What’s on in Cambridge – October 2019

Well here we are, it’s October already and the rhythm of the city is changing again as the students return.  There’s so much happening in Cambridge this month … festivals of film, ideas, craft beer and gin, storytelling, fundraisers for local charities, art exhibitions, Diwali celebrations and lots more.  So do take a look and come back too, as I’ll update this listing through the month.

Autumn colours on Trumpington Street, Cambridge
Autumn colours in Trumpington Street

1 – 12th    8am – 5pm  Illuminating Cambridge Libraries.  Exhibition of Sara Rawlinson’s photographs of College libraries.  Michaelhouse Centre, Trinity Street, CB2.  http://www.sararawlinson.com

1 – 31st    9am – 5pm weekdays.  Black Cantabs: History Makers.  Photography exhibition celebrating 260 years of Cambridge education for black Cambridge students and graduates from the 1700s to the 21st century.  Fitzwilliam College, Storey’s Way, CB3

3 – 27th    The Cambridge Show.  Painting, photography, performance, sculpture and other media from 22 local artists.  Kettle’s Yard, Castle Street.  http://www.kettlesyard.co.uk

5th    10am – 1pm  Family Saturdays – Brilliant Bats.  Learn loads of bat facts and enjoy bat themed craft ready for Halloween.  Free event.  Botanic Garden, Brookside.  http://www.botanic.cam.ac.uk

5th    10.30 – 11.15am  Sharing Stories.  A family friendly story telling session with stories from around the world told, read and sung.  Children must be accompanied by a parent or guardian.  Free, drop in.  Milton Road Library, CB4.  http://www.friendsofmiltonroadlibrary.org.uk

5th    11am – 1pm  Toy Swap Shop.  Also books (fiction/children) and clothes swap (women/children).  Storey’s Field Centre, Eddington.  http://www.atoyslifeandbeyond.org

5th    2.30pm  Nearly New Sale of pre-loved parent and baby goods.  Sports Centre, Cambridge Regional College, Kings Hedges Road.  http://www.nctcambridge.org

7th    7.30 – 9pm  LATE: Gallery Party.  Celebrate the launch of a new season of programming on the theme of Sensual/Virtual.  Music, cash bar and surprises on the night.  Free event.  Fitzwilliam Museum.  http://www.fitzmuseum.cam.ac.uk

10th    7.30 – 9pm  Miss Jebb revisits Mill Road.  An evening of fact and fiction, drama and poetry as Eglantyne Jebb, founder of Save the Children and author of “Cambridge – A Brief Study in Social Questions (1906), takes us for a walk down Mill Road.  Free event.  Ross Street Community Centre, Ross Street.  http://www.millroadhistory.org.uk

12th    10am  2019 Heffers Classics Forum.  A day of talks from some of the top names in the world of Classics.  The Old Library, Emmanuel College, St Andrew’s Street.  http://www.eventbrite.co.uk

12th    10am – 3pm  The Kenya Youth Project Autumn Fayre.  Stalls, pictures, stationery, handcrafts, nearly new, books, jigsaws, toys, homemade jam and cakes, Kenyan gifts.  Wesley Methodist Church, Christ’s Pieces.  http://www.kenyayouthproject.org.uk

12th    10.30am – 2.30pm  Nearly New and Used Book Sale.  Milton Road Library, CB4

13th    12 noon – 4pm  Studio Sunday.  Artist led workshop for families.  Free, drop in.  Kettle’s Yard, Castle Street.  http://www.kettlesyard.co.uk

13th    1.15 – 2pm  Lunchtime Concert: Works for piano by female composers.  Diana Brekalo presents music by Lily Boulanger, Fanny Mendelssohn, Clara Schumann and Countess Dora Pejacevic.  Free.  Fitzwilliam Museum, Trumpington Street.  http://www.fitzmuseum.cam.ac.uk

13th    7.30pm  Schumann:  Overture – Genoveva, Piano Concerto in A minor, Symphony No 2 in C.  Sinfonia of Cambridge.  West Road Concert Hall.  http://www.sinfoniaofcambridge.org.uk

