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The Feast Released: 19 August This horror filmed entirely in Welsh debuted at last year’s South by Southwest film festival to critical acclaim. The story follows a wealthy family hosting a dinner party at their home in the Welsh mountains. They’re entertaining a local businessman and farmer who are hoping to secure a business deal. A young woman arrives to be their waitress for the evening and unbeknownst to the family and their guests, she is planning on serving them their last meal ever. This film is not for the fainthearted and will push you to your limits but if you’re looking for something different and filled with tension, then this is for you. Just maybe avoid eating your dinner while you watch it.

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Bullet Train Released: 3 August Ladybug (Brad Pitt) is a trained killer that feels like he’s got the worst luck possible. He’s had enough of the assassin life, but his handler Maria Beetle (Sandra Bullock) has one more job for him. All he needs to do is collect a briefcase from a bullet train that’s heading from Tokyo to Kyoto. Ladybug soon finds that there’s other competing assassins on the train and their objectives are all somehow connected. Directed by Deadpool 2’s David Leitch, this promises to be a hilarious action comedy with co-stars Joey King, Aaron Taylor-Johnson, Brian Tyree Henry and Michael Shannon.

Beast Released: 26 August

Day Shift Released: 12 August, Netflix Jamie Foxx is just trying to be a good dad and provide a better life for his 8 year old daughter and so he spends his days cleaning pools in San Fernando, California. Or at least, that’s what he wants people to believe. He actually earns his money by hunting and killing vampires. Put together by a team of people behind some of the John Wick films, Day Shift also stars Dave Franco and the legendary Snoop Dogg. It’s going to be some serious silly fun – what could be more entertaining than watching Jamie Foxx shoot some vampires in California? There’s a sentence I bet you didn’t think you’d read today.

Have you ever wanted to see Idris Elba punch a lion in the face? Well, you’re in luck because in Beast, he punches a lion in the face. Elba plays a recently widowed husband who’s on a trip to South Africa with his two teenage daughters to show them where he first met their mother. During holiday, they head to a game-reserve with a family friend who’s a wildlife biologist. Sounds like all the makings of a lovely day. Until a ferocious man-hunting lion starts attacking them and killing anyone in its way. Can Idris Elba protect his children and get them home safely and stop them from becoming a lion’s lunch? Maybe punching the lion in the face will help.

Fisherman’s Friends: One and all Released: 19 August Sea-shanties. Made popular again by TikTok and by the Fisherman’s Friends. I personally don’t understand the appeal. Anytime I hear a sea-shanty all I think of is that old advert for frozen battered cod. Despite that, the Fisherman’s Friends return for a second helping of shanty singing. They’ve made it big, signed up to the same record label as Lady Gaga and they’re on the road to serious success. But with success comes drama and soon the group is falling out and losing focus. Can they shove their spats to the side and shift into shantying gear and maybe make it to Glastonbury? Probably. If, like me, you’re not a shanty zealot then you might just enjoy the beautiful Cornish back-drop instead. 07



Celebrity MasterChef BBC, August

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Since lockdown, my fiancé has really got me into MasterChef and all its spin-offs. We love Greg Wallace but have you ever noticed how John Torode describes in detail what a contestant is making and then finishes off by saying something like “If they pull it off, it could be nice.” That’s the case with all food, John! If it goes well, it’ll be nice, if it goes badly, it won’t be! Anyway, there’s a new line of celebrities stepping into the kitchen to give the culinary competition a go. We’ve got the likes of Chris Eubank, Danny Jones, Jimmy Bullard, Katya Jones, Kirsty Gallacher, Lesley Joseph and Paul Chuckle donning the aprons and cooking up a storm.

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House of the Dragon

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This anticipated series based on Neil Gaiman’s popular comic is almost here. The Sandman is the story of Morpheus, the Dream King and how following an escape after decades of imprisonment by a wizard, he tries to fix the mistakes he’s made during his long existence. The cast is phenomenal and includes Jenna Coleman, Charles Dance, Gwendoline Christie, Sanjeev Bhaskar, David Thewlis, Patton Oswalt and Stephen Fry. This is likely to be the next big Netflix series that everyone is talking about so make sure you’re ahead of the game and catch this as soon as it comes out. Photo: Netflix

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Netflix, 5 August

Game of Thrones was all anyone talked about for years but after a disappointing final season and a less than satisfactory ending, people have forgotten about it and moved on. Well, the people at HBO are hoping there’s still a spark of excitement as they bring us House of the Dragon, a spin-off prequel sent 200 years before the original series. This new story focuses on the House of Targaryen, the ancestors of Daenerys as the family starts to fall apart, signalling the beginning of the end of their reign. The cast is looking fantastic and includes Paddy Considine, Emma D’Arcy, Matt Smith, Olivia Cooke and Rhys Ifans. Luckily, you don’t have to wait five seasons for some big dragons to show up, it looks like there’s plenty of dragons to be found in the House of the Dragon!

Locke & Key Netflix, Final Season, 10 August The Locke family is back to discover more magical keys within Keyhouse for one final season. Following the events of the second season, the family is feeling a little fractured. But they’ll need to come together to deal with a new threat. Something dangerous is lurking in Matheson and it has plans of its own for the keys. Expect more drama, teen angst and magical mayhem as this exciting series comes to a close.

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Norwich Theatre Royal Waitress 15-20 August Chelsea Halfpenny (9 to 5, BBC's Casualty, ITV's Emmerdale) stars as Jenna in the hit musical comedy Waitress. Jenna is an expert pie-maker who dreams of some happiness in her life. However, when a hot, new doctor arrives in town, life gets complicated. With the support of her workmates, Becky and Dawn, Jenna overcomes the challenges she faces and finds that laughter, love and friendship can provide the perfect recipe for happiness.

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The Nimmo Twins: Holt? Who Goes There? 23 August In the second of the 25th anniversary shows, The Nimmo Twins, aka Owen Evans and Karl Minns, return with their first brand new show in six years. Featuring She Go, The Council, Billy Boy, Anne and Tom Bland, as well as brand new characters that they'll name after obscure, thinly populated North Norfolk armpits.

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Peppa Pig's Best Day Ever 26-27 August Get ready for a road trip full of fun adventures. From castles to caves, dragons to dinosaurs and ice creams to muddy puddles – there is something for all of the family and their friends to enjoy, including Miss Rabbit, Mr Bull, Suzy Sheep, Gerald Giraffe and more!

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There are some fabulous events going on at your local John Lewis this month...

Race Days The East of England has a total of 31 fixtures over the summer including dedicated Family Days where under 18s race free across two racecourses. There will be plenty of extra entertainment in addition to the thrilling action on the track, as well as the opportunity to get up close and see the magnificent racehorses first hand. There is always a great array of food and drink options on offer, as well as the chance to bring your own picnic so the whole family can enjoy an affordable day outdoors in a relaxed and friendly atmosphere. As well as watching the incredible sporting action, every member of the family can get involved with a range of activities within the ticket price. Entertainment provided by both racecourses includes pedal karts, basketball challenges and an inflatable obstacle course. Under 18s race free at all fixtures and adult tickets start from £14 for the Newmarket fixtures and £18 for Great Yarmouth’s Family Day. Family Days: Newmarket, Saturday 6 August Great Yarmouth, Sunday 28 August



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Joy Ellis' Jazz Trio 2 September, Anteros, Norwich Joy Ellis is a pianist, singer and composer based in London. Since graduating from the Guildhall School of Music and Drama she has toured all over the world playing jazz. Past gig highlights include Ronnie Scott’s, the Jazz Café and the Barbican Pit Theatre in London. She will perform in Norwich as part of her jazz trio, with Adam Osmianski and Henrik Jensen. Joy's music is compelling and delicate, yet intimate, making you feel that no notes are wasted. In March this year Joy released her third album with long-time collaborators Jensen on double bass and drummer Osmianski. Recorded at the end of May 2021 her new material has a relaxed and minimalist vibe in keeping with the album’s title, ‘Peaceful Place’. Certainly worth seeking out this gig before you miss out.

