Riddle of the White Sphinx: A Cambridge Treasure Hunt

The summer holidays are almost upon us and while it’s wonderful to cast aside the daily routine of the school term times, many parents will be thinking about ways to get the kids out and about, engaging with each other and their surroundings rather than staring at screens.  For Cambridge parent Sorrel May, thoughts like these inspired “Riddle of the White Sphinx”, a magical book aimed at 8 – 12 year olds.

Hidden Tales Riddle of the White Sphinx
Image credit: Hidden Tales

Sorrel’s idea started to take shape when she mentioned it to Mark Wells, a friend who had started writing on retirement from his business career.  An alumnus of St John’s College and a Cambridge resident, inspiration struck Mark as he wandered round the Fitzwilliam Museum listening to a commentary through headphones.  What if certain museum artefacts could only speak to children?  He went home, wrote until 3am and sent his words through to Sorrel, whose children loved it.  So Mark kept writing, illustrator Jennifer Bell created rich, evocative images that children can pore over and Fiona Boyd of The Cardozo Kindersley Workshop designed the fantasy alphabet that’s used in the coded message which appears in each illustration.

Hidden Tales Riddle of the White Sphinx
Image credit: Hidden Tales

To solve the riddle, children need to find seven of the “Hidden”, each of which is in a different Cambridge museum, to free these “Hidden” from the sinister “Keeper of Secrets”.  There’s a Museum Passport in each book … get that stamped in every Museum because the word in each stamp makes a sentence which gives a big clue as to where the ultimate Keeper’s Secret is hidden in the city.  Plus there’s that code to crack and kids can also join the AHA! Club through the website to get advice and extra clues.

Hidden Tales Riddle of the White Sphinx
Image credit: Hidden Tales

Mark has worked with primary schools throughout the writing process.  Careful thought has gone into the book’s design; to help dyslexic readers, the story is printed in Baskerville font on off white paper and the print is not justified on the right hand margin, to avoid any distortion of letters.  Mark has created a literacy pack with lesson plans on reading, illustration and code breaking as well as a teacher guided tour of Cambridge museums.  Schools have been signing up for an author visit and reading plus Q & A sessions.

Mark Wells Cambridge
Image credit: Hidden Tales

Riddle of the White Sphinx launches on Saturday 20 July at Heffers Bookshop.  This family event, which starts at 2pm, will include a treasure hunt round the shop, a reading from Mark, personalised badge making, a drawing workshop and a Q & A session.  Other linked events through the summer include free weekly craft activities at Heffers with special guest appearances from four museums and their collections, a code cracking workshop at the Fitzwilliam Museum and an illustration masterclass from Jennifer Bell.

Hidden Tales Riddle of the White Sphinx
Image credit: Hidden Tales

You can buy the book in Cambridge bookshops and at the museums or order it through the website.  University of Cambridge museums are all free entry whilst the Museum of Cambridge is giving free entry to children who arrive with the book.  I reckon this is a great way to keep children absorbed for hours, working together in an analogue rather than a digital pursuit that gets them out and about in a quest to find the Keeper’s Secret, hidden somewhere in this city.  For more information, details of events and for more of Mark’s story, take a look at these websites.

http://www.hiddentales.co.uk

http://www.marknwells.com

What’s on in Cambridge – July 2019

I love summertime in Cambridge.  The May Balls and graduation ceremonies are done now and as the students leave for the summer, the rhythm of the city seems to change.  There’s plenty going on, as you will see from this listing which I’ll update as the month unfurls.

Tomatoes at Cambridge Market
Tons of tomatoes at Cambridge Market

1 – 14th    Strawberries and Screen.  Live screening of BBC coverage from Wimbledon on a giant LED screen between One The Square and The Tamburlaine Hotel.  100 chairs available.  Bring your own picnic or buy from food vans (mainly available at lunchtimes).  http://www.cambridgebid.co.uk/lovecambridge

3rd    6.15 – 7.15pm  Sounds Green.  Open air music.  Afro Tema, a danceable mix of Senegalese salsa, furious mbalax, afro-rock and some serious roots reggae style music.  Botanic Garden.  Tickets must be bought in advance online.  http://www.botanic.cam.ac.uk

4 – 7th    Independents Week.  Celebrating the independent business community in Cambridge with offers and events.  http://www.cambridgebid.co.uk/independents-week-2019

