantage<br />

of an easy landing to stop<br />

and camp for the night.<br />

The following morning I<br />

set off early, determined<br />

to cover a greater<br />

distance on my second<br />

day. The sky remained<br />

grey and dark but, at last, the drizzle had stopped. Just as<br />

planned, in the late afternoon I arrived at the entrance of<br />

Breydon Water, where I prepared to bivouac for the night.<br />

The end in sight<br />

Once more I left at first light. Despite the glorious<br />

sunset, the weather had turned to rain again but<br />

I could see breaks in the clouds in the distance,<br />

enticing me to paddle ahead until I finally found the<br />

perfect spot for my last camp, not far from the final leg<br />

of my journey, the River Ant.<br />

Another half-day of paddling and, sooner tan<br />

expected, my destination was in view. I had made it.<br />

I was wet, tired, in desperate need of a shower and a<br />

hot meal but I was really happy to have experienced<br />

such an adventure and accomplished a full traverse of<br />

the Norfolk Broads National Park.<br />

Embracing the challenge<br />

I was now at a crucial point on the route. Breydon Water is<br />

a large open expanse compared to the relative safety of the<br />

river. The banks are far away, strong headwinds give rise<br />

to some waves and, if that wasn’t bad enough, the area is<br />

famous for its ripping tidal currents.<br />

At dawn, I left the safety of the bank with a bit of trepidation<br />

and, before I realised, I was in the thick of it. Now it was<br />

a matter of putting all my energy into keeping a steady<br />

speed to help cut across the waves and glide over the<br />

whirls generated by the currents. Most of all, despite having<br />

practised self-rescue techniques, I didn’t want to capsize<br />

here.<br />

The most treacherous part was right at the end, with huge<br />

whirlpools barring the way. Luckily, I had enough strength<br />

left in me to push through this section and, with relief, enter<br />

the mouth of the River Bure. All was calm and peaceful<br />

again; I was exhilarated but exhausted. I dragged the kayak<br />

over a muddy bank and decided to call it a day. With the<br />

tent up, I enjoyed a spectacular sunset while savouring the<br />

first hot brew since morning.<br />


So far, Mauro has completed four other National<br />

Park traverses, by foot and bike, raising nearly<br />

£3,000 for various charities related to cancer. He<br />

plans to cross three other National Parks this year.<br />

If you are interested in Mauro’s adventures, he<br />

frequently posts on social media platforms (search<br />

‘Mauro Solive’), where you will find a link to his<br />

fundraising page. His chosen charity for <strong>2022</strong> is<br />

Stand Up 2 Cancer<br />

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off-road paving. Here you will find Don Txoko, Benedict’s,<br />

Haggle, Sahara and Farmyard. There’s also street seating at<br />

The Wallow and Café 33, both on Exchange Street.<br />

Out of the City<br />

Head slightly out of the city centre and you’ll find these<br />

summer gems. There’s parking nearby…<br />

Connaught Kitchen<br />

80 Connaught Street<br />

A golden triangle café with a corner plot patio seating area<br />

and umbrellas – it’s a sun trap. Perfect for early evening<br />

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Where to dine al<br />

fresco in the city<br />

this summer<br />

Written by Zena Leech-Calton<br />

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Pre-Covid there was only 20 per cent of the outdoor<br />

seating, drinking and eating areas we now have in Norwich.<br />

The city has certainly opened up its al fresco spaces so we<br />

can spill on to the streets and enjoy the short spells of city<br />

sunshine.<br />

I have selected popular locations to enjoy al fresco drinks<br />

with friends this summer:<br />

Roof Top Bars<br />

Roof Top Gardens<br />

Union Building, 51-59 Rose Lane<br />

This bar has the biggest outside space in Norwich with<br />

lovely views of the cathedral.<br />

rooftopgardens.co.uk<br />

Gonzo’s<br />

68 London Street<br />

A roof top bar with cosy areas, occasional DJs, cocktails<br />

and food.<br />

gonzostearoom.com<br />

Urban Lounge<br />

31 Magdalen Road<br />

Ideal for brunch, lunch and evening cocktails complete<br />

with a patio area.<br />

urbanbull.uk<br />

Nourish Café<br />

81b Grove Road<br />

Serving wholesome food created using organic ingredients,<br />

the café has a good-sized lovely al fresco seating area.<br />

nourish.norwich.cafe<br />

Sweet Tree Patisserie<br />

5 Saint Johns Close<br />

This little patisserie serves tasty bakes, classic lunches and<br />

pizza slices. It has a garden out the back too.<br />

facebook.com/SweetTreePatisserie<br />

Cocktails in the City<br />

I couldn’t talk about al fresco dining without mentioning<br />

some of the great cocktail bars we have in the city – a<br />

summer cocktail is a must.<br />

Tipsy Jar<br />

8 Redwell Street<br />

The newest and my favourite, offering delicious cocktails<br />

and shake your own cocktail jars for two.<br />

tipsyjar.co.uk<br />

Chambers Cocktail Company<br />

14 Wensum Street<br />

Probably the most well-known cocktail bar in Norwich, with<br />

a long list of all the classics – they know how to make a<br />

good dirty martini.<br />

chamberscocktailcompany.co.uk<br />

Gyre and Gimble<br />

14 Charing Cross<br />

The establishment has some street drinking space, but<br />

you’ll find the bar upstairs above a pub, with its own gin<br />

school and distillery. It features its own brand gins with an<br />

ever-evolving seasonal cocktail menu.<br />

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The Royal Norfolk Show<br />

Wednesday 29 and<br />

Thursday 30 June<br />

The largest two-day<br />

agricultural show<br />

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700 trade stands,<br />

over 3000 animals,<br />

a packed grand ring<br />

programme, Norfolk’s<br />

biggest food and drink experience and hundreds of<br />

attractions.There’s something for everyone.<br />

Norfolk Showground, Dereham Road, Norwich, NR5 0TT<br />

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BresSteam<br />

Saturday 2 and Sunday 3 July<br />

Enjoy a fabulous weekend of Norfolk punkery at<br />

BresSteam. A celebration of all things Steampunk. A<br />

festival of the future as Victorians may have imagined<br />

it. Splendid costumes, creativity, imagination and<br />

invention. Amongst Bressingham’s magnificent<br />

collection of functioning steam engines.<br />

Bressingham Steam and Gardens, Low Rd, Diss,<br />

IP22 2AA<br />

bressingham.co.uk<br />

King’s Lynn Festival<br />

Sunday 17 July to Sunday 30 July<br />

King’s Lynn Festival, now in its 72nd year, continues<br />

to provide high-quality performances of classical<br />

music, recitals, choral performances, jazz, folk, talks,<br />

walks, exhibitions and films. The Festival features<br />

internationally renowned performers and uses beautiful<br />

historic venues around the town, including England’s<br />

largest surviving medieval guildhall. The Festival’s<br />

ongoing success has helped establish King’s Lynn as<br />

a festival town, and is especially known for bringing<br />

new compositions to audiences as part of its broad<br />

programme of music and arts.<br />

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find the clues to the quiz and collect stickers on your<br />

journey to find the way out. Hours of fun for all the family!<br />

Hirsty’s Family Fun Park, Hirst Farm, Yarmouth Road,<br />

Hemsby, NR29 4NL<br />

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Magic Of Thailand Festival<br />

Saturday 30 July and<br />

Sunday 31 July<br />

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where you can challenge your taste buds and feast your<br />

eyes on world class food and performances. Unwind<br />

with a traditional Thai massage and don’t miss the<br />

unique eating competition and Muay Thai boxing.<br />

Eaton Park, South Park Ave, Norwich NR4 7AU<br />

magicofthailand.co.uk<br />

Festival of Sport<br />

Friday 12 August to Monday 15 August<br />

Centred around a programme of core sports, Festival<br />

of Sport at Holkham Park, provides an amazing<br />

opportunity for kids to try new sports for the first time<br />

whilst also receiving expert coaching and learning<br />

new skills in the sports they love. Sports include rugby,<br />

hockey, cricket, football, gymnastics, netball, tennis,<br />

rowing, athletics, trampolining, boxing, archery, MMA,<br />

dodgeball and many more.<br />

As passionate advocates of their sports, our legends<br />

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WHAT’S ON<br />

Holt Arts Festival <strong>2022</strong><br />

Saturday 23 July to Saturday 30 July<br />

An annual week-long arts festival, which comprises a<br />

range of events, from food and theatre to music, fine art<br />

and more.<br />

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<strong>Summer</strong> Mega Maze<br />

Monday 25 July –<br />

Saturday 24 September<br />

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of the school summer<br />

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made of maize. Get lost,<br />

Cromer Carnival<br />

Wednesday 17 August<br />

Taking place across three weeks in August, Cromer<br />

Carnival attracts thousands of people to the town<br />

every year especially on carnival day which falls on<br />

Wednesday 17 August. The Red Arrows are on the<br />

schedule for the <strong>2022</strong> Carnival<br />

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Behind the Curtain<br />

At over 200 years old, Theatre Royal in Bury St Edmunds<br />

is one of the most historic theatres in the East and, after<br />

a pause over 2020 and 2021, has recently re-started its<br />

well-loved Theatre Tours.<br />

The 90-minute tours give visitors insight into how<br />

integral the theatre was to society throughout history<br />

and explain how this fascinating building has helped to<br />

shape the history of the town and the lives of the people<br />

in it. See the stage and hear about how the theatre<br />

works behind the scenes with its array of staff and<br />

sponsors. The enigmatic tour guides will show visitors<br />

around the theatre from the depths of backstage up to<br />

the gallery and even allow them to stand on the regency<br />

stage itself.<br />

Tours are available on Wednesdays and Saturdays,<br />

book at theatreroyal.org/shows/theatre-tour-<strong>2022</strong>/<br />

Be a VIP this <strong>Summer</strong><br />

Discover Newmarket’s expert guides will take guests<br />

around areas of the racecourse that are normally offlimits,<br />

such as the Commentator’s Box. They’ll also share<br />

historic insights and racing tales and show anyone new<br />

to the sport how to read a race card, spot a winner, and<br />

the basics of how to place a bet. Visitors can relax on<br />

their own alfresco seats on the Champions Lawn. Set<br />

away from the crowds yet in the heart of the action, this<br />

premium enclosure has private betting facilities, cash<br />

bar and toilets, along with trackside views of the day’s<br />

racing.<br />

Price £65 per person, the tours begin at 12.15pm on<br />

specified race days and take 60 minutes, followed<br />

by an afternoon of racing action. Dates are available<br />

to book throughout June, July and August. Book at<br />

discovernewmarket.co.uk<br />

Bake Your Way to Happiness<br />

The Mindful Baker, a Suffolk-based company teaching<br />

mindfulness through the art of baking, has launched a<br />

new one-day course in the wake of the pandemic.<br />

The course, designed with busy professionals in mind,<br />

teaches meditation techniques as well as how to<br />

bake artisan sourdough bread and pizza. It provides<br />

strategies for coping with anxiety and stress, as well as<br />

practical baking skills.<br />

The Mindful Baker is run by Tim Leach, a lawyerturned-life-coach,<br />

who set up the business in 2020. The<br />

course takes place at Tim’s newly refurbished baking<br />

studio in the heart of Suffolk’s Constable Country.<br />

Courses start from £79 for a 5-hour sourdough course.<br />

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One to Read<br />

If you’re looking for your<br />

next read, add the ‘Red<br />

Road Green’, the new<br />

novel by Suffolk-based<br />

author, Jonathan Franklin<br />

to your booklist.<br />

Racing fans will receive VIP treatment on the new<br />

Champagne Lawn Race Day Experience from Discover<br />

Newmarket this summer.<br />

Guests will be offered a privileged peek behind the<br />

scenes at Newmarket’s famous July Racecourse before<br />

being treated to one of the best seats for a thrilling<br />

afternoon of racing.<br />

Between 1960 and<br />

1985, two million people<br />

struggled up Highway<br />

BR 364 into the Amazon<br />

in search of a better life;<br />

the largest migration in<br />

the 20th century outside<br />

war. In ‘Red Road Green’,<br />

Franklin brings these oftenneglected<br />

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The book’s white male protagonist, Bobby enters Brazil<br />

ready to impose his views. When he meets Idenea a<br />

brave young woman who has travelled with her family in<br />

search of a better life in the Amazon, he ends the novel a<br />

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New Look for The Bell Hotel in<br />

