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Singer-songwriter Katie Melua will be performing live in Ipswich in September. See page 6-7.

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It’s holiday time and there’s plenty of great things to do with the kids in the region – just look through this month’s issue and you’ll find plenty of attractions, outdoor activities, and events to keep the whole family happy. I love the summer and I always make a point of heading to some of my favourite coastal spots: Southwold, Wells-next-the-Sea, Felixstowe, Frinton, Southend-onSea, to name a few. Even if the weather’s not what it should be, I hope you have a great month – and here’s to some Team GB gold too! John Boston, Editor 6 INTERVIEW Katie Melua talks about her career and music ahead of her date in Ipswich. 8 AROUND THE REGION Lots of regional delights to discover. 15 PROPERTY An East Anglian developer says there’s never been a better time to buy. 21 INTERIORS Fenella Fairrie with her very own Seaside Special. 27 HOME Kitchen design ideas and tips. 33 GARDENING Sylvia Newman takes a look at herbaceous borders and the gardening month. 37 FOOD & DRINK Ten great tea rooms, recipes for the Barbie and Sarah Abbot’s favourite wine. 43 FASHION Some great summer looks for men. 45 HEALTH Diagnosing and managing Type 2 Diabetes, plus hypnotherapy and treating pain. 53 MOTORING Sue Cooke takes the VW CC Blue Motion for a spin. 55 MONEY Money saving expert Martin Lewis gives his 10 must-knows if you are heading abroad. 57 CONSUMER Broken mobile phone? Dean Dunham tells you what you can do about it. 59 EDUCATION Our guide to some great outdoor education facilities. 60 SPOTLIGHT Interview with Norfolk-based singer Gracie Wright. 63 SUMMER KIDS Don’t be lost for something to do in the holiday – here’s part two of our School’s Out guide. 71 ARTS A round-up of some great exhibitions coming to the region. 77 ESSEX Summer in Colchester, the Colne Valley and Saffron Walden, Thaxted and Great Dunmow, plus all this month’s events. 99 SUFFOLK Take a walk around Aldeburgh, visit Southwold and Newmarket, plus the county’s top events for the month. 117 NORFOLK Lots of events, Dirty Dancing, plus we visit Harleston, Sheringham, Norwich and Great Yarmouth, a summer paradise for kids. 135 HERTS BEDS & BUCKS Lots of great events for the month. 141 CAMBS Find out what’s on around the county. 146 BOOKS We pick some great books by local authors for your holiday reading.

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Katie Melua The singer-songwriter comes to Ipswich in the autumn to perform songs from her latest album

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hen Georgian-born Katie Melua signed with Mike Batt's Dramatico Records in September 2002, no-one could have imagined that by the release of her third album, Pictures, she would be the biggest-selling UK-based, female artist in the world that year. Her first two albums, 'Call Off The Search' and 'Piece By Piece' both became international number ones, and the story was to continue, after an exciting, record-breaking rollercoaster ride involving several massive world tours and many special moments - like Katie playing on stage for Nelson Mandela with her idols, Queen, or dining at Buckingham Palace with the real Queen and the American Ambassador. It was American singer Eva Cassidy who first drew Katie and Mike together. Independently, both had discovered Cassidy's posthumouslyreleased album Songbird, and when they met, it was their mutual admiration for her phenomenal singing that led to their decision to work together. Mike was in his fifties, Katie had just turned eighteen. “There are so many spooky coincidences about how our partnership started,” says Katie. “I only took up the guitar a few months before we met. The previous year, my music had been very pop and R&B, I wrote on a computer and listened to Eminem, Groove Armada and So Solid Crew. Then I started getting into artists like Bob Dylan, Joni Mitchell and Cat Stevens - older artists whose music felt raw and real. I looked around for modern music that had as much emotion, but I couldn't find any. Then I discovered Eva Cassidy, and literally weeks later, I met Mike." Mike played Katie a song of his own, called 'Call Off The Search' at one of

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their first rehearsals. Aptly, his search for a singer was over. “As soon as I heard it, I loved it,” recalls Katie. “We bonded over our taste in music,” laughs Katie, “which was weird considering the age difference between us. No-one would have expected the two of us to have similar tastes. Because we got on so well, Mike gave me the freedom to experiment with his songs. At the end of the session, Mike said he wanted to sign me.” At a recording session in early 2003, having exhausted their supply of new material, Mike dug out an album he had recorded nearly 20 years earlier. One song on there he thought might suit Katie, but while she liked it, she didn't love it. Then, flicking through the sleeve notes, some lyrics caught her eye. They were for 'The Closest Thing To Crazy'. “The lyrics looked so intriguing I asked Mike to play me the song,” says Katie. “He insisted it was too slow for me. I literally had to force him to play it. The moment it started, it blew me away. It was an instant classic. In fact, it felt so familiar I was sure I had heard it before. I begged Mike to let me try singing it.” Katie's instincts proved right when 'The Closest Thing To Crazy' almost accidently launched her career. With no record companies willing to release the completed album, Mike remortgaged his house to put it out on his own indie label, Dramatico. Hoping to secure some radio play, three songs were sent to Paul Walters, then the producer of Terry Wogan's Radio 2 breakfast show. Not coincidentally, Walters had been the first to discover Eva Cassidy and both he and Wogan were fans of Mike's solo work. They were impressed enough to play all three tracks on air. The audience response was

overwhelming. “The show got hundreds of calls and letters,” says Katie. “People were so passionate, particularly about 'The Closest Thing To Crazy'. Someone said when it came on the radio, they had to stop the car. Someone else said they started crying. Then our website was inundated with fans asking where they could buy the song. We hadn't even planned to put out a single. Suddenly, that changed.” Soon, everything changed. The Closest Thing To Crazy was all over the Radio and the album hit number one in January 2004 and went on to become the biggest selling, British album of that year. “When Mike called to tell me we were No.1, I just about collapsed,” laughs Katie. “I was 19, still living at home in Redhill with my parents, doing a part-time music business course in case the album didn't pan out. That was the end of life as I'd known it before.” In March this year, Katie released her fifth studio album ‘Secret Symphony’ an exquisite collection of songs that perfectly showcases that unique, instantly recognisable voice, nd she teams up once again with manager and producer Mike Batt. “Once I knew I wanted to record this album it was the simplest, and most natural, decision to have Mike produce it.” The result is a collaboration that imbues the songs with a distinct personality that could only be the work of this creative team. The record allows Katie’s unique and beautiful voice to shine. Katie Melua is performing at the Ipswich Regent Theatre on 8 October, one of only seven UK dates. Secret Symphony is out now on Dramitico. www.katiemelua.com


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The Martello Tower at Aldeburgh in Suffolk s the largest and most northerly of the chain of towers built to keep out Napolean and couldn’t be in a more spectacular position on the Orford Ness peninsula, between the River Alde and the sea. The stone-flagged battery on the roof, with the mountings of guns and a high, thick parapet for shelter, is perfect for whiling away a few hours. Inside it is simply furnished with a wood-burning stove and teak floors. The bedrooms are screened from the central living area but not fully divided, so that, lying in bed, you can still have a sense of being in a larger loftier space – and you can enjoy some conversation with your fellow guests. Three nights from £795 for four, a week from £1,007. For more details call 01628 825925 or go to www.landmarktrust.org.uk

Essex Larders at Pyes Farm have been established since 1980 on a fruit farm in the heart of the Essex countryside, near Great Dunmow, producing mouth-watering pies, quiches and puddings from local ingredients. All of these are handmade to order in their farm kitchen and their delicious handcrafted pies are to be found in top food halls such as Fortnum & Masons and Harrods, as well as farm shops, delicatessens, pubs and hotels around the country. For a list of regional stockists go to www.pyesfarm.com or call 01371 820272

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REGION Joanna Nadin grew up in in the small town of Saffron Walden in Essex, where nothing much happened, and where she ‘spent an awful lot of time wishing I was somewhere else, or someone else’. So she decided to write a book about it: the teenage diary of Rachel Riley, a sixteen year old who is on a mission to discover her Sienna Miller, despite living in Saffron Walden! The books have been an enormous success with young readers and there has now been eight Rachel Riley books, the most recent being The Facts of Life. The books are published by Oxford University Press. Need a book for your holiday? We’ve chosen some great novels by regional authors. See page 146.


Living East

EIGHT great new films in cinemas...

Total Recall Action thriller remake about reality and memory, that stays close to the famous short story that inspired it. Impressive cast that includes Colin Farrell, Kate Beckinsale, Bill Nighy and Jessica Biel. A factory worker begins to suspect that he is a spy after visiting a company that provides its clients with implanted fake memories and finds himself on the run. Weds 29th.

The Watch Four suburban dads – Ben Stiller, Vince Vaughn, Jonah Hill and Richard Ayoade - form a neighborhood watch and find themselves defending the Earth from an alien invasion in this new comedy. Weds 29th

The Bourne Legacy The fourth installment in the series based on Robert Ludlum's novels. No Matt Damon this time, instead a more brutish hero played by Jeremy Renner. Also starring Edward Norton and Rachel Weisz. Mon 13th

The Expendables 2 An easy job turns to one of revenge when one of their men is murdered, putting them deep in enemy territory and up against an unexpected threat. Sly Stallone, Bruce Willis, Arnie Schwarzenegger, Jean-Claude Van Damme, and Jason Statham are among the cast of action men. Fri 17th

The Wedding Video A newly married couple’s best man captures their wedding on video and decides to present them with it as a gift. Comedy from the director of Calendar. Fri 17th

For more great new August movies go to www.eastlife.co.uk/augustmovies

It’s holiday time, so there’s lits of great new films this month - just in case there’s a few rainy days!

Diary of a Wimpy Kid: Dog Days School is out and Greg is ready for the days of summer, when all his plans go wrong. What on earth is he going to do all summer? Perfect summer family comedy.starrng Mark Wahlberg and Mila Kunis. Fri 3rd

Ted As the result of a childhood wish, John Bennett's teddy bear, Ted, came to life and has been by John's side ever since - a friendship that's tested when Lori, John's girlfriend of four years, wants more from their relationship. Comedy starrng Mark Wahlberg and Mila Kunis. Weds 1st

Brave Determined to make her own path in life, Princess Merida defies a custom that brings chaos to her kingdom. Granted one wish, she must rely on her bravery and her archery skills to undo a beastly curse. Delightful animated adventure from Disney Pixar featuring the voices of Billy Connelly, Kelly Macdonald, Julie Walters and Emma Thompson. Mon 13th eastlife.co.uk|9


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It may have been wet, but 2012 has been a bumper year for female cria at Melford Green Alpacas. At the time of writing they have had 12 female cria (baby alpaca) and 6 boys born, with several more due in the coming few weeks. “It is an exciting time of year” says Paul, who runs the business at Darsham Old Hall along with his wife Jude. He explains, “Girls are the most prized. We usually name our female cria after “Bond Girls,” and whilst we have kept with this tradition for many of those born; because 2012 has been a special year, a couple have names to reflect the special days on which they were born”. “The first, a beautiful white fleeced cria, sired by the United States Champion, Snowmass Royal Vision, was born on Jubilee day and has been named Royal Diamond. The second, born on the day the Olympic Flame / Torch passed through Suffolk, has been named Flamingo. Aptly,” adds Paul, “she is the first ever alpaca that we have bred that has a slightly pink hue to her fleece, so it is doubly appropriate”. You can see the two new cria along with all of their chums and the rest of the 120 strong herd (the largest herd of alpaca in Suffolk), on Tuesday 21st & Wednesday 22nd of August, when Melford Green will be opening the gates of Darsham Old Hall, Darsham, in Suffolk, for two special Open Day events. Entrance fee is £10 per car.


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The sun’s out so it must be time to head for the beach. Here’s a few of our favourites… Wide sands at Holkham

Holkham The vast and beautiful beach at Holkham, just three miles west of Wells-next-the-Sea, is part of the Holkham Hall estate. Seven miles long and fringed by pine trees, it is the most extensive, diverse and dramatic nature reserve on a coastline famous for nature reserves. The beach was the setting for the final scenes of Oscar-winning movie Shakespeare in Love, and has been used in the ITV series Kingdom starring Stephen Fry. Frinton-on-Sea Frinton, with its tree-lined avenues and timeless appeal, retains some of the quaint and gracious atmosphere that once brought Victorian aristocracy and royalty to its sandy shoreline. A summer in Frinton is to enjoy the clean, sandy beach and a delicious cream tea. Lowestoft Lowestoft attracts large summer crowds who come to enjoy the town's award winning fine sandy beaches, the two piers, the promenade and visitor centre.

The beach North of Claremont offers bowls, tennis, restaurant and cafés. Beach chalets are available for hire by the day, week or season - but there is a long waiting list. At the South Beach you can have a go at windsurfing, surfing, jet ski-ing and crazy golf, and enjoy the pier and amusement arcades. The town offers a wealth of holiday parks, hotels, amusements arcades, pubs, bars and nightclubs. Cromer A sandcastle builders delight, cosy Cromer is all a beach resort should be. Colourful cliff gardens overlook the stretches sandy coast, where wide open beaches are perfect for a game cricket or Frisbee. The rows of seafront B&B buildings date back to the 1800s, reflecting Cromer's history as a popular Victorian seaside resort. Cromer Pier's Seaside Special is one of the remaining end of the pier shows. Fishing for crabs on the line is a popular holiday pastime in Cromer, and with the town's funfair and canoeing lagoon

there's plenty for the kids to enjoy. There are several small fish shops in the town selling the day's catch, and most of the cafés and restaurants offer crab on the menu.

golf as well as jet skiing, windsurfing and sailing. The traditional prom walk stretches out between the beach and pristinely manicured gardens.

Felixstowe Felixstowe has the charm of a well-heeled seaside resort and a lively atmosphere. The town's four-mile sand and shingle beach is dotted with beach huts. The many amusements and children's activities along the seafront include indoor and outdoor adventure golf, miniature train rides and a boating lake, slot machines and indoor amusements.

Wells-next-the-Sea At Wells you can either walk the mile-long promenade overlooking beautiful salt marshes, or chug along on the Wells Harbour Railway and let the train take the strain to the beach. The stretch of sandy beach, with its rows of huts, is perfect for beach games. Explore the small towns many shops, cafes and restaurants. Seal watching boat trips to Blakeney are available from the harbour.

Hunstanton Unusually for an East Anglian seaside resort Hunstanton faces west, so summer visitors to the town are likely to enjoy beautiful sunsets over the sea at the end of the day. The town fills with tourists during summer months, who come to enjoy the sand and pebble beach with its dramatic high cliff backdrop, the rock pools, pony rides, funfair, mini

Mundesley The seafront at Mundesley is lined with colourful beach huts, there’s a beach cafe selling snacks and meals, as well as holiday buckets and spades and traditional seaside trinkets. The sandy beach is set against a backdrop of low cliffs and the beautiful cliff top gardens, with seats and shelters, offer a quiet area to sit and relax. eastlife.co.uk|13


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homebuyers who only have access to 5% deposit. “NewBuy opens up a 95 per cent mortgage product to both first time buyers and those looking to move up the property ladder. Importantly, it has no salary cap and is available to purchasers of new homes up to the value of £500,000,” says Andrew Fuller, managing director of Persimmon Homes Anglia. Already living in a property? Persimmon Homes can help get you moving through their Part Exchange and Part Exchange Plus scheme. If you qualify for the Part Exchange Plus scheme, then things couldn’t be simpler. Persimmon Homes will

arrange for at least two valuations, agree a market price and buy your existing property from you. There are no hidden marketing costs, no upsetting chains to break down and you can move when you want to. If Persimmon Homes can’t buy your home they can use all their expertise and contacts to help you sell your current home. Again, they will arrange the valuations for you; agree a price and then market the property on your behalf. “The Part Exchange schemes are perfect for those looking to upsize or downsize and any one of our sales advisors across the area would be more than happy to help,” added Andrew.

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Prestige Estate Agent’ by the Sunday Times in 2011 and 2010, has 300 offices worldwide but significantly the parent business originated in Cambridge fifteen years ago. The new office heralds a return to its roots and will be a flagship office for the company. The Cambridge office will be headed-up by Cambridgeshire based Director Mike Bidwell, who together with his team has over 100 years of combined local property knowledge. The office is supported by a head office in Park Lane, Mayfair giving local vendors’ access to the lucrative London and international investor markets. The addition of the Cambridge office will mean Fine & Country now has one of the strongest networks in the region, already having 20 offices in East Anglia. The new office will represent homes up to Huntingdon in the north, Bishop’s Stortford to the south, Bedford to the west and Newmarket to the east, as well as regions in between. Mike Bidwell says: “Buyers and sellers will benefit from our local expertise, national marketing exposure and creative property marketing combined with modern technology, bringing a unique dimension to the Cambridge market place. The brand’s ability to promote its luxury portfolio to the widest possible audience has resulted in an enviable ‘trophy cabinet’ of awards from ‘World’s Best Marketing 2009/10/11’ at The International Property Awards to ‘Britain’s Best Prestige Estate Agent 18|eastlife.co.uk

2010/2011 at The Sunday Times Property Awards.” Fine & Country’s innovative marketing which focuses on the lifestyle a property offers, rather than just the bricks and mortar, is regularly featured in national broadsheet newspapers and their iPad and Android platforms. Bidwell continues: “These are ideal platforms to attract the commuter looking for a lifestyle move or the young family seeking value for money and good schools. Fine & Country also use property ‘videoettes’ (short films) of properties which are very effective in showing prospective buyers what it might be like to live in the property.” In addition Fine & Country’s three luxury lifestyle magazines Finer, Refined and Exclusive Homes Worldwide are distributed across the UK and internationally, ensuring each and every property reaches the widest possible audience. According to the ‘Halifax Rural

Areas Quality of Life Survey 2012’, East Cambridgeshire was heralded as having the best quality of life of any rural area in Great Britain. In fact Cambridgeshire occupies two of the top three positions. Mike Bidwell says: “Our new office is ideally placed to promote the lifestyle benefits to be enjoyed from living in the region. Cambridge is a vibrant, culturally rich city yet has many peaceful attractions such as the River Cam and attractive parks. It also benefits from being only a short distance to rolling countryside hills in Cambridgeshire, the coastlines of Norfolk and Suffolk as well as excellent transport links to London. In fact, the area is very popular with commuters seeking value for money and a quieter lifestyle.” Fine & Country, 3 Dukes Court, Newmarket Road, Cambridge. Tel. 01223 363700 www.cambridge.fineandcountry.co.uk


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Interiors

Seaside elements for the month of August. The choices are endless with so much inspiration to be found from our East Anglian coast and the romantic nostalgia associated with the seaside and summer fun. From paint colours to bedlinen, from fabrics to furniture, here are a few of my favourites fitting to the theme..... Fenella Fairrie.

Seaside special Deck chairs The candy striped canvas, the architypal English Deckchair, immediately conjures images of picnics, lazy days and a carefree afternoon on the beach. These bold, distinctive stripes on canvas and cottons can be used to great effect in the home on an every day basis. Upholster a chair for a style statement or mix and match cushions in varying designs for instant accents. If you are looking for bold stripes and colours look no further than Malabar. A wonderful array of rich coloured stripe designs are available. Shown here are Zaika and Chiko fabrics which we can find at www.norfolktextiles.co.uk

The pier The great designer Charles Eames created several classic, iconic industrial designs of the twentieth century. One of these design classics is the Eames Eiffel Chair. I totally love this design, it’s shape, feel and form. When thinking about sea side towns and their attractions, the Pier in all it’s Victorian glory springs to mind. Elegant and decorative, flamboyant structure and exquisite metal work, there is a correlation between the classic pier and this design favourite. The originals are but a dream for most however, I am thrilled to have discovered David Phillips Furniture and their fabulous range of ‘Eames-inspired’, affordable and very chic must haves for the home. Take a look at www.designclassics.co.uk

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Interiors Shades of the sea In East Anglian we have a beautiful and varied coastline. The sea has inspired many artists, poets and composers in the region. The colours of the sea, the dense murky shades with flashes of clarity translate wonderfully into colours for the interior, warm and cold, strong and subtle. I think we can certainly take inspiration from the natural beauty of the coast and bring elements of the great outdoors into our homes to great effect. As a supplier of Little Greene paints, I can recommend Purple Brown, Marine Blue, Salix and Rolling fog as a few of the most apt shades from the fabulous palate of colours available. See www.littlegreene.co.uk for the full range and to find out more about this inspired, English Heritage endorsed company. My colour consultancy service is an easy way to bring these colours to life in your home, I can supply colour cards, sample pots and even manage your paint and wallpaper orders from Little Greene.

Sea shells Baskets of fun A picnic on the beach come rain or shine is such an English tradition. I wanted bring baskets into this as they are a specialist craft which should be appreciated and admired. Made in all manner of shapes and sizes the basket can be a great addition to your home for storage or purely esthetic qualities. I am drawn to Peter dibble’s work, in particular the child’s chair shown here which, reminiscent of a lobster pot, ties in nicely with this theme. More importantly these beautifully crafted baskets and pieces, see www.peterdibble.co.uk will bring lasting interest and practical purpose to your home.

Seashells on the seashore, little treasures of nature and so very ‘Summer Holiday’. Inspired by such, these beautiful fresh, crisp cotton bed linens have an air of beachhouse about them and the oversized shell design is a perfect reminder of happy days on the beach. You can’t go wrong in the summertime with light and white bedding. Available in 3 colourways, Rose, Sky and Stone they are available from www.runawaycoast.com who are based in the very special seaside town of Aldeburgh in Suffolk.

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Clever kitchens A kitchen to love begins with a user-friendly layout. Award-winning kitchen designer Beth Veillette goes back to basics with a few essential rules‌

Kitchen shape The first step in designing your new kitchen is to visualize the potential of the space. It can be difficult to see past the existing configuration of cabinets and appliances, but that’s exactly what you need to do. Try to imagine that you have completely gutted your old kitchen – taking it right down to the walls. Consider only the size and shape of the room as well as the location of doorways, staircases, and windows. You or your designer should create a scale drawing of the space and experiment with different arrangements of everything from cabinets to countertops to appliances to find the right layout for your new kitchen.

The work triangle Your kitchen layout will be determined by two factors: the size and shape of your space and the placement of work areas within the room based on the work triangle, an imaginary line drawn to connect the refrigerator, sink, and cooktop or range. Ideally, each leg of the work triangle should be between 4 ft. and 9ft. long. Islands and peninsulas should not intersect the triangle by more than 12in.

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The work zones When you think about it, every kitchen consists of many separate work areas. There’s the place where you do your chopping and have your knives and cutting boards nearby, for example, and a cleanup station consisting of the sink, dishwasher, and trash receptacle. Even the spot where you stage groceries before loading them into the refrigerator is an important work area. The secret to designing a great kitchen is to think about all of the work zones you’ll need, what each one requires to be efficient, and how they should work together. For starters, that means creating a work triangle. When you’re cooking, you use three components of your kitchen more than any others—the refrigerator, range (or cooktop), and sink. So designers usually try to keep these essentials out of the major traffic flow, to put them relatively close together, and to locate each one at the point of an imaginary triangle. The work triangle isn’t the only way to go, but it does offer the easiest access to these three essential kitchen tools with the least walking to and fro. Ideally, the three legs of the triangle should add up to 26 ft. or less—with each individual leg measuring between 4 ft. and 9 ft. Once you’ve plotted out your work triangle, you can begin to design each of the individual work zones. Extracts from Kitchen Ideas that Work, by Beth Veillette. Published by The Taunton Press. ISBN: 978 1 56158 837 4 Price: £12.99. Available from GMC Publications www.thegmcgroup.com 28|eastlife.co.uk

There are a lot of things you have to think about when buying a new kitchen; knowing which kitchen you want is one, but being able to buy the kitchen you need is another story. First it will be important to determine how your kitchen is going to be fitted. Will it be a flat pack, a rigid construction, a custom-built or a non-fitted kitchen? Look for companies that are specialised in the construction you choose. If you choose for flat pack units, check if the company delivers a fitting service. When you have found your company, check if it is a member of a trade body such as the kitchen specialist association (KSA). This will give you the guarantee that the business has been checked and approved. If you do decide to go through with purchasing your kitchen, make sure that you get a fully itemised costing, so that you know what to be expected to pay. Never pay the full payment for your kitchen when you place your order. Purchase from someone that offers reasonable payment terms and make sure you know the terms and conditions. Another thing to check when you buy a kitchen, is whether the company offers a full after sales service and inspection when fitting is completed. If any questions would arise then they can be answered on the spot and maybe immediately dealt with. Just before you decide on buying your dream kitchen, look at showroom cabinets and inspect areas that receive the heaviest wear, such as around the edges, hinges and seams, to spot any possible signs of weakness in the materials. Fully fitted showroom kitchens also give you a good idea about whether you will like certain finishes and gives you the possibility to look for different door handles, colours and materials. So now you have been able to plan and design your kitchen, and maybe you even have decided to buy one. Good luck with the fitting, whether you will do it yourself or not, and enjoy! Just to remind you..... • Look for companies that are specialised in the construction you choose, whether it's flat pack, rigid construction, custom-built or non-fitted. • If you choose for flat pack units, check if the company delivers a fitting service. • Check if your kitchen supplier is a member of a trade body such as the kitchen specialist association (KSA). • Check whether the company offers a full after sales service and inspection when fitting is completed. • Make sure that you get a fully itemised costing. • Make sure you know the terms and conditions when you are going to pay in terms. • Check the showroom kitchens for possible weaknesses in areas that will receive the most wear and tear.

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Top Kitchen Design Tips Choose cabinets you want to look at for quite a number of years. Durability and low maintenance have to be the key to your choice of kitchen cabinets. Use different materials for your kitchen cabinets to break the monotony of your kitchen. If you choose to use stainless steel for any of your surfaces (worktop, cabinets or backsplash), make sure you combine it with a warmer material. Beware of a clinical look.

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come up year after year. Rather than cutting down the border in November when the plants begin to fade, modern garden maintenance favours and encourages leaving as much structure as possible throughout the winter months, creating wonderful frosty scenes as well as providing a sheltered space for birds.

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eliminate the thuggish behaviour of one or two plants gradually taking over the whole border. Once planted out and mulched, a few important tasks during the growing season are: regular attention to plants which may need staking and, in the first couple of seasons, weeding between the gaps of the plants. Deadheading early flowering plants, and in some cases, cutting down to the ground, will encourage the plants to repeat flower. An automated water-efficient irrigation system will ensure a stunning display in the first season. After a few seasons, the plants may need to be divided and thinned When the first signs of the new growing season appear you can cut down all the previous year’s growth, clear away the debris, give a feed of bonemeal or similar and re-mulch if required. The whole process is ready and waiting to repeat the spectacular show once more. ª eastlife.co.uk|33


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wisteria to encourage them to bloom well and keep their vigorous growth within bounds. If you still have an area that you would like the wisteria to grow over, take the new whippy growth and tie in. if your plant has growth you don’t need, cut this new growth back to five leaves from the old wood. OAs long as there’s not a drought, it’s worth feeding the lawn regularly to keep it looking at its best. If we do ever get any dry spells, remember to keep the mower blades higher. This will keep the grass greener and help to retain moisture. ORemove dead leaves on water lilies: look out for any yellowing leaves and remove them promptly. If they fall off into the water, the water quality will be decreased.

