15 ways to have fun this weekend

Looking for weekend fun then you’ve come to the right place. 15 fun thngs all lined up and ready for you to dive into – flower arranging, ballet, a vintage tea, a French man with a sense of humour, a spot of tapas, a plant sale to help you get your garden summer ready and then there’s more…

Cambridge Literary Festival, Fri 21 – Sun 23 April

Harry Potter

It’s the last three days of the Cambridge literary festival but don’t be put off, some might say they’ve saved the best ‘til last. Check out the Muddy hot picks for inspiration and the kids programme kicks off this weekend big style – there’s something for all ages from nippers to teenagers.

Cambridge Literary Festival

Spring Art Exhibition, Babylon Arts Centre, Fri 21 April – Sun 7 Mary

Babylon Art Gallery Ely

This annual exhibition showcases the work of talented Cambridgeshire and Norfolk artists – and there are many! Visitors to the gallery can enjoy and buy original original art at affordable prices.  Join the artists on Sat 22 April to find out more about how they create their work.

Babylon Gallery, Waterside, Ely CB7 4AU, babylonarts.org.uk

Kettle’s Yard Shop Clearance Sale, Emmanuel College, Cambridge, Sat 22 April

Kettles Yard

Kettle’s Yard Gallery is having a clear out and for one day only they are sorting through their extensive back catalogue. Prices start at £1 (yeah, you heard me, it’s Poundland prices) and will include exhibition catalogues, posters, prints, cards, stationary, bags and bags more. As Kettle’s Yard is currently closed for a nip and a tuck, for this event they’re holing up in Emmanuel College.

Emmanuel College, Old Development Office, Cambridge CB2 1RB kettlesyard.co.uk

Light Animation, Fitzwilliam Museum, Sat 22 April

Fitzwilliam Museum

Family fun is always to be had at the Fitz Museum and this Sat those aged between 5-7 can bring light and shadow to light with this animation workshop led by artist Susie Olczak.

The Fitzwilliam Museum, Trumpington Street,, Cambridge CB2 1RB, fitzmuseum.cam.ac.uk

Basic Beginners Blacksmith Course, Wimpole Hall, Sat 22 April

Basic Blacksmith Course, Wimpole Hall

Release your creative side with this introduction to blacksmithing in Wimpole’s own blacksmith shop where you’ll learn the magic techniques of this old craft and take home the battered object that you make.

Wimpole Hall, Arrington SG8 0BW, nationaltrust.org.uk

Open Water Swimming, Milton Park, Cambridge Sat 22 April

Milton Lake Open Water Swimming

There are lots of clubs and activities happening at the park every week for all ages and interests and this one’s not for the faint hearted. This Sat early morning open water swimming returns to Milton Country Park if you fancy taking a dip in this beautiful lake. An evening session will also start from Fri 28 April.

Milton Park, Cambridge Rd, Milton CB24 6AZ, miltoncountrypark.org

Ballet Central 2017, ADC Theatre, Cambridge, Sat 22 April

Ballet Central 2017

Ballet Central’s diverse range of dance and theatre returns under the auspices of its new artistic director Christopher Marney. See the company’s young and dynamic dancers showcasing newly commissioned works and celebrated masterpieces. The repertoire for this year’s tour includes work by Sir Matthew Bourne, Christopher Bruce, Royal Ballet artist in residence Liam Scarlett, and former English National Ballet’s Jenna Lee. This family-friendly show is ideal for dance enthusiasts as well as those new to ballet. Don’t miss this opportunity to see these highly talented dancers at the peak of their training as they launch their professional careers.

ADC Theatre, Park St, Cambridge CB5 8AS, adctheatre.com

Marcel Lucont’s Whine List, Cambridge Junction, Sat 22 April

Cambridge Junction

The finest flâneur brings a new interactive show to the baying masses. A kind of self-help group where everyone potentially leaves more depressed. Expect louche musings, deadpan wit and Gallic superiority. You might have seen him on BBC1’s John Bishop Show and he’s got a few awards under his belt too – Winner: Chortle Award 2015. Winner: Best Comedy – Fringe World 2013.

