Eastlife are proud to have launched our first online awards this year and the response we had was amazing!

As you can imagine, with ten categories per county, the competition was fierce with lots of fabulous businesses being nominated by you, our readers and online audience.

A comprehensive list of all winners can be found below with a small bio and a link to each of their websites. Your votes mean so much to these businesses who work so hard to provide an excellent service so we would like to thank you on their behalf and of course a huge thank you from us for taking part.

Please continue to explore our fabulous region and support the local businesses.

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The Sharnbrook Mill Theatre

103 Mill Rd, Sharnbrook, MK44 1NP

An award-winning 188-seat community theatre, entirely run by volunteers. Alongside the productions, they host events, a youth summer school and professional artists. Four in-house shows are produced each year in the historic theatre which was converted from an old mill.

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The Higgins Bedford

Castle Road, Bedford, MK40 3XD

Find out more about the people of Bedford and its development at The Higgins art gallery and museum. With its changing exhibitions and activities, there is always something new to see and do. The museum is also home to The Higgins Pantry, a family-run Italian restaurant and café.

 

Higgins theatre front

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Shuttleworth

Alder Drive, Biggleswade, SG18 9DT 

Shuttleworth is the perfect family day out. Enjoy the amazing Swiss Garden, follow the woodland sculpture trail and discover a unique collection of vintage aircraft and vehicles, all set in 875 acres of parkland at Old Warden Park.

 

 

Shuttleworth workshop

Accommodation

Woodland Manor Hotel & Restaurant

Green Lane, Clapham, MK41 6EP

A stunning historic property, dating back to the 1800s, with large bay windows and a grand entrance. The tranquil manor house hotel has 34 en-suite bedrooms and suites offering countryside character and charm.

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Forest of Marston Vale

Station Road, Marston Moretaine, MK43 0PR

A community forest and charity planting trees and using woodlands to transform the landscape and benefit the local communities. The Forest Centre and Millennium Country Park is a mixture of woodland, meadows and lakes and includes a visitor centre and café.

Forest of Marston building

Adrenaline Rush Activities

Palmer Sport at Bedford Autodrome

Thurleigh Airfield Business Park, Thurleigh Road, Thurleigh, MK44 2YP

Launched by former F1 racer Jonathan Palmer in 1991, PalmerSport is a motorsport experience like no other. Spend a full day driving an unrivalled collection of high-performance sports cars, touring cars and open-top racing cars on four purpose-built circuits at Bedford Autodrome. 

Festivals & Events

Bedford Park Concerts

Millennium Studios, Bedford Technology Park, Thurleigh, MK44 2YA

Bedford Park Concerts is part of LPH Concerts & Events. Whether you bring glowsticks and sunglasses for a pop, rock or dance event, or a full picnic complete with candelabra for one of their classical shows, they will royally entertain you providing musical choice for the whole family whatever their age.

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The Sun Felmersham

Grange Road, Felmersham, MK43 7EU

A free house pub, in the beautiful village of Felmersham. Enjoy a walk along the River Great Ouse before heading to The Sun to enjoy top quality, locally sourced food. Succulent rotisserie chicken is always on the menu but there are daily specials aplenty too.

Spas & Wellness

Y Spa at Wyboston Lakes Resort

Great North Road, Wyboston, MK44 3AL

Located at The Waterfront Hotel, set in 380 acres of beautiful Bedfordshire countryside. During your stay, their team will spoil you with attention and warmth, ensuring you feel special from the moment you arrive to the moment you leave.

 

Wedding Venues

Woodland Manor Hotel & Restaurant

Green Lane, Clapham, MK41 6EP

Bespoke wedding packages in a traditional manor house set within four acres of woodlands and gardens. To make the wedding extra special, couples can hire the entire hotel, including function rooms, bedrooms and grounds.

 

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Cambridge Junction

Clifton Way, Cambridge, CB1 7GX

A performing arts centre offering contemporary performance, popular culture, creative learning and everything in-between. Cambridge Junction is a social enterprise, earning over 50% of its income through events and activities which is reinvested back into the business.

