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What’s on guide Fri 17 – 24 Feb

How’s half term going for you – after yet another day of peeing rain?! Only a few days to go so hang on to your hair – detain them in their room (you never know they might clean it) and take a few minutes to plan your kid free week ahead. If you’re unencumbered there’s grown up stuff to enjoy – a new pop up supper club, music, orchid growing for those that can’t, and even some fun on the gee-gees ahead of Cheltenham. If you’re heading into half term next week scroll down as I’ve included your survival guide as promised.

Fun Lovin’ Criminals, Cambridge Junction, Fri 17 Feb

Fun Lovin Criminals, Cambridge

Take yourself back to 1996 – where were you? Fun Lovin’ Criminals burst onto the music scene gate crashing the euphoric Brit-pop party with unforgettable finesse. This multi-platinum New York group are celebrating the 21st anniversary of their debut album Come Find Yourself which settled in the UK album charts for an amazing 100 weeks! Heralded for their generation defining blend of styles and effortless New York cool, FLC’s refreshing cocktail of rock n’ roll, funk, blues, soul, hip hop, jazz and latin, has kept the Crims going three decades on.

Cambridge Junction, Clifton Way, Cambridge, CB1 7JX,

Cambridge Street Science, Wicken Fen, Fri 17 Feb

Cambridge Street Science, Wicken Fen

Cambridge Science Centre is homeless for a while and they’ve been popping up all over Cambridge this half term as part of their Street Science Programme.  They’re heading to Wicken Fen this Friday with loads of fun interactive activities to enthuse even the most reluctant scientist.

Wicken Fen, Lode Lane, Wicken, Ely, CB7 5XP

East Anglian Puddle Jumping Championship, Welney Wetland Centre, Fri 17 – Sun 19 Feb

East Anglian Puddle Jumping Championships

Not one to be taken lightly – Feb half term will see WWT Welney Wetland Centre play host to the East Anglian Puddle Jumping Championships. There’s only two days to go as it finishes on Sunday so grab those wellies – eat some spinach, or anything else that makes you jump high, and jump in some muddy water. There will be practice puddles to have fun in during the morning with the competition taking place in the afternoon.  Jumps will be judged on the following three key categories: the enthusiasm of the jumper, the creativity of the jump and, most importantly, the height of the splash – it’s a serious business. Everyone who takes part will receive a sticker and the daily winner will go into a draw to become our overall winner – good luck!

WWT Welney Wetland Centre, Hundred Foot Bank, Welney, PE14 9TN,

Inder’s World Curry Supper Club, Hot Numbers Coffee, Cambridge, Sat 18 Feb

Inders Kitchen World Curry Supper Club, Hot Numbers Cafe Cambridge

A new pop up supper club has formed in Cambridge and it’s all rather spicy. Inder’s Kitchen will highjack the Hot Numbers coffee shop on Trumpington Street for one night a month as part of their World Curry Supper Club – they’ll be showcasing different curry styles from around the world. They kick off this week with family recipes from India and they’ll be serving wines and beers that are perfectly matched to the dishes being scoffed.

World Curry Supper Club – Hot Numbers Coffee, Trumpington Street, Cambridge CB2 1QA,

Max the Brave, Saffron Hall, Saffron Walden, Sat 18 Feb

Max the Brave, Saffron Walden

Britten Sinfonia’s musical performances for families and young children capture the magic of the moment when you open a beloved book to the very first page and dive into the world of your favourite story. Seamlessly integrating projected live drawings from author and illustrator Ed Vere with choreographed musical performance and dramatic lighting, Max the Brave bursts onto the stage, sweeping audiences along on a tide of adventure and discover.

Saffron Hall, Audley End Road, Saffron Walden, CB11 4UH,

Alison Balsom Recital, Cambridge Corn Exchange, Tue 21 Feb

Alsion Balsom Recital Cambridge Corn Exchange

Alison Balsom has cemented an international reputation as one of classical music’s great ambassadors and is one of the most distinctive musicians on the international circuit today – she won female artist of the year at the 2009 and 2011 Classic Brit awards. It’s fair to say she’s blown away the stereotype of the male brass player. For this perfectly balanced recital of pieces new and old, she is joined by guest trombonist Becky Smith and by pianist Tom Poster.

