FRI 10 - SUN 12 NOV
The cool, quirky and unmissable in Cambridgeshire this weekend.
Driving Miss Daisy, Cambridge Arts Theatre, Mon 6 Nov – Sat 11 Nov
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 Art Fair, The Guildhall, Cambridge, Fri 10 – Sun 12 Nov
Whether 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.
Supper Club, Pavillion at the Park, Bedford, Fri 10 Nov
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
Intro to free machine embroidery, The Cambridge Fabric Company, Sat 11 Nov
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
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.
Cambridge Jazz Festival, Sat 11 – Sun 26 Nov
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!
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
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 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