Cambridge Home + Garden Show

Cambridge Home + Garden Show returns to the Guildhall over the weekend of 30 – 31 March, bringing inspiration, advice and the best in home and garden design from local businesses to local customers.

Cambridge Home + Garden Show
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This event is the brainchild of Jennifer Chong, who’s been working in interior design in the city since she moved here eight years ago.  Having set up her own interior design project management company, she discovered so many wonderful local businesses, mostly independents.  Realising that there was no regional design fair in East Anglia to showcase all this talent, Jennifer decided to make it happen and held a very successful one day fair at the Guildhall in September 2017.

Jennifer Chong
Image credit: Cambridge Home + Garden Show

This year’s Show features a huge range of exhibitors from furniture makers to fabric suppliers and products from flooring to futons.  You’ll find new and established businesses of all types and for all budgets.  Most are independents ….. any non-indies must show Jennifer that they have a passion for their product or service and offer beautifully made goods as well as excellent customer service.

Cambridge Home + Garden Show
Image credit: Richard Etteridge Photography

A programme of drop in talks held throughout the weekend features creatives speaking about their journeys and businesses and covers a multitude of topics from smart home technology to garden design to clearing clutter.

A new feature for this year’s Show is a programme of workshops which include “Creating a Colour Wheel” and “Lampshade Making”.  There are limited spaces so pre-book your workshop place through the website (details at the end of this post).

Novi at Cambridge Home + Garden Show
Image credit: Richard Etteridge Photography

Event sponsor Novi will be running a pop up cafe offering hot and cold drinks, snacks and cakes.  Main sponsor Cambridge Classics will be creating a living room set on the main stage to showcase their bespoke handmade windows, doors, shutters and stained glass alongside flooring and fabrics from Art of Flooring and The Cambridge Fabric Company.

If you’d like personalised guidance with your home or garden project, there’s the opportunity to meet with a local design professional for a free 30 minute consultation at the Show.  Simply submit your design query via the website in advance and you’ll be contacted to arrange a consultation.

Cambridge Home + Garden Show
Image credit: Richard Etteridge Photography

Entry to the Cambridge Home + Garden Show is free.  You can just come along to the Guildhall on the day or you can pre-register on the website where you’ll also find the full exhibitor listing as well as details of the talks and workshops programme.

http://www.camhomeshow.com

Polish Heritage Day Cambridge

Everyone is invited to join the Polish community of Cambridge on 13 May at The Guildhall to celebrate their heritage and culture.

The Polish community in Cambridge numbers around 5,000 people, many of them permanent residents and some who are here to study.  The Polonia Club on Chesterton Road is a meeting place, a cultural centre and has a restaurant serving traditional Polish dishes while the University offers a Polish Studies programme which runs lectures, film screenings, debates and meetings with writers and artists, events which are open to all.  There’s a Polish Saturday School and a Polish Mass is held every Sunday at the Catholic church of Our Lady and the English Martyrs on Hills Road.

Polish Heritage Day 2018 Cambridge

There’s plenty going on at this Heritage Day event which will be opened by the Polish Ambassador.  You’ll be able to taste authentic Polish food such as pierogi (little dumplings of various flavours, both sweet and savoury), cakes, pastries and breads.  Local Polish artists and craftspeople will be exhibiting.  There’ll be choral, guitar and piano performances, dancing from the Wiwat Folk Group and a Thai boxing display while local Polish businesses will host stalls.

Polish Heritage Day is happening on Sunday 13 May from 12 noon to 5pm.  Entry is free.  Everyone is welcome to join the celebrations and to discover more about Polish life and culture.

Facebook:  Polish Heritage Day in Cambridge

http://www.klubpolonia.co.uk

The Guildhall, Market Place, Cambridge CB2 3QJ

 

Cambridge Vegan Market

Cambridge Vegan Market returns to The Guildhall, in the heart of the city, on Sunday 11 March.  Sponsored this year by workers’ co-operative Arjuna Wholefoods, the long established Mill Road vegetarian wholefood shop, you’ll find an enormous variety of vegan products, from food to cosmetics to clothing.

Cambridge Vegan Market Cover Photo Mar 2018
Image credit:  Matthew Bradley

I spoke to Lewis Beresford who founded Vegan Markets UK with one very simple aim.  “I want to create a relaxed, inclusive atmosphere where everyone, whether they’re vegan, vegetarian or just curious to find out more, can come and see what’s on offer and get to understand the food, the drink and the lifestyle.”

Vegan Market fruit
Image credit:  Matthew Bradley

A vegan himself, Lewis knows Cambridge well as he graduated in engineering from Clare College.  So it was a natural step to hold his first Vegan Market here in October 2016.  It was such a success that Lewis now also runs markets in Oxford, Derby and Nottingham with a couple of other locations currently in the pipeline.

Vegan Market cakes
Image credit:  Matthew Bradley

Food stands will include London-based Lola’s Cupcakes with their vegan brownies and cupcakes.  There’ll be five hot vegan food stands, amongst which you’ll find Pho with their Vietnamese street food, Indian food from Home Vegan Kitchen and Cambridge’s own Arepa’s Station with their Venezuelan dishes.

Drinks exhibitors will include Green Tea Artisan, showing their range of speciality teas from China, Japan and Nepal.  For alcoholic vegan refreshment, head over the road to The Pint Shop on Peas Hill where you’ll be able to enjoy a selection of vegan ales, lagers and ciders.

Vegan Fair Candles
Image credit:  Matthew Bradley

There’ll be a range of clothing to check out, all ethically produced and 100% vegan, from producers such as Vegan Deviant with their T shirts featuring quirky slogans.  And you’ll find stalls offering ethically produced cosmetics, including Clean and Natural with its 100% natural and organic skin and hair products.

 

The Vegan Market opens at 10.30am and closes at 4pm.  Lewis recommends arriving early as the venue gets very busy through the day.  Tickets are available on the door and cost £2 for an adult while children get in free.  The first 100 people to arrive will get some free vegan goodies and if you bring your own mug, you’ll even get a free tea or coffee!

http://www.veganmarkets.co.uk

http://www.arjunawholefoods.co.uk

The Guildhall, Market Square, Cambridge CB2 3QJ