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August Contents

Welcome to the August issue of Rutland & Market Harborough Living magazine


HIS note is always the last thing I write as Editor before we go to press every month. And for me, it’s the last thing I’ll be writing as Editor as, alas, I’ll be passing the baton to a new Editor from next month. Clare Peel will be the interim Editor over the next few issues while my permanent replacement is found. I’ve only been Editor for a year – but what a year it’s been! I’ve been made to feel so welcome by the magazine team and the wider Local Living family - but also by our lovely readers… The positive feedback we receive means more than I can say. I know that our publisher Nicholas, the advertising team Tracy and Sos, our designers Steve and Sarah and all the brilliant contributors will continue to make Rutland and Market Harborough Living a wonderful read each month, showcasing our superb local businesses and uncovering all the brilliant things to see and do in the area. I, for one, will be eagerly awaiting for my copy to land on my doormat each month. I hope you enjoy this month’s issue, and thank you all...

Rachael @RutlandLiving @rutlandlivingmag INCORPORATING

Village Lifestyle

4 Updates

News & Views

6 Rutland Hero Tim Appleton MBE

8 Buying Guide

Your back-to-school checklist

10 Fashion

Why I love August…

14 Local People Ed Burrows

16 Updates News & Views

18 Eating Out Al fresco dining

25 Food & Drink

The Olive Branch Recipe

36 Health & Beauty Flawless bodies

38 Health & Beauty Skin & Hair SOS

43 Out & About What’s On

46 Updates News & Views

48 Local People Jessica Towle

52 Out & About A Hull of A Day Out

54 Out & About

26 Food & Drink

Market Harborough Historical Society

29 Food & Drink

56 Explore North Norfolk

30 Out & About

58 Explore North Norfolk

The Great Food Club

Rutland Cookery School

Into the Vale

35 Harborough Happenings News & Views

An A to Z of summer in Norfolk

Finding your sea legs

62 Local History

Interim Editor Clare Peel Advertisement Manager, Rutland Tracy Watkinson 01572 813187 Advertisement Manager, Market Harborough Sosennah Every 07884 124316 Advertising Copy & Subscriptions Rachel Beecroft 01780 765320 Head of Design Steven Handley Designers Sarah Compton Calum Handley Publisher Nicholas Rudd-Jones 01780 765571 Printed by Warners of Bourne

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Local Care Company gets the seal of approval


OME Instead Senior Care, which provides care to older people in their own homes across Market Harborough, Corby & Rutland has just been announced as one of the top 10 most recommended home care companies in the ‘Top 10 Awards 2017’. This seal of approval has come from the most important people, those who they care for, their friends and family and it is the third year running that the office has been awarded this accolade. is a review site that lists all registered UK home care providers and where people are able to provide independent reviews, which are then shared after verification online. The site is helping those searching for the best home care for their needs. Home Instead was reviewed on: overall standard, staff, care/ support, management, treated with dignity and value for money and all were rated highly, showing huge confidence in the company. Gail Devereux- Batchelor, owner of Home Instead Senior Care said, ”I’m so proud of our team of caregivers and staff - not only have we been rated Outstanding by CQC, but now again we are in the Top Ten in the East Midlands referred by our clients. “It is wonderful to know that we are providing the best possible companionship and bespoke care to assist local people to remain and enjoy living in their own homes as long as possible in this beautiful part of the world.” A daughter of a Home Instead client said in her review, “Home Instead have proved invaluable in their efforts to assist me with the care

Mill Lane Gallery opens in Ketton


CCLAIMED Rutland artist Josette Carroll has converted her studio into a small gallery in the gardens of her home in Ketton. Having retired from her post as the Principal of the Dyslexia Institute in Peterborough, Josette decided to pursue her delayed ambition for art, which began at the Hornsey College of Art back in the 1960s. She took the opportunity of rediscovering her interest in experimenting with different materials and processes when she obtained her BA Hons degree in Fine Art in 2010. Her style ranges from representational

paintings to weird and wonderful abstract artwork and sculptures, integrating varied geometric and organic forms. She also transforms mundane and discarded materials into unique and exciting artworks. “In most of my artwork, there is an element of instinctual gestural expression and self-discovery which I find exciting and rewarding,” she comments. The gallery will be open by appointment seven days a week between 11am and 4pm throughout the year and visitors can enjoy the bonus of visiting the extensive gardens of the Mill, situated on the banks of the river Chater. • The gallery is situated in the gardens of The Mill, Mill Lane, Church Road, Ketton, PE9 3RE. Contact Josette on 07890 408452 to arrange a visit.

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Tim Appleton (MBE) In 1989 Tim Appleton and his friend Martin Davies of the RSPB planned an event for bird enthusiasts and named it Birdfair. Almost three decades on, Birdfair is now the largest conservation event in the world and takes place each August on the shores of Rutland Water. Tim tells Amander Meade about this year’s event and his life in conservation.



“Birdfair stimulates the local economy to the tune of about three quarters of a million pounds”

How did you become interested in conservation? From a very young age I was always outside; I had a great childhood exploring the countryside and making dens in the woods near our home in Bristol, which developed my fascination for the natural world – especially birds. You were employed by The Leicestershire and Rutland Wildlife Trust as the first Warden of Rutland Water - what are your memories of that time? It was 1975, the Rutland Water project was brand new and conservation was just creeping into the public consciousness. I must give great credit to Anglian Water who went above and beyond their legal obligations from the very start. The unique partnership we created between industry and conservation was unprecedented and very much ahead of its time. Over the next four decades we developed three different visitor centres, two of which were opened by Sir David Attenborough and there are now 19 staff and over 450 regular volunteers overseeing the reserve, which is wonderful. I spent 42 years as Warden and have just stepped down to concentrate on Birdfair and lecturing worldwide on conservation. Birdfair has achieved incredible things – how did it evolve? I enjoy a bit of entrepreneurial activity and in those early days did some night class teaching, which evolved into guided walks and then taking groups away on bird watching trips. From there Martin and I decided to hold an event at the Water for bird enthusiasts. The first year we raised about £3,000 from about 3,000 visitors. Last year we had about 23,000 visitors from all over the world and raised £350,000 so that’s quite an evolution. Overall we have raised £4.4 million, which in turn has raised a further £40 million by seed funding other projects worldwide. All the money raised by Birdfair here in Rutland is donated towards different conservation projects through Bird Life International. I select projects of international importance often focusing on



highly endangered species in the sub-tropical equatorial belt where the need is greatest. Worth mentioning too is that Birdfair also stimulates the local economy to the tune of about three quarters of a million pounds. Tell us about this year’s special projects This year we are raising money to restore the numbers of endangered seabirds on a remote island about 1,500km from Tahiti where alien species such as rats are destroying the natural habitat. In another major investment £100K is being spent on training and education throughout Polynesia to show the people how conservation will be their way forward economically. Birdfair funds will also support the training and further education of young conservationists on leadership programmes around the world. These young people will become specialist advisers to governments and will have the right skills and qualifications to


make key decisions on behalf of their countries in the future. That legacy is something I am extremely proud of. Last word Rutland Water was conceived as an iconic place of outstanding natural beauty for future generations to enjoy. A place for peace and a place to be protected from overcommercialisation – that’s how I hope it will remain. Free for children to attend, Birdfair takes place between Friday 18 and Sunday 20 August. This year celebrities appearing include Bill Oddie, Chris Packham, Simon King, Nick Baker and Steve Backshall who will be at the event on Saturday and Sunday. All ticket and event information at

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Your back-to-school checklist It’s that time of year again... time to start thinking about stocking up on school supplies and getting the kids ready for the new school term. We’re here to take the stress away and detail how our local enterprises are here to help WORDS: KATIE MITCHELL

School uniform Depending on your school there are lots of options – from making an appointment or visiting your School Shop for uniform and regulation school kit, or you can plan a visit to Kids and More on Crown Street, Oakham. It’s the official school-wear supplier for many local schools including Catmose College, Uppingham Community College, Brooke Hill Academy, St Mary & St Johns Primary School, Oakham C of E Primary School, Catmose Primary, English Martyrs, Edith Weston Primary School and Cottesmore Primary School. Backpacks Send your kids off to school with these great backpacks from A scaled-down version of the Kånken backpack has a carrying system tailored to the backs of small children and a small front pocket, chest strap and a reflective logo. Or how about one of Sophie Allport’s sporty rucksacks, available in Fords of Oakham. Fjallraven Kånken RRP: £65

Books Walkers Bookshop has a great range of books for younger readers, including fiction, study guides and set texts. Water bottles Enable your kids to track their daily hydration goals with this cleverly designed water bottle from Joseph Joseph, available at Fords of Oakham.

School shoes Visit Marcia May Shoes in Mill Street, Oakham and St Mary’s St, Stamford to see their huge range. Tel: 01780 766608

£25 at Stationery Head to Colemans in Oakham and Stamford to restock on all the pens, pencils, folders, rulers and geometry sets you could wish for.

Haircuts Tidy up summer hair and make a booking at one of our great local hairdressers such as William Wheelwright Hairdressing (01572 757137) and Thomas Hairdressing (01572 756561) in Oakham and Kennedy’s Barbers on Manor Walk in Market Harborough (01858 468142).


