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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: [email protected]


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,
Autumn Fashion Launch, Boudoir Femme, Cambridge, Thurs 21 Sept
Boudoir Femme
Brrrrrrr – the temperature has dropped and we are nosediving into Autumn.  Time to oust the T-shirts and bring in the cosy knits.  Boudoir Femme are hosting an autumn launch of its collection this week, 6-8pm, as well as introducing a brand new label to the store @SetFashion.  There’ll be drinks, treats and offers on the night and they’re teaming up with Finn Jordan, the Cambridge based beauty and hair salon who’ll be on hand to provide relaxing massage treatments.
Boudoir Femme, 2 King Street, Cambridge, CB1 1LN,

Paul Kane Exhibition, The Framery, Kimbolton Sat 16 Sept – Sat 23 Sept

Boxing Hares, Paul Kane

Local artist  Paul Kane will be showcasing his work at The Framery. He’s well known for his horses – the level of detail makes it difficult to decipher if it’s a photo or a painting.  This exhibition or original paintings and sketchcings  will demonstrate his versitility of a commission artist for landscapes and his dog commissions are simply too cute!

The Framery,  1 Park Ln, Stonely, Saint Neots PE19 5EE,



Wait Until Dark, Cambridge Arts Theatre, Tues 19 Sept – Sat 23 Sept

Wait Until Dark, Cambridge Arts Theatre

It’s thriller time! A star cast perform the revival of the classic, edge of your seat, thriller Wait Until Dark.  The book by Frederick Knott was made into a flm in 2967 starring Audrey Hepburn.  She couldn’t be with us in Cambridge sadly but the star cast does include Jack Ellis (Prime Suspect & Bad Girls), Oliver Mellor (Coronation Street) and Tim Treloar (Doctors).     S


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


Suzi Ruffell, Key Theatre, Peterborough, Fri 22 Sept

Suzie Ruffell

As part of the Key Comedy Nights programme Suzi’s Ruffell has an innovative style with engrossing 
tales of social ineptitude. Lauded as ‘a real stand up gem’ 
by The Guardian, this young independent woman celebrates her 
working class roots with a sideways look at the world. Regarded as one of best up and coming acts on the circuit Suzi is fast establishing herself on the live circuit supporting Alan Carr, 
Josh Widdicombe, Kevin Bridges and Romesh Ranganathan all 
over the country. You may well have seen her on  Channel 4, E4, BBC3, Comedy Central, Dave 
and heard her on BBC Radio4.

Key Theatre, Embankment Rd, Peterborough PE1 1EF,


Milton Country Park Autumn Festival, Cambridge, Sun 24 Sept

Milton Country Park Autumn Festival

This festival is committed to supporting local independent foodies, crafters and creatives.  With wild outdoor play, traditional craft, magical adventures and a hint of days gone by, this is a fashionably-old-fashioned event.  Country is the clue – there are  piles of hay for kids to climb on and tractors for them to jump on, as well as dressing up and wood crafts and magical workshops.  Adults can enjoy some the best local street food, real ales and cider and live music, all in an attractive park setting. Thi is a ticket event with funds going towards Milton Country Park’s playground improvements and it’s advisable to buy tickets in advance to avoid disappointment.


Milton Country Park, Cambridge Road, Milton, Cambridge, CB24, 6AZ,


Duxford Battle of Brtain Air Show, Duxford, Sat 23 – Sun 24 Sept

Duxford Battle of Britain

The Duxford Battle of Britain Air Show brings to life Duxford’s finest hour as an important Second World War fighter station defending Great Britain from aerial attack in 1940.

Duxford Imperial War Museum, Cambridgeshire, CB22 4QR,


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

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 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,


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,


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,


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,


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,


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,


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,


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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