14 – 27th  Cambridge Festival of Ideas.  Debates, workshops, talks, exhibitions and performances celebrating the arts, humanities and social sciences.  This year’s theme is “Change”.  Free.  http://www.festivalofideas.cam.ac.uk

15th    7pm  Fundraiser Evening for Cam Sight.  Dining and music from CBT.  The Three Horseshoes, Madingley.  http://www.camsight.org.uk

16 – 19th    The 2019 Cambridge Greek Play: Oedipus at Colonus by Sophocles.  A modern day interpretation, performed in Ancient Greek with English surtitles.  The tradition of performing a play in Greek every three years at Cambridge University goes back to 1882!  Cambridge Arts Theatre, Peas Hill.  http://www.cambridgeartstheatre.com

16th    7pm  Cafe Sci Cambridge: The ethics of medical data sharing.  Espresso Library, East Road.  FB  @cafescicambridge

17 – 24th    Cambridge Film Festival.  UK premieres of new features, classic retrospectives, insightful documentaries, short films, discovery titles from the global stage, family favourites and several international film festival winners.  http://www.cambridgefilmfestival.org.uk

17 – 20th    Eddington Craft Beer and Gin Festival.  Local craft beers, flavourful gins, live music and food vans.  Storey’s Field Centre, Eddington.  http://www.eventbrite.com

17th    7pm  Cambridge Breast Cancer Appeal Fashion Show.  In aid of Addenbrooke’s Hospital Breast Cancer Appeal.  Grand Arcade.  http://www.cambridgebreastcancerappeal.com

18th    7.30pm  Somersaults.  Propulsive, joyous spontaneous music ranging from swinging free jazz to timbral and textural improvisations.  Unitarian Church, Emmanuel Road.  http://www.wegottickets.com/listencambridge

18 – 19th    7.30pm  Dracula Part 1: Jonathan Harker’s Journal with Martin Prest in the haunting and atmospheric one man show adapted from Bram Stoker’s classic novel.  The Leper Chapel, Newmarket Road.  http://www.ThatsMyCueProductions.com

19th    10am – 4pm  Cambridge Photography Show.  For anyone who is passionate about photography and video.  Free entry.  Guildhall, Market Square.  FB Cambridge Photography Show 2019

19th    10.30 – 11.15am  Sharing Stories.  A family friendly storytelling session with stories from around the world told, read and sung.  Children must be accompanied by a parent or guardian.  Free, drop in.  Milton Road Library, CB4.  http://www.friendsofmiltonroadlibrary.org.uk

19th    12 noon – 4pm  WE ARE CAMBRIDGE Family Day.  A fun, interactive day exploring what living in and around Cambridge means to you.  Artist led workshops where you can create artwork inspired by Cambridge, your ideas of home and hopes for the future of the city.  Plus a wildflower seed-bomb workshop inspired by the history and work of Alan Turing.  Free, drop in.  Kettle’s Yard, Castle Street.  http://www.kettlesyard.co.uk

19th    2 – 5.30pm  Literature Cambridge Study Day: An Introduction to Reading Poetry.  Do you love poetry and would you like to understand it better?  Accessible lectures and a seminar with leading young Cambridge scholars.  Stapleford Granary, CB22.  http://www.literaturecambridge.co.uk/read-poetry

19th    3 – 4pm  Children’s Event: Author Isabel Thomas unlocks the life of Stephen Hawking with storytelling and activities.  Free event.  Heffers, Trinity Street.  http://www.eventbrite.co.uk

19th    7.30pm  Locked Opened!  Stories from the underground railroad told by Sheila Arnold.  Unitarian Church Hall, Emmanuel Road.  http://www.cambridgestorytellers.com

19th    7.30pm  Stargaze.  Adams, Prokofiev and Dove.  Cambridge Philharmonic Orchestra.  West Road Concert Hall.  Free pre concert talk at 6.45pm.  http://www.cambridgephilharmonic.com

