Cambridge Home + Garden Show returns to the Guildhall over the weekend of 30 – 31 March, bringing inspiration, advice and the best in home and garden design from local businesses to local customers.
This event is the brainchild of Jennifer Chong, who’s been working in interior design in the city since she moved here eight years ago. Having set up her own interior design project management company, she discovered so many wonderful local businesses, mostly independents. Realising that there was no regional design fair in East Anglia to showcase all this talent, Jennifer decided to make it happen and held a very successful one day fair at the Guildhall in September 2017.
This year’s Show features a huge range of exhibitors from furniture makers to fabric suppliers and products from flooring to futons. You’ll find new and established businesses of all types and for all budgets. Most are independents ….. any non-indies must show Jennifer that they have a passion for their product or service and offer beautifully made goods as well as excellent customer service.
A programme of drop in talks held throughout the weekend features creatives speaking about their journeys and businesses and covers a multitude of topics from smart home technology to garden design to clearing clutter.
A new feature for this year’s Show is a programme of workshops which include “Creating a Colour Wheel” and “Lampshade Making”. There are limited spaces so pre-book your workshop place through the website (details at the end of this post).
Event sponsor Novi will be running a pop up cafe offering hot and cold drinks, snacks and cakes. Main sponsor Cambridge Classics will be creating a living room set on the main stage to showcase their bespoke handmade windows, doors, shutters and stained glass alongside flooring and fabrics from Art of Flooring and The Cambridge Fabric Company.
If you’d like personalised guidance with your home or garden project, there’s the opportunity to meet with a local design professional for a free 30 minute consultation at the Show. Simply submit your design query via the website in advance and you’ll be contacted to arrange a consultation.
Entry to the Cambridge Home + Garden Show is free. You can just come along to the Guildhall on the day or you can pre-register on the website where you’ll also find the full exhibitor listing as well as details of the talks and workshops programme.
The Box Office is now open for Cambridge Literary Festival which runs from 5 – 7 April, bringing together novelists, scientists, politicians, broadcasters, campaigners and thinkers in lively conversation and engaged debate.
You’ll find a wealth of new fiction, world literature, memoir and more as well as a fabulous children’s programme which includes “Happy Birthday, Elmer!”, an interactive story time to celebrate everybody’s favourite multicoloured elephant.
From the New Statesman Debate, “This house believes identity politics is an impediment to progress”, to afternoon tea at the University Arms Hotel with broadcaster and author Jenni Murray, the Spring Festival has something for everyone.
Well, Spring is definitely in the air and there’s lots happening in the city this month – in particular there are some wonderful concerts to enjoy. I’ll update this listing through the month so if you know of an event that could be included, please let me know through my Contact page.
4 – 16th 8am – 5pm Spring Exhibition. Quy Art Group. Work by six local artists in a variety of media. Michaelhouse Cafe, Trinity Street. Closed Sundays.
5, 12 and 19th 7pm Meditation and Emotional Intelligence. Michaelhouse, Trinity Street. email@example.com
7th 6.45pm Parasitic Plants: a question of degree. Cambridge Natural History Society. David Attenborough Building, New Museums Site, Pembroke Street http://www.cnhs.org.uk
7th 7pm Cam Lates: Pacific Late. Museum of Archeology and Anthropology. Facebook:@cambridgeuniversitymuseums Read more about Cam Lates here
8th (until 22nd April) Hannah Kemp-Welch: Hyperlocal Radio. The 2018 Open House artist-in-residence shares the process and outcome of her year-long residency with North Cambridge communities. Kettle’s Yard. http://www.kettlesyard.co.uk Read more about Kettle’s Yard here
16th 5.30pm Foundation Concert. Bruckner and Elgar. Members of King’s College Choir (past and present) and Cambridge University Orchestra, conducted by Stephen Cleobury, King’s College Chapel. http://www.kings.cam.ac.uk
Cambridge Science Festival is celebrating its 25th year and runs from 11 – 24 March, this year exploring the theme of “Discovery”. Hosting over 350 events, it will investigate a range of issues that affect our world today, from challenges around climate change policy, improving safety and quality in healthcare and adolescent mental health and will take a look at what the next 25 years holds for us.
There’s a packed schedule with events for all ages, most of which are free and which range from debates, talks, exhibitions, workshops, interactive activities, films, comedy and performances, all held in lecture theatres, museums, cafés and galleries around the city.
An enthusiastic audience clocks up over 60,000 visits to Festival events each year to explore the world of science, technology, engineering, maths and medicine. Run by the University of Cambridge, the Festival draws together independent organisations as well as University departments, centres and museums.
Significant scientific milestones to celebrate in 2019 include the 200th anniversary of Cambridge Philosophical Society (Cambridge’s oldest scientific society) and 150 years since the publication of the modern Periodic Table. This year’s Cambridge Gravity lecture will be presented by Sir Gregory Winter, a molecular biologist and 2018 Nobel Laureate, whose research has led to antibody therapies for cancer, rheumatoid arthritis and multiple sclerosis.
