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make the most of where you live  March 2012 Hello and welcome to another great issue of Eastlife. We had a fantastic response to our new look and new name, and I’d like to thank you all for the wonderful compliments. We have another packed magazine for you this month, including great interviews with comedian Paul Merton and theatre director Edward Snape, who directed War Horse in London and brings his new production to the region. And don’t forget we always have lots more on our webste. Enjoy! John Boston, Editor

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aul Merton’s new show will give us an unprecedented insight into the wondrous workings of Paul's mind. Coming out from behind the Have I Got News For You desk, where he has been sitting for the past 22 years, the comedian will also prove that he has actually got legs! In “Out of My Head “, we can look forward to a hugely entertaining evening of stand-up, interspersed with sketches, music, magic, variety and dancing girls (although, and I'm sorry to have to break this to you, two of them aren't in fact girls). All in all, it promises to be a rattling good night out. No, I can't wait, either! I'm meeting Paul, Lee, Richard and Suki at a central London theatre during rehearsals for “Out of My Head “. Sipping coffees in the stalls, they discuss their delight about the forthcoming show. Paul, one of the world's great improvisers, is bubbling with enthusiasm about hitting the road once again with a stand-up show. “We’re having such a great time,” beams the comedian, who has also enjoyed a highly successful second career as a travel documentary presenter on such memorable series as Paul Merton in China, Paul Merton in India, Paul Merton in Europe and Paul Merton’s Adventures. “It’s about taking the plunge and devising a show that is fully scripted. It has stand-up, sketches, interaction with the audience, and a few things that will startle people. Working on a tour that starts off as a mere jotting on the back of a fag packet and develops into a spectacular show is a sheer joy!” Having been a key member of the country’s most famous improvisational troupe, The Comedy Store Players, since its formation in 1985, Paul is a wonderfully charismatic performer. He particularly relishes his connection with the audience. “I get such a buzz from

performing live, “ confirms the comedian, who has also displayed his love for early cinema in such tremendous TV documentaries as The Birth of Hollywood, Paul Merton’s Weird and Wonderful World of Early Cinema, and Silent Clowns. “It’s just the best rush in the world, better than anything else you can think of! If you’re trying to convince a TV producer that something is funny, it can take ages. But if you have a good idea with The Comedy Store Players, you can just say it there and then.You don't have to take it to a commissioning editor, or get a budget and have the comedy kicked out of it by a committee. And you immediately know whether it's funny because you’ll hear the sound of laughter – or not!” Paul, who for many years presented the highly successful BBC2 comedy show, Room 101, continues that, “It’s so inspiring.You just ride the wave of laughter, and then you might come up with something equally funny. Ralph Richardson used to talk about pushing a huge ball up a hill to the point where it suddenly gains momentum and starts rolling down the other side. That's what live comedy is like. The only snag is, you have to do it while trying to look completely relaxed!” The comedian stays “in the zone” by performing every week with The Comedy Store Players. “That feeds into everything else I do,” reflects Paul, who is also had enormous success with his Impro Chums show. “When Have I Got News For You comes around, I don’t think, ‘Oh no, I’m a bit rusty’. Doing The Comedy Store Players every Sunday, you’re match fit all the time. It’s a performance muscle. If it’s not getting flexed, it gets flabby. That’s why people who haven’t been onstage for a while struggle when they go back to the theatre because it’s a completely different discipline.” Paul and the team have revelled in the rehearsal process for the show. “We all love impro,” enthuses Paul, 

It’s been a while, but we’re all delighted to see him back. Paul Merton is returning to stand up for the first time this century. With a little help from his friends. One of the best loved comedians in the country, Paul is taking “Out of My Head “ – his first new written show since 1998 – on a 50-date tour of the UK this spring in the company of his highly talented pals, Lee Simpson, Richard Vranch and Suki Webster.

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 It’s so inspiring. You just ride the wave of laughter, and “Except in anger,” adds then you might Lee. come “Lawyersup havewith been consulted,” chips in something Richard. Like all the best equally funny.  comedy troupes, they are adept at topping one another’s gags. What Paul has adored above all is the collaboration that the show encourages. “Having spent so many years working with other people, when I did a

who works with Lee, Richard and Suki in both the Comedy Store Players and Paul Merton’s Impro Chums. “It’s great to have no rehearsals, lighting design or costume fittings. And of course, it’s fantastic not to have to learn any lines! “We go to Edinburgh every year with no preparation apart from turning up sober! Sometimes we have to borrow a

themes, including the class system and the spell Paul spent in hospital after falling ill from anti-malaria tablets. The overriding theme of the show, though, is imagination. Paul recollects that, “I went to a Catholic school. When I was 10, I wrote an essay which the nun who was teaching me really didn’t like because it was imaginative. She didn’t like imagination. “It was one of those things that you know as a child is desperately unfair but can’t do anything about it because you are only 10. According to her, if you wrote something untrue, then it was a problem. At the time it felt very humiliating to stand up in front of the class and have to explain why I wrote that.” Paul, who first developed his muchloved deadpan style three decades ago in a famous routine about an unwitting policeman on acid, continues that, “For years I hated that nun, but now I realise that experience was very good for me. “I had never bought into the Catholic Church that much. But because that nun was so against imagination and I was so into it – I was already reading Spike Milligan – I just knew she was wrong. So I began thinking, ‘A nun who is wrong about something so fundamental might well be wrong about other stuff, too …’ Imagination has built my entire career. This show is a celebration of imagination.” Paul concludes that he cannot contain his excitement. “I know that doing this

 When I was 10, I wrote an essay which the nun who was teaching me really didn’t like because it was imaginative. She didn’t like imagination.  pen and paper from the barman to write down the order of the impro games.” However, the new show is a great opportunity to refine brilliant material. “With this show,” Paul continues, “we get to repeat moments we really enjoy. In impro, you can’t go back and do it again, but here you can say, ‘What if I delay my entrance tonight by five seconds to build up the tension? Will that make it funnier?’ “Here you get the chance to create a show over a sustained period of rehearsal – and that’s wonderful! This is about the art of creation over a good while rather merely saying the first thing that comes into your head. In Out of My Head, we have the opportunity and the time to fit together all the pieces of the jigsaw puzzle and throw out lines that will never be said again.” 8|eastlife.co.uk

stand-up tour on my own in 1998, I really didn’t enjoy sitting on my own in the dressing room during the interval. I used to beg Lee to come along as the director, and he would say, ‘No, I’ve been along far more than any other director. I am not coming to Newcastle again!’ “Everything I do is team stuff. It’s much more fun if you're not twiddling your thumbs on your own.” Genetically unable to resist the opportunity for a gag, Paul adds that, “all the same, I’m sure I’ll be sitting there on this tour thinking, ‘Why did I bring those guys along?’” Out of My Head will cover a variety of

every night is going to be great fun. The rehearsal process is stressful at the beginning, but if and when you pull it off, there’s a deeper degree of satisfaction because you’ve worked on it for six months. The idea of honing something till you’re really happy with it is very, very rewarding. I just can’t wait to get out there and start doing the show!” Finally, what awaits Paul and the team at the end of the tour? “We'll get back to doing impro,” Paul replies. “It’s such a joy. We’ll still be doing it when they’re pushing us on in wheelchairs!”  EL

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Spring is round the corner and it is time to think about preparing for the lighter, warmer months ahead. Having cosied up over winter it is time to open the curtains and let light in to your home. Less is more, think about some bringing Minimal March influence in your home to enjoy as a style statement or to use as a platform on which to build and develop your day to day surroundings. By Fenella Fairrie

Minimal MAGIC Keep it simple Keep it Simple When trying to create something visually impressive, we tend to want to use lots of colour and detail. However, the simplest solution can sometimes be the best and by using less rather than more and by scrimping rather than overloading, the affect can be far more serene, evocative and stylish. The fundamental principles of minimalism remain. There is a misconception that minimal equals boring, cold and stark and for affect rather than living. I think that appreciating the basics will help with scheming a space and developing an environment, less is indeed more.

Single or several Think about placing your objects, ornaments and possessions. A one off colourful piece will be a focal point. A carefully placed collection of objects creates a different dynamic and if necessary a smattering of selectively chosen personal affects will soften the look if you favour a more homely style. To make a design statement arrangement, make an exhibition of objects of the same colour. Avoid overloaded shelves and surfaces and see with clarity the joys of a more clutter free home.

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White light Minimise the palette for striking effect. A variety of furniture and objects in the same colour will create visual interest and texture creating shapes and shadows particularly when placed against a similar colour background. Most effective when using whites and pale neutrals. Never under estimate the power and beauty of white, could there be anything more clean and crisp. This highly reflective, white palette allows light to shine and enhances a sense of space and scale. There are so many shades of white with which you can create warm or cool surroundings to suit your taste. Combine white light and natural materials for a modern minimal backdrop. You will create a clean, pure environment in which to show case those more colourful objects, textiles or artworks you treasure.

Natural selection Enjoy the beauty of natural materials, of wood, stone and natural fibres, think about structure and form. Living in a increasingly man made world, I find myself leaning more and more towards the neutrals and naturals, the ethically as well as esthetically pleasing. With regard to fabrics, natural linens, pure wools and crisp cottons will always bring purity and freshness to your home. See www.volgalinen.co.uk for an exquisite collection of linens. This bundle of white table linens is utterly fitting to the theme and will bring timeless elegance to your home.

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A bedroom worth LYING e spend around 3,285 hours a year in the bedroom - which adds up to a whopping 25 years of our lives - so creating the right atmosphere for your bedroom is crucial to getting a good night's sleep. All too often bedrooms are overlooked, they aren't just somewhere to rest your weary head at the end of the day, but also a space to relax in and enjoy. Bedrooms can be designed to suit every taste and budget and can be one of the best rooms to add personal touches to. Whether you plan to splash out and create a brand new room, or simply give the space a much-needed makeover, planning ahead will save money and hassle. Begin by measuring the room and large items of furniture, then draw a simple layout - this will help you place furniture in the best locations and maximise on space.

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Paint is a simple way to get quick results. Plump for white if you want a minimalist feel to your room, but think about adding touches of colour and texture through soft furnishing and accessories to ensure the room does not have a cold, clinical feel to it. ing, and finding, items easy. Deciding what to do with walls is Hanging hooks or rails on doors and another crucial factor when planning a walls will also add storage space. bedroom makeover. Decent bedside tables should have Subtle shades are more relaxing than plenty of room to store items such as bright colours, but let your imagination flow free to create the right environment books and magazines, while offering a convenient place to keep tissues and anyfor you. thing else you may need handy. Keeping the room clutter free may If curtains arenâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t your cup of tea, shop seem difficult in this hectic day and age, around for a blind or invest in some but with the right storage solutions your muslin for a cheap, yet pretty, way to bedroom need never resemble a walk in cover your windows. wardrobe again. Lighting is an easy way of completing If a custom-made room with fitted units the feel of a bedroom; decent lighting and wardrobes is beyond your budget, should be installed for dark evenings, think about alternative storage solutions. while lamps and uplighters can create a Retailers like Ikea, Woolworths and more moody atmosphere for those romost large DIY stores offer plenty of mantic evenings in. products to suit every taste and pocket. Add ambience and atmosphere to your Plastic storage boxes, which come in all bedroom by adding a few finishing shapes, sizes and colours, can be purchased for just a few pounds - store them touches. Photos, prints, cushions, throws, under the bed or on top of the wardrobe plants and ornaments all make your room more personal. to keep items clean, dust free and out of Your bedroom is a sanctuary from the sight. outside world, spend a little time on it Fabric organisers, which can be hung in wardrobes or on clothes rails, make stor- and make yours the best boudoir ever.  eastlife.co.uk|29


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Time for a mattress MOT? Are things up to scratch? Research* shows that an uncomfortable mattress can rob you of up to an hour’s vital, restful sleep. The Sleep Council’s M.O.T. will help you determine if a new mattress would improve your chances of a better night’s sleep – but it might equally be applied to the state of a relationship! It’s recommended that you conduct this M.O.T. every year after the first three years of new bed ownership. If you answer ‘Yes’ to three questions, you’re not getting the most out of the relationship with your mattress or your marriage. Five or more ‘Yes’ answers and it’s time to get a new bedmate.  Is it seven years old or more? The critical ‘Seven year itch’ can be a make or break moment for many marriages and mattresses.  Are you given enough space?  Does it still appear fresh?

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Top Tips 1 Organise your wardrobes and drawers, this will keep clutter at bay and make items easier to locate. 2 The Sleep Council recommends buying a new bed every 10 years. 3 Avoid using harsh colours - subtle shades are more relaxing. 4 Many stores stock similar products so shopping around could save you money. 5 Use the area under your bed for storing items like blankets. CONTACTS For tips on how to get a good night's rest visit The Sleep Council website on www.sleepcouncil.com


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Plant now for late spring and early summer Herbaceous to give early colour in sunny borders - once established they can cope with drier conditions Euphorbia griffithii ‘Fireglow’ Nepeta x faassenii Papaver ‘Patty’s Plum’ Geranium renardii Iris ‘Black Swan’ Scabiosa ‘Blausiegel’ Cirsium rivulare ‘Atropurpureum’ Imperata cylindrica ‘Rubra’

My favourite Springtime plants Herbaceous Euphorbia polychroma Helleborus x sternii Brunnera ‘Jack Frost’ Bergenia ‘Silberlicht’ Geranium wallichanium ‘Buxton’s Variety’ Iris unguicularis Bulbs Camassia Galanthus - snowdrops All tulip species Narcissus Shrubs and trees Crataegus laevigata ‘Paul’s Scarlet’ Amelanchier lamarckii Viburnumx bodnantense ‘Dawn’ Viburnum x juddii Prunus x cistena Hamamelis x intermedia ‘Jelena’ Stachyurus praecox Prunus \ subhirtella ‘Autumnalis’ \ Cercis siliquastrum Climbers Clematis alpina Clematis armandii this one's evergreen Akebia quinata

Once the light levels outside improve, we want to be outside, so why is it when we get out there, we can’t wait to get back in? At this time of year our gardens seem to be filled with dead looking plants both in pots and the borders, weed infested patches of grass, and have become a repository for unrelated garden stuff. So, make a start. Declutter; be ruthless - unless you are going to use it, get rid of it. Clean; Powerwash stone surfaces, brush cobwebs, remove dead leaves and anything else from verticals such as walls and arbours. Clean garden furniture. Lawn; if dry cut the grass, keeping the blades on a high setting. Define and trim the lawn edges. Borders; clear away all debris from the borders and apply a layer of woodchip mulch. Place; If you don't already have one, get a garden bench and site it close to the house so that you can nip out for a quick cuppa. Resite pots, seats and any other features in attractive and useful positions. Planning ahead for next year if you want to make sure your garden comes alive as soon as winter recedes spring bulbs are the easiest way to get early colour in your garden. They are easily available,

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Garden Jobs Sylvia Newman’s spring garden calendar MARCH Check tree ties; loosen or replace where necessary Cut rose bushes back between a third and a half; remove dead and diseased stems. Late summer and autumn flowering Clematis can be pruned to lowest pair of healthy buds Just before the new shoots appear, cut back to within 30cm of the ground shrubs grown for their winter stems, such as Cornus alba 'Sibirica' and Salix alba var vitellina 'Britzensis'. This will ensure next winter's stem colour Tidy debris from around plants - a perfect hiding place for slugs and snails. Cut back seedheads from perennials to make way for new growth. Spread a layer of woodchip mulch over the borders, taking care not to cover crowns of herbaceous perennials too deeply. Lawns: start mowing lawns if conditions are dry, keeping the blades high. Remove clippings from lawns. Redefine the lawn edges and keep them tidy by trimming with long handled shears. Improve drainage

by aerating the lawn. Use a fork or hollow tine aerator and then brush grit or sharp sand into the holes APRIL Deadhead spring flowers as soon as they fade Check for suckers on roses and other grafted plants, such as cherries and wisteria - tear rather than cut Lift and divide late flowering perennials using a sharp spade. Replant, or if weed-free, give to friends Push some garlic cloves into the ground near roses to deter greenfly Prune to shape spring flowering shrubs when flowering finished Ponds: remove blanket weed with a rake; divide overgrown pond plants; thin out crowded water lilies Lawns: reduce uneven surfaces by lifting sections of turf, removing excess soil and replacing the turf and then use the soil to fill. Reseed bare patches of grass net to deter birds eating the seed. Rake moss from lawn to use in hanging baskets. Apply spring lawn feed containing moss killer when weather is warm.

Rake out blackened moss to allow new grass growth MAY Clear away daffodil leaves once they start to die off. Lift and divide any clumps that didn't flower well Clip back ivy on fences and walls, and cut away from windows. This will allow for a season's growth of around 3060cm Prune topiary and standard evergreens to keep shape. Check for suckers on roses and other grafted plants, such as cherries and wisteria, tear rather than cut Tie in new shoots of climbers and wall shrubs Tidy ornamental grasses such as Stipa tenuissima and Carex buchananii. Wear gloves and run your fingers through to remove dead leaves Lawns: Simplify the shape of your lawn for easier maintenance. If conditions are dry and the grass is growing start to cut lawns at least once a week. Sylvia Newman Garden Design Ltd 01954 782857 www.garden designs.uk.com

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Suffolk Butley Wood A privately owned wood, part of Butley Priory, near Woodbridge, open twice yearly for its famous display of wild daffodils and bluebells. Check the website for details www.butleypriory.co.uk Norfolk Blickling Hall Daffodils carpet the ground in the more informal areas of the gardens and parkland of this magnificent country estate. The park is open dailuy, dawn to dusk. 01263 738030 Cambs Thriplow Thriplow Daffodil Weekend is a traditional village fete-come flower festival, with open gardens, craft and home-produce stalls, music and rural entertainments and much more. 17 - 18 March, 11am-4pm. www.thriplow.org.uk Essex Daffy Wood This small wood didn’t get its name for no reason at all. You’ll find it in Copperfield Road, Chelmsford. Cambs Doghouse Grove Ancient monastic fishponds reclaimed by nature and transformed into a tiny wooded grove, where a good display of daffodils betray a little of the site’s less wild heritage. Wilburton. www.wildlifebcnp.org Cambs Chippenham Park Gardens Chippenham Park was created at the very end of the 17th century as an 'Anglo-Dutch' designed landscape comprising canals, park, and formal gardens. The Spring Garden with its breath-taking display of daffodils, narcissi and shrubs stretches for half a mile around the lake. Chippenham, nr Ely 01638 720221 www.chippenhamparkgardens.info


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Family run business M.R. King & Sons continue to keep DanceEast moving in East Anglia

Suffolk based car dealership M.R. King & Sons have generously continued to sponsor DanceEast by providing a second brand new Volvo C30. The stylish Volvo C30 will be easily recognised by its colour and the DanceEast and M.R.King & Sons branding. The car will be seen far and wide across the county and throughout the East of England as DanceEast delivers its community and artistic programmes. 'DanceEast delivers dance

throughout Suffolk and having a branded car is a huge resource to the staff as they travel to meetings, to teach classes and to carry out our work in the community. We also hope that it raises the profile of both our businesses with the wider community. We are truly grateful to the team at M.R King & Sons for their support and vote of confidence in our work' said Assis Carreiro, Artistic Director and Chief Executive of DanceEast.

M.R.King & Sons is a family run business established in 1972 based at various locations in the East of England and holds franchises for Volvo, Peugeot and Suzuki. Mike King said; 'What DanceEast has achieved is fantastic, and we wanted to be able to help them to continue the work they do around the county.' As a Business Patron of DanceEast M. R. King & Sons will also take advantage of the range of benefits offered to Patrons. As one of the nation's leading dance organisations, DanceEast offers the business community an opportunity that money can rarely buy the chance to associate their

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Jewellery Sterling Silver English Rose Marquise Bracelet by Kit Heath, £250. Stockists include Harrisons Jewellers, Woburn Sands 01908 585811; Cox & Son, Great Yarmouth 01493 842719; Townsends of Manningtree, Essex 01206 392766; Artico, Bishop’s Stortford 0 1279 658219 www.kitheath.com

Theo Fennell Alias Silver Fire 'Art Pendant, £274, Steffans, Northampton 01604 636957

Lucet Mundi Crystal & Hematite Beads, £88 Riley & Riley, Ipswich 01473 231212 www.rileyandriley.co.uk Molly Brown - Snow White Pendant, £90 at YouNo Jewellery, Holt, Norfolk 01263 712278

Necklaces, bracelets, rings... jewellery to suit every pocket Art of Smart sterling silver necklace, £200, Pia Jewellery, Cambridge 01223 321145 and Norwich 01603 625944

Fine Silver Hand Knitted Necklace, £105, from a range of individually designed handmade jewellery by Cilly-Billy’s Royston www.cilly-billys.co.uk RingRing by Niessing in 18ct Yello Gold, £1900, Catherine Jones, Cambridge 01223 361596

Hannah silver/diamante Bracelet £29.99, Jewellery Box, Felixstowe, Suffolk www.corrinasjewellerybox.co.uk

Left to right Christopher Wharton Brilliant cut diamond rub over set design dress ring , mounted in a platinum setting. £2230.Ref:1Y62; Christopher Wharton designed Brilliant cut diamond drop style pendant in an 18ct white gold setting. £2975.Ref: 1Y98; A pair of Christopher Wharton 18ct white gold brilliant cut diamond drop style earrings.£1380.Ref: 1Y46.

Olive collection 18ct gold and Akoya cultured pearl ring, £480 from the Mikimoto Olive collection at Thurlow Champness, Bury St Edmunds 01284 754747

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A pearl in Bury Lily Daly tells us about her freshwater pearl jewellery and her shop in Bury St Edmunds When did your interest in jewellery design start? When I was at university in Nottingham, I made greetings cards and sold them to shops and galleries. One of the art galleries suggested I should use some of the card making skills to make jewellery; so I started playing with wooden and plastic beads initially. Then the following summer, I visited my aunt in Hong Kong and that is where my love of pearls began. The rest is history as they say! I am completely selftaught and love the challenge of a new design or idea. You worked in accounts before you set up Lilyo. What made you make the change? It was thoroughly dull and I couldn’t let my creative side loose. My father was a fashion designer and I grew up learning about patterns, cuts and colours. Because of that I don’t think I’d ever thought of working in anything other than a creative industry. I decided to leave accounts permanently about 6 months before we moved from Nottingham to Bury St Edmunds, and in fact we signed the lease on the shop before we found a house! How did the business get started? I started the business about 10 years ago initially holding ‘pearl

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parties’ and attending craft fairs and markets. I was still at university at the time and friends would continuously pop over to buy presents. Then in 2004, I launched the website, www.lilyo.com. This proved massively popular and the customers who were buying at the craft fairs from all over the country, could now continue to do so in the luxury of their own home. In 2006, I opened the shop on St Johns Street in Bury St Edmunds.

How would you describe your jewellery? As we specialize in freshwater pearls, the majority of jewellery is made using pearls. However, we like to mix the pearls with semi-precious stones and crystals, this means that we have a lot of contemporary jewellery as well as the traditional strings of pearls. We use dyed pearls as well as natural colour pearls. The dyed pearls make the jewellery feel much more modern and are a great way to have a special piece of jewellery to match a specific outfit. We pride ourselves on being able to offer quality pearls at an affordable price. For example, necklaces start at around £19.95 and on

You recently made some jewellery for X-Factor winner Alexandra Burke – how did that come about? Alexandra Burke was staying at Tuddenham Mill, was using SK Clinic and I was asked to make her some jewellery. When I enquired as to a particular design that she might like, I was told to use my imagination! It is so hard to make jewellery for someone who you don’t know and you are not sure of what style they may like. So I started buying loads of magazines and looking online to see what sort of jewellery she liked to wear. But I found that the only necklace she seemed to wear was a silver cross pendant. Therefore I based my design on a silver cross. I decided that simplicity was the best option, and strung the cross on classic black freshwater pearls. I also made a matching bracelet and a pair of simple stud earrings. She seemed overjoyed with the jewellery, and even told me that I’d now be ‘her best friend forever’!

Lily outside her shop and, far left, with singer Alexandra Burke average are priced at about £30. We do stock a Luxe range which has prices up to about £250. In the last few years I’ve started making jewellery for children. Which achievement has made you most proud? I have been lucky enough to win a large number of local awards over the years including Bury St Edmunds Most Loved Business for the last two years running. As well as making jewellery for Alexandra Burke, I’ve had my jewellery featured in both Tatler and Vogue magazine. I’ve also had my jewellery appear on Saturday Kitchen! However, I know it sounds silly but my biggest achievement is the smile I see when I’ve made a special piece of jewellery for somebody and they absolutely love it. Lilyo, St John’s Street, Bury St Edmunds. Tel 01284 766330 www.lilyo.com To read the interview in full and to hear about some of Lily’s favourite places in Bury St Edmunds, go to www.eastlife.co.uk/lilyo


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booking to help you design the perfect ceremony for you both. So that on your ceremony day, you will not only know your celebrant but also what your ceremony will involve, it will have all been chosen by you. You can take as many of the elements from a traditional wedding as you wish, (rings, vows, entrance, kiss,) and your celebrant will help you with ideas to enhance and personalise your ceremony too. Creating something that is unique to you. You can involve family members by asking them to do a reading or a poem, or maybe even a little story about the two of you and how you met. The possibili-

ties are endless, the only limitation is imagination.. So how do you choose your celebrant? The best way is always word of mouth, do you know someone who has had a celebrant conduct a ceremony for

them, how did they get on. A recommendation is the best way but of course if you do not have any experience of celebrants then the best way is to do a search for a celebrant in your area, some will even travel nationwide and contact them. Spend time talking to them, compare a few, you will know when you have found the right one. She or He will be someone that you can instantly have a rapport with and feel comfortable that they will conduct a beautiful ceremony for you.

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Mother’s Day Take mum for lunch Suffolk Best Western Ufford Park The Park Restaurant at this fabulous hotel resort benefits from fantastic views over the golf course and the beautiful Suffolk countryside, and offers a wide selection of locally sourced seasonal ingredients together with an interesting wine list. Treat your Mother to a 3 course lunch on Mothering Sunday for just £24.95, which includes a Mother’s Day gift. (Children aged 5-14 £10.95pp). Melton Woodbridge 01394 383555 Essex Dickens Restaurant Café Bar Mum will love this modern bistro style restaurant housed in the historic Townsford Mill and positioned by the River Colne. The three course Mother’s Day lunch menu is £24.95. Halstead 01787 273080 www.dickensrestaurant.com

Cambs The Exhibition This wonderful family run pub has a great welcoming atmosphere and a popular restaurant. The three course Mother’s Day menu is £20 (£11 for under 12) and is available for lunch or dinner. Choose from beef, turkey, pork or cod, and twist mum’s arm for the Sticky Toffee Pudding with Vanilla Ice Cream. Godmanchester 01480 459134 Chef & Brewer pubs are perfect for Mother’s Day, with six sumptuous roasts to choose from, all served with crispy goose fat roast potatoes, vegetables,Yorkshire pudding and lashings of gravy, and a choice of 2 courses (£16.99) or 3 courses (19.99). Try these: Herts Green Man, Offley 01462 887589; Three Horseshoes, Spellbrook, Bishop’s Stortford 01279 722849. Cambs The Bridge, Waterbeach 01223 860622; Crown Inn, Eaton Socon 01480 212232. Essex Yew Tree, Great Horkesley 01206 273450; Horse & Groom, Writtle 01245 420245. Suffolk Red Lion, Martlesham, Woodbridge 01394 382169. Norfolk Rushcutter’s Arms, Thorpe St Andrew, Norwich 01603 850711 Beds The Star, Chalton 01525 872248.

Kimberley Stubbs makes some suggestions for 18 March... Take mum along to Marvellous Mother’s Day at Hedingham Castle in Castle Hedingham, Essex. Everything from flowers to portraits, to a meal cooked by an Italian chef, plus various stalls with the perfect gifts for the ladies will be at this event which supports Breakthrough Breast Cancer UK. All mums will receive a goody bag too. 11am4pm. £6/4. 01787 460261 Mum gets in for free at treehouse adventure centre BeWILDerwood on Mother’s Day. Make her a special Twiggle charm to take home, challenge her to a Wobbly Wires race or brave the Tricky Tunnels purposefully pink wall together. There ill be plenty more craft activities on the ay and mum can even add her name to the wall of honour. Hoveton, Norfolk 01692 633033 www.bewilderwood.co.uk

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MOTHER’S DAY Make your mum a VIP for the day with Bure Valley Railway’s special train and lunch package on Mother’s Day. Starting from Wroxham, experience the magic of steam through nine miles of Norfolk countryside, following the picturesque Bure Valley, before arriving at Aylsham. On arrival receive a complimentary drink and sit down to a two-course set lunch, including coffee and mints, at the Whistlestop. In addition, each mother receives a gift. Once lunch is finished, the train awaits for a leisurely journey back to Wroxham. Spaces are limited so book now on 01263 733858. Adults £21, Children £11. www.bvrw.co.uk

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Mum will love the romantic soulful sounds of Luther Vandross, with songs such as So Amazing and Give Me The Reason, so why not take her to see a brilliant tribute act Harry Cambridge while enjoying a three course lunch at Holiday Inn, Basildon, Essex. £18 (£10 under 12s). To book call 01621 890153.

The Maids Head Hotel 2 or 3 course luncheon at the Winepress@ Wensum restaurant. 2 courses £17.95, 3 courses £22.95 Children half price. Tombland, Norwich 01603 272008 www.maidsheadhotel.co.uk St Giles House Hotel Mothering Sunday lunch in the SGH Bistro & Bar is £20.50 for two courses, £24.50 for three.

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Recipe Serves 10-12 Preparation time 45 minutes No cooking necessary

EAT • DRINK • STAY Paul Curry’s monthly pick of the region’s restaurants, hotels and pubs Norfolk Bure River Cottage Restaurant

Easter’s coming - it’s time to think about chocolate!

Alex Bigot’s Easter Chocolate charlotte 25 sponge fingers Rum 200ml Glucose syrup 250grs Still water 100ml Dark chocolate 70% cocoa 500grs

Double cream 800ml Unsalted butter 200grs 1x removable bottom mousse ring, 20cm diameter x 5cm high

1 dip the sponge finger bottom side in the rum and delicately place them around the mold, use the rest of the sponge fingers to fill in the base 2 chop the chocolate into chunks and melt over a bain-marie, the bowl must touch the water, but the water must not boil, stir the chocolate often using a clean and dry spoon, to ensure the chocolate is at the correct temperature, use the top side of you index finger and tab it in the chocolate, it should feel the same temperature than your body, alternatively, use a thermometer and ensure the chocolate is at 37ºc 3 Meanwhile, warm together the glucose and water until it boils, then remove it and allow getting back warm at the same temperature than the chocolate 4 whisk the double cream until fluffy but not too stiff 5 add the glucose mix to the melted chocolate, then gently stir in half of the cream, stir well and add the remaining of the cream, delicately stir it in to ensure maximum retention of air into the mix 6 pour the mix into the mold and smooth the top 7 place in the fridge for 12 hours or overnight 8 to serve, remove the sides and gently slide the cake onto a plate, decorate with your favourite Easter chocolates…

You’ll be treated to fabulous views at this fabulous seafood restaurant in the picturesque village of Horning and positioned beside the river Bure. All menu’s change daily and are written on blackboards., and food is produced on site including homemade breads and desserts. Lower Street, Horning 01692 631421 Suffolk The One Bull This pub restaurant is making quite a name for itself, and has the awards to prove it. Great food, using locally

sourced ingredients, and a wine list that has to be seen to be appreciated. If real ale is your thing, look no further than their Brewshed Best Bitter, Pale Ale and seasonal beers, from their own micro brewery. Angel Hill, Bury St Edmunds 01284 848220 Essex Bellapais This steak house and Greek restaurant has been at the heart of the Colchester restaurant scene for 30 years. Ask anyone who lives in or around the town where to get one of the best steaks you’ll ever taste, and they will tell you to come here. Add to this an informal and friendly atmosphere and a selection of traditional Greek and Cypriot dishes, and you have a restaurant that you will want to return to again and again. St John’s Street, Colchester 01206 571830

Herts The Whistling Duck Set in the quiet countryside overlooking the River Lea and situated on the grounds of the Riverside Garden Centre, the Whistling Duck is one of the freshest restaurants in Hertfordshire. The décor of warm reds, leathers and oak is delightfully cosy yet sophisticated and there’s an outdoor decking area overlooking the river for alfresco dining in warmer months. The excellent menu - locally sourced where possible - is decidedly British, with an added twist, including lots of wonderful fresh fish dishes. There is a separate mun if you wish to dine in the Lounge Bar. Lower Hatfield Road, Hertford 01992 514726

You can keep it in the fridge; ideally take it out 20 minutes before serving as the flavour gets better when at room temperature. You can replace rum with other flavours such as Amaretto or Grand-Marnier, or for a non alcoholic sensation try a little orange juice. Alex Bigot, is the executive head chef at The Møller Centre, the only dedicated management training and conferencing centre in Cambridge. The Møller Centre offers fresh, high quality food and locally sourced, wherever possible to groups from 8 to 150 people. eastlife.co.uk|51


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Food & Drink gaucho’s (waiters) will keep bring meat to you table (until you indicate that you have had enough!) while you help yourself to the hot and cold buffet. High Street, Colchester 01206 765090

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Beds The Flying Horse

This wonderful Greek Cypriot restaurant has been making the people of North Norfolk happy for some 30 years with its traditional menu and lively atmosphere. It’s also the home of the Constantia Brothers band who play their infectious Greek bouzouki music in the restaurant. Dont miss a charity night with music on 29 March or one of their Gala Nights with music and dancing on 30 March. East Runton 01263 512017 Norfolk Ingham Swan

This delightful 14th Century coaching inn is chocolate box pretty with its thatched roof, bundles of historic charm and rural setting flanked by Ingham Priory.. Chef Patron Daniel Smith has sympathetically transformed The Swan into a fine dining, yet relaxed restaurant serving modern British Cuisine. The original bar has been retained, where you can enjoy a pint of Woodfordes Real Ale. There are five well appointed and cosy en-suite bedrooms in the converted stable house next door. Sea Palling Road, Ingham 01692 581099

Welcome to Sarah Abbott’s new regular wine column This country dining pub brilliantly blends the character of its historic past with stylish contemporary interiors. The modern British seasonal menu has some Mediterranean influences and ranges from traditional favourites such as fish and chips and steaks to freshly made pizzas and pastas with the chef’s daily specials showcasing the finest market fresh ingredients. A two-course Sunday roast is great value at £12.95 perfect for Mother’s Day! The Green, Clophill 01525 860293 Cambs Il Girasole Modern Italian restaurant with a cosy, friendly atmosphere , where you can enjoy a delicious choice of authentic Italian cuisine including pizza, pastas and good wine. South Street, St Neots 01480 211211 Cambs The Chequers

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Recently renovated, this appealing pub is divided into two areas; a lounge area which marries a mixture of old and new to create a comfortable and relaxed atmosphere. The adjacent dining area has linen-draped tables and candle light which creates an intimate ambiance.You have the choice of two menus, the British inspired tapas and the A la carte restaurant menu. They also make their own fresh bread, ice cream, pasta and all desserts. High Street, Cottenham 01954 251389

How do you choose from the hundreds of bottles on that supermarket shelf? The huge success of wine competitions such as The Decanter World Wine Awards and the International Wine Challenge suggests that a shiny gold medal probably will sway you. Wine producers pay thousands of pounds to enter their wines into these competitions, and retailers report that bottles sporting one of the coveted gold, silver or bronze medals sell like hot cakes. But what does a wine have to do to win an award? We are coming up to wine judging season, when masters of wine, master sommeliers, broadcaster and wine buyers from every continent will gather for 2 intense weeks. We judges meet from 9am in an airy London studio for 6 hours of wine tasting, evaluation and ‘discussion’ (there’s never actually been a fight, but I wouldn’t be surprised). We taste the wines blind (anonymity prevents any bias or prejudice) at a cracking pace, in groups of 4 judges. Each wine is scored out of 20: 19 or above is a gold, and is awarded to a tiny percentage of the 1000s of wines tasted. Like Alesha and Amanda, sometimes we do not agree, which is where the ‘discussion’ comes in. The head judge (none are quite as power-crazed as Cowell) has the final word. To a civilian we would probably seem to be taking it ridiculously seriously, but these medals are coveted marketing tools that boost sales and have even helped unsigned producers find new importers. For me, their great value lies in that they can be awarded to even the most obscure and traditional of wine styles, recognizing and rewarding quality and character, and not just a big reputation. So, if you come across a wine you’ve never heard of with a medal stuck on it, please give it a go. Sarah Abbott is a Master of Wine and director of Swirl Wine Events, which provides wine courses and corporate wine events. Tel. 01234 245533 www.swirl-me.co.uk


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Cambridge IVF FOR MANY PEOPLE struggling with infertility, the thought that one day they might have a child of their own can seem like a distant dream. But advances in reproductive science and research are providing new hope – and Cambridge IVF promises to be at the forefront of such developments. This purpose- built assisted conception unit opened in October. Based in Trumpington, it offers high quality, personalised care based on the very latest research. Mr Raj Mathur, lead clinician says: “Cambridge IVF is modern, bright and welcoming, and the building has been equipped with the latest technology. Although we are a new service, Cambridge IVF builds on our 20 years as a fertility treatment centre at Addenbrookes Hospital, and our experience of running a successful satellite IVF service in partnership with other units.” The facility was developed by Cambridge University Hospitals to provide a range of fertility treatments to NHS patients and those funding their own care. “We want Cambridge IVF to be unique in its patient focus, offering a truly personal service tailored to each individual’s particular circumstances”, says Mr Mathur. “In addition, our links with Addenbrooke’s, the university, and the Cambridge Biomedical Campus mean we will be able to offer advice and treatment based on good-quality evidence and our knowledge of the very latest research.” Cambridge IVF is delighted that their first cycles of IVF have all resulted in ongoing pregnancies and look forward to creating the future for many others. Cambridge IVF hold regular open evenings, for further information please visit www.cambridgeivf.org.uk or call 01223 349 010.

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As a lack of sperm and egg donors means couples desperate for a baby are being forced to seek IVF treatment abroad, fertility experts talk about why there’s such a shortage.

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he gift of life is the most precious gift of all.Yet the majority of people who have it in their power to make that gift don’t bother. We are talking about a donation of healthy sperm or eggs which can give infertile couples the chance to have a desperately wanted baby. A new study by De Montfort University has found that many UK couples are forced to seek fertility treatment abroad, mainly because of a lack of egg and sperm donors in this country. The average wait in the UK for an egg donor is two years, and for donated sperm it can be up to a year. More than 500 sperm donors are needed annually in the UK but last year there were only 384. Similarly, more than 1,200 egg donors are needed annually but last year there were just 707. Clearly, demand for egg and sperm donors far outstrips supply, and Pip Morris, donor recruitment manager at the National Gamete Donation Trust (NGDT), which raises awareness of the need for more donors, stresses: “We’ve always had a shortage of donors in this country. “We believe it’s purely down to the fact that people don’t realise they can help others in this way.” Former Atomic Kitten singer Liz McClarnon, who has championed egg and sperm donation since an ectopic pregnancy scare last year, agrees.

TABOO She believes the notion of egg and sperm donation is still “very taboo” in Britain, partly because not enough is said or written about it. “People don’t know there’s a problem. And they don’t know that it’s something they can have a real impact in changing, should they wish to,” she says. “We definitely need to become less precious about egg and sperm donation. If you’re fortunate enough to produce healthy eggs or sperm, you have the ability to make a profound impact on a family’s happiness. “That’s a very powerful position to be in and we need people who are brave and kind enough.” Donated sperm or eggs are necessary if a person isn’t producing their own, or if they have a high risk of passing on an inherited disease. Donated eggs may also be needed if a woman has had a premature menopause, or has lost the use of her ovaries due to medical problems or cancer treatment. Morris says: “People who donate want to help other couples, and they can. They usually have a huge sense of pride, and say it’s the most wonderful thing they’ve ever done.” SPERM DONATION Some clinics may ask donors to go in twice a week for up to four months, although the time that procedures can take is variable. Donors are asked to abstain from sex and masturbation for between two or three days before donating.

