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12 | OUT & ABOUT Christmas events to fill you with festive cheer


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17 | CELEBRITY INTERVIEW The effervescent Wayne Sleep is in town

21 | TOUR NORFOLK Thomas Dick shares his favourite winter walks


25 | ON THE STREET From St Benedicts Street to the famous Norwich Lanes

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36 | RECIPE OF THE MONTH Impress your guests with a classic duck à l’orange




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s Andy Williams once sang, it’s the most wonderful time of the year! So, this issue, we’ve got Christmas all wrapped up, from festive family entertainment (p12) and gift inspiration for the special people in your life (p30), to a delicious seasonal recipe for wowing your dinner party guests (p36). Duck à l’orange, anyone? Christmas is the perfect opportunity to celebrate with family and friends, so what better way to get together with all the gang than with a trip to the local theatre? We chatted to two of our much-loved pantomime stars this month – dancer Wayne Sleep appearing in Jack and the Beanstalk at Norwich Theatre Royal (p17), plus ex-EastEnder Matt Lapinskas aka Prince Charming in Cinderella at the King’s Lynn Corn Exchange (p54). Tickets are selling fast for both shows, so don’t miss out! If you’d like to put on your walking boots and head out to explore our stunning county in all its winter glory, then why not let one of our fabulous Norfolk On My Mind feature writers be your guide? Thomas Dick recounts his favourite North Norfolk walking routes on page 21, while Stephen Browning takes us on a private tour of the famous Norwich Lanes (p25). So, whether the city or the countryside ticks your box, be inspired! What’s more, we were given exclusive behind-the-scenes access to the launch of luxury mobile wine bar business, The Little Horse Box. Check out its official unveiling with our rustic-themed wedding shoot on page 45. If you’re tying the knot in 2017, this could be right up your street… Plus, Godwick Turkeys has a very special prize up for grabs (p57). Enter our fantastic competition to be in with a chance of winning a delicious free range turkey in time for Christmas dinner. The winner will be notified on Friday 16th December… Good luck! And that just leaves me to wish all our readers a very merry Christmas and a happy New Year.


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UP ON THE ROOF Norwich’s first and only rooftop bar, Rooftop Gardens opened in October, boasting panoramic views of the city. Set to become one of Norwich’s most unique venues, it aims to serve some of the very best food and drink the city has to offer, sourcing only the finest, local ingredients. The interior has been beautifully designed by local company TWP Designs; the use of curved booths and a clever seating plan makes the most of the views. There are also many quirky features that add to its appeal including the covered grassy outdoor areas complete with artificial waterfalls. An extensive drinks menu comprises over 50 fine wines from around the world, as well as a cocktail menu with many tried-and-tested classics, plus quirky creations rustled up by award-winning professional mixologists. To book a table, call 01603 733044 or visit

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COAST AND COUNTRY Wolfe Clothing in Aylsham is as individual as the ladies and gentlemen who shop there. Owner Liz Wolfe handpicks laidback clothing and accessories that are perfect for Norfolk living. Liz, who opened the Red Lion Street boutique three years ago, said, “I choose brands and styles that embody our coast to country lifestyle. We are blessed to be surrounded by this wonderful landscape, where the land and rivers become sand and sea. Our styles are wearable, but they have to have that little bit of ‘specialness’. For example, a beautiful lining on a gent’s jacket, or an interesting detail on a dress.” Brands include BSA accessories, men’s shirts from Olymp and DoubleTwo, nautical fashion from Brakeburn, eclectic ladies’ wear from Nomads and Bohemia, and beautiful cashmere from Luella. There’s also jewellery, scarves, handbags, belts, ties, and footwear to complement your gorgeous new outfit!


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SHOP TIL YOU DROP Blossom & Green in Aylsham has built an enviable reputation for its first-class customer service and wide range of ladies clothing, from accessories and footwear, to all the latest fashions. Priding themselves on putting the customer first, regulars are permitted to take outfits home to try on in the comfort of their own home before making a purchase! And that’s not forgetting the husbands… An in-store travel agent now means that gents can peruse the selection of holiday brochures while waiting for their wives. Aylsham has so many lovely little shops and boutiques, and this popular fashion emporium is no exception. Why not pay a visit on Friday 25th November to watch the Christmas light switch-on when the shop will be open late? Be sure to check out the Facebook page and hit ‘like’ for the chance to win a special early Christmas present! (winner will be selected on Christmas Eve).

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Did you know Alby Crafts & Gardens are home to ten creative businesses in one venue?






The Alby Tea Room and Bistro offers a fabulous lunch menu and a special game menu on Wednesday evenings. Now taking bookings for pre-Christmas lunches and celebrations, enjoy up to four courses. At The Purple Parrot, you will find an eclectic mix of gifts, cards, toys, home and garden ware. Shop for that perfect purchase for a friend or family member. Jane Kenning makes bespoke wedding dresses, corsetry and vintage style dresses from distinctive fabrics. If you need that special dress for an occasion next year, pop upstairs to the gallery with your ideas. Hannah at Perfectly Pencil makes unique pencil pleat curtains and cushions using fabrics supplied by British firm Prestigious Textiles. Transform your interior! Sun Essences is a new business to Alby Crafts & Gardens. Viv and her team are specialists in Bach flower essences and use only the finest eco-cert French brandy as a base, together with pure floral, plant and tree essences. Viv teaches courses too.

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At Anglia Clay Supplies and Allbees, resident potter and ceramics teacher Helen Dixon caters for all your ceramics and bee-keeping requirements, from clay to kilns, hives to honey. Tucked in the corner of the Lower Courtyard, Studio House is the gallery and studio of sculptor Mitchell House and his wife Sue. Stocking original paintings by respected local artists alongside their own bronzes, Mitch also teaches a traditional and classical approach to learning sculpture. At The Hare & Moon Gallery, owner Claire Knight is passionate about promoting local artists’ work. Stocked with original paintings, prints and paper cuts, ceramics, jewellery, textiles and wood, you are sure to find something to treasure. Keverne Dewick makes fine furniture, turned bowls and decorative vases from beautiful wood. He also runs one-to-one wood turning courses. Navigation Art showcases the work of mixed media artist Tracy Myers and painter Krys Leach. Ranging from paintings and ceramics, to experimental print and photography, both artists are interested in the human form, travel and photography.




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ead to Holkham this month for an extra-special Audience with Father Christmas, as he stops off during his busy schedule to entertain the children in the Saloon at Holkham Hall. Listen to tales of wonder and magic from Father Christmas himself, while his all-singing-all-dancing band of cheeky elves performs for everyone. There will be a small present for younger visitors, as well as a glass of Prosecco or soft drink on offer. The Courtyard Café and gift shop will also be open for a spot of last-minute Christmas shopping.



Various locations in Wells-next-the-Sea. Saturday 3rd and Sunday 4th December, 10am to 8pm. Free admission (donations appreciated).

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he annual Wells Christmas Tide Festival sees the town come to life with stalls and a host of street entertainment across Staithe Street and The Quay. The traditional turning on of the Christmas lights will be followed by a lantern procession, plus bands and fire eaters, towards The Quay, where Santa will be arriving by boat, along with a fantastic fireworks display over the marshes. Tickets to see Santa Claus in his grotto can be purchased in advance, available on a first-come-firstserved basis. Book now to avoid disappointment!


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ne of the best places in Norfolk to visit during the festive season is Burnham Market, even if it is just to see the stunning Christmas lights adorning the trees and pretty cottages. So, what better way to celebrate than with a trip to Sussex Barn, just moments away from the village, providing vintage shopping from over 30 wellrespected traders? Bringing together a fabulous selection of fashion and homewares circa 1920 to 1970, you’re bound to find a unique gift for a loved one. Plus, there will also be plenty of nibbles and music to get you in the mood.

