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East Life Winter 2022

It’s the most wonderful time of the year! A time to eat, drink and be merry, to don your best outfit and head out to some of the many fantastic places in our region. Restaurants, theatres, adventure parks, churches and market squares across the east will transform into magical winter wonderlands. There’s no such thing as too much sparkle… not now.

It’s the most wonderful time of the year!

A time to eat, drink and be merry, to don your best outfit and head out to some of the many fantastic places in our region. Restaurants, theatres, adventure parks, churches and market squares across the east will transform into magical winter wonderlands. There’s no such thing as too much sparkle… not now.

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Group Getaways<br />

Top tips for a stress-free,<br />

group break<br />

A Local<br />

Christmas Dinner<br />

Local food producers<br />

and a round-up of farm<br />

shops in the region<br />

Education<br />

Supporting your child with a<br />

learning difficulty<br />

Dog Friendly<br />

inter<br />

Where to enjoy dog<br />

friendly festive food


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Christmas gift?<br />

It’s the most wonderful time of the year!<br />

A time to eat, drink and be merry, to don your best outfit and<br />

head out to some of the many fantastic places in our region.<br />

Restaurants, theatres, adventure parks, churches and market<br />

squares across the east will transform into magical winter<br />

wonderlands. There’s no such thing as too much sparkle…<br />

not now.<br />

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much much more.<br />

Of course, Christmas is also a time to treat your loved ones<br />

and we can help with that too! Our gift guide features so many<br />

gorgeous items, you’re bound to find the perfect presents.<br />

Seasonal inspiration continues on our county pages,<br />

highlighting places to visit and things to do in your area this<br />

winter. How about a visit to one of Bedfordshire’s marvellous<br />

museums or a day out at one of the wheelchair-friendly<br />

attractions in Suffolk? For a foodie treat, book a table at The<br />

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Arts<br />

The Region’s News and Exhibitions<br />

10 27<br />

Group Getaways<br />

Top Tips and Delightful Destinations<br />

Little <strong>East</strong><br />

Family Pantomimes and<br />

Christmas Events<br />

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Education<br />

Learning Support and Regional News<br />

53<br />

Weddings<br />

Fairs & Shows throughout <strong>East</strong> Anglia<br />

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From Farm to<br />

Festive Fork<br />

A Local Christmas Dinner<br />

42<br />

Dog Friendly<br />

Where to Enjoy Festive Food with<br />

your Dog<br />

22<br />

Christmas Gift Guide<br />

Inspiration for the Big Day<br />

56<br />

Green Fingers<br />

The Alan Titchmarsh Column<br />

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Along for the Ride<br />

Bedfordshire’s Highways and Byways<br />

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Area Focus<br />

News, adventure, restaurant recommendations and travel inspiration for each county:<br />

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Bedfordshire<br />

73<br />

Cambridgeshire<br />

87<br />

Essex<br />

101<br />

Hertfordshire<br />

113<br />

Norfolk<br />

129<br />

Suffolk<br />

64<br />

Marvellous Museums<br />

66<br />

Cosy Coffee Shops and Cafés<br />

68<br />

News & Events<br />

74<br />

A Day Trip to Linton<br />

78<br />

Brunches with a Twist<br />

82<br />

News & Events<br />

88<br />

Fun Attractions and Events<br />

92<br />

Fabulous Festive Food<br />

96<br />

News & Events<br />

102<br />

10 Things to do this <strong>Winter</strong><br />

106<br />

Review: The Silver Cup<br />

110<br />

News & Events<br />

116<br />

<strong>Winter</strong> Wildlife: Seal Pups<br />

120<br />

Foodie News around the County<br />

124<br />

News & Events<br />

130<br />

Wheelchair Friendly Days Out<br />

134<br />

Chef Interview: Lilian Hiw<br />

138<br />

News & Events


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GROUP<br />

GETAWA<br />

Top tips and delightful<br />

destinations<br />

Whether you’re getting away for a celebration, reunion or just<br />

to spend some time together, we’ve compiled our top tips for<br />

booking a stress-free break, along with some superb options for<br />

group accommodation across our region.<br />

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Tuffon Hall<br />

Steps for a Stress-Free<br />

7 Group Getaway<br />

Establish a budget<br />

1<br />

Money can sometimes be a tricky subject, but it’s a good idea to discuss<br />

costs early in the process and agree on a top-end price for your holiday.<br />

Checking that you’re all on the same page regarding cost will help to avoid any<br />

awkwardness later.<br />

Choose a location<br />

2 Agree on the type of break you’re looking for. Are you dreaming of<br />

an escape to the coast, fun in the city or a rural relaxation? Consider travel<br />

practicalities for everyone too and pick a location that is accessible for all.<br />

Wainman House<br />

YS<br />

Find a property<br />

3 Think about whether you want to share one big property or a cluster of<br />

smaller ones to give more privacy. With so much choice, it’s a good idea to list<br />

your priorities and then use filters in your searches to narrow your options and find<br />

the ideal place for everyone’s needs.<br />

Keep in touch<br />

4 Shared apps are a great way to communicate. Setting up a group message<br />

early on will keep everyone in the loop with all the details. Shared online<br />

documents like Google Docs are a great way to share packing lists and let others<br />

know what you’re taking while a Facebook Group is an easy place to share<br />

photos after your trip.<br />

Plan your itinerary<br />

5 Do your research. Check what’s on in the area before you go and find out<br />

what everyone would like to do. Remember to be flexible though and don’t insist<br />

everyone joins in. It’s worth booking activities and restaurants in advance; with a<br />

large group you’re unlikely to have the luxury of an impromptu dinner.<br />

Stock up on food<br />

6 Pack some essentials and let others know what you’re taking so that you<br />

don’t end up with eight boxes of tea bags! Then consider splitting the cost of an<br />

online grocery delivery to time with your arrival. Traipsing around a supermarket<br />

on the first day of your holiday is unlikely to be anyone’s idea of fun.<br />

Retreat <strong>East</strong>, Suffolk<br />

Create a kitty<br />

7 It’s a good idea to have a shared money pot for extras while you’re there. It<br />

can make paying for dining out, drinks and taxis much easier and avoid tedious<br />

calculations working out how much everyone owes. And, if there’s some left in<br />

the pot at the end of your break, you can have a real blow-out on the last night!<br />

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Where to go?<br />

From luxury retreats to woodland cabins, <strong>East</strong> Anglia has options to suit every budget. We’ve picked some of our favourite<br />

places where you can get away and have fun with your family and friends.<br />

Wine Tasting on a Working Farm<br />

in Essex<br />

Tuffon Hall Farmhouse is a grand property on a working<br />

farm and vineyard, surrounded by countryside on the<br />

outskirts of Sible Hedingham in Essex. Sleeping twelve<br />

guests, it is ideal for a special occasion or group gathering<br />

for those wanting to enjoy the outdoors and the idyllic<br />

villages, countryside and woodland that the surrounding<br />

area has to offer. Nearby Lavenham is a must visit; with a<br />

magnificent church and over 350 timber framed medieval<br />

houses, it’s thought to be England’s finest complete<br />

medieval village. During your stay you can also sample<br />

award-winning wines and gins in the 400-year-old<br />

converted barn at Tuffon Hall Vineyard.<br />

3-night stay for 12 adults from £1096 (£31 pp per night)<br />

tuffonhall.co.uk<br />

Georgian Elegance in Wisbech,<br />

Cambridgeshire<br />

One of several National Trust holiday rental properties in<br />

<strong>East</strong> Anglia, Wainman House is an elegant six-bedroom<br />

house with mosaicked floors, wood panelled walls, fourposter<br />

beds and period fireplaces. It has a private terraced<br />

garden plus access to the flower-rich garden of Peckover<br />

House. Set in the heart of Wisbech, it’s just a short walk to<br />

the market town’s shops and restaurants. Visit The Wash<br />

National Nature Reserve, the largest bay in England, with its<br />

unusual coastal scenery of saltmarshes, mudflats and open<br />

water. A little further on you’ll find the bustle of Hunstanton,<br />

sailing at Brancaster and breathtaking Holkham beach<br />

connected by pinewoods and sand dunes to the quaint<br />

quayside town of Wells-next-the-Sea.<br />

3-night stay for 12 adults from £857 (£24 pp per night)<br />

nationaltrust.org.uk<br />

A Rural Retreat in King’s Lynn, Norfolk<br />

The Godwick Estate is a rural retreat off the beaten track yet not far from Holkham. Set in a 100 acres of countryside Godwick<br />

Hall is sumptuous Georgian country house which sleeps up to 14 people. There’s a grand drawing room, games room, dining<br />

room, a vast kitchen with an Aga and even a heated swimming pool. The estate also boasts The Old Stables which sleeps six,<br />

and three Shepherd Huts which are ideal for couples. For big celebrations, there is also a barn for weddings and large parties.<br />

Godwick is a great base to explore north Norfolk with its wide-open beaches. There are many walks in the area as well as<br />

fantastic places to eat and drink nearby, including the award-winning The Brisley Bell.<br />

3-night stay for 14 adults from £2,982 (£71 pp per night) godwickhall.co.uk<br />

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An Idyllic Escape to Hemingstone,<br />

Suffolk<br />

Set on a former dairy farm Retreat <strong>East</strong> is a perfect escape<br />

for groups of friends and families. Their timber-framed 16th<br />

century farmhouse has its own private gardens and offers<br />

accommodation for up to eight people with four bedrooms,<br />

three bathrooms, a kitchen, a warming wood burner for<br />

winter nights and dining room. Guests wake up to country<br />

views over the meadows and fields. The retreat also has a<br />

spa offering relaxing treatments along with the triple-height<br />

Great Barn restaurant, open for breakfast, lunch and dinner,<br />

with seasonal menus using ingredients from <strong>East</strong> Anglian<br />

artisan food producers and their own kitchen garden.<br />

2-night stay for 8 adults from £1200 (£75 pp per night)<br />

retreateast.co.uk<br />

Woodland Star Gazing Holt, Norfolk<br />

Kelling Heath Holiday Park is set amongst 300 acres of<br />

woodland and open heathland in an Area of Outstanding<br />

Natural Beauty not far from the North Norfolk coast. They<br />

have a range of woodland lodges and luxury holiday<br />

homes nestled in amongst the trees, including their new<br />

Platinum 3-bed luxury lodges which sleep six. Camping<br />

pitches are also available so that friends and family can<br />

join you with their own caravans and tents. Kelling Heath is<br />

a designated Dark Sky Discovery Site and one of the best<br />

places in England to enjoy celestial events. From 24 to 28<br />

November, the park hosts <strong>Winter</strong>fest, a star party, where you<br />

can enjoy star gazing with unrivalled views of the night sky.<br />

3-night stay for 6 adults from £482 (£27 pp per night)<br />

kellingheath.co.uk<br />

Consider a house swap…<br />

House swaps are becoming hugely<br />

popular and can be a good, budgetfriendly<br />

option. Love Home Swap is<br />

an award-winning home swapping<br />

platform. Members can choose from<br />

a Classic Swap, where they swap<br />

houses with someone else (either at<br />

the same time or on different dates),<br />

or a Points Swap, allowing them<br />

to travel without having to match<br />

their plans with another member.<br />

Options within <strong>East</strong> Anglia include<br />

this characterful home on the river<br />

in Hertfordshire and this converted<br />

barn on the Rothschild Estate in<br />

Hertfordshire. lovehomeswap.com<br />

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From Farm to<br />

Festive Fork<br />

A local Christmas dinner<br />

Written by Vicky Rogers<br />

When I plan for Christmas, I look<br />

forward to family and friends gathering<br />

around a table laden with Christmas<br />

lunch. I think of our family traditions<br />

with the accompanying mince pie<br />

or gingerbread house, and of being<br />

thankful for all we have while tucking<br />

into leftover pigs in blankets and cold<br />

roast potatoes. Not forgetting, making<br />

plans for the year ahead with a slice<br />

of Christmas cake and a glass of<br />

something warming.<br />

Food and drink play an integral part in<br />

every aspect of our festive season, and<br />

I know I’m not alone here. I feel that the<br />

origins of our food and drink are most<br />

important in a season when everything<br />

is celebrated through festive eating<br />

and drinking. In our house, we believe<br />

that every ingredient on our plates<br />

should tell a story and we share these<br />

stories while we devour.<br />

For most of the year, we eat in such a<br />

rush while doing ten jobs at once. At<br />

Christmas, it’s good to slow down and<br />

take time to appreciate the glory of our<br />

local area. It’s nice to note that we are<br />

lucky to have farms that grow fresh<br />

and diverse food, artisan bakeries that<br />

live to perfect their pastry, and masters<br />

of their craft who juice apples, butcher<br />

meats, make preserves, and dry age<br />

charcuterie. In supporting these food<br />

heroes on our doorstep, we give back<br />

to our local area by helping to sustain<br />

jobs, keep small shops open, ensure<br />

quality food remains available and,<br />

perhaps most importantly, keep our<br />

food producers doing happy dances<br />

when orders come through!<br />

Buying locally at Christmas not only<br />

supports the local economy but also<br />

creates a feast that is as unique to your<br />

area as your postcode. When you<br />

buy honey from a nearby beekeeper<br />

to glaze your locally grown parsnips,<br />

you enjoy something made in your<br />

home from the ingredients that<br />

surround your home. And this is<br />

where I come back to every aspect<br />

of your Christmas food telling a story;<br />

when you buy locally it is the story<br />

of your home. Our home is different<br />

from others in that not many people<br />

produce most of their Christmas<br />

dinner on their own farm, but perhaps<br />

the tale of our Christmas dinner ritual<br />

of thanks will compare to your own.<br />

Our story starts when I was growing<br />

up and my Grandad used to come<br />

for Sunday lunch every week. He was<br />

the keenest and most knowledgeable<br />

gardener I have ever met. Every week<br />

he would bring something from his<br />

garden for lunch: freshly dug potatoes,<br />

runner beans, spring greens, the list<br />

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was endless. He would bring it in its<br />

muddy, unprepared form and get it<br />

ready for the pan when he arrived.<br />

Then every week, just at the moment<br />

you were taking your first bite, he<br />

would declare, “That potato was still<br />

growing an hour ago.” As a teenager, I<br />

would politely smile and nod. But now<br />

I get it! He was proud of his produce.<br />

He was proud that you couldn’t get<br />

fresher, and he wanted you to enjoy<br />

eating it as much as he enjoyed<br />

supplying it.<br />

So, guess what we do now when<br />

sitting down to our Christmas dinner?<br />

We tell the story of the ingredients that<br />

we are so proud of, that we know are<br />

fresh and unique to our area, and that<br />

we want customers to enjoy eating<br />

as much as we enjoy producing. We<br />

talk about having raised the cockerel<br />

(traditional English farmhouse<br />

alternative to turkey) from one day<br />

old. We talk about our free-range pigs<br />

that make never-ending piles of mud<br />

outside our house, but gosh they<br />

make tasty chipolatas, and we talk<br />

about all the customers who have<br />

shared our Christmas by ordering from<br />

us. We wonder just how many mouths<br />

we have fed that lunchtime and we<br />

talk about customers whose lives we<br />

drop into when we catch up over their<br />

Christmas order, and we hope they are<br />

enjoying their special meal with their<br />

loved ones.<br />

So, when you tuck into your local<br />

Christmas feast try telling the story<br />

of the ingredients from your home.<br />

And then think about the fact that the<br />

producer is probably thinking about<br />

you and is very grateful for<br />

your support.<br />

Vicky and her husband Ben own<br />

Radmore Farm in Northamptonshire<br />

where they keep free-range pigs,<br />

meat Boer goats, and Lleyn sheep<br />

which are exclusively sold through<br />

their farm shop in Cambridge and<br />

local deliveries. They also bake artisan<br />

bread, cakes and pies.<br />

radmorefarmshop.co.uk<br />

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A Local<br />

Christmas Dinner<br />

<strong>East</strong> Anglia is full of fantastic food producers and suppliers. We’ve picked some of our favourites along<br />

with a round-up of farm shops in the region so you can create a fabulous festive spread.<br />

Nibbles and starters…<br />

Fairfields Farm Crisps<br />

Third-generation farmers who grow<br />

potatoes and hand cook their crisps<br />

on their family farm in the Colne Valley<br />

in Essex.<br />

fairfieldsfarmcrisps.co.uk<br />

Chiltern Charcuterie<br />

A family-run business nestled in<br />

the Chilterns, near Berkhamsted in<br />

Hertfordshire offering artisan<br />

cured meats.<br />

chiltern-charcuterie.co.uk<br />

Lambton & Jackson<br />

Smoked Salmon<br />

Award-winning salmon, smoked<br />

by hand in small batches in their<br />

smokehouse on the rural edge of<br />

Maldon in Essex.<br />

lambtonandjackson.com<br />

The main event…<br />

Morton’s Family Farm<br />

Turkey<br />

Award-winning free-range Norfolk<br />

Bronze turkeys slowly and ethically<br />

reared on their family farm in<br />

North Norfolk.<br />

mortonsfarm.co.uk<br />

Powters Chefs’ Pig<br />

Sausagemeat<br />

Newmarket-based, fifth-generation<br />

butchers and farmers producing<br />

quality sausagemeat from free-range,<br />

high-welfare local farms.<br />

powters.co.uk<br />

Tiptree Wild Cranberry<br />

Sauce<br />

Established in 1885, Tiptree Preserves<br />

are still made in small batches using<br />

traditional, copper-bottomed pans in<br />

Tiptree, Essex.<br />

tiptree.com<br />

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Something sweet…<br />

LillyPuds Luxury<br />

Christmas Pudding<br />

A naturally sweet Christmas pudding<br />

with over 50% fruit made in Bury St<br />

Edmunds. Gluten-free and vegan<br />

puddings are also available.<br />

lillypuds.co.uk<br />

Giovanni’s Downtown<br />

Gelato<br />

A family-run business making<br />

traditional Italian gelato, sorbetti and<br />

frozen yogurt fresh to order<br />

in Bedfordshire.<br />

giovannisgelato.co.uk<br />

Two Magpies Bakery<br />

Yule Log<br />

Handmade by skilled chefs from<br />

quality ingredients. Order online and<br />

collect from one of their bakery cafés<br />

in Norfolk and Suffolk.<br />

twomagpiesbakery.co.uk<br />

Christmas cheers…<br />

Giffords Hall Classic<br />

Cuvee 2018<br />

Made using the traditional<br />

Champagne method and grapes on a<br />

family-owned vineyard on an ancient<br />

glacial riverbed near Bury St Edmunds.<br />

giffordshall.co.uk<br />

Breckland Orchard Posh<br />

Pop<br />

Cambridgeshire family business<br />

supplying gently carbonated soft<br />

drinks with no artificial colours or<br />

flavours to farm shops and cafés.<br />

brecklandorchard.co.uk<br />

Mindful Mixology<br />

Cocktails<br />

Hand-crafted cocktails, with<br />

significantly less or zero sugar, made<br />

in North Norfolk using products from<br />

local companies.<br />

mindfulmixology.co.uk<br />

Willow Tree Gin<br />

Premium gin handcrafted in small<br />

batches using a unique combination<br />

of botanicals, including freshly<br />

picked herbs from their family farm in<br />

Bedfordshire.<br />

willowtreedistilling.co.uk<br />

Bruha Beer<br />

Beer made from the finest <strong>East</strong><br />

Anglian malted barley combined with<br />

exciting hops to create a lager and IPA<br />

with complex flavours.<br />

bruhabrewing.co.uk<br />

UNLTD.<br />

An alcohol-free, low-calorie craft beer<br />

with all the flavour of full-strength beer<br />

brewed and bottled in Hertfordshire.<br />

unltd.beer<br />

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Head to your local farm<br />

shop for all you need for<br />

your festive feast:<br />

Radmore Farm Shop<br />

8-10 Victoria Avenue, Cambridge CB4 1EH<br />

radmorefarmshop.co.uk<br />

Wheatacre Farm Pantry<br />

Wheatacre, Beccles, Suffolk NR34 0AS<br />

wheatacrehallbarns.co.uk<br />

Calcott Hall<br />

Ongar Road, Brentwood, Essex CM15 9HS<br />

calcotthall.com<br />

Johnsons of Old Hurst<br />

Church Farm, Old Hurst, Huntingdon, Cambridgeshire<br />

PE28 3AF<br />

johnsonsofoldhurst.co.uk<br />

Cammas Hall Farm<br />

Needham Green, Hatfield Broad Oak, Hertfordshire<br />

CM22 7JT<br />

cammashall.co.uk<br />

Blackwells Farm Shop<br />

Herons Farm, Colne Road, Coggeshall, Colchester,<br />

Essex CO6 1TQ<br />

blackwellsfarmproduce.co.uk<br />

Back to the Garden Farm Shop<br />

Letheringsett, Holt, Norfolk NR25 7JJ<br />

back-to-the-garden.co.uk<br />

Franklins of Thorncote<br />

Trumpetons Farm, Sandy, Bedfordshire SG19 1PU<br />

franklinsfarm.co.uk<br />

Maple Farm<br />

Kelsale, Saxmundham, Suffolk IP17 2PJ<br />

maplefarmkelsale.co.uk<br />

The Gog Farm Shop<br />

Heath Farm, Shelford Bottom, Cambridge CB22 3AD<br />

thegog.com<br />

Visit eastlife.co.uk for more farm shops in <strong>East</strong> Anglia<br />

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Christmas<br />

gift guide<br />

Cloud nine gems<br />

Redwings<br />

A national equine welfare charity responsible<br />

for over 2,000 rescued horses, ponies,<br />

donkeys and mules across the UK.<br />

Fiorelli earrings<br />

£85<br />

cloudninegems.net<br />

13 Market Hill, St. Ives PE27 5AL<br />

Fiorelli necklace<br />

£115<br />

Tree in the field<br />

£4<br />

Our new bespoke<br />

card for <strong>2022</strong>!<br />

Greeting inside reads<br />

‘Best Wishes for<br />

Christmas and the<br />

New Year’.<br />

shop.redwings.<br />

org.uk<br />

Saffron Grange<br />

Presenting the Saffron Grange Pamper<br />

Package – the perfect, indulgent treat<br />

– everything a person could need for an<br />

evening of ultimate relaxation and self-care.<br />

£62 - £65<br />

Sponsor a rescued horse or donkey<br />

for a year<br />

From £2 a month<br />

This gift voucher<br />

is for 2 people and<br />

allows the recipient to redeem it against our<br />

Vineyard Tour & Tasting with a sharing board<br />

of choice.<br />

The tour consists of a relaxed, guided walk around the vineyard<br />

followed by a tutored tasting of our premium English sparkling<br />

wines. Tours take approximately 1.5 – 2 hours in total and this<br />

voucher will also allow the recipient to enjoy a choice of either a<br />

cheese or charcuterie board at the end of the tour - £60 (for two<br />

people).<br />

Bottle stopper<br />

Keep your Saffron Grange sparkling wine<br />

fresh and fizzy for a second helping with our<br />

super sealer. It can keep your wine fresh for<br />

up to 3 times longer. A great gift to go with a<br />

bottle of our wine.<br />

£6<br />

Sponsor a horse or donkey from Redwings<br />

from just £2 a month and you’ll receive a<br />

wonderful adoption pack including a special<br />

certificate, stunning photo of your new friend<br />

and their story.<br />

redwings.org.uk/adoption<br />

Christmas on<br />

the farm 1,000<br />

piece puzzle<br />

£13<br />

This beautiful<br />

puzzle makes<br />

for the perfect<br />

festive gift this<br />

Christmas.<br />

shop.redwings.org.uk<br />

saffrongrange.com<br />

Saffron Grange Vineyard Ltd, Rowley Hill Farm,<br />

Little Walden, Essex CB10 1UZ<br />

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Pure Indulgence Salon<br />

The new Fresh Face Pillow is the perfect gift for someone who deserves the very best beauty sleep.<br />