20th    10am – 4pm  Apple Day.  Apple tasting, identification, cultivation, activities and edibles.  Free Garden seasonal highlight tours, live music, pop up food trucks and craft stalls.  Botanic Garden, Brookside.  http://www.botanic.cam.ac.uk

20th    10.30am – 4pm  Cambridge Vegan Market.  Food stalls, lifestyle brands, luxury cosmetics, ethical clothing, interesting charities and more.  FB Cambridge Vegan Market

20th    1.15 – 2pm  Lunchtime Concert: Music for harpsichord.  Final concert of the complete Fitzwilliam Virginal Book, recital No. 30, performed by Francis Knights.  Free.  Fitzwilliam Museum, Trumpington Street.  http://www.fitzmuseum.cam.ac.uk

20th    7 – 9.45pm  Sakhya Diwali celebrations.  A fundraiser evening of music, Indian food and Bollywood dancing.  All proceeds go to grass-root education and development oriented projects in India.  St Paul’s, Hills Road.  Booking required.  Email tickets.sakhya@gmail.com

20 – 26th    10am – 4pm  Art Exhibition.  Original paintings, drawing, prints and sculptures.  Cambridge Drawing Society.  The Leys School, Fen Causeway.  http://www.cambridgedrawingsociety.org

26th    5 – 9pm  Cambridge Mindful Pub Crawl.  Low and no alcohol drinks at three venues with the first round on Adnams.  Starting at The Castle Inn, Castle Street, CB3.  Tickets from http://www.joinclubsoda.com

27th    12 – 4pm  Studio Sunday.  Artist led workshop for families.  Free, drop in.  Kettle’s Yard, Castle Street.  http://www.kettlesyard.co.uk

27th    1.15 – 2pm  Lunchtime Concert: Music for piano.  George Harliono performs Chopin’s Sonata No. 2 in B flat minor.  Free. Fitzwilliam Museum, Trumpington Street.  http://www.fitzmuseum.cam.ac.uk

28th    7.45pm  Centenary Lecture: Professor Dame Sally C Davies, Master of Trinity College, on being the UK’s Chief Medical Officer.  Free admission, retiring collection.  Wesley Methodist Church, Christ’s Pieces.

29th    7pm  Graphene the new wonder material: But will it change the world?  Fundraising lecture from Professor Sir Colin Humphreys, CBE, FREng, FRS Director of Research Dept of Materials Science and Metallurgy.  In aid of Cam Sight.  Dept of Material Sciences and Metallurgy, Charles Babbage Road, CB3.  http://www.camsight.org.uk

Laxtons Superb apples
Fantastic harvest of Laxton’s Superb apples from our tree this year

 

What’s On in Cambridge – April

Spring has sprung and the sun is shining!  There’s plenty happening in the city and I’ll update this listing through the month so do check back when you can.  Please get in touch if you know of an event that I could add in here!

Willow at Fort St George bridge Cambridge
Fresh green willow at Fort St George

1 – 7th    Love Cambridge Restaurant Week.  Menus at £5, £10 and £15 in a variety of cafes and restaurants across the city.  http://www.cambridgebid.co.uk/restaurant-week   Read more about Love Cambridge Restaurant Week here

2nd    7 – 9pm  Cambridge 1888 – 1988 – Chronicle of an English University City.  Mill Road History Society.  The Bath House, Gwydir Street.  http://www.millroadhistory.org.uk/events

5th    7.30pm  Dining in the Dark.  Identify key ingredients of your starter and dessert while blindfolded.  Fundraiser for Cam Sight.  The Red Lion, Hinxton.  http://www.camsight.org.uk  Read more about Cam Sight here

5 – 7th    Cambridge Literary Festival.  http://www.cambridgeliteraryfestival.com  Read more about the Festival here

6th    10am – 1pm  Family Saturday – Nature Weaving.  Have fun, play and weave amazing creations using natural material from the Garden.  Free event.  Cambridge University Botanic Garden.  http://www.botanic.cam.ac.uk

