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MATT CARDLE Interview OUT EAST OUT AROUND THE REGION DAVID ESSEX Interview OUT EAST Theatre HALLOWEEN Spooky events OUT EAST Dance CAMBS Peterborough CAMBS What’s on in October HERTS & BEDS Biggleswade & Sandy HERTS & BEDS Bedford HERTS & BEDS What’s on in October HERTS & BEDS Royston NORFOLK Holt NORFOLK What’s on in October SUFFOLK Ipswich SUFFOLK What’s on in October SUFFOLK Felixstowe ESSEX Leigh-on-Sea ESSEX Tendring area ESSEX TWhat’s on in October OUT & ABOUT Hello and welcome to another packed issue of EAST MAGAZINE. We’ve got some great features this month, not least interviews with two great artists - Matt Cardle and David Essex. Great news too, our website is really taking off now - you can find lots of great events there and you can submit details about your own event. You’ll also find extra features not in the magazine and an online version of East just in case you haven’t been able to get hold of a copy. Indeed, is a happening place! Enjoy. John Boston

TEAM EAST Publisher Sean Thompson (01954 267696) Publishing Consultant Paul Gibson (01954 268129) Editor John Boston Area Manager (Arts/Norfolk) Charlie Roadley-Battin (07595 894578) Area Manager (Suffolk/Essex) Darren Marshall (07826 628680) Area Manager (Beds/Herts) Stewart Hedges (07595 894557) Area Manager (Cambridgeshire) Jim Leishman (01954 267635) CONTACT GENERAL ENQUIRIES Tel. 01954 267904 HEAD OFFICE Unit 4, Avenue Business Park, Elsworth, Cambridge, CB23 4HY ADVERTISING Production 01353 616000 Fax 01353 616120 EDITORIAL Issue #77 October 2011 EAST magazine 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.



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MATT factor Matt Cardle could be the first credible rock singer to come out of The X Factor - and he’s from Essex! Gaynor Clements talks to the winner of the world’s biggest talent show as he prepares to release his debut album later this month...


sn’t it grand when one of your own makes good? Move over Mr and Mrs Cardle. Your boy Matt belongs to all of us East Anglians. And you don’t make good more spectacularly than being thrust into the limelight - blinking from the dark and murky depths of obscure Essex pubs - to face the derision or delight of Mr Cowell and his cohorts. Yes, our very own Essex boy, Matt Cardle, latterly of Little Maplestead, near Halstead, now of ‘Bright Lights, The Big Smoke’, wowed his loyal fans, not to mention himself, by winning the ‘X Factor’ at the end of 2010. The resultant furore and his winner’s single, ‘When We Collide’, was followed by a period of quiet while Matt worked on his much-awaited first album, ‘Letters’, out on 17th October. Even though his propulsion to fame may have looked instantaneous, he has in fact been doing the rounds for fifteen years, touring local pubs with pop duo Darwin and latterly rock band Seven Summers, releasing an album with both collaborations. On the X Factor he came across as the quintessential bloke you would stand a round for in your local, and it was his everyman appeal as much as his voice which helped him win the loyalty of the many who pledged their votes each week. An all round nice guy - not cocky, not too confident, not likely to fall victim to the ‘tall poppy syndrome’ for which we Brits are famous. Certainly he seemed like a regular Joe when we spoke - full of enthusiasm for his


music, his song writing and his audiences. “I am an Essex boy through and through,” he said. “I remember moving to Essex when I was a little kid, but this is where I grew up and where all my family and my mates are.” He says he misses the days when he and his music partner Ali McMillan toured as Darwin. But his present life has its compensations (I forbore to ask about the kind of compensation that Harry Styles of One Direction so publicly assured him would be his). How has fame and fortune treated him? “I feel exactly the same,” he says modestly. “I suppose I have a slightly thicker skin than I used to before the X Factor and the stuff that’s happened afterwards. Now people, especially the tabloids, are always judging me and always have something to say about everything I do. But mostly that’s just a load of rubbish.” His long-standing love of live performance, which stood him in such good stead when facing the millions of viewers who watched him slog through each week to take the prize, has never failed him, “whether that means performing in front of five drunks in a pub or thousands of adoring fans in some huge arena.” His enjoyment of live gigs is equalled only by his love of song writing, which he does constantly. “I write music all the time. It’s the thing I do more than anything else.” For those who watched his nail biting ascendancy on the X Factor, you will know

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some people get in a bit of a flap.” Was he really a painter and decorator before he hit the big time? “I’ve done all kinds of stuff, but in reality I only ever painted a friend’s house. I have worked in factories though, but that was all to earn and save enough money to get into recording studios. Rehearsal time costs a lot of money. But I have been working and preparing for this success for a long time.” Where does his amazing voice come from? “My mother is tone deaf, but my dad and granddad sang in the Liverpool Cathedral Choir,” he says. “One of the ways I have expanded my vocal range is by practicing cover versions in pubs for so many years.” Mr and Mrs Cardle have always been wonderfully supportive of their son’s ambition, and “they are totally thrilled for me.” What are the best things about his fame, I ask? “Getting freebies and having the money to buy what I want,” he quips.

“But really, playing for lots of people and performing live in front of so many appreciative audiences.” Sadly he can’t relax these days by indulging his love of snow-boarding, which he has pursued from the age of sixteen, since London is a bit short on snow and slopes right now, but he will get back to his home county as and when he can. So far, at least, the fame machine hasn’t skewed or skinned him - he’s still the all round modest milkman my daughter voted for (I confess I switched my allegiance only after Cher Lloyd was dropped). At the end of our chat he very gallantly thanked me “and my family” for their support. What a nice man. And he called me “babe”. Matt Cardle’s debut album, Letters, is released on 17 October. The single, Run For Your Life, is out on 9 October.

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Ken’s in Hoveton, Norfolk, was recently selected in The Times newspaper’s 30 Best Places To Eat Fish & Chips: ‘Experienced Norfolk Brods sailors ensure that their trip tales them past this chippy, where ken has been frying for 17 years. he is passionate about sustainability and won’t offer endangered species. There are more than30 varieties of fish on the menu and his chips (fried in beef dripping) are to die for.’ Try them for yourself at Ken’s, Norwich Road Hoveton, Wroxham 01603 783739

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Earlier this year celebrity TV chef Marco Pierre White bought the Maypole Group out of administration, and is now the owner of five of the region’s top pub/hotel/restaurant businesses: The Lifeboat Inn and The Old Coach House Inn, Thornham, Norfolk; The Bridge Inn, Acle Bridge, Norfolk; Wayford Bridge Inn, Stalham, Norfolk; and The Angel Hotel, Lavenham, Suffolk. The 15th century Suffolk pub is the first to get the MPW makeover and it’s here that he has taken Foster’s lager and Strongbow cider off the bar list to be replaced by his own brand of cider and his malt ale, The Governor, named after his father’s racing greyhound.


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Norfolk company Sponge make amazing sponge cakes, from their award-winning Victoria to Bakewell and Chocolate & Orange. Try this Traditional FourSharing Sponge, which is four cakes in one - Victoria, Lemon, Coffee and Chocolate wedges. All their cakes can be ordered for delivery online or go to to find your nearest stockist.

There are less and less places to buy antique sanitaryware these days. Quality items in good condition are fairly scarce, but at Mongers Architectural Salvage in Hingham, Norfolk, they have beautifully restored new pieces coming in all the time. Latest additions to their stock include a canopy bath and several Victorian marble vanity units. Mongers also have a large stock of fireplaces, cast radiators, flooring doors & door furniture. All antique and restored. A good selection can be viewed at Mongers, 15 Market Place, Hingham, Norfolk 01953 85186

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All of the wrought iron, brass and nickel beds at the Wrought Iron & Brass Bed Co are handmade in Norfolk by a team of craftsmen using traditional construction techniques. This family company specialise in designing and creating beds with the beauty and strength to become a family heirloom with a lifetime construction guarantee. They also offer a bespoke design service, have a great selection of accessories including mattresses and bed bases, and also have a range of beautiful beds for children. 2-6 Raven's Yard, Nethergate Harpley, nr Fakenham, Norfolk 01485 521823

Situated near Braintree in Essex, Blake House Craft Centre is one of the region’s true hidden gems. Once a traditional farmyard, with buildings used as stables, cattle sheds and cart lodges, this wonderful site has been transformed into a vibrant and flourishing craft centre which houses a wide range of small local businesses. A beautiful Essex barn forms the centrepiece of a cluster of sympathetically restored 18th and 19th century listed buildings. This delightful environment hosts a variety of individual shops and workshops where you can buy unusual and attractive wares. Wander around the fine variety of art and craft shops in a friendly, relaxed atmosphere, where there really is something for everyone! There are so many shops offering products that you just won’t find anywhere else, from a basket of flowers to ballet shoes, from dolls houses to designer kids clothing and from electric guitars to elegant fabrics, you can treat yourself or find the perfect gift. Once you’ve looked around the shops, enjoy a bite to eat, let the kids use up some energy in our new adventure playground, challenge your friends to a round of crazy golf on our 9 hole minigolf course and during the summer you can test your wits against the maize maze challenge! For the keen hobbyist there are a range of workshops and classes running weekly which include quilting, jewellery and beading and art classes, contact us to find out more. The licensed restaurant “Timbers’ is housed in an 18th century listed corn barn and is open 7 days a week and Wednesday - Saturday evenings (Tel. 01376 552553). Blake House Craft Centre, Blake End, Nr Braintree, Essex . Tel: 01376 344123



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As the nights start to draw in, as the leaves turn and fall from the trees, Fenella Fairrie has been thinking of outdoor and seasonal inspiration we can draw into our homes. Autumn is a magical time of year, a vast array of visual inspiration, colour and change that bridges the gap between Summer and Winter. So, rather than dwell on summer fading let’s look forward to Autumn days and think about leafy walks, hearty eating, an open fire and ways to bring warmth and welcome into your home

AUTUMN ABOUNDS RUGS & THROWS A new season is a great opportunity to make some small changes to large affect. So, with summer behind us and winter ahead now we can bring to the fore blankets and throws. A quality blanket or throw will bring an elegant stylish warmth to a room. I spotted this wonderful collection of Mohair and lambswool throws at the House & Garden shop at Snape Maltings. Shown here in mulberry, muted olive greens and natural shades these throws are available in a selection of patterns, textures and sizes and are irresistibly soft to the touch… cosy chic perfected! Fill the Log basket At this time of year we can light the fire and put a fine log baskets to use. An open fire will undoubtedly change the whole atmosphere of a room and the fireside accessories including a good log basket will add to the overall affect. Laden with logs for a wonderful, traditional and truly seasonal look with a purpose. That said even if you don’t actually have a fire place, a wicker log basket will provide an attractive storage solution for all manner of things. I particularly love the Square Rattan log baskets shown here, available in a selection of sizes, from Suffolk based Jim Lawrence. Renowned for their exquisite ironmongery, they also have a great range of home furnishing items.

Boots & Leaves So, thinking of country walks and muddy boots, I just had to include this handmade boot rack from Really Rural Inspirations. With the great outdoors in mind, what could be a more fitting addition to your home that this fine rack. Available in a wonderful array of traditional country colours the design harks back to the old boot room with a storage shelf above and hanging pegs below. It can only add practical rural style into your home.

Rich colours & casseroles A hearty casserole is prime Autumnal fare and what better to serve it in than one of these fine Terracotta casserole pots made by Suffolk Potteries. I am drawn to these not only because they are a fantastic addition to a foodies Kitchen but they look so very good. The rich quality terracotta and combination of glazed and unglazed colour is totally fitting to Autumn entertaining. As a practical bonus, they are dishwasher safe and can be used in the microwave. All sorts of wonderful pots, vessels and Kitchenware are available from Kenninghall based

OAK LEAVES & ACORNS The Banbury oak leaf wallpaper by Cole and Son has caught my attention. Not only does the acorn inspired repeat represent the very essence of England but it is most fitting to this season of Autumn. Added to which, the rich mulberry colour (one of four colourways) is in line with the current seasonal colour trends that we will see in wallpapers, fabrics and paints. The beautiful quality of these papers from will make for a long lasting finish and a timeless, classic English elegance.

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BRIGHTEN up your mood There are a variety of different ways in which a warmer, more luxurious interior can be created, but possibly one of the least costly ways of creating a noticeable and instant improvement is to take a fresh look at your lighting.

NOT OVERHEAD Surely there can be few people left now who rely only on a single overhead pendant to light their living or dining areas? Most of us have learned, through TV decorating programmes and house and home magazines, that this is possibly the most unimaginative, dated and ineffective lighting scheme to have. If you are still relying on the overhead light fitting, then just try bringing in a couple of lamps from other rooms, switch off the overhead light and see the immediate difference that this makes to your room. But in any room where you live or work, you will need a back-up system. Soft lightning may look wonderful and transform the dreariest room but it's no good for sewing, reading, writing and so on. Often, one or two carefully positioned spotlights, down lighters or pendants are the best answer. They will be at their most effective and extremely energy efficient - if operated by a dimmer switch, which can give you just exactly the right amount of light for your needs while at the same time helping to keep those bills down.

WALL LIGHTS ARE IN Thoughtfully positioned wall lights can also be a great option. If your taste in decor leans towards the classic appeal of antique or reproduction furniture, then beautiful electrified candle sconces and wall brackets will almost certainly be top of your list. If, on the other hand, your interiors are modern, you will need to look for something rather less whimsical but definitely no less stylish. 22

SPOT THE DIFFERENCE One of the prettier lighting 'fads' to have hit the High Street is the current fashion for candlestick lamps. These are perfect for use on the sideboard as a back up to candles. They work well on bedside tables too, where their narrow bases take up very little room. Hallways, landings and stairs need to be well lit too. Again, there are more imaginative and equally successful - forms of lighting than a single 100-watt bulb beaming down from on high. A well-positioned spotlight aims the light in exactly the right place, while lamps above and below the stairs - and perhaps on the half-landing too - can be fitted with lowvoltage slumberlights (eight watts), so no one is fumbling about for switches in the dark. Bathrooms are, of course, a special case. Lighting needs to be practical and the switch must either be of the cord-pull variety or positioned outside the door. You will also need a good shaving light. If the bathroom mirror is used for applying make-up, a set of naked bulbs positioned around the mirror, like those in theatrical dressing rooms, is a stylish and practical option.

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SWITCHING ATMOSPHERES The kitchen is rarely used just as a working room these days. Most people like to divide even the smallest space into two separate areas: one for preparing food and one for eating on an everyday basis. The most effective way of distinguishing the working end from the relaxing end is by using different forms of lighting. At the business end you need plenty of strong lighting - spotlights and/or down lighters to highlight work zones - and, perhaps, concealed lighting beneath the top units too. When you want to relax and enjoy your meal, a single pendant hung low over the table and operated separately from the rest of the lights enables you to create an intimate dining area. Then, with the flick of a switch, you can black out the dirty saucepans and other paraphernalia in the rest of the kitchen!

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Norfolk Decorative Antiques have a great selection of antique lighting including antique chandeliers of all shapes and sizes. Antique chandeliers can be restored and rewired in their North Norfolk workshops for both trade and private clients. They have recently moved to a much bigger showroom where the stock can be seen more easily, both antique and mid 20th c pieces. Visit them at Unit 8E, Millers Close Industrial Estate, Fakenham, Norfolk 1328 856 333


Opening in Kings Lynn in 1965, The Lampshop is one of the longest established independent decorative lighting shops in the UK. First established in Hammersmith in London in the mid 50s, the company moved to Norfolk in 1965 opening the shop with its distinctive bow front windows and lit-up "Lampshades" sign above the front door - this was originally hung from the outside of the shop in london - on Kings Street. Current owner David Herbert inherited the Lampshop from his parents in the late 70s, having served his first customer at age of 15. Since then, David has continually expanded the choice to encompass a huge selection of traditional and modern lighting, and introduced his own exclusive range of classic cast brass lighting in either antique or polished finishes. These are often fitted with English hand-cut lead crystal shades, also exclusive to The Lampshop. Bespoke lampshades are a speciality and this allows you the choice of your own fabric or that from the manufacturer, to create unique shades in most shapes and sizes. The Lampshop also offers renovations and re-wiring of your own lighting - including table lamps, chandeliers and wall lights - sadly a skill rapidly declining in todays throw away society. Look out for the forthcoming website, but in the meantime visit them at 1 Portland Street, King’s Lynn, Norfolk, or call on 01553 772411

When decorating your home, how you light it can be one of the most important, and most difficult, areas to address. Look no further because Jim Lawrence have a huge selection of lighting ideas, from wall lights and pendants to table and standard lamps. Exterior lighting, low energy lighting and bathroom lighting are all taken care of. The lights are made from forged iron or solid brass and can be supplied in their natural state or hand painted. Jim Lawrence also offer a huge complementary range of candle and lamp shades in fabric, card and metal and a bespoke shade making service. Visit the showroom at The Ironworks Lady Lane Industrial Estate, Hadleigh. Suffolk 01473 826685

Stiffkey Period Lighting is based in a former 1900 Methodist Chapel in the North Norfolk village of Stiffkey. They are specialists in the restoration and retailing of mainly English period lighting, with over 40 years experience. The showroom carries a large collection of various antique lamps from early Victorian, Edwardian, Art Nouveau to Arts & Crafts and Art Deco. Their stock also includes gas brackets and gasoliers converted to electric, chandeliers, hanging lamps, pendants, lanterns, rise-and-fall lamps, table lamps, wall brackets, and floor standards all finished to the highest standard. Stiffkey Period Lighting also have a fine collection of antique working oil lamps. Over the years Stiffkey Period Lighting has supplied lighting to film, television & theatre companies as well as stately homes, National Trust properties, and prominent designers, to name a few. Stiffkey Period Lighting, The Old Chapel, Wells Road, Stiffkey, Wells-next-the-Sea, Norfolk, 01328 830460

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Norfolk Decorative Antiques have a great selection of antique lighting including antique chandeliers of all shapes and sizes. Antique chandeliers can be restored and rewired in our North Norfolk workshops and is undertaken for trade and private clients Please call us before visiting as we may be absent buying or at a fair Opening Times: Mon - Fri 10am - 5pm Sat 10am - 2pm

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September sees the arrival of the autumn season's must-have motoring style statement - the all-new Range Rover Evoque. Combining concept car looks with lightweight technologies, the Range Rover Evoque is as breath-taking to look at as it is to drive and goes on sale (at dealership/dealerships across/in town/area) having completed more than a million development miles. Whether you pick the stunning coupé or a practical 5-Door model, the Range Rover Evoque brings dynamic handling and styling to the classic Range Rover package of luxury and all-terrain performance. It is available in three core design themes from the cool and contemporary 'Pure', to the bold and sporting 'Dynamic' and the luxurious 'Prestige' package - each of which define styling, interior comfort and equipment levels. As you would expect from a Range Rover, the interior features high quality materials and craftsmanship - allowing customers to specify a lavishly appointed cabin with soft leather and beautifully tailored, twin-needle stitching. There is also an array of options from alloy wheels in alternative finishes to illuminated aluminium and chrome tread plates to further personalise your vehicle. For technology lovers the Range Rover Evoque features an 8-inch, high-definition touch-screen display with optional dual-view technology that allows a passenger to watch a DVD while the driver follows navigation instructions. Entertainment options include Digital and Satellite TV, DVD playback capability - which passengers can enjoy via 8-inch screens mounted in the headrests and digital infrared

wireless headphones. New sound systems, developed in partnership with audio specialist Meridian and including a range-topping 825W, 17-speaker system, are also available. However the true test is how it drives and, whether choosing two or four-wheel drive, the Range Rover Evoque delivers a rewarding experience thanks to its precise steering and agility. Combining both style and substance, the Range Rover Evoque offers sure-footed capability in challenging on- and off-road conditions - using a unique combination of technologies to maximise performance and comfort - including a Terrain ResponseTM system with settings for General Driving, Grass/Gravel/Snow, Mud/Ruts and Sand to optimise driveability and comfort. A choice of engines are available - a 150hp 2.2 litre turbo diesel eD4 engine that delivers less than 129g/km CO2 (in front-wheel-drive coupé form), 190hp SD4 version which gets from 0-60mph in 8.0 seconds when equipped with the automatic gearbox and a new 240hp 2.0 litre turbo-charged petrol engine capable of 0-60mph in just 7.1 seconds. The Range Rover Evoque represents accessible, desirable sophistication and goes on sale from September priced from £27,955 for an eD4 'Pure' 5-door model (equipped with 6 speed manual gearbox and two-wheel drive) to £44,320 for a top-of-the-range Si4 'Dynamic' coupé (equipped with 6 speed automatic gearbox and LUX pack).

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Pick of the month

Food & Drink

EAT • DRINK • STAY Here’s this month’s idea’s for places to eat out, go for a drink, or stay over. It ranges from traditional favourites such as fish and chips and steaks to freshly made pizzas and pastas with the chef’s daily specials showcasing the finest market fresh ingredients. Old Post Office Court, Norwich 01603 622910

Herts Woodman Inn

Family run pub surrounded by sweeping fields. All menus are created by Head Chef Nigel Bissett, using the finest, freshest local produce. Good selection of real ales including favourites like Adnams and Greene King in addition to excellent guest beers from Buntingford brewery, Nethergates, Oakham Ales, Youngs, Tring and many more. Bed and breakfast accomodation available. Nuthampstead 01763 848328 Norfolk The Pigs

Suffolk The Salt House Bistro From locally sourced oysters to the finest european cheeses, the menu here is a delight. There’s always a great atmosphere and an exceptional selection of wines. Gainsborough Street, Sudbury 01787 375752 Cambs Boathouse The Boathouse is situated on the outskirts of Peterborough, with a tributary of the River Nene flowing past the large garden. The restaurant is set on two levels with a smaller more intimate area just above the larger lower area, and serves a range of modern classic meals. Thorpe Meadows, Peterborough 01733 898469 Norfolk The Flying Horse

A 17th Century country pub with bags of character. the bar offers gravity poured real ales ‘straight from the wood’, with six local ales for you to enjoy. A real culinary heartbeat pumps through the pub, from a barter scheme that swaps local seasonal produce for a pint or two, allotments in the pub garden, thier own shop selling wares from the kitchen, and a unique attitude driven by chef / landlord Tim Abbott. The style is proudly British, and very local, taking influence and ingredients from Norfolk where possible. Good quality accommodation is available. Norwich Road, Edgefield, Melton Constable 01263 587634 30

Modern British menu with Mediterranean influences that changes with the seasons.

Cambs Pig & Abbot A Queen Anne period public house in the Cambridgeshire countryside. The cosy bar has a selection of real ales and a log fire. Diners can choose from a wide range of delicious homemade dishes and there’s a daily specials menu. High Street, Abington Piggots 01763 853515 Beds Corner 5

The decked terrace looking out over the lake is an excellent spot to enjoy a pre-dinner aperitif on a warm summers evening and the lounge bar with welcoming log fire is an inviting place to indulge in a glass of red wine or a pint of real ale on a chilly winters eve. Head Chef Sean Hazlett and his team have created a delicious menu using some of the finest seasonal ingredients and featuring a number of traditional English dishes with a modern twist. Box End Park , Box End , Kempston 01234 846223

Essex The Rivenhall Hotel Originally a large period farmhouse and outbuildings, The Rivenhall Hotel was considerably extended and converted to a hotel in the late 1960s and underwent a major refurbishments in 2005 when it was purchased by Greenwoods Estates. Facilities now include: a modern bar and lounge area; the original oak beamed Wildberry Restaurant; 55 ensuite bedrooms; seven conference rooms including two beautiful banqueting suites and our modern Hi-Life Fitness Centre complete with indoor pool. Rivenhall End, Witham 01376 516969 Norfolk The Walnut Tree Shades American Pub and Restaurant offering an authentic experience consisting of atmosphere and decor you'll rarely find this side of the "pond"; add in the fantastic restaurant and live music most Thursday and Fridays and you really will be hard pushed to find a more well rounded establishment. Old Post Office Court, Norwich 01603 622910

Norfolk The Hunny Bell A wonderful 18th Century pub with a traditional beamed main bar and cosy snug that sits on the green in the picturesque village of Hunworth in the beautiful Glaven valley. Traditional fayre is the order of the day, with favourites feature heavily with home made suet crust steak and kidney pie, half a pint of prawns and home cooked hand carved ham, eggs and chips and a traditional apple and rhubarb crumble proving to be some of the most popular dishes off the menu. The Green, Hunworth 01263 712300

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National Curry Week

Food & Drink

National Curry Week was started in 1998 to promote the cuisine and to raise funds for charities concentrating on hunger, malnourishment and poverty. During the week, curry lovers can get out and visit their local curry houses, some of which will be staging special events and fun challenges. For more details go to

Here’s a few of our favourite Indian restaurants... Cambs Lalbagh

Lalbagh, a Bangladeshi and Indian diner in the pretty village of Bourn, serves an extensive array of authentic meals, which are freshly prepared using only the best and finest ingredients. Good wines, takeway service, and a 2011 TripAdvisor Certificate of Excellence, awarded to restaurants who consistently receive excellent ratings from its members. 49 Alms Hill, Bourn 01954 719131 Beds Ampthill Tandoori

Top quality Indian restaurant serving a wide choice of dishes inspired by Indian home cooking. Eat in or takeaway. Try one of their Gourmet Nights - every Monday. Dunstable Street, Ampthill 01525 404024 Bucks Woburn Fort

A cosy restaurant established in 1992. The Food here is of a high standard and dishes are cooked in pure vegetable cooking oil and are prepared using specially made gravy which contains no dairy products or nuts - these are added later. 33 High Street, Woburn Sands, Milton Keynes 01908 282002 Essex Jalsa Ghar

Since 1998, this award-winning restaurant has been delighting customers by combining traditional Indian and Bangladeshi dishes with many other dishes never before served in Indian restaurants in Essex. The restaurant was a finalist in the 2011 and 2008 British Curry Awards. Stortford Road, Great Dunmow 01371 873330 Cambs PR Massala

An authentic Indian restaurant serving first class Indian cuisine, made using only the finest herbs and spices, which are carefully Coronation Chicken was invented by Constance Spry and served at the Queen’s Coronation Lunch in 1953. Queen Victoria had an Indian confidant, Abdul Karim, and is said to have had a curry prepared every day by two Indian chefs in the event she had a visitor from India. Abdul Karim became her favourite often being referred to as “her Munshi”. One of the ingredients in Worcestershire Sauce created by two chemists Mr Lea and Mr Perrin in 1835 is ‘devils dung’ – asafoetida.


How to make Chicken Tikka Masala the nation’s favourite curry dish

prepared and freshly cooked to order by the experienced chefs. The restaurant modern, stylish, spacious and comfortable, with a relaxed atmosphere and priceless service. Chapel Lane, St Ives 01480 493222 Norfolk Oasis

Housed in a stunning 18th Century former Chapel, this is a large, modern and ultra stylish restaurant serving a range of high class curries prepared by top Indian chef, Harish Kumar. Queens Road, Norwich 01603 305030 Suffolk Masala Black

Contemporary British Indian restaurant, run by one of the youngest restauranteurs in Suffolk, Shofiqul Choudhury. Modern British cuisine with a twist of traditional and different regional flavours of India and surrounding countries. Fore Street, Ipswich 01473 222286 Essex Riverside Spice

Contemporary, stylish and extremely popular Indian restaurant that attracts diners from far around. Equally renowned for its exquisite food and marvellous service, it also hosts regular midweek music nights. Lower Holt Street, Earls Colne 01787 221728 Herts Le Spice Merchant

An innovative Indian restaurant that also serves authentic, traditional favourites. Most of these dishes are handpicked from all over the Indian Sub Continent. The smart dining room features white table linens, soothing colours and a bright artworks. Signature dishes include chargrilled rare duck tikka, roast lamb shank with ginger, garlic, cumin and green chilli. High Street, Ware 01920 468383

Chilli is the most popular spice in the world and can help combat heart attacks and strokes and extends blood coagulation times preventing harmful blood clots. Curry first appeared on a commercial menu at a Coffee House in Norris Street, Haymarket in 1773 but the first dedicated Indian restaurant was the Hindostanee Coffee House in 1809/10. The first known record of the name ‘piccalilli’ is by Mrs Elizabeth Faffald (1733-1781) who gave a recipe for making ‘Indian Pickle

Ingredients 1lb large diced boneles chicken breast 1 oz garlic 1 oz ginger 4 tbs fresh natural yoghurt 2 small fresh green chillies 1 tsp salt 1 tbs lemon juice 1 tsp coriander powder 1 tsp cumin powder 1 tbs red paprika 4-5 fresh green coriander

Sauce 4 oz chopped onions 3 oz ghee 1 oz ground garlic 1 oz ground ginger 3 oz yoghurt 1/2 tsp cumin powder 2 tbs desicated coconut 4 oz fresh single cream 2 medium tomatoes (liquidised) 1.2 tsp salt 1/2 tsp chilli powder 1/2 tsp coriander powder pinch dried methi

Method Grind fresh green chilies, fresh coriander, garlic and ginger with 2-3 tbs water until a thick paste is formed. Marinate the chicken in the paste then add the salt and yoghurt. Next add the lemon juice, cumin, coriander powder and red paprika and mix thoroughly. Leave chicken to marinate in the paste overnight Take marinated chicken and cook on skewers in tandoor or 10-12 minutes under a grill on a moderate high heat.Fry onions in the ghee Add tomatoes and yoghurt and mix on low/moderate heat. Add cumin powder, chilli powder, coriander powder, salt, desicated coconut, dried methi and fresh single cream and mix thoroughly. Water may be added if more liquid is required. Add cooked pieces or chicken to the sauce and mix well. Leave to simmer on low heat. Transfer to serving dish garnish with a little single cream and sprinkle liberally with fresh coriander and garam masala.

or Piccalillo’. She wrote ‘The Experience English Housekeeper’ first published in 1769. Hannah Glasse, born and raised in Hexham, Northumberland, produced the first known printed recipe for modern ‘currey’ in Glass’s Art of Cookery in 1747 Prince Axel of Denmark first met Edward Palmer at the Empire Exhibition at Wembley on 2 May 1924. When Palmer opened Veeraswamy’s in London the Prince visited and was so entranced he ordered a case of the royal lager ‘Carlsberg’ to be delivered

each year, thus making lager the drink of choice in Indian restaurants for many years to come. Biryani was brought to Hyderabad by the invading army of Aurangazeb under Khaja Abid. The dish was a ready-to-eat food for the soldiers during time of war. Korma is a greatly misunderstood curry. Korma is “slow cooking or braising” rather than meaning a mild curry as it has become accepted in Britain. It can actually be very mild or fiery hot, with rich ingredients.


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We are a cosy restaurant situated in the small, prosperous town of Woburn Sands, classof Indian Brasserie on theFirst border Buckinghamshire. The restaurant was established in April 1992. Since then we have been serving tasty food and providing excellent service. Our food remains of a high standard and our service and decor are outstanding. In addition our staff are very friendly and welcoming. From time to time we have put new dishes on to our menu and kept our prices stable for the past five years. There is no requirement on a minimum amount for a single order. The major changes we have made over the past three years is to remove the artificial colouring from our dishes to conform with the Food Safety Standard Agency recommendations. Today all our food is prepared with spices which produce natural colours in the dishes. Also we use pure vegetable cooking oil which results in lower cholesterol. Our dishes are prepared using specially made gravy which contains no dairy products or nuts. These are added later. Such dishes are explained on the menu. Our curries are prepared to a medium strength. Madras is slightly hotter and vindaloo very hot. Phal is not recommended as it can spoil the flavour of the curry. You will often see new dishes on our menu and, by experiencing them, you can compare our cooking expertise with other establishments.

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Christmas time

at Bedford Lodge Hotel…

Set in idyllic surroundings, the 4 star Bedford Lodge Hotel is the ultimate venue to celebrate Christmas... ... whether it’s an intimate dinner with loved ones, office party or ringing in the New Year, we’ve hopefully thought of everything to make this Christmas truly magical! In addition to our usual Christmas fayre, parties and New Year’s celebrations, we will also be hosting 70s & 80s Disco Inferno Nights!

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Christmas Parties


It’s time to start planing your Christmas party night - whether it’s for your office, friends or family, there’s some great venues across the region to choose from. Here’s just a small sample... Suffolk Ipswich Town Football Club A range of packages to create wonderful party night experience, including Bands, discos, and super ‘Las Vegas’ nights, delicious three-course menu to select from, and fine wines and beers to add to the Christmas spirit. Corporate or private parties catered for. Ipswich. Tel. 01473 400580 Suffolk High Lodge The Champion Suite is an ideal venue for any Christmas Party, be it a works night out, a get together with friends and family or a Private Party. 3 Course Meal with coffee, live music and disco entertainment. Hinton, nr Darsham. Tel. 01986 784347 Norfolk Aldercarr Hall Aldercarr Christmas party nights begin with a festive 3-course meal, followed by coffee and mince pies, and dancing to a live band. Attleborough Road, Great Ellingham. Tel. 01953 453400

Beds Wyboston Lakes Great choice of Christmas party nights including party or themed discos, tribute acts, James Bond nights and more, all with a four-course festive menu. Great North Road, Wyboston. Tel. 0333 7007 667

Norfolk Norwich City Football Club Delia’s Canary Catering have several Christmas party nights available, including traditional festive evenings with meal and disco, or a swashbuckling themed night. Norwich. Tel. 01603 218704

Norfolk Leziate Lakeview Park A magnificent venue surrounded by idyllic lakes and woodland. Celebrate Christmas with an unforgettable evening of dinner and dancing at one of their popular Christmas Party Nights. Or join their New Year’s Eve party with buffet and live band. Leziate, Kings Lynn. Tel. 01553 630393

Essex Stoke By Nayland Hotel Golf & Spa Stoke By Nayland’s Party Nights are perfect for a company Christmas bash, family get-together or celebrating the festive season in style with friends. Includes a delicious three course meal, disco, crackers, balloons, party poppers and a free prize draw. Leavenheath, Colchester. Tel. 01206 262836

Beds ZSL Whipsnade Zoo Whipsnade caters for up to 360 guests and is available for exclusive party hire from November to February 2012. Or you can join one of their shared gala party nights in December which include a three-course dinner, festive novelties and disco. Dunstable. Tel. 01582 873831 www.zsl.orig/zelig-whipsnade-zoo

Essex Marygreen Manor Groups of four or more can join a Christmas party night here, which includes a three-course dinner, live music and entertainment. Or try one of their Christmas Murder Mystery party nights which include a three-course meal and entertainment. London Road, Brentwood. Tel. 01277 225252

Suffolk The West Wing at Ickworth The West Wing is magical at Christmas and is available for exclusive Christmas lunches, dinners and dinner dances from 40 to 200 guests. Prices start from as little as £40.00 per person. Ickworth, Horringer, Bury St Edmunds. Tel. 01284 735957


Hertfordshire Knebworth House Set against the impressive backdrop of Knebworth House and attached to the Lodge Barn, Knebworth’s fabulous starclothed Christmas marquee has a range of Christmas party packages. Nr Stevenage. Tel. 01438 813825

Suffolk Bedford Lodge Hotel Get on your glad rags, dance around your hand bags and boogie the night away to hits from the 70s and 80s at a Disco Inferno party night. These great nights are perfect for any size group and include a three course dinner with coffee and mince pies. Bury Road, Newmarket. Tel. 01638 663175 East Anglia Office Christmas This event company has a number of office party options for Christmas, throughout the region. Try a Viva Las vegas night in Cambridge, a Glamour of Paris night in Essex, Christmas in Lapland in Norfolk, a Chocolate Factory night in Suffolk, or one of many others available. Tel. 0845 676 9755 East Anglia Christmas Parties Unlimited A large selection of traditional, themed, shared and exclusive Office Christmas Parties and Christmas Events throughout the region. Tel. 01908 336585

Celebrate Christmas and New Year in Style at Stoke by Nayland Hotel, Golf & Spa

and bring your party to our party!

Make this year’s Christmas party memorable. We cater for up to 360 guests and are available for exclusive party hire from November to February 2012. Or join our shared party nights in December. Get in touch today and let us make your Christmas party an unforgettable one.

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At Stoke by Nayland Hotel, Golf & Spa this Christmas a warm welcome awaits you, along with an open fire, great atmosphere, lots of fun and amazing food. So come and enjoy the festivities with your friends, family and colleagues.

Christmas Party Nights Tickets from just £19.95!

New Year’s Eve Gala Ball Tickets £85 including 5 course dinner and dancing to ‘Soul Kitchen’

Three and Four Night Christmas Breaks From £399 per person

New Year’s Eve Two Night Party Break £195 per person – including Gala Ball ticket and dinner 2nd night Mouth-watering Festive menus are on offer at our Lakes Restaurant including: Christmas Day Lunch, Festive Dinners, Festive Lunches and Boxing Day Brunch Download our online Christmas/New Year Brochure at For bookings and information please call our Sales Team on 01206 265818/837

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The Swan House, Beccles, Suffolk Telephone: 01502 713474

The Lady Florence Cruises the calm waters of the rivers Alde and Ore from Orford in Suffolk. We sail all year round including Christmas Day, with a cosy coal fire in winter. regardless of weather & tides. Why not give a Lady Florence Gift Voucher? For a leaflet, information or bookings contact us “>ˆ\ʈ˜vœJ>`އyʜÀi˜Vi°Vœ°ÕŽÊUÊÜÜÜ°>`އyʜÀi˜Vi°Vœ°ÕŽ

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Christmas Suffolk Hintlesham Hall Hotel Celebrate Christmas in style at Hintlesham Hall. The warm, relaxing and friendly ambience of this beautiful country house hotel, together with attentive staff, renowned cuisine and spectacular Christmas decorations will create a truly memorable night for your guests. The focal point of the evening will be enjoying a delicious three course Christmas meal professionally served in the stunning dining rooms. As the evening progresses the resident DJ will set the party atmosphere for dancing until midnight in the magnificent Salon. Party nights are available on Friday and Saturday nights from 8th - 23rd December, with two special New Year nights on 6th and 20th January. Prices start from ÂŁ42.50. Hintlesham, nr Ipswich 01473 652334 Suffolk Lady Florence For a different and exciting Christmas dining experience, try one of


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these superb cruises on the calm waters of the rivers Alde and Ore during which freshly prepared fine foods are served. Lady Florence, an ex-Admiralty motor fishing vessel, is licensed for 12 passengers, and operates all year round, including Christmas Day, with a cosy coal fire in winter

There is ample space, both out on deck and in the elegant dining saloon. 07831 698 298 Suffolk Swan House Intrinsically characterful with oodles of charm and Tudor heritage, Swan House offers fine dining with

cosy inglenook log fires to warm the house during the winter months. There's an eclectic choice of wines, world beers and real ale on tap in the bar and all dishes on the fabulous Christmas menu are made entirely on the premises. Beccles 01502 713474

Leziate Lake View Park


This Christmas Leziate Lake View Park is offering a fantastic range of festive events Party Nights from £35 Christmas Fayre December 11th New Years Eve Party with the band Evolution, Fireworks, Luxurious Buffet, Tickets now on sale £45 For more information visit our website

Christmas 2011 Leziate Lake View Park, Brow of the Hill, Leziate, King's Lynn, Norfolk, PE32 1EN Telephone: 01553 630393

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New Look From left: Thick knitted headband, £3.99, printed tea dress, £24.99, socks, £1.99, ankle boots with snakeskin panels, £27.99; wide brim hat, £12.99, bird print tea dress £24.99, loafer heels £24.99; hat (styled with belt), £4.99, floral print tea dress, £24.99, snakeskin chunky heel £24.99

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Get ready to indulge yourself this autumn with sumptuous clarets and burgundies mixed with tweeds, furs and feathers. The shops are marking the end of the bright, playful summer with earthy clothes that have a hint of masculinity about them: loose trousers in muddy browns, severe greys and rusty reds; flat shoes and chunky boots; expensive cloths layered with hardwearing tweed and decadent furs; and unashamedly clashing colours


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Smiths Footwear Specialist footwear for men and ladies. Boots, shoes and slippers.

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Stylish accessories including a large collection of Hats, Fascinators, Designer Handbags and Costume Jewellery.

