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10 ways to have fun this week

Looking for some fun over the weekend and beyond, well what can we offer you?  Vintage pop ups, art shows, chocolate for grown ups, a belly load of laughs at the theatre, help to get your teen in the kitchen and how about some sailing. Glad rags on and out you go – have fun!

Grantchester Spring Show, Grantchester Village Hall, Sat 8 – Sun 9 April

Gtantchester Spring Show

An arts and crafts event showcasing predominantly local artists in the pretty village of Grantchester. It hosts several shows throughout the year and no surprise that this one has an Easter theme.  Ceramics, art, jewellery and crafts from Cambridgeshire’s vibrant community of artists, designer-makers and craftspeople will all be on display.  Grantchester is a pretty village just south of the city Centre. It has become well known for the TV sleuth drama ‘Grantchester’ much of which was filmed in the village. If you want to make more of a day of it this village knows how to relax – it has four eateries to tempt you: The Orchard Tea Gardens for a cream tea; The Red Lion, The Rupert Brooke and The Green Man.  Finish the afternoon off with a stroll through the Grantchester Meadows.


The Noise Next Door, Cambridge Junction, Sat 8 April

The Noise Next Door Cambridge Junction

The improv stars The Noise Next Door have been on a national tour for months and you can check them out in Cambridge this weekend. Because improv is what they do consistently – rather than something they dabble with on the side of stand-up careers – they’re super slick. Suggestions come from the audience to fit into different scenarios, some are thrown into the mix as the sketch progresses, creating some surreal combinations and making the boys really think on their feet. These guys have sold out 8 consecutive years at the Edinburgh Fringe, and have been described as ‘comedy gold’ by The Guardian. There are two performances on Sat: the afternoon one is for the family to enjoy whereas the evening one is geared for the adults

Cambridge Junction, Clifton Way, CB1 7GX Cambridge,

Garden Design Workshop, Swiss Garden at Shuttleworth, Sat 8 April

Swiss Garden at Shuttleworth

A chance to learn the basics of garden design and pick up expert tips from RHS and Chelsea Flower Show award winning garden designer Philippa Pearson. The Swiss Garden will be used as a base for looking at garden layout and landscape design, the workshop will include practical sessions and better still lunch is included. Booking is essential for this popular event.

Swiss Garden at Shuttleworth, Old Warden Park, Old Warden, Biggleswade SG18 9ER,

Chocolate Masterclass, Cambridge Food Tour, Cambridge, Sat 8 Apr
Cambridge Food Tour, Chocolate Masterclass
Calling all chocoholics – the Cambridge Food Tour Masterclasses, run by Cambridge Food Tour, are normally private events but as a treat they’re going to let you join in this one. Discover how to make your own hand-crafted treats under the expert guidance of our chocolatiers. No experience is necessary and all the classes finish with Freestyle – a fun way to create your own bar, flower or whatever takes your fancy. Dust it with a bit of paint and sparkles and trust me you’ll be everyone’s favourite when you get home.
Cambridge Food Tour

National Youth Wind and Chamber Orchestra, Saffron Hall, Saffron Walden, Sun 9 April

National Youth and Childrens Orchestra wind orchestra and chamber orchestra

Two separate concerts by brilliant young musicians from all over the country. The full prgrammes are still to be confirmed but will include Shostakovich’s Piano Concerto No 2 with soloist Konya Kanneh-Mason, Brahms’ Variation on a Theme by Haydn, Mendelssohn’s A Midsummer Night’s Dream, Beethoven’s 8th Symphony.

Saffron Hall, Saffron Hall, Audley End Road, Saffron Walden CB11 4UH,

RYA Youth Sailing, Grafham Water Centre, Mon 10 – Tue 11 April

grafham youth sailing

A great one for any teenagers permanently glued to a device this Easter. Learning to sail can be the start of something new and exciting and this beginner course will take youngsters through the basics. During the two days they will learn how to rig the boat and turn round safely. Stage 1 and 2 courses can be linked into a combined course over four days. RYA Qualifications can also be gained through membership of the RYA Grafham Flyers OnBoard Club.

