What’s on in October

Well, Cambridge feels a little bit different now ….. there’s a nip in the morning air, the evenings are drawing in and the rhythm of the city changes as the students return.  There’s plenty going on and I’ll update this listing through the month so do check back when you can.

Sunny autumn morning on the River Cam
Sunny autumn morning on the River Cam

5th    8pm  Fresher Brass.  A “Meet and Greet” concert with the City of Cambridge Brass Band.  St Giles Church, Castle Street, CB3.  Free entry.

6th    7.30pm  The Fishermen.  Mumford Theatre, Anglia Ruskin University, East Road, CB1.  http://www.anglia.ac.uk

7th    10.30am – 4pm  Cambridge Vegan Market.  Guildhall, Market Square.  http://www.vegfest.co.uk

7th   2 – 4pm/5 – 7pm  Cambridge Wine Fair.  Royal Cambridge Hotel, Trumpington Street, CB2.  Meet local independent wine merchants.  http://www.cambridgewinefair.com

8th    7.45pm  Climate Change: A Scientific Update.  Speaker:  Dr Emily Shuckburgh OBE.  Part of the Science meets Faith series.  Wesley Church, Christ’s Pieces, CB1.  Free admission.

15 – 18th  Cambridge Festival of Ideas  http://www.festivalofideas.cam.ac.uk  Read more here

15th    7pm  Oompah Brass.  The Leys School, Fen Causeway, CB2.  http://www.theleys.net/boxoffice

18th    7pm  Cambridge Breast Cancer Appeal Fashion Show.  Grand Arcade, St Andrew’s Street, CB2.  Tickets include welcome drink and canapes.  http://www.cambridgebreastcancerappeal.com  Read more here

19th    8pm  The Choral Pilgrimage 2018.  Music by Cornysh and Britten.  The Sixteen.  St John’s College Chapel.  http://www.thesixteen.com

20th    11am – 4pm  Volunteer for Cambridge.  Free showcase for the diversity of volunteering opportunities in the city with around 90 organisations attending.  Guildhall, Market Square, CB2.  http://www.cambridge.gov.uk/volunteer-for-cambridge

20th   2 – 5.30pm  Understanding King Lear.  Study Day with Literature Cambridge.  Stapleford Granary, Stapleford, CB22.  http://www.literaturecambridge.co.uk/lear/  Read more here

20th    7.30pm  Let there be Light.  Charity concert for CBM UK, the overseas disability charity, showcasing local musicians and voices.  St Paul’s Church, Hills Road, CB2.  http://www.ticketsource.co.uk

21st    10am – 4pm  Apple Day.  Cambridge University Botanic Garden, Brookside, CB2.  http://www.botanic.cam.ac.uk  Read more here

22nd    1 – 3pm  The Fitzwilliam Museum.  Disability friendly opening.  A relaxed afternoon aimed at children with sensory sensitivities along with their families, siblings and carers.  Free entry but please book in advance.  Trumpington Street, CB2.  http://www.fitzmuseum.cam.ac.uk

23rd    11am – 5pm Tues – Sun.  Richard Pousette-Dart: Beginnings.  Abstract Expressionist.  This exhibition runs until 6 January 2019.  http://www.kettlesyard.co.uk

24th    7 – 10pm  Plague Late.   Part of the Cam Lates season.  Get up close and personal with the past and present of the Plague.  Museum of Archaeology and Anthropology, Downing Street, CB2.  Book in advance.  http://www.museums.cam.ac.uk

24 – 27th    7.30pm plus two matinees at 2.30pm.  West Side Story.  Cambridge Theatre Company.  The Leys School, Fen Causeway, CB2.  http://www.camtheatrecompany.co.uk

25 – 1 Nov    Cambridge Film Festival.  http://www.cambridgefilmfestival.org.uk  Read more here

26th    9.30am – 12.30pm  Kids’ Repair Cafe.  Fixing children’s games and toys.  Arts Picturehouse, St Andrew’s Street, CB2.  http://www.cambridgecarbonfootprint.org  Read more here

26 – 28th    7.30pm  Ghost Stories for Halloween.  The Leper Chapel, Newmarket Road, CB5.  http://www.nunkie.co.uk

28th    1pm  Cambridge Halloween Dog Parade.  Facebook: Cambridge Halloween Dog Parade  Read more here

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

 

 

 

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.

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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

Riverside Tea Garden at Cambridge Museum of Technology

There’s a massive chimney that dominates the skyline down at Riverside.  It’s in amongst a cluster of Victorian buildings that make up the Museum of Technology and I’ve walked past it dozens of times but never really knew what it was all about.  When I heard that there’s going to be a pop up Riverside Tea Garden there this summer, I decided to find out more and met with Assistant Curator, Morgan Bell.

