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Life’s great outdoors! What to do & where to go this summer

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O matter what the weather may throw at us, we’re in the midst of the summer holiday season now and that means making the most of the opportunity to be outdoors in the fresh air and (hopefully!) sunshine. With that thought firmly front-of-mind, this issue is full of ideas on how best to spend your time out and about in our lovely Nene region. On p13 begins a special summer line-up of some of the venues and events that are on our doorstep, in the hope that we can entice you to do something different this month. And on p24 we throw the spotlight on the picturesque village of Wadenhoe – nestled on the banks of the Nene, it really is a lovely place for a wander with family or friends, and full of history too. Also with a proud heritage is Boughton House, known as the ‘English Versailles’ for very good reason – p39 previews an exhibition of this remarkable garden and comes highly recommended. Still on the twin subjects of inspiration and the great outdoors, on p17 angler Miles Davies shares his passion for fishing on the River Nene and other local waters, whilst on p36 we look at the cheerful, colourful work of Charron Pugsley-Hill, who has spent a year as artistin-residence with the Nene Park Trust. Along with all our regular favourites – fashion, food and drink, health and beauty – we’re also wishing a very happy birthday this month to the Peterborough Beer Festival which has reached the milestone of 40 increasingly-successful years. If you’re heading to the Embankment for the Bank Holiday weekend, have a great time… and cheers!

Gillian Bendall Editor INCORPORATING


5 Upfront

Essentials and accessories for summer days at the seaside

7, 9, 10 News & Notes

Helping you make the most of living locally

13 Life’s great outdoors!

Fresh new ideas for al fresco fun, entertainment and eating

27 Beer Festival is 40!

The city’s celebration of favourite brews marks its own special birthday this month

36 Nene People: Charron Pugsley-Hill Meet the artist whose mission is to unleash the creativity in us all

28 Food & Drink 17 Have a go

Nene angler Miles Davies on his lifetime love of fishing

How the Cherry House at Werrington is keeping things fresh, plus a new fish and chip shop for you to try, and a tasty side dish from our friends at Riverford

21 Fashion: summer breeze 31 Welcome to Flawless Body A dress will always be a girl’s best friend for summer

24 Down by the riverside

Wadenhoe’s setting by the Nene makes it a destination for all to enjoy

An introduction to Stamford’s new centre for beauty

32 Health & Beauty

The latest tips on looking good and feeling great

Editor Gillian Bendall Write to Nene Living, PO Box 208, Stamford, PE9 9FY Advertisement Manager Bridget Steele 01733 707538 Head of Design Steven Handley Designer Sarah Compton Advertising Copy Rachel Beecroft 01780 765320 Publisher Nicholas Rudd-Jones 01780 765571 Published by Local Living Ltd, PO Box 208, Stamford, PE9 9FY Printed by Warners of Bourne


39 Day Out: Boughton celebrates Previewing an exhibition that celebrates one of the most remarkable gardens in England

41 A Hull of a day out

Explore the UK’s 2017 City of Culture

45 Out & About

August events you simply mustn’t miss

COVER: Make the most of the great outdoors this month. Photo courtesy of Bigstock Wadenhoe photo: David Phillips


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NEWS & NOTES Helping you make the most of Nene living

Healthcare for women


HE female body is quite phenomenal. Apart from the subtle differences between the male and female physiological make up, the female body undergoes some significant changes and stresses over the course of a lifetime. However, accompanying this miracle make up, that allows us to reproduce and continue the cycle of life, are a myriad health concerns, complaints and complications that see most women needing to visit a GP or specialist at some point in their lives. There are many reasons for the increase in demand for female health services, from the improved profile of some conditions, better knowledge and education to external influences (such as intentional delays to starting a family) that are seeing a rise in demand for infertility treatment. This is being seen and felt by health professionals around the world. We’ve also seen improvements in medicine that have resulted in an increase in demand for menopause treatment services, proving that the support for female health extends beyond those ‘baby-bearing’ years. Hany Elmadbouh, lead consultant at private healthcare facility Avicenna Clinic in Peterborough comments: “I think that there is an increase in demand for health services generally. We’re living longer, have a better understanding of illnesses and conditions and are more open to getting help than we have been before. However, there are certain areas where I am seeing a marked increase in the number of patients; gynaecology and fertility in particular. “We are fortunate enough to have some of the country’s top

consultants working at the clinic: Alka Prakash, one of the leading consultants in fertility, Aparna Gumma, whose expertise covers menstrual disorders and menopause, among many others, and Bruce Ramsay who is known in particular for his expertise with endometriosis. “Many of the conditions women come to see us for see them living in a great deal of discomfort day-to-day. Having access to a range of consultants, and the ability to be seen, diagnosed and have a treatment plan agreed all in one day has a huge impact on their lives, both physically and mentally.” Step aside ‘Girl Power’, what we have here is ‘Girl Empowered’! There’s no doubt, the female body is a marvellous thing. And it’s reassuring to see that the increase in demand, and indeed support, for female health services is so apparent. • To find out more about Avicenna Clinic and the range of services on offer, visit or call 0330 202 0597 for more information or to book an appointment.

Holidays and days out by coach


ID you know what a wide range of coach holidays is available today? Accommodation can range from budget style right up to five star hotels. There are tours to suit every pocket but the one thing they all have in common is excellent value! Nowadays, travelling by coach is probably the most convenient and comfortable way to go anywhere. You can just sit back, relax and enjoy the ride, watching the world go by from the panoramic windows. And setting off on a coach holiday with local coach travel specialist Shaws Coaches just couldn’t be easier – they even come and collect you from your door. Their new Autumn/ Spring brochure features a superb selection of resort-based and scenic holidays and short breaks, including some lovely autumn colours tours and some great Christmas shopping weekends. It’s also easy to have a super, stress-free day out when you book a Shaws day tour. Their new Summer/Autumn day tour brochure includes a huge choice of destinations suitable for all ages and including some special family attractions for the school summer holidays and top West End shows, like 42nd Street and An American in Paris, from only £59 per person. • For a free copy of Shaws Coaches’ latest Door-2-Door Holiday and Out&About day out brochures call 01778 342224, email or visit the website



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NEWS & NOTES Citizens Advice Peterborough is spreading the word about scams to help stop more people across the city from being conned. The charity is taking part in Scams Awareness Month, a campaign encouraging people to report and talk about scams. The campaign comes as national Citizens Advice reveals a 17 per cent increase in people being scammed after purchasing ‘phantom goods’ – cars, flights, furniture, jewellery and cameras – online, which turn out not to exist. • Get advice on an offer you’ve had, or find out how you can get your money back if you’ve been scammed, from the Citizens Advice consumer service: 03454 040506. Report scams or suspected scams to Action Fraud: 0300 123 2040.