45,264 women had IVF treatment in 2010. These women had 57,652 cycles of treatment in 2010, an increase of 5.9% on the previous year. There were 12,714 babies born in 2009 as a result of IVF treatment using womens’ own fresh eggs. 2,441 were these were born as a multiple. Intra-cytoplasmic sperm injection (ICSI) represents 52% of all IVF treatment in the UK in 2009. The remainder is conventional IVF. Average success rate for IVF and ICSI treatment using a woman’s own fresh eggs in the UK in 2009: 32.3% for women under 35 27.2% for women aged 35-37 19.2% for women aged 38-39 12.7% for women aged 40-42 5.1% for women aged 43-44 1.5% for women aged 45+ Around 1.5% of all births and 1.8% of all babies born in the UK are the result of IVF and donor insemination. Source: www.hfea.gov.uk

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A private room is provided for donors to produce a sperm sample, and the sperm is then treated and stored at the clinic, and inseminated into the recipient woman at her most fertile time. EGG DONATION Egg donation may either be altruistic when a woman donates purely to help others - or as part of egg sharing, when a woman is having fertility treatment herself, and donates some of her eggs to others. The donor woman’s ovaries may initially need to be suppressed through either daily nasal sprays or injections, for two to four weeks. The ovaries are then stimulated, usually by self-administered daily injections, for around 10-14 days. When scans show the woman is ovulating, egg collection is usually performed through the vagina, under either general or local anaesthetic. Up to 16 eggs may be collected per donation cycle. Usually within hours of eggs being retrieved, the eggs and sperm are treated together in the clinic laboratory, and placed in an incubator. If fertilisation occurs and the embryos are good quality, a maximum of two embryos can be implanted into the recipient woman. The biggest risk for egg donation is overstimulation of the ovaries, which carries a tiny chance of the ovaries twisting. This can affect fertility, although the risks are minimal. ETHICAL ISSUES Some people may choose to arrange sperm donation from someone they know, or through private arrangements other than a clinic. The NGDT advises them to get legal advice if thinking about this route, to clarify the biological parent’s possible legal obligations to any offspring. If donation is through a licensed clinic, the child has no legal, financial, social or moral rights over their donor. “The important thing to bear in mind is that there are long-term implications to egg and sperm donation - it’s not just the physical here and now of going to the clinic,” warns Morris. In 2005, donor anonymity was banned in the UK, which means that from the age of 18 all donor-conceived children now have the right to know the identity of their genetic parents. Initially, donor numbers dropped when the anonymity ban was introduced, but 56|eastlife.co.uk

they quickly picked up again and are now higher than before the ban. “The donors I speak to see the removal of anonymity as such a positive thing,” says Morris. “They want to be able to be traced if that’s what the offspring wants.” As part of the donation process, donors are encouraged to write a goodwill message about why they wanted to donate. This can be passed on to any offspring when they’re 18 if they know they were conceived from a donation and want more information about their biological parent. Morris adds: “It’s a very personal, long journey, and potential donors have to be sure that what they’re doing is 100% correct for them.”

tion. It should just be appropriate compensation.”

GETTING FEEDBACK The Human Fertilisation and Embryology Authority (HFEA) is currently examining how to boost donor numbers, and is in the process of completing a public consultation into egg and sperm donation. An HFEA spokesman explains: “There’s clearly a donor shortage, and we wanted to see if any of the things we’re doing are creating an artificial barrier to people donating.” The consultation looked at intra-family donation, the number of families a donor can agree to help create, and compensation - which is currently set at up to £250 for loss of earnings, plus reasonable expenses. He adds: “What we don’t want to do with compensation is create an incentive or see a market for egg and sperm dona-

GIVING THANKS The joy donating can bring is exemplified by Laura and David, who have two children thanks to a sperm donor. They told the NGDT: “Nothing we can say can ever come close to thanking the man who made this possible. For many years we were broken-hearted. Now we have a very happy family. “Our lives have been totally transformed thanks to our donor. Each night we tuck up our treasured, bright, wonderful little girl and our completely mad, sweet, beloved little boy - because of the generosity of just one man. Thank you.”

DONATION FACTS British Fertility Society guidelines state that healthy men aged between 18 and 40 are eligible to donate. However, clinics and individuals have the right to accept donors who are older. Egg donors must be aged between 18 and 35. Donors should be free from any serious medical problems and have no history of congenital disease. About 600 babies are born each year in the UK from donated sperm, and about 450 from donated eggs. The maximum number of families a donor can help is 10.

For more information about egg or sperm donation, and a list of licensed fertility clinics, visit www.ngdt.co.uk, or ring 0845 226 9193.


The FERTILITY journey The desire to have children is intrinsic to us as thinking and feeling beings and most healthy people are able to conceive without any problems. However, infertility can be a difficult challenge for individuals and couples. As many as 1 in 7 couples in our country experience difficulties with conception. At Nuffield Health expert advice and assistance is available to individually assess people worried about their fertility. To me, the important thing is to focus on the requirements of the individual, in their unique situation, rather than offering a one-size-fits-all approach. This means that a range of options is available, from initial assessment of men and women, through treatment of underlying conditions such as endometriosis, fibroids and ovarian cysts and all the way up to referral for IVF and other sophisticated treatment. Recent advances in our understanding of how the ovaries change with age has led to the introduction of tests that can be

used to determine the individual’s ovarian reserve. This information, handled in the right way, can be of great value in making important life decisions. Of course, fertility depends on a number of factors, but the more reliable information you have, the more you are empowered to plan your future. Similarly, advances in surgical technique mean that conditions such as endometriosis, which can cause infertility and severe pelvic pain, can be diagnosed and treated through minimally-invasive approaches. Expertise is also available at Nuffield Health for women who have fibroids of the uterus, but wish to conserve, or even increase, their fertility. Such interventions are sometimes required prior to proceeding with IVF, or if IVF has been tried and has been unsuccessful. In fact, I believe that looking after couples who have failed to conceive despite IVF is challenging, but a thorough investigation and individualised care can often be very rewarding. Mr Rajneesh Mathur Consultant Gynaecologist, Nuffield Health.

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Life at school is about Learning. But learning is more than simply an accumulation of information and facts. If that were so, school would be boring. Education at Kingshott is interesting. It is exciting, and it is varied. At Kingshott emphasis is placed on making the learning experience as enriching as possible. We want our children to be happy, achieve their potential and to be a success. We believe in the children being "The best me I can be". At Kingshott we believe that, in growing up, children need nurturing in a secure environment which provides clear boundaries. In a world that is guilty at times of providing a moral vacuum, children crave direction, guidance, praise, correction and above all some hand holding. All children enjoy a varied curriculum. Up until Year 5, most lessons are classroom based, after which subject teachers take over and guide senior children towards their Common Entrance examinations. Our Year 8 children’s success sees them entering outstanding senior schools across the counties. Many of them receive scholarships and go on to achieve GSCE and A Level results to be proud of. Kingshott School is set on the outskirts of Hitchin, Hertfordshire, and provides an outstanding co-educational learning experience for children aged 3 to 13. Standing in 23 acres and surrounded by countryside, it is hard to believe that central London is only a 30 minute train journey away. Contact us now via our brand new website www.kingshottschool.com or email us at PA2head@kingshott.herts.sch.uk or call us on 01462 432009.

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The Osmonds For over five decades The Osmond Brothers have been entertaining sold-out crowds throughout the world, but now they are calling it a day and this will be their last ever UK tour. This new show will take fans on a journey through their many unforgettable hits – from classics such as One Bad Apple, Down By The Lazy River, Let Me In and Love Me For A Reason, to Crazy Horses and Long Haired Lover From Liverpool. “We truly want this tour to be a great big thank you to all our fans for their love and support through the years,” says Jimmy Osmond. “We’ve performed in the UK many times, but this final tour will take us all around the UK and allow us to get up close and personal with our fans – we can’t wait!”

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REGION This month sees the launch of an exciting new running event - the Saucony Cambridge Half Marathon in support of Cancer Research UK, which takes place of 11 March. The course will consist of 2 loops and a section along the River Cam. It will start on Victoria Avenue, passing some of Cambridge's most famous locations including The Backs, in front of King's College, the Market Square, the Round Church before finishing on Midsummer Common. For more details go to www.onestepbeyond.org.uk

Acclaimed international, national and local novelists, poets and writers will all be taking part in more than 70 events held across the county â&#x20AC;&#x201C; from Epping to Harwich - throughout March for the Essex Book Festival. Highlights include Alexander McCall Smith (left), author of the Number 1 Ladies Detective Agency; adventurer and travel writer Charley Boorman; and Dame Daphne Sheldrick from Kenya, who has spent over 25 years rehabilitating orphans from many different wild species as seen recently on the BBC/Animal Planet series, Elephant Diaries. For full details go to www.essexbookfestival.org.uk

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Enjoy a fabulous evening of belly dance with the East Anglian Belly Dance Superstars! Local groups, teachers, soloists and students will be coming together for a special charity night at the Seckford Theatre, Woodbridge, Suffolk on 17 March. For tickets call 01473 211498 or for more information go to www.eastanglianbelly dancesuperstars.co.uk


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Wanderlust Rattled by sudden unemployment, a Manhattan couple – Jennifer Aniston and Paul Rudd – decide to experiment with living on a rural commune where free love rules. Great comedy, also starring Justin Theroux and Malin Akerman. Fri 2nd

We Bought a Zoo Delightful family comedy, based on a true story, about a father in Southern California who moves his young family to the countryside to renovate and re-open a struggling zoo. Starring Matt Damon and Scarlett Johansson. Fri 16th

Gone When her sister disappears, a woman is convinced the serial killer who kidnapped her two years ago has returned, and she sets out to once again face her abductor. Starring Amanda Seyfried. Fri 30th

Bel Ami Starring Robert Pattinson, Christina Ricci, Uma Thurman and Kristin Scott Thomas, this captivating costume drama chronicles a young man's rise to power in Paris via his manipulation of the city's most influential and wealthy women. Fri 9th

21 Jump Street Comedy based on a 1987 Johnny Depp TV series about a pair of underachieving cops who are sent back to a local high school to blend in and bring down a synthetic drug ring.The hapless duo is played by Jonah Hill and Channing Tatum. Fri 16th

The Living Heritage 2012 events season is well underway with some great shows for you to visit, and one not too far away is the Sandringham Craft & Food Fair on 30 March - 1 April. It is the perfect time to purchase a superb variety of crafts made by some of the finest Craftsman, Artists and Designers from all over the country - there will be over 150 exhibitors. With the emphasis on working crafts, many of the Craftsmen will be demonstrating their skills. Always happy to discuss their work, they will be only too pleased to show and discuss their skills with you. You can also witness marvellous demonstrations by the talented rural craft demonstrators. See glassblowing, bodging, stick making, pottery, corn dollies, fabric painting, spinning & weaving, artists, textiles and cross stitch and many more crafts from yesteryear. The wonderful food hall offers you the chance to taste delicious food and drink and the arena will be on the go for the duration of the show with exciting Falconry Displays, and Owl Show and the ever popular ferret racing. Children are not forgotten either, with puppet shows, marionette displays and ‘make and take’ sessions. 30 March - 1 April, 10am - 6pm daily. For further information call 01283 820548 or visit www.craft-show.co.uk Whether you’re expecting your first little bundle or already have a toddling tot, the Newmarket Mum & Baby Show will be worth a visit, with stands covering a wide variety of categories including toys and accessories, health and information, clubs and activities, children’s entertainment and more! Sunday 4 March, Millennium Grandstand, Rowley Mile Racecourse, Newmarket, Suffolk www.newmarketmum andbabyshow.co.uk

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Havergate is a great place to watch brown hares, especially in spring. Join a trip to this special island in search of these fantastic mammals. Will you be lucky enough to see them boxing? There will be a good variety of migrant wading birds, late departing ducks, barn owls, little egrets and much more to see. Boats depart from Orford Quay, Suffolk, 31 March at 9am, 10am, 12pm and 1pm. 01728 648281

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REGION 5 GREAT WORKSHOPS Beatboxing Workshop with professional beatboxer Lee Gibling, left, for ages 11-18. Diss Corn Hall, 3 March, 01379 652241 Harmonica Whether you’re a complete beginner or advanced, this session will help improve your playing and get the best out of this deceptively humble instrument. The Apex, Bury St Edmunds, 17 March, 01284 758000 Bricklaying Learn how to build your own garden walls, concrete reinforced foundations, bases for sheds, plinths, etc. with the help of a professional bricklayer, Mac Knox Weir. £80 for the day. Assington Mill, Suffolk, 31 March, 01787 229955 Flint Knapping Learn how to choose flints and knap your own tool. West Stow, Bury St Edmunds, 31 March, 01284 728718 Heavy Horses Spend a day with some beautiful Suffolk Punch horses and experience driving a horse and cart. Hylands House, Chelmsford, 31 March, 01245 605523

Colchester Zoo has launched a new Keeper for the Day experience. It was the first zoo in the country to launch the chance for visitors to be a Zoo Keeper for the Day back in the early nineties and since then many thousands of people have had the opportunity to find out what it is really like to be a zoo keeper and get behind scenes with the animals to hear about the conservation work that goes on. Now, in addition to the three schemes that are already available, a limited edition scheme has just been launched.  The limited edition Keeper for the day experience includes time with Asian animals including the chance to help feeding the gibbons and sun bears and meeting red pandas and hornbills.  Then you’ve time with some of the rainforest species including preparing enrichment for the marmosets and tamarins, meeting the sloths and the troop of squirrel monkeys.  After your lunch there are encounters with the tigers and wolves to look forward to as well as the chance to meet Colchester Zoo’s incredible pygmy hippos. The Keeper for the Day experience includes entrance to Colchester Zoo for the whole day, lunch and a souvenir pack.  For more information go to www.colchester-zoo.com or alternatively contact Colchester Zoo on 01206 331292.  Information can also be found on the website of the zoo’s shorter keeper shadowing experiences including the chance to spend time with the keepers of the cheetahs and the skunks. eastlife.co.uk|67


A great place to play, explore, picnic, relax. Enjoy some fantastic walks in the forest ranging from one to three miles and cycle trails for all abilities. Good quality home made refreshments are available in the cafĂŠ. High Lodge is also the home of Bike Art cycle hire and Go Ape, the high wire forest adventure course. For more information please visit: www.bike-art.com or www.goape.co.uk Opening hours change seasonally. For current info please call 01842 815434 or visit: www.forestry.gov.uk/highlodge

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Easter

Eggciting Easter Days Out As Spring begins many of the region’s attractions open their doors for the season ahead, and with a few extra treats for Easter...

4 CASTLES TO VISIT Essex Hedingham Castle

in Castle Hedingham is a splendid Norman keep, built in 1140 by the famous deVeres, Earls of Oxford. There are two days of family fun over Easter (24-25th) with egg hunt, food and crafts. 01787 460261 Suffolk Framlingham Castle Walk along the top of

the castle walls, taking in the beautiful views of the surrounding countryside. It was here that Mary Tudor waited to hear whether she or Lady Jane Grey had been declared queen after the death of Edward VI. 01728 724189 Essex Colchester Castle is the largest keep ever built by the Normans. Fascinating museum with many hands-on displays. 01206 282939 Norfolk Norwich Castle

Former Norman Royal Palace now packed with treasures to inspire and intrigue visitors of all ages. 01603 493625

Herts Paradise Wildlife Park at Broxbourne, has an amazing range of animals including tigers, lions, monkeys, zebras, camels and wolves and what makes it really unique is the fact that you can get up close and personal, meeting and feeding many of the animals. There are three themed adventure playgrounds, children's rides, indoor soft play areas, and more. 01992 470490 Suffolk Africa Alive in Kessingland, nr Lowestoft puts South Africa right on your doorstep. Experience the plains of Africa - an awe-inspiring presentation of the African Savannah, where the animals roam freely together as they do in the wild. Get up close and personal with our Rhinos, Giraffes and Zebras, climb aboard the roadtrain, encounter the ‘King of the Jungle’ and enjoy a stunning bird's-eye view of the lions domain from the Lookout Lodge. Plus farmyard, lemurs, reptiles and more. 01502 740291 Cambs Linton Zoo is a wonderful combination of beautiful gardens and wildlife from all over the world with lots to see including tigers, snow leopards, lynx, tapir, zebras, wallabies, owls, toucans, storks, horn-

bills, lemur, parrots, spiders and many others set in 16 acres of spectacular gardens; many featuring aviaries landscaped with rockeries and waterfalls. 01223 891308 Norfolk Thrigby Hall Wildlife Gardens at Filby, nr Great Yarmouth, has a 250-yearold landscaped garden, a play area and superb willow pattern garden.You’ll find its renowned collection of Asian Mammals, birds and reptiles in the pleasantly landscaped grounds and gardens of Thrigby Hall. Attractions for all age groups include Snow Leopards, rare tigers, gibbons, deer otters, crocodiles in a swamp house, avaries, waterfowl, gift shop & cafe. 01493 369477 Norfolk Amazona Zoo in Cromer, is home to a wide range of animals from Tropical South America including Jaguar, Otters, Spider Monkeys and Flamingos. All the animals have arrived through the generosity of other British Zoological Gardens; None are imported from the wild. 01263 510741 Beds Woburn Safari Park You’ll need to devote a whole day to take in everything at Woburn. Drive through the Bedfordshire safari

Essex Colchester Zoo is one of Europe's finest zoos with over 250 species in 60 acres of beautiful parkland. Enclosures include Orangutan Forest, Penguin Shore, Playa Patagonia, Dragons of Komodo - a sea lion pool with a 24m underwater tunnel - and Tiger Taiga which houses the rare Amur Tiger. Plus the African zone where you can see elephants, giraffes, zebra and rhinos. Their Easter Wonderland event runs from 31 March-15 April, with shows, activities and more. 01206 331292 park, with 30 species of animals in natural groups just a windscreen’s width away: rhinos, giraffes, lions, tigers, elephants, monkeys and lots more, plus the action-packed Wild World Leisure Area. There's a foot safari too, and seven daily animal demonstrations and feeding times including penguin feeding and a sea lion demonstration. Children can also enjoy the swan boats and train and the Mammoth Play Ark. 01525 290407

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‘Drop-dead gorgeous, performed in such perfect synch, and with such sexy intensity, that you can’t tear your eyes away.’

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Sunday 8 and Bank Holiday Monday 9 April 10.30am to 5pm The Farmland Museum & Denny Abbey, Waterbeach, Cambridgeshire, CB25 9PQ

Find us just off the A10 between Cambridge and Ely. Free car parking. Cafe and shop open. Picnic areas. Snape Maltings Concert Hall, Snape, Suffolk Friday 11 and Saturday 12 May, 7.30pm Tickets: £24, £20, £16, £12 (Under 18’s - £2 off) To book call 01728 687110 or visit www.aldeburgh.co.uk

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Cambridge Community Circus Workshops: 1.30pm to 2.30pm and 3.30pm to 4.30pm

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Easter Trail, Bonnet Making & Grand Parade plus hands-on crafts

Tues & Thurs, 12pm to 4pm throughout the Easter School Holidays. Drop-in sessions. No need to book. Normal admission + 50p extra per child for materials.

Adults £5.50, Concessions £4.50, Children £3.50, under 5s FREE, Family Ticket £16 English Heritage members: Discounted rates apply

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FREE ENTRY FOR ONE CHILD www.dennyfarmlandmuseum.org.uk on any Easter Children's Activity Day!

Visit us at The Staithe, Stalham NR12 9DA Just off the A149 bypass Open 31st March to end of October

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Want to know all about The Broads? This is the place to be! Lots to see and do for all ages. Entry:- Adult £4 Conc. £3.50

Child (5-16) £2.50 Family (2A+3C) £12 Under 5s free Also Steam boat trips (50mins) on Tues.Wed. & Thurs.To book seats ring 01692581681. Or visit the website.

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ROMOR EXHIBITIONS 2012 Towcester Craft & Design Show, Towcester Racecourse, Northants. 10th & 11th March. 10.00am - 4.30pm.

Putteridge Craft & Design Show, Putteridge Bury Conference Centre, Beds/Herts border. 24th & 25th March. 10.00am - 4.30pm.

Open Dates 28th March to 4th November visit www.bressingham.co.uk for further details - Tel 01379 686900

Milton Keynes Garden, Home & Craft Show, The National Bowl, Milton Keynes, Bucks. Bank Holiday. 5th, 6th & 7th May. 10.00am - 5.00pm.

Knebworth Craft & Design Show, Knebworth, Herts. Bank Holiday. 2nd, 3rd, 4th & 5th June. 10.00am - 5.00pm

To be kept informed of all our shows throughout the year please email: desk@romorexhibitions.co.uk quoting EM

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Easter

Cambs Nene Valley Railway is 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 of steam activity over Easter. 01780 784444

Ride the Easter Eggspress at Bure Valley Railway

Essex Mountfitchet Castle History experience at Stansted Mountfitchet, where you can travel back in time to medieval England of 1066 as you wander through Mountfitchet Castle and Norman Village at this world famous unique living heritage site. Adjacent to the historic castle is The House on the Hill Toy Museum. 01279 813237 Essex Audley End House near Saffron Walden, is a palatial Jacobean house built by the 1st Earl of Suffolk Lord Treasurer to James I, remodelled in the 18th-19th century with a magnificent great hall, rooms and furniture by Robert Adam and park by 'Capability' Brown. Take a trip on the Audley End Miniature Railway, a delightful 1.5 mile ride on Lord Braybrooke's private 10" gauge railway through the estate woodland. 01799 522399 Norfolk Bure Valley Railway offers 18 mile round trips in steam and diesel trains through picturesque countryside. It's Norfolk's longest fifteen inch gauge and runs between Aylsham and Wroxham, the 'Capital of the Norfolk Broads'. Take the Easter Eggs-

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press over the Easter weekend, 6th to 9th April, and there’s a free Easter Egg for every child. 01263 733858 Cambs The Farmland Museum and Denny Abbey Discover farming through the ages and learn about the rural history of Cambridgeshire with objects displays and interactives for all ages.Visit a village shop and see a magnificent 17th Century stone barn and the workshops, which include a basket maker and a blacksmith, and explore a traditional and a Fenman's Hut. Walk around this lovely abbey still featuring superb Norman interiors. At different times, it housed Benedictine monks, the Knights Templars and nuns of the Franciscan order, the Poor Clares. 01223 860988 Norfolk Bressingham Steam & Gardens is set in a nationallyknown garden with narrowgauge railway rides, a Victorian steam roundabout, locomotive sheds, stationary engine displays, a royal coach, traction engines and gardens. Plus there’s the ‘Dads Army’ national collection, housed in a recreation of Walmingtonon-Sea. Easter Sunday and Monday there’s a special children’s entertainer. 01379 6868900

Essex East Anglian Railway Museum in Chappel Station, nr Colchester is a working museum representing 100 years of railway engineering and architecture in East Anglia. Thomas the Tank and Friends will be visiting the Musuem over the Easter weekend, with special steam rides and more. 01206 242524 Cambs Imperial War Museum at Duxford is one of the world's most spectacular aviation heritage complexes with a world renowned collection of nearly 200 aircraft and one of the finest collections of military vehicles. Children will love Whizz, Bang, Wallop!, IWM’s Easter holiday activities, with lots of model making. 01223 835000 Norfolk Pettits Animal Adventure Park in Reedham, has a fabulous range of family rides, including a roller coaster, while you can also meet a lot of animals, including Lemurs and Alpacas.01483 701403 Essex Colne Valley Railway is a pretty, award-winning station where you can take a steam train ride in a most attractive part of the Colne Valley. Riverside picnic area, a garden railway, a 600 metre miniature railway ride, farm park and station to explore with shops and restaurant buffet cars. Open over the Bank Holiday weekend. 01787 461174

3 places to get adventurous Suffolk High Lodge Forest Centre at Thetford Forest is 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 and the high wire forest adventure course, Go Ape (above). 01842 815434 Norfolk Dinosaur Adventure Park Set in Weston Park, near

Lenwade, you can discover giants from the past on the dinosaur trail, see creepy crawlies in the secret animal garden and find the lost tribe on the Neanderthal walk. There's also an adventure play area, Raptor Racers and a Jurassic Putt. 01603 876310 Norfolk BeWILDerwood at Hoveton is 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. 01603 783900

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Golf

Ben Kerr, PGA Teaching Professional and Tournament Player attached to The West Suffolk Golf Centre tells us about his career as a pro golfer, along with some tips and some golfing likes and dislikes...

Swingtime in Suffolk BEN KERR Age: 24 Handicap: PGA Professional What is your favourite golf course? Sunningdale Golf Club in Berkshire. I have played the Sunningdale Foursomes tournament there every March for the last three years and will be competing again this year. The atmosphere at the golf club is very friendly, both of their courses are a great test of golf and they are always in fantastic condition.

If you could play any course in the world, where and why? It would have to be Augusta National in Georgia USA, the home of the US Masters. I’ve been watching the Masters tournament every year since I started playing golf, I would love to have a chance to see what score I could shoot on the same course. Also, only the privileged few ever get to play Augusta National which would make a round there extra special. How often do you play? As often as I can. I play a lot more through the summer than I do in the winter, I probably average about 3 rounds a week over the course of a year. I compete on the Europro tour and in East Region PGA tournaments. Best round you’ve ever shot? 65 (6 under par) in the last round of the Castle Dargan Irish Masters in 2010.

How much time do you devote to practise? I always try to do a minimum of 1 hour practice 5 days a week. Throughout the playing season I will generally do considerably more practice than just 1 hour a day. Worst round? I honestly can’t remember, I don’t see the point in dwelling on bad performances. How long have you been playing? I’ve been playing for roughly sixteen years. If you could play in a foursome with anyone, who would you play with and why? If I could play a fourball with any three people, past or present, they would be: • Seve Ballesteros – I never got to see him

play in person, but I have seen many video clips of him in action and the man was incredibly talented! • Billy Connolly – I have no idea if he even plays golf but I’m sure he would provide great stories and entertainment for 18 holes. • Rory McIlroy – Because he is roughly my age and already a Major Champion, I’m sure there is lots I could learn from watching and listening to him. Who did you learn to play from? My Dad got me into it, I then attended junior group coaching Newmarket Links Golf Club. Since then I have been coached by Lee Scarbrow, PGA Professional at John O’Gaunt Golf Club. Your three top career highlights?



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Golf

 Never try to ‘lift’ the golf ball into the air, always strike downwards into the back of the golf ball and allow the club to do its job.  Winning my first Newmarket Club Championship at the age of 14. Winning the 2007 Midland Golf Union Order Of Merit. Winning the 2011 East Region PGA Trainees Stroke Play Championship. Favorite places to play in East Anglia and why? I enjoy playing the links courses on the East Anglian coast. Links golf provides a different challenge to parkland golf, I feel more imagination and shotmaking are required, something that I really enjoy. I also really enjoy taking playing lessons at the West Suffolk Golf Centre, it’s a great place to teach, the course is very beginner friendly but still offers enough of a challenge to make golfers think. Any tournament wins? As an amateur I won: 2 Newmarket Club Championships,

It don’t mean a thing... 5 tips for improving your golf swing 1 Change your clothes One common mistake that golfers often make is wearing the wrong type of golf wear. Most people would not assume that clothing can make a difference in a golfer’s skill, but some types of clothing can restrict the golfer’s swing and stance. Wear loose fitting shorts or slacks. Also, try wearing a loose polo shirt. T-shirts tend to tangle easily.

5 Cambridgeshire Area Golf Union titles, The 2007 Midland Golf Union Order of Merit. As a professional: The 2011 Thomson Tour Championship, 2011 East Region PGA Q-School, 2011 East Region PGA Trainees Stroke Play Championship.

2 Ensure proper posture Your posture is vital for a good swing. Make sure you are the right distance away from the ball and that your back is arched correctly. Your arms should be straight and stiff, but your hands should be loose. There are plenty of great resources on the Web that can help you perfect your posture. However, one-on-one training from a professional instructor is the best way to ensure you have proper posture.

Ever had a hole-in-one? I’ve had two hole in ones, both at Newmarket links golf club. The first was on the 12th hole, and the second was on the 3rd hole. Your favourite piece of golf kit? I’m using a full bag of custom fitted Titleist equipment. Custom fitting is something I would strongly advise to any-

one who looking at buying new golf equipment. My current favourite club would be my Titleist 910D2 Driver. If you had to recommend one thing to young/old golfers about their game, what would it be? Never try to ‘lift’ the golf ball into the air, always strike downwards into the back of the golf ball and allow the club to do its job. I would always recommend seeking professional advice to anyone who wants to improve their golf. You organize golf trips, how does that work? Through the partnership between the PGA and golfbreaks.com I am able to arrange and even accompany golf trips to many destinations in the UK and across the globe. Any golfers looking to book a golf trip can contact me, you can find my contact details on my website www.benkerrgolf.co.uk

3 Choose the right clubs There are different size clubs for different distances and purposes. You must make sure you are using the proper club before swinging. Typically, the club is great for the first swing. A 9-iron is good for mid distances. Lastly, the putter is obviously used for close distance swings. 4 Timing Your timing is crucial for accuracy. ost people make the mistake of starting slow and gradually speeding up the swing until it contacts with the ball. This is improper timing. he swing should be one constant speed the whole time. This will ensure a straight hit. 5 Loosen your grip Sports like Tennis and Cricket encourage players to have a firm grip on their gear. However, in Golf, you should have a loose grip. A tight grip inhibits your precision. Players can typically tell if their grip is too tight by having pains or aches in their hands and arms after playing. If you notice aches and pains, you need to loosen your grip. eastlife.co.uk|77


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New golf show Sarah Wilson, left, and Susan Moore

Good news for golf fans - the region gets it’s first ever dedicated golf show this summer. Two women from Suffolk - Susan Moore and Sarah Wilson - with their families, are staging the region’s biggest ever golf show - Golf East in July at Trinity Park, Ipswich. Susan and Sarah (a PGA Pro), both own 9 hole courses in Suffolk: Bramford Golf Centre and Clare Park Lake golf course. Having been to many golf shows over the years both trade and retail they realised that there had never been a dedicated golf show on their own patch. Their research not only proved that there would be over-

Thorpeness Hotel and Golf Club in Suffolk is midway through a five-year plan to enhance the golf course which has been overseen by architect Ken Moody. Bunkers have been re-sited or enriched in both depth and area. Beautifully crafted, they are adding hugely to the overall sterling reputation of Thorpeness as a great golfing venue. It presently ranks in the top 200 of Golf World’s best courses and in the top ten winter courses designated by Today’s Golfer. In May this year, the Club will co-host The English Seniors Championship with Aldeburgh. Thorpeness Golf Course was recently described as “the course constantly on the move” which perfectly reflects the long term intentions and ambitions of the current owners to ensure playing golf at Thorpeness is an enjoyable and improved experience year after year. An added bonus is the inviting Thorpeness Golf Club Hotel. Comfortable residential accommodation, excellent food, professionals on hand to iron out any kinks in the swing and buggies for hire if required, make Thorpeness the ideal golfing destination. www.thorpeness.co.uk

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whelming support from such a show, but also made them realise that the event should not just be aimed at men, but should be an event that could be enjoyed by the whole family. The two-day event also presents a very real chance for the industry in the Eastern region to showcase itself and provide easy, non-intimidating routes for beginners to take up the game. It will also give existing golfers the chance to try, buy and view the wares of major brands alongside associated retail and ancillary products. Golf East will give everyone the chance to ‘swing a club’. The event will

Suffolk Woodbridge Golf Club A traditional, friendly members club with 2 classic Suffolk heathland courses. The Heath Course is a serious golfer’s challenge all year round, while the full length 9hole Forest course, is suitable for all standards. woodbridgegolfclub.co.uk Cambs Bourn Golf Club The expertly designed 18 hole parkland course at Bourn, eight miles outside Cambridge, offers an enjoyable, relaxing challenge to golfers of all standards. bourngolfandleisure.co.uk

Norfolk Sheringham Golf Club Rated as one of the Top 100 clubs in England, this picturesque 18 hole golf course

feature a full length driving range, junior range and wedge range, professionals giving taster lessons and instruction, all day fashion shows, retail opportunities, gadgets and izmos, kids interactive and play areas, trick shot entertainment provided by local star Kevin Carpenter, golf clubs and ranges promoting their facilities, catering outlets and on site radio coverage providing all day entertainment - and a whole lot more. Golf East will be at Trinity Park, Ipswich on 14-15 July. For more information go to www.golfeast.co.uk

on the north Norfolk coast is set on the cliffs in an area of outstanding natural Beauty. sheringhamgolfclub.co.uk Cambs Ely City Club A 72 par 6348 yd (6627 yrds off the white tees) Henry Cotton designed parkland course located on the outskirts of the city. The club boasts splended views of the cathedral and a warm welcome in the clubhouse. elygolf.co.uk Essex Colne Valley Golf Club One of the most picturesque parkland golf courses in the region, situated on the Essex/Suffolk border in an area of real natural beauty. To compliment the course there is a large well appointed clubhouse with excellent restaurant and bar facilities. colnevalleygolfclub.co.uk Herts Hanbury Manor The 18-hole championship course at Hanbury Manor was re-

designed by Jack Nicklaus's eldest son, who revised Harry Vardon's original layout. Hanbury Manor, set in 200 acres of Hertfordshire parkland, offers a luxurious hotel, PGA Championship golf course and Spa. marriott.co.uk

Suffolk Ufford Park Hotel, Golf & Spa Here golfers can enjoy a challenging 18 hole, par 71 golf course which plays host to prestigious tournaments such as the PGA EuroPro Tour, a two tier luxury driving range, 4,000 square feet American Golf Shop and the Doctorgolf Teaching Academy. uffordpark.co.uk


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Take a trip to Hunstanton and enjoy a day out by the sea… From the iconic red and white striped cliffs to the north, acres of sand and clear, shallow waters to the hustle and bustle on the High Street and golden sunsets, the resort of Hunstanton is the perfect setting for a family trip to the seaside this summer. Located within the award winning Esplanade Gardens, along Cliff Parade there’s lots of different activities to keep your whole family entertained from the fun, but challenging crazy golf course, twelve grass bowling lanes, children’s playarea and an 18-hole putting green. The amenities are open daily from 10am until 5pm (last admissions 4pm), with equipment available to hire from the crazy golf pavilion or from the nearby Oasis Sports & Leisure Centre. Bookings for the outdoor bowls lanes can also be made in advance by calling 01485 534227. Treat yourself to a home from home on your trip to the seaside by hiring your own little place in the sun! Beach front chalets are available from just £16.70 per day and include a private parking space on the seafront. For more information or to hire a chalet please call 01485 536148.

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Central Promenade, Hunstanton Tel: 01485 534227 www.oasisleisurecentre.com Height and age restrictions apply. This facility is owned and operated by the Borough Council of King’s Lynn & West Norfolk

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Swallows and Amazons Director Tom Morris

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Swallows and Amazons the story which spawned a host of sequels and delighted generations of young children is now poised to take to the stage at Norwich Theatre Royal. Emily Aspin caught up with the creative team and cast to find out more about the production

rthur Ransome’s popular tales of childhood adventure have proved to be a big hit with generations of young people. His uncanny knack of capturing the wonder and excitement of exploring new things and finding adventure in everything bring back memories of a much more innocent time. And the book which started the whole series off is the latest production to visit Norwich Theatre Royal - an action-packed musical adventure recreating the idyllic era of endless summer evenings and the beauty of youthful imagination. For director Tom Morris, best known for the hugely popular War Horse, there was no definite plan to turn the story into a musical and it just evolved out of discussions with Neil Hannon, who is best known for his work with band The Divine Comedy. Tom recalled: “For me, there’s not a reason why we do – or don’t do – a show. It is a mixture of luck, opportunism and unpredictable bursts of imagination – and I was having conversations with Neil about different things he might like to turn into a musical.” One day, Neil came up with the idea of a musical version of Swallows and Amazons which got a cautious welcome, “I said ‘don’t be so silly’ It is a stupid idea,” recalled Tom. But it was something that Neil was very passionate about. He said: “I bought Swallows and Amazons to read for my daughter. She was a bit young for it so I just read it and halfway through, a lightbulb flashed. The nugget of the story is fantastic.” So the hard work began with the pair working with Helen Edmundson, who penned the National Theatre’s astonishing Coram Boy. Gradually through a process of gradual writing and workshopping, the whole musical took shape. Neil said: “For some areas where we wanted songs, I must have written three or four separate original songs one after the other until I got the right one.” And there is no doubt it was a project that ignited strong creative passions in all three of them. Director Tom said: “The reason I wanted to make this show was that in the 1920s, there was a wonderful spirit of play. What the book captured and the adaptation captured is the way children make stuff up

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and the way they capture imaginative worlds for themselves and each other –and get lost in them. “If you ask why I would want to put such a show on, I think that sort of play is incredibly important to all of us. I think when anyone sees a child disappear under a table and turn it into a den or a house or a pirate ship, a bit of all of us wants to join in.” And it is that feeling of recapturing the inner child that was harnessed by Akyia Henry and fellow cast members. Akiya plays Titty, one of the four Walker children who is at the centre of the story. “Titty loves to use her imagination and has a great sense of adventure. There is something quite fearless about her and she l1oves to be left to take care of things,” she said. And she has also noticed the nostalgia of heading back to childhood among the cast – and the wonder among the audience who saw the production on a previous run for Bristol Old Vic theatre. “This production allows adults to become children again. There is a piece of wood that will become a boat and everyone believes it is a boat. This production allows the child within you to go on this journey and once again become the child,” she said. Swallows and Amazons is at Norwich Theatre Royal from 13 - 17 March. For tickets call 01603 630000 or go to www.theatreroyalnorwich.co.uk For more interviews and information go to www.eastlife.co.uk/swallows

Arthur Ransome (1894-1967) wrote Swallows and Amazons in 1929 — the first of the series that made his reputation as one of the best English writers of children’s books. He lived in the Lake District, and much of Cumbria’s influence can be found in the first five books, but in 1932 he moved to Pin Mill on the River Orwell in Suffolk, and two of the series were based on this area, Harwich Harbour and the Walton Backwaters in Essex. (Two of the books were also based on the Norfolk Broads). Soon after the move to Suffolk, Ransome bought a seven-ton cutter and promptly renamed her Nancy Blackett, after one of the principle charcaters in the Swallows series. His experiences aboard Nancy prompted the writing of his next book, We Didn’t Mean to Go to Sea, published in November 1937, a North Sea adventure featuring the four Walker children aboard Nancy (renamed Goblin in the story). Nancy Blackett still exists and is now owned and sailed by the Nancy Blackett Trust, based on the Orwell. www.nancyblackett.org

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Tuesday 27 March - Saturday 31 March Tickets: £6.50 - £36.50 Box Office: (01603) 63 00 00 Book online: www.theatreroyalnorwich.co.uk

Wolterton & Mannington Estate 2012 Countryside Walks and Trails Open every day from 9am. Car parks £2.00.

