Mon 9 - Sun 15 September 2019
SHOPPING: Love Local: Pop Up Evening, Ely, 12 September
Another festival that’s got a heartfelt feeling at it’s core – the Love Local: Pop Up Evening on 12 September at The Maltings in Ely. Over 25 local independents come together with a range of stalls to shop while you enjoy a glass of fizz and listen to the live music. Muddy Stilettos approves!
FOOD & DRINK: Shepreth Beer & Music Festival, 13 – 15 September
The foodie feast kicks off in Cambridgeshire on 13 – 15 Septemberwith the Shepreth Beer & Music Festival for the 6th year running at The Plough. Expect to feel a fuzzy head the next day after working your way through cask ales, craft beers and a huge craft cider selection. Friday is all about acoustic and electric blues bands with fish and chips; Saturday is the Folk Festival with an all-day feasting table and Eclectic and World Music day with Giant Yorkshire pudding roasts.
FOOD & DRINK: Newmarket Food & Drink Festival, 14 – 15 September
The same weekend (14 – 15 September) Newmarket is showing off its gourmet wares with a Food & Drink Festival in the Palace Gardens. There will be over 30 stalls of locally-grown food and street food from the region to work your way through. Chow it all down to the soundtrack of live music from the main stage in the gardens.
DAYS OUT: Open Cambridge, 13 -14 September
September isn’t just about harvest festivals and great theatre – it’s the month of the open weekend, where you get to snoop around all the places you wish you could see inside the rest of the year. Nosey parkers can start their snooping (ahem, historical education) in Cambridge on the 13 – 14 September at Open Cambridge and what a fascinating place to discover. You can unearth the city’s hidden treasures and get an eyeful of everything from the Mosque on Mill Road and the Marshalls’ hangars to Cambridge Fire Station and the many beautiful colleges.
DAYS OUT: Open Eddington, 14 September
On the 14th it’s Open Eddington, one of Cambridge’s newest districts. You’ll find free activities, talks, tours, live music and entertainment for the whole family, as well as a street food market with some of the region’s favourite food trucks. Plus, Athena Homes are running this rather cool lego project that everyone can get involved with…
Every work of art begins with the placing of a single brick, so come and join the fun with a brick mosaic! Join us in the Athena Sales & Marketing Suite where we will be building a brick mosaic with your help. Whether you’re young or old, an experienced builder or have never touched a building brick before, a mosaic is fun and interactive and in the end we will reveal an amazing, brick-based picture together. We have over 500 pieces that need your input so do bring the whole family.Free for all to join in, no bookings required, just turn up. Saturday 14th September 10am – 4pm at the Athena Sales & Marketing Suite, Eddington Avenue, Eddington, Cambridge, CB3 1SE.
FESTIVALS: Dazzling Dahlias Festival, Anglesey Abbey, 9 – 29 September
If you’re on Instagram you can’t fail to notice that dahlias are having a bit of a moment, and rightly so, they’re absolute stunners. See these colourful blooms in their full rainbow glory at the Dazzling Dahlias Festival at Anglesey Abbey from 9 – 29 September. As well as trying to get that perfect insta shot of over 70 varieties, you can add to the impressive dahlia line, from the driveway through to South Glade.
FESTIVAL: HighTide Festival, Aldeburgh, 10 – 15 September
Next up, it’s HighTide Festival in Aldeburgh from 10 – 15 September– a celebration of theatre and live performances that has quite a history of launching the careers of British playwrights, so you might just see the next Harold Pinter.
FESTIVALS: Willowfest, Bourn, 14 – 15 September
Haven’t been to the The Willow Tree in Bourn yet? You’re missing a treat. Bundle the family into the car on the 14 – 15 September and head to their end of summer festival – Willowfest – a weekend of live music, craft, comedy, face painting, inflatables, arts and crafts and a whole load of amazing local food and drink options. Hmm, so much for that start of September detox we had planned!
WILDLIFE: Love Minsmere Festival, 15 September
Enjoy a bit of twitching? No not the curtains you nosey neighbour, we’re talking about bird-watching and how lucky we are to have RSPB Minsmere in the region. And now, there’s an entire festival to celebrate this fact on 15 September – the inaugural Love Minsmere Festival (oh it’s also a big old message to tell EDF to back off with their plans to open Sizewell C, but let’s not get political!). There’s free entry for the day to everyone who RSVPs, guided walks and local food and drink stalls, plus at 1pm everyone will get together to create a massive human heart – take that EDF.
FESTIVAL: Cherry Hinton Festival, 14 – 21 September
Live near Cherry Hinton? Then you’re in for a treat. From the 14 – 21 September it’s the Cherry Hinton Festival, lots of different events from a Bake Off to a BBQ to Bingo (and many other things that don’t necessarily begin with a ‘b’).
SPORT: Festival of Cycling, Cambridge, throughout September
This is Cambridgeshire, so of course there’s a Festival of Cycling! Get your bike out, pump up those tyres and join in the many social cycle rides, talks and practical maintenance classes throughout September. There’s something on pretty much everyday throughout the month – a fun way to get fit.
CHARITY: Bridge the Gap Walk, Cambridge, 15 September
A nice genteel walk around Cambridge’s colleges more your style? Then register to take part in the 18th Bridge the Gap Walk on 15 September in aid of Arthur Rank Hospice Charity. The walk starts on Parker’s Piece and follows a scenic route through the colleges – with a tour guide on hand to impart all those fascinating facts we all should really know about our city!
SPORT: Suffolk Coast Bike Ride, Woodbridge, 15 September
More cycling this month, this time in Suffolk with the rather picturesque Suffolk Coast Bike Ride on the 15 September. This not entirely fit editor has taken part in the event many times and made it round the 65 miler (with extreme saddle sore I might add), but if I can do it… The route starts at Little Glemham Hall near Woodbridge and winds through pretty villages towards Dunwich. There’s also a 35 mile route and a 100 mile for the lycra-clad crew.
ART & CULTURE: Sculpture Exhibition, Byard Art, Cambridge, 5 – 29 September
Independent art gallery Byard Art on King’s Parade are are hosting their 3rd Sculpture exhibition in from 5 – 29 September. Think sculpture isn’t for you? You can’t fail to fall for the beautiful pieces on show like these super cute and lifelike elephants above. See these and a range of other sculptures from six local, national and international sculptors.
KIDS: Cambridge Fire Station Open Day, Cambridge, 13 – 14 September
Got a Fireman Sam fan in the family? Take them to the Cambridge Fire Station Open Day on 13 – 14 September, where they can see real life fireman in action (and so can you for that matter, behave yourself!) get up close to the engines and see behind the scenes of one of our most vital services.
NEW EXHIBITION: William Blake, Tate Britain, London, 11 Sept – 2 Feb 2020
Poet, painter and printmaker William Blake has created some of the most iconic images in British art. This new exhibition, the largest of Blake’s work for almost 20 years, will feature over 300 original works, as well as an immersive recreation of the small domestic room in which Blake showed his art in 1809. Other pieces will be digitally recreated on an enormous scale. tate.org.uk
FESTIVAL: Emerge Festival, various London locations, 27 – 28 Sept
Dubbed as ‘Night at the Museum meets Glastonbury’ this new arts festival, hosted in venues across London, features 30 ‘late’ events from music, performance, poets, DJs and cocktails. The aim of the game? To visit as many as you can – a ticket gets you a wristband that gives you entry to every single event on the night. See the full line up here. emergefestival.co.uk
NEW EXHIBITION: Tim Walker: Wonderful Things, V&A Museum, London, from 21 Sept