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.
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.
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.
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.
MUSIC: Gabrielle, Cambridge Corn Exchange, Tues 26 Mar Performing new material along with her 90s classics that earned her two BRIT awards, the Dreams singer stops off in Cambs on her UK and Ireland tour.
MUSIC: Gentleman’s Dub Club, Cambridge Junction, Fri 29 Mar
I’ve seen these guys a couple of times, once at a festival (I know, I’m wild) and they are definitely worth a watch. The genre blending nine-piece band, think reggae, jazz, ska, bass and dub, are touring to celebrate their new album Lost in Space that was released back in Jan.
MARKET: Vintage Furniture Flea market, St Paul’s Church, Sat 30 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.
More info here.
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, Sun 10 – 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?
FESTIVAL: Women of the World, Southbank, London, Fri 8 – Sat 9 Mar
Girl power! Women of the World fest returns for it’s ninth year with a fabulous line up of debate, discussion, performance and activism all celebrating female achievement. Highlights this year include conversations with Angela Davis, Fri 8, and renowned journo and activist Naomi Klein, Sat 9.
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.
EXHIBITION: Van Gogh and Britain, Tate Britain, London, Wed 27 Mar – Tues 27 Aug
This new major exhibition will be the first to explore the artist’s relationship with Britain and the literature, art and culture that inspired his work. Over 45 works by the artist from public and private collections including Starry Night on the Rhône 1888 from the Musée d’Orsay, Paris, and the rarely loaned Sunflowers 1888 from the National Gallery, London. There’ll also be work by British artist who were influenced by Van Gogh’s work including Francis Bacon ad David Bomberg.
GONE BUT NOT FORGOTTEN
TALK: Chocology, Cambridge Botanic Garden, Sat 2 Mar
To celebrate Fairtrade Fortnight, which this year focusses on chocolate (well, cocoa), Cambs Botanic Garden is running a family event, Chocology, exploring sustainable chocolate production and showing off their very own cocoa tree. Fingers crossed for tasters.
MUSIC: 1959: The Year that Changed Jazz, Cambridge Arts Theatre, Sun 3 Mar
The death of jazz legends Lester Young & Billie Holiday and the release of the best-selling jazz album of all time, Miles Davis’ Kind of Blue both happened in 1959, who knew? Cambs based saxophonist Dan Forshaw and his sextet pay homage to this seminal year, 60 years on, at Cambs Arts Theatre.
THEATRE: Hedda Gabler, ADC Theatre, Tues 5 Mar
The in-house team at Britain’s oldest University playhouse perform Henrik Ibsen’s famous play about patriarchal society *cue booing* and empowering revenge, mwahaha.
THEATRE: Brendan Cole: Show Man, Cambridge Corn Exchange, Wed 6 Mar
Brendan Cole makes his return after his abrupt Strictly axing (awks!) with Show Man, an all singing, all dancing extravaganza, complete with a professional cast, singers and a live band. Strictly who?
FASHION: Cambridge University Charity Fashion Show, Guildhall, Fri 8 Mar
No doubt one of the coolest events in the Cambs calendar, this fashion show is no lo-fi student production, but attracts loads of great designers from the UK and beyond. This year loads of cool sartorial pieces will shimmy down the runway, modelled by some of Britain’s brainiest students, including work by Plaire, winner of the Swarovski Sustainable Accessories Competition, Eloise Hanikene and Moran Arwas. There’s also live entertainment, music and the promise of a few surprises. All proceeds go to Solidaritee, a charity supporting refuges.
Get tickets here
COMEDY: Sindhu Vee, The Key Studio, Fri 8 Mar
A former banker, Oxford Uni graduate and one time Yves Saint Laurent model (is there anything this woman can’t do?) Sindhu Vee came on to the comedy scene relatively late in her career, scooping up a Best Newcomer nomination at last year’s Edinburgh Fringe for Sandhog. Sindhu performs her hit stand up at The Key Theatre on her UK tour.
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THEATRE: A Song at Twilight, Cambridge Arts Theatre, until Sat 9 Mar
With a stellar Brit cast, Simon Callow (Four Weddings and a Funeral, A Room with a View and Shakespeare in Love) and best selling author and actress Jane Asher (Alfie, Death at a Funeral) star in A Song at Twilight. Promising sharp wit and repartee, the play sees a world famous author encounter an old flame from 40 years ago.
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.
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.
EXHIBITION: Whistler & Nature, The Fitzwilliam Museum, until Sun 17 Mar
It’s the last couple of weeks you catch this major exhibition of Victorian artist James McNeill Whistler’s paintings, sketches and prints.
COMEDY: Cambridge Footlights, Cambridge Arts Theatre, Sun 10, 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 for two nights only to showcase sketches, songs and stand up from the UK’s up and coming young comedians.
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.
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.