The University of Cambridge opens its doors from 15 – 28 October for the 11th annual Festival ofIdeas which this year explores the theme of “extremes”. Celebrating the arts, humanities and social sciences, a packed programme of over 200 events includes talks, exhibitions, films, debates and performances held in galleries, museums and lecture theatres across the city. There’s something here for everyone, whether your interest lies in politics, history, the arts, literature or music or whether you just want to open your mind to new ideas and to question the status quo. Most events are free, some need to be booked in advance which you can do through the Festival website.
In this season of mist and mellow fruitfulness, don’t miss Apple Day at the stunning forty acre Cambridge University Botanic Garden on 21 October. It’s a wonderful celebration of all things appley with tastings, advice on cultivation, children’s activities, free guided garden tours and a marquee full of locally produced edibles. Come hungry as you’ll find a wide choice of refreshments from a variety of food trucks and the Garden Café. And if you have a mystery apple tree in your garden, you need the apple identification service. Just bring along a couple of apples with a leaf and stalk attached and who knows, you may bring a lost heritage variety to light!
Well, Cambridge feels a little bit different now ….. there’s a nip in the morning air, the evenings are drawing in and the rhythm of the city changes as the students return. There’s plenty going on and I’ll update this listing through the month so do check back when you can.
5th 8pm Fresher Brass. A “Meet and Greet” concert with the City of Cambridge Brass Band. St Giles Church, Castle Street, CB3. Free entry.
22nd 1 – 3pm The Fitzwilliam Museum. Disability friendly opening. A relaxed afternoon aimed at children with sensory sensitivities along with their families, siblings and carers. Free entry but please book in advance. Trumpington Street, CB2. http://www.fitzmuseum.cam.ac.uk
23rd 11am – 5pm Tues – Sun. Richard Pousette-Dart: Beginnings. Abstract Expressionist. This exhibition runs until 6 January 2019. http://www.kettlesyard.co.uk
24th 7 – 10pm Plague Late. Part of the Cam Lates season. Get up close and personal with the past and present of the Plague. Museum of Archaeology and Anthropology, Downing Street, CB2. Book in advance. http://www.museums.cam.ac.uk