Mon 22 May - Sun 28 May
The cool, quirky and unmissable in Cambridgeshire this week.
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
Fracked, Cambridge Arts Theatre, Mon 22 May – Sat 27 May
Following a sold-out run at Chichester Festival Theatre, Fracked! Or Please Don’t Use the F-Word is visiting Cambridge this week as part of a major UK tour. Alistair Beaton, a much-praised political satirist, whose work includes the BAFTA-nominated The Trial of Tony Blair and Spitting Image, writes this new black comedy. The impressive cast includes James Bolam (New Tricks) and Anne Reid (Hedda Gabler, Old Vic, and Last Tango in Halifax)
Cambridge Arts Theatre, 6 St Edward’s Passage, Cambridge CB2 3PJ, cambridgeartstheatre.com
Richard Ford, Emmanuel United Reform Churh, Cambridge Literary Festival, Tues 23 May
Now that the Spring Festival is over you may be wondering where to get your next literary fix. Taa-daa – there are two cracking events on the horizon with Pulitzer-Prize winning American author Richard Ford being up first with his memoir Between Them.Ford evokes a vivid panorama of mid-twentieth century America and an intimate portrait of family life. Born into the divided American South, Ford has been a candid critic of Trump and US politics and is best known for his Bascombe trilogy of novels. A unique opportunity to spend an hour in the company of one of America’s top contemporary writers.
Cinderella, Vienna Festival Ballet, The Cresset, Peterborough, Wed 24 May
Founded in 1980 by the experienced Austrian dancer and artistic director, Peter Mallek, Vienna Festival Ballet uses talented international dancers, giving a vitality, energy and freshness to every performance. They are proud to present their new Spring Ballet for the 2017 Season – the classic tale of Cinderella one of the best-known rags-to-riches fairy tales of all time. A mistreated young girl, a glass slipper, two comical ugly step-sisters and a handsome prince combine to make the perfect piece of story-telling.
The Priory Centre, Priory Ln, St Neots, PE19 2BH, thepriorycentre.com
NSPCC Charity Golf Day, Bourn Gold and Leisure, Cambridge, Thurs 25 May
If you’re a keen a golfer and enjoy raising money for a worthy cause then check out the NSPCC charity golf day at Bourn Golf Club. Participation is in teams of 4 and includes homemade halfway house refreshments and lunch (worth it just for the grub!). There will also be a winner’s trophy and prizes for the longest drive and nearest the pin.
Introduction to Running, Wimpole Hall, Thurs 25 May
Been talking about getting fit but not actually put the trainers on? Yeah, me to so here’s your chance to join a beginners running group with instructors that will help you build up your stamina. The group meets every Thursday morning for about an hour and what better surroundings to break into a sweat but than the beautiful setting of Wimpole Hall and its stunning grounds.
Wimpole Hall, Arrington, SG8 0BW, nationaltrust.org.uk
Oxbow and Peach Vintage Pop Up, Whittlesford, Cambridgeshire, Thurs 25 May – Sat 27 May
This little showroom in the Old School House in the pretty village of Whittlesford has an eclectic mix of vintage and antique finds. It’s not open all the time but Lizzie and Georgie run pop ups through March, April, May and June and then later on in the year. I went to their last one a few weeks ago and picked up pretty china bowls and cups planted with primroses, strawberry plants and seasonal flowers. There’s vintage china, glistening glass, furniture, lights, mirrors, objet d’art, jewellery, art, linens, quirky finds and so much more. Top tip – make a day of it and enjoy lunch at The Tickle Arms in the village.
Oxbow and Peach, The Old School, Old School Lane, Whittlesford, Cambridge CB22 4LT, oxbowandpeach.co.uk
The Tickell Arms Beer Festival 2017, Whittlesford, Fri 26 May – Sun 28 May
What won’t tickle your fancy at this beer festival? The Tickell Arms is a pretty pub in the village of Whittlesford, south of Cambridge. Over 25 real ales, bands, SmokeWorks BBQ and a fab pub gardens – dogs can come too, sounds pretty perfect!
Tickell Arms, North Rd, Whittlesford CB22 4NZ, cambscuisine.com
foodPark NIGHT MARKET, Cambridge, Sat 27 May
You know that summer is around the corner when the foodPark NIGHT MARKET appears on the scene. Cambridge’s ultimate street food party under one very cool city roof. What can you expect? Al fresco vibes, a fun and friendly atmosphere, street food newbies to discover, pop-up bars, and DJs + local music. Sounds fun hey!
The Alleycats, The Willow Tree, Bourn, Sun 28 May
Enjoy an early evening of jazz performed by The Alleycats in the magical gardens of The Willow Tree. This vocal led six piece modern jazz band will be playing fun and refreshing arrangements of well known Disney classics old and new! Enjoy a sundowner and some smooth jazz to end your weekend.
The Willow Tree, 29 High Street Bourn, Cambridgeshire, CB23 2SQ, thewillowtreebourn
Sizzling Sunday, Burwash Manor, Barton, Sun May 28th
The second foodie event of the month to come out of Burwash Manor, a collection of shops housed in converted farm buildings set in the peaceful countryside, a few miles from the centre of Cambridge. Expect cookery demos, wine and beer tastings, street food and tasters galore, a bar and live music.
Buwarsh Manor, Burwash Manor, New Road, Barton, Cambridge CB23 7EY, burwashmanor.com
Duxford Air Festival, Imperial War Museum, Duxford, Sat 27 – Sun 28 May
This air show is certainly up there as one of the main events in the country, in particular if you’re interested in WW2 aircraft and warbirds. There’s an extensive museum that’s free to look around during an Airshow and includes many WWII examples. It’s not all the golden oldies, the French Rafale Solo Display Team will be showing off some moves and there are loads of activities for children to get involved in – children under 16 go free too. Duxford airfield itself is an historic site dating back to 1918. During the Second World War it was home to the first operational Spitfire squadron where fighter pilots were frequently scrambled against the Luftwaffe during the Battle of Britain.
Imperial War Museum, Duxford, Cambridge CB22 4QR, iwm.org.uk
Living Heritage Game and Country Show, Sun 28 – Mon 29 May
A large Country Fair with four main arenas presenting country sports & pursuits at their very best. Try out lots of country sports Clayshoot, Airguns, Archery, Fishing and a large selection of dog events. Enjoy all the other show features, the Craft Village, Food Show with chef demonstrations, Falconry, Vintage Vehicles, or relax in the Food Courts – a great Bank Holiday day out.