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Issue 5 | Summer 2013



Devoted to exclusive holidays, leisure and experience in Norfolk and Suffolk


Luxurious retreats Win a stay away A taste of Norfolk and Suffolk Fine local produce Spectacular coastal beauty Spend time on the beach

Issue 5 | Summer 2013

Beside the seaside

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The Away Team Editor Abigail Saltmarsh Deputy editor Karen Kelly Designer Mark Edwards Creative photographer Nick Read Feature writers Jude Holt, Rob Kelly Sarah Sinclair, Mary Williams Area sales manager, Suffolk Amanda Carter Area sales manager, Norfolk Helen Garrood Field sales manager Donna Stringer For information on advertising, sales or sponsorship in Uniquely Away or other Uniquely Magazines publications contact or call 01603 929434 Uniquely Away is published by Uniquely Magazines Ferndale Centre, 1 Exeter Street Norwich, NR2 4QB © AMS Editorial Services Ltd Company No. 07089976

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The summer is here and, whatever the weather chooses to do, we have decided to bring you some sunshine on our pages. This issue of Uniquely Away has a distinctly coastal feel. We present some beautiful shots from our guest photographer, Chris Herring, and our own creative photographer, Nick Read. We have also chosen to focus on the coastal towns of Aldeburgh and Wells-next-the-Sea, and to suggest a few activities for those eager to have a traditional – and perhaps nostalgic – seaside break or day out this summer. As usual, we highlight some wonderful places to stay and visit, and offer you the opportunity to experience two of them for yourselves, by entering our competitions.

About the editor With 25 years experience, Abigail Saltmarsh is a freelance journalist, writing lifestyle, property, homes, travel and a range of general interest features. She is a regular contributor to national, glossy magazines and her pieces have appeared in The New York Times and International Herald Tribune. Abigail has also written extensively for the UK’s bestselling daily regional newspaper, the Eastern Daily Press, as well as for the EDP Norfolk Magazine, the East Anglian Daily Times Suffolk Magazine and the Evening News, in Norwich.

About the designer Based in Norwich, Mark Edwards specialises in graphic design, art direction and brand identity. Mark has worked on a diverse selection of projects for a variety of clients both locally and nationally.

We also showcase some of the superb art galleries we have in the area, including the Sainsbury Centre for Visual Arts, with its exciting forthcoming Masterpieces: Art and East Anglia exhibition. We also hope you enjoy finding out more about local produce available in Norfolk and Suffolk this season and that you choose to make the most of our diary pages, with their ideas for places to visit and events to enjoy.

About the photographer Nick Read is highly experienced in lifestyle and magazine work. With more than 20 years behind the camera, he has worked for clients ranging from Bentley, McLaren, Chrysler and Secma sports cars to the BBC, Radio Times and United Emirates Air Lines. Nick, who lives in Suffolk but travels abroad for his photography work, frequently carries out home interiors shoots and has worked for national glossy magazines, such as House Beautiful and BBC Good Homes, as well as exclusive homes estate agents Savills, Fine and Fine and Country. Other clients include design groups, advertising agencies, TV production companies and property developers.

Printed in the UK by The Magazine Printing Co. using only paper from FSC/PEFC suppliers.

And, as usual, we invite you to send us your feedback and any suggestions for future issues. Abigail Saltmarsh


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Uniquely Away would like to congratulate the lucky winners of the competitions in our late spring issue Elena van Boolen, of Maidstone, who won a one-night stay for two, as well as dinner and breakfast, at the Westleton Crown, near Southwold. Helen Battle, of Boston, who won a one-night stay for two, and breakfast, at either Briarfields, Titchwell, or The Lodge, Old Hunstanton. Clare Bisset, of Aylsham, who won a midweek, four-night stay, for up to four people, at Fynn Valley Holidays. The winners have been informed. Read on to enter two more magnificent competitions in this issue of Uniquely Away

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Competition winners

A Uniquely focus

Beside the seaside



Art and artists


Making an impression Spectacular Somerleyton Hall


Behind the camera Photographer Chris Herring


Creative inspirations Art galleries and exhibitions


Sainsbury Centre exhibition Modern Masterpieces: Art and East Anglia

On the Norfolk coast Wells-next-the-Sea

Something to discover Mermaid's Purse


North Norfolk jewel The Crown Hotel


Coastal gifts Gone Crabbing


Summer on the coast Seaside colour


On the Suffolk coast Aldeburgh


A roaring success The White Lion

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is available in a selection of carefully chosen, exclusive establishments, such as hotels, theatres, spas and art galleries, including: Aldeburgh Music, Snape Maltings Concert Hall Elveden Estate, Elveden Gallery Plus, Wells-next-the-Sea Gone Crabbing, Southwold and Burnham Deepdale Hampton’s Home and Garden, Reepham

Exceptional Suffolk

The finest foods

What, where, who




Pinkfoot Gallery, Cley

A good sport Kite surfing

Re+new, Woodbridge


Sainsbury Centre for Visual Arts, Norwich

Cultural village Snape Maltings


Home port The Ship Inn Out and about


Stroll by the sea The Norfolk Coast Path

Local delicacies A taste of Norfolk


Freshly grown Back to the Garden

Great days out The Holkham Country Fair

Strattons, Swaffham



Sutton Hoo, Woodbridge

In the editor’s diary A choice of events

The Apex, Bury St Edmund’s



The Forum, Norwich (TIC)

Gentleman's relish The Elveden Estate

Summer delights A taste of Suffolk Beautiful places


The high life Bruisyard Hall


In the know Dominic Reid

The Granary, Norwich The Hoste, Burnham Market The Red Dot Gallery, Holt Theatre Royal, Norwich

Barn beautiful East View Farm


Glorious gardens Hindringham Hall

Our readers may also enjoy finding out more about where to stay and what to do in Norfolk at the recently relaunched Visit Norfolk website


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Viscosity by Andie Clay SWA

Everyone’s favourite gallery, run by artists for art lovers.

The UK’s only specialist contemporary maritime art gallery situated in Suffolk’s smallest town - Clare - showcasing original work in all media from artists around the UK.

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Visit our website for opening times and for details of the latest show.


Art and East Anglia

14 September 2013 – 24 February 2014 Admission £8/£6 concessions Masterpieces: Art and East Anglia celebrates the artistic heritage of East Anglia, from antiquity through to the present day. The exhibition encompasses over 250 masterpieces including painting, furniture, sculpture, design, jewellery, textiles and stunning treasures. Opening times:

John Sell Cotman, Storm on Yarmouth Beach, 1831. ŠNorwich Castle Museum & Art Gallery

Sainsbury Centre for Visual Arts, University of East Anglia, Norwich, NR4 7TJ, 01603 593199,

Exhibition; Tuesday - Sunday, 10am - 5pm Modern Life Cafe; daily 9am-5pm, (lunches 12pm - 2pm) Free admission to permanent collection

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Somerleyton Hall S T E P



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asking in the sunshine, surrounded by its immaculate and ornate gardens, Somerleyton Hall is a picture of gentility and tranquillity. The exquisite TudorJacobean mansion, set in its own expansive estate, is home to Lord and Lady Somerleyton, Hugh and Lara Crossley.


“This is a wonderful place to have a wedding or private event,” says Lady Crossley. “There is something timeless about Somerleyton Hall. It is classical, unusual and an eclectic mix of all sorts of different and beautiful things. Yet in many ways it is also a blank canvas for people to come here and have exactly the occasion they want.”

Yet as well as being open to the public on certain days of the week, the magnificent stately home, on the Norfolk and Suffolk border, can also be used as the setting for weddings and other private celebrations. Individuals can book to hold an event here or can take over the main section of the hall, giving their guests the free run of the historic house and allowing them to stay in the grand bedrooms overlooking the spectacular grounds.

Weddings, for example, can be held in the opulent Ball Room, with its gilded plasterwork and sumptuous drapes, or the elegant Loggia, framed on three sides by manicured gardens, explains wedding and events manager Sharon Duffield. “Then there is also the Winter Garden, which is really a long conservatory, stretching the width of the summer garden. It was designed by Sir Joseph Paxton, the architect responsible for the original Crystal Palace.”

Spaces can be arranged to be used at different times throughout an event – for drinks, dancing or sit-down meals. Lord and Lady Somerleyton’s own private dining room is perfect for smaller private dinners while the Old Dining Room is often used for wedding breakfasts. Picnics can be organised by the lake and marquees erected on the lawns. For one party, the sunken garden was even covered with a Perspex floor and guests danced with fish swimming in the ornamental pond beneath their feet. Catering for weddings and events can be overseen by head chef Stephen Duffield. Where possible, he uses produce from the estate, including vegetables from the kitchen garden, and beef and lamb from estate farm. Locally sourced ingredients are also served to day visitors to the hall, who might choose to stop for something

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to eat in the Kitchen Garden Restaurant after strolling round the house or gardens. “We can help people to have an event catered for in any way they choose,” says Lady Somerleyton. “We had one group who even had different kinds of food in each of the main rooms – and drinks to go with that food. The dining room had plates piled high – but this is the kind of house that lends itself to that sort of opulence if people want to enjoy it in that way.”

“This place has such a wonderful atmosphere and we do enjoy being able to share it with others,” she admits. “In the evening, when all the rooms are candle-lit, or in the summer, when the gardens are so lovely, we enjoy watching visitors appreciate the beauty of the hall. “And, as someone who was married here myself, it is nice to see others having that pleasure as well. We are very proud of Somerleyton Hall. It really is unique.” Words by Abigail Saltmarsh

Somerleyton Hall has been home to the Crossley family since 1862. Work to maintain and enhance it is carried out on an ongoing basis. The next project, says Lady Somerleyton, is to renovate and refurbish bedrooms on the very top floor of the house, creating even more guest space.

Photography by Nick Read For more information on the opening times of the hall, gardens, restaurant and shop at Somerleyton call 01502 734901 or visit For more information on weddings at the hall call 01502 731398 or visit


LODGES estling within the grounds of the Somerleyton Estate are eco-friendly woodland lodges, close to the serene Fritton Lake.


Here, manager Elaine Allan oversees the sale of the holiday homes, which range from £140,000 to £195,000, depending on the size and specification. When not staying in their lodges, which are usually bought fully furnished and equipped, some owners choose to let them out to generate an income. “We can manage that for them,” Elaine explains. “This is a lovely place to come and stay. It is a peaceful retreat, where people can walk, enjoy the lake and play golf.” For more information on the woodland lodges call 07879 670703 or visit


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IF ONLY WE ALL HAD 700 ACRES, A 14TH CENTURY MANOR HOUSE TO SLEEP 24 AND A BEAUTIFUL CONVERTED BARN IN WHICH TO HOLD A WEDDING CEREMONY At Bruisyard Hall, you do. Exclusive use of the entire estate for the weekend of your wedding comes with the venue, which is fully licensed for civil ceremonies. Seat 140 at the Barn for the reception and invite your whole family to stay at your very own country seat. Our team will help you to plan the perfect day, allowing you to chill out and concentrate on the important things. | 01728 639 000 |

Martello Tower Y Bawdsey (near Woodbridge)

This completely refurbished and spectacularly appointed Napoleonic fort, on the Heritage coast of Suffolk, provides a totally secluded and unique hideaway in an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty. Owned and designed by an internationally accomplished, Londonbased industrial designer this property provides unique accommodation in a breathtaking location beyond the reach of many UK holiday properties. Style, comfort and exclusivity define the building and its protected geographical location. If you are looking for quality, privacy and something very special, Martello Tower Y will be for you. 01394 389189 | | 152 High Street, Aldeburgh, Suffolk, IP15 5AQ

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Behind the Camera Photographer Chris Herring is entranced by the different landscapes of Norfolk and Suffolk and the opportunities offered by the coast


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“I was born and grew up in Norwich and lived there until around three years ago, when my partner and I bought our first house in the Norfolk village of Martham. “Photography first became an interest while I was at school – our school offered a GCSE course in black and white film photography. However, although I studied the subject at school, other than learning to develop and process black and white film, I must admit I didn't actually learn much at all! When I was 18, I decided to take the subject more seriously and began reading books and teaching myself. This was when I started to really appreciate the local landscape.