4th    6 – 7.30pm  Open Mic Night for local musicians and poets.  A celebration of music and the spoken word.  Free admission.  Waterstones, Sidney Street.  http://www.waterstones.com/bookshops/cambridge-sidney-str

5 – 7th    The Big Weekend.  Parker’s Piece.  http://www.cambridgelive.org.uk/city-events/events/big-weekend

6 – 7th    11am – 6pm  Cambridge Open Studios.  Over 350 artists in and around Cambridge open their studio doors to the public.  Fine art, photography, pottery, glass making, sculpture, illustration, textiles, jewellery and furniture.  http://www.camopenstudios.co.uk  Read more about last year’s Open Studios here

6th    10am – 1pm  Family Saturdays: Drawing Plants.  Free event.  Botanic Garden.  http://www.botanic.cam.ac.uk

6th    10am – 4pm  Eco Living Festival Cambridge.  Talks, workshops and masterclasses.  Lion Yard Shopping Centre.  http://www.cambridgeecolivingfestival.uk  Read more about Eco Living Festival Cambridge here

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

6th    7.30pm  Charity Concert supporting Cambridge Summit on Homelessness.  Mawson Road Community Orchestra with classical pieces, a cappella from “Sound Scribblers” and traditional music from Greece, Russia, Romania, Macedonia, Scotland and Ireland plus an Auction of Promises.  Tickets on the door.  St Paul’s Church, Hills Road.  http://www.mrco-cambridge.org.uk

8th onwards   Cambridge Shakespeare Festival.  Productions performed in College gardens, in full period costume and with live Elizabethan music.  http://www.cambridgeshakespeare.com  Read more about last year’s Cambridge Shakespeare Festival here

9th    7.30 – 9pm  Talk: Swimming in Cambridge.  Mill Road History Society.  Ross Street Community Centre, CB1.  http://www.millroadhistory.org.uk/events

10th    6.15 – 7.15pm  Sounds Green.  Open air music.  Martin Kemp’s Organised Chaos.  Swing and jazz standards from 1930s to present.  Botanic Garden.  Tickets must be bought in advance online.  http://www.botanic.cam.ac.uk

11th    7.30pm  Alex Hitchcock Quintet.  CUC Wine Bar, Granta Place.  http://www.cambridgejazz.org

13 – 14th    11am – 6pm  Cambridge Open Studios.  Over 350 artists in and around Cambridge open their studio doors to the public.  Fine art, photography, pottery, glass making, sculpture, illustration, textiles, jewellery and furniture.  http://www.camopenstudios.co.uk  Read more about last year’s Open Studios here

13 – 21st    Cambridge Veg Fest.  A city-wide celebration of local and seasonal vegetables, bringing people together to grow, cook, eat and enjoy delicious veg.  http://www.cambridgesustainablefood.org

13 – 27th    Cambridge Summer Music Festival.  Live classical music, focusing this year on music by women composers and music by – and inspired by – J S Bach.   www.cambridgesummermusic.com

13th    12 – 5pm  Castle Hill Open Day 2019.  Art, music, history, tours, talks and food.  Free event.  http://www.kettlesyard.co.uk/events/castle-hill-2019

13th    4.30pm (child friendly) and 7.30pm  Music for a summer’s evening.  Fairhaven Singers.  Strawberries and sparkling wine (included in ticket price) will be served on the banks of the Cam during the interval of the evening performance.  Queens’ College Chapel.  http://www.fairhavensingers.org.uk

14th    11am and 2pm  Science on Sundays: Stop and smell the … pollination!  Free, informal 30 minute drop in plant science talk.  Botanic Garden.  http://www.botanic.cam.ac.uk

15 – 17th    10am – 5pm  Visitor Centre Open Days and Launch of Museum on a Bike.  David Parr House, 184 Gwydir Street.  Facebook: @davidparrhouse  Read more about David Parr House here

17th    6.15 – 7.15pm  Sounds Green.  Open air music.  Truly Medley Deeply.  A hybrid of live band, DJ and jukebox producing a huge sound from Motown classics to stadium rock.  Botanic Garden.  Tickets must be bought in advance online.  http://www.botanic.cam.ac.uk

20 – 21st    11am – 6pm  Cambridge Open Studios.  Over 350 artists in and around Cambridge open their studio doors to the public.  Fine art, photography, pottery, glass making, sculpture, illustration, textiles, jewellery and furniture.  http://www.camopenstudios.co.uk  Read more about last year’s Open Studios here

21st    9am – 2pm  Mill Road Summer Car Boot Sale.  Gwydir Street Car Park.

