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Living life in the East


Weddings Plan your vintage wedding Glamorous gowns Education What to look out for at an open day Eastlife’s 100th Issue Part one of our 100 experiences you must have in East Anglia Discover 9 unique properties

Explore Aldeburgh, Felixstowe, Great Yarmouth, Peterborough, Stowmarket

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OPEN UP A WORLD OF POSSIBILITIES WITH HALL BROTHERS’ WINDOWS AND DOORS When you are looking to replace the doors or windows in your home, you need a company you can trust. You need people who know what design will complement your style of house, first-class quality products, with a finish that’s second to none. And, last but not least, people who are traditional craftsmen who take an old-fashioned pride in their work. Welcome to Hall Brothers, Builders & Joiners. Outstanding reputation

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A three-generation family business, started by Reginald Hall and then Roy Hall, is now run by two brothers Philip and Richard, who have a love for wood and an eye for detail.

Your external doors not only need to look good but also be functional in terms of security, insulation and ability to withstand weather conditions.

Our craftsmanship is evident in all our products but nowhere is it more clearly seen than in our windows, where meticulous attention to detail is of paramount importance. In fact period style windows for Listed Buildings are our speciality.

With customers throughout East Anglia, the company has built up an outstanding reputation for exceptional standards of design, executed with meticulous attention to detail.

You can choose from single opening, double doors or even three, four or five panel bi-folding doors which are all made in our workshop. At 58mm thick, our external doors are over 25% thicker and stronger than the average store-bought equivalent.

Every single window is bespoke – built specifically to your requirements of size, shape, style and opening method, using only the highest grade FAS hardwoods.

There’s a wide choice of finishes too, all factory applied to give an even coating and maximum weather protection with minimum maintenance for years to come. Inside story Step inside and your internal doors can transform the design of your home. Choose your style, colour and finish from a wide range of options including four or six raised and fielded panels, part glazed, fully glazed or Georgian bar. Whether you choose from our popular range or opt for our bespoke service, every door is made to measure to your exact requirements, professionally hung by our expert Hall Brothers fitters and finished with your choice of high quality door furniture.

So whether you commission us to make a one-off picture window or to refit your entire house, make one exterior door or every door in the house, each one will be built with the same precision and care. And every single product comes complete with a five-year guarantee.

For more information on our windows and doors – or any of our products including conservatories, kitchens or staircases – please visit our website: or telephone: 01473 365167 / 01206 298746 to request our brochure.

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Quality Design and Craftsmanship

We've never really considered our fastidious attention to detail as anything other than normal practice – it's only our customers who've convinced us otherwise over the years. Our insistence on using only the finest hardwoods from managed forests to our 'over and above' specification on all levels have become hallmarks of our work. For example, every hardwood component is individually hand made, our door frame sections are much heavier and more substantial and our windows and doors use multi-locking systems for increased security as standard.

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To find out more and to book a test drive call us now. Robinsons Group Mercedes-Benz of Bury St. Edmunds Northern Way, Bury St. Edmunds IP32 6NH 01284 769 676 Mercedes-Benz of Cambridge 199 Barnwell Road, Cambridge CB5 8SH 01223 401 100 Mercedes-Benz of King’s Lynn Beveridge Way, King’s Lynn PE30 4NB 01553 777 307 Mercedes-Benz of Norwich Barker Street, Norwich NR2 4TN 01603 751 000 Mercedes-Benz of Peterborough Club Way, Cygnet Park, Hampton, Peterborough PE7 8JA 01733 294 900

Official government fuel consumption figures in mpg (litres per 100km) for the new CLA-Class range: urban 37.7(7.5)-42.8(6.6), extra urban 62.8(4.5)-74.3(3.8), combined 50.4(5.6)-62.8(4.5). CO2 emissions 130-117 g/km. Model featured is a Mercedes-Benz new CLA 180 Sport at £25,015.00 on-the-road including optional metallic paint at £660.00. Prices correct at time of going to press (06/13).

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CONTENTS September 2013

“Dear Reader: How proud we are to be celebrating our 100th issue of Eastlife magazine. To mark this milestone we are starting the first part of our choice of 100 experiences that you simply must have in East Anglia. There are some pretty obvious ones in there: how could you overlook punting on the Cam, or sailing the Norfolk Broads? But the editor hopefully you’ll find some surprises as well. We’ll be running this feature throughout the Autumn. Otherwise, as someone planning a wedding myself, I am learning that adding a special twist to proceedings can make for a memorable day. With that in mind we offer a fantastic feature on having a vintage wedding. There’s also advice on what to look for when attending a school open day; and Eastlife showcases nine quirky and unique properties, which are on the market across the region. Make sure you visit us at where you can discover even more great features. And if you are planning an event, why not submit the details online or contact me with a feature idea”. Photo © Joanna Brown

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Front cover image © Joanna Brown; taken from the book Style Me Vintage: Weddings by Annabel Beeforth, published by Pavilion

FEATURES 11 100 EXPERIENCES Eastlife serves you the first slice of its list of East Anglia’s top 100 experiences

25 EDUCATION A guide to finding the perfect school, with tips on how to beat the first-day blues

36 WEDDINGS From attire to venues, we reveal ways to make your special day a truly unique experience

71 PROPERTY A review of characterful, converted properties available across East Anglia

76 INTERIORS The latest trends for this coming Autumn 87 GARDENING How to make the most of low-water seasons 89 FOOD & DRINK All awash with East Anglia’s finest seafood restaurants|7 007_EL_September.indd 7

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91 ALDEBURGH Celebrating Benjamin Britten 95 FELIXSTOWE 100 years of an RAF legend 97 GREAT YARMOUTH Hosting a fleet of festivals Publisher Sean Thompson 01954 267696 Publishing Consultant Paul Gibson 01954 268129 Editor Chris Johnson Design/Production Kim Morley 01954 267805 Editorial Assistants Eamon Barrett, Zohra Kahn, Mahvish Malik Head of Sales Amanda Daines Like Eastlife? Like our Facebook Area Manager (Suffolk/Essex) page Darren Marshall 07826 628680 Area Manager (Beds/Herts) Stewart Hedges 07595 894557 Area Manager (Cambridgeshire) Jim Leishman 01954 267635 Area Manager Chris Hayes 07795 624263 ACCOUNTS/ENQUIRIES 01954 267904 ADVERTISING EDITORIAL HEAD OFFICE Unit 4, Avenue Business Park, Elsworth, Cambridge CB23 4EY. eastlifemag


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

101 HEALTH Cambridge’s Cosmetic Open Event 105 ARTS Return of Hertfordshire’s Open Studios 107 ESSEX The best of this diverse county 112 PETERBOROUGH Discovery, history, and science 121 CAMBRIDGESHIRE Delve deeper with Eastlife 133 STOWMARKET History and culture in the country 137 SUFFOLK Why we love this county 145 NORFOLK September’s highlights 151 BEDS, HERTS & BUCKS What’s on 154 BOOKS Find the best reads out this month

Coming up in next month’s Eastlife.... We have a look at the most iconic theatres in East Anglia. PLUS as the moon casts a shadow over Halloween we reveal some of the most haunted buildings across the region. Also we explore Black History Month, Diwali and the Aldeburgh Food & Drink Festival MORE: Gardening, Interiors, Education, Ipswich, LeighOn-Sea, Bedford and many more features to keep you in the loop.

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Fuel consumption figures for the Civic 1.6 i-DTEC range in mpg (l/100km): Urban 70.6 (4.0), Extra Urban 85.6 (3.3), Combined 78.5 (3.6). CO2 emissions: 94g/km. Fuel consumption figures sourced from official EU-regulated laboratory test results, are provided for comparison purposes and may not reflect real-life driving experience. Model shown: Civic 1.6 i-DTEC SE Manual in optional Alabaster Silver Metallic at £20,075 On The Road. Terms and Conditions: New retail Civic 1.6 i-DTEC SE registrations from 1 July to 30 September 2013. Subject to model and colour availability. Offers applicable at participating dealers and are at the promoter’s absolute discretion. Honda Aspirations (PCP): £229 per month based on Civic 1.6 i-DTEC SE Manual in metallic/pearl paint at £20,075 total cash price (and total amount payable) with 36 months’ 0% APR Representative (interest rate per annum 0% fixed) with £4,259.71 (21%) deposit, Optional Final Payment of £7,571.11, annual mileage of 10,000 and excess mileage charge 5p per mile. You do not have to pay the Final Payment if you return the car at the end of the agreement and you have paid all other amounts due, the vehicle is in good condition and has been serviced in accordance with the Honda service book and the maximum annual mileage has not been exceeded. Indemnities may be required in certain circumstances. Finance is only available to persons aged 18 or over, subject to status. All figures are correct at time of publication but may be subject to change. Credit provided by Honda Finance Europe Plc. 470 London Road, Slough, Berkshire SL3 8QY. Servicing: Four years’ servicing or 50,000 miles, whichever comes first, for £399 including VAT and includes a maximum of four manufacturer’s scheduled services.

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“THE VIEW FROM THE TOP OF THE NAZE TOWER IS THE FINEST IN ESSEX” Nicholas Crane in Countryfile magazine (Writer and presenter of the Coast series on BBC TV). See page 15

The Stained Glass Museum is a hidden treasure within Ely Cathedral. A display of over 100 original stained glass panels dating from the early 13th century to the present as well as more modern work by William Morris, John Piper and Brian Clarke. The Museum is open daily, and throughout the year there are regular exhibitions, workshops and events. The museum also works with schools to provide an entertaining educational introduction to the art and display of stained glass. The South Triforium, Ely Cathedral, Ely, Cambridgeshire, CB7 4DL, 01353 660347.

KETTLE’S YARD For 16 years, Kettle’s Yard was the home of Jim Ede, the first modern art curator at the Tate Gallery, and his wife, Helen. The house contains Ede’s art collection, including paintings by Ben and Winifred Nicholson, Alfred Wallis, Christopher Wood, Henry Moore, Barbara Hepworth and many more. In the house, painting and sculpture are interlaced with furniture, glass, ceramics and natural objects. Visitors can ring the doorbell and ask to look around. Castle Street, Cambridge, Cambridgeshire, CB3 0AQ, 01223 748100.

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THEATRE ROYAL As the only working Regency playhouse in the UK, the Theatre Royal has a rich heritage to enjoy, as well as a unique auditorium that allows you to get up close and personal with the onstage action, experiencing live entertainment in a brand new way—that’s hundreds of years old. They present an eclectic and exciting programme of shows and events throughout the year, as well as tours and talks,

enabling you to find out more about the history and the significance of this unique building. Westgate Street, Bury St Edmunds, Suffolk, IP33 1QR, 01284 769505.

ELECTRIC PALACE CINEMA In the early days of cinematography, shows were given in booths and various existing halls, but after a number of tragic fires, Parliament passed the Cinematography Act 1909, which specified structural fire precautions. The Electric Palace was therefore one of the earliest purpose built cinemas in the country. The creator of the Palace was Charles Thurston, a travelling showman well known in East Anglia, and the architect was Harold Hooper, a dynamic young man of 26 years who demonstrated his imaginative flair with this his first major building. King’s Quay Street, Harwich, Essex, CO12 3ER, 01255 553333.

MUMFORD THEATRE Situated in the heart of Anglia Ruskin University’s Cambridge Campus, the Mumford Theatre presents small scale professional touring productions from the likes of Hull Truck Theatre Company, Proteus, Blackeyed Theatre and Love&Madness. It also presents local community and student theatre, and music events including a series of free lunchtime recitals. Performances range from drama and musicals to dance and children’s theatre. Anglia Ruskin University, East Road, Cambridge, Cambridgeshire, CB1 1PT, 0845 196 2320.

THE JOHN RUSSELL GALLERY The Gallery offers major solo exhibitions, group shows of paintings, original prints and sculpture by established East Anglian artists as well as up-and-coming talents, and has over 40 years expertise in framing, restoration and valuation. The ArtOne cafe lounge area located in the Gallery provides a relaxing environment where visitors can enjoy freshly ground coffee or loose-leaf tea in the surroundings of great art. 4-6 Wherry Lane, Ipswich, Suffolk, IP4 1LG, 01473 212051.|13

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THE CRESSET THEATRE The Cresset’s thriving performing arts programme provides opportunities for all ages and abilities to explore their individuality and celebrate their community through the arts. The programme provides an excellent grounding for children and young adults interested in pursuing a career in the performing arts, with a number of young people from the programme progressing to successful careers in the West End or as professional actors. Rightwell, Bretton Centre, Peterborough, Cambridgeshire, PE3 8DX, 01733 265705.

NAZE TOWER The 86ft tall octagonal tower has played an important part in maritime history and is grade II* listed, as the only building of its type and era in the country. It offers visitors a unique experience of heritage and culture that is fun for all ages. Standing over eight floors tall, served by a Victorian spiral staircase of 111 stairs, this navigation mark built by Trinity House in 1720 now houses an art gallery with diverse exhibitions of work by East Anglian artists. “The view from the top is the finest in Essex” - Nicholas Crane in Countryfile magazine (Writer and presenter of the Coast

series on BBC TV). The Naze, Old Hall Lane, Essex, CO14 8LE, 01255 852519.

OUTDOORS SOUTHEND PIER If you walk along Southend-onSea’s High Street, towards the sea, your eye will be drawn in a straight line towards the longest pleasure Pier in the world. Having stood for over a century, it extends over 2 kilometres into the Thames Estuary, and is a well loved and recognised symbol of Southend and the pleasures of the English seaside. With truly stunning 360 degree views all year round, Southend Pier is the perfect place to go for a taste of the invigorating fresh air and experience the freedom of the sea. For more information on opening times and admission prices call 01702 618747.

HAPPISBURGH LIGHTHOUSE Happisburgh Lighthouse was built in 1791 as one of a pair to mark safe passage around the notorious Haisborough Sands. Saved from closure by the local community in 1990, the lighthouse is still fully operational and maintained by voluntary contributions. Visitors can find out about the history and operation of the lighthouse, and climb the 112 steps to gain the stunning views from the lantern. Lighthouse Lane, Happisburgh, Norwich, Norfolk, NR12 0PY.

WALTHAM ABBEY GARDENS AND CORNMILL MEADOWS Waltham Abbey Gardens is an awardwinning site steeped in history and set in the grounds of the Abbey, the last to be dissolved by Henry VIII and thought to be the site of King Harold’s grave. The remains of some of the Abbey buildings can still be seen today, including the Gate House and the passage from the cloisters to the sleeping quarters. The Abbey’s peaceful rose garden also provides plenty of benches and picnic tables.

Just sit back, relax and wind down in beautiful surroundings. Abbey View, Waltham Abbey, Essex, EN9 1XD, 0845 677 0600.

RHS GARDEN HYDE HALL With sweeping panoramas, big open skies and far reaching views, this Essex garden provides somewhere to watch the changing seasons and get closer to nature. Autumn is a subtle delight with flowering grasses, structural seed heads, turning leaves and the punctuations of lustrous hues provided by ripening fruits and berries. Winter provides magical scenes of rolling frost tinged fields, wide open skies and the reflection of skeletal trees and coloured stems in looking-glass waters. Creephedge Lane, Rettendon, Chelmsford, Essex, CM3 8ET, 0845 265 8071.

BROADS TOURS Known as Britain’s magical waterland, everyone must see the Norfolk Broads! And the way to appreciate the Broads at their very best is from the water with Award Winning Visitor Attraction, Broads Tours of Wroxham. Choose a Broads Tours river trip, sit back and do it in style with entertaining live commentary, light refreshments and licensed bar. Or pack a picnic, hire one of their day boats and enjoy the freedom of doing your own thing. Either way, Eastlife are sure it will leave you wanting to do it all over again. The Bridge, Wroxham, Norwich, Norfolk, NR12 8RX, 01603 782207.

RSPB RYE MEADS NATURE RESERVE Rye Meads is a fantastic day out for all the family. This wetland reserve is a favourite among walkers, bird watchers and photographers alike. You can explore this lovely nature reserve throughout the year and get close to the fantastic wildlife. There are a number of hides that give great views of wildlife, even without binoculars. You don’t have to be an expert to visit Rye Meads! It’s a great place for children too. Rye Road, Stanstead Abbotts, Hertfordshire, SG12 8JS, 01992 708383.|15

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100th Issue TheCanoeMan is the largest canoe hire operator in Norfolk/North Suffolk. Enjoy a tranquil day’s paddling from Buxton Lamas on the River Bure to Wroxham (minibus pick-up from Wroxham Station to Buxton included) and receive a second day’s hire free from their Wroxham Centre. 10 Norwich Road, Wroxham, Norwich, Norfolk, NR12 8RX, 0845 4969177.

PUNTING IN CAMBRIDGE Established in 1910, Scudamore’s Punting Company are Cambridge’s oldest and friendliest punting company. During the 45 minute College Backs Tour, enjoy the spectacular views and discover how the city has evolved from medieval market town to world-class centre for education. From the gothic splendour of King’s College Chapel to the classical elegance of the Wren Library, your expert guide will ensure you don’t miss a thing. Regular tours run daily from the boat stations at Mill Lane and Quayside. Granta Place, Mill Lane, Cambridge, CB2 1RS, 01223 359750.

GASTRONOMIC SHAWSGATE VINEYARD Explore twenty acres of vineyard, bring your own picnic, taste awardwinning wines and experience why English wines are getting so much praise. Shawsgate Vineyard is a family owned English Wine Estate located a mile from historic Framlingham and its magnificent castle. The on-site shop stocks a wide range of wines from dry to medium-sweet white, red, rosé and fine-quality sparkling wines. Badingham Road, Framlingham, Suffolk, IP13 9HZ, 01728 724060.

the famous jam was first prepared. Enjoy freshly made lunches and home made cakes in their quiet, relaxed tearoom or terrace. Wilkin’s Jam Factory, Brook Road, Tiptree, Colchester, Essex, CO5 0RF, 01621 815407.

ARLINGTONS BRASSERIE WITH CAFÉ BAR An all-day French style brasserie restaurant situated in what was the first purpose built museum in England. Home to Professor John S.Henslowe, who was Darwin’s tutor at Cambridge, and his free lectures to the public on natural history. The main, first floor space accommodates parties up to 100, with viewing gallery. A wonderful town centre location offering a great value historic venue for intimate dining or larger parties. 13 Museum Sreet, Ipswich, Suffolk, IP1 1HE, 01473 230293.

LA CASCADA La Cascada restaurant is an award winning Spanish Restaurant and Tapas Bar. Set in 4 lovely acres of countryside and just a few minutes drive from the town centre, this Colchester restaurant is ideally located to escape the hustle and bustle of town. The restaurant is well-known in the Colchester area for its fine foods, specialising in Spanish and traditional English fare with an excellent service and a delightful relaxed dining experience. . Fox Street, Ardleigh, Colchester, Essex,

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BRITISH LARDER SUFFOLK The British Larder Suffolk are all about great-tasting, locally sourced seasonal food. They believe in keeping things local as they support local producers and source the vast majority of their produce from them. The restaurant is known to use foods of the season, when they’re at their very best. The aim is to keep the flavour of the food as British as possible, without restricting the boundaries of culinary creativity. Orford Road, Bromeswell, Woodbridge, Suffolk, IP12 2PU, 01394 460310.

THE LEAPING HARE VINEYARD RESTAURANT The vineyard restaurant, The Leaping Hare, is located in our 400-year-old barn. A Bib Gourmand in the Michelin Guide and now in its 15th year in The Good Food Guide, the restaurant serves meat and game from the estate, fresh fish from Lowestoft and seasonal vegetables grown locally. Wyken Road, Stanton, Bury St Edmunds, Suffolk, IP31 2DW, 01359 250287.

THE OLD FIRE ENGINE HOUSE RESTAURANT This restaurant is situated just west of the cathedral in an attractive Georgian house, with a large walled garden stocked with many old English fruit trees, herbs and flowers. Their food is rooted in traditional

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YIM SIAM THAI RESTAURANT Yim Siam prides itself on serving traditional Thai Cuisine using free range and organic produce in all of its dishes. Yim Siam grows its own vegetables, herbs and chillies which are picked, washed and cooked the very same day, providing the healthiest Thai food menu around. Yim Siam’s head and sous chefs spent over 20 years between them in 4 and 5 star hotels in Bangkok. 3 Riverside Road, Hoveton, Norwich, Norfolk, NR12 8AJ, 01603 781133.

FAMILY BURE VALLEY RAILWAY Bure Valley Railway is Norfolk’s longest narrow gauge steam railway and runs between the market town of Aylsham and the bustling Broads town of Wroxham, and is within easy reach of Norwich and the coast. The nine mile line runs through the picturesque Bure Valley countryside, with a combined train and cruise on the Norfolk Broads available. The railway’s facilities include an 80-seater Café at Aylsham Station which provides everything from a cup of tea to a full meal, plus souvenir shops. Aylsham Station, Norwich Road, Aylsham, Norfolk, NR11 6BW, 01263 733858.

BANHAM ZOO Banham Zoo is the ultimate fun-filled day out at one of the most exciting wildlife attractions in the country. Discover almost 1,000 animals from around the world. Visit the spectacular giraffe house and province of the snow cat. Don’t miss the daily feeding talks, amazing animal presentations and one of the most exciting bird of Prey displays in the UK. Ride the Safari Roadtrain, superb adventure play area, and so

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SKYLARK MAIZE MAZE Skylark Maize Maze and Funyard hosts Cambridgeshire’s largest maize maze, covering over twelve acres. As part of the Funyard they have bouncy castles, tractor rides, football shoot out, go-kart race track, giant sandpit with mini-diggers, mega slide, fortune maze and much more. When you’ve conquered the maze and Funyard, sample the great home-made food and refresh yourself in their renowned café. Wimblington, Cambridgeshire, PE15 0PA, 01354 741212

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BRESSINGHAM STEAM AND GARDENS You have to go a long way to beat Bressingham Steam and Gardens for a family day out, for here is where world renowned gardener and horticulturist Alan Bloom combined his passion for plants and gardens with his love of steam to create a truly unique experience for all the family. Low Road, Bressingham, Diss, Norfolk, IP22 2AA, 01379 686900.



