There’s a great selection of outdoor art events to look forward to, with something for all the family to enjoy
This summer is packed with cultural events to keep you entertained. Kick things off with a performance of Shakespeare’s Twelfth Night at The Orchard Tea Garden in Grantchester, taking place on 1 July. Despite being more than 400 years old, the play still packs a punch and this interpretation – performed by actors from Drama Impact – is a satisfyingly rounded rendition that’s sure to be enjoyed, especially in the gloriously historical setting of the orchard. Tickets from £13.52, available to purchase via Eventbrite.
For some silver screen magic under the stars, join Enchanted Cinema at its two summer residencies in Cambridge. One is in the gorgeous walled garden at the Gonville Hotel, and the other is on the rolling riverside meadow belonging to The Plough pub in Fen Ditton. You can even arrive to the latter by boat if you fancy being extra flash – head to camboats.co.uk to book your spot.
Films this season include Moulin Rouge, Jojo Rabbit, Rocketman, Dirty Dancing and Titanic and, as always, the Enchanted Cinema team will be working their magic with festoons of fairy lights, installations and retro deckchairs, as well as offering prosecco, popcorn and food from top-notch local vendors.
Heading into August, free concert programme Music in the Parks is coming to Cambridge
Kicking off on 17 July, Audley End Miniature Railway’s Summer Festival is loaded with activities and entertainment for the whole family. Wander through its magical Fairy and Elf Walk, making sure to keep an eye out for their hidden woodland homes, and enjoy the enchanting performances at the stage area, with a different show each month. There’s also an adventure play and games area, as well as the brand-new nature corner, to enjoy – and you can top it all off with a tasty treat from the ice cream hut. The Summer Festival is running until the beginning of September, but we recommend booking in sooner to make the most of the warmer weather.
Heading into August, free concert programme Music in the Parks is coming to Cambridge, featuring a diverse selection of music – from local jazz and folk, through to the summery strains of brass bands. The concerts are taking place in a variety of neighbourhood parks, including Cherry Hinton Hall and Jesus Green, providing the perfect opportunity to enjoy relaxing, music-filled Sunday afternoons with friends and family in the summer sun.
“These relaxed music events, organised by Cambridge City Council, will give people a long overdue opportunity to enjoy some live outdoor entertainment, with the added benefit of the city’s green spaces at their summer best,” says Anna Smith, executive councillor for communities.