New research by the University of Copenhagen is suggesting that you don’t need to spray weedkiller to remove the weeds between your paving stones. Six treatments during the growing season of boiling water, steam or flaming is all that’s needed to starve the weeds. The leaves must wilt completely after each treatment and this prevents the plants from storing carbohydrates in their roots, vital for regrowth.

and beans so that the ground can be prepared for Spring cabbage or overwintering spinach. Keep runner beans watered and liquid feed twice a week to encourage heavy cropping. Pick beans regularly and don’t allow pods to harden as this will cause the plants to go out of crop. OProtect cauliflower curds from hot sun by bending the outer leaves over them. OThin maincrop beetroot, turnips, carrots so that roots to be stored for winter can develop fully. OStop outdoor tomatoes when four trusses have developed.

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Award winning Poppy’s Tea Room is the perfect place to visit for a quintessential English Tea Room experience. Nestling among the many attractions of picturesque Thaxted in North Essex, Poppy’s Tea Room offers a warm welcome, excellent customer service and delicious home made cakes and scones. Founded in 2007 by the descendant of a long line of tea planters, the menu naturally includes a wide variety of carefully chosen quality loose leaf teas from around the world. All the delicious scones and homemade cakes from the tempting and changing range are freshly baked on the premises. The menu also includes light lunches, traditional and contemporary teatime treats and the popular Poppy’s Tea Room indulgent Afternoon Tea served on a tiered cake stand. Open every day except Thursday. Pre-booking recommended for traditional Afternoon Tea. 5 Fishmarket Street, Thaxted, Essex Tel: 01371 830453

The English social tradition of taking Afternoon Tea is said to have originated in the late 1830s by Duchess Anna Maria, wife of the 7th Duke of Bedford, who entertained her friends in the Blue Drawing Room at Woburn Abbey. So during your visit to Woburn treat yourself to a Duchess Anna Maria Afternoon Tea? A selection of sandwiches, homemade cakes and scones with clotted cream and jam and a pot of tea for £12.50 per person. Woburn Abbey. Cambs & Suffolk Harriet’s

It’s like stepping back in time at these two wonderful cafe/tearooms. Old fashioned uniforms and service, delicious food made on the premises, many to family recipes, pianist tinkling away, and a shop selling teas, jams and more . Green Street, Cambridge 01223 356443; Cornhill buildings, Bury St Edmunds 01284 756256 Essex Tea on the Green

alongside the historic St Ives Chapel Bridge and is situated in the pretty Grade II listed Manor House, said to be one of the oldest houses in the town. Indulge in a slice home-made cake, or enjoy a superb Cambridgeshire cream tea, with scones freshly baked on the premises each morning. Bridge Street, St Ives 01480 464921

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This Tea Guild award-winning tea room on the riverside serves around 60 types of tea and a selection of delicious homemade cakes. It was also chosen by The Independent as one of the 50 Best Tea Rooms in the UK. 65 Waterside, Ely, Cambs. 01353 661100 Norfolk Rosy Lee’s

Norfolk The Tally Ho

Spacious Victorian-style tea room serving Cream Teas, cakes, light lunches and other lovely delights, such as homemade hot puddings. There’s also a gift shop selling jams, sweets and more. Mettingham 01986 897818

Chosen by The Tinea as one of 30 Best Places For Tea. Popular with Norfolk Broads boatsmen who enjoy the wonderful home cooked food, including local fish dishes. Bridge Street, Loddon 01508 520204 Suffolk Emily’s Tea Room

Traditional tea room in a 16th century listed building, A quintessentially British tea offering over 100 different experience with traditional teas and cakes, scones, and service, and a wonderful pastries made daily on the afternoon and High Tea, premises. Why not try on of with a choice of 25 loose the Scone Making Classes teas, plus a range of the next one is 13 Aug. breakfasts and lunches. Market Place, Mildenhall There’s a gift shop too. 01638 715503 Burwell. Cambs By Jove! Tea Rooms

This teashop overlooks the village green and duck pond and has received an Award of Excellence in The Tea Guild’s highly coveted Top Tea Place 2012 Awards. Eves Corner, Danbury 01245 226616 Cambs River Tea Rooms

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Prepare 15 mins – Cook 10 mins Ingredients: 400g pack essential Waitrose British Chicken Breast Chunks 70g pack Cooks’ Ingredients Diced Pancetta 1 small onion, very finely chopped 1 tbsp rosemary, finely chopped 1 essential Waitrose Baby Avocado, halved and stoned 2 tbsp mayonnaise 4 Waitrose Ciabatta Rolls, split 50g bag Waitrose Wild Rocket 150g bag Waitrose Sea Salt Hand Cooked Crisps 1 Place the chicken in a food processor and whizz until finely minced. Add the pancetta, onion and rosemary and pulse once or twice until well mixed but not minced. 2 Shape the mixture into four even-sized cakes. Cook under a medium grill for 6–7 minutes each side or in a griddle or frying pan for 5 minutes on each side until golden brown and cooked through with no pink meat. 3 Mash together the avocado and mayonnaise. Transfer the burgers to a warm plate and quickly toast the inside of the ciabatta rolls. 4 Pile some rocket on the base of each toasted bun and sit a burger on top. Spoon over the avocado mayonnaise and position the lid on top. Serve swiftly with a handful of crunchy crisps on the side. 38|eastlife.co.uk

Preparation time: 10 mins, plus chilling (optional) Cooking time: 16 minutes to 20 minutes Total time: 26 minutes to 30 minutes Ingredients 1½ tbsp Fiddes Payne Mediterranean Rub 430g pack Waitrose Aberdeen Angus 12 Beef Meatballs 250g pack Cypressa Halloumi Lite, cut into chunks 1 courgette, trimmed and sliced 1 orange pepper, deseeded and cut into chunks For the tomato and red onion salad: 2 tbsp extra virgin olive oil 1 small red onion, thinly sliced 2 x 180g packs Waitrose Petite Cherie English Cherry Tomatoes, halved Method 1.Prepare and light the barbecue. If using bamboo or wooden skewers, soak them in cold water for at least 10 minutes to prevent them from burning. 2.Place the rub in a bowl and add the meatballs, rolling them in the rub to coat evenly. If you have time, cover and place in the fridge for 10-20 minutes to allow the flavours to develop. 3.Preheat the grill to its highest setting or, if cooking on a barbecue, wait until the coals are glowing red under a thin layer of ash. Thread three meatballs onto

each of four metal or wooden skewers, alternating with the halloumi, courgette and pepper pieces. Brush lightly with a little of the olive oil. 4.Cook the koftas under the grill or on the barbecue for about 16-20 minutes, turning regularly until the meat is thoroughly cooked and the halloumi is lightly charred. 5.Make the salad by combining the onion and tomatoes, and drizzling with the remaining oil. Serve the koftas with the salad. Cook's tips Aberdeen Angus meatballs are made with succulent ground beef. Keep them in the freezer for standby suppers. They're ideal for using in pasta bakes. Drinks recommendation Try this with a medium-bodied French red wine.

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Cambridge IVF Creating your Future Whether you’re a patient wanting information about treatment and services available at Cambridge IVF or a tutor looking for study topics for your students – Cambridge IVF is happy to help. For patients, we have a wealth of patient information regarding various treatments / services available at the unit. This information is available directly from the unit or via our website. We also hold regular open evenings which give you the opportunity to meet the staff and tour the unit. You’ll receive further information about how Cambridge IVF can help you and what techniques / equipment help Cambridge IVF to be different from other units. The open evening also includes an 'ask the expert' question and answer session as a group or on an individual

basis, during which you will be able to pose your questions to our fertility specialists. The whole evening is designed to help you find out more about us before committing to treatment, as well as support you in deciding what treatment is best for you. There is no charge for attending, but pre-booking is essential. Please contact us directly to book a place or use the ‘contact us’ facility on the website. Open evening dates and times are available on our website. ‘Educating the future’ Cambridge IVF held its first 'Educating the Future' event at the beginning of 2012 when John Ruskin Sixth Form College visited the unit. Tutors and students came to the unit for the afternoon where their programme included a tour of the unit

and presentations by senior members of the team charting the history and pathway of assisted conception. Jesna Joy Varghese, a tutor from John Ruskin Sixth Form College said: “Thank you for organising this memorable event for our students, I confirm it was a great success and I would like to thank you personally for all the extra effort that you put forward for this project.” We look forward to working with John Ruskin Sixth Form College again and expanding ‘Educating the Future’ to more colleges and universities. If you are interested in this programme, please contact the unit for further information regarding the services available. Cambridge IVF Tel. 01223 349010 www.cambridgeivf.org.uk

Helping to create your future Cambridge IVF is a state-of-the-art assisted conception unit providing a comprehensive range of fertility treatment. We will bring you quality care and the best in science and research, so that between us we can create your future.

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Creating your future We hold regular open evenings For further information please contact us: Telephone: 01223 349010 Email: enquiries@cambridgeivf.org.uk www.cambridgeivf.org.uk

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The all-new Volvo V40 at M.R. King first year and subsequent years, to 254 hp for the petrol powered T5. The luxury hatchback is available in ES, SE and SE LUX trim with Bluetooth, ECC (Electronic Climate Control), DSTC (Dynamic Stability and Traction Control), power windows, a leather steering wheel and gear knob fitted as standard. The all-new Volvo V40 is the most Offering the ultimate in luxury, intelligent and safe car in its segment safety technology, driving dynamics and Volvo aims to achieve a full and specification, the eagerly awaited five-star rating in the new, tougher V40 with its low and wide front and 2012 Euro NCAP safety tests. bold, expressive grille and the option Its host of innovative features of a panoramic glass roof is the first includes the world's first pedestrian model to be developed according to airbag fitted as standard; the next Volvo’s new human-centric, Designed step towards the manufacturer’s Around You strategy. target of no-one being killed or Performance is delivered from a injured in a new Volvo by 2020. wide choice of both petrol and diesel Volvo’s City Safety low-speed engines ranging from the 115 hp collision avoidance system, which now 1.6-litre D2 diesel, with CO2 operates at speeds up to 31 mph emissions of just 94 g/km with an (currently 19mph on other models), accompanying fuel economy of 78.5 keeps an eye on traffic in front and mpg^ placing this model in the lowest automatically brakes if the driver fails tax band which is currently £0 in the to react in time when the vehicle in

front slows down or stops - or if the car is approaching a stationary vehicle too fast. There’s a host of other safety features including Park Assist Pilot and a Lane Keeping Aid. Priced from £19,745 on-the-road, the new V40 is also available with a highly competitive zero interest finance offer. For example, subject to terms and conditions, customers can fund the V40 D2 (163) ES (OTR £20,020) with a deposit of £5,503.50 and a guaranteed future value of £7,352.50 which equates to just 36 monthly payments of £199. What’s more, the fixed rate of interest at 0 per cent means the total amount payable is the same as the cash price for the car - £20,020. Test drive bookings can be made by contacting M.R. King & Sons on 01986 874464 via email enquire@mrking.co.uk or visit them online at www.mrking.co.uk - first deliveries will take place in September.

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Motoring

Get the motion Sue Cooke tries out the Volkswagen CC Blue Motion ACCORDING to a new report from the

Society of Motor Manufacturers and Traders motorists are keeping their cars for longer. The average car is now 7.44 years old, which means the average motorist is missing out on savings of around £400 each year. The technology now available means a new car is 20 per cent more efficient than a seven year old car and if you do a lot of mileage that adds up to a lot. The new VW CC launched in April this year and previously known as the Passat CC offers the same blend of four door practicality and sleek coupe like styling as its predecessor but has a new design and new name. And what I found the most useful is the ability to take advantage of VW Assistance. I was not able to avoid one of the numerous potholes that seem to have appeared since the floods. The Council had painted a lovely yellow

circle round it but as another car was approaching on the other side of the road I had no choice but to go in it! But this VW had a full size spare wheel, something that is not often found in the back of a press car these days. In this model, it is standard but in some VWs it is optional. So a call to VW Assistance provided a man within 20 minutes who used the full size spare putting me on the road within half an hour. Fantastic! The VW CC comes with a year’s membership of Volkswagen Assistance which includes European breakdown cover. The CC has new styling at the front with a new radiator grille, frameless doors and a new rear bumper. It’s an extremely good looking car with a commanding presence. The interior is just as luxurious with a practical cabin which has good storage space and a boot which holds 452 litres, even with the full size spare wheel. Standard specification includes an easy to use touchscreen satellite navigation system, DAB digital radio, iPod and Bluetooth connectivity, 2Zone climate control, 17-inch

alloy wheels, bi-xenon headlights, which provide a great light show when adjusting and brake energy recuperation. The CC is a really comfortable car but on the GT trim you can adjust the chassis for a sporty ride. Diesel engines now take 50.6 per cent of the market and over 90 per cent of CCs will have a diesel engine. I drove the 2 litre with 170PS and Blue Motion technology, which has lots of power when needed, is frugal with fuel and has good traction and handling when cornering. With cars like the VW CC now available, offering improved fuel consumption, practicality and VW Assistance, it really is false economy to hang on to a seven year old car Facts at a Glance Model Volkswagen CC Blue Motion Price £30,295 otr Engine 2 litre diesel 170PS Blue Motion Performance 0-62mph in 8.6 seconds and on to a top speed of 137mph CO2 emissions 144g/km Combined fuel consumption 51.4mpg eastlife.co.uk|53


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Money

Travellers’ check Money saving expert Martin Lewis gives his 10 must-knows if you are heading abroad

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et your wallet take a holiday when you go abroad. If you're planning a trip away, act now to avoid pain in Spain, getting hustled in Brussels, or breaking the banka in Sri Lanka. If you wait till you go, it'll be too late – and the costs can rocket. 1 Cut the cost of car hire by sorting it out well before you leave home. Don’t imagine you’ll get the best deal by leaving it until you arrive at your destination – often that can more than double your costs. As a simple start point, use comparison sites www.carrentals.co.uk and www.kayak.co.uk to find the cheapest deal. In some locations it's possible to get a car for under £10 a day. Yet when you try to collect the car, the hire firm will try a hard sell based on additional "excess insurance". The problem is, this kind of insurance can be worth it - have a scratch and they’ll be likely to charge the whole lot. So if you want it, plan ahead and get a standalone excess policy for a fraction of the cost via the comparison site www.moneymaxim.co.uk. 2 Get the best deal on your holiday spending by getting the right card for the job. Choose the best plastic and the rates are unbeatable. The cheapest way to spend abroad is to use a specialist overseas credit card that you only use when abroad. Though you must repay it in full each month, preferably by direct debit, so there’s no interest or that more than wipes out any gain.

Most plastic adds a 3% ‘load’, so spend £100 of euros and it costs £103. Yet these top cards smash bureaux de change with near-perfect rates, as they are ‘load’ free worldwide. The cards include Halifax Clarity, Post Office, Saga (over 50s) and, for Nationwide FlexAccount holders ONLY, its Select card. Even poor credit scorers can get them too via the Aqua card. To find the best for you, read www.moneysavingexpert.com/ spendingoverseas Fail to pay these in full and you’ll pay 11.9-34.9% representative APR. 3 Urgently check if your European Health Insurance Card (EHIC) is valid. These give access to EU state-run hospitals and GPs on the same basis as locals. If they pay nothing, nor do you. Four million of these cards will expire this year, so check you are not one of them and renew it now. Don't leave it at home, as it's only valid if you show it. If you need to renew it, don’t Google it is as you’ll end up looking at scam sites that charge £15. You never have to pay to get or renew an EHIC. Ignore any ‘pay for fast-track scams’ – it's always free. Go via www.ehic.org.uk

4 Don’t pay the earth for travel insurance. Getting insurance with your holiday is usually expensive, yet it's still important to get it at the same time for holiday or you’re not covered for cancellations. If you go away twice a year, including weekends, even if they’re in pre-booked accommodation in the UK, an annual policy is usually cheapest. If you just want cheap do-the-job type policies covering medical and lost luggage rather than big compensation in the event of volcanoes, prices can be very cheap – as little as £16 for an individual in Europe up to £42 for a family worldwide. Full help to find the cheapest, including over 65s, at www.mse.me/travelinsurance 5 For the cheapest deals, book flights early and package deals late. With flights, early booking's usually cheaper – leave it late and you compete with business folk willing to pay big bucks. Use comparison sites such as skyscanner.net, travelsupermarket.com and kayak.co.uk to hone down prices. With packages, booking less than eight weeks before departure will get you the hottest bargains, provided you're flexible. 6 Don’t wait till the airport to get travel cash. They know you're a captive customer, so they give a shocking deal. If you must get it from the airport, at least pre-order for airport pick-up. To show the difference on the day I checked, it cost £270 to get €300 at the airport, but the same company only charged £250 for pre-ordered pick up.  eastlife.co.uk|55


Money For the very hottest rates, do a comparison using tools like my www.travelmoneymax.com - though even this doesn’t beat the best travel cards (see point 2). 7 Always pre-book airport parking. If you need to drive (public transport's often cheaper), cut costs by booking early – don’t just turn up. There are a range of comparison sites which help such as skyparksecure.com, aph.com and fhr-net.co.uk. Local knowledge can sometimes trump this with much cheaper just off-site deals. Sometimes airport hotels have inclusive parking and occasionally that can undercut the parking itself.

8 Going to the USA? You need an ESTA (Electronic System for Travel Authorisation) Most UK citizens holidaying in the US must pay $14 for an ESTA before they go. They last two years or until your passport expires, so you don't need one if you've been recently, though double-check your status. Beware applying via spam sites, as you'll be charged more. 9 Posh hotel rooms at colossal discounts. The start point is comparison sites like Trivago.co.uk and Travelsupermarket.com. Yet bigger discounts are possible with a raft of tricks such as uncovering top secret

Lastminute.com hotels by playing detective with anonymous 3-5 star rooms (cut and paste the description into Google and it's often revealed). This is just the start though, for a lesson in cheap hotel tricks go to www.mse.me/cheaphotels 10 Don't pay to pay for budget airlines. Some budget airlines charge up to £12 PER PERSON return to pay for their flights. They get away with this by often having one no-cost niche payment system, so all others are 'added extras'. So tool up to avoid these. For Ryanair, outrageously, the only option is its prepaid Mastercard. With BMI Baby and Jet2 you need a Visa Electron.

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Consumer

Who you gonna call? My mobile phone has broken but it’s out of warranty, what do I do? Consumer expert Dean Dunham offers some advice…

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his is becoming an increasing problem, especially with iPhones. Here’s the scenario which for many people will sound familiar. You go to a shop to buy an iPhone and you get told that you can have the iPhone FREE if you take out a 2 year contract. With iPhones costing at least £350, this sounds like a good deal so you agree to the 2 year contract with a charge of around probably £43 per month. However, 13 to 14 months down the road your iPhone breaks down. Your immediate reaction is to telephone your network provider to ask for a replacement but they say no because the phone is past its “one” year warranty. So, you are told that all you can do is buy a new phone. WRONG, you do have options: 1 Use the Sale of Goods Act argument. Under the Sale of Goods Act 1979 products must be ‘fit for purpose’. In this respect, you could argue that a handset sold on a two-year contract is only ‘fit for purpose’ if it lasts two years, therefore when you took the contract out you clearly intended to use the iPhone for the entire 2 years and most probably beyond. There are cases where this has proved successful and the handset has been replaced. If this happens then your case is with the network or retailer rather than Apple. You could also argue, again using the Sale of Goods Act, that consumers have the right to ask the retailer to replace or repair any faulty item for up to six years after an item is purchased. 2 Quote EU Law. Now we are getting really technical with the law but the principle here is straightforward. There is an EU

directive called “EU Directive 1999/44/EC” which clearly states that: 'A two-year guarantee applies for the sale of all consumer goods everywhere in the EU (which includes the UK). Crucially, a key point in the directive is that it doesn’t require the buyer to show the fault is inherent in the product and not down to their actions, unlike the Sale of Goods Act. However, the problem with this argument is that when you go back to the shop where you purchased the iPhone and tell them all about your rights under this EU Directive they will no doubt look at you with a blank expression on their face. Don’t worry, this just means that they have never heard of this law before. If this happens you should demand that your complaint is referred up the ladder to the retailer’s legal team as they will understand the argument. When making your complaint, there is an important point that you need to be aware of which is that after a product is six months old, the onus is on the consumer to prove there was a problem when they received the goods, even if it’s taken time to come to manifest itself.

My Advice Prevention is always better than cure. When you buy an iPhone you can pay for an extended warranty from Apple which they call "The AppleCare protection plan for iPhone”. This will give you an extra year's hardware repair cover on top of the standard one year warranty and includes both parts and labour, for the iPhone, battery and accessories. However, if you have already purchased your iPhone and find yourself in the situation described above, make sure that you complain immediately and put your complaint in writing. Overall, persevere, as retailers do not like persistent, complaining consumers. For more information on your consumer rights or any other legal matter or for money saving tips/advice and to gain access to 145,000 ‘discount’ vouchers visit Dean’s website www.youandyourrights.co.uk eastlife.co.uk|57


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Fresh air learning Outdoor education can make a unique contribution towards personal development, it is instrumental in preparing young people for adult life. Suffolk Water Sports Association is a voluntary organisation with over 40 years of experience in organising a wide range of high quality water sports activities for young people and adults, including dinghy sailing, canoeing, kayaking and windsurfing. SWSA has bases: Deben Centre in Woodbridge; Neptune Centre, Woolvestone; Alton Water Holbrook; Oulton Broad, Lowestoft. 01394 388682 www.swsa.uk.com Thorpe Woodlands Adventure Centre is located in Thetford Forest, on the Suffolk/Norfolk border. The centre and offers a superb environment in which young people and adults can learn, develop and have an amazing amount of fun. Facilities include a fully accessible residential centre, four separate camping glades, day huts, an outdoor classroom and more. Activities include abseiling, caving, climbing, kayaking, orienteering, raft building, and mountain biking, to name a few. 01842 763564 www.thorpewoodlands.org.uk Holt Hall is set in 35 hectares of ancient woodland, lawns, lakes and gardens close to the North Norfolk coast. It offers a brief refuge from the hurly burly of modern life and provides opportunities for learning outside the classroom, for developing new skills and interests, as well as making new friends. 01263 713117 www.holthall.norfolkedunet.gov.uk Hilltop Outdoor Centre is two discrete centres on the same campus in Norfolk, boasting 26 acres of private woodland surrounded by 200 acres of public woodland with views over Sheringham. The centres provide outdoor educational opportunities to schools and also

offer family adventure days. Activities include assault courses, hiking, abseiling, tree top trails, archery, bouldering and more. 01263 824514 www.hilltopoutdoorcentre.co.uk Danbury Centre for Outdoor Learning is located in seventy acres of prime countryside, boasting stunning views from the highest point in Essex, and offers the perfect setting for enjoying the many courses and activities, or simply exploring the local environment. Activities include mountain biking, climbing and canoeing, from introductory level through to professional training for aspiring instructors. The centre also runs Duke of Edinburgh and Basic Expedition Leader Award (BELA) training schemes. 01245 223342 www.essexoutdoors.org Kempston Outdoor Centre in Bedfordshire offers everyone the opportunity to try outdoor adventurous activities either on site or off. Activities include rock climbing, high ropes course, canoeing and kayaking, archery, orienteering and more. 01234 718666 www.kempstonoutdoorcentre.co.uk Mepal Outdoor Centre is a unique activity venue set on the shores of a 20 acre lake in the Cambridgeshire Fens, offering a wide range of affordable water and land based activities for families, school and youth groups and corporate clients. Activities include canoeing and kayaking, paintball, climbing, archery, sailing and windsurfing. Thereâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s also a programme of exciting days and weeks for young people throughout the summer holiday. 01354 692251 www.mepal.co.uk Grafham Water Centre is situated on the southern shore of Grafham Water

in the village of Perry in Cambridgeshire, with an excellent reputation for providing land and water based activities for schools and youth groups, as well as individuals wishing to learn a new sport or develop existing skills. The Centre can also cater for conferences, team development, management training and more. 01480 810521 www.grafham-water-centre.co.uk Mersea Centre for Outdoor Learning is a large Essex centre with approximately 62 acres fields that can accommodate up to 350 visitors in tents, 104 in cabins and 48 in the brand new residential centre. It offers a wide range of activities available both on and off site, with access to a field study centre in a creek off West Mersea, only reachable by boat. 01206 383226 www.essexoutdoors.org eastlife.co.uk|59


Spotlight

Gracie Wright Norfolk singer-songwriter

When did you first start to get interested in music?

From a very young age – a fond, early memory was when my folks used to listen to Sada and Egg and Alice. I’d dance around the kitchen singing into a wooden spoon like a little diva helping my mum cook....I guess from that point on I was destined to be a singer. Who are your influences?

I was and still am inspired by Aretha Franklin, I always wanted to be able to move notes the way she did- she's got so much power in those lungs! Currently I’m very much enjoying listening to Newton Faulkner, Tempa Trap, Ben Howard, The Civil Wars, amazing people like that. All fantastic musically but also marvellous story tellers!

found myself in. Making the documentary ‘Gracie in America’ was a buzz, I never knew where we were going to be next, from staying in flash places in West Hollywood to dirty How would you describe your sound? Motels in and around Cali. Haha, My sound is a mixture of a folky, good memories. soul and pop vibe. I’m extremely flattered to be have been compared Who have you enjoyed to Norah Jones in the past which is working with? incredibly humbling. Whilst I was touring Cali, I worked with the talented Heath Seager, What are the most exciting things to Ephraim Sommers. Loved working have happened so far in your career? with these two, the culture and Playing the Viper Room in Sunset journey of each are so colourful yet Hollywood was one of the most deep and dark. I enjoy working with exciting and nerve racking places I’ve everyone! It’s amazing what comes

out of a session when you’re with so many creative people. And, of course, I love working on songs with my dad. What plans or goals, musically and personally?

Future plans musically are to work with some awesome big names and produce a full album within the next year. Working in London and concentrating on a bigger vibe. Personally...the idea is to stay as happy and creative as possible. A weekly goal is to do something completely random in London that I’ve never done before....haha... give it 3 months!

GRACIE’S NORWICH… Favourite venue? There’s loads of great venues in Norwich especially, but apart from the well-known places like the Art Centre I love smaller gigs in places like St Gregory’s (a lovely old church in Pottergate) and Dragon Hall on King Street which is actually

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a medieval trading hall with great acoustics. Favourite places to eat and drink? Depends what mood I’m in but I’ve always had a soft spot for the Last Winebar on St George’s street, and the new Indian restaurant which has just opened

in Colegate (Merchants of Spice) is amazing for an extra special curry! Bam Bam’s is a lot of fun – for both drinks and food! Ideal night out? Hot summers evening by a river, with cocktails, friends and oodles of dancing!   

Favourite shops? Cat Fish is a favourite but every time I take a walk around the ‘Lanes’ in Norwich a new cool shop has opened up which just demands me to pop in! Where would you take friends for a day out? It’s great to hire a

vintage bicycle from The Rub (on Upper St Giles) and take a tour round Norwich. The Cathedral is beautiful to walk around (depending on weather of course) and a short trip outside the city hiring a boat in Wroxham is a great day out (stopping at a few

pubs of course). In the evening there’s some great bars to visit like the Bicycle shop on St Benedicts and the Cinema City bar has a good vibe and nice outdoor area which is always a good starting point to plan the rest of the night from.


Please tell us something about your Norfolk connections

Thanks to Norfolk’s supportive network and brilliant people in the Norwich area I have been encouraged from day dot. Playing at places like the Dog House in the early days, the Art Centre with Art Love World, cafes and other bars like the Bird Cage promoting new talent and the love for arts. Playing along side Solko and working with Arnob Basit on music projects. Interviews with Cmedia and Tunefeve. Norfolk’s BBC introducing team have been particularly close at times playing my songs on radio and asking me to present a little spot on the early morning news, as well as hold a talk in their Music Festival along side Jamal Edwads. I’m massively grateful to all the wonderful people I have met there, and everyone who has helped in some way to promote my music or to just push me on to work harder. Thank you to everyone. What’s playing on your iPod at the moment?

