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The cool, quirky and unmissable in Cambridgeshire this week.

Cambridge Jazz Festival, Sat 11 – Sun 26 Nov

jazzIt’s the third Cambridge International Jazz Festival – 15 days of live music, workshops, films, tributes and speakers, the Festival offers variety and intimacy across over 25 different venues in Cambridge. Genres include: modern jazz, jazz fusion, soul, R&B, Afrobeat, funk, hip hop, rock, blues, electronica, folk, gypsy, big band, choir, a capella, poetry, Lindy Hoppers, NewGenJazz (all day event!) at the Cambridge Corn Exchange featuring 11 bands, some of the finest young, award winning, boundary pushing UK jazz artists, jazz under a 70ft Whale (Museum of Zoology, Cambridge), jazz for toddlers and young kids – there’s  something for everyone!


Noel Coward’s Private Lives, Key Theatre, Mon 13 – Wed 15 Nov

Private Lives, Cambridge Arts TheatreFull of razor-sharp wit and quick-fire dialogue, Private Lives is Noël Coward’s most popular and enduring stage comedy.  Extraordinarily written in only three days, Private Lives opened at London’s Phoenix Theatre in August 1930 to packed houses.  Since then, this charming comedy of manners has retained its remarkable appeal, captivating audiences all over the world.

Key Theatre

The Michaelmas Hurdle Day Racing, Huntingdon Racecourse, Tue 14 Nov

Huntingdon RacesEnjoy an afernoon flutter on the gee-gees at Huntingdon Racecourse – a friendly and intimate racecourse which plays host to 18 annual fixtures. Some of the races in the opening months of the New Year are seen as a strong precursor to the Cheltenham Festival.

Huntingdon Racecourse, Brampton, Huntingdon PE28 4NL,

Gareth Malone, Cambridge Corn Exchange, Tue 14 Nov

Gareth MaloneFollowing two hugely successful nationwide tours in 2014 and 2015, Gareth has announced his next series of live shows for this November.  A uniquely intimate tour of just 5 dates – we’re lucky to have the TV’s fave choirmaster in Muddy Cambs.   He’ll be joined by some guest choirs and singers as he takes you on a journey of musical discovery showcasing the diversity of the music that inspires him.

Cambridge Corn Exchange, 2 Wheeler St, Cambridge CB2 3QB,

Around the World in 80 Days, Cambridge Arts Theatre, Tue 14 – Sat 18 Nov
Cambridge Arts TheatreThis adventure comedy sees a cast of 8 play over 125 characters in an imaginative, high-spirited escapade including six trains, five boats, four fights, three dances, two circus acts and an elephant!

Cambridge Arts Theatre

International Garden Photographer of the Year, Cambridge University Botanic Garden, ends Thurs 21 Dec

A collection of stunning images from the prestigious International Garden Photographer of the Year (IGPOTY) Ten Year Anniversary Exhibition. It remains one of the world’s most prestigious competition and exhibition for garden, plant and botanical photography with entries from around the world – it’s open to all ages, amateurs and professionals alike, with a Young Garden Photographer of the Year award for under 17s. You’ll be admiring a rare lone orchid in the  Hengduan Mountain Range in China and then returning to the UK for an atmospheric sunrise in the Peak District.

Cambridge University Botanic Garden

The Gruffalo’s Child, The Cambridge Arts Theatre, Wed 15 – Sat 18 Nov

The Gruffalo's ChildWhat child has not read the The Graffalo? Julia Donaldson and Axel Scheffler’s award-winning sequel is brought to life in this magical, musical adaptation of The Gruffalo’s Child.  Morning and afternoon performances are available to suit little ones busy lives.

Cambridge Arts Theatre

Ely Christmas Gift and Food Fair 2017 , Ely Cathedral, Thurs 16 – Sat 18 Nov
Christmas Tree lights
 No need to hawk off to the Spirit of Christmas in London, the stunning Ely Cathedral will be jammed with food, drink, pressie ideas, Christmas decs and anything else you need to make your festive season kick off with a bang.  With mulled wine, a beautiful building and Christmas music if you’re struggling to find our Christmas mojo, you’ll be sure to get it here. The preview evening is Thurs 16 Nov if you want to beat the crowds. There’ll be a park and ride scheme running from the outskirts of Ely as parking in the city is a nightmare at the best of times.

Ely Cathedral, Ely CB7 4DL,

Reindeer Willow Workshop,  Hinchingbrooke Park, Thurs 16 – Fri 17 Nov

Reindeer workshopJust look at this handsome brute!  You’ve got two days to create this willow feature but don’t worry you’re in capable hands – Sue Kirk’s to be precise and she is a professionsl basket maker.  The finished deer or reindeer will look grand in either your home or garden, all year round – a reindeer is not just for Christmas!  This workshop is suitable for beginners, intermediate and advanced students and all materials are provided.

Hinchingbrooke Country Park, Brampton Road, Huntingdon, PE29 6DB,

 Gin Festival Peterborough 2017, Peterborough Cathedral, Fri 17 Nov
 It’s not the first place you’d think of going for a G&T but God moves in mysterious ways.  The UK’s biggest and oldest Gin Festival is back in Peterborough and the cathedral will play host to a celebration of all things gin.  You’ll be spoilt for choice with over 100 different gins on offer. As you’d expect there’ll be loads of new gins and exclusive gins you won’t see anywhere else plus; gin masterclasses, a gin cocktail bar, live music and food stalls. Interested? Of course you are, so you’ll need to get a ticket by following the link below.
Peterborough Cathedral, Peterborough PE1 1XS,
Christmas Shopping Evening, The Fabric Company, Fri 17 Nov
The Cambridge Fabric Company
Getting ahead of the game at this time of year can’t be recommended highly enough – say ‘I’ who is always screeching around the shops on Christmas Eve!.  The Cambridge Fabric Company are celebrating their new beginnings with a shopping evening.  There’ll be fizz to enjoy, heaps of gift ideas for kids and adults, ‘one night only’ special offers, free gifts (while stocks last) and 10% off all fabrics. The shops run cracking workshops and you’ll be able to sample and try your hand at some of their favourite craft projects.
The Cambridge Fabric Company, 7 Peas Hill, Cambridge, CB2 3PP,
Jayde Adams, Key Theatre, Peterborough, Fri 17 Nov
Jayne AdamsJayde Adams is ‘Britain’s funniest woman comic’ (Daily Mail), ‘a fearless force of nature’ (Independent) and ‘the 3rd funniest woman in the world. Fact.’ (Dawn French). Her show was nominated for Best Newcomer at the 2016 Edinburgh Comedy Awards and she also won the Funny Women Award in 2014. So aren’t you a little intrigued to find out exactly how funny she is? I am!
Naked and Bearing all: Gok Wok, Sat 18 Nov
Gok wok, Key TheatreThick-rimmed glasses, shrieking laughs and getting naked in shop windows! How do you remember him?  From his humble beginnings on a Leicester council estate, to becoming one of the country’s most recognised faces. Gok candidly unravels his life to reveal everything he has not yet dared to bare.

Key Theatre, Embankment Road, Peterborough, PE1 1EF,

Christmas Sewing, The Cambridge Fabric Company, Sun 19 Nov

Christmas StockingKirsty Allsopp, meh!  We can do better than the television’s queen of sewing, The Cambridge Fabric Company are running their Christmas Stocking workshop designed for complete beginners to those more experienced sewers.  It’s a great opportunity for older children to have a go at getting creative for the festive season.

The Cambridge Fabric Company, 7 Peas Hill, Cambridge, CB2 3PP,

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