What’s on in Cambridge – February 2020

Well, it’s grey and gloomy as I write this but we got through January and there are definite signs of Spring now.  I’ve noticed buds on the trees, little froths of blossom and the birds are chirping morning and evening.  Read on for details of what’s happening in the city this month … this listing is not exhaustive but is an eclectic mix of events that come to my attention.  I’ll update it through the month so do check back and if you are involved in an event that you’d like me to include, please get in touch via my Contact page.

River Cam Cambridge
A winter day on the towpath

1st    10am – 1pm  Family Saturday: Plant Fibres.  Create your own wall hanging to take home.  Free activity for children, drop in event.  Botanic Garden, Brookside.  http://www.botanic.cam.ac.uk

1st    10.30am – 12 noon  Learn 5-a-side chess.  Free, drop in event, all welcome.  Children must be accompanied by a parent or guardian.  Milton Road Library, CB4.  http://www.friendsofmiltonroadlibrary.org.uk

1st    10.30am – 4.30pm  Cambridge’s Affordable Vintage Fair.  Vintage, handmade, reworked and retro.  Fashion, accessories and collectables from the 40’s to the 90’s.  Guildhall, Market Square.  FB: Cambridge’s Affordable Vintage Fair

1st    12 noon, 1pm and 2pm  Children’s Workshop: Chinese Calligraphy.  Celebrate Chinese New year and learn how to create characters with Chinese brushes and ink.  For children aged 8+, must be accompanied by an adult.  Fitzwilliam Museum, Trumpington Street  http://www.fitzmuseum.cam.ac.uk

1st    12 – 4pm  Family First Saturday: Chinese New Year.  Celebrate Chinese New Year with family activities which include lion dance, animals of the zodiac trail, lantern making, paper cutting.  Free, drop in.  Fitzwilliam Museum, Trumpington Street  http://www.fitzmuseum.cam.ac.uk

1st    2 – 4pm  “Undiscovered beauty spots within an hour’s drive of Cherry Hinton”.  Talk from Peter Green, Walks Co-ordinator, National Trust.  All welcome, free entry, contribution invited towards expenses.  Food for Thought Cafe, Cherry Hinton Baptist Church Building, corner of Fisher’s Lane and Cherry Hinton High Street.

1 – 23rd   Snowdrop Trail.  Discover more about snowdrop science, history, folklore and cultivation when you follow the Garden’s snowdrop routes.  Botanic Garden, Brookside.  http://www.botanic.cam.ac.uk

2nd – 28th    The Minerva Festival.  A city wide celebration of music composed by women and non-binary people.  http://www.theminervafestival.org

3rd    7 – 10pm  An evening at The White Hart Country Inn, Fulbourn.  A two course meal and live entertainment for £20.  Fundraiser for Camsight  http://www.camsight.org.uk

4 – 8th    7.45pm  My Fair Lady.  Cambridge University Musical Theatre Society.  ADC Theatre, Park Street  http://www.adctheatre.com

6th    11am – 1pm  Twentieth-century First Editions Exhibition.  The Old Library, Magdalene College will be open for visitors to these historic book-lined rooms, with displays of items from the College’s special collections and archives which are rarely seen in public.  Free entry, no need to book.  Magdalene College, Magdalene Street.

7 – 16th    Ahbab Festival.  A festival of music, film, food and culture from the Middle East and North Africa.  Cambridge Junction and multiple venues across the city.  FB: @AhbabFestival

8th    1 – 4pm  Chinese New Year Crafts.  Celebrate Chinese New Year with CFT Chinese School.  Decorate a paper lantern, paint a panda and try your hand at Chinese calligraphy and pictograms.  Free, drop in event for families.  Parents/carers must stay with children.  Cambridge Central Library, Lion Yard

8th    7pm  Hungarian Music for Cello and Accordian.  Cambridge Szeged Society.  Free entry, retiring collection.  Church of Our Lady and English Martyrs, Hills Road.

8 – 9th    11am – 4pm  Rowan Art Exhibition.  Buy original art at this “Celebrate Your World” art exhibition.  Pictures from amateur and professional artists on sale at £45 each, raising funds to support Rowan’s student artists.  Chesterton Community College, Gilbert Road, CB4  http://www.rowanhumberstone.co.uk

9th    8.30pm  King’s Voices Lent Concert.  Haydn, Beethoven and Reger.  King’s Voices with the King’s College Symphony Orchestra.  King’s College Hall  http://www.kings.cam.ac.uk

10th    7.45pm  Seeking to know: A humane philosophy of science and religion.  Speaker: Professor Andrew Steane, Physics Department, Oxford University.  Part of the Science Meets Faith series.  Wesley Church, Christ’s Pieces.  Free entry, retiring collection.

