What’s on Guide (17 – 24 Mar)
A field full of skipping lambs is a welcoming sign of spring. Daffodils are gathering along the roadside, magnolia tress are beginning to blossom and I’ve nearly driven off the road several times gawping at all this colour. Whoever is responsible for all these creations needs a big pat on the back and a large G&T – it’s all looking blooming beautiful out there.
Afro Tema, Hot Numbers Coffee Roasters, Cambridge, Fri 17 Mar
Hot Numbers is an independent coffee house in Cambridge. There are two sites but the one in Gwydir Street is set up in a decommissioned Victorian brewery dedicated to the love of coffee and good music. Fri is gig night – this week Afro Tema are in the joint so expect to hear original afro-latin, reggae and mbalax music from Senegal creating a sound that is warm-spirited and hugely danceable. Steak & Honour will have their iconic red van parked outside to deliver Cambridge’s best burgers to hungry punters.
Hot Numbers Coffee Roasters, Gwydir Street, Cambridge CB1 2LG, hotnumberscoffee.co.uk
Back to Nature Activity Day, Polar Science, Scott Polar Research Institute, Cambridge, Sat 18 Mar
Explore the wonders of Nature at the Poles! Penguins, plants and colour changing skies will all be on the menu at the Polar science activity day. There’ll be a range of drop in activities for ages 3+.
Scott Polar Research Institute, Lensfield Rd, Cambridge CB2 1ER, spri.cam.ac.uk
Cocktails and Tapas, Cambridge Wine Merchant, Sat 18 Mar
The sun’s come out and we’re all beginning to think of summer hols, cocktails and lazy hazy weekends. Cambridge Wine Merchants have teamed up with Que Rico Tapas for an interactive evening pairing traditional Spanish flavours with your favourite cocktails – olé.
Cambridge Wine Merchants, 163 Cherry Hinton Rd, Cambridge CB1 7BX, cambridgewine.com
Owls About That, The English School Of Falconry, Wilstead, Bedford, Sat 18 Mar
The Bird of Prey Centre and Activity Farm is home to over 200 birds of prey and animals. It’s not hugely well known, I only found out about it recently but I’ve heard that this Sat it’s all about owls. A chance to meet and handle some of the owls from Britain and beyond, enjoy a flying display and have a go at flying some of the birds of prey. The farm also has a milkshake and icecream shack, a coffee shop, loads of other animals and reptiles to get close too as well as the activity farm. All in all a busy but educational day out – even better there’s no need to book just turn up and join in.
The English School of Falconry, Wilstead, Bedfordshire, MK45 3DT, birdsofpreycentre.co.uk
Inder’s World Curry Supper Club, Hot Numbers Coffee, Cambridge, Sat 18 Mar
A new pop up supper club has formed in Cambridge and it’s all rather spicy. Inder’s Kitchen will highjack the Hot Numbers coffee shop on Trumpington Street again for the second round of the World Curry Supper Club – this week it’s a taste of Thailand and they’ll be serving wines and beers that are perfectly matched to the dishes being scoffed.
World Curry Supper Club, Hot Numbers Coffee, Trumpington Street, Cambridge CB2 1QA, inderskitchen.com
The Circus of Horrors, Key Theatre, Peterborough, Sun 19 Mar
The Circus of Horrors celebrates its 21st anniversary as it takes to the road with its latest incarnation The Never-ending Nightmare. This spectacular show features an amazing amalgamation of bizarre, brave and beautiful acts all woven into an Alice in Horrorland type story driven by a mainly original soundscape and performed with a forked tongue firmly in each cheek. It was in Cambridge a few weeks ago but if you didn’t fancy the haul into the city, here’s another chance to see it.
Key Theatre, Embankment Rd, Peterborough PE1 1EF, vivacity-peterborough.com
BBC Radio 4’s Gardeners’ Question Time Audley End, Mon 20 Mar
The celebrated panel of gardening experts will be at Audley End tackling the questions put to them by local gardening enthusiasts – panelists on the day will be Eric Robson, James Wong, Christine Walden and Bob Flowerdew. Recorded in a different location each week, the panel never see the questions before the recording but their encyclopedic, seemingly effortless answers are completely spontaneous and reveal their huge experience and depth of gardening knowledge. Places are limited so you’ll need to ring ahead to book.
Audley End House and Gardens, London Rd, Saffron Walden CB11 4JF, english-heritage.org.uk
Holmes & Watson The Farewell Tour, Stapleford Granary, Thurs 23 Mar
Stapleford Granary is a charitable trust that has transformed these beautiful old buildings into an inspiring space for music, culture, education and arts. This week it plays host to the two-man comedic play, written by Stuart Fortey, which sees Sherlock Holmes ending his illustrious career with a farewell tour – sharing recollections of cases won and lost with his fans. The bromance fostered between Holmes and Watson plays a major role in the performance and there are plenty of references to past cases and people, including Irene Adler, and of course, Moriarty. Pit your deductive skills against those of the great detective as an unsolved case unfolds before your very eyes. An event that is geared to all ages -it’s elementary!
