What’s on in August

Here’s the What’s On listing for August!  It’s full of all sorts of events that come to my attention and I’ll update it through the month so do check back when you can.

King's College Cambridge
King’s College with its 200 year old horse chestnut tree

1 – 25th    Cambridge Shakespeare Festival.  Open air Shakespeare plays in College gardens.   Macbeth/The Comedy of Errors/Pericles/Twelfth Night.  http://www.cambridgeshakespeare.com

1 – 31st    Summer at the Museums.  Fun family days out for all ages.  Making and creating, hands-on history and interactive science.  Low cost or free.  http://www.museums.cam.ac.uk

2 – 5th    Cambridge Folk Festival.  Cherry Hinton Hall.  http://www.cambridgelivetrust.co.uk/folk-festival

3 – 5th    7pm  Movies @ Madingley.  Breakfast at Tiffany’s/Spectre/La La Land.  Madingley Hall Gardens, CB23.  Open air cinema with barbecue and bar.  http://www.ice.cam.ac.uk/SummerFestival

5th    1 – 4 pm  Riverside Tea Garden at The Old Pumping Station.  http://www.museumoftechnology.com

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.

17th    6.30 – 10pm  Summer Night Market and outdoor cinema (Paddington 2 and The Greatest Showman).  Market Square.  http://www.cambridgebid.co.uk/events

19th  3 – 5pm  Jazz on Jesus Green.  ACE Jazz Trio and Sax.  Free entry.  http://www.cambridgelivetrust.co.uk/city-events/events/jazz-and-brass-parks

20th    11am – 3pm  Cambridge Market Square Stories!  Great St Mary’s Church.  Complete the market square stories trail and craft activities for families.  Drop in.

23rd    7pm  Chinese Music Concert – Flowing Water.  Emmanuel United Reformed Church, CB2.  http://www.eventbrite.co.uk

24 – 26th   Cambridge Cocktail Weekend 2018.  Corn Exchange.  http://www.cambridgecocktailweekend.co.uk

24 – 27th    6pm  Movies on the Meadows.  Open air cinema on Grantchester Meadows.  http://www.camfilmfest.com/grantchester

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

30 – 31st    Oktoberfest Beer Festival.  Jesus Green.  http://www.cambridge-oktoberfest.co.uk

Linden tree Cambridge
Lime scented blossom on the linden trees along the tow path

What’s on in May

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.

Railings at St Bene't's Church, Cambridge
Railings at St Bene’t’s Church

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

3rd    8pm  Martin Speake QT ft. Ethan Iverson.  Hidden Rooms, 7b Jesus Lane.  http://www.cambridgejazz.org

5th  10.30am – 4.30pm  Judy’s Affordable Vintage Fair.  Guildhall, Market Hill

5th  7.30pm  K.239 Chamber Orchestra.  Elgar, G. Jacob, Mozart, Schonberg.  St Luke’s Church, Victoria Road.  Tickets on the door.

5th    8pm  The Empyrean Ensemble. Beethoven.  Trinity College Chapel.  Tickets on the door.  http://www.tcms.org.uk

7th    9am  The Reach Ride.  A bike ride to the 800 year old Reach Fair.  Assemble in front of the Guildhall, Market Hill, for a 10am departure.  http://www.camcycle.org.uk/reachride

8 – 10th    9.30pm  Queue – A Freshers’ Sketch Show.  Corpus Playroom, St Edward’s Passage.  http://www.adctheatre.com

12th    Jesus Green Lido reopens.  http://www.better.org.uk/leisure-centre/cambridge/jesusgreenlido

12 – 13th    10am – 4pm  National Mills Weekend at Impington Mill and Garden.  Free entry.  http://www.nationalmillsweekend.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.

