What’s on in June in Cambs & Suffolk
The summer is finally here, and suddenly our calendars are filling up again. Take a look at our guide to the best events taking place this month - whether you're planning date night or family time, there's something for everyone.
FOOD AND DRINK: Gin tasting at The Angler, Cambridge, 29 Jun
For unbeatable views of the city, head to The Angler’s rooftop bar. The Michelin-starred restaurant has been transformed into a sun-soaked terrace, and for £15 per person, you can learn all there is to know about local drink. Tasters are included in the price, of course, so you can lounge among the blooming summer flowers with a glass in hand for hours.
EXHIBITION: The Fitzwilliam Museum, Cambridge – until 1 Aug 2021
In the last year, we have experienced many restrictions (fewer hugs) and touch has become both longed for and scary. The fantastic Fitzwilliam Museum will reopen on 18 May with an exhibition that explores touch – looking at four thousand years of global artwork. Ancient Egyptian limestone sculptures will sit alongside drawings, paintings, prints and sculptures by Raphael, Michelangelo, Rembrandt, Turner, Rodin, Degas, and more, integrated with contemporary artists like Frank Auerbach and The Chapman Brothers.
EXHIBITION: Kettle’s Yard, Cambridge, begins 4 Jun
Enni-Kukka Tuomala’s residency at Kettle’s Yard has seen the artist work with the community to create some groundbreaking, and very cool, new pieces. Collaborating on the Campaign for Empathy x North Cambridge – the world’s first campaign to promote empathy through art – the exhibition details the strangeness of the last year, and the specificity of living in the Cambridgeshire area. Entry is free.
MUSIC: Baroque at Grantchester Orchard, from 24 Jun
Hear Eboracum Baroque play classics like Dido and Aeneas, and Acis and Galatea, in the beautiful meadows of Grantchester. Described as ‘stylish choral singing’ by The Guardian, the group create stunning performances and beautiful events in the Cambridgeshire area. If opera and classical singing are your thing, their summer calendar should be unmissable. Tickets start from £25.50.
ACTIVITY: Circus Berlin, Cambridge, 9 – 13 Jun
Outrageous and entertaining, if you take the family to Circus Berlin you’ll be firmly win the title of coolest member. Taking place on Midsummer Common, a ticket to the big top will get you a full show, including trapeze artists, acrobatics, and clowns – enough to make you want to run away with the troupe. Tickets start from £10.
ACTIVITY: Storytelling sessions, Museum of Cambridge, 2 – 5 Jun
Learn about the history of Cambridge with the little ones at these free storytelling sessions. Professional folkorist Chip Colquhoun will be on hand to share the spookiest tales and imaginative myths about the local area for children over the age of 5. If you can’t make it to the museum courtyard, online sessions are also available – giving you a break from that bedtime story you’ve read on repeat. Check their website for more information.
CINEMA: Drive-in Cinema, Barton, 6 Jun
This boutique, open-air movie night is returning for the summer, opening with Academy Award contender Le Mans 66. Organisers promise a more luxurious sort of drive-in, with quizzes, live music, refreshments and pre-film entertainment lined up. For the full experience, purchase a gold ticket and enjoy deckchairs, drinks and popcorn from the front row. Tickets start at £25 for two people.
HORSE RACING: Newmarket racecourse, 18 Jun
If you fancy a flutter – or just an excuse to get dressed up – an evening race can be the perfect start to the weekend. After a pause in the events schedule due to coronavirus, Newmarket is reopening to the public, with both regular and hospitality suite tickets available. Due to Track and Trace requirements, however, you can’t purchase on the day itself, so make sure you organise the group chat in advance. Tickets start at £20.
THEATRE: Twelfth Night, The Lodge in Duxford, 6 Jun
While the weather looks to remain glorious, why not feast on the food of love and enjoy some Shakespeare in the sun? Watch Twelfth Night in the luxurious grounds of The Lodge hotel, performed by Half Cut Theatre. Taking place over an hour and fifteen minutes, the tale of mistaken identity and fervent passions will make a date night with a difference. Tickets are free to reserve, with a Pay What You Decide option in place after the performance.
