What’s on in August

Here’s the What’s On listing for August!  It’s full of all sorts of events that come to my attention and I’ll update it through the month so do check back when you can.

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King’s College with its 200 year old horse chestnut tree

1 – 25th    Cambridge Shakespeare Festival.  Open air Shakespeare plays in College gardens.   Macbeth/The Comedy of Errors/Pericles/Twelfth Night.  http://www.cambridgeshakespeare.com

1 – 31st    Summer at the Museums.  Fun family days out for all ages.  Making and creating, hands-on history and interactive science.  Low cost or free.  http://www.museums.cam.ac.uk

2 – 5th    Cambridge Folk Festival.  Cherry Hinton Hall.  http://www.cambridgelivetrust.co.uk/folk-festival

3 – 5th    7pm  Movies @ Madingley.  Breakfast at Tiffany’s/Spectre/La La Land.  Madingley Hall Gardens, CB23.  Open air cinema with barbecue and bar.  http://www.ice.cam.ac.uk/SummerFestival

5th    1 – 4 pm  Riverside Tea Garden at The Old Pumping Station.  http://www.museumoftechnology.com

5th    2 – 5pm  Open Gardens.  Christ’s College Fellows’ Garden, St Andrew’s Street.  Teas, homemade cake and plants for sale.  In aid of British Red Cross.

6th    11am – 3pm  Tall Towers!  Great St Mary’s Church.  A tall tower trail and tower building activities for families.  Drop in.

7 – 10th    Cookery courses (half day)  including Perfect Pasta for Kids, Italian for Teens, Luxury Picnic Food for Teens, Summer Desserts for Children, Parent and Child French Baking.  Cambridge Cookery School, Homerton Gardens, Purbeck Road, CB2.  http://www.cambridgecookery.com

11 – 28th  Phenomena.  Art exhibition by Sama Soltani.  The Locker Cafe, King Street.

12th    2 – 5pm  Open Gardens.  Clare College Fellows’ Garden, Queens Road.  Teas, homemade cake and plants for sale.  In aid of British Red Cross.

13th    11am – 3pm  Flying High!  Great St Mary’s Church.  Discovering flying creatures and craft activities for families.  Drop in.

17th    6.30 – 10pm  Summer Night Market and outdoor cinema (Paddington 2 and The Greatest Showman).  Market Square.  http://www.cambridgebid.co.uk/events

19th  3 – 5pm  Jazz on Jesus Green.  ACE Jazz Trio and Sax.  Free entry.  http://www.cambridgelivetrust.co.uk/city-events/events/jazz-and-brass-parks

20th    11am – 3pm  Cambridge Market Square Stories!  Great St Mary’s Church.  Complete the market square stories trail and craft activities for families.  Drop in.

23rd    7pm  Chinese Music Concert – Flowing Water.  Emmanuel United Reformed Church, CB2.  http://www.eventbrite.co.uk

24 – 26th   Cambridge Cocktail Weekend 2018.  Corn Exchange.  http://www.cambridgecocktailweekend.co.uk

24 – 27th    6pm  Movies on the Meadows.  Open air cinema on Grantchester Meadows.  http://www.camfilmfest.com/grantchester

25th    10.45am  Cambridgeshire Cycling Challenge.  Celebrate 25 years of Anglia Ruskin University by cycling from Peterborough to Cambridge whilst raising money for East Anglia’s Children’s Hospices.  Entry deadline 17th August.  http://www.pieevents.co.uk/events/ccc

30 – 31st    Oktoberfest Beer Festival.  Jesus Green.  http://www.cambridge-oktoberfest.co.uk

Linden tree Cambridge
Lime scented blossom on the linden trees along the tow path

Summer in the City 2

Cambridge is a city of bicycles and there’s no better way to get around, so buying a bike was top of my list when we moved here three years ago.  There are plenty of bike shops around and a cycle repair stall in the market most days.  My local cycle shop, Townsends on Chesterton Road, is fourth generation family owned and they kitted me out with a bike from their own range of The Light Blue cycles plus a strong lock, lights, a helmet and a wicker basket, then waved me off on my rather wobbly way!

