Chesterton Festival Cambridge

The Chesterton Festival returns later this month with a range of events happening at venues all over the Chesterton area.  This community festival, now in its 10th year, runs from 23 – 30 June.

Chesterton Festival Logo Cambridge

I met with Rachel Clarke, Hall Manager at St. Andrew’s Church, to find out more.  The Festival is organised by a dedicated team of volunteers from the three Chesterton churches with local residents and it’s supported by a grant from Cambridge City Council.  This year, they’ve put together a programme that includes jazz and choral concerts, stunning flower displays in St Andrew’s Church and free circus skills workshops with Cambridge Community Circus.

Flower Festival Cambridge
Image credit: Stewart Abrey

The Community Fun Day happens on Saturday 23 June from 1 – 5pm at Pye’s Recreation Ground.  “It has a lovely relaxed village fete atmosphere,” Rachel tells me, “and it’s a really fun event for all ages.”  There’ll be plenty of stalls to browse … think crafts and handmade goodies, local groups and charities, cakes, ice cream, face painting and more.  Cambridge City Council will be running a free Athletics Area with table tennis, football and an Activity Pod alongside a Golden Mile Family Challenge walk or run.  There’ll be a Children’s Fun Zone and lots going on in the Arena, with a variety of acts from samba and jazz bands to Polish dancers and performances from local schools.

Polish Dancers Cambridge
Image credit: Stewart Abrey

If you’re artistically minded, you’ll enjoy the CreativeSpace at St Andrew’s on Wednesday 27 June.  Just turn up any time between 11am and 7pm.  You’ll find a selection of art materials … let yourself be inspired by the beauty around you and see what you create!  This is a free event, all ages are welcome and they’ll be serving light refreshments too.

Wild West comes to Brown’s Field on Green End Road on Friday 29 June from 6 – 10pm with live music, children’s activities and performances, Rodeo bull and food stalls.  There’s free entry to this event which is brought to the Festival by ChYpPs at Cambridge City Council.

Punch and Judy Show Cambridge
Image credit: Stewart Abrey

If you’d like to join in and celebrate community life in Chesterton, just check online for full details of all these events and more in the Festival schedule.

This event takes place at multiple venues around Chesterton.

What’s on in June

Well, summer has arrived in Cambridge and here’s the what’s on listing for June.  It’s a mix of all sorts of events that come to my attention and I update it through the month so do check back when you can.  And if there’s an event that you’d like me to include, please get in touch through my Contact page.

A stroll along the towpath to Stourbridge Common

2nd    10.30am – 11pm  Strawberry Fair, Midsummer Common.  Free entry.

2nd    7.30pm  Ave Verum Corpus, Music for Corpus Christi.  Erasmus Chamber Choir and Ensemble.  Church of Our Lady and the English Martyrs, Hills Road.  Free entry.

2nd    8pm  Tales of Mystery and Imagination by Edgar Allan Poe.  Insitu Theatre.   The Leper Chapel, CB5.  Tickets from or on the door.

4th    Iyengar Yoga Summer Classes with Robert Ashman, running until 30th August at various venues.

4 – 16th    8am – 5pm  The Yellow Brick Road.  A fundraising art exhibition by established and emerging artists on the theme of ‘memory and childhood’.  Michaelhouse Centre, Trinity Street.  All proceeds to Cambridge Children’s Charity Week.  Free admission.

7 – 16th    7.45pm  Cats.  Festival Players.  Mumford Theatre, Anglia Ruskin University, East Road

9th    10am – 4pm  The Eddington Cycling Festival.  Eddington Market Square, CB3.

9th    7.30pm  The Academy of Great St Mary’s Orchestra and Choir.  Beethoven, Berkeley and Mozart.  Great St Mary’s Church.

9 – 10th    10am – 5pm  Town and Country Fair.  Parker’s Piece.  Free entry.

9 – 10th    11am – 5pm  Open Garden.  49 New Square.  Free entry.  Proceeds to Red Balloon Learner Centres.

16th    7pm  Music for Africa, Benefit Concert.  London Adventist Chorale.  Queen’s College.

16th    7.30pm  Nelson Mass and St Ursula Mass.  Collegium Laureatum.  West Road Concert Hall.

16th    8pm  Summer in the City.  Prime Brass.  Great St Mary’s Church.

17th    4pm  Summer Concert in aid of Camtrust.  Mozart, Britten, Boyce, Finzi, Hess and Tchaikovsky.  The Medlock Ensemble.  St Andrew’s Church, Histon.

18 – 30th    8am – 5pm Newnham Art Group Summer Exhibition “Seasons”.  Michaelhouse Centre, Trinity Street.  Free admission.

22 – 29th  Chesterton Festival.

22 – 24th  Wimpole History Festival.  Wimpole Estate.

22nd    6.30 – 10pm  Summer Night Market and outdoor cinema, screening “Moana” and “Dirty Dancing”.  Market Square

23rd    Cambridge Summer Music Festival, running until 25th July at multiple venues across the city.

23rd    10.30am  Walk a Mile for Child Refugees.  March in solidarity with children searching for a safe haven.  Parker’s Piece.  Followed by a Great Get Together at Emmanuel United Reformed Church.  http://www.sosuk

23rd    7.30pm  Songs for Refugees.  Strummers.  CB2, Norfolk Street.  All proceeds to Cambridge Convoy Refugee Action Group.

25th    8pm  Choir of Clare College and La Maitrise Notre-Dame de Paris.  Martin, Britten, Elgar and Tippett.  Clare College Chapel.

26th    11am – 2.30pm  Midsummer Music and Lunch in aid of Macmillan Cancer Support.  Coffee, recital, finger buffet lunch.  Freemasons Hall, Bateman Street.  Tickets from

Fragrant elderflowers at Jesus College