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November 2013

Living life in the East

It’s Party Time Get the look, get the venue


Your Ultimate Christmas Gift Guide A Selection Of Stunning Presents

Make the most of where you live

Seasonal interiors

The East’s Best Pantos

Plus Our Arts Special

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Celebrate Christmas in … Peterborough, Bury St Edmunds, Bedford, Cambridge, Woodbridge, Norwich and Olney 23/10/2013 13:18

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This quiet, hideaway in the countryside is perfect for a relaxing self catering break for couples or groups of friends The four, adults only, log cabins each feature two large stylish en-suite bedrooms, hot tubs and a dining deck over the water Ideally located for golf, walking, cycling, trips to Constable country and the stunning Suffolk coast

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Get into the Christmas spirit with a free glass of mulled wine & a mince pie Browse the showrooms and enjoy the special prices Soak up the atmosphere in the courtyard with carols and festive songs Be inspired by the gorgeous gift and produce stalls Enjoy supper in our tearooms (Booking advisable) Our extensive showrooms house the largest range of pine, oak & hand painted furniture in East Anglia, traditional fireplaces, surrounds and accessories, solid brass lighting, mirrors, prints, giftware and decorative accessories. Monday - Saturday 9.00am-5.00pm Sunday 10.30pm-5.00pm Bank Holidays 9.00am-5.00pm

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Get into the Christmas spirit with a free glass of mulled wine & a mince pie Browse the showrooms and enjoy the special prices Soak up the atmosphere in the courtyard with carols and festive songs Be inspired by the gorgeous gift and produce stalls Enjoy supper in our tearooms (Booking advisable)

Fully Bespoke Handmade Kitchens, Bedrooms, Offices, Bathrooms free standing Furniture. Our extensiveand showrooms house the largest range of pine, oak & hand painted furniture in East Anglia, traditional Suppliers & installation of granite, quartz and solid fireplaces, surrounds and accessories, solid brass lighting, timber worktops mirrors, prints, giftware and decorative accessories. From design to installation Monday - Saturday 9.00am-5.00pm Sunday 10.30pm-5.00pm Bank Holidays 9.00am-5.00pm

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“Dear Reader: Christmas may still seem a way off but trust me, November is the month to prepare. Inside this issue you’ll find dazzling ideas to get your Christmas preparations underway. Our annual gift guide is chock-full of present ideas for everybody in your life with suggestions from both local artisans and boutiques, to the region’s big hitters. We also have a list of some great venues for festive parties; ideas to look your best for a night on the town; Xmas markets and oodles of seasonal interior ideas.

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We are also showcasing our annual Arts Guide, where we reveal the region’s best galleries.


Make sure you visit us at where you can discover even more great features. And if you are planning an event, why not submit the details online or contact me with a feature idea”.


Enjoy November and love where you live.”

We give you all the inspiration you need for a stylish winter themed wedding.


Find out the pick of the pantos and the very best festive events and party venues all over East Anglia.


Front cover image Decadent treats await to be discovered on page 18 in our Ultimate Gift Guide



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GIFT GUIDES Our comprehensive guides on what to get every person in your life - from kids to gardeners, foodies, and more!

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AROUND THE REGION Regional news GIFT GUIDES Your Christmas list is officially sorted INTERIORS The hottest winter trends for 2013 GARDENING Save your plants from frostbite PROPERTY All you need to know about thatched cottages, buying new, and the intricacies of tax laws WEDDINGS Winter wonderlands, and choosing the perfect engagement ring STYLE Get the party look SHOPPING Focus on Colchester CHRISTMAS The best of pantos, festive markets, and party venues ARTS A-Z guide of art across East Anglia|7

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111 AMPTHILL An historical town filled with festive cheer 115 OLNEY Go Christmas shopping in this charming town Publisher Sean Thompson 01954 267696 Publishing Consultant Paul Gibson 01954 268129 Editor Chris Johnson Design/Production Kim Morley 01954 267805 Design Craig Lewis 01954 267805 Editorial Assistants Like Eastlife? Mahvish Malik, Constance Mance Like our Facebook Area Manager (Suffolk/Essex) page Darren Marshall 07826 628680 Area Manager (Beds/Herts) Stewart Hedges 07595 894557 Area Manager (Cambridgeshire) Jim Leishman 01954 267635 Area Manager (Norfolk) Julia David 07595 894578 ACCOUNTS/ENQUIRIES 01954 267904 ADVERTISING EDITORIAL HEAD OFFICE Unit 4, Avenue Business Park, Elsworth, Cambridge CB23 4EY. eastlifemag


EASTLIFE is published by Thompson Media Partners Ltd. All rights reserved. Reproduction, in part or in whole, without the written permission of the publisher is strictly prohibited. The views expressed by contributors are not necessarily those of the publisher. All times, prices and dates of events were correct at the time of going to press but readers are advised to ring and check before setting out. Printed by Headley Brothers.

120 BEDFORD What’s on for Christmas in Bedford? 127 BEDS, HERTS & BUCKS What’s on 133 ESSEX Essential regional events 140 BURY ST EDMUNDS Have a very Bury Christmas! 149 WOODBRIDGE Enjoy Christmas in Woodbridge 153 SUFFOLK Why we love this county 158 NORWICH One of East Anglia’s finest cities 162 NORFOLK Find out what’s on 166 PETERBOROUGH A heritage gem of a city 171 CAMBRIDGESHIRE Enjoy a Cambridge Christmas 178 BOOKS Plan your winter reading with the latest releases

Coming up in next month’s Eastlife.... Christmas is looming so we continue our festive coverage of the counties we know and love. PLUS we bring you all you need to know to have a fantastic New Year, including celebrations, party venues, and what to wear - and drink! MORE: Cocktail hour ideas, interiors, adult education focus, Aldeburgh, Southwold, Chelmsford, St Ives, Castle Ashby, Huntingdon and many more features to keep you in the loop. Check out our sister site for all your parenting needs

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USSELL BRAND has announced he is coming to Norwich Theatre Royal as part of his current world tour. He has just confirmed an appearance on Sunday 16 March at 7.30pm in what is sure to be one of 2014’s hottest tickets.

Russell’s brand (if you’ll excuse the pun) of cerebral comedy and spiky observational quips has proved to be a must-see with audiences worldwide. We are incredibly excited to welcome him to the city in what is sure to be a sell-out night of stand-up.

Tickets £6.50-£27.50. Discounts for Friends. Show is suitable for 16+. Tickets on sale from 9.30am on September 28 from box office - 01603 630000. For more info or to book online


HE EYE OF TIME VINTAGE BOUTIQUE located in the beautiful medieval town of Clare stocks an eclectic selection of vintage clothing and accessories from the previous century. Situated on the High Street, nestled amongst a growing array of individual shops, this vintage emporium has been attracting vintage fans from across a number of counties. Once you pull away from the entrancing window display and step over the threshold you are met by two rooms laden with beautiful vintage garments and accessories from the past. Hangers groan with everything from 1980’s power suits and 50’s skirts to 1920’s flapper dresses. From 1970’s maxi dresses and 60’s minis to 1930’s biased cut gowns, if you love vintage then there will be something here to suit all tastes. As for label fiends don’t be surprised to find Biba, Hartnell, Horrockses, Dior, Susan Small, Givenchy and many more. 5 High Street, Clare, Suffolk, CO10 8NY. 01787 279005.

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ARROLD DEPARTMENT STORE, Norwich celebrated their refurbished and extended Beauty Hall on 1 October with a VIP reception for their beauty industry and media partners, followed by an evening of fun and fizz for 500 plus invited guests. Jarrold introduced several new and exclusive new brands, including Jo Malone London, Tom Ford Private Blend Collection with Lips and Nails, and Stila, as well as many new niche fragrance brands including Balenciaga, Serge Lutens, Terry de Gunzburg, and Rancé into their atmospheric new Fine Fragrance Hall. Everything was sparkling from the pink champagne to the crystal chandeliers. 1-11 London Street, Norwich, NR2 1JF, 01603 660661.|11

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AKE YOUR SEATS in the splendid Banqueting Hall at Knebworth House, for a unique performance of festive music. Virtuoso American acoustic guitarist, Doyle Dykes, has entertained audiences world-wide. Doyle will be playing at Knebworth House on 14 and 15 December.

As well as being a world-class talent, Doyle is one of my all time favourite people. It is a great priviledge and a great treat to have him kick off our 2013 Christmas.

The matinees performances are from 2.30 – 4.30 pm and the evening performances from 8.00 – 10.00 pm. Tickets are £21.50 available online through or call 01438 812661 .


O APE THIS CHRISTMAS with the gift of adventure. It’s the annual riddle: what to buy for the person who has everything? It could be a friend, colleague, relative or even you. Well, it’s an urban jungle out there, so you could do worse than helping them discover their inner ape. Go Ape is the award-winning tree top adventure experience that’s grown from cult start-up to full-blown phenomenon over the past eight years. There are now Go Ape tree-trekking experiences in 29 forests and country parks around the UK, stretching from the South Coast to the Scottish Highlands. Gift vouchers are available from £10 and courses provide around three hours of adrenaline-fuelled fun. For information visit


ET OUT YOUR MAGIC carpet for a Theatre Royal Christmas. Preparations are well underway at the Theatre Royal in Bury St Edmunds for the biggest production of the year, Panto! Each year, thousands visit the theatre to enjoy this festive tradition - this year’s panto is Aladdin, with over 12,000 people already booked in, with some performances nearly sold out! Meanwhile, in keeping with the theme of tradition, the Theatre Royal will be welcoming back (for his seventh year) a favourite dame, James Nickerson, as Widow Twankey. So this Christmas in Bury St Edmunds, you can be sure to expect a good chorus of “he’s behind you!” or “oh no he didn’t/oh yes he did!” with Widow Twankey teasing us all throughout the show in evermore flamboyant costumes, whilst making sure to surprise and amaze as the Theatre Royal brings you a new spin on an old favourite. Aladdin runs until12 Jan 2014. Various performance times, call box office on 01284 769505 for booking and details. Or visit our website


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AINSBOROUGH’S HOUSE is proud to announce their new temporary exhibition, ‘Contemporary East Anglian Artists’. Four artists present different elements of their life in the region, from the objects and details of the everyday to the landscape and light that is so dramatic and distinctive in East Anglia. Lillias August is a watercolour artist who uses her medium to sensitively portray everyday objects which ‘show history, human endeavor and the visual beauty of aging and use’. Roy Freer’s impressionist still life work depicts an array of household objects, using oils in both bright and more muted colour palettes. Garry Pereira increasingly mixes his own paints, and uses a combination of oils, gold leaf and sea water in his seascapes. The glass artist, Chris Wood, arranges her medium into abstract patterns which playfully refract the light, her aim being ‘to encourage the viewer to consider the materiality of light itself’ ‘Contemporary East Anglian Artists’ is a selling exhibition and can be seen at Gainsborough’s House, Sudbury from 19 October 2013 until 4 January 2014.


ACKSON LIVE IN CONCERT starring Ben & his incredible live band & dancers. Sunday 10 November at The Key Theatre, Peterborough.

From as far into my childhood as I can remember, I have always been obsessed with Michael Jackson. Everything about the King of Pop mesmerized and enchanted me. I used to spend hours pouring over album covers, photographs, interviews, videos and anything I could find that was about Michael. Even my 7th birthday party was Michael Jackson themed! I always loved to dance and began copying Michael’s signature moves as I dreamt of being a performer just like him.

The Key Theatre, Peterborough Sunday 10th November 2013 7.30pm. Tickets: £19.00

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REE LATE NIGHT shopping parking at three car parks in Bedford is available thanks to Love Bedford and the Harpur Centre. BedfordBID businesses are funding free late night shopping parking at two main multi-storey car parks: Lurke Street and River Street and the Harpur Shopping Centre is waiving charges at its underground car park at the same time. This free offer will from 5.30 – 9pm on Wednesdays November 27, December 4 and 11. The first late night shopping event will coincide with the switching on of the Christmas lights in Bedford town centre and the annual riverside fireworks event, in association with BedfordBID, at 7pm.|15

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IRCHAM GALLERY is a light and spacious gallery situated on the Market Place in the Georgian town of Holt specialising in modern and contemporary British painting, sculpture, studio ceramics, original prints, glass, designer jewellery and crafts, and stocks the work of over 200 artists and craftspeople. A series of changing exhibitions and work by gallery artists ensures that visits will be satisfyingly varied, and over the next six months we have some fabulous shows taking place: 9 - 27 Nov: Paintings and prints by Angela Harding inspired by British wildlife and landscape together with Lowri Davies’ charming handmade and decorated bone china tableware 30 Nov - 8 Jan: Christmas & New Year Exhibition will be a wonderful selection from our best artists with gifts in mind together with ceramic sculpture by John Maltby, one of the great British makers

HEN THE UTTERLY incompetent team at Fernsby Market Research find themselves facing the stiffest challenge of their professional lives – to report what the British public really think of world famous ‘Doctor Campbell’s Lotion’ in readiness for a re-launch – there’s only one thing for it; make it all up! After all, that’s what market research companies do, isn’t it? Following their Edinburgh 2013 hit Big Daddy vs Giant Haystacks, criticallyacclaimed writing duo Brian Mitchell and Joseph Nixon have assembled a wonderful cast of characters for this brand new musical comedy, including: the hapless Fernsby and his useless sidekicks; a beatnik advertising phoney and his jazz flute playing muse; a Scottish Laird with a dark secret, a glamorous American gold-digger wife; and an insane Home Secretary-in-waiting. The Opinion Makers is directed by Daniel Buckroyd and stars The Great British Bake Off presenter Mel Giedroyc, West End stars Daniel Boys and Julie Atherton, the Thick of It’s Justin Edwards and Big Daddy vs Giant Haystacks star David Mounfield. This co-production between Mercury Theatre and Derby Theatre runs from 25th October until 9th November at the Mercury Theatre Colchester. Tickets start at £10. To book tickets call 01206 573948 or visit www.

Visit to see the full programme, browse online, or join the mailing list. Bircham Gallery, 14 Market Place, Holt, Norfolk NR25 6BW01263 713312

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From Ted Baker, this luxurious Lenoon shaving brush has a black enamel handle and comes in an authentic Ted Baker presentation box. Text reads: ‘Mirror, Shave, Manoeuvre’. Jarrold 1-11 London Street Norwich Norfolk NR2 1JF. 01603 660661.

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nterior design is more than just redecorating. It’s about making sure that your living space is a reflection of your personality and taste – a space you want to spend time in and enjoy, a place full of beauty, not just functionality. Bedrooms are often neglected in favour of more ‘lived in’ rooms like kitchens and living rooms. But what’s more important than sleeping? The bedroom is where you get your rest and where you prepare for your day, there’s no reason why it shouldn’t be just as gorgeous as the other rooms in the house. One key trend for this winter is the definition of opulence: gold. There’s such a wide array of textures, shades, and finishes with this metallic that there really is an interpretation of it for every room. If you’re not that much into bling, then go for a subtler, matte finish on statement features like mirrors or photo frames. It may not seem like much, but the extra metallic detail will really lift the room. If luxury is your thing, though, take this trend as far as you like. Gold furniture is perennially glamorous and can really jazz up a plain space. Also, you could try playing with different shades and textures of gold in bedding for a plush, boudoir-style aesthetic. A gold accent wall is a bold choice, but it can be an incredibly effective one. You could go for a block of unfettered metallic, but there are plenty of beautiful gold patterned wallpapers out there to choose from. There are really no limits to what you can do – let your creativity run wild. There may be a perception that gold could look a bit ‘too much’, tacky, or brassy. First of all – don’t knock brass! It’s another huge metallic trend this season, and ages fantastically. The key is not to overload on just one shade or texture of gold – as long as you keep a wide range of metallic variety in the room, it will look chic. Also, breaking up the metallic with complimentary neutrals, like cream or taupe, will help maintain the diversity of the colour scheme. The great thing about gold is that it’s equally complimentary to both modern and traditional looks. It can look sleek and contemporary, or rich and vintage. Additionally, it’s not too hard to inject a taste of the high life into your bedroom. If the extremes of a full redecoration job a beyond you, accessories such as lamps, mirrors, photo frames, or even


Brighten up your bedroom this winter with glimmers season’s luxury metallics and splashes of bold colo cushions, are a great way of tapping into the trend with minimal effort and spend. The metallic warmth of gold is perfect for cheering up bedrooms in the winter and adding some much-needed oomph. Speaking of adding some oomph, splashes of bright colour are still big news in design. There are few things that lift a room as effectively as an unexpected pop of fabulous colour. What more do you need in the dank winter months? The most obvious way to add this colour is probably through soft furnishings. As great as that may look, why not go for something a little more unexpected? Modern wardrobes with colour accents are huge right now, and look stylish and sleek. With sliding doors in a chic accent colour like mulberry or forest green, there’s also the chance to do homage do another big interior trend of the moment – glossy details. It evokes a less obvious sense of glamour. A new fitted wardrobe complete with swanky coloured gloss doors is not within everyone’s reach and doesn’t necessarily suit everyone’s taste either. Fear not, there are still plenty of other quirky ways to brighten up your bedroom. Upcycling is also huge at the moment, and for good reason. It’s cost effective, environmentally friendly, and breathes new life into that old piece of furniture that you’d written off as ‘junk’. All you need to do is decide on the colour you want, get hold of some wood paint, and you’re on to a winner. The finished article looks bright, cheerful, funky, and has a stylish hint of the shabby chic look that doesn’t seem to be going anywhere anytime soon. What are you waiting for? Whether you’re ready for a full-scape revamp or you just want to make some subtle changes, it’s time to revitalise your bedroom and give yourself something beautiful and cheering to sustain you through those cold winter months.


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It’s that time of year again – the ubiquitous Christmas songs playing overhead wherever you go, the lights glimmering above every high street and glinting in the windows of all the houses you pass. The kids are sending off their letters to Santa and you’ve got a list as long as your arm of gifts you need to buy, plus enough food shopping to do to feed the five thousand. But if you leave any of these things to the last minute, you’ll probably get away with it – these days it’s not too difficult to nip out to a shop or two on Christmas Eve. You won’t get off so lightly, though, if you neglect your long-suffering bathroom. There’s no hiding any grimy corners from the eyes of all those family members you’ve got coming to stay. So don’t get caught out – revamp your bathroom sooner rather than later, so that you can take pride in your entire home this Christmas. One thing most bathrooms have in common is a lack of space – for most people, it’s the smallest room in the house. So the priority has to be maximising what you’ve got and creating the illusion of a bigger room. Bright lighting is your new best friend – when combined with large mirrors, it can really make a difference to the feel of the room. Make any window treatments subtle, so that the maximum amount of natural light is allowed in. Light flooring and walls will also add to a sense of space – if you follow these tips, then your bathroom will seem positively palatial in no time! A full refit of the bathroom may be unrealistic, but it’s really worth making the effort to at least revitalise your fittings. It’s amazing how much difference a new tap or showerhead can make. If you do have the budget and time to go for a full restyle, then stick with minimalistic, functional, white suites that won’t date – the last thing you want is to be looking at another revamp this time next year! Clutter is the one thing guaranteed to drag a bathroom down. Not only is it utterly impractical, but quite frankly, it’s ugly. Be brutal – if you don’t use something daily then throw it out, or at least tuck it away somewhere unseen. Clear out drawers and cupboards, and make sure you’re making the most of the storage space you have available. Be careful when it comes to bringing in extra furniture for the sake of storage. Yes, having the extra space to put things is a plus – but too much furniture will only make the clutter problem worse. Corner units are a good way to add storage capacity without taking away too much space. These tips will make your bathroom a pleasure to use – why not improve it even more by having a plumber in to check the water pressure? There’s nothing worse than a weak shower – or a cold one – and your guests will thank you for the extra care and attention. Lastly, don’t forget those finishing touches – ensure that clean towels are readily available and neatly folded, and make sure that you’ve got a plentiful supply quality of hand soap and lotion. It’s worth it – a functional, clutter free bathroom makes for happy guests and a stress-free Christmas.|35

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Decorating your home for Christmas should include one of the most important rooms in your house - your kitchen. Here are some quick and easy tips that you can use to decorate your kitchen for the festive season. COUNTERTOP TREE If you have counter space that you can spare, place a small pine tree on top of it - either real or artificial. Wrap a string of white or colored lights around the tree, and trim it with kitchen utensils. See if you can find mini utensils at a novelty or home store, and make loops with red and green ribbon and place them on the utensils to use to hang them on the tree. PINE BOUGHS For a kitchen that has space on top of your cabinets, use it to display pine boughs. Purchase either artificial or real pine boughs and wrap them with artificial poinsettias, Christmas ornaments, sprigs of holly and bows and strings of white or colored lights. Run them along the top of your cabinets to add interest to the space. HANG WREATHS Wreaths aren’t only for outdoors. Buy freshly made green wreaths at the beginning of the Christmas season and hang them in your kitchen! The smell is wonderful and keeps you going on those long nights of cookie baking and decorating! Hang a wreath in your kitchen, and bring the outside “in”. CHANDELIER OF ORNAMENTS Spice up a chandelier over your kitchen table for Christmas with ornaments. Buy ornaments that suit your style, and hang them on the arms of the light fixture. To further embellish the chandelier, string silver, gold or green garland through the arms. CHRISTMAS DISHTOWELS Trade in your ordinary dish towels during the Christmas season for dishtowels that are adorned with Christmas-inspired designs. You can purchase these towels from retailers, or you can make your own while enjoying a craft project with your family. To make your own, buy plain white, red or green dish towels. Use fabric paint and stamps to create patterns on the towels. Display the towels around your kitchen.


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Fireplaces are making a comeback, adding romance, grandeur or a modern edge to a room. Turn the clock back fifty years and the traditional fireplace looked like a thing of the past. Central heating had taken over as a source of warmth. But with Christmas approaching, the crackling logs and glowing coals of yesteryear come to mind. Not only can a new fireplace or stove keep you and your loved ones cozy in the winter months, they can add thousands to your property value and buyers are seeking them out. Historic home expert and director of Jackson-Stops & Staff, Dawn Carritt, said: “Whenever we ask prospective country house buyers what they want more than anything else, the reply is always the same: ‘We must have a fireplace.’” Modern fireplaces are sleek and can bring class to any room. Whether placed in a wall or free standing, modern fireplaces are aesthetically pleasing and can be customized to suit the look of your contemporary home. However, for many, fireplaces bring to mind the look of a traditional home, which is easy to achieve. Though these Georgian and Victorian styles bring an authentic look to your home, they are equipped with the latest technology to bring both elegance and safety. Whatever your design preference, there is a fireplace to suit your taste. Whether electric, gas, wood or oil, contemporary fires are suited for any room you choose. Keeping your home heated with fireplaces can combat the soaring costs of energy bills in the winter months. When considering installation, make sure to speak to your contractor about ways to make your fireplace the most efficient.

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rost can affect many plants, and is particularly damaging to tender new growth and blossom in the spring. The risks of frost damage can be reduced by taking some simple steps to protect the plants in your garden. Sometimes frost damage is apparent almost immediately following freezing. However, this is not always the case and with some plants, particularly woody ones, the damage may take several months to appear. Tender young growth may be damaged by spring frosts, causing scorching and pale brown patches to appear between the leaf veins. This tends to be on the exposed and top edges of the plant e.g. acer and carpenteria. Hard frost in winter can cause the leaves of hardy evergreen plants to

Choose plants that are reliably hardy and suited to your growing conditions. Select planting positions carefully to avoid ‘frost pockets’. Slightly tender plants should be grown in a warm sunny spot, e.g. against a south-facing wall, which will provide some extra warmth and winter protection. Cover plants with a double layer of horticultural fleece or other suitable protection when frost is forecast. Mulch the root area of evergreens, conifers, tender shrubs and tender perennials with a thick layer of organic matter to prevent the ground becoming frozen. Move container-grown plants to a sheltered part of the garden in cold weather and provide some extra protection by wrapping the pot in bubble wrap. Leave the previous seasons’ growth on more tender plants until spring, for example penstemon, as this provides valuable frost protection during the winter. Tender plants can be lifted or moved to a more sheltered position or greenhouse. If this is not practical then protect them by wrapping. Examples include bananas and tree ferns. Lift tender perennials such as dahlias, cannas, pelargoniums and fuchsias before the first frosts.

be scorched and turn brown, and may eventually lead to the death of the plant, e.g. bay and pittosporum. The foliage of tender perennials, e.g. dahlia and canna, may be blackened by the first frost of autumn and stems usually collapse. Prolonged periods of frost may cause spotting on the leaves of some shrubs and the foliage of certain plants exhibiting early symptoms of frost damage appears water-soaked and dark-green, turning black in time. Plants exposed to early morning sun may thaw too rapidly after a frost, causing damage to flowers and young growth. Camellia and magnolia flowers in particular can be ruined by a single frost. As most gardeners will testify, it is easy to be caught out by frost. And sometimes frost damage is simply unavoidable. When damage has

occurred, what should be done? If no more frost is expected, prune out damaged growth, cutting to an undamaged sideshoot or bud. After pruning, apply a top dressing of a general-purpose fertiliser, such as Growmore, at the manufacturer’s recommended rate, to encourage strong re-growth. If a fence or hedge is causing a ‘frost pocket’ consider creating a gap, or remove some of the lower growth to improve cold air drainage. Frost may lift newly-planted shrubs out of the ground, so check and re-firm the ground around them. In gardens exposed to cold winds, consider creating more shelter by planting a shelterbelt. Even though the foliage of dahlias and cannas has been blackened by frost the roots are alive and can still be protected or lifted and stored.


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any people nowadays have property that they use other than exclusively as their home; perhaps they run a small business from home, rent out part of their home or a separate property, or have a second holiday property. The tax consequences of any such use are often ignored or mistaken and the Revenue is increasingly alert to this. In fact, though the Revenue’s staff has been reduced, and we have also seen strikes as a result, the organisation has substantially increased information gathering powers and task forces directed at tackling tax evasion. There is currently a ‘property sales campaign’ targeting people who have profited through owning or selling second homes and properties. This is seen as very lucrative as the value of the transactions is high and property tax legislation and its interpretation are less well understood by the people involved with it. Buy-to-let landlords are at the focus of this campaign, but there will be others who are caught in its net. All property transactions are reported to the Revenue as part of the legal process. In addition, there is considerable and impressive computing power at the Revenue’s disposal to identify

information from a vast array of sources, including casual comments on social media sites, and draw this together for use against errant taxpayers. As communication and use of social media in particular becomes more widespread, there is a necessity to understand the tax position on any property that you own. If you gain any income from the use of your home, or rent out a second property, claim expenses incurred where a part or whole of the building is used for a ‘business’, you may need to pay tax on income and relief from capital gains tax when you sell is more complex. Spending some time to check and arrange your affairs so that a tax liability doesn’t arise is a fundamental part of ensuring that you maximise the return you make, either as the income is received or when you sell. It’s best to get advice at the outset rather than having a problem later that needs to be resolved. Contact Jacobs Allen, Chartered Accountants and Chartered Tax Advisers working across Suffolk, today. Bury St Edmunds Office: 01284 704260. 59 Abbeygate Street, Bury St Edmunds, IP33 1LB. Haverhill Office: 01440 707184, 2 Hollands Road, Haverhill, CB9 8PP.