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Why I love August... I might still be sporting my summer wardrobe and soaking up the last of the summer sun but I can’t help thinking ahead to what I’m going to be wearing and buying next. In August the sale racks begin to shrink as stores make way for new season, new arrivals and new style. With the help of our local boutiques, here’s our edit of some of the fabulous new pieces. Enjoy! FASHION: NIKKI BEATTY PHOTOGRAPHY: ELLI DEAN

Luisa Cerano bomber jacket, £349, Rails Pineapple Tee, £73, For All Mankind jeans, £189, all Cavells



CLOCKWISE FROM TOP LEFT: Postcard jumper, £75; Robell trousers, £49.99, both Duo. Hartford Jumpsuit, £170, Vanilla; Gold Acorn necklace, £94, designed and made by Lucy Flint Jewellery; Mulberry bag, £495, Cavells. Saint Tropez dress, £42.95, Duo; Abro leather bag, £159, Paul Green shoes, £130, both Coco. Riani floral bomber jacket, £285; Rails Pineapple Tee, £73; For All Mankind jeans, £189, all Cavells. Hartford blue top, £102, Vanilla; Bracelets individually priced from £65 to £90, Lucy Flint. Luisa Cerano blouse, £339; Jeans as before, both Cavells; Bracelets, Lucy Flint.

Photography - Elli Dean, 07932 055548, STOCKISTS Vanilla, Oakham, Tel :01572 757577, Duo, Oakham, Tel: 01572 2722116 Cavells, Oakham, Tel: 01572 770372 CoCo, Oakham, Tel: 01572 757646, Lucy Flint jewellery, Oakham, Tel: 01572 723335

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Ed Burrows DL Few people have become ensconced in the fabric of a county as swiftly as Ed Burrows. He is Managing Director of Barnsdale Lodge, Chair of tourism body Discover Rutland, President of RNLI Rutland and now the county’s latest Deputy Lieutenant. Living in Ryhall with his wife and young family, Ed’s passion for the region is obvious and he continues to dedicate himself to spreading the ‘Rutland Gospel’ far and wide.

What brought you to Rutland? I was running a very successful hotel on the Isle of Wight when I received an offer from Thomas Noel to take over operationally at Barnsdale Lodge. After my first visit I fell in love with the region and could immediately see the potential of the hotel. The first two years were not easy – we changed the whole ethos of the place from the décor to the menu, but the team we now have in place are phenomenal at what they do. We are now receiving wonderful independent industry accolades such as being voted number two in the Telegraph’s ‘Twenty Top Places for a Warm Welcome’, and are featured in the Sunday Times list of ‘Britain’s Cosiest Hotels’. Through chairing the tourism drive ‘Discover Rutland’, you aimed to put Rutland on the map. Have you succeeded? I believe that if you live and work in a small county you have to step up to the plate and never criticise unless you are prepared to get involved. Very many local businesses and individuals give a great deal of time and effort to Discover Rutland and in the last decade have succeeded in making Rutland much more widely known. We are really proud that our promotional model has now been used to boost tourism in other parts of the country. What do you think makes Rutland such a special place? Without doubt the people; those that live here and those who recognise the beauty of the county and return time and again to visit. People here have a certain manner – they have the time of day for you and it makes for a very pleasant county. Of course we are tremendously well positioned too with the water and nature reserve’s the jewel in the crown, plus the fantastic educational opportunities here. It’s a really magnificent place to bring up families. You are a man with two distinct sides – Mr Corporate Rutland and the Adventurer… It’s true. I am a lifelong sailor and took up a challenge to sail the Atlantic with a small team I had never met before and that was one of the best things I have ever done. You can’t beat swimming with whales. I have run the London and Paris Marathons and cycled across Mexico in my time too. When I am not working I like to explore and took the family to Borneo and Malaysia – when it comes to holidays my motto is ‘no shoes, no news’ which these days also means no Wi-Fi. What does the Deputy Lieutenant role involve? It’s a massive honour for me to have been asked. The Deputies are appointed by the Crown and help fulfil the civic duties of the Lord Lieutenant in his absence. We might attend local ceremonies and official events, from opening exhibitions to inducting a new vicar. Deputy




Lieutenants must live within their community or within seven miles of its boundary and the appointment exists until the incumbent is aged 75 when they are legally required to retire. I am enjoying it enormously so far and am very proud to represent Rutland in a formal role. • •


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AWSQUAD is an end-to-end veterinary service enabling pet owners to book a dedicated local vet to visit their home – making pet healthcare more convenient, accessible and stressfree for both pets and their owners. Dr Mark Westwood and Veterinary Nurse Rebecca are the local vet/nurse team covering Stamford, Oakham, Rutland, Bourne, Market Deeping, Peterborough and surrounding areas. Mark said: “Home visits allow me to spend that vital extra time with you and your pet, so I can provide quality veterinary care without causing the stress to your pet that’s seen in a traditional practice. Our consultations are 30-40 minutes, giving enough time to talk through preventative care.” Mark can provide general consultations, vaccinations, acupuncture, pet passports (including rabies vaccinations), medications, prescriptions and minor procedures in the home. Rebecca can provide nurse consultations including second vaccinations,

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Is this a legal tax loop-hole for landlords? This month, our local property advisor David Crooke, owner of UPP Property Agents, shares what some astute landlords are now doing with their investments.


HEN George Osborne restrained the buy-to-let (BTL) market, one of things he brought in was that tax relief on BTL mortgages would be capped, starting in April 2017. Before then, a private landlord could claim tax relief from their interest on their BTL mortgage at the rate they paid income tax (i.e. 20% basic, 40% higher rate and 45% additional rate). So higher rate tax paying landlords need be a lot smarter with their investments. However, there’s another option: landlords could set up a limited company and sell their property personally to that company.



• You can book with Mark and Rebecca by calling 01780 322032 or online at Evening and weekend appointments are also available, with home consultations costing just £48 for a vet appointment and £28 for a nurse appointment. Medicines, vaccinations and other procedures incur additional costs.

Many landlords are already doing this. There are 93,262 BTL limited companies in the UK and since Osborne’s announcement there’s been a massive rise, from 4,193 in Q2-Q3 2015 to 7,149 in Q4’16/Q1’17. By selling their BTL investments to their own limited company, owned 100% by them, these landlords could then offset the costs of running their BTLs as an ‘allowable expense’, effectively writing off the cost of 100% of their mortgage outgoings, wear and tear, upkeep, letting agent’s fees etc. I am seeing more landlords approach me for my thoughts on setting up a BTL limited company. In 15 months (April 16 – March 17) in the PE9 area alone, 119 BTL limited companies have been set up. For long-term investors it could be valuable to take the short-term pain of ‘incorporating’ your BTL’s into a limited company. There are huge tax advantages in doing so, but there are some big costs too. Your limited company would have to pay Stamp Duty on the purchase and if you, as an individual, made a profit from the original purchase price, there could be a capital gains tax liability of 18% 28%. The mortgage might need to be redeemed and renegotiated (with appropriate exit charges). On a more positive note, by incorporating properties I have seen landlords including their BTL mortgages into one big loan, and potentially obtain a lower interest rate and the ability to advance new purchase capital. If the tax liability is too high to incorporate properties, some investors are leaving their existing portfolios in their personal name whilst purchasing any new investments through a limited company. This is just an idea, not advice! Landlords must get advice from experienced tax consultants along with good rental / BTL portfolio management, which I can help you with.


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Alfresco dining spotlight Cafe Nevill, Medbourne Boasting a wonderful conservatory and a pretty terrace, Cafe Nevill is a great venue for alfresco dining. Fresh coffee, a delicious brunch menu, and from noon until 4pm there is also a light bites and deli menu with a choice of fantastic salads and some tapas dishes too. • 12 Waterfall Way, Medbourne, 01858 565126

There are plenty of places to dine outdoors in our local area, so make the most of the summer weather with these top picks. By Kirstie Mitchell. MARKET HARBOROUGH & SURROUNDING AREA The Waterfront This picturesque dining location nestled in the canal basin at Union Wharf offers stunning views of the canal and narrowboats. In the summer months there’s the opportunity to eat outside under the parasols at the water’s edge and take in the views. Mouth-watering dishes to try include beetroot carpaccio with goat’s cheese and mint vinaigrette, seafood and charcuterie sharing platters and fish and meat from the grill. • Union Wharf, Market Harborough, 01858 434702 The Oathill A friendly and stylish restaurant and bar renowned throughout the area as offering the widest selection of imported world beers, made-to-order cocktails, local guest beers, lagers and pilsners. Quality homecooked food using only the best ingredients are used by the professional chefs. The garden area offers a large patio with steps to a covered and heated seating area and large lawns. Visit their website for regular music and theatre events throughout the summer. • 31 Kettering Road, Market Harborough, 01858 462324,


The George, Ashley

Cafe Nevill, Medbourne

Foxton Locks Inn The perfect location to stop and watch the canal boats pass, especially in the summer months when you can take advantage of the outdoor seating. From rustic baguettes, fresh salads to old classics such as fish pie, there is a dish to suit all tastes and budgets. Dogs welcome. • Bottom Lock, Gumley Road, Foxton, 0116 2791515

The George, Ashley Located in a picturesque Welland Valley village, The George can offer a complete barbecue party for you and your guests in their spacious courtyard or under a gazebo. Delicious fayre from gourmet burgers to mackerel all served with an array of fresh salads. • 21 Main Street, Ashley, 01858 565411


DATES FOR YOUR DIARY Barbecue events at The George: Thursday 10th August - with the Braybrooke Morris Dancers - and Friday 11th August. ALSO RECOMMENDED: THE BELL INN, Main Street, East Langton, - a countryside pub located in a beautiful Leicestershire village with a pretty garden area to the front.

