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Storytime, Central Library, Mon 1 Oct

If your little one loves listening to stories why not indulge them by taking them to the Central Library, so they can sit and listen to one. You too can take a little trip down memory lane by listening along with them (you know you secretly love stories as much as they do!)

Storytime, 10:30am-11am, Central Library, Cambridge, 7, Lion Yard, CB2 3QD


Gin Club, Cambridge Wine Merchants, Tue 2 Oct

Raise your G&T and get ready to enjoy the Cambridge Wine Merchants monthly gin club. You will be taught how to taste spirits in order to pick out each gin’s unique flavour. It’s a fun and informative night, something to look forward too at the beginning of each month.

Gin Club, £16.76, 7pm-10pm, Cambridge Wine Merchants,163, Cherry Hinton Road, CB1 7BX


Stained Glass Windows, Cambridge Science Centre, Wed 3 Oct & Wed 17 Oct

Create a beautiful stain glass window using science and everyday materials. Learn something new and have something stunning to show for it – how could you possibly say no?

Stained Glass Windows, included in entry fee £3-£4, 4pm-4:45, 44 Clifton Road, Cambridge, CB1 7ED.


Wintercomfort Pudding Night, The Crown and Punchbowl, Thur 4 Oct

Who doesn’t love pudding? Well now you can enjoy 5 of them after a hearty main course too! Throughout the evening you will be invited to score each of the puddings and then take part in crowning the ultimate winner. So go on – dig in!

Wintercomfort Pudding Night, £32, 6:30pm-9:30pm, The Crown and Punchbowl, High Street Horningsea, CB25 9JG


Knit & Natter, Stir Cambridge, Thur 4 Oct

If you love to knit join some likeminded people in Stir Cambridge, have a cup of coffee, and do what you love all while having a good old natter. The event is run on a monthly basis so come along and get down to the knitty gritty.

Knit & Natter, 2pm-4pm, Stir Cambridge, 253, Chesterton Rd, CB4 1BG


The Art Hound Gallery – Moniker Art Fair, The Old Truman Brewery, Thur 4 Oct-Sun 7 Oct

The Art Hound Gallery are proud to present Lauren Baker’s most experimental and explosive exhibition to date. ‘The Immensity of The Universe’ will be a full sensorial experience, cloaking the visitor in walls of stardust and crystals. The show will feature several new large scale Light Art installations: including “The Frequency of the Sun”, which allows the viewer to experience ever changing waves of colour and the actual sound frequency of the Sun.

The Art Hound Gallery x Lauren Baker ‘The Immensity of the Universe’, £11.37-£22.15, The Old Truman Brewery, 91, Brick Ln, London, E1 6QL


Badlingham Manor Show, Badlingham Manor, Thur 4 Oct-Sun 7 Oct

If you’re looking for some new pieces to expand your art collection, head to Badlingham Manor where Josie Eastwood Fine Art is holding an exhibition filled with work by not only well-established artists but some new finds too. On show will be contemporary paintings, drawings, ceramics, sculpture and more so go and have a peruse.

Badlingham Manor Show, 10am-5pm & 11am-1pm, Badlingham Manor, Chippenham, Newmarket, CB7 5QQ


Gael Sellwood ‘The Measure of the Year’ Private View, Cambridge Contemporary Art, Fri 5 Oct

Royal Horticultural Society Gold Medalist Gael Sellwood’s ‘The Measure of The Year’ is a collection of exquisite botanically inspired paintings. Her exhibition uses materials from her extensive conservation garden, which provides much of her inspiration.

Gael Sellwood ‘The Measure of the Year’ Private View, Free, 6pm-7:30pm, Cambridge Contemporary Art, 6, Trinity Street


Moscow, Midnight – An Evening with John Simpson, Wesley Methodist Church, Sat 6 Oct

John Simpson has been the BBC’s World Affairs Editor for over 25 years. Moscow Midnight is his revelatory new thriller and Heffers bookshop is inviting you to come along and hear about the book from the man himself.