Newton Faulkner, Bonobo, Norah Jones, Gotye, Fink....the list is longer than this page. Is your music available anywhere?

Sure, you can buy ‘Feet First’ on Amazon and iTunes, and ‘Seasons’ from me! Where can we see you perform live?

This summer I’m playing at Gig in the Park, Halesworth, Folk East at Somerleyton in Lowestoft, and Ferry Fest at Reedham Ferry, along with other venues in London. You just need to send me a tweet @gracie__wright or facebook me http://www.facebook.com/gracielondon for gig updates. To find out more about Gracie go to www.graciewright.com


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Summer kids

School’s out!

There’s no shortage of things to do and places to visit during the summer holidays. and watery home to big fish, frogs and terrapins. Other attractions include an adventure fort, a pets corner, coin operated rides and zipwire. Open daily. Willersmill, Station Road, Shepreth, nr Royston 01763 262226 sheprethwildlifepark.co.uk

At this adventure park kids can discover life-sized dinosaurs in the woods using radios, lookout towers and field stations, unearth dinosaur fossils, meet creepy crawlies, iguanas, bearded dragons, millipedes, snakes, water dragons and cockroaches. The adventure park features a Raptor Racer circuit, Lost World maze, Jurassic putt course and much more. Open daily. Weston Park, Lenwade, 01603 876310 dinosauradventure.co.uk

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CAMBS Shepreth WIldlife Park

Big cats - including tigers, lynx and mountain lions - are among the wildlife in this park, as well as meerkats and squirrel monkeys, a world of insects and invertebrates,

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NORFOLK Dinosaur Adventure Park

This wildlife and leisure park is a compact site ideal for young children. There's an excellent mix of animal displays, shows, play areas, rides, catering and picnic areas. On site attractions include the Paradise Lagoon paddling pool, a woodland railway, Panning for Gold, a speedway museum and crazy on-safari golf. Open daily. White Stubbs Lane, Broxbourne 01992 470490 pwpark.com

There’s a spectacular schedule of summer fun and games at the awe-inspiring Seceret Island at the Royal Gunpowder Mills. Take the kids to test their senses at Professor Nitrate’s crazy Mad Lab where an amazing array of exhibits will excite, amuse and enlighten them all day long. Set in 170 acres of natural parkland, the Royal Gunpowder Mills fuses fascinating secret British history with spellbinding science and scenic surroundings for a family day out with a striking and memorable difference. Waltham Abbey, open daily until 2 Sept. 01992 707370 royalgunpowdermills.com eastlife.co.uk|63


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Let the little monkeys loose on the Tree Top Juniors course for under 10s or zip through the forest on a Segway. Book at goape.co.uk or call 0845 094 9741

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Family Fares - Children Under 5 free - Whistlestop CafĂŠ Model, Toy and Souvenir Shop - Railway Workshop

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Summer kids

Try these great events and activities...

1, 22 & 29 Aug Football in the Park Have a go, take part in a game, or just sit and watch. 11am-2pm. Castle Park, Colchester. 6 - 7 Aug 2 Day Riding Camp An overnight stay with the ponies and horses, a variety of riding and care activities throughout the day, and evening entertainment including swimming, games and BBQ Suitable for all Riding Levels £100.00pp. Barrow Hall Stables, Barrow, Bury St Edmunds 01284 811995 17 Aug Afternoon of Fun Atory teller, face painting, competitions, bbq and activities. 12-4pm. Hardley Windmill, Norfolk 01508 521267 19 - 25 Aug Blast! Summer Theatre School Seven days to stage a show. Rhodes Centre, Bishop’s Stortford 08456 800 640 24 Aug Saracens Rugby Camp Aged 6-16? Love Rugby? Then try this fun-packed skills camp. £25. Hitchin RFC 07590 890786

20 - 24 Aug Extreme Summer School for Girls A fun filled week with Street Dance, Lyrical Dance, Stunting, A Pamper Day, Singing, Film Making and a Photo shoot. Jigsaw Dance Company, Stretham, Ely 0844 445 8010 19 Aug Flix in the Stix Take a picnic and enjoy an open-air screening of A Knight’s Tale. 8.30. Layer Marney Tower, Colchester 01206 330784 11 Aug Fossil Hunt Look for Fossils at the Naze. 10am-4pm. Walton on the Naze 07732 986688 24 - 26 Aug Wild Camping & Bushcraft Weekend Join an experienced bush craft expert wild camping in the heart of the Forest. Take a tent or build a natural shelter to sleep in, rangers will be on hand to advise on foraging, fire lighting and principles of shelter building. Must book. Hatfield Forest, Takeley, Bishop’s Stortford 01279 870678 30 - 31 Aug Hockey Academy For boys and girls, 8-14. Framlingham College, Suffolk 01728 727231

1,3, 5 & 6 Aug Horse & Carriage Rides Take a ride around Hylands Park in a horse drawn carriage. What better way to experience life as it was back in the 1700s! Carriage leaves from the front of the house every 15 minutes. Hylands House, Chelmsford. Every Sat & Mon Learn to Wakeboard and Waterski 2 hours of kneeboarding/

wakeboarding taught by qualified instructors. £20 u16s. Box End Park, Kempston, Beds 01234 846222 17 Aug Teddy Bear’s Picnic Fun and games for all. Melford Hall, Long Melford, Suffolk 01787 379228 20 - 24 Aug Musical Theatre Summer School For ages 8-16. Witham Public Hall, Essex 01376 511574 Every Thursday in Aug Soldier School 11am-12.30pm, £4. Combined Military Services Museum, Maldon, Essex 01621 841826 6 - 10 Aug Summer Camp Take part in a week of Second World War-themed activities at IWM Duxford’s first-ever American-style Summer Camp. Activities will include making period-style news reports, learning Second World War dances and taking part in escape and evade games. Ages 11-13. IWM, Duxford 01223 835000 7 Aug Become an Olympian Take part in exciting sports-themed, hands-on activities, complete our obstacle course and explore the stunning Norman Cathedral. 10.30am-4pm. Norwich Cathedral 01603 218320 6 Aug Young Artists Printmaking Summer School Create your own unique prints to take home. A fun session for all abilities learning and experimenting with printing techniques. ages 8-12. Curwen Print Study Centre, Linton, Cambs 01223 892380 30 Aug Wonderful World of Waterbirds Boat Trip Learn about their habitats,

adaptations and ways of life. Make a pine cone bird feeder, decorate a feather bird of create a bird picture with hand prints. Broxbourne Riverside Moorings, Broxbourne, Herts 08456 770 600 1 - 18 Aug The Garage From streetdance, Hip Hop, acting and singing to stage make-up and even media and production, The Garage has something for everyone this summer. Norwich 01603 283382 14-15 & 21-22 Aug The Cooking Club Summer holiday cooking workshops for ages 8+. Priory Skills Centre, Bury St Edmunds 01787 249091

Summer Family Days at The Farmland Museum The Farmland Museum has a great range of activities every Tuesday and Thursday during the summer holiday. Enjoy some Farmland Games on 2 Aug with Welly wanging; sack race; hula hoop; skipping; tossing the mangold (or appropriate root vegetable!), and many more. On 14 & 16 Aug there’s Bugs, Butterflies and Beautiful Beasties discover them; watch them; then make one to carry off home. On 21 & 23 Aug it’s Knights & Dragons time: take the fantasy trail; colour in your knight and design your very own dragon from amazing templates. See who wins. FInally on 28 & 29 Aug it’s Mini Monets, the grand painting competition. The Farmland Museum & Denny Abbey in Waterbeach, Cambs is open every day until 31st October, weekdays 12-5pm, weekends and bank holidays. 10.30am-5pm. 01223 860988 eastlife.co.uk|67


Summer kids

Take the train, swing from trees, ride karts and more Bure Valley Railway

Thomas & The Travelling Post Office on 18 Aug. Wansford Station 01780 784444 nvr.org.uk NORFOLK Bure Valley Railway

HERTS Rye House Kartway

A 400m Junior Circuit specifically designed for children from 5 to 11 years of age. is the ideal way for young drivers to gain confidence and experience of karting. The mini or bambino karts are suitable for ages 5- 6 years and run up to 2 at a time on the track. At 7 years of age and subject to a height of 4’2’’ (in shoes), drivers will use the “New Kadet” karts in groups of up to 5 at a time. Hoddesdon 01992 460895 rye-house.co.uk SUFFOLK High Lodge Forest Centre The Forestry

Commission’s premier recreation site in East Anglia. You can walk, cycle, play, picnic, barbecue or simply relax and enjoy the forest. There are walks ranging from one to three miles and cycle trails for all abilities. High Lodge is also the home of the cycle hire and sales facility, Bike Art. Thetford 01842 815434 forestry.gov.uk SUFFOLK West Stow - The First English Village

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on the original site, giving you the opportunity to experience Anglo-Saxon houses as we imagine them to have been. Fabulous living history events every weekend through the summer holidau with visiting Saxons. West Stow, nr Bury St Edmunds 01284 728718 weststow.org CAMBS Nene Valley Railway

A 7.5-mile steam-operated that runs alongside the River Nene from Peterborough through Wansford to Yarwell. Wansford is the main station and here you’ll find plenty going on. Don’t miss Thomas’ Big Weekend (4 5 Aug) with Thomas the Tank and Friends, or

Norfolk's longest fifteen inch gauge line runs between the ancient market town of Aylsham and Wroxham, the 'Capital of the Norfolk Broads' with country stations serving the villages of Brampton, Buxton and Coltishall. The 18 mile round trip runs through the picturesque Bure valley countryside following the meandering river through meadowland and ancient pasture stopping occasionally at small country villages. Aylsham 01263 733858 bvrw.co.uk NORFOLK Gressenhall Farm & Workhouse An

historic workhouse with a fascinating museum of life on the land, a traditional farm with rare breed animals, all set in beautiful grounds. Plenty of summer activities taking place, including their Workhouse Experience Days. 01362 860563 Audley End Railway

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A delightful 1.5 mile ride on Lord Braybrooke’s private 10 ¼” gauge railway through Estate woodland. Children will enjoy looking out for the teddies that live in the woods, while the adults are reminded of a nostalgic era, especially on weekends carriages are hauled with a steam engine. Wendens Ambo, Saffron Walden 01799 542134 audley-end-railway.co.uk BeWILDerwood

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An award winning forest of wild family fun and adventure. Treehouse, zip wires, jungle bridges, Crocklebogs, boat trips, storytelling, marsh walks and really yummy food. Hoveton 01603 783900 bewilderwood.co.uk NORFOLK Thursford Collection

Thursford takes you back to a traditional old-fashioned fairground with majestic engines sitting next to fairground rides which date back to the Victorian era. See the worlds largest collection of steam engines and organs, including the mighty Wurlitzer, ride on fairground carousels and more. Fakenham 01328 878477 thursford.com


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Artworks A leading annual exhibition of work by East Anglian artists returns to Suffolk’s Blackthorpe Barn in September

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rtworks, the group of 30 leading East Anglian artists, is holding its 13th exhibition at Blackthorpe Barn from Saturday 8th September to Sunday 30th September 2012. The group includes painters, printmakers and sculptors. The diversity of the work shown by the group shows an extraordinary depth of interests and skills. People may assume that artists just remain within their comfort zone but not some of the Artworks members! Kit Price Moss couldn’t get much closer to nature with her work of seabirds painted on the spot. In June she was drawing seabirds in North Bewick with the Society of Wildlife Artists. She has to take an umbrella to draw under partly for sunshade and partly protection from guano and feathers dropped by the myriads of birds flying overhead. Not for the faint-hearted!. Ear muffs might also be necessary as the noise is deafening. She painted gannets at Bass Rock. Gannets might look

fierce but they like to sit tight on their nests and expect the artist to keep in one place.(Gannets on their nests shown, bottom left). St.Abbs’s is a wild, cliff top beauty spot full of butterflies and flowers as well as spectacular vertiginous drops to rocky islets full of nesting seabirds – easy to slide over the edge! Doug Patterson continues his project visiting Sacred Places of the World. Recently he has tackled the Canyon de Chelly – dangerously perched high up while painting landscapes directly on paper 2 metres wide using a folding wallpaper table! The project has been physically challenging and necessitated considerable fitness training. Closer to home he made a pilgrimage starting in Ireland at the pre-neolithic site of the New Grange. It is the finest Passage Tomb yet discovered and was built 1000 years before the pyramids. Liz Waugh McManus, a glass sculptor has had her multimedia (cast glass and projected film) work accepted for the second time at the British Glass Biennale and also accepted in an exhibition organized by the Contemporary Glass Society funded by the Arts Council to coincide with

Liz Waugh McManus, Family Tree

the lead up to the Olympics, Glass games: a desire, a dream, a vision. New members of the group include Genista Dunham, a sculptor who makes large vessels in papier mache with condensed layers of text resulting in an agregrate constituting a history of information and a sense of layered history. Helen du Feu is a painter whose starting point is landscape; seen, remembered, imagined and recreating in varying combinations. She aims to celebrate the world and suggest a sense of change and the passing of time; the tension between love and loss is discernible in her work. Other members like Katie

Millard continue to capture the atmosphere and mood of the places where they paint. Katie listens to the sounds and the rhythms of the area, the call of the birds. She aims to distil the view and capture only the essence – conveying distance, peace and air to breathe. The Artworks 13th annual exhibition will be open daily from Saturday 8th September – 30th September open 10am – 5pm daily. Blackthorpe Barn, Rougham, Bury St. Edmunds IP309HZ off junction 45 on the A14 three miles east of Bury St Edmunds. For further details visit: www.artworksinfo.org.uk eastlife.co.uk|71


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NESTLED in a cobbled mews in Baldock, this newly extended Gallery is fast becoming the leading art attraction for connoisseurs to first time buyers. Working with over 70 award winning artists from around the Globe, Gallery 1066 offers beautiful works such as those of the official Olympic Artist Fabian Perez to the much loved and legendary Rolf Harris. The Gallery has just renovated a beautiful mews property adjacent to it doubling the existing display space the transformation is stunning. The renovation has brought back into use a beautiful old building which had

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been standing empty for many years. ‘Our aim has always been to make affordable art accessible to all in a friendly and relaxed atmosphere. We are noticing an increase in the sale of original investment art as it offers an enjoyable way of adding value in the future. Introducing and supporting local, national and global artists has been key to our success, making us one of the largest galleries throughout the Home Counties,’ says Hayley Norman, Gallery Owner. The Gallery is also bringing garden art into their remit and is always looking for innovative and stylish ideas to display at the Gallery such as acclaimed Sculptor Rick Kirby whose compelling figurines in stainless steel stand proudly in locations across the UK and one has been unveiled by the Queen. The Gallery will be having an official VIP Launch evening on the 2nd August and Summer Open Weekend on Saturday 1st and Sunday 2nd September, everyone is welcome.

‘By running these events it helps to attract so many people from the Home Counties which in turn is good for Baldock and helps to put this historic market town on the map. We look forward to welcoming new faces and our regular clients into our newly extended vibrant Gallery - we just want to open people’s minds to these wonderful creations’. For more information www.gallery1066fineart.com Tel: 01462 622233


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With the promise of finer weather on the horizon where better to gently browse and enjoy the summer sun than in our beautiful historic country towns. This month I’m putting trips to Cambridge and Lavenham, Suffolk, in the diary.

In Cambridge a visit to The Fitzwilliam Museum, will give you a chance to take in the fascinating and very beautiful “The Search for Immortality: Tomb Treasures of Han China”. One of the most remarkable and largest touring collections, of ancient royal works and artifacts, this international exhibition forms part of the London 2012 Cultural Olympiad. The collection focuses on the search for immortality and power and compares the tombs of two, Han Empire, major rivals: the Han imperial family in the north and the Kingdom of Nanyue in the south. The artifacts found in these tombs offer great insight into the opposing factions continual struggle for imperial supremacy. Over 350 ancient treasures made from jade, gold, bronze and ceramics, serve to illuminate and verify the wealth and stature of the tombs’ owners. In these “Palaces”, furnished and designed for immortality, every consideration was made for the life in the afterworld. As well as weapons and suits of armour, there is even a toilet and an early ginger grater! Amongst the wealth of ancient finds, particular highlights include two burial armour suits made from plaques of jade sewn together with silk or gold thread and jade artifacts such as daggers, thought to ward off demons in the afterlife. “The spectacular objects in this exhibition bring to Cambridge the finest treasures from the tombs of the Han royal family, the superb goldwork, jades and other exquisitely crafted offerings the kings chose to be buried with on their journey to the afterlife.” Dr Timothy Potts, the director of the Fitzwilliam Museum. The Search for Immortality: Tomb Treasures of Han China, Sat 5th May to Sun 11th November The Fitzwilliam Museum, Trumpington Street, Cambridge 01223 332900 www.fitzmuseum.cam.ac.uk

Over to the east, nestled in the beautiful historic town of Lavenham, Suffolk, you will find The Wild Life Gallery. Situated in the main street, this excellent commercial gallery is still a haven for original wildlife art. Founded in 1988 the gallery is home to a comprehensive collection of artists’ work from the 20th and 21st century and has a continually changing exhibition of superb fine art from the wildlife and landscape genres. Personally sourcing artwork and artists from around Europe the focus is works of high quality, skill and emotional impact. Amongst its collection you can find pieces from such notables as Winifred Austen, Peter Scott, George and Eileen Soper and Charles Tunnicliffe. The contemporary selection is every bit as impressive. A variety of watercolours, oils, etchings, drawings and sculpture represent many truly esteemed contemporary artists. You will find beguiling and intricate wood engravings from Colin See-Paynton, elegant poetic bronzes from Nick Bibby and truly captivating and energized linocuts from resident artist Andrew Haslen. Contact the gallery before your visit to confirm available works to view. Both galleries are surrounded by many places of interest and beauty; you will find plenty of establishments, within walking distance of either, to ponder, browse and refresh. For a perfect English Summer’s day I heartily recommend them, fingers crossed with the weather though!! The Wild Life Gallery, High Street, Lavenham, Suffolk 01787 248562 www.wildlifeartgallery.com

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Colchester Royal Grammar School State Selective School Lexden Road, Colchester, Essex CO3 3ND Headmaster: Mr K L Jenkinson MA Tel: 01206 509100 Fax: 01206 509101 www.crgs.co.uk E-mail info@crgs.co.uk THE SCHOOL OFFERS: OA strong academic tradition –outstanding A-level results (top school nationally for the last 5 years) OA record of successful entry to the top universities including Oxbridge (75 Oxbridge offers in the last 2 years) OA friendly, caring, well-ordered environment OA forward-looking approach with an emphasis on traditional values OAn outstanding reputation for sport and team games OModern Art, Classics, Science and Music and Drama facilities OExtensive playing fields and a heated outdoor swimming pool OA wide range of extracurricular music, drama and other activities OA small, family-style boarding section for sixth form boys OA specialist school for Science and Languages OJudged ‘Outstanding’ in every category by Ofsted The school admits 96 boys into Year 7 each year and 60 students (boys and girls) from other schools into its co-educational Sixth Form (see www.crgs.co.uk for information). Sixth Form Open Evening 2012: Tuesday 9 October (6.45 pm to 9.00 pm) Limited parking via Creffield Road entrance (no appointment necessary)

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Journey through over 4500 years of Chinese history! Explore the rise of Imperial China from the Stone Age to the time of the last Emperor, as well as Chinese crafts and the enduring appeal of animals in Chinese culture. Showcasing seventy treasures from Nanjing Museum, experience this unique window into Chinese culture and take part in the cultural festival celebrating London 2012.

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This unique project has been made possible because of the support of Essex County Council and Jiangsu Provincial Government in China who have had a strong affiliation for 24 years which has brought many benefits to both regions.

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Colchester Colchester is Britain’s oldest recorded

town, with a colourful history dating back over two thousand years. But it's not just Colchester’s unique heritage and history that attracts more than 4.5m visitors every year. Colchester today is a thriving, modern town with many great visitor attractions, including the family favourites Colchester Zoo and Colchester Castle. The town also offers great retail therapy and fantastic places to eat and drink. Browse through quiet streets lined with small specialist shops and restaurants. For culture seekers, discover interesting public art in unexpected places and historical treasures in award- winning museums. Colchester Castle Museum, housed in the largest Norman keep in Europe, has excellent displays and hands-on activities that underline the town’s importance as the capital of Roman Britain. Colchester Oyster Festival is a big party to celebrate the new season’s oysters. Held in Castle Park, and free to all, Free to all, you can enjoy an oyster shucking and pie eating competitions, food, the Pike Staff Beer Hall, an historical re-enactment of the English Civil War, music in the Bandstand and on the pitch, fairground rides and children's corner, charity stalls and craft stalls, and more. 10.30am-5pm, Saturday 1 September.

Castle Park is the setting for some great summer events

Head down to Castle Park for some Football in the Park on 1, 22 & 29 August, 11am-2pm. Take part in a game or just sit and watch - it’s a great free event for all.

Not to be missed is the Colchester Lions Vehicle Show on Sunday 9 September. This is a great family day out packed with vintage, hotrod, classic and American cars and motorbikes to see, as well as children's rides, music from the Scouts band, gift and food stalls and plenty of refreshments. The Show is organised by Colchester Lions Club in aid of local charities and takes place in Castle Park, 11am-6pm.

This year’s Colchester Cricket Festival in Castle Park has an international flavour! The festival kick starts on Wednesday 15th August when Glamorgan (Wales) visit Essex in the LV= County Championship, the game is set to conclude on Saturday 18th. On Sunday 19th August The Netherlands visit Colchester in the popular Clydesdale Bank 40 competition. On weds 15th, pop along to Lower Castle Park and have a go yourself at bowling and batting (11am-2pm). For details call 01206 282920 essexcricket.org.uk

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A perfect space There’s plenty to look forward at firstsite, Colchester’s amazing art space… firstsite is Colchester’s spectacular

contemporary art space, its integrated programme of work includes projects, exhibitions and publications by established and emerging artists, as well as extensive learning opportunities and artists’ support initiatives. Over the last fifteen years firstsite has gained a strong reputation by presenting ambitious work to new audiences in the East of England and beyond from its previous homes at The Minories and Short Wyre Street in Colchester town centre. Since opening the doors of its new building on 25 September 2011, this impressive space has welcomed almost 200,000 visitors through the doors to see the inaugural three exhibitions, Camulodunum, Culpable Earth and the current exhibition, News From Nowhere. This group exhibition explores the links between art and science fiction. It comes to an end on Bank Holiday Monday 27 August, and goes out with a bang, with a Summer Holiday learning programme to accompany it. Judith Merrit, Head of Learning said: ‘We’re working with local special effects company The Engineered Effect (who made special effects and robotics for films such as Captain America and Sherlock Holmes: A Game of Shadows) to make the last week of the holidays spectacular. There’ll be robotics and special effects that all the family can get involved with, and all for just £1 per session!’ This tops-off six-weeks of action-packed activity for children and families, all on a Sci-Fi theme, but there’s something for everyone at firstsite! There are courses for adults including poster-making and contemporary dance; Dinky Disco and Club Dinky for little ones to play and move together and craft crit groups for artists to share ideas and issues. 78|eastlife.co.uk

The auditorium is a hive of activity whatever your interest. As well as a comprehensive film programme, covering classic children’s films, Sci-Fi films and a series programmed by firstsite’s Young People’s group YAK, firstsite also showcases films from The East Anglian Film Archive on the first Sunday of each month. The auditorium is the perfect venue for talks and debates, and firstsite’s programme of artist talks is free, giving an insight into the processes in creating the artworks in the current exhibitions. A new season of Picturehouse Screen Arts performances are also now available to book, including the critically acclaimed The Last of the Haussmans live from the National Theatre. The new season at firstsite starts on Saturday 8 September with a solo show by London-based artist Anthea Hamilton called Sorry I’m Late. The café restaurant, MUSA offers light bites and cakes every day, along with a well-stocked bar and quality teas and coffees. MUSA also offer a pre-show dinner menu before every Picturehouse screening.

Many of firstsite’s spaces are available for hire and the programme of world-class contemporary art gives it a cultural edge over all other corporate venues in the region. From the 190-seat tiered auditorium to the hi-spec meeting rooms and vast foyer space, firstsite’s golden building is perfect for a host of business purposes, including conferences, presentations, and product launches. firstsite is also available for club and society meetings, and makes a spectacular backdrop to private parties and celebrations, such as a unique wedding reception or classy Christmas party. There’s high-speed broadband, free wi-fi, video conferencing facilities and audiovisual technology available, all of which come as standard when you book. MUSA can also provide delicious menus from light bites and buffets to formal dining to accompany your hire. firstsite, Lewis Gardens, High Street, Colchester 01206 577 067 firstsite.uk.net


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More great Colchester events for the summer holiday Treasures of China at Colchester Castle is an exciting exhibition showcasing 70 treasures from Nanjing Museum China that will take you on a journey across 8000 years of Chinese history, exploring the rise of Imperial China from Stone Age tombs to the last Emperor. See all of the rest of the castle and the best of 2000 years British history. Treasures of China runs until 7 January 2013. 01206 282939 The Five Parishes Show celebrates its 80th anniversary on 5 August. This traditional country show has main ring events all day including Colchester Birds of Prey,

K9 Freestyle Dog Dancing, Suffolk School of Samba, Bernie Bennett with his comedy tightrope and stilt-walking act, Tendring Dog Agility, Suffolk Kites and much more. Craft Stalls, Sideshows, large Horticultural Marquee, Horse Show and exemption Dog Show. A great day out for all the family held at The Fingringhoe Ranges, Langenhoe, 11am-5pm. On Sundays throughout the summer, sit and enjoy a band playing in the bandstand at Castle Park, 3-5pm. Bands include The Wandrin’ Soles (12 Aug), The Sweeting Swing Band (19 Aug) and Chelmsford SIlver Band (2 Sept).