Specially shaped to help you have better, more restful sleep by preventing you rolling over on your side. It’s been<br />

clinically proven to help reduce the appearance of lines and wrinkles caused by a poor sleep position with instant<br />

result and ongoing improvement, the longer it’s used. Light and easy to use, the addition of a cooling gel helps you<br />

to achieve a more comfortable night, while washable silk pillowcase preserves your Christmas blow dry! Usual rrp<br />

£129 - Currently available for a limited time for just £97, visit freshfacepillow.com.<br />

pureindulgencesalon.co.uk<br />

104 Elm Road, Leigh-on-Sea, Essex SS9 1SQ, T: 01702 711800<br />

Email:info@pureindulgencesalon.co.uk<br />

Baker Brothers<br />

A stylish 0.46ct diamond halo necklace crafted in<br />

18ct white gold.<br />

£2,500<br />

Elouise<br />

Sparkle this festive season with these tantalizing<br />

Diamond Hoop Style Earrings. Crafted in 18ct<br />

White Gold and set with 1.16ct of Diamonds<br />

finished with a hinged back.<br />

£3,750<br />

Pretty You London<br />

Robe £65 and slippers £29<br />

The contemporary design of the Gucci G-Chrono,<br />

defined by its iconic G-shaped bezel lends a<br />

modern, sporty look to this 44mm Gents Watch.<br />

£1,420<br />

Aubade Sweet<br />

Folk lingerie set<br />

Bra £105;<br />

Brief £69;<br />

suspender belt<br />

£89<br />

Manufactured in a traditional square spirit style by<br />

Dartington Crystal, this stag head-topped decanter<br />

holds 65cl and its stag’s head stopper is finished<br />

with elaborate detailing and hand-enamelled eyes<br />

and nose.<br />

£610<br />

bakerbrothersdiamonds.com<br />

Diamond House 11-13, St. Peters Street<br />

Bedford MK40 2PN<br />

Pretty You London<br />

Robe £65 and slippers £29<br />

elouiselingerie.co.uk<br />

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

St Edmundsbury Cathedral<br />

For lots more this winter season, visit<br />

stedscathedral.org/whats_on<br />

DECEMBER 3<br />

Bury Bible Close Up:<br />

An Illustrated Talk<br />

10.30 am - 12.00 pm<br />

<br />

Join the Fitzwilliam Museum in<br />

Cambridge for an in-depth encounter<br />

with the most important artefact to<br />

survive from the Abbey. This is an<br />

online conference. Register at<br />

reception@stedscathedral.org<br />

DECEMBER 17<br />

G4 Christmas Show<br />

7.30pm<br />

Join Jonathan, Lewis, Mike and Duncan<br />

as they recall the musical experiences<br />

of their childhoods. Expect to hear<br />

timeless classics and beautiful melodies.<br />

Tickets via our website<br />

DECEMBER 10<br />

Christmas with the<br />

Cathedral Choir<br />

7.30 pm<br />

A special festive evening of muchloved<br />

carols, hymns and songs,<br />

There will be plenty of<br />

opportunity for you to join in with<br />

your favourite Christmas tunes<br />

too! Buy tickets via our website<br />

JANUARY 22<br />

La Nativité Du Seigneur<br />

5.30 pm<br />

La Nativité du Seigneur is Olivier<br />

Messiaen’s Christmas organ cycle<br />

and will be played by Director of<br />

Music, Timothy Parsons. Free to<br />

attend, no booking needed


WHEATACRE HALL FARM PANTRY<br />

Our farm shop located near Beccles stocks a huge range of<br />

fresh produce, much of which is sourced from local suppliers<br />

across Norfolk and Suffolk. Plus we have milk and dairy products<br />

produced right on our doorstep at Wheatacre Hall Dairy Farm.<br />

MAKE YOUR OWN HAMPER – CHOOSE FROM LOCALLY<br />

SOURCED SUPPLIERS TO FILL YOUR BESPOKE PRESENT<br />

GET AWAY FROM THE HUSTLE AND VISIT US<br />

FOR A COFFEE AND TO SHOP<br />

Wheatacre, Beccles NR34 0AS t. 01502 677208<br />

www.wheatacrehallbarns.co.uk<br />

Lower Farm Bed and Breakfast is situated in<br />

the attractive <strong>East</strong> Northamptonshire village of<br />

Barnwell, three miles from the historic town of<br />

Oundle. We can provide you with a comfortable<br />

and relaxed country retreat tucked away from busy<br />

roads in a picturesque and traditional farm setting.<br />

01832 273220<br />

lowerfarmbandb@btconnect.com<br />

www.lower-farm.co.uk<br />

Get closer to nature<br />

at Anglesey Abbey<br />

© National Trust Images/Justin Minns<br />

Join us to celebrate our <strong>Winter</strong><br />

Garden as it comes into season,<br />

bringing colour, scent and<br />

texture to the colder months.<br />

Snowdrops herald the first signs<br />

of spring and Anglesey Abbey<br />

has one of the finest collections<br />

in the country, with over 300<br />

varieties. Go behind the scenes<br />

and discover our private<br />

collection on our exclusive<br />

Specialist Collection tours.<br />

Gardens open daily, plan your visit at<br />

nationaltrust.org.uk/Anglesey-Abbey


Little <strong>East</strong><br />

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LITTLE EAST<br />

Panto is Back…<br />

Oh yes, it is!<br />

Pantomimes are one of our favourite Christmas traditions and this year they’re back, bigger<br />

and better than before. There are lots of family shows across the region so grab your tickets<br />

and get ready to shout ‘Boo’, ‘Hiss’, and ‘It’s behind you!’<br />

Dick Whittington<br />

25 November – 8 January<br />

Key Theatre, Embankment Road, Peterborough,<br />

Cambridgeshire PE1 1EF<br />

Starring Simon Aylin as Dick Whittington and David<br />

Griffin-Stephens as Dame Fanny Fitzbottom, Dick<br />

Whittington is the purrrfect pantomime adventure that<br />

follows our hero to seek his fame, fortune and happiness<br />

in London Town. With the help of the magical Fairy<br />

Bowbells and a trusted feline friend, can they stop the<br />

wicked Queen Rat from stealing all the sweets and<br />

taking over London?<br />

keytheatre-peterborough.com<br />

The Legend of Robin Hood<br />

25 November – 14 January<br />

Theatre Royal, Westgate Street, Bury St Edmunds,<br />

Suffolk IP33 1QR<br />

Pity the impoverished people of Nottingham – their<br />

scheming Sheriff is relentlessly raising taxes. Yet fear not,<br />

for a hero has emerged. Robin of Loxley! Not only does<br />

he steal from the rich and give to the poor, but he also<br />

looks fantastic in tights. Thankfully, Robin is not alone. Nononsense<br />

Maid Marion, loud-mouthed Little Joan and<br />

puny pauper, young Rob have joined the fight.<br />

theatreroyal.org<br />

Cinderella<br />

Snow White at King’s Lynn<br />

Corn Exchange<br />

1 December – 8 January<br />

Harlow Playhouse, Playhouse Square, Essex CM20 1LS<br />

Returning to the Harlow Playhouse are favourites Ben<br />

Parsley as Buttons and Jimmy Burton Iles as a<br />

fabulously flamboyant Ugly Sister alongside a<br />

professional cast of top musical theatre performers.<br />

This year’s extravaganza, Cinderella, features hilarious<br />

comedy, a live band, dazzling dance routines, and<br />

spectacular sets and costumes that will be the perfect<br />

fit this Christmas.<br />

harlowplayhouse.co.uk<br />

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LITTLE EAST<br />

Cinderella at<br />

Harlow Playhouse<br />

Jack and the Beanstalk<br />

at The Alban Arena<br />

Cinderella at<br />

Harlow Playhouse<br />

Robin Hood at Theatre Royal,<br />

Bury St Edmunds<br />

Dick Whittington at<br />

Key Theatre, Peterborough<br />

Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs<br />

7 – 31 December<br />

King’s Lynn Corn Exchange, Tuesday Market Place, Norfolk<br />

PE30 1JW<br />

Mirror, mirror on the wall Alive Corn Exchange’s panto is the<br />

fairest of them all! This year, King’s Lynn’s favourite Dame, Ian<br />

Marr, will be playing Dame Dotty and his hilarious sidekick<br />

Scott Cripps will play Herbie Vore the (vegetarian) Huntsman.<br />

Join them and the magnificent seven for a spectacular show<br />

full of music, fun, laughter, stunning special effects, and<br />

plenty of surprises along the way.<br />

kingslynncornexchange.co.uk<br />

Jack and the Beanstalk<br />

9 December – 2 January<br />

The Alban Arena, Civic Centre, St Albans, Hertfordshire<br />

AL1 3LD<br />

A fun-filled, family pantomime starring TV legend Shaun<br />

Williamson (Barry in <strong>East</strong>enders, Ricky Gervais’ Extras,<br />

<strong>Life</strong>’s Too Short) who will be joined by the brilliant Ian Kirby<br />

playing Dame Trott (CBeebie’s Swashbuckle). Jack and the<br />

Beanstalk promises to be their most spectacular pantomime<br />

yet, with lavish sets, hilarious jokes, and FE-FI-FO fun for the<br />

whole family!<br />

alban-arena.co.uk<br />

More pantomimes in the region:<br />

Beauty and the Beast<br />

26 November – 15 January<br />

Mercury Theatre, Balkerne Gate,<br />

Colchester, Essex CO1 1PT<br />

mercurytheatre.co.uk<br />

Dick Whittington and<br />

his Cat<br />

1 December – 8 January<br />

Cambridge Arts Theatre, 6 St<br />

Edward’s Passage, Cambridgeshire<br />

CB2 3PJ<br />

cambridgeartstheatre.com<br />

Cinderella<br />

9 December – 2 January<br />

Grove Theatre, Grove Park, Court<br />

Drive, Dunstable, Bedfordshire<br />

LU5 4GP<br />

grovetheatre.co.uk<br />

Cinderella<br />

9 December – 2 January<br />

The Maltings, Ship Lane, Ely,<br />

Cambridgeshire CB7 4BB<br />

themaltingsely.org.uk<br />

Jack and the Beanstalk<br />

10 December – 7 January<br />

Theatre Royal, Theatre Street,<br />

Norwich, Norfolk NR2 1RL<br />

norwichtheatre.org<br />

Dick Whittington and<br />

his Cat<br />

16 – 24 December<br />

The Place Theatre, Bradgate Road,<br />

Bedford, Bedfordshire MK40 3DE<br />

theplacebedford.org.uk<br />

Beauty and the Beast<br />

22-31 December<br />

Bedford Corn Exchange, St Paul’s<br />

Square, Bedfordshire MK40 1SL<br />

bedfordcornexchange.co.uk<br />

Robin Hood<br />

23 – 29 December<br />

Saffron Hall, Audley End Road,<br />

Saffron Walden, Essex CB11 4UH<br />

saffronhall.com<br />

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Guided walks Delicious meals Books & Gifts<br />

RSPB<br />

Minsmere<br />

Discover the wonder<br />

of winter wetlands,<br />

woodlands and heathland<br />

RSPB Minsmere, Westleton, IP17 3BY


LITTLE EAST<br />

Mum’s the Word<br />

Seasonal<br />

hibernation:<br />

one mother’s utopian dream<br />

Written by Dolly Osborne<br />

raggydollywrites.wordpress.com<br />

As the days get shorter, I find myself envying the<br />

hibernators. There has been a lot of discourse about<br />

school hours over the last few years; in February this year<br />

the government scrapped their plans to lengthen the<br />

school day. Well, I have a new proposal that I’m pretty<br />

sure I can get my fellow <strong>East</strong>life parents on board with:<br />

Seasonal Hibernation, Home-based and Heat-related Hours<br />

or SHHHH.<br />

It would work like this: during regular hours of daylight,<br />

we can stick to the school drop off time we are all used<br />

to of 8-9am. But, when we have longer days and balmy<br />

evenings, we can extend the school day. So, instead of<br />

spending that time wrangling with maths apps and building<br />

dioramas about global warming, we can luxuriate with<br />

mummy friends and a cool bottle of prosecco or have<br />

dinner with our partners without being distracted by our<br />

children’s sudden aversion to sausages.<br />

Conversely, in the winter, when the mornings and<br />

afternoons are dark and cold, we enter semi hibernation<br />

where children will only attend school when it is light<br />

outside. This will allow just enough time for minimal<br />

hibernation-period chores and more time at home<br />

participating in home-based learning, such as stranger<br />

danger (watching Home Alone), history/geography<br />

(watching Elf) and faith-based studies (watching Miracle<br />

on 34th Street).<br />

SHHHH will reject the modern obsession with routine<br />

working hours and general industrial ideals and will instead<br />

reconnect us to our ancestors who led seasonal-driven lives<br />

of high output summers and low energy winters.<br />

Just think of the extra time spent within the gentle caress of<br />

your duvet, the energy costs saved by not having to be up<br />

before it is light, and spending lots of time huddled under<br />

blankets together rather than trudging out of the house on<br />

a winter’s school run. Imagine rediscovering long forgotten<br />

life skills, such as foraging for autumn fruits together,<br />

pickling, baking and chutneying as a family in preparation<br />

for semi-hibernation.<br />

With SHHHH, instead of being prickly like an angry<br />

hedgehog when your alarm goes off in the pitch black and<br />

harshly cold mornings, you get to be as snuggly and happy<br />

as Mrs Tiggy-Winkle curled in a ball of soft duvet, by an<br />

open fire, on her birthday. Sound appealing?<br />

At the moment SHHHH is just this one mother’s dream:<br />

a utopia of seasonally variable activity and, mostly if I’m<br />

honest, winter hibernation-based inactivity. One day<br />

people, one day, we will make this a reality. Until that day,<br />

parents remember, as you pull on your snow boots, argue<br />

about coat wearing and trudge through the darkness of the<br />

winter school run, that I am with you. And one day reader,<br />

one day, we will have the sweet sanity of SHHHH<br />

Find Dolly on Twitter @Osborneosaurus<br />

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LITTLE EAST<br />

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

Christmas Special<br />

NORFOLK<br />

Jingle all the Day and Sparkle in<br />

the Dark<br />

26 November – 24 December<br />

Roarr! Dinosaur Adventure, Lenwade NR9 5JE<br />

Jingle all the Day – available on selected dates in<br />

November and December. Visit Father Christmas and<br />

his elves at the North Pole and step inside the Christmas<br />

Cottage. Choose your favourite toy from under the tree and<br />

then enjoy a delicious hot chocolate before finishing with a<br />

photograph beside the big man himself.<br />

Sparkle in the Dark<br />

Christmas Visits at Bressingham<br />

27 November – 24 December<br />

Low Road, Diss IP22 2AA<br />

Christmas is always a magical time at Bressingham and a<br />

very special experience for all the family. Under twinkling<br />

fairy lights, your Christmas visit to Bressingham includes<br />

a ride on the steam train on the Fen Railway for everyone<br />

young and old, a festive spin on the Gallopers and a visit<br />

to Father Christmas, including a present for children up to<br />

the age of 12 years. Add to that a wander around a very<br />

Christmassy Walmington-on-sea in the Exhibition Hall<br />

to see the Dad’s Army display and vehicles decorated<br />

especially for the season, and you’ll find that there’s<br />

something for all ages to enjoy at Bressingham<br />

this Christmas.<br />

bressingham.co.uk<br />

SUFFOLK<br />

Where’s Santa?<br />

Available on selected evening dates in November and<br />

December when the rest of the park has closed. Purchase<br />

separate to a park ticket. Start your journey at the festive<br />

forest. Head towards the North Pole to meet Mother<br />

Christmas at her Gingerbread Kitchen, then travel through<br />

the magical lights towards Christmas Cottage. Inside,<br />

the elves will be busy working but don’t forget to collect<br />

your sweet treat. You’ll then pay Father Christmas a visit to<br />

collect your golden ticket, which can be swapped for a toy<br />

of your choice within the toy shop. Finish with a delicious<br />

hot chocolate for the whole family. At<br />

the end of the evening, enjoy a<br />

short Christmas movie in Dippy’s<br />

Theatre and some delicious food<br />

and drink from street vendors.<br />

roarrdinosauradventure.co.uk<br />

2 – 24 December<br />

Theatre Royal, Westgate Street, Bury St. Edmunds IP33 1QR<br />

Theatre Royal Bury St Edmunds is partnering with Arc<br />

Shopping Centre this year to create a magical Christmas<br />

Cabin in the centre of Charter Square in which they will be<br />

telling a traditional Christmas tale. Where’s Santa? is perfect<br />

for children aged 2 to 7. Each performance accommodates<br />

12 children and allows them to meet Santa – but only<br />

if they can find him! Where’s Santa? is bought to life by<br />

two professional actors, Terry Molloy as Santa, and Hatty<br />

Ashton as Älva. Admission is by pre-booked tickets only.<br />

theatreroyal.org<br />

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LITTLE EAST<br />

HERTFORDSHIRE<br />

Santa at Paradise Wildlife Park<br />

A wondrous journey awaits you but, before you can<br />

embark on your enchanted adventure, you’ll need to be<br />

granted special access to the North Pole. Don’t worry, the<br />

expert Elves in Passport Control will make sure all your<br />

papers are in order and send you on your way. First stop<br />

is the Elf Academy. Here you have a once in a lifetime<br />

chance be inducted as an honorary Elf. Then continue<br />

your spellbinding journey as we step into the Snow Show<br />

filled with a flurry of surprises. You’ll also get to meet Father<br />

Christmas and make sure he got your letter and is ready<br />

for the big day. You can enjoy the festive rides, meet the<br />

animals, indulge in treats from the special yuletide menu and<br />

have a go at ice skating. marshfarm.co.uk<br />

Every weekend from 3 December and every day from 17-24<br />

December<br />

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fabulous photo opportunity. This is a free of charge event<br />

so make sure to get a space in the queue early, as meeting<br />

Santa on the day of your visit cannot be guaranteed. Santa<br />

has also brought the winter wonderland with him. There will<br />

be a glorious festive fairy light tunnel to walk through and<br />

enjoy with your loved ones, and the park will be decked out<br />

with beautiful Christmas decorations, complete with a huge<br />

Christmas tree. Don’t forget to visit Santa’s reindeer in the<br />

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The Santasaurus Show at<br />

Standalone Farm<br />

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Santa’s grotto is looking a little different this year as the<br />

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and help us find the Santasaurus! Enter the jolly Jurassic<br />

and go on a Christmas exploration, meeting lots of fun<br />

and friendly dinos along the way. Has anyone seen the<br />

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determined to find out. Visitors will be welcomed into the<br />

rustic barn for a festive show featuring the Dino Babies,<br />

after which little ones will have the opportunity to enter<br />

the special barn grotto where they can choose a gift.<br />

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The Magic of Christmas at<br />

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This December, take an enchanting journey. Explore the<br />

Magical Christmas Walkthrough on your way to meet Father<br />

Christmas, choose a toy from his toy shop and build your<br />

own bear in the Make a Bear Workshop. Join in with the Tree<br />

Trimming Training show, make reindeer food and have a go<br />

at gingerbread decorating with Mother Christmas and Merry<br />

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7 – 31 December<br />

Cambridge<br />

Junction, Clifton<br />

Way CB1 7GX<br />

The Nutcracker<br />

takes you on a<br />

wild and festive<br />

adventure.<br />

Bursting with<br />

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music that will<br />

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off! This exciting,<br />

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energy celebration with giant sweets, dancing nutcrackers<br />

and singing mice. This fun-filled Christmas extravaganza<br />

will leave you feeling full of holiday cheer. Moxie Brawl’s<br />

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symptoms in order to fit in at school and the signs can be<br />

more obvious when they are at home.<br />

Recent research conducted by Oxford Home Schooling<br />

revealed that while overseeing their children’s learning<br />

during lockdown, many parents spotted potential signs of<br />

learning difficulties including dyslexia (difficulty reading,<br />

writing and spelling) and dysgraphia (impaired handwriting<br />

or spelling).<br />

To help parents who think their child may have a learning<br />

difficulty, Greg Smith, Head of Operations at Oxford Home<br />

Schooling, has put together a guide on how best to support<br />

your child and what your next steps should be.<br />

1. Get your child diagnosed<br />

If your child’s difficulties are having a significant impact<br />

on their learning, it’s a good idea to have them tested for a<br />

condition and diagnosed. A diagnosis can open the door for<br />

your child to receive appropriate learning support in school.<br />

This includes allowing them extra time in exams and being<br />

supported by a teaching assistant, so it’s a good idea to look<br />

into this as early as possible. If you’ve observed signs that<br />

your child may have a learning difficulty, you should speak<br />

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or refer the child for the appropriate tests.<br />