SPORTING GUNS s FISHING TACKLE & BAIT Stockists of: Driza-Bone s Aigle s Laksen s Le Chameau s Hoggs Deerhunter s Hucklecoat s Stag s Musto s Beretta Clothing and a FULL RANGE OF SHOOTING & FISHING ACCESSORIES 3a &3b Wilfred Bridge Rd, Melton, Woodbridge IP12 1RB Tel: 01394 385567 Fax: 01394 387757

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t’s every woman's nightmare to feel a lump in her breast and face the chilling prospect that it could be cancer. While nine out of 10 people referred to a specialist with possible signs don’t actually have the disease, 46,000 people every year find out that they have. As the most common cancer in women in the UK, nearly a third of all new cancers in females are breast cancer. But in the lead-up to Breast Cancer Awareness Month in October, the good news is that huge advances in knowledge and treatment mean that breast cancer survival rates have increased dramatically. The latest figures from Cancer Research UK show that 82% of people diagnosed with breast cancer will be alive half a decade later, compared to a 52% five-year survival rate between 1971 and 1975. Such encouraging survival rates are reflected in a substantial drop in breast cancer deaths in the UK. A study by the International Agency for Research on Cancer (IARC), published in the British Medical Journal last month, which looked at breast cancer mortality rates for women in 30 European countries from 1989 to 2006, found that England and Wales, Northern Ireland and Scotland had the second, third, and fourth largest breast cancer mortality decreases of 35%, 30% and 29%, coming after Iceland with a 45% drop. Although breast cancer diagnoses have been increasing in the UK, probably due to the NHS Breast Screening Programme, which was introduced gradually in the UK between 1978 and 1997, Carolyn Rogers, a clinical nurse specialist for Breast Cancer Care, says: “While the incidence is going up, people are surviving for longer, which is the positive message we’d like to get across. “There are lots of good treatments for breast cancer, and our knowledge and understanding about it has increased  Vast over the years. The majority of peoimprovements survive for a very long time.” have been made in plePerhaps the most well-known the way breast recent advance in the fight against breast cancer has been cancer is dealt the introduction of the drug with  Herceptin, which can improve survival rates in the 20% of breast cancer patients who are HER2 positive. These patients over-express the protein HER2, which stimulates the cancer to grow, and Herceptin interferes with this process. It's known as a targeted therapy, and is just one of many different treatments for breast cancer, given according to the type of cancer, stage, grade, and a number of other key characteristics. Rogers says: “Vast improvements have been made in the 44

BREAST CANCER FACTS • 81% of women with breast cancer are over 50. • Nearly half (48%) of breast cancer cases are diagnosed in the 50-69 age group. • Breast cancer is the second most commonly diagnosed cancer in women under 35. • Around 300 men get breast cancer in the UK every year. • More than 12,000 people die from breast cancer in the UK each year. • Breast cancer accounts for 16% of female cancer deaths in the UK, the second most common cause of death from cancer in women, after lung cancer. • Symptoms may include: a lump in the breast, dimpling in the breast skin, a change in the breast outline, discharge, particularly bloody, from the nipple, inversion of the nipple, changes to breast size or shape, persistent unusual pain. Any of these symptoms may also be benign, but if you’re concerned, consult your GP. • If you’re worried about breast cancer, contact the Breast Cancer Care helpline on 0808 800 6000 or

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way breast cancer is dealt with, ranging from surgical techniques and available drugs, to the way radiotherapy is given, and the duration of treatment. “The advances have been made in our understanding and knowledge of the biology of breast cancer. Nowadays it's not a one-size-fitsall approach - we look at what treatment will suit individuals with particular types of breast cancer. It's far more tailored.” As well as targeted therapy, other treatments may include surgery (such as a lumpectomy or a mastectomy), chemotherapy, radiotherapy and hormone treatment with drugs like Tamoxifen. Recent advances in these treatments have been underpinned by Cancer Research UK, the largest single funder of breast cancer research in the country. These advances have included helping to discover many of the genes involved in breast cancer, which has led to scientists and doctors being able to pinpoint those at risk; understanding lifestyle factors that can increase the risk of cancer better; funding clinical trials of drugs like Tamoxifen, and contributing to the development of the UK’s Breast Screening Programme, thought to save more than 1,000 lives every year. The programme, which currently offers mammograms to women aged 50-70 every three years, detected more than 16,000 cases of breast cancer in 2007-8. By 2012 the screening programme will be extended to include women between the ages of 47-73. Dr Joanna Owens, science communications manager at Cancer Research UK, says: "More women than ever before are surviving breast cancer thanks to advances in cancer research, and we've been at the heart of this progress. “Our work is wide-ranging, from understanding the molecular causes and investigating new ways to prevent and diagnose breast cancer, to 46

developing better treatments for people with the disease.” While the new figures are encouraging, there's no similar data for the occurrence of secondary, or advanced, breast cancer, when the cancer cells spread through the blood or lymphatic systems to other sites in the body. The most common sites for secondary breast cancer are the bones, liver, brain and lungs. Once breast cancer has spread, it's no longer curable, but it is treatable: “People can live with secondary disease, but it can't be cured,” warns Rogers. “However, people are living longer with secondary breast cancer than they were 30 years ago.” To raise awareness of the incidence of secondary breast cancer, and call for better data on its incidence, Breast Cancer Care is holding a Secondary Breast Cancer Awareness Day on October 13. “Anybody who's had an invasive breast cancer diagnosed is at risk of secondary breast cancer, but you're more likely to get it if you had a poorer outlook at the beginning,” explains Rogers, who points out that many breast cancer patients don’t develop secondaries. They can develop many years after the first diagnosis of breast cancer, even as long as 20 years later - although the longer the time since the first diagnosis, the more unlikely they are. Rogers adds: “Sometimes there can be a gap in the care when people get secondary breast cancer, and we want to draw attention to that.” Breast Cancer Awareness Month is an annual international health campaign organized by major breast cancer charities every October to increase awareness of the disease and to raise funds for research into its cause, prevention, diagnosis, treatment and cure. The campaign also offers information and support to those affected by breast cancer. For more details visit

A unique auction and ball in memory of former England football manager Sir Bobby Robson and breast cancer campaigner Sally Balch are being held this October. The event aims to raise a fantastic £250,000 for Breakthrough Breast Cancer and the Sir Bobby Robson Foundation. The Sir Bobby Breakthrough Auction and Ball will be held 30 years after one of the legendary manager’s greatest achievements, winning the UEFA Cup with Ipswich Town in 1981. The auction will run for two weeks during Breast Cancer Awareness Month this October, from 8-23 October 2011. The ball takes place at The Apex in Bury St Edmunds, Suffolk, on 20 October. Sally Balch was a founding member of the Breakthrough Suffolk group and died of breast cancer in 2004. Sir Bobby died of cancer in 2009 following a long fight with the disease. Gina Long, event founder and chair of Breakthrough Breast Cancer’s West Suffolk group, said: “We all loved Sally and Sir Bobby and so we wanted to hold an event to remember them by. This auction and ball is a spectacular way to raise money for the causes they were so passionate about. “We have been overwhelmed by support and want to encourage companies and individuals to get involved with our very special Auction and Ball by generously becoming a sponsor or auction prize donor – it really will make the biggest difference in helping create hugely successful events that will do Sally and Sir Bobby proud.” The event is endorsed and backed by the FA Chairman David Bernstein, the Robson family and Delia Smith, who will be attending the ball, as well as former Ipswich stars, including Mick Mills, Ipswich captain for 10 years during Sir Bobby’s reign as manager. Former Ipswich Town chairman David Sheepshanks, who is also on the organising committee, said: “This promises to be a wonderful event in memory of a truly wonderful man and an extremely special lady.” For more information on how to donate go to:

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School open days can help when you’re deciding which schools to apply to for your child. During an open day prospective parents and pupils can visit the school during a working day. You’ll be able to visit classrooms, and often pupils will show you round and talk to you about their school. You’ll probably be invited to hear a talk by the headteacher, the head of admissions or the head of the relevant section of the school ( like the reception class teacher, or head of sixth form). Here are a few dates for top schools across our region... Amberfield School Independent day school for girls aged 2 - 16 years and for boys aged 2 - 7 years 5 November Nacton, Ipswich, Suffolk 01473 659265 Bedford Girls School Independent day school for girls aged 7–18. 8 October 10am. CardingtonRoad, Bedford 01234 361918 Colchester Royal Grammar School 11-18 state selective school. 820 students (coeducational sixth form). 11 October 6.45pm. Lexden Road, Colchester, Essex 01206 509100 Dame Bradbury’s School 3-11 co-ed independent primary school and nursery. 1 October 9.30am. Ashdon Road, Saffron Walden, Essex 01799 522348 The Grove Independent School Independent co-educational day school with 250 children between the ages of 3-13. 8 & 10 October Redland Drive, Loughton, Milton Keynes 01908 690590 Ipswich School Independent, co-educational school for both day and boarding students, boys and girls. Preparatory School for 3 to 11-year-olds; Senior School for 11 to 18-year-olds. 3 November (Sixth Form Information Evening); 5 November (Independent Schools Show). Henley Road, Ipswich, Suffolk 01473 408300 Langley School

Independent co-educational day and boarding schools. 1 October 10.15am. Langley Park, Loddon, Norfolk 01508 520210 The Leys School Independent Co-Educational boarding and day School for 11-18 year old pupils in Cambridge. 15 October (11+ Open Morning); 26 November (General Open Morning). Cambridge 01223 508903 Long Road Sixth Form College A high quality 16+ education institution specialising in the provision of academic and vocational programmes for 16-19 year old full-time students. 9 -10 November 5-9pm. Long Road, Cambridge 01223 507400 Sherrardswood School Co-educational independent day school for pupils aged 2-18. 15 October Lockleys, Welwyn, Herts 01438 714282 St Albans High School for Girls 1 October (Senior School); 7 October (Prep School). Townsend Avenue, St Albans, Herts 01727853800 St Albans School 8 October, 12 November, 3 December (Open Mornings); 1 November (16+ evening). Abbey Gateway, St Albans, Herts 01727 855521 St Francis’ College Independent boarding and day school for girls aged 3-18. 8 October 10am. Letchworth

Garden City, Herts 01462 670511 St John’s School Independent private co-educational day school, ages 3 to 16, 389+ pupils. 8 October Stock Road, Billericay, Essex 01277 623070 The Stephen Perse Foundation Schools Four private independent schools in and around Cambridge. 15 October (Stephen Perse Pre-Prep School); 15 October (Perse Girls Junior School); 8 October (Perse Girls Senior School); 3 November (Stephen Perse 6th Form College). 01223 454722 Taverham Hall School Independent private co-educational day/boarding school, ages 1 to 13, 280+ pupils. 7 October Norwich 01603 868206 Thetford Grammar School Coeducational school for children from Pre Prep through to Sixth Form. See the school in action, meet present pupils, parents and staff and get the latest information about our future plans at the Open Morning. 5 November 10am. Bridge Street, Thetford, Norfolk 01842 752840 York House School Independent private co-educational day school, ages 2 to 13, 242+ pupils. 6 October Croxley Green, Rickmansworth, Herts 01923 772395

Every year Harpur Trust schools, Bedford Girls’ School, Bedford Modern School and Bedford School, have a small amount of funding available to help pay the school fees of children who would benefit from an independent education but whose parents can’t afford the fees. Families with an income of less than £65,000 (this varies at each school) a year may be eligible for our help. The amount of support we offer varies according to a family’s gross income and capital assets, ranging from paying the full fees for those on lower incomes to a limited contribution for those on higher incomes. To see if your family would be eligible for our help visit Or you could visit one of four information evenings in Bedford during October, offering families the chance to drop-in and have a chat. These informal information evenings will be held at community centres across the town on 5th, 6th, 11th & 12th October. To book your place please call Mrs Lee Taylor on 01234 369533.

Northampton High School Open Day Visit Northampton High School on their next Open day on Saturday 8 October from 10am – 1pm, and see all the school can offer your daughter. Both the Junior School (Nursery to year 6) and Senior School (Year 7 – 13) will be open. You will be taken on a tour of the school by current pupils and there will be refreshments available. There will be lots of activities and presentations going on throughout the school and plenty of opportunity to answer any questions you may have. The Headmistress, Mrs Sarah Dixon will be talking in the Senior Hall at 10.15am and 11.45am and the Head of Junior School, Mr Andrew Noakes will be speaking in the Junior Hall at 11am. Call the school’s Registrar, Miss Heather Fink on 01604 765765 or look at the website for more information.


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get MARRIED Essex Spains Hall An Elizabethan manor house licensed for civil weddings, which can take place in the Elizabethan Hall which can seat up to 120 or The Stables next to the house with a seating capacity of 130. Additional guests can join The Stables for dancing and evening entertainment. Finchingfield (01371 811596) Essex Layer Marney Tower A splendid Tudor palace set in parkland, available for wedding ceremonies and receptions throughout the year. Wedding ceremonies can be held in the Corsellis Room with up to 120 guests, or in the hall of the gatehouse with up to 15 guests. Nr Colchester. (01206 330784) Essex & Suffolk Milsom Hotel Weddings Milsoms have over 50 yearsâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; experience in wedding planning and offer a selection of

beautiful Suffolk and Essex wedding locations, including Maison Talbooth, Trinity Park, Spains Hall, Colchester Town Hall, Charter Hall, Braxted Park and Hengrave Hall. Wedding menu selections are available if you wish to use their experienced chefs at one of their venues. (01206 323150) Essex Fennes A Georgian manor house set in 100 acres of countryside. Civil wedding ceremonies can take place in a pavilion with a starlight ceiling that overlooks the gardens (35-350 guests). Small ceremonies and larger events for up to 600 guests can be catered for. The Fennes Estate, Bocking, Braintree. (01376 324555) Suffolk High Lodge High Lodge near the Suffolk coast is situated in 100 acres of woodland and countryside. The venue is licensed for civil ceremonies

and can offer on-site accommodation. A good value venue, which can cater for all types of wedding celebrations. High Lodge Wood, Hinton, Nr Darsham. (01986 784347)

for. The largest room seats 250 for the wedding breakfast and 300 evening reception. Licensed for civil ceremonies. Best Western Ufford Park Hotel, Golf & Spa, Melton, Woodbridge. (01394 383555)

Suffolk Hintlesham Hall A 16th Century Grade I listed country house hotel surrounded by 175 acres of Suffolk countryside. There are three sumptuous rooms licensed to accommodate civil ceremonies for up to 100, 50 and 20 guests. Wedding banquets can be held in a Georgian style Salon or pine-panelled Parlour rooms. Hintlesham Hall Hotel, Hintlesham, Ipswich. (01473 652334)

Suffolk Seckford Hall Seckford Hall is a beautiful Tudor hotel set amongst 34 acres of private Suffolk countryside, just outside Woodbridge. The Hall can accommodate up 120 guests in their Lakeside Suite, 140 in their marquee. They also cater for smaller intimate weddings in the Lakeside Suite or in the main hotel restaurant.Seckford Hall Hotel & Restaurant, Woodbridge. (01394 385678)

Suffolk Ufford Park Best Western Ufford Park Hotel, Golf & Spa is a modern wedding venue set in 120 acres of historic parkland. Intimate gatherings and large parties can be catered

Suffolk Otley Hall Otley Hall, a grade I listed 16th century house situated in ten acres of gardens. Three rooms are licensed for civil ceremonies, two are suitable for 60 guests,

Suffolk Bedford Lodge Hotel Bedford Lodge Hotel provides the personal care and attention you deserve on your most special day of your life. This stunning four star hotel is licensed for civil weddings, so you can choose to have your ceremony as well as your reception at the hotel. The three self-contained banqueting suites can accommodate from 10 to 150 guests and there is also space for a marquee in the beautiful grounds. Newmarket (01638 663175)


Weddings at Woburn Three unique venues set in the heart of the historic Woburn Abbey Estate The Woburn estate provides a stunning backdrop for weddings and offers three very different venues. From the splendour of The Sculpture Gallery at Woburn Abbey, or the Inn at Woburn for classic country weddings, to the fun and unusual Safari Lodge at Woburn Safari Park, weddings held on the estate are truly unique. Weddings can be arranged for just 25 up to 250 guests and a dedicated wedding planner will ensure that every wedding is a day to remember.

Wedding Open Day - Sunday 30th October 2011 The Inn at Woburn, The Sculpture Gallery and *The Safari Lodge will all be set up for a wedding reception and our experienced wedding planners will also be available.

For further information please call 01525 292172 or visit *Please note that entry to The Safari Lodge open day is by invitation only and that places are limited and must be booked in advance

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Beds Woburn Estate The Woburn estate is home to four wedding venues - The Sculpture Gallery at Woburn Abbey and The Inn at Woburn, The Safari Lodge at Woburn Safari Park and The Deer Park for an open air wedding - and can cater for small intimate gatherings through to large and lavish receptions. Licensed to conduct civil ceremonies and ceremonies of a number of religious and cultural denominations. Woburn. (01525 292172) and the Parlour holds 25 guests. Wedding breakfasts are catered for in the Great Hall for up to 40 guests, or the Gosnold Suite for 55 guests. Evening receptions for up to 80 guests. Otley. (01473 890264) Essex Braxted Park Braxted Park is a licensed venue able to offer a variety of different sized rooms within the main house and renovated walled garden, with capacity ranging from 50 to 300 guests. Braxted Estate, Witham. (01621 892305) Suffolk Thorpeness Hotel and Golf Club The three star Thorpeness Hotel is situated near Thorpeness Meare, five minutes’ walk from the beach. Two rooms at the Country Club are licensed to hold wedding ceremonies. The Lakeside Suite at Thorpeness Hotel is suitable for 10 to 40 guests. The hotel restaurant is available for afternoon functions, and seats up to 80 guests. Thorpeness, Aldeburgh. (01728 452176) Cambs Swynford Hotel A 17th century house hotel, restaurant and bar set in five acres of grounds overlooking a stud farm. There’s a conservatory and terrace overlooking landscaped grounds, plus four further areas in which to entertain guests, including a luxury marquee that seats up to 200 people. Don’t miss thier Autumn Wedding Fayre on 30 October, 11am-4pm. Six Mile Bottom, nr Newmarket (01638 570234) 54

Suffolk Shire Hall Located in the heart of Woodbridge, the magnificent 16th Century Shire Hall is a stately style setting for a Civil Ceremony. Built in 1575 by Thomas Seckford the building has been a focal point of Woodbridge for over 400 years. Make your grand entrance via the steps into the frosted pink airy Council Chamber which can hold up to 80 people (seating for 50). A disabled person’s access can be arranged. Silk flowers are provided. Woodbridge (01394 383599) Cambs Peterborough United Football Club Peterborough FC’s pitch side facilities are available for wedding ceremonies and receptions. Wedding coordinators are available to help with all aspects of the day. Room for sit-down meals for up to 150 guests, buffet for 220. Licensed wedding room for up to 120 guests. London Road Stadium, Peterborough. (01733 341050) Cambs Hotel Felix A 4 star hotel with luxurious accommodation and award-winning restaurant. Three rooms on the first floor, overlooking the garden, accommodate sixty guests. There's a marquee for 200 guests, and a Victorian style pagoda for summer ceremonies. Whitehouse Lane, Huntingdon Road, Cambridge. (01223 277977)

Gallery Hall, ornate Great Hall and a large contemporary Pavilion. Reception space for up to 500 wedding guests. Balsham Road, Linton, Cambridge. (01223 895600) Suffolk Glemham Hall An elegant, red brick Elizabethan mansion surrounded by 300 acres of parkland. The Hall is licensed for civil weddings and can cater for up to 100 guests, a marquee capable of seating up to 200 guests is permanently set up in the picturesque gardens. Little Glemham, Woodbridge. (01728 746704) Suffolk Woodhall Manor A privately owned country house dating from 1566, set in Suffolk countryside, close to the Heritage Coast. Civil ceremonies for up to 200 guests are held in

the Dove Cote, smaller weddings can take place inside the main house. The Banqueting Suite can seat 150 for a wedding breakfast, or up to 200 for a buffet menu. Woodhall Drive, Sutton, Woodbridge (01394 411288) Norfolk Dragon Hall A Grade 1 listed medieval timberframed hall, with a contemporary glass gallery and enclosed courtyard garden, in the heart of Norwich. The Hall is licensed for civil weddings. The Great Hall seats up to 130 for formal dining, main hall can seat up to 120, or the south hall for up to 80 guests. King Street, Norwich. (01603 663922) Norfolk Assembly House A Grade 1 Georgian House in the centre of Norwich offering spectacular interiors and ornate archi-

Suffolk Jockey Club Rooms Throughout its 260 year history as a private members club very few people have had the privelege of stepping inside its ‘hallowed’ walls - today, however, six of its rooms are licensed for civil ceremonies and up to 100 guests can be catered for - or 200 with a marquee. Newmarket (01638 663101)

Cambs Chilford Hall A grade II listed hall dating from 1820, and award-winning vineyard, situated in acres of grounds. Four spaces available: small 18th century barn, beamed


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Christmas Cambs Slepe Hall Hotel With it's history, manicured lawns, large function suite and fine dining, Slepe Hall Hotel is the perfect venue for your wedding party. The venue is licensed to hold civil ceremonies all year round, including on a Sunday. For a wedding breakfast there is a choice of the Restaurant which seats 65 guests, the Cromwell Room which seats up to 50 guests and the Brunel Suite, which can be used as a whole room for up to 250 guests or partitioned off for smaller numbers. St Ives (01480 463122) tecture. There's a wide choice of rooms available from those suitable for intimate wedding celebrations and receptions through to a large ballroom, which seats up to 300 guests. Norwich (01603 626402)

dens and wooded parkland. Three function rooms. Licensed for civil weddings. Blessings also available in the 12th century church near the house. Suitable for intimate wedding receptions. Church Road, Flitwick. (01525 712242)

Norfolk Wolterton Hall A splendid 18th century hall set in the midst of parkland. The Salon Room, with views over the lake, is licensed for wedding ceremonies. The adjacent grand Marble Hall has views over parkland. Both rooms are available for receptions, smaller rooms are also available for wedding functions. Up to 100 guests for the wedding ceremony, up to 65 for a sit down meal. Erpingham, nr Aylsham. (01263 584175)

Beds Whipsnade Zoo Whipsnade Zoo is licensed for civil wedding ceremonies. The wedding day can include animal feedings, vintage steam train to take wedding guests on a tour around the park. There are a range of suites to choose from, the largest can hold up to 400 seated guests or 600 standing. Dunstable (01582 873831)

Cambs Great Northern Hotel Situated in the city centre, the Great Northern Hotel remains an oasis of historical charm, with a delightful garden. This striking building, with its contemporary décor, and great architecture is the perfect backdrop for your wedding. Absolutely perfect fot an intimate or lavish wedding celebration, with four licensed rooms available to choose from for your civil service. Peterborough 01733 552595 Beds Flitwick Manor This Georgian country house hotel with award winning restaurant is furnished with fine antiques and set in acres of gar56

Cambs The Secret Garden at Burwash Manor The pretty walled garden of Burwash Manor has an elegant 1600 marquee available to hire from February to September. Hire includes marquee, dining tables and covered chairs for up to 90 people, garden, kitchen, bar, WC’s and parking, and an array of extras. A marquee extension is available to accommodate and additional 44 guests. New Road, Barton, Cambridge (01223 260040) Norfolk Sussex Barn An eighteenth century brick and flint barn situated on Sussex Farm, just outside the attractive village of Burnham Market. It has been carefully restored to make an attractive location for a truly

individual wedding. The Barn is a fully licensed venue and still retains much of its old character – including a 120ft deep well in the bar area. Burnham Market (01485 210000) Suffolk St Peters Hall An ideal wedding venue with an on site event manager and catering team (Wickedly Good Food) with over twenty years experience. Sitting in delightful moated grounds, St Peter's Hall (which dates from 1280) is one of Suffolk's best kept secrets. Can cater for up to 250 people. Licensed for civil cermonies. St Peter South Elmham, Bungay (01986 782288) Herts Ware Priory The historic building and beautiful riverside setting makes this a unique and special place to celebrate the most important days of your life. There’s a choice of historic or contemporary surroundings and a choice of licensed rooms for civil ceremonies. Don’t miss their Wedding Fayre on 9 October. Ware (01920 460316) Suffolk Tattersalls A unique venue with elegant rooms, immaculate grounds ad terreaced area. Tattersalls is the headquarters of Europe’s largest bloodstock auctioneers. Newmarket (01638 665931)

Essex East Mersea Hall East Mersea Hall is steeped in Elizebethan elegance and history with stuning mature gardens and woodland offset against a breathtaking lake. The venue is can host all types of civil ceremonies, weddings and partnerships, as well as wedding receptions. East Mersea (01206 383499) Beds The Mansion House Over 130 years of age and located in 500 acres of beautiful parkland, this is a magnificent romantic venue for your civil ceremony, wedding breakfast and reception. There are six licensed settings for you to choose from and four rooms within the house itself that are licensed for civil ceremonies. Old WardenPark, Biggleswade (01767 626200) Norfolk Thetford Grammer School The seventeenth century Elizabethan Old School Hall is now licensed for civil weddings. Set in its own grounds, this unique building provides the perfect setting for your special day. The oak panelled vaulted roof hall can comfortably seat up to 50 guests. The building is generally available on Saturdays throughout the year and weekdays during school holidays. Thetford (01842 752840) Cambs The Maltings Formerly a Victorian brewery, The Maltings is a historical treasure on Ely’s picturesque riverside. The Elysian Hall, with its exposed brick walls and high vaulted ceilings; the Kempen Room, with its views over the river; and the Hereward Room, are licensed for wedding and civil ceremonies. If you prefer to get married at Ely Cathedral or the nearby St Mary’s Church, any of the rooms make the perfect reception venue. Don’t miss their Wedding Fayre on 9th October, 11am-4pm. Ship Lane, Ely (01353 662633)




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John Barrowman John Barrowman is easily one of the most familiar faces on British television and the West End stage, and comfortably one of Britain's best - all-round entertainers. Best known for playing Captain Jack Harkness in the BBC series’ Torchwood and Doctor Who, he has also been a judge on the award-winning BBC1 entertainment shows How Do You Solve A Problem Like Maria?, Any Dream Will Do and I’d Do Anything. More recently he has hosted his own primetime Saturday night TV extravaganza, Tonight's The Night and graced London’s West End as Zaza in the Olivier Award-winning La Cage Aux Folles. 2010 also saw John Barrowman accept a role in the hit TV show Desperate Housewives. For this new tour, John will be performing songs from his latest CD, The Best of John Barrowman which features songs from all his albums: Another Side (2007), Music Music Music (2008) and John Barrowman (2010). John Barrowman is appearing at: Brentwood Centre, Essex (20 Oct); Cambridge Corn Exchange (21 Oct); Ipswich Regent (2 Nov).

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Ely Apple Festival held on Ely´s Palace Green has become East Anglia´s biggest celebration of the great British Apple: Apple and Spoon racing, longest apple peel competition, apple activities and goodies including apple sausages, juices, ciders and cookery demonstrations and much more. Join in the fun on 15 October, 10am-4pm.

Visitors to Ferry Meadows will be able to try out the new craze to hit the UK as Guided Segway Tours become the latest attraction to this popular Peterborough park.A Segway, is a battery powered two wheeled personal transporter with a self balancing mechanism so it stays upright on its own. The all terrain tyres used means that Segways can take people on tarmac footpaths, grass or even muddy tracks giving visitors a chance to explore the park in a very unique and exciting way. For more information about Nene Glides Segway, to book a tour or to purchase gift vouchers for a Nene Glide Experience contact John Rayment on 0751 9809 383 or visit

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REGION Oscar winning filmmaker, satirist and international rabble-rousing writer Michael Moore ('Stupid White Men', 'Dude, Where's My Country?', 'Fahrenheit 9/11', 'Bowling For Columbine') makes a rare UK appearance to celebrate the publication of his new book Here Comes Trouble: Stories from my Life. Book now for this brand new show full of big laughs, piercing insight and some all round mud-slinging. West Road Concert Hall, Cambridge, 21 October 01223 766766

The first ever Bedford Comedy & Short Film Festival featuring the best in live comedy and the newest in short comedic films takes place this month at Bedford Corn Exchange. The Comedy Festival features a fantastic line-up of top comedians from television and radio, including Andy Parsons, Jeremy Hardy, Barry Cryer & Ronnie Golden, Tony Hawks, Andi Osho, Imran Yusuf (left), Tom Stade, Pete Firman, Dan Antopolski, Andrew Lawrence, Tom Binns as Ivan Brackenbury & Ian D. Montfort, and Big Howard + Little Howard. Running concurrently will be a Festival of Comedy Short Films from around the world. 2830 October 01234 269519


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Starring Eastenders’ ‘Dirty Den’ Leslie Grantham Monday 10 - Saturday 15 October 7.45pm Saturday matinee: 2.30pm Farcical murder mystery featuring the hapless Inspector Pratt, an Italian gigolo, a Welsh busybody and clairvoyant. Join in the jolly japes in this hilarious comedy. Tickets: £18.50 & £17.00 Conc: £17.00 & £15.50 All mat: £16.00 Box office: 01245 606505


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With over 30 top layouts booked to attend as well as over 80 exhibitors, the National Festival of Railway Modelling is already shaping up to be the must-attend event in the East of England calendar for model enthusiasts. See it all from expert demonstrations in the theatre, wonderfully detailed layouts to a comprehensive selection of exhibitors, clubs and societies - all under one roof. East of England Showground, Peterborough, 154-16 October 01778 391123

Norwich Ukulele Festival on 8 October promises to be a rather smashing day celebrating this extraordinary little instrument. With a ukulele themed fayre from 10am, workshops and lessons, play-a-longs, games, open mic, comedy, DJs, dancing, stalls, and much more, including performances by Tricity Vogue (pictured), Tim Clare, Hello Sailor and Uke Attack!! Uke Attack!! Norwich Arts Centre 01603 660352

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REGION Hostry Festival is a brand new festival for Norfolk featuring music, theatre, radio and film, all held in the stunning setting of Norwich Cathedral. Enjoy Richard Nash’s play The Rainmaker (and a screening of the classic Burt Lancaster film version), music performances by The Brook Street Band, The Chroma Trio, and the Kirsty Jarvis Jazz Trio, and much more. For details go to or call 01603 218323.


Ipswich’s young violin star Rosemary Hinton, with two successful seasons behind her as co-leader of the National Youth Orchestra of Great Britain, makes her concerto debut in Ipswich Corn Exchange performing Brahms’ Violin Concerto on Saturday 15 October. Wolsey Orchestra, leader Jamie Foreman, will be conducted by William Carslake, and the concert will culminate in Elgar’s Symphony No 1, hailed in its day as ‘the greatest symphony of modern times.’ Tickets are available from the Ipswich Arts and Entertainments Box office on 01473 433100.

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Great food - Great wines & beers - Great entertainment Come and visit probably the biggest and best food show in Essex with over 130 stalls, all housed undercover in the spectacular 13th century Wheat & Barley Barns, the oldest surviving timber framed medieval barns in Europe, on a site granted to the mysterious warrior monks, the knights Templar, by Queen Matilda in 1137.

Lots of attractions including: rLive music with the ‘CrossWinds Brass Quintet’ rThe Thameside Mummers (Sunday) rBernese Mountain dogs working cart group rDonkey rides rFace painting rBeautiful garden plants rGreat range of garden furniture rIndian style BBQ rHog roast rSuperb range of quality catering rAmple easy, free parking

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It’s the moving musical co-conceived by the legendary pop performer and stage star David Essex which captured the hearts of audiences with a warm but gritty portrayal of life on the travelling fair. All The Fun Of The Fair is heading back to and John Bultitude caught up with David during rehearsals to find out more about the production.

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acked with iconic songs and with a moving story of the bonds between friends and family at its heart, All The Fun Of The Fair unashamedly tugs at the heartstrings. Set in a travelling fun-fair struggling to cope with changing times and the prejudices between tradition and modern life, it is a show that resonates with all generations. It is a gritty show featuring some serious themes coupled with a host of hit songs and some stunning stage effects. And this mix of the serious and the laid-back is very evident with David Essex, co-creator of the show with noted producer Jon Conway. If you saw All The Fun Of The Fair last time it visited Norwich, don’t expect to see a carbon copy of the previous production, as David explains. He said: “It’s a mix of what we felt worked in the West End and what worked in the first tour and I actually think it is the best version ever. Jon Conway and I have had a little tinker with the script and I’ve had a look at the music. “This cast is – again – a fusion of West End and the previous cast plus a new Jack, played by Rob Compton. He is brilliant. We are very lucky to find him actually because it has always been a struggle to find that kind of actor who is a little bit edgy, natural and truthful and not too stage-school. I think we have found one this time. “I have got high expectations of it. When we started rehearsing this, we looked at it as a new piece. We haven’t said ‘this is what we used to do.’ We sat down and approached it as a new piece.” While it aims to be thoughtprovoking and feature some great songs, don’t expect lots of jazz hands. David explained: “I think it has to have a gritty edge if you are going into that underbelly world of the fun fair. I think

that is what drew me to having the fair as a subject matter. It is not an area that I think we go into or understand. We go on the dodgems and go home, so to see inside that life is interesting. “It is a story of unrequited love, relationships, and the bond between father and son. It seems to move men quite deeply because of the father and son relationship which runs throughout.” And it boasts a strong local link with the set being designed and made by 3D Creations, based at Great Yarmouth. Boss Ian Westbrook and his team have created an on-stage fairground complete with working dodgems with the design inspired by Yarmouth Pleasure Beach and the famous King’s Lynn Mart – the traditional first stop of the showmen’s calendar each year.

The production is undeniably a big passion of David’s. He is no stranger to the world of stage work with a host of theatre credits to his name. The popular performer shot to fame in the hit stage show Godspell which triggered a working life which successfully combined an acting, singing and stage career. But David has also enjoyed strong success behind the scenes in the theatre world too. He co-wrote Mutiny which followed the story of Fletcher Christian and Captain Bligh which started life as a concept album before enjoying critical acclaim at the Piccadilly Theatre in the West End and winning an Ivor Novello Award nomination for best musical. All The Fun Of The Fair is also a true labour of love for David and something he is incredibly passionate about. He explained: “I deeply believe in this. I really do otherwise we could have stopped at the West End and said ‘great we did it.’ “I have toured with other shows but this one just brings everybody together in the cast and you can feel that on stage with the unity. There are the townies in it and the fun-fair people but we become like a travelling family really.” And there is no doubt he is looking forward to heading back to Norfolk again. He said: “To tour All The Fun Of The Fair is always thrilling and somewhere like Norwich is a place you look forward to. I love Norwich and I love East Anglia generally. As a little boy, I used to go fruit-picking at Wisbech and King’s Lynn. For a little East End boy, that was the first time I saw the stars and cows and grass and fields. It is lovely to go back there.” So it is very definitely a case of roll up, roll up to enjoy a show which promises a helter-skelter of emotions and an exciting night out – with a few on-stage surprises.

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All the Fun of the Fair is at Norwich Theatre Royal from 18 - 22 October. For tickets call 01603 630000 or book online at


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Top that! Tom Chambers is a man who likes a challenge. When he first entered Strictly Come Dancing three years ago, the former Holby City hunk wanted to stretch himself professionally and take on a new challenge. He ended up winning the hearts of viewers. The combination of his laid-back personality and love of tap and ballroom helped him win those all-important public votes that ended up with him taking home the coveted title. Since then, he has become one of the country's top musical leading men with Top Hat his latest challenge. He is starring opposite seasoned musical theatre performer Summer Strallen in the brand new production of the 1935 MGM classic movie and can't wait to take to the stage. Tom plays American dancer Jerry Travers who is working in London for a top producer. While practicing his new dance routine late one night, he wakes the sleeping Dale Tremont (Summer Strallen). She bangs on his hotel room door to complain but their anger transforms into attraction. As ever, the course of true love does not run smoothly leading to a host of complications set to some fantastic tap-routines and boasting some classic songs including Isn't This A Lovely Day (To Be Caught In The Rain), Cheek To Cheek, No Strings, Piccolino and the title song Top Hat (White Tie And Tails). Originally a hit movie starring Fred Astaire and Ginger Rogers, getting the show to the stage has taken a lot of hard work by producer Kenny Wax. He took Summer and Tom across the Atlantic to read through part of the show for Ted Chapin,

Prepare for some serious style and plenty of fancy footwork as a Thirties movie classic is getting the stage treatment. Top Hat arrives at Norwich Theatre Royal next month and will feature two stars who have no problem capturing the era of Fred and Ginger.

the president of Irving Berlin Music, who oversees the composer's estate with member of the Berlin family. He gave the green light for the original songs to be used and now it is all systems go for what is sure to be a stunning production. Tom is relishing the challenge. Although his Strictly win led to a highly-successful run of White Christmas, Top Hat is going to be a whole new experience for him following in the footsteps of Astaire - who made the role of Jerry Travers his own. He said: “"With Top Hat, I have the opportunity to take an iconic and world-class performance and make it new. It's my biggest challenge yet to fill such amazing shoes.” Back in the Thirties, Astaire was the driving force of the duo but Summer admits it may a different story this time around. She joked: “I'm very bossy, so I'll be Fred in the relationship. He was a bit of a battleaxe to Ginger, and dictatorial, and they had many spats. “Tom and I won't be like that because we get on. But I'm a brigadier's granddaughter, so I am bossy by nature, which I think Tom might quite like.” Behind-the-scenes, it boasts some big names too. The producer is Kenny Wax who has a strong West End and touring pedigree. His last major show to come to Norwich was The Witches of Eastwick, which starred Marti Pellow, and won rave reviews. Meanwhile the choreographer is Bill Deamer, who has worked on Jekyll and Hyde coincidentally also starring Marti Pellow and was also the man brought in to re-work part of Andrew Lloyd Webber's Love Never Dies, the sequel to Phantom Of The Opera. Overall, the show aims to tap into the love of dance which is so topical at the moment thanks mainly to Tom - and fellow celebrity hoofers bringing it back into the mainstream on TV. Tom said: “Strictly certainly helped with the popularity of the classic movies. It really has done an incredible job of bringing the era to the forefront of people’s minds.”

Top Hat is at Norwich Theatre Royal 24-29 October. For tickets call 01603 630000


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GHOSTLY goings on Get spooked at these great Halloween events... 28-29 October Cursed Prepare for the ultimate scare experience as you journey through a series of themed mazes encountering various characters lurking in the dark. A mixture of special effects and live performers will ensure that you are scared witless. Cressing Temple, Cressing, nr Witham, Essex (0845 603 7624) 22-31 October Halloween Spooktacular Regularly voted one of the best family halloween attractions, it includes a monster maze hunt, spooky tractor rides, ghost train, an Orridly Aunted Attic and lots more. From 9.30am. Thurleigh Farm, Cross End, Thurleigh, Beds (01234 771597) 30 October - 1 November Haunted Hedingham If you dare, see the castle in candlelight, tour the dark eerie valley walk, the ghostly dungeons and hear true spine chilling stories. Be prepared to be scared. Hedingham Castle, Castle Hedingham, Essex. (01787 460261) 14-31 October Scaresville - The Haunted Village Terrific ghostly and scary tour around parts of Kentwell - not for the faint-hearted! Kentwell Long Melford, Suffolk (01787 310207)


31 October Bungay Pumpkin Night From the dazzling rows of exquisitely carved pumpkins that align Bridge Street, to the hog roast and stalls in the Buttercross and Cross Street with Halloween themed shops and food being served in the town’s restaurants - Bungay Pumpkin Night is an evening of tricks and treats, street entertainment, games, competitions, noise, colour and fun for all! 610pm. Bungay, Suffolk. 29 - 30 October Pumpkin Festival A fun-filled weekend of Pumpkins and Children's activities. Free activities throughout the weekend. 11am-3pm. Elveden Estate, Thetford, Norfolk (01842 890223) 22-30 October The Hills Have Eyes Lots of scary characters and rides, plus lantern parade and fireworks display on 30th. Pleasurewood Hills, Lowestoft, Suffolk (01502 586000) 22-30 October Spooky Spectacular Ghost Busting Tractor and Trailer Ride and Haunted Mill House tour. Sacrewell Farm and Country Centre, Sacrewell, Thornhaugh, Cambs (01780 782254)

22 October - 5 November Ghost Train Every Saturday Night between you can enjoy some Halloween fun when the special Pier train will take you to the Pier head for some ghostly stories. This will coincide with the winter firework displays. 7.15pm Southend Pier, Essex (01702 618747) 28 October Halloween Dinner Join the Paranormal Team as they continue their supernatural investigation at Hintlesham Hall! The evening includes a four course meal with coffee and chocolate truffles. Hintlesham Hall Hotel, nr Ipswich, Suffolk (01473 652334) 29 - 30 October The Real Halloween An event that will enchant, not scare, your children. The entire event is held on the lawn and in the old woods at Holt Hall under an array of lovely marquees, with fire braziers to keep you warm, music, storytelling and shows to keep you entertained, along with beer tent, food stalls and craft market. Each day ends with a lantern parade and the telling of the Real Halloween story by candlelight in the woods. Sat 12.30- 6pm; Sun 11.30am 5pm. Holt Hall, North Norfolk (01328 710165)

22 - 30 October Spooky Adventure Night Walks The walk will take visitors on an animated woodland walk full of characters from the Gunpowder Mill’s explosive past. Seeing the remains of buildings and equipment used to make gunpowder, the Mill Workers will tell the gruesome tales of those who perished. Featuring special effects, spine chilling discoveries and scary surprises. Royal Gunpowder Mills, Beaulieu Drive, Waltham Abbey, Essex 01992 707370 22 - 30 October Spooky Express A week of spooky fun. Take a train ride on the Spooky Express. Bure Valley Railway, Aylsham Station, Norwich Road, Aylsham, Norfolk 01263 733858 31 October Hallowe’en Ghosts, monster music and things that go bump in the night!. 6-8pm. Fairhaven Garden, South Walsham, Norfolk (01603 270449) 28-30 October Haunted Happenings An opportunity to tour this atmospheric House at dusk. Hear the real stories of the ghostly encounters as recalled by previous residents, visitors and staff. 3-4pm. Oliver Cromwell's House, 29 St Mary's Street, Ely, Cambs (01353 662062)

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There are plenty of opportunities to learn to dance or enjoy dance around the region. Here’s a quick look at some of the organisations that can help you find what you’re looking for

Get dancing! DanceEast Based at the Jerwood DanceHouse on the Ipswich waterfront, DanceEast is one of the nation's leading dance organisations, bringing world-class dance to the East of England, presenting an eclectic programme of performances, widening the experience of audiences and bringing a new and invigorated audience to dance. You can enjoy a variety of dance activities at the Jerwood DanceHouse on the Ipswich waterfront, and in Suffolk. The programme includes Egyptian Belly Dancing; Hip Hop; Ballet; Jazz; Pilates and Yoga. From classes for people with additional needs through to professional masterclasses, DanceEast promotes dance as a pastime for fun and fitness for everybody. DanceEast co-ordinates a range of performance groups in Ipswich and Bury St Edmunds, bringing gifted new dancers professional choreographers and expert tuition, as well as opportunities to perform at national and regional platforms. Jerwood DanceHouse, Foundry Lane, Ipswich 01473 295230 King Slocombe School of Dance Cambridge's oldest, and most prestigious, dance school offers a wide range of dance and performances classes to their pupils both at the main school in Central

Cambridge and in many village locations. 8 Emmanuel Road, Cambridge 01223 356023 The Judith Fox School of Ballet Classical ballet training with friendly & fun classes, also tap & street dance. The Foxes, Tuttles Lane, East Wymondham, Norfolk 01953 607235

Try these for.... Ballroom First Steps UK Try their “Strictly Social’ classes for beginners; an hour class focusing on the core social dances; Cha Cha Cha, Rumba, Waltz, Foxtrot, Jive, Salsa and Tango. SpringHealth Leisure Centre, Brian Close, Chelmsford, Essex Ceroc Ceroc Central Ceroc, sometimes referred to as ‘Modern Jive’, is a fusion of Salsa, Ballroom, Hip Hop, Tango and Jive. This large dance club has classes in a number of Herts, Beds and Cambs locations, including Bedford, St Neots, Biggleswade, Letchworth and Cambridge. 01234 378946 Samba Secret Salsa Dance that originated from

Cuba. Secret Salsa hold weekly classes in Bury St Edmunds, Sudbury and King’s Lynn, as well as regular monthly parties and workshops. 01284 766008 Street Dance & Hip Hop Streetdance UK Learn some of the hottest dance moves as seen in movie videos , award shows and concerts. Street dance is a great way to learn to dance keep fit and enjoy yourselves at the same time. Streetdance Uk offers a range of classes and services for Adults and Teenagers including Adult and teenager drop in street dance classes, Shows, Choreography School workshops, and more, at venues throughout the region. 07846 518558 Bollywood Jaya Dance Bollywood dancing is the commercial name for modern Indian Dance. The unique style of dance has its roots in classical and folk dance with the occasional Latino and Arabic influence. Jaya an authentic Indian cultural experience to schools and private organisations, and also run weekly Bollywood and Bhangra dance classes. Norfolk. 01362 854217 Zumba Zumba East Anglia Zumba is the latest dance/fitness craze where you can learn dance moves to hypnotic latin dance music. Zumba East Anglia have classes in Ipswich, Hintlesham and East Bergholt. Suffolk. 01473 311810 Line Dancing Studs and Stars Studs and Stars run weekly classes for beginners to long time dancers in Herts and Essex. They also run regular dancing social events, live music socials and charity socials. 01787 460274


Flamenco Castellano School of Spanish Dance Set up several years ago by Anastasia Castiglione and offers regular weekly classes in Flamenco and regional Spanish dances to adults and children in the Cambridge region. 01223 502237 Dancewear Body and Sole stock a wide range of tap, character, jazz, ballet, pointe, bridesmaid and ballroom shoes, as well as a large selection of ballet wear, fitness and disco wear, dance accessories and children's fancy dress hire. 43 St. Johns Street, Colchester 01206 564606


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orfolk Dance offers an extensive programme of opportunities for people of all ages and abilities to become involved in dance. For the youngest participants we offer Toddler Dance for ages 18 months â&#x20AC;&#x201C; 4 years which leads into Creative Contemporary classes for those up to 16 years of age. These classes develop physical co-ordination, strength, rhythm, musicality and contemporary dance technique. Creativity is at the hear t of these classes and this provides an ideal training for those wanting to audition for our Youth Dance Companies â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;Full Tiltâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; and â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;Big Skyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;. These two groups regularly create performance pieces, the most recent performances taking place at The Plantation Garden in Norwich. For adults, classes include Ballet, Contemporary, Hip Hop, Street, Pilates, Yoga, Dance for Over 50â&#x20AC;&#x2122;s and D4 Dance, a dynamic dance company for adults with learning disabilities. We also offer Saturday â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;tasterâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; sessions in various dance styles. More information can be found on our web site

Norfolk Dance is the development organisation for dance in the country

Weekly Classes available in: Toddler Dance, Contemporary, Ballet, Street, Hip Hop, Yoga, Pilates, Salsacise, Dance for over 50â&#x20AC;&#x2122;s, plus two Youth Dance Companies We also run Saturday workshops in a variety of dance styles for you to try! Classes held in the Dance Studios at The Garage opposite Chapelfield Gardens, Norwich Open to all ages and abilities

We are currently taking bookings for the autumn term Classes are popular so please call to book your place.