“A few years later, I was given the opportunity to assist a professional wedding and commercial photographer during weekends and being around a really good professional, and watching him work, dramatically improved my photography. I probably learned more in my first two days than I had done in years of reading books about the subject. “Although I trained as a wedding photographer, I soon came to realise my heart was more in the landscape side of the business. I began concentrating more on landscape and nature photography, and in this area my skills and field craft were mostly self-taught.

“Today, I would say my style is for bright and vibrant images. I still work in the traditional way using ND grad filters to balance the exposure in the camera rather than using computer software. However, I am very picky about light and weather, and will often keep visiting a location time and time again before the camera even comes out of the bag. With my style of photography it's very rare for me to take a shot without good quality natural light illuminating the scene.

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“Some photographers hate the summer months but I love it for photography in Norfolk and Suffolk. This year, however, most of my summer is going to be taken up with teaching other photographers in workshops and shooting marketing images of locations and people, up and down the coast, as part of a commission for the local tourist board.

“All year round, Norfolk and Suffolk offer incredibly varied locations, not just along the coastlines but also out in the countryside and villages. I am always seeing new images and potential while driving about and exploring. Because crops change each year and our coastline evolves with the erosion, there are always new shots to be found.

beaches. Every few miles you drive, you find a very different location that is incredibly different and unique – and so much potential for photography.” Photography by Chris Herring Picture: Cromer Pier Hunstanton image on contents page also by Chris This summer Chris is shooting locations and people

“There is such wonderful variation up and down the coast, with the soft cliffs, sand dunes, saltmarshes and shingle

up and down the coast as part of a commission for the local tourist board. If you are a family or a couple who would like a free location portrait shoot on the coast in exchange for a few images being used by the tourist board then please contact him. For more information on Chris’s work call 01493 749701, email or visit


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The Robinson Gallery The Flight of the Spoonbill Fine Art Prints by one of East Anglia’s leading Artists Image: Laurie Rudling

Curated by Ian Starsmore rfolk art in and around Cley New contemporary No Norfolk illage an d Norfolk Wildlife T rust Church, V Village and Trust or for more information visit the gallery at J.C.Books, 55 High Street, Watton, IP25 6AB | 01953 883488

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4XDOLW\ ,QQRYDWLRQ HYHU\GD\RIWKHZHHN SATURDAY 20 JULY - SUNDAY 4 AUGUST This exhibition also features new work by other Gallery Plus print artists

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paintings, prints ceramics and sculpture in Burnham Market – North Norfolk’s most attractive village

burnham and beyond

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a new exhibition of paintings of North Norfolk by Gerard Stamp opens on Friday 23rd August

A friendly and welcoming gallery situated in one of the oldest buildings in the village, just a five minute stroll from the Market Place. Burnham Grapevine represents locally and nationally recognised artists as well as our selection of new talent Paintings & prints – including Max Angus, Michael Chapman, Gerard Stamp and Glynn Thomas Sculpture & ceramics from local makers including Neal French, Polly Ionides, Stephen Parry and Ruthanne Tudball and from across the country

Overy Road, Burnham Market, Norfolk PE31 8HH • 01328 730125 •

burnham grapevine gallery

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Pinkfoot Gallery

Gallery Plus

Cley next the Sea


beginning of the year to find everything covered in snow and I couldn’t wait to get out into the forest. When I did, it was just wonderful, there were tracks through the trees from deer, pheasants and hare, everything felt so calm.”

rtist Rachel Lockwood has been taking her easel into woodland near her studio in North Norfolk and the result has been an exciting collection of new work.


Her Forest exhibition will open on Sunday 25 August at Pinkfoot, in Cley, and will run at the gallery until Sunday 8 September.

Rachel said she is thrilled with the final pieces and how they have captured her experience. “There is so much there to record, from the subtle changes of the forest to the beautiful light,” she adds.

Rachel painted a total of 48 oils on paper while in the forest. From these plein air studies, she went back to the studio to make larger paintings on canvases.

Pinkfoot Gallery will be producing a small book to accompany the exhibition. The following exhibition will be Working North Norfolk, from Sunday 27

“The whole thing has been a magical experience,” she says. “I have seen the forest change over the course of the year and it has been incredible.

October to Sunday 10 November, featuring work by and a book with artist Jane Hodgson. For more information on the gallery and its exhibitions call 01263 740947 or visit

“I came back from a holiday at the

ighly popular Norfolk artist HJ Jackson celebrates 60 years of print-making this year with a solo exhibition at Gallery Plus, in Wells. From Saturday 20 July to Sunday 4 August, he will be displaying some 25 framed images and more than 40 other pictures.


Sinking Daylight

“I started when I was just 14 years old, with my first lino-cut at school,” says the artist, who is known as John. “I was born in King’s Lynn and moved to Briston in 1946. I later went to art school in Norwich.”

Red Ferns Between Beechs

February Birches

Working in marketing and publicity after leaving college, John continued print-making in the evenings and at weekends, immersing himself in the subject matter he is passionate about, including boats and the declining fishing industry.



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The Artmonger


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feature some 300 works by Austin, and his life-long friend Hudson, who often visited him in Norfolk and painted alongside him.

his September sees an exhibition of the work of Robert Sargent Austin RA and Eleanor Erlund Hudson RWS organised by Laura Pocock, of the Artmonger.


“These are of great local interest. He was so well known in the area,” says Laura, who opened the Artmonger two years ago, and specialises in 18th, 19th and early 20th century art, largely from local artists.

The Burnham Market gallery will be staging the exhibition in Austin’s former studio, in Burnham Overy Staithe, to mark the 40th anniversary of his death. “Austin bought the old Methodist chapel in Burnham Overy Staithe and converted it into a home. He also had his studio on the top floor, which overlooked the marshes, meadows and creeks. This landscape really inspired him.”

“It is wonderful to be mounting the exhibition in his studio. Among the pieces will be a painting of the studio at that time and my plan is to put it back to exactly how it was in the picture.”

Running from Saturday 21 September to Sunday 29 September, the show will

For more information call 01328 711609 or visit

Robert Sargent Austin – Still Life With Ivy

Trevor Woods, who runs Gallery Plus, with his wife Joanna, says: “We took HJ Jackson on last year and his work has been a real success. Everyone loves his art and we are looking forward to having such a lot of it here for people to enjoy.”

or visit

Eleanor Erlund Hudson – The Studio of the Chapel, Burnham Overy Staithe

For the past 18 years, however, he has worked full-time on his brightly coloured pieces, pouring over the intricate detail required for each image and sometimes taking months to create a particular block.

For more information call 01328 730370

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There can be no more romantic setting for your wedding than Somerleyton Hall in Suffolk. This magnificent English stately home has a set of sumptuous reception rooms and beautifully restored winter gardens that create the ideal setting for a magical, country wedding. There are few properties which can rival Somerleyton as a venue to hire for a private family holiday whether they are to celebrate a landmark birthday or anniversary or the coming together of a non-specific gathering involving friends and family. But perhaps best of all is being able to completely relax and enjoy the wonderful charm of Somerleyton Hall and gardens in the knowledge that it is exclusively yours. For more information on the various packages available at Somerleyton visit our website or to book a visit call 01502 731398

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Pete Huggins

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n the middle of September the Sainsbury Centre for Visual Arts will open its most ambitious exhibition Masterpieces: Art and East Anglia.

Presenting some 250 objects that the region has inspired, produced or collected, the exhibition will mark the unveiling of the newly-refurbished galleries by world renowned architect Norman Foster, and his team, and will also celebrate the 50th anniversary of the University of East Anglia. Curator of the exhibition, award-winning writer and collector Ian Collins, says two years of hard work by the Sainsbury Centre has gone into the planning of the exhibition, which will be the largest ever mounted by the institution. “For 35 years now I have written about art and East Anglia and I have seen some very exciting things happen here but if I could ever have plotted my perfect exhibition, this would be it. It has got absolutely everything.” The exhibition opens on Saturday 14 September and runs until Monday 24 February 2014. Exhibits have been loaned by more than 60 major public and private collections, including the Royal Collection, the British Museum, the Victoria and Albert Museum and the National Gallery. “Initially the team drew up lists of everything they wanted. Then we did wonderful battle over it – arguing and discussing until we ended up with a final dream list,” he says. “Because it is called Masterpieces, we wanted it to be the very best works but of course those are exactly the pieces most museums do not want to lend you!” The starting point for the exhibition was the famous flint handaxe, found on Happisburgh beach, in Norfolk. Dating from around 700,000 BC it radically altered historians’ understanding of the past, revealing that Britain was inhabited by humans at least 100,000 years earlier than previously thought. The axe will be displayed alongside Henry

Moore’s Reclining Figure, carved from an ironstone pebble found by the sculptor on the same beach. “There were other things we just felt we had to have, such as King John’s Cup, from King’s Lynn. Dating from around 1325, this is one of the finest Medieval treasures in the country. “Then there is the Despenser Retable, from Norwich Cathedral. This was commissioned by Bishop of Norwich, Henry Despenser, who was responsible for putting down the Peasants’ Revolt in 1381. During the Reformation, it was hidden and used as the back of the top of a dining table, until someone looked underneath and spotted it in the 19th century!” Other treasures include a Turner oil painting, of a beach scene at Great Yarmouth, on loan from the V&A, and a classic Lotus 72 Formula One car, made at Hethel, near Norwich.

country’s leading institutions for the study of the arts of all nations. It contains the largest collection of early works by Sir Francis Bacon in northern Europe, as well as pieces by the likes of Henry Moore, Jacob Epstein and Pablo Picasso. “Norman Foster still takes a close interest in the Sainsbury Centre and has himself been involved in the reconfiguring of the spaces. It will be interesting for people to see the changes here – and it has been exciting for us to be filling spaces that don’t yet exist for this exhibition,” says Ian. And he adds: “Masterpieces will present the full gamut, from Celtic gold, Roman silver, Saxon jewellery, Medieval carvings and manuscripts, to the grandest old master paintings, splendid textiles, fabulous furniture and great modern pictures and sculptures. It will be full of surprises and will definitely have the wow factor.” Masterpieces: Art and East Anglia runs at the

The largest exhibit will be The Longest Journey, by Brazilian-born artist Ana Maria Pacheco, a former head of Fine Art at the Norwich School of Art (now NUA). The sculpture is made from a 30-foot fishing boat, which she found in Wroxham, on the Norfolk Broads. “It is hard for me to say which pieces are my personal favourites,” says Ian, who wrote for the EDP for more than 30 years, and whose award-winning books include Water Marks: Art in East Anglia. “I am excited by the new stained glass window, designed by major abstract artist John McLean, for Norwich Cathedral, and then there is a fantastic Spencer of Southwold beach. We have some wonderful textiles and a Fabergé figure of a dormouse; Fabergé had a commission to model Queen Alexandra’s dogs at Sandringham and she loved his work so much she asked him to do everything on the estate!”

Sainsbury Centre, at UEA, from Saturday 14 September to Monday 24 February 2014. The exhibition is open from Tuesday to Sunday, 10am to 5pm. For more information call 01603 593199 or visit

Burne-Jones, The Knights and the Briar Rose Photograph by Pete Huggins

Happisburgh Flint handaxe front Norfolk Museums & Archaeology Service

Richard Shaw pattern book detail Norfolk Museums & Archaeology Service

Fabergé Dormouse HRH Queen Elizabeth II 2013

Turner’s Lifeboat and Manby apparatus... Victoria & Albert Museum

Lotus Type 72 Courtesy of Classic Team Lotus Ltd

Pacheco’s The Longest Journey Courtesy of Pratt Contemporary / Ana Maria Pacheco

Gilbert Leather Rook, Olive Edis Norfolk Museums & Archaeology Service

Stanley Spencer’s Southwold Aberdeen Art Gallery & Museums Collections

King John Cup Photograph by Pete Huggins

The Sainsbury Centre was the first public building to be designed by Foster and, gifted to UEA by Sir Robert and Lady Lisa Sainsbury, in 1973, is one of the

Despenser Retable, Norwich Cathedral Photograph by Paul Hurst, reproduced by kind permission of the Dean and Chapter, Norwich Cathedral

Henry Moore’s Reclining Figure Reproduced by kind permission of the Henry Moore Foundation

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Welcome to Wells A spectacular beach, an attractive harbour and an interesting collection of shops and restaurants, Wells-next-the-Sea is a lively seaside town in the summer Photography by Chris Herring


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Big Blue Sky aking its name from one of North Norfolk’s great natural attractions, art gallery and gift shop Big Blue Sky celebrates its 10th birthday this year.


