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A MESSAGE FROM THE EDITOR Dear Reader, This month we’re determined to make the most of the last of summer. If like us, you can’t quite believe it’s almost over, check out our round up of September foodie events and festivals to keep you going! September also means the start of a new school year, which sees our education section return to its bigger and jam-packed self. If you’re feeling exhausted after the school holidays, be sure to read our pick of the best spas for a little R&R on page 21. In this issue we also reveal highlights of the autumn/ winter theatre season so you can book your tickets in advance, and we have a brand new Cambridge column, where each month blogger Tracey Dean will be bringing you the latest from the city.

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contents 9-13 news flash A round-up of monthly news and events 17-19 A/W Theatre season We lift the curtain on the performances ahead 21-23 And relax... The best spas for relaxation 31 Little East Columnist Nicola Osbourne tells us her back to school secret 33-45 EDUCATION Open days and tips for after-school snacking 51–57 Food & Drink News, the Cambridge Foodie and festivals 59-61 HEALTH Clean eating recipes and anti-aging week 65 Fashion Do you have too many basics? 67 Weddings Katrina Otter on the benefits of hiring a wedding planner 87-91 ARTS Monthly column, the latest news and the top 5 art trails 93-103 CAMBRIDGESHIRE Brand new column, top 10 independent businesses and Peterborough 105-111 ESSEX Dunmow, the Colne Valley and listings 115-121 SUFFOLK Theatre listings and Hadleigh 125-133 Norfolk Secret Norfolk, Great Yarmouth and events 137-141 BEDS, BUCKS & HERTS Theatre listings and why we love Woburn

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Best of British Entertainment Musical entertainment performed by the Royal Air Force’s finest musicians. The programme includes Dambusters March, Chariots of Fire, Devil’s Gallop, Bring Me Sunshine, 633 Squadron, Impossible Dream, O Fortuna, Crown Imperial and the RAF March Past

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Theatre Royal, Norwich theatreroyalnorwich.co.uk 01603 630 000 Performance commences at 7.00pm Performed by the Bands of the Royal Air Force as seen at the Festival of Remembrance and Edinburgh Tattoo Vocalists: Squadron Leader Matthew Little and Sarah Francis Compere: Alan Dedicoat For more information visit rafinconcert.com


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Peterborough Cathedral opens hidden places during Heritage Open Days Peterborough Cathedral is inviting the public into some unusal places as part of of the national Heritage Open Days weekend from 10 – 11 September. Amongst some of the extraordinary spaces on view will be the Cathedral Library, above the Gothic porch at the Cathedral’s West Front, and the King’s Lodging with its neighbouring medieval prison by the archway leading to Cathedral Square. There will also be rare access to the 15th century Table Hall and the remains of the abbey’s Infirmary. On Saturday 10 September, the beautiful Deanery Garden will be open for tours (at 12noon and 2.30pm) and children’s activities such as storytelling and making a knight’s helmet will take place on Tout Hill, the remains of Peterborough’s castle. The Cathedral’s new Visitor and Learning Centre will open to the public for the first time, after two years of careful building conservation, and research to create some exciting new displays. To add medieval colour to the weekend, look out for knights in armour on the green outside the Cathedral, giving talks and displays to illustrate life in the Middle Ages. www.peterborough-cathedral.org.uk

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Discover Norfolk’s heritage For anyone who loves to have a good nose around interesting and historic buildings then don’t miss the annual Heritage Open Days (HODS) event across Norwich and Norfolk taking place between 8 – 11 September. Not only does the national programme allow you into buildings you cannot always get access to, all of the events are free! Norfolk runs the largest HODS outside London and this year for the first time it is coordinated by The Forum and managed centrally by the National Trust. But it’s not just about discovering buildings you can also enjoy gardens, workshops, exhibitions, music and family activities. There are several new events taking place; Wymondham sees a town take over with a Vintage Day on 11 Sept, whilst in Harleston a 16th-century coaching inn will be turned over to a Historical Society on 10 and 11 Sept. Other events take place at The City Club and The Murderers. For more information go to www.heritageopendays.org.uk

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Sandringham Game and Country Fair The Sandringham Game and Country Fair continues to grow in size and popularity. Now in its 11th year the show, which takes place 10-11 September, is an action packed day out with four main arenas, and additional smaller arenas. The Andy Singleton Arena is the largest of the arenas providing fast paced action of the Scurry Driving; a horse and carriage event against the clock. The Special Events Arena provides countryside demonstrations, and the The World of Dogs provides a focal point for the dog section of the show. Containing dog displays throughout the day from Stuart Barnes Sheep Dogs, Shadowquest Dog Display Team, Lowestoft Dog Displays, dog agility, gundog training, terrier racing and Chase the Bunny, it’s the place to be for any dog lover! The Food Hall returns and features local and national producers accompanied by the Piazza where speciality catering will tantalise your taste buds. Tickets are priced adults £13, over 65s £12 and children £4. www.livingheritagecountryshows.com

Aldeburgh’s HighTide Festival 10th anniversary Aldeburgh’s HighTide Festival, taking place from 8 - 18 September, is celebrating its 10th anniversary. Originally based in Halesworth and now in Aldeburgh, the Suffolk festival is internationally renowned for discovering new playwrights and producing new plays and in the past 10 years has created productions that have been shown around the country and showcased the work of some of Britain’s best young playwrights, such as Nick Payne, Ella Hickson, Luke Barnes, Adam Brace and Harry Melling. In celebration of the anniversary this year’s festival will include the world premiere of ‘The Path’, a site-specific production taking place throughout the streets of Aldeburgh created by eight High Tide alumni playwrights. Alongside this there will also be four brand new commissions and world premieres: ‘Girls’ by Theresa Ikoko, ‘Pilgrims’ by Elinor Cook, ‘In Fidelity’ by Rob Drummond and ‘The Sugar-Coated Bullets of the Bourgeoisie’ by Anders Lustgarden. www.hightide.org.uk

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Grand Henham Steam Rally The Grand Henham Steam Rally, now in its 42nd year takes place at the beautiful Henham Estate, Southwold on Saturday 17 and Sunday 18 September. The event, which attracts over 12,000 visitors per year, has this year the added attraction of a new food court marquee and cookery demonstrations by some of Suffolk’s most talented chefs including Lee Bye, award-winning chef from Tuddenham Mill on Saturday and Vernon Blackmore, another big name in the cookery world, currently at The Table, Woodbridge on Sunday. Exhibitors include DJ Wines, Fenn Farm, Giggly Pig, Stokes Sauces and Anchor Smokehouse, to name a few. Tickets priced from £9. www.henhamsteamrally.com

New film education centre to open at Cinema City Norwich Norfolk’s best-loved cinema is about to get even better as a new education and community space opens at the Grade 1 listed building this month. Cinema City Ltd, the film education charity based at Cinema City, will be launching the new John Hurt Studio, with an open weekend from 10 - 11 September, as part of Heritage Open Days. The John Hurt Studio, named after the international film star who is the charity’s patron, will improve public access to film education and community activities. The new space will host a range of film education related activities, screenings, talks and workshops and will also be available to hire for meetings, parties, networking events and private film screenings. Norfolk at the Pictures is a £810,000 project to preserve and share Norfolk’s cinema heritage. www.norfolkatthepictures.org.uk

Misty in Roots Headlines Maui Waui Festival 2016 The Maui Waui Festival returns for a fourth year from 2-4 September at Peakhill Farm, Theberton, Suffolk. The festival features a huge range of live music that includes electro swing, gypsy jazz, reggae, folk and world music plus cabaret acts, circus and street performers. www.mauiwauievents.co.uk

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The curtain has fell on the summer season, and the region’s theatres are now shining the spotlight on the autumn productions ahead. Famous faces, legendary musicians and a film festival – it’s all on the line up. Here’s our pick of what’s not to be missed… NORFOLK NORWICH THEATRE ROYAL Sue Perkins Live! – 4 September Best known for being half of double act Mel and Sue, and as a presenter on BBC1’s The Great British Bake

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Off, Sue Perkins brings her stand-up comedy act, ‘Spectacles’, to the Fine City for a night of hilarious anecdotes, witty charm and a must-see user’s guide to Mary Berry! Pride and Prejudice – 27 September – 1 October Austen is “still dazzling after 200 years” (Observer), in an adaptation of Pride and Prejudice by Simon Reade. Following sell-out performances at Regent’s Park Theatre, London, the classic drama stars the award-winning Matthew Kelly (Of Mice and Men) and Felicity Montagu (Alan Partridge, Bridget Jones’s Diary, The Durrells) as Mr and Mrs Bennet. Celebrate the legacy. https://secure.theatreroyalnorwich.co.uk SHERINGHAM LITTLE THEATRE Abigail’s Party (Comedy) – 30 August – 3 September Written by Mike Leigh, ‘Abigail’s Party’ is a timeless satire of social tensions as suburban neighbours gather for drinks. Expect marital spats, a chain-drinking host, scandalous flirting and humour from awkward situations and classically strained relationships. We won’t spoil the ending... Casanova – 30 September – 1 October Presented by Spinning Wheel Theatre Company, this fast-paced, hilarious comedy based on the memoirs of history’s most notorious lover, takes you on a journey through Europe, through sexual escapades and scandalous misadventures. This production of Casanova is hitting the road across East Anglia. sheringhamlittletheatre.com/events/whats-on

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Suffolk The Apex, Bury St. Edmunds Seann Walsh – 20 October Seann Walsh brings his brand-new show, ‘One for the Road’ to The Apex for a night of comedy gold. Spotting the absurdity in everything, Seann’s observational mind is what will make you fall off your chair this October. Team captain on Virtually Famous, Seann is a TV regular who shouldn’t be missed on this rare night in Bury St. Edmunds! The Undertones – 17 November Legendary rock’n’rollers The Undertones are celebrating their 40th Anniversary with national and international live shows, stopping at Bury St. Edmund’s Apex! This is a must-see for fans of the Derry five-piece or those who simply enjoy the excitement of live rock ‘n’ roll! www.theapex.co.uk Bury St. Edmunds Theatre Royal Be My Baby – 17- 22 October Set against the backdrop of iconic sixties girl groups and the likes of Dusty Springfield, ‘Be My Baby’ follows 19-year-old Mary Adams, sent away to give birth to her illegitimate child shame free. Starring Coronation Street’s Brooke Vincent in her stage debut alongside co-star Ruth Madoc (Hi De Hi), ‘Be My Baby’ is a poignant comedy that examines the naivety of the era of the 1960’s, along with the importance of friendship. Romeo & Juliet (Dance) - 21 – 23 November The beautifully talented Ballet Theatre UK returns to Bury’s Theatre Royal to re-tell Shakespeare’s classic

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love story in dance. Passionate, innovative and a treat for the eyes, be transported to Renaissance Verona where the tragic tale unfolds. This is one for the calendar for all dance-enthusiasts! www.theatreroyal.org Essex Chelmsford City Theatre Magic of Mowtown - 9 September As REACH OUT celebrate their 10th birthday with an Anniversary Tour, it’s time to enjoy hit after hit from legends such as the Supremes, Temptations, Jackson 5, Marvin Gaye, Diana Ross and more! Amid glittering costume changes, dazzling dance moves and superb tribute singing, re-live the Magic of Mowtown! One Man, Two Guvnors - 15 September Described as a ‘slapstick riot from start to finish’, this West End comedy smash is not one to miss! Laugh your socks off as you’re transported to East End London where murders result in disguise and secrets! www.chelmsford.gov.uk/theatres Mercury Theatre, Colchester Much Ado About Nothing – 30 September – 15 October A saucy new production of Shakespeare’s classic comedy, ‘Much Ado About Nothing’ is set in modern day Essex! This fast-paced, youthful production, directed by Pia Furtado, brings an exciting contemporary twist to a classic Shakespearian story! Sweeney Todd – The Demon Barber of Fleet Street 26 October – 12 November Sondheim and Wheeler’s multi-award-winning


bringing atmospheric horror, illusion and intensity to those audiences willing! The question is... are you brave enough? Hertfordshire Watford Colosseum Chas & Dave – 10 September Performing the hits that made them famous, including the likes of ‘Rabbit’, ‘Ain’t No Pleasing You’ and ‘Margate’, Chas & Dave head to the Watford Colosseum for a night of music madness and Cockney fun! This is not one to miss of the Cockney duo, who over the past two years have toured with Status Quo in addition to headlining the prestigious Royal Variety Show!

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musical takes to the Mercury stage in an exciting new production of ‘Sweeny Todd’! Travel back in time to a dark, 19th century London for an evening of blood-pumping adrenaline. Anyone fancy some pie? www.mercurytheatre.co.uk Cambridgeshire Cambridge Corn Exchange Mark Watson – 1 October ‘Terrifyingly funny’ (The Times) - Multi-award-winner Mark Watson returns with the follow-up to his highly celebrated show ‘Flaws’. The comedian conducts an examination of the hugely relatable topic of human identity in the digital age with laugh-out-loud jokes throughout. KT Tunstall – 6 November The pop-rock singer’s 13 date UK tour takes a stop to Cambridge following the release of a new full-length album set to drop this September! This rare gig is not one to be missed by fans of KT’s ‘Black Horse and a Cherry Tree’ days, nor for fans of the very best in guitar pop! www.cambridgelivetrust.co.uk/cornex Cambridge Arts Theatre The Woman in Black – 26 September – 1 October Will you live to tell the tale? Join the seven-million theatregoers who have witnessed the most chilling production ever staged! Be transported into a ghostly world with Stephen Mallatratt’s stage adaption of a production brilliantly successful in

Professor Brian Cox Live – 4 November Be transported on an exciting journey through space and time! The acclaimed Professor Brian Cox OBE, presents his live show, delving into ‘high science’ and the edges of the cosmos! Forever pushing boundaries, Cox is captivating, making complex ideas accessible to all whatever your relationship with science! The show is an exciting opportunity to all lovers of the mind-blowing! www.watfordcolosseum.co.uk The Gordon Craig Theatre, Stevenage Rare: Hairspray The Musical – 3 - 5 November From Rare Productions, the UK’s largest youth musical theatre company, ‘Hairspray’ brings to the Gordon Craig a night of musical fun with Rare’s take on a favourite Broadway production set in 1960’s Baltimore. Expect sing-along-tracks, exciting dance routines and a night of musical entertainment for all the family! www.gordon-craig.co.uk Bedfordshire Grove Theatre, Dunstable The Johnny Cash Roadshow – 23 September Prepare for a musical and emotional roller-coaster celebrating the career of music legend, Johnny Cash! Enjoy the UK’s No.1 tribute fronted by singer/songwriter Clive John in a show that takes the audience from the 1950’s up until 2002 - for all the greatest hits capturing the essence of Cash! www.grovetheatre.co.uk The Quarry Theatre, Bedford Bedford Film Festival – 16 – 18 September Now in it’s 4th year, the Bedford Film Festival is all about bringing high-quality film screenings and film events to Bedford. The Quarry Theatre is this year’s main venue for a weekend of feature films, filmmaker talks and an insightful photography exhibition from BAFTA. www.quarrytheatre.org.uk/whats-on

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And... RELAX Following eight weeks of school holiday fun, it’s no surprise that ‘me time’ is beginning to feel like a distant and well overdue dream. With the workweek looming and autumn soon to rear its frosty head, we think that there is still time to grab your own summer thrill. To help ease you into some well-deserved R&R, we have put together a list of what we think are some of East Anglia’s most luxurious hotels and tranquil spas. Whether you are in need of a romantic weekend for two, or a ‘treat yourself’ girls getaway, these spas will leave you feeling rejuvenated and ready to face the back to work September season.

Written by Georgie Hill

With well-being and inner tranquility a top priority of ours, we have selected spas located in some of the most tranquil and picturesque areas of the country. Unearth your inner zen and experience true serenity this September at one of our favourite East Anglian spas: THE SWAN LAVENHAM, SUFFOLK At Weavers’ House Spa the art of relaxation is secret to none. Situated in the heart of rural Suffolk at The Swan at Lavenham Hotel and Spa, the Tudor architecture is rich with heritage and rustic charm. With six luxurious treatment rooms, Weavers’ House Spa is perfectly designed to ensure absolute relaxation, tranquility and rejuvenation. A dreamscape far from reality, this stylish 15th century Hotel and Spa is the perfect combination of history and contemporary luxury, making it the ideal place to unwind after a busy and chaotic week. www.theswanatlavenham.co.uk

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The Varsity Hotel & Spa, Cambridge Serenity and the City! This inner city Hotel and Spa is a haven of tranquillity amongst the hustle and bustle of Cambridge life. Looking for adventure: explore the shopping, sight-seeing and nightlife that the historic city of Cambridge has to offer. Looking to relax: offering a wide range of treatments, including massages, facials and body treatments, the Elemis Spa will leave you feeling relaxed and rejuvenated. With stunning views across the River Cam and Cambridge city centre, The Varsity Hotel & Spa is the perfect destination for weekend goers looking for a vibrant and relaxing city break. www.thevarsityhotel.co.uk

ised hotel has 12 uniquely designed bedrooms each named after a famous poet, an award-winning restaurant and unrivalled views of the stunning Constable’s Countryside and the Dedham Vale. Whether you’ve been out exploring the Essex countryside or playing a game of tennis at the hotel, finish off the day with a relaxing soak in the outdoor hot tub or a swim in the heated outdoor swimming pool. Peaceful, quiet and relaxed, The Treatment Rooms spa at Maison Talbooth is the perfect sanctuary and escape from the chaotic week. Make an occasion of it and unwind with a friend or partner in one of the twinned treatment rooms. www.milsomhotels.com/maison-talbooth

Seckford Hall Hotel & Spa, Suffolk Surrounded by splendid gardens, a serene lake and 34 acres of enchanting woodland, Seckford Hall Hotel & Spa is the perfect backdrop for a rustic romantic getaway. Leave behind the smoke and stress of the city and unwind at this historic and luxurious family owned Tudor Hotel. Rich in history and heritage, this fairy tale setting offers an all round luxurious experience with its beautifully refurbished spa, 2 AA rosette restaurant and neighbouring golf course at Seckford Golf Centre. www.seckford.co.uk

Down Hall – Eden Spa, ESSEX Take a breather from the rhythm of your everyday life with a trip to Eden Spa, situated at Down Hall, one of England’s most luxurious country house hotels. Surrounded by 110 acres of woodland, parkland and landscaped gardens, Down Hall is the perfect place to relax your mind, body and soul and is conveniently located in Hatfield Heath, near Bishop’s Stortford on the Hertfordshire and Essex border. At Eden Spa, you can enjoy a range of specialist treatments from ESPA as well as nailcare products by Jessica, one of the world’s leading brands of nail polish. Whether you are looking to rest, rejuvenate, or relax, Eden Spa is the place for you. www.edenspadownhall.co.uk

Maison Talbooth, ESSEX Prepare to be pampered at this luxurious country house hotel. This beautiful 19th Century modern-

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The Hoste, NORFOLK Push the boat out and breathe in some cleansing sea air with a trip to the coast this September. Located in the charming village of Burnham Market, The Hoste is only a couple of miles from the stunning Norfolk coastline, a designated area of outstanding natural beauty. The Hoste Beauty Spa offers a tranquil sanctuary with a private garden complete with a six-seater hot tub and comfortable sun loungers, a manicure and pedicure bar, hairdressing facilities and ‘side by side’ treatment rooms. Using only the finest skin care products by ESPA and Gatineau, The Hoste is the perfect place for a much-needed relaxing spa break. The pampering experience doesn’t end there. Enjoy a premium movie experience at The Hoste’s luxurious private cinema with a personal waiter on hand to indulge all your requests. www.thehoste.com

Ufford Park Woodbridge Hotel Golf & Spa, SUFFOLK Take time out this week and escape from the stress of everyday life at the Ufford Park Woodbridge Hotel, Golf & Spa. Set in the heart of the picturesque Suffolk Countryside, near the pretty market town of Woodbridge, this luxurious hotel provides a peaceful environment to relax and rejuvenate. Featuring the latest thermal spa facilities, including a series of heating and cooling experiences such as a large hydro-pool, aroma steam room, mineral grotto, and soft sauna, this spa is all about pampering. What’s more, at Ufford Park there’s no need to feel guilty about indulging in your ‘me time’. The hotel’s challenging 18-hole golf course, which plays host to prestigious events such as the Sky televised PGA EuroPro Tour, is sure to keep your partner entertained! www.uffordpark.co.uk

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Festive Friday

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Christmas Menu 1 Nov-18 Dec, 12-9pm • All group sizes welcome

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S taithe n Willow Staithe ’n’ Willow is a beautiful thatched building, beside the river Bure on the Norfolk Broads. The main building was built in 1695. In fine weather you can sit in the gardens and enjoy the view…Sundays’ are quite a spectacle on the river with the local sailing club racing along the Bure. This is a great place to stop, for refreshments, if you are cycling around the area.