21st   12 – 4pm  Studio Sunday.  Artist led workshop for families.  Free, drop in.  Kettle’s Yard, Castle Street.  http://www.kettlesyard.co.uk

21st    3 – 5pm  Jazz and Brass in the Parks.  Soham Comrades.  Nightingale Rec.  http://www.cambridgelive.org.uk

24th    6.15 – 7.15pm  Sounds Green.  Open air music.  Noga Ritter.  Singer-songwriter and band performing Afro grooves and jazz.  Botanic Garden.  Tickets must be bought in advance online.  http://www.botanic.cam.ac.uk

25th    6pm  Summer Night Market and Open Air Cinema (Incredible 2/The School of Rock).  Market Square.  Free event.  http://www.cambridgebid.co.uk/open-air-cinema-night-market

27 – 28th    11am – 6pm  Cambridge Open Studios.  Over 350 artists in and around Cambridge open their studio doors to the public.  Fine art, photography, pottery, glass making, sculpture, illustration, textiles, jewellery and furniture.  http://www.camopenstudios.co.uk  Read more about last year’s Open Studios here

31st    6.15 – 7.15pm  Sounds Green.  Open air music.  Singer-pianist Ruth Applin with the Josh Kemp Quartet playing classic jazz, blues and bossa nova.  Botanic Garden.  Tickets must be bought in advance online.  http://www.botanic.cam.ac.uk

Sweet peas on my desk
Sweet peas from the garden on my desk

Podcast: What’s on in Cambridge, June 2019

I made a podcast! I’ve been thinking about doing this for a while but it’s all very new to me and I’m still getting to grips with the technology …..

In this episode, I’m talking about art, music, celebrations and outdoor swimming in Cambridge.

You can find this podcast episode on Spotify and on the main podcast listening platforms.  Just search for New in Cambridge.

Please have a listen and do get in touch through my Contact page if you’d like to suggest topics for future podcasts.

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King’s College, Cambridge

 

 

What’s on in Cambridge – June

Well, Summer has arrived here in Cambridge and there’s loads happening in June …. outdoor celebrations as well as indoor activities, many of them free, for those rainy days (hopefully there won’t be too many of those!), lots of music, something for foodies and scientists, in fact something for everybody.  I’ll update this listing as the month unfolds so please do get in touch through my Contact page if you know of an event that I can list here.

Midsummer Common Cambridge
Midsummer Common bathed in sunshine

1st    10am – 1pm  Family Saturdays – Messy Mud.  Get messy with mud, make mud pies and have a go at mud painting.  Free event.  Botanic Garden.  http://www.botanic.cam.ac.uk

1st    10.30am – 11pm  Strawberry Fair.  Popular volunteer run music and arts event on Midsummer Common.  Free entry.  http://www.strawberry-fair.org.uk

1st    2 – 4pm  Family First Saturday.  Activities and art making on the theme of “dazzling doodles”.  Free, drop in.  http://www.fitzmuseum.cam.ac.uk

1 – 2nd    12 – 4pm  Drop in drawing activities for all ages and abilities.  Free, no booking required.  Kettle’s Yard, Castle Street.  http://www.kettlesyard.co.uk

2nd    5.30pm  Songs of Song.  Ancient songs in praise of music, from the British Isles c.600 – 1200.  Two voiced harmonies to harp and lyre.  The Round Church.  http://www.cambridgelive.org.uk

7th    Museum of Technology reopens.  Cheddars Lane.  http://www.museumoftechnology.com  Read more about the Museum of Technology here

8 – 9th    10am – 5pm  Cambridge Town and Country Fair.  Parker’s Piece.  Free entry.  http://www.oakleighfairs.co.uk

8 – 9th    11am – 5pm  Open Garden at 49 New Square, CB1.  Free entry and refreshments.  All proceeds to Red Balloon Learner Centres.