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Keep dogs and children safe this summer


VERY year there is an increase in the number of children being bitten by dogs during the summer. In some cases it’s obvious why summer sees a peak in dog bites; children are outside more when it’s warm and dry, as are dogs, but did you know that it’s not usually the children’s family dog that’s most likely to bite a child? In fact it’s your children’s friends’ dog, or the child’s grandparent’s dog. And it’s easy to understand why this might be if we take time to think carefully. Dogs that are not so used to the hustle and bustle of family life are much more likely to have a shorter fuse when they are in that situation. During the summer break, children often stay with extended family, and often for longer periods than at any other time. It’s also worth noting that just because a dog likes children it doesn’t mean there is no risk of a bite; bites are not always a result of an aggressive or angry interaction. Over-excitement and inappropriate play are just as likely to result in a bite as touching a dog whilst he is eating his chew. The key to keeping little ones safe around dogs is to manage the situation carefully. If you are not able to clearly see a dog and the child together, then separate them. Prepare the dog for this by getting him used to settling alone in a room or dog crate with a tasty chew before the children come. In many cases he will thank you for some quiet ‘down time’. Join us at Wood Green for a free, interactive and informative family dog safety workshop, a must for anyone either living with a dog or looking to live with a dog in the future. Separate workshops for adults and children include talking dog language, staying safe at home and out and about, having fun with your dog plus hands on dog training (children’s workshop only). Visit for more information and dates. Wood Green The Animals Charity offers a free advice service for dogs and cats. If you would like behaviour or training advice for your pet call 01480 830014 ext 1281.

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NEWS & NOTES Making Tax Digital for Business Kerry Hilliard of Stephenson Smart Chartered Accountants explains how extensive changes to the way taxpayers record and report income to HMRC, which are being introduced under a project called Making Tax Digital for Business (MTD), could affect you.


HESE reforms will bring the tax system into line with what businesses and individuals now expect from other online service providers: a modern digital experience. It aims to make tax administration more effective, more efficient and easier for taxpayers. MTD is to be introduced in stages. Sole traders, partnerships and landlords with annual turnover above the VAT threshold (currently £85,000) will need to comply with the requirements of MTD from April 2018. If your turnover is below the VAT threshold but above £10,000 you will need to comply from April 2019 – companies will not come within MTD until April 2020. The government has decided how the general principles of MTD will work. The requirements will be to: • Maintain records digitally • Report summary information to HMRC at least quarterly • Make an ‘End of Year’ declaration. This will be similar to the online submission of a selfassessment tax return but may need to be submitted earlier than a tax return. Businesses and landlords will be required to use accounting software to maintain their records and to submit to HMRC. Those affected have the option to make the necessary submissions through their accountant who will be able to offer advice on software and other reporting requirements. • For more information and advice on personal and business taxation please contact Stephenson Smart on 01733 343275 or go to



Photography day Local photography group Photography In Focus will be hosting a day of photography at Thorpe Hall this month. Bringing together models, dancers, exhibitions, stalls, presentations, guest speakers and much more, it will give everyone interested in photography something to photograph and at the same time raise money for the Sue Ryder Hospice. • The event will be held on Sunday 13 August at Thorpe Hall, 222 Thorpe Rd, Peterborough PE3 6LW from 10.30am to 4.30pm, entry fee £5. For more information, visit Day of Photography on Facebook.

A record 165 delegates attended Rawlinsons’ recent annual charity conference. The full-day event, now in its seventh year, encouraged charities to think about how they tell their story and demonstrate the great work that they do. It also featured a series of speakers and breakout sessions, addressing a range of issues relevant to the charitable sector such as fundraising and volunteer management. Rawlinsons’ partner Mark Jackson said: “Peterborough has a thriving charity sector, from small community-based groups to the big household names – which is one of the reasons this annual event is always so well supported.”


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Life’s great outdoors! Make the most of summer with these fresh ideas for al fresco fun,entertainment and eating


Productions at Kilworth House Theatre have, from their very beginning 10 years ago, been acclaimed as the best outside the West End of London. The stage is set in a beautiful wooded glade close to the lake in the grounds of this grand South Leicestershire house – even bad weather won’t spoil the atmosphere as the padded seats are protected from the elements by canopies. From 16 August to 17 September audiences can enjoy Top Hat – a dazzling Broadway classic suitable for all ages. Tickets are going fast – for availability and more information call 01858 881939 or see

VEN in the midst of summer, the most cynical among us might baulk at the prospect of booking tickets for an outdoor show or planning an al fresco get-together with family and friends. This August, however, we urge you to throw all caution to the wind – there are simply so many good opportunities to enjoy time outdoors! – and get yourself to one of the many lovely venues and events that we have on our doorstep here in the Nene region. Pack a Mac if you must… but do make a date to do something different outdoors this month!


For outdoor theatre at its very best, visit beautiful Tolethorpe Hall where the Stamford Shakespeare Company’s annual season of plays continues this month and features the bard’s funniest comedy, Much Ado About Nothing plus Harold Brighouse’s hilarious classic from the cobbles of Lancashire, Hobson’s Choice – both performed on the famous open air stage. Dining or picnic options are available and you can book tickets and get more information on 01780 763203 or at

Magic comes to Flag Fen on 24 August when Chapterhouse Theatre Company presents an all-new production of Peter Pan, by special arrangement with Samuel French and in support of Great Ormond Street Hospital Children’s Charity. Join Wendy, Michael and John Darling on their adventures with Peter, far away on the magical island of Neverland where they encounter enchanting mermaids, magical fairies and the cruellest pirate of them all, Captain Hook. You’ll find details at

MUSIC Performing in the walled gardens of Deene Park on 25 August, The FB Pocket Orchestra takes listeners back to the hot jazz, blues, ragtime and popular dances of the 1920s, ‘30s and before. Bring a picnic or buy something there… just pack something to sit on. For ticket information call 07561 820828 or log on to

The all-male cast of The HandleBards – a troupe of cycling actors who carry on their bicycles all of the necessary set, props and costume to perform ‘extremely energetic, charmingly chaotic and environmentally sustainable’ Shakespeare plays across the globe – will be presenting A Midsummer Night’s Dream at Deene Park (just off the A43, between Stamford and Corby) on 3 August. Gates open at 6pm so there’s plenty of time to enjoy a picnic before the performance begins… for details see

Now in its sixth year, The Green Meadows Festival is a friendly gathering for friends and families, offering three days of on-site camping, a wide variety of performances, live music and DJs in multiple areas. It takes place 11-13 August at Elton Hall near Oundle and you’ll find information at



Life’s great outdoors! Birdfair, the leading event of its kind in the world, takes place 18-20 August; jointly organised by the Leicestershire & Rutland Wildlife Trust and the RSPB and held on the shores of Rutland Water, this is the event of the year for anyone interested in birds and wildlife. Expect hundreds of trade stands, plus events and lectures hosted by celebrity regulars Chris Packham, Simon King, Steve Backshall, Bill Oddie, David Lindo and many more. See for information.

