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From re-opened ice cream parlours to click and collect, the taste of summer is still on the menu.

Submissions for the East Anglian Book Awards open in July.

From jewellery makers to independent boutiques and Royal favourites, we find out the creative ways in which the local fashion industry has adapated during lockdown.

With wellbeing at the top of the agenda during the coronavirus lockdown, Sarah Groves is launching a new online platform to support people in the east of England.

Award-winning Norfolk-based poet George Szirtes shares some of the virtual poetry creative exercises he has been doing with his grandchildren during lockdown and encourages you to have some fun and try them for yourself with your own little people.

To mark what would have been the start of English Wine Week 2020, we raise a glass to Norfolk’s vineyards.

The relaxation of lockdown measures means anglers can now return to their favourite fishing spots. Here are just five of Suffolk’s best sites.

If you’ve been missing your regular rounds of golf, here are some of the courses in Norfolk where you can get back into the swing of things.

Harrison Chocolatiers and Whatahoot Gin have teamed up to create a decadent teatime treat that’s strictly for grown ups.

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?

As part of its Festival of Kindness to mark Mental Health Awareness Week, on Wednesday, May 20, Norfolk and Waveney Mind is offering a free online mindfulness taster session. But what is it and how could it help us look after our mental wellbeing during the coronavirus pandemic – and beyond?

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.

Not another book about food! Yes, but one like no other written by a former Norfolk vet which will help those using foodbanks. Derek James takes a look

What is mindfulness? And how could it help with your wellbeing in this difficult times?

From drive-through curry, to fine dining, and Sunday roasts with trimmings, Norfolk’s hospitality industry is rising to the lockdown challenge, with a growing number adapting the way they operate to offer takeaways and deliveries.

Halesworth Volunteer Centre has been carrying out food shops, providing over-the-phone catch-ups and dropping off prescriptions for vulnerable and isolated citizens during this period of lockdown.

Do you own a pair of Milly J’s unique, fairytale inspired shoes?

Despite coronavirus forcing us to press the pause button on life as we know it, you can still start thinking about building a family by adopting.

Sales on wine, beers and spirits have risen in lockdown but, says blogger and music producer Liz, life without booze can be better than ever

Henry Sutton, director of the creative writing programme at UEA, talks about a new landmark project to commemorate the course’s 50th anniversary.

The lockdown means we’re spending most of our time within the four walls of home, and the kitchen particularly is taking a bit of a battering. Here are some top tips for a clutter-free kitchen.

Were you the only one in your office left out of the watercooler chat about Game of Thrones or The Wire? Now is the time to catch up on some blockbuster drama with a boxset binge.

This year is the 25th anniversary of the Women’s Prize for Fiction. We take a look at the six books that have made the shortlist and should go straight to the top of your to-be-read pile.

Who are East Anglia’s greatest female authors? Here are 10 to get you started.

Worrying about the coronavirus and adapting to recent changes to routine can wreak havoc with your sleeping pattern. So we’ve put together a run-down of the best products to order for your bedroom to ensure you’re getting a good night’s sleep.

Gina Long talks to the man who has raised hundreds of thousands of pounds for East Anglian charities.

Three simple steps to make your shed a pleasure to use and the envy of the neighbourhood.

Discover how to use mirrors to maximise space and transform your garden into a sunlight-drenched wonderland.

The writer of adapted BBC hit show Elizabeth is Missing, on how social distancing is affecting her creativity.

Home decorating has become a top lockdown activity – but what if you can’t buy any fresh paint? Sophie Stainthorpe has some ideas for small projects to use up whatever is lurking in those tins leftover from previous decorating sprees.

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

Find out how to plant and care for your own magnolia during lockdown.

When it comes to other people’s homes, the smallest spark of an idea can become something incredible for interior designer Paula Gundry – but what about her own?

On Sunday, April 26, for thousands of runners months of training, pounding the pavements in all weathers, was supposed to culminate in the London Marathon. With the event postponed until October, we meet some of the Norfolk runners who were due to take part.

Is your next boxset a mystery? Here are some clues for some great detective and spy dramas to watch.

Stephen Crocker, chief executive of Norwich Theatre Royal shares his views on this time of isolation.

Helen McDermott would rather chat on the phone than worry about internet scams.

Keith Skipper wonders what future generations will make of our currrent history and ponders over blossoms.

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.

How are Norfolk’s animal shelters adapting during the coronavirus isolation? We go behind the scenes at Cats Protection’s Downham Market Adoption Centre.

Keith pontificates on the quieter time we’re all living in.

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?

As we prepare for further weeks of social distancing and isolation, Gina Long talks to East Anglian families and young people about how spring 2020 has changed their lives.

Friends and family of musician Jon Marett, who had an undiagnosed heart condition, have recorded one of his songs in his memory to raise funds for the NHS staff and volunteers who are working tirelessly during the coronavirus outbreak.

I’ll wager that some of you reading this will have a picture painted by S J Mann hanging on a wall…treasure it and remember the extraordinary and wonderful gentleman who created it.

Missing hanging out out at the pub with your friends? These Norfolk breweries, distillers, vineyards and cocktail bars can deliver your favourite tipples for your next big night in on Zoom.

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.

With so many of us currently working from home and feeling isolated, our cats, dogs and rabbits are stepping in to provide some much-needed love and comfort.

Gina Long talks to Anglia TV’s main evening news presenter Becky Jago about her career, her life in East Anglia and her favourite things to do off screen

If you’re planning a boxset marathon, take a trip to days gone by with one of these classic costume dramas.

Creative writing can be a brilliant way of escaping real life for a while. Norwich-based novelist Megan Bradbury shares some advice for picking up the pen and getting started.

Jo Reeder, head of fundraising and marketing at Age UK Suffolk is a true Suffolk girl, having had a career predominately in local media, before entering the charity sector. As we experience another week of COVID-19 lockdown, Age UK Suffolk has had to quickly adapt its core services. This very special charity is represented throughout our region and is committed to improving the lives of older people – something that is nevermore important. Jo and the Age UK Suffolk charity are continuing to give vital help, including emergency shopping during this desperate time of need. She has seen a 40% increase in the charity’s befriending scheme and the same increase in their information and advice service. Here she talks to Gina Long MBE

Meet the inspirational sisters behind the elegant country clothing global fashion brands, based here in East Anglia, whose designs are worn by the Duchess of Cambridge. As entrepreneurs they have seen the power of working together and sharing the same passion and goals to help them achieve success.

Here they talk to Gina Long.

Don’t miss out on the choc-fest this spring. These local retailers are ready to deliver everything you need.

Stuck inside because of coronavirus? Make sure your home is the nicest – and healthiest – place to be with a proper deep clean.

Lots of food and drink producers, shops and wholesalers are now offering click and collect and delivery services. Here are the ones we know about so far.

Let the food fights commence. The eccentric Goodman family – and even more eccentric neighbour Jim – are back on our screens for the sixth series of Channel 4 sitcom Friday Night Dinner on Friday, March 27. Here’s all you need to know.

The past seven days have seen huge changes to the way we live our lives, as the government responds to the Coronavirus pandemic. If you’re feeling anxious or overwhelmed, Norwich-based psychotherapist Shane Lutkin has some advice.

The Open University has hundreds of free online courses to keep your mind active and engaged

In her studio in Tombland designer Emily Jupp creates shoes that are wearable works of art. We meet her.

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