What’s On This Week
The cool, quirky and unmissable in Cambridgeshire this week.
Bathing Under the Skies Outdoor Spa, Bourn, Sat 29 April – Mon 1 May
If you’re a regular festival goer you might have already sunk into one of these beautifully crafted cedar wood hot tubs or barrel saunas – they’re at the Secret Garden Party for starters, but if not, they’re coming to Bourn this year in a series of pop up events. A chance to relax and re-energise at this unique fresh air spa inspired by the Scandinavian tradition of outdoor bathing to tackle the cold. You’re not abandoned in the middle of field – the sauna comes with hot and cold drinks, chill out areas with fire pitches, hairdryers and straighteners, lockers and showers. I was lucky enough to spend an afternoon there a few weeks ago so check out my review if you want to find out the scooby-doo on this place.
Bourn Golf and Leisure Club, Toft Road, Bourn, Cambridge CB23 2TT, bathingunderthesky.com
Enchanted Fairy and Elf Walk, Audley End Miniature Railway, Sat 29 April – Mon 1 May
Dive into the magical land of the Enchanted Fairy and Elf Walk as it opens for the first weekend of the 2017 season. Whirl through the pathways to find all of the many tiny fairies and elves living in their handmade wooden tree houses. Take one of the trains into the woods to meet the many fairies frolicking through the trees and venture into the craft tent to get creative. Booking is essential.
Audley End Miniature Railway, Audley End Road, Audley End, Saffron Walden, Essex CB11 4JB, audley-end-railway.co.uk
Ely’s Eel Festival Weekend, Fri 28 April – Mon 1 May
Lambing Season at Wimpole Hall, Thurs 27 April – Sun 7 May
Is there anything more spring like than watching the frolics of newborn lambs? Wimpole’s 300 rare breed ewes are set to give birth to several hundred new additions to the estate’s flock during April as lambing season gathers pace, 110 have been born already including this little handsome Portland lamb. If you’re lucky, you might see one like this cutsey bootsey being born and finding their feet. Wimpole Hall has a great outdoor play area and several cafes and heaps of space to enjoy a picnic if you’re that organised.
Wimple Hall, Arrington, SG8 0B, nationaltrust.org.uk
Ely derives its name from the Isle of Eels when Ely was an island surrounded by marshland and the festival was borne from that legacy. Eels were historically part of the local staple diet as well as a valuable source of income and now the city celebrates its historic relationship with the humble eel in a whole weekend of celebrations. Take a look at the four day programme to see what is planned.
Oxbow and Peach Vintage Pop Up, Whittlesford, Cambridgeshire, Thurs 4 – Sat 6 May
This little showroom in the Old School House in the pretty village of Whittlesford has an eclectic mix of vintage and antique finds. It’s not open all the time but Lizzie and Georgie run pop ups through March, April, May and June and then later on in the year. I went to their last one a few weeks ago and picked up pretty china bowls and cups planted with primroses, strawberry plants and seasonal flowers. There’s vintage china, glistening glass, furniture, lights, mirrors, objet d’art, jewellery, art, linens, quirky finds and so much more. Top tip – make a day of it and enjoy lunch at The Tickle Arms in the village.
Oxbow and Peach, The Old School, Old School Lane, Whittlesford, Cambridge CB22 4LT, oxbowandpeach.co.uk
William Shakespeare’s Long Lost First Play (abridged), Quarry Theatre, Bedford, Fri 5 May
The Reduced Shakespeare Company is a three-man comedy troupe that takes long, serious subjects and reduces them to short, sharp comedies. They’re at the Quarry Theatre with the play that was mercifully abridged by the RSC from its full hundred hour running time to a more palatable ninety minutes. Expect an irreverent but funny celebration of our cultural heritage – as seen through the eyes of three Americans wearing trainers.
Quarry Theatre, At St Luke’s, 26 St. Peter’s Street, Bedford MK40 2NN, quarrytheatre.cloudvenue.co.uk
Imelda May, Cambridge Corn Exchange, Sat 6 May
Imelda May has announced her first UK tour in over three years in support of her highly anticipated new album Life Love Flesh Blood released earlier this year. The artist has a new look and a new groove, exploring blues, soul, gospel, folk, rock, sensitive acoustica, cinematic drama and explosive balladry so should delight both old and new fans.
Cambridge Corn Exchange, 2 Wheeler St, Cambridge CB2 3QB cambridgelivetrust.co.uk