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Living life in the East

MARCH 2013

Helen Mirren INTERVIEW

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Contents March 2013


“Dear Reader: Welcome to the March issue of Eastlife, packed with ideas to help you make the most out of where you live. It’s Spring and the whole of the region has woken up from its Winter slumber. Flowers are in bloom and the days are definitely getting longer. It is a glorious time of year, and we have over 30 pages of inspiring daytrips to get you out and about, from great ideas for the kids, to suggestions for the more adventurous. With Mother’s Day also falling in this month, we look at a selection of suitable gift ideas. Plus, we catch up with our local cover star Helen Mirren, find the perfect bridal gown fit for a princess and reveal a host of ideas to brighten up your house. So, sit back, relax and enjoy the best read around.”

15 67 FEATURES 12 INTERVIEW We meet the stunning Helen Mirren 15 EASTER DAYS OUT SPECIAL What to do, where 29 CHOOSING A WEDDING DRESS Ideas to inspire 33 INTERIORS Brighten up your home 45 PROPERTY Let’s move to Cromer! 50 GARDENING Help your garden bloom into life 56 SHOPPING Treats for Mother’s Day 63 FOCUS on Trinity Street, Cambridge 65 EDUCATION Pre-schoolers shine 67 WILD, WILD EAST Unleash your little monkeys 71 FOOD & DRINK Explore Beaujolais 77 WELLBEING Spot the signs of a stroke


87 MOTORING Test drive the new Fiat Panda 4x4 146 BOOKS Read all about the latest releases

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135 WHAT’S ON 95 PETERBOROUGH Find out why we love this city

95 Publisher Sean Thompson 01954 267696 sean@eastmag.com Publishing Consultant Paul Gibson 01954 268129 paul@eastmag.com Editor Chris Johnson chris@eastmag.com Designer Diane Lilley 01954 268006 di@eastmag.com Production Assistant Carla Keen 01954 267805 carla@eastmag.com Deputy Editor Lauren Cordell Editorial Assistants Hannah Dell, Mahvish Malik Area Manager (Arts/Norfolk) Charlie Roadley-Battin 07595 894578 charlie@eastmag.com Area Manager (Suffolk/Essex) Darren Marshall 07826 628680 darren@eastmag.com Area Manager (Beds/Herts) Stewart Hedges 07595 894557 stewart@eastmag.com Area Manager (Cambridgeshire) Jim Leishman 01954 267635 jim@eastmag.com ACCOUNTS/ENQUIRIES 01954 267904 ADVERTISING ads@eastmag.com EDITORIAL editorial@eastmag.com HEAD OFFICE Unit 4, Avenue Business Park, Elsworth, Cambridge CB23 4EY

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103 OUNDLE We take a closer look 107 BEDS, HERTS & BUCKS Essential events guide 111 ESSEX What’s happening around the county 115 COLCHESTER Focus on this vibrant Essex town 123 NORFOLK Listings from across the region 126 WYMONDHAM Discover this charming town 131 SUFFOLK Essential regional events 135 FELIXSTOWE The many sides of Felixstowe 139 FRAMLINGHAM Explore this quaint spot 142 CAMBRIDGESHIRE A round up of county events

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HELEN MIRREN Britain’s Leading Lady Dame Helen Mirren, star of the new Hitchcock film, talks to Eastlife about her joy at receiving a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame, the secret to looking fantastic in your sixties and what being at awards events like the Oscars and Golden Globes is really like.


ongratulations on getting a star on the Walk of Fame. You’ll have to keep it clean, you know. I will. I’ll be out there with my little mop every day polishing it up. I’m so, so excited because, like all tourists and foreigners, I live by American’s reactions. I still think of myself as a newcomer to Los Angeles, just 25 years older. But you know, that was where I wanted to go, and I was blown away by seeing all those names. It’s just like taking a walk through the history of Hollywood and reminding yourself of all of those incredible performers and musicians and producers and directors, so to find myself amongst them, I tell you, I was just so, so thrilled.

POTTED HISTORY Oscar-winning Dame Helen Mirren was born in 1945 and raised in Leigh-on-Sea, Essex. She began her career on the stage as a member of the Royal Shakespeare Company and first appeared in films in the 1960s, tackling all genres from historical drama to musical comedy. On television, she is best known for her work as Detective Jane Tennison on ‘Prime Suspect’ - a role that earned her three Emmys. She took home an Oscar in 2007 for Best Actress for the title role in ‘The Queen’, for which she also won a BAFTA and a Golden Globe. Mirren has just been honoured with a star on Hollywood’s Walk of Fame. She is currently starring alongside Anthony Hopkins in the biopic film ‘Hitchcock’, playing Alma, the famed director’s wife.

Globes - it’s always a very, very fun night. It’s the most fun of all the awards. I mean, the Academy Awards are very grand and sort of magnificent, but the Globes are sort of down and dirty and fun. You always look so put together. How important is it for an actress to look the way you do? You know I don’t look like this in everyday life at all. I really, really don’t. But on the other hand, the way I look in everyday life, I go out like that and I don’t make a big thing about it. And obviously when I’m coming to this sort of thing, you know, I clean up a bit. [Laughs.]

I remember pictures of you in a bikini and people saying ‘She’s hot at sixty plus’ so you must be doing something right... I don’t do a lot of anything. I think maybe that’s the trick, not to do a lot pure luck. I was very lucky that ‘Prime of anything, you know? I don’t do a lot Suspect’ came along when it did. I try of gym. I don’t do a lot of dieting, but to work hard and I try to be easy to then occasionally I do diet. I’ve never work with, and I think that helps. smoked actually and I’ve never drunk too much. Not consistently. You’ve had so much success, what do So tell us about what you are you attribute that to? Is it hard work working on right now... What do you do that makes you I’m doing a play on the West End or just being in the right place at the happy? called The Audience, in which I return right time? I mean you’re obviously I think work is maybe the most to the role of Queen Elizabeth. It’s very talented... important, actually. I love to garden. I Yeah, it’s a combination of all kinds written by Peter Morgan who wrote do like that. I used to do a lot of Frost/Nixon and opens this month. of things. Incredible good luck is an vegetable gardening when I was sort of awful lot of it, sadly, and I’ve got many in my thirties and then life took me Your latest film, Hitchcock, has also away from my vegetable garden. But friends of mine who are wonderful, just been released. Congratulations wonderful actresses who were I’m starting up again. on your Golden Globe nomination. colleagues of mine when I was in my What’s it like at the awards night? twenties and thirties and now really Hitchcock is now showing in cinemas Oh, thank you. Well you know, the regionwide. ■ find it very difficult to work, so a lot is Who influenced you growing up? Well it tended to be the European films. Those kind of American movies that would come my way would be fifth run, but the European movies, those sort of actresses were the ones who I admired. Jeanne Moreau. You know, I found those actresses very charming.

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Spring Days Out Now that spring has finally sprung, there’s no excuse for staying indoors, particularly with all that is going on in East Anglia. We’ve rounded up some the best days out across the region, wherever you’re interests lie, so all you have to do is get out there!

Spring Days Out for Heritage Fans

Wrest Park After decades of being closed to the public, English Heritage opened the 90-acre historic landscape and Frenchstyle mansion of Wrest Park in 2006. A huge revitalisation project has seen the creation of new facilities, restoration of the French parterre and gardens, and the opening of a new sculpture gallery just last year that brings together precious garden statues too fragile to remain outside. Visitors can enjoy miles of historic pathways in the estate’s ‘secret gardens’ that showcase how landscape gardening has evolved through history. A whole host of special events are also taking place in the house itself throughout March, as part of Wrest Park’s literary season. Highlights include: Jacky Hyams sharing her research into the realities of the Downton Abbey era; an exclusive opportunity to hear about the rivalry between the Tudors and the Stewarts from Linda Porter; Sara Sheridan discussing her archive research into the changing lives of women over the last 250 years for her book ‘How to be a Lady’; and Robert Low talking about the last book in his ‘Kingdom Series’ triology. The latter feature Sir Thomas Grey of Heaton and his father, distant relatives of the De Grey’s of Wrest Park, who were captured and imprisoned. Silsoe, Luton, Bedfordshire, MK45 4HR. 01525 860152. Blickling Hall Blickling Hall, one of the most imposing and complete country estates in Norfolk, has a fascinating history from being the childhood home of Anne Boleyn to acting as a wartime RAF base. The property offers a fascinating insight into the

division of life upstairs and downstairs, sure to be of interest to fans of period TV offerings such as Downton Abbey. Wander the recently restored Grand Staircase and elegant upstairs rooms, before experiencing life downstairs through the actual voices of Blickling’s servants. Their tales, presented in the kitchens and basement rooms, give the real story of what it was like for Britain’s domestic help. Back Stage Pass guided tours every Saturday in March, allow visitors to explore areas usually off-limits, such as the attics, where RAF personnel slept during WWII and where items from the Blickling collection are stored, in addition to basements and rooms not on the normal visitor route. Spring is also an ideal time to admire the estate’s spectacular gardens awash with spring flowers from the first daffodils to primroses, crocus, hellebores and azaleas. Blickling’s Hellebore Heaven event centres on the wonderful display of the beautiful perennial with hints and tips from expert gardeners and hellebores on sale. Blickling, Norwich, Norfolk, NR11 6NF. 01263 738030.

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North Norfolk Railway The North Norfolk Railway gives visitors the opportunity to travel on historic steam and diesel trains through stunning Norfolk countryside, which is particularly pretty in springtime when it is covered with primroses, bluebells and yellow gorse. Over two weekends in March, the Railway is celebrating its Spring Steam Gala with an intensive timetable of guest engines and unusual formations in service alongside its home fleet. Don’t miss the

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Spring Days Out chance to ride on the Britannia, Oliver Cromwell, Black Prince, BR 2MT 78019 or BR 4MT(T) 80072 locomotives from Sherringham to Holt. Sheringham Station, Station Approach, Sheringham, Norfolk, NR26 8RA. 01263 820800. Sutton Hoo The 225-acre estate at Sutton Hoo is home to one of Britain’s most important archaeological discoveries: an eerie Anglo-Saxon royal burial site with extensive views over the surrounding area. Visitors can take a guided tour around the ancient burial mounds and discover the fascinating history behind the ship burial of a king and his treasures in its award-winning exhibitions. Despite the fact that many of the treasures corroded over time and written records made during original excavations in 1939 were destroyed, a full-size replica of the burial chamber, complete with the sights, sounds and smells of AD625 plus reconstructions of treasures, have been pieced together using detailed photography. These are presented along with original finds including a prince’s sword. A lecture lunch by Time Team’s Dr Sam Newton on 17 March entitled ‘The Dream Ship of Sutton Hoo’ promises a thorough examination of the East Anglian ritual of ship-burial, considering how Old English poetry aids us in our understanding of the rite. Booking is essential and can be made by calling: 01394 389714 or 01394 389700. Woodbridge, Suffolk, IP12 3DJ. 01394 389700. Colchester Castle It may seem an unlikely time to visit Colchester Castle, as its museum displays are dismantled and the castle is soon to be closed for renovation until spring 2014. However, between 9 March and 7 April, visitors not only have the rare opportunity to see inside the empty building, but can enjoy some unique and interesting events. 9 March sees a craft fair with demonstrations and workshops taking place, whilst the empty castle plays host to poetry performed by The Mosaic Stanza group on 10 March. From the 19-22 March, Colchester Castle Beer Festival will turn the castle into the oldest alehouse in town in a special

not-to-be-repeated event, with visitors receiving a souvenir glass as part of the entry fee. Later in the month, the castle also provides the backdrop to Shakespeare’s Julius Caesar, performed by students from Colchester Institute on 25 and 26, in addition to providing the setting for a Medieval Day of knights in combat, birds of prey, a wise woman and her medicines, interactive crime and punishment trials and clay goblet-making sessions on 1 April. And if all that is not enough, Tea and Talks focusing on the 17th century siege of Colchester and life in 1900s Colchester will take place with local historians on Sunday 10 and 24 March. Castle Park, Colchester, Essex, CO1 1TJ. 01206 282939.

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Shaw’s Corner Playwright, politician and philosopher George Bernard Shaw lived in the Edwardian villa of Shaw’s Corner in Hertfordshire for over 40 years from 1906. He moved here at the height of his fame when he was one of the most photographed and most quoted men in the world. Today, his home remains much as he left it. You can walk from room to room discovering fascinating links with the past including his personal belongings and the 1938 Oscar for Pygmalion. The tranquil gardens are a great place to reflect on the wit and wisdom of this great man of words, and discover his unique revolving writing hut! Bibbs Hall Lane, Ayot St Lawrence, Hertfordshire, AL6 9BX. 01438 829221.

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Castle Acre Priory One of the largest and best-preserved monastic sites in England, Castle Acre Priory dates all the way back to 1090. It was the home of the first Cluniac order of monks that came to England and the extensive ruins reflect the monks’ love of decoration. There is much to see at the attraction from the exhibition and display of artefacts to the beautiful west end church gable, prior’s lodging and substantial remains around the cloister. The recreated herb garden is also worth a look, planted with herbs that the monks would have used for medicinal, culinary and decorative purposes. Stocks Green Castle Acre, King’s Lynn, Norfolk, PE32 2XD. 01760 755394.

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Spring Days Out

Meet Thomas at the East Anglian Railway Museum...

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Spring Days Out for Kids After being cooped up over winter, get out and explore some of East Anglia’s best family attractions. From Thomas the Tank Engine to treehouses and Tudor themed experiences, there is sure to be something to please everyone. A Day Out with Thomas

Thomas the Tank Engine and his friends will be at the East Anglian Railway Museum this Easter bank holiday weekend offering unlimited rides on at least four character trains. The Fat Controller will be welcoming you and your family, plus you can join him for storytelling time and interactive re-enactments with Thomas and other characters throughout the day. Chappel and Wakes Colne Station, Wakes Colne, Essex, CO6 2DS. 01206 242524. 29 March-1 April. The Animal Eggs-perience

Have a cracking time at Africa Alive this Easter, with some egg-citing activities and eggs-tra special events. Visitors can take their family on a walking safari at one of the UK’s largest and most exciting wildlife attractions, where they are immersed in the sights and sounds of Africa with giraffes, rhinos, cheetahs, hyenas and hundreds more African animals and birds. Budding zookeepers or

animal lovers aged 8-13 years can work with a variety of animals under the supervision of a keeper on Junior Keeper Experiences, available for up to six children at a time. Depending on children’s age they can also get up close and personal with a number of the park’s residents. Over 8s can enjoy a special encounter with aardvarks Quiggly, Myška and Ellie, over 12s can meet meerkats and learn about their personalities, behavior and husbandry, whilst over 14s can accompany a member of staff to meet and participate in the feeding of the park’s pride of lions! Whites Lane, Kessingland, Lowestoft, NR33 7TF, 01502 740291. 29 March-14 April. Fly High as a Kite

Let the rangers show your children how to build a colourful kite and test fly it around East Town Park. This event is suitable for 7–11 year olds, under 8s must be accompanied by an adult. East Town Park, Coupals Road, Haverhill, Suffolk, CB9 7UR. 01284 757092. 9 April.

Havergate Boat Trip

Join the Royal Society for the Protection of Birds (RSPB) on one of their monthly boat trips to Havergate, Island where you have the opportunity to see a variety of gulls, terns, wading birds and hares this spring. Trips depart from Orford Quay at 10am and return at around 3:30pm, giving your family plenty of time to explore the island. Email minsmere@rspb.org.uk to book your tickets or call 01728 648281 for further information. Get Face-to-Face with Dinosaurs

The Dinosaur Adventure Park has plenty to keep the most energetic children busy. Kids can use radios, lookout towers and field stations to track down life-sized dinosaurs; dodge volcanoes, dinosaurs and meteor obstacles on the Jurassic Putt Course; and participate in educational activities and demonstrations at the Secret Animal Garden. There are also opportunities to unearth dinosaur fossils, discover tribes and creatures in

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Come and witness the three lives of the bunker starting with its role as an RAF ROTOR Station, then a brief period as a civil defence centre through to its most recent life as a Regional Government for firehearths up to 600 military and offerHQ. onDesigned bespoke - limited civilian personnel, possibly even the Prime Minister, their collective task being to organise the survival of the population in the awful aftermath of a nuclear war.

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• Fine selection of beers and wines • Weekly-rotated real ales • Home-cooked specials on menu • Sunday lunch served 12 - 3pm 01480 462180 • Function room available to hire tonylyn1@hotmail.co.uk • Live music every weekend

Live Chicks at the Museum (£2.50 per child) Adorable living chicks will be visiting the Museum on Easter Saturday (30th March). There will be two viewing sessions – 11am and 2pm – along with an Easter Egg hunt– booking advised)

Saturday Fun Days - between 10am-4pm (£1 per child) Find the Rabbits – 2nd & 16th March – search for the 10 rabbits hiding in the Museum Make a Mothers’ Day Card – 9th March – create a unique craft gift for mum Easter Egg Hunt – 23rd March – win a tasty treat in our Easter treasure hunt

Manor Street, Braintree CM7 3HW 01376 328868

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EGG HUNT 29th March - 1st April 10am - 5pm

Can you find all the eggs hidden around the Craft Centre? If you can, there will be a tasty prize for every winner! Plus bouncy castle fun & more! (Weather permitting)

www.blakehousecraftcentre.co.uk Blake End, Nr Braintree, Essex, CM77 6RA

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Spring Days Out

Dinosaur Adventure Park

Lost World maze, play in the Adventure Play Area, and claim a medal for collecting stamps from around the park in a passport. From 29 March to 14 April the park is putting on various school holiday activities. Weston Park, Lenwade, Norfolk, NR9 5JW, 01603 876310. Let Them Run Wild at BeWILDerwood

At the award-winning outdoor adventure park BeWILDerwood, kids can explore magical treehouses and meet enchanting characters and creatures. Activities range from building dens, taking lazy boat rides across Scary Lake, crossing Jungle Bridges, whizzing down Wobbly Wires and getting befuddled in the Muddle Maze. This is a world with more than a little sprinkling of fairy dust, which encourages kids to let their imaginations run away with them. Make sure to dig out your most ridiculous socks if you are visiting on 23 March aka Swampy’s Silly Sock Day or decorate your very own bonnet or bow tie and take part in steady spoon dash challenges between 28 March to 12 April. Horning Road, Wroxham, Norfolk, NR12 8JW, 01692 633033. Transcend Time at Kentwell Hall

Over Easter, in addition to being able to visit the magnificent house and garden, visitors can experience one of Kentwell Hall’s most popular

BeWILDerwood’s Mildred the Crocklebog

weekends of the year. Around 120 costumed Tudors will be undertaking various activities around the manor, with the baking of hot cross buns and the cooking of a big feast for Easter Sunday at The Bakehouse. There’ll be Easter plays and traditional games put on by the players and old-fashioned music accompanying the challenging Great Easter Quiz and Children’s Easter Egg Hunt. Each wooden egg hidden in the gardens bears a code that can be used to solve a puzzle, giving visitors the chance of winning a 40cm high chocolate Easter egg! Long Melford, Sudbury, Suffolk, CO10 9BA. 01787 310207. Let the Kids Race Around

For a spring day out of fast and fun racing, the family-owned Beacon Rally Karts in Suffolk is hard to beat. With three outdoor, off-road karting tracks available and four different kart sizes - kiddie (ages 5-6), child (ages 7-10), junior (ages 10-15) and adult (ages 15+) - the whole family can get involved. Different karts never mix, ensuring racers stay safe and are pitted against equal contenders. Race suits, helmets and gloves are provided and there are computer-controlled lap times, full grand prix races and a custom-built podium for 1st, 2nd and 3rd places, allowing for a true racing race experience. Great fun for all the family. Beacon Hill Farm, Bealings Road, Martlesham, Suffolk,IP12 4RP. 01394 610066.

