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TRAVEL GUIDE Two charming hotels in Cambridge and Grantham

NATIONAL TRUST A peep inside our county’s stunning property portfolio

COUNTRY WALKS Wellies and waterproofs at the ready this autumn

ALISON MOYET Performs her new album for Suffolk fans


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Local autumn events and Christmas light switch-ons

Wellies at the ready for our countywide countryside walks

11 | CELEBRITY INTERVIEW Singing sensation Alison Moyet is performing in Ipswich



Our resident chef is celebrating the humble mussel

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Home-grown Suffolk meat from three regional suppliers




Try chef Richard Bainbridge’s special mushrooms on toast


Choose one of these National Trust properties for an overnight stay



Blogger Liddy Goodrum shares her take on drinks for your big day


We bring you two delightful hotels in nearby Cambridge and Grantham


Turquoise is the word on our favourite fashionista’s lips this season




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s the chilly nights draw in and the leaves on the trees take on their glorious autumn colour, there’s no better time to experience the beauty of our county. Suffolk is basking in a dazzling landscape of orange and gold, so be inspired to pull on your wellington boots and head out to explore the incredible countryside on your doorstep. Turn to page 6 for our pick of unmissable local events, or read more about our favourite country walks on page 8… Don’t forget your waterproof! When it comes to our county’s rich pickings for tasty, seasonal fare, chef Harry Farrow expounds the virtues of fresh, locally-sourced mussels on page 20, while we bring you our pick of acclaimed regional meat producers on page 22. Plus, that’s not forgetting our exclusive recipe for delicious mushrooms on toast with an added twist… Pan-roasted venison no less (p24)! The evenings may be getting darker, but don’t be tempted to hibernate for the coming months… Suffolk has a host of fabulous concerts and theatre productions that are wellworth a look. Check out our special preview feature on singing sensation Alison Moyet’s latest tour on page 11. Or, if opera is your thing, feature writer Tony Cooper shares his take on the Glyndebourne’s brand new work, which will be coming soon to Norwich (p15). What’s more, Bury St Edmunds Amateur Operatic and Dramatic Society will be bringing their mesmerising production of Into The Woods to Bury Theatre Royal this October (p46). Tickets are selling fast, so be quick to secure your seats. And if you’re planning a leisurely autumn break, we bring you a snapshot of the National Trust’s exciting property portfolio on page 27, as well as a peep inside two charming luxury hotels in both Cambridge and Lincolnshire (p33). Enjoy!

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Archive at The Red House, Aldeburgh. By Philip Vile Credit: © Britten-Pears Foundation

Fun-filled autumn events not to be missed!



The Red House, Golf Lane, Aldeburgh, Suffolk IP15 5PZ. Tel: 01728 451700. Friday 27th and Saturday 28th October, 1pm to 5pm. Free admission (included in £5 admission charge).

Kentwell Hall & Gardens, Long Melford, Sudbury, Suffolk CO10 9BA. Tel: 01787 310207. Thursday 5th October to Saturday 4th November, 7pm to 10pm. Free admission.


he Red House in Aldeburgh is the home of the BrittenPears Foundation, welcoming visitors to share the inspiring ambience and gain new insights into Britten’s music in the place where much of it was written. A special exhibition in October will present items relating to Britten’s work for radio and dramas. Highlights include scores he composed such as The Dark Tower, King Arthur, The Sword in the Stone, and The Rescue, showing an intriguing facet of a comparatively little-known side of his career.



Holywells Park, Ipswich, Suffolk IP3 0PG. Tel: 01473 433996. Saturday 21st October to Saturday 4th November, 11am to 2pm. Free admission.

The Guildhall, Market Place, Hadleigh, Suffolk IP7 5DN. Tel: 01473 823884. Sunday 5th November, 10am to 4pm. Adults (£1), under 13s (free).


olywells Park is a stunning open space near the centre of Ipswich with four separate entrances at Cliff Lane, Myrtle Road, Bishop’s Hill and Nacton Road. It has an active volunteer group, the Friends of Holywells Park, which hosts various events throughout the year. One such highlight is the annual Apple Day, which runs from the end of October. Come and join Lord and Lady Apple for lots of Apple Day activities and warming refreshments. Meet from 11am in the orchard for the park’s biggest event of the year.



he award-winning spine-chilling attraction, Scaresville, is a haunted village that mysteriously appears in the grounds of Kentwell Hall every autumn. Enjoy an hour of pure adrenalineheightened tension as you journey through the dark rooms, across open ground or water, and through forest and gardens. There are no safe zones in which to recover, nor trailer rides! By the time you leave, you will be exhausted from all the laughing and screaming. Expect strobe lights, confined spaces and loud noises… It’s not for the faint-hearted!


adleigh Town Hall and Guildhall is one of the finest medieval buildings in East Anglia, with origins that date back to the 15th century. It is here where the town’s hugely popular craft and food fair is held in November. Organised by Hadleigh Market Feoffment Charity, there will be stalls selling all manner of handmade crafts and delicious foods and drinks. If you would like to stop for tea and cake, refreshments will be served in the dining room. Or, why not make a start on your Christmas shopping, and pick up some pretty stocking fillers?

PAWS WITH A CAUSE Glemham Hall, Little Glemham, Woodbridge, Suffolk IP13 0BT. Tel: 01743 745007. Sunday 15th October, 10am to 4pm. Adults (£5), dogs (£5), children under 16 (free).


unique opportunity to walk around the beautiful grounds surrounding Glemham Hall in support of East Anglian Air Ambulance. Take part in either the three or five mile route through Suffolk countryside in the name of this fantastic cause. Plus, there will also be tours of the hall available, dog agility classes, a mix of stalls, children’s activities, and plenty of food and drink to tempt you. A great day-out for all the family… We look forward to seeing you and your four-legged friends!

