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Fri 30 June - Sun 2 July

The cool, quirky and unmissable in Cambridgeshire this week.

Summer Showcase, The Art Hound Gallery, Burwash, until Thurs Aug 31

Andy Warhol

The Art Hound Gallery will open its doors this Summer to showcase the works by some of the UK’s most exciting contemporary artists and the world renowned giants of modern art. With a focus on original printmaking, the showcase will feature the pioneers of Pop Art, Sir Peter Blake, Eduardo Paolozzi alongside the current up-and-coming crop of pop and urban artists and the most established – Jamie Reid, Shepard Fairey and Pure Evil. You’ll be also be able to discover the most affordable ways to own your very own Warhol, Francis Bacon, Matisse or Picasso. The Art Hound Gallery have always represented Cornish art – and they’ll be featuring artists from the St Ives art community such as Sir Terry Frost, Breon O’Casey and Rachel Nicholson, alongside the internationally respected contemporary abstract painters Iain Robertson and Clare Wardman, who paint in the famous Porthmeor studios and exhibit at the Tate St Ives. London roots will not be neglected, with a selection of the finest contemporary London printmakers works on display and sale, from Francois Pont’s expansive abstracts (which are in the Victoria and Albert museum), to iconic animal portraits by Kate Boxer and eccentric illustrations by Basia Lautman.

The Art Hound, Unit 12, Burwash Manor, New Road, Barton, Cambridge CB23 7EY,

Pericles, Shakespeare at The George, Tue 27 June – Sat 8 July

Shakespeare at the George

The annual Shakespeare at The George 2017 summer production will be Pericles: Prince of Tyre  Pericles is a late play, probably written in 1608 and in Shakespeare’s time it was one of the most frequently performed of his plays but probably the complexity of locations in the story made it less suitable to the rather formal proscenium arch style of theatre. It is now becoming more popular once again with several recent notable productions. It is also acknowledged as a collaboration between Shakespeare and a low-life playwright George Wilkins.

The George Hotel, George St, Huntingdon PE29 3AB,

David Hockney Selling Exhibition, Babylon Arts Centre, Ely, Fri 23 June – Sun 23 July

David Hockney

This art gallery in Ely is hosting a prestigious selling exhibition of 40 original David Hockney prints and lithographs including illustrations from The Brothers Grimm.  Hockney is one of the 20th Century’s most popular and influential artists, and a retrospective of his life’s work has recently been on display at the Tate Britain. Prices for the works, many of which are limited editions, will range from £500 up to several thousand.

Babylon Arts Centre, Babylon Gallery, Waterside, Ely, Cambridgeshire, CB7 4AU

Introduction to Plant and Garden Photography, Cambridge Universtiy Botanic Garden, Fri 30 June

Image by Peter Murray

Image by Pete Murray

Always fancied yourself as the next David Bailey then here’s your chance!  Led by photographer Pete Murray you will make the most of the Garden and Glasshouses to discover how to take pictures in a variety of situations. The course will show you how to take control of your camera, and use built-in camera modes including an introduction to Aperture mode. Picture styles covered in the day include landscapes, adding foreground interest, dealing with movement, plant portraits, and capturing close-up detail. Pete will show you how to set up your camera and compose pictures in a variety of locations in the Garden using subjects of seasonal interest. He uses a proven ‘step-by-step’ approach to allow you to gain confidence in using your camera and which will help you to consistently take better pictures. This course is suitable for beginners using either Bridge Cameras (Superzooms) or SLR/CSC cameras with changeable lenses.

