Hey there, busy lady - have you heard the latest? We've got the hottest news from Suffolk and Cambs in a handy round-up for you.
All the hottest gossip across the ‘shire, truffled out, just for you. Shall we?
New aardvark experience at Shepreth Wildlife Park
There’s a brand new experience at Shepreth Wildlife Park for 2020 and yours truly was honoured to be the first person to give it a go… and I can confirm it’s fab. The park’s two aardvarks have just moved into a swanky new pad and now they’re happy to receive visitors, bearing gifts of mealworms of course. For £75 (plus £25 per additional over 16) you can have these cute and quirky little creatures all to yourselves and spend time stroking them and bottle feeding them. I enjoyed a wonderful half an hour getting up close and personal with them, watching their remarkably long tongues scoop mealworms out the bottle and generally admiring their unique little ways! The price includes entry into the park too, where you’ll also find another new experience – the South America experience, where you can meet and feed five incredible animals including Red Pandas and Capybaras.
Forest Live 2020 concerts announced
Forest Live is back for another summer in Thetford Forest and we’re in for a treat this year with a stellar line-up of stars set to break the silence of the usually serene outdoor space. There’s everyone from Rag’n’Bone Man and Noel Gallagher to James Morrison, Will Young and Madness coming to our neck of the woods (geddit?!) this year. Tickets are now on sale, so get yours to guarantee your place in the mosh pit.
Modigliani opens in Cambridge
Another independent business has come to Cambridge’s Mill Road… Modigliani, an Italian coffee shop, run by the De Simone brothers. For authentic Italian fare and incredible coffee you can’t beat it. 95% of the ingredients used in their moreish foccacias, Italian pastries and coffees come from Italy and everything is handmade on site.
New culinary classes at The Swan, Lavenham
No snow yet this year, but how pretty does Lavenham look with a dusting of the white stuff? You can get dusting with icing sugar instead inside The Swan though, thanks to the launch of their new culinary masterclasses this month, giving you the chance to learn from award-winning chef Justin Kett first hand. The courses start on Feb 27 with a Healthy Eating class before moving on to The Great British Pie, Stress-Free Dinner Parties and Wonders of the Mediterranean.
Bury restaurant – one of best in the UK!
Pop the corks – one of our local haunts has been named one of the best in the country! 1921 restaurant in Bury St Edmunds was voted number 68 in Harden’s Top 100 Best UK Restaurants 2020 based on a survey of thousands of discerning diners. The guide described chef Zack Deakins’s food as “phenomenal” and “ambitious, yet well-executed” that was “delivered by a well-led front of house who provide slick, discreet service.” Get yourself booked in now!
Final acts for Newmarket Nights announced
You know it’s summer in East Anglia when the first notes of Newmarket Nights start to play! And the 2020 line-up has just been finalised and the famous faces taking to the race track with be: The Script on Friday 19 June; Bryan Ferry on Friday 29 June; The Pussycat Dolls on Friday 17 July; Tom Jones on Friday 24 July; Rick Astley on Friday 31 July; Jack Savoretti on 7 August; Alfie Boe on Friday 14 August; and Brit Award winners McFly on August 29. Get your tickets and annual passes here.
Plant-based coffee and cocktail bar opening in Bury
Still going strong on your plant-based diet well after Veganuary? Then you’ll be delighted to hear that another vegan-friendly eatery is coming to Suffolk. Moriarty’s is moving into the space previously occupied by Intersport and will have both a cafe offering locally sourced gluten- and dairy-free cakes and coffees, as well as a cool basement cocktail lounge serving vegan alcohol and small savoury dishes.
New chocolate shop opens in Cambridge
If you go down All Saints’ Passage in Cambridge you’re sure of a sweet surprise, because Hill St., have opened a chocolate store! The brand, run by brothers Greg and Chris Smith, already have a store in Saffron Walden, but their exquisite chocs are so sought-after (even selling in Fortnum & Mason’s) that they’ve expanded into the city. Treat yourself or head to the shop to find the perfect gift for a loved one.
Aldeburgh restaurant closes after nearly 30 years
It’s so long to one of our seaside institutions this week as the owners of Regatta Restaurant in Aldeburgh announced they are shutting the doors after 28 years in the town. The restaurant on the high street is known for its fresh fish and inventive dishes from head chef Robert Mabey who trained at The Connaught and Le Gavroche. You’ll be missed Regatta.