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CROMER PIER One of our county’s prize possessions

LEGEND HAS IT Exploring the story of Black Shuck

FISH AND CHIPS What’s not to love about this classic British dish?

NIAMH CUSACK Star of new Norfolk film ChickLit




WHAT’S NEW? All the latest news from across the region

10 | OUT & ABOUT



Fairs, festivals and carnivals to entertain this August

17 | CELEBRITY INTERVIEW Meet Niamh Cusack, star of new film ChickLit

21 | ON TOUR Thomas Dick explores the history of Cromer Pier

28 | 3 OF THE BEST It’s good, old-fashioned fish and chips!




34 | RECIPE OF THE MONTH Chef Richard Bainbridge partners new season asparagus and garlic




Luxury dairy ice cream produced here in Norfolk

Be inspired to plan a trip to the capital

47 | STYLE FILE Our favourite fashion writer throws away the rulebook

51 | ON THE ROAD Will you be wowed by Peugeot’s new model?



56 | COMPETITION! Enter to win your very own personal trainer


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The summertime, for me, is synonymous with visits to the seaside. So, this issue, we explore the rich history of Cromer Pier (p21), the local legend of the town’s Black Shuck (p25), as well as some of the best spots to enjoy traditional fish and chips (p28). Food is never far from our mind here at NOMM. With the abundance of fresh flavours to discover this season, chef Harry Farrow shares some of his favourites on page 32, while Richard Bainbridge of Benedicts restaurant in Norwich sings the praises of new season asparagus (p34).


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elcome to our late summer edition! One of the busiest times for the Norfolk diary, there’s a whole host of exciting events taking place across the county, so do get involved, whether you’re a music fan (p11), countryside lover (p14), or budding artist (p15). Niamh Cusack made the most of her Norfolk visit between takes for new comedy drama ChickLit. We caught up with the popular actress ahead of the film’s release in September (p17). Keep an eye out for some familiar places on screen!

Malcolm Duffey Sue Huckle Sarah Morgan Tim Barnes-Clay John Bultitude

Planning a last-minute break? Creative director Daniel May went to London Town for the weekend. You can read his hotel review on page 45. Meanwhile, our favourite fashion writer, Sarah Morgan, is back! Always a breath of fresh air, Sarah explains how to throw away the rulebook when shopping for suitable wedding attire. Intrigued? Turn to page 47 to find out more. Plus, if you’re not feeling body confident, we have four personal training sessions up for grabs. Enter our competition on page 56 to be in with a chance of winning. Good luck!


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GRAPE EXPECTATIONS Wine lovers across the region are raising a glass in anticipation of Norfolk’s first independent wine school, which launches in September. Wine expert and enthusiast, Jeremy Dunn, is opening Norfolk Wine School to offer bespoke tastings and courses for those who are keen to learn more about wine or wish to indulge an existing passion. Providing a range of events to appeal to all wine lovers, from those wanting to sort their Sauvignon from their Sancerre, to those interested in delving deeper into the wines from a particular country, tastings will be hosted at two of Norwich’s leading venues, The Library and St Andrew’s Brewhouse. Tailored tastings will also be offered for corporate events and private parties. Jeremy said, “I am delighted to be launching the Norfolk Wine School. It fulfils a personal ambition of mine to run my own wine business.” The first event, an Introduction to Wine, is on Tuesday 6th September at The Library.


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Herbert Woods with his Bentley outside Broads Haven tower

Family-run boat hire company Herbert Woods celebrates its 90th birthday in July. It started life as Walter Woods & Sons before Herbert joined the family firm in 1922 when his father took ill, and built his first hire cruiser in his own workshop four years later called ‘Speed of Light’. In 1930, he undertook the huge project of digging out two acres of marshland by hand to form a marina, Broads Haven, the first of its kind in the UK. During World War II, Herbert Woods undertook work for The Admirality and Air Ministry, employing over 300 staff and building more than 200 vessels. Throughout the war, the hire cruiser fleet was moored across Hickling and Wroxham Broads to deter enemy fling boats from landing. It’s fascinating to think that this independent boat hire company based at Potter Heigham could have played a role in the war effort. For further information on Herbert Woods, call 0800 144 4472 or visit

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NEW TO WELLS Hot on the heels of the opening of her second Nomad and the Bowerbird store in Wells-next-the-Sea, Sarah Billing has launched a brand new colour and style consultation service in the studio above. Over the years, Sarah has learnt the art of dressing for her shape whilst keeping to her personal style. These lessons have helped her shop with confidence, save money, and organise a wardrobe that fits her busy lifestyle. The new light and airy studio allows her to share her training and experience in one-to-one sessions. Sarah can take you through the process of picking pieces you will love. She explains, “Although we often have an idea of what suits us, having some guidelines, tailored to our lifestyle, colouring and shape, can make a world of difference to the ease with which we shop. It could be knowing what an inch less hem can do, to nudging the colour of your staple pieces a shade darker or lighter, or understanding which neckline to make a beeline for.� For further information, visit the shop at 19 Staithe Street, call 01328 712282, or visit

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SWEET SUCCESS Dillington Hall Estate, nestling in gently rolling countryside on the outskirts of Dereham, dates back 250 years and has maintained a traditional pick-your-own fruit operation for the past 20 years. Farmed in conjunction with local soft fruit specialist Trevor Moore, and open for just a few weeks in the summer, it’s a rare opportunity to handpick the freshest of local produce. Traditional varieties of English strawberries, along with raspberries, gooseberries, blackcurrants and redcurrants, are available from mid-June until mid-July (subject to the weather). And there is a secret ingredient that owner Glenn Anderson believes gives the strawberries their superior flavour... Honeybees. The Estate is very proactive on conservation, and has worked with a local beekeeper to introduce hives around the farm (the honey produced is also available whilst stocks last). So, go along and see if you think you can taste the difference.


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GET INVOLVED North Norfolk District Councils’ latest project, Sports Clubs and Hubs, has been met with a huge response from North Norfolk residents eager to get more active. Offering affordable sporting activities for those who would like to take up a new hobby or would like to exercise but have been putting it off for a long time, the aim is to create sports clubs in schools, and community hubs in village halls. To name a few classes taking place across the county, the current programme features ‘Sit and Get Fit’, Pilates, Tai Chi, Yoga and Yoga-latis. Each class can be booked online via the website www.northnorfolk. org/book and runs for a course of 10 weeks. The community centres also offer great activities to keep the children busy during the school holidays, as well as the opportunity for you to hire the facilities for your own sports group. For further information, call North Norfolk District Council on 01263 516305.

CALLING ALL ARTISTS East Anglia’s Children’s Hospices (EACH) are inviting local artists to take part in the LoveArt Competition. The theme is love, a topic bound to inspire some very interesting pieces. Judged by three big names in the art world, Amanda Geitner, Lucy Loveheart and Simon Finch, the winning entry will be hung in new hospice, ‘the nook’, featuring a plaque inscribed with the artist’s name. Open to adult amateur and professional artists, as well as children aged 11 years and over from the local area, picture entries can include mixed media, and must be over 50cm by 40cm with a maximum thickness of 5cm. An auction of art showcasing all the entries will take place at the beautiful Mannington Hall on Sunday 4th September. Entries with a completed entry form must be received by Monday 15th August. For further information, call 01603 432094 or visit events/loveart-competition

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The late summer events calendar is almost as hot as the weather!



Various locations in Cromer. Saturday 13th to Friday 19th August. Free admission.