The Orchard Tea Garden GrantchesterA favourite cycle ride is an easy one of about twenty five minutes, mostly on paths and through lush green meadows, out to Grantchester.  This very pretty, tranquil village was once home to poet Rupert Brooke who wrote of it nostalgically, “And is there honey still for tea?”  Well, The Orchard Tea Garden in Mill Way has been serving honey for tea since 1897 not only to Brooke but, back in the day, to luminaries like Virginia Woolf, Maynard Keynes and Alan Turing.  There’s nothing nicer than sitting in a deckchair in dappled sunlight under an apple tree here, enjoying tea and cake.  They also serve breakfast, lunch, scones and full cream teas and there’s plenty of indoor seating for cooler days.

Cambridge DistilleryAnother excellent pitstop in Grantchester is Cambridge Distillery on the High Street.  Master Distiller William Lowe creates award winning gins using freshly foraged local botanicals.  Lemon balm, blackcurrant leaf, magnolia and local honey all feature in the Spring/Summer 2018 seasonal gin which you can sample along with the rest of the range.  Maybe pre-book a Masterclass to boost your gin know-how or even create your own bespoke spirit at a private Gin Tailoring session.  The Distillery also offers four very special coffees which they can blend to your individual taste and has a beautiful city centre shop, Cambridge Gin Laboratory, on Green Street.

www.townsends-lb.co.uk

www.theorchardteagarden.co.uk

www.cambridgedistillery.co.uk

And don’t miss …..

Cambridge Open Studios, held over four weekends in July.  A unique chance to meet artists, craftspeople and designer-makers in their studios and workshops in and around the city.  Enjoy a feast of painting, ceramics, sculpture, handmade jewellery, glass, photography and much more.  You’ll find free printed guides for this event in shops, galleries and libraries and there’s an App to download too.

www.camopenstudios.co.uk

The Summer Night Market with open air cinema screening on 20 July.  Market Square will be buzzing with many of the regular market traders plying their wares alongside street food vendors, pop up bars and restaurants.  The family-friendly film “Paddington” will be screened at 6.30pm, followed by “Grease” at 8.30pm.  This free event is always popular so the advice is to get there early and maybe bring your own portable chair!

www.cambridgebid.co.uk/events

Cambridge Summer Music Festival, running from 23 June to 4 August.  In its 40th anniversary year, it brings a programme of different music genres to venues across the city and showcases young upcoming talent as well as established artistes.  A particular favourite of mine is “Sounds Green”, held at the stunning Cambridge University Botanic Garden on Wednesday evenings at 6.15pm.  It’s perfect for all ages … just take a rug and a picnic, sit back, get up and dance if you like and enjoy the music, be it tunes from local ensemble Prime Brass or Afro-Brazilian jazz, samba and bossa nova from four piece band Afrosamba.

www.cambridgesummermusic.com

The Big Weekend on Parker’s Piece from 13-15 July.  It’s all going on here with live music, a silent disco, fireworks, food stalls, sports and science activities, a children’s entertainment area and more.  Sunday 14 July features the Cambridge Mela, celebrating Asian culture.

www.cambridgelivetrust.co.uk/city-events/events/big-weekend

Cambridge Comedy Festival, returning to Cambridge Junction from 18 – 21 July with four performance venues, a covered “Moonshine Brewery” beer garden and street food vendors.  This is a great chance to see big name headliner comedians at Jesterlarf Comedy Club and Edinburgh preview shows as well as emerging comedic talent plus there are three family shows on Saturday 21 July.  Just like going to the Edinburgh Fringe without going all the way to Edinburgh!

www.cambridgecomedyfestival.com

 

This post is “The Cambridge Scene” column which I write for Eastlife Magazine.  To read more of the July edition, take a look on http://www.eastlife.co.uk

 

What’s on in July

Here’s the What’s On listing for July!  It’s an eclectic mix of all sorts of events that come to my attention and I’ll update it through the the month so do check back when you can.

Telephone boxes Cambridge
Telephone boxes at Great St Mary’s Church

1st    1pm  The Choir of Trinity College.  Lunchtime concert, a recital of music from the forthcoming tour to Germany.  Trinity College Chapel.  Free admission.