Share the good life with Jimmy’s Farm. Home to the Essex Pig and to TV Presenter Jimmy Doherty, it really is a great family day out. Visit the Nature Trail and meet pigs, alpacas, sheep, goats, chickens, rheas, ferrets, guinea pigs and more. Build dens in the Woodland Walk and visit the Butterfly House, Farm Shop, Gardens and Restaurant. Pannington Hall Lane, Wherstead, Ipswich, Suffolk, IP9 2AR, 01473 604206.

Built around 1520, Layer Marney Tower is the tallest Tudor Gatehouse in England. Henry VIII was so impressed by the building that he came to stay in 1522. As the Palace was never finished it must have been a building site. The 80ft tower is well worth the climb for the spectacular view of the Essex countryside it offers. Layer Marney, Colchester, Essex, CO5 9US, 01206 330784.

ADVENTURE ISLAND SOUTHEND Adventure Island on Southend seafront is the perfect day out for all the family, and being a free

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interactive ‘experience’ gardens and kaleidoscope of wildflower meadows are an awe-inspiring demonstration of how to grow butterfly-attracting plants and encourage back these beautiful creatures to the gardens. Miriam Lane, Off Noke Lane, Chiswell Green, St Albans, Hertfordshire, AL2 3NY, 01727 869203.

HISTORICAL HOLKHAM HALL Steeped in history, Holkham Hall has the perfect location: surrounded by acres of rolling parkland rich in wildlife and the nearby north Norfolk coast with its stunning beach. Take in a spot of culture with a visit to the magnificent Palladian mansion and step back in time in the Bygones Museum. Holkham Estate, Wells-nextthe-Sea, Norfolk, NR23 1AB, 01328 710227.

IWM DUXFORD Europe’s premier aviation museum, IWM Duxford tells the story of the impact on aviation on the nature of war, on people’s lives and on the history of our region. Set within Britain’s best-preserved Second World War fighter station, seven impressive hangars filled with extraordinary collections and state-of-the-art exhibitions take you on unforgettable journey through times of war and peace. Lose yourself for a whole day amongst some of the world’s most iconic aircraft. Duxford, Cambridgeshire, CB22 4QR. 01223 835000.

BURGH CASTLE Burgh castle is one of a series of remaining Roman defence forts, dating from the 3rd century. The attached stone towers, used by Romans to mount heavy catapults, stand in testament to the sites embattled past. As well as a taste of history, the fort offers beautiful panoramic views over Breyton Water. Burgh Castle, Great Yarmouth, Norfolk, NR31 9QG. 0870 333 1181

NATIONAL HORSERACING MUSEUM AND TOURS Discover the stories of racing - the people, the horses and the history. From the early origins of the Sport of Kings at Newmarket to modern day heroes. Hands On - Ride the racehorse simulator and experience the excitement and energy of a race. Understand what it’s like to be a real jockey and dress up in racing silks. 99 High Street, Newmarket, Suffolk, CB8 8JH, 01638 667333.

NORWICH CASTLE MUSEUM AND ART GALLERY One of the city’s most famous landmarks, Norwich Castle was built by the Normans as a Royal Palace 900 years ago. Now a museum and art gallery, it’s home to some of the most outstanding collections of fine art, archaeology and natural history. Norwich Castle is packed with treasures to inspire and intrigue visitors of all ages. In the magnificent Norman keep, models, computers, sound and video bring history vividly to life. Farmers Avenue, Norwich, Norfolk, NR1 3JU, 01603 493625.

COLMAN’S MUSTARD SHOP & MUSEUM Colman’s Mustard Shop & Museum is housed in the historic Royal Arcade and is a careful replica of a Victorian

trade premises, where you can browse through original Colman’s memorabilia whilst choosing from a wide range of unusual and exclusive mustard treats for your friends and family. You can also sample a wide range of mustards before purchasing. 15 The Royal Arcade, Norwich, Norfolk, NR2 1NQ. 01603 627889

EAST ANGLIA TRANSPORT MUSEUM A wide range of historic vehicles on show includes trams, trolleybuses, motor buses, steam rollers, cars, lorries and taxi. There is also a 2ft-gauge railway. Visitors can ride on many of the vehicles and also view the period street furniture and many small exhibits gathered in a developing street scene. Chapel Road, Carlton Colville, Lowestoft, NR33 8BL, 01502 518459.

CROMWELL MUSEUM The Museum traces the rise of Cromwell from his beginnings in Huntingdon, where he was born; to his appointment as Lord Protector, the head of state. There is a changing programme of small temporary exhibitions about different aspects of Cromwell, his life and his legacy. For more information call 01480 375830. Grammar School Walk, Huntingdon, Cambridgeshire, PE29 3LF.


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OPEN DAYS The second most important decision you will make as a parent - apart from deciding to have a child in the first place - is deciding which school to enroll your child in. Zohra Khan has compiled a list of Open Days plus handy tips and advice of what to look out for, to help you with your decision.


uring the busy periods of September and October, school open days will be at the front of any parent’s mind. You’ve had word of mouth recommendations and a handy collection of prospectuses towering-up on the living room coffee table, but it is time to approach the Open Days, which are the be all and end all when deciding which school your child will be attending. However it is all too easy to be taken in by the glossy prospectus, fancy websites and the prestige of the building. Therefore it is vital that questions are asked regarding your child’s education. Firstly, it’d be handy to know what sort of academic direction you want your child to take in life; whether they favour the music and arts or if they excel in academic

excellence. This simplifies your decisions in selecting schools as it means you will know what kind of schools you will visit on Open Days. Make sure you do attend several Open Days! Whilst the process may seem quite long, you’ll be surprised at how your opinion changes after just simply looking at prospectuses and websites. Go about finding out the details of the Open Days by visiting the school’s website where it will tell you if you will have to book a place or if it is an attend-on-the-day event. Some academic establishments may not mention Open Days but there is no harm in trying to organise a personal visit and often the Admissions Team will be more than happy to arrange this for you.|25

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When you visit the school for the first time, note its impression and surroundings. Does it appear friendly and inviting? Are the grounds well maintained? Make sure you look around the buildings to gather a picture of what ethos and vibe this school gives. Ensure their facilities are up to scratch and that they have a range of them too. This will be important to consider especially as the cost of fees might be reflected in the facilities. Also, remember to not overlook sports facilities, as this will be a vital part of your child’s personal development. Questions to consider asking when arriving would range from how do the current pupils find the school? Do they speak positively about their teachers and school life? This would be the best way to gauge just how good this school may be as pupils are the best ambassadors for any school. Potentially, ask a teacher what it is that made them teach at this

particular school? This will spark an interesting set of replies and you’ll be able to see whether their passion for the subject and academic excellence is something they will pass onto their pupils. Do not be fooled by the pizzazz of the school’s academic prowess through flashy presentations and engaging speeches, all schools will be competing to be seen in the best possible light. So you mustn’t feel as though you have just attended a PR event but, rather, see that the Open Day had a natural feel to it; if you do not feel this way, you can always make a visit on an ordinary day and see how the school runs on a daily basis. Trust your instincts and make sure you are prepared with any questions you may want to ask the staff. Whilst looking around the school, engage your child in conversation and find out their opinion. Are they interested in a particular area of the school? What

do they like and do not like about the school? Can they imagine themselves attending any other establishment? Are they willing to participate in any of the range of activities available? When asking yourself these vital questions, the process of choosing a school becomes much easier.


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fter a summer of late nights, the first chime of the school bell can seem like a rude awakening. Whether your child is a nervous pre-schooler or a high school student, the first day of school is always a time of embracing new transitions, from new schedules to new teachers, to new classes and a new social scene. Here is a simple guide on how to get on track to ensure your child has the best start to the new term! Your child may be excited or nervous about the first day of school. Whatever they may be feeling, remind them their classmates are in the same boat and that the best thing they can do is to be prepared. It would help if your child has a look around the premises beforehand so they can familiarise themselves with their surroundings. Don’t spend too long settling your child in when you drop them off; you don’t want to upset them. Get to know your child’s teacher so if there’re any problems or queries you know where your first port of call should be. Make sure your child knows they can trust their teacher too. Communication is vital between them as this is the adult your child will be spending most of their time with for the majority of the school year. Most importantly, be on time when collecting your child as they may get anxious, especially if they see their classmates leaving!

DAILY ROUTINES Reset your child’s body clock after they’ve become used to an entire summer of late nights so that they adjust to the schedule of the coming school year. The week before term starts, make sure they go to sleep at a particular time and try waking them up at the time they would have to get up for school so that their body clock adjusts to the drastic shock of having to get up early! HEALTH AND WELL-BEING Give your children an MOT check! Make sure they get a haircut, take a visit to both dentist and optician for check-ups. You want them to start the new term in the best health possible. Make sure your medicine cabinet is kept up to date to treat any playtime grazes or illnesses they may get during the term. UNIFORM AND BOOKS Have a mini fashion show with your children so you can see if they update those key pieces. Mark all uniform with your child’s names to make sure they do not misplace or lose items when it’s time for P.E. It’s not handy to have to search through 30 other grey jumpers! Get the iron or stick on kind Get a copy of the new school year calendar. Highlight any important dates such as parents’ evenings. If you keep a family calendar, transfer all these dates onto your calendar. STATIONARY Ensure your children have a topped up pencil case with all the necessities. If your child is a teenager, the onset of GCSEs and A levels means their stationary needs will become more complex so make sure they have key items like thesauruses and a maths kit. Something useful for your child would be a diary so they can make note of homework schedules, class trips etc. This would also help with their organisation skills! Their school may provide them with a journal so keep an eye out. LUNCHES AND SNACKS Make a 5-a-day schedule of lunches, with a choice of sandwich/ lunches the night before. Perk their lunch box up with healthy snacks and slip a treat in to ensure they keep nourished throughout the day. saying “Hoping you’re having a great day at school!” or “Thinking of you on your big day!”

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Thetford Grammar School The small, friendly school that gets results for individuals. Thetford Grammar School is a friendly and family based community, a high achieving co-educational day school in East Anglia, with pupils aged 3½ right through to 18 years old. The recent Inspection report commented that our pupils “develop into caring and responsible young people with a very positive attitude to learning, working well individually and with one another.” The Junior Department is a particular strength where pupil progress was described as excellent in EYFS and very good in Years 1 – 6, following our most recent inspection. Small class sizes enable our dedicated staff to tailor learning to individual needs and a broad curriculum incorporates a range of learning opportunities. Academic success with consistently high results is at the heart of our activities. The report spoke of “articulate and confident pupils who develop their creativity and work independently, thinking logically and analytically”. The development of the whole person is also of significance. Creativity is an important quality which we encourage whether it be through Art, Music, Drama, Sport or indeed in any classroom. There is a full programme of extra-curricular activity and we seek to blend in the traditions of hard work with an awareness of the need to produce rounded individuals. The Sixth Form Centre welcomes students from other schools into our Sixth Form where we are able to provide excellent teaching and close individual support. We are holding a Sixth Form Open Evening on Monday 30th September. Our pupils come from all round the region. But come and see for yourselves. Our main Open Morning is on Saturday 19th October or bring your children for a ‘taster’ day with us, as a starting point. Let them be the best judge of whether TGS is the right environment for them. We are confident they will say yes!


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Come and visit our exciting new gallery showcasing the latest cutting edge designer jewellery in the historic riverside town of St Ives. Be treated to a sumptuous selection of exquisite new ranges of designer jewellery and meet award winning master goldsmith Paul Spurgeon. Visit our website or email us at 1 East Street, St Ives, Huntingdon, Cambs PE27 5PB

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Exclusivity Guaranteed TheFire Priory Barn in Little Wymondley is a stunning wedding venue licenced for civil Hearths ceremonies and partnerships. It offers a stylish, contemporary wedding in a beautiful, also secluded, rural setting conveniently located just two minutes from Junction 8 of available the A1 (M). Absolute privacy and exclusivity is guaranteed.The venue was voted 21st in the Brides Magazine top 100 wedding venues in the UK this year. Attention to detail in all respects and the highest level of personal service are The Priory's commitment to all couples who book here. We are now booking dates right through 2013 and into 2014.

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here is something ineffably fascinating about using something old to celebrate something new. Until fairly recently, the tradition of incorporating ‘something old’ into your wedding might have included borrowing a piece of jewellery from a close friend or family member. Nowadays, couples have realised that they can personalise their entire wedding day by styling it according to the fashions and aesthetics of an era that they admire. The term ‘vintage wedding’ tends to provoke a love/ hate response; purists reject the loose application of the term in regard to weddings with a subtle reference towards the past, and some wedding industry professionals have turned their back on the use of the term altogether – possibly fearful that the perceived trend will pass or become unpopular, and weary of how the description has proliferated the wedding blog community. Like it or not, there is no denying the beauty and appeal of a vintage wedding dress and all that exquisite craftsmanship and attention to detail, or of the elegant accessories rediscovered after years tucked away in

storage boxes, or of the heirloom veil that your grandma wore at her own wedding. The way I see it, fashions and styles of the past are timeless, beautiful pieces of history, that should be accessible to all who admire them today – including brides. ‘Vintage wedding’ is simply a descriptive term applied to evoke the style and aesthetic chosen by a modern bride or couple, which reflects a major element of their wedding day. And, for me, an original vintage dress or replica vintage dress is the first qualifier of a vintage wedding. Regardless, whether you opt for a full-on, authentic vintage affair, or a more vintage-inspired wedding with just a few light references to a bygone era, what really matters is that your day reflects your personal tastes and preferences. Craft your wedding by cherry-picking the details you love the most. There are no hard and fast rules when it comes to vintage wedding style and this book will encourage you to be as creative or varied in your style as you like. Explore and discover different eras – mix and match various looks if you so wish. It’s entirely up to you.|43

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ONE OF A KIND Every vintage wedding dress available today is a one-off – a completely unique piece of history that you can guarantee will not be seen on any other bride, no matter how many wedding magazines or wedding blogs you browse through.


CURRENT FASHIONS AND TRENDS AREN’T IMPORTANT Researching what vintage looks you love the most will help you to discover more about your own personal style and what works best with your body shape.


FINE CRAFTSMANSHIP Most vintage wedding dresses were produced prior to mass commercial manufacture and so boast beautiful craftsmanship and attention to detail.


RECYCLING FASHION Those with environmentally-friendly preferences can feel satisfied knowing that a vintage wedding dress is effectively being ‘recycled’ and given a new lease of life.


A STYLE TO SUIT EVERY BODY SHAPE Certain era looks tend to favour particular body types for example. the more loose, dropped-waist looks of the 1920s tend to better suit a more slender frame and smaller bust; the fluid bias-cut styles of the 1930s suit tall slender figures, but also look amazing on curves; and the fuller-skirted, layered petticoat look that became popular in the 1950s will flatter the fuller figure.


ETHICAL On the whole, choosing to wear vintage presents a better choice ethically; with the exception of bespoke dressmaking, most (though by no means all) contemporary wedding dress manufacture takes place overseas, utilising low-cost commercial production services. This raises an ethical question mark when a wedding dress is then sold on for many times more the amount that it cost to manufacture because it holds a designer name tag – or, more often than not, simply because it is a wedding dress.

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rab yourself a telephone directory or check any online search engine and you’ll soon be able to locate the details of a seamstress, designer or tailor who should be able to produce a replica vintage wedding dress at your request. Rip out the pages of a magazine and take these ‘tear sheets’ along to early meetings with your seamstress or designer and they will be able to draw up ideas and create a ‘toile’. But original vintage is not something to be afraid of. Whilst it is a known fact that most vintage wedding gowns tend to be small in fit (particularly around the waist), carry imperfections and be damaged, this shouldn’t put you off exploring the past to find something beautiful and unique to wear on your wedding day.

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thelegacydukesheadhotel Relax… Unwind… Indulge… This beautifully refurbished Georgian building has 3 lovely function rooms, 78 bedrooms designed in a rich, modern and contemporary style an intimate fine dining A la Carte restaurant where many locally sourced ingredients are to be found on the creative menu. All function rooms are able to hold many events from weddings to private dinners and conferences to exhibitions and all have a civil marriage license granted, the rooms are also ideal for Christmas lunches and party nights with a capacity for a 160 guests. Whether for an overnight stay, an afternoon tea a formal wedding or a private dinner, the Dukes Head is the ideal venue for you.

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FORMAL HIRE GERALD BOUGHTON MENSWEAR 64 Cornhill, Bury St Edmunds, Suffolk, IP33 1BE. 01284 753044. Opening Hours Monday – Saturday 8:45am -5:30pm Photos © Gerald Boughton Menswear

FORMAL HIRE SHOP 13 The Traverse, Bury St Edmunds, Suffolk, IP33 1BJ. 01284 753307. Opening Hours: Monday – Saturday 9am -5:30pm COES OF IPSWICH 20-28 Norwich Road, Ipswich, Suffolk, IP1 2NH, 01473 256061. Opening hours Tuesday - Saturday 9am - 6pm



or a wedding it is traditional for the groom and his party to wear Morning Tails. Black tails, striped trousers & a dove grey waistcoat are the absolute traditional, but most men today tend to choose coloured & patterned accessories that compliment the bridal party. The Tailcoat is a classic and sophisticated look, and helps to make men of all shapes look their best. It’s long lines highlight slim elegance in tall men, while it’s cut away front helps to lengthen and slim, the thicker set or less tall of gentlemen. A top hat can complete the outfit; but while these look great in photographs, it is important to remember that these are rarely worn for most of the day and can become an unnecessary nuisance; especially when you consider that most hire companies will not insure these against accidental damage or loss. If the traditional Tail Suit sounds too formal, it can be toned down by swapping, the striped trousers for ones which match the jacket. Navy

As the groom, no doubt much of the organisation of your big day has passed you by, as the bride and her entourage organise even the smallest of details with military precision. With little to do but sit back and relax, as things magically take shape around you, David John Allen from Gerald Boughton Menswear believes it is worth taking time to consider one of the things that it really is down to you to get right…Just what are you and the other men in your party going to wear? blue is also a less traditional option, whilst recent wedding seasons have seen grey become by far the most popular colour of choice. If the formality of that option still feels like too much, then a shorter length lounge suit may prove to be an option worth considering. Most men will be more accustomed to wearing this style and may therefore feel less self conscious in this, and consequently be more relaxed. Another advantage of this style is that it is usually available in the same fabrics and colours as the Tail Suits, allowing parties to mix styles if they so wish, whilst maintaining continuity. The Lounge Suit also has the added bonus of being more readily usable for future events, for those men considering purchasing their wedding outfit. If neither of these styles suit your taste, the perhaps consider the Prince Edward Jacket. Another longer style, this jacket is square cut, rather than with a tail. Usually worn open, it allows the waistcoat to be shown off

to full effect. This style has become a strong contender to the Tailcoat. Lightweight options in this style are often considered for less formal weddings in foreign destinations. For those with Scottish or Irish heritage, or indeed for those brave enough, the Kilt is an excellent way of making a visually stunning impact. Clan or National Tartan, formal or informal, this option is a sure fire talking point… Just what is he wearing under there? Whatever the look you are going for, be sure to make use of the experts. A good hire wear supplier will be on hand with years of experience to draw upon, when helping you to put together your outfits for the big day. Their knowledge of trends and styles can be of invaluable assistance. After all, when was the last time you considered whether or not to wear a wing collar and ruche? With the outfit chosen, their skilled measuring and guidance on matters of fit, will help to ensure that you look your very best.


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Licensed for Civil Ceremonies, and set in the centre of Ipswich, this wedding fair is the perfect opportunity to view this stunning venue. With a full range of exhibitors and bridal fashion show this is a must for all brides-tobe. Soane Street, Ipswich IP4 2BE, 01473 433554.

Come along and enjoy a complimentary glass of bubbly, view the stunning Walpole Ballroom, beautifully refurbished rooms and meet the team. Free admission. 5 – 6 Tuesday Market Place, King’s Lynn, Norfolk, PE30 1JS, 08444 119 484.



The Bedford Swan Hotel is the perfect wedding venue for a special day that dreams are made of. With up to 40 leading suppliers in the Coach House and the fashion show in the Duke of Bedford suite, brides to be have the opportunity to view some of the very best businesses in Bedfordshire so this is the ideal event to help with the planning of your wedding. The Embankment, Bedford, MK40 1RW, 01234 346565.

13 OCTOBER: NORFOLK BRIDE WEDDING FAIR AT DRAYTON OLD LODGE The third Norfolk Brides Wedding Fair at Drayton Old Lodge is planned to be even bigger and better. With expected 70 exhibitors there will be lots on offer - from wedding photography, to cakes, flowers, dresses and so much more. Save the date if you are tying the knot in Norfolk. Drayton High Road, Drayton, Norwich, NR8 6AN, 01603 861600.

Imagine your wedding party arriving along the chestnut avenue, a vista of 250 acres of deer park unfolding before you and in the distance the turrets, heraldic beasts and towers of Knebworth House. With over 50 leading suppliers. Knebworth Park, Knebworth, Hertfordshire, SG1 2AX, 01438 812661.

... & FOR THOSE WHO LIKE TO PLAN AHEAD: 6 APRIL: WEDDING SPECTACULAR AT GIRTON COLLEGE Upon arriving you’re instantly drawn in by the charismatic charm and tradition of the College which provides a warm romantic atmosphere. With over 40 leading suppliers, brides to be have the opportunity to view some of the very best businesses in Cambridgeshire. Huntingdon Road, Cambridge, CB3 0JG, 01223 338999.