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Essex THEATRE & SHOWS 1 - 4 Aug Grease Musical. Cliffs Pavilion, Southend-on-Sea, 01702 351135 1 - 4 Aug Dry Rot John Chapman’s rip roaring comedy starring Liza Goddard, Susan Penhaligon, Gareth Hale & Norman Pace, Neil Stacy and Derren Nesbitt. Palace Theatre, Southend-on-Sea, 01702 351135 2 Aug The Comedy Club Top stand-up. Colchester United Football Club, Colchester, 01206 755108 3 Aug Abba The Show! Tribute show. West Cliff Theatre , Clacton-on-Sea, 01255 433344 3 - 4 Aug She Stoops To Conquer Oliver Goldsmith’s ever-popular comedy. Headgate Theatre, Colchester, 01206 366000 4 Aug An Evening of Dirty Dancing Feel-good concert show. West Cliff Theatre , Clacton-on-Sea, 01255 433344 5 Aug Chelmsford Uncut Stand-up comedy. Bay Horse, Chelmsford, 0845 459 5656 5 Aug She Stoops To Conquer A celebration of chaos, courtship and the dysfunctional family. West Cliff Theatre , Clacton-on-Sea, 01255 433344 5 Aug The Sword in the Stone Open-air theatre presented by Cambridge Touring Theatre Marks Hall Gardens, Coggeshall, 01376 563796 7 - 11 Aug Frinton Summer Theatre: Sign of the Times A comedy from the writer of ‘Calendar Girls’. McGrigor Hall, Frinton-on-Sea, 07905 589792 –9 Aug Chelmsford Comedy Club Top stand-up. Evoke at Chancellor’s Hall, Chelmsford, 0845 459 5656 9 Aug She Stoops To Conquer Oliver Goldsmith’s ever-popular comedy. Museum of Power, Langford, 01621 854477 10 Aug Richard III Open air production of Shakespeare’s tale by Festival Players. Cressing Temple Barns, 0845 603 7624 10 Aug The World’s Greatest Michael Jackson Tribute Tribute show. Princes Theatre, Clacton-on-Sea, 01255 686633 10 Aug High Spirits An evening of clairvoyance with Hazel Lee and Charlotte Clarke. West Cliff Theatre, Clacton-on-Sea, 01255 433344 10 - 12 Aug Michael McIntyre The star of Michael McIntyre’s Comedy Roadshow and Britain’s Got Talent tries out new material prior to his third and biggest UK arena tour to date. Cliffs Pavilion, Southend-on-Sea, 01702 351135 11 Aug Let The Good Times Roll 50s and 60s music show. Princes Theatre, Clacton-on-Sea, 01255 686633 13 - 25 Aug Dreamboats & Petticoats Feel-good show featuring some of the greatest hit songs of the Rock ‘n’ Roll era. Cliffs Pavilion, Southend-on-Sea, 01702 351135

14 - 18 Aug Frinton Summer Theatre: Good Intentions A play by Patrick Marlowe. McGrigor Hall, Frinton-on-Sea, 07905 589792 15 - 18 Aug Little Big Club Everyone’s favourite children’s characters sing and dance together in a fabulous stage show experience for ages 3 – 7. Queen’s Theatre, Hornchurch, 01708 443333 16 Aug How Sweet It Is Music show celebrating Motown’s greatest hits. Mercury Theatre , Colchester, 01206 573948 17 Aug She Stoops To Conquer DOT Productions present a story of chaos, courtship and the dysfunctional family. The Gibberd Garden, Harlow, 01621 890153 17 Aug She Stoops To Conquer Open-air theatre. The Gibberd Garden, Harlow, 01279 442112 17 - 18 Aug My Heart Beets An hilarious new comedy. Headgate Theatre, Colchester, 01206 366000 18 Aug She Stoops To Conquer A story of chaos, courtship and the dysfunctional family. Rayleigh Mount, Rayleigh, 01621 890153 19 Aug Chelmsford Uncut Stand-up comedy. Bay Horse, Chelmsford, 0845 459 5656 20 Aug Joe Pasquale Brilliant mad-cap comedy from the squeaky-voiced one. Princes Theatre, Clacton, 01255 686633 21 - 25 Aug Frinton Summer Theatre: Charley’s Aunt Classic comedy. McGrigor Hall, Frinton-on-Sea, 07905 589792 22 Aug The Fiddle and the Bow A hilarious tribute to Laurel and Hardy written and performed by talented actor Craig Shepherd. Queen’s Theatre, Hornchurch, 01708 443333 22 - 23 Aug Hard Times Charles Dickens story presented by Mercury Youth Theatre. Mercury Theatre , Colchester, 01206 573948 23 Aug Chelmsford Comedy Club Top stand-up. Evoke at Chancellor’s Hall, Chelmsford, 0845 459 5656 23 Aug Comedy Club in the Foyer Stand-up. Queen’s Theatre, Hornchurch, 01708 443333 23 - 26 Aug Peter Pan - The Musical Presented by 80 very talented local young performers. Palace Theatre, Southend-on-Sea, 01702 351135

24 - 25 Aug The Prodigious Snob The Mercury Youth Theatres present Moliere’s comedy masterpiec Mercury Theatre , Colchester, 01206 573948 25 Aug I Love the 70s 70s music show. West Cliff Theatre, Clacton, 01255 433344 25 Aug - 22 Sep Return to the Forbidden Planet Intergalactic rock ‘n’ roll musical. Queen’s Theatre, Hornchurch, 01708 443333 26 Aug Jim Davidson Adult comedy from one of the UK’s finest. West Cliff Theatre , Clacton-on-Sea, 01255 433344 26 - 27 Aug Cirque Du Ciel With over 30 amazingly multi-talented and skilled performers, this marvellous two hour extravaganza, combines acrobatics, modern dance, martial arts, original music and many other traditional and modern Chinese elements in an amazing fantasy adventure. Cliffs Pavilion, Southend-on-Sea, 01702 351135 28 Aug The Tales of Beatrix Potter: Peter Rabbit and Benjamin Bunny Open-air theatre. Coggeshall Grange Barn, Coggeshall, 01376 562226 29 Aug Much Ado About Nothing Open-air Shakespeare performed by Heartbreak Productions. The Minories, Colchester, 01206 712437 29 Aug Joe Pasquale Brilliant mad-cap comedy from the squeaky-voiced one. Cliffs Pavilion, Southend-on-Sea, 01702 351135 30 Aug Grimm Fairytales Performed by 15 young disabled people and 70 children from local schools. Cliffs Pavilion, Southend-on-Sea, 01702 351135 31 Aug Harlow’s Got Talent Final. Victoria Hall Theatre, Harlow, 01279 420062 31 Aug The Wheels on the Bus Children’s show. West Cliff Theatre , Clacton-on-Sea, 01255 433344 31 Aug One Night in Vegas Vegas-style cabaret show with singer Martyn Lewis. Princes Theatre, Clacton 01255 686633

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31 Aug Hellfire Comedy Club Top stand-up. Cliffs Pavilion, Southend-on-Sea, 01702 351135

MUSIC 2 Aug The Bohem Ragtime Jazz Band Jazz. Electric Palace, Harwich, 07786 744789 2 - 5 Aug Brightlingsea Music Festival Annual three day free music event; classical evening, acoustic roots, rock, and world jazz. Saturday’s roots/blues concert starts at 12 noon until 7pm on Hurst Green and Sunday sees the conclusion of the festival with jazz and world music, again on Hurst Green from 12 noon - 8pm. Various venues, Brightlingsea, 07903 137423 3 Aug Sarah Moule Quartet Jazz. Fleece Jazz at Stoke By Nayland Hotel, Leavenheath, 01787 211865 3 Aug Jools Holand and his Rhythm & Blues Orchestra Open-air picnic concert featuring Chris Difford and Gilson Lavis and guest vocalists Ruby Turner and Louise Marshall. Audley End House & Gardens, Saffron Walden, 0844 995 0995 4 Aug The Jump Back Boogie Summer Ball An evening of early roots rock ‘n’ roll and rockabilly with Pat Capocci and Lynette Morgan and the Blackwater Valley Boys, plus one of East Anglia’s top rock ‘n’ roll DJs, Adrian Waters. Witham Public Hall, Witham. 4 Aug Whole Lotta Led Led Zeppelin tribute. Colchester Arts Centre, Colchester, 01206 500900 4 Aug States of Emotion Exciting new band. Chinnery’s, Southend-on-Sea, 01702 467305 4 Aug The Greatest 80’s Party Ever! Open-air picnic concert with an 780s line-up that includes Rick Astley, Jimmy Somerville, Nik Kershaw, Midge Ure, Tuyah, T’Pau, Wang Chung and Dr and the Medics. Audley End House, Saffron Walden, 0844 995 09953

5 Aug French Quarter All Stars Trad jazz. Colchester Jazz Club, 01206 540354 5 Aug The Last Night of the Audley End Proms Presented by Aled Jones and starring Natasha Marsh and vocal quartet Amore with the Royal Philharmonic Concert Orchestra conducted by Tim Redmond, the evening will include a dramatic Spitfire display (weather permitting) and spectacular fireworks, rounding off a perfect summer’s evening. Audley End House & Gardens, Saffron Walden, 0844 995 0995

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Essex 7 Aug Kevin Dempsey Folk. The Hoy at Anchor Folk Club at The Ship Hotel, Leigh-on-Sea, 01702 715111 8 Aug Richard Digance Folk entertainer. Bluebell Inn, Hempstead, 01799 599199 8 Aug The Slackers Ska/reggae band from New York. The Square, Harlow, 01279 305000 9 Aug The Searchers 60s favourites with hits such as Sweets For My Sweet and Sugar and Spice. Braintree Arts Theatre, Braintree, 01376 556354 10 Aug MJQ Jazz. Fleece Jazz at Stoke By Nayland Hotel, Leavenheath, 01787 211865 10 Aug Nick Harper Son of legendary Roy Harper, described as ‘One of the finest guitarists of his generation’. Colchester Arts Centre, 01206 500900 10 Aug UK Bee Gees and Abba Illusion Tributes. Charter Hall at Colchester Leisure World, 01206 282020 10 Aug The Big Girls Blues Band Blues. Marigolds Blues Club at Harlow Cricket Club, Harlow, 01279 414174 11 Aug Capdown Explosive skacore tunes combining fused elements of brass, punk ideologies, intelligent lyrics and a fast, intense, passion. The Square, Harlow, 01279 305000 11 Aug Funeral For A Friend Welsh rockers. The Mill Arts Centre, Rayleigh, 01621 890153 11 Aug Vinyl Richie Lionel Richie tribute. Saffron Walden Town Hall, Saffron Walden, 01799 524002 12 Aug The Delta Jazz Band Trad jazz. Colchester Jazz Club at Stanway Rovers Football Club, Colchester, 01206 540354 13 Aug Reel Big Fish Californian ska-punk band. Chinnery’s, Southend-on-Sea, 01702 467305 14 Aug Reel Big Fish Ska punk band, plus support from New Town Kings + The Hostiles. Colchester Arts Centre, Colchester, 01206 500900 14 Aug Martyn Wyndham Read Folk. The Hoy at Anchor Folk Club at The Ship Hotel, Leigh-on-Sea, 01702 715111 14 Aug Your Demis Hardcore punk band from St Albans. The Mill Arts Centre, Rayleigh, 01621 890153 15 Aug Abba Forever Tribute. Mercury Theatre , Colchester, 01206 573948 16 Aug The Slytones Garage-blues band from Brighton. The Square, Harlow, 01279 305000 17 Aug Chris Allard Band Jazz. Fleece Jazz at Stoke By Nayland Hotel, Leavenheath, 01787 211865 18 Aug Half Hand Hoodoo Blues. Witham Public Hall, 0845 017 8717 18 Aug Marshall King is Elvis Tribute. West Cliff Theatre, Clacton-on-Sea, 01255 433344 19 Aug Jeff Short Swing Band Swing band and singers in the foyer. Queen’s Theatre, Hornchurch, 01708 443333 19 Aug Aurora Voices & Friends Jazz. Headgate Theatre, Colchester, 01206 366000

19 Aug The Hot House Hooters Trad jazz. Colchester Jazz Club at Stanway Rovers Football Club, Colchester, 01206 540354 23 Aug Larkin Poe Bluegrass/rock/pop combo from Georgia, USA. High Barn, Great Bardfield, 01371 811291 24 Aug Roger Beaujolais Quartet Jazz. Fleece Jazz at Stoke By Nayland Hotel, Leavenheath, 01787 211865 24 Aug The Re-entrants Nothing but two voices and two ukuleles. Also, The Bijoux Toots, a local ukulele-centric band. Quay Theatre, Sudbury, 01787 374745 25 Aug Reggae Summer Ball Tributes to Bob Marley and UB40. Circus Tavern, Purfleet, 01708 863838 25 Aug Colchester Free Music Festival All celebration of music and arts with several stages, stalls and more. Castle Park, Colchester. 26 Aug The Original East Coast Wanderes Trad jazz. Colchester Jazz Club at Stanway Rovers Football Club, Colchester, 01206 540354 26 - 27 Aug Blake The greatest love songs of all time, in perfect harmony, with the Brit-Award winning superstar vocalists. Queen’s Theatre, Hornchurch, 01708 443333 28 Aug Arabot Industrial metal. Support: Self Loathing + Earthmass + Old Man Lizard. Colchester Arts Centre, 01206 500900 28 Aug The Outside Track Folk. The Hoy at Anchor Folk Club at The Ship Hotel, Leigh-on-Sea, 01702 715111 28 Aug The Soldiers The first group of serving soldiers to hit the British pop charts. Cliffs Pavilion, Southend-on-Sea, 01702 351135 31 Aug Simon Spillett Quartet Jazz. Fleece Jazz at Stoke By Nayland Hotel, Leavenheath, 01787 211865 31 Aug Hats Off To Led Zeppelin Tribute band. Quay Theatre, Sudbury, 01787 374745 31 Aug Edwina Hayes A true natural talent of gentle folk-americana. High Barn, Great Bardfield, 01371 811291 31 Aug Let’s Bowie David Bowie tribute. Weston Homes Community Stadium, Colchester, 01621 890153 31 Aug Elaine Delmar and the Brian Dee Trio Jazz. Marigolds Jazz Club at Harlow Cricket Club, Harlow, 01279 414174 31 Aug - 1 Sep Field of Dreams Festival Family music festival with lots of great bands, including tributes to The Eagles and The Jam. www.fieldofdreamsbrufc.co.uk Braintree Rugby Club, Braintree. 31 Aug - 3 Sep Brownstock Seven year old music festival showcasing the cream of the local talant from around the county along side plenty of top acts. Plus mud wrestling arena,bungee jumps, skate park, fairgorund and lots more. www.brownstock.co.uk Morris Farm, Stow Maries

ART & EXHIBITIONS 1 - 11 Aug Summer Art Exhibition An exhibition of artwork from Colchester Borough Homes tenants and leaseholders, and Willow Brook School pupils. Les Lovres Gallery at Colchester Central Library, Colchester. 1 - 12 Aug Structure An exhibition which demonstrates how artists can be inspired by structure. The Gallery at Parndon Mill, Harlow, 01279 426042 1 - 18 Aug Malcolm Brown + Ian Birch Paintings and photography. Maeldune Heritage Centre, Maldon. 1 - 27 Aug News From Nowhere Sculpture, drawing, print, photography and film from the early twentieth century to present day. firstsite, Colchester, 01206 577067 1 - 31 Aug Beached East Anglian artist Fran Crowe is creating an eye-catching new installation of plastics she has collected whilst walking on East Anglian beaches. Jaywick Martello Tower will be filled with a visually stunning but provocative exhibition, which she has created with many of the collected objects. Jaywick Martello Tower, Jaywick. 1 Aug - 2 Sep Edward Bawden: Seven Decades Of Watercolour This exhibition draws on the gallery’s own extensive collection of Bawden’s watercolours. Fry Art Gallery, Saffron Walden, 01799 513779 1 Aug - 2 Sep Textiles Exhibition Saffron Walden Museum, 01799 510333 1 Aug - 6 Oct Thames Titanics; Wrecks from the Estuary An exhibition featuring artefacts from the bed of the Thames. Southend Central Museum. 01702 434449 1 Aug - 28 Oct Siron Franco: Suspicious Story An internationally renowned artist from Brazil whose preferred mediums are painting, drawing and sculpture. firstsite, Colchester, 01206 577067 1 Aug - 31 Oct David Watkinson: Unseen Forces Large organic forms and kinetic sculpture. RHS Garden Hyde Hall, Rettendon, 01245 400256 1 Aug - 2 Dec Coming to Colchester: 2000 Years of Immigration Roman walls, a Norman castle, the Dutch Quarter and the Garrison, these are just some of the landmarks of Colchester’s history of settlers. Hollytrees Museum, Colchester, 01206 282940 1 Aug - 7 Jan Treasures of China 70 treasures from Nanjing Museum China; go on a journey across 8000 years of Chinese history. Colchester Castle Museum, Colchester, 01206 282939 1 Aug - 29 Sep 54th Essex Open Exhibition Prestigious exhibition. Beecroft Art Gallery, Westcliff-on-Sea, 01702 347418 4 - 5 Aug Art on the Railings Free Open air art exhibition, featuring an eclectic mix of arts, crafts and photography. 10am-4pm. Pier Hill, Southend-on-Sea.

You can find even more events on our website and include your own too! www.eastlife.co.uk 4 - 5 Aug East Mersea Art Show All day. East Mersea Village Hall. 11 Aug - 8 Sep Andrew Hasler: Underwater Love, Images of Sea Life Magical Oil Paintings looking into the ocean coming face to face with amazing dolphins and tropical fish by an artist who combines his love of diving with his love of painting. Plus also on display, an abundance of ceramics by various artists who all share their love of the sea and its beguiling hidden world. Hayletts Gallery, Maldon, 01621 851669 16 Aug - 23 Sep The Language of Landscape Paintings by Jane Lewis complemented by ceramics by Marilyn Andreetti. The Gallery at Parndon Mill, Harlow, 01279 426042

SPECIAL EVENTS 1 - 5 Aug Chelmsford Cricket Festival Essex play Leicestershire (Weds & Sat) and Leicestershire Foxes (Sun). Plus lots of family fun. Ford County Ground, Chelmsford, 01245 254010 3 - 5 Aug Hyde Hall Flower Show Browse, shop and get advice from almost 50 exhibitors including specialist nurseries and garden trade stands - many of them Chelsea and Hampton Court Palace Flower Show medal winners. 10am-5pm. RHS Garden Hyde Hall, Rettendon, 0845 265 8071 3 - 5 Aug Puppet Festival Punch and Judy, marionettes and glove puppets put on a show for kids and parents who want to re-live their childhood. Southend Pier, Southend-on-Sea, 01702 618747 4 Aug Maldon Carnival The Procession starts at 2.45pm from the junction of Fambridge Road and Cross Road, followed by a Party in Promenade Park with a host of entertainment up until 9:30pm. Promenade Park, Maldon. 4 Aug Bradwell Dog & Flower Show The popular dog show gets the day going at 12.30pm, with the rest of the events, including live music, starting at 2pm, running through until 5pm Village Hall, Bradwell-on-Sea. 4 Aug Redoubt Military Festival There will be military vehicles, re-enactments, music, stalls and much more at this military festival. A full program of demonstrations, re-enactments and music will run all day. 10am-5pm. Redoubt Fort, Harwich. 4 - 5 Aug Living History Village The re-enactment group the Compay of Saint Joseph recreate medieval life in the Forest. Wander through the tented village and stalls to see how people lived and worked. Watch demonstrations including ‘men at arms’ and visit the traders for some medieval fare. Hatfield Forest, Takeley, 01279 870678

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Essex 4 - 5 Aug Tudor Festival Celebration of Tudor Life A truly wonderful weekend of music, dance, archery and story telling. Southchurch Hall, Southend-on-Sea, 01702 467671 4 - 10 Aug Pyefleet Week Pyefleet Week is Brightlingsea Sailing Clubs week long sailing regatta that takes place each year during August and has grown to be one of the unmissable events of the East Coast. , Brightlingsea. 5 Aug Bikemeet Classic, historic & race motorcycles, trial riding display. Miniature steam train rides, live music & family entertainment. Museum of Power, Langford, 01621 843183 5 Aug Five Parishes Show Country show with main ring events all day including Colchester Birds of Prey, K9 Freestyle Dog Dancing, Suffolk School of Samba, Bernie Bennett with his comedy tightrope and stilt-walking act, Tendring Dog Agility, Suffolk Kites and much more. Craft Stalls, Sideshows, large Horticultural Marquee, Horse Show and exemption Dog Show. 11am-5pm. The Fingringhoe Ranges, Langenhoe, 01206 735931 5 Aug Farm Day Fun on the Farm – scarecrow making (bring his old clothes), mini animal petting area, tractor rides, farm machinery display. 12-5pm. Layer Marney Tower, Layer Marney, 01206 330784 5 Aug War on the Line with Dad’s Army Featuring some of the original characters from the TV series and Jones’ van - the whole day is geared around the station being taken over, preparing for invasion - there will be various wartime activities, train rides, refreshments, and many other attractions starting from 10am. East Anglian Railway Museum, Wakes Colne, 01206 242524 5 - 6 Aug Inflatable Park MGM inflatables bring this fabulously bouncy park to the back lawn of Hylands House. There will be a huge selection of inflatables for the kids to play on. 11am-4.30pm. Hylands House, Chelmsford. 6 - 10 Aug Time Travellers Go… Cavaliers & Roundheads Join Oliver Cromwell’s army and discover what it took to be a soldier of the English Civil War. 11am-4pm. Audley End House & Gardens, Saffron Walden. 7 - 9 Aug Tudors: Live Interact with family characters who will let you in on the secrets of Cressing Temple in the late 1500s, and share their pastimes. Cressing Temple Barns, Cressing, 0845 603 7624 8 Aug Steam With Colin Meet Colin, the Railway’s own bear. 10.30am-4pm. Colne Valley Railway, Castle Hedingham, 01787 461174 11 Aug Summer Craft & Gift Fayre 9.30am-1.30pm. Theydon Bois Village Hall, Theydon Bois. 11 Aug Thorrington Village Day Live music, bar, barbecue, stalls and games for everyone. 1-5pm. Thorrington Playing Field, Thorrington.

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12 Aug It’s Showtime! There will be displays of vintage cars, motorcycles, heavy goods, steam, farming and craft demonstrations, models, tractors, stationary engines, stalls, ring events, live music, cart rides and attractions for children and more. Purleigh Halt, Purleigh, 01621 852336 13 - 17 Aug Time Travellers Go… WWII Find out what life was really like during the 1940s, and learn about Audley’s role during the war, then take part in the children’s drill and obstacle course. 11am-4pm. Audley End House & Gardens, Saffron Walden. 13 - 19 Aug Clacton Carnival Fun all week. Main events include the Mammoth Fete & Firework Display at Gainsford Avenue Sportsground (Thurs) and the Carnival Procession on Saturday at 6pm. www.clactoncarnival.org Various venues, Clacton-on-Sea. 14 - 16 Aug Tudors: Live Interact with family characters who will let you in on the secrets of Cressing Temple in the late 1500s, and share their pastimes. Cressing Temple Barns, Cressing, 0845 603 7624 15 - 19 Aug Colchester Cricket Festival The festival kick starts on Wednesday 15th August when Glamorgan (Wales) visit Essex in the LV= County Championship, the game is set to conclude on Saturday 18th before the climax of the festival! On Sunday 19th August The Netherlands visit Colchester in the popular Clydesdale Bank 40 competition. Castle Park, Colchester, 01206 282920 17 Aug Urban Games Activities include street dancing, inline skating, BMX and football, with a number of demonstrations taking place throughout the day. 11am-3pm. Lake Meadows, Billericay, 01268 465447 17 - 19 Aug All About Gardening Large show for garden lovers. Garon Park, Southend-on-Sea, 01702 549623 18 Aug Toy Fair 10am-2.30pm. Brentwood Centre, Brentwood, 01277 215151 17 - 19 Aug All About Gardening Large show for garden lovers. Garon Park, Southend-on-Sea, 01702 549623 18 Aug Toy Fair 10am-2.30pm. Brentwood Centre, Brentwood, 01277 215151 18 Aug Mersea Carnival Procession starts at midday, followed by sideshows, rides, arena entertainment and more in the Legion Field. Legion Field at Legion Hall, West Mersea. 18 Aug Crabbing Competition 12-4pm. Boating Lake at Promenade Park, Maldon, 07931 594785 19 Aug Have-a-go Archery Join History Blooms and have a go at medieval archery. Hatfield Forest, Takeley, 01279 870678 19 Aug Leigh-on-Sea Fishing Festival This popular annual event celebrates Leigh’s fishing industry and heritage. See fishing boats and talk to the local fishermen, find out how fish gets from

the sea to your table. Free cockle tasting and events demonstrating the connection of man, boat and sea. Stalls will also provide various shellfish, fresh native oysters and rock oysters. 11am-4pm. Old Leigh-on-Sea, 01702 7162881 9 - 25 Aug Mersea Sailing Week & Jubilee Town Regatta Events all week, culminating in the Regatta on Saturday 25th. , West Mersea. 20 - 24 Aug Time Travellers Go… Royal Enjoy games and crafts fit for a king or queen and meet some royal characters of times gone by. 11am-4pm. Audley End House & Gardens, Saffron Walden. 22 Aug Steam With Colin Meet Colin, the Railway’s own bear. 10.30am-4pm. Colne Valley Railway, Castle Hedingham, 01787 461174 22 - 25 Aug Clacton Real Ale and Cider Festival Annual real ale festival, with live music on Thursday and Saturday. St James Hall, Clacton-on-Sea. 23 - 24 Aug Clacton Air Show 2012 celebrates 21 years of the Clacton Air Show. Clacton’s award winning seafronts and greensward are transformed over the two days into a fun filled events site and viewing area. Impressive aerobatic displays take to the skies whilst a whole host of exhibition, trade stands, food court and on-site entertainment are available at ground level. Each day will have a full flying programme and BBC Essex will be providing Radio Air show on 729am throughout the flying displays as well as providing live commentary. Free.10am-5pm. West Greensward, Clacton-on-Sea. 25 Aug Coggeshall Flower Festival Festival now in its 25th year. Parish Church of St Peter ad Vincula, Coggeshall, 01376 562367 25 - 27 Aug British Lawnmower Racing Championships Essex heat of the exciting races. Watch this annual spectacular as lawnmowers race round the track at top speed. Barbecue and more. Practise laps from 10am, Racing 1pm-5pm. Blake House Craft Centre, Blake End. 25 - 27 Aug Mangapps Steam Weekend Mangapps Railway Museum, Burnham-on-Crouch, 01621 784898 25 - 27 Aug Walton Carnival Weekend The Carnival Procession through the town, including bands, Carnival Queens, floats and street entertainment will take place at 2.00pm on Saturday. Fun events for all over the weekend, including Fancy Dress, Car Boots, Tug O War, Human Table Football. Walton-on-the-Naze, 01255 677006 25 - 27 Aug Medieval Weekend Medieval archery and jousting weekend. The Middle Ages are also brought to life for younger visitors with craft activities, story-telling, and interactive games and quests. Royal Gunpowder Mills, Waltham Abbey, 01992 707370

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Chappel and the Colne Valley Take a walk in this most beautiful part of north Essex A magnificent 19th-century railway viaduct crosses the Colne Valley near Chappel. A pretty village, the peaceful River Colne and some lovely countryside combine to make this a very special walk.

The Colne Valley between Halstead and Fordham is in a tranquil part of Essex and contains some of the most satisfying pastoral countryside to be found in this county. Chappel, a small hamlet near Wakes Colne, is dominated by a large railway viaduct of 1847 crossing the valley, 100 feet high and containing 30 arches. It is used by the nearby East Anglian Railway Museum who run the occasional train over it. However, Chappel can be much admired on its own merits. Next to the church is a handsome little Georgian house with plaster panels. Above the roof of the church rises a wooden belfry with a short spire, and the ancient door leads us to a nave with 14th-century walls. The walk starts in the middle of Chappel by the church and then follows the river upstream to a fishing lake before turning south for excellent views. Soon we join the Essex Way downhill back to join the river and head for the viaduct, going under this to regain the village. The pub in the village is the Swan dated 1390. There is an excellent courtyard dining area where children are allowed to sit and eat. It is situated by the river, and is well worth a visit. The start of the walk

How to get there Chappel lies on the A1124 between Halstead and the A12 to Colchester. It is just to the west of the viaduct. Parking There is a village car park past the Swan on the left near the church. Length of the walk 3¼ miles. Map: OS Landranger 168 Colchester and the Blackwater, and OS Explorer 195 Braintree & Saffron Walden, Halstead & Great Dunmow (GR 895284).

