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fter such a mixed bag over the last few months, it’s impossible to know whether we’ll be enjoying a balmy Indian summer or an autumnal chill this September, but whatever the weather, there’s plenty to keep you busy in Cambridge. The always-intriguing Open Cambridge returns to celebrate the city’s wonders, offering a chance to

explore a nuclear bunker, an astronomy observatory, the imposing tower at the University Library and plenty more between 13 and 14 September: choose which of Cambridge’s nooks and crannies you’d like to discover on page 23. One Cambridge wonder I believe is always worth celebrating is Mill Road: a truly unique corner of the city that teems with fantastic indie cafes, pubs and shops. This lively street has had a bit of a tough time lately due to various closures, railworks, roadworks and a devastating fire at one of its oldest shops, but as we seek to highlight on page 70, there are more reasons than ever to pay a visit. There’s news of some tasty new openings in our food section, as Scottish craft brewery BrewDog finally opens the doors to its city-centre bar and Thai eatery Giggling Squid announces plans to take over the spot previously home to Jamie’s Italian – get the lowdown on page 45. We also meet the man behind Eric’s: the much-loved posh fish and chip shop, which has recently opened the doors to its third branch in St Ives. Find out how he and his team plan to bring a bucketful of seaside charm to the whole of East Anglia over on page 40. Another local business with big dreams, Anna’s Flower Farm in Audley End is in the spotlight on page 61, while flowers are also the focus of this month’s recipe: a sunflower pesto that utilises the plant’s petals to delicious effect. Also inside, we explore the Ely house that was once home to Oliver Cromwell (page 24), show you how you can win a luxurious


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minibreak on the north Norfolk coast (page 27) and, as always, highlight the best theatre, gigs and festivals to seek out. Enjoy the issue and see you next month!

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6 ● STARTERS Top things to do and see in the city, plus our favourite social media pics 11 ● ARTS & CULTURE Exhibitions, concerts and theatre highlights to enjoy in September 19 ● ART INSIDER Ruthie Collins, founder of Cambridge Art Salon, shares her arty picks of the month 20 ● BOOK CLUB A coming-of-age story to curl up with this September: David Nicholl’s Sweet Sorrow 23 ● OPEN CAMBRIDGE Explore the city’s hidden gems with tours, talks, open days and more 24 ● HISTORIC HOME We take a look around the house in Ely that once belonged to Oliver Cromwell 27 ● WIN A MINIBREAK! Win a weekend away on the north Norfolk coast and stay at the stunning White House hotel 28 ● AFTER HOURS Comedy, gigs, festivals and more nightlife fun this month 31 ● LISTINGS Our at-a-glance guide to the top events and goings-on this September 36 ● COMMUNITY HUB

61 ● FLOWER FARM Anna Taylor shows us around her gorgeous Audley End-based flower farm 68 ● INDIE OF THE MONTH In the spotlight this month, Fratelli Hair on Mill Road 70 ● MILL ROAD SPOTLIGHT Reasons to love this vibrant street, from great cafes to the beautiful new mosque 78 ● BEAUTY Daisy Dickinson rounds up the beauty products on her radar this month 81 ● WEDDINGS EDUCATION SPECIAL Experts advise on choosing the right school for your kids, plus a look at the area’s adult learning 115 ● HOME EDITION Garden tips, interiors inspiration and the home products we love Your guide to throwing the ultimate Cambridge wedding 93 ●

40 ● CATCH OF THE DAY Edition meets the man behind cult fish and chip shop Eric’s 45 ● FOOD NEWS All the latest news and gossip from the Cambridge food and drink scene 48 ● REVIEW We sample the Sunday roast at Provenance Kitchen’s Brix & Mortar restaurant in Whittlesford 51 ● CHEF’S TABLE Chef Alex Rushmer on what’s cooking in his kitchen this month 52 ● RECIPE A uniquely British take on pesto, featuring sunflowers 54 ● CAMBS ON A PLATE Dr Sue Bailey dives into local food history, making some intriguing discoveries 57 ● FESTIVE FUN Top spots for Christmas parties, including an intriguing Prohibition-themed pop-up

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Pick up a pre-loved treasure for your home at Cambridge Vintage Furniture Flea, taking place on 21 September at St Barnabas Church on Mill Road. Voted Best Fair by The Vintage Guide to London, this day-long market offers all kinds of homewares, including furniture, record players, ceramics, lighting and barware. With a focus on quality and affordability, the event offers a celebration of mid-century style from the 50s onwards, with a range of top vintage traders from across the UK, plus a specially curated local contingent. From Ercol tables and chairs to toys, telephones and cameras, there’s sure to be something to delight shoppers with a love of retro style. It’s £2 entry from 11.30am, or you can bag early-bird access for £3 if you want first dibs on the bargains.


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Cambridge Dragon Boat Festival returns on 7 September for a day of action on the river and bankside fun. Taking place on a stretch of the Cam at Fen Ditton, the festival sees clubs, companies and groups of friends battling it out in traditional Chinese-style dragon boats, while there’s entertainment, food trucks and a bar to enjoy for spectators. It’s all in aid of a great cause, too, raising tens of thousands of pounds each year for Addenbrooke’s Charitable Trust. DRAGON BOAT FESTIVAL DON’T MISS!