A Sidesplitting Spectacular

This Easter weekend, one of Britain’s last surviving complete circus buildings, the historic Hippodrome Circus, is hosting Cirque du Hilarious’ brand new production. The show stars daredevil acts, clowns, dancing girls and The Superstars of Slapstick, Clive Webb and Danny Adams, who won the Ken Dodd Comedy Award 2010 and the CFA BEST Comedy Award. All are guaranteed to have you laughing out loud and gasping with surprise. St George’s Rd, Great Yarmouth, Norfolk NR30 2EU. 01493 844172. Go Ape in Thetford Forest

Visitors can get in touch with their inner Tarzan at the original Go Ape, the UK’s number one forest adventure, situated in the heart of Thetford Forest. The classic Tree Top Adventure experience gives over 10s the opportunity to journey over 36 crossings between five sections, which reach up to 12 metres from the forest floor. Adventurers can fly down a 140m zip wire, jump off their new Tarzan swing and attempt back-toback black difficulty crossings, if they want, or dare! There is also a Tree Top Junior Adventure, suitable for children over 1 metre, which finishes with one exhilarating zip wire. No wonder this place won Best Tourism Experience at the 2011 Suffolk Tourism Awards. Thetford, High Lodge, Suffolk. 0845 6439215. eastlife.co.uk|21

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A visit to this unique Pottery will show you world renowned tea pots being made and painted by hand. • Tea/Coffee shop - light refreshments available • Ceramic Café & Pottery Shop • Follow brown tourist signs for teapot pottery OPENING TIMES:

Mon to Fri 9am - 5.30pm Sat & Bank Hols 10.30 - 4.30pm Sunday 2pm - 5pm School Summer Holidays Low Road, Debenham, Suffolk, IP14 6QU Tel: 01728 860475 Email: info@cartersteapots.com www.cartersteapots.com



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The River Orwell has been officially voted the 2nd most beautiful river in the country behind only the River Dart. Orwell Lady provides a unique opportunity to experience the beauty, the sights and the extensive history of our magnificent river and harbour, together with close up views of the huge ships at Port of Felixstowe, beginning and ending her trips at Ipswich Waterfront.

2013 Exhibition – Celebrating 30 years of success. The past, present and future. CAFÉ AND SHOP

Daytime public cruises • Theme night evening cruises Full English Afternoon Tea cruises • Private Charters

Open all year, our shop stocks fun and imaginative horseracing & horse related gifts. The licensed café serves a fantastic selection of hot & cold dishes, freshly prepared on site.

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Greyhound Extravaganza Greyhound Show & All Breeds Fun Dog Show Sunday 26 May 2013 Held at the Animal Health Trust

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Spring Days Out

Spring Days Out for Explorers With brighter weather on the horizon, why not try a different mode of transport to explore the region. Whatever you fancy we’ve got just the ticket!

The loudest sport around at Santa Pod Raceway

Get Exhilarated at Santa Pod Raceway Experience the fastest and loudest motorsport on earth at the Santa Pod Raceway, home of European Drag Racing. Upcoming events include Run What Ya Brung and Drift What Ya Brung, where members of the public can take their own car on the drag strip. The Festival of Power, new for 2013, promises to be an action-packed highlight of the season, with the first round of the European Nitro Funny Car championship and the first round of the National Drag Racing championships, in addition to jet car and top fuel shootouts. Spectators are sure to be wowed by monster truck demonstrations, hovercraft and lawnmower racing, and stunts from the world record-breaking Stannage Stunt Team performing its spectacular Flaming High Fall Show, plus the Santa Pod Stunt Team demonstrating precision driving and moviestyle car stunt displays. There is also plenty of opportunity for visitors to get involved by driving miniature off-road tanks and riding down the strip in a two seater dragster (www.santapod.co.uk). Sail the Norfolk Broads Whether by paddleboard, canoe, day launch, motor cruiser or yacht, the Norfolk Broads’ 125 square miles of

Take to the skies at Wizard Balloons

beautiful rivers, lakes and picturesque villages are ripe for exploration. The family-run Martham Boats offers a wide range of traditional, handcrafted, timber boats, mostly designed and built at Martham shipyard back in the 1940s and 1950s. Keep a look out for the area’s rich and diverse wildlife, discover traditional pubs or try your hand at fishing. (www.marthamboats.com). Take to the Skies for a Different Perspective Explore and appreciate the region’s beautiful lowland landscape during an unforgettable hot air balloon flight. From March to October, Wizard Balloons operates early morning and evening flights from a selection of launch sites across East Anglia, including Nowton Park. From here, visitors can take in breathtaking panoramas of historic Bury St Edmunds, picturesque villages such as Lavenham and Long Melford and unique views of heritage properties like Ickworth House, Kentwell Hall and Melford Hall. On a clear day you can even see some of London’s most famous landmarks on the horizon. After gliding over the beautiful East Anglian countryside, visitors are greeted with a glass of bubbly and flight certificate on landing (www.wizardballoons.co.uk).

Horse Ride Along the Beach Pakefield Riding School, one of the oldest and best-known horse riding centres in East Anglia, is situated in the countryside close to Pakefield beach. It offers a wide range of activities and environments to novices, experienced and advanced equestrian enthusiasts. One of the most popular rides is a one-hour hack along the beach, where riders can fulfill their dream of walking, trotting and cantering along the shore (www.pakefieldridingschool.co.uk). Explore By Pedal Power The predominantly flat East Anglian landscape lends itself perfectly to bicycle exploration and, as a result, there are hundreds of routes to choose from. Take in tiny Fenland villages, fertile farmland and babbling waterways on an easy-going circular route from Wisbech, awash with the colour and scent of spring blooms at this time of year, and reward yourself with a frothing pint of real ale at Georgian brewery, Elgood’s. (www.elgoods-brewery.co.uk). For a slightly more strenuous ride, head south from Carlton Colville through attractive villages, old country estates and ancient woodlands. Take time to visit the many historic churches en route before heading east to the unspoilt coastline. eastlife.co.uk|25

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Spring Days Out

Enjoy wine and lunch at Cambridge’s Hotel du Vin

Spring Days Out for Couples Get out and about and spoil your loved one this spring at locations across East Anglia. Whether you enjoy adventure, food and drink or sightseeing, there’re plenty of options to keep you entertained. Explore Thetford by Segway Adventurous, fun-loving couples can now explore over 30 miles of trails through Britain’s largest lowland pine forest, Thetford, on the latest in green technology – self-balancing electric Segways. Rugged, all-terrain Segways provide a totally unique way to tackle the 50,000 acres of woodland, making for an inspiring date, you won’t forget in a hurry. Go Ape, Santon Downham, Suffolk, IP27 0AF, 0845 643 9215. Discover a Distillery Take one of Southwold’s award-winning Adnams Brewery and Distillery Tours to glimpse inside the historic working building, see the most energy efficient distillery in the UK and sample some of its products in a tutored tasting session. Visitors see the whole process from grain to glass, including the intricacies and creativity involved in micro-distilling and small batch processing. Those that fancy a go at creating their own gin can book on to the Adnams Distillery Experience, where ‘students’ make, name and bottle their unique blends to take home along with the recipe.

Booking is essential as spaces are limited. East Green, Southwold, Suffolk, IP18 6JW, 01502 727 225. Share Your Love of Food Experience the brand-new food and drink festival, Eat Cambridge, this spring and sample some of the fantastic goods on offer from local producers. There is everything from Michelin star cuisine to pop-up restaurants and street food, plus plenty of opportunity to get behind-the-scenes and brush up on your own cooking skills. The festival culminates in a huge food and drink fair on 9 March. The Guildhall, Cambridge, CB2 3QJ, 01223 457000. 8-15 March. Worth A Punt Springtime is the ideal season to enjoy a relaxing and romantic punt on the River Cam past the majestic architecture of Cambridge University. Letsgopunting. com specialise in private or shared chauffeured tours through the ‘backs’ of the colleges passing under eight different bridges, including the Bridge of Sighs, and by seven colleges, including Kings’. Gourmet picnics,

afternoon tea and wine tasting are all on offer. 07989 423 721. Become Wine Connoisseurs Learn about wines in a relaxed and fun environment at the beautiful Hotel Du Vin. A full day Wine Tasting Experience includes a delicious three-course lunch that matches food and wine. Choose from ‘World of Wine’, ‘Old World’, or ‘New World’ tasting workshops. 15 Trumpington Street, Cambridge, CB2 1QA, 0845 6808367. 2 March Visit Flatford Mill The charming hamlet of Flatford, home to celebrated artist John Constable, is situated in the idyllic Dedham Vale – a designated Area of Outstanding Beauty. Visitors can wander miles of public footpaths, including the attractive river path, or take to the river in vessels ranging from river cruises to rowing boats. Alternatively, daily Constable guided tours teach visitors all about the painter’s association with the area. Flatford Rd East Bergholt, Suffolk, CO7 6UL, 01206 297110. eastlife.co.uk| 27

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Wolterton & Mannington 2013 Countryside Walks and Trails

Open every day from 9am. Car parks ÂŁ2.00. 2013 PROGRAMME MANNINGTON Gardens reopen in May. AVAILABLE FEBRUARY Open for parties by prior arrangement. Greedy Goose tearooms open during Garden WEDDINGS opening hours and for functions. CEREMONIES AND RECEPTIONS March 10th Mothering Sunday Flower AT WOLTERTON workshop and lunch. Special teas. RCEPTIONS AT MANNINGTON March 17th National Garden Scheme Day, 12-5 OVER 20 YEARS EXPERIENCE CONSULT US FOR PERSONALISED WOLTERTON HALL Fridays from April 12th to Nov 1st, 2-5 and by appointment. APPROACH FOR YOUR SPECIAL DAY

Mannington Hall, Norwich NR11 7BB 01263 584175/768444

Music, drama, opera, talks, art exhibitions, costume and history fairs



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WEDDING OPEN DAY Sunday 28th April 2013 11:00am to 4:00pm. FREE ADMISSION The first 20 brides to register will receive a complimentary bottle of Prosecco upon arrival.

East Mersea Hall is steeped in Elizabethan elegance and history with stunning mature gardens and woodland offset against the breathtaking lake. It is fully licensed for all types of Civil Ceremonies, alternatively there is the Church of St Edmunds which adjoins the grounds of the Hall and is accessed via private pathways. The picturesque gardens and lake makes East Mersea Hall the perfect wedding reception venue.

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Getting ready for the big day

5 Essential Tips To Find That Dress 1

Consider the bigger picture then prepare, document and experiment It may seem obvious, but your wedding dress needs to compliment the other aspects of your wedding, from the venue to the time of year and the bridesmaids’ attire. Before heading to the shops, compile a scrapbook of styles you like to help your chosen accomplices and the sales assistant understand what you’re looking for. Be sure to take along a notebook and camera to take down the name of the shop, dress model, and your comments, so you don’t get confused. If your consultant recommends trying something different, give it a go - they tend to know what suits different body types.


Know your budget and stick to it Although trying on beautiful designer dresses way out of your price range may seem like harmless fun, be warned it can leave you feeling disappointed with what is realistic for you. Be clear as to your budget before you start shopping and take the cost of adjustments, tax, delivery and accessories into account when looking for the dress itself. If a dress is on sale at a discounted price, remember that you usually get what you pay for.

Check dresses meticulously for imperfections, ask about returns policies and be realistic as to the money and time it will cost to fix any problems.


Make an appointment with select friends, not an entourage By booking an appointment not only do you give salons time to bring in styles you want, but you are guaranteed a more personal service. Brides are advised to shop with their mum, sister or one or two trusted friends who are going to give valuable, honest second opinions based on what is best for the bride. Trying to reconcile ten conflicting opinions can make the process stressful and brides can feel pressured to purchase the wrong dress.


Accept your body type and size and go through the motions Buy a dress that fits at the time as it can usually be made four sizes smaller without affecting the look, whereas most can only be let out up to one size at most. Wedding dresses are usually smaller than standard clothes so don’t get hung up about needing a bigger size. To see what the dress will look like

on the big day make sure you bring a pair of heels with you to see how the dress will hang and where the hemline falls. Try taking long strides and dancing a little when you try a dress on to ensure that it won’t restrict other parts of your day, and bring along any accessories you have to get a better idea of the overall look. It is easy to overlook colour, but it’s important to find a hue that suits your complexion, giving you a healthy glow rather than a ghostly demeanor. Look at the dress under natural lighting and check floaty fabrics won’t reveal more than you intend.


Be timely in your shopping With longer engagements there is the temptation to start shopping for that dress years in advance, but its important to have the rest of your wedding details in place and be in a financial situation to buy before you start shopping. That said you should really start shopping at least eight months before your big day in order to feel relaxed and allow for alterations. This gives you the time to reflect before purchasing your dream dress. Before long you will have a bridal gown fit for a princess. n eastlife.co.uk|29

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Wedding Fayres Above and Beyond, the wedding fayre specialists will be hosting wedding fayres at‌

The Mall Luton Shopping Centre Saturday 2nd & Sunday 3rd March 2012 Open daily from 9am until 6pm The Conservatory Luton Hoo Walled Garden Luton Hoo Estate, Luton, Beds, LU1 4LF Sunday 17th March 2013 11am - 3pm The Riverside, Luton 20 Gipsy Lane, Luton, Beds, LU1 3JH Sunday 24th March 2013 11am - 3pm FREE admission. All brides who register on the day will receive a FREE goody bag.

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Weddings Alfred Angelo, available from Bella Boo, 1st Floor, Fitzroy House, Swaffham, Norfolk, PE37 7QH. 01760 725 238.

Alfred Angelo, available from Dreams Bridalwear, 95-97 Colindeep Lane, Norwich, Norfolk, NR7 8EQ. 01603 411 418.

Sottero and Midgley, available from Church Belles Bridal, 10 Baker Street, Gorleston-on-Sea, Great Yarmouth, Norfolk, NR31 6QT. 01493 442741

Alternative Wedding Dresses Whilst many women want to get married, not everybody wants the traditional dress. We’ve selected some of our favourite alternative wedding dresses available across East Anglia, for those looking to plan a wedding with a difference.

White Rose R471, available from Regardez-Vous,, The Rugus Centre, Steppingley Road, Flitwick, Bedfordshire, MK45 1AH. 01525 838212.

Alfred Angelo, available from Nadine’s Bridal Boutique, London Road, Dereham, Norfolk, NR19 1AF. 01362 619 555.

Short dress, available from Regardez-Vous, The Rufus Centre, Steppingley Road, Flitwick, Bedfordshire, MK45 1AH. 01525 838212

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Interiors Daisy Wheel Morocan Style Pouffe by Ciel available from www.notonthehighstreet.com.

Pip Studio Birds of Paradise Neckroll available from www.fiftyonepercent.co.uk.

Merino Olive Picnic Blanket available from Snape Maltings, Aldeburgh, Suffolk, IP17 1SR, www.snapemaltings. co.uk.

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ACCESSORIES FOR THE HOME Linen cushion printed with Bluetit from an original drawing from Wesley Barrell, 1 Holywell Hill, St Albans, Hertfordshire, AL1 1ER, www.wesley-barrell.co.uk.

Red Marimekko Unikko Fatboy Bean Bag available from John Lewis Cambridge, Norwich, Ipswich, Peterborough, www.johnlewis.com

Pip Studio Birds of Paradise Patchwork Quilt available from www. pipstudio.com. Stripe Velvet Ottaman available from Ruby Room, 2-4 Broadway, Leigh-on-Sea, SS9 1AW, www.rubyroomlifestyle. co.uk.

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8 ways to

revamp your bedroom on a budget Whether it’s a serene retreat or a luxurious boudoir, every homeowner wants a place where they can relax. But how can you update your bedroom if you are strapped for cash and time? Lauren Cordell shares some simple tips.


Clean up the clutter. Clutter makes any room feel smaller, disorganised and dated. Look through your ornaments, decorations, furniture and clothes and ask yourself if you want or need them. Create a sense of space and organisation by donating unwanted items to charity or recycling them, and seeking out handy space savers for the things you want to keep.


Choose lamps instead of overhead lighting. For a cosier, more inviting bedroom, replace harsh overhead lighting with floor or table lights that give off soft, flattering light. If you already have lamps, consider changing the lampshades to update your décor, or, invest in light fixtures to put above your pictures to really showcase what is special to you.


Frame family photos or affordable, local art. One of the easiest ways to give your bedroom a finished and personal touch is by hanging select family photos or artwork on the walls. Modern digital cameras allow for quality enlargements of your own handiwork, whilst numerous local galleries offer the opportunity to support East Anglian artists and snag works that really mean something to you. Opt for large yet simple, dark wood or black frames for a modern, up-to-date feel.

rest of the room has a neutral colour palette. Adding decorative cushions and a throw gives the room a polished, sophisticated feel. For best results, mix and match a range of different sizes, textures and designs in one or two complimentary colours.


Add a splash of colour to the walls. Make an instant statement by repainting your bedroom walls. Painting just one wall (typically behind your bed) is a cheap and timesaving alternative to painting the whole room and can make just as much impact. Choose a bold colour, but don’t be fooled into thinking that necessarily means garish. Pick a colour that compliments the furniture and accessories you have in the room and doesn’t make you feel queasy.


Roll out a rug. A rug can really up the luxurious feel of a bedroom, making it a cosy, comforting space you enjoy relaxing in. A thick, woollen rug in rich colours is great for the winter months, whilst durable natural materials and bright cotton are more appropriate for the spring and summer months. Just

beware of white or beige options that look beautiful in the showroom but become tatty looking after just a few months in the average family home.


Repurpose old furniture. Transforming your old, worn furniture into old, worn furniture may seem like a ridiculous prospect, but with a bit of handiwork you can revamp your dated furniture into a modern, shabby chic décor. Paint or stain wooden furniture, follow one of hundreds of free online tutorials to master the suitably distressed look, and add new handles to complete the look.


Breathe new life into your bedroom. Introducing a houseplant or fresh flowers to your bedroom not only brightens the space but can improve your health. Stunning Marginata plants with their glossy thin, red-edged leaves can beautifully compliment a red-toned décor in addition to filtering indoor toxins; whilst easy-to-care-for Peace Lillies make a gorgeous addition to any bedroom.


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Spring Kitchen Décors As dark winter nights give way to sunny, spring days, Lauren Cordell details this year’s kitchen trends and suggests how you can incorporate them into your kitchen.


he easiest way to brighten up your kitchen décor is to infuse it with stunning seasonal colours. This year, fresh palettes of greens and blues are particularly on-trend, contrasted with splashes of fuschia, all set against a more neutral cobblestone grey and/or white background. The fashion for bright and bold tribal tones also sees shades such as fiery orange, coral and peacock blue becoming increasingly popular coupled with earthy tones like cinammon. For the majority of us, particularly those that favour neutral-coloured home interiors dominated by shades such as magnolia, introducing bold colours can be a challenge. Try starting small, by adding pops of colour in the form of striking countertop crockery or seat cushions, or, try painting the inside of your cabinets. Even very small adjustments like having a bunch of fuchsia-coloured flowers in a light green or blue vase can have a huge impact against a very neutral background, and help give you a sense of how these colours will make you feel should you decide to take them further.

Give modern kitchens a softer edge with warm, wooden units

Aside from colour, natural, earthy textures are key to the warmer, more organic modernism that is starting to replace the clinical modernity of the early 21st century. Slate-floors, exposed bricks, wicker and wood are combined with pretty vintage touches such as white ceramics, patterned fabrics and repurposed furniture, all brought up-to-date with metal touches, futuristic lighting and elements of post-modern design. n

The modern kitchen combines the old with the new

Bright and airy blues and greens can create the impression of space

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CROMER? The pretty seaside town of Cromer, perched on the North Norfolk coast, is known for its gorgeous, soft sandy beach and its little streets filled with interesting shops. It also has plenty of places to enjoy excellent food, including the town’s famous crab. Cromer is great for day visits, weekend breaks and family holidays; but it’s even better if you’re planning to relocate. Culture & Shopping The town has a traditional pier complete with a theatre, which provides special seaside variety shows. Cromer is also notable for its rich fishing heritage, lighthouse and a proud tradition of RNLI (Royal National Lifeboat Institution) service. A vibrant Norfolk town, Cromer has a huge range of independently owned cafes, restaurants, shops and accommodation, many of which have been passed down through the years. In addition to traditional seaside shops, shopaholics can browse a selection of local art galleries, homeware stores, as well as ladies’ and men’s fashion and accessory shops. Jarrolds store in Cromer has been on the same site, serving the local community for well over 100 years. Elsewhere, the award-winning Sticky Earth Ceramic café, now in its 12th year, offers a variety of activities such as pottery and painting to suit all ages and interests.

