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MATT CARDLE & KERRY ELLIS
Enjoy a wide variety of music from a host of original artists, at The Apex in the next few months… Matt Cardle and Kerry Ellis have previously enjoyed sold-out solo gigs at The Apex, but now both singers will unite for two special concerts, on 23 and 24 August. Kerry is recognised as the leading lady of West End and Broadway musicals, while Matt Cardle has become a multiplatinum recording artist since winning The X Factor in 2010, his debut single, 'When We Collide', was recently named as one of the UK’s Top 40 biggest selling singles of the past decade. British harmony trio Blake bring the finest songs from stage and screen in a celebration of movies and musicals, sung in thrilling vocal harmony on 14 September. Following the success of his 2014 'Me, Myself and I' tour, Nik Kershaw, one of the UK's most respected songwriters, returns on 20 September with another intimate evening of songs and stories. Former Noah and the Whale front-man, Charlie Fink brings live music and theatre on 24 September. Charlie’s new show, 'Cover My Tracks' is a tale of an idealistic young songwriter who sets out to write a pop masterpiece and then vanishes without a trace. Theatre and music interweave in this unique performance, which brings together the experience of a live gig and a modern folk tale.
Barbara Dickson is renowned and admired for her interpretations of traditional music. On 27 September Barbara is joined by Nick Holland on keyboards and vocals, for an intimate evening of superbly crafted, traditional and 20th Century songs. Evelyn Glennie makes a welcome return to The Apex on 29 September, along with the Cohen Ensemble. The programme is still to be confirmed, but is likely to include Rachmaninov’s Preludes Op 3, No.2, Mussorgsky’s Pictures at an Exhibition, Vivaldi’s Piccolo Recorder Concerto in C major and Corelli’s La Folia. 10cc’s Graham Gouldman has written many songs for other artists, including 'For Your Love' (The Yardbirds), 'Bus Stop' (The Hollies), 'No Milk Today' (Herman's Hermits). He also co-wrote ' I’m Not In Love', ' The Things We Do For Love', 'Dreadlock Holiday' and 'Rubber Bullets' with 10cc. Graham and his trio will perform a selection of his hits on 4 October. On 9 October, Jason Donovan will talk about the highs and lows of his career, with previously-untold stories and exclusive, stripped-back-and-acoustic versions of his biggest hits. Having taken their uplifting voices, powerful songs, spine tingling harmonies and raucous humour to audiences around the world, The Young’uns (10
NIGHTS TO REMEMBER
October) have cemented their reputation in the English folk scene by winning the title of Best Group at the BBC Radio 2 Folk Awards in 2015 and 2016. Following their first album with Sandy Denny in 1967, Britain’s most successful progressive folk-rock band, The Strawbs expanded their soundscape with ambitious new compositions and luminaries such as keyboard wizard Rick Wakeman. The Electric Strawbs on 16 October sees original frontman David Cousins, along with Dave Lambert and Chas Cronk, move gracefully into their fifth decade of music making. Two-Tone ska legends, The Selecter and The Beat, unite for an exciting double-header show on 19 October. Led by the iconic Pauline Black and Arthur ‘Gaps’ Hendrickson, The Selecter, will play hits including 'Three Minute Hero', 'Missing Words' and 'On My Radio'. The Beat, fronted by Ranking Roger, have a massive back catalogue of skanking greats. Both bands are renowned for their energetic live shows, which get everyone dancing. Give a big 'Shout' for Lulu, who returns, on 22 October and 7 November, for two shows packed full of hits, new songs and songs that have influenced her throughout her incredible career. Individual members of critically acclaimed funk and soul band, Brother Strut (27 October) have performed on records that have accumulated over half-a-billion sales. Their debut album was in the top 10 UK album charts, made no. 2 on the UK iTunes chart and was play-listed
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on Craig Charles’ Funk and Soul Show. “You will wait a very long time indeed to see anything better, I can’t think who can top this” 10/10 Blues and Soul Magazine. Innovative British jazz genius, Courtney Pine returns to The Apex on 30 October. Courtney, who has numerous BBC Jazz Awards and MOBOs, revisits the tenor saxophone for the first time in a decade, for his new collaboration with soul vocalist Omar. Omar’s 1992 hit single ‘There’s Nothing Like This’ led to partnerships with the likes of Stevie Wonder, Erykah Badu, Carleen Anderson and Angie Stone. Enjoy a ‘Night to Remember’, on 31 October, when successful soul group Shalamar play this and other hits, such as ‘There It Is’ and ‘I Can Make You Feel Good’. For more information, or to book tickets, telephone 01284 758000 or visit www.theapex.co.uk The Apex Charter Square, Bury St Edmunds, IP33 3FD
JULY – OCTOBER 2017
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THU 27 JULY 7.45pm / £27.50
MATT CARDLE & KERRY ELLIS
WED 23 & THU 24 AUG 7.30pm / £27.50, £32.50, £40
AN EVENING WITH NIK KERSHAW
WED 20 SEPT 7.30pm / £23 An intimate evening of songs & stories. ______________________________________
JACKSON – LIVE IN CONCERT
Sugarhill Gang (‘Rapper’s Delight’) are reunited with Grandmaster Melle Mel & Furious 5’s Scorpio (‘The Message’, ‘White Lines’) for the biggest old skool hip hop showdown of the year. ______________________________________
THE BOB DYLAN STORY FRI 28 JULY 7.30pm / £20
The leading lady of musical theatre joins forces with the X Factor winner. ______________________________________
JUST SO STORIES
SUN 1 OCT 8pm / £14 BBC Radio 4’s favourite comedian hits the road. ______________________________________
10CC’S GRAHAM GOULDMAN WED 4 OCT 7.30pm / £24.50
THU 21 SEPT 7.30pm / £21 (U16s £16) Ben recreates the Michael Jackson experience. ______________________________________
CHARLIE FINK’S COVER MY TRACKS
SUN 24 & MON 25 SEPT 7.30pm / £20
SAT 2 & SUN 3 SEPT 3pm & 7pm / £10, £12, £15 Voice Squad bring a musical version of Rudyard Kipling’s tales. ______________________________________
Graham performs a selection of hits, backed by fellow 10cc band members. ______________________________________
GREAT BRITISH SPIN OFF WITH HENRY BLOFELD THU 5 OCT 7.30pm / £25 A barrage of new stories from on & off the cricket field. ______________________________________
SAT 9 SEPT 12noon & 3.30pm / £15 (U16s £13.50 / Family £52)
SUNSHINE AND SHADE Experience a Dylan concert from the 1960s! ______________________________________
SUPERSONIC 70s SHOW
SAT 29 JULY 7.30pm / £17.50 Music by Queen, 10cc, David Essex, Abba, Sweet, Suzi Quatro, Boney M & other 70’s artists. ______________________________________
WHITNEY – QUEEN OF THE NIGHT
SUN 30 JULY 7.30pm / £23.50
Starring Bob the Builder, Little Princess, Noddy, Fireman Sam & other Milkshake! Favourites. ______________________________________
FAT CAT COMEDY CLUB
SUN 10 SEPT 8pm / £12 See www.fatcatcomedyclub.com for line-up. ______________________________________
THU 14 SEPT 7.30pm / £22.50
Former Noah & the Whale frontman Charlie Fink brings the tale of a young songwriter who vanishes without a trace. Theatre & music interweave in this mix of live gig & modern folk tale. ______________________________________
WED 27 SEPT 7.30pm / £22 Traditional music & 20th century songs. ______________________________________
SAT 7 OCT 7.30pm / £34, £28, £23, £16 Suffolk Philharmonic’s autumn concert. ______________________________________
MON 9 OCT 7.30pm / £25 An evening of musings, music & mischief. ______________________________________
TUE 10 OCT 7.30pm / £16.50
EVELYN GLENNIE & THE COHEN ENSEMBLE FRI 29 SEPT 7.30pm / £27, £22, £5 U25s
Winners of ‘Best Group’ at the BBC Radio 2 Folk Awards in 2015 & 2016. ______________________________________ West End performer Rebecca Freckleton as Whitney Houston. ______________________________________
THAT’LL BE THE DAY
FRI 18 AUG 7.30pm / £25 Rock & roll variety show covers the 1950s to 70s.
