Mon 17 - Sun 23 June
FOOD: Tuscan Night, The Rupert Brooke, Grantchester, 20 June
No holidays on the horizon? Boo! Pretend you’re in Tuscany on the 20 June instead by visiting Muddy favourite, The Rupert Brooke pub, who are hosting a Tuscan night. Head chef Daniele Vedovetto was born in Venice so you’re in good authentic Italian hands.
MUSIC: Madness at Newmarket Nights, 21 June
And they’re off… Newmarket Nights get off to a racing start this month on the 21 June with perennial favourites Madness followed at a length and a half by The Kaiser Chiefs on the 28 June.
FESTIVAL: Wimpole History Festival, Wimple Hall, 20 – 23 June
Wimpole History Festival comes to life on 21- 23 June at Wimpole Hall, where children can go to Sword School, meet Roman soldiers and learn how to fire a bow and arrow, and adults can attend author talks and debates with famous faces from the historical world including Lucy Worsley, Antony Beevor, and Micheal Morpurgo.
FESTIVAL: The Wild Wood Disco, Linton, 22 June
Channel your inner hippy and head down to the woods to dance under the stars at this magical music festival. There are three stages to choose from, featuring bands like Faithless and Horse Meat Disco, as well as the Paradise Lost area, Seb Fontaine’s homage to ‘disco, divas and bad behaviour’. It’s adults-only, so drinking and dancing into the early hours are encouraged. Stumble your way back to your tent Bridget Jones-style in muddy wellies and feeling like you’ve gone back to the hey day of the nineties (that’s my idea of a hey day at any rate!).
FOOD & DRINK: Oundle Food Festival Street Market, 22 June
Just across Cambs’ northern border and into Rutland you’ll come across Oundle’s Food Festival Street Market, which takes over the Market Place and New Street on 22 June. There are over 75 stallholders’ worth of produce to get your teeth into as well as events, special menus and offers in the week before.
MUSIC: Jazz and Brass in the Parks, Jesus Green, 23 June
If Glasto-style festivals aren’t really your thing, we’ve got something a little more refined for you: Jazz and Brass in the Parks taking place on Jesus Green on the 23 June. Just turn up with your picnic and a rug for a relaxing evening of music from the Cambridgeshire Youth Jazz Orchestra and food.
ART & EXHIBITIONS: Oscar Murillo, Kettle’s Yard, until 23 June
It’s your last chance to catch Columbian born multimedia artist Oscar Murillo’s first UK solo exhibit since his acclaimed exhibition at South London Gallery at the uber cool contemporary gallery Kettle’s Yard.
Pictures in the Park, Milton Country Park, 22 June
Queen are officially richer than the Queen according to Sunday Times’ Rich List, which isn’t surprising when you consider Bohemian Rhapsody (Rami Malek’s portrayal of singing sensation Freddie Mercury) was not only an Oscar-winning blockbuster hit at the cinemas, but also appears to be showing at every single outdoor cinema event across the UK this summer (and that’s a lot of We Will Rock Yous). You can see it pretty much anywhere in Cambs including the rather lovely setting of Milton Country Park on the 22 June.
NEW EXHIBITION: Manolo Blahnik, The Wallace Collection, London, Mon 10 Jun – Sun 1 Sept
This new exhibit contrasts paintings, sculpture and ornate furniture from the Rococo art movement with Spanish fashion designer Manolo Blahnik’s designs. The intimate collection has been curated by Blahnik himself and features items from his private archives and these gorgeous candy pink shoes designed for Sofia Coppola’s award-winning film, Marie Antoinette. There are also a few accompanying talks, Fashion or Art?, Fashion and Power, The Collector, The Interior World, but if you want to go get a ticket quick as they’re selling out fast. This exhibit is free. wallacecollection.org
NEW EXHIBITION: Keith Haring, Tate Liverpool, Liverpool, Fri 14 Jun – Sun 10 Nov
Spot the little guys! A cool exhibit to check out that’s not over in the Big Smoke is this retrospective of Keith Haring, a legend on the ’80s graffiti, pop art and underground club culture scene. The exhibit will feature 85 artworks including large-scale paintings, posters, photos and video. Very cool. tate.org.uk
If you’re heading for the Big Smoke, there’s tons to do all summer between London and Tower Bridge with the largest outdoor festival in the capital, Summer by the River (until 28 Aug). Outdoor cinema including a live screening of Royal Ballet’s Romeo + Juliet (11 Jun) as well as concerts, workshops, comedy and quizzes. You can scoff and drink to your heart’s content from the obligatory artisan stalls and then join in one of the fitness events to assuage the self-loathing. Or if you’re heading to Covent Garden, it’s your last chance to check out Covent Garden in Bloom (until Sat 15 Jun), with floral artists Fleurs de Villes returning Covent Garden to its roots as the original (or OG, as the kids say) flower market in London. All the retailers and restaurants muck in with botanical window displays, it’s super pretty.
Must-see exhibitions in the big smoke this month include Beasts of London, above, at the Museum of London, a fully immersive, digital installation exploring the role animals have played in the shaping of London, from the Roman era all they way up to present day. The interactive show uses video projection mapping to bring the beasts, from rats to lions, to life as they narrate a virtual tour of London with the likes of Kate Moss, Brian Blessed and Pam Ferris voicing the animals. Or you can check out the V&A‘s retrospective of iconic 1960s designer and the mother of miniskirts, Mary Quant– over 200 garments, accessories and exclusive unseen pieces from the designer’s personal archive (until Sun 16 Feb 2020); also at the V&A is this year’s biggie, the largest House of Dior collection ever staged in the UK, which traces the history of Christian Dior and the six artistic directors who succeeded him (until Sun 1 Sept). It is sold out but there are a few first-come, first served tickets available from 10am from the Grand Entrance – it’s well worth trying your luck. Or you can see the exhibition by purchasing a membership for the V&A. Also worth checking out is the major Van Gogh show at Tate Britain, with over 45 works, including Starry Night on the Rhône 1888 from the Musée d’Orsay, Paris, and the rarely loaned Sunflowers 1888 from the National Gallery. There’ll also be work by British artist who were influenced by Van Gogh’s work including Francis Bacon and David Bomberg (until Sun 11 Aug).