2. Speak to your GP<br />

Once a child is diagnosed with a learning difficulty, you<br />

should consult your GP again. They will then be able to<br />

recommend and refer you to an appropriate specialist for<br />

support. Specialists can include speech and language<br />

therapists, educational and clinical psychologists and<br />

paediatricians.<br />

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Once you have an idea of the areas where your child is<br />

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support in place should your child require it. They will need<br />

time to consider how the condition might affect the child’s<br />

learning and work out how best to adapt their teaching.<br />

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your child’s new needs. Don’t be afraid to seek out the<br />

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NEWS FROM AROUND THE REGION<br />

Cambridge Robot Tournament Returns<br />

Schools Golf Association Boys’ International Schools’<br />

Match. After a hard-fought contest, England emerged as<br />

winners defeating Wales by a score of 16 1 /2 to 4 1 /2.<br />

Elsewhere, Year 13 student Asha represented Great Britain<br />

playing Handball (under 17s) in the Parades Cup in Porto,<br />

Portugal. This was the first time that the Under 17 cohort<br />

had travelled internationally for a match, during which they<br />

competed against Portuguese club sides, 20-year-olds<br />

and younger.<br />

The First Lego League Challenge, delivered by The<br />

Institution of Engineering and Technology (IET),<br />

is celebrating its return by sponsoring 17 teams of<br />

students, aged 9 – 16, from disadvantaged areas across<br />

Cambridgeshire, to take part in the popular Lego robotics<br />

competition.<br />

Sponsored by Qualcomm Incorporated, The First Lego<br />

League Challenge is a unique global science and<br />

technology tournament. From October to January, teams<br />

have the chance to apply their STEM skills and critical<br />

thinking to build and program a Lego robot, before<br />

competing in an exciting, mission-based robotics game.<br />

Rounding off the list of international sporting superstars,<br />

Year 13 student Kate celebrated her final match<br />

representing England in the England Colleges National<br />

Women’s Hockey team throughout 2021-22.<br />

At Impington International College, students can combine<br />

their academic studies with specialist sports coaching. The<br />

College works with leading national and regional teams<br />

including Cambridge Handball Club, Norwich City Football<br />

Club, Rob Roy Rowing Club and Serena Guthrie and<br />

Legacy, to provide students with professional coaching.<br />

Army Cadets’ Leadership Potential<br />

Recognised<br />

For the first time since the pandemic, students will be<br />

coming together in person for the culmination of the<br />

challenge at a thrilling tournament day at University of<br />

Cambridge’s Department of Engineering, on Tuesday 17<br />

January 2023. The tournament sees around 250 young<br />

people let their Lego robots loose on a challenge board to<br />

complete tasks in fast-paced robot game matches.<br />

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Sporting Success<br />

Two Brentwood School CCF Army cadets have been<br />

awarded the prestigious Army Officer Scholarship<br />

securing them a sought-after place at the Royal Military<br />

Academy, Sandhurst.<br />

In their citation, Lewis Harknett and Scott Adeyinka were<br />

‘recognised as possessing exceptional leadership potential’<br />

and have secured a place to train as Army Officers with the<br />

Army giving them financial and career support through<br />

school and university.<br />

Students and staff at Impington International College,<br />

based on the outskirts of Cambridge, have been<br />

commending a summer of sporting successes achieved by<br />

the College’s students around the world.<br />

Year 13 student, Jake, was crowned as an international<br />

champion when representing England in the English<br />

Sandhurst is the world-renowned Berkshire-based Royal<br />

Military Academy where all officers in the British Army are<br />

trained. The academy’s motto is ‘Serve to Lead’ and Lewis<br />

and Scott are already doing just that within Brentwood<br />

School’s Combined Cadet Force.<br />

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dog-friendly<br />

festive<br />

food<br />

this winter<br />

written by Abby Knight<br />

Whether you’re out for a walk with your dog and<br />

looking for somewhere to enjoy a cosy snack or<br />

want to take your family pet for some festive food<br />

as a treat, here’s our pick of the region’s best dogfriendly<br />

places to visit.<br />

DINE LIKE ROYALTY AT THE CROWN<br />

AT WOODBRIDGE<br />

Take the stress out of Christmas Day dining by hosting<br />

your festive lunch at The Crown at Woodbridge, Suffolk’s<br />

stunning riverside market town. The friendly team, led<br />

by manager Rob with Masterchef finalist Sci Daniels in<br />

the kitchen, is on hand to welcome you and your pet at<br />

specially reserved tables on the big day.<br />

The feast begins with a mimosa cocktail or mocktail and<br />

starters of venison terrine or vegan quince tartlet. After a<br />

refreshing Fishers gin and mint sorbet, the mains include<br />

local bronze turkey wrapped in Parma ham or <strong>Winter</strong><br />

Plot, a tasty veggie treat of carrot, pumpkin, artichoke and<br />

parsnip. Finishing with a rich layered coffee and chocolate<br />

cheesecake for dessert, the price for adults is £97.50. Prebooking<br />

is essential, with a £10 non-returnable deposit. Call<br />

01394 384242 or visit thecrownatwoodbridge.co.uk for<br />

details and to book.<br />

CAFÉ STOP IN CAMBRIDGE<br />

Perfect if you’ve got festive shopping planned, the all-day<br />

restaurant Gastrono-me is inspired by café cultures from<br />

around the world and is hugely dog friendly with a buzzy<br />

atmosphere, making it ideal for a winter pit stop. Festive<br />

menus are two or three courses from £22.95 with fun mains<br />

including Jingle Buns Burger and Christmas Cheeseboard<br />

Mac with dog treats and bowls available for guests with<br />

four-legged friends. We love the idea of starting your party<br />

with a Merry Mistletoe Mimosa too! For details and to book<br />

visit gastrono-me.co.uk<br />

DOGS WELCOME AT THE BAR<br />

At the Shepherd & Dog, a popular gastro pub located in<br />

Crays Hill in Essex, there are always plenty of four-legged<br />

visitors and Christmas is no exception. Owner Rebecca<br />

Jones Bailey is a huge fan, and dogs and their owners are<br />

welcome in the bar area and the attractive garden with<br />

covered areas.<br />

The Christmas set menu includes starters of leek and potato<br />

soup with rustic bread and duck live parfait with orange<br />

and port marmalade served on brioche toast. Mains include<br />

roast turkey or vegetable wellington and are followed with<br />

the chef’s cheesecake for dessert. Served every day at £35<br />

per head, visit theshepherd.pub for details of dog-friendly<br />

areas and to book.<br />

DOG WALKS AND FESTIVE DINING<br />

Enjoy an unforgettable dining experience at the Ivy House<br />

Country Hotel with delicious, locally sourced festive<br />

food including yuletide treats of fillet venison Wellington<br />

and roast turkey, as well as decadent desserts such as<br />

Christmas pudding and deconstructed toffee cheesecake.<br />

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Dog friendly<br />

Nestled on the banks of Oulton Broad, this country hotel<br />

has 21 acres of gardens with direct access onto the broads<br />

so you can enjoy a walk with your dog before tucking<br />

into a lunch at just £25 for two courses. Or try the Festive<br />

Afternoon Tea, from 28 November to 23 December, which<br />

includes turkey sandwiches and pigs in blankets and a<br />

range of mini sweet treats served with a glass of bubbles for<br />

£19.95 per person. Visit ivyhousecountryhotel.co.uk for<br />

more details and to book.<br />

GETTING SPICY IN NORWICH<br />

Fancy something a little different this festive season? At<br />

Revolución de Cuba you can enjoy a spicy take on festive<br />

favourites along with the chance to win free tacos until the<br />

end of November with their treasure hunt. To celebrate<br />

the launch of their new menu, 900 taco tokens have been<br />

hidden across UK towns, including Norwich, with each<br />

token entitling you to claim one free<br />

taco dish from any Revolución de Cuba.<br />

There’s a range of mouth-watering<br />

fillings to choose from including Ginger<br />

Beer Chicken with Pineapple Salsa,<br />

Pulled Beef with Tomato Salsa and a<br />

tasty vegan Jackfruit Chilli.<br />

The stunning garden area is available<br />

all year round with patio heaters<br />

and covers so that you and your<br />

pet can enjoy it all winter long. Visit<br />

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The doggy-mad team at Muthapuppa<br />

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pets, so they never have to miss out on a<br />

roast dinner.<br />

Not only tasty and meat-free, they are<br />

also free from gluten, sugar, grain, wheat<br />

and rawhide which makes them gentle<br />

on dogs’ stomachs. With three roasts<br />

to choose from: Wood Smoked Roast<br />

Vegetables, Sweet Potato and Cranberry or Broccoli, Peas<br />

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Along for the Ride<br />

- The highways<br />

and byways of<br />

Bedfordshire<br />

with The Sharnbrook Cyclist<br />

As the seasons change and we begin<br />

to pull the winter gear out from the<br />

depths of our wardrobes, I thought<br />

I’d reflect on an autumn in the<br />

saddle. I spent most of the last few<br />

months riding in my home county of<br />

Bedfordshire, venturing from time to<br />

time into Herts, Bucks, Northants and<br />

Cambs. I had many plans to traverse<br />

the coastal regions of Suffolk and<br />

Norfolk last summer, but they fell by<br />

the wayside. There’s always next year!<br />

I live in the village of Sharnbrook<br />

(name derived from the Anglo-Saxon<br />

word ‘sharn’ which meant ‘dung’),<br />

in north Bedfordshire. The area is<br />

perfect for cycling as it’s mostly flat<br />

with a few short, sometimes sharp,<br />

climbs. I know that folks in the Dales,<br />

Peaks or Welsh mountains will laugh<br />

at what we call hills but on a usual<br />

ride, there is enough climbing to<br />

make things difficult occasionally. I’m<br />

pretty sure anyone who tackles Bison<br />

Hill at Whipsnade or Church Road in<br />

Bow Brickhill will be puffing at the top.<br />

Typically a 60km ride around here will<br />

involve around 400m of climbing.<br />

On a usual Sunday ride, a group of us<br />

head out for a few hours of cycling<br />

with a coffee stop scheduled in one of<br />

the larger towns nearby. By the time<br />

we get to Olney, Rushden, St Neots or<br />

Ampthill for a drink and a bite to eat<br />

we’ve put in a good shift.<br />

There is something magical about<br />

being up early and setting off as the<br />

sun rises through the mist. Travelling<br />

east from Sharnbrook towards Olney,<br />

you go through the villages of Odell,<br />

Harrold and past the traditional<br />

leather goods manufacturer Tusting<br />

in Lavendon. The river Great Ouse<br />

meanders along the valley under its<br />

misty cloak, providing us pretty views<br />

as we criss-cross it over the numerous<br />

stone bridges in the area. There is<br />

also regular discussion of river levels,<br />

a barometer of just how dry it’s been<br />

in these parts through the summer.<br />

When we stop on a bridge, it’s “I’ve<br />

never seen it this low” or “river’s up”<br />

after a storm.<br />

On a recent ride, I rounded a corner<br />

and surprised two red kites on the<br />

ground, devouring a deer carcass that<br />

had been hit by a car overnight. They<br />

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Tried & Tested<br />

The Sprint t-shirt from Artilect<br />

Studios, based in Boulder<br />

Colorado, is a versatile top that<br />

I use as a base layer on the bike<br />

and for day-to-day wear. It’s an<br />

impressive piece of kit, made<br />

from ethical bluesign accredited<br />

merino wool fabric. It has excellent<br />

wicking properties so dries<br />

unbelievably quickly and it looks<br />

good too. All you really need<br />

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stretched their enormous wings and<br />

took flight over the nearest hedge,<br />

but not before I had the chance to<br />

appreciate their incredible power and<br />

beauty. Riding a bike gives me time<br />

to dwell on my surroundings in a way<br />

that driving or even running doesn’t.<br />

As we move into the colder months,<br />

there’s a new array of weird and<br />

wonderful cycling attire to get my<br />

head around. Designed to keep<br />

riders warm and dry when out in<br />

the elements, it’s been fascinating<br />

searching the internet for bib tights,<br />

base layers and skull caps. I had<br />

no idea cycling involved so much<br />

technical clothing, but I’m learning<br />

about the benefits. Recently, I<br />

purchased my first set of proper<br />

winter bibs (basically, leggings<br />

with attached braces that go over<br />

the shoulder to hold them up). I’ve<br />

ridden in them a couple of times, and<br />

blimey they make the cold mornings<br />

easier to bear. Now I’ll be looking for<br />

the best way to keep my toes warm<br />

through the winter, my main worry as<br />

we set off on a cold, dark morning.<br />

The Xiaomi Mi Portable<br />

Compressor is something I didn’t<br />

know I needed, and now I can’t<br />

do without it! It’s a rechargeable<br />

compressor which pumps my<br />

tyres up to 80psi in seconds. It can<br />

be used with Presta and Schrader<br />

valves; I’ve used it on the car when<br />

a niggling slow puncture gave me<br />

continued pain. I don’t ride with<br />

it, although it would fit in a jersey<br />

pocket, but at home, it’s always<br />

charged and ready to go. mi.com<br />

My Paria Clash <strong>2022</strong> jersey is<br />

simply one of my favourites. The<br />

deep rear pockets and a zipped<br />

pouch for cards and cash are ideal<br />

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The Arts Column<br />

<strong>East</strong> of England’s biggest Art Fair returns for <strong>2022</strong><br />

Jane Cochrane<br />

Leslie Gerry<br />

Shelley Nott<br />

One of the biggest contemporary art fairs outside of<br />

London is set to return this December.<br />

Art Fair <strong>East</strong> annually hosts artists, galleries and art dealers<br />

from across the world, attracting thousands of visitors to St<br />

Andrew’s Hall in Norwich, Norfolk.<br />

As the major art fair for the <strong>East</strong>, the fair was founded in<br />

2015 by leading Norfolk-based artists Will Teather and Brian<br />

Korteling, who will both be exhibiting at the event.<br />

The pair are passionate about bringing contemporary art<br />

to the region, supporting artists and creating excitement<br />

around the visual arts.<br />

Will Teather, who has showcased his work at New York’s<br />

Market & Design Fair, said: “I can’t wait for this year’s event,<br />

I’m already working on my paintings for the exhibition.<br />

There is nothing quite like meeting the artist in person or<br />

talking to an expert, as is often possible at art fairs.”<br />

Brian Korteling added: “It’s really great to be able to<br />

transform St Andrew’s Hall into an art space once again,<br />

we can expect to see lots of new, vibrant and inspirational<br />

works of art.”<br />

Organisers have also confirmed that <strong>East</strong> Anglian wealth<br />

management firm Chadwicks are once again supporting<br />

Art Fair <strong>East</strong> alongside longstanding supporters Musker<br />

McIntyre Estate Agents & Financial Services.<br />

Will Teather said: “We’re delighted to have Musker McIntyre<br />

and Chadwicks joining us for <strong>2022</strong>. Both are friendly and<br />

forward-thinking companies helping to put the region on<br />

the map, as we aspire to do for the visual arts. These two<br />

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our ongoing vision for the<br />

event to be a major Art Fair<br />

for the <strong>East</strong> of England. Long<br />

may it continue.”<br />

With around 1,000 artworks on<br />

display, a range of contemporary<br />

art will be exhibited including<br />

painting, sculpture, drawing,<br />

photography, video art, installation<br />

and original limited-edition prints.<br />

Art Fair <strong>East</strong> provides a great<br />

chance for people to expand<br />

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December. For more information<br />

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On the Canvas<br />

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

Denis Wirth-Miller: Landscapes and Beasts<br />

1 October to 22 January 2023<br />

Firstsite, Lewis Gardens, High Street, Colchester, Essex CO1 1JH<br />

A major new exhibition at Firstsite revisits the work of Denis Wirth-Miller<br />

(1915-2010).<br />

Before his death in Colchester aged 94, Wirth-Miller’s work had been<br />

shown in London’s leading galleries and acquired by the Queen, the Arts<br />

Council England and Contemporary Art Society. The self-taught painter<br />

was both a friend and collaborator with Francis Bacon, but following<br />

an explosive disagreement with Bacon, Wirth-Miller ended his career in<br />

painting in 1977.<br />

In the largest retrospective of his work to date, Firstsite will display over one<br />

hundred paintings by this influential artist. The exhibition is curated by the<br />

renowned writer and curator James Birch, who has secured key loans from<br />

a variety of sources, to give visitors a chance to view pieces that have never<br />

before been seen in public.<br />

Wirth-Miller’s striking series of ‘dog’ paintings will provide a highlight of the<br />

exhibition. Over ten examples will feature in the show, demonstrating the<br />

artist’s ability to capture the movement and poise of dogs. Wirth-Miller was<br />

also a fine landscape painter, and the exhibition shines a spotlight on his<br />

talent for capturing the movement of wind through crops and meadows.<br />

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Changing Times: A Century of Modern British Art<br />

15 October to 16 April 2023<br />

The Higgins Bedford, Castle Lane, Bedfordshire MK40 3XD<br />

From Eric Ravilious, Edward Bawden and Paul Nash to Elisabeth Frink,<br />

David Hockney and Lucian Freud, some of the biggest names in British art<br />

come together in a vibrant, wide-ranging exhibition that explores the history<br />

of British art of the 20th and 21st centuries.<br />

© The Estate of Denis Wirth-Miller © Eric Ravilious<br />

The show will be spread over three galleries and will bring together<br />

around a hundred works from two important collections: Bedford’s own<br />

Cecil Higgins Collection and the Ingram Collection of Modern British and<br />

Contemporary Art.<br />

Visitors will find sculpture, paintings and works on paper by some of<br />

the best-known and well-loved names in British art. Themes running<br />

through the show include the artists’ self-portraits and the evolution of<br />

landscape painting.<br />

Changing Times is curated by James Russell, previously curator of Eric<br />

Ravilious and Edward Bawden at Dulwich Picture Gallery. The exhibition<br />

is accompanied by a major new book – Revisiting Modern British Art – in<br />

which experts in their field address specific aspects of British art of the<br />

20th-century. Complemented by a range of striking images, this publication<br />

succeeds in showing the strength of the British artistic tradition while<br />

also encouraging the reader to rethink and explore the existing narrative.<br />

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Empathy for People, Empathy for Things<br />

26 October to 14 January 2023<br />

Art + Design Gallery, University of Hertfordshire, College Lane,<br />

Hatfield AL10 9AB<br />

This group exhibition explores an important issue of our time – empathy –<br />

and what that might mean for how we relate with each other and connect to<br />

the things around us. The exhibition includes artists who create moments to<br />

listen, reflect and connect with human and non-human stories.<br />

It is thought that the English word ‘empathy’ comes from the German word<br />

‘einfunlung’ meaning to feel into or ‘resonate’ with works of art, and which<br />

later was used to describe reverberations between human beings. The<br />

exhibition invites individuals to question how they resonate with other<br />

people and other things.<br />

Harold Offeh<br />

The show features artists Andy Holden, Paul Johnson, Harold Offeh, Katie<br />

Paterson, Feral Practice and Celia Pym who are crafting practices and<br />

artworks that explore empathy from a number of perspectives including<br />

textiles, film and sculpture.<br />

Curator Elizabeth Murton commented: “This exhibition provides an<br />

opportunity to reflect on our amazing and complex world and explore<br />

empathy and our connections with fellow humans or other things. The<br />

pandemic was such a different experience for many. As we now rush to get<br />

back to ‘normal’, this exhibition allows space for listening, reflecting and<br />

resonating with each other and other things that form part of our world.”<br />

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Henry Moore: Drawing in the Dark<br />

16 December to 16 April 2023<br />

St Albans Museum + Gallery, Town Hall, St Peter’s Street,<br />

Hertfordshire AL1 3DH<br />

The largest exhibition of coal mining drawings by celebrated artist, Henry<br />

Moore, will be shown at St Albans Museum + Gallery – eighty years since<br />

they were completed for the War Artists’ Advisory Committee (WAAC).<br />

Moore is famous for his sculpture, particularly of women and abstract<br />

forms, and his drawings of Londoners sheltering from the blitz in 1940 are<br />

also well known. But it is often forgotten that Moore was the son of a miner<br />

from Castleford in Yorkshire, and as a war artist he developed a detailed<br />

series of drawings from sketches he made in 1942 at Wheldale Colliery<br />

where his father had worked. Moore spent one week in the mine drawing<br />

from observation and then worked from memory to create the remaining<br />

drawings which were all completed within six months.<br />

Curated by University of Hertfordshire Arts + Culture and played out within<br />

the theatre of the dark-walled, subterranean Weston Gallery of St Albans<br />

Museum + Gallery, the timely exhibition takes inspiration from the new book,<br />

