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The cool, quirky and unmissable in Cambridgeshire this weekend.

Degas: ‘A Passion for Perfection’, Fitzwilliam Museum, Tues 3 Oct – Jan 2018

Degas exhibition Fitzwilliam museum

One of my favourite artists so I’ll be pirouetting off to this exhibition as soon as it opens.  This year celebrates the centenary of Degas’ death and to coincide the Fitzwilliam Museum is staging a major exhibition of its wide-ranging holdings of his works – the most extensive and representative in the UK.  There will be an additional 50 pieces of work on loan from private and public collections throughout Europe and the US.  Also included will be examples of Degas’ bronze casts of dancers, horses and nudes and rare lifetime sculptures in plaster and wax.

Fitzwilliam Museum, Trumpington St, Cambridge CB2 1RB,

Althorp Literary Festival, Althorp House, Northamptonshire, Thurs 5 Oct – Sun 8 Oct

Althorp Literary Festival

Yeah I know it’s not in Muddy Cambs but it’s only a hop and a jump into Muddy Northants for those holed up in west Cambridgshire. This year’s festival promises to be the best ever and if you missed out on hearing Jo Malone talk at the Cambridge Literary Festival then here’s another chance.  I wouldn’t sit and ponder and events get booked up fast. Full details of the itinerary can be found on the link below.

Althorp Literary Festival

Sofie Hagen: Dead Baby Frog, Key Theatre, Fri 6 Oct


Photo: Andrew McGibbon

Sofie Hagen is causing quite a stir on the comedy circuit at the moment. A modern legend in her native Denmark, she won Best Newcomer at Edinburgh Festival 2015 and her 2016 follow-up, ‘Shimmer Shatter’, was a second total sell-out.  You might have seen her on ‘The One Show’, ‘The Now Show’ and ‘Live From The BBC’ so here’s a chance to find out what all the fuss is about.

Key Theatre, Embankment Road, Peterborough, PE1 1EF,

A Walk in the Woods – A Celebration of Trees in British Art, The Higgins, Bedford, from Sat 30 Sept

Higgins Bedford

This autumn, The Higgins Bedford pays homage to the tree with a new exhibition celebrating the role of trees and woodland in British landscape painting. Drawn from the world-famous Cecil Higgins Art Gallery Collection, some forty watercolours, drawings and prints from the past two centuries will be on show, including works by John Constable, John Sell Cotman, Edward Lear, Samuel Palmer, Paul Nash, Graham Sutherland and Lucian Freud. Various events have been planned around the artists work in Nov 17 – Feb 18.

The Higgins Bedford, Castle Lane, Bedford, MK40 3XD,

Dynamic Balance Yoga Workshop, Fenstanton, Sat 7 Oct

Yoga workshop

Lisa the super talented yoga teacher at Refine Fitness is running a fun Headstand and Arm Balance Workshop for those intermediate to advanced yogis that feel up for a tumble challenge. The workshop is aimed at those who have done yoga long enough to feel confident at trying arm balances, headstands, intermediate to advanced moves and want to further their practice and challenge themselves.

Refine Fitness, Unit 1, Willow Road. Lakes Business Park, Fenstanton, PE28 9RB,

Container Gardening, Cambridge University Botanic Garden, Sat 7 Oct


Whether you’ve a tiny courtyard or roof garden, a balcony or even just a windowsill, there’s plenty of scope to get green fingered.. Helen Seal, expert horticulturalist is running a one-day course on container gardening for those that haven’t a clue (like me!) – find out what plants need to thrive in containers, discover quick crops, stunning plant combinations and fun ideas for recycling everyday items into unusual plant displays.

Cambridge University Botanic Gardens, 1 Brookside  Cambridge  CB2 1JE

Cushion Making for Beginners, The Cambridge Fabric Company, Sat 7 Oct

The Fabric Company

Get creative this Autumn with this easy peasy course.  The Cambridge Fabric Company have a room tucked away full of sewing machines, needles, trimmings, gorgeous fabrics and most importantly loads of coffee! Tuck yourself away for 3 hours and come home with a cushion – quite what it’ll look like is yet to be seen!  I’m going and trust me, I can’t even thread a needle so you’ll be in very basic company.

The Cambridge Fabric Company, 7 Peas Hill, Cambridge, CB2 3PP,

Buddy Holly and the Cricketers, Key Theatre, Sat 7 Oct

buddy Holly and the cricketers

I’m not a massive fan of  tribute bands but sometimes you hear about one that sounds Buddy brilliant – and this is one! This show has rock ’n’ rolled audiences for a number of years and it stars some of the finest actor-musicians in the UK whose combined West End credits include Buddy, Lennon, Forbidden Planet and Jailhouse Rock and their appearance on the “The One and Only”, hosted by Graham Norton consolidated their popularity.

Key Theatre, Embankment Road, Peterborough, PE1 1EF,


Family First Saturday:  Fitzwilliam Museum, Sat 7 Oct

Fitzwilliam Museum

The first Sat of the month is always a creative family drop in afternoon at The Fitz.  This Sat there are activities and art-making centred around the current exhibition that has just started on the artist Degas.

The Fitzwilliam Museum, Trumpington Street, Cambridge CB2 1RB,



Star Party, Sacrewell Farm, Peterborough, Sat 7 Oct

Sacrwell Farm

Peterborough Astronomical Society (aka PAS) are holding hands with Sacrwell Farm this weekend for their biannual Star Party. Whether you’re a keen astrologer or can’t tell a Big Dipper from a Milky Way (*cough*, er like me) – there’ll be something for all levels.  PAS wil be using telescopes as well as apps and technology to creat planetarium displays.  There are earlier times at 6pm and 6.45pm for younger kids and later sessions at 7.30pm and 8.15pm. There’ll be plenty of playbarn time, hot chocolate and glowsticks too!

Sacrewell Farm, Thornaugh, Peterborough, PE8 6HJ,


The Pretenders, Cambridge Corn Exchange, Sat 7 Oct

The Pretenders

I’ll stand by you Chrissie – as the legend rock group The Pretenders come to Cambridge.  So let’s don the leathers and get the black eye khol out and get ready for some of the old Back on the Chain Gang numbers.

Cambridge Corn Exchange, 2 Wheeler St, Cambridge CB2 3QB,

Baron Goodlove: 77 Sunday Sessions, Number 77, Caxton, Sun 8 Oct

No 77

Number 77, the Thai restaurant in Caxton have launched an exciting new live Sunday music evening. Kicking off the Autumn season is the talented Baron Goodlove on vocals & guitar, performing alongside his awesome right hand man Denzil also on guitar. If you went to the Willowfest then you might have heard their originals & covers. A pefect way to round up the weekend with a soulful, blues, acoustic vibe, and some cracking food. Number 77 is part of the Feast and Frolic restaurant group – its sisters include The Eltisley and The Willow Tree.

Number 77, 77 Ermine Steet, Caxton, Cambridge, CB23 3PQ,

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