Ikea opens in Norwich's Sweet Briar Retail Park. Ikea's head of sustainability says we've

When the head of sustainability at Ikea tells us that “we have probably hit peak stuff,” then it’s time to look up from the flat pack you were busy assembling and take a look at how we live.

Pressures on young people can be intense. Picture posed by models. Picture: Newscast Online

Two young women, both articulate, bright and dearly loved by their protective families, spoke lucidly on BBC Radio 4 this week about losing their teenage years to desperate mental health problems.

Steve Downes is not especially worried that gaming and computers will have a dire effect on today's young generation. Picture: DENISE BRADLEY

I sometimes wonder how anybody got through childhood to become a balanced, productive adult.

There is a 2km Park Walk at Catton Park on Saturday. Picture: DENISE BRADLEY

Take a look at our guide to some of the activities taking place in Norfolk this weekend.

Helen Lloyd in Siberia

Helen Lloyd cycled alone through the Siberian winter, sleeping in snowdrifts under the stars. Safely back in Norfolk she tell us about an icily beautiful landscape, the kindness of strangers and her solitary imagination.

EDP Weddings

Newlyweds Atholl and Debbie Banham at the Starting Handle Club summer show in Marsham. Picture: SOPHIE WYLLIE

Most brides and grooms would not imagine spending their special day at a vintage agricultural vehicle show.

Prizes for the most memorable entries include an overnight stay, golf lesson, spa day and afternoon tea vouchers for QHotels.

Crafting the perfect wedding speech is no easy task - as any best man will tell you.

The EDP Wedding Show at the Ivy House Country Hotel on April 12 hopes to take some of the planning worries away by showcasing everything a couple needs to make their day unforgettable.

The wedding season can be a stressful time for couples preparing to make their vows.


The victorian village post box in Hoe has be stolen - From left, Susan Malt, Krystyna Stroulger, Philip Stroulger, Simon Brock and Adam Flack with the hole left in the wall. Picture: Matthew Usher.

It has been part of the village fabric longer than any of its residents but would have been visited by most of them at some point in their lives.

Brian Holmes, left, and Will Searle, at the launch of the project.: Picture: Mike Ruston

Without the vision of Henry Styleman Le Strange in the mid-19th century, who saw the potential to develop the area south of Old Hunstanton as a sea resort, Hunstanton would not be what it is today.

The Mart is being set up on the Tuesday Market Place in King's Lynn. Picture: Ian Burt

The Tuesday Market Place was transformed into a fairground literally overnight as the showmen get ready for the official opening of The Mart.

An old Milestone discovered buried in Thetford during building work has been restored by Nigel Ford of the Milestone Society (kneeling down)and put back in place along Norwich Road in the town. With Nigel are members of the MIlestone Society, Breckland COuncil, Thetford Town COuncil and Thetford Society.

In an age before A-Z maps, electronic road signs and GPS, they were a traveller’s lifeline - the stone Sat Nav of its time.

Hethersett pensioner Terry Grint who set the Norwich-Yarmouth and back cycle time trial record in the 1950's.

For motorists, it is a journey which - at the wrong time of the day – can still take the best part of an hour.


Donnafugata Golf Resort and Spa

Sabah Meddings visits a corner of Italy which simply oozes character, history, beauty...and great food.

Golf at the Sports Club of Lisbon - one of the many top courses in Cascais. Picture: Richard Batson

Think Portugal. Think golfing holiday. Think the Algarve? Think again.

The  Center Parcs business in the UK has been sold.

Britain’s five Center Parcs resorts, including Elveden Forest in Suffolk, have been sold to a Canadian investment firm in a deal thought to be worth more than £2.4billion.

Scarborough south bay beach

It’s affectionately known as ‘God’s Own Country’. But when considering a visit to Yorkshire most people will look no further than the Dales, Harrogate and York as their destinations of choice. But, as DAVID POWLES found out, there’s another part of the county that deserves your attention.

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