Drawing in the Dark by art historian, Chris Owen.<br />

Together, the exhibition and book aim to reveal the importance of this very<br />

personal project for understanding Moore’s life and work. Whether you are<br />

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Bedfordshire<br />

Bedfordshire’s<br />

Marvellous<br />

Museums<br />

From art to aircraft and watermills to world<br />

wars, discover Bedfordshire’s past in the<br />

county’s museums.<br />

The Shuttleworth<br />

Collection<br />

Old Warden Aerodrome, Nr<br />

Biggleswade, SG18 9EP<br />

An aeronautical and automotive<br />

museum, located at the Old Warden<br />

Aerodrome, with some of the last<br />

airworthy aircraft of their type<br />

remaining anywhere in the world.<br />

Vehicles include mostly Edwardian,<br />

early dogcarts and 1930s-1940’s<br />

cars along with motorcycles,<br />

penny farthings and a 1904 Aurora.<br />

Throughout the year there are<br />

many events with flying displays<br />

and vehicle parades, drawing<br />

crowds from all over the world.<br />

shuttleworth.org<br />

The Higgins Bedford<br />

Castle Lane, Bedford. MK40 3XD<br />

An art gallery and museum<br />

boasting a lively programme of<br />

exhibitions, events and displays.<br />

Using collections of archaeology,<br />

social history and ethnography, The<br />

Higgins shows how Bedford has<br />

developed. You can see wonderful<br />

collections including the Cecil<br />

Higgins Collection of fine and<br />

decorative arts and unique groups of<br />

work by the designers William Burges<br />

and Edward Bawden. The museum<br />

is also home to The Higgins Pantry, a<br />

family-run Italian restaurant and café.<br />

thehigginsbedford.org.uk<br />

Stockwood Discovery<br />

Centre<br />

London Road, Luton, LU1 4LX<br />

Originally a country estate,<br />

Stockwood is now a public park<br />

with the former stables and walled<br />

gardens now housing the Discovery<br />

Centre. With interactive exhibitions,<br />

a children’s play area and beautiful<br />

gardens, it’s a great family day out.<br />

The museum galleries bring the<br />

stories of local people to life, dating<br />

back from prehistoric times to the<br />

present day. Highlights include<br />

the largest horse-drawn carriage<br />

collection in Europe and the Wenlock<br />

Jug, a rare medieval masterpiece.<br />

culturetrust.com<br />

Ampthill Micro Museum<br />

1 Bedford Street, Ampthill, MK45 2LU<br />

Possibly the smallest museum in<br />

the world, Ampthill micro museum<br />

takes you through 1,000 years of<br />

history. From Norman times to the<br />

modern day, journey through a small<br />

town’s massive history. The walls<br />

show a floor-to-ceiling timeline from<br />

Saxon times to the present day. The<br />

Ampthill Roll of Honour is displayed<br />

on the side of the building outside.<br />

ampthillmicromuseum.com<br />

Wardown House,<br />

Museum & Gallery<br />

Old Bedford Road, Luton, LU2 7HA<br />

A Grade II listed building situated in<br />

the beautiful grounds of Wardown<br />

Park, this museum transports you<br />

back in time, to a wealthy Victorian<br />

family home. Every room tells a<br />

story with interactive displays,<br />

local curiosities and the largest hat<br />

collection in the UK. The Morning<br />

Room art gallery displays exhibitions<br />

throughout the year and the Dining<br />

Room café, which overlooks the park,<br />

serves coffee and cake.<br />

culturetrust.com<br />

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The Twinwood Museums<br />

RAF Twinwood Farm Airfield, Bedford,<br />

MK41 6AB<br />

In August 1944, the world-famous big<br />

band leader Glenn Miller performed<br />

a concert at RAF Twinwood Airfield.<br />

Later that year, he boarded a small<br />

aircraft outside Twinwood Control<br />

Tower – destination Paris – but was<br />

never seen again. Now known as the<br />

Glenn Miller Museum, the control<br />

tower details the history of RAF<br />

Twinwood during WWII and its link<br />

to the legendary band leader. There<br />

are five other museum buildings on<br />

the site, including The Twinwood<br />

Aviation Museum with its large<br />

collection of wartime uniforms and<br />

equipment, and Under Fire which<br />

is Britain’s only wartime fire service<br />

museum. twinwoodevents.com<br />

Leighton Buzzard<br />

Railway<br />

Pages Park Station, Billington Rd,<br />

Leighton Buzzard, LU7 4TG<br />

The Leighton Buzzard Railway<br />

is one of the last survivors of the<br />

gauge light railways built in Britain<br />

for industrial use and houses one of<br />

the largest collections of narrowgauge<br />

stock in England. Today’s<br />

Leighton Buzzard Railway offers<br />

an 85-minute round trip through<br />

the Bedfordshire countryside.<br />

Open from March to October with<br />

Santa’s Steam Specials through<br />

December when you can take a<br />

steam-train ride over the historic<br />

railway and meet Santa in his<br />

grotto. buzzrail.uk<br />

John Bunyan Museum<br />

Bunyan Meeting, Mill Street,<br />

Bedford, MK40 3EU<br />

This museum tells the story of the<br />

humble Bedford man who wrote<br />

The Pilgrim’s Progress, one of<br />

the greatest novels in the English<br />

language. During his remarkable<br />

life, Bunyan was a soldier, tinker,<br />

preacher and dissenter, spending<br />

12 years in Bedford prison<br />

for illegal preaching. Bunyan<br />

Meeting church stands on the<br />

site of Bunyan’s original church,<br />

where he was minister from<br />

1671 to 1688. Scenes from The<br />

Pilgrim’s Progress can be found<br />

on the bronze entrance doors and<br />

stunning stained-glass windows.<br />

bunyanmeeting.co.uk<br />

More marvellous museums to visit in<br />

Bedfordshire:<br />

Jordans Mill<br />

Holme Mills, Southill Road, Broom,<br />

SG18 9JX<br />

Take a guided tour of the Victorian<br />

Mill and explore the beautiful<br />

gardens, meadow and woodland<br />

before relaxing in the Riverside Café<br />

overlooking the River Ivel.<br />

jordansmill.com<br />

Panacea Museum<br />

9 Newnham Road, Bedford,<br />

MK40 3NX<br />

Learn about the 20th-century<br />

religious community and its<br />

method of healing through water<br />

– its ‘panacea’ to cure all illnesses.<br />

panaceamuseum.org<br />

Elstow Moot Hall<br />

Museum<br />

209 Church End, Elstow, MK42 9XT<br />

A 15th-century timber-framed market<br />

hall, originally built to serve Elstow<br />

Abbey, which now holds collections<br />

of 17th-century artefacts.<br />

bedford.gov.uk<br />

Ridgemont Station<br />

Station Road, Ridgmont, MK43 0XP<br />

A hidden gem on the Marston Vale<br />

rail line which provides a unique<br />

journey into our rail heritage and<br />

serves food and drink in the tearoom.<br />

ridgmontheritage.org.uk<br />

Military Intelligence<br />

Museum<br />

Chicksands, Shefford, SG17 5PR<br />

Located on a Ministry of Defence<br />

base at Chicksands, this museum tells<br />

the story of British military intelligence<br />

from the Boer War onwards.<br />

militaryintelligencemuseum.org<br />

Before visiting, we recommend that<br />

you check the museum’s website<br />

or contact them to confirm opening<br />

times and admission prices. Some<br />

visits are by appointment only.<br />

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Food&Drink<br />

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

written by Lydia Pettet<br />

On a cold winter’s day, there is nothing better than finding a cosy spot to watch the world go by with a cup of coffee and a<br />

slice of cake for company. Whether it’s a sweet treat after a brisk winter walk, or a hearty brunch as you catch up with friends<br />

over the festive season, here’s our round-up of some of Bedfordshire’s cosiest coffee shops and cafés.<br />

Bridges Espresso Bar, Bedford<br />

With views of the River Great Ouse, and just a couple of<br />

minutes’ walk from the town centre, Bridges Espresso Bar is<br />

the perfect spot to warm up after some Christmas shopping.<br />

Open from breakfast to dinner, there is something delicious<br />

on offer all day. Check out their range of festive coffees<br />

and hot chocolates which will please the whole family.<br />

The menu makes the most of local and seasonal produce,<br />

with a great choice of sharing boards, small plates and<br />

brunch dishes. If you’re after something sweet, make sure<br />

to try their classy version of Bedford’s famous dessert –<br />

Chocolate Toothpaste! And, if you’re looking for gift ideas,<br />

Bridges stock a whole host of fantastic local produce that<br />

will make perfect stocking fillers.<br />

bridgesespressobar.co.uk<br />

The Mill Coffee Shop, Bromham<br />

Bromham Mill dates back to the early 19th century and is<br />

now home to an art gallery, as well as being the starting<br />

point for the Bromham Heritage Trail, an eight-mile walk that<br />

takes a circular route through Bromham and Stevington<br />

countryside. Set in a beautiful stone building, within the<br />

grounds, is the Mill Coffee Shop. There are plenty of cosy<br />

nooks and leather sofas where you can enjoy a cup of their<br />

specialty coffee. The menu includes deliciously overstuffed<br />

sourdough toasties and a range of homemade cakes and<br />

bakes from local bakers. Warm up after a walk with your<br />

four-legged friends too, as this spot is very dog friendly.<br />

Make sure to check out their jam-packed events list,<br />

including artisan fairs, pizza nights and more.<br />

themillcoffeeshop.co.uk<br />

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Woburn Coffee House, Woburn<br />

There is no finer spot to warm up on a winter’s day than<br />

Woburn Coffee House. Nestled on Market Place in the<br />

delightful village of Woburn, the 16th-century restaurant<br />

offers seasonal, high-quality afternoon teas. Afternoon tea<br />

here is elevated with no sandwiches or scones in sight.<br />

Carefully crafted savoury canapés and delicate sweet<br />

pastries are presented beautifully in the elegant dining<br />

rooms on traditional tiered serving dishes. There is a range<br />

of teas, coffees and cocktails to complement your meal.<br />

Woburn Abbey is a short drive away, perfect for making a<br />

day out of your visit. Booking is necessary and gift vouchers<br />

are also available which make a great Christmas gift.<br />

woburncoffeehouse.co.uk<br />

Stratton House Hotel, Biggleswade<br />

In the heart of the market town of Biggleswade is the<br />

historic Stratton House Hotel. Having recently undergone a<br />

refurbishment, the hotel has a modern dining room and bar<br />

as well as comfortable rooms upstairs. Open all day to warm<br />

you up with a weekend brunch, Sunday roast or one of their<br />

traditional desserts, the menu offers modern pub grub with<br />

lots of hearty dishes. Head over at Christmas time for their<br />

festive menu or special New Year events. Or simply pop<br />

in for an expertly poured coffee and escape the cold. Visit<br />

the nearby Shuttleworth collection of vintage aircraft for a<br />

rainy-day excursion.<br />

strattonhouse-hotel.co.uk<br />

Danish Camp, Willington<br />

Hidden away in the quaint village of Willington is one of<br />

Bedfordshire’s best kept secrets. The Danish Camp is a<br />

Norwegian log cabin on the riverbank surrounded by<br />

peaceful woodland. Open for breakfast and lunch, as well<br />

as for a range of events throughout the year, this quirky<br />

place is a must visit. Take a walk around the woods before<br />

stopping off for a big breakfast or a doorstep sandwich for<br />

lunch. It’s a great spot to watch the boats go by, plus in the<br />

warmer months you can enjoy a boat trip along the river<br />

from here, as well as watch paddle boarders and kayakers<br />

go floating lazily past. Make sure you say hello to Ozzie the<br />

owl and the other birds in the camp’s menagerie!<br />

danishcamp.co.uk<br />

Find Lydia on Instagram @lydeatsfood<br />

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BEDFORDSHIRE NEWS & EVENTS<br />

News<br />

Clophill Lakes Set to Open Next Year<br />

A new nature reserve is set to open in the heart of the Flit<br />

Valley between Clophill and Chicksands.<br />

Local environmental charity The Greensand Trust plans<br />

to establish Clophill Lakes nature reserve enabling<br />

otters, sand martins and colourful dragonflies in the<br />

wetlands, to skylarks and wildflowers in the grassland<br />

areas. The reserve is being developed for the benefit<br />

of wildlife and local communities, with public access<br />

expected in 2023.<br />

Clophill Lakes is the site of a former Fuller’s Earth quarry<br />

worked by Laporte until production ceased in 2000 and<br />

the site has remained effectively closed to the public<br />

since then.<br />

The Greensand Trust has launched an appeal<br />

to support the conservation work and its future<br />

sustainability and protection. Any donations made<br />

before the end of December <strong>2022</strong> will be matched by<br />

Greensand Trust Patron and former Chairman Peter<br />

Smith MBE via The Peter Smith Charitable Trust.<br />

To find out further information or donate to the appeal<br />

visit greensandtrust.org<br />

Made at Bedfordshire celebrates<br />

University Research<br />

Available for students, staff and campus visitors to<br />

view and explore, Made at Bedfordshire celebrates<br />

the University’s invaluable research and demonstrates<br />

the impact it has on communities and individuals. The<br />

exhibition features interactive QR codes throughout<br />

which viewers can scan to access podcast episodes,<br />

video content, interviews and additional information to<br />

supplement each case study further.<br />

Each case study featured in the exhibition illustrates the<br />

difference that university-based research conducted by<br />

the University’s nine research institutes can make in the<br />

region, wider UK and internationally. From social work<br />

to engineering, from education to health, each example<br />

explains the impact it has made.<br />

The ‘Made at Bedfordshire’ exhibition will be open in the<br />

Gallery Space on the ground floor of the Campus Centre,<br />

Luton, until June 2023. A digital version of the campaign<br />

booklet and further information can be found at<br />

beds.ac.uk<br />

Meet Mittens the Robot Waiter<br />

Mittens is the new robot waiter in The Gravel Pit<br />

Brasserie at the Waterfront Hotel on the Wyboston Lakes<br />

Resort. The hotel is the first in the UK to invest in a stateof-the-art<br />

robot waiter, which has been programmed to<br />

deliver food from the kitchen to the serving team in the<br />

dining area.<br />

The University of Bedfordshire has opened an<br />

interactive exhibition on its Luton campus to showcase<br />

the value and breadth of its research.<br />

Pudu Robotics is the company behind the ‘Bellabot’<br />

robot, which has the face of a cat and has been<br />

affectionately named ‘Mittens’ by the Wyboston team. It<br />

can sing, talk, purr, show a range of facial expressions,<br />

and enjoys a pet on the head. It will even get a bit sassy if<br />

deliberately disrupted!<br />

The interactive robot is lightweight and travels steadily at<br />

an average walking pace taking up to four large trays of<br />

food at a time. It uses a combination of sensors, artificial<br />

intelligence, and machine learning to manoeuvre safely<br />

through the brasserie and around tables, chairs and<br />

co-workers. A display screen can be programmed with<br />

key messages.<br />

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Steve Jones, Managing Director of Wyboston Lakes<br />

Resort, said: “The response from our team members has<br />

been overwhelmingly positive because the robot is highly<br />

functional, improves efficiencies, and has made their jobs<br />

easier. Customers have found the robot very entertaining,<br />

too.” wybostonlakes.co.uk<br />

Treecycle in Bedfordshire<br />

as the inspiration behind their fresh, modern menu with a<br />

Mediterranean vibe.<br />

Sirloin steak, hot off the grill, comes with peppercorn sauce.<br />

Share a platter of deep-fried seafood, courgetti fries, red<br />

chilli slices and garlic mayonnaise or swirl your fork around<br />

tagliatelle loaded with slow-cooked beef ragu in a rich<br />

tomato sauce.<br />

The provenance of the ingredients and wines at La Terrazza<br />

is important to Daniele and co-owner Naz; fresh cheese and<br />

vegetables come from Italy regularly, making the dining<br />

experience as authentic as possible. Passion for creating a<br />

memorable experience shines through from the duo who<br />

want to make great evenings for their guests from Bedford<br />

and beyond. To find out more visit la-terrazza.co.uk<br />

Sue Ryder is encouraging local residents to keep spreading<br />

the festive cheer into the New Year by signing up to have<br />

their Christmas trees collected and recycled to raise vital<br />

funds for families needing their care.<br />

After the festivities are over, Sue Ryder volunteers will be<br />

collecting real Christmas trees direct from people’s front<br />

door or driveway so that they can be chipped into mulch<br />

and recycled.<br />

For a donation, people who live in MK40 to MK45 and SG18<br />

to SG19 postcodes can have their trees collected between<br />

Saturday 7 and Tuesday 10 January 2023. All money raised<br />

will help Sue Ryder to continue offering its compassionate<br />

palliative care and bereavement support – helping its teams<br />

be there when it matters.<br />

Visit sueryder.org/bedfordshiretrees to find out more<br />

about the environmentally friendly fundraising and book a<br />

collection by Tuesday 3 January 2023.<br />

Coming soon…<br />

George Ezra to Headline Bedford Park<br />

© Alex Eden-Smith<br />

Food & Drink<br />

Bedford Welcomes La Terrazza<br />

A new bar,<br />

restaurant and grill<br />

has opened in the<br />

heart of Bedford<br />

bringing the<br />

relaxed ambiance<br />

of a beautiful Italian<br />

terrazza to Ram<br />

Yard. This little slice<br />

of Italian foodie<br />

heaven is true to<br />

Chef Daniele’s<br />

heritage, as he cites<br />

his grandfather’s<br />

roots in Chieti, Italy<br />

Bedford Park Concerts returns in 2023 with some incredible<br />

live shows, with the first announced as multi-platinumselling<br />

artist George Ezra who will be headlining on Friday<br />

30 June.<br />

With three UK No.1 albums Wanted On Voyage (2014),<br />

Staying At Tamara’s (2018) and Gold Rush Kid (<strong>2022</strong>) under<br />

his belt, George Ezra has toured the world, toured it some<br />

more, then met himself coming back the other way.<br />

George’s latest album secured his position as one of the<br />

UK’s most successful artists of the past decade. Expect a<br />

spellbinding, energetic set from Brit award-winning artist<br />

George Ezra as he headlines at Bedford Park next summer,<br />

packed with a set list of smash hit singles. From his UK No.1<br />

single Shotgun to Budapest, Dance All Over Me, Green<br />

Green Grass, Hold My Girl and many more.<br />

Tickets for George Ezra are on sale now at<br />

bedfordparkconcerts.co.uk<br />

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3 ROOMS | 1 BAR | THEMED COCKTAILS<br />

AN EXPERIENCE FOR YOU AND YOUR TEAM<br />

THE SAW ROOM THE LABORATORY THE MURDER SCENE<br />

You’ve woken up dazed and<br />

confused, with no memory of how<br />

you’ve got here.<br />

After discovering you’re chained<br />

up and trapped you hear the voice<br />

of the Psychopath...<br />

He wants to play a game, and you<br />

are his entertainment…<br />

You have been on a tour of one<br />

of the most mysterious research<br />

centres in the country, you spot<br />

the “restricted area” zone and take<br />

a look…<br />

Instantly regretting your decision,<br />

you are trapped in the Lab and only<br />

have 60 minutes to get out before<br />

you become a test subject yourself…<br />

A serial killer is on the loose in<br />

Bedford, you are a crime scene<br />

investigator called to a shady<br />

apartment to investigate a murder<br />

but before you know it you’re<br />

trapped!<br />

In just 60 minutes can you identify<br />

the murderer and escape before<br />

it’s too late?<br />

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Stockwood Illuminated<br />

Toddington Christmas Tree Festival<br />

10-11 December<br />

St George of England Church, Toddington<br />

The church will be filled with decorated trees, each with<br />

its own theme. There will be seasonal refreshments<br />

in Wilkinson Hall next to the church along with stalls<br />

and a tombola. The festival makes a great start to the<br />

Christmas celebrations so come along and get in the<br />

festive mood. On Friday 9 December, there will be a<br />

preview evening with wine and canapés. This will cost<br />

£10 per head. Tickets must be pre-booked and for<br />

details contact Fran Brown on 01525 872501.<br />

thetouristtrail.org<br />

WHAT’S ON<br />

2-23 December<br />

Stockwood Discovery Centre, London Road,<br />

Luton LU1 4LX<br />

This winter, bring the family together for a journey<br />

through the myth and magic of the ancient tree spirits,<br />

as they shine bright and illuminate the gardens at<br />

Stockwood Illuminated. Experience a journey through<br />

the age-old trees of Stockwood Discovery Centre.<br />

Centuries old, these giants have grown through the<br />

years, seen plenty, and have many stories to tell. This<br />

winter the centre will illuminate and shine a light on the<br />

gigantic scale of their beauty. Listen carefully and you<br />

may hear the whispers of their tales and the melody of<br />

their song, before enjoying the delights of a winter market<br />

and café. Running time: 60 mins, with slots available<br />

every 15 minutes.<br />

culturetrust.com<br />

Christmas Gift Fair<br />

16-18 December<br />

Shuttleworth House, Old Warden Park, Old Warden,<br />

Biggleswade SG18 9EA<br />

Shuttleworth House hosts its first Christmas Gift Fair as<br />

they partner with an abundance of local independent<br />

businesses. Stalls will be positioned around all the<br />

grand rooms of Shuttleworth House for visitors to enjoy<br />

the stunning interiors as they shop from a variety of<br />

food, craft, and gift stalls. Entry is free of charge.<br />

shuttleworth.org<br />

Christmas Bird Walk<br />

The Christmas Town Market<br />

10-11 December<br />

Town Centre, Bedford<br />

Over the weekend there will be local artists and makers<br />

selling artisan gifts and decorations accompanied by<br />

festive cheer provided by local bands and choirs. There<br />

will also be free train rides between Silver Street and<br />

Midland Road on the Love Bedford Express. Gumball’s<br />

amusements will once again be offering free rides<br />

for children and Santa’s Grotto will be in the Harpur<br />

Shopping Centre.<br />

29 December<br />

The Forest Centre, Millennium Country Park, Marston<br />

Moretaine MK43 0PR<br />

Finches, ducks, winter thrushes and more… You will be<br />

on the lookout for robins, ducks and thrushes, but the<br />

eagle-eyed Volunteer Guides have been known to spot<br />

other wildlife along the way! Bring your own binoculars<br />

if you have them, but don’t worry if not as they have<br />

spares. No dogs are allowed on this walk, as you will<br />

be visiting the Wetlands Nature Reserve. Dress for the<br />

weather and make sure you wear sturdy footwear.<br />

marstonvale.org<br />

For more event listings in your county<br />

visit www.eastlife.co.uk/events/<br />

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Cambridgeshire<br />

A Day Trip to<br />

Linton<br />

Written by Noah Keate<br />

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Set among rolling hills in the Granta valley, Linton has the peaceful charm of many<br />