The Garage, Chapel Field North, Norwich, NR2 1NY / 01603 28 33 99

Under the Personal supervision of principals, Tina Pilgrim & Donna Buchanan

Classes for children's grades & vocational levels in Classical ballet, modern theatre, contemporary & tap dance Teaching faculty are all fully qualified and CRB checked & include examiners of the Royal Academy of Dance, Imperial Society of Teachers of Dancing & Professionals from Theatre & Classical Companies For further details, Please contact 01223 356023 or email us at 8 Emmanuel Road Cambridge, CB1 1JW

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Situated within The Rose Public House this fab place brings you the tastes of Africa and the Caribbean whilst locally sourcing more than 90 percent of the food on their menu. Plus real ale, cocktails, free wi-fi. Burghley Road 01733 873003 Yin Dee Thai The chefs here create traditional and authentic Thai dishes with the finest ingredients and with fresh Thai herbs to achieve the unique flavours of Thailand. Lincoln Road 01733 344223 Royal Spice Award-winning contemporary Indian restaurant with a wonderful ambiance, modern decor and authentic cuisine. Park Road 01733 553355


The Beehive Refurbished public house serving a selection of real ales, including two which are brewed especially for it by a small local brewery, Castor Ales of Peterborough. Plus, first class pub grub seven days a week with Blackboard Specials changing daily. Albert Place 01733 310600 The Cherry House

Fine dining restaurant situated in a lovely 16th thatched building in the picturesque village of Werrington. Patron/Chef Andrew Corrick has created an establishment that offers personalised attention with traditional hospitality in a relaxed friendly atmosphere. Church Street, Werrington 01733 571721 Jimmy Spices Ninth restaurant UK-wide and the first in our region for this multi-cuisine concept with a sumptuous range of Indian, Thai, Italian and Chinese dishes served up freshly every day. The restaurant features over 300 seats and a fantastic open plan kitchen. The unique features here are Mexican Station and Ice Cream Teppanyaki. New Road 01733 564 930 Sibson Inn Hotel Dating back to about 1670, the highly rated, privately owned Sibson Inn Hotel offers quality accommodation, welcoming bars and good food. Great North Road 01780 782227 The Bull Hotel

Excellent hotel in the city centre, directly opposite the entrance to Queensgate Shopping Centre. Originally dating back to the seventeenth century, this grade two listed building has, over the years, been carefully restored and tastefully refurbished, to provide guests with a high degree of four star comfort. Westgate 01733 561364

The Perkins Great Eastern Run on 9 October is the biggest sports event in the Peterborough calender and this year will be no exception. 2010 celebrated a record number of entries together with the second fastest time recorded in the country for a Half Marathon in 2010: 62mins 16sec. There are two runs in the race: 13.1 miles, which is the main Perkins Great Eastern Run Half Marathon and 4km which is the Fun Run. The race starts close to the historic Peterborough Cathedral and follows a route through the city’s streets and finishes on the Embankment close to the River Nene. Join the crowds that line the streets cheering the runners on. Bathroom by Eastbrook Company

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THEATRE & SHOWS 1 OCT End of the Rainbow Following a smash hit West End run and 4 Olivier Award nominations, Tracie Bennett stars as troubled star Judy Garland in a thrilling depiction of her life. Cambridge Arts Theatre (01223 503333) 1 OCT Crossed Keys A new thirty-minute play by Peterborough writer Greg Lyons, set in the city. Botolph Barn, Peterborough (01473 211498) 1 OCT Real Dracula Inspired by actual events which took place in Romania in January 2004, this is a haunting love story from a land where vampires are more than just myth and the dead are an everyday part of life. ADC Theatre, Cambridge (01223 300085) 2 OCT Rabbi Lionel Blue Using his own experiences and offbeat sense of humour, Rabbi Lionel Blue tells a selection of stories, incidents and anecdotes - musings from his long career told with his trademark humility, compassion and common sense. Cambridge Arts Theatre (01223 503333) 2 OCT Justin Moorhouse Manchester stand-up legend with his acclaimed stand up show. The Junction, Cambridge (01223 511511) 2 OCT Crossed Keys See 1 Oct. Eye Manor Community Centre, Peterborough (01473 211498) 2 OCT Crossed Keys See 1 Oct. The Fleet, Peterborough (01473 211498) 2 - 3 OCT Cirque De Ciel - Shanghai A marvellous 2 hour extravaganza, originally directed by Cirque Du Soleil's Guy Caron, combining acrobatics, modern dance, original music, martial arts and many other Chinese elements in an amazing adventure. Cambridge Corn Exchange (01223 357851) 3 OCT Megetsi Performed in signature township style, the two actors take on a multitude of characters to evoke life in contemporary Zimbabwe. Key Theatre, Peterborough (01733 207239) 3 - 8 OCT Season’s Greetings Glynis Barber, Glenda Mitchell, Ricky Groves and Denis



Lill star in a brand new production of Alan Ayckbourn's hilarious comedy. Cambridge Arts Theatre (01223 503333) 4 - 5 OCT The Curriculum Vitae of Aurora Ortiz Classworks' vibrant style of theatre-making mixes ensemble performance with film in this new touring production. Mumford Theatre, Cambridge (0845 196 2320) 4 - 5 OCT Operation Greenfield An exploration of music, faith and friendship by Little Bulb Theatre. The Junction, Cambridge (01223 511511) 4 - 8 OCT Macbeth One of the greatest works in western literature, Shakespeare’s tragedy explores the very nature of human existence: love and duty, power and loss, good and evil. ADC Theatre, Cambridge (01223 300085) 4 - 8 OCT Pretty Little Panic This year’s Cambridge Footlights International Tour Show, a night of innovative comedy sketches. ADC Theatre, Cambridge (01223 300085) 5 OCT Crossed Keys See 1 Oct. Peterborough City College, Peterborough (01473 211498) 5 - 15 OCT Rent Musical presented by RATz. Angles Theatre, Wisbech (01945 474447) 7 OCT Rhythm of the Dance Having played to over 3 million people in 43 countries around the world and produced by The National Dance Company of Ireland, this stunning special edition 10th anniversary celebration, features breathtaking dance with the very best music and song of the Emerald Isle as performed by many of the world’s finest dancers and musicians. Cambridge Corn Exchange (01223 357851) 7 OCT Vampires Rock Steve Steinman’s gothic rock music show featuring a hostof classic rock anthems. The Cresset, Peterborough (01733 265705) 7 OCT Crossed Keys See 1 Oct. The Green Backyard, Peterborough (01473 211498) 7 OCT A Night of Musicals Songs from the shows starring Michael Courtney. Priory Centre, St Neots (01480 388922) Eve Ensler's hilarious Broadway and West End smash hit is back, featuring featuring a new all star cast including the brilliant Tiana Benjamin (Eastenders), the stunning Louisa Lytton (Eastenders, The Bill) and the sensational Wendi Peters (Coronation Street, Celebrity Masterchef). An unmissable show for every generation. Cambridge Arts Theatre

7 OCT Jesterlarf Comedy Club Top stand-up. The Junction, Cambridge (01223 511511) 8 OCT The Vagina Monologues See panel. Cambridge Corn Exchange (01223 357851) 8 OCT Jeremy Hardy Jeremy Hardy has been a stand-up comic since 1984 and will be one until he dies or wins the lottery. Key Theatre, Peterborough (01733 207239) 9 OCT The Nutcracker Classical ballet presented by The State Ballet Academy of Minsk. Key Theatre, Peterborough (01733 207239) 9 OCT Thumbelina Puppet show for children and their families. The Junction, Cambridge (01223 511511) 10 - 12 OCT Equus Peter Shaffer's unique psychological thriller. Key Theatre, Peterborough (01733 207239) 10 - 15 OCT The Madness of George III Alan Bennett's critically acclaimed play about the life of King George III. Drama, politics and humour combine in a vivid portrait of English history. The production stars Olivier Award-winning actor David Haig in the title role. Cambridge Arts Theatre (01223 503333) 11 OCT Phoenix Dance Theatre: Reflected A mixed bill of works by Richard Wherlock, Philip Taylor, Lost Dog and Sharon Watson. The Junction, Cambridge (01223 511511) 11 - 15 OCT The Picture of Dorian Gray Written by Oscar Wilde and adapted by John Osborne, this twisted and darkly funny play tells the story of a young man who sold his soul for his youth and beauty, only to discover the price may be too high. ADC Theatre, Cambridge (01223 300085) 12 - 13 OCT Frankenstein This version by Proteus Theatre Company blends the novel with the story of the book's creation during the infamous weekend shared by Mary Shelley, Percy Shelley and Lord Bryon. Mumford Theatre, Cambridge (0845 196 2320) 13 OCT An Evening with Tom Conti The great actor talks about his life and career. The Brook, Soham (01353 721748) 13 - 14 OCT Shakespeare Schools Festival Four youthful half-hour productions of different Shakespeare plays. Key Theatre, Peterborough (01733 207239) 14 OCT The Magic of Motown A soul celebration of the sound of Tamla Motown. Cambridge Corn Exchange (01223 357851) 14 OCT The Comedy Club Top stand-up. Wisbech St Mary Community Centre, Beeching Close, Wisbech (01945 583444) 14 OCT Jenny Edbrooke: Smalls Funny, sad, moving and thought provoking, Smalls is an intimate performance that provides a gently challenging insight into the complex world of undergarments. The Junction, Cambridge (01223 511511) 14 OCT Derek Acorah TV’s spirit medium. The Brook, Soham (01353 721748) 14 OCT Daniel Sloss Scotland’s half-manhalf-Xbox, hormone-ridden comic prodigy is cur-

rently one of the fastest rising stars of UK comedy. The Junction, Cambridge (01223 511511) 15 OCT Ed Byrne The master of observational comedy, Ed's many TV appearances over the last couple of years have included hosting Live At The Apollo and being a regular panellist on Mock the Week and Have I Got News for You. Cambridge Corn Exchange (01223 357851) 15 OCT Crossed Keys See 1 Oct. Railworld, Peterborough (01473 211498) 15 OCT Vampirates This engaging adventure is told by a cast of three, in a lyrical, physical style, with a swashbuckling soundtrack. Key Theatre, Peterborough (01733 207239) 15 OCT In Conversation with an Acid Bath Murderer The chilling true story of John George Haigh, who killed at least six people between 1944 and 1949. The nation was gripped by the trial of the self-confessed ‘vampire killer’. Now, you are invited to join him firstly in his workshop in Crawley (where he dissolved his victims in acid) and then witness his final moments …as he waits to be hanged. Key Theatre, Peterborough (01733 207239) 16 OCT Al Murray - Barrel of Fun Extra Britain’s best-known Pub Philosopher will be serving up his own special brew of bar room banter. The Cresset, Peterborough (01733 265705) 17 OCT The Vagina Monologues See 8 Oct. Key Theatre, Peterborough (01733 207239) 17 OCT Crossed Keys See 1 Oct. Eco Innovation Centre, Peterborough (01473 211498) 18 OCT Sarah Millican Stand-up comedian and writer from North East. Cambridge Corn Exchange (01223 357851) 18 OCT The Man with the Luggage Trestle Unmasked use movement, music and projection to tell a deeply moving tale inspired by contemporary stories of migration and repatriation. Key Theatre, Peterborough (01733 207239) 18 - 20 OCT Prime Time Murder Murder mystery play by Michael Burrell. The Brook, Soham (01353 721748) 18 - 22 OCT An Inspector Calls Winner of 19 major awards and hailed as the theatrical event of our generation, the National Theatre's landmark production of JB Priestley's classic thriller has thrilled audiences throughout the world with its wildly imaginative staging, raw emotion, evocative score, and chilling suspense. Cambridge Arts Theatre (01223 503333) 18 - 22 OCT The Lonesome West Martin McDonagh’s play is dark, hilarious, filthy, tragic and absurd. A play for people who don’t like plays. Come see what happens when you ruin someone’s life then laugh while you’re apologising. ADC Theatre, Cambridge (01223 300085) 18 - 22 OCT Deep Blue Sea Wisbech Players present Terence Rattigan's play set in post-war London. Angles Theatre, Wisbech (01945 474447)

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19 OCT Al Murray - Barrel of Fun Extra See 16 Oct. Cambridge Corn Exchange (01223 357851) 19 - 22 OCT Not Now Darling Classic farce by Ray Cooney and John Chapman, starring Damia Williams. Key Theatre, Peterborough (01733 207239) 20 OCT Crossed Keys See 1 Oct. Peterborough Cathedral, Peterborough (01473 211498) 16 OCT Reginald D Hunter Originally from the Deep South of the USA, and now one of the North West's favourite comics. A hypnotic, smooth-talking, very human comedian who hits your funny bone with tales of love, hate, death and all that is in between. The Cresset, Peterborough (01733 265705) 21 OCT Russell Kane Join Fosters Comedy Award Winner and star of loads of stuff on telly, Russell Kane as he mercilessly explores the ridiculous state of masculinity in the modern world. He shaves his chest fur; you watch and laugh. The Junction, Cambridge (01223 511511) 22 OCT Reginald D Hunter See 21 Oct. Cambridge Corn Exchange (01223 357851) 22 OCT Rat Pack - Vegas Spectacular Fun all the way as the "Purveyors of Cool" come to town with the greatest music of the 20th century. The Cresset, Peterborough (01733 265705) 22 OCT Salon Rouge A night of Burlesque with Empress Stah and Cherry Shakewell plus all the regular Salon Rouge starlets. Plus an eclectic mix of music from the 40s, 50s and present day. The Junction, Cambridge (01223 511511) 22 OCT Crossed Keys See 1 Oct. John Clare Theatre, Peterborough (01473 211498) 24 OCT Hare & Tortoise Children’s show. Mumford Theatre, Cambridge (0845 196 2320) 24 OCT High School Mania Featuring all the very best hits from High School Musical 1, 2, & 3, Glee and Camp Rock. Key Theatre, Peterborough (01733 207239) 25 OCT Dave Gorman’s Powerpoint Presentation Always one of comedy’s most innovative thinkers this genre stretching performer is back… and for this brand new show he’s formed a double act… with a projector screen. Cambridge Corn Exchange (01223 357851) 25 OCT Penny Dreadful's Etherdome A darkly funny, true tale of 1850's America, where carnival-sideshows meet live bluegrass... and dentistry! Mumford Theatre, Cambridge (0845 196 2320) 25 - 29 OCT Horrible Histories Using amazing 3D technology and live action to explore mean mummies and evil Emperors, The Awful Egyptians & The Ruthless Romans are thrilling stage shows for the whole family. Cambridge Arts Theatre (01223 503333) 25 - 29 OCT Antigone This savagely human story retains its wonderful moments of comedy and with the incorporation of live music and physical theatre this promises to be a 80

dynamic retelling of a true classic. ADC Theatre, Cambridge (01223 300085) 26 - 29 OCT The Merry Widow Fully staged production of Lehar’s opera by Peterborough Opera. Stamford Corn Exchange (01780 766455) 27 OCT The Nutcracker Enchanting ballet performed by The Vienna Festival Ballet. Hinchingbrooke Performing Arts Centre, Brampton Road, Huntingdon (01480 375678) 27 OCT Red Riding Hood Horse + Bamboo present a gorgeously rendered retelling of the classic girl-and-the-wolf tale. Exquisite visuals blend with pantomime-style silliness and spooky moments to create an enchanting piece of theatre. Ideal for all ages over 4. The Junction, Cambridge (01223 511511) 27 OCT Puppetry of the Penis A mind-blowing show featuring two strapping Australians who manipulate their genitals into various shapes, objects and landmarks. A video camera projects intimate details of these incredible phenomena onto a large screen ensuring that little can be missed, and this time it’s in 3D! The Junction, Cambridge (01223 511511) 28 OCT Jenny Eclair Jenny Eclair has been a stand up comic since the last millennium; she is a Grumpy old Woman Team Captain, author and actress. The Maltings, Ship Lane, Ely. (01353 616991) 28 OCT 4 Poofs & a Piano Best known for their weekly appearances on The Jonathan Ross Show, the fabulous foursome are back with another helping of frisky footwork, laughs and musical madness. The Cresset, Peterborough (01733 265705) 28 OCT Steve Hall's Very Still Life Steve has been called a Steve Coogan 'lookalike and soundalike', which makes sense as they are distantly related through a convoluted web of Irish cousins. Hecklers tend to think Steve looks more like Mr Bean. Daily Telegraph Comedy Awards 2003 and BBC Comedy Awards 2003 runner-up. The Junction, Cambridge (01223 511511) 28 - 29 OCT Sunday Morning at the Centre of the World RATz present Louis de Bernieres' play. Angles Theatre, Wisbech (01945 474447) 30 OCT Gyles Brandreth See panel. The Junction, Cambridge (01223 511511) 31 OCT Kalashnikov, in the woods by the lake Darkly comic drama by Fraser Grace exploring the life of Mikhail Kalashnikov, the man who invented the AK47 assault rifle during the Second World War. The Robinson Theatre, Hills Road College, Cambridge (01223 278049) 31 OCT - I NOV Macbeth The vicious, barbaric undercurrent in Shakespeare's epic erupts in this kinetic, blood-thirsty production. Mumford Theatre, Cambridge (0845 196 2320) 31 OCT - 2 NOV The Pit & The Pendulum The horror story to end all horror

stories by John Goodrum. The Edgar Allan Poe tale has never been beaten for its pure terror and nail-biting suspense. Starring Mark Homer, best known as Tony Hills in Eastenders. Key Theatre, Peterborough (01733 207239)

MUSIC 1 OCT Sixties Gold 60s concert with Gerry & The Pacemakers, The Searchers, The Fortunes and Chip Hawkes. Cambridge Corn Exchange (01223 357851) 1 OCT Raphael Wallfisch The acclaimed cellist plays Dvorak, Wagner and Kodaly. Ely Cathedral (01353 660349) 1 OCT Abba Forever Tribute. Key Theatre, Peterborough (01733 207239) 1 OCT A Night at the Opera Special Gala concert for Wallace Cancer Care featuring famous excerpts from the world of opera. West Road Concert Hall, Cambridge (01223 243721) 1 OCT The Galaxy Big Band Charity concert. The Brook, Soham (01353 721748) 2 OCT Ann Breen Irish country. The Brook, Soham (01353 721748) 2 OCT Trio Panormus Pieces by Mozart, Verdi, Donizetti and Rossini. St Paul’s, Hills Road, Cambridge (01223 315191) 4 OCT Na-Mara Herts-based folk duo. St Neots Folk Club, The Priory Centre, St Neots (01234 376278) 5 OCT The Kooks Infectious, energetic and full of whatever it takes to craft a good pop song, this Brighton four-piece released their latest album, Junk of the Heart, last month. Cambridge Corn Exchange (01223 357851) 6 OCT Lau A formidable trio of three of the finest and most innovative exponents of modern traditional music in Britain today. The Junction, Cambridge (01223 511511) 6 OCT Roy Orbison & Friends Tribute. Cambridge Corn Exchange (01223 357851) 7 OCT The Milan Trio Prokofiev, Mendelssohn, Debussy. West Road Concert Hall, Cambridge (01223 357851) 7 OCT Derrin Nauendorf Nauendorf is quickly gaining the reputation as one of Australia's most exciting new artists. An earthy soulful voice, blistering guitar skills and a bagful of inspired material makes him a truly great package. Key Theatre, Peterborough (01733 207239) 7 OCT Johnny Westwood Country. The Brook, Soham (01353 721748) 8 OCT The Toy Hearts A six-piece family, traditional and contempoary Bluegrass band from Birmingham. Plus rising Canadian folk singer, Sarah MacDougall. Acoustic Routes, CB2 Basement, Norfolk Street, Cambridge. 7.45pm on the door. 8 OCT A Vision of Elvis Top tribute by Rob Kingsley. The Cresset, Peterborough (01733 265705) 8 OCT Sinfonia of Cambridge Stravinsky, Tchaikovsky. West Road Concert Hall, Cambridge (0845 6801926)

30 OCTOBER GYLES BRANDRETH They say all political careers end in tears. In Gyles Brandreth's case it's tears of laughter as the actor, author, One Show reporter, former MP and government whip turns stand-up. This is Brandreth unleashed on the stars he's known (one-to-one) and the wicked ways of Westminster (no expenses spared). Without hesitation or repetition (and just a touch of deviation), Just a Minute regular Gyles delivers a dazzling evening of wit, wordplay and hilarious name-dropping. The Junction, Cambridge.

8 OCT Twylight Shadows Tribute to Cliff and the Shadows. The Brook, Soham (01353 721748) 9 OCT Georgie Fame Georgie, with his much loved blend of jazz and rhythm and blues, is an icon of the British music scene. Cambridge Arts Theatre (01223 503333) 9 OCT One Night of Queen Tribute by Stars In Their Eyes winner, Gary Mullen. Cambridge Corn Exchange (01223 357851) 9 OCT The Fat Friday Band Jazz funk. The Willow Tree, Bourn (01954 719775) 10 OCT Academy of Ancient Music Wagner, Beethoven, Paganini. West Road Concert Hall, Cambridge (01223 503333) 11 OCT Lucy Ward Folk. St Neots Folk Club, The Priory Centre, St Neots (01234 376278) 11 OCT Karima Francis Manchesters hottest property at the moment is young Karima Francis. Treading a line that brings memories of Van Morrison, Jeff Buckley, Tracey Chapman and Joan Armatrading. The Junction, Cambridge (01223 511511) 12 OCT Emmy The Great Critically acclaimed folk singer Emmy the Great, real name Emma-Lee Moss, was initially a member of the indie folk group Lightspeed Champion, performing as their vocalist for a brief period in 2007 alongside Florence Welch (of Florence and the




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Machine). Now a solo artist, her debut album, First Love, was released to mass critical acclaim. Noted for her evocative and thought-provoking lyrics, and her inventive way with rhyme, her live performances have bags of vulnerability and sass in equal measures. The Junction, Cambridge (01223 511511) 14 OCT O’Hooley and Tidow with Anna Esslemont Folk. Cambridge Folk Club, The Golden Hind, Milton Road, Cambridge (01638 603986) 14 OCT Fernando’s Kitchen A group of multi-cultural musicians, performing their very own modern Flamenco Latin and North African music, also called Nu world music, a fusion of passionate guitar and oud melodies, exciting rhythms and mesmerising vocals. The Junction, Cambridge (01223 511511) 14 OCT Troy Boy The Merry Opera Company perform Offenbach’s lively operetta. West Road Concert Hall, Cambridge (01223 300085) 15 OCT The Pierces Alternative folk rockers The Pierces are sisters Allison and Catherine Pierce, originally from Birmingham, Alabama but now living in New York. The Junction, Cambridge (01223 511511) 15 OCT City of Cambridge Symphony Orchestra Liszt, Brahms. West Road Concert Hall, Cambridge (01223 300085) 15 OCT Autumn Mozartiade An evening devoted to Mozart. Emmanuel United Reformed Church, Trumpington Street, Cambridge (07711 384218) 16 OCT Pink Martini See panel. Cambridge Corn Exchange (01223 357851) 18 OCT Ewan McClennan Folk. St Neots Folk Club, The Priory Centre, St Neots (01234 376278) 19 OCT Pilgrims' Way Folk. Ely Folk Club, The Lamb Hotel, Lynn Road, Ely (01353 740999) 19 OCT Endellion String Quartet Beethoven, Mendelssohn. West Road Concert Hall, Cambridge (01223 300085) 21 OCT John Barrowman John Barrowman is easily one of the most familiar faces on British television and the West End stage. Best known for playing Captain Jack Harkness in the BBC series' Torchwood and Doctor Who, he has also been a judge on the award-winning BBC1 entertainment shows How Do You Solve A Problem Like Maria?, Any Dream Will Do and I'd Do Anything. He will be performing songs from his latest Best Of collection, and more. Cambridge Corn Exchange (01223 357851) 21 OCT Chris Sherburn and Denny Bartley Folk. Cambridge Folk Club, The Golden Hind, Milton Road, Cambridge (01638 603986) 21 OCT Abba Forever Tribute. The Brook, Soham (01353 721748) 22 OCT Miranda Sykes & Rex Preston Miranda Sykes is a multi-talented singer, double bass and guitar player who easily 82

slips between genres as diverse as folk, jazz, rock and pop. Rex Preston is the most virtuosic mandolin player in the UK today. Acoustic Routes, CB2 Basement, Norfolk Street, Cambridge. 7.45pm on the door. 22 OCT Ely Choral Society ‘Gloria Italia’ - a celebration of Italian music. Ely Cathedral (01353 740021) 22 OCT Rough Diamond + Blake & Brazil Country music. The Brook, Soham (01353 721748) 22 OCT St Neots Big Band Berkley Street Methodist Church, Berkley Street, Eynesbury, St Neots (01480 405379) 23 OCT Miles Kane Last Shadow Puppets frontman and ex- Rascals vocalist Miles Kane visits The Junction to showcase material from his debut album Colour of the Trap. The Junction, Cambridge (01223 511511) 23 OCT Emillia Martensson Folk jazz. The Willow Tree, Bourn (01954 719775) 24 OCT Le Mystere de Voix Bulgares Internationally renowned vocal ensemble Le Mystere Des Voix Bulgares blend traditional songs with contemporary arrangements. Formerly known as the Bulgarian State Radio & Television Female Vocal Choir, the group was created in Bulgaria by Philip Koutev, aka 'the father of Bulgarian concert folk music.' Cambridge Corn Exchange (01223 357851) 25 OCT Ed Sheeran Singer-songwriter from Suffolk. Fusing traditional acoustic and folk melodies with hip hop beats, Sheeran has created an inimitable sound which is getting him noticed with hits such as The A Team. The Junction, Cambridge (01223 511511) 25 OCT Noah and the Whale Energetic popsters from London whose proficient songs and live sets employ beautiful harmonies and elements of folk and bluegrass to good effect. Their hit song '5 Years' Time' is sufficient to reel in any potential fan, as their packed-out gigs would suggest. Cambridge Corn Exchange (01223 357851) 25 OCT Grace Notes Folk. St Neots Folk Club, The Priory Centre, St Neots (01234 376278) 26 OCT The Rifles London indie four piece celebrate the release of their third album Freedom Run last month. Citing influences as far reaching as The Smiths, The Clash and The Streets, their sound is heavily sixties mod yet thoroughly modern. The Junction, Cambridge (01223 511511) 26 OCT Xerxes Handel’s opera performed by English Touring Opera. West Road Concert Hall, Cambridge (0207 833 2555) 27 OCT Fairy Queen Purcell’s opera performed by English Touring Opera. West Road Concert Hall, Cambridge (0207 833 2555) 27 OCT Royal Philharmonic Orchestra Kids' Concert Morning concert for children. Cambridge Corn Exchange (01223 357851) 27 OCT Royal Philharmonic Orchestra Tchaikovsky, Grieg, Beethoven. With solost Alexandra Dariescu, piano. Cambridge Corn Exchange (01223 357851)

28 OCT The Beat Formed in Birmingham in 1978, The Beat were at the forefront of the 2 Tone ska scene fusing pop, soul, reggae and punk to produce a string of hits including the inimitable Mirror in the Bathroom. The Junction, Cambridge (01223 511511) 28 OCT Dominic Kirwan Popular Irish singer. The Brook, Soham (01353 721748) 28 OCT Elbow Jane 5 piece acoustic roots combo who blend acoustic folk instrumentation with a fresh exciting sound and energy. Cambridge Folk Club, The Golden Hind, Milton Road, Cambridge (01638 603986) 28 OCT Flavio Handel’s opera performed by English Touring Opera. West Road Concert Hall, Cambridge (0207 833 2555) 28 OCT Mick Hutton Group with Don Weller Jazz. One of the most talented bass players in Europe. Hidden Rooms, 7a Jesus Lane, Cambridge (01223 362550) 28 OCT Ashley Wass Probably the finest of the younger generation of British pianists with a wealth of international successes to his credit, Ashley performs regularly for BBC radio, has played at most major UK venues and at the 'Proms'. The programme will include music by Beethoven, Mendlessohn, Liszt and Barber. The Performing Arts Centre, Hinchingbrooke Park Road, Huntingdon (01480 375678) 29 OCT Katy B Confidently seizing the middle ground between the totally on-point lyricism of Lily Allen and the swagger of Ms Dynamite and Neneh Cherry, Katy's killer combination of natural pop sass, uniquely powerful voice and total immersion in London's club culture makes her the perfect popstar. Cambridge Corn Exchange (01223 357851) 29 OCT Roots of Cambridge Rock 2 Live 60s music played by a huge number of musicians who have played for bands such as Del Amitri, The Ramblers, The Zodiacs, The Tokens, Teh Hi-Fi’s and many others. St Paul’s Church Centre, Hills Road, Cambridge. 8-11pm. 30 OCT Jools Holland and his Rhythm and Blues Orchestra Jools’ guests include Shane MacGowan of The Pogues, Ruby Turner, and Louise Marshall. Cambridge Corn Exchange (01223 357851) 30 OCT Academy of Ancient Music Handel, Charpentier, Telemann, Tartini. West Road Concert Hall, Cambridge (01223 503333) 20 OCT The Indians Country music. The Brook, Soham (01353 721748)

ART & EXHIBITIONS 1 OCT Occupation Body & Soul A photographic exhibition featuring over 100 pictures of Israeli military checkpoints in the West Bank, Occupied Palestine. Ely Cathedral. 10am5pm. (01223 369342) 1 - 23 OCT Ian McWhinnie + Helen Martino Paintings and ceramics. Cambridge Contemporary Art Gallery, Trinity Street, Cambridge (01223 324 222)

16 OCTOBER PINK MARTINI Pink Martini is a heady cocktail of big band sophistication from Portland, Oregon. This twelve-piece band is somewhere between a 1930s Cuban dance orchestra, a classical chamber music ensemble and a Brazilian marching street band. Great entertainment. Cambridge Corn Exchange.

1 - 23 OCT Fair Trade: Material Matters Over the last four years, self-portraits drawn by other artists have been collected and stitched into woad dyed yarn onto recycled blankets by Littleport-based artist Jane Frost. These blankets form the ‘material matter’, looking at the context of sustainable actions and relationships. The exhibition will show completed works and the process behind them. Babylon Gallery, Ely (01353 616991) 1 - 30 OCT Flower Drawings: Redouté and his Pupils A beautiful summer exhibition of flower drawings by Joseph-Pierre Redouté and his pupils. Fitzwilliam Museum, Cambridge (01223 332900) 1 - 30 OCT Hot Shots Hot Shots is the gallery´s first all photography exhibition. All five artists in the show - David Anthony Hall, Richard Heeps, Noel Myles, Lin Osborn and David Rhys Jones - are regular exhibitors at Byard, but this is the first time there´s been such a large collection of their work in the gallery at one time. Byard Art, King's Parade, Cambridge (01223 464646) 1 OCT - 19 NOV Roald Amundsen The Polar Museum´s Roald Amundsen exhibition interprets his life through the seven major expeditions that he undertook and ten of his personal relationships. Ronald Engelbregt Gravning Amundsen (1872-1928). Born into a Norwegian shipping family, Amundsen´s mother dreamed that he would become a doctor. Instead, he chose polar exploration, inspired by the example of Sir John Franklin. He toughened his body, undertook major ski trips and gained experience of the Arctic aboard a sealing ship. Scott Polar Musuem, Lensfield Road, Cambridge (01223 336540)

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1 OCT - 20 NOV Bridget Riley: colour, stripes, planes and curves For fifty years Bridget Riley has been one of the world’s leading abstract painters. For most of that time colour and our perception of its fleeting nature have been at the heart of her work. This exhibition, organised uniquely for Kettle's Yard, takes paintings and studies from the last thirty years to trace her progress through the agency of stripes, planes and curves and back to stripes. Kettle’s Yard, Castle Street, Cambridge (01223 748100) 1 OCT - 23 DECEMBER Books & Babies: Communicating Reproduction This exhibition is about the two senses of reproduction, about babies and about the multiplication of images, sounds and text, and the ways in which they have interacted in the past and continue to interact today. Books and Babies traces these interactions from ancient fertility figures and medieval manuscripts to the birth of Louise Brown following in vitro fertilization in 1978. Cambridge University Library, West Road, Cambridge (01223 333000 1 OCT - 8 JANUARY Splendour and Power: Imperial Treasures from Vienna A stunning collection of precious decorative arts never before seen in the UK: the treasures of the Hapsburg Emperors. Fitzwilliam Museum, Cambridge (01223 332900) 3 - 16 OCT Well Oiled Painting Group Exhibition of work by the eclectic group of painters in a variety of styles. The Michaelhouse Centre, Trinity Street, Cambridge. 4 OCT - 1 APRIL England and the Dutch Republic in the age of Vermeer: Coins and medals from the 17th-cenutry See fine examples of 17th-century English and Dutch coins and medals illustrating the great historic figures and naval wars of the period. Fitzwilliam Museum, Cambridge (01223 332900) 5 OCT - 15 JANUARY Vermeer's Women: Secrets and Silence At the heart of this visually stunning exhibition is Vermeer's extraordinary painting The Lacemaker (c.1669-70) - one of the Musée du Louvre’s most famous works, rarely seen outside Paris and now on loan to the UK for the first time. The painting will be joined by a choice selection of other key works by Vermeer representing the pinnacle of his mature career, and over thirty other masterpieces of genre painting from the Dutch 'Golden Age'. Fitzwilliam Museum, Cambridge (01223 332900) 15 OCT Linton Camera Club Annual Exhibition Linton Village Hall. 10am-4pm. 22 OCT 24th East Anglian Sugarcraft Exhibition Plus demonstrations and trade stands. Cottenham Village College, High Street, Cottenham. 10am-4pm. 22 - 23 OCT Art Unequalled A new show to showcase the work of selected Artists and Designers. You will find a variety of work 84

including ceramics, glass, sculpture, textiles, jewellery, painting, photography, furniture and more. The Maltings, Ship Lane, Ely. 10.30am-5pm. (07850 286566) 28 OCT - 20 NOV Angie Lewin + Rob Ryan Prints. Cambridge Contemporary Art Gallery, Trinity Street, Cambridge (01223 324 222)

SPECIAL EVENTS EVERY SATURDAY Ely Craft and Collectable Market Ely. 8am-2pm. (01353 662062) EVERY SATURDAY Historic Peterborough tour Peterborough Museum. 2-3.30pm. (01733 864663) 1 OCT Peterborough Festival of Antiques Established in 1972 Bob Evans Fairs were one of the first companies to organise Antique Fairs in the UK. Starting locally with a small fair in Melton Mowbray, they now organise this event, one of the largest Antique Fairs in the country, with over 1,700 stallholders. East of England Showground, Peterborough (01664 812627) 1 - 2 OCT Holme 1940s Weekend Life on the Holme Front Archive footage from the Britsh, USA & Canadian Forces being shown in a “field” cinema; Tank Rides, Vintage Ploughing, 1940’s Games, Vintage Vehicle Displays, Re-enactors, 1940’s style tea room , stalls, exhibitions and more. Holmewood Hall, Church Street, Holme, Peterborough. 10am4pm. (07860 342163) 1 - 2 OCT Royston Arts Festival A four day arts festival celebrating the best artists, dancers, writers, musicians and actors in Royston and beyond. Over 50 workshops, performances, exhibitions and demonstrations. Various venues, Royston. (07907 880355) 1 - 2 OCT Diesel Gala Nene Valley Railway, Wansford Station, Stibbington, Peterborough (01780 784444) 1 - 8 OCT To The Lighthouse: A Festival for Readers and Writers Supported by the Poet Laureate Carol Ann Duffy, this festival draws on Virginia Woolf's writing to stimulate and challenge readers and writers alike. Events includ talks, readings, film screenings, play performances, walking tours, exhibitions and a writing challenge for schools. Various venues, Cambs (01223 703522) 2 OCT All Triumph Day The event usually attracts about 200 Triumphs. Imperial War Museum, Duxford (01223 835000) 2 OCT Lights Camera Action Multicultural Fashion Show! There will be four catwalk shows, entertainment from around the world, a fashion auction, food from Asia and Africa and lots of stalls selling items such as hand made jewellery and bespoke fashion. All the clothing on the catwalk is made by our young designers and modelled by young people from all over Cambridgeshire. Burgess Hall, Westwood Road, St Ives. 6.30pm. (01480 494333)

4 OCT Frock Swap Plus crafts and gifts. In aid of Save The Children. Great Chishill Village Hall. 8pm. 6 OCT Inns & Taverns Tour Find out about the many Victorian pubs in the city and learn what Fen ale was. Peterborough Museum. 7.30pm. (01733 864663) 7 - 10 OCT Willingham Feast A week of events including music evening, farmer's market, afternoon of arts, hoe-down, pilgrimage walk, funfair and much more. Willingham (01954 260647) 8 - 9 OCT 1940s Weekend There will be a series of arena shows throughout each day delivering an experience of the sights and sounds of the war. These can be battles, weaponry demonstrations, demonstrations of wartime training. Entertainers on the platform both days, displays by re-enactment groups, speical Help for Heroes Train (both days), wartime dinners in the Turntable Café, and more. Nene Valley Railway, Wansford Station, Stibbington, Peterborough (01780 784444) 9 OCT The East of England Autumn Show Cisitors to the show can expect to see thousands of animals of all shapes and sizes, from small livestock exhibits including mice and fancy rats to special displays of rare and endangered livestock breeds. There will be many displays of traditional country life, including country crafts, as well as large animal exhibits. Food Hall, Shire horses, dog show, exhibition of poultry and waterfowl and much more. East of England Showground, Peterborough. 9am4.30pm. (0845 600 5445) 9 OCT Dragonfly Antiques Fair The Brook, Soham. 10.30am-3.30pm. (01353 721748) 14 - 15 OCT Cambridge Octoberfest 5th year for this autumn beer festival. University Social Club, Mill Lane, Cambridge. 5-10.30pm Fri, Noon-10.30pm Sat. 15 OCT Ely Apple Festival he annual Apple Festival held on Ely´s Palace Green has become East Anglia´s biggest celebration of the great British Apple : Apple and Spoon racing, longest apple peel competition, apple activities and goodies including apple sausages, juices, ciders and cookery demonstrations. Palace Green, Ely. 10am-4pm. (01353 662062) 15 - 16 OCT The Burghley Craft Show Over 150 Craftsmen and Demonstrators, such as Artists, Designers, Jewellery Makers, Wood Turners, Glass Blowers, Basket Makers and much much more, as well as children's entertainment, string puppet shows, Fine Food Hall, and various Make and Take Areas. Burghley House (01780 752451) 15 - 16 OCT The National Festival of Railway Modelling With over 30 top layouts booked to attend as well as over 80 exhibitors. the National Festival of Railway Modelling is already shaping up to be a mustattend event. East of England Showground, Peterborough (01778 391000)

16 OCT Autumn Air Show; Remembering the Korean War The Autumn Air Show pays homage to this uniquely international air battle, characterised by the contrast between the highly-developed piston engine and the first generation of jet aircraft. Imperial War Museum, Duxford (01223 835000) 16 OCT Buckden Antqiue, Vintage and Collectors Fair Over 25 stalls with an eclectic mix of treasures. Village Hall, Buckden (01480 819148) 19 - 30 OCT Festival of Ideas Freedom, revolution and communication have shaped human history since the dawn of mankind. Those three themes form the backbone of this year´s Festival of Ideas at the University of Cambridge - the UK´s only arts, humanities and social sciences festival. Now in its fourth year, the festival returns with more than 160 free events for all ages spanning everything from the Arab Spring and Wikileaks, to Darwin´s work on facial expressions. University of Cambridge (01223 332300) 23 OCT East of England Autumn Wedding Show Over 70 stands and plenty more to help you plan and get ideas for your wedding. East of England Showground, Peterborough (01775 765385) 23 OCT The Cambridge Wedding Fair Doubletree by Hilton, Cambridge Garden House, Granta Place, Mill Lane, Cambridge. 11am-4pm. (07834 214153) 23 OCT The Alternative Wedding Fair The first of its kind, you’ll find around 25 exhibitors that fit into the ‘outside-the-box’ theme of the fair. St Ives Corn Exchange. 11am-4pm. 28 OCT Halloween Murder Mystery Don your deerstalker and pipe and join Sherlock and Watson for a murder most horrid. Swynford Hotel, London Road, Six Mile Bottom, nr Newmarket (01638 570234) 28 - 29 OCT Thomas at Halloween Nene Valley Railway, Wansford Station, Stibbington, Peterborough (01780 784444) 29 - 30 OCT LovePets Show Large show for people and families who are passionate about their pets. Meet and chat with experts from the pet industry, and meet lots of pets too. Large indoor area with stalls, traders amd more, with animal fun and games to be enjoyed in the main arena and hall on both days. TV Vet Marc Abraham will be a special guest. East of England Showground, Peterborough. 29 - 30 OCT Crafts and Gifts Goods of high quality and design. Chilford Hall, Balsham Road, Linton (01263 734711) 30 OCT Cambridge Art & Crafts Market Original & Unique Designed Work by the Stallholders. The grounds of Scotsdales's Garden Centre, Great Shelford, Cambridge. 10.30am - 4.30pm. 30 OCT Autumn Wedding Fair Be inspired by Swynford and over 30 other Wedding day Suppliers. Swynford Hotel, London Road, Six Mile Bottom, nr Newmarket (01638 570234)





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Apple Festival Saturday 15 October 2011 Palace Green (opposite Cathedral), Ely Apple Identification and Display bring your apples to be identified (stalk or leaf will help with identification) Apple Market local traders selling related produce and products Woodturner & Bee Keeping Demonstrations come and see how it is done Childrenâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Activities and Story Telling apple and spoon races and apple shy.