Coastal Cromer enjoys some wonderful beaches

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The medieval St Peter and St Paul’s Church (thought to be the tallest church in Norfolk) offers spectacular views, whilst Cromer Museum, housed in a Victorian fisherman’s

cottage, lets its visitors take a journey back in time to the Cromer of the late 1800s. It has fascinating displays of historic photos and a Geology Gallery with a superb collection of fossils.

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Where to Eat The town has a large choice of restaurants and cafes, with not a single coffee shop chain in sight. Instead, cafes, bars and restaurants are owned and operated by local residents. Famous Cromer crab is available from a number of fish shops, whilst the family-run CafÊ Main is well known for its scones and cakes. It’s one of a number of places in the town serving delicious homemade food.

Famous Cromer crab

Schools Cromer has nine pre-schools, nurseries, primary and secondary schools. Idyllically placed on the coast, Beeston Hall is one of the few remaining full-boarding and day preparatory schools. It has an enviable reputation for achieving remarkable results and sending children to leading public schools across the country. As a traditional family school, it is renowned for providing outstanding pastoral care and placing the happiness and welfare of its pupils at the very heart of its academic success. Transport Cromer benefits from a direct rail link to Norwich. Several companies also provide bus and coach services, which link the town to other destinations such as Sherringham, Holt and Cambridge. For drivers, the town is linked to Norwich by the A140 and the nearest airport is Norwich International Airport.

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A New Season Arrives ....in full bloom

Spring is now upon us and these longer days are starting to entice us out into the garden. Many of my favourite plants at this time of the year are detailed below and can easily be included in our garden borders. A lot of these are fragrant too. By Sylvia Newman

Hamamelis x intermedia ‘Jelena’ Family Hamamelidaceae Hamamelis × intermedia 'Jelena' is one of today’s best cultivars of witch hazel, grown both for the coppery orange flowers that are born in late winter and for its excellent red and yellow autumn foliage. Pruning requirements are minimal.

Prunus x blireana Family Rosaceae A great spring blossom on a small garden tree. Has every reason to be a show off at this time of year – double pink fragrant flowers.

Mahonia x media ‘Winter Sun’ Family Berberi Mahonia x media 'Winter Sun' is a dense, upright, evergreen shrub with leathery, spiny leaves. It is grown for its densely packed racemes of fragrant yellow flowers, which are frost resistant and look especially attractive in the autumn and winter sun. This shrub does tend to get leggy but can be pruned to create some interesting stem shapes.

Lonicera fragrantissima Family Caprifoliaceae L. fragrantissima is a bushy deciduous shrub to 2m. The perfume of this shrub unexpectedly fills the air with fragrance in winter and early spring. Sometimes followed by small dull red berries. A really good shrub for any garden.


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Bergenia ‘Overture’ Family Saxifragaceae Many gardens are overrun with this plant and wouldn’t want to see another planted anywhere nearby, but the new cultivars have meant that they have again become a useful addition rather than an unwanted thug. They tolerate a wide range of conditions and their strong leathery leaves are particularly attractive in shady conditions when associated with contrasting plant varieties such as ferns. This is a particularly attractive cultivar with striking magenta-red flowers that are held high on scarlet stems above the foliage in mid spring. Pulmonaria ‘Sissinghurst White’ Family Boraginaceae 'Sissinghurst White' is an herbaceous perennial to 30cm, forming a clump of heavily white-spotted ovate leaves, with leafy stems bearing a terminal cluster of pure white flowers opening from pink buds. Grows well in damp shady positions.

Plant shallots, onion sets and early potatoes Protect new spring shoots from slugs Plant summer-flowering bulbs Lift and divide overgrown clumps of perennials Top dress containers with fresh compost Mow the lawn on dry days (if needed) Cut back Cornus (dogwood) and Salix (willow) Open the greenhouse doors and vent on warm days

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SANDRINGHAM ESTATE The royal retreat of Sandringham House is set in 24 hectares of stunning grounds, which include perhaps the finest of all the Royal gardens. Wander through the woodland and along the intimate stream walk or witness the dramatic carrstone rockeries and formal North Garden. The estate offer bi-weekly guided garden tours, some of which include the Walled Garden, which is not otherwise open to the public. Norfolk, PE35 6EN, 01485 545400.


CAMBRIDGE BOTANIC GARDENS The heritage-listed Cambridge University Botanic Garden showcases over 8000 plant species from around the world. Spring highlights include the Rock Garden, with its kaleidoscopic flowering and vantage point over the Lake; the Winter Garden; and the Scented Garden, full of herbs and roses. British wild plants, spring-flowering trees and bulbs and the Stream Garden are also well worth seeing. 1 Brookside, Cambridge, CB2 1JE, 01223 336265.


PENSTHORPE Set in the beautiful Wensum Valley, Pensthorpe is famous for serving as the home of BBC Springwatch. Its award-winning nature trails and woodland walks showcase some of the very best of British wildlife and nature. In spring, visitors can appreciate dwarf iris, Chinese wisteria and evening primrose in the Wildlife Habitat Garden and dwarf tulips, wood spurge and navelwort in the protected lakeside Wave Garden. Pensthorpe Road, Fakenham, Norfolk, NR21 0LN, 01328 851465.


HOUGHTON HALL The five-acre Walled Garden at Houghton Hall, was crowned Winner of the Christies and Historic Houses Association’s Garden of the Year Award, and with good reason. The stunning gardens are divided into thematic ‘garden rooms’ that include a double-sided herbaceous border, Italian garden, formal rose parterre, fruit and vegetable garden and glass house, all dotted with picturesque statues. King’s Lynn, Norfolk, PE31 6UE, 01485 528569.


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Spring Blooms


FAIRHAVEN WOODLAND AND WATER GARDEN A peaceful sanctuary in the Norfolk Broads, Fairhaven boasts the UK’s finest naturalised collection of candelabra primulas. Spring is a stunning time to visit, with masses of primroses, wood anemones and daffodils, followed by the stunning candelabra primulas, rhododendrons and azaleas. School Road, South Walsham, Norwich, Norfolk, NR13 6DZ, 01603 270449.


HINDRINGHAM HALL Three acres of peaceful gardens surround the 13th century, medieval Hindringham Hall, and include a walled vegetable garden, herb parterre, daffodil walk, bluebell copse, stream garden, bog garden, herbacious borders and Victorian Nut Tunnel. Blacksmiths Lane, Hindringham, Norfolk, NR21 0QA, 01328 878226.




Green Island Gardens are 20 acres of privately owned, professionally designed gardens set within woodland. The area includes a terrace, mixed borders, seaside garden, Japanese garden and water gardens that between them display a wealth of unusual plants thriving within the unique island microclimate. Spring highlights include: camellias, clematis and daffodils. Park Road, Ardleigh, CO7 7SP, 01206 230455.

HOVETON HALL Visit Hoveton Hall Gardens to experience the delights of British springtime. Wander the Spider Garden with its formal herbaceous borders containing over six hundred different varieties. Look out for primulas, pulmonarias and narcissi that are among the first to flower here, followed by tulips and irises; enjoy the Clematis Walk; and experience hundreds of daffodils carpeting the woodland floor. Norwich, Norfolk, NR12 8RJ, 01603 782558.




The Place for Plants is a wonderful 20-acre garden, originally laid out by the present owners’ great grandfather. The area is often referred to as a Cornish garden in Suffolk and has many unusual trees and shrubs, and a spectacular Victorian Walled Garden. The marvellous collection of rhododendrons, camellias and magnolias are particularly beautiful in spring. East Bergholt Place, Suffolk, CO7 6UP, 01206 299 224.

DOCWRA’S MANOR GARDEN In early spring, the independently owned Docwra’s Manor Garden showcases snowdrops, cyclmen and hellebores, followed by daffodils and lily-flower tulips. Roses and clematis spray out from the tops of trees and bulbs pop up between cobbles and through gravel. Don’t miss the Spring Garden, the wisteria in the Paved Courtyard and the Walled Garden. Shepreth, Royston, Hertfordshire, SG8 6PS, 01763 260677. eastlife.co.uk|55

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Oaks Hampers’ One for the Girls is a beautifully presented hamper of award-winning, artisan, deli-style foods. Available from www.oakshampers.co.uk.

Lisa Angel stocks this beautiful Peace of Mind Blue Butterfly Scarf - perfect for brightening up your mum’s spring wardrobe. Available from www.lisaangel.co.uk.

Instead of the usual bottle of perfume, treat your mum to a Design your own Perfume Experience. Available from www.giftideasfortwo.com for workshops in Ramsey, Cambs; Dubstable, Beds; Milton Keynes, Bucks and Norwich, Norfolk.

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GIFT GUIDE The Norfolk Truffle Company is dedicated to producing luxurious, handmade, organic truffles using the finest Belgian chocolate. Available from www.norfolktruffles.co.uk.

Encourage your mum to take up a hobby she’s always dreamed of by booking her place on one of award-winning Suffolk Foodhall’s numerous courses. For more information see: www.suffolkfoodhall. co.uk/events. Treat your mum to high tea at one of the National Trust’s stunning historic properties, whether it is in the Reed Barn Tea Room at Peckover House, or in the surroundings of Lord Lothian’s Study at Blickling Hall. For more information see: www.nationaltrust.co.uk.

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Make a statement with this bold and beautiful bracelet from Folli Follie’s Elements Collection. With bright blue crystal stones set in rose gold plate, this bracelet will be sure add a touch of glamour for your mum. (Folli & Follie) - Jarrold 1-07 London, Street Norwich, Norfolk NR2 1JF. 01603 660661

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Go to Webb’s County Jewellers for a huge range of modern, traditional and antique pieces to suit any mum. This bracelet is an antique18ct gold double row bracelet, consisting of 24 marquise cut Emeralds and 22 round diamonds. Webb’s County Jewellers, Jacobs House, 34, High St, Holt , NR25 6BH. 01263 712575

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Shop Focus Visitors flock to the university city of Cambridge for its historic culture and architecture, but they are sure to leave enchanted by the city’s main shopping street

Picturesque Trinity Street, Cambridge

SHOP FOCUS: TRINITY STREET Trinity Street, formerly known as the High Street, is a gorgeous, historical street in the centre of Cambridge that provides a picture perfect backdrop to any shopping trip. Fashion is well represented with niche boutiques such as Comptoir Des Cotonniers specialising in ladies’ clothing and accessories sitting alongside Arthur Shepherd, which provides a range of fashionable garments for men. Big name brands, that we all know and love, are also plentiful on this charming street with the likes of Jaeger, Jigsaw and Reiss perfect for those looking to splash their cash on designer labels. If you are looking to get out into

the great outdoors, White Stuff, Joules, Sweaty Betty and Up and Running all specialise in sportswear, skiwear and outdoor clothing, keeping you wrapped up warm with all the necessities, to make sure it won’t be your wardrobe that holds you back. For a relaxing read, stop by Heffers Booksellers, which stocks a range of fiction and non-fiction books, or visit Heffers Sound for classical music CDs and records, before indulging in a well-deserved pitstop at its in-store coffee shop. Alternatively, pay the Cambridge University Press Bookshop a visit, with its two floors of around 25,000

titles and a front-of-house section featuring a variety of local-interest publications. Although now a showroom for the Press’ publications, the shop is on one of the most historic sites in bookselling, having replaced Bowes & Bowes that have sold books here since 1581. Those looking for unique items for their home should visit well-known designer home store Laura Ashley or soft furnishings retailer Breeze. Or, browse Trinity Street Jewellers for cutlery and crockery, in addition to vintage and antique jewellery, and pick up handmade arts and crafts at the Contemporary Art Shop. Make Trinity Street your one-stop shop. n

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EXPLORE THE WORLD AT GRESHAM’S PRE-PREP SCHOOL Explore the World week took place over 5 days in February at Gresham’s PrePrep School in Holt. This initiative was to provide a fun and varied programme where children were introduced to a variety of different countries and cultures to give them a greater appreciation of the world around them.


xplore the World week offered a varied selection of events to the different years. Year 3 learned about New Zealand. A number of visitors to the School provided talks to them which included, David Tipling, a wildlife photographer, who gave a fascinating talk about birds in New Zealand, accompanied by his incredible photographs. Mr Adams, Gresham’s Sports Development Director - came to teach the children how to do the Haka (pictured). They demonstrated the moves impressively well and looked suitably fierce, whilst reciting the Maori words. The pupils also benefitted from having two New Zealanders talk to them - Mr

Couborough, from the Flying Kiwi chain of restaurants, talked about the history and location of New Zealand, whilst the current Senior School Gap year student from New Zealand, Lizzie Rajan, came and did a brilliant question and answer session about what it was like to be a child in New Zealand. Throughout the week the children worked in groups researching various topics ranging from famous New Zealanders, insects, mountains, the Maoris and sport in New Zealand. Year 2 learned about Brazil. They learned about the Amazon rainforest and the vast range of animals and birds indigenous to the area. Another parent, Mr Schofield had spent a few weeks living with an Amerindian tribe in the Amazon and talked to the children about his experiences. He gave a very interesting presentation showing wonderful pictures of what it was like to live in a Rainforest. The children learned about the annual Rio de Janeiro carnival and had fun decorating carnival masks and making carnival cocktails using juices from fruits that are grown in Brazil. One of the highlights of the week was when

Children dress up in colourful saris

Mr Waring, Director of Music, Prep School came to do a samba workshop with the children. Children in Year 1 learned about India. The children loved looking at life in India and brought in many interesting items from home for their Show and Tell sessions. One of the highlights was a visit from a Bollywood dancer. She gave all the children decorative Bindis to wear and explained when they are worn in India (pictured). The children dressed in colourful saris, just as children would in Northern India. The dancer demonstrated a basic Bollywood dance routine; the children loved this experience. Explore the World was a wonderful week for both the children and staff which provided an exciting mix of opportunities for the children to appreciate different cultures. Gresham’s Pre-Prep School provides education for 3-8 year olds in the beautiful market town of Holt, North Norfolk. For further information contact Mrs Julie Higgs, preprep@ greshams.com. n eastlife.co.uk|65

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Spring Days Out East Anglia is renowned as a nature lover’s paradise. We visit some of its unique habitats, exploring some of the world’s most rare and endangered wildlife. While also including the best zoos, most exotic safari parks and RSPB parks too!

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Beautiful leopard at Colchester zoo


ake the discovery and get closer to the wildness of Africa on your own safari road trip at Woburn Safari Park. Journey your way through the wild, experiencing some of the most mesmerizing animals such as rhinos, elephants, tigers and lions among their natural habitat and many more. After your safari, park up and take a walk through the Land of the Lemurs, Penguin World, the Australian Walkabout and Rainbow Landing, where holding a pot of nectar in your hand, will draw in the exotic birds to feed. Woburn, Milton Keynes, Bedfordshire, MK17 9WA, 01525 290407 www.woburn.co.uk

Opened in summer 2012, the Walking Giants at Colchester Zoo is famous for housing 3 out of 4 of the world’s biggest tortoise species! Experience the natural habitat of these magnificent species, inside and outside their enclosure. Get personal with the lemurs in the Lost Madagascar exhibit and indulge in

Male Drill Monkey at Woburn Safari

the Orangutan Forest at some of the most fascinating creatures. Finish on the Plains of Africa at the Kingdom of the Wild where the giraffes, white rhino and zebra can all be seen mixing together in the main paddock. Maldon Road, Stanway, Colchester, Essex Co3 0SL, 01206 331292 www.colchester-zoo.com

With so many different species to encounter, Shepreth Wildlife Park is a perfect day out for the whole family. Go underwater in the Aquatic centre or into The Night to engage with the nocturnal animals of the park or better still, live life as a giant in Bug City. Station Road, Shepreth, Hertfordshire Sg8 6PZ (between Royston and Cambridge) 01763 262226 www.sheprethwildlifepark.co.uk Come and join the Animal EggSperience this Easter from the 29th March at Africa Alive for some exciting activities for all the family. Experience an awe-inspiring re-creation of the African Savannah set in 100 acres of coastal parkland,

where the animals of the plains roam freely together, as in the wild.

Whites Lane, Kessingland, Lowestoft, NR33 7TF, 01502 740291 www.africa-alive.co.uk

Let the RSPB: Minsmere take you on a date with nature, from sunbathing seals and swooping birds of prey, to rutting red deer and tiny chicks snuggling in their nests. Sheepwash Lane, Saxmundham, Suffolk IP17 3BY, 01728 648281 www.rspb.org.uk/reserves/guide/m/minsmere

Whipsnade Zoo continued to live up to its nickname as the “maternity ward” last year with a bountiful baby boom. From tiny chameleons to rare red pandas to leggy giraffes, so why not come and visit them this year as they take their steps into adult hood. Discover Cheetah Rock and the Chimpnasium, along with the extraordinary Lions of the Serengeti. Why not let your children enjoy the domesticated residents of the Children’s Farm. Dunstable, Bedfordshire

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Book now for Mother’s Day Sunday 10 March, £22.50 per person STARTERS Cream of mushroom and tarragon soup (V) Prawn and crayfish cocktail with sauce Marie Rose Chicken liver parfait with pear chutney Scotch smoked salmon with dill, shallot and cucumber relish Warm goats’ cheese and roquette salad with pistachio dressing (V) MAIN COURSES Roast sirloin of beef, Yorkshire pudding, spring vegetables, roast potatoes and red wine gravy Beer battered pollock with chips and tartare sauce Roast loin of pork, apple sauce, spring vegetables, roast potatoes and cider sauce Honey glazed confit of duck, caramalised fennel, mash and spiced orange sauce Penne pasta, slow roast tomato sauce, black olives and crumbled feta (V) DESSERTS Treacle tart with vanilla ice cream Banana Eton Mess Chocolate brownie with cherry ice cream and brandy snap Selection of cheese and biscuits Ice-cream and sorbets, various flavours available

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SPOIL YOUR TASTE BUDS AT THE FOOD SHOW One of the things that strikes the outsider upon visiting East Anglia is the quality of food and drink in the region. There are few better places to sample this than the Food Show at Wherstead Park. The local economy is booming with producers and suppliers who work late into the night for their craft, going to great lengths to preserve the integrity of their product. It’s with this in mind that Lesley Frost, commercial manager of Wherstead Park, decided to put on the simply and aptly named Food Show. Hosted at the venue on the outskirts of Ipswich, The Food Show aimed to provide an opportunity for foodies to buy from their favourite local producers and discover new things to taste and buy. Last October saw the launch of the bi-annual event, and it was an instant triumph. There were happy customers aplenty, and more than a few delighted faces were seen in the café that day, enjoying freshly cooked, locally sourced treats. Now Lesley and her team know that

the people of East Anglia love to buy local, they are looking forward to their April show, which is shaping up to be even better. Many of the stand-holders who came to the October show signed up on the day to come to this April’s Show. There will, however, be some new faces and new things to try – even an observation beehive! Lesley says, “when creating the Food Show we had a clear idea of how we wanted it to be and from the inception I visualised it as a ‘posh farmer’s market’ from the perspective that it would take place indoors with good natural lighting and heating! “We are fortunate to have such an abundance of fine produce in the East Anglia region, but there are very few

opportunities to smell, taste and buy from so many local and artisan producers under one roof.” When asked what made the October event so successful, Lesley identified several factors: “There’s the simple fact that we had a fantastic display of food and drink on offer. I also think people increasingly like to see where their food comes from and they want to support local producers. Of course, it helps that entrance to The Food Show is less than simply parking in town to go shopping – oh, and that it was raining and it was all under the roof of our Atrium!”. The next Food Show at Wherstead Park is on April 20th2013. Entrance is £1.50 (free for children) and parking is free. For more details, including those producers attending the show, visit whersteadpark.co.uk

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The last few years have seen a dramatic renaissance of both the image of, and the demand for, Beaujolais. Master of Wine Sarah Abbott, explains how huge improvements in quality and aspiration have transformed Beaujolais from the less interesting little sister of Burgundy to a well-respected wine in its own right. Fresh, fruity Beaujolais is the perfect spring tipple

Fruity flavours of Beaujolais Traditional Beaujolais There is great variation of soils in the large Beaujolais appellation of nearly 20,00 hectares, but broadly speaking the north is dominated by granitic schist and limestone, and the south by sandy clay. Gamay is the grape; moderate in tannin, but full on fruit and fragrance. At its simplest, Gamay grown in the south is vinified quickly – using Carbonic Maceration – to make fresh, fruity, simple Beaujolais and Beaujolais Nouveau, and it is the worldwide success of these wines that have dominated perceptions of Gamay’s style and quality potential. Beaujolais Crus However, the most exciting wines of Beaujolais are its ten Crus, from much smaller appellations located on the granitic soils of the north. Gamay blossoms here, taking on depth, complexity and textural interest. The general style of Cru Beaujolais is velvety tannins, seductive textures, floral aromatics and succulent fruit. These are supple, seamless red wines.