CHRISTMAS LIGHT SWITCH-ONS Bury St Edmunds on Thursday 16th November Beccles on Friday 24th November Southwold on Saturday 25th November

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COUNTRYSIDE WALKS Our guide to getting to grips with the great outdoors.


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avenham is celebrated for its half-timbered medieval houses, a reminder of the town’s prosperity arising from the cloth trade. This 1.5 mile walk, following a section of the disused railway line that once linked Sudbury to Bury St Edmunds, now forms part of a wildlife conservation area. You’ll see cowslips along the way, Lavenham Church, and the ancient Lineage Wood. A popular route for walkers, cyclists and horse riders.



his reserve is one of the few remnants of the ancient woodland that used to cover East Anglia. The RSPB manages it using the traditional method of coppicing, which means that the wood has a wide variety of birds, plants and mammals. For an unforgettable experience, visit early on a fine spring morning to hear the chorus of up to 20 species of bird, including the rich, musical song of the nightingale.

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andguard Fort has a long and rich history. Originally built at the behest of Henry VIII, it is the only fort in England to have repelled a full-scale invasion attempt. What remains now are part of the walls and casemate rooms within. A tour will provide an informative and absorbing insight into the history and architecture of the building and its surroundings.



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his hauntingly beautiful 255-acre estate, with winding walks and far-reaching views over the River Deben, is home to one of the greatest archaeological discoveries of all time. Excavations in 1939 uncovered the incredible ship-burial of an Anglo-Saxon warrior king and his treasured possessions. Walk around the burial mounds and discover this incredible story, delve deeper with a wander around the fascinating exhibition, and enjoy the beautiful seasonal colours of the estate.



est Stow Anglo-Saxon village near Bury St Edmunds is one of England’s greatest archaeological sites. With extensive indoor galleries and a stunning recreation of an Anglo-Saxon village surrounded by 125 acres of unspoilt countryside, you can explore the way our ancestors lived. Featuring woods, heathlands, a river and a lake, plus nature trails and an adventure playground, it offers a great way to learn more about our country’s history.

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ALISON MOYET? The pop legend and relentless explorer will be presenting her brand new album to Suffolk audiences.

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s a three-time BRIT Award winner and Grammy nominee, Alison Moyet’s diverse back catalogue has seen her reach sales in excess of 20 million. Her ninth studio album, Other, was unveiled earlier this year to much acclaim. Released by Cooking Vinyl, Other finds Alison at the top of her game – making exactly the music she wants to at this moment in time. Intelligent and adventurous electronic pop, defined by Guy Sigsworth’s signature soundscapes, Alison’s voice and songwriting are described as intense, poetic and thoughtprovoking. Alison said, “For me, making a record at this age, lyrically, is a different proposition. Observation, in most cases, replaces emotion. The invisibility of middle-aged woman rather thrills me, and instead, I watch. Subject matter covers what you might expect from a pop

album… Dyslexia, locked-out syndrome, diversity, Persephone, doggedness, and the Internet. Always asked what a song is about, I attempted to cooperate, but in truth, the lyrics incorporated my best attempt to describe what I see and of the meaning that is mine. I want, who chooses to, to find their own landscape – or indeed none. Some of us have always felt ‘other’. I no longer wish it were otherwise.” Despite Alison’s professing of age, the music bursts with clarity, vitality and freshness. Embarking on a world tour to present the new album, Alison will be performing in America, Canada, Australia and New Zealand before finishing in Europe at the end of the year. Reuniting with John Garden and Sean McGhee, who have previously provided Alison’s musical accompaniment, these electronic gigs will see her perform songs, old and new – a selection

of tracks from Other, mixed in with some of her best-loved solo songs from her back catalogue. In addition to Alison studying sculpture at college whilst creating this new release, other happenings of note include receiving an Icon Award at Nordoff Robbins Silver Clef Awards, a hot ticket performance with a 32-piece orchestra at Burberry’s London Fashion Week womenswear show, and her involvement in the RSC’s celebration of Shakespeare’s 400th anniversary, where Alison composed and performed a new arrangement of Sigh No More Ladies (from Much Ado About Nothing) in their BBC Two live special. And with the biggest world tour she has done in 30 years, starting in September through to December, Alison is showing no signs of slowing down.

Alison Moyet is at Ipswich Regent Theatre on Saturday 4th November, 7pm. For further information, call the box office on 01473 433100 or visit