SIMON DAY, IN CHARACTER
Songs from stage & screen in thrilling vocal harmony. ______________________________________
FRI 15 & SAT 16 SEPT 7.30pm / £24 The World’s No.1 Eagles tribute.
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THU 12 OCT 8pm / £25, £20 The Fast Show star brings pub bore Billy Bleach, poetry from Geoffrey Allerton, habitual villain Tony Beckton and the inventor of world music, Brian Pern.
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The Apex hosts a wide variety of comedy and ‘evening with’ type shows, here’s just a few…
“In an ideal world, Jeremy Hardy would be extremely famous, but an ideal world would leave him without most of his best material.” (The Guardian). BBC Radio 4's favourite comedian, Jeremy Hardy has also been seen on TV in QI, Mock The Week and Grumpy Old Men. See him at The Apex on 1 October Graeme Swann, England’s greatest ever spin bowler, and Henry Blofeld, cricket’s best loved commentator, bring a barrage of new stories from on and off the field in Great British Spin Off on 5 October. Expect the sprinkler, expect red trousers, expect a review of the summer’s cricket, and expect to be laughing in this show full of surprises, anecdotes, impressions and more. Fast Show star, Simon Day brings several larger than life personalities 'In Character' on 12 October, including Fast Show pub bore Billy Bleach, confirmed bachelor and unpublished poet Geoffrey Allerton, and one of Britain’s
most dangerous men, Tony Beckton. Finally, the legendary prog rocker and inventor of world music, Brian Pern will perform a piece of music and modern dance. Enjoy an evening of comedy with Sean Kelly and the Stars of Storage Hunters on 18 October. The high-speed-ever-smiling auctioneer also has a career as a stand-up comedian and has headlined the Las Vegas MGM Grand several times! T-Money and Green Mile will also perform their own stand-up sets, before helping with the charity auction finale, with all proceeds going to Help for Heroes. On 6 November, Ray Mears presents ‘Born to go Wild’, explaining why he believes the natural areas on our planet are vital for cultural, spiritual, moral and aesthetic reasons. Gok Wan will be ‘Naked & Baring All’ on 19 November! You can read an interview with Gok on pages 24-27.
The vocally versatile Voice Squad bring Just So Stories on 2 and 3 September. This musical version of Rudyard Kipling’s tales features an eclectic, upbeat score in a toe-tapping, heart-warming show for all the family. Your children's favourite Milkshake! characters will be live on stage on 9 September. ‘The Magic Story Book’ stars Bob the Builder, Little Princess, Noddy, Fireman Sam, and many more, in an all-singing, all-dancing, musical journey through well-loved fairy tales. Abra Cadabra! With a wave of our wand we bring you the spooktacular parody, Harry Panto and the Chamber Pot of Secrets on 23 October. Complete with magical illusions, pop songs and things that go bump in the night, see our young magicians fight the dark lord in this spellbinding tale for ages 5 and up.
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Refresh yourself in our Pilgrims’ Kitchen café and browse the extensive range of gifts and books in our cathedral shop.
In partnership with Kinetic Adventure we bring you two fantastic workshops! On 8, 9, 10 and 12 August we have Kitchen Chemistry – learn how to conduct science experiments in your own kitchen! On 16, 17 and 19 August we have Make and Race – design and build your own vehicle and learn how to power it with chemistry!
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WEST SUFFOLK PARKS
PARKS West Suffolk is home to many beautiful parks, providing hundreds of acres of landscaped Suffolk countryside for you to enjoy. Parks including the Abbey Gardens, Nowton Park and East Town Park have plenty to offer, everything from unique events to an ideal setting to enjoy a picnic on a sunny day. If you havenâ€™t visited Hardwick Heath, Brandon Country Park, Clare Castle Country Park and West Stow Country Park, these are also right on your doorstep and are the perfect locations to keep the kids entertained or walk the dog. West Suffolk parks create a fantastic excuse to get outside and enjoy the fresh air, entertainment and glorious scenery on offer throughout this stunning part of the country.
MEET THE GARDENER
Jason is one of the gardeners in the Abbey Gardens who works tirelessly to create beautiful gardens all year round. “I genuinely love my job – no day is the same, there’s no stress, and the best part is interacting with the public and giving them gardening advice.”
Your local parks are the ideal locations to enjoy nature, whether you are already a nature lover or want to learn more about it. The unique arboretum in Nowton Park is home to trees from around the world such as eucalyptus from Australia, paperbark maple from China and Kentucky coffee trees from North America. A panda was carved in 1998 and placed in the China region along with some bamboo to add to the vision of this geographical area, which is very popular with children. There is also the Wildflower Meadow, sown in 1990. The introduction of wildflowers, like birdsfoot trefoil has boosted the numbers of butterflies recorded in the park. The Abbey Garden’s Appleby Rose Garden was originally an orchard, but is now a beautiful and established rose garden with over 400 rose bushes to be enjoyed. The Pilgrim’s Herb Garden, also situated in the Abbey Gardens, features many traditional medicinal plants believed to cure most ills and also ward off evil spirits. It was inspired by a now famous manuscript written at the Abbey in the 13th century which is housed in the Bodleian Library in Oxford. East Town Park is also home to some unique nature, for example the Ann Webb Plantation which is a diverse mix of native trees and shrubs, and the East Meadow, a beautiful area of mature walnut trees.
SUMMER ACTIVITIES* AT NOWTON PARK! Wednesday 26 July to Friday 1 September
This summer, Nowton Park are offering a whole host of fabulous activities for the kids to keep busy during the holidays - from laser combat to fire lighting, and bread making to building a boat - there is something for each of your little ones to learn and enjoy! All of the activities are listed on the What's On West Suffolk website. *Please note: some activities require advance bookings and an additional £2 fee.
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There are plenty of exciting events happening at the parks this summer, creating great entertainment for all the family. The Abbey Gardens have some fantastic outdoor theatre coming up, which is not to be missed! Outdoor theatre has massively increased in popularity in recent years, and is a perfect activity on a summer’s day – theatre doesn’t have to be indoors! Take a look at the outdoor performances coming up during the summer holidays for all the family to enjoy…
DOGS DON’T DO BALLET Biff is not like other dogs. He doesn’t do dog stuff like weeing on lampposts, or scratching his fleas, or drinking out of the toilet. No, Biff likes moonlight and music and walking on his tiptoes. You see, Biff doesn’t think he’s a dog. He thinks he’s a ballerina! Based on the bestselling children’s book by Anna Kemp and Sara Ogilvie, this fabulous feel-good show features music, songs, hand-crafted puppets and Biff, the ballet-dancing dog!
WEST SUFFOLK WILDLIFE
Suffolk is home to a variety of interesting wildlife, some of which can be found in your local parks. If you look carefully, you may come across some creepy crawlies during your visit… Whether you're a history lover or simply want a picnic in a park, the Abbey Gardens provides a beautiful backdrop in which to enjoy. It also had its own wildlife feeding area that the kids will love. East Town Park is also a great location for spotting wildlife as it features some unique habitats and beautiful natural woodland. The stable yard, is a special wildlife area abundant with native plants and insects for you to watch. The Sturmer meadow area of the park is home to a variety of lizards that like to bask on log piles on sunny days. Kingfishers and grey wagtails can be seen fishing alongside moorhens and water voles. Nowton Park has two ponds that can be found on the way-marked circular paths leading you through the varied landscape. The meadow pond is rich in aquatic life and is a draw for grass snakes as a place to bask, hunt and swim. There is also the school pond – at almost an acre in size, it sits mostly in the shade of mature exotic trees and is home to moorhens, mallards and the occasional grey heron which feeds on the introduced mirror and crucian carp. Many different butterflies have also been spotted, thanks to the introduction of wildflowers in 1990. The park is even home to some bats! But you aren’t very likely to see these during the day. On various dates in July and August, there is the opportunity to join the rangers for a twilight walk to discover some of Nowton Park’s nocturnal residents on a guided bat walk. Bat detectors will be used to reveal their ultrasonic sounds, and you’ll be able to watch them hunt around trees and over ponds! Visit the What's on West Suffolk website for more details and to book.
