Mon 8 July - Sun 14 July
FOOD & DRINK: Houghton and Wyton Feast Week, 5 – 14 July
Why just have a weekend of summer celebrations when you can have a week of feasting, say the food-loving folk of Houghton and Wyton, whose Feast Week runs from 5 – 14 July (that’s technically more than a week, but we’ll not be pedants). Expect bizarre English events like a scarecrow competition, duck race and the classic village fete (splat the rat etc.), as well as an American take on things with the Barn Dance. Anyway what about that feast? There’s a bake-off and every event throughout the week will have delicious food and drink stalls to keep you merry.
THEATRE: Shakespeare Festival, various Cambridge colleges, 8 July to 24 August
Something wicked this way comes… and I mean ‘wicked’ in the used-to-mean-awesome-circa-1998 way – it’s Cambridge’s Shakespeare Festival from the 8 July – 24 August at various university college gardens throughout the city (how posh is that sentence!). Hamlet kicks off the proceedings at King’s College Gardens on the 8th.
DAYS OUT: The Moët & Chandon July Festival, Newmarket Racecourses, 11 – 13 July
Huge hats and poke-your-eyes-out-fascintors at the ready. July can only mean one thing… it’s Ladies Day at The Moët & Chandon July Festival from 11 – 13 July at Newmarket Races. The sparkling name alone has us reaching in the back of the wardrobe for our hat boxes. The racing highlight is the Darley Cup (Europe’s leading sprint race) on the Saturday, but the fashion stakes are higher on the Thursday for Ladies Day. Go easy on the bubbles during the day – Nick Grimshaw is hitting the decks for the après-racing party and you don’t want to miss that. (Here at Muddy Cambs we’re giving tickets away to Newmarket Nights – enter to win now).
FESTIVAL: The St Ives Carnival and Music Festival, 12 – 14 July
Summer means carnival time and Cambridgeshire puts on a colourful show in pretty St Ives from 12 – 14 July. The St Ives Carnival and Music Festival kicks off with an outdoor cinema showing of The Greatest Showman (take your ear plugs, I can’t help but sing This is Me at the top of my less-than-tuneful lungs). Saturday is parade day followed by Proms in the Park in the evening and then the music festival takes place on Sunday. I’m exhausted just writing about it!
MUSIC: Heritage Live, Audley End House, 12 – 14 July
Pack a picnic (and we mean a serious one – seasoned festival goers at Heritage Live bring tables, chairs, candelabra, you name it…) and find your spot on the mount behind Audley End House on 12 – 14 July for a genteel evening of musical fun. This year the line-up is The Human League, plus ABC & Belinda Carlisle on the 12th; The Hives, plus The Fratellis, The Sandinistas & Cassia on the 13th and The Jacksons, plus Kool & the Gang and Boney M. on the 14th.
MUSIC: Ely Folk Festival, 12 -14 July
Sneaking into our summer of festival fun before the bigger Cambridge version is Ely Folk Festival on 12 – 14 July – a bijou folk and roots festival. You can camp on-site to make the most of the weekend’s acts, as well as the real ale bar, kids activities, morris dancing, ceilidhs and workshops. Folk-loving dogs are even allowed to attend.
MUSIC: Cambridge Summer Music Festival, 12 – 27 July
Various venues, various dates – there’s something for every classical music lover at the classy Cambridge Summer Music Festival, from 12 – 27 July, that has been running for over 40 years. Themes this year are: music by female composers and music by Johann Sebastian Bach – with the launch event being the St John Passion and a performance of the complete Brandenburg Concertos. Be prepared to be blown away by the musical talent of some of our residents. Time to resurrect that school trumpet talent for next year perhaps (or was it just me that got stuck with the trumpet!)?
FOOD & DRINK: Gin and Rum Festival, Peterborough, 12 – 13 July
Prefer your spirits a little less fruity than limoncello? The following weekend, Peterborough says “ciao, Italy” and hello to the UK’s largest Gin and Rum Festival on the 12 -13 July in the Cathedral (it’s ok, Jesus loved the odd tipple with friends). There are over 60 runs and 60 gins to wet your whistle, as well as a resident DJ to get you in the mood for merriment. Might we suggest booking a taxi home?
THEATRE: We’re Going on a Bear Hunt, Arts Theatre, 12 – 14 July
Want to keep the kids entertained for an hour or so? Well, you can’t do much better than this. The lively West End production of We’re Going on a Bear Hunt is coming to the Arts Theatre from 12 – 14 July. It’s a real family pleaser with the sort of story that you can follow and enjoy rather than feeling like you’ve inadvertently ingested magic mushrooms (I’m looking at you In the Night Garden). It’s a great score and the sort of show that will make your kids ask for more trips to the theatre.
ART: Open Studios, Cambridge, 12 – 14 July
July is a bumper month for art lovers in Cambridge, because every weekend the community of over 350 artists in the area open up their studios for us nosey parkers to come and snoop around. Entry is free and it’s the perfect way to combine a walk around our beautiful city with discovering some talented local craftspeople.
DAYS OUT: Flying Legends 2019, IWM Duxford, 13 – 14 July
It wouldn’t be summer without the odd Spitfire roaring overhead or a Tiger Moth casually doing some sort of aerial acrobatics. And on 13 and 14 July at IWM Duxford, you can step back in time to he hey day of British aviation, as it’s the Flying Legends 2019 air show, where you can see all the classic planes your hearts’ desire. The show culminates in the finale Balbo formation when all the WWII fighters take to the skies to salute you in a mass flypast.