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My First Thatched Cottage A BUYER’S GUIDE

The Old Thatched Cottage in Clophill is on the market for ÂŁ775,000 with Fine & Country Cambridgeshire


ince its revival in recent years, the thatched cottage has once again become a staple in the rural property market and recognised as the quintessential English home. In addition to being visually attractive, surprisingly thatched cottages are eco-friendly, extremely long wearing and a good insulator of sound and heat. Many consider this property a dream-buy, but for those not familiar, there may be some surprises. Simon Bradbury, Managing Partner at Fine & Country Cambridgeshire, offers advice to those seeking to purchase their first thatched cottage. THE MORTGAGE Contrary to popular belief, applying for a mortgage on a thatched property is relatively straightforward. Simon says that most major lenders will be able to offer a prospective buyer a mortgage providing the valuation does not uncover any structural or maintenance problems. In addition, buyers can place themselves at an advantage by opting for a property that

has already been renovated, rather than one that needs restoration. If the chosen property is specific to a particular area, then buyers may prefer to approach a local specialist lender. THE INSURANCE The potential risks that come with a thatched cottage may make it harder to find home insurance at the right price. Do your homework to find an experienced, reliable insurance company rather than opting for one that offers cheaper rates but knows little about thatched cottages. A specialist insurer should carry out a thorough home inspection before agreeing to take on your property. Ultimately, ensuring your home is as fireproofed as possible will weigh in positively on the cost of your insurance. THE MAINTENANCE You may be pleasantly surprised to know that maintaining a thatched property can be relatively hassle free. As long as regular maintenance

checks and precautions are undertaken regularly, the need for repairs can be few and far between. If installed correctly, a thatched roof can last 40-50 years without needing refurbishment –dependent upon the style of thatch. THE REPAIRS Rain water is one of the main causes of thatched roof deterioration, meaning external elements like wind and humidity will directly affect the lifespan of your thatching. If your roof does need repairing, ensure that the thatcher views your property prior to giving a quote and notes down all additional costs to avoid any unexpected expenses. It is recommended that you obtain at least three quotes for comparison. The unique advantages offered by thatched cottages maintain a steady flow of buyers in and around Cambridgeshire. For more details on buying and selling property, please contact Fine & Country Cambridgeshire on 0845 6032825 or email:inresidence@


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eading homebuilder Barratt Homes, which is building new homes at a range of developments across Bedfordshire, is encouraging homebuyers to consider the cost and lifestyle advantages of owning a new-build home. Barratt Homes has compiled its top five reasons why you should choose new over old, most of which have come from homebuyers’ surveys which highlight the fact that new homes generally offer a range of benefits that the second hand market cannot hope to match. Andrew Swindell, Managing Director for Barratt Homes, comments, “Buying new offers a superior-build quality home, great value for money with energy efficient features, and lower maintenance costs. “Plus, we offer a range of low deposit schemes, discounts, a bespoke part exchange service and a whole raft of other benefits which very often make the difference between people being able to buy and not being able to buy.” Barratt Homes’ top five reasons to buy new are: • Save on your energy bills – new homes are built to the latest environmental standards and are up to forty per cent more energy efficient than their Victorian counterparts which results in a property that is greener, warmer and more efficient to run.

• Cutting edge designs – Barratt’s new range of family homes prioritise space, natural light and quality of finish. Plus, the company’s Choices range allows purchasers to add the final finishing touches to make their home individual. Buyers securing a home off-plan or at an early stage in the build process are able to specify everything from upgrading a kitchen to choosing carpets and furnishings. • Five year warranty - all Barratt homes come with an exclusive five year fixtures and fittings guarantee that covers everything in your new home from kitchen units, windows to the central heating system. This is in addition to the NHBC ten year warranty on the structure of your property. • Bespoke incentive packages – a wide range of schemes to ensure an easy and stress free move including the recently announced Help to Buy scheme which allows purchasers to secure a new home with just a 4% deposit. • Five star housebuilder – Barratt has been awarded the maximum five star official rating from the Home Builders Federation (HBF) following the results of the annual Home Builders Federation customer satisfaction survey. For more information please call the sales hotline on 0844 8113399 open seven days a week from 8am to 9pm or please log on to


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Choosing to get married in the winter will be one of the biggest decisions you make when planning your special day. And with so many inspiring colours and themes to choose from, an autumn or winter wedding can be beautiful and much more original than a summer wedding. Take inspiration from the season and think about what you love about the winter. Is it the sparkling snow, frost-covered countryside or the rich, warm colours of autumn? Winter wonderland is a popular wedding theme, with icy snowflakes the obvious choice for everything from decorations to the invitations. Festive bows, baubles and stars also help to set the mood. You could take your inspiration from nature and adorn your venue with evergreen foliage, bright holly and romantic mistletoe. Or how about a warm, theatrical theme with flickering candles and twinkling fairy lights? Place a gorgeous ice sculpture at the focal point of the venue – perhaps at the entrance, or dramatically near the centre of the reception room – you can have it carved to show anything you like, from snowflakes to a sculpture of yourself with the groom. Surround your ice sculpture with tempting treats or drinks like eggnog cocktails. This warm wintry cocktail not only fits the theme of a snowy wedding; it fits a crisp color palette as well. When it comes to the reception décor, all eyes will be on the tables. Set the tone for a sophisticated wedding reception with festive winter-inspired centerpieces. From short and subtle to high and cascading, why not try delicate crystals hanging from wintery twigs or martini glasses filled with fun snow and snowballs. And, if your palette is completely white, opt for white roses or camellia flowers paired with a ceramic tureen (or any other textured


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Weddings white vessel) to create an elegant appeal. To make your wedding more intimate, think about incorporating scented candles to the table as well as a soft sprinkle of glittering snowflakes to add an extra dimension of light. Maximise the space in your venue and don’t neglect the ceiling – sumptuous white voile draping lit with beautiful white fairy lights will create a magical atmosphere. And, for that final lighting touch, magical snowflakes dancing around the room can be created simply and easily through the use of clever spotlights. If you want to be eco-friendly on your wedding day and make the most of your wedding budget, then you should choose seasonal flowers for your decorations. But what flowers are on offer in the autumn and winter season? For autumn, hydrangeas are a firm favourite. They come in spectrum of colours, not just blues and pinks. Many winter weddings have incorporated white green hydrangeas and if you’re going for an antique look then try hydrangeas in a dusky lilac shade, a classic option for that vintage feel. For winter, berried ivy is perfect for a beautiful Great Gatsby themed wedding. Team with vintage birdcages and pearls for a truly glamorous look. After standing outside in the chilling cold having lots of wedding photographs taken, your bridal party will very much appreciate some nice comfort food to make them feel normal again. Hot

cocoa bars can do wonders. Unlike coffee or tea, hot cocoa immediately elicits a cheerful feeling that warms you from the inside out. Hot cocoa bars are also great for kids and other guests that may not drink caffeine. Just with any bar or buffet you create, you want to have lots of choices and customization options for your guests. Marshmallows, chocolate strawberries, mini ginger bread houses, chocolate dipped spoons and iced snowflake cookies will be immensely appreciated by your guests. Cake pops are the perfect little bite-sized indulgence and are a great option if you don’t want your guests to leave empty handed. They can be made into any color or flavor to suit your party. Just wrap a few in cellophane, add a snowflake tag at the end with the date of your wedding as a form of memorabilia and have your waiter staff hand them out at the end. It’s the perfect finishing touch. EAST MERSEA HALL is a stunning Elizabethan manor house dating back to the 16th century.You can choose from a variety of venues, like the outdoor pavilion, St.Edmunds church, or a ceremony right in the dining or terrace room of Mersea Hall. Chuch Lane, East Mersea, Colchester, Essex. CO5 8TJ. 01206 383499.

DIY CAKE POPS Step 1: Take your cake out of the pan and dump it in a bowl and using your hands, mash the cake into small crumbs. Step 2: Next, add a small amount of icing to your cake crumbs.You will want to add about a ½ cup of icing for 5 cups of crumbs. Again, using your hands, mix up the icing and cake until it is fully incorporated and the cake can form into balls and hold together. Step 3: Now we are ready to form our cake pops. Use an ice-cream scoop to make sure your cake pops are a consistent size. Scoop out your cake pops, and then using your hands, roll the cake pops into tight balls. They should hold together well and not have cracks or crumbs. Step 4: Place them on your plate and insert the sticks. Put the sticks in about half to three- quarters of the way into freezer for at least one hour. Step 5: After an hour, pull your cake pops out of the freezer. They need a few minutes to warm up just a little. Step 6: Melt your chocolate. If it takes longer than 15-20 minutes to melt your chocolate, place your cake pops in the refrigerator, then let them warm slightly before dipping. They are ready to dip when the cake pops are still very cold, but just a little soft on the outside. Step 7: Gently dip your cake pops into the chocolate all the way to the stick, don’t twist them too much. Gently pull them out and shake them carefully. Once you have gotten most of the extra chocolate off the cake pops place the cake pop upright in some Styrofoam to dry. Step 8: You must decorate your cake pops before the chocolate cools completely. Cover them in anything you wish and you are ready to wow your friends and family.


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Venues, centrepieces, cake, flowers, favours, and that dress – all too often it seems like we’re all preoccupied with what goes into planning a wedding. But ever ything star ts somewhere, and weddings star t with a proposal. And proposals star t with a ring. It may well be the most impor tant jeweller y purchase you’ll ever make - a symbol of everlasting love that has to be durable, stylish and classic enough to stand up to a lifetime of wear. Constance Mance checks out this year’s hottest engagement ring trends... There was once a time when a simple brilliant (round) cut solitaire diamond set in a plain white gold band would suffice, but now more and more women crave imagination and individuality in their jewellery. Recently there has been a surge in the popularity of less traditional styles that reflect more personality, and offer a chance for both the future bride and groom to get creative. The first recorded use of a diamond engagement ring was in 1477 when Archduke Maximillian of Austria proposed to Mary of Burgundy, and it’s been a pretty unwavering trend ever since. But at last it seems that tastes are changing. Different gemstones or so-called ‘fancy’ coloured diamonds make for eye-catching and individual pieces. When it comes to diamonds, the colour options seem near limitless. Vibrant canary yellow diamonds are all the rage right now, but with pink, citrine, cognac, green, blue and even black varieties there is plenty of choice. The colouration of these stones occurs when different trace minerals and elements are present when they develop in the earth, and as such they are very rare, so you’ll need a rather deep wallet to make one yours. Those with smaller budgets needn’t feel constrained, though – an engagement ring doesn’t have to have a diamond! Sapphires, emeralds, rubies, or even peridot, topaz, aquamarines, and opals are stunning gems that make gorgeous pieces of jewellery. In fact, choosing a favourite gemstone- or even a birthstone - over a generic diamond can make the ring all the more personal and sentimental. The colour revolution isn’t limited just to the shade of the gem. For years, the trend has been for bands made of either platinum or white or yellow gold, but not anymore. Rose gold is the metal of the moment, and is being seen in increasing amounts of fashionforward jewellery. Additionally, there is a growing trend of mixing metals – for example, a white gold band with a rose gold claw setting. It’s an eye-catching way to bring out the features of the central gem and to add a unique twist to the ring’s design. Eschewing the typical vision of what an engagement ring should look like doesn’t mean rejecting all tradition. In fact, returning to vintage styles can be a great way of achieving a unique look that is guaranteed to be timeless. Edwardian styles are typified by their intricate, often floral details and femininity. The ring itself doesn’t have to be an antique – these vintage features are finding their way onto an increasing amount of modern designs. Intricate elegance is also a feature in Art Deco rings, another vintage style that is enjoying a surge in popularity. The strong lines on these rings help offset their daintiness and make them really eye-catching. Vintage isn’t for everyone. For the modern-minded woman there are plenty of sleek, contemporary styles. By pass settings are not always associated with engagement rings, but they offer a less

overtly fussy form of intricacy. Bezel settings evoke a thoroughly modern aesthetic, with cool, clean lines. They are also extremely practical, providing a secure setting for the gem. East-west settings are also becoming increasingly popular. It’s a striking alternative to the traditional ‘North-south’ setting, with the gem placed horizontally across the band. Not only does it look good, but also gives you more bang for your buck by making the gem itself look bigger. Stacking rings are hugely fashionable in non-engagement jewellery, but could make a quirky choice with an eternity-style stacked trio of engagement rings. By tripling the scope for variety in the design, different metals and stones can be mixed and matched for a look that’s unique and trendy. Linked to this is the increasing demand for more subtle engagement jewellery. The reality for most women is that they’re not tied to the kitchen sink staring at their rock all day – and large, flashy engagement rings are not always practical in modern life. The solution does not mean a compromise on style or quality. There is a growing trend for ‘eternity band’ engagement rings. The look is understated, chic, and entirely appropriate for everyday wear. So start the road to ‘I do’ like you mean to go on. The ring doesn’t have to be big, flash, showcasing a dazzling diamond or set in glitzy yellow gold. The rules are that there are no rules, except maybe one: ensure it is truly tailored to you and your taste.

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1. Trillion cut sapphires in white gold by pass setting. 2. Briliant cognac diamond with double halo. 3. Emerald cut yellow diamond with halo. 4. Brilliant black diamond with halo in rose gold. 5. Brilliant diamond with mixed metal double

halo, white and rose gold. 6. Brilliant diamond in by pass setting. 7. Cushion cut diamond with double halo. 8. Brilliant cut aquamarine.. 9. Oval cut peridot.. 10. Oval cut yellow diamond in yellow gold setting.11. Cushion cut topaz with halo. 12. Oval cut champagne sapphire with halo in rose gold.. 13. Bezel set brilliant diamond. 14. Mixed metal stacking rings. 15. Art Deco marquise diamond with sapphires. 16. Eternity ring with brilliant diamonds. 17. Edwardian mixed metal 18. Pear cut diamond with pink diamond halo.

Here’s all you need to know about the different gemstone cuts on offer.

BRILLIANT This round cut is the most popular of all gemstone cuts, accounting for more than half of diamonds sold today. Cut with numerous facets, the gems have an exceptional brilliance. PRINCESS This square shaped cut is second only to the round brilliant in its popularity. A relatively new cut, this shape was first pioneered in the 1960s and has been a permanent fixture in engagement ring trends ever since. EMERALD This versatile cut lends itself to both vintage and contemporary aesthetics. With long lines, it tends to be less fiery, but boasts broader, more dramatic flashes of light. There’s the added bonus that it tends to appear bigger than other cuts of a similar carat weight, but be sure to pay attention to the quality of the diamond, as the ‘openness’ of the cut makes any flaws more visible to the naked eye. CUSHION This distinctive vintage cut was once near impossible to find in new jewellery, but fortunately it’s seeing a surge in popularity. Despite not being as fiery as newer cuts, its romantic and classic look sets it apart from other styles. PEAR This is another shape enjoying a revival of popularity thanks to its vintage appeal. Like the emerald cut, it tends to lend size to smaller carat weights, as well providing an elegant look and plenty of sparkle. OVAL If you’re looking for the sparkle of the round brilliant cut but with a more unusual shape, then this is the choice for you. The beautiful oval cut accentuates long, slender fingers and reflects light dazzlingly. MARQUISE This is a cut with a supreme vintage pedigree, first appearing in Paris in 1745, after King Louis XV commissioned his court jeweller to create a diamond that resembled the smile of his beautiful mistress. The shape is said to resemble the hull of a small boat, and the cut maximises carat weight as well as flattering fingers, making them look slender. ASSCHER After being featured on Sex & the City, this previously scarce cut enjoyed a huge leap in popularity. Often referred to as the ‘square emerald’ cut, it was developed in the early 20th century at the birth of the art deco movement, and so has a fantastic vintage appeal. TRILLION First developed in Amsterdam, this triangular shape is most often used as an accent stone. As striking as this may be, the cut’s brilliance and fire is also ideally suited to an entirely unique solitaire. RADIANT This hybrid cut is hugely popular as it combines the depth and brilliance of the round, emerald, and princess cuts. Because of its extra facets, it not only has a fantastic brilliance but also hides inclusions more efficiently than other shapes. A note on halos…and not the angelic kind! A popular ring design is to have a ‘halo’ of diamonds surrounding the featured solitaire. The advantages include added sparkle and the appearance of a bigger ring for a smaller price. Recent times, though, have seen people play even more with this popular setting. Double halos maximise the size and sparkle factor even more and are huge right now. They also provide the opportunity to include even more contrasting colours and cuts for a unique twist.


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he S-Class has never ceased to raise technology standards, pioneering safety, comfort and engineering features such as ABS, anti-lock brakes, SRS airbag, ESP®, catalytic converters and Night View Assist. The new S-Class promises to continue to raise the benchmark in efficiency, in comfort, refinement and personalisation. With a simple model line up of SE and AMG, as well as the standard and long wheelbase options, MercedesBenz’s reflection of the epitome of luxury adopts a new exterior design. A sportier profile with positively exaggerated lines through the side wall and a larger radiator grill, distinctly three-dimensional in design, blends in synthesis with its traditional classic architecture and elegant silhouette. Improved levels of standard equipment over the already impressive outgoing S-Class includes the addition of a reversing camera, the latest generation of telematics COMAND Online NTG 5, full LED Intelligent Light System, DAB digital radio and Keyless Start. Making its debut on the new S-Class, Magic Body Control, a new suspension system will be an option on the S 500. Linked to the new Road Surface Scan system, Magic Body Control uses a stereo camera located on the top edge of the windscreen to read the road up to 15-metres ahead, allowing it to model a precise image of the road surface. The system then uses this image to

calculate if any action is required to react to uneven road surfaces creating unprecedented ride comfort. An enhanced AirMATIC full air suspension system with continuously adaptive damping control is introduced as standard, as is Magic Vision control, an innovative wash/ wipe system that applies washer fluid directly in front of the wiper blades to minimise waste and obstruction to the driver. Three engines complete the line up with one diesel, one petrol and one petrol hybrid. The new S-Class offers up to a nine per cent increase in power over the outgoing model, 22 per cent improvement in fuel consumption and 18 per cent reduction in CO2. The interior design of the S-Class embodies a classic, superior, cutting-edge saloon. Equipped as standard with a pair of high-resolution TFT screens which relay key vehicle information and allow quick, intuitive access to the most sophisticated system of its kind. Numerous world firsts offered within the cabin of the new S-Class include an energizing massage function based on the hot-stone principle and an active seat ventilation with reversing fans. Mercedes-Benz has raised seating and climatic comfort in the S-Class to a new level. The most advanced and luxurious Mercedes-Benz yet created – the new S-Class is now available from Robinsons Mercedes-Benz. Visit for offers across the range.


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Colchester Town Centre has to be a shopaholic’s paradise. In Colchester’s bustling Town Centre you will find all the big names you would expect plus lots more smaller, independent shops and boutiques. It also boasts a number of gourmet food shops specialising in locally produced food and drink. Located in the heart of Colchester, Lion Walk Shopping Centre is home to 40 of Britain’s most popular retailers. Whether you’re a die-hard shopaholic or just looking to get in, find what you need and get out, Lion Walk is your ideal shopping destination. Check out the latest looks and hottest trends, enjoy a delicious meal or find the perfect gift for someone special. Walk the Walk and you’ll see – there’s something for everyone at Lion Walk. Lisle House, 12 Red Lion Yard High Street, Colchester, Essex CO1 1DX. 01206 564957. Culver Square Shopping Centre is a convenient shopping location. The centre provides a popular range of shopping brands and stores such as Debenhams, H&M, TK Maxx and Superdry along with many popular more unique stores such as Patisserie Valerie and White Shine Jewellery. A warm welcome awaits you at Culver Square where you will be able to find a great selection of stores, cafés and restaurants, events and special offers. 7A Culver Square, Colchester, Essex, CO1 IJQ. 01206 578830. Now owned by Fenwick, Williams & Griffin prides itself on its dedicated staff and exceptional customer service. At Williams & Griffin, you will find a whole host of departments including fashion, toys, gifts, housewares and furniture featuring the finest quality products, the latest must haves, mixed with value lines. Their talented

buying team travel around Europe to look for the most individual products and up and coming brands for their customers. In 2007, Williams & Griffin won the title of Best Independent Department Store of the Year, sponsored by Draper’s Magazine, the leading fashion industry publication. 152 High Street, Colchester, Essex, CO1 1PN. 01206 571212. Tindalls started life in the 1860s as a family business printing sheet music in Newmarket. During the 1960s the business grew and expanded into commercial stationery supplying businesses with everything they need for their office. Their retail stationery, printing, office machinery and furniture departments all flourished, by the year 2005 Tindalls had four prominent retail outlets specialising in stationery, artists supplies and office furniture. They are now the leading independent stationer in East Anglia. Many of their employees have been with them for a number of years, they contribute to the success of Tindalls, enhancing the traditional values which makes the store what it is today; an independent business with traditional values thriving in the 21st Century. 25 Trinity St, Colchester, Essex, CO1 1JN. 01206 579729. St John’s Walk Shopping Centre - Colchester is an innovative retail facility and leisure destination. Within months, St John’s Walk Shopping Centre has become a quality retailing destination for local shoppers and a shopping tourist’s delight for those visiting. Combining retail and local attractions to offer a day out destination for friends and families. There is so much to do and see that some guests spend hours. St John’s St, Colchester, Essex CO2 7AL. 01206 769956.|61

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Dean Dunham recognised a long time ago that the majority of Brits do not know what their consumer rights are and he set out to change this, via his site www.youandyourrights.

1.“Verbal contract? It’s not worth the paper it’s written on”. This is not true. Verbal contracts are legally binding. 2.“No refunds on sale items.” This sign is so common in shops. Whether they can do this or not depends on why the goods were on sale. If they were reduced in price because of a fault that was either pointed out to you or that you could have been ‘reasonably’ expected to notice before you bought it, then you are not entitled to a refund. But, if it was just on special offer or in the January sales, you are entitled to get your money back if it turns out to have a fault, to have been inaccurately described, or not fit for the purpose that it was sold for. 3.“We don’t offer refunds - you must accept a credit note.” If you buy goods that turn out to be faulty, the law says that the contract you made when you bought those goods has been broken by the seller. You are therefore entitled to cancel the contract (as long as you have acted within a reasonable amount of time) and get a full refund. 4.“We can’t do anything without a receipt.” There is no legal obligation for shops to even give you a receipt, let alone for you to keep it. Shops should accept any proof of purchase, like a bank statement or credit card bill (if you paid by credit or debit card). If you paid in cash and have not kept the receipt, you may have difficulty proving that you bought the item. 5.“It is not my fault if it doesn’t work. Make a complaint to the manufacturer.” It is the person who sold you the goods with whom you have made a contract. They are

therefore responsible for dealing with any problems, and not the manufacturer. 6.“It was fine when I sold it to you. You must have broken it!” If something breaks and you inform the trader within six months of purchase it is the trader’s duty to prove that the item had no fault at the time it was sold to you. If you have had the item for over 6 months it is your duty to prove the fault was present at the time of purchase. 7.“If you have a complaint you will have to bring it back to the shop and we’ll discuss it.” No matter what the size or weight of the goods it is technically always the seller’s duty to collect faulty items. If it is simply a case of you having changed your mind, you do not have these automatic rights but many traders will come and collect large or unwieldy items from you in the interests of customer service. 8.“If you shop online you have fewer consumer rights.” This is totally wrong. In fact if you shop online you have greater consumer rights as you have the right to ‘change your mind’ and get a refund for the goods. To take advantage of this you have to tell the retailer within 7 days of receiving the goods that you want a refund. 9.“You have no rights when buying second-hand or sale items.” Unless the retailer has highlighted a specific problem with the item before you purchased it, items purchased second hand or in a sale still have to be of satisfactory quality. For more information visit my FREE legal and consumer website:|65

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DELLA KAUR Della Kaur Cambridge offers you a blend of classic and contemporary English and international fine jewellery, silk and leather bags, pure pashminas, silk scarves and other accessories. Their master jeweller Christopher Powell has practised for over thirty years in Cambridge as one of the UK’s leading jewellery designers and makers; he will help you translate your ideas for wedding and engagement rings and other items into beautifully finished pieces. The Cambridge store has been open since 1980 and is located on one of the most atmospheric medieval streets in the City. It overlooks the river Cam with its punts and riverside restaurants: you will experience the authentic feel of the City and its wonderful heritage of fine design. To find out more call 01223 462256 or visit 31, Magdalene Street, Cambridge, CB3 0AF.



I am British from an Indian family and born in Africa, and am living now in Cambridge with my husband, Andrew and our two children. I have always loved the vibrancy of Indian style. With my business Della Kaur Women’s Accessories Cambridge UK, I am trying to blend that style with day to day fashions for contemporary women. We have found our craftspeople and producers on trips to India and aim to keep growing our range of products and designs from different parts of India as there is such a huge range styles and materials. We set ourselves the test that everything must be of the highest quality fabrics and materials, worked contemporary life. And we want to make sure that all our products are sourced sustainably. We aim to meet all our producers and through our partnership with Women for

Women, we try to put something back: this fantastic charity supports women survivors of trauma and war to rebuild their lives through one-to-one support and skills/business training. The online business has grown organically as we have found new artists, designers and crafts producers in India. I trained as a jeweller in London and Cambridge and started designing and selling my own work which blends Asian themes into very simple styles. who also produce simple, high quality and “blendable” styles, now covering accessories, bags, silks, pashminas and shawls. I travel to India to make seasonal selections of beautiful jewellery and accessories from a small group of independent artists and manufacturers. A number of products are one-offs or small runs that are customized individually to my designs.|67

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Uniquely British, the pantomime showcases the marriage between the traditional and unconventional. As the season approaches, which favourite pantomime stereotype will you cheer for – or boo?

ou know it’s that time of year again when Monday morning is made that little bit brighter by glimpsing pantomime advertisements. The rain may be pinging down on the windshield, the children might be arguing in the backseat, or the motorway might seem more like a car park, but the sight of David Hasselhoff as Captain Hook brings a smile to any face. While celebrity pantomime spotting is just as popular a winter sport as skiing, it’s really the part that makes the star. Where else but in the pantomime do we celebrate gender-swapping roles while also getting to participate in the production ourselves? As the excitement mounts, Eastlife undresses – ahem! – the beloved panto stereotypes. THE PANTO DAME First off the panto dame. From Mother Goose to Jack and the Beanstalk’s Dame Trott, the Panto Dame – or, more accurately, man in drag – is an infamous panto character. And what’s not to love? The Dame encapsulates everything we cherish about pantos:

outrageous hair, garish makeup, kitsch costume – and dialogue filled with the stock salacious double entendres to match, from a voice that betrays its alto origins. The Dame is one for the adults, while the children giggle at her comic sidekick who bears the brunt of her jokes. It never ceases to amuse young or old! THE ‘HERO’ Many little girls dream of their prince: a tall, strapping, handsome lad who sweeps his princess off her feet. In pantos, though, the hero is usually a heroine. Children might think ‘Oh no it isn’t’, but the grown-ups know that, ‘Oh yes, it is’. Even with the tight, revealing clothes, the female hero is another favourite; it allows us to suspend our disbelief and get sucked into the fairytale. Could a panto exist any other way? THE AUDIENCE’S FRIEND Sometimes, the poor hero struggles to keep up while the villain is always one step ahead, and the audience’s calls of ‘He’s behind you!’ don’t seem to be working. Enter: the audience’s friend.