Various locations in Sheringham. Saturday 30th July to Sunday 7th August. Free admission.

romer Carnival is always held over the week including the third Wednesday in August, which is carnival day when the town’s king and queen are crowned. A traditional seaside carnival, it has earned a reputation for offering lots to enjoy for all the family, from a fancy dress dance, to a wine tasting evening. Perhaps the highlight of the week, however, is the Red Arrows performance, who are back for another year. And don’t miss the grand fireworks display, along with all the fun of the fair, on the night of Thursday 18th. There will be buckets making their way around the crowds during the course of the evening, so do give generously towards this fantastic free event.

he first week in August sees Sheringham come to life for its popular annual carnival. Expect all the usual seaside shenanigans plus a few new surprises thrown in for good measure. Check out the festival programme for full listings of all the great events, or pay a visit to the Sheringham Carnival caravan headquarters, whether buying a duck for the duck race, entering a competition, or volunteering your services to help. Relying entirely on volunteers each year, there are plenty of opportunities for you to assist, from bucket collecting to marshalling the parade, so why not get involved?



Felbrigg Hall, Felbrigg, Norfolk NR11 8PR. Tel: 01263 837444. Wednesday 3rd August, 11am to 5pm. Free admission.

Felbrigg Hall, Felbrigg, Norfolk NR11 8PR. Tel: 01263 837444. Wednesday 24th August, 11am to 5pm. Free admission.



ne of the most elegant country houses in East Anglia, Felbrigg Hall is the perfect place for a day-out this summer, set in stunning surroundings comprising 520 acres of beautiful woodland, a lake and waymarked walking trails, making it an ideal spot for exploring nature or stopping for a picnic. This August, be sure to head to the estate for its famous fiery chilli fiesta. With stalls selling everything chilli-related and the best regional food and produce around, ranging from chilli chocolate and fudge to chilli sauce and beer, there should be something to tickle everyone’s taste buds. Booking is not required; simply turn up on the day.


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fabulous free event celebrating the humble honeybee! Felbrigg Hall will be buzzing on the penultimate Wednesday in August for its ever-popular Honey Fair. Stallholders will sell all kinds of bee and honey-related items and equipment, whether you’re a keen connoisseur of local honey, or eager to learn a few beekeeping tricks of the trade. There will be activities to keep younger visitors amused, as well as members of the West Norfolk and King’s Lynn Beekeepers Association on hand to chat about their love of bees and the art of beekeeping as a hobby. So, whether you’re interested in learning about this traditional craft, or world like to sample some of the finest honey on offer, do come along.

NORTH NORFOLK MUSIC FESTIVAL Various locations. Tel: 01328 730357. Monday 15th to Saturday 27th August. Ticket prices vary.

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he 12th North Norfolk Music Festival welcomes back some familiar faces alongside a generous percentage of new performers including Russian pianist Alexander Melnikov, the Ferio Saxophone Quartet, British baritone Gareth Brynmor John, no less than six musicians from Iceland, and first prize winners of the 2015 Wigmore Hall International String Quartet Competition, the Van Kuijk Quartet from France. All this, plus performances from festival favourites Tim Horton, the Doric String Quartet, Floreat Sonus and the Gould Piano Trio guarantee to make 2016 a vintage year. Book your tickets today to avoid disappointment!

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North Norfolk Food & Drink Festival Saturday 3rd and Sunday 4th Wells Pirate Festival Friday 9th to Sunday 11th Porkstock Saturday 10th Sandringham Game & Country Fair Saturday 10th and Sunday 11th

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Saturday 23rd to Sunday 31st July

Monday 25th July

Tuesday 26th July

THE LURE OF ST IVES Original paintings, ceramics and sculpture by Terry Frost, Barbara Hepworth, Ben Nicholson, Christopher Wood, Alfred Wallis Bernard Leach and Shoji Hamada.

STORYTELLING WITH MUSIC BY PAUL JACKSON Children’s songs and tall tales from around the world, blended with the sounds of their instruments.

ODDLY BY NORWICH PUPPET THEATRE A curious boy from the city sets off in search of three unusual creatures in a fun tale based on the much-loved book by Joyce Dunbar.

SITTING ON A RAINBOW – SONGS FOR A NORFOLK SUMMER’S DAY The Samphires, local ladies vocal ensemble, present songs to evoke the nature and blue skies of Norfolk.

ORGAN RECITAL By Lawrence Tao, former Organ Scholar at St John’s College, Durham, and Acting Director of Music at Gresham’s School.

MUNNINGS BEFORE THE GREAT WAR Original works by one of East Anglia’s most popular 20th century artists. Alfred Munnings (1878-1959) is perhaps best known for his paintings of horses and rural life, and his links to the Newlyn artists. ART TRAIL Discover an eclectic variety of historic, modern and contemporary art and photography at Holt’s many art galleries. Sunday 24th to Sunday 31st July HOLT FESTIVAL ART PRIZE EXHIBITION All the shortlisted entries for this prestigious art prize. Sunday 24th July

MARIOLA CIENIAWA: CHOPIN PIANO RECITAL The first ever UK recital outside London for the internationally acclaimed, prize-winning Polish pianist.

THE JEFFORD BROTHERS Bebop and more from the North Norfolk trio.

DR. PHIL HAMMOND: HOW TO SURVIVE THE NHS AND HELP THE NHS SURVIVE Dr Phil’s NHS-themed comedy. SHACKLETON – ANTARCTIC LEGEND BY MICHAEL SMITH To commemorate the centenary of Shackleton’s epic Endurance expedition, polar historian Smith recalls the compelling story of one of history’s great explorers. RETORICA Associates of the Royal Academy of Music, violin duo Harriet Mackenzie and Philippa Mo, are one of the most acclaimed and exciting chamber groups in the UK. Works by Bach, Telemann, Prokofiev and Mozart.

THE VAGABAND The Norfolk-based eight-piece roots/rock band perform a soulful concoction of Americana, blues, jazz and rock.


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CHILDREN’S STORYTELLING WITH NANDANA DEV SAN The author reads from her new book Kangaroo Kisses, which follows one mischievous child as she delays getting ready for bed and has some amazing wildlife encounters along the way.

COMEDY CLUB 4 KIDS The best stand-ups and sketch acts from the international circuit, but without any swearing or rude bits! GALLERY TALK: MUNNINGS BEFORE THE GREAT WAR James Glennie discusses one of East Anglia’s most popular 20th century artists. NOEL COWARD – LIVE AND PERSONAL John Knowles and Susie Turner, accompanied by Annette Jude, bring the music and magic of Sir Noel Coward to life.

KATE ADIE: FIGHTING ON THE HOME FRONT Award-winning journalist Kate Adie talks about her new book, telling the story of the First World War through the eyes of women. POEMS THAT MAKE WOMEN CRY: ANTONY AND BEN HOLDEN WITH IRMA FOWLER AND JULIE CHRISTIE The Father and son team with readings from their latest collection and contributions from special guests.

Tuesday 26th and Wednesday 27th July GYLES BRANDRETH’S WORD POWER An uproarious ride around the awesome world of words from former MP, Government Whip, Just A Minute regular, Have I Got News For You, Pointless and Countdown survivor.

Wednesday 27th July

COLIN CLOUD Forensic mind reader and master of deduction, who left Jonathan Ross speechless and Ant and Dec screaming in disbelief!