Several develop beautifully for 10 years or more, at which age they suddenly start to smell like great Pinot Noir. There is engaging variety amongst Beaujolais Cru too; in style, fruit character, tannic structure and ageing potential. Saint Amour & Juliénas Saint Amour is the smallest of the Cru and the first you come to as you travel south from Mâcon. These vineyards produce wines that are floral, supple, and lightly spicy. It’s not the fleshiest of the Cru Beaujolais, but when good it is mineral and intense, rather than just light. Berthier makes a lovely example. The lesser-known Juliénas is next to Saint-Amour. Its vineyards cover a larger area, and are at higher elevations, producing wines of fresh, defined fruit with a fleshy body but elegant textures, of which Pascal Aufranc’s ‘Probus’ is superb. Chénas & Moulin-à-Vent Chénas is one of the longest-lived

Beaujolais Cru. It is less weighty than Morgon, but more refined. It has fine but very tightly packed tannin, and develops floral and spice complexity with age. Moulin-à-Vent is one of the most famous Crus. It is juicy and expressive when young and is wheeled out by Beaujolais producers when aged, for blind tastings by visiting wine writers who decide it must be something much more serious than ‘just’ Beaujolais. Vineyards are located on soil called ‘Gore’ - a decomposed, pink granite, rich in the element manganese. These wines develop very complex aromas with 5-10 years of age, taking on a dark, sanguine character and a texture close to that of good Cote de Beaune Pinot Noir. The Domaine Richard Rottiers is the rising star of the region. Fleurie & Chiroubles Fleurie is almost as popular a wine in springtime as Saint Amour. These beautiful vineyards are backed by the mountain peaks of the Pierres Dorées. ➛ It is light-footed and more delicate eastlife.co.uk|71

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➛ than Moulin-à-Vent, and is lovely when young. Chiroubles is one of my favourites. These vineyards are one of the highest parts of Beaujolais and the wine have expressive, pure red fruit with lovely floral lift. It is a light, racy but intense style of Cru Beaujolais. Morgon & Régnié Morgon is next to Chiroubles, but a short border is all they share. The very ancient soil is of volcanic origin and the wine is one of the richest, most dense and ageworthy of the Beaujolais Crus. Fruit is quite dark, and often spicy. Like Moulin-à-Vent, Morgon ages in good vintages for 10 years and more, but as it is less well-known, it is often superb value. Domaine de la Bonne Tonne is an excellent producer. Régnié is a delicate, fresh contrast to Morgon, its big, broad neighbour. It has refined and uplifting red fruit, with delicate tannins and silky mouthfeel. Domaine Dupré make a lovely version from very old gnarly, Gamay vines.

Côte de Brouilly Côte de Brouilly suffers through the misapprehension that it is a ‘lesser’ part of Brouilly. This is a shame, because this under-estimated Cru Beaujolais is one of the best for those looking for more serious, mineral and ageworthy wines. It is grown on very complex soils on the slopes of Mont Brouilly with distinctive green and blue granitic soil. It can be quite tight and tannic in youth, but becomes refined and nervy with 5 years ageing. Robert Perroud makes lovely examples of this splendid Cru. Brouilly is the most southerly and large of the crus, and, with diverse soils and hundreds of winemakers, it is also one of the most diverse. Like Fleurie, it is a delicate, silky red of fresh tannin and floral, crunchy red fruit. It can be hard to find great value in Brouilly, as the name is so well-known, but Domaine Régis Champière make a good one. Spring is a fantastic time to enjoy these fruity floral, flavours. Chin, chin!. ■

VISITING BEAUJOLAIS This part of France – just north of Lyon – is also a stunning and diverse destination for cultural, walking and gastronomic tourism. The southern bit of Beaujolais – Les Pierres Dorées – is especially beautiful, and its hills and golden light are often compared with Tuscany. It is a ravishingly beautiful part of the world, ringed by mountains, and thronged by nature lovers, hunters, and walkers. It has some of Burgundy’s continental climate, but is tempered and warmed by the proximity of the Mediterranean. The trees are different and the landscape is more bucolic and rolling. It feels warmer, sunnier and more relaxed than in Burgundy, and makes for a great holiday away. Lauren Cordell.

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Wentworth Wentworth

Long Melford


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Eating Out This Mother’s Day When it comes to Mother’s Day we all like to treat our mums, and what better way to do so than with a family meal out. Here’s our pick of special places to take the people that make your life special!

THE HIGHWAYMAN The Highwayman is situated in a gorgeous Grade II listed 17th century timber-framed building that has been sympathetically extended, providing a warm welcome, home-cooked food and a good selection of real ales. Mother’s Day here is sure to be a hit, when you consider their menu. Start with either celeriac and potato soup or mushroom julienne, followed by roast beef, turkey, grilled salmon fillet or vegetable gratin. Finish it all off with either a vanilla crème brulée or mini pavlova. Two courses are £16.95 and three courses are £22.95. Norwich Road, Creeting St Mary, Ipswich, IP6 8PD, 01449 760-369. www.thehighwayman.net.



Fancy an Italian style Mother’s Day? La Margherita is a family-run, Italian restaurant in the centre of Cambridge, offering good quality food using traditional recipes with a modern twist. Everything served is freshly cooked, with all sauces, stocks and soups prepared from scratch, and the pizza dough made every morning on the premises. You and your family are guarenteed a friendly welcome from staff that has hardly changed in 20 years. 15 Magdalene Street, Cambridge, CB3 0AF, 01223 315232. www.lamargheritacambridge.com.

The Bird in Hand is a family-run pub and restaurant that combines all the atmosphere of a traditional British pub, with quality food and drink, and comfortable surroundings. Products are locally sourced, from free-range Wreningham eggs to fresh fish and shellfish caught off the coasts of Brancaster, Cromer and Lowestoft - even their herbs are grown in the pub garden! Join them for a Mother’s Day meal from 12 noon-9:30pm. Church Road, Norwich, Norfolk, NR16 1BJ, 01508 489438. www.birdinhandwreningham.com.



The independently owned The Plough at Bolnhurst is offering a relaxing Mothering Sunday lunch comprising of delicious, freshly prepared food that reflects the seasons. Their beautiful Tudor property has bags of character thanks to original features, candlelight and open fires, whilst diners can experience the sights and sounds of a kitchen at work from the bar and restaurant. Bookings from 12.00pm2.00pm. Two courses are £28.00 or three courses are £32.00. Kimbolton Rd, Bolnhurst, Bedfordshire, MK44 2EX, 01234 376274. www. bolnhurst.com.

Despite having 130 restaurants nationwide, The Beefeater Grill offers diners their own personal space and service. They’ve put together a Mother’s Day menu designed to treat mums, with all the classics covered. Dishes include chicken and chorizo skewers to start, with roast topside of beef served with all the roast dinner condiments for main, and delicious desserts like the oozing, warm chocolate fudge brownie. Cowdray Avenue, Colchester, C01 1UT, 01206 561914. www.beefeatergrill.co.uk.

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Wedding with a view: Woolverstone Hall In 1867, The Gardener’s Chronicle described the views from Woolverstone Hall as ‘a boundless panorama of satisfying beauty’. Over a century later, thanks to generations of careful guardianship, the outlook from this magnificent Grade I listed country mansion, just five miles from Ipswich, remains truly stunning.

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Understanding the signs and symptoms of a stroke A stroke is a medical emergency that can cause permanent neurological damage and in extreme cases death. Recognising the signs and symptoms of a stroke The signs and symptoms of a stroke vary from person to person, but usually begin suddenly. As different parts of the brain control different parts of the body, so symptoms will depend upon the part of the brain affected and the extent of the damage. The main stroke symptoms can be remembered with the word FAST: Face-Arms-Speech-Time. • Face – the face may have dropped on one side, the person may not be able to smile or their mouth or eye may have drooped • Arms – the person with suspected stroke may not be able to lift one or both arms and keep them there because of arm weakness or numbness • Speech – their speech may be slurred or garbled, or the person may not be able to talk at all despite appearing to be awake • Time – it is time to dial 999 immediately if you see any of these signs or symptoms It is important for everyone to be aware of these signs and symptoms. So, if you live with or care for somebody in a high-risk group, such as someone who is elderly or has diabetes or high blood pressure, being

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imaging (3 Tesla MRI) with live ultrasound to target lesions in the prostate. This technique is called MRI-TRUS fusion guided transperineal prostate biopsies (M-TTP) and they are the only centre in the UK to offer this using purpose-built technology. They initially offer a detailed scan of the prostate, called multi-parametric MRI. This allows them to identify potentially cancerous areas in the prostate. Common ultrasound cannot see these lesions but, in contrast to MRI, it does allow taking biopsies. Therefore, during a short general anaesthesia the MRI can be laid over the live ultrasound image and biopsy samples can be taken from the abnormal looking areas and from normally not accessible parts of the prostate. This allows the biopsy to be precisely aimed, and thus limits the number of biopsies being taken reducing side

effects encountered in other available techniques which randomly take biopsies from the entire prostate. This technology has a higher detection rate of cancer (sensitivity). It also appears to give a more accurate picture of the cancer. This is crucial for decisions on the right treatment. The Cambridge Urology Partnership team feel that this new pathway will put an end to the uncertainty of many patients who are worried about the possibility of prostate cancer. If you are worried, then feel free to contact the Cambridge Urology Partnership or ask your GP for a referral. The Cambridge Urology Partnership Nuffield Health Cambridge Hospital 4 Trumpington Road Cambridge CB2 8AF. Tel: 08007567771 enquiries@cambridgeurology partnership.co.uk

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CAMBRIDGE IVF: CREATING YOUR FUTURE Cambridge IVF is delighted to announce the birth of the first baby to be born following treatment at the newly-opened unit. Melanie and Lee Moulds of St Neots have become the first couple to give birth after undergoing fertility treatment at Cambridge IVF. Baby Kallee was born on Saturday 11th August 2012, weighing 6lb 1.5oz. Melanie said: ‘The staff at Cambridge IVF have all been brilliant and I rang them as soon as I could to let them know that she’d been born. We are taking both children into the clinic next week to meet the staff. We are so grateful – they were so supportive and the facilities there are amazing. The technology is so advanced now – without it, we wouldn’t have had Kallee or our son so we consider ourselves really lucky.’ Stephen Harbottle, lead embryologist for Cambridge IVF, said: ‘We are absolutely delighted for the couple, and it’s wonderful news for the clinic as well.

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Get a better service from your bank

Does your bank make you growl? It’s a great British whinge to complain about our banks, after all 2012 was a bad year for banking. Yet far too many of us sit on our hands complaining without acting, says Money Saving Expert Martin Lewis.


ecause there is a banking choice out there. Make the right move and you can gain hundreds of pounds, reclaim fees and get better service. Here are the nine things you need to know.


Reclaim £100s of packaged account fees. Millions pay a monthly fee for their bank account, often sold on the basis of ‘free insurance’. While it can be a great deal, even the regulator, the FSA, says huge numbers of these policies are “useless”. I believe many thousands of people may have been mis-sold them. So if you’ve got or had a premier or packaged bank account in the last 10 years, if it over-promised, told you it was compulsory, or gave you insurance that didn’t cover you when you came to claim (eg, travel insurance for the under 65s and you were 70), you could be due £100s or even £1,000s back.


Switching is easier than it was. Banks’ switching services move direct debits and standing orders for you. All you have to do is tell your employer and anyone else who pays money into your account the new details.


Free £100 to switch to best customer service account. If your bank doesn’t treat you right, consider Firstdirect.com. It’s smashed every customer service poll I’ve done, last time 91% rated it ‘great’. Right now it’s giving new switchers £100, though you need a minimum income of £23,500. It also gives 0% on overdrafts up to £250, 15.9% above that.


Get 3% bills cashback AND 3% on savings. Alternatively, for rates, the Santander.co.uk/123 bank account uniquely pays 1%-3% cashback on water, council tax, Santander mortgages, energy, phone, broadband and TV bills. Someone with typical bills would earn around £115 a year, but many with bigger bills can make £300, which easily offsets its £2-a-month fee. Better still, if you’ve savings and keep £3,000£20,000 in there, you earn 3% interest, which smashes the best buy savings.


The top premier account - huge insurance benefits. While slamming packaged accounts at the start of the piece, I did mention that done right, they can occasionally be a good deal. If you’re going to pay for monthly fee for extras, the easy winner is the highly rated Co-operativebank.co.uk Privilege at £9.50 a month (£114 a year). The main benefits are: Cover for up to four smartphones (including iPhone 5s) in your family Family high-end worldwide travel insurance.


Struggling to get a bank account? It’s a disgrace that over a million people in the UK are not banked. If that’s you, don’t apply for a normal bank account the likelihood is you’ll fail the credit score. Instead, go for a basic bank account – these don’t credit score you (though you do need ID). Yet unless you specifically ask for the right application form, you risk being rejected if they give you forms for their

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Is ethical banking an oxymoron? As the advert says, you need a bank account, but not necessarily a bank. Ethicalconsumer.org rates firms on the environment, human and animal rights, and politics. Luckily, there are accounts where the Venn diagram of its top picks and mine overlap. Building society Nationwide.co.uk’s fee-free account gives European travel insurance for one person up to age 73. Co-operativebank. co.uk is highly rated too, and its packaged accounts are our top pick. Nandp.co.uk building society gives cheap spending overseas.


Fed up with banks? Try a non-profit local credit union instead. There are 500 across the UK and 25 of them offer bank accounts. All do savings and loans. There’s the same £85,000 per person protection as banks, and the Government’s just given £38m extra funding. Find your nearest via Findyourcreditunion.co.uk.


Shift your overdraft to 12 months at 0%. If you’re overdrawn, Halifax. co.uk/reward offers a 12 month 0% overdraft, and also gives switchers £100. Watch out though, as after a year, the overdraft charges jump to a huge £1-£3 a DAY, so you’ll need to switch again. Finally, don’t forget to reclaim cash from old accounts. There are billions unclaimed in forgotten accounts. If you think there might be cash you can claim, go to Mylostaccount.org.uk.

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hen there are inches of snow on the ground and the sweet, little car you bought because it slots nicely into tiny parking spaces now slithers and wheelspins, there can be a certain envy for the huge SUV that grandly marches past. Until now. Like a knight in shining armour, Fiat has come to the rescue of all damsels who may be abandoning their cars at the roadside due to a smattering of white stuff. The Italian company has launched its latest mini SUV which is proof that size really doesn’t matter. The third generation Panda 4x4 may be small, but when I took it on a gruelling off-road course, it clawed, plunged and shot up and down every muddy hillside and murky pool, as good as the best. Unfortunately new buyers will probably never have my exciting off-road experiences, but this Panda will surf gamely over rutted car boot fields, and there will be no unwanted surprises as the automatic system keeps the Panda firmly on snow-covered tarmac. New Panda owners might even join the ranks of the 4x4 winter volunteers as they come to the rescue of rear wheel drive BMW owners!

This Panda also has an electronic lock differential, which by operating the button on the centre console, sends power to one wheel for extra grip at up to 31mph. This new model can be identified by its aluminium-coloured inserts in the front and rear bumpers, which underline the presence of skid plates under the body. The A segment car is longer and wider and 5cm taller than the regular model, thanks to an increase of 50ml for ground clearance. There are also black protective strips to provide better off-road duties. Two new colours, reminiscent of Fiat Panda’s homeland, are Tuscany Green and Sicilian Orange. The quality interior is a designer work-of-art with a new centre console that houses additional 4x4 systems, but which also provides greater storage. There is also new seat material with interlinked squares. Standard equipment includes electronic stability programme, Blue and Me communication system and steering wheel controls. New buyers can choose city brake control, sliding rear seats or Blue and Me with Tomtom Live navigation system.

There are two engines - a 0.9 litre Twin Air – that combine a small capacity engine with a responsive turbocharger, and won the International Engine of the Year 2011. This petrol engine has the lowest carbon dioxide emissions of any mass-produced production petrol engine in the world, combined with remarkable performance and flexibility. The 1.3 litre Multijet 2 diesel engine is my personal favourite and is definitely the better performer off-road with lots of torque and grip. The Fiat Panda 4x4 has all the advantages of small city cars with good performance, practicality, value for money and ease of parking and now is just as competent in off-road conditions as the big boys!

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Intrigue at Gallery 1066


012 was an amazing year for Gallery 1066, not only were their doors graced with international superstars, Fabian Perez and Anna Razumovskaya who are renowned as the world’s greatest figurative artists of our time, but the Gallery also renovated their adjoining mews to double in size becoming one of the largest galleries in Hertfordshire. With their ever growing events calendar their social evenings are regularly featured in the press making this one of the most talked about galleries in the South East.

To kick start the year one of the world’s leading modern impressionist artists Danielle O’Connor Akiyama is visiting on March 17th launching her latest collection ‘Illumination’ at a champagne reception. This latest collection is typical in the vibrancy of palette and the loose formal structure certainly recalls Danielle’s celebrated floral, and yet we see her moving into a radiant new world of abstract interpretation. An uninhibited vigour and freedom of style combines with a luminous hand finished glaze to give these magnificent canvases an unprecedented impact and international appeal. Please join us for this exciting open weekend and meet the artist on Sunday as she unveils her powerful new collection of original oil collections and canvas editions. Not only does Gallery 1066 have an impressive social calendar they are introducing some amazing new artists

into the gallery. This includes one of the world’s most collectable artists Gabe Leonard. Gabe has recently brought out his debut UK collection which is available at the Gallery. His paintings take you into a world rich with inimitable atmosphere and narrative intrigue. Gabe’s work has been described as “Johnny Cash meets Quentin Tarantino” and he captures rich moods by combining the free brushwork of an expressive artist combined with the lighting and framing of a seasoned Hollywood cinematographer. The Galleries events are open to the public and we welcome people to come to the gallery to enjoy a fine art experience.’ To find out more please contact either Hayley or Sophie at the Gallery on 01462 622233 or email info@ gallery1066fineart.com. To view their range of artists visit: www.gallery1066fineart.com

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SIX great new films in cinema

The latest Disney release, Oz, The Great and Powerful, is a much-anticipated prequel to the Wizard of Oz. The film follows the adventures of a circus magician, played by James Franco, who journeys through epic 3D fantasy decors and must prove his wizardry when he meets witches Mila Kunis, Rachel Weisz and Michelle Williams along the way. Renowned filmmaker Steven Soderbergh directs Jude Law in new thriller Side Effects. A woman who is prescribed a new wonder drug has serious side effects that leads the plot to take a sharp turn, which implicates her psychiatrist.

Danny Boyle is back with Trance, a psychological thriller starring James McAvoy who gets caught up in the robbery of a painting and is hunted down by a violent gang, headed by Vincent Cassel, only to be unable to remember where the painting is.

The Croods is a comedy animation that tells the story of a cautious cave family whose lives are transformed when their home is destroyed and they are exposed to a whole new world, brought to life in glorious 3D Technicolor. The author of the celebrated Twilight Saga sees another of her works, The Host, adapted for the big screen this month. In an imagined future, where an alien species is taking over human bodies and erasing their minds, Jared and Melanie manage to find each other and fall in love. But when Melanie’s body is taken over, will their love still remain? William Hurt, Diane Kruger and Jake Abel star.

Broken City charts the exploits of a cop-turned-PI (Mark Wahlberg), who is enlisted by the New York mayor (Russell Crowe) to find out who is sleeping with his wife (Catherine Zeta Jones). But, things are not as they seem.

