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What’s on in Sept


With so much going on in Muddy Cambs you need to plan ahead sometimes.  So grab a coffee and your diary and start booking in some of the fab events that are happening over the next month or so.  Things get booked up fast so if I give you the nod you need to pick up the phone – briiiing!

If I’ve missed an event that you’re running, or one of your favourites isn’t listed, then please email me at:

A History of Britain in 21 Women: Dame Jenni Murray, Key Theatre, Mon 25 Sep

Jenni Murray

Radio 4’s Womans’ Hour  broadcaster Jenni Murray presents the history of Britain, as you’ve never heard it before, through the achievements of twenty-one women whose lives enthral, intrigue and inspire. In this personal selection Jenni Murray draws together the lives of twenty-one women to shed light upon a variety of social, political, religious and cultural aspects of British history, reinvigorating the stories behind the names we all know and reveals the fascinating tales behind those less familiar.

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


The Kite Runner, Cambridge Arts Theatre, Mon 25 Sept – Sat 30 Sept

The Kite Runner Camridge Arts Theatre

Based on Khaled Hosseini’s international bestselling novel, this haunting tale of friendship which spans cultures and continents, follows one man’s journey to confront his past and find redemption. Following an outstanding West End Run, this theatrical tour de force comes to Cambridge Arts Theatre.

Cambridge Arts Theatre, Cambridge Arts Theatre, 6 St Edward’s Passage, Cambridge, CB2 3PJ,



Phil Jupitus, Key Theatre, Peterborough, Tues 26 Sept

Phil Jupitus

A familiar face on the comedy scene, you might know Phil Jupitus from being a team captain on BBC2’s pop quiz Never Mind The Buzzcockss, QI (BBC2) and Alan Davies As yet Untitled (Dave) as well as being a a regular panellist of the award winning I’m Sorry I Haven’t a Clue and The Unbelievable Truth. He’s also a stand-up comedian, poet, improviser, and he’ll be entertaining The Key Theatre with over an hour of tales, laughs and diversions.

Key Theatre, Embankment Rd, Peterborough PE1 1EF,


The Jive Aces, The Key Theatre, Wed 27 Sept

The Jive Aces Key Theatre Peterborough

It’s busy at The Key Theatre this season and since becoming the first live band to reach the final rounds of “Britain’s Got Talent”, The Jive Aces have firmly established themselves the UK’s No.1 Jive & Swing band.  Since then they’ve been busy – where haven’t they been! Singing with Keely Smith, headlining at the Royal Albert Hall, Buckingham Palace for the Coronation Festival,  Trafalgar Square for the Olympics and even Glastonbury. A great opportunity to check them out and see  what all the fuss is about.

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


Cheffins Interior Auction, Cambridge, Thurs 28 Sept

Antiques Cheffins Art

There is a certain thrill of hearing the thud of the hammer and you realise that by scratching your nose you’ve bought some stables (yes, that was my mother!). Cheffins in Cambridge run regular auctions – they auction pretty much anything and everything but have specialist property, art, farm machinery but this week it’s all about interiors.  There’s heaps up for grabs from furniture to jewellery – sometimes you need to have some vision but hey where else can you buy a zebra rug (gulp, not sure I could stomach that). Viewing is on Tues 26 and Wed 27 Sept.

Cheffins Art, 2 Clifton Road, Cambridge, CB1 7EA,


Peterborough Festival of Antiques, Fri 29 – Sat 30 Sept

Peterborough Antiques Fair

This event is simply huge! What started off as a small fair in Melton Mowbray has morphod into one of the largest fairs in the country held twice a year – Easter and Sept. It’s held at the vast East of England Showground and if you love antiques, collectables, vintage and upcycled items then this is a fair for you

East of England Showground, Oundle Rd, Alwalton, Peterborough PE2 6XE,


Anglesey Abbey Dhalia Festival, Anglesey Abbey, Tues 12 Sept – Sun 1 Oct

Anglesey Abbey Dhalia Festival
Bloomin lovely – enjoy the spectacle as over 70 varieties of dahlias provide a blaze of late summer colour in the Dahlia Garden, together with dahlia themed installations throughout the gardens and floral displays in the House.
Anglesey Abbey, Quy Road, Lode, Cambridge, CB25 9EY,
Owbow and Peach Vintage Pop Up, Whittlesford, Fri 29 Sept
Oxbow and Peach
Oxbow & Peach is run by school mates, Georgie and Lizzie. They scour the country for eclectic vintage finds and their showroom is an Aladdin’s Cave of antique treasures and are experts on how to create a successful vintage look and the best way of mixing vintage with contemporary.  They open for the Autumn season on Fri 29 Sept at their showroom in Whittlesford.