15th    1pm  Come and Sing Faure Requiem.  For singers of all ages and abilities who can read music.  St Catherine’s College Music Society.  McGrath Centre, St Catherine’s College, Trumpington Street  http://www.eventbrite.co.uk

15th    7 – 9.30pm  Winter Mindfulness around the Campfire.  Simple guided meditations, opportunities for reflection, discussions, poetry and games exploring our relationship with the natural world, around a campfire.  Byron’s Pool, Trumpington  http://www.mindfulness-of-nature.com

18th    7 – 8.30pm  Cafe Sci Cambridge: The Genetics of Depression.  Free, non ticketed.  Espresso Library, East Road.   FB: Free event: The Genetics of Depression

19th    4.30 – 7.30pm  Twilight at the Museums at the Botanic Garden.  Bring your torch for a night time adventure around the Glasshouses and discover some seriously freaky plants.  Free, no charge for entry after 4.30pm, no need to book.  The Garden Shop and Cafe will be open until 7pm.  Botanic Garden, Brookside  http://www.botanic.cam.ac.uk

19th    4.30 – 7.30pm  Twilight at the Museums: De-lightful!  Take a journey through light and dark at this annual Twilight event which takes place across University of Cambridge Museums.  Discover torch lit treasure, sensory activities, interactive theatre, stories, dance and studio art creativity.  Free event.  http://www.museums.cam.ac.uk/events/twilight_museums

21 – 22nd  12 – 5pm  Cambridge Antiquarian Book Fair.  Old books, prints, maps and manuscripts.  Guildhall, Market Square

21st    6.30 – 8.30pm  Cam Lates: Garden Kitchen Takeover.  Explore the diverse plant collections in the Glasshouse Range which will be filled with imaginative illuminations.  Food and drink from The Garden Kitchen.  Booking essential.  Botanic Garden, Brookside  http://www.botanic.cam.ac.uk

21st    8pm  St John Passion.  St John’s College Music Society with Trinity College Music Society.  St John’s College Chapel.  Tickets on the door.

22nd    11am – 5pm  Cambridge’s Craft and Flea.  Local produce, street food, collectables, crafts, vegan and more.  St Barnabas Church, Mill Road

22nd    2 – 6pm  Board Games Afternoon.  LGBTQ+ board games social afternoon.  Free admission.  Cambridge Central Library, Lion Yard

25 – 29th    Stage adaptation of Virginia Woolf’s “The Waves”.  Pre-show talk on 28th.  ADC Theatre, Park Street.  http://www.adctheatre.com/whats-on/play/the-waves/

27th    6 – 9pm  Student LATE: Love Art After Dark.  A dynamic programme of art events, performances, live music, pop up talks, behind the scenes tours plus creative arts and crafts activities.  Cash bar and snacks in the Courtyard Cafe.  Free but booking essential.  Student ID card required.   Fitzwilliam Museum, Trumpington Street    http://www.loveartafterdark-event.getqpay.com

29th    6 – 9.30pm  Mastana.  South Asian cultural performances ranging from dance to music to fashion, acting, magic and more.  Guildhall, Market Square  http://www.fixr.co/event/82327218

29th    7.30pm  Harmony in Harlem Jazz Orchestra.  Duke Ellington’s Primping for the Prom.  St Andrew’s Baptist Church, St Andrew’s Street.  Tickets on the door or from http://www.hhjazz.co.uk

Spring flowers
Spring flowers in my kitchen

What’s on in Cambridge – September 2019

September always feels to me like a time of new beginnings and although it’s never easy to get back into top gear after the hazy drift of summer days, the slight nip in the morning air reminds us that it’s time to crack on.  There’s lots of fun stuff happening in the city this month, which should help us ease back into routine.  I’ll update this listing through the month so do check back and please get in touch if you know of an event that I can add to it.