Dodo Street Bank, Cambridge University Botanic Gardens, 1 Brookside  Cambridge  CB2 1JE,

Azarah Spanish Tapas and Wine Pop, Co. at Fifteen, Fri 30 June

Co. at no fifteen, Cambridge
Co. at Fifteen is a contemporary lifestyle cafe that has a vibrant events programme.  Exhibitions, yoga, art classes and toddler and baby groups are just some of the things they have happening regularly.  If you like all things Spanish then you’ll love this tapas evening hosted by Azahar,  a small independent Spanish and English family business specialising in importing the finest products from across Spain.
Co. at No.15, 15 High Street, Cherry Hinton, Cambridge, CB1 9HX,

Wind in the Willows: Isle of Ely Arts Festival, Ely Cathedral, Sat 1 July

Wind in the Willows

Chapterhouse Theatre Company presents magical theatre in magical surroundings! Join Badger, Ratty, Mole and Toad for a perfect summer of adventure. What starts as a search for the best picnic spot rapidly turns into the most hilarious of escapades. With the bumptious Toad’s heart set on a shiny new motorcar and his very liberty soon at stake, will his faithful friends come to his rescue – and will he let them? Alive with music and song, this magical family show is presented in beautiful traditional costume and features a woodland parade during the interval for everyone to join in with! Fun and frolics aplenty with this adaptation of the classic novel loved by children and adults alike, performed in the grounds of the magnificant Ely Cathedral.

Ely Cathedral, Chapter House, The College, Ely CB7 4DL

 Cambridge Open Studios, various dates throughout July
Cambridge Open Studios Steward Hearn
Meet the artists in their studios and see how their work is made.  Each year around 350 members open their studios to the public over four weekends in July. Studios are open between 11am-6pm each Saturday and Sunday. Dates for 2017 will be: 1st-2nd, 8th-9th, 15th-16th, 22nd-23rd July. . Look out for the free Open Studios guides will be widely available in shops, galleries, libraries and tourist information centres from early June. This stunning hand blown glass wall light by local artists Stewart and Kathryn Hearn can be viewed in their studrio in Chatteris – there inspiration came from the majestic Ely Cathedral.
Willowfest, The Willow Tree, Bourn, Sat 1 July – Sun 2 July

Well when you have a garden that looks this darn good it would be rude not to have some sort of ‘fest’. Willowfest is a feel good, family friendly, music & drinks mini- festival with a vintage vibe. Set in the enchanting garden of The Willow Tree with tipi & secret meadow included – it’s an idyllic spot to hang out with friends or family. There’ll be music on the Tipi Stage and stroll down to the Secret Meadow for food and drinks – the restaurant is also open if you want something more formal. Nestled in the meadow you’ll also find the silent disco, space to kick back and a fun children’s area too. Kids under 13 go free and for the first time there is limited and basic camping on site too.

Willowfest, The Willow Tree, 29 High Street, Bourn, Cambridgeshire CB23 2SQ, thewillowtreebourn


Wind in the Willows, Houghton Mill, Sat 1 July

Wind in the Willows, Houghton Mill
Pack your picnics and join the boat-loving Ratty, the sensible yet curious Mole, wise old Badger and the fantastically irrepressible Toad as they embark on the adventure of a lifetime culminating in a colourful battle with the sly weasel to save Toad Hall! Eye-catching costumes, toe-tapping music and larger than life characters promise to capture the imagination of the youngest of audience members in this wonderful adaption of the classic children’s book by Immersion open air theatre company.

Houghton Mill, Mill St, Houghton PE28 2AZ,

The Wild Wood Disco, Linton, Sat 1 July – Sun 2 July

Wild Wood Disco Linton Cambridgeshire

The inaugural Wild Woods is set to be the ultimate woodland party with Jazzie B (Soul II Soul), The Head Gardener (SGP), and lots more top DJs. Food Park street food, 4 bars, art installations, lasers and plenty of secrets to discover amongst the trees.  The festival will be brimming with bars, including a Prosecco on tap bar, the Horsebox cocktail bar, Craft Beers from BrewDog and our very naughty absinthe hut will be making a special re-appearance. The best of Cambridge Street Food comes courtesy of Food Park, with everything from Asian Bao buns to Hot Churros.

The Wild Wood Disco, The Woodland at Horseheath Racecourse, Linton, Cambridgeshire, CB21 4QF,

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