Saxmundham<br />

Beales Hotels has taken over The Bell Hotel in<br />

Saxmundham, launching a new era for the historic hotel.<br />

Beales Hotels, the family-owned hotel group founded in<br />

1769, is set to open a hotel in Suffolk with the acquisition<br />

of The Bell Hotel in Saxmundham. The first phase of a<br />

significant refurbishment took place in spring.<br />

With plans in place for a phased sensitive but extensive<br />

renovation, the grade II listed building will eventually<br />

feature 15 appointed rooms and suites. Beales Hotels<br />

is working with local businesses; Cotton Tree Interiors<br />

in Saxmundham, on the fresh and sophisticated interior<br />

design, and Brooks Architects in Leiston, who specialise<br />

in complex renovations. The fully refurbished bar,<br />

dining room and lounge will bring together comfort<br />

and style that suits both leisure and business travellers.<br />

thebellhotelsaxmundham.co.uk/<br />

The Beer Brand to Watch<br />

A brewery that<br />

launched just before<br />

the pandemic has<br />

increased production<br />

with the aim of<br />

becoming the number<br />

one beer brand in East<br />

Anglia.<br />

Bruha creates a<br />

range of clean, clear<br />

and crisp beers that<br />

have one single aim,<br />

to appeal to those<br />

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lovers that want a<br />

modern but accessible<br />

premium beer they<br />

can enjoy every day.<br />

Launched by Rob Breakwell and Marc Medland in 2020,<br />

Bruha now brews 20,000 litres of beer a month in its<br />

brewery based on the Norfolk/Suffolk border.<br />

There are three beers in the Bruha range, with seasonal<br />

beers launched throughout the year. Bruha’s range is<br />

available in 330ml cans, RRP £2, and in both cask and keg.<br />

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Jubilee ‘Fit for a Queen’ afternoon tea<br />

Celebrate The<br />

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Jubilee at the 15th<br />

century Swan at<br />

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treating you to some<br />

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Tempting treats will be presented course-by-course on<br />

bespoke Royal Worcester fine bone china in either the<br />

elegant Gallery restaurant, cosy lounge or flower-filled<br />

courtyard garden. The menu even includes a mini-Victoria<br />

sponge to take away and continue your celebrations at<br />

home.<br />

Available from Saturday, 21 May until Sunday 17 July, the<br />

menu, priced £25 per person, includes finger sandwiches,<br />

scones and a selection of specially created ‘royal’ cakes.<br />

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On the BBQ<br />

For a healthy take on the summer BBQ, fire up the grill<br />

and enjoy Newmarket’s Powters Skinny Pig sausages – a<br />

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The best summer dog walks in Suffolk<br />

Are you one of the many who’ve added to your family<br />

with a puppy or dog in the past two years? It’s been well<br />

documented that dog ownership nationwide has boomed<br />

during the past two years and according to research<br />

by Discover Suffolk, the organisation responsible for<br />

promoting the county’s walking trails, we’re now walking<br />

25% further and for longer – and wanting to keep up the<br />

good habit.<br />

“Whilst walking has always been a popular hobby, one<br />

of the only benefits of the pandemic has been exploring<br />

more of what’s on our doorstep,” says David Falk, Discover<br />

Suffolk manager.<br />

Given that the county also has one of the highest densities<br />

of walking trails in the entire UK, as well as the oldest, we<br />

asked him to share his favourite dog walks in the county.<br />

Here’s his selection of ‘woof-walks’, from blowing away the<br />

cobwebs on our heritage coastline to the most accessible<br />

parkland trails with ‘loos and a brew’.<br />

Best for beach<br />

Suffolk boasts 50 miles of heritage coastline, often through<br />

Areas of Outstanding Natural Beauty. Where better to<br />

head to if you want to feel the wind in your hair, the sun on<br />

your face (if you’re lucky) and reap the benefits of Vitamin<br />

sea? Whilst you’ll need to keep dogs on a lead during<br />

the summer months, particularly in areas where birds are<br />

nesting, you can let them run free come September. Whilst<br />

Felixstowe, Aldeburgh and Southwold all have tarmac<br />

paths to walk along, try the Suffolk Coast Path or the<br />

Sandlings if you’re wanting to really stretch those legs. Or,<br />

for a less visited coastal option, try Sizewell beach which<br />

has parking as well as a long expanse of shingle to romp<br />

along.<br />

Best for heathland<br />

The Suffolk Coast & Heaths Area of Outstanding Natural<br />

Beauty (AONB) is one of Britain’s finest landscapes. It<br />

extends from the Stour Estuary in the south to the eastern<br />

fringe of Ipswich and then north to Kessingland. Created<br />

in the Stone Age when people cleared the wildwood to<br />

graze animals, it’s now a magnet for dogwalkers year-round.<br />

While there’s a dedicated dog exercise area at Sutton Heath<br />

(where you can also park) dogs should be kept on a lead<br />

everywhere else in this precious landscape.<br />

Best for parkland<br />

With on-site parking, café’s and toilet facilities, heading to a<br />

local park with pooches is one of the easiest and most dogfriendly<br />

walking options there is. Most parks in the county<br />

offer a mixture of walking trails, from easy going and easy<br />

access, as well as some off-the-beaten-track, off-tarmac<br />

choices, too. What’s more, you’ll meet a whole host of other<br />

dogs and dog walkers en-route to make friends, whether<br />

two legged of four. Where you head to, though, depends on<br />

where you live in the county, from Brandon Country Park in<br />

the north of the county, which offers four walking trails (we<br />

love the tree-trail around the arboretum) Nowton Park, near<br />

Bury St Edmunds in the heart of the county which offers 3<br />

trails – the café offers dog ice-cream made from sausage<br />


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meat!) or Orwell Country Park near Ipswich, which offers<br />

several trails including longer circular walks from which<br />

you’ll get fantastic views of the Orwell Estuary and Orwell<br />

Bridge.<br />

Best for lake<br />

Alton Water, the largest reservoir in Suffolk, can be<br />

circumnavigated in just under 8 miles along an easy track<br />

and with parking and a café from which to walk. It’s gently<br />

undulating terrain, but some of the track is along sandy<br />

paths, so will be inaccessible for wheelchair users of those<br />

with pushchairs. En route, you’ll weave in and out of the<br />

shoreline, see wildlife such as birds and butterflies as well as<br />

kayakers and windsurfers out on the lake. For a shorter lake<br />

walk, again with parking and a soon-to-be complete café<br />

and visitor centre, Needham Lake is one of the most visited<br />

attractions in the whole of the East of England. Keep to the<br />

tarmac path for a 1/2 mile lake walk or extend it to a 1.2-mile<br />

loop trail, stopping at Alder Carr Farm for refreshments.<br />

Best for forest<br />

Just a few miles from Woodbridge and situated in an Area<br />

of Outstanding Natural Beauty, Rendlesham Forest is the<br />

most popular place for forest dog walks in Suffolk. There<br />

are three ‘official’ trails to choose from of varying length<br />

and terrain includes forest floor, grassy paths and sandy,<br />

dirt trails. You can also allow your dog off the lead. Head to<br />

the main visitor centre for parking, toilets, and also hot and<br />

cold refreshments. A shorter and arguably more peaceful<br />

forest walk can be found in West Stow Forest, near Bury St<br />

Edmunds where there’s a 3-mile marked trail.<br />

Want to know more? Discover Suffolk has just launched a<br />

new app which as well as providing access to Ordnance<br />

Survey mapping to help us explore the county more easily<br />

also includes a wealth of other information including audio.<br />

The app is free of charge to download and available on the<br />

App Store of Google Play. Look out for the QR codes on<br />

Suffolk pathways, too!<br />


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New for <strong>2022</strong>, watch Valerian Dragons face off<br />

in the village whilst you enjoy music, stories and<br />

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You can enjoy arts and crafts, storytelling, circus skills<br />

and much more!<br />

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WHAT’S ON<br />

Latitude Festival<br />

3 July<br />

Angel Hill, Bury St Edmunds, Suffolk, IP33 1LT<br />

There will be around 30 gardens open on the day and all<br />

of them will be in the town centre within walking distance<br />

of each other.<br />

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patios, lawns, borders, vegetable gardens, greenhouses<br />

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Some of these gardens have been tended for many<br />

generations, while others are only now coming to<br />

maturity or are still very new. Be prepared to be surprised<br />

and inspired.<br />

Tickets are available online or from 10.30am on the day of<br />

the event from the St Nic’s gazebo on Angel Hill.<br />

stnicholashospice.org.uk/contact-us/hiddengardens-of-bury-tickets/<br />

First Light Festival<br />

18 & 19 June<br />

Lowestoft<br />

A free 24-hour multi arts festival in a beautiful coastal<br />

setting. Celebrating one cycle of midsummer sun setting<br />

and rising over the beach in Britain’s most easterly<br />

town. Highlights include the Sunlight Stage, Wild Beach<br />

Camping, First Word – a programme brings the best<br />

in spoken word, theatre, comedy, and story-telling to<br />

Suffolk’s sunrise coast, kite flying and loads more.<br />

firstlightlowestoft.com/<br />

The Taste of Sudbury Food & Drink<br />

Festival<br />

18 June<br />

Melford Hall, Melford Estate, Long Melford CO10 9AA<br />

Enjoy over sixty amazing food and drink stalls all set<br />

outside in the gorgeous paddocks against the stunning<br />

back drop of Melford Hall.<br />

The selection of stalls will be a feast for the senses and<br />

the street food on offer will have your mouth watering!<br />

There will also be a selections of bars selling local craft<br />

ales, Suffolk lager and lots of fizz!<br />

21 – 24 July<br />

Henham Park, Beccles NR34 8AN<br />

Set within the stunning surrounds of Henham<br />

Park, cinch presents Latitude has been creating<br />

unforgettable memories for over 15 years. Let your<br />

curiosity guide you through the very best in music,<br />

dance, comedy, poetry, theatre, literature, podcasts,<br />

family activities and wellness. Your summer<br />

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The Suffolk Military Show <strong>2022</strong><br />

30 & 31 July<br />

Suffolk Showground, Trinity Park, Felixstowe Rd, Ipswich<br />

IP3 8UH<br />

The family friendly 2-day extravaganza will showcase<br />

the very finest selection of static military vehicles,<br />

multi-period living history re-enactment, arena live stage<br />

entertainment, military and vintage traders market, and<br />

quality food stalls. All the awesome stuff to make this a<br />

perfect day out.<br />

The Show will be the newest and freshest in the<br />

Military Show annual events calendar and contain<br />

everything from heavy military vehicles, spontaneous<br />

re-enactment, explosive battles, period specific display<br />

and RAF flypast. Not to mention the stage performances<br />

and guest star appearances by Herr Flick and Helga<br />

from the iconic hit series ‘Allo, Allo’!<br />

Displaying all eras from modern day warfare, to way<br />

back in history, the Suffolk Military Show will take you<br />

on a journey through military history. This Show will be<br />

the whole military package to experience.<br />

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Dragon Fest<br />

25 & 26 June<br />

West Stow Anglo-Saxon Village, Icklingham Rd, Bury St<br />

Edmunds IP28 6HG<br />

Dragon Fest returns for its sixth year at West Stow. This<br />

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A popular fixture in the race calendar in <strong>2022</strong> and in its<br />