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Written by Tony Cooper

The Glyndebourne tour arrives in Norwich in November, presenting a couple of world-famous operas, plus a brand new work. Feature writer Tony Cooper reports. To advertise call 01953 456789



n the road again for its 49th year, the Glyndebourne tour – founded in 1968 to act as a showcase for emerging artists and to enable Glyndebourne to share its work with bigger audiences – calls at Norwich Theatre Royal in November. It will offer two giants of the operatic repertoire – Mozart’s richly-flavoured Così fan tutte and Rossini’s riotous and popular comedy Il Barbiere di Siviglia, plus a new production of Hamlet by the Australian-born composer, Brett Dean. Raised and educated in Brisbane, Dean – whose compositional style is more often than not punctuated by dynamic soundscapes while treating single instrumental parts with complex rhythms, often enriched with objects from everyday life – started on the violin at the tender age of eight, and later took to the viola. Rising through the ranks, he eventually landed a job as a violist with one of the world’s greatest orchestras, the Berlin Philharmonic, holding this position from 1985 to 1999. But, in 2000, he decided to fly away to pursue a career as a freelance artist and returned to Australia where his many appointments have included curating classical music programmes for the Sydney Festival in 2005 and the Melbourne Festival in 2009. Another aspect of Dean’s compositional style is the fact that he engages and shapes musical extremes, ranging from harsh explosions to inaudibility. And modern-playing techniques are just as characteristic for his style as an elaborate percussion scoring. Dean turned to composing in 1988, initially focusing on experimental film and radio projects, as well as improvisational performance. But, over the years, he has successfully created numerous compositions, from orchestral to chamber music, as well as concerti scored for several solo instruments. For instance, he found great success with Carlo, written for strings, sample and tape, and inspired by the


music of Carlo Gesualdo, the well-respected Italian Renaissance composer. Further success came Dean’s way when Polysomnography for wind quintet and piano received its world premiere at the Lucerne Festival in September 2008. And just a month later, Sir Simon Rattle conducted the first performance of his orchestral song-cycle, Songs of Joy, in Philadelphia.

“ANOTHER ASPECT OF DEAN’S COMPOSITIONAL STYLE IS THE FACT THAT HE ENGAGES AND SHAPES MUSICAL EXTREMES, RANGING FROM HARSH EXPLOSIONS TO INAUDIBILITY” However, Dean’s first foray into opera came with Bliss – premiered by Opera Australia in 2010 – based on the novel by Peter Carey, with the scenario surrounding Brisbane in the 1980s, while Hamlet premiered to blistering success at this year’s Glyndebourne Festival. As it happens, it is only Dean’s second opera and, surprisingly, Glyndebourne’s first new commission in nearly a decade. Success follows success, of course, and Dean found it again with a couple of stunning works: The Last Days of Socrates (a work for bass-baritone, choir and orchestra – premiered in April 2013 by the Berlin Philharmonic in a co-commission by the Rundfunkchor Berlin, Los Angeles Philharmonic and the Melbourne Symphony Orchestra) and Electric Prelude (premiered at the BBC Proms by the BBC Symphony Orchestra under Sakari Oramo in August 2014). But, in respect of Hamlet – directed by fellow Australian, Neil Armfield – Dean has hit the jackpot, and his work has now reached a wider public, while the libretto by Canadian-born librettist, Matthew Jocelyn, breathes new life into Shakespeare’s epic tragedy. The words are all by Shakespeare, but Jocelyn has played a few tricks by placing them in a different order. To give an example, David Butt Philip (who played Laertes at the Glyndebourne Festival) is playing Hamlet on the tour, performing opposite the International Opera Award-nominated British soprano, Jennifer France, as Ophelia. But, it’s the First Player (played by Brian Bannatyne-Scott, who is also undertaking the roles of Ghost of Old Hamlet and Gravedigger) who gets to say that prophetic and well-known phrase, ‘To be or not to be.’ Confusing. But, nonetheless, interesting! Hamlet is at Norwich Theatre Royal on Friday 17th November, 7.15pm. For further information, call the box office on 01603 630000 or visit To advertise call 01953 456789



KEEPING IT LOCAL Written by David Morris

Photographer David Morris mixes business with pleasure.


ave you noticed the pictures hanging in your local pub or restaurant lately? If you have, what did you think? “My pet monkey could paint better than that!” Or, perhaps you were pleasantly surprised, feeling the temptation to crowbar the moths out of your wallet. In other words, were you having the same reactions you would have had in an art gallery? Rather than buy art to decorate their walls, pubs, hotels, cafés and restaurants have traditionally relied on the great queue of painters and photographers keen to show their work in a public space for free, the incentive being they may make a sale. But, flogging art in a food and drink environment has always been considered a bit suspect. People are out for a meal and a bit of a laugh; they didn’t plan on buying anything other than another round of drinks. So, the artwork either sells slowly or not at all, but times may be a-changing. ‘Artist in Residence’ or, in my case, ‘Photographer in Residence’ may be a better way to go. Perhaps it’s time both sides got

a bit more serious about what they are doing. Artists shouldn’t passively accept they are just part of the décor, but try to excite interest, even court controversy, and proprietors should get behind their artists, because it’s actually in their own interests. As my friendly local, I was Photographer in Residence at The Red Lion in Cromer long before I ever won the official title! Jo and Callum, who run the hotel, were not only enthusiastic about my work – they bought it for themselves. When they asked me to have a permanent, rotating exhibition of photography in their lounge, I wasn’t expecting much more than a place to park my work between exhibitions. But, Jo and Callum were way ahead of me in their thinking. They not only arranged lighting to show off my work at its best, but they encouraged me to display more experimental photographs. ‘The girl who danced into an aquarium’ is not everyone’s cup of tea, but it does create conversation and divide opinion, and what better place to hear a frank exchange of views than your local?