Acorns on Jesus Green Cambridge
Acorns on Jesus Green

1st – 29th    Cambridge Festival of Cycling.  A month of events celebrating our city’s cycling culture.  Over 20 cycling themed events, including social bike rides, bike maintenance and photography workshops, a film night showing the documentary “Motherload” and the Cargo Carnival.  Most events are free or have a minimal charge.  http://www.cambridgefestivalofcycling.org

1st    10.30am – 12 noon  Walking Tour: Hidden Cambridge and the Museum of Cambridge.  http://www.museumofcambridge.org.uk

1st    12 – 4pm  Studio Sunday.  Artist led workshop for families.  Free, drop in.  Kettle’s Yard, Castle Street.  http://www.kettlesyard.co.uk

3rd    7.30pm  Shoot for the Moon.  Improvised comedy night with the Ministry of Unplanned Occurrences.  Pay what you want.  Blue Moon Pub, Norfolk Street, CB1

5th    6 – 7.30pm  “Mindfulness on the Meadows”.  Practise mindfulness of nature and meditation with Claire Thompson.  Stourbridge Common.  http://www.mindfulness-of-nature.com/workshops-in-around-cambridge

7 – 8th    10am – 5pm  Wimpole Autumn Craft and Produce Fair.  Crafts, food stalls, live music, beer tent serving local ales, face painting.  Wimpole Estate.  FB Wimpole Autumn Craft and Produce Fair

7th    Cambridge Dragon Boat Festival.  In aid of Addenbrooke’s Charitable Trust.  River Cam, Ditton Meadows, Fen Ditton.  http://www.dragonboatfestivals.co.uk

7th    10am – 1pm  Family Saturday.  Plants of the Pharoahs.  Find out about plants used by the Ancient Egyptians, including plants used to make paper and to help preserve bodies.  Free event.  Botanic Garden, Brookside.  http://www.botanic.cam.ac.uk

7th    10.30 – 11.15am  “Sharing Stories”.  A friendly family story telling session with stories from around the world told, read and sung.  Free, drop in.  Children must be accompanied by a parent or guardian.  Milton Road Library, CB4.  http://www.friendsofmiltonroadlibrary.org.uk

7th    12 – 4.30pm  Stourbridge Medieval Fair.  Traditional dancing and singing, stalls, crafts and talks.  Visit the Chapel (which is shut for most of the year).  http://www.cambridgeppf.org/Event/cambridge-medieval-fair

8th    11.30am – 4.30pm  Knit for the River.  Free, drop in, all ages welcome, no need to book.  Museum of Cambridge, Castle Street.  http://www.museumofcambridge.org.uk

8th    3 – 5pm  Jazz and Brass in the Parks.  City of Cambridge Brass Band.  Cherry Hinton Hall.  http://www.cambridgelive.org.uk

9th    7.45 – 9pm  Talk about the history of Cambridge Railway Station by Rob Shorland-Ball.  Cambridge Museum of Technology, Pye Building.  Tickets £3 on the door.  Enter via Cheddars Lane entrance.  http://www.museumoftechnology.com

10th (until 9th October)  Open Eco Homes.  Advice from local householders and experts, householder led tours and low energy home workshops.  http://www.openecohomes.org

10th    7.30 – 9pm  “Archeology found by the public”.  Talk from Mill Road History Society with Dr Helen Geake, well known for being party of Channel 4’s Time Team.  Ross Street Community Centre.  http://www.millroadhistory.org.uk

11th    6.45 – 9pm  Cafe Sci Cambridge: Gut bacteria and human health.  Using genomic tools to study gut microbiome to help us understand its role in health and disease.  Free, non-ticketed.  Espresso Library, East Road.  http://www.publicengagement.wellcomegenomecampus.org/cafe-scientifique-cambridge

13 – 14th  Open Cambridge.  Discover the local history and heritage of Cambridge with special access to places that are normally closed to the public or charge admission.  http://www.opencambridge.cam.ac.uk

15th    9.30am  Bridge the Gap.  A charity walk through Cambridge University College grounds.  The route is wheelchair and pushchair friendly.  Raising funds for Arthur Rank Hospice Charity and Romsey Mill.  http://www.arhc.org.uk/bridge-the-gap.asp

15th    9.30am – 12.30pm  An Introduction to Mindfulness of Nature with Claire Thompson.  Mindfulness based exercises, meditations, walking, games, discussions and poetry.  Trumpington Meadows Nature Reserve.  http://www.mindfulness-of-nature.com/workshops-in-around-cambridge

15th    10.30am – 5.30pm  Dog Day.  Free ice cream for kids with a dog.  Gift stalls and more.  Benets Cafe, King’s Parade.