Abbey Gardens Saturday 5 August - 2pm Adults £10, Child £8, Family Ticket £3
BILLIONAIRE BOY Mr Spud has lost all his money. Not much…just a few billion pounds. Mr Spud and his son, Joe, would like to invite you to a garage sale (they used to own 500 garages) where they will be selling their final belongings to raise some money to buy food. The Formula 1 racing car has already been taken by the bailiffs, but there might be something interesting left. Bring your picnics, blankets and fold-up chairs and come to the helicopter pad outside at Bumfresh Towers to hear the story of how Mr Spud made his billions, lost it all and how Joe became the richest boy in the world! Abbey Gardens Tuesday 29 August - 3pm & 7pm Adults £12, Concessions £10
UPCOMING EVENTS… Saturday 22 July - Thursday 31 August SUMMER BINGO - Nowton Park
Tuesday 25 July, Wednesday 26 July, Tuesday 8 August, Wednesday 9 August, Tuesday 22 August, Wednesday 23 August GUIDED BAT WALKS - Nowton Park Wednesday 30 August CAMP FIRE AND DEN BUILDING - East Town Park
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THE OVO ENERGY TOUR OF BRITAIN CYCLE RACE COMES TO SUFFOLK
On Friday 8 September, Stage Six of the 2017 Tour of Britain will be taking place between Newmarket and Aldeburgh. People living along a 183km stretch of Suffolk roads will witness the world’s greatest cyclists race past their doorsteps during Britain’s “premier” road event, which for the first time features a stage hosted entirely within Suffolk. The cyclists with their hugely impressive entourage of police motorcycles, back-up vehicles and TV camera crews will be passing through dozens of Suffolk's iconic, picturesque villages and countryside. The towns who can look forward to welcoming the world’s top professional cyclists are Mildenhall, Bury St Edmunds, Eye, Framlingham and Woodbridge. Newmarket the world-famous birthplace and home of British horseracing, will host the start of Stage Six and Aldeburgh, one of Suffolk’s favourite coastal towns will host the finish and all along the route villages and communities will have the chance to be part of this most thrilling road race event. In Newmarket, cafes, restaurants and shop owners are being encouraged to bring their shop front onto the High Street on race day and to decorate their shop windows with a cycling theme. Discover Newmarket, the tourism hub of the town, will be offering a unique behind the scenes tour on the afternoon of the race. The tour will include a rare insight into the Horseracing Industry along with the history and heritage of the town.
WHAT’S HAPPENING IN WEST SUFFOLK Newmarket will be swapping saddles on Friday 8 September to celebrate the start of stage six of the OVO Energy Tour of Britain. The international home of horseracing and the Tour are perfectly matched as both present elite levels of sporting achievement. Two of the five British Classic Races are held here, plus countless racing days and the July Festival, the most glamorous event in the racing calendar. The recently opened National Heritage Centre for Horseracing and British Sporting Art is a world-class centre for sport and culture, in the heart of the town, and they are displaying a small art cycle exhibition, focusing on the science and history of cycling, until 6 October. The peloton will set off from the High Street at approximately 10.30am, but the fun and activities will be under way by around 9am when members of the public are encouraged to come and meet the teams, get autographs and soak up the atmosphere. Lots of activities are being planned during the lead up to the race, including local cycling clubs offering introductory cycle rides for people wanting to take up cycling. The clubs are also hoping to offer a ‘Ride the Route’ cycle ride, either the day before or the day after the Tour. Community groups along the route are being encouraged to create their own spectator area to cheer, hang bunting, wave flags and make lots of noise as the cyclists go past. Schools across west Suffolk are also gearing up to welcome the OVO Energy Tour of Britain as it presents a great opportunity for teaching and learning around cycling, with its health and emotional wellbeing benefits. Some local schools will also have the opportunity to put forward representatives to join the ‘ride out’ just before the race starts, and all schools along the route will be encouraged to come out on the morning of the race and support the event. 14
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With extensive indoor galleries and a stunning recreation of an Anglo-Saxon village, West Stow is a fascinating and enjoyable day out for all the family, come rain or shine. 17
UNCOVERING WEST STOW
In December 2007 a new excavation was carried out by Suffolk County Council Archaeological Service on the site of the Collections Study Building at West Stow Anglo-Saxon Village, several hundred metres north-east of the original excavations. These excavations revealed the sites of five previously unknown early Anglo-Saxon Sunken-Featured Buildings (SFBs) and a postbuilt structure, providing further information regarding the nature and extent of the original early Anglo-Saxon settlement. Finds included both Roman and Anglo-Saxon pottery, food waste (sheep and pig bones), loom weights and an Anglo-Saxon bone comb fragment. The excavations also revealed a phase of prehistoric occupation, with finds including struck flint flakes and burnt flint. Plough lines uncovered at the north end of the site also provided evidence of agricultural activity in the medieval period. Finds from these excavations will be added to the already extensive galleries for the first time later this year, as part of the Anglo-Saxon Centre redisplay, thanks to ‘Resilience Funding’ from Arts Council England. There will also be a temporary display dedicated to the 2007 excavations in the Visitor Centre at West Stow Anglo-Saxon Village.
THE STORY OF BEOWULF
Celebrate the launch of the Beowulf & Grendel adventure trail with a range of exciting activities at West Stow Anglo-Saxon Village & Country Park. Come and experience a weekend of mythical tales and events marking the official launch of the Beowulf & Grendel adventure trail around West Stow Country Park with a range of activities taking place across the weekend linked to one of the oldest stories in AngloSaxon history; Beowulf. BEOWULF & GRENDEL TRAIL LAUNCH WEEKEND 26, 27 & 28 August Beowulf: The Classic Story with Puppets As part of the Launch of the Beowulf & Grendel Trail Rattlebox theatre presents part of the famous epic ‘Beowulf’ in a small, but perfectly formed adaptation. The show employs engaging storytelling combined with clever puppetry adults and children alike.
TAKE A BOW
Have you ever sat watching archery in your favourite TV show or film and thought- I could do that? From Hunger Games to the Game of Thrones, Walking Dead to Brave – why not discover something new this year and become a real-life action hero! Arnor Archery are delivering three archery based courses at West Stow Anglo-Saxon Village for different ages, abilities and types of bow. Including beginners' bow, longbow and archery. Have a look and see which type is best for you, pick a date and you can even bring the family! Sat 19 Aug, 17 Sep INTRODUCING ARCHERY COURSE Try your hand at archery in the beautiful surroundings of West Stow Anglo Saxon Village. £25 (£20 Concession) Sat 20 Aug, Sun 16 Sep 10.30am-1.10pm or 1.30pm-4.30pm INTRODUCING THE LONGBOW COURSE A three hour course including a classroom session and practice on an outdoor range in West Stow Country Park and Anglo-Saxon Village £30 Adult (£20 Concession) Sat 12 Aug 11am-12pm, 12.30pm-1.30pm, 2pm-3pm, 3.30pm-4.30pm BEGINNERS BOW SHOOT Learn all the basics required for bare bow archery and put your skills to the test in a range of activities with the emphasis on actual shooting. £15 (£10 Concession)
WEST STOW ANGLO-SAXON VILLAGE
EDUCATING THE FUTURE ON THE PAST
Last year, West Stow achieved a record number of school visits with over 16,000 children visiting from 250 schools around the region. Many come from Suffolk, Norfolk and Cambridgeshire. With others from Bedfordshire, Hertfordshire, London and even Lincolnshire and Kent. The schools programme is aimed mainly at Key Stage 2, but support a wider range of learning outcomes for many ages. The children visit as modern day investigators finding out about the artefacts uncovered at West Stow and the surrounding area as well as exploring the experimental aspects of the unique reconstructed Anglo-Saxon Village.