Langton Greenhouse Cafe Delicious homemade cakes, biscuits, scones and tray bakes are just some of the reasons why this café is such a popular destination. A specials board is updated regularly with exciting and interesting dishes thanks to Head Chef, Mags Harrison. Children are well catered for with a good selection of nutritious and tasty menu options and a fantastically equipped Kids’ Corner full of toys. Dogs are more than welcome and can even have their own dog bowl. An outside seating area is the icing on the cake for those warm summer days. • Melton Road, East Langton, 01858 545819

OAKHAM & SURROUNDING AREA Fish Tank Sushi Husband and wife team, Romy and Sam Letteri, have taken their love for sushi and channelled it into a new sushi restaurant, exclusive to the Rutland area. Combining a unique and eclectic atmosphere, Fishtank prides itself on excellent and interesting sushi, nutritious Ramen, broths, soups and noodle dishes, all fairly priced and responsibly sourced. Dine in their courtyard area and enjoy an exciting food selection and friendly service. • Bakers Yard, 6 Church Street, Oakham, Intagram #fishtanksushi

Hambleton Hall One of Britain’s finest country house hotels oozing comfort, style and a sense of history. Where better to enjoy al fresco dining than on the south-facing terrace overlooking the spectacular parterre, park and water beyond. Hambleton Hall is a gourmet destination in its own right, and has the longest retained Michelin Star in the UK, having held its Michelin Star since 1992. • Oakham Road, Hambleton Peninsula, Rutland Water, 01572 756991

Barnsdale Lodge Enjoy locally sourced, seasonal food al fresco in the quaint courtyard and take in the gorgeous surroundings at this unique venue. During the summer months take advantage of the BBQ menu and sample fresh burgers, steaks, chicken (you name it) as well as salads and all the condiments you need for the perfect afternoon/evening. If you prefer, relax and unwind in the new conservatory with a quintessentially English afternoon tea menu. • The Avenue, Exton, Rutland Water, 01572 724678



The Olive Branch, Clipsham Now open all day, The Olive Branch terrace is a wonderful tranquil venue for everything from breakfast, a lunchtime tapas board, afternoon tea or evening beer and cocktails. Sit under the vine covered pergola with views across the fields and enjoy pub classics to culinary delights, with an emphasis on locally sourced and seasonal produce - you won’t be disappointed. • Main Street, Clipsham, 01780 410355

ALSO RECOMMENDED: Castle Cottage Cafe, Church Passage, Oakham, – pretty courtyard garden. DATE FOR DIARY Prosecco E Amici - wine tasting event in the Castle Cottage Garden, £20 per head - Thursday 27th August 7:30pm start. Bollicini, bubbles, fizz, sparkling wine from Case Bianche, Majolini, Ciu Ciu and Rauscedo. Call Ben at Bat and Bottle to book tickets in advance, 01572 759735. Otters Fine Food Deli, Mill Street, Oakham, courtyard area to enjoy quality coffee, cakes, breakfast, brunch and light lunches all day made up of food sold in the deli.

Barnsdale Hall Hotel Surrounded by beautiful countryside, and boasting some of the best views of Rutland Water, everyone is welcome to dine at the Brasserie Restaurant. There is a wide selection of appetisers, entrees, and desserts, all of which are prepared seasonally, using local produce. • North Shore, Rutland Water, 01572 757901

Exeter Arms, Barrowden Sitting proud at the head of a pretty village green with stunning views of the pond and fields beyond, The Exeter Arms is the perfect spot for a pub lunch. Since re-opening in Spring 2016 husband and wife landlords, Tom and Joanne Wade, have created a welcoming family-run pub. Using locally sourced and seasonal produce, the menu provides something for all tastes. • 28 Main Street, Barrowden, 01572 747365

UPPINGHAM Lake Isle The 350-year-old building epitomises the charm and style of the historic market town of Uppingham. Step outside to the peaceful south-facing courtyard and relax with a chilled glass of the finest wines from around the world. The staff will be delighted to advise you on the perfect accompaniment to your meal from their extensive wine cellar. The focus at the Lake Isle is on creating stunning combinations of flavours using only the best fresh, locally sourced and lovingly prepared ingredients, while also being presented beautifully to enhance your culinary experience. • 16 High Street East, Uppingham, 01572 822951



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Super sea bass! The Olive Branch’s co-owner and head chef Sean Hope shares a beautiful fish recipe


’M writing this in between preparing for my July Cookery Demo. I tend to put on cookery demos once every couple of months in The Barn at The Olive Branch, starting at 10am. For these I cook a starter, main and pudding in front of guests, offering a few chefs’ secrets as I go. Then everyone sits down to eat what they’ve just watched being prepared. For the next demo I’m cooking a starter of stuffed tempura courgette flower with goats’ curd and pub ketchup. Dessert is white chocolate and almond fondant pudding with crushed raspberries. The main is a variation on the recipe you see here. Sea bass is a fantastic fish due to its soft, flaky flesh. It’s sweet and firm, which gives it great versatility. Fillets are quick and easy to cook, whether pan-frying, roasting or steaming. For the demo I’m going to be cooking fillet of sea bass with Lincolnshire poacher cheese & smoked ham toastie, and minted peas. At home why don’t you try the recipe here? It’s full of fresh flavours, making it perfect for summer.

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FILLET OF SEA BASS WITH QUINOA, WATERCRESS AND FENNEL Serves 4 Sea bass • 4 x 150gm pieces of filleted boneless wild sea bass • 1 sprig rosemary • Rapeseed oil • Knob of butter • 1 lemon wedge • 1 orange wedge 1. Heat up a frying pan and add a drizzle of rapeseed oil 2. Score the skin side with a sharp knife 3. Carefully lay the fish into the frying pan and sear for two minutes with the rosemary 4. Add the knob of butter and season with salt and pepper 5. Flip over and cook for a further three minutes, season with salt and pepper 6. Squeeze the lemon wedge and orange over the fish and allow to rest for a further four minutes before serving Quinoa • 100g quinoa • 200g vegetable stock • 3 tomatoes, seeds removed

and chopped • 1 bunch spring onions, finely chopped • 1 tablespoon fresh chopped coriander • 1 tablespoon fresh chopped parsley 1. Rinse the quinoa under cold water in a sieve for 30 seconds, then drain 2. Place the quinoa and veg stock into a saucepan and bring to the boil 3. Turn the heat down to a gentle simmer and cook for 15-20 minutes until all the stock has been absorbed 4. Remove from the heat and cover with cling film to allow to steam and swell 5. When cold, add the rest of the ingredients and mix with a drizzle of rapeseed oil, then serve Watercress purée • 2 bunches of watercress • 1 bag washed baby leaf spinach • 1 tablespoon rapeseed oil • Pinch of salt and pepper • Pinch of xantham gum

1. Bring a large pan of water to the boil and add a pinch of salt 2. Add the watercress and spinach and cook for two minutes 3. Drain off and rinse under cold water 4. When cold, squeeze out the excess moisture 5. Place into a blender with the rapeseed oil, seasoning and xantham gum and blend to a smooth consistency

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The Mad Turk, Stamford (People’s Award Winner for most votes)


HE Great Food Club 2017 Awards are live and I would love you to vote! The aim of the awards is to find and recognise our finest quality-driven food and drink independents, and the best way to do that is to ask you to vote! There are five categories: 1) Best Local Producer 2) Best Pub, Cafe or Restaurant 3) Best Food or Drink Shop 4) Best Street Food Vendor 5) Best Food or Drink Experience The Local Producer category covers any food or drink maker, from cheesemakers and chocolatiers to brewers and livestock farmers

and everything in between. The Food or Drink Shop category is for farm shops, bakeries, bottle shops, butchers and delis, etc. The Pub, Restaurant & Cafe category is self-explanatory. The Street Food category is for your favourite traders selling hot or cold food to go. And Food or Drink Experience covers cookery schools, food tours, gin schools, etc. I’m sure a few local people and places spring to mind, whether it’s Hambleton Hall, Stoney Ford Brew Co, The Olive Branch, The Wicked Witch, The Fine Food Store, Castle Cottage Café, The Jolly Brewer, Tobie Norris or somewhere else…. the list goes on. There are so many fantastic options to choose from in this region, each with its own way of doing things. The only

rule is that they must be independent, so please don’t vote for national or global chains. Once the online voting closes on August 7, a shortlist will be created, with final winners being decided after a judging process. The shortlist will be announced in August 2017 and winners in September. The results will be published in a future issue. Great Food Club now has 11,500 members and 500-plus recommended businesses, so by harnessing its reach, my ambition is to turn the Great Food Club Awards into the most authoritative food and drink accolades for the independent sector. But I can only do that with your help, so please cast your vote now at

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The last set of winners THE LAST TIME WE HELD THE GREAT FOOD CLUB AWARDS WAS 2015. HERE IS A LIST OF LOCAL WINNERS FROM TWO YEARS AGO, WITH JUDGES’ NOTES: The Mad Turk, Stamford (People’s Award Winner for most votes) A family-run restaurant that has won many fans because of its friendly approach and exceptional, authentic Turkish food.

