Mon 11 - Sun 17 March
FESTIVAL: Cambridge Science Festival, various locations, Mon 11 – Sun 24 Mar
The huuuge annual science fest returns with hundreds of activities, debates and talks (most of them free) across two weeks popping up all over Cambs. The festival showcases all things sciencey and techy going on in our ‘hood and beyond with grown-up events but also aims to get youngsters interested in the field with loads of cool family activities in the pipeline this year. For littlies there’s hands-on workshops at Cambridge Science Centre and the Fitzwilliam Museum, whilst highlights for tweens and teens include engineering talks with Jaguar Land Rover and retro video games at the Centre for Computing History.
THEATRE: Glengarry Glen Cross, Cambridge Arts Theatre, Mon 11 – Sat 16 Mar
David Mamet’s Olivier and Pulitzer Prize winning play about lies, greed and corruption in the lives of real estate salesmen comes to Cambs on the play’s first ever major tour of the UK. Mark Benton (Waterloo Road, As You Like It) and Nigel Harman (EastEnders, A Chorus of Disapproval) star.
TALK: An Evening with The Hairy Bikers, Cambridge Corn Exchange, Thurs 14 Mar
Everyone’s favourite hairy chefs are stopping off in Cambs for an evening of cooking and conversation, part of their 2019 mega tour around the UK. The charismatic duo have written over 20 cookbooks (I’ve got a couple knocking around) and several hit TV shows including The Hairy Bikers’ Cookbook; Best of British, The Hairy Bikers’ Food Tour of Britain and the prime time series Mums Know Best.
MUSIC: KT Tunstall, Cambridge Junction, Thurs 14 Mar
Quirky Scottish singer-songwriter KT Tunstall performs as part of her European and US tour. The BRIT Award winner’s hit songs include The Black Horse and the Cherry Tree and Suddenly I See, which was used in the opening credits of The Devil Wears Prada– if Miranda Priestly approves, so do I.
COMEDY: Lucy Porter, Cambridge Junction, Fri 15 Mar
Discussing all things inherited from her parents, from dodgy knees to global warming (eh?), Lucy Porter performs her new stand up show Pass It On that debuted at the Edinburgh Fringe last year. Lucy’s TV creds include QI, Room 101 and Live at the Apollo.
NEW OPENING: Gymfinity Kids
I’m a bit gutted this is only for kids because it looks so fun! Gymfinity run classes and activities for babies to 16 year olds including gymnastics and the rather cool sounding Ninja Knight lessons. They’ve just opened their 5th location in Cambs- it looks like a great way to get ’em away from the screens and doing some exercise.
DAY OUT: Burghley House reopens, Sat 16 Mar
The huge Elizabethan house opens its doors and gardens for 2019 along with new exhibit Treasures of the East, featuring objects collected by the house’s Earls in the 17th and 18th century.
COOK: Molecular gastronomy cooking class, Barclays Eagle Lab Cambridge, Sat 16 Mar
Calling all fledgling Heston Blumenthal’s (unfortunately I’m a one-pan wonder), a molecular gastronomy class is coming to Cambs. Each session, held in Barclays’ flagship innovation tank, includes appetisers, a tapas lunch, dessert, a glass of wine and tutorials on how to make your own culinary creations. Plus, it’s BYOB.
Get tickets here.
COMEDY: Cambridge Footlights, Cambridge Arts Theatre, Sun 17 Mar
Boasting some serious celeb alumni, Stephen Fry, Hugh Laurie and Trevor Nunn to name a few, Cambridge Footlights return to the county to showcase sketches, songs and stand up from the UK’s up and coming young comedians.
EXHIBITION: Whistler & Nature, The Fitzwilliam Museum, until Sun 17 Mar
It’s the last week you catch this major exhibition of Victorian artist James McNeill Whistler’s paintings, sketches and prints.
ART HUNT: Dinky Doors, various locations
Tiny doors have been popping up all over our ‘hood courtesy of anonymous art duo Dinky Doors with installations on Market Square and little No. 10 on Downing Street- why not take a walk and find them all? This month’s door has just popped up on Sussex Street, a Wonder Emporium complete with miniature ice cream cone maker and flan dish- cute!
Find a location map here
ART: Louise Bourgeois, Artists Rooms, Kettle’s Yard, Cambridge, until Mon 24 Mar
This exhibition of sculptures, prints and drawings by Louise Bourgeois (1911-2010) traces pivotal moments in the artist’s long career. Julie Mehrutu exhibits alongside in her first UK solo exhibition.
BOOK NOW: The Luna Cinema, Anglesey Abbey, May – Sept
The UK’s leading open air cinema, that hosts screenings across the country, launches its biggest season yet and is coming to Cambridgeshire for the first time. The screenings will be held in the gorgeous Anglesey Abbey along with hot food stalls and a full bar, but you can also take along a picnic or upgrade to premium seats for director’s chairs, a prime view, fast track access and a free drink. Tickets go on sale Fri 8 Mar with screenings including loads of Oscar picks from A Star Is Born and Bohemian Rhapsody to The Favourite. Ticket prices range from £15.00 – £17.50 for adults and from £9.50 – £13.50 for children.
EXHIBITION: Abstract Allies, Zuleika Gallery, London, until Fri 29 Mar
Curated by former BBC Radio News journo and hardcore art collector, Tim Sayer MBE, and the gallery’s director Lizzie Collins, this colourful exhibits showcases art, sculptures and ceramics from abstract artists including Liz West (you can also check out her installation over the border in Herts at St Albans Museum & Gallery until Tues 19 Mar), Lucie Rie and Howard Hodgkin. On Tues 12 Mar, there’ll also be a gallery talk with Tim and reception, booking essential (firstname.lastname@example.org).
LONDON DESIGN WEEK
There’s a couple of interior shows popping up in London this month if you’re thinking of sprucing up your gaff. First up is London Design Week at Chelsea Harbour Design Centre, until Fri 15 Mar, with 120 showrooms and over of 600 luxury brands- the biggest of its kind in Europe. Later in the month the whopper Ideal Home Show rocks up at Olympia London, Fri 22 Mar – Sun 7 April, with hundreds of free talks, 600 companies and the latest tech. This year the theme is Best of British so expect loads of UK companies. Does anyone else feel a splurge coming on?
THEME PARK: Legoland reopens, Windsor, Fri 15 Mar
Kids rejoice! Legoland reopens for the summer season this month and is hosting events at weekends to celebrate the new The Lego Movie 2, including building activities, character experiences, interactive photo opportunities and more. The park will also be unveiling its newest ride next month, The Haunted House Monster Party, Sat 13 April.
EXHIBITION: Christian Dior: Designer of Dreams, Victoria & Albert Museum, London, until Sun 14 July
The V&A is showing the largest House of Dior exhibition ever staged in the UK, tracing the history of Christian Dior and the six artistic directors who succeeded him. The exhibition is based on the major exhibition Christian Dior: Couturier du Rêve, organised by the Musée des Arts Décoratifs, Paris, and there’s a new section exploring Dior’s fascination with British culture. A highlight is the Christian Dior dress worn by Princess Margaret for her 21st birthday celebrations, on loan from the Museum of London.
EXHIBITION: Don McCullin at Tate Britain, until Mon 6 May
Over 250 photographs spanning Don McCullin’s 6o year career are on display at Tate Britain and include his iconic war images, including Vietnam, Northern Island and Syria, as well as some of his work focussing on poverty in England. There’s also a Tate Late session at the Tate Modern on Fri 22 Feb when you can wander the galleries after hours and listen to talks, music and workshops.