Have you met the Mammoths? 27 June until 10 September If you come down to John Lewis today you'll be sure of a mammoth surprise! With the Mammoth and T-Rex take over happening across the county this summer John Lewis has a few of their own prehistoric guests ready to meet you in-store on the Mezzanine level. Children can also explore the cave, with cave art rubbings to have a go at and enter the Mammoth colouring competition for the chance to win a special prize, pick up a mammoth colouring sheet in-store. Bank holiday weekend Join the team in-store on Saturday 27 August for family fun. Continuing with the dinosaur theme they will be hosting free dinosaur themed face painting, dinosaur egg decorating and storytelling in the mammoth's cave on the Mezzanine. With live music from the fabulous Ashlea Lauren and 'Bublé The show' there will also be complimentary treatments in beauty, food tastings and more. Children's craft party Thursday 1 September, 10am - 11.30 Make your very own Concertina book character with the guys from SchooDoodle. The party takes place in The Place to Eat restaurant. Tickets are £15 and can be booked by emailing, recommended for children age 5 - 12.

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Join the John Lewis Ipswich Nursery team along with local experts at the All Things Baby Event. These prenatal sessions will include all you need to know to prepare for your new arrival and beyond. To reserve your free place email:





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Feast in the Park Throughout August (see website for dates) Holkham, Norfolk Grab your picnic blankets and chairs, it’s time to relax and unwind in beautiful surroundings with mouthwatering street food and drinks from Norfolk’s finest foodies. Feast runs on a small scale throughout the week, with larger offerings and live bands on the weekend. This year you will see that their concessions are helping Holkham with their vision to be the UK’s most sustainable rural estate. There will be no more drinks in plastic bottles, packaging (wherever possible) will be compostable, eco-friendly cleaning products will be used, local and seasonal produce and suppliers will be used wherever possible, reducing use of fossil fuels will be encouraged and concessions will help customers to sort their waste for composting and recycling.

Strictly Come Dancing’s Argentine Tango King, Vincent Simone brings his new show, ‘Tango Passions’, accompanied by world-class Argentine Tango specialists, including leading lady Paula Duarte. This steamy, passionate night features music from Astor Piazzolla and Gotan Project and includes dancing and stories about the history of the Argentine Tango

Rock Orchestra by Candlelight 2 September, Regent Theatre, Ipswich Ready for something a little different? Following on from their sold out debut tour, the Rock Orchestra returns to the UK with a massive, brand new 90-minute set list featuring the biggest Rock and Metal of all time, performed in stunning candlelit surroundings. Expect to hear hits from: Pink Floyd, Metallica, Rammstein, Tool, Slipknot, Black Sabbath, Rage Against The Machine, Linkin Park, SOAD, Led Zeppelin, Evanescence, Guns N Roses, Billy Idol, Queens of The Stone Age and MORE...


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Making the most of clement weather, warm evenings and all the fabulous things there are to do on our doorstep says Melanie Cook of

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say “If there’s one thing you do this summer”, but I would be doing everyone an injustice. And I don’t want to do that. What I will say is, “There’s so much going on this month around Norwich and Norfolk that if you don’t take a few days off to enjoy our lush, pretty and easily navigable county, there’s a good chance you’ll miss out.” And who wants to be that person, at a party or Sunday BBQ, not being able to join the conversation?

The pandemic taught us a thing or two about enjoying the outdoors and nature. In all seasons. It also showed us that combating loneliness can be a real battle for many. In Norwich we have many beautiful green spaces to enjoy, we are lucky for a city.

things from scratch. We were trying new things and welcoming new experiences with open minds. Over at Fielding Cottage located in Honningham there’s a farm making award-winning goat's cheese. In fact, Sam Steggles and his team have been making their goat's cheese for over 10 years to great acclaim, I’m happy to say. These days though, you don’t have to settle for buying cheese from their farm shop or supermarket. You can now learn from the experts and make your own. Prices are £95 per person and groups are welcome too. So, you can now make cheese. How about then mastering the art of gin distilling so you can enjoy your cheese with a tipple? Sounds good to me. Gyre & Gimble business partners Craig Allison and Rory Smith, kept themselves busy during lockdown experimenting with distilling. With their Norwich bar closed because of restrictions they had the time to dream up some great recipe gins. And they did just that. So out of lockdown was born a coastal gin infused with samphire and lavender - Callooh Callay, a cherry gin – Queen of Hearts and a classic London dry with a double dose of juniper. Now they’ve invested even more in their business and moved to The Royal Arcade in Norwich where they have a well-stocked shop and Gin Academy.

So, let’s get started. Except that before I do, remember that travelling, exploring and experiencing can be so beneficial for our health. Particularly if we are run down, or feeling that the drudge of the weekly routine is getting too much. A change is a good as a rest, so they say. And I couldn’t agree more. So, lift yourself out of the deckchair, or ignore that pile of ironing and make some plans. During the first lockdown in 2020, people very quickly began taking up new hobbies or resurrecting old ones. We had time to think about what was important to us. We also realised that doing nothing isn’t all that it’s cracked up to be. And food and drink became a really important focus in our lives. Taking time to make more adventurous meals or making



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And, said Gin Academy is extremely good fun, because I’ve tried it. And even though I say it myself my ‘Marchie’- distilled in March 2022- is very good. A warm and spicy yet gentle gin, using botanicals including chilli, orange, ginger and lemongrass, plus seven more. Of course, I cannot reveal them because it’s my own secret recipe. Yes, secret. But I don’t need to reveal my secrets because you have a host of incredible botanicals to choose from on one of their 2.5 hour workshops. For £75 per person, you will learn the history of gin, sip gin and tonics as you go and distil your own bespoke tipple, which

you get to take home. 70cl of delicious handmade gin to impress your friends with or keep entirely for yourself. And if you want more? They archive your recipe so you can either return to make another bottle or Craig and Rory can do it for you. The pandemic taught us a thing or two about enjoying the outdoors and nature. In all seasons. It also showed us that combating loneliness can be a real battle for many. In Norwich we have many beautiful green spaces to enjoy, we are lucky for a city. At Plantation Garden this summer, they are running outdoor guided meditation every Saturday between 9am-10am.Tickets cost £5 plus £2 entry to the garden, I would suggest buying an annual membership for £7.50, which means you have free entry to the garden whenever you want for the year.

Norwich is the only city in the country situated in a national park. Again, lucky us. And with Whitlingham Country Park just outside the city centre we have over 280-acres of circular walks, surrounded by nature, wildlife and water. And there’s more at the Sculpture Park at the Sainsbury Centre for Visual Arts with stunning artworks to admire including Henry Moore, Antony Gormley, Elisabeth Frink, Lynn Chadwick and Liliane Lijn. This is a special place of natural beauty and architecture too – 350 acres of parkland by the water, open during daylight hours for free. And there’s more because on The Marriott’s Way-which begins where Barn Road meets Barker Street-there’s 26 miles to walk along a disused railway track. In summer enjoy canopies of overhanging ancient trees and wild strawberries. Duncan is a local tour guide who knows his onions. Well, actually his beer. Duncan now takes History and Hostelries tours across Norwich (£25, including a pint at each authorised stop!) where tour-goers will experience over four hours or more some of CAMRA’s ‘City of Ale’ iconic pubs. Along the way Duncan regales stories about plague pits, Tudor streets, ghosts, Norwich innovations and celebrated local characters. Wonderful! Now here’s a strange one; A medieval street beneath The Shoebox on Castle Meadow. Yes, honestly. Tickets are £15 for a tour. And there’s more because you can also book a Secrets of the Tunnels escape game (£16.25 per person), which I know will test your wits because the people behind this are very clever. But you have to be cleverer to get out in 60-minutes. Finally, become a dinosaur hunter. Yes, your heard me right. Enjoy Norwich and Norfolk all through August and up to 10 September, locating giant T.rex and Steppe Mammoth sculptures. Just when you thought you’d seen it all. In Norwich the GoGoDiscover trail takes in 55 T.rex dinos, plus 24 Steppe Mammoths each decorated by artists around the county. Download the GoGoDiscover app (£1.99) from the Apple App Store or Google Play Store. I don’t want to give the game away but find some at Chantry Place, Norwich Cathedral, The Forum, Castle Quarter and Jarrold. Also: King’s Lynn, Holt, Cromer Pier, Holkham, Carrow Road, The Broads, Hemsby and Pensthorpe. A little Archaeopteryx has told me that at John Lewis in Norwich you can find a Steppe Mammoth constructed from denim!

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It's hot. Some would say too hot. What better way to avoid getting overheated than to sit in a paddling pool in the shade reading your new book whilst drinking an ice-cold piña colada. Just be careful you don't get your pages wet.

