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Submissions for the 2020 East Anglian Book Awards, which celebrate the outstanding literary culture of our region, are now open.

Gina Long meets Craig and Julie Jarvis, owners of Ravenwood Hall Hotel in Suffolk.

Are staycations the new normal? As the hospitality and holiday industry re-opens from today, Gina Long talks to Hannah and Jeff Hibbs, from Forest Lodge Holidays.

Ipswich is hosting a new summer festival – BetweenSpaces – which looks to forge stronger community links and tackle problems with isolation which grew during lockdown

Organisers of Needham Market Raft Race are inviting people to take part in a fun but different event this year.

Two Suffolk wedding experts explain why more intimate nuptials may be the way forward – and how these are being made as safe as possible

Andrea Thompson has held for title of Britain’s Strongest Woman four times and battled to win the world title in 2018 – now during lockdown she’s going to attempt to break a world record.

Actor and theatre producer Matthew Townshend tells Gina Long about how technology is playing its part in enabling Southwold Summer Theatre’s rep season to go ahead.

While the chances of jetting off on a far-flung holiday abroad seem very unlikely this year, more people are turning to staycations - and many are looking to book getaways right here in East Anglia.

When should you take your child for their first eye test?

Chef Richard Bainbridge shares how he’s adapted his busines during the coronavirus outbreak

In his latest column, Ipswich MP Tom Hunt writes about whether statues should be pulled down in the wake of debates about the symbols of our past.

WGM is proud of the service that they provide to their very loyal customer basis and always offer the best value for money.

The Bramford Road shop has been a fixture of the local community since 1970, and shop owner Christine continues to serve customers with a smile

A firm which makes equestrian equipment is feeling buoyant as sales and leads pick up in the wake of the coronavirus lockdown.

Four readers from Suffolk share pictures and stories of their adorable adopted animals.

You may be missing out on a foreign holiday this summer, but you can still travel the world through the taste of amazing beers.

Gina Long talks to Infusions Group co-founder, award-winning chef John Jackaman and Sarah Stamp, director of operations about how they’ve re-emerged from the ashes, against all odds following the Covid-19 pandemic and a devastating fire

Tom Rash is a seventh generation family farmer on the Suffolk/Norfolk border along the Waveney River running a 400 hectare (1000 acre) mixed farming business growing cereals, sugar beet and with 100 beef suckler cows. He has recently established Hall Farm Beef, selling sustainable grass-fed beef boxes direct to the public. Tom has played in the Suffolk County Cricket team for over a decade, is an MCC playing member and sits on the MCC players and fixtures committee. Here he talks to Gina Long.

Are you considering buying an antique but don’t know where to start? We spoke to Richard Barnes, owner of antiques and vintage store Suffolk Heritage, to learn where to start when buying an antique, how to spot a real antique from a fake and the amazing selection the shop has to offer.

Kieren O’Connor, CEO of Growth Stream, has been the driving force behind the disruptive sales consultancy business which has successfully generated £10 million in additional revenue for its clients to date.

Cruise line guests are invited to help choose a name for a rare gathering of the Fred.Olsen fleet.

Reporter Lucy Buchholz and her friend Jake, both volunteers for various homeless organisations, spent a weekend on the streets of Suffolk’s county town before lockdown and were both shocked and amazed by how they were treated.

Gina Long finds out how a couple’s company look to the future, anticipate the ‘new norm’ for events and come up with a solution which also provides Covid-19 resistant shades

Dr. Antoinette Savvas is a GP practicing in the Fens, living in Newmarket with her family and her mother who has been shielding up until this week. Antoinette, speaks about the challenges trying to juggle taking care of her three daughters and supporting her mother, whilst working, along with the need to keep the usual household chores and homeschooling going. Here she talks to Gina Long

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