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MON 16 OCT - SUN 22 OCT

The cool, quirky and unmissable in Cambridgeshire this week.

Legally Blonde, Royal Derngate, Northampton, Mon 16 Oct – Sat 21 Oct

pink stilettos with a pug dog and a small dog on a lead

I took my mum to a production of Legally Blonde last year and we both hooted our way through it, it was much funnier than I thought it would be. This new show has a celeb cast  – Rita Simons (Roxy Mitchell in BBC’s EastEnders)  Lucie Jones (Eurovision UK representative 2017) and the delicious Bill Ward (James Barton in Emmerdale, Charlie Stubbs in Coronation Street) as Professor Callahan. Grab a group of girlies and go have a giggle.

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The Best Man, Cambridge Arts Theatre Mon 16 Oct –  Sat 21 Oct

The Best Man, Cambridge Arts Theatre

Martin Shaw will be always be one half of Boady and Doyle to me (The Professionals for all you youn’uns) and he leads the cast that includes Glynis Barber (remember her from Dempsey and Makepeace) – it’s a right little trip down memory lane.  This timely and highly apt award play is about a race to White House includes all the corruption and unscrupulous behaviour that you’d expect between Trump and Clinton. There’s an impressive cast which includes Jeff Fahey (Lost, Twelve Angry Men), Jack Shepherd (Glengarry Glen RossWycliffe), Honeysuckle Weeks (Foyle’s War) Anthony Howell (Foyle’s War, Crossing Lines) and Gemma Jones (Bridget Jones’s Diary).

Cambridge Arts Theatre, Cambridge Arts Theatre, 6 St Edward’s Passage, Cambridge, CB2 3PJ, cambridgeartstheatre.com

Autumn Flower Arranging Workshop, Wild Rosamund, Swaffham Bulbeck, Tues 17 Oct

Wild Rosamund

An evening floral workshop that celebrates the wild beauty of autumn  in the rustic surroundings of Copper Boom Studio.  Wild Rosamund runs various workshops throughout the year at various locations on the outskirts of Cambridge and this week she’s in Swaffham Bulbeck. A practical course teaching the art of combineing British seasonal flowers, fruit and foliage using unsual containers.  the end result  – a fabulous seasonal floral creation.

Wild Rosamund, The Barn, Downing Park, Station Road, Swaffham Bulbeck, Cambridgeshire, CB25 0NW, wildrosamund.co.uk

Cambridge Film Festival 2017, Thurs 19 – Thurs 26 Oct

Cambridge Arts Picturehouse

From Catalonia to Korea and Marlene Dietrich to Moana the Cambridge Film Festival has it covered for their 37th outing.  Most of the films take place at the stylish, split-level, art deco Arts Picturehouse but there will be various other venues dotted around the city. It’s not just for the grown-ups – there’s the Cambridge Family Film Festival with a bumper programme for tinies up to teenies. Tickets go on sale at the begnning of October.

Cambridge Film Festival

Kettle’s Yard Chamber Music, Old Divinity School, Thurs 19 Oct

Van Kuijk Quartet

Currently BBC New Generation Artists, the award winning Van Kuijk Quartet’s international accolades boast First Prizes at the 2015 Wigmore Hall International String Quartet competition and Trondheim International Chamber Music Competition. The Van Kuijk Quartet is in residence at Proquartet, Paris, where they study with members of the Alban Berg, Artemis and Hagen quartets. You can expect to hear Debussy: String Quartet in G Minor; Janacek: String Quartete No.1 and Ravel; String Quartet in F. Major.

Old Divinity School, St John’s College, St Johns St, Cambridge CB2 1TP, kettlesyard.co.uk

Big Foot: HighRise, Key Theatre, Fri 20 – Sat 21 Oct

Big Foot Key Theatre

HighRise and Black Theatre Live is an exciting theatrical collaboration. HighRise is a theatre collective that seeks to spark conversation and build bridges between forgotten communities by and they have a unique approach to telling stories.  The Black Theatre Live is a pioneering national consortium of 8 regional theatres whose works have included  2015 She Called Me Mother (2015) starring Cathy Tyson; in 2016 the award winning The Diary of a Hounslow Girl and the UK’s first all-black Hamlet and in spring 2017 An Evening With An Immigrant with Inua Ellams’ prior to his season at the National Theatre.  Big Foot is a funny and impassioned portrayal of becoming a man and the responsibility that comes with it. Following a long list of critical acclaim in 2016, several shows at the Edinburgh Fringe in the summer (2017) and Big Foot touring the UK this Autumn, HighRise is starting to make a name for itself as a company willing to take risks and bring a new flavour to the palettes of audiences.

Key Theatre, Embankment Road, Peterborough, PE1 1EF, vivacity-peterborough.com

Charlotte RowanL Wimpole Autumn Concert Series, Wimpole Hall, Fri 20 Oct

Wimple Hall

The Wimpole Autumn Concert series continues wih the virtuoso violinist Charlotte Rowan who’ll be playing Wieniawski, Vitali , Tartini, Schubert, Bazzini and Sarasate in the Long Gallery at.  There’s also a chance to have an after hours snoop around the Ground Floor rooms.

Wimplole Hall,  Arrington SG8 0BW, nationaltrust.org.uk

Pick your own Pumpkin, Pumpkin Jim’s, Ickleton, Sat 21 – Sun 29 Oct

Pumpkin

You know you want to spend your weekend knee deep in pumpkin mash! Pumpkin Jim’s have made an event of picking your giant pumpkin this Halloween – they’ve put on a range of children’s fun activities with soft play, children’s tractors and a big sandpit all under cover so rain won’t stop play. There will be food available and children’s lunch boxes so you can enjoy a few hours of peace whilst the kids run a muck.