MARCH MANNINGTON – March 18th Mothering Sunday Special teas at the Greedy Goose and ‘Mothers’ display in Hall - must be pre booked WOLTERTON – March 23rd Luncheon Talk - Aylsham Old Hall and First Marketplace - William Vaughan Lewis - seasonal lunch - pre book

APRIL MANNINGTON – April 1st Gardens open for National Gardens Scheme

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Dr WHO! in Ipswich! The Crash of The Elysium is a live Doctor Who adventure in which the audience is the star of the show. Created specially for the London 2012 Festival, it comes to life in Ipswich in the summer. Gaynor Clements spoke to Dr Who writer, Tom MacRae, left Dr Who is a phenomenon. Of that there is no doubt. The kids in the 1960s who thrilled to the theme tune with a frisson of fear and delight, are now parents who, like their children, still tune into Dr Who. No generational limit applies to lovers of the heady mix of monsters, time travel and endless regeneration. Appearing in Ipswich in June is a Dr Who experience with a difference. But, so as not to spoil the surprise, if you are under 13 - stop reading now. Co-creator and writer of the show, Tom MacRae told Eastlife that he hopes that children who come to the ‘immersive experience’ won’t know what they are in for. ‘The aim is they think they’re going to a museum to see an exhibition. There’s not a single Tardis on show to give the game away; it’s not until they’re ten minutes into the experience that they’ll get that they are part of it.’ Sounds intriguing, especially for those of us who, like Max Hastings during his recent trip to see James Corden’s ‘One Man, Two Guvnors’, might feel deeply uncomfortable at being pulled from the

Felix Barrett, and their team, have ‘invented a whole new form of live theatre.’ How does MacRae actually manage to write something, then, which involves such a huge amount of improvisation and spontaneity? ‘Felix and I have lots and lots of workshops and rehearsals. There are certain set pieces and we work to bring them together. There is a script for the actors, but we give them lots of scope for improvisation and try and cater for every scenario. Timing is everything, because the groups of participants never meet each other. We have to make sure we can tell the story so the constituent parts don’t crash into each other.’ The whole shebang has to look effortless and seamless, so the technical side is hugely important. There are radio links and hidden buttons; MacRae and Barrett imagine the scenarios and the ‘amazing’ technical team make it happen. Not all rules are thrown out of the window, however. Like every good episode of Dr Who there is a ‘beginning, middle and end, a twist in the second half and a ticking clock climax. Although as a concept it is innovative and ground

 There’s not a single Tardis on show to give the game away; it’s not until they’re ten minutes into the experience that they’ll get that they are part of it  audience to take part in the show. ‘It’s nothing like that at all,’ says MacRae. ‘There is no audience. This is not interactive. You are taken into the show, like you are taken on a ghost train. You are what’s happening; you are at the centre of the story.’ The set is built on waste ground, with giant tents, and is completely unique to the show, as is the whole experience, MacRae says. He and his co-creator,

breaking, it is at the same time all solid enough to be continually entertaining,’ he says. MacRae has been writing on and off for Dr Who for years and currently is one of the key writers on the series. His own favourite creation for the programme was ‘The Girl Who Waited,‘ and he loves the episodes ‘Blink‘ and ‘Midnight.’ He thinks that Dr Who’s enduring

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appeal is in part down to the fact that every episode is, like the Dr himself, a kind of regeneration, where anything can happen; there are no boundaries or limitations. ‘An episode of Dr Who can be set in the future, past, in another galaxy, in someone’s back garden, with monsters or dinosaurs.’ For all its sci-fi appeal, ‘The Crash of the Elysium’ is a very human show. ‘It’s not about fireworks or puppets, it’s about the participants. The whole aim of the show is to be as surprising and delighting and exciting as possible.’ This is not interactive theatre, it is an immersive experience, where the aim is to ensure that the children and adults have the best time ever. MacRae has seen - or been part of ‘The Crash’ thirteen times, during its run in Manchester last year. ‘Some of those who came to see it still don’t know if it’s real or not,‘ he says. Mission accomplished then.


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A celebrated masterpiece saved for the nation after a £50 million public fundraising appeal is to go on public show in Norwich.

rt lovers in Norfolk will have the unique opportunity to see Titian’s acclaimed 16th century painting, Diana and Actaeon, at Norwich Castle Museum & Art Gallery. The show, Titian ‘Diana and Actaeon’: On tour from the National Gallery will run from 3 March to 15 April this year. James Carswell, Cabinet member for Cultural Services at Norfolk County Council, told us: “It is an incredible honour and an utter privilege to bring this extraordinary painting to Norfolk so people of all ages and from all walks can see for themselves how very special it is. “The thought that it might have disappeared from public view generated an unexpected and overwhelming outpouring of generosity such was people’s desperation to save it for the nation, so this really

is a once in a lifetime opportunity to see one of the most important paintings in the world right here in Norfolk. “In fact, its arrival in Norfolk is testament to the excellence of both the staff and the first-rate facilities of the Norwich Castle Museum & Art Gallery that allow us to compete against some of the biggest and best galleries in the UK to bring a painting of this calibre to Norfolk.” The National Gallery has selected Norwich Castle Museum & Art Gallery as the only regional gallery to show this masterpiece of the Italian Renaissance on a national tour that also includes the Walker Art Gallery in Liverpool and the National Museum Cardiff. Following the tour, the painting will return to the National Gallery for the exhibition, Metamorphosis: Titian 2012.

Titian, Diana and Actaeon, 1556 – 59. Bought jointly by the National Gallery and National Galleries of Scotland with contributions from The Scottish Government, the National Heritage Memorial Fund, The Monument Trust, The Art Fund and through public appeal, 2008.  Photograph © National Gallery, London.

 I would appeal to everybody in Norfolk to not let this opportunity pass them by but try to take a few minutes out of their day to see this wonderful treasure here in Norfolk.  James Carswell

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“Titian was renowned as a painter of sexy mythology pictures during his lifetime,” says Vanessa Trevelyan, Head of Norfolk Museums and Archaeology Service. “Ever since Diana and Actaeon came to Britain in 1798, it has been a powerful source of inspiration for artists. “The painting was bought by the Duke of Bridgewater, whose descendants made it available to the public and sold it to the nation in 2008.” Diana and Actaeon is part of a series of six large-scale mythology paintings that Titian painted in Venice during the 1550s for export to King Philip II of Spain, and is considered to be one of his finest works because of its ambitious scale, its masterful unity of colour and subject matter, its historical importance and its excellent condition. The painting was put up for sale in 2008 and became the subject of a high profile campaign to save it for the nation. It was bought for £50million by the National Gallery and National Galleries of Scotland with contributions from the Scottish Government, National Heritage Memorial Fund, The Monument Trust, The Art Fund and the public. Diana and Actaeon is widely considered to be one of the most important paintings of the Italian Renaissance now in public ownership in this country. Titian was inspired to create the masterpiece by the Roman poet, Ovid. In fact, the name, Diana and Actaeon, is taken from Ovid’s poem, Metamorphoses (meaning transformation) that tells of the fatal consequences of a mortal tragically caught up in the affairs of the gods. In Titian’s canvas, the hunter Actaeon, has unwittingly stumbled upon the goddess, Diana, and her nymphs bathing. Diana, seated on the right with a little crescent moon in her hair, shields her naked body from the intruder and casts a fierce glance to Actaeon. Titian ‘Diana and Actaeon’: On tour from the National Gallery is at Norwich Castle Museum & Art Gallery from 3 March to 15 April, in association with East Anglia Art Fund. Telephone 01603 493625 or visit www.museums.norfolk.gov.uk


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What’s on in March THEATRE & SHOWS 1 - 3 Mar The Mikado Arguably the most popular and well loved opera ever written, The Mikado is Gilbert & Sullivan at the height of their powers. Presented by Cambridge University Gilbert & Sullivan Society. Mumford Theatre at Anglia Ruskin University, Cambridge, 0845 196 2320 2 Mar The Comedy Club Top standup with Dougie Dunlop, Geoff Norcott and Windsor. Cambridge Belfry Q-Hotel, Cambridge, 01954 714600 2 Mar Battle of the Giants A tribute to the hugely popular Radio Luxembourg 208 show of the same name, Battle of The Giants takes a humorous look back at the music of the 1960s featuring highly-talented cast of young, stunning guy and gal singers, actors, dancers and musicians. Cambridge Corn Exchange, Cambridge, 01223 357851 2 Mar Roy ‘Chubby’ Brown Adult comedian. The Cresset, Peterborough, 01733 265705 2 Mar Jesterlarf Comedy Club Top stand-up. The Junction, Cambridge, 01223 511511 2 - 3 Mar Our Country’s Good Based on real events Timberlake

Dara O’Briain Cambridge Corn Exchange 5 - 6 March

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www.eastlife.co.uk Wertenbaker’s award winning modern classic is an inspiring tale of the transforming power of theatre. Key Theatre, Peterborough, 01733 207239 3 Mar Jimeoin Hilarious show of worldclass stand-up with the Irish/Australian super-star. The Cresset, Peterborough, 01733 265705 3 - 4 Mar The Snail and the Whale Created in Tall Stories’ unique style, The Snail and the Whale combines physical storytelling, live music and lots of laughs – for everyone aged 4 and up. The Junction, Cambridge, 01223 511511 4 Mar Simon Hoggart Star of The News Quiz, Grumpy Old Men and Today, journalist and broadcaster Simon Hoggart will entertain audiences with an evening of hilarity and astonishment as he reads from, and talks about, hist latest book. Cambridge Arts Theatre, Cambridge, 01223 503333 5 - 6 Mar Dara O’Briain One of Ireland’s funniest comedians, who produces laughs like a magician produces rabbits from a hat. Currently to be seen presenting the BBC’s topical panel show Mock The Week. Cambridge Corn Exchange, Cambridge, 01223 357851 5 - 6 Mar The Trial Kafka’s nightmare vision and Berkoff’s crackling script meet Blackeyed Theatre’s trademark ensemblestyle physical theatre and live music to create an inspiring and unforgettable piece of theatre. Mumford Theatre, Cambridge, 0845 196 2320 5 - 7 Mar A Bedfull of Foreigners Damian Williams stars in another side-splitting farce. Key Theatre, Peterborough, 01733 207239 6 Mar Gameshow Company Chameleon’s show is packed full of physical movement, fearless dancing and athletics. The Junction, Cambridge, 01223 511511 6 - 10 Mar Festen A challenging and harrowing story of a family no longer able to lie to each other or themselves. ADC Theatre, Cambridge, 01223 300085 6 - 10 Mar Romeo & Juliet Headlong Theatre return with a contemporary, moving production of Shakespeare’s tragedy of star-crossed lovers. Cambridge Arts Theatre, Cambridge, 01223 503333 6 - 10 Mar The Woman in White Combined with this tale of disturbing intrigue are elements of romance and comedy: the resulting mix is headily entertaining. Presented by Wisbech Players. Angles Theatre, Wisbech, 01945 474447

6 - 10 Mar The Birthday Party Peterborough Mask Theatre preset the Pinter classic in the Key Studio. Key Theatre, Peterborough, 01733 207239 6 - 10 Mar The Government Inspector Hear the Katjushka, marvel at the shaking beards, and watch as a very Russian and totally outageous case of mistaken identity unfolds. Corpus Playroom, Cambridge, 01223 300085 6 - 10 Mar The Hunchback of Notre Dame This intimate and heartbreaking one-man show is not to be missed. Corpus Playroom, Cambridge, 01223 300085 7 Mar Stewart Lee A recent official Channel 4 survey of the 100 Greatest Standups Ever placed Stewart Lee at number 41. Cambridge Corn Exchange, Cambridge, 01223 357851 7 - 8 Mar Moscow State Circus: Babushkin Sekret Inspired by the legend of ‘The 12 chairs’, the new show takes us on an incredible journey in the company of, without a doubt the greatest circus performers on earth. A mammoth cast of Russia’s greatest and most talented circus artistes, many of which have never performed in Britian, transform the most famous circus in the world, combining contemporary & classical circus in a way never before witnessed The Cresset, Peterborough, 01733 265705 7 - 10 Mar Coda A bold and compelling depiction of what happens when an ordinary relationship is thrown into extraordinary relief. ADC Theatre, Cambridge, 01223 300085 9 Mar Doug Stanhope A freewheeling articulacy of which this still-thrilling American comic is capable…electrifying comedy. The Cresset, Peterborough, 01733 265705 9 Mar Opera Dudes With their unique blend of style, swing and slapstick humour, this is one of the funniest and most original classical double acts you will have seen. Toft People’s Hall, Toft, 01223 262309 9 Mar Lady HaHa A brilliant night of comedy in celebration of International Women’s Day, hosted by Kate Smurthwaite (Radio 4’s Women’s Hour) and headlined by If.Comedy Best Newcomer Nominee Loretta Maine. Expect hilarious stand up from Katherine Ryan (as seen on Channel 4’s Campus and E4’s Big Brother’s Big Mouth), hilarious songs from “Bette Midler for the Adele generation” (The Scotsman) award winning Vikki Stone and the best in character comedy from Fosters Comedy Award Best Newcomer

Nominee 2010 Cariad Lloyd. The Junction, Cambridge, 01223 511511 9 - 10 Mar Lights. Camera. Dance. Cambridge University Tap and Jazz Society invites you to watch its members in their annual dance show. Mumford Theatre, Cambridge, 0845 196 2320 9 - 10 Mar Lights. Camera. Dance. Cambridge University Tap and Jazz Society invites you to watch its members in their annual dance show. Mumford Theatre, Cambridge, 0845 196 2320 10 Mar Opera Dudes With their unique blend of style, swing and slapstick humour, this is one of the funniest and most original classical double acts you will have seen. Manea Village Hall, Manea, 01354 688368 10 Mar A Moment of Mishearing Indian musician and author Amit Chaudhuri presents a unique muti-media musical production. Key Theatre, Peterborough, 01733 207239 10 Mar Colin Fry TV’s psychic medium. The Brook, Soham, 01353 721748 11 Mar The Merry Widow The acclaimed Opera della Luna present Lehár’s classic opera. Key Theatre, Peterborough, 01733 207239 12 Mar Brett Goldstein: Grew Up In A Strip Club In 2001, Brett’s father had a spectacular mid-life crisis and instead of buying a sports car he bought a Strip Club. In Marbella! What followed was surprising, frightening and oddly emotional and Brett was on the front line for the whole thing. Key Theatre, Peterborough, 01733 207239 13 Mar - 15 Feb Equus Inspired by a true story, Peter Shaffer’s unique psychological thriller explores the complex relationships between worship, myth and sexuality. Mumford Theatre, Cambridge, 0845 196 2320 13 Mar The Trial Steven Berkoff’s brilliant adaptation of the acclaimed German novel by Franz Kafka. Key Theatre, Peterborough, 01733 207239 13 - 17 Mar Stomp With its unique combination of theatre, dance, comedy and percussion eight performers use boots, bins, brooms and everything including the kitchen sink to hammer out an explosively feel good rhythm. Cambridge Corn Exchange, Cambridge, 01223 357851 13 - 17 Mar Dealer’s Choice Play by Patrick Marber. Corpus Playroom, Cambridge, 01223 300085 13 - 17 Mar The Music Box Play by Emma Stirling. Corpus Playroom, Cambridge, 01223 300085

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What’s on in March 23 MARCH MIKE GUNN & SEAN COLLINS Following spectacular performances on BBC One’s Michael McIntyre’s Comedy Roadshow, here’s a rare chance to see two top-billing circuit stars sharing the same bill in a double-headline show. The Junction, Cambridge

13 - 24 Mar Footloose With a cast and crew of Cambridge’s finest musical theatre talent and songs such as the title-track, “Holding Out for a Hero” and “Let’s Hear it for the Boy”, this show guarantees to have you dancing in the aisles and kicking off your Sunday shoes. ADC Theatre, Cambridge, 01223 300085 14 - 4 Mar Analogue: 2401 Objects The new Fringe First winning show by “bright new things of British Theatre” Analogue (Observer), direct from an acclaimed run at the Edinburgh Festival. The Junction, Cambridge, 01223 511511 15 - 16 Mar Journey to X The Key Youth Theatre stage a fantastic new play as part of the National Theatre’s programme. Key Theatre, Peterborough, 01733 207239 15 - 17 Mar Anne Boleyn This vivid production is gripping, rich in humour and promises a very different Anne to to her traditional depiction. Cambridge Arts Theatre, Cambridge, 01223 503333 16 Mar Flanders & Swann - Drop Another Hat Michael Bernstein and Colin Stevens pay tribute to Michael Flanders

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and Donald Swann, those two great wits, composers and performers who were pioneers of the satirical humour of the 1950s and ’60s. Commemoration Hall, Huntingdon, 01480 455167 17 Mar La Traviata A new translation by Kit Hesketh-Harvey of Verdi’s classic opera. West Road Concert Hall, Cambridge, 01223 503333 17 Mar The Owl Who Was Afraid Of The Dark With an irresistible blend of live music, puppetry and storytelling, this funny, gentle and reassuring tale introduces an old friend to a new generation of theatregoers. Ages 4+. Mumford Theatre, Cambridge, 0845 196 2320 17 Mar Salon Rouge Burlesque night with two special acts, Vicky Butterfly and Mat Ricardo, plus all the regular Salon Rouge starlets and an electric mix of music from the 40s, 50s and present day. The Junction, Cambridge, 01223 511511 18 Mar Kid Carpet and Noisy Animals This lively and enchanting new show contains a unique mix of theatre, comedy, animation and original live music . The Junction, Cambridge, 01223 511511 19 - 21 Mar Silly Cow Ben Elton’s comedy about a bitchy tabloid queen who had clawed her was to success and celebrity. Key Theatre, Peterborough, 01733 207239 19 - 24 Mar Save The Last Dance For Me Dreamboats and Petticoats meets Dirty Dancing in an all new rock ‘n’ roll musical featuring hits of the 60’s including, A Teenager in Love, Suspicion, His Latest Flame and, of course, Save The Last Dance For Me. Cambridge Arts Theatre, Cambridge, 01223 503333 20 - 24 Mar The Observatory Pinafore Fans of G&S as well as of physics will find much to enjoy in this quirky introduction to the history of astronomy. Corpus Playroom, Cambridge, 01223 300085 21 Mar Twelfth Night Presented by The Young Actors Company. Mumford Theatre, Cambridge, 0845 196 2320 22 Mar The Witches Presented by The Young Actors Company. Mumford Theatre, Cambridge, 0845 196 2320 22 Mar Brett Goldstein: Grew Up In A Strip Club In 2001, Brett’s father had a spectacular mid-life crisis and instead of buying a sports car he bought a Strip Club. In Marbella! What followed was surprising, frightening and oddly emotional and Brett was on the front line for the whole thing. The Junction, Cambridge, 01223 511511 22 Mar Next Swan Down the River Might Be Black A new play featuring actors who have all had problems with mental health. Key Theatre, Peterborough, 01733 207239

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www.eastlife.co.uk 23 Mar Private Resistance Eastern Angles present the ultimate ‘what-if’ scenario. How would the British have coped with a German invasion? Set in 1940 it’s a thrilling tale of the so-called Auxiliary Units, Churchill’s secret guerrilla army primed to go underground to fight behind the lines - a story of the bonds created and destroyed by wartime. Key Theatre Studio, Peterborough, 01733 207239 23 Mar Twelfth Night Presented by The Young Actors Company. Mumford Theatre, Cambridge, 0845 196 2320 23 Mar Mike Gunn and Sean Collins See panel. The Junction, Cambridge, 01223 511511 23 Mar The Adventures of Wound Man & Shirley A funny and touching story by Chris Goode about two unlikely friends and the adventures they share. The Junction, Cambridge, 01223 511511 23 - 24 Mar Equinox Centre Stage has created this haunting thriller that will leave you spellbound. Angles Theatre, Wisbech, 01945 474447 24 Mar The Witches Presented by The Young Actors Company. Mumford Theatre, Cambridge, 0845 196 2320 25 Mar Gala Showcase A spectacular showcase featuring dance, drama and singing from the students of local Stagecoach Theatre Arts Schools & The Feathers School of Dance. Cambridge Corn Exchange, Cambridge, 01223 357851 25 Mar Jim Davidson The incomparable Jim Davidson, live, dangerous and as uncompromising as ever. A hysterical evening of near the knuckle stand up comedy featuring one of Britain’s greatest ever comedians. The Brook, Soham, 01353 721748 26 Mar Thirsty Multi-award winning company The Paper Birds present their critically acclaimed, sell-out show. Based on our nation’s love affair with alcohol, Thirsty weaves together real stories, memories and booze-based confessions, collected from a ‘drunken hotline’ and an online questionnaire. The Junction, Cambridge, 01223 511511 26 - 28 Mar Murder Mistaken A tense psychological thriller, written by film, television and stage writer Janet Green. Key Theatre, Peterborough, 01733 207239 26 - 31 Mar Less Than Kind This previously unseen play by Terence Rattigan premiered to critical acclaim in 2011. The tale of a cabinet minister’s passionate affair with a war widow stars Sara Crowe and James

Wilby. Cambridge Arts Theatre, Cambridge, 01223 503333 26 - 31 Mar Hot Mikado Presented by Peterborough Operatic Dramatic Society. The Cresset, Peterborough, 01733 265705 27 - 29 Mar Oh! What a Lovely War Students from Peterborough Regional College present this classic First World War satire in the Key Theatre Studio. Key Theatre, Peterborough, 01733 207239 27 - 31 Mar The Weir Written by Irish playwright Conor McPherson, The Weir won the Laurence Olivier Best New Play Award in 1998 and gained much critical acclaim. The play is typically Irish - one moment funny and the next poignant, one moment whimsical, the next tragic. ADC Theatre, Cambridge, 01223 300085 29 - 31 Mar Electra + The Changeling Presented by The Young Actors Company, these two classical tragedies explore the depths to which mankind will plummet in the pursuit of vengeance, passion, love and lust. Mumford Theatre, Cambridge, 0845 196 2320 30 Mar Jesterlarf Comedy Club Top stand-up with Raymond and Mr Timpkins Revue, Hal Cruttenden, Colin Owens, John Ryan. St Neots Football Club, St Neots, 01480 374687 30 Mar Custard Comedy A night of top stand-up. Swavesey Village College, Swavesey, 01954 234476 31 Mar King Slocombe School of Dance Dance showcase. Cambridge Corn Exchange, Cambridge, 01223 357851 31 Mar Tales From A Sea Journey New International Encounter (NIE) return to Peterborough with spellbinding stories from the world’s saltiest stage with their latest award-winning production. Key Theatre, Peterborough, 01733 207239

MUSIC 1 Mar Laura Marling Painfully honest and hauntingly beautiful acoustic folk-pop. Cambridge Corn Exchange, Cambridge, 01223 357851 1 Mar Cambridge University Symphony Orchestra Sibelius, Shostakovich. West Road Concert Hall, Cambridge, 07873 760019 1 Mar Eddie & The Hot Rods Eddie and the Hot Rods began life in 1976, when four teenagers from Southend on Sea got together, and playing their own style of fast energetic rock’n’roll/r’n’b, were soon a big hit on


Cambs the London pub scene. Catching the eyes and ears of the music press and the major record companies, they were soon signed up by the legendary Island Records and went on to have three hit albums and three Top 40 UK singles including the Top 10 hit ‘Do Anything You Wanna Do’. There have been numerous TV appearances worldwide and they have filled almost every major venue in the UK. The Junction, Cambridge, 01223 511511 1 Mar Reem Kelani An outstanding live act, Palestinian singer Reem Kelani has done so much to introduce non-Arab musicians and audiences alike to the cultural riches of her Arab and Palestinian heritage. The Junction, Cambridge, 01223 511511 2 Mar Frank McCaffrey Poular Irish muscian. The Brook, Soham, 01353 721748 3 Mar Bott & Bowman James Bowman is one of the world’s most admired and best-loved counter-tenors; Soprano Catherine Bott is known both for her command of baroque music and her witty way with songs. King’s College Dining Hall, Cambridge, 01223 769340 3 Mar Tellison Soaring and strident rock’n’roll moderne. The Portland Arms, Cambridge, 01223 357268 3 Mar Matt Cardle The X-Factor winner from North Essex performs songs from his debut album Letters and other favourites. Cambridge Corn Exchange, Cambridge, 01223 357851 3 Mar Andy C: Alive onsistently voted the best drum and bass DJ on the planet, known to his legion of fans as The Executioner, Andy C needs little introduction to any fan of the music. The Junction, Cambridge, 01223 511511 3 Mar St Neots Sinfonia Rossini, Haydn, Dvorak, Mozart. St Mary’s Church, Eaton Socon, 01480 213884 4 Mar Nick Lowe One of the pioneers of punk, leading light in the Stiff label and critically acclaimed singer songwriter in his own right. Perhaps best known for his songs ‘Cruel To Be Kind’ and ‘(I Love The Sound Of) Breaking Glass’. Support from Geraint Watkins. Cambridge Corn Exchange, Cambridge, 01223 357851 5 Mar University of Cambridge Philharmonic Orchestra Ducas, Bruch, Rimsky-Korsakov. West Road Concert Hall, Cambridge, 5 Mar InMe Alternative rock band based in Brentwood, Essex, who have to date released 4 highly successful studio albums, spawning a number of Top 40 UK singles and years of touring and playing great shows and festivals around the UK, Europe and the world. Their new album ‘The Pride’ was released in February in conjunction with Pledge Music. The Junction, Cambridge, 01223 511511

6 Mar Vin Garbutt Folk. St Neots Folk Club at The Priory Centre, St Neots, 01234 376278 7 Mar Endellion String Quartet Mendelssohn, Faure, Brahms. West Road Concert Hall, Cambridge, 01223 503333 7 Mar The Speech Project Four years in the making, The Speech Project is ground-breaking collection of new musical works by Gerry Diver inspired by and incorporating recordings of the spoken word of seminal Irish folk musicians including Christy Moore, Paddy Moloney of The Chieftans, Joe Cooley, Danny Meehan and more. The Junction, Cambridge, 01223 511511 8 Mar The Stranglers First forming in 1974 the band’s straight talking approach gave them the reputation as aggressive and confrontational with their notoriety later embraced by the punk movement of 77. The tour celebrates the 35th anniversary of the initial release and success of debut single ‘Grip’ and their legendary first album Rattus Norvegicus. Cambridge Corn Exchange, Cambridge, 01223 357851 8 Mar Chris Dean’s Syd Lawrence Orchestra Big band swing. Key Theatre, Peterborough, 01733 207239 9 Mar Cambridge Graduate Orchestra Holst, The Planets; Tchaikovsky, Violin Concerto. Tickets on the door. West Road Concert Hall, Cambridge, 9 Mar Steve Turner with Mary Humphreys and Anahata Folk. Cambridge Folk Club at The Golden Hind, Cambridge, 01638 603986 9 Mar One Night of Elvis Tribute. Key Theatre, Peterborough, 01733 207239 10 Mar French Connections: Faure Requiem The acclaimed Peterborough Male Voice Choir with their newly formed women’s choir, Peterborough Voices join forces to present Faure’s hauntingly beautiful Requiem, directed by international award-winning choral conductor, William Prideaux. Peterborough Cathedral, Peterborough, 01733 343342 10 Mar Philip Henry & Hannah Martin Recently described as, “Authentic, haunting roots music from a first class duo” (Seth Lakeman), Phillip Henry and Hannah Martin are two musicians with a fast growing following on the folk and roots scene. Acoustic Routes at CB2 Basement, Cambridge, 10 Mar Lloyd Cole Former frontman of The Commotions, Lloyd Cole has been a prolific solo performer for 21 years, winning over loyal fans with his brand of articulate and acute songwriting. The Junction, Cambridge, 01223 511511 11 Mar English Chamber Orchestra Bach, Elgar, Vivaldi. Cambridge Corn Exchange, Cambridge, 01223 357851

11 Mar Cambridge Philharmonic Society A concert performance of Bernstein’s opera: Candide. Tickets on the door. West Road Concert Hall, Cambridge, 11 Mar Jim Moray One of the most consistently inventive musicians working in traditional folk music today. The Junction, Cambridge, 01223 511511 12 Mar The Apples A nine-piece band hailing from Tel Aviv, Jerusalem and Haifa. Over the past seven years, the nine-strong instrumental group has been folding cuts and scratches from every imaginable source into Big Band blares and Middle Eastern elements on top of a raw and dirty funk base, baking a thick multi-layered sonic treat. The Junction, Cambridge, 01223 511511 13 Mar Other Roads Pete Abbott, Gregor Borland and Dave Walmisley perform with fiddle, guitars and voices. St Neots Folk Club at The Priory Centre, St Neots, 01234 376278 14 Mar Reg Meuross Using clever and imaginative lyrics, Reg has earned his reputation as one of the most talented folk/roots musicians around. Ely Folk Club at The Lamb Hotel, Ely, 01353 740999 15 Mar Kim Richey Two-time Grammy-nominated Kim is a storyteller, weaver of emotions and a tugger of heartstrings. Swavesey Village College, Swavesey, 01954 234476

15 Mar UFO ‘80s hard rockin’, hard drinkin’ - and regularly hard fightin’ - legends whose anthems loosened a generation’s dandruff. The Junction, Cambridge, 01223 511511 16 Mar Thank You For The Music Abba tribute. The Cresset, Peterborough, 01733 265705 16 Mar Brooks Williams Lauded as one of the top 100 acoustic guitarists of all time, Brooks is a brilliant guitarist and singer/songwriter from Boston, USA, with an instantly endearing manner and ‘intelligent lyrics, strong guitar with a dose of the blues and just a touch of John Martyn influence. Cambridge Folk Club at The Golden Hind, Cambridge, 01638 603986 16 Mar Worbey and Farrell The internationally acclaimed musical comedy duo (formerly known as Katzenjammer) take a “hugely impressive” (Chortle) and hilarious look at the piano’s most famous pieces and players. Expect exquisite musical virtuosity, utter stupidity and rapier wit combined with a breathtaking display of gymnastic piano playing talent - all with four hands on one grand piano. The Junction, Cambridge, 01223 511511 16 Mar Magic - A Kind of Queen Tribute. Key Theatre, Peterborough, 01733 207239

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What’s on in March 29 MARCH GILBERT O’SULLIVAN Gilbert O’Sullivan has accumulated no less than fourteen top-forty hits, including Clair, Alone Again (Naturally), Get Down and Nothing Rhymed, with number one singles on both sides of the Atlantic, as well as four top-five UK albums. Cambridge Corn Exchange.

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www.eastlife.co.uk 16 Mar Brendan Shine A St Patrick’s Night party with the popualr Irish singer. The Brook, Soham, 01353 721748 17 Mar The Johnny Cash Story Roger Dean captures the spirit of the country music legend. Key Theatre, Peterborough, 01733 207239 17 Mar Skittles Wind Quartet Quintet formed by students from the Royal Academy of Music. St Mary’s Church, Linton, 01223 893480 18 Mar Chamber Orchestra of St Ives Bach, Hummel, Mozart. Free Church, St Ives, 01480 461604 18 Mar Steven Smyth Irish singer. The Brook, Soham, 01353 721748 19 Mar The Maccabees Brighton’s Maccabees have gone from strength to strength since the release of their debut top 30 album ‘Colour It In’ in 2007. Their brand of slightly off-kilter British art-rock has seen them compered to the likes of Wire, Blur, Magazine, Futureheads and XTC. Cambridge Corn Exchange, Cambridge, 01223 357851 19 Mar Spiro Take four musicians from backgrounds as diverse as classical and punk, and embark on a musical adventure. Tunes collide with rhythms and counter melodies a powerhouse of sound. Violin, mandolin, accordion and guitar comprise the unique experience that is Spiro. The Junction, Cambridge, 01223 511511 20 Mar Jack Bruce & His Big Blues Band Bassist, singer, composer, musician. Jack has travelled the world and the decades playing diverse musical styles but has now come home to the blues. Cambridge Corn Exchange, Cambridge, 01223 357851 20 Mar Rachel Newton & Lillias Kinsman-Blake Folk. St Neots Folk Club at The Priory Centre, St Neots, 01234 376278

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21 Mar Bootleg Beatles Tribute. Cambridge Corn Exchange, Cambridge, 01223 357851 21 Mar Seth Lakeman Widely regarded as one of UK’s foremost folk singer songwriters. The Junction, Cambridge, 01223 511511 22 Mar Jonny Kearney and Lucy Farrell Delicate, haunting and heartbreaking folk from the Newcastle-based duo. The Junction, Cambridge, 01223 511511 22 Mar Stiff Little Fingers Formed in Belfast in 1977 from the Vibrators Lyric “If it wasn’t for your stiff little fingers no body would know you were dead” the band along with the likes of the Clash, Sex Pistols The Jam, Skids, Buzzcocks and Undertones were at the forefront of the punk rock movement. The Junction, Cambridge, 01223 511511 22 Mar The Fureys Storring folk-based music. The Brook, Soham, 01353 721748 23 Mar Anglia Ruskin Symphony Orchestra and Chorus Mozart’s Requiem. West Road Concert Hall, Cambridge, 01223 352932 23 Mar Lady Maisery A striking trio whether singing spellbinding a cappella or accompanying themselves on accordion, harp and violin. Cambridge Folk Club at The Golden Hind, Cambridge, 01638 603986 23 - 24 Mar Choir 2000 Purcell, Vaughan Williams, Walton. Histon Baptist Church, Histon, 01223 561635 24 Mar Fairhaven Singers Handel, Israel in Egypt, performed with English Chamber Orchestra. King’s College Chapel, Cambridge, 01223 357851 24 Mar Rachel Harrington & The Knock Outs Imagine Loretta Lynn playing Otis Redding songs in a garage in Seattle – in 1963. That gets you somewhere near the new territory being scouted out by country soul sensation Rachel Lyn Harrington as she heads for the hills with her 4th album, a col-

lection of all-new, all-original, old-school country ballads and western honkytonk swing with early rock n’ roll. Support: The Scarlet Jacks. Acoustic Routes at CB2 Basement, Cambridge, 24 Mar City of Cambridge Symphony Orchestra Wagner, Rachmaninov, Sibelius. West Road Concert Hall, Cambridge, 01223 300085 25 Mar Bach: The Complete Motets Performed by New Cambridge Singers, New Cambridge Ensemble and Rachel Stroud (violin). Trinity College Chapel, Cambridge, 01223 844513 28 Mar The Waterboys With almost continual changes to their line-up since 1983, The Waterboys are still going strong under the leadership of singer, songwriter and multi-instrumentalist Mike Scott, whose intense presence and lyrics are distinctive characteristics of the band. Cambridge Corn Exchange, Cambridge, 01223 357851 29 Mar Gilbert O’Sullivan Gilbert O’Sullivan has accumulated no less than fourteen top-forty hits, including Clair, Alone Again (Naturally), Get Down and Nothing Rhymed, with number one singles on both sides of the Atlantic, as well as four top-five UK albums. Cambridge Corn Exchange, Cambridge, 01223 357851 30 Mar Gareth Lockrane’s ‘Grooveyard’ Over the last couple of years Jazz flute player Gareth Lockrane has established himself as one of the finest flautists in Europe with a string of high profile appearances. Contemporary jazz, gospel, soul and funk influences guarantee a great evening. Cambridge Modern Jazz Club at Hidden Rooms, Cambridge, 01223 362550 30 Mar Britton’s Peers Orchestra Mozart, Bruckner. West Road Concert Hall, Cambridge, 01223 369018 30 Mar Pat Crilly and Greg Camburn Folk. Cambridge Folk Club at The Golden Hind, Cambridge, 01638 603986 30 Mar The Barron Knights You’ll be rockin’, rolling and laughing with The Guvnors. Key Theatre, Peterborough, 01733 207239

31 Mar The English Arts Chorale The concert takes as its theme the setting of the Magnificat and includes interpretations by Arvo Part and John Rutter. St John’s College Chapel, Cambridge, 01737 762097 31 Mar St Ives Choral Society Bach’s St Matthew Passion. Tickets on the door. The Free Church, St Ives, 31 Mar Ely Choral Society Widely regarded as Elgar’s finest choral work, this performance of The Dream of Gerontius will be sung by Ely Choral Society, combining with the Cambridgeshire Choral Society and Ely Consort with soloists Deborah Miles-Johnson, Justin Lavender and Jeremy White and the Ely Festival Orchestra conducted by Andrew Parnell. Ely Cathedral, Ely, 01353 660349 31 Mar Collegeum Laureatum Bach’s St. John Passion. West Road Concert Hall, Cambridge, 31 Mar St Ives Choral Society Bach’s St Matthew Passion. Free Church, St Ives, 01480 465120 31 Mar Cardy & Coke Country music. The Brook, Soham, 01353 721748 24 Apr - 24 Mar Ave Maria The concert features a programme of music written in honour of the Virgin Mary including the iconic Ave Maria by Schubert. Peterborough Cathedral, Peterborough, 01733 355315

ART & EXHIBITIONS 1 - 5 Mar John Wonnacott A 50 Years Retrospective of Self Portraits. Clare Hall, Cambridge . 1 - 7 Mar Travels: An Exhibition of Photography Featuring vibrant and evocative photography, Cambridge Art Salon presents selected images from Lisa Cordaro´s travels in Europe and North Africa, particularly Croatia, Egypt and the Greek Islands. Cambridge Art Salon, Cambridge, 01223 244391 1 - 11 Mar Printmaking at Gainsborough’s House A stunning exhibition of original prints from the Gainsborough House Printworks. Featuring work by the following artists: Gwyneth Arnott, Emma Buckmaster, Janet French, Sue Molineux, Sara Muzira, Danila Pampanini, Kate Perkins, Annabel Ridley, Bryan Whiteley, Geoff Winckles. Babylon Gallery, Ely, 01353 616991 1 - 11 Mar Grey matters: Graphite The mineral graphite derives its name from the Ancient Greek ‘to draw/write’. It is one of the most common materials used for drawing, and also one of the most versatile, allowing the artist to exploit a vast range of effects, from a needle-sharp contour line to the velvety depths of soft pencil shading, sometimes worked into a gleaming, almost metallic, sheen. This exhibition highlights the extraordinary expressive potential of the


Cambs medium through four centuries of graphite drawings from the Museum’s holdings. Fitzwilliam Museum, Cambridge, 01223 332900 1 - 17 Mar Miranda Boulton: Lost in the middle In `Lost in the middle´, Boulton lays bare deliberate connections between drawing and painting, with the act of drawing consistently pitted against the act of painting throughout the execution of the work. Boulton´s physical relationship with her work and practice is exposed and celebrated, either evident in graphite marks or having been drawn with a paintbrush into or under tense fields of oil paint. Murray Edwards College, Cambridge, 01223 762100 1 - 18 Mar The Starry Rubric Set The group exhibition The Starry Rubric Set (the title taken from a quote from Milton’s poem Paradise Regained) considers classical astrology as a device to bring together new works made by artists who were in residence at Wysing Arts Centre during 2011 and to introduce the three themes of Wysing’s 2012 programme: The Cosmos, The Mirror and The Forest. The exhibition includes site-specific works, moving-image, sound work, sculpture and prints that loosely explore systems and structures of space and time. Wysing Arts Centre, Bourn, 01954 718881 1 - 18 Mar Mike Glad A Collection of Photographs by the Oscar nominated short film maker. Haddenham Galleries, Haddenham, 01353 749188 1 - 28 Mar Peel the Bark From the Tree An exhibition of new paintings by Craig Kerrecoe. Frameworks, Cottenham, 01954 250138 1 Mar - 1 Apr England and the Dutch Republic in the age of Vermeer: Coins and medals from the 17th-cenutry See fine examples of 17th-century English and Dutch coins and medals illustrating the great historic figures and naval wars of the period. Fitzwilliam Museum, Cambridge, 01223 332900 1 Mar - 5 May These Rough Notes: Captain Scott’s last expedition This exhibition brings together the last volume of Scott´s diary, on loan from the British Library, with many of the other journals, letters, notebooks and maps from the expedition - reuniting these materials for the first time in a century. The manuscripts, many of which are on public view for the first time, tell the story of the voyage south, the Antarctic winter, the science, sledging journeys and daily life of the expedition, illustrated by stunning photographs. Scott Polar Museum, Cambridge, 01223 336540 1 Mar - 16 Jun Shelf Lives: Four Centuries of Collectors and their Books With more than 8 million items on its shelves, Cambridge University Library is

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2 MARCH - 1 APRIL SYLVIA PAUL Sylvia’s exhibition will be a celebration of her love of landscape painting in a range of media. From small pastel sketches done whilst walking the footpaths near her home in Essex, to larger oils worked freely with colour and texture in the studio. Intriguing collages using acrylic and found papers draw on her memory and imagination and explore a more abstract approach to the subject. The Old Fire Engine House, Ely one of the largest accumulations of books and manuscripts in Europe. But its holdings are not a single, uniform entity: instead they consist of a great variety of different collections. This exhibition presents ten such collectors, whose lives span the 16th to the 20th centuries. As well as placing on display some of the most splendid, distinctive and - in a few cases - unexpected items held in the Library, it allows us to observe the changing motives, fashions and tastes of book-collectors over the course four hundred years. Cambridge University Library, Cambridge, 01223 333055 1 Mar - 1 Apr Henri GaudierBrzeska: Vorticist! Henri GaudierBrzeska’s career as a sculptor was regrettably short. Born in France in 1891, he was killed in action in 1915, aged just 23. Yet in the three and a half years preceding his departure for the trenches he managed to create a remarkable and innovative body of work. Gaudier moved to London from Paris in early 1911. There he worked alongside prominent figures such as the poet Ezra Pound, the sculptor Jacob Epstein, the painter Wyndham Lewis and the philosopher T.E. Hulme. With them, in 1914, he created Vorticism, Britain’s first avant-garde movement. Through a selection of sculptures and related drawings drawn from the permanent collection, this display explores Gaudier’s Vorticist work, arguably his most significant contribution to the development of modern sculpture. Kettle’s Yard, Cambridge, 01223 748100 1 Mar - 4 Apr Craig Kerrecoe: Peel The Bark From The Tree A solo exhibition of new paintings by the Cambourne-based abstract artist. Frameworks, Cottenham, 01954 250138 2 Mar - 1 Apr Sylvia Paul Sylvia’s exhibition will be a celebration of her love of landscape painting in a range of media. From small pastel sketches done whilst walking the footpaths near her home in Essex, to larger oils worked freely with colour and tex-

ture in the studio. Intriguing collages using acrylic and found papers draw on her memory and imagination and explore a more abstract approach to the subject. The Old Fire Engine House, Ely , 01353 662582 13 - 18 Mar Captured A Collection of Photographs by Oscar nominated short film maker Mike Glad. Haddenham Galleries, Haddenham, 01353 749188 17 Mar - 15 Apr Chris Wood An exhibition of the work of glass and installation artist. Babylon Gallery, Ely, 01353 616991 27 Mar - 23 Sep Edgelands Prints by George Shaw and Michael Landy. ‘Edgelands’ has been defined as that uncertain and overlooked zone, neither city nor countryside, lingering on the urban edge. George Shaw’s series, Twelve Short Walks, 2005, is drawn from revisited scenes of his childhood on the Tile Hill council estate in the suburbs of Coventry. Michael Landy’s Nourishment, 2002, features life-sized images of weeds, or ‘treet-flowers’ - the overlooked and neglected vegetation of Edgelands. Fitzwilliam Museum, Cambridge, 01223 332900

SPECIAL EVENTS Every Saturday Ely Craft and Collectable Market Ely. 8am-2pm. (01353 662062) 2 - 4 Mar Feast East Over 90 Producers of local and regional food and drink on display with Food Demos throughout the three days. 1.30-5pm (Fri); 10am-4pm (Sat & Sun). Chilford Hall, Linton, 0800 141 2823 4 Mar 20th Century & Modern Design Collectors Fair 10am-4pm. The Maltings, Ely, 01638 603518 7 Mar NSPCC Charity Fashion Show and Auction Celebrating 25 years of Childline. pring fashions from Cuckoo & and lingerie & swimwear from Le Reve, bespoke hats from milliner Abigail Crampton; Cambridge School of Art Fashion Design Students Catwalk Show.Fabulous auction prizes,

star prize draw and shopping. Tickets £20. The Academy & Anglia Ruskin University, Cambridge, 0845 196 2320 10 - 11 Mar Spring Crafts Indoor arena with a wide range of arts, craft and gift and food and drink stalls. Wood Green Animal Shelter, Godmanchester, 0800 141 2823 16 - 18 Mar Shire Horse Spring Show See beautiful shire horses in action and up close. East of England Showground, Peterborough, 01733 234451 17 - 18 Mar Thriplow Daffodil Weekend This annual event, now in it’s 44th year, is a traditional village fete-come flower festival, with open gardens, craft and home-produce stalls, hog roast, music and rural entertainments and much more. 11am5pm. Village Centre, Thriplow, 23 - 24 Mar Peterborough Festival of Antiques Up to 1700 stands. The show contains a spectacular array of antiques and collectables for sale within three permanent buildings, large marquees, market stalls and outdoor pitches. Fri 10am-4.30pm, Sat 9am - 4.30pm. East of England Showground, Peterborough, 01664 812627 25 Mar Cambridge Art & Crafts Market Original & Unique Designed Work by the Stallholders. 10.30am - 4.30pm. Scotsdales’s Garden Centre, Great Shelford, 31 Mar Antique and Collectors Fair 10am-4pm. Wood Green Animal Shelter, Godmanchester, 01702 549623 31 Mar 16mm Association National Garden Railway Show Interested in a narrow gauge live-steam model railways in the garden? This is the show to see- the largest of its kind in the UK. Expect around 80 suppliers of equipment and 13 layouts operating live steam locos on 32mm and 45mm gauge track- and a full-size loco that used to run on Penrhyn Quarry Railway. 9am5pm. East of England Showground, Peterborough.