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Pantos The audience relies on the fairy godmother (even in stories that don’t traditionally have a fairy), advisor, or narrator to keep the audience abreast of story changes, to start a song, and to make sure that, as in all pantos, good triumphs over evil in the end. THE VILLAIN We may pretend to hate Aladdin’s Abanazar or Snow White’s Wicked Queen, yet everyone loves to boo and hiss when the panto baddie enters stage left. In truth, the villain is a favourite: the character that gets the best lines and can be one of the most creative parts of the production. In years past, Cinderella’s Ugly Sisters have been renamed as Posh and Scary. This year, could it be a competition between Simon and David or Bruno and Craig? THE PANTO ANIMAL Every panto needs a comedy role, and who better to ham it up than a little livestock? The panto animal adds muchwanted mischief and hilarity. Jack and the Beanstalk’s Daisy squirts her milk at the audience, and Mother Goose’s Priscilla shakes a tail feather in a choreographed dance. And of course don’t forget Dick Whittingdon’s famous Cat. This year, we’re hoping for a hoedown Gangnam Style. 13 Dec - 5 Jan: Dick Whittington Starring soapstar legend Ryan Maloney and the ultimate soap villain, Leslie Grantham, who will channel his famous Dirty Den character in his panto role of King Rat. www. Grove Theatre, Grove Park, Court Drive, Dunstable, Bedfordshire, LU5 4GP. 28 Dec - 3 Jan: Puss in Boots With a live band, every child will be invited on stage. It’s a treat for the whole family that won’t break the bank. www. Bedford Corn Exchange, St. Pauls Square, Bedford MK40 1SL. 5 Dec - Jan: The Wonderful Wizard of Oz A stunning, brand new, glittering production with all the favourite characters from Oz. Elgiva Theatre, St Mary’s Way, Chesham, Bucks, HP5 1HR. 7 Dec - 5 Jan: Cinderella Starring Eastender’s Shane Richie. With spectacular special effects, comedy in abundance and lots of audience participation, this will be a family-friendly pantomime you won’t want to miss. www. Swan, St Mary Street, High Wycombe, Bucks, HP11 2XE.

13 Dec - 5 Jan: Sleeping Beauty Starring Anita Dobson as the evil fairy Carabosse with show-stopping song and dance, larger-than-life characters, colourful costumes and spectacular sparkling sets. www.watersidetheatreaylesbury. com.Waterside Theatre, Exchange Street, Aylesbury HP20 1UG. 26 Dec - 14 Jan: Jack and the Beanstalk The pantomime season comes but once a year, so why not take a visit to Ely this Christmas for the story of Jack and the Beanstalk’. This panto will captivate children and adults alike. Maltings, Ship Lane, Ely, Cambridgeshire, CB7 4BB. 4 Dec – 5 Jan: Cinderella In association with the Chelmsford Civic Theatre, One From The Heart brings another action packed family show to Chelmsford, featuring all the traditional pantomime ingredients. theatres. Chelmsford Civic Theatre, CM1 1JG. 4 Dec - 5 Jan: Rapunzel In the traditional story Rapunzel is trapped in a tower until she is rescued by her prince. Full of wonderful ideas and magical characters and sprinkled with a bit

of Towngate panto magic. www. Theatre, St Martins Square, Basildon, SS14 1DW. 5 - 7 December: Aladdin Join our penniless hero Aladdin on his quest to make his dreams come true. Discovery of a mysterious cave in the mountains and an old lamp lead to exciting adventures, comic chaos and uk.The Mill Arts & Events Centre, Bellingham Lane, Rayleigh, Essex. 6 Dec - 5 Jan: Jack and the Beanstalk Polka Dot Pantomimes and Thurrock Council present a GIANT of a pantomime, providing great value for money this Christmas. theatre. Thameside Theatre, Orsett Road, Grays, Essex, RM17 5DX. 6 Dec - 5 Jan: Dick Whittington Harlow Playhouse has got Christmas all wrapped up with another great pantomime! This show is full of delicious sets, music and costumes. www. Harlow Playhouse, Playhouse Square, Harlow, Essex, CM20 1LS. 12 Dec - 18 Jan: Aladdin Aladdin and his family are poor but he dreams of marrying a beautiful Princess. A fairytale Princess may only marry a Prince. Join Aladdin on a spectacular magic carpet ride. Kenneth More

13 Dec - 4 Jan: Snow White And The Seven Dwarfs Strictly judge Craig Revel Horwood and Emmerdale’s Lisa Riley star. Cliffs Pavilion, Station Road,Westcliff-onSea, Essex, SS0 7RA. 14 Dec - 1 Jan: Peter Pan Polka Dot Pantomimes proudly presents Peter Pan, a star studded family musical full of fun and festive cheer. Princes Theatre,Town Hall, Station Road, Clacton-on-Sea, Essex. 18 Jan - 25 Jan: Aladdin It’s a normal day in Old Peking, Widow Twanky is working hard in her laundry, Wishee washee, her assistant, is working hard beside her and Aladdin, her son, is doing absolutely nothing as per usual. Braintree Arts Theatre, Notley Road, Braintree, Essex CM7 1WY. 6 - 28 December: Robin Hood A proper family pantomime with live musicians, witty storytelling, stunning sets and costumes, and heartfelt performances from audience participation. www. Palace Theatre, Clarendon Road, Watford,WD17 1JZ. 13 Dec - 4 Jan: Aladdin Starring Pop Idol Andy Scott Lee and his wife from Big Brother Lydia Scott Lee and the return of Michael Otton as Wishee Washee. Fly over seats. Broxbourne Civic Hall, High Street, Hoddesdon, Herts, EN11 8BE. 13 – 22 December : Jack and the Beanstalk Broadcaster and Saturday morning TV legend, Tiswas’ Sally James, CBBC Newsround presenter Hayley Cutts, BBC 3 Counties Radio’s Ernie Almond and local singing sensation Sophie Massie. Eric Morecambe Theatre, Harpenden Public Halls, Southdown Road, AL5 1PD. 14 Dec - 5 Jan: Snow White & the Seven Dwarfs Mirror Mirror on the wall, a perfect panto for one and all. Wyllyotts Theatre,Wyllyotts Place, Darkes Lane, Potters Bar, Herts EN6 2HN. 10 Jan - 18 Jan: Puss In Boots Puss In Boots has featured own 2011 animation. A pantomime dame, an ogre, a princess, a fairy, a hero and numerous comic characters head the Broxbourne cast, with a large chorus to complement them. uk. Broxbourne Civic Theatre, Civic Hall, High Street, Hoddesdon. 3 - 31 December: Goldilocks Ohyesitiz Productions return to present for your family entertainment the pantomime Goldilocks and The Three Bears. Gorleston Pavillion Theatre, Pier Gardens, Great Yarmouth, GorlestonOn-Sea, NR31 6PP.


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17 Dec - 4 Jan: Cinderella Following the enormous success of last year’s Aladdin, the Marina Theatre has once again teamed up with award winning producers Paul Holman Associates to present one of the region’s most spectacular family pantomimes. Cinderella is the classic rags to riches fairytale of a young girl forced to serve her jealous step-sisters will be brought spine-tingling up to date with the magic of a Fairy Godmother known to millions, Amanda Barrie. Joining the Coronation Street and Carry On legend, and following his great rapport with Lowestoft audiences last year as Wishee Washee, Mike Newman JNR returns as Buttons. Marina Theatre, The Marina Lowestoft, Suffolk, NR32 1HH.


classics... 17 Dec – 19 Jan: Cinderella With Baron Hardup being careful with his money this Christmas, Norwich Theatre Royal panto favourite Buttons has managed to pick up some extra festive work from the Mayor of Wymondham. The cheeky chappy, aka Norwich Theatre Royal panto favourite Richard Gauntlett, will be joining Father Christmas and a host of dignitaries to help switch on the town’s Christmas lights on Saturday 30 November at 4.30pm. The special ceremony will form part of the town’s Dickensian Steampunk Christmas Fayre in the Market Place which gets under way at 2pm and features a host of attractions including food and charity stalls, live music, Punch and Judy, and even fire-eating all in a Dickensian-style setting. Organised by the town’s Lions Club, it aims to raise lots of money for good causes as well as provide an exciting community event for all ages. Tickets £5.50-£20.50. Discounts for Over-60s, Under-18s, and Groups. Box Office 01603 630000. For more info or to book online .

13 Dec – 4 Jan: Snow White Snow White arrives at Sheringham this December bringing seasonal sparkle and family fun to the Little Theatre. Written by West End star Killian Donnelly, who also appeared in the sees the return of some familiar faces as well as the arrival of some new ones. Debbie Thompson, director of the Sheringham Little Theatre, said: “It is fabulous that Killian has written the show for us again – it looks set to be a superb pantomime this year. For more information or for tickets call 01263 822347 or visit www.|73

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Hylands Christmas Fair Sunday 1st December 11am - 7pm •Free entry •Over 160 stalls •Land train •Live music •Walkabout entertainment •Tree lighting at dusk Santaʼs Grotto During your visit to the Christmas Shopping Fair, why not visit Santa in his beautiful grotto in the House £5 per child. Includes a small gift. For further information, please call Vicky Woolnough or Thomas Harper on 01245 605500. Hylands House, Hylands Park, London Road, Chelmsford CM2 8WQ Tel: 01245 605500

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Christmas Markets IPSWICH Immerse yourself in the festive season this November at Ipswich’s St. Peter’s Street Christmas Market. There will be a whole host of stalls, ranging from unique gift ideas to the tastiest of festive food. A number of the stalls will be offering locally sourced or made products, so not only can you enjoy some seasonal indulgences, but feel good about supporting business local to Ipswich and the surrounding area too. 17 November. St. Peter’s Street, Ipswich. BURY ST EDMUNDS The Bury St. Edmunds Christmas Fayre is a magical event, and 2013’s promises to be bigger, better, and longer than ever. With over 300 stalls, a world market and stage and street entertainment there is bound to be something to take your fancy. Treat yourself to a mulled wine or a Bailey’s hot chocolate, and treat the kids to a trip to Santa’s Grotto. 28 November – 1 December. Bury St Edmunds. For more information visit www. DEEPDALE A visit to the Deepdale Christmas Market is the only way to kick off the festive season. Almost 80 stalls will showcase the best Norfolk producers of original presents, decorations, and unbeatable food and drink. Treat yourself and those you love to anything from personalised jewellery from Beach Hut Charm, or treats from

the Chocolate Deli.7-8 December. Dalegate Market and St. Mary’s Church, Deepdale Farm, Burnham Deepdale, North Norfolk Coast, PE31 8DD. For more information visit CLACTON ON SEA Continental Christmas markets are renowned as the best in the world, and now the festive flavour comes to Clacton on Sea.Delight in the taste, sounds and smells of the continent and buy some really unique Christmas presents with a difference. 12 -15 December. Town Square, Clacton on Sea. For more information, contact the tourist information centre on 01255 686633. MILL ROAD WINTER FAIR For nine years the Mill Road Winter Fair has been renowned for its festive atmosphere. There’s no shortage of things to do and see, with many of the shops and businesses along Mill Road staging their own events. The Food Fair will be packed with a wide range of specialist and artisan produce, and many craft and market stalls to browse. A Carnival Parade sets off around midday – perfect for getting the festive season started with a bang. 7 December. Mill Road, Cambridge. For more information

contact, or visit ST ALBANS With a regular market dating back to the 9th century, there’s probably no better city to host a European-style Christmas market. 2013 marks the first ever event of its kind in St Albans. Up to 70 traditional wooden chalets will circle the Cathedral and Vintry Gardens.Market stalls will be selling a wide variety of high quality goods, from speciality food and drink, to wooden toys and Christmas decorations. 28 November – 21 December. St. Albans, Hertfordshire. For more information contact Tourist Information, 01727 864511. www. BEDFORD Enjoy the sights, sounds, smells and tastes of the festive season in Bedford this December. There’s no better way than a visit to the Christmas Fair in Harpur Square and Midland Road to get into the holiday spirit. 13 – 15 December. For more information contact the Bedford Events Team on 01234 718617.|75

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The clocks go back, the nights start drawing in, and the temperature drops. As we stagger to work in the morning through the bitter cold and resignedly pull our thermals out of storage, one word seems to emerge on everyone’s lips – a cheery hope to sustain us through winter. That word is Christmas. Whether you’re young at heart and buzz with excitement as the winter approaches, or are a bit more of forward to. Gone are the days of naff crackers and embarrassing karaoke caterwauling a la Bridget Jones. Now it’s all about sophistication, glamour and fun in top quality venues.

with deliciousness, and the kind of unique setting that no one will forget in a hurry. So get ready to make some pointed suggestions to your boss, and remember to book as soon as possible before it’s too late!


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Have a Ball with Your Boss NEWMARKET RACECOURSES, SUFFOLK Celebrate Christmas in sophisticated style with Newmarket Racecourse’s’ ‘Not So Silent Night’. Not only is there a festive and delectable three course meal complete with entertainment and a disco afterwards, but there’s a charity casino too so that you can try out your poker face whilst contributing to a good cause. £57.95 per person. Newmarket, Suffolk, CB8 0TG. 01638 675300, THE GRANGE HOTEL, BURY ST EDMUNDS The Grange Hotel’s stunning Tudor frontage and idyllic countryside location make it a perfect backdrop for any kind of Christmas celebration. Their glamorous casino themed Christmas party nights also a feature a disco and a sumptuous menu with a wide array of decadent choices for each course. From £34.50 per person. Bury St Edmunds, Suffolk, IP31 3PQ. 01359 231260, info@grangecountryhousehotel. com. MECURE HOTEL, NORFOLK Mecure Hotel’s Ice White Parties are the perfect festive way to

celebrate and let loose. A fun and sparkly themed affair, you and your colleagues will relish the opportunity to dress to impress as much as the blackjack and roulette tables with fun money provided. Private parties are also available. From £28 per person. Norwich, NR3 2BA. 0844 815 9036, csales. WYBOSTON LAKES, BEDFORDSHIRE At Wyboston Lakes they really know how to throw a party, and themes are there strong point. As well as a regular suits-all disco nights there are 70s and 80s, Motown, Queen, Abba and School, Hollywood and Bee Gees themed evenings too! Even the most austere of employees will be letting their hair down as everyone dances the night away! From £39 per person. Wyboston, MK44 3AL. 0333 700 7666, christmas@ IWM DUXFORD, CAMBRIDGESHIRE For a glamorous and totally unforgettable evening, choose a Black and White BauBall at IWM Duxford. It’s a truly unique choice, as you and your colleagues dine and dance the night away surrounded by the awe-inspiring

aircraft. Both group and exclusive parties are available. From £39.95 per person. Cambridge, CB22 4QR. 01223 497 501, BROCKET HALL, HERTFORDSHIRE Brocket Hall is as atmospheric a venue as you could hope to find for your Christmas celebrations. With its period character features, 12ft Christmas tree and roaring open fires, the Hall provides a beautifully festive backdrop. The Oak Room at the Golf Club is also available for astounding parties, with panoramic views over the Broadwater. Both shared and private parties are available throughout December. From £120 per person (Brocket Hall), £49.50 per person (Golf Club).Welwyn, Hertfordshire, AL8 7XG. 01707 368700, email GREAT HALLINGBURY MANOR Great Hallingbury Manor comes alive during the festive season. There’s no better place than a traditional Tudor style manor to get into the Christmas spirit and kick off your celebrations. Its completely refurbished contemporary interior means that it is perfect for parties. A festive|77

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drink precedes a delicious three course dinner, followed by superb entertainment from the resident DJ. Wine, dine, and dance the night away amid elegant Christmas décor in the Lakeside Suite. Value party nights from £25 per person. Great Hallingbury, Bishops Stortford, Herts, CM22 7TJ, 08444 119068, legacy-greathallingbury. DUNSTON HALL, NORFOLK A 19th century mansion built in the Elizabethan style and complete with 150 acres of stunning Norfolk parkland, Dunston Hall provides a picture-perfect festive setting for any Christmas party. On dates ranging from December 4 to 23, there are traditional party nights with all the

trimmings, including a disco. Or on December 7, 14 or 20 enjoy a live band! Hire for private parties in this elegant setting is available. From £28-£49 per person. Norwich, NR14 8PQ. 0871 2224683, BEST PARTIES EVER AT BARLEYLANDS, ESSEX The Best Parties Ever Christmas Spectacular 2013 is definitely going to live up to its name. With a theme of Chicago…The Roaring Twenties, the parties are packed with live ‘jumpin’’ jazz, an ‘illicit’ gambling den with charity casino, West End singers and dancers, acrobats, and even dodgems and much more! It promises to be a truly unforgettable night. From £37.50 per person. Billericay,

Essex, CM11 2UD. 0844 499 4040, www. STOKE BY NAYLAND HOTEL, GOLF AND SPA, ESSEX As a highly regarded local venue, it’s no surprise that Stoke by Nayland Hotel’s Christmas Party nights look set to be a highlight of the festival season. Their ultimate themed nights will be sure to impress, with Dirty Dancing and Michael Buble vs. Josh Groban, but if neither of those suit, fear not. There are plenty of dates for their classic Christmas party nights, all of which feature a three course meal and all of the festive trimmings. From 34.95 to 39.95 per person. Leavenheath, Colchester, Essex, CO6 4PZ. 01206 265837, email sales@|79

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Looking for somewhere for a Christmas party this year?

Our Christmas dinner party menu is £30 per head and available Monday to Saturday 25th November to 23rd December 2013. Lunch menus are also available Mon-Sat £26.50, Sunday £29.00, Á la carte from £32.00.

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Christmas KINGSCLIFF HOTEL For top quality food and a great party, look no further than Holland on Sea’s Kingscliff Hotel. Its superb seafront location provides a gorgeous setting, and inside the atmosphere is just as good, warm and welcoming, with elegant seasonal décor. There are two great suites available for your party, and head chef Tom has created a sumptuous three course menu for you to enjoy. The night begins with a sparkling cocktail, and ends on the dance floor! £29.95 per person. 55 Kings Parade, Holland on Sea, Essex, CO15 5JB, 08444 119 492, THE MILL HOTEL, SUDBURY Enjoy fully traditional working fireplaces, fruit-stuffed mince pies and fragrant mulled wine in the superb festive atmosphere at the Mill Hotel. The beautifully decorated

brasserie is the perfect venue for your Christmas celebrations. Get the party going with a sparkling cocktail, and then enjoy a top-notch three-course feast prepared by head chef Carl and his team. Excellent entertainment from the resident DJ follows, so don’t forget your dancing shoes. 31.95 per person Walnut Tree Lane, Sudbury, CO10 1BD, 08444 119 496, DUKE’S HEAD HOTEL Overlooking the historical King’s Lynn marketplace, the Duke’s Head Hotel already has a special atmosphere. Add in traditional fireplaces, great food and drink, and elegant festive décor and you’ve got the perfect place to hold a fantastic Christmas party. The beautiful ballroom provides a striking backdrop for the celebrations, and the three-course meal is guaranteed to be scrumptious. Afterwards, the resident

DJ will be pumping out the greatest party tunes so that you can really get your groove on. £25 per person. Tuesday Market Place, King’s Lynn, Norfolk, PE30 1JS, 08444 119 484, www.legacy-hotels. co.uklegacy-dukeshead. THE KING’S HEAD IVINGHOE With atmospheric oak beams, cosy log fires, and gorgeous antique furniture, The King’s Head Ivinghoe is the ideal venue for a festive celebration. Those roaring log fires go perfectly with the candlelight and gleaming silver that accompanies a delicious festive menu from the fine dining restaurant. Larger parties will find themselves treated to a night of splendour in the Banqueting Suite, which seats up to 34 people on one large table. £33.50 per person. Station Road, Ivinghoe, Leighton Buzzard, Bedfordshire, LU7 9EB, 01296 668388.

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DORMICE by Caroline Fitton


oldeny hazel in colour, large of eye, small of ear, fluffy of tail – there’s a shy little mammal on the prowl at night somewhere Cambridgeshire ... the plucky little dormouse is on the march at Brampton Wood. Twenty miles north west of Cambridge, two miles from Huntingdon, Brampton Wood is the second largest ancient woodland in Cambridgeshire and is at least 900 years old - it was chosen 20 years ago as an ideal site for dormouse release and colonisation due to the mixed woodland habitat. The trees are mostly oak, ash and field maple, with some areas now coppiced providing a good habitat for dormice. The reintroduction programme in 1993 was a collaboration between the Wildlife Trust, Royal Holloway College, English Nature and the People’s Trust for Endangered Species, and saw dormice released, since then they have been increasingly occupying boxes placed specially for their use. Evidence now shows that they are beginning to colonise adjoining areas, which is welcome news for a species in decline nationally. Sleeping is what they do best, indeed dormice may spend up to three quarters of their life asleep. The name derives from the French word dormir, to sleep, but there are a variety of names - French names include muscardin, croquenoix and rat-d’or; in Suffolk the term sleep-meece was common. Lewis Carroll chose to characterise the somnolent behaviour of the dormouse in Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland, who dozed off in the teapot for the duration of the Mad Hatter’s tea party, and dormouse fat was used by the Elizabethans to induce sleep. Dormice are nocturnal, alternating bursts of activity with periods of rest. Breeding males live alone, whilst females and non-breeding males are often found nesting together

outside the breeding season; sometimes the same male and female will live together in successive years, and dormouse life expectancy is around five years. Between three to seven young are born usually in July or August, and the babies remain with their mother in the nest for around six weeks, longer than most small rodents. Dormice will settle down for a long winter hibernation when the first frosts arrive in November, snuggling up for months in comfy, cosy nests woven from strips of honeysuckle bark and grasses; unique among our smaller mammals, these nests are just under the surface of the ground. They need a stable humidity, so minimise their moisture loss by nesting underground, essential to avoid becoming dehydrated. This year at Brampton they have been helped by a new box design overseen by Wildlife Trust BCN Ecology Officer Henry Stanier, who, along with the help of volunteers, placed 250 boxes in Cambridgeshire and into parts of neighbouring Northamptonshire. The design means that wasps or small birds are not able to enter the boxes, making them exclusive domains of dormice. Henry said: “Volunteers are an integral part of the Wildlife Trust and the role of nest box builder is just one way in which local people can support their local wildlife. Funding from the Thriplow Charitable Trust enabled us to test the new box design and do so much more for wildlife.” After hibernation they emerge again in April or May – most likely later due to the long cold spring. Dormice usually have one litter a year but, if the summer is fine and long, they may have two. With fine summer conditions, a good long breeding season and a successful reintroduction programme marking 20 years, the future looks golden for Cambridgeshire’s dormice.


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Cosmetic Surgery Find out what you need to know It’s coming up to Christmas and many people may start to think about making changes. We are offering you the chance to come and talk confidentially with one of the leading cosmetic surgeons in Cambridge Mr Richard Price, to see if the changes you want can be made reality for you.


t’s coming up to Christmas and many people may start to think about making changes. We are offering you the chance to come and talk confidentially with one of the leading cosmetic surgeons in Cambridge Mr Richard Price, to see if the changes you want can be made reality for you. Mr Price is the Lead Plastic Surgeon for Head & Neck and Facial Reconstruction in the region. Mr Price works both in the NHS and privately and is fully trained in all aspects of Reconstructive and Plastic Surgery. Privately, Mr Price carries out a full range of Cosmetic Surgery, specialising in Facial Aesthetics but also undertaking Breast Augmentation, Abdominoplasty and cosmetic surgery following weight loss (post-bariatric Surgery). From mole removal, to male cosmetic surgery, we will be happy to talk to you. To help you find out more about what can be done, we are holding two

events on Wednesday 4th December at the Nuffield Health Cambridge Hospital. The first will start at 15.00 and the second at 18.30. You will be greeted on arrival with drinks, canapés and a welcome pack. You are then given an optional introduction to the work of Mr Price and to the various aspects of many types Cosmetic Surgery, as well as an opportunity to see real results and to find out about the advantages to having surgery with a registered qualified plastic surgeon here in the UK. After the talk you then have a confidential five-minute meeting with Mr Price, to discuss which procedure you are thinking of having and the price of the procedure (subject to quote confirmation). If you are keen to see Mr Price again to take this further, then you will be booked in for a further consultation, whether that is on the same day or in the following weeks.

We then offer our guests a tour of the hospital to allow them to see the rooms, get a feel for the atmosphere and to help get to know where they would be treated in an informal manner. Attendance at the event does not mean there is an obligation for surgery; this is an event to come and find out more about what we can do for you. We always remember it’s not just about going private, it’s about going personal. To find out more information on the Cosmetic Events held at the hospital or to book a place at our next event, please call 0845 603 4346 or email Claire. and we will be pleased to discuss this further. Please note that attendance is by booking only.