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will return this autumn and see leading club athletes<br />

and charity fun runners tackle a fast, flat route through<br />

the streets of Peterborough.<br />

Good Running Events and Anna’s Hope will be working<br />

together going forwards to grow the 5K Fun Run at<br />


Cambridge<br />

the event, which is the starting event at the Great Eastern<br />

Run, alongside the Wheelchair Half Marathon and the Half<br />

Marathon following afterwards.<br />

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On 16 October, the event will kick off with the Anna’s Hope<br />

5K Fun Run at 10am, before the Wheelchair Half Marathon<br />

at 10.25am and Half Marathon at 10.30am.Entries are now<br />

open for all distances within the Great Eastern Run– and<br />

runners can register via greateasternrun.co.uk<br />

Fellows House Unveils Townhouses<br />

Market House Opens in Cambridge<br />

Market House, Cambridge will open its doors in the historic<br />

Market Square in May, following on the legacy left by the<br />

much-missed Don Pasquale restaurant.<br />

Spread over five floors, the dining and meeting space offers<br />

an all-day cafe, a more formal restaurant for breakfast, lunch<br />

and dinner, an evening wine bar, a food lab and flexible<br />

meeting spaces.<br />

The menu reflects the cultural connections that Market<br />

House stems from, with modern British dishes sitting<br />

alongside Asian-influenced plates. On the drink front,<br />

crafted wines, gins, beers, locally-roasted coffee and a<br />

diverse list of teas will be on offer. Market House’s carefully<br />

designed menu will allow the hand-selected, predominantly<br />

local, ingredients to shine. markethouse.co.uk<br />

Live music at NOVI<br />

The Fellows House Cambridge, Curio Collection by Hilton,<br />

has unveiled its luxury townhouse collection – The Fellows<br />

House Mews – to encourage a new generation of long and<br />

mid-term guests to make the area their home.<br />

With minimum stays of just two-nights and tiered pricing<br />

options, this collection of four thoughtfully crafted, threestorey<br />

townhouses are specifically designed for guests<br />

staying seven-nights or more. The new accommodations<br />

are ideal for those looking to reside somewhere where they<br />

can “Feel at home, Feel Inspired and Feel like a Fellow”,<br />

with each townhouse dedicated to a Fellow of Cambridge<br />

and uniquely styled and decorated in homage of their<br />

namesakes: Ramakrishnan, Burbidge, Desai and Appleton.<br />

NOVI have relaunched its<br />

live music on Thursday<br />

nights. The action kicks off<br />

from 9.30pm until midnight.<br />

The ticketed events can<br />

be booked online. Keep<br />

an eye out for names<br />

to be announced soon.<br />

novicambridge.co.uk<br />

Wagamama’s most popular dish gets a<br />

summer makeover<br />

Prices for The Fellows House Mews start from £180 per<br />

night excluding VAT based on a min stay of 90 nights room<br />

only. tfhmews.com/<br />

Cambridge Most Enterprising City<br />

Cambridge has taken the top spot as Europe’s most<br />

enterprising city. The new Enterprising Cities Index by<br />

takepayments, ranks European cities based on a range of<br />

factors relating to enterprise opportunity and growth.<br />

The research reveals Europe’s most enterprising cities by<br />

calculating a city score which is based on the number of<br />

start-up procedures required to start a business, number<br />

of days required to start a business, new businesses<br />

registered, percentage growth in interest in starting a<br />

business on google and economic freedom index score<br />

<strong>2022</strong> (national level).<br />

The city saw high scores across all five categories, never<br />

falling outside of the top nine. Cambridge saw a 40%<br />

increase in the number of people searching for advice on<br />

how to start a business over the past year, the secondhighest<br />

increase in the research. The city’s links to London<br />

and a world-class university contribute to making it a prime<br />

location for enterprising businesses.<br />

A fan of wagamama’s chicken katsu curry dish? Check out<br />

its latest summer menu which includes a salad version of<br />

one of the restaurant’s most ordered dishes.<br />

The all-time favourite curry has been given a summer<br />

makeover to produce a lighter, lower calorie meal. Coming<br />

in at 578 kcal, the chicken katsu salad features chicken in<br />

crispy panko breadcrumbs, edamame beans, pickled asian<br />

slaw, pea shoots, Japanese pickles, red chillies and a side<br />

of curried salad dressing. There is also a tempeh (soybeans)<br />

version of the katsu salad.<br />

The launch of the summer menu also sees the return of<br />

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Beautifully designed, one-of-a-kind apartments<br />

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Turing Locke, 47 Eddington Ave, Cambridge, CB3 1SE

Cambridge<br />

Reviewed by Abby Knight<br />

Approaching Turing Locke by car<br />

on a sunny spring morning was like<br />

coming into a cool urban LA-style<br />

landscape full of stylish light coloured<br />

apartment blocks with shimmering<br />

glass and lush greenery.<br />

The hotel itself is set behind<br />

understated wooden doors with unglitzy<br />

signage but once inside the real<br />

wonders are revealed.<br />

Pioneering lifestyle aparthotel brand<br />

Locke launched its ninth property,<br />

Turing Locke, located in the heart<br />

of Cambridge’s sustainable new<br />

development, Eddington, in autumn<br />

2021.<br />

We discovered that it’s named after<br />

the revolutionary computer scientist<br />

Alan Turing and is made up of 180<br />

stylish apartments which each feature<br />

Locke’s signature fully fitted kitchens,<br />

living and dining space – ideal for<br />

extended stay guests.<br />

The aparthotel also includes Kota; an<br />

all-day kitchen and bar, cocktail bar,<br />

coffee shop, retail space, co-working<br />

area, gym, meeting and events<br />

space for up to 150 guests, along<br />

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Designed by Stirling Prize-winning<br />

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Locke takes design cues from<br />

Cambridge’s avant-garde movements.<br />

The aparthotel combines mid-century<br />

design choices with modernist<br />

standouts all set against a calm and<br />

cosy colour palette of greens, pinks<br />

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Our two-bedroom apartment was<br />

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kitchen area, low profile sofa with<br />

huge TV and an amazing outside<br />

terrace that stretched across the two<br />

bedrooms. The bedrooms were great<br />

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An eco-stay<br />

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spaces too with large wardrobes, floor<br />

to ceiling mirrors and a fabulous walkin<br />

shower with on trend Aesop bath<br />

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Explore<br />

We decided to take the bus into<br />

the centre of Cambridge. There is<br />

a park and ride service close to the<br />

building or you can take the U bus<br />

which serves the whole of the famous<br />

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Food and Drink<br />

Our evening at Turing Locke began<br />

with delicious botanical-infused<br />

cocktails: our waiter Ricardo was<br />

super attentive and the fruity Guava<br />

Colada and Jinzu Sour with lychee<br />

syrup were to die for.<br />

Kota expands across three areas of the<br />

building and as well as the extensive<br />

cocktail list offers fabulous craft beers<br />

and is quickly becoming a go-to for<br />

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Our starters were Jerusalem artichoke<br />

with pickled blackberries and a<br />

heavenly beetroot and gin cured<br />

Chapel & Swan smoked salmon, both<br />

beautifully presented. For mains we<br />

had the innovative butternut squash,<br />

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The Cambridge Foodie;<br />

The newest cooking trend<br />

is not just for summer<br />

Written by Gerla de Boer | www.cbtravelguide.co.uk<br />

Feeling<br />

inspired to cook al<br />

fresco? Check out our<br />

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kitchens on page 70!<br />


Cambridge<br />

There is something about outdoor cooking which is hard to beat. Whether it’s slow-cooked meat, fish<br />

slathered with a delicious sauce, or tasty vegetables, cooking over fire takes food to a different level,<br />

but there is also something cosy about it. Gathering around a fire, watching the flames do their job, and<br />

enjoying the conversation is not only for the summer months but for any time of the year.<br />

Outdoor cooking has evolved over the years. Many people moved on from the traditional sausages,<br />

burgers and chicken wings to the American style of cooking known as smokehouse style cuisine,<br />

influenced by BBQ restaurants and cookery programmes.<br />

There is no doubt that the pandemic has been a tough time for us, but it also had some positive side<br />

effects. Missing the visits to restaurants and pubs, the Brits experimented with recipes and cooking<br />

styles at home. Al fresco dining not only became a trend but turned into a way of eating to stay, with<br />

sales in the barbecue market rocketing.<br />

My love for cooking<br />

My love of cooking over a fire started when I lived in Cape Town over 20 years ago. I loved<br />

experimenting with different flavours, putting my hand to cooking a three-course meal in a woodfired<br />

oven, and taking inspiration from the local produce, spices and resources. However, after moving<br />

to England, trying to carry on was challenging. Not only because of the lack of good weather, but<br />

resources too. It has taken a while but finally, times have changed and the UK’s range of available<br />

equipment for outdoor cooking is endless these days.<br />

I love cooking outside as it allows you to use cooking styles which you can’t use in a domestic kitchen,<br />

such as smoking, slow cooking over a fire or making the perfect pizza. Of course, you can bake a pizza<br />

in a domestic oven but the woodfired oven gives the pizza that traditional crust which is hard to replicate<br />

in an electric oven.<br />

What do you need for the perfect outdoor cooking experience?<br />

I love my Big Green Egg for slow-cooked and barbecued food, but there are many alternatives. The<br />

traditional barbecues have evolved, giving you a similar experience, or you can opt for a fire pit which<br />

is brilliant for cooking and entertaining. Adding a spit to your equipment is highly recommended for the<br />

extra fun and makes it much easier to control your cooking. Pizzas can be cooked on all of them, but the<br />

heat only comes from the bottom and you will lose it as soon as you lift the lid.<br />

Pizza ovens have become very popular. The gas fired ones are very user-friendly as they are easy to<br />

light. However, it is more difficult to control the heat and it might result in burning your pizza. If you are<br />

looking for the ultimate pizza experience, it’s the woodfired oven you want. To create the perfect pizza,<br />

you need the heat from the bottom for a crispy bite and flames from the side for the crunchy rim.<br />

Keen to put your hand to smoking meat, fish or cheese? Dedicated smoke ovens give the best results.<br />

You don’t need to go over the top. ProQ has an excellent affordable alternative which I use myself.<br />

Controlling the heat is the key to success. I have gone through many pieces of kit, but my two favourite<br />

thermometers are the one from Salter by Heston Blumenthal and the absolute ultimate is the one used<br />

by chefs, the Meater.<br />

Happy cooking, and don’t hesitate to contact me for tips and advice @gerlafoodie<br />


Come & discover<br />



proudly presents:<br />

‘THE MIKADO’<br />

by W.S. Gilbert and Sir Arthur Sullivan<br />

Wednesday 15th – Saturday 18th June <strong>2022</strong><br />

Evening performances at 7.30pm and a Saturday<br />

matinée at 2.30pm<br />

Doors open 45’ before each performance<br />

The region’s favourite<br />

place to get outdoors<br />

and enjoy nature.<br />

Downing Farm, Station Road, Swaffham Bulbeck,<br />

Cambridge CB25 0NW<br />

Ticket prices Wednesday £9, Thursday £10,<br />

Friday and Saturday £12, matinée £8<br />

via our website www.sbsummertheatre.com;<br />

e-mail sbst.tickets@gmail.com<br />

or call 07708 577570<br />

On-site parking; facilities for wheelchair users;<br />

licensed bar<br />

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Explore our beautiful Park and enjoy....<br />

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Family Events • Camping • Cycle Hire • Boat Trips<br />

Nature Trails • Gift & Farm Shop • Park Cafés<br />

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Peterborough, Cambridgeshire<br />

June 2nd-5th<br />

HM Queen Elizabeth II<br />

Platinum Jubilee Celebration<br />

We have a full programme of events for the Platinum Jubilee<br />

celebrations. Please visit our website for more information.<br />

June 2nd - St Mary’s Green<br />

2pm Town Cry<br />

The Proclamation<br />

5pm Musical entertainment<br />

7-8pm<br />

8-9pm<br />

9:35pm<br />

9:40pm<br />

9:45pm<br />

St Mary’s Church Bells<br />

City of Ely Military Band<br />

Piper plays ‘Diu Regnare’<br />

Bugle plays ‘Majesty’<br />

Lighting of the Beacon and<br />

Song for the Commonwealth,<br />

performance by Sing! Choirs<br />

Refreshments provided by<br />

the Rotary Club of Ely<br />

June 3rd - Palace Green<br />

and St Mary’s Green<br />

10am- The Grand Jubilee Food,<br />

6pm Drink and Craft Fair<br />

June 4th - Palace Green<br />

and St Mary’s Green<br />

11am Family Fun Day, Town Crier<br />

competition and Etheldreda fair<br />

June 5th - Jubilee Gardens<br />

10:30-11am Eel Parade<br />

11am- Garden Party Fun, entertainment,<br />

6pm food, charity stalls and Eel<br />

Throwing (not real!)