ADAM WESTCOTT: FLAMENCO GUITAR The protégé of the legendary Manitas de Plata dazzles with the furious sounds of the flamenco guitar.

STRINGFEVER A string quartet – but not as you know it! With their striking electric instruments, this family group combines unrelenting energy, humour and audience interaction with great musical skill. STAND-UP COMEDY: RICH WILSON, ZOE LYONS, TOM WARD AND DARREN HARRIOT An evening of headline stand-up comedy compered by Rich Wilson. Thursday 28th July PLAY IN A DAY WITH SHERINGHAM LITTLE THEATRE A drama workshop for young people to create and rehearse a play led by drama teacher Bridget Robinson. TALI DOLCE MUSICA Music for soprano, wind instruments and piano with Anna Hopkins (flute), Neil Johnson (oboe), David Morgan (piano) and Meg Starling (percussion).

NEIL FAULKNER: LAWRENCE OF ARABIA’S WAR Archaeologist and historian Faulkner rewrites the story of TE Lawrence and WWI, casting him as a seminal practitioner and theorist of modern guerilla warfare. JENNY ECLAIR: HOW TO BE A MIDDLE-AGED WOMAN (WITHOUT GOING INSANE) Professional grumpy old woman, amateur soup maker, and novice knitter, Jenny Éclair, puts middle age under the microscope and decides whether to laugh, cry or buy a dachshund! Friday 29th July GALLERY TALK: THE LURE OF ST IVES James Glennie on art created at the stunning Cornish coastal town. STEPPING INTO STORIES Captain Tilly leads a swashbuckling, interactive, pirate storytelling workshop for all young buccaneers with a taste for adventure. CHENTER’S JIGGE Songs, ayres, jigs and jollies played and sung with ancient, traditional and modern instruments.

JOANNA TROLLOPE OBE The best-selling writer and sharp observer of family relationships talks about love and marriage. COWARDY CUTS: THE MUSIC OF NOEL COWARD A romp though some of the lesser-known songs of Noel Coward with Helen McDermott and Adrian Wright. To advertise call 01953 456789

STREET DANCE WORKSHOP New and current street dance direct from London in workshops with professional instructors and choreographers from Parallel Dance Studios.

OLIVIA POULET: PRODUCT Olivia Poulet’s interpretation of Mark Ravenhill’s play in which she pitches an audaciously offensive romantic thriller about a relationship between a 9/11 widow and an Al Qaeda terrorist. THE CRAZY WORLD OF ARTHUR BROWN Celebrating 48 years of the massive worldwide hit, FIRE, with a new live show including the legendary fire helmet and rock ‘n’ roll theatricals. SUZIE HEATH Vocalist and pianist.

GOOD GNUS The music, wit and wisdom of Flanders & Swann, Peter Skellern, Tom Lehrer and Richard Stilgoe, as interpreted by Jon Williams, Chris Price and Dr David Flood of the Canterbury Cathedral Choir. JOHN ILLSLEY of DIRE STRAITS Dire Straits co-founder and his band play many of the muchloved songs including Money for Nothing, Sultans of Swing, Romeo and Juliet and Brothers in Arms. JANE AUSTEN AT HOME A one-woman show by Emerald O’Hanrahan celebrating the variety and wit of Austen’s writings with extracts from her memoirs, letters, juvenilia, poetry and novels. Sunday 31st July PLAYING MAGGIE: PIP UTTON Pip Utton gives an award-winning performance as an actor preparing to play Margaret Thatcher. FOSSILS BY BUCKET CLUB An extinct fish, a missing father, the Loch Ness monster and a live music score all feature in this new show from the award-winning Bucket Club.

Saturday 30th July CAPTAIN MORGAN AND THE SANDS OF TIME Comedy adventure for all the family as Captain Morgan and First Mate Hammond battle with monsters, sword fights and sea gods on their quest for the secrets of time travel. MARK WATSON: I’M NOT HERE A seemingly minor problem at an airport sparks a spiralling examination of identity in the digital age and search for meaning in our lives. Comedy at its very best.

THE SEARCHERS Merseybeat stalwarts bring some welcome early sixties nostalgia with hits like Sugar and Spice, When You Walk in The Room and Needles And Pins. Holt Festival runs from Saturday 23rd to Sunday 31st July. For further information, call the box office on 01603 598699 or visit




ne of the UK’s longest running traditional agricultural shows, Wayland Show returns for 2016, providing a fun-filled, dynamic and educational visit to the Norfolk countryside. Get up close to livestock, enjoy all the entertainment of the main ring, and shop til you drop! There will be the Phoenix


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Band of Pipes and Drums playing with highland dancers, the Kangaroo Kids quad bike stunt show, and appearances from the Mid Norfolk Gun Dogs and West Norfolk Fox Hounds. Plus, look out for the end-of-show competition between the champion pig, horse, sheep, rabbit, cattle and fowl champion of champions. It’s not to be missed!

Showground, Brandon Road, Watton, Norfolk IP25 6NG. Tel: 07789 796937. Sunday 7th August, 9am to 5pm. Adults (£15), concessions (£12), children (£5), under 5s (free).


WITH THE BROADS Norfolk’s plein air painting festival returns in September for a third successful year.


aint, socialise and be inspired by fellow artists while painting out in the open. A Brush With The Broads sees outdoor painters make the most of The Broads National Park, competing to win a £1000 cash prize. The main centre of activity will be Clippesby Hall near Acle, where the majority of participants will be staying, while the five days will culminate with a major exhibition of all paintings held at Hunter’s Yard in Ludham. There will be evening demonstrations by national and international artists, as well as daytime

masterclasses at venues such as Fairhaven Woodland and Water Garden, St Benet’s Abbey and How Hill National Nature Reserve. Plus, on the Sunday morning, there will be a free public painting workshop in Great Yarmouth, followed by the opportunity for all participating artists to paint towards a display at Great Yarmouth’s Sea Life Centre. With the aim to promote The Broads, engage the public with the arts, and give painters the chance to sell their work, A Brush With The Broads is an unmissable event for anyone keen to demonstrate their painting skills.

Various locations in The Broads. Tel: 01692 630485. Thursday 22nd to Monday 26th September. The fee for new artists to take part is £95.

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We meet one of the stars of new comedy drama, ChickLit, filmed in Norfolk and scheduled for release in September. To advertise call 01953 456789


Tell us about the film. A. ChickLit is a comedy romp about a group of men trying to write an erotic novel in order to save the pub they all love and spend their time together in. The book becomes a hit, and due to its success, the lads are in danger of being rumbled, as everyone wants to know about the young female author who has penned it! Q. Do you have a favourite scene? A. I enjoyed doing the scene where Claire, my character, tells David (Christian Mackay) that he has now got to front the local arts TV magazine show. I liked playing a steely bulldozer of a woman, and Christian made me laugh! Q. What was it like to film in Norfolk? A. I absolutely loved working in Norfolk. What a beautiful county! The skies and sea are tremendous, and everyone is so friendly. Q. Have you spent much time here previously? A. I filmed another of (writer) Tony Britten’s films in Cromer – In Love With Alma Cogan. I had a little cottage right by the harbour. It was a joy! Q. Do you have a favourite spot? A. I just love the coastline. On my one day off, I took a bus to Sheringham and walked for hours, and then had fish and chips. Q. Holt features heavily in ChickLit. Did you have much time in between takes to explore? A. Yes, I wandered around and bought a lovely pair of trousers in

“I ABSOLUTELY LOVED WORKING IN NORFOLK. WHAT A BEAUTIFUL COUNTY! THE SKIES AND SEA ARE TREMENDOUS, AND EVERYONE IS SO FRIENDLY” Old Town, a beautiful shop. Actually, I could have spent my entire pay packet in Holt! There are so many lovely spots. Q. How will you be spending the summertime? A. Well, I am planning to go with my husband to Croatia in August. The rest of the time, I am hoping to be working.

cooking for my friends. I find that my time off is usually spent catching up on the things I don’t do when I am working, so quite a bit of socialising, and theatre and cinema outings.