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The Cambridge Cheese Company is one of my new favourite deli’s. They have their own Cambridge Blue Cheese, which is lovely, and a great selection of locally produced pickles, sauces and biscuits.

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I’m not a big shopper but when I do go shopping I do keep finding myself in the new Hugo Boss shop in the city centre. The assistants are really helpful and I need help when I’m shopping!

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Great Shelford Situated about four miles south of Cambridge, Great Shelford is one of Cambridgeshire’s larger villages with a population of about 4000. There is evidence of human settlement here since prehistoric times. By the time of the Domesday Book, the village was established and already named Scelford, meaning ‘shallow ford’, and refering to a crossing place over the River Cam. Today, the village has a wide range of shops, a choice of pubs, a restaurant, a library, a delicatessen, a bakery and a Farm Shop. The Shelford Feast is an anwith a good choice of wines. nual summer community festi01223 843901 val held on the Recreation Set in a building that was once Ground, with lots of food, games, attactions, live music and family fun. part of Gt Shelford railway The event goes back to medieval station, Zara is a modern Indian restaurant where you times, continued until the Second World War, with the last one being can enjoy traditional held in 1938 until it was revived in favourites alongside chef 1994. This year’s Feast is being held specials such as Goan lamb shank, duck masala, Persian on Sunday 8 July. Great Shelford’s Country Market and Nepalese dishes. 01223 is held in the Memorial Hall every 846668

Philippa Pearce, the children’s author who died in 2006 aged 86, was raised in Great Shelford. The youngest of four children, Pearce was brought up in the Mill House in the village; she was educated at the Perse School for Girls in Cambridge, and went on to Girton College, Cambridge. In 1951 Pearce spent a long while in hospital, recovering from tuberculosis; during this stay she passed the time thinking about a canoe trip she had taken many years before. This was the inspiration for her first book, Minnow on the Say, published in 1955. Like several of her subsequent books, it was clearly inspired by the area where she had been raised, with the villages of Great and Little Shelford becoming Great and Little Barley, Cambridge becoming Castleford, and the River Cam becoming the River Say. Her most famous book was Tom’s Midnight Garden, first published in 1956.

At neighbouring Little Shelford, The Navigator is a fabulous Thai restaurant in a friendly pub setting. Choose from a wide range of curries, stir fries and noodle dishes in a variety of cooking styles,

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The Willow Festival 25 to 27 May 2012 The Willow Festival took place in Peterborough almost a decade ago and it’s back for 2012. In 2003 it became the city’s biggest ever music event and saw over 50,000 people attend during the course of the weekend. In 2012 this free live music festival runs from 25 to 27 May on the city’s Embankment. The Willow Festival promotes the best unsigned music in the UK and all tastes will be catered for with over 120 bands on the bill. Find out who’ll be performing at www.willowfestival.org.uk

Peterborough Italian Festival 8 to 9 September Peterborough city centre Mama Mia, the Peterborough Italian Festival is set to be bigger than ever in 2012. The city’s large Italian population organise the festival, in conjunction with Peterborough City Council. Antonio Carluccio, the celebrated TV chef, attended the event in 2011 which brought together around 8,000 people to enjoy a day of food, music and traditional flag dancing.

Don’t miss out on some great events taking place across the city this year

Halford’s Tour Series Tuesday 29 May 2012 The streets of Peterborough will once again play host to the thrills and spills of top-class cycling when the Halfords Tour Series returns to Peterborough on Tuesday 29 May 2012. The hour-long race will see ten teams of top-class riders, including world cycling stars, compete over a kilometre circuit of the city centre reaching speeds of up to 30mph. Find out more on www.visitpeterborough.com or by calling 01733 452336. More information on the Tour Series can be found at www.tourseries.co.uk

Perkins Great Eastern Run Sunday October 14 2012 One of the UK’s top ten half-marathons will see runners pounding through the streets of Peterborough this October. It’s set to be the most competitive in its history as the PGER will be one of only five runbritain UK Grand Prix and Championship races in 2012. The race series enables British elite runners to score points which will culminate in a £60,000 prize fund. Thousands of others will be running for charity or simply themselves, there’s also a four kilometre fun run. To sign up or for more information visit www.perkinsgreateasternrun.co.uk

Olympic Torch Relay in Peterborough 3 and 4 July Peterborough will be the gateway to the East of England for the Olympic Torch as it makes its journey around the UK. The city has been selected to host an Evening Celebration event which will take place on Peterborough’s Embankment. Find out more at www.peterborough.gov.uk eastlife.co.uk|97


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n the heart of the beautiful and vibrant region of Cambridgeshire lies an ‘undiscovered gem’ in the awe inspiring shape of Peterborough’s one and only breathtaking Norman Cathedral - voted the sixth favourite landmark in the whole of the UK, even coming out ahead of London Tower Bridge!* Peterborough Cathedral is a top 10 UK landmark residing in beautiful surroundings in the heart of a bustling and cosmopolitan city centre, with plenty on offer for all to enjoy including culture, heritage, music and the arts. With close to 100,000 visitors each and every year, Peterborough Cathedral provides a wonderful haven of tranquillity and beauty amid the cosmopolitan array of shops and restaurants that line the streets today and has something to offer everyone at this beautiful sacred space. As well as still operating as a thriving Christian Church, today the Cathedral offers a wide array of activity including an interactive exhibition, fascinating historic and Cathedral tower tours, an exciting array of arts and crafts based events not to mention a popular new coffee shop and first class education, hospitality and conferencing facilities. Famous as the set of the BBC series The Barchester Chronicles and more recently the star of BBC1's Christmas broadcasts for the last three years in a row, the Cathedral is currently working to increase its contribution as a community resource and recognised venue for diverse and inclusive events. From the annual living history extravangza visited by more than 10,000 people to visits from Hayley Westenra and spellbinding concerts and performances, there is something for everyone at Peterborough Cathedral where there is always something to discover. As well as the wonder of the building and the vibrant events programme, the Cathedral also holds enormous appeal for those with an interest in nature and the outdoors. With stunning grounds and beautifully green Precincts, the Cathedral is blessed with an abundance of breath-taking open spaces, not least the captivating Deanery Gardens, which are now

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open for public viewing approximately three times a year. For those more interested in the architecture and the exquisite stone masonry why not take a Cathedral tower tour to see the stonework first hand as well as enjoying the panoramic views of Peterborough from on high. Alternatively, Cathedral tours of the building and/or the Precincts divulge fascinating facts about Cathedral history, myths and legends associated with the Cathedral's colourful past. Open 364 days a year (closed on Boxing Day) for visiting from around 9am until around 5.30pm weekdays and 9am to 5pm Sat and 10am until 3pm on Sundays, there is no charge for admission to Peterborough Cathedral but donations are invited as the Cathedral has charitable status and receives no funding from the state. With excellent railway links and easy access to this beautiful attraction in the heart of the up and coming, city of Peterborough - the Cathedral is one not to be missed as a top 10 Landmark in the UK. For more information on what Peterborough Cathedral has to offer visit www.peterborough-cathedral.org.uk or call the Cathedral Office switchboard on 01733 343342.

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Stamford at the south-western tip of Lincolnshire, is quite possibly one of the UK’s loveliest towns. The streets are full of the town's characteristic Lincolnshire limestone and timber-framed buildings - much of the town was built in the Georgian and Jacobean style and these buildings remain untouched today. The town became a conservation area in 1967 and has over 600 listed buildings; over half the number of listed buildings for the whole of Lincolnshire. The pleasant Stamford Meadows, with the River Welland, marks the starting point of the Jurassic Way. The town has 11 churches, around 30 pubs, some 20 restaurants and over 10 hotels and guesthouses.

All Saints Brewery off Red Lion Square in the town centre was established in 1825 and re-established in the 1990s as a micro-brewery producing fruit beers. There is a coffee lounge, restaurant and brewery shop. Stamford Museum in Broad Street explores the town’s history. Among its collections are examples of Stamford Ware pottery and a Blackstone & Co engine. Blackstone & Co was a farm implement manufacturer based in Stamford who built lamp start oil engines around 1896. By 1912 they had developed a new diesel engine that ran on

vaporising oil and was fired by a spark. They continued as an engine builder and became Mirrlees Blackstone. The grand Elizabethan Burghley House with its Gardens of Surprise, Capability Brown designed parkland and orangery restaurant re-opens to the public on 20 March. It was built and mostly designed by William Cecil, Lord High Treasurer to Queen Elizabeth I. The annual three-day Burghley Horse Trials have been held in the grounds of Burgley House since 1961. 01780 752451 www.burghley.co.uk

Stamford’s Mid-Lent Fair appears to have been held for over a thousand years, dating back to King Edgar’s days and provided most of the town’s trade and a major source of income. Nowadays it is a huge funfair which fills most of the town centre from Bath Row to the High Street. 19 - 24 March.

At Stamford Arts Centre in St Mary's Street you'll find theatre productions, films, live music, art exhibitions, dance, comedy and workshops. The Centre's chandeliered Assembly Rooms date back to 1727. There's also a coffee shop and a Cellar Bar for evening performances. The Arts Centre is home to Stamford's tourist information centre. www.stamfordartscentre.com (01780 763203) More live music, theatre and comedy can be found at Stamford Corn Exchange 01780 766455 www.stamford-corn-exchange.co.uk

Every summer more than 34,500 people from throughout the UK and from overseas attend the amateur Stamford Shakespeare Company's acclaimed summer season of plays in June, July and August at Rutland Open Air Theatre, Tolethorpe Hall. The 2012 season will be the 36th annual season and runs from 4 June - 1 Sept. Performances take place on an open air stage set in an enchanting glade, and features a company of fine actors, stunning sets and gorgeous costumes. For details call 01780 754381 or go to www.stamfordshakespeare.co.uk

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Colchester is one of 26 towns competing for the right to become a city as part of the Queen's Diamond Jubilee celebrations.

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Shops Colchester has all the top high street retailers along its high street and shopping areas such as Lion Walk (above) and Culver Square. You’ll also find great small independent specialist shops in Eld Lane, Crouch Street, St John’s Street and Sir Isaac’s Walk. Williams & Griffin is a smart department store, now part of the Fenwicks group, where you’ll find the finest quality, top brands and latest must-haves, mixed with value lines, including cosmetics and fragrances, gifts, jewellery, mens and ladies fashion, lingerie, electrical, cookware,

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 awardwinning 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.

toys and much more. Add to this a good number of retail parks on the fringes, and you have the complete shopping experience.

Dutch Quarter Between 1550 and 1600, a large number of weavers and clothmakers from Flanders emigrated to Colchester and the surrounding areas. They were famed for the production of Bays and Says cloth. An area in Colchester town centre is still known as the Dutch Quarter and many buildings there date from the Tudor period. During this period Colchester was one of the most prosperous wool towns in England.

Jumbo The town’s skyline is dominated by two Victorian masterpieces - the Town Hall and ‘Jumbo’, a water tower built in 1882-3. It became known as Jumbo after the famous elephant in London Zoo which had then just been sold, amid national protests, to the American circus showman, P. T. Barnum.

Entertainment The Mercury Theatre has a fabulous programme of plays, musicals, concerts and shows and the Mercury Theatre Company, formed in 1998, is now widely regarded as one of the best in the country. 01206 573948 Headgate Theatre presents some fabulous amateur and professional productions in an intimate setting, alongside music concerts and comedy. 01206 366000 Colchester Arts Centre Top music concerts, comedy, live art and children’s shows in a converted church. Home to Colchester Farmers’ Market on 1st Friday of the month. 01206 500900

The Weston Homes Community Stadium opened in the 2008 as the new home of Colchester United Football Club and has quickly become the leading Conference & Banqueting venue in the area. In the last couple of years, it has hosted some fantastic sporting and social events at the stadium, including three England international fixtures, Boxing dinners, Darts opens, Comedy nights, Tribute band nights, Fashion shows, Award ceremonies, Proms and many more. A Zumba Guinness World Record will be attempted at the stadium after the last match of Colchester’s season, and tribute nights are held once a month - forthcoming acts including tributes to Lennon & McCartney, Robbie Williams, Status Quo and Michael Jackson. On 9 March, A Night of Musical Theatre, is a spectacular song and dance show being held in conjunction with Colchester Institute. Tickets are £12, or £25 with a two course meal. For details of this an all events at the Stadium, call 01206 752443 or go to www.colchesterstadiumexperience.com eastlife.co.uk|103


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firstsite Colchester’s spectacular new contemporary art space has just opened its second show. Culpable Earth, the first major solo exhibition in the UK by British artist Steven Claydon, features new sculpture, painting, video and print developed especially for firstsite. Claydon has also produced limited edition prints and a new book, available to buy in the firstsite shop. A concurrent exhibition, Equivalents, curated by Claydon, brings together the unlikely partnership of cloud studies by Suffolk-born painter John Constable and a 1966 sculpture by minimalist American artist Carl Andre. firstsite has invited expert speakers to discuss the relationship between the works of these two vastly different artists. As ever, firstsite is offering a varied programme of activities for families with children, including the hugely popular Dinky Disco for under threes, plus a brand-new Saturday Family Film Club. Family Games continues to be a staple for Saturdays and firstsite’s schools programme offers many ways for students and teachers to get involved in the current exhibition. There are plenty of learning activities for adults too, including masterclasses in ceramics and papercraft and many discussion and craft groups. The café restaurant MUSA offers light bites and fresh made cakes and pastries every day, along with a well-stocked bar and quality teas and coffees. It’s the perfect place to relax while in Colchester town centre! To see the full programme, join the mailing list and find out about Membership packages (which offer significant discounts in the shop, café and on events and activities), visit www.firstsite.uk.net

Gentlemans Relish Fab men’s grooming parlour offering contemporary cutting and styling, combined with old fashioned values. Try a straight razor shave with hot towels! 01206 574122 PK Jewellers Independent jewellers with a wide range of antique and modern gold and silver jeweller, clocks and watches, repair and design service. 01206 572968 Simply Living Beautiful items and accessories for the home, along with womens fashion, and an interior design service. 01206 367333 Secret Garden Trading A truly eclectic mix of fabulous gifts and accessories for the home, plus furniture, jewellery and more. 01206 367333 The Bull is a very busy pub with live music throughout the week. 01206 366647 Ambiance of Colchester Boutique with a great range of clothes from smart casual wear to occasion

wear and a mother of the bride collection, all from top labels. 01206 570433 The Hospital Arms Traditional Adnams pub opposite Essex County Hospital serving real ales and good food. In years gone by, it was known as Ward 9, with hospital staff racing across for a swifty between shifts. 01206 542398 Robertos Le Cafe Bar Wine bar and cafe with a range of light lunches and snacks. 01206 369963 The Specs Factory Dispensing optician with a range of designer frames, sunglasses, accessories and repair service. Top quality service at affordable prices. 01206 560656 The King’s Arms Superb Greene King pub serving great food daily. Lovely Al Fresco area ideal for dining with friends in the summer. Live music and hog roast over Easter weekend. 01206 572886


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THEATRE & SHOWS 1 Mar The Comedy Club Top standup. Colchester United Football Club, Colchester, 01206 755108 1 Mar Jimeion Hilarious show of worldclass, stand-up by the Irish/Australian superstar. Palace Theatre, Southend-on-Sea, 01702 351135 1 Mar Jimmy Carr New stand-up show by the popular comedian and TV presenter. Braintree Arts Theatre, Braintree, 01376 556354 1 Mar Laugh Out Loud Comedy Stand-up. Bocking Arts Theatre, Braintree, 01279 815464 1 - 3 Mar Chicago Created by the musical talents of John Kander, Fred Ebb and choreographer Bob Fosse, Chicago’s sexy, sassy score includes All That Jazz and Razzle Dazzle. Cliffs Pavilion, Southend-on-Sea, 01702 351135 1 - 3 Mar Disney’s Beauty and the Beast Musical presented by Lennox Children’s Cancer Fund. Queens Theatre, Hornchurch, 01708 443333 1 - 10 Mar Absent Friends Tea and sympathy turns into trauma in this brilliantly cutting comedy of embarrassment. Mercury Theatre, Colchester, 01206 573948 2 Mar The Laughter Zone Stand-up

5 - 10 MARCH FUNNY PECULIAR TV favourites including Craig Gazey, winner of National Television Best Newcomer award and British Soaps Best Comedy Performer award for his portrayal of Coronation Street’s popular innocent Graeme Proctor, Emmerdale’s Suzanne Shaw, Champion of ITV’s Dancing on Ice, West End star of Chicago and Joseph and Pop sensation, Gemma Bissix, two-time British Soap award winner for her role in Hollyoaks, Vicky Entwistle, best known as the feisty Janice Battersby in Coronation Street and Heartbeat’s Steven Blakeley come together in this award-winning comedy classic. Palace Theatre, Southend.

comedy. Colchester Arts Centre, Colchester, 01206 500900 2 Mar Strictly Air Ambulance A spectucular evening of dance and entertainment in aid of Essex Air Ambulance. Starring James & Ola Jordan from BBC TV’s Strictly Come Dancing, Essex singer Josh Dubovie, and hosted by Alex and Martin from Heart Breakfast, with Su as Guest Judge! Brentwood Centre, Brentwood, 01277 215151 2 Mar Jon Richardson New show from the critically acclaimed comedian. Palace Theatre, Southend-on-Sea, 01702 351135 2 Mar Comedy Night Top stand-up. Earls Colne Recreation Club, 01787 223584 3 Mar Braintree Comedy Club Top stand-up. Celebrations Party Venue, Braintree, 0845 459 5656 3 Mar Witham Comedy Club Top stand-up. Witham Public Hall, Witham, 0845 459 5656 3 Mar Memoirs of a Biscuit Tin A topsy turvy tale for grown-ups! Mercury Theatre , Colchester, 01206 573948 3 Mar Going Dark With totally immersive surround sound and lighting design, Going Dark attempts to reawaken our wonder at the cosmos and reveals how one man’s vision becomes illuminated by darkness. Lakeside Theatre at University of Essex, Colchester, 01206 873333 3 Mar Hormonal Housewives Join the Hormonal Housewives as they battle against weight gain, weight loss, mood swings, wine, PMS, men, going to the gym, waxing, stretch marks, men, chocolate, upper-lip hair, chocolate, men, chocolate ... and all the other joys of being a 21st Century girl! Starring Margi Clarke. Harlow Playhouse, Harlow, 01279 431945 3 Mar Steve Hughes Australian standup. Harlow Playhouse, Harlow, 01279 431945 3 Mar Simon Weston Well-known broadcasting celebrity Simon Weston’s story has been well-publicised with him being the subject of five major BBC Television documentaries: Simon’s War, Simon’s Peace, Simon’s Triumph, Simon’s Return and in April 1999, Simon’s Journey Palace Theatre, Southend-on-Sea, 01702 351135 4 Mar Memories of the Musicals Songs from the shows. Queens Theatre, Hornchurch, 01708 443333 4 Mar Voyage of the Nutjellynana Fun filled family show for ages 4+. Lakeside Theatre at University of Essex, Colchester, 01206 873333 4 Mar The Tim Vine Chat Show The audience are the guests! Expect the punexpected as Tim Vine chats to guests plucked from the audience. It could be Martin who runs a rug shop or Lydia, a part time librarian. Who knows what’s in store! Actual people are the stars of the show, and as Tim always says “everybody has a story”. Harlow Playhouse, Harlow, 01279 431945

4 Mar Forces Sweethearts Nostalgic wartime music show. West Cliff Theatre , Clacton-on-Sea, 01255 433344 5 Mar Tony Stockwell TV’s psychic medium. Braintree Arts Theatre, Braintree, 01376 556354 5 - 10 Mar Funny Peculiar See panel. Palace Theatre, Southend-on-Sea, 01702 351135 6 Mar The House of Stand Up Stand-up comedy. The Notleys Golf Club, White Notley, 01621 890153 6 Mar Kiss Me Kate Musical presented by Saffron Walden Musical Theatre Company. Saffron Walden Town Hall, Saffron Walden, 01799 524002 6 - 7 Mar Oliver! Charity performance. Towngate Theatre, Basildon, 01268 465465 6 - 10 Mar Macbeth Presented by Lindisfarne Players. Dixon Studio at the Palace Theatre, Southend-on-Sea, 01702 351135 7 Mar The Adventures of Andy Kershaw The DJ and journalist talks about his life and career. High Barn, Great Bardfield, 01371 811291 7 Mar The Circus of Horrors Featuring some of the greatest, most bizarre and beautiful circus acts on earth, and the pulsating devil-driven rock ‘n’ roll of Dr Haze & The Interceptors From Hell. Harlow Playhouse, Harlow, 01279 431945 8 Mar Jack Dee Catch Jack as he roadtests his new material for a 2012 tour. Civic Theatre, Chelmsford, 01245 606505 8 Mar Comedy Club in the Foyer Stand-up. Queens Theatre, Hornchurch, 01708 443333 8 Mar D Day Darlings Nostagic wartime music show. Harlow Playhouse, Harlow, 01279 431945 8 - 9 Mar Withering Looks LipService – Britain’s favourite literary lunatics, present their cult Brontë spoof. Mercury Theatre , Colchester, 01206 573948 8 - 10 Mar Moby Dick - The Musical Flamboyant and hilarious musical comedy. Mercury Theatre , Colchester, 01206 573948 8 - 10 Mar An Englshman Abroad + Forward to the righ Double bill of one-act plays. Headgate Theatre, Colchester, 01206 366000 9 Mar Andrew Lawrence Stand-up comedy. Cramphorn Theatre, Chelmsford, 01245 606505 9 Mar Jim Davidson Stand up comedy featuring one of Britain’s greatest ever comedians. Towngate Theatre, Basildon, 01268 465465 9 - 31 Mar Can’t Pay? Won’t Pay! With soaring prices at the local supermarket a mob of angry housewives take matters into their own hands and make off without paying for their weekly shop. Anything can happen in a crazy sitcom of hysterical pregnancies and hilarious consequences! Queens Theatre, Hornchurch, 01708 443333

10 Mar Private Resistance Eastern Angles present the ultimate ‘what-if’ scenario. How would the British have coped with a German invasion? Set in 1940 it’s a thrilling tale of the so-called Auxiliary Units, Churchill’s secret guerrilla army primed to go underground to fight behind the lines - a story of the bonds created and destroyed by wartime. Witham Public Hall, Witham, 01473 211498 10 Mar Around the World in 8 Days Show for ages 4-9 with original music, audience participation, puppetry and mime. Colchester Arts Centre, Colchester, 01206 500900 10 Mar The Merry Widow This imaginative staging captures the glamour and decadence of turn of the century Paris while infusing the production with Opera della Luna’s trademark wit. Civic Theatre, Chelmsford, 01245 606505 10 Mar Braintree’s Best Talent Local talent. Braintree Arts Theatre, Braintree, 01376 556354 11 Mar Chelmsford Comedy Club Top stand-up. Bay Horse, Chelmsford, 0845 459 5656 11 Mar The Tim Vine Chat Show See 4 March. Colchester Arts Centre, Colchester, 01206 500900 11 Mar Simon Armitage and Glyn Maxwell An evening of readings from two of Britain’s foremost poets. Lakeside Theatre at University of Essex, Colchester, 01206 873333 12 Mar The Danny Crates Story Danny Crates’ story is so much more than just another sportsman achieving his dreams. Telling how a young, carefree Essex boy comes back from losing an arm to become a Paralympic gold medallist, the book covers all the highs and lows of Danny’s career spanning three Paralympic games and his role as an ambassador for the London 2012 bid. All told with Danny’s amiable sense of humour and indefatigable optimism, the story is one of triumph over adversity and making the most of whatever life throws at you. Maldon Court School, Maldon, 01621 890153 13 Mar Paul Daniels The top magician and entertainer will be joined by the lovely Debbie McGee and Martin Daniels. Mercury Theatre , Colchester, 01206 573948 13 - 17 Mar Oedipus the King This ancient Greek tragedy is one of just seven surviving plays written by Sophocles more than 2,500 yeas ago. The Old Court Theatre, Chelmsford, 01245 606505 13 - 17 Mar Oliver! Musical presented by The Thurrock Operatic Society. Thameside Theatre, Grays, 0845 300 5264 13 - 17 Mar Birds of a Feather See panel. Cliffs Pavilion, Southend-on-Sea, 01702 351135 13 - 17 Mar Life X 3 Presented by Full Circle Theatre Company. Dixon Studio at the Palace Theatre, Southend-on-Sea, 01702 351135 14 Mar Jon Richardson New show from the critically acclaimed comedian. Palace Theatre, Southend-on-Sea, 01702 351135

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What’s on in March 14 - 16 Mar Over the Rainbow A compelling award-winning musical following singer Eva Cassidy’s life through dramatic scenes and stunning live renditions of her music. Sarah Jane Buckley (Hollyoaks). Mercury Theatre , Colchester, 01206 573948 14 - 17 Mar Napoli The Fisherman and his Bride Presented by The Chelmsford Ballet Company. Civic Theatre, Chelmsford, 01245 606505 15 Mar Magners Funhouse Comedy Line-up includes Hal Cruttenden. Braintree Arts Theatre, Braintree, 01376 556354 15 - 16 Mar Private Resistance See 10 March. Cramphorn Theatre, Chelmsford, 01245 606505 16 Mar Comedy Central Live! Stand-up. Lakeside Theatre at University of Essex, Colchester, 01206 873333 16 - 18 Mar The Gruffalo Show based on the award winning picture book by Julia Donaldson & Axel Scheffler. Palace Theatre, Southend-on-Sea, 01702 351135 17 Mar Fascinating Aida Britain’s best comedy cabaret trio. Mercury Theatre , Colchester, 01206 573948 17 Mar The Circus of Horrors With a brilliant cast The Circus of Horrors features some of the greatest, most bizarre and beautiful Circus acts on earth. Princes Theatre, Clacton-on-Sea, 01255 686633 17 Mar The Table ‘Extreme puppetry’, dark humour and ingenious flat-pack technology from Blind Summit. Lakeside Theatre at University of Essex, Colchester, 01206 873333 17 Mar Bobby Davro Show by the popular comedian and impressionist. Circus Tavern, Purfleet, 01708 863838 17 Mar Sherlock Holmes - The Death and Life In this wryly humorous tale, of murder, mystery & the occult.....’the world’s greatest detective refuses to leave the stage!’ Braintree Arts Theatre, Braintree, 01376 556354 18 Mar Mike Harding An evening of songs, daft stories and monologues from the man once described as ‘The grandfather of alternative comedy.’. Civic Theatre, Chelmsford, 01245 606505 18 Mar Fireman Sam Children’s favourite live on stage. Princes Theatre, Clacton-on-Sea, 01255 686633 18 Mar Pip’s Wildlife Garden Come with Pip and explore the wild, glorious, overgrown jungle at the bottom of her garden. Ages 3+. Lakeside Theatre at University of Essex, Colchester, 01206 873333 18 Mar Des O’Connor Don’t miss this rare opportunity to see a true showbusiness legend live on stage for a wonderful evening of comedy, laughter and music. Towngate Theatre, Basildon, 01268 465465

Essex 18 Mar Mother’s Day Music Hall Presented by the Young Brothers. West Cliff Theatre , Clacton-on-Sea, 01255 433344 19 Mar Fascinating Aida Britain’s best comedy cabaret trio. Cliffs Pavilion, Southend-on-Sea, 01702 351135 19 - 24 Mar Less Than Kind At once a sparkling comedy of manners and a psychosexual drama, Less Than Kind has astounded critics. Set in London during World War II, it stars James Wilby and Sara Crowe. Mercury Theatre , Colchester, 01206 573948 20 Mar Sleeping Beauty Stunning classical ballet performed by the Russian State Ballet of Siberia. Cliffs Pavilion, Southend-on-Sea, 01702 351135 20 Mar Sleeping Beauty Stunning classical ballet performed by the Russian State Ballet of Siberia. Cliffs Pavilion, Southend-on-Sea, 01702 351135 20 - 21 Mar I, Bertolt Brecht Thought provoking, moving and laugh-outloud funny. Civic Theatre, Chelmsford, 01245 606505 20 - 24 Mar No Man’s Land Presented by Southend Shakespeare Company. Dixon Studio at the Palace Theatre, Southend-on-Sea, 01702 351135 21 Mar Measure for Measure New production of Shakespeare’s play by Phoenix Theatre Arts. Harlow Playhouse, Harlow, 01279 431945 21 Mar Lee Nelson Star of Live at the Apollo and two series of the smash-hit comedy Lee Nelson’s Well Good Show. Qwaliteeeeeeee!!!! Palace Theatre, Southend-on-Sea, 01702 351135 22 Mar Boothby Graffoe & Nick Pynn Music and comedy. Colchester Arts Centre, Colchester, 01206 500900 22 Mar Derek Acorah TV’s psychic medium. Harlow Playhouse, Harlow, 01279 431945 22 Mar Jimmy Carr New stand-uo show by the popular comedian and TV presenter. Thameside Theatre, Grays, 0845 300 5264 22 Mar Count Arthur Strong Regular guest on Radio 2’s Mark Radcliffe Show and star of his own Radio 4 show. Palace Theatre, Southend-on-Sea, 01702 351135 22 Mar Hormonal Housewives See 3 March. Cliffs Pavilion, Southend-on-Sea, 01702 351135 22 Mar Jimmy Crocket’s Anniversary Show Show by the popular Irish comedian. West Cliff Theatre , Clacton-on-Sea, 01255 433344 22 - 24 Mar I Am a Camera Presented by The New Venture Players, it’s the play that the musical Cabaret was based on. Brentwood Theatre, Brentwood, 01277 200305

28 - 31 Mar The Railway Children Presented by Clacton Amateur Dramatic Society. West Cliff Theatre , Clacton-on-Sea, 01255 433344 23 Mar Maldon Comedy Club Top stand-up with Geoff Norcott, Mandy Muden and Windsor. Crowne Plaza Colchester Five Lakes, Tolleshunt Knights, 01621 868 888 23 Mar Sally Morgan TV’s psychic medium. Cliffs Pavilion, Southend-on-Sea, 01702 351135 23 - 24 Mar Callas Jean-Yves Picq’s sensitive and candid portrayal of the legendary opera singer, Maria Callas. Mercury Theatre (Studio), Colchester, 01206 573948 24 Mar The Elves & The Shoemaker Children’s show. Colchester Arts Centre, Colchester, 01206 500900 24 Mar Mike Gunn and Sean Collins Top comedy duo. Colchester Arts Centre, Colchester, 01206 500900 24 Mar Jimmy Carr New stand-uo show by the popular comedian and TV presenter. Thameside Theatre, Grays, 0845 300 5264 24 Mar Rock ‘n’ Roll Paradise Rock ‘n’ roll show. West Cliff Theatre , Clacton-on-Sea, 01255 433344 24 Mar C’mon Everybody Rock ‘n’ roll music show. Bocking Arts Theatre, Braintree, 01279 815464 24 - 25 Mar Sesame Street Live See Elmo, Abby Cadabby, Bert, Ernie and all of your children’s favourite friends . Harlow Playhouse, Harlow, 01279 431945 25 Mar Chelmsford Comedy Club Top stand-up. Bay Horse, Chelmsford, 0845 459 5656 25 Mar Abba Forever Tribute. Civic Theatre, Chelmsford, 01245 606505 25 Mar The Chuckle Brothers Kids favoruties Paul and Barry. Cliffs Pavilion, Southend-on-Sea, 01702 351135 25 - 26 Mar Swan Lake Fairytale classical ballet presented by the world-renowned Moscow Ballet. Queens Theatre, Hornchurch, 01708 443333 26 - 31 Mar Bugle Boy The life and loves of legendary music icon Glenn Miller, through to his sudden disappearance in mysterious circumstances. Palace Theatre, Southend-on-Sea, 01702 351135 28 Mar DanceDigital SpringBlast Showcase A showcase of creative and inspiring dance work. Civic Theatre, Chelmsford, 01245 606505 28 - 31 Mar The House of Bernarda Alba Presented by Colchester Theatre Group. Headgate Theatre, Colchester, 01206 366000 28 - 31 Mar The Railway Children Presented by Clacton Amateur Dramatic Society. West Cliff Theatre , Clacton-on-Sea, 01255 433344

13 - 17 MARCH BIRDS OF A FEATHER The girls are back! One of BBC TV’s most popular and fondly-remembered sitcoms comes to the stage with all three of its original leading cast members, Pauline Quirke, Linda Robson and Lesley Joseph. Birds of a Feather ran on BBC for nearly ten years throughout the 1990s becoming a massive hit right from the word go and remains not only a classic comedy but also, as a femalecentred long-running series, a truly rare gem. And now the three stars of the TV series are re-united on stage to re-create their adored characters, sisters Sharon Theodopolopoudos and Tracy Stubbs and their sex-mad neighbour, Dorien Green, in a brandnew show created especially for the theatre. Cliffs Pavilion, Southend.