Get out and about in the great outdoors with your family when Milton Country Park welcomes back its annual Autumn Festival on Sunday 22 September, featuring food, live music and plenty of outdoor adventures in this beautiful green space. Running from 10.30am until 5pm, the event celebrates local creatives, groups and community projects with an emphasis on family fun. Up-and- coming local bands will take to the stage, plus favourites like ska outfit Big 10 feature as headliners. There will also be street food, real ales, a miniature steam train, woodland craft workshops and hay play. Active types can get stuck into canoe and paddleboard safaris, while those who prefer to relax can enjoy a hot drink and cake in the vintage tea tent. MILTON COUNTRY PARK FESTIVAL SEPTEMBER ESSENTIAL

Need ideas to make your home more environmentally friendly? Check out Open Eco Homes, 22 and 28 September, which has helped hundreds of Cambridge families make their homes greener over the last decade. Get inspired with tours of some of the city’s most beautiful low-energy homes, and peek through the keyholes of renovated and new properties with a chance to chat to people who made them. There are also talks and workshops to coincide with the event; visit for information. CAMBRIDGE ECO HOMES


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‘EN PLEINE FORME’ BY SOPHIE VERGER, appears in Byard Art’s Exhibition of Sculpture, 5-29 September. Find out more on page 17.


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Kettle’s Yard is currently hosting the first solo exhibition of renowned ceramicist Jennifer Lee in the UK since 1994, featuring 40 works spanning her career, and including a number of new works made especially for Kettle’s Yard. Described by Edmund de Waal as “the embodiment of place, complex and intrigue”, Lee’s pots focus on the interaction between materials and elements, evoking ideas of time, place and process in a way that feels both ancient and contemporary. Lee is from Aberdeenshire and studied at Edinburgh College of Art. Her pots are hand-built, unglazed stoneware, with smooth surfaces and rich colours. The root of Lee’s process lies in the earliest forms of vessel making and her pots are coloured by introducing raw metal oxides into the clay. The oxides react when the pots are fired to achieve the distinctive effects that are typical in her work. The exhibition is running until 22 September. JENNIFER LEE: THE POTTER’S SPACE


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DINO BIRDS AT MUSEUM OF ZOOLOGY Birds are not only reptiles, they are living dinosaurs, too! They feature as part of the biggest permanent addition to the Museum of Zoology displays since it reopened last year. Visitors may not expect to chance upon a chicken among the reptiles in the new displays, but the museum is highlighting that birds are a specialised group of reptiles, having evolved from small velociraptor-like dinosaurs 150 million years ago. The idea that birds are living dinosaurs has been proved after the discovery of countless feathered dinosaur fossils. Still need convincing? Well, did you know that crocodiles are more closely related to birds than they are to lizards, snakes and turtles? “Museums still tend to separate birds from reptiles in their galleries”, says the museum’s director, professor Paul Brakefield. “We want to create a trend for making the relationship between birds and other reptiles much clearer.” Included in the new displays is a reproduction of the fossil vertebra of the largest known snake to have ever lived, the brilliantly named Titanoboa. The huge reptile case exhibits snakes, lizards, crocodiles, dinosaurs and the extinct flying and swimming reptiles that lived alongside them, plus explaining where birds fit in. Another new display features turtles, from the extinct horned giant tortoise Ninjemys (yes, tortoises are, technically, turtles) to tiny terrapins. Perching birds, a group containing more than half of all living birds, have their own new display, featuring finches, crows and thrushes, as well as the birds-of-paradise group from Australasia, famous for their elaborate dances to attract a mate. The museum is open seven days a week and is free to explore.