We are set in a renovated 17th century timbered barn that was originally part of the old working farm. Licensed for up to 100 guests we cater as a private hire venue; weddings, birthdays, buffets, 2 and 3 course meals for any occasion you can think of. Along with our fully licenced bar and dance floor we are the perfect venue for any occasion. Throughout the year we run a series of Tribute evenings from a Buddy Holly night to a World War Two and Cockney night all of which include a 2 course meal included in the price.

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16 Lower Street, Horning, Norwich, Norfolk, NR12 8AA To make a reservation, please call 01692 630915

At Christmas we run a selection of Christmas party nights with a 2 course meal and disco & dancing be it for family and friends or for your office or work colleagues - and this year we have some midweek specials too! Our team of staff offer a warm welcoming smile and are more than willing to help you where ever they can, be it just for a cup of tea or to help you plan your ideal wedding.


PARTY PLANNER What to look for when choosing the perfect CHRISTMAS party venue

It’s that time of year again where talk of summer holidays has dwindled and it’s now all about planning the Christmas office party. If you’ve been appointed the dreaded task, don’t panic, we caught up with Suffolk based events management company Boleyn Events to give us some top tips on what to look for when choosing the perfect party venue. Half the battle of planning a Christmas party (or any other party) is figuring out where it’s going to take place. When it comes to choosing your venue you’ll want everything to run smoothly and go off without a hitch – and if you’re in charge of organising it you will want to enjoy it too! A big part of ensuring a successful gathering is choosing the perfect place from a variety of party venues. Picking a place with the right atmosphere, a big enough space, and great amenities can make or break the party you’re planning. Here are some things to consider: Check out the room size Obviously, finding a venue that can fit your entire group is important. You don’t want your guests feeling cramped and unable to move around the room. However, being in a room that’s simply too large can feel empty and too sparse. Make sure the space is functional for a party and will look and feel great for the number of guests attending.

Atmosphere One of the most important things about choosing a venue is picking up on the atmosphere. Is the room too big or too small? Does it feel impersonal and uninviting? The ambiance of a room can definitely influence when it comes to throwing a party, and some venues are just not meant for the type of gathering you might be planning. It could be too corporate looking. Always visit the venue in person before making any decisions. Make sure that when

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you walk into the venue, that it feels like the right place for your gathering.

and the cost of this plays a key role in the success of the event.

LOCATION LOCATION LOCATION Whether you choose a venue in the countryside or the town, always keep in mind that your guests could come from varying different locations. Finding a place with a convenient location for all (or at least most) will help keep your attendance numbers high. If you are organising an office party, it’s probably a good idea to find a venue that’s somewhat near the office, because you’ll know that everybody has the capability of getting there. Make sure that that the venue is either accessible by public transport, easy and affordable to get a cab or has overnight accommodation on site.

Be prepared to put in the time and do the research, making a list of the different venues you’re interested in and what they each offer so you can compare them. This might be a huge deciding factor when finding the perfect party venue.

WHAT’S INCLUDED AND HOW MUCH WILL IT COST? Being flexible on the date can be a great negotiating tool, as certain days of the week tend to cost less, with Friday and Saturday nights being the most expensive. Don’t be frightened of asking for a discount if you are bringing a large number of guests. Consider the type of event you are planning and budget. A good venue should be able to offer options at both ends of the spectrum. Some venues will offer all the amenities you might need – from tables, chairs, and crockery to food and drinks. If you’re working with a tight budget finding a venue that includes it all might be your best option so there are no hidden costs and extras. So always consider the services the venue can offer, do they provide catering for example or can you employ your own preferred suppliers? Quality and variety of food

IT’S ALL IN THE DETAIL Sometimes it’s the little things that can make a big impact on how an event will fall into place. Are there enough adequate restrooms and cloakrooms? Is there accessible parking? Does it cater for guests with disabilities? Does the venue have good reviews? Ask around has anyone used the venue and make sure you do some searching on the Internet to find feedback about the service and quality of the venues you’re interested in. It’s important to feel confident about your decision. It doesn’t have to be a challenge; if you just take each part of the planning step by step you’ll have all the makings of a great event.

Boleyn Events have over 10 years experience within event management, specialising in corporate events, celebrations, parties and exhibitions. The company has recently launched ‘The Wedding Collection’ - an all inclusive package for bride and grooms. www.boleyn-events.com www.weddingsbyboleyn.com

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Review:

HotelFELIX To celebrate the launch of our new dog-friendly section at eastlife.co.uk, we checked into Hotel Felix, Cambridge’s most dog-friendly destination for an overnight stay. Here’s what we discovered: Reviewers: Samantha and Andrew Long Dogs: Cooper and Skala Date of stay: Friday night, 5 August 2016

Entering the car park On entering the car park we could see that it was busy but we managed to find a car parking space. There was a small dog bin located very close to the main entrance, which came in very handy! This area is also well lit so no torch was required for areas with spotlights.

Cooper checks out the grounds

At the reception area We received a nice warm welcome from the receptionist who acknowledged the furry guests (I have a beard and she said hello to me too) and we were checked-in quickly.

The room The room was spacious and welcoming and plenty of space for a crate or several dog beds. It seemed well insulated and there were blackening curtains and insect blinds on the windows.

Settling in for the night

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There were welcome treats for our dogs too. They were organic and made in Norfolk and seemed to contain good quality ingredients. Along with the treats was a nice welcome letter aimed directly at the dogs (with human references) and this brought a smile to our face. The only small improvement could have been a few additional extras such as poo bags or a guide for local dog-friendly walks but this didn’t spoil our stay as we had come prepared.


The Orangery

The room was located close to a fire exit which was a bonus and the main entrance (for toilet breaks) was a short walk away. Our room was located on the ground floor, which was quiet and well away from any main noise levels around the bar and restaurant areas as well as the main road. The room proved to be well-equipped for our needs and the space allowed us to move dogs in and out with ease.

The restaurant The restaurant area called the Orangery was small and catered for small parties. A bowl of iced water was provided at the table for our dogs, which was a nice touch and there was a smiley enthusiastic greeting from the provider. Dogs are free to roam in Orangery and the hotel guests seemed happy to see this. There was one other dog present who was well behaved and seemed to be enjoying their stay too!

The grounds The lawned area in the main grounds were large and the dogs could walk around off lead. This gave them some time to stretch their legs and have a play before departure.

OVERALL All in all, as a dog-friendly location, I think Hotel Felix comes up to the mark. The hotel and its staff seem to have a very welcoming, laid back

Samantha and the dogs relax in the grounds

and tolerant attitude when it comes to dogs. We enjoyed our stay at Hotel Felix and were impressed with the facilities and overall attitude to dogs by staff and guests alike.

BOOK YOUR STAY Hotel Felix features 52 stylish bedrooms, a fine dining restaurant, orangery and terrace and is a great location for those looking to explore the city. Well-behaved dogs are charged at £15 per night, and prior notice must be given before you arrive. If you’d like to stay with your four-legged friend visit www.hotelfelix.co.uk

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LITTLE EAST

MUM’s

THE WORD BACK TO SCHOOL When the long summer holiday is over and everyone is busy packing away the cagoule, the untouched sun cream and their hopes for an Indian summer I begin indulging my secret passion. Stationery. It started as a child. Whilst other children were making the most of every last sunny day I was scouring the shop posters for those three little words: Back To School. I’d salivate at the sight of untouched, factory sharp pencils, quiver at the touch of fluffy pencil cases untainted by the touch of 29 other kids who can’t keep their sticky fingers to themselves, and look at those beautiful silver and blue tins of mathematical materials with a desire that I’m pretty sure goes against at least one commandment. I don’t think I’ve ever even used a set square, I’m not even sure what you use one for, but I knew, without any doubt, that I needed a new one at the start of every term.

It gets me through the tough days of the holidays now. Those days where the whining starts as soon as you lift the cereal box, the days that you need to zone out and fantasise about better days; on those days I’m not imagining my child packed off back to school, I’m not thinking about the blissful silence or the return of regular bedtimes. Oh no, I’m thinking about those shelves bedecked with the beautiful, enticing stationery that is whispering to me about the potential they will fulfil; the pens tell of words they’ll write, the stories they’ll tell, the felt tips give glimpses of future fridge galleries, of colour coded projects and gold stars, and the set squares flaunt their perfect angles and promise me that my son will know their purpose as he will work harder and do better than his mummy ever did. Back To School. The three words that bring back much treasured memories of childhood but more importantly that hold all of my hopes for the future. Read more from Nicola at www.raggydollywrites.wordpress.com or follow her on Twitter @Osborneosaurus

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Friends’ School has been in Saffron Walden for 136 years and we are proud of our association with this town. We teach many children from Saffron Walden and the surrounding area and some of you will have visited us. You may have swum in our historic pool or enjoyed our extensive playing fields. Perhaps you have attended a Breakfast Club meeting or the ‘Words in Walden’ Festival hosted here. Since 2013 our school has undergone significant changes,including a greater focus on academic standards and a programme to energise creativity.

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We now announce an external change to reflect all the good things happening on the inside. From September 2016 we will be called Walden School. A short, memorable name which anchors us geographically, Walden School will continue to be shaped by the Quaker values that have underpinned the school since its foundation in 1702. Walden School is the only school for 17 miles that offers a continuity of education from ages three to 18 with the option of a day, flexi and boarding education. We run a daily bus service, details of which are available on our website. Come and visit on our Open Morning, we think you’ll agree we have a lot to offer.

Walden Nursery & Pre-Prep

Walden Prep

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Walden Sixth Form

ages 3-7

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ages 11-16

ages 16-18

ENTER OUR CREATIVE SCULPTURE COMPETITION We’d like a sculpture which reflects our new energy, and you can be involved. Local artists are invited to submit designs for a new sculpture to form a centrepiece in front of our school. There is a £500 prize for the winning design; reasonable material costs will be covered.

Find out more at www.waldenschool.co.uk


EDUCATION

SCHOOL It’s that time of year again when the region’s schools open their doors and welcome potential new pupils and parents to take a look around. An open day is a great opportunity to get a better insight into a school’s overall approach and atmosphere. Here we list upcoming open days over the next couple of months: ESSEX ST MICHAEL’S SCHOOL 198 Hadleigh Road, Leigh-on-Sea SS9 2LP Tel: 01702 478719 OPEN DAY: Visitors are welcome anytime via prior appointment A forward thinking pre-school which aims to fully prepare children for their next step in education. www.stmichaelsschool.com ST AUBYN’S SCHOOL Bunces Lane, Woodford Green IG8 9DU Tel: 020 8504 1577

OPEN DAYS

OPEN DAY: Saturday 24 September, 10am – 12.30pm St Aubyn’s is a co-educational independent school for 530 children aged 3 to 13 situated in the beautiful surroundings of Woodford Green and Epping Forest and easily accessible from the main thoroughfares of London. St Aubyn’s has excellent facilities to cater for the curriculum and numerous co-curricular activities; the Performing Arts Centre, Sports Hall and dining facilities are first class and add value to the overall experience at the School where emphasis is placed on development of the whole child and not just the examination candidate. www.staubyns.com ST JOHNS SCHOOL Stock Road, Billericay CM12 0AR Tel: 01277 623070 OPEN DAY: 1 October 10am – 1pm An independent school for boys and girls aged 3 to 16 years, the school has a personal approach to learning offering a nurturing and inspiring atmosphere in which to learn. www.stjohnsschool.net

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We can’t predict the future, but we can get your daughter future-ready.

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Come along to our Open Days! Kindergarten & Lower School (girls 3-11 & boys 3-4): 24 Sept & 13 Oct, 9.30-11.30 Senior School (girls 11-16): 6 Oct, 10.30-12; 8 Oct, 10-1

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Walden School Walden School, Mount Pleasant Road, Saffron Walden, Essex CB11 3EB Tel: 01799 525351 Open day: Saturday 15 October, 10am Formerly known as Friends School, the school provides education for both boys and girls aged 3 – 18. An old Quaker foundation, it has a history of more than three hundred years for educating students, and is a vibrant day and boarding school. 2016 sees a refreshed brand with internal changes and a new uniform. www.waldenschool.co.uk St Mary’s School for Girls 91 Lexden Road, Colchester CO3 3RB Tel: 01206 572544 Open dayS: Kindergarten and lower school: Saturday 24 September, 9.30am-11.30am Thursday 13 October 2016, 9.30am-11.30am Senior school: Thursday 6 October, 10.30am-12pm Saturday 8 October, 10am-1pm A high achieving independent school for girls aged 3-16 with a focus on building confidence and academic achievement. www.stmaryscolchester.org.uk Colchester County High School for Girls Norman Way, Colchester CO3 3US Tel: 01206 576973 Open day: Sixth Form Wednesday 2 November The school provides education for girls to help prepare and inspire them for the next stages in life. The school promotes high aspiration and ambition within individuals. www.cchsg.com SUFFOLK Ipswich High School for Girls Woolverstone Suffolk IP9 1AZ Tel: 01473 201058 Open days: Sixth Form Wednesday 5 October Whole School Open Day, Saturday 8 October An independent day school for girls offering an education for pupils in the 3-18 age range, which is highly recognized as one of Suffolk’s top independent schools. www.ipswichhighschool.co.uk St Joseph’s College Belstead Road, Ipswich IP2 9DR Tel: 01473 690281 Open day: Saturday 17 September 10am - 12pm A vibrant day and boarding school with nursery and prep, and senior sections available for boys and girls. The school focuses on academic achievement, and Christian values to help create well-rounded individuals. www.stjos.co.uk

NORFOLK East Norfolk Sixth Form Church Lane, 
Gorleston, 
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NR31 7BQ Tel: 01493 662234 Open day: Thursday 6 October The sixth form college welcomes 1,700 students to study a curriculum with over 80 A Level and BTEC subjects at Level 3 and Level 2. The college consistently features in the Top 20 of all colleges nationally and currently has a 98.3% A Level pass rate. www.eastnorfolk.ac.uk

CAMBRIDGESHIRE Stephen Purse Foundation Open days: Saturday 17 Sept: Senior School Open Morning, 9.30am - 12.30pm Saturday 1 Oct: Junior School & City Pre-prep Open Morning, 9.30am - 12.30pm Saturday 15 Oct: Dame Bradbury’s, in Saffron Walden, & Madingley Pre-prep Open Morning, 9.30am - 12.30pm Tuesday 18 Oct: 6th Form Open Evening, 6.30pm - 9.30pm The foundation is a group of six schools across across five sites in Cambridge, Madingley and Saffron Walden, catering for children aged 3 to 18. www.stephenperse.com Cambridge International School Cherry Hinton Hall Lodge, Cambridge CB1 8DW Tel: 01223 416938 Open day: Call to book a personal appointment The school offers an inspiring and enriching education for children aged from 3-18 years of age. www.cambridgeinternationalschool.co.uk

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Is designed to help learners further develop an understanding of historical, contemporary and related contexts to inspire their own art work. • The course is one-year and projectbased and allows learners to develop portfolios to give them the best possible chance of getting a place at Art School or other HE institutions at Degree level. • Students in the first term will study a range of art & design disciplines: 3D Design, Fine Art, Textiles, Photography and Graphics. In the second term students will choose a specialist subject focus and complete their final project. At the end of the course there will be an exhibition which will showcase the students’ work.

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Book your tour today Inspiring education for International and British pupils ages 3-18. Where learning is exciting, full of surprises and fun. Challenging each girl and boy in a nurturing environment. Contact us to arrange your visit: T: 01223 778290 E: admissions@cischool.co.uk www.cambridgeinternationalschool.co.uk

Nursery

Juniors

Seniors

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CHURCH OF ENGLAND PREPAROTORY SCHOOL Independent Day School for Boys and Girls aged 3 -11 years

Working Open Mornings By appointment only, please contact Mrs Franklin Admissions Registrar 198 Hadleigh Road | Leigh on Sea | Essex 559 2LP Tel: 01702 478719 | Website: www.stmichaelsschool.com | Email: admissions@stmichaelsschool.com

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It’s hardly brain surgery (yet) Open events register now www.stephenperse.com

Six exceptional co-educational schools for ages 2-18

Giving dreams a great foundation

Incorporating:


The Sheila Ferrari Dyslexia Centre Formerly Avon House Dyslexia Centre Founded 1982 494 High Road, Woodford Green, Essex IG8 0PN Tel: 020 8559 0708 Email: admin@tsfdc.org.uk www.tsfdc.org.uk

THE GOLD STANDARD OF HELP FOR YOUR CHILD

At The Shelia Ferrari Dyslexia Centre, we assess, teach and support children and adults with Dyslexia and a range of other special educational needs. The services are delivered by a team of dedicated and highly qualified specialists. The 1:1 teaching at The Shelia Ferrari Dyslexia Centre is unique and enhances the education of students from independent and state schools. We are passionate about educating and supporting students with specific learning differences, working in partnership with parents, carers and schools.

Mari-Kate and Toby, Students at 2016 Awards Evening

New Exciting Chapter for The Sheila Ferrari Dyslexia Centre! Refurbished premises at 494 High Road, Woodford Green IG8 0PN Saturday classes starting in September

Professional Services for Children and Adults � � � � � � � � � Founder Sheila Ferrari with Centre Ambassador, Elle

1:1 Tuition Assessment Access Arrangements Consultation Ed. Psychologist Homework Club Counselling Play Therapy OCR Teacher Training

Referrals accepted from Parents, Teachers, SENCOs and other Professionals

CALL 02085590708 TO SPEAK TO US


Photo Training Courses A wide range of photo training courses to suit all ages and abilities, for more details contact: Richard Houghton at Photous Photography richard@photousphotography.co.uk

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St Hilda’s School Nurturing the individual

Independent Day School for Girls 3 -11 years Harpenden

St Hilda’s is a happy, caring and vibrant school at the heart of the Harpenden community, where pupils aim high and are full of vitality. Our vision at St Hilda’s is to provide an excellent all round education that will challenge and inspire, allowing all pupils to achieve their very best whilst nurturing friendship, respect and independent thinking.

Open Morning

Thursday 6th October 2016 at 9.30am-11.30am Tel: 01582 712307 Email: office@sthildasharpenden.co.uk St Hilda’s School I 28 Douglas Road I Harpenden I Hertfordshire I AL5 2ES www.sthildasharpenden.co.uk


HERTS & BEDS Berkhamsted School Castle Campus, Castle St, Berkhamsted HP4 2BB Tel: 01442 358000 Open days: 29 Sept - 1 October This year’s 475th anniversary of Berkhamsted School’s foundation is an important milestone but it became an occasion of great significance, even in the long history of the School, when the celebrations included a visit by the School’s Patron, Her Ma jesty The Queen, earlier in the year. The school is a day and boarding school offering both single sex from age 11 – 16 and co-educational teaching for boys and girls aged 3 – 18. www.berkhamstedschool.org Tring park School Tring, HP23 5LX Tel: 01442 824255 Open days: Friday 7 October, Thursday 13 October and Friday 14 October An outstanding performing arts school for talented young individuals, that also focuses on an academic education. The open days are the perfect opportunity for parents who have children with a passion for performing to experience the excellent facilities at the school, meet the principal, and senior members of staff. www.tringpark.com Westbrook Hay Prep School London Road, Hemel Hempstead, HP1 2RF Tel: 01442 256143 Open days: Saturday 1 October 9.30am–12.30pm A purpose-built Lower School, where children benefit from a secure setting, with its own playgrounds, and advantageous teacher: pupil ratios. The aim is to provide a gentle start to life here, building on children’s existing skills. www.westbrookhay.co.uk St Hilda’s School 28 Douglas Road, Harpenden AL5 2ES Tel: 01582 712307 Open day: Thursday 6 October 9.30am – 11.30am An independent day school for girls between the age of 3 and 11, which delivers a high level of education and secure environment based on Christian values. www.sthildasharpenden.co.uk Royal Masonic School for Girls Rickmansworth Park, Rickmansworth WD3 4HF Tel: 01923 773168 Open day: Sunday 9 October, 2pm to 5pm Both day and boarding school are catered for, with an ethos that is both aspirational and nurturing, where girls receive an education that is rich and balanced. www.royalmasonic.herts.sch.uk

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Hinchingbrooke is a remarkable state school, set in acres of beautiful grounds and adjoining a country park. Hinchingbrooke House was formerly the family home of the Cromwells and of the Earls of inspiration from its heritage and gives both staff and students a very special pride and a sense of identity. Our mission is to inspire We aim for all students to be nurtured as uniquely talented

through their learning and the development of their intellectual, creative, physical and emotional capabilities. We are thrilled for all of our students whose 2016 A-Level results have reflected their hard work and have enabled them to progress to their choice of university or the planned next steps in their career. These outstanding results, which have improved at all measures A*-B (46%), A* -C (76%) and A*-E (99%), are the school’s highest for five years.

