What’s on in June
With so much going on in Muddy Cambs you need to plan ahead sometimes. So grab a coffee and your diary and start booking in some of the fab events that are happening over the next month or so. Things get booked up fast so if I give you the nod you need to pick up the phone – briiiing!
If I’ve missed an event that you’re running, or one of your favourites isn’t listed, then please email me at: [email protected]
Summer Showcase, The Art Hound Gallery, Burwash, until Thurs Aug 31
The Art Hound Gallery will open its doors this Summer to showcase the works by some of the UK’s most exciting contemporary artists and the world renowned giants of modern art. With a focus on original printmaking, the showcase will feature the pioneers of Pop Art, Sir Peter Blake, Eduardo Paolozzi alongside the current up-and-coming crop of pop and urban artists and the most established – Jamie Reid, Shepard Fairey and Pure Evil. You’ll be also be able to discover the most affordable ways to own your very own Warhol, Francis Bacon, Matisse or Picasso. The Art Hound Gallery have always represented Cornish art – and they’ll be featuring artists from the St Ives art community such as Sir Terry Frost, Breon O’Casey and Rachel Nicholson, alongside the internationally respected contemporary abstract painters Iain Robertson and Clare Wardman, who paint in the famous Porthmeor studios and exhibit at the Tate St Ives. London roots will not be neglected, with a selection of the finest contemporary London printmakers works on display and sale, from Francois Pont’s expansive abstracts (which are in the Victoria and Albert museum), to iconic animal portraits by Kate Boxer and eccentric illustrations by Basia Lautman.
The Art Hound, Unit 12, Burwash Manor, New Road, Barton, Cambridge CB23 7EY, thearthoundgallery.com
Pericles, Shakespeare at The George, Tue 27 June – Sat 8 July
The annual Shakespeare at The George 2017 summer production will be Pericles: Prince of Tyre Pericles is a late play, probably written in 1608 and in Shakespeare’s time it was one of the most frequently performed of his plays but probably the complexity of locations in the story made it less suitable to the rather formal proscenium arch style of theatre. It is now becoming more popular once again with several recent notable productions. It is also acknowledged as a collaboration between Shakespeare and a low-life playwright George Wilkins.
The George Hotel, George St, Huntingdon PE29 3AB, satg.org.uk
David Hockney Selling Exhibition, Babylon Arts Centre, Ely, Fri 23 June – Sun 23 July
This art gallery in Ely is hosting a prestigious selling exhibition of 40 original David Hockney prints and lithographs including illustrations from The Brothers Grimm. Hockney is one of the 20th Century’s most popular and influential artists, and a retrospective of his life’s work has recently been on display at the Tate Britain. Prices for the works, many of which are limited editions, will range from £500 up to several thousand.
Babylon Arts Centre, Babylon Gallery, Waterside, Ely, Cambridgeshire, CB7 4AU babylonarts.org.uk
Michael Rosen’s award-winning book We’re Going on a Bear Hunt is brought vividly and noisily to the stage in director Sally Cookson’s fun-filled adaptation set to Benji Bower’s versatile lively score. Direct from a smash-hit West End season and international tour.Join this intrepid family of adventurers and their musical dog on their quest to find a bear; as they wade through the gigantic swishy swashy grass, the splishy splashy river and the thick oozy, squelchy mud! Expect catchy songs, interactive scenes and plenty of hands-on adventure!
Key Theatre, Embankment Road, Peterborough, PE1 1EF, vivacity-peterborough.com
Introduction to Plant and Garden Photography, Cambridge Universtiy Botanic Garden, Fri 30 June
Always fancied yourself as the next David Bailey then here’s your chance! Led by photographer Pete Murray you will make the most of the Garden and Glasshouses to discover how to take pictures in a variety of situations. The course will show you how to take control of your camera, and use built-in camera modes including an introduction to Aperture mode. Picture styles covered in the day include landscapes, adding foreground interest, dealing with movement, plant portraits, and capturing close-up detail. Pete will show you how to set up your camera and compose pictures in a variety of locations in the Garden using subjects of seasonal interest. He uses a proven ‘step-by-step’ approach to allow you to gain confidence in using your camera and which will help you to consistently take better pictures. This course is suitable for beginners using either Bridge Cameras (Superzooms) or SLR/CSC cameras with changeable lenses.
Dodo Street Bank, Cambridge University Botanic Gardens, 1 Brookside Cambridge CB2 1JE, botanic.cam.ac.uk
Azarah Spanish Tapas and Wine Pop, Co. at Fifteen, Fri 30 June
Wind in the Willows: Isle of Ely Arts Festival, Ely Cathedral, Sat 1 July
Chapterhouse Theatre Company presents magical theatre in magical surroundings! Join Badger, Ratty, Mole and Toad for a perfect summer of adventure. What starts as a search for the best picnic spot rapidly turns into the most hilarious of escapades. With the bumptious Toad’s heart set on a shiny new motorcar and his very liberty soon at stake, will his faithful friends come to his rescue – and will he let them? Alive with music and song, this magical family show is presented in beautiful traditional costume and features a woodland parade during the interval for everyone to join in with! Fun and frolics aplenty with this adaptation of the classic novel loved by children and adults alike, performed in the grounds of the magnificant Ely Cathedral.