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Ravenwood Hall is an enchanting venue, licensed to host small intimate weddings to larger celebrations for up to 200 guests Elegant Edwardian Pavilion, spacious marquee and stylish dining rooms Award-winning dining and a range of imaginative menus Long sweeping driveway and 7 acres of landscaped gardens and woodland 14 individually-designed rooms, some with four poster beds and 27 years of organising and hosting weddings Call: 01359 270345 www. Just off junction 45 off the A14. Rougham, Bury St. Edmunds, Suffolk, IP30 9JA Find us on Facebook: Ravenwood-Hall-Hotel

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Wedding Venues

Eastlife rounds up the best venues for your summer wedding in East Anglia.



1.The VARSITY HOTEL and Spa has several rooms for weddings and wedding receptions. With breath taking views across the city, this hotel’s rooftop garden provides the perfect setting for drink and canapé receptions. Thompson’s Lane, Cambridge CB5 8AQ.01223 306030.

1. Weddings at MAISON TALBOOTH are perfect for an intimate affair. Relaxation and indulgence are key. The staff at Maison Talbooth are here to make your family wedding the special day you’ve always dreamed of. Stratford Road, Dedham, Colchester, Essex, CO7 6HN. 01206 322367

2. CHIPPENHAM PARK is an early 18th century, Grade II-listed private Country House set in 300 acres of charming parkland and landscaped gardens. The impressive approach to the house is up a long private drive flanked by elegant tulip trees and large limes. Ely Cambridgeshire, CB7 5PT, 01638 721416

2. EAST MERSEA HALL is a stunning Elizabethan manor house dating back to the 16th century. You can choose from a variety of venues, like the outdoor pavilion, St.Edmunds church, or a ceremony right in the dining or terrace room of Mersea Hall. Chuch Lane, East Mersea, Colchester, Essex. CO5 8TJ. 01206 383499.

3.The history of LONGSTOWE HALL extends to the reign of Elizabeth I. Weddings at Longstowe hall can take place indoors, in the marvellously decorated Great Hall, or outdoors on the Gazebo islands in the gardens of Longstowe Hall. Longstowe, Cambridge, CB23 2UH. 01954 715333

3.GOSFIELD HALL was voted best venue in Essex by Wedding Ideas magazine and offers a number of year-round wedding packages for an all-inclusive experience. For more information on these specials, visit Gosfield, Essex, CO9 1SF. 01787 472914

4. HOTEL FELIX offers a number of flexible wedding packages to suit your needs. The hotel has at its centre a statuesque Victorian villa set in generous grounds, which provide a lovely backdrop for any wedding photo. Hotel Felix, Whitehouse Lane, Huntingdon Road, Cambridge, CB3 0LX. 01223 277977.

4.GAYNES PARK features a stylish and contemporary feel in a barn wedding venue. With the option to choose your own entertainment and other services, Gaynes Park allows flexibility to tailor your wedding to your personal taste. Banks Ln, Epping, CM16 7RJ. 01992 660329.

Norfolk 1. The BRASTED’S staff guarantee all the stress will be eliminated by their highly attentive team. This location boasts an on-site catering service, boutique B&B for guests, and the historical Langley Abbey for a traditional wedding. Manor Farm Barns,Framingham Pigot, Norfolk, NR14 7PZ. 01508 491112. 2. BARNHAM BROOM offers a special wedding package including reception room hire, place cards and table plans, flower arrangements, and so much more. Honingham Road, Barnham Broom, Norwich, Norfolk, NR9 4DD. 3.The OLD RECTORY hosts a wonderful mix of a stylish boutique country house coupled with relaxed atmosphere. This location has a light and airy feel, making it the perfect place to hold a civil ceremony or reception. North Walsham Road, Crostwick, Norwich, Norfolk, NR12, 7BG. 01603 738513 4. CHAUCER BARN is a luxury Norfolk wedding venue barn, featuring the beautiful North Norfolk countryside. With 18 acres of landscaped gardens and grounds, this makes the perfect year-round retreat for intimate weddings. Holt Road Gresham, Norfolk NR11 8RL. 01263 577733.|63

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Scarborough Hill Country Inn-The perfect venue for your tailor-made wedding day. Set in 5 acres of Norfolk Countryside, Scarborough Hill is a charming and versatile country house which allows us to offer a ‘blank canvas’ approach to planning your wedding day. Licensed for weddings, our bright and spacious conservatory lends itself perfectly to an intimate wedding ceremony. Surrounded by woodland views, you almost get a sense of being in the open air. Our Marquee is a permanent feature of Scarborough Hill. With its draped ceilings, private garden and fully equipped bar and kitchen it makes an ideal place to share your special day with your guests. We firmly believe that your wedding day should be what you want it to be, so we are very happy to hear your ideas and work with you to create your perfect day. We have well appointed bedrooms for your guests to relax in and we are very proud of our breakfast which sees some of Norfolk’s finest ingredients cooked to perfection, along with some delicious local preserves. Scarborough Hill is also available for an exclusive two day hire package where you and your family and friends get to really make yourselves at home while you celebrate this significant event. It really is the perfect way to tie the knot.

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Victoria Carriages A Choice of Horses and Carriages for weddings, proms, carnivals and other special occasions. Also available a 1975 Rolls Royce Silver Shadow and a 1925 Nash Tourer.

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A Choice of Horses and Carriages for weddings, proms, A Choice of Horses Carriages for weddings, proms, carnivals and otherand special occasions. Also available a carnivals other special occasions. Also available a 1975 Rollsand Royce Silver Shadow and a 1925 Nash Tourer. 1975 Rolls Royce Silver Shadow and a 1925 Nash Tourer.

Victoria Place

A Choice of Horses and Carriages for weddings, proms, carnivals and other special occasions. Also available a 1975 Rolls Royce Silver Shadow and a 1925 Nash Tourer.

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Kimbolton Castle

Licensed for civil marriage ceremonies Exclusive use of Castle State Rooms guaranteed Seating capacity up to 120 for dining Reception facilities for up to 250 Professional caterers with extensive choice of menus Considerable experience in hosting weddings and other events Bookings now being taken for 2014–2015

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Beautiful, handcrafted wedding cakes of the finest quality for your special day. Tel: 860360 SC Tel: 01362 01362 860360   01603 262882

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One of Suffolks leading wedding florists

with a meticulous eye for colour and detail a natural winning way with clients, Calla’s can help make your dream come true

Tel: 01473 216600 Wingfield St, Ipswich IP4 1AR

New contemporary bridal store now open in Ipswich. Specialising in bridal, accessories, special occasion wear, hats and shoes. Bringing a taste of London, with an elegant, chic and unique style for brides in the Suffolk area. We provide a personal service with our vast, knowledgeable bridal consultants.

The Suffolk Bridal Co 2 Orwell Place, Ipswich Suffolk IP4 1BB Tel: 01473 253040

Open day Sunday 13th October 12pm until 4pm

Hintlesham Hall is a magnificent 16th Century 1 Country housewith set in beautiful, A magnificent 16th Century Country House hotel nestled Grade in an Estate of 175 acres beautiful gardens, peaceful and mature gardens, with an impressive tree lined drive ponds & fountains; Hintlesham Hall offers a choice of 4 separate rooms for your Licensed Civil Ceremony.

The Hall is the perfect setting for your wedding, whether your dream is for more

We offer a flexible range of Wedding Packages including Use of the Hall whichcelebration. can be booked during the week or at weekends traditional occasionExclusive or a vibrantly spectacular (subject to availability) and provides overnight accommodation in all 32 unique rooms plus your Wedding Breakfast. Theprovide warm,on-site relaxing friendly ambience of this beautiful country house, together withtoattentive We can spa and & beauty treatments for brides & guests and also a helipad for those who wish arrive in style. staff and renowned •cuisine, will create truly memorable occasion for you and your guests. Exclusive Use datesaavailable for 2013 from only £9,950 Packages fromincluding only £4,950 We offer a flexible range •ofWeekday Wedding Packages Exclusive Use of the Hall. • Wedding Open Day – Sunday 7th October 2012 from 1pm until 5pm Book an appointment to tour this beautiful wedding venue with our experienced Event • Ask about our Late Availability options

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1. The elegant BEDFORD SWAN HOTEL, in the heart of Bedford, overlooks the River Ouse. This hotel is the perfect Bedford wedding venue for an unforgettable special day that dreams are made of. The Bedford Swan Hotel has both marriage facilities and two function suites, made especially for receptions, and all-inclusive wedding packages available. Because of the hotel setting, guests are easily accommodated. The Embankment, Bedfordshire, MK40 1RW. 01234 346565.

1. HINTLESHAM HALL Hotel’s magnificent grade I listed country house, set in peaceful mature grounds and approached via an impressive tree-lined drive, has everything you require for your perfect wedding venue. Hintlesham’s expert wedding team is readily available for planning assistance and organisation. Hintlesham Hall Hotel, Hintlesham, Ipswich, Suffolk IP8 3NS. 01473 652334.

3.It might seem strange to think of somewhere as grand as the LUTON HOO as being a romantic hideaway, but historically, it’s proven to be an excellent place for your romantic wedding ceremony or reception. . The Luton Hoo offers beautifully appointed rooms such as the Churchill room, the Faberge Suite, and the Romanov Suite, all elegantly decorated in the theme of room’s name. For more information, visit . Luton Hoo Hotel, Golf & Spa, The Mansion House, Luton, Bedfordshire, LU1 3TQ. 01582 698888

3. At PRIORY HALL, couples design their own day. For your wedding, you will have exclusive used of the tudor hall, formal and informal grounds and lake-view dining area. The lake, orchards, nott garden, lawns and walled terrace are also part of the inclusive wedding package. Priory Hall, Hadley, Suffolk. 07711 321907.

2.WOODHALL MANOR is a wedding venue of distinction, offered on an exclusive use basis situated in Suffolk’s 2. WOBURN ABBEY boasts four stunning wedding venues: beautiful heritage coast. Set in nine acres of landscaped the inn at Woburn, the sculpture gallery, the safari lodge, grounds and beautiful walled gardens, Woodhall manor is and the deer park. From a small, intimate gathering of the picture of English charm. This location is the best for close friends and family, right through the most lavish of cultural requirements, as catering options are available receptions, Woburn’s exceptional venues are sure to fulfil for Asian, Greek, Jewish, and other cultural weddings and your expectations Woburn, Milton Keynes, Bedfordshire, celebrations. Woodhall Drive, Sutton, Woodbridge, Suffolk, IP2 MK17 9WA. 01525 290333. 3£G. 01394 411288.

4. A stylish, intimate, and contemporary venue on the Suffolk-Norfolk border, YAXLEY HALL offers a perfect 4.PARKLANDS, on the border of Essex and Hertfordshire, romantic setting as well as a is the perfect, idyllic setting for a wedding venue. Set in first-class experience. When over 100 acres of picturesque deer park, this beautiful planning your wedding, mansion is a world apart from the hustle and bustle of separate from the norm everyday life. Quendon Hall offers a special package for of outdoor, garden summer weddings, which includes exclusive use of the weddings. parklands house, use of a wedding and events manager, Yaxley Hall, Hall Lane, the ceremony room of your choice, and so much more. For Yaxley, Suffolk, IP23 8BY. more information, visit Parklands, 01379 788869. Quendon Hall, Quendon, Essex, CB11 3XN. 01799 543800.

DON’T MISS OUT ON SOME GREAT WEDDING OFFERS BOOK NOW! All inclusive weddings for 40 guests at The Legacy Great Hallingbury Manor from £2999. Great Hallingbury, Bishops Stortford CM22 7TJ. 0844 411 9068. All inclusive weddings for 50 guests at The Legacy Kingscliff Hotel from £1950. 55 Kings Parade, Holland-on-Sea, Essex CO15 5JB. 01255 812343. All inclusive weddings for 40 guests at The Legacy Mill Hotel from £2000. Walnut Tree Ln Sudbury, Suffolk CO10 1BD. 0844 411 9496.

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Set within the peace & tranquility of 120 acres of historic parkland and with an in-house civil licence, Ufford Park Woodbridge Hotel, Golf & Spa is the ideal location for your wedding or civil partnership. Our 90 bedroom hotel has a bar and restaurant, leisure facilities including an 18 hole par 71 golf course, health club and luxury spa - perfect for your pre wedding celebrations.

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any of the region’s unusual, unique, properties have been converted into dramatic homes, thanks to the imagination of ambitious architects and renovators. We take a property tour around the region to discover some of East Anglia’s most unusual homes.

Nine Unique Properties




Windmill, shop and house, Paston, North Norfolk This is a unique property. It consists of a corn windmill, souvenir / gift shop, a house and a workshop. The asking price includes all good will of the current business plus planning permission for conversion of the windmill to holiday accommodation. The windmill, built in l827, is in good sound order. The working machinery was removed in the early l930’s leaving the interior accessible for visitors, and is currently a successful tourist attraction. The present shop was opened in 2003 and is popular with visitors to the mill. It trades in souvenirs, gifts, ice creams, hot and cold drinks and garden windmills. The property stands in grounds of approximately half an acre situated on the beautiful North Norfolk coast and only a quarter mile from the sea on the edge of the village of Paston, home of the historic Paston family and Letters.

Pinehurst South, Grange Road, Cambridge, Cambridgeshire One of the finest penthouse apartments in the city with spacious accommodation extending to 2,546 sq ft (237 sq m), plus Roof Terrace of 533 sq ft (49 sq m) and detached studio, and a quite exceptional roof terrace with stunning views of the surrounding cityscape. Pinehurst South lies within a conservation area in the highly regarded west city area of Newnham, in a secluded parkland setting, approximately three quarters of a mile from the city centre. Redwood Lodge stands alongside The Oast House in a delightful mature wooded setting. Designed by architect Stefan Zins and built to a high standard in 1990 by Midsummer Estates, the buildings have been skilfully designed to blend with the surroundings. The property offers versatile accommodation over two floors and benefits from a south facing aspect.

The Old Coach House, Great Staughton, Cambridgeshire Believed to date back to 1790, this exceptional and unique country residence is located on the edge of Great Staughton and is just a short drive from St. Neots, Kimbolton and Bedford. The conversion of ‘The Old Coach House’ was completed in 2005 to an exacting standard while retaining numerous original features including the bell tower and an impressive archway which leads to a splendid enclosed courtyard. Sitting in one acre of tree lined grounds offering traditional rural views as well as expansive lawned areas, outbuilding and a double garage. The beautiful accommodation includes five bedrooms, three of which have en suite facilities, five reception rooms including an impressive 25ft music room. Most of the rooms, including the kitchen breakfast room, are fitted with bespoke units. It really is quite a fantastic and unusual property.

Valued at: £ 550,000 William H Brown Select. Tel: 01603 221797

Valued at: £ 1,400,000 Bidwells Cambridge. Tel: 01223 841842

Valued at: £ 1,250,000 Fine & Country, St Neots. Tel: 0845 6032825|71

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Property OLD CHAPEL & SUNDAY SCHOOL Old Chapel & Sunday School, North Creake, Fakenham, Norfolk The Old Chapel & Sunday School is situated on the edge of the picturesque flint village of North Creake. The house, as the name suggests was formerly a Methodist Chapel with adjoining Sunday School and was built circa 1876, and became a residential home in the early 1960’s. In 2001 the current owners converted the property into a 4 bedroom 3 bathroom home. The garden was also redesigned and 2 well stocked herbaceous borders were planted. The house enjoys well proportioned rooms throughout with a wonderful open plan sitting/dining room, providing an attractive living and entertaining space with plenty of natural light from the large stained glass arched sash windows. There is a well fitted kitchen, a charming sitting room with wood burner, and a spacious conservatory. A striking bespoke oak staircase leads to the galleried landing that in turn leads to the four double bedrooms. Valued at: £ 685,000 Savills Norwich. Tel: 01603 229229 Tel: 0845 6032825 FORMER CHAPEL (BELOW) The Chapel, Hardingham A sympathetically extended, converted chapel standing within the village of Hardingham. There are 4 Bedrooms, 3 Bathrooms, 3 Reception rooms including the stunning Main Reception Hall retaining period features as a constant reminder of its ecclesiastical past. The current owner, who is an architect, recalls that the chapel was built in 1902 by ‘Primitive Methodists’. There are several stones with names of local individuals on indicating a significant amount of local support and community contributors to the Chapel itself. The glass extension was added approximately 25 years ago. The building is protected by local authorities, although not Listed by British Heritage. Valued at: £ 525,000 Fine & Country Norwich. Tel: 01603 221888

FORMER SCHOOL HOUSE Stuntney, Cambridgeshire An architecturally important former Victorian School retaining many original features including crittall windows and full height vaulted ceiling. Expansive versatile accommodation comprises two former classrooms, open plan kitchen/dining/family space. Former Head Masters Lodge to provide up to five bedrooms The seller comments, “I love the aesthetic of a converted building; the architecture, the texture of the brick, the forms of the windows. The assembly hall is now the lounge and just outside it is the school bell with a cord which you can pull.” The school was built more than 150 years ago and teaching stopped in the early 1980s. The building features gothic-shaped, arched Crittall windows, a spectacular window, as well as beams and stone plinths that have the feeling of a castle. Valued at: £ 700,000 Fine & Country Cambridge. Tel: 01223 363700|73

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Bardwel l , Bury St . Edmunds, Suf f o l k The Old Green Man is situated in a pleasant setting close to the centre of the village of Bardwell. The village amenities include a post office, two public houses, church and village hall. The house is Grade II Listed as being of specific architectural and historic interest, constructed of timber frame with rendered elevations under a pantile roof. The Old Green Man is believed to date from the 16th century and has previously been used as a public house and was owned by Greene King until 1966 when it was sold to a private owner and modernised. The spacious accommodation is arranged over two floors. On the ground floor there is a well proportioned drawing room, sitting room and dining room as well as a substantial kitchen/breakfast room leading through to a utility room, cloakroom and rear staircase hall.

Chequer Lane, Ely, Cambridgeshire A substantial detached townhouse providing an excellent residential/ commercial opportunity situated in the centre of this historic city. The highlight is the roof terrace providing a wonderful vista of the cityscape and possibly one of the most spectacular views of the 12th century cathedral from any residential dwelling. The property lies within a conservation area and occupies a fine central position in the historic city of Ely. Originally a factory for a local bakery, the property was purchased by the present owners in 1999. They have since carried out a comprehensive programme of alterations and improvements to create a quite unique home, suitable for a variety of needs. A ground floor studio, which has a Class D2 use (Assembly and Leisure), could be converted to provide excellent additional living accommodation or offices. Valued at: £650,000 Bidwells Cambridge. Tel: 01223 841842

Valued at: £ £425,000 Savills Ipswich. Tel: 01473 234 800

FORMER MILL Ingleborough Mill, West Walton, Norfolk Ingleborough Mill is a seven-storey brick windmill built in 1822 at the same time as the accompanying threestorey mill house, which provides an abundance of spacious and charming accommodation. The house and mill have had an eclectic history as the

current owner explains: “When we bought the house nearly 18 years ago the previous occupants ran the place as a B&B which is why all the bedrooms on the middle floor have their own basins. They also ran a Craft Shop and Tea Room from the upstairs floor of the old bakery outside. Although the dream always was to restore the mill I actually love the romance and prettiness

of it in its dilapidated state.” However, the mill makes a fantastic focal point for the property: “When standing at the kitchen sink I’ve always loved looking across at the mill, especially in summer when all the roses are in bloom.” Valued at: £ 500,000 Fine & Country Kings Lynn. Tel: 01553 769100


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Local lady Lizi’s Lighterlife journey started in May 2012 when she tipped the scales at 15st1lb and wearing a size 22 was no fun. More importantly, Lizi was becoming increasingly concerned about her longterm health. Her blood pressure was high, she was always tired and had no energy. She also knew that being overweight had contributed to her grandmother’s premature death.

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“How I went from size 22 to size 8 in 7 months!”

With a loving husband and two supportive children Lizi began to let go of her excess weight. She took holidays with the family and was determined to reach her goal weight of 9 stone. She exercises regularly, loves to shop for her trim size 8 figure and Lizi knows that her long-term health prospects have greatly increased. Living a life without living under threat is really liberating. If Lizi can so can you.

We have a programme for you whether you’ve a lot or a little to lose, or simply want to keep your weight in check. To start living YOUR LighterLife, contact:

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Interiors Comfy and stylish, which is perfect for a retro look. Natural and black using machine embroidery, cushion pad included. Maison White - 5a Church Street, Coggeshall, Colchester, CO6 1TU.

Personalise how you tell the time with this DIY set of 12 little white board talk bubbles with adhesives for mounting. Place them how you like and where you like...they are sure to be a talking point! Lisa Angel - 3 Lower Goat Lane, Norwich, NR2 1EL, Norfolk

Autumn Furnishing A beautifully intricate monochromic design-printed chair, which can work as a signature piece for the room. Little Gems Interiors - The Street, Assington, Sudbury C010 5LW

With its luxurious velvet upholstery and beautiful turned legs, it’ll add glamour and comfort to your room of choice. or sitting room. We love the mix of vibrant colour with grown-up styling. Why not really kick off those shoes and snuggle up in the armchair too? Ruby Room - 2-4 Broadway, Leigh-On-Sea, SS9 1AW, Essex


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Interiors A beautiful crafted piece of furnishing to have in your home, this sideboard is handy for storage too. Perfect to make a striking statement in any room. The Living Rooms - Norfolk, Octagon Barn, Framingham Earl, Norwich, NR14 8SA

A cute must-have to decorate your living space.

chair. Great for the children or for grown ups too! Lisa Angel - 3 Lower Goat Lane, Norwich, NR2 1EL, Norfolk

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A delightful vintage looking grey wash candlestick lamp. A quirky must have for the living room.