Brampton Road, Huntingdon Cambridgeshire PE29 3BN T: 01480 375700 | F: 01480 420536 E: communications@hinchbk.cambs.sch.uk www.hinchingbrookeschool.net

NORFOLK COAST LANDSCAPE PHOTOGRAPHY ONE DAY WORKSHOP

www.norfolkinfocus.com

Bold Imaginative Reflective Three words to define your daughter’s future. Add three more:

Courses cost just £95.00 each 8th October 2016 12th November 2016

Open Morning Saturday 8th October, 10am For further details or book a place, contact tonylumb@hotmail.com

Norfolk in Focus Photography Workshop www.norfolkinfocus.com - +44(0)7970865937 /norfolkinfocus

Telephone: 01234 361918 www.bedfordgirlsschool.co.uk Bedford Girls’ School is part of The Harpur Trust


Open Morning

Saturday, 24 September 2016 10.00am to 12.30pm

Headmaster’s introduction at 10.15am and 11.15am

Full tour of the School

3+ 7+ 11+

For further information please contact the Admissions Registrar.

registrar@staubyns.com 020 8504 1577 Bunces Lane, Woodford Green, Essex IG8 9DU

co-educational

independent

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central line woodford

www.staubyns.com Registered Charity No: 270143

Whole College Open Morning Saturday 17 September 10am-12pm Please contact admissions@stjos.co.uk or call 01473 690281 to book your place

New Sixth Form Centre opening September 2016

The independent day and boarding school for girls and boys aged 3 to 18 Scholarships available


COLCHESTER COUNTY HIGH SCHOOL FOR GIRLS DIRECT ENTRY INTO THE SIXTH FORM SEPTEMBER 2017 We are a small, caring and welcoming 11-18 school with a nationally outstanding record of public examination success and one of the highest performing state schools. 

Outstanding A Level results

Traditional yet innovative

Well-structured

Outstanding extra-curricular activities: Debating, Young Enterprise and Gold Duke of Edinburgh Award

Language, Science and Maths Specialists

Expert tuition

Friendly, supportive and caring

SIXTH FORM INFORMATION EVENING ON WEDNESDAY 2ND NOVEMBER 2016 Talks at 6pm & 7pm Headteacher : Gillian Marshall

Tel: 01206 576973

www.cchsg.com

Norwich High School for girls ages 3 to 18

Join us at our next school Open Event on Saturday 1st October 2016 and discover how we can offer your daughter the best start in life.

Part of the:

Excellent education, strong pastoral support and outstanding sport, music, art, drama and enrichment opportunities.

Call our Registrar on 01603 453 265 or email admissions@nor.gdst.net to book your place, arrange a personalised tour with us or find out more about our bursaries and scholarships. Find out more at www.norwichhigh.gdst.net

Pioneering girls’ education since 1875

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HEALTHY

SNACKING AFTER SCHOOL Snack time accounts for about 10-15 per cent of kids’ daily calories and because they make up such an important part of a child’s diet, choosing healthier snacks over pre-packaged convenience foods is a great way to help children develop healthy eating habits and a regular eating schedule. Well-portioned snacks between meals can help children make a habit of grazing throughout the day, (which in turn helps to keep their blood sugar levels stable) and will also allow them to develop a healthy relationship with food.

3. When it’s a hot day your kids will immediately ask for an ice cream. Many of them are jam packed full of sugar, so choose one of the growing healthier alternatives available in the supermarkets. We’re a little bit biased but our range of Claudi and Fin Greek style frozen yoghurt lollies really are a great choice. They contain 38% less sugar than the ‘average’ supermarket lolly, are packed with real fruit, made from 100% natural ingredients and enriched with vitamin D for healthy bones.

So what’s the best way to get your kids to snack healthily? We have asked Claudi and Fin (www.claudiandfin.co.uk) founders how they keep their little ones on the right path.

4. Sweets are also a high up on the list for go to snacks. Try swapping them for dried fruit. Mango and dried apricots are a popular choice for our kids in small quantities. Bear Nibbles are also a great option as they’re 100% natural.

Here’s Meriel and Lucy’s top five healthy after school/nursery snacks to whet your children’s appetite: 1. Crisps are probably the number one go to snack, but there are some great healthier alternatives that are just as satisfying. Try swapping them for homemade popcorn or if time is an issue, Organix carrot Stix are a great option too. 2. When your kids are craving something sweet, swap a chocolate bar for carob. It tastes and looks like chocolate, but without all the sugar. Try a 9 Bar Carob Hit, which is also packed with lots of lovely seeds, which will keep your child fuller for longer!

5. Fizzy drinks are one of the main culprits for child obesity, so it’s best to give these a wide berth. Try homemade smoothies (it’s easy to sneak vegetables like carrots, pumpkins or sweet potatoes without altering the flavour) for a drink that’s packed with fibre, vitamins and minerals. Plus they are great fun to make with your little ones. These are just a few options, but there really are an endless amount of healthy snacks to choose from. So be prepared and be realistic and in no time your kids will be snacking healthily and enjoying it!

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The

Judith Fox

Ballet School

The Judith Fox Ballet School likes to introduce a love of ballet to as many children as possible.

Come and see for yourself.

The emphasis being on enjoyment, but with a serious side for those who would like to go on to vocational school and a possible career in the dance world. Students have been accepted in top schools and gone on to a professional career.

Inspired

Learning

Whole School Open Day

Classes take place throughout the week, with the youngest on Saturday mornings when full of beans.

Saturday 1 October

Adult classes (good excercise) in ballet, tap, street.

10:00am - 1:00pm

Sixth Form Information Evening Thursday 20 October 6:00pm

The Foxes, Tuttles Lane East, Wymondham, Norfolk, NR18 0EW

Give us a call

Tel: 01953 607235 Judith Fox 1/4.indd 1

From Nursery to Sixth Form (3-18 years), outstanding success is achieved through a broad and challenging curriculum. In a happy, friendly environment, girls visibly grow in confidence and ability, emerging as fully rounded, educated young women.

01604 765765

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An independent day school for girls and boys age 3 - 16 years

Open Day Saturday 1st October 2016 10am to 1pm

Oxford House School www.oxfordhouseschool.net • Montessori teaching methods • Emphasis on academic achievement

Nurture

Inspire

Achieve

Join us for our Open Day to see for yourself first-hand St. John’s personal approach to learning.  - 01277 623070  - registrar@stjohnsschool.net www.stjohnsschool.net

OUTSTANDING SCHOOL 2015/16

SIS

• Strong traditional values

• Music, dance and drama enrich the curriculum An independent co-educational school for children aged 2½ - 11years For more information or to arrange a private visit to the school please contact our Admissions Registrar, Mrs Harding on 01206 576686. 2 - 4 Lexden Road, Colchester, CO3 3NE


Find learning difficult? Find out how we can help

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INDEPENDENT SCHOOL FOR CHILDREN AGED 4 – 16 SIXTH FORM FROM 2017

Stoke College is an Independent Day and Boarding School where children thrive in a stimulating kind and happy environment.

Open Morning Open Morning Exciti ng news: Following recent substantial investment a new Sixth Form and boarding house for pupils from the UK and overseas will be opening in September Friday Friday 2017.

2nd 2nd October

To learn more about our school and new developments come to our Open Day on Friday 7th October 9:30ammidday. register your interest email: registrar@ 9:30 am 9:30 am -To - midday midday stokecollege.co.uk or telephone 01787 278141 or visit our website www.stokecollege.co.uk


Woodbridge’s top attraction Woodbridge Open Tide Mill y l i a d 5pm is the largest m a 11 Sept single visitor until attraction in

Woodbridge. It is one of only two working craft tide mills in the country and is a national heritage asset. Discover its fascinating 850 year history, learn about the art of craft milling with grinding stones, and see the huge wooden waterwheel and massive machinery turning - if the tides are right.to Sept Festival, 29 ridge Shuck db oo W e th k/ .u Don't miss dgeshuck.org .thewoodbri 2 Oct - www Try its authentic strong stoneground wholemeal flour. Woodbridge Tide Mill Tide Mill Way Woodbridge IP12 1BY 01394 385295

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"Where Quality & Freshness Counts" Here at Calcott Hall we grow a variety of different crops to bring you as much home grown produce as we are able to grow. We're a small family run business, passionate about fresh, local produce and quality products and we want you to share our passion too! NS Risdon, a top quality traditional butcher is located in store. With full traceability his meat is superb. We also now have a cheese counter serving a wide range of British and continental cheeses. Something for every taste and occasion!

VISITING FISH VAN ON FRIDAYS AND SATURDAYS Monday : Closed Tuesday : 8.30am – 5.30pm Wednesday : 8.30am – 5.30pm Thursday : 8.30am – 5.30pm Friday (Late Night) : 8.30am – 6.30pm Saturday : 8.30am – 5.30pm Sunday : 10am – 2pm

own Homegbrerries Straw from fresh field the

www.calcotthall.com Calcott Hall Farm Shop, Ongar Road, Brentwood, Essex, CM15 9HS

Tel: 01277 264164


The Unruly Pig noMINATED for national award The Unruly Pig in Woodbridge, Suffolk, could soon be adding another award to its already long list of credentials. The rustic pub has been shortlisted in two categories at The Great British Pub Awards 2016, including the Best Food and Best Newcomer category.

FOOD & DRINK

FOOD & DRINKNews

The Unruly Pig

Since reopening earlier this year, following a fire after its opening in April 2015, the pub has quickly established itself as a hotspot for dining in the region, serving the best of seasonal British food with an Italian influence and utilising local ingredients from Suffolk. It is shortlisted as one of just six national finalists. Winners will be announced at the final, which will be held on Wednesday 5 October at the London Hilton on Park Lane. www.theunrulypig.co.uk

Peterborough welcomes its first wagamama On the 19 September, popular eatery, wagamama, will open its doors to its first restaurant in Peterborough. The 151-seat restaurant, located on Long Causeway in the city centre, will see 39 new jobs created in the area. Peterborough residents and visitors will be invited to enjoy a variety of new and classic dishes from the Japanese-inspired menu, including wagamama’s famed ramen; bowls of fragrant soup filled with noodles. Spice enthusiasts can enjoy the much-loved prawn firecracker, and the tofu chilli salad offers a fresh and crunchy treat. wagamama’s food will also be available to take-out at the new restaurant. www.wagamama.com

Flitwick Manor launches new afternoon tea experience As 2016 marks Capability Brown’s 300th anniversary, Flitwick Manor has taken inspiration to bring the quintessentially British afternoon tea tradition outdoors with tea and sandwiches served in a wicker hamper to enjoy beneath the trees. Price £20 per person. www.hallmarkhotels.co.uk/hotels/flitwick

wagamama dish

New restaurant and function room Waveney River Centre Following refurbishment of its waterside Waveney Inn pub and boutique hotel, the award-winning Waveney River Centre, situated in Burgh St Peter, near Beccles has added a new restaurant extension to satisfy customer demand. The new room seats 70 diners, and will primarily be used as an additional dining area. The venue, which has a sunken courtyard garden, will also be suitable for small weddings, business conferences and parties outside of the holiday season. www.waveneyinn.co.uk

THAIKHUN KIDS MENU GETS BIG THUMBS UP Thaikhun, the Thai street food restaurant has announced its highly anticipated new children’s menu. The new offering helps parents encourage younger diners to try new foods in an accessible way. Available in Cambridge, the menu has a ‘mix and match’ concept, which sees youngsters pick from a selection of dishes with each element served separately allowing children to experiment with new tastes without running the risk of ruining their meal. Prices from just £5.95, including a drink. www.thaikhun.co.uk

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The Lamb Hotel Situated in the Centre of Ely, the Lamb Hotel offers a vast menu from hearty sandwiches to traditional hot meals. Or if it’s a coffee stop you’re looking for, come in for our coffee and cake deal. Serving food from 8am to 10pm daily, you can drop in anytime that suites you and your party.

The Lamb Hotel To make a table booking call 01353 663574

Email; lambelyreservations@greeneking.co.uk

The Lamb Hotel Situated in the Centre of Ely, the Lamb Hotel offers a vast menu from hearty sandwiches to traditional hot meals. Or if it’s a coffee stop you’re looking for, come in for our coffee and cake deal. Serving food from 8am to 10pm daily, you can drop in anytime that suites you and your party. To make a table booking call 01353 663574 Email; lambelyreservations@greeneking.co.uk

Or visit; www.oldenglishinns.co.uk/ely

Or visit; www.oldenglishinns.co.uk/ely

Situated in the Centre of Ely, the Lamb Hotel offers a vast menu from hearty sandwiches to traditional hot meals. Or if it’s a coffee stop you’re looking for, come in for our coffee and cake deal. The Lamb Hotel Situated in the Centre of Ely, the Lamb Hotel offers a vast menu from hearty sandwiches to traditional hot meals. Or if it’s a coffee stop you’re looking for, come in for our coffee and cake deal.

Serving food from 8am to 10pm daily, you can drop in anytime that suits you and your party.

Serving food from 8am to 10pm daily, you can drop in anytime that suites you and your party.

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To make a table booking call 01353 663574

We have a free wifi service, a fully stocked bar and a full range of hot and cold drinks available throughout the day.

Email; lambelyreservations@greeneking.co.uk Or visit; www.oldenglishinns.co.uk/ely

2 Lynn Road, Ely CB7 4EJ

Tel: 01353 663574

Fax: 01353 662023

The Lamb Hotel Situated in the Centre of Ely, the Lamb Hotel offers a vast menu from hearty sandwiches to traditional hot meals. Or if it’s a coffee stop you’re looking for, come in for our coffee and cake deal.

The Lion Hotel

Serving food from 8am to 10pm daily, you can drop in anytime that suites you and your party. To make a table booking call 01353 663574

The Lion at Buckden, Cambridgeshire, is one of the The Lamb Hotel

oldest coaching inns in England. Dating back to 1492, we continue to retain much of our wonderful charm, character and atmosphere.

Email; lambelyreservations@greeneking.co.uk Or visit; www.oldenglishinns.co.uk/ely

Situated in the Centre of Ely, the Lamb Hotel offers a vast menu from Whether you are looking for a quiet drink hearty sandwiches to traditional hotwith meals. Or if it’s a coffee stop you’re friends, a Sunday lunch with the family or a place to legs we be delighted see you. lookingrest for,weary come inwould for our coffeeto and cake deal. Located in the heart of Cambridgeshire, Buckden is

small village off the giving you excellent Servingafood fromjust8am toA110pm daily, you can drop in anytime that access to London and The North not to mention all the local of interest suites you andplaces your party.including the historic Buckden Towers.

If you are dining or stayingcall with 01353 us, we recommend To make a table booking 663574 a reservation however this is not a requirement so please feel free to drop in at any time for a bite to eat, a place to stay or just a refreshing drink.

Email; lambelyreservations@greeneking.co.uk 313 reception@thelionbuckden.com Or 01480 visit;810 www.oldenglishinns.co.uk/ely

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CAMBRIDGE FOODIE

Gerla de Boer, founder of the Cambridge Food Tour, shares her wisdom of the city’s cuisine…

I have a confession to make (one which even surprises me), I’ve started planning Christmas already! I am not a great planner when it comes to Christmas, as the present giving is not a Dutch tradition. We celebrate this with the birthday of Sinterklaas on the 5 December.

1. Kitchen gadgets from The Steamer www.steamer.co.uk

When the shorter days kick in, we start thinking about Christmas in our house. Food is always on the top of the list. From breakfast to the main event, everything is planned. Nothing traditional though, anything could be dished up. For instance, the evening dinner could include Goose with an Italian twist, smoked Turkey on the Big Green egg, or even Asian inspired food.

3. Mini Big Green Egg to compliment my big one from the Gog www.thegog.com/big-green-egg

What on earth has happened this year? I have already decided on the food for Boxing Day! The collective inspiration of my love for Indian food and MasterChef contestants preparing food at Benares urged me down the road of South Asian cuisine. Dishes such as the venison dusted with Garam Masala and the venison Biryani seem perfect for the extended family dinner on Boxing Day. Some people leave it right until the end and others are very proud to have finished their shopping by 1 September! So I thought to please both camps. I’ll share my foodie wish list with you:

2. Cookery course voucher from Cambridge Cookery School www.cambridgecookeryschool.com

4. Bread making course voucher from White Cottage Bakery www.whitecottagebakery.com 5. Running food tours myself. A voucher for a food walking tour cannot be left out! www.cambridgefoodtour.com 6. Tasting event voucher at the Cambridge Wine Merchants www.cambridgewine.com 7. Cookery book from Heffers www.bookshop.blackwell.co.uk/stores/heffers-academic-general-books Enough food for thought…maybe I have given you some ideas for your foodie friends or family?

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Ken’s Traditional

FISH & CHIP Restaurant Ken's traditional fish and chip shop is in the heart of Wroxham offers quality food and a warm friendly service. The restaurant at the rear of the premises has stunning views across the broads and there is also outside seating so that diners can enjoy the river side location. A takeaway menu is also available so customers can enjoy delicious fish and chips where ever they please. Ken’s is the longest running Fish and Chip shop in Wroxham and is now under the new management of local lad Michael who has worked there since his teens and has learnt his trade from the original owner.

01603 783739 • 01603 784445 The Bridge • Norwich Road • Wroxham • Norfolk • NR12 8DA

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FOOD

FESTIVALS Written by Amanda French

Bedford Corn Exchange from the 5 - 8 October. There will be 160 real ales arranged on two back to back bars with half coming from 42 local breweries within 25 miles of Bedford. There’ll also be around 50 real ciders and perries on offer during the event as well as English wines and international beers to try.

