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From boating on the Broads to riding on a rollercoaster, from stately homes to zoos, here are 29 Norfolk attractions ready to give you a great day out this summer.

As part of our week-long series celebrating the 50th anniversary of Norfolk Accident Rescue Service (NARS), we spoke to the doctors, critical care paramedics and nurses saving lives in their spare time.

With Norfolk Accident Rescue Service (NARS) celebrating its 50th anniversary this year, we are excited to kick off our week-long series focussing on the local medical charity today. Here, chairman Chris Neil explores the fascinating history of NARS and explains why the work they do is so essential to the community.

The global pandemic has made us all consider what is most important to us, with the wellbeing of loved ones inevitably at the top of that list.

Archant’s Exploring Mental Health in Agriculture series, supported by Lloyds Banking Group, seeks to raise awareness of the deepening issue of mental health among East Anglia’s farmers and establish ways of keeping the conversation alive. Here, key figures driving the campaign discuss the successes and solutions presented by the series, and what we can do to keep the discourse moving.

There’s nothing more precious than time spent with your family and what better way to make the most of it, than with your own holiday home by the Broads.

Justin O’Grady, group leader at Quadram Institute and associate professor in Medical Microbiology at the University of East Anglia (UEA), is an expert on the rapid diagnosis of infection. Here he explains how his research is helping to track and trace the transmission of COVID-19 through sequencing the coronavirus virus genome.

As part of our Exploring Mental Health in Agriculture series, supported by Lloyds Banking Group, National Farmers Union deputy president Stuart Roberts discusses how measuring happiness and satisfaction among East Anglia’s farmers could be a vital first step in addressing the mental health crisis in agriculture.

Family-run eye and ear care specialist Cecil Amey was only able to offer emergency care during lockdown

We spoke to Jack – former retail worker and now a full-time care assistant – and Danielle – manager at Black Swan care home Laurel Lodge – to understand why they love working in care and the opportunities available.

As part of our Exploring Mental Health in Agriculture series, supported by Lloyds Banking Group, Charles Bliss spoke to counsellor and psychotherapist Sally Storr about how one-to-one interaction and integration with social groups can start to address the dislocation felt among agricultural workers in the East of England.

People rarely asked DNA scientist Karim Gharbi about the complexities of his work. That is until a global pandemic came along – now everybody wants to talk about COVID-19 testing. Here, the Earlham Institute-based scientist tells us what’s changed.

Water is vital for every one of us – but for those with long-term medical conditions, mobility restrictions or communication needs, an interruption to water supply can pose significant problems. Anglian Water customer services strategy manager Samantha Ross explains how the Priority Services Register can help support East Anglia’s most vulnerable.

With holidays to far-away hotspots on hold until further notice, there’s never been a better time to enjoy our own outdoor spaces and give them some TLC.

One in four people in the UK will experience a mental health problem each year. As part of our Exploring Mental Health in Agriculture series, supported by Lloyds Banking Group, Melinda Raker from YANA explains why it is so important to know that you are not alone.

The coronavirus lockdown, combined with the driest May on record, has led to a surge in household water demand. Dr Geoff Darch, water resources strategy manager at Anglian Water, offers some expert advice on how people can help keep taps running this summer by reducing discretionary water use.

Like many sectors in the UK, key workers in the agricultural sector are navigating challenges inflicted by coronavirus. But many are battling mental health issues, too. As part of our Exploring Mental Health in Agriculture series, Charles Bliss spoke to the CLA about how mental health first aid training, professional advice and cross-organisational efforts can help alleviate the mental health challenges affecting agricultural workers in East Anglia.

Farmers in East Anglia are facing a crisis of mental health. In 2018, the Farming Safety Foundation found that more than one agricultural worker every week dies by suicide. However, there is support for those facing both financial and psychological pressures. Matt Hubbard, Lloyds Banking Group Ambassador for the East of England, discusses how the Mental Health and Money Advice Service can help address this critical issue.

Anglian Water is helping charitable organisations in the East of England during coronavirus.

Guy Gowing, managing partner at Arnolds Keys, offers some expert tips on commercial property investment during Covid-19.

Funeral directors at Central England Co-op Funeralcare in Norfolk and Suffolk understand the new and difficult circumstances which families find themselves in.

Home-schooling students of any age can seem like a daunting task but add teenagers into the mix and you’re in for a challenge. With the uncertainty of coronavirus, you may be left worrying about their education and feeling like the responsibility falls to you.

