10 fun things to do this week
You might have noticed a few changes happening on Muddy and with so much cool and fun stuff happening around Cambridgeshire here’s the low-down for the week ahead.
Magdalena Morey Exhibition, The Darryl Nantais Gallery, Linton, until Sat 29 April
Magdalena Morey is a mixed media techniques artist who’s developed her own unique techniques incorporating the use of plaster and oil, glue, glass paints, pastels and paper. Magdalena moved to Cambridge in 2005 and exhibited her work almost in various venues around the city and more recently moved to Spain. Her works focus on figurative work, flowers and landscape paintings and she’s currently exhibiting at the Darryl Nantais Gallery in Linton.
The Darryl Nantais Gallery, 59 High Street, Linton, Cambridge CB21 4HS, nantais-gallery.co.uk
English Touring Opera: Tosca, Cambridge Arts Theatre, Tues 25 – Sat 29 April
Puccini’s visceral depiction of love and power in the midst of political terror, is directed by award-winning Blanche McIntyre, new to opera but fresh from some revelatory work in the theatre. A trio of powerful UK artists are lined up for the diva, the artist and the chief of police, so it is sure to be a night of passion.
Cambridge Arts Theatre, 6 St Edward’s Passage, Cambridge CB2 3PJ cambridgeartstheatre.com
Lambing Season at Wimpole Hall, Thurs 27 April – Sun 7 May
Is there anything more spring like than watching the frolics of newborn lambs? Wimpole’s 300 rare breed ewes are set to give birth to several hundred new additions to the estate’s flock during April as lambing season gathers pace, 110 have been born already including this little handsome Portland lamb. If you’re lucky, you might see one like this cutsey bootsey being born and finding their feet. Wimpole Hall has a great outdoor play area and several cafes and heaps of space to enjoy a picnic if you’re that organised.
Wimple Hall, Arrington, SG8 0B, nationaltrust.org.uk
Go Racing Evening Fixture, Huntingdon Races, Fri 28 April
Searching for something different to do with your mates this Friday, then check out the spring evening at the races at Huntingdon Racecourse. There is a restaurant at the course if you just can’t be bothered, but with the last race at 8pm why not slope off to The George at Buckden or The Old Bridge at Huntingdon for a meal afterwards.
Huntingdon Races, Huntingdon PE28 4HQ, huntingdon.thejockeyclub.co.uk
The Red Lion Open Air Film Festival, Fri 28 – Sun 30 April
This one is for spring revellers, film buffs, foodies and libertines the Star & Mouse Picture Show is a new kid on the block – a dazzling trinket cinema company based in rural Cambridge. They are hosting various open-air film session – all rather festival-like with fire pits, food & live entertainment. For their opening night, they’re taking over the garden at The Red Lion in Grantchester for the April Bank Holiday weekend: Casino Royal on Fri 28, Stardust on Sat 29 and The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel on Sun 30 April.
Ely’s Eel Festival Weekend, Fri 28 April – Mon 1 May
Ely derives its name from the Isle of Eels when Ely was an island surrounded by marshland and the festival was borne from that legacy. Eels were historically part of the local staple diet as well as a valuable source of income and now the city celebrates its historic relationship with the humble eel in a whole weekend of celebrations. Take a look at the four day programme to see what is planned.
Scott Gibson, Life after Death, Cambridge Junction, Sun 30 April
Scott Gibson hit comedy fame last year when he won the Best Newcomer gong at the Edinburgh Comedy Awards. This show tells the story of the three weeks that changed Scott’s life forever. On returning from a stag weekend in Blackpoll, Scott’s brain exploded – he had suffered a massive brain hemorrhage. So he did what any self-respecting Glaswegian man would do and went back to bed for 4 days. A darkly hysterical, inspiring show, delivered with the trademark filthy charisma that Scott is known for; Life After Death is a tale of love and pain, fear and hope. It’s about overcoming insurmountable odds, and how comedy can bring you back to life.
Bathing Under the Skies Outdoor Spa, Bourn, Sat 29 April – Mon 1 May
If you’re a regular festival goer you might have already sunk into one of these beautifully crafted cedar wood hot tubs or barrel saunas – they’re at the Secret Garden Party for starters, but if not, they’re coming to Bourn this year in a series of pop up events. A chance to relax and re-energise at this unique fresh air spa inspired by the Scandinavian tradition of outdoor bathing to tackle the cold. You’re not abandoned in the middle of field – the sauna comes with hot and cold drinks, chill out areas with fire pitches, hairdryers and straighteners, lockers and showers. I was lucky enough to spend an afternoon there a few weeks ago so check out my review if you want to find out the scooby-doo on this place.
Bourn Golf and Leisure Club, Toft Road, Bourn, Cambridge CB23 2TT, bathingunderthesky.com
Enchanted Fairy and Elf Walk, Audley End Miniature Railway, Sat 29 April – Mon 1 May
Dive into the magical land of the Enchanted Fairy and Elf Walk as it opens for the first weekend of the 2017 season. Whirl through the pathways to find all of the many tiny fairies and elves living in their handmade wooden tree houses. Take one of the trains into the woods to meet the many fairies frolicking through the trees and venture into the craft tent to get creative. Booking is essential.
Audley End Miniature Railway, Audley End Road, Audley End, Saffron Walden, Essex CB11 4JB, audley-end-railway.co.uk
Imelda May, Cambridge Corn Exchange, Sat 6 May
Imelda May has announced her first UK tour in over three years in support of her highly anticipated new album Life Love Flesh Blood released earlier this year. The artist has a new look and a new groove, exploring blues, soul, gospel, folk, rock, sensitive acoustica, cinematic drama and explosive balladry so should delight both old and new fans.
Cambridge Corn Exchange, 2 Wheeler St, Cambridge CB2 3QB cambridgelivetrust.co.uk