Cambridge<br />

Cambridge Club Festival<br />

King Charles Attacks Huntingdon –<br />

English Civil War Reenactment<br />

2 & 3 July<br />

Huntingdon Castle Hills, Castle Hill, Huntingdon PE29<br />

3TL<br />

Come and join Colonel John Pickering’s regiment of<br />

the Sealed Knot and friends to discover the events<br />

of August 1645 in Huntingdon. Explore the soldiers<br />

camp, learn about life in the English Civil War and 17th<br />

century and watch King Charles I and the Royalist Army<br />

attacking Huntingdon – will they capture the town?<br />

FREE drop-in event with displays running throughout<br />

the day on Saturday and Sunday.<br />

WHAT’S ON<br />

10 – 12 June<br />

Childerley Orchard, Cambridge<br />

Experience the world’s biggest pop, disco, funk, soul and<br />

R&B legends bringing the boogie to the Main Stage. Find<br />

your dancing feet in a music tent with a fun-focussed<br />

philosophy: The Discovery Den.<br />

Stumble upon comedy, talks and live podcasts in<br />

the unique Orchard area, The Auditorium of Intrigue.<br />

Enjoy family fun and educational entertainment in the<br />

Imagination Station. Stay over on site in the expanded<br />

campsite The Field of Dreams (with glamping packages,<br />

pre-pitched and self-pitch tents available), and party<br />

under the stars ‘til late – with the Party-Time Continuum’s<br />

after dark DJs playing under the Orchard’s twinkling<br />

lights. Gorge yourself on delicious street food and drinks<br />

across site. Plus chill out with wellness activities, yoga,<br />

and much more.<br />

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Duxford <strong>Summer</strong> Air Show<br />

18 & 19 June<br />

IWM, Duxford, Cambridgeshire CB22 4QR<br />

Fuel your senses with fast-flying, all-action aerobatics and<br />

spectacular sights in the air and on the ground. As well<br />

as a spectacular four-hour air show which will include<br />

the world class formation display team The Blades and<br />

daring aerial acts from the Aerosuperbatic WingWalkers,<br />

there will be a circus comedy and workshops with Fitup<br />

Productions. You can also get close to real life exotic<br />

animals with the team from Zoolab as well as enjoy a<br />

traditional steam fair and so much more.<br />

iwm.org.uk/airshows/duxford-summer-air-show<br />

The Big Weekend<br />

1 – 3 July<br />

Parkers Piece, Cambridge<br />

A full weekend of big-name performers plus local<br />

musicians, a French market, games, educational activities,<br />

fireworks, and lots of family-friendly entertainment. The<br />

Main Stage bursts into life on Friday night with some<br />

of the UK’s best loved and well-known acts. Saturday<br />

is family day and Sunday sees the Cambridge Mela, a<br />

celebration of Asian Culture, take place.<br />

cambridgelive.org.uk/city-events/big-weekend<br />

Ely Folk Festival<br />

8 – 10 July<br />

Stuntney Estate, Soham Road, Ely, CB7 5TR<br />

A bijou weekend folk and roots music festival that<br />

takes place near the wonderful cathedral city of Ely.<br />

The festival is an opportunity to listen to some of the<br />

best folk and roots acts in an intimate and friendly<br />

environment. With on-site camping facilities, a real<br />

ale bar, lots of kids activities, morris dancing displays,<br />

ceilidhs, workshops and music sessions, whether you<br />

visit for a day or the whole weekend, the festival is a<br />

sure winner for music and festival lovers of all ages.<br />

elyfolkfestival.co.uk<br />

Cambridge Folk Festival<br />

28 – 31 july<br />

Cherry Hinton Hall in Cherry Hinton<br />

Cambridge Folk Festival is one of the longest running<br />

folk festivals in the world. Held each year since 1965<br />

it attracts around fourteen thousand people, many of<br />

whom return year after year.<br />

The Festival is renowned for its unique atmosphere and<br />

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edge contemporary acts, the finest American country,<br />

blues and roots artists, acclaimed singer songwriters,<br />

famous names and world music stars.<br />

cambridgelive.org.uk/folk-festival<br />

For more event listings in your county<br />

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Taxi! Uber launches Local Cab in Essex<br />

Uber has announced that it is launching Local Cab in<br />

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Anyone opening the Uber app in Benfleet or Canvey<br />

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Happy Feet<br />

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Village just in<br />

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Selling the iconic<br />

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In preparation for winter and not forgetting the perfect<br />

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Tunisia’s flag<br />

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The ancient city of Carthage in Tunis, and the<br />

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Thriller set on Osea Island, Essex is selected as Reese<br />

Witherspoon Book Club Pick<br />

This year’s must-read thriller, ‘The Club’ by Britain’s author Ellery Lloyd, is set<br />

on Essex’s very own Osea Island. Taking on the perennial favourite of the A-List<br />

– the private members’ club – The Club is a smart, savage and stylish thriller<br />

that goes straight for the jugular. Think Agatha Christie with a Soho House<br />

Membership card on a luxury private island, with a supporting cast of homicidal<br />

Hollywood superstars and a housekeeping staff with some very dark secrets.<br />

Both addictive and outrageously entertaining, this is one novel you won’t want<br />

to miss!<br />

We caught up with husband-and-wife writing duo, Collette Lyons and Paul Vlitos<br />

aka Ellery Lloyd, the writers behind ‘The Club’ and 2021 smash hit novel ‘People<br />

Like Her’ to learn more about how Essex inspired the gripping thriller.<br />

What inspired The Club’s storyline?<br />

Collette: We wanted to do a classic, Agatha Christie-esque murder mystery, but<br />

in a setting that hadn’t been seen before. I was editorial director at Soho House<br />

for a few years and, even back then, a members’ club had always struck me as a<br />

great place for a locked room plot.<br />

The characters are asked to switch off their phones, do you think you<br />

could cope without a phone?<br />

Collette: That is actually inspired by 10 Downing Street! I had a few meetings there when I was<br />

working at ELLE magazine, and you are required to hand your phone in as soon as you step<br />

inside the building – it sits in a little mahogany pigeonhole until you return to collect it.<br />

Why did you choose Osea Island as the location of the novel?<br />

Paul: It’s a really unique, slightly eerie place. I think the main attraction though was the causeway<br />

– the idea that, if you time your crossing wrong, the sea can literally swallow your car whole.<br />

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Why do you think Osea Island is so popular with celebs?<br />

Paul: It’s owned by a record producer, which helps. But I think the appeal is also the novelty<br />

– there are so few private islands in the UK, and the fact that there’s such an atmospheric and<br />

unspoilt one just an hour or so from the capital is mind-blowing.<br />

Did you have any exciting adventures on Osea Island during your research?<br />

Collette: We actually had a lovely sunny weekend with our four-year-old daughter, nothing<br />

murderous or unsettling at all. We did have a celebrity spot though – Stormzy was there<br />

recording an album!<br />

What is your favourite part of the Essex coastline?<br />

Paul: We absolutely love Wivenhoe – you can see why painter Francis Bacon kept a studio there.<br />

You write under a pseudonym, how did you come up with the name?<br />

Collette: I wish we had a better story, but we wanted a long first name and short second name,<br />

and it had to be unisex.<br />

How does it feel having the book selected as part of Reese Witherspoon’s book club?<br />

Collette: Incredible and surreal, especially as we had to keep it a secret for three months. We<br />

didn’t even tell our parents. And to be an instant New York Times Bestseller was beyond our<br />

wildest dreams!<br />

Reese is known for producing great TV series from books, do you think The Club could<br />

be a contender?<br />

The book has been optioned by a major Hollywood production company – but if we told you<br />

who, we’d have to kill you…and as you’ll see if you read The Club, we are quite inventive in<br />

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‘Your dinner isn’t rubbish’<br />

Caterer launches top tips to keep your barbecue food waste away from the bin<br />

with leftovers, being savvy with your supermarket shop and<br />

taking fridge or freezer ‘shelfies’ so you can quickly and easily<br />

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1) Plan ahead<br />

Begin by thinking about how many people you will be<br />

cooking for, who you will be cooking for, and what you<br />

are going to eat. When you know how many people to<br />

cook for, you can plan how much to buy. Remember that<br />

most people only take a spoonful of salads and potatoes,<br />

rather than full portion sizes.<br />

2) Love your leftovers<br />

Turn remaining barbecue meat into a week’s worth of<br />

meals – such as sausage sandwiches for lunch, a cheesy<br />

burger pasta or chicken and king prawn paella for dinner.<br />

Save time peeling more potatoes by using any left over.<br />

Barely-touched salads don’t have to go straight into the<br />

bin – prolong the life of your greens by storing them in a<br />

large container lined with damp paper towels and secure<br />

with an air-tight lid, keeping lettuce leaves and tomatoes<br />

fresh for longer.<br />

Top chefs have devised a host of handy kitchen hacks for<br />

home cooks to cut food waste ahead of summer, urging<br />

people to ‘stop feeding climate change’.<br />

UK households waste 6.5 million tonnes of food every year,<br />

4.5 million of which is perfectly edible – enough to fill 38<br />

million wheelie bins.<br />

With barbecue season approaching, it is easy to prepare<br />

more food than is likely to be eaten. Catering company<br />

Seasoned have come up with a series of top tips aimed at<br />

helping families reduce their food waste this summer, while<br />

saving money and doing their bit to help the environment.<br />

Executive Chef at Seasoned, Paul Yeo, said: “Saving food<br />

means saving money, but we all need to look at the bigger<br />

picture too. Reducing food waste is good for the planet, as<br />

it helps slow down global warming. It’s particularly easy to<br />

buy far too much food than necessary when cooking for lots<br />

of people. By using up every edible bit of your food, you’re<br />

helping to protect the environment for your children and<br />

generations to come.”<br />

Top of the list for cutting food waste is planning ahead to<br />

ensure all people have enough to eat, without having too<br />

much remaining. Other handy hints include getting creative<br />

3) Savvy shopping<br />

Create a list and stick to it! Use the ‘shared notes’ features<br />

in your smartphone and family members can add to it<br />

throughout the week when you run out of a particular<br />

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4) Take a ‘shelfie’<br />

On the day of your shop, take a photo of your fridge, your<br />

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We’re all guilty of only using the ‘prime’ parts of food but<br />

the other bits that end up in the bin are often just as tasty.<br />

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and potato and vegetable peelings can be turned into<br />

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Explore the Isles of Essex<br />

