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Find out what we thought about the hottest spots around

A really tough part of our job here at Bounce HQ is reviewing the areas finest hotels, eateries, events and activities.

From dancing to dining we have it covered letting you in of some of East Anglia’s best kept secrets.

Bury St Edmunds best hamburgers…

This month the Bounce Magazine team were kindly invited along to Bryon Hamburgers in Bury St Edmunds… ‘Byron Hamburgers has been hot on my ‘must try list’ since its opening in Bury St Edmunds almost two years ago, so I … →

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I believe I can fly…

Have you ever wanted to skydive but have an issue with heights or jumping out of a perfectly good aeroplane? Well thankfully AM has the answer. Action Man, Action-Father-in-law and the Action Family took a trip over to Twinwoods Adventure … →

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Sutherland House, Southwold

Sutherland House sits proudly in the centre of Southwold, a popular seaside town in Suffolk. The Bounce team stopped by to see what the boutique hotel and restaurant had to offer its coastal clientele… “Sutherland House is full of period … →

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Know your Arnis from your elbow!

This month I joined maestro Eric Amada at the Stowupland sports centre for a lesson in the martial art and national sport of the Philippines, Modern Arnis. In its current guise the sport is relatively young having been founded in … →

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The Great House, Lavenham

Picturesque Lavenham is best known for its pretty, half-timbered mediaeval Cottages and a 15th century church. Sitting proudly in the Market Square you will find ‘The Great House’.  It’s been called ‘one of the best restaurants in England’ by The Sunday … →

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Peddle-oh! Spin Ipswich…

Spinning is a great form of high intense low impact exercise and I’ve always been a big fan. I actually used to ‘Spin’ twice a week however when my gym closed I struggled to find a suitable alternative to my … →

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Action Man vs Ultimate Ninja!

Action Man vs Ultimate Ninja! No, it’s not a cheap B movie that you’ll find straight to DVD! In fact AM paid a visit Ultimate Ninja UK in Colchester, it’s an obstacle riddled fitness centre offering a unique exercise experience. … →

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The Northgate, Bury St Edmunds…

The Northgate, is a stylish new ‘house’ in the heart of Bury St Edmunds, which offers an informal, relaxed space to eat, drink and stay. Editor, Rachel Ducker, was kindly invited along to see what the Northgate had to offer… … →

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Graze at The White Horse, Beccles

We visit Graze at The White Horse… Situated in Beccles, just a stone’s throw away from the town’s large clock tower, you will find Graze at The White Horse, a charming place to drink and dine no matter what day … →

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Get a grip…

As we all know the infrastructure around our beloved Suffolk isn’t great, there’s a lot of small winding roads which are often untreated at this time of year but how prepared are you?... It’s easy to take for granted our … →

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The Best of 2016…

A really tough part of our job here at Bounce HQ is reviewing the areas finest hotels, eateries, events and activities. To start the New Year off, we revisit our top three highlights of 2016… Our first highlight from 2016 … →

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Satis House

Set in three acres of parkland, tucked away just off the A12, is the grand 18th Century, Grade II listed Satis House. Rachel Ducker was invited along to spend an evening at the privately run hotel and restaurant, here is … →

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The Ickworth Hotel

The Ickworth Hotel is set in 1,800 acres of rolling parkland designed by Capability Brown. This month Rachel Ducker was invited along to The Ickworth Hotel to discover what makes this venue stand out from the crowd. ‘The hotel itself … →

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Armourgeddon…

Thanks to an experience day voucher (perks of being an Action Man on birthdays and at Christmas,) I got a full tank of diesel and made track for Armourgeddon in Leicestershire for a session of tank driving. The facility offers … →

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An idyllic setting at The White Horse, Easton…

Nestled within the Deben Valley, 12 miles from the Suffolk Coast, The White Horse is situated in the picturesque village of Easton. Recently renovated and taken over by The Chestnut Group, the pretty 17th-century pub on the small village green … →

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Tea-Tox at Weaver’s House Spa

I was recently invited along to Weavers’ House Spa at The Swan at Lavenham, to sample the newly launched ‘Tea-Tox’ healthy afternoon tea and the ‘Go Figure’ treatment. Having enjoyed time at the spa before, I couldn’t wait to take … →

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Fine dining at Bedford Lodge & Spa, Newmarket

Situated near Newmarket’s famous paddocks and training stables you will find Bedford Lodge Hotel & Spa. Bounce Magazine was delighted to be invited along to sample the menu at Squires, the hotel’s much loved restaurant. Upon arrival, naturally, we were … →

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Indian Cuisine at Valley Connection

This month Bounce Magazine were delighted to be invited along to the award-winning Valley Connection, situated in the heart of Bury St Edmunds on Churchgate Street. ‘Unlike most traditional Indian restaurants, Valley Connection, also known to the locals as ‘VC’, … →

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A relaxing retreat at Barnham Broom Hotel

Just ten miles from the heart of Norwich, nestled away in the beautiful Norfolk countryside is the Barnham Broom Hotel. Set in 300 acres of pristine landscape and home to two of Norfolk’s finest golf courses, this hotel offers more … →

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Best of the Best at The Bildeston Crown…

After a busy week, finally Friday had arrived and we were excited about what was to come. We jumped in the car and ventured across the Suffolk countryside on a crisp spring evening, and I have to say what a … →

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Afternoon Tea at Ickworth House

In the east wing of Ickworth House, now part of the National Trust, the Ickworth Hotel sits overlooking beautiful gardens and the breathtaking Suffolk countryside. We were kindly invited along to enjoy a spot of Afternoon Tea in the large … →

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Ipswich Wheelchair Football

As mentioned last month Action Man has indeed come a cropper and with a ruptured ligament in my knee it’ll take some time before I’m firing on all cylinders again. So is this the end of Action Man? Is it … →