Escape by James Patterson & David Ellis Another month, another James Patterson novel. What can I say about someone who is arguably the best selling author over the past decade. He has more books accredited to his name than I've had jam doughnuts... and I love a doughnut! This latest thriller sees Chicago PD Detective Billy Harney leading an investigation to find five teenage girls whom have been abducted. Harney and his partner, Carla, follow a lead to a remote house, only to find themselves caught in a deadly trap. A huge explosion rips through the building, killing Carla and allowing the kidnapper to escape. With the loss of his partner fuelling him, Harney strengthens his resolve to find her killer and to make sure the body count ends there. A nail biting page turner.

The Yellow Kitchen by Margaux Vialleron

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If you are looking for thriller to enjoy this summer then look no further. This is incredible and has a twist that takes a deep dive into the issues of trust, toxic friendships and loyalty. Emily is having the time of her life on holiday with her best friend Kristen, until one night she finds their hotel room caked in blood. Well, what would you do if your bestie had killed someone? Kristen says a backpacker attacked her, leaving her no other choice but to kill him – and Emily helps her hide the body. Trying to move on and forget the horrific event, the walls soon start to close in on their cover-up, leaving the question: Can you really trust your best friend?

This is warm read all about food, friendship, and love. Claude, Giulia and Sophie are three women who live in London and the story is centred around the yellow kitchen in Claude's flat where she bakes them all food whilst sharing their lives. When a trip to Lisbon causes Claude and Sophie to explore their attraction to each other, the three friends' dynamic is changed, set against a tempestuous year in politics. You will quickly be Absorbed in to the lives of these very real and complex young women.

The Museum of Ordinary People by Mike Gayle

This is one of my favourite books I have read so far this year and is well worth adding to your to-read-pile. Still reeling from the sudden Girl, forgotten death of her by Karin Slaughter mother, Jess is about to do the A small town hides a big secret…Who killed Emily Vaughn? hardest thing Prom Night. Longbill Beach, 1982. Emily Vaughn dresses she's ever done; carefully for what's supposed to be the highlight of any empty her childhood home so that it can be high school career. But Emily has a secret. And by the end sold. Inspired by a box of mementos found of the night, because of that secret, she will be dead. abandoned in a skip following a house Nearly forty years later, Andrea Oliver, newly qualified as a clearance, The Museum of Ordinary People US Marshal, receives her first assignment, but Andrea's real is a thought-provoking and poignant story focus is Emily Vaughn. Nobody was ever convicted, so the of memory, grief, loss and the things we killer is still out there. But now Andrea has a chance to find leave behind. out what really happened…



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we think about dusting off the trusty Monopoly board it is normally over Crimbo when the family are slowly emerging from a turkey-coma. With so many games to explore you will soon realise that they are not just for Christmas. Bring the fun to your next summer event with one of these games, all of which are available from Norwich based company Zatu Games, what they don't know about board games isn't worth knowing! Check them out online at:

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£15.99 A fast paced game for 2-6 players where you use letter tiles to create words as fast as possible. Whichever player uses all their tiles first is the winner, so it won’t always be the player with the biggest vocabulary that triumphs. Quick to play and skilful without relying on dictionary knowledge, Bananagrams is a great way to get friends and family who don’t like word games to play a word game with you.


£19.95 This great party game suitable for 2-8 players, sees you working alongside your teammates and nominated spymaster to find your fellow agents in the field, whilst also making sure to avoid the innocent bystanders - and the dangerous assassin! This easy-to-play word association game is a great addition to your games cupboard.


£25 Just so we are clear... this game is for adults, so best not take this to little Henry's eighth birthday BBQ. This adult party game for 4-8 players comes from the creative minds of Big Potato Games and is described by the creators as “chinese-whispers meets Pictionary”, a game of frantic doodling and some “innocent” misunderstanding that sees players trying to guess what the awful doodle in front of them is trying to depict, while also letting their inner Picasso out and attempting to draw the phrase they have been given.


The Chameleon

£25 The Chameleon, by Rikki Tahta and Big Potato Games, is a social deduction, word-based, family-friendly, party game in which the players have to work out who amongst them is hiding as the chameleon. The game is a simple game of hide and seek where players each draw a card one of which will state that you are the chameleon.


£10.99 If you do not have this in you gaming arsenal already, quite frankly you need to give yourself a good talking to. A fast-paced card game for 2-10 players. This game is almost 50 years old, and it’s still going strong today. The aim of UNO is simple… Try to get rid of all your cards, the quickest! It takes 30 seconds to explain the rules, and even less than that to set up the game.

Star Wars: Rebellion Throw Throw Burrito:

Extreme Outdoor Edition £29.99 This is unlike any game you have played before, and now you have the extreme outdoor version which has been upgraded with gigantic inflatable burritos and oversized cards. Go head to head collecting cards, earning points, and throwing weaponized Mexican food! This version includes super durable, waterresistant cards, nearly indestructible instructions, waterproof tokens, and two 3 foot tall inflatable Burritos.

£109.99 The force is strong with this one. A big investment, but in my opinion worth the hefty price tag. You will need to set aside several hours and the first couple of games will feel a little overwhelming, but certainly worth the effort to learn. There are plenty of Youtube videos out there to help give you a run down of the rules. The actions of a handful of men and women shape the course of the Galactic Civil War in Star Wars: Rebellion, a board game of epic conflict between the Galactic Empire and Rebel Alliance for 2 to 4 players.


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One of Norfolk’s leading attractions, Amazona Zoo in Cromer, offers a unique summer day out where families can explore and learn about a varied and fascinating selection of animals native to South America. Home to over 200 tropical animals, including jaguars, monkeys, snakes, caimans, flamingos and tapirs, the zoo is committed to helping visitors discover nature and providing education on conservation issues set within 15 acres on the north Norfolk coast. Get up close to the pumas, jaguar, jaguarundi and ocelots in the Feline Forest and find the mischievous monkeys and the sweet South American tapirs and their newborn calf. Check out Amazona Zoo’s Leafcutter Ant Exhibit; the bespoke enclosure features a long tunnel housing around 3000 Atta cephalotes where visitors can see the ants at work and feeding. Atta cephalotes are originally from the rainforests of Trinidad. Outdoors, children can go wild in the adventure play park and picnic area, ‘Rainforest Springs’ where they can bounce to their hearts' content on the massive jumping-pillows or play on the slides and swings. The indoor-soft play area, ‘Jungle Tumbles’ offers slides, tunnels, interactive toys and climbing nets, providing under 12’s with a great indoor creative and active experience on sunny or rainy days. The 30ft educational yurt is a hub for educating visitors about the history of South America and facts on the animals who call Amazona Zoo their home. Admission costs: £13.50 for adults, £11.50 for seniors and £9.50 for children (aged 4-16) Family ticket: £40 Season tickets: Adults £30, children £22, senior citizens £25

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The England Chocolate Company

If you love chocolate then get ready to have your taste buds tickled. These are made to a seriously high standard and make the perfect gift; although once tried you will find it difficult to part with them. Of particular note are the Original Orange truffles and the Raspberry Lust. You can taste a true master at work. from £8.99 per box

Summer Dining

With summer now in full bloom, The Ivy Norwich Brasserie has launched a selection of new seasonal dishes for guests to enjoy during the warmer months. With an abundance of vibrant flavour and colour, dishes include a Goat’s Cheese and Courgette Tart (£8.75), with artichoke tapenade, mixed herbs, and truffle crème fraiche sauce to start, the Pan-Fried Salmon Fillet (£17.25) served with asparagus spears, courgette ribbons, toasted pine nuts, and a chive velouté for mains, and the delicious Almond and Blueberry Panna Cotta (£7.95) for dessert, featuring a limoncello sauce, almond tuile, and gold flakes. The menu is complemented by a range of summer cocktails including the Bloodflower Margarita (£11.50), a twist on a classic Margarita with Olmeca Altos Plata Tequila, St Germain elderflower liqueur, blood orange, lime and orange juice, and the Mango Colada (£11.75), a tropical dream made with La Hechicera Reserva Familiar Rum, mango, coconut and lime. The summer menu is available at The Ivy Norwich Brasserie until Wednesday, 31 August. To book a table, visit:

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La Cueva

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Sarah Hardy previews the North Norfolk Food & Drink Festival next month

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• Mint, coriander and parsley to garnish

• 1 Tbsp miso paste

• 1 lime

• 1 Tbsp soy sauce

For the herby yoghurt:

• 2 Tbsp sesame oil

herby yoghurt, ginger, pickled red onion & sesame

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• 1 aubergine

• Tbsp cider vinegar

Miso roasted aubergine with

There are lots of activities for children, including story telling sessions and live music, and the festival is very much a dog friendly event - with treats available for them, too. Entry is free and car parking is available at £5 per vehicle. The festival opens from 10am to 4pm on both days. The festival is run by local foodies who all volunteer their services to support this family-friendly event which is a firm favourite in the culinary calendar. Facilities and attractions at the hall, an 18th century Palladian style house, are also available, including shops, cycle hire, a high ropes course and a cafe. There are many lovely Estate walks, and Holkham beach is regularly voted one of the best in the country.

