Staying Home in Cambridge

OK so when I last posted a week ago, none of us could have imagined the speed with which life has changed.  It’s been extraordinary and discombobulating.  But it’s also amazing how quickly people adapt themselves and their businesses at such a stressful time.  Here’s a selection of activities and services in the city that might be of help/interest in these difficult days.

Stir Cambridge loaf
Image credit: Stir Bakery

Stir Bakery has moved to a delivery only model.  They’ll be delivering every day to CB1, CB2, CB3, CB4, Impington, Histon, Girton, Cottenham and Milton.  Order through their website for delivery 3 days later.

https://stircambridge.co.uk/bakery-shop

Cambridge Fruit Company box
My fruit and veg box, delivered yesterday

Cambridge Fruit Company, which normally supplies fruit boxes to local businesses, has also changed its business model overnight and is now delivering directly to your door.  An Essentials Box at £15 suits 2 people.  I’ve been ordering the Family Box at £30, which contains a really good variety of seasonal veg, salads and fruit, all super fresh and top quality.  Order through their website.

https://www.cambridgefruitcompany.com/shop/

Cambridge University Botanic Garden

The Botanic Garden has sadly had to close its gates but the team there is posting a virtual walkabout each week on the website so we can all enjoy the beauty as the Garden moves into Spring and Summer.

https://www.botanic.cam.ac.uk/join-us-for-a-weekly-walk-around-cubg/

Lucinda Price is a photographer who’s launched a free service for those out of school who’d like to know a little about photography and the life of a freelance photographer.  She is offering 1-2-1 30 minute sessions via video call for teenagers.  For younger children, Lucinda will set some photographic challenges and then discuss the results.  You’ll find more details and a booking facility on her website.

https://www.lucindaprice.com/1-2-1-tuition

Blossom Cambridge

Claire at Mindfulness of Nature has created a really lovely space, inviting you to join her at 8am each day at a Sit Spot in your garden, on your balcony or even by your open window.  Connecting with nature as you reflect can be a powerful exercise that helps to still a busy mind.  Join her Facebook group for more details.

FB Sitting Together with Nature: The Sit Spot

https://www.facebook.com/groups/845260472641077/?fref=nf

Bookish Cambridge logo
Image credit: Bookish Cambridge

If you’re running out of reading matter, help is at hand from a couple of local sources.  Heffers may be shut but you can order online with free delivery on all UK orders.  And it’s not just books, they also sell gifts, stationery and games.  Bookish Cambridge, more normally found at their stall in the Market, sells second hand books.  They are working on a website but for now, email them for a current list of books.  They will deliver in the Cambridge area.

https://blackwells.co.uk/bookshop/home

bookishcambridge@gmail.com or 01223 510129

And finally, don’t forget the Facebook group “What have you done today Cambridge”.  It’s only been in existence for 10 days but a warm, kind and funny community is growing on there as we all keep connected, share ideas, support and inspire each other in these crazy days.  Everybody is welcome to join, hope to see you there.

FB What have you done today Cambridge

https://www.facebook.com/groups/208602293689896/

Rolo The Cambridge Dachshund
Rolo has no concept of social distancing!

Here’s a picture of Rolo to make you smile.  Please do get in touch if you know of any other activities and services in the city that I can include in future posts as this lockdown continues.  I wish all readers, wherever you are in the world, the very best at this frightening and stressful time.  Stay safe, stay home, keep well x

What’s on in Cambridge – March 2020

As I write this, yet another storm is raging.  Will Spring ever come??  I’d love it to hurry up as I’m attempting to house train a lively 12 week old puppy who definitely doesn’t like going out into the garden in the cold and rain!  Here’s the events listing for March.  As usual, I’ll add to it as the month goes on so do check back and feel free to get in touch through my Contact page if you have an event that you’d like to be included.

Rolo The Cambridge Dachshund
Rolo is ready for the next storm!!

1 – 9th    The Minerva Festival.  A city wide Festival celebrating the music of women and non-binary people.  http://www.minervafestival.org

1st    2.30 – 5pm  Dakshina 2020.  An offering of music and dance from South India.  Samarpana Classical Arts.  Proceeds support Indian classical arts in Cambridge.  Chesterton Sports Centre, Gilbert Road, CB4  http://www.eventbrite.com

2nd    8pm  Cambridge University Symphony Orchestra.  Strauss, Beethoven and Brahms.  West Road Concert Hall.  Tickets on the door or from http://www.cuso.org.uk

3rd    8pm  Continuum.  Gesualdo Responses for Holy Saturday and Reproaches by Stuart Beer.  Trinity College Chapel.  Tickets on the door.

5th    11am – 1pm  George Mallory: from student to mountaineer.  A special one day exhibition exploring George Mallory’s life from his undergraduate days at Magdalene College (1905 – 1909) to his final expedition to Everest in 1924.  Free event. The Old Library, Magdalene College.  http://www.magd.cam.ac.uk/old-library/public-engagement

6th    12.15 – 1pm  Lunchtime Concert: Cadenza.  Cambridge University’s premier A Capella group perform their own arrangements and mash-ups of pop and jazz hits.  Free, all welcome.  Kettle’s Yard, Castle Street.  FB: Lunchtime Concert: Cadenza

6th    8pm  Clare College Music Society and Chapel Choir of Clare College.  Mozart Coronation Mass, Scattergood, Schubert.  West Road Concert Hall.  http://www.adcticketing.com

7th    10am – 1pm  Family Saturdays: Fruity Fun.  Taste delicious and unusual fruits and plant pomegranate seeds that you can grow at home.  Find out about Fairtrade as part of Fairtrade Fortnight 2020.  Drop in, no need to book.  Botanic Garden, Brookside.  http://www.botanic.cam.ac.uk