This trendy rattan half moon sofa set consists of three benches broken up with glass coffee tables and one central table as well. The frame is once again all weather rattan weaved around a powder coated frame and the cushions are zipped for easy care. Perfect for a conservatory.

Maison White - 5a Church Street, Coggeshall, Colchester, CO6 1TU

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Top Interior Trends Autumn 2013


ith the summer months over, thoughts are perhaps turning to the small touches you could make in the home to better suit the oncoming season. To get in line with the latest trends blown in by autumn, follow these top interior design tips and you’ll be boasting a transformed, updated, on-trend home. COUNTRY LIVING Wood burning stoves make a great statement piece in a home. Homely, classy and stylish, these pieces always feature in interior fashion magazines and their popularity is not without reason. They give your home that traditional country-living feel about it; perfect if you live in a city, as you’ll be bringing a bit of a country escape into your home. This distinct ‘country gent’ feel can also be re-enacted with chunk knits, tweeds and key materials around the living room including brogue. Brogue is set to become a popular trend so try including it in key pieces such as in the fabric of a chair or sofa. GOLD To really make a statement in your home opt for gold finishes on your furniture. It’s a little opulent, but bang on trend for the new season. RAW MATERIALS Stone and wood are really being showcased in their natural stripped down state, really showcasing the beauty of the material in its natural form. Sticks, branches, and even wood stumps are set to be brought into the home, while crystals, gems and geodes and finding their way indoors too.

COLOUR CODES The autumn trend when it comes to colours is all about opposites and extremes: the outrageous and aggressive alongside the calm and subdued. This brings attitude to a room, however balance is the key: NEUTRALS are as raw as last season, with chalky whites and coarse linen tones, anchored by calming blacks. BROWN colours, creating red browns, dark browns, rich browns and neutral browns – all in balance overall. BLUES are important on three levels: grey blues are subdued, progressing from newspaper white and lilac. GREENS season, and are mainly olive tinted – although within this, tones range from buttery pales to sharp lime to sombre green-blacks. YELLOWS are more distinctive than in the summer, with a golden hue creating tans and ochres. ORANGES are pale almond and peach, plus intense neon orange and rich caramel. REDS are lively and warm, with corals, brown. MAUVES such as ash rose and lilac brown, have replaced pink – and darker tones dominate: port, damson and coffee-bean brown.|79

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espite vegetables being largely made up of water and therefore prone to struggle in dry soil, there is scope to grow vegetables in ways that make the best use of water possible. SOIL PREPARATION Digging-in two bucketfuls of organic matter, such as well-rotted manure, per square metre will add to the water-retaining capacity of the soil. As much as two weeks moisture for subsequent crops can be retained, as well as adding sufficient nutrients for good growth. Cultivating soils after the beginning of April leads to severe moisture loss. Better to loosen any compaction by wiggling a fork and scratching a seedbed with a light hoe. Fertilisers are very helpful in droughts. An adequate nutrient supply allows plants to make efficient use of available water. However, adding excessive quantities brings no extra benefits and may damage crops and the environment.

SOWING AND SPACING Sowing early, before May when possible, will allow crops to root out into moist soil before severe drought arrives. Drought stress becomes severe in most dry years from June onwards. This is especially applicable to crops such as carrots that will stand in the ground until ready to use, but less useful when successive sowings, of spinach or salads, for example, are needed for continuity of supply.

Later sowings, typically after May, might have to be made into dry soil. Where this is the case applying water down the drill (groove cut in soil) before sowing is a water efficient way of ensuring good germination. Successional sowings might be problematic if the soil is dry in mid-summer. Consider sowing more early crops and freezing or preserving the surplus for use later. Spacing plants more widely, usually by about 50%, allows each plant a greater volume of soil to explore for water and therefore renders them more drought resistant, at the cost of reduced overall yield. An example of this are cauliflowers planted at 30cm intervals in rows 45cms apart where irrigation is available, and at 45cm intervals in 60cm rows where water is unavailable.

CHOOSING CROPS Carrots, beetroot, parsnips and other root crops are relatively drought tolerant. Salads and other leafy vegetables are particularly vulnerable. Plants that set fruit or pods are most vulnerable at flowering time. Examples include peas, runner beans and sweetcorn.

WEED CONTROL Weeds consume large quantities of water and a high level of weed

NON-CHEMICAL CONTROL Areas of bare soil awaiting planting can be kept covered in black plastic until needed. Carpets are no longer recommended for use in vegetable gardens, as it is unclear if the glues used in their manufacture are environmentally friendly. Often there is the opportunity to mulch soils around widely spaced crops such as tomatoes or courgettes either using organic materials such as mushroom compost or black plastic sheets. This will control weeds and prevent loss of moisture from the soil surface. Any soil disturbance will lead to moisture loss, but weed control by very shallow hoeing is usually acceptable. The old practice of frequent hoeing to create ‘dust mulches’ is no longer thought to be effective. Flame guns can be used between rows to scorch off weeds but this is not easy, especially as the crop grows.

CHEMICAL CONTROL Elimination of weeds by approved contact weed killers will conserve moisture but care is needed to accomplish without damaging crops.

SHELTER Water loss is especially severe in windy weather and shelter from winds will help slow down losses of moisture from crops. The use of insect proof meshes to cover carrots and parsnips, to exclude carrot fly, and brassicas, to keep off cabbage root fly and caterpillars, will reduce airflow over plants and thus conserve moisture. Similarly, fleece-covering warmthloving crops, such as courgettes for example, will provide hotter growing conditions and help conserve moisture in breezy weather.

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Situated on the High Street of this historic market town we pride ourselves on serving excellent food at sensible prices. Our Head chef and his team create a fresh daily menu that provides a good choice of dishes ranging from locally farmed meats to International seafood. The recently updated interior of the pub offers a spacious seated bar area and a separate dining room together with an open fire within a large inglenook fireplace as well as a wood burning stove. Locally sourced muscles that are back in season will feature on our daily menu. DON’T MISS our Autumn Lobster Week 15th-19th October. OPEN Mon-Sat for lunch & dinner. Closed Sundays.

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Proud ‘Quality Award’ holder and Finalist at the National Fish & Chip Awards 2013, Platten’s Fish & Chips strives for the very best. Serving you traditional seaside fish and chips for you to enjoy whether you’re eating in or taking away, fresh from the fryer in only a few minutes. All of the fish is FAS accredited, caught from sustainable waters and with a variety of other delicious products to tempt your taste buds, why not pop in and see for yourself. Platten’s Fish & Chips Quayside Wells-Next-The-Sea Norfolk NR23 1AH Tel: 01328 711249 88| p88.indd 1

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A pleasant ten-minute stroll from Ely city centre and cathedral, the Boathouse is smartly sat overlooking the magnificent Great Ouse. The interior’s pallete of colours reflects the gentle serenity of the nearby river, ensuring a relaxed atmosphere for informal dining. Appropriately enough for a restaurant alongside a river, the establishment offers a daily selection of fresh fish for your enjoyment. 5-5a Annesdale, Ely, Cambridgehsire, CB7 4BN, 01353 664 388


If you like wholesome, fresh and reliable seafood caught and reared under carefully controlled conditions, well presented in unfussy surroundings, and you enjoy being looked after well by pleasant staff, Loch Fyne is for you. There is an increasing awareness of other food staples with an extended choice of meat dishes, but it is the original fare upon which their success was created that prevails. Loch Fyne kippers, a fine bouillabaisse, braden rost, kilnroasted salmon fillet, and the toothsome oysters on ice, with a selection of accompaniments, all are to be found throughout various restaurants. 37 Trumpington Street, Cambridge, CB2 1QY, 01223 362433


Brummells is a real find, yet the extraordinary thing is that it’s been there for decades without attracting too much attention. Is this another example of the good folk of Norfolk keeping the best bits for themselves? If so they don’t deserve to be blamed, but it is time a wider public was allowed to share the oceanic delights of this restaurant. Modern on the

outside but delightfully East Anglian inside, with mellow red brick and old fireplaces. 7 Magdalen Street, Norwich, Norfolk, NR3 1LE, 01603 625555


Unpretentious and simply delightful, Cookie’s Crab Shop in Holt offers a wonderful selection of delicious seafood; all your favourite shellfish under one roof in fact! This charming Norfolk shop has been around for many years - as long as three generations - and diners can see that such longevity is fruitful for everyone concerned. While primarily you might visit there to purchase shellfish, you can also drop by for a quick bite and they offer some delicious soups, salads and platters. The Green, Salthouse, Holt, Norfolk, NR25 7AJ, 01263 740352.


Sand Bar has a choice of two bars and a charming restaurant across two floors and, weather permitting, a few tables outside for those who prefer to eat al fresco. The menu changes weekly but popular dishes include salmon and mustard fishcakes served with roasted creamed leeks, pan roasted fresh mussels in dolcelatte, roasted red onion, fresh basil leaves with a splash of Pinot Grigio and pan roasted fillet of sea bass with sautéed garlic wild mushrooms. They specialise in fish and seafood with mains of pan roasted plaice fillet, served with a red lentil mash and finished with a carrot and parsley butter or bouillabaisse with red mullet, crayfish, mussels and monkfish, in a tomato and celery soup. 71 Broadway, Leigh-on-Sea, Essex, SS9 1PE, 01702 480067


Established over 50 years ago, Platten’s Fish & Chips Ltd is a third generation family run business serving the very best traditional seaside fish and chips for you to enjoy eating in or to take away, fresh from the fryer in only a few minutes. With a wide variety of delicious products to tempt your taste buds why not look at

the menu, where all the classics like cod, haddock, plaice and scampi are well represented or come in and see for yourself as they truly are one of the finest places to eat in Wells. With an 82 seated restaurant, you can even enjoy the delights of the tropical fish tanks situated around the seating area. A great find in a great little town. Quayside, Wells-Next-The-Sea Norfolk, NR23 1AH, 01328 711 249.

R E G AT TA R E S TA U R A N T The seafood theme emerges strong and clear straight from their name, and the trend continues with the delicious food on offer. This Suffolk restaurant is an elegant dining space, high on comfort and easy on the eyes with its pleasant wall art aptly depicting sailing boats at a regatta. star on the menu although meat, poultry and vegetarian dishes are also available for those who feel the need to move out of the realm of the you tiger prawn tempura with dipping sauce followed by a main course of aged Scottish grilled sirloin steak. 171 High Street, Aldeburgh, Suffolk, IP15 5AN, 01728 452011.|89

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Please phone 01728 452312 for all enquiries or email Please phone 01728 452312 for all enquiries or email EXCLUSIVE TO EASTLIFE READERS, use this voucher for a 20% discount on bed and breakfast terms when booking at the hotel in October, November or December. Offer excludes Friday and Saturday nights. Please contact the hotel to make your reservation Voucher is to be used for new bookings only. The voucher is a discount on bed and breakfast terms only. If you wish to book dinner at the hotel please contact reception. Please present the voucher on arrival at the hotel

he Wentworth Hotel is the ideal venue to hold a celebratory Christmas lunch or dinner. Whether it is a club, organisation, family gathering or just a group of friends, the hotel can help you plan a meal from 1-100 people. A menu can be composed bespoke to you. Please give us a call Throughout December mulled wine and mince pies will be available for only £4.95 per head and a full Christmas afternoon tea for £9.50. Our set festive programme kicks off on Friday 6th December where Christmas comes early for our turkeys. Between Friday 6th December and Saturday 21st December (excluding Tuesday 17th, Thursday 19th and Sundays) we will be offering a special two or three course luncheon available in the restaurant, lounges or bar - £12.95 for two courses, £16.95 for three courses. Special festive lunches will be available on Tuesday 17th and Thursday 19th December. A pianist will be playing during lunch and there will be a welcome glass of mulled wine in our garden lounge. £24.50 per person to include arrival wine, three course meal, coffee with mince pies and festive novelties – book to avoid disappointment. On Friday 13th, Saturday 14th, Friday 20th and Saturday 21st December our dinner dances start. £29.95 per head for a three course meal, disco until midnight, coffee and mince pies and all your Christmas novelties. Reduced rates of 40% offered for bed and breakfast on these nights Whatever the occasion celebrate the festive season with us at the Wentworth Hotel – Aldeburgh’s only truly independent hotel

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or years, the music of Benjamin Britten has evoked emotion and inspired creation. Now, in what would have been the hundredth year of his life, the seaside town of Aldeburgh celebrates Britten’s enduring legacy. Born in Suffolk, 1913, Britten lived a life punctuated by hardship, discrimination and the suffering of two World Wars; but throughout all of this, music guided him through. From a young age, Britten embraced his mother’s passions and began his life-long love affair with music at the tender age of seven, quickly progressing to compose symphonies by thirteen. Due to his father’s ban on owning gramophones and record players, Britten relied solely upon live performances to deepen his reservoir of musical knowledge. Owing true to this upbringing, Britten Centenary now offers a plethora of live performances in tribute to Britten’s enduring influence. From November last year, the twelve month celebration of Britten is hosted in the breathtakingly picturesque town of Aldeburgh,

which inspired Britten’s most beloved opera, Peter Grimes, and is home to the annual music festival founded by Britten himself. Don’t worry if you missed the beginning, Britten Centenary still has three months of splendour left to offer. Britten Centenary invites you to sample “a taste of Britten” with Albert Herring Feasts. Inspired by the eponymous opera, Albert Herring, this series of free events will run across Suffolk, in celebration of the local areas. Make the most of the lasting summer weather, pack a picnic, and head out to join in. Still hungry? Come and gorge yourself at the Aldeburgh Food & Drink Festival on the weekend of September 28th. Host to a mouthwatering array of local delicacies, prepared by a selection of the country’s top chefs, this festival now finds itself in its seventh year and never fails to satisfy. Seeking food for your senses? Trace Britten’s steps along the banks of the river Alde to find the wonder of Snape Maltings Concert Hall. A centrepiece for performances since the expansion of Britten’s Aldeburgh Festival.

Alternatively, experience some of the many art works inspired by the music of Britten, exhibited across Suffolk. If you share the love of life and nature that assumes a poignant presence within Britten’s orchestral and operatic pieces, come to Aldeburgh and visit the sweeping beaches, the thunderous ocean and feel first-hand the gentle sea-breeze, before immersing yourself in the music that was born of a love for this landscape.|91

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Aldeburgh The Aldeburgh Market, 170172 High Street, Aldeburgh, IP15 5AQ This new, concept café combines a market and restaurant together into one convenient location. If it’s sold in the market, it’s used in the kitchen: the result is a menu that always suits the season. This summer, try the new Asian foods section or stick with the local specials, prepared fresh each day. The unique quality of this establishment allows the customer to buy all the ingredients they need to recreate their favourite flavours at home. Perfect for those who like to cook-in as much as they like to eat-out. Telephone: 01728 452 520

The Golden Key, Priory Lane, Snape, IP17 1SA Brimming with character and flowing with real ale, this 16th century pub is a real country experience. With a seasonal menu, a dog-friendly welcome, and a location close to the Snape Millings site, this pub is perfect for those finishing a ramble in the country or awaiting a night with the orchestra. Telephone: 01728 688510

The Lighthouse, 77 High St, Aldeburgh, IP15 5AU Situated near the shore of Aldeburgh, The Lighthouse certainly is a beacon to those looking for something exquisite to sate their appetites. The menu boasts a carefully crafted combination of gourmet flavours and comfort foods, whilst the extensive wine list reads like a recipe for relaxation. Telephone: 01728 453377 The Old Mill, Church Road, Snape, IP17 1SX If you’re looking to really immerse yourself in Suffolk, try staying in this converted windmill. A former residence of Britten himself, this bed & breakfast is steeped in history and character and is sure to make for a memorable stay. Telephone: 01728 687906 White Lion, Market Cross Place, Aldeburgh, IP15 5BJ Make a family outing of your trip and stay at The White Lion Hotel in Aldeburgh. Situated a step from the beach, you couldn’t hope to be closer to the action on offer this summer. Snatch up the sun and head to the beach with the kids for the day, then head out to enjoy the local festivities in the evening. Never far from the action, nor far from home, The White Lion is perfect for those who need to pop the kids to bed before carrying on the fun themselves. Telephone: 01728 452720



ant a more filling stay? Aldeburgh has a fantastic range of eateries and accommodation, to suit all tastes.

Thorpeness Hotel & Golf Club, Aldeburgh, IP16 4NH Get into the swing of things with a stay at the Thorpeness Hotel, the luxury hotel and golf course. The Thorpeness offers fantastic golf-break deals, which can be tailormade to suit your own dreams. If golf isn’t your thing, not to worry: situated in an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty, whether you’re looking for sports or sights, Thorpeness Hotel has something sure to take your breath away. Telephone: 01728 452176.|93

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A stunning purpose built building owned by an experienced family team. Specialising in permanent, respite, convalescence and post operative care. Cotman House is a stunning, beautifully designed and constructed building, nestling into the cliff overlooking the Felixstowe Seafront offering superb uninterrupted sea views. Cotman House is perfectly located within easy level walking distance of the town centre. The interior combines supreme comfort with state of the art technology and every detail has been most carefully considered. Each resident has a tastefully furnished room, en-suite wet room facilities, the latest adjustable pro-file beds complete with custom made mattresses, satellite TV, telephone and internet connection. Contact us for a brochure or visit our website. Telephone: 01394 672084 Cotman House, Garfield Road, Felixstowe, Suffolk IP11 7PU a leading light in care

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elixstowe 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 since 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 seafront has all the attractions of a traditional seaside resort, with old-fashioned beach huts, fish and chips, a funfair, amusement arcades, miniature golf and a bowling green, as well as the leisure centre’s pool, saunas and sunbeds. 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, is the Landguard Bird Observatory and Peninsular Nature Reserve - a significant site for shore and migrant birds, and rare shingle flowers. PLACES TO EAT 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 friendly, traditional pub. It also serves a delicious Sunday roast along with regular guest ales and wines of the moment. More international style cuisine can be had at the Blue Naan, a quality Indian restaurant, offering a-la-carte, eat-all-you-like and fusion Indian dishes with Oriental influence. Otherwise, Café Bencotto offers freshly prepared Mediterranean style fare, based around pizza and pasta. For a meal with a view, don’t miss The Alex Cafe, Bar and Restaurant on the seafront, with a popular café on the ground floor and a stylish yet informal brasserie serving seafood and grill dishes upstairs.

run, The Waverley Hotel offers comfortable accommodation and excellent food overlooking the beautiful beach.


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reat Yarmouth, often known to locals as Yarmouth, is a coastal town in Norfolk, England. It is located at the mouth of the River Yare, 20 miles east of Norwich. It has been a seaside resort since 1760, and is the gateway from the Norfolk Broads to the sea. For hundreds of years it was a major fishing port, depending mainly on the herring fishery, but its fishing industry suffered a steep decline in the second half of the 20th century, and has now all but disappeared. The discovery of oil in the North Sea in the 1960s led to a flourishing oilrig supply industry, and today it services offshore natural gas rigs. More recently, the development of renewable energy sources, especially offshore wind power, has created further opportunities for support services. A wind farm of 30 generators is within sight of the town on the Scroby Sands.

THE CIRCUS CELEBRATES Champagne corks popped at The Hippodrome, as the historic venue celebrated it’s 110th birthday. Nearly 200 VIP guests toasted the circus after watching a gala performance of its new summer circus & water production. Among the guests were legendary Norfolk radio star Wally Webb, the inspiration for T.V’s iconic Alan Patridge, Radio Norfolk’s Stephen Bumfrey, BBC T.V’s Mike Liggins and Caroline Jarrold from the famous Norwich Department Store. Hippodrome owner Peter Jay said: “It was a fantastic night and the show has been going fabulously well- I feel it’s our best show ever, a fitting one to celebrate the amazing 110th birthday of this unique venue”. The summer circus and water

GREAT YARMOUTH MARITIME FESTIVAL 2013 7 – 8 SEPTEMBER The Great Yarmouth Maritime Festival will take place on Saturday 7 and Sunday 8 September 2013 along the length of South Quay, which will be packed with exhibitions, demonstrations, stalls and ships for visitors to explore for a whole weekend. The festival is a riot of colour with tall ships and supply vessels flying colourful bunting from their masts. This year Great Yarmouth is proud to welcome the Dutch tall ship the Morgenster and also the steam tug boat Challenge. To book a Great Yarmouth cruise aboard the Morgenster visit maritimefestival .co .uk or alternatively call the or Great Yarmouth Tourist Information Centre on 01493 332200. There will be three different stages that will play host to a huge variety of live shanty music and sea shanty songs at The Great Yarmouth Maritime Festival performed live.

show has had amazing reviews, with the press calling it “inspirational” and a “Must See” show. For the first time ever the circus has a stunning Wheel of Death and a Flying Trapeze in the same show, almost impossible to rig but delivering a show that is fast moving and exciting and like no other show in the country. Full of fun, thrills and excitement including a unique 1903 amazing water spectacular finale with swimmers, aerialist, special effects and much more, the Hippodrome Circus has a classic show lined up for a classic year in the Hippodrome history. The spectacular show is like a block buster Las Vegas show set in a historically unique turn of century setting. To book call 01493 844172. The Hippodrome, St. Georges Road Great Yarmouth, Norfolk NR30 2EU

On top of all this, packed marquees are set up all along historic South Quay for the Maritime Festival.Visitors can take their time browsing all the maritime related craft and charity stalls picking up some unique gift ideas and trying their hand at some traditional maritime skills at the demonstration stands. Visitors can also enjoy street entertainment, face-painting and fun children’s activities.