Have you considered how rewarding it would be to protect a vulnerable child and help shape their future?

The COVID-19 pandemic has kept many of us cooped up at home more than usual but a performing arts centre in Norwich is looking to help us break through the boredom and get off the sofa.

Dr Kirsty Culley, associate director of science engagement at Norwich Research Park, explains how she helps scientists work together to find answers to big challenges, and how the public can get involved to help too!

Local business Sanitise is working to disinfect homes and businesses across Norfolk and the rest of the UK.

Kieren O’Connor is a young CEO from Norfolk disrupting the sales consultancy industry. We spoke to Kieren about how he overcame obstacles to find success and what he has to offer businesses in East Anglia.

Use your time in self-isolation to learn new skills and do jobs around the house. You can tick both boxes by giving your bathroom tiles a facelift.

Why not save money on the brands you love when you shop online and treat yourself to some goodies to help you survive self-isolation?

It’s a challenging time for all, and there’s understandably a lot of concern around funerals during coronavirus and how the lockdown affects this.

Mums are special, and Mother’s Day is a wonderful way to show appreciation for everything they do.

Forget everything you think you know about golf clubhouses; step inside The Stables and you realise you’re in for a right royal treat, courtesy of Royal Norwich at The Weston Estate.

Fill your evenings and weekends with a fun activity that will get your children off the sofa and bring the family together. Norwich-based entertainment centre, Superbowl UK can help.

The key to good business advice is ‘working with someone you can connect with and who understands your business’ according to Aston Shaw, an accountancy firm dedicated to developing close, friendly relationships with its clients to deliver straightforward, first-class accountancy and advisory services. 

Rapid advances in IT technology require expert input to stay ahead of the game – but how many small and medium-sized businesses can really cope inhouse? Increasingly, outsourcing IT is becoming the smart solution.

How to minimise the stress of large family holidays and gatherings? Keep it local and luxurious - you won’t regret it.

It may be dark outside but with thousands of twinkling Christmas lights and a giant shining bauble at intu Chapelfield, you’ll feel festive and ready to start your Christmas shopping.

An adult day care service that offers regular activities and support could be the best medicine for your elderly relatives.

You’ve got your hat, scarf and gloves – what else could you possibly need to prepare for the winter ahead?

Picture this: it’s December 1, your Christmas shopping is done and you’re at home in the warm, feet up, enjoying a mince pie and a Christmas film. Meanwhile, last minute Christmas shoppers are scurrying around, wishing they’d started their shopping sooner.

Whether it’s getting on a bus first thing in the morning or paying a bill with a smart phone, we all engage with science on a daily basis, often without even realising.

As our fascination with nature documentaries grows and we all strive to be a little more eco-friendly, it would be easy to think that we’re pretty clued up about the natural world.

Discover how Norfolk research could help your 
health, if social media is bad for teenagers, how to tempt people who find food doesn’t taste of anything - and much more in the Norwich Science Festival, October 18-26.

A-Plan Insurance Norwich is celebrating its first birthday – fundraising and a friendly face-to-face service has been key to its successful first year

Designing a new bathroom is no easy undertaking. Seeking the right advice will help you avoid making mistakes that could land you in hot water.

As life expectancy rises, so does the possibility of residential care, says financial guru Peter Sharkey.

You may know your industry inside and out but when it comes to HR admin and recruitment, are you like a fish out water?

Seeking the advice of a human resources outsource company like Ashtons HR Consulting will help you manage your business efficiently.

Senior HR consultant, Lucy Pakes, explains how an outsourcing service will free up your time, solves those pesky business issues and creates a place your staff will want to work.

East Coast College helps students with potential who may not know where to start when it comes to further education. Paul Padda, East Coast vice principle tells us how practical courses can challenge students, inspire their creativity and give them the tools to get started on their future paths.

Upgrading your patio with the best paving material can help protect your garden against the elements and add a touch of colour. Paving Superstore is a paving materials supplier that delivers throughout the UK.

Director Georgina Read tells us how porcelain paving slabs can help give your garden a facelift, whatever the weather.

Bubble tea, also known as boba milk tea or pearl milk tea, could be the most refreshing cuppa you’ve ever tried.

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A new paddle board business which lets people explore the Norfolk Broads independently says it has been “crazy busy” as people look to make the most of summer.

A series of art projections will light up a Norfolk town’s landmark buildings and outdoor spaces to show off its creative ambitions.

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