Cambridge Junction, Clifton Way, Cambridge CB1 7GX, junction.co.uk

Burwash Manor Annual Plant Sale, Sun 23 April

Burwash Annual Plant Sale

A chance to get creative in your garden with the popular annual plant show.  From unusual cottage garden plants, perennials and roses to shrubs and ferns – they’ve got it all and very sensibly priced too.  Stalls are staffed by the growers themselves, and as only small, dedicated nurseries are allowed to exhibit, you will find the best of the best – plus some very unusual specimens and even some plants that you just can’t find anywhere else! Enthusiastic growers are on hand to give advice on how, where and why you should plant their varieties and are happy to welcome all gardeners – from the seriously green fingered to the complete novice.

Burwash Manor, New Road, Barton, Cambridge CB23 7EY, burwashmanor.com

Contemporary Dance Workshop by Base Dance, The Key Studio, Sun 23 April

Diccon Hogger, Base Dance, Key Theatre

A series of four workshops offered by Diccon Hogger, artistic Director of Base Dance a double world record breaking innovative performance company which perform across the UK. These sessions are designed to collaborate and explore how to create a short performance and Base Dance’s choreography fuses contemporary, urban and physical theatre styles with advanced contact work creating highly energetic and powerful performances. Join Diccon to find out how you can adopt his style to inspire your own performances. No movement or performance experience is needed for this exciting project.

Key Theatre, Embankment Road, Peterborough, PE1 1EF, vivacity-peterborough.com

Tilly the Travelling Tea Room, Wandlebury Country Park, Sun 23 April

Tilly the travelling tearoom

This genuine Thomson Mini Glen caravan has been lovingly restored to her former glory, with the help of a little Cath Kidston. The Nanny McPhee of the tea wold – she gets out and about travelling to tea parties and events where you might need her help. This Sun Tilly is pitching up at Wandlebury Country Park where she’ll be serving morning coffee, afternoon tea, ice creams and a host of homemade cakes and cookies.

Wandlebury Country Park, Wandlebury Ring, Gog Magog Hills, Stapleford, Cambridge CB22 3AE cambridgeppf.org

Feast of St George with Que Rico Tapas, Cambridge Wine Merchants, Cherry Hinton Road Wine Bar, Sun 23 April

Cambridge Wine Merchants

St George was the patron saint of both England and Aragon so what better way to celebrate St George’s Day than with a wine tasting from Aragon. Wines will be paired with traditional dishes from that region and surrounding areas like Navarra.

Cambridge Wine Merchants, 163 Cherry Hinton Rd, Cambridge CB1 7BX, cambridgewine.com

Lost in London and live Q&A with Woody Harrelson, Cambridge Arts Picturehouse, Sat 23 April

Lost in London

Back in January, screen icon Woody Harrelson (Natural Born Killers, White Men Can’t Jump) directed and starred in an unprecedented live feature-film event: a movie made on the fly, shot in real time in Central London in a single take and broadcast live to cinemas across the world.  A comic re-staging of one crazy night in Soho in 2002, Lost In London follows Harrelson, playing himself, as he struggles to get home to his family after a scandal threatens to ruin his marriage. Run-ins with royalty, friends and the law all seem to conspire to keep him from succeeding. Funny, charming and finally quite moving, Woody’s film ultimately proves much more than a dazzling technical exercise.  There’s a live Q&A with Woody after the show so you can throw any questions about the film at him, one-on-one.

Cambridge Arts Picturehouse, 38-39 St Andrew’s St, Cambridge CB2 3AR picturehouses.com

Flower Workshop: Bloomon, Co. at no. fifteen, Cherry Hinton, Sun 23 April

Bloomon Fllowes Co. at no fifteen

Want a lesson in arranging the perfect bouquet?  Bloomon are running several one-hour workshops where you’ll learn how to arrange flowers, and get tips and tricks as our professional floral stylists pass on their insider knowledge.

Co. 15 High Street, Cherry Hinton, Cambridge, cofifteen.co.uk

Woodwind Play Day, Stapleford Granary, Sun 23 April

Stapleford Granary Woodwind Play Day

Join Stephanie Reeve and Kirsty Body for the third woodwind play day, aimed at intermediate woodwind players  of flute, oboe, clarinet, bassoon and saxophone (grade 3 – 6). Players will be able to develop their technical and ensemble skills in a relaxed and supportive setting, with tips on how to improve listening and sight-reading. Repertoire will be specially arranged covering a range of styles.

Stapleford Granary, Stapleford Granary, Bury Road, Stapleford, Cambridge CB22 5BP, staplefordgranary.org.uk

 

 

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