The River Cam will echo to the rhythmic beating of drums and splashing of oars on 8 September as the annual Cambridge Dragon Boat Festival returns, with more than forty teams battling it out along a 200 metre course, raising money for Addenbrookes Charitable Trust. Dragon boat racing is a terrific spectator sport so head down to Fen Ditton Meadow from where you can see all the action on the water and enjoy entertainment, food trucks and a bar on the river bank. Read more here
Bridge the Gap on 9 September is a circular walk through the beautiful grounds of six Cambridge colleges, several of which are not normally open to the public. Starting and finishing at Parker’s Piece, this annual event is wheelchair and pushchair friendly. There’ll be music and refreshments along the way, Blue Badge guides in each college to answer your questions plus entertainment, competitions and a tea tent on Parker’s Piece. Your entry fee goes to Arthur Rank Hospice Charity and Romsey Mill to support their invaluable work in the city. Read more here
Open Cambridge on 14 and 15 September sees the University and partner organisations across the city open their doors, offering special access to places often hidden from public view. There’s an extensive programme of tours, talks, exhibitions and events offering captivating glimpses into Cambridge history and heritage. Most events are free, some require pre-booking.
Well, now we’re in to those last days of the summer holidays, there’s a distinctly autumnal nip in the air most mornings and a sort of back-to-school feeling, even for those of us who left school many moons ago. Maybe it’s better thought of as a time for new beginnings! Here’s the what’s on listing for September. There’s plenty happening in the city and I’ll update through the month so do check back when you can.
1 – 2nd Taste of Anatolia. Films from Turkey. Facebook: tasteofanatolia
8th 9.30am – 2pm Queen Edith’s Share Fair and Skip Day. Wulfstan Way shops, Wulfstan Way CB1. Pop up moneyless market to swap and share clothes, games, books, stories, skills, home grown fruit, veg, flowers and more. http://www.queen-ediths.info/event/8sept2018
9th From 8.30am Bridge the Gap. Depart from Parker’s Piece CB1. A circular walk through the gardens of six Cambridge colleges, raising money for Arthur Rank Hospice Charity and Romsey Mill. http://www.arhc.org.uk/bridge-the-gap.asp Read more here
15th 1pm Phoenix Vocal Ensemble. Mozart, Faure and Bruckner. Great St Mary’s Church CB2. Free admission.
15th 7.30pm O Quam Gloriosum. Music for the saints by Tomas Luis de Victoria. De Profundis, Cambridge’s all male early music vocal ensemble. Jesus College Chapel CB5. Tickets on the door or from bit.ly/DPSaints
5th 2 – 5pm Open Gardens. Christ’s College Fellows’ Garden, St Andrew’s Street. Teas, homemade cake and plants for sale. In aid of British Red Cross.
6th 11am – 3pm Tall Towers! Great St Mary’s Church. A tall tower trail and tower building activities for families. Drop in.
7 – 10th Cookery courses (half day) including Perfect Pasta for Kids, Italian for Teens, Luxury Picnic Food for Teens, Summer Desserts for Children, Parent and Child French Baking. Cambridge Cookery School, Homerton Gardens, Purbeck Road, CB2. http://www.cambridgecookery.com
11 – 28th Phenomena. Art exhibition by Sama Soltani. The Locker Cafe, King Street.
12th 2 – 5pm Open Gardens. Clare College Fellows’ Garden, Queens Road. Teas, homemade cake and plants for sale. In aid of British Red Cross.
13th 11am – 3pm Flying High! Great St Mary’s Church. Discovering flying creatures and craft activities for families. Drop in.
25th 10.45am Cambridgeshire Cycling Challenge. Celebrate 25 years of Anglia Ruskin University by cycling from Peterborough to Cambridge whilst raising money for East Anglia’s Children’s Hospices. Entry deadline 17th August. http://www.pieevents.co.uk/events/ccc
7th 9.30am Cambridge Festival of Creative Writing. University of Cambridge Institute of Continuing Education, Madingley Hall. Talks, seminars, panel discussions and workshops. Tickets from http://www.cambridgelivetrust.co.uk
26th 6pm Cambridge SEO MeetUp. Network while learning more about SEO. The Bradfield Centre, 184 Cambridge Science Park, Milton Road, CB4. Free but you must book through the website at https://optimisey.com
Well, summer has arrived in Cambridge and here’s the what’s on listing for June. It’s a mix of all sorts of events that come to my attention and I update it through the month so do check back when you can. And if there’s an event that you’d like me to include, please get in touch through my Contact page.
4 – 16th 8am – 5pm The Yellow Brick Road. A fundraising art exhibition by established and emerging artists on the theme of ‘memory and childhood’. Michaelhouse Centre, Trinity Street. All proceeds to Cambridge Children’s Charity Week. Free admission. http://www.camccweek.org
Well, April brought us a short, unseasonal heatwave but as we move into May, the weather’s reverted to wind, rain and generally grey murky conditions … surely, surely we must be due some decent spring days soon?? Anyway, there’s plenty going on in the city so here’s the What’s On listing for May. It’s a mix of all sorts of things that come to my attention and I update it through the month, so it’s worth checking back occasionally. And please get in touch via my Contact page if you know of an event that I’d like to include.
3 – 7th Cambridge May Fair, Midsummer Common
3 – 12th 11am – 5pm Sound of Silence. Still Life Exhibition. Alessandra Tarcia and Akiko Hirai. St Peter’s Church, Castle Hill http://www.flowgallery.co.uk
12th 8pm Ensemble Pro Victoria. The Kinges Musicke. Rarely heard music from Tudor England and the Continent before and after the Reformation. Cornysh, Fayrfax, Byrd, Victoria. Trinity College Chapel. Tickets on the door.
Well, March is drawing to a grey and damp close here in Cambridge and it feels like it’s been a very long Winter indeed but let’s be hopeful that warm Spring sunshine is just around the corner. Here’s the what’s on listing for April. It’s an eclectic mix of events that come to my attention so if you know about an event that could be included, please get in touch through my Contact page. I’ll update this listing through the month, so do check back when you can.
1 – 18th 9am – 5pm “In a Room of One’s Own”, an exhibition of Contemporary Japanese Woodcut Prints. Nan Shiomi. Clare Hall, Herschel Road, CB3