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STEPS TO GET YOUR ARTWORK NOTICED BY GALLERIES Gallery arts manager of the multi award winning The Upstairs Gallery, Beccles, Michelle Payne talks to Eastlife magazine about the top enquiries of an arts gallery. I am an artist, how can I sell my all my work? If there was any way in which I could tell an artist how to sell their whole collection, I would be a multi millionaire. To get represented by a gallery can be quite difficult, as galleries need a cut of the artist’s sale for overheads. In short, they will typically take on work they know will sell to a range of their own clients and following. They do however like to refresh the look and feel of their gallery space, so sometimes will offer newer artists display space. Selling your work is a slow and built-up process, do not expect success on the first step. Arts business is a very tough and hard industry. Keep a catalogue of all your works, and most importantly a good mailing list, so that you are able to tell your followers and personally invite them to view a new show/exhibition. How can I as an artist get a gallery’s attention? Do not just walk in and demand immiediate attention from the gallery manager. Our time is quite often booked up with media, publicity, sales, customer service, framing, queries and management. If you take up our time, we then have to make up that lost time in our working day. The best way to receive attention would be to send an email with 2 images of your works. Don’t make the mistake of attaching dozens of images to your file. We have several enquiries each day, and this will just clog up our systems. I know gallery owners who will just delete the email. Include your two images in the email itself, together with a brief of who you are and about

the artwork, as well as any exhibitions or awards you have been selected/shown in. Follow this up a week or so later with a phone call to make an appointment. Remind the gallery of who you are, and the email, and if the gallery owner wishes to talk with you, they will book you in. Research your gallery... If you paint landscapes, and you want to exhibit, find a gallery who offers a similar vein of works to yours. It’s no good going to a seascape gallery on the coast, who sells coastal seascapes only, and asking them to exhibit your landscapes. What’s the difference between rentable art-space galleries and commissioned arts galleries? However you choose to display your works, you still have to pay. Often commissionable artists will ask why should they pay when other galleries exhibit their work for free. This is simply not true, they take their cut anywhere between 30 and 65%. Rentable space guarantees a showing of your work, and also allows your work to be commission free. Some galleries charge both. Galleries commission fees are too high, they make huge profits... Galleries charge between 30 – 65% commission rates on an artist’s price for their work. Many people assume that gallery outgoings are very low or funded. This is a common misconception. We have to pay insurers, alarms, utilities, phone bills, equipment, supplies, packing,


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Michelle has been running The Upstairs Gallery since 2007, and the gallery is about to enter its seventh year. During this time Michelle and the team have dealt with numerous enquiries from artists and other gallery owners, and Michelle’s experiences are often sought after, not just by the arts industry , but also by smaller business owners as well as the tourism industry.

furnishings, computers, publicity, announcements, staff and employees, and rent as well as rates. We work every day for our artists. If artists get paid, the gallery gets paid. Art is very difficult to sell, no art sells itself - there is a huge difference between someone liking a work of art and buying it, that difference is called selling. Galleries typically have far more expense than an artist. Selling art is a full time job, at the gallery, over the phone, online, gallery owners work very hard to keep their clients, and advertise the artist. Discounts on purchases... Clients quite often would ask for discounts on a painting or work. The artists need to be flexible about this. I know gallery owners who often take a cut on the sale, and take on the revenue lost themselves. If the artist takes a lower fee however, the gallery will lose out on their commission percentage also. Think of your work as a business... Many galleries and artists still have no website, facebook page or twitter accounts. They assume people will see what they like and just buy it. I am always amazed by this. A website showcases the works, and a facebook page personally shows your followers whats new, whats available and allows them to discuss commissions with you. Twitter and Linkedin are more businesslike, and not quite as personal, so therefore, advertise your business,

whats happening right now, and how to make contact – and link to your website. At a recent tourism convention, I was asked why a fishmonger shop should bother with a facebook account. I explained that facebook is for your personal friends, family and people you like. You would want to give them a great service. If you had gone to the wholesalers and they have given you a great deal on scallops, share this with your customers and friends – tell them that on this day, if they pop in, you can offer them a fantastic deal on their tea that night. If you don’t get the message and the work out there, people won’t be able to find you, let alone know what you are doing. Art galleries have a client list waiting to take on anything they have to offer... This is in no way true. Galleries have to convince clients that what they have is worthy of consideration. A few good artists will keep an arts business afloat, and sales of artists who do really well with a gallery, will often pay for the artists who tend to sell not so well Remember... Above all, remember the art gallery staff and volunteers, as well as the owner, are human. Don’t be aggressive, you would like to build a friendly and communicative business relationship.|89

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his year Norton Way Gallery will be celebrating its eighth winter show. As always they will have a collection of new pieces from their regular resident artists, but will also introduce the work of Bedfordshire painter Gillian Flack and Derbyshire glassmaker Thomas Petit. Gallery owner Collette Hoefkens explained that the ethos of the gallery is to represent original art that touches people on a personal level. “ I find it so powerful that a single piece of work can have been created two or three hundred years ago but

still convey a poignant and timeless message to the individual, who seeks to understand and receive it. Art can be a private and often, historically, secret mode of communication. I am always looking for the artists of today, who strive to convey their feelings and opinions in this way, with serious commitment.� Over the past seven years the gallery has developed a distinct catalogue of contemporary fine artists who create their work very much from the heart. The emphasis is on honest pieces of high skill and beauty. As well as representing work

from nationally and internationally acclaimed artists such as Phil Greenwood RE, Michael Alford and Colin See Paynton, the gallery specializes in discovering new talent. Many of their artists, from over the last seven years, are now also regularly exhibiting at top London, fine art galleries and shows. Local favourites include Anne Songhurst, Keith Hornblower and Emma Pearce. Pop along for the start of their latest exhibition, the Autumn and Winter Collection 2013. Opening weekend the 16th and 17th of November.


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NOVEMBER ARTS by Collette Hoefkens


s the winter evenings draw in faster and faster, there are plenty of wonderful visual treats on offer throughout the region this month. The last of the autumn’s beauty may be fading but our galleries and museums continue to display a wealth of artistic splendour to keeps our spirits high. Over to Bedford for a seasonal group new work, from their very talented resident artists. This artists’ cooperative gallery has been running for eight years now and has developed its range of work to include sculpture, ceramics and collage, in addition to the excellent selection of oils, watercolours and mixed media pieces. From October 21st until November14th you can explore a selection from over forty artists, including the magical oils of Eric Seeley, the quietly glorious ceramics of Anja Penger-Onyett and the enchanting and mysterious acrylics of Liz Silk. Towards the end of the month, there will be a solo show, from one of the gallery’s founding members, Su Kiteley. This will host a collection of new paintings and prints from this original and sensitive artist. Beautiful hues of merging colours and texture will combine to provoke our senses and lift our souls. November Group Show - The Eagle Gallery, 101 Castle Road, Bedford. MK40 3QP. 01234 346995


eading slightly south to Hertfordshire, in Letchworth Garden City, I will once again be inviting you to join me at the Norton Way Gallery. Saturday the 16th of November is the start of the special weekend showing, of our Autumn and Winter

Collection 2013. The commencement of this exhibition is always celebrated with some nibbles and tipple and a friendly viewing of the gallery’s latest pieces. Whether you are looking to add to your own collection or simply to enjoy the work of both local and national, highly esteemed artists, make a date in your diary to pay us a visit. This year we welcome “En Plein Air” painter in oils and seascapes and the exquisite stoppered bottles of Derbyshire glassmaker Thomas Petit. Amongst our regular linocuts, wood engravings and bronzes from names such as Phil Greenwood RE, Anne Songhurst, Flora Mclachlan (Quaking Grass, detail above) and Colin See Paynton. With a comprehensive mixture of media, genre and style there is always a rich and diverse display of exceptional and original works to enjoy throughout the season’s colder days. Autumn and Winter collection 2013 - Norton Way Gallery, 51 Norton Way North, Letchworth Garden City, Hertfordshire. SG6 1BH. 01462 685139. www.|91

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prints for sale. Bees Hall, Sheringham. 01263 823863.

ABEL ARTS Regular exhibitions featuring established East Anglian Artists, and exciting new talent. The Raveningham Centre, Beccles Road, Raveningham. 01508 548688

BURNHAM GRAPEVINE HOLT Situated in one of the oldest buildings in Burnham Market, Grapevine has established a considerable reputation for the range and quality of the work shown. With ever changing displays of paintings, prints, ceramics, and sculpture, the gallery’s portfolio includes work by established artists and emerging new talent. Grapevine also sells one of the best ranges of artcards in North Norfolk. Overy Road, Burnham Market. 01328 730125. www.

ALBY GALLERY Arts and crafts. Alby Crafts, Cromer Road, Erpingham. 01263 761590. ART 18/21 Contemporary art. Augustine Stewart House, 14 Tombland, Norwich. 01603 763345. THE ARTMONGER, BURNHAM MARKET The gallery stocks quality pictures of all kinds at prices to suit every pocket. Although focusing predominantly on original 18th, 19th and early 20th century watercolours and drawings, you are as likely to find oils, original prints or a small piece of sculpture. 21 North Street, Burnham Market. 01328 730370. THE ASSEMBLY HOUSE Pop into the Assembly House in Norwich for regular exhibitions of art and photography all year round. Theatre Street, Norwich. 01603 626402. BIRCHAM GALLERY Light and spacious gallery featuring the work of over 200 artists and craftspeople, displaying a wide range of unique and beautiful art from East Anglia and beyond. Regular exhibitions. 14 Market Place, Holt. 01263 713312. BRIAN LEWIS Multi-talented North Norfolkbased professional artist with online gallery with original paintings and limited edition

CREAKE ABBEY STUDIOS Artists’ studios displayings and selling arts and crafts. North Creake, Fakenham. www. CROME GALLERY, NORWICH Set in a Georgian merchants house in historic Elm Hill, one of the oldest streets in Norwich, the four galleries have original oils, 19th century and contemporary watercolours, prints and sculpture by many well known local and national artists. Framing, conservation, Giclée printing, and a print finding service is also available. 34 Elm Hill, Norwich. 01603 622827. www.cromegallery. DORIC ARTS 20th century and contemporary fine art. 4 Albert Street, Holt. 01263 711084. THE DRAGONFLY GALLERY WATTON A wide range of exhibitions by local artists throughout the year, including mixed media collections, solo shows, photography, art textiles, quilts and ceramics. Wayland House, High Street, Watton 01953 880205. www.thewayland-dragonflygallery. FAIRFAX ART GALLERY Figurative and abstract work from

established, award-winning & emerging talent. The Old Forge, North Street, Burnham Market. 01328 730001. www.fairfaxgallery. com. FAIRHURST GALLERY This gallery, founded in 1950, upholds the traditional values it was founded on; marrying up framing, restoration and conservation methods whilst also displaying work from some of the country’s best fine artists. Bedford Street, Norwich. 01603 614214. www.fairhurstgallery. THE FLINT GALLERY Contemporary and applied arts. 5 Westgate Street, Blakeney. 01263 741791. GAINSBOROUGH’S HOUSE View works by Thomas Gainsborough, plus regular guest exhibitions. 46 Gainsborough Street, Sudbury. 01787 372958. THE GALLERY NORFOLK Paintings, prints, jewellery, gifts and homeware. 3 Church Street, Cromer. 01263 515745. www. @ THE GALLERY Original art & crafts. The Memorial Hall, Norwich Street, Dereham. 01362 690969. www. GALLERY PLUS The work of artist Trevor Woods plus paintings, original prints, ceramics and jewellery by artists and makers from around the country. Warham Road, Wells-nextthe-Sea. 01328 711609. GRAPEVINE GALLERY Contemporary fine art, representing over 250 artists and craftsmen. Overy Road, Burnham Market. 01328 730125. www.burnhamgrapevine. THE GARDEN HOUSE GALLERY A delightful shop and art gallery in|93

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Cromer, moments from the pier. Artwork is by some of Norfolk’s finest artists, photographers and makers and more than 70% of products are ‘Made in Norfolk’. The Garden House gallery is home to an acclaimed group of artists, all of whom live and work in north Norfolk and celebrate its beauty through their art. 31 Garden Street, Cromer. 01263 511234. GROVE FARM GALLERY, CATFIELD The Gallery offers high quality fine art of original paintings in oil and watercolour with prints, limited edition prints and greetings cards by Broadland artist S F Clarke, whose inspiration is drawn from his lifetime’s experience of the Norfolk he loves. This is truly depicted in his scenes of local wildlife, wherries, woodland, birds, boats, mills, coast and countryside all captured by the stunning Norfolk skies he knows so well. Sharp Street, Catfield, Great Yarmouth. 01692 670679. www.grovefarmgallery. HARLESTON GALLERY Spacious, contemporary gallery showcasing paintings, prints, ceramics, glass, textiles and jewellery from across the region. There’s a programme of changing exhibitions, a cafe and a delightful bistro. 3 Old Market Place, Harleston. 01379 855366. HATFIELD HINES GALLERY Modern and Contemporary British art, specialising in Modern British Art from the 1920s to the 1980s. 3 Fish Hill, Holt. 01328 855729.

856700. KING’S LYNN ARTS CENTRE A 15th century venue hosting a programme of comedy, drama, music, dance, cinema, and visual arts. Includes information on workshops, galleries and history. 29 King Street, King’s Lynn, Norfolk. 01553 779095. HENDERSON ART AND FRAMING Art gallery with exhibitions by local artists, art materials and classes, card making supplies and workshops, bespoke picture framing. 19 St Faith’s Drive, Gaywood, King’s Lynn. 01553 767662. www.hendersonartandframing. THE JADE TREE Contemporary art and crafts. 15 Elm Hill, Norwich. 01603 664615. THE LAST PICTURE SHOW IN TOWN, HOLT Working studio where you can view and buy vibrant and orginal paintings, prints and art cards by Carol Ann Pennington. 9 Cromer Road, Holt. 01263 711717. www. MADE IN CLEY Workshops and a gallery in the old village shop, showcasing handmade pottery, jewellery and sculpture. High Street, Cleynext-the-Sea. 01263 740134. www.

THE HAYES GALLERY Wide range of local contemporary artists, in oils and watercolours. 9 London Street, Swaffham. 01760 723755.

MANDELL’S GALLERY, NORWICH Mandell’s Gallery is one of Norwich and Norfolk’s most respected art galleries. Mandell’s Gallery was founded in 1965. Originally specialising in 19th Century Norwich School painters, the gallery has expanded greatly and now has a diverse collection of art. Elm Hill, Norwich. 01603 626892.

HILLSIDE GALLERY Arts and crafts. Hillside Lodge, Swaffham Road, Fakenham. 01328

NORWICH ARTS CENTRE Regular cutting-edge exhibitions. St. Benedict’s Street, Norwich. 01603

660352. www.norwichartscentre. NORWICH CASTLE MUSEUM & ART GALLERY Permanent collections include works spanning the 17th to 20th century. Two further galleries with a lively programme of shows, including regular partnership exhibitions from Tate in London and major loan exhibitions. Castle Mound, Norwich. 01603 493625. www. NORWICH STUDIO ART GALLERY Work by resident artist Gena Ivanov. 77 Upper St Giles Street, Norwich. 01603 492093. OUTPOST GALLERY Artist run gallery. 10b Wensum Street, Norwich. 01603 612428. www. PICTURECRAFT GALLERY Award-winning gallery divided into thirty-two separate alcoves, each one dedicated to an individual exhibitor. 23 Lees Yard, off Bull Street, Holt.m 01263 711040. www. PHOTOGRAPHERS’ GALLERY Fine-art photography gallery showcasing collections from world renowned award winning photographers. Cromer Road, Holt. 01263 710222. www. PINKFOOT GALLERY Art inspired by nature. High Street, Cley-next-the-Sea. 01263 740947. SAINSBURY CENTRE FOR VISUAL ARTS With over 1,200 examples of fine and decorative arts, the centre is also home to the UEA collection of Abstract and Constructivist Art and Design. University of East Anglia, Norwich. 01603 593199. www. THE RED DOT GALLERY Red Dot is the Studio Showroom for Obsession Publishing, official|95

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publishers of works by Robert Heindel, Cecil Rice, John Bond. 2 Lyles Court, Lees Yard, Holt. 01263 710287. SAINT GILES STREET GALLERY Contemporary art, regular changing exhibitions. 51 St Giles Street, Norwich. 01603 663333. www. SALTMARSH COAST GALLERY Landscape photography by Jon Gibbs and Gareth Hacon open at weekends. 35a Staithe Street, Wells-next-the-Sea. www. THE SCHOOL HOUSE ART GALLERY, WIGHTON Contemporary paintings, drawings, limited edition prints and sculpture. The School House at Wighton has an historic connection with 20th century art. It was where Henry Moore carved some of his earliest sculptures. Wighton, Wells-next-the Sea. 01328 820457. STORM FINE ARTS Modern British and Contemporary Art, Decorative Arts and Modern Masters. Fern Cottage, Market Place, Burnham Market. 01328 730675. TUDOR GALLERIES Fine Art gallery and dealer. 14 Theatre Street, Norwich. 01603 219780. VIVIEN YOUNG FINE ART Contemporary fine art works by professional artists. The Old School, Old Hunstanton Road, Old Hunstanton. 01485 534566. www. WESTCLIFFE GALLERY Quality works by artists from the 18th Century onwards. 2-8 Augusta Street, Sheringham. 01263 824320. THE WHITE HOUSE GALLERY Work by Norfolk artists. Queens Square, Attleborough. 01953 455543.|97

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Cambridge ARTS DEVELOPMENT IN EAST CAMBRIDGE (BABYLON GALLERY) The Babylon space hosts exhibitions, installations and is now available for workshops, films and small scale events. An intimate, contemporary venue in a converted brewery warehouse ideally located next to Ely’s Waterside. Babylon Gallery, Waterside, Ely. 01353 669022.www. CAFÉ BRAZIL Brazilian flavoured food, coffee and funky art and prints. 64 Mill Road, Cambridge. 01223 301400. www. CAMBRIDGE CONTEMPORARY ART Cambridge Contemporary Art

specialises in handmade prints, paintings, sculptures and crafts. Situated just a stone’s throw from King’s College, the gallery is in the heart of the city. Since opening in 1990, the gallery as gained a reputation for its extensive range of high quality work and innovative exhibitions of local, national and international artists. 6 Trinity Street, Cambridge. 01223 324222. THE DARRYL NANTAIS GALLERY Fine Art gallery with original paintings and prints, regular exhibitions. 59 High Street, Linton, Cambridge. 01223 891289. THE FITZWILLIAM MUSEUM World-class collections of works of art, including paintings by Constable, Hogarth, and Gainsborough. Regular exhibitions. Trumpington Street, Cambridge. 01223 332900.

FRAMEWORKS Framers and art gallery with a programme of exhibitions. 171 High Street, Cottenham. 01954 250138. KETTLE’S YARD Unique house containing a distinctive collection of modern art plus on-going temporary exhibitions. Castle Street, Cambridge. 01223 748100. LYNNE STROVER GALLERY Established in 1990, the Gallery houses distinctive exhibitions throughout the year. A substantial inventory is held of work by British contemporary artists, often from the Cornish West peninsular. Regular shows of gallery artists are interspersed with work from the inventory. 23 High Street, Fen Ditton, Cambridge. 01223 295264.|99

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THE NORMAN CROSS GALLERY Traditional, contemporary & modern works by national and international artists. Norman House, Norman Cross, Peterborough. 01733 245189.

their work and put on themed exhibitions. 5 Dale’s Brewery, Gwydir Street, Cambridge. 01223 311687. WYSING ARTS CENTRE Art centre & gallery exhibiting contemporary art. Artist’s studios, 25 onsite artists. Fox Road, Bourn. 01954 718881.

THE OLD FIRE ENGINE HOUSE Restaurant and art gallery situated just west of Ely Cathedral in an attractive Georgian house. The gallery has monthly exhibitions of work by leading artists, from both East Anglia and further afield. They show work in a wide range of media including, painting, prints, glass and sculpture. 25 St. Mary’s Street, Ely. 01353 662582. www. PETERBOROUGH MUSEUM & ART GALLERY An impressive variety of art dating from the 1600’s to the present day. Priestgate, Peterborough. 01733 864663. PRIMAVERA Some of the finest art and crafts over three floors in the gallery and shop.10 King’s Parade, Cambridge. 01223 357708. THE RUIZ GALLERY Original paintings, solid bronze sculptures, jewellery, ceramics. 4 High Street, Ely. 01353 666060. SKYLARK STUDIOS Gallery specialising in printmaking, etching, linoprinting and block printing. Hannath Road, Tydd Gote, Wisbech. 01945 420403. www. ST NEOTS PICTURE GALLERY Fine art and contemporary prints, original art by local artists. 23 St Mary’s Street, St Neots. 01480 215291. www.stneotspicturegallery. TRUMPINGTON GALLERY 1 8-20 Victoria Street, Cambridge. 01223 301330. www. WILLIAMS ART Many of the most talented Cambridge artists meet, display|101

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Suffolk ALDEBURGH GALLERY. Contemporary, applied and visual arts. 143 High Street, Aldeburgh. 01728 452772. CAROLINE WISEMAN MODERN AND CONTEMPORARY Caroline Wiseman Modern and Contemporary was founded in 1988 and has a constantly changing selection of paintings, drawings, sculpture and original prints by important British and international artists. 31 Crag Path, Aldeburgh, Suffolk. 01728 452754. CAVERN 4 Art and crafts. 4 Whiting Street, Bury St Edmunds. 01284 700009 CHRISTCHURCH MANSION Biggest collection of paintings by Gainsborough and Constable outside of London, along with collections of other artists inspired by East Anglia. Soane Street, Ipswich. 01473 433554. christchurch-mansion.html CORK BRICK GALLERY BUNGAY Ever changing exhibition featuring a lively selection of professional artists that live around the Norfolk-Suffolk border, artists such as, Tessa Newcomb, Margaret Thomas, Lizzie Riches, John Morley, Jessica Perry, Dee Nickerson, and sculptor Rosemary Cook. Adjoining antiques gallery. 6 Earsham Street, Bungay. 01986 894873. www. COBBOLD & JUDD FINE ART This fine arts gallery specialises in 20th century and contemporary British Art. Pop in today to find out more or visit their website for exhibition dates. Hintlesham Hall, George Street, Hintlesham. 01473 652334.

COBWEBCRAFTS Contemporary arts and crafts; a combined gallery of contemporary woodturning, stained and fused glass, and bespoke jewellery, plus workshops. Riverside House, Gillingham Dam, Beccles. 07951 879 617. CRAFTCO, SOUTHWOLD The Great Eastern Craft Cooperative, began in 1987 when ten local craftspeople formed a co-operative and opened a shop and gallery in Southwold Market Place. With about 100 associate members, a core group runs and organises the shop. They meet once a month to discuss co-op business and consider newly submitted work. You will find contemporary prints, ceramics, jewellery, textiles and toys. 40a High Street, Southwold 01502 723211. EDMUND GALLERY St Edmundsbury Cathedral’s art gallery and exhibition space. Angel Hill, Bury St Edmunds. 01284 748730. THE CUT Offering Halesworth and the surrounding countryside arts, music, theatre, dance, comedy, cinema, workshops and art exhibitions. It has a cafeteria and licensed bar. Arts venue with exhibition space. New Cut, Halesworth. 0845 6732123. www. ENTERPRISING ART, IPSWICH John Griggs established Enterprising Art in 1978. The gallery and shop offers a wide range of artists’ original work. 18 Thoroughfare, Ipswich. 01473 213399. FERINI ART GALLERY Beautiful art in a special setting. 27-19 All Saints Road, Pakefield. 01502 562222. THE FRASER GALLERY 62a New Street, Woodbridge. 01394 387535.

FRAME WORKSHOP & GALLERY A wide range of artwork from abstract to traditional. 122 St. Nicholas Street, Ipswich.01473 400692. THE GALLERY HIGHWAYMANS Eclectic exhibitions that include contemporary art, antique furniture, sculpture and jewellery. Risby, Bury St Edmunds. 01284 811833. HALESWORTH GALLERY Halesworth Contemporary art exhibitions throughout the summer months. Steeple End, Halesworth. 01986 873064. HENSTEAD ARTS AND CRAFTS CENTRE Collection of small galleries and workshops. Toad Row, Henstead, Beccles. 01502 741248. THE HUNTER GALLERY The best of contemporary art in Suffolk, presenting an exciting and eclectic range of paintings and sculpture. Coconut House, Hall Street, Long Melford. 01787 466117. IMAGINE GALLERY Host to a variety of exhibitions including artworks, ceramics, photography, sculpture, and jewellery. Hall Street, Long Melford. 01787 378786. THE JESSICA MUIR GALLERY Fantastic Long Melford contemporary art and craft gallery. Hall Street, Long Melford. 01787 210400. THE JOHN RUSSELL GALLERY Established gallery specialising in the works of contemporary East Anglian painters and sculptors. 4-6 Wherry Lane, Ipswich. 01473 212051.|103

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Beds, Herts & Bucks ART CENTRE & GALLERY Art Centre and Gallery, Bedford for art and craft materials, cards, gifts plus a ready made and bespoke picture framing service. Howard Street, Bedford. 01234 344784. www. BEDFORD STREET GALLERY Bedford Street Gallery is a contemporary art gallery, set up by John Cowlishaw and Johann Bester. To find out more, see their website for schedules. 2 Bedford Street, Woburn, 01525 290996617.

COURTYARD ARTS Visual arts venue showing contemporary art with changing exhibitions. Port Vale, Hertford. 01992 509596. EAGLE GALLERY Artist-led gallery, run by a cooperative of 45 Bedfordshire artists. 101 Castle Road, Bedford. 01234 346995. GALLERY 1066 FINE ART Collectable limited editions and original paintings from an award-winning portfolio of artists. Willow Mews, 6a Hitchin Street, Baldock, Herts.01462 622

233. HADDENHAM GALLERIES Creative art space, eco-friendly venue and ethnic gallery. Sculpture garden makes for an inspirational place. 20 High Street, Haddenham, 01353 749188. ICAS VILAS FINE ART A hub for internationally renowned artists. Their aim is to cover the diverse field of art, sculpture and ceramics from the continents of Asia, Africa, Europe and the UK. 8-10 Leys Avenue, Letchworth.01462 677455.


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LETCHWORTH ARTS CENTRE Arts venue with three exhibition galleries. 2 The Arcade, Letchworth. 01462 670788. NORTON WAY GALLERY Situated in the rural arts and crafts town of Letchworth Garden City, this specialist art gallery offers a wideranging and beautiful collection of the finest contemporary art. The gallery is devoted to original works of art and has an excellent, continually changing exhibition of oils, watercolours, drawings and mixed media pieces. 51 Norton Way North, Letchworth. 01462 685139. OBSIDIAN ART Obsidian Art is one of the largest art galleries in Buckinghamshire. Now in their twelfth year, they run an exciting programme of exhibitions, with a broad range of selected paintings, printmaking, sculpture, glass, ceramics, jewellery, photography and craft by some of the best British artists. The gallery is open daily from 10am to 5pm, and 12noon to 4pm on Sundays and Bank Holidays. The Bucks Goat Centre Old Risborough Road. 01296 612150. PALACE GREEN GALLERY Representing artists and designers throughout the UK, bringing new talent to the county. Stable Yard, Hatfield Park, Hatfield House. 01707 272551. RHODES Arts venue with regular gallery exhibitions. 1-3 South Road, Bishop’s Stortford. 01279 651746. ROBERT FOGELL GALLERY Established in 2006 in a beautiful period town house in the historic heart of Stamford, South Lincolnshire. 23 High Street, St Martins, Stamford. 01780 762099. UNIVERSTY OF HERTFORDSHIRE GALLERIES International contemporary art. Hatfield Campus, College Lane, Hatfield. 01707 281127.|107

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Essex THE ART CAFÉ Modern cafe that sells and exhibits paintings, ceramics and jewellery by leading local artists. 7 Trinity Street, Colchester. 01206 577775. THE AUBREY ART GALLERY Work by established and emerging contemporary artists. Post Office Yard, High Street, Great Dunmow. 01371 873133.