How to grow orchids, Cambridge University Botanic Garden, Wed 22 Feb

Cambridge University Botanical Garden

Orchids aren’t the easiest things to grow – or keep alive! With the right knowledge anything is possible – Alex Summers, head of the Botanic Garden’s Glasshouse Range, and orchid specialist Phil Gould are running a practical session behind the scenes in the Glasshouse potting shed at the Botanic Garden. So if you have an orchid languishing on a windowsill or, if you’re resorting to faux ones (er, like me?) then this evening course could have you cultivating many different species of these beautiful and fascinating plants at home.

Cambridge University Botanic Garden, 1 Brookside, Cambridge, CB2 1JE,

Led Bib, Hidden Rooms, Cambridge, Thurs 23 Feb

Led Bib Hidden Rooms Cambridge

Led Bib, the raucous, sax-blasting London quintet are playing at the Hidden Rooms as part of their Umbrella Weather album launch tour. It’s difficult to put your finger on exactly what their genre of jazz is but don’t expect toe tapping swing jazz – the band helpfully describe it as experimental/crunk/jazz music on their MySpace site – whatever it is it packs a powerful punch. Their fourth album ‘Sensible Shoes’ was nominated for the Mercury Music Prize and they also featured in the London ‘Meltdown’ festival curated by the late Ornette Coleman.

Hidden Rooms, Jesus Lane, Cambridge, CB5 8BA,

Discovery through Display, Cambridge

Art exhibition Cambridge

A contemporary exhibition that brings together drawings, paintings, sculptures, and ceramics from the collection at Kettle’s Yard. The gallery is currently have a major refurb so exhibitions are taking place at various locations in Cambridge and beyond. As well as works from Kettle’s Yard by artists such as Bridget Riley and James Dixon, six recent works by British abstract painter John Blackburn will be on display that have been kindly lent by Osborne Samuel Gallery, London. The works are displayed across all four floors of the Alison Richard Building. Kettle’s Yard creator Jim Ede acquired over twenty of John Blackburn’s paintings in the early 1960s and went on to promote Blackburn at every opportunity, resulting in the artist’s work entering a number of important private collections.

Art at the Alison Richard Building, 7 West Road, Cambridge, CB3 9DT,

National Hunt Jump racing & Cheltenham Festival Betting Preview Evening, Huntingdon Races, Thurs 23 Feb

Huntingdon Races, Cheltenham Festival

If you fancy a bit of a flutter then National Hunt Jump racing at Huntingdon Races might prove to be lucky. National Hunt racing tests every sinew of a racehorse, as thoroughbreds jump over obstacles in varying conditions to try and bag that coveted victory and look to etch their name in the history of the jumping game. After the track action is finished, the focus will turn towards The Cheltenham Festival which takes place next month. If you’re keen on the festival but have yet to bring home the big bucks this is a great way to gem up on the leading contenders for this year led by a panel of industry experts including Harry Skelton (jockey), Richard Hoiles (TV Commentator) and Matt Tombs (author, Weatherbys Cheltenham Festival Betting Guide 2017).

Huntingdon Races, Huntingdon, PE28 4HQ,

Ligeti Quartet, St John’s College, Cambridge, Thurs 23 Feb

Ligeti Quartet, Cambridge

The Ligeti Quartet, among the most exciting young British ensembles, will perform a programme of modern and contemporary music from around the world, including a piece by Lou Harrison whose centenary is celebrated in 2017. The quartet has established a reputation as leading exponents of new music – as well as performing in more traditional surroundings they’ve also performed in an IMAX Theatre, in museums, galleries, theatres, pubs, on a fishing boat, and on ‘icebergs’ outside the Shell headquarters, as part of a Greenpeace campaign. They’ve gained a reputation for an innovative approach to new music, often working with musicians outside the classical arena – performance artists, video, actors and DJs.

Old Divinity School, St John’s College, Cambridge, CB2 1TP,

Half Term Guide – Mon 20 – Fri 24 Feb

Especially for you lucky peeps north of the county – it’s your turn now for a week of childish bedlam – I’ll see you on the other side!

