FRI 8 DEC - SUN 10 DEC
The cool, quirky and unmissable in Cambridgeshire this weekend.
The Jungle Book, Royal & Derngate, 29 Nov – 31 Dec (Check box office for the variable performance times)
A co-production with Children’s Touring Partnership. This is a vivid new adaptation of Rudyard Kipling’s family classic for the Royal stage this Christmas. A wild and funny tale of family, belonging and identity, this production is packed with memorable characters, new songs and brilliant storytelling. Mowgli the man cub battles for survival in this heartwarming coming-of-age story about a boy raised by wolves in the jungle. With the help of his animal friends, including Bagheera the panther, Baloo the bear and Kaa the python, Mowgli outwits the cruel and powerful tiger, Shere Khan, and learns the law of the jungle. Adapted by the Olivier Award-winning Jessica Swale (Nell Gwynn), and directed by Max Webster (The Lorax, The Old Vic), The Jungle Book receives its premiere at Royal & Derngate before a major national tour. It promises the perfect festive entertainment for all ages.
Royal & Derngate, 19-21 Guildhall Rd, Northampton, NN1 1DP
Jakc and the Beanstalk, Cambridge Arts Theatre, Thurs 30 Nov 2017 – Sun 7 Jan 2018
Fee-fi-fo-fum, I smell the blood of a pantomime! With Toni Christie as the King of Amarillo and Liza Goddard as the Good Fairy you can expect a thigh-slapping, hand-clapping, toe-tapping good time.
Cambridge Arts Theatre, 6 St Edward’s Passage, Cambridge, CB2 3PJ, cambridgeartstheatre.com
Rapunzel, Cambridge Junction, Tues 5 – Sun 31 Dec
A young woman imprisoned in a tower. A wicked witch with a serious anger management problem. A prince with self-esteem issues. And a LOT of hair. Dancing Brick, the award-winning company behind Thumbelina’s Great Big Adventure (2013), return to Cambridge Junction with a fun-filled family show packed with live music, physical comedy and their signature bold theatrical style. A family show for everyone aged 5 and over!
Cambridge Junction, Clifton Way, Cambridge, CB1 7GX, junction.co.uk
International Garden Photographer of the Year, Cambridge University Botanic Garden, ends Thurs 21 Dec
A collection of stunning images from the prestigious International Garden Photographer of the Year (IGPOTY) Ten Year Anniversary Exhibition. It remains one of the world’s most prestigious competition and exhibition for garden, plant and botanical photography with entries from around the world – it’s open to all ages, amateurs and professionals alike, with a Young Garden Photographer of the Year award for under 17s. You’ll be admiring a rare lone orchid in the Hengduan Mountain Range in China and then returning to the UK for an atmospheric sunrise in the Peak District.
Sleeping Beauty, Key Theatre, Peterborough, Thurs 7 Dec 2017 – Sun 7 Jan 2018
Mirror, mirror on the wall will this be the campest panto of them all! This year it’s Sleeping beauty – the enchanting tale of true love, pcincesses and princes and you can expect the traditional slapstick, humour music and spetacle.
A wonderful opportunity to hear one of the country’s top military bands, The Band of the Household Cavalry combine with the world famous male voice Morriston Orpheus Choir in support of The Household Cavalry Foundation.
Ely Cathedral, Ely, Cambs, CB7 4DL elycathedral.org
Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs, Kettering, Fri 8 – Sun 31 December
Kettering panto is the fairest of them all! Don’t miss this fun-filled family pantomime running from Friday 8th until Sunday 31st December. Starring Matt Lapinskas, best known for his role in Eastenders, Natasha Grey from Emmerdale, West End star Hannah Boyce, and back by popular demand, Mark Pearce and Michael Neilson.
The Lighthouse Theatre, Kettering Conference Centre, Thurston Drive, Kettering, Northamptonshire NN15 6PB
With over 70 choirs in British military bases across the UK and overseas, the Military Wives Choirs is a charity that brings women in the military community closer together through singing. The choirs, all made up of wives and partners of Armed Forces personnel as well as women from the wider military community, first found fame with on The Choir with Gareth Malone.
Peterborough Cathedral, Peterborough, PE1 1XS, peterborough-cathedral.org.uk
Mother & Daughter Day, Anne Furbank, Sat 9 Dec
It’s a wrap! Grab your mates and enjoy a fashion show featuring guest mother and daughter models, so there’ll be something for all ages with names such as Tommy Hilfiger, Armani and Michael Michael Kors. There’ll be scarves, boots, bags and jewellery on show as well so it’s a chance to stock up on a few last minute items for the Chrimbo season.
Anne Furbank, 41 High Street, Buckden, St Neots, PE19 5WZ, annefurbank.co.uk
Sue Rapley Open Studio, Barton, Sat 9 Dec
Sue Rapley is a Cambridge-based artist with an individual style, creating vibrant original landscapes and seascapes. You’ll find her work in art galleries in St Ives and Linton but she alos holds various open studio days when you can visit her in her studio in Barton. At her Christmas open studio there’ll be limited edition giclee prints of popular original paintings is expanding, gifts and stocking fillers and she’s also got copies of the Cambridge Art Book too, the proceeds of which will go to Tom’s Trust, a small Cambridge charity doing wonderful work caring for children with brain tumours.
Glebe House, 1 High Street, Barton, Cambridge, CB23 7BG, facebook.com/sue.rapley
The Betfred Peterborough Chase Raceday, Huntingdon Racecourse, Sun 10 Dec
Escape the Christmas shopping with a great family day out. On a day when more than £125,000 prize-money will be won, the racecourse stages its most important and high profile race. Greats such as Best Mate, Edredon Bleu and One Man have won the Peterborough Chase over the last 20 years. The legendary Desert Orchid even contested the two-and-a-half mile race during his glorious career. What else? There’s the Military village to explore, a visit to see Santa and music from The Band of the Queen’s Division. There’s also a variety of free children’s entertainment including a great selection of bouncy castles, slides, large games and a bungee run.