Q. What do you like to do on your days off? A. I love walking, reading and

Q. What would you say are your biggest achievements? A. I think the fact that I am still working, still doing a wonderful mixture of theatre and screen work over 30 years later, as well as radio now, is an achievement in itself. Q. Do you have any other exciting projects in the pipeline? A. If I do, I don’t know what they are yet!


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There will be a preview screening of ChickLit at Cinema City in Norwich on Wednesday 31st August, where there will be a question and answer session with writer and director Tony Britten. For further information, call the box office on 0871 902 5724 or visit ChickLit is on general release from Friday 2nd September. To find out where to view the film, visit

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Written by Thomas Dick

Cromer Pier was awarded the proud accolade of Pier of the Year in 2015. Feature writer Thomas Dick finds out more.

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here are records dating back to the 14th century of a pier in Cromer. The original was, of course, built from wood, but was replaced in 1822 by a 210 foot-long jetty made from cast iron, which only lasted 24 years. It was destroyed by one of our famous east coast storms before being replaced by a longer wooden pier, which, in Victorian times, became a popular area for promenading, but with strict rules such as no smoking and no ladies after 9pm. This pier survived until 1897, when it was irreparably damaged after a boat crashed into it. For the fist time since the 14th century, Cromer was without a pier or jetty.

The pier has not been without its structural problems over the last 115 years. During the Second World War, part was demolished

and the decking was removed in case the Germans should try to use it in an invasion. It was restored to its former glory after the war. Then the whole of the coast was devastated by the tidal surge of 1953, which caused serious damage. The most recent refurbishment came after a major storm surge in December 2013. There was considerable damage to the walkways, the box office and other buildings, and the sea even raised the flooring in the Pavilion Theatre. It had to be closed to the public for safety reasons, but rapid repairs allowed the Christmas show to reopen a week later using a temporary box office. Continued improvements led to Cromer Pier being awarded Pier of the Year in March 2015.

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However, the turn of the century saw Cromer become a popular British holiday resort, so

the decision was made to replace the lost pier with a fashionable and modern one. The designers were Douglass and Arnott, and the building work was carried out by Alfred Thorne. The new pier would have a dual function, providing pleasure for visitors, with the addition of a lifeboat station at the seaward end of the structure. Initially, it consisted of glass-screened shelters with a bandstand, but in 1905, the shelters were roofed over to form a pavilion. The bandstand was also replaced with a stage and a proscenium arch, forming what is now the Pier Pavilion Theatre.

Ye Olde Pier

The Pier c1910




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Because of the geographical situation of Cromer, the pier faces north. Get there early to enjoy wonderful sunrises over the North Sea. By evening, there is the possibility of looking west towards the entry to The Wash to experience the most glorious sunsets.

DID YOU KNOW? If you walk to the end of the pier and look north, there is nothing between you and the North Pole. Now you know why this area of North Norfolk can be so cold in the winter!

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The town is famous for its delicious seafood, so why not try fishing for crabs on the pier? All you need is a long piece of string with suitable bait on the end. Drop the string into the sea, sit back, and wait.

The Pavilion Theatre is the only theatre to host an end-of-pier show in the summer months, as well as a winter spectacular in the run up to Christmas. When these shows are not running, there are regular Sunday night performances by a top-class act.

Cromer Pier has been used as location for the ITV series Danger UXB, starring Anthony Andrews, and September Song with Russ Abbot. On the big screen, the theatre featured in the 1972 horror film The Flesh and Blood Show with Jenny Hanley and Ray Brooks, while in 2011, In Love with Alma Cogan was filmed on and around the pier. Most recently, it served as a backdrop to Alan Partridge: Alpha Papa.

Photo by Daniel Tink

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lack Shuck gin is the latest creation from The Norfolk Sloe Company, combining traditional botanicals, such as juniper, coriander and bitter orange peel, with Norfolk’s own lavender and sea buckthorn. Established in 2011 when the family began making sloe gin and sloe gin truffles, the company has since developed a range of spirit-based liqueurs, which all use locally-sourced fruit. To make the perfect gin and tonic, The Norfolk Slow Company recommends mixing one part Black Shuck gin with two parts tonic water. Serve over a handful of ice, with a slice of orange and a twist of orange zest to garnish. It is best served in a wide-rimmed glass such as a martini glass or a large wine goblet. Cheers! For further information, call 01328 856042 or visit

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Written by Alice Instone-Brewer

Alice Instone-Brewer explores one of East Anglia’s many treasures – our forgotten legends.

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rom our hills to our shores, our villages and countryside are filled with mysteries – and one of their most famous tales makes its home here in Norfolk, along the cliff-tops of the Cromer coast… A beagle circles his owner’s feet excitedly, eyes and nose alert for any dropped pieces of fish and chips. Further down the promenade, a border collie sits calmly beside an older woman, both quietly watching the sea from their bench. On the sand, a cocker spaniel tugs impatiently at her leash until she’s freed to bound towards the waves. The seaside town of Cromer has long been a popular destination for tourists and locals alike. Between its busy blue-flag beaches and winding cobbled roads, it has been a playground for young families, a training ground for amateur body-boarders and a spot of beauty for day-trippers, holidaymakers and even famous authors to discover. But, behind the bright arcades and welcoming pubs, something sinister lingers… the legend of the Black Shuck.


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To many, Black Shuck may be an alien name, but if you are from East Anglia, you have almost certainly heard of it, whispered from the Norfolk Broads to the Cambridgeshire Fens. Scucca, the Old English word for demon, was first muttered by the Anglo-Saxons in a time when Britain was filled with tales of spirits and old gods. Amongst these shadows and superstitions, Black Shuck built a reputation. He is said to be a wolf-like beast – an impossibly large dog with coarse, heavy fur and eyes like saucers. Usually yellow, sometimes green or even red, they are said to glow with the fires of hell itself. In some stories, he only has one, burning in the centre of his face like a Cyclops. And like the Greeks Fates, his eye can see future misfortune. Shuck is said to appear on lonely paths, waiting around corners, or on cliffs, looking for doomed souls. In some tales, only the ill-fated can see the beast, whilst in others, he is not a warning, but a curse – one that you can only escape if you avoid his fiery gaze. Whilst sightings of the Shuck are reported all over East Anglia, Cromer is widely thought to

be the creature’s home. It’s hard to imagine, walking past Cromer’s cobblestone walls and candy-coloured houses, that anything spooky could live here. On 27th April 1972, police officer Graham Grant told the East Daily Press about a strange sighting on Cromer beach. It was 4.45am, and Grant was on a nightshift, when he saw a dark creature running across the sand. One moment it was there, the next it had gone. At the time, Grant, who was new to the area, had never heard of the Shuck. When he mentioned what he had seen, his amazed colleagues were quick to tell him about the legend. So, what is the Shuck? In many stories, he is described as like a spirit, able to walk through walls, float, even transform from a puppy to an adult before your eyes. However, paranormal enthusiasts officially label him as a cryptid – a creature whose existence had been widely reported, but remains unproven by science. Where did the legend come from? The earliest written eyewitness accounts date back to 1577AD. The people of Bungay had their

