Mon 19 June - Sun 25 June
The cool, quirky and unmissable in Cambridgeshire this week.
Cambridge’s Midsummer Fair and Market, Cambridge, Wed 21 June– Mon 26 June 2017
There aren’t many places where you find space like this with cattle grazing thrust into the middle of a vibrant city. The Midsummer Fair is one of the oldest events the city has and it is said to have begun in 1211 by King John. Held in the beautiful meadowland that runs along the side of the River Cam the fair hosts a range of stalls selling food, drinks, crafts, jewellery, clothing and a host of other locally made items as well as Punch & Judy shows, stilt walkers, storytellers and other entertainers. This year the popular funfair returns also.
Martin Bond Exhibition, Cambridge Contemporary Art, Cambridge, until Sun 2 July
Martin Bond is a professional photographer who has lived in Cambridge all his life. A Cambridge Diary, which sees him post a photograph from Cambridge online each day, is his labour of love and is now in its seventh year of continuous daily pictures. Many of which have featured on the front cover of Cambridge Magazine every month since its launch four years ago and pay testament to the strength and beauty of Martin’s images. This exhibition is a chance to see Cambridge through his lense. He is exhibiting alongside Paul Harvey, a sculptor whose clients include the Royal family and whom you may have seen at the Chelsea Flower Show, he’s now concentrating on his true love of birds and everything art deco.
Cambridge Contemporary Art, 6 Trinity Street, Cambridge, CB2 1SU, cambridgegallery.co.uk
Modulus Quartet, Cambridge Junction, Tues 20 June
Modulus Quartet is a brand new contemporary ensemble embarking on its first ever UK tour promoting its debut album 12 Seconds of Light. They perform a diverse range of music by living composers, this exciting and innovative group presents music with specially commissioned film and multimedia. The quartet explores new ways of presenting music, performing in unusual venues and incorporating visual arts and multi-media technology.
Cambridge Junction, Clifton Way, Cambridge, CB1 7GX, junction.co.uk
The Gruffly, Cambridge Arts Theatre, Wed 21 June – Sun 25 June
Join Mouse on a daring adventure through the deep, dark wood in Tall Stories’ magical, musical adaptation of the classic picture book by Julia Donaldson and Axel Scheffler. Songs, laughs and scary fun for children aged 3 and up, and their grown-ups, in the much-loved show that’s toured Britain and the world!
Cambridge Arts Theatre, 6 St Edward’s Passage, Cambridge, CB2 3PJ cambridgeartstheatre.com
Early Bird Nightclub, La Raza, Cambridge, Wed 21 June – Thurs 22 June
The Early Night Club is back for more ‘dancing’ but earlier’. A fixture at La Raza for 9 years now, this night that has an older crowd, partying hard to DJ Le Jazz , with hands in the air, until…11.30. Highly civilised partying!
La Raza, 4-6 Rose Crescent, Cambridge, CB2 3LL, laraza.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
An evening with the Scummy Mummies, Topping and Co Booksellers, Ely, Thurs 22 June
The self-titled Scummy Mummies and their wildly popular podcasts have been sanity-saving for thousands of less than perfect parents across the UK and beyond. Celebrating wine, fishfingers, parenting fails and whispered confessions of inadequacy, their self-titled book has been a huge success already. They bring a vision of parenting as it really is, rather than how it should be.
Topping and Co Booksellers, 9 High Street, Ely CB7 4LJ, toppingbooks.co.uk
Three Sisters: in situ Theatre Company, Thurs 22 June – Sat 24 June
Once again, the magical environment of The Leper Chapel provides the setting for a theatre performance by in situ who are presenting one of the greatest masterpieces of the Twentieth Century – Three Sisters by Anton Chekhov. Olga, Irina and Masha – the three sisters of the title – live in an isolated Russian town far from the Moscow that they remember and love. In a meaningless and dreary present they dream of future happiness. The arrival of an army regiment appears to furnish an opportunity for escape, but leads only to violence and disillusion. Inspired by Russian/ Soviet practitioners such as Stanislavsky and Meyerhold, and the more modern influences of absurdism and ‘Zero Theatre’, in situ:’s fine ensemble performance explores Chekhov’s great tragedy in new and powerful ways.
Barnwell Junction, Newmarket Rd, Cambridge CB5 8JJ cambridgeppf.org
David Hockney Selling Exhibition, Babylon Arts Centre, Ely, Fri 23 June – Sun 23 July
This art gallery in Ely is hosting a prestigious selling exhibition of 40 original David Hockney prints and lithographs including illustrations from The Brothers Grimm. Hockney is one of the 20th Century’s most popular and influential artists, and a retrospective of his life’s work has recently been on display at the Tate Britain. Prices for the works, many of which are limited editions, will range from £500 up to several thousand.
Babylon Arts Centre, Babylon Gallery, Waterside, Ely, Cambridgeshire, CB7 4AU babylonarts.org.uk
Pride and Prejudice: Chapterhouse Theatre Company, Ferry Meadows, Sat 24 June
I can’t promise you Colin Firth in his dripping wet shirt but this classic novel is brought to ife by award winning writer Laura Tuner. This brand new adaption celebrates 200th Anniversary of Jane Austen’s death and what better way to celebrate the balmy summer weather we have been enjoying than with an open air theatre production. Take a step back in time with Chapterhouse Theatre Company to meet Elizabeth Bennet, Jane Austen’s most loveable heroine. After all, it is a truth universally acknowledged, that a single man in possession of a good fortune must be in want of a wife.
Ferry Meadows, Ham Lane, Peterborough, PE2 5UU neneparktrust.cloudvenue.co.uk
Bloomin Gardens, Audley End House & Gardens, Saffron Walden, Sat 24 June – Sun 25 June
Take a step through the garden gate as the estate comes to life for our plant fair and garden festival this summer. Join the garden team for the weekend and explore the delights of the Great British garden with tours and workshops led by members of the expert Audley End garden team. Get your green fingers on some fabulous garden treats from a wide range of local nurseries offering lots of unusual and popular plants. There will be music and cream teas aplenty, as well as crafts for the kids. Grab them – 300 plants will be given away each day to the first visitors to claim them!
Audley End House & Gardens, London Road, Saffron Walden, Essex, CB11 4JF, english-heritage.org.uk
Words & Music: Dr Rowan Williams & Dr John Rutter in Conversation, Clare College, Cambridge, Sat 24 June
Riley Auditorium, Clare College, Cambridge, CB2 1TL, cambridgesummermusic.co.uk
PaddlePower Kids Club, Ferry Meadows, Sat 24 June
Concerts at King’s 2016-17 concludes Concerts at King’s 2016-17 concludes with the ever-popular Singing on the River, featuring The King’s Men – the close harmony group formed from the Choral Scholars of the Choir of King’s College, Cambridge. The Choir is, of course,most famous for the broadcast of the Festival of Nine Lessons and Carols on radio each Christmas. Grab a picnic and listen to choral singing at its finest – madrigals, part-songs and close harmony on King’s iconic back lawn. Children under 12 get in for free.
Parklife, Milton Country Park, Cambridge, Sun 25 June
Parklife is now in its ninth year this family fun day is back again in this year. Visitors can fly across the lake in a hovercraft and can try out a number of activities ranging from paddleboarding, kayaking and canoeing to den building, climbing and archery. There’s a dedicated cycling zone and an entertainment area with local bands and dance displays – sounds fun hey!
Milton Country Park, Cambridge Road, Milton, Cambs, CB24 6AZ miltoncountrypark.org