7th    2 – 4.30pm  International Women’s Day event.  8 women talking for 15 minutes each on various zoological themes and the stories of many more.  Free, drop in.  Aged 8+.  Museum of Zoology, Downing Street.  https://www.museum.zoo.cam.ac.uk/

7th    6 – 7pm  Moving On.  Traditional close harmony and classical music.  Post concert reception and exhibition of watercolour paintings.  The Lucy Cavendish Singers.  Emmanuel United Reformed Church, Trumpington Street.  http://www.lucycavendishsingers.org.uk

7th    8pm  Cambridge University Sinfonia.  Rimsky Korsokov, Borodin, De Falla.  West Road Concert Hall.  http://www.adcticketing.com

8th    12 – 4pm  Studio Sunday.  Get creative with artists and education volunteers in a practical art making workshop.  Free, drop in.  Kettle’s Yard, Castle Street.  http://www.kettlesyard.co.uk

8th    7.30pm  International Women’s Day Concert.  Closing event of The Minerva Festival, including a performance of the winning piece of the composition competition.  St. Giles’ Church, Castle Street.  http://www.minervafestival.org

8th    8.15pm  Beethoven’s Violin Sonatas plus miniature companion pieces.  Krysia Osostowicz and Daniel Tong.  King’s College Dining Hall.  http://www.adcticketing.com

9 – 22nd    Cambridge Science Festival.  Featuring events from astronomy to zoology.  Everyone is welcome to explore, discuss and discover science through talks, hands-on activities, films and exhibitions.  Free entry.  https://www.sciencefestival.cam.ac.uk/  PLEASE NOTE THAT ALL EVENTS AT THIS FESTIVAL ARE NOW CANCELLED DUE TO CORONAVIRUS

9th    1pm  Beethoven’s Violin Sonatas plus miniature companion pieces.  Krysia Osostowicz and Daniel Tong.  St John’s Old Divinity School.  http://www.adcticketing.com

9th    7.30pm  Magsoc Symphony Orchestra and Chorus.  Dvorak, Bruch, Schubert.  West Road Concert Hall.  http://www.magsoc.net/tickets

9th    7.45pm  Climate Change: What it means and what we can do about it.  Speaker: Prof Joanna Haigh, CBE, FRS.  Part of the Science meets Faith programme of talks.  Free admission, retiring collection.  Wesley Church, Christ’s Pieces.

10th    7 – 8.30pm  Cafe Sci Cambridge.  Obscure Crops to Save the World.  Free event, non-ticketed.  Espresso Library, East Road.  FB:  Obscure Crops To Save The World

10th    7.30 – 9pm  Talk: Town vs Gown – social divides in Cambridgeshire antiquarian life.  Mill Road History Society.  Ross Street Community Centre, Ross Street.  https://millroadhistory.org.uk/events/

12th    8pm  Beethoven 250.  Coriolan Overture, Piano Concerto No. 3, Symphony No. 2.  St John’s College Chapel.  FB: St John’s College Music Society

13th    8pm  Musical Visions.  Mendelssohn and Dvorak.  Cambridge Graduate Orchestra.  West Road Concert Hall.  http://www.cambridgegraduateorchestra.com

13th    8pm  March.  A selection of marches, fanfares and theme tunes including Copland and Mendelssohn.  The University of Cambridge Concert Band.  St. Giles’ Church, CB3.  Tickets on the door or from uccb.soc.srcf.net

14th    9am – 5.30pm  The Rising Festival 2020.  Celebrating International Women’s Day with interactive workshops, talks, 1-2-1 coaching, networking, performances, open conversations, Happy Hour and more.  St Barnabas Church, Mill Road.  http://www.eventbrite.co.uk  PLEASE NOTE THIS EVENT HAS BEEN POSTPONED UNTIL LATER THIS YEAR DUE TO CORONAVIRUS

14th    10am – 4pm  Super Science Saturday – The Museum Takeover.  Hands on activities, meet the researchers, discover more about the world of early dinosaurs.  Free family drop in.  Sedgwick Museum of Earth Sciences, Downing Street.  FB: Super Science Saturday – The Museum Takeover

14th    10am – 4.30pm  Murder Will Out: A day of crime, thriller and mystery fiction.  Heffers bring a selection of authors to the city for this day long crime event.  The Old Library, Emmanuel College, St Andrew’s Street.  Tickets from Heffers Bookshop or http://www.eventbrite.co.uk

14th    7.30pm  Earth, Sea and Space.  Back to the Future, Thunder and Lightning Polka, Apollo 13, Also Sprach Zarathustra (2001: A Space Odyssey) and more.  Cambridge Concert Orchestra.  A fundraiser in aid of the Motor Neuron Disease Association (Cambridgeshire branch).  Wesley Methodist Church, Christ’s Pieces, CB1.  Tickets on the door or email cambridge@mndassociation.org or c.i.george@icloud.com

14th    7.30pm  St John’s Voices.  Bach, Howells, Scarlatti.  St John’s College Chapel.  Tickets 01223 300085

14th    7.30pm  Beethoven and Mozart.  Cambridge Philharmonic Orchestra and Chorus.  West Road Concert Hall.  http://www.cambridgephilharmonic.com

14th    7.30pm  Cambs Frocktails.  Meet and get to know other people who sew clothes.  Cocktails, competitions and celebration of all things sewing.  Wear your special me-made outfits.  Clayton Hotel (formerly The Tamburlaine), CB1  https://cambsfrocktails.com/  PLEASE NOTE THIS EVENT HAS BEEN POSTPONED TO 17 OCTOBER 2020 DUE TO CORONAVIRUS