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Art Scene

Collette Hoefkens’ Art Scene On the cusp of a gentler season, enjoy the longer days and take advantage of some of the region’s artistic offerings, says Collette Hoefkens of Norton Way Gallery, Letchworth Garden City. This month sees a wonderful new exhibition from Essex’s superb Sculpt Gallery. As always the gallery has an exceptional collection of fine and contemporary three-dimensional art. With local and national favorites, this latest exhibition is focusing on portraiture and the famous. Sculpt Gallery In a world swamped with repeated celebrity image, it can sometimes be difficult to explain the unique importance of a real and honestly created piece of art. Whether painted, photographed or in this case sculpted. John Doubleday, best known for his “Battle of Maldon Monument” on the Blackwater Estuary, Essex, sums up art’s essential and eternal message so well. “Portrait sculpture provides a presence of the personality, which continues to say somethinglong after the subject and the sculptor have departed. It’s something spontaneous, elusive and ephemeral which is rendered durable through sculpture - like quicksilver.” With new pieces from artists such as Neal French FRBS, Roland Piche FRBS and Steve Pallemaerts, you will be able to cast your eyes upon, and invite your mind wander through, the captured essence of icons including

Sir Winston Churchill, Nelson Mandela and Amy Winehouse. In addition this latest show also presents an opportunity to view and some privately commissioned pieces, reminding us that immortality is not just for the famous! Rhy Art Gallery We are now going to head down to the south of the Eastern region. Make a visit to East Sussex and stop off at the wondrous Rye Art Gallery. This excellent fusion of the past and present provides a perfect example of the endurance, power and potency of art. Amongst its permanent collection can be found contributions from the great Paul Nash and John Piper. Also residing in the collection are pioneering drawings, paintings and prints from the likes of Eward Bawden, Ivon Hitchens and Edward Burra. Their current show highlights the year of 1903 and the works of Bawden, Piper, Ceri Richards and Graham Sutherland, with their observed commentary of the times and life around them. Fast-forwarding to the present day, until March 24th, one of my own favorite contemporary artists, Richard Adams, is illuminated in a truly fantastic show of new works. Whisky and Rye is a celebration of the artist’

hometown. Also a fusion of past and present Adams manages to introduce the future to some of his pieces with a wave of his magic paintbrush. These paintings are alive with passion, humour, air and space. Rustic colours portray glimpses of reality, occasion, intimacy and togetherness. Heartwarming scenes brimming with familiarity convey both the safe and the uncertain. Alive with kindness there is a quietly powerful sense of satire in these modern day genre works. Captured 2nd March till 30th March Sculpt Gallery, Priory Mews, Braxted Park Road, Tiptree (Nr Gt Braxted), Essex CO5 0QB. 07980768616 www.sculptgallery.com Whisky and Rye 23rd February till 24th March. Rye Art Gallery, 107 High Street, Rye, East Sussex, TN31 7JE 01797 222433 www.ryeartgallery.co.uk

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Peterborough Fancy a short break with lots going on but also ample opportunity to get away from it all? Mahvish Malik explains why Peterborough deserves your attention. Why Should You Visit? The modern-day city of Peterborough has a wealth of history just waiting to be uncovered by day and great nightlife to discover when daylight fades. Visit the magnificent Norman Cathedral, which provides a beautiful backdrop to the city. and is not only one of England’s finest, but also the resting place of both Mary Queen of Scots and Katherine of Aragon. Visitors can appreciate the gorgeous Romanesque and gothic architecture, and enjoy excellent music events, such as Rachmaninov Vespers performed on 2 March or daily recitals by the Cathedral Choir at Choral Evensong. Literary enthusiasts should not miss the opportunity to visit great English poet John Clare’s cottage, tucked away in the village of Helpston and restored to its early 19th century state. Visitors can see examples of the poet’s works, learn about his life and understand the society he lived in, whilst monthly author evenings continue the space’s literary tradition.

From April throughout the summer, Flag Fen Archaeology Park is also open to visitors. The main attraction is the monumental 3,500 year old timber platform the size of Wembley Stadium that was found during dyke surveys funded by English Heritage in the 1980s, and rivals Stonehenge in the unique insight it gives into Britain’s past. In the evening, catch a drama, ballet or concert at one of the city’s two theatres, the Key Theatre and the Cresset Theatre; indulge in cuisine for every palate from a diverse selection of restaurants; or party until the early hours in Peterborough’s cocktail bars and nightclubs. What’s the History? Today’s highly productive agricultural landscape bears little resemblance to the Fens of pre-historic and medieval times. The city itself has also changed enormously from its origins as a Saxon village called Medehamstede (meadow homestead). It was only with the flourishing of the abbey that a town developed where Peterbor-

ough now stands, with the last two centuries witnessing its extraordinary growth. Railway lines began operating locally during the 1840s, but it wasn’t until the 1850 opening of the Great Northern Railway’s main line from London to York that Peterborough really transformed from a market town to an industrial centre. Places to Eat Housed in a gorgeous thatched English inn in the sleepy farming village of Keyston, The Pheasant, is a great choice when it comes to dining. Winner of ‘Best British Restaurant’ on Gordon Ramsey’s The F Word and second in the competition overall, it beat 10,000 other hopeful restaurants. The large bar is a traditional and unspoilt mixture of oak beams, large open fires and simple wooden furniture, whilst three distinct dining areas are intimate yet relaxed. In the centre of town, Halo is a brand new restaurant and club. Located on Northminster it is a prime location in both the day and evening for enjoying good food, and quality drinks in plush and stylish surroundings. During the warmer months, dining can become an outside experience so that you can soak up the atmosphere of the city, while relaxing with a drink and a bite to eat.

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Shopping Shopping in Peterborough is quite a pastime, in fact, you are spoilt for choice - three shopping centres, the City Market, independent stores, regular Farmers’ Markets and craft fairs. Peterborough Garden Park was created to meet the needs of a growing number of people interested in gardening and outdoor activities. This innovative retail and leisure destination combines the attributes of a traditional garden centre and an accessible retail scheme, with a mix of lifestyle retailers. There is something for everyone. Queensgate is Peterborough city centres main shopping centre, home to over 90 stores including John Lewis, M&S, Next, Waitrose, Boots,

H&M, Oasis, River Island, Monsoon, Paperchase and many more. If you’re looking for somewhere to stop for a bite to eat or a coffee you’ll find lots of choice in the centre, eateries include Costa Coffee, Muffin Break, The John Lewis Place To Eat, Cafe Revive at M&S, McDonalds, Lovejuice, Don Millers Bakery and the Reflections coffee shop. Places to Stay Looking for places to stay in Peterborough? Whether you are here for one night or a week, the city can cater for all budgets. Choose from quality holiday cottages, hotels or friendly B&B’s in Peterborough, Cambridgeshire. Why not arrive by boat and moor up in the countryside or close

to the city centre. What ever your tastes, you’re bound to find where to stay in Peterborough that’s just right for you. Best Western Orton Hall Hotel is surrounded by 20 acres of woodland, and is set in a tranquil environment for welcoming corporate & leisure guests. With 73 bedrooms and a number of places to wine and dine, this hotel is sure to cater for all needs. Ferry Meadows Caravan Club Site is probably the perfect family holiday site. It is ideally located in a country park surrounded by steam trains, a lake, and cycling and walking paths, with excellent sporting facilities. If outdoor activities are rained off, then there’s plenty to do in Peterborough itself. Best Western Orton Hall Hotel


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DON’T MISS... 2013


21 Mar : NSPCC Charity Dinner

17 July : Festival of Hunting

Strictly Come Dancing winner and Olympic gymnast Louis Smith is set to make a guest appearance at a star-studded charity event in the city. The black tie event is being organised by the NSPCC’s Peterborough Business Support Group. For more information call 01733 223 031

Hounds from all around the country will once again compete in the annual celebration of the hunting hound and rural pursuits. With a junior and senior competition, the festival expects to see over 1,200 hounds. Peterborough Arena, Cambridgeshire, PE2 6XE. 01733 363 500

31 Mar : Burghley House Easter Egg Hunt

20 - 24 Aug : Beer Festival

The popular Burghley Easter Egg Hunt will once again be taking place in the Gardens of Surprise, from 11am until 5pm. Follow the trail finding the families of chicks and once complete claim your chocolate egg. Stamford, PE9 3JY. 01780 752 451

Is the combination of beer and live music your idea of heaven? If so, don’t miss the biggest locally organized festival of real ale in the UK, which takes place in massive marquees on the river embankment. Bishops Road, Peterborough, PE1 1EF. 01733 896 555

18 - 21 Apr : The National Motorhome Show

13 - 15 Sep : BMF Tailend Show

The infamous “Peterborough Show” is the UK’s largest outdoor motorhome event with over 300 exhibitors expected to attend bringing over 800 models. With the UK’s leading dealers attending, you can browser an unbeatable variety of new and pre-owned motorshomes. Peterborough Arena, PE2 6XE. 01733 363 500

From exhilarating displays and stunning stunts, to fantastic restored motorcycles, and a bike fan’s retail paradise – it’s all at BMF Tailend. The end of season extravaganza returns to the East of England Showground venue for an even bigger and better weekend than ever before. Peterborough Arena, PE2 6XE. 01733 363 500

11 - 12 May : The Rat Race Dirty Weekend

4 - 5 Oct : Peterborough Festival of Antiques

Dirty Weekend is quite simply the World’s biggest assault course, held at the Burghley Estate which is home to the largest horse trials course in the world. The course is then followed by an epic after-party of festival proportions. Stamford, PE9 3JY. 01780 752 451

Buyers and sellers from all over Europe will be looking for a real deal at the largest showground Antiques Fairs in the country. If you’re looking for a bargain, be sure to browse the 1,700 plus stalls of antiques, collectables, trade marquees and outdoor pitches. Peterborough Arena, PE2 6XE. 01733 363 500

7 June : Alice in Wonderland Based upon Lewis Carroll’s famous stories Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland and Through The Looking Glass, Ballet Theatre UK is proud to present its acclaimed production of this much-loved childhood classic about Alice’s tumble down the rabbit hole into an enchanted and wacky dream world full of strange characters and magical adventures. Peterborough, PE3 8DX. 01733 265 705


10 Nov : Essentials Weddings Show The region’s best wedding show will be featuring a stunning professional catwalk show together with a canapés & drinks reception. Plus a grand finale firework display to music on the front lawn to finish the show off. As usual there will be refreshments served all day in the Orangery/Loggia. Stamford, PE9 3JY. 01780 752 451. eastlife.co.uk|99

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The Talbot Hotel, Eatery & Coffee House is a beautiful Grade 1 listed hotel in the centre of Oundle, one of England’s most picturesque and unspoilt towns located on a meander of the river Nene. As a former coaching inn the Talbot hotel has been welcoming guests since 628AD. The Eatery at the Talbot Hotel is fast gaining a reputation for its cuisine and delightful surroundings. The new Coffee House with its patisserie offers a true high street coffee experience. The difference is the ambience and surroundings and we bake on the premises.

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RIver Nene

Situated in the beautiful Nene River valley, picturesque Oundle is one of the oldest market towns in England and makes an ideal base from which to explore the scenic county. What’s on offer? The small market town of Oundle currently has a population of about 5,500 with new developments on the periphery blending in with the medieval and classic architecture of the original town. The thriving centre has a variety of shops and restaurants, a range of pubs and some wonderful tea shops and wine bars. Culture & Shopping The town is probably best known for its independent Oundle School, with its new Sci-Tech Building. Visitors to Oundle should also look out for Peter’s Church, Cobthorne House and the Old Town Hall, which are among the town’s most interesting buildings. The museum inside the Town Hall and Barnwell Country Park are also well worth a visit. Oundle’s market has existed for over a thousand years and there continues to be a weekly market (on Thursdays) and a Farmers’ Market (on the first Saturday of the month). Every July, Oundle hosts its

International Festival, a professional music event that attracts an evergrowing audience from the local community and further afield. The programme includes jazz, folk and world music alongside classical repertoire and related programming in other art forms. This year’s festival runs from 12-21 July. Crowds also flock to Oundle during the World Conker Championships, hosted in nearby Ashton on the second Sunday of October every year. Visitors come to watch this great spectacle, as modern day gladiators fight for glory - armed only with a conker and 12 inches of string! The competition first took place in 1965 and has grown year-on-year ever since. Nowadays, teams from all over the world meet for the competition. Back in Oundle town centre, no trip is complete without dropping into The Dolby Gallery. Established in 2000 by artists Simon & Gillian Dolby - who met at Cambridge Ruskin School of Art in the seventies - the gallery shows an eclectic

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Oundle selection of contemporary and more traditional art including ceramics, pottery, fused glass, handmade furniture, original paintings, prints and cards. Gillian’s style is bright, colourful, calling on her earlier career as a children’s book illustrator. An extensive range of originals and limited edition prints of Simon & Gillian’s own work is also available. Greenman Antiques and Oundle Clock Shop is the place to find a gift that lasts. They are a family run bussiness and have plenty of unusual gift ideas. Discover Georgian and Victorian silver, mahogany and oak furniture, art nouveau and vintage jewellery. Plus, a selection of antique clocks and vintage watches in the clock shop. Free estimates and advice given on repairs. Places to Eat The menu at Dexters has continually evolved to suit their very varied clientele, from ladies wanting a

healthy light lunch to a three course romantic dinner for two, or a big birthday bash. Their current menu is complimented by their current weekday offers including two-course lunches for £10, a two-course dinner for two with wine for £35 on Wednesdays, and Tapas Tuesday. The restaurant’s best-selling dish though, is still its fabulous Dexter’s burger, described by reviewers as “the finest burger they have ever eaten.” On Monday night you can get it for £10, and that’s with a drink! There are also plenty of great places to eat at in the surrounding area, including the characterful White Swan, housed in a 19th century village inn in picturesque Woodnewton and the the Benefield Wheatsheaf, with its stunning views of the rolling countryside. The Talbot Hotel another former coaching inn, but, this time in the centre of town is located in a beautiful Grade I listed building and has welcomed guests since 628AD.

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Herts, Beds, Bucks THEATRE & SHOWS 1 - 2 March Frankenstein Mary Shelley’s monstrous tale is brought to the stage in this adaption by Patrick Sandford. Queen Mother Theatre, Hitchin, 01462 455166 1 - 2 March A Midsummer Night’s Dream Sell a Door Theatre Company present Shakespeare’s much-loved comedy. Hawthorn Theatre at Campus West, Welwyn Garden City, 01707 357117 1 - 30 March Fanny in Stilettos! Adult panto version of ‘Puss in Boots’. Market Theatre, Hitchin, 01462 433553 2 March Chris Addison Comedian wellknown for starring in ‘The Thick of It’ and ‘Mock the Week’, brings his ‘The Time Is Now, Again’ tour to The Alban Arena. Alban Arena, St Albans, 01727 844488 4 - 9 March 9 to 5 New musical based on the hit movie of the same name, that centres around three office workers and their sexist boss. Milton Keynes Theatre, Milton Keynes, 0844 8717652 5 - 6 March Pam Ann Glamorous, hilarious, and outrageous, Pam Ann’s ‘Around the World’ tour is ready for take-off in St Albans. Alban Arena, St Albans, 01727 844488 5 - 9 March Surprises A new comedy by Alan Ayckbourn about several interwined love stories set in the not too distant future. Watford Palace Theatre, Watford, 01923 225671 5 - 7 March A Cricket Match A wonderful comedy by Alan Ayckbourn, has an Englishman’s passion for cricket as its backdrop. Gordon Craig Theatre at Stevenage Arts & Leisure Centre, Stevenage, 01438 894839 8 March Barry Cryer and Ronnie Golden A glorious mix of Barry’s legendary jokes and stories alongside Ronnie’s skillful strumming and wicked wit makes their show, ‘Going Gaga’. Hertford Theatre, Hertford, 01992 531500 9 - 10 March Katherine Ryan Canadian comedienne touring with her new show, ‘Nature’s Candy’ tour. The Stables, Wavendon, MK 01908 280800 10 March Chinese State Circus - Yin Yang A two hour extravaganza with 30 Chinese artistes who perform remarkable acrobatics and martial arts. Watford Colosseum, Watford, 0845 0753993 12 - 16 March Joseph and the Amazing Technicolour Dreamcoat Andrew Lloyd Webber’s retelling of the Biblical story of Joseph and his eleven brothers and the coat of many colours. Starring Keith Jack. Aylesbury Waterside Theatre, Aylesbury, 0844 8717607 13 - 16 March The Winter’s Tale The Royal Shakespeare Company bring Shakespeare’s uplifting tale of reconciliation and forgiveness to Milton Keynes. Starring Jo Stone-Fewings as Leontes and Tara Fitzgerald as Hermione. Milton

Keynes Theatre, Milton Keynes, 0844 8717652 15 - 16 March Footloose - The Musical Based on the celebrated film musical, about a big town boy moving to a small farming town where dancing is banned. Hawthorn Theatre at Campus West, Welwyn Garden City, 01707 357117 16 March Opera Night Watford Philharmonic Society present work from three of opera’s finest composers with well-known excerpts from some of their greatest works, including Verdi’s Otello, Britten’s Peter Grimes and Wagner’s The Flying Dutchman and Siegfried Idyll. Watford Colosseum, Watford, 0845 0753993 17 March Hormonal Housewives Hilarious comedy sketch show starring Toyah Willcox. Grove Theatre, Dunstable, 01582 290333 17 March Russell Kane Stand- up comedian toruing with his new show, ‘Posturing Delivery’. Bedford Corn Exchange, Bedford, 01234 269519 18 March BBC Concert Orchestra The very best of Broadway and the West End come to Watford Colosseum in a special evening celebrating the Golden Age of Musical Theatre. Watford Colosseum, Watford, 0845 0753993 18 - 23 March Fences August Wilson’s Pulitzer Prize-winning play about Troy Maxson who was once a gifted athlete but was denied his shot at the big time and a family trying to hold itself together. Starring Lenny Henry in the lead role. Milton Keynes Theatre, Milton Keynes, 0844 8717652 19 March Coppélia The Moscow Ballet - La Classique perform the comedic love story. Gordon Craig Theatre at Stevenage Arts & Leisure Centre, Stevenage, 01438 894839 20 March Rich Hall The stand-up comedian brings his ne show to Bedford. Bedford Corn Exchange, Bedford, 01234 269519 20 - 23 March Bad Girls - The Musical Set in fictional HMP Larkhall, Bad Girls, a fresh, funny and original British Musical is based on the ITV late night drama. Hertford Theatre, Hertford, 01992 531500 21 March The New 4 Poofs and a Piano Catch the camp quartet in their new show ‘Bigger, Louder, Harder, Longer!’ The Stables, Wavendon, MK, 01908 280800 22 - 23 March Heartbreak Beautiful A fast-paced comedy about life, love and P.E. Watford Palace Theatre, Watford, 01923 225671 24 March Bizet Carmen Starring international mezzo soprano Nadia Stoianova as the ill-fated gypsy girl, in this production by Ellen Kent. Watford Colosseum, Watford, 0845 0753993 25 March Boeing Boeing Classic french farce about a man juggling three flight attendant fiancèes, successfully

convincing them they are the one until fate intervenes. Gordon Craig Theatre at Stevenage Arts & Leisure Centre, Stevenage, 01438 894839 26 - 30 March Rutherford & Son A drama, set in the North of England in 1912, is a portrayal of an Edwardian industrial family on the brink of collapse and a tyrannical patriarch, Rutherford, blind to their feelings. Watford Palace Theatre, Watford, 01923 225671 26 - 30 March Calendar Girls Members of a very ordinary Yorkshire WI spark a global phenomenon by persuading one another to pose for a charity calendar with a difference! The Court Theatre @ Pendley, Tring, 07543 560478 26 - 30 March Goodnight Mr Tom Goodnight Mister Tom follows William Beech, who is evacuated to the English countryside and builds a friendship with the elderly recluse Tom Oakley. Starring Oliver Ford Davies as Mister Tom. Aylesbury Waterside Theatre, Aylesbury, 0844 8717607 27 March The Importance of Being Earnest Wonderful characters, sparkling dialogue, gloriously improbable plot twists and a sprinkling of romance – Oscar Wilde’s ‘The Importance of Being Earnest’ has it all. Presented by London Classic Theatre. Grove Theatre, Dunstable, 01582 290333 30 March An Audience with Jodi Picoult Jodi Picoult is the UK’s top-selling author of women’s fiction, her new book ‘The Storyteller’ will be published this Easter. Alban Arena, St Albans, 01727 844488