Hambleton Bakery, Exton (Leics & Rutland Producer) Superb, high-quality bread and cakes served by well-informed, helpful staff.

The Great Food Club Handbook 2017 is out now. With over 100 pages, the new Handbook is a handbag or glovebox-sized publication with one simple aim: to guide you to some of the best independent restaurants, pubs, farm shops, breweries, food producers, delis and cafes. It is available to buy now for £4.95 including postage. Go to www., scroll to the bottom of the home page and click ‘Buy the Handbook’.

The Jew’s House, Lincoln (Lincs Pub or Restaurant) Eating in one of the oldest buildings in Britain is an experience not to be missed; the menu is beautifully crafted and delivered with great service – an all-round great eating-out experience Stamford Deli, Stamford (Lincs Shop) Beautifully stocked deli with plenty of homecooked delights to tempt you – a simple concept done extremely well with lots of interesting foods to try.

Join Great Food Club The Olive Branch, Clipsham (Leics & Rutland Pub or Restaurant) Effortly classy. Quality-driven, exciting but unpretentious food, great wine and beer selection, relaxed service – hard to imagine a better food pub. Thrussington’s Village Stores, Thrussington (Leics & Rutland Shop) Very welcoming shop, well-stocked and wellused by locals and visitors. An intelligent mix of staple items and high quality speciality goods – including a fine cheese selection – along with tea-room menu makes this a fantastic reinvention of the village store.

Brewster’s Brewery, Grantham (Lincs Producer) Brewsters has really throught about its products and goes out of its way to produce exciting beers that fit into several different market niches.

Warner Edwards Distillery, Harrington (Northants Producer) Warner Edwards not only offers fabulous products but also oozes passion, knowledge and an understanding of its brand. Their rhubarb gin is truly scrumptious. The Swan, Braybrooke (Northants Pub or Restaurant) A beautiful family pub offering not only great service but also a delicious range of food to suit any tummy rumble. A lovely pub tastefully decorated with lots of space and pretty gardens. We really enjoyed our meal here and the Prosecco was exceptional too. Beckworth Emporium, Mears Ashby (Northants Shop) Not only a beautiful garden centre and deli store, but now Beckworth Emporium is also championing Northamptonshire producers by showcasing them within their store. Beckworth stands by great customer service and offers a range of delicious food as well as their famous afternoon teas.

With its new editing team, Great Food Club is on a mission to unearth brilliant food and drink gems in your area and beyond. We currently recommend around 320 pubs, restaurants, producers and food shops, and around 200 of them run exclusive offers for Great Food Club members. Offers include 10% off at Stamford Cheese Cellar, 10% off at The Tobie Norris, a complimentary cocktail when you dine from the a la carte menu at The Olive Branch, 10% off at The King’s Arms in Wing, and 25% off at The Fox & Hounds in Exton. It is completely free to join and get a membership card – no catches – and we never share your data – sign up at

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UTLAND Cookery School only opened its doors earlier this year but it has already established itself as a major player in the superb food and drink industry that Rutland celebrates. Rachael Bull tries her hand at cooking healthy food on the ‘Eat Well’ course. Owner Robin Stewart has worked in professional kitchens since the 1970s, including the Michelin-starred kitchen at the Connaught, the Dorchester, Gleneagles as well as developing recipes for Waitrose, M&S and Sainsbury’s. He’s also found the time to gain teaching qualifications and has vast experience teaching evening classes, NVQ courses and cookery for adults with learning disabilities. Robin’s aim with Rutland Cookery School is to share his love of cookery and pass on tips, techniques, short cuts and insights that he’s learnt over his career. His expertise is vast – his courses range from sushi making to knife skills, indian curries to a taste of Thailand, macaron masterclass to cookery for teenagers. Make sure you visit to view the full list and course calendar, there really is something for everyone. You’ll prepare and cook everything yourself, with Robin explaining each stage carefully as you go along. You eat some of each meal together while you’re there, but do take along food containers so you can take the rest home and show off the results of your new culinary skills to friends and family.

This full-day course is perfect for anyone who needs educating about how to live a healthier life – which is 99% of the population, I’d say. Before we get into the cooking side, we learn about how to enjoy a balanced diet, not too much fat and sugar, and the importance of portion control – my downfall! One thing that resonated was Robin’s stance on there being no such thing as a ‘superfood’ – no one food is the Holy Grail to health, despite what you might read in the papers. There are many foods that are great in moderation as part of a balanced diet, but don’t eat them by the bucket load and expect them to save your life. Over the day we prepare and cook six different recipes, learning about the benefits of the ingredients of each as we go along. While the course was focused on eating well, we all commented on how much we learnt about cooking generally, for example about how best to cut an onion, garlic and ginger… how to poach chicken and trout, the best way to cook asparagus… lots of things that we could apply to any recipe, healthy or not. Robin has an incredible wealth of knowledge across so many different areas, and offers dozens of different courses - we all felt like we’d had a snippet from so many of them, making the course fantastic value and us eager to do other courses on offer. We cooked sweet potato and coconut soup – fresh and delicate with full of flavour, Trout poached in Dashi (a Japanese stock that’s

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Into the Vale The Vale of Belvoir (pronounced ‘beaver’, but you knew that) is only a short dawdle up the A1. The area, which stretches west from Grantham towards Nottingham and south to Melton Mowbray, is famous for Belvoir Castle and the local production of Stilton cheese. Rebecca Chatterton discovers that the area is more than just a foodie’s paradise, although most of her trip does involve eating.


RAB your bike, walking boots or a child as cover and head north to the Vale of Belvoir. Named in Norman times for its pretty views, the villages, woods and sheep fields on its ridge still feel sleepy and unspoilt – the sort of place where perfecting cheese, pies and cordials has been the work of centuries. Dominated as it is by Belvoir Castle, the countryside provides lots of opportunity for unexpectedly diverse walks and some beautiful cycle routes whether up on the crest around the Castle or down in the Vale itself along the Grantham Canal. THE CAKE HOLE Surely one of the focuses of any day out is the pit stop? Between walking, cycling or general touring it’s a comfort to know that you’re never far from somewhere to loll about with a drink in hand as you scrutinise a menu. With this sensible approach in mind and to fortify myself before my adventure, I nip into The Cake Hole in Barrowby, a village conveniently situated as I turn off the A1. The place is busy from the moment it opens in the morning and everyone is welcomed like a local. Owned by Kirk Stubbs for the last three and a half years it’s a café and deli by day and a Bistro on Friday and Saturday nights. While I’m there good things, steaming and smelling delicious just keep on emerging from the kitchen - the Red Velvet cake is the most popular treat although I buy some brownies to take away. Kirk trained in the RAF cooking for VIPs and his Friday and Saturday Bistro nights are booked up months in advance and highly recommended.



THE JUBILEE WAY, THE CASTLE AND CANAL From Barrowby I wind my way through the back lanes to Woolsthorpe-by-Belvoir, a little village in the shadow of the Castle and a perfect spot for exploring the Jubilee Way. The walk starts 20 miles off to the west but is at its prettiest here at its finish. This section of the Jubilee Way provides sweeping views and a wonderful contrast - the family seat of the Duke of Rutland dominates the landscape on one side of your path through woods and parkland where time stands still. But look north as you walk and time fast forwards. The panorama of the vale below reaches towards Newark and even on a dull day reveals the distant chimneystacks and meandering of industry along the Trent. All around the castle the chocolate-box villages have pubs to explore such as The Wheel at Branston or the Manners Arms in Knipton. At Woolsthorpe you can retreat to the Chequers Inn for a civilised pint or if you have children to amuse, the spruced up Dirty Duck is just the place for a fizzy pop before exploring the Grantham Canal. This once essential waterway, which winds its way between Grantham and Nottingham, is now impassable by boat but is a busy place for moorhens, coots and swans and makes a perfect walk or leisurely cycle for all ages of the family. Travelling beside the canal down in the Vale you look up to Belvoir Castle. The castle and gardens are open to the public on selected days throughout the summer and the pyromaniacs among you should consider taking an evening picnic to the annual Fireworks Championships held in August.

DICKIES BUTCHERY Explaining to a child how a canal lock works is bound to make you hungry so set off for Plungar where Dickies Butchery, open for barely a year, is becoming famous around the Vale. I bought steaks for the bbq and can confirm they were delicious. Dickie’s is open from Thursday to Sunday with a wonderfully eccentric cattle ranch vibe. At the weekend the pop-up Cowshed Coffee Bar means you can taste the home-reared products. As customers try to choose their Sunday roast at the butcher’s counter, they’re rendered helpless with temptation by the smells of meat cooking in the open kitchen. Before they know it, they find themselves ordering something for Saturday Brunch too before plonking themselves on one of the long wooden benches under canvas to drink coffee from enamel mugs. DOVE COTTAGE HOSPICE Dove Cottage Hospice in the next village of Stathern (just wander over the bridge from the Canal) has situated itself here to make the most of the area’s tranquillity. To help raise funds it’s built a separate country tearoom with a great playground for children and the place is always buzzing. They’ve thought of every convenience for passing visitors– there’s even a place to tie up your horse if you’ve arrived on four legs. After you’ve tried one of their homemade scones in the tea room, upstairs the charity shop is a well stocked little gem and it seems rude not to have a mooch and make a purchase.