Sat Jul 22 – Sun Jul 23
FINDING YOUR WAY IN ANGLO-SAXON ENGL AND
Meet Angelcynn, a sm all re-enactment group visiting West Stow Anglo -Saxon Village. Find out fascinating fac ts about navigation using the stars and sun ! Standard Admission
Thurs 3, 10, 17,24 Aug
AUGUST ACTIVITY DA YS
Come to West Stow An glo-Saxon Village and enjoy have-a-go activit ies for all the family Standard Admission
Sat 5 & Sun 6 Aug 10am
UP AND OVER WITH ‘G LORIA’
Come to West Stow an d watch a Medieval siege engine being fire d and hear about warfare tactics from Fin var Gallowglass Standard Admission
Sat 19 Aug 9am -4.30 pm
INTO THE WILD WITH FIRE AND STEEL
Come into the wild of West Stow Country Par k and join bushcrafter Joh n Stewart. Learn to light good fires, carve spoons and much mo re! £20 Get in touch or come and
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Opening times: Daily 10am-5pm (last entry 3.30pm in Win ter, 4pm in Summer)
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Situated in the stunning grounds of Palace House Horse racing museum, The Tack Room serves the best of locally sourced and seasonal British classics.
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RURAL SKILLS AND CRAFT COURSES
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STAINED GLASS JAMS & CHUTNEYS DOG PSYCHOLOGY BRICKLAYING WILD MEDICINE SIGNWRITING A NOVEL IN A DAY CALLIGRAPHY HANDS ON THE HIVE KNITTING COSMETICS FROM HONEY BADGERS
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With historic buildings, nature walks and exhibitions across a stunning 75 acre site, there’s lots to explore at the Museum of East Anglian Life. Discover more at www.eastanglianlife.org.uk Stowmarket, Suffolk IP14 1DL | 01449 612229
MOYSEâ€™S HALL MUSEUM
MOYSEâ€™S HALL MUSEUM This beautiful medieval museum, in the heart of Bury St Edmunds, houses rich and eclectic collections and changing exhibitions from Sci-fi to local finds. The museum hosts events ranging from themed craft workshops for all the family, to historical talks and lectures. In the atmospheric setting of the Undercroft, there are also plentiful evenings of entertainment including theatre and live music from a variety of artists and genres.
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Suffolk and Norfolk consistently yield high proportions of ‘treasure’ reported to The Portable Antiquities Scheme each year, with some of these finds ending up in museum collections. Moyse’s Hall Museum’s catalogue reads like a Who’s Who of Bury St Edmunds’ Victorian academia. Henry Prigg, who discovered Graves at West Stow, M. R. James who helped form the earliest academic surveys of the town’s former abbey and Harvey Frost whose coin collection affords the museum a dynastic history of England from money, to name but a few. Such collections come through public finds from activities like metal detecting and the finder’s subsequent generosity, the assistance of the Portable Antiquities Scheme, and the generosity of charitable bodies such as the Art Fund. The exhibition is now open to the public until 1st October.
SPECIAL EXHIBITION LECTURES The Finds at Rendlesham
Friday 28 July - 7pm
Phil Harding: The Trail of the Flint Mega-Core
Friday 18 August - 7pm
Saturday 22 July – Friday 1 September You can’t mention treasure without pirates taking an interest! Throughout the school holiday take a trip on board HMS Moyse’s. Meet costumed pirates, have a Blackbeard Selfie and join the crew! Take part in a range of pirate-themed activities; go on the museum trail and treasure hunt around town. There will be a variety of pirate-themed activities including crafts for the over 5s, storytelling for under-5s and more; offering families the opportunity to explore the riches throughout the museum… DROP-IN WORKSHOPS Every Tuesday from 25 July – 22 August 2017 11am – 12pm & 2pm – 3pm Price: additional £2 per participant on top of standard admission
MOYSE’S HALL MUSEUM
*IMAGES FROM THE 2016 SCI-FI EXHIBITION
SCI-FI EXHIBITION 2017 MURDER IN THE BARN In 1827, during an altercation in the Red Barn, Polstead, Maria Marten was shot dead and her body hidden underneath the rural building’s soil surface. The tragedy, perhaps seen as a corruption of the rural idyll, was published nationwide and the hanging of convicted murderer, William Corder, drew crowds in the thousands. Much has been written of the murder, from plays to songs, books to poems; and it continues to inspire alternative theories on the details and identities of those involved. After the hanging Corder’s body was anatomised and artefacts from this process are on display at Moyse’s Hall. Together with other items associated with the murder and court case you can see a book bound in Corder’s skin and his tanned scalp. Grizzly artefacts sit comfortably in amongst displays on Poaching, Witchcraft and Crime and Punishment.
Saturday 21 October – Sunday 26 November The annual exhibition continues to attract visitors from all over the region with some original screen used props, high quality replicas, memorabilia and public collections around the theme of Sci-fi and action. In the past, original props from Terminator, Star Trek, Superman and other blockbusters have wowed the audiences. This year the exhibition helps celebrate the 40th anniversary of Star Wars- released in May 1977 to massive acclaim. To open the show on the 21/22 October we have the universe's most feared bounty Hunter- Boba Fett actor Jeremy Bulloch meeting and signing for the visitors. There is also a chance to see more original props from film and TV, including rare memorabilia and comics; focusing on 40 years of the British comic 2000AD. More exciting details coming soon to a galaxy near you!
Moyse's Hall Museum opening times: Mondays-Saturdays 10am-5pm (last entry 4pm) Sundays 12pm-4pm (last entry 3pm)
Moyse’s Hall Museum, Cornhill, Bury St Edmunds, Suffolk, IP33 1DX 01284 706183 | www.weststow.org/moyseshall
IS NAKED & BARING ALL!
CELEBRITY INTERVIEW GOK WAN
travels the country with his new show
Naked & Baring All
and he talks to WOWS magazine to reveal a little more...
So Gok, this autumn you are off round the country with your new show, Naked & Baring All. Without giving too much away, tell me a bit about what audiences can expect?
I describe the Naked & Baring All Tour as the truth behind the truth – all the stuff I haven’t talked about in the past. The show will be full of surprises and will be quite a revelation! Will much of the material you discuss be new to your fans? I haven’t discussed a lot of the stories with friends and family and actually some of it I haven’t discussed with myself before! They have been locked up in a file in my brain called memories which had been mislaid over the years. Naked & Baring All will give audiences the chance to learn a huge amount about who I really am. It’s going to be really funny, emotional and ridiculous and packed with anecdotes. There will be laughter and tears - a real mix of emotions. Are you going to talk about your whole life or just specific parts of it? What will the structure be and will the audience have a chance to ask you questions?
Myself and my director Owen Lewis who is brilliant, funny and actually quite hot, came up with the idea to use the different tools that I’ve used in my career as the basis for Naked & Baring All. So, there will be lots about fashion, body shape, style, cooking, that kind of thing but there will be other surprises There is a lot to cover - you’ve done so much! How will you condense it all?
If I did my whole life I’d be on stage for a week! We’re
still devising it, but Owen and I will pick stuff out that either makes him laugh, cry or wince, and that’s the stuff we need. But as you say, how do you cover someone’s life in 90 minutes? At the moment I’m trying to hit four buzz points. Firstly, it needs to be more honest than I’ve ever been. Secondly, it needs to show a side of my personality that I have never given out on screen before - which is “who is the real me”. Thirdly, it has to be inspiring there is life after anorexia, the bullying and so on. And finally, it has to be fun, it’s got to have all the humor in there, because you know, life is really funny. Every single day stupid and ridiculous things happen to us all and I think they are sometimes the most valuable anecdotes to give out to people because it’s the stuff that people can empathize with straight away. So will there be any gossip in the show?
Yes, lots of gossip and lots of secrets but you’ll have to come along to find out! I have had a very colourful life let’s put it that way! What do you hope audiences will take away from it? I hope audiences will have a lot of fun, and get a real sense of anything is possible in life.
Originally you wanted to be an actor and went to Central School of Speech and Drama. How did you make the leap from acting to being a stylist and being on TV?