NATURE Get a taste of ‘life on the veg’ when organic farm Riverford opens its gates to the public for the latest in its series of summer walks on 23 August. The walk takes place between 5pm and 7pm and is followed by a picnic-style meal of pies and salads, freshly made by a Riverford chef. David Simpson, who helps to run the farm at Sacrewell, says the walks are a chance to experience the farm at its best. “During summer, the farm is alive with activity and it’s the one time of the year when we plant, pick and sow crops all at once – it’s quite a sight. Because our produce is organic, guests will be able to taste our crops straight off the stalk.” It’s also a chance to see the diversity of wildlife at the farm, says David. “Sacrewell is home to a number of rare and endangered species. Butterflies brown argus and small heath have both been spotted on our farm, as have the birds reed buntings and yellowhammers. We also have flourishing communities of skylarks and lapwings, despite their levels declining nationally.” To book your place, call 01803 227426 or visit Enjoy the beauty of Ferry Meadows and support the work of both YMCA Cambridgeshire & Peterborough and the Nene Park Trust by participating in WalkEasy 2017. Taking place on 13 August, the fundraising challenge aims to increase awareness of the benefits that physical exercise can have on our health, taking small steps to make a big difference to the lives of young people in our community. The event involves walking as many laps as possible around a set course at Ferry Meadows within a 12-hour period. Groups of families or friends are invited to participate and the route will include various challenges and activities. Sign up at

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Entry for adults is £15, under 16s £5 and under 5s go free. On top of entry costs, YMCA is also encouraging participants to raise money themselves and all funds raised will be shared jointly between YMCA for the provision of mental health services for young people in schools, and Nene Park Trust to maintain Ferry Meadows and conserve green space for the local community to enjoy.



FOOD AND DRINK We’re so fortunate to have some great outdoor eating venues in our region, whether you want to let someone else do all the hard work for you, or simply decamp to somewhere different for a DIY dinner with friends and family. Fotheringhay’s picturesque Falcon Inn offers Summer Sunday BBQs (above) – gourmet bbqs and delicious pizzas from its wood-fired oven – from 5.30-8pm until early September. These are hugely popular events, so booking is strongly recommended; call 01832 226254 or see

In the city centre, Charters Bar is a favourite for those who love ‘proper’ beer and live entertainment. Reputed to be the largest floating real ale bar in Britain, it also boasts what’s said to be the largest beer garden in Peterborough (above) plus a 100-seater, Pan-Asian restaurant, East. Wander along to Charters Bar’s lovely riverside setting and see for yourself, or whet your appetite at

At Ferry Meadows, Lakeside Kitchen & Bar offers high quality, locally-sourced food (think Grasmere meat and Hambleton Bakery breads and you’ll get the idea!), all with spectacular views of Gunwade Lake. Owner Raj Regmi hopes to organise some Thusday night music sessions for August – to check on these and for more details on this lovely venue, call 01733 233218 or log on to If you’re happy to do the cooking yourself, there are plenty of barbeque areas at Ferry Meadows, where you’ll find fabulous new BBQ shelves on one end of some of the picnic benches. Painted in heat-resistant red (which means they’re visible, and the benches don’t get burnt!), each shelf is retractable so it’s in-keeping with the landscape. There’s no charge for their use and they operate on a first-come-first-served basis – just take your own charcoal bbq (gasfired versions are not allowed), food and utensils and remember to take your rubbish home afterwards. For more information call Visitor Services on 01733 234193 or see And if you want to get the kids further hooked on al fresco fare, how about booking them onto one of the Nene Park Trust’s Campfire Cooking for Kids sessions? Your youngsters will be shown how to use basic bushcraft techniques to light a fire without using matches and will then have a go at cooking and eating some simple campfire recipes. Two sessions take place on 5 August at Ferry Meadows Country Park, and children must be accompanied by an adult (maximum of three children per adult). Find out more on 01733 234193 or at

CINEMA Romantic musical La La Land was a smash hit when it was released last year and won every category it was nominated for at the Golden Globe Awards, plus five British Academy Film Awards. Enjoy a fresh air viewing at Boughton House, Geddington (above), on 12 August courtesy of Luna Flix Outdoor Cinema. The same firm also presents the 1993 hit Jurassic Park at Stanwick Lakes near Wellingborough (above right) on 25 August – for details of both screenings log on to

Stamford’s newest outdoor cinema – at The Bull & Swan at Burghley – presents a month of Leonardo DiCaprio films every Thursday this August, to include Titanic, Catch Me If You Can, The Beach, The Great Gatsby and Blood Diamond. The new kitchen garden area (right) at the back of this popular hostelry is fabulous; sit back and relax with a movie and hand-made pizza from the Pizza Potting Shed, which opens from 6pm. Best of all, there’s no admission fee – just arrive early to claim your seat! Call 01780 766412 or for more details log on to NENE LIVING AUGUST 2017


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The Nene,from my angle Miles Davies on his lifetime love of fishing…


T is supposed to be one of the country’s most popular pastimes, though as I sit here alone by the river, with only a very friendly robin for company, I could be forgiven for thinking I was the only one alive. It is just before 6.30 am on 16 June, and I have excitedly waited nearly three months for this day, the start of the new river fishing season. The season runs from now until 14 March next year and my patience, waiting for today to arrive, has been beginning to wane for a few weeks now. The fire in the belly that is the pursuit of angling came for me, like many other anglers, from childhood. We would spend much of our school holidays dangling small pieces of bread on hook and line from bridges and fallen tree stumps, using garden canes as rods, in the hunt for small minnows in the local brook. The electric shock of excitement as one of us hooked ‘a monster’ would keep us amused and out of our mother’s hair for hours at a time. Of course 30-something years ago, the words ‘mobile’, ‘tablet’ and ‘games console’ were not

in my, or any of my friends’, vocabulary. And so den building, tree climbing and fishing were our main options when we were told to ‘go out and play’. Realising that times have changed from the point of view of technology, as my 12-yearold regularly tells me, I know it is difficult to lure children away from the aforementioned. I do, however, still feel that the fun and excitement of angling is available for all to enjoy. In recent times, clever tackle manufacturers have pieced together more affordable starter outfits to encourage people to take up fishing, especially children. It is now possible to get a rod and reel set for as little as £9.99 and a cantilever tackle box containing everything that a newcomer would need – hooks, floats, weights and more – for around £25. The great thing about this is that once a child has a tackle box, they can use pocket money to top it up with a pack of hooks or a new float from one of the many tackle shops in the area. It wasn’t until I was at a suitable doubledigit age, about 13, that my parents let me

drift further afield to wet a line. Growing up in Barnwell near Oundle allowed me to visit the country park there, and in doing so opened my eyes to the amazing amount of wildlife right on our doorsteps. Angling is a wonderful pursuit, but aside from the fishing, it also teaches us about the world around us. Sitting quietly, for even short periods, the budding young angler will, without doubt, observe the intricacies and the drama of nature in its most wondrous form. The Nene Valley is rich in fishing venues, be these still water or the River Nene itself. A day ticket for Barnwell Country Park, for example, is only £3 if the angler is aged between 12 and 16 years, and free if under 12 years. A rod licence is required for adults and children over 12 years, though the child’s one is free. Many fisheries offer concessions and by talking to other anglers or the bailiff themselves, information can be gleaned on the best places to visit, ensuring at least a few fish are caught, memories are made and that fire in the belly burns ever stronger.







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Trends may come and go, but a pretty dress will always be a girl’s best friend in the summer months. This season there’s an abundance of beautiful floral prints and cool linen dresses to choose from… Sally Stillingfleet finds plenty of inspiration in our local stores PHOTOGRAPHY: ELLI DEAN

Joyce wears floral print shirt-dress £89, White Vanilla, with Lisa Kay coral bag, £60, Marcia May Shoes.