FOCAL POINT GALLERY Photographic gallery. Southend Central Library, 2nd Floor, Victoria Avenue, Southend. 01702 534108. FRINTON GALLERY 80-82 Pole Barn Lane, Frinton-on-Sea. 01255 673707. GREAT WALSINGHAM GALLERY Arts, crafts and framing. Hindringham Road, Great Walsingham. 01328 820900

BRANDLER GALLERIES Small fine art gallery. Coptfold Road, Brentwood. 01277 222269.

GREYFRIARS ART SPACE Contemporary art. 43 St James Street, King’s Lynn. 0751 714744.

BROADLAND ARTS CENTRE 1,2,3,4,5 day courses in painting, drawing, printmaking, textiles and more. Choice of two venues at Dilham in the heart of the Norfolk Broads and a new venue in Westcliff and Leigh on Sea for coastal and marine options. The Old School, The Street, Dilham. North Walsham. 01692 536486.

HAYLETTS GALLERY Work by East Anglian artists and famous British artists from the last 50 years. Ceramics, glass, sculpture and gifts accompany each exhibition. Oakwood House, 2 High Street, Maldon. 01621 851669.

CAXTON BOOKS & GALLERY Bookshop with gallery that exhibits local and East Anglian artwork, ceramics and jewellery. 37 Connaught Avenue, Frinton-on-Sea. 01255 851505. DEDHAM ART AND CRAFT CENTRE Traditional and modern art and crafts in converted church. Three floors showcase the work of more than 30 artisans. High Street, Dedham. 01206 322666. DIGBY GALLERY Exhibits work by professional artists living and/or working in the region. Mercury Theatre, Balkerne Gate, Colchester. 01206 577006. THE DUNMOW ART GALLERY New exhibitions each month by local artists. 28 High Street, Great Dunmow. 01371 856682.

HEAD STREET GALLERY, HALSTEAD A wide selection of paintings, prints, sculpture, ceramics, glass, jewellery, toys, handmade gifts and cards spread over two floors. Exhibitions change every eight weeks. The gallery has a coffee bar, and a small art library. 1 Head Street, Halstead. 01787 472705. LES LIVRES GALLERY Gallery providing a programme of exhibitions drawn from the local area. Colchester Central Library, 21 Trinity Square, Colchester. 01206 245900. LINDSELL ART GALLERY Work by local and regional artists especially in landscape, wildlife, flower, still life and figure paintings and prints. Old Crown House, Lindsell, nr Dunmow. 01371 870777. MARTINE NORMAN Essex-based professional artist

with online gallery with works for sale. Focus on nature, humanity and spiritualism. 01376 501229. THE MINORIES ART GALLERY Contemporary art gallery run in conjunction with Colchester School of Art & Design and Media. 74 High Street, East Hill, Colchester. 01206 712437. MISTLEY QUAY WORKSHOPS Arts and Crafts workshop with exhibitions. Mistley, Manningtree. 01206 393884. NEW ART GALLERY, BILLERICAY An eclectic collection of painters in oils, watercolours, pastels and glass. Also photographers, sculptures, giclee prints, etchings and limited edition prints. Services include contemporary artists of East Anglian, national and international fame. The gallery was established in 1999 by Penelope Hughes-Stanton in the former studio of her father, the painter and wood-engraver Blair Hughes- Stanton. Exhibitions extend through the ground floor of the simple Georgian house overlooking the estuary of the River Stour, and into the letterpress workshop which houses several generations of printing presses, type cabinets and other, now historic, equipment. The gallery is open on Saturdays but feel free to ring for an appointment at any other time. The Walls, Manningtree. 01206 392717. PICTURESQUE Originals, limited editions, and prints. 85 High Street, Billericay. 01277 631336. UNIVERSITY GALLERY Renowned international artists and student works from University’s collection of Latin American art. Wivenhoe Park, Colchester. 01206 873184|109

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n the heart of rural Bedfordshire, a wealth of tradition can be found in the atmospheric town of Ampthill. A medieval market town with a stunning Georgian frontage, much of the Ampthill town centre is a conservation area with several listed buildings. 17th century architecture looms behind enchanting arches and alleyways, making it a truly memorable place to visit. Like so many charming historical places, the town takes on a special kind of atmosphere during the Christmas period. The name ‘Ampthill’ is of Anglosaxon origin, and the settlement was featured in the Domesday Book. In 1242, King Henry III sanctioned the right to hold a market on Thursdays, and these continue to this day, more than 750 years later. Traces of the historic castle that once stood in the town can still be found today. The castle itself boasts an illustrious history – Henry VIII was a frequent visitor, and Katherine of Aragon lived there until her divorce in 1533. The church of St Andrew is well worth visiting, dating from Early English to Perpendicular. In it you can find a monument to one of Ampthill’s famous past residents, Richard Nicolls (1624-1672), who became the first English governor of the North American town of New York. The church has a regular 4-part choir, which has sung in its weekly services for over a 100 years, epitomising the town’s strong base in tradition. The mid-1780s saw a campaign for the improvement of the town centre. The market place as it is seen today was created, including the erection of

the water pump and building of the clock tower.As a result, the town has a striking Georgian façade which delights both tourists and residents alike. Despite its huge wealth of history and tradition, Ampthill is by no means stuck in the past. The town still serves as a commercial centre for surrounding villages and has a myriad of lively pubs in which you can enjoy a festive pint. There’s a huge variety of restaurants, so after your day of exploring you can sample any cuisine you fancy from around the world. Additionally, there is a selection of small independent specialist shops, including a variety of quaint antique stores, so you can enjoy having a wander around to find some truly unique items. Nothing, however, can detract from Ampthill’s fantastic old world charm, with the town even boasting a traditional butchers, bakers, cobblers, chemist, and a bespoke tailor.


Christmas Events Christmas Lights Switch On | 17 November Kick off the festive season in style and let the countdown to Christmas Day begin! Christmas Crochet | 8 December Escape from the hustle and bustle of Christmas preparation and spend a few hours crocheting your own festive decoration. £25 includes tuition, material, drink and cake. To book contact Mandy 07712 297537. www.hookandscumble., Cakestand & Crumb. Carols Round the Tree | 16 December | Market Square, Church Street There’s no better way to get into the festive spirit than by singing your heart out to your favourite carols.|111

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hat’s more festive than a beautifully decorated Christmas tree? A whole church full of beautifully decorated Christmas trees! Each December, the residents of Ampthill get their baubles and tinsel out for the Ampthill Christmas Tree Festival in support of charity. The results are gorgeous, creative, and undeniably festive. There are few better ways to get into the seasonal spirit than heading down there to cast your vote. Entertainment will play a huge role in the festival, with live music going on throughout the days, including organ recitals and a concert featuring local talented musicians. There will also be story tellers at half hour intervals, and a traditional Christingle service follows the festival’s close on the Sunday. Tea, coffee, hot drinks, and tasty mulled wine will be available throughout the day, as well as tempting mince pies and cakes. Entry £2.50. Rectory Lane, Ampthill, Beds, MK45 2EL. For more information visit|113

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contains a fine collection of Buckinghamshire lace, which was at one time the main occupation of the townsfolk. Olney has developed a reputation for specialist shopping. Nearly all the shops are independently owned and run, and the variety is huge. Around the Market Place and down the wide High Street, you'll find a fantastic selection of gifts and jewellery, arts and crafts, antiques, clothing, home and garden wares and much more. On Thursdays there is a large and busy general market and on the first Sunday of the month there is a popular Farmers Market. The town also has many eating places specialising in food from different countries as well as some excellent pubs.

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he small, bustling and beautiful market town of Olney nestles on the border of Bedfordshire and Buckinghamshire, alongside the Great River Ouse. The river has wonderful water meadows bounded by Clifton Hills, and this creates a large area of attractive landscape where you can walk and picnic. The town is famous for its annual pancake race and its historical association with the poet William Cowper, who lived in Olney between 1767-86 and the ex-slaver John Newton, who became the town's curate in 1764. Together they wrote the 'Olney Hymns', including Amazing Grace, and are commemorated in the excellent Cowper Museum in the Market Place. The museum also



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Even Scrooge would get into the Christmas spirit at Olney's Dickensian fair. On Sunday 8 December traders dressed in Victorian clothes will pack Olney's Market Place and High Street with stalls offering treats for your festive table and under the tree. There will be everything from an array of gifts, holly wreaths and wrapping to handmade crafts. Sample delicious mulled wine, hot chocolate and turkey rolls as well as other tasty food and drink on the day. The Farmers market offers delicious local produce. Children can visit Father Christmas and his elves in

the grotto, meet birds of prey and enjoy fairground rides. There are brass bands, street entertainers not to mention three indoor craft fayres. In fact, there is something for everyone. Every year the event grows in popularity, so organisers have come up with a park and ride system to avoid queues and frustration. Join in the fun from 10am to 4pm. The many shops cafes, pubs and restaurants will be open so you are sure of a great day out. Olney Town Council organises 'Dickens', with councillors part of a sub committee to|115

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lney really is a shopper’s paradise with a wide selection of independent boutiques and shops to frequent and pick up a gift or two for your loved ones. Twinkle Twinkle Baby Boutique, located on the Market Place, opened a little shop in 2009 in the historical market town of Olney. Specialising in clothes for babies and toddlers, we wanted to bring to the town, a nice little range of collections that were a bit different to the big high street stores. “A small independent family run business, we wanted to provide a friendly and more personal customer service. One of the real pleasures of working at the original Twinkle was getting to know all our customers and watching their little ones grow up! .” Call 01234 241005. On Rose Court, Bex Boutique stocks the latest ladies designer fashions including new collections from Joseph Ribcoff and fresh from Barcelona, JS Heritage. Look out for their fantastic vintage range Chez Vintage as well. Call 01234 240066. Finally, it’s not all about the shopping, A visit to Teapots Tearoom on the High Street is like stepping back in time to a bygone age, with a wide range of traditional homemade food. Call 01234 712392 for further details.

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f you are looking for that particularly special gift, then there is no better place to visit, says Annalie Maher, the Shopping Queen of Olney. Dychurch Lifestyle is new to Olney. Check out its winter-warm waterproof boots by Sorel. They’ll see you through slushy school runs and wet winter weekends. At the opposite end of the spectrum, a place not to be missed if you’re attending a Christmas Ball is Dusk till Dawn in Stanley Court. Owner Prity has a superb selection of ball gowns, prom dresses, and occasion wear to buy or hire. Lace nude-effect dresses and sexy illusion dresses liberally sprinkled with sequins are some of the amazing styles that will take your breath away. Ladies’ perfume from Annick Goutal, Jimmy Choo and Ellie Saab and men’s fragrances from Hermès are beautifully gift wrapped by Sharon, owner of Love Lana. For the true romantic, lingerie and diamonds are plentiful in Olney. Eileen at At Ruby’s in Rose Court will expertly guide you through buying delicate, lacy lingerie for your special lady. Bespoke diamond rings and jewellery commissions can be placed with Sally at Nightingale, where they also have a very good collection of vintage diamond jewellery, watches, and modern pieces to buy off the shelf. Kathy at Noa Noa can help you put your For those who would like to try knitting themselves, Ana Sanchez-Forner at The Wool Shop on the High Street can suggest the correct yarn and tools. Deborah at Lily T has lovely leather handbags and purses from Patrick Cox, Lupo, and Radley. There’s also a selection of silver Trollbeads and Chamilia. Visit Sandra at The Nest at No 9 for gifts and decorations for the home, including beautiful free-standing painted bird houses for the garden. If you want to explore more, there’s more information about Olney on See you in Olney!


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Bedford Historical towns like Bedford have an excellent atmosphere year-round, but they really come alive during the festive season. Make the most of where you live and experience all of the Christmas celebrations on offer! CHRISTMAS FAIR The Bedford Christmas Fair is back for its 21st year, vibrant and fun-filled as always. Enjoy the traditional fairground rides and attractions and a comprehensive street entertainment programme. There will be plenty to see – character cameos, school performances, and fantastic bands across three days of festive cheer. Staged throughout the pedestrian area in Bedford Town Centre, the Christmas Fair’s festive spirit seeps through the whole of the town, providing the perfect environment for Christmas shopping.13 - 15 December. Harpur Square, Midland Road, and Harpur Suite, Bedford. RED CROSS CHRISTMAS FAIR Browse brilliant gifts and get into the Christmas spirit at When the air outside is chill and the nights are black, there’s no better way to spend the evening than at the theatre – this Christmas, the Bedford Corn Exchange has you covered.. For more information and to book, contact 01234 269519 or visit CHARITY ADVENT CAROL CONCERT Bedford Choral Society present a night of classic carols to really get you in the Christmas mood. Audience participation, especially from children,

the Red Cross Bedford Christmas Fair. Prestigious stands from across the UK will be selling a huge variety of products. Shop for unique clothing, shoes and accessories, or original home-wares and stunning gifts for all the family. When you feel yourself dropping after so much shopping, treat yourself to some delicious homemade cakes and other light refreshments, including tea, coffee, and various soft drinks. There will also be a raffle with lots of great prizes to be won. 16 November. £3.50 admission. Erskine May Hall, Bedford School, Bedford, MK40 2TT. For more information, contact 01582 589083, CHRISTMAS CRAFT FAYRE Christmas is the perfect time for crafts – whether you’re getting stuck into making your own, or buying some as unique decorations or gifts. The Christmas Craft Fayre is a must for anyone who enjoys crafts – browse some beautiful festive creations and get ready for Christmas. 9 November. Bunyan Meeting, Mill Street.

is much encouraged – and enjoyed – and makes for heart-warming entertainment for all the family 7 December. From £7. FAULTY TOWERS CHRISTMAS DINING EXPERIENCE Basil, Sybil and Manuel visit Bedford after their sell out performance this summer to serve up some madcap mayhem and a three-course Christmas Dinner – with the audience playing the part of their restaurant diners. Hailed by critics as a

‘two-hour eat, drink and laugh sensation’ (Daily Telegraph) and ‘a rip-roaringly hilarious night out’ (This Is London), this is certainly not to be missed. 18 December. £39.99, PUSS IN BOOTs What’s Christmas without a good pantomime? This year it’s Puss in Boots.With every child invited on stage, and fantastic lighting, sets and costumes, this is a great festive treat for all the family. 28 December – 3 January. £14.


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Brooklands Farm, Broughton is not your typical farmhouse. Converted to house a few select businesses, the premises offer unique and comprehensive services from dental care, beauty and cookery. Here’s a glimpse of what’s on offer.

INSPIRED GOURMET COOKERY SCHOOL Inspired Gourmet provides hands-on, relaxed yet inspiring domestic cookery courses, in addition to catering and cookery workshops for corporate events. They aim to inspire creativity in the kitchen - not just in their six open-plan and fully-equipped kitchens where classes take place, but in students’ own kitchens. As a result, maximum time is spent with the instructor practicing skills and learning to make dishes from scratch so that they can be recreated with confidence at home. Classes are delivered in an approachable, professional and fun manner, with options available for all ages both in the daytime and evening. Cookery teachers have impressive industry experience, are fully-qualified as instructors and constantly develop new techniques that they pass on to students. There is something for every taste with courses themed by food type (game, fish, patisserie and desserts) and technical skills (knife skills, butchery, food and wine matching) as well as style of food (French, Mexican and Thai to name a few). Numerous courses also target children and young adults. 01908 692918 DERMASPA CLINIC One of the world’s leading permanent make-up artists, Nilam Patel - also known as the Eyebrow Queen – is behind the Dermaspa Clinic at Brookland Farm. Offering the most comprehensive list of beauty experiences available in the UK today, including the owner’s unique HD Brows system, the clinic is a one-stop shop for all your beauty needs. Nilam’s work has been seen in many magazines and on TV shows such as X Factor, Big Brother, GMTV, What Katie Did Next, Jade’s Salon, Extreme Makeover and Celebrity Scissorhands. Customers including Jenny Frost, travel from

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Beds, Herts, Bucks THEATRE & SHOWS 1 - 2 Nov Seven Brides for Seven Brothers The musical of Adam and his six wives. Aylesbury Waterside Theatre, Aylesbury, 0844 8717607 1 - 2 Nov Fantastic Mr Fox Join Fantastic Mr Fox and friends as some of the county’s most talented young performers bring Roald Dahl’s classic story to life. Watford Palace Theatre, 01923 225671 1 - 2 Nov People Following a smash-hit run at the National Theatre, Alan Bennett’s acclaimed new comedy tours the UK. Milton Keynes Theatre, 0844 8717652 2 Nov The Showstoppers A brand new musical comedy is created from scratch at each performance of this award-winning production. Rhodes Theatre, Bishop’s Stortford, 01279 651746 3 Nov Romeo a Juliet Critics Circle Award winning company, Ballet Cymru (formerly Independent Ballet Wales), present an extraordinary adaptation of Shakespeare’s masterpiece. Hawthorn Theatre at Campus West, Welwyn Garden City, 01707 357117 4 Nov Adam Hills Host of ‘The Last Leg’, Australian funny man Adam Hills returns to the UK with his highly anticipated new show ‘Happyism’. The Stables, Wavendon, 01908 280800 5 - 9 Nov Whistle Down The Wind Berkhamsted Theatre Company present Andrew Lloyd Webber’s thrilling show. The Court Theatre @ Pendley, Tring, 07543 560478 5 - 9 Nov Follies Presented by the St Albans Operatic Society. Alban Arena, St Albans, 01727 844488 7 - 9 Nov Mummy Ji Presents Back by popluar deman, MummyJi returns to Watford Palace Theatre to host another night of entertainment and comedy. Watford Palace Theatre, Watford, 01923 225671 7 Nov An Evening with Pam Ayres Pam Ayres brings her latest show to Bury St Edmunds to coincide with the publication of her new book of poetry. Grove Theatre, Dunstable, 01582 290333 9 Nov Milton Jones Milton Jones, celebrated for his one-liners, is back on the road, this time imaginatively entitled ‘On The Road’. Gordon Craig Theatre, Stevenage, 01438 894839 11 - 16 Nov Footloose Musical based on Watford Palace Theatre, Watford, 01923 225671 11 - 16 Nov Carousel Amateur production. Rhodes Theatre, Bishop’s Stortford, 01279 651746 12 Nov Balletboyz The Talent Popular dance company featuring 10 exceptional young dancers presents an exhilarating

evening of exciting and explosive dance. Milton Keynes Theatre, Milton Keynes, 0844 8717652 12 Nov Paul Merton - Impro Chums Paul Merton and his Impro Chums: Mike McShane, Lee Simpson, Richard Vranch and Suki Webster will create a new and unique comedy show, based entirely on suggestions from the audience. Alban Arena, St Albans, 01727 844488 13 Nov Indian Takeaway with Hardeep Singh Kohli An evening of comedy, cooking and curry. University of Bedfordshire Theatre, Bedford, 01234 793197 13 - 16 Nov Doctor Dolittle Don’t miss seeing the famous Pushmi-Pullyu and well known musical numbers such as “I’ve never seen anything like it”. The Court Theatre @ Pendley, Tring, 07543 560478 13 Nov An Evening with Sir Roger Moore biographer Gareth Owen about his astonishing life and career. Milton Keynes Theatre, Milton Keynes, 0844 8717652 13 Nov Ha Ha Holmes! A hilarious Sherlock Holmes spoof starring Joe Pasquale. Grove Theatre, Dunstable 01582 290333 13 - 14 Nov Russell Kane Watch Russell ejaculate thoughts about ‘Smallness’; on keeping things small when life gets big. The Stables, Wavendon, 01908 280800 14 Nov Alfred Russel Wallace Centenary Celebration Evening An evening to celebrate the Centenary of Hertford educated Alfred Russel Wallace and the journey that led him to the Theory of Evolution by Natural Selection. Hertford Theatre, Hertford, 01992 531500 14 Nov Ed Byrne Ed Byrne celebrates ‘Roaring Forties’. Milton Keynes Theatre, Milton Keynes, 0844 8717652 15 - 16 Nov Dracula Adapted by John Ginman, this brilliant, theatrical treatment of Bram Stoker’s thriller blends Victorian Gothic with the Contemporary. Grove Theatre, Dunstable, 01582 290333 16 Nov Stephen K Amos Fresh from the Edinburgh Festival, Amos is hitting the road as ‘The Spokesman’. Hertford Theatre, Hertford, 01992 531500 19 - 23 Nov Ghosts English Touring Theatre present Ibsen’s masterpiece. Watford Palace Theatre, Watford, 01923 225671 19 - 23 Nov Glyndebourne Tour 2013 Glyndebourne Tour 2013 brings threee enchanting Operas, performing ‘Hansel and Gretel’ (19 & 21 Nov), ‘L’elisir d’amore’ (20 & 23 Nov) and ‘The Rape of Lucretia’ (22 Nov). Milton Keynes Theatre, Milton Keynes, 0844 8717652 20 - 23 Nov Jerusalem Jez Butterworth’s thrilling, hilarious, dark comedy exploring

The Court Theatre @ Pendley, Tring 07543 560478 20 - 23 Nov Season’s Greetings Play from the ever popular writing of Alan Ayckbourn, gives us an hilarious kick start to the run up to Christmas. Hertford Theatre, Hertford, 01992 531500 22 Nov The Nutcracker Ballet Theatre UK present Tchaikovsky’s popular festive classic. Rhodes Theatre, Bishop’s Stortford, 01279 651746 23 Nov Alan Davies Following the phenomenal success in 2012 of his critically acclaimed show, Life Is Pain, Alan Davies will tour the UK again this Autumn. Grove Theatre, Dunstable, 01582 290333 24 Nov Aida Featuring the celebrated Chisinau National Opera and National Philharmonic with international guest soloists. Watford Colosseum, Watford, 0845 0753993 28 Nov The Vagina Monologues Featuring Hollie-Jay Bowes (Hollyoaks), Terri Dwyer (Hollyoaks, Grange Hill, Loose Women) and Diane Keen (Doctors, Ruth Rendell Mysteries). Milton Keynes Theatre, Milton Keynes, 0844 8717652 29 Nov Fascinating Aida Join the cabaret trio in their ‘Charm Offensive’ show. Grove Theatre, Dunstable, 01582 290333 30 Nov - 26 Jan Cinderella Rags-to-riches pantomime, starring Eastenders’ Gillian Wright. Gordon Craig Theatre, Stevenage, 01438 894839

MUSIC 2 Nov An Evening with Charlie Landsborough Multi award-winning country artist, heads out on tour this Autumn in support of his 29th album ‘Silhouette’. Grove Theatre, Dunstable 01582 290333 2 Nov Johnny Parry Chamber Orchestra Bedford based composer and songwriter Johnny Parry brings his complete 30-piece Chamber Orchestra to the corn exchange for a performance of “An Anthology of all Things”. Bedford Corn Exchange, Bedford, 01234 269519 3 Nov Slade and Sweet The 70s glam Milton Keynes Theatre, Milton Keynes, 0844 8717652 6 Nov Dick Gaughan Folk artist, Dick Gaughan has been at the cutting edge of Scottish music for almost four decades. University of Bedfordshire Theatre, Bedford, 01234 793197 6 Nov Ian Siegal and the Mississippi Mudbloods British Blues Awards winner comes to The Rhodes Theatre. Rhodes Theatre, Bishop’s Stortford, 01279 651746 8 Nov The Upbeat Beatles The 50th Anniversary Tour. Rhodes Theatre, Bishop’s Stortford, 01279 651746|127

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Beds, Herts, Bucks 8 Nov The Stylistics Experience one of the best-selling soul groups of all time perform all their hits. Gordon Craig Theatre, Stevenage, 01438 894839 8 Nov Four Seasons by Candlelight A sublime programme of 18th Century classics performed in an evocative candle-lit style setting. Aylesbury Waterside Theatre, Aylesbury, 0844 8717607 9 Nov John Lee’s Barclay James Harvest With special guests Gordon Giltrap and Oliver Wakeman. The Stables, Wavendon, 01908 280800 9 Nov Marillion Homecoming concert for the hit Rock band. Aylesbury Waterside Theatre, Aylesbury, 0844 8717607 10 Nov The Hollies Tribute show. Milton Keynes Theatre, Milton Keynes, 0844 8717652 11 Nov Eddi Reader The former Fairground Attraction singer heads to The Stables with her band. The Stables, Wavendon, 01908 280800 14 Nov Leo Sayer Leo Sayer In Concert features all his hits including ‘You Make Me Feel Like Dancing’, ‘When I Need You’, ‘Long Tall Glasses’, ‘More Than I Can Say’ and many more. Watford Colosseum, Watford, 0845 0753993 14 Nov Bellowhead The English contemporary folk band hit the road in November for a 17 date tour of theatres and venues across the country. Bedford Corn Exchange, Bedford, 01234 269519 15 Nov Jools Holland and his Rhythm and Blues Orchestra With special guest former Spice Girl Melanie C. Watford Colosseum, Watford, 0845 0753993 16 Nov St Albans Bach Choir JS Bach: Christmas Oratorio. St Albans Cathedral, St Albans, 01727 860780 17 Nov Scenes in the City Featuring Karen Sharp (saxes), Jeremy Price (trombone), Mark Edwards (piano) and Clark Tracey (drums). Hawthorn Theatre at Campus West, Welwyn Garden City, 01707 357117 18 Nov Nigel Kennedy The violin virtuoso presents Bach plus Fats Waller and more. Watford Colosseum, Watford, 0845 0753993 21 Nov Foster & Allen The duo tour in support of their new album ‘The Ultimate Collection’. Grove Theatre, Dunstable 01582 290333 23 Nov Soul II Soul Soul II Soul are back to perform an exclusive full live band show with Jazzie B, Caron Wheeler and more. Alban Arena, St Albans, 01727 844488 24 Nov Bunch of Fives Featuring the Bryan Spring Trio. Hawthorn Theatre at Campus West, Welwyn Garden City, 01707 357117

25 Nov Soweto Gospel Choir Be uplifted by this joyful spectacular of song and dance in their 10th Anniversary Tour. Milton Keynes Theatre, Milton Keynes, 0844 8717652