CHRISTMAS STORIES AND SLEIGH BELLS Blicking Hall, Blickling, Aylsham, Norfolk NR11 6NF. Tel: 01263 738021. Saturday 17th and Sunday 18th December, 11.30am to 4pm. £15 each. © National Trust/ Kenny Gray


ather Christmas is in the house for one weekend only this December at Blickling Hall! Climb the winding staircase up to the Long Gallery, where you will find Father and Mother Christmas waiting there to meet you. Enjoy a chat with the man in red and some festive storytelling, along with a glass of fizz and a mince pie for the adults and a special gift for the children. Sure to capture the spirit of the season in both big and little kids alike, what better setting in which to soak up the atmosphere than the beautiful surroundings of Blickling Hall? DEEPDALE CHRISTMAS MARKET Dalegate Market, Burnham Deepdale, Norfolk PE31 8FB. Tel: 01485 210305. Friday 2nd to Sunday 4th December; Friday, 12pm to 7pm; Saturday and Sunday, 10am to 4pm. Free admission.


festive weekend celebrating all that’s Christmassy on the North Norfolk coast, Deepdale Christmas Market is a mustvisit for wonderful presents, decorations and food and drink from a huge gathering of independent artisans, producers and traders that you just won’t find on the high street! With over 100 stalls in attendance, you’re sure to find what you’re looking for, whether it’s a woolly jumper, set of real ales or piece of precious artwork. There will even be a jam-packed programme of live music and entertainment while you shop! To advertise call 01953 456789




his year, Emcy garden centre’s Christmas wonderland is bigger and better than ever before. Moved for 2016 to the large furniture showroom, the Christmas display has a traditional Christmas market theme – with a fairytale twist! Walk under a canopy of twinkling lights to find a large selection of artificial Christmas trees with colourful displays of baubles, wreathes, tinsel and more. With delicate decorations from Gisela Graham and a huge selection of competitively priced Christmas lights available, there’s everything you need for some festive sparkle. Hanging Scentsicles in pine and spice fragrances bring the smell of Christmas to an artificial tree, but if you prefer a real one, they will be in stock from the end of November. Don’t forget to find all the fairytale references hidden in the display – there are prizes for children who spot them all.


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NORWICH CATHEDRAL Norwich cathedral choir carols 38 Copyright © Paul Hurst

A cathedral service is a great way to celebrate with family and friends this Christmas. Saturday 26th November

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MILITARY WIVES CHRISTMAS CONCERT 7.30pm to 10pm. £27.50 each. As part of their Home for Christmas tour, the Military Wives Choirs will be visiting Norwich Cathedral for one night only. As well as singing their two UK number one singles, the choir will perform a selection of tracks from their new album, plus music from their two previous UK top ten albums, In My Dreams and Stronger Together.

CHRISTINGLE 12pm. The whole family is invited to enjoy a traditional Christmas service involving plenty of oranges and candles!

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Sunday 27th November ADVENT PROCESSION 6pm. Come along for carols and readings in the run up to Christmas. Thursday 1st December OPEN EVENING AND BLESSING OF THE OUTDOOR CRIB 6.30pm to 9pm. To mark the start of advent, the cathedral will host an open evening including a short service to bless the outdoor crib, carols with the cathedral choir, and the lighting of the Christmas trees. Friday 9th December FRIENDS’ CHRISTMAS LUNCH 12.25pm to 2pm. £19.50 each. All friends are welcome to come to the cathedral for a pre-Christmas get-together, where seasonal fayre will be served, along with a light-hearted Christmas quiz! Friday 9th December CHRISTMAS WITH NORWICH CATHEDRAL CHOIR 7.30pm to 9pm. Ticket are priced from £12. A feast of Christmas music, both sacred and secular, with carols for both the choir and the audience to sing along, what better way to welcome the festive season ahead? To advertise call 01953 456789

MESSIAH BY CANDLELIGHT. 7.30pm. £20 each. A firm favourite for Christmas, as the cathedral choir and Norwich Baroque perform Handel’s spectacular Messiah. Sunday 18th December TRADITIONAL CAROLS AND CHRISTMAS READINGS 3.30pm. The Sunday before Christmas sees a brand new service take place in Norwich Cathedral.

FAMILY EUCHARIST OF CHRISTMAS DAY 10.30am. Everyone is invited to celebrate together the birth of Jesus Christ. Sunday 25th December FESTAL EVENSONG, PROCESSION AND CAROLS 3.30pm. A service to give thanks and praise for the greatest Christmas gift of all.

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From his early humble beginnings in the North East to one of the globe’s most recognised dance personalities, Wayne Sleep famously partnered Princess Diana on the dancefloor. And now he is set to bring his legendary showbiz sparkle to Norwich to star in this year’s pantomime. John Bultitude finds out more.

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e is a dance icon, a West End legend, and a man with a superb celebrity anecdote for every occasion. Playing the villainous Phineas P Stinkworthy in this year’s Jack and the Beanstalk, Wayne Sleep cannot wait to be the baddy. He said, “It is my first time as a villain. I usually take on roles like Buttons or the Dame, but I am really looking forward to it. I will be out to scare everyone a bit, but not too much.” Wayne made his panto debut doing a 14week run at the London Palladium opposite Danny La Rue before taking a break from it for many years. But a call from Norwich to star in Goldilocks and the Three Bears during the 1980s marked his city panto return. He said, “It brings back lots of wonderful memories, working with Dilys Watling, and we had a wonderful cast. It was a case of no expense spared. They brought in laser beams and a mirrored floor, which represented a lake with water. I had laser beam mirrors on my costume and, when I spun, I looked like a mirror ball.” Then he was back in 1987 to star in Aladdin, which also boasted a fantastic cast. Wayne recalled, “I worked with Wei Wei Wong, Bradley Walsh, and Stephen Mear was in the ensemble. He went on to become a fantastic choreographer.” Flash forward to this Christmas, where he will share the stage with the likes of panto stalwarts Richard Gauntlett and Ben Langley, although Wayne is not giving too much away. He said, “I hear the dancers will have to put on their tap shoes because I am doing a big tap number. What I love about panto is that it is for a family audience. It is aimed at everybody. I think it is a big responsibility because it is often the first theatre that a child sees.” So, was Wayne always destined to perform? Well, from the age of three, he was always keen to get up and dance every time he heard music played. After spending his early life in Plymouth with his mum, they then moved up to the North East. Winning a dancing cup for under 12s set him on the path of success. Wayne added, “The adjudicator said this boy must learn ballet, and my mother just shivered. She did not want her son wearing tights!” That dance victory led to him to attending the Royal Ballet School, which changed his life. Wayne recalled, “I had to give up being hooker in the rugby squad. I was the right size. Our matches were on a Saturday morning, and I couldn’t do it because my ballet classes were also on a Saturday.” Wayne admits he was very lucky to be part of the Royal Ballet during what is known as its golden era, working with the likes To advertise call 01953 456789

of Rudolf Nureyev, Margot Fonteyn, Sir Frederick Ashton and Sir Kenneth MacMillan. Ironically, his size, which was initially seen as a professional handicap, made him stand out. Wayne explained, “The director of the Royal Ballet said I had to spin twice as fast as the others, and jump twice as high. I could do a lot of things that the other kids couldn’t, and choreographers wanted to work with me because they could invent new steps.” A total of 18 years at the Royal Ballet would be enough for some, but Wayne had ambitions to learn and develop his dance even further. During some leaves of absence, he decided to explore other genres. He said, “I was learning everything that it was possible to learn in the dance world. I thought it would be great to put all these disciplines of dance under one roof in one performance.”

who said they had got a vocational place, but they couldn’t afford the board and lodgings. I set up the foundation to pay for all their expenses, so they don’t have to go and take on extra work if they do not want to. It eases the pain for the families. I also don’t choose who gets the help. The colleges themselves come to me.” So, things have definitely come full circle for Wayne, as he now helps new talent on the road to dance stardom. Jack and the Beanstalk is at Norwich Theatre Royal from Tuesday 13th December to Sunday 15th January. For further information, call the box office on 01603 630000 or visit

And so Wayne formed the company Dash, which became hugely popular in the early eighties. He explained, “I got the best contemporary dancer, the best jazz dancer etc. There were only six of us and four in the band, and only two theatres in Britain wanted to book us at the start. They were happy booking ballet, but they worried that dance pieces with no speaking in them would not work.”