church service interrupted by a violent thunderstorm. It pummelled the walls, wailed over the sounds of their worship, and flung the heavy doors wide-open. According to reports from the church’s Rev Fleming, a beast ran in with the wind – a black hound. It streaked down the aisle and reportedly tore into the necks of two parishioners whilst they knelt in prayer, and struck many others with its claws. Where the beast’s claws struck, the wounds were apparently scorched, as if he had cut them with fire. The same morning, a nearby church in Blythburgh had an extremely similar experience. Caught in the same storm, the congregation was startled as a flash of lightening illuminated a black dog stood above them on the main beam of the church roof. It leapt down and killed two men, and again, was said to have scorching claws. This time, claw-like burns still exist on the inside of the church’s north door. How true are these stories? Well, in 2014, a surprising discovery was made – a sevenfoot dog skeleton, discovered among the ruins of Suffolk’s Lieston Abbey, only a few miles from Bungay and Blythburgh. Judging

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from the pottery found nearby, it was believed to have died in the 1570s. So, was Shuck an over-sized animal, or something more? Traditionally, the legend warns against lonely paths by the sea. However, throughout the 1500s, many of the sightings happened near churches. Henry VIII’s rule was a time of religious upheaval, and this fear grew under Mary I. When Elizabeth I’s England shifted its worries to the threat of Spanish fleets, Shuck sightings moved back to their traditional location of coastal paths. Was the Shuck a figment of people’s fear, or a spectre that was drawn to it? Why Cromer? Before the Victorians started their seaside visits, Cromer was a fishing town, its residents working with and against the sea to make their living. According to the Domesday Book, Cromer was not alone – its neighbours were Foulness, Clare and Shipden. Erosion caused the settlements to be swallowed by the sea, and by 1610, all three were gone. Shipden’s disappearance is the most famous. Instead of collapsing in pieces like the others did, it is believed to

still stand beneath the waves. The sea took it in the 1500s, but for the next 200 years, the church spire could still be seen at low tide. On stormy nights, the bells were said to toll. Was it the fate of these settlements that attracted the Shuck? Whatever the reason, Cromer has embraced its haunting hound. He is used to advertise pubs, drinks, shops, and even ghost tours. He has also inspired famous works of fiction. In 1901, the author of a detective series visited Cromer, and whilst there, he wrote to his mother about an exciting new novel. That author was Sir Arthur Conan Doyle, and the novel was Sherlock Holmes’ The Hound of the Baskervilles. The Shuck is also thought to have inspired J.K. Rowling’s character Sirius Black, who is able to transform into a large black dog. So, next time you are at the Norfolk coast, look out over the Cromer cliffs and imagine how much has changed since Shipden stood there. If you’re brave and wander far enough, perhaps you will find the Shuck on your ramble? Just remember not to look him in the eye!





ritish summer is a time for fresh flavours, and what better partnership than good, old-fashioned fish and chips? Eric’s Fish and Chips harks back to the traditional British restaurant, blending a touch of nostalgia with its modern-day feel. The menu is packed with all our favourites, from beerbattered cod and a half pint of prawns, to more adventurous offerings such as halloumi and spinach arancini and black pudding fritter. Available to eat in or take away, diners have the option of a wine list to accompany their meal, as well as a build your own ice cream sundae for dessert. Located on the A149 coast road at Drove Orchards, be sure to make the most of your visit by browsing around the various shops showcasing local food, crafts and clothing. Drove Orchards, Thornham Road, Thornham, Norfolk PE36 6LS. Tel: 01485 525886. Open daily, 12pm to 9pm.



he Norfolk Riddle Fish and Chip Shop was relaunched in December 2015 as Nelson’s Fish and Chip Takeaway. With an emphasis on the finest locally-sourced ingredients, the fish arrives fresh each day from Cole’s of King’s Lynn, bearers of the Royal warrant of appointment. Taking as much trouble with the fish and chips as with all other dishes that are served in the restaurant, you can either take them away or enjoy them at the table. The cosy dining room boasts a relaxed atmosphere with a wood-burner when the wind is blowing, and an outside decking area to make the most of the sunshine in the summer. All food is cooked to order, so why not ring ahead to pre-order your fish and chips? It will save you queuing at the counter! The Norfolk Riddle Restaurant, 2 Wells Road, Walsingham, Norfolk NR22 6DJ. Tel: 01328 821903. Open Tuesday to Saturday, 12pm to 8pm; Sunday, 12pm to 4pm.


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Three Norfolk restaurants celebrating this great British tradition.



oted in the top five at The National Fish and Chips Awards 2016, No1 Cromer is the latest restaurant from renowned Norfolk chef Galton Blackiston. Situated a few steps from the beach, the fish and chips takeaway is in the perfect position for a bite to eat after a walk along the promenade. Housing two separate restaurants, as well as fish and chips downstairs, Upstairs at No1 is all about modern British cooking with a few influences from around the world. Delight in the famous Cromer crab burger, a fish stew or Spanish-style paella while enjoying beautiful views stretching over Cromer Pier out to sea. Quality local produce is at the heart of No1 Cromer, and it’s the first-rate food, coupled with those unrivalled seaside views, that make it one of the best spots to eat in the county. 1 New Street, Cromer, Norfolk NR27 9HP. Tel: 01263 512316. The downstairs restaurant is open Monday to Thursday, 12pm to 8.30pm; Friday and Saturday, 12pm to 9pm; Sunday, 12pm to 8pm (during holiday season).

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ICE CREAM DREAM Look no further for delicious luxury ice cream made right here on the doorstep.

Norfolk County Ice Cream is made in the traditional batch method using fresh cream, egg yolks and sugar. It is available from local farm shops and delis, as well as Waitrose. Tel: 01603 620970. The Hunstanton Ice Cream Company produces quality full dairy ice cream and sorbets in an exciting range of flavours including traditional vanilla, chocolate, and strawberry, through to doughnut, lavender, liquorice and raspberry, gin and tonic, Tabasco and lime, Guinness, quinoa and honey, and elderflower and mint. Tel: 01485 533108.


The Parravani family has been making Italian ice cream in Norfolk and Suffolk since 1898. Today, they offer around 40 flavours of ice creams and sorbets, still based on the original family recipe. Tel: 01502 715970.

Dann’s provide an awesome range of frozen desserts including an irresistible selection of ice creams, refreshing sorbets and lickable lollies. Tel: 01362 638116.

Ronaldo Ice Cream located in Norwich manufactures the finest ice cream and sorbet using fresh, local, natural ingredients wherever possible. Tel: 01603 633127.

