PUBLISHED: 18:00 12 June 2019 Judy Rimmer Sliding fun at Aqua Park Suffolk - one of the ultimate days out this summer Picture: SPOTTYDOG COMMUNICATIONS Archant Looking for a great day out this summer? Here is the ultimate list of activities to try and places to go in 2019. Two participants hit the slide at Aqua Park Suffolk Picture: SPOTTYDOG COMMUNICATIONSOf course, there are also hundreds of other great choices - enough to keep you busy for many summers to come! Aqua Park Suffolk, Alton WaterThis eagerly-awaited attraction near Ipswich will be open seven days a week from Saturday, June 23. There will be 70 inflatable obstacles for visitors to tackle, together with family and friends. The floating park includes climbing walls, trampolines, slides and balance bars. This year there will be a mini-golf course and rowing boat hire, and new play areas and a campsite have recently opened. Last year the park was struck by an unexpected outbreak of blue-green … [Read more...] about Your guide to the ultimate 50 days out in Suffolk this summer
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PUBLISHED: 14:17 09 June 2019 | UPDATED: 16:04 09 June 2019 Judy Rimmer The first stage of the OVO Energy Women's Tour at Southwold in 2018. Picture: Nick Butcher Archant © 2018 Major cycling event the OVO Energy Women's Tour is setting out from Suffolk for the second year running on Monday, June 10. Where can you see it and cheer on the riders? When and where will the Tour start?The first stage of the race will set off from New Market in Beccles at 10.30am, but the fun is starting at 8.30am. Thousands of spectators are expected to visit the start. Pupils from schools in the town will welcome the teams on to the podium when they sign on before the stage begins, and there will be community stands in New Market and Sheepgate.Local school pupils, cycling club members and local business staff will also take part in a lead-out ride ahead of stage one. Jolien D'Hoore wins the first stage of the OVO Energy Women's Tour in Southwold in 2018. Picture: Nick … [Read more...] about When and where to see the OVO Energy Women’s Tour in Suffolk
PUBLISHED: 16:49 14 February 2019 Richard Porritt Robert Bradley in the space where a new bowling alley will be in Castle Mall, Norwich Archant “Castle Mall is not dying – it is evolving.” That is the defiant message from the Norwich shopping centre’s boss Robert Bradley as new leisure-based tenants prepare to move into the site.A bowling alley and gym will open in the mall this summer and it is rumoured a rock climbing facility will follow.Some retailers have left the mall in recent months and years but Mr Bradley believes the site has a bright future and the changes simply represent how the high street is evolving.MORE: Cinema wars in Norwich as ticket prices are cut by nearly half“I think the perception of Castle Mall has perhaps been negative but we have been moving towards where we are now for as long as 18 months,” he said. “So behind the scenes we have been itching to tell people what is happening but have … [Read more...] about Castle Mall boss predicts ‘exciting’ future for Norwich centre
PUBLISHED: 15:09 26 January 2019 Judy Rimmer Suffolk Dog Day is one of the top dog-friendly events in Suffolk. Pictured, Teddy with Brian Wade . Picture : SEANA HUGHES Here’s some news to get tails wagging! Suffolk is the most dog-friendly county in the UK, according to Visit Suffolk. A dog on the beach in Felixstowe. Picture: SARAH LUCY BROWNThey have put together their list of the top things to do in the area - and we’ve gone one paw beyond to add even more attractions which welcome your four-legged friends. Here are Visit Suffolk’s tips:• National Trust, Sutton Hoo, open spring 2019. The Anglo-Saxon royal burial site located near Woodbridge is the scene of one of the greatest archaeological discoveries of all time. The museum itself is off-limits, but dogs can walk around the 255-acre estate, following two different walks with lots to see and sniff.Sutton Hoo is currently going through a renovation thanks to a £1.8million … [Read more...] about Are these the top dog-friendly spots in Suffolk?
There are plenty of villains filling the pages of KentOnline throughout the year.But every now and again a real hero makes headline news.From police officers who were recognised on social media to dogs who rescued their owners, here is just a taste of some of the best acts of bravery over the last 12 months.Louie the King Charles spaniel Four-year-old Louie was branded a 'hero pooch' when owner Maureen's great grand-daughter fell ill.He started barking outside one-year-old Chloe's room. When her mum, Shannon Weeks, checked on her she found she was pale and not breathing.The 23-year-old said: "He just kept barking and barking. He hardly ever does that so I didn’t know what to think. I went out and saw him outside my daughter’s room.“I went in and Chloe was face down and was pale and wasn’t breathing. All I remember doing is screaming. I picked her up and patted her back and she came round and threw up again. She’s not a very sicky baby so it came as a huge … [Read more...] about The helpful and brave men, women and animals of 2018