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Award-winning dining pub that combines a flavour of the traditional with a timeless and relaxed taste all of our own. Set in the charming village of Old Warden, here you can enjoy superbly cooked food and a proper pint. Old Warden 01767 627225 The Viceroy Popular restaurant specializes in Indian food, free range, no added artificial colours and low in fat with the freshest herb and spices from around the world. Bar and lounge area. Sun Street, Biggleswade 01767 312110 The Lounge at the Old Maltings A coffee lounge and bistro by day and a wine, beer and small plates bar by night. Sophisticated and relaxed, it has three separate lounge areas and a 50 seat courtyard. The small plates menu is available with a succulent selection of meatballs, mini lamb cutlets, prawns, chorizo, roasted potatoes with a hot sauce and crabcakes to name but a few. Church Street, Biggleswade 0870 760 5019 Il Carafino Delightful traditional Italian restaurant where you can enjoy freshly prepared authentic Italian cuisine, with fresh fish & shellfish/lobster a speciality. Palace Street, Biggleswade 01767 310390 Stratton House Hotel Family owned hotel in the heart of Biggleswade. The restaurant offers an interesting and imaginative blend of traditional and contemporary cuisine from tasty bar snacks to sophisticated a la carte meals. London Road, Biggleswade 01767 312442 The Maharajah of Sandy Popular Indian restaurant with a wide-


ranging menu that encompasses cuisine from all areas of the Indian subcontinent. Market Square, Sandy 01767 689743 China Express This extremely popular Chinese restaurant started life as a small takeway. There’s a colourful lounge, and an open-plan kitchen that stretches across the back of the restaurant. Watch in delight as the chefs prepare your food in front of you. Market Square, Sandy 01767 699088 Gabriels Restaurant All food at this lovely restaurant is freshly prepared using only the finest ingredients – mature 25 day beef to ensure succulent steaks every time, market fresh fish, sauces and vegetables all professionally prepared in house from the freshest ingredients. In summer, enjoy al fresco dining on the herb terrace. St Neots Road, Sandy 01767 699500 Warren Farm Lodge A group of farm buildings converted into a luxurious family home offering superior Bed and Breakfast accommodation. Three luxury suites are available and guests can enjoy a delicious home prepared breakfast, morning and afternoon teas and choose from an evening menu. Carthagena Road, Sutton, Sandy 01767 262927 The Royal Oak

The oldest pub in the historic market town of Potton, situated in a Grade 2 listed building, with an oak beamed bar and a real fire on colder days. Here you'll find real ales, fine wines and fresh and delicious food, all in a traditional, family-run, English pub like atmosphere. Biggleswade Road, Potton 01767 261888 The Old Coach House Pub with a good selection of real ales and twelve en-suite bedrooms for bed and breakfast accommodation. Market Square, Potton 01767 260221

Biggleswade is a small historic Bedfordshire market town with good leisure facilities that include a sports centre and a heated indoor swimming pool. The town centre features the Market Square where a general market is held each Saturday. It is surrounded by shops, many in attractive converted buildings such as the old Market house. The river Ivel links Biggleswade with the neighbouring town of Sandy, another market town that was originally a Roman settlement and was probably an important trading centre and staging post in the Roman era. Sandy is the headquarters of the Royal Society for the Protection of Birds. The RSPB offices are in The Lodge, at Sandy Warren, surrounded by over 100 acres of woodland and formal gardens criss-crossed with nature trails and spotted with hides for observing birds and wildlife. Autumn is the perfect time to visit The Lodge, to see the wonderful colours of silver birches and oaks before the leaves fall.

At nearby Old Warden you’ll find the amazing Shuttleworth Collection, an all grass aerodrome and the 20s/30s style buildings which will transport you back to yesteryear. The Shuttleworth Collection is unique in that it is a 'living' museum - almost all the aeroplanes are flyable (some are the sole survivors of their type) and one hangar is devoted to First World War aircraft and another to those used in the Second World War for training, light bombing, defence and attack, together with associated memorabilia. The aeroplanes from the Collection are flown regularly in displays during the summer season but can be viewed in their static display exhibition throughout the year. Catch the Autumn Air Show on 2 October. Also at Old Warden Park is the Swiss Garden, a late Regency garden and an outstanding example of the Swiss picturesque, created in the 1820s by Lord Ongley. You can also visit The English School of Falconry and Bird of Prey and Conservation Centre, with its collection of almost 300 birds, including Falcons, Hawks, Owls, Eagles and Vultures. The park is also home to The Mansion House, a stunning 130-year-old venue set in 500 acres of parkland that can be hired for weddings and other events.

Cambridge Coins & Jewellery opened in Biggleswade in 2006 and continues the tradition of coin and medal collecting throughout East Anglia. They have over forty years experience and as well as their great range of stock for sale, will buy your Coins, Medals, Banknotes, Tokens, Postcards, anything GOLD any Silver - even broken jewellery - for cash. High Street, Biggleswade 01767 600300

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Handbags, scarves, jewellery, mobiles, hanging hearts, cushions and door stops for the home.

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We sell cards with a mixture made by a local girl. Lots of different money boxes which also include a shopping fund. Lots of different teddies in all shapes and sizes. Even shoe boxes to put your shoes in with matching shoe trinket boxes in pink and black.

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Sue Pelletier Shopping at Sue Pelletier is a unique and personal experience. Sue Pelletier's understanding of what ladies really want has enabled her to build up a thriving business with loyal customers. Our ranges of ladies designer clothing are specially selected to bring you elegance, style and comfort. Our Promise: It is our mission never to let you leave the shop with something that doesn't suit you. That is why we don't sell online - if we can't see you, we won't be able to help. The Personal Service: We pride ourselves on our personal shopping service. You are welcome to spend as long as you like in the shop, we will make you coffee and listen to exactly what it is that you want, then we will help you find it. Our Customers: We find that nearly all of the visitors to our fashion boutique become regular customers. Because they know we will take care of them. As we get to know you, we get to know your wardrobe, so we can help you choose an outfit that will complement something that you may already have in your wardrobe.

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EAT • DRINK • STAY Krakow Restaurant Cafe Highly rated restaurant serving what they describe as New European Cuisine. The inspiration for their dishes comes from a number of countries especially Poland where influences of Russian, Hungarian, French, German, Italian and Austrian cuisine have blended alongside Poland’s unusual history. St Cuthberts Street 01234 272053 The Cappuccino Bar A traditional Italian restaurant with a relaxed and intimate atmosphere. Sit in the restaurant or in the Italian style covered courtyard and enjoy a great range of pastas, pizzas, salads, risotto and Italian meat and fish dishes. Newnham Street 01234 352991 Asia Lounge A fine dining Indian, Malaysian, Thai restaurant with a separate lounge and cocktail bar. The stylish setting and Asia-Fusion cuisine makes for a memorable dining experience. High Street 01234 365366 Peking Palace Established restaurant specialising in Peking and Canton cuisine. With the use of only the finest ingredients, they have over 100 dishes to choose from. St John’s Street 01234 272727 Mamma Mia This family-run business was founded by Bruno Zanna 27 years ago, and first opened in Bedford back in 1985. Fabulous Italian restaurant serving a great selection of mouth-watering traditional dishes, alongside pizza


and pastas. Don’t leave without buying a bottle of their very own Italian salad dressing. St Peter’s Street 01234 353470 The Embankment An imposing mock-Tudor pub with rooms in the heart of Bedford, with wonderful views out over the River Great Ouse, the boathouses and all the hustle and bustle of life on the river. Real ales from the Charles Wells Brewery, a seasonal menu of traditional pub favourites, and twenty newly refurbished, well-equipped rooms. The Embankment 01234 261332 Riverside Grill Located in Bedford’s new cultural quarter and a stone’s throw from the historic castle mound, the Riverside Grill serves great grilled food in a purpose built contemporary and stylish environment. There is also a south facing terrace overlooking the River Ouse and the Castle Bailey Gardens archaeological site. Castle Lane 01234 359 599 Riobello Italian Restaurant on the banks of the River Ouse offering a wide range of pastas, pizzas, risottos and fantastic array of specialities. St Mary’s Street 01234 364430 The Coach House at The Ship The Ship is one of Bedford’s oldest pubs with four bars and weekly entertainment. Dining in the Ship takes place in the Coach House where you can enjoy Volcanic Rock Cuisine - where you cook your own

main course of fish, steak and chicken on a volcanic rock at your table. St Cuthbert’s Street 01234 267126 The Park Pub & Kitchen With a traditional wrap-around bar, spacious restaurant and relaxed conservatory, The Park is just a stone's throw from Bedford Park on the outskirts of the town. St Cuthbert’s Street 01234 267126 Amici A small traditional Italian/Mediterranean restaurant in the heart of town with a relaxed and intimate atmosphere. St Peter’s Street 01234 340734 The Barns Hotel Excellent accommodation with views of the great River Ouse and the local country park and wonderful grounds in which to stroll and relax. The delightful WineGlass Restaurant is open for lunch and dinner. Samuel Whitbread, founder of the brewing business, was born in the main house in 1720 and it remained within the Whitbread family until 1890s, becoming a hotel in 1987. Cardington Road 01234 270044 Bedford Swan Hotel This spa hotel is Bedford’s most historic hotel and has been transformed following a multi-million pound refurbishment. Elegant and luxurious accommodation and a fabulous AA Rosette award winning River Room Restaurant with an outdoor terrace offering stunning views overlooking the river. The Embankment 01234 346565

The 19th Bedford Victorian Christmas Fair will take place on Friday 9th, Saturday 10th and Sunday 11th December in Harpur Square, Midland Road and Harpur Suite, Bedford. There will be the usual colourful milieu of traditional fairground rides and attractions along with a comprehensive street entertainment programme, character cameos, school performances, bands across the three days. Staged throughout the pedestrian area in Bedford Town Centre, the Victorian Fair provides the perfect Christmas environment for shopping and an ideal opportunity for you to soak up the festive ambience and really get into the Christmas spirit.

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classic of the modern theatre and a powerful reminder of the atrocities of a war that cost twenty million lives. Bedford Theatre (01234 269519) 3 - 8 OCT Dreamboats and Petticoats Inspired by the smash hit million selling albums, this show features some of the greatest hit songs of the Rock ‘n’ Roll era. Grove Theatre, Dunstable (01582 602080) 4 OCT The Vagina Monologues Eve Ensler’s hilarious Broadway and West End smash hit is back, featuring a new all star cast including the brilliant Tiana Benjamin (Eastenders), the stunning Louisa Lytton (Eastenders, The Bill) and the sensational Wendi Peters (Coronation Street, Celebrity Masterchef). This hilariously witty and moving collection of stories is an unmissable show for every generation. Gordon Craig Theatre, Stevenage (01438 894716) 5 OCT Let's Talk Football with Dermot Gallagher Live on stage will be London Football and England legends Tony Cottee and Kenny Samson, interviewed by the former referee. Gordon Craig Theatre, Stevenage (01438 894716) 5 - 8 OCT The Body Murder mystery. Market Theatre, Sun Street, Hitchin. (01462 433553) 6 OCT Ladies Down Under Presented by The Wilstead Players. The Place, Bedford (01234 354321) 6 OCT Magners Funhouse Comedy Night Top stand-up. Rhodes Centre, Bishop’s Stortford (01279 651746) 6 - 7 OCT Friend Or Foe From master storyteller Michael Morpurgo comes a thrilling tale of extraordinary friendship. Set at the

height of the Second World War, two boys, embark on a wondrous adventure deep in the Devonshire countryside. Hertford Theatre (01992 531500) 7 OCT Dancing to The Beat with The Zulu Nation A fantastic evening of traditional African dancing, drumming, drama, harmonious singing and more. The Place, Bedford (01234 354321) 8 OCT The Nutcracker Tchaikovsky’s world famous classical ballet presented by Vienna Festival Ballet. Hertford Theatre (01992 531500) 8 OCT An Audience with Michael Portillo The controversial former MP for Kensington and Chelsea. Rhodes Centre, Bishop’s Stortford (01279 651746) 8 OCT Comedy Club Top comedy in the Ellen Terry Suite. Gordon Craig Theatre, Stevenage (01438 894716)

8 OCT Dancemania 2011 An evening of Street & Hip Hop dance. Gordon Craig Theatre, Stevenage (01438 894716) 9 OCT The Comedians An evening of side splitting stand-up from three stars of ITV's ground breaking 70s comedy show, The Comedians: Stan Boardman, Ian ‘Sludge’ Lees, and Johnnie Casson. Gordon Craig Theatre, Stevenage (01438 894716) 10 OCT See How They Run Philip King’s 1945 farcical gem starring recently named broadcaster of the year Arthur Bostrom (Officer Crabtree, ‘Allo ‘Allo) and TV star Lucy Speed (Natalie Evans in Eastenders, The Bill). Grove Theatre, Dunstable (01582 602080) 11 OCT Twelfth Night Shakespeare’s comic masterpiece is relocated to the last days of the Raj where on the Indian coast a young girl is found washed up on a beach. Grove Theatre, Dunstable (01582 602080) 11 OCT The Zanniskinheads & The Quest For The Holy Balls Young International theatre company Slingshot give Commedia dell’Arte a 21st century face-lift with their hilarious and raucous new mutli-lingual masked comedy. Bedford Theatre (01234 269519) 11 - 15 OCT Pygmalion George Bernard Shaw’s play presented by Bedford Dramatic Club. The Place, Bedford (01234 354321) 11 - 15 OCT Half a Sixpence The story of shop clerk Arthur Kipps' good and bad fortunes, as he goes from poverty to wealth and back to poverty. Featuring the famous “Flash, Bang, Wallop!” and all the old favourites plus nine new songs. Presnted by Harrow Light Opera. Watersmeet Theatre, Rickmansworth (01923 711063) 12 OCT Dave Gorman’s Powerpoint Presentation One of comedy’s most innovative thinkers returns with a brand new show and he’s formed a double act... with a projector screen. Bedford Corn Exchange (01234 269519) 12 OCT Shaun Dennis An evening of clairvoyance. Rhodes Centre, Bishop’s Stortford (01279 651746) 12 - 15 OCT Pack of Lies Based on the real-life unmasking of spies Helen and Peter Kruger the play is an exploration of the impact of betrayal and deceit. The Court Theatre at Pendley, Tring (07543 560478) 12 - 15 OCT I’m a Minger Alex Jones' new play touches on important issues like bullying, friendship, anorexia and self-esteem. Queen Mother Theatre, Hitchin (01462 455166) 13 OCT Puppetry of the Penis A mind-blowing show featuring two strapping Australians who manipulate their genitals into various shapes, objects and landmarks. A video camera projects intimate details of these incredible phenomena onto a large screen ensuring that little can be missed - and this time it’s in 3D! Bedford Corn Exchange (01234 269519) 13 OCT Barnstormers Comedy Club Stand-up. Leighton Buzzard Theatre (0300 300 8125)

13 - 15 OCT Not Now Darling This classic, multi award winning farce stars the ever popular and always entertaining funnyman Damian Williams in the lead role. Gordon Craig Theatre, Stevenage (01438 894716) 14 OCT Andy Parsons This is his third tour of the country – and has some shades of light and dark with several trademark passionate tirades and a little peek behind the showbusiness curtain. Coalition, cuts, comedy and discovering a pair of underpants in a jar of mayonnaise. Grove Theatre, Dunstable (01582 602080) 14 OCT Sally Morgan TV’s psychic medium. Gordon Craig Theatre, Stevenage (01438 894716) 14 OCT Scattered Scattered combines Motionhouse’s trademark highly physical dance theatre and mesmerizing imagery in a unique interaction between film and live performance, created in collaboration with Logela Multimedia from the Basque region of Spain. Hertford Theatre (01992 531500) 14 - 22 OCT A Tale of Two Cities A superb adaptation of the Charles Dickens novel about the French Revolution. Barn Theatre, Welwyn Garden City (01707 324300) 14 - 29 OCT The Body Body swap comedy. Market Theatre, Sun Street, Hitchin. (01462 433553) 15 OCT The Twist Show A new hit 50s and 60s Rock 'n' Roll Show featuring the songs of, Petula Clark, Elvis, Connie Francis, Buddy Holly, Dusty Springfield, Billy Fury and more. Grove Theatre, Dunstable (01582 602080) 15 OCT Bob the Builder Children’s favourite live on stage. Hertford Theatre (01992 531500) 15 OCT Comedy Night Top stand-up. Letchworth Arts Centre (01462 670788) 16 OCT Don’s of Comedy The best of Britain’s award-winning comedians come together for this exclusive Black History Month comedy special. Grove Theatre, Dunstable (01582 602080) 17 OCT An Evening With Peter Alliss Gordon Craig Theatre, Stevenage (01438 894716) 18 OCT Sleeping Beauty Performed by Moscow Ballet - La Classique. Gordon Craig Theatre, Stevenage (01438 894716) 18 OCT Barnstormer Comedy Top stand-up. Grove Theatre, Dunstable (01582 602080) 18 - 22 OCT Gypsy One of the greatest musicals of all time tells the story of stripper Gypsy Rose Lee and her mother, Mama Rose. Queen Mother Theatre, Hitchin (01462 455166) 19 - 22 OCT Bonnie & Clyde The gangsters’ story presented by Swan Theatre Company. The Place, Bedford (01234 354321) 19 - 22 OCT The Rise and Fall of Littlw Voice This wonderfully funny, incredibly moving play tells the story of a shy, reclusive girl named Little Voice and her larger than

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between the ages of 2 to 6, full of great fun for everyone with songs, games and more. Grove Theatre, Dunstable (01582 602080) 25 OCT Drumchasers Featuring the voice of Stephen Fry as the narrator, DrumChasers is the new percussion spectacular from the creator of international success Noise Ensemble.10 virtuosic percussionists and dancers take to the stage in an explosion of sound and light with a story of rivalry, romance and rhythm. Grove Theatre, Dunstable (01582 602080) 25 OCT The Snow Queen Join Ballet Theatre UK in their beautiful re-telling of Hans Christian Andersen’s classic fairy tale ballet. Rhodes Centre, Bishop’s Stortford (01279 651746) 25 - 29 OCT Children of Eden Freely based on the story of Genesis, "Children of Eden" is a frank, heartfelt and often humorous examination of the age-old conflict between parents and children. The Place, Bedford (01234 354321) 26 OCT The Vagina Monologues See 4 Oct. Grove Theatre, Dunstable (01582 602080) 26 - 29 OCT Variety Express A family variety show in aid of local charities. Plinston Hall, Letchworth (01462 672003) 27 OCT An Evening with Mike Harding Radio 2 presenter Mike Harding, has had a breathtakingly broad career as musician, comedian, rambler, mountaineer, poet, travel writer, song writer, and much more. Mike’s back on the road for the first time in 15 years with an evening of songs, daft stories and monologues. Bedford Corn Exchange (01234 269519)

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27 OCT Elmer Based on the best-selling children’s book by author, David McKee, this brand new, fun-filled version of ‘Elmer’ bursts to life with jungle characters, catchy songs, and beautiful hand-crafted puppets. Leighton Buzzard Theatre (0300 300 8125) 27 OCT The Snow Queen See 25 Oct. Grove Theatre, Dunstable (01582 602080) 27 OCT High School Mania A high octane, high energy, high excitement show featuring all the hits from the High School Musical films, Glee and Camp Rock. Rhodes Centre, Bishop’s Stortford (01279 651746) 27 - 29 OCT Annie Musical about the little orpan girl. Gordon Craig Theatre, Stevenage (01438 894716) 28 OCT The Essence of Ireland This show combines breathtaking dance routines with the very best of Irish music, and a touch of Irish craic. Grove Theatre, Dunstable (01582 602080) 28 OCT Bedford Comedy Festival: Andi Osho Following her hit 2010 Edinburgh debut, Andi Osho (BBC2's Mock The Week and Channel 4's Stand Up for the Week) premieres her second stand-up show, a brutally honest dissection of the perils and pitfalls of dating. Bedford Corn Exchange (01234 269519) 28 OCT Bedford Comedy Festival: Tom Binns Tom’s first television appearances were in Knowing Me Knowing You with Alan Partridge, Friday/Saturday Night Armistice and Fist of Fun all for the BBC. More recently he’s been in Spooks (MI5) and the IT Crowd. Harpur Suite, Bedford (01234 269519) 28 OCT Wizard of Oz A musical stage version of the much loved classic film. Hertford Theatre (01992 531500) 28 - 29 OCT Camp Rock The Musical This new musical based on the hit Disney Channel Original Movies Camp Rock and Camp Rock 2: The Final Jam will fire up your stage with over a dozen songs. Bedford Theatre (01234 269519) 29 OCT Bedford Comedy Festival: Tony Hawks Tony Hawks' life has always embraced randomness and fun and he looks back on the strangest and funniest moments in a unique evening of stories, songs and silliness. Bedford Corn Exchange (01234 269519) 29 OCT Bedford Comedy Festival: Jeremy Hardy Jeremy Hardy has been a stand-up comic since 1984 and will be one until he dies or wins the lottery. Bedford Civic Theatre (01234 269519) 29 OCT Bedford Comedy Festival: Imran Yusef Imran Yusuf is renowned for his stinging, lyrical street-slang verbiage and super-high energy performance. Fast and furious yet charmingly endearing, his is a unique voice on the comedy circuit. Bedford Corn Exchange (01234 269519) 29 OCT Bedford Comedy Festival: Pete Firman Everyone's favourite comedic conjuror. Harpur Suite, Bedford (01234 269519)

22 OCTOBER SINATRA - FLY ME TO THE MOON A terrific variety tribute to Frank Sinatra with Andy Mawbey and the Main Event Orchestra, plus Dee Ral and the Ralph Sadleir Choir, and the Sands Showgirls. Gordon Craig Theatre, Stevenage.

29 OCT Bedford Comedy Festival: Dan Antopolski Triple Perrier Award Nominee. Harpur Suite, Bedford (01234 269519) 29 OCT Roll Out The Beryl A celebration of the much-loved comedy actress Beryl Reid -- a Beryl full of life, love and laughter. Letchworth Arts Centre (01462 670788) 30 OCT Bedford Comedy Festival: Tom Stade Co-star and co-writer of Frankie Boyle’s Tramadol Nights (Ch4), and as seen on Michael McIntyre’s Comedy Roadshow (BBC One) & Stand-Up For The Week (Ch4). Don’t miss the hugely talented Canadian émigré in his eagerly awaited debut nationwide tour. Bedford Corn Exchange (01234 269519) 30 OCT Bedford Comedy Festival: Andy Parsons See 14 Oct. Bedford Corn Exchange (01234 269519) 30 OCT Bedford Comedy Festival: Big Howard / Little Howard Big Howard and the animated six year old Little Howard burst out of the TV set and onto the stage in this unique family show featuring singa-long songs, innovative 3D animation and hilarious interactive stand-up to keep all ages entertained. Bedford Corn Exchange (01234 269519) 30 OCT Bedford Comedy Festival: Andrew Lawrence As seen on BBC1’s ‘Michael McIntyre’s Comedy Roadshow’. Harpur Suite, Bedford (01234 269519) 30 OCT Bedford Comedy Festival: Barry Cryer & Ronnie Golden This fabulously hilarious live show features Barry's formidable collection of one-liners and tall stories alongside Ronnie's amazingly versatile musicianship and awesome array of musical impressions. Bedford Civic Theatre (01234 269519)

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30 OCT That’ll Be The Day Rock ‘n roll music show. Grove Theatre, Dunstable (01582 602080) 30 OCT The Snow Queen See 25 Oct. Watersmeet Theatre, Rickmansworth (01923 711063) 30 OCT Stick Man Featuring a trio of top actors and packed full of puppetry, songs, live music and funky moves; Stick Man promises more fun than you can shake a stick at! Hertford Theatre (01992 531500) 31 OCT Charley Boorman The actor, adventurer and author takes a break from traveling the world to take this hugely entertaining show on tour. Gordon Craig Theatre, Stevenage (01438 894716) 31 OCT The Mr Men and Little Miss Show Children’s show. Bedford Corn Exchange (01234 269519)

MUSIC 1 OCT The Brighouse & Rastrick Band Brass band best known for their chart hit The Floral Dance, performing here with The Pasque Harmony and Luton Youth Jazz Orchestra. Grove Theatre, Dunstable (01582 602080) 1 OCT The Royal Air Force Squadronaires One of the UK’s finest big bands celebrates 90 Years of the Royal British Legion. Hertford Theatre (01992 531500) 2 OCT Spiers & Boden An exciting young duo with their tight fiddle and melodeon duos and powerful singing. Their stature continues to grow as they redefine English Folk, taking you on a journey through raucous tunes, punky upbeat rabble-rousing chorus songs, intense ballads and sublime lilting tunes. Hitchin Folk Club, The Sun Hotel, Sun Street, Hitchin (01462 812391) 2 OCT Tommy Smith's Karma Jazz. Herts Jazz, Campus West, Welwyn Garden City (01707 357117) 2 OCT Royston Arts Festival Finale Concert Last Night of the Proms style Festival finale concert. The Parish Church of St John the Baptist, Melbourn Street, Royston. 7pm on the door. 5 OCT Buffalo Five piece acoustic band playing bluegrass and old time country music. Baldock and Letchworth Folk Club, The Orange Tree, Baldock (01767 683583) 6 OCT Talon Tribute to the Eagles. Gordon Craig Theatre, Stevenage (01438 894716) 8 OCT L.A. Guns Rock band. Bedford Esquires (01234 340120) 8 OCT L.A. Guns Rock band. Bedford Esquires (01234 340120) 7 OCT Stringerbessant (Ft Gary & Jack from Reef) Reef's vocal powerhouse and bassist play an acoustic set featuring fantastic new material from their stripped down, soulful album, Yard, along with a few Reef classics. Not to be missed, a great chance to see an intimate gig by one of the 90's most loved bands. Bedford Civic Theatre (01234 269519) 94

7 OCT A Night at the Proms The internationally acclaimed 45 piece City Concert Orchestra and soloists present this lavish “Last Night of the Proms” concert. Concert Hall, Stevenage (01438 894716) 7 OCT The ELO Experience Tribute. Rhodes Centre, Bishop’s Stortford (01279 651746) 7 OCT Julian Smith Sax player who was a runner up on ITV’s Britain’s Got Talent. Gordon Craig Theatre, Stevenage (01438 894716) 8 OCT Ed Sheeran Singer-songwriter from Suffolk. Fusing traditional acoustic and folk melodies with hip hop beats, Sheeran has created an inimitable sound which is getting him noticed with hits such as The A Team. The Forum, College Lane, Hatfield (01707 285000) 8 OCT Classic Clapton Excellent Eric Clapton tribute. Bedford Civic Theatre (01234 269519) 9 OCT Wild Willy Barrett's Sleeping Dogz Virtuoso multi-instrumentalist and songwriter best known for his partnership with John Otway. WWB has teamed up with cellist Mary Holland and John Devine to produce a unique blending of English, Cajun, Celtic and Moorish highly emotive original music and arrangements. Hitchin Folk Club, The Sun Hotel, Sun Street, Hitchin (01462 812391) 9 OCT Jure Pukl Quartet Jazz. Herts Jazz, Campus West, Welwyn Garden City (01707 357117) 12 OCT Scott Matthews With influences including The Beatles, Bob Dylan, Led Zeppelin, Joni Mitchell, Marc Bolan and Joe Satriani, Scott’s music is often likened to that of American singer/songwriter Jeff Buckley. The Forum, College Lane, Hatfield (01707 285000) 12 OCT Martin Carthy )ne of folk music's greatest innovators. Baldock and Letchworth Folk Club, The Orange Tree, Baldock (01767 683583) 13 OCT The Drifters Soul legends. Gordon Craig Theatre, Stevenage (01438 894716) 13 OCT The Bohemians Queen tribute. Grove Theatre, Dunstable (01582 602080)

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29 OCT Alike Cooper Alice Cooper tribute for Halloween. Bedford Esquires (01234 340120) 29 OCT The Floyd Effect Pink Floyd tribute. Rhodes Centre, Bishop’s Stortford (01279 651746) 30 OCT Vin Garbutt Folk. Hitchin Folk Club, The Sun Hotel, Sun Street, Hitchin (01462 812391) 30 OCT Benn Clatworthy Quartet Jazz. Herts Jazz, Campus West, Welwyn Garden City (01707 357117) 30 OCT A Night At The Opera London Festival Opera present works by Verdi, Puccini, Mozart, Rossini, Bizet, Offenbach and more. Gordon Craig Theatre, Stevenage (01438 894716) 30 OCT Ian Millar and Dominic Spencer Jazz. Letchworth Arts Centre (01462 670788)

ART & EXHIBITIONS 1 - 8 OCT Impressions of Languedoc n May, ten painters went to the South of France on Bryan’s French painting holiday. They painted the fabulous scenery of Catharcountry and the iconic seaside village of Collioure, where Matisse painted. See the results of their artistic odyssey in this show. Courtyard Arts, Port Vale, Hertford (01992 509596) 1 - 9 OCT Zoltan Grof Hungarian artist’s first ever exhibition of paintings in the UK. Zoltan’s work is highly influenced by the impressionist movement in Hungary. His unique technique of using enamel-oil, give his paintings the power of colour given by traditional oils, with the luminescence of light and shade achieved by the modern medium of lacenamel. Woburn Abbey Antiques Centre (01525 290333) 1 - 30 OCT Henry Moore: Plasters Until recently, plasters made by sculptors have been seen as a means to an end, rather than as works in their own right. This is the first exhibition to show the way in which that perception is changing. Curated by Anita Feldman, Head of Collections and Exhibitions, Henry Moore: Plasters has been in preparation for four years,

allowing Foundation conservators the opportunity to restore plaster originals for some of Moore's most iconic works. This selection spans three decades, with many sculptures being displayed for the first time in the UK, a stone's throw from the studios in which they were made. The Henry Moore Foundation, Perry Green (01279 844108) 1 OCT - 6 NOV The Secret World of Museum Science From feather forensics to digging up dodos, discover what goes on behind the scenes in our amazing bird research collections in this fascinating exhibition. Explore the way in which long-dead museum specimens can spark brand new discoveries and be surprised by the scientists and their stories. Natural History Museum at Tring, Akeman Street, Tring (020 7942 6171) 3 - 28 OCT Witold Leonowicz: On Being There Paintings and wood engravings. Letchworth Arts Centre (01462 670788) 5 - 27 OCT Open Exhibition The biggest and brightest open exhibition in this area. Letchworth Arts Centre (01462 670788) 5 OCT - 4 NOV Paul Stillwell See panel. B Gallery Arts Centre, Market Square, Toddington (01525 87770) 7 - 28 OCT Art Space: Madeline Downham Madeline Downham is a local artist who draws inspiration from the things she loves. This exhibition includes landscape, still life, animal and figurative subjects in various mediums. Rhodes Centre, Bishop’s Stortford (01279 651746) 17 OCT - 28 NOV Dave Mckean: A Retrospective Dave Mckean is a household name to avant garde comic and graphic novel readers. His work in the genre has received wide international acclaim - attracting awards from the UK, the United States and Europe - and his distinctive graphic styles in record and CD covers, posters, and book design have become bench-marks of twenty-first century graphic design for many young aspiring artists. This touring exhibition has been designed to show not only a concise but representative selection

of McKean's exceptional oeuvre, but also to demonstrate something of the changes that are influencing illustration and graphic design today. Rhodes Centre, Bishop’s Stortford (01279 651746) 31 OCT - 11 NOV David Lowther: Storm on the Island, and related works A series of paintings freely based on Storm on the Island by Seamus Heaney. Letchworth Arts Centre (01462 670788)

SPECIAL EVENTS 1 OCT St Albans Beer Festival Beer and Cider festival now in its 16th year. Up to 350 different British real ales and 50 Real Ciders and Perries will be available to visitors including one off brews and festival specials. The live music line-up includes Nine Below Zero and John Otway. Food on offer includes a hog roast. Alban Arena, St Albans. 11am-11pm. 1 OCT Saturday Night Special Public Track Day with RWYB all day till 9pm. Jet Car plus evening entertainment and camping Sat night. Santa Pod Raceway, Podington (01234 782828) 1 OCT Luton Aircraft Enthusiasts' Fair Collectors' Fair, offering all kinds of aircraft related items. Vauxhall Recreation Club, Gipsy Lane, Luton. 10.30am-3.30pm. 1 - 2 OCT 25th Furneux Festival Sat: 10:30am – 4.30pm – stalls, exhibitions, activities etc. Sat eve: 7.30pm – Spanish fiesta. Sun: 11am – 3.30pm – history exhibition, photography show, dog show etc. Furneux Pelham. 1 - 9 OCT St Albans Food & Drink Festival The fourth annual St Albans Food and Drink Festival showcases and celebrates the local food scene. The ten days of special offers and events include: St Albans Beer Festival (see above), Street markets and Harvest Festivals, Demonstrations and tasting sessions, Food and Drink Awards and more. St Albans. (01727 864511) 2 OCT Autumn Air Show Gates open 9am Flying starts 2pm. The Shuttleworth Collection, Old Warden Aerodrome, Old Warden, Biggleswade (01767 627927)

5 OCTOBER - 4 NOVEMBER PAUL STILLWELL Originally from Luton and now living in Poole, Paul’s talent is credited by A-list stars including Dustom Hoffman, Al Pacino, Johnny Depp, Jennifer Lopez, Cheryl Cole, Beyonce, Roger Moore, Pamela Anderson, Katherine Jenkins (shown left) and many more. Paul uniquely creates stunning portraits then documents the stars signing them. His collection is rare and valuable as well as beautiful to look at. B Gallery Arts Centre, Toddington.


2 OCT Autumn Wedding Show The Mansion House, Old Warden Park, Biggleswade. 11am-4pm. (01767 626200) 2 - 4 OCT Baldock Chartered Street Fair 3 days of fun and numerous thrilling rides. High Street & White Horse Street, Baldock. 3-10.30pm Sun & Mon, 39pm Tues. (07830 382638) 5 - 8 OCT Bedford Beer & Cider Festival Around 110 real ales and more than 30 ciders. Plus entertainment and souvenirs. Bedford Corn Exchange. Wed 4-11pm, ThuSat 11.30am-11pm. 8 - 9 OCT Extreme Performance Bike Weekend Open Bike RWYB with a round of the ACU Drag Bike championships, Straightliners Series, evening entertainment and more. Santa Pod Raceway, Podington (01234 782828) 8 - 9 OCT Stotfold Mill Working Steam Weekend Bringing together a collection of steam engines, tractors and machinery of yesteryear. Ploughing demonstrations by heavy horses, steam engines and vintage tractors. Steam driven threshing, saw milling and stone crushing machines and stationary engines. The mill will be open both days producing flour. Stotfold Watermill, Mill Lane, Stotfold. 10.30am-5pm. (01462 734541) 6 OCT Hanbury Manor Wedding Show Hanbury Manor Hotel & Country Club, Ware. 10.30am. (01920 487722) 16 OCT GTI Festival RWYB event for watercooled VWs with Show n Shine, car clubs, auto jumble and more. Santa Pod Raceway, Podington (01234 782828) 16 OCT Batchworth Park Wedding Show Batchworth Park Golf Club, Rickmasworth. 10.20am. (01923 711400) 23 OCT St. Alban's Quality Hotel Wedding Show Quality Hotel, London Road, St Albans. 10.30am. (01727 857858) 26 - 28 OCT Pumpkin Trail and Treats Take part in pumpkin activities and the pumpkin trail, and meet the bats. For the more daring, join a twilight walk at 4.00pm Knebworth House. 12-4.30pm. (01438 810931) 28 - 29 OCT Family Halloween Games, Spooky walks, Story telling and things to eat from the cauldron! Swiss Garden, Old Warden Aerodrome, Old Warden, Biggleswade (01462 819370) 29 OCT Flame & Thunder Show An action packed family day of drag racing, stunts and displays including Jet vehicles, dragsters, monster trucks, fireworks, funfair, celebrity appearance, music and more. Santa Pod Raceway, Podington (01234 782828) 30 OCT The Node Wedding Show The Node Conference Centre, Codicote. 10.30am. (01438 820361) 30 OCT Scale Model Showcase Presented by the Letchworth Scale Model Club. Plinston Hall, Letchworth. 10am-3.30pm. (01462 672003)

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Royston in the North of Hertfordshire, close to the boundary with Cambridgeshire, grew from the crossing of two ancient routeways; the Icknield Way and Ermine Street. The town’s name derives from Roisia's Cross, a cross placed by the intersection of the two roads. By the 14th century the town had become known as Roisia’s Town and Roiston. Royston has much to attract the modern visitor including a range of popular shops and some stunning historical buildings. The Museum features changing exhibitions, memorabilia relating to the town’s history and is home to the Royston Tapestry, which depicts scenes of interest from the town’s past. Work has been continuing since 1991 and the finished embroidery, in the style of the Bayeux Tapestry, will be 110 feet long. Therfield Heath, a stunning open space on the edge of Royston, is the last flourish of the Chiltern Hills and is a great place for a walk or to let the children have a run and let off steam. The annual Kite festival takes place on the heath in August.


A friendly, chic restaurant housed in the gorgeous setting of the former ‘Old Courthouse’ right in the heart of Royston town centre. It has a ‘grand’ feel and a buzzing atmosphere and serves delicious, uncomplicated food using locally sourced fresh food. Fish Hill 01763 247722 Thai Rack @ The Glass House Popular Thai restaurant, with excellent, friendly service. Kneesworth Street 01763 250488 The Old Bull Inn Hotel The building dates back to the 16th Century and the hotel is full of character, with 11 en-suite bedrooms. Home-made and freshly prepared food is on offer in the comfortable and spacious bar area, and there’s a very popular Carvery on Sundays. High Street 01763 242003

Magnolia House Rooms are furnished to a high standard and the guest house is just ten minute’s walk to Royston station. Melbourne Road 01763 246675 The Chequers A charming 15th Century Coaching Inn with a perfectly balanced blend of contemporary design and traditional architecture. The restaurant offers a seasonal menu of home cooked food using locally grown produce, and there are eight carefully crafted guest bedrooms. High Street 01763 244788 The Banyers of Royston Set in a historic house, the rooms at The Banyers are individually decorated with hand-crafted furniture and luxury fabrics. Beldam Restaurant offers fine dining in elegant surroundings. The menu features world wines, modern British cuisine and local produce. There’s also a bar and an outdoor terrace. Melbourn Street 01763 242110 The Green Man Historic pub serving good beer, a range of snacks, with regular live music. Market Hill 01763 248006

Royston Cave is a strange and fascinating artificial cave that is completely unique in Europe. It was discovered in 1742, carved out of the chalk in the centre of Royston underneath the crossroads. The cave walls are covered with carvings and there has been much speculation about their origins. There is evidence that the cave may have been used by the Knights Templar, who founded the nearby town of Baldock. Another theory is that the cave was early prison, or a cell for anchorites from an Augustinian Priory. The carvings depict the crucifixion, the holy family and several saints, among them St Katherine, St Laurence and St Christopher. The cave is also the site where two significant ley lines cross. Open: from Easter Saturday to the last Sunday in September. Saturday, Sunday and Bank Holiday Mondays: 2.30-5pm. Wednesday (August only): 2.30-5pm. Last admission: .pm. Melbourn Street. (01763 245484) S.L Sabrina Royston pride themselves on offering fabulous bridal, prom and evening wear in a wide range of fabrics, timeless  designs and at an amazing price. For your special occasion, whether you are looking for something  formal or informal, classic or contemporary, you will be able to find your dream  dress here. All of the beautiful dresses are exclusively designed and made for them by using carefully chosen fabrics like luxury satin, flowing silk  chiffon, elegant organza and taffeta. All designs can be custom  made for you to ensure it fits you perfectly on your big day and  tailored to work with your colour scheme, meaning the dresses are as  unique as the occasion itself. Market Hill 01763 244526

Close to Royston, Wimpole Hall is a magnificent country house and part of the grandest working estate in Cambridgeshire. Intimate rooms contrast with beautiful and unexpected Georgian interiors, including Soane's breathtaking Yellow Drawing Room and wonderful plunge bath. The fascinating basement corridor offers a glimpse into life below stairs. Stroll around the colourful parterre garden and wander through the Pleasure Grounds to the walled garden, abundant with fruit, vegetables and herbaceous borders. At Home Farm, contrast the traditional farmyard with the noisy modern piggery and cattle sheds. Stride out across the landscape park, among the rare-breed cattle, and imagine the previous owners planning their visions of grand avenues and spectacular vistas. Arrington, nr Royston 01223 206000


Royston has a small traditional market on Saturdays and Wednesdays and a farmers’ market the first Sunday of every month selling locally sourced produce and a ‘mini’ farmers’ market on the third Saturday of each month.