15th    11am and 2pm  Science on Sundays: The mechanics of plant development.  Part of a programme of free, informal, monthly drop-in plant science talks, bringing the latest discoveries in plant science to visitors in a 30 minute nutshell.  Botanic Garden, Brookside.  http://www.botanic.cam.ac.uk

15th    7.30pm  Folk & Blues.  Alistair and Ian Anderson, Black Fen Folk Club.  NCI Club, Holland Street, CB4.  http://www.blackfenfolkclub.com

16 – 27th    Love Cambridge Restaurant Week.  Discover different places to eat as some of the city’s best eateries offer set menus at £5, £10, £15 and £20.  https://www.love-cambridge.com/restaurant-week/

19th    5 – 9pm  LATE: Perceptions of Vision and Taste.  See four exhibitions after hours plus there will be four special events on the night, three of which require pre-booking.  Fitzwilliam Museum, Trumpington Street.  https://www.fitzmuseum.cam.ac.uk/calendar/whatson/late-perceptions-vision-and-taste

19th    7pm  Voces 8 – Choral Dances.  A celebration of choral music inspired by dance.  Palestrina, Victoria, Rachmaninov, Britten.  Trinity College Chapel.  Tickets on the door or from http://www.CambridgeEarlyMusic.org

19th    7pm  A Polar Pint.  An evening of polar science talks over a pint!  Panton Arms, Panton Street.  http://www.pintofscience.co.uk/event/polar-pint-of-science-cambridge

21st    10am – 4.30pm CAMCRAFT Handmade Fair.  40 stalls of gorgeous handmade items.  Free entry.  Guildhall, Market Square

21st    11am – 4.30pm  Cambridge Sustainable Fashion Festival.  Stalls, a big Swish (clothes swap party), a free sewing Repair Cafe, learn how to recycle, reuse and create a capsule wardrobe plus pick up styling tips.  St Barnabas Church, Mill Road.  FB: Cambridge Sustainable Fashion Festival  PLEASE NOTE THIS EVENT HAS BEEN POSTPONED UNTIL FURTHER NOTICE DUE TO CORONAVIRUS

21st    2 – 5.30pm  Reading “Emma”.  An intensive and exciting Study Day on this Jane Austen novel, with two lectures and a round-table seminar.  Literature Cambridge.  Stapleford Granary, CB22.  https://www.literaturecambridge.co.uk/emma  PLEASE NOTE THIS STUDY DAY HAS BEEN POSTPONED DUE TO CORONAVIRUS AND WILL BE REARRANGED FOR SEPTEMBER 2020 DATE TBC

21st    7 – 9pm  Spring Equinox Mindfulness around the Campfire.  Simple guided meditations, opportunities for reflection, discuss, poetry and games exploring our relationship with the natural world.  Milton Country Park, CB24.  https://mindfulness-of-nature.com/

21st    7.30pm  The Crucifixion, Stainer.  The Leys Choral Society.  The Leys School Chapel, Fen Causeway.  http://www.theleys.net/boxoffice  PLEASE NOTE THIS CONCERT HAS BEEN CANCELLED DUE TO CORONAVIRUS

21st    8pm  New Cambridge Singers.  Frank Martin Mass for double choir and Pergolesi Stabat Mater.  Church of Our Lady and the English Martyrs, Hills Road.  http://www.cambridgelive.org.uk

22nd    12 – 4pm  Studio Sunday.  Get creative with artists and education volunteers in a practical art making workshop.  Free, drop in.  Kettle’s Yard, Castle Street.  http://www.kettlesyard.co.uk

22nd    7.30pm  A Crowne of sharpest Thorns.  Goodall and Purcell.  Fairhaven Singers.  Trinity College Chapel.  http://www.fairhavensingers.org.uk

25th    7.30pm  The Sixteen’s Choral Pilgrimage 2020.  Allegri’s Miserere.  St John’s College Chapel.  http://www.thesixteen.com

25th    7.30pm  True Stories Told Live.  Cambridge storytellers and a musical turn.  No need to book, just turn up a bit early to get a drink and find a seat.  NCI Club, Holland Street, CB4.  FB: True Stories Told Live Cambridge  PLEASE NOTE THIS EVENT HAS BEEN CANCELLED DUE TO CORONAVIRUS

27 – 28th    4 – 11pm  Eddington Beer Garden.  A pop up with draft craft beers, gins, spirits, wines and soft drinks, food vans and live music.  Free entry.  Storey’s Field Centre, Eddington, CB3.  You can pre-register at http://www.eventbrite.com

28th    2 – 6pm  Board Games Afternoon.  Children under 12 must be accompanied by an adult.  £2 per ticket.  Cambridge Central Library, Lion Yard

28th    7.30 – 10.30pm  Stand Up Comedy Night from Big Deal Comedy.  4 comedians and an MC, licensed bar selling alcoholic and soft drinks.  Unit 1-4, The Grafton Centre, CB1.  FB:  Stand Up Comedy Night

29th    2.30 – 4pm  A Musical Afternoon at the University Church.  Haydn, Vivaldi, Boyce. The Academy of Great St Mary’s.  Great St Mary’s Church, Senate House Hill.  FB: A Musical Sunday Afternoon at the University Church

Snowdrops

What’s on in Cambridge – December 2019

So just like that, December is here … the city is looking even more gorgeous than usual with lights twinkling and decorations everywhere.  Read on for details of all types of Christmas music and services, shopping events where you’ll find those perfect handmade presents, seasonal celebrations and activities in our wonderful museums and much more.  I’ll update this listing through the month so do check back and please get in touch if you’d like me to include your event.