Run by Catherine Edgington, the award-winning establishment sits in a prominent position on Warham Road, offering a fascinating collection of home accessories, books, gifts, works of art and even food. “When the building first came up for sale 10 years ago, I could see it had so much potential,” she recalls. “I wanted to create somewhere that specialised in selling things that came from Norfolk.” Today the fabulous space is a superb backdrop for pieces sourced in the county, made by local designers and artists, or that have connections to Norfolk. Items range from paintings, photographs, sculpture and ceramics to treasures for children.

“We also have our own Big Blue Sky seaside souvenirs that sing the sentiments of North Norfolk – mud between your toes, sand in your shoes and a pebble in your pocket. These sell very well.” Catherine, who also runs separate “shop-in-a-shop,” Sweet Raspberry, featuring other colourful items, has great plans for Big Blue Sky; she hopes to open a coffee bar and to offer an area where groups can meet, chat and play games. “I am lucky to have this space and Wells is a brilliant town to be part of,” she admits. “I like to keep changing what I offer here and to ensure I sell items that no-one else has. People like to visit different places and to know they will find different things.” Photography supplied by Big Blue Sky For more information on Big Blue Sky call 01328 712023 or visit

rom the stretching golden sands of its glorious beach to its busy quay, where visitors watch the comings and goings of the boats, traditional seaside town Wells is one of the jewels of the North Norfolk coast.


Superb at any time of year, Wells does come to life in the summer months, however, as holidaymakers spend time here, enjoying its combination of natural beauty and family fun. The beach is almost a mile from the town and visitors can reach it by car, on foot and even by miniature train. Once there, they discover sands fringed by pine woods and colourful beach huts.

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Standing guard over the bustling quay is the impressive granary building, with its over-hanging gantry. Formerly a busy port, the colourful harbour is today home to the likes of arcades, fish and chip shops and a stall selling freshly caught seafood.

A stay by the sea

Staithe Street reaches up through the centre of the town, offering an array of cafés, restaurants, shops and galleries to enjoy. At the top of the town is the quieter Buttlands, where elegant, Georgian houses frame an open green, and where the Crown Hotel welcomes those looking to both dine and stay in the town.


With its annual carnival (this year from Friday 26 July to Sunday 4 August) its proximity to other highlights of North Norfolk and its relaxed, unpretentious atmosphere, Wells is a town that is a joy to spend time in, whether you have an hour or two, an afternoon or even a few days to spare.

“This is a great place to be, as well as being right in the heart of the town, our guests can get to places such as Sandringham, Walsingham, Holkham, Blakeney Point and Burnham Market too,” Jan says.

Words by Abigail Saltmarsh Photography courtesy of the Holkham Estate

ttracted to Wells by its magnificent coastal position, Jan and Tony Watling-Darrell moved to Admiral House some six years ago. Today they offer bed and breakfast from the property, welcoming those who come to birdwatch, walk and make the most of the seaside location.

Five-star Admiral House offers two generous bedrooms, each with an en suite bathroom. There is also a guest lounge and dining room.

“Our rooms are clean and modern, and extremely comfortable. Our breakfasts are delicious and where possible we use locally sourced ingredients.” Visitors relish the tranquillity and the beauty of the surrounding area, she says. “I think this is somewhere that is quite unique. It really is unspoiled and is a wonderful place to both live and visit.” Photography supplied by Admiral House For more information on Admiral House call 01328 711669 or visit


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ucked away in the heart of bustling Wells, Mermaid’s Purse offers a place to pause, enjoy some refreshments and browse a collection of beautiful items. Run by Sally Reynolds and her daughter Kat, it is a business of two halves – a coffee shop, serving snacks and light lunches, and a gift shop, overflowing with colourful and interesting pieces. “We wanted to be just that little bit different,” explains Sally. “To offer somewhere people could come and relax in our garden and enjoy the

Sunday papers, afternoon tea, lunch or a warming snack, as well as a place selling unusual, quality gifts at prices to suit everyone’s pocket.” Indeed, as soon as the sun is out, the tables at Mermaid’s Purse, each made from 2,000 recycled plastic bottles, fill up with an eclectic mix of locals and holidaymakers. Should the weather be less clement, visitors can settle themselves inside at one of the rustic, wooden tables. As well as a selection of freshly prepared rolls, pasties and hot toasties, there is always a tempting display of home-

made cakes on offer. These range from delicious Norfolk lavender sponges to the ever-popular coffee and walnut, carrot or lemon drizzle cakes. The coffee shop also serves delicious scones filled with fresh cream and seasonal fruit, including strawberries, blueberries and raspberries. Sally says: “As one customer commented: ‘Not only are these delicious, they are so very English!’” Next door to the coffee shop, another indoor area displays a carefully selected array of gifts, cards and home accessories. Beautifully arranged, and

In the centre of Wells, Mermaid’s Purse

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with pieces to suit everyone from children through to discerning adults, the items have been chosen by Kat, who clearly has an eye for design-led gifts. “We listen to our customers,” comments Sally, who is supported by an excellent team at Mermaid’s Purse. “They want good customer service and gifts that are well-made and unusual, so we continually look for new and innovative products with which to update our stock. We have been here for 11 years now and wouldn’t want to do anything differently.” Today items from well-known names such as Bill Brown, Emma Ball and

Cath Kidston sit alongside equally eyecatching cards, stationery and ceramics from lesser known artists and designers. Prints, beach bags, carved seabirds and beach-themed signs bring a gentle coastal feel to Mermaid’s Purse, without being overwhelming.

adage that ‘you eat first with your eyes,’” says Sally. “We try to present everything at Mermaid’s Purse as attractively as possible, whether in the coffee shop or the gift shop.” Words by Abigail Saltmarsh Photography by Nick Read

Vibrant jewellery, scarves and glass provide an additional splash of colour to the shop and encourage visitors to select items that might be suitable as a presents rather than seaside souvenirs – or are attractive pieces to take home for themselves.

Mermaid’s Purse is open seven days a week, from 10am to 5pm, through until January, then weekends only until the third week in March.

For more information of the shop call 01328 711744 or visit

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Acclaimed for its modern British cuisine, stylish interiors and inviting ambience, The Crown hotel is a shining success Photograph supplied by the Crown Hotel


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or more than 10 years now, the Crown Hotel has been welcoming visitors to Wells-next-the-Sea. From its prominent position overlooking the historic Buttlands, the former coaching inn successfully retains elements of its intrinsic character while also offering high levels of contemporary comfort.


Part of the Flying Kiwi Inns group, headed up by television chef Chris Coubrough, since 2002, the hotel has set the bar for the other five establishments in the Norfolk group, as well as for other boutique hotels and restaurants in the county. Its success is built on an over-riding emphasis on quality and high standards while also managing to remain relaxed and modern. It has shunned country

formality in favour of a more fashionable, casual feel, thereby ensuring it appeals to people of all ages, explains general manager Kelly Dougal.

has its own distinctive feel, from the friendly, cosy bar through to the airy, bright orangery restaurant – and, of course, all the bedrooms upstairs.

“We are very efficient here and we do offer good customer care but we also like the hotel to have a personal feel,” she says. “We are a small team of just 10 people front of house, and 24 in total, and we are tight-knit. We all work hard to give our customers what they are looking for and it is for that reason that I believe we have a lot of repeat business.”

“Each bedroom is unique, which enables us to cater for different tastes,” says Kelly. “We have 12 in total and they all have a slightly shabby chic, vintage feel. They are high end but at the same time quirky; they are beautifully styled, with quite eclectic pieces but are of a high quality.”

Despite being part of a small, luxury hotel and restaurant group, the Crown Hotel, like the other Flying Kiwi Inns establishments, basks in its individuality. Each area of the building

The restaurant at the Crown Hotel, headed up by chef Nikki Merchant, is open seven days a week, including Christmas Day, and presents a mixture of classic dishes and specials, all created where possible with locally sourced, seasonal ingredients, and always

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featuring lots of fresh seafood. This season, for example, the likes of crab, crayfish and avocado tian, with a cucumber salsa, is proving to be a popular summer dish, along with Frary’s Wells crab salad, served with buttered new potatoes and a tarragon and lemon mayonnaise. Always a favourite at the Crown Hotel, is Howell’s New York beef rib, with handcut chips, onion rings, mushrooms, roast beetroot and a freshly made, creamy sauce. “We have a vast wine selection here too and our bar serves a range of beers, including Jo C’s Norfolk Ale,” she says, adding that special food and drink events, such as Seafood Tuesdays and Fizz ‘n’ Chip Fridays, are also held.

Weddings, celebrations and functions are hosted at the hotel, with Kelly keen to point out that she and her staff work closely with those involved to create a bespoke event, which accommodates special requests.

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“We are very good at considering the detail here,” she adds. “Whether it is sprinkling rose petals in a room at the request of a guest who is going to propose or ensuring that a wedding day is as perfect as it can be, it is all about the little touches.”


Words by Abigail Saltmarsh


Photography by Nick Read For more information on the Crown Hotel call 01328 710209 or visit

Uniquely Away has teamed up with Flying Kiwi Inns to offer one lucky reader a two-night stay for two people at the Crown Hotel, Wells-next-the-Sea. The winner of our competition will be able to enjoy the hotel as they explore the stunning Norfolk countryside and make the most of all there is to enjoy in the area. Chris Coubrough has generously offered our winner – and his or her guest – a three-course meal, complete with bottle of wine, each evening, as well as a delicious home-cooked breakfast in the morning. To enter our draw to win this magnificent prize, simply send your name, address, email address and daytime telephone number to

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The Crown Hotel Competition, Uniquely Away, Ferndale Centre, Exeter Street, Norwich, NR2 4QB The competition closes on Friday 13 September 2013. The winner will be announced in the next issue of Uniquely Away. The usual Uniquely Magazines terms and conditions apply. For full details visit A date for the stay will be mid-week and will be arranged directly with the staff at the Crown Hotel. The stay will be subject to availability and is non-transferable


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Happy days… Bright clothing, colourful kitchen items and eye-catching stationery – Susie Mason wanted to give coastal holidaymakers something special to take home easide holidays in Norfolk and Suffolk are all about having fun yet when Susie Mason started looking for souvenirs to reflect that she was unable to find any.


So she put pen to paper, came up with some exciting designs and launched her own coastal gift and clothing range, Gone Crabbing. Today Susie has shops in Southwold and Burnham Deepdale, and also stocks her colourful items in 55 other outlets across the country. “I just didn’t think there were gifts out there that reflected the true character of our coastline,” she explains. “So I sat at the kitchen table and started to come up with a few ideas. I had some items made up and began to sell them at shows. After two years, I opened the first shop, at Dalegate Market, in Burnham Deepdale.”

