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What’s on: August 2020

There are actual events to put in your diaries, people! August 2020 sees the return of almost normal life with exhibitions, concerts and family days out.

DRIVE-IN/ OUTDOOR CINEMA:

Drive-in cinema, Burwash Manor, 6 August 2020

Star & Mouse’s Drive In will be also be popping up at Burwash Manor, Barton on 6 August, showing an absolute classic – Pretty Woman. Bring your party mood because it’s not just about watching a film – there’ll be DJ sets, car bingo, quizzes, live music and fabulous food. Book here.

Flix & Picnics, Hinchingbrooke Country Park, Sat 8 August 2020

Cinema under the stars has had a Covid-19 makeover and has rebranded as The Star & Mouse Drive In Movie Theatre! You’ll still get all the usual atmosphere associated with the Cambridge company – the giant screens, festoon lighting and firepits just enjoyed from the socially distanced comfort of a pre-booked “box” that fits 6 people. You can also pre-order picnics and drinks. Showing on the 8th at Hinchingbrooke Country Park – Grease and Dolittle. Book here.

The Enchanted Cinema, Gonville Hotel, various dates throughout August 2020

The Enchanted Cinema is also back this summer with its heavenly mix of al fresco cinema, a bar fully-stocked with local brands and live music from local artists. This month you can catch Forrest Gump, The Lion King Rocketman, and Dirty Dancing in The Gonville’s gorgeous gardens. 

Cambridge Film Projects, Trumpington Park & Ride 20 – 31 August 2020

The organisers of Cambridge’s annual Movies on the Meadow have announced they’re running a drive-in version for 2020 at Trumpington Park and Ride. There will be 16 film showings across eight days around the August bank holiday, including 2001: A Space Odyssey, Call Me By Your Name, Cinema Paradiso, Little Women, Parasite and Rocketman.

Duxford Drive-In Cinema, IWM Duxford, 20 – 30 August 2020

Brilliant news to all plane and history enthusiasts – IWM Duxford has reopened and is the ideal place to while away one of those long summer holiday days. In other news, they’re also hosting a drive-in cinema this month and next with classics like Back to the Future, The Great Escape and Saving Private Ryan. Details here.

MUSIC: Cambridge Folk Festival at Home 2020, 30 July – 2 August

The Cambridge Folk Festival, Cherry Hinton Hall, Cambs

The annual and much-loved Cambridge Folk Festival is still happening this year… from the comfort of your sofa. Cambridge Folk Festival at Home 2020, will be a unique event at the end of the month and will include a mix of exclusive video content from artists, social media opportunities for audience interaction, a virtual choir and Cambridge-curated playlists which can be streamed online.

EXHIBITION: The Good Companions: The many roles of our canine friends, National Horseracing Museum, Newmarket, 28 July – 1 November 2020

Violet Munnings on Exmoor, c1924, by Sir Alfred Munnings, copyright the estate of Sir Alfred Munnings, Dedham, Essex

If you love dogs as much as we do, this will be a must-attend exhibition. The Good Companions: The Many Roles of our Canine Friends opens on 28 July and is a compelling and engaging exploration of our relationship with dogs down the centuries. The exhibition will feature paintings, drawing, sculptures, photographs, books and objects, even taxidermy of four-legged friends, all depicting our favourite furry friends. Book here.

CULTURE: Author events at Heffers Bookshop, Cambridge, throughout August

One of our favourite bookshops, Heffers in Cambridge, has reopened with a full and fabulous series of online author talks throughout August. The month kicks off with an audience with Sunday Times best-selling author Helen Callaghan on 4 August (nightfallsstillmissingwithbook.eventbrite.co.uk), before welcoming Before I Go to Sleep author S J Watson on 6 August (finalcutbookandticket.eventbrite.co.uk). Other events include: talks with Erin Kelly and Gillian McAllister on 13 Aug (weknowyouknowhowtodisappear.eventbrite.co.uk); a discussion with investigative journalist Jess Hill about domestic abuse on 20 August (seewhatyoumademedo.eventbrite.co.uk), a talk with Sarah Moss about her new novel Summerwater on 20 Aug (summerwaterwithbook.eventbrite.co.uk); and Donal Ryan in conversation with Kit de Waal on 27 Aug (strangeflowersticketandbook.eventbrite.co.uk).

ONLINE EXHIBITION: Drawing Connections…at the Edges: Arts in Prisons, The Museum of Cambridge, 15 July – 1 Sept

Incredible art can emerge from the unlikeliest of places, including prison. Drawing Connections is an online exhibition co-created by Rebecca Lindum Greene, artist in residence at the University’s Institute of Criminology, that illustrates the transformative effect art can have on people serving prison sentences.

KIDS: Treasure Trails, various locations Cambridge

Get your kids out in the fresh air after lockdown with this fab initiative from Treasure Trails. Simply download a self-guided treasure hunt that’ll take you round some of Cambridge’s hidden gems. The clever clues will guide you round a route that takes around two hours, treasure trails.co.uk

THEATRE: Theatre on the virtual coast, Southwold, 22 Aug 2020 for four weekends

It’s not a good time for our arts industry, but thankfully Theatre on the (virtual) Coast is keeping live theatre alive and us entertained, broadcasting from Southwold Arts Centre every weekend! The season features two premieres including All 4 One – a new comedy by Jan Etherington and Gavin Petrie and Attagirls! by Stewart Ross, a drama celebrating the contribution made by female pilots in World War II. Find all the details and book tickets here.

THEATRE: Twelfth Night at Home, from Theatre in the Forest, 1 Aug

This year, Red Rose Chain’s much loved annual summer Shakespeare event is happening with a difference – Theatre in the Forest at Home is going digital with a production of Twelfth Night. The company is inviting the audience to pay what they can (minimum £10) to help support them through this crisis.

