Fri 16 June - Sun 18 June
The cool, quirky and unmissable in Cambridgeshire this weekend.
Martin Bond Exhibition, Cambridge Contemporary Art, Cambridge Sat 10 June – Sun 2 July
Martin Bond is a professional photographer who has lived in Cambridge all his life. A Cambridge Diary, which sees him post a photograph from Cambridge online each day, is his labour of love and is now in its seventh year of continuous daily pictures. Many of which have featured on the front cover of Cambridge Magazine every month since its launch four years ago and pay testament to the strength and beauty of Martin’s images. This exhibition is a chance to see Cambridge through his lense. He is exhibiting alongside Paul Harvey, a sculptor whose clients include the Royal family and whom you may have seen at the Chelsea Flower Show, he’s now concentrating on his true love of birds and everything art deco.
Cambridge Contemporary Art, 6 Trinity Street, Cambridge, CB2 1SU, cambridgegallery.co.uk
May Bumps, River Cam, Cambridge, Wed 14 – Sat 17 June
The iconic May Bumps (bizarrely held in June) are a great spectator sport. Better than banger-racing watch the best rowing clubs compete in the bumper car variation of rowing. The best viewing spots are The Bumps course is downstream of the start of the towpath along the northern side of the river at Chesterton. The best vantage point is The Plough pub, in the village of Fen Ditton as many bumps occur around Grassy Corner and Ditton Corner.
Oxbow and Peach, Whittlesford, Cambridge, Thurs 15 June – Sat 17 June
If you love all things vintage then this complete little gem will be right up your street. This little showroom in the Old School House in the pretty village of Whittlesford has an eclectic mix of vintage and antique finds. It’s not open all the time but Lizzie and Georgie run pop ups through March, April, May and June and then later on in the year. I went to their last one a few weeks ago and picked up pretty china bowls and cups planted with primroses, strawberry plants and seasonal flowers and botantical prints. There’s vintage china, glistening glass, furniture, lights, mirrors, objet d’art, jewellery, art, linens, quirky finds and so much more. This will be their last pop up for a few months so you’ll need to hop along this week if you want to take a peek. Top tip – make a day of it and enjoy lunch at The Tickle Arms in the village.
The Old School, Whittlesford, Cambridge CB22 4YS, oxbowandpeach.co.uk
Mac & Eden: The Unbearable Pleasure of Being a Woman, Cambridge Junction, Sat 17 June
With candid, poignant and irreverent original songs, Mac and Eden present ‘The Unbearable Pleasure of being a Woman’, a comedy/cabaret, brain-child of singer-songwriter (and mentor to Sam Smith) Joanna Eden and West End and National Theatre actress Leigh McDonald. Being female can be an unbearably silly business – they manage to spend a whole evening laughing, crying and even singing about it. Join them on an oestrogen-driven, emotional roller-coaster ride… from pigtails to puberty, stilettos to strollers, marriage to messing it up. Fabulous and filthy!
The Junction, Clifton Way, Cambridge, CB1 7GX, junction.co.uk
Ballet Theatre UK: Alice in Wonderland, Key Theatre, Sun 18 June
Guided by the White Rabbit, Alice meets some astonishing characters, including the Mad Hatter, the Queen of Hearts, a studious caterpillar and those mischievous twins, Tweedledum and Tweedledee as she tumbles through Wonderland. Basing his ballet on Lewis Carroll’s much-loved children’s books, Alice in Wonderland and Through the Looking Glass, Ballet Theatre UK’s Artistic Director Christopher Moore has created a captivating piece, brimming with wit, humour and charm. With its whimsical flights of the imagination, eclectic music and joyful dance, Alice in Wonderland is delightful entertainment for all ages.
Key Theatre, Embankment Rd, Peterborough PE1 1EF, vivacity-peterborough.com
Ely Cathedral Science Festival, Fri 19 May – Sun 18 June
It’s the final week of this month Science Festival. A program 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.
Ely Cathedral, Chapter House, The College, Ely CB7 4DL, elycathedral.org
Jazz in the Gardens, Wimpole Hall, Sat 17 June
Summer time at Wimpole is beautiful and as part of their June Bloom concert series they’re hosting a vintage jazz and picnic evening. Bring along your own spread and be entertained by the popular local band Dickie de Vere and the Dorchester Mavericks who will play a toe-tapping selection of favourite danceband melodies from the 1920’s, 30’s, and 40’s. You might have to bring the grub but Pimm’s as well as strawberries and cream will be available to buy on the night.
Wimpole Hall, Arrington, SG8 0BW, nationaltrust.org.uk
Royal Philharmonic, Cambridge Corn Exchange, Sat 17 June
The final concert in the classical concert series 2016/2017 opens with Debussy’s languid, dreamlike Prélude à l’Après-midi d’un faune. Trumpet soloist Lucienne is an exciting young talent in the world of classical music, who is due to release her debut album with Warner Classics in autumn 2017. Next season will see her tour extensivley, including dates with Munich Symonhny Orcehstra, Hong Kong Sinfonietta, Les Violons du Roy and Lucerne Symphony Orchestra. Filled with wonderful melodies and stirring rhythms, Shostakovich’s Symphony No. 5 pulses with irresistible energy. Written under Joseph Stalin’s stifling Soviet regime, the composer subtly crafted a blend of satire and submission that intrigues audiences to this day.
Cambridge Corn Exchange, 2 Wheeler St, Cambridge CB2 3QB cambridgelivetrust.co.uk
Family Games Day, Wimpole Hall, Sun 18 June
Wimple are hosting their first family games weekend, celebrating and showcasing some great sports and activities available at Wimpole. There’ll also be activities run by local clubs, businesses and volunteers so it’s a great opportunity to try something new. Activities from junior parkrun, Croquet, Orienteering, Archery, Bowls, Cricket, Pitch a Tent Challenge, Tennis, Get Horsey and family fitness course.
Wimpole Hall, Arrington, SG8 0BW, nationaltrust.org.uk
Peterborough Heritage Festival Sat 17 June – Sun 18 June
A spectacular celebration of the 375th anniversary of the English Civil War. The Peterborough Heritage Festival is a chance to experience 3,500 years of history in this unique, living history festival in the heart of the city and the stunning surroundings of Peterborough Cathedral. Expect to see Roundheads and Cavaliers battle for control of the city in a spectacular display of fighting skill with period weaponry, armour and siege tactics.