Cambridge Junction club night

Art Galleries & Museums

Burwell Museum

Mill Close, Burwell, CB25 0HL

An amazing family day out – explore the windmill, follow the trails, enjoy the rare vintage vehicles, old schoolroom day and village shop, and find out how people lived in Burwell on the edge of the Fens.

Attractions & Days Out

Shepreth Wildlife Park

Station Road, Shepreth, Nr. Royston, SG8 6PZ

Shepreth Wildlife Park started as a refuge for creatures great and small in 1979. Today, the park also participates in breeding programmes for endangered species and is committed to educating the next generation of conservationists.

Accommodation

Fullers Hill Cottages

Fullers Hill, Little Gransden, Sandy, SG19 3BP

Luxury self-catering cottages on a family-run farm and private airfield with hot tubs, pretty gardens, childrens play area and panoramic views for wedding receptions. Awarded Visit England 4-star gold and a gold award from the Green Tourism Business Scheme.

Fullers Cottage

Country Parks

Hinchingbrooke Country Park

Brampton Road, Huntingdon, PE29 6DB

Covering 150 acres of open grasslands, mature woodland and lakes with play areas, a café and wildflower meadows. The park is a great place to visit for families, nature spotters, dog walkers and those who enjoy the great outdoors.

Adrenaline Rush Activities

Rumble Live Action Gaming

Grafham Water, Marlow Park, Grafham, Huntingdon, PE28 0BH

Set in eight acres of woodland on the banks of the reservoir, the award-winning Rumbles recreates battle royale video games, combining paintball and laser tag in a family-friendly shoot em up!

Rumble kids paint balling

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Festivals & Events

Kimbolton Country Fayre

Kimbolton, Huntingdon, PE28 0EA

Held in the grounds of Kimbolton Castle, the annual fayre provides a fantastic day out for people of all ages. Visitors arrive from far and wide to see the shows and displays and particularly the huge classic car rally.

 

 

Kimbolton saw demonstration

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Gastro Pubs

The Plough Coton

2 High Street, Coton, CB23 7PL

Dating back to the 18th century, this rural gastropub is a local and destination venue with a large garden serving a menu of modern and seasonal dishes along with pub classics and regularly changing daily specials board.

 

Plough pub dining room

Spas & Wellness

The Varsity Hotel & Spa

Thompsons Lane (off Bridge Street), Cambridge, CB5 8AQ

A boutique hotel in Cambridge with just 48 uniquely designed rooms, each celebrating the cultural heritage of the city. The quirky artwork and special details in each room make this feel like a home away from home and contribute to a cosy warm atmosphere.

Wedding Venues

Kimbolton Castle

Kimbolton, Huntingdon, PE28 0EA

Where romance, elegance and character meet to create a spectacular venue for your dream wedding or celebration. Exclusively yours, we welcome you to Kimbolton Castle. Our experienced team regularly host a variety of formal and informal celebrations and functions.

Theatres & Venues

The Cliffs Pavilion and Palace Theatre

Station Rd, Southend-on-Sea, SS0 7RA

430 London Rd, Westcliff-on-Sea, SS0 9LA

Southend’s premier entertainment complex is a great place to experience live performances as it’s the region’s leading theatre and concert hall with programmes include touring West End musicals, ballet, concerts and comedy.

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Two Tree Gallery

11 Rectory Grove, Leigh on Sea, SS9 2HB

A gallery shared by eight local artists with their mix of styles and subjects encouraging visitors to stay and explore. You will always be greeted by one of the artists and be free to browse or chat without any pressure to buy.

 

 

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Attractions & Days Out

Colchester Zoo

Maldon Road, Stanway, CO3 0SL

Explore the wonders of wildlife including some of the most critically endangered animals. Experience a jam-packed day out, no matter the weather, with indoor activities such as hand feeding colourful lorikeets, soft play and face painting.