• 1 inch piece of ginger, grated

• 3 tbsp Greek yoghurt • Sprig of rosemary • 1 lime, juiced • 1 garlic clove, minced

METHOD: In a mixing bowl, add the miso, soy, ginger, cider vinegar and sesame oil and mix well. Slice the aubergine lengthways into six long wedges. Add them to the bowl and massage them with the marinade. Line a baking tray with baking paper and lay out the wedges, drizzling any leftover marinade on top of the aubergines. Roast in the oven for 30 minutes at 180 °C until golden brown and slightly charred. Take out and let cool. Finely slice the red onion. Add it to a jar with the lemon juice, vinegar, sugar salt and

For the pickled onion: • 1/2 red onion, thinly sliced • 1 lemon, juiced • 2tbsp cider vinegar • 1 Tbsp sugar • 1 tsp salt • Sesame seeds, toasted

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r e m m Su A thrifty girl’s guide to

party success by Charlie Smith-Knight

It is here!

Finally. The promise of a Summer without any Lockdown restrictions. It’s time to put down the remote, move away from Netflix and step out blindly into some muchneeded sunshine. Yet trailing in the pandemic’s wake, like a petulant younger sibling that just realised it’s not their birthday party, comes a cost of living crisis. So, it seems we are not entirely out of the woods yet. But fear not, if your finances are waging a war more biblical than that of David and

From homemade coleslaw to Moroccan cous-cous, you have no idea what secret ingredients your friends have hidden up their proverbial chef sleeves Goliath, this thrifty girl has some tips to help slay that particular dragon by cutting the cost, so you can continue to spread some joy and throw your own party successfully this Summer. First of all, because let’s be honest it always starts with food, is the Pot Luck Provision. Of course, barbequing is the classic British summer party staple and for good reason. There is nothing more glorious than mildly charcoaling some

up and artfully arranged in a pitcher. For those designated drivers, why not whip up a cold brew coffee jug. Take some ice, room temperature coffee and whiz it up with milk or ice cream. sausages whilst trying to make sure the paper plates don’t blow into next door’s garden. But being responsible for this holy grail of British tradition does not need to fall entirely on your shoulders and this is where you can employ the Pot Luck Provision. The principle of which is simple: ask your guests to bring a dish. If you can cook, this is an excellent opportunity to show off your skills and if you can’t, then it is likely that edible snacks are going to be provided by a more culinary proficient friend or family member. The day I found out my sister puts egg in her potato salad was genuinely revolutionary. From homemade coleslaw to Moroccan cous-cous, you have no idea what secret ingredients your friends have hidden up their proverbial chef sleeves or what you can be passing off as your own genius idea in the future (thanks Vicky!). A problem shared is a problem halved, as they say. Next up, the drinks, and why not round up the bottles lurking in the back of your alcohol cupboard. Save some money and create your own cocktail. Follow the golden rule: 2 parts spirit, 1 part sour, 1 part sweet. If it tastes great, give it the family name. If it doesn’t, maybe name it after an ex or that girl that ruined the name Jennifer for you in High School. Either way, lemonade covers a multitude of sins and everyone appreciates some fresh fruit cut

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When it comes to entertainment, never underestimate the value of a pack of cards. Poker hasn’t been around for a thousand years without reason. You can also pick up some well-priced garden games online and I promise it won’t be just the kids that enjoy a game of inflatable target ball or the novelty of giant Jenga. Either way, grab your Bluetooth speaker, run up a playlist and blast out some Mungo Jerry to set the scene. On the subject of scene-setting, let’s not overlook decorating. Never forget that fairy lights aren’t just for Christmas. A well-placed string of twinklers can add a touch of magic to any average looking perennial border. There’s no need to worry about matching either. Pull out those odd souvenir cups from your travels, random blankets and mismatched plates. It’s not chaotic - it’s eclectic. Create your own little corner of Bohemia and drape some old tablecloths over a few pallets for a unique al fresco dining experience. Dot some candles along your new makeshift table, add a vase or two of flowers and throw scatter cushions on the grass. Then you won’t need to fret about whether there’s enough garden chairs rammed in the back of the shed. Et voila! Beatnik chic in your own back garden. So, if your budget has less wiggle room than a Kardashian’s dress, there’s plenty to keep you having fun, even if it’s only Daylight savings time working in your favour. The truth is, it’s important to remember you’re only as rich as the company you keep. Take some deep breaths, enjoy the sun and have a few laughs. Just don’t forget your citronella candle. 31







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• 2 tsp Camp Chicory & Coffee Essence • ½ - 1 tsp light brown sugar • 200ml cold water • broken ice cubes • 1-2 Tbsp single cream

METHOD: Mix 2 tsp Camp Chicory & Coffee Essence with ½ - 1 tsp light brown sugar and blend with 200ml cold water. Fill a tall glass with broken ice cubes and pour over the coffee. Drizzle over 1-2 Tbsp single cream to serve.

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Coffee & Walnut Chelsea Buns

INGREDIENTS: serves 12 For the filing & icing:

For the buns:

• 150g walnuts, chopped

• 200ml whole milk

• 100g sultanas

• 50g butter

• 4 Tbsp light brown soft sugar (55g)

• 450g strong white bread flour

• 1 Tbsp Camp Chicory & Coffee Essence + 1 tsp

• 7g sachet dried yeast

• 3 Tbsp icing sugar (45g)

• 50g light brown soft sugar • 1 medium egg yolk • 3 Tbsp Camp Chicory & Coffee Essence • 1 Tbsp maple syrup

METHOD: Warm the milk and butter in a small saucepan until butter has melted, set aside. Place the flour, yeast, sugar and pinch of salt in the bowl of a free-standing mixer fitted with a dough hook. Stir in the milk mixture, egg yolk and Camp essence to give a rough dough the knead for 10 minutes. Set aside in a greased bowl, cover and leave for 1 hour or until doubled in size. For the filling, mix together the walnuts, sultanas, sugar, 1 Tbsp Camp essence and 2 Tbsp boiling water, set aside. Knead the dough to knock out any air bubbles then roll out on a lightly floured surface to a 40x30cm rectangle. Spread over the filling and roll up from the long edge. Cut into 12 and place in a lined 28x23cm tin, cut side down leaving space between each one. Cover with clingflim and set aside for 1 hour or until doubled in size. Preheat the oven to 180°C, gas mark 4. Bake for 20-25 minutes until browned, remove from the oven and brush with maple syrup and allow to cool. Mix the remaining 1 tsp Camp essence with the icing sugar and 1 tsp water to give a paste just thick enough to drizzle, then drizzle this over the buns to serve.


Coffee & Caramel BAKED CHEESECAKE INGREDIENTS: serves 8-10 For the base:

For the filing:

• 75g digestive biscuits

• 900g cream cheese

• 75g Biscoff biscuits

• 250g caster sugar

• 3 Tbsp Camp Chicory & Coffee Essence

• 75g butter, melted

• 3 Tbsp plain flour (40g)

• 150g tub soured cream

• 1 tsp vanilla bean paste

• 100g salted caramel sauce

• Zest 1 lemon

• Cocoa powder, crushed Biscoff biscuits and raspberries to decorate

• 3 large eggs, beaten

METHOD: Preheat the oven to 180°C, gas mark 4. Place a sheet of baking parchment over the base of a 23cm springform tin and place the ring of the tin on top and close the catch, trim off any excess paper. Place the biscuits in a food processor and blitz to resemble fine breadcrumbs, mix in the butter. Press into the prepared tin and bake for 10 minutes, cool. Reduce the oven to 140°C, gas mark 1. Meanwhile, whisk together the cream cheese and sugar until just

combined, then mix in the flour, vanilla, lemon zest and Camp essence. Whisk in the eggs along with the soured cream and caramel. Pour into the tin and place on a baking tray. Bake for 2 hours until just set with a slight wobble in the centre, turn off the oven leaving the cheesecake in until cooled, then chill before serving. Serve sprinkled with a little cocoa and Biscoff crumbs and top with fresh raspberries. 35

Mixed Tomato Salad With Smoked Sardines The humble tomato salad with a twist! Adding sardines will give a smoky depth to the dish – the perfect accompaniment to a summer dinner party.