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Poetry in Motion

Poets House, in Ely, Cambridgeshire, occupies an attractive trio of Grade-II listed Edwardian buildings, which surround a central courtyard/car park, complete with an impressive view into the cocktail bar. We were delighted be invited along to see what Poets House … →

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Satomi Kai Aikidio Club

Happy New Year Bounce readers! We’ve got an awesome action filled 2016 ahead! Following on from last year I conclude my recent tour of Suffolk based martial arts clubs with a visit to the dojo of the Satomi Kai Aikido … →

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Kesgrave Hall

As many Bounce readers will know we are no strangers to Milsoms after enjoying a very pleasant visit to Le Talbooth and Maison Talbooth earlier on last year. We were delighted to be invited along to another one of Milsoms … →

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Paddocks House, Newmarket

Whether you’re looking for a glamorous getaway or a venue to hold a sophisticated event, Paddocks House will certainly not disappoint… Editor Rachel Ducker, and associate Luchea Green, were kindly invited along to experience the great delights the boutique hotel … →

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There is magic in the air, with Wizard Balloons…

For over 15 years Wizard Balloon Flights have flown more than 10,000 passengers across East Anglia. As a family run business they pride themselves in their friendly and personal service making each hot air balloon ride one to remember. What … →

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Quad Biking

One of the best things about being Action Man is the awesome gifts I get for Birthdays and Christmas, one of the most recent was a voucher for quad biking with East Anglian activities at either of their locations in … →

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Action Mans Three Peak Challenge

Well Sir Ranulph Riennes has nothing to fear as my somewhat diminutive frame is not really built for mountain climbing but that didn’t stop me from taking on my toughest challenge to date with the national 3 peaks challenge. This … →

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Let’s get ready to rumble…

This month Action Man steps into the ring with professional mix martial artist  Arnold, who hails from Felixstowe, at just 21 years old, is already a full time MMA fighter with a record of 10-1 with his latest bout being … →

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The Ultimate Massage – 4-Hands at SK

When it comes to massage, are 4-hands better than 2? The new Synchronised Massage available at SK Clinic + Spa, is the most indulgent and luxurious treatment on the spa menu. Known throughout the world as Four Hands, SK’s Synchronised … →

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Strattons Hotel

This month Bounce Magazine were delighted to stay at the award-winning Strattons Hotel in Swaffham, Norfolk, here’s what we thought… ‘Nestled away, just off Swaffham’s high street you will find the beautiful surroundings of Strattons Hotel in Norfolk. With 14 … →

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Latitude 2015

As the curtain closes on this year’s long awaited Latitude Festival, deep set in the woods of Henham Park, Southwold, we reflect on one of our favourite festivals… no further than 5 miles from Bounce Headquarters! Bounce Magazine were delighted … →

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The International Bognor Birdman

This month sees the return of the International Bognor Birdman. Some magnificent men (and women) took to their flying machines (and Action Men in tuxedos!) to launch themselves off the end of the Bognor Regis pier all in the name … →

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Kuk Sool Won – Traditional Korean Martial Arts

Martial Arts is considerably more than just learning how to kick and punch and none more so than the Korean discipline of Kuk Sool Won. Whilst this form was only founded in 1961 it prides itself on being a traditional … →

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The Swan at Southwold

With just 800 residents, you’d be forgiven in thinking Southwold was just another sleepy seaside town. Well far from it… Hustling and bustling: the thriving coastal town attracts visitors from miles around. An array of independent shops, the bright lights … →

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Potters Resort

Bounce Magazine were thrilled to be invited to the recent ‘Stars of Dance Weekend’ at the Potters Resort in Hopton. Here’s what we thought… ‘On a bright summers day we were grateful to be heading towards the coast of Hopton … →

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The re-launch of Valley Connection

Valley Connection is an award-winning Indian Restaurant situated in the heart of Bury St Edmunds on Churchgate Street. Unlike most Traditional Indian Restaurants, Valley Connection, also known as VC, have always offered their customers a contemporary and relaxed surrounding to dine in. … →

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Crowned one of the best

This month Bounce Magazine were invited to stay for dinner, bed and breakfast at The Crown Hotel in Southwold, here’s what we thought… “As I have lived ten minutes away from Southwold for most of my childhood, Southwold is somewhere I have … →

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Thumb Wars

It is very rare that a World Championships comes to our wee tranquil corner of the globe but when it does rest assured that ACTION MAN will be there! So on a sunny Saturday afternoon I made my way to … →

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The Bull Inn – Barton Mills

As autumn falls upon us Bounce Magazine visits The Bull Inn in Barton Mills for what we would consider to be one of our best reviews yet… The Bull Inn is a fabulous, quirky, modern day coaching inn with a … →

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Embrace the dirt, go Nuclear!

Hey Action fans! Welcome to the new look Bounce Magazine, what do we think? Pretty good eh! Last month we took it easy with a great evening at Beautiful Beers but now with summer around corner it’s time to get … →

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Dance yourself fit

Combining basic street dance with elements of hip hop, popping and commercial dance, an awesome urban style is created. I was lucky enough to pop along to one of Clare Stringer’s Urban Dance classes held at Hazelwood Dance Studios in … →

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Float away

The Bounce team review the Floatation Centre based at the Moreton Hall Health Club in Bury St Edmunds… Floatation Therapy is such a simple idea, yet some of the benefits just seem too good to be true. But they are real, … →

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New year fitness programme…

When you have a busy lifestyle sometimes the last thing you feel like doing is exercise. However we have recently discovered that there is help at hand right here in Bury St Edmunds. You may have heard of Liam Britton … →

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