Oxbow and Peach, The Old School, Old School Lane,  Whittlesford, Cambridge, CB22 4LT,

Freddie Hall at The Steak House, Johnsons of Old Hurst, Huntingdon, Fri 29 Sept

Johnsons of Old Hurst

Fancy some motown with your croc burger?  That’s whats on offer at The Steak House at Old Hurst.  The restaurant is part of the working farm-cum-farmshop-cum-crocodile farm-cum-restaurant and honestly this place has to be seen to be believed.  The farm shop sells a range of meats from the farm but we’re not just talking beef and lamb – vennison, ostrich, crocodile and python (the latter is not farmed at Johnsons) and most of this is on the menu in the spacious steack house.  Clearly it’s not going to be top of your list if you’re a vegetarian or vegan but if meat is your thing then check this place out. Freddie Hall is a singer/songwriter and guitar player who performs around Cambridgeshire but also  throughout the world. His style is blues, motown and soul and when he’s not on his own he’s hanging out with his mates with his 5-piece motown band.

Johnsons of Old Hurst, Church Street, Oldhurst, Huntingdon, PE28 3AF,


A Walk in the Woods – A Celebration of Trees in British Art, The Higgins, Bedford, from Sat 30 Sept

Higgins Bedford

This autumn, The Higgins Bedford pays homage to the tree with a new exhibition celebrating the role of trees and woodland in British landscape painting. Drawn from the world-famous Cecil Higgins Art Gallery Collection, some forty watercolours, drawings and prints from the past two centuries will be on show, including works by John Constable, John Sell Cotman, Edward Lear, Samuel Palmer, Paul Nash, Graham Sutherland and Lucian Freud. Various events have been planned around the artists work in Nov 17 – Feb 18.

The Higgins Bedford, Castle Lane, Bedford, MK40 3XD,


Gransden Show, Great Gransden, Sat 30 Sept

Great Gransden Show

A pretty large country show for such a small village.  The show has been an annual event since 1891 so they’ve hopefully nailed it by now. What can you expect if you’ve never been before: horse show; rare and native breeds of cattle, poultry and pigs; a  dog show; falconry display, donkey  as well as special classes for children’s entries. There’ll also be trade stands, great grub, and children’s entertainments.

Show Field, Great Gransden, SG19


Ely Vegan Fair, Ely, Sat 30 Sept

Vegan Food

Launched last year the fair was so popoular that it’s making a return this Sept. A free, family friendly event for vegans, v-curious and lovers of good food alike. The fair brings together familiar faces from Ely Markets, alongside other regional and national vegan producers, makers and street food vendors. There’s live music and a vegan bar – heard of one of those before?!

Ely Markets, Market Place, Ely, CB7 4NP,


Stories in the Dark: Marion Leeper, The Junction, Cambridge, Sun 1 Oct

Marion Keeper, stories in the dark

The story tent is one of the smallest theatres in the world – it takes 15 people at a time so children have a chance to join in, to talk and to play. Each show lasts for 30mins with time to explore the tent afterwards. It’s full of  twinkling lights, vibrant colours and just a touch of darkness – the story tent provides the perfect storytelling adventure for 2- 7 year olds.

