What’s on in Cambridge – January

Well, a new year has dawned and at the time of writing, things are pretty quiet in the city as life slowly resumes after the festive break.  Here’s the listing for January and I’ll add to it as I discover more events – please do get in touch if you are involved in something that could be included.

Snowdrops at Anglesey Abbey
Snowdrops at Anglesey Abbey

5th    10am – 1pm  Family Saturday – Crazy Cone Creations.  Use twigs, paint and wire to make crazy cone works of art.  Botanic Garden.  Free event.  http://www.botanic.cam.ac.uk

5th    2 – 4pm  Family First Saturday.  Fun activities and art making for all the family on the theme “Start with Art”.  Fitzwilliam Museum.  Free, drop in.  http://www.fitzmuseum.cam.ac.uk

6th    12 noon – 4pm  Studio Sunday.  Artist led workshop for families.  Kettle’s Yard.  Free, drop in.  http://www.kettlesyard.co.uk  Read more about Kettle’s Yard here

7th    7.30pm  A Georgian Christmas Wassail with Chela and Buska, the Cambridge Georgian choirs.  Jesus College Chapel.  Free entry.  Reserve seats at chelatickets@gmail.com

8th    Whistler & Nature exhibition opens, running until 17th March.  Fitzwilliam Museum.  http://www.fitzmuseum.cam.ac.uk

14th    7.45pm  Light to the World – Experiences of a Veterinary Opthalmologist.  Speaker:  Dr David Williams, Dept of Veterinary Medicine, University of Cambridge.  Part of the monthly Science meets Faith series.  Wesley Church, Christ’s Pieces.

16 – 19th    My Fair Lady.  Cambridge Operatic Society.  Cambridge Arts Theatre.  http://www.cambridgeartstheatre.com

17th   8pm  Tori Freestone Trio.  Cambridge Modern Jazz.  Hidden Rooms, Jesus Lane.  http://www.cambridgejazz.org

19th    2pm  The Big Sing 2019.  Faure Requiem.  Join The New Cambridge Singers and hundreds of other singers.  Rehearsal 2 – 4.30pm, performance 6pm.  Great St Mary’s Church.  http://www.newcambridgesingers.org.uk

19th    7.30pm  Sinfonia Cambridge.  Tchaikovsky, Humperdinck, Brahms.  West Road Concert Hall.  http://www.adcticketing.com

19th    8pm  War Requiem, Britten.  Choirs of Clare, Jesus, Selwyn and Trinity Colleges with choristers of Jesus and St Catherine’s College choirs and Cambridge University Chamber Choir.  King’s College Chapel.  Tickets from shop.kings.cam.ac.uk or on the door.

20th    12 noon – 4pm  Studio Sunday.  Artist led workshop for families.  Kettle’s Yard.  Free, drop in.  http://www.kettlesyard.co.uk  Read more about Kettle’s Yard here

21 – 27th    10am – 5pm  Cambridge Winter Exhibition.  Islamic art, culture, heritage and civilisation.  Cambridge Library, 3rd Floor, Lion Yard.

24th    7.30pm  Poetry at the Pub.  Six published and prize winning local poets read their work, open mic floor spots and books for sale.  The Blue Moon pub, Norfolk Street, CB1.  http://www.cb1poetry.org.uk

24th    7.30pm  An Evening with Sophie Hannah, presented by Literature Cambridge.  Stapleford Granary, CB22.   www.staplefordgranary.org.uk  Read more about Literature Cambridge here

25th    8pm  Burns Night Ceilidh in aid of Friends of Freetown.  Emmanuel URC Church, CB2.  Tickets on the door or from http://www.friendsoffreetown.org.uk/burnsnight

26th    2pm  WONDER New You sober social.  Yoga and Gong Bath, alcohol free drinks, vegan food, comedy and music.  Cambridge University Centre, Granta Place.  http://www.wonderfestival.co.uk  Read more about WONDER here