15th    12 – 4pm  Studio Sunday.  Artist led workshop for families.  Free, drop in.  Kettle’s Yard, Castle Street.  http://www.kettlesyard.co.uk

15th    3 – 5pm  Jazz and Brass in the Parks.  The Brass Funkeys.  Jesus Green.  http://www.cambridgelive.org.uk

16th    6 – 7.30pm  “Mindfulness on the Meadows”.  Practise mindfulness of nature and meditation with Claire Thompson.  Stourbridge Common.  http://www.mindfulness-of-nature.com/workshops-in-around-cambridge

17th    5.30 – 7.30pm  Circuit Social.  A creative evening for 18 – 25 year olds.  Make some art, meet new people and discover more about Circuit, the young people’s programme.  All welcome, no previous art experience needed.  Free, drop in.  Kettle’s Yard, Castle Street.  http://www.kettlesyard.co.uk

17th    7.30pm  Poetry in the Pub with John Clegg and Steve Xerri.  CB1 Poetry.  Blue Moon Pub, Norfolk Street, CB1  http://www.cb1poetry.org.uk

18th    7.30pm  True Stories Told Live.  NCI Club, Holland Street, CB4.  FB True Stories Told Live Cambridge

19th    7.30pm  Clara Rackham – her life and achievements.  A talk by Professor Mary Joannou (ARU).  Milton Road Library, CB4.  http://www.friendsofmiltonroadlibrary.org.uk

21st    9 – 10am  Day of Peace Meditation.  On International Day of Peace, gather for meditations to find inner peace and to cultivate feelings of peace of others in our families, our communities and across the world.  White Lotus Meditation.  The Bodywise Studio, Gwydir Street.  http://www.whitelotusmeditation.co.uk/classesandcourses

21st    10.30 – 11.15am  “Sharing Stories”.  A friendly family story telling session with stories from around the world told, read and sung.  Free, drop in.  Children must be accompanied by a parent or guardian.  Milton Road Library, CB4.  http://www.friendsofmiltonroadlibrary.org.uk

21st    10.30am – 4pm  Artsfest 2019.  A day of workshops in printmaking, life drawing, papercloth, drawing, exploring abstraction, creative writing, expressive lettering and drop in sewing plus an all day cafe.  Early booking advised as workshop places are limited.  St Paul’s Church, Hills Road.  http://www.stpaulsartsfest.org

21st    11am – 5pm  Literature Cambridge Study Day: Reading The Waves.  An intensive day of lectures and a seminar on Virginia Woolf’s lyrical novel of 1931, with leading scholars.  Stapleford Granary, CB22.  http://www.literaturecambridge.co.uk/waves

21 – 22nd    10am – 5pm  Cambridge Food, Garden and Produce Show.  Parker’s Piece.  Free entry.  Oakleigh Fairs.  http://www.oakleighfairs.co.uk

22nd    10.30am – 5pm  Milton Country Park Autumn Festival.  Seasonal food, craft, activities, music and entertainment for the family.  http://www.miltoncountrypark.org/autumnfestival

25th    6 – 9pm  Zoology Late: Board Games.  Animal inspired board games and bar.  Free, no need to book. 18+   Museum of Zoology, Downing Street.  http://www.museum.zoo.cam.ac.uk

26th    6 – 9pm  LATE:  The Greatest Showman.  Special screening of The Greatest Showman to complement a new exhibition about Giovanni Belzoni, the 19th century explorer and circus showman.  Fitzwilliam Museum.  http://www.fitzmuseum.cam.ac.uk

28th    10am – 4pm  Worth The Weight Vintage Kilo Sale.  Vintage clothing at £15 per kilo.  St Paul’s Church, Hills Road.  FB Worth The Weight Vintage Kilo Sale – Cambridge

29th    3pm rehearsal, 7.30pm performance.  Come and Sing Carmina Burana.  Cambridge Philharmonic Orchestra and Chorus.  West Road Concert Hall.  http://www.cambridgephilharmonic.com

29th    10am – 5pm  Cambridge Chinese Community Mid-Autumn Festival.  Parker’s Piece.  http://www.cambridgechinacentre.org

King's College Cambridge
This chestnut tree at King’s College is 160 years old!