Eat 2 the Beat

Festival season continues across East Anglia during September and October Summer might be over, but festival season isn’t. We’ve highlighted some of the exciting festivals in the next couple of months across the region and there’s plenty to choose from. Whether you’re looking for music, food or beer, we’ve got you covered. The Balstock festival The Balstock festival will be back in Baldock, Hertfordshire this September. The biggest free music festival in Herts runs from the 9 – 11 September and features a massive 200 bands at 12 venues across the three days. Find out more at www.balstock.com Sundown Festival Looking for some festival fun in Norfolk? Then look no further than the Sundown Festival from 2-4 September at the Norfolk Showground in Norwich. Confirmed acts include Chase and Status, Dizzie Rascal, Jess Glynne, Years and Years, Jason Derullo and many more. Visit www.sundownfestival.co.uk to find out more. CAMRA Beer and Cider Festival Bedfordshire is playing host to the much-loved CAMRA Beer and Cider Festival again this year, held at the

Enjoy live entertainment in the live hall with Sloop Groggy Dogs, a local male voice group, Morris dancing by the Bedford Morris Men and the Bedford-based professional singer Kerry Jo, who has sung in venues across the world including Ronnie Scott’s in London and BB King’s in New York. Visit northbeds.camra.org.uk/bedfordfestival.htm to find out more. The Big Olney Food FestivaL Returning for its 8th year, in the town of Olney, in northern Buckinghamshire, is the Big Olney Food Festival. Held over two days, 10 and 11 September, Saturday 12pm till 10.30pm and Sunday 10am till 6pm, the festival is a celebration of local food and drink in the region. There will be over 30 different food stalls, entertainment with bands, dancers, singers, The Great Olney Bake off Competition on the Saturday and a charity auction on Sunday. Little ones will have plenty of fun at the Kidzone, offering a climbing wall and inflatable slide, face painting, the Great Gappo and more. Discover the full line up at www.facebook.com/BOFF2016 Eat 2 The Beat Festival Fancy tucking into pizzas, East African dishes, luscious Lebanese wraps or juicy Jerk chicken? Then head to the Eat 2 The Beat Festival in Chelmsford, Essex, this September. For one day only on Saturday 10 September, Moulsham Mill Field, Off Parkway in

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Chelmsford will play host to the foodie festival from 12pm – 9pm. The festival will showcase a wide variety of exciting international street food, accompanied by great music and of course, a drink or two at one of the many pop up bars. Visit www.eat2thebeat.com to buy entrance tickets in advance. The Grub Club The 22 September will see The Grub Club celebrating its 2nd birthday at Childerley Hall in Cambridge. Catered by Foodcycle Cambridge, the event lands in conjunction with British Food Fortnight, so there are plenty of reasons to be celebrating. The Grub Club organises regular events across Cambridge with the aim of bringing together producers, retailers, buyers and their businesses – for interesting conversation, accompanied by delicious food and drink. Everyone is welcome. Book your ticket for the event here: www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/grub-clubcambs-2nd-birthday-bash-tickets-26259493853

The Grub Club

The Woodridge Shuck Festival The Woodridge Shuck Festival returns for the fifth year, from 30 September to 2 October. Celebrating the very best of Suffolk’s local shellfish and other local produce, the event brings together local produce, chefs, musicians and more to create a special celebration of the River Deben and the edible delights founds in and surrounding it. The festival begins with the Shuck Shack, a pop up restaurant at The Tide Mill on Friday 30 September and Saturday 1 October. Catered by Stephen David and Rebecca Mackenzie of Somerleyton Estates, diners will enjoy a beautifully prepared locally-inspired menu at this unique riverside landmark.

Woodbridge Shuck Shellfish Festival

For a more casual yet equally tasty foodie experience, The Shuck Weekender takes place at The Tea Hut on Saturday 1 and Sunday 2 October from 11am until 6pm with live music all weekend. Visitors can feast on de-constructed moules frites, fresh fish from the Deben, Squid, Pasta and Paella while enjoying something cold from the bar. There will be ice creams and plenty of non-fishy options too. For the kids there will be plenty of entertainment throughout the weekend as well as a kids’ menu. For more information, visit www.thewoodbridgeshuck.org.uk

Read more reviews from Amanda online at www.eastlife.co.uk or visit her blog www.anoseforfood.com

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CPFT* Cambridgeshire and Peterborough NHS Foundation Trust

Depression and anxiety can make you feel like you are carrying the weight of the world on your shoulders Let us help you share the burden

We offer FREE NHS Psychological Therapy. If you are aged 17 or over with a GP in the area you can self refer online at:

www.cpft.nhs.uk or Call 0300 300 0055


HEALTH

THE CLEAN EATING CORNER

Written by Hedi Hearts

Ready to make it? Just think how much goodness is in those crunchy clusters and how good they are for you. Let’s not forget to mention you will get more for your money by making a batch of these clean eating cereals than buying a box of cereal. Just make it and store it in an airtight container for up to a week…no way it will last that long!

Everyone knows breakfast is the most important meal of the day, but quite often we find ourselves munching on shop bought, sugary stacked options. Thankfully, Hedi Hearts has come up with a fantastic recipe for clean cereal I can never get bored of granola…ever! But my family can and they love the shop bought cereals, so I took on the challenge of creating my own cereals. Please welcome my latest addition – the clean eating cereal recipe aka ‘Clusters’. Simple, delicious, filling and full of good stuff. I bet you have all the ingredients in your cupboards right now, so let’s get making! Before we proceed to the recipe for clean eating clusters let me remind you of all the delicious granola recipes that I have already created on my blog. My all-time favourite is…crunchy peanut butter granola. I love it as a snack or served in a jar as a breakfast parfait. Clean chocolate granola is one of the most budget friendly recipes on my blog. It needs only four ingredients. Let’s not forget the basic simple granola made with nuts, oats, a bit of maple syrup and raisins. Gingerbread granola is a firm favourite in the winter and around Christmas, but to be honest it is perfect anytime and makes your house smell amazing. Last but definitely not least is pumpkin and pecan granola. Those of you who hate bananas, this one is for you! Let me know if you have made any of my granolas and which one is your favourite.

Clean eating cereal recipe: Serves: 8 Prep time: 10 mins Cook time: 25 mins Total time: 35 mins Ingredients 2.5 cups oat flour (oats blended in food processor) 1/2 cup desiccated coconut 1/4 cup milk 1/4 cup maple syrup or any other liquid sweetener 1/4 cup melted coconut oil 1-2 tsp cinnamon 1 tsp vanilla extract Pinch of salt Instructions 1. Preheat your oven to 160 degrees and line your baking tray with baking paper 2. Next mix together oat flour, desiccated coconut, cinnamon and salt. 3. In a pan gently heat up maple syrup with coconut oil and vanilla extract. 4. Add in the milk and pour in the bowl with dry ingredients 5. Combine well together and spread on the prepared baking tray 6. Press down hard to ensure the mixture sticks together. Use a spatula or the back of a wooden spoon 7. Place in the oven and bake for 25 min. 8. Once baked, leave in the oven with the oven door a jar for another 15 minutes Break into pieces and enjoy! Read more recipe ideas from Hedi at hedihearts.com

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TOP TIPS TO MAINTAIN A youthful appearance September is Healthy Ageing Month, and to help us to remain looking our best, Dr Leah Totton, one of the UK’s leading aesthetics doctors and winner of the BBC TV series The Apprentice in 2013, has put together her top hints and tips to help you maintain a youthful appearance:

Wear broad spectrum SPF A minimum of SPF 50 should be worn daily to protect from the skins damaging rays. Not only can the UV age, discolour and dehydrate the skin, it is the number one cause of skin cancer. For additional protection use a broad spectrum SPF that contains Vitamin C and E. These Vitamins are potent anti-oxidants proven to repair the skin and also increase the effectiveness of your sunscreen, and remember you need to reapply your SPF regularly! My recommendation would be Obagi Sun Shield SPF50 for powerful sun protection

Stay Hydrated – inside and out Drink plenty of water as higher temperatures can lead to internal dehydration, which in turn can result in headaches and dizzy spells. Externally if your skin is dehydrated it can feel tight and look dull. I would recommend using serums or boosters containing moisture binding ingredients (known as humectants) such as hyaluronic acid, honey and Sodium PCA.

Keep fit and eat healthily First and foremost, we advocate a healthy diet and lifestyle, consisting of a well-balanced diet and regular exercise. Exercise not only gives you energy, it can help maintain a youthful figure, while a balanced diet will provide all the nutrients you need to keep active and on the go.

A helping hand There is nothing wrong with introducing a helping hand to target areas of concern and boost your confidence. There are a number of treatments available for example: • Botox to reduce fine lines • Fat Freezing to target unwanted fat pockets and in turn help loose fat inches faster • Silhouette Soft - a two phased non-surgical face and neck lift. The initial skin lift is immediate, but the results are progressive and after three months, the body will react by producing its own collagen to rejuvenate the face. For more information visit www.drleah.co.uk

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Do you have too many

BASICS? Written by Ruth Essex

As you sort your wardrobe for the change of season, take time to really review what to keep and what to let go. Identify which items you enjoyed wearing, then ensure you keep these for next year. Next look at how many basics you have; the clothes that do not draw too much attention such as plain tops, dark jeans, black trousers and plain cardigans. Count each pile then decide how many of each basic you really need? Yes, basics are versatile; however you still will only wear one t-shirt at a time. Summer is a time for spilling Sangria, so if the item did not survive without casualty, just let it go. Analyse any hardly worn items to determine why? Did you find your bottoms are too plain and with a plain top, the outfit was just too boring? Do you prefer more interesting features in your clothes? If your legs are not your best feature then keep plain, basic bottoms, but use more interesting tops. And conversely, if you have great legs, then wear pattern and interest on your bottom half, and go for plainer tops instead. Check for colours that don’t really suit you. The ones you try on, then throw on the bed and grab a different colour every time. It is normal to make some mistakes; just do so occasionally not frequently.

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Sometimes we just don’t wear things because they make us feel flat. Why choose rice pudding when your favourite tiramisu is also available?

I am not saying get rid of all your basics, I am just asking you to think about the things that were not worn and why, so you don’t make the same mistake again next year.

You should dress each day with the aim of feeling good in your outfit, if not great, clothes that fit and flatter you. It lifts your spirits and if you get a compliment along the way, that is all good.

Ruth Essex, is an image consultant at Mycolourcoach.co.uk Tel: 07900 910666

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Wedding day timings Wedding day timings are possibly one of the hardest things to gauge, especially if your wedding is the first large-scale event you’ve ever organised! Whilst there’s no one-size-fits-all template, hopefully the information below will give you a better idea of where to start, the key elements to include and most importantly, for how long. So let’s start from the beginning… Bridal Prep If you’re having your hair and makeup done professionally then let your hair and make-up artist know when you need to be ready by and ask for a breakdown of timings per person. If you and your bridal party are doing your own hair and make-up, then once again work back from the time when you all need to be ready to leave. Think about how long it takes for you and your bridal party to get ready and then double it! With the amount of excitement on the day, getting ready WILL take longer than you think! As a failsafe, allow a buffer of at least an hour for hair and make-up touch-ups and bubbles! The Ceremony When it comes to your ceremony and arrivals I usually advise the following: • Groom and Groomsmen – 40 minutes before the ceremony • Guests – 30 minutes before the ceremony • Groom’s parents – 15 minutes before the ceremony • Mother of the Bride and Bridesmaids – 10 minutes before the ceremony • Bride and Father of the Bride – 5 minutes before the ceremony (and yes this includes a Church ceremony, fashionably or traditionally late is NOT an option) For the ceremony itself, allow 25 to 35 minutes for a non-religious or civil wedding/partnership, and between 45 and 90 minutes for a religious ceremony (depending on the type of ceremony, number of readings, number of hymns etc).

Written by Katrina Otter

Drinks Reception Personally, the perfect length for a drinks reception is between 1 and 2 hours as this will give your photographer enough time for group and personal photos (allow 5 minutes per group photo and at least 30 minutes for your personal/couple photos), whilst still giving you enough time to see your canapés, enjoy your drinks reception and speak to your guests. Seating Guests Allow 15 to 30 minutes as this will give your guests a little breather (and time for a toilet break), plenty of time to find their seats and for your ushers to round up any stragglers! If you’re opting for a traditional receiving line, then add at least an extra 30 minutes on top of this! Speeches As a rule of thumb and if you can, allocate each speaker no more than 10 minutes, with speeches lasting no longer than a combined 30 to 40 minutes. Personally, any longer is too long and your day will lose momentum as a result. Wedding Breakfast As a general guide allow up to 2 hours for a 3 course meal but if in doubt, ask your caterer! Evening Reception Once the evening reception has begun, timings can and do go out the window! The most important elements to factor in as early on in the evening as possible are the cutting of the cake and your first dance. www.katrinaotterweddings.co.uk

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Tony Lumb Wedding Photography

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TELL US ABOUT THE COMPANY: Plattens is a fourth generation family run business overlooking the stunning coastal views of the harbour. Our takeaway not only provides delicious, quality food, but also a seaside view you won’t forget in a hurry. WHAT ROLE DO YOU PLAY IN THE COMPANY? I am the manager and my main duty is simply to get the best out of each day. We are always evolving to meet the needs and demands of the public and it is my job to ensure that we are leaders in our field and to be the best at what we do. WHAT MAKES YOUR COMPANY SPECIAL? Plattens is industrial and rugged with an emphasis on bringing a small part of our coastline to the public. We are a leader in innovative design and no longer look like any other fish and chip shop across the country. We’ve stepped it up a gear to produce the best customer experience around! WHAT DO YOU LOVE ABOUT WORKING IN THE EAST OF ENGLAND? What better place could you ask to work? One of

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the best strips of coastline and beach in the world is on our front door and although manic in the summer the seasonality gives us time to reflect and continue improving in the winter. WHAT IS YOUR FAVOURITE PLACE TO VISIT IN EAST ANGLIA? The East Hills (Wells-next-the-Sea). A brisk walk out to this stretch of sand just to the East of the lifeboat station and you’d think you were miles away from anyone. Get the tide right and there’s no better place to spend your time relaxing. WHERE IS YOUR FAVOURITE PLACE TO DINE IN THE REGION? The Constantia Cottage Restaurant. A little gem of an authentic Greek restaurant ran by two brothers in East Runton. They hold many a themed night and really know how to get the restaurant dancing. A fantastic night out for all. WHAT CAN EASTLIFE READERS LOOK FORWARD TO FROM PLATTENS FISH AND CHIPS THIS YEAR? The Fryers Bounty, named after Wells-next-theSea’s seafaring hero, John Fryer, our upcoming restaurant will reflect the rustic and charming nature of life by the sea. Surrounded by old, seafaring artefacts and trinkets from a world gone by, you’ll be able to enjoy flame-grilled crab, lobster and tender steaks that’ll tantalise your tastebuds! www.plattensfishandchips.co.uk

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take a 1 litre bottle. What I like is a slot between the seats which securely takes a smart phone, so no grappling under the seats to find a lost phone. The boot has folding hooks for the handles of a grocery bag, which prevents me having to clamber inside the boot to retrieve items in far corners and there is an optional set of nets in varying sizes, or a flexible storage holder for carrying smaller objects. The luggage compartment shelf can be fixed in two positions and the boot floor can be raised to be level with the sill providing secret storage underneath. Skoda launched the Fabia Monte Carlo to celebrate 100 years of the legendary Monte Carlo Rally and 110 years of Skoda’s participation in motorsport. Technology from motorsport helps make this sporty looking car inexpensive to run. The popular 1.2 litre petrol engine has a lovely growl on acceleration which is instant. Yet despite its boy racer looks the Fabia is kind to the environment and to your pocket achieving 60.1mpg. With C02 emissions of just 107g/ km the annual cost for road tax is just £20. When getting out of the Fabia on busy roads, what I appreciate is the ability of the doors to stay open where they are put! I have to say I shall miss this Skoda Fabia and so will the kids. The small car is gorgeous looking, very practical for transporting kids and has lots of gadgets. And the fact that it is saving me money on the school run means I can invest in a spa day!

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Au natural Not to be overlooked is the prominence of natural wood in this transitional period. Statement pieces bring the outdoors inside and return us to nature. Shimmering bronzes and silvers evoke a sense of sophisticated calm and catch the late autumn sun beautifully. Get the look: Bring elements of the outdoors inside through the use of faux furs and wool knits, and opt for bare twigs or smaller blooms, instead of lush green leaves, to reflect the season. Carrying through from S/S 2016 natural wood remains prominent, and we can see nature’s influence throughout all of the key looks. Calming Blue Chester Double Bedstead - £949, ercol Teramo Side Table £156, Mirage Rug - £249, Blyton Pendant Light - £79 www.furniturevillage.co.uk

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Most small gardens and particularly town gardens have to be practical as well as visually appealing. Often the only private space a client has to relax in, they may serve as a ‘room outside’ as well as a garden and therefore need to work extra hard providing interest year round. This ‘all season interest’ relates to both the hard landscaping, which realizes the design and the soft landscaping, which should always be designed with plants that span the seasons. The hard landscaping should be constructed from materials that can take the shade, although it is asking a lot of a stone or wood not to naturally turn green with algae in areas of low light. The power of nature can only be defied so far but with careful selection of products the ongoing maintenance of the scheme it can be minimized. Think low maintenance, rather than no maintenance and a happy balance will be achieved.

Choosing furniture and creating attractive storage outside can contribute hugely towards making your garden a truly unique space and one that lends itself to use all year round. Terraces with outdoor sofas and generous dining tables look fabulous when they are dressed with cushions, lit with candles and filled with friends and family. Kate Gould is an award-winning garden designer with more than a decade’s hands-on experience transforming gardens of all sizes. www.kategouldgardens.com

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Written by Collette Hoefkens, proprietor at Norton Way Gallery and an artist in her own right. The Thompson’s Gallery, Aldeburgh, has a busy calendar of events throughout the year. This September it celebrates the start of the autumn season with an exciting new group show from some of the gallery’s regular artists. Representing over 160 artists, Thompson’s have an amazing catalogue of skill, talent and creativity to choose from. This latest exhibition will include works from Peter King, Stephanie Rew, Jonathan Robertson, Judith Brigland and Ken Howard to name but a few.

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“I gather my visual language from the grace of everyday ordinariness, private worlds, unguarded moments, the unsaid - the trace of human presence. I paint what makes me curious and seek to render the truest emotional response that made me first stop and take note.” – Angela A’Court. Yet another view of our diverse existence is beautifully portrayed in the almost haunting works of Ken Howard. Movement and space is encapsulated within his timeless compositions of oil on canvas.

This comprehensive collection is a rich feast of vibrancy, texture and subject. From solitary portraits to lively genre scenes and from atmospheric landscapes to thought provoking still lifes, human activity and the wondrous world in which it occurs is captured in a myriad of colour and media.

This show has to be a definite must for every art appreciator in the region. However, if you are unfortunate enough to miss it, check the website for details about future exhibitions at either of the Suffolk or London venues. Committed to sourcing originals works from the artists they represent, each gallery holds up to 11 collections a year.

Judith Brigland’s beautiful brushstrokes of fluid oil cascade to form hills, banks and rivers. Bold and bright ultramarine, ochre and violet hues converge to form vistas of vitality and depth. A stunning contrast are the subtle and quietly arresting works of Angela A’Court. Her gentle and tender pastel paintings convey private moments of everyday personal ritual and routine.

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The Suffolk Punch Trust Home of the Hollesley Bay Colony Stud

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SEPTEMBER ARTS NEWS A TRIBUTE TO ANDY WILLIAMS – MOON RIVER & ME Jimmy Osmond, who celebrates his 50th anniversary in the music business in 2016, returns to the UK this autumn with a brand new live show - A Tribute to Andy Williams – Moon River and Me.

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Packed with award-winning music, nostalgic footage and Jimmy’s own personal memories of Andy Williams, the 27 date nationwide tour will begin on 26 September and run through until 30 October. He will be taking to the stage in East Anglia on 27 Sept at Cliffs Pavilion Southend, The Regent in Ipswich on 13 October, The Grove in Dunstable on 19 October and The King’s Lynn Corn Exchange on 28 October. The youngest member of the world-famous Osmond family is joined by The Moon River Band with special guest stars Charlie Green and Emily Penny, and naturally, a show with an Osmond would not be complete without some of the chart-topping hits that made Jimmy and his brothers famous. Jimmy has recently appeared on our screens in Celebrity Masterchef where he demonstrated his cooking skills!