Having spent many happy hours crabbing with her children on quaysides in Norfolk and Suffolk, Susie was inspired by the image of a crab. “Colin,” as he is affectionately known, was soon joined by cartoon-like lobsters, seagulls and starfish. “I wanted everything to be brightly coloured and fun; good quality items that people could take home to remind them of their holiday,” she says.

something right!” says Susie, who is also passionate about the environment and is keen to become involved in projects to keep beaches and the sea clean. “People like the fact we are bringing out new designs and new products all the time and that we have something for everyone, from six-month-old babies right up to grandparents.” For more information on Gone Crabbing call the Burnham Deepdale shop on 01485 211111

Susie is constantly expanding the range and is also looking to add new characters. Her list of stockists is also growing and her online shop is becoming ever more successful, with customers from across the world snapping up her seaside inspired suggestions. “A huge amount of the custom in our shops is repeat business, which is lovely for us because it shows we are doing

or the Southwold shop on 01502 722400 or visit


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… e r e h e r e w u o y h W is Spending time on the coast is all about having good, old-fashioned holiday fun. Here are just some of the family pastimes you might enjoy beside the seaside in

Sandcastle building Grab your buckets and spades and get digging. While this is a pleasurable pastime on any beach at any time, those who are really keen can also take part in Sheringham Carnival’s sandcastle competition on Friday 9 August

Norfolk and Suffolk Punch & Judy shows These are held at many seaside locations, including Southwold, by the pier. Some tell the traditional story while others have been updated. Look out for times on blackboards or other signs

Having fun at the fair Spend an hour or two at a seaside fairground. Try the Pleasure Beach at Great Yarmouth for rides, games and experiences to suit fun-seekers of all ages Playing ball Whether you prefer rounders, beach volleyball or French cricket, when the tide is out you’ll find plenty of places to escape the crowds and indulge in a game or two – try Brancaster

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Donkey rides Weather permitting you might find some friendly, furry creatures out on the sands during the summer months. Try Lowestoft, for example Going crabbing You need little more than a bucket, line, piece of bacon and a net. Have hours of fun at places such as Walberswick, Blakeney or Wells

Enjoying the waves Take care in the water but from paddling on beaches such as Waxham to body-boarding or surfing at choppier locations, including East Runton, there is lots of fun to be had when the weather is warm

Visiting a pier Take your pick from the piers at Cromer, Great Yarmouth and Southwold. Each provides something very different in the way of entertainments and refreshments but they all offer panoramic views

Kite-flying With so many wonderful open beaches in Norfolk and Suffolk, visitors are spoiled for choice when it comes to flying kites. Try Holkham or Dunwich

Fish & chips Both Norfolk and Suffolk offer an abundance of places to pick up a piece of freshly battered fish and some sizzling chips to devour straight away on the sands. Aldeburgh has a particularly good reputation for its fish and chips Photography by Nick Read


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ake a coastal voyage and ride the high seas near Southwold this summer. Built in New Zealand to a special design, 12-seat Coastal Voyager takes passengers on a variety of trips, explains coordinator Sarah Roberts.

Trips up the River Blyth give voyagers the opportunity to spot the likes of marsh harriers, cormorants and osprey. The seal voyages offer the chance to watch grey and common seals in their natural habitat at Scroby Sands.

“We offer lots of different trips, from the high speed sea blast, which is a 30-minute tour of Sole Bay to river cruises and seal trips,” she says. “We also do a lot of bespoke trips. People can charter the boat and we will put an outing together for them, depending on what they would like to do.”

Coastal Voyager is owned by Marcus and Victoria Gladwell. Marcus has a marine career stretching back more than 30 years, first as a fisherman then as a lifeboat man, diver and skipper of charter sailing vessels. Today he is also an RYA instructor, responsible for all training at Southwold Lifeboat. “Coastal Voyager is only ever driven by RYA qualified, highly experienced skippers under the direction of Marcus himself,” she adds. Photograph by Stephen Wolfenden For more information or to book call 07887 525082 or visit

In the frame


Norfolk, and my husband and I travelled with his work for about 20 years before settling back in this area,” says Karen, who studied at art school and exhibited in the Southwold Gallery before taking it over herself. “Today I divide my time between my studio in Norwich and the gallery in Southwold.”

rtist Karen Keable specialises in seascapes and finds the Suffolk and Norfolk coast hugely inspirational. She exhibits her own work, and that of other artists, in the Southwold Gallery, which she bought about nine years ago. “I was born in Great Yarmouth, in

Southwold Celebration by Mandy Walden

Sunshine and Sandy beaches by Andy Povey

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National Breakfast Award, has three very comfortable guest bedrooms, each individually and elegantly furnished, and with its own shower or bathroom. Complimentary cream teas are served on the terrace or in the dining room, and home-cooked breakfasts are made with locally sourced produce.

ust a short stroll from the seafront at Sheringham, Cleat House offers a five star welcome to guests looking for luxury bed and breakfast accommodation. Built at the beginning of the Edwardian era, when the town was a popular coastal destination for the rich, who would arrive from London and the south via the newly constructed railway, the property is also the home of Linda and Robert Ownsworth.

“We are in a wonderfully central position here for all sorts of things. As well as being a short walk from the town centre, we are just 300 yards from the Norfolk Coast Path and are in a good location for anyone wishing to go birdwatching, play golf or explore other parts of North Norfolk.”

“We moved to Sheringham to start a bed and breakfast because I wanted my own business,” Linda remembers. “We fell in love with Cleat House as soon as we walked through the door; we knew it would be the perfect place to run a traditional bed and breakfast.”

Photograph by Robert Ownsworth For more information call 01263 822765

The three-storey villa, which won a

or visit

Coastal retreat Karen, who also spends time out and about on the coast, with her sketchbook and camera, exhibits work from around 40 artists at the gallery.

The gallery exhibits work ranging from large, bold canvases to bronzes, wood-carvings and pottery, as well as smaller gifts.

Some also display work of a coastal theme, while others tackle inland landscapes and other subject areas.

As well as Karen’s own paintings, look out for the likes of work by Stephanie Lambourne, Mandy Walden and Andy

Povey, among others.“I like to support local artists where possible,” she adds. “Everyone we have here is contemporary and quite different in their style.” For more information call 01502 723888 or visit

Happy Holiday by Stephanie Lambourne

Drifting By Karen Keable

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here are few visitors to Aldeburgh who would not agree that there is something truly special about the Suffolk seaside town.


Close to the River Alde, and separated from the sea by a shingle beach, the town is known for its quiet elegance and its sense of tradition.

Nick Read

Once home to the composer Benjamin Britten, whose centenary is being celebrated this year, and who founded the Aldeburgh Festival, Aldeburgh has

As the weather warms up and the town celebrates its connections with Benjamin Britten, what better time to visit Aldeburgh?

Sea interludes Afternoon tea or more than 50 years, Cragg Sisters Tea Room has been as much part of Aldeburgh as the seafront or the beach.


Located on the High Street, it was originally set up by the sisters, of whom many town residents still have fond memories.

Today, however, Cragg Sisters is owned by Emma Neilson, yet, as she explains, the establishment still has very much the same ethos. “We are a traditional tea room, serving homemade British food, including Victoria sponge and scones. We do cream teas and sandwiches, as well as light lunches, such as soup and jacket potatoes.”

Ross Dean

The tea room, which is also renowned for its wide range of loose leaf teas, sells hampers in the summer months, so customers can enjoy “tea by the sea” if they choose. Food in the tea room itself is served on vintage china and

ingredients are locally sourced where possible. “Throughout the summer we do have holidaymakers who come here every day of their stay,” she adds. “It is nice to think we have been part of Aldeburgh for so long.” For more information on Cragg Sisters Tea Room call 07813 552181 or visit

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an interesting history. It was once a major port, with a flourishing shipbuilding industry. Indeed, two of Sir Francis Drake’s ships were built there. Today a number of historic and architecturally interesting buildings can still be seen in the town; these range from the 16th century Moot Hall to the colourful, 19th century villas.

The High Street at Aldeburgh features rows of independent shops, cafés, restaurants and galleries while, a mile or so along the beach, artist Maggi Hambling’s sculpture The Scallop is also well worth a visit. Approximately four miles from Aldeburgh, is Snape Maltings, where Britten created his concert hall, and

Aldeburgh chic

which is still home to the music festival today, as well as to a collection of attractive shops and restaurants. Also within easy reach of Aldeburgh is the fascinating Thorpeness, built as a private holiday village in 1910. Words by Sarah Sinclair Main photograph courtesy of Visit Britain

mong the interesting shops to discover on Aldeburgh High Street is boutique Caramel. Here, explains owner Sue Fletcher, local people and visitors to the town find the latest collections from selected designers.


“We have a relaxing, inviting environment, which appeals to women of all ages, and that ensures a lot of repeat custom,” she explains. “We have people who come to Aldeburgh on holiday every year and who make a point of coming to see us.” Collections at Caramel include the likes of Prêt, Brax, Michael H and Evelin Brandt, as well as Sahara and Masai. The shop also has an array of jewellery and accessories.

Photograph courtesy of Caramel

“We now stock a broad range of clothes in styles and prices to suit different customers and their budgets,” she adds. “We are also pleased to stock fairtrade labels People Tree and Manumit, and will be introducing even more fairtrade labels for the next season.” For more information on Caramel call 01728 452141 or visit


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Cragg Sisters is a vintage inspired tearoom with a contemporary twist located in the pretty coastal town of Aldeburgh in Suffolk. We have a love of all things tea (of which we have an extensive menu), we specialise in traditional cream teas, tiered afternoon teas and home made cakes, we also offer a simple selection of light lunches, sandwiches, soups and salads ...all using local produce wherever possible. We also offer a bespoke catering service. Opening times are Monday-Saturday 11am–5pm and Sunday 11am–4.40pm Winter opening is Friday, Saturday and Sunday only 110 High Street, Aldeburgh, Suffolk, IP15 5AB | | 07813 552 181 | |

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A flavour of Suffolk

From its exciting afternoon teas to its in Aldeburgh offers fresh foods from across

delicious brasserie dinners, the White Lion the county, as well as a homely place to stay


Nick Read

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tanding proudly on the sea front at Aldeburgh, gazing out across the shingle towards the sea is the White Lion Hotel.

From its enviable position on the edge of the bustling coastal town, the hotel opens its doors to welcome overnight guests seeking a traditional British seaside break, as well as those keen to stop for a bite to eat. General manager Peter Osborne says the Suffolk establishment prides itself on its relaxed ambience and friendly character. “We offer contemporary hospitality – we want our guests to feel as if the hotel is as comfortable as their home,” he says. “Some people travel for hours to get here, others come from just 10 minutes away. Whoever they are, and wherever they are from, our aim is to listen to what they want and to make them feel welcome.” The White Lion has 38 rooms, some of which look out across the beach towards the sea. Most guests come for between one and three nights but there are also those who arrive with their suitcases ready for a longer break. “We have people who come here for a week every year for their annual holiday,” he says. “Others come to have a weekend in Suffolk, to discover Aldeburgh or perhaps to attend a concert at nearby Snape. This year, of course, the Britten centenary is also a big pull to the area.” The hotel is also renowned for hosting its own events, from Moules et Boules, on the beach, to music nights and themed ladies’ lunches. Weddings and other private celebrations can also be

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arranged, and Peter is keen to point out that these are very much bespoke events. “We always say to couples: ‘Let us know what you want and we can do it.’ We have even had weddings where people have eaten fish and chips, and had ice-cream served out to them from a bicycle.” Last year, the hotel was awarded a TripAdvisor Certificate of Excellence while its bar and brasserie scooped an OpenTable Diners’ Choice award. “On our menus, we have gone back to basics really,” he explains. “Our dishes sometimes have a Mediterranean or French twist but wherever possible we do use local produce. Fish is bought fresh from the shed right on the beach opposite and is brought straight into our kitchen.” Those dining at the hotel can, therefore, sit down to the likes of steamed River Deben mussels, with creamy garlic and white wine sauce, or pan fried sea bass with nicoise-style salad, with mango and spring onion salsa. Others, perhaps exploring the colourful shops of Aldeburgh, enjoy stopping for one of the hotel’s renowned afternoon teas, which, in the summer, include locally grown strawberries. “We have a lot of local people, as well as visitors, who come here for something to eat or drink,” he adds. “I think people appreciate what we offer here – there is really nowhere else quite like the White Lion in this area.” Photography by Nick Read and courtesy of the White Lion For more information on the White Lion or its events call 01728 452720 or visit


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The beauty of Snape Exquisite architecture, beautiful home accessories and delicious local food – Snape Maltings offers art, culture and colour against the serene backdrop of the River Alde


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eading out across the spectacular countryside, towards the River Alde and perhaps the sea, visitors to Suffolk may happen upon beautiful Snape Maltings.