8th    10.30am – 1.30pm  Flower Crown Workshop.  Make your own flower crown.  Includes refreshments, an out-of-hours visit to the House and all materials.  Kettle’s Yard, Castle Street.  http://www.kettlesyard.co.uk

8th    11am – 5pm  Arbury Carnival.  Procession at 12 noon, leaving from Armitage Way.  http://www.arburycarnival.org

8th    11am – 8pm  Cambridge Pride.  Jesus Green.  Parade starts from Jesus Lock at 11am. FB: Cambridge Pride 2019

8th    1pm  Membra Jesu Nostri.  Buxtehude.  Erasmus Chamber Choir and Ensemble.  St Clement’s Church, Bridge Street.  Free entry, retiring collection.

9th    11am and 2pm  Science on Sundays.  Plant genetics from Mendel to Monsanto.  Free, informal, drop in monthly plant science talk (30 minutes).  Botanic Garden, Brookside.  http://www.botanic.cam.ac.uk

14th    7.30pm  The Hague String Trio.  Schubert, Beethoven, Krasa and Klein.  The Auditorium, Gonville & Caius College.  Tickets on the door.  http://www.thehaguestringtrio.com

15th    10am – 4pm  Eddington Discovery Day.  Free fun activities and games plus a Soup Disco.  Market Square and Storey’s Field Centre, Eddington.  http://www.eddington-cambridge.co.uk

16th    3 – 5pm  Jazz and Brass in the Parks.  Cambridge Groove Orchestra and Cambridge Jazz Festival Choir.  Jesus Green.  http://www.cambridgelive.org.uk

18th    7.30pm – 10pm  Music: Na-Mara.  Folk duo Na-Mara tell the story of the “Basque Children” through words and music.  Mill Road History Society.  Old School Hall, St Barnabas Church, Mill Road.  http://www.cambridgefolkclub.co.uk

19th    7.30pm  True Stories Told Live.  NCI Club, Holland Street.  FB: @cambridgetruestories  Read more about True Stories Told Live here

20 – 23rd    Wimpole History Festival.  A weekend of history and heritage for the whole family with talks, debates, book signings, performances, historical walking tours, workshops, activities and events.  Wimpole Estate.  http://www.wimpolehistoryfestival.com

21st    6pm  Summer Night Market and Open Air Cinema (Peter Rabbit/Mamma Mia Here We Go Again).  Free event.  http://www.cambridgebid.co.uk/open-air-cinema-night-market

21 – 28th    Chesterton Festival, including Community Fun Day (22nd).  http://www.chestertonfestival.wordpress.com  Read more about last year’s Festival here

22nd    10am – 4.30pm  Zoology Live!  Live animals, hands on activities and expert lightning talks for all ages.  Free, drop in.  Museum of Zoology, Downing Street.  http://www.museum.zoo.cam.ac.uk

22nd    7.30pm  Coronation Anthems.  Handel, Boyce and Blow.  Collegium Laureatum.  West Road Concert Hall.  tickets@collegium.org.uk

23rd     3 – 5pm  Jazz and Brass in the Parks.  Cambridgeshire Youth Jazz Orchestra.  Jesus Green.  http://www.cambridgelive.org.uk

23rd    6 – 7pm  In Good Company.  Music for a summer evening, with traditional and classical pieces.  The Lucy Cavendish Singers.  Sidney Sussex College Chapel.  All proceeds support the work of Cambridge City Foodbank.  http://www.lucycavendishsingers.org.uk  Read more about Cambridge City Foodbank here

23rd    7.30pm  Singing on the River.  A selection of madrigals, part-song and close-harmony from The King’s Men.  Back Court, King’s College.  Bring a picnic!  Tickets from shop@kings.cam.ac.uk or 01223 769340.  http://www.kings.cam.ac.uk/events/concerts-at-kings

24th    7.30pm  A Midsummer’s Day Concert of Georgian Song.  Chela and Buska, the Cambridge Georgian choirs.  Emmanuel United Reformed Church, Trumpington Street.  Free entry with retiring collection.  Tickets from chelatickets@gmail.comhttp://www.georgianchoircambridge.wordpress.com

28 – 30th  Foodies Festival, Parker’s Piece.  http://www.foodiesfestival.com/cambridge

Chestnut tree at King's College Cambridge
The chestnut tree at King’s College is 160 years old!

 

 

What’s on in Cambridge – May

It’s set to be another busy month here in Cambridge with so much going on from steampunk to poetry, comedy to ceilidh and everything in between!  Read on for more and please do get in touch through my Contact page if you know of an event I could add in to the listing. 1st    … Continue reading “What’s on in Cambridge – May”

It’s set to be another busy month here in Cambridge with so much going on from steampunk to poetry, comedy to ceilidh and everything in between!  Read on for more and please do get in touch through my Contact page if you know of an event I could add in to the listing.