1st    3 – 5pm  Jazz on Jesus Green.  Cambridge Youth Jazz Band and Cambrideshire Youth Jazz Orchestra.  Free entry.  http://www.cambridgelivetrust.co.uk/city-events

2nd – 15th    12 noon – 8pm  Strawberries and Screen.  Wimbledon coverage from the BBC on an outdoor big screen next to The Tamburlaine Hotel, CB1

2nd    6pm  Lord Smith: The State of the Arts.  Pre-festival event from Cambridge Summer Music.  Old Library, Pembroke College.  http://www.cambridgesummermusic.co.uk

4th    6.15pm  Sounds Green – Prime Brass.  Cambridge University Botanic Garden.  Open air live music.  http://www.botanic.cam.ac.uk

5th – 21st    Cambridge Summer Music Festival.  http://www.cambridgesummermusic.co.uk

7th    9.30am  Cambridge Festival of Creative Writing.  University of Cambridge Institute of Continuing Education, Madingley Hall.  Talks, seminars, panel discussions and workshops.  Tickets from http://www.cambridgelivetrust.co.uk

7th    4.30 and 7.30pm  Music for a Summer’s Evening.  Fairhaven Singers.  Dove, Brahms and Parry.  Queens’ College Chapel.  http://www.fairhavensingers.org.uk

7 – 8th    11am – 6pm  Cambridge Open Studios.  http://www.camopenstudios.co.uk

8th    11am Cancer Research 5K and 10K Race for Life.  Jesus Green.  http://www.raceforlife.cancerresearchuk.org

8th    4pm  O How Glorious.  A celebration of English choral music from Purcell to Finzi and beyond.  New Cambridge Singers.  Jesus College Chapel. http://www.cambridgelivetrust.co.uk

9th onwards    Cambridge Shakespeare Festival.  Open air Shakespeare plays in college gardens.  http://www.cambridgeshakespeare.com

10th – 14th    7.30pm  Sweet Charity.  Cambridge Theatre Company.  Great Hall at The Leys School.  http://www.camtheatrecompany.co.uk

11th    6.15pm  Sounds Green – She’Koyokh.  Cambridge University Botanic Garden.  Open air live music.  http://www.botanic.cam.ac.uk

13th – 15th    The Big Weekend on Parker’s Piece.  Firework display 10pm Friday 13th.  http://www.cambridgelivetrust.co.uk/city-events

13th    8pm  The Gesualdo Six.  Pre tour concert.  Unaccompanied choral music from the renaissance to the present day.  The Round Church. Tickets on the door or from http://www.thegesualdosix.co.uk

14 – 15th    11am – 6pm  Cambridge Open Studios.  http://www.camopenstudios.co.uk

14th    5.30pm  Summer Choral Concert.  Choir of King’s College.  Elgar, Bernstein, Vaughan Williams and Dvorak.  King’s College Chapel.  Tickets from King’s College Visitor Centre.

14th    7.30pm  Viva la Musica!  Music from Spain with Cambridge Concert Orchestra and Chesterton Choral Society.  St George’s Church, Chesterfield Road, CB4.  Tickets from ccol@mentha.com

15th    Cambridge Mela.  A celebration of Asian culture and a market.  Parker’s Piece.  http://www.cambridgelivetrust.co.uk/city-events

18th    6.15pm  Sounds Green – T G Collective.  Cambridge University Botanic Garden.  Open air live music.  http://www.botanic.cam.ac.uk

18th – 21st    Cambridge Comedy Festival.  Cambridge Junction.  http://www.cambridgecomedyfestival.com

20th    6.30 – 10pm  Summer Night Market and outdoor cinema (Paddington 1 and Grease).  Market Square.  http://www.cambridgebid.co.uk/events

21st    12 – 5pm  Castle Hill Open Day.  http://www.kettlesyard.co.uk/events/castle-hill-2018

21 – 22nd    11am – 6pm  Cambridge Open Studios.  http://www.camopenstudios.co.uk