When I was training, I wanted to do Shakespeare, Chekhov and Brecht and be out there performing at the Globe and the National, but over the years I realised it just wasn’t me! I have a skill at doing a different kind of performing on stage which is often centered on humour
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CELEBRITY INTERVIEW GOK WAN and cheekiness. I did lots of different jobs. I was a recruitment consultant, worked in restaurants, bars, lots of different things and then I fell into hair and make-up – which is a big part of the show so I won’t tell you now – you’ll have to come along and find out!
What about friends - do you have much time to go out with them?
Tell me about How To Look Good Naked. You inspired thousands of people and helped them feel good about themselves in all sorts of ways. It really catapulted you to the big time and made you a household name.
Do you get people writing to thank you for helping them?
It was really successful, incredible, just a great show. We did six series and I loved it. We went out on a massive high as we were still getting great figures and if Channel 4 said let’s do some more I would make it again in a heartbeat. The show still regularly runs in the UK and overseas. Did being a stylist come naturally?
I think taste comes naturally but styling is like any art form. It is entirely subjective. But you have to learn the technical side of styling - the relationship you have with PRs and designers, understanding how far you can push it with a client and understanding the logistics of building a business around it. Also, learning social media, your personal brand, accounts and how you do get repeat business, or a new client, all of that stuff you don’t get taught at college. I had taste, and I think I’ve got taste, but had to learn the other stuff as well. You’ve styled a huge number of people over the years, is there anyone you would like to style?
I do. Five or six nights a week I’ll be doing something, going to dinner or for drinks, to the theatre or I cook at home.
Do you know, I’m really fortunate I get a lot of people who do that. I’ve also had a lot of kids with eating disorders come up to me and say I’ve inspired them as I’ve been frank about what happened to me. So what’s next after the tour and after panto this Christmas?
I’ve got a couple of goals next year. I am in talks for a new fashion project which is being developed at the moment. I’d like to take the Naked & Baring All show out to more places next year including internationally. I think the next thing though will be a business - I really fancy a restaurant or nightclub. If it’s a restaurant it will be Asian food, though I’m not sure where it will be. All I know is I’m starting to get those butterflies about it and once I get them I know it’s the right thing to do. Gok Wan is ‘Naked & Baring All’ at THE APEX, Bury St Edmunds, on Sunday 19 November, call 01284 758000 or see www.theapex.co.uk for details.
I really enjoy makeovers. They are the things that I get a lot of buzz out of, dressing real people with real bodies and real self-confidence issues. For me it’s far more empowering than dressing a celebrity as they can afford any of the clothes they want, they have a body a trainer has given them and they eat nothing but dust for months on end. So for me, it’s not as fulfilling and I’d much rather be with Barbara from Bolton - it’s great because you get to meet real people. All the stuff that comes out of a makeover is just gold. A lot of them are terrified though as it’s a really intimidating thing. Most people I dress are worried and afraid but it’s my job to show them it’s for the best. It’s also my job to show them how to use these new tools and how they find the confidence with them. With so much going on in your life with all the things you do and the projects you are involved in, how do you find time to relax?
I hate rest, sleeping and days off! I’m not keen on holidays but I do try and have one night off a week to relax and I will run a bath, light some candles, put the TV on, then I will get a book - I’m quite a restless person and find it really difficult to relax. I’m really fortunate that I still love my job, it drives me nuts sometimes but I still love what I do. I also have hobbies, stuff that I’m really interested in though I’m not very good at just having a hobby because it always turns into something bigger. For instance, some people are quite happy buying a lump of clay and make an ashtray for their living room. I’m not happy with that as I’d want to create a vase to go into Tate Modern! So what are your hobbies?
Fashion is my job, DJing, Painting and Magic are my hobbies. I have always drawn and sketched and I find it very relaxing. I am also studying with a magic teacher and learning some card tricks. I have lessons whenever I can fit them in. 27
THE ATHENAEUM The Athenaeum is located on Angel Hill which is in the heart of Bury St Edmunds close to the Cathedral and Abbey Gardens. It is a beautiful, elegant building with stunning original features. The Athenaeum has long been at the centre of life in Bury St Edmunds. Originally a grand private house, it has since played host to society balls, readings and lectures by the likes of Charles Dickens and William Thackeray and a members club which offered use of its extensive library, museum and observatory to its learned members.
WHAT’S ON AT THE AT HENAEUM
TYING THE KNOT
Today, the elegant ballroom featuring stunning chandeliers, is a romantic and ideal setting for wedding ceremonies and receptions. The ornate and impressive space is complete with a grand, high ceiling and sweeping staircase With the venue ideally situated next to the historic Abbey Gardens, there is the opportunity to have an intimate drinks reception in the beautiful rose garden, a perfect back drop where photos can be taken and your guests can enjoy the stunning surroundings.
NOT JUST WEDDINGS! The Athenaeum boasts five rooms in total, all with their
own character, which means that are various catering options for many different types and sizes of events, not just weddings. We have various corporate packages that we can offer but are also just as happy to create a bespoke package to suit your needs should your business like to host a conference or meeting here. Get in touch: T: 01284 758380 E: email@example.com www.athenaeumbse.co.uk
Sunday 20 August FAIRIES TEA PARTY SHHHH! The Fairies are coming. Mother fairy is bringing her favourite fairies and elf for some summer holiday fun. Join them for a tea party where there will be singing, dancing, fairy parade and lots of fun. Ticket includes tea party food and squash for children one adult is included who will receive a hot or cold drink with a piece of cake. Additional adults £5. Tickets available on Eventbrite. Sunday 27 August SONGBOOK SUNDAY Gill Manly: Celebrating Nina Simone. Tickets £12 in advance, £15 on the door (Subject to availability) VIP ticket £23 which includes buffet brunch & filter tea and coffee) Tickets www.theapex.co.uk 01284 758000
Saturday 16 September THE ULTIMATE 80’s PARTY NIGHT Hosted by Tropicana Nights. The best 80’s night in Suffolk for the over 25’s. Entry £9 in advance tickets available from Eventbrite. Sunday 24 September SONGBOOK SUNDAY With Emily Saunders ‘Outrageously good… an extraordinary talent’ JazzFM. Tickets £12 in advance, £15 on the door (Subject to availability) VIP ticket £23 which includes buffet brunch & filter tea and coffee). Tickets www.theapex.co.uk 01284 758000
More than a Museum! A unique new attraction on a five acre site in the heart of Newmarket • The National Horseracing Museum • A gallery of British Sporting Art • Meet former racehorses and watch them being retrained • Enjoy a relaxing meal in The Tack Room Restaurant • A gift shop with souvenirs to remind you of your visit
Opening Times Daily 10am - 5pm Promo code: WOWSPECIAL 25% off annual tickets Valid until 31.12.17 Book online or redeem with this advert
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Resting near the banks of the River Lark at West Stow, Bury St Edmunds, Fullers Mill Garden is peaceful and enchanting, combining light-dappled woodland with a collection of rare and unusual shrubs, perennials, lilies and peripheral plants, collected over the last 58 years by the garden’s creator, Bernard Tickner MBE. The garden itself includes the Top Garden, where in summer it becomes a romantic scene, with birches underplanted with silver; the Inner and Outer Quandaries where spicy scents of the Mediterranean meet the elegance of delicate Indigofera, dancing red Crocosmia, and the sleepy heads of Dierama; and the tranquil waters of the River and the Mill Pond. The garden was gifted in 2013 to Perennial, the only UK charity dedicated to supporting those working in, or retired from, horticulture. Bernard continues to fully fund the garden, but Head Gardener Annie Dellbridge and her team of gardeners and volunteers now look after the garden for the delight and enjoyment of visitors from April to the end of September. © Marcus Harper
The garden is now awarded with the Visit England Quality Rose Marque. OPENING TIMES April - End of September Wed, Fri and Sun 2:00pm-5:00pm
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NEWMARKET DAYS AND NIGHTS
UPCOMING EVENTS AT NEWMARKET RACECOUR SE
Saturday 22 July GREAT BRITISH SUMM ER DAY
Saturday 29 July COUNTRYSIDE DAY
Saturday 5 August GREAT BRITISH PICNIC DAY
Newmarket’s two magical racecourses, the Rowley Mile and
the Adnams July Course, together form the greatest venue in the East of England and in 2016, celebrated 350 years of extraordinary royal patronage. Hosting exhilarating world class Flat racing, pulsating music nights and great value family days, not to mention award-winning restaurants and a space for exceptional conferences. This year, the racecourse hosts a total of 39 race fixtures and is guaranteed to appeal to everyone, including the Summer Sizzler Season and the fantastic Autumn Gold Season to experience the Home of Horse Racing. Get set for the season in Newmarket this year with quality racing, entertainment, live music and much more! For more information and to book tickets, please visit www.newmarketracecourses.co.uk or speak to a member of the dedicated sales team on 0844 579 3010. Summer Saturdays: Family Days until August Summer Saturdays are Newmarket Racecourses’ fantastic action-packed family days. Taking place on seven Saturdays and the final Friday of the summer season at the picturesque Adnams July Course.
