Mon 17 July - Sun 23 July
The cool, quirky and unmissable in Cambridgeshire this week.
Richard III, Ely Cathedral, Mon 17 – Tue 18 July
Following their much acclaimed performance of Henry V last year, Antic Disposition return with a thrilling new production of Shakespeare’s darkly comic drama. It will be performed in six of England’s most historic cathedrals and London’s ancient Temple Church and we’re lucky enough to have two of them in Cambridgeshire – last week it was at the stunning Peterborough Cathedral and this week its the turn of Ely.
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
Cambridge Comedy Festival 2017, Jesus Green, Wed 19 July – Sun 23 July
The Cambridge Comedy Festival returns to Jesus Green with over 40 shows from some of the world’s finest comedy performers. The Jesterlarf Comedy Club Gala Marquee will be hosting shows each night with big name headliners. The Cambridge Junction and Cambridge Edition tents host Edinburgh Preview shows and have a star studded program of comedy award winners and the hottest emerging talent. New for 2017 is the Blunda Bus a double decker bus hosting Fringe shows. Plus there are some great kids shows for young chucklers.
Cambridge Comedy Festival, Jesus Green, Cambridge CB5 8AR, junction.co.uk
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
All or Nothing – The Musical, Cambridge Corn Exchange, Thurs 20 July – Sat 22 July
The ‘Mod’ Musical is a trans-generational musical experience celebrating the unique sound of the iconic Mod band, The Small Faces. Including an arsenal of brilliant hits like ‘Whatcha Gonna Do About It’, ‘All Or Nothing’, ‘Tin Soldier’, ‘Lazy Sunday’, ‘Here Comes The Nice’ and ‘Itchycoo Park’.
Cambridge Corn Exchange, 2 Wheeler St, Cambridge CB2 3QB, cambridgelivetrust.co.uk
Outdoor Theatre: A Midsummer Night’s Dream, Wimpole Hall, Sat 22 July
Midsummer night. An enchanted forest. Puck and his musical fairy band tell a tale of lovers, mechanicals, and magical mayhem. Bring a picnic and relax in the Old Rectory Garden and be entertained by the critically-acclaimed Pantaloons as they present their innovative and hilarious open-air version of Shakespeare’s timeless comedy – told, as ever, in their own distinctive and anarchic style. Don’t panic if you can’t make this date they are performing later in August (Sat 26 & Sun 27) at the RSPB, The Lodge in Sandy just over the border in Bedfordshire.
Wimpole Hall, Arrington , Cambridgeshire, SG8 0BW thepantaloons.co.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.
FoodPark Night Market, Gravel Hill Farm, Cambridge Sat 22 July
Street food in Cambridge has taken off in a huge way over the last few years and the foodPark NIGHT MARKET is the city’s ultimate street food party, under one very cool Cambridge roof. There’s a definite al fresco vibe with over 10+ local traders, street food newsbies, pop-up bars, and DJs and local music – oh, did I forget cocktails, wine, fizz and craft beer. Sounds pretty cool hey. Tickets do sell out rather fast so make sure you get in there first.
FoodPark, Gravel Hill Farm, Madingley Rise, Madingley Road, Cambridge, CB3 0FU eventbrite.co.uk
The Cambridge Shakespeare Festival 2017, Cambridge Colleges, various dates until 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.
Sustrans Guided Cycle Ride, St Neots, Sun 23 July
The cycling bug has encouraged many to get back into the saddle but if you find yourself riding out solo and are looking for a group to join then check out the Sustrans, St Neots. Forget the Tour de France, this is a leisure cycling group that meet each third Sunday of the month. The Sustrans are aimed at any level and children can come too, as long as they are accompanied by an adult. Most rides are around 20 miles with a pit stop for a drink and explore some of the quieter roads and tracks around St Neots. Rides leave at 10:30am from the Ambience Cafe, St Neot’s riverside.
Cambridge Open Studios, Sat 22 July – Sun 23 July