MUSIC 2 March St Albans Chamber Choir Sacré Bleu! Jazz-inspired sacred music. St Albans Abbey, St Albans ,07570 454744 4 March The Straits In Concert The Straits, formed by Alan Clark & Chris White from Dire Straits, hear the band’s much loved catalogue of great songs. Alban Arena, St Albans, 01727 844488 6 March Chas & Dave Dave has come out of retirement so the cockney duo are back together, expect their whole back catalogue. Grove Theatre, Dunstable, 01582 290333 7 March The Enemy Indie rock band from Coventry touring in support of their new album ‘Streets In The Sky’. The Forum, Hatfield, 08444 771000 7 March Ruby Turner Ruby performing her own tracks, with her own band, from her back catalogue and most recent gospel-inspired album, ‘I’m Travelling On’.The Stables, Wavendon, MK, 01908 280800 7 March ENJO Jazz Orchestra: Big Band is Back A 17 piece Big Band, complete with vocals and a string section, performing hit after hit from the classic swing years. Hertford Theatre, Hertford, 01992 531500

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Herts, Beds, Bucks 7 March Tommy Emmanuel & Martin Taylor Acoustic guitarists, Tommy Emmanuel and Martin Taylor, embark on a collaborative UK tour, ‘The Colonel and the Governor’. Aylesbury Waterside Theatre, Aylesbury, 0844 8717607 8 March The Ragdolls The Ragdolls are four sensational harmony vocalists who recreate the magic of Frankie Valli and The Four Seasons. Alban Arena, St Albans, 01727 844488 9 March Tom Poster Piano Programme includes: Schubert, Ronald Stevenson, Liszt and Schumann. Hawthorn Theatre at Campus West, Welwyn Garden City, 01707 357117 9 March Richard Thompson: The Electric Tour Richard Thompson is one of this country’s greatest songwriters and most distinctive guitar virtuosos. This tour marks the release of his new album, ‘Electric’. Alban Arena, St Albans, 01727 844488 11 - 12 March Beth Nielsen Chapman An intimate acoustic performance featuring numbers from Beth’s extensive back catalogue and her critically acclaimed new release, ‘This Mighty Sky’. The Stables, Wavendon, MK, 01908 280800 12 March Cannon,Campbell,Watchorn & O’Conner Formerly of The Dubliners In 2012 the Legendary Irish Folk group The Dubliners celebrated fifty glorious years in the music business, they are hitting the road together once. Grove Theatre, Dunstable, 01582 290333 14 March Gretchen Peters Nashville Singer/songwriter touring with her new album, ‘Hello Cruel World’. The Stables, Wavendon, MK, 01908 280800 15 March The Selecter The Selecter are a 2 tone/pop/ska revival band. Hertford Corn Exchange, Hertford, 01992 442992 16 March St Albans Bach Choir Mozart - Coronation Mass K317 and Solemn Vespers K339. St Albans Abbey, St Albans, 01727 753173 17 March The Military Wives A choir of Military Wives & The Band of The Royal Anglian Regiment & Guests. Alban Arena, St Albans, 01727 844488 20 March The Hollies The Hollies will perform their Classic Hits in a two hour celebration of all things Hollies. Grove Theatre, Dunstable, 01582 290333 23 March Philharmonia Orchestra Programme includes: Mozart, Haydn, Bloch and Schubert. Bedford Corn Exchange, Bedford, 01234 269519 24 March Frank Harrison Trio Frank Harrison - Piano, Dave Whitford - Bass and Enzo Zirilli - Drums. Hawthorn Theatre at Campus West, Welwyn Garden City, 01707 357117 27 March Steeleye Span Steeleye Span visit the classics that have made them one of the most successful British folk rock bands ever. Expect an evening of well-

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27 March Patsy Cline: The Concert Starring Sandy Kelly and George Hamilton IV. Gordon Craig Theatre at Stevenage Arts & Leisure Centre, Stevenage, 01438 894839

4 - 28 March North and South Exhibition of works by Mike Rollins. Letchworth Arts Centre, Letchworth Garden City, 01462 670788

29 March The Gathering The Gathering, Legends of Folk Rock, features former members of Fairport Convention, Lindisfarne, Magna Carta, The Albion Band, Fotheringay and Pentangle. Hertford Corn Exchange, Hertford, 01992 442992


1 March - 1 July The ZSL Animal Photography Prize 2012 In 2012, the Zoological Society of London launched the ZSL Animal Photography Prize, a competition set up to find the most amazing animal photography in the world. The winning and highly commended images in each category of the junior and adult divisions have formed the basis of an outdoor exhibition displayed in the heart of ZSL Whipsnade Zoo. ZSL Whipsnade Zoo, Dunstable, 0844 2251826 1 - 8 March Adrian Hobbs Adrian Hobbs, photographer, has been working with painter Kathryn Risley to produce a series of images that combine their individual skills to striking effect, taking Adrian’s naturalistic photography into Kathryn’s expressionist world. Queens Park Arts Centre, Aylesbury, 01296 24332 1 - 16 March China in the East A touring exhibition showcasing the rich Chinese collections of museums from the east of England focussing on themes including: trade and industry, fashion, festivity, language, writing and cuisine. Hertford Museum, Hertford, 01992 582686 1 March - 14 April Impirioso - Sarah Baker Film and gallery installation by artist Sarah Baker, showcasing the artist’s new film ‘Impirioso’. Museum of St Albans, St Albans, 01727 819340 1 - 7 March She-Bop-a-Lula An exhibition celebrating some of the most successful women in music over the last six decades. All pictures in the exhibition have been captured by women photograhers. Rock City Art, Bedford, 01234 910448 1 March - 28 April Amulets An exhibition showcasing the works of Basketry Plus in contemporary basket-making. Wardown Park Museum, Luton, 01582 546722 1 - 17 March Ed Org Show plus guests Exhibition featuring new work by Ed Org, including over 30 original drawings, sketches, painting and prints. Obsidian Art, Stoke Mandeville, 01296 612150 1 - 16 March Diane Scheffer Exhibition An exhibition of paintings by local artist, Diane Scheffer. Rhodes Gallery, Bishop’s Stortford, 01279 651746 1 March - 13 April Welwyn Garden City Art Club Exhibition by Welwyn Garden City Art Club. New Maynard Gallery at

11 March - 12 April The 1+1 Art Show Barry Macey, Paddington Bear’s official artist, has returned to fine art and is exhibiting his unique paintings inspired by a recent trip to Italy. Queens Park Arts Centre, Aylesbury, 01296 424332 11 - 27 March Reflections Exhibition by self-taught photographer Tracey Davidson. Queens Park Arts Centre, Aylesbury, 01296 424332 19 - 28 March It Takes All Sorts An Exhibition showcasing a wide range of work in mixed media by a talented group of artists with local connections. Letchworth Arts Centre, Letchworth Garden City, 01462 19 March - 8 April Mary Turner Photography Exhibition Mary Turner is a photo journalist who works for The Times, and was awarded the Amnesty International Media Award 2012 for her work on the Dale Farm eviction. In this exhibition she presents powerful and arresting images from her portfolio of work as a photo journalist throughout the last two years. Rhodes Gallery, Bishop’s Stortford, 01279 651746 22 March - 29 April “The Art of Poetry” Exhibition where artists were invited to create a piece of art inspired by a poem. Obsidian Art, Stoke Mandeville, 01296 612150 23 March - 29 June Bengeo Stories: an exhibition This exhibition will highlight the unique stories of Bengeo. Hertford Museum, Hertford, 01992 582686


3 - 31 March Wrest Park Literary Season Throughout March, enjoy a range of lectures which reflect the strong historical and literary tradition at Wrest Park. Events include: a lecture by Linda Porter on the rivalry between the Tudors and Stuarts and a talk by novelist Sara Sheridan, ‘How to be a Lady’, presenting her fascinating archive research into the lives of women over the last 250 years. Wrest Park, Silsoe, 01525 860152 29 March - 31 August ARTBEAT 2013 ARTBEAT returns to Woburn Abbey for its fourth year. Walk the trail and see over 60 international sculptures integrated in the beautiful Woburn Abbey Gardens. Woburn Abbey, Woburn Park, 01525 290333 29 March - 1 April Easter Egg Trail The National Trust and Cadbury are teaming up once again to celebrate Easter. Giant games, and free face painting, and a fun trail around the Gardens to claim a Cadbury egg head. On Easter Monday there will be an Egg and Spoon race to top off the Easter weekend. Waddeson Manor, Aylesbury, 01296 653226

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Essex THEATRE & SHOWS 1 March Sam & Cy Sketch-based comedy duo return with their hilarious and surreal new set, ‘Ceci n’est pas…’ Brentwood Theatre, Brentwood, 01277 200305 1 March Gilbert and Sullivan Abridged All fourteen of Gilbert and Sullivan’s operattas are performed in a throughly entertaining 90 minutes. Palace Theatre, Southend-on-Sea, 01702 351135 2 March The New 4 Poofs and a Piano Catch the camp quartet in their new show ‘Bigger, Louder, Harder, Longer!’ The High Barn, Great Bardfield, 01371 811291 4 March An Audience with Pam Ayres Pam Ayres brings her latest show to Chelmsford following the recent publication of her autobiography, The Necessary Aptitude. Civic Theatre, Chelmsford, 01245 606505 6 March The Watery Journey of Nereus Pike The Watery Journey of Nereus Pike’ is a new show by Fringe First Award winning comedian, storyteller and theatre maker Laura Mugridge, following her accaimed debut show ‘Running on Air’. Colchester Arts Centre, Colchester, 01206 500900 8 - 30 March They’re Playing Our Song A witty musical comedy of love songs and laughter. Queen’s Theatre, Hornchurch, 01708 443333 9 March Marcus Brigstocke The award-winning comedian and broadcaster, Marcus Brigstocke, is taking his hotly anticipated new show The Brig Society on tour this spring. Civic Theatre, Chelmsford, 01245 606505 10 March Des O’Connor Showbiz legend Des O’Connor brings his new show of comedy and music to the Queen’s Theatre. Queen’s Theatre, Hornchurch, 01708 443333 10 March The Noise Next Door: Boys On Tour Improv comedy troupe and Edinburgh Fringe Festival veterans, The Noise Next Door, take their perfect blend of ludicrous characters, witty one-liners and musical extravagance on tour. Colchester Arts Centre, Colchester, 01206 500900 12 - 16 March Birdsong A mesmerising story of love, courage and sacrifice is now brought to the stage in this critically acclaimed version of Sebastian Faulks’s bestselling novel. An epic tale of love and war set both before and during the Great War. Palace Theatre, Southend-on-Sea, 01702 351135 12 - 16 March Birds of a Feather - Live on Stage The birds fly back to Southend. One of BBC TV’s most popular sitcoms returns to the stage with all three of its original leading members, Pauline Quirke, Linda Robson and Lesley Joseph. Cliffs Pavilion, Southend-on-Sea, 01702 351135 13 - 16 March Coppélia Annette Potter’s

enchanting adaptation of this joyous story with its well-known first act Mazurka and Czardas, and the delightful score of Léo Délibes, is guaranteed to entertain the whole family.Civic Theatre, Chelmsford, 01245 606505

23 March Lee Hurst Lee takes us through the disasters that have been predicted to destroy us along with the dangers facing us from everyday life, in his brand new show ‘Too Scared to Leave the House’. Harlow Playhouse, Harlow, 01279 431945

14 March Jack the Ripper - A 21st Century Investigation Retired murder squad dectective and leading Ripper expert, Trevor Marriott, takes you through his lengthy investigation of the Ripper murders and discloses startling new results. Cramphorn Theatre, Chelmsford, 01245 606505

24 March The West End Mamas Three stars of the West End, who all now live in Chelmsford, perform musical hits. Civic Theatre, Chelmsford, 01245 606505

15 March Russian Cossacks The Russian State Dance Ensemble present a spectacular show, featuring the Great Cossack Dance for which special sabres have been made of titanium, ensuring sparks really do fly. Harlow Playhouse, Harlow, 01279 431945 16 March Pete Firman The UK’s leading comedian/magician and star of BBC1’s ‘The Magicians’, brings his show, ‘Hoodwinker’, to the Colchester Arts Centre. Colchester Arts Centre, Colchester, 01206 500900 17 March Kevin Precious - Not Appropriate Not Appropriate is the most overused term of disapproval in the teacher’s canon. Kevin should know, he used to be a teacher, so join him as he explores the ups and downs of his previous life. Harlow Playhouse, Harlow, 01279 431945 19 - 23 March Dancing at Lughnasa This multi-award-winning play is about five impoverished spinster sisters in a remote part of County Donegal in 1936. Dixon Studio at Palace Theatre, Southend-on-Sea, 01702 351135 20 - 23 March Julius Caesar Brentwood Shakespeare Company bring you Shakespeare’s razor-sharp dissection of honour, friendship, ambition and the politics of regime change. Brentwood Theatre, Brentwood, 01277 200305 21 - 22 March The Importance of Being Earnest Wonderful characters, sparkling dialogue, gloriously improbable plot twists and a sprinkling of romance – Oscar Wilde’s The Importance of Being Earnest has it all. Presented by London Classic Theatre. Civic Theatre, Chelmsford, 01245 606505 21 - 23 March A Cricket Match Arguably one of Alan Ayckbourn’s cleverest and most delightful plays, A Cricket Match takes the audience on an hilarious journey through the difficulties and complications of marital discontent. Palace Theatre, Southend-on-Sea, 01702 351135 21 - 23 March Horrible Histories Prepare yourselves for Horrible Histories live on stage! Using actors and ground-breaking 3D special effects, these two astounding shows – Terrible Tudors and Vile Victorians – are guaranteed to thrill you and your children. Cliffs Pavilion, Southend-on-Sea, 01702 351135

25 - 26 March Julius Caesar Performed at Colchester Castle Museum, a spectacular setting for Shakespeare’s tale of ancient Rome. Colchester Castle Museum, Colchester, 01206 282939 26 March Peacock and Gamble Ray and Ed bring their stand-up show, ‘Don’t Even Want to be on Telly’, to Southend. Dixon Studio at Palace Theatre, Southend-on-Sea, 01702 351135 27 - 30 March Calendar Girls Calendar Girls tells the inspirational true story of a group of ordinary women who do something extraordinary and spark a global phenomenon when they persuade one another to pose for a charity calendar with a difference! Presented by Clacton Amateur Dramatic Society. West Cliff Theatre, Clacton-on Sea, 01255 433344 28 March Blofeld & Baxter: Memories of Test Match Special The Civic Theatre is delighted to present two of the titans of UK cricket with a side-splitting show full of memories from within the Test Match Special commentary boxes all over the world. Civic Theatre, Chelmsford, 01245 606505 29 March Fairy Tales and Fables All the fun of the pantomime season with audience participation and a modern twist, this is a must see for all families. Princes Theatre, Clacton-on Sea, 01255 686633

MUSIC 1 March The Guns ‘N’ Roses Experience Tribute show. Harlow Playhouse, Harlow, 01279 431945 1 March The Rat Pack of Opera The Tenors UnLimited celebrate their 10th Anniversary with a selection of swing hits, opera classics and modern day favourites such as ‘You Raise Me Up’, ‘Volare’, ‘Nessun Dorma’, ‘O Sole Mio’ and ‘Time to Say Goodbye’. Queen’s Theatre, Hornchurch, 01708 443333 2 March Fairport Convention Hailed as the inventors of folkrock, Fairport Convention remains one of the most entertaining bands on the concert circuit. West Cliff Theatre, Clacton-on Sea, 01255 433344 3 March The New Honeycombs Music from the 60s, featuring a tribute to the Everly Brothers. Empire Theatre, Halstead, 01787 477933 8 March The Drifters The Drifters head to Essex with their Diamond Dynasty Tour, celebrating 60 years in the music business. Harlow Playhouse, Harlow, 01279 431945

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Essex 8 March Dodgy The rock trio who first found fame in the Britpop era 90s are back together, see them live at the Braintree Arts Theatre. Braintree Arts Theatre, Braintree, 01376 556354 8 March Clare Teal Clare’s show combines original material with her love of the Great American Songbook and Great British Songbook. West Cliff Theatre, Clacton-on Sea, 01255 433344 10 March Smetana Piano Trio Prague Programme includes pieces by Mozart, Brahms and Dvorak. Palace Theatre, Southend-on-Sea, 01702 351135 10 March Blake Award-winning vocal harmony group return with a tour to showcase their new album, ‘Start Over’. Harlow Playhouse, Harlow, 01279 431945 10 March Five Star Swing Big Band Swing band playing Miller, Sinatra, Ted Heath and Ella. Braintree Arts Theatre, Braintree, 01376 556354 16 March Showaddywaddy 2013 marks a very special year for the band as they celebrate 40 years of rock & roll with a date nationwide tour. Princes Theatre, Clacton-on Sea, 01255 686633 16 March Peter Grant The British singer/ songwriter heads out on his first UK tour in five years. With support from Berenice Scott. The High Barn, Great Bardfield, 01371 811291 17 March Chas & Dave Dave has come out of retirement so the cockney duo are back together again. Expect their whole back catalogue. Cliffs Pavilion, Southend-on-Sea, 01702 351135 18 March Craobh Rua A Belfast fourpiece playing traditional Irish music. Colchester Arts Centre, Colchester, 01206 500900 19 March Stereophonics Stereophonics are taking their outstanding new album ‘Graffiti on the Train’ for a spin, road testing it on a tour of UK towns and venues. Cliffs Pavilion, Southend-on-Sea, 01702 351135 20 March Rose-Marie Singing country, Irish, American Songbook, torch songs and accompanied by a live band, Rose-Marie’s talent has seen her sell more than 15 million records and be hailed as the Irish Bette Midler. Palace Theatre, Southend-on-Sea, 01702 351135 20 March The Searchers Now celebrating their 50th anniversary, catch The Searchers live playing all their classic hits including: ‘Sweets For My Sweet’, ‘Needles And Pins’, ‘Don’t Throw Your Love Away’, ‘Sugar And Spice’ and ‘When You Walk In The Room’. Civic Theatre, Chelmsford, 01245 606505 20 March Steeleye Span This show sees Steeleye Span visit the classics that have made them one of the most successful British folk rock bands ever. West Cliff Theatre, Clacton-on Sea, 01255 433344

22 March Extra!! Swinging afternoon of jazz with Helen Keating and her band. Queen’s Theatre, Hornchurch, 01708 443333

with their phone cameras in an attempt to bear witness and hold the snipers to account by posting their actions on the web. Art Exchange, Colchester, 01206 873184

26 March Jake Bugg Jake Bugg, singer/ songwriter from Nottingham, in his biggest headline tour so far. See him play songs from his self-titled debut album. Cliffs Pavilion, Southend-on-Sea, 01702 351135

2 March - 27 April Proud to be British An exhibition by Jeremy Houghton, an official BT Olympic Artist and current resident artist at Highgrove. In this exhibition Jeremy’s individual style depicts various aspects of traditional British cultural activities. The Aubrey Art Gallery, Great Dunmow, 01371 873133

27 March English Chamber Orchestra Programme includes: Bartok - Divertimento, Mozart - Symphony No.33 and Vivaldi - The Four Seasons. Cliffs Pavilion, Southend-on-Sea, 01702 351135

ART & EXHIBITIONS 1 - 30 March Dawn Mellor - “What Happened to Helen” For her first solo exhibition, Dawn Hart has created a series of paintings featuring local actress, Helen Mirren. Focal Point Gallery, Southend Central Library, Southend-on-Sea, 01702 534108 1 – 10 March Karmadavis: Art, Justice, Transition The exhibition focuses on the photographs and videos of David Pérez Karmadavis, a Guatemala-based artist who was born in the Dominican Republic in 1976. Karmadavis is a talented painter and illustrator who is best-known for his performance and video work. Firstsite Colchester, 01206 577067 1 – 30 March Gary Lawrence – One man and his biro The Essex Open regular exhibits his first solo show at the Beecroft. His intricate large scale works take nearly a year to complete and are all executed in economy biro. Beecroft Art Gallery Westcliff-on-Sea, 01702 347418 1 – 30 March Mitch Karunaratne – After London An exhibition showcasing a series of photographs focusing on the plotland development of Canvey Island. Beecroft Art Gallery, Westcliff-on-Sea 01702 347418 1 March - 29 June Shoe Heaven Exhibition showcasing footwear from Southend Museum’s collection, historic shoes that are relevant to todays. Central Museum Southend-on-Sea 01702 434449 1 March - 7 April Lines of Vision Print exhibition by artist Ross Loveday. The Gallery at Parndon Mill, Harlow, 01279 426042 1 March - 21 April Light and Dark An exhibition of works by Chelmsford-born artists Wladyslaw Mirecki and Paul Rumsey, entitled ‘Light and Dark’. Mirecki’s watercolours are full of light in direct contrast to Rumsey’s drawings which feature dark subject matter as well as composition. Chelmsford Museum, Chelmsford, 01245 605700 1 - 23 March Rabih Mroué: The Pixelated Revolution An exhibition of video footage taken on mobile phones by Syrian civilians during the ongoing revolution. In what has been described as a ‘double shooting’, civilians shoot at army snipers

