The cool stuff this week (Fri 24 – Fri 31 March)
Looking for an excuse to get out of the house (I hear you sister), there’s lots of fun to be had out and about this week. Take a peep… Don’t forget to get right down to the bottom as the Book Ahead section has a few things you might not want to miss out on.
The Science of Jewellery, Betty and Gordon Moore Library, Sat 25 March
It’s the last few days of the Cambridge Science Festival and this weekend there’s a chance to think outside the jewellery box and join Harriet Kelsall Bespoke Jewellery as they take over The Glass Room at the Betty and Gordon Moore Library to showcase the science and technology behind all things sparkly. This free, drop-in event is a family affair – the exhibition will demonstrate the processes involved in Computer Aided Design (CAD) to science inspired jewellery making sessions.
The Science of Jewellery, Betty and Gordon Moore Library, Wilberforce Rd, Cambridge CB3 0WD, sciencefestival.cam.ac.uk
Teen Takeover, Bedford Clanger, Bedford, Sat 25 Mar
There’s a teen takeover planned for the Bedford Clanger later this month. If you’re aged between 13-19 and interested in a career in journalism, publishing, photography, illustrating or graphic design then they’d love to hear from you. The entire Sept issue of the mag will be written and designed by teenagers and the big meet is on 25 March when the team will meet the mentors (professionals from within the industry), discuss ideas and set assignments.
Mother’s Day Workshop, Cambridge Flower School, Sat 25 Mar
Still not planned anything for Mother’s Day- help! Why not kill two birds with one stone with this creative workshop. A chance to learn new skills and create a gorgeous spring garden arrangement full of early summer flowers in a vintage wooden box – better still the table arrangement for Mothering Sunday is done!
The Cambridge Flower School, Newton Hall, Town Street, Newton, Cambridge, CB22 7ZE, thecambridgeflowerschool.co.uk
The Real Thing, Key Theatre, Sun 26 Mar
They’re the real deal, not a hint of tribute about this British soul band that are celebrating an incredible 40 years on the stage – and they look pretty good for it too! The three original vocalists will perform with their own 5 piece band in a performance that includes all their million selling hits. The Real Thing regularly perform in the 80s summer music festivals but why wait ‘til then?
Key Theatre, Embankment Rd, Peterborough PE1 1EF, vivacity-peterborough.com
Beginner’s Sewing Class, Sewn Sustainably, Co. at No.15, Sat 25 March
Co. at No.15 wears many hats – it’s a bakery, eatery, grocery and is also hosts various craft and cookery events. If you fancy getting creative again but can’t even remember how to thread a needle – this is a great class to get you started. Over the three hours you’ll get reacquainted with a sewing machine and work on a cushion cover as a project. Everything is provided so you simply have to turn up and better still you’re surrounded by coffee and cake!
Co. 15 High St, Cherry Hinton, Cambridge CB1 9HX, cofifteen.co.uk
Photography Workshop, Hinchingbrooke Country Park, Huntingdon, Sun 26 March
Love taking photographs but do your snaps never quite live up to expectations? This one day course with Ryan Jarvis, a professional photographer will help you get to know your camera better, especially if you just point and click (er, like me) and don’t use all the jazzy bits like aperture, shutter speed, lenses, ISO…This workshop is suitable for beginners and those wishing to improve their technique.
Hinchingbrooke Park, Brampton Rd, Huntingdon, PE29 6DB, www.facebook.com
La Strada, Cambridge Arts Theatre, Mon 27 Mar – 8 Apr
Calling all film fanatics! Federico Fellini’s Oscar winning 1954 Italian cinematic masterpiece La Strada has been adapted into a stunning stage production. This musical adaptation is directed by Olivier Award nominee Sally Cookson (Jane Eyre, Peter Pan) and boasts a beautiful new score by Benji Bower with songs performed by an international cast of actor musicians. Moving between the dazzling lights of the circus and the bare landscapes of rural Italy, this production of La Strada promises to be a theatrical feast for all the senses.
Cambridge Arts Theatre, 6 St Edward’s Passage, Cambridge CB2 3PJ, cambridgeartstheatre.com
Solstice, Hidden Rooms, Cambridge, Thurs 30 March
Solstice is an ensemble comprising some of the foremost bandleaders and composers emerging from the thriving East London music scene. Having toured extensively throughout the UK and Europe with their own projects this new group was conceived as an opportunity to explore the compositional possibilities inherent in a larger ensemble. The group have a unified sound drawing on influences from Brazil, New York, and France whilst retaining a uniquely British identity. Their debut album ‘Alimentation’, launched at the end of 2016 and is accompanied by a 20-date UK and European tour in 2017.
Hidden Rooms, 7b Jesus Lane, Cambridge, CB5 8BA, hiddenroomsonline.com
The Blackbirds Inn, Woodditton, Cambridgeshire
Foodie Flash! The Blackbirds Inn (formerly The Three Blackbirds) is a pretty thatched 16th century family pub in Woodditton, near Newmarket. It was sold last year to The Chestnut Group – they now have four pubs in their bag including the Rupert Brooke in Grantchester. The pub has had a tszuj up and and re-opens again this Friday so if you want to get in their before I do then give them a call. It’s dog friendly by the way, if you’re planning a walk before you fill your boots!
The Blackbirds Inn, 36 Ditton Green, Woodditton, Cambridgeshire CB8 9SQ, theblackbirdsinn.com
Nothing more frustrating than coming across a really cool band or pop up that’d you like to see but find that all the tickets have been snaffled. This early bird section will give you a nudge to help you get in on the fun.
Mylands Colour Consultation Day, Providence, Burwash Manor, Sat 1 April
Whether it’s a serious overhaul or a lick of paint to update, Victoria Millington, Mylands colour specialist & interior designer will be on hand at Providence to help you choose colour schemes for your decorating project. Come armed with questions, ideas, fabric, photos, flooring samples -anything that you are using as part of your design scheme. There’ll also be a paint talk and demonstration if, like me, you get more paint on yourself rather than the wall. Booking is essential
Providence, Burwash Manor, New Road, Barton, Cambridgeshire CB23 7EY, providenceuk.com
A Fine Line, Cambridge Contemporary Art, Sun 2 Apr
Cambridge Contemporary Art are hosting a ceramics exhibition this March, featuring some of the very best of contemporary British ceramic, both established and up and coming. Rhian Malin continues the long historic tradition of hand-painting porcelain with cobalt-blue decoration. Her elegant wheel-thrown porcelain vessels are the chosen surface, created to stretch this tradition in to the 21st Century. On Sun 2 Apr she will be giving a demonstration on handpainting her pots – apparently her approach to design is all rather mathematical with patterns being divided up into eighths – you’ve lost me already!
Cambridge Contemporary Arts, 6 Trinity St, Cambridge CB2 1SU, cambridgegallery.co.uk
Indi Forde, Bohemia, St Neots, Thurs 6 Apr
Indi Forde is back at Bohemia with a mixture of rock, pop and soul all washed down with cocktails and delicious tapas. Bohemia is a coffee shop and bistro that’s open Mon-Sun during the day and in the evenings on a Fri & Sat, as well as first Thurs of the month. It’s bijoux so early booking is essential if you want to bag your space.
Bohemia, 16 Cross Keys Mews, Market Square, St Neots PE19 2AR, bohemiastneots.com
Garden Design Workshop, Swiss Garden at Shuttleworth, Sat 8 April
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, shuttleworth.org
Elton John and his band, Peterborough, Sun 11 June
The 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.