25th onwards    Summer at the Museums.  Fun family days out for all ages.  Making and creating, hands-on history and interactive science.  Low cost or free.  http://www.museums.cam.ac.uk

25th    6.15pm  Sounds Green – Afrosamba.  Cambridge University Botanic Garden.  Open air live music.  http://www.botanic.cam.ac.uk

26th    6pm  Cambridge SEO MeetUp.  Network while learning more about SEO.  The Bradfield Centre, 184 Cambridge Science Park, Milton Road, CB4.  Free but you must book through the website at https://optimisey.com

28 – 29th    11am – 6pm  Cambridge Open Studios.  http://www.camopenstudios.co.uk

Flowers at Cambridge Market
Summer flowers at Cambridge Market

 

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.

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A stroll along the towpath to Stourbridge Common

2nd 10.30am – 11pm Strawberry Fair, Midsummer Common. Free entry. http://www.strawberry-fair.org.uk

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 http://www.insitutheatre.co.uk or on the door.

4th Iyengar Yoga Summer Classes with Robert Ashman, running until 30th August at various venues. http://www.robertashmanyoga.co.uk

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. http://www.camccweek.org

7 – 16th 7.45pm Cats. Festival Players. Mumford Theatre, Anglia Ruskin University, East Road http://www.festivalplayers.org

9th 10am – 4pm The Eddington Cycling Festival. Eddington Market Square, CB3. http://www.nwcambridge.co.uk

9th 7.30pm The Academy of Great St Mary’s Orchestra and Choir. Beethoven, Berkeley and Mozart. Great St Mary’s Church. http://www.adcticketing.com

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

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. https://bit.ly/M4A Concert

16th 7.30pm Nelson Mass and St Ursula Mass. Collegium Laureatum. West Road Concert Hall. tickets@collegium.org.uk

16th 8pm Summer in the City. Prime Brass. Great St Mary’s Church. http://www.adcticketing.com

17th 4pm Summer Concert in aid of Camtrust. Mozart, Britten, Boyce, Finzi, Hess and Tchaikovsky. The Medlock Ensemble. St Andrew’s Church, Histon. http://www.ticketsource.co.uk/medlockensemble

22 – 29th Chesterton Festival. http://www.chestertonfestival.wordpress.com

22 – 24th Wimpole History Festival. Wimpole Estate. http://www.wimpolehistoryfestival.com

22nd 6.30 – 10pm Summer Night Market and outdoor cinema, screening “Moana” and “Dirty Dancing”. Market Square http://www.cambridgebid.co.uk/events

23rd Cambridge Summer Music Festival, running until 25th July at multiple venues across the city. http://www.cambridgesummermusic.com

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Fragrant elderflowers at Jesus College

Summer Night Market Cambridge

The Summer Night Market is back on Friday 18 May for a special two day event, with cinema screenings under the stars and an outdoor big screen showing the wedding of Prince Harry and Meghan Markle live on Saturday 19 May.

Summer Night Market Cambridge
Image credit: Cambridge City Council

There’s been a market in Cambridge since medieval times and a general market still runs every day in Market Square outside the Guildhall, selling street food, fruit and vegetables, books, jewellery and much more besides.  Every Sunday there’s an arts, craft and local produce market showcasing original work from some of the area’s talented artists and craftspeople as well as organic produce grown by the region’s farmers.  Around two hundred traders ply their wares in the Market over the course of a week and many of them will have stalls at the Summer Night Market.  You’ll also find pop up bars and restaurants alongside street food vendors and local charity stallholders.

Screenings on 18 May will be the animated family film “Sing” at 6.30pm, followed by comedy “Meet the Parents” at 8.30pm.  Expect a party atmosphere on 19 May, the Royal wedding day, when the market will be decked out in patriotic bunting.  Feel free to bring your own flag!  Seating will be provided but these events are popular so the advice is to come early to bag your spot or bring your own portable chair.