OTHER ACTIVITIES All this and more in a day out in the Vale of Belvoir. I haven’t mentioned activities such as the Ski Diving at Langar or the Gokarting Centre – it really wasn’t the day for those sorts of activities. I plan to visit again but this time with an occasion in mind and to treat myself to supper at Langar Hall the timeless country house hotel known for its delectable menu and often delightfully idiosyncratic dining experience. PIT STOP PLACES: The Cakehole Barrowby Store and Deli – The Jubilee Way - The Grantham Canal Society – The Chequers Inn, Woolsthorpe by Belvoir – The Wheel, Branston – The Manners Arms, Knipton – The Dirty Duck, Woolsthorpe by Belvoir – 01476 870111

CHEESE! The Vale is famous for the Long Clawson, Colston Basset and Cropwell Bishop dairies, all of which produce Stilton within miles of each other and have shops onsite. There are, however, other great cheeses being produced in the area. Go up the hill to the Eastwell crossroads and you’ll discover the Belvoir Ridge Creamery making Colwick Cheese from their Poll cows. In these days when consumers demand to know the provenance of the things they buy, what could be more ingenious than an on farm fresh milk dispenser? Just park up in the yard at the Creamery, take out your clean litre bottle, follow the instructions for filling up and taste fresh milk as it should be!

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new outdoor ‘opera hits’ concert at the vO Polo Club in Middleton will raise money for Help for Heroes. Keep Calm and Carry On Productions created the popular private Renaissance opera dinners at Dingley Hall and have now created Opera Under The Stars, a new outdoor ‘opera hits’ concert at the polo club using the polo ground. It is unique new opera Company, creating an opera programme rather than a full opera,

with an orchestra, choir and professional singers and musicians local and London based. With a performance and producer background, it is all about transforming audience experiences for artistic director, Cassandra Thomas. The company works with professional local singers including Caroline Trutz, Julie Unwin and Mark Luther who all sing at The Renaissance Opera Dinner at Dingley Hall. Held on the bank holiday Sunday 27th August, Opera Under the Stars has a backdrop of the Welland Valley with a magical

Do you want to stay young longer?


HE Harborough district has a steadily aging population with an exceptionally high level of retired professionals. In fact, overall life expectancy here is amongst the highest in the county. Recent studies forecast that the 50+ generation will carry their fitness habits long into their retirement and to help them do this, Bodyfitness in Market Harborough is specialising in areas that are specific to older adults and their concerns. As the Bodyfitness team at Archway Health Hub explains, “the key lies in supporting people to make informed choices about their health and well-being. To personally benefit, we must learn about and practice strategies that work – and that’s what Bodyfitness has developed. We want to help you rediscover the revitalising power of exercise; inspire you to feel more vital and energised; help you to get rid of those negative thoughts about your age or body; teach you how to achieve goals through activities that you enjoy doing; and encourage you to take genuine steps towards health and happiness.” The Bodyfitness programme has been developed specifically to help people over 55 increase their longevity and boost their quality of life with appropriate exercise programs designed to slow down aging, maintain muscle density, balance and flexibility, all in the comfort of our private studio based at the Archway Health Hub. “This allows us to work with our clients in a fun, safe, small group class or 1-to-1 environment where we can educate and teach them on how to improve their health, fitness and wellbeing from the inside out without feeling intimidated or embarrassed.” • To find out more, contact Stephen Rutherford-Bate, Bodyfitness, Archway Health Hub, Market Harborough, LE16 9SZ 01858 410820;

illuminated tree display. The concert promises visual and theatrical surprises and a delightful programme of popular and loved opera arias and interludes. Gates open at 5pm, concert starts at 7pm. Take a picnic to enjoy before or in the interval of an hour at 8pm. There will also be a fully licensed bar. • Tickets are £35 at • The vO Polo Club, Ashley Road, Middleton, Northamptonshire, LE16 8YP.

Harborough businesses celebrate awards success


N the first Muddy Stiletto Business Awards in Leicestershire and Rutland, 12 of the 27 awards were picked up by Market Harborough-based businesses. The winners from Market Harborough were: Best Beauty Salon Naomi Nails & Beauty, Market Harborough Best Children’s Business The Growing Tree, Market Harborough Best Complementary Therapy Centre Archway Health Hub, Market Harborough Best Destination Pub The Oat Hill, Market Harborough Best Farm shop/Deli Farndon Fields Farm Shop, Market Harborough Best Florist Jessica Mary Flowers, Market Harborough Best Gift Shop Lily Loves Shopping, Market Harborough Best Local Producer (food & drink) Two Birds Spirits, Market Harborough Best Photographer Treasured Momentz, Market Harborough Best Restaurant Ascough’s Bistro, Market Harborough Best Wine Merchant Duncan Murray Wines, Market Harborough Best Women’s Store Doyles Fashion, Market Harborough “The ethos of Muddy Stilettos is all about celebrating and supporting the most unique, interesting, brilliant local businesses, and we hope that this award will give these local businesses a real boost,” says editor, Keya Modessa. RUTLAND & MARKET HARBOROUGH LIVING AUGUST 2017


H E A L T H & B EA U T Y

The launch of Flawless Body Pritpal and Neeta Matharu were thrilled to welcome guests to their Scotgate premises for the recent launch of Flawless Body. PHOTOGRAPHY: ELLI DEAN


LAWLESS Body is Stamford’s new destination for an impressive range of premium non-surgical treatments, designed to help men and women of all ages to feel body confident. Guests mingled with leading experts from the aesthetic world to find out more about advanced treatments including Lumenis laser technology hair removal, 3D Lipo fat loss and 3-D Skintech microdermabrasion. They also enjoyed mini demonstrations of the treatments. Pritpal commented: “We are truly grateful for the local support we’ve received tonight and over the last few months. The reaction to the new aesthetics facility, Flawless Body, has been brilliant. “We’ve researched extensively and invested in the very best systems and treatments that you can get. “Neeta and I firmly believe that by offering the best and latest technology, combined with the creation of a bespoke treatment plan for each person we treat, will enable our clients to achieve their goals.” • Flawless Body, 18a Scotgate, Stamford PE9 2YQ 01780 660302





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Skin & Hair SOS!

Hair feeling frazzled? Skin feeling the effects of the sun? Treat them to some TLC with the help of our handy hints to see you through the summer months. By Catherine Varney

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OVE over Moroccan oil, this is my new BFF in the fight against frizz! Used by the team at Glow, this L’Oreal professional product does as good a job as its rival, for half the price. Highly concentrated with Argan oil, it softens and protects hair without weighing it down, as well as offering 48-hour protection from humidity, and heat protection up to 230 degrees; so it can even take on your GHDs. Apply generously before blowdrying and your hair will have the sleek, smooth look and feel you get when you’ve just stepped out of the salon.

Tackle parched tresses Ensuring you have a professional finish is all well and good, but what to do if your hair really hates the heat and has staged an unruly protest? It’s time to call in back-up! Pop down to Head Candy in Market Harborough where they have the System Professional hair care system with energy coding; a new method of diagnosing individual hair profiles for a completely personalised approach to looking after your hair. Once you have your own unique energy code, your stylist will be able to recommend the use of innovative products such as Balance Lotion to build up the scalp’s protective layer and Repair Emulsion to tackle seriously dry and damaged hair.

Rehydrate thirsty skin

You’re not only at risk of sunburn in the hottest months, the sun can also dehydrate your skin, leaving it dry and cracked. The best way to combat this is to exfoliate and moisturise religiously twice a day. But seriously, who has time for that?! If your skin has already reached super-parched status, then it’s time to start damage limitation. Try a moisturising body wrap such as the Velvet Skin Body Treatment (£27) from Langham Body & Beauty Studio for silky-soft, supple skin. Once your skin is back in tip-top condition – keep it that way. After your daily shower, apply a few spritzes of body oil (I like good old Palmer’s Cocoa Butter Oil) and let it absorb before getting dressed.

The lightest touch No-one needs a face full of make-up when it’s boiling hot, but there are few of us who dare to go completely bare… therefore, it’s about choosing products that work with your skin, not against it. Mii cosmetics from Creme Hair and Beauty offer good coverage whilst allowing skin to breathe. Prime and prep with their Illuminating Face Base: this irresistibly light, colour-match foundation gives a sheer, dewy sheen for youthfully glowing skin in seconds whilst the built in primer fills in lines and smooths skin, for a wonderfully well-rested and radiant complexion.



Melting make-up

If your make-up’s running down your face at the first sign of the sun, it’s probably caused by using the wrong skincare products. Suffer from oily skin? Contrary to popular belief, don’t try mattifying your face and removing all moisture – your skin will only over-produce oil to compensate and will feel even greasier than before, causing your cosmetics to slide. Try NeoStrata Sheer Hydration Cream (endorsed by Dr Sunny Dhesi at Rutland Aesthetics); lightweight and absorbent, it’s perfect for use in hot, humid climates and helps to control oily skin. And as an added bonus, it contains broad spectrum SPF 35 protection so will prevent against further sun damage.