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Accommodation

LandyCampers

Hill Pasture, Broxted, Dunmow, CM62BZ

Taking a LandyCamper on your next trip will transform your holiday into a sustainable, low impact adventure close to nature. No other vehicle radiates a thirst for adventure and the outdoors like our Defenders and we promise it’s contagious.

 

 

Landy campers setting

Country Parks

Cudmore Grove Country Park

Broman’s Lane, East Mersea, Colchester, CO5 8UE

A nature reserve with of over 102 acres of unique coastal landscapes and habitat and heritage overlooking the Colne and Blackwater Estuaries with kids’ play area, beach access, bird hides and refreshment kiosk.

Adrenaline Rush Activities

Curve Water Sports

Mill Street, St Osyth, CO16 8EW

Specialists in a variety of water sports including wakeboarding, kayaking and stand up paddleboarding. If you’re after a fun day out, the ringo rides and inflatable aqua park are sure to cause smiles all round!

Festivals & Events

Helen Rollason Cancer Charity

Yvonne Stewart House, The Street, Hatfield Peverel, CM3 2EH

Dedicated to supporting people whose lives are touched by cancer, offering complementary therapies to patients including counselling, reflexology, aromatherapy, manual lymphatic drainage and support groups.

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Gastro Pubs

Channels Bar & Brasserie

Pratts Farm Lane East, Little Waltham, Chelmsford, CM3 3PT

A newly refurbished Brasserie with a patio offering lovely views and vibes during the warmer months. Head Chef Dan Pitts creates the very best rustic fine dining using ingredients from local suppliers and our own chefs garden.

 

Channels Dining room

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Spas & Wellness

Julie Court Nutrition

Church Road, Brightlingsea, Colchester, CO7 0GG

Ease your menopause symptoms and stop weight gain with straightforward nutrition advice and HRT knowledge, combined with expert coaching to end your destructive behaviours and finally put a stop to lifelong dieting.

 

 

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Wedding Venues

Channels

Pratts Farm Lane East, Little Waltham, Chelmsford, CM3 3PT

A beautiful parkland estate located close to the picturesque village of Little Waltham near Chelmsford. With over 30 years of bespoke wedding venue services, Channels has long been established as one of the finest wedding venues in Essex.

 

Theatres & Venues

The Factory Playhouse Theatre

60 Wilbury Way, Hitchin, SG4 0TA

The Factory Playhouse first opened its doors in 2015. What was originally an old, disused, 12,000 square foot factory became a 200-seat theatre. Now it is one of the most exciting and innovative places to see theatre in Hertfordshire and the surrounding areas.

Art Galleries & Museums

Natural History Museum Tring

Akeman Street, Tring, HP23 6AP

Initially a private zoological collection, this fascinating exhibition opened to the public in 1892 and is now part of the Natural History Museum. Visit the galleries packed with over 4,000 specimens and treat yourself and your little explorers to a slice of cake in the Ugly Bug Café.

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Knebworth House

Knebworth Park, SG1 2AX

Set in 250 acres of Hertfordshire countryside with 500 years of history, there’s something for everyone to enjoy at Knebworth. Spend a fun-filled day exploring the Dinosaur Trail and adventure playground, enjoy the gardens or join in one of the many events.

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Tewin Bury Farm Hotel

Hertford Road, Welwyn, AL6 0JB

Tucked away behind the River Mimram and Tewin Nature Reserve, Tewin Bury Farm Hotel is a 700-acre Hertfordshire countryside getaway with individually designed rooms and suites purpose built to make the most of the breath-taking surroundings.

Tewin bedroom

Country Parks

Lee Valley Park

Broxbourne Riverside, Mill Lane, Broxbourne, EN10 7AX

Lee Valley Regional Park spans London, Essex and Hertfordshire and is simply unique. From London 2012 venues to heritage sites, cycling, walking, white water rafting, horse riding, nature reserves and wide-open spaces – its all waiting for you in the Lee Valley.

 

Adrenaline Rush Activities

Lee Valley White Water Centre

Station Road, Waltham Cross, EN9 1AB

Gallons of fun from white water rafting on the Olympic course to family paddling on our lake. Choose from a range of activities or sit back and watch the action at The Terrace Bar & Café; youre guaranteed an unforgettable day out.