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INGREDIENTS: serves 2 • 500g of tomatoes, different varieties including: yellow, orange and cherry tomatoes • 4 Fillets of smoked sardines • 1 pinch of Maldon® Salt • 4 Tbsp of Extra virgin olive oil • 1 Tbsp of Sherry vinegar • 1 Shallot

METHOD: After washing and drying the tomatoes, chop each variety in a different way so they look more appealing (thicker cuts/ thinner cuts), then simply season them with Maldon Salt and a dash of oil. Slice the shallot onion in to rings and sprinkle over the tomatoes. For this dish, the salad will be accompanied by smoked sardines, but it could also be seasoned with fresh herbs and served with a range of different ingredients. We are especially fond of combining tomatoes with tinned fish, whether oily, salted or smoked to give a underlying depth in flavour.

paella The classic paella, a cult favourite within the Spanish cuisine. Paired with saffron flavoured rice, this dish carries an abundance of flavours, including chicken; Norwegian Lobster, squid, mussels and monkfish.

METHOD: For the mussels, heat two inches of water in a saucepan over a high heat. When it reaches the boil, add the mussels for a minute, remove from the heat and set aside without opening the lid. Whilst the mussels are boiling, begin prepping the remainder of the vegetables, chopping them finely. Heat the paella pan, keeping the pan on a medium-high heat in the centre, whilst keeping the sides at a low hear. Pour 2 Tbsp of oil in the centre of the paella pan. Add the head of garlic to the pan. Brown the Norwegian Lobsters and prawns for 1 minute on either side and remove them. For the sauté base, move the garlic to the side of the paella pan, add another 1 Tbsp of oil and sauté the onion until it starts to turn transparent. Add the green pepper and stir the mixture as it cooks for 5 minutes at a low heat. Add the tomato and stir the mixture together. Add a pinch of sugar and Maldon Salt. Move the sauté mix to the sides of the paella pan where the heat is lower. Add another tablespoon of oil and fry

the chicken for 5-10 minutes and the squid 5 for minutes more (until they are golden). Bring the sauté mix back to the centre of the paella pan, mix everything together and push it back to the sides. Sauté the green beans and peas for 2 minutes. Bring the sauté mixture back from the sides to the centre and stir everything together. Add the remaining oil and the rice, stirring with the ingredients for 2 minutes over a high heat. Spread the whole mixture evenly over the paella pan, with the garlic head in the middle. Add the fish stock. When the water boils, lower the heat to the minimum and leave to simmer for 20 minutes. After 10 minutes, add the diced monkfish to the rice. Open the mussels, keeping only the shell with the mussel meat. Finally, place the prawns, Norwegian Lobsters and mussels on top of the rice. After 20 minutes, turn off the heat, cover with a clean tea towel and leave to rest for 5 minutes. Serve with eighths of lemon. Finish with a pinch of Maldon Salt.

INGREDIENTS: serves 2-4 For the Sauté: • 3 Tbsp Olive oil • 1⁄2 Medium onion • 1/3 Green pepper • 1⁄2 Head of garlic • 250g fresh or preserved tomato • 1 Pinch of sugar For the Paella: • 400g Rice • 300g chopped chicken • 350g Squid • 250g Green beans • 75g Fresh or frozen peas • 6 Prawns • 6 Norwegian Lobsters • 400g Clean mussels • 12 chunks of Monkfish • 200 ml of Extra virgin olive oil • 1⁄2 tsp Saffron • 800 ml Fish stock


• Maldon® Salt







Orange & carrot salad grilled halloumi with

This orange and carrot salad, paired with barbecue grilled halloumi creates the perfect salad for any summer dinner party!

• 2 Navel oranges • 2 Blood oranges • 2 Carrots • 200 g Halloumi cheese • 2 Tbsp Black olives • 2 Sprigs of fresh mint • 4 Tbsp Extra virgin olive oil • Maldon® salt • 1 Pinch of cumin • Freshly ground black pepper


METHOD: Wash, dry and de-leaf the fresh mint. Set aside a few whole leaves and chop up the rest finely. Juice ½ a blood orange, filter out the excess bits/pips with a sieve, then season the juice with Maldon Salt and pepper. Add the olive oil, cumin and chopped mint and mix together well. Put this salad dressing in the fridge for later. Cut the peel and pith away from the rest of the oranges with a very sharp knife until the pulp is completely clean. Cut each orange into segments and toss into a salad bowl. Using a vegetable peeler, finely shred the peeled carrots into the bowl, and add the olives and salad dressing together. Chop the halloumi into thin slices, lightly brush with olive oil and then grill on the barbecue until golden on both sides. Serve together with the salad. Add a pinch of Maldon Salt for seasoning.

INGREDIENTS: serves 4 as an accompaniment

The infamous French salad tossed in a flavoursome dressing that will impress your guests. Instead of using the typical tuna fish, we have used anchovies to give the dish a balance of umami and saltiness.


Niçoise salad

INGREDIENTS: serves 1 • 4 Medium tomatoes

• 5 Anchovy fillets

• 1 Small, green pepper

• 1 gem lettuce

• 1 Medium cucumber

• ½ Clove of garlic

• 4 Radishes

• 1 Small spring onion

• 2 Hard-boiled eggs

• 4 Sprigs of basil

• 12 Black olives

• 4 Tbsp Virgin olive oil

• 2 Tbsp Red wine vinegar (preferably sherry vinegar)

• Maldon® Salt • Black Pepper

METHOD: Wash and slice the tomatoes, toss them into a salad bowl and season with a pinch of Maldon Salt. Wash and dry the pepper and cucumber. Then, slice the pepper into thin strips, removing the stalk and pips as you go, and chop the cucumber into fine slices. Mix both in with the tomatoes. Peel and chop the garlic clove and spring onion, add them to the salad bowl and throw in 2 pinches of Maldon Salt, 3-4 pinches of freshly ground pepper and the vinegar; then mix together well. Wash and dry the basil, remove the leaves from the stalk, chop them and add them to the salad dressing, along with the olive oil, then pour into the salad bowl. Before serving, peel the eggs, cut each one into quarters and add to the salad with the anchovies.









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INGREDIENTS: serves 10-12 For the filing & icing: • 235g courgette

• 1 x 226g jar of ART’s Indian Summer chutney

• 235g spring onion

• 8 - 10 sheets of filo pastry

• 235g red pepper

• 1 egg beaten

• 235g carrot


Pre-heat the oven to Gas mark 6/180C. Thinly slice the vegetables into roughly 5cm long strips and put then them into a bowl, add the Indian Summer chutney, combine well. Lay out the square sheet of filo pastry on a clean surface, place the roll filling down the middle of the side that is nearest to you about a 1 cm in from the edge. Egg-wash the edges of the pastry, fold the sides into the middle before you start rolling so that filling stays encased in the pastry. Once you have made your spring rolls, place them onto a lined oven tray, wash with remaining egg and cook them for 20 - 25 minutes or until golden. Serve as a canapé at a party or as a light supper with a fresh green leaf salad and dips of your choice.


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With garden lighting we have two clear categories – wired or solar, each bringing their own challenges and benefits... but which one to choose? All exterior lights need to be protected from the elements, especially if they are of the wired variety – you can never take any risks with electricity. So if in doubt it is always best to talk to an expert. All garden lights need to rated at least IP43, ensuring that they’re safe and will endure outside. You will generally find that solar variations will have a lower IP rating than the wired kind. Installation Solar lights are pretty easy to install. Something like a rock light to light up pathways or add a little blast of light to a flower bed just need to placed, what could possibly be easier than that? Just remember to make sure the solar panels get enough light throughout the day to charge up. Other solar lights normally just need a few holes drilling to secure them in place.