6th    12 noon – 3pm  The Leper Chapel Opening.  A chance to see inside one of the oldest buildings in Cambridge.  The Chapel is not usually open to the public.  Free entry, donations appreciated.  Cambridge Past, Present and Future.  The Leper Chapel, off Newmarket Road.  FB: @CambridgePFF

6th    2 – 4pm  Family First Saturday.  Activities and art making on the theme of “coin it”.  Free, drop in.  Fitzwilliam Museum.  http://www.fitzmuseum.cam.ac.uk

6th    7.30pm  Movie Music Spectacular.  Cambridge Wind Band.  West Road Concert Hall.  In support of Arthur Rank Hospice Charity.  http://www.adcticketing.com

6 – 22nd    April Easter Trail.  Pick up a free trail from the Ticket Office, go on a springtime adventure and collect an Easter prize at the end.  Drop in, self led trail.  Cambridge University Botanic Garden.  http://www.botanic.cam.ac.uk

8th    7.30 – 10pm  Louise Jordan – The Hard Way.  One woman performance of live music and theatre charting the rise of a working class suffragette.  St Barnabas Centre, Mill Road.  http://www.cambridgefolkclub.co.uk

9th    2 – 4pm  Printing Workshop for 8 – 12 year olds.  Design your own T shirt to take home with you.  Booking required.  Kettle’s Yard, Castle Street.  http://www.kettlesyard.co.uk

9th    7.30pm  Concert for Cam Sight.  Tchaikovsky, Shostakovich, Nielsen.  Easter Concert Orchestra.  All ticket receipts and donations go to Cam Sight.  West Road Concert Hall. http://www.adcticketing.com/whats-on/concert/concert-for-camsight   Read more about Cam Sight here

10th    7 – 8.30pm  Personal medicines: all in your genes?  Talk from Cafe Sci Cambridge.  Espresso Library, East Road.  FB @cafescicambridge

11th    1 – 3pm  What can art do?  Explore environmental activism for 13 – 19 year olds.  Free, booking required.  Kettle’s Yard, Castle Street.  http://www.kettlesyard.co.uk

12th    10am – 1pm  Cambridge Jobs Fair.  Speak with potential employers face to face (don’t forget to bring your CV!). The Guildhall, Market Square. http://www.thejobfairs.co.uk

13th    1.30 – 4pm  Toy Swap.  Bring toys to swap.  Also a pilot books (fiction/children) and clothes (women/children) swap plus Full Circle, Cambridge’s own zero waste shop, will be there.  Free event.  Storey’s Field Centre, Eddington Avenue, CB3 1AA  http://www.atoyslifeandbeyond  Read more about Full Circle Shop here

13th    5pm  “Waste Not, Want Not: How to live zero waste and plastic-free”.  Talk by Full Circle Shop.  Free entry, donations welcome.  Stir Cafe, Chesterton Road.  FB @FullCircleShopUK  Read more about Full Circle Shop here

14th    12 – 4pm  Studio Sunday.  Art making workshops for families with children of all ages.  Free, drop in.  Kettle’s Yard, Castle Street.  http://www.kettlesyard.co.uk

19 – 20th    10am – 5pm  Botanical Days.  A botanical themed event and pop up shop from Cultivate Gardens with refreshments by Caffiend.  Hope Street Yard, off Mill Road.  http://www.cultivategardens.co.uk

19 – 22nd  12 – 4pm  Action Drawing.  Drawing activities inspired by the Oscar Murillo Violent Amnesia exhibition.  Free, drop in.  Kettle’s Yard, Castle Street.  http://www.kettlesyard.co.uk

22 – 23rd    7.45pm (and 2.30pm on 23rd)  Ballet Central.  ADC Theatre.  http://www.adctheatre.com

24th    7.30pm  True Stories Told Live.  NCI Club, Holland Street.  FB:@cambridgetruestories

28th    2 – 3.30pm  Writers in Conversation.  Jill Dawson in conversation with Dame Gillian Beer.  Stapleford Granary, CB22.  Literature Cambridge. http://www.literaturecambridge.co.uk  Read more about Literature Cambridge here

