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What’s on in Suffolk & Cambs this October

Diaries at the ready! You've new rooftop bars and restaurants, spooky Halloween fright nights, inspirational art exhibitions and Lord of the Rings trails to discover.

Muddy pick of the month 

KOTA Cambridge

Kota Cambridge

Get your glam on, there’s a new rooftop bar in the city! The team behind award-winning cocktail bar NOVI have opened KOTA at the new Hyatt Centric Cambridge complex at Eddington and we’re here for it. Expect botanical cocktails, all-day brunches, wood-fired pizzas and plenty of plant-based dishes. There’s also KOTA coffee for takeaway hot drinks, juices and smoothies. Oh and if you’re wondering what KOTA means, apparently it’s Finnish for a shelter and community cooking place, which sounds good to us.

HALLOWEEN HIGHLIGHTS 

There’s an awful lot going on in Suffolk & Cambs Halloween-wise so we thought we’d Muddyify it for you and select only the best bits.

Wrap-up warm for an outside screening of Hotel Transylvania at Helmingham Hall (30 Oct; 5pm). If you’re up for it, there are deckchairs, fairy lights and fire pits to keep you toasty. Worried about the cold? No need to sob into your hot choc, there’s a drive-in area to watch from the comfort of your car!.

Easton Farm Park has a week long Halloween Festival with a pumpkin patch, deadly disco, wand making, scarecrow maze, potions and broomsticks (23-31 Oct). 

Want to make a night of it? Book the Haunted Halloween Dinner at the Bull Hotel in Long Melford http (29 Oct) which includes ghostly tales followed by a three-course dinner – you can also stay the night, if you dare! 

Little ones will love Halloweeines at Kentwell Hall taking place throughout halt-term; think spooky songs, challenges, craft and more witches outfits that you can shake a broom at.

Prepare to be well and truly spooked at Hinchingbrooke House as you creep around a haunted house, forests and maze being hunted by all kinds or crazy characters, from killer clowns to zombies (23-30 Oct). Adults and teens only! 

If you want the perfect ‘kids in a pumpkin patch’ pic for your gram, visit Skylark Maiza Maze and Funyard in Wimblington, where you’ll find acres of the orange orbs to pick (£2 each) during its half-term Week of Wickedness which includes pumpkin carving, scarecrow smash, end building, pig racing and a family fancy dress competition.

COMEDY 

Star improv group The Noise Next Door are staging a comedy lock-in at the Cambridge Junction (22 Oct) with special guests Nick Page (Britain’s Got Talent semi-finalist) and star of New York comedy scene Abigoliah Schaumann. There will be witty one liners, improv and much silliness, we’re in.

Adam Kay: This Is Going To Hurt (secret diaries of a junior doctor) comes to the Ipswich Regent (15 Oct). Adam shares extracts from his best-selling book all about the highs, lows and laughs of being a junior doctor. Muddy loved the book, did you read it? If not, signed copies are available to buy on the night.

And comedian Ed Byrne is coming to Bury St Edmunds (10 Oct) with his show If I’m Honest, Muddy caught up with him for a chat before he hits town. 

ART 

Booze & Brushes is our kind of art class – a step-by-step guide to creating your own masterpiece, while enjoying a drink from the bar. Taking place at The Apex (13 Oct; 7pm) in Bury St Edmunds, there’ll be a different theme each month and materials are provided. 

Check out the work of Niki Bowers and Carry Akroyd at an exhibition (2-24 Oct) at Cambridge Contemporary Art. Inspired by local landscapes and wildlife, you won’t be able to resist these hand-printed delights. 

Last chance to see the work of thirty East Anglian artists who are showing pieces at ARTWORKS annual exhibition 2021 at Blackthorpe Barn until 10 Oct. There’s also a chance to win your own little piece of work of art in the Mini Artworks Prize Draw, with proceeds going to local charities. Don’t miss a cream tea in the courtyard cafe while you’re there. 

Fancy making your own Christmas cards this year? Better sign up for the lino print workshop at Museum of East Anglian Life (Oct 28) in Stowmarket for anyone aged 14 years and up. The museum’s print team will show you how to design, drawn and create your own image, cut and ink a lino block and then hand-print your design. Ta da!

 HOTELS 

Staycation, anyone? Turing Locke opened at the start of the month, an aparhotel with 180 one and two-bedroom apartments in Cambridge’s cool, sustainable development at Eddington. Perfect for families or extended stays in the city, you get a gorg little kitchen, living space and, bedroom and use of the onsite restaurant (see KOTA above), cocktail bar, coffee shop and work space. There’s an intro offer of £80pn until Jan 2022. It’s next to the Hyatt Centric Camrbrige which also opened recently. 

FAMILY FUN 

Enjoy an Autumn Adventurers afternoon at Melford Hall, where kids get to follow a trail around the gardens to find out what happens to plants and animals as they prepare for winter – fun learning in the fresh air, this is peak half-term parenting. Hit the lovely tea room afterwards for calorie-filled treats. 

Any Lord of the Rings fans in the family? If so, they’re going to want to attempt Ring Quest at West Stow Anglo-Saxon Village and Country Park. As well as the trail, where you have to find rings and runes to save Middle Earth, there are also huge spiders a la Mirkwood and a dragon guarding its treasure (23-31 Oct). 

FILM

The first Suffolk Shorts Film Festival is taking place at Ipswich Film Theatre (8-10 Oct). Take your pick from drama, animation, documentary and East Anglian shorts submitted from 28 countries – Friday evening is awards night, invitation only, but everything else is on a ‘pay what you can afford’ basis and will be available to view online too.

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