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Contents. 7 Reasons to be cheerful.

Excellent things to enjoy in Cambridge this August

8 Nightlife.

After-dark fun, from live music and club nights to comedy

11 Music blog.

Jordan, from Slate the Disco, gives his top gig picks for the month

13 Arts & culture. A round-up of arty, cultural events in the city, from exhibitions to theatre

22 Movies on the Meadows.

Grantchester welcomes back its outdoor cinema series

25 Summer at the Museums.

We round up the jam-packed schedule of family fun at Cambridge’s museums

26 Art Insider.

Ruthie Collins gives you the scoop on the city’s art scene

28 Summer reads. Curl up with a glass of something cool and one of these fab books

33 Hero eats.

Three things you need to eat in Cambridge right now

35 Food news.

All the goss on the Cambridge foodie scene

42 Summertime Brews. We taste the best beers from in and around Cambridge

45 Drinks.

Elodie from Thirsty shows off her top summer tipples

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49 Holy Smoke

Calling all grill-seekers: we’ve got the ultimate guide to bbq perfection

54 Food column

Chef Alex Rushmer on the end of an era and the start of a delicious new chapter

56 5 of the foodie best.

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We round up the local farm shop cream of the crop

59 The coast with the most.

Fancy a trip to the seaside? Here are some of your best near-ish options

65 Great days out. Need some inspiration for family fun this summer? Look no further

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Your at-a-glance guide to the best local events this August

74 Indie of the month.

We pay a visit to sophisticated Trinity Street indie Winsor Bishop

77 Competition.

Your chance to win laser hair removal at local salon Finn Jordan

78 Beauty.

Daisy highlights her favourite summer beauty buys

81 Education.

The Leys look at ways in which a school can help the community

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84 Business.

A peek into some of the area’s best conferencing and business venues

91 Property & Home.

Interiors inspiration, news from the local housing market and insight from estate agents

46 Cocktail Weekend.

All the info you need on this fabulous cocktail fest

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hat a month July was here in Cambridgeshire! We partied in the sunshine through The Big Weekend, celebrated the city’s creativity at the lovely Open Studios, laughed until we cried at Cambridge Comedy Festival and (more crying) gave Secret Garden Party an almighty send-off at its final ever outing. There’s zero chance of an anti-climax now August is here though, as the events calendar is fit to burst with fun over the next few weeks. Over the bank holiday weekend, gorgeous Grantchester welcomes back its annual outdoor cinema series, Movies on the Meadows, where you can enjoy great films in a ludicrously pretty setting – head to page 22 to find out more. Cambridge Cocktail Weekend is back too, promising a riotous three-day party filled with food, music, and of course, LOTS of tasty tipples. Read all about it on page 46. Speaking of boozing, we tasted our way around some of the best Cambridge-made beers to bring you the very best tips for your summertime drinking (it’s a tough job…). See who came out on top over on page 42. If the sunshine continues, a trip to the seaside might be on your mind. If so, check out our Coast with the Most feature over on page 59, where we’ve rounded up some of the best beaches within a short hop of Cambridge. If the good old British weather is delivering less than blue skies however, check out Summer at the Museums (page 25), which is serving up a host of fun family activities over the next few weeks. Perfect rainy-day entertainment. Trying to stave off boredom for little ones over the summer holidays? Head over to page 65, where we’ve got a bumper round-up of great days out around the county. Think of it as your foolproof summer holiday survival guide. There’s also news of exciting new foodie openings, top summer reads with a local flavour, barbecue tips from the pros and loads more. Enjoy the issue and see you next month!

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Reasons to be cheerful. CAMBRIDGE C O C KTA I L WEEKEND.

Three days of great drinks, music and food await at this month’s Cambridge Cocktail Weekend, which you can read all about on page 46. Both local bars and world-class brands will be touting their delicious wares, as well as offering fun, interactive workshops and plenty of tasters throughout the event. Mix your own Bloody Mary, relax on the beach bar, top up your tipple at the disco tea trolley or relax in the garden bar while listening to tunes from some great local bands. There’s also scrummy comfort food aplenty to soak up all those cocktails… Bottoms up!

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Summer at the Museums.

Got little ones to keep busy over the summer holidays? We highly recommend checking out Summer at the Museums, which brings our city’s museums to life with great events, activities, tours and more over the summer months. Whether you fancy building your own adventure computer game, storytelling in the Botanic Garden, joining in with a teddy bears’ picnic or spending a day at a Victorian seaside, there’s fun for the whole family to enjoy. Turn to page 25 for all the details.

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It’s BBQ season!

Pop-up cinemas are popping up all over the place these days, but if there’s one that really gets Cambridge folk misty eyed, it’s the Movies on the Meadows series. Returning this month, the organisers are once again laying on a mixture of classics, Hollywood blockbusters and family favourites – broadcast on huge inflatable screens – in a gorgeous setting on the banks of the River Cam at Grantchester Meadows. Bring along a picnic and chairs and get comfy, plus you’ll be able to pick up tasty street food from local traders. Sound good? We’ve got the full line-up and all the info you need over on page 22.

August is peak barbecue season, which means it’s time to stoke those embers and cook up a storm. If your barbecues tend to be more sketchy than sizzling, check out our Holy Smoke feature over on page 49. We’ve drafted in the expertise of the butchery bosses at The Gog and the barbecuing boffins over at Smokeworks to bring you the ultimate guide to levelling up your grilling this summer. Don’t fire up the barbie without having a read!

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The enigmatic Derren Brown brings his latest show to the Cambridge Corn Exchange this month, promising a “spellbinding experience of showmanship and magical genius”. Underground, which runs 17-19 August, brings together some of the most impressive stage work from his career so far. And what an unendingly fascinating career it’s been for this world-renowned illusionist. Notable stunts from Brown’s colourful CV include creating a video game which put participants into a catatonic trance, a televised game of Russian roulette, a live séance, mass hypnotism and – controversially in 2016 – using social coercion to convince members of the public to push a person off a roof to their apparent death. We can’t wait to see what he’s got in store for us in Cambridge… cornex.co.uk

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Rapademic.

Cambridge might not be known for its urban music scene, but beneath the surface there’s actually an impressive rap scene fizzing away. Rapademic, which is now in its third year, offers a showcase of just that – giving a platform to some of Cambridge’s finest up-and-coming urban musicians, from lyricists to MCs and DJs. The event runs on 3 August, and is being put on by young people aged 13–21, selected as a result of their work through Romsey Mill’s music programmes. Tickets are £6. junction.co.uk

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After a great, sunshine-filled day last year, we’re happy to see that Cambridge Junction’s brilliant Junkyard Festival is returning this month for a third outing. This year’s theme, Summer Daze, is promising a “bohemian utopia” straight out of the summer of 1967, filled with good vibes and eclectic tunes. Utilising the Junction’s various indoor and outdoor spaces, the festival is put together by Cambridge Junction’s apprentices, a small group of young people who work in different departments at the venue whilst completing their college studies. They’ll be laying on great entertainment, music and awesome street food from 4pm on 5 August, when you can join in the fun for £8 a ticket. junction.co.uk

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Legendary New York singer-songwriter Suzanne Vega, maker of hits including Tom’s Diner and Luka, stops by in Cambridge as part of a 12-date UK tour later this year. cornex.co.uk

Roy Ayers.

One of the most sampled artists in history, Roy Ayres is a legend in the world of funk and soul. Best known as a vibraphonist and vocalist, he first made his musical mark in an era of great American soul artists which also included James Brown and Marvin Gaye. His calling card, the immortal Everybody Loves the Sunshine, is a dance floor-filler to this day, and continues to get reworked by artists from across the musical spectrum. You can catch him doing his thing on 19 August at Cambridge Junction. Tickets are £27.50. junction.co.uk

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UK grime hero Dizzee Rascal visits Cambridge hot on the heels of Raskit, his sixth album and first offering in four years. cornex.co.uk

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4 N OV, J U N C T I O N , £17 The high-energy brass band revisit Cambridge to deliver more irresistible covers and original tunes. Well worth considering for a fun night out. junction.co.uk

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Newmarket Racecourses continue their series of open-air concerts this month with a bumper crop of great live music events. Kicking this off on the 4th are James, the Manchester indie heroes responsible for smash hits such as Sit Down, Laid and She’s A Star. They’re followed on the 11th by a visit from drum and bass faves Chase & Status, and professional cheeky chappie Olly Murs who stops by on 18 August. Rounding things off on the 26th is Jess Glynne, maker of hits including Hold My Hand and Don’t be so Hard on Yourself. She also appeared as the vocalist on Clean Bandit’s Grammy Award-winning Rather Be. Tickets start at £17 per person. thejockeyclub.co.uk

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US rapper Nelly is in Cambridge in early December – expect a trip down memory lane through noughties mega-hits such as Dilemma, Hot in Herre, Country Grammar and Ride Wit Me. cornex.co.uk

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Music blog. J O R DA N WO R L A N D F RO M L O C A L M U S I C W E B S I T E S L AT E T H E D I S C O S E L E C T S H I S M U S T- S E E G I GS I N CAMBRIDGE THIS MONTH

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ugust might be thought of as a slow month gig-wise in Cambridge, but we’ve found several gems to get us through. Our top tip is Laura Gibson and her appearance at The Portland Arms on Thursday 24th. Gibson released her latest album, Empire Builder, last year and it’s a treat. Equally raw and focused, it captures a life blown open: a person mid-transformation. With clear-eyed honesty, urgency and warmth, it succeeds in capturing the moment between loss and rediscovery, and also feels like a distinct new chapter for her; that striking voice – which bridges the gap between light and dark so beautifully – sounds more resolute and unwavering than ever before. There’s always been a gripping assuredness to the work of Laura Gibson, at its most compelling when brooding, unsettling undertones make their way to the surface. Bolstered by the work of Neko Case’s drummer Dan Hunt, violinist Peter Broderick, and Death Cab for Cutie guitarist Dave Depper, her work is an evocative and finely-detailed display of new-age Americana. Sticking at The Portland, we have local band Nervous Conditions performing on the 5th. Utilising twin drummers, strident sax, relentless basslines and howling vocals, Nervous Conditions take the darkest and rawest elements of post-punk and re-appropriate them for the age of austerity. Taking cues from The Fall, Prolapse, James Chance and Bauhaus, the seven-piece rail against the tedium of provincial youth. This show will also see Culture CT make their second Cambridge appearance after emerging earlier this year. We like these guys – they’re a new Cambridge outfit who make solid, organic post-punk with a cool, dispassionate attitude. Blending catchy melodies with the bravado of the likes of Don Broco or Lower Than Atlantis, two-piece Seconds Apart play The Portland on the 6th. Other Portland highlights this month include the acoustic punk goodness of Jake Martin on the 29th, the honest country stylings of Sam Coe and The Long Shadows on the 28th, and the Violet Flares/Staycations double header on the 31st. Modern jazz trio Casca, based in London and Cambridge, play the Hidden Rooms on Thursday 3rd. The trio’s music evokes a world of dark ambience using hard-hitting grooves and relentless improvisation. A busy month at the Cambridge Junction includes vibraphonist/vocalist Roy Ayers on the 19th. Ayers is among the best-known, most loved and respected jazz/R&B artist on the music scene today. The Junction also hosts its annual celebration of urban artists in Cambridge this month with Rapademic on the 3rd. Now in its third year, Rapademic promises to be another

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fantastic showcase of some of Cambridge’s finest up-and-coming urban talent.

On the subject of Cambridge talent, this month’s High Fiver at the Junction on the 4th looks to be an especially busy night, with six acts performing. Amongst them are Deep City, an exciting new band whose music consists of atmospheric samples and darkpop guitar tones, combining 80s and 90s synth sounds with 21st century pop sensibility. August at the venue continues with the return of the exciting day-long Junkyard Festival on Saturday 5th. This epic interdisciplinary and cross-arts event is now in its third year and promises a showcase of music spanning varied genres, plus original visual arts, tasty food and all round good vibes. The whole event is conceived, planned and run by the Cambridge Junction team of apprentices. Finally, we end with the excellent double bill of The Kominas and Grieving at The Blue Moon on Thursday 17th. The Kominas began in 2005 as self-styled exemplars of Bollywood punk. Their dance-orientated sound is a wild blend of reggae, Punjabi folk tunes, surf rock, disco, dub and 1977-era hardcore. The musicians, Americans of south Asian heritage, sing in Punjabi, Urdu and Hindi as well as English, and their lyrics proclaim a bold political awareness with broad streaks of humour, outrage and the absurd. The songs are meant to catalyse change in a predominantly white culture, while simultaneously fostering a safe and fun space for listeners of colour. Grieving are a new, unsigned band from Cambridge, who offer melancholic, stripped-back indie-punk. The show will be their first in a few months and we can expect new material to be aired as they prepare for the release of their debut record later this year. n

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Shakespeare Festival.