Moscow, Midnight – An Evening with John Simpson, £22, 7pm-8:30pm, Wesley Methodist Church, Christ’s Pieces, CB1 1LG


Cambridge Vegan Market, Cambridge Guildhall, Sun 7 Oct

Come and experience a plethora of vegan cuisines from all over the world, all provided by wonderful local businesses. You’ll have the chance to sample some high-end vegan food, drinks, clothes and cosmetics as well as having the chance to find out more about nutrition and the environment.

Cambridge Vegan Market, £2, 10:30am-4:30pm, The Guildhall, 2, Wheeler St, CB2 3QB


Brunch Club, The Great Barn, Sun 7 Oct

Instagram at the ready, it’s brunch time! Brunch is an increasingly fashionable meal and if you love the vibes you get from it why not spend your long and lazy Sunday in style. With the option of bottomless Bloody Marys and Mimosas for the grown-ups (obviously!) you can really get on board with this trend.

Brunch Club, £10-£35, 12pm-5pm, The Great Barn, Manor Farm, Bourn, CB23 2SH


Halloween: 40th Anniversary Screening, Cambridge Arts Picturehouse, 10 Oct

Settle down to enjoy the classic horror film as it returns to the big screen for its 40th Anniversary, just in time for All Hallows’ Eve, screening from a digitally restored and remastered print, including a pre-recorded introduction from the director himself, John Carpenter.

Halloween: 40th Anniversary Screening, £11.20-£12.20, 8:45pm-11:45pm, Cambridge Arts Picturehouse, 38-39, St Andrews St, CB2 3AR


Gonzalez Byass Sherry and Pincho Tasting, Cambridge Wine Merchants, Fri 12 Oct

In celebration of International Sherry Week, you are invited to an evening of sherry and pincho. With a variety of these Spanish delicacies for you to try there is something for everyone. Enjoy the taste of Spain.

Gonzalez Byass Sherry and Pincho Tasting, £25, 7pm-10pm, Cambridge Wine Merchants, 163, Cherry Hinton Rd, CB1 7BX


Milton Jones Charity Event, Cambridge Community Church, Fri 12 Oct

Comedian and Mock the Week regular, Milton Jones, is gracing the stage of the Cambridge Community Church to raise money for the Shelford and Stapleford Youth Initiative. The evening will also include music from local artists.

Milton Jones Charity Event with Supporting Musical Acts, £22.50, 8pm-10pm, The C3 Church, Brooks Rd, CB1 3HR

Apple Day 2018, Burwash Manor, Sat 13 Oct

Burwash Manor is celebrating all things apple, help them raise money for the Sick Children’s Trust. You can bring along 2 or 3 of your own apples with leaves and a stalk and get the apples experts to identify them or even have them turned into juice. With birds of prey, classic cars and fairground rides there is something for everyone.

Apple Day 2018, £4, 10am-4pm, Burwash Manor, New Rd, Barton, CB23 7EY


Book Launch: Peter and the Dwarf Planets, Heffers Bookshop, Sat 13 Oct

Embark with Peter on a magical mission into outer space and explore the little-known dwarf planets. Allow Stephan J. Alexander’s words to teach your little one all about the planets while Laura Coppolaro’s illustrations brings their imaginations to life. Places are limited so get a wriggle on – it’ll be stellar.

Book Launch: Peter and the Dwarf Planets, 2pm-4pm, Heffers Bookshop, 20, Trinity St, CB2 1TY


Autumn Detox Yang/Yin Workshop with Janine Tandy, CAMYOGA, Sun 14 Oct

Re-centre yourself as autumn approaches with Janine’s popular workshop. It will focus on both your movement practice in the context of Vinyasa yoga and stillness practice with Yin Yoga. This combination of yin and yang practice in an extended time format can be both transformative and powerful.

Autumn Detox Yang/Yin Workshop with Janine Tandy, £25-£35, 2pm-4:30pm, CAMYOGA, 14, George IV St, CB2 1HH


Halloween Wreath Making, Cambridge Sewing, Thur 18 & Thur 25 Oct

Wreathes aren’t just for Christmas you can now create your own for Halloween too! Get creative and begin to enjoy getting festive for All Hallows’ Eve as it’s just around the corner and we are all beyond excited.