Summer Night Market cinema Cambridge
Image credit: Cambridge City Council

Dates for Summer Night Markets and outdoor cinema through the summer are:

Friday 22 June, screening “Moana” then “Dirty Dancing”

Friday 20 July, screening “Paddington” then “Grease”

Friday 17 August, screening “Paddington 2” then “The Greatest Showman”

Dan Ritchie, who manages the Market, tells me, “The Summer Night Markets and outdoor cinema are totally free for visitors and traders.  It’s great to see a whole mix of people come together … families, friends, visitors and students, all enjoying a really lovely vibe.”

http://www.cambridgebid.co.uk/events

Market Square, Cambridge CB2 3QJ

What’s on in May

Well, April brought us a short, unseasonal heatwave but as we move into May, the weather’s reverted to wind, rain and generally grey murky conditions … surely, surely we must be due some decent spring days soon??  Anyway, there’s plenty going on in the city so here’s the What’s On listing for May.  It’s a mix of all sorts of things that come to my attention and I update it through the month, so it’s worth checking back occasionally.  And please get in touch via my Contact page if you know of an event that I’d like to include.

Railings at St Bene't's Church, Cambridge
Railings at St Bene’t’s Church

3 – 7th    Cambridge May Fair, Midsummer Common

3 – 12th    11am – 5pm  Sound of Silence.  Still Life Exhibition.  Alessandra Tarcia and Akiko Hirai.  St Peter’s Church, Castle Hill  http://www.flowgallery.co.uk

3rd    8pm  Martin Speake QT ft. Ethan Iverson.  Hidden Rooms, 7b Jesus Lane.  http://www.cambridgejazz.org

5th  10.30am – 4.30pm  Judy’s Affordable Vintage Fair.  Guildhall, Market Hill

5th  7.30pm  K.239 Chamber Orchestra.  Elgar, G. Jacob, Mozart, Schonberg.  St Luke’s Church, Victoria Road.  Tickets on the door.

5th    8pm  The Empyrean Ensemble. Beethoven.  Trinity College Chapel.  Tickets on the door.  http://www.tcms.org.uk

7th    9am  The Reach Ride.  A bike ride to the 800 year old Reach Fair.  Assemble in front of the Guildhall, Market Hill, for a 10am departure.  http://www.camcycle.org.uk/reachride

8 – 10th    9.30pm  Queue – A Freshers’ Sketch Show.  Corpus Playroom, St Edward’s Passage.  http://www.adctheatre.com

12th    Jesus Green Lido reopens.  http://www.better.org.uk/leisure-centre/cambridge/jesusgreenlido

12 – 13th    10am – 4pm  National Mills Weekend at Impington Mill and Garden.  Free entry.  http://www.nationalmillsweekend.co.uk

12th    8pm  Ensemble Pro Victoria.  The Kinges Musicke.  Rarely heard music from Tudor England and the Continent before and after the Reformation.  Cornysh, Fayrfax, Byrd, Victoria.  Trinity College Chapel.  Tickets on the door.

13th    12 noon – 5pm  Polish Heritage Day.  Guildhall, Market Hill.  Facebook: @polishdaycambridge

18th    6.30 – 10pm  Summer Night Market and outdoor cinema (Sing and Meet the Parents).  Market Square

19th    10am – 5pm  Festival of Plants 2018.  Cambridge University Botanic Gardens, Brookside  http://www.botanic.cam.ac.uk

19th    10.30am – 4pm  Eat Cambridge – Main Event.  Guildhall, Market Hill.  Festival Fringe events run until 2 June.  http://www.eat-cambridge.co.uk

20th    3pm  Music for the Madonna.  New Cambridge Singers.  Poulenc, Durufle, Villette.  St Botolph’s Church, Trumpington Street.  Tickets on the door.  http://www.newcambridgesingers.org.uk

20th    3.30pm  Blue Smoke.  The Lucy Cavendish Singers.  Classical, traditional and country music followed by tea and cake.  Childerley Hall Long Barn, Dry Drayton.  http://www.lucycavendishsingers.org.uk

30th    10 – 11am  The Red Hot Fireball.  Children’s bilingual storytelling with the Alliance Francaise Cambridge.  Central Library, 1st Floor, Grand Arcade.  Free, no booking required.

Cows on the bank of the River Cam
Camcattle grazing  peacefully on the riverbank