1 - 3 Nov Buckinghamshire Art Society A varied show of selected work by this popular and respected art society. Obsidian Art, Stoke Mandeville, 01296 612150

26 Nov Ocean Colour Scene Ocean Colour Scene will be playing their 1997 album, Marchin’ Already’, in full. Bedford Corn Exchange, Bedford, 01234 269519

1 - 16 Nov Layers II Textile exhibition by Ken Ager. Hertford Gallery, Hertford, 01992 531500

27 Nov Philharmonia Orhestra Jac Van Steen conducts Tchaikovsky and Bedford Corn Exchange, Bedford, 01234 269519 27 Nov Oysterband Oysterband return to UK with their Homecoming Tour this Winter to play a limited run of dates in favourite venues and places. The Stables, Wavendon, 01908 280800 28 Nov Paul Carrack Fresh from a worldwide tour with old friend, Eric Clapton, Paul will link up with his own band, to perform songs from his vast catalogue. Watford Colosseum, Watford, 0845 0753993 30 Nov The South Dave Hemingway and Ali Wheeler, lead singers with the Beautiful South have reformed as the South ,along with departed songwriter Paul Heaton, playing their new material alongside the Beautiful South’s classics. Bedford Corn Exchange, Bedford, 01234 269519

ART & EXHIBITIONS 1 - 10 Nov Victorian Visions: Pre-Raphaelite watercolours and drawings Drawn entirely from the Cecil Higgins Collection, this exhibition will feature work by the founding members of the Pre-Raphaelite Brotherhood and the artists they its preparatory works, including studies for larger works such as Burne-Jones’ ‘Cupid’s Hunting Fields’ (1880) and illustrations by Millais and Simeon Solomon. Also on display will be designs by Rossetti, Burne-Jones and Ford Madox Brown for stained-glass windows made by Morris & Co. The Higgins Bedford, Bedford, 01234 718618 1 - 24 Nov Edward Bawden - Aesop’s Fables The Aesop’s Fables prints show Bawden at his entertaining best. They bring to life well known stories like the Hare and the Tortoise as well as lesser-known fables like the Ant and Grasshopper. This display will show vibrant linocut prints alongside colour separations, allowing visitors to see the artist’s entire process from initial sketches The Higgins Bedford, Bedford, 01234 718618 1 Nov - 5 Jan For the Record Too An exhibition by Bedfordshire and Luton Archives and Record Service, celebrating its 100th year in 2013. The exhibition will showcase the archives varied collection and will be accompanied by a number of talks. The Higgins Bedford, Bedford, 01234 718618

8 Nov - 5 Jan Winter Moon Wonders This festive exhibition will include a wide range of wonderful new work including paintings, printmaking, textiles, ceramics, glass, jewellery, books, prints, gifts & cards. Obsidian Art, Stoke Mandeville, 01296 612150 18 Nov - 9 Dec Conceptual Reality In Steel Exhibition by Ian Gill, a local artist and award winning metal sculptor, who has been creating contemporary works of art for over the last decade. Rhodes Gallery, Bishop’s Stortford, 01279 651746 19 - 30 Nov Elysian Art Group Marion Hewitt, Lorna Brown, Suzy Drake, and Kimberley Bevan present their individual responses to the exhibition title ‘From the Air’. Hertford Gallery, Hertford, 01992 531500 22 Nov - 21 Dec Christmas Craft Fair Work by local and national artists specialising in quality arts and crafts to make Christmas shopping a pleasure. Letchworth Arts Centre, Letchworth Garden City, 01462 670788 23 Nov - 27 April A National Art: Watercolour and the British Landscape Tradition This exhibition, drawn entirely from the Cecil Higgins Art Gallery collection of works on paper, explores the lanscapes of the great watercolourists of the late 18th and early 19th centuries and counterparts. The Higgins Bedford, Bedford, 01234 718618

SPECIAL EVENTS 1 Nov Fireworks and Halloween Party Bedford Blues host a night featuring Punch and Judy Show. Bedford Blues, Bedford, 0871 8711886 2 Nov Verulamium Firework Spectacular Enjoy refreshments and entertainment in what has become one of St Albans’ great family events. Alban Arena, St Albans, 01727 844488 23 Nov Artists and Makers Fair 70 artists and maker selling paintings, ceramics, glass, prints, jewellery, textiles, wood and metalwork, millinery and much more! Wendover Memorial Hall, Wendover, 01296 696747 28 Nov - 21 Dec Christmas Market Introducing a new, German-inspired Christmas market in the grounds of the Cathedral. Featuring fabulous chalet-style stalls, music and merriment plus bags of Christmas magic. St Albans Cathedral, St Albans, 01727 860780

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Essex THEATRE & SHOWS 1 - 9 Nov The Opinion Makers An off-beat musical take on the birth of the political pollster – think Mad Men meets Carry On! Mercury Theatre, Colchester, 01206 573948 1 - 2 Nov Grease Rare Youth Theatre return to the Playhouse to present an amateur production of one of the most well known musicals of all time. Harlow Playhouse, Harlow, 01279 431945 2 Nov Alexei Sayle Alexei Sayle has burst back onto the comedy circuit with his first full-length solo stand-up show in over 17 years. Civic Theatre, Chelmsford, 01245 606505 2 Nov Canterbury Tales The Pantaloons present every single one of Geoffrey Chaucer’s timeless tales in under two hours. Braintree Arts Theatre, Braintree, 01376 556354 2 Nov Paul Foot Expect comedy like you’ve never seen before in ‘Words’, Paul Foot’s new show. Colchester Arts Centre, Colchester, 01206 500900 5 - 9 Nov Whistle Down The Wind Springers present Andrew Lloyd Webber’s thrilling show. Cramphorn Theatre, Chelmsford, 01245 606505 6 Nov Andy Parsons Andy Parsons heads to Chelmsford with his new show, “I’ve Got A Shed”. Civic Theatre, Chelmsford, 01245 606505 7 Nov Milton Jones Milton Jones, celebrated for his one-liners, is back on the road, this time imaginatively entitled ‘On The Road’. Cliffs Pavilion, Southend-on-Sea, 01702 351135 7 - 9 Nov 51 Shades of Maggie A spoof play of ‘50 Shades of Grey’, starring Adele Silva (Emmerdale). Harlow Playhouse, Harlow, 01279 431945 8 Nov Secret Love The Life, Loves and Music of Doris Day. West Cliff Theatre, Clacton-on Sea, 01255 433344 9 Nov The Vagina Monologues Eve Ensler’s hilarious play is the ultimate girls night out. Civic Theatre, Chelmsford, 01245 606505 10 Nov Adam Hills Host of ‘The Last Leg’, Australian funny man Adam Hills returns to the UK with his highly anticipated new show ‘Happyism’. Palace Theatre, Southend-on-Sea, 01702 351135 10 Nov Lee Hurst One of the UK’s sharpest comedians is back on the road to find out what really gets on our nerves in ‘Things That Make You Go Aaarggh!!!’. Queen’s Theatre, Hornchurch, 01708 443333 12 - 16 Nov Little Shop of Horrors An amateur production. Braintree Arts Theatre, Braintree, 01376 556354

13 - 16 Nov Guys and Dolls Presented by Southend Operatic and Dramatic Society. Cliffs Pavilion, Southend-on-Sea, 01702 351135 13 - 16 Nov Come On Jeeves Southend Drama Society perform P.G Woodhouse’s play. Dixon Studio at Palace Theatre, Southend-on-Sea, 01702 351135 13 - 16 Nov Joseph and the Amazing Technicolour Dreamcoat An amateur youth production. Civic Theatre, Chelmsford, 01245 606505 13 - 23 Nov The Beauty Queen of Leenane This hysterically comedic, edge of your seat play charts the life of 40-yearold virgin Maureen Folan, her relationship with her manipulative mother and her brush with romance in the mountains of County Galway, Ireland. Mercury Theatre, Colchester, 01206 573948 14 Nov Stephen K Amos Fresh from the Edinburgh Festival, Amos is hitting the road as ‘The Spokesman’. Palace Theatre, Southend-on-Sea, 01702 351135 15 Nov The Cannon & Ball Show Tommy Cannon and Bobby Ball bring their very own special brand of comedy to the Princes Theatre. Princes Theatre, Clacton-on Sea, 01255 686633 17 Nov The Nutcracker The Russian Ballet present Tchaikovsky’s timeless classic. Harlow Playhouse, Harlow, 01279 431945 17 Nov Paul Daniels The First Farewell Tour - From Legend to Leg End! Queen’s Theatre, Hornchurch, 01708 443333 19 - 30 Nov Julius Caesar/Anthony & Cleopatra William Shakespeare’s two plays Julius Caesar and Antony & Cleopatra play on alternate nights with a rare chance to see both plays on each Saturday. No performances on 24 or 25 Nov. Dixon Studio at Palace Theatre, Southend-on-Sea, 01702 351135 20 Nov Ed Byrne Ed Byrne celebrates finally being in his forties with his show, ‘Roaring Forties’. Cliffs Pavilion, Southend-on-Sea, 01702 351135 20 Nov Al Murray The pub landlord brings his’The Only Way Is Epic Tour’ to the Civic Theatre. Civic Theatre, Chelmsford, 01245 606505 20 - 23 Nov Out of Order An amateur production. West Cliff Theatre, Clacton-on Sea, 01255 433344 21 - 23 Nov Season’s Greetings Alan Ayckbourn’s festive play. Brentwood Theatre, Brentwood, 01277 200305 22 Nov A Night of Dirty Dancing The ultimate tribute show celebrating the popular 80s film. Braintree Arts Theatre, Braintree, 01376 556354 27 - 30 Nov A Christmas Carol Charles Dickens’s festive classic is presented by

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24 Nov The Hummingbirds Shoebury East Beach, Shoeburyness Queen’s Theatre, Hornchurch, 01708 443333 25 Nov Five

Saffron Walden Museum, Saffron Walden, 01799 510334

21 Nov Christmas Shopping Evening

2 - 30 Nov Life’ - Still-life, Sealife and Birdlife

Cliffs Pavilion, Southend-on-Sea, 01702 351135 28 Nov Breabach Colchester Arts Centre, Colchester, 01206 500900 30 Nov Go West, Hue & Cry and The Christians Cliffs Pavilion, Southend-on-Sea, 01702 351135

Hyde Hall, Chelmsford, 01245 400256 The Aubrey Art Gallery, Great Dunmow, 01371 873133

23 Nov Christmas at Southchurch Hall

7 Nov - 23 Dec Present Arts This

The Gallery at Pardon Mill, Harlow, 01279 426042 9 - 10 Nov Artists in Action

Southchurch Hall, Southend-on-Sea, 01702 467671 23 - 24 Nov Essex Indoor Vintage Festival

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Bury St Edmunds

ury St Edmunds in Suffolk is a unique and dazzling historic gem. An important market town with a richly fascinating heritage, the striking combination of medieval architecture, elegant Georgian squares and glorious Cathedral and Abbey gardens provides a distinctive visual charm. With prestigious shopping, an award-winning market, plus a variety of attractions and places to stay, Bury St Edmunds is under two hours from London and very convenient from Cambridge. Bury St Edmunds takes its name from St Edmund, aka Edmund the Martyr, the once King of East Anglia who was buried in the area some time after his death at the hands of invading Danes in 869. Miracles were said to have been performed at his shrine while the town itself began to grow significantly around Bury St Edmunds Abbey, a place of pilgrimage. Since those early days, the town is believed to have been involved with the founding of the Magna Carta and held notorious witch trials throughout the 17th century. The town’s historic roots are prominent to this day in the form of structures such as St Edmundsbury Cathedral and the beautiful Abbey Gardens within, where lie the ruins of the 11th century Benedictine Abbey. A variety of museums extend the town’s links to the past while providing an interesting and educational experience for the present; The Museum of East Anglia Life and the Suffolk Regiment Museum are well worth visiting. But the town is not just about history. The Theatre Royal and the Apex are two venues worth

checking out for culture and entertainment, while the interactive venue CurveMotion is sure to be a hit with kids who can enjoy the mega slides and roller disco. In addition to the usual goings on, Bury St Edmunds knows how to celebrate Christmas! Kicking off on 15 November with the Christmas Lights Switch On in the town centre, the festive season gets started in earnest with the town’s Ninth Annual Christmas Fayre between 23 and 25 of November. Multiple stages will host an eclectic range of entertainment, while ‘Shopper’s Carol Services’ and a ‘Living Nativity’ will be joining Santa Claus himself in providing an all-round experience to get you in the holiday spirit.

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This year the 2013 Christmas Fayre promises to be bigger, better and longer. Bury St Edmunds are opening the Fayre on Thursday 28 November at 4pm with free parking and many special offers from shops and restaurants. To help beat the crowds there will more time to visit the Fayre with Friday and Saturday evening staying open until 8pm. The entertainment and fairground will go on until these times and there will be lots of activities for children. Saturdays and lunchtimes can be particularly busy but offer a great atmosphere. Sunday mornings are more relaxed and a great time for browsers to visit. Christmas is a great time for children and families and Bury St

Edmunds Christmas Fayre is where Christmas begins. If you are coming with children don’t forget that fairground rides will be half price on Thursday 28 November and there will be lots of children’s activities in the Abbey Gardens (near to the excellent Children’s play area) on all three days. Highlights include Santa’s Grotto, reindeer, snow globes, puppet shows, water walkers and art and craft activities. Finally, don’t forget that Moyses Hall Museum will be free all weekend with traditional Punch and Judy shows, music and many other children’s activities. There will also be a family drop in point with mother and baby facilities, changing rooms and toy boxes.

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Christmas will soon be upon us again. As always, it is such an important trading time for our members, but this year with the recession still with us, it becomes even more important. Bid- 4Bury will be doing all it can to attract visitors into the town during the next few weeks. Traditionally Christmas in Bury commences with the switching on of the Christmas Lights, and this year is no different.The Switch On event on Thursday 21 November will commence at 2pm with the opening of the charity stall market. They will be joined by penguins, reindeer and donkeys with the lights being switched on at 7pm. To keep up to date with all that is going on in Bury St Edmunds please visit


Suffolk Market Events brings a genuine, local Farmers’ Market along to some of the region’s most popular events. This year at the Bury St Edmunds Christmas Street Fair, up to 30 of the very best, small scale artisan producers will be showcasing some of the highest quality, fresh, local produce. Everything that is sold at the Farmers’ Market will have travelled no more than fifty miles and the person who is selling it, has produced it, so whether it has been baked, brewed, smoked, roasted, chopped, sewn or butchered, the customer can find out all about the processes involved – there are no hidden surprises.|141

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x apex apex apex apex apex apex apex apex DECEMBER AT THE APEX If you’re looking for great live music this December, you won’t get better than the Apex’s festive fare! There’s sure to be a party atmosphere at Roy Wood’s Christmas Show on Monday 9 December; sing and dance along to all the hits; "Flowers In The Rain", "Blackberry Way", "California Way", "See My Baby Jive", and of course, Roy's Christmas chart topper "I Wish It Could Be Christmas Everyday". Expect more dancing in the aisles at The Magic of Motown (Thursday 12); this all-new show for 2013 revives the style and sophistication of all the Detroit legends – including the Temptations, Supremes, Four Tops, Jackson 5, Stevie Wonder, Marvin Gaye, and Lionel Richie - and is packed with 36 backto-back massive Motown hits. If you prefer rock ‘n’ roll to Christmas parties, From The Jam (Wednesday 4) features Bruce Foxton and band celebrating the 35th anniversary of the classic album ‘All Mod Cons’

by performing it in its entirety, including ‘Down In The Tube Station At Midnight’ and ‘A Bomb In Wardour Street’, followed by a selection of The Jam’s classic hits. Vintage rocker Joe Brown returns the week after (Wednesday 11), and his show is packed with timeless classics, rockabilly, country and rock ‘n’ roll, all interwoven with Joe’s effervescent delivery and humorous reminiscences. There’s also two great gigs for folk fans: Steeleye Span (Tuesday 10) have collaborated with famous British author, Terry Pratchett for a new project based on ancient rituals and secret folk dances - perfect inspiration for a new Steeleye show and album. While An Albion Christmas (Monday 23) features Simon Nicol (Fairport Convention), Kellie While (Albion Band), Simon Care (Edward II) and Ashley Hutchings taking you on a guided tour through the Christmas customs of Britain. More information, gift vouchers and tickets are available from the website - - the box office on 01284 75800, or in person at The Apex, Charter Square, Bury St Edmunds, IP33 3FD.

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St Edmundsbury Cathedral’s annual Christmas Fair is on Friday 29 and Saturday 30 November from 10.00 am to 5.00 pm Stalls will include Christmas treats, gifts, cakes, jigsaws, books, plants and paintings. There will also be the chance to buy tickets for the Grand Draw and win a range of prizes. The ever popular Shoppers’ Carols will take place in the Cathedral at 12noon, 1.30pm, 3.00pm on Friday and Saturday. This brief carol service, lasting just 25 minutes, is a welcome break from

the hustle and bustle of the Fair and serves as a reminder of what Christmas is all about. Outside the Cathedral visitors can meet sheep, donkeys and alpacas (pretending to be camels) in the stable at the Living Nativity. Children can dress up as the traditional characters of the Christmas story, such as angels and shepherds. Refreshments will be available from the Refectory (from 9.00 am to 5.00 pm Friday and Saturday) and the Cathedral Shop will be open throughout the Fair.


BURY ST EDMUNDS STREET MARKET Every Wednesday and Saturday throughout the year. Situated in the heart of the town the twice weekly provisions market will be open Friday, Saturday and Sunday during the Christmas Fayre. Selling everything from greeting cards, fruit, jewellery to specialist food and drink, you can buy everything you could possibly need for Christmas.

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in the UK and a source of inspiration for thousands of artists and photographers over the decades. The Tide Mill is considered by many to be the symbol of Woodbridge. The Sutton Hoo Ship Burial Site, now looked after by the National Trust, opened a magnificent new visitor centre and tells the story of this amazing burial site. Often referred to as the jewel in the crown of Woodbridge, Elmhurst Park is one of the Town’s most enjoyable attractions and an area of immense community pride and appeal.


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A much overlooked gem of a town probably as Woodbridge is not quite on the Suffolk Coast. Situated on the banks of the River Deben, Woodbridge is an historic market town boasting some of the very best restaurants, pubs and shopping in the coastal area. The Thoroughfare is the town’s high street which holds a wide selection of shops. Stroll from here up to Market Hill where antiques and collectibles, restaurants, cafes, and pubs can be found. Standing proudly on the river is The Tide Mill. It is one of the oldest tide mills


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The Angel Refurbished 16th century coaching inn just off the Market Hill offering great value locally sourced pub food. Theatre Street, Woodbridge, IP12 4NE. 01394 383808. Georgian Coffee House The Georgian Coffee House (pictured) on the Thoroughfare, in the heart of Woodbridge. Serving breakfast, morning coffee, light lunches, afternoon tea and cakes. Quality in food and service in enjoyable surroundings. 47a Thoroughfare, Woodbridge, Suffolk, IP12 1AH. 01394 387292.

The Cross This charming vegetarian restaurant and wine bar offer fine dining, lounge bar, cocktails and the only bar in East Anglia to serve original, dark and mixed Budvar. 2 Church Street, Woodbridge, IP12 1DH. 01394 389076.

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Hill House Hall Bed & Breakfast offers bed and breakfast accommodation, perfect for a weekend away. Centrally located in the Market Hill area of Woodbridge, it is looking out on to The Shire Hall. The pretty Georgian facade conceals one of the oldest houses in the district dating back to the second half of the 14th Century. 30 Market Hill, Woodbridge Suffolk IP12 4LU. 01394 383890


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The Crown reopened in July 2009 after a dramatic facelift, the hotel boasts contemporary, boutique themed rooms and a 2 AA Rosette award-winning restaurant. Behind the beautiful original 17th century town-house façade, The Crown is a thoroughly stylish and modern 21st century Inn. Thoroughfare Woodbridge, Suffolk, IP12 1AD. 01394 384242

The Bull Hotel is a Grade II listed building dating back to the 16th Century and offers 14 en-suite bedrooms including a suite with a four poster bed. 2 Market Hill, Woodbridge Suffolk IP12 4LR. 01394 382089

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he festive celebrations begin with the Christmas Gift Fair at the Sutton Hoo Estate, running Sat 16 and Sun 17 of November. On Sunday 1 December 130 stalls take over the Thoroughfare in Woodbridge to give shoppers a real Christmas treat for the Mammoth Christmas Street Fair! The smell of festive food fills the air as shoppers browse a huge range of trinkets, treats and treasures. Browse and buy Christmas gifts from handmade goods such as pottery, soap and wooden garden furniture to seasonal food, clothing, crafts and plants. For Festive Fridays on 6,13 and 20 December, the streets of Woodbridge will be engulfed in Christmas cheer, with carol singers, live music, street entertainers, roasting chestnuts, mulled wine and more. The majority of shops will be open until 9pm and the superb range of

restaurants and bars are putting on lots of special Festive Friday offers to entice people to stay for the evening. Wrap up warm and gather in the glow of community Christmas Carols on Woodbridge’s beautiful Market Hill for Carols on the Hill, Market Hill on 23 December- kindly organised by The Rotary Club of Woodbridge. Father Christmas won’t be able to stay away! Other Dates For Your Diary: • 7 Dec: Christmas Market, Market Hill, 10am-4pm. • 14 Dec: A Very Curious Christmas, Seckford Theatre, 6.30pm • 21 Dec - 1 Jan: Cinderella, Seckford Theatre, • 21 Dec: Winter Solstice, Sutton Hoo, 2.30-4.30pm For details visit|151

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1 - 2 Nov The Prisoner of Zenda Play adapted from the classic adventure novel by Anthony Hope. The Guildhall, Bury St Edmunds, 01284 769505

18 - 19 Nov Educating Rita A Talking Scarlet production starring Brian Capron. Marina Theatre, Lowestoft, 01502 533200

2 Nov Bill Wyman’s Rhythm Kings This set of virtuoso musicians bring back to life the kind of classic rhythm and blues that

19 Nov Into The Woods Sondheim’s musical mixes, and twists, many of the popular Brother’s Grimm folk tales in a delightfully dark and magical way. Seagull

as a teenager. With special guest Maria Muldaur. Regent Theatre, Ipswich, 01473 433100

4 - 9 Nov The Private Ear / The Public Eye these intimate one-act plays by acclaimed British playwright Sir Peter Shaffer. New Wolsey Theatre, Ipswich, 01473 295900 5 - 9 Nov Sex and The Village A new musical by Susannah Pearse and Rebecca Applin. Theatre Royal, Bury St Edmunds, 01284 769505 6 Nov Hotbuckle use their distinctive style to tell the beloved story of Dickens’ favourite child as only they know how. Seagull Theatre, Pake8 Nov Reginald D Hunter The popular guest on many of the UK’s best loved TV shows, is setting out to tour again with his own unique blend of humour in a brand new show, Reginald D Hunter In The Midst Of Crackers. Regent Theatre, Ipswich, 01473 433100 9 Nov Blow The Wind Southerly The life, loves and songs of Kathleen Ferrier, perfromed by actress Judi Daykin. The Cut, Halesworth, 0845 6732123 9 Nov Adam Hills Host of ‘The Last Leg’, Australian funny man Adam Hills returns to the UK with his highly anticipated new show ‘Happyism’. Marina Theatre, Lowestoft, 01502 533200 9 Nov Sherlock Holmes and the Case of the Christmas Carol Literature’s favourite quirky detective is infused with the spirit of a crotchety Scrooge in this festive Victorian theatrical treat. Fisher Theatre, Bungay, 01986 897130 11 Nov An Evening with Pam Ayres Pam Ayres brings her latest show to Bury St Edmunds to coincide with the publication of her new book of poetry. The Apex, Bury St Edmunds, 01284 758000 12 Nov An Evening with writer Michael Gray Bob Dylan and The History of Rock’n’Roll. The Cut, Halesworth, 0845 6732123 13 - 16 Nov Pride and Prejudice Two actors, 21 characters, lots of laughs and one of the most romantic stories of all time. Theatre Royal, Bury St Edmunds, 01284 769505 14 - 16 Nov The Sound of Music Amateur production. Also showing on 21 - 23 Nov. Quay Theatre, Sudbury, 01787 374745 17 Nov Le Corsaire The Bolshoi Ballet present this pirate ballet. Fisher Theatre, Bungay, 01986 897130 18 - 20 Nov The Nutcracker Ballet Theatre UK present Tchaikovsky’s festive classic. Theatre Royal, Bury St Edmunds,

20 Nov The Government Inspector Nikolai Gogol’s timeless play is as fresh, feisty and funny today as it was at its Seagull Theatre, 20 - 23 Nov Britten’s Got Talent Allegra Productions present a chamber musical with cabaret songs. New Wolsey Theatre, Ipswich, 01473 295900 20 Nov Much Ado About Nothing Famous Shakespearean comedy set in eighteenth century Spain. Haverhill Arts Centre, Haverhill, 01440 714140 21 Nov An Evening of Burlesque Britain’s biggest burlesque extravaganza comes to Ipswich. Regent Theatre, Ipswich, 01473 433100 21 Nov - 25 Jan Dick Whittington The streets are paved with rock ‘n’ roll classics in the New Wolsey’s musical twist on this traditional tale. New Wolsey Theatre, Ipswich, 01473 295900 22 Nov The Legend of L’Inconnue Mulberry Hawk recreates the incredible story of “The Unknown Woman of the Seine”. 22 Nov The Mikado Co-Opera Co. make a return to The Apex with a Gilbert and Sullivan classic. The Apex, Bury St Edmunds, 01284 758000 24 Nov Celebration of Dance and Film Performed by Moving Arts East, a collective of artists inspired by dance and dancing who live, create or have trained in North Suffolk. The Cut, Halesworth, 0845 6732123 28 Nov Maskerade Terry Pratchett’s phenomenally popular Discworld novel, Maskerade, has been skilfully adapted by Stephen Briggs with suitably dramatic panache. 01502 589726 29 Nov - 12 Jan Aladdin Take a magical carpet ride to the Far East in this year’s fun-packed family pantomime, Aladdin. Theatre Royal, Bury St Edmunds, 01284 769505 29 Nov Mark Thomas Mark sets himsef Dissent’ in the space of a year. Haverhill Arts Centre, Haverhill, 01440 714140

MUSIC 1 Nov Barber Shop Bonanza A cappella close harmony versions of much-loved timeless songs. Seagull Theatre, Pake-

