The cool, quirky and unmissable in Cambridgeshire this week.
Guest Chef, Co at fifteen, Cherry Hinton, Tues 25 July – Sun 30 July
The lifestyle cafe Co at fifteen is a huge 1 and to celebrate they have invited Stem & Glory chef Emma Evans to cook up a strom each lunchtime this week. On Fri 28 July they will open in the evening also (from 6pm – 9pm) 18:00 – 21:00) for the launch of their next Exhibition Show featuring works from Loukas Morley. There’ll be wine and beer as well as street food from Al Chile food – it’s a mere 5 min walk from Cherry Hinton Hall and the Folk Festival.
Co at fifteen, 15 High St, Cherry Hinton, Cambridge CB1 9HX, cofifteen.co.uk
Outdoor Theatre: Dogs Don’t Do Ballet, Milton Country Park, Thus 27 July
Based on the award-winning children’s book by Anna Kemp and Sara Ogilvie, this fabulous feel-good show features music, songs, handcrafted puppets and Biff, the ballet-dancing dog. Brought to the stage by acclaimed Blunderbus, this happy, funny tale is a perfect treat for little pups aged 3+ and their owners.
Milton Country Park, Cambridge Road, Milton, Cambridgeshire, CB24 6AZ thelittleboxoffice.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.
Cambridge Shakespeare Festival 2017
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
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 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
Babylon Arts Summer Open 2017, Sat 29 July – Mon 28 Aug
Now in its third year this riverside gallery provides a beautiful setting for artists to display and sell their art. During the Summer Open the gallery is filled with over 40 artists work hung academy style from ceiling to floor – art on display is in a variety of mediums and genres by any artist of any age, professional and amateur.
Babylon Gallery, Babylon Gallery, Waterside, Ely, CB7 4AU, babylonarts.org.uk
Outdoor Theatre: The Wind in the Willows, Peterborough Cathedral, Fri 28 Aug
There’s a windy feeling in the shires this summer and Boxtree Productions are bringing Ratty and his friends to the cathedral cloisters this summer. Pack a picnic and enjoy this classic tale of adventure with inventive staging, original songs and magical storytelling.
Peterborough Cathedral, Peterborough PE1 1XS, peterborough-cathedral.org.uk
Awesome Leaves, 12a Club, Cambridge, Fri 28 July
Did you even know that Cambridge has a private members club? Awesome Leaves are here for another night of music. It’s all very hidden and secretrive but inside the interior is impressive – the overriding theme is 1920s Prohibition-era America and the bare-brick walls are very on-trend with leather chairs giving it that more traditional club feel. Cambridge Jazz Festival, Awesome Leaves are a Cambridge based jazz duo who’ll be singing well known jazz standards in both French and English, the perfect combination with a late evening drink in the summer months. The club is members only but if you know a member they can take four guests along or why not check it out and see whether you want to join.
12a Market Hill, Cambridge, CB2 3NJ, 12aclub.com
The Wiggles Big Show, Saffron Hall, Saffron Walden, Sat 29 July
An essential part of any midget’s growing up – The Wiggles. They are back – Emma, Lachy, Simon and Anthony will play everyone’s favourite songs like ‘Hot Potato’, ‘Rock-a-Bye your Bear’ and ‘Do the Propeller!’, along with their Wiggly friends Dorothy the Dinosaur, Wags the Dog, Henry the Octopus and Captain Feathersword. Can’t wait, might just go on on my own though they do suggest ages 1-5.
Saffron Hall, Audley End Road, Saffron Walden, CB11 4UH, saffronhall.com
Peterborough Sausage and Cider Festival, Fri 28 July – Sun 30 July
Forget pie and mash this is a great grub and music festival set in the beautiful grounds of Elton Hall, which also plays host to the Green Meadows Festival also (listed below). If you love a great tribute band then 14 of them should keep you happy from Bieber to Beyoncé and Kings of Leon to a spot of Madness with a different support band playing each day. There’s a family vibe, great food and drink and various camping options are available if you want to bed down for a big weekend.
Elton Hall, Peterborough, PE8 6SH, eventbrite.co.uk
Oudoor Theatre: The Wind in the Willows, Sacrewell Farm, Peterborough, Sat 29 July
The Immersion Theatre are returning to Sacrewell this year for another evening of open-air musical theatre with the Wind in the Willows. What better back drop than the mill stream at Sacrewell, beneath the boughs of their very of own willow tree, with the sloping bank providing a gradual slope for picnic blankets and low-backed chairs on. The performance is recommended for ages 3+ and will continue even if the weather is wet so come prepared.
Sacrewell Farm, Thornhaugh, Peterborough PE8 6HJ, seetickets.com
Sunday Glasshouse Acoustic Sessions, Key Theatre, Sun 30 July
If you’re looking for a chilled out Sunday afternoon then check out the Glasshouse Acoustic sessions on selected Sunday afternoons. This free regular live music sessions are for new and established musicians and bands that play predominantly acoustic instruments. This Sunday you can listen to Frumenty – four musicians who mix a flute and whistles with mandolin, mandola and guitars and vocals. Alongside them will be Resonate a Cambridgeshire based band who regularly play at events in the county and Holly Jean, another local artist who plays a mixture of her own work and covers from the 50s upwards.
Key Theatre, Embankment Rd, Peterborough PE1 1EF, vivacity-peterborough.com