EASTERN FESTIVAL OF RACING 17 – 19 SEPTEMBER Great Yarmouth Racecourse invites you to enjoy its annual three day Eastern Festival of Racing. Whether it’s a get together with friends, an excuse to get dressed up, or time to be enjoyed together as a family, there’s something for everyone at the racecourse. With over £220,000.00 in prize money up for grabs and attracting crowds of up to 15,000 people over three days, it’s an event not to be missed. Jellicoe Road, Great Yarmouth, Norfolk, NR30 4AU, 01493 842527

OUT THERE 11 – 15 SEPTEMBER Another spectacular and crazy festival, Out There has got the very best international artists in town with a host of new shows produced and supported by SeaChange Arts. With 35 artistic companies from the UK, France, Belgium, the Netherlands, Italy, Sweden and Ireland, Out There is now one of the country’s largest and most diverse street arts and circus festivals. The Drill House, York Road Great Yarmouth, Norfolk, NR30 2LZ 01493 745458|97

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ittle did Gina Long know when she started an online charity auction in 2011 from her home in Suffolk that it would raise a staggering £248,000 and gain the following of over 168 countries? Building on this success, the second Sir Bobby’s Breakthrough Campaign, proudly backed by BT Sport as its headline supporter, has returned and is aiming to raise £1million to support the work of organisations that help fight cancer. This year, there are three elements to the fundraising. Along with the online auction that takes place from 10 – 27 October, there is also a Text-to-Win competition which runs to the end of October and a Black Tie Ball taking place at The Apex in Bury St Edmunds on the 24th October. Gina explains the background: “I was lucky enough to know Sir Bobby Robson for over 35 years and over those years, he and Lady Elsie were hugely supportive of my voluntary fundraising. Hence, when he passed away, I wanted to create something very special that would not only honour his memory, but also raise funds for his charity, the Sir Bobby Robson Foundation and another cause close to my heart, Breakthrough Breast Cancer.” Gina continued: “I was touched by the warmth of the responses and support I received. There was huge generosity and donations of sporting memorabilia and ‘money can’t buy’

experiences came from far and wide.” However, the icing on the cake came when Jose Mourinho donated his FIFA Ballon D’or – the prize he won in 2010 for ‘World Coach of the Year’. The Ballon D’or was the star prize in the 2011 auction and raised a jaw dropping £26,000, closely followed by two FC Barcelona Experiences donated by Josep ‘Pep’ Guardiola, which achieved £12,500 each. This year’s auction is being supported again by HRH the Prince of Wales and the Prime Minister, David Cameron. “We are hoping for over 600 auction prizes this year and we would like everyone to consider donating an auction prize; big or small doesn’t matter, everything helps to raise the £1 million. It’s more about donating something that you couldn’t necessarily go out and buy.” Gina continued. The calibre of supporters and prizes is already making for impressive reading! Confirmed auction prizes include a VIP trip to next year’s F1 in Monaco by private ‘Eclipse’ jet, a week sailing on a luxury catamaran ‘Akasha’, all inclusive for ten people, around the British Virgin Isles and the opportunity for two people to attend a training session at Tottenham Hotspur and then have lunch with Andre Villas-Boas. Also on offer is one-on-one personal bowling tuition with England cricketer Graeme Swann at Lords and a world cruise for two onboard the Fred Olsen cruise ship

MS Balmoral. “As well as considering donating an auction price and taking part in the Text-to-Win, there are a number of ways that everyone can get involved with the campaign. As well as visiting our website at www. and registering to bid, we would also like as many as possible to follow us on social media; on Twitter @sirbobbyauction and on Facebook and LinkedIn. Sharing our posts and re-tweeting will really help us to reach that £1 million.” The Robson family are closely involved with the campaign and Sir Bobby’s son, Mark, is a committee member. He commented: “My family knows first-hand the pain cancer can cause, which is why we are so committed to continuing the work started by my father in supporting research for new treatments. My family and I are very grateful to everyone who has given support.” The money raised by Sir Bobby’s Breakthrough Campaign will be split four-ways: 50% to the Sir Bobby Robson Foundation, 30% to Breakthrough Breast Cancer and 10% each to Ipswich and West Suffolk hospitals. For more information on how to take part in Sir Bobby’s Breakthrough campaign or for full details including the T&Cs for the Text-to-Win visit: ■|99

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The CO2 fractionlal laser can have from 3 to 6 days downtime but the Fractora microneedling radio frequency treatment has very little downtime as any redness can easily be concealed by mineral make-up. The CO2 laser is also ideal for removing any unwanted lumps and bumps that appear on our bodies. To eliminate body fat and tighten the skin the M.E.L.T laser and for body contouring and shaping we have the TiteFx radiofrequency. Treatments at the clinics range from Micro-dermabrasion facials and thread vein removal to dermal fillers which can plump out the skin, remove deep lines and lift and define the cheeks and jowls, specialist peels, injectables for facial lines & wrinkles and eyelid surgery (which Miss Butt specialises in being an Oculoplastic Consultant Surgeon).


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utumn, for me, is a magical time. Full of colour and atmosphere, it is an endless source of inspiration. With its hints of gold, amber and rubies, September is the doorway to the richest of seasons. Reflecting this, there is always a wealth of art to discover. Once again, all throughout Hertfordshire, artists are opening their doors, to welcome you to view their work on their home ground, ‘tis the month of Herts Open Studios. With the opportunity to share their thoughts and experience you are able to browse, buy or perhaps, even, to have a go at creating something yourself. There is a wide range of venues to choose from. Whether you attend Harpenden Public Halls, Blacketts Nursery, Rickmansworth, or many of the private homes and studios in-between, both professional and amateur artists will be on hand to display and show their skills.

Collette Hoefkens of Norton Way Gallery in Letchworth Garden City, Herts, presents her monthly look at the arts in the east...

Ceramics, glass, precious metals, oils and watercolours, can all be found within the 2013 brochure. Many artists advise that you make an appointment before visiting them. This is a superb idea, not only does it ensure your access but also gains you the chance to ask specific questions and discuss like minded ideas, before you arrive. For more details pick up a catalogue in art and tourist outlets throughout the county or visit the Herts Visual Art Forum website. Hertfordshire Open Studios 2013, 7 - 29 September, Herts Visual Art Forum, Where better to appreciate the transient beauty of nature preparing for the colder months, than in our wonderful London Parks. With this in mind I thoroughly recommend a quick trip into the around St James’ Park. Of course you must then pop across to The Mall Galleries for The Horse in Art annual exhibition, from the Society of Equestrian Artists. With a continually changing, ongoing display at the National Horse Racing Museum in Newmarket, this international society has many roots in the Home Counties but encompasses artists from all over the country and across the world. Although its members are all professional equestrian artists, it continually welcomes and encourages budding enthusiasts, in the equestrian genre. This annual, international, open show, allows entries from all who desire to submit their work but the acceptance requirements are high and strict ensuring a superb collection.

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Essex THEATRE & SHOWS 1 - 29 Sept Love, Lies and Lust Sex, romance and laughs abound in this wickedly debauched Restoration romp from The Heather Brothers, based on Wycherley’s The Country Wife. Queen’s Theatre, Hornchurch, 01708 443333 2 - 7 Sept Save The Last Dance For Me This nostalgic, feel-good musical follows two teenage sisters through the summer of ‘63. Cliffs Pavilion, Southend-on-Sea, 01702 351135 3 - 7 Sept Catch this spellbinding adaptation of Jane Austen’s captivating novel. Palace Theatre, Southend-on-Sea, 01702 351135 3 - 7 Sept A hilarious spoof starring Joe Pasquale. Civic Theatre, Chelmsford, 01245 606505 5 - 7 Sept Comedy horror rock musical about a hapless humans. Princes Theatre, Clacton-on Sea, 01255 686633 8 Sept Gotta Sing Gotta Dance Featuring two hours of spectacular song and dance numbers from stage and screen. Cliffs Pavilion, Southend-on-Sea, 01702 351135 11 - 12 Sept A new drama set in 1834 about the Tolpuddle Martyrs that follows the the extraordinary true story of George and Betsy Loveless. Dixon Studio at Palace Theatre, Southend-on-Sea, 01702 351135

about his life and travels visiting gardens all over the world, what really happens how he made his own organic garden and working with nature enriches and empowers us all. Harlow Playhouse, Harlow, 01279 431945 16 - 21 Sept This play charts the life of Yorkshire couple Jack and Liz through their annual summer holiday jaunt across the Pennines to Blackpool, which has been a ritual for over 40 years. Starring John Thomson and Claire Sweeney. Palace Theatre, Southend-on-Sea, 01702 351135 18 Sept TJ Higgs Psychic/Medium show. Harlow Playhouse, Harlow, 01279 431945 19 Sept Stand-up show. Braintree Arts Theatre, Braintree, 01376 556354 19 - 28 Sept In this adaptation of the romantic tragedy Romeo and Juliet, the warring families are translated to New York rival gangs – the white Jets led by Riff and the Puerto Rican Sharks led by Barnardo. Mercury Theatre, Colchester, 01206 573948 20 Sept Victorian magicians Morgan & West bring a magical extravaganza to a millennium near you! Braintree Arts Theatre, Braintree, 01376 556354 22 Sept Broadcaster, writer and Ce-

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12 Sept Recreating original West End/Broadway musical hit songs with amazing authenticity, ‘Beyond the Barricade’ features a cast of past principal performers from the West End production of Les Miserables, and the 25th Anniversary Concert at the 02 Arena. Cliffs Pavilion, Southend-on-Sea, 01702 351135

A ground-breaking new stage production - a radio show like you never saw before. Joining Simon Jones as Arthur Dent, and Hitchhiker’s favourites from the legendary Radio and TV casts, will be a VIP Guest Voice Of The Book. Cliffs Pavilion, Southend-on-Sea, 01702 351135

12 Sept Flamenco show starring Jairo Barrull and Manuela Vargas. Civic Theatre, Chelmsford, 01245 606505 13 Sept Stewart Lee Much A-Stew About Nothing. Civic Theatre, Chelmsford, 01245 606505 14 Sept Tribute show. West Cliff Theatre, Clacton-on Sea, 01255 433344 15 Sept Premier Stage Productions present a brand new, funfavourite postman. Cliffs Pavilion, Southend-on-Sea, 01702 351135 15 Sept

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24 - 28 Sept Based on the hugely popular TV comedy series,which followed the adventures of René, the hapless café owner in war-torn occupied France. Dixon Studio at Palace Theatre, Southend-on-Sea, 01702 351135 24 - 28 Sept Gershwin musical comedy about Bobby Child, a well-to-do 1930’s playboy, who’s dream in life is to dance. Civic Theatre, Chelmsford, 01245 606505 25 Sept Mark sets himself the task of committing ‘100 Acts of Minor Dissent’ in the space of a year. Mark catalogues everything from the smallest and silliest gesture to the grandest confrontations and the results are subversive, hilarious, mainly legal and occasionally

inspiring. Colchester Arts Centre, Colchester, 01206 500900 25 Sept The First Farewell Tour - From Legend to Leg End. Paul will be joined by Debbie McGee. Harlow Playhouse, Harlow, 01279 431945 26 Sept This challenging new production by Robin Green brings Puccini’s masterpiece right up to date. Colchester Arts Centre, Colchester, 01206 500900 27 Sept How To Read Minds and Doug Segal can teach you to read someone’s mind and more in his multi award-winning hit show and make you laugh in process. Braintree Arts Theatre, Braintree, 01376 556354 27 Sept - 12 Oct Local production. Queen’s Theatre, Hornchurch, 01708 443333 28 Sept Ken Dodd show for all the family, with non-stop gags and a selection of songs in Ken Dodd’s unique ‘Happiness Show’. Cliffs Pavilion, Southend-on-Sea, 01702 351135 28 Sept Canadian stand up comedians Craig Campbell, Stewart Francis and Glenn Wool are touring the UK at The Lumberjacks with their hilarious Edinburgh Festival 2012 show. Harlow Playhouse, Harlow, 01279 431945 29 Sept Aida Directed by Ellen Kent featuring the Celebrated Chisinau National Opera and National Philharmonic with International Guest soloists. Cliffs Pavilion, Southend-on-Sea, 01702 351135

5 Sept Music in the Castle presents this folk duo. Hedingham Castle, Castle Hedingham, 01787 460261 6 Sept A musical journey through the life and times of Gerry Marsden. West Cliff Theatre, Clacton-on Sea, 01255 433344 6 Sept original material in a crossover of rock, blues and American roots. The High Barn, 7 Sept Roger Eno Accompanied by the visuals of acclaimed artists John Rixon and Dom Theobald, the evening should prove to be an interesting, unusual and beautiful one, certainly not to be missed. Colchester Arts Centre, 01206 500900 8 Sept The Searchers The legendary 60s band perform all their classic hits. Queen’s Theatre, Hornchurch, 01708 443333 11 Sept Chas & Dave Due to popular demand, Chas & Dave return to Southend. Cliffs Pavilion, Southend-on-Sea, 01702 351135|107

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Essex 13 Sept Showaddywaddy The veterans of Rock & Roll are celebrating 40 years in the business. Palace Theatre, Southend-on-Sea, 01702 351135 13 Sept Gwyneth Herbert The Sea Cabinet is the latest project from musical adventurer Gwyneth Herbert. Featuring Fiona Bevan, Alex Carr & Heidi James. 811291 15 Sept Indian Dimensions - Melody and Rhythm Featuring Anupama Bhagwat (Sitar) and Gurdain Rayatt (Tabla). Cramphorn Theatre, Chelmsford, 01245 606505 15 Sept The Bay City Rollers Story Original Bay City Roller Les McKeown and his four-piece band. Civic Theatre, Chelmsford, 01245 606505 20 Sept Caro Emerald Caro will be performing songs from her sophomore record ‘The Shocking Miss Emerald’. Cliffs Pavilion, Southend-on-Sea, 01702 351135 21 Sept The Drifters The 60th Anniversary Diamond Dynasty Tour. Cliffs Pavilion, Southend-on-Sea, 01702 351135 21 Sept Superstars of Soul Two true Superstars of Soul, Ben E. King & Jimmy James are joining forces to present this stunning show. Harlow Playhouse, Harlow, 01279 431945 21 Sept Gary Perkins and the Breeze An evening of Country music. West Cliff Theatre, Clacton-on Sea, 01255 433344 21 Sept Weller Collective Tribute to The Jam, The Style Council and Paul Weller. Empire Theatre, Halstead, 07778 025490 22 Sept Kai Hoffman - Do It While You Can International singing sensation Kai Hoffman takes us an intimate and sometimes cheeky journey through lovers, litigation and loss - whilst proving that contagious laughter really is the best medicine. Queen’s Theatre, Hornchurch, 01708 443333 23 Sept Martin Carthy & Dave Swarbrick Folk duo. Colchester Arts Centre, Colchester, 01206 500900 25 Sept The Osmonds American Jukeboox Tour 2013 The legendary Osmond Brothers, Merrill, Jay and Jimmy, direct from the USA, return to the UK to appear live in concert, featuring all their classic hits. Cliffs Pavilion, Southend-on-Sea, 01702 351135

27 Sept Marty Wilde & the Wildcats Join Marty and his fabulous band for an evening of hits from the Rock and Roll era. West Cliff Theatre, Clacton-on Sea, 01255 433344 28 Sept Beverley Craven Performing all her hits from the 90s with a pared down acoustic line-up. Cramphorn Theatre, Chelmsford, 01245 606505 28 Sept The Illegal Eagles Tribute show. Princes Theatre, Clacton-on Sea, 01255 686633 28 Sept Gerard and the Watchmen Rising stars of the UK’s Alternative Folk Scene. Also featuring Heart of a Dog. 811291 29 Sept Clare Teal and her Band Queen of Swing Clare Teal celebrates the music of her heroines. Queen’s Theatre, Hornchurch, 01708 443333 30 Sept The Sam Carter Trio Folk trio. Colchester Arts Centre, 01206 500900


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Learn about their habitats and strategies for survival. Saffron Walden Museum, Saffron Walden, 01799 510333 1 Sept Summer Exhibition Mixed show featuring pieces by Vikki Walsh, Dawn Hall, Rob Barnes and Jan Dingle. Naze Tower, Walton-on-the-Naze,01255 852519 1 Sept Edwin Smith Photographer, Painter and Printmaker. Fry Art Gallery, Saffron Walden, 01799 513779 1 Sept - 3 Nov Mexican Migrations Exhibition focusing on artworks by Mexican artists in the Essex Collection of Art from Latin America, including recent acquisitions by Mexico’s foremost living photographer Graciela Iturbide (1942- ),

José Luis Cuevas (1934- ). Colchester, 01206 577067 1 - 28 Sept 55th Essex Open This exhibition showcases the successful entrants’ work in this year’s Essex Open. An eclectic mix guaranteed; many works are available for purchase. Beecroft Art Gallery, Westcliff-on-Sea, 01702 347418

26 Sept Spikedrivers Blues band playing a mix of north African and Native American rhythms, gospel harmonies, sixties blues and rock guitar. The High Barn, Great

1 Sept - 2 Nov Bees - The Pollinators of the World This exhibition, with the aid of some stunning photography, examines the importance of honey bees and the vital role they play in our very existence. Central Museum, Southend-on-Sea, 01702 434449

26 Sept Rose-Marie The Irish singing star returns home to the UK after sellout performances in Las Vegas. Harlow Playhouse, Harlow, 01279 431945

1 - 15 Sept Ale and Hearty A major exhibition mounted by Chelmsford Museum, The Friends of the Museum, CAMRA and supported by the Heritage Lottery Fund. Find out about the fascinating history of

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SPECIAL EVENTS 1 Sept Classic & Vintage Car Show A great day out in the company of some interesting, beautiful and strange vehicles. Hedingham Castle, Castle Hedingham, 01787 460261 7 Sept Colchester Oyster Festival Activities include: Competitions, food, the Pike Staff Beer Hall, Music in the Band Stand and on the pitch, Fairground rides, Charity stalls and craft stalls. Castle Park, Colchester 14 - 15 Sept Heritage Open Days in Colchester Historic buildings open their doors for free and free activities take place around the town. This very popular weekend gives you the chance to discover Colchester’s hidden heritage not usually accessible to the public. A free vintage bus service will also run between certain sites. Various venues throughout Colchester 21 - 22 Sept Autumn Plant Fair The perfect chance to buy rare and unusual plants from some of the region’s specialist nurseries. A perfect day out for the green Organised by Plant Heritage. RHS Garden Hyde Hall, Chelmsford, 01245 400256|109

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eterborough began as a Saxon settlement. A village called Medehamstede (meadow homestead) was home to the area’s earliest settled community. In its more recent history, railway lines began operating locally during the 1840s, but it was the 1850 opening of the Great Northern Railway’s main line from London to York that transformed Peterborough from a market town to an industrial centre. Lord Exeter had opposed the railway passing through Stamford, so Peterborough, (situated between two main terminals at London and Doncaster) was allowed to develop as a regional hub. The modern-day city of Peterborough, is a place that won’t fail to excite any historian and when daylight fades Peterborough’s nightlife is vibrant and varied. There are two theatres, the Key Theatre and the Cresset Theatre; offering drama, ballet and musical concerts. There’s a diverse selection of restaurants serving cuisine for every palate and there are cocktail bars and nightclubs open until the early hours.

existing break. Peterborough has events taking place throughout the year so there’s never a dull moment. From concerts and fireworks at a stately home, to a spectacular event at the East of England Showground. There are the ever-changing exhibitions at the city’s numerous art galleries and museums. Don’t miss the Peterborough Festival, the local music events such as Peterborough Music Making, the drama festivals in nearby towns, or the famous Tulip Parade. Whatever you may be looking for in a city, Peterborough has the perfect mix! From city centre heritage attractions to countryside walks, from watersports to modern art.. Discover Peterborough’s history and visit their magnificent Norman Cathedral which provides the most beautiful backdrop to the city. Take a short stroll and be transported back in time at Peterborough Museum. Or just outside the city, visit Sacrewell Farm and Country Centre where you can meet some magnificent Shire Horses.



Where else could you experience a dragon boat race, beer festivals, conker championships, cheese rolling, a straw bear parade, showcase cinema, or the famous Burghley Horse Trials? A special event can be a great excuse for planning a weekend away - or an added bonus to an

Shopping in Peterborough is quite a pastime.In fact, you are spoilt for choice - with 3 shopping centres, the City Market, independent stores, regular Farmers’ Markets and craft fairs. During the warmer months, dining can become an outside experience so that you can soak up


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Whether its fine restaurants or pub food, Peterborough has a great selection of places to eat and drink. The Pheasant is a thatched English inn set in a sleepy farming village. The large bar is a traditional and unspoilt mixture of oak beams, large open fires and simple wooden furniture. Three distinct dining areas are comfortable, intimate and relaxed. Jay and Taffeta Scrimshaw took over the running of The Pheasant in 2005. Jay worked for several years at Bibendum restaurant in South Kensington before running the White Swan in Fetter Lane. He trained at The Three Horseshoes. His food is eclectic, his favourite culinary area the deep south of

France. Loop Road, Keyston, Huntingdon, Cambridgeshire, PE28 0RE. 01832710241 Halo is a brand new bar, restaurant and club hybrid in the centre of Peterborough. Located in the old “The Bar” site on Northminster, it offers a prime location in the day time and evening to enjoy good food, and quality drinks in plush and sylish surroundings. Every effort has been made to make Halo stand out in the crowd, as a comfortable place to socialise or hold informal business meetings. The Chefs are from Thailand and the menu is a blend of Sushi and noodles. All sushi is hand prepared fresh to order from locally sourced ingredients every day. During the evening live DJs play every Tuesday, Thursday, Friday and Saturday night from 9pm with a mix of the most upfront mix of house, dance and RnB. Earlham House, Northminster, Peterborough, Cambridgeshire PE1 1FJ. 01733 343035

PLACES TO STAY The Best Western Plus Orton Hall Hotel & Spa is a 17th century manor house. It’s nestled in 20 acres of mature parkland in the conservation village of Orton Longueville. Both Peterborough and the A1 are two and half miles from the property. Once home to the Marquesses of Huntly, the award-winning Orton Hall Hotel boasts 70 elegant rooms, some with romantic 4-poster beds. Each room has an en suite bathroom, a flat-screen TV with satellite channels, and tea/coffee making facilities. The Village, Orton Longueville, Peterborough, PE2 7DN, 0845 373 0808.