2 Nov Nine Below Zero Brit-blues at its very best from a band who combine favourites from their classic albums Live At The Marquee and Don’t Point Your Finger with songs from their most recent CDs. New Wolsey Theatre, Ipswich, 01473 295900 3 Nov Jools Holland and his Rhythm and Blues Orchestra With special guest former Spice Girl Melanie C. Regent Theatre, Ipswich, 01473 433100 3 Nov Hot Club of Cowtown Hot Club of Cowtown’s new release ‘Rendezvous In Rhythmn’ is an exuberant collection of Gypsy songs and American Songbook standards played acoustically. The Apex, Bury St Edmunds, 01284 758000 4 Nov Blue Following their appearance on ‘The Big Reunion’, the boyband are back together and back on tour. Regent Theatre, Ipswich, 01473 433100 7 Nov Bellowhead The English contemporary folk band hit the road in November for a 17 date tour of theatres and venues across the country. The Apex, Bury St Edmunds, 01284 758000 8 Nov Showaddywaddy The rock & roll year. Ipswich Corn Exchange, Ipswich, 01473 433100 9 Nov Kiki Dee with Carmelo Luggeri Kiki and her musical partner Carmelo Luggeri perform songs from their new album in this intimate acoustic set. Haverhill Arts Centre, Haverhill, 01440 714140 12 Nov Slade and Sweet Regent Theatre, Ipswich, 01473 433100 12 Nov Nigel Kennedy World-famous violinist, Nigel Kennedy, presents a typically maverick musical programme celebrating the music of Bach and Fats Waller. Marina Theatre, Lowestoft, 01502 533200 16 - 17 Nov Double Bill Folk Weekend Featuring The John Ward Band and Sam Carter. 01502 589726 17 Nov Eddi Reader The former Fairground Attraction singer heads to The Apex with her band. The Apex, Bury St Edmunds, 01284 758000 20 Nov The RAF in Concert 2013 An evening with the Central Band of the RAF plus the big band sound of the legendary Squadronaires as they salute the camaraderie and fortitude embodied by the ‘Dambusters Generation’. Regent Theatre, Ipswich, 01473 433100|153

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Suffolk 20 Nov Ballaké Sissoko Quartet For his latest project, At Peace, Sissoko gathers trusted, long-time musical companions on guitars and balafon to play alongside him and the kora. The Apex, Bury St Edmunds, 01284 758000 22 Nov Clive Carroll For his 2013 solo tour, he will be showcasing material from - music specially written for classical nylon string guitar. The Cut, Halesworth, 0845 6732123 23 Nov Britten Centenary Weekend Centenary Family Concert The BBC Symphony Orchestra presents a selection of his wonderful music for young people in a one hour concert for all the family. Snape Maltings Concert Hall, Snape, 01728 687110 24 Nov Texas In their 25th anniversary year Texas come to Ipswich as part of their UK tour. Regent Theatre, Ipswich, 01473 433100 24 Nov Pete Long’s All-Star Goodmen Orchestra The Benny Goodman Orchestra’s Famous 1938 Carnegie Hall Concert - A 75th Anniversary Celebration. The Apex, Bury St Edmunds, 01284 758000 25 Nov Shawn Cuddy An evening of Irish Country music. Regal Theatre, Stowmarket, 01449 612825 26 Nov John Williams The programme will include works by Bach, Albeniz, Sculthorpe, Goss, Hand, Koehne, Barrios and also John’s own compositions. The Apex, Bury St Edmunds, 01284 758000 29 Nov Royal Philharmonic Orchestra To mark the centenary of Benjamin Britten’s birth, the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra presents a very special tribute to the Lowestoft-born composer. Marina

Theatre, Lowestoft, 01502 533200 29 Nov It’s a classical concert, a gypsy-folk romp, an opera, a stand-up comedy set and a brilliant dance show all rolled into one! Quay Theatre, Sudbury, 01787 374745 30 Nov Ipswich Orchestral Society Featuring soloist Benjamin Grosvenor playing Beethoven, Saint-Saens and Brahms. Ipswich Corn Exchange, Ipswich, 01473 433100 30 Nov A Merry Night Out Merry Opera’s soloists present a programme of classic favourites by Mozart, Verdi, Puccini, Johann Strauss, Ivor Novello and others. Fisher Theatre, Bungay, 01986 897130 30 Nov Absolution Modern Blues Power trio. Quay Theatre, Sudbury, 01787 374745

ART & EXHIBITIONS 1 Nov - 5 Jan This ‘Me’ of Mine A touring contemporary art exhibition which looks at self in relation to context. It will present social groups, our connection to objects as a means to express emotion and to hold memories, the passage of time and limitathe effects of living in a digital age. Ipswich Art School, Ipswich, 01473 433681 1 - 12 Nov Mythlore Exhibition featuring award-winning painter and poet John Lyons. The Apex Gallery, Bury St Edmunds, 01284 758000 1 Nov - 14 Dec Contemporary East Anglian Artists This exhibition is an opportunity to celebrate East Anglia’s thriving contemporary arts scene with work from Gainsborough’s House, Sudbury, 01787 372958

1 Nov - 23 Feb An Anecdotal Eye: The Work of Thomas Bewick The unique work of Thomas Bewick, one of Britain’s greatest engravers and illustrators will be on show at a special exhibition this Autumn and Winter. Museum of East Anglian Life, Stowmarket, 01449 612229 1 - 7 Nov Pastoral Places and People A solo exhibition of soft oils by Dawn Pretty. Snape Maltings, Snape, 01728 688303 1 Nov - 5 Jan Nautical But Nice! Sea Pictures Gallery, Clare, 01787 279024 2 - 10 Nov David James & Maureen Gibson David James will be exhibiting his paintings of seascapes and landscapes, while Maureen Gibson brings her wonderful sculptures of birds. RSPB Minsmere Nature Reserve, Saxmundham, 01728 648281 9 - 14 Nov Modern Dragons An exhibition Featuring pieces by Adrian Stonehouse and Sue Cranwell. Edmund Gallery, Bury St Edmunds, 01284 748730 15 - 21 Nov Nevina Williams Exhibition Malting’s Workshop, you will have an opportunity to glimpse into how the Artist explores the combination of photography and painting. Snape Maltings, Snape, 01728 688 303 16 Nov - 11 Jan Smiths Row At Christmas 2013 Smiths Row at Christmas, an annual exhibition of contemporary craft, is gift. Smiths Row, Bury St Edmunds, 01284 762081 22 - 28 Nov Peter Williams Exhibition Exhibition of highly detailed pencil drawings and dramatic watercolour paintings by Peter Williams. Snape Maltings, Snape, 01728 688 303

"Art Bridges the Gap" an exhibition of mixed works of art to raise funds for Age UK Suffolk at Kesgrave Arts. Featuring the work Suffolk Open Studios artists Chris Deacon, Allan Williams, Edmund Oxborrow, Colin Slee and Annie Trueman, Theronda Hoffman and her students, together with artists Ray Burgoyne and Richard Cox. The preview night will be on Friday 1st November from 7.00pm, with the exhibition running from 2 to 30 November on Wednesdays, Thursdays, Fridays and Saturdays from 10am until 5pm. Location : Kesgrave Arts, 63 Main Road, Kesgrave, IP5 1AF Contact : Theronda Hoffman, info@|155

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Suffolk SPECIAL EVENTS 2 Nov Fireworks in the Park A very spe-

The Suffolk Showground, Ipswich, 01473 707119 8 - 10 Nov Festival

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Christchurch Park, Ipswich 2 Nov Round Table Fireworks Spectacular Abbey Gardens, Bury St Edmunds, 01284 758000 2 Nov


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Museum of East Anglian Life, Stowmarket, 01449 612229 2 - 3 Nov Ipswich Christmas Craft and Food Fair A great chance to get ahead

30 Nov - 1 Dec The Cut Grand Bazaar St Peter’s by the Waterfront, Ipswich, 01473 225269 24 Nov

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CONTEMPORARY EAST ANGLIAN ARTISTS: 19 October 2013 – 4 January 2014 Gainsborough’s House is proud to announce their new temporary exhibition, ‘Contemporary East Anglian Artists’. Four artists present different elements of their life in the region, from the objects and details of the everyday to the landscape and light that is so dramatic and distinctive in East Anglia. Lillias August is a watercolour artist who uses her medium to sensitively portray everyday objects which ‘show history, human endeavor and the visual beauty of aging and use’. She has produced work especially for the exhibiton, depicting items found at Gainsborough’s House, including detailed studies of paintbrushes, keys and other ephemera. August explains her approach as ‘looking straight at an object, close up ... a way of forcing attention towards all these things’. Roy Freer’s impressionist still life work depicts an array of household objects, using oils in both bright and more muted colour palettes. He describes these objects as ‘A congregation of parts and movements, simple and ordinary’. His application technique gives the subjects of his paintings a characteristic texture and intensity, and they ‘realise a wonderful and extraordinary presence’. Garry Pereira increasingly mixes his own paints, and uses a combination of oils, gold leaf and sea water in his seascapes. In painting small studies on location, he hopes to ‘offer up something of its original source, some form of connection to the human condition’. Some of these small studies can be seen at this exhibition, and are used to inform his larger scale studio works also on display. The glass artist, Chris Wood, arranges her medium into abstract patterns which playfully refract the light, her aim being ‘to encourage the viewer to consider the materiality of light itself ’. A number of works, including a lens installtion, can be seen in the temporary exhibition gallery, while the House’s unique garden hosts the intriguingly entitled Light Dancer. ‘Contemporary East Anglian Artists’ is a selling exhibition and can be seen at Gainsborough’s House, Sudbury from 19 October 2013 until 4 January 2014. Contact: Fiona Cracknell, Museum Marketing Assistant -|157

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s the most complete medieval city in England, Norwich touches every visitor with its cultural vibrancy, heritage buildings and stunning 1000-year-old architecture. But when the festive season comes upon us, the city’s atmosphere really comes alive. As renowned for its shopping as it is for its museums and art galleries, there’s nowhere better in the UK to find the perfect Christmas gifts and soak up the cultural heritage. From the medieval period until the start of the Industrial Revolution, Norwich was England’s second city, so it has always been incredibly prosperous and rich in culture. This makes for a vibrant legacy of heritage. The city has the largest intact medieval street pattern in all of Europe and is home to over 1500 historic buildings including two cathedrals and an impressive Norman castle. It’s incredibly easy to get around on foot, so you can uncover the atmospheric Norwich Lanes and Cathedral Quarter, and explore Norwich Market in search of the finest local produce. When you’re tired out with exploring, settle down for a top-quality meal in one of the award-winning eateries. If you fancy a break from the winter chill, there’s more than enough arts and culture to occupy you. There’s everything to be found in this delightful city, from performance, arts festivals and literary celebrations, to theatre, classical and modern music and art-house cinema. Norwich is a top 10 UK shopping destination, and boasts two contemporary shopping centres – Chapelfield and Castle Mall, which feature over 150 retailers and eating establishments between them. Impressive flagship stores from all the high street favourites are present and correct, including John Lewis. Don’t miss the awardwinning independent department store, Jarrold, a truly classic Norwich institution. With its stunning 1000 year old architecture and eclectic mix of historic and contemporary buildings, Norwich provides an atmospheric backdrop for a unique Christmas shopping experience. Winding alleyways and cobbled streets are lined with quirky lifestyle and fashion shops, so you can find all sorts of gifts from stocking fillers to vintage clothing, art, antiques, and collectable teddy bears. There’s the perfect balance of old and new, mainstream and unusual

with something to offer for everyone. At Christmas, you’ll be treated to a huge variety of festive treats – special offers, promotions, events, and tasty pop-up food demonstrations. There’s nothing like a Christmas market to celebrate the most wonderful time of the year, and Norwich is a magical location. Every year the city plays host to a variety of fantastic markets with all sorts of themes from November all the way through to Christmas Eve. Experience mouth-watering locally sourced artisan food, the best of Norfolk art and modern crafts and find more seasonal gifts and decorations than you could ever imagine. History buffs will adore the costumed stall holders and period musicians as much as the charming heritage buildings. Traditional carol services are a mainstay of the festive season, and these can be found at Norwich Cathedral, St Peter Mancroft church and St Andrew’s Hall. Other musical performances such as Carols with the King, and by the Norwich Philharmonic Orchestra will take place in iconic buildings and landmarks in Norwich, capitalising on the emotive seasonal atmosphere. Festive theatrical performances are also in abundance in this cultural gem of a city. From opera and ballet to puppet shows and pantomime, there’s something for everyone, young and old alike. The likes of Glyndebourne on Tour, Cinderella, The Snail and the Whale, The Vagina Monologues, The Steadfast Tin Soldier, The Princess and the Pea, all promise to be un-missable.

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NORWICH’S TOP CHRISTMAS MARKETS FEAST OF THE STREET MARKET 21 NOVEMBER, THE FORUM Following the 7pm fireworks at City Hall and Jarrold on the night of the Norwich Lights Switch On, the Feast of the Street market outside The Forum serves up delicious street foods to warm you up as you soak up the festive atmosphere around the city. THE ASSEMBLY HOUSE CHRISTMAS FAIR 30 NOVEMBER – 1 DECEMBER, THE ASSEMBLY HOUSE With The Assembly House decorated in striking festive style, this popular event will play host to a great many seasonal stalls so that you can find the perfect Christmas presents, stocking fillers, and tempting edible treats. A brass band will be playing Christmas carols to really charge up the festive factor, and all those Christmas goods on offer will inspire you to make the most of the Christmas season. CHRISTMAS CRAFT FAIR 2-22 DECEMBER, CASTLE MALL Castle Mall’s popular annual Christmas Craft Fair returns for another year with a huge array of locally crafted gifts. From handmade jewellery, clocks, and unique gifts, to locally produced beers, you’re sure to find something to suit anyone. CHRISTMAS CRAFT AND PRODUCE FAIR 5-7 DECEMBER, THE FORUM Enjoy a Christmas shopping experience with a crafty twist at the Christmas Craft and Produce Fair. Handmade crafts, textiles and gifts, including many which have been locally sourced with a distinct Norfolk style, will be available, with something for every taste. From gorgeous homemade jewellery to luxurious aromatherapy oils, you’re sure

to be spoilt for choice. Don’t forget to treat yourself with a sweet treat from The Little Fudge Stall! CURIOUS CHRISTMAS EVENING AND CRAFT FAIR 6 DECEMBER, NORWICH MUSEUM AND ART GALLERY There’s no better Christmas venue than the stunning Norman castle in the heart of Norwich. Enjoy the magic of the festive season with an evening of unparalleled live music and entertainment. Not only can you browse the brilliant craft fair for original gifts, but you can take part in giant festive craft activities too. DRAGON HALL’S MEDIEVAL CHRISTMAS MARKET 7-8 DECEMBER, DRAGON HALL The annual medieval spectacular is back for another year of historical fun. This incredibly popular, season-defining event takes place in the magnificent medieval trading hall in the company of costumed stallholders and period musicians. The building in itself is stunning, so don’t miss this great opportunity to see it at the peak of its splendour. THE NORFOLK DIET FARMERS’ MARKET 14 DECEMBER, THE FORUM The Norfolk Diet is all about celebrating and sharing all that’s great about Norfolk food and drink. This vibrant, outdoor farmers’ market has grown to be a regular fixture outside The Forum showcasing a huge selection of hot and cold treats. Sample everything from freshly baked sausage rolls and pork pies, to meats and cheeses made in our noble county. There’s also fruit, fresh bread, vegetables, beer, cider, and the most tempting of sweet treats so that you can find everything you need for a flavourful and delicious Christmas meal.


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Norfolk THEATRE & SHOWS 1 - 2 Nov A Streetcar Named Desire Tennessee Williams’ most famous play contains two of the most powerful and charismatic characters. Maddermarket Theatre, Norwich, 01603 620917 1 - 2 Nov Save The Last Dance For Me Rock ‘n’ Roll musical that will transport you back to music’s golden era. Norwich Theatre Royal, Norwich, 01603 630000 1 Nov Blackadder II The Seagull Rep classic BBC comedy Blackadder II. Norwich Playhouse, Norwich, 01603 598598 1 Nov As You Like It Transport reinvents this popular favourite among Shakespeare’s comedies. King’s Lynn Arts Centre, King’s Lynn, 01553 764864 2 Nov Missy Malone and Friends’ Burlesque Revue An evening of tassels, tease, comedy, music and cabaret. Norwich Playhouse, Norwich, 01603 598598 2 Nov Sherlock Holmes Rumpus theatre present a gripping new play based on the classic story ‘The Final Problem’ by Arthur Conan Doyle. Granary Theatre, Wells-nextthe-Sea, 01328 710193 3 Nov The Magic Flute Presented by The Merry Opera Company. Diss Corn Hall, Diss, 01379 652241 4 - 9 Nov Glyndebourne on Tour Glyndebourne on Tour present Hansel & Gretel (5 Nov), L’Elisir d’amour (6 & 9 Nov) and The Rape of Lucretia (8 Nov). Norwich Theatre Royal, Norwich, 01603 630000 6 - 9 Nov Oliver! Amateur production. Maddermarket Theatre, Norwich, 01603 620917 7 Nov The Vagina Monologues Featuring Hollie-Jay Bowes, Terri Dwyer and national treasure Diane Keen. Norwich Playhouse, Norwich, 01603 598598 7 - 9 Nov The Minotaur Shorts Festival Minotaur Theatre Company presents three nights of new short plays. UEA Drama Studio, Norwich, 01603 508050 8 Nov Vampires Rock Steve Steinman and a cast of singers, dancers and band, blast their way through some of the greatest ever rock anthems. King’s Lynn Corn Exchange, King’s Lynn, 01553 764864

his show ‘Life Is Pain’. King’s Lynn Corn Exchange, King’s Lynn, 01553 764864 9 Nov - 23 Dec Christmas Spectacular A celebration of the festive season featuring an eclectic fusion of the seasonal and sacred with famous chart topping pop favourites being sung alongside tradition carols. With a cast of 130 professional singers, dancers and musicians. Thursford Collection, Fakenham, 01328 878477 10 Nov Pam Ayres Pam Ayres brings her latest show to Norwich to coincide with the publication of her new book. Norwich Theatre Royal, Norwich, 01603 630000 10 Nov Secret Love The life, loves and music of Doris Day. Princess Theatre, Hunstanton, 01485 532252 12 - 16 Nov Slava’s Snow Show Experience the joyous dream-like world, unlike anything you have seem before, culminating in a breathtaking blizzard leaving you knee deep in snow! Norwich Theatre Royal, Norwich, 01603 630000 14 - 15 Nov The Sound of Music Amateur production. Norwich Playhouse, Norwich, 01603 598598 14 - 16 Nov Dads Army Pegasus Productions present your favourite characters from this popular television series brought to life on stage. Gorleston Pavilion Theatre, Gorleston, 01493 662832 14 - 16 Nov The Unexpected Guest The Sheringham Players present Agatha Christie’s thriller. Sheringham Little Theatre, Sheringham, 01263 822347 14 Nov The Cannon and Ball Show Tommy Cannon and Bobby Ball bring their very own special brand of comedy to the Princess Theatre. Princess Theatre, Hunstanton, 01485 532252 16 Nov Blow the Wind Southerly Performed by actress Judi Daykin, this onewoman show tells Kathleen Ferrier’s story. Granary Theatre, Wells-next-the-Sea, 01328 710193 19 - 23 Nov Matthew Bourne’s Swan Lake World famous reworking of Tchaikovsky’s classic ballet. Norwich Theatre Royal, Norwich, 01603 630000 19 Nov Ed Byrne Ed Byrne celebrates

talk is called ‘A Long Way From Look Politics’. OPEN, Norwich, 01603 763111 23 Nov The Adventures of Andy Kershaw An evening with the legendary broadcaster and foreign correspondent. Norwich Arts Centre, 01603 660352 25 Nov - 7 Dec Priscilla Queen of the Desert Starring Jason Donovan, this feelgood musical is coming to Norwich Theatre Royal for two weeks only! Norwich Theatre Royal, Norwich, 01603 630000 28 Nov Steve Hughes The Australian comic and ex heavy-metal drummer is bringing his new show, ‘While It’s Still Legal’, to the UK. Norwich Playhouse, Norwich, 01603 598598 28 Nov A Victorian Christmas An evening of music, song, stories and drama from the time of Dickens and Hardy. Granary Theatre, Wells-next-the-Sea, 01328 710193 28 Nov The Lindisfarne Story Ray Laidlaw and Billy Mitchell perform acoustic versions of Lindisfarne’s classic songs. OPEN, Norwich, 01603 763111 29 Nov Robert Newman’s New Theory of Evolution The comedian, journalist, novelist and activist, makes a hotly anticipated return to comedy 7 years absence. Norwich Playhouse, Norwich, 01603 598598 30 Nov Paul Foot Expect comedy like you’ve never seen before in ‘Words’, Paul Foot’s new show. Norwich Playhouse, Norwich, 01603 598598 30 Nov - 29 Dec The Cromer Christmas Show A great mix of variety, song and dance to give everyone a taste of Christmas Cheer. The Pavilion, Cromer, 01263 512495

MUSIC 3 Nov The South Dave Hemingway and Ali Wheeler of the Beautiful South have reformed playing their new material alongside the Beautiful South’s classics. The Waterfront, Norwich, 01603 508050 3 Nov Lucy Spraggan The X Factor alumni is touring this Autumn. The Nick Rayns LCR, Norwich, 01603 508050 3 Nov Sitkovetsky Piano Trio Chamber music in the Marble Hall. Holkham Hall, Wells-next-the-Sea, 01328 713111

8 Nov Alexei Sayle Alexei Sayle has burst

‘Roaring Forties’. King’s Lynn Corn Exchange, King’s Lynn, 01553 764864

full-length solo stand-up show in over 17 years. Norwich Playhouse, 01603 598598

21 Nov - 1 Dec The Seagull A brilliant translation of Chekhov’s masterpiece. Maddermarket Theatre, Norwich,01603 620917

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21 - 23 Nov Joseph and The Amazing Technicolour Dreamcoat Amateur production. Gorleston Pavilion Theatre, Gorleston, 01493 662832

7 Nov Skid Row and Ugly Kid Joe Skid Row and Ugly Kid Joe embark on a headline tour of Europe and the UK, each band will play a full set. The Waterfront, Norwich, 01603 508050

8 - 10 Nov Ray Harryhausen Weekend This tribute weekend celebrates Ray’s work, looking back at some of his key lasting impact of his work. Norwich Puppet Theatre, Norwich, 01603 629921 9 Nov Alan Davies The much-loved star of iconic television series such as Jonathan Creek and QI - is touring the UK again with

21 Nov The Government Inspector Nikolai Gogol’s timeless play. Diss Corn Hall, 01379 652241 21 Nov An Evening with Martin Bell OBE Broadcaster and former MP, Martin Bell’s

5 Nov Slade and Sweet The 70s glam

8 - 9 Nov Joe Brown Show packed with timeless classics, rockabilly, gospel, country, folk, and rock ‘n’ roll. The Pavilion, Cromer, 01263 512495