Equally challenging is a photograph of Paul, one of the Cromer fishermen. He has such a disturbing stare that the girls serving at the bar asked me to move him out of their eye-line. Who would want to buy a huge black and white image of some mean-looking bloke they don’t know? Well, seven people to date, as it happens. I was shocked, but this photograph helped raise my profile. I make a point of putting the stories behind the photographs next to the images. Jo said visitors have gone around the whole room, reading them then talking about what they’ve seen with the bar staff. When I was asked to put work into the dining room, I was a little less enthusiastic. It felt like a bit too much overexposure in one spot. But, Jo loves my Barlife work – a study of places where people and alcohol mix – and was very keen to have it on permanent show. Then she surprised me by agreeing to have the photographs produced as acrylic images. This is an expensive process, but sets the work off beautifully with its stunning depth of colour. After that show of confidence, any further dithering on my part was out of the question. So, next time you are in Cromer, do pop in for a drink and judge for yourself.


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Explain your work and engage people

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Paul and Jo and Calum

Jo and The Red Lion staff

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SEASONAL RAMBLINGS Written by Harry Farrow @HarryFarrowChef

Norfolk chef Harry Farrow of The Anchor Inn, Morston and The Hero, Burnham Overy Staithe is excited about the return of the mussel this autumn.


fter having spent time in France recently, gathering inspiration for our autumn/winter menus, it is always nice to come back home to Norfolk. After all, our home county is a haven for food lovers, with an abundance of fresh, locally-sourced ingredients, packed full of flavour.

from Monday 30th October to Friday 10th November. A culinary celebration of our county’s vibrant restaurant scene, this is a fantastic opportunity to enjoy our special Norfolk Restaurant Week menu at unmissable weekday prices. No doubt the popular Brancaster mussels will be making an appearance!

For me, October is a wonderful time of the year, as it marks the return of the Brancaster mussel. Local fisherman Jon Brown provides both pubs with delicious juicy mussels. Jon has been involved in fishing and nature conservation for over 45 years in Brancaster Staithe, and he knows a thing or two about harvesting these little beauties. The classic dish of moules marinière, combining white wine, garlic, shallots, cream and parsley, is always a bestseller when it makes a comeback for the autumn. We have also had a good response from our Thai-style mussels, which are a favourite down at The Hero, while our Belgianstyle version, served with Woodforde’s Wherry and celery, has been a big hit too.

As soon as the weather starts to turn, I look forward to serving up hearty pub dishes made using traditional cuts of meat, such as Arthur Howell’s beef brisket or ox cheek, for instance. These cuts have experienced enduring popularity, mainly because when cooked well, they just melt in the mouth. Popular choices for post-shoot dinners this November!

This year, The Anchor Inn and The Hero will be taking part in Norfolk Restaurant Week

What’s more, we’re already thinking ahead to our festive Christmas party season. If you’d like to plan a Christmas meal with us, please do not hesitate to give us a call. Plus, we are also taking bookings for our Anchors Away outside catering service for 2018. Ideal for weddings, private parties and corporate events, get in touch if you would like us to assist with your next special occasion.

“FOR ME, OCTOBER IS A WONDERFUL TIME OF THE YEAR, AS IT MARKS THE RETURN OF THE BRANCASTER MUSSEL” For further information on The Anchor Inn, call 01263 741392 or visit For further information on The Hero, call 01328 738334 or visit


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

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If the provenance of your food shopping is key, then be sure to keep local.




ressingham Duck was founded in 1971 by Miriam and Maurice Buchanan at Debach in Suffolk. Renowned for its superior taste and higher percentage of breast meat, it first came about when the small but flavoursome wild mallard was crossed with the larger pekin duck. More succulent, with less fat and a rich gamey flavour, it continues to be reared across beautiful East Anglia. The ducks are free to roam in light, airy barns, with plenty of natural sunlight, fresh bedding and continuous access to food and water, ensuring a remarkable meat that tastes truly wonderful. As well as the world-famous duck, the company also supplies quality turkey, goose, guinea fowl, quail, poussin and game. Loomswood Farm, Debach, Woodbridge, Suffolk IP13 6JW. Tel: 01473 735456.



he vision for Blythburgh Pork was to create the quintessential pig farm, as the very best pork can only be achieved by rearing pigs in an extensive, natural environment, in which confinement and stress can be mitigated. The Butler family is dedicated to constantly delivering pork excellence, which can only be done by putting the pig first, ensuring they are reared in an environment that is absolutely free range. This means that Blythburgh pork is fully traceable back to the farm. The pigs are tattooed with the farm’s exclusive holding number, so any large joints in the butchers’ counter should show the Blythburgh name. This way, you can restassured that you are buying only the best! St Margaret’s Farm, Mells Halesworth, Suffolk IP19 9DD. Tel: 01986 873298.



stablished in 1999 by Robert Gooch and Paul Denny, who were keen to take the muck and mystery out of buying, preparing and eating game, The Wild Meat Company sources and sells venison, game birds, rabbit – and even squirrel – entirely from farms and estates in east Suffolk. Delivered directly to your door, as well as a number of butchers and supermarkets across the county, at the beginning, Paul did all the processing and butchery, and Robert made the collections and deliveries. Since then, the team has increased and the company has been named as one of Rick Stein’s Food Heroes, as well as receiving high praise from Hugh Fearnley-Whittingstall. Lime Tree Farm, Blaxhall, Woodbridge, Suffolk IP12 2DY. Tel: 01728 687627.

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HOT STUFF Written by Richard Bainbridge

Richard Bainbridge, chef-proprietor of Benedicts in Norwich, shares his take on mushrooms on toast – with an added twist!


his is a beautifully simple dish that is classy and grown-up. It just sings autumn! The girolle might be a small mushroom, but it is certainly big on flavour, adding a peppery taste to this classic


recipe. When combined with rich venison, it’s a winning flavour combination. This triedand-tested dish would work perfectly well as either a starter or main course at your next dinner party.