But Wayne proved them wrong, and the mix of styles saw him tour venues all over Britain with the show, including Norwich Theatre Royal. From there, other West End shows came calling, with Wayne gaining the role of Mr Mistofelees in Cats, Puck in A Midsummer Night’s Dream, Emcee in Cabaret, and the Child Catcher in Chitty Chitty Bang Bang. In tandem with this, Wayne has never been far from the small screen. His credits include I’m A Celebrity Get Me Out Of Here, Celebrity Come Dine With Me, This Is Your Life, The Goodies and Wogan. He was also a judge on ITV’s dance show Stepping Out, as well as joining several more mature celebrities in The Real Marigold Hotel, which saw him explore India. Wayne added, “It was the most wonderful country with really nice people. I definitely want to go back.” In spare moments, when he gets them, Wayne is also working hard supporting the next generation of performers though his Wayne Sleep Foundation, which was formed through his close friendship with the late Princess of Wales. He recalled, “I remember all the letters I got from mums and dads of young people,



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Written by Thomas Dick

Feature writer Thomas Dick explores the best of our county’s winter walks.

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Cley Marshes


oel Coward in one of his plays included the line “very flat Norfolk�. He was partly correct, but, in reality, Norfolk is a county of gently rolling landscapes, offering some spectacular walking routes, which take on a totally different character during the winter months. THE NORFOLK COAST PATH A good starting point is the pretty village of Overstrand, where there is a large car park. From here, you can enjoy a 1.5m cliff-top walk to Cromer, providing fabulous sea views along the way. This path is said to be haunted by Black Shuck, the legendary hellhound believed to be the inspiration behind The Hound of the Baskervilles. The coastal path continues from Cromer to Sheringham through the villages of East and West Runton. At Beeston Bump, you have the option of continuing your walk at sea level (perhaps making a detour to visit the ruins of Beeston Priory and Beeston Common), or climbing the hill itself. At its highest point, the hill is 63m above sea level, the second highest point in Norfolk (the highest being 102m at Roman Camp on the Cromer/Holt ridge). On


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the top of Beeston Bump, there is evidence of fortifications and associated buildings associated with WWII. This entire area is classified as a Site of Special Scientific Interest due to the flora and fauna found here, not to mention the hundreds of migratory birds. At this stage, I would suggest a return to Overstrand to pick up your car, then a stopover at a guest house in Sheringham. Why not spend a day walking around the narrow lanes of Sheringham, or take a step back in time on the nostalgic North Norfolk Railway? Having packed your rucksack, you can then trek further along the Coastal Path, passing the Muckleborough Collection, a museum of WWII memorabilia and weaponry, before reaching Weybourne. The beach here is a shingle bank, which slopes so steeply into the sea that bathing is prohibited. Continuing onwards, you descend towards the next point of interest, Salthouse, with its extensive salt flats, marshes and shingle beach. It is wellworth stopping here to visit one of the local pubs or restaurants.

Next up is Cley. The Cley marshes are home to thousands of migratory birds during the winter months. Approaching Cley, you cannot miss the windmill, which was once home to the popular singer James Blunt. The next major village you reach is Blakeney. Once a major port in mediaeval times, the river has silted up and now only offers access to small boats. There are regular boat trips to Blakeney Point, where you can get close to the colonies of common and grey seals. Beyond Blakeney, the Coastal Path leads to Morston, before Stiffkey and Wells-next-theSea, where the coast changes to wonderful sandy beaches, lined by colourful beach huts. You will then arrive at Holkham beach, one of the most beautiful, natural beaches in the world, ringed by pine trees and still privately owned by the Earl of Leicester. The next villages en route are Burnham Overy Staithe, Burnham Deepdale and Brancaster Staithe. Restock here for essentials before

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starting your climb to the higher ground of Hunstanton cliffs. Just outside Hunstanton, Holme-next-the-Sea is the official end of the Norfolk Coastal Path, and the start of the Peddars Way. Anyone planning this walk in winter should carefully research possible stop-off points for overnight accommodation. Should the weather turn against you, you can always hop on the Coasthopper bus, which will take you to the next village. NATIONAL TRUST SITES West Runton is home to wonderful woodland walks through ancient and replanted beech woods. Muntjac deer are often spotted, as well as occasional glimpses of roe and red deer. The forest floor is a valuable habitat for low growing plants and insects, and the boundary woods have some of the oldest beeches around, at more than a thousand years old. Because beech trees live so long, they provide a valuable habitat for hole-nesting birds and wood-boring insects. Sheringham Park provides almost a thousand acres to explore on foot, with four marked trails, ranging from one to five miles. Coastal views are a big feature of these trails, many of which were created by the celebrated landscape gardener, Humphrey Repton. There is a woodland and coastal walk, allowing you to experience the entire range of habitats that Sheringham Park has to offer via a wonderfully varied 7m walk. Meanwhile, Repton’s walk takes you through Repton’s amazing landscape. Just a few miles away, Felbrigg Hall’s church and ice house walk will take about two hours of leisurely walking, with the highlights being Felbrigg church, Felbrigg Lake, the Felbrigg Sessile Oak (the boundary between Felbrigg and Aylmerton), and the Great Wood, where you will find the ice house itself. WEAVERS’ WAY This is a long walk of 62m, starting in Cromer and finishing in Great Yarmouth. It is composed of public footpaths, disused railway lines and some minor roads, passing through some very varied scenery, from the mixed farmland and woodland of Cromer, to the extensive grazing marshes of the Broadland river valleys. En route are a number of traditional brick and flint churches, several large country houses, and a large number of wind-pumps. The walk takes its name from the cottage weaving industry, established during the middle ages around the North Walsham area. PASTON WAY This 20m walk takes its name from the Paston family, whose ancestors were dominant wealthy landowners. It starts at either North Walsham or Cromer, and is famous for the fact that the walk passes 16 stunning Norfolk churches. To advertise call 01953 456789

Leaving North Walsham, the Paston Way initially follows the disused track of the Norfolk and Suffolk Joint Railway, which linked North Walsham to Cromer. It crosses the North Walsham and Dilham Canal at Swafield, an area of brambles, wild flowers and grassy banks, where there is a nature and butterfly reserve. Another couple of miles, and you reach Knapton, with its church famed for its double hammer beamed roof. From Knapton, the path leads to Edingthorpe before Bacton, Mundesley and Gimingham, through the valley of the River Mun. On the right, you will catch occasional views of a large white sphere, part of the RAF early warning system belonging to RAF Neatishead. From Gimingham, the path leads to Southrepps via a lane called Jack o’Lantern’s Lane, reputed to be the lantern man who lures all travellers to their death. The next stops are the coastal villages of Overstrand and Sidestrand. The small parish church of Sidestrand, St Michael and All Angels, was physically moved stone by stone in 1880 to a new position, a third of a mile inland, to protect it from coastal erosion. It had already lost its tower to the sea during a heavy storm in 1841. PEDDARS WAY Moving to the other side of the county brings you to the Peddars Way, a long 49m walk through Breckland. It is believed to have been created by the Romans as a means of transporting troops to East Anglia, and begins at Knettishall Heath near Thetford. With the magnificent farmlands of rural Norfolk on each side and a well-surfaced