ART: Moyse’s Hall Museum, Bury St Edmunds, until 30 Sept
In association with Brandler Galleries, Moyse’s Hall Museum has brought together all the best modern artists for this exhibition that includes Banksy, Tracy Emin, Damien Hirst, The Connor Brothers, Blek Le Rat, Pure Evil (work pictured), Rachel List and Kaws. There will also be workshops, live art demonstrations, and talks themed around the concept of ‘moments’. Advance booking is essential. Tickets £5 per adult.
MARKET: Trinity Park, Ipswich, 12 Jun
Think cavernous timber-beamed barns, locally-baked sourdough, and freshly-grown vegetables: the Farmers Market at Trinity Park in Ipswich is the stuff of dreams. With colourful gazebos and plenty of shopping, eating, and drinking to indulge in, you could easily spend all morning here browsing. Entry is free of charge, as is parking. Well-behaved dogs are welcome, too.
ACTIVITY: Birds of Prey at NHRM, Newmarket, 5 Jun
One for all the family – the National Horse Racing Museum is hosting a one-off event that promises an ‘awe-inspiring display of magnificent hawks, falcons, and eagles’. If you prefer baked goods to birds of prey – and who could blame you – pre-ordered picnic and barbecue items will be available in the evening, as will more formal dining options. General admission is £15, while under 16s are free.
ART: Suffolk Open Studios, Ipswich, 5 – 27 Jun
If you’ve missed the art scene over the last year, ten local creators have the trail for you. Head off into the city to tour the studios of abstract painter Claudia Boese, or the quirky, budgie-based works of Mandy Renton. Learn about the process of creating beautiful art, and speak to the designers themselves about tuition, purchasing pieces, or just learning more. Advance booking isn’t necessary, but it’s worth checking the Open Studios website for more details.
SPORT: The Great East Swim, Ipswich, 19 Jun
Has lockdown got you yearning for a challenge? The Great East Swim – which takes place in Alton Water – has open water swimming events for every ability, from 250 metres to a full 10k. All entrants will receive a swim cap, a medal and a finisher’s t-shirt, included in the entry price, and children can take part in the shorter events, too. If you’re not interested in taking the plunge yourself, a Covid-proof spectator area, complete with live music, will be set up on the shore. From £19 per entry.
LITERATURE: Felixstowe Book Festival, 25 – 26 Jun
With both online and live events planned, Felixstowe Book Festival is the perfect literary weekend. Taking place at the stunning Harvest House, the programme includes king of YA Anthony Horowitz, Esther Freud in conversation, and an interview with Jojo Moyes. For those interested in writing, workshops and advice sessions are also being held – be sure to secure a slot as they will likely sell out. Pay-what-you-can tickets start from £5, with full day passes available.
THEATRE: Kinky Boots, Spa Pavillion, 24 – 27 Jun
For something a bit more glitzy, head over to the Spa Pavillion to see a faithful recreation of this West End smash hit. Written by Harvey Fierstein and with music and lyrics by Cyndi Lauper, if you’ve missed live events, it’s definitely worth heading over to Felixstowe to see a show. With a matinee on the Saturday, too, it’s a potential calendar event for entertaining the in-laws if you’re due a rendezvous. Tickets start at £16.
ACTIVITY: Drinkstone Open Gardens 2021, 19 Jun
The village of Drinkstone is an idyllic part of the county, and the Open Gardens are the ideal way to experience it. Potter around 16 individual spaces, and enjoy the variety of flora and fauna they encourage: from modern landscaping to thatched-cottage meadows. Takeaway refreshments will be available, and plants will be for sale, too. Tickets are £5 per adult and free for children.
Anything brilliant I’ve missed off the list? Let me know!