6 - 23 March Book Art - Art Book Past and present MA students from the ‘Art, Design and the Book’ Masters Degree programme, running at The Minories inColchester, proudly present the intriguing world of artist books. Part of Essex Book Festival 2013. Slack Space,Colchester 31 March - 30 June An Outbreak Of Talent An exhibtion of works by artists noted by Paul Nash in 1935 as having particular talent, including Eric Ravilious, Edward Bawden, Edward Burra, Barnett Freedman and Enid Marx. Pieces by Paul Nash are also on show. Fry Art Gallery, Saffron Walden, 01799 513779

SPECIAL EVENTS 1- 31 March Essex Book Festival 2013 Launching on 1 March, events will take place in all sorts of venues, including libraries, schools, universities and theatres. Events include workshops and talks by celebrated authors including: Anthony Horowitz, Sandi Toksvig, Richard Mabey, Neil McKenna, Josephine Cox and Jack Straw. Venues across Essex 16 - 17 March Wartime Farm Weekend Step back in the time to the Second World War for Barleyland’s Wartime Farm Weekend. Discover the vitial role that farming played during the war years with “”Digging for Victory””, the Land Army, rationing and evacuation to the countryside. Ride out to the wheat fields, explore vintage vehicles, take part in a play, sample food cooked with rations and even join in a rendition of “Run Rabbit Run”.” Barleylands Farm Park, Billericay, 01268 290218 19 - 22 March Colchester Castle Beer Festival The Castle has been turned into the oldest alehouse in town! Enjoy local ales at this not-to-be-repeated event, in partnership with the Colchester and North Essex branch of CAMRA: the Campaign for Real Ales. Colchester Castle Museum, Colchester, 01206 282939 31 March - 1 April Medieval Siege and Fair Come and see the Dragons of Wye-Ten and take part in a Dragon’s Egg Hunt! There’s a battle re-enactment, a Maypole, Archery, birds of prey, Teutonic Knights, Musicians, the Jester and loads of craft stalls and living history displays. It’s a great day out for everyone. Hedingham Castle, Castle Hedingham, 01787 460261

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Colchester Uncovered Britain’s oldest recorded town is far from past it, with a vibrant centre offering cutting-edge art, some fantastic shopping and quality eateries

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Square and Lion Walk, that between them house many of the country’s most popular high street retailers alongside local businesses. Independent shops are very well represented, with the local, awardwinning department store, Williams & Griffin, dominating the High Street. Six floors offer everything from fashion to furniture, all from world-famous brands. There is fashion for all the family from unisex personal tailoring at Suits My Size to Roo’s Baby Shop, with its wide range of slogan and logo branded baby clothing, and Jojo Maman Bébé that specialises in fashion for mother, baby and children. A variety of shops including Maison White, Horbury’s, Strawberry Lane and Simply Living all specialise in home interiors, accessories and stunning giftware, whilst Claybrooks Jewellers and White Shine Jewellery are great if you are looking to treat someone special, or yourself! If you are looking for a good read, Colchester boasts a couple of friendly, independent bookshops. Red Lion Books stocks thousands of handpicked titles, specialising in science fiction/ fantasy and local books, whilst Greyfriars Books has separate rooms for history, science, arts and philosophy books, in addition to a large collection of traditional literature. Musically minded shoppers are equally spoilt for choice. Mann’s Music established in 1854 is the oldest music shop in Great Britain to be under the same family ownership and has a diverse stock of over 15,000 lines, from printed music to reeds, strings, brass, woodwind, guitars and pianos. It also offers a hire scheme for those wanting to try out instruments. Music Warehouse is another musical instrument and equipment stockist that can provide tuition, along with Allegro Music, the county’s largest musical instrument retailer, with a fully equipped and modern teaching academy. For really fresh, good quality, local food under one roof head to The Food Company; a food lover’s heaven named Retailer of the Year 2011 in the Essex Life Fine Food and Drink Awards. Services include a greengrocer, pantry, wine, deli, chef ’s counter, fishmongers

and butchers and there’s even a restaurant on site. In town, H. Gunton’s stocks an extensive range of original, local and quality food products, with a wide range of aromatic coffee roasted on the premises, a large cheese counter selling fifty British farmhouse cheeses alongside continental items. Quality meat goods are further on offer at Allen & Sons Butchers, an 80-year-old local, family business that purchases high quality beef and pork from local farms. Proctor’s Sausages, BPEX Eastern Counties Traditional Sausage Champions 2012-13, use free-range slow-grown Suffolk pigs, fed on a natural cereal based diet to make bangers with fantastic texture and succulence. Elsewhere, search out unusual foods at the International Deli, pick up baked goods from Danny’s Bakery or, if you’ve got a sweet tooth, stop by Minerva Chocolates that has been selling the very best of Belgian and English handmade chocolates for the last 25 years. Places to Eat In town, Food @ The Mercury serves tasty local food from their theatrethemed a-la-carte menu, daily specials and pre-theatre menu, whilst two outstanding Thai restaurants, Thai1 and Naka Thai, both serve delicious, well-presented and authentic cuisine with friendly service. The Warehouse specialises in grill dishes and claims to serve the best burger in town in addition to hosting popular mid-week steak nights. For a more formal dinner, the historic Old Siege House offers French influenced food in an intimate yet formal ambiance, with a resident pianists playing a selection of music in the Piano Bar. Alternatively, The Green Room at The North Hill Hotel serves up a regularly changing menu of dishes made using locally sourced ingredients, such as roasted Essex lamb rump and a variety of fish from the local coast. If it’s great fish and seafood dishes you fancy, head out to Mersea Island where you are sure to find something at Seaview Café Restaurant, West Mersea Oyster Bar or The Coast.


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Norfolk THEATRE & SHOWS 1 – 2 March 9 to 5 New musical based on the hit movie of the same name, that centres around three office workers and their sexist boss. Norwich Theatre Royal, Norwich, 01603 630000 1 – 2 March Rhinoceros When a rhinoceros charges across the town square one Sunday afternoon, Berenger thinks nothing of it. Soon, however, rhinoceroses are popping up everywhere and Berenger’s whole world is under threat. UEA Drama Studio, Norwich, 01603 508050 4 - 9 March The Ladykillers Starring Michele Dotrice (Some Mothers Do ‘Ave ‘Em), Clive Mantle (Casualty and The Vicar of Dibley) Cliff Parisi (EastEnders and Call The Midwife). Norwich Theatre Royal, Norwich, 01603 630000 5 March Bizet Carmen Starring international mezzo soprano Nadia Stoianova as the ill-fated gypsy girl, in this production by Ellen Kent. King’s Lynn Corn Exchange, King’s Lynn, 01553 764864 6 March Coppélia The Moscow Ballet La Classique perform the comedic love story of a toymaker and his life-size doll. King’s Lynn Corn Exchange, King’s Lynn, 01553 764864 7 March Silly Songs of Shakespeare The wildly original ‘Synosongs’ are all written by New Old Friends and the style is a far cry from the dusty world of period costumed actors declaiming bombastic verse. The Granary Theatre, Wells-nextthe-Sea, 01328 710193 7 March Hormonal Housewives Hilarious comedy sketch show starring Toyah Willcox and Julie Coombe. King’s Lynn Corn Exchange, King’s Lynn, 01553 764864 8, 9, 15, 16 March Low Pay? Don’t Pay! A farce with an edge from Italy’s master of political satire, Dario Fo. Westacre Theatre, Westacre, 01760 755800 9 March Take Fat An XXL larger than life musical parody act who perform the ‘greatest hits’ of Take That combined with hilarious sketches and character cast comedy. Princess Theatre, Hunstanton, 01485 532252 14 - 17 March James & the Giant Peach Roald Dahl’s classic book is brought to the stage. Norwich Theatre Royal, Norwich, 01603 630000 14 - 16 March The Vicar of Dibley The hugely popular and enormously successful TV seeries ‘The Vicar of Dibley’ is brought to life on the Gorleston Pavilion stage. Gorleston Pavilion Theatre, Gorleston, 01493 662832 15 March Pete Firman The UK’s leading comedian/magician and star of BBC1’s ‘The Magicians’, brings his show, ‘Hoodwinker’, to Norwich. Norwich Playhouse, Norwich, 01603 598598

16 March The Watery Journey of Nereus Pike The Watery Journey of Nereus Pike’ is a new show by Fringe First Award winning comedian, storyteller and theatre maker Laura Mugridge, following her accaimed debut show ‘Running on Air’. Sheringham Little Theatre, Sheringham, 01263 822347 16 March Phil Cool Phil Cool is a stand-up chameleon, he punctuates his show with a wealth of hilarious anecdotes and observations. Pavilion Theatre at Cromer Pier, Cromer, 01263 512495 18 - 23 March Midnight Tango Set in a late night bar in downtown Buenos Aires, the Strictly stars Vincent Simone and Flavia Cacace perform stunning tango routines which they are famed for on the show. Norwich Theatre Royal, Norwich, 01603 630000 19 - 23 March Joseph and the Amazing Technicolour Dreamcoat Andrew Lloyd Webber’s retelling of the Biblical story of Joseph and his eleven brothers and the coat of many colours. Starring Keith Jack. King’s Lynn Corn Exchange, King’s Lynn, 01553 764864 21 - 30 March A Midsummer Night’s Dream Shakespeare’s much-loved comedy features fairies, lovers, hapless actors, a disapproving father and of course oodles of theatrical magic! Maddermarket Theatre, Norwich, 01603 620917 21 March Patrick Monahan Following a sell-out run at the 2012 Edinburgh Festival Patrick is touring the UK this spring with his new show, ‘Shooting From The Lip’. Norwich Arts Centre, Norwich, 01603 660352 22 March Jack the Ripper - A 21st Century Investigation Retired murder squad dectective and leading Ripper expert, Trevor Marriott, takes you through his lengthy investigation of the Ripper murders and discloses startling new results. Princess Theatre, Hunstanton, 01485 532252 23 March Antique Antics with Eric Knowles With over 20 years working on the BBC’s ‘The Antiques Roadshow’, Eric Knowles is one of those rare individuals who is able to share his extensive knowledge of the world of Antiques in a manner that is easily understood. The second part of the evening is devoted to the audience’s ‘treasures’, 25 of which will have been selected by Eric during the initial meeting and greeting session and welcome party. Diss Corn Hall, Diss, 01379 652241 25 - 27 March English Touring Opera Perform Mozart’s Cosi Fan Tutte (25 March), Verdi’s Simon Boccanegra (26 March) and Donizetti’s L’assedio di Calais (27 March). Norwich Theatre Royal, Norwich, 01603 630000 26 - 27 March The Trench Inspired by the story of a miner buried alive in a tunnel

during World War I, performed by Les Enfants Terribles. Norwich Playhouse, Norwich, 01603 598598 28 - 30 March Punk Rock An exciting play described as ‘The History Boys on crack.’ The Garage, Norwich, 01603 630000 28 March Robin Ince: The Importance of Being Interested Award-winning comedian and science enthusiast Robin Ince follows up his ‘Happiness Through Science’ show with a look at his favourite scientists – Charles Darwin and Richard Feynman. Norwich Playhouse, Norwich, 01603 598598 28 - 29 March The Tinderbox Norwich Puppet Theatre breathes new life into Hans Christian Andersen’s classic tale of magic, bravery and love. Norwich Puppet Theatre, Norwich, 01603 629921 28 March - 4 April Circus Hilarious Cirque du Hilarious presents a brand new production for Easter, ‘Daredevils and Clowns’. Starring The Superstars of Slapstick, Clive Webb and Danny Adams. The Hippodrome, Great Yarmouth, 01493 844172 29 March Patsy Cline: The Concert Starring Sandy Kelly and George Hamilton IV. Princess Theatre, Hunstanton, 01485 532252 30 March Sleeping Beauty Vienna Festival Ballet a traditional, enchanting production of The Sleeping Beauty. A classic fairy tale set to Tchaikovsky’s magnificent score. Pavilion Theatre at Cromer Pier, Cromer, 01263 512495

MUSIC 2 March The Straits The Straits - former Dire Straits members Alan Clark and Chris White performing Dire Straits’ Greatest Hits. UEA LCR, Norwich, 01603 508050 3 March Britten Sinfonia - Baltic Nights Programme featuring works by Perotin, Bach, Eriks Esenvalds and Peteris Vasks. Norwich Theatre Royal, Norwich, 01603 630000 3 March Spring in Venice A Celebration of Music from La Serenissima, an afternoon concert in aid of CPRE Norfolk (The Campaign to Protect Rural England). Holkham Hall, Wells-next-the-Sea, 01328 713111 4 March Jess Morgan The local singer-songwriter brings her angloamerican folk music to the Arts Centre. Norwich Arts Centre, Norwich, 01603 660352 7 - 9 March Tonight’s The Night The St Cecilia Choir present popular songs from Broadway and the West End. Gorleston Pavilion Theatre, Gorleston, 01493 662832 9 March Lawson The British pop rock band head out on tour this month, in support of their debut album, ‘Chapman Square’. UEA LCR, Norwich, 01603 508050


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Norfolk 10 March Robert Cray Robert Cray returns to the UK to promote a brand new album “Nothin’ But Love”, his much anticipated sixteenth studio album. Norwich Theatre Royal, Norwich, 01603 630000 11 March Johnny Marr English musician and songwriter Johnny Marr rose to fame in the 80s as the guitarist in the Smiths, where he formed a prolific songwriting partnership with Morissey. More recently he joined The Cribs, catch him at The Waterfront in a solo show. The Waterfront, Norwich, 01603 508050 14 March Skunk Anansie Skunk Anansie have gone from strength to strength, blending brooding, funky beats with edgy lyrics, driving metal and punk riffs with fragile ballads. UEA LCR, Norwich, 01603 508050 15 March Stornoway British alt-folk band head out on tour showcasing material from their new album, ‘Tales from Terra Firma’. Open, Norwich, 01603 763111 16 March Smokie in Concert Tour performing all their classic songs. King’s Lynn Corn Exchange, King’s Lynn, 01553 764864 16 March The Dolly Parton Story Tribute show. Princess Theatre, Hunstanton, 01485 532252 19 March Maia Maia are a four-piece alt- folk band. The Bicycle Shop, Norwich, 01603 508050 19 March Simon McBride Irish guitarist, singer and songwriter. Norwich Arts Centre, Norwich, 01603 660352 21 March The Selecter The Selecter are a 2 tone/pop/ska revival band. The Waterfront, Norwich, 01603 508050 22 March Courtney Pine The British Jazz legend debuts new material from his fifteenth album, ‘House of Legends’. Norwich Playhouse, Norwich, 01603 598598 22 March Blake Award-winning vocal harmony group return with a tour to showcase their new album, ‘Start Over’. Pavilion Theatre at Cromer Pier, Cromer, 01263 512495 23 March Landermason Folk duo. The Granary Theatre, Wells-next-the-Sea, 01328 710193 23 March Steeleye Span Steeleye Span visit the classics that have made them one of the most successful British folk rock bands ever. Pavilion Theatre at Cromer Pier, Cromer, 01263 512495 24 March Norfolk Symphony Orchestra Programme includes: España - Chabrier, Poème de l’Amour et de la Mer - Chausson and Symphony Fantastique - Berlioz. King’s Lynn Corn Exchange, King’s Lynn, 01553 764864 26 March Eels Following the release of their highly anticiapted new album ‘Wonderful Glorious’, Eels embark on an

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SPECIAL EVENTS 7 - 14 March Norwich Fashion Week Norwich Fashion Week is one of our city’s fastest growing cultural events. Norwich Fashion Week is centered around a programme of visually stunning events, from edgy catwalk shows to vintageinspired tea parties, ‘glamorous ‘get the look’ stylist events to a highly anticipated fashion auction. Various venues, Norwich 16 - 17 March The British Carp and Angling Show With a whole host of top celebrities from the fishing world and some of the biggest brands in the industry attending – if you enjoy fishing, then you will love this show! Norfolk Showground, Norwich, 01603 748931 20 March 2013 Banff Mountain Film Festival World Tour The world’s most prestigious mountain film festival is returning to Noriwch with a selection of extraordinary short films from the world’s leading adventure film makers. Exhilarating and thought provoking, this is a must-see for mountain enthusiasts and anyone with a spirit of adventure! Open, Norwich, 01603 763111 28 - 30 March Burnham Market International Horse Trials The Burnham Market International offers a fantastic day out for all the family! Alongside the top class competition, there’s over 40 trade stands to ‘grab a bargain’ at and for the children there’s bugee trampolines, bouncy castles and a climbing wall. Sussex Farm, Burnham Market

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Wymondham A pretty market town in the Norfolk countryside, Wymondham delights visitors with its old-world charm, imposing Abbey and historic railway set against the green fields of the Tiffey Valley.

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Wander Around Wymondham What’s the History? Like many East Anglian towns, Wymondham earned its wealth from wool, but the town has had an eventful past that distinguishes it from its neighbours. In 1549, Robert Kett, Wymondham’s most famous inhabitant, led a peasant rebellion in a protest against the enclosure of common land and managed to hold the city of Norwich for six weeks, until defeated by the King’s forces and hung from Norwich Castle. 65 years later, the Great Fire of Wymondham destroyed about 300 properties including the Market Cross, the vicarage the Town Hall and the schoolhouse. Despite this, ancient buildings such as the Green Dragon pub and many of the houses in Damgate Street have survived. The collapse of the woollen industry in the mid-19th century led the town to escape large-scale development. As a result, the town centre remains much as it must have been in the mid-17th century with pretty, narrow streets to wander.

Attractions Visitors can delve into Wymondham’s fascinating history at the Heritage Museum, but the town’s star attraction is the gigantic twin tower Abbey. Founded in 1107 by William D’Aubigny, who was Chief Butler to King Henry I, stone was shipped across the English Channel from Caen in Normandy for its ambitious construction. Although adapted over the centuries, visitors can still glimpse the magnificent Abbey’s interiors, catch a recital by the talented choir, and even cheer on rubber ducks in the annual Abbey Duck Race from 2pm on Easter Monday. Wymondham is also the starting point for one of the largest preserved railways in the UK, the Mid-Norfolk Railway. Run entirely by volunteers, the 11.5mile heritage line to Dereham was opened to tourists in 1995 and operates steam and diesel services. Over Easter weekend children have the opportunity to meet the Easter Bunny, whilst adults’ childhood dreams of driving a locomotive can come true under the guidance of a qualified instructor.