Grafham Water Activity Centre

Spring into Colour Exhibition, VX Gallery, St Ives, ending Sat 29 April

Sue Rapley, VX Gallery St Ives

VK Gallery can be found in the charming riverside market town of St Ives and works directly with carefully-selected artists, both discovering new talent and representing established artists. There’s a burst of colour in the gallery this spring – glass will be in focus along with paintings by Sue Rapley and Screenprints by Paul Edwards, Jo Tunmer, Kate Heiss and Celia Hart will also be on display.

VX Gallery, 18a Bridge Street, St Ives, Cambridgeshire PE27 5EG,   

 Robin Hood, Cambridge Corn Exchange, Cambridge, Tues 11 April

Cambridge Corn Exchange

Not sure I should own up to this but I do love a good panto and it seems that the fun and frolics that it brings are no longer confined to Christmas time. This Easter Robin Hood and his Merry Men are coming to The Cambridge Corn Exchange and they’re bringing with them Gareth Gates as Robin and Zippy and George (remember them from Rainbow?) as the Merry Men.  So welcome to pantoland with a lorra laughs and an all-singing, all-dancing production.

Cambridge Corn Exchange, Wheeler Street, CB2 3QE Cambridge,

15min – Family Meals for Teens, Cambridge Cookery School, Wed 12 April

Curly Kale Pop Up Cambridge

Has anyone actually managed to rustle up one of Mr Oliver’s 15min meals in that time? Well set your teens the challenge this Easter and get them off those darn devices.  This cookery course  will teach them how to make delicious, family meals and healthy desserts from scratch – quickly. So what can you look forward to eating tonight – greens, grains and roasted salmon followed by yoghurt and fresh raspberry crème caramel. The course includes shopping lists and full recipe packs so they could do the shopping for you also.  For those with younger children there are various Easter themed courses on all week for those age 7 upwards.

Cambridge Cookery School, Unit 9D, The Imre Building, The Michael Young Centre, Purbeck Rd, Cambridge CB2 8HN,

Oxbow and Peach Vintage Pop Up, Whittlesford, Cambridgeshire, Thurs 13 – Sat 15 April

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 and this Thurs – Sat they are opening with an Easter theme subtly incorporated.  I went to their last one a few weeks ago and picked up pretty china bowls and cups planted with primroses and bulbs for Mothering Sunday.  There’s vintage china, glistening glass, furniture, lights, mirrors, objet d’art, jewellery, art, linens, quirky finds and so much more.

Oxbow and Peach, The Old School, Old School Lane, Whittlesford, Cambridge CB22 4LT,

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Circus: Around, Cambridge Junction, Sat 15 Apr

Circus: Around, Cambridge Junction

Arriving with a caravan of hobby horses, two acrobats transform an empty stage into a charming circus ring with the help of a band of musicians. This plucky circus troupe’s quirky show begins with a monkey playing guitar. Elephants and snakes are conjured from thin air, twinkling soap bubbles float in half-light, an underwater diver flips and twists in front of your eyes. There’s juggling, sword swallowing, hula hooping, acrobatics and clowning, all performed to live music. Around is a show in which the unimaginable is made possible. Captivating and performed with beautiful skill and artistry, it is perfect for little ones and their families.

Cambridge Junction, Clifton Way, Cambridge CB1 7GX,

Cambridge Corn Exchange

Thing’s get snapped up quickly at the Corn Exchange so I’m giving you plenty of time to check the diary or cancel a friend.

Cambridge Corn Exchange

Sat 15 Apr, Omid Djalili – part of his Schmuck For a Night Tour.

Wed 19 – Thurs 20 Apr, Ben & Holly’s Little Kingdon-  one for the kids this Easter hols.

Fri 6 Oct, BANFF Ocean Film Festival World Tour – a brand new selection of the world’s most amazing ocean films, from both above and below the surface. A must for all ocean lovers

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