Joyce wears Masai dress, £89, White Vanilla, with yellow Indi & Cold bag, £60, Attic

Annemarie wears linen Sandwich dress, £105, and scarf from a selection, both Asha’s Attire

Annemarie wears floral stretch wrap dress, £59.99, Diversity Boutique; Spanish Sisters earrings, £55, Attic



Joyce wears Blueberry floral shift dress, £105, Asha’s Attire, with lime scarf, £25, Attic

Annemarie wears Sandwich dress, £105, beneath Thought floral jacket, £75, both Asha’s Attire

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Annemarie wears Oasis coral dress, £48 John Lewis and Oasis, over Esprit cream jeans, £45, Attic

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Down by the riverside


Wadenhoe’s setting by the River Nene makes it a picturesque destination for all the family


HE Nene valley is full of hidden gems, but Wadenhoe shines brighter than most. This unspoilt village is well off the beaten track, on the road to nowhere. It is approached by two country lanes but both lead to dead ends by the Nene. Once in Wadenhoe, all roads lead to the river. It is no surprise that the river is the centre of all activities here. It’s a popular destination for boat owners, canoeists, anglers and swimmers, along with folk who simply enjoy being by the waterside. And there is no better place to do that than the grassy paddock of the village pub, where the Nene laps against the gnarled waterside willows and you can watch the antics of the boaters negotiating the nearby lock. Ten years ago, the King’s Head at Wadenhoe was named Britain’s best riverside pub by the Sunday Times. A decade on, it is more popular than ever. Besides enjoying an unrivalled setting, the 17th-century thatched pub also offers excellent home-cooked food, thanks to chef Alex Edwards. He was in charge of the kitchen ten years ago and these days, along with partners Beth Hudson and David Porter, he runs the pub. “We’re not part of a chain and we aren’t backed by investors in suits, which makes us a rare breed these days,” he says proudly. “We’re independent and we offer good, honest food and drink for locals and visitors.” The pub is open for drinkers all day every day, with food served from 12 midday to 2pm,



and 6pm to 9pm. Diners can choose from a restaurant, two cosy bars and two outside patio areas, including a terrace overlooking the river. Over the bank holiday weekend (August 2628) the pub is holding its annual beer festival, with local ales and ciders. Regular offerings include award-winning beers from Digfield Ales, brewed by the Nene less than two miles downstream, at Lilford Lodge. Weekly special events at the King’s Head include steak nights on Fridays. The pub is dog-friendly and offers free moorings on the river for customers as long as they dine at the pub. It is said that Royalist troops stayed overnight here in June 1645 en route to the fateful Battle of Naseby in the English Civil War, which is why the pub was later named the King’s Head, after the unfortunate King Charles I who lost his own head as well as his throne. The pub, like the rest of the village, is steeped in history. Wadenhoe Church enjoys a dramatic setting, atop the steep hill that overlooks both the village and the river and its large flood meadows. Unlike neighbouring villages with their ornate and soaring spires, the church of St Michael and All Angels has a squat Norman tower and saddleback roof, looking for all the world as though it has been transported from rural France to its setting in the Northamptonshire countryside. But Wadenhoe had been a village long before the Normans arrived here nearly 1,000 years ago. The name means Wada’s Point, a Saxon

name referring to the spur of land above the river, and Wada was probably the Saxon lord of the manor. His home was a wooden fort atop the same hill as the church, which probably replaced an earlier Saxon place of worship. In the graveyard, close to the tower, is a stonetopped grave believed to be that of a teenage girl who died in Saxon times. Inside the church is an ornate marble memorial tablet to the local squire, Thomas Hunt, and his new bride, Caroline Isham, daughter of the rector of Polebrook. They were murdered by bandits while on honeymoon in Italy in 1824. The estate was later inherited by the Rt Hon George Ward-Hunt, who was Chancellor of the Exchequer in Disraeli’s government in 1868. Ward-Hunt liked to escape to his country pile at Wadenhoe House at weekends, where he entertained lavishly. Unfortunately, on one occasion he returned to London for a Budget only to discover that he had left his red despatch box of papers back in Wadenhoe, which caused great embarrassment at the time and is the reason why to this day Chancellors of the Exchequer hold their red despatch box aloft prior to a Budget – to show that, unlike hapless George Ward-Hunt, they haven’t forgotten it. Ward-Hunt also had the world’s first village post office built in Wadenhoe, with a new-fangled telegraph installed to keep him informed of affairs of state while he was relaxing in his stately pile. Although the old post

office is now a private residence, the original enamel plaque stating ‘Postal Telegraph Office’ is still on the wall. The Ward-Hunts were the squires for many generations and owned most of the village. The last of the line, another George and his wife Edna, had no direct heirs and in 1981 set up the Wadenhoe Trust – a charitable trust whose objectives include preserving the unique character of the village. The Trust owns and rents out most of the cottages and business properties in the village, including Wadenhoe House itself, which today is venue to weddings, conferences and most recently a spa. A generation ago, the majority of the adult male population of the village worked on local farms. But like most villages, Wadenhoe has seen enormous social change. Today, most of the former farm buildings have been converted into business premises. TIME FOR TEA Among these is the Old Barn Tea Room which, as its name suggests, is situated in an old threshing barn, at the top of Mill Lane. It has been run for the last five years by mother and daughter Sylvia and Andrea Neal, who have won widespread acclaim for their home-made cakes. There are always 12 different cakes on offer – ranging from perennial favourites like coffee and walnut and lemon drizzle through to more exotic offerings like honeycomb and caramel. A local favourite is traditional Victorian boiled fruit cake. Gluten-free cakes are always on offer, along with tasty scones and buns.

The Old Barn is open from 9.30am to 5pm, seven days a week, and also serves up cooked breakfasts and lunches, which are enormously popular with cyclists, walkers and the swimmers who bathe in the Nene most mornings – even in the depth of winter! The Old Barn also offers an outside seating area and a small garden centre, selling mainly shrubs, fruit trees and perennials. “We also specialise in luxury cream teas and special events, like themed evenings,” says Andrea. “For example we are having an Italian Night in August and a Spanish Night in September.” Of all the visitors to the village, it is probably the walking parties that are the most numerous. Wadenhoe is where the two most important long-distance footpaths, the Nene Way and the Lyveden Way, intersect. But the village itself also has a wealth of walking opportunities, with public access to many of the riverside meadows as well as a delightful footpath across the valley to neighbouring Achurch. Lyveden New Bield and Fermyn Woods are within walking distance of the village, too. IN THE PICTURE Another popular business in Wadenhoe is Image Exclusive, a photographic studio with a very modern take on family portraits. It was set up five years ago by Richard Stanfield and has grown to the stage where he now employs a team of seven photographers, editors and designers. “Our main focus is family portraits, but with a cutting-edge, design-led style,” says Richard.

“What we produce is artwork, with longevity in mind.” They achieve that with stunning printing techniques and materials, exclusive to the company. This includes printing on aluminium and stunning chrome-plated framing for their wall hangings. Richard has set up a comfortable viewing room so that would-be clients can see examples of their work before their studio session. He has been in the industry for 21 years and spent many years working in Peterborough city centre but has no regrets moving to Wadenhoe. Richard says the businesses based in the village work well together, with his clients visiting the nearby tea room and pub, while staff at those establishments recommend his work. “Wadenhoe isn’t just a pretty village – it’s a great place to work and run a business,” he says. It’s a sentiment shared by all who live, work and visit here. • King’s Head, Church Street, Wadenhoe PE8 5ST. 01832 720024. www.; Old Barn Tea Room, Mill Lane, Wadenhoe PE8 5XD. 01832 721129.; Image Exclusive Ltd, Home Farm Close, Wadenhoe PE8 5TE. 01832 720700. David Phillips lives in Wadenhoe and is the author of The River Nene From Source To Sea, the definitive book on the river. It is available in paperback or Kindle format on Amazon.



