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Do we still have far to travel when it comes to understanding what makes an environmentally-friendly holiday? In a way no, as the answer is right on your doorstep. Taking your break in East Anglia can be a trip in tune with the planet.

East Anglia is as attractive to readers as it is to writers, with a busy calendar of literary events, many drawing in big name authors and guest speakers. Here’s our pick of this year’s events.

Norfolk and Suffolk are two of the most important bird watching counties in the UK – and there’s plenty to see year-round. Here is our top 10 of places to explore a region brimming with birds.

If you have ever wanted to try foraging, but were put off by your inability to differentiate between the delicious and the deadly then help is on hand from a foraging team coming to Thetford Forest this spring to reveal its wild food delights.

With allegations of sexual harassment running rife through Hollywood and the #MeToo and #TimesUp movements sure to have a presence at this year’s Academy Awards, Mark Edwards looks back and finds controversy and the Oscars have always gone hand in hand.

The European Centre of Taoist Tai Chi Society hosted hundreds of enthusiasts for a five-day event. Mark Edwards finds out about the energy-boosting, illness-battling benefits of the ancient art bringing people from all over the world to Colchester.

Last time it took over a church crypt, next up is Bury’s CurveMotion roller rink. Event fitness scheme The Pop Up Gym is back and it has added a class to get older people in Suffolk moving and feeling better.

Charles Michell furthers the memory of Mary and Margaret Thompson, who lived in Eye for almost 30 years after their roles in getting the vote for women 100 years ago.

Gainsborough House head gardener Jane Lowe on the challenges of using only natural products and plants which were available during the lifetime of the legendary painter who grew up at the Sudbury home.

Looking for something a little different from run of the mill romantic nights out? Here’s a few ideas for you and that special someone.

The owner of the award-winning Colchester cafe, which stocks 40 different kinds of tea, talks about her mission to find the perfect cuppa for you.

Comedian, author and activist Rob Newman talks about the dangers of bro-science, cowardly stoics and why he and David Baddiel are friends again ahead of show at Colchester Arts Centre.

Mark Edwards tries some authentic Nepalese street food at new south Asian and Indian fusion restaurant in Colchester

Your body can do amazing things. Tutors reveal framework of exercises that can get anyone on the path to achieving grafity-defying feats such as the Human Flag.

Recent US scientific research suggests challenging yourself throughout your life can help you live and feel like someone decades younger. It certainly seems to be working for Suffolk hockey player Roger Girling.

The owner of new women’s fashion shop in Haleigh Bella and Mae on style for all sizes and her range of Peaky Blinders hats.

Lavenham, Long Melford, Hadleigh, Clare and Sudbury are ideal for a day out or as a picturesque base while exploring the region. Here we offer a quick guide to the individual charms of each of these dyed in the wool Suffolk classic attractions.

Behind Gymfinity Colchester’s fun playground for budding ninjas and gymnasts is a serious effort to build fitness, mobility and agility in our young generation.

The author Francesca Armour-Chelu talks about her freewheeling Suffolk childhood, the strangeness of East Anglia and why she is thrilled her books have got more boys reading.

Suffolk children’s author and stand-up comic James Campbell loves to share his writing skills with schoolchildren in East Anglia and he’s not sure who gets most out of it - them or him - as his new book, The Funny Life Of Pets, is full of their stories.

A revamped gym and one month’s free membership makes Leisure World Colchester a great place to act on those fitness new year resolutions.

The award-winning Beth Chatto Gardens is full of hardy plants that thrive in the cold and are available to turn your own garden into a winter wonderland.

With their benefits including reducing your carbon footprint and your monthly energy bills it is no surprise woodburners have become the hot must-have in homes.

If one of your new year’s resolutions was to give your home’s look a revamp, best take some tips from someone with an eye for design. We spoke to Jane Cappleman, one of Suffolk’s leading interior designers, about what’s in and what’s out for 2018.

Suffolk interior designer Rosemary Cattee offers tips on creating timeless style in your home by blending modern and classical elements

Fancy yourself as an arts aficionado? Mark Edwards has put together a quiz that will put that claim to the test.

Thorpeness Golf Club and Hotel rebrands its restaurant as a grill house serving locally sourced steak and more.

Turner Prize-winning artist’s exhibition at Firstsite expounds the fictional world of an Essex everywoman that inspired his ‘Taj Mahal on the Stour’.

Mark Edwards finds a warm welcome and fine Gurkha curries at The Britannia Gurkha Restaurant and Bar in Colchester.

Make a vegetarian Christmas meal to savour with Mersea Island Cookery School’s help.

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