You’ve made it! Spring is (nearly, almost, pretty much) here! Now, I’m not advocating you dig out your open-toed sandals and shorts just yet, but you should definitely at least rescue them from the back of the wardrobe cobweb. Longer evenings and flourishing signs of renewed life in the garden mean that you can blow out your cosy winter candles, grab a friend and start putting some dates in your diary! And if there’s anything great happening in your neck of the woods, don’t forget to drop me a line at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Cambridge Preloved Vintage Kilo, St Barnabas Church, Sat 21 Apr
This popular wholesale vintage event is coming to Cambridge this month, so get your elbows at the ready and rummage through six tonnes of cool vintage garb for only £15 a kilo. This is the place to get that fur coat you need, those mum jeans you just call ‘jeans’, the ugly suede jacket you like for five seconds in a dimly lit warehouse, that fascinator your granny wore in the 1940’s, those baggy mustard leggings you’ve been meaning to buy and the fedora you’ll buy for your holiday and immediately regret. But at £15 quid a kilo, it’s definitely worth a punt, and you’ll have a right laugh trying stuff on.
St. Barnabas Church, Address: 88 Mill Road, Cambridge, CB1 2BD
Cambridge Geek Con, Duxford, Sat 14 Apr
Self-confessed geek alert! If you’re thinking, ‘Where can I go and see a life size prop of Jabba the Hut this April?’, then fear not! The Geek Con at the Imperial War Museum at Duxford has enough Star Wars, Marvel, DC and Transformers action to keep you and any related geeks happy for hours. Geekology Events presents a weekend full of talks, shows, traders, artists, comics, panel talks and more. Suitable for the whole family and ridiculous photo opps guaranteed.
The Imperial War Museum, Duxford, Cambridge CB22 4QR
Tickets from £0-20, booking required
The Banff Mountain Film Festival is one of the most prestigious in the world, and this series of short films brings together thought-provoking and exhilarating vignettes from the world of travel, action and adventure. Imagine death defying stunts, gorgeous shots of Mother Nature and some quirky surprises. Art, athleticism and high altitude cinema all under one roof.
Cambridge Corn Exchange, Wheeler Street, Cambridge, CB2 3QE
Tickets from £15.75
Cambridge Literary Festival, Fri 13- Sun 15 Apr
Just looking at the line up for this year’s Spring Cambridge Literary Festival makes me want to abandon my life and family for three days and embark on a marathon lit-fest. I pretty much want to go to everything. Tom Kerridge, Ruby Wax, Harriet Harman, Luke Harding, Ruby Tandoh, Lucy Worseley, Simon Amstell and Adrian Edmondson are just a very few of the big names appearing. Oh, and Ed Miliband and Harry Hill will also be there. But probably not together.
Various venues and prices
Enjoy an evening of horse racing for as little as £10 at Huntingdon Race Course this April. Evening racing is a real treat, so get your glad rags on, grab the girls and have a flutter. And don’t forget to avoid those shoes that make you look like you’ve had one too many as your heel unceremoniously quicksands you into the turf.
Huntingdon Racecourse, Brampton, Huntingdon, Cambridgeshire, PE28 4NL , Telephone: 01480 453373 , Booking Hotline: 0344 579 3007
There’s a sinister plot to murder Queen Victoria and the landlord at The Cromwell Arms needs your help! Following the success of Ely’s first Escape Room, this new murder mystery set-up is the perfect way to indulge in some historical horseplay. For groups of between four and eight people, whether your looking to jazz up your office get-togethers, or do something a little bit different for a teenage party, then look no further (but not before you’ve had a quick glance over your shoulder for a buxom wench wielding a candlestick).
Oliver Cromwell’s House, 29 St Mary’s Street, Ely, Cambridgeshire, CB7 4HF, General Enquiries: 01353 662062
The Multi Story Orchestra won a Royal Philharmonic Society Award in 2016 and are one of the most exciting emerging ensembles. Founded by composer Kate Whitley and conductor Christopher Stark the orchestra will perform a commission by Lithuanian composer Ruta Vitkauskaite for percussion, viola, flute and clarinet. And in the newly refurbished Kettle’s Yard, this is sure to be an aurually amazing experience. The perfect way to wind into the weekend.
Kettle’s Yard, University of Cambridge, Castle Street, Cambridge, CB3 0AQ, (0)1223 748 100
Tickets between £6-£10, booking recommended
The English Touring Opera bring Mozart’s classic to the Arts Theatre this month. If you go only for the overture (is this the singularly most uplifting tune on the planet?), then you’ll have got your money’s worth. However, you will also have the opportunity to laugh at ladies in trousers, casual sexism and the ludicrously over-blown wigs, pinched cheeks and bloomers of 18th Century operatic costume.
Cambridge Arts Theatre, 6 St Edward’s Passage, Cambridge CB2 3PJ, 01223 503333
Bluebells are a must in April, so grab the family, find your nearest carpet of the blue beauties and just take a moment to enjoy this spectacular sight (as you try to ignore the other sight of the dog turning goon-like, rampaging all over the unsuspecting blossoms). Even the most gadget-obsessed little people are unable to resist the simple charm of a bluebell walk and Brampton Wood is a glorious site, full of wildlife, trees and unusual species, as well as being one of the county’s most ancient woodlands.
Brampton Rd, Brampton, Saint Neots PE19 5UQ, 01954 713500
This is a narrated performance of Britten’s classic for families and children at the West Road Concert Hall in Cambridge.
West Road Concert Hall, 11 West Road, Cambridge CB3 9DP, Tel:01223 335184
Tez has graced our screens on Mock the Week, Live at the BBC and Channel 4’s The Last Leg, and now he brings his show to the Junction. The show has already received some great reviews, so make sure you grab the opportunity to see this stand-up with political bite.
Cambridge Junction, Clifton Way, Cambridge, CB1 7GX