Cambridge Museum of Technology

Built in 1894, the 53 metre tall chimney is part of a Victorian sewage pumping station which is now the Museum.  Here they burned the city’s household rubbish 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 machine Cambridge

Owned independently and funded by admission fees and donations, the Museum houses the last Hathorn Davey pumping engines in the world that still work.  It has also built up a collection of telecoms equipment, televisions and radios from Pye and historic scientific instruments from Cambridge Instrument Company.

Hathorn Davey pumping machine Cambridge

The Museum is currently closed as there’s a major redevelopment under way, thanks to money from the Heritage Lottery Fund.  Restoration of the old buildings is complicated and painstaking as they are a Scheduled Ancient Monument and permission is needed even to paint in there!  There are plans for a new building to house exhibition and learning space plus a cafe building with views over the river.  The boiler is being repaired so it can once again supply steam to run the pumping engines and they’re hoping to be open by mid 2019.

Boiler at Cambridge Museum of Technology

This redevelopment is about preserving heritage of course but it’s also about inspiring a generation of future engineers and innovators.  Jinx St. Leger, the Education Officer, tells me about the outreach programme with primary and secondary schools, encouraging students to look at STEM subjects in a new light.  “It’s teaching engineering by stealth,” she smiles.  “We make stomp rockets, create origami, make print blocks and masks and use a morse code machine to send and decode messages.”  Jinx will be running four craft based and four engineering based events over the summer at the Museum of Cambridge (check out http://www.museumofcambridge.org.uk/events for more details).

Cambridge Museum of Technology

Now back to the tea and cake … on Sunday afternoons between 15 July and 5 August, you’ll be able to enjoy drinks and cream teas at the Riverside Tea Garden in idyllic surroundings on the Museum’s lawn overlooking the river.  There’ll be stalls selling treasures, crafts, books, clothes, baked goods and produce.  And I’ve booked my ticket for The Floating Museum, a boat trip happening on various dates through the summer, during which you’ll discover more about the city’s industrial heritage along the river.  All profits from these ventures go back to the Museum to help fund the restoration.  Full details, plus a booking facility for The Floating Museum, are on the website.

http://www.museumoftechnology.com

The Old Pumping Station, Cheddars Lane, Cambridge CB5 8LD

Twilight at the Museums

Have you seen that movie “Night at the Museum”?  And wondered how it feels to wander round a museum after hours?  Well, wonder no more because now’s your chance to find out as Cambridge University Museums’ “Twilight at the Museums” event invites you to explore fourteen local museums and collections after dark, from 4.30 – 7.30pm on Tuesday 13 February.

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Image credit: Alice the Camera/ University of Cambridge Museums

There’s a wealth of events to enjoy.  At the Polar Museum, you can meet some of the characters that have made polar history.  Or why not become a geological pioneer at the University Library, discovering rocks, fossils and extraordinary maps at the “Landscapes Below” exhibition.  Join the Eclipse Expedition at the Whipple Museum and follow in the footsteps of historic explorers on a scientific trail as you gather vital equipment and travel across distant lands to observe a rare solar eclipse.

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Image credit: Martin Bond
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Image credit:  Martin Bond

At the Fitzwilliam Museum, a stunning building that is home to a world-class collection of works of art and antiquities, there’ll be a Kaleidoscope of Colour.  See if you can touch, hear or taste colour and find out if it can change the way you see things.  Enjoy special demonstrations, musical performances, interactive play and dazzling projections as you experience the collection through a range of colour.  Head to Kettle’s Yard to pick up your Twilight Trail and discover the newly opened gallery spaces.  Visit the glasshouses at the Cambridge University Botanic Garden to hunt for orchids and to find out more about these amazing plants.  Full details of these and the many events at other venues are on the Cambridge University Museums’ website – details at the end of this post.

Richard White, Marketing and Communications Coordinator, tells me that the museums will all be colourful this year, with special lighting so that you can explore their collections in a different way.  It’s also a great opportunity to discover a museum that maybe you’ve been meaning to visit for ages as well as to learn some amazing facts.

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Image credit:  Alice the Camera

“Twilight at the Museums” is a free family event and children of all ages are welcome.  You won’t go hungry either as there’ll be pop up food stands at the Downing Site (outside the Sedgwick Museum of Earth Sciences and the Museum of Archaeology and Anthropology) and the cafes at the Botanic Garden, the Fitzwilliam Museum and Kettles Yard will be open too.  Most of the venues are just a short walk apart so wrap up warm and bring a torch to help you explore those darker corners ….. who knows what you’ll find amongst the shadows??!!

http://www.museums.cam.ac.uk/twilight

This event is being held at multiple locations around the city

What’s On in February

Well, we’ve almost got through a very grey and murky January so here’s the what’s on listing for February.  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 via my Contact page.  I’ll update this listing through the month, so it’s worth checking back every so often.