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In winter, the town’s continental style of on-street cafes and dazzling colour cascading from hanging baskets gives way to a fairy wonderland of Christmas lights. So pretty and enchanting is the town at this time of year, it even has it’s own website:

The pretty market town of Holt is a Georgian gem of washed stone High Street and flint lined yards harbouring a range of quality galleries, tea rooms, pubs, antique shops and specialist food stores. Holt is one of the country’s best-preserved Georgian market towns. Destroyed by fire three centuries ago, the town was rebuilt all at once and reborn in the smart style that makes it so popular with visitors seeking the perfect blend of the homely and the refined. In all seasons, Holt is an ideal base to explore the North Norfolk hinterland, whether to the coast (only three miles away) or the countryside. Holt Country Park, just south of the town, is a 100 acre woodland that hosts family events throughout the year as well as offering way-marked walks for all abilities, and boasts a prestigious Green Flag award.

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Byfords Cafe, Deli and Posh B&B is one of the finest North Norfolk hotels, boasting a Five Star Gold Award from VisitBritain and a string of other accolades. In the cafe enjoy morning coffee and cake, a working lunch with free WiFi delicious afternoon tea, or a leisurely meal, or stay in one of the sixteen luxurious bedrooms. Shirehall Plain 01263 711400 Butlers A relaxed and welcoming family run restaurant with a delightful courtyard garden for al fresco dining. Enjoy simple, classic dishes using the very highest quality, seasonal ingredients, either from the menu or daily changing blackboard. Appleyard 01263 710 790 Morston Hall An intimate country house hotel with its origin in the 17th century that has won great praise from regional and national press for its outstanding cuisine and high standard of accommodation. It is the only restaurant with both 3 red rosette's and a Michelin Star award within

a 50 mile radius. Morston 01263 741041 The Lawns Hotel A splendid Georgian house in the centre of Holt that has recently completed a major renovation to become a luxurious eight bedroom hotel with a fully licensed wine bar and dining room. Station Road 01263 713390 Balthazar Wine Bar Delightful, intimate bar/restaurant where you can enjoy good wine and great Mediterranean food. Lees Yard 01263 710138 King’s Head Holt

Popular Grade II listed pub in the centre of town. Enjoy local ales and a an excellent steak from the grill - their speciality. Good bed and breakfast accommodation. High Street 01263 712543 The White Cottage Charming bed and breakfast accommodation in a two hundred year old beamed country cottage with two bedrooms. Norwich Road 01263 713353 The Old Plough House Former pub now a stylish bed and breakfast just four miles from Holt. Three luxury en-suite bedrooms, and local organic produce at the breakfast table. Field Dalling 01328 830017

Gresham’s is a co-educational boarding school founded by Sir John Gresham in 1555 with strong ties to the Fishmonger’s Livery Company, London. For almost 500 years the School has helped children to make the most of their academic and creative abilities, nurturing such talents as Benjamin Britten, Sir James Dyson and more recently Paddy O’Connell of the BBC and Stephen Frears the film director. Gresham’s is a family of three schools with a vibrant mix of pupils from across East Anglia, London and overseas. Known for its sporting excellence, the School boasts exceptional facilities, with a shooting team which is one of the best in the UK, a partnership with Leicester Tigers Rugby Academy and Ben Youngs, Rugby International amongst its former pupils! Art, music, and drama are recognised as exceptional with a 300 seat professional theatre and a unique outdoor theatre in the woods. Academic results are impressive, the School offers GCSE's, A levels and the International Baccalaureate Diploma across a broad range of subjects. 01263 714500 For shopping with a difference then Holt certainly has it all. While away the hours going from shop to shop, browsing the collections of antiques, books, and unique crafts and gifts. There are galleries a plenty too, such as Bircham Gallery selling paintings, sculpture, ceramics and jewellery and the award-winning Picturecraft Gallery. Bakers & Larners, Holt’s impressive department store, has an award winning food hall (pictured), and stocks leading brands in all departments. You’ll find everything here from a Barbour jacket to a crystal chandelier. 8 Market Place (01263 712244). Inside Adnams Cellar & Kitchen Store you'll find our award-winning selection of beers, wines, hand-crafted spirits plus stylish kitchenware and a wide range of gifts. 8 White Lion Street (01263 715558)


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THEATRE & SHOWS 1 OCT Jack Whitehall British Comedy Award nominee Jack Whitehall has already made a huge impact on the comedy world. So far he’s guest hosted Never Mind the Buzzcocks, had the honour of performing for the Prince of Wales on the Royal Variety Performance and is a star of Channel 4’s Stand Up For the Week. Norwich Playhouse (01603 598598) 1 OCT Stephen K Amos Fresh from a busy year filming his own BBC2 comedy series The Stephen K Amos Show, Stephen is back on tour with more melt in the middle, heartfelt humour to warm the very cockles of your heart. King’s Lynn Corn Exchange (01553 764864) 1 OCT If It's Laughter You're After Nigel 'Boy' Syer returns with Simmons and Simmons and Olly Day to present a show packed with laughter and music. Gorleston Pavilion Theatre (01493 662832) 1 OCT Fiddlesticks Children’s puppet show. Norwich Puppet Theatre (01603 629921) 2 OCT DrumChasers 10 virtuosic percussionists and dancers take to the stage in an explosion of sound and light. King’s Lynn Corn Exchange (01553 764864) 4 OCT Frankenstein Following Proteus’ re-imagining of Bram Stoker’s ‘Dracula’ for the stage, comes their version of Mary Shelley’s classic gothic tale of the ultimate act of creation spiralling out of control. Created in Proteus’ unique style, fusing physical performance, circus, film and music. King’s Lynn Arts Centre (01553 764864) 4 OCT An evening with Mark Billingham and Christopher Brookmyre An evening with two leading crime fiction authors. The Forum, Millennium Plain, Norwich (01603 727950) 4 - 5 OCT Friend Or Foe Michael Morpurgo's tale of two young evacuees, who find their lives turned upside down when a German bomber crashes. Norwich Playhouse (01603 598598) 4 - 11 OCT Showtime Summer Spectacular With a full cast of singers, dancers and comedians, this full variety show is not to be missed. Gorleston Pavilion Theatre (01493 662832)

5 OCT La Traviata An Ellen Kent Production featuring the Internationally Acclaimed Ukrainian National Opera of Kharkiv, with international soloists, a highly-praised chorus, and full orchestra. A tragic tale of searing passion and memorable music, La Traviata is Verdi’s outstanding interpretation of one of the most popular love stories of the 19th century, La dame aux Camelias. This magnificent production boasts sumptuous sets and costumes. King’s Lynn Corn Exchange (01553 764864) 5 OCT The Remarkable Maudeline Spacks Re-appears In a peculiar twist of fate the legendary Maudeline Spacks, thought to have vanished forever, will make a re-appearance in person. Performed by Holly Bodmer. Assembly House, Norwich (01603 626402) 5 - 8 OCT The Boyfriend Musical presented by Norwich-based Phoenix Opera. Maddermarket Theatre, Norwich (01603 620917) 7 OCT The D-Day Darlings Nostalgic music show of ‘Songs That Won The War’. Princess Theatre, Hunstanton (01485 532252) 8 - 9 OCT Adam Hills Australia's most charming comedian makes a welcome return with a new improvised show. Norwich Playhouse (01603 598598) 9 OCT Vampires Rock A twist of rock, a hint of comedy and jam packed with the greatest anthems you know and love. Along with Steve Steinman as the supremely evil Baron Von Rockula, a full cast of superb singers, dancers and a formidable band blast their way through some great songs. Norwich Theatre Royal (01603 630000) 9 OCT Colin Fry TV’s spirit medium. Princess Theatre, Hunstanton (01485 532252) 9 OCT Peter Alliss An evening with the golf commentator. Pavilion Theatre, Cromer Pier (01263 512495) 11 - 15 OCT Cleopatra Northern Ballet’s unique retelling of this remarkable woman’s story. Cleopatra’s legacy has inspired generations. Composer Claude-Michel Schönberg (Miss Saigon, Les Misérables) and Northern Ballet Artistic Director David Nixon OBE, bring her astounding story to the stage in this must-see ballet. Norwich Theatre Royal (01603 630000)

12 - 15 OCT Guys and Dolls Musical presented by King's Lynn Players. King’s Lynn Corn Exchange (01553 764864) 13 OCT Crunch Family show which combines stories and images of apples from all over the world. An exciting mix of physical theatre, original songs, juggling, masks and good old traditional storytelling. Diss Corn Hall (01379 652241) 13 - 15 OCT Terry Pratchett’s Masquerade Terry Pratchett's Wyrd Sisters return to the Norwich Puppet Theatre in a tale which bares absolutely no resemblance to any other stories about phantoms ... in opera houses ... honest! Norwich Puppet Theatre (01603 629921) 13 - 22 OCT The Long and the Short and the Tall Set during the Battle of Malaya in 1942, this play, presented by Sewell Barn Players, graphically tells a tale of human spirit faced with impending doom in a war-torn environment. Sewell Barn Theatre, Norwich (01603 697248) 14 OCT Russell Kane Join Fosters Comedy Award Winner and star of loads of stuff on telly, Russell Kane as he mercilessly explores the ridiculous state of masculinity in the modern world. He shaves his chest fur; you watch and laugh. Norwich Playhouse (01603 598598) 14 OCT For One Night Only This story follows Eddie and Bode who have recently arrived in England from Nigeria with a dream of finding their fame and fortune at Covent Garden. Ashby & Thurton Village Hall. 14 OCT The Heat Is On A celebration of the greatest songs from the greatest musicals and movies. Pavilion Theatre, Cromer Pier (01263 512495) 14 - 15 OCT Gallery of Dance Performance by The Dancer’s School. Britannia Pier Theatre, Great Yarmouth (01493 842914) 15 OCT In Love With The Dance An all new Irish dance sensation, featuring world class Irish Dancers, some of Ireland’s most gifted traditional musicians playing whistles, uillean pipes, accordion, banjo and guitars, all providing the backdrop to a powerful display of Irish dance, as well as brilliant vocalists. Pavilion Theatre, Cromer Pier (01263 512495) 15 OCT For One Night Only See 14 Oct. Whissonsett Village Hall. (01328 700010)

23 OCTOBER NUMBERJACKS An award winning television series running continuously on BBC TV’s CBeebies since 2006, the animated Numberjacks help young children learn about numbers, shapes and sizes in a fun and imaginative way. The Numberjacks are ten superheroes who live inside a sofa – but now they are emerging from their sofa and the TV for their first live show. King’s Lynn Corn Exchange


15 OCT The Pied Piper Children’s puppet show. Norwich Puppet Theatre (01603 629921) 16 OCT Reginald D Hunter In just over a decade since he began performing, Reginald D Hunter has become one of the UK comedy industry’s best-known and most distinctive performers. His work is often brutally honest, frequently controversial but always meticulously measured and thought out. Norwich Theatre Royal (01603 630000) 16 OCT Beyond the Barricade Songs from the shows. Pavilion Theatre, Cromer Pier (01263 512495) 17 OCT Al Murray Britain’s best known Pub Philosopher serves up his own special brew of bar room banter. King’s Lynn Corn Exchange (01553 764864) 17 OCT Rhythm of the Dance Breathtaking dance with the very best music and song of the Emerald Isle as performed by many of the world’s finest dancers and musicians. With special guests The 3 Irish Tenors. Norwich Theatre Royal (01603 630000) 18 - 19 OCT Lord of the Flies William Golding's dark morality tale about a group of schoolboys alone on an island. Norwich Playhouse (01603 598598) 18 - 22 OCT All the Fun of the Fair David Essex stars in the hit West End musical, featuring a mix of David Essex hits alongside brand new songs. With crafty cons and candy floss – dodgems and death-defying feats – fairground horses and fights – romance and rock n’roll – you’re sure to go on a rollercoaster of a ride. Norwich Theatre Royal (01603 630000) 19 OCT The Vagina Monologues Eve Ensler’s hilarious Broadway and West End smash hit is back, featuring a new all star cast including the brilliant Zaraah Abrahams (Waterloo Road, Coronation Street, and Dancing on Ice) the stunning Louisa Lytton (EastEnders, The Bill) and the sensational Wendi Peters (Coronation Street, Celebrity Masterchef). This hilariously witty and moving collection of stories is an unmissable show for every generation. King’s Lynn Corn Exchange (01553 764864) 19 OCT A Timeless Collection Nostalgic music show. Pavilion Theatre, Cromer Pier (01263 512495) 20 OCT Hal Cruttenden One of the UK's fastest rising comedy stars. Norwich Arts Centre (01603 660352) 20 - 29 OCT No Man’s Land One of Harold Pinter’s most powerful plays. Maddermarket Theatre, Norwich (01603 620917) 21 OCT Barry Cryer: Butterfly Brain Join the delightful Old Baz and pianist Colin Sell for a night of sit-down comedy. Norwich Playhouse (01603 598598) 21 OCT Hostry Festival: Inspector Rufus Rank Investigates Radio play by Eve Stebbing, performed live in front of a 1950s BBC-style microphone with the actors in dinner

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jackets and evening dresses, together with onstage sound effects. Norwich Cathedral (01603 218323) 21 OCT TABOO-BE-DO! The Politically Incorrect Music Show A toe-tapping, and occasionally eye-opening, musical journey through songs which have scandalised and delighted audiences from the days before Prohibition through the tempestuous 20th century to today. Welborne Village Hall. (01362 858770) 21 OCT The Brief-Case Blues Brothers Tribute show. Pavilion Theatre, Cromer Pier (01263 512495) 22 OCT Last of the Magic Dragons Combining mind-blowing magic, delightfully deadpan humour and penchant for princesses, Piff the Magic Dragon has charmed and astounded audiences all over the world. Hindolveston Village Hall. (01263 860882) 22 OCT Winner Takes It All Tribute to Abba and the Bee Gees. King’s Lynn Corn Exchange (01553 764864) 22 OCT Hostry Festival: All Walks Of Life A specially commissioned piece of devised inclusive theatre by a brand new company for Norfolk, Total Ensemble. Norwich Cathedral (01603 218323)

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22 - 23 OCT The Elves and the Shoemaker Children’s puppet show. Norwich Puppet Theatre (01603 629921) 23 OCT Numberjacks Join the TV superheroes as they leave the sofa and embark on their first live adventure. King’s Lynn Corn Exchange (01553 764864) 23 OCT Simmons & Simmons Father and Son comedy duo. Pavilion Theatre, Cromer Pier (01263 512495) 24 - 28 OCT A Woman of No Importance Alan Bennett play presented by Broad Horizons Theatre Company. Maddermarket Theatre, Norwich (01603 620917) 25 OCT Charley Boorman The actor, Adventurer and Author takes a break from travelling the world to take his hugely entertaining show on tour. King’s Lynn Corn Exchange (01553 764864) 25 - 29 OCT Hostry Festival: The Rainmaker This romantic comedy set in the US in the mid-1930s tells the story of a family down on their luck. With no rain for months on end and cattle dying, all that can be done is to pray for a miracle. Then one night, quite out of the blue, a miracle happens for everyone, even Lizzie, who had given up on just about everything. Norwich Cathedral (01603 218323) 25 OCT - 5 NOV Top Hat Tom Chambers (Strictly Come Dancing winner and Holby City heartthrob) plays Jerry Travers, the famous American tap dancer who arrives in London to appear in his first West End Show. Travers meets the irresistible Dale Tremont, the girl of his dreams, played by Summer Strallen (triple Olivier Award nominee and star of Love Never Dies, The Sound of Music and Hollyoaks) and follows her across Europe in an attempt to win her heart with his wonderful song and dance routines. Irving Berlin’s celebrated score features such classics as Cheek to Cheek, Let’s Face The Music & Dance, Isn’t It A Lovely Day To Be Caught In The Rain and Top Hat, White Tie & Tails. Beautiful sets, lavish costumes and sensational dancing will sweep you off your feet in this stunning new musical comedy. Norwich Theatre Royal (01603 630000) 26 OCT Jimeoin Stunning world-class stand-up comedy from star of TV’s ‘Michael McIntyre’s Comedy Roadshow’; ‘Jason Manford’s Comedy Rocks’, ‘Just For Laughs’ and ‘Best of Edinburgh Comedy Festival’. No gimmicks, just pure-and-simple great craic. Norwich Arts Centre (01603 660352) 26 - 27 OCT The Pea, The Bean & The Enormous Turnip Children’s puppet show. Norwich Puppet Theatre (01603 629921) 27 - 30 OCT Mr Stink A musical adaptation based on the hilarious children’s novel by David Walliams. Norwich Theatre Royal (01603 630000) 28 OCT Tony Hawks Tony looks back on the strangest and funniest moments in a unique evening of stories,

songs and silliness. King’s Lynn Corn Exchange (01553 764864) 28 OCT That’ll Be The Day Rock ‘n’ roll music show. Pavilion Theatre, Cromer Pier (01263 512495) 28 - 29 OCT Jack Children’s puppet show. Norwich Puppet Theatre (01603 629921) 29 OCT Vampirates A swashbuckling tale of storms, pirates and mysteries as seen through the eyes of twins Connor and Grace Tempest. Norwich Playhouse (01603 598598) 29 OCT Tommy Tiernan The Irish comic who isn't afraid to tell it like it is. Norwich Playhouse (01603 598598) 29 OCT The Tigerlilys: Westend To Broadway Show songs. Gorleston Pavilion Theatre (01493 662832) 29 OCT Tibetan Monks from the Tashi Lhunpo Monastery Unique sacred music, dances and prayers with colourful traditional costumes and ceremonial masks. Diss Corn Hall (01379 652241) 30 OCT Call Mr. Robeson - A Life With Songs This rollercoaster journey through the life of the famous actor, singer and civil rights campaigner’s remarkable life highlights how his activism caused him to be disowned and disremembered, even by leaders and descendants of the civil rights movement. It features some famous songs and speeches, including a dramatic rendition of Ol' Man River, and a spectacularly defiant testimony to the Senate House Un-American Activities Committee. Norwich Puppet Theatre (01603 629921) 31 OCT - 1 NOV Shakespeare Schools Festival Local young people bring half-hour versions of Shakespeare's greatest plays to the stage. Norwich Playhouse (01603 598598)

MUSIC 1 OCT Daniel O’Donnell Three decades into his sparkling career as a top entertainer, Daniel’s star is still shining bright. Norwich Theatre Royal (01603 630000) 1 OCT Alan Price Set The name Alan Price immediately summons up some of the most memorable sounds in the last 40 years: from the Animals’ ‘House Of The Rising Sun’ to his quirky take on Randy Newman’s ‘Simon Smith And His Amazing Dancing Bear’ to his many hits with Georgie Fame, including the most famous ‘Rosetta’. Pavilion Theatre, Cromer Pier (01263 512495) 1 OCT Norwich Sound & Vision Final day of the music festival, film festival and music and film industry conference featuring expert speakers from around the world. Norwich Arts Centre (01603 660352) 1 OCT The Acoustic Gathering Folk rock supergroup. Maddermarket Theatre, Norwich (01603 620917) 2 OCT Britten Sinfonia & Henning Kraggerud Norwegian violinist Henning Kraggerud is renowned for gripping audiences

with his effortless virtuosity, sunny musicality and beauty of expression. In this concert he performs one of Mozart’s most delightful Violin Concertos. Kraggerud then directs Britten Sinfonia in Mahler’s orchestration of Schubert’s fiercely intense Death and the Maiden. Norwich Theatre Royal (01603 630000) 2 OCT Kids in Glass Houses With two successful albums under their belt and a live reputation envied by many Kids In Glass Houses are one of British rock’s finest emerging talents. UEA LCR, Norwich (01603 508050) 2 OCT King’s Lynn Town Band + Blasorchester Praest Twin town band concert. King's Lynn Town Hall (01553 768930) 3 OCT Benjamin Francis Leftwich Benjamin Francis Leftwich is a singer/songwriter from York who has the sort of voice, delivery and material that tiptoes in to your soul, makes a big old comfy featherbed and refuses to leave. Norwich Arts Centre (01603 660352) 4 OCT Fenech-Soler With a firm grasp of club dynamics combined with an acute pop sensibility, Fenech-Soler have managed to create a big, thick sound on a strict budget, all magisterial, fizzing keyboards, buoyant bass and treated, topped off with disco cowbells, computer FX and attractive vocals that sound as though they could have come from anywhere but the middle of nowhere in the middle of the UK. The Waterfront, Norwich (01603 508050) 5 OCT Enter Shikari The band’s trademark sound encompasses hardcore, screamo and electronic beats. UEA LCR, Norwich (01603 508050) 5 OCT Forever The Sickest Kids From popping electro beats, raucous melodies, singalong rock choruses to pensive emotive ballads; these are good time songs that should truly connect with the listener. The Waterfront, Norwich (01603 508050) 5 OCT Chance McCoy and Old Sledge A hard driving, real-deal hillbilly string band from the Blue Ridge Mountains of Virginia, reviving old time country and blues from the turn of the 20th century with a young punk attitude and creativity more reminiscent of indie rock. Norwich Arts Centre (01603 660352) 6 OCT Atongo Zimba Stunning African music. Norwich Arts Centre (01603 660352) 6 OCT Limehouse Lizzy Thin Lizzy tribute. The Waterfront, Norwich (01603 508050) 7 OCT The Victorian English Gentlemans Club 3 noisy, existentialist, Dada-esque punk mercenaries. Norwich Arts Centre (01603 660352) 7 OCT Raymond Froggatt One of Britain's most prolific roots singer/songwriters, affectionately known as 'Froggie'. Pavilion Theatre, Cromer Pier (01263 512495) 7 OCT One Night of Queen Tribute performed by Gary Mullen and The Works. King’s Lynn Corn Exchange (01553 764864)

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7 OCT Robert Wolfe Robert Wolfe is one of the finest organists in the world and at 16 became the youngest musician to play the Wulitzer of the Tower Ballroom, Blackpool. Gorleston Pavilion Theatre (01493 662832) 8 OCT The Royal British Legion 90th Anniversary Concert Classical/popular boy band Blake, with support from The Band & Bugles of the Rifles, The Gresham's School Choir and The Lavender Hill Mob Theatre Company. Norwich Cathedral (01603 218323) 8 OCT Ann Breen Popular Irish singer known for her hits Pal Of My Cradle Days and When My Old Wedding Ring Was New. Gorleston Pavilion Theatre (01493 662832) 8 OCT The Norwich Ukulele Festival A rather smashing day celebrating this extraordinary little instrument. With a ukulele themed fayre from 10am, workshops and lessons from Gemma Cullingford (to book your place on a workshop visit, play-a-longs, games, open mic, comedy, DJ’s, dancing, stalls, special discounts and much more. Norwich Arts Centre (01603 660352) 8 OCT The Barlights 4 piece melodic rock/pop/country/folk band from Norwich. The Waterfront, Norwich (01603 508050) 8 OCT T-Rextasy Top tribute. Pavilion Theatre, Cromer Pier (01263 512495) 8 OCT Claire Harper Jazz Trio Songs of Cole Porter. St Michael's Church, Aylsham (01263 734820) 8 OCT The Churchfitters Four dynamic personalities present a fast-paced infectious show full of fresh, original songwriting as well as rearranged songs and tunes from the British Isles, uniting the rhythms of rock, pop and jazz with the universal appeal of traditional music. Diss Corn Hall (01379 652241) 8 OCT An Autumn Concert Sacred music with Tim Patient (organist) and the Choir of St Mary's Church. St Mary’s Church, Low Road, Hellesdon (01603 743290) 10 OCT Bombay Bicycle Club From the teenage indie kicks of their debut ’I Had The Blues But I Shook Them Loose’; to the sparse, timeless folk of last summer’s top ten album ’Flaws’, the quartet is set to open a new and beguiling chapter. UEA LCR, Norwich (01603 508050) 11 OCT The Horrors Bridging the unseen gap between mod, goth and punk music, The Horrors have burst onto the scene, spurting a no-nonsense mix of London rock and theatrical punk. The Waterfront, Norwich (01603 508050) 12 OCT Wishbone Ash With the current line-up of Andy Powell, Bob Skeat, Muddy Manninen and Joe Crabtree these British guitar legends are still filling venues across the globe. Originally formed in October 1969 in London, the band garnered notice in the early days for a unique blend of blues, jazz and English folk. The Waterfront, Norwich (01603 508050)

12 OCT Sloan Wainwright Concert by the sister of Loudon Wainwright, and Aunt to Rufus and Martha Wainwright, who has released six albums in her own right. Olives Cafe, Elm Hill, Norwich (01603 230500) 13 OCT Black Veil Brides Ohio rock band inspired by the onstage persona of Kiss. UEA LCR, Norwich (01603 508050) 13 OCT The Crookes 60's pop lovin' Sheffield four-piece. Norwich Arts Centre (01603 660352) 13 OCT Emerge NME Radar Tour The Emerge NME Radar Tour showcases the very best in new and innovative talent. Enigmatic artist Wolf Gang headlines the tour following the recent release of his debut album ’Suego Faults’. Post-punk/art rock group S.C.U.M are second on the bill. Completing the line up are Australian duo DZ Deathrays. The Waterfront, Norwich (01603 508050) 13 OCT Talon Country rock tribute to the Eagles. Pavilion Theatre, Cromer Pier (01263 512495) 14 OCT Kit Holmes Gorgeous guitar, poignant lyrics and feisty fiddly playing, all with Kit"s incredible sense of fun. Kettlestone Village Hall (01328 878200) 14 OCT Zion Train Dub and reggae pioneers, their sound has evolved into 'acid dub' roots with a dance edge. Norwich Arts Centre (01603 660352) 15 OCT The Magnets A capella geniuses play all your favourite hits from artists as diverse as Beyonce, Kraftwerk and Blur...with no instruments whatsoever. Norwich Playhouse (01603 598598) 15 OCT Magazine Gap A live sensation, with exceptional musicianship, vocals & songs, eclectic pop/rock band Magazine Gap take audiences on a journey in their live shows, embracing a range of musical genres to entertain & delight. Norwich Arts Centre (01603 660352) 13 OCT Skepta North London MC, producer, DJ and runner of the 'Boy Better Know' grime label. As a rapper and MC, Skepta aims to make grime music for the masses. It must be working as he's so far graced the screen of MTV Base, the pages of i-D magazine and performed all over the world. The Waterfront, Norwich (01603 508050)

15 OCT Academy of St Martins in the Fields Elgar, Mozart, Walton, Finzi. Fakenham Parish Church (01328 855172) 15 OCT East Norfolk Operatic Society An evening of the wit and melody of Gilbert & Sullivan. St Botolph's Church, Back Street, Trunch. 7.30pm. 16 OCT The Pierces See panel. The Waterfront, Norwich (01603 508050) 16 OCT Charlie Landsborough An evening of folk, country, ballads and blues with a strong and often personal lyric content. King’s Lynn Corn Exchange (01553 764864) 17 OCT Bowling for Soup Texan punk cowboys with a great sense of humour. UEA LCR, Norwich (01603 508050) 18 OCT Plaid Electro-techno wizards Ed 'n' Andy. Norwich Arts Centre (01603 660352) 19 OCT Noah and the Whale Energetic popsters from London whose proficient songs and live sets employ beautiful harmonies and elements of folk and bluegrass to good effect. Their hit song '5 Years' Time' is sufficient to reel in any potential fan, as their packed-out gigs would suggest. UEA LCR, Norwich (01603 508050) 19 OCT Ugly Duckling Formed in Long Beach, California around 1993, lyricists Andy and Dizzy and DJ Young Einstein have been putting out classic hiphop records and touring the world for the last 6 years. Norwich Arts Centre (01603 660352) 21 OCT Joe Brown Joe started his musical career as a guitarist, working with the likes of Johnny Cash, Gene Vincent and Eddie Cochran. In 1960, he formed his own group Joe Brown & The Bruvvers and had numerous top ten hits including the number 1 hit 'Picture Of You'. Joe has never stopped working and performs nearly 200 shows a year and has kept his music current throughout. Princess Theatre, Hunstanton (01485 532252) 21 OCT Charlie Simpson From starting out as a beleaguered punk-pop heartthrob in Busted to playing hard, fast and harmonic metal with the critically acclaimed Fightstar; Charlie Simpson’s new solo project sees a move to a more acoustic sound. The album ’Young Pilgrim’ should impress a whole host of new fans, as well as surprising his old ones. The Waterfront, Norwich (01603 508050)

22 OCT Maverick Sabre With his unique vocals and rap style, the London born, Irish-bred Maverick Sabre is an amazing contradiction between cultures and genres: Ireland and England, hip-hop, reggae, folk and blues. The Waterfront, Norwich (01603 508050) 22 OCT Hostry Festival: The Chroma Trio A London-based group of professional musicians specialising in 20th and 21st century music. Norwich Cathedral (01603 218323) 22 OCT The Black Umfolosi 5 Upbeat, vibrant and colourful African music and dance. Norwich Playhouse (01603 598598) 22 OCT Andrew Roachford Andrew Roachford has been on the UK music scene for over a decade and continues to grow and mature and a superb artist. His sound may have changed from the soul/rock fusion of debut hits 'Cuddly Toy' and 'Family Man' to more contemporary soul and r'n'b, but the quality has remained as consistently high as ever. Norwich Arts Centre (01603 660352) 22 OCT King’s Lynn Festival Chorus JS Bach: B Minor Mass. Bach’s choral masterpiece performed in its original form with baroque orchestra. St Nicholas Chapel, King’s Lynn (01553 764864) 22 OCT The Stones Tribute. Pavilion Theatre, Cromer Pier (01263 512495) 22 OCT The Jonathan Wyatt Big Band Big band swing. Gorleston Pavilion Theatre (01493 662832) 23 OCT Ed Sheeran Singer-songwriter from Suffolk. Fusing traditional acoustic and folk melodies with hip hop beats, Sheeran has created an inimitable sound which is getting him noticed with hits such as The A Team. UEA LCR, Norwich (01603 508050) 24 OCT The Nightingales Birmingham's first art punk group. Norwich Arts Centre (01603 660352) 25 OCT The Kabeedies Norwich band The Kabeedies are pure pop goodness played with boundless energy and style, respected by Clash Magazine, Radio One's Huw Stephens and festival-goers across the UK. Norwich Arts Centre (01603 660352) 25 OCT The Answer Four-piece rock band from Northern Ireland. The Waterfront, Norwich (01603 508050)

16 OCTOBER THE PIERCES New York based sisters Catherine and Allison, AKA The Pierces, have created a timeless album with ’You & I’ to match their innately cool, singersongwriter roots. With elements of folk in their close, keening pop harmonies, their songs draw the sort of beauty that a classic Stevie Nicks song always had. The Waterfront, Norwich


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26 OCT Ralph McTell The concert will of course feature songs from McTell's extensive back catalogue of over 350 songs, including his worldwide, Ivor Novello award winning hit 'Streets of London', and music from his latest album Somewhere Down The Road. King’s Lynn Arts Centre (01553 764864) 26 OCT Pop Will Eat Itself Reformed with a new line-up that includes original band member Graham Crabb and co-vocalist Mary Byker from fellow grebos Gaye Bykers on Acid. The Waterfront, Norwich (01603 508050) 27 OCT Ralph McTell See 26 Oct. Norwich Playhouse (01603 598598) 27 OCT Bill Wyman’s Rhythm Kings Rock ‘n’ Roll icon, author, restauranteur and legendary former Rolling Stones bassist, Bill Wyman has seen it all and continues to live life to the full. This set of virtuoso musicians superbly bring back to life the kind of classic rhythm and blues that first inspired Wyman to pick up the guitar as a teenager. King’s Lynn Corn Exchange (01553 764864) 27 OCT The Rifles London four-piece making heavy rock 'n' roll inspired by the likes of The Clash, Dylan and The Rolling Stones. Norwich Arts Centre (01603 660352) 27 OCT Tsygayner Klezmer influenced band. Olives Cafe, Elm Hill, Norwich (01603 230500) 28 OCT Jools Holland and his Rhythm & Blues Orchestra Jools’ guests include Shane MacGowan of The Pogues, Ruby Turner, and Louise Marshall. UEA LCR, Norwich (01603 508050) 29 OCT Domini Kirwan Popular Irish singer. Princess Theatre, Hunstanton (01485 532252) 29 OCT London Community Gospel Choir Funky gospel flair, swing-beat, RnB traditional and soulful arrangements, invigorating choreography and vocal gymnastics from this dynamic group. King’s Lynn Corn Exchange (01553 764864) 29 OCT Alladinsane Terrific David Bowie tribute. Pavilion Theatre, Cromer Pier (01263 512495) 30 OCT Imagination One of the most successful funk bands of the early 80’s founded by Leee John, with hits such as Just An Illusion and Flashback. King’s Lynn Corn Exchange (01553 764864)

30 OCT The Real Thing Three original vocalists, Chris Amoo, Eddie Amoo and Dave Smith, who had three million selling hit singles in the 70s, You To Me Are Everything, Can’t Get By Without You and Can You Feel The Force. Pavilion Theatre, Cromer Pier (01263 512495) 30 OCT Glenn Tilbrook Former Squeeze frontman, Glenn Tilbrook, reputed for his considerable song writing talent, and irrepressible sense of humour. Norwich Arts Centre (01603 660352) 30 OCT Wretch 32 + Loick Essien Jermaine Scott aka Wretch 32 is the new don of UK hip hop – ’the metaphor man’, as fellow Brit rapper Devlin calls him. The Waterfront, Norwich (01603 508050) 30 OCT Raymond Froggatt See 7 Oct. Gorleston Pavilion Theatre (01493 662832) 31 OCT Turisas Medieval-folk inspired speed-metal from eccentric Finnish band. The Waterfront, Norwich (01603 508050)

ART & EXHIBITIONS 1 - 2 OCT Evocations An exhibition featuring work from 12 of Norfolk’s top sculptors: Andrew Campbell, Chedgey, Polly Cruse, Mark Haywood, David Holgate, Rachael Long, Ros Newman, Vanessa Pooley, Joanna Reynolds, Ann Richardson, Louise Richardson, and Chris Wade. Wymondham Arts Centre, Becket’s Chapel, Church Street, Wymondham (01603 666011) 1 - 5 OCT Nicholas Wilby This exhibition will be a mixture of East Anglian views and also some of Nicholas's creative photography. Assembly House, Theatre Street, Norwich (01603 626402) 1 - 5 OCT Richard Bawden + Margaret Gardiner Watercolours & prints by Richard Bawden RWS RE and vapour glazed ceramics by Margaret Gardiner. Bircham Gallery, Market Place, Holt (01263 713312) 1 - 9 OCT Concepts & Meanings Exquisite works of contemporary textile art by Members of the Eastern Region Textile Forum. Inspired by the magnificent medieval trading hall and its rich and historic involvement with the cloth trade, work has been specially selected to be part of this bi-annual exhibition. Dragon Hall, King Street, Norwich (01603 663922)

1 - 11 OCT Will Teather An exhibition of artworks inspired by The Remarkable Dissappearing and Reappearing Maudeline Spacks. Assembly House, Norwich. 1 - 15 OCT Reflections on the Self Work by five African Women Photographers. Norwich University College of the Arts, The Gallery, St George's Street, Norwich. 1 - 22 OCT Maggi Hambling: Waves The celebrated East Anglian artist, Maggi Hambling, is one of the most distinctive artists of her generation - a restless artistic spirit who is equally at home painting George Melly for the National Portrait Gallery or making sculptures using cans of Special Brew. This exhibition focuses on her new 'Wave' oil paintings and a selection of her recent etchings. Most of the paintings will be small in scale making the waves jewellike in their intensity, and in their concentration of energy and colour. The Stable Gallery, Diss Corn Hall (01379 668875) 1 - 29 OCT Trust New work produced by the six Aspire Artists, Richard Layzell, David Kefford, Linda Theophilus, Diana Stickley, Ben Stewart and Emmie Newling and co-ordinated by Creative Apprentices, Ginny Boosey and Becky Graham. King’s Lynn Arts Centre (01553 764864) 1 - 29 OCT Craft The Shakespeare Barn becomes a live studio space for a major new sculpture growing and changing throughout the run of the exhibition. ‘Craft’ is a collaborative project, built on site using other people’s unwanted household objects and materials. King’s Lynn Arts Centre (01553 764864) 1 - 29 OCT Mark Mothersbaugh: Rugs! Rugs! Rugs! An exclusive UK premiere of limited edition art rugs by Mark Mothersbaugh, the creative force behind legendary band DEVO. Norwich Arts Centre (01603 660352) 1 - 31 OCT Arts and Crafts of the Swat Valley and Tribal Areas of Northern Pakistan South Asian Decorative Arts & Crafts Collection, The Old Skating Rink Gallery, Bethel Street, Norwich (01603 663890) 1 OCT - 30 NOVEMBER Beadwork from Gujarat, Western India South Asian Decorative Arts & Crafts Collection, The Old Skating Rink Gallery, Bethel Street, Norwich (01603 663890)

30 OCTOBER THE REAL THING One of Britain’s most successful soul bands is this year celebrating 37 years together. Three original vocalists, Chris Amoo, Eddie Amoo and Dave Smith, who had three million selling hit singles in the 70s give their all to such favorites as You To Me Are Everything, Can’t Get By Without You, Whenever You Want My Love and Can You Feel The Force. With their own 5 piece band their performance includes all their top ten hits, plus a medley of classics from the seventies. Pavilion Theatre, Cromer Pier.


1 OCT - 4 DECEMBER Mary Webb: Journeys in Colour Discover the work of Mary Webb, an artist with a passion for colour and the landscape. Journeys in Colour features Webb’s art from 1968 to the present day and is the largest ever exhibition of work by this Suffolk-based artist. On display you will find striking abstract paintings, screen prints, drawings and collages. You will also be able to see a new series of work, inspired by a trip to Utah, USA, which has never been seen before. Sainsbury Centre for Visual Arts, Norwich (01603 593199) 1 OCT - 4 DECEMBER Griff Rhys Jones’ Ghanaian ‘Fantasy Coffin’ The coffin, which is remarkably realistic despite its scale, was specially created last year for Griff Rhys Jones as part of the BBC television series Hidden Treasures of Africa. It will be the first time since the television programme was broadcast that the ‘fantasy coffin’ can be seen by the general public. The display will make links with African objects in the Robert and Lisa Sainsbury Collection, and in the spirit of that collection, shows that art can be found in all manner of objects. It will give you insight into Ga religious beliefs and associated rites and rituals, as well as providing you with further information about representational coffin design in Accra. Sainsbury Centre for Visual Arts, Norwich (01603 593199) 1 OCT - 4 DECEMBER The Face of the Artist: Photographs by John Hedgecoe This is the first major exhibition of portraits by renowned photographer John Hedgecoe from the Sainsbury Centre’s collection of 400 works by the artist, acquired earlier this year. John Hedgecoe (1932–2010) was at the forefront of portrait photography for more than 50 years. He took pictures of the leading figures in the worlds of art, literature, science and politics, from Winston Churchill and Henry Moore to Mary Quant and Agatha Christie. His portrait of the Queen taken in 1966 still graces British postage stamps. Sainsbury Centre for Visual Arts, Norwich (01603 593199) 1 OCT - 31 DECEMBER Early Visions of India Three Pioneering British Artists: Aquatints by Thomas and William Daniell & James Baillie Fraser. South Asian Decorative Arts & Crafts Collection, The Old Skating Rink Gallery, Bethel Street, Norwich (01603 663890) 8 OCT - 2 NOVEMBER John Maltby + Angela Harding Ceramic sculpture by one of the great British makers of the last 50 years. Paintings by Angela Harding. Bircham Gallery, Market Place, Holt (01263 713312) 11 OCT - 30 NOVEMBER Autumn to Winter Work by all of the regular Gallery Plus artists and makers and includes paintings, original prints, ceramics and jewellery. Gallery Plus, Warham Road, Wells-next-the-sea (01328 711609)


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15 OCT - 8 JANUARY Family Matters: The Family in British Art an ambitious touring exhibition that shows how the subject of the family has been and continues to be a challenging yet enduring subject for artists. Divided thematically, the exhibition showcases the best of British art with works by David Hockney, Anthony van Dyck, William Hogarth and Tracey Emin. Contemporary and historic works are juxtaposed to show how the traditional family portrait has been replaced with a more frank portrayal of the family. Formal portraits were frequently staged for political or personal purposes, whereas the more recent works offer a view that can only be described as ‘behind the scenes’ creating a tension between the public and private portrayal of the family. Norwich Castle Museum & Art Gallery (01603 493625) 21 - 23 OCT Diss Art Show & Sale A large exhibition of top quality art work by artists mainly working in East Anglia. Work on show and for sale is expected to include well known names such as Mike Webb (of Mere Quacks), Reg Siger and the members of Waveney Springs Art Collective. Diss Corn Hall (01379 652241) 22 - 26 OCT Brian Ryder Works in oil, watercolour and acrylic. Picturecraft Gallery, Lee’s Yard, Holt (01263 71104) 29 - 30 OCT Art on the Railings Open air art market giving local artists the chance to showcase their talent, but also giving people the chance to view these pieces in a unique setting. St Peter Mancroft Church, Norwich.