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Norfolk chef Harry Farrow is passionate about keeping it local. Written by Harry Farrow @HarryFarrowChef @morstonanchor


t’s our busiest time of the year right now, and while it’s full steam ahead for the kitchen team, we’re fortunate enough to be blessed with an abundance of fresh, seasonal ingredients with which to work our magic. One particular favourite of mine is the selection of summer fruits available on

the doorstep from farm shops, local delis and pick your owns including nearby Wiveton Hall. Whether using blackberries, blueberries or glossy cherries, we serve a delicious clafoutis at The Anchor Inn, which is a traditional baked French dessert – a cross between a Bakewell tart and a soufflé! It makes for a lovely finishing

touch to any summer’s meal, or enjoyed on its own with a cup of tea or coffee. With the start of the game season towards the end of the summer, locally-sourced venison will make it back on the menu. We source ours from either the Holkham or Houghton

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estate – it’s all about keeping those food miles to an absolute minimum. When accompanied by our homemade blackberry sauce, it’s the perfect main event to a post-shoot dinner. When it comes to seafood, grey mullet is an underrated fish, which gets a lot of bad press because it is typically associated with stale, muddy waters. Our North Norfolk mullet, however, really packs a punch due to our beautiful unspoilt coastline. Unite with The Fruit Pig Company’s free range cooking chorizo for a real Spanish flavour. Scallops are always popular with our customers throughout the year. Combine with apples or black pudding for the perfect partnership. Norfolk butcher Arthur Howell makes his own traditional black pudding using a tried-and-tested family recipe. It is one of the best around! My mantra is to cook what I catch as much as possible, so when I can, I take the opportunity to go out on a boat to enjoy a bit of fishing. Now that the warmer days have arrived, there’s nothing better than going out in the great outdoors – it makes a refreshing change from the hot pub kitchen! So, if you’re enjoying a pub crawl or cycle ride along the North Norfolk coast, do pop in to either The Anchor Inn or The Hero for a glass of something cold, and we might be able to tempt you with a dish of seasonal Norfolk fare!

The Anchor Inn is open from 9am until 11pm daily, serving food from 12-3pm and 6-9pm. We serve high quality local fish, game, meats and vegetables, cooked to perfection.

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CONTACTS Wiveton Hall Tel: 01263 740515. Holkham Hall Tel: 01328 710227. Houghton Hall Tel: 01485 528569. The Fruit Pig Company Tel: 0845 548 0046. Arthur Howell Tel: 01328 710228.

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MENU Written by Richard Bainbridge

Richard Bainbridge, chef-proprietor of Benedicts in Norwich, delivers a classic starter dish combining new season asparagus and wild garlic.


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lthough the season is very short, British asparagus is wellworth the wait for its unbeatable flavour and freshness. A real taste of summer, it is often regarded by many growers as the king of vegetables. Here in Norfolk,

the light sandy soils combine with fluctuating temperatures to produce asparagus of the highest quality. Best enjoyed freshly cut, before its natural sugars turn to starch, the combination of new season asparagus and wild garlic is a true taste sensation.

ASPARAGUS WITH WILD GARLIC MAYONNAISE INGREDIENTS FOR THE ASPARAGUS 5 spears of asparagus per person 2 sprigs of mint ½ lemon Pinch of salt Knob of salted butter Sea salt and white pepper for seasoning

FOR THE MAYONNAISE 100g wild garlic 2 egg yolks 1 tbsp cider vinegar 1 tsp Dijon mustard 200ml olive oil 200ml sunflower oil Salt and pepper

METHOD Peel each spear from the top down, evenly and lightly, but take care not to lose its shape. Place a large pot of water onto a high heat with a good pinch of salt, the mint and lemon. Once boiling, add the asparagus and boil for 2 minutes, or until just cooked and firm to touch. Remove from the water and place in a bowl with a good knob of salted butter. Season with sea salt and cracked white pepper. For the wild garlic mayonnaise, place the egg yolks, vinegar and mustard into a food processor and blend. This should come together nicely to a smooth purĂŠe, at which point, you can start to add the oil until it has all been combined. If your mayonnaise becomes too thick, add a little boiling water. Now add the wild garlic and blend until smooth and bright green. Season to taste with salt and pepper. To serve, place a dollop of the wild garlic mayonnaise onto the plate and arrange the asparagus spears as you see fit. Serve them warm.

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BUT, IS IT ART? Written by David Morris

Photographer David Morris goes in search of a new kind of landscape photograph.


ind farms. Not everyone’s cup of tea, I agree. You might think siting them off shore would be a good idea, since they never seem to be popular in the countryside, but a lot of people don’t even like to see them in the sea. I have to admit to a certain attraction to them, however. I’m wondering if they are an art form, you see. This all started with Mick, a mariner with a deep love of anything nautical. He’s also the proud owner of the Charles Henry, an Oakley class lifeboat, built around 1969. David Pyman, an old school friend, is the ship’s engineer. As an engineer, he has a real passion for design and function, and the two are never better married than in a lifeboat. Double, and then triple, fail-safes operate, and everything is built to get to a place fast, overcome every obstacle, and then return home again safe. David tells me this is the last hull displacement design, which means

she’s low in the water, not as fast as current lifeboats, but she will plough through anything. He marvels at the intricacies of an engine built to be bomb-proof, and the clever inventions of a designer determined to make the crew’s job as easy as possible. Mick, along with his son Paul, is set on restoring the Charles Henry to her former glory, but he faces a serious handicap – he is trying to do the whole thing on a shoestring. This got me thinking. Mick took me out from Great Yarmouth for a tour around the Scroby wind farm. It was a beautiful, sunny day, but with a sea mist that created a magical atmosphere. In this setting, the great turbines had a majesty and simplicity all of their own. I liked the elegant designs the blades made at rest, both individually and in groups. and the way they caught the light. I don’t think these images work small – they have to be big. At a larger size, they are

calming, dramatic and graphic. I could imagine them as acrylic prints in some corporate foyer, or simply framed in someone’s home. Wind farm companies get a bad press because no one wants them in their backyard. But, here was a great PR opportunity to redress the balance by helping to save an old rescue boat by commissioning the skipper to go in search of art images of its turbines. Mick and his boat are a PR man’s dream, no shortage of fascinating stories – the Charles Henry once rescued the Irish premier, Charles Haughey. But, am I kidding myself? Is it just me who sees them as beautiful objects? Whatever happens, I think nothing is going to stop Mick. He’s just told me he’s found an old abandoned lifeboat, which is up for sale for only a pound. He says it needs a bit of work!

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The Charles Henry underway

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Founded in 2004 to provide quality service and positive energy efficiency improvements, Cornerstone is your local insulations and renewables expert.


nergy efficiency has been a hot topic this year. At a national level, the government is under pressure to reduce the UK’s carbon emissions – 25% of which are generated by housing. On an individual level, householders are keen to reduce soaring energy bills through the installation of energy efficiency measures. As well as reducing your energy bills, improving the energy efficiency of your property can have multiple benefits, including a reduction of your carbon footprint and adding value to your home by improving its efficiency and/or aesthetic.

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Uninsulated properties can leak heat through their walls, floor and roof. Installing insulation in the loft or on cavity or solid walls can generate


considerable energy bill savings. Internal and external wall insulation can also rejuvenate the appearance of a property.


With the majority of our energy bills spent on heating and hot water, a modern and efficient heating system is important for every home. The replacement of a boiler or upgrade of electric heating can significantly reduce heating costs, and is one of the easiest ways to reduce a property’s carbon emissions.

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There are a range of renewable technologies on the market, such as solar panels, biomass boilers and heat pumps, which offer alternatives to traditional means of providing heating/ hot water and generating electricity.

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There are government incentives available for these technologies that mean the long-term payback is often more than their installation cost. These measures can be particularly cost-effective for rural properties without gas connections.