Newmarket Nights: Evening Racing and Live Music from June – August No other music venue offers such great value! Buy one ticket and enjoy a beautiful evenings racing and a concert in an incredible and unique setting. In 2017 Newmarket Racecourses celebrates 30 years of Newmarket Nights with eight unmissable concerts featuring performances by world famous artists including Little Mix, Culture Club, Chase & Status, Olly Murs and Jess Glynne!
Saturday 12 August ROYAL BRITISH LEGIO N DAY
Saturday 19 August HORSEPLAY
Friday 25 August FEEL GOOD FRIDAY
Saturday 26 August SUMMER SATURDAY LIV E WITH JESS GLYNNE performing live after rac ing
Saturday 28 July TEXAS
Saturday 4 August JAMES
Saturday 11 August CHASE & STATUS
Saturday 18 August OLLY MURS www.newmarketracecou rses.co.uk 0844 579 3010
THE NATIONAL HERITAGE CENTRE FOR HORSERACING & SPORTING ART
The National Heritage Centre is situated in
Charles II’s sporting palace and stables spanning five acres in the heart of Newmarket and comprises three complementary attractions. The new venue is the result of over ten years planning, building and fundraising to become the biggest new attraction to open in Suffolk in the last decade. In April 2017 it was announced that the National Heritage Centre has been shortlisted as a finalist for the prestigious Art Fund Museum of the Year prize.
What you will find at the National Heritage Centre at Palace House: NATIONAL HORSERACING MUSEUM: Based in the old Trainer’s House and King’s Yard galleries the National Horseracing Museum tells the story of horseracing from its earliest origins to the world-wide phenomenon it is today. Using the latest interactive and audio visual displays the Museum also takes a different look at the sport, examining the science of the sport. Your visit will not be complete without riding a winner on our famous Racehorse Simulator!
ROTHSCHILD YARD: Discover and meet the heroes of racing themselves - the racehorses! The Rothschild Yard has been returned to its former glory to stable horses, showcasing the work of the Retraining of Racehorses charity. Here, you can get up close, and meet these beautiful animals. Twice daily, at 11am and 2.30pm, demonstrations take place in the Peter O’Sullevan Arena. Check their website for more details of the resident horses and daily demonstrations FRED PACKARD GALLERIES: Situated in the remaining element of Charles II’s racing palace is the Fred Packard Museum and Galleries of British Sporting Art - a new home for the British Sporting Art Trust. Paintings by George Stubbs and Sir Alfred Munnings rub shoulders with works from John Singer Sargent and John Wootton showcasing the finest British Sporting Art from the 17th – 21st Century.
THE NATIONAL HERITAGE CENTRE THE TACK ROOM & PANTRY BAKERY: Situated in The King’s Yard is The Tack Room. It serves traditional British food with a twist, using the very best that East Anglia and in particular Suffolk has to offer. The Pantry Bakery offers food to go – from sandwiches to scones, delicious artisan breads and coffee. Palace House Shop Our gift shop stocks a wide range of merchandise to remind you of your visit to Newmarket. Many of the products that you will find take their inspiration from objects and paintings in our collections.
WHAT’S ON TH IS SUMMER:
Closing 11 August Gods of Sport: 50 yea rs of Sporting Photography by Chris Smith 3 July - 6 October On Your Bike: The art of Cycling
28th August - April 20 18 Sir Alfred Munnings: Pa inting
Jazz Sunday in the Kin g’s Yard Sunday 23 July - 2pm - 5pm The King’s Yard & Tack Room Free
Monday – Sunday 10am – 5pm All full price tickets are valid for 12 months from day of purchase (T&Cs apply) Adults: £16.50 Children (5-16): £9.50 Children under 5: FREE Family (2 adults & up to 4 children): £40.00 Concession (students & seniors): £15.50 Discounted ticket prices on groups of 15+ Palace House, Palace Street, Newmarket, Suffolk, CB8 8EP T: 01638 667314 E: email@example.com
Enjoy an afternoon of Jazz in the beautiful setting in the King’s Ya rd with ‘BBC Young Jazz Musician of the Year 2016’ Alex Ridou t. If you would like to res erve a table Please book into The Tack Ro om in advance. Bank Holiday Activitie s 27 August - 10am - 5p m
Various family activitie s over the Bank Holiday weekend - so come along and see what we have on offer. Keep an eye on our website for updates. 32Red Newmarket Op en Weekend and Food & Drink Festiv al 16 - 17 September - 10am - 5pm
This will offer visitors the unique opportunity to go behind the scene s at HQ and enjoy two fantastic days of fun. There will be a number of special events on in the Peter O’Sullevan Arena as well as a £5 entry into the Galleries for all wristband holde rs. The Food & Drink Festival will take place on Palace Street and promised to be a delici ous affair.
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ICKWORTH HOUSE, PARKLAND
AND GARDENS: A GEORGIAN ITALIANATE PALACE IN AN IDYLLIC ENGLISH LANDSCAPE Ickworth is a vast canvas on which generations
of one extraordinary family, the Hervey's have expressed their passions and personalities across the Estate. Its colourful heritage, once reserved for a privileged few, is now on show for all to see. The Estate reflects the Hervey's passion for everything Italian, influenced by their travels in Europe. The Rotunda is a Neo-classical masterpiece, created by the 4th Earl of Bristol to house treasures such as an extensive collection of silver and portraiture. These treasures also include paintings by Reynolds, Gainsborough and Vigee Le Brun and a dominating sculpture in the Entrance Hall; ‘The Fury of Athamus’ by Flaxman. There’s also fascinating collections of fans, porcelain, books and furniture to discover. From upstairs to downstairs, step back into the 1930s with life below stairs and experience what life was like for staff at Ickworth. Each month, on special Living History days, see the Cooks, the Housekeeper and other staff and eavesdrop on their fascinating stories. Delve deeper into Ickworth’s history with morning and afternoon tours led by a team of knowledgeable and passionate volunteers. Enjoy Ickworth throughout the seasons with an ever-changing landscape. Be inspired by the ancient woodland and pastoral fields with a variety of walks, from a rambling 2 miles to an adventurous 7 miles. Take one of the self-led walking leaflets with you to explore Ickworth’s history and story as you go. Explore, discover and rediscover something new every season in Ickworth’s gardens, a place of contrasts, tranquillity and enchantment.
ICKWORTH HOUSE, PARKLAND AND GARDENS
The Italianate Garden is the first of its kind in the UK - it’s a distillation of the gardens of classical Italy given an individual English touch. Spend time down at the historic Walled Garden, perfect for a picnic while spotting the wildlife that passes by. Every first Wednesday of the month visitors can explore the wider parkland with speciality walks around the ancient woodlands and buildings. Ickworth is also one of the premier bat sites in the UK, so take part in an evening Bat Walk to learn about their habitat and what we can all do to improve it. When visiting Ickworth, the cafes are a must do! The West Wing Café is nestled next to the Orangery with views across the Italianate garden. The menu has something for everyone and is all made on site from fresh ingredients. Help yourself to sandwiches, cakes, and tray-bakes from the counter. Indulge in the hugely popular ‘Scone of the Month’ with fresh produce from across the estate. Salads and hot dishes, like Italianate pizzas are ordered at the till, made fresh in the kitchen and brought to your table. If you’re visiting with your four legged friend then Porters Lodge Outdoors Café is the perfect place. With bird feeders nearby so as you enjoy your treats, you can watch the birds enjoy theirs. Ickworth also invites you to visit the recently transformed Squash Court Café. A space in the West Wing designed to help you relax, unwind and delve into the hidden story of Jack Honeyball and the 4th Marquess of Bristol playing squash at Ickworth. Visitors are able to immerse fully into fun and interesting stories as well as enjoying a delicious cup of coffee.
