Fri 15 - Sun 17 Feb 2019
EXHIBITION: Whistler & Nature, The Fitzwilliam Museum, until Sun 17 Mar
Last chance alert! 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: Twelfth Night, Peterborough Cathedral, Fri 15 Feb
What better setting for Shakespeare than a big old, dramatic cathedral? Founded last year, Gearbox Theatre Company offer a contemporary take on existing works, reimagining the classic comedy in a 1960s setting complete with 60’s skiffle band.
WALK: Snowdrop walk, Ikworth House, Fri 15, Mon 18, Wed 20, Fri 22 Feb
Big posh house, lovely grounds and a whole load of snowdrops; just over the border in Suffolk, National Trust site Ickworth House are running guided walks around their pleasure grounds throughout the month.
POP UP: foodPark street food market, Eddington Market Square, every Fri in Feb, 12pm-2pm
New pop up alert! Local foodie collective foodPark are launching a lunchtime street food market in Cambs’ newest district Eddington. Traders include burger hotspot Steak & Honour and Bao bun van Guerrilla Kitchen (I’ll take three, please!). foodPark also run markets on Wed in West Cambs, Thurs by the Science Park and Fri on Station Road.
KIDS: Thomas the Tank Engine, Nene Valley Railway, Wansford Station, Sat 16, Sun 17, Sat 23, Sun 24 Feb
All aboard! Thomas returns to Wansford just in time for half term with games on the platform, goody bags, children’s tombola and storytelling. You can catch a ride on Thomas’ tracks at 10am, 11.45am and 14.00.
ART: Louise Bourgeois, Artists Rooms, Kettle’s Yard, Cambridge, until Mon 24 Mar
This new 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.
EXHIBITION: Christian Dior: Designer of Dreams, Victoria & Albert Museum, London, Sat 2 Feb – 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 Photography, 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.
THEATRE: The Winter’s Tale for Young Audiences, National Theatre, London, until Thurs 21 Feb
This is a great way to introduce primary-age children to Shakespeare (and it’s only an hour long). The Winter’s Tale, the story of Perdita, the girl who was once lost but is found, returns to the National Theatre in February 2019, following a sell-out run at the Dorfman Theatre last year. Adapted by Justin Audibert and directed by Ruth Mary Johnson, the show is also touring round primary schools in Greater London.