13th    12 noon – 5pm  Polish Heritage Day.  Guildhall, Market Hill.  Facebook: @polishdaycambridge

18th    6.30 – 10pm  Summer Night Market and outdoor cinema (Sing and Meet the Parents).  Market Square

19th    10am – 5pm  Festival of Plants 2018.  Cambridge University Botanic Gardens, Brookside  http://www.botanic.cam.ac.uk

19th    10.30am – 4pm  Eat Cambridge – Main Event.  Guildhall, Market Hill.  Festival Fringe events run until 2 June.  http://www.eat-cambridge.co.uk

20th    3pm  Music for the Madonna.  New Cambridge Singers.  Poulenc, Durufle, Villette.  St Botolph’s Church, Trumpington Street.  Tickets on the door.  http://www.newcambridgesingers.org.uk

20th    3.30pm  Blue Smoke.  The Lucy Cavendish Singers.  Classical, traditional and country music followed by tea and cake.  Childerley Hall Long Barn, Dry Drayton.  http://www.lucycavendishsingers.org.uk

30th    10 – 11am  The Red Hot Fireball.  Children’s bilingual storytelling with the Alliance Francaise Cambridge.  Central Library, 1st Floor, Grand Arcade.  Free, no booking required.

Cows on the bank of the River Cam
Camcattle grazing  peacefully on the riverbank

 

What’s on in April

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.

Railings at St Bene't's Church, Cambridge
Railings at St Bene’t’s Church, Cambridge

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

1 – 21st    8am – 5pm Monday – Saturday.  Kaleidescope, an exhibition of original Textile Art.  Free entry.  Michaelhouse Centre, Trinity Street  http://www.easternregiontextileforum.co.uk

2nd    5.30pm  Organ Recital.  William Whitehead.  Parry, Schumann, Liszt, Bach, Jackson and Planyavsky.  King’s College Chapel.  Tickets from King’s College Visitor Centre, King’s Parade

3 – 7th    7pm  Rodelinda.  Cambridge Handel Opera Company.  The Great Hall, The Leys School.  http://www.cambridgelivetrust.co.uk/tickets/events/rodelinda

6th    7.30pm  A celebration of Georgian song.  Members of Ialoni women’s ensemble from Tbilisi with Chela and Buska.  Little St. Mary’s Church.  Free entry

7th    7.30pm  Cambridge Choral Society.  Dvorak and Puccini.  West Road Concert Hall.  Tickets on the door  http://www.cambchoral.org.uk

8th    1 – 4pm  Trinity College Fellows’ Garden open under the National Garden Scheme http://www.ngs.org.uk

8th    2.30pm  Shelly Organ (bassoon) and Tim Watts (piano).  Programme includes music by Saint Saens.  Madingley Hall.  Free admission.  http://www.eventbrite.co.uk

12 and 14th    7.30pm  “I deserve a better chance”, a brave production by people with and without mental health challenges.  CB2 Cafe, CB1  http://www.actingnow.co.uk

13 – 15th    Cambridge Literary Festival  http://www.cambridgeliteraryfestival.com

14th    7.30pm  Best of British.  Cambridge Wind Band.  West Road Concert Hall    Facebook: cambridgewindband  http://www.adctheatre.com

14 – 21st    10am – 5.30pm  Art Exhibition, Cambridge Drawing Society.  Paintings, drawings, prints and sculpture.  The Pitt Building, Trumpington Street.  Free admission  http://www.cambridgedrawingsociety.org

14th    7.30pm  Pentecost in Rome.  De Profundis.  Palestrina and Victoria.  Chapel of Sidney Sussex College.  Tickets on the door

18th    6.30 – 9pm  Cam Lates: Fashion at the Fitzwilliam.  Fitzwilliam Museum  https://www.museums.cam.ac.uk/whats-on/cam-lates

18th    8pm  Endelienta Baroque.  Bach cantatas.  Chapel of Jesus College.  Free entry

20th    7.30pm  Ivor Jones Memorial Concert.  Harp and organ.  Wesley Church, Christ’s Pieces  https://ivorjonesconcert.eventbrite.co.uk

21st    6.30pm  David Wright, harpsichord.  Bach’s Goldberg Variations.  Gonville & Caius College.  Tickets on the door.  http://www.neweurope.org.uk

22nd    2.30pm  Cerys Purser (mezzo-soprano) and Tim Watts (piano).  Programme includes music by Watts and Berio.  Free admission.  Madingley Hall  http://www.eventbrite.co.uk

Easter tree