INGREDIENTS 1 venison loin, trimmed and ready for roasting 50g salted butter 4 slices of sourdough 200g British girolles 1 small shallot, ďŹ nely chopped 10g flat-leaf parsley, chopped 30g 90% bitter dark chocolate Rapeseed oil for frying

METHOD Preheat the oven to 180°c. Place a small frying pan onto a high heat. Lightly season the venison loin with salt. Once the pan is hot, add a splash of rapeseed oil and carefully place in the loin. Turn the venison loin round slowly until well-coloured all over. This should take about 5 mins. Place in the oven for 8 mins, turning every 2 mins. Once cooked, remove and allow to rest for at least 10 mins before serving. Place a frying pan on a medium heat and add the butter. Once the butter is melted and starting to foam, add the sourdough and colour on both sides until golden. Season lightly with sea salt.

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Place a small pan on a high heat and line with rapeseed oil. Add the girolles and season with a little salt. After about 2 mins, add the chopped shallots and parsley. Remove from the heat and strain on a kitchen towel. Check the seasoning and keep warm until ready to serve. To serve, place the sourdough in the middle of the plate, add the girolles on top, and slice the venison and place it on top of the mushrooms. Just before serving, grate over the dark bitter chocolate.


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So, please leave such work to a dental technician or the CDT. You may start off attempting a simple repair yourself, but this can lead to major work to try and correct it, which is more costly in the long run. If you are looking for a denture repair or replacement, here are some points to bear in mind.

3 breaks – new denture Replacement dentures every 4-5 years Checking annually could spot and solve an issue before it becomes a major event

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The National Trust has over 400 properties in which to stay, offering something different to its visitors, from cosy cottages and cabins by the sea, to grand manor houses and former farm buildings. Tranmer House at Sutton Hoo, Suffolk.

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Saxmundham has three former coastguard apartments available to call home for a leisurely week’s break or a romantic weekend escape. With views of Dunwich Heath and the beach from the windows, Woodlark, Stonechat and Nightjar are beautiful beachside residences ensuring the perfect coastal retreats, with the golden sands of Minsmere just below. Wake up early and go for a stroll across the colourful heathland and through surrounding woodland. After a hike, why not treat yourself in the neighbouring tea room or pay a visit to the nearby pub in Dunwich village? Three former coastguard apartments in Saxmundham


Tramner House is a place of fascinating history on the Sutton Hoo estate. It was here that the famous archaeological dig was ordered, in which an Anglo-Saxon ship was discovered. It is blessed with an elegant Edwardian interior, period furnishings and spacious rooms. Within the house, Wilford is a two-bedroom apartment, Kyson is a large three-bedroom apartment, while Deben View is an attractive first-floor period apartment with a wooden verandah. You’ll have views across the fascinating history-soaked land and beyond to the River Deben, while Rendlesham Forest is just a 15-minute drive and the Suffolk coast is also in close proximity.

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Thorington Lodge at Thorington Hall

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For those seeking a countryside getaway, how about a former farmhouse? A cosy gate lodge on the side of a 17th century Suffolk farmhouse, Thorington Lodge is one of the county’s most intriguing National Trust properties. It occupies the oldest part of Thorington Hall and still retains much of its original character including stone floors, exposed beats and a cobbled courtyard garden. Meanwhile, Bridge Farm Cottage in Saxmundham offers an ideal homefrom-home to recharge those batteries, surrounded by grass meadows, pine forests and sea views. A semi-detached property nestling among wildflower meadows and beside a quiet country lane, this spacious holiday home boasts classic farmhouse interiors and countryside all around, guaranteeing a peaceful rural break.

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The 1800-acre Ickworth Estate is home to a number of idyllic holiday cottages with homely interiors and stunning lakeside locations. Visitors have direct access to the parklands and Italianate gardens, as well as Ickworth’s impressive Rotunda. Follow the well-marked hiking, running and cycling trails that wrap around the estate, or beyond the estate walls, the village of Horringer, with its two pubs, is just a mile and a half away. Properties include Victorian semidetached Carpenter’s Cottage, Horringer Park Gates (which was once home to the estate’s gatekeeper), three-bedroomed Gardens House, secluded semi-detached Keeper’s Cottage (which started life as a dairy), plus The Round House, which was originally used as a shooting lodge and then a gamekeeper’s cottage.

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TO THE HAPPY COUPLE! Written by Liddy Goodrum @littlehorsebox

Liddy Goodrum, owner of The Little Horse Box mobile wine bar, says your wedding drinks should be at the top of your to-do list.


lanning a wedding is all about the details. These days, there is so much inspiration that, if you are anything like me, you can spend hours on Pinterest.

Wedding drink trends have moved beyond bucks fizz and Champagne. There’s nothing wrong with these traditional options – in fact, I quite like them – but there’s so much fun to be had when organising your beverages. Our most popular wedding drinks package is our bespoke option, where couples can choose from our wine list, fill the horse box with their favourite tipples, or they might like to come up with their own signature wedding cocktails. The choices are endless, but where do you start? A good starting point would be to consider your theme and colour schemes. For a vintage wedding, why not include some vintage cocktails? There are some old recipes online just waiting to be tried and tested! Or, speak with older family members about drinks of their era. Mismatched glassware will also

complement a vintage theme – the more higgledy-piggledy, the better! When it comes to colour, you can find drinks to match every shade of the rainbow. Whether your bridesmaids are dressed in red, pink or blue, having a cocktail that enhances your colour scheme will provide a great talking point for guests.