The Walk 1 From the car park walk past the church and straight on past the barn. You are following the course of the River Colne which is 100 yards or so to the right with an attractive mill just beyond. Cross a stile and bear left. Cross another stile and turn to the right. Follow a yellow arrow with a hedge on your right and go over two more stiles and a plank bridge. (This is a stylish walk, isn’t it?) Go over another stile into a meadow with a fishing lake. In the corner of the meadow and the wood ahead cross a rather makeshift stile which leads to a smarter stile with arrows and waymarks. 2 At the end of the wood on your left turn left over a stile with waymarks and walk uphill along the path in the woods for ½ mile till you reach Priory House. Keep to the left of the hedge past the house and follow the metalled drive, swinging left to the road at a concrete public footpath sign. 3 Cross the road just to the left and at another public footpath sign turn right up some steps to a field. Head across the field aiming for two thatched roofs. Walk along Bacons Lane through Swan Street.

4 At a concrete public footpath sign turn right past houses with a hedge on your right. After 150 yards go through a gap in the corner of the field to find a yellow arrow and pass a pond on your right. Follow the field edge to the corner and turn left past the hedge with an Essex Way sign. Join the farm drive on a corner and continue over the railway to Bacons Farm. At the back of the buildings there are two paths. 5 Turn left with the Essex Way sign and walk downhill towards the river. You will be able to enjoy a fine view here of the valley, the viaduct and the country scene. Just before the river bridge and gate turn left over two stiles, aiming to the right of Pope’s Hall ahead. Follow past the Hall, and turn left onto the lane. 6 Soon turn right across a field towards the viaduct. Join a path to the right beside and below the railway. On reaching the viaduct cross through the arches and over a little playing field back to your car. This is just one of twenty walks featured in Waterside Walks in Essex by Annd & Norman Skinner. Published by Countryside Books. Order at www.countrysidebooks.co.uk. Price £7.95. ISBN: 9781853065651

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The East Anglian Railway Museum is at Chappel & Wakes Colne Station, Wakes Colne. A working museum housing rolling stock, steam and diesel locomotives, signal box and station. Don’t miss some great events during the summer holiday: on Sunday 5 August there’s a Steam Day with a theme of "War on the Line" with plenty of WWII fun featuring a tribute to Dad's Army. On the Bank Holiday weekend, Thomas the Tank and his friends come to the station, under the watchful

eye of the Fat Controller. Cafe and picnic area. Open 10 am to 5 pm. 01206 242524 earm.co.uk What better on a sunny summer day than to take a row up the scenic Colne Valley on the River Colne. At Millrace Garden Centre you can hire row boats from ½ an hour upwards. The more adventurous can row several kilometres up stream towards the village of Chappel. £4 for half hour. Aldham 01206 242521

Colne Valley Railway is an award winning period country railway. Take a steam train ride on a pretty line, almost a mile long, with relocated station buildings, signal boxes and bridges all lovingly restored and rebuilt. Meet Colin, the Railway's own bear at special Steam with Colin events on 8 & 22 August. Castle Hedingham 01787 461174 colnevalleyrailway.co.uk Marks Hall Gardens and Arboretum feature landscaped woodland walks and footpaths, with vistas across the lakes to the Millennium Walk and the 18th Century Walled Garden. The Visitor Centre has a tearoom and gift shop. At 6pm on 5 August enjoy open-air theatre with a performance of The Sword in the Stone. 01376 563796 markshall.org.uk

EAT Sit by the river at Dickens in Halstead, enjoy a superb carvery on Sundays at Drapers Hotel & Brasserie in Earls Colne, or an excellent curry at Riverside Spice, also in Earls Colne. DRINK Enjoy beautiful views over the Colne Valley at the Five Bells, Colne Engaine; sit in the shadow of the magnificent viaduct at The Swan, Chappel. STAY Great boutique accommodation at the Drapers Hotel in Earls Colne, or try the Bull Hotel in Halstead.

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the Youth Hostel. Nearby, Saffron Walden Museum is of particular interest. The collections are housed in one of the oldest purpose built museum buildings in the country, completed in 1835. It has everything from mammoth tusks to mummies, from an early Tudor bed to a natural history museum gallery. In the grounds of the museum are the ruins of the Castle keep which dates back to the 1130s/40s. Bridge End Garden is a real jewel and an environment of great charm on the north side of town, with a hedge maze that is popular with

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Aldeburgh Take a walk around this captivating coastal town The Walk 3 or 4 miles Time 2 hours or 3 hours. Map OS Explorer No 212 Woodbridge & Saxmundham Aldeburgh & Framlingham (GR 465559). How to get there From the A12 a few miles south of Saxmundham take the A1094 to Aldeburgh. Carry on through the town centre following the road south to eventually reach an unmade road adjacent to Fort Green at Slaughden. Parking Pay and display car park at Fort Green, south of Aldeburgh town. Alternatively, leave the car beside the rough gravel track (free) as others tend to do. Aldeburgh is an historic port and former borough which once sent two representatives to parliament, later to be disenfranchised by the Reform Act of 1832. The walk starts at neighbouring Slaughden, once a flourishing fishing and boat-building village. The well-known poet George Crabbe, whose father was a local customs official, was born here in 1754. The village eventually fell victim to the surging North Sea and gradually disappeared under the waves. Nowadays only the Martello tower and yacht club remain. Later on, the route takes you over the lonely marshes where you may encounter little more than grazing cattle. There’s a chance to take a peep inside the interesting church of St Peter and St Paul and afterwards, view a controversial metal scallop. The return leg passes the historic Moot Hall and the lifeboat station.

The Walk 1 Leave the Fort Green car

park and turn left to join a broad gravel track. Ahead is the outline of a

Martello Tower completed in 1810 to repel the threat of a Napoleonic invasion. Sited between the River Alde and the North Sea, this particular tower is the most northerly of a defensive network along the east coast. Most towers are circular in shape but this one consists of four circles joined together, like the shape of a four-leaf clover. Nowadays the property belongs to the Landmark Trust and you can stay in it as a holiday home. 2 Just before reaching the

Slaughden sailing club yard, turn right beside a finger post to join a narrow sandy path. On the left is the picturesque River Alde, making its way to Orford where it becomes the River Ore. The tall aerials seen in the distance are those used to transmit the BBC’s World Service.

Turn left when you reach a brick boundary wall and continue on a surfaced path. Pass some allotments and shortly reach a recreation area. After passing the town’s fire station, turn right into Victoria Road. (If you wish to take the 3-mile option, continue along Victoria Road to eventually reach either the High Street or sea front. Turn right here and make your way back to the start point.) 4 To follow the 4 mile

route, when you reach the parish church, cross the road to find a path running through the churchyard. Inside the church you’ll find memorials to two of Aldeburgh’s famous sons; a 3 Where the path starts to window in memory of curve left, turn right down composer Benjamin Britten some steps and cross a (1913-76), and a bust of watercourse. Continue on a poet George Crabbe broad path through the (1754-1832). You will marshes and shortly ignore find Britten’s grave and a path going right. Soon headstone, along with those the path starts to wind its of Peter Pears and Imogen way back towards the town. Holst, in the churchyard.

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churchyard, pass through a small gate, ignoring a path and road going right. Carry on downhill to meet the junction with Church Farm Road. Turn right and head towards the beach. Cross the road and turn right again to join a footway. Away to the left is the controversial sculpture of a metal scallop erected in honour of Benjamin Britten in 2003 (above). The sculpture has frequently been daubed in paint by vandals and arguments rage over its particular siting on the shingle beach.  eastlife.co.uk|99


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6 Continue on the surfaced path and pas the

historic 16ht-century Moot Hall. When it was built, the Hall stood in what was then the town centre surrounded by narrow streets. However, due to the encroaching North Sea, it now stands perilously close to the beach. This fine timber-framed building was originally the town hall and still functions as such. A climb up the wooden staircase takes you to the council chamber and museum room that displays artefacts of local interest. 01728 454666. 7 Join the Crag Path ahead and walk beside

the beach, passing the lilfeboat station and an old lookout point – now an art gallery – as you go. If you want to visit the fish shop or pub, turn right by King Street car park and go left into the High Street. Otherwise stay on the path and return to your point of departure. This is just one of thirty walks featured in Drive and Stroll in Suffolk by Cyril Francis. Published by Countryside Books. Order online at www.countrysidebooks.co.uk. Price £7.99. ISBN: 9781846740299

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Aldeburgh Carnival is celebrating its 70th anniversary over the weekend of 18 - 20 August. With special events for children and young people plus competitions, stalls, the lifeboat launch, a well known military band and a charming Carnival Queen, there will be fun and variety for everyone. Kicking off Carnival weekend on Saturday is the Carnival Village which combines some old favourites with some innovations. Alongside the stalls on Crag Path selling an increasingly varied selection of goods, there will be the return of a popular traditional steam-driven

Galloper Ride. On the Green south of the Moot Hall there will be Sideshows, the Tombola and Silent Auction (details of lots will appear on the website nearer to Carnival). For the children, the Lollipop Hunt will start at 2.30pm on the beach just north of the Lifeboat Station. Sunday starts with the Mini Marathon, taking runners through countryside to Thorpeness and back along the sea front, starting at 11am. The ever popular Punch and Judy shows will appear at 12.00pm & 2.30pm, Children's Land Sports at 3pm and the Egg Boat Race at 4.30pm. At 6pm a United Songs of Praise closes the day. On Monday 20th the Fair weather rocket heralds a full day of Carnival events starting at 8.30am with Swimming Races in the sea (weather-permitting), Children's Land Sports at 9.30am, and the Lifeboat Launch at 11am (also weather-permitting). The Military Band, The Band of The Prince of Wales's Division, can be seen performing outside the Moot Hall just

after lunch, prior to the Carnival Procession setting off at 3pm. In the evening, the Carnival Queen and attendants visit the Fun Fair, and then it's back to the High Street for entertainment in the street, starting at 6.45pm with Samba Dancers to get you dancing, and the Military Band, who at 8.45pm will lead the incredible Chinese Lantern Procession to the beach. The day is rounded off with a fantastic firework display. Carnival programmes are on sale all over the town with full details of all events. 01728 453637 aldeburghcarnival.com

Once a haunt of smugglers, The Ship at Dunwich is the perfect base from which to explore this wild and wonderful coastline, partake of some of the best fish and chips on the Suffolk coast or simply enjoy a pint or two of Adnams. You will find: real ales, real food and real fires, comfortable, traditionally furnished bedrooms, an enormous garden and a beach that really is just a short stroll away.

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Southwold Andy Rudd of top Southwold restaurant Sutherland House tells us his favourite things about the unique seaside town How long have you been in Southwold? Three and a half years.

it has to be Sutherland House, Southwold’s only seafood restaurant.

What most appeals to you about the town and surrounding area?

Where would you go for a meal with friends?

It is like stepping back in time, how a seaside town was in the Victorian times, unspoilt and charming.

Well with fresh fish in daily its got to be Sutherland House again.

What is Southwold best known for?

It is probably best known for the Adnams brewery, the lighthouse, its lovely beeches and the pier. Is there anything new in Southwold that we should know about?

To be honest, nothing has really changed much here for years; it is part of the charm.

What’s a good place for a working lunch or a coffee break?

I often pop over to Tilly’s, a delightful 1920’s style English tea room in the high street, very quirky, unique and very friendly staff. Where would you go for a Sunday lunchtime drink?

Got to be the Nelson again for that, they do serve a good pint.

Which pubs in town can you recommend?

What’s the best route for a stroll around town?

Southwold has lots of pubs – not surprising really as it has its own brewery in the town – but for my money the Lord Nelson is my favourite, an old style pub, unspoilt, a nice friendly landlord; just how it should be.

I love walking down to the harbour via the common and then walking to Walberswick, rewarding myself with a pint and then taking the little rowing boat back and looking back up at Southwold from there; the lighthouse stands out and it has a lovely view of all of the town.

Where would you go for a romantic meal for two?

a matter of fact we have one situated in our garden: Cornucopia. They approached me last year to see if we would consider letting them use our garden room as their current premises was being sold, I think it is a lovely thing to have on our doorstep.

Which shops are your favourites?

Well I might be a little biased here but I love looking in the antique shops; as

What is your favourite building in Southwold?

It’s got to be the lighthouse, you can see it from almost anywhere in the town.

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Where would you shop for a present that’s a bit different?

I would definitely take a look at the Amber shop in the high street, they have some lovely items for sale and so unusual. Which food shops/delis can you recommend?

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What should visitors to the town make sure they see?

They must take a look at the pier, it was renovated very tastefully a few years ago, and it has a unusual water clock on it that you must see. Where would you go to buy good plants for your garden?

Our gardener farms 7 acres of land in Reydon, he supplies us with most of our plants and nearly all of our vegetables that we use in the restaurant. What’s your ideal night? Where would you go for a walk in the country?

I often take a little drive out to Dunwich, we take the kids for a walk through Dunwich woods then reward ourselves with a pint in the local pub.

Once again, working the hours one does in my industry, a night out is a rarity, but if we do get a chance we pop over to Woodbridge to the Riverside restaurant and theatre, have a meal and watch a film, perfect!

Where’s the best place to go on a rainy day?

Is there a ‘secret’ place in Southwold that you can tell us about?

We take the kids to the pirate Adventure Island play park just outside Lowestoft, it’s a large warehouse with ball pits, slides and climbing frames, they run around and wear themselves out whilst we sip a coffee.

Most people walk along the beech to the right of the pier, but I go in the other direction, it is often deserted and leads to some lovely coves and beeches

Are there any regular or annual events that you look forward to?

The obvious one is the Latitude festival, it’s growing year on year and just five minutes from the town. Do you belong to any local clubs?

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What are your favourite places in East Anglia and where would you choose to go for a weekend break?

We are so lucky in East Anglia to have so many places to choose to go, to be honest. I love the area I live in, Southwold has everything to offer, from good restaurants, hotels, good pubs, lovely beeches and peacefull walks, where else would anyone need?

WHERE I WORK Please tell us a little bit about your work/business….I run Sutherland House Hotel and seafood Restaurant, its located on Southwold High Street, and is one of the oldest and most historically important buildings in Southwold. Our seafood restaurant has been awarded two rosettes by the AA for the quality of our food. The food is locally sourced, we print "food miles" on our menu to quantify this, and we only use seasonal ingredients We have been awarded "Best Restaurant in the UK for use of Local Produce " from the good food guide. The accommodation is boutique, but in an amazing medieval building, truly unlike any other Hotel bedrooms in Southwold. Sutherland House is not just Southwolds only seafood restaurant, it is also a neighbourhood restaurant which serves local food for local people. Guests are welcome to drop in for a glass of wine and a plate of tapas in front of the fire (in winter); a gourmet sandwich; Fresh locally caught fish served fresh and innovatively daily; home-made Black Pudding sausages and mash, or a Modern British dish – or come for a three course meal. It is a lovely place to live and I consider myself very lucky to be here. Sutherland House, 56 High Street, Southwold 01502 724544 www.sutherlandhouse.co.uk


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Take a trip on the Coastal Voyager, an exciting high speed trip out to sea from Southwold. The 400hp boat is put through its formidable paces in a 30 min tour of Solebay. Other trips are also available, including a Seal and Wind Farm Trip, which takes you out to Scroby Sands then on to Lowestoft harbour for a comfort break. For more information call 07887 525 082 or go to coastalvoyager.co.uk Take tea at Tilly’s, a delightful 1920s-inspired traditional tea room serving freshly prepared victuals

with lashings of good old fashioned service, from breakfast and lunch to afternoon tea. There’s a delightful garden and Tilly’s is open daily during the summer season. High Street 01502 725677 tillysofsouthwold.co.uk Spend a night at the theatre. Southwold Summer Theatre is a wonderful tradition in the town, and The Jill Freud Company has produced professional theatre here since 1984. The season runs until 15 September, and from now until then you can enjoy Frederick Knott’s Write Me a Murder, The Curse of Dracula, and Peter Shaffer’s Five Finger Exercise. There are also special children’s

productions on afternoons up to 1st Sept. All performance are at St Edmund’s Hall in Cumberland Road. For tickets call 01502 724441 southwoldtheatre.org Take a tour of the Adnams Brewery. Adnams is synonymous with Southwold and behind the walls of their Victorian building in the heart of town sits one of the most modern breweries in the UK. The 1 hour tour will explain the beer making process and will be followed by a 30-minute tutored beer tasting. You will then be taken to the Adnams Cellar & Kitchen store to try some wines and pick

up your free bottle of beer. All for just £10. 01502 727225 adnams.co.uk Take a trip up Southwold Lighthouse and see the town from a different viewpoint. Tours are available most days, £3.50 for adults or £10 for a family. 01502 724729



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Suffolk THEATRE & SHOWS 1 Aug More Fairy Tales from the Unexpected Children’s show. Seagull Theatre, Pakefield, 01502 589726 1 - 4 Aug Write Me A Murder Superbly crafted decpetion from the author of Dial M For Murder. Southwold Theatre, Southwold, 01502 724441 1 - 4 Aug A Bedfull of Foreigners Rip-roaring farce. Aldeburgh Theatre, Aldeburgh, 01394 382199 1 - 4 Aug Footloose Musical presented by the summer school. Kings Theatre, Newmarket, 01638 663337 1 - 4 Aug Our House A not to be missed musical featuring the music of Madness. Theatre Royal, Bury St Edmunds, 01284 769505 1 - 4 Aug The Globe On Tour: Hamlet The Globe Theatre returns to Bungay Castle with a raw, thrillingly elemental production of this inexhaustible play, widely acclaimed in 2011 both on tour and at the Globe. Bungay Castle, Bungay, 01986 897130 1 - 26 Aug Theatre in the Forest: King Lear Red Rose Chain’s annual open-air Shakespeare production. Set against the sweeping backdrop of pine trees in the picturesque heart of Rendlesham Forest, this professional, award winning event will enchant all the family. Rendlesham Firest Centre, Woodbridge, 01473 603388 2 Aug The Selfish Crocodile Children’s show. Haverhill Arts Centre, Haverhill, 01440 714140 2 Aug Putting on the Glitz All-singing, all-dancing show from the Tigerlilys Seagull Theatre, Pakefield, 01502 589726 4 Aug Paul Zerdin With more than 3 million hits on YouTube, Paul Zerdin, the internationally acclaimed ventriloquist returns with ‘Puppet Master’, an exhilarating new show, jam-packed with surprises, twists and turns. Amazing and very funny. Spa Pavilion, Felixstowe, 01394 282126 7 Aug The Railway Children Open-air theatre. Landguard Fort, Felixstowe, 01394 675900 7 - 11 Aug Write Me a Murder Superbly crafted deception from the author of Dial M For Murder. Aldeburgh Theatre, Aldeburgh, 01394 382199 8 - 18 Aug Two and Two Make Sex A fun-filled farce. Southwold Theatre, Southwold, 01502 724441 8 - 19 Aug Backstage Past - Live Encounters A promenade performance of boundless variety. Follow behind a classical architect, a man-monkey undertaking death defying feats, somebody’s aunt from Brazil (where the nuts come from), two ladies singing hits from The Pirates of Penzance and listen in - could that really be Sir Noel Coward on the line? The cast of 13 community actors will literally lead the way through

the life of the Theatre Royal. Theatre Royal, Bury St Edmunds, 01284 769505 9 Aug Phantom & The Musicals Songs from the shows. Spa Pavilion, Felixstowe, 01394 282126 9 Aug Fairy Tales of the Unexpected Children’s show. Fisher Theatre, Bungay, 01986 897130 9 Aug Fawlty Towers Three new episodes of the classic BBC sitcom, live on stage! Seagull Theatre, Pakefield, 01502 589726 11 Aug She Stoops To Conquer DOT Productions present a celebration of chaos, courtship and the dysfunctional family. Fisher Theatre, Bungay, 01986 897130 13 - 18 Aug The Curse of Dracula Adventure, romance and humour in a new adaptation of the original Gothic tale. Aldeburgh Theatre, Aldeburgh, 01394 382199 14 Aug The Pea, The Bean & The Enormous Turnip Children’s show. Haverhill Arts Centre, Haverhill, 01440 714140 14 Aug Malcolm Malan Magic show. Fisher Theatre, Bungay, 01986 897130 15 Aug Annie Musical. Fisher Theatre, Bungay, 01986 897130 16 Aug Fawlty Towers Three new episodes of the classic BBC sitcom, live on stage! Seagull Theatre, Pakefield, 01502 589726 17 Aug Michael J Fitch Top magician. Quay Theatre, Sudbury, 01787 374745 17 Aug An Evening with Maud Short playlets, monologues, songs and poems. Wisteria House, Kenton, 01728 861450 20 Aug - 1 Sep The Curse of Dracula Adventure, romance and humour in a new adaptation of the original Gothic tale. Southwold Theatre, Southwold, 01502 724441 21 Aug The Importance of Being Earnest Presented by Framlingham College. The Cut, Halesworth, 0845 6732123

21 - 25 Aug Two and Two Make Sex A fun-filled farce. Aldeburgh Theatre, Aldeburgh, 01394 382199 23 Aug Grimm Tales Presented by The Quay School of Performing Arts. Quay Theatre, Sudbury, 01787 374745 23 Aug Fawlty Towers Presented by The Quay School of Performing Arts. Fisher Theatre, Bungay, 01986 897130 23 Aug Putting on the Glitz All-singing, all-dancing show from the Tigerlilys Seagull Theatre, Pakefield, 01502 589726 24 Aug Peter and the Wolf Children’s show. Haverhill Arts Centre, Haverhill, 01440 714140 24 Aug The Tales of Beatrix Potter Open-air theatre. Melford Hall, Long Melford, 01440 714140 24 - 25 Aug Fawlty Towers Three new episodes of the classic BBC sitcom, live on stage! Seagull Theatre, Pakefield, 01502 589726 25 Aug Carry On Giggling Presented by Rumpus Theatre Company. Quay Theatre, Sudbury, 01787 374745 27 Aug - 1 Sep Five Finger Exercise Riveting drama from the author of Equus. Aldeburgh Theatre, Aldeburgh, 01394 382199 28 Aug Fawlty Towers Three new episodes of the classic BBC sitcom, live on stage! Spa Pavilion, Felixstowe, 01394 382199 28 Aug More Fairy Tales from the Unexpected Children’s show. Seagull Theatre, Pakefield, 01502 589726 30 Aug Much Ado About Nothing Open-air Shakespeare performed by Heartbreak Productions. Landguard Fort, Felixstowe, 01394 675900 30 Aug Putting on the Glitz All-singing, all-dancing show from the Tigerlilys Seagull Theatre, Pakefield, 01502 589726 30 Aug Frankie Boyle Scottish comedian exuding ‘a

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MUSIC 1 Aug Snape Proms: Ruthie Henshall Singer, actress and TV personality, star of Broadway and West End, presents an evening of some of the most memorable songs. Snape Maltings Concert Hall, Snape, 01728 687110 1 - 31 Aug Snape Proms A month of classical, contemporary and experimental music at Snape Maltings, one of the UK’s leading music venues. Snape maltings Concert Hall, Snape, 01728 687 110 2 Aug Snape Proms: National Youth Orchestra Featuring Joanna McGregor (paino). Snape Maltings Concert Hall, Snape, 01728 687110 3 Aug Glenn Miller Orchestra Open-air concert of 194Os big band music. Kentwell, Long Melford, 01787 310207 3 Aug Van Morrison An afternoon of top horseracing followed by a concert by Northern Ireland’s very own prodigal son whose unique combination of compositional ability and raw vocal talents has produced songs such as Brown Eyed Girl and Bright Side of the Road. Newmarket Nights at the July Racecourse, Newmarket, 0844 579 3010

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18 Aug Don Pasquale Opera buffa in two acts by Gaetano Donizetti. The Cut, Halesworth, 0845 6732123 18 Aug Party By The Pond A free all day music event with a great line-up of local bands. Plus BBQ and more. From Noon. The Castle Inn, Framlingham, 01728 724033 19 Aug Martin Speake Top jazz saxophonist. JazzNights at The Cherry Tree, Belchamp St Paul, 01787 237263 19 Aug Joanna Eden Quartet Jazz singer/songwriter and pianist who lives in Saffron Walden, Essex. Ipswich Jazz Club at the California Club, Ipswich, 01473 231552 20 Aug The Indians Irish band. Fisher Theatre, Bungay, 01986 897130 21 Aug Snape Proms: Richard Thompson Former member of Fairport Convention and one of England’s most respected singer/songwriters whose live performances are enjoyed across the world. Snape Maltings Concert Hall, Snape, 01728 687110 21 Aug The Steve Steinhaus Band Swing band. Fisher Theatre, Bungay, 01986 897130 22 Aug Lucy Ward 2012 BBC Folk Award Winner. Wingfield Barns, Wingfield, 01379 384505 24 Aug Kol Paterson Band Jazz. St Peter’s By The Waterfront , Ipswich, 01473 225269 24 Aug Songs from the Shows Concert with a popular selection of songs and music from West End Musicals. Felixstowe Ferry Sailing Club, Felixstowe, 01394 670633 24 - 26 Aug Folk East A three day festival of international folk, roots and acoustic music in the park at Somerleyton Hall. Line-up includes: Seth Lakeman, Bellowhead, Eliza Carthy Band, Lau, The Imagend Village and Jackie Oates. Plus workshops, dancing, street theatre, trade village, and more. www.folkeast.co.uk Somerleyton Hall, Lovingland, 01502 734901 25 Aug Euphonia Works Mozart, Schumann, Prokofiev. The Cut, Halesworth, 0845 6732123 25 Aug Steps An afternoon of top horseracing followed by a concert by the reformed boy and girl band. Newmarket Nights at the July Racecourse, Newmarket, 0844 579 3010 25 Aug The English Singers Music to celebrate a Royal Year. St Edmunds Church, Southwold, 07740 628 042 25 - 26 Aug Tolly Fest Charity music festival. Noon-11pm. The Plough & Fleece, Cockfield, 01284 827351 26 Aug JLS + Alexandra Burke + Little Mix JB, Aston, Marvin and Oritsé reached the final two of the X Factor back in 2008 - the first group ever to get that far on the show. Since then, their success has been nothing short of staggering, with sold-out arena and stadium tours, number one singles and multi-platinum

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Suffolk young silversmith, Miriam Hanid, will be creating a silver beaker which she has designed from inspiration received at Ickworth. The beaker can be won by visitors and the draw will take place on 3 November at Ickworth. Items of Miriam’s work and pieces from The Goldsmiths’ Company’s collection will be on display in the house and Miriam will be working on the Leaves of Gold beaker most Saturdays. Ickworth House, Horringer. 1 Aug - 1 Sep Summer Breeze Summer exhibition featuring work by James Dodds, Alison Malcolm, Steve Griffin, Katie Lynn, Annabel Mednick & Brian Perry. Reunion Gallery, Felixstowe, 01394 273366 1 Aug - 15 Aug Summer Exhibition Lime Tree Gallery, Long Melford, 01787 319046 1 - 31 Aug Jo and Damien Bowen Silver and ceramic work. Lowestoft Arts Centre, Lowestoft, 01502 500004 1 Aug - 1 Sep Transformations Artists include Susan Collis, Freddie Robins and Caroline Wright, Haroon Mirza, Ben Coode-Adams, Catherine Bertola, Maxine Bristow and Roger Hiorns. Smiths Row, Bury St Edmunds, 01284 762081 1 Aug - 3 Oct Doug Patterson & Christine McKechnie: Sacred Places The exhibition will show a section of Doug Patterson’s illustrated series of his Sacred Places of the world. This part of the journey deals with the canyons of Utah, Arizona and New Mexico, drawn on twenty foot rolls in watercolour, pastels and charcoal. Christine McKechnie has a less grand and yet uniquely personal vision of Sacred Places. Her precision collages comprising hundreds of pieces of hand painted paper depict her responses to travel but more often, the sacred places closer to home and for which we often take for granted. The Apex, Bury St Edmunds, 01284 758000 3 - 9 Aug Stephanie Simpson Fused Glass and Other Crafts. Snape Maltings, Snape, 01728 688303 3 - 19 Aug Unearthed A highly talented group of Suffolk Open Studio eight artists, weavers, painters, potters, photographers will once again be exhibiting at Sutton Hoo in August. This years challenge, the Anglo-Saxon inspired theme ’Un-earthed’, has produced some excitingly unique work. Sutton Hoo, Woodbridge. 4 - 9 Aug Iceni Botanical Artists Edmund Gallery at Bury St Edmunds Cathedral, Bury St Edmunds. 4 - 25 Aug Terence Clarke See opanel. Thompson’s Gallery, High Street, Aldeburgh 01728 453743 5 Aug Vintage Market Over 50 quality vintage traders from across East Anglia. Snape Maltings, Snape, 01728 688303

7 - 11 Aug Weavers Spinners & Dyers Annual Exhibition Annual exhibition and sale of fine handcrafts and demonstrations of ‘fibre’ skills. 10am-5pm. Southwold United Reform Church Hall, Southwold. 7 - 11 Aug Felixstowe Art Group 61st Annual Exhibition. Trinity Methodist Church Hall, Felixstowe. 11 - 16 Aug Heather Nicholas Musings. Edmund Gallery at Bury St Edmunds Cathedral, Bury St Edmunds, 18 - 30 Aug East Anglian Artists 0 Edmund Gallery at Bury St Edmunds Cathedral, Bury St Edmunds. 18 Aug - 5 Sep Tracing the Elements A group of art students from Colchester school of art exhibit a rich range of contemporary painting, photography and installation work. Halesworth Gallery, Halesworth, 01986 873064 23 - 28 Aug Suffolk Open Studios A collection of SOS members’ work:Elizabeth James, Caroline Keen, Carol Piper, & Stephanie Simpson. Unitarian Meeting House, Framlingham.