Cambridge Junction, Clifton Way, Cambridge, CB1 7GX,


The Z.E.N. Trio, Cambridge Corn Exchange, Mon 2 Oct

ZEN Trio Cambridge

This concer is part of the  2017/18 Cambridge Classical Concert Series, and it’s a chance to see the new Artist in Residence Esther Yoo performing alongside the Z.E.N trio. Esther first collaborated with the BBC New Generation Artists, Zhang Zuo (piano) and Narek Hakhnazaryan (cello) back in 2015. Since then they’ve performed several times together and have also recorded an album and this concert is their first on the tour of the UK and China.  The programme will include: Haydn –  Piano Trio No. 10 in E flat major; Brahms – Piano Trio No. 1 in B major and Dvorak –  Piano Trio. Fancy meeting them in person? The pre-concert talk will be held at Millers’ Music shop – 5.30pm and is free to concert ticket holders.
Cambridge Corn Exchange, 2 Wheeler St, Cambridge CB2 3QB,
Charles Spencer, Topping & Co Booksellers, Ely, Wed 4 Oct
Charles Spencer
There’s a packed events programme at Topping & Co this Autumn so it’s well worth keeping an eye on the Muddy guide as I’ll be putting those that I think are of interest up as quick as I can.  Matt Lucas and Nigella Lawson appear in Oct and the food theme continues with a tasting evening with Anna Jones and the Grand Fromage – Michel Roux Senior.  Back to October and Charles Spencer has hopped over the border from Muddy Northants to talk about To Catch a King.  His latest action-packed, true adventure story retells the story of Prince Charles, son of the executed Charles 1st, when he  returned from Holland to fight for his throne.
St Mary’s Church, St Mary’s Street, Ely, CB7 4HF,


Degas: ‘A Passion for Perfection’, Fitzwilliam Museum, Tues 3 Oct – Jan 2018

Degas exhibition Fitzwilliam museum

One of my favourite artists so I’ll be pirouetting off to this exhibition as soon as it opens.  This year celebrates the centenary of Degas’ death and to coincide the Fitzwilliam Museum is staging a major exhibition of its wide-ranging holdings of his works – the most extensive and representative in the UK.  There will be an additional 50 pieces of work on loan from private and public collections throughout Europe and the US.  Also included will be examples of Degas’ bronze casts of dancers, horses and nudes and rare lifetime sculptures in plaster and wax.

Fitzwilliam Museum, Trumpington St, Cambridge CB2 1RB,


Althorp Literary Festival, Althorp House, Northamptonshire, Thurs 5 Oct – Sun 8 Oct

Althorp Literary Festival

Yeah I know it’s not in Muddy Cambs but it’s only a hop and a jump into Muddy Northants for those holed up in west Cambridgshire. This year’s festival promises to be the best ever and if you missed out on hearing Jo Malone talk at the Cambridge Literary Festival then here’s another chance.  I wouldn’t sit and ponder and events get booked up fast. Full details of the itinerary can be found on the link below.

Althorp Literary Festival


Dynamic Balance Yoga Workshop, Fenstanton, Sat 7 Oct

Yoga workshop

Lisa the super talented yoga teacher at Refine Fitness is running a fun Headstand and Arm Balance Workshop for those intermediate to advanced yogis that feel up for a tumble challenge. The workshop is aimed at those who have done yoga long enough to feel confident at trying arm balances, headstands, intermediate to advanced moves and want to further their practice and challenge themselves.

Refine Fitness, Unit 1, Willow Road. Lakes Business Park, Fenstanton, PE28 9RB,


Container Gardening, Cambridge University Botanic Garden, Sat 7 Oct


Whether you’ve a tiny courtyard or roof garden, a balcony or even just a windowsill, there’s plenty of scope to get green fingered.. Helen Seal, expert horticulturalist is running a one-day course on container gardening for those that haven’t a clue (like me!) – find out what plants need to thrive in containers, discover quick crops, stunning plant combinations and fun ideas for recycling everyday items into unusual plant displays.


Cushion Making for Beginners, The Cambridge Fabric Company, Sat 7 Oct

The Fabric Company

Get creative this Autumn with this easy peasy course.  The Cambridge Fabric Company have a room tucked away full of sewing machines, needles, trimmings, gorgeous fabrics and most importantly loads of coffee! Tuck yourself away for 3 hours and come home with a cushion – quite what it’ll look like is yet to be seen!  I’m going and trust me, I can’t even thread a needle so you’ll be in very basic company.

The Cambridge Fabric Company, 7 Peas Hill, Cambridge, CB2 3PP,


Baron Goodlove: 77 Sunday Sessions, Number 77, Caxton, Sun 8 Oct

No 77

Number 77, the Thai restaurant in Caxton have launched an exciting new live Sunday music evening. Kicking off the Autumn season is the talented Baron Goodlove on vocals & guitar, performing alongside his awesome right hand man Denzil also on guitar. If you went to the Willowfest then you might have heard their originals & covers. A pefect way to round up the weekend with a soulful, blues, acoustic vibe, and some cracking food. Number 77 is part of the Feast and Frolic restaurant group – its sisters include The Eltisley and The Willow Tree.