pathway, the first village you come to is Little Cressingham. Take a detour to the ruins of St Andrews Church before embarking on a further 2m walk to Great Cressingham. The next stage of the walk is Great Cressingham to Castle Acre, a distance of 10 miles. There is accommodation available at Castle Acre. It is worth spending an extra day here to explore the ruins of the castle and the priory, which date back to Norman times. The final stage is a 22m stretch from Castle Acre to Hunstanton. You will pass the villages of Ringstead and Holme-next-theSea, which are charming and totally unspoilt. Holme-next-the-Sea marks the terminus of the Peddars Way, but a short spur path leads further on to the Victorian seaside town of Hunstanton. WHERRYMAN’S WAY This is a 35m footpath from Norwich to Great Yarmouth, which crosses the Norfolk Broads following the course of the River Yare via a path alongside the river. Where the Yare meets the River Chet, the path then follows the Chet upstream to Loddon, and then uses the roads to Reedham Ferry to cross the Yare. It is named after the trading wherries, which once used the Yare to travel from Great Yarmouth to Norwich. So, there are many fantastic walks in and around our ancient market towns and villages to inspire visitors to explore on foot... What better way to admire our county in all its glory than a stroll under those vast Norfolk skies?



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Written by Stephen Browning @returningperson

Stephen Browning goes on a stroll around St Benedicts Street, Cow Hill, Upper St Giles Street, Pottergate and, of course, The Lanes.

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Norfolk. Some of his greatest writing features the county, notably Great Yarmouth, which stars in David Copperfield, Dickens’ favourite of all his novels. It is also documented that he came to Norwich to witness one of the last public hangings, and that he was appalled by what he saw. Thereafter, he campaigned against this barbaric practice, particularly the ‘party atmosphere’ of the proceedings. Walk back down the street and turn a sharp left down Willow Lane, just where it meets Cow Hill, and you’ll spot a plaque on your right, commemorating George Borrow, who lived here – the man who coined the term ‘Norwich – A Fine City’. Turn right into Pottergate. This ancient street has been the centre of many trades, but the name derives from the pottery industry that existed prior to the 13th century. Shoe manufacturing peaked in the 18th and 19th centuries, and the famous opera singer, Jenny Lind, established a Hospital for Sick Children here in mid-Victorian times. Ahead is St Gregory’s Alley. A pleasant grass area with refurbished seating, it is an oasis for many seeking to sit down and have a bite. There is a delicatessen, a fish and chip shop, some sandwich bars and a juice bar, all within a few yards. St Gregory’s Pottergate is now a craft centre with a café, and The Birdcage pub borders the green. Photo by Daniel Tink


tarting at St Benedicts Street, you will see four churches and an eclectic array of shops and cafés. Here you can buy a trombone, a wedding dress, a rare book, a foccacia sandwich, a pine chest, or some tinned vegetables from Poland! You can convert your unwanted presents and household items into cash, or linger over a pint of Guinness in a traditional pub such as The Ten Bells. Notice the Norwich Arts Centre as you walk down the street. An imaginative venue hosting live music, interactive exhibitions, storytelling, poetry nights and photographic courses, it also contains a peaceful café. Almost opposite the Arts Centre, turn left into Ten Bell Lane, where the walk starts to get quite steep. On the corner with Pottergate, you will pass Micawbers Tavern, named after the famous character in Dickens’ David Copperfield. Walk straight ahead and along Cow Hill towards the imposing church of St Giles on the Hill. At the top of the hill, turn right into Upper St


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Giles Street, where you will find a pretty street with some first-class restaurants. It also houses some of the city’s most notable delicatessens and patisseries, where everything from homemade organic scotch eggs to take-away crème brûlées are available. You will pass some shops selling reclaimed architectural treasures and antiques, so here is the place to come for a Victorian marble fire surround or an original oil painting from the Regency period. The street comes to a sudden end as the Grapes Hill dual carriageway cuts rudely across it. A fine view of the Roman Catholic cathedral is in front of you, which makes for a fine visit, as does the Victorian garden beside it. For now though, cross the street and start to walk back along Upper Giles Street.

You are now at the very centre of The Norwich Lanes. The many small entrepreneurs who trade around here are the perfect antidote to ‘samey’ high

Photo by Daniel Tink

At the top of the road is a plaque commemorating that fine English actor, Sir John Mills, who went to school here. Apparently, he hated it. Sir John provides another link to Charles Dickens because one of his most celebrated roles was Pip in Great Expectations. Charles Dickens loved

streets throughout the country. You will meet antiquarian booksellers, an Egyptian pottery merchant, New Age herbalists, an expert in military clothing, a trader in the latest computer games, a Fair Trade enterprise, someone selling tea from around the world, and many more interesting people. It is constantly changing, and as one trade goes down, another comes up. There are three more important stops on this walk. One of them is The Bridewell in Bridewell Alley, which tells the story of Norwich industry – mustard, textiles, chocolate and beer. The building itself is a sombre flint edifice, and it is not hard to believe that it was once a prison for beggars (or bridewells). If you go around the building to the opposite side, you will find the original small oak doorway, blackened and cracked with age, through which prisoners passed to begin their sentence. Carry on a few yards until you come to St John’s Alley, which runs down the side of a fine small church, St John Maddermarket, which houses the finest collection of brasses in the city. The name ‘Maddermarket’ is derived from ‘madder’, which is a Norfolk plant that produces a red dye. Halfway down, you will come across the Maddermarket Theatre. This is special because it welcomes local people to Photo by Daniel Tink

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Photo by Daniel Tink

act and help out in putting on professional productions. There is also a plaque commemorating the feat of the most famous Morris dancer of all time, Will Kemp. In 1599, for a bet, he morris-danced all the way from London to Norwich. It took him four weeks and he ended his journey, to great acclaim, in this alley, where he jumped over the graveyard wall of St John Maddermarket opposite the theatre entrance.

At Charing Cross, turn left and you will find Strangers’ Hall. The building itself dates from 1320 and contains imaginative recreations of life in Tudor and Stuart times. In the Great Hall, the high table is set for a feast, while the 17th century bedroom of Lady Paine (wife of Mayor, Sir Joseph Paine) is open to public view. A costumed guide will show you around. It is open to the public on Wednesdays and Saturdays, from 10.30am to 4.30pm. The walk ends here, only a few yards from where it began. This walk is taken from Norwich by Stephen Browning. Published by Halsgrove, it is priced £14.99 (hardback).




Written by David Morris

Photographer David Morris is invited behind the scenes at Norfolk’s Hippodrome Circus. The Water Finale


’d been told about the ‘water circus’ by a painter friend when we first moved into Norfolk many years ago. He said we ought to see it. But I quietly forgot about it, and when we finally paid a visit this year, I immediately regretted all those wasted opportunities. The Hippodrome Circus in Great Yarmouth is one of Norfolk’s great unsung glories. Built in 1903, it is Britain’s only surviving brickbuilt circus. It’s the intimacy of the place that surprised me most. You can see the expressions on

the faces of the trapeze artists. This isn’t television; this is a real, live performance, given by real people. The same people, in fact, who were flogging you ice cream and souvenir programmes when you arrived! It wasn’t just the building that was remarkable; there was something very special about the people who made it all happen.

extreme, as they psyche themselves up for their entrance, but it’s also a place of laughter and good humour. The performers come from all over the world, and sometimes their kids travel with them. A little boy happily careered around, dodging the acts, chatting to and playing with everyone from glamorous dancers to daring high-wire acts.

I met owner Peter Jay, who looked at my camera and said, “Good luck with that. People tell me it takes a few visits before they get the shot they want.”

