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Mon 5 - Sun 11 August 2019

OUTDOOR CINEMA: Avengers End Game, Hinchingbrooke Country Park, 9 August 

Want to be one of the firs to see the new Avengers film in the open air? This is the first outdoor cinema company to show the film and it’s in one of our most beautiful al fresco spaces – Hinchingbrooke Country Park. It starts at 7:30pm and there’s a bar serving drinks and hot and cold food. Sounds like the recipe for a perfect summer evening to me.


FOOD & DRINK: Prosecco and gin festival, Peterborough, 9 August 

Hmm, is prosecco my favourite drink or is it gin? I just can’t decide. Good news is, this month I don’t have to as Peterborough’s Proscco and Gin Festival is on 9 Aug in Peterborough Cathedral – what a great idea to combine the two. Over 60 gins, a bar dedicated to the bubbly stuff and the beautiful surroundings of the cloisters… count me in. Hic!


COURSE: Floristry career course, Cambridge Flower School, 5 – 9 August 

Looking for a career change and think you’ve got green fingers? Book onto Cambridge Flower School’s Floristry Career course from 5 – 9 August, which is aimed at complete beginners, who are just starting out on their flower-filled (and early alarm calls) journey.


ART: Artist Unknown: Art and Artefacts from the University of Cambridge Museums and Collections, Kettle’s Yard, until 22 September 2019 

Now this is a cool concept for an art exhibition… the creative types at Kettle’s Yard have collected together all the amazing pieces of art from the University of Cambridge’s collection that are unattributed and have displayed them in the Sackler Gallery in Artist Unknown: Art and Artefacts from the University of Cambridge Museums and Collections until 22 September 2019. The pieces span centuries and come from all over the world – a stunningly decorated bark cloth from the Pacific Islands, a delicate engraving of a ship on a whale’s tooth and botanical watercolours. The good news for the artistically challenged like me… there’s no artist’s name that I need to pretend to have heard before!


EVENT: Ely Pride, Ely, 10 August 

Missed Cambridge’s first Pride? Head to Ely’s instead, which is back for a second year at The Maltings on 10 Aug. Events include a great line-up of acts from all over the country, plus there’s an after party at Riverside Bar and Kitchen. Count me in!


EVENT: Huntingdon Carnival, Riverside Park, 10 August 

In the mood to Par-TAY? Head to Huntingdon’s carnival on 10 Aug at the Riverside Park. As well as the requisite parade that sets off at noon, there are community stalls, a funfair, free boat rides, arena acts, a spitfire fly pass, a dog show, face painting and lots of delicious food.


SPORT: CamcycleQuest, throughout August, Cambridge 

This is Cambridgeshire, so of course there’s a festival of cycling! Get your bike out, pump up those tyres and join   CamcycleQuest, a brand new bike-based treasure hunt around the city. You can get hold of CamcycleQuest clue booklet from the beginning of August and all answers have to be submitted by 19 September ready for the Camcycle Cargo Carnival on 21 Sept on Lammas Land. Prizes for those who crack the code include a £900 cargo bike e-conversion and cycling accessories. A fun way to get fit.


THEATRE: Shakespeare Festival, various Cambridge colleges, until 24 August 

Something wicked this way comes… and I mean ‘wicked’ in the used-to-mean-awesome-circa-1998 way – it’s Cambridge’s Shakespeare Festival from the 8 July – 24 August at various university college gardens throughout the city (how posh is that sentence!). There’s a Shakespeare play every night this week!


MUSIC: Bananarama, Newmarket Racecourses, 9 Aug

Newmarket nights are still going strong into August and this week Bananarama take to the stage with special guest Heather Small. They aren’t just all about perms and high-waisted jeans – Sara Dallin and Keren Woodward have earned themselves an entry in the Guinness Book of World Records as the most successful female band worldwide with the most charting singles, multiple sell-out tours and 32 Top 40 UK hits. They have released ten albums and sold 30 million records. 2019 saw the band release their 11th studio album, ‘In Stereo’ – their first studio album in ten years! A must-see on the 9 August.

The Royal Oak Hail Weston

Next to take to the mic is WestFest on 9 and 10 Aug – a free two-day music festival at The Royal Oak in Hail Weston (another of our Muddy awards finalists 2019 and last year’s winner!). The music ranges from Stadium Rock and Indie to Folk and Blues with a line up that includes Dead Kings, The Mojo Slide, Hittin’ 88, Maisie Blades, Let It Be Rock, The Mondays, Karl Hunter and Bob Hines, Who’s On First?, Fake News, The 55s and Smoking Angels. There’s also a mini beer festival on the side (because why not?!) and a BBQ on the Saturday to keep you fuelled for all the dancing ahead.


CULTURE: Edinburgh Fringe Festival, Edinburgh, 2 – 26 Aug 

Edinburgh’s cultural fandango kicks off this month and is well worth the trip way (way, way) up north with the whole city buzzing with creativity, comedy and theatre, arts, crafts and street performances. Far too many shows to list in detail (over 1,200 groups perform across the city each day!) but highlights include Ian Stirling (of Love Island voiceover fame), Russell Howard, Frank Skinner, plus loads more familiar faces. Full programme here.

NEW EXHIBITION: Sweet Harmony: Rave exhibition, Saatchi Gallery, West London, until 14 Sept 

Photo by Dave Swindells

Rave on! This new photo exhibition explores the new world that emerged from the acid house movement in the ’80s and ’90s and the beginnings of rave culture. Photographers Tom Hunter, Vinca Petersen and Dave Swindells will be on hand at the Saatchi Gallery to explain the stories behind their iconic shots.


Exhibitions still on the go this month include a collection of Manolo Blahnik‘s work curated by the iconic shoe designer himself at The Wallace Collection (until Sun 1 Sept). Also on the fashion front is the Mary Quant retrospective at the V&A (Muddy’s been, it’s really cool), featuring over 200 of the seminal ’60s designer’s pieces (until 16 Feb). Or, also at the V&A is the largest House of Dior collection ever staged in the UK, a handful of tickets for evening slots have been added so snaffle quick if you want to go as it’s super popular (until 1 Sept).

Keith Haring

Other exhibitions include the family-friendly Beasts of London, at the Museum of London, a fully immersive, digital installation exploring the role animals have played in the shaping of London with the likes of Kate Moss, Brian Blessed and Pam Ferris voicing the animals which are brought to life using video projection mapping; the major Van Gogh show at Tate Britain with over 45 of the artist’s famous works including Starry Night on the Rhône and Sunflowers; if you’re heading up north, check out the  Keith Haring exhibition at Tate Liverpool, a legend on the ’80s graffiti, pop art and underground club culture scene, the exhibit features 85 works including large-scale paintings, posters, photos and video. Very cool.


CULTURE: Muddy Stilettos Book Club Live, Phyllis Court, Henley, Sat 5 Oct 

It’s back, baby! The Muddy team are returning to Henley Lit Fest (28 Sept – 6 Oct) this year with ashings of Prosecco, plenty of pizzazz and a panel of brilliant authors: actress, Celebrity Master Chef winner and Meant to Be author Lisa Faulkner, former deputy editor of Elle and How to be a Gentlewoman author Lotte Jeffs, and Five Steps to Happy debut novelist Ella Dove. Get your tickets pronto, last year was a sell out!

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