On the other hand, wired lights take a little more effort as cabling will have to be run. If you are laying cables in the ground this ideally needs to be done pre-build and using the appropriate products to ensure that the wiring doesn't degrade in the ground and that it is safe if it is accidentally dug up. Outdoor sockets can be added to plug appliances like water features. It is best to get a qualified electrician to do this. Let it shine The level of brightness and the quality of light mainly depends on how much you spend, however generally speaking the wired variety will generate a brighter and better quality of light than its solar powered cousin. Things to look at are lumen and lighting distance. Also do you want to switch the lights on and off manually or with a smart device like your Alexa or do you want them activated with a PIR when motion is detected? Continued on page 47 41

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When making any alterations to your garden a big thing to remember is if it will be practical for all members of the family, including the four legged variety. Will there be enough shady places to spend a snoozy afternoon? Will there still be an area for their… facilities?

Oh, sit down... Sit down next to me

Now you have a beautifully landscaped garden with an amazing deck, you need somewhere to sit to fully enjoy your outdoor space – get this right and you are ready to kick back and relax. It's worth thinking about whether you are going to be entertaining and how many you want to seat on a regular basis. It's no good putting in all this effort to make your garden look fab just to have to rummage around in the garage to find the old camping chairs you occasionally use when hubby drags you off to a wet and windy Sunday league match – by the way it's worth noting at this stage that there is a big football tournament happening between the 11 June-11 July this summer so you may need a quiet sanctuary in the garden to retreat to. It is always worth spending a little more on the garden furniture, many of the lower end price range can feel a little flimsy and may not last as long as you might have hoped, so it works out cheaper in the long run to invest in something a little more substantial. The full luxury look will come when you start to add in your personal touches like cushions. Big splashes of colour will help to tie in with the colours of your garden. If you really want to look like the queen of co-ordination think about the colours of the flowers and plants you planted earlier in the year.

Hot tub anyone?

Now this is something to give some serious thought to. We appreciate they are not for everyone – they are really relaxing and great fun, but they can take a lot of looking after so make sure you really want one and it's not going to be a fad.

Pizza party Under my umbrella We all need to be aware of the damage the sun can cause to our skin if we are not careful, so we need to create shaded areas. You can build summer houses or add a pagoda to bring a shaded area to your garden, but for a more versatile and cost effective option there are some great umbrella options on the market these days which are a long way from the old Fosters branded brollies from beer gardens of old.

The ultimate accessory for any garden is the pizza oven. Whether you have an off the shelf option or you have opted to build your own after several hours of YouTube videos, the results will be the same – perfect homemade pizzas... just a-like-a mamma use-ta make. Clementi Family Wood Fired Pizza Oven, £1,150

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The big debate is... charcoal or gas? Arguments about this normally trundle on into the wee hours, but let's be honest, there's no right or wrong answer here and it is just down to personal choice. Each has their own advantages. Gas has that control-ability and is less of a faff to clean. Charcoal arguably gives a smokier flavour and has more of a sense of occasion; who doesn't love building a fire? Here are a few options to get you bbq'ing like a pro.


Fire pit or chimenea? Both options are great for the garden, but the fire pit is the current front runner if you want to be on-trend. You can always build your own if you are feeling creative, just remember whatever you do be careful and be respectful with fire. La Hacienda Skyline Steel Chiminea Firepit, Black £149

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summer party by Niobe Shaw


here, and the sunshine, long evenings and happy moods make it the perfect time for a party or gathering. As parks fill with chequered blankets, patio furniture plays host to al fresco meals and barbeques fill the air with that smoky summer scent, it’s easy to forget how unsustainable the summer party season can be. Here, we share our top tips for keeping your summer picnic or gathering as green as can be. FOOD, GLORIOUS FOOD Let’s face it: everyone’s coming for the food! British produce is a highlight in the summer and buying locally is a great way to ensure your food hasn’t travelled much further than any of your guests. Norfolk and Suffolk are full of farmers’ markets and delis offering the best of our counties’ produce: BBQ sausages, deliciously full sandwiches, fresh and easy salads … and of course, no summer party is complete without strawberries and meringues. With food costs rising, think carefully about how many people you’re hosting and how much they can actually eat, which will reduce food waste too. Do six people really need 24 bread rolls? THINK ABOUT DRINKS On feel-good summer nights, the drinks are usually flowing! Choose drinks in larger containers (yes, magnums will work!), and use glasses you already own rather than plastic cups. If individual vessels are needed, aluminium cans are

far more eco-friendly than glass and plastic bottles, thanks to the speed and ease of recycling them. CHOOSE TO REUSE An obvious way to limit the waste created at a party or picnic is by opting for reusable items over disposable ones. If you would prefer not to use breakable crockery outdoors, you can find lightweight, eco-conscious options to suit any summer banquet table or blanket. Bamboo plates are a great option for picnics or barbeques, while reusable glass or disposable paper straws are far more sustainable than their plastic counterparts. It might mean more washing up, but choosing these reusable options is far kinder to the planet, and they’ll look better in your photos than the disposable versions too! DRESSING TO IMPRESS Dressing your outdoor area for a party needn’t be unsustainable: the garden is the ideal place for natural decorations! Use old wine bottles as vases for buds or to hold candles, and why not create a summer wreath? Scour charity shops or second-hand stalls for vintage tablecloths or invest in good-quality cloth napkins and fabrics to dress your table. Solarpowered string lights will keep your ecoparty going past sunset, too. GREEN GIFTS If you’re heading to a summer party and don’t want to turn up empty-handed, why not cut a few flowers from your own garden to take to the host? It’s a simple, sustainable and thoughtful gift that shows you care.


The most sustainable item is the one you already own, but if you’re looking for beautiful and practical summer party accessories, here are a few of our favourites.

Bev’s Beeswax Food Wraps Bev’s wraps are a great alternative for wrapping sandwiches and pastries which can be used again and again! Comes in 8 different designs in 4 sizes, from £5.95

Gnaw Chocolate No picnic is complete without chocolate, and Gnaw’s delicious bars come in compostable packaging and a variety of flavours.

Izzi Rainey Enamel Mugs

The Picnic

Izzi’s gorgeous mugs, designed and manufactured in Norfolk, are perfect for picnics and outdoor drinks.

Staying eco-friendly when eating outdoors can be trickier than hosting people at home, but it needn’t be! As well as using some of the tips above, here are some which are more specific to a picnic (try saying that after a few glasses of Pimms!):

Ditch the cling film Pack up your food in reusable boxes, old jam jars or beeswax wraps.

Choose your spot wisely Rather than driving somewhere, is there a local park you could walk to instead? Or, if you’re looking for a bit more of an adventure, jump on public transport and enjoy dining on the sand, on the broads or in a new area of countryside.

Claudia’s Buntings Claudia’s Buntings, spring flowers fabric bunting, £15 Gnaw, bee happy milk chocolate with honeycomb & crunchy caramel, £3.25 Izzi Rainey, coastal birds in repeat enamel mug, £8.95

Remember your bottle

If you’re picnicking in a park, beach, woodland or natural area, it’s best to take your rubbish with you. Pack a couple of compostable bags to pop your food in and add it to a compost bin or food caddy back home.

Snape Maltings Napkins Investing in some cloth napkins will give your picnic or party set up a bit more class, and they’re far greener than the disposable option.

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In warmer weather, you’ll want plenty to drink. Fill up a couple of reusable water bottles to save money and stay hydrated.

Leave nothing behind

This super cute bunting will look beautiful hung along your garden fence or edging a table, and can be used time and time again.

Designed for enjoying a glass of wine while outdoors, these bottles (which fit a full 75cl) and tumblers keep your vino at your desired temperature - ideal if you’re taking a bottle out for the day!