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Norfolk of the 25th anniversary of their massive UK’s top wildlife artists. Fabulous three 8 Nov Mutya, Keisha and Siobhan The album ’Bummed’! The Nick Rayns LCR, dimensional wire sculpture of British birds. original Sugababes trio tour together for the Norwich, 01603 508050 Bircham Gallery, Holt, 01263 713312 first time in twelve years. The Nick Rayns LCR, Norwich, 01603 508050 25 Nov Palma Violets The London four9 - 27 Nov Angela Harding / Lowri Da piece complete their amazing year with vies P aintings and prints inspired by British 8 Nov Andy Fairweather Low Andy a massive 14 date headline UK tour. The wildlife and landscape by Angela Harding, and The Lowriders’ show is a unique and Waterfront, Norwich, 01603 508050 with charming hand made and decorated superlative musical evening. Norwich Arts bone china tableware by Lowri Davies. Centre, Norwich, 01603 660352 Julie Dexter Julie brings her ‘New 26 Nov Bircham Gallery, Holt, 01263 713312 Again’ Tour to Norfolk. The Bicycle Shop, 9 Nov The Temperance Seven British Norwich, 01603 625777 10 - 15 Nov Norfolk and Norwich Art band performing 1920s jazz. Norwich Circle Exhibition The Circle began as the Playhouse, Norwich, 01603 598598 28 Nov Ocean Colour Scene Ocean Co Norwich Art Circle in 1885, following Crome lour Scene will be playing their 1997 album, 10 Nov Foster & Allen The duo tour in & Cotman’s famous Norwich Society of ArtMarchin’ Already’, in full. The Nick Rayns support of their new album ‘The Ultimate ists. The Forum, Norwich, 01603 727950 LCR, Norwich, 01603 508050 Collection’. King’s Lynn Corn Exchange, 11 Nov - 6 Dec The Heart and Sole of the King’s Lynn, 01553 764864 28 Nov Ruarri Joseph Joining Ruarri City A small, free exhibition including on the bill are Rue Royale and Wooden 10 Nov Scouting For Girls The indie rock items loaned from the Bridewell Museum Arms. Norwich Arts Centre, Norwich, band are touring in support of their greatcelebrating Norwich’s famed shoe industry. 01603 660352 est hits album. The Nick Rayns LCR, The Forum, Norwich, 01603 727950 Norwich, 01603 508050 ART & EXHIBITIONS 12 - 23 Nov See Things Differently: 13 Nov Editors British Sea Power will join Video Projection & Installation by Tony 1 Nov - 16 March John Sell Cotman: A Editors on all dates at their invitation in the Hill The artist and film-maker will be showPicturesque tour of Norfolk and NorUK in November. The Nick Rayns LCR, ing two recent installations, ‘The Doors’ and mandy John Sell Cotman’s active career Norwich, 01603 508050 ‘The Pool’, together with some of his filming spanned four decades; the middle two de13 Nov Dan Walsh & Suhail Yusuf Khan rigs. The Gallery at NUA, Norwich, 01603 cades, (approx 1811 - 1830), were devoted A crossover duo featuring astounding musi886385 almost exclusively to architecture, rather cians from Britain and India. The Bicycle than to landscape. Cotman spent several 18 Nov - 7 Dec Best of Britten An exploShop, Norwich, 01603 625777 years scouring the county of Norfolk, draw ration of the life and works of Benjamin ing virtually every church, castle and 14 Nov Ralph McTell One of the great Britten, with images and photographs. The secular building of note. Norwich Castle storytellers, Ralph McTell is now celebratForum, Norwich, 01603 727950 Museum & Art Gallery, 01603 493625 ing more than 40 years on the road. OPEN, 30 Nov - 8 Jan Christmas & New Year Norwich, 01603 763111 1 - 2 Nov Spindrift This exhibition shows Exhibition A wonderful selection of a series of coastal landscape photographs 17 Nov Britten Sinfonia Serenade for works of art from our best artists, with from Jeremy Webb’s 15-year-long project Tenor, Horn and Strings with Mark Padceramic sculpture by widely acclaimed to document the changing landscape of the more. Norwich Theatre Royal, Norwich, and collected British artist John Maltby. Norfolk Coastline. Norwich Arts Centre, 01603 630000 Bircham Gallery, Holt, 01263 713312 Norwich, 01603 660352 17 Nov Turin Brakes Indie folk duo. The SPECIAL EVENTS 1 Nov - 24 Feb Masterpieces: Art and Waterfront, Norwich, 01603 508050 East Anglia The Sainsbury Centre for 1 Nov Black History Month 2013 Black 17 Nov Country Music Show Featuring Visual Arts will launch its newly refurbished History Month is an annual event which singer Bob Brolly and his band. King’s galleries with a major exhibition displaying brings a programme crammed full of Lynn Corn Exchange, King’s Lynn, 01553 the best art of Norfolk and Suffolk throughinspirational, fun and thought provoking 764864 out history. Sainsbury Centre for Visual events throughout October. The Forum, Arts, Norwich, 01603 593199 Norwich, 01603 727950 17 Nov Brendan Shine Popular Irish Folk/ Country singer with his band. Princess 1 Nov - 5 Jan Curiousity: Art and Plea16 - 17 Nov The Norfolk Festive Gift & Theatre, Hunstanton, 01485 532252 sures of Knowing This is an exhibition Food Show Crammed full of amazing, devoted to wonder, awe and mystery in innovative and original festive gifts - there 18 Nov The Night VI Anglo-French sixcontemporary art and beyond. It draws on really is something for the entire family piece whose influences include Blondie, the rich tradition of the Wunderkammer including a whole host scrumptious festive Joni Mitchell and Nick Drake. Norwich Arts or cabinet of curiosities, reveals surprisfoods and drinks. Everything you need Centre, Norwich, 01603 660352 ing meetings between art and science, for Christmas all under one roof! Norfolk 20 Nov The Fratellis After reforming for and explores the ways that artists today Showground, Norwich, 0871 2241112/3 a sold out UK tour earlier this year, The mine themes of fascination, inquiry, 21 Nov Christmas Light Switch On Fratellis have now announced a UK tour for obsession, monstrosity and invention. Attractions include indoor and outdoor this month. The Nick Rayns LCR, Norwich, Norwich Castle Museum & Art Gallery, 01603 508050 Norwich, 01603 493625 markets, craft stalls, ‘Feast on the Street’, live music from Jonathan Wyatt and his Big 22 Nov Spaghetti Swing An exhilarat1 - 24 Nov Houghton Revisited The magBand, fireworks and Father Christmas. ing Italian Swing show. Granary Theatre, nificent art collection of Sir Robert Walpole Norwich City Hall, Norwich Wells-next-the-Sea, 01328 710193 will be reassembled in its spectacular 22 - 24 Nov Christmas Fair Scores of original setting of Houghton Hall for the first 24 Nov Norfolk Symphony Orchestra specialists will be offering a range of unique time in over 200 years. Featuring works Programme includes pieces by Moore, handmade gifts, crafts and food. Sandringby Rembrandt, Van Dyck and Rubens. Ravel and Stravinsky. King’s Lynn Corn ham Park, Sandringham, 01485 545400 Houghton Hall, King’s Lynn, 01485 528569 Exchange, King’s Lynn, 01553 764864 29 - 30 Nov Christmas Vintage Fair Cel1 - 30 Nov The 44th Eastern Open King’s 24 Nov The Heavy British Indie rock band. ebrate the style and elegance of the 1920s Lynn Arts Centre, 01553 764864 Norwich Arts Centre, 01603 660352 to 1950s with a great range of vintage stalls 1 - 6 Nov Robert Greenhalf SWLA / Celia and unique pieces to browse and buy. The 25 Nov Happy Mondays The Happy Smith Paintings & woodcuts by one of the Forum, Norwich, 01603 727950 Mondays are set to tour in celebration

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Peterborough CHRISTMAS IN


oday’s highly productive agricultural landscape bears no resemblance to the Fens of pre-historic and medieval times. The city too has changed enormously, only with the flourishing of the abbey did a town develop at Peterborough and the last two centuries have seen its extraordinary growth. Peterborough began as a Saxon settlement. The Saxons built a village on the site of Peterborough called Medehamstede (meadow homestead) as it was originally known. Railway lines began operating locally during the 1840s, but it was the 1850 opening of the Great Northern Railway’s main line from London to York that transformed Peterborough from a market town to an industrial centre. Lord Exeter had opposed the railway passing through Stamford, so Peterborough, situated between two main terminals at London and Doncaster, increasingly developed as a regional hub. The modern-day city of Peterborough in Cambridgeshire hides a wealth of history just waiting to be uncovered. When the daylight fades experience Peterborough’s nightlife. There are two theatres offering drama, ballet and concerts, the Key Theatre and the Cresset Theatre; and a diverse selection of restaurants serving cuisine for every palate, and cocktail bars and nightclubs open until the early hours.

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Where else could you experience a dragon boat race, beer festival, conker championships, cheese rolling, a straw bear parade, showcase cinema, or the famous Burghley Horse Trials? A special event can be a great excuse for planning a weekend away - or an added bonus to an existing break. Peterborough has events taking place throughout the year so there’s never a dull moment. From concerts and fireworks at a stately home, to a spectacular event at the East of England Showground. Then there are the everchanging exhibitions at the numerous art galleries and city museums the place has to offer. Don’t miss the Peterborough Festival, or local music events such as Peterborough Music Making or drama festivals in our nearby towns, or the famous Tulip Parade. Whatever you may be looking for in a city, Peterborough has the perfect mix! From city centre heritage attractions to countryside walks, from watersports to modern art. Discover Peterborough’s history and visit its magnificent Norman Cathedral which provides the most beautiful backdrop to the city. Take a short stroll and be transported back in time at Peterborough Museum. Or just outside the city, visit Sacrewell Farm and Country Centre where you can meet some magnificent Shire Horses.

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The Key Theatre in Peterborough’s city centre is the venue for Carols by Candlelight with the Locrian Ensemble. The Locrian Ensemble are firmly established as one of Britain’s most popular touring groups. Their Christmas show is the hottest ticket in their calendar. They’ll perform favourite carols, string medleys of familiar Christmas tunes, and

seasonal surprises. Friday 13 December at 7pm, tickets start from £16 On the 30 November from 10.30am-12.30pm start your Countdown to Christmas at Peterborough Museum by making your very own advent calendar. The activity is suitable for children aged 5+. £5 per child, accompanying adults free. For more details contact Peterborough Museum, call 01733 864663.

Peterborough Peterborough City Centre Christmas Lights switch on will start from 2pm on Saturday 16 November 2013 at Cathedral Square. With a host of festive fun and merriment and a newly commissioned Christmas carol to be performed on the day, the city will really come to light. Promising all the magic and fun of a traditional family panto, it will be an all-singing, all-dancing festive spectacular. The Cresset Pantomime for Christmas 2013 is the magical Beauty & the Beast. The performance runs from 14 – 30 December. To book, go online at or call the box office on 01733 265705.


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Cambridgeshire THEATRE & SHOWS 1 - 2 Nov James and the Giant Peach The Birmingham Stage Company returns to Cambridge with Roald Dahl’s amazing story. Cambridge Arts Theatre, Cambridge, 01223 503333 1 - 2 Nov Shoot Coward! Three plays brought to the British stage for the first time, in an evening showcasing some of the best drama to come out of Latin America in the last 30 years. Corpus Playroom, Cambridge, 01223 300085 1 - 2 Nov The Magic Flute Cambridge University’s vibrant opera scene bursts onto the ADC stage, uniting Mozart’s enchanting score with an exciting theatrical spectacle.drama. ADC Theatre, Cambridge, 01223 300085 2 Nov An Evening of Dirty Dancing The ultimate tribute to the popular film. Key Theatre, Peterborough, 01733 207239 4 Nov Ricard Herring Herring returns to tackles the undiscovered country from whose bourn no traveler returns in his new show ‘We’re All Going to Die’. Key Theatre, Peterborough, 01733 207239 4 - 9 Nov Save The Last Dance For Me This nostalgic, feel-good journey will transport you back to music’s golden era as we follow two teenage sisters through the summer of ‘63. Cambridge Arts Theatre, Cambridge, 01223 503333 5 - 9 Nov Play It Again, Sam Woody Allen’s play is a show about failed relationships and new hope with a dash of comedy. Corpus Playroom, Cambridge, 01223 300085 5 - 9 Nov Frost/Nixon Taking inspiration from the critically acclaimed 2008 film, and with a potent human drama at its core, this is new, quick, slick, ensemble-based production. ADC Theatre, Cambridge, 01223 300085 6 Nov Wasted A play about life, love and losing your mind. Key Studio, Peterborough, 01733 207239 7 - 9 Nov Melody Loses Her Mojo This story fuses together Hip Hop Theatre, dance, puppetry and street art. Key Theatre, Peterborough, 01733 207239 7 Nov Alexei Sayle This is Alexei’s first solo stand-up show in over 17 years. The Junction, Cambridge, 01223 511511 10 Nov Reginald D Hunter Reginald is on tour again with his own unique blend of humour in his new show, ‘Reginald D Hunter In The Midst Of Crackers’. Cambridge Corn Exchange, Cambridge, 01223 357851 11 - 12 Nov Dracula A theatrical treatment of Bram Stoker’s adventure blending Victorian Gothic with the Contemporary. Key Theatre, Peterborough, 01733 207239

12 - 16 Nov Tartuffe Roger McGough’s witty adaptation gives a fresh sparkle to Molière’s famous comedy. Angles Theatre, Wisbech, 01945 474447 12 - 16 Nov Greek Adapted by Stephen Berkoff, the enduring story of Oedipus, the man who murdered his father and slept with his mother, is hurled from Classical Greece into the ‘unimaginable wastelands’ of present-day north London. Corpus Playroom, Cambridge, 01223 300085 12 - 16 Nov Funny Girl Funny Girl is re-imagined, bringing all the class and exhilaration of the original Tony-nominated musical and Academy Award-winning film right into the 21st century. ADC Theatre, Cambridge, 01223 300085 15 - 16 Nov The Parson’s Pirates A cast of just six perform Gilbert & Sullivan’s classic comic opera – complete and unabridged (with cuts). Key Theatre, Peterborough, 01733 207239 15 Nov Ed Byrne Ed Byrne celebrates finally being in his forties with his show, ‘Roaring Forties’. Cambridge Corn Exchange, Cambridge, 01223 357851 15 Nov Stephen K Amos Expect an evening of fun, warmth, big laughs and audience interaction from the master of feel-good comedy. The Junction, Cambridge, 01223 511511 15 - 16 Nov Agrippina Presented by the English Touring Opera. They will also be perfroming ‘Jason’ (13 Nov) and ‘The Coronation of Poppea’ (14 Nov). Cambridge Arts Theatre, Cambridge, 01223 503333 17 Nov Alan Davies Following the phenomenal success in 2012 of his critically acclaimed show, Life Is Pain, Alan Davies - the much-loved star of iconic television series such as Jonathan Creek and QI will tour the UK again this Autumn. The Cresset, Peterborough, 01733 265705 17 Nov A Christmas Carol with Clive Francis The renowned actor Clive Francis repeats his acclaimed RSC performance as the misanthropic Ebenezer Scrooge. Cambridge Arts Theatre, Cambridge, 01223 503333 18 - 23 Nov The Duck House Ben Miller stars in this outrageous new comedy set in a world of dodgy receipts, dodgier deceit, and pure Parliamentary panic. Cambridge Arts Theatre, Cambridge, 01223 503333 19 Nov Russell Kane Smallness’. The Cresset, Peterborough, 01733 265705

23 Nov Kate Adie Adie’s new book charts the seismic move towards equal rights that began a century ago, and asks what these women achieved for future generations. Ely Cathedral, Ely, 01353 667735 26 - 30 Nov South Pacific Amateur production. Cambridge Arts Theatre, Cambridge, 01223 503333 26 - 30 Nov Birthday Tender, heartfelt, and darkly comic, Joe Penhall’s crowning glory is one for adults only. Corpus Playroom, Cambridge, 01223 300085 28 Nov What a Wonderful Christmas Christmas classics performed by The Bateman Brothers Jazz Band. Key Theatre, Peterborough, 01733 207239 28 - 29 Nov The Canterbury Tales Medieval mayhem as the critically-acclaimed Pantaloons present every single one of Geoffrey Chaucer’s timeless tales in under two hours. Mumford Theatre, Cambridge, 0845 1962320

MUSIC 2 Nov Jools Holland and His Rhythm and Blues Orchestra Musical master of ceremonies Jools Holland and his much loved Rhythm & Blues Orchestra retrun to the Corn Exchange for their annual jaunt! With special guest Melanie C. Cambridge Corn Exchange, Cambridge, 01223 357851 2 Nov The Feeling English pop rock band. The Junction, Cambridge, 01223 511511 3 Nov Blue The British boy band are back together and back on tour. Cambridge Corn Exchange, Cambridge, 01223 357851 4 Nov Alba Orchestra Featuring conductor and pianist Patrick Milne. West Road Concert Hall, Cambridge, 01223 335184 6 Nov Kate Rusby Kate will be joined on stage by the cream of British folk musicians who form her band. The Cresset, Peterborough, 01733 265705 7 Nov Bill Wyman’s Rhythm Kings The musicians bring back to life the kind of classic rhythm and blues that first inspired Wyman to pick up the guitar. With special guest Maria Muldaur. Cambridge Corn Exchange, Cambridge, 01223 357851 8 Nov K T Tunstall The Singer/songwriter is touring with her fourth album ‘Invisible Empire // Crescent Moon’. Cambridge Corn Exchange, 01223 357851

19 - 23 Nov Star Wards Addenbrooke’s annual panto. Mumford Theatre, Cambridge, 0845 1962320

8 Nov Cambridge Concert Artists Featuring Marie Noelle Kendall and David Christophersen. West Road Concert Hall, Cambridge, 01223 335184

21 Nov The Good Old Days of Music Hall and Variety A Christmas Celebration’. Starring Jimmy Cricket. The Brook, Soham, 01353 721748

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Local Business Profile

Local company stars in Channel 4’s Grand Designs


rightons Hydropool, located in Fengate East, Peterborough, became involved with the Grand Designs rebuild almost 2 years ago when Gwyn and Kate first visited the showroom looking for a Swim Spa to finish off the garden in their upcoming renovation project.

feat getting the Swim Spa in place though...Gwyn and Kate had already started the block paving, which meant that we had to (very carefully!) crane the 19ft Aquatrainer over the garage and a 6ft wall. It was nerve wracking to say the least!

After testing the showroom model, they settled upon a 19ft Hydropool Aquatrainer Swim Spa to be installed during the extensive project they were about to embark on.

“Gwyn and Kate were really keen for their boys to have a place to have fun and learn to swim, whilst they could also relax and unwind – the Swim Spa, featuring powerful jets to enable you to swim in place and a hot tub at the other end was a perfect solution and we really hope that the whole family have many years of enjoyment in their long awaited dream home and plenty of fun in the Swim Spa!”

Gwyn and Kate were desperate for more space for their growing family and had set on building a traditional new house for themselves. But their plans changed when they fell for a decaying classic 1920’s cinema in the heart of their home town of Thorne in South Yorkshire. With little knowledge of either restoration or building, they boldly set about renovating and extending this wreck to make a family home. Their ideas about having a conventional place to live are thrust aside by their old school-friend, an architect who convinces them to use concrete - and masses of it - to turn their dilapidated building into an unlikely homage to modernism.

Catch the show, which has already been shown on Channel 4 on 4th September by watching Channel 4 On Demand now.

Iain Crighton, Chairman of Crightons Hydropool, said: “It was an honour to be part of this amazing transformation and seeing our product taking an integral role in the garden was definitely a satisfying feeling. It was certainly no easy|173

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The date for The Big Christmas Lights Switch On this year is Sunday 17 November 2013. Entertainment will begin in the Market Square from early afternoon until 6pm, with the lights being switched on at 5pm. There will also be entertainment in the Lion Yard, Grand Arcade & Grafton Centre throughout the afternoon, with the Grafton Centre lights being switched on at midday and the Grand Arcade lights at 4pm. This year’s Mill Road Winter Fair will take place on Saturday 7 December, from 10.30am to 4.30pm.The Fair extends along Cambridge’s historic and vibrant Mill Road. The fair is known for its special charm and atmosphere with over 10,000 people participating in different ways and enjoying all that the Mill Road area has to offer.

Following the great success of last year’s production of Jack and the Beanstalk, Cambridge Arts Theatre’s Panto is back with Robin Hood, running from 5 December – 12 January 2014. To book go online at cambridgeartstheatre. or call the box office on 01223 503333. Get your skates on and enjoy the festive season at the fantastic Open Air Ice Rink on Parkers Piece with great fun for all the family. The event starts from November to early January. Check out the full festival programme for further details www.northpolecambridge.


BE MERRY IN first broadcast in 1928 and is now broadcast to millions of people around the world. The only entrance to the College will be the main gate on King's Parade and it is advised to queue as early as possible to avoid disappointment. The queue is admitted into the Chapel at 1.30pm and the service begins at 3pm. For further information contact

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A Very Cherry Christmas Extravaganza takes place at Cherry Hinton Village Centre, Colville Road, Cambridge on the 23 November 2013 from 12-5pm. A wide selection of crafters come together for their unique and quality goods as well as local charities and gift companies. There will be a free Santa’s Grotto, with Santa arriving at 3pm and carols from The Netherhall Orchestra. Hot drinks and mince pies can be enjoyed from £1. Admission is free for all the family.


A Festival of Nine Lessons and Carols is the Christmas Eve service held in King's College Chapel. The service includes carols and readings from the Bible. The opening carol is always 'Once in Royal David's City', and there is always a new, specially commissioned carol. The Festival was introduced in 1918 to bring a more imaginative approach to worship. It was


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Cambridgeshire 9 Nov Kathryn Roberts and Sean Lakerman Folk duo tour in support of their new album, ‘Hidden People’. Key Studio, Peterborough, 01733 207239 10 Nov Stacey Kent Grammy-nominated singer, Stacey Kent, brings her new album, ‘The Changing Lights’, to Cambridge Arts Theatre. Cambridge Arts Theatre, Cambridge, 01223 503333 10 Nov The Drifters 2013 marks the 60th Anniversary of The Drifters and to celebrate this incredible achievement they are heading out on tour. The Cresset, Peterborough, 01733 265705 10 Nov Cracow Duo Jan Kalinowski (cello) and Marek Szlezer (piano) perform pieces by Chopin, Tansman, Stravinsky, and Piazzolla. Fitzwilliam Museum Cambridge, 01223 332900 13 Nov Nigel Kennedy Nigel Kennedy (violin) brings his passion for live performance to an evening inspired by his mentors – the violinists Yehudi Menuhin and Stéphane Grappelli. Cambridge Corn Exchange, Cambridge, 01223 357851 14 Nov Escher String Quartet Programme includes works by Bridge, Britten, Schubert and Sally Beamish. St John’s College, Cambridge, 01223 748100 16 Nov Turin Brakes The English duo are touring material from their new album, ‘Outbursts’. The Junction, Cambridge, 01223 511511 18 Nov Billy Bragg Touring on the back of the release of ‘Tooth & Nail’, the English singer songwriter, activist and voice of a generation brings his music to the Corn Exchange. Cambridge Corn Exchange, Cambridge, 01223 357851 19 Nov New Model Army The cult band set out on an Autumn tour to promote their 12th studio album. The Junction, Cambridge, 01223 511511 23 Nov Madeleine Peyroux Madeleine’s new album, ‘The Blue Room’, sees the genre-blending singer reworking some landmark musical gems. Cambridge Corn Exchange, Cambridge, 01223 357851 23 Nov Clive Gregson Also featuring The Black Feathers. Acoustic Routes, CB2 Basement, Cambridge, 07971 299659 24 Nov The Orb The English electronic music group tour in celebration of their 25th anniversary. Cambridge Corn Exchange, Cambridge, 01223 357851 24 Nov Baroque Tapestries Le Petit Orchestre, Helen Kruger (violin/director) and Kate Macoboy (soprano). Fitzwilliam Museum, Cambridge, 01223 332900 25 Nov Texas In their 25th anniversary year Texas take their new studio album ‘The Conversation’ on tour. Cambridge Corn Exchange, Cambridge, 01223 357851

26 Nov Czech National Symphony Orchestra Programme includes pieces by Cambridge Corn Exchange, Cambridge, 01223 357851 26 Nov Black Star Riders The new band formed by Thin Lizzy come to the UK with their ‘All Hell Breaks Lose Tour’. The Junction, Cambridge, 01223 511511 27 Nov Endellion String Quartet Performing works by Haydn and Mozart. West Road Concert Hall, Cambridge, 01223 335184 28 Nov Mogwai This show is a warm-up before Mogwai headline the last ever All Tomorrow’s Parties music festival at Camber Sands. The Junction, Cambridge, 01223 511511 30 Nov Cantilena Singers An evening of seasonal choral music for Advent and Christmas. Holy Trinity Church, Bottisham

ART & EXHIBITIONS 1 Nov - 23 Dec Read all about it! Wrongdoing in Spain and England in the Long Nineteenth Century An exhibition of nineteenth-century pamphlets and posters, which were the equivalent of the tabloid press. Read accounts of murderers, bandits, werewolves, misbehaving children and spurned women in this display of highly-illustrated material from Spain and England. Milstein Exhibition Centre, Cambridge, 01223 333000 1 Nov - 1 April Chiefs & Governors: Art and Power in Fiji This will be the

and archives, a collection closely linked foundation of the Museum. University Museum of Archaeology & Athropology, Cambridge, 01223 333516 1 Nov - 31 Dec Somewhere in England: Portraits of Americans in Britain 1942 - 45 Exhibtion of stunning photographs, some of which have never been seen in public before, part of the Roger Freeman collection of almost 15,000 photographs of the US Army Air Forces during the Second World War. IWM Duxford, Cambridge, 01223 835000 1 Nov - 12 Feb The night of longing: Love and desire in Japanese prints An exhibition of Japanese woodcuts and and 19th centuries) depicting lovers from literature and life. Artists include Harunobu, Utamaro, Hiroshige, Kunisada, Kuniyoshi and Yoshitoshi. Fitzwilliam Museum Cambridge, 01223 332900 1 - 17 Nov Alfred Wallis A touring exhibition by Kettle’s Yard. City Gallery, Peterborough, 01733 864663 1 - 9 Nov

Abstraction sculptures by Christopher Marvel and paintings by Arthur Neal. Lynne Strover Gallery, Fen Ditton, 01223 295264 1 - 2 Nov Cambridge Camera Club Annual Exhibition Over 200 images by its members covering all types of photogpeople, landscapes, natural history, architecture, creative compositions and more. The Guildhall, Cambridge 1 - 16 Nov Zero is Immense A solo exhibition by Tom Dale, brings together an exciting range of work, some of which will Aid & Abet, Cambridge 2 - 24 Nov Gail Brodholt A solo exhibition. Cambridge Contemporary Art Gallery, Cambridge, 01223 324222 15 Nov - 29 Jan A Lasting Legacy : the house and collection of Victor Skipp Victor Skipp was an historian specialising in the industrial revolution of the West Midlands, passionate about art and philosophy, he developed an art and artefact collection at his Suffolk home. Kettle’s Yard, Cambridge, 01223 748100 29 Nov - 23 Feb Edmund de Waal: On white - Porcelain stories from the Fitzwilliam This unique exhibition sees three galleries of the Fitzwilliam Museum taken over by renowned potter, and Cambridge graduate, Edmund de Waal. Fitzwilliam Museum, Cambridge, 01223 332900

SPECIAL EVENTS 1 - 3 Nov Cambridge Festival of Ideas 2013 The Festival celebrates the rich contribution the arts, humanities and social sciences make to our culture and understanding of the world by showcasing hundreds of events for all ages, including inspirational, through-provoking talks from academics and celebrities, musical and exhibitions, art sessions and other creative displays – for free! Various venues throughout Cambridge, 16 Nov Dickensian Christmas Market A fun day and market for all the family including a hog roast, Father Christmas and a variety of stalls. Most of the stallholders will be dressed in traditional Dickensian clothes. The High Street, Benwick 29 Nov St. Neots Christmas Lights Switch On Attractions include: Live music, Christmas Market, Food & Drink stalls, Funfair, Santa’s Grotto and Fireworks. Market Square, St Neots, 01480 388911 30 Nov Christmas Indoor Market With around 30 stalls, where better place to grab those special Christmas Presents? With a Santa’s Grotto and Childrens lucky dip. The Brook, Soham, 01353 721748

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This light-hearted festive romance follows Tess Williams after a chance incident in a tobacconist changes her life forever. Living with her grandmother in a small Norwich flat, Tess has just been returned from Bell Farm, where she was evacuated during the war, and is being bullied by her classmates. When she’s rescued by the handsome Snowy White she thinks her troubles are over, but she’s in for a big surprise...


SAINTS OF THE SHADOW BIBLE, IAN RANKIN John Rebus is back on the force, complete with a large demotion and an even more sizeable chip on his shoulder. A thirty-year-old case is being reopened, and Rebus and his team from back then are suspected of corruption and worse. Meanwhile, a young woman is found unconscious at

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I am the Secret Footballer shocked the world with its unbridled account of life as a professional footballer, and this new follow-up will prove to be just as scandalous. The identity of the secret footballer has not yet been revealed, but the best stories he has heard during his career certainly will be. These are the stories of the players, the teams and the tactics. Tales of their banter, fights and escapades, of the yachts, the hedonism, and the girls - the side of football that most players want to keep private. THE PUZZLING PAST OF THE CRYPTIC CROSSWORD, ALAN CONNOR A must for any crossword fan, this is a celebration of the pleasures and


puzzles of cryptic crosswords from Alan Connor, the Guardian’s writer on crosswords. Connor examines the wit, ingenuity, and frustration of setting and solving puzzles. ELIZABETH OF YORK, ALISON WEIR Acclaimed historian Alison Weir returns with the fascinating tale of Elizabeth of York, who would have ruled England had she not been born female. Elizabeth is an enigma – she schemed to marry Richard III, her uncle and the deposer of her father, and is likely to have intrigued to put Henry Tudor on the throne too. Yet after her marriage she appeared as the perfect, pious consort – so who was she? Alison Weir examines contemporary evidence and builds a fascinating portrait of this queen, placing her in the context of the magnificent, ceremonious, and often brutal world she inhabited.

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