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Dan Stevens as Gilbert Evans and Emily Browning as Florence Carter-Wood in  Summer In February, the story of Alfred Munnings love affair with Florence Carter-Wood in Cornwall. The film is produced by Suffolk-born film-maker Pippa Cross

Books: Munnings brought to life

Louise Denyer reviews Summer in February, the book before the film of Air Alfred Munnings’ early life

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Colourful summer border of Crocosmia Phlox and Leucanthemum lining brick path to house
Mr and Mrs Mason
Moat House, Suffolk
Marcus Harpur

Gardens: Moat House, Little Saxham

Suzanne and Richard Mason’s garden has been decades in the making. They showed Sally Hepher how it’s grown

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Towering achievement . . . inside the coastal home of Duncan, Kristin and Lily Jackson

Duncan Jackson’s discovery of Suffolk’s heritage coast came about from a holiday in years gone by when the friends rented a beach house at Thorpeness for a summer break.

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George - one of the trainees at Lowestoft RNLI Lifeboat

Heroes of the high seas

Julian Claxton takes to the waves on a training exercise with the RNLI crew of the Spirit of Lowestoft. His words and pictures tell the story of this brave band of volunteers

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Get the Blessing

Great nights out at Aldeburgh Proms

Folk, jazz, world, classical, comedy, poetry - there is something for everyone at this year’s Aldeburgh Music Snape Proms

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Sardines by James Barber, head Chef at the Brudenell in Aldeburgh.

Coastal catch . . . simple, delicious food from the sea

Charlotte Smith-Jarvis meets three Suffolk chefs who have made it their speciality

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Bathsheba in Woodbridge

WIN a relaxing spa break in Woodbridge

Bathsheba is a modern, boutique day spa in the heart of Woodbridge – a little bit of luxury just of the high street and an oasis of calm, self spoiling in a warm, welcoming environment.

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Macmillans' garden, Bures

A hidden gem in Bures

Lucy Redman finds a peaceful retreat in the garden of James and Caroline Macmillan. Pictures by Clare Dawson

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Martin Bignell and Sarah Bateman have renovated a lodge at Priory Park, Ipswich in a coastal retreat theme.

Watering hole . . . a seaside retreat on the banks of the Orwell

Nestled in the trees on the banks of the River Orwell seems a strange place to find a seaside retreat.

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© Licensed to simonjacobs.com. 14/05/2014 London, UK. TV presenter Bill Oddie measures out his Hampstead garden in support of The Great Garden Give. This summer the World Land Trust is asking people to measure the size of their garden and ‘pledge their plot’ via a website calculator that will suggest an affordable donation. 2.5p per square metre or £2.50 for the average-sized UK garden. Photo credit : Simon Jacobs

Give your garden and help save threatened species

Green-fingered folk across the county can help save some of the world’s most threatened habitats and species simply by donating their garden as part of the Great Garden Give – a new fundraising campaign from Halesworth-based conservation charity World Land Trust.

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Dani Church is the 5th generation of her family to operate the foot ferry rowing boat between Walberswick and Southwold.

An oarsome woman

Sheena Grant meets Dani Church, a Walberswick ferrywoman following a family tradition Photographs by Sarah Lucy Brown

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Latitude cans sculpture

Latitude . . . the greener festival

Latitude has always been different – both in the variety of entertainment on offer and the audience it attracts – but that also extends to its green credentials, as Tara Greaves discovered when she talked to sustainability co-ordinator Laura Pando

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Glass artist Arabella Marshall works in her studio at Bridge Farm in Brandeston.

Open Studio, July 5 & 6: Suffolk glass artist Arabella Marshall

Lucy Etherington delves into an amorphously vibrant wonderland

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Man’s best friend had their day at the park during Suffolk Dog Day at Helmingham Hall on Sunday, 28 July.

Every dog can have a Suffolk Dog Day

Suffolk Dog Day is on again and you’d be barking mad to miss it.

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Cragg Sisters Tea Rooms, Aldeburgh

Tea for two in Aldeburgh

Jules and Sharpie drop in on The Cragg Sisters

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Comma butterfly, Polygonia c-album,

Join the big butterfly count

Agnes Rothon of the RSPB explains how you can help the county’s struggling butterfly population

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View through the Italianate Garden to the Rotunda at Ickworth, Suffolk. The house was started in 1795 but not completed until 1830, with a  domed Rotunda with classcial columns and friezes and curving corridors linking rectangular wings on either side.

Everything in the garden is bella!

Sean Reid, outdoors manager at the National Trust’s Ickworth House, gives an insight into caring for one of the country’s finest Italianate gardens

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Tony James Shevlin

Second chances: Tony James Shevlin back in Ipswich for Music Day

Martin Chambers talks to the musician about Nashville, a new album, and sounding like Hugh Grant

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