Like a great ship, appearing suddenly in the middle of the ocean, the complex of converted buildings feels somewhat surprising yet at the same time sits beautifully in its surroundings. Today a vibrant collection of shops, galleries and restaurants, as well as both residential and holiday properties, Snape Maltings is owned by the Gooderham family. Over the past 40 years, the seven acres of buildings, which also include the famous Snape Concert Hall, have gradually been renovated and restored. Together they now form an enticing destination for

those looking to stay somewhere truly unique, as well as for day visitors eager to shop, eat, take in an exhibition or concert – or simply enjoy the space. “People are surprised that we are here, right in the middle of nowhere, and that we manage to draw such a crowd,” says Alesha Gooderham. “But I do think that is one of our great attractions. There is so much going on here and yet you can walk just a short distance from the buildings and find complete silence and incredible views.” Thought to date back to the 1800s, the great red brick buildings once made up one of the largest flat floor maltings in the country. In 1965, however, after 120 years of activity, the site fell silent. “My husband’s father just loved the buildings and decided to buy them.

As a collection they were really unusual – and they were in this beautiful setting, right beside the river,” she says. “The first development was the concert hall and then, in 1971, the craft shop opened in the old boat shed by the water. At that time, we also had a tea shop on a barge on the river.” Slowly but surely many of the other listed buildings have also been restored and transformed, and, with each one, every effort has been made to retain the integrity of the structure, with prominent architectural features preserved and original materials used wherever possible. “The character of Snape Maltings is what makes it so special – the identity of this place is as much about the buildings as what people find inside them,” she points out.

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But if the Gooderhams have insisted on maintaining high standards in their restoration work, so they have also been resolute when it has come to deciding exactly what should fill the spaces. With an organisation the calibre of Aldeburgh Music operating the world famous concert hall, it was vital to ensure standards were maintained elsewhere.

House and Garden, where carefully sourced furniture and home accessories sit alongside Snape’s own giftware range, designed by artist in residence Emily Rae Manning. Samphire Boutique displays racks of exquisite men and women’s clothing while the Gallery features work from local artists, including the renowned Maggi Hambling.

“We did make the decision to run most of what happens here ourselves,” Alesha admits. “It was important that there was a good variety of different things and that they complemented everything else. We wanted to create the feeling of a cultural village at Snape and to ensure that people could come here to stay for the day, or for a few days, and still find enough to keep dipping in and out of.”

Colourful toys, interesting books and cards, antiques and crafts also fill the remarkable spaces at Snape and, of course, several of the beautiful buildings have now become places to eat, drink and buy delicious local produce.

Shopping areas, for example, now include the likes of the spectacular

to what can be achieved at Snape. “There are still lots of other buildings to be developed and we have lots more ideas,” says Alesha. “But everything we do is done carefully, one step at a time. People love what we have here, the balance of fascinating buildings, interesting things to do and the beautiful scenery – and everything we do must only enhance that.”

Photography courtesy of Snape Maltings, except Eccles cake by Keiko Oikawa and sculpture by Jeremy Young For more information on Snape Maltings call 01728 688303 or visit

With stunning, three-storey properties at Iken View now completed – many already in private ownership and available as holiday lets – and with five former maltsters’ cottages currently being converted, there seems no end

Look out for Sarah Johnson’s exhibition at the Gallery, from Saturday 7 September to Thursday 10 October The Aldeburgh Food and Drink Festival takes place at Snape Maltings from Friday 27 September to Sunday 28 September


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t is impossible to visit Dunwich without getting caught up in tales of its fascinating past.

The quiet Suffolk village, which nestles between the sea and the heathland, is once believed to have been one of the country’s busiest ports and the capital of the Kingdom of the East Angles. Today stories of Suffolk’s own Atlantis, which disappeared beneath the waves through storm surges and coastal erosion, are still told across the tables at popular establishment the Ship. Tales of smugglers also abound, along with stories about All Saints, which was

finally claimed by the sea in the early 20th century, and the many other former churches of Dunwich, said to be heard occasionally, ringing their bells as the tide moves in and out. Matthew Goodwin, general manager of the Ship at Dunwich, says: “The history here undoubtedly brings a lot of visitors. We have had Channel 4’s Time Team a couple of times and many people are interested in visiting the little museum down the road. “But Dunwich is attractive for lots of other reasons too – we are just two minutes from RSPB Minsmere and are

in the heart of one of the best bird watching areas in the country and of course there is the walking too. You can go five minutes in any direction from here and you pretty much find you are by yourself.” Described by Matthew as “a pub with bedrooms,” the Ship has its own historic appeal. Thought to date back to Tudor times, it is likely to have always been a coaching inn. “We also have what is believed to be the oldest fig tree in the country in our garden,” he points out. “We think it is between 600 and 800 years old.”

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J U S T A F E W S T E P S F RO M T H E B E AC H , T H E S H I P AT D U N W I C H OFFERS AN ABUNDANCE OF INTRIGUE AND HISTORY, AS WELL A S T H E C H A N C E TO E X P L O R E T H E W I L D S U F F O L K C OA S T L I N E The pub, which has 15 bedrooms, all with en suite bathrooms, prides itself on the simplicity of its style and its high quality, home-cooked food. Bedrooms are decorated in neutral and muted colours, featuring white bedding, and aim to be bright yet calming spaces in which to stay. “Our restaurant is open every day for breakfast, lunch and dinner. We try to work on the basis that we have been an English pub for many years and want to serve that sort of food – fish and chips, pie and mash and ham, egg and chips. “Having said that, we do like to twist things up a bit and some of our dishes do have a slightly more gastro flavour. You would probably describe it as ‘modern British.”’ Plates served might therefore include fresh Norfolk mussels, steamed in Aspall’s cyder, onions, bacon and cream served with parsley fried bread – or slow cooked aromatic Blythburgh pork belly, with a date and apple purée, mash, crackling, baby carrots and greens.

“We usually offer a lot of fish, smoking our own here, and we use local produce as much as we can,” he adds. Events, such as the Ship’s Beer Festival, on Saturday 27 and Sunday 28 July, are popular with both visitors and locals. At other times, people come to stay, to enjoy a meal or sometimes just to have a drink. “It is good to be so close to the beach,” says Matthew. “People often come after a long walk or an afternoon out with the children. “Others, particularly those from London, like to just sit down on the beach for an hour or two, enjoying the peace. The solitude on this part of the coast is wonderful.”

Words by Mary Williams Photography courtesy of the Ship For more information on the Ship at Dunwich call 01728 648219 or visit


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Woodbridge Violins Restorers, Makers and Dealers in Fine Violins, Violas, Cellos and Bows Luxury cottage holiday accommodation in the beautiful south Norfolk countryside, this sympathetic eightbarn conversion retains many original features. Each barn boasts its own private outdoor seating area and is situated on a working dairy and arable farm in a peaceful rural setting. All Properties are well equipped for a real home from home feel. Linen and towels are included, full central heating throughout, cooking and washing facilities, cots and highchairs for the little ones. Relax and unwind in the shared hot tub or have fun with the kids in the onsite games room. Fitness room and soft play area for little ones opening this Easter. Perfect for families and those who enjoy walking, fishing, golf and cycling, the local area has much to offer for guests of all ages.

contact Joanna Burroughs on 01502 677208 or visit

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We have probably the largest selection of instruments in East Anglia Insurance valuations Free estimates Expert restoration & bow rehairing Rental scheme for violins, violas & cellos Huge selection of strings & accessories Our aim is service with integrity

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Why not get away from it all at our luxury authentic log cabins set around our private fishing lake in rural Suffolk. The lodges are Visit England four or five star rated and are fully equipped each with its own private outdoor hot tub; for an extra touch of luxury our five star lodge has the addition of a sauna. Guests have use of the covered heated swimming pool April – October. 01728 685338 |

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A true rural retreat in an area of outstanding natural beauty

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We have Lodges for Hire and for Sale Chapel Barn Lodges is a small site set around a lake in seven acres of grounds, situated 1.5 miles from Aldeburgh town centre Close by is RSPB Minsmere, Thorpeness and Snape Maltings and the Concert Hall To find out more: 0845 4020799 |


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his long distance footpath runs 45 miles (or 72 km) from Hunstanton to Cromer, keeping close to the coastline.

Passing through an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty, it takes in low cliffs, sand dunes and fresh and salt water marshes.

The route, which was opened in 1986, takes walkers through different landscapes and is generally considered to be fairly easy going most of the way.

It also passes through or nearby a number of attractive towns and picturesque villages, including Hunstanton, Holme-next-the-Sea,

Thornham, Titchwell, Brancaster, Burnham Deepdale, Burnham Overy Staithe, Wells-next-the-Sea, Morston, Blakeney, Cley next the Sea, Salthouse, Kelling, Weybourne, Sheringham, Beeston Regis, East Runton and Cromer. Keep an eye out for wildlife along the

Take a summer stroll

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way, especially beside the marshes, where a wealth of birdlife may be spotted. Around the area of Blakeney, in particular, look out for seals in the water and on the shores. Keen walkers will find the Norfolk Coast Path links with the Peddars Way at

Holme-next-the-Sea and at Cromer connects to the Weavers Way.

they choose and to return to their start point easily if necessary.

It is worth noting that a Coasthopper bus service operates along the A149 coast road between Sheringham and Kings Lynn. This enables walkers to enjoy different sections of the path as

Words by Sarah Sinclair. Thornham photographed by Chris Herring, For more information visit



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A taste of Norfolk


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Pack your picnic hamper with fine food from the county Words by Mary Williams. Photography by Nick Read. With grateful thanks to Scott and Becci for the hampers and the Bulgarian Food Shop, Dereham Road, for the crockery

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Jo C’s Norfolk Ale

At her brewery near Fakenham, Jo Coubrough creates her range of ale. Norfolk Kiwi, Bitter Old Bustard and Knot Just Another IPA are made with locally grown Maris Otter barley.


P&S Butchers

For the past 20 years, P&S Butchers, of Holt, have been supplying a range of meat, from local farms. Run by Paul Reed and Simon Wade, the shop is known for its friendly service, and for the quality of the products.

“This part of Norfolk is like the Champagne region for malting barley. My grain is grown, malted and usually sold close by so often does not travel beyond a five-mile radius,” Jo says. “There is strong demand but I am keen to make sure each product is really great rather than expanding the range too quickly.”

“We sell handmade burgers, as well as Chinese-style ribs, minty lamb, chicken and minute steaks,” says Paul, who also sells a range of different sausages. “A big part of our business is also game, including venison, partridge and pheasant.”

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Wow! Muffins

Banana fudge, chocolate, blueberry and lemon... the list goes on and on. Karen Barnes produces a mouth-watering assortment of gluten and wheat-free muffins. She launched Wow! Muffins, near Wymondham, after realising there was not enough choice for people with food intolerances. “Some places do have options but they aren’t always freshly baked,” she explains. “I developed my muffins, most of which are also dairy-free, and people with and without food intolerances were amazed at how delicious they were.”



Homemade jams, lemon curds, chutneys and tapenades – Alison Williams is seeing sweet success with her Jubberwacky range. She started creating the tasty products after being asked by a delicatessen to make chutney. Now she also makes a range of specialist mustards for Colman’s. “All our products are homemade,” says Alison, who sells through a variety of outlets and by mail order. “We are very choosy about our ingredients, using local products wherever possible. So, for example, in our strawberry and champagne jam, we use Sharrington strawberries.” 01263 761525

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The Little Fudge Stall

Ricky Slade started his fudge business with a stall selling sweet treats outside his home in Sea Palling. Now his confectionery is sold in major outlets and also tasted in the highest places! “We gave some to Prince Charles who enjoyed it,” he explains.


Flavours include the likes of vanilla, rum and raisin, maple and pecan, and ginger, and come in bags and jars, and also as attractive wedding favours: “We sell to customers in London and even to one in Canada. We also make edible postcards, which are quite fun.”