Cornerstone is a Norfolk-based installer of these energy efficiency measures. They also have access to government funding that will subsidise the cost of some measures. For further information, call 01379 853613 or visit


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eeping your home in good decorative order makes living in it a pleasure and helps to sell the property. There is so much choice with paint charts to agonise over, interiors magazines about the latest colour trends, and where do you start with the range of painting options available? Do you need soft sheen, gloss, acrylic, mould resistant, stain resistant, light reflecting or extra tough? At least you can get a sample pot to try every combination imaginable! As I drive around the Norfolk villages looking at properties, those nearer the coast often have doors and windows painted in a soft pale blue or green, giving a nod to the sea and countryside beyond. UPVC windows and doors come in an array of colours, and it’s

now rare to see old cottages with peeling paint, as maintenance is so much easier. Paint styles vary in different parts of the country – the pargetted decorative walls in Suffolk and Essex, where the plasterwork is combed into traditional patterns, often have pretty colour washes, while Tudorstyle houses in some counties have painted timbers on white or colour-washed backgrounds. To arrive at a property with soft colours and furnishings means that prospective buyers can see how to make the house their own. Bold statement walls, however, may not be to a buyer’s taste, and they will be counting the cost of changing them to suit their own personality.


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mcy Garden & Leisure Ltd has created a brand new outdoor gym, free for the community to use, and according to owners Mike and Caroline Crane, customers at the garden centre near Holt are keen to get on board. Mike said, “We’ve still got a little landscaping to do, but we’ve already had a great response, and people are making use of it every day.” Caroline added, “Despite the name, it’s not restricted to pensioners. Anyone can come and have a go, as long as they meet the height restrictions on the equipment!” Another exciting project underway at Emcy is the creation of a community green, with plans for it to be used by local groups, individuals and organisations, as well as for special events. For further information, call 01263 711574 or visit

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Pink Geranium

Sue Huckle, owner of Posh Plants at Seven Acres Nursery in East Tuddenham, gives the lowdown on which plants are now at their best. Written by Sue Huckle


he bees are buzzing in the afternoon sunshine and I’m really feeling blessed to be here. I count myself lucky to work with plants; it’s just the best time of year at the moment. The new growth is lush and green, and flowers are starting to emerge, getting ready to amaze us yet again. Seven Acres Nursery is full of wonderful plants, so now is a very good time to visit. Certain plants are having their moment of glory, but they are all my favourites. Like your children, you have to treat them equally! But perhaps a couple deserve a special mention…

Hydrangea Annabelle is an example of the magnificent transition that certain plants make. It starts off in the spring as an uninspiring cluster of dead-looking twigs, from which emerge soft-green leaves. Soon after, small clusters of tiny buds gradually increase in size and then open out to form large flower heads.

foil, against which the cream flowers will shine.

Annabelle was introduced from America in 1736; in return, tulips, carnations and auriculas were sent back. Grow in an open position and enjoy the flowers when fresh; the winter seed heads will give interest in the colder months. Plant alongside strong-coloured spikes of lupins such as Masterpiece or Red Rum, or opt for cotinus and sambucus to give a dark

A big hit with those who like to treat themselves to a bit of instant gardening, it prefers a sheltered, sunny position, so why not go for classic pots with good quality compost and an extra dash of fertiliser to enrich it through the growing season?

Another glorious plant in the nursery at the moment is the geranium. I’ve always loved Appleblossom, but this slightly darker flower looks stunning in terracotta.

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THE KENSINGTON 109-113 Queen’s Gate, South Kensington, London SW7 5LR. Tel: 020 7589 6300. Bed & breakfast is priced from around £235 per room per night. Written by Daniel May


f you’re thinking about spending an extravagant weekend in London, then make The Kensington your very own West London residence. The hotel, which is part of the Doyle Collection, has undergone an extensive refurbishment in the last year to make it one of the finest townhouse hotels that the capital has to offer. Situated in one of the world’s most soughtafter postcodes, The Kensington is only a short walk from London’s must-see museums, including the Natural History Museum, the Science Museum and the V&A, so why not combine your stay with a slice of culture? If shopping is more your thing, be enticed to spend the afternoon at Harrods (it’s practically on the doorstep!), or jump on the tube to hit the shopping meccas of Bond Street, Saville Row and Oxford Street. Just don’t forget your credit card! But, it’s not just location that this exclusive retreat delivers on! All of the 126 rooms and 24 suites are beautifully decorated, each benefiting from light-reflecting large bay windows, extremely comfortable beds,

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antique furniture, sizeable TVs, and superspacious bathrooms complete with separate rain showers and bath tubs, so you can relax and unwind after a busy day’s sightseeing. A plethora of culinary establishments are only a stone’s throw away, but you don’t even need to leave the hotel to enjoy some of London’s most exquisite food and drink. The Town House restaurant offers fantastic food in comfortable surroundings (we recommend the steak!), while the drawing rooms on the ground floor are an ideal setting for afternoon tea. Or, perhaps the ultra-glamorous K Bar will hit the spot? It’s just the place for pre-dinner cocktails! And after a good night’s sleep, sit down to a hearty breakfast, whether it’s a full English or continental buffet that you crave. Feeling active? The hotel boasts a fully-equipped gym, or why not go for a run around nearby Hyde Park? Ticking every box on the discerning traveller’s checklist, The Kensington unites first-class location, luxurious bedrooms and exceptional dining… This reinvented bolt-hole has it all!



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Written by Sarah Morgan @SarahBeingLois

Personal stylist Sarah Morgan gives six good reasons to break the wedding day rules.

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t’s good to know what suits you, what flatters your shape, colouring, style and essence. But, once you know the rules, it’s so much fun when you break them! And that’s especially true this time of year, and definitely when applied to the great wedding outfit debacle. I spend much time shopping with wedding guests in various degrees of panic. My main aim is to save them from a wardrobe full of expensive mistakes that got worn once. This can be easily avoided; it simply involves six easy rule breaks.

RULE BREAK 1: Don’t go for the floral dress, matching bag, shoes and fascinator if it doesn’t feel right. At a recent wedding, almost every woman was wearing almost the same outfit, regardless of her shape, size or personality. Let’s just say some guests looked more comfortable than others.

RULE BREAK 2: You don’t have to buy anything new. But if you do, make sure it’s something you’ll wear again. Better to splash out on a blow-dry or professional make-up.

RULE BREAK 3: If your legs aren’t your best feature, nobody’s forcing you to wear a dress. Trousers and a glamorous top or eye-catching jewellery will draw attention up towards your great bits.

RULE BREAK 4: You don’t have to feel trussed up and formal. Find a comfortable dress, trousers, a silky flowing top, or this season’s easy flared skirt, then add some wedding wow – a striking bag, oversized earrings, metallic shoes or a big floppy hat. View accessories as show-stealers that express your personality, not just somewhere to keep your keys.

RULE BREAK 5: Clothes can seem expensive without spending a fortune. Choose the same plain colour head-to-toe, such as cream, silver-grey or pale pink or blue, and add toning accessories. Play with texture, but keep it monochrome – it always looks classy.

RULE BREAK 6: Stuff convention. If you want to wear black, or an emerald green jumpsuit with a sequinned turban, go for it. Be you! In fact, break all the rules except this one: Make an effort. You’re acknowledging it’s the bride and groom’s special day. Happy wedding shopping! For further information, call 07919 608692 or visit

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Calista Burnout Fit & Flare dress, ÂŁ150, at Phase Eight

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Blossom & Green in Aylsham offers individual independent labels for those ladies who dare to be different. Be sure to pay a visit for style inspiration and all the latest trends.