It’s also important to consider the month in which you are getting married. What will the weather be doing? For a spring wedding, an elegant wedding punch will refresh the palette, while a summery and light raspberry limoncello prosecco will work well for an August wedding. Planning an autumnal gathering? How about setting up an apple cider bar? Whin Hill Cider is located in the beautiful seaside town of Wells, producing exquisite cider that your guests will adore. As for a winter wedding, mulled wine springs to mind. Broadland Wineries offer a Chocolate Drop mulled wine – an imaginative blend of red wine and luxurious dark chocolate flavours. Perfect for chocoholics! After all, the drinks you serve on your big day have to reflect your own individual preferences. The way you serve them offers another fun way to express your personality. I love using an old wheelbarrow filled with beers. It acts as such a statement and is sure to please the avid beer drinker!


If, like me, you prefer to shop local, why not see what Norfolk has to offer drinks-wise? Our county is bursting with beautiful boozy offerings that are sure to impress your guests, from delicious gins to real ales. And if your roots don’t lie in Norfolk, how about sourcing some beers from your old home town? There are so many ways to make your drinks meaningful. Perhaps you have a tipple that reminds you of a much-loved holiday, or a toast you made when you and your loved one first met? Planning your drinks does not have to be complicated – it could be as simple as putting your own twist on a classic cocktail. The main thing is to choose something you will love, and to enjoy your special day. Cheers! For further information on The Little Horse Box, call 01362 420491 or visit

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OPENING THE DOOR TO ABOUT YOU CARE Sam Thomson Business Manager, About You Care


s a well-established provider of care and support services within East Anglia, we have developed About You Care to represent one of our organisation’s key values – that care should be about every person we work with. These values have shaped our robust recruitment process to ensure that we recruit individuals who are passionate and motivated about delivering the highest quality of personcentred care to everyone who uses our service. At About You Care, we offer unrivalled benefits of agency working, providing employees the flexibility to work when they choose, with the optional security of permanent contractual full and part-time opportunities.


We are also pleased to announce the launch of our unrivalled rewards and recognition programme for employees. We know there’s more to life than work. That’s why when you join About You Care, you will automatically be enrolled onto Perkbox – an employee benefits and wellbeing platform that gives you free access to over 200 exclusive perks. We are also currently preparing to launch our Care at Home service, developed to provide local support to local residents in the comfort of their own homes. We are recruiting throughout East Anglia and will be hosting interview days at various locations. If you are passionate and motivated about delivering the highest standard of person-centred care, we would really like to hear from you.


WEEKEND BREAKS Uncover the charms of the nearby counties of Cambridgeshire and Lincolnshire.

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HOTEL FELIX Whitehouse Lane, Huntingdon Road, Cambridge, Cambridgeshire CB3 0LX. Tel: 01223 277977. One night’s stay starts from £190 (B&B basis with free parking and Wi-Fi). For further information or seasonal discounts and packages, visit the website.


riginally built in 1852 for an Addenbrooke’s surgeon, Hotel Felix boasts traditional Victorian architecture with a twist of contemporary design, and is the idyllic resting place for business, leisure and day guests. An independent luxury four-star boutique hotel on the outskirts of Cambridge, it is conveniently located for sightseers, set in its own attractive leafy grounds, just one mile from the city centre. Offering a breath of fresh air, it is somewhere you can relax and will immediately feel at home. All of the well-appointed bedrooms are comfortable and spacious, making them the perfect place to unwind. The fabulous penthouse suite and three king rooms are situated in the Victorian mansion, while the remaining rooms are located in the more modern east and west wings. Expect beds that feel like sleeping on clouds, fine Egyptian cotton sheets, indulgent White Company toiletries, and fresh milk in the fridges for that early morning cup of tea. Plush soft furnishings and a lovingly styled décor ensure a stunning setting for some dedicated me-time. For the ultimate luxury, why not treat yourself to an in-room treatment? You can choose from a variety of beauty therapies including massage, facials, manicures and pedicures. Go on… Spoil yourself!


Not only does Hotel Felix offer a stylish and characterful alternative to the ordinary, but its award-winning Graffiti restaurant is a mustvisit. Inspired by fresh, seasonal ingredients, the team of talented chefs has created a selection of well-presented, delicious dishes that combine local flavours with impressive technical skill. With its bright colour palette, stylish design and pretty views over the gardens, Graffiti is the ideal spot for pre-dinner cocktails, or alfresco dining when the sun shines. On a cooler day, the open fire in the middle of the restaurant guarantees a cosy and intimate atmosphere for diners, ideal for a romantic meal for two. It’s sure to impress your dinner date! Make the most of the last of the sunshine with a Champagne afternoon tea on the garden terrace, which is adorned with sweet-smelling wisteria. Or, perhaps you’d prefer the comfort of the light and airy orangery? Complete with cosy sofas, contemporary artwork and its own bar, what better spot for an informal business meeting or impromptu catch-up with friends? So, whatever the nature of your trip, Hotel Felix has got it covered, and being dog-friendly, all your family members can escape for this much-needed break!