Potting shed olive set of 4 napkins, £20

Weaver Green Blankets

With these easy shifts and tweaks, your summer party will be a sustainable success. We just hope the rain stays away! Partner in Wine bottle £35, wine tumbler £20, colour: desert sand

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last month of summer is upon us and we will hopefully be enjoying holiday mode. With the children off school, our gardens will have their busiest month of the year. We can hopefully spend much needed time with our family, sitting back into our garden chairs surrounded by floral colour. August is like no other gardening month, before or after it and we must cherish this month as early Autumn is just around the corner and colours will change as the days start to shorten. August is often the hottest time of the year so our plants will need to be sufficiently watered to ensure they thrive beyond this month. It would be nice to have as much colour for as long as possible. To be sure that plants get moisture into the roots we should water directly into the base of the plants and ideally in the evening when the risk of evaporation is reduced and they can sit in the moisture overnight. If you go away on holiday, then it is very important that someone waters your garden whilst you are absent. The late summer days can be very hot and can still bring the occasional strong winds; this is refreshing for us but not for our plants. We need to ensure our taller flowers are protected from wind damage by using plant supports. The ideal plant support will be as tall as the plant stem and allow you to tie it in almost to the tallest flower. The dahlia and lilies will certainly need support to keep their top heavy flowers up straight. We don’t want any of our tall flowering plants to be knocked over and damaged as that will bring our floral colour to a sad and premature end. The lawn grass can start to turn brown in hotter weather, this isn’t something to worry about as the grass will go dormant until the rain returns. However, if we want to keep the

lawn healthy, green and lush, then watering it a couple of evenings per week will help it maintain a healthier look and feel. The growth of grass slows in late summer so use a higher cutting setting on your lawnmower to encourage healthier grass. If you spot any ant nest mounds in your lawn, then remember to thoroughly brush them into your grass before mowing. The hot weather will make it easier for weeds, pests and diseases to thrive, meaning our gardening jobs are never quite finished. We should still be looking out for aphids, lily beetles, vine weevils and slugs amongst our leaves and flowers. In the first instance gently remove the pest by hand and then seek the relevant treatment to reduce the risk of them damaging your plant further; try using an organic spray. By keeping your

We must cherish this month as early Autumn is just around the corner and colours will change as the days start to shorten.

This month's

TOP TIPS: Deadhead spent flowers Give your hedges a trim and tidy

Use water from a water-butt as much as possible Turn compost to speed up decomposition Keep topping up the birdbath

plants as healthy as possible it will allow them to flourish for a few more weeks and maybe beyond depending on the weather in early autumn. So let’s enjoy the last gardening month of summer and make sure we get outside as much as possible, enjoying the garden at times when we would otherwise be distracted by routine. We should take a moment to reflect on the gardening year so far and think about what we want to see in our next August gardens. A quick photo of the garden can be a great help when planning for summer 2023. Lastly, very well done fellow gardeners, may you enjoy the summer floral fruits of your labour. Please do follow me on Instagram @garden_with_tom for more seasonal gardening advice and tips. 49 1 15/02/2019 12:03:44


















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August FASHION This month, I've focused on two staple wardrobe essentials (a pair of classic jeans and a summery wrap skirt) and paired them with different outfit options to mix and match to your heart's content. Combining bright colours with monos creating casual or out-out outfit options. I've also shown off some of the nicest new items I've found from some of my favourite high street stores, so there's plenty of ideas this month of things to treat yourself to-for whatever the summer occasion!

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Maisie Paisley Cami, £29.50, FatFace. Asymmetric Dark Brown Straw Hat, £14.99, H&M. Natural Weave Raffia Cross-Body Bag, £28, Next. TOMS Brown Sicily Sandals, £65, Schuh.

Printed Sweatshirt, £14.99, H&M. Green Santi Strappy Stiletto High Heels, £40, Schuh. Sammy Green Backpack, £37, Accessorize.

High-Waisted Mom Jeans in Indigo Blue, £70,, Levi's

Mint Velvet Sophia Print Boho Blouse, £59, John Lewis. South Beach Black Straw Effect Tassel Cross Body Bag, £20, New Look. Gold-Plated Healing Stone Rose Quartz Bracelet, £15, Accessorize. Wide Fit Black Twist Block Heel Mules, £29.99, New Look.


Orange Knot Front Checked Top, £11, George at Asda. Black Dogtooth Boucle Shoulder Bag, £35, River Island. Skala Jewel Double-Strap Slides, £34.99, Office.


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White Mesh Frill Peplum Top, £36, River Island. Averi Black Mule Flats, £129, Ralph Lauren at House of Fraser. Sarah Leather Cross-Body Bag, £45, Accessorize.

Broderie Sleeve Jersey Bodysuit, £45, Monsoon. Catwalk Beige and Cream Monogram Tote Bag, £19.99, Deichmann. White Tate Chunky Sandals, £38, Schuh.

Brushed Dalmation Midi Wrap Skirt, £89, Whistles at John Lewis

Brown V-Neck Blouse, £12.99, H&M. Catwalk White Studded Quilted Cross Body Bag, £19.99, Deichmann. Brown Block Heeled Sandals, £45, River Island.

Soaked In Luxury White Helia Shirt, £49.99, John Lewis. Converse All Star Lift Hi Trainers, £79.99, Office. New York Manhattan Mini Leather Tote Bag in Optic White, £250, Kate Spade at John Lewis.




White Wavy Satin Oversized Shirt, £25.99. Black Jersey Bandeau, £2.99. Black Wavy Satin Wide Leg Trousers, £26.99. Black Stitch Chunky Sandals, £22.49, all New Look.

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are now on sale for this year’s Keeping Abreast ‘More Than Just Fashion’ Shows which will take place at the Norfolk Showground in Norwich on Tuesday 25th and Wednesday 26th October. Standard tickets are priced at £23.50 each and are available from There is also a limited number of VIP tickets on offer, priced at £40, available from Jenny Bond at: Both sorts of tickets include a welcome drink, while the VIP tickets also include early entry, front row seating, canapés, a dedicated VIP area, a complimentary programme and a goody bag. Commenting on this year’s Fashion Shows, Keeping Abreast’s business development manager Kerry Kemp said: “It’s fantastic to see the Fashion Shows back in action again this year, after a four-year


break. Anyone who has been to a Keeping Abreast ‘More Than Just Fashion’ Show before will know what a dynamic, vibrant, uplifting event this is, and with a new venue this year, and one or two surprises in store, the 2022 Shows are set to be even more special.” Twenty-four models will take to the stage for the Fashion Shows, all of whom have been through breast reconstruction following a breast cancer diagnosis or the discovery of a hereditary breast cancer gene. They will be showing off the latest looks from a range of local retailers including Jarrold, The Rock Collection, Scarlet, Vanilla and Pollard & Read. There will be a series of different sets throughout the evening, ranging from daywear and eveningwear to lingerie, together with music, dancing and entertainment. The Shows will be compered by two local TV presenters, while the charity will welcome

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Peri & Post

Menopause You’ve

probably noticed this being mentioned quite a lot in the press in recent months. If like me, you thought the main issues of menopause were hot flushes and no more periods, you might be wondering what all the fuss is about. You also might be wondering why on earth I'm mentioning it in a fitness column?! Let me explain. Studies have shown that the hormonal changes that occur affect almost all of the organs and processes in our bodies, some of which can potentially lead to some serious health problems.

Although the average age of menopause is 51, perimenopause symptoms can start months or even several years before this. Chantel


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The good news is that we can positively impact all of these issues by making healthier lifestyle choices and keeping our bodies fit and healthy. We are classed as officially reaching menopause when we have not had a period for 12 consecutive months. Although the average age of menopause is 51, perimenopause symptoms can start months or even several years before this. It’s during this time that our hormone levels start to naturally decline and this is what causes most of the symptoms and potential health issues. The main culprit is oestrogen decline which we now know can put us at increased risk of the following:

Heart disease This is the number 1 cause of death in women under 75, killing more than twice as many women as breast cancer. Our risk of heart disease increases significantly around the time of menopause. Oestrogen has a protective effect on the heart and blood vessels. When the levels decline, the blood vessels become stiffer and less elastic and our cholesterol levels can increase. Osteoporosis Bone density starts to naturally decrease from around the age of 30, but falling oestrogen levels affect it even more. This leaves us open to breaks and fractures, which could potentially lead to further health issues. Loss of muscle mass and strength Declining oestrogen also leads to muscle loss. Muscles help to protect our bones and joints, help us balance and to move and function on a day to day basis in general! 61



which is the hormone that tells us we are hungry. Hydration Our brains depend on proper hydration to function optimally. So if you are already struggling with the dreaded brain fog, check your hydration levels! Water can also help to control our appetite, and is needed for your body to produce the synovial fluid that allows your joints to move freely! Useful resources