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From gripping thrillers to witty comedies; beautiful ballets to star-studded dramas, the new season at Cambridge Arts Theatre is brimming with first-class entertainment. In time-honoured style, the season will be rounded off with a glittering panto, running from late November until early January. This year’s all-singing, all- dancing show is Cinderella , starring ballet dancer Wayne Sleep as an Ugly Sister, plus Cambridge’s legendary panto dame, Matt Crosby. Another must-see for families is Malory Towers , an adaptation of Enid Blyton’s classic boarding school-based series of books. Midnight feasts, Cornish clifftops, live music and breathtaking animation await on this adventure with Darrell, Mary Lou and the rest of the gang between 4 and 7 September. Things take a turn for the sinister when The Girl on the Train comes to town from 23 to 28 September. Based on Paula Hawkins’ successful novel, the play follows heavy drinker Rachel, who longs for a different life. Her only escape is on her commute, when she watches a happily-in-love couple as her train passes their house. But when one half of the couple disappears, it becomes apparent that all is not as it seems, and dark secrets are waiting to be unearthed... Also bringing a chill to the Cambridge air later in the year is The Lovely Bones : a heart- rending story of life after loss which runs 4 to 9 November. An adaptation of Alice Sebold’s novel that Stage Review describes as “nothing short of a masterpiece”, the show follows the brutally murdered Susie Salmon in her afterlife, as she watches over her family. Fancy something a little lighter? Join comedian and actor Miles Jupp for The Life I Lead , a funny, moving portrayal of David Tomlinson’s fascinating life story. A World War II fighter pilot who went on to famous roles such as Mr Banks in Mary Poppins , Tomlinson’s real life is every bit as extraordinary as the parts he played. Catch the show from 10 to 14 September. Also promising laughs is Posh , which follows the debauchery of an exclusive Oxford Uni dining society with echoes of the Bullingdon Club. First performed in 2010, Posh ’s harpooning of privilege and entitlement has never felt more relevant. There’s dance, too, courtesy of captivating all-male dance troupe BalletBoyz (15 to 16 November), plus live music from vocalist Clare Teal and her ‘Big Mini Big Band’ (3 November). The Cambridge Greek Play returns for its triennial outing from 16 to 19 October, this time with epic tragedy Oedipus at Colonus by Sophocles. Performed entirely in Ancient Greek, this Cambridge University tradition dates back to 1882, and counts Rupert Brooke and Tom NEW SEASON AT ARTS THEATRE

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Catch that on 7 November at Emmanuel United Reformed Church, and at the same venue on the 14th Trio Manouche, inspired by the Parisian swing of the Hot Club, play the music of Django Reinhardt, arrangements of swing icons like Nat King Cole and their own material. “This should be more like a pop concert than a classical performance,” Justin says. “It’s really vibrant, feel-good music, with banjo, violin and accordion.” Leading experimental pianist Zubin Kanga plays the Mumford Theatre on 13 November. He focuses on new technologies, including film, AI, motion capture, animation and virtual reality. “What Zubin Kanga does simply doesn’t conform to most people’s notions of classical music. Most probably aren’t even aware that it’s being done,” says Justin. The Choir of King’s College and the Academy of Ancient Music join forces at the college chapel on the 6th – the opening day of the festival – to perform Handel’s Coronation Anthems . “These anthems were performed at King George II’s coronation in 1727 and were an immediate hit. The most famous, Zadok the Priest , has been performed at every British coronation since – not to mention being the inspiration behind the Champions League football anthem. This will tingle the spine and lift the spirits.”

Justin Lee, director of Cambridge Music Festival, is concerned by research that suggests people under 30 going to a classical concert for the first time feel unsure about the reserved nature of the audience, and how to behave. He’s on a mission to change all that, and is keen for his festival to appeal to as broad a range of listeners and audiences as possible, shaking up traditional preconceptions of what a classical music concert looks like. “If someone wanted to see classical music in Cambridge done differently, I wouldn’t really know where to point them,” he explains. “One thing we’re trying to ask with the festival is, ‘does it have to be that way?’” Justin points to the group of people aged 30 or under who are streaming classical music – up 42% last year – and listening to it via the radio. But just 7% of audiences are in this age group. He suggests part of the problem is that concerts often feel conventional, in programming and presentation. Among his highlights for Cambridge Music Festival, which runs 6-14 November at venues across the city, is saxophonist Amy Dickson’s performance of Philip Glass music for the violin, using circular breathing. “On a violin, it’s possible to create the continuous figures that Glass wrote. On a saxophone, you’ve got to breathe. She’s playing a wind instrument and breathing in at the same time, which is pretty amazing,” he says.


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Rising young soprano Rowan Pierce joins the Academy of Ancient Music for two sacred cantatas in AAM’s latest performance in Cambridge, Rejoice! , at West Road Concert Hall on 22 October. Handel’s Gloria was only rediscovered in 2001, and showcases soprano voice in a series of dazzling movements. Bach’s Jachzet Gott in allen Landen pairs solo soprano with trumpet, played by AAM’s principal trumpeter David Blackadder. Also featured is Let the Bright Seraphim fromHandel’s Samson . Earlier next month, the Cambridge- based orchestra begins its Beethoven 250th anniversary celebrations with his complete incidental music for Goethe’s play Egmont , alongside the modern premiere of the Mass by Dussek at The Barbican, in London, on the 2nd. Violinist Viktoria Mullova joins forces with AAM’s director and harpsichord virtuoso Richard Egarr for works by Haydn, JS and CPE Bach at The Apex in Bury St Edmunds on 18 November.

Enjoy the irresistible sounds of Paul Simon’s Graceland brought to life this month by the London African Gospel Choir, who’ll be performing the album in full at the Corn Exchange on 21 September. It’s the second time this show, which includes renditions of songs such as You Can Call Me Al and Diamonds on the Soles of Her Shoes , has come to Cambridge, after enjoying a lively outing at the Junction last winter. Tickets are £28. LONDON AFRICAN GOSPEL CHOIR


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King’s Parade gallery Byard Art’s latest exhibition focuses on sculpture. From Sophie Verger’s studies of animals in bronze, including elephants, camels and hippos, to Wendy Freestone’s contemplative groupings of people, also in bronze, there’s something for everyone.

