MON 20 NOV - SUN 26 NOV
The cool, quirky and unmissable in Cambridgeshire this week.
Ruby Wax, Frazzled, Royal and Derngate, 7.30pm, Tue 21 November
Drop dead gorgeous, sassy and smart, Ruby Wax brings her new, five star, one-woman show to the stage, based on her best selling book, A Mindfulness Guide For The Frazzled. She has been honoured with the title of ‘poster girl for mental illness’; once crazy, now less so, she gives a tour of the mind – how to use it, not lose it. By the way, she graduated from Oxford three years ago, at a late stage, so she should know her stuff. Tickets – £21
Royal & Derngate, 19-21 Guildhall Rd, Northampton, NN1 1DP
International Garden Photographer of the Year, Cambridge University Botanic Garden, ends Thurs 21 Dec
A collection of stunning images from the prestigious International Garden Photographer of the Year (IGPOTY) Ten Year Anniversary Exhibition. It remains one of the world’s most prestigious competition and exhibition for garden, plant and botanical photography with entries from around the world – it’s open to all ages, amateurs and professionals alike, with a Young Garden Photographer of the Year award for under 17s. You’ll be admiring a rare lone orchid in the Hengduan Mountain Range in China and then returning to the UK for an atmospheric sunrise in the Peak District.
Mr Darcy Loses the Plot, Key Theatre, Peterborough, Wed 22 Nov
LipService have been creating original comedies (and winning many awards) from a distinctly female perspective since 1985. In between the domestic hust and bustle of making tea and choosing chintz they explore the world of women writers – celebrating the life of Jane Austen 200 years on.
Rob Brydon, Cambridge Corn Exchange, Wed 22 Nov
The X-Factor finalists will be bringing their Christmas tunes to the stunning Ely Cathedral with old favourites such as When A Child is Born, Silent Night and All I Want For Christmas. G4 will be raising money for the charity Missing People and their Home For Christmas Appeal so it’s for a good cause to.
Did you know that Bedford has its own gin distillery – Willow Tree Distilling? They’re hosting a gin tasting and cocktail making evening and tickets include a light supper and all the ingredients you need to have a great night.
Bedford Pavilion, Park Ave, Bedford MK41 7SS, pavilion.attheparkbedford.co.uk
Referred to frequently as the Godfather of Neo-soul, you might well have been bopping to Roy Ayers’ dixco sounds in the 70x/80s (if you’re that old!). Today he’s still great demand and whose music industry heavyweights, including Mary J. Blige, Erykah Badu, 50 Cent, A Tribe Called Quest, Tupac and Ice Cube.
Anyone fancy going on a bear hunt? Well you can here as there’s a festive one planned around the parkland. There is heaps going on and some is not what you’d expect – a mobile dog grooming station so you can get your pooch looking beautiful for Christmas! Alongside the gift stalls there’s Christmas crafts for all ages, cake docrating, tree themed activities, bumper cars and festive storytelling. The Nene Valley Railway is also running the Santa Special steam train ride from Peterborough to Wansford that travels past Ferry Meadows. For more information and advance bookings, visit http://www.nvr.org.uk/events/santa-specials
Ferry Meadows, Ham Ln, Peterborough PE2 5UU, neneparktrust.org.uk
Histon Handmade, Histon, Sat 25 Nov
Now in its third year this conemporary design and craft fair is gaining a reputation for the quality and range of exhibitiors on offer so if you’re wanting to find unusual gifts or Christmas decorations this season then this is the place to come. Exhibitors are all selected by invitation, to ensure the highest quality of work, and as Histon Handmade is an ever evolving exhibitors are deliberately rotated to ensure that each event is unique and different.
Histon Handmade, St Andrew’s Centre, School Hill, Histon, CB24 9JE, histonhandmade.com
Winter Ladies Day, Huntingdon Races, Sat 25 Nov
Giddy-up! Winter Ladies Day is back to brighten up November with an added Brucie Bonus of a Gin and Prosecco festival, The Style Awards and live music! This meet is a great fun day for those seasoned race goers or just a group of mates that want to have a fun day and a lorra laughs. The hub of the entertainment away from the racing will be based in the fashion marquee, get the glad rags on and enter the style awards or enjoy the Gin and Prosecco Festival – hiccup!
Cambridge Jazz Festival, Sat 11 – Sun 26 Nov
It’s the third Cambridge International Jazz Festival – 15 days of live music, workshops, films, tributes and speakers, the Festival offers variety and intimacy across over 25 different venues in Cambridge. Genres include: modern jazz, jazz fusion, soul, R&B, Afrobeat, funk, hip hop, rock, blues, electronica, folk, gypsy, big band, choir, a capella, poetry, Lindy Hoppers, NewGenJazz (all day event!) at the Cambridge Corn Exchange featuring 11 bands, some of the finest young, award winning, boundary pushing UK jazz artists, jazz under a 70ft Whale (Museum of Zoology, Cambridge), jazz for toddlers and young kids – there’s something for everyone!