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Pssst! The latest, greatest happenings in Suffolk & Cambs from new openings (hello gastro pub!) to fun festivals and mystery graffiti art.


Banksy’s Lowestoft grafitti

Graffiti artist Banksy’s been stirring things in up in Suffolk over the last week! The anonymous spray master must have been enjoying a break in East Anglia, confirming he left a trail of potentially million-pound art across Suffolk and Norfolk. This We’re All in The Same Boat mural appeared over night on a wall in Nicholas Everitt Park in Lowestoft, in addition there’s now a seagull fishing rubbish out of a skip on the side of a house in the seaside town. Apparently the property was for sale but has since been taken off the market while the owner ‘considers their options’ (like, half a million pounds options we’re thinking!). Have you seen any of them yet? We’re on a Muddy mission to check them out asap, despite the fact councils have had to employ security guards to prevent them being vandalised.

Putting the hot back in hotels! 

Haycock Manor
Haycock Manor

Ok we’re in the market for a new local weekend break fave and recently opened Haycock Manor in Cambridgeshire could be a contender. It’s had a total refurb after joining Preferred Hotels and we can reveal it’s looking mighty fine since opening its doors again this summer. Dating back to 1571, the manor’s been beautifully restored and boasts 45 bedrooms, two restaurants, a bar and lounge, with a cookery school and farm shop due to open and glamping and a spa planned for 2022. Weekend break sorted. 

Graduate Hotel
Graduate Hotel

Cambridge has also had two new hotel openings: The Fellows House Cambridge, which is a seven-minute stroll from town, boasts large suites with kitchens and sofa beds and a pool, making it the perfect spot for a family staycation. And the just-opened Graduate Hotel Cambridge, which is more of your date break kinda place, with a cool bar and sexy bedrooms. 

On the run!

Missing the motivation to get moving? Need tips on running technique, injury prevention, goal-setting and positive mindset? Tbh we need help with all of these when it comes to our fitness regime, which is why we love the idea of the Run Confident Workshop at the Old Goods Shed at Clare Castle Country Park in Suffolk this weekend. A collaboration between Sue from Sue Tetley Wellness and Cat from Changing Paces Run Coaching (both This Girl Can ambassadors for Suffolk), it’s taking place on Sunday, August 22 (9.30-12.30) and there’s still time to book a place!

Pub opening!

We’ve so much respect for anyone opening a pub since Covid hit, so high fives to Chris and Hayley Lee who have been working for more than a year on The Three Kings in Fornham All Saints near Bury St Edmunds in Suffolk, and finally launched it this month (congrats!). The couple, who also oversee the award-winning Bildeston Crown, have introduced a Champagne carvery, menu that includes tuna ceviche and banana pecan tart and rum mascarpone and a decent wine list – we think it’s gonna be a hit! Phases two and three are to follow and include renovating the courtyard and furnishing nine bedrooms. Watch this space…

Let the music play!

Grab your sequins and face paints! Taking place this weekend in Woodbridge (20-22 August) is the eighth FolkEast fest. Constable country’s Glemham Hall is the setting for what the Guardian has described as, ‘More like a very English summer fete than a festival’. Expect everything from Afro Celt Sound System headlining to marquees selling local cider and cream cakes. Weekend camping and day tickets available. 

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