Mon 15 May - Sun 21 May
The cool, quirky and unmissable in Cambridgeshire this week.
Faulty Towers: The Dining Experience, Key Theatre, Mon 15 May – Sat 20 May
Fawlty Towers, the much-loved British sitcom, may have served its last guest way back in 1979 but it’s legacy lives on. Following three years of sell out performances, the ultimate dining experience returns to the Key Theatre Riverside Restaurant. Waited upon by Basil, Sybil and Manuel in a ‘Faulty Towers’ restaurant you can expect shambolic service and a 70’s style 3-course meal. Tempted?
Key Theatre, Embankment Rd, Peterborough PE1 1EF, vivacity-peterborough.com
NSPCC Women’s Doubles Tennis Tournament, Steeple Morden, Thurs 18 May
You cannot be serious? Enjoy some racket abuse in the Cambridge NSPCC Women’s Doubles Tennis Tournament at Steeple Morden. Grab a friend, or a few and enroll for a fun day raising money for this great charity at the same time. A series of short matches are played on private garden courts or local club courts followed by a lunch – the semi finals and finals take place in the afternoon.
Tamsin Waley-Cohen and Huw Watson, St John’s College, Cambridge, Thurs 18 May
Kettle’s Yard artist-in-residence for 2016-17 Tamsin Waley-Cohen joins forces with Huw Watkins for a programme that gives a snapshot of music across Europe in 1917. Described by The Times as a violinist “who held us rapt in daring and undaunted performances” and by The Guardian as a performer of “fearless intensity”, Tamsin Waley-Cohen enjoys an adventurous and varied career. She has performed with major UK orchestras such as the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra, Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra and BBC Concert Orchestra. Huw Watson now teaches composition at the Royal Academy of Music and is regularly featured on BBC Radio 3, both as a performer and as a composer.
Old Divinity School, St John’s College, St Johns St, Cambridge CB2 1TP, kettlesyard.co.uk
Chilford Hall Film Festival, Chilford Hall, Fri 19 May – Sat 20 May
Chilford Hall is home to one of England’s oldest established vineyards and one of the largest in East Anglia. It’s situated in the rolling hills of southern Cambridgeshire and what better place to host a Star & Mouse Picture Show than amongst the vines. The Grand Budapest Hotel will be shown on Fri 19 May and Four Weddings and A Funeral on Sat 20 May. Arrive early for a taste of Chilford’s very own wine from their bar and if you are hungry The River Kitchen are cooking up a storm too.
Chilford Hall, Balsham Rd, Cambridge CB21 4LE, TheStarandMousePictureShow
Festival of Plants, Cambridge University Botanic Gardens Sat 20 May
A family day dedicated to plants and there is literally something for everyone at this year’s Festival of Plants. Free Garden tours, ask-the-gardener and pop-up plant science stalls where University researchers share how they are using plant science to address global problems, are just a few of the highlights on offer this year. A range of tours and bite-size 10 mins talks are timetabled to run throughout the day. There will also be specialist plant stalls, children’s activities, composting and vegetable growing advice, live music and pop-up food and drink on offer, as the Garden showcases and shares the fascinating world of plant and the science they support. Sounds great fun! Places on the tours are limited on tours so book ahead if you don’t want to be disappointed.
Cambridge Botanic Gardens, 1 Brookside, Cambridge CB2 1JE, botanic.cam.ac.uk
Ely Cathedral Science Festival, Fri 19 May – Sun 18 June
A 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, elycathedral.org
Buckden Towers Annual Plant Sale, Buckden, Sat 20 May
Definitely for those green fingered Muddy readers of if, like me, your battling to turn your quagmire into a thing of beauty this specialist plant sale will inspire with nurseries offering a wide variety of plants, and unusual ones too. Buckden Towers, formerly known as Buckden Palace, is a 12th-century fortified manor house, most famous for holding Henry VIII’s first Queen, Katherine of Aragon until she was moved to Kimbolton Castle. On Saturday the Tudor Knot Garden, called the Queen Katherine Garden will be open for people to admire the aromatic array of herb borders containing various verities of thyme, marjoram, hyssops, lavenders, rue and much much more.
Buckden Towers, High Street, Buckden PE19 5TA, fobt.org.uk
Discover Ferry Meadows, Peterborough, Sat 20 May – Sun 21 May
They are quite literally pushing the boat out this weekend at Ferry Meadows. If you’ve never been to this country park then this is your opportunity to find out what it’s all about – they’ve decided to show off a little. They’ll be opportunities to get have fun on the water – there’s everything from trying your hand at sailing, pedalo football and angling. On land you’ll find yoga sessions, painting in the park and archery and much more.
Nene Park Trust, Ham Lane, Peterborough, PE2 5UU, neneparktrust.org.uk
Kids Sea to Shore Workshop, Fitzwilliam Museum, Cambridge, Sat 20 May
The Fitz is a great place to bring the kids and this workshop explores the Kettle’s Yard exhibition Sea to Shore. Artist Susie Olczak will lead the activity followed by a chance for the children to paint their own seascape based on their findings. Booking is essential and it’s geared towards those ages 8 – 12.
Fitzwilliam Museum, 32 Trumpington St, Cambridge CB2 1RB, fitzmuseum.cam.ac.uk
The Emperor’s New Clothes, Cambridge Junction, Sun 21 May
Following sell out performances of Goldilocks and the Three Bears, Stuff and Nonsense return to Cambridge Junction with their latest production. Inspired by the Muppets, Danny Kaye and good old family movies, this romp through a classic, eccentric tale tells the story of an Emperor who loves clothes more than anything! Populated with puppets, music and song, this inventive and energetic production is told in true Stuff and Nonsense style; with unending energy and great storytelling.
Cambridge Junction, Clifton Way, Cambridge, CB1 7GX, junction.co.uk