Cambridge Veg Fest

Cambridge Veg Fest is happening from 13 – 21 July with free events and activities across the city, bringing the whole community together to celebrate local and seasonal vegetables.  For Cambridge Sustainable Food, this marks the finale to their year long “Veg Cities” campaign, aimed at inspiring us to eat more vegetables and to reduce our intake of meat and dairy.

Asparagus at Cambridge Market
Bundles of asparagus at Cambridge Market

You’ll find a wealth of veggie based events for all the family, including:

Be an organic farmer for a day!  Help out on a local vegetable farm, learn about growing your own veggies and take home some free produce.

The Mini Mobile Schools Vegetable Garden created by St Paul’s Primary School and Cambridge University Botanic Garden.  This will be popping up at various venues around the city.  It’s a vegetable show garden that teaches about vegetable families, crop rotation, composting  and companion planting.

A Geo Cache Veggie Treasure Hunt along the Chisholm Trail.

Foodcycle Community Meals  A free three course vegetarian meal (a vegan option will also be available) created from surplus food that would otherwise have gone to waste.

Rock Allotments Open Morning and Abundance Bring and Share  Find out how to get an allotment and grow your own veg.  Bring and share produce, plants and garden tools plus find out more about volunteering in community gardens.

Veg @ The Edge: Pay as you Feel Community Meal  Enjoy a meal made from surplus vegetables at The Edge Cafe, home to Cambridge’s only Community Fridge.

Farmers’ Market and Town Meal Family Day Out  Celebrate the city’s diverse food scene at the Cambridge Museum of Technology.

Tomatoes at Cambridge Market
Tons of tomatoes at Cambridge Market

For full details of all the events at this wonderful celebration of all things veggie, take a look at the website and keep an eye on the Facebook page too.

http://www.cambridgesustainablefood.org

Facebook:  @cambridgefood

 

Cambridge Museum of Technology

Cambridge Museum of Technology is set to reopen to the public on 7 June, following a major redevelopment funded by the National Heritage Lottery Fund and Historic England.  I went to meet Morgan Bell, Assistant Curator, for a peek behind the scenes ahead of opening day.

Cambridge Museum of Technology

It’s not hard to find the Museum … just look for the 53 metre tall chimney that dominates the skyline at Riverside.  This chimney and the Victorian buildings that cluster round it formed a sewage pumping station where the city’s household rubbish was burned to create steam to fuel engines that pumped the city’s sewage out to a treatment plant in Milton.  Prior to this, sewage had discharged into the River Cam, causing cholera outbreaks, so this wonderful Victorian engineering transformed public health in Cambridge.  The pumping station was decommissioned in 1968, at which point a group of local campaigners saved it from demolition and turned the buildings into a museum.

Hathorn Davey pumping engine Cambridge Museum of Technology
A Hathorn Davey pumping engine

Post this renovation, you’ll find improved visitor facilities and disabled access and a wealth of new displays, including an interactive model of the pumping station (complete with smell effect!).  The historic boiler has been restored so that the Hathorn Davey pumping engines can run again later this year, once all testing of the steam lines is complete.

Cambridge Museum of Technology
The boiler

A new building houses an exhibition about Pye and Cambridge Instrument Company, with artefacts and touch screens telling the stories of how they grew to make so many innovative products and gained an international reputation for excellence and innovation.  This space is also for school groups and events plus it will be available to hire to community groups.

Cambridge Museum of Technology

The Engineer’s House, just next door to the Museum, is being transformed by partner organisation Othersyde into an indoor cafe space, a bar and escape rooms.  There’ll be a summer bar and food kiosk outside in the garden or you can bring a picnic to eat on the lawn at this beautiful riverside spot.  Lawn games like skittles and outdoor board games will be available and there’s plenty of space for kids to run around.

Phase 1 of the development will be about 90% complete for this pilot reopening on 7 June so if you go to the Museum before 30 September, you’ll get a ticket for a free return visit in the next twelve months.  All the finishing touches will be in place for the grand reopening on 1 October.

Cambridge Museum of Technology

Restoration work has been supported by corporate volunteers over recent months.  The day I visited, a team from Worldpay was hard at work cleaning the Boiler House and a team from Anglian Water has been busy painting.  And there are plenty of regular volunteer roles available.  At the moment, the Museum is looking particularly for Welcome Volunteers and Education Volunteers.  You’ll find details of these opportunities plus opening times and ticket prices on the website.

http://www.museumoftechnology.com

The Old Pumping Station, Cheddars Lane, CB5 8LD

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