Ickworth is also home to a beautiful gift shop and plant centre, with something for all ages from locally sourced food and treats to books, rugs, home and ladies accessories, you’re sure to find inspiration! As well as the usual varied selection of peat free grown herbaceous perennials, shrubs and roses, this year the plant centre is also stocking peat free compost and a new range of garden tools – all your gardening needs catered for! Ickworth has an exciting calendar of events throughout the year for both adults and children alike, from Outdoor Theatres to the annual Proms in the Park. Family friendly activities are in abundance at Ickworth. On fine days, children can play on the swings, slides and zip wire in the adventure play area. Little ones will love exploring the acres of woodland with one of the '50 things to do before you are 11¾' adventure scrapbooks, which include fun, educational activities, from den-building to flying a kite. Every school holiday, Ickworth runs indoor seasonal themed kids’ arts and crafts in the comfort of the West Wing gallery. On rainy days keep your little ones amused with classic 1930s parlour games in the West Wing such as Ludo, dominoes and bagatelle. This summer, explore your inner Robin Hood, or is it Katniss Everdeen with Lookout Archery. Test and develop your skills on this range with the backdrop of the Rotunda to inspire you. Throughout the year, the House team are giving a rare opportunity to experience helping with conservation cleaning by signing up to volunteer for an hour. This is a great chance to get hands on with the beautiful collection, as well as being involved with caring for Ickworth. For the first time, Ickworth are also running a 5 week ‘Craftsmanship’ programme starting on Monday 4th September celebrating Ickworth’s love affair with wood, from beautiful mahogany doors to curving wooden floors, mighty oaks to box wood uncovered in the gardens. The programme explores the long traditions of collecting and using wood across the estate from a Ranger’s life to that of a Bishop, family stories and the livelihoods dependant on wood that continue today; all culminating in our Wood & Craft Fair on 7 and 8 October. T: 01284735270 E: firstname.lastname@example.org www.nationaltrust.org.uk/ickworth
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ST EDMUNDSBURY CATHEDRAL
CATHEDRAL St Edmundsbury Cathedral,
Suffolk's only cathedral, offers visitors a warm welcome and the chance to explore the ﬁne architecture and history of this building. The elegant nave of the church was built by John Wastell in 1503 and guided tours are available from May to September with knowledgeable and friendly guides. The Lady Chapel is set aside for quiet prayer and reﬂection and pilgrims visit daily to light candles and leave prayers. The bishop’s throne, The Cathedra, is found near the quire and altar and the chapels dedicated to St Edmund and the Transﬁguration include works of art such as the Frink Cruciﬁxion and the Sybil Andrews tapestry of the Martyrdom of St Edmunds. The Cathedral shop stocks a wide range of books, gifts and Fairtrade goods and is open 10am to 5pm, Monday to Saturday and 11.30am to 4pm on Sunday. The Pilgrims’s Kitchen café is open Monday to Saturday from 8.30am. It offers Fairtrade refreshments and free Wi-Fi and during the summer months the café garden is the perfect place to sit and enjoy your lunch and snacks in the open air.
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ST EDMUNDSBURY CATHEDRAL The Cathedral has teamed up with Kinetic Adventure to inspire and enthuse children in a series of fun, interactive workshops to liven up the school summer holidays. These free events will look at the worlds of engineering, science, IT and maths in a creative way to inspire young minds. On August 8, 10 and 12 there is Kitchen Chemistry! Come along and learn how to conduct scientific experiments in your own kitchen at home. And on August 16, 17 and 19 there is the Make and Race workshops. Design and build your own vehicle, learn how to power it with chemistry and race them against your friends! If you want to find out more about Kinetic Adventure go to www.kineticscience.co.uk
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It stands, said HRH the Prince of Wales, as a “spiritual beacon for the new Millennium” and can be seen for miles around. The tower of St Edmundsbury Cathedral is arguably the town’s best known landmark and the tower tours offered are proving popular once again. And even if you have been a ground floor visitor to this most impressive of buildings, you may want to get a whole new view from up high. Completed in 2005, Prince Charles was patron of the tower project and the brief for the tower was a simple one – for it to be constructed using traditional methods and materials which would last over 1,000 years. At 160ft high, the tower keeps a watchful eye over the town of Bury St Edmunds and is a new addition to this church, Suffolk’s Cathedral which welcomes around 90,000 visitors a year. The 202 steps to the top are worth the climb to see the world from the highest public accessible point in the town. Knowledgeable, friendly guides are ready to impart fascinating facts as you make you journey to the top of the tower. It’s not a mad rush to the top, it’s done in stages, stopping off to admire the building from ever changing views as you make your way higher. And once you reach the summit, it’s a view to be photographed so don’t forget cameras and phones to mark the fact that you’ve made it to the top! Back at ground level why not refresh yourselves in the cathedral’s Pilgrims’ Kitchen café which offers freshly prepared hot and cold lunches, cakes and Fairtrade refreshments along with free Wi-Fi. And spend some time in the church itself, admire the stunning stained glass and donate £1 to lay a brick on the model of the cathedral being built out of 200,000 LEGO ® bricks. St Edmundsbury Cathedral tower tours run from Wednesday to Sunday and last about 90 minutes and cost £10 per person. Bookings can be made via the cathedral website at www.stedscathedral.co.uk . Group bookings are advised to contact email@example.com
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An ambitious plan to recreate St Edmundsbury Cathedral out of 200,000 Lego bricks was launched in May last year and more than 20,500 bricks have been placed on the model so far. The model is being built in the Cathedral itself in the north transept and the table is staffed on a rota basis by around 30 friendly volunteers who greet visitors. So far, the grass labyrinth has been completed as well as most of the interior floor and the pillars are starting to rise and the cloisters are currently being built. St Edmundsbury Cathedral is just one of four cathedrals in the country to undertake the Lego project, the others being Exeter, Chester and Durham. Visits and Volunteer manager, Hannah Ratcliffe said: “Who doesn’t get excited at the chance to play with Lego? “It’s amazing how many grown-ups revert to being children when you start telling them about the project, and the idea of being able to place a brick on a module of the build just wows them. “It’s such an amazing opportunity for us to engage with so many more people. “Everyone’s welcome, no matter what faith, if any, please come to the Cathedral and experience Lego!” Visitors can donate £1 in exchange for one brick and the volunteers will show where it needs to be placed on the model. There’s a map near the model where people can show where they are visiting from and it really is turning into a global project with people from as afar afield as Australia and the United States doing their bit to build history. Closer to home, the model has plenty of local visitors who pop in on a regular basis to lay bricks, check on progress and chat to volunteers. General opening times are Monday to Saturday from 10.30am 4.30pm and 12.30 to 2.30pm on Sunday. There will be occasions where special services and events are taking place and it will not be possible to open the LEGO model, so please check social media and www.stedscathedral.org for details. If you fancy volunteering on this unique project, we are looking for volunteers for Mondays and Saturdays. More details are available from Hannah Ratcliffe on firstname.lastname@example.org Two sizes of LEGO models of St Edmundsbury Cathedral are for sale in the Cathedral shop priced at £150 and £35 and are fast becoming real collector’s pieces. T: 01284 748720 E: email@example.com www.stedscathedral.org