Cley Smokehouse

Fresh from the sea and smoked or cured at the shop, on the North Norfolk coast – Cley Smokehouse has been known for its fresh lobster, mackerel, crab and other seafood, for more than 30 years now. Owner Glen Weston says people across the UK now order his produce via his website. “We sell a lot of our fish and meat to visitors to the area and very often they will continue to order it via our website after they get home – they clearly miss that taste of North Norfolk!” he adds. 01263 740282 |

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Candi’s Chutney

Professional chef of 20 years Candi Robertson creates delicious chutney, in her kitchen, at Foulsham. From Norfolk crier onion marmalade to parsnip and red chilli chutney and spiced carrot chutney, her products are popular with cheese and meat.

Buns of Fun

Unique Norfolk cake company Buns of Fun is making a name for itself across the county and beyond. Originally known for her exquisite cup cakes and spectacular wedding cakes, owner Emma Thorburn, from Sheringham, is now seeing demand for her Love Pots.

“I try to use local ingredients as much as I can and many of my recipes are old family recipes,” says Candi. “People often think of chutney as being brown and boring and can’t believe that ingredients, such as parsnips, can have such a great taste.”

“This is a cross between a cake and a pudding, and comes in a jar,” explains Emma, who tries to use ingredients from Norfolk. “They are proving to be very popular as presents, and favours for weddings and other events.” The Love Pots can be personalised and recycled for use as a tea-light holder or seed pot.

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Smoke and Spice Shop – get your taste buds tingling with our vast array of hot sauces from the UK and abroad! Wander around the summer chilli plant display inside the greenhouse Stop for a bite to eat or relax with a coffee in our café Stock up on something special from the Deli

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With a passion for duck bred from over 10 years working with the product, Ed and Vernon are determined to share this succulent meat with the nation. Not many would believe that duck is the healthy option, it’s less fatty than chicken and the fat has similar properties to olive oil. Wraps are our speciality, with the most authentic crispy aromatic duck, home made hoisin sauce, fresh cucumber and spring onion finished in a warm wrap. When you smell our duck cooking on our rotisserie we challenge you not to give in to the temptation. | 07919 160 271 |


Original beams and fine table linen create a warm, intimate atmosphere in our beautiful restaurant Our menu and wines are influenced by the best European cuisine and include fine English fare that makes superb use of the freshest local ingredients Our eleven rooms provide an excellent level of comfort Winner of Gourmet Britain’s Best Restaurant with Rooms in the UK


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SALAD DAYS Fresh fruit, crispy vegetables and counters overflowing with organic meat, cheese and bakery goods – one Norfolk couple are enjoying getting Back to the Garden


rown in fields a stone’s throw away or raised on the land close to the barn at Letheringsett – Back to the Garden’s produce is as fresh as it could possibly be. Owned by Delaval and Veronica Astley, and run from a former threshing barn, the North Norfolk establishment has grown from a roadside stall into an award-winning farm shop, restaurant and delicatessen. “On our farm in Barney, we raise organic beef, lamb and a flock of garrulous French chickens,” explains Delaval. “For Christmas, numbers swell with turkeys and geese. “From cavolo nero and rainbow chard, to butternut squash and the everyday carrot, we also cultivate every type of seasonal vegetable.” Meat from the farm is home-cured by Back to the Garden while rabbit, wild

game and venison from the Astleys’ land is served and sold alongside beer, cheese, wine and jam, all from other local producers. “We also have a restaurant that serves dishes made with some of the wonderful produce we have here – we like to keep it quite relaxed and friendly, serving breakfast, light lunches, afternoon tea and coffee, as well as evening meals on Fridays and Saturdays.”

He adds: “Like other farm shop owners, Veronica and I wanted to get back to farming on a human scale – growing for friends and neighbours, knowing our produce is being tasted at its best.” Words by Sarah Sinclair For more information on Back to the Garden call 01263 715996 or visit


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WEDDING CA K E SERVICE & DELUXE LOV E POT S Decadent love-stuffed sponge in beautiful jars layered with compote or laced with alcohol & silky buttercream. *Packages available for re-loving your pots. | 07932 874576 |


Jubberwacky Tastes Brillig!

The Little Fudge Stall The Little Fudge Stall is a family business based in the seaside village of Sea Palling, North Norfolk.

Jams, chutney, lemon curd, tapenade and fabulous mustards Homemade in North Norfolk

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All of our fudge is handmade in small batches form start to finish using raw ingredients and traditional methods, there are no machines , kettles or mixes used. This ensures the fudge is of high quality with a delicious creamy crumbly texture that melts in the mouth. The fudge is made with our family recipes using British sugar and local ingredients whenever possible. Our fudge contains no artificial colours or flavourings and is gluten free and suitable for vegetarians. It has been enjoyed by HRH Prince Charles!

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rowse either the menu or the shelves at the Elveden Estate and you will find a spectacular array of local delicacies. Some have been created under the watchful eye of Peter McBurnie, the company’s in-house development chef, and former head chef at Claridge’s, while others have been selected from carefully chosen producers from Norfolk and Suffolk, explains Frances Armstrong, head of marketing at the estate. “We are known for our wide range of chutneys, dressings, sauces, marmalades and jams. Wherever possible these are made with ingredients from the estate, including

some of the vegetables from our kitchen garden. We have all sorts of unusual things growing there – golden beetroot, for example, and a complete rainbow of carrots – purple, white and yellow, as well as orange.” Elvedenilli, for example, which is, of course, the estate’s own take on piccalilli, is made with home-grown onions, parsnips and carrots, while apple and Elveden ale chutney is conjured up using beer brewed on the premises. All manner of recipes, including the likes of red onion and cranberry relish, pear, lemon and coriander chutney and apple, mead and hops sauce are also created by Peter after long and careful

development. All preparation work is carried out in complete secrecy, with only the chef himself allowed to keep the key to his kitchen. “Everything we make is special,” says Peter, who has just launched a new range of pickles. “You may well have tasted an apple sauce before but you will never have tasted one like ours. “We believe in experimenting with flavours and tempting people to enjoy our products in different ways; trying our rhubarb, ginger and vanilla relish on ice-cream, for example, even though it is a chutney – or enjoying our mango, chilli and lime dressing on fresh fruit as well as on salad.”

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Tucked away, off the A11, in the small village of Elveden, the shops and restaurant are clustered around a courtyard, where visitors can relax in the sunshine, over something to eat or drink. Here, and inside as well, they can choose from a menu featuring a range of dishes prepared using Elveden’s own ingredients or those from nearby. Look out for the likes of hot barbecue pulled pork wrap and dry spiced, slow cooked shoulder of lamb, with a sweet and spiced sauce, served with cous cous, tzatziki and fresh, homemade flat bread. The restaurant leads into the food hall, which is a veritable pantry of delights, with shelves piled high with all manner

of groceries, including fresh bread, cheese and eggs. Here, Elveden also has a butchery counter, where it sells its own venison, as well as local beef, lamb, pork and free range chicken. Homemade fudge and other sweet treats are available in the confectionery area while fresh fruit and vegetables, much of which comes from the estate, also create colourful displays.

“This is a fantastic family event, with live music and demonstrations from different chefs, as well as a barbecue and a bar,” says Frances. “It is a big day out and a great opportunity to see just what we do here at Elveden.”

Events are held at Elveden throughout the year, with many involving produce from the estate. The Big Onion Food and Drink Festival, however, on Saturday 7 September, is a key event on the annual calendar, and is when Elveden showcases its own produce alongside that of some 50 other local producers.

For more information on the restaurant call

Words by Abigail Saltmarsh Photography by Nick Read, except exterior image supplied by the Elveden Estate

01842 898066 or the food hall call 01842 898064 or visit

For information on the Big Onion Food and Drink Festival or to book advance tickets at a reduced rate please also visit


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Countryside Cottages Stylish cottages in great locations

Coastal Voyager RIB trips offers a variety of trips leaving from the beautiful Southwold Harbour including our signature ‘high speed blast’ around Solebay to relaxing river cruises, seal watching cruises, coastal cruises and new for 2013 pirate theme birthday parties! Up to 12 passengers all equipment provided FOR MORE DETAILS WWW.COASTALVOYAGER.CO.UK | THRILLS@SOUTHWOLD.WS | 07887 525082


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A taste of Suffolk

ENJOY THE VERY BEST DELICIOUS LOCAL PRODUCE THIS SUMMER Words by Mary Williams. Photography by Nick Read. With grateful thanks to the Garrood family for the picnic rug and basket, and the Bulgarian Food Shop, Dereham Road, for the crockery. 1

DJ Wines

Derek Jones has always been passionate about wine so when the opportunity arose to launch his own winery, he leapt at it. Now he is winning wide-spread acclaim for his fruit wines, such as strawberry, rhubarb, cherry and raspberry, which are now sold at shops, pubs and restaurants, as well as via his website.


Crystal Waters

Traditional fishmonger Crystal Waters is known right across Suffolk for its fresh fish and seafood, including smoked salmon, kippers, haddock, prawns and monk-fish. In the summer, delicacies including crabs, wild sea bass and fresh samphire, are enjoyed says owner Daniel Eastwood.


The Chilli Company


The Duck Truck

A passion for spicy food lead Denise and Adrian Nuttall to launch the Chilli Company. On their farm in Mendlesham, they grow a vast selection of chillis, many of which are used in their own produce. From a shop and deli on the site, they sell products such as chilli, cooking sauce and chutney.

Ed Farrell and Vernon Blackmore came up with the idea of selling crispy duck wraps after spending time working on a duck farm. “Duck is such a good product. It tastes delicious and it is healthy, yet not many people in the UK eat it,” says Ed, who launched the Duck Truck earlier this year.

He also makes liqueurs and mead at the winery, near Woodbridge: “We make Monk’s Mead, using heather honey. This is a light mead, with a gentle bouquet of heather behind it,” he says.

“We are at markets in places, such as Woodbridge, Southwold and Bungay,” he says. “And we have regular customers who come back to us week after week.”

“Our shop Smoke & Spice also sells products from around the world,” says Denise. “We also supply other retailers with our products – these include Fortnum and Mason, in London.”

The wraps are prepared using marinated, pre-cooked duck, which is then roasted off in a large rotisserie oven. They are served with hoisin sauce, spring onion and cucumber.

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Stunning Snape Maltings Shops & Galleries CafĂŠ, Tea Shop & village pub Historic buildings Farmers Market River trips & walks Vintage Fairs Exhibitions & Workshops Open every day from 10am t: 01728 688 303

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ushing open the great oak front door to Bruisyard Hall, and stepping into the flagstoned reception hall, it is often difficult for visitors to truly believe this is their home for a few days. But the Rous family, owners of the ancient country house and estate, near Saxmundham, in Suffolk, are keen to assure them this is exactly what is happening – for the duration of their stay, 14th century Bruisyard Hall and its 700 acres really is their own. “Whether you are here for a wedding, to celebrate another occasion or simply for a break away, the whole place is exclusively yours,” explains Paul Rous. “Our concierge, event manager and other staff can be as involved as you would like them to be. We can discuss

exactly what you require in advance and ensure everything runs smoothly for you but this is an opportunity to enjoy the whole place and spend time with your family and friends while having exclusive use of the whole estate.” Owned by the family for 400 years, Bruisyard Hall once served as an abbey. Following the dissolution of the monastries in the 1500s, however, the great red brick building was rebuilt. Today many of its original features can still be seen, including a priest hole in one of the bedrooms, oak staircases and the workings of a sweet-toned bell. “A refurbishment of the hall has recently been completed,” says Paul. “The main house now has 10 beautifully finished

bedrooms and nine bathrooms, as well as other large reception rooms, where guests can relax, spend time together or hold celebrations.” Renowned designer Libby Denny, of Margaret Sheridan oversaw the transformation of the interior, bringing a refined yet relaxed country house style to the spaces, which makes people feel comfortable as well as looked after, and which enhances the original features. “Fabrics, furniture and colours have been chosen very carefully to ensure just the right style. Everything is of a very high quality yet Bruisyard Hall still feels like a private home,” Paul adds. Reception rooms at the hall now include

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the likes of the grand dining room, where some 22 people can be comfortably seated. There is a library, drawing room and billiards room, as well as the expansive kitchen, and the newly completed entertainment room, which is in the attic, and is where the workings of the old clock can still be seen. Decorated in sumptuous, dark, jewel-like colours, and reflective tiles, this space contrasts dramatically with the cool interiors of the rest of the hall. “It does have a very different feel,” admits Paul. “This is a fun room, with a bar, where people can have canapés and cocktails before dinner, listen to music or watch television. You open the door to this room and you step into another world!”