BELTON WOODS HOTEL Belton, Grantham, Lincolnshire NG32 2LN. Tel: 01476 593200. A one-night spa break costs from £80 per person.Visit the website for special offers.


et in 475 acres of stunning Lincolnshire countryside, Belton Woods in Grantham offers the ultimate retreat for a relaxing short break, with the welcome addition of a gorgeous spa to guarantee some allessential R&R. Get away from it all thanks to the hotel’s tranquil surroundings, and be sure to pay a visit to its pièce de résistance, the hotel spa, to ensure you will leave feeling instantly reenergised. Let the weight lift from your shoulders the moment you step inside! Complete with heated indoor swimming pool, whirlpool and steam room, sit back and unwind as your worries are soothed away. And don’t forget to book yourself in for a heavenly spa treatment, from a luxurious ESPA facial, to a deeply relaxing massage therapy... Pure bliss! If you’re an adventure seeker, there are plenty of fun-filled activities in close proximity to keep everyone entertained, from a spot of quadbiking or archery, to a round of croquet, or simply a walk in the woods. And then there’s the golf. Belton Woods is a golfer’s paradise! A PGA championship approved venue no less, there’s nothing quite like that final chip over the water to the 18th hole for the perfect finish. With three challenging courses to play, you won’t find anything like it in the whole of the East Midlands.

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Having worked up an appetite, you’ll be keen to discover the hotel restaurant. At Belton Woods, the food philosophy is simple, from the lightest lunchtime bite in the Claret Jug bar, to the mouth-watering home-cooked cuisine of Stantons Brasserie, where only the freshest locally-sourced ingredients will do. Enjoy the classic British dishes of the à la carte menu, or tuck into the brasserie’s legendary carvery dinner, which offers a choice of roast meats, fish dishes and vegetarian options, served with seasonal vegetables and potatoes. If you have room for something sweet, satisfy your sugar cravings thanks to the fabulous selection of scrumptious desserts and hot puddings. As for the bedrooms, they offer everything you could need for the most peaceful of stays. Go for a classic room with a golf course view, or a decadent suite with en suite marble bathroom! All the rooms are beautifully furnished with exquisite little details to make you feel most welcome. What’s more, the beds are so cosy that if you fancy a lie-in, room service will be happy to bring you breakfast in bed. Combining the finest of food, sumptuous rooms and activities for all the family, Belton Woods promises to make your visit one to remember... The perfect destination to recharge those batteries!





Written by Sarah Morgan @SarahLoisRelove

In the fashion world, colours come and go. But one might just change the world, says personal stylist Sarah Morgan. To advertise call 01953 456789



Teal Cigarette trouser, £35, at Wallis

Alicia Green Velvet jacket, £79, at Monsoon

Linen oversized shirt, £75, at East

turquoise A word that covers a myriad of blue-greens, from teal to petrol, from duck egg to aqua. Emily Broderie Jersey tee, £35, at White Stuff




t’s a question I’m asked often, and of the handful that are universally flattering, one is about to get trendy. And without getting la-la, I think it’s a colour the world truly needs. It’s a colour that speaks of serenity, peace and friendship, and the certainty of nature’s cycles. Safe, expansive, creative and calm. It’s reminiscent of warm seas, shady foliage and glossy feathers. It’s often voted as the world’s favourite colour and works equally well for holidays, interviews, weddings and popping to the supermarket. It’s created by mixing warm and cool colours, so flatters most skin, eye and hair tones. Healers use it to balance emotions, and in Feng shui, it’s aligned with creatively and flow. And this season, it’s bang on trend! So, what is this super-cool colour?

Well, it’s turquoise, a word that covers a myriad of blue-greens, from teal to petrol, from duck egg to aqua. It plugs that seasonal hiatus – deep enough to speak of autumn, light enough to keep summer alive. If your eyes are blue or green, it’ll make them sparkle like gemstones. If your hair is golden blonde or auburn, it’ll bring out warm highlights. Dark brunettes will dazzle in bright turquoise, while light brunettes and redheads suit teal and peacock. Golden blondes glow in aqua, cool blondes smoulder in soft teal and duck egg. If you’re grey, clearer shades work best. What we wear sends out a message. And what we send out, we get back in spades. So, if you want to add some serenity, clarity and creativity into your life, be sure to embrace turquoise this season.

Sarah Morgan is a personal stylist and owner of Lois Reloved boutique dress agency. For further information, call 07919 608692 or visit

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It’s the most wonderful time of the year in Bury St Edmunds when the town comes to life for its annual Christmas Fayre.

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Bury St Edmunds Christmas Fayre takes place on: Thursday 23rd (2pm to 8pm) Friday 24th (9am to 8pm) Saturday 25th (9am to 8pm) Sunday 26th November (10am to 5pm)



his year’s Bury St Edmunds Christmas Fayre promises to be a wonderful showcase of local and global produce and crafts from over 300 traders. The event has been exciting local children and families for over 10 years, so we take a look at what’s coming up this year. The Christmas Fayre will open earlier than previous years at 2pm on Thursday 24th November. Visitors will be welcomed by an opening lantern parade in the Abbey Gardens. Most of the town’s shops, as well as stall holders, will be open late for shoppers and, with free parking offered from 4pm, it’s a great night to get into the festive spirit. The evening will finish with a sparkling firework display from 7:45pm. The Fayre continues from 9am on Friday 24th November with a weekly street market, as well as street entertainment and special offers along the independent shopping street of Johns Street. New for 2017, there will be a cookery demonstration kitchen in the Cathedral Courtyard, along with 14 delicious food stalls. A great range of local and regional chefs will be demonstrating during the day on Friday, Saturday and Sunday. Meanwhile, businesses in the Traverse will offer the chance for children to meet a variety of small animals and take part in child-friendly activities, whilst in the Abbey Gardens, there will be the chance for the little ones to visit Santa in his grotto, and meet his reindeer on Friday afternoon and all day Saturday and Sunday. Whilst visitors shop, there will be plenty of music and entertainment to keep your toes tapping. There will be church choirs, school bands, and rock, jazz, and folk acts. To finish the weekend, there will be a traditional carol concert on Angel Hill, with music provided by the Salvation Army band. For a full list of entertainment, where to park, and what else to do during the weekend, visit

The Christmas Fayre park and ride service runs from Saxham Business Park, just off the A14. Follow Sat Nav IP28 6RX.