SPECIAL EVENTS 1 Aug Antqiue Fair Memorial Hall, Long Melford, 01379 897266 4 - 5 Aug Beowulf & The Monster A costumed re-enactment of the Beowulf legend plus cooking, crafts and games. West Stow Country Park & Anglo Saxon Village, Bury St Edmunds, 01284 728718 4 - 5 Dickensian Garden Party Join the genteel Victorian Household (and their staff) for afternoon tea, garden games and croquet. Kentwell, Long Melford, 01787 310207 4 - 5 Aug Southwold Model Railway Exhibition Layouts in the main scales and gauges, trade and society stands, live steam. 10am-5pm Sat, 10am-4.30pm Sun. St Felix School, Southwold. 4 - 5 Aug Anglo Saxon Encampment: Crime and Punishment Experience the life of an Anglo Saxon with Ealdfaeder and be part of an Anglo Saxon trial! Demonstrations, Anglo Saxon tales and weaponry. 10.3am-5pm. Sutton Hoo, Woodbridge, 5 Aug Helmingham Festival of Classic & Sports Cars One of the largest displays of classic and sports cars in Suffolk. A selection parade down the main drive in concourse throughout the day. Main ring entertainment, craft and trade stalls, birds of prey, live music and great local food & drink make this day not just for the car enthusiast but the whole family. 10am-5pm. Helmingham Hall, Helmingham, 01473 890799 5 Aug The Suffolk Art Deco and Retro Fair 10am-4pm. Culford School, Culford, 01284 729655 11 - 12 Aug Polocrosse Extreme International Polocrosse Test match

4 - 25 AUGUST TERENCE CLARK Terence Clarke’s work is focused on colour and its’ use as a metaphor for light. His pictures create a world where light facilitates the use of intense colour. Strong tonal contrasts structure the space and forms. The paintings move between realism and more expressive modes of depiction. Thompson’s Gallery, Aldeburgh series between the UK and the USA. Be amazed at the skills of the horses as they twist and turn at speed and perform breath taking moves to find their way through to the goals. Alongside the test matches is the Polocrosse Extreme Cup, featuring all the top UK polocrosse clubs. Plus children’s fun fair. 9am-5pm. www.pxtcup.com Dullingham Polo Grounds, Newmarket. 11 - 12 Aug Knights Tournament Marvel at the medieval knights as they take on the ultimate tournament. Watch these four brave armoured Knights and their squires, representing the North, South, East and West, fully armoured and ready to do battle. Plus living history encampment, period music and more. 11am-4pm. Framligham Castle, Framlingham. 11 - 12 Aug Spinning a Yarn Village life in 500AD with living history group Deoringas - crafts, domestic tasks and skills and the traditional music and storytelling still enjoyed by everyone today. West Stow Country Park & Anglo Saxon Village, Bury St Edmunds, 01284 728718 12 Aug Classic Car Show Displays of vintage and classic cars in the Museum grounds. 12-5pm. Felixstowe Museum, Felxistowe, 01394 674355 12 Aug Royal Air Forces’ Association Day RAF participation, stalls, RAF air/ground crew veterans, ATC, Vintage Motorcycle Club.

10am-5pm. Norfolk & Suffolk Aviation Museum, Flixton, 01986 896644 12 Aug Echoes of the Past, Wartime Fete and Open Day Step back in time to the wartime years at Rougham Control Tower Museum, wander around the wartime fete and visit the control tower. 10am-5pm. Rougham Airfield, Rougham. 13 - 17 Aug Time Travellers Go… Knights & Princeses Children will be transported to a fairy-tale land to become knights or princesses for the day. 11am-4pm. Framligham Castle, Framlingham. 18 Aug Sweffling Village Fete 1-4pm. Town Meadow, Sweffling. 18 Aug Craft & Gift Fair 10am-4.30pm. The Apex, Bury St Edmunds, 01284 758000 18 Aug Felixstowe Carnival Party ‘Street Party’ with arts, crafts, farmers’ and market traders, fun fair rides, fancy dress and children’s entertainers. Manning’s Amusements, Felixstowe, 01394 282370 18 - 19 Aug Anglo-Saxon Family Life Ynglingas arrive to bring the Village alive with Anglian family life. Demonstrations of Anglo-Saxon crafts throughout the weekend: woodwork, textiles, metalwork, cooking and much more! West Stow Country Park & Anglo Saxon Village, Bury St Edmunds, 01284 728718

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Suffolk 18 - 19 Aug Ipswich Maritime Festival Watch the stylish marina burst alive with re-enactments, a food & drink market and beer festival. Between 10am-6pm each day there will be a variety of activities including live traditional music, dancing, historical re-enactments, a variety of stalls, craft market, firework display and more. www.maritimeipswich.co.uk Town Centre, Ipswich. 18 - 19 Aug Beccles Carnival A full programme of events over the two days for the whole family to enjoy. The Carnival Parade is on Sunday. Beccles Quay, Beccles, 01502 533600 18 - 19 Aug Felixstowe Carnival Parade and Family Fun Day in Langer Park on Saturday; Music and entertainment and fireworks display on Sunday. Both days there will be a fun fair, stalls, and more. www.felixstowecarnival.org Langer Park, Felixstowe. 19 Aug Fantastic Falcons Using falcons is an ancient hunting method practiced by the Anglo-Saxons. Watch the skilled handlers of the Warren Hill Raptor Project demonstrate these magnificent birds. West Stow Country Park & Anglo Saxon Village, Bury St Edmunds, 01284 728718 19 Aug Jaguar Drivers Club Displays of Jaguar cars. Landguard Fort, Felixstowe, 01394 675900

19 Aug Clare Antiques Fair From 9.30am. Clare Town Hall, Clare, 01787 278105 20 Aug Time Travellers Go… Medieval Children will be propelled back in history by 500 years! 11am-4pm. Framligham Castle, Framlingham. 20 Aug The Extreme Stunt Show One of the most exciting and fastest growing motorsport events in Europe. From monster truck mayhem to back flipping motocross, the Extreme Stunt Show has it all. Trinity Park, Ipswich, 01473 707119 23 Aug Living History Experience Ickworth Lives, the real stories of the people who lived and worked at Ickworth in the thirties. 11am-5pm. Ickworth House, Horringer. 24 Aug Time Travellers Go… Medieval Children will be propelled back in history by 500 years! 11am-4pm. Framligham Castle, Framlingham. 24 Aug Suffolk Paralympic Flame Celebration 2-9.30pm. Needham Lake, Needham Market. 24 - 26 Aug Southwold Fine Art & Antiques Fair 11am-5pm. St Felix School, Southwold, 01379 586134 24 - 27 Aug Tudor High Summer Daily life in 1556 with some 150 costumed Tudors - Kentwell’s second largest Re-Creation of the year - House,

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26 - 27 Aug East Anglian Festival of History All day entertainment which may include birds of prey, working dogs, children’s entertainment as well as arts, crafts, gifts and food marquees. 10am-5pm. Rougham Airfield, Rougham, 01359 270524 26 - 27 Aug Medieval Mayhem Meet the medieval folk at Framlingham Castle this Bank Holiday weekend as they recreate medieval life in all its glory. See living history demonstrations, watch thrilling arena shows of 15th century fighting techniques and children can take part in their own mini battle and play a variety of games from the period. 11am-4pm. Framlingham Castle, Framlingham. 27 Aug Lavenham Carnival & Rare Breeds Motor Show Lavenham, 01787 248207 27 Aug Oulton Broad Gala Day Great family day wit kite flying, tug of war, arena and stage entertainment, live music, fun fair, motor boat racing, beer tent, grand firework display and more. 9am-10.30pm. Nicholas Everitt Park, Oulton Broad, 01502 566270 27 Aug Car Boot & Table Sale 9am-1pm. Quay Theatre, Sudbury, 01787 374745 31 Aug - 2 Sep All About Gardening Large show for garden lovers. Suffolk Showground at Trinity Park, Ipswich,

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Sunday 23rd September will see some of the World’s most famous Racing Stables open their yards to the public as a whole for the first time in fifteen years. The 2012 Newmarket Open Day enables you to pick from the selection of yards that are open from 9.30am – 12.30pm, there will also be horses cantering up Warren Hill from 9.00am – 10.00am, just a stone’s throw from the Heath Court Hotel. In the afternoon there are activities planned at the Rowley Mile Racecourse. The Heath Court Hotel is offering a special package for this weekend: arrive Saturday 22nd Sept with two nights Dinner, Bed & Breakfast, entry to Grandstand and Paddocks on Saturday 22nd September and entry for Newmarket Trainers Open Day. Prices from £165.00 per person. 01638 667171 arlingtonhotelgroup.co.uk

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Norfolk THEATRE & SHOWS 1 Aug The Owl Who Was Afraid of the Dark Open-air theatre in the beautiful setting of the courtyard. Holkham Hall, Holkham, 01328 713111 1 - 3 Aug Oliver! Brian Conley stars as Fagin in this wonderful new production of Lionel Bart’s musical adaptation of Charles Dickens’ story. Norwich Theatre Royal, Norwich, 01603 630000 1 - 4 Aug Snow White: The Truth A strange and magical tale. Norwich Playhouse, 01603 598598 1 - 4 Aug Snow White: The Truth A family musical with plenty of unexpected twists. Norwich Theatre Royal, Norwich, 01603 630000 1 - 4 Aug Norman Conquests: Round and Round The Garden Alan Ayckbourn’s comedy. Sheringham Little Theatre, Sheringham, 01263 822347 1 - 11 Aug Twelfth Night Shakespeare. Westacre Theatre, Westacre, 01760 755800 1 - 11 Aug Pied Piper Puppet show for ages 4+. Norwich Puppet Theatre, Norwich, 01603 629921 1 Aug - 16 Sep Hippodrome Spectacular & Water Show Thrilling show with some great acts, including Circus Hilarious and a team of glamorous dancers, swimmers and aerialists and much more in this wonderful spectacular. The Hippodrome, Great Yarmouth, 01493 780223 1 - 30 Aug August Summer Showtime Show packed full of song, dance and comedy and features all of your favourite numbers from ABBA and Queen to the golden age of Hollywood. Starring the hilarious ‘Olly Day’ and Norfolk’s very own ‘Nigel ‘Boy’ Syer. Tues - Thurs only. Gorleston Pavilion Theatre, Gorleston, 01493 662832 16 Jun - 29 Sep Summer Seaside Special North Norfolk’s world famous all singing, all dancing summer show. Celebrating its 35th Birthday this ultimate variety show brings you a diverse blend of great pop music, breath taking West End ballads, specialty acts that make you gasp in amazement and lashings of saucy-postcard humour. Pavilion Theatre at Cromer Pier, Cromer, 01263 512495 2 Aug Jim Davidson Adult comedy from one of the UK’s finest. Britannia Pier Theatre, Great Yarmouth, 01493 842209 3 Aug Paul Zerdin With more than 3 million hits on YouTube, Paul Zerdin, the internationally acclaimed ventriloquist returns with ‘Puppet Master’, an exhilarating new show, jam-packed with surprises, twists and turns. Amazing and very funny. Britannia Pier Theatre, Great Yarmouth, 01493 842209 3 Aug Fawlty Towers Three new episodes of this classic BBC sitcom live on stage. Diss C0rn Hall, St Nicholas Street, Diss. 3 Aug A Norfolk Night and More! Music and comedy. The Granary Theatre, Wells-next-the-Se, 01328 710193

3 - 11 Aug Twelfth Night Shakespeare. Westacre Theatre, Westacre, 01760 755800 4 Aug Angelis Musical. The Granary Theatre, Wells-next-the-Se, 01328 710193 5 Aug That’ll Be The Day Rock ‘n’ roll music show. Pavilion Theatre at Cromer Pier, Cromer, 01263 512495 7 Aug Grimms’ Fairy Tales Open-air theatre in the beautiful setting of the courtyard. Holkham Hall, Holkham, 01328 713111 7 - 11 Aug Matthew Bourne’s Play Without Words Sexy, chic and thrillingly original, this dance drama is a spellbinding carnival of seduction, intrigue and power. Norwich Theatre Royal, Norwich, 01603 630000 7 - 16 Aug The Turn of the Screw Gripping supernatural tale. Sheringham Little Theatre, Sheringham, 01263 822347 8 Aug One Night in Vegas Starring Martyn Lucas. A concert style show featuring the music and excitement from the entertainment capital of the world. Princess Theatre, Hunstanton, 01485 532252 10 - 11 Aug Jimmy Carr New stand-up show from the popular comedian and TV presenter. Britannia Pier Theatre, Great Yarmouth, 01493 842209 10 - 12 Aug Veronica’s Room Thriller. The Granary Theatre, Wells-next-the-Se, 01328 710193 11 Aug Fairy Tales of the Unexpected Children’s show. Princess Theatre, Hunstanton, 01485 532252 12 Aug The Magic fo Motown Show celebrating the soul sounds of Motown. Pavilion Theatre at Cromer Pier, Cromer, 01263 512495 13 Aug Jimmy Cricket Hilarious Irish comedian. Pavilion Theatre at Cromer Pier, Cromer, 01263 512495 14 Aug Joe Pasquale Brilliant mad-cap comedy from the squeaky-voiced one. Britannia Pier Theatre, Great Yarmouth, 01493 842209 14 Aug Sleeping Beauty Open-air theatre in the beautiful setting of the courtyard. Holkham Hall, Holkham, 01328 713111 15 Aug Joe Pasquale Brilliant mad-cap comedy from the squeaky-voiced one. Princess Theatre, Hunstanton, 01485 532252 16 Aug Let The Good Times Roll 50s and 60s music show. Britannia Pier Theatre, Great Yarmouth, 01493 842209 16 Aug She Stoops To Conquer Oliver Goldsmith’s ever-popular comedy. Diss Corn Hall, Diss, 01379 652241 16 - 25 Aug A Murder is Announced Miss Marple murder mystery. Maddermarket Theatre, Norwich, 01603 620917 17 Aug - 1 Sep Great Expectations Charles Dickens’ story. Westacre Theatre, Westacre, 01760 755800 18 Aug Fairy Tales of the Unexpected Children’s show. Princess Theatre, Hunstanton, 01485 532252

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18 Aug 13 Musical Presented by Lights Music Action. Norwich Puppet Theatre, Norwich, 01603 629921 18 - 28 Aug Birthday Suite Exceptionally funny British comedy. Sheringham Little Theatre, Sheringham, 01263 822347 19 Aug The Little Big Club Popular children’s characters live on stage. Britannia Pier Theatre, Great Yarmouth, 01493 842209 20 Aug Cannon & Ball Legendary comedy duo with guest comedian Stu Francis. Britannia Pier Theatre, Great Yarmouth, 01493 842209 20 Aug Phantom & The Musicals Songs from the shows. Pavilion Theatre at Cromer Pier, Cromer, 01263 512495 21 Aug Abba The Show Tribute show. Britannia Pier Theatre, Great Yarmouth, 01493 842209 21 Aug Fairy Tales of the Unexpected Children’s show. Sheringham Little Theatre, Sheringham, 01263 822347 22 Aug King Arthur and the Sword in the Stone Open-air theatre in the beautiful setting of the courtyard. Holkham Hall, Holkham, 01328 713111 22 - 23 Aug Kissing Angels New comedy play. The Granary Theatre, Wells-next-the-Se, 01328 710193 22 - 29 Aug Red Riding Hood Fabulous puppet show for aged 4+. Norwich Puppet Theatre, Norwich, 01603 629921 24 Aug Jim Davidson Adult comedy from one of the UK’s finest. Britannia Pier Theatre, Great Yarmouth, 01493 842209 24 Aug The One and Only Rat Pack Show A fantastic tribute to the famous three and an evening filled with Music, Memories and Mischief. Norwich Playhouse, Norwich, 01603 598598 25 Aug Fairy Tales of the Unexpected Children’s show. Princess Theatre, Hunstanton, 01485 532252 25 Aug Jess Conrad Obe Meets Norman Wisdom Rock with laughter and hear all the hits from the 60s in this

two hour show where 60s icon Jess Conrad meets Norman Wisdom (AKA Glen Ford!). Gorleston Pavilion Theatre, Gorleston, 01493 662832 25 Aug Jess Conrad Obe Meets Norman Wisdom Rock with laughter and hear all the hits from the 60s in this two hour show where 60s icon Jess Conrad meets Norman Wisdom (AKA Glen Ford!). Gorleston Pavilion Theatre, Gorleston, 01493 662832 25 - 26 Aug Hairy Maclary and Friends Music, singing and several of your favourite Hairy Maclary stories, this show is a must for the whole family. Norwich Playhouse, Norwich, 01603 598598 25 - 27 Aug Out of Water Created by Helen Paris and Caroline Wright, Out of Water features a newly commissioned sound-score by acclaimed composer Jocelyn Pook. Stories of endeavour, of swimming, of sinking, interweave with haunting music, lifeguard drills, calls for help and struggles for breath. Holkham Beach, Holkham, 01603 630000 27 Aug Fairy Tales of the Unexpected Children’s show. Sheringham Little Theatre, Sheringham, 01263 822347 28 - 15 Aug Dirty Dancing An unprecedented live experience, exploding with heart-pounding music, passionate romance and sensationally sexy dancing. Norwich Theatre Royal, Norwich, 01603 630000 28 Aug Joe Pasquale Brilliant mad-cap comedy from the squeaky-voiced one. Britannia Pier Theatre, Great Yarmouth, 01493 842209 29 - 19 Aug The Comedians A big comedy night out featuring a host of top TV stand up comedy stars, including: Fraser Hines (Emmerdale Farm), Graham Walker (The Grumbleweeds), Paul Squire, Kenny Cantor, Steve Barclay, Adger Brown, Bryan Burdon, and Joe Goodman. Gorleston Pavilion Theatre, Gorleston, 01493 662832 29 Aug The Tales of Peter Rabbit and Benjamin Bunny Open-air theatre in the beautiful setting of the courtyard. Holkham Hall, Holkham, 01328 713111

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Norfolk 29 - 31 Aug Fairy Tales of the Unexpected Children’s show. Maddermarket Theatre, Norwich, 01603 620917 30 Aug Forever in Blue Jeans Show featuring the the biggest hits of the 50s, 60s and 70s. Britannia Pier Theatre, Great Yarmouth, 01493 842209 30 - 31 Aug Fawlty Towers Relive all the fun and mayhem of the original episodes, meticulously and lovingly recreated, live on stage. Norwich Playhouse, Norwich, 01603 598598 30 Aug - 8 Sep Ding Dong Fabulous French farce. Sheringham Little Theatre, Sheringham, 01263 822347 31 Aug The Stand-Up Poetry Club Featuring Martin Newell & Andy Bennett. Diss Corn Hall, Diss, 01379 652241 31 Aug - 2 Sep Calendar Girls Based on the true story of a group of women who bare all, or nearly all, for charity and become international celebrities as a result. Gorleston Pavilion Theatre, Gorleston, 01493 662832

MUSIC 2 Aug Jazz on the Broads Jazz on the boat with the Classic Dixieland Jazz Band. Broads Tours, Wroxham, 01603 782207 2 Aug Ned Evett Band One of the world’s foremost fretless guitarists. Norwich Arts Centre, 01603 660352 2 Aug Ned Evett Band One of the world’s foremost fretless guitarists. The Granary Theatre, Wells-next-the-Sea, 01328 710193 3 - 5 Aug VW Whitenoise Festival celebrating its 10th anniversary with over 25 top live bands, including Kazabian and Antartic Monkey tributes, DJ’s including Aaron B, Skalypso Tone, Jamie Charles and Nine Lives. Loads of free things thrown in for kids e.g. bouncy campervan,selected craft workshops and roller rink. Licenced Bar, VW vehicle displays and competitions, huge selection of traders and funfair.Norfolk Showground, Costessey, 07977 844790 4 Aug Voulez-Vous Abba tribute. Princess Theatre, Hunstanton, 01485 532252 4 Aug A celebration of Neil Diamond. Tribute. Gorleston Pavilion Theatre, Gorleston, 01493 662832 4 Aug Jools on Wheels Folk/rock travelogues of the nomadic life. Diss Corn Hall, Diss, 01379 652241 5 Aug Country Knights Country music. The Granary Theatre, Wells-next-the-Sea, 01328 710193 6 Aug The Searchers Sixties group known for hits such as Sweets For My Sweet and Sugar and Spice. Pavilion Theatre at Cromer Pier, Cromer, 01263 512495 6 - 10 Aug Mundesley Festival Music festival with The Jonathan Wyatt Big Band (60th); Richard Digance (7th); The Temperance Seven (8th); Steve Hewlett (9th); Tony Goodacre (10th). Mundesley, 01263 721189

2 - 28 JULY JELLY FESTIVAL Fun, colourful, diverse and full of personality, the Jelly Festival breaks the mould. This year it celebrates its fifth birthday with a Mercury Music prize winner, cult American band, interactive games, workshops and oodles and spoonfuls of fun. Line-up includes The Felice Brothers, Roni Size, Alex Metric, Jakwob, Lucy Rose, plus choldren;s fun fair, workshops and more. Compton Hall, South Creake. 7 Aug The Searchers Sixties group known for hits such as Sweets For My Sweet and Sugar and Spice. Britannia Pier Theatre, Great Yarmouth, 01493 842209 7 Aug Willy Mason Singer-songwriter. Norwich Arts Centre, Norwich, 01603 660352 9 Aug Dominic Kirwan Popular Irish singer. Britannia Pier Theatre, Great Yarmouth, 01493 842209 9 Aug Unborn Twin Alt rock band. With support from The Lost Levels. Norwich Arts Centre, Norwich, 01603 660352 11 Aug Last Night of the Proms Concert Spectacular classical concert with the highly acclaimed Sinfonia Viva orchestra and soprano Annette Wardell, plus choreographed air display by the Grace Spitfire to William Walton’s thrilling ‘Spitfire Prelude’ and firework finale. Blickling Hall, Blickling, 01263 734711 11 Aug The World’s Greatest Michael Jackson Tribute Tribute. Princess Theatre, Hunstanton, 01485 532252 11 Aug Steemy Dan Steel Dan tribute. Gorleston Pavilion Theatre, Gorleston, 01493 662832 11 - 12 Aug Reepham12 Summer Music Festival A host of bands including Ex Simple Minds, Limehouse Lizzy, Buster James and more.www.reephamfestival.co.uk Whitwell and Reepham Railway, Reepham, 01603 871694 12 Aug Strictly Sixties 60s concert with The Swinging Blue Jeans and The Telstars. Princess Theatre, Hunstanton, 01485 532252 14 Aug Vintage Trouble Soul/rhythm and blues band from LA. The Waterfront, Norwich, 01603 508050 15 Aug Melvyn Tan Acclaimed pianist. Scarlatti, Schumann, Chopin. Holkham Hall, Holkham, 01328 730357 15 Aug Your Demise Band from St Albans. The Waterfront, Norwich, 01603 508050

16 Aug Jazz on the Broads Jazz on the boat with the Classic Dixieland Jazz Band. Broads Tours, Wroxham, 01603 782207 17 Aug Hathaway Melodic pop. The Waterfront, Norwich, 01603 508050 17 Aug Brooks Williams Top acoustic blues guitarist. Support from Norwich-based singer songwriter Jess Morgan. The Granary Theatre, Wells-next-the-Sea, 01328 710193 17 - 18 Aug Jelly Festival Line-up includes The Felice Brothers, Roni Size, Alex Metric, Jakwob, Lucy Rose, Admiral Fallow, Allister Whitehead and Solko. Plus performance, interactive games, kids workshops, film, food and walkabouts and more. www.jellyfestival.com Compton Hall, South Creake. 18 Aug The Johnny Cash Story Country music tribute by Roger Dean. Princess Theatre, Hunstanton, 01485 532252 18 Aug Chamber Orchestra Anglia Concert bringing to life the painting, Thorpe Water Frolic (1824), by Norwich School artist, Joseph Stannard, through the music of Rossini, Haydn and Mozart. Norwich Castle Museum & Art Gallery, Norwich, 01603 495897 18 Aug Lindauer Vokalensemble Chamber Choir from Lindau, Bavaria. St Botolph’s Church, Trunch, 01263 722193 19 Aug Jackson Live Amir Sharma’s portrayal of Michael Jackson in his prime. Pavilion Theatre at Cromer Pier, Cromer, 01263 512495

23 Aug The Searchers Sixties group known for hits such as Sweets For My Sweet and Sugar and Spice. Britannia Pier Theatre, Great Yarmouth, 01493 842209 23 Aug Paul Kelly One of Australia’s most significant singer/songwriters. Norwich Arts Centre, Norwich, 01603 660352 24 Aug The Wailing Souls Fusing the harmonies of Motown with the roots and dancehall sounds of reggae The Wailing Souls have ridden the crest of Jamaica’s music wave for more than four decades. Norwich Arts Centre, 01603 660352 24 Aug Scott Wright With support from Bill Downs, Empire and Hemingway. Open, Norwich, 01603 508050 24 Aug Sheringham Shantymen Maritime singing group. The Granary Theatre, Wells-next-the-Sea, 01328 710193 25 Aug The Indians Top Irish band. Princess Theatre, Hunstanton, 01485 532252 25 Aug Gala Concert: The Sound of Music Music from the famous musical. The Granary Theatre, Wells-next-the-Sea, 01328 710193 26 Aug Pop Party in the Park Featuring The Illegal Eagles, plus support, and spectacular fireworks display. Holkham Hall, Holkham, 01328 713111