A total of 20 people can now stay at the main, three-story house, with another four able to be accommodated in two bedrooms at the converted timber barn on the estate. This magnificent space features a minstrel’s gallery, Medieval hall and banqueting hall, and can also be used as a spectacular setting for weddings and other events.

duration of the wedding. It makes it easier than if they were at a hotel, particularly if they have travelled some distance and want to spend time together. It gives them the opportunity to be more casual and more flexible as to how they spend the time. Guests often enjoy getting together again on the Sunday for a barbecues, for example.”

Indeed, for those getting married, there are a number of different options; the ceremony itself can be held in the pretty village church, the barn or the hall – and a bespoke event to meet the needs of the happy couple can be created by the experienced team or staff can step back and just help out as required.

He continues: “We are very proud of the wonderful weddings that have been held here and at just how well the hall lends itself to them. This year we have been voted one of the top 100 wedding venues in the UK 2013, by Condé Nast Brides Magazine.”

“People can stay at the hall for the

While the estate is enclosed, and guests have the freedom of the hall and the


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spectacular parkland grounds, Paul is also keen to encourage them to experience the magnificence of the wider area. He and his family are passionate about Suffolk and are eager to introduce the county to those making Bruisyard Hall their home for a few days. “One of the great beauties of Suffolk is that it is easy to get here from London and yet so many people are still unaware

of all it has to offer. Bruisyard Hall is within easy reach of the wonderful Suffolk coast, and places such as Aldeburgh, there is beautiful countryside and there are great activities to enjoy and some wonderful pubs and restaurants to experience. We can offer lots of advice on the local area and what people might like to do while they are here.”

just what Suffolk has to offer while also enjoying their time at Bruisyard Hall and feeling like it is their own private, country estate during their stay.” Words by Abigail Saltmarsh Photographs by Nick Read For more information on Bruisyard Hall and all it has to offer call 01728 639000 or visit

He adds: “We want visitors to discover

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Uniquely Away has teamed up with Bruisyard Hall to offer one lucky reader a night for two at the magnificent house. The winner of our competition will be able to spend one night at the house, near Saxmundham, in Suffolk, and will also be given dinner the night before and breakfast in the morning. To enter our draw to win this magnificent prize, simply send your name, address, email address and daytime telephone number to or send a postcard to

Bruisyard Hall Competition, Uniquely Away, Ferndale Centre, Exeter Street, Norwich, NR2 4QB The competition closes on Friday 13 September 2013. The winner will be announced in the next issue of Uniquely Away. The usual Uniquely Magazines terms and conditions apply. For full details visit A date for the stay will be mid-week and will be arranged directly with the staff at Bruisyard Hall. The stay will be subject to availability and is non-transferable

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W I N G S Two of Norfolk’s brightest personalities lift a glass to the genius of Noel Coward in this kaleidoscopically entertaining celebration of his songs


HOLKHAM Country Fair

27th & 28th July 2013

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Grand Ring including the Dancing Diggers, Terrier Racing, Birds of Prey, Scurry & Trials Driving, Aerobatics, Freefall Parachutes & Mounted Games. Two full days of country pursuits, rural pastimes and crafts: fishing, clay pigeon shooting, have-a-go events, gundogs and fairground. Fine Food Village and more than 200 trade stands for everyone to enjoy. Gates open 9.00 am – 6.30 pm • Dogs welcome • Advance ticket sales available on-line

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Natural beauty at East View Farm’s Cottages


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ane Pond has lived at East View Farm all her life – she was born here, grew up here and now lives here with her own family.

But Jane and her husband John also welcome visitors to their attractive Ashmanhaugh home, which is set in 10 acres of beautiful Norfolk countryside. Within their grounds, just two miles from Wroxham and at the heart of the Broads National Park, they have converted two former farm buildings into attractive holiday homes. “My father bought the farm in 1930, when it was a tumble-down wreck, but he had a vision – and he spent much of

his life doing it up. This is a place that gets into the soul,” suggests Jane. In those days, she explains, corn and sugar beet were grown on the land but since she and John have taken over, it has ceased to be a working farm. Keen to enhance the environment, they have planted more than 2,500 trees and shrubs, and wishing to make the most of the character-filled former barns and stables, they have created the holiday homes. Today Plum Tree Cottage has three bedrooms and sleeps six people while Nutmeg has one bedroom and sleeps two. “When I was a child, these buildings

were used to store corn but it had always been at the back of our minds to do something with them and eventually we decided to do it,” Jane explains. “We converted the small one first, back in 2000, and then the other one the following year. We were determined to keep the character of the old buildings and so recycled brickwork and beams wherever we could.” Jane, who by her own admission “likes to do things 100 per cent,” has since gone on to win a number of awards for the self-catering properties; each has been given five stars, as well as an Enjoy England Gold Award.

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“Looking after the cottages and the grounds is now a full-time job and I believe it is important to maintain standards. We have a lot of repeat business because of that – we have some guests who are coming back for their 16th visit this year!” Part of the attraction of the properties is the comfortable balance between presentation and comfort, which Jane has managed to achieve. Bedrooms and living spaces have been carefully decorated to enhance exposed brick and timberwork while also managing to maintain an air of relaxation. Outside, the landscaped grounds have a

parkland appeal, with manicured lawns, leafy trees and a nature pond. But the rural location also boasts something unique - behind the barns some of the former farm fields are now where John pursues his passion for trains. Here he and fellow enthusiasts have built a seven and a quarter inch gauge railway – complete with three circuits of track, a signal box, platform, carriage shed, ticket office and wildlife pond.

She adds: “It is just for fun and only occasionally open but some people like to come and stay when they know there will be an open day. Most guests, however, come for other reasons. We are right in the middle of the Norfolk Broads, and just eight miles from the coast, and the same distance from Norwich, and it is so quiet here. We have a lot of guests who just come here for the peace.”

“John has always been interested in planes, trains and cars,” Jane explains. “This really is a hobby railway but we open it six afternoons a year, and can also do driver’s experience days and birthday parties.”

Words by Abigail Saltmarsh Photographs by Nick Read For more information call 01603 782225 or visit


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hen Lynda and Charles Tucker first arrived at exquisite Hindringham Hall and started working on their beautiful gardens they had no intention of opening them up to the visiting public. Now, however, following overwhelming demand, the gate to their secret haven swings open on Wednesdays, throughout the summer. The beautiful gardens at the moated property, which dates back to the 15th century, cover about four acres of the 10-acre grounds.

OPEN THE GATE AND ENJOY THE HIDDEN BEAUTY AND GLORIOUS COLOUR OF THE MAGNIFICENT GROUNDS AT HINDRINGHAM HALL THIS SUMMER “We did not at any point sit down and plan how we wanted the whole garden to look – we worked on the areas that needed doing and went with what we liked,” explains Lynda. “It is, however, planted out for the different times of the year. So, for example, we have a lot of daffodils in one area and then the cow parsley comes out to hide them as they die down.”

“There is such a lot of colour then; we have some beautiful roses, such as the rambling rector,” she says. Highlights of the mature gardens also include the water garden, which lies alongside the southern bank of the moat, and is mainly planted with primula, hellebores, hosta and daylilies, as well as the leafy Victorian nut walk and the pretty walled garden. The hall itself is also open for guided tours on set dates and includes two holiday properties that can be rented out throughout the year. Former gardener’s home, Banes Cottage, sleeps four while picturesque Mill House offers luxury self-catering for two. “We do enjoy welcoming people to Hindringham Hall,” says Lynda. “Although we never intended to open the gardens to the public, we now enjoy sharing them on occasion with others who appreciate their beauty.” Photography courtesy of Hindringham Hall

A suggestion to take part in the National Gardens Scheme in springtime led to the public being welcomed into the gardens for the first time – and also expressing interest in visiting when the roses were out.

For more information on the gardens and holiday homes at Hindringham Hall call 01328 878226 or visit The gardens are open every Wednesday from 10am to 4.30pm, from the end of March to early October


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an you tell us a little about yourself? I’m 18 and currently studying Level Three sport at the College of West Anglia. I work as an instructor and shop assistant at Hunstanton Watersports and, in my free time, I’m a professional kite surfer. I’m also interested in other water sports, such as stand up paddle boarding, wake boarding, as well as skiing and playing the guitar. What do you enjoy about living in Norfolk? Norfolk is where I have lived all my life. I live in pretty much the middle of nowhere, so it’s nice and quiet, and only 10 minutes from all the beaches. I like this because it gives me a sense of freedom. It’s great for running, biking and even snow kiting (when there is enough snow). When did you first start kite surfing? I started to learn how to kite surf back in 2007, when I was in my first year at high school. I used to go on little family outings to the beach each weekend, this is when it caught our eye and we bought our first kite. My dad learned first – then taught me, my sister Chloe and my mum.

What makes Norfolk a good place for kite surfing? Hunstanton beach is perfect on a low, spring tide for the discipline I ride in (freestyle). It is flat, shallow and we have a sandbar, which is great for filming. I’ve kited at many locations around the UK and I’d say you can’t beat my home spot. Of course, you can go abroad and have all the same elements with some added heat, but what we don’t have here are shark and other nasty fish! Can anyone learn to kite surf? Absolutely! Freestyle kite surfing is quite demanding on the body (I’ve started going to the gym) but don’t let your fitness stop you from trying. Everyone learns at a different pace. It took me about a year to get the hang of it properly; with the inconsistent wind, you can’t do it all the time.

What equipment is required? To be a kite surfer, you’ll need a wetsuit, harness, board, kite, pump, bar and lines. You can also wear a helmet, buoyancy aid or impact vest for safety. Once you have got all the kit you need, all you need is wind, which is priceless! What advice would you give someone considering taking up the sport? Have lessons from fully qualified instructors. That way you are being taught by the best. Learning on your own could mean a greater risk of injuring yourself. Photography by Craig Jacob ( For more information call 01485 534455 or visit

Are there any dangers associated with the sport? Equipment has improved over the years so if something is to go wrong, you have a good chance of being ok. If you don’t know the kit or don’t have a lot of knowledge of the sport, however, this is when accidents can happen.

What makes the sport so enjoyable? Excitement drew me to it; I was young and had never seen anything like it before so I was keen to try it out. The thrill that it gives you when you have left the water is indescribable. However, it is not just about the speed or height, it is also about the people you ride with. We push each other, it’s a good laugh. Have you competed? I have competed for the past four years. Two years running, I won first place in the Amateur Ladies and then last year I competed professionally, and came third.



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F A I R H O L K H A M O P E N S I T S G AT E S F O R I T S C O U N T R Y FA I R Photograph courtesy of the Holkham Estate


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pectacle, pageantry and family fun – the gates swing open at Holkham on Saturday 27 and Sunday 28 July as the country fair arrives at the estate.


The clay pigeon shoot at Holkham Country Fair is also not to be missed and there will be classic cars, a display of vintage military vehicles and more than 200 trade, food and craft stands.

The two-day event at Holkham marries the finest traditions of the countryside with a spectacular line up of entertainment and attractions for the whole family.

Historically, Holkham Country Fair has been held every other year, but it is now set to become an annual event, making it a permanent fixture in Norfolk’s summer calendar. It is held at Holkham by kind permission of Viscount and Viscountess Coke.