Cambridgeshire villages. Yet there is more to Linton than first meets the eye. With its<br />

family-run zoo, award-winning vineyard, lively brewery and more, a trip to Linton is likely<br />

to be a day to remember. Here are our top reasons for visiting this charming village.<br />

Visit the zoo<br />

At Linton Zoo you can see magnificent cats including lions and tigers, marvel at hairy<br />

tarantulas and delight in zebras having a dust bath, tapirs taking a dip, lemurs playing in<br />

trees and giant tortoises wallowing in mud. A family-run animal park with an emphasis<br />

on conservation and education, this popular attraction is open at the weekends<br />

throughout the winter. With a children’s play areas, dinosaur trail, café and gift shop, it’s<br />

a lovely way to spend an afternoon. lintonzoo.com<br />

Take a riverside walk<br />

For peace and tranquillity, take a walk along the River Granta. Running through<br />

the village, the chalk stream is a natural waymark which keeps you aware of your<br />

surroundings. There are two fords across the Granta and there are always plenty of<br />

ducks and geese for children to feed. Along its banks, you’ll also find the garden of<br />

The Dog & Duck, a homely pub serving local food, real ales and craft beers. And, if you<br />

want to walk off your lunch, take the footpath up to Rivey Hill and its impressive brick<br />

water tower, where you can enjoy panoramic views from one of the highest points in<br />

<strong>East</strong> Anglia.<br />

Sample the local wine<br />

Chilford Hall is one of England’s oldest established vineyards which produces awardwinning<br />

wines. Set over 20 acres, it is home to nine different grape varieties each<br />

chosen to match the climate and soil conditions and their wine can be purchased<br />

throughout the year. From <strong>East</strong>er to September, you can take a tour and sample some<br />

of their wines or enjoy an afternoon tea on the terrace. Although just a few miles from<br />

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Or sink a local beer<br />

Not many villages can boast a brewery, especially one with a full calendar of<br />

entertainment. However, Linton is home to Wylde Sky brewing which specialises in<br />

craft beers, brewed in small batches. Opened in 2018 by Paul, Ross and Chris who<br />

share a love of good beer, you can visit their shop from Monday to Friday and take a<br />

tour of the brewery on Saturdays. From Thursday to Sunday, their taproom comes alive<br />

where you can enjoy beers fresh from the brewery, live music, a mix of rotating food<br />

trucks and foodie pop-ups, along with a quiz night on the first Thursday of every month.<br />

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Linton High Street boasts a delightful smattering of independent shops. Pick up some<br />

beautiful blooms at The Flower Boutique, browse the work of local, national and<br />

international artists at The Darryl Nantais Gallery, and treat yourself to organic bread and<br />

pastries at Jigsaw Bakery. If you need to pick up some essentials, there is also a Co-op,<br />

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Enjoy a bite to eat<br />

During your day trip, a visit to The Linton Kitchen is a must. Offering light lunches,<br />

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deli has been a hub of the community since opening in April 2013. For more hearty fare,<br />

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Epic Brunches with a Twist in Cambridge<br />

written by Gerla de Boer | www.cbtravelguide.co.uk<br />

Start your weekend right by catching<br />

up with friends over one of these<br />

epic brunches in Cambridge.<br />

Choose quirky, spicy, bottomless,<br />

or how about a comforting crisp<br />

flatbread or shakshuka? Here’s my<br />

ultimate list of places to brunch<br />

in Cambridge if you’re looking for<br />

something a little different.<br />

1. Bottomless Brunch<br />

at Gastrono-me<br />

One of the most popular ways<br />

to celebrate the weekend is with<br />

a bottomless brunch. Although<br />

many pubs and restaurants offer<br />

this, the brunch at Gastrono-me<br />

caught my eye with its unlimited<br />

me-mosas. The bottomless<br />

experience at Gastrono-me gives<br />

you 90 minutes to enjoy a main<br />

course and unlimited me-mosas<br />

for just £34.95. You can create<br />

your own me-mosas by mixing<br />

your bottle of fizz with a juice<br />

of your choice. Their seasonal<br />

brunch menus are a real treat,<br />

created by the chef-owner herself,<br />

and include Asian and South<br />

American-inspired dishes. As part<br />

of their new menu, they recently<br />

introduced the mac and cheese<br />

toastie – just the right thing to kickstart<br />

the weekend.<br />

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2. Brunch at the<br />

University – the Orator<br />

Move away from the hustle and<br />

bustle of Cambridge, and brunch<br />

where celebrities such as Robert<br />

de Niro, Stephen Fry and Emma<br />

Thompson like to raise their glasses.<br />

The Orator is home to the Cambridge<br />

Union Society, one of the most<br />

famous institutions in Cambridge,<br />

but also unknown to many visitors.<br />

Tucked away behind the Round<br />

Church on Bridge Street, it’s easy to<br />

miss it. Following an amazing facelift,<br />

the bar and restaurant re-opened to<br />

the public in the summer of 2021.<br />

Over the last year, they have adapted<br />

the concept and recently merged the<br />

bar and the restaurant into a Grand<br />

Café. The perfect place for meeting<br />

up with friends over cocktails, dinner<br />

and brunch.<br />

theoratorcambridge.co.uk<br />

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3. Quirky Brunch at the<br />

Kingston Arms<br />

Once known as one of the best pubs<br />

in Cambridge, the Kingston Arms was<br />

taken over by Moaz from Basta Tel<br />

Aviv in 2020. Famous for its excellent<br />

wine list, the Kingston Arms serves<br />

eastern Mediterranean meze and<br />

mains. One of their standout dishes<br />

is the silky hummus and minced<br />

lamb. It’s also one of the places in<br />

Cambridge to feast on oysters. Every<br />

week, it’s Oyster Monday when they<br />

serve oysters for £1. On Sundays,<br />

the Kingston Arms serves up a ‘dirty’<br />

brunch – definitely a cure for the<br />

night before! Lazy Sundays with<br />

friends start in Kingston Street. Moaz’s<br />

signature drink is Olorosso on ice and<br />

tonic. If you’re into sherry, it’s the one<br />

to have! kingstonarms.co.uk<br />

4. Crisp flatbreads,<br />

pastries or shakshuka<br />

at Amelie<br />

If you have ever been to Alsace,<br />

or certain regions of France and<br />

Germany, you will have most likely<br />

seen flamkuche on the menu. A<br />

delectable flatbread, so thin it cracks<br />

lightly in your mouth. Layered with<br />

generous amounts of fresh toppings<br />

that burst with flavour with every<br />

bite. Cheesy and delicious, it is just<br />

my kinda thing. It looks like pizza but<br />

tastes so much better and is so much<br />

lighter. Yes, indeed, it’s a skinny pizza!<br />

Regis and Alex launched Amelie in<br />

the Grafton Centre at the beginning<br />

of 2018, and it is now one of the<br />

most popular restaurants in the area.<br />

Since this summer, they have taken<br />

on a residency at the Cambridge<br />

Cookery School café serving<br />

breakfast, lunch and brunch from<br />

9am to 2pm. Besides flamkuche, they<br />

serve delicious pastries, shakshuka<br />

and salads. My eye caught the<br />

homemade pain perdu with crispy<br />

bacon on Instagram. Perfect for<br />

a grey and chilly winter morning.<br />

amelierestaurants.co.uk<br />

5. A taste of the <strong>East</strong><br />

at Prana<br />

Who said curries are only for Friday<br />

nights? Of course not! Having visited<br />

India many times, I could tuck into<br />

an Indian meal any time of the day.<br />

Yes, in the mornings too! In London,<br />

you can find many Indian restaurants<br />

serving breakfast and brunch. We<br />

weren’t so lucky in Cambridge until<br />

September this year, when Prana<br />

on Mill Road launched a bottomless<br />

weekend brunch. Their seasonal<br />

offer includes a starter, main and<br />

bottomless prosecco. It’s available<br />

every Saturday and Sunday from<br />

12 until 2pm. Their menu includes<br />

marrechi paneer as a starter (fresh<br />

whole chilli stuffed with mild cheese<br />

covered in breadcrumbs and deep<br />

fried) and lamb jalfrezi, murgh tikka<br />

masala plus vegan and vegetarian<br />

options for mains.<br />

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News<br />

A Bright New World<br />

Cambridge based<br />

author, acclaimed<br />

environmentalist,<br />

and founder of<br />

Planetari, Cindy<br />

Forde has released<br />

a new book ‘Bright<br />

New World’, a<br />

non-fiction climate<br />

change book with<br />

a difference. The<br />

book is a lavishly<br />

illustrated glimpse<br />

into a future – a<br />

world in<br />

which today’s<br />

children have<br />

grown up<br />

and tackled the world’s most pressing social and<br />

environmental problems.<br />

Illustrated by Bethany Lord, readers will enter a world<br />

of solar-powered vehicles, regenerated rainforests,<br />

skyscraper farms, insect-based snacks, recovering<br />

coral reefs, wave-powered electricity, and much more.<br />

The book profiles the biggest names in eco-innovation<br />

today, as well as some of the brightest young inventors,<br />

entrepreneurs, and activists, all of whom are making the<br />

world better, one step at a time.<br />

With a unique new take on environmental and social<br />

awareness that focuses on the amazing possible future,<br />

Bright New World’s vision is bold and optimistic. Yet<br />

its eager hopefulness is based on genuine science,<br />

including many projects which are currently being<br />

developed.<br />

Discussing the potential impact of the book, author<br />

Cindy Forde said: “There are many things that we can’t<br />

do anything about, but also much that we can. Bright<br />

New World strives to encourage children to focus on the<br />

possible and to give them the skills needed to be part of<br />

this transformation.”<br />

Shoebox Appeal to Brings Christmas<br />

Cheer<br />

CHS Group, a<br />

charitable housing<br />

association and<br />

social enterprise<br />

based in<br />

Cambridgeshire, has<br />

launched its <strong>2022</strong><br />

Shoebox Appeal to<br />

ensure all the young<br />

people across its<br />

supported housing<br />

services have a gift<br />

under the tree this<br />

Christmas.<br />

CHS Group provides accommodation and support<br />

services in Ely, Wisbech and Cambridge – supporting<br />

people who would otherwise be homeless, young<br />

parents and their children, as well as people with autism,<br />

learning difficulties and those experiencing mental<br />

health issues.<br />

The CHS Group Shoebox Appeal, now in its fourth year,<br />

invites individuals, schools, churches, businesses and<br />

community groups to donate shoeboxes filled with a<br />

range of Christmas gifts.<br />

CHS Group is inviting donations until Monday 5<br />

December. There is also a JustGiving page for financial<br />

donations which will go towards making up a shoebox<br />

and supporting young people throughout the year. As in<br />

previous years, any surplus boxes or items received will<br />

be distributed to other community groups and charities<br />

across Cambridgeshire which also support vulnerable<br />

people. chsgroup.org.uk<br />

Ranger Launches Conservation Book<br />

Ajay Tegala has<br />

been a National<br />

Trust Ranger in the<br />

<strong>East</strong> of England<br />

region for almost<br />

a decade, and at<br />

Wicken Fen for<br />

the last four years.<br />

Before that, he was<br />

at Blakeney on the<br />

Norfolk Coast.<br />

During the recent<br />

lockdowns, Ajay<br />

wrote a book<br />

about his unique<br />

experiences as<br />

a National Trust<br />

Ranger protecting the rare ground-nesting terns and the<br />

pupping seals. ‘The Unique <strong>Life</strong> of a Ranger: Seasons<br />

of Change on Blakeney Point’ is now available in the<br />

Wicken Fen shop.<br />

With the foreword by Megan McCubbin who Ajay<br />

worked with on Springwatch, the book is a tribute to<br />

the wonderful wildlife of the Norfolk Coast and the<br />

dedicated National Trust staff and volunteers that help<br />

monitor and protect it for everyone to enjoy.<br />

Food & Drink<br />

The Turmeric Co. Wins Five Awards<br />

Functional nutrition company, The Turmeric Co. has<br />

won five prestigious awards for its Raw Turmeric<br />

Original shot, Raw Turmeric Vitamin C & D3 shot, and its<br />

Raw Turmeric & Beetroot shot.<br />

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Festive Afternoon Tea (from £26.95 per person) has been<br />

given the golden touch, served on stunning gilded trays<br />

adorned with Christmas-themed cakes, scones and classic<br />

sandwiches.<br />

The Christmas menu will be available from 16 November.<br />

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Coming soon…<br />

The Turmeric Co., based in Chatteris, was announced as<br />

winners at the <strong>2022</strong> Nourish Awards, the leading health<br />

food awards in the UK.<br />

Chariots of Fire confirmed for 2023<br />

The Turmeric Co.’s Raw Turmeric Original shot won Gold in<br />

the Health Drinks, Shots and Soft drinks category, whilst the<br />

brand’s Raw Turmeric Vitamin C & D3 shot won Silver in the<br />

same group. Raw Turmeric Vitamin C & D3 claimed gold in<br />

the Nourish supplement awards and Raw Turmeric Original<br />

won another gold in the Lower or Low Sugar, Sugar-free<br />

category. Finally, the Raw Turmeric & Beetroot shot was<br />

chosen by the judges in the Sports Nutrition category to<br />

receive the Gold award.<br />

The Turmeric Co. was founded by former Wales<br />

international striker Thomas Hal Robson-Kanu. Following<br />

the company’s impressive haul at the Nourish Awards, he<br />

said: “We are so proud to be chosen among a list of such<br />

incredible nominees and have enjoyed learning about their<br />

products too.” theturmeric.co<br />

Festive Cocktails at The Ivy<br />

After its postponement in September following the death<br />

of HM Queen Elizabeth II, Cambridgeshire’s annual charity<br />

event will now take place on 19 March 2023.<br />

Chariots of Fire, a relay race founded by HCR Hewitsons<br />

Charitable Trust, is celebrating its 30th year whilst its<br />

chosen charity, Arthur Rank Hospice Charity, marks its 40th<br />

anniversary.<br />

As in previous years, the money raised will benefit the<br />

community. This year’s team entries and sponsorship will<br />

help fund hospice care by enabling Arthur Rank Hospice<br />

Charity to expand its existing retail business. The charity<br />

which has a retail hub, five shops and an online operation<br />

has set an ambitious £71,000 target with the aim to open<br />

another shop and cover the operating costs for one year.<br />

Celebrate the season at The Ivy Brasserie in Cambridge<br />

with their limited-edition festive cocktail menu created in<br />

collaboration with Monkey 47.<br />

Featuring six celebratory cocktails, the menu includes the<br />

Popping Cracker Royale (£13.75) garnished with candy<br />

floss and popping candy, Nuts About Chocolate (£12.25)<br />

with a marshmallow cream rim with chocolate flakes, and<br />

The Ivy’s Very Special Mulled Wine (£9.95) infused with<br />

cinnamon and orange.<br />

For larger dining groups, Christmas set menus are available<br />

from £55 per person for three courses, while a premium<br />

menu is also available from £60 per person. Meanwhile,<br />

Donna Talbot, Communication and Income Generation<br />

Director for the Arthur Rank Hospice Charity said: “More<br />

than £27,000 has already been raised through our<br />

Just Giving page. We hope as well as those already<br />

registered, more teams will be inspired to enter and help<br />

reach our target.”<br />

The race starts and ends on Queens’ Green. Each runner<br />

will follow a picturesque and unique 1.7-mile route through<br />

some of Cambridge’s historic city centre and worldrenowned<br />

Cambridge University Colleges, over the Cam<br />

and along the Backs, before passing on the baton to the<br />

next runner at Queens’ Green and the sixth and final runner<br />

of each team crosses the finish line.<br />

To sign up a team visit chariots-of-fire.co.uk and to donate<br />

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sheltered courtyard.<br />

There’ll be live seasonal music, pop-up food, mulled<br />

wine, Christmas trees and extended opening hours in<br />

the café.<br />

staplefordgranary.org.uk<br />

Katharine of Aragon Festival<br />

25 to 29 January<br />

Peterborough Cathedral, Minster Precincts,<br />

Peterborough PE1 1XS<br />

WHAT’S ON<br />

Oundle Christmas Market<br />

3 December<br />

Glapthorn Road, Oundle, Peterborough, PE8 4JA<br />

The Beautiful town of Oundle will be filled with a<br />

traditional Christmas Market selling a wonderful array of<br />

food, gifts and goodies. Santa will make an appearance<br />

outside the Talbot Hotel surrounded by his reindeer,<br />

sleigh and elves. There will be free parking and the town’s<br />

fabulous independent shops and cafés will be open for<br />

late-night shopping.<br />

oundle.gov.uk<br />

Christmas Magic at Peterborough<br />

Cathedral<br />

10 December<br />

Minster Precincts,<br />

Peterborough PE1 1XS<br />

Christmas starts here! All<br />

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will be performed by<br />

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Choir, Peterborough<br />

Voices and Peterborough<br />

Youth Choir. Performances<br />

are at 2.30pm and 7.30pm.<br />

peterborough-cathedral.org.uk<br />

A Tudor-themed festival commemorating King Henry<br />

VIII’s first wife’s burial at Peterborough Abbey. The<br />

weekend events include costumed re-enactors at<br />

family drop-in days and a moving wreath laying service<br />

when Katharine’s last letter to her husband will be read.<br />

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city are on offer, including one for families led by ‘Old<br />

Scarlett the Tudor Gravedigger’. A special Cathedral<br />

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January, 6.30-8.30pm. More information and tickets at<br />

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

in Essex<br />

Written by Abby Knight<br />

It’s the season to wrap up and enjoy all the attractions and events that make winter special in Essex.<br />

Here’s our pick of the best.<br />

FESTIVE FANTASY IN COLCHESTER<br />

GLOW IN A FABULOUS<br />

FESTIVE GARDEN<br />

Funnelwick Limb presents the fantasy tale The Chronicles<br />

of Atom & Luna at the Mercury Theatre on 19 and 20<br />

November. The magical children’s adventure by poet and<br />

BBC 6 broadcaster Murray Laclan Young follows young<br />

heroes Atom and Luna through a fantastical journey with<br />

music and stunning staging. mercurytheatre.co.uk<br />

WINTER WOODLAND ADVENTURES<br />

Paigles is a forest school set in beautiful woodland at Little<br />

Baddow which offers Woodland Women sessions every<br />

Thursday through November and December giving visitors<br />

the chance to connect with the winter moon and forest.<br />

These meditative sessions are guaranteed to melt away the<br />

worries of Christmas prep! paigles.co.uk<br />

ALL ABOARD FOR SOME WINTER FUN<br />

The Steam Dreams Rail Co is offering a festive trip on 9<br />

December departing from Southend and taking you to<br />

visit the spectacular Christmas market in Chichester, with<br />

the option to join a carol service in St John’s Chapel. On<br />

board the historic steam train, guests are welcomed with a<br />

hot mince pie and glass of mulled wine and can bring their<br />

own hampers or visit the buffet car. For a truly festive day to<br />

remember, upgrade to full Pullman-style dining with meals<br />

and wine on board for £329 per person.<br />

steamdreams.co.uk<br />

RHS Glow is back for another season at RHS Hyde Hall in<br />

Chelmsford. Bring all the family along to enjoy the magical<br />

light show with the garden in breathtaking winter beauty.<br />

Follow the spectacular light displays, which include a new<br />

route for <strong>2022</strong>, taking visitors onto the hilltop to view the<br />

Thatched Barn and into the Dry Garden where the dazzling<br />

lights combine with music. Pick up a tasty treat and hot<br />

drink along the route or from the Clover Café at the end of<br />

your experience.rhs.org.uk<br />

PARTY IN WHAM! STYLE<br />

Wham!’s Last Christmas<br />

is a seasonal classic. At<br />

the Beauvoir Arms in<br />

Downham near Billericay,<br />

you can discover the<br />

talents of Johnny Mack<br />

– the UK’s best George<br />

Michael tribute act. Listen<br />

to the songs of Wham<br />

and George Michael<br />

while enjoying a prosecco<br />

reception and a threecourse<br />

festive meal with the resident DJ entertaining you<br />

until midnight. Priced at £45 per person. Call 01268 711115<br />

for more details and to book.<br />

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CRAFT A CHRISTMAS WREATH<br />