The Cambridge Shakespeare Festival is one of those annual events that makes you feel hugely fortunate to live in our wonderful city. After all, what could be lovelier than a balmy summer evening spent in a beautiful college garden, watching some of the greatest plays ever written? You can even bring along a picnic, or just nibbles and wine, to enjoy prior to each performance to make the experience even lovelier. The plays are performed in traditional Elizabethan dress, and the Festival aims to make Shakespeare accessible even to those without prior knowledge of the plays. Following on from July’s run of four plays, the second part of the festival features another four and takes place between 31 July and 26 August. The Merry Wives of Windsor at Robinson College Gardens is a fabulously witty farce featuring one of Shakespeare’s greatest comic characters, Sir John Falstaff, also seen in the Henry history plays. He foolishly tries to woo two rich widows with identical love letters, so the women pair up to give him his comic comeuppance. Head to Trinity College for the ethereal A Midsummer Night’s Dream. It’s an absolutely perfect play to enjoy in the idyllic garden surroundings, and its themes of love, fairies, magic and misunderstandings make this an excellent option to enjoy with younger children. Be transported from the gardens of King’s College to the streets of Verona by the timeless, tragic love story of Romeo and Juliet, as you cross your fingers and toes and hope that maybe this time, things will end well for the star-crossed lovers. Finally, St John’s College Gardens is hosting King Lear, a salutary tale of sibling rivalry and the challenges of old age. With a bit of luck, the windswept conditions of the play’s climax will exist only in your enchanted imagination while the sun shines down on actors and audience alike. All shows start at 7.30pm. Charity performances are at 2.30pm on Saturday afternoons and raise money for East Anglia Children’s Hospices and St John’s Hospice on the Wirral. Tickets are £16, or £12 for concessions. cambridgeshakespeare.com

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S TA R & M O U S E P I C T U R E S H OW. The delightful Star & Mouse Picture Show is back with more open air cinema treats for us to enjoy this month, bringing a whole host of film screenings in different locations. A ‘trinket cinema’ – so called because the whole thing packs down into vintage suitcases – run by a local couple, Star & Mouse go the extra mile at their cinema nights, laying on live entertainment, tasty food and drinks, deckchairs and general vintage loveliness. There’s a busy line-up planned for August, beginning on the 4th, when Bourn’s quirky gastropub The Willow Tree will be the setting for a showing of Baz Luhrmann’s Romeo & Juliet, and musical extravaganza La La Land on the second screen. At the same venue, the next night, choose between The Great Gatsby and Singin’ in the Rain, and on the 6th, there’s another

sumptuous Baz Luhrmann offering, Moulin Rouge (plus Big Fish). Over at Barrington Hall, catch Love Actually or The Grand Budapest Hotel (11th) and then Top Gun or Ferris Bueller’s Day Off (13th). While at Lanwades Hall you can see Top Gun and Mamma Mia on 19 August. We love the look of The Theory of Everything screening on the 24th, meeting at Scudamore’s Punt Station for a short punt trip to the venue. It’s the same format for Notting Hill (25th), Pirates of the Caribbean (26th), Breakfast at Tiffany’s (27th) and Gladiator (28th). As well as the action on the big screen, all events will offer plenty of additional fun, plus a pop-up bar and kitchen. Tickets can be booked via the Star & Mouse website. starandmouse.com

SOME ENCHANTED EVENING. The Orchard Tea Gardens in Grantchester is one of Cambridge’s best summer spots, with its fascinating literary history, view of the Meadows and location within biking – or punting! – distance of the city centre. As if all that wasn’t enough, this summer The Orchard is playing host to Enchanted Cinema, a season of outdoor film showings that you can enjoy surrounded by trees twinkling with fairy lights while sampling food from a selection of street food vendors and a vintage popcorn machine, plus drinks from an independent pop-up bar. August’s offerings include The Theory of Everything on the 4th, Django Unchained on the 11th, Pulp Fiction on the 12th and The Godfather on the 13th. Don’t dillydally if you want tickets – the showing of La La Land on the 5th is already sold out! enchantedcinema.co.uk

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HANDMADE SUMMER.

Cambridge Made, a collective of independent artists and craftspeople from across East Anglia, will be popping up on St Andrew’s Street on 12 August for their annual summer fair, where they’ll be selling a huge selection of handmade arts and crafts. Whether you’re looking for bright and sunny outfits for your little ones, fabulous designer jewellery, original homewares or unique accessories for a summer wedding, there’s no chance that you’ll be leaving without some fantastic handmade finds. It’s also a great chance to meet and chat to the artists and makers and find out more about how they work. The event is a fundraiser for the Cambridge Cyrenians Allotment project, which offers work experience and therapeutic benefits to local homeless people. The fair runs from 10.30am to 6pm at St Andrew’s Street Baptist Church, CB2 3AR. facebook.com/EtsyTeamCambridge

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A celebration of India.

This year marks 70 years since Indian independence, and there has been a whole host of events to mark the anniversary across the country. Cambridge has been getting in on the act with India Unboxed, a season of events, exhibitions, digital encounters, discussions, installations and more across all the University museums and the Botanic Garden this summer. The Fitzwilliam’s contribution is From Kabul to Kolkata: Highlights of Indian Painting, an exhibition that will be running until 3 September in the museum’s Shiba Gallery. It features miniature Indian paintings and drawings dating from the 16th to the 19th century, covering themes including history, royal portraiture, religious epic and myth, music and architecture. fitzmuseum.cam.ac.uk

MIXED SUMMER EXHIBITION AT BYA R D A RT.

Byard Art’s Mixed Summer Exhibition continues this month, serving up more stunning original paintings, sculpture, ceramics and craft work, mixed media artwork and limited edition prints. Running until 3 September, the artworks on display evolve continually over the course of the summer, meaning there’s always something new to see at the King’s Parade gallery. One of the highlights in this year’s show is the array of innovative handmade jewellery pieces, a display which features work by more than 50 designer-makers. From intricate hand-crafted porcelain jewellery to classic silversmithing items, there’s plenty of choice if you’re searching for a truly unique treasure. byardart.co.uk

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Jazz & Brass in the Parks.

Live music, played outdoors, is the true sound of summer, so we’re enjoying the season of live jazz and brass concerts that’s been taking place across Cambridge’s parks. It continues into August with two more unmissable free events. On Sunday 13 August, Freddie & Friends New Orleans Jazzmen will be bringing their unique brand of Dixieland jazz to Jesus Green, from 3pm to 5pm. Then on Sunday 27 August, the City of Cambridge Brass Band will be appearing at Nightingale Recreation Ground for an afternoon of light music and cucumber sandwiches! cambridgelivetrust.co.uk

H A P P Y C A F É W E D N E S D AYS . With a goal of creating a friendly and welcoming hub to meet others with a shared interest in promoting happiness and well-being, Happy Café will now be popping up twice a month in Ely, after its well-attended July events. Taking place at Julia’s Tearooms on the High Street, the café will take place on the first and third Wednesday of each month, from 10.30am until noon. The events are put on by supporters of Action for Happiness, a movement geared towards building a happier and more caring society. All are welcome at the Happy Café, where you’ll have a chance to meet new people and chat over a coffee, learn positive things from each other and to discuss taking action to improve the well-being of you, your families, workplaces and community. You’ll also be able to pick up a range of literature relating to happiness. Search Happy Café Ely on Facebook for more info.

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Musicians from Cambridge and Oxford are to go note for note against each other to raise money for children’s charities. Professional and amateur musicians over 18 who are Grade 8 standard in their instrument will compete as two Boat Race-style crews to learn from scratch a brand-new instrument. After one group lesson that took place in early July in their respective cities, their aim is to pass Grade 1 in just nine weeks. After the exam, on 10 September The Oxford and Cambridge Note Race will finish with simultaneous concerts in the two cities, where the musicians will perform pieces specially commissioned for the occasion. Crews will compete for the honour of the highest average sponsorship and highest average exam mark. Both crews are raising money for their local Home-Start, which helps families to build better lives for their children, while our local crew will also share the money raised with Blue Smile Cambridge and The Alf Dubs Children’s Fund. The Oxford and Cambridge Note Race is an expansion of a series of Cambridge Grade-1-athon events, which have raised just under £200,000 for charities. gradeoneathon.org

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The Play that Goes Wrong.

Join the Cornley Polytechnic Drama Society as they endeavour to put on a 1920s murder mystery. The harder they try, the more disastrous their attempts become, and as the title suggests, pretty much everything that could go wrong, does. As the hapless thesps battle their way to the final curtain, their efforts begin to seriously unravel, with hilarious consequences. The Play that Goes Wrong has been a huge smash hit in the West End and all across the UK, and is back by popular demand at Cambridge Arts Theatre for a second week from Monday 7 to Saturday 12 August. The play has earned praise from celebrity fans as diverse as Joanna Lumley and Ant and Dec for providing genuine belly laughs, so if you need cheering up this summer don’t hesitate to grab your tickets before they sell out. They cost from £18 to £33. cambridgeartstheatre.com

E LY C O LO U R DASH. Every summer, East Anglia Children’s Hospices (EACH) brings a splash of colour to Cambridgeshire with its hugely popular Ely Colour Dash. It’s a 5k run, during which runners are showered with clouds of brightly-coloured poster paints while raising vital funds for this fantastic charity, which cares for children and young people with life-threatening conditions and supports families across East Anglia. This year’s event takes place on 12 August at King’s Ely school, starting at 11am. Tickets cost £20 for adults and £10 for children up to 15, and the price covers entry, a T-shirt, a medal and a pot of paint for each runner. each.org.uk/colour-dashes

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his August bank holiday, slip away to Grantchester Meadows at dusk to enjoy what has become one of Cambridge’s most popular summer events. Movies on the Meadows, running 25 to 28 August, invites film fans to enjoy a spectrum of movies – from big blockbusters to Hollywood classics to family favourites – in a unique open-air setting. The event is a prelude to Cambridge Film Festival, which returns in October, and takes place on the banks of the River Cam at Grantchester River Meadows. Guests are encouraged to bring picnics and get comfy while they’re treated to the magic of the silver screen (or in this case, giant inflatable screen!), creating an atmosphere that’s hard to beat. Leading the line-up this time around is La La Land, the dazzling Ryan Gosling and Emma Stone musical that swept the board at this year’s Oscars. Another big hit, the live action rework of Disney classic Beauty and the Beast joins it on the bill. This visually

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spellbinding film will delight filmgoers young and old with its tale of the bright and beautiful Belle (Emma Watson), who grows to love the kind-hearted beast. Another great choice if you’ve got little people in tow is Moana, the colourful Disney animation about an adventurous teenager on a daring mission to save her people. There’s also Lego Batman, in which you can see Gotham’s brooding superhero as you’ve never seen him before, plus music and fun-filled kids flick, Sing, and a journey into the Harry Potter universe with Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them. There’s a crop of stone cold classics to get your teeth into too, starting on the Friday with Singin’ in the Rain. Regarded as one of the best movie musicals ever, this cinematic gem starring Gene Kelly has lost none of its charm in the more than 60 years since it was first released. On the same night, you can indulge in a 1980s nostalgia trip with Ferris Bueller’s Day Off. The next evening, it’s the turn of fantasy-comedy Groundhog Day, which sees Bill Murray playing an arrogant TV weatherman who finds himself trapped in a time loop. Murray also gets an airing with a screening of the original Ghostbusters, which remains as much of a treat as ever. Perhaps you’d rather frolic with the von Trapps and Maria on an Austrian hillside? That’ll be The Sound

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of Music, which plays on 27 August, when you could also catch epic Indian historical masterpiece Bajirao Mastani. The films show at the same time; you pick which audio to listen to and screen to watch (don’t forget to take your own headphones). “Movies on the Meadows weekend was a massive hit last year with 2,800 people over the four days, so obviously we are really excited to be bringing such huge titles to Grantchester again this year,” says Cambridge Film Festival marketing manager, Owen Baker. “There really is something for everyone, with a great mix of films in a perfect outdoor setting. Our Bollywood film, Bajirao Mastani, will look absolutely stunning under the stars, and personally I can’t wait for the amazing Bill Murray double header of Groundhog Day and Ghostbusters on Saturday and Monday!” n Tickets for Movies on the Meadows are on sale now at the Arts Picturehouse Cinema and online through the Cambridge Film Festival website. camfilmfest.com/ grantchester