The Ivy Cambridge Brasserie
Christmassy vibes at The Ivy Cambridge Brasserie

1st    12 noon – 4pm  Museum Shop Sunday.  Stalls from local suppliers including jewellery, glasswork and pottery.  Mulled wine and mince pies.  Free, drop in.  Museum of Cambridge, Castle Street.  http://www.museumofcambridge.org.uk

1st    12 noon – 4pm  Studio Sunday.  Practical art making workshops, no experience necessary.  Free, drop in.  Kettle’s Yard, Castle Street.  http://www.kettlesyard.co.uk

1st    1.15 – 2pm  Cambridge University Instrumental Award Holders – a performance by the very best undergraduate chamber musicians.  Free.  Fitzwilliam Museum, Trumpington Street  http://www.fitzmuseum.cam.ac.uk

1st    6.30pm  Winter Cabaret.  A seasonal mix of jazzy, sassy, jingly and soulful songs and music from The Lucy Cavendish Singers.  Storey’s Field Centre, Eddington.  http://www.lucycavendishsingers.org.uk

4th    5 – 8pm  Rowan’s Winter Warmer.  A festive evening where you can buy handmade gifts and cards, commission artwork and get involved in Christmas workshops.  Live music, mulled wine and mince pies.  Free entry.  Rowan, 140 Humberstone Road, CB4 http://www.rowanhumberstone.co.uk

5th    6.30pm  Murder under the Mistletoe.  Heffers’ Christmas Crime Party.  Festive drinks, book buying and readings from crime authors.  10% off purchases on the evening.  Heffers, Trinity Street.  http://www.heffersbookshop.eventbrite.com

6th    7.30pm  A Jazz Suite for Christmas.  Tim Boniface and Polly Gibbons.  St. Paul’s, Hills Road.  http://www.stpaulsartsfest.org

6th    7.30pm  Michaelmas Concert: A Musical Selection Box, to include Tchaikovsky and Gershwin.  The University of Cambridge Concert Band.  St Giles’ Church, CB3.  Tickets on the door.

7th    8.50 – 10.30am  Mill Road History Walk with Cambridge Green Badge Guides.  Meet at the Romsey R on Cavendish Road.  http://www.millroadhistory.org.uk

7th    10am – 1pm  Family Saturday.  Get festive and make all sorts of Christmas decorations using natural materials.  Free.  Botanic Garden, Brookside.  http://www.botanic.cam.ac.uk

7th    10.30am – 4.30pm  Mill Road Winter Fair.  Live music, local crafts, art, entertainment, food.  Mill Road.  FB Mill Road Winter Fair 2019

7th    11.30am  Bridging Binaries: LGBTQ+ Tour.  Explore the spectrum of identities that exist across time, place and culture in Cambridge collections.   Free.  Fitzwilliam Museum, Trumpington Street.  http://www.fitzmuseum.cam.ac.uk

7th    1 – 1.30pm  Come and Sing Carols.  An informal, friendly “come and sing” carolling session for shoppers, friends and visitors.  Great St Mary’s Church, King’s Parade

7th    2 – 4pm  Family First Saturday.  Activities and art making on the theme of festive fun.  Free, drop in.  Fitzwilliam Museum, Trumpington Street.  http://www.fitzmuseum.cam.ac.uk

7th    4 – 5pm  Blue Christmas.  A service of jazz and prayer for everyone who doesn’t find the holidays so happy.  Michaelhouse Chapel, Trinity Street

7th    7pm  Messiah by Candlelight.  Eboracum Baroque.  A charity concert in aid of Cancer Research.  Great St Mary’s Church, King’s Parade.  http://www.eboracumbaroque.co.uk

8th    7.30pm  Christmas Orchestral and Choral Concert.  Dvorak, Mendelssohn and Czech Christmas music.  The Academy of Great St Mary’s.  Great St Mary’s Church, King’s Parade.  http://www.adcticketing.com

8th    7.30pm  A Christmas Concert by The King’s Men Cambridge.  Trumpington Parish Church, Grantchester Road, CB2.  http://www.the-kings-men-trumpington.eventbrite.co.uk

8th    7.30pm  Messiah.  Choir of Clare College with the Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment.  Trinity College Chapel.  http://www.adcticketing.com

9th    7.45pm  Brokenness, compassion and identity in rehabilitation after brain injury.  Speaker: Dr Andrew Bateman.  Part of the Science meets Faith series.  Free admission, retiring collection.  Wesley Church, Christ’s Pieces

12th    7.30pm  Music for an English Advent: Gabriel’s Message.  Carols and estampies from medieval England.  Mediva Ensemble.  Emmanuel United Reformed Church, Trumpington Street.  http://www.CambridgeEarlyMusic.org

12th    8pm  A Winter Union.  Five leading lights of the British roots scene present an evening of seasonal songs, new and old.  Storey’s Field Centre, Eddington.  http://www.cambridgelive.org.uk

13th    7.30pm – 2.30am  Reach Up Disco Wonderland with DJ Andy Smith and XL Records founder Nick Halkes.  2648 Bar, Trinity Street.  https://skdl.co/kFnLqa45X0

13 – 14th    7.30pm  A Christmas Carol.  Adapted and performed by Martin Prest in a one man show.  The Leper Chapel, Newmarket Road.  Wrap up warm as the Chapel can be cold!  http://www.adcticketing.com

14th    10.30 – 11.15am  Sharing Stories.  Stories from around the world told, read and sung.  Free, drop in.  Children must be accompanied by a parent or guardian.  http://www.friendsofmiltonroadlibrary.org.uk

14th    3 – 3.30pm amd 4 – 4.30pm  Michaelhouse Candlelit Carols.  Come and sing traditional Christmas carols in the candlelit chapel.  Michaelhouse Chapel, Trinity Street