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14 - 16 March The Diary of Anne Frank A powerful and heart warming real life story of a young Jewish girl’s journey from innocent teenage to a strong young woman as she recorded in her diary her thoughts, feelings, daily happenings and impressions of the people around her whilst hiding fromt he Gestapo with her family and companions, in the attic of a warehouse. Seagull Theatre, Pakefield, 01502 589726

3 March Ipswich Orchestral Society Afternoon family concert, the theme is Heroes and Villians. Expect music from Batman, James Bond, Ballet music and Indiana Jones, plus much more! Dress up as your favourite hero or heroine. Ipswich Corn Exchange, Ipswich, 01473 433100

14 March Jack Dee Catch Jack as he hits the road for his 2012 tour. After a six year absence from Stand-Up, he’s back, agonising over the slightest of annoyances and misdemeanors. Marina Theatre, Lowestoft, 01502 533200

3 March Clive Carroll Acoustic guitarist showcasing a totally new set including music specially written for classical nylon string guitar. Haverhill Arts Centre, Haverhill, 01440 714140

16 March Shazia Mirza - Cuckooland Hilarious brand new show from internationally acclaimed award winning stand-up comedian Shazia Mirza. Quay Theatre, Sudbury, 01787 374745 20 - 23 March Kanjoos - The Miser Molière’s classic farce is transported from 17th century France to modern India in Hardeep Singh Kohli’s brilliantly witty new version , the age of austerity is pitched against ever-increasing consumerism and sparks fly. Theatre Royal, Bury St Edmunds, 01284 769505 21 March Jack the Ripper - A 21st Century Investigation Retired murder squad dectective and leading Ripper expert, Trevor Marriott, takes you through his lengthy investigation of the Ripper murders and discloses startling new results. Marina Theatre, Lowestoft, 01502 533200 22 March Agent Burlieque Burlesque Agent Burlieque, Suffolk’s finest Burlesque company, present an evening of Vaudeville entertainment with stars from the finest burlesque jaunts in the UK. Circle Lounge at Regent Theatre, Ipswich, 01473 433100 22 - 24 March Haverhill Comedy Festival Arthur Smith, comedy magic for the whole family, new comedians and a popular comedy club combine to give you three days of side-splitting fun! In aid of St Nicholas Hospice Care. Haverhill Arts Centre, Haverhill, 01440 714140 25 - 30 March Birdsong A mesmerising story of love, courage and sacrifice is now brought to the stage in this critically acclaimed version of Sebastian Faulks’s bestselling novel. New Wolsey Theatre, Ipswich, 01473 295900

3 March Jubilee Quartet Programme includes: Beethoven Quartet, Hadyn ‘Emperor’ Quartet and Janáček Quartet No 2. The Cut, Halesworth, 0845 6732123

4 March John Hogan & Danny Sheerin An evening of Country music. Regal Theatre, Stowmarket, 01449 612825 6 March Hazel O’Connor Breaking Glass Barefoot Tour. Fisher Theatre, Bungay, 01986 897130 7 March Noriko Ogawa Renowned pianist performing Mozart, Beethoven, Takemitsu and Liszt. The Apex, Bury St Edmunds, 01284 758000 9 March Weird and Wonderful An evening with Benjamin Bloom, piano maestro and singer/songwriter. New Wolsey Theatre, Ipswich, 01473 295900 9 March Absolution Band British bluesrock trio. Fisher Theatre, Bungay, 01986 897130 9 March Harmony in Harlem An evening of vibrant jazz and swing. The Cut, Halesworth, 0845 6732123 9 March Children’s Music for Mothering Sunday Primary schools from all over South Suffolk get together to perform in honour of their mums. In aid of St Nicholas Hospice Care. Holy Trinity Church, Long Melford, 01284 766133 10 March The Band of HM Royal Marines Portsmouth Concert in aid of Seafarers UK. Regent Theatre, Ipswich, 01473 433100 15 March Mark Morris Mark Morriss, the lead singer of the legendary Bluetones will be live at the Rep for an acoustic set of his new music plus all the classics. The Rep, Ipswich, 01473 433100 15 March The Strawbs Dave Cousins, Dave Lambert and Chas Cronk perform new and classic material from across their backcatalogue. The Cut, Halesworth, 0845 6732123

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Felixstowe is a well-loved resort, known for its Blue Flag quality sand and shingle beach, long promenade, perfectly kept seafront gardens and seaside attractions. What’s the History? Felixstowe became a fashionable seaside resort in the 1880s, and has retained many of the attractive Victorian and Edwardian buildings from its heyday. The four-mile long seafront has a wide promenade that stretches almost the entire length of the beach from Languard Point to Felixstowe Ferry. Five Martello towers, built to prevent Napoleonic invasion, also stand on its coast. Attractions The front has all the attractions of a traditional seaside resort with old-fashioned beach huts, fish and chips, a funfair, amusement arcade, miniature golf and bowling green, as well as the leisure centre’s pool, saunas and sunbeds. The art-deco Spa Pavilion Theatre, also on the seafront, stages dance shows, concerts, musicals, comedy, ballet and children’s shows, whilst the 1930s Palace Cinema offers visitors a retro night at the movies. Felixstowe is also home to the UK’s largest container port, and, as a result,

the viewing area at Landguard offers great views of the passing ships. Next to the viewpoint is the Felixstowe Museum, full of artifacts from the Roman era to recent times; and the Landguard Fort, a 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 Peninsular Nature Reserve - a significant site for shore and migrant birds, and rare shingle flowers. Places to Eat North of the town centre is the fishing village of Old Felixstowe where you can pick up fresh fish at The Shed fish stall and enjoy excellent fish and chips at the Ferry Café. The Ferry Boat Inn is a cosy seaside inn that offers a range of traditional English dishes alongside some wonderful seafood specialities. The White Horse is another good bet for locally sourced, homemade food in a

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Cambridge THEATRE & SHOWS 1 - 2 March Steptoe and Son Play adapted by Emma Rice from the original 60s sitcom about father and son rag and bone men. Cambridge Arts Theatre, Cambridge, 01223 503333 1 - 2 March Kafka’s Dick Kafka’s Dick roars from inter-war Prague to the cocktail party of posterity inside the Gates of Heaven. Brought into hilarious high-definition in the confined space of the Corpus Playroom, Alan Bennett’s lightning-paced, ‘irresistible farce’ forces the audience to re-examine their notions of fame, reputation and respect. Corpus Playroom, Cambridge, 01223 300085 1 - 2 March The Sound of Music Viva Youth Theatre and Viva Theatre Company come together to perform The Sound of Music in Ely Cathedral’s Lady Chapel. Ely Cathedral, Ely, 01353 660349 1 March Spring Awakening Play following a group of late 19th century German teenagers on their journey from adolescence to adulthood. Key Theatre, Peterborough, 01733 207239 3 March Tosca Puccini’s explosive opera of love and treachery. Directed by Ellen Kent, starring international soprano Elena Dee. Cambridge Corn Exchange, Cambridge, 01223 357851 5 - 9 March The House of Bernarda Alba Spanish dramatist Federico García Lorca’s ‘The House of Bernarda Alba’, is an all-female tragedy of passion, oppression and reputation. Corpus Playroom, Cambridge, 01223 300085 6 - 9 March A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum Inspired by the classic comedies of Platus, this production tells the bawdy story of the slave Pseudolus and his desperate attempts to win his freedom. With music and lyrics by Stephen Sondheim. Mumford Theatre at Anglia Ruskin University, Cambridge, 0845 1962320 7 - 9 March Boeing Boeing Classic french farce about a man juggling three flight attendant fiancèes, successfully convincing them they are the one until fate intervenes. Starring Kim Tiddy (The Bill) and Ciara Janson (Hollyoaks). Key Theatre, Peterborough, 01733 207239 8 March Colin Fry The Happy Medium Tour 2013. The Cresset, Peterborough, 01733 265705 11 - 16 March Surprises A new comedy by Alan Ayckbourn, Surprises is about love stories that are yet to happen in a future full of surprises and questions. Cambridge Arts Theatre, Cambridge, 01223 503333 12 March Kanjoos - The Miser Molière’s classic farce is transported from 17th century France to modern India in Hardeep Singh Kohli’s brilliantly witty new version , the age of austerity is pitched against

ever-increasing consumerism and sparks fly. Key Theatre, Peterborough, 01733 207239

er/songwriter showcasing material from his new album, ‘Love From London’. The Junction, Cambridge, 01223 511511

12 March Hormonal Housewives Hilarious comedy sketch show starring Toyah Willcox and Julie Coombe.The Cresset, Peterborough, 01733 265705

2 March Rachmaninov Vespers Performed by Peterborough cathedral Choir and Festival Chorus. Peterborough Cathedral, Peterborough, 01780 763203

13 - 16 March Talking Heads Alan Bennett’s monologues will be performed over four nights. ‘Lady of Letters’ and ‘Her Big Chance’ will be performed on 13 and 15 March. ‘Bed Among the Lentils’ and ‘Creamcracker under the Settee’ will be performed on 14 and 16 March. Angles Theatre, Wisbech, 01945 47447

3 March Maiko Mori & Guests in Concert International concert pianist Maiko Mori performing a wide variety of music from classical to jazz including her own compositions and arrangements. West Road Concert Hall, Cambridge, 01223 300085

18 - 24 March Annie Get Your Gun Annie Get Your Gun follows a fictionalised version of the life of Annie Oakley, a sharp shooter who starred in Buffalo Bill’s West Show, and her romance with gunslinger Frank Butler. Key Theatre, Peterborough, 01733 207239 21 - 23 March The TALENT 2013: BalletBoyz A brand new show featuring 10 exceptional young dancers, in an exhilarating evening of exciting and explosive dance. the TALENT 2013 premières two stunning new dance pieces by internationally celebrated choreographers Russell Maliphant and Liam Scarlett. Cambridge Arts Theatre, Cambridge, 01223 503333 22 March A Comedy of Careers O’Shea & O’Gaukroger comedy duo unite with the new show A Comedy of Careers - exploring what might have happened had they chosen different careers. Angles Theatre, Wisbech, 01945 47447 23 March The Trench Inspired by the story of a miner buried alive in a tunnel during World War I, performed by Les Enfants Terribles’. Key Theatre, Peterborough, 01733 207239 23 March Alun Cochrane Stand-up Alun Cochrane brings his show ‘Moments of Alun’ to Cambridge.The Junction, Cambridge, 01223 511511 26 - 30 March The Misanthrope Master wordsmith Roger McGough dips his quill into a Molière classic in this mockery of manners and morals set amid 17th century French aristocracy. Cambridge Arts Theatre, Cambridge, 01223 503333 30 March The Rat Pack Relive the razzle dazzle of 1940s Vegas when Sinatra, Martin and Davis Jnr were the kings of swing. Key Theatre, Peterborough, 01733 207239 30 March Robert Newman Stand-up comedian, who in the 90s partnered David Baddiel, goes out on tour to try out material for his new show which will be called, ‘Robert Newman’s New Theory of Evolution’. The Junction, Cambridge, 01223 511511

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6 March Jessie Ware British singer/songwriter touring with her critically-acclaimed debut album, ‘Devotion’. The Junction, Cambridge, 01223 511511 6 March Cambridge International Piano Series Featuring Barry Douglas playing Brahms. West Road Concert Hall, Cambridge, 01223 300085 8 March The Robert Cray Band Blues and soul artist, Robert Cray, returns to the UK to promote a brand new album, ‘Nothin But Love’, his much anticipated sixteenth studio album. Cambridge Corn Exchange, Cambridge, 01223 357851 8 March Landermason Northumbrian duo Fiona Lander (piano, vocals, whistles, clarinet, saxophones) and Paul Mason (guitars, vocals, ukulele). Cambridge Folk Club at The Golden Hind, Cambridge, 01638 603986 8 March Dr Feelgood Rhythm and Blues band. The Brook, Soham, 01353 721748 9 March Clive Carroll, Chris Woods and Justin Dowling An evening of acoustic guitar music. Acoustic Routes, CB2 Basement, Cambridge 10 March Fairhaven Singers & Ralph Woodward Programme includes: Poulenc - Gloria and Britten - Spring Symphony. The Fairhaven Singers will be joined by the Cambridge Philharmonic Orchestra. West Road Concert Hall, Cambridge, 01223 300085 10 March Lawson This is Lawson’s fourth consecutive tour in the last 18 months, after the previous three sold out completely. Cambridge Corn Exchange, Cambridge, 01223 357851 12 March Amy McDonald Amy Macdonald, one of Europe’s biggest selling singer-songwriters, returns to Cambridge as part of her 2013 tour in support of her new album ‘Life Inn A Beautiful Light’. Cambridge Corn Exchange, Cambridge, 01223 357851 12 March Johnny Marr English musician and songwriter Johnny Marr rose to fame in the 80s as the guitarist in the Smiths, where he formed a prolific songwriting partnership with Morissey. More recently he joined The Cribs, catch him at The Waterfront in a solo show. The Junction, Cambridge, 01223 511511

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ART & EXHIBITIONS 1 March – 6 April A Soviet Design for Life Cambridge University Library’s Catherine Cooke collection is made up of thousands of books, journals, posters, postcards and ephemera relating to 20th-century Russian architecture and design. Cambridge University Library, Cambridge 01223 333000 1 March – 1 April China’s White Gold Exhibition of contemporary porcelain from Jingdezhen, China. Showcasing over 80 works created by over 50 contemporary ceramicists, ranging from traditional to the avant-garde, the exhibition explores Jingdezhen’s legacy, and looks at what it

means for artists working there today. Fitzwilliam Museum, CambridgE, 01223 332900 1 March - 12 May Quentin Blake: Drawn by Hand Quentin Blake is one of the best-known illustrators of his generation. Drawn by Hand looks at individual works he has produced in the past decade: book illustrations, etchings, lithographs, drawings and works done for hospitals in various and contrasting media. This work will be accompanied by a display of pens, brochures, inks, watercolours, quills and other materials from the artist’s studio. Fitzwilliam Museum, Cambridge, 01223 332900 1 March - 18 May Frozen Worlds An exhibition that explores the links between polar exploration and science on Earth, and the exploration of other ice worlds in our Solar System. Find out how scientists investigate life in the polar extremes to understand what life may be on one of Jupiter’s moons or Mars. Learn about experiments in Antarctica to test space suits for use on other planets, and how human adaptation to the extreme conditions at the Poles are an analogue to the challenges faced by astronauts. Scott Polar Research Institute, Cambridge, 01223 336540 1 March - 14 April Outpost: Congratulations, you are the most recent visitor A season of exhibitions, events and performances in the Gallery, curated by artist-run spaces. Outpost’s project at Kettle’s Yard will reflect the type of work that they do and the strength and variety of their membership, from recent graduates to emerging and mid-career artists. Kettle’s Yard, Castle Street, Cambs 01223 748100 2 March - 6 May La Belle Epoque Edwardian Fashion 1900 - 1914 Peterborough museum is delving deep into its fabulous costume collection to bring you the very best Edwardian Fashion from La Belle Epoque, the beautiful era. Rarely seen items from the museum’s collection will be elegantly displayed to create a snapshot of Peterborough life before the Great War changed the city forever. This exhibition also guest stars the wardrobe of ITV’s drama, Downton Abbey. Peterborough Museum and Art Gallery, Peterborough, 01733 864663 2 - 30 March Pots, Paintings and Prints Exhibition of works by Liz Somerville (prints), Adrian Parnell (paintings) and Sam Hall (pots). Lynne Strover Gallery, Fen Ditton, 01223 295264 12 March Printmaking without a Press Visit a variety of techniques which can easily be recreated in a home studio without a press. Focusing on Monoprinting, Relief and Intaglio techniques. Curwen Print Study Centre at Chilford Hall, Linton, 01223 892380

16 - 17 March Introduction to Stone & Photo Lithography with Sue Baker MA. The aim of this course is to introduce participants to the processes of hand drawn stone lithography and Photo Lithography. A two day course with one day follow on. Curwen Print Study Centre at Chilford Hall, Linton, 01223 892380 25 - 26 March Collagraphs A two day course exploring the printmaking qualities through surface and texture of found objects, Carborundum, and a variety of materials to create images rich in depth and detail. Incorporates both intaglio and relief printing of collagraphs and blind embossing. Curwen Print Study Centre at Chilford Hall, Linton, 01223 892380

SPECIAL EVENTS 8 - 15 March Eat Cambridge A week long festival of local food and drink. Events include: a huge food and drink fair (Saturday), pop-up restaurants, food and wine tasting, cookery lessons, chef demos and a street food night market. Various venues throughout Cambridge 9 March 106th Varsity Boxing Match With the running score standing at 51-50 to Cambridge, the annual Cambridge vs. Oxford Varsity Boxing Match returns to Cambridge for the first time since 2005. Each university will put forward their nine best boxers at weights ranging from featherweight to heavyweight, with the team with the highest combined number of wins taking home the Truelove Bowl. Cambridge Corn Exchange, Cambridge, 01223 357851 11 - 24 March Cambridge Science Festival With over 200 events taking place, the Cambridge Science Festival provides an opportunity to discover, question and take part in scientific activity at the University of Cambridge. This years key note speech will be delivered by Nobel Prize winner Professor John Gurdon: ‘’Cell replacement in age and disease: what are the prospects?’ University of Cambridge, Cambridge, 01223 766766 16 - 17 March Thriplow Daffodil Weekend A Celebration of Spring in the rural village of Thriplow. Attractions include: Heavy horse drey rides, live music, morris dancing, craft stalls, vintage vechicles, sheep dog display and birds of prey display. Thriplow, Cambridge, 07543 922789 17 - 24 March Artic Film Festival: Voices from the North A series of film screenings and discussions co-presented by the Canadian High Commission and National Film Board of Canada in partnership with Arts Picturehouse and the Polar Museum. This series of films by and about the Inuit presents a unique account of life in the north and the challenges faced there today. Scott Polar Research Institute, Cambridge, 01223 336540.

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MORE THAN MORE MORE THAN JUST A A BIKE BIKE JUST JUST SHOP SHOP SHOP ELYʼS BIGGEST BIGGEST ELYʼS DEPARTMENT STORE ELY’S BIGGEST DEPARTMENT STORE Family run run shop shop established established 40 40 years years Family DEPARTMENT STORE 7 Market Street • Ely • CB7 4PB 7 Market Street • Ely • CB7 4PB

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Arts Crafts Food Fairs & Country Shows this Spring Cressing Temple Spring Food & Home Fair Saturday 2 & Sunday 3 March

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West Anglia Country Show Easter Sunday 31 March & Monday 1 April Wood Green near Godmanchester PE29 2NH


East of England Food Festival Saturday 13 & Sunday 14 April Knebworth House, Knebworth SG1 2AX


Colchester Town & Country Show Saturday 20 & Sunday 21 April Lower Castle Park, Colchester CO1 1YG

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Lauren Cordell shares a collection of her favourite books out this month.


AMERICANAH The award-winning author of Half of a Yellow Sun, Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie, returns with this darkly comic yet touching story. Two teenagers who fall in love in a Nigeria under military dictatorship, escape to different continents, where they live separate lives. On their return to Nigeria, the couple reignite their passion but face the toughest decisions of their lives.

HOME SWEET HOME The immensely popular Hummingbird Bakery returns with another beautiful cookbook of over 100 new tried-and-triple-tested recipes, from trademark cupcakes to biscuits, loaves, pies and savouries. With easy-to-follow, step-by-step instructions and stunning images, their classic home-baking recipes are accessible to both competent bakers and clueless cooks.

MIDDLE C Almost two decades in the making, critically acclaimed author William Gass finally returns with his next novel, Middle C. An Austrian family leave for England in order to escape the imminent Nazi occupation of their country, only for the father to mysteriously disappear. The family

are subsequently relocated to a small town in Ohio, where the son, struggling with themes of abandonment, identity and truth, grows up to be an accomplished piano player with a fantasy alter-ego.

DAVID BOWIE IS David Bowie is not only an iconic artist and performer who has sold over 140 million albums worldwide, but a major creative influence on contemporary artists and designers. Coinciding with his musical comeback, this book traces Bowie’s career, bringing together everything from his avant-garde costumes to his original artwork. Various specialists examine his impact on fashion, film, music, gender and decadence, giving the reader a new perspective on the legend.

THE TELEPORTATION ACCIDENT This quirky fiction oscillates between time, space and genres. It follows Egon Loeser, a German set designer, who appears to be scarcely aware of the historical and political implications of the 1930s German world he lives in. Numerous false leads, reveals and tricks set up a brilliant finish that earnt the book its place on the longlist for the Man Booker Prize 2012.

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Black and White Special Edition The Special Edition Freelander 2 Black & White stands out from the crowd. It has distinctive LED signature headlights, gloss Black exterior details and 17” alloy wheels. You can even opt for privacy glass at no extra cost. Bluetooth® connectivity, a rear load space cover and a new interior for 2013 make this a stylish and practical complement to an active lifestyle. The Freelander 2 comes with 2WD or 4WD capability, and six-speed manual or automatic transmission to suit your driving style. And, it’s finished in two striking colours: Santorini Black and Fuji White. Now that’s a tough one.

Freelander 2 Black and White is subject to availability and at participating dealers.

Official Fuel Consumption Figures for the Freelander 2 range in mpg (l/100km): Urban 32.5 (8.7) – 39.8 (7.1) Extra Urban 48.7 (5.8) – 52.3 (5.4) Combined 40.4 (7.0) – 47.1 (6.0) CO2 Emissions:185 – 158 g/km.

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Eastlife March 2013  

“Dear Reader: Welcome to the March issue of Eastlife, packed with ideas tohelp you make the most out of whereyou live. It’s Spring and the w...

Eastlife March 2013  

“Dear Reader: Welcome to the March issue of Eastlife, packed with ideas tohelp you make the most out of whereyou live. It’s Spring and the w...