Ely Cathedral, Chapter House, The College, Ely CB7 4DL babylonarts.org.uk
Well when you have a garden that looks this darn good it would be rude not to have some sort of ‘fest’. Willowfest is a feel good, family friendly, music & drinks festival with a vintage vibe. Set in the enchanting garden with tipi & secret meadow included, it’s an idyllic spot to feast and frolic with friends or family. There’ll be music on the Tipi Stage, food and drinks in the Secret Meadow and the restaurant is also open. Stroll down to the Secret Meadow for food & drinks. Nestled in here you’ll also find the Silent Disco, space to kick back, & a fun children’s area too. Kids under 13 go free and for the first time there is limited and basic camping on site too.
Willowfest, The Willow Tree, 29 High Street, Bourn, Cambridgeshire CB23 2SQ, thewillowtreebourn
The Wild Wood Disco, Linton, Sat 1 July – Sun 2 July
The inaugural Wild Woods is set to be the ultimate woodland party with Jazzie B (Soul II Soul), The Head Gardener (SGP), and lots more top DJs. Food Park street food, 4 bars, art installations, lasers and plenty of secrets to discover amongst the trees. The festival will be brimming with bars, including a Prosecco on tap bar, the Horsebox cocktail bar, Craft Beers from BrewDog and our very naughty absinthe hut will be making a special re-appearance. The best of Cambridge Street Food comes courtesy of Food Park, with everything from Asian Bao buns to Hot Churros.
The Wild Wood Disco, The Woodland at Horseheath Racecourse, Linton, Cambridgeshire, CB21 4QF, mylittlefestival.uk
The Women Who Flew for Hitler – Clare Mulley, Wimpole Hall, Fri 7 July
Wimpole History Festival Fri 7 July – Sun 9 July
Wimpole’s inaugural History Festival is a partnership between the Cambridge Literary Festival and the National Trust. Two days acked full of talks, debates, book signings, performances, living history workshops and activities for the young history lovers too. Highlights include Lucy Worsley, who marks the 200th anniversary of Jane Austen’s death; David Olusoga explores being black and British; Orlando Figes looks at the Russian Revolution a century on whilst Bridget Kendall contemplates Putin’s Russia.
Wimpole Hall, Arrington, SG8 0BW, www.wimpolehistoryfestival.com
The Cambridge Shakespeare Festival 2017, Cambridge Colleges, Mon 10 July – Sat 26 Aug
Cambridge Shakespeare Festival returns to the University’s beautiful college gardens on 13 July, offering an eclectic programme of plays throughout July and into August. Performed in full Elizabethan costume, in a unique outdoor setting with live music as accompaniment. Bring a picnic to enjoy before the performance and enjoy the idyllic surroundings. The diverse programme ensures there’s Shakespeare for everyone whether you prefer a comedy (The Merry Wives of Windsor), a romance (Romeo and Juliet), a drama (Hamlet) or a touch of fairyland (A Midsummer Night’s Dream). There’s eight plays in total spread out around the stunning city colleges grounds – including the Fellows’ Garden at Trinity College – a hidden gem that not even the students are allowed access to.
Milton Maize Maze, Milton, Fri 14 July – Tues 5 Sept
Struggling for holiday inspiration and they haven’t even broken up yet! Where else round ‘ere parts can you tackle a giant maize maze, enjoy the farm animals and tractor rides and come across a stray bouncy castle. There’s a cafe on site for necessary sustinence.
Milton Maize, Rectory Farm, A10 Milton Bypass, Milton, Cambridge CB24 6AE.themiltonmaizemaze.co.uk
Music for Kids: Dodo Street Band, Cambridge University Botanic Gardens, Wed 12 July
Cambridge Summer Music Festival is not just all about the adults. Described as ‘the last word in Celtic Gypsy Klezmer’, Dodo Street Band combine diabolical fiddle virtuosity from international star Adam Summerhayes, outrageous brilliance from world number one recorder genius Piers Adams, horrifyingly high-ABV insanity from accordion master Murray Grainger, positively evil power from bass legend Malcolm Creese and dazzling bodhran playing from multi-award-winning king of folk percussion, Cormac Byrne. This event is suitable for children of all ages, and a great introduction to understanding that brilliant technique can be fun as well as hard work! This lively concert will be informally introduced by the performers, with some participation from the audience, all set in the stunning Cambridge University Botanic Gardens as part of their Sounds Green concerts. .
Dodo Street Bank, Cambridge University Botanic Gardens, 1 Brookside Cambridge CB2 1JE, botanic.cam.ac.uk
St Neots Regatta, Regatta Meadow, St Neots Sat 22 July – Sun 23 July
This popular regatta showcases St Neots at its very best along the beautiful riverbank of the River Ouse. Enjoy some competitive rowing in the spectator area where you can picnic, relax on the riverbank and cheer on your local club as they race against clubs from across the UK. A licensed bar and food tent will keep you replenished throughout the day.
Cambridge Folk Festival, Cherry Hinton Hall, Thurs 27 July – Sun 30 July
Launched waaaay back in 1965, Cambridge Folk Festival is one of the largest and longest running events of its kind, renowned for its relaxed vibe and loved for its eclectic line-up with traditional folk artists rubbing shoulders with more contemporary acts. As always, there’ll be a mixture of up-and-coming talent and big names performing across a range of stages in the pretty parkland setting of Cherry Hinton Hall. Artists that have been released already include returning Jake Bugg, Oysterband, Lau, Olivia Newton-John, Amy Sky and Hayseed Dixie – guest Curator Jon Boden will perform with The Remnant Kings also. The little’uns are well catered for too, making it an ideal family festival. Tickets are literally running out of the door, so don’t leave it too long to grab them.
Cherry Hinton Hall, Cambridge, cambridgelivetrust.co.uk/folk-festival
Gareth Malone, Cambridge Corn Exchange, Tue 14 Nov