POP UP: foodPark street food market, Eddington Market Square, every Fri in Feb, 12pm-2pm
New pop up alert! Local foodie collective foodPark are launching a lunchtime street food market in Cambs’ newest district Eddington. Traders include burger hotspot Steak & Honour and Bao bun van Guerrilla Kitchen (I’ll take three, please!). foodPark also run markets on Wed in West Cambs, Thurs by the Science Park and Fri on Station Road.
ART: Louise Bourgeois, Artists Rooms, Kettle’s Yard, Cambridge, until Mon 24 Mar
This new exhibition of sculptures, prints and drawings by Louise Bourgeois (1911-2010) traces pivotal moments in the artist’s long career. Julie Mehrutu exhibits alongside in her first UK solo exhibition.
EXHIBITION: Whistler & Nature, The Fitzwilliam Museum, until Sun 17 Mar
This major exhibition of Victorian artist James McNeill Whistler’s paintings, sketches and prints explores his work in the context of attitudes to landscape in British art and design. A complementary exhibit ‘The Gentle Art: Friends and strangers in Whistler’s prints’ will run alongside in the Print Room from Tues 29 Jan, featuring the artist’s etchings of people.
MUSIC: Philharmonia Orchestra, Cambridge Corn Exchange, Fri 1 Feb
As part of Cambs Corn Exchange’s 29th Orchestral Concert Series, showcasing world class conductors, orchestras and soloists from around the globe, Philharmonia Orchestra and acclaimed Spanish violinist Leticia Moreno will kick off Feb with Beethoven’s Coriolan Overture, inspired by Shakespeare’s Coriolanus.
COMEDY: Rory Bremner & Jan Ravens, Cambridge Arts Theatre, Sun 3 Feb
Impersonators extraordinaire, Rory Bremner and Jan Ravens, are joined by comedian Jo Caulfield for an evening featuring over 30 characters from Trump to Merkel, to Boris to Theresa for a night of hilarious satire.
THEATRE: Jason Donovan & His Amazing Midlife Crisis, The Key Theatre, Thurs 7 Feb
Especially for you…..Sorry, I couldn’t help myself. Celebrating his 50th birthday, the Australian cheesemeister we all secretly love is sharing a whole load of funny and insightful stories from his career spanning Neighbours, Joseph, I’m a Celebrity and Strictly, all interspersed with some musical favs. We’re told a certain Ms Minogue will get a mention or two as well. Can’t wait!
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COMEDY: Ed Gamble, Stamford Corn Exchange, Sat 9 Feb
After his 2017 sell out tour, baby-faced Ed Gamble (of Mock the Week, Drunk History, The Russell Howard Hour and The Apprentice You’re Fired fame) is back and performing just across the border in Stamford- hey, it’s allowed!
THEATRE: The Wisdom Club, Theatre Royal, Bury St Edmunds, now until Sat 9 Feb
Celebrating the Grade I listed theatre’s 200th anniversary, the in-house team will be premiering an original production, The Wisdom Club, promising an honest, funny and contemporary look at Britain’s ageing population. Theatre Royal Director Roger Haines directs. It’s ‘grey power’, not ‘girl power’ apparently!
THEATRE: Twelfth Night, Peterborough Cathedral, Wed 13 – Fri 15 Feb
What better setting for Shakespeare than a big old, dramatic cathedral? Founded last year, Gearbox Theatre Company offer a contemporary take on existing works, reimagining the classic comedy in a 1960s setting complete with 60’s skiffle band.
MAGIC: Pete Firman, Saffron Walden Town Hall, Thurs 14 Feb
Move over Darren Brown, Pete Firman adds a comic twist to magic in his brand new show ‘Marvels’. Pete’s creds include BBC One’s The Magicians, Tonight at the London Palladium and The John Bishop Show to name a few.
SUPPER CLUB: Knife, Fork & Spooner, Ketton, Thurs 14 Feb
2018 Masterchef contestant Simon Spooner (what a super chef name!) hosts a five course seasonal tasting menu for Valentines Day in his barn in Ketton, 25 minutes west of Peterborough. The menu will be devised on the day based on the freshest, quality ingredients Simon can get his mitts on. BYOB.
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THEATRE: The Comedy About a Bank Robbery, Cambridge Arts Theatre, Tues 19 Feb – Sat 2 Mar
Following the success of their Olivier Award winning show, The Play That Goes Wrong (2015), Mischief Theatre are back with the equally self explanatory title: The Comedy About a Bank Robbery. The new comedy caper promises Ocean’s Eleven meets the Marx Brothers- it looks like one to watch.
TALK: Dolly Alderton: Everything I Know About Love Live, Cambridge Corn Exchange, Wed 20 Feb
A guaranteed great night out, award-winning journalist, Sunday Times columnist, podcast host and all around cool girl Dolly Alderton comes to Cambridge with her live show Everything I Know About Love, based on her best-selling debut book. Honest, witty and full of hilarious stories about love and growing up, Dolly has extended her 2018 tour to celebrate the book’s paperback publication (7 Feb 2019), which includes the highly anticipated new chapter ‘Everything I Know At Thirty’.
