Fri 2 june - Sun 4 June
The cool, quirky and unmissable in Cambridgeshire this weekend.
Showstopper: The Improvised Musical, Cambridge Arts Theatre, Wed 31 May – Sat 3 Jun
With nine years as an Edinburgh Fringe must-see phenomenon, a BBC Radio 4 Series, a critically acclaimed West End run and an Olivier Award to their name, The Showstoppers have delighted audiences across the globe with their ingenious blend of comedy, musical theatre and spontaneity. Their heading back to Cambridge again after their successful visit last year. A brand new musical comedy is created from scratch at each performance of this award-winning show as audience suggestions are transformed on the spot into an all-singing, all-dancing production. So whether you fancy Sondheim on a ski lift or Cole Porter in Poundland – you suggest it and the Showstoppers will sing it!
Cambridge Arts Theatre, 6 St Edward’s Passage, Cambridge CB2 3PJ, cambridgeartstheatre.com
Ceramic Tile Painting Workshop, The Swiss Garden, Fri 2 June
Let’s get creative with a two hour workshop led by Eve Carroll (ceramic artists and tutor). It’ll be held in the Garden Room at The Swiss Garden and participants will be encouraged to sketch out a design at the start of the session, based around their own interests or, struggling for inspiration, then there’s plenty to be found in the beautiful gardens.
The Swiss Gardens, The Shuttleworth Collection, Old Warden, near Biggleswade, SG18 9EP, shuttleworth.org
Ely Cathedral Science Festival, Fri 19 May – Sun 18 June
A month long event of interactive fun and discovery exploring science and the natural world through art, music, exhibitions and fun activities for all ages. Highlights include a lecture by Prof Robert Winston, a dinosaur dig with a life size T REX and a Sci-Fi Prom featuring music from favourite composers and movies. Headline speaker Lord Winston will give two talks suited to a young and older audience. His ‘My Amazing Body’ lecture takes place on Monday, May 29, and is being billed as a special event for children, exploring our “intricately wired brain to our squeezing, squelching guts and relentlessly pumping heart”. Then, in the evening, the fertility expert will give a keynote lecture for adults on the subject of ‘What Makes us Happy?’
Ely Cathedral, Chapter House, The College, Ely CB7 4DL, elycathedral.org
Sacrewell Farm, Thornaugh, Mon 27 – Sun 4 June
You might know Sacrewell as a fab place for children to see the farm animals, run around in beautiful countryside and let off steam in the state-of-the-art play barn – but there’s a lot more. This half term there’s a diverse programme planned for little’s over the 7 day break: den building, bug hunting, duck race, pond dipping, leatherworks, marshmallow toasting, and black-clay-smithing – take your pick. By the way if you fancy a sleepover you can take your wigwam and camp overnight.
Sacrewell Farm, Thornaugh, Peterborough, PE8 6HJ, sacrewell.org.uk
Kids’ Half Term Chocolate Workshop, Co. at Fifteen, Sat 3 June
What kid doesn’t love chocolate? They’ll be in gooey heaven at this Sat workshop run by the chocolate guru Gloria from Mama Bonbon. The kids will learn a little of the history of cacao and then get straight into covering and decorating chocolates themselves! Suitable for children aged 6-13, however teenagers are also welcome.
Co. at No.15, 15 High Street, Cherry Hinton, Cambridge, CB1 9HX, cofifteen.co.uk
Strawberry Fair, Midsummer Common, Cambridge, Sat 3 June
From humble beginnings, Strawberry Fair has grown to be the most popular free, entirely volunteer run, one-day music & arts event in Cambridge. On the first Sat of June for the past 40 or so years, residents and visitors have gathered together on Midsummer Common to celebrate their vibrant and creative city. The event is run entirely by Strawberry Fairies (AKA volunteers) and it’s all about putting the local at the heart of the fair. The event kicks off on Friday night at the Prince Charming Ball, there are a few tickets left if you move fast.
Strawberry Fair, Midsummer Common, Cambridge CB5 8DJ, strawberry-fair.org.uk
Fairy and Elf Festival, Audley End Miniature Railway, Sat 27 May – Sun 4 June
A first of its kind at Audley End – The Fairy and Elf Festival. The Picnic Area will be packed full of fun activities for children to immerse themselves in, including story telling, face painting, hair braiding, games area and craft making. Take an enchanting train tide through the Audley End estate woodland and dive into the magical land of our fairy and elf walk! Don’t forget to wear your best fairy or elf outfit too (adults too!). Booking is recommended to avoid fairy disappointment.
Audley End Miniature Railway, Audley End Road, Saffron Walden, CB11 4JB, audley-end-railway
Villanous Vikings, Flag Fen, Peterborough, Sat 3 Jun – Sun 4 Jun
This half term, Flag Fen is being overrun with a marauding band of Vikings! See them take on the local Anglo Saxons in battle – and meet warriors from both sides. Plus discover what life was really like 1,000 years ago when Danish King Guthrum came to England. Families can get stuck in to Viking life with a children’s battle, handling Viking objects, children’s storytelling and in the Big Dig Tent.
Flag Fen, The Droveway, Northey Rd, Peterborough PE6 7QJ, vivacity-peterborough.com