I wanted to capture both sides of this remarkable life, the performances and the times in the shadows. If a performer’s act is not up to standard, the fiercest critic is the performer. You don’t want to go near them until they have recovered from beating

He wasn’t joking. It’s a photographer’s nightmare in the arena; the light changes by the second. You focus on a performer, and next minute, they’re plunged into darkness. It’s difficult to keep up with what is happening, or where you should be pointing your camera. Backstage isn’t much easier, and with so many props, artefacts, memorabilia, photographs and original artwork, it’s difficult to know what to photograph first.



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This wide corridor at the back of the stage is where the performers warm up and prepare for their entrances. Their warmup exercises often take longer than their performances. The level of concentration is


A Performance


“THIS ISN’T TELEVISION; THIS IS A REAL, LIVE PERFORMANCE, GIVEN BY REAL PEOPLE” themselves up. Fortunately, it doesn’t happen very often, and when things go right, the adrenaline rush is enormous. Trying to take portraits of the performers in a thoughtful or more sombre mood turned out to be more difficult than I imagined. If someone caught me looking at them, I’d get a big smile. Not what I’m used to, but that is the art of performance – smile, no matter what you may be feeling. But it’s not just a consummate act they’ve spent their life perfecting, there is a real joy in their ability to perform, and to hold a live audience. For further information on the Hippodrome Circus, call the box office on 01493 844172 or visit

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IT’S A WRAP! Present-buying inspiration for every family member.


Alpaca Nutmeg fur trim gloves, £64.95, at Annabel James

Mustard Hyacinth wash bag, £20, at Izzi Rainey


L’Occitaine A Man’s Ritual Collection Christmas gift set, £30, at Bakers & Larners

FOR FOURLEGGED FRIENDS Woof medium dog bed, £38, at Sophie Allport

Country Collection dog drying coat, price on request, at Ruff and Tumble


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Reindeer personalised hat, £20, at Charlotte Cot Blankets

Totally Clawsome hoodie, £37.99, at Gone Crabbing

Nellie chidlren’s apron, £12.95, at Aurina

Colmar Originals lightweight quilted jacket, from a selection, at Hatters and Jonathan Trumbull

Limited Edition Christmas teas, £4 each, at Nelson & Norfolk Tea Co

North Sea Chew Mix dog treats, £4.98, at Pooch’s

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Do heaps of vegetable peelings and mountains of washing-up fill you with dread? Then let someone else cook the Christmas dinner this year.


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Old Church Road, Snettisham, Norfolk PE31 7LX. Tel: 01485 541382. The Rose & Crown is open throughout the festive season (visit the website for opening times). If you would like to dine here during December, you are strongly recommended to reserve a table in advance.

Heacham Road, Sedgeford, Hunstanton, Norfolk PE36 5LU Tel: 01485 571765. The King Will is hosting pre-Christmas parties, a Christmas Day four-course menu, a New Year’s Eve three-course menu and special Christmas and New Year breaks. Book now!

The Green, East Rudham, Norfolk PE31 8RD. Tel: 01485 528530. Why not host your Christmas party at The Crown Inn? Bookings are now being taken for parties, as well as the traditional five-course festive lunch, priced £85 per head (children under 12 cost £37.50).

Holt Road, Letheringsett, Norfolk NR25 7AR. Tel: 01263 712691. The Christmas and New Year’s Eve packages include dinner in the restaurant, bed and breakfast and either a two or three-night stay in one of the inn’s four welcoming en suite guest rooms. The perfect Christmas present!

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Church Loke, Coltishall, Norfolk NR12 7DN. Tel: 01603 737531. Whether you are getting the family together or enjoying a party night with colleagues or friends, The Norfolk Mead offers a welcoming atmosphere, with roaring fires, festive treats and hot toddies.

School Road, Drayton, Norwich, Norfolk NR8 6EF. Tel: 01603 860210. Stower Grange Hotel provides an excellent and memorable backdrop for your Christmas and New Year celebrations. The party nights and seasonal menus offer the ideal way to spend time with loved ones.

Manor Farm Barns, Framingham Pigot, Norfolk NR14 7PZ. Tel: 01508 491112. Wonderful food and wine, combined with outstanding service and an ambience that truly sparkles, Brasted’s is renowned for its magnificent party evenings with dinner and dancing, festive lunches and intimate retreats.

Church Plain, Loddon, Norfolk NR14 6LX. Tel: 01508 528039. The sensational festive party menu is available from Thursday 1st to Friday 23rd December (booking essential), packed full of seasonal yuletide offerings. Enjoy two courses for £21.95 or three course for £27.95.



Norfolk Black Turkey


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Written by Harry Farrow @HarryFarrowChef @morstonanchor

Norfolk chef Harry Farrow is cooking up a storm this Christmas.


ith the festive period in mind, we have been working hard on our Christmas and New Year menus at both The Anchor Inn in Morston and The Hero at Burnham Overy Staithe. December is a wonderful time of the year; a great opportunity to catch up with friends, family or work colleagues, and raise a glass (or two!) over some delicious home-cooked food. We are looking forward to hosting a number of Christmas dinners at both pubs over the coming months; our fantastic front-ofhouse teams certainly know how to throw a party! So, what’s in season for December? Well, the traditional Christmas dinner combines all those flavours that are typical of this time of year. At The Anchor Inn, we will be serving delicious Norfolk Black turkey with all the trimmings. This juicy bird is known for its distinct gamey flavour, which is more akin to pheasant, and tastes amazing when drowned in bread source. If you’d prefer a meatier option, then consider cooking a Norfolk goose. It tends to taste like duck or well-done roast beef, and differs from other types of game bird, such as pheasant or wild turkey, due to its higher fat content. We source our geese directly from the farm in Hindolveston – you can’t get much fresher!

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.

01263 741392 The Street, Morston, Norfolk NR25 7AA

We are hiring! Visit our website for details

Since reopening over the summer, The Hero has built a reputation for offering an array of quirky dishes, inspired by various cuisines from around the world. Head chef Max Emmerson and I have created an autumn/winter menu that captures the spirit of other nationalities, whilst also remaining true to our Norfolk roots. The feel-good Moroccan lamb, for instance, unites pomegranate and feta with traditional Christmas spices like cinnamon and cloves. It’s a real winter-warmer. We are also busy taking bookings for our exclusive New Year’s Eve parties. The Anchor Inn will be hosting a fivecourse black tie dinner, while The Hero has plans for a ticket-only New Year’s party, where we’ll be dancing the night away... Hope to see you there! For further information on The Anchor Inn, call 01263 741392 or visit For further information on The Hero, call 01328 738334 or visit

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FEAST YOUR EYES Written by Richard Bainbridge

Richard Bainbridge, chef-proprietor of Benedicts in Norwich, prepares his version of his mother’s signature dish.


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his dish was in the height of fashion a little before my time, but I still have fond memories. My mum would attempt it for friends who she was out to impress, but the sauce came from a packet and the duck was frozen. Nevertheless, she would give it her best shot and the presentation was a thing of beauty. The sliver tray would come out, the new potatoes and carrots would

be positioned around the edge, and the well-cooked duck would take pride of place in the middle. Then mum’s delicate orange sauce would be poured over, along with the slices of oranges. The excitement of the tray being carried into the dining room made me feel like I was at a mediaeval banquet. To make this dish more seasonal, I have used a mallard duck, which is fantastic, as it adds a slight game flavour.

DUCK À L’ORANGE INGREDIENTS (SERVES 4) 1 whole mallard 2 carrots, roughly chopped 1 onion, roughly chopped 2 sticks of celery, roughly chopped 2 oranges, roughly chopped and squeezed Slices of oranges (to go on top)

Thyme Bay leaf 2 cloves of garlic 200ml cider vinegar 4tbsp sugar 2l dark chicken stock

METHOD Pre-heat oven to 200°C. Place a large, heavy-based casserole dish on a high heat. Once hot, add the sugar and let it turn to a light, golden colour. Then add the vinegar and reduce to a syrup. Add the chopped vegetables, orange, garlic, thyme and bay leaf. Then season the duck all over with salt, lay thin slices of oranges on top, and place onto the vegetables.