Loss of elasticity in our tissues This is everything from skin and hair, to blood vessels, and ligaments. We already know that this can affect the heart, but it can also affect our joints making movement difficult and painful. Increased body fat Low oestrogen levels are associated with insulin resistance, which leads to increased fat storage, and potentially Type 2 diabetes and obesity. Cognitive impairment The brain fog! Oestrogen helps the brain utilise glucose for energy. Lower Oestrogen means that the brain has less energy, with some studies suggesting a 25% drop! This explains the day to day forgetfulness and confusion! You can see that most of these issues are closely linked and have a knock on effect on each other. But it’s not all doom and gloom! There are lots of things we can do to help offset these negative effects. SO HOW CAN WE HELP OURSELVES? Exercise Aim for at least 150 mins of moderate exercise across the week. This doesn’t necessarily mean going to the gym, anything that elevated your heart rate slightly counts. This will help with heart health, blood pressure, balance, joint health, weight management and supporting bone density. For added bone health, make sure you add in some resistance exercises using either 62

your own body weight, or actual weights Diet Many doctors specialising in menopause, such as Dr Loiuse Newson, recommend following Mediterranean diet principles. This is high in veg, nuts, beans, cereals, fish and unsaturated fats. It is low in highly processed foods and dairy, and low in salt and sugar. Choosing wholegrain carbs over white, refined carbs such as in white bread, pasta, rice and pizza can help to stabilise blood sugar levels, which can in turn also affect mood. Sleep Good quality sleep, and enough of it is super-important. Aim for a minimum of 7 hours sleep per night and try to avoid using screens immediately before you settle down to sleep as studies have shown this affects your ability to drift off. When we sleep the glymphatic system in our brains removes toxins, sort of like a deep clean. If we don’t get enough good quality sleep this function is impaired. Long term impairment has been linked to an increased risk of neurodegenerative disease such as dementia. Sleep (or lack of) also has an impact on the hormones which control our appetite. Even a single night of poor sleep causes a rise in ghrelin levels,


STRESS STRESS STRESS I’m stressed!! They’re stressed!! We’re all Stressed!!


but what is stress? Stress is a reaction to an overload of difficulties and a reaction to a particular situation. Pandemic! Rising prices! Working too hard! Stress can be external and connected to the experience or setting but may also be triggered by internal perceptions. These often irrational, thought processes and learnt behaviours can, cause an individual to feel exaggerated negative feelings relating to the challenging situation. A recent study has found that over the past few years almost three quarters (74%) of people have at some point felt so stressed that they felt overwhelmed or unable to cope. “If you remain passive, thinking; 'I can't do anything about my problem', your stress will get worse," says Professor Gary Cooper from the University of Lancaster. So, what to do? There are lots of positive things that stressed people can do. I suggest that people who are stressed - and I used to be perpetually stressed - should try to think mindfully. I always say to myself; “Right, I can feel that I’m starting to move towards being stressed, so let’s contemplate mindfully, rather than deny, distort or over-think mindlessly.” A deep self-awareness helps and trying to be flexible and kind to yourself is helpful, but mindfulness really does it for me. Try asking yourself; “What’s

happening here?” ... or “What’s about to happen here?” …and then stop and consider the situation evenly. Firstly, taking the ‘situation’ to your thoughts; “What does this make me think?” And after deliberation of the cerebral, move to the sentient; “What does this make me feel?” When you’ve got the answers and can see your thoughts and feelings clearly, steadily say; “OK, what am I going to do about this? You can do less, you can do more, you can stop, you can change slightly, or you can plan an alternative way altogether. Finally, ask yourself; “Is this whole thing, and my decision, good for my wellbeing?” I say to myself; “Slow is calm and calm is effective.” Many of our clients come to us with work related stress; I believe you can have a rich and productive work / life balance. Working smarter, rather than harder, means arranging your work, concentrating on the tasks that will make a real difference rather than just blasting away in a disorganised fashion. Professor John Kabat-Zinn provides a good summary; “Whatever you are engaged in takes on a greater richness if you drop out of automatic-pilot mode and into awareness and acceptance…. Make the effort to be fully present. Own those moments… The essence of mindfulness in everyday life is to make every moment you have your own…

Even if you are hurrying, which is sometimes necessary, then at least hurry mindfully.” (Kabat-Zinn, J. 1990: 358) Emotional intelligence has been my way of being for 15 years now and my life is usually simultaneously restful and productive. Becoming emotionally intelligent is relatively simple but, like many things that are worthwhile, it’s not easy in the beginning but persistence pays off. Shane Lutkin has a master’s degree in Psychotherapy and the theory of personality and runs organisations 07986 488690 and (positive emotional intelligence) 07701381422. Sessions run in Norwich and from anywhere online. +44 (0) 7701 381422 63

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Denise Hone joined offshore wind developer Vattenfall, she soon realised that diversity and inclusion is a way of thinking and company culture, rather than a goal. “If you are right for the role, your gender should never be a topic of discussion. Within Vattenfall there is a clear demonstration of empowerment and that women are in very senior positions.” Denise is Vattenfall’s senior manager in Norfolk, working with communities, schools, colleges, businesses and organisations, as it develops its Norfolk Vanguard and Norfolk Boreas wind farms 45 miles off the Norfolk coast-to generate green electricity for nearly four million homes. After 15 years in engineering, construction and manufacturing for the energy industry, Denise is especially proud to work for a company that supports women from less advantaged backgrounds to thrive in its Catalyse Continued on page 66 65

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Change CIC learning and mentoring programme. “Women, and myself as a mother, bring so much to a company. Not only are we excellent at being multiskilled and organised, we show great empathy and compassion, which I believe is important in business,” Denise said. Denise, mother to nine-monthold Horace and toddler Edith, said this is just one of the many projects Swedish-based Vattenfall offers to women. When she visited Vattenfall’s London office she was so impressed that there was a room specially dedicated to women for things like expressing breast milk, “empowering mothers to return to work.” “That is where I am lucky with Vattenfall because I have female leadership and a number of them are mums themselves, so they understand that balance,” Denise said. In her time working in renewable energy, the 38-year-old has arrived at events and been the only female in the room. “I was saddened to see women hadn’t had the opportunity to join, or they felt threatened so did not want to be part of the industry. Since I joined the sector I have seen it change, but not as quickly as I would like,” Denise said. After 15 years working for technical supply chain companies, Denise feels she has come “home” by joining Vattenfall’s Norfolk Zone projects.

six lines of senior female managers. Compared to 2017 this has almost doubled and the company is aiming for higher still. “We need to see more women in managerial positions, engineering and pioneering roles,” Denise said. “And not just in this industry.” Predominantly a male dominated industry, the industry’s Offshore

All six senior managers above me, up to the CEO, are female. It’s inspiring for girls and young women in Norfolk and something to celebrate. “It’s a forward-thinking company that promotes diversity. Vattenfall’s ethics on work-life balance are so inspiring. The company makes sure you have your family balance and they really care about your wellbeing.” Recognised for promoting women into higher roles, 57% of Vattenfall’s senior leadership positions are held by women. Between Denise and CEO, there are 66

Wind Sector Deal report sets a goal to increase women working in the industry from 16% to 33% by 2030, then to 40% after that. “Where people have questioned me because of my gender, rather than argue, I have gone away and proved what I can deliver so am judged by my work,” Denise said. Denise, who lives in Lowestoft, says her “strong mother” was a

major influence on her determination to succeed. “She inspired me to work hard for what you want in life and not to be reliant on anyone.” Denise said. "When we were older and all of school age, my mum pushed herself further retraining to enhance her own career. At a young age this was so inspiring to me and I believe where I get my own work ethic from.” Denise, also vice-chair of the East of England Offshore Wind Cluster, hopes Vattenfall’s commitment to appoint more women in managerial positions, and her work in Norfolk, will inspire young women to see career paths in the energy sector. “Hopefully I can inspire my children, especially my daughter, that you can have a happy family and work life,” Denise said. “It’s all about balance.” In the next ten years, Denise believes women will be working across the offshore wind industry in all disciplines, roles and environments. “I hope to continue the work I have only just started with Vattenfall, whilst supporting and inspiring other women to come and work in this wonderful industry that keeps providing me with an amazing career.” On International Women’s Day, Denise’s advice to young women starting out in their careers is: “Take every opportunity you have, stay true to yourself and believe in your own abilities.”








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