Club Viva Sports Camps, Peterborough

Cub Viva Vivacity Peterborough

Club Viva Sports Heroes is all about individual and teams sports, including dodgeball, boxing, tag rugby, diving and multi sports – kids get to choose from a variety of games and challenges designed by Vivacity coaches. If they’re football crazy then Viva Football Heroes might be of interest where they’ll be taught new footie tricks and skills with the opportunity to compete in the day’s tournament – complete with prizes! Plus they get to design their own club kit and crest.

Wow! Said the Owl, The Key Studio, Peterborough, Sun 19 Feb

WOW! Said the Owl, the acclaimed children’s book by award winning author Tim Hopgood, is brought to life by the Little Angel Theatre Production through a blend of beautiful story-telling, puppetry and music. Explore the wow-world of colours with this curious little owl who is determined to stay awake to see what day light brings – this show will delight and excite children aged 2-5 yrs.

The Key Studio, Peterborough, PE1 1EF,

The Hunting Lodge, Unicorn Theatre, London Bridge

The Hunting Lodge, Unicorn Theatre, London


If you’ve got tweenies on your hands this half term and you’re stuck for ideas of what to do the London theatres have tonnes of great children’s productions on this Feb. The Hunting Lodge is a play based on familiar fairy tales – about a love story gone wrong and a girl called Daisy who knows how to get her man and is prepared to fight for him. It’s a fun, clever and sharp story that is ultimately about the modern world and the way love and relationships are portrayed in the media. Unicorn Theatre’s artistic director Purni Morell is at the helm of this twisted love story, which she’s translated from Belgian playwright Ignace Cornelissen’s original. Aimed at tweens and teenagers aged 11+, The Hunting Lodge is a playful riff on ideas of celebrity and romance.

Unicorn Theatre, 147 Tooley Street, London, SE1 2HZ,

Superhero Science, Peterborough Museum, Mon 20 – Fri 24 Feb

Superhero Science Peterbrough Museum

Have you littl’uns who rampage round the house playing superheros dreaming of being like their favourite comic book heroes – and villains?!  At the Club Viva drop-in days at Peterborough Museum this half term, little ones dreams could come true as they enter a world of Superhero Science and find out just what it takes to accomplish these amazing feats. With lots of hands-on experiments and activities to test super-strength, find out how superheroes fly and discover a  different superpower in every room. Did you know that x-ray vision like Superman’s is real? Don’t forget to wrap up warm, as there’s a live demonstration testing the secret powers of ice and how to freeze objects instantly, just like Captain Cold or Mr Freeze.

Peterborough Museum, Priestgate, Peterborough, PE1 1LF,

Monstersauras, Key Theatre, Peterborough, Wed 22 – Thurs 23 Feb

Monsteraauras Peterborough Key Theatre

This brand new show from the creators of Aliens Love Underpants is monster-ously good! Follow the young inventor Monty as he creates a whole world of whacky inventions and incredible monsters, but he has a problem – now he has made them all, what is he going to do with them?! This energetic show from the Big Wooden Horse Theatre Company is full of thrills, spills, magic and mayhem to delight the whole family – with original music and plenty of opportunities for little monsters to get involved.

Key Theatre, Embankment Road, Peterborough, PE1 1EF,

Planet Ice, Peterborough, Mon 20 – Fri 24 Feb

Planet Ice, Peterborough Cambridgeshire

Do you have a wannabe ice skater on your hands, who dreams of twirling round the ice with their leg wrapped round their neck?! Planet Ice Peterborough are holding 3-day intensive learn to skate courses for absolute beginners who want to take their first steps on the ice – without smothering a penguin.

Planet Ice, Planet Ice Arena,1 Mallard Road, Peterborough PE3 8YN

Sacrewell Farm, Peterborough, Mon 17 Feb – Sun 26 Feb

Sacrewell Farm, Peterborough Cambs

From bumpy tractor rides to a relaxing ramble in the countryside, there’s always something to do at Sacrewell Farm. This half term there’s den building with marshmallow toasting over a campfire, making bread Victorian style in the Mill or playing at Pooh Sticks Bridge. In the discovery centre you can meet some of our smaller animals, if you’re brave enough, and there’s a playbarn if the weather’s not brilliant.

Sacrewell, Thornhaugh, Peterborough PE8 6HJ,

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