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La La Land, Ferris Bueller’s Day Off, Singin’ in the Rain

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The Sound of Music, Bajirao Mastani, Sing

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Summer at the Museums. S TAV E O F F S C H O O L H O L S B O R E D O M W I T H S P E C I A L AC T I V I T I E S A N D A DV E N T U R E S AT T H E U N I V E R S I T Y OF CAMBRIDGE MUSEUMS

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ummer at the Museums continues this month, serving up more great, low-cost events for the whole family to enjoy. Running until 3 September, it’s hosted by the University of Cambridge Museums, a group that includes The Polar Museum, The Fitzwilliam and the Sedgwick Museum of Earth Sciences, to name a few. There’s a huge programme of fun to get stuck into, from old-fashioned games to high-tech computer wizardry. Here’s a taster of what’s in store. FUN & GAMES: Under fives can bring along their favourite teddies and listen to storyteller extraordinaire Marion Leeper at the Norris Museum on 16 August – there will also be the chance to meet some very old teddies indeed, and to join in with activities. On the same day over at Denny Abbey & Farmland Museum, find out about the life of a professional joker in Jester Around, where you can follow the joke trail and make your own juggling balls. On the 17th, take a trip back in time for some Victorian seaside fun at Ely Museum, complete with piers, parasols and a Punch & Judy show. A rather more recent slice of history is being recreated over at Burwell Museum in Summer Crazes and Comics on the 10th, where you’ll experience summer, 20th century style. Expect tie-dying, space-hopping, cartoons and a bit of dancing. CREATIVE: If your kids have a creative streak, there’s plenty of arty, crafty fun in store which they’ll adore. Have a go at traditional Victorian crafts at Burwell Museum on 17 August, make gargoyle masks out of clay at All Saint’s Church on 1 August, and create Roman mosaics at St Neots Museum on the 24th. You can also make mineral charms to hang in your window or on a necklace at the Sedgwick Museum on 19 August. TECHY: If you’ve got a future digital tycoon on your hands, there’s plenty of techy fun to tempt. Over nines can build their own adventure game using Twine, a tool for creating interactive online stories, on 23 August at the Centre for Computing History. There are hours of entertainment to be had building fantastical tales of dragons, spaceships or spies, which your friends can then play on! Also at the CCH, you can design your own games controller using unexpected items on the 3rd, and build yourself an electronic dice on the 2nd. Another highlight is sure to be the family engineering mornings at Cambridge Museum of Technology (2 and 23 August), when you can join the Cambridge University Engineering Department and work together as a family to design, build and test a rocket. NATURE LOVERS: There’s a crop of events inspired by the natural world, too, from a glimpse into the lives of animals in the coldest parts of the world at the Polar Museum on 29 August, to an insight into the feathered friends of the Fens on 9 August with Fenland Birds at Wisbech & Fenland Museum. You can also join in with an atmospheric dusk tour of the Botanic Garden on 11 August, learn how to be eco-friendly with your pets at Ely Museum on 24 August, and listen to the tale of the scared lion at the Museum of Classical Archaeology on 17 August. n Times and prices vary. For the full programme, visit museums.cam.ac.uk

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The Art Insider.

RUTHIE COLLINS, FOUNDE R OF CA MBRIDGE ART SALON, GIVES HER ART Y PICKS OF THE MONTH

on’t Panic, to quote the title of a track by Kuba, one of Cambridge’s best electronica artists – August is here. Time to escape the stresses of the everyday. Or, if you are young, put on a rave in a field in Cambridgeshire, apparently, according to reports on a trend sweeping the county; “let us dance in the sun, wearing wild flowers in our hair” as American poet, Susan Polis Shutz says. Cambridge has a little-known slice of art history steeped in rave, with Cambridge Junction (which has happily just been awarded over two million pounds by the Arts Council – excellent news!) being founded straight out of the rave scene of the 1980s. But if carting around a sound system doesn’t appeal, try art-hunting in the country jewels surrounding Cambridge this month instead. Many country houses have magnificent art collections as well as flourishing gardens – such as those of the National Trust’s Anglesey Abbey, not only home to a fine

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collection of paintings by the likes of Turner and Van Dyck, but also a smattering of neo-classical sculptures throughout its gardens. Families flock here for its tree house, trails and massive play park, but it’s possible to find corners for a secluded picnic amidst understated beauty. Cambridge’s leading edgy art duo, Aid and Abet (comprising David Kefford and Sarah Evans), is currently working on Transitions In Time, a major project with Peckover House in Wisbech. The shared artistic legacy of the families connected to the house is extraordinary, from Alexander Peckover himself, to ‘art world grandee’ (The Spectator) Roland Penrose, a Surrealist painter and pal to the likes of Miro, Picasso and Max Ernst. While the commission itself won’t be showcased until next year, the stunning Georgian house, with a walled garden (featuring 60 species of rose!) and tearoom, is open to the public, a cultural pitstop on the heritage circuit surrounding the city. Or, if heading out to the coast, Mount Amelia, restored country house in Norfolk village Ingoldisthorpe, holds treasures

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Above The house and gardens at Anglesey Abbey near Newmarket are an absolute treasure trove of art, largely thanks to Lord Fairhaven, who bought the property unseen at auction in 1926. Over the following years, Lord Fairhaven curated an extraordinarily varied collection, including work by Gainsborough, Claude Lorrain, and the earliest known likeness of Henry VIII. Above right Much loved, often imitated, the incomparable Quentin Blake

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by Cambridge artists Loukas Morley and Chris Wood in the garden. Open for bed and breakfast or self catering, it’s a short drive from the beach. You can also see Loukas exhibiting his stunning abstracts at Co. at Number 15 in Cherry Hinton throughout August. Meanwhile, Heong Gallery is host to Quentin Blake, The Best of All Possible Worlds, until October. Quentin Blake, of course, is one of the world’s most renowned illustrators, of Roald Dahl fame. This is the first major retrospective of the artist, and of his work with Folio Society – it’s a joy to visit. “I suppose illustration tends to live in the streets, rather than in the hermetically sealed atmosphere of the museum, and consequently it has come to be taken less seriously,” Blake once said. This relatively new addition to central Cambridge’s circuit of galleries has hosted a variety of world-acclaimed art (including Ai Wei Wei last summer). It’s fantastic to see illustration given such a serious platform, and Blake’s work sings to the eye. Based at Downing College, it’s open just four days a week: Wednesdays, Fridays,

Saturdays and Sundays (12 to 5pm), so plan your visit before popping in. Blake once also said he hoped his drawings would inspire other people to imagine their own pictures. So why not join Urban Sketchers in taking illustration back to the streets? This friendly, supportive meet-up for artists and illustrators is getting back to basics, on paper, in numerous spots all over the city. “Cambridge is good for drawing and illustrating because there’s a big art community,” Shane Swann of Shane Swann Illustration tells me, who has been catching the eye of many with his enormous, meticulous drawings of animals – winning him acclaim at the Cambridge Drawing Society’s Pitt Building show early this year. You can catch his works at SoVegan café in North London in August, too. Meanwhile, if you are one of the many animal lovers getting excited about the Museum of Zoology reopening later this autumn, head to museum.zoo.cam.ac.uk and download the free-to-use Arts Council supported Animal Safari Trail, helping to identify animal sculpture around the city. Families searching for fun stuff to do over the holidays should also put the Fitzwilliam Museum’s Family Art Week in your diaries, from Tuesday 2 August to Thursday 4 August, drop in sessions from 11am to 1pm, or 2pm to 4pm. Part of Summer at the Museums, it’s a rare chance to see children and parents take over the museum, with activities for all ages – from workshops and treasure hunts to guided tours, plus a chance to come home with your own artworks, or add to a group installation. It’s little shock to learn the Fitzwilliam Museum has been attracting record numbers this year. Failing all that, head over to Somerset this month to see Kuba performing at Whirlygig festival, 17 to 20 August. As Yoko Ono says, “summer passes and one remembers one’s exuberance”. So whatever you do, enjoy it. n

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THE VERSIONS OF US, L AU R A B A R N E T T

A perfect summer read, this novel offers vintage Cambridge-set fiction with a narrative twist. A literary take on Sliding Doors, three versions of the same love story, this is intelligent fiction that anyone who has fallen in love in the city will adore. Cambridge springs to life throughout the decades, with timeless, understated glamour. Read it: listening to jazz.

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Drawing inspiration from Cambridge’s colourful Mill Road, The Cambridge Curry Club is set in the fictional IndiaNeed charity shop, with three hilarious heroines of Indian

Goodhew is also a favourite. In Cambridge Black, Goodhew faces his grandfather’s murder, while Amy, whose father was imprisoned when she was seven, sets about clearing her father’s name 22 years later. The past is disturbed, in more ways than one... Read it: sipping ice-cold White Russians.

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THE DRESS SHOP OF DREAMS, MENNA VA N P R A AG

A magical writer, Menna’s novels are inspirational. Each book is set in Cambridge, and she has a compelling style that is perfect for summer. The Dress Shop of Dreams has everything you might wish for while on that sun-lounger, beach or riverbank: gorgeous dresses, blissful transformation and true love. Read it: eating chocolate brownies.

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origin, plus an Irishwoman, at its heart. Crisp, funny reading. But no curry – the title is a tongue-in-cheek nod to post-colonialism! Winner of Cambridgeshire Book of the Decade in 2012. Read it: in a cafe on Mill Road.

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D E A R A M Y, H E L E N C A L L AG H A N

This Sunday Times bestselling psychological thriller from Cambridge-based Callaghan is gripping. When agony aunt Margaret receives letters from Bethan Avery, who’s been missing for 20 years, asking for help, she’s convinced they are linked to the disappearance of a local schoolgirl. Can she solve the puzzle; will it cost her her life? Read it: sipping a cocktail on Varsity's rooftop (this happens in the novel!)

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Bruce is one of Cambridge’s most popular crime writers, and her hero DC Gary

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Just. Wonderful. Kate Tempest has it right when she says this collection of poems and stories on parenthood is ‘welcoming, galvanising and beautiful’. This should be on the counter at Mothercare, alongside the Peppa Pig chocolates and copies of Gurgle magazine. Empowering, reassuring and stirring stuff. Read it: if you want to know what having a baby is really like.

This is a novel that gets under your skin. Layers of tension between old and new crackle in pretty, sometimes claustrophobic Cambridge. Stott has ground up the city’s skeletons to produce a literary thriller drenched in science and alchemy. Featuring one of the city’s most famous scientists, Isaac Newton. Read it: with the doors locked.

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From the author of White Teeth, Cambridge University alumnus Zadie Smith, comes Swing Time (just out in paperback) – a story of music and friendship. The novel is a roaring love song about the ways that music and dance shape us. With two girls on neighbouring housing estates with dreams of being dancers at its core, it moves between north-west London and West Africa. Read it: in between dances.

Frailty, from bestselling author Betsy Reavley, is a nail-biting psychological thriller exploring the devastation that ensues after eight-year-old Hope goes missing from a sleepy Cambridgeshire village. A book that will make you cry, it’s published by Bloodhound Fiction. Reavley was nominated for the Crime Writers Association Dagger Award in 2017. Read it: with a stiff drink of whisky.

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The ultimate Cambridge crime story with priest-detective Sydney Chambers, this is the first in the now-famous Grantchester Mysteries series. Set in 1950s Cambridge, complete with college-based crimes, a Labrador dog (Dickens) and a sidekick, Inspector Geordie Keating. The latest release in the series is Sidney Chambers and the Persistence of Love. Read it: after wild swimming in Grantchester.

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A Cambridge-set bestselling novel, whose victim, Edith, is a beautiful, EM Forsterloving post-grad student at Clare College, and whose female lead is a detective, DS Bradshaw. Nominated one of the 10 Best Mysteries by Wall Street Journal, this is a book whose details and references to local, real crime add eerie realism. The follow-up, Persons Unknown, has just been released in hardback. Read it: being punted along The Backs.

A tour de force in literary fiction, Booker prize-winning Possession has it all: sex, mystery and poetry. One of the best literary romps set in academia of all time, the story alternates between Victorian England and the present day. It will delight lovers of English literature and those fascinated by historical fiction, or simply the rituals of love. Read it: by torchlight, camping (you won’t want to put it down).

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1 Hero eats. T H R E E T H I N GS YO U N E E D TO E AT IN CAMBRIDGE R I G H T N OW

Chop House Bacon Chop.