SPECIAL EVENTS EVERY WEDS The Cloisters Fair: Antiques. Collectables. Vintage Established 1972, the oldest in Norwich, offering wide range of fresh stock. St. Andrew's Halls, Norwich. 1 OCT Model Railway Exhibition 17 layouts, modellers workshop, trade support. Jubilee Centre, Norwich Road, Aylsham. 10.15am-4.15pm. (01263 734115) 1 - 2 OCT Norwich Wine Festival Bars and restaurants across the Norwich area

will be showcasing delicious wines for you to enjoy. Whether you are a connoisseur or would just like to try something different - the Norwich Wine Festival is about enjoying good wine in the City's most wine-savvy venues. Norwich 1 - 2 OCT Norfolk Food Festival A host of food and rink related events throughout the city. Various venues, Norwich. 1 - 2 OCT Aylsham Food Festival From two markets to the Festival Dinner, the Big Slow Breakfast and Ready Steady Cook, this year’s 3-day Aylsham Food Festival has something for everyone. Aylsham. 1 - 2 OCT MG Car Club Championships Snetterton Circuit (0843 453 9000) 1 - 29 OCT Historic Lynn Guided Walk Every Friday and Saturday. Tales of the Old Gaolhouse, Saturday Market Place, King's Lynn. 2pm. (01553 763044) 2 OCT Apple Day A celebration of the harvest of the nations favourite fruit. The gardens have over 100 varieties of apple and fresh ones are for sale and free tasting. Free apple juice straight from the press. Apple experts giving advice and information and identifying apples. Apple displays. Autumn flower, vegetable and produce show. Apple pies, cakes, preserves, planys, local crafts and stalls. Games and competitions. Stow Hall Gardens, Stow Bardolph, King's Lynn. 11am-4pm. (01366 382162) 2 OCT Steam Sunday Steam trains operating. Whitwell and Reepham Railway, The Old Railway Station, Whitwell Road, Norwich. 2 OCT Cambridge To Norwich Bike Race A brand new ride for 2011 starting from Cambridge's Midsummer Common at 7am and heading east through a landscape of fenland and patchwork fields, finishing in the grounds of Norfolk and Norwich University Hospital. Norfolk and Norwich University Hospital, Colney, Norwich (0845 460 1342) 5 OCT The Cloisters Antique & Collectables Fair St. Andrew's Halls, St. Andrew's Plain, Norwich. 8am-3pm. (01603 630763)

7 - 30 OCT Swaffham Visual Arts Festival See panel. Swaffham. (01760 721115) 8 - 9 OCT Beer Festival & Marriotts Way Celebration Weekend Celebrate 20 years of Marriotts Way, with a 10km run on Sunday. Whitwell and Reepham Railway, The Old Railway Station, Whitwell Road, Norwich. 8 - 9 OCT Norfolk Craft Fair Bespoke handmade crafts including jewellery, accesssories, photography, wooden crafts and much more. The Forum, Millennium Plain, Norwich. 9.30am-5pm. (01603 727950) 8 - 10 OCT Classic Bike “Race of Aces” Snetterton Circuit (0843 453 9000) 10 - 28 OCT FANN-XI – Norfolk Festival of Architecture Norfolk Association of Architects’ biennial festival celebrating the county’s contemporary architecture. A packed programme of special events, many free, features exhibitions, lectures and talks, films, opportunities to visit architects’ studios and new buildings and a special architects art trail in galleries and other venues across Norwich. The Forum, Millennium Plain, Norwich. 12 OCT The Cloisters Antique & Collectables Fair St. Andrew's Halls, St. Andrew's Plain, Norwich. 8am-3pm. (01603 630763) 14 - 15 OCT Diss Corn Hall Beer Festival Featuring over 30 eminently quaffable, cask-conditioned real ales and ciders, from traditional breweries near and far plus delicious hot and cold fare, lots of live music, traditional bar games, a tombola and produce stalls. Diss Corn Hall. 5-11pm Fri, Noon-11pm Sat. (01379 652241) 14 - 16 OCT Burnham Market Book Festival Now into its third year, this small but elegant festival once again welcomes a glittering array of renowned authors for a series of talks. The Hoste Arms, Burnham Market (01328 730270) 15 - 16 OCT MSVR Club Car Championships Snetterton Circuit (0843 453 9000) 19 OCT The Cloisters Antique & Collectables Fair St. Andrew's Halls, St. Andrew's Plain, Norwich. 8am-3pm. (01603 630763)

7 - 30 OCTOBER SWAFFHAM VISUAL ARTS FESTIVAL Presented by the Rotary Club of Swaffham, the Festival is launched on Friday 7th with a Reception at Ecotech Centre, followed by the screening of a Cannes Festival film - Certified Copy - starring Juliette Binoche (left), William Shimell, and JeanClaude Carrière. The month-long programme includes exhibitions, demonstrations and lectures.


22 - 23 OCT Classic Sports Car Championships Snetterton Circuit (0843 453 9000) 22 - 30 OCT Spooky Express A children’s competition to see how many spooky items can be spotted on the train journey, a colouring corner and a decorated Whistlestop Café add to this Halloween themed event. Bure Valley Railway, Aylsham Station, Norwich Road, Aylsham. 9am-5.30pm. (01263 738882) 23 OCT Apple Day Apple tastings, stroll around the orchard, plus lotsof other produce for sale. Gressenhall Farm & Workhouse, Gressenhall, Dereham. 10am-5pm. (01362 860563) 24 - 29 OCT 34th Norwich Beer Festival Over 200 cask-conditioned Real Ales from Britain's independent brewers will be on sale, along with draught and bottled beers from Continental Europe. There will also be a large range of traditional ciders and perries, with over 25 varieties from East Anglia, the West Country and elsewhere. St. Andrew's & Blackfriars' Halls, Norwich. 29 - 30 OCT Craft and Collectors Fayre Walcott Village Hall. 10am-4pm. 27 - 30 OCT Halloween at Holkham Get into the spirit of Halloween with bewitching displays in the Bygones Museum, spooky basement tours in the hall, spooky snacks in the Stables Cafe and Freaky Face Painting in the Gift Shop. Holkham Hall. 10am-8pm. (01328 713111) 29 OCT Little Vintage Lover Fair Popular vintage clothing and collectors' fair featuring two floors of clothes, textiles, accessories, 'kitchenalia', vintage re-worked items and much more. Dragon Hall, King Street, Norwich. 10am-5pm. (01603 663922) 29 - 30 OCT The Real Halloween Children’s activities, Storytelling, Puppet Shows, Real fires, Face Painting, Food and Craft stalls, Cider/ beer tent,Lantern procession at dusk each day, and more. Fairyland Trust, Holt Hall, Holt. 12.30-6pm Sat, 11.30am5pm Sun. (01328 710165) 29 - 30 OCT Endurance Bike Championships Snetterton Circuit (0843 453 9000) 30 OCT The Norfolk Bump, Baby & Toddler Show A great Family day out.Aimed at 0-5 year olds . There will be childrens entertainment and free taster sessions, information on parenting, breastfeeding etc, a shopping and pamper area for adults and much more. University of East Anglia Sportspark, Earlham Road, Norwich. 10am-4pm. 31 OCT Halloween at Fairhaven Ghosts, monster music and things that go bump in the night! Fairhaven Woodland and Water Garden, School Road, South Walsham. 6-8pm. (01603 270449)


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Whether you like to browse independent and quirky shops or lose yourself in high street stores, you can do it in Ipswich - and it’s the perfect place to visit for your Christmas shopping. Ipswich town centre is pedestrianised for a safe, traffic-free, shopping experience. The popular household names are here, along with the quirkier independent retailers. There are two large undercover shopping centres, Buttermarket and Tower Ramparts. An up-and-coming area for independent shops is St Nicholas Street / St Peters Street, which is also renowned for some excellent restaurants. Late night shopping in town is Thursdays and Christmas celebrations start on 19 November. There will be fun and games every Thursday evening with themes and activities including Santa arriving on his sleigh, choirs and other music and entertainment, bell ringers, a lantern parade and festive market. There’s plenty of great Christmas shows for the whole family in Ipswich this year. Don’t miss the spectacular all new professional pantomime version of the classic story The Wizard of Oz featuring the star of BBC TV's Tracy Beaker, actress Dani Harmer (left) as Dorothy, and the "Hilarious Ventriloquist" Gareth Oliver from Britain's Got Talent as the 'Scarecrow', plus a full supporting cast and amazing live band. It’s at the Ipswich Regent theatre, 17-23 December. Also at the Regent is the magical and enchanting Cinderella on Ice (27 31 Dec) starring the Russian Ice Stars. The high-speed combination of extraordinary skating, beautifully staged, and breath-taking aerial feats will leave you mesmerised. For both these shows call 01473 433100 for tickets. Over at the New Wolsey Theatre you can enjoy Robin Hood And The Babes In The Wood (24 Nov 28 Jan), which combines the best live rock ‘n’ roll music with all the fun of traditional pantomime to create the perfect Christmas show. For tickets call the box office on 01473 295900. Coes of Ipswich covers three floors and offers one of the largest selections of men’s fashion and footwear in the country. It also houses superb womenswear and sports departments. Commitment to quality and value, plus award winning service ensures your shopping experience will be enjoyable. Recently refurbished Coes has a modern décor that enables customers to view the collections in comfort. The latest development came in at £750,000. Good news for the local economy, as Coes used mainly local contractors, builders and tradesmen. The refurbishment inside is extensive and has seen over 50% of the store updated. The most radical change has been to the exterior of the building, where most of the frontage has been replaced. The brand line-up is comprehensive and includes most of the names you would expect to see in a leading fashion retail store. Tommy Hilfiger, Barbour, Barker Shoes, Ted Baker, Gant, Hobbs, Lyle & Scott, Magee, Firetrap, the list could go on. There are also exclusive products from all over Europe, plus own labels, which include Coes, Bortoni, Golding and Samuel Golding. Each has its own individual handwriting, but all share an impeccable attention to detail and a high standard of quality. 20-28 Norwich Road, Ipswich 01473 256061

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Situated just yards away from the high street, Arlingtons is a buzzing brasserie style restaurant with a café bar set within the fascinating building converted from the Arlingtons Ballroom and before that, the original Ipswich Museum founded in 1847. It also has its own deli takeaway. Museum Street 01473 230293 Aqua Eight Ultra stylish restaurant and bar offering an innovative fusion of cuisine from across East Asia. Enjoy signature dishes such as black cod with miso fried soft-shelled crab with red chilli and curry lead and wasabi sirloin steak with soya and lemongrass. Lion Street 01473 218994 The Townhouse English and European cuisine in intimate surroundings. Orwell Place 01473 230254 The Brasserie Modern cuisine in a friendly atmosphere steaks & fresh fish. Light lunches, plus fixedpriced weekday evening menu and blackboard specials. Falcon Street 01473 230185 Premier Inn Ipswich South Convenient for the train station this Premier Inn has everything you'd expect, incredibly comfy beds in every room and an onsite Beefeater restaurant serving freshly cooked chargrilled food. Bourne Hill, Wherstead 0871 527 8552 Bistro on the Quay Award-winning restaurant situated on the historic waterfront, housed in a former salt warehouse. Wherry Quay 01473 286677 La Galleria Wonderful, authentic Italian restaurant (the owners are from Sorrento) set over two floors, with a warm and friendly atmosphere. Great Colman Street 01473 233448 Mariners Just minutes away from the town centre, Mariners (formerly Il Punto) is a renowned French Brasserie afloat, moored alongside Neptune Quay at Ipswich Marina. Many of the


original features of this fine and much travelled vessel, launched in 1899 in Belgium, are retained and everything is immaculate and shipshape. Neptune Quay 01473 289748 The Brewery Tap Brilliant English gastropub right next to the old Tolly Cobbold brewery in the heart of Ipswich docks. Great real ales, most of them brewed on the premises, and a menu based on locallysourced produce. Cliff Road 01473 225501 The Waterfront Comfortable and relaxed bar bistro where you can enjoy some great French inspired food. Regatta Quay 01473 226082 Mizu Traditional noodle bar with long wooden benches and tables where you can enjoy a wide range of dishes from the Far East. Cornhill 01473 288839 Salthouse Harbour Hotel This luxury 4 star hotel and restaurant is situated in an enviable waterfront location. The rejuvenated warehouse has been converted into a striking contemporary space containing interesting art, stylish furniture and quirky curios. In the boutique restaurant, Simon Barker and his staff prepare modern and British meals, using local produce wherever possible. Neptune Quay 01473 226789 Premier Inn Ipswich (Chantry Park) Situated in the south east of Ipswich, here you will find the usual comfortable Premier Inn rooms. Next door is The Beagle, a lovely country pub with open fires and great food, and for breakfast you needn’t leave the hotel. Old Hadleigh Road 0871 527 8548 Quayside Stylish and spacious restaurant with modern British cuisine and seasonally changing menus. There is a fabulous large open bar in the centre of the restaurant. Regatta Quay 01473 218811 Best Western Gatehouse Hotel This charming and secluded country house hotel, built in the Regency style, offers an elegant retreat on the outskirts of Ipswich. In the restaurant, the creativity of the chef and the finest local produce combine to offer a menu of enticing seasonal dishes and daily specials. Old Norwich Road 01473 741897 The Last Anchor Great location on the historic waterfront with impressive waterside views, The Last Anchor offers both a la carte and fixed price menus at dinner, and is also open for breakfast and lunch. Haven Marina, New Cut East 01473 214763

Woody’s Furniture is stocked with beautiful, solid wood furniture at sensible prices for every room in the house. They are passionate about sourcing furniture that is made by craftsman and strikes the perfect balance between quality and price. Specialising in oak, the shop also has a wide selection of pine and painted ranges. Every conceivable item is available including beds, chests, wardrobes, cupboards, tables, chairs, bookcases, lamp tables and sideboards. Most items are available from stock for you to have straight away or delivery throughout East Anglia and beyond can easily be arranged. Woody’s also offer a made to measure service. They will work with you to design your perfect piece of furniture, from a beautiful freestanding larder cupboard to a complete kitchen or simply a bookcase to fit your gap. With no premium for special orders, this option is surprisingly affordable. Your furniture can be hand-waxed or painted in our workshop, or left in its plain state ready for you to finish yourself. Woody's is open seven days a week and parking is easy, either on the forecourt or in the street. 40 Derby Road, Ipswich 01473 717064

The 11th Ipswich Scout Group Charity Fireworks Display is a night not to be missed. This very special evening of Fireworks will be fired to your favourite sporting themes with a spectacular Olympic finale. If that is not enough, live on the BBC Radio Suffolk stage is the ultimate party band ‘Soul Kitchen’ and the exciting Taiko Drummers. Joining in the celebration is the 30 strong Brazilian style percussion band Samboomba, stilt walker and fire acts. Saturday 5 November, Christchurch Park, Ipswich 01473 433100 Ipswich is perfectly placed for the 2012 Olympics - the town has excellent links with the main Olympics site in east London, and direct rail services will take passengers to Stratford International from Ipswich in less than 50 minutes. These transport links are just one of the reasons why Ipswich will be hosting the Azerbaijan Olympic team, which will be enjoying a training camp in the run-up to the Games. Around 100 athletes, coaches and family members are expected in the Suffolk county town next year.

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EAST go with Cox of Ipswich again! ox of Ipswich, the top Saab dealership in Suffolk, is a family company founded in 1950 by Mr H O Cox. The company’s first new car franchise in 1950 was Singer cars namely the Singer Hunter, Gazelle, and Vogue. Within a few years Humber Hillman and Sunbeam were also sold by the company when Singer were absorbed into the Coventry based Rootes Group. Andrew Cox the founders son joined the company in 1968 and is the current MD. The company added the Saab franchise in 1971 and moved to new purpose built premises in 1990, where you can find them today.


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THEATRE & SHOWS 1 OCT Seaside Special North Norfolk’s all singing, all dancing summer show direct from Cromer Pier to Felixstowe. Steve Hewlett is accompanied by the hilarious characters Tiny Tina and Pongo, plus comedian Paul Adams, singers Rob McVeigh and Scarlett Gabriel, The Seaside Special Dancers and more in this terrific variety show. Spa Pavilion, Felixstowe (01394 282126) 1 OCT 20th Century Boy World première of a new musical. Rocker, poet, electric warrior, king of glam, godfather of punk – Marc Bolan tried many styles on for size in his search to become a superstar. Before his tragic death in 1977, a few days short of his 30th birthday, Bolan lived life at breakneck speed, creating a series of iconic images, a string of number one hits and an army of obsessive fans. This dynamic new musical looks behind the glitter and the sequins to discover what drove the “bard of Hackney” to become “bigger than the Beatles”. This show is packed with his hits. New Wolsey Theatre, Ipswich (01473 295900) 2 OCT Jo Caulfield Nominated as Funniest Woman 2010 (LAFTA Awards) and Best Female Stand-Up (Chortle Awards), Jo Caulfield is one of the most popular and successful female stand-up comedians in the country. Quay Theatre, Sudbury (01787 374745) 4 - 5 OCT Dick Turpin’s Last Ride This musical play presents a new version of the life of Dick Turpin, the most famous highwayman of them all. Marina Theatre, Lowestoft (01502 533200)

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4 - 8 OCT Romeo & Juliet Shakespeare’s most powerful story of tragic love presented by Night Light Theatre. New Wolsey Theatre, Ipswich (01473 295900) 4 - 8 OCT The Debt Collectors New comedy by John Godber that mixes money and love with the love of money, as two out of work actors fall into the world of debt recovery. Theatre Royal, Bury St Edmunds (01284 769505) 5 OCT Lee Nelson Clad from baseball cap to white trainer in sportswear logos and cheapand-chunky bling, fag behind the ear, can of Stella in hand this is the loveable rogue with his heart in the right place. Harry Hill called him 'The funniest act I've seen in years'. Ipswich Regent (01473 433100) 5 - 8 OCT Sounds Familiar Songs from shows and films. Spa Pavilion, Felixstowe (01394 282126) 6 OCT Madama Butterfly Puccini’s heartbreaking opera performed by the Internationally Acclaimed Ukrainian National Opera of Kharkiv, with handpicked soloists, a highly-praised chorus, full orchestra, and starring the Korean soprano Elena Dee. Exquisite sets including a spectacular Japanese garden and fabulous costumes including antique wedding kimonos from Japan. Ipswich Regent (01473 433100) 6 OCT Dr Faustus Almost certainly the jolliest Dr Faustus you’re ever likely to encounter, this adaptation uses Marlowe’s text as a starting point for a music hall influenced performance of how Mephistopheles and

Lucifer manipulate and make a fool of the soul-seller. Haverhill Arts Centre (01440 714140) 7 OCT Milton Jones New stand-up show from the weird bloke with the shirts from Mock the Week, and star of the Michael Mcintyre Roadshow. Ipswich Regent (01473 433100) 7 - 8 OCT New Moves - Five Rising Talents An evening of dance featuring Levantes Dance Theatre, James Cousins, Cameron McMillan, Pair Dance and Tala Dance Centre. DanceEast, Jerwood DanceHouse, Foundry Lane, Ipswich (01473 295230) 8 OCT Lee Nelson See 5 Oct. Marina Theatre, Lowestoft (01502 533200) 8 OCT Thomas Hardy: Three Tales Blue Hills, an exciting, talented young company, presents three of Thomas Hardy's best known short stories which are brought to sparkling life for all the family. Quay Theatre, Sudbury (01787 374745) 8 OCT An Evening with the humour of Bob Newhart & Tom Lehrer Well known jazz and rock ‘n’ roll piano/vocalist Peter Gill and highly regarded fringe actor Andrew Meller have joined forces to present a fabulous show dedicated to the satirical humour of the American comic legends. Fisher Theatre, Bungay (01986 897130) 8 OCT The House Of Clever Heart As Enlightenment energy starts to damp down superstition and fear in the early years of eighteenth century a young servant woman, Margaret 'Mally' Troop, becomes involved in the building of the new Meeting House, through her much revered mistress, Elizabeth Bury. Ipswich Unitarian Meeting House (01284 769505) 8 OCT The Balloon Gardener Children’s show presented by Circo Ridiculoso. Sir John Mills Theatre, Ipswich (01473 295900) 9 OCT Sherlock Holmes - The Last Act Roger Llewellyn’s extraordinary one-man performance strips away the detective;s infamous clinical façade, to reveal unexpected fears and weaknesses. New Wolsey Theatre, Ipswich (01473 295900) 9 OCT 13 New musical about thirteen 13 year olds struggling to find their place in an ever changing world. Theatre Royal, Bury St Edmunds (01284 769505) 9 OCT Fat Cat Comedy Club Top stand-up. The Apex, Bury St Edmunds (01284 758000) 11 OCT Horse The awardwinning Flick Ferdinando seamlessly moves from hilarity to tragedy,unleashing a stable of characters in a deliciously dark physical comedy. The Cut, Halesworth (0845 6732123)

9 OCTOBER THE RICHARD WHYMARK LAUGHTER SHOW Richard has been voted one of East Anglia's funniest comedians with a career spanning almost 20 years to date. His show consists of stand up, comedy magic, ventriloquism and impressions making him one of the UK's most versatile comedians. Regal Theatre, Stowmarket.

12 OCT A Timeless Collection Music show featuring songs from the Music Hall era through to the 70s. Spa Pavilion, Felixstowe (01394 282126) 12 OCT The Comedy Club Top stand-up. Degero, St Nicholls Street, Ipswich (0845 459 5656) 12 OCT The Curriculum Vitae of Aurora Ortiz Classworks' vibrant style of theatre-making mixes ensemble performance with film in this new touring production. Jubilee Hall, Aldeburgh (01728 452392) 9 OCT The Richard Whymark Laughter Show See panel. Regal Theatre, Stowmarket (01449 612825) 13 - 14 OCT Those Magnificent Men 'Chock Away' for the hilarious, heart-stopping story of Alcock and Brown and the first ever non-stop transatlantic flight. Theatre Royal, Bury St Edmunds (01284 769505) 13 - 15 OCT Invisible A funny, moving and topical portrayal of the world in flux. New Wolsey Theatre, Ipswich (01473 295900) 14 OCT Joe Pasquale New show, Pull My Finger, from the popular comedian. Ipswich Corn Exchange (01473 433100) 14 OCT Great Expectations A new play based on the Dickens classic. Seagull Theatre, Lowestoft (01502 589726) 15 OCT The Paupers Path To Hope Through original song, music, verse, monologue

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and dialogue, this folk opera tells the stories of six people forced by circumstance to enter the dreaded workhouse of the nineteenth century, but able, by courage and determination, to escape its clutches. The Cut, Halesworth (0845 6732123) 15 OCT Derek Acorah TV’s spirit medium. Marina Theatre, Lowestoft (01502 533200) 15 OCT The Masters of the House Musical feast featuring former stars from Les Miserables, Evita, Phantom of the Opera, Spamalot and other West Ends musicals. Theatre Royal, Bury St Edmunds (01284 769505) 15 OCT Carmen Co-Opera Co. presents a classic of the operatic repertoire; Bizet’s Carmen, sung in Christopher Cowell’s English translation and accompanied by the Co-Opera Co Orchestra. The Apex, Bury St Edmunds (01284 758000) 15 OCT The Tigerlilys - West End to Broadway Songs from the shows. Fisher Theatre, Bungay (01986 897130) 15 OCT The House Of Clever Heart See 8 Oct. Ipswich Unitarian Meeting House (01284 769505) 16 OCT David Benson sings Noel Coward Returning to the character he played in BBC series Goodnight Sweetheart, awardwinning solo performer David Benson takes on Coward’s masterful songbook in this delightful evening of sparkling wit and humour. The Cut, Halesworth (0845 6732123) 16 OCT Katy Ashworth’s Meet, Greet, Sing & Play Roadshow Star of CBeebies TV, Katy presents her fully interactive live show specifically designed for children between the ages of 2 to 6, full of great fun for everyone with songs, games and more. Marina Theatre, Lowestoft (01502 533200) 16 OCT Comedy Night Top stand-up. New Wolsey Theatre, Ipswich (01473 295900) 17 OCT Shappi Khorsandi The star of Live at The Apollo, Michael McIntyre’s Comedy Roadshow, Friday Night with Jonathan Ross, and Have I Got News for You is back with a brand new show - a show about a brother and sister who were best friends but also beat each other up. The Cut, Halesworth (0845 6732123)

17 OCT The Curriculum Vitae of Aurora Ortiz See 12 Oct. West Suffolk College, Bury St Edmunds (01284 701301) 17 - 18 OCT Not Now Darling! Ray Cooney’s classic, multi award winning farce stars the ever popular and always entertaining funny-man Damian Williams. Marina Theatre, Lowestoft (01502 533200) 18 OCT Sherlock Holmes - The Last Act See 9 Oct. The Cut, Halesworth (0845 6732123) 18 - 19 OCT One Monkey Don't Stop No Show The Cosby Show meets restoration comedy in this hilariously outrageous play about how hard we try to hide who we really are. New Wolsey Theatre, Ipswich (01473 295900) 18 - 22 OCT Jack Sheppard Ken Campbell’s rollicking tale of treachery and dastardly deeds is an anarchic comedy romp through a fascinating but little known part of our history. New Wolsey Studio, Ipswich (01473 295900) 18 - 22 OCT Our Country’s Good Based on real events that occurred in Australia in the 1780's, Our Country's Good is set in the first penal colony where the convicts put on a production of the Restoration comedy The Recruiting Officer by George Farquhar. Theatre Royal, Bury St Edmunds (01284 769505) 18 - 22 OCT Half a Sixpence Musical featuring the classic songs: Half a Sixpence, If the Rain’s Got to Fall, Money to Burn and the all time favourite Flash, Bang, Wallop! Beccles Public Hall (01502 712329) 18 - 22 OCT Copacabana Musical presented by Centre Stage. Haverhill Arts Centre (01440 714140) 19 - 23 OCT Albert Herring Britten’s comic opera set in an East Suffolk village not a million miles from Snape. Directed by rising young British director Oliver Mears and conducted by Britten’s own collaborator, Steuart Bedford, the production showcases a cast of international young Britten–Pears Programme singers under the strict eye of Lady Billows, sung by Dame Felicity Lott. Britten Studio, Snape (01728 687110)

20 OCT Reginald D Hunter Top standup comedy. Ipswich Regent (01473 433100) 20 OCT The Comedy Club Top standup. Eastern Station Lounge, Station Road, Sudbury (0845 459 5656) 20 - 22 OCT Beauty & The Beast Family pantomime. Ringshall Village Hall (01473 658698) 20 - 22 OCT Underneath the Arches The songs and sketches of Flanagan and Allen, presented by the Stage Door Theatre Company. Spa Pavilion, Felixstowe (01394 282126) 21 OCT Bill Oddie - News of the Wild The star of comedy and conservation will recount and entertain with stories and images of his wildlife adventures, which will include searching for elusive species in far flung places, to more gentle observations of wildlife closer to home. The Cut, Halesworth (0845 6732123) 21 OCT In the Dust 2Faced Dance presents a triple bill of darkly explosive new breakinfused dance work. New Wolsey Theatre, Ipswich (01473 295900) 22 OCT Ruby and Her Horses A chance to dip into rural Suffolk life in the 1920’s & 30’s. An entertaining narrative with songs and film clips. Woolpit Village Hall (01359 241553) 22 OCT Under 12’s Comedy Stand-up for children. New Wolsey Theatre, Ipswich (01473 295900) 22 OCT Under 18’s Comedy Stand-up for young adults. New Wolsey Theatre, Ipswich (01473 295900) 23 OCT Fascinating Aida This brand new show from the music cabaret trio will include their infamous anthem to budget travel Cheap Flights (which has had over six million hits on YouTube), as well as The Dogging Song plus brand new songs. New Wolsey Theatre, Ipswich (01473 295900) 23 OCT Hey Boy! Hey Girl! A brand new show celebrating the magic of the boy girl duets. Ray Gelato and Kai Hoffman have developed a wonderful, fun show, taking tunes from the great American songbook. The Cut, Halesworth (0845 6732123)

21 OCTOBER BILL ODDIE: NEWS OF THE WILD Join World Land Trust’s special guest, Bill Oddie, for an evening of wildlife adventures as part of the Halesworth Arts Festival which runs from 8-23 October. Bill Oddie has been at the forefront of comedy and conservation for more than 4 decades, reaching new audiences all the time with his special blend of humour, wit and knowledge. He is a regular visitor to East Anglia which provides him with some of his favourite birdwatching haunts. He will recount and entertain with stories, images and film clips of his wildlife adventures throughout his career which will include searching for elusive species in far flung places to more gentle observations of wildlife closer to home. The Cut, Halesworth.


23 OCT High School Mania Featuring all the very best hits from High School Musical 1, 2, & 3, Glee and Camp Rock! Spa Pavilion, Felixstowe (01394 282126) 23 OCT The Essence of Ireland Essence of Ireland combines breathtaking dance routines with the very best of Irish music, a touch of Irish craic, all cleverly woven into a heart-warming tale. Ipswich Regent (01473 433100) 23 OCT The House Of Clever Heart See 8 Oct. Ipswich Unitarian Meeting House (01284 769505) 25 OCT Katy Ashworth’s Meet, Greet, Sing & Play Roadshow See 16 Oct. Spa Pavilion, Felixstowe (01394 282126) 25 OCT Dracula Halloween pantomime presented by Centre Stage Players. Seagull Theatre, Lowestoft (01502 589726) 25 - 26 OCT Two Four Six Eight! Using music, balloons and far too much wrapping paper, Shoofly Theatre has created a funny and charming performance that shows how fun numbers can be. New Wolsey Studio, Ipswich (01473 295900) 25 - 29 OCT Tartuffe Roger McGough, master of wit, dips his magic quill, adapting Molière’s sublime comedy Tartuffe. New Wolsey Theatre, Ipswich (01473 295900) 25 - 29 OCT Ruddigore The comic operetta presented by Ipswich Gilbert & Sullivan Society. Seckford Theatre, Woodbridge (01473 858108) 26 OCT Magic, Mess and Mayhem Show Wayne Burns presents 60 minutes of magic, competitions and buckets of half-term family fun. Leiston Film Theatre (01728 830549) 26 OCT Grimm Tales Presented by Theatre Royal Youth Theatre. Theatre Royal, Bury St Edmunds (01284 769505) 27 OCT Theo the Mouse in Magical Mayhem Children’s show. Haverhill Arts Centre (01440 714140) 27 OCT The Tempest Shakespeare’s final tale. Seagull Theatre, Lowestoft (01502 589726) 27 OCT Juan Martín Flamenco Dance Ensemble Passionate flamenco music and dance. The Apex, Bury St Edmunds (01284 758000) 27 - 28 OCT Last Train Off-beat comedy set in a timeless railway station. Fisher Theatre, Bungay (01986 897130) 27 - 28 OCT Draw Me a Bird An uplifting story for children about making music, finding a friend, and learning how to fly. New Wolsey Studio, Ipswich (01473 295900) 27 - 29 OCT The Little Red Hen Animal puppets, sing-along songs and madcap comic routines for children. Theatre Royal, Bury St Edmunds (01284 769505) 28 OCT Jimmy Carr The popular comedian and TV presenter with his new show, Laughter Therapy. Ipswich Regent (01473 433100)

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28 OCT Ghost Town With breathtaking imagery and virtuosic live music, Ghost Town continues Limbik Theatre Company’s search into the stories buried in epic landscapes. The Cut, Halesworth (0845 6732123) 28 OCT Magical Extravaganza On Ice A dazzling fusion of illusion and dancing on ice. Spa Pavilion, Felixstowe (01394 282126) 28 OCT Around and Around Children’s show. Haverhill Arts Centre (01440 714140) 28 OCT Rough Cuts: Arthur Pita Inspired by the 1920s and 1930s American phenomenon of Dance Marathons, this initial exploration of Nobody’s Baby (working title) is the first stage in the making of a hard-hitting, yet at times humorous, dance theatre piece, choreographed by Arthur Pita. Jerwood DanceHouse, Ipswich (01473 295230) 29 OCT Bouncers John Godber’s nighclub comedy. Fisher Theatre, Bungay (01986 897130) 31 OCT Vampires Rock Steve Steinman’s rock show is perfect entertainment for Halloween. Ipswich Regent (01473 433100) 31 OCT - 1 NOV Shakespeare Schools Festival Four youthful half-hour productions of different Shakespeare plays from local schools. New Wolsey Theatre, Ipswich (01473 295900)

31 OCT - 1 NOV The Glee Club A feelgoodcomedy with songs by Richard Cameron. Marina Theatre, Lowestoft (01502 533200)

MUSIC 1 OCT Stacey Kent A best-selling member of the Blue Note roster of recording artists, Stacey Kent now boasts six best-selling albums, a string of awards, including the British Jazz Award for 'Best Vocalist', and Album of the year. Theatre Royal, Bury St Edmunds (01284 769505) 1 OCT Rick Wakeman An evening with the legendary keyboard wizard. St Mary’s Church, Bury St Edmunds (01603 508050) 1 OCT The Commonwealth Soloists A programme of music by Handel, Bach, Satie and Debussy. St Peter and St Paul, Fressingfield (01379 586459) 1 OCT Kit Holmes Gorgeous guitar, poignant lyrics and feisty fiddly playing, all with Kit"s incredible sense of fun. Freckenham Village Hall (01638 720118) 1 OCT RAF New Squadronaires A tribute to the original wartime orchestra. St Mary’s Church, Bury St Edmunds (01603 508050)

1 OCT John Lill Acclaimed pianist performs Beethoven, Chopin, Mozart, Brahms. The Old Granary Studio, Priory Farm, Maypole Green, Toft Monks, Beccles (01502 679088) 1 OCT Elizabeth Jones Piano recital. Quay Theatre, Sudbury (01787 374745) 1 OCT Country Company Country music. Kings Theatre, Newmarket (01638 663337) 2 OCT Alan Skidmore Top jazz sax player. JazzNights, The Bell, Clare (01787 237653) 2 OCT Lara Melda Piano recital by the BBC Young Musician of the year for 2010. Holy Trinity Church, Trinity Street, Bungay (01985 896416) 2 OCT Haverhill Silver Band Brass band. Haverhill Arts Centre (01440 714140) 6 OCT Courtney Pine Courtney Pine continues to be recognised as a pioneer of the UK scene, taking jazz music to new audiences. The Apex, Bury St Edmunds (01284 758000) 6 OCT The Hollies The legendary 60s band perform all their hits, including He Ain’t Heavy, He’s My Brother, Carrie Ann and Bus Stop. Marina Theatre, Lowestoft (01502 533200) 8 OCT Katy B Confidently seizing the middle ground between the totally on-point lyricism of Lily Allen and the swagger of Ms

Dynamite and Neneh Cherry, Katy's killer combination of natural pop sass, uniquely powerful voice and total immersion in London's club culture makes her the perfect popstar. Ipswich Regent (01473 433100) 8 OCT Trinity Singers Music from stage and screen. United Reform Church, Long Melford. 7.30pm. 8 OCT The William Alwyn Festival The Prometheus Orchestra perform as part of the celebration of William Alwyn's [1905 1985] musical legacy. St Michael’s Church, Framlingham (01728 687110) 8 OCT Benjamin Grosvenor Classical music. The Cut, Halesworth (0845 6732123) 8 OCT Sue Richardson Quartet Jazz trumpeter and her band play the music of Chet Baker. Seagull Theatre, Lowestoft (01502 589726) 8 OCT Skampa String Quartet Mozart, Smetana & Janacek. Ipswich School, Ivry Street, Ipswich (01473 258218) 9 OCT Chas & His Band Chas Hodges (of Chas & Dave) with some rock and roll and Chas & Dave hits. Regal Theatre, Stowmarket (01449 612825) 9 OCT Kathryn Tickell The Telegraph describes her as, 'one of the best living advertisements for English folk music'. That she is in a


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class of her own cannot be doubted. By thirteen she could play the smallpipes and fiddle exceptionally well. She has released several albums, toured the globe several times and recorded with artists such as Sting, The Chieftains and Penguin Cafe Orchestra. The Cut, Halesworth (0845 6732123) 9 OCT The Acoustic Gathering Featuring Ray Jackson (Lindisfarne), Doug Morter (Albion Band, Magna Carta) and Jerry Donahue (Fairport Convention, Fotheringay), the group promise to ‘go back to basics’, performing ‘great hits and long forgotten ditties’, in an acoustic format. Haverhill Arts Centre (01440 714140) 10 OCT John Williams & John Etheridge Meetings between classical and jazz musicians have a habit of slipping between two stools. But John Williams is not your typical, staid recitalist, and John Etheridge is on a purple streak at the moment…so the results of this guitar encounter are special. The Cut, Halesworth (0845 6732123) 10 OCT Stephanie Oade & Jennie-Helen Moston Cello and piano. Theatre Royal, Bury St Edmunds (01284 769505)

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12 OCT Powerplant This free event is an inspiring collaboration of British artists, comprising percussionist Joby Burgess’ playing and electronics with cinematic sound by Matthew Fairclough and bespoke film by Kathy Hinde. The Apex, Bury St Edmunds (01284 758000) 13 OCT Red Priest This extraordinary acoustic early music group present their new concert performance: Pirates of the Baroque. The Cut, Halesworth (0845 6732123) 14 OCT T-Rextasy Unplugged The songs of Marc Bolan played acoustically and sung by Danielz, accompanied by John Skelton on congas and percussion. Quay Theatre, Sudbury (01787 374745) 14 OCT Charlie Landsborough Three times winner of the Best Male Vocalist at the British Country Music Awards, Charlie Landsborough's career has spanned 30 years, and he is now more successful than ever. Country music fans of UK and Eire will no doubt cite Charlie's witty, personal brand of folkish blues ballads as one of the most remarkable talents around. Marina Theatre, Lowestoft (01502 533200) 14 OCT The Real Thing Three original vocalists, Chris Amoo, Eddie Amoo and Dave Smith, who had three million selling hit soul singles in the 70s, “You To Me Are Everything”, “Can’t Get By Without You” and “Feel The Force”, plus other top ten successes. The Apex, Bury St Edmunds (01284 758000) 14 OCT Talon Tribute to the Eagles. Spa Pavilion, Felixstowe (01394 282126) 14 OCT John Lill & Emma Johnson Piano and clarinet. The Cut, Halesworth (0845 6732123) 15 OCT Charlie Landsborough See 14 Oct. Spa Pavilion, Felixstowe (01394 282126) 15 OCT Wolsey Orchestra Brahms, Elgar, featuring Ipswich’s Rosemary Hinton (violin). Ipswich Corn Exchange (01473 433100) 16 OCT Gilad Atzmon Top jazz sax player. JazzNights,

The Bell, Clare (01787 237653) 16 OCT Suffolk Concert Band Brass band concert. Spa Pavilion, Felixstowe (01394 282126) 19 OCT Beverley Craven Singer/songwriter Beverley Craven is probably best known for her 1991 hits Promise Me and Holding On and her multi-million selling debut album. Now Beverley is back on the road with a ‘stripped down and laid bare’ duo line-up. The Apex, Bury St Edmunds (01284 758000)

19 OCT Keith James - The Great Canadian Songbook Personal interpretations of the music of Joni Mitchell, Neil Young and Leonard Cohen. Fisher Theatre, Bungay (01986 897130) 19 OCT Navarra Quartet Hayden, Shostakovich, Beethoven. The Cut, Halesworth (0845 6732123) 20 OCT Rocking in Rhythm The legendary rock/blues star Paul Jones (the Manfreds, the Blues Band and Radio 2) joins Digby Fairweather’s Half Dozen - four-time winner of the British Jazz Award for Top Small Group. The Cut, Halesworth (0845 6732123) 20 OCT Shawn Cuddy Irish country singer. Fisher Theatre, Bungay (01986 897130) 20 - 22 OCT Robbie Gladwell & Friends Local musician Robbie Gladwell has played with some of the best names in the business, from Steve Harley to Suzy Quatro and BB King. Quay Theatre, Sudbury (01787 374745) 21 OCT The Sensational 60s Experience 60s concert featuring The Tremeloes, Herman’s Hermits, The Union Gap UK and The Dreamers. Marina Theatre, Lowestoft (01502 533200) 21 OCT The Magic of Queen Top tribute. Ipswich Regent (01473 433100) 22 OCT The Sensational 60s Experience See 21 Oct. Ipswich Regent (01473 433100) 22 OCT Queen Rocks Gospel A spectacular night of Queen hits with The Bohemians and The ACM Gospel Choir from TV’s Last Choir Standing. Marina Theatre, Lowestoft (01502 533200) 22 OCT Lianne Caroll Twice winner of BBC Jazz Vocalist Of The Year. Seagull Theatre, Lowestoft (01502 589726) 22 OCT Une Soirée Musicale Concert of works by Rossini with Halesworth Festival Voices. The Cut, Halesworth (0845 6732123) 22 OCT Mind Force Chris North entertains audiences worldwide with his mind reading and mentalism. Fisher Theatre, Bungay (01986 897130) 23 OCT Sue Richardson Quartet Jazz trumpeter and her band play the music of Chet Baker. Ipswich Jazz Club, California Club, Foxhall Road, Ipswich (01473 231552) 25 OCT The Haunted Bride Rumpus Theatre Company present this haunting tale based on the delectably eerie To Be Read At Dusk, by Charles Dickens. Quay Theatre, Sudbury (01787 374745) 25 OCT Lullaby Concert City of London Sinfonia and presenter Claire Bloor return to Suffolk to perform special concerts for children aged seven and under. The Apex, Bury St Edmunds (01284 758000) 27 OCT The Overtones The Overtones blend classic '50s harmonies with modern pop. Ipswich Regent (01473 433100)

27 OCT Magic From Start To Finish The City of London Sinfonia and presenter Claire Bloor return to perform special concerts for children aged seven and under. The Cut, Halesworth (0845 6732123) 28 OCT Oysterband & June Tabor Folk music collaboration performing songs from their new album, Ragged Kingdom. The Apex, Bury St Edmunds (01284 758000) 28 OCT The Black Umfolosi 5 Zimbabwe's favourite acapella and dance group perform music inspired by the traditional song and dance of their native southern Africa. Quay Theatre, Sudbury (01787 374745) 29 OCT Jools Holland and his Rhythm & Blues Orchestra Jools’ guests include Shane MacGowan of The Pogues, Ruby Turner, and Louise Marshall. Ipswich Regent (01473 433100) 29 OCT Groanbox North American trio featuring virtuoso accordion, astonishing percussion and a variety of rootsy stringed instruments. Manor Ballroom, Ipswich (01473 295900) 29 OCT Nathan Williamson Acclaimed pianist performs Mozart, Brahms, Schubert. The Old Granary Studio, Priory Farm, Maypole Green, Toft Monks, Beccles (01502 679088) 29 OCT Night By Night Melodic rock. The Cut, Halesworth (0845 6732123) 29 OCT The International Staff Band of the Salvation Army Ipswich Corn Exchange (01473 433100) 30 OCT Ralph McTell Folk music legend. The concerts will feature songs from McTell's extensive back catalogue of over 350 songs, including his worldwide, Ivor Novello award winning hit 'Streets of London'. Ipswich Corn Exchange (01473 433100) 30 OCT Sarah Moule Top jazz vocalist performs her ‘Portrait of Miss Peggy Lee’. JazzNights, The Bell, Clare (01787 237653) 30 OCT Brodowski String Quartet Theatre Royal, Bury St Edmunds (01284 769505) 30 OCT Carlton Main Frickley Colliery Band Currently ranked in the top 10 Best Brass Bands in the world. Marina Theatre, Lowestoft (01502 533200) 30 OCT Adam Palma & Robert Castellani Two top rock guitarists. Haverhill Arts Centre (01440 714140)