Sophie Verger, born in Paris, has exhibited in the French capital, Germany and the Netherlands. Since focusing on shields in the late nineties, she now draws inspiration from wildlife. Wendy Freestone’s work, meanwhile, explores themes of family, home, memory, moments and observation.

Although her current work is on a small scale, in the past she has created life- sized bronze figures. If you do decide to buy something, purchases can be spread out through the Own Art scheme. The exhibition runs from 5 to

29 September.

The magical musical full of catchy songs, tall tales, a high-flying car and scares (child catcher anyone?) comes to the ADC Theatre from 18 to 28 September. Theatre company Pied Pipers is delighted to be one of a few select groups chosen to produce the musical, 50 years on since the release of the hugely popular film. Starring Dick Van Dyke, co-written for the screen by Roald Dahl, and based on Ian Fleming’s 1964 novel, it’s become an all-time classic, with Fleming’s original inspiration coming from racing cars built in the 1920s, which were informally known as Chitty Bang Bang. Be prepared to drive, sail and fly from an authentic post-war Britain to a fantastical land, as Caractacus Potts tries to free his children with the help of Truly Scrumptious. As Grandpa Potts says, “never say no to adventures”. Tickets start at £9, no performance on the 23rd and matinees available on September 21, 22, and 28. CHITTY CHITTY BANG BANG


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has work in the National Portrait Gallery, and her photography has appeared in The Guardian , The New York Times and Nature – she looks set to highlight a fascinating interplay between gender, science and art in this show. Finally, STRAY – a collective of Cambridge-based artists whose aim it is to create work that transcends the predictable and ‘strays away’ from safe but staid Cambridge boundaries – open their latest show on 13 September in Norwich’s Undercroft art space. Cambridge’s favourite artists have work in the show, including Deanna Tyson, Sue Law, Rosemary Catling and Judy Logan, joined by guests such as Susie Olczak and Cheryl Warren. Highlights include a kimono catwalk show on 21 September from textile artist Deanna Tyson, whose use of textiles as punchy political commentary is often bold, outspoken and bitingly incisive – what she calls “Kimono With Attitude.” “Many of my kimono are created from a feeling of anger or even despair. I feel a kimono coming on when something bothers me,” Tyson explains. “I paint, stitch and appliqué my narratives, exploiting the movement and freedom that this 3D form allows, whilst layering the kimono as a storyteller layers themes or a painter, paint. My work always begins with the concept, and I ruminate, sometimes for weeks, sometimes months, sometimes even for years, until I can see in my mind’s eye a way forward.” “The range of work planned is both dynamic and fully engaging”, says guest curator of the show, Sue Law. “Artists featured include specialists in

It’s the first solo exhibition of the renowned ceramicist’s work in a UK public gallery since 1994, and it shows 40 works spanning her entire career, as well as new pieces made for the exhibition at Kettle’s Yard. You can also see a selection of objects chosen by Jennifer Lee at the Fitzwilliam Museum to accompany this show – also until the 22nd. Jennifer Lee won the LOEWE Craft Prize in 2018 and was described by Edmund de Waal as “the embodiment of place, complex and intriguing”. So, if you’ve never considered the way a humble pot can impact the space around it – go visit. Also this month at the house at Kettle’s Yard is a final chance to catch Geometria , a new body of work by Ann- Marie James, made in response to Barbara Hepworth’s sculpture, Group of Three Magical Stones (1973). Hepworth’s own sculpture is hauntingly beautiful, with James’ work a metamorphic response that includes paintings, prints and a quilt, a fascinating artistic interpretation of works lifted from art history. There are plenty of new exhibitions opening this month, too. Notably, on 9 September at New Hall Art Collection, what looks like a fascinating offering from photographer Anne-Katrin Purkiss entitled Creative Connections: Portraits of Women Scientists and Artists . Women in science have been photographed and invited to nominate an artwork from the collection, to help explore the connectivity between art and science. Purkiss herself

t may be September, but it’s not too late to indulge in the last of the summer shows in the city. Those fascinated by the animal world will love Evolution as Inspiration at the Museum of Zoology, opened by David Attenborough earlier this summer, which features works by one of the world’s leading naturalists, Jonathan Kingdon. The exhibition, developed in partnership with Cambridge Conservation Initiative (CCI), runs until 15 September and is a bright, bold insight into what Attenborough describes as the ‘profound questions’ of how animals work. “Artists play a crucial role in exploring, understanding and communicating the conservation of nature,” commented CCI’s John Fanshawe, co-curator of the show. “CCI’s cross- cutting arts, science and conservation programme works with a growing range of artists through exhibitions, events and residencies to celebrate our cultural connections and interdependencies on biodiversity.” The Museum of Zoology is a creative hub of inspiration when it comes to accessing conservation in the city, and is also one of the most family-friendly museums in Cambridge: perfect to take children to, with plenty of resources and well-trained guides to keep them informed and entertained. You can also still catch Jennifer Lee: the potter’s space at Kettle’s Yard this month, which runs until 22 September.