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Fine Art Meets Technology at Cambridge Art Fair 2016 Fine art meets technology at this year’s Cambridge Art Fair, 30 September to 2 October, as it becomes the first UK art fair to use an exciting new mobile app specially designed for the art industry. Jamie McCallum, CEO of Art Retail Network Limited, the developers of the app called ActivCanvas® said, “I’m pleased to say that Cambridge will be the very first example in the world of ActivCanvas® technology being used by an art fair organiser to the benefit of their exhibitors and their respective art buyers.” The app will be trialled with a number of exhibitors at the fair as the developers seek to discover how attendees interact with the technology. Craig Kerrecoe, the organiser of Cambridge Art Fair said: “We look forward to seeing how it improves the experience of our attendees.” The Fair takes places at The Guildhall, Market Square, Cambridge. www.cambridgeartfair.com

Eastlife will be offering the chance to win a pair of tickets to each of the East Anglian venues! For more details visit www.eastlife.co.uk

Art on the Prom set to attract over 20,000 visitors Art on the Prom is returning to Felixstowe’s historic promenade on Sunday 4 September, 10am-4.30pm. Now in its 13th year, the free event is expected to draw over 20,000 visitors, offering the public the chance to view and purchase artwork from over 100 local artists, including jewellery, ceramics, paintings and photography. As well as over 80 artist stalls, musical talent such as the Tutti Frutti choir and Ipswich Hospital band with the addition of the Danegeld Morris Dancers and the Skidaddle Ceilidh band. This year’s event will feature an art installation by Tracy Barritt-Brown who has created a willow sculpture depicting a Victorian family, complete with dog, which will be a permanent feature in the Spa Gardens. www.artontheprom.org

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Shirley Carnt

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Shirley Carnt (Deterding) is a truly international artist who, since the 60s, has exhibited worldwide with regular shows in Central London as well as her annual exhibitions in her native Norfolk, England. Shirley has recently been awarded Oil Painter of the Year by Aspire magazine and has also produced a number of illustrated books. She now lives and works from her studio at Coastguard House, on the edge of the marsh at Thornham, where uninterrupted views of the sea, marsh and the ever changing sky continue to give her inspiration. Shirley Carnt’s work is in many private and public collections worldwide. Her work can be viewed at her Studio by appointment, if you would like to view her paintings please email or telephone. All works can be shipped UK and worldwide by specialist carriers at cost.

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10-17 September, CHERRY HINTON FESTIVAL The Cherry Hinton Village will be bustling with activity across the week with everything from a comedy night to a traditional duck race. The week concludes with a Festival Day at the Recreation Ground where you will be treated to fantastic live music, community performances and children’s entertainment. www.cherryhintonfestival.org 17-18 September, CAMBRIDGE FOOD GARDEN AND PRODUCE FESTIVAL This hugely popular festival returns to Parkers Piece with last year’s Great British Bake Off Finalist Ian Cumming judging the baking entries, a must see for cake enthusiasts! Green-fingered Cambridge News Gardening Correspondent Colin Hambidge will be judging the fruit, vegetable and flower classes and you can also watch cookery demonstrations to inspire from chefs that include MasterChef contestant Ondine Hartgroves. www.oakleighfairs.co.uk/foodandgarden 23-25 September, CAMBRIDGE CRAFT BEER AND CIDER FESTIVAL Real ale lovers will not want to miss sampling an array of local, national and international craft beers and ciders. Taking place at the Cambridge Leisure Park with live music and the chance to meet the brewers, it’s the perfect opportunity to discover your new favourite tipple. www.clickit-tickets.co.uk

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their use of colour and fabrics, but most of all for their great fit and slightly edgier take on the retro theme. www.lilacrose.co.uk Petrus 67, Bridge Street Cambridge CB2 1UR A five year stay in Amsterdam for Petra and Steve Slack before setting up Petrus, has definitely added a European flavour to their venture. Brands stocked include quirky Dutch brand Sandwich, whose clothes and accessories for women use unusual, high-quality fabrics to create a distinct look; Danish favourite InWear is also very popular. Not forgetting the guys, Original Penguin is great for casual comfort and for the smart set, Gibson London is always a winner. Bridges, 20 Bridge Street, Cambridge CB2 1UF Take one look at the Bridges’ team and you can see their passion for serving fresh and nutritious food is not a passing fad – it’s a way of life. Knowledgeable about nutrition, owner Chan Yip is always happy to discuss dietary matters, offering help and advice about the vitamin and mineral properties of the cafe’s menu. Something you must try is the range of juices and smoothies – carefully developed to keep you feeling on top of your game, such as ‘The Detox’, a juice drink containing a mix of Swiss chard, kale and apple. www.bridgescambridge.co.uk Green Street Catesby’s Cafe, 10 Green Street, Cambridge CB2 3JU Green Street has become a real indie shopping destination – a pretty cobbled street with lots of independent shops and cafes, of which one of the finest, Catesby’s, is at No.10 – a beautifully restored 17th Century townhouse that provides the perfect backdrop to this very special home lifestyle store and cafe. Tucked away from the bustle of the street on the first floor, the cafe serves up a range of delicious

Modish, 3 Green Street, Cambridge CB2 3JU Owner Sarah Decent is somewhat passionate (some may say borderline obsessive) about hunting down shoes from around the world that are unusual, beautiful and most importantly – comfortable. Sarah used to live in Rome and work in Madrid, so you’ll find plenty of beautiful Italian and Spanish shoes, often from designers new to the UK. So whilst popular brands such as Fly London and Geox are firm favourites, there’s also plenty that are different from the usual high-street offering. www.modishonline.co.uk Magdalene Street Bowns and Bis, 24 & 25 Magdalene Street, Cambridge CB3 0AF Walking along Magdalene Street, as the pavements begin to narrow and the buildings go back in time, there, nestled beneath the eaves of one such building is Bowns and Bis. The large timber-framed space was once a 16th Century inn, but is now filled with rails of gorgeous dresses, elegant work clothes and wedding outfits. The back of the shop leads you through next door to ‘Bis’ – with weekend, casual clothing and accessories. Brands stocked include Vivienne Westwood, Paul Smith, Carven, Paul and Joe, Margaret Howell and Nicole Farhi. www.bownscambridge.com Della Kaur, 31 Magdalene Street, Cambridge CB3 0AF The place to find a stunning range of beautifully designed and handmade, classic and contemporary jewellery and accessories with a unique feel. The fine jewellery is from British and European designers alongside master jeweller Christopher Powell, one of the UK’s leading jewellery designers and makers. For her pure pashminas, silk scarves and silk and leather bags, owner Della Gould sources designs and material from India and Asia. She is passionate about taking ideas from different cultures and blending them with day-to-day fashions to work for contemporary women’s lifestyles. www.dellakaur.co.uk All these places and more can be found in the colourful and informative third edition of the book Independent Cambridge, available from Waterstones, Heffers, many of the independent shops and online at www.independent-cambridge.co.uk

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20-Sep Wrecking Ball Consent, power, authorship and putting words in other people’s mouths. It’s about the seductive power of make-believe. A funny, surreal and unsettling new play for 2 performers and an audience. The Junction, Clifton Way, Cambridge, CB1 7GX 01223 511511. www.junction.co.uk 21-24 Sep Iolanthe The Players take a dig at ineffectual political rivalries with this satirical story about what happens when a band of fairies take over Parliament. Key Theatre, Embankment Road, Peterborough, PE1 1EF. 01733 207239. www.vivacity-peterborough.com 21 Sep - 1 Oct Fame: The Musical Featuring a cast of professionally trained performers, a live band, FAME is indeed ‘going to live forever’ with this fresh and energetic new production! ADC Theatre, Park Street, Cambridge, CB5 8AS 01223 359547. www.adctheatre.com 22-Sep Marcus Brigstocke: Why the long face? This is a show about gratitude and happiness...with just a tiny bit of wild eyed, incredulous, livid ranting. The Junction, Clifton Way, Cambridge, CB1 7GX 01223 511511. www.junction.co.uk 23-Sep Ed Gamble Join the always hilarious Ed Gamble as he thunders into town with a wagonload of misguided opinions and wild conjecture. Key Theatre, Embankment Road, Peterborough, PE1 1EF. 01733 207239 www.vivacity-peterborough.com 23-Sep Joel Dommett Catch the star of Sky1s Bring The Noise as he delivers his high octane comedy to venues up and down the country. The Junction, Clifton Way, Cambridge, CB1 7GX. 01223 511511. www.junction.co.uk 24-Sep James Acaster: Reset James Acaster finds himself with something to look forward to. Something he’s always wanted. Something we all want. The Junction, Clifton Way, Cambridge CB1 7GX. 01223 511511. www.junction.co.uk 25-30 Sep Dave Gorman Taking a mischievous look at modern life, Dave will share his observations and frustrations with a little help from his laptop. The Junction, Clifton Way, Cambridge, CB1 7GX.

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born. Key Theatre, Embankment Road, Peterborough, PE1 1EF. 01733 207239 www.vivacity-peterborough.com 16-Sep Mercury Tribute Act Winners of the National Tribute Awards, ‘Mercury’ are firmly established itself as one of the most authentic tributes to the legend that is Freddie Mercury and Queen. The Cresset, Bretton Centre, Peterborough, PE3 8DX. 01733 265705 www.cresset.co.uk 16-Sep System 7 & Mirror System Centered around the creative powerhouse of Steve Hillage and Miquette Giraudy, this group has been making superbly uplifting psychedelic techno and ambient music since their inception in 1990. The Junction, Clifton Way, Cambridge, CB1 7GX. 01223 511511 www.junction.co.uk 17-Sep Twisting the Night Away An authentic modern day celebration featuring the powerhouse vocals of retro King Si Cranstoun and his band’s blend of Doo Wop, Rock n’ Roll and the early sounds of Soul. Key Theatre, Embankment Road, Peterborough, PE1 1EF 01733 207239. www.vivacity-peterborough.com 18-Sep Jane McDonald Singer and TV star Jane McDonald, one of the nation’s favourite entertainers is returning to Peterborough. This time with her brand-new show! The Cresset, Bretton Centre, Peterborough, PE3 8DX 01733 265705. www.cresset.co.uk 19-Sep Back to Bacharach Celebrating the magical music of Burt Bacharach, one of the most accomplished popular composers of the 20th Century, who together with Hal David penned some of the most memorable and iconic hits that stand the test of time.Key Theatre, Embankment Road, Peterborough, PE1 1EF. 01733 207239 www.vivacity-peterborough.com 21-Sep Rura Rura ‘s exquisitely rugged, yet refined blend of fiddle, highland pipes, voice, flute, bodhran and guitar has proven a resounding hit across the board, and with audiences and critics alike. The Junction, Clifton Way, Cambridge, CB1 7GX 01223 511511. www.junction.co.uk 22-Sep Ultimate Eagles Building on the phenomenal success of their 2015 European Tour, the internationally acclaimed Ultimate Eagles celebrate the 40th anniversary of the legendary album ‘Hotel California’. Cambridge Corn Exchange, 3 Parson’s Court, Cambridge CB2 3QE. 01223 791791 www.cambridgelivetrust.co.uk 23-Sep Standing Like Statues Cambridge premier pop punk act hit the Portland again for another rammed show. Expect sing-a-longs, crunchy riffs and hooks galore. The Portland Arms, 129 Chesterton Road, Cambridge, CB4 3BA 01223 791791. www.cambridgelivetrust.co.uk 24-Sep Secret Affair Mod Revival, New Wave, Soul & Pop. Secret Affair are each of these and all of these! The Junction, Clifton Way, Cambridge, CB1 7GX. 01223 511511 www.junction.co.uk 25-Sep Kings of Cool with Matt Ford A celebration of the coolest crooners.

The hits of Frank Sinatra, Tony Bennett, Michael Buble, Bobby Darin, Matt Monro, Andy Williams and many more. Key Theatre, Embankment Road, Peterborough, PE1 1EF. 01733 207239. www.vivacity-peterborough.com

each showcasing an impressive variety of high quality work from their portfolios of artists from the UK and around the world. Cambridge Guildhall, 2 Wheeler Street, Cambridge CB2 3QB. 01223 791758 www.cambridgelivetrust.co.uk

25-Sep Beth Orton Kidsticks reframes Beth’s unmistakable voice inside ten pure, audacious, playful and kinetic songs. The Junction, Clifton Way, Cambridge, CB1 7GX. 01223 511511 www.junction.co.uk

SPECIAL EVENTS 3-4 Sep Key Feste A jam-packed family weekend of free entertainment with live music, dance acts, and performance art. Key Theatre, Embankment Road, Peterborough, PE1 1EF. 01733 207239. www.vivacity-peterborough.com

26-Sep Blossoms Following the release of their highly-anticipated debut album, Blossoms will embark on a headline UK tour, taking in 11 venues across the country. The Junction, Clifton Way, Cambridge, CB1 7GX. 01223 511511. www.junction.co.uk 26-Sep Spiro One of the most exciting and unique quartets you’re likely to hear, creating a locked-in ensemble sound that’s a relentless, wonderfully overpowering assault on the eardrums. The Junction, Clifton Way, Cambridge, CB1 7GX. 01223 511511 www.junction.co.uk 26-Sep Natalie McCool McCool’s recordings have every hallmark of great pop music with a fresh twist of modern alternative influences. The Portland Arms, 129 Chesterton Road, Cambridge, CB4 3BA. 01223 791791 www.cambridgelivetrust.co.uk 27-Sep Rat Boy Building a reputation as a riotous live performer, every single Rat Boy headline gig has been sold-out. The Junction, Clifton Way, Cambridge CB1 7GX. 01223 511511. www.junction.co.uk 30-Sep Big Girls Don’t Cry Authentically reviving the sublime harmonies of New Jersey’s finest, it showcases Frankie’s incredible falsettos, and features solo hits that range from the exuberant to the spine-tingling–show-stealers. Cambridge Corn Exchange, 3 Parson’s Court, Cambridge CB2 3QE. 01223 791791. www.cambridgelivetrust.co.uk ARTS & EXHIBITIONS 8 Sep - 9 Oct Landscape Exhibition Showcasing talented and contemporary artists & featuring their unique portrayal of landscapes. From familiar sights to places that must have come from a dream. Byard Art, 14 King’s Parade, Cambridge, CB2 1SJ. 01223 464646. www.byardart.co.uk 22-Sep Colour: The Art & Science of Illuminated Manuscripts This exhibition hosts a stunning display of 150 illuminated manuscripts from the Museum’s rich collections. They range from the prayerbooks of European royalty and merchants to local treasures like the Macclesfield Psalter. Fitzwilliam Museum, Trumpington Street, Cambridge CB2 1RB. 01223 332900 25-Sep Playing Up: Live Art for Kids and Adults Artwork by Sibylle Peters, exploring the potential of Live Art to bridge generations. The Junction, Clifton Way Cambridge, CB1 7GX. 01223 748 100 www.kettlesyard.co.uk 30 Sep - 2 Oct Cambridge Art Fair A fantastic selection of art galleries and dealers take part in Cambridge Art Fair,

3-Sep Illuminated Boat Parade 2016 The parade begins at dusk when the boats start from Nobles Field, sail past The Quay up to Jones Boatyard, and return. Nobles Field, St Ives. stivesfest. org.uk 10-18 Sep Heritage Open Days See parts of the Cathedral Precincts not normally open to the public and be amongst the first to see inside the new Cathedral Visitor and Learning Centre. Peterborough Cathedral , Peterborough PE1 1XS, 01733 355315. www.peterborough-cathedral.org.uk 17-18 Sep The Cambridge Food Garden & Produce Show Ever fancied entering your beautiful home-grown fruit and veg in a Produce Show - well now is your chance! Parker’s Piece, Cambridge, CB11JF www.oakleighfairs.co.uk 17-25 Sep Nene Valley Festival A whole host of events are happening throughout the nene valley from Northampton to Peterborough, over these 9 days. Ferry Meadows, Ham Lane Peterborough, PE2 5UU. 01733 234193 www.neneparktrust.org.uk 17-Sep Alzheimer’s Society Peterborough Memory Walk Join the Peterborough Memory Walk to raise money to support people with dementia and find a cure. Colney Meadow, Ferry Meadows Country Park, Peterborough. www.memorywalk.org.uk/find-awalk/peterborough 21-25 Sep Gravity Fields Festival Based in and around Grantham, a packed programme of science, arts, heritage, music, drama and outdoor events takes the theme of ‘Genius’ to celebrate Newton’s legacy. Various venues around, Grantham. 01476 406158 www.gravityfields.co.uk 25-Sep Milton Country Park Autumn Festival With wild outdoor play, traditional craft, magical adventures and a hint of days gone by, this is a fashionably-old-fashioned event. Milton Country Park, Cambridge Road, Milton, CB24 6AZ. 01223 420060. www.miltoncountrypark.org AUCTIONS & ANTIQUES 11-Sep The Ely Flea New to Ely, antiques and collectors fair with stamps, postcards, vintage clothing, watches and a variety of decorative items from a range of eras. Centre E24, Barton Road, Ely, CB7 4DE 07583 809222 18-Sep The Reloved and Vintage Fair Vintage homewares and kitchenalia, curious and collectables, preloved up cycled shabby chic furniture and more. Whittlesford Memorial Hall, Whittlesford

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The Colne Valley, an area of beauty in the heart of North Essex, has something for everyone; rolling countryside walks, villages rich in history and even great shopping experiences. Earls Colne, named after the flowing River Colne, offers a 13th Century church and many 17th Century houses to admire, and the nearby Chalkney Wood is a popular destination for walkers. Using Earls Colne as your base, heading south will lead you to the beautiful village of Coggeshall, where you can find the family-run West Street Vineyard for a glorious vineyard walk and a bite to eat at the on-site restaurant, which serves brunch to dinner and even afternoon tea. The vineyard offers the opportunity to learn more about wine with its ‘Vineyard Walk and Wine’ course, which offers groups of four or more the chance to taste a selection of six English wines. Every Saturday the vineyard hosts an informal workshop where you can improve your wine tasting skills and learn more about grape varieties and food and wine matching. For more details visit www.weststreetvineyard.co.uk Braintree is close by, a picturesque town with quaint old streets and buildings, which meet a modern vibe. The traditional street market continues to be held on Wednesdays and Saturdays. Still a large, plentiful market, it covers not only the Market Square through to Great Square, but Bank Street, New Street and High Street too.

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The town also holds the popular designer shopping village, Freeport, where you can stroll in the open spaces, hunt for bargains and enjoy a hearty South American-inspired evening meal at the newly-opened Las Iguanas kitchen and bar. Just outside Braintree, Great Notley Country Park is ideal for tiring out adventurous children. It features a climbing forest and giant see-saws plus Essex’s biggest climbing frame. Between Witham and Braintree you’ll also find Cressing Temple, the largest medieval barn of its kind in Europe, which holds a number of events throughout the year and a regular farmers’ market. Back in our starting point of Earls Colne, if you head north towards Bures and Sudbury you are treated to the magnificent views that the Stour Valley has to offer. Once in Sudbury, Clare Castle Country Park provides much to learn about the 13th Century stone castle remains that overlook the town. Just outside the nearby town of Halstead you’ll find Hedingham Castle, where you’ll discover one of the country’s best preserved Norman keeps with medieval re-enactments loved by children and adults alike. Also near the castle within the village of Castle Hedingham you’ll find the Colne Valley Railway heritage railway, with its short running line and activities for families including demonstration train rides. For more information visit www.colnevalleyrailway.co.uk

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standing inns and guest houses, gift and homeware shops as well as several boutiques, all of which sit among essentials such as banks, hairdressers and chemists. The campaign has been created by a group of local business men and women who have come together on a voluntary basis to help keep the high street busy. This month sees the launch of the discount “coin”, in which people are asked to sign up to show their support and in return will receive their “coin” which will make them eligible for special discounts and promotions from businesses throughout the town on certain days through the month. The first day will be 11 September. The discount days will be published on the Town’s Facebook page (www.facebook.com/DunmowTown Team) and emails will be sent to those registered informing them of when the next day is and what offers will be available. There is also a reward scheme being released where after 12 visits to the town and proof of purchase for each visit you can claim a voucher of £5 or £10 to spend in one of the shops of your choice.