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COUNTRY HOUSE HEAVEN Suffolk On My Mind has teamed up with The Fritton Arms to offer one lucky reader the chance to win a one-night stay with breakfast for two people, worth over £100.


he Fritton Arms boutique inn and restaurant sits within 200 acres of mature parkland on the banks of Fritton Lake, forming part of the Somerleyton Estate, close to the Norfolk/Suffolk costal border. Reputed for its gastronomic delights, the working Estate provides a rich source of ingredients with zero food miles. A team of talented chefs create menus from the Estate’s ‘natural larder’, while the kitchen garden supplies fruit, vegetables, herbs and edible flowers, and the farm provides Welsh Black Beef and Norfolk Horn Lamb. Offering a selection of bedrooms, which are all elegantly furnished and comfortable with goose-

down pillows and luxurious bedspreads, guests have the chance to experience an authentic English country house. Meanwhile, outdoor activities are plentiful at Fritton Lake, with cycling routes, running trails, open water swimming, stand-up paddle-boarding, canoeing, kayaking and rowing. Plus, you’re only a stone’s throw away from Somerleyton Hall and Gardens, one of Britain’s most well-preserved stately homes and gardens, complete with its own yew hedge maze. To find out more about The Fritton Arms, call 01493 484008 or visit

ENTER THIS COMPETITION To enter, send your name, address and daytime telephone number on a postcard to: Suffolk On My Mind, Queens House, Queens Square, Attleborough, Norfolk NR17 2AE or email your details to: Competition rules: 1) One winner will receive a midweek stay for two people sharing a room. Booking must be made before 30th November 2017, and stay must be taken before 31st March 2018, Monday to Thursday (excluding December dates and bank holidays). The Winner will be notified after the closing date of Thursday 30th November 2017. 2) There is no cash alternative, non-transferable or refundable, and subject to availability and booking restrictions. Pre-booking is essential. Some activities must be pre-booked and are not available all year round. 3) Open to residents in the UK aged 18 or over; employees of Suffolk On My Mind and the TA Hotel Collection and their agencies are not eligible for entry. 4) Only one entry per person. 5) The Editor’s decision is final. 6) Winner will be selected at random from entries received before the competition closes. 7) Allow eight to ten weeks from selection to completion. 8) Correspondence may be entered into unless marked ‘no offers’ .

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Pictured in order left to right: Lindsay Miller (little red riding hood), Cara Singleton (Cinderella), Fraser Simpson (Cinderella’s Prince), Trenetta Jones (Witch), Emma Bowles (Bakers wife), Ben Musgrove (Baker), Katy Cocks (Rapunzel), Mattison Williams (Wolf). Photo by Debbie Singleton.

INTO THE WOODS Bury St Edmunds Amateur Operatic and Dramatic Society’s latest clever production is guaranteed to put a spell on audiences.


nce upon a time, in the beautiful land of the Theatre Royal, Bury St Edmunds, a band of merry fellows gather upon the enchanting stage to share a beguiling story… A childless baker and his wife set out on a quest to begin a family but must first break a Witch’s curse. Their travels bring them to interact with characters from Little Red Riding Hood, Jack and the Beanstalk, Rapunzel, Cinderella and more. The show is a delightful escapade with a dose of reality thrown in the mix that makes one question the concept of happily ever after. It’s a show that’s both touching and a little bit bloodthirsty! Bury St Edmunds Amateur Operatic and Dramatic Society (BSEAODS), who recently entertained audiences with stunning performances of Guys and Dolls, Grease and Legally Blonde, and are now presenting Into


ever after, but life gets in the way. That is when we have to make choices and critical decisions. With all the fantasy surrounding the story, there is a positive, real message to take away.”

The Woods; this musical fantasy with music and lyrics by Stephen Sondheim and book by James Lapine.

This dazzling story has drawn a formidable cast of talented performers from across Suffolk who bring the storybook tales to life. Heather Couch, choreographer, added, “What did happen after the happy ever after? Watch the woods literally come alive as the fairytales continue. The tale-telling that comes with a show like Into The Woods is something special.”

Director Jamie Maguire said, “The mash-up of fairytales has it all… Greed, revenge, betrayal, murder, mayhem, lust (we’ve added dancing), with really great Sondheim lyrics and music. The possibilities of life and love are all around us, with everyone chasing their own happily

With beautiful costumes, top-notch singing and stunning choreography, this show is set to sell out fast. Possibly the perfect precursor to Halloween and a glorious reminder of all your childhood stories, Into The Woods spins a golden yarn for all to enjoy.

Into The Woods is at the Theatre Royal in Bury St Edmunds from Tuesday 10th to Saturday 14th October. For further information, call the box office on 01284 769505 or visit


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Suffolk on My Mind - Autumn 2017  

The Autumn 2017 edition of Suffolk on My Mind Magazine for the town of Bury St Edmunds in Suffolk.

Suffolk on My Mind - Autumn 2017  

The Autumn 2017 edition of Suffolk on My Mind Magazine for the town of Bury St Edmunds in Suffolk.