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ART & EXHIBITIONS 1 - 5 Aug Wymondham Art Sociey Annual exhibition. Wymondham Arts Centre, 01603 666011 1 - 5 Aug Salthouse 2012 Annual contemporary art exhibition. Cley Church, Cley-next-the-Sea, 01692 403368 1 - 8 Aug Kieron Williamson 10-year-old Kieron is an incredible talent and one of the world’s youngest and most internationally known selling artists. Picturecraft Gallery, Holt, 01263 711040 1 - 11 Aug Rebecca Rolf A self-taught figurative fine artist, working in oil paints. Her paintings are influenced by the Pre-Raphaelite brotherhood. Norwich Arts Centre, Norwich, 01603 660352 1 - 18 Aug Alla Moda An exhibition of over 300 bold and colourful ceramics from the Graham Cooley Collection will reveal the designers and factories behind many of these design treasures including the rediscovery of a ‘forgotten’ factory. King’s Lynn Arts Centre, 01553 764864 1 - 23 Aug Cornelia Fitzroy Intricate paintings displayed in the Adnams bar. Norwich Theatre Royal, Norwich, 01603 630000 1 - 24 Aug Peer Group A selection of work by recent NUCA graduates, including photography and moving image. Artists include Rob Freimuller, Sayumphorn Janthasorn and Alex Searle. Norwich Arts Centre, Norwich, 01603 660352

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1 - 27 Aug Queen & Country Artists will be interpreting the exhibition’s theme in their own quirky way. Assembly House, Norwich, 01603 626402 1 Aug - 2 Sep Natural World Art Group Original and evocative art featuring wildlife both native and exotic. Banham Zoo, Banham, 01953 887771 1 Aug - 30 Sep The Diamond Jubilee Exhibition Historic uniforms from the Coronations of William IV, George IV and Queen Elizabeth II. Houghton Hall, 01485 528569 1 Aug - 30 Sep Queen Elizabeth II by Cecil Beaton: A Diamond Jubilee Celebration V&A touring exhibition of the portraits of Her Majesty by photographer Cecil Beaton (1904-1980). Ranging from wartime photographs of Princess Elizabeth with her family, to tender images of The Queen with her own young children and official portraits, this exhibition of more than one hundred photographs, conveys the magnitude of her role as Britain’s monarch. Elegant and highly-staged photographs are shown alongside informal moments of the Royal Family at home. Norwich Castle Museum & Art Gallery, 01603 493625 1 Aug - 30 Sep A celebration of the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee An exhibition exploring what life was life for ordinary people in 1952, when the Queen came to the throne. King’s Lynn Tourist Information Centre at The Custom House, King’s Lynn, 01553 763044 1 Aug - 31 Oct The Ostrich & The Crown This exhibition for 2012 highlights the links over four centuries between the Coke family and the monarchy, from the time of Elizabeth I to the present day. Holkham Hall, 01328 713111 1 Aug - 2 Dec The First Moderns: Art Nouveau, from Nature to Abstraction The First Moderns is the first in a series of displays of spectacular displays of works from the Sainsbury Centre’s permanent collections that will explore the importance of design, particularly in the European context in the 19th and 20th centuries. Sainsbury Centre for Visual Arts, Norwich, 01603 593199 1 Aug - 27 Jan Thomas Housego The second exhibition in the Next Modern series showcases the work of British-born sculptor Thomas Houseago, whose large-scale bronze, Hermaphrodite, stands in the Centre’s west end Sculpture Garden. The exhibition will contain a selection of sculptures from bronzes to more fragile plaster works, inside the Centre and outside in the Sculpture Garden. Sainsbury Centre for Visual Arts, Norwich, 01603 593199 4 - 10 Aug Ronald Durban An exhibition of oil paintings, sketches and limited edition prints. The Forum, Norwich, 01603 727950 4 Aug - 12 Sep Summer Exhibition 2 Featuring gallery artists and invited newcomers. Bircham Gallery, Holt, 01263 713312

5 - 11 Aug Norfolk Watercolour Circle Annual exhibition of paintings. The Forum, Norwich, 01603 727950 5 - 12 Aug Art Alive in Norfolk Churches The Painters and Carvers of Angels Medieval Art and Craft in Norfolk. St Catherine’s Church, Ludham, 01692 678437 7 - 19 Aug Kerry Buck, Liz Mace and Clive Brookes Paintings, hand pulled prints, sculpture. Wymondham Arts Centre, Wymondham, 01603 666011 12 - 16 Aug Goodmen Photographic Exhibition The combined photographic talents of Adam Goodman and his father Stuart, in their first joint show. The Forum, Norwich, 01603 727950 17 - 19 Aug Love Art A showcase collection of all kinds of art such as painting, drawing, photography, sculpture, ceramics and more The Forum, Norwich, 01603 727950 20 - 26 Aug Black Butterfly Art Exhibition presented by young adults from The Hamlet Centre Trust. The Forum, Norwich, 01603 727950 21 Aug - 2 Sep Approaches to landscape Ian Foster, Mari French, Gwyn Jones and Bridget Marshall. Four very different approaches to landscape and the natural world. Wymondham Arts Centre, Wymondham, 01603 666011 27 Aug - 2 Sep The legend of L’Inconnue The exhibition uncovers the legend of L’Inconnue - (The Unknown Woman of the Seine). The Forum, Norwich, 01603 727950 31 Aug - 12 Sep East Anglian Fine Art Summer Exhibition An eclectic mixed summer exhibition featuring some of the finest East Anglian Painters in oil, watercolour and pastel. Picturecraft Gallery, Holt, 01263 711040

SPECIAL EVENTS Every Wednesday The Cloisters Fair: Antiques. Collectables. Vintage. 8am-3pm. St Andrews & Blackfriars Halls, Norwich, 01603 630763 1 Aug Chilli Fiesta & Fete 0 Felbrigg Hall, Felbrigg, 01263 837444 1 - 5 Aug Wells Carnival 70 individual activities across 9 days Carnival day itself is on 4 Aug, with entertainment throughout the day. Town Centre, Wells-next-the-Sea. 2 - 4 Aug Beer Festival Over 70 Real Ales and Ciders, BBQ, entertainment. Angel Inn, Larling, 01953 717963 4 Aug Wells Carnival Entertainment throughout the day, fancydress competitions followed by a parade around the town. www.wellscarnival.co.uk The Buttlands, Wells-next-the-Sea. 5 Aug Hickling Magnificent Machinery Show & Auto Jumble Classic cars, racing cars, custom cars motorcycles, tractors open to all forms of

magnificent machines. 11am-4pm. Hickling Barn, Hickling, 01692 598150 5 Aug Heacham Carnival & Fete Carnival and fete, car boot, dog show. Carnival procession arrives on field approx 3:15 followed by presentations 3:30. Beer tent, childrens games, bbq, marching band, Andy Groom Roadshow. 7am-5.30pm. Heacham, 01485 572120 5 Aug Downham Market Water Festival The event promises to be a fantastic day out for all the family with adrenalin pumping Dragon Boat races, arena events, a fun fair, children’s activities, lots of amazing food vendors, craft and charity stalls and much more! From 10am. Hythe Bridge, Downham Market, 01366 387770 5 Aug Harvest Day Mini event day where you can learn about traditional farming and watch heavy horses bring in the harvest. 10am-5pm. Gressenhall Farm & Workhouse, 01362 869251 5 Aug Wayland Agricultural Show Traditional show with some amazing entetrainment in the main ring, including quad-bike stunts. Plus Mid Norfolk Gun Dogs, West Norfolk Hunt Hounds, Horkesley Park Suffolk Punches, vintage vehicles; plus the Taste of Norfolk, Lifestyle, Arts & Crafts, Fur & Feather, Horticulture and Home marquees and the many trade displays will ensure an unmissable day out. From 10am. Brandon Road, Watton. 5 Aug Caister Lifeboat Day Come and meet the crew, see both lifeboats being launched and enjoy a fun family day out supporting this very worthwhile cause. 10am-4.30pm. Caister Lifeboat Station, Caister-on-Sea, 01493 722001 5 Aug 6th Norfolk Smallholders Show & Market A great day out for all the family featuring home produce and local food stalls, traditional craft demonstrations, livestock and poultry exhibitions, ‘Small holders’ Question Time’, Sheep Shearing and much more! Holt Hall, Holt, 01953 451963 10 - 12 Aug Sandringham Crafts, Art &Sculpture Fair Lots of demonstrations in the new working craft village. Skills such as wood turning, glass blowing and lace making will be demonstrated, as well as falconry displays, ferret races and puppet shows throughout the day and marquees devoted to ceramics, paintings and glass. In addition, the very popular chainsaw carvers will be returning and showing off their skills. This popular show offers a full day out for all the family. 10am-6pm. Sandringham Estate, Sandringham, 01283 820548 11 - 12 Aug Dunlop MSA British Touring Car Championship The nation’s premier motor racing championship is famed for its bumper-to-bumper thrills and spills. With non-stop action including three headline BTCC races, unrivalled access to the star


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25 - 27 Aug All About Gardening Large show for garden lovers. Norfolk Showground, Norwich, 01702 549623 25 - 27 Aug Medieval Spectacular Step back in time and experience life as it really was with a Jousting tournament, Viking Invasion and every day living. Fire breathing, witch’s hovel, story tellers, minstrels and a traders row where you can take home your own piece of Mediaeval history really make this a special day out. Pensthorpe, Fakenham, 01328 851465 26 Aug Hickling Barn Village Show Traditional village show. From 9.30am. Hickling Barn, Hickling, 07944 553367 26 Aug Centenary of the Great Flood of the River Bure The highlight of the event will be the visit of The Albion the last working Wherry on the Broads. She will be moored on the Lower Common at Coltishall for most of the day. Other attractions will be: children’s rides, hot and cold food, traditional games, stalls and more. 11am-6pm. Coltishall Lower Common, Coltishall, 01603 738573 26 Aug Salhouse Broad Raft Race Teams of four compete, plus fun and games, BBQ, music and more. Salhouse Broad, Salhouse, 01603 722775 26 Aug East Coast Truckers Join in the crowds to watch the convoy of over 80 truckers venture along Marine Parade. 6pm. Central Beach, Great Yarmouth, 01603 745093

26 - 27 Aug Village at War Experience life on the 1940s home front. Got any gum chum? See the impact of the ‘friendly invasion’ of American troops. Gressenhall Farm & Workhouse, Gressenhall, 01362 869251 26 - 27 Aug All About Dogs A weekend packed with fun, competitions, entertainment, shopping and activities for dogs. Norfolk Showground, Norwich, 01702 549623 27 Aug Bread Festival A celebration of breads and their accompaniments. Bread making competitons. 10am-5pm. Bircham Windmill, Great Bircham, 01485 578393 27 Aug The Grand Norwich Duck Race Witness up to 5000 ducks being released at St George’s Bridge and flow downstream to Fye Bridge, finishing at the Ribs of Beef pub. Sponsored ducks are just £2. Races start at 3pm. St George’s Bridge, Norwich. 27 Aug The Aylsham Show A traditional one-day Agricultural Show with excellent main ring attractions. Livestock judging classes for cattle, sheep goats, horses and show jumping. Rural Craft Stands, Cookery Theatre, Local Food Hall, Trade Stands and more. 8am-6pm. Bliclling Park, Blickling, 01263 732432 28 - 5 Aug Sheringham Carnival The theme for Carnival 2012 is ” Celebrating Great Britain through the Ages”. www.sheringhamcarnival.com

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The Out There International Festival of Circus and Street Arts takes place from 4 to 9 September. One of the country’s leading circus and street arts festivals, this year’s highlight is a new show from French street arts pioneers Générik Vapeur. The show, Waterlitz will stun audiences with a twenty metre Iron Man dominating Great Yarmouth’s seafront. The Festival is free and features acts from across the world. seachangearts.org.uk

Don’t miss… Summer Fireworks every Weds at Central Beach until 29 Aug. Market Day Summer Fun - family fun and entertainment very Weds until 5 Sept. Great Yarmouth Maritime Festival (1-2 Sept) - South Quay will be packed with exhibitions, demonstrations, stalls and ships for visitors to explore for a whole weekend, along with music and entertainment. The new Hippodrome Summer Circus and Water Show is an outstanding experience not to be missed, an amazing show staged in the evocative Edwardiana of the 1903 Hippodrome, Britain’s last surviving total circus building and one of only three in the world still featuring the unique water spectacular. This year’s show sees the return of award winning comedy duo Clive Webb and Danny Adams plus host Jack Jay and character comedian Mick Potts – together with the world’s greatest most thrilling international circus acts, Scruffy the loveable rogue dog act, stunning aerial acts, dancers, swimmers, special effects and more. Until 16 Sept. 01493 844172 hippodromecircus.co.uk

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Beauty that stretches all along the North Norfolk Coast. Long walks can be enjoyed along the miles of bracken-covered uplands and the ancient woods of Upper Sheringham. The gazebo viewing tower of Sheringham Park, in Upper Sheringham, offers spectacular views over the sea and countryside. The park gardens were landscaped by Humphry Repton, and there are many waymarked walks to take, including a route to the North Norfolk Railway.

Sheringham Carnival runs until 5 August, with Carnival Day on 5 August. Carnival Day dates back to the 1890s when the fishermen organised regattas, and it is now north Norfolk's premier carnival. www.sheringhamcarnival.com Sheringham Market is held every Saturday throughout the year and on Wednesdays between March and the end of October. Summer Rep at Sheringham Little Theatre runs until 8 September and as usual, there’s some excellent productions: The Turn of the Screw (7 - 16 August) is a gripping supernatural thriller adapted from the Henry James novella; Birthday Suite (18 - 28 August)is an exceptionally funny comedy in best tradition of British farce; Ding Dong, Marc Camoletti’s fabulous French farce, rounds off the season from 30 Aug - 8 Sept. For full details or to book call 01263 822347 www.sheringhamlittletheatre.com Visit Priory Maze and Gardens and lose yourself in Norfolk's only traditional hedge maze. There are ten acres of enchanting gardens to explore; a peaceful setting to enjoy natural gardens of woodland, water and meadow. Cromer Road 01263 822986 www.priorymazegardens.co.uk

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Norwich SUMMER HOLIDAY FUN IN THE CITY At Strangers’ Hall Museum in Charing Cross, children can explore the Victorian rooms with the help of a trail, try craft activities and play traditional games in the garden. On Wednesdays, thy can meet Agnes, the housemaid, and get their hands on the real objects she uses to keep the house clean and tidy. 01603 667229 Until 2 Sept Summer at The Forum continues through August with LunchBox street theatre (until 3rd), three weeks of Retro Arcade 3 (until 18th), food and craft markets, photography and art exhibitions and much, much more. At Norwich Castle Museum & Art Gallery you can find out what it was like to live in the castle 900 years ago. Meet a costumed character, get your hands on real museum objects and make something to take home. On Wednesdays, pop along to the 'Knight Class' and learn to be a medieval knight. Until 5 Sept. Head to the Live Site on Chapelfield Plain where the big screen will be showing live coverage and news from the London 2012 Olympic Games up to the closing ceremony on 12 August. Roller Derby is a highly competitive and athletic, full contact sport played on quad roller skates and it comes to Norwich live for the first time this month. Watch The Norfolk Brawds play The Romsey Town Roller Billies at the

Sportspark at the University of East Anglia on 4 Aug, 12.15pm. The Grand Norwich Duck Race on 27 August is not to be missed. Witness up to 5000 ducks being released at St George’s Bridge and flow downstream to Fye Bridge, finishing at the Ribs of Beef pub. Sponsored ducks are just £2 – your raffle ticket will be matched to a duck in the race. Over 50 prizes can be won, including weekend breaks, meals for two, shopping vouchers and many more. Races start at 3pm. Norfolk has over 600 historic churches, that's more per acre and per person than anywhere in the world! Many of these churches are open to visitors throughout the year but discover more during Open Churches Week (4 -12 Aug) which commences with a Classic Car Rally from Norwich Cathedral via a number of magnificent churches in South Norfolk. Music plays its part this month with a programme of outdoor bandstand concerts in Norwich parks. All concerts begin at 3pm on selected Sundays from June until August. Take a picnic and enjoy! City Boats offer daily scheduled trips (with live commentary) during August taking in the views of Old Norwich or the tranquility of the Norfolk Broads. If country music’s your thing, then you’ll enjoy their Showboat Night with Cardy and Coke on 18

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The time of your life With its iconic songs, classic lines and the most famous movie melon ever, the people of Norwich are in for a high-energy summer treat when Dirty Dancing takes to the stage at Norwich Theatre Royal this month.

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t has attracted excitable people who sing at the top of their voices, dance around as if their lives depended on it, and finish the show with their energy spent…and that’s just the audience. Dirty Dancing is a true theatrical phenomenon with audiences enjoying every minute of the stage version of the production. And now it is heading to Norwich from Tuesday August 28 for a three-week late summer run and it promises to be an unprecedented live experience. So far, Paul-Michael Jones aka Johnny has experienced some highly excitable audiences with female theatregoers getting slightly carried away. He said: “You get all sorts shouted all the time. It’s just that kind of atmosphere – we get a lot of hen parties in too. It’s a lot of fun and we really feed off the vibe – it makes it a better show but you can’t actually react to it. Sometimes it is really hard not to smile or start laughing.” Paul-Michael is following in the footsteps of the legendary Patrick Swayze whose performance in the hit movie version transformed him into a global superstar. But he wants to put his own spin on the part of the hunky dance instructor and says the production is very true to the film. He said: “The producers have

Dirty Dancing is at Norwich Theatre Tues 28 Aug - Sat 15 Sept. For tickets call 01603 630000 or go to www.theatreroyalnorwich.co.uk

purposely tried to make it as close as possible to the movie. As for Swayze himself, I didn’t try to copy him or watch the film while I was rehearsing but, at the same time, I didn’t try to waver too far away from him because that’s what the audience want to see.” One of the men responsible for bringing the show to the stage is producer Karl Sydow, who was approached about adapting it for the theatre. He sought his daughter’s advice, and she told him to go for it. Karl managed to attract the film’s original screenwriter Eleanor Bergstein to the project and the show got its premiere in Sydney in 2004 gaining incredible audience reaction. Karl said: “Audiences who go to musicals often arrive whistling the songs. The Dirty Dancing crowd come whistling the dialogue. “When people love something that

much they come with high expectations but I’ve always believed there is nothing you can’t recreate on stage. “The film has 118 separate scenes and while theatre can’t use those same techniques right from the start, I was clear that we had to deliver everything the film had plus a little more. Fortunately, I think we’ve achieved that.” It is a formula that worked selling well over a million tickets worldwide... and counting. And for anyone wavering about coming along, Karl has a clear message. He said: “Initially some people said, ‘Why would anyone go and watch a stage version of Dirty Dancing when they can buy the DVD?’ I’ve always found that an extraordinary attitude. People go to the theatre for an experience.” eastlife.co.uk|133


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Herts Beds & Bucks THEATRE & SHOWS 1 - 11 Aug Legally Blonde - The Musical This all-singing, all-dancing romantic comedy is about knowing who you are and showing what you've go. Milton Keynes Theatre 0844 871 7652 3 Aug Much Ado About Nothing Open-air Shakespeare performed by Heartbreak Productions. Campbell Park, Milton Keynes, 01908 255379 3 - 5 Aug The Importance of Being Earnest Open-air theatre. RSPB The Lodge, Sandy, 01767 680541 4 Aug Jimmy Carr New stand-up show from the popular comedian and TV presenter. Alban Arena, St Albans, 01727 844488 5 Aug The Tales of Beatrix Potter Open-air theatre. Woburn Abbey, Woburn, 01525 290333 9 - 11 Aug High School Musical The Disney Channel’s smash hit film comes to life on stage. Grove Theatre, Dunstable, 01582 602080 11 Aug A Midsummer Night’s Dream Open-air Shakespeare. Woburn Abbey, Woburn, 01525 290333 12 Aug Shakespeare in the Park: Macbeth Open-air theatre. Hatfield House, Hatfield, 01707 287010 15 - 17 Aug The Wedding Singer Presented by Aylesbury Vale Youth Theatre. The Court Theatre @ Pendley, Tring, Tring, 07543 560478 16 Aug The Twits Open-air theatre in the Gardens. Knebworth House & Gardens, Knebworth, 01438 812661 16 Aug Fairy Tales of the Unexpected Children’s show. Hawthorne Theatre at Campus West, Welwyn Garden City, 01707 357117 16 - 25 Aug The Sound of Music Ever-popular musical. Gordon Craig Theatre at Stevenage Arts & Leisure Centre, Stevenage, 01438 894839 17 Aug Alexei Sayle See panel Hawthorne Studio at Campus West, Welwyn Garden City, 01707 357117 17 - 19 Aug Much Ado About Nothing Open-air Shakespeare. Green Square Open Air Theatre at Campus West, Welwyn Garden City, 01707 357117

18 Aug The Importance of Being Earnest Open-air theatre. Woburn Abbey, Woburn, 01525 290333 24 Aug Angelina Ballerina The Mousical Everyone’s favourite little star, Angelina Ballerina, pirouettes onto the stage in her brand new musical – a magical show packed full of singing and dancing. Alban Arena, St Albans, 01727 844488 25 Aug The Sword in the Stone Open-air theatre presented by Cambridge Touring Theatre The Chequers, Yelden, 01933 356383 26 Aug King Arthur and the Sword in the Stone Open-air theatre. Woburn Abbey, Woburn, 01525 290333 30 Aug Rat Pack Vegas Spectacular Wonderful memories of Frank, Dean and Sammy in a totally live show. Gordon Craig Theatre at Stevenage Arts & Leisure Centre, Stevenage, 01438 894839 30 Aug - 1 Sept Guys and Dolls Musical presented by Stage Experience. Milton Keynes Theatre 0844 871 7652 31 Aug HMS Pinafore Open-air theatre. Fowlmere Village Hall Recreation Ground, Fowlmere, 01763 208516 31 Aug C’mon Everybody Rock ‘n’ roll music show. Gordon Craig Theatre at Stevenage Arts & Leisure Centre, Stevenage, 01438 894839

MUSIC 3 Aug Circulus With guests Paul and Marcie Forrest. Letchworth Arts Centre, Letchworth, 01462 670788 3 - 5 Aug Standon Calling Intimate festival setting; acts include Death in Vegas, Fat Freddys Drop, Beardyman, The Time & Space Machine. Stay in style: try boutique camping in a Bell Tent, Tipi or a Yurt. www.standon-calling.com Standon Lordship 4 Aug The Big Bedford Showcase The Pad are bringing together 4 of Bedford’s brightest young things for a night of eclectic live music with head liners The Wholls being supported by CC Smugglers, The Scruff and The Tenbiits. Bedford Corn Exchange, Bedford, 1234 269519

4 Aug Gwyn Ashton With one foot rooted in pre-war Delta blues, the other in a hotchpotch of country, swamp, jazz, rock, soul and folk, there are more sides to Gwyn Ashton than meets the eye. Esquires, Bedford, 01234 340120 7 Aug The Virtuoso Flute Bach, Schubert, Reade and Copland. Benslow Music Trust, Hitchin, 01462 459446 10 Aug Dodgy Band known for hits such as Good Enough. Esquires, Bedford, 01234 340120 10 Aug Navarra String Quartet Haydn, Shostakovich and Beethoven. Benslow Music Trust, Hitchin, 01462 459446 11 Aug The Riffs Innovative ska-orientated band. Esquires, Bedford, 01234 340120 12 Aug Public Image Ltd See panel. The Forum, Hatfield, 08444 771 000 17 Aug Alvin and the Trilogy Band Elvis tribute. Grove Theatre, Dunstable, 01582 602080 17 Aug A Jubilee Garland: Sixty Years of British Song Featuring soprano Sarah Leonard. Benslow Music Trust, Hitchin, 01462 459446 17 Aug Deer Tick American indie folk band . Esquires, Bedford, 01234 340120 18 Aug The Original Flying Proms Concert Experience the thrill of spectacular flying display sequences performed by world famous historic aircraft to the accompaniment of a full orchestra. Spectacular firework finale. Shuttleworth Collection at Shuttleworth (Old Warden) Aerodrome, Biggleswade, 01767 627927 18 Aug Hats Off To Led Zeppelin Tribute. The Stables, Wavendon, MK, 01908 280800 19 Aug Summer Tribute Concert Spectacular Open-air concert featuring a line-up of top tribute singers and bands. Shuttleworth Collection at Shuttleworth (Old Warden) Aerodrome, Biggleswade, 01767 627927 19 Aug The Big Chris Barber Band British jazz legend. The Stables, Wavendon, MK, 01908 280800 23 Aug The Soldiers The Soldiers created history by being the first group of

17 AUGUST PUBLIC IMAGE LTD After fronting the Sex Pistols John Lydon formed Public Image Ltd in 1978 with their experimental sound fusing Rock, Dance, Folk, Ballet, Pop and Dub PiL are regarded as producing some of the most diverse music of the post-punk era. Now, after a 17-year hiatus, John Lydon is back with former PiL members Lu Edmonds and Bruce Smith, plus new arrival Scott Firth. The Forum, Hatfield.

