Mon 24 - Sun 30 June
THEATRE: An Evening with Sir Michael Parkinson, Arts Theatre, 26 June
We were graced by the presence of Michael Palin at the beginning of the month, and this week another famous Michael is heading Cambs-wards, Sir Michael Parkinson, who’s at the Arts Theatre on 26 June in the rather says what is does on the tin title: An Evening with Sir Michael Parkinson. Allow me to elaborate – it’s a conversation with his son Mike about his journey from a pit village to the top of those famous stairs, with highlights from the Parkinson archive throughout.
FOOD: Foodies Festival, Parker’s Piece Cambridge, 28-30 June
Dash any final hopes of getting into that itsy bitty bikini this summer, with a visit to the UK’s biggest food festival – Foodies Festival on 28-30 June on Parkers Piece. There’s live music from Scouting for Girls as well as 50 emerging bands from Cambridgeshire, workshops and masterclasses from top chefs including our very own Daniel Clifford from Midsummer House. And yes there’s plenty of free samples – don’t pretend that’s not why you’re interested, as well as a new Kids Zone and Dog Arena. The best news of all is that here at Muddy Stilettos Cambs we’re giving away three pairs of tickets (always happy to help a fellow gourmand!). Enter the competition here.
KIDS: Monty Mouse of Cambridge Town book launch, Heffers Bookshop, 28 June
Little bookworms will love the launch event of Monty Mouse of Cambridge Town at Heffers Bookshop on 28 June. This beautifully illustrated book is all about our gorgeous county town of Cambridge and kids will enjoy picking out the places they recognise as they follow the adventures of Monty with author Kate and illustrator Angela.
MUSIC: The Kaiser Chiefs at Newmarket Racecourse, 28 June
And they’re off… Newmarket Nights got off to a racing start this month on Friday with perennial favourites Madness, but they’re followed at a length and a half by The Kaiser Chiefs on the 28 June.
ART & EXHIBITIONS: Art Hound Fight Club, Burwash Manor, 28 June
Now this is our kind of battle – to celebrate the start of The Art Hound Gallery’s Summer Open House, two contemporary artists will be sparring against one another in a paint off. It’ll be anything but timid – have you seen creatives types when they lose their cool? In the red corner you’ll find urban artist Charlotte Cooper, while Alan Rogerson is in the blue corner. The resulting pieces will go up for sale and then there’ll be drinks and music for the rest of the launch. There’s plenty of art yto see in the summer marquee too, with hundreds of pieces spanning from 1910 to present day, including Picasso, Banksy and Matisse.
KIDS: Hidden Tales Cambridge Family Treasure Hunt launch, Sedgwick Museum, 3 – 4.30pm, 29 June
Loved The Da Vinci Code? Then you’ll want to give this brand new reading concept a go. Riddle of the White Sphinx is the first book in the Hidden Tales series, illustrated adventure books funded by the Arts Council of England for children 8+. In true Dan Brown style readers have to solve mysteries in a fantasy world by following a trail of clues to local museums to discover a secret artefact hidden somewhere in their city. Naturally, our amazing city of Cambridge was chosen for the first book because of its many museums and colleges. Want to get to find the holy grail first? Then elbow your way to the front of the queue on 29 June at the launch event. Click here for your free ticket.
DAYS OUT: Heathfest 2019, Duxford, 29 June
It’s set to be a stunner of a weekend, so take the kids to a fun day out in the sun that’s also good for the local community – win, win! Heathfield Area Recreation Trust are raisng funds for a pop up youth club for the children in Thriplow and surrounding villages with Heathfest, a day out including bouncy castles, craft stores, live bands and a bar, to keep you hydrated while watching the kids do all the exercise.
DAYS OUT: Flower Festival, Hemingford Abbots, 29 – 30 June
If you love flowers and getting your stilettos muddy in the garden, then head to Hemingford Abbots on 29 and 30 June for the annual Flower Festival. It’s a rather picturesque riverside East Anglian village on a normal day, so just imagine what it looks like when all the chocolate box cottages have burst into colour with gorgeous blooms. There will be 20 open gardens (and who doesn’t love a nosey round other’s peoples gardens), historic cars and bikes, Morris dancers (c’mon, it’s not a village festival without them) and river trips to enjoy.
ART: Along Your Street 2019, Byard Art, Until 30 June
It’s your last chance this week to head along your street (see what I did there!) to Byard Art and see their annual exhibition of local scenes. The contemporary exhibition features 19 ink and watercolour pieces by Rob Howard, a Cambridge dweller and enthusiast as well as beautiful works by Diana Griffin and Rosemary Trestini. Expect lots of versions of King’s College Chapel! Well worth a visit.
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, 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.
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).