PIRATE TAKEOVER! THROUGHOUT THE SUMMER HOLIDAYS You can’t mention treasure without pirates taking an interest! Throughout the school holiday take a trip on board ‘HMS Moyse’s’. There will be a variety of pirate themed activities including trails, story telling and more offering families the opportunity to explore the riches throughout the museum… See how many doubloons your booty would be worth as you explore the antiquities on display! You might even meet Blackbeard himself...! DROP-IN WORKSHOPS Every Tuesday 25 July – 22 August 11am – 12pm & 2pm – 3pm Price: additional £2 per participant on top of standard admission
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THEATRE ROYAL BURY ST EDMUNDS
THEATRE ROYAL BURY ST EDMUNDS Theatre Royal Bury St Edmunds is one of Britain's most significant theatre buildings and the last surviving Regency playhouse in the country. Built in 1819 and restored to its Regency origins, this intimate Grade 1 listed building is the only theatre in the National Trust property portfolio. If you would like to learn more on the history of the building take a tour behind the scenes, Theatre Tours are available throughout the week, see website for details. Theatre Royal presents a vibrant, year-round programme of drama, music, dance and comedy, featuring many of the country’s leading companies and performers. The theatre has also built a reputation for high quality producing including the ever popular annual pantomime. Alongside Theatre Royal’s on-stage programme of shows, it offers a wide-ranging educational and community-based programme of activities and opportunities. Find out what’s on during August, September and October on pages 42 & 43, or to see a full programme of events and buy tickets, visit theatreroyal.org
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the Musical which follows the heart-warming and moving story of a group of Liverpool teenagers' school trip to North Wales. Written by Willy Russell, the multi-award-winning author of Blood Brothers and Educating Rita. Our Day Out the musical has all the same wit, charm and humanity alongside drama, music and dance, that makes for a truly inspiring and entertaining production (Thu 24 Aug – Sat 2 Sep). Visiting companies are bringing more drama, like Suffolk Summer Theatres with The Prisoner of Zenda (Wed 6 – Sat 9 Sep), London Classic Theatre with Private Lives, Noël Coward’s most popular and enduring stage comedy (Tue 12 – Sat 16 Sep), and Blackeyed Theatre with The Strange Case of Dr Jekyll & Mr Hyde (Tue 26 & Wed 27 Sep). Bill Kenwright are here for a week with their thriller A Judgement in Stone, a brand new adaptation of the bestselling Ruth Rendell novel (Mon 2 – Sat 7 Oct). Northern Broadsides return with For Love or Money billed as ‘A Daft Comedy about Greed’ (Wed 18 – Sat 21 Oct). The Theatre champion new work and emerging talent and we’ve Fringe First winner Katie Bonna with All the Things I Lied About (Mon 25 Sep). Katie unpicks how everyday lies can lead to a world of Trump and Brexit. There’s also Big Foot (Wed 25 Oct), a funny and impassioned portrayal of becoming a man and the responsibility that comes with it. You can catch a unique and thrilling professional production of William Shakespeare’s The Tempest (Wed 4 Oct) by Bilmankhwe Arts at Conservatoire EAST. The Shakespeare Takeover Programme, a bold and creative response project that engages students will focus on this production of The Tempest. Local students will create a response piece with the guidance and support of Theatre Royal facilitators, actors and directors before performing on stage at Theatre Royal to a live audience in November. The quintessentially British ‘Mod’ Musical All or Nothing is here to celebrate the unique sound of the iconic ‘60s Mod band, The Small Faces (Thu 21 – Sat 23 Sep). There’s an arsenal of brilliant hits like Whatcha Gonna Do About It, Lazy Sunday, Tin Soldier, Sha La La La Lee, Itchycoo Park and, of course, All Or Nothing. With more music there’s Buddy Holly and The Cricketers
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(Fri 27 Oct). The show rarely pauses for breath and the hits just keep on coming – That’ll Be The Day, Peggy Sue, Heartbeat, It Doesn’t Matter Anymore, Raining In My Heart, Oh Boy! – and much, much more. The hugely popular Lunchtime Concert Series continue with Lowdell & Welham (Mon 18 Sep) and The Goldcrest Trio (Mon 9 Oct) maybe that’s down to the tea and cake! We welcome Scamp Theatre and Stick Man back (Thu 26 & Fri 27 Oct). A delightful adaptation of Julia Donaldson and Axel Scheffler’s hugely popular book. You can help search for the hidden treasure in Crafty’s Creepy Castle (Sun 22 Oct) before meeting Crafty afterwards to receive a special Trick Or Treat present. Explore Brian’s magical library in Bookstory (Tue 24 Oct) where the books like to flutter their pages and let their shelves go, it’s totally brilliant for adults and children. There are various fundraising events which are not only great fun, but also support the Theatre Royal. First up is An Alternative Auditorium (Sat 5 Aug), enjoy supper in style on the stage of Theatre Royal, whilst the performances are delivered from the auditorium. The Michelin starred chef Galton Blackiston is helping to raise money by cooking live on stage (Sat 30 Sep). There is a one-off opportunity to spend the evening with Clare Presland (Sun 1 Oct), mezzo soprano, and her pianist, along with the actors John Shrapnel and Dame Janet Suzman, DBE. Children can enjoy an afternoon of storytelling on stage with The Snowlies (Sun 15 Oct). Reggie Oliver looks at the ghost story through history, beginning from the earliest times up to present day with The Lure of the Ghost Story (Sun 15 Oct), and much more throughout the season. Looking for a laugh? Join the star of Not the Nine O’Clock News, Smith & Jones and Three Men in a Boat as Griff Rhys Jones (Sun 22 Oct) provides you with 90 minutes of comedy exploration. Make the most of the new Season Saver discount and see more for less this Autumn, book 4+ shows and get 10% off, 6+ shows will save you 15% and if you book 8+ shows you save a massive 25% off each ticket. Booking is simple, visit www.theatreroyal.org give us a call on 01284 769505 or pop in to the Box Office in person.
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A star of some of television’s top cookery shows together with Rick Stein’s Executive Chef have been signed up to headline this summer’s Our Bury St Edmunds Food & Drink Festival over the August Bank Holiday weekend. And once again some of the most popular establishments from the food and drink sector in the town will be showcasing their skills to the crowds in this very popular element of the event.
Who are the chefs?
Jack Stein will be making his first appearance on the Sunday of the event, which has been running for five years. He is the middle son of Rick Stein and started working as a kitchen porter as a youngster during the school holidays then moving to front of house at the age of 16. He worked as a chef in his father’s restaurants before gaining further experience overseas and is now Executive Chef of the Stein restaurants, pub and cookery school. On Bank Holiday Monday Paul Rankin, best known as one of the longest standing and most successful chefs on ‘Ready Steady Cook’ will take to the stage in the Stoves Cookery Theatre. As well as his numerous TV appearances Paul is also a successful cookery author, with ‘New Irish Cookery’ and ‘Gourmet Ireland’ among his work. Paul’s fans will also know that he has also developed his own range of traditional Irish breads and an Irish sausage range. What else will be happening?
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What’s cooking in the theatre kitchen?
The demonstrations in the Stoves Cookery Theatre are the highlights of the two days and the organisers have no doubt that Jack Stein and Paul Rankin this year will be a big draw. In between their presentations, some of the many talented chefs working in the town centre will be sharing their kitchen secrets. Jack and Paul will be putting on three shows each on the days they are here, at 11am, 1pm and 3pm. In between their shows, chefs from local establishments including Mediterraneaninspired Casa Del Mar, local produce champion Ben’s and The Eaterie at The Angel Hotel will demonstrate their culinary skills. Also giving a presentation will be Zack Deakins, chef patron of 1921. Is Bury St Edmunds something of a foodie destination?
The growth of the Food & Drink Festival has gone hand in hand with the increasing range and quality of the cafe and restaurant offering in the town. In a survey carried out by Our Bury St Edmunds annually, it’s this element of the town centre that is highlighted as one of the most positive aspects of Bury. There are so many different types of cuisine to try including everything from traditional fish and chips to award-winning a la carte. Specialist retailers offer high quality ingredients as well as artisan food and drinks and the twice-weekly market offers a fantastic range of fresh produce.
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