Mon 5 June - Sun 11 June
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.
Ely Cathedral, Chapter House, The College, Ely CB7 4DL, elycathedral.org
Indian Art Inspired Linocut Printing, Cambridge Botanic Gardens, Mon 5 Jun – Tue 6 Jun
Fancy getting arty this summer then consider this two-day linocut printing workshop led by local printmaker Emma James. Learn how to create bold expressive linocut prints taking inspiration from Indian print patterns, and print onto a variety of materials including beautiful handmade papers and fabric. The course is suitable for both beginners and more experienced print makers and as with everything at the Botanic Gardens courses get booked up so if you this tickles your fancy get on the blower.
Cambridge Botanic Gardens, 1 Brookside, Cambridge CB2 1JE, botanic.cam.ac.uk
Sand in the Sandwiches, Cambridge Arts Theatre, Tue 6 June – Sat 10 June
Edward Fox returns to the stage with his acclaimed portrayal of John Betjeman, one of the best-loved poets of the twentieth century.
Sand in the Sandwiches celebrates a man famous not only for light verse and laughter, but for his passions, his sense of purpose and his unforgettable poetry. Embracing his delight for nostalgia and delicious irreverence, Sand in the Sandwiches travels through Betjeman’s boyhood and adolescence, to life as Britain’s poet laureate, presenting a hugely entertaining insight into the world of this national treasure.
Cambridge Arts Theatre, Cambridge Arts Theatre, 6 St Edward’s Passage, Cambridge, CB2 3PJ, cambridgeartstheatre.com
Arundhati Roy, Great St. Mary’s Church, Cambridge Lit Festival, Thurs 8 June
As part of the Cambridge Literary Festival Summer Programme Arundhati Roy returns this year with her long-awaited second novel, The Ministry of Utmost Happiness. Since her first novel, twenty years ago, The God of Small Things, Roy has published five books of non-fiction, including Broken Republic and Capitalism: A Ghost Story, and covering India’s 1998 nuclear tests, the rise of Hindu Nationalism, the armed Maoist insurrection in central India, the struggle for self-determination in Kashmir and US invasions of Iraq and Afghanistan. She has been jailed in the past for her views and is even now facing criminal trial for contempt of court for an essay she wrote about an incarcerated college lecturer.
Oddsocks Open Air Theatre, Bedford Park, Fri 9 Jun – Sat 10 Jun
Open-air theatre returns to Bedford this summer and I guess with the name Oddsocks you can bet things aren’t going to be ‘normal’. This theatre company are certainly painting Shakespeare with a new brush – Romeo & Juliet is being given a musical Mods & Rockers twist on Fri 9 June followed by a Steampunk adaptation of Macbeth on Sat 10 June. All outdoors at the Pavilion in the Park, if you fancy some nosh too they’re offering a limited number of combined tickets, featuring a two-course dinner served in a relaxed, communal style – the main course will be served before the performance with dessert in the interval.
The Pavilion, Park Ave, Bedford MK41 7SS, pavilion.attheparkbedford.co.uk
Willingham Auctions, Willingham, Sat 10 June
If you haven’t had a stab at bidding in an auction – you’re missing out – or maybe I’ve been watching too much Homes under the Hammer. The auction rooms at Willingham are in beautifully restored former farm buildings and there’s a café on site also (open Mon – Sat) which serves homemade food, all sourced from local suppliers – trust me it’s worth a visit just for the coffee. The catalogue can be viewed online, bidding is in person on Sat or you can leave bids over the phone or online also – viewing is on Thur 8 – Fri 9 Jun. They have antiques and more modern items but top tip – it’s a great source of garden objet d’art and good quality new garden furniture – just thinking ahead to spring. If you’re into vintage and antique collectables it’s worth taking a gander over there.
Willingham Auctions, 25 High St, Willingham, Cambridge CB24 5ES, willinghamauctions.com
St Neots Folk Festival, Fri 9 June – Sun 11 June
After 35 years this Folk Festival should really know it’s stuff and it does. A top class range of folk entertainment including dance, concerts and song sessions with displays by performers from different parts of the country, plus more. Friday features Ceilidh with The Hosepipe Band and Saturday is the Day of Dance Around the Town with displays in various different takes venues in the town. There are evening concerts on both Sat and Sun to round up the event.
Bedford International Kite Festival, Russell Park, Bedford, Sat 10 – Sun 11 June
Let’s go fly a kite as this popular festival returns to Russell Park to showcase kites from the four corners of the globe. The weekend programme will feature kites never seen before in the UK and children’s and adults workshops in the kite marquee. The festival is for all ages – as they say anyone can fly a kite. A special arena for members of the public to fly their own or made in the workshop kites will also be onsite. Alongside the various demonstrations in the arena will be a whole host of other attractions, food and drink, entertainment, music and kite stalls specialising in kite equipment, clothes and other accessories.
June Bloom Concert, Wimpole Hall, Sat 10 June
Enjoy a summer evening with Pimms on the lawn followed by music in the Long Gallery from operatic soprano Hazel Neighbour, pianist Alex Reid, cellist Jon Fistein and clarinettist Sarah Bowden. Inspired by nature, the programme will include Lieder by Brahms and Schubert such as Shepherd on the Rock, French song and some favourite operatic numbers. In celebration of June Bloom there will be a guided tour of the gardens at 6.30pm however you’ll need to book in advance if you want to make sure you get a place.
Wimpole Hall, Arrington, SG8 0BW, nationaltrust.org.uk
Little Starts Cricket, Wimpole Hall, Sun 11 June
Another one at the stunning National Trust property but this time for the kids. With fun at its heart, this sports programme run by Cambs County Cricket aims to inspire children aged 5-8 to take up cricket and provide a great first experience of the game.
Wimpole Hall, Arrington, SG8 0BW, nationaltrust.org.uk
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.