Wisteria in Cambridge
It’s wisteria hysteria season here in Cambridge!

1st    4 – 8pm  Student Discount Event, 25% off at Tindalls Art and Graphics, King Street

2nd    8pm  St Matthew Passion, J S Bach.  Singers from Trinity, St. John’s and King’s. Cambridge University Bach Ensemble.  Trinity College Chapel.  Tickets on the door.

4th    2 – 4pm  Family First Saturdays.  Fun activities and art making for the family on the theme of “Toot, toot, beep”.  Free, drop in.  Fitzwilliam Museum, Trumpington Street.  http://www.fitzmuseum.cam.ac.uk/calendar/whatson/2019-05-04/family-first-saturdays-40

5th    10.30am – 4pm  Cambridge Vegan Market.  Food stalls, lifestyle brands, cosmetics, ethical clothing, charities and more.  Guildhall, Market Square. http://www.veganmarkets.co.uk/cambridge  Read more about Cambridge Vegan Market here

5th    10.30am – 11pm  Steampunk in Cambridge V11: May the 5th be with you!  The seventh annual Steampunk in Cambridge event.  Museum of Technology, Cheddars Lane.  http://www.museumoftechnology.com

6th    9am meet for 10am departure.  The Reach Ride, a bike ride to the 800 year old Reach Fair.  Free.  Organised by Camcycle.  Assemble in front of the Guildhall, Market Square.  http://www.camcycle.org.uk/reachride

7 – 12th    Cambridge Festival of the Voice.  Cambridge Early Music.  http://www.CambridgeEarlyMusic.org

7th    8pm  Rhapsody in Blue.  Cambridge University Wind Orchestra and Cambridge University Jazz Orchestra.  West Road Concert Hall.  http://www.adcticketing.com

8th    3 – 8pm  Spring Student Night, Grand Arcade.  Discounts, DJ, freebies, drinks.  www. grandarcade.co.uk

11th    10.30am – 4pm  Eat Cambridge.  Annual food and drink festival celebrating Cambridgeshire’s independent food scene.  Followed by two weeks of fringe events.  Guildhall, Market Square.  http://www.eat-cambridge.co.uk

11th    11am – 5pm  Open Gardens, Christ’s Pieces Residents’ Association.  8 gardens open in Parker Street, Victoria Street, Clarendon Street, Orchard Street and New Square.  In aid of Jimmy’s Homeless Project East Road and the Cambridge Children’s Charity.  £10 ticket on the day for all gardens (children are free) from the Unitarian Church, Emmanuel Road.  Tea provided.

11th    4pm  A Spring Concert with Rolling Thunder.  CSD Brass.  Free, retiring collection.  St Luke’s Church, Victoria Road

11th    7.30pm  Symphony 3, Mahler.  City of Cambridge Symphony Orchestra, St Catherine’s College Girls’ Choir and St John’s College School Senior House Chamber Choir.  West Road Concert Hall.  http://www.adcticketing.com

11 – 12th    Jesus Green Lido Open Weekend.  Everyone is welcome for a free swim this weekend as the Lido reopens for the summer.  http://www.better.org.uk/leisure-centre/cambridge/jesusgreenlido  Read more about Jesus Green Lido here

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

15th    8 week course  Learn Improv.  Improvised theatre and comedy classes for beginners.  Facebook:  RedCapeImprov

15th    5 – 9pm  Late at the Fitzwilliam.  An after hours evening at the Museum, including talks, the Long Road Sixth Form College 2019 Graduate Art Foundation Show, late night shopping, wine and tapas.  Free. Fitzwilliam Museum, Trumpington Street.  http://www.fitzmuseum.cam.ac.uk/calendar/whatson/late-fitzwilliam-2

15th    6 – 9pm   Museum at Night.  Explore the Museum of Zoology after hours and experience the natural world after dark.  Age 18+  Free, no need to book.  Museum of Zoology, Downing Street.  http://www.museum.zoo.cam.ac.uk

16th    David Parr House reopens.  A terraced house and arts and craft movement treasure which was home to Victorian decorative artist David Parr.  186 Gwydir Street, CB1.  http://www.davidparrhouse.org  Read more about David Parr House here