“The Museum of Zoology is one of the most family-friendly museums in Cambridge”

sculpture, textile art, painting and public interactive artworks – it really will be visually spectacular and lots of fun.”


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new David Nicholls book,” says the press release, “is a major publishing event” – and they don’t just mean logistics. The internationally bestselling author’s books are adored by readers and critics alike: his third novel, One Day , was published ten years ago and won the 2010 Galaxy Book Of The Year Award: Us , his fourth book, was longlisted for the Booker. David’s very human and very humorous style both breaks your heart and gives you hope, and his experience and talent for screenwriting means it’s all too easy to visualise the events of his stories as the narratives unfold. In short, they’re unmissable – and Sweet Sorrow , his newest creation, is no exception. Though part of the appeal of David Nicholls’ books is that certain emotions, feelings and challenges are universal experiences – such as first love, and growing up – for anyone who came of age in the 90s, Sweet Sorrow is a double dose of soft, sun-soaked nostalgia. Set in June 1997, the summer after the main character Charlie Lewis has taken his GCSEs, this poignant book charts that uncertain time when there’s no more revision to do and everything is changing – and not necessarily for the better. At home Charlie is effectively caring for his father, who is battling his own demons around his broken marriage and loss of purpose, and the future holds a great deal of uncertainty. But then one day SWEET SORROW BY DAVID NICHOLLS WORDS BY CHARLOTTE GRIFFITHS FUNNY, MOVING AND NOSTALGIC, THIS COMING-OF- AGE NOVEL PERFECTLY CAPTURES THE AGONY AND EXHILARATION OF FIRST LOVE AND THE CONFUSION OF THE TEEN YEARS


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September isn’t just about new pencil cases: it also marks the start of Cambridge’s unique literary prize’s annual call for entries. Run by the college of the same name and open to women over 21 years of age, the Lucy Cavendish Fiction Prize seeks unpublished novels that marry “literary merit with unputdownability” and asks for the first 40 to 50 pages of the tale, plus a synopsis of the remainder. Past success stories include Gail Honeyman’s Eleanor Oliphant is Completely Fine , which first appeared on the Fiction Prize shortlist back in 2014. Other shortlisted authors have enjoyed similar glories: Frances Maynard’s The Seven Imperfect Rules of Elvira Carr and Laura Marshall’s Friend Request to name two – and a splendid way to spend an evening is by nosing through past entries to the longlist. Grab a cup of tea and head to the Lucy Cavendish website to get started. With the prize gaining interest and prestige with every year, it’s worth keeping an eye on their longlisted and shortlisted writers, whether you’re an aspiring author or simply a keen reader – if only to get ahead on the next crop of talented female writers. If you’re considering making a submission, you’ve got until January 2020 to enter your work – best get that room of one’s own sorted sooner rather than later... LUCY CAVENDISH FICTION PRIZE OPENS FOR ENTRIES

“Summer’s so sad, because you’re meant to be so happy”

will make you catch your breath at the pain and hurt so perfectly expressed. It feels far too flimsy to simply recommend Sweet Sorrow as a summer read – though it is, of course, the perfect book to be devoured on sunny afternoons or while lounging by a pool – but it would also make a superb diversion from the chill of winter, as it’s so beautifully evocative of those long, balmy halcyon summers that everyone remembers from their youth. Get hold of a copy however you can and join the multi-millions of readers who have a special place in their hearts – and on their shelves – for David Nicholls’ novels.

weeks of feeling like you’re in the wrong place with the wrong people and you’re missing out. That’s why summer’s so sad – because you’re meant to be so happy…. And it just goes on and on and on, doesn’t it? Infinite, and never how you want it to be.” Named for a line from Shakespeare’s Romeo & Juliet , and with mood and tone summed up perfectly by the 1994 Pulp song David’s Last Summer (a song that’s specifically named in the acknowledgements as a source of inspiration), Sweet Sorrow is an utter treat of a book. Some paragraphs will make you burst out in uncontrollable laughter: some

Charlie meets a young woman called Fran Fisher, and his world shifts on its axis. Fran’s insight, new way of looking at the world and generosity of spirit changes everything for Charlie. “This summer’s a bastard, isn’t it?” Fran says at one point. “Sun comes out, sky’s blue if you’re lucky and suddenly there are all these preconceived ideas about what you should be doing, lying on a beach or jumping off a rope swing into the river or having a picnic with all your amazing mates, sitting on a blanket in a meadow and eating strawberries and laughing in that mad way, like in the adverts. It’s never like that, it’s just six


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iscover the city’s hidden nooks and crannies at Open Cambridge, which returns for a 12th year this September. With more than