YOU’RE INVITED TO THE CASTLE<br />

THIS CHRISTMAS<br />

As an extra special festive treat, head to Colchester<br />

Castle on 7 December from 3-6pm when their Christmas<br />

Open Evening returns for <strong>2022</strong>. Soak up the seasonal<br />

atmosphere while discovering over 2000 years of history.<br />

With choirs to entertain as well as mince pies and mulled<br />

wine, it’s the perfect way to kick-start Christmas. Little<br />

ones can meet Father Christmas and his cheeky elves for<br />

£5 which includes a small gift. Entry is free and there is<br />

no need to book but be prepared to queue at busy times.<br />

visitcolchester.com<br />

Making your own Christmas wreath is one of the highlights<br />

of the festive season and Downham Hall, just outside<br />

Billericay, is throwing open its doors again for you to do just<br />

that with the help of a leading florist. Tickets are £65 which<br />

includes all you need to make your wreath, a glass of festive<br />

bubbles and a homemade mince pie. Available on 29<br />

November and 6 December from 7-10pm.<br />

downhamhall.com<br />

MEET SANTA ON THE FARM<br />

TAKE THE CHRISTMAS CAROL TRAIL<br />

Get ready for a shopping<br />

experience to remember as the<br />

Christmas Carol Festival Trail<br />

launches in Colchester City<br />

Centre from 16 November to<br />

8 January. Twelve previously<br />

empty shop windows will<br />

showcase twelve unique<br />

pieces of art from local<br />

creatives, each linking to the<br />

story of Scrooge. At each<br />

window, you can scan a QR<br />

code and listen to a narration of the classic accompanied<br />

by Christmas music. All you need is a phone and a pair of<br />

headphones. One of the artists is Sarah Widlake, a milliner<br />

who has created a fabulous Brussels sprout hat as part of<br />

her display. christmascarolfestivetrail.co.uk<br />

A CHRISTMAS SHOP WITH A<br />

DIFFERENCE<br />

The popular Marsh Farm animal adventure park in South<br />

Woodham Ferrers has added even more magic to its Father<br />

Christmas Experience this year. Before embarking on your<br />

enchanted adventure, the elves in passport control will<br />

need to grant special access to the North Pole. You can<br />

then join the Elf Academy and become an honorary Elf for<br />

the year. Then, it’s on to meet Santa in his festive grotto.<br />

There is also a seasonal fair and ice rink as well as hot food<br />

and festive drinks. Prices from £6.99, with toddlers’ tickets<br />

just £2. marshfarm.co.uk<br />

Step back in time this Christmas at Perrywood Garden<br />

Centre in Tiptree with their Christmas displays that will<br />

take you on a journey through some of Britain’s best-loved<br />

decades. Featuring iconic styles and decorations from the<br />

1800s through to the 1980s, you can take a festive selfie as<br />

you browse and collect ideas for how to make your home<br />

and garden truly magical this Christmas. Every Wednesday<br />

from 16 November to 7 December the centre will be open<br />

until 7.30pm – the perfect time to see all the twinkling<br />

Christmas lights! perrywood.co.uk<br />

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Food&Drink<br />

Fabulous Festive Food<br />

written by Krista Price<br />

The temperature is dropping, the nights are drawing in,<br />

and summer is nothing but a distant memory. It’s time to<br />

start thinking about Christmas and getting those festive<br />

plans in place! In Essex, we are spoilt for choice when it<br />

comes to pubs and restaurants so here are a few of my<br />

recommendations for good food and drink to keep you<br />

warm and toasty this winter.<br />

The Ferry Boat Inn<br />

Greenwoods Hotel and Spa<br />

Stock Road, Stock, CM4 9BE<br />

Greenwoods is a beautiful grade two listed manor house<br />

in the quaint village of Stock, well known for spa days,<br />

weddings and themed events. Throughout December<br />

it will be hosting a Christmas Cracker afternoon tea for<br />

only £39 per person. This includes a generous variety<br />

of finger sandwiches and a mouth-watering selection<br />

of cakes and scones with a festive twist which you can<br />

enjoy with a glass of warming cinnamon mulled wine<br />

or unlimited tea and coffee. There will be a live singer<br />

performing the classic Christmas songs we all know and<br />

love whilst you are surrounded by stunning decorations<br />

to get you in the festive spirit. If afternoon tea isn’t your<br />

thing, you can visit Ellis’s restaurant, a fine dining restaurant<br />

based inside Greenwoods, and enjoy their festive menu.<br />

greenwoodshotel.com<br />

Ferry Road, North Fambridge, CM3 6LR<br />

I have recently discovered the Ferry Boat Inn and it is<br />

already one of my favourite restaurants in Essex. Based in<br />

North Fambridge, just a stone’s throw away from the river<br />

Crouch, The Ferry Boat Inn is a charming pub with high<br />

ceilings, beautiful wooden beams, and a cosy log burner.<br />

There is something I love about wrapping up in the winter<br />

and heading out for a long walk, then indulging in a hearty<br />

pub meal to warm up, and this is the perfect place to do<br />

just that. Take your four-legged friends along as it is a dogfriendly<br />

pub with several walking routes nearby. This festive<br />

season, the Christmas menu has three courses for only<br />

£29.95. Vegan and gluten-free options are also available.<br />

ferryboatinnessex.com<br />

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Acanteen<br />

Sutton Road, Rochford, SS4 1LQ<br />

Scott’s of Southend café is a hidden gem based inside<br />

an impressive garden centre serving delicious breakfast,<br />

lunch, and afternoon tea. This festive season, from October<br />

through to December, it is hosting an indoor Christmas<br />

market where you can browse and purchase a range<br />

of gifts. You can also grab a bite to eat from the festive<br />

food hut. If you prefer to dine in the restaurant, I highly<br />

recommend trying the Sunday roast with all the trimmings<br />

and enormous Yorkshire puddings, or the seasonal<br />

afternoon tea which you can enjoy outside in your own<br />

private heated dining pod. scottsofsouthend.co.uk<br />

The Galvin Green Man<br />

35 New London Road, Chelmsford, CM2 0ND<br />

If you’re from Chelmsford or the surrounding area, the<br />

chances are you’ve heard of or have been to Acanteen<br />

before. Situated in the heart of the city, Acanteen is a<br />

popular family-owned restaurant offering brunch, cocktails,<br />

and amazing Sunday roasts (just look at that cauliflower<br />

cheese!). It also hosts many fabulous events such as<br />

comedy nights and boozy bingo. If you’re looking for<br />

somewhere to celebrate Christmas with your friends or<br />

work colleagues, Acanteen is offering festive party nights<br />

for £45 per person which includes three courses from their<br />

delicious menu, and a DJ until late so you can dance the<br />

night away. acanteen.co.uk<br />

Scott’s of Southend<br />

Main Road, Howe Street, CM3 1BG<br />

In the beautiful countryside of Great Waltham, you will find<br />

the Galvin Green Man, a striking pub and restaurant serving<br />

high-quality, delicious food. Owned by the Michelin-starred<br />

Galvin brothers, it is clear to see why it was awarded the<br />

best pub in Essex in <strong>2022</strong>. The interior is stunning, with<br />

an open but cosy feel, with large windows and an inviting<br />

fireplace. If you’re looking for somewhere to celebrate<br />

a special occasion over the winter period, then look no<br />

further. The menu is on the pricier side, but I can guarantee<br />

you won’t be left disappointed by the quality of the food<br />

or the flawless service. Reservations for the restaurant<br />

are strongly advised whereas the pub is walk-in only.<br />

galvinrestaurants.com<br />

Find Krista on Instagram @thehungrykp<br />

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Braintree Village has announced the transformation of<br />

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replaces the seasonal Havaianas store which began<br />

selling the brand’s iconic range of flip-flops, sandals and<br />

slippers in April this year.<br />

Founded in 2008, Swedish company Happy Socks sells<br />

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inspired by everything from art and fashion to pop<br />

culture and foodie favourites. To celebrate its official<br />

opening, customers will be treated to an in-store offer of<br />

three pairs of socks for £20, for a limited time only.<br />

Josef O’Sullivan, Centre Director of Braintree Village,<br />

commented: “We’re delighted to welcome Happy<br />

Socks for the festive season following the first stint of<br />

our multi-seasonal store with Havaianas. In the run-up<br />

to Christmas, this new offering is the perfect addition to<br />

our retail line-up, providing guests with a range of festive<br />

designs which will make the perfect present.”<br />

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it has been 100% proven to reduce lines with a 13%<br />

reduction over eight weeks for some users.’<br />

The Fresh Face Pillow contains a cooling gel that<br />

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your blow dry. Available at the special price of £97 for a<br />

limited time at freshfacepillow.com<br />

Havaianas become Happy Socks for<br />

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

From Saturday 12 November, Santa is setting up his<br />

workshop in Fenwick Colchester to delight families. Not<br />

only will guests get to meet the man himself inside the<br />

magical grotto, sit in his famous sleigh and sing a festive<br />

tune with the reindeer, they also will be able to assist<br />

the elves with a spot of crafting by decorating a ceramic<br />

plate to take home ready to place Christmas Eve treats<br />

on for Santa.<br />

The magical grotto will be aglow on selected dates<br />

in November and then daily throughout December<br />

(except Mondays). Tickets are priced at £10 per person<br />

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visit for a truly enchanting and immersive festive family<br />

experience.<br />

Santa’s Breakfast and Supper Clubs will also be<br />

available on various dates in November and December<br />

when customers can eat to their heart’s content at<br />

Carluccio’s before being guided by the elves to Santa’s<br />

Grotto. Here the elves will welcome guests and lead<br />

them into a magically snowy forest on their way to<br />

Santa’s Christmas Craft Factory where guests can<br />

decorate a ceramic plate for Santa’s treats on Christmas<br />

Eve. For more information and to book visit<br />

fenwick.co.uk<br />

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Saffron Hall Launches New Season<br />

Caribbean restaurant and bar Turtle Bay in Chelmsford has<br />

launched its Christmas offering and it’s sun-kissed tropical<br />

escapism all the way.<br />

Turtle Bay Chelmsford’s vibrant soul food makes the<br />

perfect, laid-back festive feasting experience. Guests can<br />

choose two courses for £19 or three courses for £24. For<br />

those who believe that the gang who graze together stay<br />

together, there’s an option to mix and match starters and<br />

small plates if two and three-course dining isn’t your thing.<br />

Whether you fancy big Bottomless celebrations with the<br />

full team, festive lunch with your BFFs, Christmas cocktails<br />

during the late-night happy hour, or a family reunion<br />

over dinner and drinks, Turtle Bay is welcoming back the<br />

Christmas party in all its glory.<br />

Saffron Hall has announced an exciting programme of<br />

events running from January until August 2023 which will<br />

include returning favourites Aurora Orchestra, BBC Concert<br />

Orchestra, and London Philharmonic Orchestra<br />

The new season launches with A New Year’s Celebration<br />

with the BBC Concert Orchestra on Monday 2 January<br />

2023. Other highlights of the season include The London<br />

African Gospel Choir’s glorious reinterpretation of Paul<br />

Simon’s Graceland in February.<br />

After a quieter couple of years of New Year celebrations,<br />

Turtle Bay are doing what they do best and reigning in 2023<br />

island style – think dreamy cocktails, uplifting reggae beats<br />

and ultimate feel-good vibes as Turtle Bay presents their<br />

NYE Bottomless Dinner. Celebrate with unlimited cocktails<br />

for two hours alongside two courses for £44 or three<br />

courses for £49. For more information or to book a table,<br />

visit turtlebay.co.uk<br />

In April, Cbeebies makes its first visit to the Hall joined by the<br />

BBC Symphony Orchestra for a fun-filled ocean adventure.<br />

This exciting and magical event features popular CBeebies<br />

characters, theme tunes, orchestral treats, live-action film<br />

and animation.<br />

A Saffron Hall favourite, the Aurora Orchestra, returns in May<br />

for American Rhapsody, a programme of American greats<br />

featuring popular classics including Gershwin’s Rhapsody<br />

in Blue and the Symphonic Dances from Bernstein’s West<br />

Side Story.<br />

Tickets for all of their new season events are on sale now at<br />

saffronhall.com<br />

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Soft Cell headline the event on Friday 11 August, which<br />

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Dark, and Heaven 17. Legendary DJs, Readers Wifes, will<br />

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Christmas Market at the Coach House<br />

7 December<br />

Castle Park, Colchester CO1 1TJ<br />

As an extra special festive treat, Colchester Castle’s<br />

free Christmas Open Evening is back for <strong>2022</strong>. Soak<br />

up the festive atmosphere, whilst seeing over 2,000<br />

years of amazing history. With choirs, mince pies and<br />

mulled wine, it’s going to be a great way to get in the<br />

spirit of the season. There will also be an opportunity<br />

to meet Father Christmas and his cheeky elves and<br />

receive a special gift. Make sure you take some time<br />

out to discover the castle’s many nationally important<br />

treasures, plus the Wicked Spirits? exhibition.<br />

colchester.cimuseums.org.uk<br />

WHAT’S ON<br />

Hylands Estate Christmas Open Day<br />

and Farmers’ & Craft Market<br />

3-4 December<br />

Coach House, Markshall Estate, Marks Hall Road,<br />

Coggeshall, Essex CO6 1TG<br />

Markshall Estate invites you to celebrate the start of<br />

the festive season in the stunning surroundings of the<br />

18th-century Coach House. Browse the Christmas Market<br />

and shop for unique gifts and crafts that will make the<br />

ideal present for that someone special. With lots of local<br />

craftspeople and businesses filling the Coach House<br />

with their works, you’ll be sure to find unique gifts, tasty<br />

tipples and much more. The bar will be serving festive<br />

refreshments throughout the event.<br />

markshall.org.uk<br />

Vivaldi’s Four Seasons at Christmas<br />

4 December<br />

Chelmsford Cathedral, New Street, Chelmsford CM1 1TY<br />

Enjoy a magical Christmas concert by candlelight in the<br />

beautiful setting of Chelmsford Cathedral. The exceptional<br />

musicians of the Piccadilly Sinfonietta will perform<br />

masterpieces by Chopin, Corelli and Vivaldi, including the<br />

epic Four Seasons. This spectacular concert will ensure<br />

you celebrate the festive season in style.<br />

skiddle.com<br />

Christmas Open Evening at Colchester<br />

Castle<br />

18 December<br />

Hylands House, Hylands Estate, Chelmsford CM2 8WQ<br />

Hylands House opens its doors to reveal the secrets<br />

behind its history. The Farmers’ & Craft Market is<br />

located both outside the front of Hylands House and<br />

inside the Grand Pavilion. The market is a treasure trove<br />

of local food, drink, and crafts direct from the producers<br />

and makers. Christmas wreaths, macramé, mulled wine<br />

and sweet treats are just some of the delights you’ll<br />

find. Find unique gifts as the artists, designers and<br />

makers open their studios, as well as local suppliers<br />

and vendors. The Stables Café will offer tasty festive<br />

delights from hot food and sweet treats to spiced winter<br />

warmers and hot chocolate. Hawthorn Heavy Horses<br />

will be providing carriage rides throughout the day. You<br />

will be able to book this on the day at the event. To top it<br />

all off, Santa will be popping by to say ‘hello’.<br />

hylandsestate.co.uk<br />

For more event listings in your county<br />

visit www.eastlife.co.uk/events/<br />

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© Christmas at Hatfield House


Hertfordshire<br />

things to do in Hertfordshire<br />

this winter<br />

The weather may be<br />

colder and the days<br />

shorter, but there’s<br />

still plenty of fun to<br />

be had throughout<br />

the county over the<br />

winter months. We’ve<br />

picked some of our<br />

favourite indoor and<br />

outdoor activities to<br />

bring out your inner<br />

child, get your body<br />

moving, provide a<br />

glimpse into history,<br />

or give you time with<br />

your family.<br />

Written by Ana Garcia Sancho<br />

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2<br />

Discover<br />

Tring<br />

Reservoirs<br />

and wildlife<br />

The Tring<br />

Reservoirs<br />

provide lovely<br />

walks around the Grand Union<br />

Canal and are a great place for<br />

spotting wildlife at any time of<br />

the year. In the winter, the elusive<br />

bittern can sometimes be seen,<br />

roosting in the reeds and feeding<br />

on the abundant fish.<br />

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Spend a day<br />

4<br />

in a historic<br />

market<br />

town<br />

Hitchin is a<br />

medieval<br />

market town<br />

with cobbled<br />

streets, historic<br />

buildings and an attractive Market<br />

Place, offering a full day of history<br />

and shopping. With numerous<br />

independent shops and an annual<br />

two-week Christmas market, it’s<br />

the perfect place to pick up your<br />

presents. A visit to St Mary’s Church,<br />

set in a green space in the centre of<br />

the town on the banks of the River<br />

Hiz, is a must.<br />

Enjoy Christmas at<br />

Hatfield Park<br />

Visit the brand new after-dark<br />

illuminated trail through the<br />

historic estate with over a million<br />

twinkling lights and seasonal<br />

sounds filling the air. From<br />

25 November to 31 December,<br />

discover sparkling tunnels of light,<br />

mesmerising flickering flames in<br />

the fire garden, and larger-than-life<br />

illuminations.<br />

3<br />

Catch a show<br />

in Welwyn<br />

Garden City<br />

One of only two<br />

garden cities,<br />

Welwyn Garden<br />

City is a busy town<br />

with plenty of places to eat and shop,<br />

set among lovely parks and green<br />

spaces. After exploring, treat yourself<br />

to a performance by the awardwinning<br />

Barn Theatre Club in their<br />

17th-century timber-framed barn.<br />

barntheatre.co.uk<br />

5Have fun<br />

at Paradise<br />

Wildlife Park<br />

Enjoy a family day<br />

out at Paradise<br />

where you can see<br />

over 800 animals<br />

including tigers, snow leopards,<br />

penguins, anacondas and white lions,<br />

as well as animatronic dinosaurs!<br />

With indoor and outdoor play areas,<br />

there’s plenty to keep the kids happy,<br />

whatever the weather. You can also<br />

visit Santa who will be at Paradise<br />

every weekend from 3 December<br />

and every day from 17-24 December.<br />

pwpark.com<br />

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6<br />

Schedule a<br />

spa day at<br />

the Grove<br />

Hotel<br />

This 5-star hotel,<br />

set in 300 acres<br />

of Hertfordshire<br />

countryside, is the ultimate<br />

getaway. In their award-winning<br />

Sequoia Spa, guests enter<br />

a world of relaxation with a<br />

bubbling jacuzzi, sauna, steam<br />

room and an impressive range of<br />

beauty treatments.<br />

thegrove.co.uk/spa<br />

7<br />

Explore the ruins<br />

of a 13th-century<br />

castle<br />

Find out about 950 years of<br />

history by visiting the ruins<br />

of Berkhamsted Castle, one<br />

of England’s oldest motte<br />

and bailey castles. From the Norman<br />

Conquest onward, numerous royals<br />

and notable historical figures have<br />

lived within the castle walls including<br />

Edward the Black Prince, Thomas<br />

Becket and Geoffrey Chaucer.<br />

english-heritage.org.uk<br />

Ski and<br />

snowboard<br />

in Hemel<br />

Hempstead<br />

8<br />

Whether you are<br />

a beginner or an<br />

expert, the Snow<br />

Centre in Hemel<br />

Hempstead<br />

offers a range of lessons and<br />

recreational sessions to suit<br />

everyone. The main slope, which<br />

is huge at 160m long and 30m<br />

wide, is covered in real snow<br />

making it the next best thing<br />

to being on a mountain. After<br />

your adventures, you can relax<br />

in the alpine-themed bar and<br />

restaurant. thesnowcentre.com<br />

Take a Wheathampstead<br />

Heritage Trail<br />

Explore the unique story of<br />

Wheathampstead, often referred<br />

to as the first capital of England,<br />

with a timeline<br />

dating back<br />

9<br />

10,000 years.<br />

Six countryside<br />

walks and one<br />

village centre<br />

trail lead to<br />

numerous<br />

heritage sites,<br />

such as Celtic<br />

defensive<br />

earthworks,<br />

Roman thoroughfares and the<br />

historic village of Ayot St Lawrence.<br />

wheathampsteadheritage.org.uk<br />

10<br />

Visit Hogwarts in the<br />

snow<br />

Experience Christmas in the<br />

wizarding world, from 12 November<br />

to 15 January, with a festive Harry<br />

Potter studio tour. Located at the<br />

Leavesden studios where the Harry<br />

Potter films were made, visitors can<br />

see the iconic sets covered in a<br />

blanket of snow and the Great Hall<br />

dressed for the famous Yule Ball<br />

scene in Harry Potter and the Goblet<br />

of Fire. wbstudiotour.co.uk<br />

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Food&Drink<br />

A Golden Era for The Silver Cup<br />

Restaurant Review<br />

Sat on the edge of Harpenden Common, The Silver Cup<br />

is a traditional Victorian pub that has served locals well for<br />

many years. Now, under new management, it is evolving<br />

into something very special.<br />

Named ‘one to watch’ by The Good Food Guide and voted<br />

Best Pub in Hertfordshire in <strong>2022</strong>, The Silver Cup has been<br />

transformed by new owners Matthew and Michael, lifelong<br />

friends who grew up in Harpenden and share a love of food.<br />

Matthew is head chef, having worked in some of the top<br />

restaurants in London and Hertfordshire including Auberge<br />

du Lac, The Galvin Brothers and Anglo in Farringdon, while<br />

Michael runs front of house following a career in hospitality<br />

in the US and then with Mitchells and Butler and Greene<br />

King back in the UK.<br />

Under their leadership, The Silver Cup has become a<br />

stylish bar – with a very stylish barman mixing proper<br />

cocktails – and a contemporary dining space serving<br />

modern British food.<br />

A generous Sunday roast is great value at £45 for three<br />

courses, and steak night takes place on the last Wednesday<br />

of every month. A set lunch menu is available on Fridays<br />

and Saturdays and there’s a tempting small plates menu in<br />

the bar, which remains a welcoming place to enjoy a pint.<br />

The star of the show though, which we were happily<br />

booked in for, is the seasonal set menu available on<br />

Thursday to Saturday evenings, comprising seven courses<br />

for £70 with an optional wine flight at £40.<br />

We started with a trio of bite-sized ‘snacks’; each one a treat.<br />

A delicate duck egg gribiche came sandwiched between<br />

barley crackers enlivened with fennel seeds, a silky<br />

taramasalata topped a soft pommes Anna, and a deeply<br />

flavoured beef short rib sat decorated with pretty pearls of<br />

black garlic and lemon purée. Already, it was clear that a<br />

lot of thought and a lot of work goes into every element of<br />

every dish.<br />

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Our wine flight began with a delicious glass of Caizergues<br />