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What’s on in Essex THEATRE & SHOWS 8-Sep Jonathan Pie Live Jonathan Pie is a respected News reporter for a respected News broadcaster but he has a problem. He has several problems. He hates his job. He hates his colleagues. Palace Theatre , 430 London Road, Westcliff-on-Sea SS0 9LA. 01702 351135. www.southendtheatres.org.uk 8-17 Sep Rodgers and Hammerstein’s Carousel Follow the romances of the carousel barker Billy Bigelow and millworker Julie Jordan, and of Julie’s friend Carrie Pipperidge and the ambitious fisherman Enoch Snow. Mercury Theatre, Balkerne Gate, Colchester, CO1 1PT. 01206 573948 www.mercurytheatre.co.uk 9-Sep Carmen: Russian State Opera Following their outstanding La Traviata, The Russian State Opera returns with their UK premiere of Carmen, an exciting and colourful story of high passion and tragedy. The Harlow Playhouse, Playhouse Square, Harlow, CM20 1LS 01279 431945. www.playhouseharlow.com 13-17 Sep And Then There Were None Adapted to stage from Agatha Christie’s bestselling novel, this superlative crime thriller will leave you hanging on the edge of your seat. Palace Theatre, 430 London Road, Westcliff-on-Sea, SS0 9LA. 01702 351135. www.southendtheatres.org.uk 13-17 Sep Dead Sheep The true story of how Mrs Thatcher, once the most powerful woman in the world, was brought down by Geoffrey Howe, her one time friend and political soul mate, with one of the greatest speeches ever made. Palace Theatre, 430 London Road, Westcliff-on-Sea, SS0 9LA 01702 351135. www.southendtheatres.org.uk 15-17 Sep Three More Sleepless Nights A short, innovative, thought-provoking and funny play by the renowned playwright Caryl Churchill. Brentwood Theatre, 15 Shenfield Road, Brentwood CM15 8AG. 01277 200305 www.brentwood-theatre.co.uk 15-17 Sep One Man Two Guvnors A slapstick riot from start to finish. Come and see the funny side of funny with the biggest comedy smash hit that knocked the West End sideways. Cramphorn Duke Street, Chelmsford, CM1 1JG 01245 606505. www.chelmsford.gov.uk 16-Sep An Evening of Burlesque Scintillating, titillating, mesmerising, fantasizing, a place you’ve never seen, a world you’ve never been…..all in one evening! Civic Theatre, Duke Street, Chelmsford, CM1 1JG. 01245 606505 www.chelmsford.gov.uk

19-24 Sep A Party To Murder Six people have come in secret on Halloween to play a murder mystery game at a rustic island cottage. Palace Theatre, 430 London Road, Westcliff-on-Sea, SS0 9LA 01702 351135. www.southendtheatres.org.uk 19-Sep ELE Group presents Hearts & Minds Hearts & Minds shares the politics of love, work and life, with staged readings of bold new writing from emergent local writers in six short plays. Queen’s Theatre, Billet Lane, Hornchurch, RM11 1QT. 01708 443333. www.queens-theatre.co.uk 20-24 Sep The Final Curtain A comedy where the action takes place in a retirement home for actors, dancers and film stars. A comedy of mistakes brings us to an unusual conclusion. Palace Theatre, 430 London Road, Westcliff-on-Sea, SS0 9LA. 01702 351135 www.southendtheatres.org.uk 20-24 Sep Sunny Afternoon Winner of the 2015 Olivier Award for Best New Musical, Sunny Afternoon is an irresistible musical with slick theatricality and ingenious storytelling at its heart. Cliffs Pavilion, Station Road, Southend-on-Sea, SS0 7RA. 01702 351135 www.southendtheatres.org.uk 21-Sep Jethro; 40 Years The Joker A memorable evening of hysterical nonsense, as we take a peek into the circus lurking deep within the mind of, probably the greatest, comic storyteller ever to grace the stage. Civic Theatre, Duke Street, Chelmsford, CM1 1JG 01245 606505. www.chelmsford.gov.uk 21-Sep Pramkicker This darkly funny comedy takes a raucous poke at women who (horror!) choose to remain proudly child-free. Queen’s Theatre, Billet Lane, Hornchurch RM11 1QT. 01708 443333 www.queens-theatre.co.uk 23 Sep - 15 Oct A Month Of Sundays Bob Larbey’s funny and tender masterpiece about growing old. Is it ever enough to keep treating life as a comedy… and if it isn’t, the painful question is: where does he go from here? Queen’s Theatre, Billet Lane, RM11 1QT. 01708 443333. www.queens-theatre.co.uk 23-Sep Marcus Brigstocke: Why the long face? This is a show about gratitude and happiness…with just a tiny bit of wild eyed, incredulous, livid ranting. Mercury Theatre, Balkerne Gate, Colchester, CO1 1PT. 01206 573948 www.mercurytheatre.co.uk 24-Sep Joel Dommett Catch the star of Sky1s Bring The Noise

as he delivers his high octane comedy to venues up and down the country. Cliffs Pavilion, Station Road, Southend-on-Sea, SS0 7RA. 01702 351135 www.southendtheatres.org.uk 24-Sep Isle of Woman A mix of raucous, sharp and witty comedy anthems, heartfelt songs and honest chat expressing life for women of a certain age. West Cliff Theatre, Tower Road, Clacton-on-Sea, CO15 1LE 01255 433344. www.westcliffclacton.co.uk 24-Sep Lee Hurst Comedy Show No. 9. It’s a show, it’s the 9th one and it’s comedy. What else do you need to know? Braintree Arts Theatre, Notley Road, Braintree, CM7 1WY. 01376 556354. www.braintreeartstheatre.com 25-Sep Rob Beckett: Mouth of the South Beckett’s back with a brand-new show of funnies and he’s taking on the big issues like Kit Kats and flatbread! Queen’s Theatre, Billet Lane, Hornchurch, RM11 1QT. 01708 443333. www.queens-theatre.co.uk 26 Sep - 1 Oct Mother Courage & Her Children Contexture Theatre presents a thrillingly relevant production of one of the greatest plays of the 20th Century, and one of the most significant anti-war plays of all time. The Harlow Playhouse, Playhouse Square, Harlow, CM20 1LS 01279 431945.www.playhouseharlow.com 27-Sep At The Mountains of Madness by H.P. Lovecraft Icarus Theatre Collective presents the first theatre adaptation of H.P. Lovecraft’s chilling masterpiece. Cramphorn, Duke Street, Chelmsford, CM1 1JG 01245 606505. www.chelmsford.gov.uk 27 Sep - 1 Oct Barnum This stunning musical follows the irrepressible imagination and dreams of Phineas T Barnum, ‘The Greatest Showman on Earth’. Civic Theatre, Duke Street, Chelmsford, CM1 1JG 01245 606505. www.chelmsford.gov.uk 28-29 Sep Sean Lock: Keep it Light Every three years the comedian Sean Lock writes and tours a new stand-up show. Come and see what he’s blithering on about this time. Cliffs Pavilion, Station Road, Southend-on-Sea, SS0 7RA. 01702 351135, www.southendtheatres.org.uk 30-Sep One Man Star Wars Trilogy Relive the classic first three Star Wars releases with himCharles Ross, as he single-handedly plays all the characters, sings the music, flies the ships, fights the battles and condenses the plots into just sixty minutes! Palace Theatre, 430 London Road, Westcliff-on-Sea, SS0 9LA. 01702 351135. www.southendtheatres.org.uk

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MUSIC 3-Sep An Evening with Jordan & The Gigolos Jordan Marsh brings his five piece band to Brentwood Theatre for one night only for an evening of piano pounding, jump blues, swing, jazz & boogie woogie. Brentwood Theatre, 15 Shenfield Road, Brentwood, CM15 8AG. 01277 200305 www.brentwood-theatre.co.uk 5-Sep The FatBack Band Pioneers of Dance, Funk, Soul, Rap and R’n’B The Fatback Band are the originators of the New York sound that has influenced so many. Palace Theatre, 430 London Road, Westcliff-on-Sea, SS0 9LA. 01702 351135. www.southendtheatres.org.uk 9-Sep Someone Like You Touring UK theatres for the very first time, Someone Like You (The Adele Songbook) is an immaculate celebration of one of our generation’s finest singer-songwriters. Cliffs Pavilion, Station Road, Southend-on-Sea, SS0 7RA 01702 351135. www.southendtheatres.org.uk

24-Sep Colchester Military Wives Choir 2016 Following on from Gareth Malone’s success, the Colchester Military Wives Choir goes from strength to strength. Mercury Theatre, Balkerne Gate, Colchester, CO1 1PT. 01206 573948 www.mercurytheatre.co.uk 25-Sep Bucks Fizz In 2016 the band will celebrate 35 years since winning the Eurovision and they want all their fans to come along and celebrate this anniversary with them! Palace Theatre, 430 London Road, Westcliff-on-Sea, SS0 9LA. 01702 351135 www.southendtheatres.org.uk 25-Sep Geordie MacKeeman & His Rhythm Boys Geordie MacKeeman and his Rhythm Boys are an international sensation causing standing ovations wherever they go. Not to be missed. Cramphorn, Duke Street, Chelmsford, CM1 1JG 01245 606505. www.chelmsford.gov.uk

11-Sep The Style Councillors Go back to the beginning for a trip through one of Paul Weller’s arguably best periods as a songwriter. Palace Theatre, 430 London Road, Westcliff-on-Sea, SS0 9LA. 01702 351135 www.southendtheatres.org.uk

30-Sep An Evening of Dirty Dancing Often imitated but never bettered, this is the original concert celebration of the iconic music from the multi-award winning soundtrack to Dirty Dancing. West Cliff Theatre, Tower Road Clacton-on-Sea, CO15 1LE. 01255 433344. www.westcliffclacton.co.uk

13-Sep BBC Music Introducing Harlow Playhouse and BBC Music Introducing in Essex join forces to present a very special series of live gigs, all handpicked to nurture and give exposure to the freshest artists across the UK. The Harlow Playhouse, Playhouse Square, Harlow, CM20 1LS. 01279 431945 www.playhouseharlow.com

30-Sep Legend of a Band: A Tribute to the Moody Blues The music of the Moody Blues with legendary musicians, singers and songwriters: drummer Gordy Marshall and keyboard player Paul Bliss. Princes Theatre, Station Road, Clacton-on-Sea CO15 1SE. 01255 686633. www.tendringdc.gov.uk//leisure/princes-theatre

15-Sep The Adele Songbook The outstanding Katie Markham, as featured by Graham Norton, presents an immaculate celebration of one of our generation’s finest singer-songwriters. The Harlow Playhouse, Playhouse Square, Harlow, CM20 1LS. 01279 431945 www.playhouseharlow.com

ARTS & EXHIBITIONS 1-3 Sep Ship Ahoy! Exhibition at Redbridge Museum A fun, family exhibition about rivers and the sea. Climb aboard an East India Company Ship bound for exotic India or ride the river Roding on a cargo ship and unload your treasure by crane at Ilford wharf. 2nd Floor Central Library, Clements Road, Ilford, IG1 1EA. 0208 708 2317. www.redbridge.gov.uk/museum

17-Sep Islands In The Stream Celebrating the queen and king of country, Dolly Parton and Kenny Rogers. Civic Theatre, Duke Street, Chelmsford, CM1 1JG. 01245 606505 www.chelmsford.gov.uk 19-Sep The Johnny Cash Roadshow This is simply the best celebration of Johnny Cash in the world. Mercury Theatre, Balkerne Gate, Colchester, CO1 1PT. 01206 573948 www.mercurytheatre.co.uk 21-Sep Quartet In The Dark As part of the 2016 Roman River Music Festival, the dynamic young Sacconi Quartet give an intimate and intense performance of this dramatic late-Beethoven String Quartet from memory in the dark. Mercury Theatre, Balkerne Gate, Colchester, CO1 1PT. 01206 573948 www.mercurytheatre.co.uk 23-Sep G4 ‘Back For Good’ Tour Due to the overwhelming demand for G4, they are delighted to return to the stage in 2016 with their new and exciting “Back For Good” tour. Princes Theatre, Station Road, Clacton-on-Sea, CO15 1SE 01255 686633. www.tendringdc.gov.uk// leisure/princes-theatre

17-18 Sep East Hanningfield Annual Art exhibition and sale An annual high quality art and photographic exhibition from 70 to 80 artists. Plus, craft stalls including glass work, pottery, wood turning, metal jewellery, picture framing. East Hanningfield Village Hall, East Hanningfield, Essex CM3 8AE. 07917 131948 25-Sep Hullbridge Art Exhibition Exhibition and Sale of Artwork by local Artists. Hullbridge Community Centre, Essex, SS5 6PA. 07799 827722 SPECIAL EVENTS 1-Sep Much Ado About Nothing: Shakespeare on the back lawn Performed in the open air, by an all male cast with Elizabethan costume, music and dance. Hylands Park, London Road, Chelmsford CM2 8WQ. 01245 605500 www.chelmsford.gov.uk 3-Sep Southend Splash A family fun All Dayer with UK’s Finest Reggae & Urban Music Showcase showcasing up and coming artists, DJ’s, established local and International

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What’s on in Suffolk THEATRE & SHOWS 4-Sep Adventures with Andy Kershaw Fascinating and often hilarious, hear recollections from a life spent on the front lines of rock & roll, and on the front lines of some of the world’s most extreme and dangerous countries. The Apex, 1 Charter Square, Bury St Edmunds, IP33 3FD 01284 758000. www.theapex.co.uk 6-10 Sep The 39 Steps The thrilling film by Alfred Hitchcock from the story by John Buchan is made largerthan-life on stage courtesy of a cast of thousands… and four actors! Theatre Royal, Westgate Street, Bury St Edmunds IP33 1QR. 01284 769505 www.theatreroyal.org 7-Sep Russian State Opera: Madame Butterfly Featuring an impressive cast and accompanied by a large live Orchestra with over 30 musicians, this tale of the doomed love of an American naval lieutenant and his young Japanese bride inspired Puccini to write some of his most sublime and beautiful music. Marina Theatre, The Marina, Lowestoft NR32 1HH. 01502 533200 www.marinatheatre.co.uk 10-11 Sep Gary Avis and Friends Led by Gary Avis and a Royal Ballet all-star cast, the company will perform a specially created programme of Royal Ballet classics, hosted by BBC Strictly Come Dancing’s Anton du Beke. Ipswich Regent Theatre, 3 Saint Helen’s Street, Ipswich, IP4 1HE. 01473 433100 apps.ipswich.gov.uk/PEO 13-14 Sep Lady Anna: All at Sea This abundantly British business involves a disputed title, fraud, bigamy, a legal case, madness and even attempted murder. An extraordinary set of circumstances finds both Lady Anna and Trollope facing some very difficult questions indeed – but will they follow their hearts and risk being disgraced? Theatre Royal, Westgate Street, Bury St Edmunds, IP33 1QR. 01284 769505 www.theatreroyal.org 15-Sep Jethro: 40 Years The Joker A memorable evening of hysterical nonsense, as we take a peek into the circus lurking deep within the mind of, probably the greatest, comic storyteller ever to grace the stage. Marina Theatre, The Marina, Lowestoft, NR32 1HH. 01502 533200. www.marinatheatre.co.uk 15-17 Sep Journey’s End March 1918. “The war to end all wars”. A harrowing insight into the humanity of the First World War based on R. C. Sherriff’s own experiences in the trenches. Theatre Royal, Westgate Street, Bury St Edmunds, IP33 1QR. 01284 769505 www.theatreroyal.org 15-17 Sep Birthday Lisa and Ed are having another baby.

Determined to do things differently this time, it’s proving a bumpy ride. Joe Penhall’s play arrives kicking and screaming on the Fisher Theatre’s 10th Anniversary. Fisher Theatre, Broad Street, Bungay, NR35 1EE. 01986 897130 www.fishertheatre.org 17-Sep Sean Lock: Keep it Light Every three years the comedian Sean Lock writes and tours a new stand-up show. Well he’s only gone and done it again! Ipswich Regent Theatre, 3 Saint Helen’s Street, Ipswich, IP4 1HE 01473 433100. apps.ipswich.gov.uk/PEO 19-Sep An Evening with Joan Collins Actress, philanthropist and best-selling author, Dame Joan will share stories and secrets from her celebrated life and career as one of the world’s most glamorous and intriguing actresses. The Apex, 1 Charter Square, Bury St Edmunds IP33 3FD. 01284 758000 www.theapex.co.uk 20-23 Sep Hamlet For the first time ever in Britain, an all-black cast present Shakespeare’s greatest tragedy. Award-winning playwright Mark Norfolk has adapted the play to create a fast-moving version that gets to the heart of a young man’s dilemma. Theatre Royal, Westgate Street, Bury St Edmunds, IP33 1QR. 01284 769505. www.theatreroyal.org 23-Sep Shappi Khorsandi Shappi is celebrating the fortieth anniversary of her arrival in Britain. She’s reclaiming patriotism, sending a love letter to her adopted land. Please don’t come if you’re a skinhead (though naturally bald folk are welcome). Haverhill Arts Centre, High Street, Haverhill, CB9 8AR. 01440 714140 www.haverhillartscentre.co.uk 23-Sep Tina’s Proverbial Caberet Show Combining witty banter, games and a proverb or two, Tina’s Proverbials is a side-splitting, feel-good experience that promises to put a smile on your face, a twinkle in your eye, and quite possibly help you to see life from a completely different perspective! The Seagull, 19-75 Morton Road, Lowestoft, NR33 0JH 01502 589726. www.theseagull.co.uk 24-Sep Ipswich Has Got Talent This year’s new-look event features one big “champion of champions” night, with previous winners returning to the theatre to belt out their best hits or perform their favorite dance or specialty acts. Ipswich Regent Theatre, 3 Saint Helen’s Street, Ipswich, IP4 1HE, 01473 433100 apps.ipswich.gov.uk/PEO 24-Sep An Evening of Burlesque Scintillating, titillating, mesmerising, fantasizing, a place you’ve never seen, a world you’ve never been…Marina Theatre, The Marina, Lowestoft, NR32 1HH. 01502 533200. www.marinatheatre.co.uk

24-Sep A Night at the Musicals: The Tigerlilys ‘The Tigerlilys’ return to the stage with their brand new show for 2016 and invite you to an evening of glitz, glamour and toe tapping tunes as we journey through the world of musical theatre. The Seagull, 19-75 Morton Road, Lowestoft, NR33 0JH 01502 589726. www.theseagull.co.uk 25-Sep Sleeping Beauty From the elegant Palace of King Florestan, to the sinister lair of the evil fairy Carabosse, be swept into this enchanting Fairytale, when the Sleeping Beauty awakes this September. Presented by Coppelia Dance. Marina Theatre, The Marina, Lowestoft, NR32 1HH 01502 533200. www.marinatheatre.co.uk 23-28 Sep This Might Hurt Told in a bold physical theatre style and with breathtaking grit and honesty, Godber’s take on our health service is both tender and true, as he investigates what we deserve, and what we receive. Theatre Royal, Westgate Street, Bury St Edmunds, IP33 1QR, 01284 769505 www.theatreroyal.org 24-Sep Flanders and Swann Drop A tribute to Michael Flanders and Donald Swann, those two great wits, composers and performers who were pioneers of the satirical humour of the 1950s and 60s. Marina Theatre, The Marina, Lowestoft NR32 1HH. 01502 533200 www.marinatheatre.co.uk 28-Sep Cymbeline RSC Live broadcast of Shakespeare’s romance. Distracted by Innogen’s marriage Cymbeline is blind to the actions of a powerful figure behind the throne who is plotting to seize power by murdering them both. Haverhill Arts Centre, High Street, Haverhill, CB9 8AR 01440 714140. www.haverhillartscentre.co.uk 28-Sep Sticking Together A small troupe of talented and experienced local actors perform three short monologues, two light duets, two short pithy dramas and an hilarious comedy about an inept husband and his attempt to put together a shelving unit. The Seagull, 19-75 Morton Road, Lowestoft NR33 0JH. 01502 589726 www.theseagull.co.uk 30 Sep - 1 Oct Jekyll and Hyde Everyone has a monster within. Prepare for the fright of your life in a dramatic new adaptation of Robert Louis Stevenson’s classic and atmospheric Gothic melodrama. Marina Theatre, The Marina Lowestoft, NR32 1HH. 01502 533200 www.marinatheatre.co.uk 30-Sep Crazy Little Thing Called Love A comedy show about love! Created and starring Kevin Tomlinson and Abi Hood (ITV’s The Bill), the show has been praised for its wonderful combination of

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MUSIC 3-Sep Phil Beer One of the UK’s most popular ambassadors for folk and roots music. Touring frequently, he expertly demonstrates his virtuoso skills on slide, Spanish and tenor guitar, cello-mandolin, fiddle, mandolin and South American cuattro. The Seagull, 19-75 Morton Road, Lowestoft, NR33 0JH 01502 589726. www.theseagull.co.uk

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6-Sep Jeremy Sassoon’s ‘Ray Charles Project’ Launched at The Manchester Jazz Festival in 2009, Jeremy Sassoon’s tribute to the music of Ray Charles has captured the imagination of Jazz, Blues and Soul audiences alike. The Apex, 1 Charter Square, Bury St Edmunds, IP33 3FD. 01284 758000. www.theapex.co.uk