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In another pan, bring your chicken stock to the boil and pour over the duck. Place in the oven and bake for 15-20 mins. Once the mallard is cooked, remove from the oven and remove the duck from the pot to allow to rest. Meanwhile, pass the stock through a sieve into another pot and place onto a high heat. Bring to the boil and reduce to a sauce consistency. Check the acidity and sweetness levels, adding a little vinegar or sugar to taste.





ou may be a property owner seeking to develop your property, a landowner seeking to unlock the development potential of your land, or a farmer seeking to make use of redundant farm buildings. Sound familiar? Then you will be one of many who will have to navigate the planning system, which is, for most, an intimidating and confusing prospect.

Martin Ranner BA (Hons) PG Dip MRTPI is a partner at Sworders, the rural property consultants based at Holkham Hall. With his local authority background, Martin specialises in advice on planning applications, lawful development certificates, enforcement and appeals. For further information, call Martin on 01328 854400 or email


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There are many property owners that often do not realise the development potential of their assets, and how planning can often act as a vehicle to help to maximise the value of them and create funds they did not realise were possible. Businesses, and in particular, farmers, often have the dilemma of what to do with deteriorating assets such as old redundant farm buildings. Such buildings can provide the means to diversify the farming business, creating, for example, commercial opportunities via change of use, to achieve additional income streams. Similarly, following changes in legislation, opportunities now exist to develop and

convert a greater variety of farm buildings to dwellings, where once only traditional buildings of architectural or historic interest were likely to be viewed favourably by councils. There is also growing pressure being placed on councils to demonstrate that they have an adequate supply of future housing land, which has, again, provided landowners with opportunities to develop land that, in the past, may have had little development potential. The government has also been seeking to promote self-build projects for houses. For those who have dreamed of designing and building their own home, there has never been a better time. Good professional advice and guidance is more important now than it has ever been. It can quite simply make the difference between failure and success. Be sure to speak to a professional to help guide you through the process and maximise the chances of achieving your goals.



e all seem to want to live in our kitchens, but with the added comfort of a modern, family-friendly living space. Through history, houses, small and large, would have a central fireplace for cooking and heating in one main room. The advent of the chimney, originally used in great halls, enabled the division of a separate kitchen and living area. After the Great Fire of London, kitchens were sited away from the main living areas to reduce the fire risk, and servants would have to walk long distances between rooms. Homebuyers today require space rather than small rooms. I visited one house recently with a massive 50ft by 50ft beautifully crafted fitted kitchen, sitting room and dining room – all in one. It combined

sofas, a large flat-screen TV, juicer, coffee machine, fridge with cold water dispenser, children’s area, and room for the family dog beside the Aga! It reminded me of my visits to my grandparents in the 1950s and 60s. Granny would be in the kitchen, and we would all sit down around a long table in the dining room – her six children, their spouses and her grandchildren. She would preside over the family from the far end of the table, serving wonderful meals made using her small gas cooker, butler’s sink and enamel-topped table. That had been her daily life – shopping, cooking and washing for eight people. In large, wealthy households, however, the kitchen was generally in the basement or ground floor, away from the living areas where guests would be received.

Many things have changed in terms of the styles and uses for the kitchen over the years, from the use of coal and the introduction of gas, to the new technology we now enjoy including cooker hoods, dishwashers and boiling water machines. The kitchen really is back to being at the heart of the home again, which is a big selling point for many lovely properties.

With 35 years of experience, Malcolm operates Norfolk Property Search. For further information, call 07434 934 579, email or visit

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LE ROCH HÔTEL & SPA 28 rue Saint Roch 75001 Paris Tel: +33(0)1 70 83 00 00. Bed & breakfast is priced from around £380 per room per night. Written by Daniel May


lanning a weekend break in the most romantic city in the world? If that sounds like heaven to you, then why not make Paris’ newest boutique hotel your Parisian residence? The five-star Le Roch Hotel & Spa is the brainchild of experienced architect Vincent Bastie and the extremely talented Sarah Lavoine, who has flawlessly incorporated a touch of French elegance into the hotel’s interiors, from the chic and stylish colour palette, to the eye-catching specially-designed furniture. Located in Rue Saint Roch within the first arrondissement, and housed within a heritage structure that dates back to the 19th century, Le Roch is only a short walk from Paris’ famous museums including The Louvre and Musée d’Orsay. Be inspired to take a tour of the city’s stunning architecture and admire the world-renowned Palais Garnier Paris Opera House, which is only a 10-minute stroll away. If less sightseeing and more designer shopping sounds good, then you’ll love being in the heart of Paris’ exclusive fashion houses. Rue Saint-Honoré is just around the corner, home to Givenchy, John Galliano and Jimmy Choo, no less! Spend the afternoon window-shopping in Place Vendôme, stop for a coffee and a spot of celebrity spotting, or treat your loved one to a special gift in one of the city’s gorgeous boutiques! The options are endless… And it’s not just location that this exclusive hideaway delivers on! All of the 37 rooms, To advertise call 01953 456789

including the four indulgence suites, are expertly decorated, thanks to Lavoine’s customary je ne sais quoi. Each benefits from an abundance of natural light, king-sized beds, modern furniture, impressive TVs, and super-spacious bathrooms complete with separate rainshowers and amazing bathtubs (big enough for two to share!), so you can relax and unwind after a busy day on your feet. The first arrondissement hosts a multitude of culinary establishments, but you don’t need to leave the hotel to enjoy some of Paris’ most exquisite food and drink... Le Roch boasts a menu devised by the young 2-star Michelin chef, Arnaud Faye. Delight in a romantic dinner in the hotel’s atmospheric restaurant, or post-supper cocktails on the sunlit terrace, perhaps? If you can drag yourself out of the comfort of your room, head down for an authentically French breakfast – the croissants are to die for! What better way to start your day? Plus, if some R&R is on your wish-list, be sure to take advantage of the hotel’s tranquil spa, which comprises a hammam, fitness room and bijou swimming pool, as well as a tailored list of treatments. We can highly recommend the Soin Travel Detox… A must for every weary traveller! Uniting first-class location with five-star sophistication, Le Roch is the perfect base for any Paris trip, whether discovering the French capital, or revisiting for the hundredth time!


We’re able to provide flowers for every occasion, we stock fresh flowers daily. Free delivery locally & nationwide for a small fee.

Wedding Flower Specialists ‘OPEN WEEKEND’

We are holding an open weekend from Friday 2nd December to Sunday 4th December, 10am - 5pm

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37 Bull Street Holt NR25 6HP - 01263 478380 Come and browse through our extensive showrooms located on the Norfolk-Suffolk borders just nine miles from the cathedral city of Norwich. You will find a spectacular showcase for both fine and decorative pieces with which to decorate the home. Over 200 m2 full of pieces of outstanding quality from sumptuous sofas, beautiful paintings, exquisite porcelain to elegant mirrors, luxurious rugs and much more besides. Combining the old with the new, you’ll find Art Deco pieces living discreetly and elegantly among ornate neo-classical pieces, cool contemporary rubbing shoulders with gorgeous Georgian furniture.

Daisy’s of Dereham 26 High Street, Dereham, Norfolk, NR19 1DR - 01328 800246


Olde Time Antique Clocks and Barometers have over four hundred fine antique clocks, barometers, barographs and scientific instruments on display.

‘We have been looking for a really good antique shop in East Anglia, now we have found one!’ - Mr & Mrs R.Warren, Cambridge.

