29/04/2012

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Duration: 1 hour

Matt Baker and Ellie Harrison experience the bracing mix of sandy beaches and remote heathland that make up much of the Suffolk coastline. Matt heads to the seaside town of Southwold to help spruce up the famous beach huts. Ellie is further inland, exploring the old industrial waterways which now inspire a host of artists. Tom Heap is on the opposite side of the country, finding out why we are still digging up one of our greatest natural defences against climate change, peat. Meanwhile, Adam Henson pays tribute to an extraordinary race horse.

  • Synchronised trainer, Jonjo O’Neill, talks to Adam

    Synchronised trainer, Jonjo O’Neill, talks to Adam

    The racehorse ‘Synchronised’ was the favourite to win the Grand National 2012 after winning the Cheltenham Gold Cup earlier in the year. A week before the race Adam Henson went to meet up with trainer Jonjo O’Neill to gets a sneak preview of the horse in training. Sadly ‘Synchronised’ was injured in a fall during the Grand National and had to be put down. It was a devastating blow for the trainer and everyone who worked with the horse, so a week later Adam returns to the stables to offer support and find out what happened.

  • 50 Things To Do

    50 Things To Do

    Ellie Harrison takes a group of Suffolk primary school children to Dunwich Heath nature reserve and RSPB Minsmere to try out the National Trust’s new list of things to do. The aim of “50 things to do before you’re 11 ¾” is to encourage children to get out more. So, Ellie and her young students get their hands dirty building woodland dens and hunting for insects. Plus Ellie finds out why it’s so important for children to play outdoors.

    GET THE 50 THINGS TO DO LIST
  • Matt Visits Southwold

    Matt Visits Southwold

    Matt Baker visits the popular coastal town of Southwold as it gears itself up for the summer. He gets stuck in by helping Ken Waters, head of the local beach hut association, paint his seaside hut. Matt then meets the Southwold resident who used the town’s traditional bathing machines as a baby, 93 years ago. Finally, as he is at the seaside, Matt creates a novel flavour of ice cream with the help of a family-run dairy. But will it pass the taste test?

    DISCOVER SOUTHWOLD
  • Tom Investigates Peat

    Tom Investigates Peat

    Britain’s peat bogs are one of our greatest defences against climate change because they lock away carbon – and have been doing so for the last ten thousand years. But historical damage from industry and agriculture have left many of these areas battered and leaking carbon. There are now major efforts to repair them, millimetre by millimetre. Why then are we still digging up tonnes of peat to put on our gardens? Tom Heap finds out.

  • Jules Discovers Orford Ness

    Jules Discovers Orford Ness

    Jules Hudson investigates the deserted military buildings of Orford Ness, an eerie weapons testing site which operated secretly from the First World War until the Cold War. Jules talks to veteran Bert Smith and former bomb tester Jim Drane about their activities on this desolate island, which is now an important place for both military history and wildlife conservation.

  • Snape Maltings

    Snape Maltings

    Ellie sails an old trading barge to the grain kilns of Snape Maltings, where she discovers the history behind one of the largest barley maltings in East Anglia. After the business shut down in 1965, the composer Benjamin Britten helped to turn one of the kilns into a concert hall. The site gradually evolved into a cultural hub for local art and music. Ellie visits the Young Musicians now training at the Maltings and makes a brave attempt at landscape oil painting.

    FIND OUT ABOUT ALDEBURGH YOUNG MUSICIANS

Credits

Presenter
Matt Baker
Presenter
Matt Baker
Presenter
Ellie Harrison
Presenter
Ellie Harrison
Presenter
Tom Heap
Presenter
Tom Heap
Presenter
Adam Henson
Presenter
Adam Henson
Series Producer
Teresa Bogan
Series Producer
Teresa Bogan

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