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For those looking for inspiration this half term, Natalie Sadler shares her experience of a rainy day out at Bressingham Steam and Gardens, just outside Diss.

John Barrowman, coming to the Ipswich Regent Tuesday

Stage and screen star John Barrowman talks to entertainment writer Wayne Savage about what’s wrong with Saturday night telly, Captain Jack Harkness’ return and why he has the best fans in the world.

Sue Palmer

Sue Palmer’s influential book Toxic Childhood explains to parents how the modern world is damaging the development of a growing number of children.

Bristol Blenheim Press Call .Vetran Blenheim Pilot S/L Ian Blair ( RAF Retired ).

After 12 years of hard and dedicated work, a restored Second World War plane will take to the skies at its first air show appearance this weekend.

Frozen Light, in association with The New Wolsey Theatre, present The Forest - a multi-sensory adventure for teenagers and adults with profound and multiple learning disabilities and their companions. 
Al Watts, Amber Onat Gregory and Lucy Garland. Photos: Lucy Taylor

Theatre company Frozen Light invites teenagers and adults with profound and multiple learning disabilities to join them on a mythical quest, with a bit of an unusual romance thrown in. Entertainment writer Wayne Savage talks to co-artistic director Amber Onat Gregory and even gets serenaded.

The junior tree top course at Go Ape! Thetford

There was a reversal of roles when Liz Nice and her sons ventured onto the Tree Top Junior Adventure course at Go Ape! Thetford, part of the High Lodge complex.

Getting the message across! John Kirby and Joe Barrett by their pond - with a board advertising the open gardens day

Downsizing doesn’t mean having to accept second-best in the garden. Steven Russell discovers the hints of Italy and Cornwall behind a Suffolk village... and, by the by, hears how an ex-SAS action man-turned-author came to live in the county

The Rare Tea lady, Henrietta Lovell

Tea is our national drink but, according to some, a revolution is needed to take us back to the fine flavours we were forced to abandon in the Second World War. Sheena Grant puts the kettle on...


From a man turning cartwheels to stainless steel women flying in formation like half a dozen Supergirls, amazing ‘public’ art is all around us.

An archive photograph of Julia Blackburn and Herman Makkink

Julia Blackburn doesn’t want this to come across as mawkish or overblown, and I hope it doesn’t. But it is a very sweet love story that I think is happy and life-affirming. And we don’t talk enough about death. We should.

'I am particularly interested in how we have moved from post-war society, where we were looking to build a better Britain, to the solipsism of the 21st century and ‘how can I be famous?’, says James Runcie

‘I am interested in what Englishness means − in old-fashioned things like decency. How does one lead a good moral life without compromise?’ says the son of the late Archbishop of Canterbury

Mike Ripley with a picture of Margery Allingham and her husband Philip Youngman Carter. Mike is keeping their detective Albert Campion in gainful employment

If the “Suffolk village of Gapton” looks ever so familiar – with its disused Ministry of Defence buildings and spit of land extending into the sea – it’s no surprise.

Kate Manning's daughter Holly, 6, has a range of allergies including peanuts, eggs, latex, asthma, eczema and cats.

Each year, the number of allergy sufferers in the UK increases by 5%, with half of those affected being children.

‘It’s definitely my legacy title. If I never write another book, it will be OK.’ Suffolk writer Wendy Holden tells 
Steven Russell about the most harrowing story she’s ever told and why she’s never been more grateful to those who defeated the Nazis

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