29 Mar Private Resistance See 10 March. Bradfield Village Hall, Bradfield, 01206 392520 29 Mar Katya Virshilas and Pasha Kovalev An evening of exhibition dance routines featuring the Rumba, Waltz, Foxtrot, Tango Jive and more....with the star’s of BBC TV’s Strictly Come Dancing Thameside Theatre, Grays, 0845 300 5264 29 Mar That’ll Be The Day Rock ‘n’ roll music show. Cliffs Pavilion, Southendon-Sea, 01702 351135 29 - 31 Mar Plaza Suite Neil Simoncomedy presented by the Hutton Players. , , 29 - 31 Mar Cirque Du Ciel’s ShangHi With over 30 amazingly multitalented and skilled performers, this marvellous two hour extravaganza combines acrobatics, modern dance, martial arts, original music and many other traditional and modern Chinese elements within a fantastic adventure story. Mercury Theatre , Colchester, 01206 573948 30 Mar Pete Firman Expect amazing feats that defy logic, a fast and furious delivery of gags and astounding tricks that will

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What’s on in March who bridge the gap between pop and opera. Harlow Playhouse, Harlow, 01279 431945 2 Mar Sarah Moule Quartet Jazz. Fleece Jazz at Stoke By Nayland Hotel, Leavenheath, 01787 211865 2 Mar Julian Lloyd Webber Son of the composer William Lloyd Webber and brother of Andrew, music is in the bones of this brilliant cellist. Enjoy the maestro in action, playing the Barjansky Stradivarius celleo, dated c1690. Grignon Hall at Felsted School, Felsted, 01371 822619 3 Mar Beverley Craven One of the most successful singer/songwriters the UK has ever produced. Best known for her 1991 hit single Promise Me, she has sold a staggering 4 million albums. High Barn, Great Bardfield, 01371 811291 3 Mar Maze Music Saffron Walden Choral Society, Granta Chorale and Saffron Walden youth choir, SignuptoSing join Britten Sinfonia for a gala concert to celebrate the rich history of Saffron Walden, using its historic turf maze as a linking theme. St MUSIC Mary’s Church, Saffron Walden, 01799 1 Mar Schools Rock Prom A show530759 case of musical talent in local schools. Colch3 Mar Brotherhood of Man Band ester Arts Centre, Colchester, 01206 whose hit include Save All Your Kisses For Me 500900 and Figaro. West Cliff Theatre , Clacton-on1 Mar Spikedrivers Terrific blues band. Sea, 01255 433344 High Barn, Great Bardfield, 01371 3 Mar Phil Mack Country music, also 811291 with Jimmy Buckley, Dave Sheriff, Lisa Stan1 Mar Symphonic Wind Orchestra ley, and Teresa Rodgers. Circus Tavern, Purand Brass Ensemble Classical fleet, 01708 863838 favourites. CMPA Live! At Swinburne Hall, 3 Mar Bootleg Shadows Tribute. Colchester, 01206 712999 Braintree Arts Theatre, Braintree, 01376 2 Mar Urban Folk Quartet Folk. 556354 Maldon Town Hall, Maldon, 07724 4 Mar Natural Snow Buildings 454243 Mesmerising guitar duo from France. Colch2 Mar Prima Donna A five man high ester Arts Centre, Colchester, 01206 energy machine who throw the retro sound 500900 of the 70’s into the 21st Century. The Square, 4 Mar Solid Silver 60s Peter Noone, Harlow, 01279 305000 Chris Montez, Brian Hyland with Brian Poole and all backed by Vanity Fare. Cliffs Pavil2 Mar Blake Clasion, Southend-on-Sea, 01702 351135 sical vocal 4 Mar Millennium Eagle Jazz quartert Band Jazz. Colchester Jazz Club at Stanway Rovers Football Club, Colchester, 01206 540354 5 Mar Hilary James & Simon Mayor Folk. Colchester Arts Centre, Colchester, 01206 500900 6 Mar Fairport Convention Folk rock legends. Colchester Arts Centre, Colchester, 01206 500900 6 Mar John Kirkpatrick An outstanding folk singer/songwriter. The Hoy at Anchor Folk Club at The Ship Hotel, Leigh-on-Sea, 01702 715111 6 Mar West African Blues Project Breathtaking African rhythms blend majestically with the beguiling soul of blues. Queens Theatre, Hornchurch, Katya Virshilas and 01708 443333 Pasha Kovalev 7 Mar A Hawk & A Hacksaw: Thameside Theatre Shadows of Forgotten An19 March cestors The offbeat US duo perform a live soundtrack to this Russian cult classic film. Colchester Arts Centre, Colchester, 01206 500900 leave you dumbfounded for days! Colchester Arts Centre, Colchester, 01206 500900 30 - 31 Mar This is a Chair and Hearts Desire Play by Caryl Churchill. Mercury Theatre , Colchester, 01206 573948 31 Mar Jesterlarf Comedy Club Top stand-up with Raymond and Mr Timpkins Revue, Colin Owens, Angela Barnes, Dan Wright. Saffron Walden Town Hall, Saffron Walden, 01223 357851 31 Mar The Beat of Burlesque A saucy evening of classic burlesque with a modern twist. Colchester Arts Centre, Colchester, 01206 500900 31 Mar The Ugly Duckling Family show. Charter Hall at Colchester Leisure World, Colchester, 01206 282020 31 Mar Jesterlarf Comedy Club Top stand-up with Duncan Oakley, Dave Gibson, Dana Alexander and Elis James. Saffron Walden Town Hall, Saffron Walden, 01799 524002

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7 Mar The Caroloregians Funky reggae from Belgium. The Square, Harlow, 01279 305000 7 Mar Hayley Westenra Still at the tender age of 24, New Zealand born soprano Hayley Westenra celebrates 10 incredible years in the music industry with the release of her fifth studio album, Paradiso. Cliffs Pavilion, Southend-on-Sea, 01702 351135 8 Mar The Zico Chain Rock. The Square, Harlow, 01279 305000 8 Mar Bootleg Beatles Tribute. Cliffs Pavilion, Southend-on-Sea, 01702 351135 9 Mar Southend Boys’ and Girls’ Choirs Concert. Westcliff High School for Boys, Westcliff-on-Sea, 01702 215624 9 Mar Beth Packer and The Black Cat Bones Blues and soul band. Marigolds Blues Club at Harlow Cricket Club, Harlow, 01279 414174 9 Mar Whole Lotta Led Led Zeepeling tribute. Colchester Arts Centre, Colchester, 01206 500900 9 Mar Real Diamond Neil Diamond tribute. Civic Theatre, Chelmsford, 01245 606505 9 Mar Richard Digance Music and stories from one of the best. High Barn, Great Bardfield, 01371 811291 9 Mar Chas Hodges - Rabbit & Skiffle Chas Hodges performs all the Chas & Dave hits including Rabbit, The Sideboard Song, and Gertcha. Special guest Lonnie Donegan Jnr and his Skiffle Band, will be paying tribute to his late father. Harlow Playhouse, Harlow, 01279 431945 9 Mar Adam Glasser Quartet Jazz. Fleece Jazz at Stoke By Nayland Hotel, Leavenheath, 01787 211865 9 Mar John Leyton + Mike Berry & The Flames Concert by 60s favourites. Bocking Arts Theatre, Braintree, 01279 815464 10 Mar Angelis Southend Schools Choir. All Saints’ Church, Maldon, 01621 778715 10 Mar Essex Rocks Another night packed full of some of the best bands in town, including Drive Through Therapy + Gulls + Hoof. Colchester Arts Centre, Colchester, 01206 500900 10 Mar Bleech Girl fronted Pixiesque rock, formerly known as Slummin Angels. The Square, Harlow, 01279 305000 11 Mar Counterfeit Status Quo Tribute. Empire Theatre, Halstead, 07778 025490 11 Mar Brendan Shine Popular Irish singer. Queens Theatre, Hornchurch, 01708 443333 11 Mar European Union Chamber Orchestra with Julian Lloyd Webber Handel, Mozart, Haydn, Sibelius. Cliffs Pavilion, Southend-on-Sea, 01702 351135 11 Mar Barry Palser’s Savoy Jazz Jazz. Colchester Jazz Club at Stanway Rovers Football Club, Colchester, 01206 540354 11 Mar West Bergholt Concert Band Brass band concert. West Cliff Theatre , Clacton-on-Sea, 01255 433344

12 Mar Jim Moray One of the most consistently inventive musicians working in traditional folk music today. Colchester Arts Centre, Colchester, 01206 500900 12 Mar Independent Schools Spring Choral Festivals St. Mary’s School for Girls, Littlegarth School, Nayland and St. Margaret’s School, Gosfield, St. Mary’s Senior School Chamber Choir. Mercury Theatre , Colchester, 01206 573948 12 Mar Matt Cardle The X-Factor winner from Witham performs songs from his debut album Letters and other favourites. Cliffs Pavilion, Southend-on-Sea, 01702 351135 13 Mar Wild Beasts Four piece pop group. Colchester Arts Centre, Colchester, 01206 500900 13 Mar Anthony John Clarke Folk. The Hoy at Anchor Folk Club at The Ship Hotel, Leigh-on-Sea, 01702 715111 13 Mar Max Raptor Rock. Chinnery’s, Southend-on-Sea, 01702 467305 15 Mar Paul Buckley with Clive Carroll Two top guitarists. Bluebell Inn, Hempstead, 01799 599199 15 Mar Ulitmate Bowie Tribute. Harlow Playhouse, Harlow, 01279 431945 15 Mar Rags Jass & Hokum Jazz. Electric Palace, Harwich, 07786 744789 16 Mar Hank Wangford An authentic country singer/songwriter, with a wide emotional range. The Square, Harlow, 01279 305000 16 Mar The George Wasingmachine Quartet Playing Grappelli, swing and through to Dixieland, you’ll discover why Australia’s number one jazz violinist is second fiddle to no one. High Barn, Great Bardfield, 01371 811291 16 Mar Missing Andy A mix of hiphop and rock Mill Arts Centre, Rayleigh, 01268 778171 16 Mar Rob Kingsley - A Vision Of Elvis Tribute. Towngate Theatre, Basildon, 01268 465465 16 Mar Rea Diamond Neil Diamond tribute. Harlow Playhouse, Harlow, 01279 431945 16 Mar Damon Brown International Quintet Jazz. Fleece Jazz at Stoke By Nayland Hotel, Leavenheath, 01787 211865 16 Mar St John Passion Performed by The Felsted Orshestra and Combined Choirs. Felsted Chapel, Felsted, 01371 822619 17 Mar Lendvai String Trio Dohnanyi, Reger, Beethoven. Baptist Church, Saffron Walden, 01799 524347 17 Mar Jack Liebeck Violinist. St John’s Church, Stansted Mountfitchet, 01279 815282 17 Mar Saltdog Colchester’s folk punk heroes. Colchester Arts Centre, Colchester, 01206 500900 17 Mar John Otway Headgate Theatre, Colchester, 01206 366000 17 Mar Hank Wangford & Brad Breath Country. Wat Tyler Country Park, Basildon, 01268 465465 17 Mar Talon Eagles tribute. Harlow Playhouse, Harlow, 01279 431945


Essex 17 Mar Feel the Steel Brilliant live band playing all the best rock songs from the 80s. Chinnery’s, Southend-on-Sea, 01702 467305 17 Mar Halstead Choral Society A new Requiem by Bob Chilcott and Stainer’s Crucifixion. St Andrew’s Church, Halstead, 01787 269917 17 Mar St John Passion Performed by The Felsted Orshestra and Combined Choirs. St Mary’s Church, Maldon, 01621 856503 18 Mar Buble Fever Tribute. Harlow Playhouse, Harlow, 01279 431945 18 Mar Lexii Local girl band. Thameside Theatre, Grays, 0845 300 5264 18 Mar Joe Brown Premier rock ‘n’ roll legend. Cliffs Pavilion, Southend-on-Sea, 01702 351135 19 Mar Phillip Henry & Hannah Martin Folk. Colchester Arts Centre, Colchester, 01206 500900 19 Mar The Counterfeit Stones Tribute. Queens Theatre, Hornchurch, 01708 443333 20 Mar Chimaira Metal. Colchester Arts Centre, Colchester, 01206 500900 20 Mar Croabh Rua This four-piece from Belfast, plays Irish Traditional Music from the heart. The Hoy at Anchor Folk Club at The Ship Hotel, Leigh-on-Sea, 01702 715111 23 Mar Red Priest This extraordinary English ensemble has redefined the art of baroque music performance. Plaza Centre, Southend-on-Sea, 01702 215624

23 Mar Dingus Khan Local band. Colchester Arts Centre, Colchester, 01206 500900 23 Mar Nine Below Zero One of Britain’s most respected R&B bands. The Square, Harlow, 01279 305000 23 Mar Charlie Landsborough Country singer-songwriter. Towngate Theatre, Basildon, 01268 465465 23 Mar The Fureys & Davey Arthur Irish folk legends with a stirring show of music, songs and stories. Harlow Playhouse, Harlow, 01279 431945 23 Mar Art Themen Quartet Jazz. Fleece Jazz at Stoke By Nayland Hotel, Leavenheath, 01787 211865 24 Mar Hutton & Shenfield Choral Society Choral concert. Brentwood Centre, Brentwood, 01277 215151 24 Mar Tiptree Choral Society Easter glories: Stainer’s well loved ‘Crucifixion’ and selections from Messiah. St Luke’s Church, Tiptree, 01206 734540 24 Mar The Fureys & Davey Arthur The legends of Irish Music, with their show of music, songs and stories. Princes Theatre, Clacton-on-Sea, 01255 686633 24 Mar Us & Her Soul band. Palace Theatre, Southend-on-Sea, 01702 351135 24 Mar The Osmonds See page 63. Cliffs Pavilion, Southend-on-Sea, 01702 351135

24 Mar The Rifles London four-piece making heavy rock ‘n’ roll. Chinnery’s, Southend-on-Sea, 01702 467305 24 Mar Rod Mason and his Hot Five Jazz. Club of Jazz at Wickham Bishops Village Hall, Wickham Bishops, 01621 853626 24 Mar Saffron Walden Town Band Brass band. Saffron Walden Town Hall, Saffron Walden, 01799 524002 25 Mar Chas Hodges - Rabbit & Skiffle See 9 March. Palace Theatre, Southend-on-Sea, 01702 351135 25 Mar British Rock ‘n’ Roll Heritage Show Classic rock n roll with Graham Fenton and Danny Rivers. Empire Theatre, Halstead, 07778 025490 25 - 15 Mar Mike Daniels Delta Jazzmen Jazz. Colchester Jazz Club at Stanway Rovers Football Club, Colchester, 01206 540354 26 Mar Craobh Rua Irish Traditional Music from the heart. Colchester Arts Centre, Colchester, 01206 500900 26 Mar Noah and the Whale Energetic popsters from London whose hit song ‘5 Years’ Time’ is sufficient to reel in any potential fan. Cliffs Pavilion, Southend-onSea, 01702 351135 28 Mar Ian Siegal Band Top blues. Colchester Arts Centre, Colchester, 01206 500900 28 Mar Rag Mama Rag Country blues duo. Bluebell Inn, Hempstead, 01799 599199

30 Mar The Two Beatles Tribute Show Beatles tribute. Weston Homes Community Stadium, Colchester, 01621 890153 30 Mar Peter King & The Brian Dee Trio Jazz. Marigolds Jazz Club at Harlow Cricket Club, Harlow, 01279 414174 30 Mar Snuff UK punk outfit hearkening back to the glorious days of mod. The Square, Harlow, 01279 305000 30 Mar Rob Kingsley - A Vision Of Elvis Tribute. Princes Theatre, Clacton-on-Sea, 01255 686633 30 Mar The Australian Pink Floyd Tribute. Cliffs Pavilion, Southendon-Sea, 01702 351135 30 Mar Marlene Ver Planck Jazz. Fleece Jazz at Stoke By Nayland Hotel, Leavenheath, 01787 211865 30 Mar The New Honeycombs and The Foundations Concert by 60s favourites. Bocking Arts Theatre, Braintree, 01279 815464 31 Mar Maldon Choral Society Queen’s Jubilee concert. All Saints Church, Maldon, 01621 85650 31 Mar Five Star Swing Big band swing. Queens Theatre, Hornchurch, 01708 443333 31 Mar Marty Wilde and The Wildcats Rock ‘n’ roll great. Thameside Theatre, Grays, 0845 300 5264 31 Mar The Hollies Legendary band who had an amazing run of hits through the

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What’s on in March sixties and early seventies. Cliffs Pavilion, Southend-on-Sea, 01702 351135 31 Mar Bowling For Soup Texas’ reigning punk cowboys. Chinnery’s, Southend-on-Sea, 01702 467305 31 Mar Showaddywaddy Good time rock ‘n’ roll band from the 70s. Braintree Arts Theatre, Braintree, 01376 556354

ART & EXHIBITIONS 1 - 5 Mar Lisa Rippon: Diverse Forms in Nature Clacton based artist. Digby Gallery at The Mercury Theatre, Colchester, 01206 573948 1 - 24 Mar Laurence Owen: The Elemental Dynamic Taking the constrictions implicit in the supposedly childish medium of felt tips to see what might emerge with their garish tones, Laurence Owen makes a series of images which are both disturbing and familiar. Art Exchange at University of Essex, Colchester, 01206 873333 1 - 24 Mar Marc Camille Chaimowicz: Jean Genet… The Courtesy of Objects, Chapter Three, featuring Dan Fox Photographic exhibition. Focal Point Gallery, Southend-on-Sea, 01702 534108 1 - 31 Mar Jack Delemonte A fine art photographer creating award winning images both from his travels and local environment. Beecroft Art Gallery, Westcliff-on-Sea, 01702 347418 1 - 31 Mar Journey to the Podium See panel. Beecroft Art Gallery, Westcliffon-Sea, 01702 347418 1 Mar - 2 Apr Anti Photography An exhibition of photographic works which explores the importance of a strand of conceptual practice that risks not being seen as photography at all. Beecroft Art Gallery, Westcliff-on-Sea, 01702 347418 1 Mar - 8 Apr Six Impossible Things A new body of kinetic work by Heike Brachlow, inspired by balancing toys, solid glass sculptures move freely and precariously on a single point of contact. The Gallery at Parndon Mill, Harlow, 01279 426042 1 Mar - 15 Apr Embroideries from the East Textiles and costumes from India and Asia. Saffron Walden Museum, Saffron Walden, 01799 510333 1 Mar - 20 Apr Harlow Get Set! Harlow’s primary and secondary schools, Harlow College and the academies will be exhibiting art work centred around the London Olympics 2012. Gibberd Gallery at the Civic Centre, Harlow, 01279 446041 1 Mar - 25 Apr Festival of Britain 1951 Cabinet display which shows Warner & Sons wove and printed fabrics for the Festival

Essex of Britain in 1951. They were proud to be chosen to design and produce the fabrics for the Regatta restaurant next to the Royal Festival Hall. 60 years on, this temporary display celebrates the company’s role in that vibrant cultural event. Warner Textile Archive at Warners Mill, Braintree, 01376 557741 1 Mar - 29 Apr Starting From Scratch Atmospheric and evocative paintings by Brian Graham. Colchester Castle Museum, Colchester, 01206 282939 1 Mar - 7 May Steven Claydon: Culpable Earth The first major exhibition of Steven Claydon’s work, for which the artist is developing a new body of work comprising sculpture, video and print. firstsite, Colchester, 01206 577067 1 Mar - 7 May Equivalents Steven Claydon has selected a series of paintings by the Suffolk-born artist John Constable and an iconic sculpture by the American minimalist Carl Andre to accompany his exhibition. Cloud studies painted by Constable during the 1820s are shown together with Carl Andre’s 1966 sculpture Equivalent VIII, the last piece in a group of works composed of 120 firebricks. Andre’s infamous series of stacked bricks were titled after a group of early twentieth century cloud studies by the photographer Alfred Stieglitz. Shown together with Constable’s paintings of rainstorms and sunsets, Claydon highlights the original significance of Andre’s title, that referred to the eight different arrangements of bricks which shared the same height, mass and volume and were therefore ‘equivalent’ to one another. firstsite, Colchester, 01206 577067 1 Mar - 17 Jun Unravelling Threads Issues related to textile production by the indigenous people of the Andean region of South America, are explored through artworks from the ESCALA Collection. firstsite, Colchester, 01206 577067 3 Mar Jonathan Clarke Exhibition of new abstract sculptures. Jonathan Clarke (born 1961, Bury St Edmunds) was apprenticed in the studio of his father, the Royal Academician Geoffrey Clarke, from the age of 16 and started exhibiting in 1981. North House Gallery, Manningtree (01206 392717) 5 - 26 Mar Brendan Wilson: Cradle of the Sun Brendan Wilson’s photographic work centres on the public spaces of Colchester, Ipswich and the surrounding area. Digby Gallery at The Mercury Theatre, Colchester, 01206 573948 11 - 10 Mar Emma Cameron: Holding the Spirit Paintings and Drawings. Hayletts Gallery, Maldon, 01621 851669 23 - 25 Mar Spring Art Show Wonderful paintings for all to enjoy. Mersea Museum, West Mersea, 01206 385191

23 Mar - 30 Sep Saatchi Exhibition This exhibition from the world renowned Saatchi Collection gives unique access to pieces of work from international artists with a connection to East Anglia. Ipswich Art School, Ipswich, 01473 433681 31 Mar - 24 Jun Long Live Great Bardfield! A fascinating collection of paintings, prints, drawings and photographs in support of the autobiography of Tirzah Garwood, (Mrs Eric Ravilious), published this year. Fry Art Gallery, Saffron Walden, 01799 513779

SPECIAL EVENTS 17 Feb - 18 Mar Lambing Weekend See the newborn lambs, talks, demonstrations. Marsh Farm, South Woodham Ferrers, 0845 603 7624 1 - 31 Mar Harts Events Literature Festival A series of talks given by wellknown authors. Various Venues, Saffron Walden, 01799 523456 3 Mar Astronomy Open Night Free stargazing event. Haldleigh Country Park, Hadleigh, 0845 603 7624 3 Mar Toy Fair 10am-2.30pm. Brentwood Centre, Brentwood, 01277 215151 3 - 4 Mar Lambing Weekend See the newborn lambs, talks, demonstrations. Marsh Farm, South Woodham Ferrers, 0845 603 7624 10 Mar The Guild of Essex Craftsman Fair Crafts. Some craft demonstrations are also taking place throughout the day. 10am-5pm. Hylands House, Chelmsford, 01245 605523 10 Mar We are Handmade Contemporary Spring Craft Fair 25 makers offering a wide array of the latest fresh and innovative handmade items to suit all pockets. Flower design workshops throughout the day. 10am-4pm. Queen’s Hall, Halstead, 10 - 11 Mar Lambing Weekend See the newborn lambs, talks, demonstrations. Marsh Farm, South Woodham Ferrers, 0845 603 7624 11 Mar Iron Age Roundhouse Open Afternoon Meet the Chieftain’s family round the fire to learn how your ancestors lived 2000 years ago. Haldleigh Country Park, Hadleigh, 0845 603 7624 11 Mar Antique & Collectors Fair 10am-4pm. Bocking Arts Theatre, Braintree, 01279 815464 17 Mar Ulitmate Cage Fighting CFC fight action. Brentwood Centre, Brentwood, 01277 215151 24 - 25 Mar Lambing Weekend See the newborn lambs, talks, demonstrations. Marsh Farm, South Woodham Ferrers, 0845 603 7624

1 - 31 MARCH JOURNEY TO THE PODIUM This exhibition is a culmination of a three year project and provides, through art, a remarkable insight into the world of dedication, focus and sacrifice demanded of an aspiring Olympic and Paralympic athlete. In the build up to the London 2012 Olympic Games and Paralympic Games, Essex County Council established the Team Essex Ambassadors Award, which aims to support and nurture local athletes who have been identified as having the potential to compete in the London 2012 games. To celebrate and capture talented athletes, Essex County Council’s Team annually commissioned artists to ‘Adopt an Athlete’ and create artworks that mark their journey to the podium, or at least the 2012 Games. Beecroft Gallery, Southend.

25 Mar Diesel Gala Featuring diesel locomotives from its own fleet as well as visiting locomotives.10.30am-4pm. Colne Valley Railway, Castle Hedingham, 01787 461174 25 Mar Textile Fair A vibrant celebration of vintage textiles, beads, patchwork, smocking, spinning, quilting and lots more. Some of the region’s best craftspeople will be sharing their love of all things colourful and creative. Stalls, demonstrations and talks throughout the day. 10am-5pm. Warner Textile Archive at Warners Mill, Braintree, 01376 557741 25 Mar Italian Market Until 4pm. Town Centre, Saffron Walden, 01799 523456 25 Mar Vintage Clothing and Retro Fair 10am-4pm. Bocking Arts Theatre, Braintree, 01279 815464

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Saffron Walden & Audley End Park Saffron Walden’s market days are Tuesdays and Saturday

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TERRAIN The walk divides evenly between parkland and surfaced paths. There is one steepish climb and some of the paths can be muddy in winter. WHERE TO PARK Use the large Swan Meadow car park to the north of Saffron Walden. This is a pay and display car park that is free on Sundays (GR TL534385). OS map: Explorer 195 Braintree & Saffron Walden. HOW TO GET THERE Leave the M11 at junction 9 for the A11; take the turning at junction 9A signposted to Saffron Walden along the B184. The car park, Swan Meadow, is on the outskirts of the town, signposted to the right. NEAREST REFRESHMENTS There are no refreshments on the route unless you decide to visit Audley End House itself, which has a self-service café. However, Saffron Walden is packed with cafés, pubs, and restaurants, the vast majority of which welcome dogs. DOG FACTORS Distance 3½ miles. Road walking 1 mile on roads with good verges. The short diversion through the town at the end of the walk is on pavements. Livestock Ducks and geese along the Slade at point 2 and on the pond at point 7. Stiles None Nearest vets Mercer & Hughes, Saffron Walden.

The highlight of this walk is the marvellous view of Audley End House to be seen from the path in the park. Formerly a monastery, it was first converted to domestic use in the 16th century and has since undergone many changes, including the attentions of Christopher Wren, whilst Capability Brown added his unmistakable touch to the gardens. It has been a residence of Henry VIII’s Chancellor and various members of the Suffolk family; it was even a holiday home of Charles II for a time. Barney, a two-year-old Lakeland terrier cross is one of those dogs who is less interested in historical features though and instead looks forward to the glorious opportunities for a romp and a spot of socialising that the park has to offer. The route then passes through the hamlet of Audley End before providing an appetizer for a potential visit to the historic market town of Saffron Walden.

THE WALK 1 Leave the car park area and walk right along its service road, past a roundabout, to go between bollards and continue to a blue fingerpost signed to the Salvation Army. Go right through an arch and between almshouses. Reach a lane by the United Reformed church and turn right. Continue through the gates of Audley End Park. 2 Take the middle of three paths on the right to go diagonally across an open meadow. Cross a bridge, which takes you on to a section of fenced path. Keep the stream, the Slade, to your right along the edge of another meadow. (Now you should gain occasional glimpses of Audley End House over to the left.) 3 With a concrete bridge to your right, keep forward along a narrow path with a wall on the left and the stream on the right. (Here a dog like Barney cannot resist the temptation to leap into the water.) Join a drive and go left, still following the estate wall. This will take you up to the main road, the B1383. 4 Go left. Next to the wall is a path with a generous verge, which takes you past a gatehouse leading to stables and on to one of the iconic views of Essex: Audley End House with its haha and lake. Over to the left are the stables, which alone would be worth the trip to see. Continue to the road junction. 5 Turn left and walk past the children’s railway on the right and the main entrance to the house. Where buildings on the right finish, go right at a white fingerpost. You are now descending the only street of the hamlet of Audley End; its pretty terraces were originally Jacobean almshouses. Once over the bridge at the bottom, fork left and follow the drive as it passes in front of and past farm buildings to reach a road. 6 Cross and turn left. When you reach the junction at the top of the hill, cross the road and turn left, continuing along the wall, to go through a gate on the right. Go forward, crossing a wide track, and continue in a straight line to go through the gate by which you originally entered the park. 7 Go about 80 yards along the road then turn right on a raised path alongside an old wall. Near the top of the rise go left by a waymarker post. At the road go left to the bottom, continuing to the left of the United Reformed church. Emerge from the almshouses; go straight across the lane, and through an arch. Fork right and walk up through a small car park and keep forward through Myddylton Place, passing the youth hostel (which is one of the finest medieval buildings in the town), to turn left along Bridge Street. Take the next turning left, along Freshwell Street, continuing past bollards at the end to go to the right of a pond. Fork right after the bridge and return to the car park. This walk is just one of twenty walks featured in Essex: A Dog Walker’s Guide by Len Banister. Published by Countryside Books. Order online at www.countrysidebooks.co.uk Price £5.99 ISBN 978 1 84674 085 5 Get your copy at www.eastevents.co.uk/ waldenwalk

Celebrations for the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee include a 50s dance in the Square on 2 June, a picnic and beacon lighting on 4 June. The Olympic Torch Relay passes through Saffron Walden on Sat 7 July. Join in the fun when there will be lots of family activities to celebrate the day. www.visitsaffronwalden.gov.uk eastlife.co.uk|117


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Felixstowe Felixstowe, bordered on the north by the River Deben and on the south by the River Orwell, is a well loved resort known for its Blue Flag quality sand and shingle beach, long promenade, perfectly kept seafront gardens and seaside attractions. Felixstowe became a fashionable seaside resort in the 1880s, and has retained many of its attractive Victorian and Edwardian houses and hotels. The seafront is over four miles long, with a wide promenade that stretches almost the entire length of the beach from Landguard Point to Felixstowe Ferry. Five Martello towers, built to prevent Napoleonic invasion, stand on Felixstowe’s coast. The front has all attractions of the traditional seaside holiday resort, with old-fashioned beach huts, fish and chip shops, a funfair, amusement arcade, miniature golf, bowling green, cafés and restaurants, as well the leisure centre’s pool, saunas and sunbeds. Felixstowe is home to the UK’s largest container port, and Europe’s busiest. The viewing area at Landguard on the southern edge of the town offers great views of container and passenger ships from Felixstowe and Harwich harbours. Next to the view point is the Felixstowe Museum, full of artifacts from Roman to recent times, and Landguard Fort, a multi-period military building dating back to the 16th century. The fort’s warren of tunnels and rooms is open for exploration every day throughout summer. Here too, at the mouth of the River Orwell, are the Landguard Bird Observatory and the Landguard Peninsular nature reserve, a significant site for shore and migrant birds, and rare shingle flowers.

The Spa Pavilion Theatre, a wonderful art deco style venue set amongst gardens on the seafront, has certainly been in the press a lot recently and we are happy to confirm the venue will continue to operate until at least January 2013. The theatre has been overwhelmed by the support it has received and hopes that continues with the exciting programme it has lined up this year, a fantastic selection of entertainment and culture including some fantastic new shows as well as some of the old favourites.

There are some great acts this season and some big names too including Pam Ayres, Jonathan Ansell, Jim Davidson, Naturalist Nick Baker, Elkie Brooks, Jimmy Carr and The Sounds of the Supremes featuring Karen Ragland. If it’s laughter you’re after then you won’t be disappointed by Comedy Ventriloquist Steve Hewlett, Patrick Monahan and Hypnotist / Mentalist Ken Webster. For the younger members of the audience there’s the welcome return of three sell-out shows from 2011; The Little Big Club featuring Thomas the Tank, Fireman Sam and Chris & Pui. To book tickets and support the theatre please call 01394 282126 or go to www.thespapavilion.com

Sometimes you have to go a little ‘off piste’ to find that special treasure. One such worthwhile excursion is to Reunion Gallery, Felixstowe’s only dedicated, permanent Art Gallery. The Gallery celebrates the coming of spring with an exhibition, ‘Lighten Up’. This brings together a range of artists who are focusing on the positive and creating uplifting scenes and sculptures. 2D Artists Penny German, Liz James, Ruth McCabe and Chinwe Chukwuogo-Roy join with ceramicists Kate Reynolds and Pat Todd and Fused Glass Artist Verena Daniels to provide a wide range of splendid pieces. Resident artists Pat Todd and Verena Daniels work at the adjoining Reunion Studio and are foremost exponents of ceramic and glassware innovation respectively. The Gallery always displays a wide selection of artwork including prints, bronzes, ceramics, glass and hand made jewellery. Much of this is created by local artists. Hamilton Road 01394 273366 www.reuniongallery.co.uk

Felixstowe & Mrs Simpson In Undercliff Road East stands the site of a house which witnessed part of the biggest scandal to engulf the Royal Family in the 20th century. The six bedroomed property has now been demolished – taken apart brick by brick, its fireplaces, doors and other features sold at auction, pieces of history now furnishing other people’s homes. It was at Beach House that Mrs Simpson stayed during the abdication crisis in 1936 as she waited for the divorce which would allow her to marry King Edward V111, the man who gave up the throne of England for love. Wallis Simpson stayed at the two-storey, sprawling Beach House for six weeks in order to establish the residential qualification re-

quired for divorce from her businessman husband, Ernest. She left Beach House for the last time on 27th October, 1936, for the 17 minute hearing at court in Ipswich. Unfortunately, Mrs Simpson hated Beach House. Clearly used to more grandiose surroundings, she wrote in her biography: “My first impression of the little house in Felixstowe was

dismaying. It was tiny, there was barely room for the three of us (two friends and herself), plus a cook and a maid, to squeeze into it.” Out-of-season Felixstowe of the 1930s, too, was not to her liking. She commented “The only sounds were the melancholy boom of the sea breaking on the deserted beach and the rustling of the wind around the shuttered cottages. No hint of distant concern penetrated Felixstowe. When I walked down to town for the mail and the newspapers not a head turned….on fair days, we used to walk alone on the beach and for all the attention ever paid to us, we could have been in Tasmania.” While she waited, the King would frequently visit. His little red aircraft would land on open fields to the east of the seafront. eastlife.co.uk|119


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THEATRE & SHOWS 1 Mar Patrick Monahan Lovable comedian Patrick Monahan, winner of ITV’s Show Me The Funny, blends a high energy style with hilarious and engaging stories of his Irish/Iranian/Teeside heritage Quay Theatre, Sudbury, 01787 374745 1 Mar Private Resistance Eastern Angles present the ultimate ‘what-if’ scenario. How would the British have coped with a German invasion? Set in 1940 it’s a thrilling tale of the so-called Auxiliary Units, Churchill’s secret guerrilla army primed to go underground to fight behind the lines - a story of the bonds created and destroyed by wartime. Walsham le Willows Village Hall, Walsham Le Willows, 01473 211498 1 - 2 Mar The Merry Widow Opera della Luna presents a sparkling new English production of Lehár’s classic operetta. New Wolsey Theatre, Ipswich, 01473 295900 1 - 2 Mar The Ragged Trousered Philanthropists This adaptation of Robert Tressell’s famous novel is a hilarious fast-paced show that shares with its audience a year in the life of a group of painters and decorators, as they renovate a threestorey town house for Mayor Sweater. Seagull Theatre, Pakefield, 01502 589726 1 - 3 Mar A Night at the Musicals Songs from the shows. Fisher Theatre, Bungay, 01986 897130 2 Mar An Audience with Pam Ayres Pam Ayres with her latest show following the recent publication of her autobiography, The Necessary Aptitude. Marina Theatre, Lowestoft, 01502 533200 2 Mar Private Resistance See 1 March. Hartest Village Hall, Hartest, 01473 211498 2 Mar Patrick Monahan See 1 March. Spa Pavilion, Felixstowe, 01394 282126 3 Mar How To Be a Hero What does sock soup taste like, does it itch when a fairy bites and just how fast can a winged horse fly? Ages 4+. New Wolsey Theatre, Ipswich, 01473 295900 3 Mar Under 12 Comedy Stand up comedy for the Under 12’s. With a great selection of wacky and silly jokes, tailor made for kids. New Wolsey Theatre, Ipswich, 01473 295900 3 Mar Under 18 Comedy Comedy night where adults are banned! New Wolsey Theatre, Ipswich, 01473 295900 3 Mar Mark Steel A heavyweight political comedian of a Marxist slant, Mark Steel has performed as a stand-up comedian on the British comedy circuit and on national tours since the 80s. The Cut, Halesworth, 0845 6732123 3 Mar Showstopper! The Improvised Musical A brand new musical is created from scratch at each performance of this award-winning production. Audience suggestions help to create a show on the spot, as the all-singing, all-dancing cast improvise with unpredictable and frequently hilarious results. Theatre Royal, Bury St Edmunds, 01284 769505

3 Mar Private Resistance See 1 March. Orford Town Hall, Orford, 01473 211498 3 Mar An Audience With Pam Ayres See 2 March. Spa Pavilion, Felixstowe, 01394 282126 3 Mar Ian Keeble Comedy magic show. Seagull Theatre, Pakefield, 01502 589726 4 Mar Absolutely Joanna Lumley Joanna Lumley is one of the UK’s most loved actresses. As formidable as she is is beautiful, Joanna has delighted us for years in film, on television and on stage...In Absolutley Fabulous she kept us in stitches. Her travel documentaries have taken her most recently to Greece. Whatever she does, you cannot take your eyes off her and of course, she has a voice to die for! Theatre Royal, Bury St Edmunds, 01284 769505 4 Mar Jethro The world’s funniest Cornishman. Regent Theatre, Ipswich, 01473 433100 5 - 6 Mar Oedipussy Oedipussy is an outrageous, no-holds-barred subversion of the quintessential Greek tragedy - a tale of forbidden lust, violent murder and the ultimate dysfunctional family. Jealous father, a messed-up son, and one mother of a brilliant comedy. Theatre Royal, Bury St Edmunds, 01284 769505 5 - 6 Mar The Lion, the Witch and the Chest of Drawers Comedy written and performed by a group of young actors ranging from ages 14 to 17. Seagull Theatre, Pakefield, 01502 589726 6 Mar Private Resistance See 1 March. Polstead Village Hall, Polstead, 01473 211498 6 - 10 Mar A Woman of No Importance A woman wronged, scorned, but ultimately revenged provides the plot for Oscar Wilde’s drama, and is a vehicle for some of his most scintillating wit. Quay Theatre, Sudbury, 01787 374745 7 Mar Ipswich Comedy Club Top stand-up. Degero, Ipswich, 0845 459 56 56 7 Mar Private Resistance See 1 March. Haceston Village Hall, Hacheston, 01473 211498 7 Mar Singing the Fishing Ian Prettyman and others present an evening of song, story and archive film footage celebrating the fishing industry of Lowestoft and surrounding area. Seagull Theatre, Pakefield, 01502 589726 7 - 10 Mar Oedipussy Spymonkey’s gloriously anarchic physical comedy combines with the playful storytelling verve of Kneehigh’s Emma Rice and Carl Grose to create an outrageous no-holds-barred subversion of the quintessential Greek tragedy. New Wolsey Theatre, Ipswich, 01473 295900 8 Mar Jim Davidson The incomparable Jim Davidson, live, dangerous and as uncompromising as ever. A hysterical evening of near the knuckle stand up comedy featuring one of Britain’s greatest ever comedians. Marina Theatre, Lowestoft, 01502 533200 8 Mar Ken Webster Mentalist / Hypnotist. Spa Pavilion, Felixstowe, 01394 282126

8 Mar Say One for Me A slightly irreverent pastiche by Alan Huckle. Fisher Theatre, Bungay, 01986 897130 8 - 9 Mar The Merry Widow In a sparkling new English translation, with live orchestra, this imaginative staging captures the glamour and decadence of turn of the century Paris while infusing the production with Opera della Luna’s trademark wit. Theatre Royal, Bury St Edmunds, 01284 769505 9 Mar The TinaMarinas A blistering romp of character comedy explaining the three stages of gorgeousness: looking, feeling and being gorgeous. The Cut, Halesworth, 0845 6732123 9 Mar The Billy Fury Years Rock n roll tribute show Spa Pavilion, Felixstowe, 01394 282126 9 Mar Jimeoin Hilarious show of worldclass stand-up as Irish/Australian super-star Jimeoin, internationally hailed as one of live comedy’s masters and multi-award winner, presents his stunning new show for one night only. Ipswich Corn Exchange, Ipswich, 01473 433100 10 Mar Chicken Licken Delightful and imaginative mixture of puppetry, storytelling, music and breadmaking is all played out on a kitchen table. Ages 4-7. New Wolsey Theatre, Ipswich, 01473 295900 10 Mar The Adventures of Andy Kershaw The DJ and journalist talks about his life and career. Haverhill Arts Centre, Haverhill, 01440 714140 10 Mar Tim Brooke-Taylor Tim Brooke-taylor has been delighting audiences with his gentle, zany humour ever since he rocketed from the Cambridge Footlights into West End stardom trading custard pies with John Cleese and one-liners with Bill Oddie in the hugely successful Cambridge Circus revue. This was only the start of a sparkling career which includes the long-running TV series The Goddies and BBC Radio’s I’m Sorry I Haven’t Got a Clue as well as an appearance in Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory. He will be in conversation with writer and broadcaster, Chris Serle. Theatre Royal, Bury St Edmunds, 01284 769505 10 Mar Little Belter Brand new show created by Kylie Minogue’s long-serving Musical Director, Steve Anderson and Terry Roland, writer/director behind some of the biggest names in pop, including Girls Aloud, Kylie and Sophie Ellis-Bextor, and also the West End smash hit ‘The Hurly Burly Show’. The show sees up-and-coming, critically acclaimed artist Elouise take on some of the biggest, most difficult show-stopping melodies ever written. With her band, backing singers and dancers Eloise takes us on an unforgettable musical journey in this candid, fun and heart-warming show, performing unique versions of classic and epic torch ballads by the likes of Barbra Streisand, Judy Garland and Dusty Springfield. Spa Pavilion, Felixstowe, 01394 282126 10 Mar Boys in Babergh DanceEast’s boys only dance education project is in its

11th year of bringing together boys aged 7 18 and introducing them to dance. Led by dance artist Tom Hobden, the performance looks at the concept of fear from a variety of viewpoints: from monsters under the bed to bullies on street corners. Schools and groups participating in this performance include over 100 boys from Great Cornard Upper School, Stoke by Nayland Middle School, Holbrook Primary School, Suffolk New College and Boys United youth dance company. Jerwood DanceHouse, Ipswich, 01473 295230 10 Mar Sarah Millican Stand-up comedian and writer from North East England. At the 2008 Edinburgh Festival Fringe, Millican won the if.comedy award for Best Newcomer. Since then, she has appeared on several television and radio shows including BBC1’s Live At The Apollo and BBC2’s Mock the Week. Regent Theatre, Ipswich, 01473 433100 10 - 11 Mar Peppa Pig’s Treasure Hunt Brand new show featuring true to life puppets, perfect singalong songs and a new story that will charm and delight all Peppa’s fans. Marina Theatre, Lowestoft, 01502 533200