80 events, it’s a chance to see treasures which are normally off-limits to the public, including art, architecture and exquisite gardens, plus hear stories about our city’s heritage and fascinating residents, from Viking invaders to spies and scientists. “The Open Cambridge weekend offers a fantastic opportunity to celebrate the city and enjoy its distinctiveness; the ancient Colleges, the picturesque ‘backs’ and the incredible architecture, old and new, all combine to create a place we feel lucky to live in,” says Open Cambridge coordinator Sue Long. “It’s always been an extraordinary city and we hope this year’s Open Cambridge showcases all those big and little wonders.” For wining and dining in a jaw- dropping setting, check out the annual Open Cambridge dinner, taking place in the historic splendour of the Corpus Christi dining room. A three-course feast featuring a special guest speaker, it promises to begin the weekend in style on Friday 13 September. Sure to be popular are the free tours that bring the rich history of the city to

life, with tales of famous names, fantastic achievements and infamous student pranks. Literature lovers can explore the University Library to learn how the team there takes care of eight million books, and take a peek at the Victorian and Edwardian collections housed in the building’s imposing tower. There’s a chance to see the stacks at Queens’ College Old Library, which holds 30,000 volumes, many annotated by generations of Queens’ scholars, and the 17th century St John’s College Old Library, which houses collections spanning over 1,000 years. Then join in with the Literary Cambridge tour to discover some of the many novelists, poets and playwrights connected with the city. The Observatory at the Institute of Astronomy on Madingley Road will open its doors to guide visitors around marvels which include the great Northumberland and Thorowgood telescopes, and the neo- classical Observatory building itself, which dates back to 1823 and houses one of very few specialist astronomical libraries in the country. There’s also an opportunity to venture down into the city’s – thankfully never needed – nuclear bunker, located at the County Council’s office buildings.

If you love a stroll around a beautiful garden, you’re spoiled for choice, with many colleges opening the gates to their manicured grounds. Admire the Victorian borders at Selwyn, the roses at Wolfson, and the cures, curiosities, tastes and essences at Madingley Hall’s Medicinal Garden – they’ll be hosting a lunchtime BBQ once you’ve worked up an appetite. There’s art, too, courtesy of a tour of New Hall’s impressive collection; the largest accumulation of works by female artists in the whole of Europe, and science, at the Biomedical Campus, where you can join a tour around this world-leading centre of academia, research and health. Cambridge’s new Eddington neighbourhood will be laying on a whole day of fun, offering talks, tours, live music, food and entertainment on the 14th. With samba bands, street food and a spotlight

on sustainability, it’s a perfect opportunity to visit this fascinating new suburb. Open Cambridge 2019 runs 13-14 September. Visit opencambridge. for more info.


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reasonous traitor? Murderous tyrant? Or champion of social justice and democracy? Oliver Cromwell is one of the most divisive characters in British history – a man whose name continues to inspire heated debate more than 350 years after his death. Whichever side of the fence you stand on, there’s no denying the fact that Cromwell’s time in politics was one of the most remarkable our country has ever seen. After the execution of King Charles I in 1649 signalled an end to the civil war, the monarchy was overthrown and the country left kingless, but Cromwell refused to take the crown, instead choosing the title of Lord Protector. A short-lived period of republican rule ensued (the “Commonwealth of England”,

undergirded by the iron fist of Cromwell’s New Model Army), until the restoration of the royals came in 1660 when Charles II took the throne. To this day, it’s the only time in English history that the country has been without a monarch; a period that had far-reaching implications for notions of parliamentary sovereignty and the influence of the monarchy. The question of whether the former Lord Protector was a hero or a villain is asked at the Oliver Cromwell’s House attraction in Ely, where Cromwell lived with his family between 1636 and 1646. “Visitors get a chance to make their own decision after they’ve been round the house,” explains Aileen Sharp, Ely’s Tourism Development Officer. “We ask


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them to vote by placing a musket ball into the barrel of a rifle, and each month we count the votes. Overall the results are always in favour of him being a hero!” After a refurbishment in spring, the house offers visitors the chance to get a glimpse into the home and domestic life of Cromwell, exploring recreated rooms, as well as making your way through an exhibition that tells the story of the civil war. The house is comprised of eight rooms, including a decidedly creepy ‘haunted bedroom’, and visitors can see food typical of the time in Mrs Cromwell’s kitchen, try on clothes from the period and play with toys from the era, offering a vivid snapshot of 17th-century life. Audio handsets bring the story of the house to life, or, new for 2019 is ‘The Cromwell Quest’, an augmented reality trail on which families search the nooks and crannies of the house for seven lost coins from the civil war, solving riddles to help them along their way. If you fancy getting even more immersive, there’s also an interactive escape room experience, based on the heritage of the building and Cromwell’s life. These atmospheric challenges plant visitors in the former Tithe Office, an

