a picture of the pump street bakery in orford suffolk


Pump Street Bakery was founded in November 2010 by father and daughter team Chris and Joanna Brennan. It is the result of Chris’ years developing his skills as a self-taught baker, and Joanna’s enthusiasm for all things gourmand. Chris manages the baking team, while Joanna takes care of the shop and cooks for the café.

The bakery is a crucial part of Orford’s identity. Local produce and flour is used wherever possible, and all sales of the Orford White and Orford Granary loaves contribute to the Orford Community Fund which supports a number of local projects.

It’s also a favourite of an Oscar winner! Mat Kirkby won the Academy Award for best live action short film in 2015, and loves Pump Street so much that he mentioned their doughnuts in his acceptance speech. Of course, the bakery has since promised him free doughnuts ‘for good’.

To find out more and browse their menu online, visit the Pump Street Bakery.

If the menu takes your fancy, why not plan a trip and explore the rest of Orford. Visit Suffolk is the perfect guide to the surrounding area,

archive shot of gressenhall staff early 1900s


Gressenhall Farm and Workhouse has been operated by Norfolk Museums Service since 1975, but was a workhouse (in various forms) from 1777. This photograph, showing the Gressenhall staff in 1936, was taken to mark the departure of the Master and Matron, Mr and Mrs Robinson.

The team at Gressenhall today have very different roles to the staff pictured. They offer visitors a chance to explore the lives of Norfolk people over the past 250 years. This is most notably seen in Gressenhall’s learning officer Rachel Duffield who is shortlisted for VisitEngland Tourism Superstar 2016.

Rachel has certainly been bringing the workhouse to life for the past seven years in her guise as ‘Moaning Martha’, a fictional inmate whose gossipy monologues about life in the workhouse – delivered in an authentic Norfolk rural accent.

Find out more about Gressenhall staff, past and present, when you plan a visit to Gressenhall.

Why not explore the rest of the area? Visit Norfolk is packed with useful information.


Photo: Norfolk Museums Service

st peter's church, sudbury


The artist John Constable was just 12 years old when one of his great heroes – the renowned English painter Thomas Gainsborough – died in the year 1788. Constable admired the work of Gainsborough so deeply that he once described Gainsborough’s landscapes as capable of bringing ‘tears in our eyes’, knowing ‘not what brings them’.

Although Constable was born nearby in East Bergholt, this is the only known view the artist captured of Gainsborough’s hometown of Sudbury, Suffolk. The pencil and wash sketch shows the parish church of St Peter’s, one of three in Sudbury. The grouping of houses shown against the southeast corner of the church no longer stand, and are otherwise not recorded. Pictured in 1814–1815, this is a rare view of an important Suffolk market town by one of its best-known artists.

Constable’s St Peter’s Church, Sudbury was on view at Gainsborough’s House from March-June 2016.

For more information, visit Gainsborough’s House.

Plan a trip to Sudbury with Visit Suffolk.


greene king bury st edmunds


The Greene King story starts back in 1799, when Benjamin Greene moved to Bury St Edmunds to set up his own brewing business. By 1806 he had entered into a partnership with William Buck, an elderly yarn-maker, and acquired the 100-year-old Wright’s Brewery in Westgate.

By 1868 Benjamin had handed the reins over to his son Edward, who was one of the first employers to introduce employee benefits, including a pension scheme and accommodation for staff. In 1887, local competitor Frederick King amalgamated with the King business and formed the Greene King we know today.

In 1888, the wife of the Managing Director set up the ‘Mothers Meeting’, a chance for the wives of employees to get together, and occasionally provide financial assistance. Remarkably, the Mothers Meeting is still going today.

Greene King continues to grow to this day, acquiring new pubs each years and still brewing award-winning ales.

You can visit the brewery in Bury St Edmunds and take a guided tour.

Plan a trip to the surrounding area with Visit Suffolk.

norwich city hall, norwich 12


Norwich City Hall is one of the finest municipal buildings of the inter-war period in England.

Built between 1936 and 1938 to accommodate the increasing size of Norwich City Council, the hall featured an art deco interior and a number of fine architectural features, including a top-floor cupola, mahogany panelling and one of the country’s longest balconies, and a pair of stylised bronze lions, sculpted by Alfred Hardiman, greets visitors to the building.

Designed by S. Rowland Pierce, the plans were held in high esteem and were shown at the Royal Academy in 1933 and 1934.

Norwich City Hall is also one of the Norwich12 buildings. The reception areas are accessible to the public, and the Tourist Information Centre runs full building tours during the summer months. For more information, see Norwich Tourist Information.