Halloween Wreath Making, £50 (£20 deposit required), 6:30pm-8:30pm, Cambridge Sewing, Coles Ln, Oakington CB24 3AF


Cambridge Breast Cancer Appeal Fashion Show, Grand Arcade, Thur 18 Oct

Calling all fashionistas! See the latest fashions from Rigby and Peller and various other Grand Arcade shops. Some amazing Breast Cancer patients will be modelling, and the event will be raising funds for the Addenbrooke’s Breast Cancer Unit. So, come along, raise money for breast cancer and have fun while doing it!

Cambridge Breast Cancer Appeal Fashion Show, £17.36, 7:30pm-10pm, Grand Arcade, St Andrew’s St, CB2 3AX


Peter Pan, The Undercroft, Fri 19 Oct & Sat 20 Oct

Don’t grow up. It’s a trap. Join Peter Pan and the Lost Boys on this classic adventure to Neverland. The show discusses important morals; family, responsibility, friendship, bravery, trust and ambition. If you need directions remember it’s the second star to the right and straight on till morning.

Peter Pan, £8, The Undercroft, Serpentine Green Shopping Centre, Hampton PE7 8BE


Pumpkin Carving at Home Farm, Wimpole Hall, Sat 20 Oct – Sun 28 Oct

Have some spooky half-term fun and carve a pumpkin to help you really get your Halloween on. Dress warm and get creative as you prepare to get excited for All Hallows’ Eve!

Pumpkin Carving at Home Farm, normal admission + £4 per child, Wimpole Hall, Arrington, Royston, SG8 0BW


Face to Face with Medieval Cambridge, Museum of Archaeology & Anthropology, Sun 21 Oct

Explore how skeletal biologists reconstruct the lives of people who lived thousands of years ago just from the analyses of bones. Take a tour around Cambridge and meet people who lived in the city during the 12th to 16th century.

Face to Face with Medieval Cambridge, 12pm-5pm, University of Cambridge, Downing St, CB2 3DZ


Horrible Histories: Terrible Tudors, Cambridge Arts Theatre, Tue 23 Oct – Sat 27 Oct

Prepare yourselves for an amazing show with Horrible Histories live on stage! With actors and state of the art 3D special effects, this incredible show is guaranteed to provide entertainment for the whole family. Historical figures and events will come to life on stage and hover at your fingertips!

Horrible Histories: Terrible Tudors, £19-£25, 7pm-9:15pm, Cambridge Arts Theatre, 6, St Edwards Passage, CB2 3PJ

Cambridge Film Festival, Thurs 25 Oct – Thurs 1 Nov


Get your popcorn ready because the Cambridge Film Festival is back for its 38th year. Most of the films take place at the stylish, split-level, art deco Arts Picturehouse but there will be various other venues dotted around the city. It’s not just for the grown-ups – there’s the Cambridge Family Film Festival with a bumper programme for tinies up to teenies. Tickets go on sale at the beginning of October.

Cambridge Film Festival

 Fenland Spooktacular, Wicken Fen, Fri 26 Oct

Wicken Fen has exactly what you need for you and your little one to get in the Halloween spirit. Come along for spooky games and crafts, out and about on the nature reserve. You can even come in costume to really get in the Halloween mood.

Fenland Spooktacular, normal admission + £5.50 per child, 10:30-12:30, Wicken Fen National Nature Reserve, Lode Lane, Wicken, Ely, CB7 5XP


The Story Orchestra, Stapleford Granary, Sat 27 Oct

You and your little one can join the musicians of Eboracum Baroque and Jess Courtney-Tickle as they tell the story of Four Seasons in One Day. Follow Isabelle and her dog Pickle on an adventure across the changing seasons with Vivaldi’s Four Seasons as an accompaniment.

The Story Orchestra, £8-£15, 2pm-4pm, Stapleford Granary, bury Rd, Stapleford, CB22 5BP


Shostakovich Violin Concerto No. 1, West Road Concert Hall, Sat 27 Oct

Fancy being a culture vulture? Head down to West Road Concert Hall for a breathtaking evening of Russian music to round off your October nicely – from the characterful violin of Shostakovich to the fairy tales of Prokofiev there will surely be something for everyone.

Shostakovich Violin Concerto No. 1, £5-£20, 8pm, West Rd Concert Hall, 11, West Rd, CB3 9DP


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