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the atmosphere of the city, while relaxing with a drink and a bite to eat. Rivergate Shopping Centre has been established in Peterborough since 1989, when it was built by Beazer Construction. With 65,000 square feet and home to 26 retail units trading in a variety of items such as food, clothing and footwear, electrical goods, hair and beauty, gifts and cards, speciality shops and much more. Viersen Platz, Peterborough, PE1 1EL, 01733 313743. Queensgate is Peterborough city centre’s main shopping centre, being home to more than 90 stores. 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. Peterborough, PE1 1NT. 01733311666|113

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EIGHT RARE BRONZE AGE LOG BOATS WILL UNDERGO SPECIALIST CONSERVATION AT FLAG FEN Eight superbly preserved and very rare Bronze Age log boats, uniquely discovered together in just one location, have been moved into a refrigerated unit to start a two-year conservation process at Flag Fen, near Peterborough. Remarkably intact, the eight boats, measuring up to 9m long, have just taken up residence in a cold store where the carefully controlled temperature will help protect them during their conservation at Flag Fen. Just two miles from the site of their discovery in 2011, in a quarry at Must Farm, Whittlesey, Flag Fen is part of the same 3,500 year-old prehistoric landscape. “It is tremendously important that the Must Farm boats were brought to Flag Fen, because they are part of the same story,” explains Mark Knight from Cambridge Archaeological Unit, who worked on the excavation and is one of Britain’s leading prehistoric During the treatment at Flag Fen, the boats can be viewed through glass by visitors during regular guided tours and on special event days. For more information, visit

5 SEPTEMBER: YOUNG EXPLORERS Join the Young Explorers on the first Thursday of each month (term time only) at Peterborough Museum for a special toddler session full of story, rhythm, rhyme and craft. In this session, get up close to insects from our Museum collection and enjoy the story ‘The Very Hungry Caterpillar’. Then get crafty with a butterfly head mask before fluttering off home! Ideal for 2-5 years. £2 for each participating child. Peterborough Museum, Cambridgeshire, PE1 1LF, 01733 864 663.

12 - 22 SEPTEMBER: DARK EARTH A breath-taking love affair, a scheme to drain the fens, and then the discovery of a mysterious body…the truth is unearthed! Eastern Angles returns to Peterborough with an enthralling and evocative new theatre production. Dark Earth is produced by a professional creative team and the cast is made up of local performers. This captivating new play sets parents against children, priest against churchgoers, landlords against tenants and engineers against eel-trappers! Dark Earth is staged in a special covered auditorium in the atmospheric grounds of Flag Fen. Price from £8. Call 01473 211 498 or visit fore more information.

14 - 15 SEPTEMBER: HERITAGE OPEN DAYS Discover Peterborough’s local heritage gems by taking part in this national celebration! Enjoy a look-behind the scenes at Peterborough Museum with guided tours. Then head across to medieval Longthorpe Tower, where for one weekend only this year

21 - 22 SEPTEMBER: PETERBOROUGH ITALIAN FESTIVAL Brand new to the festival this year is a 30-piece marching band from the Foggia region of Italy, which will be performing on both days. Complementing this musical treat will be various traditional singing and dance performances on stage, including a duo with an accordion and guitar to ensure all who attend are given a real insight into all things Italiano. For more information, visit www. or call 01733 452336

you can see the unique view of the city from the roof. Plus see the stunning Must Farm boats at Flag Fen and meet the archaeologists who found these Bronze Age treasures. For Peterborough Museum and Longthorpe Tower, call 01733 864 663. For Flag Fen call 01733 313 414 or visit

23 SEPTEMBER: ROVING ON MARS CURIOSITY’S ADVENTURES IN GALE CRATER LECTURE Curiosity – NASA’s latest car-sized rover on Mars – has been exploring Gale Crater since August 2012, searching for ancient habitable environments where evidence for life may have been preserved. Learn about the rover’s explorations and adventures and discuss the latest scientific findings with Dr Sanjeev Gupta at Peterborough Museum. Peterborough Museum, , Cambridgeshire, PE1 1LF, 01733 864 663.|115

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day Vienna with vigour and passion. Ely Cathedral, Ely, 01353 660349

19 Sept Henning Wehn Henning Knows Bestest. Key Theatre, Peterborough, 01733 207239

5 - 7 Sept Roost outside at sunset. Cherry Hinton Hall Park,Cambridge, 01223 511511

Cambourne, 01954 714691 7 Sept Emily Maguire The Junction, Cambridge, 01223 511511 12 Sept Robin Phillips - Steve Fishwick Quartet Cambridge Modern Jazz, The Basement, Cambridge, 01223 514777

20 Sept Michael Portillo

9 - 10 Sept Jason Manford Jason -

12 Sept The Sixteen’s Choral Pilgrimage 2013 Peterborough Cathedral, Cambridge, 01733 207239

Key Theatre, Peterborough, 01733 207239

13 Sept Only Yesterday The Carpenters tribute show. The Cresset, Peterborough, 01733 265705

21 Sept Alexei Sayle Alexei Sayle per-

and audience banter. Cambridge Corn Exchange, Cambridge, 01223 357851 12 - 22 Sept Dark Earth Eastern Angles ic theatre design to show how Dutch

parents, his childhood in Eastern Europe and his years as a teenage Maoist. Key Theatre, Peterborough, 01733 207239

Flag Fen, Peterborough, 01473 211498

23 - 28 Sept Fallen Angels Jenny Seagrove and Sara Crowe star as best

12 - 23 Sept Grease the Musical Angles Theatre, Wisbech, 01945 474447

dy classic. Cambridge Arts Theatre, Cambridge, 01223 503333


14 Sept Dave Ellis and Boo Howard Acoustic duo. Cambridge Folk Club at The Golden Hind, Cambridge, 01638 603986 14 Sept The Willows playing. Acoustic Routes, CB2 Basement, Cambridge, 01223 508503 -

12 - 14 Sept The Producers Mel Brooks’s ADC Theatre, Cambridge, 01223 300085

Sweelinck. Pembroke College Chapel, Cambridge, 01223 338100

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12 Sept Two Gentlemen of Verona A brilliant play. Ely Cathedral, 01353 660349 13 Sept Ian D.Montford

legal and occasionally inspiring. The Junction, Cambridge, 01223 511511 25 Sept Germaine Greer The Disappear-

contacts dead celebrities. Key Studio, Peterborough, 01733 207239 13 Sept Lucy Porter The Junction, Cambridge, 01223 511511 16 - 21 Sept The Mousetrap Agatha celebrate its 60th Anniversary. Cambridge Corn Exchange, 01223 357851 17 - 20 Sept Stepping Out -

14 Sept The Orpheus of Amsterdam

Key Theatre, Peterborough, 01733 207239 26 Sept Simon Armitage Spend an evening with the British poet, playwright and novelist. Key Studio, Peterborough, 01733 207239 27 Sept The Twist Show A show packed with incredible tributes to the greatest The Cresset, Peterborough, 01733 265705

15 Sept Music in the Park Local bands park. Riverside Park, St Neots, 01480 388911 16 Sept Fish bridge. The Junction, Cambridge, 01223 511511 17 Sept The Osmonds American Jukeboox Tour 2013

hits. The Cresset, Peterborough, 01733 265705 18 Sept Kathryn Williams English singer/ songwriter. The Junction, Cambridge, 01223 511511 20 Sept Joe Loss Orchestra Todd Miller

30 Sept - 5 Oct Key Studio, Peterborough, 01733 207239 17 - 21 Sept Henry VI Shakespeare

Taylor. Cambridge Arts Theatre, Cambridge, 01223 503333

trilogy. Each play can be enjoyed without


lovers there is the rare opportunity to see all three parts in one week, with the

6 Sept Joe Longthorne M.B.E An The Cresset, Peterborough, 01733 265705

Cambridge Arts Theatre, Cambridge, 01223 503333 17 - 21 Sept I’ll Be Seeing You

The Brook, Soham, 01353 721748


21 Sept East Anglian Chamber Orchestra West Road Concert Hall, Cambridge, 01223 335184 23 Sept Kris Kristofferson

6 Sept State of the Union

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24 Sept Swim Deep Indie rock band. The Junction, Cambridge, 01223 511511

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event-full days rout this Septembe for everyone The Grantchester Fair Saturday 31 & Sunday 1 September probably one of the most iconic meadows in the world and what a wonderful place to enjoy this famous fair ... a super weekend chock full of family entertainment and with marquees bursting with arts, crafts and fine comestibles for the shopaholic there’s lots to satisfy everyone

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as with all good ‘annuals’ of its type from small, healthy and robust beginnings it matures and flourishes each successive year and is now establishing itself in the calendar for its social appeal as much for the quality of the exhibits. This is THE Cambridge family event of the year on Parker’s Piece Cambridge CB1 1JF

oOo Rockingham Castle Food & Crafts Fair Saturday 21 & Sunday 22 September wonderful things in wonderful surroundings and a cracking celebration of all that is good to eat and drink with one of Britain’s best-loved food writers and TV cooks Sophie Grigson who will be cooking and sharing her expert knowledge. Rockingham Mkt Harborough Leics LE16 8TH

oOo The Lincolnshire Country Fair Saturday 28 & Sunday 29 September

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Apple Festival

Saturday 19 October 2013

Palace Green (opposite Cathedral), Ely Cookery Demonstrations Apple Identification 10.00am - 4.00pm see apple dishes prepared and Display


bring your apples to be identified (stalk or leaf will help with identification) Apple Market local traders selling related produce and products

Supported by Watergull Orchards

For further information please contact Tourist Information Centre on 01353 662062 or log onto

Woodturner Demonstrations come and see how it is done Children’s Activities and Story Telling apple and spoon races and apple shy.

Folk Music and Morris Dancing musical entertainment Watergull Orchards Produce wide range of apples and juices Competitions enter the famous longest apple peel contest

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Cambridgeshire 26 Sept Live_Transmission Joy Division Reworked An electro-orchestral reinterpretation of one of the UK’s most in-

- 45 Cambridge Contemporary Art Gallery, Cambridge, 01223 324222 17 Sept - 13 Oct Face to Face A solo Peterborough Cathedral, Peterborough, 01733 355315

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City Gallery, Peterborough, 01733 864663

Williams Art, Cambridge, 01223 311687

1 - 8 Sept Mixed Summer Exhibition Byard Art, Cambridge, 01223 464646

27 Sept Laura Marling Cambridge Corn Exchange, Cambridge, 01223 357851

20 Sept - 17 Nov Alfred Wallis

1 - 27 Sept London Underground Photo Exhibtion

30 Sept Martin Taylor & Martin Simpson

The Junction, Cambridge, 01223 511511

New Museums Site, Cambridge, 01223 334393 1 Sept Christopher Wood



City Gallery, Peterborough, 01733 864663

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1 Sept - 7 Oct Space: Fact and Fiction exhibition Fields of Kettle’s Yard, Cambridge, 01223 748100 1 - 29 Sept Images of Empire: The British Empire on nineteenth century medals

Peterborough Museum, Peterborough, 01733 864663 1 Sept - 23 Dec Read all about it! Wrongdoing in Spain and England in the Long Nineteenth Century An

Fitzwilliam Museum, Cambridge, 01223 332900 -

Milstein Exhibition Centre, Cambridge, 01223 333000 1 - 15 Sept Fashioning Switzerland: Portraits and landscapes by Markus Dinkel and his contemporaries An

1 - 4 Sept Anglian Potters Summer Selling Exhibition

LodeStar, Lode, 01223 813318 7 - 8 Sept Festival Finale Weekend - Le Fete Anglais

Venues throughout Peterborough, Peterborough 13 - 15 Sept Open Cambridge

The Old Library, Cambridge 1 - 3 Sept Celestine Kim Williams Art, Cambridge, 01223 311687 1 - 8 Sept Garry Raymond-Pereira: Highpoint

Various locations throughout Cambridge, Cambridge 22 Sept Chariots of Fire

Fitzwilliam Museum, Cambridge, 01223 332900 1 Sept - 1 April Chiefs & Governors: Art and Power in Fiji


Byard Art, Cambridge, 01223 464646 5 - 16 Sept Rose Hawker Cambridge Town Centre, Cambridge 29 Sept Back to the Forties

University Museum of Archaeology & Athropology, Cambridge, 01223 333516 1 Sept - 31 Dec Somewhere in England: Portraits of Americans in Britain 1942


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The perfect choice for your perfect wedding day

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ambridge International Airport is going from strength to strength. Having introduced new weekly flights to Jersey over a year ago, it now offers more destinations to customers in the East England than ever before. These include 4 major European cities and excellent connecting services to many more, all over the world. Customers’ choice will be extended by new year-round destinations in the Swiss Alps, French Alps and Italian Alps. For beach lovers Bulgaria can be reached and more direct destinations are planned. Most importantly, September 2013 sees the arrival of leading European regional carrier Darwin Airline, a long-established and highly regarded Swiss airline, opening its very first UK base here at

Cambridge. Scheduled flights will operate double-daily MondayFriday and daily at weekends to Amsterdam, one of Europe’s most popular connecting points, and also daily services Monday-Friday and Sundays to Paris Charles de Gaulle, plus 4 weekly flights non-stop to Milan and 3 weekly flights to Geneva. Passenger facilities have also benefited from significant improvements. The airport has already invested about £1 million in comfort, convenience and service. You’ll enjoy the spacious new departure lounge, the Costa Coffee and bar service, the new check-in lobby and the easy-to-use single storey passenger channels. Most importantly; however, the relaxed “small and friendly” local airport experience has been retained, with

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Welcome to


by Susannah George


towmarket is an ancient market town, located in the geographical heart of rural Suffolk on the River Gipping. The Town occupies a strategic location in the centre of the county just 12 miles from Ipswich and 14 miles from Bury St Edmunds. The old towpath forms a pleasant footpath through the Gipping Valley from Stowmarket railway station to the docks at Ipswich. Although its origins are difficult to date, its name has pre-Saxon roots and evidence of a Roman settlement has been found close to the town centre. The town takes its name from the Old English word stow meaning `principal place’ and was granted a market charter in 1347 by Edward III. Originally an agricultural market town, industry developed following the canalisation of the River Gipping in 1793, bringing new prosperity. The medieval heart of Stowmarket lies around St. Peter and St. Mary’s Church and in the area leading down

to the riverbank. Today the town has 131 buildings listed by the Department of National Heritage, as being of special interest and one, the parish church, is classified as being of

Make Sure You Visit The Museum of East Anglian Life is situated within 75 acres of Suffolk countryside, with 15 historic buildings and a collection of over 40,000 objects as well as a packed programme of events, activities and exhibitions which run throughout the year. From March-November visit the museum, and explore historic buildings that explore stories from East Anglian rural, industrial and domestic life. Enjoy walks along the nature trail, or pay a visit to the animals we have on site which include the Suffolk Trinity.

“exceptional interest”. Although Stowmarket has changed a great deal during the second half of this century, it remains a lively and interesting town with a great deal to commend it to visitors.

Discover new additions to the museum, including the recently restored Crowe St. Cottages, a pair of 19th Century workers cottages. Open year round, Abbot’s Hall (above) is the recently restored result of a project which saw the museum’s Queen Anne style house transformed into a nine room exhibition space. The exciting programme of temporary exhibitions will conclude 2013 with ‘Unpicking and Rebinding with Les Bicknell’ running from August to Oct, before ‘An Anecdotal Eye, the work of Thomas Bewick’ takes us into 2014. Tel: 01449 612229|133

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HOLIDAY 2013 26 Aug… Southport…………………………………………

5 Days………£279.00

02 Sept… Bideford………………………………………….

5 Days………£235.00

16 Sept… Northunbria Coast & Alnwick Gardens………….

5 Days………£299.00

22 Sept… Discover Traditional Ireland……………………..

8 Days………£499.00

27 Sept… Harrogate………………………………………….

4 Days………£235.00

03 Oct…. Newquay - Fistral Bay……………………………

18 Aug… Eastbourne Air Show / Day Trip……………………….


26 Aug… Bank Holiday Mystery Tour……………………………


04 Sep…. Cromer Summer Show “Variety Dotcom” & 2 Course Roast Lunch. ……………………………. £42.50 07 Sep…

Brighton Day Trip………………………………………


5 Days………£249.00

08 Sep…. Woburn Safari Park………………………………..…From £31.00

06 Oct…. Colours of the Lake District………………………

5 Days………£320.00

10 Sep…

Band of the Coldstream Guards at Thursford……………… £40.00

07 Oct…. York……………………………………………….

5 Days………£269.00

17 Sep…

Dunkirk Hypermarket & Adinkerke……………………… £40.00

14 Oct…. Morecambe & Blackpool Illuminations…………..

5 Days………£240.00

21 Sep…. Chatham Historic Dockyard “Salute to the 40’s…..…From £29.00

21 Oct…. Heart of Yorkshire………………………………..

5 Days………£269.00

25 Oct…. Matlock Bath Illuminations……………………….

3 Days………£140.00

05 Oct…. London Eye Flight…………………………………...From £31.00

28 Oct…. Bournemouth (Holly & Mistletoe)………………..

5 Days………£249.00

01 Nov… Longleat Safari Park, Halloween Spooktacular…..

3 Days………£179.00

05 Oct…. London Duck Tour - See London from both Land & Water £42.00 Book both the above London Tours and save £14.00 per person 11,12,13 Oct….Knitting & Stitching Show at Alexander Palace, London £32.00

16 Nov… Sandown - Isle of Wight (Tinsel & Turkey)……..

5 Days………£249.00

22 Nov… Eastbourne (Tinsel & Turkey)……………………

4 Days………£219.00

25 Nov… Llandudno (Tinsel & Turkey)……………………

5 Days………£239.00

09 Dec… Eastbourne (Tinsel & Turkey)……………………

5 Days………£276.00

17 Nov… Classic Car & Bike Show at the NEC, Birmingham……… £40.00

23 Dec,,,

5 Days………£450.00

07 Dec… Classical Spectacular, Lights, Lasers & Fireworks at the NIA£60.00

23 Dec… Christmas in Newquay (FULL Board)……………

5 Days………£475.00

08 Dec… British Military Tournament at Earls Court, London……… £60.00

30 Dec… New Year in Eastbourne………………………….

4 Days………£279.00


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Where To Eat

The River Bistro

The River Bistro offers charm and elegance in tranquil surroundings, alongside the River GIpping. A truly enjoyable dining experience of rich, wholesome, local cuisine awaits you. Wharfside House Prentice Rd, Stowmarket, IP14 1RD. 01449 770401

The Willow Tree

Visit a welcoming and modern family restaurant with a varied menu that’s good value for money. With Steak Club on Tuesdays, Curry Club on Thursdays and, finally, Fish Fridays, you’ll always find something to suit your tastes. 101 - 103, Ipswich Street, Stowmarket IP14 1BB. 01449 618090

The Buxhall Crown

Situated in the small village of Buxhall about 4 miles outside of Stowmarket. It has two bars, the first dates from the 17th century, and offers delicious food in a cosy and friendly atmosphere. Mill Road, Buxhall, Stowmarket IP14 3DW Tel01449 736521

Where To Sleep

The Cedars Hotel

Originally built as a farmhouse, The Cedars Hotel in Stowmarket has been refurbished and extended to offer the comfort and facilities of a modern hotel whilst retaining it essence and character. Needham Road, Stowmarket, Suffolk, IP14 2AJ. 01449 612 668

Verandah House

A historic grade II listed building located in the centre of Stowmarket and just a short walk from the market place. There is a choice of single, twin, double and family rooms, all of which have en-suite facilities. Ipswich Road Stowmarket IP14 1BD. 01449 676104

Bays Farm

A 17th century beamed Suffolk farmhouse Bed and Breakfast set in beautiful gardens and grassland and presents elegant and luxurious accommodation with modern en-suite facilities. Forward Green Stowmarket IP14 5HU Tel 01449711286

Special In September

Charles Dickens

Stowmarket Operatic & Dramatic Society’s exciting new production of the Charles Dickens classic David Copperfield promises to be a theatrical experience slightly out of the ordinary. It is to be performed in the John Peel Centre for Creative Arts from 18th – 21st September. For further details contact Tel 01449 774678

John McNicholl

Northern Irish country singer, will be performing at The Regal Theatre on 23rd September. John’s first album, Something Old, Something New was released in 2004 and earned him the “Best Newcomer” at the Irish World Awards. Tickets £15

