The cool, quirky and unmissable in Cambridgeshire this week.
The Cambridge Shakespeare Festival 2017, Cambridge Colleges, Mon 10 July – Sat 26 Aug
Cambridge Shakespeare Festival returns to the University’s beautiful college gardens on 13 July, offering an eclectic programme of plays throughout July and into August. Performed in full Elizabethan costume, in a unique outdoor setting with live music as accompaniment. Bring a picnic to enjoy before the performance and enjoy the idyllic surroundings. The diverse programme ensures there’s Shakespeare for everyone whether you prefer a comedy (The Merry Wives of Windsor), a romance (Romeo and Juliet), a drama (Hamlet) or a touch of fairyland (A Midsummer Night’s Dream). There’s eight plays in total spread out around the stunning city colleges grounds – including the Fellows’ Garden at Trinity College – a hidden gem that not even the students are allowed access to.
Summer Showcase, The Art Hound Gallery, Burwash, until Thurs Aug 31
The Art Hound Gallery will open its doors this Summer to showcase the works by some of the UK’s most exciting contemporary artists and the world renowned giants of modern art. With a focus on original printmaking, the showcase will feature the pioneers of Pop Art, Sir Peter Blake, Eduardo Paolozzi alongside the current up-and-coming crop of pop and urban artists and the most established – Jamie Reid, Shepard Fairey and Pure Evil. You’ll be also be able to discover the most affordable ways to own your very own Warhol, Francis Bacon, Matisse or Picasso. The Art Hound Gallery have always represented Cornish art – and they’ll be featuring artists from the St Ives art community such as Sir Terry Frost, Breon O’Casey and Rachel Nicholson, alongside the internationally respected contemporary abstract painters Iain Robertson and Clare Wardman, who paint in the famous Porthmeor studios and exhibit at the Tate St Ives. London roots will not be neglected, with a selection of the finest contemporary London printmakers works on display and sale, from Francois Pont’s expansive abstracts (which are in the Victoria and Albert museum), to iconic animal portraits by Kate Boxer and eccentric illustrations by Basia Lautman.
The Art Hound, Unit 12, Burwash Manor, New Road, Barton, Cambridge CB23 7EY, thearthoundgallery.com
Room on a Broom, Cambridge Art Theatre, Tue 11 July – Sun 16 July
IGGETY ZIGGETY ZAGGETY ZOOM! Join the witch and her cat on their mission to defeat the dragon in Tall Stories’ magical, musical adaptation of the classic picture book by Julia Donaldson and Axel Scheffler. Songs, laughs and lots of fun for children aged 3 and up and their grown-ups, in the Olivier Award nominated show that’s toured Britain and the world!
Cambridge Arts Theatre, 6 St Edward’s Passage, Cambridge CB2 3PJ, cambridgeartstheatre.com
Music for Kids: Dodo Street Band, Cambridge University Botanic Gardens, Wed 12 July
Cambridge Summer Music Festival is not just all about the adults. Described as ‘the last word in Celtic Gypsy Klezmer’, Dodo Street Band combine diabolical fiddle virtuosity from international star Adam Summerhayes, outrageous brilliance from world number one recorder genius Piers Adams, horrifyingly high-ABV insanity from accordion master Murray Grainger, positively evil power from bass legend Malcolm Creese and dazzling bodhran playing from multi-award-winning king of folk percussion, Cormac Byrne. This event is suitable for children of all ages, and a great introduction to understanding that brilliant technique can be fun as well as hard work! This lively concert will be informally introduced by the performers, with some participation from the audience, all set in the stunning Cambridge University Botanic Gardens as part of their Sounds Green concerts. .