ART & EXHIBITIONS 1 OCT Summer Show Sam Mellish has captured life along the fascinating trunk roads of East Anglia in this photography exhibition ‘Roadside Britain: On the Road’. Sam has also inspired and worked with a group of young people from Suffolk to create their first photography exhibition ‘First Exposure’ to bring to a new audience in Ipswich. Watch, interact and be inspired by Dede Brown and Bettina Furnée, Bahamian artists from the Caribbean who are in residence to create new work. Award-winning

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The Persian Carpet Studio in Long Melford is celebrating 20 successful years in business by holding a spectacular Rug Festival. The Studio will be overflowing with rugs of every size and colour, from small inexpensive rugs to magnificent country house carpets in some of the largest sizes produced. The Festival will feature a host of guest speakers, all of whom are experts in their field - auctioneering and valuing, interior design, rug manufacture and the nomadic people of Iran. Or you can join one of the popular Restoration Study days where you can learn restoration techniques to repair your own rugs and carpets. An exhibition, ‘The weaving traditions and life of the Nomads’, will run throughout the Festival and take you on a captivating journey through the weaving and life history of the nomadic people of Iran. The displays of artefacts such as nomadic tents, rugs, textiles and tribal objects will give you an insight into this wonderful ancient way of life. The Qashqai of Fars, South-West Iran, is one of the world’s last remaining genuine pastoral nomadic tribes people. To be a Qashqai is a practice and lifestyle with its own customs and values. The strength of design and colour in the rug and textile weaving has been a powerful form of artistic expression for many generations. There will be a selection of charming, individual Qashqai rugs on display. The Persian Carpet Studio are offering a 20% discount on all purchases and cleaning for the duration of the Festival. Visit to download a discount voucher. Open Mon – Sat 10am – 5.30pm, with special Sunday openings on 30 Oct & 6 Nov 11am – 4pm. Persian Carpet Studio, The Old White Hart, Long Melford (01787 882214) Qashqai woman weaving


artist Darren Johnson will be showing his work in response to the ‘Frederick Ashton: The Ballet and Suffolk’ exhibition. Ipswich Art School, Upper High Street, Ipswich. 1 - 2 OCT Dick Wolsey + Richard Dack Joint exhibition of paintings. Ferini Art Gallery, All Saints Road, Lowestoft (01502 562222) 1 - 2 OCT Artworks 12th Annual Exhibition Filling the Barn with paintings, prints, sculpture and installation art, this is a great opportunity to indulge in excellent original art by 30 of East Anglia’s leading artists. Blackthorpe Barn, Rougham, Bury St Edmunds. 10am-5pm daily. (01359 270880) 1 - 2 OCT Royal Academy In East Anglia See panel. Wingfield Barns, Church Road, Wingfield (01379 384505) 1 - 2 OCT The Private Collection of Ann Daniels An opportunity to see and buy from her extensive collection of treasures accumulated over years of art collecting. Halesworth Gallery, Steeple End, Halesworth (01986 873064) 1 - 5 OCT Fabian Peake: Shops, Airports and Blatherskite The Cut, Halesworth (0845 6732123) 1 - 6 OCT Stephen Broadley + colin bygrave Turned wood + etchings, paintings. Craftco, Southwold (01502 723211) 1 - 9 OCT Frederick Ashton, The Ballet and Suffolk The Royal Ballet present the story of Sir Frederick Ashton, a gifted dancer and founder choreographer of The Royal Ballet. He created more than 100 ballets over a 60-year career. There is also an accompanying Ashton Trail leaflet, which highlights places associated with Ashton’s life and work, plus photographs, costumes, screenings and more. The exhibition is split between the three venues. Town Galleries, Christchurch Mansion & Jerwood Dancehouse, Ipswich (01473 432863) 1 - 13 OCT David Smith: A Hebridean Journey An atmospheric collection of forty new paintings by the Scottish artist. Lime Tree Gallery, Hall Street. Long Melford (01787 319046) 1 - 22 OCT John Lidzey (1935-2009) A comprehensive exhibition celebrating the late painter's considerable expertise throughout his career. The John Russell Gallery, Wherry Lane, Ipswich (01473 212051) 1 - 22 OCT Ipswich Town Football Club in Europe Memorabilia and displays of the club’s forays into Europe, plus Tractor Boys fans will be able to share their stories and memories of the blues in Europe in a sound recording box. Town Hall Galleries, Ipswich. 1 - 29 OCT Jealous: Contemporary Prints Jealous and Smiths Row have come together to curate an exhibition that explores contemporary printing through a portfolio of work represented by this emerging young company. Now in their third year, Jealous is a suc-

cessful and innovative independent gallery and print studio based in North London. As part of their work they publish and sell limited edition prints operating from their studio and travelling widely with their clients. Their philosophy is fresh and energetic working as a team made up of artists and graphic designers. They place a great deal of importance on the ‘craft’ of printing and view the process as key. Smiths Row, The Market Cross, Cornhill, Bury St Edmunds (01284 762081) 1 - 30 OCT Our People of the Past Celebrating the life of Anglo-Saxon women and children, this exhibition brings to life people that were buried at Sutton Hoo. Sutton Hoo, nr Woodbridge, 10.30am-5pm. 8 - 9 OCT March Hare Collective Beautiful jewellery, prints, vintage items, soft furnishings, paintings and much more. The Apex, Bury St Edmunds (01284 758000) 20 OCT - 2 NOV Artisans East A collection of works from East Anglian artists: Claire Louise Dowson, Rob Barnes and Chris Soule. The Pond Gallery, Snape Maltings, Snape, nr Aldeburgh (01728 687171) 21 - 30 OCT Matthew Garrard The East Coast features prominently in the pastel landscapes and portraits which form a large part of this Suffolk artist’s work. Southwold Gallery, High Street, Southwold (01502 723888) 22 - 29 OCT Out of the Fold Textile Artists Exhibition of textile art. Cavern 4,4 Whiting Street, Bury St Edmunds. 10am4pm. (01284 755261)

SPECIAL EVENTS 1 - 2 OCTOBER The 7th Hundon Plough Beer Festival Over 15 real ales from across the UK plus ciders and perry. Plus food and live music. The Plough Inn, Brockley Green, Hundon (01440 786789) 1 - 9 OCTOBER Framlingham Sausage Fest A fringe event for the Aldeburgh Food and Drink Festival, including 'sausage related' events all around Framlingham. Castle Inn, Framlingham (01728 724033) 2 OCT 20th Copdock Motorcycle Show Premier Motorcycle Show with major attractions, plus Undercover Bike Show, traders, large Auto Jumble, Ride-Outs, Live Music, Real Ale, Food & Entertainment and much more. Suffolk Showground, Trinity Park, Felixstowe Road, Ipswich. 10am-4.30pm. 2 OCT Wedding Open Day Hintlesham Hall Hotel, Hintlesham. 1-5pm. 2 OCT Antique and Collectors Fair Hotel Elizabeth, Copdock, Nr Ipswich. 9am4pm. 1 - 8 OCT The Aldeburgh Food & Drink Festival A celebration of the abundance of good local food and drink to be found in East Suffolk. Various venues, East Suffolk

RUG FESTIVAL Saturday 29 October - Saturday 12 November 2011 including Sunday 30 October & Sunday 6 November

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5 OCT Edinburgh Woollen Mill Fashion Show All proceeds to St Nicholas Hospice Care. The Edinburgh Woollen Mill, 10 Old Market Place, Sudbury. 7pm. (01787 315811) 7 - 8 OCTOBER Castle Bierkeller An evening of fun and food with comedian Peter Searles complete with a sausage supper and a pint of beer or glass of wine. Castle Inn, Framlingham (01728 724033) 7 - 8 OCT Future Champions Day Top horseracing. Newmarket Racecourses, The Links, Newmarket (01638 675500) 8 - 9 OCT Robin Hood Game and Country Show Set around a 16th Century re-enactment village, the whole family will enjoy Archery, Owls, Jousting, Sword-fighting and Tales from Sherwood Forest, foretold by one of Robins Merry-men. The show has already become the largest professional Game & Country Show in The South East, with The National Game Keepers Organisation, NOBBS Professional Gun Dog Scurry, Terrier & Lurcher Show with 'Field simulated' Lurcher racing competition, and professional Ferret and Gundog demonstrations. You can also enjoy BMX Stunt Displays, Sheep shearing, Paintball, Air-rifle Range and Laser clay pigeon shooting. For the smaller adventurers attractions include the Inflatable Fun Zone, Flight Simulators, Little Rovers, Water Zorbing, Fun rifle range, Laser Quest, the Funfair, and much more. Plus there’s All About Dogs'; a canine crazy section, completely dedicated to your four-legged friend. The Suffolk Showground, Trinity Park, Felixstowe Road, Ipswich. 9.30am-5pm. (01702 549622) 8 - 9 OCT Wood Fair & Sale Woodcraft professionals and enthusiasts come together to demonstrate and sell their crafts. This is a rare opportunity to buy quality wood from the Ickworth estate. The fair includes live bands, locally brewed ales, pottery tent with Raku firing, plenty of local foods and produce and many craft stalls. Ickworth House, Park and Gardens, Horringer, nr Bury St Edmunds (01284 736127) 8 - 9 OCT Art & Craft Fair St Mary's Church, Blundeston. 10am-5pm.

9 OCT Toy & Train Hobby Fest Needham Market Community Centre, School Street, Needham Market. 11am-3.30pm. (01449 770651) 9 OCT Wedding Fayre The Westbury Centre, Fairfield Road, Framlingham. 11am3pm. 14 - 16 OCT Framlingham Autumn Arts Festival A programme of events around Framlingham with various art forms including a writers workshop. Framlingham (01728 723028) 14 - 16 OCT Autumn Arts Festival A range if arts events, including Bill Flemming's Pen and Ink Workshop, Jeremy Lewis discussing one rather fascinating generation of the Greene Family, a journey of self-discovery at the Writers' Workshop with Erik Punaks and music provided by the equally fabulous 'Crownstreet' Folk band and Wrentham Brass Band. Various venues, Framlingham. 14 - 31 OCT Scaresville - The Haunted Village Entering in small groups of eight during set time-slots, visitors to Scaresville follow a winding route lit only by flares and candles. Scares might be round every corner, in every tree or even below you. The experience lasts approximately one hour. Kentwell Hall, Long Melford 15 OCT The Woodwose Pumpkin and Chilli Pepper Festival Live music; food and drink; workshops and demonstrations. Aldeburgh Playing Field, Park Road, Aldeburgh. 12-7pm. 15 - 29 OCT Woodwose An outdoor festival that will showcase how we nurture our endangered animals and plant species, protect our fragile coastline and rejoice in our diverse environment; yet equally find places where we can cycle and horse-ride, shout and run riot, picnic and ramble. Various venues, Suffolk coast. 16 OCT Apple Day & Autumn Plant Sale Apple identification, plant & fruit tree stalls, seasonal produce, demonstrations, crafts and free family games. Suffolk Wildlife Trust, Redgrave & Lopham Fen, Low Common Road, South Lopham. 10am-4pm. (01379 688333)

16 OCT The Suffolk Art Deco and Retro Fair 50 to 75 dealers from around the UK. Culford School, Brandon Road, Culford, Bury St Edmunds. 10am-4pm. (01284 729655) 16 OCT Ixworth Antiques and Collectors Fair Ixworth Village Hall. 9am-3.30pm. (07535 503864) 21 - 30 OCT 9th Saxmundham Arts Festival A wide range of events for the whole family, most of which take place in the Market Hall in the High Street. Saxmundham (01728 602026) 22 OCT Book Fair Memorial Hall, Long Melford. 9am-4pm. 22 - 23 OCT Suffolk Herring Festival See Panel. Middleton Farm Shop, Middleton. 23 OCT Newmarket Racecourse Antique and 20th Century Fair Over 220 inside stands plus outside stands of Antiques, Art Deco and Collectables. Rowley Mile Racecourse, Newmarket. 9am-4pm. (01263 888111) 24 OCT LDN Wrestling Non-stop wrestling action. Haverhill Arts Centre (01440 714140) 24 - 28 OCTOBER Framlingham Ghost Walks A nightly spookfest with a walk round Framlingham to discover the ghostly goings-on. Beginning and ending at the Castle Inn with a Jacket Potato and a soft drinks for kids and a pint of beer or glass of wine for accompanying adults. Castle Inn, Framlingham (01728 724033) 25 - 31 OCT Anglo-Saxon Family Life The Ynglingas arrive to bring the Village alive with Anglian family life. Demonstrations of Anglo-Saxon crafts throughout half term week: woodwork, textiles, metalwork, cooking and much more. West Stow - The First English Village, Icklingham Road, West Stow, Bury St Edmunds. 10am-5pm. (01284 728718) 29 OCT Fright Night A scary trail of ghouls, ghosts and eerie apparitions, ending with a fire dance from Flameoz. Abbey Gardens, Bury St Edmunds. 7-8.30pm. (01284 758000)

30 OCTOBER HADLEIGH CRAFT & FOOD FAIR Christmas is creeping up slowly so its time to start planning those presents. The ideal place to start looking is here, where you will find all types of crafter's including card makers, jewellery, bath products, knit wear, wood turning and traders in the food hall too which has savoury snacks, jam makers, home made cakes, sweets and also cook wear too. The website gves details of all crafters attending and all money raised goes towards free events in the town like the Lighting up which this year is on the 4th December and also summer events and carnivals which we are in the process of planning at the moment for next years Queens jubilee. Town Hall complex, Hadleigh, 10am-4pm.


22 - 23 OCTOBER SUFFOLK HERRING FESTIVAL Tasty herrings and kippers, herring bbq on Sat, local chef demonstrations, music, songs and sea shanties and tales about the Suffolk coast and countryside. Middleton Farm Shop, Middleton. 29 OCT Ghost, Witches & Legends of Lavenham Halloween Walk - with a difference. Lavenham (01787 248207) 29 - 30 OCT Pumpkin Festival A fun filled weekend of Pumpkins and Children's activities. Elvedon Estate, nr Thetford. 11am3pm. (01842 898068) 29 - 30 OCT Melford Antique and Collectables Fair Old School, Long Melford. 9am-4.30pm Sat, 9am-4pm Sun. 30 OCT Best Of British Wrestling – Slam Down II Non-stop wrestling action. Spa Pavilion, Felixstowe (01394 282126) 31 OCT Bungay Pumpkin Night Join in the Halloween fun in the town centre, with beautifully carved pumpkins, Halloween themed food in the restaurants and various stalls. Bungay. From 4pm. (01986 893638) 31 OCT Halloween Tour Join the Victorian gentleman for a spooky tour of the museum after dark. Moyse’s Hall Museum, Bury St Edmunds. 6-8pm. (01284 757160)



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The Alex The Alex benefits from a fantastic seafront location just across from Felixstowe prom. The Café Bar, on the ground floor, offers a full range of drinks plus a menu featuring breakfasts, in a relaxed setting. Order a freshly ground coffee and a slice of cake, partake of a jug of Cocktail or Adnams bitter and chill out on the large heated patio overlooking the sea. The Alex Brasserie, on the first floor, is an informal venue offering seafood, grill and classic brasserie style fayre. Undercliff Road West 01394 282958 Bounty Fisheries Excellent takeaway fish and chip shop. High Road West 01394 283356 Café Bencotto Offering Mediterranean style fare, Café Bencotto's sophisticated yet informal interior complements the food freshly prepared by the brigade of chefs in the open plan kitchen. Pizza, pasta and grill items, cooked to order, plus the specials of the day. Hamilton Road 01394 276745 The Orwell Hotel This impressive Victorian hotel is rich in original charm and traditional character and underwent a major refurbishment in 2003. The property was initially built for Lord Tollemarch. Today, the spacious public areas are wood-panelled and traditionally decorated with a wealth of charm and elegance.There are 58 en suite rooms, all of which are tastefully furnished. Westerfield’s Restaurant has an elegant atmosphere and offers both a table d’hôte and an à la carte menu. Hamilton Road 01394 285511 The Norfolk Guest House This delightful, award-winning four star guest house is just 25 metres from the

promenade. All the guest rooms are ensuite or have a private bathroom and breakfast is cooked using locally produced mushrooms, sausages, bacon and eggs. Holland Road 01394 283160 Castle Lodge Hotel Small family run four star hotel built in the Edwardian era a few yards from the Spa gardens, giving its bedrooms a splendid sea-view. Lots of original featured to admire, alongside lots of modern facilities, including free wi-fi. Chevalier Road 01394 282149 The Half Moon Gem of a pub with a long list of accolades and a delightfully quirky atmosphere. A full range of Adnams beers and a ban on swearing and bad manners make this a pub worth seeking out. High Street, Walton 01394 216009 The White Horse A popular local pub and restaurant which offers a fine choice of traditional dishes including steaks, homemade pies and fresh seafood. Church Road 01394 277496 Ferry Boat Inn Originally built in the 15th Century the Ferryboat was home to the Ferry master, it then became a hostelry for travellers and fisherman alike in the 16th Century. This is a great pub in a great location with well kept cask ales, log burning stove, beer garden and great home cooked food. Felixstowe Ferry 01394 284203 Blue Naan Award-winning Indian food in stylish, contemporary surroundings, that mixes classic dishes with new modern flavours. Hamilton Road 01394 671779

Have you made sales calls/visits to your clients without too much success? Why not invite your clients to a Company Golf Day where they will have the opportunity to play on one of Suffolk’s most prestigious courses being voted by Golf World as one of the top 200 golf courses in the country. Felixstowe Ferry Golf Club can not only offer your company taylor made packages, but we have two excellent courses - a 9 hole course and our 18 hole Martello course and we believe the stunning views, the challenging courses, friendly Clubhouse and excellent catering will make your visit a memorable one. For full details contact Ray Baines on 01394 286834 The Dennis Lowe Theatre Company pantomimes have been a traditional part of Christmas in Felixstowe for 46 years and this year’s tale of fantasy is a long-time favourite with audiences. Mother Goose has all the ingredients for a magic, fantasy-filled family show – hilarious characters, a giant goose, an outrageous dame and of course an evil baddie you’ll just love to hiss and boo! Although slick and modern, The Dennis Lowe Theatre Company insists on retaining the traditional elements of pantomime so families can let themselves go and join in with all the panto-land larks! See it at Felixstowe’s Spa Pavilion theatre, 17 Dec - 2 Jan. For tickets call 01394 282126



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A new name in residential letting has hit Felixstowe, although many local landlords and tenants will know the proprietor, Samantha Phillips, through her previous employment as Rentals Manager for another agent in town. “My vision of a professional letting agent is one that gives a personal and friendly service whilst adhering to high standards and procedures. As the owner of several residential lets myself, my rule of thumb has always been that I would not put a tenant into a property that I wouldn’t put into one of my own. Good documentation is also critical, particularly when it comes to Schedules of Contents and Condition in order to safeguard properties and tenant’s deposits.” Sam is clearly enthusiastic about her craft. “We will provide a fully comprehensive service to both Landlord and Tenant. Landlords can expect to receive current and knowledgeable advice on letting their properties, from tips on how to maximise letting


potential, with realistic valuations of rents that can be achieved, to full disclosure of Tenant’s suitability for their property. Equally Tenants can expect to be treated with respect and matched to a property that meets their needs and affordability.” Samantha’s experience in letting residential properties spans back 25 years, when she first rented out an apartment of her own in Winchester, Hampshire, from where she original hails. In that instance she used the services of a letting agent with great success. Subsequently she has rented apartments and houses privately and through agencies and feels this gives her a good deal of insight into the pitfalls of renting a property and how to protect the landlord to the greatest extent. Today, Sam and her husband own and let properties in Hampshire and Suffolk. Naturally, the local ones she manages herself, but still sees the benefit of using a professional agent for the property in Hampshire. “They are your eyes and ears,” says Sam, “and it is so useful to have a middle man particularly when it comes to negotiations for rent, repairs or improvements. Not everyone is comfortable dealing with those situations and it is sometimes easier to retain a fair and professional view when the agent is managing those issues.” In 2005 Sam set up the rental department for an existing estate agency in town. “One of the practices I adopted at that time, where requested, was to accompany Landlords’ to viewing of properties they were thinking of buying to let. They often found it

useful to get a second opinion on any plans for the property or to get advice on what needed to be done to get the property let and easily maintained. This is a free service I intend to offer through Phillips Property Management, providing an unbiased view of the property, an appraisal of the rent that is realistically achievable and also advise on the level of demand for the type of property they are looking at. It also means we can be actively seeking and sourcing suitable tenants to tie in with the completion of the purchase and any planned works to the property. “ Samantha sees the handling of maintenance issue of properties as critical to success. “We are fortunate in that we have established a number of craftsmen that we can turn to for good quality work at reasonable prices. There will be no hidden charges to Landlords; they pay the actual cost of repairs at prices previously approved by them; so no surprise costs either. Alternatively, Landlords always have the right to appoint their own workmen or effect repairs themselves, in which case we are happy to liaise with all parties to enable access. Tenants can expect swift action in order to resolve problems and both Landlord and Tenant can expect to be kept informed and up to date of progress.” Phillips Property Management Ltd opened on 1st September at 148 Hamilton Road. For further information call (01394) 548084 or email

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Leigh Broadway boasts a range of high quality independent shops and individual boutiques that reflect the personality of Leigh itself and as most of these shops are run by their owners, shoppers can always expect to receive a first class service. Choose from designer clothes, specialist shops catering to sports and pastimes or fabulous furniture incorporating the full range from traditional to cutting edge design. The number of antique and gift shops, galleries, bookshops, and art and craft shops illustrate the deeply engrained artistic nature of Leigh.

Just along the seafront from Southend, the cobbled streets and weathered clapboard cottages of Leigh-on-Sea are home to practising artists, craftsmen and photographers, many of whose works are celebrated during the annual Leigh Art Trail. Stroll along the cockle sheds in the Old Town and dip into craft shops and galleries before enjoying a drink a riverside pub. For more information go to

Old Leigh is renowned for its seafood - especially cockles! When in town you must visit ‘cockle row’ where you can sample some of the local fishermen’s freshest catch. Perfect on a summer’s day sitting on the sea wall. The quality and the taste of seafood here is renowned with cockles being supplied to many exceptional restaurants - even as far as Paris. Although 80% of the town’s catch is exported you're never going to be left disappointed as seafood is always available for you sample whether from one of the many cockle sheds or in one of the fish restaurants that boast stunning views of the estuary.

EAT • DRINK • STAY The Sand Bar & Seafood Co. Family run restaurant with a light, relaxed atmosphere, and a real feel of being by the sea. The bar offers sea views to enjoy as you eat your lunch or dinner. The blackboard menu, based primarily around fish and shellfish dishes, is changed daily to ensure that only the freshest produce is served. Broadway 01702 480067 Ye Olde Smack Set on a cobbled street and with magnificent view's of the estuary, this is a popular family pub serving good food and beer. High Street 01702 476765 The Squeeze Fabulous juice bar and cafe serving top quality meals in great surroundings. Rectory Grove 01702 472455 Mughal Dynasty Authentic Indian cuisine in a modern and informal restaurant. London Road 01702 470443 Agostinho’s Wonderful Portuguese restaurant. Specialities of the house include; fish and shellfish from sardines to lobsters; home-made piripiri, Portuguese Cataplanas, Espetadas. Leigh Road 01702 478768 Manoly's Thai Restaurant Authentic Thai cuisine. Exquisite dishes, charming service. Leigh Broadway 01702 475513 Irmas Popular, busy Italian restaurant serving great Italian favourites and excellent pizzas. Elm Road 01702 719400


Sandbank Restaurant Superb fine dining restaurant, opened in January after a refit. With a new name and a new look, it now a new relaxed Jazz style atmosphere with many new menu features. London Road 01702 719000 The Boatyard Restaurant Modern fine dining in stylish surroundings. A panoramic polarised glass frontage provides uninterrupted views of the Thames Estuary and Two-Tree Island Nature Reserve. Even more spectacular views can be obtained from the wooden deck which juts out into the water and spans the entire width of the building. High Street 01702 475588 Simply Seafood Simple, classic fresh seafood dishes in an elegant yet comfortable surrounding; an old cockle shed converted in to a beautiful modern restaurant. High Street 01702 475588 The Crooked Billet A traditional pub of unique character, revered for its eclectic range of real ales and its quality pub food. Positioned near the seafront with outdoor seating. High Street 01702 480289 The Peter Boat A very busy pub, especially in the summer when families are able to eat and drink outside overlooking the sea. High Street 01702 475666 Stop the World Cafe Delightful cafe and tearoom serving a tasty selection of seasonal food, lots of scrummy cakes and more. Leigh Broadway 01702 719969

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Richard Baxter's studio is an ideal place to see his latest ceramics and pottery. Richard Baxter is a well known British potter producing highly individual and collectable ceramic art. From stylishly functional domestic earthenware pottery to beautifully fluid porcelain bowls and unique ceramic design. 61 High Street.

Lynn Tait Gallery A large selection of original gifts, souvenirs and collectables, including paintings and cards. 66 High Street. Leigh Heritage Centre The Heritage Centre stands in the Centre of the Old Town in the old Smithy. It's exhibition of objects, documents, photographs and any other item whatsoever connected with the town of Leigh-on-Sea is perfect for those wanting to delve into local history. The Centre is open most days, especially weekends, but is entirely run by volunteers so it is best to phone first to check opening times. 01702 470834.

The Leigh-on-Sea Christmas Lights Switch On takes place on 25 November at 6.30pm. Enjoy a Christmas celebration with a procession, fairground, stalls and entertainers. The famous Leigh Triangle – The Broadway, Broadway West and Rectory Grove will echo to the sound of music and carols.

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EAT • DRINK • STAY Cafe 19 Bistro restaurant and bar; pizza is their speciality. Connaught Avenue, Frintonon-Sea 01255 670219 The Ocean Club Hotel Family run hotel on the seafront with a good restaurant and bar. Marine Parade East, Clacton 01255 474693 Franco’s Contemporary Italian restaurant with an extensive menu with pasta, fresh fish, shellfish, Scottish beef and vegetarian dishes as well as duck, chicken and many antipasti dishes. Colne Road, Clacton 01255 426647 The Rock Hotel This traditional hotel faces the greensward and commands uninterrupted views of the sea and sands of the

Essex coastline. Lounge bar and restaurant. Esplanade, Frinton 01255 677194 Charnallies American-themed restaurant and bar with a range of pizza, pasta, steaks, burgers and more. Pier Avenue, Clacton 01255 688655 Maffias Light and airy bar and brasserie serving a good choice of meat and fish dishes. Frinton Road, Holland-on-Sea 01255 812151 The Fat Goose Highly rated, award-winning restaurant, now with new extended area. Heath Road, Tendring 01255 870060 The Cherry Tree Great pub crammed with

period features and a modern restaurant with a wide ranging menu. Crow Lane, Tendring 01255 830340 Dukes Bistro A wide variety of great food, wines, live and background music in chilled out surroundings. Clacton Road, St. Osyth 01255 821191 The Chudleigh Delightful bed and breakfast accommodation in immaculately kept surroundings near the central seafront. Agate Road, Clacton 01255 425407 The Beeches Comfortable bright rooms at affordable prices, a short walk from the beach, pier, shopping and restaurants. Ellis Road, Clacton-on-Sea 01255 421713

With the beautiful Stour Valley to the north and the River Colne to the south, the Tendring District is full of history, quaint villages, rivers and creeks, unspoiled coast and famous countryside. Clacton & Jaywick Award winning beach, fun packed pier, beautifully maintained seafront gardens, amusements, watersports and newly refurbished leisure centre. Clacton offers a varied and vibrant nightlife with its two theatres, the Princes and West Cliff, attracting top showbiz names as well as a plethora of pubs, clubs and restaurants to suit all tastes. Nearby Jaywick has some of the finest beaches in the area and offers the ideal spot for a seaside picnic or day out. Harwich and Dovercourt Harwich has a rich maritime history and also boasts the UK's second busiest passenger ferry port. Attractions include the Electric Palace Cinema, Redoubt Fort, numerous museums and lighthouses. To the south of Harwich lies the older town of Dovercourt. Particular features of the town are the iron lighthouses or 'Leading Lights' which sit along the picturesque Blue Flag Beach. Frinton and Walton Frinton's beautiful sweeping greensward, immaculately clean sandy beaches, tree lined avenues, fine coastal walks and the summer repertory theatre make a visit to the town a unique experience. Nearby Walton always has something going on. Ten pin bowling or sea fishing on the country's second longest pier, beautiful; beaches, cliff top walks and gardens, a visit to the Naze Tower or strolling through the town's narrow streets. Mistley and Manningtree The entire eight miles of the Stour estuary are a magnet for artists, walkers, birdwatchers, cyclists and sailing enthusiasts. From the waterfront there are fantastic views across the Stour Estuary, a stroll or picnic at Mistley Walls makes the most of this delightful scenery and you can also see the famous Swan Colony. Brightlingsea, St Osyth and Thorrington Brightlingsea is a town rich in seafaring history and has many interesting buildings, shops, pubs and restaurants. It is also the only one of the Cinque Ports outside of Kent and Sussex. At the top of Brightlingsea Creek is the village of Thorrington, with outstanding views around the only remaining tide mill in Essex. St Osyth is a village centred on a crossroads and contains an attractive group of shops and restaurants and two museums. The nearby creek has a small boatyard and water skiing lake. Tendring’s Villages Away from the coast there are a wealth of beautiful and picturesque villages to discover and explore. Some of the lesser-visited villages offer a spectacular range of floral displays and gardens and have an excellent record in Anglia in Bloom competitions. Ardleigh, Beaumont, Great Bentley, Little Bentley, Tendring and Thorpe are well worth a visit. 5 Nov Firework Display Clacton Pier. 19 Nov Victorian Christmas Market With stallholders dressed in Victorian costume, selling Christmas gifts and crafts, stocking fillers, Christmas cards, home crafted jewellery, sweets and soft toys, to name just a few. For the second year running the Market will have an international flavour with goods and produce on offer from the District's twin towns of Valence in France, Biberach in Germany and Swidnica in Poland. Father Christmas has promised to make an early visit. Princes Theatre, Clacton. 13 Dec - 1 Jan Snow White & the Seven Dwarfs This Christmas sees the arrival of professional production company Polka Dot Pantomimes to the Princes Theatre as they present the fairest panto of them all. Princes Theatre, Clacton. 31 Dec - 2 Jan Pinocchio Traditional fun family pantomime. West Cliff Theatre, Clacton


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THEATRE & SHOWS 1 OCT Annie Get Your Gun Irving Berlin’s classic Wild West musical presented by Chelmsford Amateur Operatic and Dramatic Society. Civic Theatre, Chelmsford (01245 606505) 1 OCT Vampires Rock Steve Steinman’s gothic rock music show featuring some all time great rock anthems. Cliffs Pavilion, Southend-on-Sea (01702 351135) 1 OCT Twelve Wild Ducks Children’s show. Braintree Arts Theatre (01376 556354) 1 OCT Josh's Monsters Wryly amusing, utterly absorbing and, ultimately, deeply moving. Braintree Arts Theatre (01376 556354) 1 - 8 OCT The Winter’s Tale Shakespeare’s tale of love and betrayal skirts the boundaries of tragedy and comedy to deliver one of the Bard’s most magical, mysterious and ultimately heart-warming plays. Mercury Theatre, Colchester (01206 573948) 1 - 15 OCT Up ’n’ Under John Godber’s rugby comedy. Cheer the team through every tackle and try in this hilarious comedy with funny shaped balls! Queen’s Theatre, Hornchurch (01708 443333) 2 OCT Omid Djalili Multi Award winning stand-up television and movie star, Omid Djalili is back on tour with a warm-up for his brand new comedy show. One of Britain's freshest and most original comics, this British-born Iranian hams the accent and underlines the cliches before pulling the Persian rug from under the audience. With a career in comedy spanning across three decades, Omid Djalili's legendary performances on stage and screen have won him fans and plaudits the world over. Colchester Arts Centre (01206 500900) 2 OCT An Evening with Christopher Biggins From Porridge to I’m A Celebrity, Biggins has graced our screens for over thirty years. This multi-talented actor, humourist, writer and general raconteur brings his own inimitable sense of humour to the stage in an evening which promises to be full of fun, outrageous tales and lot of laughs. Queen’s Theatre, Hornchurch (01708 443333)


5 OCTOBER VIVA BOBBY MOORE Enjoy a night of nostalgia in honour of the late England and West Ham captain, with Billy Bonds, Alan Mullery, Mike Summerbee, Brian Dear, Jonathan Pearce and host Tony Gale. Cliffs Pavilion, Southend-on-Sea

2 OCT Live Comedy Stand-up. The Square, Harlow (01279 305000) 3 OCT Madama Butterfly Ellen Kent’s award winning Opera returns, with exquisite sets, such as the stunning Japanese garden and spectacular costumes including antique wedding kimonos from Japan. One of the world’s most popular Opera’s, Puccini’s Madama Butterfly tells the heart-breaking story of the beautiful young Japanese girl who falls in love with an American naval lieutenant – with dramatic results. Cliffs Pavilion, Southend-onSea (01702 351135) 4 OCT Beef John Godber’s comedy about bullying. Cramphorn Theatre, Chelmsford (01245 606505) 5 OCT Viva Bobby Moore See panel. Cliffs Pavilion, Southend-on-Sea (01702 351135) 5 OCT Moonlighting An evening of comedy sketches and songs presented by Girl Friday. Brentwood Theatre (01277 200305) 5 OCT Shakespeare Schools Festival Four youthful half-hour productions of different Shakespeare plays. Civic Theatre, Chelmsford (01245 606505) 5 - 6 OCT The Cabinet of Leopold Thorn Darren Gooding, the creator of ‘Manly Truelove’, turns literary detective to perform this extraordinary story of ambition, loss, scandal and deception which took place in the obsessive, clandestine and occasionally ridiculous world of 19th Century Stage Illusion. Colchester Arts Centre (01206 500900) 5 - 8 OCT Jesus Christ Superstar Rock musical presented by Little Theatre Company. Palace Theatre, Southend-on-Sea (01702 351135) 5 - 8 OCT That’s Entertainment Saffron Walden Music Hall Society show. Saffron Walden Town Hall (01799 524002) 6 OCT Lee Hurst This show is called Man vs Woman. It's really two shows in one. The first half will see Lee in his element doing his new Omid Djalili stand up show and then in

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the second half he presents his unique game show Man vs Woman. Civic Theatre, Chelmsford (01245 606505) 6 OCT Lee Nelson Clad from baseball cap to white trainer in sportswear logos and cheap-and-chunky bling, fag behind the ear, can of Stella in hand this is the loveable rogue with his heart in the right place. Harry Hill called him 'The funniest act I've seen in years'. Cliffs Pavilion, Southend-on-Sea (01702 351135) 6 OCT The Comedy Club Top stand-up. Colchester United Football Club, United Way, Colchester (01206 755108) 6 - 8 OCT Mayakovsky: The Slanting Rain Gripping play. Mercury Theatre (Studio), Colchester (01206 573948) 7 OCT The Laughter Zone Stand-up comedy. Colchester Arts Centre (01206 500900) 8 OCT Justin Moorhouse Stand-up comedy. Colchester Arts Centre (01206 500900) 8 OCT Little Bo Peep Children’s puppet show. Colchester Arts Centre (01206 500900) 8 OCT What Alice Did Next Presented by Maldon & South Woodham Ferrers Theatretrain. Princes Theatre, Clacton-on-Sea (01255 686633) 8 OCT Razzle Dazzle Fund-raising variety show. Empire Theatre, Halstead (07778 025490) 9 OCT Sally Morgan TV’s psychic medium. Brentwood Centre (01277 215151) 9 OCT The Osiligi Troupe of Maasai Warriors Mesmerising, incredible and fascinating performance from the Maasai culture. Thaxted Parish Church (01799 524002) 10 OCT The Nutcracker With sumptuous sets, fabulous costumes and Tchaikovsky’s rousing score, this glorious ballet is perfect for all ages. Queen’s Theatre, Hornchurch (01708 443333) 10 - 15 OCT Death By Fatal Murder Murder mystery comedy starring EastEnders' 'Dirty Den' Leslie Grantham, Richard Gibson ('Allo, 'Allo's Herr Otto Flick) and Michelle Hardwick (Lizzie Kennoway in The Royal) and Katy Manning (Dr Who). Civic Theatre, Chelmsford (01245 606505)

12 OCT Tom Stade Co-star and co writer of Frankie Boyle’s Tramadol Nights (Ch4), and as seen on Michael McIntyre’s Comedy Roadshow (BBC One) and Stand Up For The Week (Ch4). Colchester Arts Centre (01206 500900) 12 OCT An Evening with Jimmy Greaves One of England’s greatest ever footballers. The Ivory Rooms, Laindon Road, Billericay (01277 632378) 12 OCT The Nutcracker Presented by Vienna Festival Ballet. Princes Theatre, Clacton-on-Sea (01255 686633) 12 OCT Osiligi Maasai Warriors Be enthralled and excited by the Warriors’ natural rhythm, song and jumping. Harlow Playhouse (01279 431945) 13 OCT Freddie Starr One of Britain’s best-loved and most enduring performers, Freddie has established himself as one of the all-time greats, with his place in the Comedy Hall of Fame assured. Cliffs Pavilion, Southend-on-Sea (01702 351135) 13 OCT The Vagina Monologues Eve Ensler’s hilarious Broadway and West End smash hit is back, featuring three amazing actresses from the world of TV and stage. Palace Theatre, Southend-on-Sea (01702 351135) 13 OCT The Comedy Club Top standup. Dukes, Duke Street, Chelmsford (0845 459 5656) 13 OCT Stage Write A contemporary comedy of gay life. Headgate Theatre, Colchester (01206 366000) 13 - 15 OCT Equus Peter Shaffer’s unique psychological thriller explores the complex relationships between worship, myth and sexuality. Harlow Playhouse (01279 431945) 13 - 15 OCT An Evening with Blackadder Presented by Maldon Drama Group. Maldon Town Hall (01621 856503) 13 - 15 OCT Terry Pratchett's Carpe Jugulum Presented by Thurrock Courts Players. Thameside Theatre, Grays (0845 300 5264) 14 OCT Gyles Brandreth They say all political careers end in tears; in Gyles Brandreth's case it's tears of laughter as the actor, author, reporter for BBC One’s The One Show, former MP and government whip turns stand-up. This is Brandreth unleashed on the stars he's known and the wicked ways of Westminster. Harlow Playhouse (01279 431945) 137

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15 OCT Jimmy Tarbuck Known affectionately as 'Tarby', he is one of Britain's favourite comics and has a television career spanning over forty years. Still a major hit on the comedy circuit after a varied career beginning as a Redcoat at Butlin's and then as compere at The London Palladium. Today, he can often be found either on the golf course or entertaining corporate audiences at gala dinners and award ceremonies with his quick wit and charismatic personality. West Cliff Theatre, Clacton-on-Sea (01255 433344) 15 OCT Shappi Khorsandi Shappi Khorsandi is one of the hottest comedy prospects in the country. She’s feisty, flirty and effortlessly funny she handles every subject with a razor sharp wit, softened only by her deliciously dizzy delivery and endless charm. Palace Theatre, Southend-on-Sea (01702 351135) 15 OCT Variety Night A cornucopia of delight in the true tradition of old time variety. Colchester Arts Centre (01206 500900) 15 OCT Man With The Luggage Trestle Unmasked use an agile mix of text, movement, music, and projection, to tell a dashing and deeply moving story where notions of time, space, and memories merge to create a dreamscape of great insight, passion, and humour. Braintree Arts Theatre (01376 556354) 16 OCT Adam Hills Adam has appeared on Live At The Apollo, is a regular guest on Mock The Week, and appeared on last year’s Royal Variety Performance. Colchester Arts Centre (01206 500900) 16 OCT Ray Peacock & Ed Gamble Stand-up comedy. Cramphorn Theatre, Chelmsford (01245 606505) 16 OCT C’mon Everybody Rock ‘n’ roll music show. Towngate Theatre, Basildon (01268 465465) 16 OCT The Mr Men Party Roadshow Live Children’s show. Harlow Playhouse (01279 431945) 18 OCT Tony Stockwell TV’s psychic medium. Cliffs Pavilion, Southend-on-Sea (01702 351135) 18 - 19 OCT The Essence of Ireland The talented cast of dancers, singers and musicians combine breathtaking routines with the very best of Irish music and a touch of Irish craic! Queen’s Theatre, Hornchurch (01708 443333) 18 - 22 OCT Horrible Histories Using actors and ground-breaking 3D special effects, these two astounding shows are guaranteed to thrill you and your children. Historical figures and events will come alive on stage and hover at your fingertips. Civic Theatre, Chelmsford (01245 606505) 19 OCT Hal Cruttenden See panel. Colchester Arts Centre (01206 500900) 19 OCT The Nutcracker Presented by Moscow Ballet - La Classique. Cliffs Pavilion, Southend-on-Sea (01702 351135) 138

19 - 22 OCT Secret Garden Frances Hodgson Burnett’s beloved children’s novel comes to wondrous life in this enchanting hit Broadway musical. Palace Theatre, Southend-on-Sea (01702 351135) 20 OCT Magners Funhouse Comedy Top stand-up. Braintree Arts Theatre (01376 556354) 20 - 22 OCT Moving On An evening of three original plays on a theme. Brentwood Theatre (01277 200305) 20 - 22 OCT Bugsy Malone Presented by Rare Productions Youth Theatre Group. Towngate Theatre, Basildon (01268 465465) 20 - 22 OCT Darkness Fringe First winner Jonathan Lichtenstein’s exploration of the devastating impact of religious fundamentalism. Lakeside Theatre, University of Essex, Colchester (01206 873333) 21 OCT Freddie Starr Britain's favourite funny man returns with his unique brand of zany humour. Music, mayhem and trouser droppin’ madness guaranteed. Princes Theatre, Clacton-on-Sea (01255 686633) 21 OCT The Ultimate Tribute Night 8 tribute acts in one night. Circus Tavern, Purfleet (01268 270066) 21 - 22 OCT Little Women A beautiful adaptation of Louisa May Allcott's classic novel. Headgate Theatre, Colchester (01206 366000) 22 OCT Richard Keys & Andy Gray: Live & Loud Credited with being the driving force behind Sky Sports rise to football supremacy, the duo that have made easy banter and outspoken opinion an art form can now be seen on their first theatre tour. The show will begin with one hour of talk, anectodes and opinion taking in two intertwining careers that have spanned almost forty years in football, television and radio. Princes Theatre, Clactonon-Sea (01255 686633) 22 OCT The Haunted Bride A spinechilling new play by John Goodrum based on the delectably eerie tale To Be Read At Dusk by Charles Dickens. Braintree Arts Theatre (01376 556354) 22 OCT The Comedy Club Top standup. Celebrations, 1 The Venue, Braintree (0845 459 5656) 22 OCT The Comedy Club Top standup. Rayleigh Mill Arts Centre, Bellingham Lane, Rayleigh (01621 890153) 22 OCT Jason Byrne Jason’s inspired, original brand of high-energy intelligent lunacy ensures that there is no other comedian like him. Colchester Arts Centre (01206 500900) 22 OCT The Masters of the House Songs from stage and screen. West Cliff Theatre, Clacton-on-Sea (01255 433344) 22 OCT The Pea, The Bean & The Enormous Turnip Children’s show. Colchester Arts Centre (01206 500900) 23 OCT Little Red Riding Hood Two classic tales are interwoven to make a fast and

funny family show with generous helpings of slapstick, clowning and musical delights. Lakeside Theatre, University of Essex, Colchester (01206 873333) 23 OCT Paint It White Comedy following the adventures of Kippax-born painter and decorator, Gary Edwards, in his pursuit of watching Leeds United Football Club. Braintree Arts Theatre (01376 556354) 24 OCT Russell Kane Join Fosters Comedy Award-Winner and star of loads of stuff on telly, Russell Kane as he mercilessly explores the ridiculous state of masculinity in the modern world. Palace Theatre, Southend-on-Sea (01702 351135) 24 - 29 OCT Godspell Rock opera presented by Witham Amatuer Dramatics Society. Witham Public Hall (0845 475 0420) 25 OCT Richard Keys & Andy Gray: Live & Loud See 22 Oct. Cliffs Pavilion, Southend-on-Sea (01702 351135) 25 OCT Everest Needs You, Mr Irvine Writer, broadcaster and historian Julie Summers, Irvine’s great niece and biographer, brings alive one of the most exciting stories linked to Mount Everest at a time when the conquest of the mountain represented the last, great challenge of exploration. Palace Theatre, Southend-on-Sea (01702 351135) 26 OCT Paul Foot Stand-up comedy. Colchester Arts Centre (01206 500900) 26 OCT Penny Dreadful's Etherdome Darkly funny true tale of 1850's America: a world where carnival-sideshows meet live bluegrass... and dentistry! Cramphorn Theatre, Chelmsford (01245 606505) 26 - 27 OCT A Clockwork Orange Volcano takes on Burgess's inventive, disturbing little masterpiece fifty years after it was written. Lakeside Theatre, University of Essex, Colchester (01206 873333) 26 OCT - 5 NOV Wretch Mixing contemporary with classical influences, Wretch plays with the idea that we all have a little ‘wretch’ or devil within us, causing us to do things that we shouldn’t. Mercury Theatre (Studio), Colchester (01206 573948) 27 OCT The Comedy Club Top standup. Dukes, Duke Street, Chelmsford (0845 459 5656) 27 OCT Ghost Town With breathtaking imagery and virtuosic live music, Ghost Town continues Limbik Theatre's search into the stories buried in epic landscapes. Colchester Arts Centre (01206 500900) 27 OCT An Audience With George Cohen Soccer star George Cohen MBE played right-back for England during the 1966 world cup, (1964 England manager) Alf Ramsey called him

19 OCTOBER HAL CRUTTENDEN Hal is undoubtedly one of the UK’s funniest comedians. In the past twelve months he has appeared on ITV1’s Comedy Rocks with Jason Manford, BBC1’s Michael McIntyre’s Comedy Roadshow and BBC2’s The Rob Brydon Show. Colchester Arts Centre.