The Indians

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Suffolk THEATRE & SHOWS 1 Sept Miss Saigon This modern day set in 1970’s Vietnam, and features a romance between an American GI and a Vietnamese Bar Girl. The Apex, Bury St Edmunds, 01284 758000 2 - 4 Sept Oleanna David Mamet’s true battle of the sexes - a heated debate between a university lecturer and his female student. 01502 589726 2 - 14 Sept Sleuth Unsurpassed suspense from the author of The Wicker Man, Anthony Shaffer. Southwold Theatre, Southwold, 01502 722572 3 - 7 Sept All My Sons Sudbury Dramatic Society present Arthur Miller’s classic play. Quay Theatre, Sudbury, 01787 374745 4 - 6 Sept Taming of the Shrew A small troupe of female travelling players breathe new life into Shakespeare’s outrageous comedy. Theatre Royal, Bury St Edmunds, 01284 769505 5 Sept Beatle Mal Nik Wood-Jones brings Mal Evans (the Beatles roadie) back to life in this touching & funny one-hander play. Fisher Theatre, Bungay, 01986 897130 6 - 7 Sept Micky Flanagan Micky Flanagan – one of British comedy’s biggest stars – follows on from his huge critical and commercial success of last year’s ‘Out Out’ tour with ‘Back in the Game’. Regent Theatre, Ipswich, 01473 433100 6 - 7 Sept Bugle Boy The life story of Glenn Miller. Marina Theatre, Lowestoft, 01502 533200 10 Sept Josh Widdiombe and Sean Walsh Comedy double-bill. Quay Theatre, Sudbury, 01787 374745 12 - 13 Sept Stuff in the Attic A dark comedy in one act, with original music by Pat Whymark (composer for Dick Turpin’s Last Ride) and featuring Julian Harries and Dick Mainwaring. Theatre Royal, Bury St Edmunds, 01284 769505 12 Sept - 5 Oct Our House Inspired by the music of Madness, this uplifting musical comedy is a raucous tale of life and love set in London’s famous Camden Town in the mid-80’s. New Wolsey Theatre, Ipswich, 01473 295900 12 - 14 Sept Charlie’s Aunt When Lord Fancourt Babberley reluctantly agrees to dress as the aunt of his friend Charley to help him avoid an embarrassing social situation, the stage is set for one of the most famous and beloved farces in English theatre. 01502 589726 13 Sept An Inpector Calls Open Space Theatre Company present JB Priestley’s drama. Fisher Theatre, Bungay, 01986 897130 14 Sept Barrull: A Flamenco Legacy A

Bungay, 01986 897130 of footwork; a style that was pioneered by his father Ramón Barrull in the 1970s. Vargas. The Apex, Bury St Edmunds, 01284 758000 14 Sept Legend of L’Inconnue - The story of the drowned Mona Lisa Mulberry Hawk perform their tribute to the beautiful and mysterious young unknown woman whose body was taken from the river Seine 120 years ago and whose enigmatic smiling death mask became the face of the model used all over the world in mouth-to-mouth resuscitation training. The Cut, Halesworth, 0845 6732123 16 - 21 Sept Save The Last Dance For Me This nostalgic, feel-good musical will transport you back to music’s golden era as we follow two teenage sisters through the summer of ‘63. Regent Theatre, Ipswich, 01473 433100 17 - 21 Sept Catch this spellbinding adaptation of Jane Austen’s captivating novel as it returns to tour in 2013. Theatre Royal, Bury St Edmunds, 01284 769505 18 Sept Treasure Island Presented by Blue Orange Theatre Company. Fisher Theatre, Bungay, 01986 897130 18 Sept The Best of British Variety and Music Hall Starring Freddie ‘Parrot Face’ Davies. Marina Theatre, Lowestoft, 01502 533200 19 Sept With original live music, animation and wild costumes, Milk Presents take a wild stab New Wolsey Theatre, Ipswich, 01473 295900 19 - 21 Sept The Glass Menagerie Foolhardy present Tennessee Williams’ famous play. 01502 589726 21 Sept Mark Thomas Mark sets himself the task of committing ‘100 Acts of Minor Dissent’ in the space of a year. Mark catalogues everything from the smallest and silliest gesture to the grandest confrontations and the results are subversive, hilarious, mainly legal and occasionally inspiring. The Cut, Halesworth, 0845 6732123 21 Sept An Evening of Burlesque direct from the West End. The Apex, Bury St Edmunds, 01284 758000 24 - 25 Sept Betrayal Betrayal begins after the end of the affair, and pursues an intricate, gripping journey back to it’s very beginning. Theatre Royal, Bury St Edmunds, 01284 769505 25 Sept Cowards in the Wings Helen McDermott and Adrian Wright lift a glass to the genius of Noel Coward in this 40th anniversary celebration. Fisher Theatre,

26 Sept After The Rainfall Spanning 70 years and four interconnecting stories, this play forges a modern tale about the aftermath of the British Empire. New Wolsey Theatre, Ipswich, 01473 295900 27 - 28 Sept Well A world premiere of an aerial-dance theatre work exploring the larges.t mass-poisoning in history. Theatre Royal, Bury St Edmunds, 01284 769505 27 - 28 Sept Sarah Millican - Home Bird On this, her third national tour, you will learn what to take on a dirty weekend, the easiest way to blend in in posh restaurants and how to teach a pensioner to swear. Join her for some hilarious domestic bliss. Regent Theatre, Ipswich, 01473 433100 29 Sept The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy A ground-breaking new stage production - a radio show like you never saw before. Joining Simon Jones as Arthur Dent, and Hitchhiker’s favourites from the legendary Radio and TV casts, will be a VIP Guest Voice Of The Book. Regent Theatre, Ipswich, 01473 433100

MUSIC 1 Sept A Night of Folk with Terence Blacker Bands and musicians appearing include Kelly and Woolley, Cudby Calder, The Larks, Sound Tradition, Fern Teather, Valerie Choiseul and ‘B sometimes of the banjo’. Theatre Royal, Bury St Edmunds, 01284 769505 6 Sept Emily Maguire Folk singer promoting songs from her new album ‘Bird Inside A Cage’. Fisher Theatre, Bungay, 01986 897130 6 Sept African Harmony An evening of music inspired by the sounds of Africa. The Cut, Halesworth, 0845 6732123 7 Sept Michael Law’s Piccadilly Dance Orchestra recreate the glamour of the golden age of popular music, the 1920s to 40s. Theatre Royal, Bury St Edmunds, 01284 769505 7 Sept Bollywood Musical Concert A Musical Journey of Bollywood songs from Mukesh, Lata Mangeshkar, Asha Bhosle and many more. Ipswich Corn Exchange, Ipswich, 01473 433100 7 Sept A season of four concerts presented by the RAF Honington Voluntary Band, paying a moving tribute to servicemen and women, both past and present, of our Armed Forces. The Apex, Bury St Edmunds, 01284 758000 7 Sept The Twylight Shadows Tribute to Cliff Richard and The Shadows. Haverhill Arts Centre, Haverhill, 01440 714140 12 Sept Jason Travers & His Band An evening of country music. Fisher Theatre, Bungay, 01986 897130|137

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Suffolk 14 Sept Last Night of the Proms Join the Bury St Edmunds Concert Band for a memorable concert evening to celebrate of The Proms. Theatre Royal, Bury St Edmunds, 01284 769505 14 Sept Royal Philharmonic Orchestra - A Little Night Music An enchanting evening of popular favourites from alltime classic musicals. Marina Theatre, Lowestoft, 01502 533200 14 Sept Clare Teal and Trio Clare celebrates the music of her heroines, the leading lights of the jazz and big band world Ella Fitzgerald, Peggy Lee, Judy Garland and Doris Day. The Old Granary Studio at Priory Farm, Toft Monks, 01502 679088 15 Sept Erik Frandsen - A Piece of Unique New York A master of Jazz & Blues guitar, one of the most inventive and funny lyricists and raconteurs of his generation. The Cut, Halesworth, 0845 6732123 17 Sept Bella Hardy Folk singer touring in support of her most recent album, ‘Battleplan’. The Cut, Halesworth, 0845 6732123 20 Sept Kieran Goss Irish contemporary singer-songwriter. Quay Theatre, Sudbury, 01787 374745 23 Sept Caro Emerald Caro will be performing songs from her sophomore record ‘The Shocking Miss Emerald’. Regent Theatre, Ipswich, 01473 433100 24 Sept Jedward Come and see the Irish twins, John and Edward, in their ‘Young Love’ tour. Marina Theatre, Lowestoft, 01502 533200 25 Sept Jon Gomm Acoustic guitarist. The Apex, Bury St Edmunds, 01284 758000 26 Sept The Red, Hot Blues Show A night of live musical entertainment featuring Chicago based guitarist Danny “Double Dynamite” Draher with backing band playing a selection of Blues, New The Cut, Halesworth, 0845 6732123 27 Sept Let’s Hang On Tribute to Frankie Valli and the Four Seasons. Marina Theatre, Lowestoft, 01502 533200 28 Sept JaeKyung Yoo Korean pianist. The Royal Hospital School, Holbrook, 01473 433100 28 Sept When Peggy Met Ella Featuring two of the UK’s most accomplished jazz singers, Sarah Moule and Shireen Francis. Quay Theatre, Sudbury, 01787 374745

ART & EXHIBITIONS 1 - 9 Sept F6 Photogroup: Chasing Light This new exhibition features images demonstrating a unique and distinctive The

Cut, Halesworth, 0845 6732123 1 Sept - 12 Oct Catesby: Watercolour from the Royal Collection This major exhibition featuring watercolours loaned from the Royal Collection celebrates the life and works of East Anglian naturalist and artist Mark Catesby. Catesby, who spent his childhood in Sudbury, travelled

the ‘New World’. A selection of 27 of Catesby’s original watercolour studies will be on display. Gainsborough’s House, Sudbury, 01787 372958 1 - 11 Sept Summer Exhibition This year’s Summer Exhibition features the work of the Gallery’s most respected artists. Hunter Gallery, Long Melford, 01787 466117 1 - 29 Sept Margin by Kate Jackson & Cate Hadley Margin’: a new way of seeing an old town. This exhibition of paintings and found objects by Kate Jackson and Cate Hadley will reveal the margins of Bury St Edmunds. The Apex Gallery, Bury St Edmunds, 01284 758000 1 - 4 Sept Conversations An exhibition showcasing work by Jude Lockie, Sam Saunders and Rose Voutsas. Halesworth Gallery, Halesworth, 01986 873064 1 Sept - 12 Oct Camp Coo In this exhibition Caroline Achaintre presents a new body of works developed during an 18-month residency at the University of Hertfordshire. Smiths Row, Bury St Edmunds, 01284 762081 1 - 5 Sept Helen Stevens The Web of Wyrd Embroideries. A stunning collection of work from Helen’s new Studio – birds, er with landscapes and abstract work. Edmund Gallery, Bury St Edmunds, 01284 748730 6 - 12 Sept Cyndi Speer and Clare Rizzo A joint exhibition. Snape Maltings, Snape, 01728 688 303 6 Sept - 14 Oct Land Ahoy! Sea Pictures Gallery, Clare, 01787 279024 7 Sept - 10 Oct Sara Johnson Exhibition Coastal and rural landscapes are inspirations for Suffolk-based artist Sara Johnson. Snape Maltings, Snape, 01728 688303 7 - 25 Sept Open Show Halesworth Gallery, Halesworth, 01986 873064 7 - 29 Sept Artworks Filling the Barn with paintings, prints, sculpture and installation art, this is not only an opportunity to feast the senses but a great opportunity to indulge in a wide variety of excellent original art. All the work in the exhibition is for sale. Blackthorpe Barn, Rougham, 01359 270880 9 Sept - 5 Oct Gil Mutch Gil’s use of broad, generous brush strokes and luxuri-

ous colour is admired by many. The John Russell Gallery, Ipswich, 01473 212051 11 - 28 Sept Mixed Media Featuring Peter Cameron, Janice Alamanou, Johanna Labbe and Clive Dunn. The Cut, Halesworth, 0845 6732123 21 Sept - 5 Jan This ‘Me’ of Mine A touring contemporary art exhibition which looks at self in relation to context. It will present issues of socialization and the to objects as a means to express emotion and to hold memories, the passage of time and limitations imposed by circumstance, age. Ipswich Art School, Ipswich, 01473 433681 21 - 26 Sept An Art Collective Exhibition An exhibition featuring the works of students of Jacqueline Cotton. Snape Maltings, Snape, 01728 688 303

SPECIAL EVENTS 7 - 8 Sept East Suffolk Country Show Set in the beautiful grounds of Helmingham Hall, home of the Tollemache family, with all day entertainment including birds entertainment as well as arts, crafts, gifts and food marquees. Also on Sunday at this event, there will be a Companion Dog Show. Helmingham Hall, Stowmarket, 01473 890799 7 - 8 Sept Maui Waui Festival A weekend of electro swing, folk, country, dance music, cabaret and circus in Suffolk. Peakhill Farm, Theberton, 07910 691483 15 Sept Countryside at War Head to the Countryside at War event at the Museum lived in the Suffolk countryside during WWII. Museum of East Anglian Life, Stowmarket, 01449 612229 21 - 22 Sept Autumn Fair The return of Melford Hall’s annual fair with even more exhibitors selling unusual items for home, garden, kitchen and gifts. In addition there be a second-hand book sale. Melford Hall, Sudbury, 01787 376395 24 - 28 Sept val has an impressive line-up of quality classical and jazz performances. St Peter 586459 28 - 29 Sept Aldeburgh Food & Drink Festival A two day programme of talks, workshops and cookery demonstrations from top chefs including, in previous years Matthew Fort, Galton Blackiston, Valentine Warner, Sheila Dillon, Rose Prince, Tommi Miers, Ruth Watson and Simon Wadham chefs. With over 90 exhibitors showcasing and game, cheeses, frozen yoghurt, jams, beer and wine. Snape Maltings, Snape, 01728 688 303|143

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13 Sept Paul Daniels The First Farewell Tour - From Legend to Leg End. Paul will be joined by Debbie McGee. Princess Theatre, Hunstanton, 01485 532252

with swimmers, aerialists, special effects and much more. The Hippodrome, Great Yarmouth, 01493 844172 1 - 28 Sept Summer Seaside Special Now in its 36th year SeaSide Special brings you a diverse blend of great music from the charts of today to classical, breath taking West End ballads and lashings of comedy that will literally have you laughing in the aisles. Two shows will be playing this year; ‘Variety Dotcom’ and ‘Strictly Seaside’. The Pavilion, Cromer, 01263 512495 1 Sept Jimmy Carr Jimmy’s new show, ‘Gagging Order’ is packed with one-liners, stories & jokes. Norwich Theatre Royal, Norwich, 01603 630000 2 - 4 Sept The Great British Seaside Special Starring Jimmy Cricket and friends along with the Princess Dance Troupe and packed with great song and dance numbers this show has it all. Princess Theatre, Hunstanton, 01485 532252 2 - 7 Sept Go Back for Murder A thrilling Theatre Company. Norwich Theatre Royal, Norwich, 01603 630000 3 - 26 Sept Showtime September Featuring the Gypsy Dancers, the Showtime Singers, Nigel ‘Boy’ Syer and Olly Day. Gorleston Pavilion Theatre, 01493 662832 3 - 7 Sept Lettice and Lovage A comedy of historic proportions by Peter Shaffer. Sheringham Little Theatre, 01263 822347 4 - 7 Sept RENT Set in New York, Rent follows a year in the life of a group of young artists struggling under the shadow of AIDS. Norwich Playhouse, 01603 598598 5 Sept Austen’s Women Jane Austen’s most celebrated female characters are brought to life in this bold revisiting of her most exciting moments. Diss Corn Hall, Diss, 01379 652241 5 Sept Robin Ince and Josie Long Utter Shambles. Norwich Arts Centre, Norwich, 01603 660352 7 Sept Theatre de Decadence The Rise and Fall of Faeries - a burlesque show. Maddermarket Theatre, Norwich, 01603 620917 10 - 14 Sept Rough Justice Tom Conti stars in this suspenseful courtroom drama. Norwich Theatre Royal, Norwich, 01603 630000 11 - 12 Sept Ardal O’Hanlon Father Ted star Ardal O’Hanlon goes back to his standup roots. Norwich Playhouse, Norwich,

14 Sept Tea with the Old Queen Onediaries of ‘old queen’ William Tallon - one time Steward and Page of the Backstairs to HRH Queen Elizabeth the Queen Mother. Gorleston Pavilion Theatre, 01493 662832 14 Sept Shiva’s Folly An epic piece of Indian dance drama. Norwich Playhouse, Norwich, 01603 598598 14 Sept The Best of Tony Hancock Iain Barton plays the role of the legendary comic Tony Hancock. King’s Lynn Arts Centre, King’s Lynn, 01553 764864 16 - 17 Sept The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy A ground-breaking new stage production - a radio show like you never saw before. Joining Simon Jones as Arthur Dent, and Hitchhiker’s favourites from the legendary Radio and TV casts, will be a VIP Guest Voice Of The Book. Norwich Theatre Royal, Norwich, 01603 630000 19 - 21 Sept Micky Flanagan One of British comedy’s biggest stars in his highly anticipated tour, ‘Back In The Game’. Norwich Theatre Royal, Norwich, 01603 630000 19 - 28 Sept Now Is The Hour An epic story of love, loss and survival based on accounts of victims and survivors of the sinking of the troopship RMS Laconia in the mid-Atlantic in 1942. Maddermarket Theatre, Norwich, 01603 620917 19 Sept Vikki Stone Comedian, singer and musician Vikki Stone embarks on her debut UK tour. Norwich Arts Centre, Norwich, 01603 660352 20 Sept Andy Parsons “I’ve Got A Shed” tour. Norwich Playhouse, 01603 598598 20 - 21 Sept The Complete Works of William Shakespeare Abridged Join The Reduced Shakespeare Company as they take you through all of Shakespeare’s Comedies, Histories and Tragedies. Westacre Theatre, Westacre, 01760 755800 21 Sept The Lumberjacks Canadian stand up comedians Craig Campbell, Stewart Francis and Glenn Wool are touring the UK. Norwich Playhouse, 01603 598598 22 Sept Ha Ha Holmes! A hilarious spoof starring Joe Pasquale. Norwich Theatre Royal, Norwich, 01603 630000 24 - 29 Sept Hairspray Starring Mark Benton, Lucy Benjamin and Freya Sutton. Norwich Theatre Royal, 01603 630000 26 - 27 Sept Betrayal Time is turned upside down as Pinter ruthlessly explores the complexity of the human heart. Norwich Playhouse, Norwich, 01603 598598 30 Sept Blow the Wind Southerly A tribute show to 1940s and 50s singer Kathleen Ferrier, performed by actress Judi Daykin.

Maddermarket Theatre, Norwich, 01603 620917

MUSIC 1 Sept The Glenn Miller Orchestra Featuring the Moonlight Serenaders, Catherine Sykes and Colin Anthony as well as Ray Wordsworth with The Uptown Hall Gang. The Pavilion, Cromer, 01263 512495 3 Sept King Pleasure and the Biscuit Boys Swing and R&B band. Maddermarket Theatre, Norwich, 01603 620917 3 Sept The Be Good Tanyas American band with a unique mixture of deep country, early American folk, old-time blues and gospel. Norwich Arts Centre, Norwich, 01603 660352 4 Sept An Evening with Davey Arthur and Friends A unique blend of traditional Celtic music and song. Maddermarket Theatre, Norwich, 01603 620917 4 Sept Alert Alert’s music has been described as progressive instrumental chamber folk music. The Bicycle Shop, Norwich, 01603 625777 6 Sept Harry Radford The Yashin frontman is touring in support of his solo album. The Waterfront Studio, Norwich, 01603 508050 7 Sept The Voice of Roy Orbison Tribute show. Gorleston Pavilion Theatre, Gorleston, 01493 662832 7 Sept Big Girls Don’t Cry Tribute show to Frankie Valli & The Four Seasons. Princess Theatre, Hunstanton, 01485 532252 8 Sept Last Night of the Proms Featuring the Cromer and Sheringham Brass Band. Sheringham Little Theatre, 01263 822347 12 Sept The Willows Folk roots family band from Cambridge. The Bicycle Shop, Norwich, 01603 625777 13 Sept The Manfreds Performing many of the tracks from the highly-acclaimed album ‘The Five Faces Of Manfred Mann’. King’s Lynn Corn Exchange, 01553 764864 14 Sept Norwich Blues Festival Featuring Paul Lamb, the King Snakes, Larry Miller, Ron Sayer Jr, Jo Harman and Company and Dove and Boweevil. The Waterfront, Norwich, 01603 508050 14 Sept Call It Reckless Pop punk band. OPEN, Norwich, 01603 763111 15 Sept Marty Wilde & The Wildcats Marty looks back at a career spanning over The Pavilion, Cromer, 01263 512495 15 Sept Deacon Blue Deacon Blue perform their all-time classics such as ‘Real Gone Kid’, ‘Dignity’, ‘Chocolate Girl’, and also a selection from their new repertoire. Norwich Theatre Royal, 01603 630000 16 Sept Babyshambles The band will be road testing tracks from their third album with a tour this autumn. The Nick Rayns LCR, Norwich, 01603 508050|145

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Norfolk 17 Sept Josienne Clarke & Ben Walker Folk duo. The Bicycle Shop, Norwich, 01603 625777 18 Sept Mark Morriss The former frontman of The Bluetones heads to The Waterfront. The Waterfront Studio, Norwich, 01603 508050 19 Sept Landermason Fiona Lander (vocals, piano, whistles, saxophones, clarinet Diss Corn Hall, Diss, 01379 652241 22 Sept The Searchers The Search-

Sainsbury Centre for Visual Arts, Norwich, 01603 593199 Norwich Castle Museum & Art Gallery, Norwich, 01603 493625 1 - 29 Sept Gerard Stamp: Conquest tercolour Stamp has painted and sketched For this exhibition he was asked to revisit and interpret them anew. Norwich Castle Museum & Art Gallery, 01603 493625

26 Sept Kids In Glass Houses British rock band. The Waterfront, Norwich, 01603 508050

16 - 28 Sept Cley Marshes: A Wild Vision Discover what makes this part of Norfolk so special for those who visit and work there. The Forum, Norwich, 01603 727950


