The cool, quirky and unmissable in Cambridgeshire this weekend.
Gin Club, The Willow Tree, Bourn, Fri 18 Aug
If gin is your thing then you’ll love the chance the dabble with the ginmeister Alice Archer of Cambridge Wine Merchants. Enjoy a gin tasting journey in the Willow Tipi, places are limited so get on the blower fast. Tickets are available for gin tasting or, if you’re feeling peckish, to include the Chefs Tapas Platter.
The Willow Tree, 29 High Street, Bourn, Cambridgeshire, CB23 2SQ, feastandfrolic.co.uk
Cambridge Night Market and Free Open Air Theatre, Cambridge Fri 18 Aug
The Night Market and Free Film Screening with Cambridge Markets is back again this with Toy Story at 6.30pm and Goldfinger at 8.15pm. Limited seating is available, first come first served but you’re more than welcome to bring your own to guarantee a seat. There will be a huge variety of market stalls selling food and drink along with some licensed bars. There will also be a range of clothing, gifts, fashion and homeware.
Flying Proms, The Swiss Garden, Shuttleworth, Sat 19 Aug
Now in it’s 20th year of The Flying Proms is one of the highlights of the season at The Shuttleworth Collection. A truly British musical event with much loved classical themes played by a live orchestra whilst vintage aircraft perform aerial displays overhead and a firework finale to round off the night.
The Swiss Garden, Old Warden Aerodrome Nr Biggleswade Bedfordshire SG18 9EP, shuttleworth.org
Outdoor Cinema: Sacrewell Farm, Peterborough, Fri 18 and Sat 19 August
I’m sure this will be an egg-cellent night (boom boom) as the big screen is set up beside the mill stream at Sacrewell. Enjoy the animation at the outdoor cinema. positioned beneath the boughs of the willow tree, with the sloping bank providing a gradual slope to set up your picnic blankets and low-backed chairs on. The films have a ‘U’ Universal rating and will continue even if the weather is wet so come prepared. You are welcome to bring your own picnic but don’t panic if you run out of time you can buy snacks from the farm on the night.
Fri 18 August – Chicken Run
Sat 19 August – Babe
Sacrewell Farm, Thornhaugh, Peterborough PE8 6HJ, sacrewell.org.uk
St Neots Dragon Boat Festival, St Neots, Sat 19 Aug
St Neots annual charity dragon boat race take place this weekend. Dragon Boat racing is an ancient Chinese tradition and the fastest growing water activity in Britain today when up to 10 people paddle each 30′ boat with a drummer at the front beating in time and a helm at the tail steering a straight course. The St Neots charity race encourages amateur teams to battle it out along the River Great Ouse for first place. There’s heaps of fun planned with music, drink, food and family fun all thrown in to make it a great day out.
St Neots, Regatta Meadow, St Neots, PE19 7SR, facebook.com
Roy Ayers, Cambridge Junction, Sat 19 Aug
Calling all you jazz and R&B lovers the Godfather of Neo-soul Roy Ayers is in the building. In the 60s he was an award-winning jazz vibraphonist, and transformed into a popular R&B band leader in the 70s/80s. The singer is still in great demand and whose music industry heavyweights, including Mary J. Blige, Erykah Badu, 50 Cent, A Tribe Called Quest, Tupac and Ice Cube.
Cambridge Junction, Clifton Way, Cambridge, CB1 7GX, junction.co.uk
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
Tennis Holiday Camps, Over & In, various locations in Cambridgshire
The Over & In camp focuses on developing simple A,B,C’s (agility, balance, co-ordination), the basic tennis shots and most of all… lots of FUN. Tennis is the focus but from time to time they’ll play other games to keep the children inspired and focused. From complete beginners to strong club players, children break into groups to enjoy 2 hour blocks of coaching on the all-weather courts.
Stapleford, Thurs 17 Aug – Mon 21 Aug
Great Shelford, there are 6 weeks of tennis camps starting on Mon 17 July and ending on Fri 25 Aug
There are other dates available in August so eheck out the website for later dates.
Over & In
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