COMEDY: Olga Koch: Fight, Cambridge Junction, Thurs 21 Feb
Self proclaimed ‘confident girl’ and Best Newcomer nominee at the Edinburgh Comedy Awards Olga Koch makes her Cambs debut with Fight, the crazy story of her father being stopped on the Russian border.
FAMILY THEATRE: We’re Going on a Bear Hunt, Key Theatre, Sun 23 – Mon 24 Feb
Fresh from the West End, the stage adaptation of Michael Rosen’s We’re Going on a Bear Hunt comes to Peterborough’s Key Theatre. Expect, catchy songs, interactive scenes and feel good, family fun.
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THEATRE: AniMalcolm, Stamford Corn Exchange, Mon 25 Feb
Story Pocket Theatre dramatise Brit comic and award winning children’s author David Baddiel’s AniMalcolm using physical theatre and live puppetry. The comical tale follows Malcolm, who hates animals, as he inhabits the bodies of several farm animals on a school trip.
THEATRE: The Worst Witch, Cambridge Arts Theatre, Wed 6 – Sun 10 Feb
With original songs, music, magic and mayhem, Jill Murphy’s much loved children’s book The Worst Witch is brought to life on stage. 7+.
DRINK: Champagne tasting, Cambridge Brew House, King Street, Tues 26 Feb
Champers and chips- sounds good right? Cambridge Wine School’s Champagne tasting runs on the last Tuesday of every month and comes with the option to drink your bubbles with fish and chips (apparently it’s a classic, who knew?) You’ll try 6 types of fizz, learn how it’s made and find out why Champagne costs £££.
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MUSIC: Scott Bradlee’s Postmodern Jukebox, Cambridge Corn Exchange, Thurs 21 Feb
Musical collective Postmodern Jukebox is stopping in Cambridge on their world tour Welcome to the Twenties 2.0. Giving new music an old school, soul vibe, the group of singers and instrumentalists have amassed over one billion YouTube views, 3.5 million subscribers and have appeared across the pond on Good Morning America.
MUSIC: Royal Philharmonic Orchestra, Cambridge Corn Exchange, Fri 22 Feb
Royal Albert Hall regulars, the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra, perform Beethoven’s Symphony No. 3 (BBC Music Magazine’s greatest symphony of all time, I’ll have you know) alongside Tchaikovsky’s first piano concerto. Opening the concert is the overture from Mozart’s opera, La clemenza da Tito.
COOK: Molecular gastronomy cooking class, Barclays Eagle Lab Cambridge, Sat 16 Feb
Calling all fledgling Heston Blumenthal’s (unfortunately I’m a one-pan wonder), a molecular gastronomy class is coming to Cambs. Each session, held in Barclays’ flagship innovation tank, includes appetisers, a tapas lunch, dessert, a glass of wine and tutorials on how to make your own culinary creations. Plus, it’s BYOB.
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MUSEUM: Twilight at the Museum, various locations, Wed 20 Feb
Twilight at the Museum returns this year with an added venue offering after dark access to 14 local museums, themed trails and free drop-in activities for kids. Locations include the Museum of Archaeology and Anthropology and the Cambridge Museum of Technology.
KIDS: Thomas the Tank Engine, Nene Valley Railway, Wansford Station, Sat 16, Sun 17, Sat 23, Sun 24 Feb
All aboard! Thomas returns to Wansford just in time for half term with games on the platform, goody bags, children’s tombola and storytelling. You can catch a ride on Thomas’ tracks at 10am, 11.45am and 14.00.
WALK: Snowdrop walk, Ikworth House, Mon 11, Wed 13, Fri 15, Mon 18, Wed 20, Fri 22 Feb
Big posh house, lovely grounds and a whole load of snowdrops; just over the border in Suffolk, National Trust site Ickworth House are running guided walks around their pleasure grounds throughout the month.
EXHIBITION: Christian Dior: Designer of Dreams, Victoria & Albert Museum, London, Sat 2 Feb – Sun 14 July
The V&A is showing the largest House of Dior exhibition ever staged in the UK, tracing the history of Christian Dior and the six artistic directors who succeeded him. The exhibition is based on the major exhibition Christian Dior: Couturier du Rêve, organised by the Musée des Arts Décoratifs, Paris, and there’s a new section exploring Dior’s fascination with British culture. A highlight is the Christian Dior dress worn by Princess Margaret for her 21st birthday celebrations, on loan from the Museum of London.
EXHIBITION: Don McCullin Photography, Tate Britain, Sun 3 Feb – Mon 6 May
Over 250 photographs spanning Don McCullin’s 6o year career are on display at Tate Britain and include his iconic war images, including Vietnam, Northern Island and Syria, as well as some of his work focussing on poverty in England.
THEATRE: The Winter’s Tale for Young Audiences, National Theatre, London, until Thurs 21 Feb
This is a great way to introduce primary-age children to Shakespeare (and it’s only an hour long). The Winter’s Tale, the story of Perdita, the girl who was once lost but is found, returns to the National Theatre in February 2019, following a sell-out run at the Dorfman Theatre last year. Adapted by Justin Audibert and directed by Ruth Mary Johnson, the show is also touring round primary schools in Greater London.