Easter falls in April this year and we’re more than ready to gather with our families, gorge on chocolate and enjoy a joint of spring lamb. If you’re partial to pairing your chocolate with a nice glass of wine, join the Cambridgeshire Wine School’s inspired chocolate and wine tasting event on Good Friday at the Royal Cambridge Hotel (7.30pm, £30). And read on for lots more of the best Easter events and ideas, including concerts and family days out.
In time for the Easter Holidays, The Grafton has launched a series of ‘Awesome Wednesdays’ activities, starting on 1 April with a petting zoo. NOTE: the petting zoo has now been cancelled. Instead, there will be an Easter craft fair from 11am-3pm. Next, on 8 April, there will be a free craft workshop running between 11am and 3pm inspired by the new Shaun the Sheep movie.
Watch the Boat Race
We’ll have our fingers and toes crossed for a Cambridge victory on 11 April when the Cambridge University men’s and women’s rowing crews take on Oxford in The Boat Race. The race was established in 1829 when two school friends, Charles Merrivale and Charles Wordsworth, decided to set up a challenge between England’s two great universities. This year already marks a victory for women’s sport, as for the first time the women’s boat will race the same course, the Tideway on the Thames, on the same day as the men. Read our interview with both captains on page 70.
Shut Up and Dance
Cambridge is proving a positive Petri dish of musical talent and one local band on the ascent is Fred’s House, who released their new single, Shut Up And Dance, last month and play Cambridge Junction on 23 April. The band, fronted by affianced songwriting duo Griff Jameson and Vikki Gavin, blend together a folksy, 60s-inspired sound and have been championed by Radio 2’s Bob Harris. The single comes from their debut album, Bonnie & Clyde, released to great acclaim in 2014. It is available to buy now.
Have you got the X-Factor?
Edition was VERY excited to learn that ITV megashow The X-Factor will be coming to Cambridge over the Easter Weekend! Local hopefuls are being invited to audition for the next series at The Hidden Rooms, Jesus Lane, on Friday 3 April and at an X-Factor ‘pod’ at the Grand Arcade on Saurday 4th (9am to 6pm, all ages are welcome). Though the Friday heat is already full, spectators are welcome. Go online for details, and let’s make 2015’s winner a Cantabrigian!