FRI 20 COT - SUN 22 OCT
The cool, quirky and unmissable in Cambridgeshire this weekend.
Legally Blonde, Royal Derngate, Northampton, Mon 16 Oct – Sat 21 Oct
I took my mum to a production of Legally Blonde last year and we both hooted our way through it, it was much funnier than I thought it would be. This new show has a celeb cast – Rita Simons (Roxy Mitchell in BBC’s EastEnders) Lucie Jones (Eurovision UK representative 2017) and the delicious Bill Ward (James Barton in Emmerdale, Charlie Stubbs in Coronation Street) as Professor Callahan. Grab a group of girlies and go have a giggle.
The Best Man, Cambridge Arts Theatre Mon 16 Oct – Sat 21 Oct
Martin Shaw will be always be one half of Boady and Doyle to me (The Professionals for all you youn’uns) and he leads the cast that includes Glynis Barber (remember her from Dempsey and Makepeace) – it’s a right little trip down memory lane. This timely and highly apt award play is about a race to White House includes all the corruption and unscrupulous behaviour that you’d expect between Trump and Clinton. There’s an impressive cast which includes Jeff Fahey (Lost, Twelve Angry Men), Jack Shepherd (Glengarry Glen Ross, Wycliffe), Honeysuckle Weeks (Foyle’s War) Anthony Howell (Foyle’s War, Crossing Lines) and Gemma Jones (Bridget Jones’s Diary).
Cambridge Arts Theatre, Cambridge Arts Theatre, 6 St Edward’s Passage, Cambridge, CB2 3PJ, cambridgeartstheatre.com
Charlotte RowanL Wimpole Autumn Concert Series, Wimpole Hall, Fri 20 Oct
The Wimpole Autumn Concert series continues wih the virtuoso violinist Charlotte Rowan who’ll be playing Wieniawski, Vitali , Tartini, Schubert, Bazzini and Sarasate in the Long Gallery at. There’s also a chance to have an after hours snoop around the Ground Floor rooms.
Wimplole Hall, Arrington SG8 0BW, nationaltrust.org.uk
Pick your own Pumpkin, Pumpkin Jim’s, Ickleton, Sat 21 – Sun 29 Oct
You know you want to spend your weekend knee deep in pumpkin mash! Pumpkin Jim’s have made an event of picking your giant pumpkin this Halloween – they’ve put on a range of children’s fun activities with soft play, children’s tractors and a big sandpit all under cover so rain won’t stop play. There will be food available and children’s lunch boxes so you can enjoy a few hours of peace whilst the kids run a muck.
Pumpkin Jim’s, Grange Road, Ickleton, Cambridge, CB10 1TA, facebook.com
Don’t Dribble on the Dragon, Quarry Theatre, Bedford, Sat 21 Oct
A great one for little’uns this show by The People’s Theatre Company, is based on the new book by Steven Lee and with magic designed by the legendary Paul Daniels. It’s a musical adventure about Tom, an older brother and a dragon with the underlying message about growing up and the importance of family.
As an extra treat, Steven will be available to sign copies of Don’t Dribble On The Dragon which you can either bring with you or buy in the theatre after the show.
The Quarry Theatre, 26 St Peter’s Street, Bedford, MK40 2NN, quarrytheatre.org.uk
A Halloween Extravaganza. Audley End Miniature Railway, Sat 21 Oct – Thurs 26 Oct
It’s spoooooky! Celebrate this Halloween with a train ride deep into the woods of the Audley End Estate to visit the Witches at their Haunted House. Kids can meet the witches themselves, receive a special treat and watch them perform their wonderful witchy dance. The craft tent is available to make a creepy craft or test out your dance moves in the Dance Tent too. The ride is spooky but never scary and is, therefore, suitable for all ages.
Audley End Miniature Railway, Audley End Road, Audley End, Saffron Walden, Essex CB11 4JB, audley-end-railway.co.uk
Horror at Hinchingbrooke House, Sat 21 Oct – Sat 28 Oct
I’m not sure I’m brave enough but if you like to be spooked The Horror at Hinchingbrooke House is an award winning interactive and realistic horror experience located in the famous haunted grounds and house in Huntingdon. It’s been voted the best scare event in the UK and the most famous characters from the horror genre come to life within the confides of the house to produce a unique, terrifying venture where the public become – you’ve guessed it – the victim! Groups of 8-12 people embark on a journey around a theatrical setting arranged into 18 sets and there’ll be around 45 actors lurking in the darkness coming to get you.