22-Sep Graham Parker and Brinsley Schwarz Expect songs from early albums with the Rumour and the present day with tunes from the two latest Rumour reunion albums, ‘Three Chords Good’ and ‘Mystery Glue’. The Apex, 1 Charter Square, Bury St Edmunds, IP33 3FD 01284 758000. www.theapex.co.uk

8-Sep The Rat Pack Show Sensational swing singers Paul & Stephen Amer will be joined by their live five-piece band with brass section and singer Ellie Darnell, along with their backing dancers, as they perform hit after hit of swing classics. Fisher Theatre, Broad Street, Bungay, NR35 1EE. 01986 897130. www.fishertheatre.org

25-Sep Someone Like You: The Adele Songbook Touring UK theatres for the very first time, Someone Like You (The Adele Songbook) is an immaculate celebration of one of our generation’s finest singer-songwriters. Ipswich Regent Theatre, 3 Saint Helen’s Street, Ipswich, IP4 1HE 01473 433100. apps.ipswich.gov.uk/PEO

9-Sep Forever in Blue Jeans A perfect feast of entertainment with superb singers, dancers and musicians playing the best in Country Music and Rock ‘n’ Roll. Haverhill Arts Centre, High Street, Haverhill, CB9 8AR 01440 714140. www.haverhillartscentre.co.uk

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One of three shows across the UK. A trio of artists, joined together through Twitter, exhibit work founded on a common interest for early Twentieth Century art and primitive sculpture. The John Russell Gallery, Ipswich. 01473 212051 www.thejohnrussellgallery.co.uk 15-21 Sep Chain Reaction A group of artists drawn from across Suffolk ehibiting work in a variety of media, principally the textile arts. Snape Maltings, Suffolk, IP17 1SP. 01728 687110. www.snapemaltings.co.uk SPECIAL EVENTS 1-30 Sep ZSEA Conservation Month Join us for a number of special events focussing on the how ZSEA is working to support conservation projects around the world. Africa Alive! Suffolk, NR33 7TF 01502 740291. www.africa-alive.co.uk 4-Sep Suffolk Punch Spectacular The 36th annual celebration and largest gathering of magestical Suffolk Punch Horses in the idyllic tranquil parkland of Kentwell Hall. A full programme of displays, demonstrations and competitions starts at 10am. Kentwell Hall, Long Melford, Sudbury, CO10 9BA. 01394 380643. www.suffolkhorsesociety.org.uk/ events/suffolk-spectacular 9-Sep Heritage Open Day Visit Beccles Town Hall and meet the Mayor of Beccles and Councillors. View the magnificent Chamber with its horseshoe table and look at the portraits around the room of past Aldermen of Beccles and Beccles Town Mayors from 1974. Beccles Town Council, Town Hall, Beccles, NR34 9AJ. 01502 712109 www.beccles.info 9-11 Sep Heritage Open Days Enjoy walks, talks, heritage displays and free access to historic venues. Buildings set to open include Martello Tower ‘P’, Harvest House, The Bartlet and Landguard Fort. Various Locations. Felixstowe. www.heritageopendays.org.uk 10-Sep An A-Z of Bury St Edmunds Heritage Open Day: A talk by local tour guide and author Martyn Taylor on the streets/roads etc by the letters of the alphabet. The Quaker Meeting House, St John’s Street, Bury St Edmunds, IP30 9AN. www.heritageopendays.org.uk 17-Sep Newmarket Open Day An action packed, behind the scenes schedule that gives a true insight into the Home of Horseracing. Newmarket Racecourses, Westfield House, Newmarket CB8 0TG. 0344 579 3010. newmarket. thejockeyclub.co.uk AUCTIONS & ANTIQUES 3-Sep Clare Antiques Fair Over 30 antique and vintage dealers from all over the region. Admission £1 Open 9am-4pm. Clare Town Hall, Market Hill, CO108NN. 07869332245 3-Sep The Halesworth Brocante - Antique & Vintage Market 30 plus brocanteurs selling a wide range of goods including vintage tools, jewellery, clothes and french style homeware. Admission is free, open 9.30-3.30p.m. The Old Print Works, Halesworth, IP19 8AP. 01986 948546 10-Sep Long Melford Book Fair A wide range of secondhand, out of print and collectable books for sale. 10am-4pm. Memorial Hall, Long Melford.

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Where has this year gone? It does not seem two seconds ago we were putting out the Easter chicks and now we find ourselves gearing up for the Christmas stock to go on the shelves. In the meantime we have all the usual items out on display for brides, florists, crafters, cake makers, caterers etc, in fact something for everyone.

Decoupage is again a growing trend and the MDF and Card letters are not only being used as home dÊcor but also as table numbers at weddings, party bag fillers for children’s parties as well as a party activity to keep those little darlings occupied while the jelly and cakes settle in their tummies!!

Weddings still seem to be on a rustic theme with hessian and lace still one of the top sellers. Glass bottles and jars again seem to have replaced the traditional gold fish bowls for the time being but every theme seems to have its time and then come back later. Who would think that the little milk bottles which some of us can remember having our milk in at break time at school would be so popular nowadays?

Ribbon is an area where we have the biggest selection around. Although we do not sell it by the metre our prices are very reasonable by the roll and can you ever have too much ribbon as again it has so many uses. It is available from 3mm to 100mm in various types, organza, double faced satin, lace hessian and velvet and some is wired as well. Also we have specific ribbons for birthdays with ages on as well happy birthday, weddings with horseshoes and bells, Mr & Mrs, the list is endless.

Craft is an area we are extending our range of and new in are accessories for felting including the needles and mats as well as the actual felting wool in a wide range of colours. Polystyrene shapes in rings, spheres, cones, eggs, stars, hearts and bells are now considered an all year round item as they are used in so many ways.

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16-18 September, Out There Festival (www.seachangearts.org.uk/out-there) This September make sure a visit to the furthest reaches of the East coast is on your agenda. Be prepared to be astounded, confounded and utterly dumbfounded by the spectacle and quirkiness of this 3-day circus and street-arts festival! 2-4 September, Norwich Jazz Club’s Jazz Weekender (www.norwichjazzclub.co.uk) London’s Soho Jazz vibe is on its way to Norwich City Centre for the ultimate Jazz experience! This year’s festival will see an exciting programme that includes Swing, Big-Band, Bebop, Cuban/Congolese Fusion, Soul, Funk and Contemporary Jazz styles. For more events this September, join our new Facebook group: What’s On in Norfolk with Eastlife www.facebook.com/groups/805222059608791

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Place your bets There’s so much more to Great Yarmouth than its seafront. If you fancy throwing on your best hat, sipping Champagne and placing a bet or two, head to Great Yarmouth Racecourse for the Eastern Festival of Racing from 13-15 September. The event draws in huge crowds to watch first-class horse racing and enjoy great hospitality. www.greatyarmouth-racecourse.co.uk Explore Great Yarmouth’s heritage For four days this month from Thursday 8 to Sunday 11 September, the borough of Great Yarmouth will be offering free heritage days out. Step inside buildings not usually open to the public such as Fisherman’s Hospital and Royal Naval Hospital, the Friends Meeting House and the Masonic Royal Assembly Rooms. Some tours and buildings will be open for the duration, while others only a couple of hours, so make sure you don’t miss out and book your place in advance! www.great-yarmouth.co.uk/whats-on/heritage-open-days. aspx

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A Taste of Harleston Saturday 8 October 9am - 3.30pm Historic Harleston, on the Norfolk/Suffolk border, is getting a name for its bustling street markets and lively events. So don’t miss ‘A Taste of Harleston’ when there will be an array of food and drink stalls, street food, children’s creative activities and street entertainment on the Market Place. You can catch a vintage bus to visit Open Farm days at two local farms or follow the Food Trail around Harleston’s shops, cafes and tea rooms to collect stickers and try some tasty morsels. Not only are these all free, but Harleston also has free parking. Details at the Harleston’s Future Facebook page or www. visitharleston.org.uk era as we follow two teenage sisters through the summer of ‘63. King’s Lynn Corn Exchange, Tuesday Market Place, King’s Lynn, PE30 1JW. 01553 764864 www.kingslynncornexchange.co.uk 14-17 Sep Henning Wehn Join German Comedy Ambassador Henning Wehn for an evening of Teutonic jolliness at its best. Henning’s having an unbiased look at immigration. He also wonders, if, generally speaking, people are competent. Norwich Playhouse, 42 - 58 St. George’s Street, Norwich, NR3 1AB. 01603 598598. www.norwichplayhouse.co.uk 17-Sep Tina’s Proverbial Caberet Show Combining witty banter, games and a proverb or two, Tina’s Proverbials is a side-splitting, feel-good experience that promises to put a smile on your face, a twinkle in your eye, and quite possibly help you to see life from a completely

22-Sep NT Live: The Threepenny Opera Mack the Knife is back in town. A darkly comic new take on Brecht and Weill’s raucous musical broadcast live from the stage of the National Theatre. Westacre Theatre, River Road, Westacre, PE32 1UD 01760 755800. www.westacretheatre.com 23-Sep One Man Star Wars Trilogy Relive the classic first three Star Wars releases with him, as Charles Ross single-handedly plays all the characters, sings the music, flies the ships, fights the battles and condenses the plots into just sixty minutes! Norwich Playhouse, 42 - 58 St. George’s Street, Norwich, NR3 1AB. 01603 598598. www.norwichplayhouse.co.uk 23 Sep - 1 Oct Witness For The Prosecution Agatha Christie’s favourite and award-winning stage thriller, opened in 1953 to spectacular reviews. Passion, murder and love combine in one of Christie’s more unusual thrillers. Maddermarket Theatre, St Johns Alley, Norwich. NR2 1DR. 01603 620917. www.maddermarket.co.uk 23-24 Sep The Return of Neverland Peter Pan and Tinkerbell are struggling to keep the spirit of Neverland alive. With twists in the tales and shocking revealings, Neverland is about to have its first adventure in years! Princess Theatre, 13 The Green, Hunstanton, PE36 5AH. 01485 532252. www.princesshunstanton.co.uk 26-29 Sep The Boy With Tape On His Face is Tape Face The show the world can’t stop talking about. This is stand-up comedy with no talking, drama with no acting and punch lines with no words. Visually stunning, heart-stopping, and hilarious - you’ll laugh, you’ll cry, and when it’s all over you’ll be completely lost for words. Norwich Playhouse, 42 - 58 St. George’s Street, Norwich, NR3 1AB. 01603 598598. www.norwichplayhouse.co.uk 27 Sep - 1 Oct Pride & Predjudice As the Bennet sisters haplessly search for love in Jane Austen’s ultimate romantic comedy, it is Mr Darcy who unwittingly finds his match. Norwich Theatre Royal, Theatre Street, Norwich, NR2 1RL.

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you all of your favourite anthems from the excessive golden era of hedonistic rock! The Brickmakers, 496 Sprowston Road, Norwich, NR3 4DY . 01603 508050 www.ueaticketbookings.co.uk 11-Sep Roy G Hemmings Motown Show This electrifying show features classic hits Baby Love, Dancing In The Street, My Girl, I Can’t Help Myself, I Heard It Through The Grapevine, Reach Out and more. Princess Theatre, 13 The Green, Hunstanton, PE36 5AH. 01485 532252 www.princesshunstanton.co.uk

12-Sep G4 Back For Good Tour Having reunited after seven years away from the spotlight, G4 are ‘Back For Good’, so join them in what promises to be yet another spellbinding performance. King’s Lynn Corn Exchange, Tuesday Market Place, King’s Lynn, PE30 1JW 01553 764864. www.kingslynncornexchange.co.uk MUSIC 3-Sep The Liane Carroll Trio In an eclectic career influenced by jazz, 18-Sep Dan Walsh & John Dowling Built around virtuoso picking, creative funk, soul, gospel and contemporary pop, Liane Carroll has emerged as one of the harmonies and an impressive array of UK’s most expressive jazz / soul vocalists textures for two banjos (and some vocals and pianists. Norwich Playhouse, 42 - 58 from Dan too) their show is sure to be St. George’s Street, Norwich, NR3 1AB eclectic and impressive. Maddermarket 01603 598598. Theatre, St Johns Alley, Norwich, NR2 1DR 01603 620917. www.maddermarket.co.uk www.norwichplayhouse.co.uk 4-Sep Johnny Cash Roadshow The spirit of the Man in Black is alive and ‘kicking like a mule’ with an outstanding celebration of the iconic legend by the Carter/Cash endorsed Johnny Cash Roadshow. Princess Theatre, 13 The Green, Hunstanton, PE36 5AH 01485 532252. www.princesshunstanton.co.uk 5-Sep Broken Brass Ensemble Injecting the traditional New Orleans brass with a fusion of hiphop, funk, soul, dance, jazz (and much more) and turn it into a blazing mixture of energy. Norwich Arts Centre, St. Benedict’s Street, Norwich, NR2 4PG. 01603 660352 norwichartscentre.co.uk 6-Sep Imarhan The band’s debut album is intent on dismantling the ideas western listeners have about popularized Tuareg music. Their poetry and flow has a more integrally urban base than the ancestral tamashek poetry and traditional rhythms of their elders, Tinariwen. Norwich Arts Centre, St. Benedict’s Street, Norwich, NR2 4PG 01603 660352. norwichartscentre.co.uk 7-Sep Toots & The Maytals One of the world’s best loved ska and reggae groups. Led by the charismatic ‘Toots’ Hibbert, The Maytals formed in Kingston, Jamaica in 1961. ‘Toots’ popularised the reggae sound. The LCR, Norwich, NR4 7TJ. 01603 508050 www.ueaticketbookings.co.uk 9-Sep Jacqui Dankworth: Shakespeare & All That Jazz The brilliance of the music, the genius of Shakespeare’s poetry and world class musicianship, combined with Jacqui’s emotional and virtuosic voice make for a unique concert. Maddermarket Theatre, St Johns Alley, Norwich, NR2 1DR 01603 620917. www.maddermarket.co.uk 10-Sep Pout At The Devil A fully authentic 80s Hair Metal & Classic Rock tribute band, dedicated to bringing

19-Sep Rura They are undeniably one of Scotland’s most sought-after, universally appealing acts. One listen – live or recorded – and it’s easy to see why. Norwich Arts Centre, St. Benedict’s Street, Norwich, NR2 4PG 01603 660352. norwichartscentre.co.uk 20-Sep The Blues Brothers Direct from a residency in Chicago and a national tour of the USA. With cast members from the many West End runs, this is the finest soul, blues and rhythm ‘n’ blues revue around. Norwich Theatre Royal, Theatre Street, Norwich, NR2 1RL 01603 630000. www.theatreroyalnorwich.co.uk 22-Sep Duende The surreal, haunting and exotic poetry of: Pablo Neruda, Gabriel Garcia Marquez, Isabel Allende and Federico Garcia Lorca. Performed as passionate songs and set to a collection of rich, daring and fiery classical guitar arrangements. The Granary Theatre, Staithe Street, Wellsnext-the-Sea, NR23 1AU. 01328 710193 www.granarytheatre.co.uk 23-Sep Gary Numan Following the success of his Sold-Out London residence last October and the Sold Out Manchester & Cork shows that followed, Gary Numan is back with a September 2016 UK Tour which sees him playing a set compromising of material from his albums ‘Replicas’, ‘The Pleasure Principle’ and ‘Teleken’. The LCR, Norwich NR4 7TJ. 01603 508050. www.ueaticketbookings.co.uk

mentor, The Coral’s James Skelly and Rich Turvey. The Waterfront, 139-141 King Street, Norwich, NR1 1QH. 01603 508050 www.ueaticketbookings.co.uk ARTS & EXHIBITIONS 2-10 Sep Norfolk Contemporary Arts Society Showing work in new media as well as featuring specially commissioned short films on artists at work in their studios. The Forum, Millennium Plain, Norwich NR2 1TF. www.theforumnorwich.co.uk 4-24 Sep Graham Crowley See the latest work from Graham Crowley this September. Mandell’s Gallery, Elm Hill, Norwich, NR3 1HN. 01603 626892 www.mandellsgallery.co.uk 24-Sep Master of Art International 2016 An annual international art exhibition showcasing 12 selected art works from a range of disciplines including abstract, architecture, botanical, contemporary, fine art, illustration, landscapes, portrait and wildlife. The Forum, Millennium Plain Norwich, NR2 1TF. www.theforumnorwich.co.uk SPECIAL EVENTS 8-9 Sep Discover Norwich’s Hidden History A circular walk with a City of Norwich Guide. Discover the River Wensum, city defences, industries, religious groups, social history and more! The Forum, Millennium Plain, Norwich, NR2 1TF www.theforumnorwich.co.uk 10-Sep Porkstock Porkstock is a celebration of Norfolk produce, with of course the focus on all things Pork! And, once the day festival is over, we are getting the farm dressed up and ready for a damn good “Knees-up”. White House Farm, Sprowston, Norfolk porkstock.co.uk 15-18 Sep Noirwich Crime Writing Festival For a chilling start to the autumn indulge in four days of criminally good writing at Noirwich - a crime writing festival in England’s first UNESCO City of Literature. Writer’s Center, Dragon Hall, Norwich NR1 1QE. noirwich.aspx 25-Sep Tour De Norfolk The routes are branded as Stages and are split up into four different sections; 100, 70, 35 and 20 miles, catering for all types of rider, offering a challenge for all. Norfolk Showground, Dereham Road, Costessey, NR5 0TT. 01485 541566 norfolkshowground.rnaa.org.uk 29 Sep - 1 Oct African and Carribean Market Come along and enjoy a taste of Africa in Norwich at this year’s African & Caribbean Market, part of Black History Month Norfolk! The Forum, Millennium Plain, Norwich, NR2 1TF. www.theforumnorwich.co.uk

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It may be small, but Woburn packs a punch for a day out. If you’re planning a trip to the Bedfordshire village, here’s our top five tips: GO WILD Woburn is famed for its Safari Park, and no visit to the town would be complete without taking a walk on the wild side. It’s home to over 1,000 animals with both road and foot safaris available. Cruise your way through the parkland and feel as though you’ve been transported to Africa as you come face to face (from the safety of the car) with jungle cats, Rhinos, Giraffes, plenty of cheeky monkeys and more. It’s then time to stretch your legs with a stroll that encounters Elephants, seals, lemars, birds of prey and more. The Safari Park is also home to tree top adventure Go Ape. www.woburnsafari.co.uk FINE FOOD The food stakes are high in Woburn. Forget fast food, this is the town to go if you’re looking to give your taste buds a treat. You’ll find plenty of tea shops and cafes, check out The Duchess Tearoom at Woburn Abbey or Woburn Coffee House on the Market Place for afternoon tea. For a succulent dinner you won’t forget in a hurry book a table at the stylish Woburn Brasserie on Bedford Street. The atmosphere is welcoming and the food is heavenly. They regularly host a number of events too so check the website at woburnbrasserie.co.uk. Woburn is also home to the Michelin-starred Paris House!

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MINI-BREAKS With so much to see and do, extending your visit to the Georgian village is certainly worth it. Throughout September and October, The Woburn Hotel is offering a number of overnight breaks. The Safari Break will appeal to those with children, while those looking for something a little different can opt for the Enigma Break, which offers guests the chance to stay at The Woburn Hotel and visit Bletchley Park, home of the Enigma code breaking machine. Adventurous types should head to Centre Parcs at Woburn Forest, home to a subtropical swimming paradise, sporting activities, and the relaxing Aqua Sana Spa. A TIME GONE BY The village of Woburn dates back to the Georgian era with many of the town’s pubs and businesses housed in historic buildings. Admire the architecture with a stroll round the town or visit the Woburn Antiques and Collectors Fair, which is held on the second Sunday of each month at the Woburn Village Hall. Woburn Abbey and Gardens is a must visit, and provides a great insight into Woburn’s fascinating history. WOBURN SANDS Head away from Woburn, and you’ll soon discover the delightful Woburn Sands, a small and pretty town on the Beds and Bucks border. Here you’ll find some of the best pubs around. The grand looking and stylish Swan on the High Street is a favourite for food, and has an impressive cocktail list too! If you’re looking to enjoy the great outdoors, bring your bike and cycle one of the beautiful routes through Aspley Woods.