26th    2pm and 4pm  The Mouse Who Jumped.  A musical adventure for adults and children.  Family concert suitable for age 5+.  Come dressed as a Carnival Creature! Cambridge Philharmonic.  West Road Concert Hall.  http://www.cambridgephilharmonic.com

27th    10.30am – 4pm  Cambridge Vegan Market.  Vegan food and drinks, ethical clothing and charities plus ethically produced cosmetics.  The Guildhall, Market Square. http://www.veganmarkets.co.uk/cambridge  Read more about last year’s Vegan Market here

27th    3 – 4.30pm  Holocaust Memorial Day Civic Ceremony Cambridge 2019, “Torn from Home”.  Great St Mary’s Church.  http://www.creatingmycambridge.com/events

30th    6 – 9pm  Zoology Late: Winter Escape!  Arts and crafts, the science of animal migration and cocktails.  Museum of Zoology, Downing Street.  Age 18+.  Free, no need to book.  http://www.museum.zoo.cam.ac.uk/events

Paperwhites in my kitchen
Paperwhites in my kitchen

 

Christmas in Cambridge

I love this time of year.  Cambridge looks more beautiful than ever with the Christmas lights twinkling as dusk falls and I still get that child-like rush of excitement in the run up to the big day.  And I firmly believe that you’re never too old for a pantomime.  One of my fondest childhood memories is my granny treating us to the panto each year … putting on my best dress, meeting up with my cousins, munching a choc ice in the interval.

Snow White Cambridge Junction
Image credit:  Claire Haigh/WeThreeClub

I’m sure the ice cream selection, if not the jokes, will be a bit more sophisticated at the two pantomimes running in the city this year.  Cambridge Junction brings us Snow White, an original take on the Brothers Grimm fairy tale, with magic, music and a very shiny red apple.  Over at Cambridge Arts Theatre, Aladdin is a classic panto with dazzling costumes and spectacular dance routines.  Both productions offer a British Sign Language interpreted performance and a Relaxed performance.

www.junction.co.uk

www.cambridgeartstheatre.com

 

BALLET CENTRAL _NUCRACKER,Stratford Circus Arts Centre
Image credit:  Bill Cooper

Ballet Central are bringing their adaptation of The Nutcracker to the ADC Theatre from 13 – 15 December with performances at 2.30pm, 4.30pm and 6.30pm.  At 45 minutes long, it’s the perfect way to introduce children to this Christmas ballet with its iconic Tchaikovsky score.  Enjoy the fantasy and sparkle as Clara’s dreams come alive and she journeys to the Kingdom of Sweets, meeting her Nutcracker Prince and the Sugar Plum Fairy along the way.

www.adctheatre.com

The North Pole ice skating

The North Pole Ice Rink returns to Parker’s Piece for the festive season, with food and drinks available at the cosy undercover Alpine Bar.  I hung up my skates long ago after an unfortunate ice rink incident which resulted in a very bruised coccyx but you’ll find me nursing a hot chocolate, maybe a mulled wine, as I watch my family twirl on the ice.  Or perhaps I’ll sneak off to have a go on the fairground rides!

www.thenorthpolecambridge.co.uk

King's College Cambridge

For me, it wouldn’t be Christmas without some yuletide singing.  Carol services in the city include Carols at Michaelhouse at 3pm and 4pm on 15 December and a traditional Carols by Candlelight at Great St Mary’s on 23 December at 6.30pm.  Possibly the most famous Christmas service of all, The Festival of Nine Lessons and Carols from King’s College Chapel, is broadcast to millions around the world on Christmas Eve.  To get your hands on a ticket, go to the College early on Christmas Eve morning with photo ID.  Ticket distribution starts at 7am.  Or grab a mince pie, put your feet up and tune in to BBC Radio 4 for the live transmission at 3pm.

www.kings.cam.ac.uk

This post is part of my “New in Cambridge” column in the December issue of Velvet Magazine.  Read more on http://www.velvetmag.co.uk