14th    6 – 11pm  Cambridge African Network Christmas Party.  Food, Santa Claus, music and dancing.  Storey’s Field Centre, Eddington.  http://www.cambridgeafricannetwork.org

15th    10am – 4pm  Victorian Christmas Celebration.  Family friendly Victorian Christmas day with craft activities, music, mince pies and more.  Cambridge Museum of Technology, Cheddars Lane.  http://www.museumoftechnology.com

15th    6.30 – 8pm  Carols by Candlelight, accompanied by Cottenham Brass Band.  Hosted by Cambridge Past, Present and Future.  The Leper Chapel, Newmarket Road.  Free event, donations appreciated.  http://www.cambridgeppf.org

15th    8pm  Music for Advent and Christmas.  Josquin, Howells and carols for audience participation.  Fairhaven Singers.  Trinity College Chapel.  http://www.fairhavensingers.org.uk

18th    1.15 – 2pm  The Food of Christmas Past.  A talk with Ivan Day, Feast & Fast food historian.  Free.  Fitzwilliam Museum, Trumpington Street.  http://www.fitzmuseum.cam.ac.uk

19th    7 – 9pm  Mindfulness around a Campfire – Winter Solstice celebration.  Guided meditations, reflections, discussions, poetry, games and toasty pre Christmas treats around a campfire.  Milton Country Park, CB24.  Tickets from clairethompson@mindfulness-of-nature.com

19th    7.30 – 10pm  Light Up EACH Life Cambridge Concert.  We Are Sound and Evelyn Glennie perform a selection of uplifting songs in celebration of the children and families cared for at East Anglia’s Children’s Hospices.  Great St Mary’s Church, King’s Parade.  http://www.each.org.uk

20th    10.30am – 12.30pm  GPS Christmas Treasure Hunt.  Track down some special Christmas plants growing in the garden.  A family activity.  Booking essential.  Botanic Garden, Brookside.  http://www.botanic.cam.ac.uk

20th   7.30pm  Celebrate Christmas with John Rutter and Bach Choir Voices.  Traditional carols and works by John Rutter.  Our Lady and the English Martyrs Catholic Church, Hills Road  http://www.cambridgesummermusic.com

22nd    4 – 5.15pm and 6.30 – 7.45pm  Carols by Candlelight.  A traditional candlelit service of lessons and carols at the University Church.  Arrive early to be sure of a seat.  Great St Mary’s Church, King’s Parade

24th    4 – 5pm  Christmas Eve Crib Service.  Carols, bible stories and an impro Nativity.  For children and their families.  Come as you are or in Nativity fancy dress.  Great St Mary’s Church, King’s Parade

25th    11.15am – 12.15pm  Christmas Day Choral Mattins.  Favourite carols, beautiful music, scripture and story.  Great St Mary’s Church, King’s Parade

Christmas wreath by Feather & Ferns
Christmas wreath by Feather & Ferns

What’s on in Cambridge – November 2019

So November is here, with bright frosty mornings and leaves crunching under our feet.  As ever, there’s loads going on in the city this month.  Do get in touch if you know of an event that I could add in to this listing and don’t forget to check back every now and again as I will update it through the month.

Gourds at Cambridge Market
Gourds at Cambridge Market

1st    7pm  Cinema under the Whale.  A special screening of the Spielberg classic JAWS, in the dark under the skeleton of a 21 metre whale. Plus a short pre-screening talk on threats to sharks and work to protect them.  Museum of Zoology,  Downing Street.  http://www.museum.zoo.cam.ac.uk

2nd    10am – 1pm   Family Saturday – Feed the Birds.  Help the birds in your garden survive the frosty winter nights by making bird feeders to put out in your garden.  Free event.  Botanic Garden, Brookside.  http://www.botanic.cam.ac.uk

2nd    10.30 – 11.15am  Sharing Stories.  Stories from around the world, told, read and sung.  Free, drop in.  Children must be accompanied by a parent or guardian.  Milton Road Library.  http://www.friendsofmiltonroadlibrary.org.uk

2nd    2 – 4pm  Magic and Mystery Family drop in.  Magic crafts, family tours and story telling.  Free.  Fitzwilliam Museum, Trumpington Street.  http://www.fitzmuseum.cam.ac.uk

2nd    3.30pm  Autumn Concert.  Cambridge Wind Band.  The Ashburton Hall, St Faith’s School, Trumpington Road.  http://www.camwindband.com

2nd    6.30pm  Even You Song.  Director of Music Owain Park with Cambridge Chorale and school choirs against a backdrop of digital projections and new writing.  An immersive work based on Choral Evensong inspired by space travel.  Trinity College Chapel.  Tickets from http://bit.ly/2YvwxAb

5th    7pm  Firework Display and Bonfire.  Food stalls and fairground open 6 – 10pm.  Midsummer Common.  Free event.  http://www.cambridgelive.org.uk/city-events/bonfire-night

6 – 14th    Cambridge Music Festival.  A programme of classical music with world-class artists, both well known figures and rising stars.  http://www.cambridgemusicfestival.co.uk

6th    7.30pm  Handel Coronation Anthems, Concerto Grosso in B flat major, Op 3 No 2 and Organ Concerto in F Major, Op 4 No 4.  Academy of Ancient Music and Choir of King’s College Cambridge.  King’s College Chapel.  http://www.kings.cam.ac.uk/concerts

8 – 9th  Cambridge Oktoberfest.  German beer, food and music in a tent on Jesus Green.  http://www.cambridge-oktoberfest.co.uk

8th    7.30pm  Mike de Souza Trio.  A vibrant young trio performing new, original music drawing on the sounds of contemporary jazz, Radiohead and Deerhoof.  Unitarian Church, Emmanuel Road.  http://www.wegottickets.com/listencambridge