If you haven’t brunched at the Cambridge Chop House yet, put it top of your foodie to-do list. There’s a gargantuan full English on offer, plus buttery toast topped with smoked kippers, but hands-down the menu star is the bacon chop. I guarantee you’ll be back for more once you’ve tried this brekkie triumph, with its thick, juicy slab of bacon, dollops of velvety hollandaise sauce, perfectly poached egg and scrumptious sweet potato and red onion hash. A total winner.

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N A N N A M E X I C O ’S B I G A S S B U R R I TO . Oh, what joy Nanna Mexico’s bulging silver parcels summon. A bite from this treasured Mexican eatery is always a treat – none more so than when you choose the famed, fêted and fabulously named Big Ass Burrito. Choose your own fillings – we particularly like the carnitas (slow cooked pork) and tinga (chicken and chorizo in chipotle) – then sit back, relax and sink your teeth into a soft tortilla encasing a symphony of meat, rice, beans, cheese and zingy salsas. As the name suggests, they’re HUGE, and you’ll want a pile of napkins to mop up the delicious debris – but the mess is well worth it.

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U R B A N L A R D E R ’S S C OTC H E G G S . The Scotch egg is having a bit of a moment – and there are a few very good options around Cambridge for enjoying a fine golden globe of deliciousness. But our current favourites are the variety of flavours served up at Mill Road’s lovely Urban Larder. Hailing from the kitchen of The Free Press pub, choose a leek and bacon, chorizo or colourful beetroot and lentil Scotch egg, all of which are flavour packed and pleasingly hefty. Perfect picnic fare for a summer outing.

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SMOKEWORKS II OPENS.

LOCAL RESTAURANT group Cambscuisine is delighted to introduce SmokeWorks Station Road, which opened its doors in June. Just like its sister restaurant on Free School Lane, you can expect lipsmackingly good barbecue food in a cool, steampunk setting, plus a bar serving up tasty cocktails and craft beers. The motto at SmokeWorks is Slow.Cooked.Fast, meaning they go to great lengths to achieve barbecue perfection; rubbing, brining and smoking ribs and joints in their own Cambridge smokery for up to 14 hours to achieve maximum flavour and melt-in-the-mouth tenderness. Elsewhere on the menu, tuck into pulled pork buns, hot dogs with slaw and the soon-to-be-legendary B.O.B – a juicy 6oz beef patty topped with pulled pork, smoked bacon, apple sauce, garlic mayo and gherkins. A dish not to miss is the all-new Bone Marrow Bourbon Luge – roasted bone marrow with pulled beef brisket and toast, served with a shot of buffalo trace bourbon! For the interior design, Cambscuisine once again worked with Loci Interiors, who’ve created a great space with lots of cool features like interactive service switches and an innovative tiered seating area in the bar. Station Road is also hot on brunch, offering dishes like smoked and pulled beef brisket with poached egg and Béarnaise sauce, or their take on a full English, the Big Smoke (fried eggs, grilled tomato, flat mushroom, BBQ beans, SmokeWorks sausage, bacon, toast and potato tots). Brunching with friends? Go for the Pancake Feast: a stack of 2O pancakes, bourbon maple flavoured syrup, buttermilk sauce, peanut butter sauce, pulled pork, crispy bacon and caramelised bananas. The SmokeWorks team are buzzing with energy, ready to welcome you soon at the new SmokeWorks – you’ll be relieved to hear Station Road, unlike Free School Lane, has tables available to book in advance. Or if you’re having a ‘can’t be bothered to cook’ night, grab a takeaway on your way to the station or order online via Deliveroo.

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Gin Club at Willow Tree.

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If your spirit of choice is gin, then you’re in for a treat at The Willow Tree in Bourn. Gin Club – the first rule of which is that you enjoy and discover a collection of splendid gins – is limited to just 20 places, so move fast. Ginmeister Alice Archer, of Cambridge Wine Merchants, provides a gin journey inside the Willow Tipi on 18 August, from 8pm to 10.30pm. There are two price options: £25 for gin tasting and £40 for tasting combined with the chef’s tapas platter. feastandfrolic.co.uk/the-willow-tree

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Oh, how quickly Thirsty Riverside has become a favourite haunt for Cambridge folk, transitioning smoothly from new-in-town novelty to essential sunny day stop-off on the eating and drinking trail of the city. Located in the garden of the Museum of Technology, on the banks of the Cam, this biergarten has been happily filling up our tums with great street food from local traders and tempting our taste buds with top wines and craft beers all summer long. We’re pleased to see that they’re now upping their game even further with the launch of open air cinema events and a new monthly farmers’ market, which will take place on the second Saturday of each month. Thirsty (& Hungry) will bring together food and drinks producers from across Cambridge and East Anglia, as well as a few selected traders from London. The first event last month saw punters trying and buying their way around tipples from Old Friends Brewery and Hot Numbers Coffee, as well as home-made cakes from Kath’s Kitchen, savoury treats from Pie & Cheese Man and meat from Perinelli Salami, among lots more. You can expect more of the same at this month’s event, which takes place on 13 August, plus loads of lovely booze from Thirsty and brunches and lunches from food trucks. Keep an eye on Thirsty’s twitter @ThirstyCamb for updates.

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NEW POP-UP FOR CAMBRIDGE.

After a flurry of action a while back, the pop-up scene in Cambridge seemed to be on the wane lately, so hurrah for Lambs Leaf, a brand-new supper club concept which launched in July. The venture is the brainchild of James Negus and Sam Pitchers, a pair of foodies who are currently searching for a premises in Cambridge for their own restaurant. The first pop-up took place last month at Cherry Hinton’s Co at No. 15, offering a taste of the delicious things to come from the pair. Their whole philosophy is all about creating meals in which top-quality veg takes centre stage. “We love showing how versatile and delicious vegetables can be,” explains James – the son of a vegetable farming family. “Our menu lets the humble vegetable be at the heart of the plate, whilst still being accompanied by high-quality meat, game and fish, if desired. We are also about sharing; of food, a great way of bringing friends and families together; and of knowledge, we want to share our knowledge with our customers so they are inspired to use more vegetables. “Our concept is based on customers choosing their own protein for mains, before choosing seasonal vegetable dishes to share. The menu will consist of nibbles, aperitifs, starters, mains, desserts, coffees/teas and a really interesting beer, spirit and wine list.” Catch them in action every Thursday at Co at No. 15, on 15 September at Hot Numbers (Trumpington Street) and on 4 October at Hot Numbers (Gwydir Street).

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Authentic German beer and food are integral parts of Oktoberfest, and the Cambridge version, which began last year, has them and so much more. Over a long weekend, from 31 August to 3 September, visitors can experience everything that makes a real Oktoberfest: live music, full decoration, a giant tent for 2,000 people on Jesus Green and, of course, the appropriate clothing, with waitresses and waiters dressed in dirndl and lederhosen. The tent is filled with long tables and the delicious beer is specially made for the event. Organisers are certain you won’t want to sit for long. Indeed, while you’re singing along to the live music, you might want to stand on the benches – it’s allowed! Ticket prices vary, with package options also available. cambridge-oktoberfest.co.uk

BULL & BASS.

Hilton Cambridge City Centre hotel has recently unveiled Bull & Bass, a smart new restaurant serving up a sumptuous selection of ‘surf and turf’ dishes. With an emphasis on sustainably sourced, quality British ingredients and seasonality, there’s a lovely choice of meat and seafood dishes. Located on the first floor of the hotel, the restaurant’s design is sleek and modern, and the uber-central location on Downing Street takes some beating if you’re after a post-shopping spree feast, complete with rejuvenating cocktails. “Our goal was to create a classy, whilst relaxed, environment, to bring a lot of cheer and new flavours to both our hotel residents and locals in Cambridge alike,” says Richard Finn, general manager for Hilton Cambridge City Centre. “The Cambridge restaurant scene has so much to offer both residents and visitors, and I believe we wanted to be identified by something unique to us.” hilton.com

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After a long wait, the mysterious Soboro Bakery on Petty Cury finally put us all out of our misery and opened its doors in July, and, we promise you it’s worth a visit! An Asianinspired bakery, it’s the first of its kind in the UK, serving up a huge range of tempting Japanese and Korean delicacies, along with some favourites from closer to home. It’s open from breakfast through to the early evening, and has a café area inside where you can sit and enjoy your freshly-made treats. Expect matcha croissants, yuzu lemon and cheese rolled cakes and chicken katsu sandwiches, plus a variety of hot meals. “The high street is full of places selling sandwiches and pastries,” explains business development manager Darren Church. “But we believe that British customers love to try anything different so long as it’s tasty and exciting. Soboro is going to be a place where people will want to meet friends, relax with a coffee or just grab something wonderful to take away. It’s not quite like anything else around and we’re delighted to be bringing the first Soboro to Cambridge.” soboro.uk.com

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As much as we love the indies here at Cambridge Edition, Café Rouge on Bridge Street is a bit of a favourite, with its cute Parisian bistro styling and top location down by Quayside. We’re rather liking the look of their new, sun-drenched set menu, which is packed with indulgent treats. Feast on steamed moules cooked in basil and pine nut pesto and white wine (served with a good heap of golden frites, of course!), or go for a lighter salad, such as the smoked Barbary duck number with orange segments, fennel and walnuts. When it comes to sating your sweet tooth, enjoy fruity delights like a summer berry parfait or zingy lemon posset with crunchy almond tuile. Wash it all done with a Gin Bloom or French Garden Fizz, which features elderflower petal, fresh mint, lemon and lime. Heaven! caferouge.com

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talking though, with a great choice of craft beers, local real ales, ciders and bourbons (which you can add to your beer – creating a ‘boilermaker’). Cocktail highlights, meanwhile, include the Double Barrel, a SmokeWorks take on the classic Sazerac, served on the rocks and billowing with smoke! Fancy a nibble? Choose from pulled pork sausage rolls, crispy chicken wings, pretzels with salted caramel and chili broad beans.

Possibly the offering getting us most hot under the collar right now though is the Bone Marrow Bourbon Luge: a roasted bone marrow topped with pulled beef brisket and pickled onions, served with toast and a shot of bourbon to pour down the bone luge when you’re finished. Snap up one of these beasties and you get your photo on the Bone Yard board of fame! smokeworks.co.uk

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A thatched inn on the edge of the village green in ludicrously picturesque Barrington, The Royal Oak has a lot to tempt those in search of an English country pub with bags of charm – even more so now that the team behind Heydon’s acclaimed King William IV have taken the reins. Anyone who’s visited will know the location to be beautiful, and The Royal Oak takes full advantage of it, with plenty of outside seating overlooking the green (believed to be the longest in England, no less!); but it’s the new menu which has really got us itching for a visit as soon as possible. So committed are the team to creating fantastic food that they’ve even built their own on-site smokery, which will be put to delicious use in dishes including oak-smoked beef short ribs with bourbon and burnt end sauce. Elsewhere on the menu, feast on low and slow cooked pork belly with a warm Scotch egg, juicy burgers with bacon jam in a brioche bun, and sides including mac and cheese and meaty barbecue beans. There are also great craft beers and cocktails to be drunk – and the new, refreshed look inside is pretty great too. We’ll see you there! royaloakbarrington.co.uk

Greener Growth. The Tickell Arms in Whittlesford has joined forces with Greener Growth in a project to make the most of its beer garden, rose garden and pond, whilst promoting staff well-being. Greener Growth’s aim is to promote conservation and biodiversity, with a focus on social cohesion. Founder Joannah Metcalfe and her team are transforming the gardens with the help of staff, who are growing produce which is then prepared by the chefs. In tandem with this, Joannah holds regular staff well-being sessions that consider nutrition and stress relief. Head chef Jay Witt said: “Having fresh produce in the garden is brilliant. We use it for salads

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and special garnishes like sautéed rainbow chard, herbs for the mayonnaise, rhubarb for the duck breast and we have the currants still to come. Often when we are out picking these, customers in the garden ask us questions about what we are cooking. It’s great to have this interaction, as normally chefs don’t have this.” Some of Greener Growth’s other projects include working with prisoners and ex-offenders to grow their own food. Joannah hopes the Tickell Arms project will help sow seeds for bringing this marriage of greener spaces and staff well-being to other businesses in the area. cambscuisine.com

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SESSION ALE BY O L D F R I E N D S .

With an avowed goal of bringing a slice of the craft revolution to its beloved home town of Cambridge, Old Friends Brewery make a great little range of craft beers. Our current fave is the Session Ale – a well-hopped, fizzy and crisp little number with a nicely bitter edge. Ideal sunny day drinking material. Where to get it: Novi, La Maison Du Steak, Thirsty, Bacchanalia & more

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N I N T H BY C A LV E R L E Y ’S .