Festivals & Events

Standon Calling

Standon Lordship, SG11 1EF

An independent boutique music and arts festival with big acts and emerging talent, set in the Hertfordshire countryside. Starting life as a birthday garden party, the event has evolved into four jam-packed days every July with festivalgoers returning year after year. 

Stanton calling festival

Gastro Pubs

The Fox at Willian

Willian, Letchworth Garden City, SG6 2AE

An award-winning country pub in the picturesque village of Willian, renowned for fine dining, wonderful overnight stays and effortless village charm. The stylish yet relaxed modern restaurant serves an abundance of locally sourced, seasonal produce and an impressive wine list.

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The Cottonmill Spa at Sopwell House

Cottonmill Lane, St Albans, AL1 2HQ
Offering cutting-edge technology and expert treatments, swimming pool and state of the art gym, all created to enhance your fitness and wellbeing. Within the Spa, there is an inner sanctum, called The Clubat Cottonmill with world-class spaces and facilities.

Cottonmill swimming pool

Wedding Venues

Fanhams Hall Hotel

Fanhams Hall Road, Ware, SG12 7PZ

A Jacobean mansion nestled in the Hertfordshire countryside, offering a unique venue for weddings. A beautiful suite is saved for the newlyweds and there’s plenty of space for a whole wedding party. The stunning grounds create a magical setting for your celebration.

 

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The Princess Theatre

13 The Green, Hunstanton, PE36 5AH

An intimate theatre situated on the sunny Norfolk coastline offering a variety of live music acts, film screenings, comedy performances, theatre and panto productions. Take a seat on the terrace of the Sunset Wine Bar and enjoy the view.

The Princess Theatre

Art Galleries & Museums

Gressenhall Farm and Workhouse

Gressenhall, Dereham, NR20 4DR

Explore the history of Norfolks rural life inside a historic workhouse. Nestled in 50 acres of beautiful Norfolk countryside, you can also enjoy a wildlife river walk, adventure playground, working farm, stamper trail and woodland.

Attractions & Days Out

Redwings Horse Sanctuary

Spa Lane, Aylsham, NR11 6UE & Caldecott Hall, Beccles Road, Fritton, NR31 9EY

Come nose-to-nose with the rescued residents and discover their inspiring stories. Enjoy relaxing paddock walks, tasty treats in the café and Norfolk produce in the gift shops while supporting the charitys work to rescue and rehabilitate horses in need.

 

Redwings horses

Accommodation

Riverside Rentals

17 Lower Street, Horning, NR12 8AA

A family-run business with riverside cottages on the Norfolk Broads. Each guest is made to feel right at home from the beginning to the end of their stay. A family and pet-friendly company who look forward to seeing you soon for your Norfolk Broads holiday.

Riverside cottage

Country Parks

Gooderstone Water Gardens

The Street, Gooderstone, King’s Lynn, PE33 9BP

An enchanting six-acre garden with thirteen numbered bridges to help you find your way as they cross the waterways, four ponds and a natural trout stream. Explore the nature trail and enjoy homemade cakes and interesting plant sales.

 

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Holkham Ropes Course

Holkham Hall, Wells-next-the-Sea, NR23 1AB

Located in Holkham Park and sensitively curated from natural materials, children and adults alike can get close to nature whilst climbing like a squirrel and soaring like an owl! Look down over the woodland whilst tackling wobbly crossings, swinging bridges and zip wires.

Festivals & Events

Phoenix Events East Ltd

St. Georges Works, 51 Colegate, Norwich, NR1 1DD

A simple, flexible, effective and professional service offering security, car parking, traffic management and other event support needs. We understand that events may require a bespoke service and discuss your individual needs during an on-site consultation.

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The White Horse

Main Road, Brancaster Staithe, PE31 8BY

An award-winning family-run country inn on the marshland coastline of picturesque Brancaster Staithe. Dine in the Conservatory Restaurant with adjoining Deck Terrace serving local fish and shellfish, Marshside with cocktail bar and al fresco dining or newly styled Courtyard.