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Beer festival is 40!

Big things are happening in the world of beer hereabouts, and there’s no better place to catch up on developments than at the Peterborough Beer Festival, which this year celebrates a big birthday. Jonathan Craymer reports


OR five days this month, Peterborough’s Embankment will once again be transformed into beer heaven. But this year there’ll be a few notable additions. For starters, it’s the 40th year in which the Campaign for Real Ale (CAMRA) will have staged the event in our city; and to celebrate this some opening times will be extended, enabling visitors to enjoy a truly memorable August Bank Holiday weekend. The event is open to the public from the evening of Tuesday 22 until Saturday 26 August, with later opening on both the Friday and Saturday until 11.30pm. What’s new in 2017? The organisers hope this year to feature – hang on a moment, isn’t this a beer festival? – a Gin Bar! This will complement the usual array of 400-plus real ales, 80plus ciders and perries, English wines and continental bottled beers. Karl Simpson of the organising committee told me: “The beers list is never quite finalised until the last few days. Some brews are shortlisted and ordered but are simply not available at the time of the festival. Every year I try to crowdsource ideas on Facebook and Twitter to see what people want, and we always follow up on good ideas and leads. “One of the fun things about real ale is the variety, and the beer festival is a great opportunity to introduce different brews from many parts of the UK that you might not have heard of before. We source most through our distributor Small Beer, although we do have a number of brewery bars that return each year. You can guarantee there will be beers from Adnams, Nene Valley, Oakham, Salopian and Digfield amongst many others. Last year we had over 120 different breweries represented.” As regulars to the festival will know, entertainment is a major part of the fun. As in previous years each of the five evenings at the event will feature (mostly) live music and on the Saturday there’ll be bands in the afternoon too. An Open Mic night has been organised on the first evening for the past

five years, and this has proved extremely popular. “There’s some amazing talent from the Peterborough area and it’s great to see them on a big stage. And on Wednesday this year we’ll have a DJ/Vinyl night for the first time ever.” So, will this be the best festival yet? “We certainly hope so,” grinned Karl. “We’re hoping for a great attendance this year with it being our big four-o. PBF has been held in great affection by residents of the city for many years now, in large part due to the number of local unpaid volunteers who staff it. “Our social media is filled with messages from people telling us it’s their favourite annual event and they genuinely look forward to it. Also to many it signals the last big event of the summer as it finishes on the last Bank Holiday, so it does have a bit of an end-of summer, if slightly bittersweet, party vibe. “The banner over the entrance for many years proclaims PBF is ‘the biggest, the brightest and the best’, which is effectively our motto. We may not actually be the biggest in terms of numbers through the gate – that accolade goes to the Great British Beer Festival (GBBF) at London Olympia. Nor do we stock the 1000-plus beers you might find at Nottingham. “However, Peterborough is one of the pioneers of the CAMRA beer festival culture, and we are still the largest outdoor site. The Embankment is an amazingly picturesque setting with the Cathedral and the River Nene in the background. The atmosphere during the day is relaxed and chilled but in the evening, it comes alive with the sounds of noisy conversation, laughter and music. There’s just something about the festival experience held under giant marquees that you don’t get when you’re inside a building. We are also a very family- and dog-friendly festival, with on-site security staff monitoring all areas.” • Daily admission times and charges vary. To check these and other details, visit NENE LIVING AUGUST 2017


FOOD & DRINK Keepings things fresh The face of Peterborough’s food scene changes almost weekly, but one restaurant has been wowing diners for more than two decades…


HE Cherry House at Werrington has been under the control of Chef/Patron Andrew Corrick since 1994, yet is still capable of surprise. Andrew perfected his craft at some of the big-name London hotels, including The Mandarin Oriental on Knightsbridge, and is now back in the engine room of the kitchen creating some amazing dishes that live up to the restaurant’s tag of ‘fine British with a nod to classic French’. The Cherry House offers a fortnightly-changing Table d’Hote menu (extremely good value at £27.95 per person) with fresh local ingredients served in the 70-cover dining room of a 400-year-old Grade II listed thatched cottage. Diners can choose from six starter and six main courses, with at least one vegetarian option in each. There are six desserts or a course

of fine French and English cheeses followed by coffee and hand-made petits fours. There is a separate three-course Sunday lunch menu changing each month and if you are a wine lover, you can peruse a list carrying approximately 50 carefully selected wines. The Cherry House is a stunningly pretty restaurant: wisteria lining the front, thatched roof, low beamed ceilings and beautiful garden areas in which to enjoy a pre-dinner aperitif with excellent food to match. Located just three and a half miles from the city centre, The Cherry House feels like a million miles away. • The Cherry House at Werrington, 125 Church Street, Werrington, PE4 6QF. 01733 571721. www.

Bean and ham bundles with roasted tomatoes and tarragon Serves 4. Prep: 15 minutes; cook: 35 minutes Serve with new potatoes and summer herb-roasted chicken. • 12 cherry tomatoes, halved crossways • Olive oil • 400g green beans, topped and tailed • 8 slices air-dried ham – prosciutto, parma, serrano • A little oil for frying • Large knob of butter, approx 50g • 1tbsp lemon juice • 1tbsp chopped tarragon • Put the tomatoes on a baking tray. Drizzle with a little olive oil and season. Roast at 180°C for 30 minutes, until sticky. • Meanwhile, cook the beans in a pan of salted boiling water until tender but still with a squeak to them (approx 4-5 minutes). • Refresh in a bowl of cold water, then drain. • Divide the beans into eight similar-sized bundles. • Lay out a slice of ham. Place a bundle of beans on top. Wrap the ham over, rolling until the beans are tightly wrapped. Repeat with the other bundles. • Heat a little oil in a large frying pan. Fry until the ham is crisp (you can do this in batches and keep them warm in the oven if you don’t have room to do them all together). • Remove from the pan. Add the butter and melt. Stir in the roasted tomatoes, lemon juice and tarragon. • Check the seasoning and drizzle over the beans to serve.

Supafish: living up to its name


’ve always loved fish and chips,” says William Li of Supafish in Wittering, “and owning a fish and chip shop has long been an ambition of mine. Serving customers and seeing them enjoying their meal is very rewarding.” With years of experience in catering, William, originally from Hong Kong, and his wife Ping, from Malaysia, have a great value menu with dishes freshly cooked using fish from sustainable sources. Keen to be involved in community projects – they sponsor the local football team – they welcome party orders and the arrival of new picnic tables makes eating out a family-friendly occasion. • Supafish, 11B Townsend Road, Wittering PE8 6AB. 01780 782259.



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In the blood Fitness and nutrition advice is often complicated and fragmented; food groups that were vilified one day are ‘superfoods’ the next; and the workout craze of the moment often disappears just as quickly as it appeared. If you’re looking to shape up, build muscle or eat a little healthier, you may like to consider a Weight and Wellness Workshop run by Wendy Richards of SWAMI (stands for So What Am I?).

