MON 23 OCT - SUN 29 OCT
The cool, quirky and unmissable in Cambridgeshire this week.
Scaresville at Kenwell: The Haunted Village, Kentwell Hall, Suffolk, Mon 23 Oct – Sat 4 Nov
Every year a haunted village appears in the grounds of the Elizabethan Kentwell Hall where guests head off for a journey through dark rooms forests and open farmland. , with frights at every turn. It’s definitely one for the grown ups and older kids – it’s strictly for the over 14s.
Kentwell Hall, Kentwell Hall, Long Melford, Suffolk, CO10 9BA, scaresville.co.uk
White Christmas, Key Theatre, Peterborough, Tues 24 Oct – Sun 28 Oct
Sorry to mention the C word but if you’re someone that wishes it could be Christmas everyday then this early entree into the winter celebrations could have you toe tapping to this much loved musical. A great family show for everyone to toe tap too.
Key Theatre, Embankment Rd, Peterborough PE1 1EF, vivacity-peterborough.com
Pick your own Pumpkin, Pumpkin Jim’s, Ickleton, Sat 21 – Sun 29 Oct
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
Wine Tasting and Yoga: Perfect Pairing, Cambridge Wine Merchants, Thurs 26 Oct
Let’s do the Down Dog whilst guzzling a bottle of wine! A first for Cambridge, a yoga and wine tasting combo – the evening kicks off with an hour of all-levels flow yoga taught by Tahnee Fournier. When you’re suitably stretched there’ll be an introduction to a range of organic wines from the Cambridge Wine Merchants knowledgeable and dedicated wine expert.
Cambridge Wine Merchants, University Centre, Granta Pl, Cambridge CB2 1RU, facebook.com
The Twins Macabre: Playtime, Quarry Theatre, Bedford, Thurs 26 Oct
Appropriately horror like and as seen on BBC3’s ‘Live at the Electric’ and BBC Radio 4’s ‘Sketchorama’, ‘The Twins Macabre’ is a dark character-comedy duo like no other. Maurice and Ivy Macabre are 10-year-old psychic siblings who have a penchant for finger painting and murder. Having run away from the circus, (which mysteriously burnt down causing their parents to perish…) the pair conjure the souls of the damned through twisted sketches and songs.
The Quarry Theatre, 26 St Peter’s Street, Bedford, MK40 2NN, quarrytheatre.org.uk
Malija, Hidden Rooms, Cambridge, Thurs 27 Oct
Start the wind down to the weekend with some contemporary jazz. This three piece jazz band have an impressive bio and Malija was formed after they were invited to play at the Xerox Rochester International Jazz Festival in New York. Their music is a fusion of genres and there’s much improvisation but not at the detriment of music that lacks structure and rhythm. It’s easy to listen but has substance that makes it much more than background music.
Hidden Rooms, Jesus Lane, Cambridge, CB5 8BA, hiddenroomsonline.com
Horror at Hinchingbrooke House, Sat 21 Oct – Sat 28 Oct
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
Oxbow and Peach, Whittlesford, Fri 27 – Sat 28 Oct
A vintage treasure trove run by old school mates Lizzie and George. Their shop is open every Friday and Saturday until Christmas and they’ve been busy scouring the country for eclectic finds from linens and glass to furniture and silver and everything in between. Expect the unexpected and trust me if you’re into vintage you’ll struggle to come away empty handed.
Oxbow and Peach, The Old School House, Whittlesford, CB22 4LT, oxbowandpeach.co.uk
80’s night, Wicksteed Park, 7pm – 1am Fri 27 Oct
So that’s the kids entertained, and the shopping habit catered for but don’t leave Wicksteed just yet. Get out your shoulder pads, leg warmers and double denim (You may have picked some up from the vintage fair) because for one night only, the garish 80s are heading back to the Pavilion. There’s brilliant live music from 80s Rewind followed by a themed disco. Tickets are £16 each and include a scrummy basket meal. Book now on 01536 512475.
Wicksteed Park Barton Road, Kettering, Northamptonshire, NN15 6NJ.
English Touring Opera, Saffron Hall, Fri 27 – Sat 28 Oct
The English Touring Opera (ETO) is hanging out at Saffron Hall for two nights. On the Friday night they are performing Dardanus, the tale of love in war written by Rameau and performed in French with subtitles for those who can’t cope with much more than Bonjour (*cough* like me). On Saturday the ETO will perform Giulio Cesare, Handel’s most celebrated opera, and they’ll kick of earlier at 4pm with a 90 min supper break mid way through. Either order a picnic from The Little Kitchen Company or hop it round the corner to ASK Italian and order darn fast.
Saffron Hall, Audley End Road, Saffron Walden, CB11 4UH, saffronhall.com
Kettle’s Yard Pop Up Shop, Cambridge, Sat 28 Oct
Kettle’s Yard are having a huge clearout and their getting rid of much of their xtensive back catalogue. A chance to pick up some great bargains including: exhibition catalogues, archive posters, prints, cards, stationery, bags and more…. Everything starts at £1 so grab yourself a bargain. Kettle’s Yard is undergoing a massive refurb so the sale is taking place at Emmanuel College.
The Old Development Office, Emmanuel College, St Andrew’s Street, Cambridge CB2 3AP, kettlesyard.co.uk
Big Fish, Little Fish Family Rave, The Maltings, Ely, Sat 28 Oct
Can’t find a babysitter then take the kids too! Not necessarily my first choice but Big Fish LIttle Fish are a world-famous, award-winning family rave phenomenon who claim to provide family fun for the post-rave generation of parents – we’re not talking a 2-4 hour rave rather than a 24-hour one. With a bunch of impressive awards including Winner of Best Family Event, Family Festival Awards 2014-17 and Time Out 101 Things to do with Kids in London it could be fun night if you go wanting to dance to Tragedy whilst kids run around you on the dance floor.
The Maltings, Ship Lane, Ely, CB7 4BB, babylonarts.org.uk
Degas: ‘A Passion for Perfection’, Fitzwilliam Museum, until Jan 2018
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
Lampshade Making Workshop, The Cambridge Fabric Company, Sat 28 Oct
A perfect way to unwind at the weekend whilst indulging in some creative crafts. If you’re planning some redecoration around the house it’s amazing how a new lampshade can tszuj up a tired looking lamp and these days you can go wild with luscious fabrics and then go totally over the top with trimmings as well. The Cambridge Fabric Company run a great bunch of workshops from complete beginners to those more experienced and cover interior topics such as roman blinds and cushions to dressmaking, PJ making and you can even make a washbag. They are ideal for older teenagers and adults and this weekend they mastering the art of the lampshade in 2 hours – just in time for lunch. I took part in a cushion making workshop a few weeks back and had a fab few hours and I can’t sew! If you haven’t read the review you can check it out here.
The Cambridge Fabric Company, 7 Peas Hill Cambridge CB2 3PP, thecambridgefabriccompany.com
Hellfire: Neon Moon Grand Halloween Ball, Cambridge Junction, Sat 28 Oct
Step in the flames of hell! The Cambridge Junction is transformed into a multi-room extravaganza with international fire artists, burlesque, cabarat, circus, DJ’s and special guests. In the Hell Lounge you’ll find Cocktail Jazz, Afro-Cuban Blues and Ska from DJ Jazzlord