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Fri 11 Aug - Sun 13 Aug

The cool, quirky and unmissable in Cambridgeshire this week.

The Cambridge Shakespeare Festival 2017, Cambridge Colleges, Mon 10 July – Sat 26 Aug

Cambridge Shakespeare Festival


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

Contemporary Art

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,

Cambridge Made Summer Fair 2017, Cambridge

Made in Cambridge

Cambridge Made will once again be popping up on St Andrews Street for their annual Summer Fair. A selection of locally based designer-makers, artists and craftspeople will be offering beautiful handcrafted products created with the season in mind.  Whether you’re seeking beachy jewellery and accessories for your next getaway, light and sunny outfits for the little ones, unusual gifts for those summer birthdays, or something to refresh your home or garden with seasonal colour and texture, you’ll find plenty to catch your eye — and all direct from the hands of the makers.

 St Andrew’s Street Baptist Church, 43 St Andrew’s Street, Cambirdge, CB23AR,
 Milton Maize Maze, Milton, Fri 14 July – Tues 5 Sept

Milton maize maze

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

Babylon Arts Summer Open 2017, Sat 29 July – Mon 28 Aug

Babylon Arts

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,



The Bluetones, The Met Lounge, Peterborough, Fri 11 Aug

The Blue Tones

The Britpop indie group The Bluetones are back for a fifth time playing at the Peterborough club, all of which were sell outs. After the release of two singles, their debut album titled Expecting to Fly entered the UK albums chart at number one.  After much success the band split after farewell tour but they reformed and are making festival appearances and four large shows later this year. Don’t miss the opportunity to see this band live in Peterborough while you can, and relive the Britpop indie era!

The Met Lounge, 59B Bridge St, Peterborough PE1 1HA,

Dusk Patrol, Cambridge University Botanic Gardens, Fri 11 Aug

Cambridge University Botanic Garden


A rare opportunity for a family night walk around the stunning gardens. Have a go with bat detectors and check out the wildlife that comes out when the sun goes down. The walk takes place from 8.30 – 10pm so is suitable for slightly older children – they suggest 8+.

Cambridge Universtiy Botanic Gardens, 1 Brookside, Cambridge CB2 1JE,

Pottery Throwing Day, Rachel Dormer Ceramics, Cambridge, Sat 12 Aug

Rachel Dormer Ceramics

Throwing day suitable for beginners or more experienced throwers (4 places only). A wheel to yourself for the day to get to grips with wedging, centering and throwing working on cylinders and bowl shapes. Your best pieces will be fired and glazed and posted out to you after the workshop for you to display with pride.

Rachel Dormer Studio 29 Kidman’s Yard, Primrose St, Cambridge, CB4 3DY,

Once Upon a Festival: Stories in the Park, Central Park, Peterborough, Sat 12 Aug

Once upon a Festival, Peterborough

A day of storytelling, puppet shows and family theatre. A free event to get hands on with workshops, join the teddy bears’ picnic plus there’s even a sensory area for babies.

Park Crescent, Peterborough, PE1 4DZ,

Hash House Harriers Run, Royal Oak, Hail Weston, Sun 13 Aug

The Royal Oak, Hail Weston

Never heard of this running group? Me neither but intriguingly the Hash House Harriers are a drinking club with a running problem. If you’re up for a non-competitive run around the local countryside, followed by a beer or two in a local hostelry afterwards, hashing may be for you. The Cambridge hash meets every Sunday throughout the year, starting at 11am sharp (arrive at 10.45am to avoid a sprint to catch them up) and on 13 Aug the group will be meeting at The Royal Oak. New runners and beginners and particularly welcome.

Royal Oak Pub, Hail Weston, 79 High Street, Hail Weston, PE19 5JW,

Green Meadows Festival, Elton Hall Estate, Peterborough Fri 11 Aug – Sun 13 Aug

Summer Festivals Green Meadows
Now in its sixth year, Green Meadows Festival is a family festival first and foremost. There’s tonnes for kids to do –everything from graffiti workshops to space hopper arenas and a Jedi Training & Lightsaber Show. The first two acts were released a few days ago – Stereo MCs and Krafty Kuts to kick the line up off and watch this space for more to follow. Glamping options are available for the first time this year so if you don’t fancy slumming it with the DIY option this might be preferable.

Elton Hall, Elton, Peterborough,

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