Number 77, 77 Ermine Steet, Caxton, Cambridge, CB23 3PQ,


Intro to Wine Tastings, The Old Bridge, Huntingdon, Mon 9 Oct

Wine The old Bridge Huntingdon

The wine tastings at The Old Bridge hotel are run by John Hoskins, Master of Wine and owner of the hotel.  They’re informal and suitable for anyone with an interest in wine – you’ll taste for about an hour and a half (8+ wines from the everyday to the very best) followed by a 2-course supper. This month is all about the state of Washington, in the extreme north west of the USA, not Washington DC (just in case anyone did wonder). Apparently they have a quality to give California a run for their money but don’t take John’s word for it, check them out for yourself.

The Old Bridge, 1 High Street, Huntingdon, PE29 3TQ,


Matt Lucas, Topping & Co Books, Ely Cathedral, Tues 10 Oct

Matt Lucas

Yeah but no but yeah but – Matt Lucas is in the Cathedral! He started as a score keeper in Shooting Stars (if you’re old enough to go back that long?) and then went on to become a familiar face on television.  He’s probably best know for his work with David Walliams in Little BritainMy Life A-Ztells his story – in characteristically loopy style! The talks usually last about an hour, followed by questions, and then there is an opportunity to meet the speaker and have a book signed.

Ely Cathedral, CB7 4DL,


Apple Day, Burwash Manor, Sat 14 OctApple Festival Burwash Manor

A celebration of all things apple!  It’s going to be busy: bring your apples with you  to be identified and make sure you bring some extra to be pulped and joiced. Cam Valley Orchards will be selling and discussing their heritage apple varieties, and there will be all sorts of appley games, stalls & crafts to enjoy.  Cooking demonstrations will take place throughout the day and tuck into lots of apple themed treats at the various food stalls and in the Larder & Food Hall. Apples aside, there are activities to keep you busy all day, take a ride on a miniature steam train, listen to the fabulous Sawston Steel Band or watch displays of many traditional activities, from falconry to willow and coppice crafts – There’s also plenty to keep little ones occupied with Jezo the Magician, face painting, pony rides, fairground and the ever popular tractor and trailer rides around the farm.  All this is raising money for the Sick Children’s Trust – over £5200 was raised for this wonderful charity at last year’s event so you won’t mind the small entry free of £3 for adults and kids under 12 go free.

Burwash Manor, New Road, Barton, Cambridge, CB23 7EY,


Legally Blonde, Royal Derngate, Northampton, Mon 16 Oct – Sat 21 Oct

pink stilettos with a pug dog and a small dog on a lead

I took my mum to a production of Legally Blonde last year and we both hooted our way through it, it was much funnier than I thought it would be. This new show has a celeb cast  – Rita Simons (Roxy Mitchell in BBC’s EastEnders)  Lucie Jones (Eurovision UK representative 2017) and the delicious Bill Ward (James Barton in Emmerdale, Charlie Stubbs in Coronation Street) as Professor Callahan. Grab a group of girlies and go have a giggle.

Book tickets


A Halloween Extravaganza. Audley End Miniature Railway, Sat 21 Oct – Thurs 26 Oct

Audley End Miniature Railway Halloween

It’s spoooooky! Celebrate this Halloween with a train ride deep into the woods of the Audley End Estate to visit the Witches at their Haunted House. Kids can meet the witches themselves, receive a special treat and watch them perform their wonderful witchy dance.  The craft tent is available to make a creepy craft or test out your dance moves in the Dance Tent too.  The ride is spooky but never scary and is, therefore, suitable for all ages.

Audley End Miniature Railway, Audley End Road, 
Audley End, 
Saffron Walden,
 Essex CB11 4JB,


Horror at Hinchingbrooke House, Sat 21 Oct – Sat 28 Oct

Horror at Hinchinbrooke House

I’m not sure I’m brave enough but if you like to be spooked The Horror at Hinchingbrooke House is an award winning interactive and realistic horror experience located in the famous haunted grounds and house in Huntingdon.  It’s been voted the best scare event in the UK  and the most famous characters from the horror genre come to life within the confides of the house to produce a unique, terrifying venture where the public become – you’ve guessed it – the victim!  Groups of 8-12 people embark on a journey around a theatrical setting arranged into 18 sets and there’ll be around 45 actors lurking in the darkness coming to get you.