Pumpkin Jim’s, Grange Road, Ickleton, Cambridge, CB10 1TA, facebook.com

Don’t Dribble on the Dragon, Quarry Theatre, Bedford, Sat 21 Oct

Don't Dribble on the Dragon

A great one for little’uns this show  by The People’s Theatre Company, is based on the new book by Steven Lee and with magic designed by the legendary Paul Daniels.  It’s a musical adventure about Tom, an older brother and a dragon with the underlying message about growing up and the importance of family.

As an extra treat, Steven will be available to sign copies of Don’t Dribble On The Dragon which you can either bring with you or buy in the theatre after the show.

The Quarry Theatre, 26 St Peter’s Street, Bedford, MK40 2NN, quarrytheatre.org.uk

A Halloween Extravaganza. Audley End Miniature Railway, Sat 21 Oct – Thurs 26 Oct

Audley End Miniature Railway Halloween

It’s spoooooky! Celebrate this Halloween with a train ride deep into the woods of the Audley End Estate to visit the Witches at their Haunted House. Kids can meet the witches themselves, receive a special treat and watch them perform their wonderful witchy dance.  The craft tent is available to make a creepy craft or test out your dance moves in the Dance Tent too.  The ride is spooky but never scary and is, therefore, suitable for all ages.

Audley End Miniature Railway, Audley End Road, 
Audley End, 
Saffron Walden,
 Essex CB11 4JB, audley-end-railway.co.uk

Horror at Hinchingbrooke House, Sat 21 Oct – Sat 28 Oct

Horror at Hinchinbrooke House

I’m not sure I’m brave enough but if you like to be spooked The Horror at Hinchingbrooke House is an award winning interactive and realistic horror experience located in the famous haunted grounds and house in Huntingdon.  It’s been voted the best scare event in the UK  and the most famous characters from the horror genre come to life within the confides of the house to produce a unique, terrifying venture where the public become – you’ve guessed it – the victim!  Groups of 8-12 people embark on a journey around a theatrical setting arranged into 18 sets and there’ll be around 45 actors lurking in the darkness coming to get you.

Hinchingbrooke House, Huntingdon, PE29 3BN,  facebook.com

Live innit: Paul Chowdhry, Bedford Corn Exchange, Sat 21 Oct

Paul Chowdhry

Fanyc a belly load of laughs? Course you do and if you’re over towards the Bedford borders then check out Paul Chowdhry, comedy powerhouse and star of Taskmaster, Live at The Apollo and Stand Up for the Week who is bringing his highly anticipated new stand-up show to Bedford Corn Exchange.

Cambridge Corn Exchange, St Paul’s Square, Bedford, MK40 1SL, bedfordcornexchange.co.uk

Richard Thompson, Saffron Hall, Sat 21 Oct

The old rockers are often the best rockers! Richard Thompson is one of this country’s greatest songwriters and most distinctive guitar virtuosos, a musician whose work spans genres and generations. Rolling Stone hails him as “a perennial dark-horse contender for the title of greatest living rock guitarist” and his songs have been covered by everyone from Alison Krauss to Robert Plant. In short: any chance to hear him is worth taking.

Saffron Hall, Audley End Road, Saffron Walden, CB11 4UH, saffronhall.com

Degas: ‘A Passion for Perfection’, Fitzwilliam Museum, until Jan 2018

Degas exhibition Fitzwilliam museum

One of my favourite artists so I’ll be pirouetting off to this exhibition as soon as it opens.  This year celebrates the centenary of Degas’ death and to coincide the Fitzwilliam Museum is staging a major exhibition of its wide-ranging holdings of his works – the most extensive and representative in the UK.  There will be an additional 50 pieces of work on loan from private and public collections throughout Europe and the US.  Also included will be examples of Degas’ bronze casts of dancers, horses and nudes and rare lifetime sculptures in plaster and wax.

Fitzwilliam Museum, Trumpington St, Cambridge CB2 1RB, fitzmuseum.cam.ac.uk

Apple Day 2017, Cambridge University Botanic Gardens, Sun 22 Oct

Apple Day 2017 Cambridge University Botanic Gardens

A celebration of all things apple!  I never knew apples could be so busy but it’s all going on at Cambridge Botanic Gardens this Sunday.  If you’ve got apples in your garden and you haven’t a clue what they are then bring along 2 0r 3 with leaves and a stalk and get the apples experts to identify them.  There’s also advice on how to grow apples successfully, apple crafts for the kids, garden tours, pop up stalls, live music, artisan food and drink and what’s the betting there’s apple juice and cider on offer?!

Cambridge University Botanic Gardens, 1 Brookside  Cambridge  CB2 1JE botanic.cam.ac.uk

Antiques, Collector and Vintage Fair, Wicksteed Park, 9.30am – 4pm, Sun 22 Oct

Toy car antiques collection

This side of the gifting season there are a host of brilliant vintage fairs to indluge in – whether you’re an avid collector or a bargain hunter a good fair will have it covered.  This one is a smasher.  Renowned event organisers, Field Dog Fairs are holding one such fair at Wicksteed Pavilion.  Entry is £3 per person, accompanied under 16’s go free, dogs welcome, free parking for those attending the event.

Wicksteed Park, Barton Road, Kettering, Northamptonshire, NN15 6NJ.

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