Mon 7 - Sun 13 January 2019
WALK: Winter walk at Anglesey Abbey, daily
Too many mince pies? National Trust site Anglesey Abbey hosts its annual winter walk around the Jacobean-style house’s gardens (famed for its winter snowdrops) and working water mill. 10.30am.
DRINKS: Gin Masterclass, Cambridge Distillery, every Sat and Sun from Jan 5
Did someone say dry January? Nope, not us. Award winning Cambridge Distillery’s gin masterclass runs throughout the month on weekends in its Grantchester showroom. Explore the distillery, learn how to pick out flavours and, of course, drink some gin.
EXHIBITION: Whistler & Nature, The Fitzwilliam Museum, Tues 8 Jan – Sun 17 Mar
This major exhibition of Victorian artist James McNeill Whistler’s paintings, sketches and prints explores his work in the context of attitudes to landscape in British art and design. A complementary exhibit ‘The Gentle Art: Friends and Strangers in Whistler’s Prints’ will run alongside in the Print Room from Tues 29 Jan, featuring the artist’s etchings of people.
THEATRE: Little Women, ADC Theatre, Tues 8 – Sat 12 Jan
Louisa May Alcott’s classic novel Little Women gets a musical twist at Britain’s oldest university playhouse. ADC Theatre regulars, the Cambridge Theatre Company, will perform to Grammy Award winner Jason Howland’s musical score.
MUSIC: Rudimental, Cambridge Junction, Sat 12 Jan
For all things D&B and electronica, chart toppers Rudimental, who have collaborated with the likes of Ed Sheeran, Ella Eyre and Rita Ora, are playing a few intimate gigs across the UK with Cambridge making the cut. The tour is a primer to the release of their new album Toast To Our Differences and will feature old and new material as well as special guests. 7pm.
MUSIC: Oxford Philharmonic Anniversary Concert, Barbican, London, Sat 12 Jan
The Orchestra is celebrating its 20th anniversary with a concert involving three world-class soloists – Maxim Vengerov, Anne-Sophie Mutter (performing Bach’s Concerto for Two Violins) and Martha Argerich performing Schumann’s piano concerto. The second half of the programme is dedicated to Beethoven’s ground-breaking Eroica Symphony.
COMEDY: Nish Kumar: It’s in your nature to destroy yourselves, Cambridge Corn Exchange, Sun 27 Jan
Double Edinburgh Comedy Award Nominee Nish Kumar is stopping in Cambs on his UK tour that touches on politics and humankind’s self-destructive nature- don’t worry I’m sure it’s funnier than it sounds! A regular on the comedy scene Nish has appeared on Live at the Apollo, Have I Got News For You and even has his own show on Netflix with fellow comedian Joel Dommet.
THEATRE: All About Eve, Noel Coward Theatre, London, Sat 2 Feb – Sat 11 May
Not the recent fabulous tv series but a play based on the award-winning 1950s film starring Bette Davis as Margo Channing, a Broadway star, and her young fan, Eve Harrington, who inveigles her way into her life. With Gillian Anderson and Lilly James in the starring roles, director Ivo van Hove at the helm, and with the themes of celebrity and youth at its core, this looks like a dead cert for success.