Events for children and families include “Hands-On Science” at Cambridge Science Centre with fun workshops that encourage creative thinking and which will lead to some inspiring scientific and engineering memories, “Moonwatch” at the Institute of Astronomy and “Little Explorers: Ice and Anti-Freeze”, a sensory story session at the Polar Museum for the under 5s with storyteller, Marion Leeper. Dr Tom Crawford will bring the history of maths to life, with the aid of live experiments and togas, in “It’s all Greek to me!” while Channel 4 presenter, Dr Hugh Hunt, plays with blocks, balls, bikes and boomerangs in “An engineer plays with toys”.
Events that are going in my diary include a talk from Jesus College Intellectual Forum on “Is technology making us miserable?”, “Gene eating: The truth about diets” with Dr Giles Yeo on how to break the cycle of pseudoscience and misinformation about dieting and “Truffle Hunt” in the Botanic Garden. You can don your dancing shoes to celebrate the Festival opening at a ceilidh and wrap up the festivities with “Sunday Papers Live”, a sociable mix of food, newspapers and science.
Download and browse the full Science Festival programme at www.sciencefestival.cam.ac.uk. You can pre book events through the website or via the Festival booking phone line on 01223 766766.
Watersprite International Student Film Festival aims to discover, showcase and nurture emerging young film making talent from around the world and to offer a springboard for the film makers of the future as they start their careers.
Screenings, talks by award winning industry professionals, panels and interactive events are free and open to all. Now in its 10th year, Watersprite 2019 has attracted over 1000 submissions from around 100 countries and, after two intensive rounds of judging, will be screening 26 nominated films at the Festival which runs from 7 – 10 March.
March brings us a couple of Cam Late events. Pacific Late celebrates all things Pacific on 7 March at the Museum of Archeology and Anthropology. Quaff a tropical cocktail as you watch Polynesian dancing, handle Pacific objects, meet researchers and upcycle crafts inspired by the new Pacific Currents display which highlights Oceanic collections dating from the late 18th Century to the present day.
LATE at Kettle’s Yard is happening on 8 March and invites you to come dressed as your favourite artist to enjoy music, making and a café/bar plus an out of hours viewing of the exhibitions “ARTIST ROOMS Louise Bourgeois” and “Julie Mehreta Drawings and Monotypes”.
As I write this post, Spring is very definitely in the air, the sun is shining in a blue sky and we hope for beautiful weather next week for the half term break. I’ve put together a few details of events in the city, many of which are free, both indoors and outdoors so you’re covered whatever the weather!
One of my favourite green spaces in the city is the Cambridge University Botanic Garden and there’s lots to do here for all ages. Spring into Yoga on 19 February offers springtime yoga sequences for 8 – 12 year olds to get bodies moving and minds focused and calm. The Red Alert Twilight Event on 20 February is a free, drop in session where you’ll see some of the world’s most endangered plants and meet the people helping these plants to survive. Flowers, Friendship and Wild Wonders on 22 February tells the story of a friendship – expect dancing, drama and lots of fun for 5 – 7 year olds. And if you’re free ranging around the Botanic Garden at any time, children will love the Crazy Cone Caper, a self guided family trail. You’ll find details of all these events on http://www.botanic.cam.ac.uk
If you’ve seen the movie “Night at the Museum” and wondered how it feels to wander round a museum after hours, now’s your chance to find out at Cambridge University’s “Twilight at the Museums” event. Explore fourteen local museums and collections after dark on 20 February from 4.30 – 7.30pm and experience these spaces and collections in a different way. This is a free, drop in event for families with activities and themed trails across the venues, most of which are just a short walk apart. So wrap up warm and bring a torch to help you explore those darker corners. Visit www.museums.cam.ac.uk for full details.
Kettle’s Yard On Castle Hill has plenty lined up for the break, starting with Studio Sunday, a free, drop in artist-led workshop for families on 17 February. On 19 February, they are running a Collage Workshop for 8 – 12 year olds and a free Portfolio Afternoon for those aged 13+ who’d like to work with a professional artist to develop their drawing practice and their portfolio. From 21 – 24 February there’ll be free drop in drawing activities each afternoon, suitable for all ages and abilities, in the Clore Learning Studio. Or come and explore spirals, webs and weaving at the free, drop in Dream Weaver Community Day on 23 February. Further details of all these and booking, where booking is necessary, on http://www.kettlesyard.co.uk
Heffers Booksellers are a Cambridge institution – they’ve been selling books in the city for over 140 years. Children’s at Heffers is offering a number of free events over half term so you can meet authors, join in fun activities and enjoy Story Time. See the photo for details and book your place via http://www.eventbrite.co.uk/heffersbookshop