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What’s on in March

Suffolk 11 Mar Fat Cat Comedy Club Standup comedy. The Apex, Bury St Edmunds, 01284 758000 13 - 14 Mar The Gruffalo Join Mouse on an adventurous journey through the deep, dark wood in Tall Stories’ magical, musical adaptation of the award-winning picture book by Children’s Laureate Julia Donaldson and Axel Scheffler. Regent Theatre, Ipswich, 01473 433100 13 - 17 Mar Forever Young Set in a nursing home for actors, a group of aged panto performers are determined to prove that it’s not all behind them with a host of classic routines, surprisingly athletic dancing and a rousing rock ‘n’ roll sing-along. New Wolsey Theatre, Ipswich, 01473 295900 14 Mar Voice of the Heart This show will recreate and celebrate the music of The Carpenters. Theatre Royal, Bury St Edmunds, 01284 769505 14 - 17 Mar Putting It Together utting It Together charts the relationships of five characters during a small intimate party in a fashionable New York apartment. What begins lightheartedly enough eventually reaches an emotional climax. Passion, ambition and jealousy surface in turn as couples split, form new relationships and come back together - all explored through the witty and observant songs of Stephen Sondheim. Sir John Mills Theatre, Ipswich, 01473 211498 15 Mar Lee Nelson Star of Live at the Apollo (BBC ONE) and two series of the smash-hit comedy Lee Nelson’s Well Good Show (BBC Three). Qwaliteeeeeeee!!!! Marina Theatre, Lowestoft, 01502 533200 15 Mar Celtic Dream With a selection of the finest dancers, vocalists and musicians from around Ireland, Celtic Dream takes audiences along a breath taking journey of music, song and dance with a kaleidoscope of colour against a backdrop of highly infectious, powerful and spirit invoking music. Spa Pavilion, Felixstowe, 01394 282126 16 Mar An Evening of Burlesque Sizziling spectacular direct from the West End. It’s all tease, no sleaze as corsets, killer heels, stockings aplenty, sultry vocals, breathtaking choreography, mischief, magic, frivolity and fun collide. Sparkling with couture costumes recalling the golden eras of glamour. . . enjoy the ultimate tease. Marina Theatre, Lowestoft, 01502 533200 16 Mar Big Pants and Botox A brand new one woman show starring Casualty’s Rebecca Wheatley - a hilarious, emotional, ultimately uplifting journey. Haverhill Arts Centre, Haverhill, 01440 714140 16 - 17 Mar Equus Inspired by a true story, Shaffer’s unique psychological thriller explores the complex relationships between worship, myth and sexuality. Theatre Royal,

Bury St Edmunds, 01284 769505 16 - 17 Mar Jasmin Vardimon Company: Justitia A narrative-driven dance theatre show that delves into the depths of the justice system. Jerwood DanceHouse, Ipswich, 01473 295230 16 - 18 Mar Lord of the Dance With more than 150 000 taps per performance, the Irish dance spectacular promises to wow British audiences yet again with its breath taking footwork and dazzling music. Regent Theatre, Ipswich, 01473 433100 17 Mar Over The Rainbow The life singer of singer Eva Cassidy, starring Sarah Jane Buckley (Hollyoaks) Pauline Fleming (Brookside & Coronation Street ) and Rob McVeigh (BBC’s ‘Any Dream Will Do’ finalist). Marina Theatre, Lowestoft, 01502 533200 17 Mar Private Resistance See 1 March. Harkstead Village Hall, Harkstead, 01473 328687 17 Mar Richard III RoughCast’s typically high-energy and fast-paced performance of Shakespeare’s play. Fisher Theatre, Bungay, 01986 897130 18 Mar Author, Author! Two of Britain’s most notable writers are husband and wife. Claire Tomalin is famous biographer- Samuel Pepys, Thomas Hardy and most recently, a stunningly successful life of Charles Dickens, 200 years after his birth. Michael Frayn has written award winning plays from hot comedy Noises Off to the two major, thought-provoking National Theatre hits’ Copenhagen and Democracy. He has also written quiet family history, My Father’s Fortune. Michael and Claire have been married for 18 years. In conversation with Sir Jeremy Isaac, they discuss their work, their lives together, and the similarities and differences between fiction and non-fiction. Theatre Royal, Bury St Edmunds, 01284 769505 19 Mar Hormonal Housewives Join the Hormonal Housewives as they battle against weight gain, weight loss, mood swings, wine, PMS, men, going to the gym, waxing, stretch marks, men, chocolate, upper-lip hair, chocolate, men, chocolate ... and all the other joys of being a 21st Century girl! Did we mention men and chocolate? Starring Margi Clarke. Regent Theatre, Ipswich, 01473 433100 19 - 24 Mar Funny Peculiar TV favourites including Craig Gazey, winner of National Television Best Newcomer award and British Soaps Best Comedy Performer award for his portrayal of Coronation Street’s popular innocent Graeme Proctor, Emmerdale’s Suzanne Shaw, Champion of ITV’s Dancing on Ice, West End star of Chicago and Joseph and Pop sensation, Gemma Bissix, two-time British Soap award winner for her role in Hollyoaks, Vicky Entwistle, best known as the feisty Janice Battersby in Coronation

Street and Heartbeat’s Steven Blakeley come 24 Mar Red Riding Hood Show for together in this award-winning comedy clas- ages 4+ New Wolsey Theatre, Ipswich, sic. Marina Theatre, Lowestoft, 01502 01473 295900 533200 24 Mar Private Resistance See 1 29 Mar Hormonal Housewives See March. Garboldisham Village Hall, Gar19 March. Marina Theatre, Lowestoft, boldisham, 01953 681491 01502 533200 24 Mar Jim Davidson A hysterical 19 - 29 Mar All Our Yesterdays A evening of near the knuckle stand-up combreath-taking musical journey from the good edy featuring one of Britain’s greatest ever old days of Music Hall, through the 40s, 50s, comedians. Spa Pavilion, Felixstowe, 60s, and finally into the some of the beautiful 01394 282126 harmonies of the 1970s. Spa Pavilion, Fe- 24 - 25 Mar Haverhill Comedy lixstowe, 01394 282126 Festival Two days of top stand-up and 20 Mar The Games An ‘undiscovered’ Open Mic sessions. In aid of St Nicholas HosGreek comedy incorporating sporting equip- pice Care. Haverhill Arts Centre, Haverhill, ment with a thousand uses, an original musi- 01440 714140 25 Mar Monkey Nuts Comedy cal score, clown, shadow puppetry and scenes of simulated nudity! New Wolsey Club Stand-up comedy. Haverhill Arts Theatre, Ipswich, 01473 295900 Centre, Haverhill, 01440 714140 20 Mar Private Resistance See 1 25 - 27 Mar Swan Lake Classical ballet March. John Peel Centre for Creative Arts, set to Tchaikovsky’s sumptuous score. Stowmarket, 01473 211498 Moscow City Ballet & Orchestra. Marina The20 - 24 Mar The Hound of the atre, Lowestoft, 01502 533200 Baskervilles One of the greatest stories 27 Mar Private Resistance See 1 of the 20th century and its macabre appeal March. Waldringfield Village Hall, has made it the most popular of the Sherlock Waldringfield, 01473 736506 Holmes adventures. Theatre Royal, Bury St 27 Mar Richard III Shakespeare’s play Edmunds, 01284 769505 presented by Roughcast Theatre. Headmas21 Mar Private Resistance See 1 ter Porter Theatre at Framlingham College March. Syleham & Wingfield Village Hall, , Framlingham, Syleham, 01379 384362 27 Mar Count Arthur Strong This 21 - 22 Mar Souvenir d’Anne poor misguided fool is possibly the funniest, Frank A young Japanese girl finds herself most pathetic character since that hapless redrawn deep into a landscape of dreams and ject, Alan Partridge disgraced our screens. memories as she shares the beautiful story of Then again, maybe funnier. The Apex, Bury the Souvenir d’Anne Frank rose, in Japan. St Edmunds, 01284 758000 27 - 28 Mar Move over Moriarty New Wolsey Theatre, Ipswich, 01473 295900 After the success of Desperate to be Doris and 22 Mar The Ragged Trousered Withering Looks, LipService frock to frock Philanthropists This adaptation of coat in this Victorian comedy thriller. Theatre Robert Tressell’s famous novel is a hilarious Royal, Bury St Edmunds, 01284 769505 fast-paced show that shares with its audi- 29 - 30 Mar Ballet Black Neo-classience a year in the life of a group of painters cal ballet company breaking new ground and decorators, as they renovate a three- with cutting edge choreography. Theatre storey town house for Mayor Sweater. Haver- Royal, Bury St Edmunds, 01284 769505 hill Arts Centre, Haverhill, 01440 714140 29 - 31 Mar Missing A journey into the 22 Mar Private Resistance See 1 depths of a persons psyche. As Lily unearths March. Quay Theatre, Sudbury, 01787 her forgotten past the truth changes every374745 thing. New Wolsey Theatre, Ipswich, 22 - 24 Mar King Lear Shakespeare’s 01473 295900 play presented by The Seagull Theatre Club. 29 - 31 Mar Dracula Fabba Theatre for Seagull Theatre, Pakefield, 01502 589726 Adults with Learning Disabilities present 23 Mar Richard III RoughCast’s typi- their unique take on Stoker’s classic tale. cally high-energy and fast-paced perform- Seagull Theatre, Pakefield, 01502 589726 30 Mar Hardeep Singh Kohli: The ance of Shakespeare’s play. The Cut, Halesworth, 0845 6732123 Nearly Naked Chef Celebrated broad23 - 24 Mar The Ragged caster, raconteur, writer and cook. Quay TheTrousered Philanthropists See 22 atre, Sudbury, 01787 374745 30 Mar Ashley George & Shirley March. New Wolsey Theatre, Ipswich, 01473 295900 Cimelli Spiirtualist and clairvoyant. Fisher 23 - 24 Mar Blythe Spirit Noel Cow- Theatre, Bungay, 01986 897130 ard’s witty 1941 comedy presented by Bun- 31 Mar Jackson Live! Amir Sharma’s gay Theatre Group. Fisher Theatre, Bungay, portrayal of Michael Jackson in his prime has 01986 897130 to be the most vocally and visually accurate

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Suffolk tribute to the King of Pop. Marina Theatre, Lowestoft, 01502 533200 31 Mar Private Resistance See 1 March. Sibton Church, Sibton, 01728 660369 31 Mar - 1 Apr We Happy Few Imogen Stubbs’ heart-warming and hilarious play. Theatre Royal, Bury St Edmunds, 01284 769505

MUSIC 1 Mar European Union Chamber Orchestra with Julian Lloyd Webber Handel, Elgar, Haydn, Sibelius, Mozart. Marina Theatre, Lowestoft, 01502 533200 1 Mar Stuart Townend One of today’s leading worship songwriters. The Apex, Bury St Edmunds, 01284 758000 2 Mar Preston Reed Multi award winning guitarist. The Cut, Halesworth, 0845 6732123 2 Mar Magic - A Kind of Queen Top Queen tribute. Haverhill Arts Centre, Haverhill, 01440 714140 2 Mar Southern Area Gala Concert Performance by ensembles that are part of Suffolk County Music Service’s extensive programme of out-of school Suffolk Youth Music activities. Ipswich Corn Exchange, Ipswich, 01473 433100 2 Mar Strange Doors + The Petty Heartbreakers Tributes to The Doors and Tom Petty. The Malt House, Ipswich , 01473 221025 2 Mar Dane Stevens Country music. Orwell Crossing Lorry park, Ipswich,

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3 Mar Prometheus Orchestra Beethoven, Haydn, Mozart. St Mary’s Parish Church, Woodbridge, 01394 383150 3 Mar Royal Marine Band Band of Her Majesty’s Royal Marines from HMS Collingwood directed by Major Andy Thornhill MMus LRSM Royal Marines. Regent Theatre, Ipswich, 01473 433100 3 Mar Original Red Hot Radiators Essex/American Blues,Rock & Punk anthems. The Spread Eagle, Ipswich , 3 Mar The Downsetters Ska/reggae. The Inkerman , Ipswich, 01473 215967 3 Mar Johnny Cash Roadshow Country music tribute by Clive John and The Spirit Band. The Apex, Bury St Edmunds, 01284 758000 3 Mar The Dove & Boweevil Band New Norfolk blues combo, with support from Suffok acoisgtic blues duo Saltshaker. The Devil’s Kitchen Collective at Greene King Social Club, Bury St Edmunds, 01284 764667 4 Mar Brigitte Behara Acclaimed jazz singer. JazzNights at The Cherry Tree, Belchamp St Paul, 01787 237263 4 Mar Heath Quartet Mendelssohn, Janacek, Schumann. The Cut, Halesworth, 0845 6732123 4 Mar The 45’s 9-piece soul band. Seagull Theatre, Pakefield, 01502 589726 4 Mar Academy of Ancient Music COncert featurin Alina Ibragimova. The Apex, Bury St Edmunds, 01284 758000

4 Mar Prometheus Orchestra Beethoven, Haydn, Mozart. Jubilee Hall, Aldeburgh, 01728 687110 5 - 10 Mar A Celebration of Schools’ Music The week-long Celebration, now in its 25th year, brings together schools from across Suffolk to provide a glimpse of the quality of music-making happening in the classroom across the county. Snape Maltings Concert Hall, Snape, 01728 687110 9 Mar Steemy Dan Steely Dan tribute. Fisher Theatre, Bungay, 01986 897130 9 Mar Ollie Austin Country music. Orwell Crossing Lorry park, Ipswich, 9 Mar Kazabian Tribute to Kasabian. Support from The Angry Beavers. The Malt House, Ipswich , 01473 221025 10 Mar Stowmarket Chorale Elgar’s The Kingdom performed with soloists and the Mid Suffolk Symphony Orchestra. St Edmundsbury Cathedral, Bury St Edmunds, 01284 748720 10 Mar Howard Burton & Joe Tozer An exciting acoustic fusion of banjo, mandolin and guitar accompanied by dynamic and captivating vocals. The Cut, Halesworth, 0845 6732123 10 Mar The Bon Jovi Experience Tribute. Ipswich Corn Exchange, Ipswich, 01473 433100 10 Mar Mad Dog Blues Band Blues. The Spread Eagle, Ipswich , 10 Mar The Household Troops Band Brass band. The Apex, Bury St Edmunds, 01284 758000 11 Mar A Tribute To The Swing Legends Featuring Matthew Ford and his stunning nine piece band. New Wolsey Theatre, Ipswich, 01473 295900 11 Mar Jubilee Quartet Webern, Mendelssohn, Shostakovich. The Cut, Halesworth, 0845 6732123 11 Mar The Dolly Parton Story Country music tribute by Andrea Pattison and the Partoners. Haverhill Arts Centre, Haverhill, 01440 714140 12 Mar Isla Grant A Scottish singer and guitarist with a warm personality which strikes a chord with audiences on both sides of the Irish Sea. Regal Theatre, Stowmarket, 01449 612825 12 Mar Joan Baez The most accomplished interpretive folksinger of the 1960s, Joan Baez has influenced nearly every aspect of popular music in a career still going strong. Baez is possessed of a once-in-a-lifetime soprano, which, since the late ‘50s, she has put in the service of folk and pop music as well as a variety of political causes. Regent Theatre, Ipswich, 01473 433100 13 Mar Lesley Garrett Accompanied by Ian Farrington, Lesley will sing a few of her favourite numbers- some classical, all popular. She’ll tell us why good music, of all sorts, means so much to her, with a story or two along the way. Theatre Royal, Bury St Edmunds, 01284 769505 15 Mar The Tremeloes Legendary 60s band. Haverhill Arts Centre, Haverhill, 01440 714140

15 Mar John McNicoll & Band Irish country singer. Fisher Theatre, Bungay, 01986 897130 15 - 25 Mar The Suffolk Concert Band The band will be performing the “Best of British” traditional and modern wind band music. Spa Pavilion, Felixstowe, 01394 282126 16 Mar The Ghost Train Porters Singled out for praise by Radio 2 DJ Steve Lamacq, The Ghost Train Porters have arisen from Suffolk’s pub music scene, originating from the legendary White Horse at Edwardstone. This four piece band, with their blend of hillbilly blues, alternative folk and rockabilly, has already won over audiences from the cool of Camden to Brent Eleigh. Quay Theatre, Sudbury, 01787 374745 16 Mar Good Clean Fun Adrian Wright has a passion for ‘lost’ songs from British musicals and revues, impeccably performed, as heard on BBC Radio 2 & 3. The Cut, Halesworth, 0845 6732123 16 Mar Beverley Craven Songs of life, love, liberation and libdo bu the singer-songwriter whose hits include Promise Me. Wingfield Barns, Wingfield, 01379 384505 16 Mar Blarney Rovers Irish duo. The Spread Eagle, Ipswich , 16 Mar Zoe Gilby Jazz. St Peters by the Waterfront at St Peters Church, Ipswich, 01473 225269 17 Mar Jonathan Ansell Sensational tenor who shot to fame with pop opera group G4 on the X Factor. Spa Pavilion, Felixstowe, 01394 282126 17 Mar Suffolk Sinfonia Gershwin, Barber, Dvorak. The Apex, Bury St Edmunds, 01284 758000 18 Mar The Vocal Ensemble of Africa Six singers from six countries combine multiple influences to create music of astounding power. New Wolsey Theatre, Ipswich, 01473 295900 18 Mar Maciek Pysz Jazz guitarist. JazzNights at The Cherry Tree, Belchamp St Paul, 01787 237263 18 Mar Maggini Quartet Haydn, Beethoven, Mendelssohn. The Cut, Halesworth, 0845 6732123 18 Mar Julien Marc Stringle From child prodigy to master clarinettist, Julian’s liquid phrasing and eloquent articulation distinguish him as one of the UK’s most stylish and dynamic jazz performers. Ipswich Jazz Club at the California Club, Ipswich, 01473 231552 18 Mar Fat Old Dad 60s music. Regal Theatre, Stowmarket, 01449 612825 18 Mar Kerry Ellis Suffolk girl Kerry has been wowing West End and Broadway audiences for the last ten years, with lead roles in My Fair Lady, We Will Rock You, Les Misérables, Wicked and Oliver! Now the international musical theatre star and recording artiste has found space in her hectic schedule to star in a special one-off charity gig to raise money for the new John Peel Centre for Creative Arts in Stowmarket, her home town. She will be supported in this unmissable event at the Apex by the nationally renowned Bury-based youth group The Voice Squad.


What’s on in March

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McFly Ipswich Regent 28 March The Apex, Bury St Edmunds, 01284 758000 19 Mar Paddy O’Brien Country music. Regal Theatre, Stowmarket, 01449 612825 19 Mar Tord Gustavsen Ensemble Norwegian pianist. The Apex, Bury St Edmunds, 01284 758000 21 Mar The Aurora Wind Ensemble Woodwind trio. Seckford Theatre, Woodbridge, 01394 615015 21 Mar Charlie Simpson The Fightstar frontman with his solo project. Charlie’s deftly crafted sonics and earnest lyrics reveal his maturity as a cherished British songwriter. Ipswich Corn Exchange, Ipswich, 01473 433100 21 Mar The Osmonds The Osmonds are unique in their success as a band and as solo performers. They have recorded over 200 albums, selling over 100 million copies with 59 gold and platinum recordings. They have sold out venues worldwide, breaking box office records and received countless awards; most notably in 2003 when they were honoured by the industry, receiving a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame. The bands hits include two No 1’s – ‘Love Me For A Reason’ and ‘Crazy Horses’ – other Top Ten Hits include ‘Going Home’, ‘Let Me In’, and ‘The Proud One’. Regent Theatre, Ipswich, 01473 433100 23 Mar Belcea Quartet The third in the Belcea’s bold year-long project to perform and record all Beethoven quartets. Britten Studio at Snape Maltings Concert Hall, Snape, 01728 687110 23 Mar Abba Forever Tribute. Ipswich Corn Exchange, Ipswich, 01473 433100 23 Mar Cara Dillon A former member of the folk group Equation, who also sang

with De Danaan, this young Irish singer from Dungiven, County Derry, sings with clarity, beauty and style. Winner of 2010’s BBC Radio 2 Folk Awards for Best Album. The Apex, Bury St Edmunds, 01284 758000 24 Mar IMDC Gospel Choir A group of dynamic and talented singers and musicians created by John Fisher. Quay Theatre, Sudbury, 01787 374745 24 Mar Chris Wood Winner of BBC Radio 2’s Folk Singer of the Year 2011. Support From John Ward And Mario Price. The Cut, Halesworth, 0845 6732123 24 Mar Back For Good Take That tribute. Regent Theatre, Ipswich, 01473 433100 24 Mar The OK Chorale Formed in Woodbridge in 2011, the 60-strong OK Chorale present an evening of warm soulful harmonies and exuberant rhythms with songs of passion and joy from across the globe. Woodbridge Methodist Church, Woodbridge, 01394 610486 24 Mar Ipswich Hospital Band & Norfolk Broads Band Brass bands. St Peters by the Waterfront at St Peters Church, Ipswich, 01473 225269 24 Mar Bury Bach Choir Handel’s Messiah, performed with top flight soloists and the superb Suffolk Baroque Players. The Apex, Bury St Edmunds, 01284 758000 25 Mar Barbirolli Quartet Haydn, Bartok, Verdi. The Cut, Halesworth, 0845 6732123 25 Mar Tessa Clarke, The Seagull Community Choir and Friends Charity night of Music in aid of East Coast Hospice. Seagull Theatre, Pakefield, 01502 589726

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26 Mar Waveney Amplifier Spring Showcase Over 15 bands on stage this evening, all between the age of 11 & 18. The Cut, Halesworth, 0845 6732123 26 Mar Shaun Loughrey Irish country singer. Fisher Theatre, Bungay, 01986 897130 28 Mar McFly BRIT Award-winning punk popsters McFly - who take their name from the ‘Back To The Future’ films - are Tom Fletcher, Danny Jones, Dougie Poynter and Harry Judd. McFly’s fifth studio album ‘Above The Noise’ was released to huge acclaim in November last year and spawned the band’s biggest single to date ‘Shine A Light’ which sold over 300,000 in the UK. Regent Theatre, Ipswich, 01473 433100 29 Mar The Bachelors he original Irish boy band of the 1960s.Their string of hits included I Believe, Charmaine, The Stars Will Remember, Ramona and Diane. Fisher Theatre, Bungay, 01986 897130 30 Mar Pangea Jazz, but not as you know it! The Cut, Halesworth, 0845 6732123 30 Mar Kystun Wolfe & The Sounds of The Shadows Tribite to Cliff Richard & The Shadows. Spa Pavilion, Felixstowe, 01394 282126 30 Mar Brodsky Quartet Celebrating its 40th anniversary, the quartet has devised a ‘Wheel of Fortune’ comprising 40 of their favourite quartets and short pieces. Throughout the evening, the programme will be chosen in an informal and fun way with the wheel spun 3 to 4 times and the quartet playing the pieces chosen by the wheel. The Apex, Bury St Edmunds, 01284 758000 31 Mar Sudbury Symphony Orchestra Brahms, Beethove, Saint-Saens. St Peter’s, Sudbury, 01787 375099 31 Mar Submotion Orchestra Drawing upon dubstep, soul, ambient electronica, jazz and dub, their unique music is at once delicate and heavy, spacious and dense, highly atmospheric but firmly rooted. Support from 6-piece Suffolk band Solko. The Cut, Halesworth, 0845 6732123 31 Mar Purple Zeppelin Rock tribute to Deep Purple and Led Zeppelin, Haverhill Arts Centre, Haverhill, 01440 714140 31 Mar Botown Soul band of multi-cultural musicians performing Bollywood grooves reborn with a twist. Spa Pavilion, Felixstowe, 01394 282126 31 Mar Leyland Band Brass. Ipswich Corn Exchange, Ipswich, 01473 433100 31 Mar The Australian Pink Floyd Tribute. Regent Theatre, Ipswich, 01473 433100 31 Mar The Shamones Ramones tribute. The Royal Oak, Ipswich.

ART & EXHIBITIONS 1 Feb - 24 Mar Inspired by Gainsborough: Landscape Prints from the Gainsborough's House Collection This exhibition provides a unique opportunity to see a number of prints and rare books from the Gainsborough's House permanent collection. In the decades following his death Thomas Gainsborough’s landscape drawings and prints provided inspiration for the progressive work of artists and printmakers in England and the publication of various books of prints. Produced for private study, such books helped to shape Gainsborough’s reputation as an exemplar of a particular idea of English landscape. The prints and books on display in this exhibition, which are seldom on public view, demonstrate Gainsborough’s influence on printmaking. Original drawings and prints by Gainsborough are also on display. Gainsborough’s House, Sudbury, 01787 372958 1 Feb - 10 Mar Block Party Curated by visual artist Lucy Orta in partnership with the Crafts Council, Block Party reveals the contemporary applications and creative possibilities of pattern cutting. It is timely to unearth the techniques of pattern cutting as we witness a renewed interest in, and perception of the bespoke. Smiths Row, Bury St Edmunds, 01284 762081 1 Feb - 4 Mar Behind the Mask See panel. Ipswich Art School, Ipswich, 01473 433681 1 Feb - 4 Mar Return to Ipswich Art School Former Ipswich Art School student Gareth Bayliss shows retrospective and new work. Bayliss is a compulsive graphic artist with a broad interest in ritual display in contemporary youth culture, entertainment and social activity. He presents workings and ephemera from his commercial publication and packaging design for musical artists and record labels (including Mo’Wax, Dizzee Rascal, Honest Jon’s), alongside his prolific personal outputs – drawings, print and zines. Ipswich Art School, Ipswich, 01473 433681. 26 Jan - 31 Mar New Year Exhibition Includes paintings by Peter heard, Harry Brioche, and Mark Eldred. The Hunter Gallery, Long Melford, 01787 466117 3 Feb - 15 Mar Soundframes Photographer and installation artist Kieran Wimbush will be exhibiting his Soundframes images and automaton slot machines alongside selected photographers’ images. The Apex, Bury St Edmunds, 01284 758000 7 Feb - 10 Mar Dinah Prentice: In Pieces New paintings, prints and pastels. The Cut, Halesworth, 0845 6732123

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Suffolk 13 Mar - 21 Apr Work by Charles Hewlings “There is nothing between us…just air!” protests Gene Kelly to Jean Hagen in the film Singing in the Rain. How wrong he was! Scientists know well the latent energy in the emptiest space imaginable. Although other stories are folded into it, the underlying theme of these sculptures is space and the wonder of it. The Cut, Halesworth, 0845 6732123 15 - 23 Mar Gallery Violet Pop Up Exhibition Some of Gallery Violet’s best UK and international artists will have exciting new work for sale, including: Hugo Grenville, Anthony Giles, Colin Slee, Andrew Weis, Amanda Ansell, John Barker. 10am-4pm. Orwell Park School, Nacton, 24 Mar - 21 Apr Lucy & Jorge Orta: 70x7 The Meal. Act XXXIII Taking the form of a long and beautiful dinner table of 70 places, this site-specific installation, a wonderfully symbolic and unique work of art, is an interactive portrait of our community. Focusing on particular regional characteristics of food production, industry and scientific research, Lucy has crafted a unique piece of work that illustrates the important relationship between these different aspects of East Anglian culture. Elements of the table setting have been hand crafted by makers in Suffolk. Smiths Row, Bury St Edmunds, 01284 762081 30 Mar - 30 Apr Stephen Collett Artist whose main influences are the French impressionists, Cezanne in particular, but going further back, Turner was and still is Collett’s main influence. He is fascinated by his techniques and practices,being centuries before his time. The Gallery Highaymans, Risby, 01284 810283 31 Mar - 23 June Noel Myles: East Anglia and the Stour Valley This display of work by the Sudbury artist explores his lively and unconventional approach to landscape photography. Gainsborough’s House, Sudbury, 01787 372958

SPECIAL EVENTS 3 Mar Snape Maltings Farmers’ Market 9.30am-1pm. Snape Maltings, Snape, 01728 688 303 3 Mar March Hare Collective An eclectic bunch of Suffolk artists, designer makers and crafters can be found in the foyer

of the Apex, with a wonderful array of handmade, fair-trade and vintage ware. 10am5pm. The Apex, Bury St Edmunds, 01284 758000 3 - 4 Mar Discovering West Stow’s Anglo-Saxon History Free Open Day. Explore the reconstructed AngloSaxon village and discover what life was like for the original occupants 1,500 years ago. West Stow Country Park & Anglo Saxon Village, Bury St Edmunds, 01284 728718 4 Mar Felixstowe Mind Body Soul Exhibition A Feelgood Day with taster sessions, gifts, demonstrations, workshops, music and more. 10am-5pm. Felixstowe Leisure Centre, Sea Road, Felixstowe. 4 Mar Newmarket Mum & Baby Show One of the biggest mum and baby shows in the county with stands covering a wide variety of categories including toys and accessories, health and information, clubs and activities, children’s entertainment and more. 11am-4pm. Rowley Mile Racecourse, Newmarket. 8 Mar Woodbridge School Sixth Form Fashion Show 7.30pm. Seckford Theatre, Woodbridge, 01394 615015 11 Mar Antique and 20th Century Fair Over 220 inside stands plus outside stands of Antiques, Art Deco and Collectables. 9am-4pm Rowley Mile Racecourse, Newmarket, 01263 888111 11 Mar Wedding Show 11am-3pm. Bedford Lodge Hotel, Newmarket, 01638 663175 24 Mar Framlingham Horticultural Society Spring Show Refreshments, raffle and array of fruit, flowers & veg grown by members. 9.30-11.30am. United Free Church Hall, Framlingham, 24 - 25 Mar Rites of Spring Ormsgard Dark Ages Theatre present the first part of the “Wheel of the Year”. This series of calendar observations of our pagan Germanic Ancestors begins with the “Rites of Spring” featuring the “Deity in the Wagon Procession”. West Stow Country Park & Anglo Saxon Village, Bury St Edmunds, 01284 728718 25 Mar Spectacular Bridal Show 11am-4pm. The Athenaeum, Bury St Edmunds, 25 Mar Wedding Fayre 11am-4pm. The Cameo Hotel, Copdock, 01787 269030

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All aboard the Lady Florence

What better way to spend a Spring day than in the cosy comfort of the saloon of a fine dining restaurant cruising the Suffolk rivers. The Lady Florence River Cruise Restaurant cruises out of Orford on the Rivers Alde and Ore, all year round, including Christmas Day. The Lady Florence takes a maximum of twelve passengers, which, on a fifty foot boat means you have lots of space in the saloon or out on deck, and with a crew of three you are assured of personal attention and service. Unlike all boats but cruise liners, Lady Florence boasts an a la carte menu.You choose from the menu when you embark, and your dishes are prepared freshly as we cruise. There is no mains power on board, so there is no microwave or deep freezers. Everything is fresh and sourced from Orford’s excellent two smokehouses and renowned butcher. You may think two smokehouses in a village the size of Orford is an overkill. But you would be wrong. The smokehouses smoke their foods differently. The Butley Orford Oysterage smoke their fish with a delicate touch which brings out the best in smoked salmon and smoked trout. Steve Richardson excels in his smoked duck, smoked chicken and smoked cheddar cheese. Both smoke houses have a wide range of products, Butley Orford Oysterage having fresh fish too, as well as their eponymous oysters. All are available on Lady Florence.

Andrew the Orford butcher is renowned for his meats throughout East Anglia. His famous honey-baked ham is one of the most popular choices aboard the Lady Florence. He also supplies the steak and venison for the steak, venison and mushroom pies. On the Lady Florence you can also enjoy some of the most wonderful wines that South Africa has to offer. (They have a sister ship in South Africa, so they know their stuff!). The family (for it is a family business, with Craig actually being born there) has lived in South Africa from time to time since 1966. So they know the wines and the winemakers and choose exceptional value quality wines not normally available in England. They also stock wines from France and elsewhere too. The best thing is, it’s all very affodable. The three course American brunches with hash brown potatoes and hot American muffins and apple pie and cream (all made on board) is £21.95 plus service, and that includes the two-anda-half hour cruise! A la carte mains start at £7.95, other courses from £3.95. But words alone cannot convince you of the magic experience of fine foods and wines (and Suffolk beer) cruising the Suffolk rivers in the solitude of the off- peak months when teh Lady Florence is virtually the only boat afloat. For more information call 07831 698298 or go to www.lady-florence.co.uk


Cotman House A New Unique Retirement Home In Felixstowe

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* Smithers OasisÂŽ * Glassware of all shapes and sizes * Large selection of silk, latex, parchment and dried flowers * Bridal accessories * Ribbons * Baskets and much much more NO ACCESS FOR CHILDREN All major credit cards accepted Come along and wander at your leisure in the Pightle Barn, Blacksmiths Lane, Middlewood Green, Stowmarket, IP14 5EU Monday & Thursday 10.00 am - 7.00 pm Tuesday, Wednesday & Friday 10.00 am - 5.00 pm Open 10.00 am - 4.00 pm selected Saturday & Sunday (ring to check)

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Framlingham The Dancing Goat Café serving great coffee, local produce and beautiful homemade cakes. Market Hill 01728 621434

The Castle Inn You’ll find Framlingham’s oldest pub at the entrance to the Castle. Mary Tudor and Dick Turpin have been known to frequent the bar at and it is believed to be haunted. There is also rumoured to be a secret tunnel that leads from the pub to the Castle, but it remains undiscovered. Today the award-winning pub is known for its excellent beer, and the pub’s chefs produce top quality ‘pub’ food appealing to everyone with a good range of dishes and bar snacks with their sausage rolls and pork pies becoming really popular with the locals. Castle Street 01728 724033 www.castleinn framlingham.co.uk

The Crown Hotel Sitting at the heart of the town, the hotel was built in 1553 and has been sympathetically restored to retain the heritage of a sixteenth century coaching inn. There are fourteen rooms with en-suite bathrooms as well as a period restaurant and bar. The restaurant delivers simple, delicious meals, using the finest Suffolk produce, from fresh vegetables direct from the Framlingham market and local farms, to meat from family run butchers and surrounding farms. Fresh fish is sourced

from Aldeburgh, Southwold and Orford and bread is delivered daily from the local baker. Market Hill 01728 723521

Lemon Tree Bistro Nestled between the Market Hill and Framlingham’s 13th Century castle, this delightful restaurant offers superb food with a seasonal menu using locally sourced ingredients. Church Street 01728 621232 The Station Hotel has been run as a pub since the 1950s, with the origins of the building dating back to the 19th century when it was a part of the local railway. Great choice of food on the blackboards, and the beer pumps always feature three real ales from the Earl Soham Brewery m. The pub is a favourite of Brit-nominated pop star Ed Sheeran. Station Road 01728 723455 The Railway Inn Great pub serving Adnams Ales and home cooked food. Popular with locals, pop star Ed Sheeran has performed live here on more than one occasion. Station Road 01728 723693

Trulock & Harris The place to visit if shooting and the outdoors is your thing - everything from guns to clothing and accessories. Woodbridge Road 01728 724776 www.trulockandharris.com Leo’s Deli

Foodies must visit Leo’s for fresh fruit and veg, local and continental speciality foods, and delicious home-cooked pies and quiches. Market Hill 01728 724059 John Ball A traditionally trained blacksmith who produces modern and classic wrought iron furniture for the home and garden.You can see examples of his work in his shop on Thursdays, Fridays or Saturdays, or by appointment. Bridge Street 01728 720722 www.johnball blacksmith.co.uk

The pretty market town of Framlingham sits in the unspoilt countryside of east Suffolk’s coastal district and is a firm favourite with visitors and locals alike. In 2006 it was voted ‘the best place to live in the country’ by Country Life magazine. Fram - as it is known by locals - is the perfect town for a stroll, shop and glimpse of history - there’s even a Town Trail marking all the primary sites of historic interest. Market Hill is the Town’s centre and still hosts markets on Saturday and Tuesday offering great local produce together with trinkets and collectibles. There are excellent shops too, for gifts, food, fashions and antiques and a mouth-watering selection of cafés, tea shops, pubs and restaurants. The 12th century Framlingham Castle, owned by English Heritage, was the seat of the Earls and Dukes of Norfolk. Mary Tudor lived in the castle in 1553 and it was here that she heard she had become Queen of England. Visitors can walk around the battlements, which offer a good view over the countryside and the mere. Concerts and re-enactments take place in the grounds between May and September. Surrounding the Castle is The Mere, a natural haven full of wildlife and popular with walkers, where dogs are allowed. The Mere is property of the Suffolk Wildlife Trust and contains over 290 species of plants and 80 species of birds.

Shawsgate Vineyard Explore twenty acres of vineyard, taste award-winning wines and experience why English wines are getting so much praise. Vineyard entry is free, while the on-site shop stocks a wide range of wines from dry to medium-sweet White, Red, Rosé and Quality Sparkling Wines.Vineyard tours and Experience Days are available MayAugust. 01728 724060 www.shawsgate.co.uk eastlife.co.uk|129


Woburn Wedding Boutigue

Sensational outfits for ALL those special occasions For all your Bridal Wear, Occasion Wear, Mother of the Bride & Accessories 13 -14 Market Place, Woburn, Beds MK17 9PZ. Telephone: 01525 290658 www.woburn-bridal.co.uk Opening Times: Tuesday - Friday: 10.00am - 5.30pm Saturday: 9.30am - 5.00pm Sunday: 11.00am - 4.00pm

For four decades Fernwood Independent School has offered child centred education. With small classes and high teacher/pupil ratios the results have been wonderful. Our last Ofsted said “Every child should have a Fernwood.” Now we want to make this possible for so many more children. We are applying for FREE SCHOOL STATUS. If you would like to know what this could mean for children 2 years to 11 years living in the local area then contact: fernwood1973@hotmail.co.uk and register your interest. Look at the web site fernwoodschool-miltonkeynes.co.uk or telephone: 01908 583541 www.fernwoodschool-miltonkeynes.co.ukȧ01908 583541 130|eastlife.co.uk


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Where I live... Gillian Stackpoole of Sweetpea Cards & Gifts in Woburn Sands tells us about the place where she lives and works..

How long have you lived in Woburn Sands? Only a few months – but I was brought up in the surrounding area What do you like most about Woburn Sands? It’s friendly, the High Street offers almost everything so it’s very convenient, and it’s also very pretty! Where would you go for a romantic meal for two? The Swan or Jalori – both in Woburn Sands Where locally do you shop for clothes? Eva’s or Kings Road Which food shops/delis can you recommend? Aubergine Fine foods Do you buy any locally grown produce? Meat from Lowes the Butchers, bread from Aubergine Fine Foods What events do you look forward to? Karaoke night at the Weathercock PH – our annual folk festival and also, this year, our jubilee celebrations Where would you go for a walk or a picnic? Aspley Woods Do you have any favourite places in East Anglia? Too many to mention really but in particular – Kings Lynn, Cambridge, and most of the Fens. Do you have a favourite building in East Anglia? Peterborough cathedral What’s the best pace to go on a rainy day? My local public house – the Swan! What is your favourite East Anglia view? From the top of Aspley Woods – you can see for miles! Please tell us about your work… I own a card and gift shop in Woburn Sands supplying quality cards and gifts to the local area – we also have MSW Solutions working on the premises which enhances our gift range by supplying unique personalised products to include mugs, mouse mats, bibs, and all sort of other products – which are created on the premises! This enables us to operate a virtually ‘one stop’ gift shop, where we can supply most gifts, and if not we can normally source them very quickly – thus keeping our customers satisfied!

The small Bedfordshire town of Woburn is surrounded by wooded countryside and parkland and has more than 200 listing buidlings. The Woburn Heritage Centre and Museum holds a wealth of local information and charts the colourful history of the area. The Normans had a great impact when in 1145, Hugh de Bolebec founded the Abbey which has remained a major influence ever since. Following the dissolution of the monasteries, the land passed in to the hands of the Russell fam-

ily, who later became the Dukes of Bedford. Woburn Abbey is a palatial mansion and one of the finest houses in England, it has been the home of the Dukes of Bedford for more than 450 years. Set in a 3000-acre deer park, it contains an important and extensive art collection including paintings by Canaletto, Rembrandt, Holbein, Velazquez and many others. Part of the Abbey estate is the award winning Woburn Safari Park with its game reserve drive and new Sea Lion Cove, a golf course and antiques centre. Nearby Woburn Sands has both rural and urban charm, with a village like atmosphere and many modern amenities. In Victorian times visitors would come to Woburn Sands to 'take the air', and the town developed a reputation as a health spa.