16th    7.30pm  Poetry at the Pub.  Readings from two poets, open mic floor spots and books for sale.  Blue Moon, Norfolk Street.  http://www.cb1poetry.org.uk  Read more about Poetry at the Pub here

17th    2pm and 4pm  Puss In Boots.  A ballet for children.  2pm is a Relaxed Performance.  Northern Ballet.  Cambridge Corn Exchange.  http://www.cornex.co.uk

17th    6 – 9pm  Drink and Draw.  After hours sketching in the Cast Gallery with a glass of wine.  Adults only, free, drop in.  Materials provided, all abilities welcome.  Museum of Classical Archeology, Sidgwick Avenue, CB3.  http://www.museums.cam.ac.uk/events/drink-and-draw

17th    6.30 – 9.30pm  LATE guest curator: Oscar Murillo.  Creative workshops, pop up talks, music, a performance by Oscar Murillo, cocktails and refreshments.  Kettle’s Yard, Castle Street.  http://www.kettlesyard.co.uk/events/late-oscar-murillo/

18th    10am – 5pm  Festival of Plants, with live music and pop up food trucks.  Botanic Garden, Brookside.  http://www.botanic.cam.ac.uk

18th    7.30pm  Mass in B Minor, J S Bach.  Cambridge Chorale and Academy of Ancient Music with soloists from Amici Voices.  Trinity College Chapel.  Tickets on the door or from http://www.cambridgechorale.org.uk

18th    7.30pm  From London to Venice: Fusing Poetry and Music.  Monteverdi, Grandi, Strozzi, Caccini, Ferrari and Merula.  Clare Hall, Herschel Road.  Tickets from Porters’ Lodge or music@clarehall.cam.ac.uk

19th    5.30pm and 7.30pm  The Pelicantata, narrated by Sir Tony Robinson.  Come dressed as your favourite Roald Dahl character!  Cambridge Philharmonic Chamber Orchestra and Chorus.  Choirs from Chesterton Community College and Sawston Village College.  West Road Concert Hall.  http://www.cambridgephilharmonic.com

19th    6pm  The Time of Gifts.  Spring themed Medieval and Renaissance songs, traditional Spanish pieces with classical and contemporary works.  The Lucy Cavendish Singers.  Storey’s Field Centre, Eddington.  http://www.lucycavendishsingers.org.uk

20 – 22nd    Pint of Science.  A worldwide science festival which brings researchers to your local pub to present their scientific discoveries.  Various venues around the city.  http://www.pintofscience.co.uk/events/cambridge

20 – 25th    Cambridge Beer Festival.  Cider, perry, mead and English wine also available at this CAMRA festival.  Opening times vary.  Jesus Green.  http://www.cambridgebeerfestival.com  Read more about Cambridge Beer Festival here

23rd    7pm  “Guess the Toppings” pizza evening.  Guests will be blindfolded and have to guess the pizza toppings.  Fundraiser for Cam Sight.  The Punt Yard, Quayside.  http://www.camsight.org.uk/event/guess-the-toppings-evening  Read more about Cam Sight here

24th    6pm – 10.30pm  Summer Night Market and Outdoor Cinema, showing Coco and Mamma Mia.  Free.  Market Square.  http://www.cambridgebid.co.uk/open-air-cinema-night-market

25th    10.30am – 4.30pm  Affordable Vintage Fair.  Over 30 traders selling shop quality vintage, handmade, reworked and retro with fashion, accessories and collectables from 1940s – 1990s.  Guildhall, Market Square.  Facebook: @JudysAffordableCambridgeVintageFair

25th    7pm until late.  Ceilidh.  A charity evening in aid of the World Land Trust.  St. Paul’s Church, Hills Road  Tickets from becky.lockyer21@gmail.com

26th    12 – 4pm  Studio Sunday.  Artist led workshop for families.  Free, drop in.  Kettle’s Yard, Castle Street.  http://www.kettlesyard.co.uk

26th    Cambridge Fringe Festival.  A community oriented comedy festival focusing on stand up and improv.  Free entry to shows.  Various venues around Mitcham’s Corner, CB4.  Facebook:  @FringeCambridge

Newton's apple tree at Trinity College Cambridge
Newton’s apple tree blossoming at Trinity College

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

What’s on in Cambridge – February

It may be midwinter out there but there’s still plenty happening in the city!  I’ll add to this listing as the month unfurls so please do get in touch if you know of an event that could be included.