Stapleford Granary, Bury Rd, Stapleford CB22 5BP, staplefordgranary.org.uk
Is Sport Good for your Brain, Cambridge Science Week, Cambridge, Fri 24 Mar We all know that sport is good for developing teamwork and exercise, and is good for your cognition, mood and physical health. However, we increasingly hear about the negative effects of football, boxing and other sports on the brain. Maybe you’ve played sport and suffered some form of injury or you’re considering taking up a sport that has a higher risk? Whatever your reasons, it’s sure to be an enlightening discussion with some serious heavyweights from within Cambridge’s medical profession discussing the benefits and risks of sports. The panel includes: Professor Barbara Sahakian, Professor Peter Hutchinson, Dr Michael Hart and Dr George Savulich.
Mill Lane Lecture Rooms, Mill Lane, CB2 1RW, sciencefestival.cam.ac.uk
Oxbow & Peach, Whittlesford, Thurs 23 – Sat 25 Mar
If you love all things vintage then this complete little gem will be right up your street Childhood friends Georgie and Lizzie have turned their passion for seeking out unusual antique pieces, from chamber pots to chandeliers, into a busy and thriving interiors business. You might have seen Oxbow and Peach at charity and country home fairs, but they also host pop ups at their quirky but charming showroom as well. Oxbow and Peach are opening for their first 2017 pop up this week. Mini Mudders get down there right now – I’ll leave my Mothering Sunday wish list with them. If it’s a bit of a hike to get there, make a day of it and treat yourself to lunch at The Tickle Arms in the village – it’s had a bit of botox lately so is looking rather smart and definitely younger.
The Old School, Whittlesford, Cambridge CB22 4YS, oxbowandpeach.co.uk
Music from the Grand Tour, Wimpole Hall, Cambridgeshire, Fri 24 Mar
In 2017 Wimpole Hall are celebrating the achievements of former owner Philip Yorke, Third Earl of Hardwicke, and the architect Sir John Soane, who met in Italy and collaborated to make impressive additions to the magnificent house. Enjoy an evening of music, by Mozart, Haydn, Brahms and Strauss, and song from two sopranos and a pianist in the Long Gallery at Wimpole Hall and enjoy an opportunity to explore the Ground Floor rooms after hours with the hall’s knowledgeable room guides.
Wimpole Hall, Arrington SG8 0BW, nationaltrust.org.uk
Nothing more frustrating than coming across a really cool band or pop up that’d you like to see but find that all the tickets have been snaffled. This early bird section will give you a nudge to help you get in on the fun.
Teen Takeover, Bedford Clanger, Bedford, Sat 25 Mar
There’s a teen takeover planned for the Bedford Clanger later this month. If you’re aged between 13-19 and interested in a career in journalism, publishing, photography, illustrating or graphic design then they’d love to hear from you. The entire Sept issue of the mag will be written and designed by teenagers and the big meet is on 25 March when the team will meet the mentors (professionals from within the industry), discuss ideas and set assignments.
A Fine Line, Cambridge Contemporary Art, Sun 2 Apr
Cambridge Contemporary Art are hosting a ceramics exhibition this March, featuring some of the very best of contemporary British ceramic, both established and up and coming. Rhian Malin continues the long historic tradition of hand-painting porcelain with cobalt-blue decoration. Her elegant wheel-thrown porcelain vessels are the chosen surface, created to stretch this tradition in to the 21st Century. On Sun 2 Apr she will be giving a demonstration on handpainting her pots – apparently her approach to design is all rather mathematical with patterns being divided up into eighths – you’ve lost me already!
Cambridge Contemporary Arts, 6 Trinity St, Cambridge CB2 1SU, cambridgegallery.co.uk
Indi Forde, Bohemia, St Neots, Thurs 6 Apr
Indi Forde is back at Bohemia with a mixture of rock, pop and soul all washed down with cocktails and delicious tapas. Bohemia is a coffee shop and bistro that’s open Mon-Sun during the day and in the evenings on a Fri & Sat, as well as first Thurs of the month. It’s bijoux so early booking is essential if you want to bag your space.
Bohemia, 16 Cross Keys Mews, Market Square, St Neots PE19 2AR, bohemiastneots.com
Chocolate Masterclass, Cambridge Food Tour, Cambridge, Sat 8 Apr
Calling all chocoholics – the Cambridge Food Tour Masterclasses, run by Cambridge Food Tour, are normally private events but as a treat they’re going to let you join in this one. Discover how to make your own hand-crafted treats under the expert guidance of our chocolatiers. No experience is necessary and all the classes finish with Freestyle – a fun way to create your own bar, flower or whatever takes your fancy. Dust it with a bit of paint and sparkles and trust me you’ll be everyone’s favourite when you get home.
Cambridge Food Tour