Pure massage I was invited along to meet Jennifer Humphreys at Pure Health and Beauty in Glapthorn – Jennifer specialises in Manual Lymphatic Drainage Massage (MLD) that incorporates Craniosacral Therapy. She has just moved to the area from London where she worked in a clinic specialising in massage. Jennifer explained: “I bring two treatments together that will aim to balance the body and bring about wellbeing, enabling the body to heal itself by encouraging lymphatic drainage and relieving the body of toxins.” The massage itself was gentle and deeply relaxing as Jennifer worked methodically over my body. It is quite different from any massage I’ve had before as she taps her fingers using only minimal pressure, sharing with me any areas of concern that are picked up through her hands. After the treatment my head and neck felt lighter as the tensions of the day had been massaged away. Jennifer says this bespoke holistic treatment is suitable for all, including babies, and she has even treated horses with excellent results. She will be available at Pure Health and Beauty on Wednesdays. As an introductory offer she will be charging £45 for an hour’s treatment during August – after that, the full price will be £55. • Contact Pure Health and Beauty, The Old Stables, Church Farm, Glapthorn Near Oundle PE8 5BE for a session. 07792 512138.

August holiday special Robyn Kazimierow has joined the team of therapists at Pure Health and Beauty in Glapthorn. She brings with her a wealth of experience, having previously worked at M&Arc in Peterborough and the Advanced Skin Clinic. Robyn specialises in electrolysis, which is permanent hair removal, as well as intimate waxing including Hollywood and Brazilian treatments carried out with a hot wax to ensure comfort during the treatment. The salon is offering 50 per cent off all Hollywood and Brazilian Waxing treatments booked with Robyn for the month of August. • For more information and appointments contact Jayne at Pure Health and Beauty, The Old Stables, Church Farm, Glapthorn, Near Oundle, PE8 5BE. 01832 272310 or 07714 627043.



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Charron Pugsley-Hill Sue Dobson meets the artist whose mission is to unleash the creativity in us all

Charron’s cheerful work is guaranteed to make the viewer smile

Above: Crying Swan, painted in response to the vandalism wrought on the Park in 2016 Above right: Spring, inspired by the Park waking up for the spring season Below: Persephone’s Bed – installation dressed in autumn and spring colours. The spring bed was set in a bluebell glade in Thorpe Wood


S artist-in-residence with the Nene Park Trust, Charron PugsleyHill is in her element. Her career until seven years ago was in wildlife and nature conservation, so spending a year at Ferry Meadows Country Park and combining her love of the natural world with her passion for helping people to unleash their own creativity “felt like coming home”. Bringing art into the Park wasn’t about sitting down and painting what she saw. Charron is not that kind of artist. For most of her life, she says, she didn’t ‘get’ art. “Much as I liked crafts, not being very good at drawing I didn’t think I could paint. Then I fell in love with one of Caroline Walker’s quirky cow paintings while we were on holiday in Cornwall and it suddenly dawned on me that I didn’t have to paint accurate representations; I could paint instinctively from my mind and heart. It inspired me to go out and buy big tubes of brightly-coloured acrylics and big canvasses and just paint what came into my head.” The result was her first wildflower meadow painting, a theme she enjoys expanding on in myriad ways and with her trademark wide, blue, swirly circle skies, Charron’s cheerful work is guaranteed to make the viewer smile. “I still work spontaneously. I don’t plan what I’m going to paint or the colours I’m going to use, I just let myself go and see what happens. It’s very exciting!” It’s this excitement she wants to pass on to others. “Creativity tends to get knocked out of us when we’re young, but it’s there in all of us and it


has been wonderful seeing the enjoyment that so many people have got out of the free workshops that artisan felter Eve Marshall and I have run over the past couple of years. There’s great pleasure in discovering a new skill and gaining in confidence as a result.” Taking the four seasons as her theme, for her residency at Ferry Meadows she wanted to “make people look and think differently about the Park” and she’s been thrilled and amazed at the public’s response to her walks, workshops, paintings and art installations there. The installation Persephone’s Bed, named after the Greek goddess associated with the seasons, garnered a lot of interest. Four times a year, for just one day, a big double bed, dressed in the colours of each season, was placed in different locations around the Park. People were invited to sit or lie on it and so see and experience their surroundings from a different perspective. “I thought maybe around 20 people would give it a try, but in fact there were over 80 participants for the autumn bed which was placed near the Visitor Centre. It was a bitterly cold and windy day when the winter bed appeared and its location near the lake was less appealing, but the spring and summer beds have been very popular. ‘Weird but cool’ was one of the responses!” Students from the Nene Park Academy spent a happy day wrapping felt around tree trunks and decorating it to create The Three Kings installation. “The bright colours – red, pink and multi-striped – meant they

Above; Autumn Gold, inspired by the trees in their autumn colours Right: The family-sized Long Tailed Tits’ Nest welcomes people to sit in it and learn about this bird’s habitat Below: Winter Washing – installation; Santa’s winter washing was strung between trees ... and, sadly, was stolen over Christmas Below right: Alone, Winter, painted in response to the black-headed gull Charron saw standing still for hours in the lake in winter

really stood out and looked amazing from a distance, hopefully drawing walkers towards them and Roman Point,” Charron says. In December, walkers were surprised to find three winter washing lines strung among the trees, each bearing a set of child-sized clothes for an elf, a fairy and Santa himself. “When we came to take them down after Christmas we found the Santa set had been stolen. When I put it out on Facebook, I got messages saying I was in good company – Banksy’s work gets stolen too!” she laughs. The extensive osier beds alongside the River Nene were the inspiration for The Birds Nests art installation using cut willow and created by rangers and volunteers at Nene Park. “They are family-sized representations of nests built by swans, long-tailed tits and blackbirds, three birds found in the Park, each one built in a completely different style. The idea is that families, groups or individuals will enjoy sitting in the nests while learning a little about the birds that create such structures.” Charron knows Nene Park well. “For many years my office was situated on the entrance road to Ferry Meadows and I’d walk through the Park from my home to work and back. I walked my dog there at lunchtime and weekends – and still do – and got to know many of the rangers and volunteers. I was even a board member of the Trust for a while, so being their first Artist-in-Residence is a big thrill. It’s as though I’m completing the circle of my work life.”