A family-run microbrewery and tap bar tucked away on Hooper Street where you can sit and taste your way through brilliant brews, Calverley’s has become an essential stop on the beer map of Cambridge. This offering, Ninth, is a white pale ale with a gentle hoppy flavour and a slight, satisfying, bitter edge. Extra points for the awesome bottle artwork (by local illustrator Ollie St Clair Terry). Where to get it: Calverley’s Brewery

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SA F F R O N E PA BY SA F F R O N B R E W E RY.

An artisan brewery based in Henham, Saffron Brewery uses top-quality ingredients to make exceptionally tasty ales. The Saffron EPA is a summer drinking winner which sings with elderflower and refreshing hints of blackcurrant. Pack a few in a cool bag and slurp them while you punt down to Grantchester. Where to get it: Direct via saffronbrewery.co.uk, or shops including Waitrose and Joseph Barnes Wines

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M A RT Y R BY BISHOP NICK.

A seriously hopped-up beer that demands your taste buds’ attention, this is a musttry for lovers of American-style IPA. It’s made by Bishop Nick, an Essex-based brewery, and boasts impressive depth of flavour, from the spicy floral bitterness to the sweet maltiness underneath. Where to get it: Direct from bishopnick. com, The Larder at Burwash Manor and local pubs including The Cambridge Brew House and The Hopbine

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THE BEST LOCAL BEERS T O S L A K E YO U R T H I R S T THIS SUMMER WORDS NICOLA FOLEY P H OTO G R A P H Y J E M M A D O D D

T H E E S S E X S E R P E N T BY SA F F R O N B R E W E RY.

Another from Saffron Brewery, this one, inspired by the book of the same name, is for fans of a traditional bitter. The brewery’s bestseller, even the beautiful label matches the famous novel’s cover. The ale itself is reddish-brown in hue, with a velvety smoothness and hints of roasted nuts and fruity floral aromas. Where to get it: Direct via saffronbrewery.co.uk, or shops including Waitrose and Joseph Barnes Wines

SAU V I G N O N B LO N D E BY C R A F T Y B E E R S . A real hit on the local scene, this brilliantly-named number is a golden ale from Crafty Beers, based near Stetchworth. Its distinctive flavour – reminiscent of the most famous Kiwi wine of all – comes from the Nelson Sauvin hops which are brought all the way from New Zealand. Where to get it: Direct from craftybeers.co.uk, or pubs including The White Swan in Stow cum Quy

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s Ella Fitzgerald sang so eloquently, it’s ‘summertime… and the living is easy’. We all love to feel carefree and enjoy life, especially during the summer months. August is the peak of the season, whether we are off on holiday, just back, or simply enjoying the short-lived English summer – there’s cricket, picnics and long summer evenings. When the sun is shining what could be simpler and more refreshing than a chilled, crisp white wine? We want to enjoy lovely, lip-smacking citrus and herbal notes, the sort of wines that makes us think of summer meadows and English gardens, or that we enjoy sitting on a beach or lounging by a hotel pool. Where to start? We want zesty, racy wines – the sort that give us a refreshing lift at this time of year. So, I follow a few easy ground rules and go by grape style. Here are my top suggestions.

P I C P O U L D E P I N E T.

This really is a crowd-pleasing wine: super fresh, no oak, these are lively, zesty wines often with a herbal quality. Originating from the Languedoc where this grape has been grown for centuries, it marries perfectly with Mediterranean foods, in particular anchovies or salt cod, where it counters the savouriness brilliantly. Wine suggestion: Cuvée Caroline, Picpoul de Pinet, Moret Languedoc, France £11.40

M U S C A D E T.

Hailing from the Loire Valley, this wine can be described as Picpoul’s northern cousin! Fresh and citrusy with great acidity, it’s got a lively character. There is often a ‘salty’ quality to this wine and a minerality that allows it to hold up well against vinaigrettes and other dressings, but it can also cut through richer, creamy sauces. Its true calling however is bivalves (mussels, oysters and other Atlantic seafood). Watch out for bottles that state ‘Sur Lie’ as they can exhibit a richer texture and more pronounced honeyed or floral notes, as they have been aged on the lees (yeast cells left after fermentation). Wine suggestion: Muscadet Sèvre et Maine, Les Roitelières, Famille Bougrier, Loire, France £11

G R Ü N E R V E LT L I N E R .

The white grape of Austria gives us a delicious, pure, mineral wine. This refreshing, citrusy wine often shows characteristics of white pepper, dill, celery or even gherkin. Drink with classic dishes such as schnitzel or counter with Thai and other Asian spices. These wines, when sourced from top vineyards, can age fantastically, becoming fuller bodied with lemon, honey and a nuttiness that stands up admirably against great Chardonnays of the same age. Wine suggestion: Grüner Veltliner Renner, Allram,

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Kamptal, Austria £23.50 From one of the top single vineyards of the Allram estate in the wine growing region of Kamptal, Austria. This weighty and expressive Grüner Veltliner has a finesse and elegance that just gets better with age.

ALBARINO.

Originating in Galicia in North West Spain, close to the Atlantic, this wine shows its sea-breezy origins with a slight salinity, minerality and zingy acidity, but can also exhibit peachy notes and hints of blossom in slightly fuller styles. This makes it both fresh and charming. Experiment by combining with all kinds of seafood, from shellfish risottos, sashimi and fresh white crab to seafood stew; it’s also delicious with the light creaminess of burrata or goat’s cheese with beetroot. Wine suggestion: Puerta Santa Albariño, Bodega Morgadío, Rías Baixas, Spain £12.70 Like oral lightning bolts, these styles – with their common thread of freshness, acidity and citrus – are wines for those with a zest for life. To top it all they offer great value, as well as vibrancy and easy appeal. These wines are fun… Enjoy! n All wines available from Thirsty | 46 Chesterton Road, Cambridge, CB4 1EN | wearethirsty.co.uk

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ocktail time has a wonderful ring to it, doesn’t it? The whole concept of the cocktail is wrapped in glamour, a symbol of an elegant era, where having a Martini or a margarita come 5pm was the done thing. How very civilised! Cocktails are back in vogue, with a focus on artisan spirits and craft cocktails, and we definitely seem to have collectively fallen back in love with them. The good news is that the ultimate celebration of the cocktail is coming to Cambridge Corn Exchange at the end of the month. The Cambridge Cocktail Weekend returns for its second year, bigger and better with what promises to be a cocktail-tastic three days – 25-27 August are the dates for your diary – a perfect party mix of drinks, music and fun. The team behind the weekend are from two of the best and longest established cocktail bars in town, Ta Bouche and La Raza, both of which have been open and thriving for more than 14 years. Working alongside Cambridge Live, the vision was to create an event that

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would highlight and celebrate the growing skill and excellence to be found in Cambridge’s cocktail bars. “Last year was fantastic fun, with some brilliant bars offering a choice of over 50 cocktails, and the live bands in the evening created a real party atmosphere,” said organiser and owner of La Raza and Ta Bouche, Charles Anderson. “This year we have a great mix of local bars, plus bars run by global superstar brands – so expect some cutting-edge and delicious drinks. We have also focused on developing a fantastic programme of free, fun interactive workshops during the day, designed to entertain any cocktail lover.” Some great new additions to the bars line-up include the Ketel One Bloody Mary Kitchen, where you can make your own Bloody Mary, choosing from an array of spices! A funky offering from the irreverent Monkey Shoulder Whisky in the form of its Tea Trolley, serving up a mini party alongside some incredible cocktails made with this malt whisky blend. There will be a garden bar from Novi, a beach bar from Ta Bouche, and keep an eye out for the Belvedere Bar serving fabulous low calorie vodka spritz cocktails!

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Cocktail Weekend: Bar Highlights. THE KETEL ONE VODKA KITCHEN Make your own Bloody Mary using an array of spices, all under expert guidance!

WORLD CLASS RANGE BAR Featuring luxury spirit brands Bulleit Bourbon and Tanqueray Ten – classy cocktails using premium spirits, served up in style at the biggest bar at the event. NOVI Go to the garden bar, chill out and enjoy delicious botanical cocktails! HIDDEN ROOMS Classic cocktails and try your hand at Vodka roulette – can you pick the vodka and win? TA BOUCHE Beach bar brilliance from the fun and funky team at Ta Bouche. Tiki Tales will teach you all you need to know about the next cocktail craze. LA RAZA Contemporary classics using modern-day, scientific techniques, pushing the boundaries of cocktail creation with salt baths, foams and edible cocktails! THE MONKEY SHOULDER TEA TROLLEY A tea trolley like no other, a party on wheels, complete with cocktail decks to create a very dinky disco. BELVEDERE BAR The latest trend in refreshing, low calorie long drinks – Belvedere Spritz cocktails are the biz! PINKSTER GIN Perfect Pinkster cocktails and join founder Stephen Marsh for the Pinkster presents sessions, ‘The Agreeable British Guide to Cocktail Hour at Home’. CRANES LIQUEURS Cranberries to cocktails – learn how Cranes Liqueur is made and make your own cocktail with this delicious local drink.

The mix of music is also set to enliven the senses: Friday night will see the return of Swagger, who had the crowd dancing from the moment they set foot on stage last year. Saturday has the incredible Big Ten, the hugely-talented ska band, who are sure to cause much jumping up and down. Indietones close the weekend on Sunday night, with some energetic indie-rock – get ready to lose your voice and play much air guitar. To top it all off the team has made sure there is some stunning street food on offer, to ensure you have some sustenance to see you through all that dancing and singing, and sampling of lovely cocktails! Nanna Mexico will run a salsa and tortilla chip bar, perfect to nibble along with the odd margarita or mojito, as well as platters of delicious Mexican food. Warm and Toastie will provide the most delicious comfort food to line our tums (your mum will be pleased) – how about a carb-tastic, mac and cheese toasted sandwich for the ideal blotting paper to soak up those cocktails! n Tickets are available from local participating bars (La Raza, Ta Bouche, Novi, Hidden Rooms) or online via cambridgecocktailweekend.co.uk

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Vladimir Hromek, Executive Head Chef at SmokeWorks (Free School Lane & newly opened on Station Road), gives his tips to help you barbecue like a pro

Perfect low ’n’ slow ribs. Don’t be afraid to foil the ribs. You can cook the ribs for two to three hours then add more flavouring or barbecue sauce, foil and put them back on the barbecue. Glaze the ribs with patience! We repeatedly glaze our ribs, waiting for the glaze to be absorbed by the meat each time. Try this SmokeWorks ribs recipe:

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40g coarse sea salt 28g light brown sugar 5g black peppercorns 5g fennel seeds

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Grind all the ingredients together in a spice grinder or pestle and mortar. Rub the ribs generously and leave overnight to absorb the flavours. Cook on the barbecue the next day on a low heat and finish with a barbecue sauce glaze, brushed on patiently in individual layers allowing the meat to absorb the sauce and caramelise between each layer. The barbecue sauce is caramelised by the heat; then brush on another layer of sauce and return to the barbecue. Repeat diligently until you have the perfect caramelised finish!

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Barbecue corn on the cob with chicken skin & beef dripping. I N G R E D I E N TS

50g chicken skin, roasted and crisp 25g smoked paprika 1tsp sea salt 1 dollop of beef dripping, shopbought or left over from a roast

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You can either barbecue the corn directly on the barbecue for 25 to 30 mins or, if short on time, pre-boil the corn for ten minutes and then finish it off on the barbecue. Blitz the crispy chicken skin, smoked paprika and salt in a food processor, then sprinkle it over the barbecue corn along with a drizzle of melted beef dripping.

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Lots of people wonder why they can’t get good results with cheap, disposable barbecues, and the answer lies in the quality of the coal. Great quality coal allows you to better control the temperature of the barbecue so you don’t end up with black sausages that are raw in the middle! We recommend spending a little extra on something really good quality, such as coconut husk coal.

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It’s worth splashing out on good quality meat – go to any independent, goodquality butchers and your barbecue will taste better, it’s as simple as that. My local for family barbecues is Art of Meat in Arbury. Another tip is to let the meat rest – lots of barbecues have hot holding shelves which are designed for this purpose, so make sure you use them! Five to ten minutes allows the meat juices to redistribute through the meat and be reabsorbed so it’ll be tender and juicy.

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You put the coals in the chimney, start it with a blow torch, fire starters or newspaper, wait till the coals are amber and then spread them across the grate. There are two techniques – for direct grilling you want an even spread of the coals for even heat across the grate. For low ’n’ slow you want the heat on one side of the grate and the meat on the other side so it cooks slower.

