What’s on in Suffolk & Cambs this September
School’s in, summer’s out, lets get ready for some Autumn adventures! All the latest local things to see and do, from food festivals to comedy nights and a super spa.
Muddy’s pick of the month
While you were baking sourdough and watching Netflix during lockdown, Cambridge Country Club quietly had a multi-million pound refurb and now it’s ready to show off its glitzy new marble, mirror and pink upholstery and lush new treatments. It officially reopens today (1 Sept) and we will be front of the queue, naturally, to try out the Himalayan Salt Spa, Elemis facials and new swimming pool. Even more exciting is the new on-site clinic run by The London Dermatology Centre’s founder Dr Sunil Chopra, who we’re hoping to chat to about everything from pigmentation to rosacea problems (ageing is such a bitch).
Summer might be drawing to a close (did it ever really start?), but that doesn’t stop us enjoying a festival here in Suffolk & Cambs.
First up is Maverick Festival taking place this weekend (3-5 Sept) at Easton Farm Park in Suffolk. This isn’t a big name fest, you’re not going to be dancing to Beyonce or The Killers, but it’s lots of fun and has a blusey, folksey, American rootsy vibe we’re liking. Besides, with fifty acts across six stages, there’s bound to be something you dig and tbh we’re also in it for all the local food and drink – washing down freshly made paella or Texan bbq with a Suffolk cider is more than acceptable here. We don’t want to jinx things, but this fest is also often sun-soaked, so pack your festival hat and the kids and get involved (night, day and camping passes still available).
Cambridge Club Festival (10-12 Sept) is firmly family-focused – kids even get their own area complete with theatre, live bands (ever moshed to Andy And The Odd Socks? Us neither), skateboarding, circus skills and fancy dress. In short, the kids are alright. However you will be too as headliners include Rag’n’Bone Man, Jack Savoretti, Sara Cox and Sophie Ellis-Bexter – yes, it will be murder on the dance floor. Glamping packages available for the first time, or just head there for the day.
A food festival has as much appeal to us as a music one, so all hail Newmarket Food and Drink Festival (11-12 Sept). See top chefs Rosemary Shrager and Tristan Welch chop things and chat, graze all day on delicious local specialities all in the beautiful grounds of the Jockey Club Rooms. Could it get any better? Yes, it’s free entry!
Becoming a first time mum, toddler tantrums, frustrating mother-daughter relationships…no, this isn’t a counselling session, it’s fodder for comedian (and Britain’s Got Talent finalist) Siobhan Phillips and her Live & Unhinged show coming to Marina Theatre in Lowestoft this month (18 Sept).
More giggles can be had with comic Ed Byrne, who you can see tonight (1 Sept) at Cambridge Junction though if that’s a bit short notice (!), you can always catch him next month then he plays Theatre Royal in Bury St Edmunds.
Go support St Ives Comedy Club at the Corn Exchange (25 Sept, 7pm) which has a guaranteed laughs line up including Larry Dean (a Scottish Comedian of the Year winner) and Michael Odewale (a Mock The Week face) and Edinburgh festival regular.
‘Nobody puts Baby in a corner.’ If you know, you know and will want to go see Jennifer Grey and Patrick Swayze dance their hearts out in Dirty Dancing on the big screen at the Plough Fen Ditton (4 Sept, 6.30pm). The large garden’s converted into an enchanting outside cinema, with live music beforehand and tasty food too.
Always wanted to give yoga a try but never fancied going to a class fulll of people bendier than a pretzel? Sign up for Ipswich-based Suffolk Yoga’s six-week beginners course and learn all the basics without feeling intimidated, namaste! Kicks off 11 Sept (10.30-11.30am).
EAT & DRINK
Have you been to Stem & Glory’s new Cambridge location yet? The London-based vegan restaurant’s outpost has moved to a bigger site on Station Road and it’s very pleasing, from the large outside terrace to the really cool dishes, like baked tofu yakitori and black rice, swede gnocchi, Asian watermelon salad and vegan pizzas. This month it’s launching breakfasts too.
Hands up who loves Suffolk Food Hall? Pretty much everyone, which is why we’re excited about the cafe developments, which include a retractable canopy roof and fancy new terrace. Not only that, they’ve also started stocking way more eco bits (think bamboo straws, egg racks, veggie cookbooks), alongside all the yummy local produce and there’s a gelato hut now too, so definitely worth a visit this month.
KIDS & FAMILY
Pull your boots on! Jimmy’s Farm & Wildlife Park’s holding a Welly Walk (26 Sept, 9.30am) to raise money for The Children’s Department at Ipswich Hospital. It’s 5K, which sounds far, but you can take your time and it’s a fun off-road course and there’s always a 1K buggy-friendly route if your kids are younger. Stomp around, see the animals and register to get 10% off food and drinks on the day.
Children going through the ‘fascinated by space’ stage? Time for a visit to Ipswich Gallery’s temporary (and free!) The Moon: Meet Our Nearest Neighbour exhibition, running all month, where they can learn about the giant orb in the sky, including what it’s made of (not cheese), how it has influenced history and how man has explored it. Treats in store for wannabe astronauhts include a giant inflatable moon and some rock from the actual surface of the moon, ooo.
Forget Minecraft and Fortnite, we all know Super Mario Kart and Sonic are superior. To prove this to your doubting kids, ban the Xbox and drag them to Woodbridge Library for a Retro Gaming Day (19 Sept, 11am-3pm)
It’s the last chance to have a go at the Brandon Country Park’s Prize Trail on Sunday 5 September (10am-4.30pm). Pay £1, pick up a trail sheet from the visitor centre and try and solve the clues along the way (hint, you need to spell a word) then return to the visitor centre to pick up a prize! No, you won’t win a new car or speed boat (boo), yes the kids will be off screens and having fun in the fresh air (hooray).
A bug hunt is always a good idea, so head on down to Trumpington Community Orchard (11 Sept, 2-4pm) in Cambridge to discover some of the various creepy crawlies who live there. An expert’s on hand to help distinguish your woodlouse from your snail, plus there’s the chance to pot some cuttings and have some local apple juice.
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