‘Le Voisins’ Blanc served alongside a fresh-tasting tartlet<br />

made with the thinnest pastry and filled with Cornish crab<br />

and zesty grapefruit and herbs.<br />

We were momentarily fooled by the simplicity of the<br />

sourdough and yeast butter that followed but after one<br />

bite we were hooked and agreed that the deeply umami<br />

whipped butter was one of the most delicious and moreish<br />

things we had ever tasted.<br />

In contrast, the scallop with cauliflower, coronation<br />

mayonnaise, sherry jelly and puffed potato was a complex<br />

dish with multiple layers of flavour and texture. The<br />

accompanying glass of German Wolf Cuveé Kurt matched<br />

it well, initially providing a surprising hint of cider which<br />

changed with the food.<br />

A rich dish of Aylesbury duck and Toulouse sausage with<br />

date ketchup and bitter leaves came next with a glass of<br />

velvety Portuguese pinot noir. I devoured the lot, and then<br />

worried I wouldn’t be able to stay the course until Michael<br />

arrived with a refreshing granita which hit my tastebuds,<br />

waking my appetite, and I was ready for more.<br />

The menu finished with a stunning dessert. A clever take<br />

on a Black Forest gâteau with a light mousse and all the<br />

nostalgic flavours of the classic dessert encased in a crisp<br />

layer of chocolate, topped with a morello cherry sorbet<br />

and chewy tuile. A glass of Recite Classico DOCG Cantina<br />

Negrar was the perfect accompaniment.<br />

If you have room – surprisingly, we did – there is also an<br />

optional cheese course at £14. A creamy Cote Hill Blue,<br />

handmade in Lincolnshire, came on a rich malt loaf with<br />

apricot and candied walnut.<br />

Michael was a great host throughout, warmly welcoming<br />

us and talking us through each dish and accompanying<br />

wine. He explained their plans for the pub’s future<br />

which include an improved outside seating area and<br />

refurbishment of the rooms.<br />

At The Silver Cup, the team do everything right. Delicious<br />

and beautiful dishes come out of the kitchen into the<br />

buzzing restaurant. They also tick all the boxes for ethically<br />

sourced produce with preserving, fermenting, pickling,<br />

butchering and curing all taking place onsite to keep waste<br />

to a minimum.<br />

We visited on a Friday night, and the restaurant had a great<br />

atmosphere with every table taken. Already the word is<br />

out that this is the place to drink and dine. The refurbished<br />

rooms will bring more guests from further afield, making<br />

it the destination pub it most definitely deserves to be. It’s<br />

worth booking now to beat the crowds.<br />

The Silver Cup<br />

5 St Albans Road, Harpenden, Al5 2JF<br />

thesilvercup.co.uk<br />

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HERTFORDSHIRE NEWS & EVENTS<br />

News<br />

Hump, Hump, Hooray for the<br />

Woburn Camels!<br />

The Bactrian camels at Woburn Safari Park can now be<br />

spotted in their brand-new enclosure, having moved in<br />

at the end of September.<br />

The keeper team welcomed the camels to their new<br />

home and helped them settle straight in with some fun<br />

housewarming gifts and a special ‘Welcome Home’ sign<br />

made with some of their favourite treats.<br />

Bactrian camels – with their distinctive two humps – can<br />

reach over seven feet tall and weigh around 1800lbs<br />

each, so their new home had to be carefully designed<br />

by keepers and architects to accommodate the specific<br />

needs of this larger-than-life species.<br />

Tom Robson, Head of Reserves, explained: “The house<br />

includes an area for feeding, one large bed for sleeping<br />

and plenty of space for the expanding herd, including<br />

newest calves Wednesday and Walter who were born<br />

earlier this year and still have lots of growing to do!”<br />

The new house will also help the keepers with<br />

behaviour training and interacting with the camels, with<br />

a specially designed system that gives the team more<br />

options for completing important health and welfare<br />

checks and administering veterinary care. A series<br />

of gates create a small temporary holding area that<br />

the camels walk into, where they can be comfortably<br />

contained temporarily so that keepers can get up close<br />

and manage their care safely.<br />

Co-op Invest in Sawbridgeworth<br />

Following the retirement of the current owners, Central<br />

England Co-op has purchased Gravelle’s Budgens store<br />

in Sawbridgeworth.<br />

The new Co-op store will open in November following<br />

an £800,000 refurbishment with a new layout, additional<br />

parking spaces and new customer toilets including<br />

baby changing facilities. The existing team members<br />

will remain in place, ready to welcome their customers<br />

back to the store.<br />

Andy Peake, Commercial Director at Central England<br />

Co-op, said: “Our purchase of the Sawbridgeworth store<br />

allows us to continue to invest in our local high streets<br />

as part of our growth strategy and to join the wonderful<br />

community here. We acquired Gravelle’s Budgens at<br />

Sawston Cambridge a few years ago and are excited to<br />

see the same success here in Sawbridgeworth.”<br />

Central England Co-operative is one of the largest<br />

independent retail co-operative societies in the UK,<br />

with 8,000 colleagues serving customers across over<br />

400 trading sites across much of the country including<br />

Suffolk, Norfolk, Bedfordshire and Cambridgeshire.<br />

Hertford Calendar 2023 Launched<br />

The Official Hertford 2023 Calendar is now on sale.<br />

During the summer, the public submitted their<br />

photographs of Hertford in a competition to be included<br />

in the calendar. Over 80 people entered a total of more<br />

than 200 images for the competition, giving the judging<br />

panel the difficult task of selecting photographs for the<br />

cover and each month.<br />

The calendar is available to buy at the Hertford<br />

Town and Tourist Information Centre for £10 each<br />

or two for £18. The calendar can also be purchased<br />

via the Hertford Town Council online shop at<br />

hertfordtownshop.co.uk<br />

Food & Drink<br />

Brand New Pub Opens on Watford<br />

High Street<br />

Owned by Oakman Inns, The Beech House has<br />

opened its doors on Watford High Street adjacent to the<br />

entrance to the Atria shopping centre.<br />

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General Manager, Giancarlo Ungaro, who first joined<br />

Oakman Inns in 2015, said: “We are so excited to welcome<br />

the people of Watford to our sixth Beech House. Our<br />

40-strong team has spent the last two months training and<br />

honing their skills. We have an experienced chef brigade<br />

led by Head Chef, Alan Eiesenband, and Senior Sous Chef,<br />

Joni Matos, who between them have worked with some<br />

of the best chefs in the UK including the likes of Gordon<br />

Ramsay and Ottolenghi.”<br />

New Dinner Service at Coach<br />

House Kitchen<br />

The large corner in front of the pub has been turned into<br />

an enclosed ‘pavement café’ or terrace – perfect for<br />

watching the world go by. The restaurant features the<br />

Beech House’s characteristic open theatre-style kitchen<br />

where diners can watch the team prepare their orders from<br />

breakfast until late.<br />

The large bar has an extensive hot and cold drinks menu<br />

including Fairtrade coffee and other hot drinks and a range<br />

of beers, wines and cocktails including low and nonalcoholic<br />

options.<br />

Hertfordshire’s first Bombass on<br />

the Menu<br />

Located in the Stable Yard within Hatfield Park, the Coach<br />

House Kitchen has been serving breakfast, brunch, lunch<br />

and afternoon teas since its opening in 2021. Now the<br />

popular restaurant is offering an early evening dinner<br />

service along with a variety of live music evenings.<br />

Open from 9am to 9pm Tuesday to Saturday and 9am<br />

to 7pm Sunday, the Coach House Kitchen has a varying<br />

menu, with vegetarian, vegan, gluten-free and children’s<br />

options available. Their seasonal menu includes<br />

sustainable produce and monthly specials created by Head<br />

Chef Manuel Tovar and his team.<br />

The Stable Yard also boasts independent businesses<br />

offering gifts, jewellery, arts and crafts, and a selection<br />

of services.<br />

To view the menus and book a table visit<br />

hatfield-house.co.uk<br />

Lussmanns Sustainable Kitchen will be featuring<br />

Hertfordshire’s first ‘Bombass’ on its Christmas Menu<br />

this year.<br />

The Bombass, originally a Catalan delicacy, has been<br />

adapted by Lussmanns’ head chef Nick McGeowan<br />

and reinvented as a starter dish, Harpenden Bombass: a<br />

croquette of organic mutton, with mashed potato, aioli and<br />

brava sauce.<br />

The festive menu, which will be available in each of the<br />

group’s five Hertfordshire restaurants, offers five starters,<br />

seven mains and four puddings – including vegetarian and<br />

vegan options for each course. Every diner also receives a<br />

sustainable festive cracker.<br />

The Harpenden Bombass is the debut dish from a<br />

collaboration between Lussmanns and Hammonds End<br />

Farm, a local ground-breaking organic family farm that<br />

has been run by the Roberts family for three generations,<br />

and which is committed to the highest levels of welfare for<br />

its animals.<br />

The Christmas menu is available from 28 November until 2<br />

January 2023 and costs £32 for three courses.<br />

Coming Soon…<br />

GBBF back at Knebworth in 2023<br />

The Great British Food Festival returns to Knebworth<br />

House next year over the weekend of 15-16 July and<br />

will be situated right next to the country house which is<br />

surrounded by a 250-acre deer park.<br />

Every corner of the festival site has something to see or join<br />

in with including chef demos, Men v Food, live music, Cake<br />

Off, foraging walks, kids cookery, BBQ and bake stage,<br />

artisan market, kids activities, street food and bars.<br />

Tickets to the event also include free on-site parking and<br />

free entrance to the adventure playground with zip wire,<br />

bouncy castle and new interactive splash-play water<br />

features as well as the dinosaur trail with 70 life-sized<br />

dinosaurs and prehistoric creatures and 28-acre formal<br />

gardens including a maze.<br />

For more information and to buy your tickets head to<br />

greatbritishfoodfestival.com<br />

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Christmas at Hatfield Park<br />

New Year’s Eve Black Tie Party<br />

WHAT’S ON<br />

25 November – 31 December<br />

Hatfield Park, Hatfield, AL9 5NB<br />

A brand new after-dark illuminated trail through the<br />

perfectly festive Hatfield Park. It’s beginning to look a lot<br />

like Christmas when over a million twinkling lights and<br />

seasonal sounds fill the air with festive fun at historic<br />

Hatfield Park. For a moment of reflection pause at<br />

mesmerising flickering flames in the fire garden, gaze at<br />

the larger-than-life illuminations and, to make a moment<br />

to remember, don’t forget to glimpse Father Christmas<br />

along the way.<br />

hatfield-house.co.uk<br />

<strong>Winter</strong> Wonderland Trail<br />

10 December – 8 January<br />

Hertford Town Centre<br />

A free town centre trail for children to enjoy with their<br />

families. Knitted characters will be hiding in shop<br />

windows around the town centre for children to spot. To<br />

take part in the trail, families should visit Hertford Town<br />

and Tourist and Tourist Information Centre, in The Wash<br />

opposite Hertford Theatre, to pick up a trail map from the<br />

leaflet holder.<br />

31 December<br />

H@ME & EAT, Unit 3 Birchanger Industrial Estate,<br />

Bishop’s Stortford CM23 2TH<br />

Get dressed up and join us for an evening full of<br />

sophistication, amazing performances, and special<br />

surprises. Rendezvous at the red carpet and be<br />

welcomed with a glass of the finest prosecco and<br />

signature canapés. Be spellbound by the performance<br />

of Kevin Fitzsimmons and his Rat Pack Band in our<br />

spectacular venue. Dance the night away with our<br />

amazing DJ. Delicious canapés throughout the<br />

evening, with a post-midnight treat to round the<br />

evening off. This will be a night to remember!<br />

eventbrite.co.uk<br />

St Albans Symphony Orchestra: New<br />

Year Concert<br />

2 January<br />

St Albans<br />

Cathedral,<br />

Sumpter Yard,<br />

St Albans, AL1<br />

1BY<br />

Welcome the<br />

New Year in<br />

the glorious<br />

surroundings<br />

of St Albans<br />

Cathedral<br />

with St Albans<br />

Symphony<br />

Orchestra<br />

performing Tchaikovsky: ballet music from The<br />

Nutcracker, Saint-Saens: Dance Macabre, Herold arr<br />

Lanchbery: La fille mal gardée – Clog Dance, Copland:<br />

Appalachian Spring, Marquez: Danzon 2, Chaminade:<br />

Callirhoe, and Strauss: Fruhlingsstimme Waltz.<br />

stalbanscathedral.org<br />

For more event listings in your county<br />

visit www.eastlife.co.uk/events/<br />

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Norfolk<br />

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

Wildlife<br />

seals pups in Norfolk<br />

© Rob Coleman<br />

Written by Hannah Parry<br />

<strong>Winter</strong> might not seem like the most<br />

obvious time to go wildlife watching, but<br />

the seals at Horsey and <strong>Winter</strong>ton don’t<br />

notice the cold. From late November,<br />

thousands of fluffy white seal pups dot<br />

the pristine Norfolk beaches. Here’s how<br />

to see them for yourself.<br />

Fifteen years ago, 50 pups entered the world on Horsey<br />

beach. Last year, 3,500 baby seals were born on beaches<br />

along the coast. Not all at once, though. Peter Ansell, Chair<br />

of Friends of Horsey Seals, told us how Mother Nature works.<br />

“Basically, it’s very simple,” he explained, “the male seals<br />

come ashore and stake out an area before the pregnant<br />

females leave the water to give birth. The new pup can’t go<br />

in the water yet because it has fluffy soft fur when it’s born.”<br />

He went on to explain that the mother stays to suckle the<br />

baby for up to three weeks before returning to the ocean.<br />

“The poor little pup stays on its own for another two weeks,”<br />

he continued. “Once it sheds its baby fur and has its<br />

waterproof adult fur, it can enter the sea and feed on fish.”<br />

This means that throughout the pupping season, baby<br />

seals at different ages can be seen on the sandy beaches;<br />

the youngest are the palest, difficult to spot against the pale<br />

sand. The older pups are various shades of grey and brown.<br />

With such large numbers, the animals need some<br />

supervision. “We’ll probably have around 400 volunteers<br />

this year,” Ansell explained. Friends of Horsey Seals is<br />

an entirely volunteer-run organisation, picking up when<br />

government cuts to Natural England and the Broads<br />

Authority meant they could no longer monitor the animals.<br />

“The wardens just try to keep everyone safe,” Ansell went<br />

on, “a seal can give a nasty bite if they feel threatened.”<br />

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Horsey and <strong>Winter</strong>ton are beautiful beaches and quaint<br />

towns, even without the extraordinary wildlife. The tall<br />

dunes offer protection from the seaward wind for a walk<br />

along the Norfolk Coast Path, and the wide beaches afford<br />

spectacular views. On a perfect winter day, with bright<br />

sun but a nip in the air, the traditional and historic pub The<br />

Fishermans Return in <strong>Winter</strong>ton is the perfect escape<br />

from the winter weather. With a varied food menu, including<br />

veggie and vegan options, and real ales on tap, the cosy<br />

pub even has a range of fishy-themed rooms for an idyllic<br />

overnight stay.<br />

For those wishing to stretch their legs a little further, the<br />

National Trust-owned Horsey Windpump makes a good<br />

place to leave the car (members park for free) before<br />

walking a circular route to the beach via The Street. Turning<br />

left along the beach will give you multiple opportunities<br />

to view the seals from the top of the dunes. Return via<br />

Waxham Road where you’ll find 1940s themed tea room<br />

Poppylands (open 10am-4pm except Tuesdays) to warm<br />

up and enjoy some sweet treats.<br />

Horsey and <strong>Winter</strong>ton are both great villages for a long<br />

weekend or a day trip at any time of year. Summertime sees<br />

© Rob Coleman<br />

© Sarah Jenner © Sarah Jenner<br />

the beaches full of families enjoying fine weather, perhaps<br />

playing badminton or ‘catch’. Unfortunately, one popular<br />

beach game has caused significant harm to a number of<br />

seals. A ‘flying ring’ – a frisbee with a hole in the middle –<br />

has been the cause of serious injury to numerous animals.<br />

Playful younger seals see the toy in the water and curiously<br />

investigate. If the ring gets around its neck, it’s extremely<br />

difficult to get off. In the worst cases, the seal grows with<br />

the ring around its neck, leading to feeding and breathing<br />

issues and eventually worse. Jenny Hobson was on duty at<br />

the RSPCA hospital in <strong>East</strong> Winch when such a case came<br />

in. “We named her Pinkafo. She was in such a bad way<br />

that it was amazing she was even alive.” Horrified by what<br />

she’d seen, Jenny started an almost one-woman campaign<br />

against flying rings, with quite some success. Several shops,<br />

including Tesco and Pets at Home, have stopped selling<br />

the toys in their coastal stores and publicity is still growing.<br />

A sculpture of a seal, plus some great local media has<br />

meant that the number of incidents have fallen. With still<br />

more to do to ban the toys, Jenny and her husband Richard<br />

sailed around Britain to raise awareness nationwide.<br />

The grey seal colony in Norfolk represents over 40% of the<br />

world’s population and this spectacle is not to be missed,<br />

but Peter Ansell has one request: “Remember they are<br />

wild animals, stay at least 10 metres away and they won’t<br />

feel stressed.” Top tips on how to visit or get involved<br />

can be found on the Friends of Horsey Seals website<br />

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Find Hannah on Instagram @hannah_the_traveller<br />

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Written by Zena Leech-Calton<br />

New openings<br />

Boston House is coming soon from Tim Irven, who also<br />

runs Bun Box in Norwich Market. Tim is going back to his<br />

cheffing roots with fine dining style, midway up Timberhill.<br />

The Little Vegan Butchers in Alexander House in<br />

Rose Lane isn’t open yet but plans to be up and running<br />

by Christmas offering veggie combos made by the<br />

in-house chef.<br />

JoJo’s street food van, which sold ice cream in front of<br />

Chantry Place throughout the summer, has switched to<br />

cheesy toasties for the colder months. Prices start from £4<br />

with the triple cheese being the winner for me.<br />

Yalm, a new food hall housed in the former Jamie’s Italian<br />

in the Royal Arcade, is now confirmed to be open by late<br />

November. It will offer all-day dining including pizza, Middle<br />

<strong>East</strong>ern dishes, tacos, brunch, cheese and noodles and<br />

Mediterranean-style salads.<br />

The market has welcomed The Bodega, a New York-style<br />

hot and cold, triple-thick sandwich maker. With sell-out<br />

crowds daily, following the queue is worth the wait.<br />

My Makan is a Malaysian restaurant, opening soon in<br />

Westlegate, where you’ll be able to grab a nasi lemak<br />

served with samba for £11.95. It’s a new experience for<br />

Norwich with authentic tastes on the menu including a<br />

black rice pudding made with coconut milk. There’s a good<br />

selection of vegan dishes too.<br />

Castle Social is a new street food hall opening on the top<br />

floor of Castle Quarter. Independents announced so far are<br />

Hanks Dirty offering vegan fast food, The StreetFood<br />

Box selling dirty burgers, and Mamma Mia with Italian<br />

street food from the Sicily Trattoria boys. On the ground<br />

floor, you will find Rêve de Chocolat, a new concession<br />

selling Parisian-style hot chocolate.<br />

The Feed’s long-awaited community supermarket is<br />

now open on Hall Road offering value shopping and free<br />

essentials to those in need. Volunteers and donations are<br />

always appreciated.<br />

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Good to know<br />

To help during the credit crunch, four cheaper places<br />

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for £2.30<br />

7 Surrey Street Café – homemade lasagne and salad<br />

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Ron’s Fish & Chips, Norwich Market – sausage and<br />

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Logans Sandwich Bar – bumper bespoke salad<br />

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day before and it will always taste good. I’ve been<br />

making this recipe for over 25 years and people simply<br />

love it, even the non-pudding eaters.<br />

My gluten-free recommendation in the city is Harry’s<br />

Soul Station on Adelaide Street where the whole<br />

menu is gluten-free including sausage rolls and cakes.<br />

Norwich and Norfolk Cocktail Week runs from 14<br />

to 23 October with nearly 100 places taking part and<br />

offering amazing creations including Lemon Meringue<br />

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Ingredients:<br />

110g chopped prunes<br />

160g currants<br />

110g raisins<br />

110g sultanas<br />

80g plain flour<br />

1/2 tsp cinnamon<br />

1/2 tsp nutmeg<br />

80g breadcrumbs<br />

60g suet (beef or vegetarian)<br />

80g dark brown sugar<br />

1/4 strip lemon zest<br />

100ml/2fl oz local stout or Guinness<br />

1 egg – medium or large<br />

Pinch of salt<br />

• Mix all the ingredients in a large bowl using a wooden<br />

spoon or clean hands.<br />

• Spoon into a lined 1kg pudding bowl.<br />

• For best results, refrigerate overnight to allow the flavours<br />

to develop.<br />

• Make sure the pudding is covered with a lid or tin foil and<br />

steam for 2 hours (keeping the water topped up).<br />

• Cool in the pudding bowl.<br />

• Rewrap the pudding in a piece of greaseproof paper<br />

and cloth or cling film and store in a cool cupboard until<br />

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• Just as you’re serving the turkey, simply microwave for<br />

several minutes or steam until warm.<br />

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Platinum Trails Announced in<br />

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Five new walking and cycling trails have been<br />