Pack your bags for an island-hopping adventure<br />

Article courtesy of Visit Essex | visitessex.com<br />

Essex has a 350-mile-long coastline<br />

and is second only to Cornwall for<br />

its length. However, did you know<br />

that Essex has more islands along its<br />

coast than any other English county?<br />

Visit Essex, the county’s tourism<br />

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Essex’, to encourage people to take a<br />

second look at Essex and encourage<br />

more visitors to its fascinating<br />

coastline.<br />

Mersea Island<br />

Probably the most well-known island<br />

in Essex is Mersea; cross the ‘Strood’<br />

at low tide and enter a rural idyll,<br />

which provides the perfect backdrop<br />

for a British summer holiday. Located<br />

just a few miles outside Colchester,<br />

it’s famed for its oysters, which are<br />

landed daily before heading to top<br />

restaurants in London and Paris. Or<br />

pop down the Coast Road and enjoy<br />

the fruits of the oyster harvest in one<br />

of its beach-side seafood restaurants.<br />

All are well worth visiting to sample<br />

the freshest oysters straight from<br />

the sea. Mersea is also renowned<br />

for its colourful beach huts, golden<br />

beaches strewn with pretty oyster<br />

shells and country parks.<br />

Canvey Island<br />

To the south of the county lies Canvey<br />

Island, the fourth most populated<br />

island in the UK. Situated in the<br />

Thames Estuary, a stone’s throw from<br />

Southend, Canvey became known in<br />

the 70s as the home to the sounds of<br />

‘The Essex Delta’ when local bands Dr<br />

Feelgood and Eddie and The Hotrods<br />

hit the charts. These bands are still<br />

celebrated around the island with<br />

murals and plaques on bars, hotels,<br />

and seawalls.<br />

History pours through Canvey’s soul,<br />

the much-loved 17th century Lobster<br />

Smack pub, was the inspiration for<br />

the pub in Charles Dickens’ ‘Great<br />

Expectations’. The historic pub is also<br />

a great starting point to explore the<br />

island along Canvey’s coastal path.<br />

Ramblers will be led through salt<br />

marshes, meadows and golf courses,<br />

as well as a mix of heavy industry.<br />

Canvey is also home to a thriving<br />

group of oil refineries; the large<br />

metallic structures of industry<br />

predominate the southside of the<br />

island yet the coastal path offers a<br />

fascinating mix of wild and urban<br />

Canvey. Along the path check out<br />

the stunning Labworth café – a listed<br />

modernist building. Once in Canvey<br />

you’ll soon discover that there’s more<br />

to the isle than you thought!<br />

Foulness Island<br />

Foulness Island, just north of<br />

Southend, is the largest island on<br />

the Essex coast, but only has 160<br />

residents. Owned by the Ministry of<br />

Defence, Foulness has an intriguing<br />

military history but much beauty that<br />

belies its name.<br />

The island is a haven for birdlife, a<br />

fact underlined by the island’s name<br />

‘Foulness’ meaning ‘of birds’. It’s also<br />

a Site of Special Scientific Interest<br />

(SSSI); there’s mud flats, beaches, salt<br />

marshes and grasslands to explore<br />

and it provides a ruggedly beautiful<br />

escape from the bustling coastal<br />

resorts of Clacton and Southendon-Sea.<br />

Public access to Foulness is<br />

limited to between 12pm and 4pm on<br />

the first Sunday of the month, April to<br />

October and it’s well-worth exploring.<br />

Horsey Island<br />

The calm backwaters of Hamford<br />

Water near Walton-on-the-Naze, are<br />

home to Horsey Island. In Roman<br />

times the island had a salt works and<br />


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the ‘Red Hills’ on the island are the<br />

last remains of the ancient industry.<br />

The isle was also the inspiration for<br />

novelist Arthur Ransome’s Swallow<br />

Island in the childhood favourite,<br />

‘Swallows and Amazons’. Horsey is<br />

linked to the mainland from Kirby-le-<br />

Soken by a 0.6-mile-long path known<br />

as ‘The Wade’, which can be walked<br />

across at low tide.<br />

The island is managed by Natural<br />

England and Essex Wildlife Trust and<br />

permission is required to visit. The isle<br />

also attracts seal watching tours that<br />

depart daily from Harwich Quay from<br />

Seal Watching.<br />

Osea Island<br />

Osea Island in the Blackwater Estuary<br />

near Maldon, has long been the<br />

getaway destination for the rich and<br />

famous. Pete Townshend of The Who<br />

enjoyed family holidays here, whilst<br />

from 2005 to 2010 it became home<br />

set-up to support the British effort.<br />

Today, Osea recently sprung to fame<br />

when it provided the backdrop for<br />

Sky’s series ‘The Third Day’ which<br />

starred Jude Law. Osea is available<br />

for weddings and events, whilst its<br />

houses and cottages are available<br />

to rent for an opulent night away, or<br />

longer stays.<br />

Two Tree Island<br />

Another paradise for wildlife is Two<br />

Tree Island, which was reclaimed<br />

from the sea in the 18th century<br />

when a sea wall was constructed to<br />

enclose the land. The island is now<br />

a nature reserve run by the Essex<br />

Wildlife Trust, and its mudflats and<br />

salt marshes are the perfect habitat<br />

for brent geese, curlew and short<br />

eared owls. Two Tree Island is close<br />

to the quaint fishing port of Leighon-<br />

Sea, and is open all year round<br />

with car parking spaces and defined<br />

footpaths.<br />

Northey Island<br />

To experience a real sense of<br />

wilderness, head to Northey Island.<br />

The isle is owned by the National<br />

Trust and you need to apply to the<br />

trust for a permit to visit. Once you<br />

have crossed the exposed causeway<br />

you can take in Northey’s bleak, yet<br />

stunning salt marsh landscape and<br />

fully understand why it’s known as<br />

‘the Wuthering Heights of Essex’. A<br />

circular walk winds you across the<br />

island and takes about an hour and<br />

a half.<br />

Read our review of<br />

‘The Club’; a murder<br />

mystery inspired by<br />

Osea Island, on page 119.<br />

to an addiction clinic, which helped<br />

many celebrities. Coincidentally,<br />

Osea was host in the Victorian era<br />

to a ‘home for inebriates’ run by<br />

Frederick Charrington, of the brewing<br />

firm Charringtons. Osea is currently<br />

owned by music producer Nigel<br />

Frieda, and in 2019 Rihanna hired the<br />

island’s Miloco Studios to record an<br />

album whilst living on the isle.<br />

Osea’s history is again one that<br />

saw action during the world wars.<br />

A torpedo manufacturing base was<br />

Smaller islands<br />

Some of the other Isles of note, that<br />

all share the classic Essex coastal<br />

view of big skies and stunning<br />

landscapes, are the RSPB reserve at<br />

Wallasea Island, Rochford, home to<br />

saline lagoons, salt marshes, wildfowl<br />

and three walking trails. Rushley,<br />

Cindery and Lower Horse Islands<br />

are all uninhabited with no access<br />

on to them, but make fascinating<br />

environments to either paddle or sail<br />

round.<br />

Essex offers some of the most varied<br />

and stunning coastlines in Britain.<br />

The Isles are a home to wildlife and<br />

provide the perfect place to ramble,<br />

sail, kayak or SUP around. This<br />

summer take a second look at Essex<br />

and explore its Isles.<br />


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Live music from the UK’s best tribute acts, live DJs, onstage<br />

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Colchester Food Festival<br />

25 & 26 June<br />

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Colchester, C01 1HL<br />

Set in Colchester’s beautiful Castle Park, there will be<br />

lots of old favourites and some new and exciting stalls<br />

and products to tempt you. Relax in the wonderful<br />

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Classic & Vintage Car Show<br />

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News<br />

Paradise to rebrand as Hertfordshire<br />

Zoo!<br />

Hertfordshire is set to see a wild shake-up in 2024 as<br />

Paradise Wildlife Park in Broxbourne revealed it will be<br />

rebranding as Hertfordshire Zoo.<br />

One of the most popular destinations in the county, the<br />

park has seen dramatic changes with new habitats for<br />

the animals such as Land of the Tigers and the Amazon<br />

and Beyond, as well as new attractions including World<br />

of Dinosaurs and Sun Bear Heights.<br />

Founder of Paradise Wildlife Park, Peter Sampson, said:<br />

“By becoming Hertfordshire Zoo, we want to establish<br />

ourselves as a zoo that everyone across our county is<br />

proud of. We will shine a spotlight on Hertfordshire<br />

as a positive beacon for animal welfare, conservation,<br />

and education.”<br />

Hertfordshire Zoo will officially launch on 1 April 2024,<br />

the park’s 40th anniversary, and begin an exciting new<br />

chapter in the zoo’s history. With less than two years<br />

to go, the park will be releasing updates on its website<br />

and across social media in the build-up to this exciting<br />

change, not only for the zoo but the whole county.<br />

pwpark.com<br />

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This is not just any store….<br />

After much anticipation, Marks & Spencer has opened<br />

its show-stopping new store in Stevenage.<br />

Located in 9Yards Stevenage, formerly the Roaring Meg<br />

Retail Park, the new M&S Stevenage store offers local<br />

shoppers a fresh, market-style food hall, a spacious<br />

new clothing, home and beauty department, and a<br />

174-seat café. The new store marks a big investment<br />

for M&S in Stevenage and is designed with customers<br />

and local families at its heart, helping to make shopping<br />

convenient and inspirational.<br />

In line with the M&S commitment to cut plastic from<br />

its business and halve food waste by 2030, M&S<br />

Stevenage is offering a Fill Your Own section where<br />

shoppers can bring their own re-usable containers to<br />

stock up on store cupboard essentials. M&S Stevenage<br />

is also the first store to introduce M&S Refilled, offering<br />

local customers home cleaning products in reusable<br />

stainless-steel bottles which customers can refill in store<br />

every time they shop.<br />

Big Bandstand is back!<br />

Another swinging summer of free live shows has<br />

been announced at Watford’s iconic bandstand in<br />

Cassiobury Park.<br />

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Over the summer months, the jam-packed programme<br />

