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It's Suffolk & Cambs's fun detective reporting for duty! Here's this week's superflashy newsflash including some rather tasty foodie news, exciting new openings and much more...

Tasty new opening in St Neots

Local super brand Hotel Chocolat are opening a new supersize branch in St Neots. The store is a factory outlet store with a cafe, so you can expect drinks, ice cream and tasty treats all featuring the brand’s dreamy chocolate that can be enjoyed indoors or out. The outlet offers the usual Hotel Chocolat portfolio of products as well as a unique range of factory specials. These include end-of-season runs, misshapen chocolates and more. You can find this heavenly-sounding destination at: Alpha Drive. Eaton Socon, St Neots, PE19 8JJ.

Indie shopping to your door

There aren’t many positives to come from lockdown, but the launch of Click It Local is definitely one of them. This delivery service covers Cambs and Ely and enables customers to order from their favourite indie stores and have it delivered right to their front door – think Amazon for our area. Local suppliers include some of our faves like Grain Culture, One Part Love Bakery, The Cambridge Cheese Company, Eleven Fifteen Jewellery, Jack’s Gelato, The Ely Gin Company, and Signorelli’s Deli.

New pub and theatre combo opens in Cambs

Brilliant news following all the doom and gloom for pubs and the arts industry recently… one new business is bucking the trend and launching a pub/theatre combo venue called Town & Gown. The new venue is opening later this month and will be housed in Cambridge’s old arts cinema. It will have multiple levels, as well as a 100-seater auditorium on the top floor (above) for cabaret and theatre shows… nights out in Cambs are looking good!

St Andrew’s Street most eco-friendly High Street

Our university might have slipped down the international rankings this week (let’s not dwell on that), but us Cantabrigians can give ourselves a pat on the back this week because St Andrew’s Street in the city centre has been voted the most eco-friendly high street in the UK according to a survey by Saveonenergy.co.uk. Apparently the street has 64 areas of green space and 82 eateries that serve vegan options.

Tom’s Cakes expands (more than just our waistlines!)

Good news for anyone with a sweet tooth in Ely, because Tom’s Cakes (who already has stores in Cambridge and St Ives) is expanding by opening a store and cafe on the High Street right opposite the Cathedral. See you there!

A taste of La Dolce Vita in Bury

So those holiday plans to Italy didn’t come to much this year, but don’t worry you can head to Fornham All Saints instead and enjoy authentic Italian pizzas and handmade pasta at Lucy’s, who have just opened two beautiful new al fresco eating spaces. It looks set to be an Indian summer next week so get booked in now and if you squint a bit you can pretend you’re on the Amalfi Coast!

Waterbeach’s foodie scene Evolves

A local family have opened a new drinking destination at the Waterbeach Innovation Park, called Evolve – a cafe in the day and a bar at night. They’re also offering a sweet and savoury menu during the day (think paninis, pastries and cakes) and drinks can be enjoyed in the evening while watching a variety of themed live music acts.

New date announced for Wild Wood Rumpus

If you were disappointed not to go to Cambridge’s annual family-friendly festival, The Wild Wood Rumpus, this year then you’ll be pleased to hear that a new date has been announced for 2021 – Saturday 12 June 2021, with tickets on sale soon. By then we could all probably do with a wild family rave in the woods to let our hair down!

Must-see sculpture coming to The Apex

Credit: Natural Environment Research Council (NERC)

Fancy seeing the earth from a different perspective after months looking at the same four walls? You could either book a ticket on Branson’s Virgin Galactic moon holiday, or for something cheaper and less daring try standing in front of the world like this man next month when Gaia, an enormous and awe-inspiring spherical sculpture of our planet Earth, is installed at The Apex in Bury St Edmunds from 3 to 18 October. This amazing piece of rotating art, created by UK artist Luke Jerram, is 7 metres in diameter, and will give you a sense of the ‘Overview Effect’ as experienced by astronauts.

Tom Kerridge strikes again

In the absence of the ever popular Pub in the Park this year, the Michelin-starred marvel is treating is to a drive-in garden party. It’ll feature all the best bits of Pub in the Park – amazing musical artists (we’re looking forward to Groove Armada, Becky Hill, Gabrielle and Kaiser Chiefs) and food from top-notch chefs and restaurants – only you’ll have your own socially distanced private plot to park up in. The event is coming just across the Cambs border to Hert’s Knebworth House from 11 – 13 Sept.

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