ART: Robert Kelsey DA, MUniv, PAI, FRSA, Exhibition of New Paintings, Thompson’s Gallery, Aldeburgh, 1 – 12 Aug 2020

Artwork by Robert Kelsey

Thompson’s Gallery in Aldeburgh are holding a solo show by the Scottish artist Robert Kelsey including beautiful landscapes and observations from Scotland, East Anglia and London.

DAY OUT: The Framingham Country Show and Festival of Dogs 2020, 22-23 Aug, Framlingham College

It wouldn’t be summer with a country show and thankfully with some careful mask wearing and social distancing the Framlingham Country show is set to go ahead. Expect all the usual attractions like cookery demonstrations, shopping, rural crafts, dog shows and incredible animal shows in the main ring, just remember to pack oodles of hand sanitiser.

DAY OUT: Tractors, Diggers and Dens, Easton Farm Park, 16 Aug

Kids going stir crazy after so many weeks stuck at “boring” home? Get them booked into a day of all their favourite things at Easton Farm Park on the 16 August with everything from historic tractors and rides to a woodland trail and the chance to build their own den. Book here.

MUSIC: Music in the gardens, multiple dates, Helmingham Hall, 16 August

It’s been a strange old summer with no concerts to go to, but thankfully now you can enjoy some socially distanced tunes in the great outdoors at gorgeous Helmingham Hall. On 9 August it’s the DixieMix Jazz Band, on 16 August it’s the Ding Dong Daddios and on 29 August you can listen to Jax & Co. Book here.

FURTHER AFIELD

EXHIBITION: International Garden Photographer of the Year Exhibition, Blenheim Palace, Woodstock, until 19 Aug 

Wanna see some pretty pictures? This outdoor exhibition features unusual earthy shots of gardens, flowers, plants and botanicals printed on large display boards next to the Rose Garden. The palace, park and gardens are now all open for visitors.

OUTDOORS: National Garden Scheme opens days, various locations throughout Aug 

Fancy checking out someone else’s dahlias? The National Garden Scheme sees over 3,500 private gardens in England and Wales open for charity – adults pay but children go free. This is brilliant for two reasons: firstly, you can indulge in a bit of real-life garden porn (begone Right Move), and you can pick up clever border design ideas while sending a few quid (normally around £4) to highly worthy charities such as Macmillan. Find your nearest gardens here.

THEATRE: The Pantaloons Present: Sherlock Holmes, Hedingham Castle, 19 August

Sherlock Holmes Hedingham Castle

Head to Hedingham Castle in Halstead, just over the Essex border, this month for a pacy performance from the critically acclaimed Pantaloons Theatre Company. Nestled between the rolling grounds, glass-like lake and medieval turrets, you’ll love this immersive outdoor-theatre experience, which takes place on 19 August from 6.30pm and promises to bring the dynamic detective duo, Holmes and Watson, to life through live music and mystery. This is one the whole family will love, so early booking is elementary, my dear! (#sorrynotsorry). Tickets cost £14 for adults; £10 for under 18s; and under 5s go free. Visit hedinghamcastle.co.uk for full details and booking information.

SHOP: St Albans Vintage and Antiques Market, 16 August

St Albans Antiques and Vintage Fair

OK, you’ll have to hop over to the Herts border for this one, but if you’ve got a penchant for brocante, it’ll be worth every red light en route, we promise! Luring fellow fashion-forward magpies to St Peter’s Street in the heart of St Albans on 16 August, this style-insider’s secret gem is a treasure trove of antique trinkets, retro furniture, salvaged showstoppers and vintage finds. From Art Deco mirrors to pre-loved flappers’ beaded bags, there’s little chance you’ll be heading home empty handed after a rummage. See stalbansantiqueandvintagemarket.com for full details.

EXHIBITION: Electronic: From Kraftwerk to the Chemical Brothers, The Design Museum, London, until 14 Feb

From underground raves to the pioneering sounds used in Dr Who, this exhibition explores the history and culture of electronic music throughout the ages. 

EXHIBITION: Ai Weiwei: History of Bombs, Imperial War Museum, London, 1 Aug – 24 May 2021

Part of Refugees, a free season of exhibitions, artistic commissions and immersive events taking place across IWM London and IWM North, this exhibition draws on renowned artist Ai Weiwei’s ongoing investigation into politics and power.   

DRIVE-IN CINEMA: The Drive In, North London (Troubadour Meridian Water), until 10 Aug 

A 1950s nostalgia fest with great films, classic cinema refreshments and stand-up comedy. The event is fully contact-free with snacks ordered through an app and delivered to your car. 

EXHIBITION: Steve McQueen, Tate Modern, London, until 6 Sept 

I love this shot! This solo exhibition of London-born artist and director of Oscar-winning 12 Years a Slave, Steve McQueen’s portfolio features 14 major works spanning his extensive career in film, photography and sculpture and is the first major UK exhibition since he received the Turner Prize in 1999. So, yeah, it’s a pretty big deal! The display will cover the last 25 years of McQueen’s career, including personal and intimate works such as his early film on a Super 8 camera and this awesome aerial depiction of the Statue of Liberty (above). 

EXHIBITION: Kimono to Catwalk, V&A Museum, London, 27 Aug

The V&A is reopening on 6 August (with free entry!), but its major exhibition will be opening towards the latter end of the month. ‘Kimono to Catwalk’ charts the journey of the traditional Japanese garment as an evolving fashion icon, from its origins in the 1660s to its modern-day iteration.

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