of live shows will include everything from jazz to ukulele<br />

and, of course, lots of traditional brass bands for visitors<br />

to enjoy. Other acts include indie rock bands Leech<br />

and SymhaTree, Easy Street Swing Band and<br />

community choirs.<br />


Hertfordshire<br />

A new outdoor dining area in the Cathedral Quarter in St<br />

Albans will be also open in mid-June with the restaurant’s<br />

outside tables arguably affording diners the best views<br />

of any Hertfordshire town restaurant, as it is located in the<br />

centre of the city, right next to the stunning 11th century<br />

cathedral and its walled Vintry Garden.<br />

The new outdoor dining areas are in addition to the<br />

courtyard garden space Lussmanns already offers in<br />

Harpenden and its pavement dining spots in Hitchin.<br />

Watford will also join thousands of towns and cities around<br />

the world to celebrate international Make Music Day, the<br />

largest annual celebration of music, on Tuesday 21 June.<br />

Acts will include the Tony Oliver Jazz Band and Anglo-<br />

Cuban band the Swanvesta Social Club. The popular music<br />

and dance extravaganza, Big Jive Swing follows on Sunday<br />

31 July.<br />

Andrei Lussmann, founder and MD of Lussmanns, said: “We<br />

are excited to open the Berkhamsted walled garden this<br />

June as it is the largest al fresco dining area in the vicinity,<br />

and also the St Albans restaurant’s terrace which provides<br />

stunning views of the prettiest part of the city.”<br />

Plans unveiled for the Wheat Quarter<br />

The Big Bandstand is part of the Big Events programme,<br />

a series of outdoor events organised by Watford Borough<br />

Council. You can view the full list of acts and events at<br />

watfordbigevents.co.uk.<br />

Food & Drink<br />

Eating al fresco is easy in Herts<br />

The Wheat Quarter development in Welwyn Garden City<br />

is to launch in 2023 with an array of drinking and dining<br />

options.<br />

The site will transform Welwyn Garden City’s old Shredded<br />

Wheat Factory and industrial areas, aiming to bring the local<br />

area back to life by introducing a new modern centre for<br />

locals to enjoy.<br />

A Food Hall and Arts Hub, with a mix of kiosks and open<br />

bars, will be a melting pot of cuisines under one roof,<br />

spilling out into outdoor spaces and glazed atriums. Visitors<br />

can expect independent kitchens, a coffee shop and a<br />

bar serving the best local and British craft beers, plus a<br />

selection of wines and cocktails. Throughout the hall there<br />

will be co-working spaces and galleries for local artists and<br />

students to display their works, with a display of classic<br />

motorbikes.<br />

A sustainable restaurant group is claiming the most al<br />

fresco dining spots in Hertfordshire this summer, with<br />

around 150 outside dining spots in Harpenden, St Albans,<br />

Hitchin and Berkhamsted.<br />

The multi-award-winning Lussmanns recently opened its<br />

fifth restaurant in the pretty canal-side historic market town<br />

of Berkhamsted and its garden, boasting 70 outside covers,<br />

opens in the first week of June.<br />

A second offering brings to life one of Welwyn’s most wellknown<br />

structures in the most dynamic way possible. Sitting<br />

on top of the iconic Silos, 120ft above the town with views<br />

across Hertfordshire, will be the Falcon Bar. Accessed via an<br />

external lift, this will become one of the must-visit spaces in<br />

the whole area: a cocktail bar with special views, perfect for<br />

all occasions and events.<br />

The Wheat Quarter will announce further details of the<br />

space in the coming months<br />

artshub.thewheatquarter.co.uk<br />


Hertfordshire<br />

A Sunny<br />

Day in<br />

St Albans<br />

From exploring historical sites and enjoying<br />

a leisurely lunch, to browsing the bustling<br />

market and eating ice cream in the park,<br />

discover the top things to do in St Albans on<br />

a sunny day.<br />

Explore Historic Streets<br />

The best way to soak up the sun and get<br />

to know the city is by going on a guided<br />

walking tour. Take an amble through the<br />

ancient marketplace and listen to the<br />

tales of events that have taken place there<br />

over hundreds of years. Hear the stories<br />

of the famous and infamous residents<br />

of St Albans, the battles and scandals of<br />

days gone by. Explore one of the finest<br />

examples of a Roman theatre in Britain.<br />

Stop at the Clock Tower, the only surviving<br />

medieval town belfry in England, and<br />

climb the 93 steps for magnificent views.<br />

stalbanstourguides.co.uk<br />

Browse the Bustling Market<br />

On Wednesdays and Saturdays, St Peter’s<br />

Street and the Market Place are lined with<br />

stalls selling local produce, handcrafted<br />

goods and an irresistible range of street<br />

food. Vibrant and bustling, the street market<br />

is a great place for browsing and chatting<br />

on a sunny day while enjoying tasty treats.<br />

If you want to shop some more, follow the<br />

winding streets to find independent stores<br />

set in beautiful medieval buildings and<br />

attractive pedestrianised shopping areas<br />

hosting well-known brands.<br />

Enjoy a Leisurely Lunch<br />

Make the most of the weather by<br />

lunching in a sunny spot. L’Italiana serves<br />

homemade pasta and pizza on one of<br />

the prettiest cobbled streets in St Albans,<br />

close to the Clock Tower. litaliana.co.uk.<br />

At the end of the Village Arcade you’ll find<br />

Abigail’s, a quaint tea room in a charming<br />

setting with a terrace overlooking the<br />

cathedral’s Vintry Gardens. For a special<br />

treat head to Thompson St Albans which<br />

offers tasting menus on Friday and Saturday<br />

lunchtimes in their Victorian-style courtyard.<br />

thompsonstalbans.co.uk<br />

On our recent visit, we escaped the sun for<br />

a while and ducked into Little Marrakech<br />

on the Market Place where we dined on<br />

Moroccan tagines, merguez sausages,<br />

falafel and flatbread among brightly<br />

coloured fabrics, geometric patterns and<br />

ornate lanterns. littlemarrakech.co.uk<br />


Hertfordshire<br />

Learn some History<br />

Discover 1700 years of fascinating<br />

history by visiting the magnificent<br />

cathedral and its grounds. Located<br />

close to the city centre, St Albans<br />

Cathedral is an impressive landmark<br />

which stands on the site where<br />

Alban, Britain’s first Saint, was buried<br />

over 1,700 years ago. Find a bench<br />

or piece of grass to sit on in the Vintry<br />

Gardens and bask in the sunshine<br />

or find some dappled shade under<br />

one of the many beautiful trees.<br />

The gardens are so peaceful and<br />

secluded, it’s hard to believe the High<br />

Street is nearby.<br />

Eat Ice Cream in the Park<br />

For an escape from the hustle<br />

and bustle of the city head for<br />

Verulamium Park, a beautiful, serene<br />

area with an ornamental lake which is<br />

home to a wealth of wildlife and play<br />

areas for children. The park is named<br />

after the Roman city of Verulamium<br />

on which it stands, and the city walls<br />

and outline of the London Gate can<br />

still be seen. Verulamium Museum<br />

displays hundreds of remarkable<br />

objects that have been excavated<br />

from the ground.<br />

Refresh Yourself with a<br />

Cocktail<br />

St Albans has a great selection of bars<br />

with outdoor seating: brilliant spots to<br />

relax after a day of exploring.<br />

Take yourself back to the 1920s<br />

at Punchin’ Palooka on Verulam<br />

Road, where you can enjoy classic<br />

cocktails in a Great Gatsby inspired<br />

bar with beer garden which is<br />

flooded with sun in the summer.<br />

punchinpalooka.co.uk<br />

Located on Holywell Hill in a<br />

stunning Grade Two listed building,<br />

The Yard is a small bar serving<br />

signature and classic cocktails<br />

with a rotating selection of pop up<br />

restaurants and street food vendors.<br />

theyardstalbans.co.uk<br />

The Peahen sits at the crossroads of<br />

London Road with the High Street<br />

and Holywell Hill serving traditional<br />

cocktails with fresh ingredients. On a<br />

very hot day, try a ‘Frozen Fix’ created<br />

by Peahen’s mixologists each day.<br />

peahenstalbans.co.uk<br />

Have Fun at a <strong>Summer</strong><br />

Event<br />

Running from June through to<br />

September, you won’t want to miss<br />

Tudor <strong>Summer</strong> at St Albans Cathedral<br />

where you’ll be transported back<br />

400 years for fantastic themed<br />

events, talks and performances.<br />

enjoystalbans.com<br />

St Albans Comedy Garden returns<br />

with five nights of open-air stand-up<br />

comedy in the glorious surroundings<br />

of Verulamium Park from 27 to 30<br />

July. stalbanscomedygarden.<br />

co.uk<br />

Join The Hairy Bikers and Simon<br />

Rimmer at Pub in the Park from 9<br />

to 11 September, the UK’s biggest<br />

celebration of food and music.<br />

Party to Kaiser Chiefs, General Levy,<br />

Melanie C, Beverley Knight, Sophie<br />

Ellis Bextor, ASWAD, Dodgy and<br />

more. pubintheparkuk.com<br />


Hertfordshire<br />

Eat Al Fresco<br />

Hertfordshire’s hotspots for outside dining<br />

The lazy, hazy days of summer are here. Enjoy them to the full with long lunches in the sunshine and<br />

drawn-out dinners beyond dusk. Here’s our pick of the prettiest places in the county for fresh-air food.<br />

The Boat<br />

Gravel Path, Berkhamsted, HP4 2EF<br />

Not many things are more relaxing than sitting by a towpath watching the<br />

narrowboats pass by. A charming pub in an idyllic spot with views over the<br />

canal, The Boat serves sandwiches, British classics and specials made fresh<br />

from scratch every day with a changing range of ales and ciders on tap.<br />

boatberkhamsted.co.uk<br />

The Alford Arms<br />

Frithsden, HP1 3DD<br />

If you like to feel you’ve earned your lunch, head to the Alford Arms, nestled in a<br />

secluded wooded valley. With the Ashridge Estate on its doorstep, you can walk<br />

around the forest before resting your legs in the garden with the backdrop of the<br />

Chiltern Hills. One of the few restaurants in the county to make it into the Michelin<br />

Guide, the menu follows the seasons using local suppliers. alfordarms.co.uk<br />

The Grove<br />

Chandler’s Cross, WD3 4TG<br />

Set in 300 acres of countryside, The Grove has beautiful options for al fresco<br />

dining. Enjoy the Estate to Plate à la carte menu on The Glasshouse terrace with<br />

views of the formal gardens, or lighter bites and refreshing cocktails at The Stables<br />

overlooking the golf course. This summer’s pop-up restaurant in the Walled<br />

Garden is Verde Kitchen, inspired by the cuisine of Naples and Campania – a<br />

perfect choice on a balmy summer’s day. thegrove.co.uk<br />

The Cricketers<br />

East Common, Redbourn, AL3 7ND<br />

Overlooking the large village common, The Cricketers is ranked among the<br />

best in Hertfordshire in The Good Pub Guide. The garden has plenty of seating<br />

where you can enjoy a range of freshly cooked dishes including pub classics and<br />

daily specials, with bookable state-of-art dining pods for those chillier evenings.<br />

thecricketersofredbourn.co.uk<br />

Auberge du Lac<br />

Brocket Hall, Welwyn, AL8 7XG<br />

Housed in Brocket Hall’s former hunting lodge, Auberge du Lac has a stunning<br />

lakeside setting overlooking the 543-acre country estate. Reopened this spring,<br />

the restaurant is welcoming guests back to enjoy their seasonal set or indulgent<br />

seven-course tasting menus. With its picturesque terrace at the water’s edge and<br />

