What’s on this week in Suffolk & Cambs
No plans? Muddy's weekly what's on guide is back, baby, with a mix of openings, events and online gems all from local venues to keep you entertained.
OUTDOOR CINEMA: Flix & Picnics, Hinchingbrooke Country Park, 25 July; and The Enchanted Cinema at Gonville Hotel 24, 25 and 26 July.
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 25th at Hinchingbrooke Country Park – Grease and Dolittle. Book here.
Star & Mouse’s Drive In will be also be popping up at Burwash Manor, Barton in August. 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.
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 week you can catch The Goonies, Rocketman, The Wolf of Wall Street and Dirty Dancing in The Gonville’s gorgeous gardens.
Online exhibition: Relax, look and imagine, The Fitzwilliam Museum, Cambridge.
The Fitzwilliam Museum has created seven new art-based films to help anyone suffering from anxiety due to the pandemic. The films invite viewers to ‘Relax, Look and Imagine’, with each video focusing on a different masterpiece housed in the Fitzwilliam. The videos begin with a guided relaxation, followed by an exploration of the artwork. Watch the films here.
ART: Cambridge Open Windows, across Cambridge and Ely
Is your daily walk becoming a little tedious? How about turning it into a cultural treasure hunt instead? Every weekend in July the annual Cambridge Open Studios will be transformed into a Covid-19-friendly Cambridge Open Windows with artists decking their windows and gardens out with their beautiful pieces.
No idea where to start? You can download a map of either Cambridge or Ely at camopenstudios.co.uk/open-windows then keep an eye out for the bright yellow flags at the houses of those taking part.
SHOPPING: Ely markets back in action, Thursdays and Saturdays
Ely’s much loved market is back for some socially-distanced mask-wearing shopping and we’re delighted! On Thursday this week there’s a Charter Market and on Saturday it’s the Craft, Food and Vintage Market. All the details here: elymarkets.co.uk
Cambridge’s favourite pastime was made for social distancing and is a great idea for a fun family day out. Scudamore’s is back open for the summer offering private guided or self-guided tours so you can glide gracefully (or not so gracefully) down the River Cam.
DAY TRIP: National Trusts
Fingers on buzzers! Slots sell like hotcakes for National Trust day trips these days, but if you’re lucky enough to get tickets, here are some of my local favourites: Wimpole Hall, Cambs, with its gorgeous gardens and farm for the kids; Ickworth, Suffolk, where the gardens and estate are open; Anglesey Abbey, Cambs, for its lovely riverside walk and gardens; the rolling dunes, heathland and cafe at Dunwich Heath and Beach; and the picturesque Wicken Fen, near Ely for its wildlife spotting potential.
EAT: Pick your own, at various locations
Feeling fruity? There are plenty of places in our counties to get your mits on these ruby-hued beauties. Check out Lidgate Farm, in Isleham, Bury Lane Farm, Melbourn, Park Farm Pidley, Friday Street Farm Shop Saxmundham and McLaughlins of Boxted – all great for hand-picked punnets. Just check before you pitch up as some require you to book in advance.