White Horse sea view

Spas & Wellness

Thompson Hall Retreat

Hall Lane, Thompson, Thetford, IP24 1QA

Located in the heart of Norfolk, Thompson Hall Retreat is the perfect place to hide away from the world, rediscover nature and spend time recharging your energy under the canopies of mature trees in King Edward VIII Wood.

 

Wedding Venues

Hockwold Hall

Hockwold Cum Wilton, Brandon, IP26 4HZ

Your dream wedding awaits at Hockwold Hall. Each event is tailored to your needs and desires within the beautiful house and gardens. Onsite accommodation is included within the venue rental fee for use by you and your guests.

 

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Theatre Royal Bury St Edmunds

Westgate Street, Bury St Edmunds, IP33 1QR

The UKs only working Regency Theatre with a great range of music, comedy, plays and musicals. Take a historic theatre tour to find out how the theatre shaped high class society, influenced Charles Dickens and about the famous who have tread the boards.

Theatre Royal stage

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The National Horse Racing Museum

Palace Street, Newmarket, CB8 8EP

Find out about the history of horse racing, meet friendly retired racehorses, discover what it feels like to ride a racehorse with the equine simulator, watch the sparks fly as a farrier works in the forge and enjoy some of the countrys best sporting art.

 

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Attractions & Days Out

Jimmys Farm & Wildlife Park

Pannington Hall Lane, Wherstead, Ipswich, IP9 2AP

A working farm and wildlife park which is home to over 80 different breeds from friendly farm animals to exotics like primates, camels and zebra. Explore the nature trail, woodland walk, beautiful gardens and play areas.

 

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Accommodation

The Great House

Market Place, Lavenham, CO10 9QZ

Set in a historic building and surrounded by Suffolk’s beautiful countryside. Enjoy a five-course experience dinner and wake up to a delicious breakfast. An overnight stay at The Great House really is a unique and special experience that will leave you feeling relaxed and spoilt.

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Brandon Country Park

Bury Road, Brandon, IP27 0SU

With over 30 acres of parkland, theres lots to see and do at Brandon Country Park. Explore the arboretum, find the ‘haunted’ mausoleum, lawns and lake, discover the historic walled garden and enjoy miles of nature trails and cycling routes.

Brandon Park lake

Adrenaline Rush Activities

Suffolk Ski Centre

Bourne Hill, Wherstead, Ipswich, IP2 8NQ

Ski or snowboard all year round with open practice plus a wide range of lessons and courses catering for complete beginners through to advanced racers and freestyle ski and boarders. The Lodge is the perfect place to eat and relax after your activities.

Festivals & Events

Red Rooster Festival

Euston Hall, Euston, IP24 2QW

A whisky sippin’, guitar strummin’, banjo pickin’, rib suckin’, weekend of Southern blues and country. Were awful particular bout the kind of music we play, which is why only the finest rhythm & blues, Americana, roots and country musicians make it onto our bill.

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The Unruly Pig

Orford Road, Bromeswell, Nr Woodbridge, IP12 2PU

Great food, a relaxed vibe and fab service in a fun, multi award-winning 16th century inn with cosy log burners, low beams and a load of quirky art. Pop in for a bite and a pint or spend time tasting our fabulous wines and some of Suffolks most glorious food.

Spas & Wellness

WeaversHouse Spa

High St, Lavenham, CO10 9QA

The ideal location to let stress sleep and relaxation begin. With treatments especially tailored for you, the facilities also include two spa lounges, steam, sauna, outdoor vitality pool and a spa garden terrace.

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Wedding Venues

Jimmys Farm Weddings

Pannington Hall Lane, Wherstead, Ipswich IP9 2AP

Choose a unique, relaxed and beautifully rural wedding against the backdrop of an old-fashioned working farm you where can walk with nature through ancient woodland, meet the animals and enjoy incredible seasonal food straight from the farm.

Jimmys Farm wedding