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Charles Bradford, managing director at The Gog, gives the lowdown on choosing the best meat for your barbecue I T ’S A L L A B O U T T H E ‘ W OW ’

At The Gog, there’s been a distinct change in barbecue meat-buying habits. Gone are the complicated days of cooking several different bits of meat (burger, chicken drumstick, spare rib and so forth), to that of cooking single joints: much simpler and much more impressive! From tomahawk steaks and spatchcock chickens to the South American cut ‘Picanha’ steaks or butterflied legs of lamb, single joints of meat are the way to go.

LOW ’ N ’ S LOW C O O K I N G

There’s also a great trend towards the ‘low ’n’ slow’; that’s typically cooking for ten hours plus on a low temperature (115 °C). Whilst slow-cooked ‘pulled pork’ (pork shoulder) remains popular, now it’s all about long and slow beef briskets. Brisket is the belly, therefore should have nice layers of fat that render, best cooked for a long time. The core temperature needs to hit 90°C for that time, so investing in a decent meat thermometer is a very wise move! After allowing the meat to rest (minimum 30 minutes), shred and combine with a barbecue sauce; perfect served in a brioche bun with fried onions. 4-5kg will feed ten people.

AG E I N G M E AT

The skill of ageing meat is to develop its flavour and tenderise it. As meat ages, it loses moisture and therefore weight, which can be as much as to ten to 15%. Whilst lamb can be aged for one to two weeks, the technique mainly applies to beef. To develop a sweet, beefy smell and taste, The Gog butchers ensure their beef is aged on the bone for about four weeks and will be much drier than prepacked meat, that is often ‘wet and sticky’. Ageing isn’t just about hanging in a cold fridge – you must get the balance of humidity, airflow and temperature just right, all of which is an art on its own. Different breeds need to be aged in different ways as there are variations (size, level of fat, etc). Beware of excessive ageing as this can mask inferior meat. The Gog butchers are very happy to discuss and advise.

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DOUBLE DIP.

Level up your barbecue with some high-grade condiment action – here are a few lip-smackingly good local lovelies

C A M B R I D G E C H I L L I SAU C E C O M PA N Y H OT SAU C E S , F R O M £3. 50

If you’re a chilli-head who likes nothing more than having your socks knocked off with a blast of heat – look no further. Chilli is an art for this company, which uses loads of local ingredients and offers a huge diversity of hot sauces, plus relishes, jams and jellies. Handmade in small batches, there is something for all tastes, whether you fancy something wild, mild or in between. cambridgechilli.co.uk

S C A R L E T T & M U S TA R D C O O L & C L A S S I C TO M ATO SA L SA , £2. 99 Made using big, juicy tomatoes handpicked in Norfolk, this refreshing salsa has a dash of coriander, a zing of lime, and makes a beautiful bedfellow for barbecued meat. It’s also cracking as a dip for your crisps or slathered in tortillas. You can pick it up at the Larder at Burwash or direct via the Scarlett & Mustard website. scarlettandmustard.co.uk

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End of an Era. AS ALEX RUSHMER COOKS HIS L A S T M E A L AT T H E H O L E I N T H E WA L L , H E I N D U L G E S I N A T I N Y B I T O F N O S TA L G I A – B U T N O T TOO MUCH...

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WORDS ALEX RUSHMER P H OTO S C H A R LOT T E G R I F F I T H S

n the evening of 30 June I cooked my final service at The Hole in the Wall. Every table had been booked for weeks and it was a joy to see so many familiar faces filling the dining room of the restaurant that has become a second home to me over the previous six years. My initial instinct was to cook a menu of classics, a nostalgic nod to the dishes that I’ve created since 2011, but for some reason this glance to the past felt wrong and retrograde. I’ve never really been one for navel-gazing and, as everyone knows, nostalgia isn’t what it used to be. Instead, the chefs and I worked in the same way we always had: speaking to suppliers about what was good, and utilising the best produce we had available to create a menu that was of the moment rather than trying to recapture a time already gone. I’m not ashamed to admit there were a few tears – and not just from myself but from every single member of the team who worked tirelessly by my side right to the very end. But there was also a sense of completion. The Hole in the Wall has been providing a place to eat, drink, laugh, socialise and celebrate for over half a millennia. To have viewed myself as anything more than a custodian for a brief moment in its awesome history would have been self-important and wrong. I have always seen my role as one of stewardship, a short chapter in the lifetime of this wonderful establishment. I did the very best I could at making sure my tenure was successful and was able to do so by surrounding myself with people who cared about it as much as I did. By all accounts, we did a good job: glowing national reviews, awards aplenty and a great many very happy customers. But part of successful guardianship is knowing when it’s time to move on. There was no one factor, single occurrence or lightning bolt moment at which my decision was made. Rather – in much the same way as our menus would shift from week to week until they were unrecognisable to those from three or four months previously – it was a creeping change brought on by factors internal and external. I remain immensely proud of everything that was achieved at The Hole in the Wall and would like to thank the thousands of you who supported our endeavours since we opened our doors. As a student of archaeology I learned that one theory of evolutionary progress goes by the name of ‘punctuated equilibrium’: long periods of stasis marked by short, but significant, moments of change. Consider this a punctuation mark and definitely not the end. n

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Farm Shops.

The Gog.

We couldn’t do a round-up of great local farm shops without including The Gog – a beacon of farm-fresh foodie fabulousness in Cambridgeshire, which continues to develop its offering and scoop national awards. Established in 1919 by the Bradford family, who run it to this day, it boasts a gorgeous rural location that’s home to a butchery, café, deli and farm shop. Inside the shop is a treasure trove of edible treats, from fantastic British cheeses, fruit and veg, fresh bread and charcuterie, to irresistible sweet treats. You could easily pick up everything you need to create a beautiful meal from scratch, but their range of home-cooked ready meals is hard to beat if you’re in the market for a cheat or a quick fix. Once you’re done shopping, be sure to pay a visit to the lovely café and enjoy a coffee and a wedge of cake, or one of The Gog’s famous Scotch eggs. thegog.com

RADMORE FA R M S H O P. A firm favourite in CB4 for many years, Radmore Farm Shop moved from its home on Chesterton Road round the corner to a larger premises on Victoria Avenue, where it’s continued its cheery mission of bringing a little bit of the countryside to the city. Stocking everything from fresh fruit and veg, delicious cakes and artisan condiments to homemade burgers from the butchery, they’re a one-stop shop for both top-quality everyday essentials and exotic, specialist items. The shop stocks a huge range of produce from the family farm and other local suppliers, and you can be guaranteed a friendly greeting when you step inside. If you’re not in their neck of the woods often but are still keen to try their products – and of course champion a great local indie – check out their all-singing alldancing delivery service online. radmorefarmshop.co.uk

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THE L ARDER. From humble beginnings as an honesty box selling just sweetcorn and asparagus from Burwash Farm, The Larder has evolved into a thriving foodie hub over the last 30 years. These days, you’ll find a spacious purpose-built barn, which is packed to the rafters with fantastic foodie treats, many of them locally sourced. Shop your way around more than 80 artisan cheeses, local chutneys, smoked meats and plenty more foodie delights, from home-made cupcakes to beers from nearby breweries. There’s also farm-fresh fruit and vegetables, plus staples like milk and eggs, not to mention a huge range of oils just begging to be drizzled. The Larder’s passion for excellent produce gets showcased each year at Love Food weekend, a huge food festival that takes place in February, whilst there’s also seasonal fun to get stuck into including Apple Day in October and Sizzling Sunday – a feast of pulled pork and barbecued deliciousness featuring Burwash’s own rare breed pigs. burwashlarder.com

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Bury Lane Farm Shop.

It’s a very good sign when a farm shop is actually located on the farm from which its produce hails, which is why you can guarantee fresherthan-fresh goodies at Bury Lane, located down the road in Melbourn. Nestled among fields, glasshouses and strawberry tunnels, this familyrun shop stocks a huge diversity of great quality foods, plus gifts and kitchenware. Pick up organic meats, artisan cheeses and fish fresh from Billingsgate market, plus drinks including fine wines and locally made ciders. Once you’re all stocked up, there’s a lovely café where you can pick up light bites, home-made cakes and hearty hot meals. Got little ones in tow? Dispatch them at the Bury Lane Fun Barn next door, a purpose-built kidtopia complete with curly slides, soft play and ball pits. burylanefarmshop.co.uk

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LA HOGUE FA R M S H O P & CAFÉ. There’s plenty of reasons to make the trip out to La Hogue Farm Shop & Café in Chippenham (near Newmarket). Have a slap-up lunch at the café, where you can sit outside on the pretty lawn enjoying the beautiful views down to Newmarket gallops, then roll up your sleeves and get shopping. There’s an award-winning butchery, selling meat reared on local farms, which prides itself on its high-quality, full-flavoured cuts, not to mention an extensive range of local and handmade jams, pickles, chutneys and jellies plus speciality oils and vinegars. Pick up hefty Scotch eggs, savoury pies and treats from great nearby producers including Scarlett & Mustard and Suffolk Farmhouse Cheeses – you haven’t a hope of leaving empty-handed! lahogue.co.uk

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A RTS & C U LT U R E

COAST MOST. CAMBRIDGE MIGHT BE L A N D LO C K E D, B U T W E ’R E J U S T A S H O R T H O P AWAY F RO M S O M E G LO R I O U S B E AC H E S . F RO M T H E U N TA M E D B E AU T Y O F H O L K H A M TO T H E K I T S C H S E A S I D E C H A R M O F M A RGAT E – H E R E ’S O U R P I C K O F T H E B E S T B E AC H E S TO DAY T R I P TO F RO M C A M B R I D G E

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Southwold.

2 HOURS FROM CAMBRIDGE With its colourful rows of beach huts, classic pier, handsome lighthouse and pebbly beach, Southwold offers English seaside charm by the bucketload. There’s lots of foodie treats to be had, such as delightful bakes from the High Street’s Two Magpies Bakery and excellent fish and chips at The Crown. The Electric Picture Palace – a Victorian stable and cart shed turned tiny cinema – is loads of fun, and even has usherettes and a rising organ, while there’s also the Adnams Brewery to explore. If you decide to stay for longer, which we thoroughly recommend you do, good options for accommodation range from central hotels like The Swan and cute inns like Walberswick’s The Anchor to a whole crop of luxury cottages.

1 hour 30 mins from Cambridge

A gem in the Norfolk coastline, Sunny Hunny has all you need for a fun-packed family excursion to the seaside. Admire the pinkyhued chalk cliffs, frolic on the golden sand and play in rock pools before enjoying a glorious sunset. Uniquely for East Anglia, the beach is west facing, making for beautiful views as the sun goes down. There’s seafront amusements including a funfair and bowling alley in Hunstanton itself, while down the road in Thornham Bay is possibly one of the country’s best fish and chip shops: Eric’s. Run by celebrated chef Eric Snaith, this colourful little restaurant and takeaway blends seaside nostalgia with modern flair, with delicious results. When it comes to bedding down for the night, eschew a traditional hotel and check out Wild Luxury – which offers gorgeous luxury glamping options just off Thornham Bay.

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I hour 50 mins from Cambridge

A long, sandy beach complete with traditional pier, Cromer on the north Norfolk coast is an eternal favourite for those in search of a classic seaside jaunt. Catch a puppet show in the Pavilion Theatre, take a ride at the funfair, hawk for fossils and admire the rainbow coloured beach huts. The Victorian town, perched on a cliff, is teeming with independent shops, pubs, restaurants and cafes – and you mustn’t leave without sampling Cromer’s famously tasty crabs. Speaking of which, each May you can enjoy the wildly popular Crab & Lobster Festival in Cromer and neighbouring Sheringham, which sees the towns join forces for a huge celebration, with music, entertainment stalls and, of course, oodles of delicious seafood. Staying overnight? Treat yourself to a night at The Grove, a beautiful Georgian house, just a short woodland walk from the sea.

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BESIDE THE SEASIDE

1 hour 50 mins from Cambridge

The unspoilt beauty of Holkham beach is famed. Miles of golden-white sand, vast skies, magnificent sand dunes and spectacular shallow lagoons at high tide – it’s enough to take your breath away. Don’t be put off if the weather is poor; in wind and rain, Holkham is at its wildest best, mesmerisingly broody and dramatic. You’ll happily spend a few hours at least exploring the beach and surrounding woodland, but once you’ve worked up an appetite pop along to French’s in Wells-next-theSea for jumbo portions of proper fish and chips. If you fancy making a night of it, this quaint seaside town has a lovely B&B in The Globe Inn, which offers seven charming bedrooms, a rooftop terrace for drinks and dining and a great in-house restaurant. Also worth a mention is the grand Victoria Inn, just a few moments’ walk from Holkham beach, which is the stuff minibreak dreams are made of.