9th    6.30 – 10.30pm  Ceilidh.  Raising funds for Cambridge Street Aid and The Cyriacs,  St Paul’s Church, Hills Road.  http://www.eventbrite.co.uk

9th    7.30pm  Brahms: German Requiem and Cello Sonata in E minor.  New Cambridge Singers.  Little St Mary’s Church, Trumpington Street.  http://www.newcambridgesingers.org.uk

12th    7.30 – 9pm  Changing Landscapes in Romsey Town.  Talk by John McGill for Mill Road History Society.  Ross Street Community Centre.  http://www.millroadhistory.org.uk

13 – 24th   Cambridge International Jazz Festival.  Main events, Fringe events (many of which are free), family events, workshops, talks and films at venues around the city.  http://www.cambridgejazzfestival.info

13th    7.15pm  True Stories Told Live.  Local storytellers and a song.  NCI Club, Holland Street.  FB @cambridgetruestories

16th    10.30 – 11.15am  Sharing Stories.  Stories from around the world, told, read and sung.  Free, drop in.  Children must be accompanied by a parent or guardian.  Milton Road Library.  http://www.friendsofmiltonroadlibrary.org.uk

16th    2 – 5.30pm  Literature Cambridge Study Day: Understanding “Hamlet”, with Cambridge scholars Adrian Poole and Fred Parker.  Stapleford Granary, CB22.  http://www.literaturecambridge.co.uk/hamlet

16th  North Pole Cambridge Ice Rink opens.  Skate under a transparent roof.  Funfair,  Alpine Cabin themed bar and stalls.  Closes 5.1.20. Parker’s Piece.  http://www.thenorthpolecambridge.co.uk

16 – 17th  11 am – 5pm  Ink, Paper and Print Illustration Fair.  Screenprints, letterpress, hand-made books, lithographs, linocuts and more.  Free admission.  The Guildhall, Market Square.  http://www.inkpaperandprint.co.uk

16 – 17th  10am – 5pm  A handmade Christmas pottery exhibition and sale.  15+ potters, a wide range of ceramics from rustic to refined, free kids’ craft.  Kiln Cambridge, 61 Ditton Walk, CB5.   FB@kilncambridge

22nd – 8 Dec   11am – 4pm Fri – Sun, 5 – 8pm Weds.  Here and How?  An exhibition of artists from the North West, curated by STOCK Gallery.  Motion Sickness Project Space, Petty Cury.  http://www.motion-sick.wixsite.com

23rd    11am – 5pm  Worth the Weight Vintage Kilo Sale.  Vintage clothing from the 60s – 90s.  £15 per kilo.  St. Paul’s, Hills Road.  FB @worththeweightvintage

23rd    7.30pm  Mozart Requiem.  Trinity Singers.  Trinity College Chapel.  Tickets on the door.

23rd    7.30pm  Dance the Night Away.  Brahms, Khachaturian, Offenbach and more.  A concert in aid of Cambridgeshire Lupus Group.  Cambridge Concert Orchestra.  The Church of St John the Evangelist, Hills Road.  Tickets from http://cco.org.uk or http://www.eventbrite.com or on the door

26th    Feast & Fast: The Art of Food in Europe, 1500 – 1800 exhibition opens (running until 26.4.20).  Presents novel approaches to understanding the history and culture of food and eating.  Free entry.  Fitzwilliam Museum, Trumpington Street. http://www.fitzmuseum.cam.ac.uk

28 – 30th    12 noon – 7.30pm Thursday/10am – 6.30pm Friday and Saturday.  Cambridge Made Christmas Fair.  Loads of fabulous hand made goodies from local makers.  Free entry.  St. Andrew’s Baptist Church, St. Andrew’s Street.  FB @CambridgeMade

28th    5 – 9pm  LATE: A Feast for your Senses.  See the new Feast & Fast exhibition, join pop up talks, learn more about Christmas food traditions and book for a special screening of Bright Star, a romantic drama about John Keats.  Christmas shopping, live jazz and seasonal treats in the Cafe.  http://www.fitzmuseum.cam.ac.uk

30th    10.30 – 11.15am  Sharing Stories.  Stories from around the world, told, read and sung.  Free, drop in.  Children must be accompanied by a parent or guardian.  Milton Road Library.  http://www.friendsofmiltonroadlibrary.org.uk

30th   2pm and 3pm  “Mouse’s Night Before Christmas”.  Award winning author Tracey Corderoy reads from her new book.  Festive craft activity.  Tickets £3 in advance, redeemable against a copy of the book when bought on the day.  Heffers, Trinity Street.  http://www.heffers.co.uk/events

Autumn colour in Trumpington Street Cambridge
Autumn colour on Trumpington Street

What’s on in Cambridge – October 2019

Well here we are, it’s October already and the rhythm of the city is changing again as the students return.  There’s so much happening in Cambridge this month … festivals of film, ideas, craft beer and gin, storytelling, fundraisers for local charities, art exhibitions, Diwali celebrations and lots more.  So do take a look and come back too, as I’ll update this listing through the month.