Thanks to funding from the Arts Council England, all her art activities, creative walks, workshops and events have been free to participants. An important part of an artist-in-residence programme is that the artist is given the time and opportunity to develop their own work. Through focussing on different aspects of the Park through the seasons, Charron’s use of colour and detail in her paintings has broadened. “Oranges and yellows had not been my go-to colours, but looking at the trees in autumn was so inspirational.” There’s a summer exhibition of her work at Ferry Meadows, when the huge blanket of flowers created during workshops in the Discovery Den will be on display, and last month she was heavily involved with a family art week there. Well known for her work commemorating the centenaries of significant people, places and events from the First World War – remember the brilliant Sky of Poppies installation at Queensgate Shopping Centre last year in memory of the Battle of the Somme? – Charron will be continuing with that theme into 2018 and beyond. This year is the centenary of the Battle of Passchendaele and when we met she was about to leave for Belgium to explore the area and paint her response. To celebrate the centenary of the end of The Great War she’s planning a major exhibition of her work in France or Belgium. Her year as artist-in-residence at Nene Park may be coming to an end, but Charron’s visions for the future are as vibrant and inventive as ever. NENE LIVING AUGUST 2017


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Boughton celebrates Boughton House opens its doors to the public this summer with an exhibition celebrating one of the most remarkable gardens in England. Sue Parslow takes a peek… The current Duke of Buccleuch with the 400-year-old book The Profitable Art of Gardening

“Vistas of vast extension” was the description of Boughton House by the 18th century antiquarian explorer William Stukeley

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UGUST is your chance to visit Boughton House, the so-called ‘English Versailles’, and this year’s key attraction is Vistas of Vast Extension, an exhibition showcasing the history of its stunning gardens. Spread out over 100 acres of intricately designed landscape, the garden at Boughton House, near Kettering, was the creation of Ralph, 1st Duke of Montagu and his son John. It’s a huge project of restoration by Ralph’s present day descendants, the Dukes of Buccleuch, and the exhibition promises to capture some of the thinking behind the garden’s creation as well as early aspects of the English love of plants and gardening. An array of objects from the Buccleuch Art Collection will illustrate how a love of gardens has inspired artists, musicians and writers over the centuries. Porcelain with painted floral decoration from the 1700s will sit alongside volumes of colour prints from which artists took their designs, together with poetry and musical scores by composers inspired by visions of pastoral romance. Watercolour plans and maps will illustrate the changing taste in gardens, from the Europeaninspired formal parterres to the more natural landscape that characterises the English garden. The present Duke, Richard, says: “Today, we

think that the craze for books and television programmes on gardening is something new, but 400 years ago Thomas Hill’s The Profitable Art of Gardening was answering just the same demand for practical knowledge from people like my ancestor Edward Montagu.” Visitors can see the 16th century manual for themselves – it offers helpful advice on everything from how to keep bees to laying out a maze! Other highlights are quirky objects like leather shoes worn by the pony that pulled the lawnmowers to prevent his hooves from marking grass, and the GPS satellite-guided mower now in use. Paul Boucher, the exhibition’s curator, says the cavernous Unfinished Wing is an ideal setting for the displays. He adds: “Above all, the visitor is able to step from studying the stories and plans from centuries past directly into Boughton’s huge gardens, to imagine for themselves why contemporaries like Daniel Defoe wrote that, even in Italy, he had never seen the like.” Property Manager Charles Lister says: “Whether you are a green-fingered expert or an amateur enthusiast there will be something to catch your attention and, as always, during the annual opening season there is an opportunity to make a day of it and explore what else Boughton has in store, and to take in some of the vast vistas that surround the house.”


The first Duke stayed at the palace of Versailles in the court of King Louis XIV and, inspired, returned home and remodelled his home in the French style, hence Boughton House is known as the ‘English Versailles’. The House has an impressive collection of paintings including El Greco, Gainsborough and Van Dyck, priceless furniture, porcelain, and tapestries.

BOUGHTON HOUSE AND GARDENS ARE OPEN 12PM-5PM DAILY, 1-31 AUGUST; LAST ENTRY AT 4PM Tickets to the garden exhibition, gardens, and armoury are: adults £6, children (aged five and over) £3, families (two adults and two children) £14. Buy tickets in advance by calling 01536 515731 or on a ‘first come, first served’ basis on the day from the gift shop in the Stableyard, where you’ll also find the tea room serving lunch and afternoon tea. Guided House tours begin daily at 1pm (last tour 3.30pm). The Great Hall Tour, plus entry to the gardens, armoury and garden exhibition costs £10 for adults, £8 for children, and £30 for families. The State Rooms tour is available for an extra £2 per person. • for more information on this summer’s events. NENE LIVING AUGUST 2017


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A Hull of a day out... Forget your pre-conceptions – Hull is charming, friendly, full of great architecture and things to do, especially as it’s the UK’s 2017 City of Culture. Nicholas Rudd-Jones spent a happy day exploring


ULL is a compact city with lots to see and do, making it the perfect destination for a great day out. Journey time from our neck of the woods is just over two hours, and the route is very straightforward. Enjoy a great view of the Humber Bridge as you approach the city.


Hull is the UK City of Culture for 2017 and as a result, lots has been spent on refurbishing the public spaces and there are numerous artistic and cultural events to enjoy. The city boasts a dozen museums, and you can find out more about everything that’s going on this year at The theme of the period July to September is ‘Freedom’, including the pivotal role that Hull played in the emancipation movement. William Wilberforce was the MP here in the 1780s.


Hull was founded in the late 12th century. The monks of Meaux Abbey needed a port where the wool from their estates could be exported. They chose a place at the confluence of the rivers Hull and Humber to build a quay. From its medieval beginnings, Hull’s main trading links were with Scotland and northern Europe - Scandinavia, the Baltic and the Low Countries all being key trading areas for Hull’s merchants. As sail power gave way to steam, Hull’s trading links extended throughout the world. Docks were opened to serve the frozen meat trade of Australia, New Zealand and South America. Hull was also a major fishing port. Throughout the second half of the 19th century and leading up to the First World War, the city played a major role in the transmigration of Northern European settlers to the New World, with thousands of emigrants sailing to the city and stopping for administrative purposes before travelling on to Liverpool and then North America. There is a statue to commemorate this on the seafront to the south of the marina exit. After suffering heavy bomb damage in the Second World War, Hull weathered a period of post-industrial decline. Since the millennium, however, the city has enjoyed a resurgence with substantial new retail, commercial, housing and public service construction spending. This year has also seen tourist spend shoot up.


There must be something in the air, for Hill seems to encourage poetry. In fact, the city is to poetry what Leeds is to sculpture. Larkin put it more laconically: “… a place cannot produce poems: it can only not prevent them, and Hull is good at that. It neither impresses nor insists.” Andrew Marvell (1621-1678), metaphysical poet, has a statue in Trinity Square. His father was a lecturer at Holy Trinity Church, and Marvell was educated at Hull Grammar School. This is a line from To His Coy Mistress: “Had we but world enough and time, This coyness, lady, were no crime. We would sit down, and think which way To walk, and pass our long love’s day.” Stevie Smith (1902-1971) was born in Hull. Her father was a shipping agent who ran away to sea. Her best-known poem is Not Waving but Drowning. Philip Larkin (1922-85) lived the greater part of his working life in Hull, having taken up the post of University Librarian. The Larkin Trail takes you on a literary journey through the city and countryside, taking in the buildings, streets and parks where Larkin lived, worked and visited, and which inspired his poetry. Download the trail at NENE LIVING AUGUST 2017



Ferens Art Gallery: Skin: Freud, Mueck and Tunick is on until 13 August and comes highly recommended. The 2017 Turner Prize will be held here towards the end of the year. The Maritime Museum: Explore Hull’s old dock offices and discover superb ship models and maritime art. Prince Street: The best-preserved street in Old Hull, a graciously curving terrace of pastel-painted Georgian houses. It’s one of the city’s ‘sudden elegancies’, as Larkin called them. Fruit Market District: This is Hull’s ‘hip’ part of town, Covent Garden without the crowds. Make a beeline for the Humber St Gallery and Café; sit outside and watch the world go by. See if you can catch the annual Humber Street Sesh, taking place this year on Saturday 5 August. Find out more at Look out for the distinctive white phone boxes of KCOM, for a long time the UK’s only municipal telecoms network. The harbour area: Humber Dock closed in 1963 and became Hull