'England greatest right-back!' George is joined by his great pal, Fulham Football Club’s "Master of ceremonies" and popular radio and television broadcaster, 'Diddy' David Hamilton. Thameside Theatre, Grays (0845 300 5264) 27 OCT Katy Ashworth Meet Greet Sing and Play Roadshow. Civic Hall, Grays (0845 300 5264) 27 OCT Dave Gorman’s Powerpoint Presentation Always one of comedy’s most innovative thinkers this genre-stretching performer is back… and for this brand-new show he’s formed a double act… with a projector screen. Cliffs Pavilion, Southend-on-Sea (01702 351135) 27 - 29 OCT Oliver! Rare Youth Musical Theatre Group presents a new production of Lionel Bart's much loved musical. Harlow Playhouse (01279 431945) 27 - 29 OCT Relatively Speaking Alan Ayckbourn comedy presented by Clavering Players. Clavering Village Hall (01799 524002) 27 OCT - 12 NOV Captain Corelli’s Mandolin Mercury Theatre Company actors Tony Casement, Roger Delves-Broughton and Gus Gallagher are joined in this exciting international co-production by leading Georgian actor Natuka Kakhidze, Mike Maran and seven puppeteers, who operate scores of beautiful character puppets to bring you this version of

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Louis de Bernières’ extraordinarily moving modern classic. A wonderful story of laughter and tears, life and death, love, coffee and a goat. Mercury Theatre, Colchester (01206 573948) 28 OCT Al Murray’s Barrel of Fun Britain’s best-known Pub Philosopher will be serving up his own special brew of bar room banter. Cliffs Pavilion, Southend-on-Sea (01702 351135) 28 OCT Tommy Tiernan Tommy Tiernan is a legend in his home country of Ireland and that reputation is fast gathering momentum here in the UK following on from last years UK tour and several high-profile TV and radio appearances, including Live at the Apollo and Michael McIntyre’s Comedy Roadshow. Palace Theatre, Southend-on-Sea (01702 351135) 28 OCT Gareth Richards & Nat Luurtsema Stand-up comedy. Colchester Arts Centre (01206 500900) 28 OCT The Further Golfing Adventure of Peter Alliss An evening with the gold commentator. Civic Theatre, Chelmsford (01245 606505) 28 OCT Red Riding Hood Children’s show. Cramphorn Theatre, Chelmsford (01245 606505) 28 OCT Wake Up Don Quixote An innovative and inspirational experience for children based on Cervantes' famous book Don Quixote. Brentwood Theatre (01277 200305) 28 OCT - 19 NOV The Strange Case of Dr Jekyll and Mr Hyde A gripping, grisly new comedy thriller by Chris Bond. Adapted from the classic by Robert Louis Stevenson. Queen’s Theatre, Hornchurch (01708 443333) 29 OCT Lee Nelson See 6 Oct. The Venue, Seawick, St Osyth (0845 8159709) 29 OCT Rhythm of the Dance Having played to over 3 million people in 43 countries around the world and produced by The National Dance Company of Ireland, this stunning special edition 10th anniversary celebration, features breathtaking dance with the very best music and song of the Emerald Isle as performed by many of the world’s finest dancers and musicians. Charter Hall, Colchester Leisure World, Colchester. (01206 282020) 29 OCT Handel’s Messiah In The Merry Opera Company’s dramatisation of Handel’s Messiah, twelve strangers seek spiritual comfort in their struggle to understand the world. St Mary’s Parish Church, Saffron Walden (01799 524002) 29 - 30 OCT Harlow Ballet Association To celebrate its 40-year partnership with the Playhouse, Harlow Ballet Association presents an intriguing programme reflecting some of the dances performed at the theatre in the past. Harlow Playhouse (01279 431945) 30 OCT Jerry Sadowitz See panel. Harlow Playhouse (01279 431945) 140

30 OCT Wizard of Oz Polka Dot presents a musical stage version of the much loved classic film. Princes Theatre, Clacton-on-Sea (01255 686633) 31 OCT Omid Djalili See 2 Oct. Cliffs Pavilion, Southend-on-Sea (01702 351135)

MUSIC 1 OCT Funky Voices A 400 strong multiaward winning choir and guests, performing the music of Stevie Wonder, Michael Jackson, Queen, Jamiroquai, Michael Buble, Celo Green and many more. Brentwood Centre (01277 215151) 1 OCT New Orleans Heat Jazz. Club of Jazz, Wickham Bishops Village Hall Church Road, Wickhams Bishop (01621 853626) 1 OCT The Tallis Scholars One of the world's greatest exponents of Renaissance music. Chelmsford Cathedral (01245 606505) 1 OCT Gary Porter Soul. High Barn, Great Bardfield (01371 811291) 1 - 9 OCT Roman River Festival North Essex music festival. Line-up includes Armonico Consor and Engegard Quartet. Various Venues, North Essex (01206 729356) 1 OCT Roman River Festival: Armonico Consort Allegri Miserere Mei and works by Purcell, Tallis, Hildegard of Bingen, Victoria, Barber, Tavener and Byrd. St Barnabas’ Church, Great Tey (01206 729356) 2 OCT Sixties Gold 60s concert with Gerry & The Pacemakers, The Fortunes, The Searchers and Chip Hawke. Cliffs Pavilion, Southend-on-Sea (01702 351135) 2 OCT Raymond Frogatt Popular country singer songwriter. Empire Theatre, Halstead (01621 890153) 2 OCT Tim Kliphuis, Dave Newton and Len Skeat Jazz. Cramphorn Theatre, Chelmsford (01245 606505) 2 OCT Mysto’s Hot Lips Jazz. Colchester Jazz Club, Stanway Rovers FC, New Farm Road, Colchester (01206 540354) 3 OCT Daniel O’Donnell Irish charm and music from the most successful easy-listening country entertainer in Ireland. Ever since he was a teenager Daniel has been singing on the Irish country music scene, and his efforts have won him a legion of passionate fans, as well an honorary MBE for his services to the music industry. Brentwood Centre (01277 215151) 3 OCT Martin Simpson Widely acknowledged as one of the finest acoustic and slide guitar players in the world, Martin Simpson's interpretations of traditional songs are masterpieces of storytelling. Colchester Arts Centre (01206 500900) 4 OCT Blake Famous worldwide for creating unique harmony versions of pop, classical and West-End anthems, the four unmistakably

British singers take audiences on a 2 hour musical rollercoaster. Civic Theatre, Chelmsford (01245 606505) 4 OCT The Nelson Riddle Orchestra The music of Nelson Riddle is legendary. It set the mood for a generation and helped to make the careers of many artists. His son Christopher Riddle now conducts and leads his father’s orchestra using all the original charts and arrangements of Frank Sinatra, Nat Kind Cole, Ella Fitzgerald plus much more with New Jersey’s very own singer Bryan Anthony to give you the most wonderful evening of music. Cliffs Pavilion, Southend-on-Sea (01702 351135) 4 OCT Jim Bainbridge Considered by many to be the finest melodeon player of his generation and one of the best entertainers on the folk club scene. Hoy at Anchor Folk Club, The Ship Hotel, New Road, Leigh on Sea (01702 715111) 5 OCT Eleanor McEvoy Eleanor McEvoy is one of Ireland's most accomplished contemporary singer / songwriters. She composed the song Only A Woman's Heart, title track of A Woman's Heart, the best-selling Irish album in Irish history. High Barn, Great Bardfield (01371 811291) 5 OCT Roman River Festival: Engegard Quartet Beethoven, Grieg. St Marys Church, Layer Marney (01206 729356) 6 OCT The Manfreds Original Manfred Mann members Paul Jones, Mike Hugg and Tom McGuinness , and former member Mike d’Abo, are joined by Rob Townsend, Marcus Cliffe and Simon Currie as the exciting new line-up of The Manfreds, featuring both lead singers from the 1960’s band. Towngate Theatre, Basildon (01268 465465) 6 OCT Michael Chapman + Robert Castellani Two sublime guitarists. High Barn, Great Bardfield (01371 811291) 7 OCT Joe Brown Joe started his musical career as a guitarist, working with the likes of Johnny Cash, Gene Vincent and Eddie Cochran. In 1960, he formed his own group Joe Brown & The Bruvvers and had numerous top ten hits including the number 1 hit 'Picture Of You'. Joe has never stopped working and performs nearly 200 shows a year and has kept his music current throughout. Civic Theatre, Chelmsford (01245 606505) 7 OCT Gordon Giltrap One of the most innovative acoustic guitarists in the UK today, Gordon Giltrap has developed his own unique style, much copied, but never bettered. High Barn, Great Bardfield (01371 811291) 7 OCT Norma Winstone The doyenne of jazz singers in the UK and winner of numerous awards, Norma is a vocalist of brilliance who can improvise with the fluency of an instrumentalist and breathe life into a song like no other. Fleece Jazz, Stoke By Nayland Hotel, Leavenheath (01787 211865)

30 OCTOBER JERRY SADOWITZ If you like Hannibal Lecter, you’ll love Jerry Sadowitz! With his incorrigible smile and his propensity to hurl his underwear at female members of the audience, you’ll be so helpless with looking for the police you’ll forget how much you paid to get in! Jerry is also one of the greatest card magicians in the world, but with the planet in such a mess, who gives a ****? Sadowitz holds forth on such people-friendly topics as terrorism, cloning and child abuse. Not for the easily offended. Harlow Playhouse.

1 OCT Roman River Festival: Mozart Clarinet Quintet Howells, Mozart, Bartók. St Mary the Virgin, Peldon (01206 729356) 8 OCT Chase and Status Current champions of the Drum ‘n’ Bass scene, Londoners Chase & Status have had three dance chart number ones, whilst debut album More Than A Lot entered the UK dance album chart at number two. Cliffs Pavilion, Southend-onSea (01702 351135) 8 OCT Adam Ant Adam Ant shot to fame in the 1980's as the lead singer with the band Adam & the Ants, whose hits included 'Stand and Deliver' and 'Prince Charming'. Seawick Holiday Park, St Osyth (0845 815 9709) 8 OCT Kathryn Tickell The foremost exponent of the Northumbrian pipes. Civic Theatre, Chelmsford (01245 606505) 8 OCT The Barron Knights Music and comedy. West Cliff Theatre, Clacton-on-Sea (01255 433344) 8 OCT Tracks with Roger Odell & Keith Winter This pioneering jazz-rock fusion group were originally formed in Bishops Stortford in the late '70s and featured Shakatak founder members Bill Sharpe, Keith Winter and Roger Odell plus John Dover and Martin Elliott. High Barn, Great Bardfield (01371 811291)

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8 OCT Who’s Who Who tribute. The Square, Harlow (01279 305000) 8 OCT The Big Gala Concert A night of opera, popular song, musical theatre, classical favourites and more. St James Church, Beatrice Road, Clacton on Sea (07905 041960) 9 OCT Moscow Philharmonic Orchestra Mussorgsky, Tchaikovsky, Prokofiev. Cliffs Pavilion, Southend-on-Sea (01702 351135) 9 OCT The Rae Brothers New Orleans Jazz Band Jazz. Colchester Jazz Club, Stanway Rovers FC, New Farm Road, Colchester (01206 540354) 9 OCT The Barron Knights Music and comedy. Harlow Playhouse (01279 431945) 9 OCT Handel Arias Performed by mezzo-soprano Caryl Hughes. St Edmund King & Martyr, East Mersea (01206 729356) 9 OCT Stour Choral Society 40 year anniversary concert. St Botolph's Church, Colchester (01206 395263) 9 OCT Harwich British Legion Brass Band Concert. Princes Theatre, Clacton-on-Sea (01255 686633) 9 OCT Voices for Hospices St Helena Hospice Charity Concert. West Cliff Theatre, Clacton-on-Sea (01255 433344) 9 OCT Roman River Festival: Caryl Hughes Handel arias. St Edmund King & Martyr, East Mersea (01206 729356) 10 OCT Jim Causley Folk. Colchester Arts Centre (01206 500900) 11 OCT Willy Barrett's Sleeping Dogz Virtuoso multi-instrumentalist and songwriter best know for his partnership with John Otway. WWB has teamed up with cellist Mary Holland and John Devine to produce a unique blending of English, Cajun, Celtic and Moorish highly emotive

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original music and arrangements. Hoy at Anchor Folk Club, The Ship Hotel, New Road, Leigh on Sea (01702 715111) 11 OCT Sarah MacDougall A storyteller, entertainer and pop-troubadour with a haunting voice and songs to match delivering each song with passion and depth. Bluebell Inn, High Street, Hempstead (01799 599199) 12 OCT Rosemary Squires Rosemary Squires, whose Hands That Do Dishes song for Fairy Liquid earned her the accolade Queen of Jingles, continues to charm and delight her audiences. Harlow Playhouse (01279 431945) 14 OCT The Dualers Much loved Ska and Reggae band. Cliffs Pavilion, Southend-onSea (01702 351135) 14 OCT New Town Kings 9 piece Essex 'Two Tone' merchants, plus support. Colchester Arts Centre (01206 500900) 14 OCT Phillip Clouts Quartet Jazz. Fleece Jazz, Stoke By Nayland Hotel, Leavenheath (01787 211865) 14 OCT The Elton John Show Tribute. High Barn, Great Bardfield (01371 811291) 14 - 15 OCT E-mail Special Jazz with special guest vocalist Jacqui Hicks. Cramphorn Theatre, Chelmsford (01245 606505) 15 OCT Richard Digance One of Britain's most unique entertainers performing songs, rhymes and stories. Empire Theatre, Halstead (01621 890153) 15 OCT Megson Exceptional multiinstrumental duo. Headgate Theatre, Colchester (01206 366000)

16 OCT Barry Tyler’s Original Dixieland Jazz Band Jazz. Colchester Jazz Club, Stanway Rovers FC, New Farm Road, Colchester (01206 540354) 16 OCT Britten Sinfonia Mozart, Schubert, Vivaldi. Civic Theatre, Chelmsford (01245 606505) 16 OCT Uttlesforde Orchestra With James Mayhew. Friends’ School Hall, Saffron Walden (01799 523456) 17 OCT Lady Maisery An exciting new folk music vocal trio. Colchester Arts Centre (01206 500900) 17 - 18 OCT Undiscovered 2011 Two heats of the county wide music contest. Cramphorn Theatre, Chelmsford (01245 606505) 18 OCT Dave Acari Top blues slide guitarist and singwriter. Colchester Arts Centre (01206 500900) 18 OCT Stiff Little Fingers Original 70s punks from Belfast still fronted by the iconic Jake Burns. Chinnerys, Marine Parade, Southend-on-Sea (01702 467305) 19 OCT Lotte Mullan Bluesy country with a glorious blend of folk-pop. High Barn, Great Bardfield (01371 811291) 20 OCT John Barrowman One of Britain's most successful all-round entertainers and one of the most familiar faces on British television and the West End stage. Best known for playing Captain Jack Harkness in the BBC series’ Torchwood and Doctor Who, he has also been a judge on the award-winning BBC1 entertainment shows How Do You Solve A Problem Like Maria?, Any Dream Will Do and I’d Do Anything. More recently he has hosted his own primetime Saturday night TV extravaganza, Tonight's The Night and graced London’s West End as Zaza in the Olivier Award-winning La Cage Aux Folles. He will be performing songs from his recently released ‘Best Of’ CD. Brentwood Centre (01277 215151) 20 OCT Asere Drawing their inspiration from traditional Cuban son, seven young musicians came together in the 1990s to create music with a contemporary edge that also maintained the feeling of the songs performed by their forefathers. Colchester Arts Centre (01206 500900) 16 OCT Dave Black and Alice Coulam Quintet Jazz. Saffron Hotel, Saffron Walden (01245 420475) 21 OCT Dean Friedman Hailed by critics and fans alike as a one of the finest songwriters of his generation, Friedman has achieved legendary, pop icon status for chart topping hits, Ariel, Lucky Stars, Lydia, Woman of Mine and more. High Barn, Great Bardfield (01371 811291) 21 OCT Eduardo Niebla In a career spanning four decades, flamenco jazz guitar virtuoso and composer Eduardo Niebla has been acclaimed as one of the most potent forces in flamenco jazz fusion today. Colchester Arts Centre (01206 500900)

21 OCT Songs From The Movie Sister Act Mother Superior and the Sisters give an energetic must-see performance of all the hit songs from the two Sister Act movies. Cliffs Pavilion, Southend-on-Sea (01702 351135) 21 OCT Renato D’Aiello & Rachel Gould Jazz. Fleece Jazz, Stoke By Nayland Hotel, Leavenheath (01787 211865) 22 OCT Kate Rusby The defining voice of contemporary English Folk Music, Kate Rusby brings to Southend her exquisite interpretations of traditional songs and finely wrought self-penned tunes. Cliffs Pavilion, Southendon-Sea (01702 351135) 22 OCT Atrium Quartet Shostakovich, Tchaikovsky, Smetana. Saffron Walden Baptist Church (01799 524002) 22 OCT Sonic Boom Six Punk. The Square, Harlow (01279 305000) 22 OCT Ben Waters Young boogie woogie maestro playing jump blues, boogie and rock 'n' roll. This is hard hitting music at its best. High Barn, Great Bardfield (01371 811291) 22 OCT The Pink Floyd Experience Tribute. Charter Hall, Colchester Leisure World, Colchester. (01206 282020) 23 OCT Bob Dwyer's Bix and Pieces Jazz. Colchester Jazz Club, Stanway Rovers FC, New Farm Road, Colchester (01206 540354) 23 OCT An Evening of Country Music With Steve Travis and Cheryl Halliwell. Brentwood Theatre (01277 200305) 24 OCT Kathryn Roberts & Sean Lakeman Folk. Colchester Arts Centre (01206 500900) 25 OCT Pop Will Eat Itself Sample heavy industrial-tinged indie rockers of 90s fame, back with a new album and going strong as ever. Colchester Arts Centre (01206 500900) 25 OCT The Sensational 60s Experience Original classics performed by four of the most popular bands of the 60s: The Tremeloes, Hermans Hermits, The Union Gap and The Dreamers. Civic Theatre, Chelmsford (01245 606505) 25 OCT Katriona Gilmore & Jamie Roberts BBC Radio 2 Horizon Award nominees who have been performing together on the folk scene since 2006. Their self-penned material ranges from blazing instrumentals to 'heart-wrenching' songs, to contemporary arrangements of traditional songs. Hoy at Anchor Folk Club, The Ship Hotel, New Road, Leigh on Sea (01702 715111) 26 OCT Erasure The Tomorrow’s World Tour sees Vince Clarke and Andy Bell on stage with a new set of songs, staging, costumes and production. Cliffs Pavilion, Southend-on-Sea (01702 351135) 26 OCT Jake Morley Jake Morley is a remarkable guitar player and singer-songwriter. He plays guitar across his lap and slaps, 141

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taps, plucks and picks the instrument to produce a sound like no-one else. High Barn, Great Bardfield (01371 811291) 27 OCT Gary Fletcher + Graham Robins Gary Fletcher is probably best known as the bass player in The Blues Band. Graham Robins is an outstanding and soulful singer songwriter. High Barn, Great Bardfield (01371 811291) 27 OCT The Horrors Bridging the unseen gap between mod, goth and punk music, The Horrors have burst onto the scene, spurting a no-nonsense mix of London rock and theatrical punk. Chinnerys, Marine Parade, Southend-on-Sea (01702 467305) 27 OCT The Nova Scotia Jazz Band Jazz. The Electric Palace, Harwich (01255 553333) 28 OCT The Stylistics One of the best known soul groups of all time, the band promise a night to remember with a selection of their greatest hits including Betcha By Golly Wow, You Make Me Feel Brand New and many many more Towngate Theatre, Basildon (01268 465465) 28 OCT Jon Lloyd QuintetJazz. Fleece Jazz, Stoke By Nayland Hotel, Leavenheath (01787 211865) 28 OCT Guns 2 Roses Tribute. Chinnerys, Marine Parade, Southend-onSea (01702 467305) 29 OCT Jack Jones The double Grammywinning, easy-listening giant with his swinging renditions of contemporary pop and rock as well as classic standards. Cliffs Pavilion, Southend-on-Sea (01702 351135) 29 OCT The Illegal Eagles Tribute. Civic Theatre, Chelmsford (01245 606505) 29 OCT Liqueur Tribute to The Cure. The Square, Harlow (01279 305000) 29 OCT John Lill Piano recital. Palace Theatre, Southend-on-Sea (01702 351135) 30 OCT Clare Teal Swinging songs from the UK’s finest jazz singer. Queen’s Theatre, Hornchurch (01708 443333) 30 OCT Scott Matthews With influences including The Beatles, Bob Dylan, Led Zeppelin, Joni Mitchell, Marc Bolan and Joe Satriani, Scott’s music is often likened to that of

American singer/songwriter Jeff Buckley. Colchester Arts Centre (01206 500900) 30 OCT Chris Dean's Syd Lawrence Orchestra The legendary big band performs ‘Songs That Won The War’. Civic Theatre, Chelmsford (01245 606505) 30 OCT Last Night of the Autumn Proms Traditional proms concert. Cliffs Pavilion, Southend-on-Sea (01702 351135) 30 OCT The New X Factor Jazz Band Jazz. Colchester Jazz Club, Stanway Rovers FC, New Farm Road, Colchester (01206 540354) 30 OCT Country Company Country music. Empire Theatre, Halstead (01621 890153) 31 OCT Rag Mama Rag A welcome return to their home town from this duo based in France. One of Europe’s finest Country Blues acts with a repertoire of 20s and 30s Blues, outstanding guitar picking (lap steel and bottleneck), and Blues harmonica and washboard. Colchester Arts Centre (01206 500900)

ART & EXHIBITIONS 1 OCT 53rd Essex Open Show Final day for the county’s very own Royal Academy style summer exhibition. Beecroft Art Gallery, Station Road, Westcliff-on-Sea (01702 347418) 1 OCT Exposure 37 Photography exhibition. The Space, St James House, Queen Street, Colchester. 1 - 2 OCT Ashdon Art & Craft Fair Exhibition of works of notable local and regional artists in a number of locations around the village. Ashdon, nr Saffron Walden. 10am5pm. 1 - 3 OCT Wendy Cruickshank: Scene Shifting This collection includes some of the evolvement drawings and different versions of pictures from Wendy’s The World’s a Stage exhibition which will be in the Digby Gallery in December. Digby Gallery, Mercury Theatre, Colchester (01206 573948) 1 - 8 OCT Maldon Art Trail Now in its fourth year, Maldon Art Trail goes from strength to strength due to the wealth of talent in the area. An installation piece will be constructed

in the Moot Hall on the theme of the Mad Hatter's Tea Party. Special event on Friday 7th October; talk entitled 'Tribal Art of India' at John Doubleday's home/studios at Goat Lodge Farm, Great Totham. The talk will be given by John Doubleday himself along with artist Vasant Chinchwadkar at 6pm. Maldon (01621 856503) 1 - 8 OCT John Northcote Nash CBE RA + Stephen Henderson Exquiste woodcuts, drawings and watercolours + Elegant wooden sculptures of birds and fish. Haylett’s Gallery, High Street, Maldon (01621 851669) 1 - 16 OCT John Mills Retrospective This year's annual Gibberd Gallery sculpture show is a stunning exhibition of internationally-renowned sculptor John Mills. Featuring works from throughout his career including recent pieces never displayed before, the exhibition focuses on themes that have been central to Mills work, such as dance, diving, famous people through history and his family. The Gibberd Gallery, Harlow (01279 446438) 1 - 22 OCT Aaron Angell: The Year of the Left Hand/Folkal Point Photography. Focal Point Gallery, Southend Central Library, Southend-on-Sea (01702 534108) 1 - 24 OCT JMT200 Commemorative Textile Project An exhibition of textile art in celebration of Jaywick Martello Tower's recent bicentenary portraying the history of the Tower and the village, and group members' memories. Colchester Central Library, Trinity Square, Colchester (01206 245900) 1 - 30 OCT Glasshaus VI Annual exhibition of works of art in glass by established artists and talented newcomers. The Gallery at Parndon Mill, Harlow (01279 426042) 1 OCT - 5 NOV Margins: Walking Between Worlds This exhibition brings together the work of internationally acclaimed artists William Kentridge, Francis Alÿs, Emily Jacir, Regina Jose Galindo and John Smith. Art Exchange, University of Essex, Colchester (01206 873333)


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The Suffolk Monochrome Group are a select group of twelve, dedicated and highly experienced photographers whose aim is to enjoy and promote the art of monochrome photography, in all its various forms. Also showing are works by Lola Swain, a self taught potter, working from a purpose built studio in Leigh on Sea. Digby Gallery, Mercury Theatre, Colchester.

1 OCT - 27 NOV The Great War 1914 - 1918 Exhibition that looks at home life and service in the ‘war to end all wars’. Saffron Walden Museum (01799 510333) 3 - 24 OCT Tracing the Elements: Colchester Institute Group Show Group show brought together by seven Fine Art students, all currently studying at the School of Art and Design in Colchester. This all female group subtly brings feminine concerns to the work, which explores a wide range of underlying themes including spaces on and within a subject, memory, fragility, order, chaos and human relations and behaviour. Digby Gallery, Mercury Theatre, Colchester (01206 573948) 8 OCT - 17 DECEMBER Flora Fancy The beauty of the natural world has long inspired every aspect of design and this exhibition has glorious examples of how fashion has used and embraced the power of flowers. Beecroft Art Gallery, Station Road, Westcliff-on-Sea (01702 347418) 8 OCT - 17 DECEMBER Winter Exhibition Wonderful Christmas gifts from the Essex Craft Society. Beecroft Art Gallery, Station Road, Westcliff-on-Sea (01702 347418) 8 OCT - 20 DECEMBER Celebrating 30 Years In November 1981, Epping Forest District Museum opened its doors to the public. 30 years on, the museum continues to collect and showcase objects from the district. This exhibition features some of the best-loved exhibitions and objects. Epping Forest District Museum, Sun Street, Waltham Abbey (01992 716882) 24 OCT - 14 NOV Suffolk Monochrome + Lola Swain See panel. Digby Gallery, Mercury Theatre, Colchester (01206 573948) 28 - 30 OCT Saffron Walden Art Society Annual exhibition. Saffron Walden Town Hall (01223 892449)

SPECIAL EVENTS EVERY SATURDAY From Camulodunum to Colchester Historical walk with qualified Town Guide. Colchester. 11.30am. (01206 282920) 1 OCT Day Out With Thomas Thomas the Tank Engine and his friends visit the Colne Valley Railway. Ride in Reserved Seats in 'The Express Coaches' behind 'Thomas'. Other friends of 'Thomas' characters likely to attend include, 'Daisy', 'Percy', 'Mavis', 'Toad', 'Diesel', 'Terence', 'Mail Coach', 'Traction Engines Trevor and George'. 'Sir Topham Hatt, The Fat Controller', will be in running things! Colne Valley Railway, Hedingham Station, Yeldham Road, Castle Hedingham. 9.30am5.30pm. (01787 461174) 1 OCT LDN Wrestling Non stop action for the whole family. Weston Homes Community Stadium, United Way, Colchester (01206 752443)

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1 - 2 OCT European Woodworking Show Woodworking in action - woodturning, woodcarving, traditional crafts, hand tools, workshop machinery. Over 50 exhibitors and demonstrator. Food and drink stalls including St Peters Brewery. Cressing Temple Barns, Witham Road, Cressing, Nr. Witham. 1am5pm Sat, 10am-4pm Sun. (01473 785946) 1 - 31 OCT Out of the Box Multi Cultural Festival A month long multi cultural arts festival to celebrate Southend's rich and diverse community. World music workshops, Oriental arts days, performances and exhibitions will be just some of the events on offer around the town. Southend-on-Sea (01702 215624) 1 OCT - 5 NOV Big Saturday Night Out The theme park has live tribute bands every Saturday, as well as over 30 amazing rides including 5 roller coasters. Adventure Island, Western Esplanade, Southend-onSea. From 6pm. 2 OCT Children’s World Medieval Conker Championship Cash prizes awarded to the winners and runners-up of each group and the ultimate champion will win the coveted annual ‘William the Conkerer’ cup. Mountfitchet Castle & Norman Village of 1066, Stansted Mountfitchet (01279 813237) 2 OCT Headway Essex Coastal Dogathon A sponsored 2 mile dog walk along the promenade. The event concludes with a fun dog show. Clacton-on-Sea. 10.30am-1.30pm. (01206 547616) 2 OCT Italian Market Saffron Walden Common. 9.30am-4.30pm. (01799 524002) 2 OCT Vintage Vogue: The Essex Vintage Fashion Fair Large show with over 70 of the most inspired and savvy dealers from around the country, with the widest selection of vintage and vintage-inspired fashion merchandise from the 1920's to the 1980's. Includes the "Vogue Tea Room", Vintage Hair and Makeup, The Retro Photostudio and much more. Brentwood School Sports Centre, Middleton Hall Lane, Brentwood. 10am4pm. (01702 332544) 2 OCT Wedding Fair Charter Hall, Colchester Leisure World, Colchester. 10am4pm. (01206 282020) 2 OCT Lilleshall Triple Expansion Steam Engine The Lilleshall Triple Expansion Steam Engine will be operating. Miniature steam train rides. Museum of Power, Hatfield Road, Langford. 10am5pm. (01621 843183) 2 OCT Sponsored Dog Walk 3 or 5 miles. Sponsor form available from 01277 821737 or just turn up and make a donation. Thorndon Country Park, The Avenue, Brentwood. 10am. 6 - 9 OCT Frinton Literary Festival Now in its 10th year. Headline authors appearing are Peter Sissons, Sophie Hannah, Allan Mallinson and Gervase Phinn. Frinton-on-Sea (01255 851505) 144

7 - 9 OCT Harwich Sea Shanty Festival A full weekend of Sea Songs and Shanties in the historic seaport of old Harwich. In addition there will be Maritime and Napoleonic displays in the historic Redoubt Fort over the weekend. Various venues, Harwich. 8 OCT Toy Fair Brentwood Centre, Doddinghurst Road, Brntwood. 10am2.30pm. (01277 215151) 8 OCT King Harold Day See panel. The Abbey Gardens, Waltham Abbey (01375 374786) 8 OCT Toy Fair Brentwood Centre, Doddinghurst Road, Brntwood. 10am2.30pm. (01277 215151) 8 - 9 OCT The Essex Food Show For those who love their food. This show promotes a superb range of food, drinks, and kitchen accessories in the barns and adjoining buildings, with lots of quality caterers in the grounds, as well as the ever popular range of garden plants and furniture. You will also find a selection of fine foods from all over the world, usually including Polish, Indian, Greek, Chinese, Japanese, Italian, French, Mediterranean, South East Asian and Caribbean. Plus, Rare breed meat producers, game, speciality sausages, smoked foods, fresh fruit and vegetables, pickles, preserves and sauces, cakes, chocolates, locally brewed beers and cider, plus a wide selection of wines, spirits and lots, lots more. A full programme of entertainment is planned to take place over the weekend. Cressing Temple Barns, Witham Road, Cressing, Nr. Witham. From 10.30am. (01621 773403) 9 OCT Castle Point Transport Museum Open Day Show Bus & Coach displays, Classic Cars and Car Clubs, Military, Commercials,Emergency Services and Motor Cycles. Over 50 stalls under cover. Castle Point Transport Museum, Point Road, Canvey Island (01268 684272) 9 OCT Victorian Sunday Meet Queen Victoria on the Royal Train, Sit in a Victorian classroom and take part in the music hall. Colne Valley Railway, Hedingham Station, Yeldham Road, Castle Hedingham. 10.30am-5pm. (01787 461174)

11 - 12 OCT Dance News The incredible, international Ballroom competition. Brentwood Centre (01277 215151) 12 OCT Christmas Shopping Fair Over 30 fun and exciting stalls to browse. Hylands House, Chelmsford. 10am-3pm. 14 - 16 OCT London Festival of Gymnastics Brentwood Centre (01277 215151) 15 OCT Apple Day in the Big Garden Apple tastings and games. High Woods Country Park Visitor Centre, Turner Road, Colchester. 12-5pm. (01206 855287) 15 OCT Christmas Craft and Design Fair Buying directly from craft makers and designers, shoppers will have over 20 stalls from which to get the latest in contemporary and vintage inspired handcrafted gifts in good time for Christmas. Ingatestone Community Club Theatre, High Street, Ingatestone. 10am-4pm. 15 OCT We Are Handmade Contemporary Christmas Craft and Design Fair Ingatestone and Fryerning Community Centre. 10am-4pm. 15 OCT I.K.F Kickboxing A great night of International Kickboxing. Circus Tavern, Purfleet (01708 863838) 15 OCT Stamp Fair Water Lane United Reformed Church Hall, Bishop’s Stortford. 10am-4pm. (01279 305100) 15 - 16 OCT Barleylands Food & Drink Festival A celebration of all that is good to eat and drink from across the region and far beyond. As well as a huge range of food and drink (and related goodies) there will also be unique arts, craft and gift products to enjoy. A full programme of food and cookery demonstrations as well as wine and beer tasting sessions will all add to a really good weekend for everyone from the amateur enthusiast through to the most sophisticated gastronome. Barleylands Farm, Barleylands Road, Billericay. 10am-4pm. (0800 141 2823) 22 - 31 OCT Shriek Week Halloween crafts, haunted forest, spooky themed displays and activities. On late nights take a ride on the spooky road train, visit the haunted ruins of All Saints’ Church, late night animal feeds. Colchester Zoo (01206 331292)

25 OCT Spooky Fun A day full of activities, entertainment and the odd surprise. Cressing Temple Barns, Witham Road, Cressing, Nr. Witham. 11am-4pm. 26 OCT Steam with Colin Two trains operating, one steam and one diesel railcar. Reduced child entry if bringing a bear to see Colin, the Railway's own Bear. Children can take part in Colin's Treasure Hunt. Colne Valley Railway, Hedingham Station, Yeldham Road, Castle Hedingham. 10.30am-5pm. (01787 461174) 26 OCT LDN Wrestling Non-stop wrestling action. Princes Theatre, Clactonon-Sea (01255 686633) 26 - 30 OCT Game Week Watch Mrs Crocombe – Audley End’s resident cook – make the most of the hunting season with her amazing recipes. Visitors can see the entire process of gaming, from the sky to the skillet as our falconers provide you with incredible arena displays that will teach you about the Victorian art of hunting and our cooks will show you how it would have been prepared. Audley End House, nr Saffron Walden (01799 522842) 28 OCT Spooky Fun See 25 Oct. Cressing Temple Barns, Witham Road, Cressing, Nr. Witham. 11am-4pm. 28 OCT All Star Wrestling Non stop action. Charter Hall, Colchester Leisure World, Colchester. (01206 282020) 29 OCT Fright Night Take your family on a tour around the gardens and investigate the spooky happenings, take part in some spooky games and watch our amazing light show on Hylands House. Hylands House, Chelmsford. 6-8pm. (01245 605555) 30 OCT Haunted Hedingham Do you dare to attempt Hedingham's haunted walk? Can you make it round without waking the resident ghosts and ghouls? Will the scares be too much? This is not for the faint hearted. Meet up with other survivors in the Keep for some true ghost stories. Hedingham Castle, Castle Hedingham (01787 460261)

8 OCTOBER KING HAROLD DAY Medieval festival to commemorate Harold II, the last Saxon King of England, who was Lord of the Manor of Waltham, and who was brought back for burial at his favourite church of Waltham after his death at the Battle of Hastings. The festival will include medieval re-enactments, hands-on activities for children, archery, birds of prey and much more. Abbey Gardens, Waltham Abbey.

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Thetford Forest, Suffolk/Norfolk Good places to spot the colour changes in Thetford Forest include Rishbeth Woods, Santon Downham and Lynford Arboretum. Anglesey Abbey, Cambs The Pilgrim's Lawn has been planted with shrubs and trees to give a gorgeous autumn spread. Autumn crocuses form a carpet of pastel mauves beneath the falling leaves. The Lodge, Beds RSPB nature reserve at Sandy; wonderful colours of silver birches and oaks. Fairhaven Garden, Norfolk Ancient woodland, water gardens and a private broad at South Walsham. Epping Forest, Essex Knotty old beeches, hornbeams and oaks in the forest where Dick Turpin hid out. Bradfield Woods, Suffolk Ancient woodland of ash and alder, still coppiced today. Blickling Hall, Norfolk A splendid country house that boasts four centuries of history, this estate was once the home of the Boleyn family. Climb the recently restored Grand Staircase to the elegant upstairs rooms before discovering the tales of the cook, the footman and others in the kitchens and basement rooms through recordings of some of their stories. Felbrigg Hall, Norfolk One of the finest 17th Century houses in Norfolk, and for 300 years the home of the Windham family and its successors. The exterior of the house, built mainly in 1620, with a wing added in 1686, remains unaltered.

| heritage As TV fans enjoy the second series of Downton Abbey, currently showing on ITV, the National Trust is revealing the finest places for visitors to discover the real lives and stories above and below stairs. Cultural historian and author, Siân Evans, has also dug deep into the archives of historic properties to find untold stories of the servants for a new Trust book, ‘Life below Stairs’. Many of the National Trust’s historic houses have sculleries, kitchens, dairies, butlers’ pantries, servants’ bedrooms and other ‘downstairs’ rooms that visitors can enjoy, alongside the glamorous ‘upstairs’ rooms of the families who lived there. Here is a selection from our region...


Oxburgh Hall, Norfolk Oxburgh’s secret doors and priest’s hole make this a house of mystery and history. The gate tower at Oxburgh is little altered and was described by Pugin as one of the noblest specimens on 15th Century domestic architecture. The house has well preserved Victorian rooms. The home of the Bedingfield family for more than 500 years and given in 1952 by the Dowager Lady Bedingfield, with the help from the Dulverton and Pilgrim Trusts. For information on National Trust properties and those with servants’ rooms visit Life Below Stairs in the Victorian and Edwardian Country House by Siân Evans is published on 15 September 2011, priced £20. ISBN: 9781907892110. Copies at the special price of £15 are available from National Trust shops and online at

Midnight in Paris Woody Allen’s romantic comedy about a family traveling to the French capital for business and a young engaged couple who find a life changing experience. Starring Owen Wilson and Rachel McAdams. Fri 7th

Footloose Remake of the 80s hit about a city kid who moves to a small town where rock 'n' roll and dancing have been banned. His rebellious spirit shakes up the town. Fri 14th

Anonymous Rhys Ifans and Vanessa Redgarave star in a political thriller advancing the theory that it was in fact Edward De Vere, Earl of Oxford who penned Shakespeare's plays; set against the backdrop of the succession of Queen Elizabeth I, and the Essex Rebellion against her. Fri 28th

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East Magazine October 2011  

Hello and welcome to another packed issue of EAST MAGAZINE. We’ve got some great features this month, not least interviews with two great ar...