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

1 – 12th    8am – 5pm  Illuminating Cambridge Libraries.  Exhibition of Sara Rawlinson’s photographs of College libraries.  Michaelhouse Centre, Trinity Street, CB2.  http://www.sararawlinson.com

1 – 31st    9am – 5pm weekdays.  Black Cantabs: History Makers.  Photography exhibition celebrating 260 years of Cambridge education for black Cambridge students and graduates from the 1700s to the 21st century.  Fitzwilliam College, Storey’s Way, CB3

3 – 27th    The Cambridge Show.  Painting, photography, performance, sculpture and other media from 22 local artists.  Kettle’s Yard, Castle Street.  http://www.kettlesyard.co.uk

5th    10am – 1pm  Family Saturdays – Brilliant Bats.  Learn loads of bat facts and enjoy bat themed craft ready for Halloween.  Free event.  Botanic Garden, Brookside.  http://www.botanic.cam.ac.uk

5th    10.30 – 11.15am  Sharing Stories.  A family friendly story telling session with stories from around the world told, read and sung.  Children must be accompanied by a parent or guardian.  Free, drop in.  Milton Road Library, CB4.  http://www.friendsofmiltonroadlibrary.org.uk

5th    11am – 1pm  Toy Swap Shop.  Also books (fiction/children) and clothes swap (women/children).  Storey’s Field Centre, Eddington.  http://www.atoyslifeandbeyond.org

5th    2.30pm  Nearly New Sale of pre-loved parent and baby goods.  Sports Centre, Cambridge Regional College, Kings Hedges Road.  http://www.nctcambridge.org

7th    7.30 – 9pm  LATE: Gallery Party.  Celebrate the launch of a new season of programming on the theme of Sensual/Virtual.  Music, cash bar and surprises on the night.  Free event.  Fitzwilliam Museum.  http://www.fitzmuseum.cam.ac.uk

10th    7.30 – 9pm  Miss Jebb revisits Mill Road.  An evening of fact and fiction, drama and poetry as Eglantyne Jebb, founder of Save the Children and author of “Cambridge – A Brief Study in Social Questions (1906), takes us for a walk down Mill Road.  Free event.  Ross Street Community Centre, Ross Street.  http://www.millroadhistory.org.uk

12th    10am  2019 Heffers Classics Forum.  A day of talks from some of the top names in the world of Classics.  The Old Library, Emmanuel College, St Andrew’s Street.  http://www.eventbrite.co.uk

12th    10am – 3pm  The Kenya Youth Project Autumn Fayre.  Stalls, pictures, stationery, handcrafts, nearly new, books, jigsaws, toys, homemade jam and cakes, Kenyan gifts.  Wesley Methodist Church, Christ’s Pieces.  http://www.kenyayouthproject.org.uk

12th    10.30am – 2.30pm  Nearly New and Used Book Sale.  Milton Road Library, CB4

13th    12 noon – 4pm  Studio Sunday.  Artist led workshop for families.  Free, drop in.  Kettle’s Yard, Castle Street.  http://www.kettlesyard.co.uk

13th    1.15 – 2pm  Lunchtime Concert: Works for piano by female composers.  Diana Brekalo presents music by Lily Boulanger, Fanny Mendelssohn, Clara Schumann and Countess Dora Pejacevic.  Free.  Fitzwilliam Museum, Trumpington Street.  http://www.fitzmuseum.cam.ac.uk

13th    7.30pm  Schumann:  Overture – Genoveva, Piano Concerto in A minor, Symphony No 2 in C.  Sinfonia of Cambridge.  West Road Concert Hall.  http://www.sinfoniaofcambridge.org.uk

14 – 27th  Cambridge Festival of Ideas.  Debates, workshops, talks, exhibitions and performances celebrating the arts, humanities and social sciences.  This year’s theme is “Change”.  Free.  http://www.festivalofideas.cam.ac.uk

15th    7pm  Fundraiser Evening for Cam Sight.  Dining and music from CBT.  The Three Horseshoes, Madingley.  http://www.camsight.org.uk

16 – 19th    The 2019 Cambridge Greek Play: Oedipus at Colonus by Sophocles.  A modern day interpretation, performed in Ancient Greek with English surtitles.  The tradition of performing a play in Greek every three years at Cambridge University goes back to 1882!  Cambridge Arts Theatre, Peas Hill.  http://www.cambridgeartstheatre.com

16th    7pm  Cafe Sci Cambridge: The ethics of medical data sharing.  Espresso Library, East Road.  FB  @cafescicambridge

17 – 24th    Cambridge Film Festival.  UK premieres of new features, classic retrospectives, insightful documentaries, short films, discovery titles from the global stage, family favourites and several international film festival winners.  http://www.cambridgefilmfestival.org.uk

17 – 20th    Eddington Craft Beer and Gin Festival.  Local craft beers, flavourful gins, live music and food vans.  Storey’s Field Centre, Eddington.  http://www.eventbrite.com

17th    7pm  Cambridge Breast Cancer Appeal Fashion Show.  In aid of Addenbrooke’s Hospital Breast Cancer Appeal.  Grand Arcade.  http://www.cambridgebreastcancerappeal.com

18th    7.30pm  Somersaults.  Propulsive, joyous spontaneous music ranging from swinging free jazz to timbral and textural improvisations.  Unitarian Church, Emmanuel Road.  http://www.wegottickets.com/listencambridge

18 – 19th    7.30pm  Dracula Part 1: Jonathan Harker’s Journal with Martin Prest in the haunting and atmospheric one man show adapted from Bram Stoker’s classic novel.  The Leper Chapel, Newmarket Road.  http://www.ThatsMyCueProductions.com

19th    10am – 4pm  Cambridge Photography Show.  For anyone who is passionate about photography and video.  Free entry.  Guildhall, Market Square.  FB Cambridge Photography Show 2019

19th    10.30 – 11.15am  Sharing Stories.  A family friendly storytelling session with stories from around the world told, read and sung.  Children must be accompanied by a parent or guardian.  Free, drop in.  Milton Road Library, CB4.  http://www.friendsofmiltonroadlibrary.org.uk

19th    12 noon – 4pm  WE ARE CAMBRIDGE Family Day.  A fun, interactive day exploring what living in and around Cambridge means to you.  Artist led workshops where you can create artwork inspired by Cambridge, your ideas of home and hopes for the future of the city.  Plus a wildflower seed-bomb workshop inspired by the history and work of Alan Turing.  Free, drop in.  Kettle’s Yard, Castle Street.  http://www.kettlesyard.co.uk