This year, explains new director of the show, Dominic Reid OBE, it features the likes of the King’s Troop, Royal Horse Artillery, a freefall parachute display, falconry demonstrations and the JCB Dancing Diggers. “The Holkham Country Fair originated to teach children about the countryside and its importance and traditions, which is why we let them in for free. Today, more than 30 years on, the show is true to those educational roots and continues to celebrate everything rural,” he says. The Grand Ring will play host to a spectacular programme, which will also include a championship youth band, a hound parade and terrier racing. Visitors will also be able to enjoy lurcher racing, fly-casting demonstrations, wildfowling, gundog scurry and team test, and the ever-popular sheep show.

Dominic, who lives in Norfolk, has organised events professionally for the past 20 years, notably the Lord Mayor’s Show in London, the Oxford and Cambridge Boat Race and the Queen’s Golden Jubilee. “The Holkham Country Fair has a wonderful combination of spectacle, pageantry and great fun, which makes it a fantastic family day out,” he says. “It is one of the best-loved country fairs in England and we are building it to provide something for everyone.” Tickets cost £15 per person. Children aged 14 and under are free (save 10 per cent on entry

irds of prey will soar above the Grand Ring at the Holkham Country Fair, under the watchful eye of falconer Charlotte Hill. Charlotte, who runs CJ’s Birds of Prey, has worked with the magnificent creatures for the past 19 years.


“They are beautiful birds and I just love their free spirits. Working with them really gives me an adrenaline boost and I like to share that with other people,” she says. Charlotte has 37 birds in total, including eagles, hawks, falcons, owls and buzzards. At the fair she will give a flying demonstration, the highlight of which will be a display by a peregrine falcon, the fastest creature of earth.

prices when booking online). The fair is open from 9am to 7pm on both days and car parking is free. For more information call 01328 821821 or visit

“George is now four years old – this will be his second time at Holkham. Depending on the climatic conditions, he will either give a very dramatic display, where he flies close to the audience, or will get up to a great height and then come down very, very fast. “This is what he would do naturally – my job is just to encourage him to do what he would do in the wild.” For more information visit

Photography courtesy CJ’s Birds of Prey

Photography courtesy of Holkham Country Fair

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Photograph courtesy of Walsingham Farms Shop

Photograph courtesy of the General Store

tasty selection of local food products will be showcased at the Holkham Country Fair. The Fine Food Village will feature more than 30 stalls from suppliers such as Walsingham Farms Shop, the General Store, Cley Smokehouse, Norfolk Apple Juice, Breckland Orchard and the Norfolk Brewhouse.


“We want to encourage our visitors to sample local food and drink, try new delights and meet the producers, or simply stock up on family favourites,� Dominic adds.

Photograph courtesy of Walsingham Farms Shop

Food will be available on the day from the likes of Arthur Howell and Chris Coubrough, as well as Bouverie Lodge and the Duck Truck.


Photograph courtesy of the General Store

Photograph courtesy of Cley Smokehouse

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Abigail Saltmarsh suggests events for this summer... the Editor’s


Thursday 4 July to Sunday 4 August

Monday 15 to Saturday 27 July

Cley 13 St Margaret’s Church, Cley next the Sea

Evita Theatre Royal, Norwich Chart topping Wet, Wet, Wet superstar and acclaimed stage performer, Marti Pellow returns to the stage of the Theatre Royal, in Norwich, this week, as Che in Tim Rice and Andrew Lloyd-Webber’s multi award-winning hit musical Evita. Follow the tale of Eva Peron’s rise from the rural village of Los Toldos to becoming the

first lady of Argentina and enjoy some of musical theatre’s most memorable and iconic numbers, including Don’t Cry For Me Argentina and On This Night of a Thousand Stars. With a cast of musical theatre all-stars, and the return to Norfolk of renowned Olivier Award-winning choreographer Bill Deamer, this promises to be a special production.

Anna-Lise Horsley

next the Sea, in North Norfolk. Featuring artists with a Norfolk connection, and curated by artist and poet, Ian Starsmore, it has been inspired by the spoonbill bird that passes through the area each year. Pieces created range from underwater photography and outdoor sculpture to printmaking, painting and an indoor hanging garden.

For more information or to book for events visit

Keith Pattison

Visit Cley 13 this week. One of the eastern region’s most prestigious arts events, the exhibition will feature work from some 65 individual contemporary artists. Based at St Margaret’s Church, the Flight of the Spoonbill is a site-specific exhibition of contemporary art at venues in and around the village and coastline of Cley

For more information or to book call 01603 630000 or visit

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Sunday 21 July to Tuesday 6 August

Sunday 28 July

Norfolk Cricket Festival Manor Park, Horsford

As You Like It Ickworth, Horringer

Considered by many as the highlight of the season, the Norfolk Cricket Festival has a rich heritage and is an annual treat for local cricket lovers.

Staged over the course of a fortnight, Norfolk County Cricket Club play three matches in the Minor Counties Championship, against a backdrop of marquees, at the picturesque Manor Park ground, in Horsford. The first match sees Norfolk taking on Northumberland (Sunday 21 to Tuesday 23 July) followed by games against Buckinghamshire (Sunday 28 to Tuesday 30 July) and Lincolnshire (Sunday 4 to Tuesday 6 August). A perfect day out at the cricket for all, don’t miss this quintessential slice of the English summer.

For more information visit

Settle down to a performance of As You Like It in the amazing setting of Ickworth, near Bury St Edmunds. All male troupe of travelling players, the Lord Chamberlain’s Men, breathes new life into the summer classic.

As You Like It begins at 7pm and features everything you would expect from a Shakespeare comedy – crossdressing and love-notes; poetry, gentle satire and slapstick and passion.

For more information or to book visit

Saturday 27 to Sunday 28 July Sunday 11 August

Spend a day or two in the sunshine enjoying all the colour and fun of the Holkham Country Fair. Look out for all the spectacle of the Grand Ring, along with an interesting selection of food stalls and trade stands. Join in the likes of clay pigeon shooting, archery, and spend time at the traditional English fairground.

Spend the morning getting close to moths with an expert at Strumpshaw Fen, in the Norfolk Broads. Inspect the previous night’s catch from two light traps. Enjoy close-up views and take photographs. This event is suitable for adults or keen older children. It takes place between 7.30am and 9.30am. Booking is essential. For help further exploring the Norfolk Broads download an official app via

For more information or to book

For more information on the moth morning call 01603 715191 or visit


Mike Richards

Moth Morning Strumpshaw Fen, Strumpshaw

Holkham Country Fair

Holkham Country Fair Holkham Estate

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Friday 23 August to Sunday 25 August

Tuesday 3 to Saturday 7 September

FolkEast Glemham Hall, Little Glemham

Lettice and Lovage Sheringham Little Theatre, Sheringham

There will also be workshops, innovative street theatre, children’s activities, exhibitions of quality arts and crafts, ceilidhs and a vintage mobile cinema.

For more information or to book visit

Adrian Judd

FolkEast moves to its new home at Glemham Hall this year. In the ancient parkland surrounding the hall, the festival celebrates the best in folk, roots and acoustic music over the August bank holiday. Building on 2012’s success, the Radio 2 Folk Awards’ Best Live Act, The Demon Barbers XL, headlines on Friday. An energetic Saturday of contemporary players is topped by a Wayward Tour set from Eliza Carthy and Jim Moray, followed by the ever beating drums of The Dhol Foundation. Sunday will see Penguin Café take the stage, before making way for Steeleye Span.

Peter Shaffer’s comedy plays at Sheringham as part of the summer repertory season. Theatrical Lettice Douffet is a tour guide at Fustian House, potentially the dullest stately home in England. Acutely aware that all the visitors are thoroughly bored by the

experience, Lettice decides to spice up the property’s history. As her imaginative tales begin to enthrall and entertain the tourists she is inspired to embellish ever more wildly, eventually drawing the attention of her prim boss, Lotte Schoen, with interesting consequences.

For more information or to book call 01263 822347 or visit

Sunday 25 August

Clare Antiques and Collectables Fair Clare Town Hall, Market Hill From great pieces of 18th century oak furniture down to the smallest ornate pieces of 19th century glass work, the Clare Antiques and Collectables Fair offers something for everyone. Playing host to some of East Anglia’s finest dealers, the fair also features the likes of clocks, pottery, gold, silver, glass and books. Stands change regularly so arrive promptly at 10am to make the most of the day and find the best rarities and treasures. Light refreshments are available. For more information call Robin on 07990 795570

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Saturday 7 to Sunday 8 September

Saturday 21 to Sunday 29 September

Great Yarmouth Maritime Festival South Quay, Great Yarmouth

Artworks Blackthorpe Barn, Rougham

For more information call 01493 846492 or visit

Enjoy the final week of Artworks at Blackthorpe Barn. The 30-strong group of East Anglia-based artists has been holding its 14th annual showcase exhibition of new paintings, collages, original prints and sculpture since Saturday 7 September.

Between 10am and 5pm daily, artists present 30 unique and distinct bodies of work, exploring a wide range of subjects from the human condition to the natural world, from the contemplative to the expressive. All work is for sale. Admission is free.

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Great Yarmouth Tourism

The Great Yarmouth Maritime Festival will be dropping anchor again this September. Boasting the arrival of Dutch tall ship Morgenster, a fully functional 18th century style clipper, and the steam tug Challenge, used in the 1940 evacuation of Dunkirk, this year’s festival is must-see event, even for landlubbers. Alongside these mighty vessels there will be three stages of live sea shanty and folk music, by acts from all over country and beyond. Not to be missed are the Jolly Rogers, a band formed in Great Yarmouth’s own Centre 81, who will be performing on the opening day.

For more information visit

Friday 13 to Friday 20 September

Britten String Quartets Aldeburgh Music, Snape Celebrate the centenary of Benjamin Britten with master classes, open sessions and a recital, with Krzysztof Chorzelski, Martin Lovett,

Kenneth Sillito and David Waterman, from the BrittenPears Young Artist Programme. Britten’s three major quartets span his whole musical life – the

after the composer’s death. first written during his US The final recital takes place at wartime exile in 1942; the last, his final major completed work, 3pm, on Friday 20 September. premiered at Snape Maltings Concert Hall, in 1976, shortly


For more information or to book call 01728 687110 or visit

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In the know re you from Norfolk? No, but we moved to Norfolk 10 years ago. It is the best thing we have ever done.


What brought you to the county? I was born in London and my wife in Toronto, but this is home. We were attracted by the remoteness of the countryside. What do you enjoy most about living in Norfolk? The skies, the people and, of course, the countryside all around us and everything that allows us to do. In your opinion what makes the county so appealing to visitors? It is still a proper rural community, and unspoiled, compared with much of the rest of the country.

Dominic Reid OBE, Director Holkham Country Fair Pageant master

Can you tell us a little about yourself and your role as a pageant master? I have organised the Lord Mayor’s Show in London for more than 20 years. I took on the role when my father died – he did it for the 20 years before me. Like him, I had a background in architecture and had spent time in the army; an unusual combination, but one which equips you well for this kind of job. Tell us about your role at the Holkham Country Fair? I am responsible for setting the whole thing up. In essence, we create a temporary, and very English, theme park on the beautiful estate at Holkham. We then organise two days of great fun for everyone who comes. There is quite a lot to do.

What do you believe will make the event particularly special this year? A terrific programme in the Grand Ring, with the JCB Dancing Diggers and the King’s Troop, Royal Horse Artillery as two of the highlights. We have got a great trade stand line-up, with some excellent shopping opportunities. This year we have a special focus on local craftspeople and producers. We also have a fine food village, a traditional fairground and much more. Where are your own personal favourite places to visit in Norfolk – and why? I like the whole of the North Norfolk coast. Every creek and every area has its own special charm. What would you suggest people do if they had just one day to spend in Norfolk? Explore the beaches and the saltmarshes, and organise your day so that you end up in the pub. Tell us about what you believe to be some of Norfolk’s hidden gems? The silence and the night sky. You can see the most wonderful starscapes. Do you have any final suggestions for visitors? Slow down and enjoy the place rather than looking too hard for its attractions. Photography by Charlie Wallis For more information on Holkham Country Fair visit

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Uniquely Away Issue 5 - Summer 2013  
Uniquely Away Issue 5 - Summer 2013  

Devoted to exclusive holidays, leisure and experience in Norfolk and Suffolk.