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Written by Tim Barnes-Clay

Peugeot has announced the new 3008 SUV, and motoring journalist Tim Barnes-Clay was in Paris for the launch. To advertise call 01953 456789




t 4450mm in length, the new Peugeot 3008 SUV offers greater passenger and luggage space than the outgoing model. With a longer wheelbase and improved interior space, rear occupants now have an additional 24mm legroom, 4mm elbowroom and 36mm headroom. Front elbow space has also increased by 17mm, despite the width being identical to the outgoing version at 1840mm, and height being 19mm lower at 1620mm.


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With the latest generation Peugeot i-Cockpit technology, by simply pressing a dedicated key, there is the opportunity to further enhance the driving experience, while intelligent design means the adaptable moving boot floor, initiated on the original 3008, has been evolved to allow the optimisation of boot space. This clever functionality can be further complemented with a hands-free opening tailgate, allowing a simple gesture of the foot under the rear bumper to open or close it.

The new Peugeot 3008 SUV also responds to the driver’s need to stay connected due to facilities like MirrorScreen, induction Smartphone recharging and 3D connected navigation. What’s more, the 10 speaker system with exclusive Focal technology brings a pure and defined sound to all occupants. In a context where access to city centres is increasingly constrained, Peugeot is positioned as a provider of innovative solutions for mobility issues.

The new 3008 SUV is no exception. Customers are offered a new range of individual mobility solutions including a folding scooter with electric assist (e-Kick) and a folding bike with electric assistance (e-Bike). Technology has done more than just assist with the driver and passenger experience, however, it has also improved safety. Available on the new 3008 is Active Safety Brake, Distance Alert (a distance alert function with

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automatic emergency braking) and Active Involuntary Crossing Line (a lane departure alert for safer driving with visual and audible warnings, and active vehicle control). The new model also has Driver Alert Warning; with constant analysis of vehicle trajectory against road markings, it can trigger several levels of audible and visual alerts to remind drivers to take a break after two hours of continuous driving at a speed greater than 40mph.

Available to order in the UK from November, with first deliveries due in January 2017, Peugeot’s latest offering is expected to make an impact. For further information, call Busseys Peugeot on 01603 753376 or visit



Zizi Strallen as Mary Poppins Photo by Johan Persso


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Written by John Bultitude

The hilarious new musical comedy is hitting the stage at Norwich Theatre Royal this summer.


t will be less yellow and green, and more stars and stripes, as Norwich Theatre Royal prepares to host a musical celebrating teenage life across the pond. A stateside saga of love, power and lessons (in and out of the classroom), High School Prom Queen follows a year in the life of a US school leading up to that all-important event, the prom. Arts course director David Lambert is the man behind the summer spectacular. He said, “Previously, I have tended to do classical and well-known titles. This time, I thought it would be good to do something a bit different and more modern for the young people.” Set in Swallow Falls High School, it tells the story of Lily, who has been prom queen for the last three years. She is determined to make sure this year is no exception, but there are plenty of obstacles in her way. Cue a hilarious musical comedy from David, which he cannot wait to bring to the stage.

He explained, “I had thought about it as a title for a couple of years. The time was right to write it. It’s modern day and takes place over the course of the present academic year, beginning in September 2015 and finishing with the prom (or not!) in the June of 2016. All sorts of contemporary things are mentioned, but you’ll have to come along to see what they are.” A self-confessed musical theatre traditionalist, David said he spent a lot of time soaking himself in pop and American youth culture to get a feel for the setting. He explained, “I listened to a number of genres of music. I spent a day listening to an awful lot of drum and bass, and found some videos on YouTube about a comedy rock band in Australia, who showed that every pop song ever made features just four chords. I used that as an idea, but being an old-fashioned musical theatre Rehearsals in May Photos by Savanah Grey

writer, I added a few extra chords here and there.” According to David, once you have the voice of the characters and you know what they are saying, the dialogue is a bit easier than the songs. He said, “It is the songs that can be tricky because you need to find a catchy tag for them. I often do the tune first and then match the words to the song. The first song I wrote took seven hours. Some came really easily, while others were much more difficult.” David tried not to watch Glee or High School Musical while writing because he thought he might start stealing ideas. He did his research by viewing shows such as The Big Bang Theory, How I Met Your Mother and The Goldbergs to gain an idea of how the young people speak over there. Ali Hunt, who plays the geeky Travis in the show, said, “Rehearsals have gone well. There are lots of big dance numbers, so we have been working hard to get those perfect. It is a real high-energy show.” Fellow cast member Alex Bannon, who plays Lily McNally, added, “This show is a big step for us, as it is very daring and very modern. It is different from the usual summer show. High School Prom Queen does have something for all ages, from little kids to grandparents. It is cheesy, exciting, and fun for all the family.” High School Prom Queen is at Norwich Theatre Royal from Wednesday 3rd to Saturday 6th August. For further information, call the box office on 01603 630000 or visit

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BEACH BODY Norfolk On My Mind has teamed up with Bodysculpt Personal Training to offer one lucky reader the chance to win four personal training sessions worth £120.


ow that the summer holidays are upon us, it is generally a time when people make changes to their body image. Many women will be starting to panic about getting into their bikinis, while the men may be worrying about the state of their beer guts! Norfolk-based personal training company, Bodysculpt, is dedicated to helping people, whatever their shape or size, take up exercise and dramatically improve their health and fitness.

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ALL UNDER ONE ROOF Guy Thrower, owner of Throwers of Ludham, loves being at the heart of village life.

What is the history of Throwers? A. Throwers was started in 1902 by my great, great-grandfather, Albert Thomas Thrower. We still trade as A.T. Thrower & Son Ltd, although it does just say Throwers over the door these days. Q. What do you sell? A. We stock an amazing range of groceries for such a small village, from fresh fruit and vegetables, newspapers and magazines, wine and beer, to frozen and chilled food, as well as products from our deli counter. Q. What is the ethos of the business? A. We have always been a strong supporter of local producers, and have long relationships with some of our suppliers, such as Lakenham

“WE HAVE ALWAYS BEEN A STRONG SUPPORTER OF LOCAL PRODUCERS, AND HAVE LONG RELATIONSHIPS WITH SOME OF OUR SUPPLIERS” Creamery, who have been bringing us their superb ice cream for over 20 years. Other longstanding suppliers include Brays Cottage pork pies and the wonderful Chillis Galore. We are always on the lookout for new

producers… We are expecting a delivery of Norfolk apple juice from Ashill Fruit Farm this week. Q. Who is your customer base? A. We see ourselves first and foremost as a village shop, but do cater for the holiday trade, which is obviously very welcome. A year ago, we converted our post office from a standalone counter into the shop, so it is now available whenever the shop is open. Q. What are your future plans? A. The post office project required a substantial investment from us. So, at the moment, we have no big plans for change. Q. What do you love about the village? A. Ludham has a fantastic sense of community, with many active clubs and societies. There are lots of other businesses here, too, including a butcher, hairdresser, florist, tearoom, and a garage serving fuel… Quite a rare thing today! For further information on Throwers of Ludham, call 01692 678248 or visit


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Norfolk on My Mind - Mid Summer 2016  

The Mid Summer 2016 edition of Norfolk on My Mind. Cover North Norfolk, all along the coast and droping down in Norwich, Norfolk on My Mind...

Norfolk on My Mind - Mid Summer 2016  

The Mid Summer 2016 edition of Norfolk on My Mind. Cover North Norfolk, all along the coast and droping down in Norwich, Norfolk on My Mind...