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Marc Titford and Greg Cooper at the first pop-up bar at Colours Continental Cafe in Ipswich.

Beer and Co will host the Saints Beer Festival in Ipswich this August

Easton White Horse.

Charlotte Smith-Jarvis speaks to the new team at the Easton White Horse

Review: The Cookhouse, Wherstead

Saturday, July 2, 2016
The lunchtime crowd fill the Cookhouse restaurant at the Suffolk Food Hall.

Charlotte Smith-Jarvis samples food from the Synergy grill at the Cookhouse, Wherstead

Tasty food at Cafe Como in  Brent Eleigh.

Amy Gallivan finds a new spot for cyclists, Cafe Como, in Brent Eleigh

Stallholders and shoppers at the relaunch of Woodbridge Farmers' Market.

Amy Gallivan speaks to organiser of the revived Woodbridge Farmers’ Market

family life

How do you deal with a tantrum?

This weekend all eyes were on Felixstowe after a seafront cafe owner made the national headlines over a Facebook rant about unruly children and parents who seem unwilling or unable to control them.

Celebrating the greatest of gifts

Monday, July 18, 2016
Karen Mills, a finance assistant at Colchester Hospital, had a double lung transplant at Papworth Hospital In 2014. A mosaic  is being created at the hospital by artist in residence Anne Schwegmann-Fielding to celebrate organ donation. 
L-R Anne Schwegmann-Fielding,Karen Mills.

A new artwork is taking shape at Colchester Hospital, celebrating the generosity of those who help others live after their death. Sheena Grant spoke to a woman whose life has been transformed by one such donor.

Lots of pools offer cut-price swimming to younger children

The school holidays are almost here. Sheena Grant looks at some no-cost and low cost ideas to keep the family entertained until September - whatever the weather.

Marc Titford and Greg Cooper at the first pop-up bar at Colours Continental Cafe in Ipswich.

Beer and Co will host the Saints Beer Festival in Ipswich this August

walks

Ramsholt - Richard Tyson

Many readers will have seen pictures of the ancient Ramsholt church, which overlooks a stretch of the lower Deben, and perhaps used the riverside path towards the north.

Caroline Angus with A Pig's Year Of It at Endeavour House

Dressed for both a summer stroll and a winter hike, A Pig’s Year Of It arrived outside Suffolk County Council’s Endeavour House at exactly the right time.

A walk through Bildeston and the neighbouring mid Suffolk villages

Bildeston is a large busy village with two pubs, a hotel and a substantial church set on the hill half a mile from the village centre, writes walker Bill Baldry.

Walkers and cyclists enjoyed the stunning scenery on the Orwell Walk last year

With less than a week until the 40th Orwell Walk on Sunday, organisers the Ipswich East Rotary Club have received more than double last year’s registration numbers.

opinion

Absolutely Fabulous

Last month, for my best friend’s birthday, I sent myself some flowers, writes Ellen Widdup.

How do you deal with a tantrum?

This weekend all eyes were on Felixstowe after a seafront cafe owner made the national headlines over a Facebook rant about unruly children and parents who seem unwilling or unable to control them.

Lynne Mortimer looks at gentlemen's pursuits

Carpe diem – seize the day! writes Lynne Mortimer.

Have you noticed how much plastic packaging there is around supermarket fruit and veg?

Thrift comes in many forms, as I’ve discovered since I began trying to embrace a less costly way of living, writes Sheena Grant.

Andrea Leadsom's smug assertion that parents are better people cost her the Tory leadership bid

Frankly, it needs saying.

People with children – get over yourselves.

homes & garden

Hampton Court Flower Show opened it's doors to the press on Monday 4th July. Beautiful sunshine poured down on the incredible gardens.
L-R Cassandra Hodges,Alex Parker,John Triggs.

The RHS Hampton Court Flower Show is a glorious tribute to the garden, featuring a number of Suffolk and north Essex designers, growers and suppliers, as Lynne Mortimer and photographer Sarah Lucy Brown discovered today.

Old Dower House - master bedroom

The Old Dower House is an interesting historic home, Grade II listed, in the heart of the village of Coddenham.

'I look after the garden but in tandem with all the bugs and beasties that are in it,' says Hazel Buchanan

‘My daughters call us The Hobbits...’ Hazel Buchanan’s one of the folk opening their gates to the public for Boxford’s big day

Southwold

House prices have risen by more than 400% in some parts of Suffolk over the last 20 years, new figures show.

travel

Relax and unwind

When the weather is as glorious as this, you want to do nothing more than sit back and relax.

Norwegian fjords

So many holidays can seem ruined before they even begin because of airport hassle. So, why not chill out and try a no-fly cruise? Just drive to the cruise terminal and hand over your un-weighed cases. 
Your holiday begins with lunch on board your ship, and you’ll be amazed where you could end up. The main departure points are Southampton, Dover and Tilbury. You don’t have to get there until after mid-day so no need to be up at the crack of dawn either.

Scenic Crystal, Budapest

Let’s start with the fun bits, writes Mike Pickup after a trip to Budapest, in Hungary.

Infoversum

We hadn’t flown from Southend before and were pleasantly surprised at its peaceful, laid-back atmosphere compared to the stress and hassle of Heathrow and Gatwick, writes Mike Pickup.

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