30th    6.30 – 9pm  The Tasting Table with Dulcedo, The Baking Jin and Bumble & Oak.  Innovative dishes, fusion bakes, high end patisserie and artisan chocolate.  Dulcedo Patisserie, Hills Road. http://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/the-tasting-table-with-dulcedo-the-baking-jin-and-bumble-oak-tickets

Blossom Cambridge
A froth of blossom on my neighbour’s tree

Cam Sight Cambridge

Cam Sight is a wonderful Cambridge charity that I’ve been meaning to write about for some time now.  From its Cambridge HQ in Chesterton and its Wisbech outreach centre, its staff and a band of around 350 dedicated volunteers work to ensure that clients with low vision and blindness can access the support and advice they need to live the life they choose.

Camsight logo
Image credit: Cam Sight

I met with Nick Burr, Cam Sight’s Fundraising and Promotions Officer, and his beautiful assistance dog Amber, to find out more about this remarkable organisation which began life as the Cambridge Society for the Blind in 1912 and which today works with around 1800 clients across Cambridgeshire.

Camsight client
Image credit: Cam Sight

The services that Cam Sight offers are extensive.  On the practical side of life, there’s help with choosing of and training on the many technologies available.  There’s a weekly magnification and lighting clinic and they sell a wide range of equipment to help with carrying out day to day tasks, from talking clocks to canes, kitchen safety aids and large button telephones.  In one-to-one sessions, a (re)habilitation specialist can help with mobility, orientation and daily living skills while the community team visits clients at home, to help and advise with welfare and housing benefits application as well as adaptations to the home.

 

Cam Sight befriender
Image credit: Cam Sight

 

Cam Sight group
Image credit: Cam Sight

The emotional side of life is, of course, just as important as the practical.  Cam Sight organises outings and social activities while volunteer befrienders give support and companionship in many different ways.  And in a peer support initiative, there are monthly gatherings held across Cambridgeshire for clients, their carers and family members.  Cam Sight also offers emotional support and counselling sessions.

“We run three groups for children,” Nick tells me, “for preschool and 4 – 11 year olds, then the teenage group is a lot of fun, whether they’re playing pool and eating pizza, enjoying an activity day or a trip to a theme park.”

Cam Sight Tandem Team
Image credit: Cam Sight

Cam Sight also supports clients to return to sport or indeed to try a new sport.  Tandem cycling is an option, with a trained sighted pilot and a low vision stoker.  They own seven tandems and on 1 July, several pairs will be cycling in the annual London to Cambridge bike ride (yes, that is 63 miles!) to raise money for Cam Sight.  So they’re busy training and if you’d like to sponsor them, please get in touch at nick@camsight.org.uk

Cam Sight Tandem
Image credit: Cam Sight

Another fundraiser coming up is Cam Sight’s first Golf Day on 20 July at Cambridge Meridian Golf Club.  You can enter individually or get a team of four together.  There’ll be 18 holes of golf plus breakfast, a barbecue, prizes, a raffle and an auction, all for a suggested donation of £60 per person.  To sign up for the Golf Day, just contact nick@camsight.org.uk

On 17 July at 7.30pm, there’s a talk “John Henslow and the Education of Charles Darwin” given by Professor John Parker, former Director of the Cambridge University Botanic Garden, at the Sainsburys Laboratory Auditorium.  Tickets are £15, include canapes and drinks and are available from Cam Sight on 01223 420033.  Fundraising activities are also organised by the Friends of Cam Sight, a group who run their own events in support of the charity’s work.

Cam Sight befriender
Image credit: Cam Sight

If you’d be interested in volunteering with Cam Sight, there are many roles available from driving to befriending, helping with bucket collections at external events and riding as a pilot on a tandem.  Joy Hallifax, the volunteer team leader, would be delighted to hear from you.  Just email her on joy@camsight.org.uk  All volunteers receive an induction with full training and ongoing support.

www.camsight.org.uk

167 Green End Road, Cambridge CB4 1RW

14 Chapel Road, Wisbech PE13 1RF