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10 - 16 June

THEATRE: Live screening of the Royal Ballet’s Romeo & Juliet, The Key Theatre Peterborough, 11 June

Matthew Ball and Yasmine Naghdi ©2015 ROH. Photographed by Alice Pennefather

O Romeo, Romeo wherefore art thou Romeo? Well, actually I can help you with that –  he’s at the Key Theatre in Peterborough on 11 June, as the Royal Ballet rolls out a live screening of Romeo & Juliet from the Royal Opera House across 500 UK theatres. The star-crossed lovers are danced by Matthew Ball and Yasmine Naghdi (we saw her in a gala last month and can assure you you don’t want to miss this).


OUTDOOR CINEMA: Enchanted Cinema present The Favourite, Gonville Hotel, 14 June 

Missed one of this year’s most popular films, The Favourite, or just fancy seeing it again but in a more civilised setting than your local Odeon? The Enchanted Cinema is setting up in the glorious gardens of the Gonville Hotel so you can watch your favourite movie stars under the stars. Don’t bother dusting off the picnic basket because Kerief Catering will be there serving South African and Jamaica specialities, and BrewBoard are manning the bar with their craft beer. Before the film starts you’ll be entertained by local musicians too.


SPORT: World Naked Bike Ride, Midsummer Common, 15 June

I’m not entirely sure this fits the category of “sport” and I’m including it as more of a warning – no, you don’t need to go to specsavers, those are naked cyclists you’re seeing in Cambs! No judgement here, if you want to join them – the ride starts at 3pm from Midsummer Common and there will be body painters on hand should you wish to add some colour to the proceedings! Question is: Do you dare to bare?!


THEATRE: Celebration of Margot Fonteyn, The Key Theatre, Peterborough, 15 June 

Ballet-lovers are spoiled this month as Ballet Theatre UK leap onto Peterborough’s Key Theatre stage this weekend in a Celebration of Margot Fonteyn. It’s the centenary of this legendary dancer, and to mark the occasion there’ll be performances of all her iconic moments – Swan Lake, Giselle, the Sleeping Beauty and more.


MUSIC: Strawberries & Creem Festival, Haggis Farm, 15 June 

Ok, I’m not cool enough to even think about passing comment on this music festival – but I can tell you that it was set-up by Cambs Uni students in 2014 and since then has become one of the UK’s top music events. The line-up this year includes: Stefflon Don, Ms Dynamite, Sean Kingston, Kevin Little, Flava D and many other household names. Be there or be square (yes, I was cool circa 1999!).


FESTIVAL: Peterborough Heritage Festival, 15-16 June 

History buffs will love the celebration of the past at Peterborough Heritage Festival on 15/16 June in Cathedral Square, where you’ll feel like you’ve taken a trip in a time machine as over 300 re-enactors saunter past dressed as anything from Vikings to medieval jesters.


WILDLIFE: Big Wild Weekend, Trumpington Meadows, 16 June

Want to get involved in this year’s 30 Days Wild campaign, where you do something every day of June to help your local wildlife? Then head to Trumpington Meadows on 16th for the Big Wild Weekend – a celebration of pollination with arts, crafts, food and drink – go wild!


ART & EXHIBITIONS: Neat, Neat, Neat, The Art Hound Gallery, until 16 June 

Muddy favourite, Art Hound Gallery, found in Burwash Manor, also has a new exhibit, Neat, Neat, Neat– an immersive collection of work chronicling the art, music and attitude of the Punk movement through printmaking. Artists featured include Sex Pistols artist Jamie Reid, who originated the iconic cut up text and ripped up flags associated with UK punk; Shepard Fairley, America’s biggest street artist; Jimmy Cauty, the brains behind Art Punk Band KLF and work from the gallery’s top contemporary artists (until Sun 16 Jun) – it looks like a goodie.


MUSIC: Jazz and Brass in the Parks, Jesus Green, 16 June 

If a garage festival isn’t really your thing, we’ve got something a little more refined for you: there are two Jazz and Brass in the Parks events taking place on Jesus Green on the 16 and 23 June. Just turn up with your picnic and a rug for a relaxing evening of music and food. It’s the Cambridge Groove Orchestra kicking things off on the 16th.



NEW EXHIBITION: Manolo Blahnik, The Wallace Collection, London, Mon 10 Jun – Sun 1 Sept

This new exhibit contrasts paintings, sculpture and ornate furniture from the Rococo art movement with Spanish fashion designer Manolo Blahnik’s designs. The intimate collection has been curated by Blahnik himself and features items from his private archives and these gorgeous candy pink shoes designed for Sofia Coppola’s award-winning film, Marie Antoinette. There are also a few accompanying talks, Fashion or Art?, Fashion and Power, The Collector, The Interior World, but if you want to go get a ticket quick as they’re selling out fast. This exhibit is free.


NEW EXHIBITION:  Keith Haring, Tate Liverpool, Liverpool, Fri 14 Jun – Sun 10 Nov

Spot the little guys! A cool exhibit to check out that’s not over in the Big Smoke is this retrospective of Keith Haring, a legend on the ’80s graffiti, pop art and underground club culture scene.  The exhibit will feature 85 artworks including large-scale paintings, posters, photos and video. Very cool.



If you’re heading for the Big Smoke, there’s tons to do all summer between London and Tower Bridge with the largest outdoor festival in the capital, Summer by the River (until 28 Aug). Outdoor cinema including a live screening of Royal Ballet’s Romeo + Juliet (11 Jun) as well as concerts, workshops, comedy and quizzes. You can scoff and drink to your heart’s content from the obligatory artisan stalls and then join in one of the fitness events to assuage the self-loathing. Or if you’re heading to Covent Garden, it’s your last chance to check out Covent Garden in Bloom (until Sat 15 Jun), with floral artists Fleurs de Villes returning Covent Garden to its roots as the original (or OG, as the kids say) flower market in London. All the retailers and restaurants muck in with botanical window displays, it’s super pretty.



Must-see exhibitions in the big smoke this month include Beasts of London, above, at the Museum of London, a fully immersive, digital installation exploring the role animals have played in the shaping of London, from the Roman era all they way up to present day. The interactive show uses video projection mapping to bring the beasts, from rats to lions, to life as they narrate a virtual tour of London with the likes of Kate Moss, Brian Blessed and Pam Ferris voicing the animals. Or you can check out the V&A‘s retrospective of iconic 1960s designer and the mother of  miniskirts, Mary Quant– over 200 garments, accessories and exclusive unseen pieces from the designer’s personal archive (until Sun 16 Feb 2020); also at the V&A is this year’s biggie, the largest House of Dior collection ever staged in the UK, which traces the history of Christian Dior and the six artistic directors who succeeded him (until Sun 1 Sept). It is sold out but there are a few first-come, first served tickets available from 10am from the Grand Entrance – it’s well worth trying your luck. Or you can see the exhibition by purchasing a membership for the V&A. Also worth checking out is the major Van Gogh show at Tate Britain, with over 45 works, including Starry Night on the Rhône 1888 from the Musée d’Orsay, Paris, and the rarely loaned Sunflowers 1888 from the National Gallery. There’ll also be work by British artist who were influenced by Van Gogh’s work including Francis Bacon and David Bomberg (until Sun 11 Aug).

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