“The house offers a glimpse into the life of Cromwell”

encouraged to embrace their inner thespians. Attired in 17th-century garb, guests mingle and enjoy drinks in the parlour before sitting down to dinner in Oliver Cromwell’s kitchen. “While everybody’s eating their food, the maid comes through and informs them that there’s been a murder and that everyone is a suspect – and then the mystery begins,” laughs Aileen. There’s also the chance to experience an autumn harvest feast on 2 October, when you can hear all about and try Mrs Cromwell’s favourite recipes, as well as learning about how preserves were made for the year ahead. Events are rounded off with the Festival Feast in December, which gives guests the chance to enjoy a Christmas as it was during the time of the Commonwealth. Traditional festivities were banned during this tumultuous time, and so people had to celebrate behind closed doors – don’t worry though, they still loved a good mince pie. So why not go along and hear about the life and times of this towering figure in British history? From Fenland farmer to king in all but name, Oliver Cromwell’s story remains as fascinating as ever. You might even discover a relevance to modern-day politics you’d never imagined, as Aileen explains: “In the political climate we’ve got currently, with Brexit and everything that’s going on in parliament, it has been compared to Cromwell’s times!”

original 17th-century, oak panelled room where Cromwell once sat and counted taxes. “Groups of up to eight people have to work together to find clues and solve puzzles in under 60 minutes. You’re working against the clock, but if you get stuck, the puzzle master can give you clues to help you along the way if you need them,” says Aileen. “It’s perfect for family and friends to get together to celebrate a special occasion, or for corporate parties to have some interactive fun.” If you like being spooked, meanwhile, you can join in with a murder mystery night in this historic building – a unique dining experience where guests are


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WIN A STAY AT THE WHITE HOUSE We’re giving away a luxurious two-night stay at this stunning north Norfolk hotel

his month, Cambridge Edition has teamed up with the gorgeous White House to give away a luxurious escape to the heart of

honesty bar and chef-prepared breakfasts, with all the comfort and style of a luxury hotel, but none of the fuss. There are 12 individually designed bedrooms inside, each equipped with Roberts radios, rain showers, Nespresso coffee machines and luxury toiletries. Downstairs, meanwhile, you’ll find lush reception rooms, sumptuous velvet sofas and a tranquil walled garden to relax in. Sound good? Head to our website to be in with a chance of winning a two-

night stay for two people sharing a room at The White House, complete with a bottle of champagne for you and your guest on arrival. You’ll also be treated to a breakfast buffet with a delicious choice of locally sourced, home-cooked breakfasts. Visit and hit the Competitions tab for more details on how to enter. The White House, 5-7 Sussex Farm, Burnham Market, Norfolk PE31 8JY

the north Norfolk countryside. Nestled in a valley between Brancaster Beach and Burnham Market, this unique hotel is a secluded gem within easy reach of beautiful coastal scenery, fabulous dining destinations and great shopping. Offering a five-star B&B experience, visitors can enjoy a thoughtfully stocked

T&Cs: The winner will receive a two-night stay at The White House with breakfast for two people, including a bottle of champagne on arrival. Prize must be claimed within six months and booking is subject to availability. No cash alternative is available. Competition closes on 1 October.


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NOW BOOKING GRUFF RHYS 21 OCT, STOREY’S FIELD CENTRE, £22.50 Occasional Super Furry Animals frontman plays his latest batch of songs, interspersed with strange tales.



21 OCT, JUNCTION, £15 Breakout folk/pop/blues star Barns is on a Rolling Stone list of the ten new artists you need to know about.

MYSTERY JETS 5 NOV, JUNCTION Purveyors of pure pop heaven tour in support of their sixth album.


THE DARKNESS 6 DEC, CORN EX, £32.50 Only this band could play an ‘Easter is cancelled’ tour at this time of year.

Beats and bright lights combine for a great-looking new multi-genre festival running throughout the night on 5 October. The Cambridge Night Festival will be spread across three stages at the Junction, with each one catering for a different style – house, disco and breakbeat. The festival aims to put the fun back into clubland, with The Cuban Brothers starring on the main stage, and Plump DJs on the breakbeat stage. If house is your thing, catch Kid Crème on the Jacfest stage, while Radio 1 DJ legend Seb Fontaine – who has described The Wild Wood Disco near Linton as one of his faves – is also appearing, no doubt with an eye and an ear on how The Cambridge Night Festival compares. A purpose-built double decker Disco Bus – complete with sound system, lighting and DJs – will pump out tunes, and dance music royalty in the shape of Norman Jay will also play a set. He supposedly coined the phrase ‘rare groove’, and first came to attention playing warehouse parties and on the then-pirate station Kiss FM in the 1980s. Doors open at 9pm on the 5th, with music right through till 6am (last entry 1am); minimum age is 18. General release tickets are from £27.50, and VIP tables are also available.


