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MON 6 NOV - SUN 12 NOV

The cool, quirky and unmissable in Cambridgeshire this week.

Amy Macdonald, Cambridge Corn Exchange, Mon 6 November

Amy MacDonald

The Scottish singer-songwriter and her energetically strummed guitar pop consistently proves to be a big seller.  She’s visiting Cambridge later on this year and it’s a chance to check our her album Down By The Water released earlier this year.  Tickets will sell out fast so you’ll need to move fast – don’t say that I didn’t warn you!

Cambridge Corn Exchange, 2 Wheeler St, Cambridge CB2 3QB, cambridgelivetrust.co.uk

Driving Miss Daisy, Cambridge Arts Theatre, Mon 6 Nov – Sat 11 Nov

Driving Miss Daisy

A comedy drama about the relationship of an elderly white Southern Jewish woman, Daisy Werthan, and her African-American chauffeur Hoke Colburn. Their relationship gets off to a rocky start, but as times change across a 25-year backdrop of prejudice, inequality and civil unrest, a profound and life-altering friendship blossoms in this acclaimed comedy drama. A touching play with an impresive cast: Dame Siân Phillips has enjoyed a dazzling career including a multi award-winning performance in I, Claudius, the epic film Dune, a Tony nominated performance of Marleneon Broadway and Cabaret in the West End. RSC actor and legendary TV presenter, Derek Griffiths’ West End credits include the original production of Beauty and the Beast and the Child Catcher in Chitty Chitty Bang Bang (come on, who is old enough to remember him in Play School?!).

Cambridge Arts Theatre

Saba Douglas-Hamilton A Life with Elephants, Lighthouse Theatre, 7.30pm Tue 7 November

Saba Douglas Hamilton

OMG.  Did you hear this lady on Chris Evan’s radio 2 interview on 23 Oct?  She was amazing and was a very emotional interview. Now you can join Saba Douglas-Hamilton, the highly acclaimed elephant conservationist and wildlife TV presenter of This Wild Life and Big Cat Diaries for an evening of exciting animal stories and intimate behind the scenes tales of life in Kenya with her young family.  TICKETS: Full: £17.50 Concessions: £15.50 SHOW TIMES: 7:30pm

Lighthouse Theatre, Thurston Drive, Kettering, Northamptonshire NN15 6PB

Botanical drawing for absolute beginners, Cambridge University Botanic Garden, Tues 7 – Thurs 9 Nov

Cambridge Botanic Gardens

Release that creative muse – this course will guide you through how to record a plant botanically on paper so that the observer finds out how the plant grows. It’s quite technical and will involve studying examples of botanical illustrations, both historical and contemporary, focusing on composition, accurate drawing and measuring in pencil and simple dissections. Initial work will be done in pencil and then transferred onto watercolour paper to either be worked up in pen and ink or in watercolour.
Cambridge University Botanic Garden, 1 Brookside, Cambridge CB2 1JE, botanic.cam.ac.uk

Border Tales, Mumford Theatre, Wed 8 Nov

Mumford Theatre, Cambridge

Following a critically-acclaimed run at the Edinburgh Festival Fringe, where it was nominated for the Carol Tambor Award, the hugely popular dance-theatre show Border Tales has now started at our of the UK. Performed by the dance company Protein the show peels back the stereotypes about multicultural Britain by sharing dialogue compiled from the performers’ own experiences in a show that has only become more relevant following the Brexit vote and the triggering of Article 50.

Mumford Theatre, Anglia Ruskin University, East Rd, Cambridge CB1 1PT, anglia.ac.uk/arts-law-and-social-sciences/mumford-theatre

Cambridge Art Fair, The Guildhall, Cambridge, Fri 10 – Sun 12 Nov

Contemporary ArtWhether you’re a serious collector or just like something pretty on your wall the Cambridge Art Fair ibrings a fantastic selection of respected UK and international art galleries and dealers to the Guildhall, in the heart of Cambridge. If you’re in to modern and contemporary art then this is one of the biggest events in the area.

Cambridge Art Festival

Supper Club, Pavillion at the Park, Bedford, Fri 10 Nov

Pavillion at the Park

Join Grow, a Bedford company dedicated to wellbeing for an educational evening of speakers, including Jacquelyn Cooper from Halcyon Yoga, combined with great grub using fresh ingredients selected by nutritional psychologists as being particularly beneficial for wellbeing. series.