Find the fish; explore the city. Follow Hull’s unique pavement of fish, an A- Z of fish creating a tour of the historic Old Town. Forty one pieces of sculpture made from traditional materials make up this impressive piece of public art. The artist Gordon Young created the trail of sculptures in 1992 – representing the actual size of fish with life-size pieces, from a tiny anchovy to a 10ft ray. His sense of humour surfaces with the placing of a plaice in the market place, an electric eel outside the electricity substation and a shark outside a bank... you don’t need to find them all, it’s a great route anyway! Distance: 2 miles Typical time: 2 hours (there’s a huge amount to see!) Start & finish: City Hall (HU1 3RQ) Parking: Princes Quay Car Park (HU1 2PQ) Full details of the Fish Trail and a PDF can be found at, then type in Hull Fish Trail. Or pick up a copy of the Fish Trail at the Information Office alongside the City Hall


Humber Street Gallery, Humber Street: The best spot for coffee and light bites. The roof terrace is open weekend evenings, offering fabulous views across the city and the sea. Thieving Harry’s, Humber Street: cool, quirky comfort. Hull is famous for its authentic pubs, with good reason. We tried The William Hawkes in Scale Lane and loved it – stuffed full of old curios, locals chatting and good beer. By the waterfront, The Minerva has character and offers food, and you can eat outside on the seafront.



Marina. There’s lots of interest, including the Spurn Lightship (1927) and several marine artefacts. Daniel Defoe’s famous fictional castaway, Robinson Crusoe, set sail from the Queen’s Dock in 1651. And The Bounty, skippered by the infamous Captain William Bligh, was built and launched here. The Deep: a spectacular aquarium, this is the place to bring the kids. And it’s architecturally stunning to boot. The Streetlife Museum of Transport: voted No. 1 destination on Trip Advisor, step back in time with 200 years of transport to enjoy. Wilberforce House & Museum: the birthplace of William Wilberforce, Hull MP and slavery abolitionist, which tells the story of this campaign through fascinating items including his journal, plantation records and personal stories.


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BOOK NOW FOR… Gather your friends and prepare your palate – the Gin Festival is visiting Peterborough for the first time later this year. The festival celebrates one of the nation’s most popular tipples and takes place at Peterborough Cathedral on 17-18 November. The first batch of ‘early bird’ tickets sold within days but general admission tickets are now on sale, priced £16 each. •

DON’T MISS: Jurassic World roars into Queensgate... Mini explorers, budding paleontologists and little adventurers are invited to explore Queensgate’s twoday extravaganza, ‘Dinogate’, a free-to-attend Jurassic World-themed adventure. On Saturday 29 and Sunday 30 July, Central Square will reveal a hidden oasis set in a deep jungle and filled with hidden treasures, games, crafts and, of course, dinosaurs! •


ETERBOROUGH city centre is brought to life with a mixture of art installations, theatre, performance art and parades. Planet B is a new initiative that has grown out of one of the largest environmental festivals in the UK. Running from Saturday 29 July through to Saturday 12 August, the programme of events will be held at various locations across the city and features a number of commissioned artists. Visit Emily Tracy’s Clutter Bank, where you are invited to consider the 300,000 objects we each have in our homes and perhaps donate one to the project yourself. Claudia Friend welcomes you to her Museum of Future Now, set in 2525, viewing objects excavated from 2017. What might future generations make of our waste? The best conversations, even the best ideas, often come about whilst sitting together over food. Scottee invites you to his ‘commune’ at Chauffeurs Cottage for any of four meals. Or you could climb aboard the Pickers, Packers and Pluckers bus with poets Keely Mills, Charley Genever and six new female Peterborough poets for a look at seasonal work in the city. Over the last month, artist Eric McLennan has been inviting residents of the city to take out shares in the Earth. The shareholders convene for a performance called ‘A Drop in the Ocean’, harnessing the collective effort. Taking a hands-on approach are Poly-technic, who will help you to make your own protest poster. The programme has been arranged by the environmental charity PECT, working alongside arts organisation Metal and The Green Backyard, and with funding from Arts Council England. • For more details about Planet B, visit, see the Facebook page @PlanetBPeterB or call 01733 568408.

Wednesday 9 to Sunday 13 August See the horses An unmissable event for horse lovers, Equifest is one of the largest competing events in the equestrian calendar, with disciplines including show jumping, dressage and carriage driving. Add in the various attractions, entertainment and

shopping opportunities and you’ve got the makings of a great day out. There’s no admission fee but a £10 car parking charge will be levied on Thursday, Friday and Saturday. The fee covers all occupants of the car and the pass is valid for the entire period of the show. Parking is free on Wednesday and Sunday. East of England Showground, Oundle Road, PE2 6XE. 01733 363500. Friday 11 August Double bill Nick Corney & The Buzz Rats launch their new EP Coat of Arms alongside The Brays with their new album Sweeter Made Sorrows in a double headline show. From 8.30pm at Mama Liz’s Voodoo Lounge, 9A North Street, Stamford PE9 1EL. Tickets £5 in advance from, £7 on the door. Wednesdays 2, 9, 16, 23 and 30 August Lunchtime recitals Enjoy live music at lunchtime in the beautiful surroundings of Peterborough Cathedral. 1pm. Free entry, donations invited. Peterborough Cathedral, Peterborough PE1 1XS. www. peterborough-cathedral. Saturday 5 August Mary, Queen of Scots Commemoration Banquet Get into the spirit of the Elizabethan age with a four-course, candlelit feast in the beautiful

setting of the Tudor New Building, commemorating Peterborough Cathedral’s connection with Mary, Queen of Scots. In the company of costumed re-enactors and with period music provided by musician Dante Ferrara, the wine and ale will flow and there will be the opportunity to preview the Tudor Queens Wardrobe Exhibition, with beautifully-made replicas of the gowns shown in 16th century portraits. 7pm. £75 per person, £400 for six, £600 for 10. Peterborough Cathedral, Peterborough PE1 1XS. Monday 7 August Watercolour – dancers Peterborough Art Society presents an evening on the subject of movement in watercolour, led by David Wilcox. 7.30pm. Members £2, visitors £4. 7.30pm. St Mark’s Hall, Lincoln Road, Peterborough PE1 2SN. www. peterboroughartsociety. Saturday 19 and Sunday 20 August 10th Anniversary Randall Rootz Festival A weekend of familyfriendly fun and frolics in the sunshine garden at Charters Bar, featuring live music with a ‘rootzy’ edge. 12 noon. Free entry. Charters Bar, Town Bridge, Peterborough PE1 1FP. Sunday 27 August Millfield Festival A celebration of local diversity, the first ever Millfield Festival features stalls, food and drink, music, dance and drums. 4pm. Free entry. Millfield Triangle (at top of Lincoln Road by Maskew Avenue), Peterborough PE1 2PE. NENE LIVING AUGUST 2017




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