The cool, quirky and unmissable in Cambridgeshire this weekend.
Sam Watts Mime Music, Hot Numbers Coffee Roasters, Fri 4 Aug
Born in Birmingham in 1989, Sam studied at Leeds College of Music before continuing his studies at the Royal Academy of Music with a scholarship. He graduated with distinction in 2013, also winning the Humphrey Lyttleton prize and has performed professionally with Ray Warleigh, Abram Wilson, Iain Ballamy, Dave Cliff and Zhenya Strigalev amongst many others and regularly performs across the U.K and abroad, His own music draws on a diverse range of musical styles and influences, from jazz to tango, Brazilian music, classical music and ragtime, with a big cinematic influence as well.
Not Numbers, Units 5/6 Dales Brewery, Gwydir Street, Cambridge CB1 2LJ, hotnumberscoffee.co.uk
Junkyard Festival: Summer Daze, Cambridge Junction, Sat 4 Aug
This year celebrates 50 years since the summer of love and the birth of festivals as we know them today. The Junkyard: Summer Daze will take you back in time to the summer of 1967 bringing you cool vibes and eclectic sounds.With live bands, DJ sets, and live acts ranging from indie to punk to folk, be prepared to release your inner hippy and celebrate a bohemian utopia right in the heart of Cambridge.
Cambridge Junction, Clifton Way, Cambridge, CB1 7GX, junction.co.uk
The Waterfront Festival is arranged by CAMYOGA and is a free event to promote wellbeing in the region. CAMYOGA have two permanent studios at Buckden Marina as well as further locations in central and south Cambridge. What can you expect? A wide range of yoga classes, a main stage, delicious vegan food and more. All you need to do is sign up to say that you’re coming.
The Waterfront Yoga Festival, Waterside Leisure club, Buckden Marina, Mill Road, Bucken, Cambs, PE19 5QS, waterfrontfestival.uk
Gelato for Kids, Cambridge Coookery School, Sat 29 July and Sat 5 Aug
Kids that adore ice-cream will be whipped into a frenzy with the chance to create their own gelato creations. The Italians are the masters of ice cream and Tina Roche, the cookery school founder, learnt from the artisan gelaterias themselves. This hands on course will teach you all you need to know about making healthy ice cream using fresh ingredients and very little sugar and there’ll be plenty of tasters galore.
Cambridge Cookery School, School House Homerton Gardens, Purbeck Rd, Cambridge CB2 8EB, cambridgecookeryschool.com
Adult RYA Sailing Basic Skills, Ferry Meadows, Sat 5 Aug – Sun 6 Aug
If you’ve been thinking about launching yourself into this sport then the next few months are the time to do it. This 2 day course covers rigging, launching, and sailing in all directions as well as capsize recovery and essential safety knowledge – basically everything you need to know! After the course participants will be able to sail and make decisions in good conditions. If you can’t make this date they’re running it again on 23 – 24 Sept.
Ferry Meadows, Ferry Meadows, Ham Ln, Peterborough PE2 5UU, neneparktrust.cloudvenue.co.uk
Outdoor Theatre, Billionaire Boy, Trumpington Meadows, Cambridge, Sun 6 Aug
The touring open-air theatre company, Heartbreak Productions, will present their brand new adaptation Billionaire Boy. Hot on the heels of Heartbreak’s sell-out tour of Walliams’ Ratburger last summer, Billionaire Boy tells the uproarious story of 12-year-old billionaire Joe Spud, proud owner of almost everything a boy could wish for – including a cinema, a bowling alley and an orang-utan butler – but lacking the one thing he really craves: a friend. The wildflower meadows of Trumpington Meadows are the perfect setting for an afternoon of civilised picnicking and riotous theatre.
Trumpington Meadows, Grantchester Road, Trumpington, Cambridge, CB2 9LH, wildlifebcn.org
Family Screening: Boss Baby, Key Theatre, Peterborough, Sun 6 Aug
Always a good one to have up your sleeve if the weather is not playing ball. A suit-wearing, briefcase-carrying baby pairs up with his 7-year old brother to stop the dastardly plot of the CEO of Puppy Co.
Key Theatre, Embankment Road, Peterborough, PE1 1EF, vivacity-peterborough.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
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