Celebrate May Day
Enjoy a cup of tea and a hot bacon roll while you watch the sun rise over Wandlebury Country Park on 1 May. Meet at 5.30am on the picnic field where the Devil’s Dyke Morris Men will perform traditional English folk dances. The event itself is free; there’s just a small charge of £2.50 for refreshments and £3 parking. Wandlebury have lots more events going on this month, from frog-spotting to bushcraft skills. Full details online.
Go for a swim
The Jesus Green Lido opens for the summer at 10am on 9 May. The bracing outdoor pool opened in 1923, as a craze for such inland oases was sweeping the nation: if you couldn’t get to the beach, here was a great place to take the family for a swim and an ice cream on a warm summer’s day. It’s famously one of the longest outdoor swimming pools in Europe, measuring 91m in length. Unusually, the ‘deep end’ is actually in the middle – so mind where you dive. There are showers and changing facilities, plus grassy areas for sunbathing. Elsewhere, Lammas Land paddling pool in Newnham opens on 26 May.
Visit the theatre
Cambridge Arts Theatre have announced their summer programme and it looks like a corker. Gilbert and Sullivan fans, get in line for an all-male production of The Pirates of Penzance, 9-13 June, then keep the songs rolling with Little Shop of Horrors on the 14th. See The Boy in the Striped Pyjamas, 23-27 June, then Shakespeare’s Globe on Tour present Romeo and Juliet, 30 June-4 July. Other highlights include Alan Bennett’s History Boys (July) and Talking Heads (August) and an outdoor production of Much Ado About Nothing, 25-30 August. Tickets for this year’s panto, Cinderella, are also now on sale.
Eat, drink and merrily celebrate local produce at Eat Cambridge, a foodie event that gets bigger and better every year. There are tons of events taking place – fancy joining in a food debate? Or a spot of wine tasting? Don’t miss the street food night market, and turn to page 56 for our full, mouth-watering run down.
Go to a Moo-sic Festival
As we teeter on the edge of festival season, music lovers can enjoy a little sun, food and al-fresco entertainment this month as a warm up before Glastonbury, Latitude or Secret Garden Party. The Red Cow in Chrishall (between Royston and Saffron Walden) will be holding its annual Moo-sic Festival on 24 May. Performers and bands of all genres – country, folk, jazz and funk – will be playing, plus there’ll be real ales on tap and delicious pub grub. 3pm till late.