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What’s On In May

With so much going on in Muddy Cambs you need to plan ahead sometimes.  So grab a coffee and your diary and start booking in some of the fab events that are happening over the next month or so.  Things get booked up fast so if I give you the nod you need to pick up the phone – briiiing!

If I’ve missed an event that you’re running, or one of your favourites isn’t listed, then please email me at:

Ely Cathedral Science Festival, Fri 19 May – Sun 18 June

Ely CathedralA 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,

Teehee in the Tipi, The Willow Tree, Bourn, Wed 31 May

The Willow Tree Bourn

The late May stand up comedy night starts a day early but don’t let that get in the way of a great line-up. Simon Bligh headlines the night – you’ll have seen or heard him frequently on TV and radio, including appearances on Alan Davis Teenage Revolution.  Supporting him are four others: Craig Deeley, Adele Cliff (Finalist Bath Comedy Festival New Act 2016), Mo Haroon and MC Rob Coleman. The Willow Tree has the most equistie garden and if you’re into comedy nights then this funny tipi is a great way to spend a mid week summer evening.

The Willow Tree, 29 High Street, Bourn Cambridgeshire, CB23 2SQ, thewillowtreebourn

Showstopper: The Improvised Musical, Cambridge Arts Theatre, Wed 31 May – Sat 3 Jun

Cambridge Arts Theatre
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,

Strawberry Fair, Midsummer Common, Cambridge, Sat 3 June

Strawberry Fair

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,

Indian Art Inspired Linocut Printing, Cambridge Botanic Gardens, Mon 5 Jun – Tue 6 Jun

Cambridge Botanic Gardens

Fancy getting arty this summer then consider this two-day linocut printing workshop led by local printmaker Emma James. Learn how to create bold expressive linocut prints taking inspiration from Indian print patterns, and print onto a variety of materials including beautiful handmade papers and fabric. The course is suitable for both beginners and more experienced print makers and as with everything at the Botanic Gardens courses get booked up so if you this tickles your fancy get on the blower.

Cambridge Botanic Gardens, 1 Brookside, Cambridge CB2 1JE,

Arundhati Roy, Great St. Mary’s Church, Cambridge Lit Festival, Thurs 8 June

Cambridge LItarary Festival


As part of the Cambridge Literary Festival Summer Programme Arundhati Roy returns this year with her long-awaited second novel, The Ministry of Utmost Happiness. Since her first novel, twenty years ago, The God of Small Things, Roy has published five books of non-fiction, including Broken Republic and Capitalism: A Ghost Story, and covering India’s 1998 nuclear tests, the rise of Hindu Nationalism, the armed Maoist insurrection in central India, the struggle for self-determination in Kashmir and US invasions of Iraq and Afghanistan. She has been jailed in the past for her views and is even now facing criminal trial for contempt of court for an essay she wrote about an incarcerated college lecturer.

Oddsocks Open Air Theatre, Bedford Park, Fri 9 Jun – Sat 10 Jun

Pavilion in the Park Bedford

Open-air theatre returns to Bedford this summer and I guess with the name Oddsocks you can bet things aren’t going to be ‘normal’. This theatre company are certainly painting Shakespeare with a new brush – Romeo & Juliet is being given a musical Mods & Rockers twist on Fri 9 June followed by a Steampunk adaptation of Macbeth on Sat 10 June. All outdoors at the Pavilion in the Park, if you fancy some nosh too they’re offering a limited number of combined tickets, featuring a two-course dinner served in a relaxed, communal style – the main course will be served before the performance with dessert in the interval.

The Pavilion, Park Ave, Bedford MK41 7SS,

June Bloom Concert, Wimpole Hall, Sat 10 June

Wimpole Hall
Enjoy a summer evening with Pimms on the lawn followed by music in the Long Gallery from operatic soprano Hazel Neighbour, pianist Alex Reid, cellist Jon Fistein and clarinettist Sarah Bowden. Inspired by nature, the programme will include Lieder by Brahms and Schubert such as Shepherd on the Rock, French song and some favourite operatic numbers. In celebration of June Bloom there will be a guided tour of the gardens at 6.30pm however you’ll need to book in advance if you want to make sure you get a place.

Wimpole Hall, Arrington, SG8 0BW,

Elton John and his band, Peterborough, Sun 11 June Rocket Man – Elton John, has over 4,000 performances under his belt since launching his first tour in 1970 so sound the Muddy klaxon – he’s coming to the ABAX stadium in Peterborough for the first time! As part of his worldwide Wonderful Crazy Night Tour, Elton will perform songs from his latest studio album ‘Wonderful Crazy Night’, as well as his most-loved hits from his stellar career.


Jazz in the Gardens, Wimpole Hall, Sat 17 June

Jazz in the Gardens, Wimpole Hall, Sat 17 June, Dickie de Vere and the Dorchester Mavericks Sit in the Gardens and relax with a picnic and vintage jazz band. This popular local band will play a toe-tapping selection of your favourite danceband melodies from the 1920’s, 30’s, and 40’s. Bring your own grub but Pimm’s as well as strawberries and cream will be available to buy on the night. 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.
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,

Royal Philharmonic, Cambridge Corn  Exchange, Sat 17 June

Cambridge corn Exchange

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

Family Games Day, Wimpole Hall, Sun 18 June

Wimple Hall
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,

An evening with the Scummy Mummies, Topping and Co Booksellers, Ely, Thurs 22 June

Scummy Mummies

The self-titled Scummy Mummies and their wildly popular podcasts have been sanity-saving for thousands of less than perfect parents across the UK and beyond. Celebrating wine, fishfingers, parenting fails and whispered confessions of inadequacy, their self-titled book has been a huge success already. They bring a vision of parenting as it really is, rather than how it should be.

Topping and Co Booksellers, 9 High Street, Ely CB7 4LJ,

Cambridge Folk Festival, Cherry Hinton Hall, Thurs 27 July – Sun 30 July

Cambridge Folk Festival

Launched waaaay back in 1965, Cambridge Folk Festival is one of the largest and longest running events of its kind, renowned for its relaxed vibe and loved for its eclectic line-up with traditional folk artists rubbing shoulders with more contemporary acts. As always, there’ll be a mixture of up-and-coming talent and big names performing across a range of stages in the pretty parkland setting of Cherry Hinton Hall. Artists that have been released already include returning Jake Bugg, Oysterband, Lau, Olivia Newton-John, Amy Sky and Hayseed Dixie – guest Curator Jon Boden will perform with The Remnant Kings also. The little’uns are well catered for too, making it an ideal family festival.  Tickets are literally running out of the door, so don’t leave it too long to grab them.

Cherry Hinton Hall, Cambridge,

Gareth Malone, Cambridge Corn Exchange, Tue 14 Nov

Gareth Malone

Following two hugely successful nationwide tours in 2014 and 2015, Gareth has announced his next series of live shows for this November.  A uniquely intimate tour of just 5 dates – we’re lucky to have the TV’s fave choirmaster in Muddy Cambs.   He’ll be joined by some guest choirs and singers as he takes you on a journey of musical discovery showcasing the diversity of the music that inspires him.
Cambridge Corn Exchange, 2 Wheeler St, Cambridge CB2 3QB,


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