Hinchingbrooke House, Huntingdon, PE29 3BN,


White Christmas, Key Theatre, Peterborough, Tues 24 Oct – Sun 28 Oct

Key Theatre

Sorry to mention the C word but if you’re someone that wishes it could be Christmas everyday then this early entree into the winter celebrations could have you toe tapping to this much loved musical.

Key Theatre, Embankment Rd, Peterborough PE1 1EF,


Nigella Lawson: Topping and Co Bookesllers, Ely Cathedral, Tue 31 October

Nigella Lawson

Nigella has been busy writing another new book  At My Table: A Celebration of Home Cooking which answers that everyday question that arises “What are we going to eat?” No surprises from the champion of the home cook,  At My Table is full of recipes that are comforting, warm and inspirational.  There’s a diverse range of dishes, from fresh takes on classics to colourful dishes with vibrant flavours coming out of mixing ingredients from many different cultures to bring something new to everyday eating.

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


Amy Macdonald, Cambridge Corn Exchange, Mon 6 November

Amy MacDonald

The Scottish singer-songwriter and her energetically strummed guitar pop consistently proves to be a big seller.  She’s visiting Cambridge later on this year and it’s a chance to check our her album Down By The Water released earlier this year.  Tickets will sell out fast so you’ll need to move fast – don’t say that I didn’t warn you!

Cambridge Corn Exchange, 2 Wheeler St, Cambridge CB2 3QB,


Gareth Malone, Cambridge Corn Exchange, Tue 14 Nov

Gareth Malone

Following two hugely successful nationwide tours in 2014 and 2015, Gareth has announced his next series of live shows for this November.  A uniquely intimate tour of just 5 dates – we’re lucky to have the TV’s fave choirmaster in Muddy Cambs.   He’ll be joined by some guest choirs and singers as he takes you on a journey of musical discovery showcasing the diversity of the music that inspires him.
Cambridge Corn Exchange, 2 Wheeler St, Cambridge CB2 3QB,
Gin Festival Peterborough 2017, Peterborough Cathedral, Fri 17 Nov
It’s not the first place you’d think of going for a G&T but God moves in mysterious ways.  The UK’s biggest and oldest Gin Festival is back in Peterborough and the cathedral will play host to a celebration of all things gin.  You’ll be spoilt for choice with over 100 different gins on offer. As you’d expect there’ll be loads of new gins and exclusive gins you won’t see anywhere else plus; gin masterclasses, a gin cocktail bar, live music and food stalls. Interested? Of course you are, so you’ll need to get a ticket by following the link below.
Peterborough Cathedral, Peterborough PE1 1XS,
Naked and Bearing all: Gok Wok, Sat 18 Nov
Gok wok, Key Theatre

Thick-rimmed glasses, shrieking laughs and getting naked in shop windows! How do you remember him?  From his humble beginnings on a Leicester council estate, to becoming one of the country’s most recognised faces. Gok candidly unravels his life to reveal everything he has not yet dared to bare.

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


Rob Brydon, Cambridge Corn Exchange, Wed 22 Nov
Rob Brydon
Rob Brydon hasn’t been on the road since  his sell out national tour and West End run of 2009 so no surprises this one is selling fast.  Probably best known for the television show Gavin and Stacey he work also includes Would I Lie To You? and The Trip as well as Marion and Geoff, Human Remains, Little Britain, The Rob Brydon Show, Best of Men, Gangster Granny and Q.I (and breathe!)  Alongside his TV work his film titles include The Huntsman : Winter’s War, Cinderella and Lock, Stock and Two Smoking Barrels. Last year in London’s West End he starred opposite Sir Kenneth Branagh in The Painkiller.  A busy man!
Cambridge Corn Exchange, 2 Wheeler St, Cambridge CB2 3QB,
Winter Ladies Day, Huntingdon Races, Sat 25 November
Huntingdon Races

Giddy-up! Winter Ladies Day is back to brighten up November with an added Brucie Bonus of a Gin and Prosecco festival, The Style Awards and live music!  This meet is a great fun day for those seasoned race goers or just a group of mates that want to have a fun day and a lorra laughs. The hub of the entertainment away from the racing will be based in the fashion marquee, get the glad rags on and enter the style awards or enjoy the Gin and Prosecco Festival – hiccup!

Huntingdon Racecourse, Brampton, Huntingdon PE28 4NL,

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