Pavillion at the Park, Bedford, MK41 7SS, pavilion.attheparkbedford.co.uk

Joanne Shaw, Cambridge Corn Exchange, Thurs 9 Nov

Joanne Shaw

Have you seen this blues rock singer on Later… With Jools Holland and BBC’s Glastonbury coverage? Joanne Shaw Taylor has established herself as the UK’s number one star of the blues rock world. The girl with the big voice from the Black Country has toured extensively around the world, released critically acclaimed albums and gained a global fan base as well as playing alongside some of her musical idols.
Cambridge Corn Exchange, 2 Wheeler St, Cambridge CB2 3QB, cambridgelivetrust.co.uk

Intro to free machine embroidery, The Cambridge Fabric Company, Sat 11 Nov

The Cambridge Fabric Company

A perfect way to unwind at the weekend whilst indulging in some creative crafts. This Sat afternoon it’s all about art on the sewing machine and it’s ideal for older kids and adults.  Free embroidery is all the rage with trendy cushions featuring pheasants and dogs all made this way.  The Cambridge Fabric Company run a great bunch of workshops from complete beginners to those more experienced and cover interior topics such as roman blinds and cushions to dressmaking, PJ making and you can even make a washbag.   I took part in a cushion making workshop a few weeks back and had a fab few hours and I can’t sew!  If you haven’t read the review you can check it out here.

The Cambridge Fabric Company, 7 Peas Hill Cambridge CB2 3PP,  thecambridgefabriccompany.com

Lou Lou’s Vintage Fair, Peterborough Cathedral, Sat 11 Nov

Rapunzel

Winner of ‘Best Vintage Fair’ at the last 3 national awards, Lou Lou’s is arriving in Peterborough for an Autumn special.  You’ll find yourself amongst stalls of eclectic and affordable vintage and retro treasures including fashion for men and women, homeware and collectables. There’ll be a pop up tearoom by Pear or Peas and you can indulge in a perfect victory roll, glamourous pin culrs or sky scraping beehives – book ahead with Pin up & Pamper.

Peterborough Cathedral

Cambridge Jazz Festival, Sat 11 – Sun 26 Nov

jazz

It’s the third Cambridge International Jazz Festival – 15 days of live music, workshops, films, tributes and speakers, the Festival offers variety and intimacy across over 25 different venues in Cambridge. Genres include: modern jazz, jazz fusion, soul, R&B, Afrobeat, funk, hip hop, rock, blues, electronica, folk, gypsy, big band, choir, a capella, poetry, Lindy Hoppers, NewGenJazz (all day event!) at the Cambridge Corn Exchange featuring 11 bands, some of the finest young, award winning, boundary pushing UK jazz artists, jazz under a 70ft Whale (Museum of Zoology, Cambridge), jazz for toddlers and young kids – there’s  something for everyone!

www.cambridgejazzfestival

Wimpole Christmas Craft Fair, Wimpole Hall, Sat 11 Nov

Wimpole’s festive season starts with the Christmas Craft Fair.  Situated in the stable block there’ll be tasty food, mulled wine to get sloshed on and heaps of shopping opportunities for unsual pressies. Combine it with a walk in the surrounding park land or a spot of lunch, Wimpole is my fave go-to National Trust property and they really know how to nail Christmas.

Wimpole Hall, Arrington, SG8 0BW, nationaltrust.org.uk

Prime Brass, Ely Cathedral, Sun 11 Nov

Ely cathedral

Fancy hearing a big brass band in the stunning surroundings of Ely Cathedral? Prime Brass is a Cambrdge based ensemble with an impresive ten-piece line-up of four trumpets, four trombones, horn and tuba expands for a few concerts each year to perform repertoire for symphonic forces or larger, playing regularly in Ely Cathedral and King’s College Chapel. Prime Brass celebrated its 25th anniversary in 2014.

Alison Moyet, Cambridge Corn Exchange, Sun 12 Nov

Alison Moyet

Alison is on tour to coincide with the release of her new album Other which came out earlier this year. Despite Alison’s professing of age she’s not throwing in the towel and putting on her slippers.  Far from it – in addition to Alison studying sculpture at college whilst also creating this new release, other recent happenings of note since include receiving an Icon Award at Nordoff Robbins Silver Clef Awards, a hot ticket performance with a 32 piece orchestra at Burberry’s London Fashion Week womenswear show, and her involvement in the RSC’s celebration of Shakespeare’s 400th anniversary where Alison composed and performed a new arrangement of Sigh No More Ladies (from Much Ado About Nothing) in their BBC 2 live special.

Cambridge Corn Exchange, 2 Wheeler St, Cambridge CB2 3QB, cambridgelivetrust.co.uk

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