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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 talks award-winning Suffolk filmmaker Tom Shrapnel about family Christmases with his grandmother, screen legend Deborah Kerr.

Gina Long celebrates more of Suffolk’s charity fundraisers in her latest monthly column.

Woodbridge Deli owner David Gitsham shares his expertise on the deli’s world famous pies, charcuterie, cheese and fine wine.

Dishes at Japanese and Korean restaurant Takayama in Ipswich are a treat for the eyes and the stomach, says Emily Cotton

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.

Essex University friends set up bespoke cocktail service Zizzy Bar.

I knew all about the Vikings and Boudicca. I knew about the Siege of Colchester and Mods and Rockers. But I’d never heard of Captain Swing.

Equestrian artist Frances Sullivan is celebrating her 25th anniversary as a professional painter

Join In: Are you a Christmas re-gifter?

Monday, December 4, 2017

‘Tis the season of giving - or regiving according to new reseach by online retailer Amazon, which has launched a gift finder option to spare Santa’s blushes this Christmas. We unwrap the thorny issue of seasonal shopping.

Ex-MP Ann Widdecombe has much to say, as ever, about the state of the nation, but she also showed a softer side as she talked about her Christmas panto turn in the region.

First up on our list this week is Otis, the four month old Staffordshire Bull Terrier pup, a lively little guy that will definitely keep you on your toes.

This week’s winner comes from Peter Cutts, who captured the intricate pattern on a butterfly’s wings in Shelley churchyard.

Join in the festivities at St Mary-le-Tower Church during its Christmas Tree Festival this weekend, and help support its chosen charities.

The phrase ‘Beeching Axe’ is back in the news, with Transport Secretary Chris Grayling saying some lost railways could be reopened. Steven Russell looks back to the day the planned cuts rocked East Anglia

Prof Jules Pretty reckons we can. But he also has a warning for us about what we’re doing to the world

Ballingdon Valley in Sudbury wins ‘Best Indian Restaurant in Suffolk’ award.

Paul Da Vinci, who’s coming to Suffolk, is the voice of a 1970s chart-topper. But which one?

Steven Russell asks staff at Redwings Horse Sanctuary how they keep going when some cases are such tear-jerkers

There’s no place like home. No matter where life leads Helen Johnston, the Norfolk-Suffolk borderlands girl can’t resist returning to her roots. She spoke about stepping off the treadmill of modern life and running Hales Hall and The Great Barn.

Emily Cotton enjoys Sunday brunch at The Boarding House Dining Rooms in Halesworth.

Hazel O’Connor was a trailblazer for female performers during the 1980s. She reminisces about the friends she made and the battles she’s fought.

Sudbury Christmas lights switch-on. When and where to enjoy the entertainment

Meet some of the fabulously diverse men from Norfolk and Suffolk. They include a man with a Canadian city named after him, a four-time Olympic gold rower, a pig farmer and the founder of the Royal Shakespeare Company.

Win one of two £250 fabulous prizes in our Langleys of Norwich Christmas Stocking Fillers competition

Where to see Santa has become a new ‘thing’ with parents seeking out ever more exotic locations to visit the man who makes Christmas magical.

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