Railings at Great St Mary's
The railings at Great St Mary’s Church

2nd    5.30pm  Migration 2018: Art and Migration.  Lady Margaret Hall, Sidgwick Avenue http://www.darwin.cam.ac.uk/lectures

3rd    10am – 12pm Ages 11 – 15, 1pm – 2.30pm Ages 7 – 10 Come and Play at Trinity.  Music making for young instrumentalists.  Trinity College.  Email concerts@tcms.org.uk

3rd    1pm  St Clement’s Players.  Mozart, Haydn, Sammartini.  St Clement’s Church, Bridge Street

3rd    7.30pm  Fairytales for Grown Ups: Grim Grimms.  The Crick Crack Club with Ben Haggarty.  Cambridge Junction  http://www.junction.co.uk

3rd    7.30pm  East Anglia Chamber Orchestra.  Mendelssohn and Vaughan Williams.  West Road Concert Hall  http://www.adcticketing.com

3rd    7.30pm  Wine Gums Comedy Night.  Cambridge University Centre Wine Bar, CB2 http://www.cambridgelivetrust.co.uk

3rd    9.30pm  Messiaen.  King’s College Music Society.  King’s College Hall.  Tickets on the door

5th    7.45pm  Dr Jekyll and Mr Hyde.  Screening of the 1920 movie with live organ improvisation by David Briggs.  The Leys School Chapel  http://www.theleys.net/boxoffice

8th    8pm  Ben Crosland Quintet plays the Ray Davies Songbook.  Hidden Rooms, Jesus Lane  http://www.cambridgejazz.org

9th    5.30pm  Migration 2018: Refugee Migration.  Lady Mitchell Hall, Sidgwick Avenue.  http://www.darwin.cam.ac.uk/lectures

9/10th    AHBAB Festival.  Cambridge Junction  http://www.junction.co.uk

9/14th    e-Luminate Festival at venues around the city  http://www.cambridgelivetrust.co.uk/e-luminate and see my January blog post too

9th    10pm  Valerie Welbanks Solo Cello.  Saariaho, Crumb and Bach.  King’s College Chapel  http://www.kings.cam.ac.uk/concerts

10th    Kettles Yard re-opens.  Castle Street, CB3.  http://www.kettlesyard.co.uk

11th    4pm  Be My Love Charity Gala for Arthur Rank Hospice and Multiple System Atrophy Trust.  Michaelhouse, Trinity Street.  For tickets email adriancb23@gmail.com

11th   8.30pm  The Chilingirian Quartet.  Haydn, Mozart and Beethoven.  Selwyn College Hall  http://www.selwynalumni.com

13th    4.30pm  Twilight at the Museums at venues around the city http://www.museums.cam.ac.uk/twilight and see my blog post too

14th    7pm  Valentine’s Day Blind Wine Tasting.   l’Alliance Francaise Cambridge, Hills Road   info.alliance.cam@gmail.com

14th    7.30pm  The Endellion String Quartet.  Haydn, Mozart and Beethoven.  West Road Concert Hall  http://www.cambridgelivetickets.co.uk

15th    7.30pm  Romsey Mill Charity Quiz Night.  C3 Centre, CB1  http://www.eventbrite.co.uk

16th    5.30pm  Migration 2018:  Disease Migration.  Lady Mitchell Hall, Sidgwick Avenue  http://www.darwin.cam.ac.uk/lectures

16th    7.30pm  Mortal Voices, The Academy of Ancient Music.  Pergolesi, Corelli and Handel.  West Road Concert Hall  http://www.cambridgelivetrust.co.uk/tickets.  Please note there is a free pre-concert talk at 6.30pm.

18th   2pm  Introduction to Tennyson.  Stapleford Granary, CB22  http://www.literaturecambridge.co.uk

20/24th    7.45pm  Spring Awakening.  Brickhouse Theatre Company.  Robinson College, CB3  http://www.brickhouse.tessera.info

22/24th    7.45pm and Sat.1.30pm  L’Elisir D’Amore, Donizetti.  Cambridge University Opera Society.  West Road Concert Hall  http://www.adcticketing.com/amore

23rd    5.30pm Migration 2018: The Partition of India and Migration.  Lady Mitchell Hall, Sidgwick Avenue  http://www.darwin.cam.ac.uk/lectures

23/25th    Watersprite Film Festival at venues across the city  http://www.watersprite.org.uk and see my blog post too

24th    7.30pm  The Academy of Great St Mary’s.  Brahms, Weber, Schumann.  Great St Mary’s Church  http://www.adcticketing.com

Primroses
To remind us that Spring is on the way!!