Dodo Street Bank, Cambridge University Botanic Gardens, 1 Brookside Cambridge CB2 1JE, botanic.cam.ac.uk
Seasonal Italian, Cambridge Cookery School, Cambridge Tues 11 July
One of our most popular courses, our Italian theme transform seasonal British produce into healthy and delicious meals based on northern Italian classics. This summer class transform season British produce into healthy and delicious meals based on norther Italian classics. The day starts off with summer focaccine, zucchini and mint soup which can be enjoyed hot or cold, zucchini and cherry tomato trifolati, summer carbonara including hand made pasta, whole roasted aromatic trout, and a classic panna cotta served with rose scented summer berries – all washed down with a glass of wine!
Cambridge Cookery School, School House, Homerton Gardens, Purbeck Road, Cambridge CB2 8EB cambridgecookeryschool.com
Cambridge Open Studios, weekends throughout July
The Whisky Den, The Eltisley, Eltisley, Wed 12 July
Whisky master, James Sillifant of Cambridge Wine Merchants, takes the lead on this journey – learn, taste and discover a favourite from the gastropub’s house collection. Nibbles are provided and stay on and play the poker table (fake money!) – winner takes a bottle of fine whiskey home. Book ahead and get a taxi.
The Eltisley, 2 The Green, Eltisley, Cambrideshire PE196TG, feastandfrolic.co.uk
David Hockney Selling Exhibition, Babylon Arts Centre, Ely, Fri 23 June – Sun 23 July
This art gallery in Ely is hosting a prestigious selling exhibition of 40 original David Hockney prints and lithographs including illustrations from The Brothers Grimm. Hockney is one of the 20th Century’s most popular and influential artists, and a retrospective of his life’s work has recently been on display at the Tate Britain. Prices for the works, many of which are limited editions, will range from £500 up to several thousand.
Babylon Gallery, Waterside, Ely, Cambridgeshire CB7 4AU babylonarts.org.uk
The Crown Inn Open Air Cinema Weekend, Broughton, Fri 14 July – Sun 16 July
The Star & Mouse team are heading over to The Crown Inn of Broughton for a beautiful weekend of open-air screenings, live entertainment, wacky races, great food and giant garden games. Friday kicks off with Skyfall; Sat with The Lost Boys and rounding off the three day extravaganza with The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel on Sunday. Doors open at 19.30 each evening so cyou can grab some grub from the Movie Menu.
The Crown Inn, Bridge Road, Broughton, Huntingdon PE28 3AS www.facebook.com/events
Richard III, Peterborough Cathedral, Fri 14 July – Sat 15 July and Ely Cathedral, Mon 17 – Tue 18 July
Following their much acclaimed performance of Henry V last year, Antic Disposition return with a thrilling new production of Shakespeare’s darkly comic drama. It will be performed in six of England’s most historic cathedrals and London’s ancient Temple Church and we’re lucky enough to have two of them in Cambridgeshire – the stunning Peterborough and Ely Cathedral.
It’s full steam ahead as Sacrewell celebrates its 21st anniversary working alongside Peterborough Society of Model Engineers for its annual Steam Rally. A chance to explore the world of miniature traction steam engines with the experts – there’ll be a small model railway, model boats and plenty of steam.
Sacrewell Farm, Thornhaugh, Peterborough PE8 6HJ, sacrewell.org.uk
If jazz is your thing then grab a blanket and a picnic and head on down to the beautiful gardens of the Old Palace where members of Ronnie Scott’s All Stars will entertain you. Heading the line up will be James Pearson, resident pianist and Artistic Director at Ronnie Scott’s famous Soho Jazz Club. Joining James will be other members of his Trio, plus acclaimed singer/songwriter Polly Gibbons.
The Old Palace, King’s Ely Palace Green, Ely, Cambridgeshire, CB7 4EW, babylonarts.org.uk
Milton Maize Maze, Milton, Fri 14 July – Tues 5 Sept
Struggling for holiday inspiration and they haven’t even broken up yet! Where else round ‘ere parts can you tackle a giant maize maze, enjoy the farm animals and tractor rides and come across a stray bouncy castle. There’s a cafe on site for necessary sustinence.
Milton Maize, Rectory Farm, A10 Milton Bypass, Milton, Cambridge CB24 6AE.themiltonmaizemaze.co.uk