DIRECTORY • Head Candy, 26 Church Street, Market Harborough, LE16 7AA, 01858 464395, • Creme Hair and Beauty, The Old Church, 8 Mill Street, Oakham, LE15 6EA, 01572 723823, • Langham Body and Beauty Studio, 12 Cold Overton Road, Langham, LE15 7JG, 07917 672815, • Glow, Barnsdale Lodge, The Avenue, Exton, Oakham, LE15 8AH, 01572 720611 • Rutland Aesthetics, 07775 839921,

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Set in 23 acres of peaceful countryside, Homefield offers health and beauty packages and treatments designed to help you look younger, lose weight, or simply feel better about yourself. Homefield is so much more than a high street beauticians and being a small venue, has a much more exclusive feel than the conveyor belt approach delivered by big spas. With expert therapists to hand - you can choose to get advice on your diet, gain a ‘clean slate feeling’ with a Colon Hydrotherapy session, or have some time out by stepping away from a busy world and enjoy some pampering treatments - followed by a few moments of quiet in a dressing gown with a cup of herbal tea… Ring us today to see how we can help, 01536 712219. Our reception is open 7 days a week, 9am to 6pm. Visit our website


Sociable, Ladies only RUNNING GROUP Groups suitable for new runners and beyond Next 8 week beginner course starts Tuesday 27th June Booking essential Meeting twice a week in Market Harborough and Kettering

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On the 31 August – 3 September 2017, Land Rover Burghley Horse Trials will open its gates offering one of the country’s most premium events in the social calendar. Spectators will flock from around the globe to witness world class equestrian competition from over 80 elite horse and rider combinations.


and Rover Burghley is not only renowned for its adrenaline pumping sport, but showcases one of Britain’s finest outdoor pop up shopping villages. Aside from the countryside musts such as wellington boots and wax jackets, an array of home furnishings, handcrafted jewelry and unique clothing can be found within the sprawling parkland. The idyllic rolling hills of the Burghley estate make for the perfect setting for a picnic with family or friends. Adventurers can turn their hand to the off-roading experience Title Sponsor Land Rover has on offer. For those looking for a more relaxing experience, visitors can soak up the last of the British summer in Pol Roger’s exclusive


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OUT & ABOUT Amander Meade selects the best entertainment in the region this month.

Friday 18 to Sunday 20 August EVENT: Birdfair Quite simply the most important conservation event in the world and hosted by the nature reserve team on the shores of Rutland Water. Worldwide celebrities and experts will give lectures, sign books and take part in key debates as well as 100s of trade stands and special events specialising in all things wildlife. Meet British TV favourites Chris Packham, Simon King, Mark Cawardine, Bill Oddie and Steve Backshall who will be at the event on Saturday and Sunday. All ticket and event information at

Friday 18 August, 7.30pm MUSIC: Gordon Haskell Returning to Rutland by popular demand, Gordon will perform all his classics including the recordbreaking ‘How Wonderful You Are’. Whissendine Village Hall Tickets £10 Tel: 01664 474437 Monday 21 August to Sunday 3 September EVENT: Journeys Festival International The festival celebrates the artistic talents of refugee and asylum seekers, sharing their stories through art and culture. For details of individual exhibitions and events visit Saturday 26 and Sunday 27 August EVENT: Leicestershire County Show This year’s categories include equine, heavy horse and livestock as well as several impressive tasks from local young farmers’ groups. There will also be a spectacular motocross freestyle stunt team, a classic car and tractor rally, tractor pulling plus a traditional fun fair and a wide range of trade shows with over 50 craft stands.

Leicestershire County Showground, Market Harborough Details are at www. Tel: 01858 439 086. Saturday 26 to Monday 28 August, 10am to 5pm (Sunday 2pm to 5pm) EVENT: Flower Festival Beautiful floral displays celebrating the Beauty of Books with home-made refreshments served all weekend in the village hall. A preview evening takes place on Friday 25 at 7pm with tickets available from the village shop. St Andrew’s Church, Whissendine Proceeds to church funds. Monday 28 August, 11am to 4pm EVENT: Langham Street Market This year stalls include White Elephant, Bric-a-Brac, Tombola, Plants, Tools and Toys with a variety of refreshments available all day plus games and competitions for all ages. All proceeds towards Langham Village Hall Pitches are available from £15 Tel: 01572 771115

Thursday 31 August to Sunday 3 September EVENT: Land Rover Burghley Horse Trials Recognised as the premier equestrian and social event in the international sporting calendar and a focus for the best horses and riders in the world, the parkland of Burghley provides a stunning location for the popular shopping village of more than 600 exhibitors – making sure Burghley is now almost as famous for the fabulous shopping as for the equine action. Burghley Park, Stamford For tickets and all information visit

Friday 1 September, 7.30pm EVENT: Film Night Lion tells the extraordinary, true story of a lost Indian boy, adopted by an Australian couple, who at the age of 30 sets out on a quest to find his long-lost mother. Lyddington Village Hall. Admission is £5 on the door.

Friday 8 September, 7pm to 11pm EVENT: Barn Dance To celebrate another successful osprey season at Rutland Water, a barn dance will be held with music provided by the Navigation Band. The ticket price includes a hog roast and there will be a bar on site to quench your thirst after all that dancing plus a raffle and games. Manton Village Hall Tickets £20 each Tel: 01572 737378 or visit





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Protecting your business brand Setting up your own business can be exhilarating and rewarding. On the flipside, taking the plunge can be a daunting prospect fraught with many potential pitfalls.


OUR brand sets you apart from your competitors and protecting it is important. Nigel Moore, Partner from Buckles Solicitors, explains Intellectual Property, which covers a range of legal rights that cover information and ideas, and how they are expressed. Registered rights include patents, trademarks and registered designs and can only be granted by an official body such as the UK Intellectual Property Office. Once registered, the owner can prevent others from using the right without permission. Unregistered rights apply automatically, giving protection from the copying or use of a right. Unregistered rights include copyright, unregistered design rights, unregistered trademarks and confidential information. The issuing of a patent gives an inventor legally protectable monopoly over an invention or new inventive feature of an existing product or process. They last for a limited period, usually 20 years. The invention must be new, include an inventive element, be applicable by

industry and not be subject to any specific exclusion for a patent to be issued. Patents must be applied for, offer a high level of protection, and are essential in some industries. They are expensive to obtain, however, and require the public disclosure of technology, which may benefit a competitor before a patent is issued. A trademark is a brand name, sign or symbol used by a trader to distinguish its products or services from those of other traders. It may incorporate a logo, colour or style of packaging. To qualify as a trademark, it must be distinctive, capable of being represented graphically to distinguish goods or services, and not be excluded by statute. Registration of trademarks can be applied in the UK only or the EU and are enforceable accordingly. Copyright is an automatic right protecting the expression of an idea in art, music, drama or literature. It lasts for 70 years following the death of the author and allows them to prevent unauthorised use of the work. Design rights Like a trademark, a registered design provides legal monopoly and can be UK or EU based. Registrations must be renewed every five years for a maximum period of 25 years and are chiefly used in the fashion industry. An unregistered design gives a right against copying. • If you are considering setting up in business, have already begun the process and would like to know more, or if you have an issue with an organisation infringing your brand and require legal advice, contact Buckles Solicitors on 01733 888888.

Saddle Up with the Sheriff at Barrowden


HE High Sheriff of Rutland, Craig Mitchell, is hosting a family bike ride and family fun day on the village green at Barrowden on Bank Holiday Monday, 28 August. The bike ride starts at 11am and fun day will include lots of events such as children’s races, petanque lessons, a table tennis tournament, children’s games, a plant stall, food and drink, classic cars and much more. All money raised goes to Rutland and Leicestershire Air Ambulance. Be sure to pop into the lovely Exeter Arms for a hearty lunch or refreshing drink while you’re there!






Changing lives

to give others hope that recovery from mental distress is achievable. “Recovery for me was a gradual process, rather than an overnight change but recovery is possible and that is the message I want to convey. Reaching out for help is a brave and courageous step and it is completely understandable that there will be many fears in doing so. However, I know from experience that asking for help is a valuable, and sometimes life-changing step. Nobody has to go through these issues on their own.” Jessica has now spent the last three years working as a counsellor in an NHS setting as part of a team of in-house counsellors at a local GP Surgery. She also works from a dedicated therapy room at her home in Barnack, where she provides a quiet, relaxed setting. Passions and Beliefs: “I am keen to raise awareness of eating disorders and self harm and I am passionate about the benefits of counselling to help with these issues. Counselling helped me to understand why I was struggling with food and self-harm. It enabled me to talk about and understand my emotions and then find less destructive ways to manage my emotions. I see people who have diagnosed eating disorders, but I also support clients who are struggling with weight issues, body image issues, disordered eating or a difficult relationship with food. It saddens me to see how many people are using food to manage their lives. Using food becomes a way of regulating our emotions when no other coping mechanism works - such as chatting to a friend or going for a run.”