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What’s on in Beds, Bucks & Herts THEATRE & SHOWS Lock writes and tours a new stand-up 3-Sep Talents of Britain show. Well he’s only gone and done it There is something for everyone, in this again! What’s he like? Come and see mind blowing, incredible and unparalwhat he’s blithering on about this time. leled night of entertainment. The Gordon Grove Theatre, Grove Park, Court Drive, Craig Theatre, Lytton Way, Stevenage Dunstable, LU5 4GP. 01582 290333 SG1 1LZ. 01438 363200 www.grovetheatre.co.uk www.gordon-craig.co.uk 13-17 Sep Little Shop of Horrors 6-10 Sep Keep Dancing A charming, kooky and hilarious musical With dazzling costumes, breath-taking cult classic. How far will Seymour go for choreography, Keep Dancing is guaranthe woman of his dreams? Aylesbury teed to have you dancing in to the night Waterside Theatre, Exchange Street, with Winners of Strictly Come Dancing Aylesbury, HP20 1UG. 0844 871 7607 2015 Jay & Aliona. Milton Keynes Theatre, www.atgtickets.com Marlborough Gate, Milton Keynes, MK9 3NZ. 0844 8717652. www.atgtickets.com 13-17 Sep Entertaining Mr Sloane It may be Swinging 60s London but out 6-10 Sep Monty Python’s Spamalot in the suburbs, behind closed doors, Kath The hilarious comedy musical Monty is lonely. Joe Orton’s fiendishly dark Python’s Spamalot tells the legendary comedy is a landmark of modern British story of King Arthur and the Knights of drama. The Place Theatre, Bradgate the Round Table as they journey through Road, Bedford, MK40 3DE. 01234 354321 England in search of the Holy Grail. The www.theplacebedford.org Court Theatre, Station Road, Tring, HP23 5QY. www.courttheatre.co.uk 14-17 Sep Hamlet For the first time in Britain, an all-black 8-14 Sep Somewhere in England cast present Shakespeare’s greatest Join us for a specially commissioned tragedy on tour this Autumn, making a production exploring and celebrating striking contribution to the Shakespeare the rich history of Bedford and its most 400 anniversary celebration. Watford famous citizens as we take a stroll Palace Theatre, 20 Clarendon Road, through 850 years of Bedford’s past. Watford, WD17 1JZ. 01923 235455 Quarry Theatre, 26 St Peter’s Street, www.watfordpalacetheatre.co.uk Bedford, MK40 2NN. 01234 362337 www.quarrytheatre.org.uk 16-Sep Rich Hall Rich Hall’s critically acclaimed grouchy, 9-10 Sep Miles Jupp: Songs of Freedom deadpan style has established him as a Astronauts. Regrets. The sexes. Social master of absurdist irony and the king Media. Hipsters. Poo. Rage. Medicine. of rapid-fire wit. Hertford Theatre, The Manners. Identity. Lost stuff. Other stuff. Wash, Hertford, SG14 1PS. 01992 531500. Hertford Theatre, The Wash, Hertford www.hertfordtheatre.com SG14 1PS. 01992 531500 www.hertfordtheatre.com 19-24 Sep Breakfast as Tiffany’s The classic tale of Holly Golightly written 9-Sep Chinese State Circus by Truman Capote and so memorably 30 world class Chinese acrobats, aerial portrayed by Audrey Hepburn in the artistes and jugglers interact with the iconic 1961 film, is being given a new super-human physical skills and dexterity lease of life as a stage play. Milton of the masters of martial arts – the Keynes Theatre, Marlborough Gate, legendary Shaolin Warriors. Aylesbury Milton Keynes, MK9 3NZ. 0844 8717652 Waterside Theatre, Exchange Street, www.atgtickets.com Aylesbury, HP20 1UG. 0844 871 7607 www.atgtickets.com 19-21 Sep Nobody’s Perfect ‘Love Is All Around’ is the name of a 10-Sep Factor 2025 by Johnny Tait feminist publishing house where Harriet A comical, cynical and controversial look Copeland is running a competition to find at the manipulation of participants in new romantic fiction written by women modern day T.V talent shows, featuring only. The Gordon Craig Theatre, Lytton some of the finest entertainers on the Way, Stevenage, SG1 1LZ. 01438 363200. variety circuit. Hertford Theatre, The www.gordon-craig.co.uk Wash, Hertford, SG14 1PS. 01992 531500. www.hertfordtheatre.com 19-24 Sep Dirty Dancing Have the time of your life with the 10-Sep Carmen: The Russian State ultimate live experience; Dirty Dancing Opera – The Classic Story on Stage. Aylesbury Feel the thrill and passion of love, Waterside Theatre, Exchange Street, jealousy and violence of 19th Century Aylesbury, HP20 1UG. 0844 871 7607 Seville in one of Bizet’s most popular www.atgtickets.com pieces. The Gordon Craig Theatre, Lytton Way, Stevenage, SG1 1LZ 21-Sep Rob Beckett: Mouth of the South 01438 363200. www.gordon-craig.co.uk Beckett’s back with a brand-new show of funnies and he’s taking on the big issues 12-Sep Sean Lock: Keep it Light like Kit Kats and flatbread! Watford Every three years the comedian Sean Palace Theatre, 20 Clarendon Road,

Watford, WD17 1JZ. 01923 235455 www.watfordpalacetheatre.co.uk 22-Sep Shooting with Light Idle Motion piece together the life of an exceptional woman, glimpsed through the lost photographs she risked her life to take. Quarry Theatre, 26 St Peter’s Street, Bedford, MK40 2NN. 01234 362337 www.quarrytheatre.org.uk 23-24 Sep The Buddy Holly Story Experience the drama, passion and excitement as a cast of phenomenally talented actors and musicians tell Buddy Holly’s story. Watford Colosseum, Rickmansworth Road, Watford, WD17 3JN 0845 0753993. www.watfordcolosseum.co.uk 24-25 Sep The Magical Music of Richard & Robert Sherman You may not know their names but you do know the songs of Robert & Richard Sherman, Disney’s dynamic songwriting duo, immortalized in the 2013 film Saving Mr Banks. The Court Theatre, Station Road, Tring, HP23 5QY. www.courttheatre.co.uk 24-Sep Cue Tease Burlesque Forget the romance, its all about the spectacle! Join us for a line up of Showgirls, Fire acts, LED Hoops and mesmerising Mime! Rhodes Theatre, 1-3 South Road, Bishop’s Stortford, CM23 3JG. 01279 710200. www.rhodesbishopsstortford.org.uk 26 Sep - 1 Oct Sister Act An all new production of the Broadway and West End smash hit musical comedy returns to the UK. Milton Keynes Theatre, Marlborough Gate, Milton Keynes, MK9 3NZ. 0844 8717652. www.atgtickets.com 26-Sep Russell Kane: Right Man, Wrong Age In this brand new show, Russell Kane unleashes another blisteringly-funny, award-winning stand-up performance about growing up, growing down, and why farts will always be funny. The Gordon Craig Theatre, Lytton Way, Stevenage, SG1 1LZ. 01438 363200 www.gordon-craig.co.uk 27-30 Sep Sunny Afternoon An irresistible musical with slick theatricality and ingenious storytelling at its heart that tells the captivating tale of how one of Britain’s greatest bands, The Kinks, rose to stardom. Aylesbury Waterside Theatre, Exchange Street, Aylesbury, HP20 1UG. 0844 871 7607 www.atgtickets.com 29-Sep Blind Man’s Song A wordless tale about the power of imagination that blends together physical theatre, mime, sounds, illusions and a beautifully lyrical live musical score. Quarry Theatre, 26 St Peter’s Street, Bedford, MK40 2NN. 01234 362337 www.quarrytheatre.org.uk

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29-Sep The Dreamboys This is one action packed show full of music, muscle, magic and mayhem that will leave you breathless, which you simply cannot afford to miss! Grove Theatre, Grove Park, Court Drive, Dunstable, LU5 4GP. 01582 290333 www.grovetheatre.co.uk

Band If you have an appreciation both of the blues and ragtime and of Brazilian guitar, then The Pernambucos are well worth checking out. Rhodes Theatre, 1-3 South Road, Bishop’s Stortford, CM23 3JG 01279 710200. www.rhodesbishopsstortford.org.uk

29-Sep Mark Thomas: Red Shed The story of the battle for hope and the survival of a community in a small wooden shed. Part theatre, part stand-up, part journalism, part activism. The Stables, Stockwell Lane, Wavendon, MK17 8LU. 01908 280800. www.stables.org

15-Sep The Illegal Eagles The World’s Official No.1 Eagles tribute continue to amaze crowds everywhere. Milton Keynes Theatre, Marlborough Gate, Milton Keynes, MK9 3NZ. 0844 8717652. www.atgtickets.com

30 Sep - 22 Oct Arms and the Man Shaw’s sparkling comedy takes a wry look at our illusions and ideals, with all the wit, vigour and romance of a golden-age Hollywood movie. Watford Palace Theatre, 20 Clarendon Road, Watford WD17 1JZ, 01923 235455. www.watfordpalacetheatre.co.uk 30-Sep The Colours of Kenny Roach Projection, music and true-life accounts combine in an honest, humorous and heart-breaking portrait of one mans struggle with his art and his battle with addiction as he fights for his life. The Place Theatre, Bradgate Road, Bedford MK40 3DE. 01234 354321 www.theplacebedford.org

16-Sep An Intimate Evening with Justin Hayward An intimate evening with Justin Hayward, legendary voice of the Moody Blues – with special guest Mike Dawes. The Gordon Craig Theatre, Lytton Way Stevenage, SG1 1LZ. 01438 363200 www.gordon-craig.co.uk 16-Sep Richard Navarro Passionate yet indefinable, Richard Navarro’s songs have drawn praise from none other than Robert Plant and Joan Armatrading. The Stables, Stockwell Lane Wavendon, MK17 8LU. 01908 280800 www.stables.org

A one week show by Joanna Stone and Jenny Leslie. The Eagle Gallery, 101 Castle Road, Bedford, MK40 3QP 01234 346995. www.eaglegalleryartists.co.uk 23 Sep - 30 Oct Autumn Collection A wonderful exhibition of art & designer craft in a broad range of media very loosely themed around the autumn season. Obsidian Art, Old Risborough Road, Stoke Mandeville, HP22 5XJ 01296 612150. www.obsidianart.co.uk 24 Sep - 8 Oct Animal Magic Art Exhibition Part of Grove Cottage’s 50th anniversary celebrations. See 40 photographs and paintings of rare breeds and exotic animals donated by Robert Dowling, the award-winning photographer and painter Gerry Jones. Rhodes Theatre, 1-3 South Road, Bishop’s Stortford, CM23 3JG 01279 710200. www.rhodesbishopsstortford.org.uk 27 Sep - 22 Oct Food & Drink In conjunction with the town’s food festival, this mixed media exhibition focuses on the imagery of food and drink. Hertford Theatre, The Wash, Hertford, SG14 1PS. 01992 531500 www.hertfordtheatre.com

17-Sep The Solid Gold 70s Show Reviving the golden age of pop, it’s the SPECIAL EVENTS latest live concert show from the Magic 8-11 Sep Heritage Open Days MUSIC of Motown creators. Hertford Theatre, A once-a-year chance to discover our 2-Sep Adam Norsworthy The Wash, Hertford, SG14 1PS. 01992 architectural treasures and enjoy a wide Singer, guitarist and multi–instrumen531500. www.hertfordtheatre.com range of tours, events and activities that talist Adam Norsworthy cut his teeth bring local history and culture to life. playing in various bands in his youth, 23-Sep The Johnny Cash Roadshow Various Locations, St Albans. forming the exciting, well-respected UK A show not to be missed by avid fans www.heritageopendays.org.uk blues band The Mustangs in 2000. The or the casual listener. This year prepare Stables, Stockwell Lane, Wavendon, MK17 for a musical and emotional rollercoast16-18 Sep Bedford Film Festival 8LU. 01908 280800. www.stables.org er, unrivalled by any other that truly As always Bedford Film Festival won’t celebrates the career of a music legend, just be about screenings. There’ll also be 3-Sep Boo Hewerdine & Dan Whitehouse Johnny Cash. Grove Theatre, Grove Park, film related activities, talks and fringe Two acclaimed English songwriters and Court Drive, Dunstable, LU5 4GP events for all ages. Quarry Theatre, 26 label mates touring together for the first 01582 290333. www.grovetheatre.co.uk St Peter’s Street, Bedford, MK40 2NN time, both with new albums (due to be 01234 362337. www.quarrytheatre.org.uk released on the same day). The Stables 24-Sep Shakespeare and all that Jazz Stockwell Lane, Wavendon, MK17 8LU Jazz star Jacqui Dankworth will revisit 21-25 Sep FriendsFest 01908 280800. www.stables.org the musical settings of Shakespeare’s Global Award Winning ‘Comedy Central poetry inspired by, and taken from, the UK’s FriendsFest’ returns this summer. 4-Sep Star Man: David Bowie seminal album Shakespeare And All Visit Monica and Rachel’s apartment and The ultimate tribute to a legend and That Jazz, composed by her late father enjoy new fan experiences. Knebworth a highly entertaining, emotional and Sir John Dankworth. Quarry Theatre, 26 House, Knebworth, SG1 2AX. 01206 thought provoking musical celebration St Peter’s Street, Bedford, MK40 2NN 263088. www.knebworthhouse.com that you will want to see again and 01234 362337. www.quarrytheatre.org.uk again. The Gordon Craig Theatre, Lytton 25 Sep - 3 Oct St Albans & Harpenden Food Way, Stevenage, SG1 1LZ 29-Sep Basie, Buble & Winehouse & Drink Festival 01438 363200. www.gordon-craig.co.uk Have you ever wondered what Michael The festival showcases the fantastic Bubl or Amy Winehouse would sound like range of food, drink and produce 8-Sep Jane McDonald in front of the Count Basie Orchestra? available throughout St Albans District. One of the nation’s most loved enterWell, now is your chance to find out in Various Locations, St Albans tainers will tour the UK in her brand new this two hour musical spectacular. The show – ‘Making Memories’. Aylesbury Place Theatre, Bradgate Road, 30-Sep Vivaldi’s Four Seasons by Waterside Theatre, Exchange Street, Bedford, MK40 3DE. 01234 354321 Candlelight Aylesbury, HP20 1UG. 0844 871 7607 www.theplacebedford.org Enjoy a candlelit three course supper, www.atgtickets.com where the Altamira Chamber Orchestra 30-Sep Forever In Blue Jeans will bring Vivaldi’s Four Seasons to life 9-Sep Richard Digance A perfect feast of entertainment with during the evening. Woburn Abbey and Many people sing, play guitar and tell superb singers, dancers and musicians Gardens, Woburn, MK17 9WA. 01525 stories but not many have supported playing the best in Country Music and 290333. www.woburnabbey.co.uk Steve Martin, Robin Williams or played Rock ‘n’ Roll. Rhodes Theatre, 1-3 South a guitar duet with Brian May of Queen: Road, Bishop’s Stortford, CM23 3JG AUCTIONS & ANTIQUES Richard Digance has. The Stables, 01279 710200. 4-Sep Barkway Antiques & Vintage Stockwell Lane, Wavendon, MK17 8LU www.rhodesbishopsstortford.org.uk Fair 01908 28080. www.stables.org A wide range of antique and vintage ARTS & EXHIBITIONS wares from clothes to ceramics. Open 11-Sep TJ Reloaded 3-25 Sep Herts Open Studios 2016 10am-4pm, entrance is £1. Barkway The ultimate Tom Jones look and Artists are opening their doors for Village Hall, Cambridge Road, Barkway sound alike, Welsh Born Dean Jones, is the biggest county-wide art event in SG8 8BS. 07720 647696 a dedicated tribute to Sir Tom Jones. Hertfordshire - Herts Open Studios 2016. Watford Colosseum, Rickmansworth Entry to participating exhibitions is free. 18-Sep Biggleswade Antiques & Vintage Road, Watford, WD17 3JN. 0845 0753993 Various Locations. www.hvaf.org.uk Fair www.watfordcolosseum.co.uk If you love antiques and vintage then this 10-17 Sep Terra Mutabilis (Changeable is the fair for you! The Weatherley Centre 14-Sep The Pernambucos Brazilian Guitar Earth) Eagle Farm Road, Biggleswade, SG18 8JH

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FEATURED PROPERTY DESCRIPTION THE WATERMILL forms part of a range of most attractive Georgian Mill buildings in a stunning setting overlooking the mill-race and mill-pond yet within a mile of Burnham Market’s vibrant village centre. The current owners oversaw the restoration of The Watermill following its purchase in 2001. Their aim was to create a spacious, comfortable family home whilst also preserving the building’s heritage. Original and complementary materials have been used wherever possible; linseed paints, lime wash, pitch pine and York stone are all in evidence and the waterwheel has been fully restored. The workmanship was highly commended by the UK Federation of Master Builders upon completion. The accommodation is arranged over four floors and capitalises on The Watermill’s charming setting above the mill-stream. The ground floor provides a well-appointed kitchen with an electric AGA and a dining room looking across the mill-pond, along with a wet room, cloakroom and mill-room in which the waterwheel is located. The first floor provides two generous reception rooms, each with windows overlooking the water on two sides. The second floor consists of three bedroom suites whilst a fourth bedroom and a further substantial reception room with a partially-glazed roof section are found on the top floor. The dining room opens to a good-sized hardwood deck with glorious views across the mill-pond. Mill Farm is a small community which consists of twelve separate residential dwellings who jointly own a further 4.75 acres of amenity land consisting of water meadows and woodland. A nominal annual charge is levied by a Management Company for the upkeep of the shared land.

HISTORICAL NOTE The Mill at Burnham Overy Town was constructed c. 1737 on the River Burn and was notable as one of only two mills in Norfolk to be powered by both wind and water from the same site. Called the Union Mill as a result of this, the Mill remained in use for over 200 years adding an engine in the 20th century (as was common practice) to complement the wheel and the sails.

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£ 1.6 Million FOR MORE INFORMATION BEDFORDS The Bower House, Market Place, Burnham Market King’s Lynn, Norfolk, PE31 8HF 01328 730500 sarahcarringtonsmith@bedfords.co.uk www.bedfords.co.uk SAVILLS 4 Emma’s Court, Burnham Market PE31 8HD 01328 801333 burnhammarket@jackson-stops.co.uk www.jackson-stops.co.uk

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LOOKING FOR A NEW HOME? Following the successful sale of properties in both The Bartlet and Cautley House in Felixstowe, Gipping Homes have recently launched further properties within the main Bartlet building. Just five individual properties have been created at the moat level of the former Martello Tower R. Built in the 19th Century as a defence against possible invasion by Napoleon, this tower forms the foundation of the former Bartlet Convalescent Home with the moat wall still completely intact and the inside of the magazine level of the Tower is now used for storage by residents. One of the new properties has been kept by Gipping Homes and will be made available for rent by residents, for friends and family who wish to visit and enjoy the surroundings and the wide benefits offered in and around Felixstowe. Another one-bedroom property has independent access, its own paved patio and is newly created with a large open plan living/kitchen space and a separate utility area. Along the front of the building there are three individual properties, all with two bedrooms and which incorporate features from the original Bartlet building, completed in 1929, and they also include sections of the curved, sloping outer walls of the moat, with either raised decking or sheltered, porcelain tiled patio areas.

Plot M19 has an original working fireplace, raised dining areas that lead to sheltered, south facing decking and sea views. Access to these front apartments is by lift or stairs through the common parts where original tiles have been restored and where framed copies of original architect’s drawings are on view and where a display cabinet holds memorabilia, salvaged by Gipping Homes during the restoration of this amazing building, originally opened ninety years ago. All properties included in the new phase are built to same very high standard adopted across the site including stylish sanitaryware, high specification kitchens, fully tiled showers and quality floor coverings throughout. Elsewhere on the site work is progressing on the Cautley House building which incorporates part of the former Bath Hotel, burnt down over a 100 years ago by the suffragettes; here all of the properties boast south facing sea views with just six properties remaining. Prices start at £195,000 and for more details about this unique development please contact 01473 834945 or visit www.thebartletfelixstowe.co.uk

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