Hinchingbrooke House, Huntingdon, PE29 3BN, facebook.com
Roman Blind and PJ Workshops: The Cambridge Fabric Company, Sat 21 Oct and Sun 22 Oct
If you haven’t visited The Cambridge Fabric Company it needs to on your list. Whether you’re into sewing, like the idea of doing it or quite fankly never want to have to thread a needle in your life, but love interiors, there’s inspiration for all. Craft and interior fabrics, present ideas, trimmings, lampshades and they’ll do all the hard work for you if you want them to. This weekend they are running two fab workshops: Roman Blinds (intermediate) and PJ making (beginners). I took part in a cushion making workshop last week and it was great fun and let’s be honest I’m no sewer! I now have a pretty cushion smiling at me on my sofa and it hasn’t fallen to bits yet. Great tutors, lots of fun, very little unpicking (in fact none!), loads of coffee and flap jacks and I found it so therapeautic – I didn’t think about washing and ironing for three hours, bliss!
The Cambridge Fabric Company, 7 Peas Hill Cambridge CB2 3PP, thecambridgefabriccompany.com
The Nutcracker: Russian National Ballet, The Key Theatre, Sat 21 Oct
The ultimate ballet for children to enjoy. Who can beat toys coming alive and a Mouse-king and his mouse-army battling with the Nutcracker Prince?! There are two performances at 3pm and 7pm which works round different ages.
The Key Theatre, Embankment Rd, Peterborough PE1 1EF, vivacity-peterborough.com
Live innit: Paul Chowdhry, Bedford Corn Exchange, Sat 21 Oct
Fanyc a belly load of laughs? Course you do and if you’re over towards the Bedford borders then check out Paul Chowdhry, comedy powerhouse and star of Taskmaster, Live at The Apollo and Stand Up for the Week who is bringing his highly anticipated new stand-up show to Bedford Corn Exchange.
Cambridge Corn Exchange, St Paul’s Square, Bedford, MK40 1SL, bedfordcornexchange.co.uk
Richard Thompson, Saffron Hall, Sat 21 Oct
The old rockers are often the best rockers! Richard Thompson is one of this country’s greatest songwriters and most distinctive guitar virtuosos, a musician whose work spans genres and generations. Rolling Stone hails him as “a perennial dark-horse contender for the title of greatest living rock guitarist” and his songs have been covered by everyone from Alison Krauss to Robert Plant. In short: any chance to hear him is worth taking.
Saffron Hall, Audley End Road, Saffron Walden, CB11 4UH, saffronhall.com
Degas: ‘A Passion for Perfection’, Fitzwilliam Museum, until Jan 2018
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.
Apple Day 2017, Cambridge University Botanic Gardens, Sun 22 Oct
A celebration of all things apple! I never knew apples could be so busy but it’s all going on at Cambridge Botanic Gardens this Sunday. If you’ve got apples in your garden and you haven’t a clue what they are then bring along 2 0r 3 with leaves and a stalk and get the apples experts to identify them. There’s also advice on how to grow apples successfully, apple crafts for the kids, garden tours, pop up stalls, live music, artisan food and drink and what’s the betting there’s apple juice and cider on offer?!
Cambridge University Botanic Gardens, 1 Brookside Cambridge CB2 1JE botanic.cam.ac.uk
Antiques, Collector and Vintage Fair, Wicksteed Park, 9.30am – 4pm, Sun 22 Oct
This side of the gifting season there are a host of brilliant vintage fairs to indluge in – whether you’re an avid collector or a bargain hunter a good fair will have it covered. This one is a smasher. Renowned event organisers, Field Dog Fairs are holding one such fair at Wicksteed Pavilion. Entry is £3 per person, accompanied under 16’s go free, dogs welcome, free parking for those attending the event.
Wicksteed Park, Barton Road, Kettering, Northamptonshire, NN15 6NJ.