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Woburn ARTBEAT is an annual project now in its third year where Woburn Village and Woburn Abbey join together to promote high quality original art by turning the village into an art gallery from the 6th April until the 27th April and a prominent sculpture exhibition in the gardens of Woburn Abbey, from the 6th April until the 31st August. Visitors to Woburn will be able to enjoy the artworks of over 90 artists on display throughout the village in different venues for three weeks. It promises to be a feast of colour and styles from well established artists as well as up and coming artists. Work will range from Graffiti inspired work by Danny O’Connor to more traditional photo-real work like the still life paintings of Robert Walker, as well as the small scale oil paintings by Amanda Coleman. A colour brochure will be available listing all the artists and the venues where art will be on display. The open air sculpture exhibition in the gardens of Woburn Abbey will be on for five months and the journey around the gardens with a colour brochure and map, will help visitors discover and enjoy some truly wonderful pieces of art. For more details go to www.woburnartbeat.co.uk eastlife.co.uk|131


What’s on in March THEATRE & SHOWS 1 Mar Mike Gunn and Sean Collins Following spectacular performances on BBC One’s Michael McIntyre’s Comedy Roadshow, here’s a rare chance to see two top-billing circuit stars sharing the same bill in a double-headline show. Bedford Corn Exchange, Bedford, 01234 269519 1 Mar Mugenkyo Taiko Drummers Experience the thundering and exhilarating rhythms of Taiko in a dynamic and engaging show, and gain a unique insight into the enthralling world of this powerful art form. Rhodes Centre, Bishop’s Stortford, 01279 651746 1 Mar Chris Ramsey Stand-up comedy. The Court Theatre @ Pendley, Tring, Tring, 07543 560478 1 - 2 Mar God’s Blessing The second part in a three part trilogy, charting the epic story of the Pilgrim Fathers. Market Theatre, Hitchin, 01462 433553 1 - 2 Mar Camp Rock New musical based on the hit Disney Channel Original Movies Camp Rock and Camp Rock 2: The Final Jam. Grove Theatre, Dunstable, 01582 602080 1 - 3 Mar Of Mice and Men First performed in 1937 this is John Steinbeck’s own version of his classic novel and tells the story of George and Lenny, the fast-talking farm hand and the simple giant who accompanies him on a life of casual labour in the California Agricultural Belt of the 1930s. Presented by Bancroft Players. Queen Mother Theatre, Hitchin, 01462 455166 1 - 3 Mar Derren Brown: Svengali New show from the 'psychological illusionist'. Milton Keynes Theatre, 0844 871 7652

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1 - 3 Mar Titanic - The Musical Ware Operatic present the epic musical with a cast of characters drawn from real life. Hertford Theatre, Hertford, 01992 531500 2 Mar The Table Puppet innovators Blind Summit Theatre present an award winning, brand new adult puppetry show. Join them on a visual journey that takes in a ballet of disembodied heads, a story told entirely by pictures emerging from a briefcase and a tiny Moses with a cardboard head full of lonely wisdom. Bedford Theatre, Bedford, 01234 269519 2 Mar Phoenix Rising: D. H. Lawrence - Son & Lover! Paul Slack’s one man show is a colourful portrait of an extraordinary artist at full throttle! Letchworth Arts Centre, Letchworth, 01462 670788 3 Mar An Evening of Burlesque See panel. Gordon Craig Theatre at Stevenage Arts & Leisure Centre, Stevenage, 01438 894839 4 Mar Landscapes Using elaborate puppets, beautifully designed lighting, an original soundtrack, and choreographed gesture and movement, Landscapes is a non-verbal exploration of the atmosphere, rhythms and sounds of four contrasting areas of the natural world. Ages 3-11. Weston Audoitorium at the University of Hertfordshire, Hatfield, 01707 281127 4 Mar The Billy Fury Years Rock ‘n’ roll music show. Alban Arena, St Albans, 01727 844488 4 Mar The Wrote The Songs Tribute show to Neil Sedaka, Barry Manilow, Billy Joel & Elton John. Grove Theatre, Dunstable, 01582 602080 5 - 10 Mar Welwyn Garden City Youth Drama Festival The very best of youth drama from Hertfordshire and the Home Counties. Barn Theatre, Welwyn Garden City, 01707 324300 6 Mar Rich Hall A well-known grouchy, deadpan US stand-up comic. Alban Arena, St Albans, 01727 844488 7 Mar Stalin’s Favourite Theatre Unlimited present the story of Stalin’s favourite writer Konstantin Simonov in this production direct from the National Theatre. Rhodes Centre, Bishop’s Stortford, 01279 651746 7 Mar Richard Herring As one half of the prolific comedy duo Lee & Herring, Richard enjoyed phenomenal cult suc-

cess as a writer and performer with shows such as Fist of Fun (BBC Two) and This Morning with Richard Not Judy (BBC Two). The Court Theatre @ Pendley, Tring, Tring, 07543 560478 7 - 10 Mar Radio Set during a time of great conflict, upheaval, growth, and development, ‘Radio’ paints a clever portrait of a young man and his country struggling to come to terms with its new power, identity and position in a new world. The Place, Bedford, 01234 269519 7 - 10 Mar Murder Mistaken Written by film, television and stage writer Janet Green, Murder Mistaken is a mystery thriller set in 1950s England. Gordon Craig Theatre at Stevenage Arts & Leisure Centre, Stevenage, 01438 894839 7 - 10 Mar Howl A rehearsed reading of one of the most seminal pieces of American poetry and spoken word: Howl by Allen Ginsberg. The Place, Bedford, 01234 269519 8 Mar Defying Hitler Theatre Unlimited present the story of Sebastian Haffner an ordinary German striving to come to terms with the madness that was Nazi Germany. Rhodes Centre, Bishop’s Stortford, 01279 651746 8 Mar Ballet Central An exciting programme of ballet, contemporary, jazz and narrative dance. Hertford Theatre, Hertford, 01992 531500 8 - 9 Mar God’s Blessing The second part in a three part trilogy, charting the epic story of the Pilgrim Fathers. Market Theatre, Hitchin, 01462 433553 9 Mar Call Mr Robeson Paul Robeson, one of the 20th Century’s most impressive but overlooked figures, is portrayed in this powerful, compelling tour-de-force performance. Hertford Theatre, Hertford, 01992 531500 9 Mar The Rat Pack - Vegas Spectacular A sensational show featuring the greatest music of the 20th century. Hawthorne Theatre at Campus West, Welwyn Garden City, 01707 357117 10 Mar Dancemania An evening of Street & Hip Hop dance. Grove Theatre, Dunstable, 01582 602080 10 Mar Comedy Night Stand-up. Letchworth Arts Centre, Letchworth, 01462 670788 10 Mar Mark Steel A heavyweight political comedian of a Marxist slant, Mark Steel has performed as a stand-up comedian on the British comedy circuit and on national tours since the 80s. Hertford Theatre, Hertford, 01992 531500 11 Mar Des O’Connor Don’t miss this rare opportunity to see a true showbusiness legend live on stage for a wonderful evening of comedy, laughter and music. Gordon Craig Theatre at Stevenage Arts & Leisure Centre, Stevenage, 01438 894839 12 - 16 Mar Long Day’s Journey Into Night Starring David Suchet. Long Day's Journey into Night follows the Tyrone family through a mesmerizing day and night, as they battle their demons, their pasts, and one another in four extraordinary personal struggles. The play depicts the riveting events

of each family member as they drift further into oblivion and reveals his or her struggle for survival. Milton Keynes Theatre, 0844 871 7652 13 Mar Joan Collins: One Night with Joan For 1 night only Ms Collins will share the stories and secrets of her celebrated career as one of the world’s most glamorous and intriguing personalities. Alban Arena, St Albans, 01727 844488 13 Mar Russell Kane Stand-up comedy. The Stables, Wavendon, Milton Keynes, 01908 280800 14 Mar Lee Nelson Star of Live at the Apollo (BBC ONE) and two series of the smash-hit comedy Lee Nelson’s Well Good Show (BBC Three). Qwaliteeeeeeee!!!! Alban Arena, St Albans, 01727 844488 14 - 17 Mar Bea This is the comic yet decidedly poignant story of a young girl bedridden with MS and cared for by Not Gay Ray, her peripatetic nurse. Inside her head, Bea is always dancing (to Madonna’s Ray Of Light) while in the physical world she is trying to persuade her relentlessly optimistic mother that she just wants to die. Queen Mother Theatre, Hitchin, 01462 455166 14 - 17 Mar Shadowlands A beautiful and touching play which chronicles a romance that blossomed briefly between the author C.S. Lewis (author of The Lion, The Witch and the Wardrobe and The Screwtape Letters ) and the American poet Joy Davison. Presented by Pendley Theatre Company. The Court Theatre @ Pendley, Tring, Tring, 07543 560478 15 Mar Oklahoma! Bishop’s Stortford Musical Theatre Company Juniors present the toe tapping musical. Rhodes Centre, Bishop’s Stortford, 01279 651746 15 Mar The Trial Blackeyed Theatre’s trademark ensemble-style physical theatre combine to create an inspiring and unforgettable piece of drama. Hertford Theatre, Hertford, 01992 531500 15 - 16 Mar Becket ou L’honneur de Dieu Anouilh’s play takes us back to twelfth century England in which the King, Henry II, is engaged in a power struggle with his bishops. Bedford Theatre, Bedford, 01234 269519 16 Mar Hormonal Housewives Join the Hormonal Housewives as they battle against weight gain, weight loss, mood swings, wine, PMS, men, going to the gym, waxing, stretch marks, men, chocolate, upperlip hair, chocolate, men, chocolate ... and all the other joys of being a 21st Century girl! Starring Margi Clarke. Grove Theatre, Dunstable, 01582 602080 16 Mar Sally Morgan TV’s psychic medium. Stevenage Concert Hall at Stevenage Arts & Leisure Centre, Stevenage, 01438 894839 16 Mar The Rat Pack is Back Britain’s longest running tribute to Frank Sinatra, Dean Martin and Sammy Davis Jnr. Hertford Theatre, Hertford, 01992 531500 16 Mar Fascinating Aida Britain’s best comedy cabaret trio. Alban Arena, St Albans, 01727 844488 16 - 24 Mar Blithe Spirit Dunstable Rep present Noel Coward’s supernatural com-


Herts & Beds There’s an amazing 3000 events on our website - and add your own too! www.eastevents.co.uk edy. The Little Theatre, Dunstable, 07940 105864 16 - 31 Mar Coriolanus A new adaptation for the RSC Open Stages Festival with original songs by David Podd. Maltings Arts Theatre, St Albans, 07807 521436 17 Mar Richard Herring Stand-up comedy. The Stables, Wavendon, Milton Keynes, 01908 280800 17 Mar Gail Porter’s Comedy Night Gail Porter introduces live stand-up. Hertford Corn Exchange, Hertford, 01992 442992 17 Mar That’ll Be The Day Rock ‘n’ roll music show. Grove Theatre, Dunstable, 01582 602080 21 - 24 Mar Orpheus In The Underworld Classic comic operetta performed by Hitchin Thespians. Gordon Craig Theatre at Stevenage Arts & Leisure Centre, Stevenage, 01438 894839 21 - 24 Mar The Importance of Being Earnest Mistaken identities, covering up the truth, farcical comedy and wit are all present in theis Oscar Wilde classic. Watersmeet Theatre, Rickmansworth, 01923 711063 21 - 24 Mar Black Comedy A glorious farce presented by Hertford Dramatic & Operatic Society. Hertford Theatre, Hertford, 01992 531500 21 - 24 Mar Murder By Surprise New murder mystery by Karen Banfield. The Court Theatre @ Pendley, Tring, Tring, 07543 560478 22 Mar Barnstormer Stand Up Comedy Top stand-up. Grove Theatre, Dunstable, 01582 602080 22 Mar Measure for Measure This new production of Shakespeare’s play by Phoenix Theatre Arts uses an eclectic mix of fast paced performance, AV and a contemporary setting. Rhodes Centre, Bishop’s Stortford, 01279 651746 22 - 23 Mar Old Time Variety A Comedy night of; monologues, songs, sketches, mystifying and muddled magic, hypothetical hypnotism & leveling levitation! Market Theatre, Hitchin, 01462 433553 23 Mar Shipwrecked! A fun, exotic and erotic cabaret and burlesque extravaganza. Rhodes Centre, Bishop’s Stortford, 01279 651746 23 Mar Doug Stanhope American comedian Doug Stanhope is a no-holds-barred comedian who displays scant respect for any personal, moral, or social boundaries. Alban Arena, St Albans, 01727 844488 23 - 25 Mar The Chinese State Circus The undisputed masters of physical theatre will have the audience enthralled with a breathtaking fusion of precision acrobatics, martial arts and dazzling circus skills - entertainment for the whole family. Grove Theatre, Dunstable, 01582 602080 23 - 31 Mar Darkness Falls A double bill of plays on the supernatural. Barn Theatre, Welwyn Garden City, 01707 324300 24 Mar Legends Showcase by students from all Bedazzle youth theatre groups.

Rhodes Centre, Bishop’s Stortford, 01279 651746 24 - 25 Mar Peppa Pig’s Treasure Hunt Peppa is back with a brand new show featuring true to life puppets, perfect singalong songs and a new story. Bedford Corn Exchange, Bedford, 01234 269519 25 Mar Little Belter See panel. Alban Arena, St Albans, 01727 844488 27 - 31 Mar David Copperfield An enthralling dramatisation of Charles Dickens’ beloved novel. Sharnbrook Mill Theatre, Sharnbrook, 01234 269519 28 Mar I Want Candy Presented by Premier School of Dance. Gordon Craig Theatre at Stevenage Arts & Leisure Centre, Stevenage, 01438 894839 28 - 31 Mar Born in the Garden Presented by Springboard Theatre Company. The Court Theatre @ Pendley, Tring, Tring, 07543 560478 29 Mar An Audience With Pam Ayres Pam Ayres with her latest show following the recent publication of her autobiography, The Necessary Aptitude. Gordon Craig Theatre at Stevenage Arts & Leisure Centre, Stevenage, 01438 894839 29 Mar Shylock Gareth Armstrong’s highly acclaimed work on Shakespeare’s Merchant of Venice character Shylock is in effect a play within a play. Hertford Theatre, Hertford, 01992 531500 29 Mar Roy ‘Chubby’ Brown Adult comedy. Grove Theatre, Dunstable, 01582 602080 29 - 30 Mar Old Time Variety Music Hall show. Market Theatre, Hitchin, 01462 433553 29 - 31 Mar The Jungle Book A brand new version of Kipling’s most-loved classic story. Queen Mother Theatre, Hitchin, 01462 455166 30 Mar Bedford Comedy Club Top stand-up. Harpur Suite, Bedford, 01234 269519 30 Mar Paul Merton With Paul Merton, Lee Simpson, Richard Vranch and Suki Webster. Discover the bizarre workings of Paul Merton’s brain, as he muses on the mighty behemoth that is his noggin. Paul returns to his stand-up roots for the first time this century. Away from the Have I got News For You desk, Paul Merton proves he’s got legs. A night of sketches, music, magic, variety and dancing girls (two of them aren’t girls). Grove Theatre, Dunstable, 01582 602080 30 Mar Wan2tlk Contemporary play specifically written for young people, exploring issues faced by today’s teenagers. Gordon Craig Theatre at Stevenage Arts & Leisure Centre, Stevenage, 01438 894839 30 Mar Benidorm Live! Starring from the hit TV series comedienne Crissy Rock ( as seen on I’m a Celebrity Get Me Out of Here) and from the Neptune Bar Shaun Foster Conley. Rhodes Centre, Bishop’s Stortford, 01279 651746 31 Mar Jimmy Carr New stand-up show from the popualr comedian and TV presenter. Bedford Corn Exchange, Bedford, 01234 269519

31 Mar West Side Story Musical presented by the Gordon Craig Theatre Senior Drama Academy. Gordon Craig Theatre at Stevenage Arts & Leisure Centre, Stevenage, 01438 894839 31 Mar There Was an Old Lady who Swallowed a Fly Lovely show for children ages 4+. Rhodes Centre, Bishop’s Stortford, 01279 651746 31 Mar Right to the Pointe Presented by Three Counties Youth Ballet. Hertford Theatre, Hertford, 01992 531500

MUSIC 1 Mar Krakatoa South London band reminiscent of The Clash. The Horn, St Albans. 1 Mar Sinfonia Musicisti Chamber orchestra with an all-Mozart programme. Gordon Craig Theatre at Stevenage Arts & Leisure Centre, Stevenage, 01438 894839 2 Mar Philharmonia Orchestra Durufle, Britten, Elgar. Bedford Corn Exchange, Bedford, 01234 269519 2 Mar Allegri String Quartet Beethoven, Shostakovich. Benslow Music Trust, Hitchin, 01462 459446 2 Mar Dancing Queen Abba tribute. Gordon Craig Theatre at Stevenage Arts & Leisure Centre, Stevenage, 01438 894839 2 Mar Brendan Shine Popular Irish singer. Rhodes Centre, Bishop’s Stortford, 01279 651746 2 Mar The Counterfeit Stones Rolling Stones tribute. Alban Arena, St Albans, 01727 844488 3 Mar Blake Classical vocal quarter who successfully bridge the gap between pop and opera. Alban Arena, St Albans, 01727 844488 3 Mar Think Floyd Tribute. The Stables, Wavendon, Milton Keynes, 01908 280800 3 Mar The Hollies 60s legends. Milton Keynes Theatre, 0844 871 7652 4 Mar Phil Beer + Lucy Ward Phil is one half of folk supergroup Show Of Hands. Lucy is nominated for Best Traditional Track and the Horizon Award at the 2012 BBC Folk Awards. Hitchin Folk Club at The Sun Hotel, Hitchin, 01462 812391 4 Mar Damon Brown’s Ugetsu Jazz. Herts Jazz at Campus West, Welwyn Garden City, 01707 357117 7 Mar Wendy Arrowsmith Folk. Baldock & Letchworth Folk Club at The Orange Tree, Baldock, 01767 683583 8 Mar Peter Grant 24-year old crooner. The Stables, Wavendon, Milton Keynes, 01908 280800 8 Mar Songs of James Taylor Performed by Ian Entwistle. Luton Library Theatre, Luton, 01582 547474 9 Mar Jive Talkin’ Bee Gees tribute. Grove Theatre, Dunstable, 01582 602080 9 Mar The Sex Pistols Experience Punk tribute. Esquires, Bedford, 01234 340120

9 Mar The Searchers Legendary 60s pop band. Rhodes Centre, Bishop’s Stortford, 01279 651746 9 Mar Hats Off To Led-Zeppelin Tribute. Alban Arena, St Albans, 01727 844488 9 Mar Ruby Turner Top soul songstress. The Stables, Wavendon, Milton Keynes, 01908 280800 10 Mar Verdi Requiem Verdi’s Requiem brings the world of opera into the cathedral in epic style. With St Albans Symphony Orchestra, Watford Philharmonic Society and soloists. St Alban’s Cathedral, St Albans, 01727 857422 10 Mar I Am Beyonce Tribute. Alban Arena, St Albans, 01727 844488

25 MARCH LITTLE BELTER Brand new show created by Kylie Minogue’s long-serving Musical Director, Steve Anderson and Terry Roland, writer/director behind some of the biggest names in pop, including Girls Aloud, Kylie and Sophie Ellis-Bextor, and also the West End smash hit ‘The Hurly Burly Show’. The show sees up-and-coming, critically acclaimed artist Elouise take on some of the biggest, most difficult show-stopping melodies ever written. With her band, backing singers and dancers Eloise takes us on an unforgettable musical journey in this candid, fun and heart-warming show, performing unique versions of classic and epic torch ballads by the likes of Barbra Streisand, Judy Garland and Dusty Springfield. Alban Arena, St Albans.

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What’s on in March 10 Mar Dave Newton Trio Jazz pianist. Maltings Arts Theatre, St Albans, 07807 521436 10 Mar Karl Phillips & The Midnight Ramblers Terrific crossover sound, where dubstep, hip-hop and rock meet. Esquires, Bedford, 01234 340120 11 Mar Symphonic West Side Story Luton Light present a concert production of Leonard Bernstein’s musical masterpiece. Grove Theatre, Dunstable, 01582 602080 11 Mar Young Gifted and Folk With Askew Sisters, Lady Maisery & Rheingans Sisters. Hitchin Folk Club at The Sun Hotel, Hitchin, 01462 812391 11 Mar Eric Alexander/Dave O’Higgins Quintet Jazz. Herts Jazz at Campus West, Welwyn Garden City, 01707 357117 11 Mar Carlton Main Frickley Colliery Band Top brass band. Alban Arena, St Albans, 01727 844488 12 Mar Sacconi String Quartet Haydn, Mozart and Dvorak. Luton Library Theatre, Luton, 01582 547474 13 Mar The Albion Band Originally formed by Ashley Hutchings, founder of Steeleye Span and Fairport Convention, and still producing archetypal English folk music at its best. Gordon Craig Theatre at Stevenage Arts & Leisure Centre, Stevenage, 01438 894839 14 Mar Ewan McLennan Winner of several awards, including the 2011 BBC Radio 2 Horizon Award, Ewan is an emerging folk artist who has been making headlines. Baldock & Letchworth Folk Club at The Orange Tree, Baldock, 01767 683583 14 Mar Mayor’s Charity Event Concert featuring local talent. Gordon Craig Theatre at Stevenage Arts & Leisure Centre, Stevenage, 01438 894839 14 Mar The Popes Shane MacGowan’s backing band and all round foot stompers. The Popes are hailed as being the Irish equivalent of Booker T and the MGs with their mix of contemporary folk rockin’, head boppin Dublin rock. Esquires, Bedford, 01234 340120 15 Mar The Three Degrees Soul trio whose hits include When Will I See You Again and Take Good Care of Yourself. Bedford Corn Exchange, Bedford, 01234 269519 15 Mar Jackson - Live in Concert Michael Jackson tribute. Grove Theatre, Dunstable, 01582 602080 15 Mar The Manfreds The Manfreds, with original ‘front man’ Paul Jones, will be performing many of their hits along with a mix of Jazz and Blues songs from some of their best-known albums. Gordon Craig Theatre at Stevenage Arts & Leisure Centre, Stevenage, 01438 894839

16 Mar Nanci Griffith Griffith has emerged as more than just a bright star in a new genre. In a career that has now spanned nearly 3 decades, numerous awards (inc three Grammys) and 23 studio albums she continues to trailblaze that path into 2012. Rolling Stone Magazine once described her as a unique form of 'folkabilly music'. The Stables, Wavendon, Milton Keynes, 01908 280800 16 Mar I Am Beyonce Tribute. Gordon Craig Theatre at Stevenage Arts & Leisure Centre, Stevenage, 01438 894839 16 Mar Nick Harper English Singersongwriter, son of Legend Roy Harper. Hertford Corn Exchange, Hertford, 01992 442992 16 Mar King Pleasure & The Biscuit Boys Terrific six piece band performing jazz, swing and blues. Bedford Corn Exchange, Bedford, 01234 269519 16 Mar Miles Hunt Lead singer and songwriter from Stourbridge indie-rockers The Wonder Stuff. Esquires, Bedford, 01234 340120 17 Mar Soul, Swing & A Little Bit Of Blarney A celebration of music for Kids In Action Children’s Charity. Bedford Corn Exchange, Bedford, 01234 269519 17 Mar Rag Dolls Tribute to Frankie Valli & The Four Seasons Gordon Craig Theatre at Stevenage Arts & Leisure Centre, Stevenage, 01438 894839 17 Mar Hertford Symphony Orchestra Dvorak, Beethoven. Hertford Theatre, Hertford, 01992 531500 18 Mar Craobh Rua Celtic folk band with a rich acoustic-driven sound. Hitchin Folk Club at The Sun Hotel, Hitchin, 01462 812391 18 Mar Lea Delaria Duo Originally made her mark as one of the few openly gay comics, now performing music by the likes of Leonard Bernstein, Randy Newman and Tom Waits. Herts Jazz at Campus West, Welwyn Garden City, 01707 357117 18 Mar A Night at the Opera A thrilling programme of works by Verdi, Puccini, Mozart, Rossini, Bizet, Offenbach and more, presented by London Festival Opera. Alban Arena, St Albans, 01727 844488 18 - 19 Mar Jack Bruce & His Big Blues Band Jack Bruce - composer, bassist, singer and multi-instrumentalist played with Alexis Korner's Blues Inc, John Mayall and Manfred Mann before forming the world's first supergroup, Cream, with Eric Clapton and Ginger Baker. The Stables, Wavendon, Milton Keynes, 01908 280800 20 Mar Aly Bain & Phil Cunningham Two of Scotland’s best loved traditional musicians. The Stables, Wavendon, Milton Keynes, 01908 280800 22 Mar Chantel McGregor Imagine the technique and tone of Robin Trower, the

feel of Bonnie Rait, the inspiration of Hendrix, the influence of SRV, the energy of Bonamassa and the intensity of Trout all rolled into one. Star of the 2010 Skegness Rock & Blues Festival, Chantel Mcgregor is one of the most exciting rock blues guitarists in the country. The Forum at University of Hertofrdshire, Hatfield, 08444 771 000 22 Mar Anna Hashimoto Concert by the clarinettist. Bedford High School for Girls, Bedford, 01234 261811 22 Mar Kenny Ball & His Jazzmen British jazz legend. The Stables, Wavendon, Milton Keynes, 01908 280800 23 Mar Maggini String Quartet Haydn, Beethoven, Mendelssohn. Benslow Music Trust, Hitchin, 01462 459446 24 Mar Solid Silver 60s Peter Noone, Chris Montez, Brian Hyland with Brian Poole and all backed by Vanity Fare . Alban Arena, St Albans, 01727 844488 24 Mar The Urban Folk Quartet Four highly accomplished musicians, a dozen instruments and four voices coming together to put on a high energy show of grooving, globally - influenced folk music. Harpur Suite, Bedford, 01234 269519 24 Mar Buster Shuffle East London rock ‘n’ roll ska band. Esquires, Bedford, 01234 340120 25 Mar Johnny Coppin & Mike Silver Two popular singer-songwriters. Hitchin Folk Club at The Sun Hotel, Hitchin, 01462 812391 25 Mar Mitch Benn & The Distractions From BBC Radio 4’s Sony nominated Now Show, BBC1’s One Show and BBC1’s Watchdog, multi-award winner Mitch Benn and his band take to the road in a two hour show packed with new songs and old favourites including I’m Proud Of The BBC. The Stables, Wavendon, Milton Keynes, 01908 280800 25 Mar Stan Tracey Quartet Worldrenowned British modern jazz pianist combining percussive melody with robust lyricism. Stan Tracey received the OBE in 1986 and has been recognised by a Lifetime Achievement Award at the prestigious BBC Jazz Awards. Herts Jazz at Campus West, Welwyn Garden City, 01707 357117 25 Mar Carlton Main Frickley Colliery Band Top brass band. Gordon Craig Theatre at Stevenage Arts & Leisure Centre, Stevenage, 01438 894839 26 Mar The Bootleg Beatles Tribute. Alban Arena, St Albans, 01727 844488 26 Mar Lawson Trio Mozart, Mendelssohn, Schubert and Roxanna Panufnik. Luton Library Theatre, Luton, 01582 547474 28 Mar Richard Digance Music andstories. Baldock & Letchworth Folk Club at The Orange Tree, Baldock, 01767 683583

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29 Mar Five Star Swing Big band swing. Bedford Corn Exchange, Bedford, 01234 269519 30 Mar Judie Tzuke Revered singersongwriter Judie Tzuke returns to the stage for another spellbinding tour, celebrating the launch her latest album One Tree Less. The Stables, Wavendon, Milton Keynes, 01908 280800 30 Mar Soul Tribute Ray Charles & James Brown tribute night. Sharnbrook Hotel, Sharnbrook, 01234 783142 31 Mar Hertford Choral Handel’s Israel in Egypt, accompanied by Brandenburg Sinfonia, and guest soloists. All Saints Church, Hertford, 01992 584899 31 Mar The Tribute To Abba Forever Tribute. Rhodes Centre, Bishop’s Stortford, 01279 651746 31 Mar Gilbert O’Sullivan Gilbert O’Sullivan has accumulated no less than fourteen top-forty hits, including Clair, Alone Again (Naturally), Get Down and Nothing Rhymed, with number one singles on both sides of the Atlantic, as well as four top-five UK albums. Alban Arena, St Albans, 01727 844488 31 Mar Missing Andy A mix of hiphop and rock. Esquires, Bedford, 01234 340120 31 Mar The Bon Jovi Experience Tribute. The Stables, Wavendon, Milton Keynes, 01908 280800

ART & EXHIBITIONS 1 - 3 Mar Barbara Weeks: Trapping Colour, Catching Light Barbara Weeks is a Textile Artist and lives in Kimpton. Hertford Theatre, Hertford, 01992 531500 1 - 9 Mar Recylced Fashion Fun, funky, and sometimes even practical — it’s the annual recycled fashion show by the talented youngsters of St Christopher School. Letchworth Arts Centre, Letchworth, 01462 670788 1 - 11 Mar Icara, Icara A reworking of the Icarus myth from the point of view of a suburban woman. The stages of imprisonment, flight and fall are seen as a cyclical metaphor for the mechanism of her increasing self-awareness. The darkened gallery space, housing a double-screen video projection and a mirror, will immerse the visitor. The disorientated visitor will not only watch but participate at the same time. This dual viewpoint is echoed in the partly autobiographical video of Icara, subject and object, who sees and is seen. Museum of St Albans, St Albans, 01707 281127 1 - 30 Mar Mel Mendones Mel Mendones paints in oil, acrylic and mixed media. He also specialises in crafts: textiles, clothing and jewellery. Letchworth Arts Centre, Letchworth, 01462 670788

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British institution and established cultural phenomenon, with a very particular character, history and identity. Having attracted tens of millions of holidaymakers since its creation in 1936, Butlins’ popularity peaked in the 1970s, but today it is making a comeback as a centre for family holidays and themed leisure breaks. Museum of St Albans, St Albans, 01707 281127

SPECIAL EVENTS 3 Mar Luton Aircraft Enthusiasts’ Fair A popular Collectors’ Fair offering a vast range of aircraft related items. Likely to be available are: models, kits, books, slides, photos, postcards, DVDs and memorabilia of all kinds. 10.30am-3pm. Vauxhall Recreation Club, Luton. 3 - 4 Mar Woburn Safari Park Craft Show Crafts and Demonstrations bringing together a good mix of traditional and new crafts. The Fine Food Hall has a large number of specialist food stands and food accessories. With Glass Blowing Demonstrations, String Puppet Shows and Make and Take Areas, there’s something to occupy all ages. 10am-6pm. Woburn Safari Park, Woburn, 01283 820548 4 Mar Health and Well Being Fair 10am-4pm. Great Barford Village Hall, Great Barford, 01480 819148 10 Mar Saturday Night Special Public Track Day with RWYB all day till 9pm.

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Georgette Vale of Wymondham Players tells us about her home town Where would you go for a romantic meal? I like The Boars at Spooner Row. It always has something for everyone on the menu – from the “differently exotic” to the “play it safe”.

Georgette Vale moved to Wymondham in 1997. She is playing Mme Arcarti in the Wymondham Players’ production of Noel Coward’s Blythe Spirit at the Central Hall, Wynondham, 18- 21 April. Tickets are available via the website www.wymondham players.org.uk or by ringing 01953 601198 or from Geo Reeves stationers.  Wymondham Players are at

the forefront of amateur drama in the eastern region and have been so for nearly 60 years. We usually perform two major plays a year, one in March or April and one in November, but we will also look at doing more one act plays in the summer as well. Many of us are also involved in other productions, particularly with Four by Four, which is a group of local playwrights. Wymondham Players have been nominated in the Best Play Category at the NODA East (National Operatic and Dramatic Association) for the production of Alan Ayckbourn's 'Communicating Doors' last November. Mme Arcarti can materialise a trumpet – so if I can blow my own I got the cup for the best actress at the NODA East festival in Hunstanton last year.  To see the full interview with Georgette go to www.eastlife.co.uk/ georgetteswymondham

For a meal with friends? We are not short of places to go to for food in and around Wymondham! We had our Players meal at the Station Bistro recently, which is fine if it is not cold outside. A good place for a coffee break? Well The Lemon Tree is good and so is Rudy’s Pizzeria in Griffin Court. The Mad Hatters Tea shop at the back of Diva’s dress shop is small but worth squeezing in if you can. A Sunday lunchtime drink? The Green Dragon is the oldest pub in Wymondham – it survived the fire of Wymondham 1615. It always has a roaring fire in the grate and the food is good too. For Sunday Lunch I also recommend the Queens Head, Hethersett which has a good carvery. Where do you shop for clothes? We do have some good clothes shops in Wymondham – Ward-Robes has a good variety, Diva’s, Chic and the Dove’s.

For gifts? In town we have the Marmalade Tree which has gift type things. For things that are more practical we also have a small Jarrolds but they can get in anything that is sold in their main shop in Norwich. Do you buy any locally grown produce? We do have the oldest Farmer’s Market in Norfolk. It is held on the third Saturday morning of every month from 9a.m. to 1pm. We also have the Egg Shed where we get very reasonably priced eggs and people from other towns can’t believe that it works by leaving the money in the honesty box. Which events do you look forward to? Every summer we have Wymondham Music Festival, a highlight of which is always the Jazz Picnic. It seems the whole town is there at the foot of the Abbey enjoying the music, the food and the atmosphere. We often have events for St George’s Day and other things like Lemon Day and Love Wymondham Day organised by my husband. A good place for a walk? We do have our green spaces in Wymondham – and I would like to keep it that way! Tolls Meadow is a wet meadow habitat between the Fairland and the Station. I have often seen water voles there which are quite rare and something to be proud of. We also have “The Lizard” which is also a conservation area and the newt ponds with the great crested variety. Ashwellthorpe Woods are also worth a visit especially in bluebell time. Thanks to volunteers from WyNG and Norfolk Wildlife Trust for keeping these places managed.

Your favourite building? Beckets Chapel in Wymondham was founded in the 12th Century – soon after the Abbey. It has undergone several changes in its history from having been a guild chapel, a grammar school, fire station and coal store and until a couple of years ago it was our town library. In the last few years Wymondham Arts Forum has shown that it can be a successful Arts Centre. I was really pleased to be able to exhibit my quilts there 2 years ago. Please do go and support it so that it can continue to thrive as a venue. Best place to go on a rainy day? Wymondham Bridewell Museum. It is open every day except Sundays from March to October. It could be open more if there were more volunteers! It is well presented with a display of the Brush Making Factories which were the main industry in Wymondham. You can find out about prison life throughout the ages, Kett’s rebellion and much much more!

What’s your favourite view? Wymondham Abbey is such an iconic building – with the two towers visible from far away. It always amazes me though that wherever you see it from it is always slightly different. eastlife.co.uk|137


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THEATRE & SHOWS 1 Mar Steve Hughes Australian comedian. Norwich Playhouse, Norwich, 01603 598598 1 Mar Miss Barbara Nice Expect a friendly, inclusive atmosphere with home truths, great timing and unique comic insights into the human condition from the Stockport mother of five. Norwich Arts Centre, Norwich, 01603 660352 1 Mar The Circus of Horrors With a brilliant cast The Circus of Horrors features some of the greatest, most bizarre and beautiful Circus acts on earth. King’s Lynn Corn Exchange, King’s Lynn, 01553 764864 1 - 2 Mar The Last Obit This awardwinning blackcomedy by Peter Tinniswood (author of the TV sitcom I Didn’t Know You Cared) will be performed by Judi Daykin of Braod Horizons Theatre Company Maddermarket Theatre, Norwich, 01603 620917 1 - 3 Mar We Happy Few Imogen Stubbs’ play follows a group of female actors touring Shakespeare plays round the United Kingdom during World War II Maddermarket Theatre, Norwich, 01603 620917 1 - 3 Mar Sons and Lovers Stage adaptation of D.H.Lawrence’s powerful semiautobiographical novel. Sewell Barn Theatre, Norwich, 01603 697248 1 - 3 Mar Roots Norwich’s acclaimed Crude Apache theatre company present a new version of Arnold Wesker’s gripping play, first performed in 1958 and revived many times since then. Set in Norfolk and written in the appropriate dialect it tells the tale of Beatie Bryant, a farm labourers daughter, determined to better herself. Dragon Hall, Norwich, 01603 663922 \1 - 10 Mar Legally Blonde Based on the hit movie starring Reese Witherspoon, this critically acclaimed new musical is created by a top-of-their-class creative team. An all singing, all dancing, feel-good musical comedy. Norwich Theatre Royal, Norwich, 01603 630000 2 Mar The Circus of Horrors See panel. The Hippodrome, Great Yarmouth, 01493 844172 2 Mar The Tim Vine Chat Show The audience are the guests! Expect the punexpected as Tim Vine chats to guests plucked from the audience. It could be Martin who runs a rug shop or Lydia, a part time librarian. Who knows what’s in store! Actual people are the stars of the show, and as Tim always says “everybody has a story”. Norwich Playhouse, Norwich, 01603 598598 2 Mar Jimeoin Hilarious show of worldclass stand-up as Irish/Australian super-star Jimeoin, internationally hailed as one of live comedy’s masters and multi-award winner, presents his stunning new show for one night only. King’s Lynn Corn Exchange, King’s Lynn, 01553 764864 3 Mar Pete Firman Astonishing magic and hilarious comedy all rolled into one night. Norwich Playhouse, Norwich, 01603 598598

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3 Mar Chicken Licken Puppet show for ages 3+. Norwich Puppet Theatre, Norwich, 01603 629921 3 Mar The Little Big Club A fabulous stage show for the whole family packed with the songs the characters are famous for - including Fireman Sam and Bib the Builder. King’s Lynn Corn Exchange, King’s Lynn, 01553 764864 4 Mar Swan Lake The world-renowned Moscow Ballet - La Classique demonstrate their continued quality of dance and performances in a dramatic production of this timeless favourite set to Tchaikovsky’s superb score. King’s Lynn Corn Exchange, King’s Lynn, 01553 764864 5 Mar Faustus Adapted from Christopher Marlowe’s classic script by Richard Hasnip this incredible play is brought to you as you’ve never seen it before. Norwich Playhouse, Norwich, 01603 598598 7 Mar Mike Harding An evening of songs, daft stories and monologues from the man once described as ‘The grandfather of alternative comedy.’After 15 years concentrating on writing and broadcasting, fell walking and fly-fishing, Mike’s now returned to his roots with a vengeance. Norwich Playhouse, Norwich, 01603 598598 7 Mar Nathan Caton An evening of laughs from the award-winning comedian. Norwich Arts Centre, Norwich, 01603 660352 7 Mar Pack Up Your Troubles The very best of Music Hall with great songs of the wartime 40s. King’s Lynn Corn Exchange, King’s Lynn, 01553 764864 8 Mar Private Resistance Eastern Angles present the ultimate ‘what-if’ scenario. How would the British have coped with a German invasion? Set in 1940 it’s a thrilling tale of the so-called Auxiliary Units, Churchill’s secret guerrilla army primed to go underground to fight behind the lines - a story of the bonds created and destroyed by wartime. Sheringham Little Theatre, Sheringham, 01473 211498 8 Mar Lady HaHa A brilliant night of comedy in celebration of International Women’s Day, hosted by Kate Smurthwaite (Radio 4’s Women’s Hour) and headlined by If.Comedy Best Newcomer Nominee Loretta Maine. Expect hilarious stand up from Katherine Ryan (as seen on Channel 4’s Campus and E4’s Big Brother’s Big Mouth), hilarious songs from “Bette Midler for the Adele generation” (The Scotsman) award winning Vikki Stone and the best in character comedy from Fosters Comedy Award Best Newcomer Nominee 2010 Cariad Lloyd. Norwich Playhouse, Norwich, 01603 598598 8 Mar Tony Law Canadian stand-up comedian. The Granary Theatre, Wells-nextthe-Se, 01328 710193 9 Mar Private Resistance See 8 March. Diss Corn Hall, Diss, 01379 652241 9 Mar Paul Rose: Explore BBC presenter Paul Rose talks about a lifetime of remarkable adventures from Antarctica to Everest via the planet’s last true remaining

wilderness – her vast oceans. King’s Lynn Arts Centre, King’s Lynn, 01553 764864 9 Mar Ken Webster Mental hypnotist. Pavilion Theatre , Cromer, 01263 512495 9 Mar Red Card Comedy Club Top stand-up with Duncan Oakley, Dave Gibson, Dana Alexander and Elis James. Dereham Memorial Hall, Dereham, 9 - 10 Mar Up Pompeii Based on the BBC sitcom, starring the inimitable Frankie Howerd, Laughing Monkey bring Miles Tredinnick’s new adaptation of this seventies classic to the stage. Norwich Puppet Theatre, Norwich, 01603 629921 9 - 10 Mar April in Paris John Godber’s comedy presented by Westacre Theatre Company. Westacre Theatre, Westacre, 01760 755800 9 - 10 Mar Great Expectations Presented by Baroque Theatre Company. Maddermarket Theatre, Norwich, 01603 620917 9 - 12 Mar Rich Hall A well-known grouchy, deadpan US stand-up comic. Norwich Playhouse, Norwich, 01603 598598 10 Mar The Early Edition Great guffaws and heaps of laughter in this comedy panel show hosted by Marcus Brigstocke and Andre Vincent. Norwich Playhouse, Norwich, 01603 598598 10 Mar Paul Daniels The popular comedian with the lovely Debbie McGee and Martin Daniels. Pavilion Theatre , Cromer, 01263 512495 10 Mar The Billy Fury Years Rock ‘n’ roll music show. Gorleston Pavilion Theatre, Gorleston, 01493 662832 11 Mar The Owl and The Pussycat A nonsense adventure for 3-7 year olds and their families. Norwich Arts Centre, Norwich, 01603 660352 11 Mar Stewart Lee A recent official Channel 4 survey of the 100 Greatest Standups Ever placed Stewart Lee at number 41. Norwich Theatre Royal, Norwich, 01603 630000 12 - 13 Mar Dance Fusion This year’s Dance Fusion performance by the dancers from The College of West Anglia will be an exciting mix of ballet, tap, jazz and singing. King’s Lynn Corn Exchange, King’s Lynn, 01553 764864 12 - 12 Mar Lee Nelson Star of Live at the Apollo (BBC ONE) and two series of the smash-hit comedy Lee Nelson’s Well Good Show (BBC Three). Qwaliteeeeeeee!!!! UEA LCR at University of East Anglia, Norwich, 01603 508050 13 - 17 Mar Swallows and Amazons An action-packed musical adventure for the whole family directed by Tom Morris who also directed the international smash hit War Horse, with music by Neil Hannon from The Divine Comedy. Norwich Theatre Royal, Norwich, 01603 630000 14 Mar Private Resistance See 8 March. New Buckenham Village Hall, New Buckenham, 01473 211498 14 Mar The Table An innovative display of puppetry accompanied with enchanting