views of the grand hotel beyond, it’s the ultimate al fresco experience.<br />

brocket-hall.co.uk<br />


Hertfordshire<br />

Hertfordshire Big Band Concert<br />

St Albans Comedy Garden<br />

27 – 31 JUL<br />

Verulamium Park, St Albans<br />

Following last summer’s epic first edition, St Albans<br />

Comedy Garden returns to Verulamium Park for an<br />

astounding series of open-air shows featuring the finest<br />

comedians of the moment.<br />

This year’s comedy extravaganza will be brimful with<br />

bars serving up a tastemaker selection of craft beers,<br />

cocktails and more, plus an array of street-food stalls<br />

from the leading lights of the local street food scene.<br />

stalbanscomedygarden.co.uk<br />

WHAT’S ON<br />

Saturday 25 June<br />

Shenley Park Walled Garden, Shenley Park, Shenley WD7<br />

9DW<br />

Join the Herts Big Band for a summer’s afternoon of the<br />

best in jazz from swing, latin and funk. Feel free to bring a<br />

picnic and enjoy! Bring a picnic and something to sit on.<br />

Gates open one hour before. Dogs welcome on a short<br />

fixed lead.<br />

shenleypark.co.uk/events/<br />

The Big JiveSwing Festival<br />

Todd in the Hole Festival<br />

15-17 July<br />

Bury Wood, Todd’s Green, Stevenage SG1 2JE<br />

An incredible three days of live music across five stages,<br />

from some of the world’s biggest tribute acts to the<br />

best local bands, all set in the beautiful Hertfordshire<br />

countryside, Todd in the Hole really does have a unique<br />

community feel. From little ones to grandparents and all<br />

in between, there’s something for everyone. <strong>2022</strong> will see<br />

the return of the Todd after parties with Dave Pearce and<br />

Pat Sharp, a bigger and better kids’ arena, camping and<br />

glamping plus loads more.<br />

toddinthehole.co.uk<br />

Folk by the Oak<br />

17 July<br />

Hatfield House, Hatfield AL9 5NQ<br />

This year’s headline act is The Proclaimers. They join the<br />

legendary Richard Thompson on the main stage ‘line-up<br />

of headliners’, plus two simply incredible collaborations in<br />

the form of Spell Songs and AKA Trio.<br />

Folk by the Oak is just outside London, but feels a million<br />

miles away. This one-day festival is surrounded by the<br />

leafy green parkland of Hatfield Park, where you will be<br />

immersed in music, history, ancient oaks, bunting, fun<br />

and laughter.<br />

From the intimacy of the Acorn Stage to the open air<br />

festival buzz of the Main Stage, they will bring you award<br />

winning musicians and inspiring new talent in one<br />

memorable day.<br />

For younger ‘Folk by the Oakers’ there is a world of<br />

creative workshops to discover onsite as well as a<br />

dedicated family friendly area.<br />

folkbytheoak.com/festival-info/<br />

Sunday 31 July<br />

Cassiobury Park, Watford WD18 7HY<br />

One of the UK’s largest free jazz festivals featuring some<br />

of the best internationally acclaimed Jazz musicians,<br />

bands and dancers within the UK. It’s a great family day<br />

out with live cabarets, dance classes for children and<br />

adults and a vintage photo booth, all for free!<br />

There will be a variety of food & drink vendors on site<br />

and there will also be vintage stalls on the day too.<br />

watfordbigevents.co.uk/big-jiveswing-festival<br />

Benington Chilli Festival<br />

27-29 August<br />

Bennington Lordship, nr Stevenage SG2 7BS<br />

A hugely popular family event attracting thousands of<br />

visitors over three days, offering a chance to buy chilli<br />

plants, products and sample foods from around the<br />

world. Stalls are set up throughout the garden and a<br />

wide range of refreshments is provided to help you<br />

cool down, including cold beers and ice creams. Come<br />

worship the pepper at Benington Chilli Festival next<br />

August bank holiday weekend!<br />

beningtonlordship.co.uk/chilli-festival/<br />

For more event listings in your county<br />

visit www.eastlife.co.uk/events/<br />






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News<br />

Green Space Dark Skies is coming to<br />

the Chilterns<br />

Hundreds of local people are invited to come together<br />

on Friday 15 July to create an artwork in the Chilterns<br />

Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty (AONB) as part of<br />

UK-wide celebration of creativity.<br />

Leading outdoor arts company Walk the Plank will<br />

be working with local people, organisations and<br />

community groups to bring the gathering to life. The<br />

artwork will be created at dusk by participants, referred<br />

to as Lumenators. With choreography, sound and smart<br />

lights, the gathering will be captured on film for all to see<br />

afterwards.<br />

The event is part of the Green Space Dark Skies project<br />

which features 20 large-scale outdoor artworks in<br />

the UK’s most outstanding landscapes. The series<br />

of gatherings will celebrate the countryside and<br />

people’s right to explore it as well as encouraging our<br />

responsibility to take care of it for future generations.<br />

The Chilterns gathering will feature local and national<br />

artists and everyone is welcome to register for free to<br />

take part in the artwork at greenspacedarkskies.uk<br />

Richard Hawley to join Paul Weller on<br />

stage<br />

© Dave-Olinski © Chris Saunders<br />

since gone on to forge an impressive and diverse solo<br />

career and is widely recognised as one of the UK’s<br />

foremost songwriters.<br />

Eastlife caught up with Richard who explained,<br />

“Opening up the show for one of the greatest English<br />

songwriters in history is a real honour. Paul’s an old<br />

friend and trusted comrade as well so I think we’ll<br />

have a great time together. Our music is a bit different<br />

from each other but there’s a link there that I think the<br />

audience will enjoy. For everyone’s sake let’s hope it’s<br />

not raining.”<br />

“I don’t know much about Bedford, but I have played<br />

there before. I played a memorable night at the<br />

wonderful Bedford Esquires with the Longpigs many,<br />

many years ago - I remember it being a great gig!”<br />

Tickets are on sale now at<br />

lphconcertsandevents.co.uk<br />

The fairest panto of them all!<br />

Comedy actress and musical theatre star Lesley Joseph<br />

will be heading to Milton Keynes this Christmas to star<br />

as The Wicked Queen in Snow White and the Seven<br />

Dwarfs. On hand to offer Lesley some legal advice will<br />

be favourite TV judge, Rob Rinder as The Man In The<br />

Mirror.<br />

Packed with the traditional pantomime ingredients<br />

Milton Keynes audiences have come to expect, Snow<br />

White and the Seven Dwarfs will be brought to life with<br />

side-splitting comedy, sensational special effects and<br />

plenty of festive magic.<br />

Richard Hawley has been added to the lineup for<br />

Paul Weller’s huge outdoor show in Bedford Park on<br />

Saturday 30 July. The highly respected songwriter<br />

started out as a member of Britpop favourites The<br />

Longpigs before becoming Pulp’s guitarist. He has<br />

Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs begins its spirited<br />

adventure at Milton Keynes Theatre from Saturday 10<br />

December until Sunday 8 January with tickets from £13.<br />

For more information, or to book, visit AGTtickets.com/<br />

MiltonKeynes<br />


Bedfordshire<br />

Food & Drink<br />

Gin Festival debuts this summer!<br />

The Flying Horse in Clophill has relaunched following<br />

a significant investment, giving the much-loved pub a<br />

spectacular new look.<br />

The design is a top to tail transformation, taking inspiration<br />

from the UK’s most luxurious country dining and drinking<br />

hotspots. The brand-new bar, which is over nine meters<br />

long, makes a bold statement while a feature wine wall<br />

divides the space, giving an intimate feel. The warm colour<br />

palette is complemented with eye-catching art and rich<br />

velvets to give an opulent look.<br />

Jonathan Webb, General Manager at the Flying Horse<br />

for six years, said: “We’re thrilled with the transformation.<br />

The team and customers alike have been wowed by<br />

our new bar and the feature wall. We’ve kept our open<br />

fires for guests to cosy up next to and have a new private<br />

dining area, perfect for celebrating special occasions. The<br />

re-opening marks a new chapter, and we can’t wait to see<br />

what the future holds!” theflyinghorse.co.uk<br />

Is Bedford the new food hotspot?<br />

Russell Park in Bedford will come alive on Saturday 25<br />

June with Bedfordshire’s largest outdoor Gin Festival.<br />

The event will feature many local and national gin brands<br />

including Willow Tree, Hustle, Far Reaches and Black<br />

Bridge Distillery, plus craft beers, wines and more. With bars,<br />

samplings, street food and live music, there’ll be something<br />

for everyone.<br />

Bedford’s independent craft beer shop Beerfly will be<br />

manning a craft beer bar, serving hazy, hoppy, sour and<br />

stout beers to suit all palates. The ‘Talks & Tastings’ tent will<br />

host meet-the-maker interviews with winemakers, breweries<br />

and gin producers, all on hand to talk through their stories<br />

and offer a few tasters!<br />

Taste Bedford is providing hand-picked street food<br />

traders, a farmers’ market and local produce stalls. Street<br />

food includes the ever-popular smokery Feast, with their<br />

locally-sourced meats from Woburn Country Foods, Saf’s<br />

kitchen with Punjabi street food, award-winning Good<br />

Times truck with their grilled cheese sandwiches and la<br />

Crepe Franglaise. Bedford’s favourite Foxy Wings will be<br />

collaborating with Wabadubgrub, so you can find their<br />

famous spicy chicken in a unique Mexican menu for the<br />

event.<br />

Tickets for Bedfordshire Gin Fest are available now at<br />

bedfordshireginfest.co.uk<br />

Popular pub given luxurious new look<br />

With amazing selection of restaurants, café and bars,<br />

Bedford is fast becoming a top destination in the county for<br />

food and drink. Well known chains are easily outnumbered<br />

by independents and new vendors continue to pop up all<br />

over town.<br />

The latest must-try establishments to land on the town’s<br />

food map include the Japanese restaurant Kazoku. With<br />

a branch already established in Hitchin, their menu is now<br />

wowing Bedfordians with freshly made sushi, tempura,<br />

Katsu, sashimi, noodles, mochi ice cream and more.<br />

Bedford is home to many superb Indian restaurants, so<br />

you’d be forgiven for thinking there wasn’t room for another.<br />

That is until you taste the colourful dishes at the new Chaat<br />

Haus on The Broadway. Run by chef and owner Anwar<br />

Miah, the menu offers a contemporary take on ‘Chaat’, the<br />

popular Indian street food.<br />

Started as home kitchen offering salads, Veggie Crush and<br />

has now opened on High Street offering handmade vegan<br />

and vegetarian salads, soups, juices, smoothies, wraps<br />

and overnight oats. With food that’s both nutritious and<br />

delicious, it’s proving to be a big hit.<br />


Bedfordshire<br />

<strong>Summer</strong> in Bedford<br />

7 reasons to visit the historic county town<br />

With its Victorian buildings, river setting, parks and indie cafés, Bedford is the perfect place for a summer day out<br />