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2 hours from Cambridge

For a quintessentially Great British seaside experience with a modern twist, check out Margate, which has undergone the mother of all makeovers in recent years. At the centre of its impressive transformation from tired seaside resort to hipster mecca is Dreamland, the ancient amusement park which reopened in 2015 following a £25 million facelift. With a retro fairground, kitsch roller disco and swish new food court, the whole Instagrammable place has become emblematic of this Kent coastal town’s changing fortunes. There’s plenty more on offer though, from world class modern art at the Turner Contemporary to a whole host of chichi eateries and shops to explore. Check out the recently opened Ziggy’s, Margate’s new rooftop bar, or keep it traditional, kicking back on a deckchair with an ice cream on the main beach.

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20 GREAT FAMILY DAYS OUT!

G E T O U T A N D A B O U T W I T H YO U R B RO O D T H I S S U M M E R H O L I DAY AT O N E O F T H E S E G R E AT L O C A L AT T R AC T I O N S

Go Ape, Thetford.

There are exhilarating outdoor activities aplenty on offer at Go Ape, which is set in a huge (50,000 acres) pine forest in Thetford. Adventurous families can get stuck into a thrilling treetop adventure, zipping down zip wires, swinging like Tarzan and scrambling around on all sorts of obstacles and crossings. Or, down on terra firma, have a go at the forest Segway experience – an epic, off the beaten track ride through rugged trails in the woodland. goape.co.uk

IWM DUXFORD. The Imperial War Museum at Duxford is perhaps best known for its air displays that attract thousands of visitors for a truly spectacular day out (the final one this year, with a Battle of Britain theme, is 23/24 September), but any day there provides so much to savour. There are vast displays of aircraft and military vehicles stretching back through the decades telling wartime and peacetime tales through machinery and interactive exhibits. You can walk through fuselages, imagine what it would be like to take the controls of a large airliner and marvel at military planning when the odds seemed to be stacked against Britain. It’s open 10am to 6pm, seven days a week and there’s a restaurant and two cafés. iwm.org.uk

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WA N D L E B U RY C O U N T RY PA R K . On the brow of the Gog Magog Hills sits Wandlebury, a beautiful country park boasting eight miles of wonderful walks through mature woodland, wildflower meadows and even a herd of Highland cattle. The park is a great setting for a picnic or barbecue, plus it’s teeming with wildlife watching opportunities. There’s a busy calendar of events, which includes nature trails, pond dipping, crafty activities, orienteering and much, much more. Visit the website for info on what’s happening over the summer holidays. cambridgeppf.org

Jesus Green Lido.

Hands down the best place in the city to cool down on a sweltering day, Jesus Green Lido is a firm summer favourite in Cambridge. At 91 metres, this open-air pool is one of the largest in Europe, with a long and narrow shape designed to mimic swimming in the nearby river. Peaceful and picturesque, this tree-lined corner of Cambridge feels like a secluded paradise in high summer – pack a picnic and you’re set for the day. better.org.uk

CENTRE FOR COMPUTING H I S TO RY. Little techies will be in their element at the Centre for Computing History on Newmarket Road. A treasure trove of vintage computers, arcade games and consoles, it also hosts lots of hands-on exhibitions, educational workshops and activities geared towards making the history of computing relevant and fun for all ages. Upcoming events include a retro video game night and family gaming event. computinghistory.org.uk

K N E BW O RT H HOUSE.

Wicken Fen.

Ever wondered what the Cambridgeshire countryside would have looked like hundreds of years ago? Pay a visit to Wicken Fen Nature Reserve, which offers a fascinating insight into the lost Fenland landscape. Nature enthusiasts will enjoy the extensive wildlife the site is home to – from the rare Konik ponies to bitterns and wildfowl – there’s thought to be more than 9,000 species at Wicken Fen. The reserve can be explored via a network of nature trails and cycleways and by electric boat, and you can wild camp there too if you fancy a night under the stars. nationaltrust.org.uk/wicken-fen

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Located in Hertfordshire, Knebworth House dates back to Tudor times and offers an abundance of history, beautiful gardens and loads of fun activities and trails, making it a great day out for the whole family to enjoy. Special events this month include an outdoor theatre production of The Emperor’s New Clothes, open air cinema, a dinosaur adventure and the Steam, Crafts & Country Life Fair. Entrance is £9.50 for the park and gardens, or £13 if you want to visit the house too. Children three and under go free. knebworthhouse.com

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Wimpole Estate.

Eight miles outside of Cambridge, the National Trust’s Wimpole Estate offers a grand old stately home to explore (the largest in Cambridgeshire), plus acres of beautiful gardens and a working farm. Down on the farm kids can try their hand at grooming the donkeys, meet the Shire horses, drive a mini tractor and even have a go at milking! There’s an adventure playground too, with climbing frames, balance beams and swings, plus tables and chairs nestled under trees – the perfect picnic spot. nationaltrust.org.uk/wimpole-estate

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Celebrate our rural heritage with a trip to Denny Abbey and the neighbouring Farmland Museum. Founded in 1159 by Benedictine monks, in 1170 the abbey was taken over by the Knights Templar. In 1539 it became a farm and remained so into the late 1960s. The museum features a Fenman’s hut, blacksmith’s and wheelwright’s workshops, a village shop display, a carefully restored 17th-century stone barn, a collection of agricultural tools and machines spanning more than 100 years, and many other demonstrations of Cambridgeshire rural life from the past. There is a children’s play area and a café, which is open at weekends. The abbey and museum are open midday to 5pm on weekdays, and 10.30am to 5pm at weekends. dennyfarmlandmuseum.org.uk

With over 100 species to see, animal lovers of all ages are in for a treat at Shepreth Wildlife Park. Home to a tiger, a mountain lion, monkeys and a lynx, as well as lots of smaller critters like hedgehogs, otters and owls, this conservation-conscious park offers a great day out and has become one of the area’s best-loved attractions. Get up close to creepy-crawlies in Bug City, hop aboard the Safari Train, see a birds of prey display and more. sheprethwildlifepark.co.uk

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Audley End House and Gardens.

This impressive pile was once one of the largest and grandest in Jacobean England, and is set in magnificent gardens. Every weekend this summer Victorian workers in the stables, service wing, nursery and coal gallery will bring the house back to its heyday, so you’ll come face-to-face with the governess, head cook and stable hands. There’s a children’s play area, a café and a tea room, plus across the road, once your trip is over, there’s a superb miniature railway which is a perfect way of soaking up the lovely views. The Audley End Miniature Railway is also hosting a Fairy and Elf Festival until 3 September, so there will be lots of special activities including storytelling, facepainting and a games area – don your best enchanted fancy dress and join in the fun! House open 12 to 5pm, gardens 10am to 6pm. english-heritage.org.uk audley-end-railway.co.uk

Summer at the Museums.

Running until 3 September, the University of Cambridge Museums will be laying on a huge programme of family activities, events and trails to keep everybody entertained over the summer holidays. Taking place at venues across Cambridge and the county, there will be everything from storytelling and play-based activities for younger kids, to interactive and educational hands-on activities for all ages. Turn to page 25 for our highlights. museums.cam.ac.uk

Lockhouse Games.

Secret tunnels, hidden doors and huge puzzles await at the recently opened Lockhouse Games, a brandnew attraction for Cambridge which you’ll find in the heart of the city centre on Regent Street. Offering a range of real life action games, you and your team can choose your mission and then get to work solving the fiendishly tricky clues in a thrilling race against time to escape. Stop a giant meteor hurtling towards earth in the Armageddon game, escape from a Cold War-era safehouse hidden under the streets of Cambridge in Secret Agent, or journey deep into ancient Egypt in Egyptian Tomb – whichever you choose you’ll have a ball working together while the clock is ticking down. All in all – definitely one of the most exciting hours you can have in Cambridge! Once you’ve finished your mission, the venue also has virtual reality games, a board games lounge and a magical market stall to explore. The games are suitable for teams of up to five people, and those under 14 years old must be accompanied by an adult. lockhouse.co.uk

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R A P TO R F O U N D AT I O N . Marvel at magnificent hawks, owls, falcons and eagles at this heaven for bird lovers in Woodhurst, near St Ives. Time your visit to see a flying display (noon, 2pm and 4pm in summer), or book your own personal flying or photography experience. There’s a children’s play area and tea room too. raptorfoundation.org.uk

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B OTA N I C GA R D E N . With over 40 acres of beautiful gardens to explore, our city’s Botanic Garden is a brilliant place for a fun and educational family day out. There’s plenty to admire, from the dazzling array of vibrant flowers nestling in borders to the huge ancient trees and peaceful lakes – as well as the glasshouses, with their exotic flowers and prickly cacti. Make the most of your visit by joining in one of the family events, borrow a free backpack or pick up a trail for the kids to use while you’re at the Garden. Family Saturday Activities, which take place on the first Saturday of each month, offer drop-in sessions with a different theme each month – ranging from making plant fossils to hunting for mini beasts. Be sure to stop for a pit stop at the delightful Garden Café too, which stocks light lunches and great homemade cakes. botanic.cam.ac.uk

CLIP ’N’ CLIMB. Tucked away on the Clifton Road industrial estate is Clip ’n’ Climb, a climbing centre for all ages and abilities with loads of fun challenges that the whole family can enjoy together. You’ll have hours of fun reaching new heights on the Skyscraper, whooshing down the Vertical Drop Slide, lighting up the board on the Checkerplate and – if you’re feeling competitive – battling it out on the Speed Climbing Challenge. Clip ’n’ Climb is suitable for age four and up, full equipment is provided and no climbing experience is needed. The automatic belay devices take in the slack as you climb and then lower you gently to the ground – minimising the risk and meaning you can be as adventurous as you like. clipnclimbcambridge.co.uk

Woburn Safari Park.

Take a wild ride through Woburn Safari Park this summer hols and meet animals including big cats from the comfort of your car. Then head off on a foot safari to get up close with creatures including sea lions, birds of prey and penguins. Stars of the safari include the majestic lion pride, the brooding black bears, the mischievous monkeys and the towering elephants. There’s lots more to enjoy too, including a soft play area, boat rides on the lake, the Woburn railway, plus all sorts of keeper talks and demonstrations throughout the day. woburnsafari.co.uk

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Milton Maize Maze. Get lost and have loads of fun doing it at Milton Maize Maze, which reopened last month with a brand-new design for 2017. Open until 5 September, this year’s maze features a giant seven-acre castle, which you’ll have hours of fun exploring from down in the dungeon to up in the highest turret. Also new for this year is Water Wars, an action-packed game where you get to drench your opponents! The wooden maze will be returning too, and you can also bounce on a trampoline, do some go karting, zip down a zip wire or hop on a tractor for a trip around the farm. For something a little more relaxing, you can wander round the Wild Flower Meadow, feed the fish at the reservoir or have a pit stop for tea and cake at the café. themiltonmaizemaze.co.uk

Linton Zoo.

Linton Zoo, or to give it its full title, Linton Zoo Conservation Park, is an outstanding local zoo with the emphasis very much on its role as a wildlife breeding centre. Just arrived from Leipzig Zoo are three eastern quolls (a marsupial native to Australia), while the big cats have always been a great favourite. The zoo has Amur tigers, African lions and snow leopards, with viewing windows making it possible to get as close as a whisker. Zebras, tapirs, kangaroos, wallabies, porcupines and lemurs are just some of the other animals, plus feathered friends such as storks, hornbills and macaws, and not forgetting the large masters of slow movement, giant tortoises. Open 10am to 5pm, last admission at 4pm. lintonzoo.com

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WOOD GREEN ANIMAL S H E LT E R . If your little ones are animal lovers, they’ll adore a trip to Wood Green’s Heydon centre. Stop by on 20 August for Animal Antics from 11am to 3pm, where you can make enrichment toys for pets, have a go at being a vet, try your hand at chicken agility, and even take the ferrets for a walk! There’s face-painting and a delicious barbecue to enjoy too, then at the end of the day you can relax at story time – with the (very cute) guinea pigs. Animal Antics is free to attend and suitable for all ages. woodgreen.org.uk

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What’s on.