17 AUGUST ALEXEI SAYLE Alexei Sayle reads excerpts from ‘Stalin Ate My Homework’, an hilarious memoir of his confusing life as the son of Communist parents, together with snippets from the book he is currently working on. He will also answer questions from the audience. Campus West, Welwyn Garden CIty

serving soldiers to hit the British pop charts. Alban Arena, St Albans, 01727 844488 24 - 27 Aug The Rhythm Festival Rock, folk and rhythm and blues 3-dayer. Performers include Hawkwind, The Beat, Booker T, The Damned, Geno Washington, Wilko Johnson, Peatbog Faeries, Jim Moray, Show of Hands, The Strawbs, The Blues Band, Ken Boothe, Boomtown Rats, and many more. www.rhythmfestival.com The Mansion House at Old Warden Park, Biggleswade, 01767 626262 25 Aug Blake Classical boy band. The Stables, Wavendon, MK, 01908 280800 25 - 27 Aug Twinwood Festival Now in its 11th year Twinwood Festival is The Original and Best Vintage 1930s, 1940s & 1950s Music and Dance Festival. A fantastic line-up that includes the Pasadena Roof Orchestra, John Miller Orchestra, Jive Aces, and many more, Plus dancing, dance lessons, and more. Quite possibly one of the best festivals in the country, Twinwood Arena, Clapham, 01923 282725 26 Aug Redemption All day thrash metal festival. Line-up includes: Romeo Must Die, Helgrind, Bloodloos, Death Remains and Black Polaris. Hertford Corn Exchange, Hertford, 01992 442992

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Herts Beds & Bucks You can find even more events on our website and include your own too! www.eastlife.co.uk 31 Aug Bruce Cockburn Singer-songwriter whose songs have been covered by the likes of Elbow, Jimmy Buffett, Judy Collins, Third World, Chet Atkins, and k.d. lang. The Stables, Wavendon, MK, 01908 280800

ART & EXHIBITIONS 1 - 11 Aug Hertford Art Society’s 60th Anniversary: The Olympics An exhibition of Members’ paintings, themed on the Olympics. Hertford Theatre, Hertford, 01992 531500

1 - 30 Aug Artists’ Network Bedfordshire The Artists’ Network Bedfordshire is a vibrant artist-led organisation promoting original works of art and craft created by Bedfordshire-based artists. This exhibition showcases some of the very varied talents and individual styles of members, using many types of media both traditional and modern. Letchworth Arts Centre, Letchworth, 01462 670788 1 - 31 Aug The Magic of Colour An exhibition of pen and ink drawings by Gillian Romeo. Letchworth Arts Centre, Letchworth, 01462 670788 1 Aug - 2 Sep Catherine Hieatt: Blue Sky Winner of the Hertfordshire Open Exhibition 2011, Catherine Hieatt’s work

addresses ‘time’ as a succession without distinction. Her installations, presenting moving image and audio recordings, depict what the artist calls ‘ambiences’. These brief narratives unfold duration as a ‘haiku’ for the digital age. Museum of St Albans, St Albans, 01707 281127 1 Aug - 4 Sep Knebworth Carvings See panel. 11am-5pm. Knebworth House & Gardens, Knebworth, 01438 812661 1 Aug - 9 Sep Stortford Observed 150 years of the Herts and Essex Observer; a fascinating exhibition which consists of snapshots, images and archives from the last 150 years of the newspaper’s history. Rhodes Centre, Bishop’s Stortford, 01279 651746

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Knebworth’s resident carvers who are internationally renowned through competitions and exhibitions will display sculptures they have created from the trunks of large and small diameter tree logs in the formal gardens at Knebworth House. Most of the wood is recycled from tree surgeons or crops grown as nursery trees planted to protect our native broadleaf trees. The sculptures will represent many art forms including wildlife, figurative, fantasy and abstract, as well as carved seating and benches. Afternoon demonstrations will take place 1-8 Aug, 13-22 Aug, 29 Aug-4 Sept. Knebworth House & Gardens

1 - 3 Aug Time Travellers Go… Upstairs, Downstairs Discover life in Edwardian and Victorian times, would you like to live “upstairs” or work “downstairs”? Wrest Park, Silsoe. 3 - 5 Aug Ultimate Street Car The fastest, hottest, largest and loudest modified car festival in Europe with open RWYB, Show n Shine, car clubs, live music, off track entertainment, trade village and more. Santa Pod Raceway, Podington, 01234 782828

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6 - 31 Aug Woburn Artbeat Visit the Abbey Gardens to view this year’s exhibition of more than 70 outdoor sculptures by 28 established and internationally known artists. A complimentary guide and children’s sculpture quiz are available. Woburn Abbey, Woburn. 21 Aug - 1 Sep The Games We Played Take a trip down memory lane and reminisce with a nostalgic exhibition of childhood board and card games from the 1920s through to the 1970s. Letchworth Museum & Art Gallery, Letchworth, 01462 685647 28 Aug - 22 Sep Marissa Culatto: Ponds Photography. Hertford Theatre, Hertford, 01992 531500


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Herts Beds & Bucks 5 Aug Military Pageant Air Show Gates open 9am Flying starts 2pm. Historic Vehicle Parade 1.30pm. Shuttleworth Collection at Shuttleworth (Old Warden) Aerodrome, Biggleswade, 01767 627927 5 Aug Royston Kite Festival Lots of great kite flying displays, workshops, have-a-go, stalls and more. From 10.30am. Therfield Heath, Royston. 11 Aug Evening Air Show Gates open 10am Flying starts 5.30pm. Shuttleworth Collection at Shuttleworth (Old Warden) Aerodrome, Biggleswade, 01767 627927 11 Aug The Knebworth Country Show All day entertainment which may include birds of prey, working dogs, children’s entertainment as well as arts, crafts, gifts and food marquees. 10am-5pm. Knebworth House & Gardens, Knebworth, 0800 141 2823 11 Aug Bihop’s Stortford Stamp Fair 10am-4pm. Water Lane Reformed Church Hall, Bishop’s Stortford. 12 Aug The Woburn Rally - A Festival of Historic Vehicles Over 600 vehicles of all shapes and sizes will gather in the glorious setting of Woburn Abbey Deer Park. Woburn Abbey, Woburn, 01525 290333 12 Aug Mini in the Park ringing together thousands of classic Mini and new MINI owners to celebrate the most

iconic British Car including RWYB, trade village, club stands, concours, Jet Car and Live Action Arena. Santa Pod Raceway, Podington, 01234 782828 12 Aug The Classic, Kit & Performance Car Show Showcasing hundreds of cars including classic, sport, American, kit, custom and replica in addition to club displays and stalls for autojumble and crafts. There will be a live action arena, funfair, go-karts, giant inflatables and a chill-out zone. 10am-5pm. The Mansion House at Old Warden Park, Biggleswade, 01527 863770 13 - 17 Aug Time Travellers Go… Archaelogy Let the kids get stuck into history with the chance to uncover clues and handle artefacts. 11am-5pm. Wrest Park, Silsoe. 17 - 19 Aug Hatfield Country Show The Hatfield Country Show includes a wide range of activities such as Arena Displays, WI Marquee, Floral Marquee, Dog Show, Steam and Vintage Exhibitors, Children’s Farm, Fine Food Fair and Real Ales, Rural Crafts, Country Pursuits, Traditional Breeds Show, Home and Garden Stands, Dancing Sheep and much more. 10am-6pm. Hatfield House, Hatfield, 01707 357117 18 Aug God of the Pod The ultimate track day event for all makes and models of cars. Santa Pod Raceway, Podington, 01234 782828

18 - 19 Aug Woburn Abbey Garden Show For the budding horticulturist to the most green fingered gardener this summer’s Woburn Abbey Garden Show is full of inspiring ideas, hands-on help and everything you could want to get your garden flourishing. Set within the beautiful Abbey Gardens, this is a whole day out for all the family too! Packed with interactive gardening activities for children, garden games and lots to discover there is something for everyone. Woburn Abbey, Woburn, 01525 290333 19 Aug Monster Truck Nationals Monster Truck racing and freestyle action! Plus Jet Car, wrestling and motorcycle stunts, as seen on TV. Santa Pod Raceway, Podington, 01234 782828 19 Aug Sue Ryder Country Fete Steam engine rides, swing boats, trade stalls, BBQ, hog roast, cream teas and more. St John’s Hopsice, Moggerhanger, 01767 642412 20 - 24 Aug Time Travellers Go… Victorian Meet a variety of Victorian costumed characters and find out how Victorian children would have lived. 11am-5pm. Wrest Park, Silsoe. 25 Aug Heartwood Summer Festival Fabulous outdoor event for all the family. 11am-4pm. Heartwood Forest, Sandridge, 0845 2935858 26 Aug Summer Fayre Arts and craft stalls, cakes, clothing and bric a brac all

on sale throughout the day as well as live music from some of the best local talent, and more. 11am-4.30pm. Market Theatre, Hitchin, 01462 433553 26 Aug Stevenage Day Fun day for the whole family. From 12.30pm. King George V Playing Field, Stevenage 26 - 27 Aug WWI: Wrest at War! Learn about the important role of the house and its owner during the Great War. 11am-5pm. Wrest Park, Silsoe. 26 - 27 Aug Classic Motor Show & Vintage Market An enthusiasts paradise with thousands of cars on display; autojumble stalls and lots of cars for sale! There is live commentary and arena displays of clubs, kit and custom cars, as well as pre and post-war classics. Plus fabulous vintage market featuring 50’s Day Dresses, Haute Couture, Modern Collectibles, Objet D’Art, Bespoke Re-Creations, Homeware, Memorabilia and more. 10am-5pm. Knebworth House & Gardens, Knebworth, 01438 812661 31 Aug - 2 Sep Craft & Design Show Traditional classic skills and contemporary design-led crafts at one major event. Indulge yourself - or buy that special gift. Browse and buy from a selection of glass, jewellery, art, leather, ceramics, wood, textiles, metal and more. 10am-5pm. Knebworth House & Gardens, Knebworth, 01438 812661

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Steam & Country Fayre

H O U S E , G A R D E N S , PA R K & D I N OS A U R T R A I L

14th, 15th & 16th September 2012

GOOD VALUE FUN DAY OUT

Old Warden Park, nr Biggleswade (SAT NAV SG18 9DX)

MANY GREAT ATTRACTIONS Steam, Tractors & Heavy Horses Working Demonstrations Steam Ploughing Miniature Steam Fairground Organs Flying Displays Working Crafts

KNEBWORTH CARVINGS 1 AUGUST – 4 SEPTEMBER Chainsaw Sculpture Exhibition in the Formal Gardens. A unique collection of sculptures representing many art forms

Trade & Market Stalls Craft & Food Halls Working Dog Demonstrations Vintage Vehicles Old Time Fairground Morris Dancing Licensed Bar and Refreshments

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Gardens & Adventure Playground 11am - 5pm (last ticket sold 4.15pm); House 12 noon - 5pm (last tour 4pm)

Knebworth Park, Nr Stevenage Tel: 01438 812661 Own slip road off, A1(M) J7 SG1 2AX,15 miles from M25 (J23). Ample Parking.

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THE KNEBWORTH COUNTRY SHOW Saturday 11 & Sunday 12 August 10:00am - 5pm each day admission: £8 family/group (4): £28 discounted tickets at:

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A wonderful event for all the family including the uniquely brilliant and stunningly entertaining Sheep Show, Polly Parrots Roadshow, Totally Falconry, Knights of Honour, The Horkesley Park Suffolk Punch Heavy Horse Display Team, Duck Herding, Ferret Racing and handling as well as Totally Terriers and many more traditional rural demos including a wheelwright, willow sculpture, braiding, pole-lathing and more. Living History Re-enactors. Marquees with arts, crafts, lifestyle and food stands. TheEvents Show Kitchen cookery demos and wine tastings too. Traditional Punch & Judy Show, bouncy castles, fairground (charges apply) Totally Ponies and a Children’s Farm to keep your little ones engaged while you sit back enjoying a well earned cuppa or perhaps something a little more bracing and ponder how well Towser, Fido and Pongo might do on Sunday in The Companion Dog Show proceeds from which all go to Marie Curie Cancer Care and which is open to all dogs - and their companions too ... of course!

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This summer, make the most of your visit to historic Cambridge Take a trip on the Duxford Shuttle bus to visit the Imperial War Museum Duxford. Or combine your visit with a Cambridge City Sightseeing tour on our open-top buses. Combined tickets are great value, include entry to the museum, and are valid over two days*. From ÂŁ25 adult, with discounts for children, students and seniors. Tickets are available to buy online or on the bus. For more information please visit the website or call:

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Cambridgeshire THEATRE & SHOWS 1 - 4 Aug Murder on the Nile Now in its seventh thrilling year, the Agatha Christie Company presents a stylish new production of the queen of crime’s classic thriller. Cambridge Arts Theatre, Cambridge, 01223 503333 4 Aug The Sword in the Stone Open-air theatre presented by Cambridge Touring Theatre Anglesey Abbey, Stow cum Quy, 0844 249 1895 6 - 11 Aug Dry Rot Secret doors, split-second timing, flawless physical comedy and an all-star cast with some of the country’s best loved faces including Liza Goddard, Gareth Hale & Norman Pace and Neil Stacey. Cambridge Arts Theatre, Cambridge, 01223 503333 12 Aug Much Ado About Nothing Open-air Shakespeare performed by Heartbreak Productions. Barnwell Country Park, Oundle, 01926 430307 15 - 18 Aug Our Day Out The Key Youth Theatre present the Willy Russell classic. Key Theatre, Peterborough, 01733 207239 16 - 18 Aug Confessions of a Butterfly The story of Janusz Korczak, the renowned Polish Jewish educator, physician and writer, who leads the 200

UNTIL 30 AUG MAGGI HAMBLING & LAURENCE EDWARDS: EXCHANGE This exhibition combines the work of Maggi Hambling, one of Britains finest living artists, with exciting new arrival Laurence Edwards – an up and coming sculptor, who is also showing a range of his paintings for the first time. Lynne Strover Gallery, Fen Ditton

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Jewish orphans in his care through the streets of the Warsaw Ghetto to the death trains transporting them to Treblinka. Key Theatre, Peterborough, 01733 207239 18 Aug The Tales of Beatrix Potter: Peter Rabbit and Benjamin Bunny Open-air theatre. Houghton Mill, Houghton, 0845 4505157 25 Aug Private Lives Open-air theatre. Wimpole Estate, Arrington, 01223 206000 28 Aug Jimmy Carr New stand-up show from the popular comedian and TV presenter. The Cresset, Peterborough, 01733 265705

MUSIC 1 - 11 Aug Best of British Peterborough Voices, Peterborough Male Voice Choir and Peterborough Youth Choir join in forces for a musical journey around the British Isles with spectacular Last Night of the Proms finale. Peterborough Cathedral, Peterborough, 01733 355315 2 Aug Cradle of Filth England’s highest profile extreme metal band, formed in Suffolk in 1991. The Junction, Cambridge, 01223 511511 2 - 5 Aug Cambridge Rock Festival Ultimate Eagles, Caravan, It Bites, Tygers of Pan Tang, Mostly Autumn, Mick Ralphs Blues Band (Mick originally with Mott the Hoople and Bad Company) and Deep Purple´s Don Airey (& Friends) and many more. Haggis Farm Polo Club, Barton, 01223 460353 3 Aug Rhythm at the River: Cara Winter + Alice Walker The River Tea Rooms, St Ives, 01480 464921 3 Aug Charlotte Church Charlotte Church hits The Junction with her bold and unique new sound, creating vast musical landscapes, with big drums, big guitars and a voice that has sold over 10 million records. The Junction, Cambridge, 01223 511511 4 Aug Music for a Summer’s Evening With the Eddie Seale’s Band. Peckover House, Wisbech, 01945 583463 4 Aug Eve Loiseau Eve Loiseau sings the songs of Edith Piaf with Fiona Barrow, violin, and Edward Jay, accordian. West Road Concert Hall, Cambridge, 01223 300085 5 Aug The Parley of Instruments Musical Conversations’. Emmanuel College Chapel, Cambridge, 01223 847330 8 Aug The Parley of Instruments Music for the Dresden Court’. Trinity College Chapel, Cambridge, 01223 847330

Charlotte Church The Junction 3 August 17 Aug Music for the d’Este Dynasty Performed by Students of the Cambridge Early Music Renaissance Summer School. Queen’s Theatre at Emmanuel Ciollege, Cambridge, 01223 847330 20 Aug Stile Antico Byrd, Taverner, Tallis, Tye. Trinity College Chapel, Cambridge, 01223 847330 20 Aug Howler Band from Minneapolis who released their debut album this year. The Junction, Cambridge, 01223 511511 24 Aug ELO Experience Tribute. The Cresset, Peterborough, 01733 265705 25 Aug Band of Skulls Garage rock sensation. The Junction, Cambridge, 01223 511511 27 Aug Cambridge Voices Bach Mass in B Minor. Ely Cathedral, Ely, 01353 61699 28 Aug Grizzly Bear Brooklyn-based experimental pop outfit. The Junction, Cambridge, 01223 511511 31 Aug Gavin Butler + Neil Starr The Junction, Cambridge, 01223 511511 31 Aug - 2 Sep Lodestar Festival 3 days and 3 nights to enjoy the most exciting line up of hot new artists and this year a bigger mix of genres, late night DJs playing euphoric tracks, fun comedians, drama of theatre, trickiest circus acts, dress for the risqué-st burlesque, colourful market stalls including vintage clothing, tastiest food, chillest camping area and the warmest atmosphere. , Lode, 01223 813318

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ART & EXHIBITIONS 1 - 26 Aug Mixed Summer Exhibition & Cambridge Scenes Cambridge Contemporary Art Gallery, Cambridge, 01223 324222 1 - 29 Aug Summer Exhibition An exhibtiion exploring the different sporting activities and clubs in Wisbech over the past 100 years. Peckover House, Wisbech, 01945 583463 1 - 30 Aug Maggi Hambling and Laurence Edwards: Exchange See panel. Lynne Strover Gallery, Fen Ditton 01223 295264 1 Aug - 2 Sep Sporting Heroes From photographs and trophies to unusual local past-times and games, this fun exhibition reveals a glimpse of the city’s proud sporting heritage. Cambridge & County Folk Museum, Cambridge, 01223 355159 1 Aug - 23 Sep Edgelands Prints by George Shaw and Michael Landy. Fitzwilliam Museum, Cambridge, 01223 332900 1 Aug - 7 Oct Designed to Impress: Highlights from the print collection Focusing on key objects ranging in date from the 15th to the 21st centuries, this exhibition will feature a selection of some of the Fitzwilliam’s most spectacular prints, and give visitors an insight into the extraordinary breadth of the collection. Works by some of the greatest Old Master printmakers, including Rembrandt and Dürer, will hang alongside prints by later artists such as Degas, Whistler and Picasso. Fitzwilliam Museum, Cambridge, 01223 332900

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UNTIL 7 OCT VIKINGS Experience life a thousand years ago and join in the Viking feast in the re-created longhouse. Read all about warrior battles and adventures written in the Vikings Sagas eight centuries ago. Stand on the prow of a Viking ship and imagine crossing the Nothern sea to raid and plunder other countires and terrified communities. Get up close and absorb the sights, sounds and smells in this hands-on interactive exhibition. Peterborough Museum & Art Gallery

1 Aug - 7 Oct Vikings See panel overleaf. Peterborough Museum and Art Gallery, Peterborough, 01733 864663 1 Aug - 11 Nov The Search for Immortality: Tomb Treasures of Han China Over 350 treasures in jade, gold, silver, bronze and ceramics will reveal the hidden world of China’s 2000 year old royal tombs. A part of the London 2012 Festival, this is the largest and most remarkable exhibition of ancient royal treasures ever to travel outside China. Fitzwilliam Museum, Cambridge, 01223 332900 1 Aug - 27 Jan Sculpture Promenade 2012 Artists featured in the Fitzwilliam Museum’s third Sculpture Promenade are Cambridge based sculptor Helaine Blumenfeld, British sculptor Peter Randall-Page and Japanese sculptor Kan Yasuda. All three artists worked in the renowned sculpture centre of Pietrasanta, Italy, with the famous local Carrara marble. Fitzwilliam Museum, Cambridge, 01223 332900 4 - 5 Aug Hunts Art Group Annual exhibition. 10am-5pm. Queen Elizabeth School Hall, Godmanchester. 6 - 19 Aug Ely Art Society Exhibition Featuring work in various media by members. Kings School, Ely, 01487 824756 13 - 17 Aug Adult Printmaking Summer School Discover, refresh and

experiment with a variety of printmaking techniques with Sue Jones MA, plus guest artists. Curwen Print Study Centre, Linton, 01223 892380 18 - 27 Aug Art in Wood This year’s Art in Wood is the 8th annual summer exhibition and sale of fine woodturning produced by the prestigious Ely Guild of Woodturners. 10am-5pm. Cathedral Centre, Ely. 19 Aug - 5 Sep Anglian Potters Sumer Exhibition Selling exhibition. 10am-5pm. The Old Library at Emmanuel College, Cambridge. 25 - 27 Aug Cambridge District Art Circle Annual exhibition. 10am-5pm. Grantchester Village Hall, Grantchester, 28 - 29 Aug Introduction to printing with Photopolymer plates 2-day workshop with Susie Turner MA. Curwen Print Study Centre, Linton, 01223 892380

SPECIAL EVENTS Every Saturday Ely Craft and Collectable Market Ely. 8am-2pm. 01353 662062 4 Aug The Saints Crafters Olympic Fair Works created by local artists and crafters. 9.30am-4pm. The Free Church United Reformed, St Ives. 5 Aug Spitfires, Merlins & motors For this new event, Duxford partners the iconic Spitfire with stunning classic cars,

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Cambridgeshire 15 - 19 Aug Equifest For everything equestrian under one roof, there will be plenty of displays, competitions and wonderful shopping opportunities. Peterborough Arena, Peterborough, 01733 363500 17 Aug American Air Day This family-friendly day showcases the work of the United States Air Force in Europe and, in particular, the Third Air Force, resident in the UK. 10am-6pm. Imperial War Museum, Duxford, 01223 835 000 18 Aug Orwell Village Show Horticultural Show and Dog Show. Other attractions include: Dog Show, Dog Agility, vintage tractors and cars, Cottenham Brass Band, Free Bouncy Castle, Jezo´s Magic Show and over 30 Pannier Market stalls. From Noon Orwell Recreation Ground, Orwell, 01223 207022 18 - 19 Aug Ramsey 1940s Weekend See panel. 10am-5pm. The Camp, Ramsey, 07881 730047 19 Aug Rural Crafts and Trades Exhibits and demonstrations of Traditional Rural Crafts and Trades: willow weaving, stained glass work, clay sculpture, lace making, cake icing, wood working and more. 11am-4.30pm Prickwillow Drainage Engine Museum, Prickwillow, 20 Aug Cambridgeshire Antique & Collectors Fair 9am-3pm. Huntingdon Racecourse, Brampton, 07725 406272

18 - 19 AUG RAMSEY 1940s WEEKEND Ramsey 1940’s weekend offers you all the very best of the ‘Make Do & Mend’ age. Situated at The Camp in Ramsey, this family fun weekend has something for everyone. Tank rides, musical entertainment, trade stands, vintage civilian and military vehicles, living history displays, Cinema showing films of the era, home front exhibits and much, much more. The Camp, Ramsey 21 - 25 Aug Peterborough Beer festival Large festival with 350 real ales, a huge range of ciders,perries,wines and bottled beers. Live music. The Embankment, Peterborough. 25 Aug Cambridgeshire’s Tipplefair Britain’s Only collectors fair for the drink trade: Beer mats, bottles & labels, ash trays, pump clips, water jugs, Guinness items, playing cards, bar towels, and lots more. River Nene Embankment, Peterborough, 0775 6066 503 25 - 27 Aug Medieval heitage Weekend Explore Longthorpe Tower and meet its medieval occupants, the Thorpe family. Sample some medieval food and see the arming of a knight daily at 3pm. Beware of the Barber Surgeon and his horrible cures, or try your hand at illuminated writing. From 10am. Longthorpe Tower, Longthorpe.

26 Aug Medieval Day Living history enactors bring medieval Denny to life.Fun for all the family. C Farmland Museum and Denny Abbey, Waterbeach, 01223 860988 26 Aug Waxstock 2012 Car care show. Peterborough Arena, Peterborough, 01733 363500 26 Aug Cambridge Art & Crafts Market Original & Unique Designed Work by the Stallholders. 10.30am - 4.30pm. Scotsdales’s Garden Centre, Great Shelford. 26 - 27 Aug Fenland Country Fair Traditional rural entertainment. Stow cum Quy Park, Stow cum Quy. 27 Aug Marie Curie Fun Day There will be an abundance of free family entertainment, including giant garden games ball pond, gladiator dual and much more. First race at 2.35pm. Huntingdon Racecourse, Brampton.

30 Aug - 2 Sep Burghley Horse Trials Major horse event. Burghley House, Stamford. 21 Jun - 8 Aug Hot Streets a Shimmer A solo exhibition of mixed-media collages and screenprints by Christine Calow. Frameworks Cottenham, Cottenham, 01954 250138 1 Jul - 27 Aug Olympics: Cambridgeshire Competes A Touring exhibition on the hidden history of the county´s connections to the past and future Olympic and Paralympic Games, plus items from the museums´ own collection. Ely Museum, Ely, 01353 666655

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Italian market Flag throwers from Florence Demonstration of Italian sausage making Traditional Italian song performances Cookery demonstrations by Italian chefs from Forli’ Authentic Italian food tasting Children’s ‘take and bake’ pizza making Pop-up restaurant (Saturday evening, book in advance with Riva) Vespa, Lambretta and motorcycle display Italian cars and Ferrari memorabilia

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Books

Holiday reading Whether you’re sitting by the pool or laying on the beach, or just chilling at home, there’s nothing like a good book when you’re on holiday.

Secondhand Daylight DJ Taylor This is the tenth novel by Taylor, who lives in Norwich, and his second James Ross mystery. Set in 1930s Soho, Ross finds himself infiltrating Mosley's Blackshirts as part of an undercover investigation. Full of historical detail and suspense. Corsair ISBN 978-1780332178

Ninepins Rosy Thornton The Cambs author's new novel is set in the fens and tells the story of a single mother of a troubled pre-teen who takes in a 17-year-old girl with a dubious past. The novel explores the volatile and changing relationships between mothers and daughters. Sandstone Press ISBN 978-1905207855

Samphire Coast Robert Greenfield A beautifully descriptive and daringly candid account of the author's over-thecounter view of owning and running a much-publicised boutique B&B on the uber-hip North Norfolk Coast: aka Chelsea-on-Sea. Thoroughly entertaining. Vanguard Press ISBN 978-1843869177

Talk to the Tail Tom Cox Following on from Tom's life with six cats in Under the Paw, the norfolk writer now picks up the story in this highly amusing sequel, updating readers on what has happened with his feline friends as well as looking back for more confessions about his animal- loving past. Simon & Schuster ISBN 978-1847399878

Penny Sweets and Cobbled Streets: My East End Childhood Nanny Pat A charming, funny childhood memoir by one of the stars of ITV's The Only Way is Essex, telling her story of growing up in the East End and running the household after her mother died when she was 11. Available from 16 August. Pan Macmillan ISBN 978-1447218753

The Silence Alison Bruce Set in Cambridge, this is the fourth book in the gripping Gary Goodhew series. When Goodhew finds the body of another suicide victim he is forced to recall some deeply buried memories of an earlier death; memories which lead him to Charlotte Stone and the events in her life. Constable ISBN 978-1849012034

Exit Stage Left Adam Croft When a former primetime tv personality dies during a gig at a local pub, a bystander is compelled to investigate his death. Delightful novella by Flitwickbased writer who has set the story in Bedfordshire - even the pub featured is based on The Albion in Ampthill. Createspace ISBN 978-1469906430

Recipe for Love Sasha Wagstaff Another fabulous rom com from the Essex writer. Perfect summer reading, it's the story of a food journalist who drops planning her wedding to fly to Sorrento to interview a fiery and frosty Italian celebrity chef. Headline Review ISBN 78-0755378197

Light Reading Aliya Whiteley A wickedly clever detective story and a pitch-black mystery by the Cambridgeshire writer, seething with grotesque and unforgettable characters and concluding with a twist that will leave you breathless. Pan Macmillan ISBN 978-0230706798

A Gathering Storm Rachel Hore The Norwich-based novelist's most recent book - a Richard & Judy Book Club favourite - involves a crumbling mansion, a hidden tragedy and a big secret. A brilliantly crafted novel. Simon & Schuster ISBN 9781849832885

Fear in the Sunlight Nicola Upson The fourth in Nicola Upson's delightful and atmospheric 1930s period crime series featuring writer Josephine Tey. Nicola, based in Cambridgeshire, was one of this magazine's earliest contributors. Faber and Faber ISBN 978-0571246281

Poppyland Raffaella Barker Raffaella has lived in Norfolk all her life and all her novels are mainly set in Norfolk, by the sea. Poppyland is a love story about two people who fall for each other through a series of coincidences. Headline Review ISBN 978-07553241259

Otoli Bryony Allen A novel for young adults that deals strongly with the issues surrounding bullying, but above all is a cracking good read. Bryony is a teacher in Suffolk, where she lives with her husband, four children and dogs. Pneuma Springs Publishing ISBN 978-1907728129

The Devil's Acre Matthew Plampin Another terrific historical novel from the Essex writer of The Street Philosopher. Set in London in 1853, it's a novel of intrigue, murder, violence and conflicted loyalties. What price to take hold of the devil’s right hand? Harper ISBN 978-0007273973

Making Shore Sara Allerton Award-winning first novel by the Suffolk writer, a searing tale of fear, friendship, love and survival inspired by a true incident in World War II. It will bring a lump to your throat. Saraband ISBN 978-1887354745

A Death in Norfolk Ashley Gardner Gardner’s latest Captain Lacey Regency Mystery has Captain Lacey travelling with Lady Breckenridge to his boyhood home on the north Norfolk coast only to discover mysterious happenings in and around the Lacey estate. Createspace ISBN 978-1466466005

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