1 - 29 Sept Houghton Revisited The art collection of Sir Robert Walpole, sold to Catherine the Great, will be reassembled

decades. The Pavilion, Cromer, 01263 512495

14 Sept - 9 Oct Sophie Knight RWS / Sue Paraskeva ceramics. Bircham Gallery, Holt, 01263 713312

Houghton Hall,King’s Lynn, 01485 528569

1 Sept Sundown Festival line up includes Rita Ora, Jessie J, JLS, DJ Fresh and Example to name but a few. Norfolk Showground, Norwich, 0871 2241112/3 1 Sept The 4th North Norfolk Food and Drink Festival This festival is a celebration

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26 Sept Georgie Fame Open. OPEN, Norwich, 01603 763111 27 Sept Dixiemix Jazz The Granary Theatre, Wells-next-the-Sea, 01328 710193 28 Sept The ELO Experience Tribute show. Princess Theatre, Hunstanton, 01485 532252 29 Sept The Magic Numbers autumn with an acoustic tour. Norwich Arts Centre, Norwich, 01603 660352

ART & EXHIBITIONS 1 - 30 Sept Sculpture from Tate ContinuTate, Umberto Boccioni’s remarkable Space’ comes to SCVA. Sainsbury Centre for Visual Arts, Norwich, 01603 593199 1 - 30 Sept Reinterpretations of the Familiar Johnson and Orson Kartt. Diss Corn Hall Gallery, Diss, 01379 652241 1 Sept - 31 Oct Glamour and Gowns

Holkham Hall, Wells-next-the-Sea, 01328 713111 1 Sept - 2 Nov Sandy Jones detailed portraits of families and animals. Wymondham Heritage Museum, Wymondham, 01953 600205 1 Sept - 2 Nov Portrait of a Norfolk Village Wymondham Heritage Museum, Wymondham, 01953 600205 1 - 9 Sept Alfred Wallis Time and Tide Museum, Great Yarmouth, 01493 743930 1 Sept - 16 March John Sell Cotman: A Picturesque tour of Norfolk and Normandy

the Arts Council Collection. Norwich Castle Museum & Art Gallery, 01603 493625 1 Sept Trevor Woods - “London” Trevor expects to have his ‘enormous’ London

fun activities for kids. Holkham Hall, Wellsnext-the-Sea, 01328 713111 5 - 8 Sept Norwich Food & Drink Festival street food market, local food producer

- and a few unexpected - London scenes. Gallery Plus, Wells-next-the-Sea, 01328 711609

The Forum, Norwich, 01603 727950

1 Sept - 19 Oct For What It’s Worth: Perceptions of Value in Contemporary Art This exhibition explores how artworks, developed in Britain since the late The Gallery at NUA, Norwich, 01603 886385 1 - 6 Sept 1+1=11 A collaboration of work from 11 artists on show in the Atrium. The Forum, Norwich, 01603 727950

7 - 8 Sept Great Yarmouth Maritime Festival A celebration of the town’s proud mariships, live music, street entertainment, arts, crafts and children’s activities. The Festival entertainment are free. South Quay, Great Yarmouth 7 - 8 Sept Sandringham Game & Country Fair

2 - 27 Sept The Sinking of the RMS Laconia A unique exhibition of memora-

with lots of activities for families (and their

Maddermarket Theatre, Norwich, 01603 620917 7 - 15 Sept Helena Anderson - Solo Yet Again! Helena’s new portraits will attempt to show the work of the local Rescue Services, both human and animal. King’s Lynn Arts Centre, King’s Lynn, 01553 764864

The Sandringham Estate, King’s Lynn, 01283 820548 12 - 15 Sept Norwich Heritage Open Days

12 Sept - 2 Nov Spindrift This exhibition shows a series of coastal landscape photoscape of the Norfolk Coastline. Norwich Arts Centre, Norwich, 01603 660352

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13 - 15 Sept Wells Pirate Festival 2013


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Beds, Herts, Bucks THEATRE & SHOWS 3 - 7 Sept Carnaby Street A new musical, set against the backdrop of London’s West End in the sixties. Milton Keynes Theatre, Milton Keynes, 0844 8717652 5 Sept ELO Experience - Mr Blue Sky Tribute show. Grove Theatre, Dunstable 01582 290333 5 Sept Des O’Connor Don’t miss this rare opportunity to see a true showbusiness legend live on stage for a wonderful evening of comedy, laughter and music. Gordon Craig Theatre at Stevenage Arts & Leisure Centre, Stevenage, 01438 894839 6 Sept Blofeld and Baxter Memories of Test Match Special. Aylesbury Waterside Theatre, Aylesbury, 0844 8717607 7 Sept The Strange Case of Dr Jekyll and Mr Hyde Phoenix Youth Theatre Company presents Robert Louis Stevenson’s classic gothic horror story through drama, dance and music. Hertford Theatre, Hertford, 01992 531500 7 Sept Stephen Carlin and Kevin McCarthy Comedy double-bill. Letchworth Arts Centre, Letchworth Garden City, 01462 670788 9 - 14 Sept Daytona Funny, poignant and full of mystery, this is a play with two love stories. Starring Maureen Lipman, Harry Shearer and John Bowe. Watford Palace Theatre, Watford, 01923 225671 10 Sept Sean Lock ‘Purple Van Man’ is a hilarious new stand up show from Sean Lock. Alban Arena, St Albans, 01727 844488 11 Sept Winston On The Run Experience the coming-of-age of Britain’s greatest hero in this gripping true story of adventure, audacity and Imperial folly. Hawthorn Theatre at Campus West, Welwyn Garden City, 01707 357117 11 - 14 Sept Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat Amateur youth production. The Court Theatre @ Pendley Tring, 07543 560478 13 - 14 Sept Sweeney Todd The Letchworth Arcadians present Sweeney Todd a Musical Thriller, in Concert Gordon Craig Theatre, Stevenage, 01438 894839 14 Sept Postman Pat Live - It’s Showtime action show featuring everyone’s favourite postman. Grove Theatre, Dunstable, 01582 290333 14 Sept Stewart Lee Much A-Stew About Nothing. Grove Theatre, Dunstable 01582 290333

the hearts of a generation back in the 90s, Ghost is a timeless fantasy about the power of love. Milton Keynes Theatre, Milton Keynes, 0844 8717652 16 Sept Adam Hills ’Happyism’ will see everyone’s favourite Antipodean comedian of comedy with the usual anecdotes and audience participation all delivered in his refreshingly unique laid-back style. The Stables, Wavendon, 01908 280800 17 Sept Meet the author: Rick Stein Rick will be talking about his new autobiography, ‘Under a Mackerel Sky’. There will be an opportunity for the audience to ask questions and Rick will sign copies of his new book which will be available to purchase at a special discounted price. Hertford Theatre, Hertford, 01992 531500 19 Sept - 19 Oct Perfect Match Comedy our perfect partner, or whether we’re better off leaving it to chance. Watford Palace Theatre, Watford, 01923 225671 20 Sept Jeremy Hardy Stand-up comic. Hertford Theatre, Hertford, 01992 531500 22 Sept Three Phantoms Led by Three Phantoms - Matthew Cammelle, Stephen John Davis and Glyn Kerslake alongside Rebecca Caine - this outstanding show features songs from the West End. Watford Colosseum, 0845 0753993 23 Sept Sarah Millican - Home Bird On this, her third national tour, you will learn what to take on a dirty weekend, the easiest way to blend in in posh restaurants and how to teach a pensioner to swear. Join her for some hilarious domestic bliss. The Stables, Wavendon, 01908 280800 23 - 28 Sept Amadeus Peter Shaffer’s play about the rivalry between Salieri and Mozart. Starring Keith Swainston, Brendan Lucia and Zara Schafer. The Queen Mother Theatre, Hitchin, 01462 455166 26 - 27 Sept The Luna Cinema The Luna Cinema is bringing classic cinema under Tiffany’s’ will be screened on the 26th and ‘Top Gun’ on the 27th. 26 Sept Virgin A witty, provocative, compelling new play from E. V. Crowe (Kin and Hero at the Royal Court). Watford Palace Theatre, Watford, 01923 225671 26 Sept Ha Ha Holmes! A hilarious spoof starring Joe Pasquale. Gordon Craig Theatre at Stevenage Arts & Leisure Centre, Stevenage, 01438 894839

16 - 17 Sept Aliens Love Underpants This hilarious bestselling children’s book,

27 Sept Henning Wehn ‘Henning Knows Bestest’. The Stables, Wavendon, 01908 280800

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27 Sept Who’s Afraid of Rachel Roberts

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booze-soaked, shockingly foul-mouthed Hollywood star. Hertford Theatre,

Hertford, 01992 531500 28 Sept A Midsummer Night’s Dream Ballet Cymru present a breathtaking version of Shakespeare’s most magical play. Hawthorn Theatre at Campus West, Welwyn Garden City, 01707 357117 28 Sept Vampires Rock Steve Steinman and a full cast of superb singers, dancers and formidable band blast their way through some of the greatest ever rock anthems. The Stables, Wavendon, 01908 280800 30 Sept Sally Morgan Psychic Sally On The Road. Milton Keynes Theatre, Milton Keynes, 0844 8717652 30 Sept The Vagina Monologues An unmissable show for every generation. Starring Hollie-Jay Bowes, Terri Dwyer and Diane Keen. Gordon Craig Theatre at Stevenage Arts & Leisure Centre, Stevenage, 01438 894839

MUSIC 7 Sept Shakatak The six-piece line-up features the four original members, Bill Sharpe, Jill Saward, Roger Odell and George Anderson. The Stables, Wavendon, 01908 280800 8 Sept Jive Aces The band are renowned for their hot, swinging music and high-energy stage show. Gordon Craig Theatre at Stevenage Arts & Leisure Centre, Stevenage, 01438 894839 12 Sept Manfred Mann’s Earth Band Manfred Mann’s Earth Band are on the road again, more than 40 years after they formed in 1971. The Stables, Wavendon, 01908 280800 12 Sept D-Day Darlings The songs that won the war. Hertford Theatre, Hertford, 01992 531500 12 Sept The Drifters The Drifters are back on the road performing both the classic hits from the last six decades and their superb new material. Aylesbury Waterside Theatre, 0844 8717607 13 Sept Nick Harper English Singer/ songwriter. Hertford Corn Exchange, Hertford, 01992 442992 14 Sept The Real Thing The Soul band celebrates an incredible 40 years in the business. The three original vocalists, Chris and Eddie Amoo and Dave Smith The Stables, Wavendon, 01908 280800 14 Sept Oxford Chamber Music Festival Priya Mitchell (Violin) joins Guy Johnston (Cello) in a programme including the Ravel, Kodaly and Bach. Waddesdon Manor, Aylesbury, 01296 653226 17 Sept Tim Burgess The frontman of The Charlatans heads to Bedford with his solo show. Bedford Esquires, Bedford, 01234 340120 19 Sept Upbeat Beatles Tribute show. Bedford Corn Exchange, 01234 269519|151

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This September celebrate the diversity, culture and experience of food in Bedford Town Centre Love Bedford Love Street Food - 12 September 11am-4pm Love Bedford Love Food and Drink kicks off on Thursday 12 September with the Love Bedford Street Food Market in St Pauls Square. A selection of Bedford’s finest restaurants and cafes will showcase their speciality products with delicious food for sale, free samples and tasters. Many of your favourite eateries are taking part including Rajkot with their Indian Tapas, Spaghetti John’s bringing homemade pasta, Limes of Bedford with homemade cakes and Bluberi showcasing their new frozen yoghurt and milkshake range. Come along and enjoy tasting some mouth-watering street food from a selection of Bedford’s best! Love Bedford Producers Market - 13 September On the 13 September in St Pauls Square there will be a selection of Bedfordshire producers and suppliers including Woburn Vineyard and Edible Ornamentals. There will also be a host of other experts promoting local seasonal produce including local game, foraging, honey and smoked garlic! Love Bedford Love Food Culture Trail - 14 September 2pm-4pm On the 14 September there will also be a Love Bedford Love Food Culture Trail through the town centre where customers will be invited to explore and taste various food cultures including Asian, Italian and Lebanese. The trail will wind around Castle Quarter and up through the High Street. Come along and sample the unique tastes and blends of Bedford and enter the Love Bedford Love Food Culture Trail Competition.

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Beds, Herts, Bucks 19 Sept Superstars of Soul Two true Superstars of Soul, Ben E. King & Jimmy James are joining forces to present this stunning show. Gordon Craig Theatre at Stevenage Arts & Leisure Centre, Stevenage, 01438 894839 20 Sept Sounds of the Glenn Miller Era The Nick Ross Orchestra presents the classic Big Band sound of the 1940s. Grove Theatre, Dunstable, 01582 290333 20 Sept Dodgy English power pop rock trio. The Court Theatre @ Pendley, Tring, 07543 560478 21 Sept The Osmonds American Jukeboox Tour 2013 The legendary Osmond Brothers, Merrill, Jay and Jimmy, direct from the USA, return to the UK to appear live in concert, featuring all their classic hits. Alban Arena, St Albans, 01727 844488 21 Sept Los Pacaminos Featuring Paul Young Play the very best in Tex Mex Border music from The Texas Tornadoes and Ry Cooder to Los Lobos and even Roy Orbsion. Hertford Corn Exchange, Hertford, 01992 442992 22 Sept The Virtuosi GUS Band One of the UK’s leading brass bands. Grove Theatre, Dunstable, 01582 290333 22 Sept Rat Pack Vegas Spectacular Purveyors of Cool swing into town with The Greatest Music of the 20th Century. Gordon Craig Theatre at Stevenage Arts & Leisure Centre, Stevenage, 01438 894839 22 Sept The Illegal Eagles Tribute show. Aylesbury Waterside Theatre, Aylesbury, 0844 8717607 24 Sept Jon Gomm Acoustic guitarist. The Stables, Wavendon, 01908 280800 25 Sept The Bay City Rollers Story Featuring Les McKeown. Bedford Corn Exchange, Bedford, 01234 269519 27 Sept The Johnny Cash Roadshow Tribute show. Grove Theatre, Dunstable, 01582 290333

historical state apartments are hosting the gowns and celebrity costumes from BBC’s ‘Strictly Come Dancing’. Woburn Abbey, Woburn Park, 01525 290333 1 Sept - 10 Nov Victorian Visions: Pre-Raphaelite watercolours and drawings Drawn entirely from the Cecil Higgins Collection, this exhibition will feature work by the founding members of the Pre-Raphaelite Brotherhood and the The Higgins Bedford, Bedford, 01234 718618 1 Sept - 24 Nov Edward Bawden - Aesop’s Fables The Aesop’s Fables prints bring to life well known stories like the Hare and the Tortoise as well as lesser-known fables like the Ant and Grasshopper. The Higgins Bedford, Bedford, 01234 718618 1 - 15 Sept Veolia Environnement Wildlife Photographer of the Year Exhibition on loan from the Natural History Museum in London, featuring 100 images, from fascinating animal behaviour to breathtaking wild landscapes. The Higgins Bedford, Bedford, 01234 718618 1 - 7 Sept 180 years of Babies, Bed Baths and Bandages! An exhibition celebrating the 180th anniversary of Hertford County Hospital. Discover how the hospital has changed and developed since its opening in 1833. Hertford Museum, Hertford, 01992 582686 1 - 25 Sept Faces of Rhodes Exhibition As 2013 is the 75th Anniversary of the opening of the Museum, this exhibition has been devised to show how Cecil Rhodes is interpreted today – using the talents of local artists. Rhodes Gallery, Bishop’s Stortford, 01279 651746 1 - 7 Sept Paul Bainbridge and Diane Rafferty Exhibition featuring pieces by sculptor Paul Bainbridge and loca artist Diane Rafferty. New Maynard Gallery, Welwyn Garden City, 01707 322624

28 Sept Acker Bilk Jazz clarinetist Acker Bilk and His Paramount Jazz Band. Watford Colosseum, Watford, 0845 0753993

1 - 5 Sept Towards Abstraction The second themed show of the year for the Eagle Gallery where members exhibit work based on the theme. Eagle Gallery, Bedford, 01234 346995

28 Sept Treorchy Male Choir With solo spots from Luton Youth Cantores. Grove Theatre, Dunstable, 01582 290333

1 - 22 Sept Mychael Barratt Solo Show Obsidian Art, Stoke Mandeville, 01296 612150

28 Sept Marty Wilde & the Wildcats An evening of hits and a host of wonderful songs from the Rock and Roll era. Hertford Theatre, Hertford, 01992 531500

1 - 8 Sept “Dogs & Cats” Feline & canine themed exhibition. Obsidian Art, Stoke Mandeville, 01296 612150

29 Sept Martin Taylor and Martin Simpson Jazz guitarist Martin Taylor teams up with acoustic and slide guitar virtuoso Martin Simpson. The Stables, Wavendon, 01908 280800

ART & EXHIBITIONS 1 - 29 Sept Strictly Dancing Dresses at Woburn This summer Woburn Abbey’s

2 - 27 Sept Beyond Bagpuss - An Artist’s Journey Wide-ranging exhibition by Linda Birch, illustrator for the hit children’s television shows Bagpuss and The Clangers. Letchworth Arts Centre, Letchworth Garden City, 01462 670788 3 - 21 Sept Six Printmakers Six diverse printmakers have come together to exhibit a range of printmaking techniques and styles. Hertford Theatre, Hertford, 01992

531500 7 - 14 Sept Gerry Ewens Solo exhibition. Eagle Gallery, Bedford, 01234 346995 12 - 22 Sept Cygnus Art Group A group exhibition uniting six diverse artists from London and the Home Counties. Obsidian Art, Stoke Mandeville, 01296 612150 24 - 28 Sept Habitat Featuring works by Franklyn Beckford, John Little, Sara Saunders, Ben Slater and Peer Towers. Hertford Theatre, Hertford, 01992 531500 27 Sept - 13 Oct “Exposure” Five award-winning photographers - Roger Longdin, Bob Marshall, Gillian Morgan & Linda Sharp present their 2013 exhibitions. Obsidian Art, Stoke Mandeville, 01296 612150 30 Sept - 19 Oct A Diverse Vision - Textiles Exhibition A new collaborative venture, currently involving eight exhibiting artists, who have a mutual interest in textiles. Their individual styles are deliberately ‘diverse’. Rhodes Gallery, Bishop’s Stortford, 01279 651746

SPECIAL EVENTS 1 Sept Celebrate Eid During the afternoon the Palace will host a fantastic bazaar with market stalls selling food, fashion and beautiful traditional crafts. Evening celebrations will be hosted by Billal Jamil, enjoy an evening of uplifting speaking and beautiful Nasheeds from special guests SHAAM. Watford Palace Theatre, Watford, 01923 225671 15 Sept Chilterns Countryside and Food Festival An annual festival to celebrate the different crafts, industries and wildlife associated with the Chilterns countryside. Enjoy a day of mouth watering local produce stalls, fascinating craft displays, forestry demonstrations and children’s activities in the meadow behind the Visitor Centre. Ashridge Estate, Ringshall, 01442 851227 19 - 22 Sept Music Festival Highlights include Mendelssohn’s famous Octet on the opening night as well as works by Mozart, Schubert, Brahms, Strauss, Fauré, Bridge, and Britten during the course of the weekend. 713333 20 - 22 Sept Herts Jazz Festival 2013 With Georgie Fame. Sessions also with Iain Ballamy’s Anorak, Brandon Allen Sextet, Django Bates’ Beloved, Don Weller Quartet and Kenny Wheeler Quintet. Hawthorn Theatre at Campus West, Welwyn Garden City, 01707 357117 25 - 28 Sept St Albans Beer & Cider Festival The number of real ales on offer runs into the hundreds and is complimented by a vast selection of ciders, perries, bottle conditioned beers and a selection from around the world. Alban Arena, St Albans, 01727 844488|153

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Fractured by Teri Terry The second book in the Slated trilogy, which debuted in the UK last year, Fractured sees protagonist Kyla’s attempts to reclaim her identity and understand her former life. The arrival of a man from her past at first offers answers, but slowly seems to be raising more questions. Set in the latter part of the 21st Century, in a United Kingdom under authoritarian rule, the Slated trilogy is a gripping thriller, dealing in conspiracy, deceit, oppression and a small cell attempting to discover the truth.

Covet by Travis Garvis-Graves A contemporary tale of the trials and tribulations faced by a couple during the times of the recession, from the author of New York Times’ Bestseller On the Island. Following the loss of his job, Chris’ mental and marital health are left increasingly diminished, and it isn’t long before his wife, Claire, strikes up a


friendship with a local man who seems to supplement the support she no longer receives from her marriage.

The Lord of Opium by Nancy Farmer Farmer offers readers a return to the land of Opium in this long-awaited sequel to 2002’s multi-award winning debut, The House of the Scorpion. A clone of drug baron, El Patron, bred to only be later harvested for his organs, this book sees protagonist Matteo in a bid to assume control of the dystopian society he’d previously escaped from, but will he succumb to the corruption he’s trying to defeat?

Chasing the King of Hearts by Hanna Krall Polish-born author and holocaust survivor Hanna Krall has already gained an international reputation for the quality of her works, and this September sees the first English language publication of Chasing the


King of Hearts. A remarkable story of enduring love during the most trying conditions of modern history, Chasing the King of Hearts is a beautiful and simplistically honest personalisation of the human drama that abounded during the oppressions of World War II.

Doctor Sleep by Stephen King Since its first mention in 2009, Doctor Sleep has been hotly anticipated by King fans across the globe. Hailed by horror heavyweight Stephen King himself as a “return to balls-to-thewall, keep-the-lights-on horror”, this sequel to King’s legendary 1977 publication, The Shining, re-joins the life of traumatised Danny, now a grown man, working in a hospice, providing comfort to those on the path to Death’s door.

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