The city is coming alive with a series of exciting outdoor performances to see off the summer (image credit: Paul Bullivant)
There’s still time to catch a few productions at the Cambridge Shakespeare Festival, which runs right up until the end of August. Performances of Macbeth, Richard III and A Midsummer Night’s Dream will take place from 2 August onwards – all enjoyed in the stunning setting of the university college gardens. Also, special charity performances of each play will take
place across the first three Saturdays in August, with tickets available exclusively on the door (cash payments only). See Macbeth until 21 August, or Richard III and A Midsummer Night’s Dream until 28 August. cambridgeshakespeare.com
No doubt there’ll be a real party in store on 7 August, as Huntingdon’s Big Carnival Weekend is back with a bang for 2021. Riverside Park will be packed with community trade stalls, as well as a funfair, arena acts and plenty of activities to take part in (think face painting, free boat rides and an on-site dog show). There will also be plenty of food vendors – as well as a fully licensed bar.
On Sunday 8 August, catch an afternoon of smooth tunes at Wandlebury Country Park, courtesy of the annual Jazz in the Park. Local act Duxford Saturday Workshop Jazz Band will perform, and the glorious greenery of the surroundings provides the perfect opportunity for a picnic with friends and family. To top it all off, the event is being hosted to raise funds for local charity CambridgePPF. All money will help to take care of Wandlebury Country Park and other much-loved spots in and around Cambridge. cambridgeppf.org
The series of Heritage Live concerts, taking place within the impressive grounds of Audley End House and Gardens, look set to be another highlight for the month. On 12 August, catch a very special performance from Boy George and Culture Club, plus appearances from Bananarama, Lulu, Gabrielle and DJ Fat Tony. On 13 August, James Blunt performs his most memorable tunes – followed by Van Morrison, The Waterboys and Imelda May on 14 August. Last, but not least, Russell Watson is in town with the Last Night of the Heritage Proms on 15 August, featuring the Royal Philharmonic Concert Orchestra, conducted by none other than legendary composer David Arnold. heritagelive.net