2 MARCH THE CIRCUS OF HORRORS The Show that Rocked Britain's Got Talent is back with a new Awe inspiring Jaw dropping sensation. With a brilliant cast, the Circus of Horrors features some of the greatest, most bizarre and beautiful Circus acts on Earth. Where else can you see a daredevil sword swallower swallowing a lit neon tube? Where else can you see a beautiful creature hung upside-down while a dare devil trapeze artist performs a exquisite ariel act hung solely from her partners hair? Where else can you see a contortionist contort her body whilst firing an arrow from a long bow with her feet? All this and a whole lot more in this extraordinary show. Hippodrome Circus, Great Yarmouth. stories. An award winning show not to be missed. Norwich Playhouse, Norwich, 01603 598598 14 Mar Madama Butterfly With international soloists, a highly-praised chorus, and full orchestra. An Ellen Kent Production featuring the Internationally Acclaimed Ukrainian National Opera of Kharkiv Ellen Kent’s award winning Opera returns, with exquisite sets, such as the stunning Japanese garden and spectacular costumes including antique wedding kimonos from Japan. King’s Lynn Corn Exchange, King’s Lynn, 01553 764864 15 Mar Mugenkyo Taiko Drummers Experience the thundering and exhilarating rhythms of Taiko in a dynamic and engaging show, and gain a unique insight into the enthralling world of this ancient art. Pavilion Theatre , Cromer, 01263 512495 15 Mar An Evening of Burlesque Sizziling spectacular direct from the West End. It’s all tease, no sleaze as corsets, killer heels, stockings aplenty, sultry vocals, breathtaking choreography, mischief, magic, frivolity and fun collide. Sparkling with cou-


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What’s on in March ture costumes recalling the golden eras of glamour. . . enjoy the ultimate tease. King’s Lynn Corn Exchange, King’s Lynn, 01553 764864 15 - 17 Mar Spooky Kid’s Comedy Shorts Spooky Kid return to the stage with seven short comedy plays by some of the regions finest, as yet undiscovered talent. Norwich Puppet Theatre, Norwich, 01603 629921 15 - 20 Mar Jon Richardson The new host of Channel 4’s Stand Up For The Week, team captain on 8 Out Of 10 Cats, Edinburgh Comedy Award nominee and best-selling with his new show, Funny Magnet. Norwich Playhouse, Norwich, 01603 598598 16 Mar Dan Antopolski Dave Award winner, triple Perrier Award nominee and BBC New Comedy award winner, Dan Antopolski is one of the fastest rising stars in comedy. King’s Lynn Arts Centre, King’s Lynn, 01553 764864 16 - 17 Mar April in Paris John Godber’s comedy presented by Westacre Theatre Company. Westacre Theatre, Westacre, 01760 755800 17 Mar The Motown Hits Show A celebration of Motown music. King’s Lynn Corn Exchange, King’s Lynn, 01553 764864 17 - 18 Mar Circle of Tales Show for ages 6+ presented by Puppetcraft. Norwich Puppet Theatre, Norwich, 01603 629921 19 Mar Your Last Breath Winner of a Fringe First award at this years Edinburgh Fringe, this show fuses movement, piano score and video to

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Norfolk scientifically challenging and quite startling effect. Norwich Playhouse, Norwich, 01603 598598 19 - 24 Mar Blood Brothers Bill Kenwright presents Willy Russell’s legendary, award-winning musical. Set in Willy Russell’s native Liverpool, it tells the captivating tale of twin boys, separated at birth only to be reunited by a twist of fate and a mother’s haunting secret. Starring Maureen Nolan. King’s Lynn Corn Exchange, King’s Lynn, 01553 764864 20 - 23 Mar Return to the Forbidden Planet “Shakespeare’s forgotten rock and roll masterpiece by Bob Carlton, presented by Gresham’s School.” Auden Theatre at Gresham’s School, Holt, 01263 713444 21 - 24 Mar Miranda When a man discovers a beautiful mermaid on the rocky Cornish coast, what is he to do with her? … Take her home to the wife, of course! A barrel of trouble awaits Sir Paul Marten when the aquatic arch-seductress enters London society. Sheringham Little Theatre, Sheringham, 01263 822347 22 Mar Bug#9 An evening of extraordinary, extreme and downright brilliant music videos from around the world, interspersed with chat, music video director interviews and funny bits off YouTube. Norwich Playhouse, Norwich, 01603 598598 22 Mar Pinocchio Carlo Collodi’s fairytale is brought to life in this fresh new stage adaptation written and directed by Joseph Ballard and performed by a company of local young actors aged 12-19. Norwich Puppet Theatre, Norwich, 01603 629921 22 - 24 Mar Amadeus The King’s Lynn Players take on one of their greatest challenges with the multi award winning Amadeus. King’s Lynn Arts Centre, King’s Lynn, 01553 764864 23 Mar When We Met The Extraordinary Mr Algernon Huff Andrew Brammer, national award winning performance storyteller, unleashes his brand new show of slightly tall tales. Ages 14+. The Forum, Norwich, 01603 630000 23 Mar Barry Cryer Join old Baz on an alphabetical, hypothetical journey from A to Z. Have you noticed that all the letters in the alphabet are in the right order? Pavilion Theatre , Cromer, 01263 512495 24 Mar No Strings Burlesque and Cabaret Club A night of fabulous burlesque entertainment. Norwich Puppet Theatre, Norwich, 01603 629921 24 Mar Richard III RoughCast’s typically high-energy and fast-paced performance ensures that the audience will take as much delight in Richard’s blackly humorous rise to power as Richard does himself. Diss Corn Hall, Diss, 01379 652241 26 Mar Sarah Millican North East comedian. Ever wondered how to make a home made treadmill? The practicalities of an orgy? Or what to do when you don’t like parties but

do like party food? Wonder no more. If your glass is half full, she’ll top it up. King’s Lynn Corn Exchange, King’s Lynn, 01553 764864 26 - 30 Mar Me and My Friend (Act 2) A funny and powerful play that explores the friendship and sometimes hilarious struggles of two women trying to adjustto life after confinement in a psychiatric institution. Maddermarket Theatre, Norwich, 01603 620917 27 - 31 Mar Matthew Bourne’s The Nutcracker This delicious theatrical feast has family-sized helpings of Matthew Bourne’s trademark wit, pathos and magical fantasy. Tchaikovsky’s glorious score and Anthony Ward’s unforgettable sets and costumes combine with sizzling choreography to create a fresh and charmingly irreverent interpretation. Norwich Theatre Royal, Norwich, 01603 630000 28 Mar Private Resistance See 8 March. Aylsham Town Hall, Aylsham, 01473 211498 28 Mar The Poppy Line Paston Sixth Form College students once again celebrate their community by producing an afternoon of drama, song and dance based around stories of the North Norfolk Railway. Sheringham Little Theatre, Sheringham, 01263 822347 29 - 31 Mar Vernon God Little A Fast, superby dark and riouously funny play, adapted by Tanya Ronder from DBC Pierre’s Booker prize winning novel. The Garage, Norwich, 01603 630000 29 - 31 Mar Albert Herring Britten’s opera presented by North Norfolk Chamber Opera. Auden Theatre at Gresham’s School, Holt, 01263 713444 30 Mar Private Resistance See 8 March. Frettenham Village Hall, Frettenham, 01603 737883 30 Mar The Fitzrovia Radio Hour Bringing the 1940’s radio play back into fashion; with smart clothes and an even smarter sense of humour. Norwich Playhouse, Norwich, 01603 598598 30 Mar Rock ‘n’ Roll Paradise Rock ‘n’ roll music show. Pavilion Theatre , Cromer, 01263 512495 30 Mar Red Card Comedy Club Top stand-up. Diss Corn Hall, Diss, 01379 652241 31 Mar La Traviata Deeply passionate and moving version of Verdi’s tragic opera by The Merry Opera Company. Norwich Playhouse, Norwich, 01603 598598 31 Mar The Secret Garden Presented in Angel Exit’s rich visual style and blending storytelling with striking physicality, beautiful puppets, live singing and an original soundtrack, The Secret Garden is a show for all the family. King’s Lynn Arts Centre, King’s Lynn, 01553 764864 31 Mar Little Belter A brand new show created by Kylie Minogue’s long-serving Musical Director, Steve Anderson and Terry Roland, writer/director behind some of the biggest names in pop, including Girls Aloud, Kylie and Sophie Ellis-Bextor. Pavilion Theatre , Cromer, 01263 512495

31 Mar The Velveteen Rabbit Using a variety of different puppets, Backhand Theatre create a visually stunning and entertaining performance, suitable for all the family. Diss Corn Hall, Diss, 01379 652241 30 Apr - 30 Mar When We Met The Extraordinary Mr Algernon Huff Andrew Brammer, national award winning performance storyteller, unleashes his brand new show of slightly tall tales. Ages 14+. The Forum, Norwich, 01603 630000

MUSIC 1 Mar Martin Roscoe Piano concert. King’s Lynn Arts Centre, King’s Lynn, 01553 764864 1 Mar Steve Knightly Steve Knightley is the songwriting force behind the phenomenally successful acoustic roots duo Show of Hands as well as a fine singer and musician. With special guests Phil Henry & Hannah Martin. Norwich Puppet Theatre, Norwich, 01603 629921 1 Mar MOBO Tour The hottest new acts in urban music including Lady Leshurr, Clement Marfo & The Frontline and others. The Waterfront, Norwich, 01603 508050 2 Mar The Bach Players Scarlatti’s Stabat Mater. Octagon Chapel, Norwich, 01603 628319 2 Mar Allo Darlin Sweet indie pop with the self-deprecating writings of Kirsty Macoll and the effortless proto-twee melodies of the best Twa Toots songs. Norwich Arts Centre, Norwich, 01603 660352 3 Mar Rock and Blues on the Pier A headline performance from Dr Feelgood anchors a line-up that also features the Steve Gibbons Band, The John Otway Band, a Spikedrivers ‘Blues Review’ show, Split Whiskers and Grom. Pavilion Theatre , Cromer, 01263 512495 4 Mar Fairport Convention Folkrock legends. Pavilion Theatre , Cromer, 01263 512495 4 Mar Labrinth Since featuring on, and producing, Tinie Tempah’s ‘Pass Out’ and ‘Frisky’, the singing, songwriting and producing phenomenon Labrinth has rapidly become one of the most significant emerging artists of the past 18 months. UEA LCR at University of East Anglia, Norwich, 01603 508050 5 Mar Souls of Mischief A hip hop group from Oakland, California, that is also part of the hip hop collective, Hieroglyphics. Norwich Arts Centre, Norwich, 01603 660352 6 Mar Chris Smither New Orleansbred folk-bluesman. Norwich Arts Centre, Norwich, 01603 660352 6 Mar Schools Make Music Join students from across West Norfolk as they join forces to perform a concert of popular music. King’s Lynn Corn Exchange, King’s Lynn, 01553 764864 6 Mar Killing Joke With a reputation forged in fire, brimstone and magic, Killing Joke have long been one of rock’s most iconic & influential outfits The Waterfront, Norwich, 01603 508050

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What’s on in March 7 Mar The Stones Rolling Stones tribute. Maddermarket Theatre, Norwich, 01603 620917 7 Mar InMe Alternative rock band based in Brentwood, Essex, who have to date released 4 highly successful studio albums, spawning a number of Top 40 UK singles and years of touring and playing great shows and festivals around the UK, Europe and the world. Their new album ‘The Pride’ was released in February in conjunction with Pledge Music. The Waterfront, Norwich, 01603 508050 8 Mar Kit Holmes Trio The Observer likened Kit’s music to Nick Drake and Macy Gray, and both Bob Harris and Andy Kershaw have featured Kit on their BBC shows. Her trademark sultry vocals and virtuoso guitar playing have wowed audiences across the UK. Norwich Arts Centre, Norwich, 01603 660352 8 Mar Richard Digance See panel. Maddermarket Theatre, Norwich, 01603 620917 9 Mar Portico Quartet Portico Quartet are four young musicians from South London who sound like nothing you’ve ever heard before. Living and playing together they describe their ethos as like an Indy band that plays post-jazz, and their unique sound has won them many fans. Norwich Arts Centre, Norwich, 01603 660352 9 Mar Nancy Kerr & James Fagan Winners of three BBC Radio 2 Folk Awards. Norwich Folk Club at Christ Church Centre, Norwich, 10 Mar The Coal Porters An exciting and dynamic bluegrass combo with a dynamite live act. Assembly House, Norwich, 01603 626402 10 Mar The Chan Quartet Beethoven, Haydn and Ravel Norwich Cathedral, Norwich, 01603 218300 10 Mar Rise To Remain Up-and-coming London-based metal band and Kerrang! favourites. The Waterfront, Norwich, 01603 508050 10 Mar Pure Floyd Show Tribute. The Brickmakers, Norwich, 01603 441118 10 Mar Queen II Queen tribute. Diss Corn Hall, Diss, 01379 652241 11 Mar Black Stone Cherry Kentucky-bred rockers Black Stone Cherry have crafted an album of soaring, Southern-fried hard rock with their third album, ’Between the Devil and the Deep Blue Sea’. It is a blistering set of intoxicating anthems, much like a modern version of their heroes in Lynyrd Skynyrd or the Marshall Tucker Band. UEA LCR at University of East Anglia, Norwich, 01603 508050 12 Mar The Dubliners The legendary band, forerunners of the current Celtic and British folk revival, are still going strong after 46 years on the road. With Barney McKenna, John Sheahan, Sean Cannon, Eamonn Campbell and Patsy Watchorn. Norwich Theatre Royal, Norwich, 01603 630000 12 Mar Wild Beasts Four piece pop group, Wild Beasts are a mix of many different styles with songs that sound as different from each other as possible, with some al-

Norfolk most operatic style vocals. The Waterfront, Norwich, 01603 508050 13 Mar Yashin One of the UK’s best upcoming live alternative bands perform in the Waterfront Studio. The Waterfront, Norwich, 01603 508050 14 Mar The Maccabees Highly acclaimed South London based five piece tour in support of their third album ’Given to the Wild’. UEA LCR at University of East Anglia, Norwich, 01603 508050 14 Mar Sean Taylor Raw blues rock from this young singer songwriter. Olives, Norwich, 01603 230500 15 Mar Summer Camp An indie pop duo formed in October 2009 by multi-instrumentalist Jeremy Warmsley and vocalist Elizabeth Sankey. Their musical style has been described as ’21st-century alt.pop’, but also draws influence from 60s girl groups and 80s synth pop. Norwich Arts Centre, Norwich, 01603 660352 17 Mar London Community Gospel Choir Uplifting and healing music that is sure to raise your spirits from a choir that sells out worldwide. Norwich Playhouse, Norwich, 01603 598598 17 Mar The Manfreds The Manfreds, with original ‘front man’ Paul Jones, will be celebrating their 50th anniversary in 2012, performing many of their hits along with a mix of Jazz and Blues songs from some of their best-known albums. Pavilion Theatre , Cromer, 01263 512495 17 Mar A March of Music and Poetry with a touch of Irish Starring: Susie Fowler-Watt, The Sheringham Shantymen and Justin Grounds With Pete Sanpher, 5th Watch, Tina Wegg and Steve Hayley Cawthorne and David Young. Sheringham Little Theatre, Sheringham, 01263 822347 17 Mar Kim Richey American singersongwriter Kim Richey has been a Grammy nominee for writing hit songs for others, and has refined her own distinctive version of Americana to draw together strands of rock, country and folk. The Granary Theatre, Wells-next-the-Se, 01328 710193 18 Mar Dame Felicity Palmer Mezzo soprano accompanied by Simon Lepper on piano, with a programme of songs by Britten, Purcell, Tchaikovsky, de Falla and Sondheim. Holkham Hall, Holkham, 01328 713111 18 Mar Inspiral Carpets 2011 saw Inspiral Carpets re-group with their original singer Stephen Holt taking over lead vocal duties. They will be recording their first material in 15 years. The Waterfront, Norwich, 01603 508050 19 Mar Gretchen Peters Hailed by many as one of Nashville’s best contemporary songwriters, Gretchen Peters’ intelligent and introspective songs have been covered by pop, country, blues and folk artists all over the world. Norwich Arts Centre, Norwich, 01603 660352 19 Mar Chimaira Metal. The Waterfront, Norwich, 01603 508050 20 Mar East Coast Band Jazz. The Brickmakers, Norwich, 01603 441118

8 MARCH RICHARD DIGANCE Many people sing, play guitar and tell stories - but not many have supported Steve Martin and Robin Williams, or played a guitar duet with Brian May of Queen. Richard Digance has. Richard is also a BAFTA nominated entertainer; he received The Gold Award from The British Academy of Composers and Songwriters in 2003 and is featured in The Virgin Anthology of Songwriter. Maddermarket Theatre, Norwich. 21 Mar Jamie Smith’s Mabon An irresistible blend of world music, Celtic roots and rabble-rousing funk folk, filled with energy, joy and passion. Norwich Arts Centre, Norwich, 01603 660352 21 Mar Charlie Landsborough With music ranging from inspirational to country, and from ballad to anthem, Charlie is a consummate live performer. Norwich Theatre Royal, Norwich, 01603 630000 21 Mar The Fureys and Davey Arthur The Fureys & Davey Arthur are responsible for some of the most stirring music ever to capture the public imagination. Pavilion Theatre , Cromer, 01263 512495 21 Mar Stiff Little Fingers Punk originals fronted by the iconic Jake Burns, supported by Spear of Destiny. The Waterfront, Norwich, 01603 508050 22 Mar Aly Bain & Phil Cunningham Aly Bain from BBC 4 ‘’Transatlantic Sessions’’ is the best-known and most significant fiddle player in the Celtic tradition and Phil Cunningham is a world-famous accordion player and composer. Assembly House, Norwich, 01603 626402 22 Mar Leddra Chapman With a quintessentially English voice which is both pure and unique, and soulful and honest lyrics that come straight from the heart, Leddra - from Essex - is truly one of the most gifted young songwriters in Britain today. Norwich Arts Centre, Norwich, 01603 660352 22 - 23 Mar The Osmonds See page 63. Norwich Theatre Royal, Norwich, 01603 630000 22 - 24 Mar Showstoppers The Chorus of St. Cecilia return with musical director Matthew Hardy to present hit songs and showstoppers from broadway’s greatest hits. Gorleston Pavilion Theatre, Gorleston, 01493 662832 23 Mar The Albion Band Award winning song-writing with a folk-rock indie vibe, The Albion Band feature some of the finest young musicians on the UK folk scene. Norwich Playhouse, Norwich, 01603 598598 23 Mar Nero Nero have become a big name in both the Drum and Bass and Dubstep scenes, often fusing both styles of music in their DJ sets. The two producers, Dan Stephens and Joe Ray, have found massive crossover success with hit singles such as ’Promises’, ’Guilt’ and ’Me & You’. UEA LCR at University of East Anglia, Norwich, 01603 508050 23 Mar Jaguar Skills Trevor Nelson’s ‘in house’ mastermixer. The Waterfront, Norwich, 01603 508050

23 Mar Cleaving Heevages Good fun covers band with a cheeky feminist slant. The Brickmakers, Norwich, 01603 441118 24 Mar Maire Ni Chathasaigh & Chris Newman Brilliant Irish harp and guitar duo playing their mixture of traditional Irish music, songs, swing jazz, baroque and bluegrass. Whissonsett Village Hall, Whissonsett, 01328 700010 24 Mar Picadilly Dance Orchestra A night of jazz, swing and golden greats from the 1920’s to the 1930’s. Norwich Playhouse, Norwich, 01603 598598 24 Mar Young Guns Having formed from the ashes of a variety of local bands, Young Guns have been making an impact in rock circles since their first release, the striking ‘Mirrors’ EP in June 2009. Norwich Arts Centre, Norwich, 01603 660352 24 Mar Young Guns Having formed from the ashes of a variety of local bands, Young Guns have been making an impact in rock circles since their first release, the striking ‘Mirrors’ EP in June 2009. Norwich Arts Centre, Norwich, 01603 660352 24 Mar Signum Quartet One of Europe’s leading young quartets and Radio 3 New Generation Artists, the Signum Quartet from Berlin, perform an all Schubert programme. Holkham Hall, Holkham, 01328 713111 24 Mar The Hollies Still pure Hollies. Still the tight, clean vocal harmonies, meticulously honed, precisely melded. All the classic hits including The Air That I Breathe, Bus Stop, Carrie Anne, Just One Look, He Ain’t Heavy He’s My Brother and many more. Norwich Theatre Royal, Norwich, 01603 630000 24 Mar UEA Symphony Orchestra and Choir Schuman Piano Concert in A minor Op 54; Mozart Requiem K626. Norwich Cathedral, Norwich, 01603 218300 25 Mar Norfolk Symphony Orchestra International opera star Alwyn Mellor sings Wagner, followed by the Planet Suite by Holst. King’s Lynn Corn Exchange, King’s Lynn, 01553 764864 26 Mar Watermelon Slim An authentic Mississippi delta blues musician. Norwich Arts Centre, Norwich, 01603 660352 26 Mar Never Means Maybe Taking in different elements of the music around them, Never Means Maybe have crafted a style and sound to their music that is difficult to pin down; no mean feat in today’s copycat world of music. Emerging from the burgeoning Essex music scene, under the signature of ‘pop-post-hardcore’ Never Means Maybe en-

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1 MARCH - 1 JULY THERE IS HERE: PHOTOGRAPHS BY AVI GUPTA The first UK exhibition by American artist Avi Gupta, specially commissioned for the Sainsbury Centre. The exhibition presents a series of photographs of domestic interiors taken in private homes in Washington DC and in Kolkata, India. These poetic images are devoid of people yet filled with human presence, leaving the viewer with the sensation that something has just happened or is about to happen. The photographs show found situations, untouched by the artist yet framed by him to highlight subtle details and unexpected juxtapositions, Sainsbury Centre for Visual Arts, University of East Anglia, Norwich . compass everything this style suggests; and many more beside. (Performing in the Waterfront Studio). The Waterfront, Norwich, 01603 508050 27 Mar Spiro Take four musicians from backgrounds as diverse as classical and punk, and embark on a musical adventure. Tunes collide with rhythms and counter melodies a powerhouse of sound. Violin, mandolin, accordion and guitar comprise the unique experience that is Spiro. Norwich Arts Centre, Norwich, 01603 660352 28 Mar Bill Wells and Aidan Moffat Eight years in the making, the debut album by Bill Wells and Aidan Moffat is a special thing, full of gorgeous, jazz-inflected love songs fleshed out with a mixture of spoken word pieces and vocals delivered in Aidan’s distinctive rhotic singing voice. Norwich Arts Centre, Norwich, 01603 660352 28 Mar UFO British space metal outfit UFO were formed in 1969. Featuring the inimitable vocals of Phil Mogg, they released epic rock tracks such as Doctor Doctor, Only You Can Rock Me and Lights Out. The current line up includes Phil Mogg, Paul Raymond, Andy Parker and Vinnie Moore. The Waterfront, Norwich, 01603 508050 29 Mar These Ghosts These Ghosts are fast becoming one of our finest exports and a band who are looking to break through to

bigger things as they prepare to release the follow up to their critically acclaimed 2009 debut album. Support from Norwich band Deers and The Soft, from Bury St Edmunds. Norwich Arts Centre, Norwich, 01603 660352 29 Mar Wiley Officially dubbed the ‘Godfather of Grime’, Wiley was one of the first MC’s to give the genre its name and is one of the scene’s most innovative artists to date. He has sold over one million singles, with hits such as ’Wearing my Rolex’, ’Cash in my Pocket’, ’Take That’ and ’Never Be Your Woman’. The Waterfront, Norwich, 01603 508050 30 Mar Solid Silver 60s Concert featuring the unforgettable talents of Peter Noone, Chris Montez, Brian Hyland with Brian Poole and all backed by Vanity Fare. King’s Lynn Corn Exchange, King’s Lynn, 01553 764864 30 Mar Cher Lloyd Cher mesmerised The X Factor 2010 audiences with her unique urban-pop performances and strong personal style. In summer 2011 she emerged with the genre-baiting, tempo-twisting first single, ’Swagger Jagger’. Cher’s debut album ’Stick and Stones’ delivers on both upbeat pop smashes and punchy urban panache. UEA LCR at University of East Anglia, Norwich, 01603 508050

30 Mar Los Campesinos! Seven piece indie pop band from Cardiff with a punk spirit, biting lyrics and shouty vocals. The Waterfront, Norwich, 01603 508050 30 Mar Front Porch Blues Acoustic blues. The Granary Theatre, Wells-nextthe-Sea, 01328 710193 31 Mar Hello Bear With support from Darwin and the Dinosaur + Dying Breeds + White Collar Crimes. Norwich Arts Centre, Norwich, 01603 660352 31 Mar Thank You For the Music Abba tribute. King’s Lynn Corn Exchange, King’s Lynn, 01553 764864 31 Mar Songs & Stories of the Air Concert event with music by the Big Sky community choir, photographic images by David Tipling and storyteller, Hugh Lupton. Norwich Cathedral, Norwich, 01603 218300 31 Mar Dirty/DC AC/DC tribute. The Brickmakers, Norwich, 01603 441118 31 Mar Raymond Frogatt Top UK country music entertainer Raymond Froggatt has made over 40 records, written around 3,000 songs and was voted top male singer by the British Country Music Association for six years in a row. Diss Corn Hall, Diss, 01379 652241

ART & EXHIBITIONS 1 - 2 Mar Print Fair Elements VI Affordable, original art by selected exhibitors from the Norwich Print Fair. The exhibition will show a diverse range of original prints, and there will also be unframed prints and greetings cards on sale. 10am-5pm. The Forum, Norwich. 1 - 4 Mar Sea View: Great Yarmouth Masterpieces Discover Great Yarmouth through the eyes of the celebrated Norwich School of Artists. This evocative exhibition of paintings and drawings from Norfolk Museums and Archaeology Service collections includes atmospheric views of local landmarks; the beach, jetty and quayside, by artists such as John Sell Cotman, John Crome and Joseph Stannard. In the 19th century, Norfolk was home to this close-knit group of painters, who formed the first regional group of artists in England. They were inspired by Great Yarmouth with its bustling quayside and growing popularity as a holiday destination. And as many potential patrons and benefactos lived by the quay, some of the artists chose to make Yarmouth their home. Time and Tide Museum, Great Yarmouth, 01493 743930 1 - 10 Mar Neither Land nor Water Photographs by Richard Denyer. The relationship between water and land, the wild and the man-made, is particularly evident in the wetlands of the Norfolk & Suffolk Broads and the lowlands of northern Holland.

Sensitivity to the delicate nature of wetland terrain is reflected in some vernacular architecture and ignored by other idiosyncratic structures that illustrate real or imagined relationships with water, land and sky. Some watery scenes could be in either country but most images illustrate decisions which are more or less culturally specific and relate to social and political attitudes towards inhabitants, visitors and the wider environment. Norwich Arts Centre, Norwich, 01603 660352 1 - 11 Mar Moscow State Circus: Babushkin Sekret Inspired by the legend of ‘The 12 chairs’, the new show takes us on an incredible journey in the company of, without a doubt the greatest circus performers on earth. A mammoth cast of Russia’s greatest and most talented circus artistes, many of which have never performed in Britian, transform the most famous circus in the world, combining contemporary & classical circus in a way never before witnessed King’s Lynn Corn Exchange, King’s Lynn, 01553 764864 1 - 12 Mar Re-Home A fascinating trio of exhibitions across 3 distinctive sites in King’s Lynn, looking at mundane and precious household objects taken out of their usual domestic or historical context, rehomed in museums, galleries or new settings. Venues: Shakespeare Barn Gallery, King’s Lynn Museum & 149 Hillington Square. King’s Lynn Arts Centre, King’s Lynn, 01553 764864 1 - 31 Mar Henry Bell: The Man Who Built King’s Lynn The life and architecture of Henry Bell 1647 - 1711. He built the iconic Custom House, Dukes Head and part of Clifton House. Models, paintings, prints and exhibition boards about his life form part of the exhibition. King’s Lynn Tourist Information Centre, King’s Lynn, 01553 763044 1 Mar - 12 Apr World War Two: Local Secrets and Stories Find out about everyday life in Norfolk during World War Two as told by local people. From tanks passing through Thetford and bombing in Lynn, to the arrival of the evacuees and American convoys – all these events are vividly recalled by the people who witnessed them. Ancient House, Thetford, 01842 752599 1 Mar - 24 Jun JAPAN: Kingdom of Characters This vibrant exhibition celebrates the growing interest in Japanese subcultures such as manga and anime. It offers the chance to encounter characters from television, computer games and comics. Many have become much loved household names around the world. Providing an overview of manga and anime through the second half of the 20th century, the exhibi-

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Norfolk tion provides a unique insight into this cultural phenomenon. It will also give fans the chance to come face-to-face with some of their favourite characters, including humansized Ultraman, Pikachu and a Hello Kitty ‘skipping’ through the gallery. As well as 3D characters, the exhibition includes graphic illustrations and even a room-set of a teenager’s Hello Kitty bedroom. Anime screenings and graphic illustrations are included in the exhibition and create a context for the visiting characters. Sainsbury Centre for Visual Arts, Norwich, 01603 593199 1 Mar - 1 Jul There Is Here: Photographs by Avi Gupta See panel. Sainsbury Centre for Visual Arts, Norwich, 01603 593199 1 Mar - 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 2 - 30 Mar Chris & Hannah Hann Chris and Hannah Hann are partners and professional painters with a lengthy catalogue of exhibitions behind them. They were both born on islands, Chris on the Isle of Wight and Hannah in Shetland, and the sea and boats prove important subject matter. Assembly House, Norwich, 01603 626402 2 - 30 Mar Jo Hincks: Out of Print Vessels & Prints An exciting and thought-provoking exhibition showcasing a variety of work from this well-known, East Anglian artist. Her inventive, three-dimensional sculptures, variations on the basic form of a jug, are richly decorated with printed and painted imagery. Assembly House, Norwich, 01603 626402 3 - 31 Mar Past Present – Diss, a photographic portrait A special commission from the Stables Gallery, this exhibition will be both fascinating and insightful and is the result of many weeks spent in the town. It will seek to reveal aspects of places and people, illuminating some of the quiet magic that is Diss. Angela Buxton and Lucy Kayne have focused on the oldest buildings and institutions in Diss and the people who live and work there now. The exhibition will include photographic portraits and interviews, together with photographs of buildings that relate to the rich heritage and history of Diss. Diss Corn Hall 01379 652241 3 Mar - 15 Apr Titian’s Diana and Actaeon Titian’s 16th century masterpiece on tour from the National Gallery, London. Norwich Castle Museum & Art Gallery, Norwich, 01603 493625 5 - 15 Mar Alternative Angles An exhibition featuring the 30 winning and shortlisted images of Norwich HEART’s fourth annual photography competition. The exhibition showcases exciting responses and a range of approaches to the theme of ‘Alterna-

tive Angles’ which will captivate and challenge visitors to view heritage and the city around them in new ways. The Forum, Norwich, 01603 727950 5 - 17 Mar Evoke Evoke is based around the individual’s interpretation of senses and emotion. Following the success of their 2011 show, RAW, the Extended Diploma Photography Year 2 students from City College Norwich will be showcasing their latest work. Images will be accompanied by music especially composed by students from the BA Creative Practices and Enterprise at City College Norwich. The Forum, Norwich, 01603 727950 15 Mar - 16 Jul Journeys through the light Exhibition of cutting edge contemporary art including paintings, sculpture, craft, videos, and interventions made by East Anglian artists on the theme of light and image making as found in medieval stained glass. Hungate Medieval Art at St Peter Hungate Church, Norwich, 17 - 1 Mar Architecture: colour, form and structure Exhibition of paintings by Jeremy Taylor, in the Hostry. Norwich Cathedral, Norwich, 01603 218300 19 - 30 Mar En Plein Air 18 Months in the Broads Linda H Matthews and Brenda Vinten have spent most Saturday afternoons of the last 18 months painting around the northern Broads, en plein air no matter what the weather. The paintings in this exhibition are all painted on site mainly around the Rivers Bure & Ant. The contrast in their styles is amazing, Brenda works how she feels in an abstract style, Linda’s style is loose figurative. They both work in watercolour, pastel, acrylic and oils. Don’t expect chocolate box Broadland Scenes, be prepared for a different view! Broad Skies Gallery, Ludham Bridge, 01692 630485 20 Mar - 21 Apr Printed in Norfolk An interactive exhibition and display of the body of printed work produced by Coracle Press at Crome & Akers in Kings Lynn. The exhibition includes books and ephemera by artists such as by Kurt Schwitters, Thomas Joshua Cooper, Gustav Metzger, Paul Etienne Lincoln, Stuart Mills and Yoko Terauchi amongst many others. Norwich University College of the Arts, Norwich, 01603 610561 24 Mar - 15 Apr Robin Welch: the Potter and The Painter Based in Stradbroke since 1966, Robin Welch has established an international reputation for his work, which combines his skills as a sculptor, painter and potter. Wymondham Arts Centre, Wymondham, 01603 666011 31 Mar - 19 May 43rd Eastern Open 2012 The prestigious Eastern Open Art Competition embraces its 43rd year, once again attracting entries from across 7 counties of the eastern region. Don’t miss this chance to view an exceptional selection of top artistic talent from the East. King’s Lynn Arts Centre, King’s Lynn, 01553 764864

SPECIAL EVENTS Every Wednesday The Cloisters Fair: Antiques. Collectables. Vintage Established 1972, the oldest in Norwich. Set in the beautiful C14th Cloisters and loved by dealers and the public there is always a wide ranging fresh stock of antiques, collectables and vintage. 8am-3pm. St Andrews & Blackfriars Halls, Norwich, 01603 630763 2 - 4 Mar Deepdale Conservation Weekend A great way to spend a weekend with nature. Working the land with your own bare hands, Making new freinds and finding out what it really takes to maintian the beautiful British countryside we all know and love. Deepdale Backpackers & Camping, Burnham Deepdale, 01485 210256 2 - 4 Mar Screen-next-the-Sea Film Festival Inaugural film festival with six screenings and two presentations. The Granary Theatre, Wells-next-the-Se, 01328 711085 3 Mar Charity Well Being Event and Craft Fair 1-5.30pm & 6.30-9pm. Holt Youth Project, Holt, 07855 995843 3 Mar Clutter City Market A DIY Handmade Fair for creative independent crafters / artists / collectives to sell their work. Clutter City returns with it’s usual lineup of quirky stalls, craft workshops, live music and take-out food & drink. 10am-4pm. Norwich Arts Centre, Norwich, 01603 660352 3 Mar Flea Market Inside and outside stalls of vintage, antique, collectibles, shabby chic & unique items. 9am-1pm. Swan Hotel, Harleston, 01379 855486 3 - 4 Mar Blakeney Book Fair 10am-5pm. Blakeney Scout Hut, Blakeney, 01263 741690 4 Mar Thetford Antique & Collectors Fair 9am-3.45pm. Breckland Leisure Centre and Waterworld, Thetford, 07596 436260 4 Mar Antique and Collectors Fair 9am-4pm. Breckland Leisure Centre, Thetford, 07596 436260 6 Mar Lesley Pearse An opportunity to meet the global bestselling author who will duscissing and signing copies of her latest novel The Promise - the follow-up to number one bestseller, Belle. Jarrolds, Norwich, 01603 660661 8 Mar Steve Snelling Norfolk author Steve Snelling will be introducing his book Norwich - A Shattered City, a gripping insight into war-torn Norwich. Illustrated with more than 170 photographs and other images, the book presents a graphic portrait of the suffering and the stoicism displayed during an assault from the air that changed the face of Norwich forever. Jarrolds, Norwich, 01603 660661 9 - 11 Mar King’s Lynn Fiction Festival some of the best contemporary writers in a congenial and informal setting. Meet the authors, hear them reading and buy their books. King’s Lynn Town Hall, King’s Lynn, 01553 761919

10 Mar Antiques and Antiquarian Books Fair 9am-5pm. The Forum, Norwich, 01603 727950 11 Mar Thurne Windpump Open Day A unique opportunity to experience first hand the workings of the mill. 2-4pm. Thurne Dyke Drainage Mill, Thurne, 07796 407864 16 Mar St Winnold’s Day Celebrations t its height centuries ago, more than 10,000 horses were bought and sold during the fair, which began on St Winnold’s Day, and helped to replenish stocks for various armies on the continent. The fair has long disappeared from Downham Market but people still line the streets to watch an annual procession make its way through the town which recognises its once pre-eminent place in horse trading. Town Centre, Downham Market, 01366 387770 16 Mar An Evening with Charley Boorman “The number one bestselling author will be introducing and signing copies of his new book, Extreme Frontiers. “ Jarrolds, Norwich, 01603 660661 18 Mar Norwich Antiques and Collectors Fair 9am-4pm. The Brook Hotel, Norwich, 07919 022352 18 Mar Swaffham Antiques & Collector’s Fair 10am-4pm. Hamond’s High School, Swaffham, 01328 823880 25 Mar Thurne Windpump Open Day A unique opportunity to experience first hand the workings of the mill. 2-4pm. Thurne Dyke Drainage Mill, Thurne, 07796 407864 25 Mar Daffodil Craft and Country Fayre A fun filled day for all the family set in the beautiful grounds of Langley Park with a wide variety of attractions including vintage cars, music, craft stalls, refreshments and play areas. 10am until 4pm. Langley School, Loddon. 30 - 31 Mar Norwich Film Festival The Festival showcases up-and-coming talent from across the globe, with a programme of debut works alongside films from established artists. The Festival presents a number of category awards in addition to special awards for deserving local, British, and international filmmakers. Various Venues, Norwich, www.norwichfilmfestival.co.uk 30 Mar - 1 Apr Sandringham Spring Craft and Food Fair Quality crafts from some of the country’s finest artists, designers and craftsmen will be on display this year, together with demonstrations of many rare and unusual skills. There’s something for everyone to enjoy at this perennially popular event, including puppet shows and amusements for the children and a wide range of catering facilities. Sandringham Estate, Sandringham, 01283 820548 31 Mar - 1 Apr Eastern Counties Vintage Tractor and Heritage Spectacular 1930’s tractors, machinery auction, display of doe Triple D, tractor club displays, rare breeds and much more. Norfolk Showground, Norwich, 01986 895133

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