Snowdrops at Cambridge University Botanic Garden
Snowdrops at the Botanic Garden

2nd    10am – 1pm  Family Saturday – Prehistoric Plants.  Find out about the plants that were around at the time of the dinosaurs and make your own plant fossil to take home.  Botanic Garden.  Free event.  http://www.botanic.cam.ac.uk  Read more about the Botanic Garden here

2nd    2 – 4pm  Family First Saturday.  Art activities on the theme of Chinese New Year, in collaboration with Cambridge China Centre.  Fitzwilliam Museum.  Free event.  http://www.fitzmuseum.cam.ac.uk

2nd    7.30pm  Impromptu Shakespeare.  A semi-regular meet up for Shakespeare lovers to explore their theatrical side.  Salisbury Arms, Tenison Road.  http://www.facebook.com/groups/impromptushakespeare or email shakespearereadthrough@gmail.com  Read more about this Shakespeare group here

3rd    7.30pm  “Romantic Russia” concert.  Sampson Orchestra.  Tchaikovsky, Borodin, Gliere.  West Road Concert Hall.  Tickets bought from Cam Sight will be donated to the charity.  http://www.camsight.org.uk  Read more about Cam Sight here

4th    7pm  Curry Night, raising money for Cam Sight.  Prana, Mill Road  http://www.camsight.org.uk  Read more about Cam Sight here

7 – 9th    7.45pm  The Mikado.  Cambridge University G & S Society.  West Road Concert Hall.  http://www.adcticketing.com

9th    2 – 5.30pm  An Introduction to Nature Poetry.  Study day with Cambridge scholars Paul Chirico and Oliver Goldstein.  How does 19th century poetry speak to us now, in a time of climate change?  Stapleford Granary CB22.  http://www.literaturecambridge.co.uk/nature/  Read more about Literature Cambridge here

9 – 10th    11am – 4pm  Rowan “Cambridge Seen” Art Exhibition and sale.  Works created by local artists, on sale at £45 each, raising funds to help Rowan’s student artists lead a more fulfilled life.  Long Road Sixth Form College, CB2  http://www.rowanhumberstone.co.uk  Read more about Rowan here

11 – 17th    10.30am – 6pm “Illuminating Cambridge Libraries”, a pop-up exhibition by photographer, Sara Rawlinson.  Heong Gallery, Downing College.  http://www.sararawlinson.com  Read more about Sara and her work here and here

13th    7.30pm  Spanglish Speed Dating – Valentine Special.  The Emperor Tapas pub, Hills Road.  Facebook: @SpanishCentreUK

13th    7.30pm  An Evening with Preti Taneja, author of “We That Are Young”, a dazzling re-writing of King Lear, set in modern India.  Stapleford Granary, CB22.  http://www.literaturecambridge.co.uk/taneja/   Read more about Literature Cambridge here

15 – 17th    Ahbab Festival, celebrating Middle Eastern and North African culture in music, film and food.  Cambridge Junction.  http://www.junction.co.uk

15 – 16th    Sat noon – 6pm/Sun 10am – 5pm  Cambridge Book Fair.  85 booksellers and refreshment by Indigo Cafe.  The Guildhall, Market Square.  http://www.pbfa.org

16th    11am – 5pm  Cambridge Climate and Sustainability Festival, “Affecting Every Existence”.  Fisher’s Building, St John’s College.  Facebook: @CambridgeClimateForum

16th    8pm  Stravinsky “The Rite of Spring” and Rachmaninov “Symphonic Dances”.  Cambridge University Orchestra.  West Road Concert Hall.  http://www.adcticketing.com

20th    4.30 – 7.30pm  Twilight at the Museums.  Explore 14 local museums and collections after dark.  Free, drop in event with activities and themed trails across the venues.  http://www.museums.cam.ac.uk

21st    6.30 – 8.30pm  Cam Late: Botanic Nights.  An evening in the Glasshouse Range with craft beer and atmospheric light displays.  Over 18’s only.  Botanic Garden.  http://www.botanic.cam.ac.uk  Read more about the Botanic Garden here

26th    7.30pm  Academy of Ancient Music, Lucie Horsch with Richard Egarr.  Vivaldi and Bach.  West Road Concert Hall.  http://www.cambridgelivetrust.co.uk/tickets

Glasshouse at Cambridge University Botanic Garden
Glasshouse at the Botanic Garden