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Wine Gums comedy night returns to the University Centre Wine Bar on 8 September with a line-up that’s guaranteed to make your sides hurt. Back from the Edinburgh Fringe, join TomWard, Ben van der Velde, Adele Cliff, Benji Waterstones and compere Nessie Ward for much mirth – and free wine gums. Tickets are £12 in advance. WINE GUMS


ambridge’s post-rock heroes Black Country, New Road are scattered around the UK, but are coming back to us on 29 September. The enigmatic six-piece’s show at The Portland is

our must-see gig this month. Expect a hypnotic blend of spoken word, saxophone and metallic judder from one of the country’s most exceptional and exciting new acts. Fast action is required if you’re to catch Bill Ryder-Jones in the intimate setting of the Unitarian Church (28th) as this one is close to selling out. Multi- instrumentalist, producer, arranger and composer, Ryder-Jones has a career spanning 15 years and counting. Starting out as The Coral’s guitarist in 1996, he’s since embarked on solo exploits, including If... , an orchestral reimagining of Italo Calvino’s If on a winter’s night a traveller , to film scores and solo albums. He’s in town to showcase his latest release, a piano-only version of his 2018 album, Yawn . As always, there’s a busy month at The Blue Moon, but our top pick from the packed line-up comes on the 21st. Sunday Driver are back and performing as a full band in their home town for the first time in quite a while. They’ll be showcasing material from their much- anticipated third album. The line-up is complemented by the crystalline vocals of Kerry Devine, the melodic hooks of Jeremy Tuplin, and neoclassical, downtempo pianist and songwriter, Alexander Carson. Back at The Portland Arms, there is another gem courtesy of power pop darlings Martha on the 3rd. This Durham four-piece expertly craft songs that are energetic, passionate, political and finished with lush, four-part harmonies – autumn nights were made for bands like Martha. An exceptionally busy month at The Portland Arms also sees shows from The Pale White (10th), Damo Suzuki (18th), Kyan (23rd) and former Tribes frontman


Synth-punk-industrial pioneer Gary Numan plays the Corn Exchange on 7 October in a tour that marks 40 years on the scene. First hits Are Friends Electric? and Cars broke the mould, taking his unique sound to the top of the charts. He was a big influence on Nine Inch Nails, and in turn said they influenced his own later work. Tickets from £35.50.

Johnny Lloyd (24th). Jeffrey Lewis & The Voltage play a brilliant style of scuzzy, urban indie-rock-folk, like a 21st-century mash-up of Sonic Youth, Pete Seeger and R Crumb. They’re at the venue on the 25th, while the thrilling Pulled Apart By Horses (26th) are also well worth a look.

Tapas restaurant and cocktail den La Raza has a mouth-watering array of live music coming up this month. One to look out for is Funk Jam run by Shake Your Tail Feather on the 5th: a friendly funk, soul and jazz jam open to musicians, listeners and dancers. There’s also funk, rock and cheese when Swagger play on the 6th, while The Dead Geoffreys bring energetic covers on the 12th. LA RAZA’S LIVE LINE-UP


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7 SEPTEMBER WYSING POLYPHONICX SOMERSET HOUSE STUDIOS Wysing Arts Centre’s annual music festival promises to push boundaries in innovative ways. This year, Somerset House Studios guest curate, with four stages, and films and talks.


Starring Miles Jupp, this is the tale behind Mary Poppins’ Mr Banks, aka legendary British actor David Tomlinson. Renowned for playing the English gent, his meeting with Walt Disney came to encapsulate a life of adventure and heartbreak. 7.45pm (except 12th), 2.30pm Thursday and Saturday | Cambridge Arts Theatre | from £20

Nine short plays, an improv session and a writing workshop comprise this celebration of drama. Watch the plays, form an opinion, and discover if professional adjudicator Chris Jaeger agrees. 7.45pm, plus 2.30pm on the 7th | ADC Theatre £10, £30 full festival |

1pm-1am | Wysing Arts Centre from £30 |




Loving your children, spouse and ageing parents is hard work, as Vee – host of Radio 4’s Comedy of the Week podcast – explains in her Edinburgh

Starring leading Elvis Presley tribute artist Ben Portsmouth, who in 2012 won the Elvis Presley Enterprises ‘Ultimate’ contest in Memphis, the first from outside the US to do so. 7.30pm | Cambridge Corn Exchange from £28 |

Stand-up comedy favourite Jasper Carrott teams up with the Bev Bevan Band – led by ELO founder Bev Bevan, naturally! – for a night of comedy and classic hits. 7.30pm | Cambridge Corn Exchange from £25 | 13 SEPTEMBER FLINTMOORE Described as sounding similar to acts as diverse as Pearl Jam and Mumford and Sons, Flint Moore’s music is powerful, delicate and raw. 7pm | Cambridge Junction £17 |

Fringe sell-out show, Sandhog . 7.30pm | Cambridge Junction £15.50 |


The Willow Tree in Bourn hosts a family-friendly food and drink festival. Enjoy live music, wood- fired pizzas, local beers, a gin bar, arts, crafts, face


painting and fun with inflatables. 2pm | The Willow Tree, Bourn £10 to £15 |

The original ‘girl power’ story focuses on Darrell Rivers, who starts school with an eager mind and fierce heart. But can she learn to tolerate the infuriating Gwendoline Lacey, or save the school play? Suitable for ages eight and up. 7.45pm, 2.30pm Thursday and Saturday | Cambridge Arts Theatre from £21 | MALORY TOWERS


Two works, set to original scores, created by the BalletBoyz dancers and Olivier Award-winning choreographer Christopher Wheeldon. 7.45pm | Cambridge Arts Theatre from £25 |


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