Antonia Scott speaks to Jessica Towle MBACP on her passion for helping others How it all began: Jessica Towle grew up in Ketton and went to Stamford High School where she did her GCSEs before moving to Stamford College to study Modern Languages at A Level. After studying French at University College, London she returned to Stamford and has lived in Barnack since 2002. “Whilst studying for my GCSE exams in the late 1980s, I developed Bulimia Nervosa. (Definition, according to Beat, the UK’s leading eating disorder charity: ‘A serious mental illness where people feel that they have lost control over their eating and evaluate themselves according to their body shape and weight.) Although at first it was about losing weight and altering my body shape, it soon became a way I coped with my emotions, in particular, the pressure of exams, studying and fitting in at school. I continued to struggle with this illness and self-harming behaviours during my teens and throughout my twenties. At this time, there was little specialist support available and even less openness or awareness of mental health problems. It was incredibly hard to reach out


for help because of the shame and stigma attached. I felt guilty and ashamed for having these problems – being pre-internet, I had little or no support and often felt like I was the only person in the world who self-harmed. It was my dark secret, but it was also my coping mechanism. It was a physical release for the emotional pain I felt. Looking back, I realise that keeping it secret drove it further underground and compounded my negative feelings. Despite wanting to get better, it took many years to find the help and support I needed. I saw numerous counsellors before I found the person that was right for me. I believe a counsellor should make you feel validated, safe, heard, comfortable, understood, seen for who you are and occasionally challenged, but never threatened. There really does need to be a good ‘fit’ and connection between counsellor and client. It was my positive experience of counselling that finally enabled me to begin my recovery and ignited a desire to support others on their own unique journey to emotionally healthier and happier places.” Coming Full Circle: Having fully recovered over 10 years ago, Jessica decided to train as a counsellor, drawing on and sharing her own personal experience


Raising Awareness: A recent report from YoungMinds shows that teenage girls today are facing unprecedented levels of stress and pressures that are damaging their wellbeing – describing it as the ‘perfect storm’ of social, emotional, school and sexual pressures, including the need to look ‘right’, to do well in school, to fit in and to get a good job. Jessica firmly believes that social media exacerbates many of these worries and fears, making it hard to shut out pressures or gain perspective on realistic expectations. “I feel there is a huge pressure on young people to be constantly ‘available’ online - I would say it has never been a more difficult time to be a teenager. The pressure caused by social media can increase anxiety levels, disrupt sleep and lead to depression.” Speaking out about mental illness can change lives. Jessica hopes that one day we reach a point where our mental health is given the same value as our physical health and that we end the stigma so often associated with mental health. Jessica Towle MBACP Tel: 07920118454 jessica-towle USEFUL WEBSITES:

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MULBERRY LAUNCHES NEW HOMES AT STOKES RISE IN GREAT EASTON Premier regional developer, Mulberry Developments has just launched a collection of country homes in the picturesque village of Great Easton in Leicestershire.


estled in the heart of the village, Stokes Rise is a scheme of just 22 three and four bedroom expansive family sized homes modelled on the lasting character of the area, to provide discerning buyers with the ultimate rural lifestyle. Arriving at Stokes Rise via the stone walled entrance, potential purchasers will be greeted by the handsome Bradgate show home with its solid outlook and striking oak framed porch. Thoughtfully designed to meet the needs of modern living and with an emphasis on space, the Bradgate demonstrates the exceptional finish for which Mulberry has become renowned. The triple aspect contemporary kitchen provides the perfect space for everyday family life, with the large island offering an environment for relaxed cooking and the windows and bi-folding doors filling the room with an abundance of light. As you go past the separate utility room that leads onto the garden and double garage, the study, the cloakroom and the dining room you move into

the formal living room with its log burner and a second set of bi-folds leading to the patio and lawned garden. Upstairs, the stunning master bedroom boasts wall to wall fitted wardrobes and a large en-suite with a walk-in rain shower, while the guest bedroom also benefits from far reaching views and a luxury en-suite. An additional two double bedrooms are also served by an impressive family bathroom. Proving popular with local families looking for country village life, Stokes Rise is also fitting the bill with many relocaters. Kerry Jones, Head of Sales at Mulberry Developments explains: “There’s no slowdown in the stream of commuters from London and the south-east heading for Market Harborough and the surrounding villages. With huge improvements in train speeds over the last few years, being closer to London doesn’t necessarily mean a quicker journey to work. Good transport links are a major factor in the decision making process and with Corby and Market Harborough providing excellent

rail links in to London, and the beautifully designed homes on offer at Great Easton, Mulberry’s homes are proving incredibly popular with commuters indeed.” Great Easton is considered to be one of the most attractive Welland Valley villages in highly accessible and yet unspoilt countryside. The village contains a public house, shop and primary school on its doorstep. Market Harborough and Corby provide a fast rail link into London St Pancras plus an array of shopping facilities and excellent schooling alongside the neighbouring towns of Uppingham and Oakham. Homes at Stokes Rise range in price from £389,950 - £750,000. For more information please call 01582 797562 or visit Alternatively, visit Stokes Rise marketing suite which is open Thursday to Monday from 10am until 4pm (located off Broadgate, Great Easton, LE16 8SH) to view now.



A Hull of a Day Out Forget all your pre-conceptions of Hull - it’s charming, friendly, full of great architecture and things to do, especially this year 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 a perfect destination for a Great Day Out. Journey time from our neck of the woods is just under 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. 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.



Something about the air in Hull 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



Ferens Art Gallery: Skin: Freud, Mueck and Tunick is on until 13 Aug 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 St: 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 Sat 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 telecons 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. 41 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 (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: http://www. , 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 St: 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 St: 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.

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ARKET Harborough Historical Society has been running since 1931 and meets once a month. The society has produced a wide range of books, pamphlets and its own annual journal, “The Harborough Historian”. There has been a range of talks given by eminent speakers on all aspects of local history and archaeology. Some recent subjects include the excavation of Richard III by members of the team involved, The Hallaton Treasure by Hallaton and Medbourne amateur archaeologists who made the initial find, and other professional archaeologists from Leicester University and local groups. The subjects we cover range from prehistory to recent developments such as The Symingtons Factories and the boot and shoe trade in the locale. In transport terms, regular talks have been given by expert speakers on canals, roads, railways, the coaching trade in the 18th century, the inns and pubs of the town as well as church history and the local grammar school founded in 1614. Famous people who have lived and worked in the town include Thomas Cook, the founder of the travel firm, William and Henry Bragg, father


and son, who won the Nobel prize for physics, Lady Jane Grey and her sisters, Handel and Church Langton and many others. The society also holds an annual Summer outing to places of historical interest. In past years, members and guests have visited Kelmarsh Hall, Lamport Hall, Nevill Holt Hall, The Framework Knitters Museum, Carpet Baggers Museum, Harrington and guided tours of the villages of Hallaton and Ashley looking at the church and buildings. This year’s outing was to Warkton Church, noted for its sculptures and engravings.

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Each year in October we hold a History Day where speakers are invited to give talks on a variety of subjects. Each History Day has a theme and in the past has included: • The Battle of Naseby and the Civil War in


Northamptonshire and Leicestershire • Transport in the Market Harborough Area – canals, roads and railways • Women and Society in Market Harborough and Leicestershire • Tudor and Stuart Leicestershire and Northamptonshire • The Industrial History of the Market Harborough Area • The First World War in Market Harborough and Leicestershire We have a keynote speaker for each History Day and in the past have had Leander De Lisle, famous for her books on Tudor history including the ‘The Sisters who would be Queen’ about Lady Jane Grey and her family. Other speakers include Professor Bryan Magee of Oxford University on his experiences as a 2nd World War evacuee to Market Harborough and Martin Marix Evans, a History Professor at Cambridge University and expert on The Battle of Naseby. The theme for our conference in October 2017 is ‘Crime and Punishment in Leicestershire,’ and our keynote speaker will be Carmen Callil, founder of Virago Press, who has researched her ancestors who were transported from the Market Harborough area to Australia in the early 19th century. We welcome all comers as members and guests can attend all meetings at a nominal charge of £3. We meet at The Roman Way Community Centre Market Harborough, LE16 7PQ on the second Wednesday of the month and you can join by contacting our Treasurer, Mike Stroud on 01536 762545, and • We also have a website that contains full details of programmes and many other items of interest at www. St Mary Ann the Virgin, Ashley


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From al fresco family fun to a spot of local history and culture, here’s our guide to just some of the don’t miss experiences and events coming up in Norfolk this season! Admiral Lord

A is for art experiences

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Congham Hall Hotel’s latest visitor guide, Six of the Best… Norfolk Art Experiences, includes the Peter Coke Shell Gallery in Sheringham and their own fascinating art collection. Congham is also hosting a pop-up show by Pinkfoot Gallery of Cley (, featuring works by sculptor Stephen Henderson, until September. Download the guide at

B is for beaches

Well we had to! Everyone has their own favourites, including Old Hunstanton and Brancaster to the west and Wells, Cley and Sheringham further east.

C is for carnivals

Traditional summer fun, games and carnival parades. Don’t miss The Burnhams Flower Show and Carnival on 15 July (www.burnhammarket., Wells Carnival (28 July to 6 August;, Sheringham Carnival (29 July to 6 August; www.sheringhamcarnival. com) and Cromer Carnival (12 to 18 August;

D is for don’t miss the sunsets Each one is different and they’re often a real treat (just check out local Instagram accounts!)

E is for eating fish and chips al fresco A summer tradition! Two of our favourite fish and chip picnic spots include watching the sunset over The Wash at Hunstanton or the fishing boats landing their catch on Wells Quay.

F is for Felbrigg Hall

This fine historic hall near Cromer is notable for its grand tour collection and is packed with surprises. Visit felbrigg-hall for opening times and ticket prices.