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The Platinum Jubilee Trails combine some existing<br />

rights of way with completely new routes, opening up<br />

parts of the county which previously had no public<br />

access. Most of them feature increased accessibility for<br />

those with limited mobility or who are wheelchair users.<br />

The trails encompass all aspects of Norfolk landscapes<br />

– coastal, woodland, arable, historic and urban.<br />

James Bagge DL, chair of the organising committee,<br />

said: “We are delighted to announce the creation<br />

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celebrating Her Late Majesty’s Platinum Jubilee and<br />

her love of nature and Norfolk, they will now stand<br />

as a permanent tribute to her life of remarkable loyalty<br />

and service.”<br />

The Trails are The Elizabeth Way which runs from<br />

Heacham to King’s Lynn, The Wendling Way running<br />

from Gressenhall Museum to Dereham, The West Acre<br />

Way covering Gayton to Castle Acre, The Chet River<br />

Circular which takes walkers on a circuit around Loddon<br />

and Chedgrave, and The <strong>East</strong>ern Maritime Way which<br />

is ideal for cyclists and runs from Great Yarmouth train<br />

station to Lowestoft train station.<br />

Hospitality Group Raises Funds for<br />

Food Hubs<br />

Chestnut launched its charitable foundation The Giving<br />

Tree in 2020 to support communities by funding,<br />

cooking and providing over 30,000 meals across the<br />

region, as well as making donations to support free<br />

school meals, local charities and food hubs. For more<br />

information about Chestnut visit chestnutgroup.co.uk<br />

Food & Drink<br />

Socius Wins AA Restaurant<br />

of the Year<br />

Burnham Market’s restaurant Socius has been<br />

announced as the winner of the prestigious AA Awards<br />

Restaurant of the Year <strong>2022</strong>. The AA awards are one of<br />

the UK’s most coveted industry awards, held at the JW<br />

Grosvenor House in Mayfair, attended by over 1,000<br />

guests from hotels and restaurants across the UK.<br />

Owners Natalie and Dan attended the awards with<br />

members of their team. “This is such an incredible<br />

achievement. We are extremely humbled and grateful<br />

that the hard work that we all put in each and every day<br />

has been recognised not only by our customers, but by<br />

our industry peers,” said Dan.<br />

A team from Chestnut, <strong>East</strong> Anglia’s fastest-growing<br />

hospitality business, has cycled in excess of 500km to<br />

raise much needed funding for the food hubs within<br />

the region.<br />

Beginning at The Carpenters Arms in Great Wilbraham<br />

and finishing at The Weeping Willow in Barrow, the<br />

team visited each of the 16 properties within the<br />

Chestnut portfolio across Cambridgeshire, Essex,<br />

Norfolk and Suffolk.<br />

The initiative aims to raise £50,000 to help Nourishing<br />

Norfolk feed thousands by seed-funding work at<br />

a grassroots level directly into local communities,<br />

providing access to affordable, healthy food.<br />

Since opening in February 2018, Socius has received<br />

other notable industry awards and recognition. In 2018<br />

they were included within the Michelin Guide and Good<br />

Food Guide and were awarded two AA rosettes. They<br />

were also nominated for the Best Newcomer at the<br />

2019 Catey’s Awards.<br />

The restaurant has a unique concept, offering guests a<br />

modern, British version of tapas where food is served on<br />

small plates and designed to share.<br />

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Local Chippy shortlisted for Top<br />

Takeaway of the Year<br />

French’s Fish Shop in Wells-next-to-Sea has been<br />

named as finalist in the Top 20 Takeaway of the Year<br />

category in the National Fish and Chip Awards.<br />

The 20 finalists were selected following an extensive<br />

judging process of the top 40 fish and chip takeaways,<br />

which were announced last month.<br />

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The winner will be announced at The National Fish and<br />

Chip Awards, hosted by The National Federation of Fish<br />

Friers (NFFF), on 28 February 2023 at the Park Plaza<br />

Westminster Bridge.<br />

Andrew Crook, President at the NFFF, said, “We received<br />

such a high standard of applications for this category,<br />

making it a very difficult yet rewarding judging process.<br />

The top 20 really demonstrate a strong commitment<br />

to the fish and chip industry and to the British public.<br />

Congratulations to everyone involved, this is a massive<br />

achievement in itself!”<br />

Norfolk Pub is One of England’s<br />

Greatest<br />

splendour for some years. When Braka acquired it, “I<br />

stripped everything back to its bones,” he says. “I wanted<br />

people to feel like they were walking into another world.”<br />

Great Pubs of England published by Prestel is available in<br />

hardback RRP £35. Find out more about The Gunton Arms<br />

at theguntonarms.co.uk<br />

Coming soon…<br />

Green Light for ROARR! Expansion<br />

© Horst A. Friedrichs<br />

ROARR! is set to embark on the biggest development in the<br />

Park’s history, after being granted full permission to create<br />

a new four-acre interactive play-themed area within the<br />

existing 85-acre park.<br />

The immersive area will be themed around the<br />

internationally renowned animated TV series<br />

Gigantosaurus. Produced by Cyber Group Studios, the<br />

series is based on Jonny Duddle’s book published by<br />

Bonnier Books UK Ltd, which has sold over 600,000<br />

copies worldwide.<br />

The Gunton Arms, a traditional pub set in an historic park<br />

near Cromer, has been lauded in a new book, Great Pubs<br />

of England by acclaimed photographer Horst A. Friedrichs<br />

and travel journalist Stuart Husband.<br />

The book charts the history of England’s illustrious pub<br />

culture, capturing their idiosyncratic glory and infinite<br />

variety. Whittling it down to 33 of the country’s finest and<br />

most distinctive inns, the authors explore the variety of<br />

pubs the country has and the traditions that have kept them<br />

going for nearly 500 years, all of which share the same timehonoured<br />

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to lift the spirits.<br />

Designed to encourage exploratory and sensory family<br />

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to discover together – some featuring well-loved characters<br />

from the show including the energetic Rocky, Bill, the<br />

inventive Mazu and Tiny who loves having fun.<br />

Inspired by the visual and colourful designs featured within<br />

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setting – which is home to a host of prehistoric insects and<br />

creatures and set against the iconic backdrop of the fiery<br />

volcano – the new land will be surrounded by a vibrant<br />

landscape of grassland, trees and planting, with instantly<br />

recognisable flowers from Gigantosaurus.<br />

Work is due to begin in January 2023 with the first phase<br />

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Of The Gunton Arms, Stuart Husband writes: “The Gunton<br />

sits on the edge of the thousand-acre Gunton Park<br />

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With everything from Gregorian Chant to ‘Have yourself a<br />

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the annual Carols by Candlelight performance. Be sure to<br />

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WHAT’S ON<br />

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Sandringham, Norfolk PE35 6EN<br />

Nestled deep within the Sandringham Estate awaits a<br />

spectacular illuminated trail, full of wonder and intrigue to<br />

delight and enthral your senses. As darkness descends,<br />

take the enchanting journey through the Royal Parkland<br />

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mile-long trail with stunning lighting elements and<br />

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Hockwold Christmas Fayre<br />

4 December<br />

Hockwold Hall, Station Road, Hockwold cum Wilton<br />

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A quintessential Christmas shopping experience with a<br />

wide range of crafts, food, drink and gifts on offer. With<br />

exhibitors from all over the country, live entertainment,<br />

samples to try and a vast range of activities, it’s an event<br />

for the whole family to enjoy. With themed tents and<br />

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Antiques & Collectors Fair<br />

18 December<br />

Hemsby Village Hall & Social Club, Waters Lane,<br />

Hemsby, Great Yarmouth NR29 4NH<br />

Holiday visitors and residents are invited to this popular<br />

event where you can unearth prized finds to add<br />

something special to your home, collection, or heart.<br />

Come and enjoy the thrill of the hunt, whether it’s for<br />

a specific item or a rummage through stalls to find<br />

a precious item. The fair features top dealers selling<br />

small furniture items, porcelain, glass, gold and silver,<br />

ephemera, coins, militaria, jewellery and paintings along<br />

with stalls offering everyday collectables and vintage.<br />

Come and discover the lasting quality of beautiful<br />

objects. It’s a huge treasure hunt... join the fun, you<br />

never know what you might find!<br />

Historic Alleys, Lanes and Passages<br />

23 December<br />

Norwich<br />

Discover the stories of Norwich’s historic alleys, lanes<br />

and passages on this tour which starts at The Forum and<br />

ends outside the Maddermarket Theatre. Walk down<br />

the former Esperanto Way. Hear stories of Hampshire<br />

Hog Yard and Ninham’s, Rigby and Watts Courts. See<br />

Gybson’s Conduit. Find out what JB Priestley thought of<br />

Norwich and Lady <strong>East</strong>lake thought of Jane Eyre. Pass<br />

great medieval churches and rare thatched buildings,<br />

discover a great Victorian singing teacher and why<br />

Father Ignatius caused such a furore, and much more.<br />

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Whether you enjoy delving into local history,<br />

savouring the stunning seascapes or love<br />

nothing more than engaging with one of the<br />

county’s many attractions, there is no denying<br />

that Suffolk is one of the finest treasures<br />

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Constable By Chariot<br />

What could exude the spirit of Suffolk more than a scene<br />

straight from the paintbrush of John Constable himself? A<br />

visit to the famous Flatford and Bridge Cottage is an idyllic<br />

way to spend a bright and mild winter day. Boasting a<br />

dedicated disabled-access car park nearby, the Constable<br />

Exhibition, tearoom and gift shop is such a delight and a<br />

really peaceful paradise of paintings. Additionally, many<br />

of the routes to this living scene are tarmacked and<br />

made more accessible aided by a powered wheelchair.<br />

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Africa Alive!<br />

An ideal day out with the family, a trip to the local Africa<br />

Alive! zoological reserve at Kessingland is a wonderful<br />

way of engaging with the exotic animals that call Suffolk<br />

home. With many accessible routes through the reserve<br />

and viewing platforms designed to enable wheelchair<br />

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Suffolk’s Aviation Heritage Centre<br />

If you are looking for an enjoyable day out with a little<br />

more history, then why not try the Norfolk and Suffolk<br />

Aviation Museum at Flixton? The museum is located<br />

within hangars, so access is on one wheelchair-friendly<br />

level with free admission for everyone. Set along the<br />

Norfolk and Suffolk border in the pretty area of Waveney<br />

Valley, the Aviation Museum boasts memorabilia and<br />

aircraft displayed both inside and outside. Adding to a<br />

slice of Suffolk’s wartime history, thousands of aircraft<br />

made crash landings in Suffolk alone and volunteers<br />

at the museum have successfully located many of the<br />

crash sites. The result of their hard work is that many of<br />

the artefacts on display are from distressed aircraft that<br />

crashed in the county. Don’t forget to check the website<br />

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Escape Rooms<br />

With the unpredictable British weather, it is always good<br />

to have some indoor options to enjoy especially in winter.<br />

A great way to exercise the little grey cells is through a<br />

rigorous escape room challenge. Are you a fan of puzzles or<br />

brain teasers, and would you like the chance to have a day<br />

out the whole family can enjoy? Suffolk has a varied array of<br />

different escape rooms to try, many of which are accessible.<br />

For instance, the Ipswich Escape Rooms and the Evidence<br />

Room in Bury St Edmunds both have special rooms that<br />

can be enjoyed by everyone, regardless of their mobility.<br />

Combining puzzles with an immersive storyline, the aim of<br />

the game is to work in a group to solve puzzling plots and<br />

regain your freedom!<br />

The UK’s Only Food Museum<br />

<strong>Winter</strong>time is a wonderful celebration of the good produce<br />

that the year’s hard work has brought to the table. Formerly<br />

the Museum of <strong>East</strong> Anglian <strong>Life</strong>, the Suffolk Food Museum<br />

delves into the history of our food and the British heritage<br />

surrounding it, from where our food comes from to a<br />

celebration of the farm to fork approach. The Food Museum<br />

has plenty to see and do, from the historic Abbot’s Hall<br />

which is accessible by wheelchair and has a lift to the upper<br />

floors, to wheelchair-friendly facilities, good parking and<br />

toilets and special routes throughout the site.<br />

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The museum is located within hangars, so<br />

access is on one wheelchair-friendly level<br />

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Ipswich, Fri 21 October <strong>2022</strong> - Sun 8 January 2023.<br />

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Lowestoft, Fri 16 December. 1pm – 3pm.<br />

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Chef Interview: Lilian Hiw<br />

Private Chef and Cookery Teacher<br />

Growing up in Singapore, Lilian was inspired by the<br />

bold, fragrant and exotic international food culture. She<br />

has worked in some of the top hotels in Asia and was<br />

Vice President of the prestigious Asian restaurant chain,<br />

Tung Lok Group. Classically trained, Lilian is known for<br />

demystifying Asian cookery and for generously sharing tips<br />

and trade secrets.<br />

What inspired you to become a chef?<br />

I started cooking very young. I grew up in Singapore,<br />

helping my parents sell noodles and congee at their<br />

hawker centre food stall. A hawker centre has many food<br />

stalls selling dishes from different countries. You can have<br />

Western, Thai, Indian and Vietnamese, so you eat like a king.<br />

Where did you train? Tell us more<br />

about your culinary background.<br />

After secondary school, I told my parents that I wanted to go<br />

into the hospitality industry.<br />

I went to a hotel and<br />

catering training<br />

school and worked<br />

in five-star hotels as<br />

an apprentice in all<br />

departments – front<br />

of house, back of<br />

house, housekeeping,<br />

stewarding,<br />

accounting and the<br />

kitchen. The school<br />

wanted to<br />

bring the<br />

École<br />

hôtelière de Lausanne School from Switzerland to start<br />

a hospitality management school in Singapore and they<br />

approached me to become one of their trainers. So the<br />

Swiss trained me and then I trained the local people.<br />

What are the most memorable moments<br />

of your career so far?<br />

I was headhunted by Raffles Singapore and joined them<br />

as Catering Manager. In the Long Bar, customers are<br />

encouraged to chuck the shells of monkey nuts on the<br />

floor so there is a crunch, crunch, crunch as you walk. More<br />

recently, I was delighted to win Private Chef of the Year in<br />

the London & South-<strong>East</strong> Prestige Awards for 2020/21 and<br />

2021/22.<br />

When and why did you set up Lilian’s<br />

Kitchen?<br />

When I was working in Raffles, I met an English gentleman.<br />

We married and we moved to Bury St Edmunds 28 years<br />

ago. We love it here, it’s such a foodie town with lots of<br />

restaurants. I continued my teaching as a lecturer in the<br />

hospitality department at West Suffolk College and then,<br />

after taking a career break to look after my son, I set up<br />

Lilian’s Kitchen in 2017.<br />

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Lilian’s<br />

Tandoori King<br />

Prawns<br />

Prep time: 10-15 minutes<br />

Cook time: 15-20 minutes<br />

Serves 2 main course portions<br />

Describe your cookery classes.<br />

I run a cookery school with public classes teaching Asian<br />

cookery and also private cookery lessons at your home.<br />

I group my classes according to the country by either<br />

ingredients or taste profile and I also share the customs and<br />

the culture, so the classes are more than just cooking. A lot<br />

of times, Asian recipes are as long as an arm and half a leg!<br />

The philosophy of my classes is everyone can cook Asian.<br />

My recipes are short, and I will show you how to make goodtasting,<br />

authentic food with readily available ingredients.<br />

What can guests expect at one of your<br />

private dining experiences?<br />

As a private chef, I will go to clients’ homes and organise<br />

an Asian dining experience. I use the original Singapore<br />

Sling recipe from Raffles which I shake fresh and serve as<br />

a welcome drink with Asian canapés. When everyone sits<br />

down, I will bring their senses to Asia by offering them a<br />

lemongrass essential oil scented tower, and then they will<br />

have dinner. We look after guests, and they are pampered.<br />

That is my role, and my team is very good.<br />

What does hospitality mean to you?<br />

My heritage food is my passion so I love cooking it, I love<br />

eating it and I love sharing it. I am a feeder. Everything that<br />

comes out of the kitchen, I will introduce and present as a<br />

dish and, if there is a story to tell it will be there.<br />

What are your future plans for Lilian’s<br />

Kitchen?<br />

Next year, I have a new class – Valentine’s Date Night. With<br />

a lot of couples, one likes to cook and one likes to eat so<br />

it’s a practical interactive cookery session where you cook<br />

with your loved one. Then, as you eat, I share stories and tips<br />

while cooking Kung Pao Prawns to celebrate Valentine’s<br />

Day with you. I’m also starting to do live theatre dining<br />

where you come with friends or family and I cook for you, tell<br />

you stories and serve you food. My sister said to me, “You’re<br />

going to be 60 next year, why are you speeding up when<br />

you should be slowing down?”. But life is too exciting to be<br />

slowing down!<br />

Ingredients:<br />

2 tsp tandoori spice<br />

4 tsp Greek yoghurt, full fat<br />

salt, to taste (see recipe notes)<br />

300g raw king prawns, shelled<br />

1 tbsp butter, melted<br />

lemon wedges to serve<br />

Method:<br />

• Mix prawns with yoghurt, spice and salt and leave<br />

to marinate for 5 minutes.<br />

• Skewer prawns onto metal or bamboo skewers<br />

(see recipe notes).<br />

• Brush with butter and cook on a barbecue or<br />

under a grill (see recipe notes), or panfry without<br />

the skewers.<br />

• Serve with lemon wedges, leaf salad and rice.<br />

Recipe notes:<br />

• Taste the tandoori spice before adding salt as<br />

different brands have varying amounts of salt.<br />

• If using bamboo skewers, soak them first for 10<br />

minutes in warm water to prevent burning.<br />

• If cooking under the grill, cover the exposed<br />

bamboo skewers with foil to stop them burning.<br />

• You can replace prawns with cubes of salmon<br />

or chicken. When making tandoori chicken,<br />

marinate overnight to allow the seasoning to<br />

penetrate the meat.<br />

You can find out more about Lilian’s Kitchen or book a class<br />

at lilianskitchen.co.uk<br />

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News<br />

Norwich Theatre Partnership<br />

with RSC<br />

Norwich Theatre has become an Associate Partner<br />

Theatre of the Royal Shakespeare Company (RSC). The<br />

formal partnership will provide more opportunities to<br />

enjoy world-class Shakespeare productions in Norfolk,<br />

plus forge even stronger bonds to engage with schools<br />

and community groups across the region.<br />

A key objective of RSC is to combine its successful<br />

national tours of work with local engagement projects.<br />

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had a strong local community cast.<br />

As part of the new partnership, Norwich Theatre will join<br />

the Associate Schools Programme with The Wensum<br />

Trust which is the Lead Associate School and will offer<br />

young people experiences of Shakespeare and live<br />

theatre by providing resources for teachers, workshops<br />

for pupils, and small-scale shows called<br />

First Encounters.<br />

artist Jitka Schejbalova with help from volunteers and<br />

local children who use the park, including some of the<br />

original young artists. The colourful 100-metre hand<br />

painted artwork adds to the recent renovations and new<br />

play equipment in the park, to further encourage local<br />

residents to enjoy the new space.<br />

Daisy Lees, Director of Art Eat Events said, “Art Eat<br />

congratulates Jitka Schejbalova for an excellent design,<br />

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Theatre Royal announces New <strong>Life</strong><br />

Patron<br />

Theatre Royal Bury St Edmunds has announced that<br />

Mrs Patricia Thompson, CBE, is to become their newest<br />

<strong>Life</strong> Patron. She is the first <strong>Life</strong> Patron to be appointed<br />

at Theatre Royal in 10 years and joins others including<br />

Dame Judi Dench, DBE and Timothy West, CBE.<br />

Owen Calvert-Lyons, CEO and Artistic Director at<br />

Theatre Royal Bury St Edmunds said, “This is the first<br />

time in ten years that we have offered a <strong>Life</strong> Patron role<br />

at Theatre Royal, which shows the significance of these<br />

roles. Patricia Thompson is a great champion of the Arts<br />

and has played a key role in supporting UK theatres over<br />

many years.”<br />

New Art Eat Mural at Maple Park<br />

Art Eat was<br />

invited by Ipswich<br />

Borough Council<br />

to commission an<br />

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a large-scale<br />

new mural for<br />

Maple Park in<br />

Ipswich, inspired<br />

by artwork<br />

created in 2020<br />

by children from<br />

Handford Hall<br />

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The painting<br />

was completed<br />

over 12 days<br />

in October by<br />

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For over 200 years Theatre Royal has brought joy to<br />

the town of Bury St Edmunds by bringing the best live<br />

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Edmunds is a vibrant 202-year-old theatre, built in 1819<br />

and restored to its original Regency design in 2007, with<br />

a campaign backed by Sir Ian McKellen, Dame Judi<br />

Dench, Timothy West and many others.<br />

<strong>Winter</strong> Special at Waldegraves<br />

Waldegraves Family Holiday Park is offering a two-night<br />

midweek stay in one of their Gold Grade holiday homes<br />

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Paddy & Scott’s Crowned Suffolk<br />

Business of the Year<br />

The Perfect Pairing for Bruha and<br />

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Bruha and Dough&co have<br />

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Bruha is renowned for<br />

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Dough&co’s authentic and Italian sourced pizzas are made<br />

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Suffolk coffee brand, Paddy & Scott’s, has been<br />

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Enjoy an afternoon of Christmas festivities and shopping<br />

as Wickham Market switch on their Christmas lights.<br />

Taking place on the historic square on The Hill, with<br />

festive crafts and gifts, community, charity and food stalls.<br />

Local shops, Café 46 and Tea Pot Café will be open. Hot<br />

street food will be available from the Flaming Fryer and<br />

the Potsford Farm stall. Father Christmas will visit, and<br />

children will decorate the tree. Enjoy a mobile pipe organ,<br />

carol singing and Christmas tree light up after midday.<br />

Free parking at the Primary School, Dallinghoo Road. Two<br />

other car parks nearby.<br />

visitwickhammarket.co.uk<br />

Riddlequest: Escape Game at<br />

Sutton Hoo<br />

1 January<br />

Chapel Road, Carlton Colville, Lowestoft NR33 8BL<br />

Are you fed up with tinsel & turkey? Have you seen<br />

quite enough of the relatives? Will you scream if you<br />

see another cracker or paper hat? Then come along<br />

for the last chance this winter to ride on the <strong>East</strong><br />

Anglia Transport Museum’s vintage vehicle fleet. The<br />

museum will be running a free bus service to Lowestoft<br />

as well as the museum’s attractions; a great end to the<br />

year’s festivities.<br />

eatransportmuseum.co.uk/events<br />

9-10 December<br />

Tranmer House, Sutton Hoo, Woodbridge IP12 3DJ<br />

Can you return a mysterious object to its rightful place in<br />

an exciting new escape game at Sutton Hoo? Complete<br />

challenges along the way, including solving real early<br />

medieval riddles to unlock the secrets of the past. Can<br />

you complete the task in one hour to return an object<br />

formerly belonging to King Raedelwulf?<br />

nationaltrust.org.uk/sutton-hoo<br />

For more event listings in your county<br />

visit www.eastlife.co.uk/events/<br />

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