19th    2 – 5.30pm  Literature Cambridge Study Day: An Introduction to Reading Poetry.  Do you love poetry and would you like to understand it better?  Accessible lectures and a seminar with leading young Cambridge scholars.  Stapleford Granary, CB22.  http://www.literaturecambridge.co.uk/read-poetry

19th    3 – 4pm  Children’s Event: Author Isabel Thomas unlocks the life of Stephen Hawking with storytelling and activities.  Free event.  Heffers, Trinity Street.  http://www.eventbrite.co.uk

19th    7.30pm  Locked Opened!  Stories from the underground railroad told by Sheila Arnold.  Unitarian Church Hall, Emmanuel Road.  http://www.cambridgestorytellers.com

19th    7.30pm  Stargaze.  Adams, Prokofiev and Dove.  Cambridge Philharmonic Orchestra.  West Road Concert Hall.  Free pre concert talk at 6.45pm.  http://www.cambridgephilharmonic.com

20th    10am – 4pm  Apple Day.  Apple tasting, identification, cultivation, activities and edibles.  Free Garden seasonal highlight tours, live music, pop up food trucks and craft stalls.  Botanic Garden, Brookside.  http://www.botanic.cam.ac.uk

20th    10.30am – 4pm  Cambridge Vegan Market.  Food stalls, lifestyle brands, luxury cosmetics, ethical clothing, interesting charities and more.  FB Cambridge Vegan Market

20th    1.15 – 2pm  Lunchtime Concert: Music for harpsichord.  Final concert of the complete Fitzwilliam Virginal Book, recital No. 30, performed by Francis Knights.  Free.  Fitzwilliam Museum, Trumpington Street.  http://www.fitzmuseum.cam.ac.uk

20th    7 – 9.45pm  Sakhya Diwali celebrations.  A fundraiser evening of music, Indian food and Bollywood dancing.  All proceeds go to grass-root education and development oriented projects in India.  St Paul’s, Hills Road.  Booking required.  Email tickets.sakhya@gmail.com

20 – 26th    10am – 4pm  Art Exhibition.  Original paintings, drawing, prints and sculptures.  Cambridge Drawing Society.  The Leys School, Fen Causeway.  http://www.cambridgedrawingsociety.org

26th    5 – 9pm  Cambridge Mindful Pub Crawl.  Low and no alcohol drinks at three venues with the first round on Adnams.  Starting at The Castle Inn, Castle Street, CB3.  Tickets from http://www.joinclubsoda.com

27th    12 – 4pm  Studio Sunday.  Artist led workshop for families.  Free, drop in.  Kettle’s Yard, Castle Street.  http://www.kettlesyard.co.uk

27th    1.15 – 2pm  Lunchtime Concert: Music for piano.  George Harliono performs Chopin’s Sonata No. 2 in B flat minor.  Free. Fitzwilliam Museum, Trumpington Street.  http://www.fitzmuseum.cam.ac.uk

28th    7.45pm  Centenary Lecture: Professor Dame Sally C Davies, Master of Trinity College, on being the UK’s Chief Medical Officer.  Free admission, retiring collection.  Wesley Methodist Church, Christ’s Pieces.

29th    7pm  Graphene the new wonder material: But will it change the world?  Fundraising lecture from Professor Sir Colin Humphreys, CBE, FREng, FRS Director of Research Dept of Materials Science and Metallurgy.  In aid of Cam Sight.  Dept of Material Sciences and Metallurgy, Charles Babbage Road, CB3.  http://www.camsight.org.uk

Laxtons Superb apples
Fantastic harvest of Laxton’s Superb apples from our tree this year

 

School’s out!! Summer activities in Cambridge for children and families

School’s out, the sun is shining and there’s plenty going on in the city to keep youngsters amused through the summer break, much of it low cost or free.  Here are a few ideas!

Summer at the Museums    140 drop in and bookable activities at museums in and around Cambridge as well as the Botanic Garden.  A mix of events, trails and hands-on activities.  Download the full programme from http://www.museums.cam.ac.uk/events/summer

Cambridge Museum of Technology
Cambridge Museum of Technology

Cambridge Museum of Technology has recently re-opened after a major refurbishment – read more here.  They are running Family Engineering Mornings, where you work together to design, build and test rockets and boats and build a tower crane, as well as Family Papercraft Mornings.  The Museum is in a beautiful spot down by the river.  Food and drink are available but you’re welcome to bring a picnic and there’s lots of room for children to run around.  Click on http://www.museumoftechnology.com/whats-on for more.

ChYpPS is running Playdaze, a free daily programme of activities for kids plus Big Wednesdays, mini festival fun afternoons of art, sport and culture for the whole family.  Details on http://www.cambridge.gov.uk/chypps-activities

Great St Mary’s, the University Church on Senate House Hill, is running Family Activity Mondays on 5, 12 and 19 August from 11am – 3pm, offering family craft events with a different theme each week.  More on Facebook @GreatStMarys.

Waterstones Cambridge events
Waterstones Cambridge summer events

Waterstones in Sidney Street is offering a series of free events with storytimes, crafts and more, with a different theme each week.  See the photograph for details.

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

Heffers on Trinity Street has organised several free children’s activities with local authors as well as a series of Museum Adventures with the Hidden Tales, tying in with Cambridge treasure hunt Riddle of the White Sphinx – read more here –  and featuring special guest appearances from four Cambridge museums and their collections.  Details on http://www.heffersbookshop.business.site

Have a wonderful summer!!

 

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