Mon 18 - Sun 14 March
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
FESTIVAL: Cambridge Science Festival, various locations, until 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 Cambs 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 escape games in Cambridge University Library.
The Mirror Crack’d, Cambridge Arts Theatre, Tues 19 – Sat 23 Mar
The Mirror Crack’d, a new play based on Agatha Christie’s novel, brings Hollywood and, of course murder (!), to a sleepy English village. Susie Blake (Coronation Street, Mrs Brown’s Boys) and Simon Shepherd (Peak Practice) star in this psychological drama.
COMEDY: Jason Manford: Muddle Class, Cambridge Corn Exchange, Wed 20 Mar
Mancunian banter in the form of What would your kid do? and 8 Out of 10 Cats’ Jason Manford comes to Cambs Corn Exchange with his tour: Muddle Class. The show promises brand new material about Jason growing up ‘working class’ then finding, over the years, that part of him has become ‘middle class.’ Jason hasn’t been on tour since his 2014 with First World Problems.
The Best of BE FESTIVAL, Cambridge Junction, Wed 20 Mar
Starting out from the growing arts scene in Birmingham in 2010, BE FESTIVAL showcases unusual and provocative pieces from artists and performers all round the world. Each year, BE FESTIVAL packages up three of the best shows and sends them on a UK tour- this year there’ll be a daredevil, an illusionist and a juggling-computer-musical genius, performing 3, 30-minute shows.
Jessie Cave: Sunrise, Cambridge Junction, Thurs 21 Mar
Cartoonist, comedian and Harry potter actress Jessie Cave performs her stand-up Sunrise at Cambs Junction, a blend of witty confessional comedy and DIY performance art.
POP UP: Steak & Honour, Clip ‘n’ Climb Cambridge, Fri 22 Mar
Fancy a well deserved burger after your climbing session? Of course you do. Steak & Honour burger van are hosting a pop up event at Clip ‘n’ Climb Cambridge on Fri 22 Mar, serving up grub to hungry climbers 5pm – 8pm.
More info here
Family gaming night, The Centre for Computing History, Fri 22 Mar
Get booking ASAP if you want to snaffle a spot at this family game night- the first date sold out! There’ll be loads of cool retro including Pac-Man, Space Invaders and Tetris through to modern examples like Wii, PS3, Xbox 360 and Xbox One.
Kieron Hodgson, Cambridge Junction, Sat 23 Mar
Edinburgh Comedy Award Best Show nominee and character comedian Kieron Hodgson’s show ’75 explores why Britain joined Europe in the first place. His TV creds include BBC2’s Two Doors Down, Upstart Crow and Dad’s Army: We’re Doomed.
Cambridge Vintage Furniture Flea, St Barnabus Church, Sat 23 Mar
Voted ‘Best Fair’ by the Vintage Guide to London, the Vintage Furniture Flea returns to Cambs, hopefully with a quirky retro lamp for my bedside table… From posters and magazines to furniture and homewear the market will feature some top vintage traders with items from the 50s and beyond.
BALLET: The Three Little Pigs, Cambridge Arts Picturehouse, Sun 24 Mar
This hour long ballet show (a perfect length for little fidgeters) tells the classic tale of the Three Little Pigs throngmusic, dance and silly costumes. The show is part of the venue’s season of interactive ballets for children.
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. Screenings include Top Gun, Dirty Dancing and Oscar winner Bohemian Rhapsody. Ticket prices range from £15.00 – £17.50 for adults and from £9.50 – £13.50 for children.
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.
LONDON DESIGN WEEK
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?
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.