G is for gillying

Gillying, or crabbing, depending where you


are on the coast, is great fun but don’t forget to look after your catch. Follow Wells Harbour Commissioners’ advice: cover your gillys in sea water (change this frequently in hot weather), don’t overcrowd them, put them back gently where you found them and remember, no hooks on lines.

H is for history tours at Hindringham Hall Sign up for a tour of this Tudor Hall’s ground floor and the medieval site with moat and fishponds on 9 August and 13 September at 2.30pm. Tours finish at about 5pm. Tickets £20, booking is essential, call 01328 878226.

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K is for kite flying

Make the most of a summer breeze and watch your kite soar up, up, up into the big Norfolk skies

L is for local hero

Find out more about Admiral Lord Nelson, born in Burnham Thorpe in 1758. Head to the permanent Remember Nelson exhibition at The Hoste in Burnham Market (, and the Nelson & Norfolk exhibition at Norwich Castle Museum & Art Gallery, from 29 July to 1 October.

I is for iron age hill fort M is for music Warham Camp, just south of the village of Warham, is the best preserved of the five iron age forts in Norfolk. The two concentric earthwork ramparts are impressive, and the views are spectacular.

J is for join National Trust 50 things activities The National Trust - Norfolk Coast will be running their free 50 things to do before you’re 11 3/4 events during the six weeks of the summer holidays on Tuesdays at Blakeney and Wednesdays and Thursdays at Brancaster beach. Learn how to catch a crab, go bug hunting and more, ticking off your adventures


The North Norfolk Music Festival is back for its 13th year from 15 to 26 August, with a programme of chamber music concerts at its base, St Mary’s Church in South Creake, plus the Marble Hall at Holkham and St Mary’s Church, East Raynham. Highlights include recitals by pianists Louis Schwizgebel, Alexander Ullman and Melvyn Tan and much more. Box office 01328 730357,

N is for nature spotting North Norfolk is a mecca for wildlife and home to several nature reserves including RSPB Titchwell Marsh, Blakeney National Nature Reserve and NWT Cley Marshes on the coast,

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plus the Hawk and Owl Trust reserve Sculthorpe Moor, inland.

miss the annual Sandringham Flower Show on 26 July.

O is for outdoor theatre

R is for ruins

This summer, Holkham’s programme of alfresco performances in the Hall’s walled garden features As You Like It (26 July, 7pm), Alice in Wonderland (2 August, 6.15pm), The Emperor’s New Clothes (9 August, 6.15pm), Billionaire Boy (16 August, 6.15pm), Wind in the Willows (23 August, 5.45pm) plus A Comedy of Errors (30 August, 6.30pm). Visit for prices and to book.

P is for planes

The Royal Air Force Bircham Newton Heritage Centre is holding open days on 30 July, 27 and 28 August and 24 September from 10am to 4pm. Discover the fascinating history of this former RAF station and its satellite airfields at Docking and Langham. Free entry.

Q is for Her Majesty The Queen and Sandringham Built in 1870, Sandringham has been passed down as a private home through four generations of British monarchs, and is now the Norfolk retreat of Her Majesty The Queen and His Royal Highness The Duke of Edinburgh. The house, museum and gardens are open daily until 29 October (house closed 26 July). Don’t

North Norfolk is home to the Augustinian monastic ruins of Beeston Priory and Creake Abbey plus the Benedictine Binham Priory. The gardens and grounds of Walsingham Abbey are famous for the ruins of the medieval Priory and place of pilgrimage.

S is for shells

The Shell Museum at Glandford is the oldest purpose-built museum in Norfolk, and home to a fine collection of shells from around the world, plus fossils, archeological finds and more. for opening hours.

T is for trains

The North Norfolk Railway, aka the Poppy Line, offers a 10.5 mile round trip by steam train (or vintage diesel) from Sheringham along the coast to Weybourne and inland to Kelling Heath Park and Holt. for timetables and ticket prices.

beautiful villages, both on the coast and inland. Look out for country and coastal cottages, village greens, historic churches and some great eateries for a pit stop along the way!

W is for walking

Walkers are spoilt for choice, with the Norfolk Coast Path from Peddars Way, which meets the Norfolk Coast Path at Holme-next-the-Sea, plus many other routes. Grab your map and walking boots and go exploring!

X is for x-treme watersports (and the not so extreme!) Hunstanton Watersports offer kitesurfing, windsurfing and stand up paddleboarding (SUP) lessons for all ages and levels, from a two-hour SUP taster session to a three-day beginners kitesurfing course, including all equipment and tuition from qualified instructors. They also hire out equipment. 01485 534455

Y is for yurt

U is for under sail

Take a trip through the winding creeks and along the coast in one of the Coastal Exploration Company’s traditional wooden sailing boats, ranging from four hours to three days.

Shuck’s at the Yurt down at Drove Orchards in Thornham serves delicious “honest rustic food” and also launched a Shack next door, early in July, serving food to takeaway or enjoy in their al fresco eating area. 01485 525889

V is for villages

Z is for zzz

Spend time exploring some of North Norfolk’s

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Stand Up Paddleboarding (aka SUP) is the watersport du jour. Barefoot SUP - which has a new school at Bawsey - runs a variety of classes, including SUP Fitness and SUP Yoga (£12 per class), private tours (£50) and tuition (£40 for 75 minutes), all of which take place on a paddleboard. You’ll end up toned, fitter and, as SUP is non-impact, it’s a great way to exercise if you’ve an injury. Barefoot SUP, 07951 010120

Norfolketc is one of the only Royal Yachting Association (RYA) recognised centres operating along the North Norfolk coast. Based in Morston, the family-run sailing school offers adult and children’s sailing courses and powerboat courses at Blakeney Harbour. As well as RYA courses, they also provide private instruction and own boat tuition. See website for prices. Norfolketc, 01263 740704 Hunstanton Kayaks offers guided trips around the sandbanks of the Wash (£30 per person), while less experienced paddlers can kayak with a guide (£20 per person per hour). Kayaking trips also wind through the creeks from Brancaster Staithe to Burnham Overy Staithe (£35 per person, minimum of four in a group). Kayaks are available for personal hire, too. Hunstanton Kayaks, 07810 188165


Get up close and personal with the common and grey seal on a trip with Beans Boats. Hop aboard one of their custom ferries at Morston and head up the creek to Blakeney Point, home to one of the largest collections of migrating birds in Europe and the old Blakeney lifeboat station, as well as the spectacular seal colony. The boat trip lasts an hour. Adults £12, children £6. Beans Boats, 01263 740505/ 740038, Founded in 1939, Snettisham Beach Sailing Club continues to be a thriving hub for members who own everything from catamarans to monohulls, as well as windsurfers and kite-surfers. The club also offers a huge range of sailing and powerboat courses over the summer for members and non-members. See the website for dates and prices. Snettisham Beach Sailing Club, 07938 190846/ 01485 779027 (Jane Ellison, Chief Instructor for RYA Training),


AM the youngest of three dogs in our family with Twiglet aged 13 and Daisy, aged eight. We are all models for my mum’s business Ruff and Tumble, which makes dog drying coats. The best times are when we are in North Norfolk, my favourite place! My perfect day would be a 6am start, breakfast and a trip to Brancaster beach. As soon as we reach the beach I like to run as fast as possible into the sea and wait for everyone to catch up. We usually walk left on the beach down to Titchwell creek, where we have to be on leads, as Mum likes to watch the seals playing without us joining in! After a lovely, long, deserted beach walk we will sometimes drop into Deepdale Cafe. Then it’s home for a nap while Mum sees to emails and paperwork. Later in the day we often take an inland walk from our home in Syderstone. This can either be a 40-minute walk or over an hour depending on which route we take ( walks.pdf). It is rare for us to meet anyone so there’s lots of running around, with interesting smells and hedgerows to explore. At the end of our walk we sometimes pop into our local pub, The Lynn Arms, where we always receive a warm welcome. Fortunately they love dogs and Mum says the food is delicious and good value!

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his workers out armed with chalk to write his word ‘Quiz’ on doors, walls and windows everywhere. Naturally, the Dubliners were intrigued by this imaginative act of mass graffiti and the ‘Q’ word was on every lip - Daly won his wager! Sad to say this story only surfaced in print a full 44 years after the event and the writer chose to remain anonymous… By 1794 ‘The Sporting Magazine’ is telling us that ‘…not to be extremely dissipated and extravagant is to be a Quiz’ - so in today’s parlance that’s an 18th century ‘nerd’! Oh, and there was also a sort of wooden toy like a yo-yo round about then, which was also called a ‘quiz’. However, my money is with that fount of all knowledge, Stephen Fry, who reckons the word derives from the first question in early Latin grammars which is ‘Qui es?’ or ‘Who are you?’ Fast forward to 1923 when US commercial radio gave us the first broadcast quiz show, ‘The Pop Question Game’. Across the Atlantic, ‘Auntie’ BBC viewed this development somewhat sniffily - too populist by far! But by 1937 the ‘Inter-Regional Spelling Competition’ popped up on ‘Childrens’ Hour’. 1937 saw the Beeb’s first television quiz show ‘Spelling Bee’ while it was veteran comic Charlie Chester who was the first to offer prizes (goods only - no cash allowed) on his shows between 1951-60. Quizzes boomed and the pub quiz really took off in the 70s, aimed at bringing in more custom on quiet weekday nights.

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