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OLIVES… PEACE AND LOVE! Sue Huckle of Posh Plants expounds the virtues of the simple olive tree. Written by Sue Huckle


here’s something so magical about olive trees. They have a softness in colour, which blends beautifully with the traditional flint work of our barns and churches. The pale grey glaucous silvery leaves light up when seen in sunlight against a blue sky – quite breathtaking! – and the foliage shimmers, giving a much-needed Mediterranean sparkle throughout the year. Here at Posh Plants, the large olives are in great demand for decorating venues all over East Anglia for weddings, conferences, parties and sporting events. Owners of some of our

finest stately homes, when requiring the highest standard, find our olives are perfect. The trees are statuesque and graceful, blending seamlessly with the impeccable interiors of some of Norfolk’s most treasured houses. Supplied in grey, lead-type planters, our olives can be hired to create an instant indoor garden... What nicer backdrop for a party than a calming grove of olive trees? The new Lady Elizabeth Wing is a redevelopment of the former pottery building at Holkham Hall. This state-of-the-art venue

offers contemporary design, creating a link between the majestic hall and the requirements of modern day society. This amazing space has the flexibility to hold all types of events, large or small. The olives look perfect here, and can be either positioned to create a more intimate space, or evenly spread to give the effect of a glade of organic trees, perfectly in tune with the natural ambience. To add something special to your venue or garden, get in touch. For further information on Posh Plants, call 07703 347014 or visit






AT YOUR SERVICE Near and Far prides itself on offering a reliable and professional transport service.


hris Cockrell, who is the Chauffeur Manager, has over 20 years of experience in the industry and is dedicated to treating every customer as a VIP. Chris is himself a fully-trained and licensed close protection operative, so with this and his chauffeur background, it gives the customer total peace of mind.

We cater for special events such as weddings, theatre trips, proms, sports events, concerts and other special occasions that require special transport services. will ensure that you arrive at your destination in style and comfort! Tel: 01328-853636 Email: Visit:

Near and Far provides a range of transport services, from airports and stations, to restaurant and theatre trips. The company also operates a wedding car service, and Chris will always endeavour to make that all-important day as special as possible. Near and Far is based in Fakenham but operates nationally. For further information, call 01328 853636 or visit

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The Little Horse Box luxury wine bar launched last September with a countrythemed wedding shoot to inspire all those budding brides-to-be. Owner Liddy Goodrum tells us more.

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’ve always dreamt of owning my own business, so when my husband encouraged me to take the leap, there was no going back. Bringing together my love of throwing a party and my enthusiasm for meeting new people, The Little Horse Box was born – a beautiful mobile wine bar housed in a converted horse box, providing bespoke drinks packages for weddings, events and special occasions. We’ve upped the glamour by adding Moroccan-style flooring in pinks, blues and greys and LED colour-changing lighting, along with an upcycled wine barrel sink and traditional hand-painted sign writing. I’m so happy with the end result! For our launch, I decided to organise a local photo shoot to show off The Little Horse Box in all its glory. My starting point was to find a suitable venue here in Norfolk. I had heard about Happy Valley Venue in Grimston, but it was not until I paid owner Katy Coe a visit that I was truly blown away by its beauty. A fantastic setting for rustic weddings and outdoor festivals, I knew I had found just the place for my shoot. Liddy Goodrum pictured top left

CONTACTS Venue: Happy Valley in Norfolk - Photographer: Sophie Elliot Photography - Cake: Little A’s Cakery - Hair: The Edge in Norwich - Make-up: Rejuvenate at the Bullpen - (website to come) Flowers: Daisy’s Florist of Dereham and Holt - Props:Vintage Partyware - Suit Hire:Vintage Suit Hire - Styling: Abi Gray Fashion Stylist - Models: Harriet Howard, Tommy Ellis, Clare Pye (bridesmaids Lilac and Lottie) Drinks: Broadland Wineries -


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I made contact with photographer and videographer Sophie Elliott via Twitter. She had heard I was looking for an experienced wedding photographer and dropped me a line. Sophie’s creative photography perfectly captures the spirit of the day. She said, “After Liddy told me about the other local businesses and creatives who were involved, I couldn’t resist saying yes!” The shoot itself was amazing. Everyone had a big smile on their face all day. I think the pictures really reflect the wonderful job everyone did. Thanks guys! For further information on The Little Horse Box, call 01362 420491 or 07983 023734 or visit To advertise call 01953 456789




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PUT IT BEHIND YOU Back problem? Banish pain today with the help of The BackCare Clinic in Norwich.


any of us are plagued with sore backs, necks and shoulders due to the lifestyles we lead. It is common practice to visit a doctor when we feel unwell or a dentist when we have a toothache, but our back health is often overlooked. Even in the most serious of cases, we resign ourselves to living in pain. Why? Well, osteomyologist Nic Aldous has been treating people with back pain for over 20 years, from young children and pregnant ladies, to office workers with persistent headaches and brides-to-be looking to achieve better posture for their big day. By using a unique method to target the cause of the underlying back pain rather than the symptoms, Nic is able to achieve better results than many short-term fixes. Nic believes back flexibility should be managed from an early age. He said, “The majority of people will develop a bad back by the time they leave school. Our spines become stiff and without flexible movement, the result is poor posture and back pain.”

the body by treating the joints of the cranium. It relieves headaches and neck pain, but can also be used successfully on any other part of the body, and can often help clients to relax and ease stress levels. If you would like to find out how Nic could help you with your back issues, he offers free initial assessments involving a detailed account of the problem, an examination, and a proposed treatment plan. The BackCare Clinic is the only clinic in East Anglia providing Theraflex. For further information, call 07802 185504 or visit The BackCare Clinic is at Pure House, 64-66 Westwick Street, Norwich, Norfolk NR2 4SZ. Open Mondays and Thursdays, 10am to 8pm.

Posture Before

Posture After

Much of Nic’s success lies in the use of the Theraflex system, a revolutionary approach to spine mobilisation that allows a degree of improvement that would not be possible with the human hand alone. By moving and mobilising individual segments of the spine via a pad fitted with four pistons that pop out and flex each joint, the mobility of the spinal column is increased and flexibility restored. But it is Nic’s combination of Theraflex with other physical therapies that makes his method truly unique. Nic also practices Muscle Energy Techniques (METs) and Cranial-Sacral Therapy (CST) to provide an all-round treatment. METs relieve pain as a result of muscle spasm by contracting your own muscles in a controlled way and against the counterforce of the therapist, thus releasing tightness and restoring normal mobility of the bones and joints. Meanwhile, CST is a gentle, hands-on treatment that releases deep tensions in

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No ordinary stocking filler - socks are this season’s hot accessory for men! Paul Smith stripe socks, from a selection, at Hatters and Jonathan Trumbull, Norwich.

Written by Sarah Morgan @SarahBeingLois

Stylist Sarah Morgan reveals the meaning behind your man’s sock choice.

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Sheringham Socks are made in Leicestershire but inspired by Norfolk! For further information, call 01509 842557 or visit


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Oliver Sweeney Aldeburgh tan brogue, from a selection, at Hatters and Jonathan Trumbull.


hey’re a standard stocking filler. But if you think socks are a Christmas copout, think again! They’re this season’s essential men’s fashion accessory, with sophisticated palettes and spectacular patterns. Almost hidden, but not quite, socks reveal a glimpse of style personality that can speak volumes. Just this week I had a meeting with a man in a sensible suit. I couldn’t help but notice a flash of bright colour at his ankle. To me, this said a lot. On the surface, he’s trustworthy and solid, but there’s an underlying sense of fun. So, what else do a man’s socks say? If they’re red, be sure he means business. Red is for power; he wants to be heard. Fuchsia may reveal a passionate nature. But beware if worn on a first date; he may be all passion and no substance. Softer shades of pink show a romantic streak, and he’s likely to stick around. If bright colours and crazy patterns abound, he’s a fun-loving, adventurous soul. Add stripes into the mix, and you’ll know he’ll be up for anything! Blues and greens are signs of activity and growth. They say ‘trust me’ and are great for interviews, as he’s likely to pull his weight and get the job done.