1<br />

River Festival<br />

The Great Ouse river runs through Bedford<br />

and is often described as the jewel in its crown.<br />

Central to town life, it’s celebrated at the biannual<br />

River Festival which attracts over 250,000 visitors<br />

across two days. Free to attend, the event returns on 23 and<br />

24 July with music stages, a huge funfair, raft and dragon<br />

boat races and more. This year, the celebrations continue<br />

along the High Street with the Festival of Motoring, a display<br />

of 100 eclectic vehicles. riverfestival.bedford.gov.uk<br />

2<br />

Fun on the water<br />

Bedford’s river is also a hub for water sports and<br />

activities. Hop aboard The John Bunyan Boat<br />

for a scenic cruise, giving you a completely<br />

different view of the town. Themed trips include evening<br />

jazz, family eye-spy, gin tasting and Motown party cruises.<br />

bmkwaterway.org<br />

If you’re looking for action-packed fun, head to Canoe Trail<br />

where you can hire canoes, kayaks, and stand-up paddle<br />

boards for an hour, half day or even a full day to really<br />

explore Bedford by river. canoetrail.co.uk<br />

Water fun doesn’t stop at the river as Box End Park has two<br />

lakes offering water-skiing, wakeboarding and a floating<br />

aqua park. After your efforts, you can relax with a drink on<br />

the lakeside decking of the Patio Bar. boxendpark.com<br />

3<br />

Open Spaces<br />

Bedford’s parks and open spaces are enjoyed<br />

all year round but in the summer they really<br />

come alive, bursting with flora and buzzing with<br />

people. The riverside promenade, which runs through the<br />

centre of town taking in the Embankment Gardens, Russell<br />

Park and Mill Meadows, is idyllic with floral displays, swans<br />

and boats on the river.<br />

A short walk away is Bedford Park, a Victorian gem with<br />

sports facilities, play areas, attractive planting and the<br />

Pavilion Café. Close to the marina, Priory Country Park is<br />

ideal for quiet walks, fishing, boating, play areas and bird<br />

hides. You can also grab a snack at Cloverdale Café with<br />

lovely views over the lake.<br />

4<br />

Art, History and Culture<br />

Find out more about the people of the town<br />

and its development at The Higgins art gallery<br />

and museum. With its changing exhibitions and<br />

activities, there is always something new to see and do. A<br />

highlight for this summer is the ‘Body & Soul’ exhibition,<br />

exploring the way women have been represented in<br />

art with works by Edgar Degas, Edvard Munch, Dora<br />

Carrington, Henri Matisse, Gwen John, Lucian Freud and<br />

Chila Burman.<br />


Bedfordshire<br />

Head to St Paul’s Square on Wednesdays and Saturdays for<br />

the popular Charter Market and Bedford’s Flea, Affordable<br />

Art and Local Produce Market every second Sunday of the<br />

month. You can also browse the work of local creatives at<br />

the Made in Bedford Jubilee Artisans Market on 4 June,<br />

Green Earth Vegan Fayre on 28 June and the Artisans Fayre<br />

at the River Festival from 23 to 25 July.<br />

The museum is also home to The Higgins Pantry, a familyrun<br />

Italian restaurant and café serving light lunches and<br />

evening meals. thehigginsbedford.org.uk<br />

5<br />

Independent Shops<br />

Shopping in Bedford is a different experience.<br />

Here, you won’t find an abundance of national<br />

brands. Instead, explore the historic high street,<br />

arcades and lanes for the friendly independents the town<br />

has become known for. Pick up a bath bomb at Charisma<br />

or visit Baker Brothers for diamonds, jewellery and watches.<br />

The Store, in St Cuthbert’s Arcade, sells loose staple foods<br />

to minimise packaging and stocks eco-homeware and gifts<br />

from local businesses. You’ll also find quality womenswear<br />

in Boutique Planet and men’s designer wear at Maysons.<br />

6<br />

A World of Food and Drink<br />

Bedford is a cosmopolitan town and this<br />

is reflected in its eateries where you’ll find<br />

everything from Caribbean to Japanese.<br />

Riverside Bedford, the town’s newest restaurant quarter,<br />

was initially filled with well-known chains but has recently<br />

seen some fantastic independents moving in on the space.<br />

Try The Olive Tree for authentic Turkish cuisine, Foxy<br />

Wings for chicken and cauli wings or Bridges for coffee and<br />

cocktails with breakfast, brunch or lunch.<br />

On the other side of town, St Cuthbert’s Street is home to<br />

more independents. Vanilla Tree is a great place for lunch<br />

with their handmade bagels, cakes and pastéis de nata. By<br />

day, Herd is open for coffee, cake, brunch and lunch; by<br />

night, they serve their legendary burgers and drinks in their<br />

lively bar. Beerfly shop and tap room is a must for craft beers<br />

and ciders or you can enjoy signature cocktails in the small<br />

but perfectly formed Bears & Tales.<br />

7<br />

Music in the Park<br />

Bedford is a town that likes to party and every<br />

summer crowds of music fans are entertained<br />

with four nights of music in Bedford Park.<br />

This year, Simply Red take to the stage on Thursday 28<br />

July with support from Lisa Stansfield. Friday sees the<br />

house music brand Café Mambo Ibiza with DJs spinning<br />

new tracks and club classics to get the crowd on their feet.<br />

Music and style icon Paul Weller headlines on Saturday with<br />

new material alongside classics from his back catalogue.<br />

The weekend concludes on Sunday 31 July with Bedford<br />

Park Proms, an evening of patriotism, pomp and glory. The<br />

musical celebration culminates with rousing favourites for<br />

flag-waving and singing along as thousands of lasers and<br />

fireworks light up the sky. bedfordparkconcerts.co.uk<br />


Live Music • Boat Parades • Dragon Boat Races • Raft Races<br />

Funfair • Arts & Theatre • Sports & Heritage Villages • Festival of Motoring<br />

Food & Drink • Trade & Craft Stalls • Water Sports • and so much more!<br />

https://riverfestival.bedford.gov.uk<br />

events@bedford.gov.uk<br />

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Bedfordshire<br />

Chef Interview:<br />

Phil Fanning<br />

Eastlife sits down with<br />

Phil Fanning to find<br />

out what’s cooking this<br />

season at Paris House<br />

Interview by Jacqui Hagen<br />

When did you start cooking?<br />

I started at an early age. My mum declared Sundays her ‘day<br />

off’ so if I wanted to eat, I needed to cook! I’m grateful as I<br />

grew to love it and started testing out different ideas. When I<br />

was 14, I reached the finals of the BBC’s Junior Masterchef,<br />

despite an explosive blender event that featured on the<br />

credits! I went on to study at Henley College before taking<br />

my first job as a Commis Chef at Danesfield House under<br />

Michael McDonald.<br />

How is your interest in Asian cooking<br />

reflected in your dishes?<br />

We borrow Asian cooking techniques and dip into the<br />

colourful range of ingredients from the Asian world. We use<br />

these to enhance a British-style dish or to create Asian-stye<br />

dishes such as the Chalk Stream Trout with a cuttlefish and<br />

ginger gyoza, wakame, braised radish and hot and sour<br />

broth.<br />

What’s the best dish you have ever<br />

eaten?<br />

An incredible creation from Heston Blumenthal at the Fat<br />

Duck. It started with a forest-flavoured dissolvable tab (!)<br />

followed by truffle and radish toast on a smoking bed of<br />

moss, served with intensely flavoured pigeon jelly, pea puree,<br />

langoustine cream and a foie gras parfait. It will take some<br />

beating!<br />

What seasonal highlights will we see on<br />

your menu this summer?<br />

Undoubtedly, there will be Isle of Wight tomatoes and<br />

Scottish berries. And, if we can keep our resident squirrel<br />

under control, there will be strawberries, courgettes, and<br />

globe artichokes from the kitchen garden. We’re also<br />

planning an English Wine Flight in June to celebrate Her<br />

Majesty The Queen’s Jubilee.<br />

It’s your day off, what do you do on a<br />

sunny day in Bedfordshire?<br />

I’m all for the simple life on my days off, so it would be footie<br />

and a dog walk in Ampthill Park with the kids followed by a<br />

few hours in my ‘man cave’ working on my latest woodwork<br />

project and an evening with friends around a BBQ or a spit<br />

roast suckling pig.<br />

Paris House, Woburn Park, London Road, Woburn, MK17 9QP<br />

parishouse.co.uk<br />


Who influenced your cooking?<br />

I loved Gary Rhodes; he was a bit of a hero. Ken Hom<br />

introduced me to Asian cookery that has inspired me<br />

throughout my career. Nowadays, Thomas Keller for his<br />

attention to detail, craftsmanship and respect for artisan<br />

suppliers.<br />

Describe dining at Paris House.<br />

Paris House is fine dining but not in its classic sense. We offer<br />

the knowledge, craftsmanship and professionalism without<br />

the pretension and intimidation! We have been described as<br />

‘other worldly’ with the arrival through our stone gateway and<br />

sweeping driveway (often lined with grazing deer), a warm<br />

welcome and then fabulous flavour combinations. Our frontof-house<br />

staff put guests at ease and our sommelier, Howie,<br />

is second to none when it comes to tales of wines and the<br />

interesting pairings he’s chosen.<br />


John Bunyan museum<br />

Join us for a summer of fun and celebration! <strong>2022</strong> marks<br />

the 350th Anniversary of several landmark events in our<br />

history: John Bunyan was freed after 12 years in prison for<br />

illegal preaching, the land Bunyan Meeting still stands on<br />

was purchased and licensed for use as a place of worship<br />

and John Bunyan was made their minister.<br />

Last year we celebrated 75 years of John Bunyan Museum<br />

and the 5th Anniversary of the Basement at Bunyan gallery.<br />

Arts Council England have funded a two-year project to<br />

ensure these key dates are celebrated in style!<br />

Explore the history of Bunyan Meeting Church and it’s<br />

people and enjoy the showcasing of crafts and artwork<br />

inspired by Hidden Highlights in our collection. The<br />

exhibition is on at the Basement at Bunyan from 2nd- 23rd<br />

August, 11am-4pm entry is free.<br />

Join Bunyan Meeting for special anniversary services, led<br />

by guest ministers at 11am, on 7th and 21st August.<br />

Get creative and help us make our commemorative<br />

patchwork quilt with our Faith in Fabrics project: share your<br />

experiences of Bunyan Meeting as a place of creativity,<br />

heritage, and faith. Packs can be collected from the Church<br />

Office. Free Workshops will take place on 30th July and<br />

20th August.<br />

Looking for family fun? In addition to our anniversary<br />

celebrations, we’ll also be running our Crafty Thursdays<br />

every Thursday in August from 11am-3:00pm. Drop in - no<br />

booking required- £2 per participating child.<br />

We look forward to seeing you!<br />

John Bunyan Museum is open Tuesday-Saturday* 11am-<br />

4pm. Last entry 3:45pm.<br />

*Closed Good Friday<br />

John Bunyan Museum & Library, Bunyan Meeting, Mill<br />

Street, Bedford, MK40 3EU<br />

01234 270303<br />

curator@bunyanmeeting.co.uk<br />

www.bunyanmeeting.co.uk/museum<br />

Twitter - @JBunyanMuseum<br />

Facebook – JohnBunyanMuseum<br />

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Bedfordshire<br />

Bedfordshire GinFest<br />

25 June<br />

Russell Park, The Embankment, Bedford MK40 3RH<br />

A one-day festival that will bring all of your favourite gins,<br />

spirits, fizz, craft beer and more together in one place<br />

offering a unique opportunity for you, your family and<br />

friends to celebrate their favourite juniper-based tipple.<br />

Over 20 gin distilleries ranging from local independent<br />

companies from Beds, Herts and Bucks to your betterknown<br />

favourites, a craft beer marquee offering a large<br />

range of local, national and imported modern beers and<br />

ciders, a street food market and much more!<br />

TASTE BEDFORD will provide a quintessentially British<br />

produce and craft market with family activities and BEER<br />

FLY will be providing educational talks, taster sessions<br />

from the craft beer marquee. There really is something for<br />

everyone.<br />

bedfordshireginfest.co.uk<br />

Bedford Park Concert Series<br />

28 July Simply Red with special guests Lisa Stansfield<br />

29 July Café Mambo Ibiza in the Park<br />

30 July Paul Weller with special guest Richard Hawley<br />

31 July Bedford Park Proms with special guests Wynne<br />

Evans and Marisha Wallace<br />

Get down to Bedford Park for a fantastic four days of<br />

music this July.<br />

www.bedfordparkconcerts.co.uk/festivals/<br />

bedford-park-concerts/<br />

The Linslade Canal Festival<br />

WHAT’S ON<br />

Teddy Bears picnic / flying day<br />

3 July<br />

Warden Abbey Vineyard, Bedford Road, Old Warden<br />

SG18 9LS<br />

Bring your teddy bears, your picnic, chairs and blankets.<br />

Have fun with the bears and watch out for planes from<br />

Shuttleworth military air display. Icecream Joe will be<br />

calling in at 3pm. There will also be a Teddy Trail, Teddy<br />

Tots Bear-aerobics, Teddy Tales with our storyteller and<br />

Fuzzy Bee Crafts. The picnic coincides with the nearby<br />

Shuttleworth airshow and there’s usually a chance to spot<br />

planes heading our way, although this may depend on<br />

which way the wind is blowing.<br />

wardenvineyard.org.uk/event/teddy-bears-picnicflying-day/<br />

Bedford River Festival<br />

30 July <strong>2022</strong><br />

Tiddenfoot Waterside Park<br />

The event, which celebrates canal life, conservation, the<br />

countryside and rural crafts, includes music, a licensed<br />

bar, historic and trade boats, crafts exhibits, food stalls<br />

and family activities.<br />

Along the canal side a vibrant mixture of working,<br />

historical and trade boats will display and sell their<br />

wares moored amongst the colourful pleasure boats<br />

which visit the festival annually. Throughout the day<br />

the main stage in the Paddocks will feature a mixture<br />

of traditional folk and English country music, together<br />

with some more contemporary numbers from local<br />

performers.<br />

Around the site demonstrations of old English crafts will<br />

be found along with sellers of handmade and handcrafted<br />

goods. With a wide range of food stalls and a<br />

licensed bar on site, eating/drinking whilst taking in<br />

the sights and sounds of the festival is one of the many<br />

draws for families of all ages.<br />

leightonlinslade-tc.gov.uk/council_events/<br />

linslade-canal-festival/<br />

23 & 24 July<br />

The Embankment, Bedford<br />

Bedford River Festival is a fantastic free event with so<br />

much on offer across the weekend for the whole family,<br />

with multiple music and performance stages, dragon boat<br />

races, raft races, food and drink, dedicated Sports and<br />

Heritage Villages, arts and crafts, water sports, a funfair<br />

and so much more! The BBC Music Introducing stage<br />

will be making its first ever appearance at the Bedford<br />

River Festival this year, curated by the team at BBC Music<br />

Introducing in Beds, Herts & Bucks and also for the first<br />

time in the history of Bedford River Festival there will be a<br />

major vegan presence.<br />

riverfestival.bedford.gov.uk<br />

Family Air Show<br />

7 August<br />

With fantastic funfair attractions, kids activities, our<br />

beautiful Shuttleworth Swiss Garden, vintage bus rides,<br />

a thrilling air display, and much more – you won’t want<br />

to miss out on our Family Air Show.<br />

With all your Shuttleworth favourites and an array of<br />

visiting surprises, there is something to keep the whole<br />

family entertained!<br />

shuttleworth.org/product/familyairshow/<br />

For more event listings in your county<br />

visit www.eastlife.co.uk/events/<br />


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