Explore the rest of Norwich with Visit Norwich.

Photo: Alex Liivet
maid's head hotel, norwich


Nestled in the heart of historic Norwich, The Maid’s Head Hotel has many literary links. Originally built for bishops travelling to the adjacent cathedral, the hotel has welcomed many famous (and fictional) people throughout its life, including Thomas Wolsey, Catherine of Aragon and poet Philip Larkin.

The hotel is best known for its links with L.P. Hartley’s The Go-Between. In the novel, two characters share a lengthy lunch there after exploring Norwich. The film version was actually shot in the hotel, making it especially significant for Norwich literary enthusiasts.

The hotel is also featured in two detective novels, P.D. James’ Devices and Desires and Francis Beeding’s The Norwich Victims, though, a stay there today is guaranteed to be less mystery-filled!

You can follow in the footsteps of these illustrious guests. Book a trip to The Maid’s Head Hotel.

And now that you’re staying in Norwich, you need to find something to do. Fear not, Visit Norwich has hundreds of suggestions.

Bressingham Gardens


Just two miles from Diss is Bressingham, home to some of the most beautiful Gardens in the country.

The 17 acres at Bressingham Gardens have been a site for horticultural pioneering for over fifty years and the results that can be seen today are spectacular.

When the young Alan Bloom first began developing the garden in front of Bressingham Hall in 1953, the idea of using perennials in island beds was a radical one. Nearly 5,000 different species and cultivars were planted across six acres in the next ten years.

His son Adrian Bloom started his work in 1962, developing Foggy Bottom Garden (so called partly because of his time in the USA and partly due to the regular mists that rose from the low meadow adjacent to the river Waveney) into a wonderful profusion of conifers, heathers and shrubs that are enjoyed today by thousands of visitors.

Plan your visit to Bressingham to see this magnificent gardens (and the extensive steam museum next door) here.



Photo by Airwolfhound (Flickr)
avenue theatre, red rose chain


The Avenue Theatre is the home of theatre company Red Rose Chain. The Avenue offers a year-round programme of events, from Red Rose Chain’s own productions to stand-up comedy and music. Gippeswyk Hall, which The Avenue adjoins, is a Grade II listed property.

The theatre opened in 2014, after securing a £1 million Heritage Lottery Fund Grant, and pays homage to the barns that would have occupied the land when Gippeswyk Hall was first built.

The work of Red Rose Chain is community focused and driven, so, the company operates the theatre with an open door policy. They are keen to share this unique heritage site with the people of Ipswich, and beyond.

We explored Red Rose Chain’s Christmas show, The Tale of Mr Tod earlier in Culture365.

For more information, and the find out what’s on, visit Red Rose Chain.

There’s always something to see in Ipswich. All About Ipswich is the perfect guide to the town.

castle rising, norfolk


Castle Rising, near Kings Lynn, is one of the finest examples of 12th Century architecture in the country, and the magnificent surrounding earthworks ensure it’s a sight to behold.

The castle has had a long, varied history. It has been both a hunting lodge and royal residence, and is now open to visitors.

The earthworks around the castle occupy between 12 and 13 acres, and even after centuries of erosion and in-filling, stands at 18 metres.

To find out more, and plan a visit, see Castle Rising.

After you’ve explored the castle, why not see what else is in the area, with Visit West Norfolk.

Photo: John Fielding
lacons great yarmouth sign


Nestled in the heart of Great Yarmouth, the Lacons Brewery dates back to 1760. At its peak it operated over 300 pubs across East Anglia and London, and produced over 80,000 barrels of beer annually. The brewery was floated on the stock market in 1952, and by 1952, Whitbread, a fellow brewer, held 20% of the shares.

By 1965, Whitbread bought the entire brewery, in a deal that equated to approximately £50 million and in 1968, the original Lacons Brewery was closed. Over the following decades, all of the brewery buildings were demolished, but their legacy remained visible, with Lacons emblems on buildings to this day.

These emblems intrigued local businessman Mick Carver who, after 18 months of negotiations, secured the registered trademarks of the brewery.

The new Lacons Brewery opened in 2013, brewing a range of new ales using the brewery’s original yeast. The brewery has gone from strength to strength, winning numerous national and international awards in 2014 and 2015.

Today, curious beer connoisseurs can take a trip to the brewery’s Visitor Centre, featuring a museum dedicated to the brewery’s history, and a shop.

To plan a trip, visit Lacons.

Pop to Great Yarmouth for a pint, and explore the rest of the region with Visit Norfolk.

Revisit the previous Culture365 post about Southwold-based Adnams.