Black, navy or grey are for those who like formality. Toe the line, offend noone. Does that describe him too? If he’s discerning, and likes quality and order, seek out top quality cashmere. Odd socks mean he’s a carefree spirit, and life’s too short for pairing. Or he’s bone idle. Whichever, he’s making a statement. Unless, of course, he’s colour-blind! So, before you hit the sock counter, consider if a different style could encourage your man to be braver, more passionate, more reliable, or more fun, perhaps. It gives ‘changing his socks’ a whole new meaning. For further information, call 07919 608692 or visit Treat your man to a makeover this Christmas. • •

Lacoste crew neck knitted jumper Matchless ‘Mick’ leather jacket

45 AND FABULOUS Men’s fashion store Jonathan Trumbull opened in Norwich 45 years ago, followed five years later by Hatters. During their long reign, they’ve stayed at the cuttingedge of contemporary menswear, with new labels added constantly. Staff have grown a trusted following. Jonathan Trumbull manager, Andy Smith, said, “We get to know our customers well. We know what they like and it’s a real personal service. They want good quality and simple styles that are fashionable but wearable.” So, wondering what to buy this Christmas? Don’t leave it to chance. Staff at both stores offer a bespoke personal shopping service. What better gift than to leave your man in their capable hands? New this season is Matchless leathers, an Italian company inspired by Matchless motorcycles. New, too, is Colmar Originals. Their super light down jackets are the perfect foil for those winter chills. For further information, call 01603 629876 (Jonathan Trumbull) or 01603 626469 (Hatters), or visit

From a selection, at Hatters and Jonathan Trumbull, Norwich

Purple says he has lofty ideals – it’s the colour of wealth and spirituality. Fair Isle, checks and earthy hues? He’s a traditionalist, nurturing, grounded and will look after you. But don’t expect him to set the world on fire. Paisley designs in dark colours say he’s creative, will go with the flow and be open-minded, though he might be a bit of a dreamer.

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HE’S BEHIND YOU! Matt Lapinskas shot to fame five years ago, playing Anthony Moon in EastEnders. Leaving Albert Square behind to star in Cinderella in King’s Lynn this Christmas, we caught up with Prince Charming himself ahead of rehearsals. How are rehearsals going? A. We haven’t started yet. I am just enjoying a bit of a chill-out at the moment, as I have been busy doing Ben Hur in Reading. From doing Ben Hur to playing Prince Charming in Cinderella, it’s great fun for an actor.

decked out and spend time with family. We are having Christmas Eve at our house, Christmas Day morning with my girlfriend’s family, then over to my family, before heading up to King’s Lynn on Boxing Day to do the shows. At least King’s Lynn is not too far from London!

Q. Do you prefer theatre or television? A. I went to drama school, Italia Conti in Clapham North, where I did a lot of stage work. Straight out of there, I went to EastEnders for two years before Dancing On Ice, and then I did some musicals. I like to mix it up. It keeps you on your toes.

Q. What can audiences expect from Cinderella? A. Ian, who plays one of the ugly sisters, is directing it. I have never worked with him before, so I’m looking forward to seeing what he’s got up his sleeve. It promises great songs, plenty of energy and some slap-stick humour. Tickets are selling well, so better be quick!

Q. Have you spent much time here in Norfolk? A. I came to Norwich with Joseph, which was lots of fun. I have also spent time in Great Yarmouth, but I have never been to King’s Lynn before. It’s quite a quaint town. I’m looking forward to seeing the sights.

Q. What do you love about the pantomime? A. It has a real family feel. It is often your first memory of the theatre. It’s such a magical

experience, where a fairytale is told to you live on stage. Q. Will you be enjoying some time off in the New Year? A. I am straight back to work after the pantomime, doing auditions again. It’s back to the grind! I was just talking to my manager about some exciting plans in the pipeline. Next year I hope to get back on TV. Fingers crossed! Q. What’s on your Christmas list? A. A new Xbox, or anything for the house. Cinderella is at King’s Lynn Corn Exchange from Friday 9th to Saturday 31st December. For further information, call the box office on 01553 764864 or visit

Q. Are you a fan of Christmas? A. I love it! It’s such an exciting time. I like to get the house


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Norfolk On My Mind has teamed up with Godwick Turkeys to offer one lucky reader the chance to win a Norfolk Bronze free range turkey worth around £70.


family-run Norfolk business, specialising in producing quality, free range turkeys for Christmas, the Garner family has been farming at Godwick Hall near Fakenham for almost 80 years. With the aim of supplying the finest meat for your festive dinner table, Godwick Turkeys are fed on a natural diet of homegrown cereals and vegetable protein sources, free from additives, together with the highest welfare standards, enabling them to reach full maturity. They are reared for around seven months in the lead up to Christmas, roaming free on the farm’s large, clover-rich paddocks.

An email containing full tracking information will be sent ahead of delivery with an arrival time for your reference. Or, if you live locally, why not collect direct from the farm? Godwick Turkeys is at Godwick Hall Farm, Godwick, Tittleshall, King’s Lynn, Norfolk PE32 2RJ, between Fakenham, Swaffham and Dereham.

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ENTER THIS COMPETITION To enter, send your name, address and daytime telephone number on a postcard to:

Dry-plucked by hand and game hung for 14 days in the traditional way to achieve a superior taste and succulent meat, Godwick Turkeys are just the way that turkey should be enjoyed. Farm fresh and oven ready, you can even order your free range turkey for home delivery throughout the UK. Delivered to you in time for Christmas Day, each turkey is beautifully presented in a specially designed insulated container, guaranteed to keep it at fridge temperature during transportation. To advertise call 01953 456789

Norfolk On My Mind, Queens House, Queens Square, Attleborough, Norfolk NR17 2AE or email your details to: Competition rules: 1) One winner will receive a Norfolk Bronze free range turkey. The Winner will be notified after the closing date of Friday 16th December 2016 2) There is no cash alternative, non transferable or refundable 3) Open to residents in the UK aged 18 or over 4) Only one entry per person 5) The Editor’s decision is final 6) Winners are selected at random from entries received before the competition closes 7) Correspondence may be entered into unless marked ‘no offers’.



HO HO HO! We chat to Algy Garrod, owner of Algy’s Farm Shop in Bintree near Fakenham, ahead of the festive period.

Do you enjoy Christmas? A. Yes, I love it. It used to be a quiet time on an arable farm with all the winter crops planted. This all changed with the arrival of my two girls, Amy and Annabel, and the opening of Algy’s Farm Shop! Q. How do you prepare for the festive season? A. It is the busiest time of the year for the shop. The onset of colder weather suddenly increases demand for our fantastic Bintree birdseeds and, of course, December is the time to buy Christmas trees. Q. What’s new for Christmas 2016? A. We specialise in supplying locally-grown trees. For the first time, this year, we have a few home-grown trees available to buy straight from the field, guaranteeing freshness. Q. Are you taking orders for Christmas turkeys? A. We take orders for locally-produced turkeys, geese and chickens from two great suppliers,


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Martins Farm and Godwick Turkeys, all supplied oven-ready in their own box. We also offer a special veg box, so we can guarantee your fruit and veg requirements, ready for collection, to avoid the usual Christmas rush! Q. What have you been growing on the farm for December? A. We have a selection of home-grown vegetables, picked each day from our field, including Brussel sprouts on stalks, leeks and purple sprouting broccoli. Q. Any ideas for stocking fillers? A. We are excited to announce the launch of Algy’s Norfolk Popcorn in grab-bags. We will be introducing three of our favourite flavours – sweet and salt, lightly salted and Algy’s Revenge hot chilli – in two pack sizes. These will be available in our shop from December, and for general distribution in the New Year. For further information on Algy’s Farm Shop, call 01362 683893 or visit

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