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Watch Christopher Nolan’s gargantuan superhero classic Batman: The Dark Knight Rises at the polar opposite of Gotham City, The Orchard Tea Gardens in Grantchester, on the 30th, with Back to the Future on the 29th, plus live music before the films. The Theory of Everything, Django Unchained and The Godfather will also be showing this month. 7.30pm | The Orchard Tea Gardens, Grantchester | £14 | cambridgelivetrust.co.uk

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Wives of Windsor, A Midsummer Night’s Dream, King Lear and Romeo and Juliet. 7.30pm | Various college gardens | £16 (£12 concessions) | cambridgeshakespeare.com

by the distinguished chamber group, The Parley of Instruments. 8pm | Emmanuel United Reformed Church, Cambridge | £23 | cambridgelivetrust.co.uk

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Enter the world of bees. Find out about honeybees working at Wandlebury’s observation beehive, look for wild nests in trees. Suitable for accompanied sevento 11-year olds, children can make a wooden home for solitary bees from natural materials. 10am-12pm | Wandlebury Country Park | £8, adults free | cambridgeppf.org

Don’t miss your last chance to catch this exhibition, the second at the Fitzwilliam Museum this year to mark the 70th anniversary of Indian independence, featuring miniature paintings and drawings. All day | Fitzwilliam Museum | Free | museums.cam.ac.uk

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The second quartet of eight plays this summer, from the annual feast of the Bard, features The Merry

Three leading early music singers – soprano Claire Coleman, tenor Daniel Auchincloss and bass baritone Giles Davies – are joined

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Nene Valley Brewery is the featured favourite this month at the Norfolk Street pub, with beers such as Jim’s Little Brother, Big Bang Theory, Starless Stout and

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A festival for up-and-coming musicians, featuring Rapademic on the 3rd, talks about how to get a career in the music industry – on stage or behind the scenes – and Junkyard Festival on the 5th, with live bands, DJ sets and acoustic sets from indie to punk to folk. Times vary | Cambridge Junction | Prices vary | junction.co.uk

7-12 AU G U S T T H E P L AY T H AT G O E S WRONG

Back by popular demand after a sell-out run, the multi-awardwinning West End smash features Cornley Polytechnic Drama Society’s attempts to put on a 1920s murder mystery, but luck is not on their side. 7.45pm, 2.30pm Thursday & Saturday | Cambridge Arts Theatre | £18-£33 | cambridgeartstheatre.com

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Philomel bring Venice of the past to life, with instruments from recorders and viols, to rebec and bagpipes. A vivid kaleidoscopic impression of a city partly imagined, partly real and wholly magical. 8pm | Great St Mary’s Church, Cambridge | £23 | cambridgelivetrust.co.uk

4 August James.

These Mancunians started denting the charts in the early 90s but formed way back in 1982. With hits such as Sit Down and She’s a Star, they’re bound to light up the latest Newmarket Nights programme. 3.30pm | Newmarket Racecourse | £30.80‑£45.50 | newmarket.thejockeyclub.co.uk

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Immersion Theatre present this timeless classic as Ratty, Mole, wise old Badger and irrepressible Toad embark on a journey to remember in a bid to save Toad Hall. 3.30pm | Milton Country Park | £11, £7.70 | miltoncountrypark.org

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The latest show from the master of psychological illusion, Derren performs some of his favourite work from throughout his career for a spellbinding experience of showmanship. 7.30pm | Corn Exchange | £27.75£42.75 | cambridgelivetrust.co.uk

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Vibraphonist/vocalist Roy Ayers is among the best-known and most respected jazz/R&B artists, and has been performing since the 60s. He has worked with Mary J Blige, Erykah Badu, 50 Cent, A Tribe Called Quest, Tupac and Ice Cube. 8pm | Cambridge Junction | £27.50 | junction.co.uk

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Six friends on a camping trip are telling ghost stories in the woods, but lurking in the background a malevolent entity stalks its prey. An exploration of the familiar conventions of terror in film live on stage. 8pm | Cambridge Junction | £15, £11.50 concs, in advance | junction.co.uk

These outstanding young singers present a rich programme that’s unified by revolution and change. From the personal music of persecuted Catholic William Byrd to South African marching songs. 5pm | Saffron Hall | £15, under25s £5 | saffronhall.com

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Cathartic tales of loss and redemption set against a gorgeous sonic backdrop. Gibson’s finelytuned pop songs are filled out with dreamy loops and strings. 7pm | The Portland Arms | £11 | theportlandarms.co.uk

25 - 27 AU G U S T CAMBRIDGE C O C KTA I L WEEKEND

Launched last year, when more than 2,000 people celebrated the wonders of the cocktail, this weekend offers plenty of bars, plus dancing till late to live bands and DJs. There’ll also be masterclasses and demonstrations, plus tasty street food.

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Dress like a real Bavarian (if you like) as Bavaria comes to the city, with a 2,000-seater tent hosting four days of hop-soaked fun, with great food and music to boot. The 3rd is a family day, with Bratwurst-centred lunch options. All day | Jesus Green | £5.63£50.63 | cambridgelivetrust.co.uk

26 August Jess Glynne.

Bursting onto the pop scene as the vocalist on Clean Bandit’s No 1 Rather Be, Jess has had five chart-toppers of her own, and returns to Newmarket with her spectacular outdoor show. After last race | Newmarket Racecourse | £29.80-£44.50, under-16s £16.15£22.45 | newmarket.thejockeyclub.co.uk

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insor Bishop is a fairly new arrival to the streets of Cambridge, opening its Trinity Street store just before Christmas last year. But their heritage is a long and prestigious one; their Norwich store has been around since 1834. Originally called Pegler Brothers Jewellers, it was acquired and renamed by the Winsor Bishop family in 1893, and since 2001, it has been owned and run by the Croydon family. They are fifth generation jewellers and have moved the business on, launching the Winsor Bishop House range of unique, bespoke jewellery and, most recently, opening the Cambridge branch. “The Norwich store has a really strong sense of history and heritage, and we are very established there,” says Jessica Whitfield, group operations director. “There’s a real sense there that we are part of the history of Norwich. We have people proposing in the store, and recently we had a woman bring her daughter in to buy wedding earrings, having bought her own there 37 years previously. Being such a fixture in Norwich, we wanted a new challenge, and opening a new store is a great way to take the business forward and do something a bit different.” Cambridge seems to be a perfect fit for Winsor Bishop. It’s a city with a long and prestigious history, with a wealth of beautiful shopping streets, and it’s well known for its independent businesses. “When the shop on Trinity Street became available, we snapped it up immediately,” says Jessica. “The street is known for hosting really quality independents, and we’re very proud of our status as an independent business. When you step onto the street, it feels as if you’ve discovered a hidden gem, full of fabulous shops, all different. It’s a little bit like stepping back in time. And the building makes a really beautiful store, perfect for showcasing what we do. It really felt as if all the pieces of a jigsaw puzzle had slotted into place, as if it was meant to be. Cambridge, and Trinity Street itself, is the perfect location for who we are and what we are trying to do.” The Cambridge store has quite a different look to the Norwich store, something which was done very deliberately.

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“We wanted the new store to have a more modern, uptempo feel,” says Jessica. “It’s all about finding that balance between getting noticed by customers as something new to Cambridge, something intriguing that makes them want to come in and find out more, but still getting across that idea that we have a wealth of expertise and heritage behind us.” The team are achieving that with the fresh, contemporary look of the new store, combined with highlighting the company’s history on its logo and marketing materials. “We want our new Cambridge customers to know about Winsor Bishop’s heritage,” explains Jessica, “so that they understand that they’re not just walking into a standard high-street jewellery store. But we also want to make people aware that we’re not a chain. We have two stores now, but they’re not carbon copies of each other. We are still proudly independent and offer something completely different and unique. It’s like a family jewellers, but with a modern twist!” One of the things that really makes the store stand out from its rivals is the fact that, as well as stocking a number of prestige brands, including a large selection of watches, Deakin & Francis cufflinks and jewellery by Georg Jensen and Shaun Leane, they produce their own house range of jewellery. “If you go into our Cambridge store, a large majority of the stock is produced by us,” explains Jessica. “The jewellery is designed by our staff, and handcrafted by our craftspeople in Norwich. That means that our staff can explain to the customers how the items are made, what metals are used, what the stones are… and of course it means that we can make individual items specifically for customers.” The team at the Cambridge store are finding that this bespoke service is something that really appeals to their new customers. “It’s lovely to think that you can have a piece of jewellery made to your own specifications, and end up with something that no one else has. You don’t need to travel to London to get a unique, bespoke item; you can have that service right here in Cambridge. That’s especially tempting if you have a special occasion, such as a wedding or anniversary, or even if you have an item that needs restoring, or an old item that you’d like incorporated into something new.” The team are already seeing a core of customers returning to the store. “We would love to see a proposal in our Cambridge store!” says Jessica. “And we love the idea that some of our new customers are already coming back to mark their special occasions with Winsor Bishop jewellery.” They may be the new kids on the block for now, but it’s a safe bet that Winsor Bishop will grow to become a key part of Cambridge’s indie landscape. n Winsor Bishop, 29-30 Trinity Street, Cambridge CB2 1TB | 01223 675400 | winsorbishop.co.uk

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inn Jordan Beauty and Hair Salon is giving away a £400 voucher for their state-of-the-art laser hair removal. Using the eLase machine from industry leading laser company, Syneron Candela, this Sussex Street salon’s laser hair removal treatments offer a virtually pain-free method of removing unwanted hair. The treatment is safe and effective, giving long-lasting permanent reduction and removal. Using a diode laser, the root of each individual hair is targeted, stopping the hair at source, which, over your treatment course, reduces and stops the regrowth. The eLase machine can be adjusted to ensure treatment stays within your comfort level while still producing effective results. The combination of the radio frequency and the diode laser allows the ability to treat many different hair and skin types too. The winner will receive £400 towards a course of laser hair removal, which will take place at Finn Jordan’s luxurious salon in the heart of Cambridge city centre. To be in with a chance of winning, visit cambsedition.co.uk n Finn Jordan, 3-4 Sussex Street, Cambridge | 01223 356600 | info@finnjordan.co.uk | finnjordan.co.uk

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Your beauty DA I S Y D I C K I N S O N S H A R E S S O M E F RU I T Y B E AU T Y B U YS T H AT A R E R I P E FOR THE PICKING

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Super Facialist by Una Brennan Vitamin C range

Harnessing her 15-plus years’ experience in the industry, skincare goddess Úna Brennan has released a new range bursting with vitamin C-rich products (available at Boots), which offer an affordable way to give skin a summery boost. I plumped for the Vitamin C+ Gentle Daily Micro Polish Wash (£9.99, Boots) which polished my skin to reveal glowy, smooth skin, followed by the Vitamin C+ Skin Defence Daily Moisturizer (£19.99), which promised to re-plump fine lines and wrinkles using the holy grail that is hyaluronic acid. Sun-touched skin needs a little extra TLC in the warmer months, so get a little beauty sleep with the Vitamin C Sleep & Reveal Night Cream (£16.99). Delicately textured with soft citrus scent, this powerful night cream also includes tomato and liquorice extracts to help skin recover from the daytime ageing effects of the sun and environment.

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If you struggle with your pores, the natural properties of grapefruit are here to help. Yes To 2-Step Face Kit (£4.99, Boots) is formulated with grapefruit and vitamin C to refine pores and help to even skin tone. Perfectly packed for travelling, step one is a facial scrub, followed by step two, a satisfying peel to really perfect those pores. And for those serious about skin, another one of my favourite night-time products is the ideal end to this two-step. The Yes To Grapefruit Pore Perfection Night Treatment for Uneven Skin Tone (£12.99, Boots) features grapefruit and lilac extracts, along with tea tree oil (plus potent amounts of vitamin C) to help amp up radiance and reduce the appearance of pores. The whole range is also cruelty free.

Available from Asda, Wilko and Claire’s Accessories, 7th Heaven masks are a total steal at just £1 a pop, and come in a huge variety of fruity flavours to combat different complaints, and for various skin types. I love the Pineapple Peel Off with pineapple, papaya and grape, which is gentler than scrubs whilst still leaving skin purified and smooth. Or try the Fruit Smoothie Mask for combination and dry skin – packed with raspberry, mango, apricot, peach and pomegranate, it smells good enough to eat, and leaves skin clean and supple.

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If you can squeeze a little more from your budget, Murad’s new City Skin Overnight Detox Moisturizer (£65, murad.co.uk) is perfect for stressed-out skin. Super-charged antioxidants from marrubium plant stem cells neutralise pollutants and help strengthen your skin’s barrier while you sleep. A good old kick of vitamin C helps brighten and even tone, making it a great option for those with any sun damage, while a heady mix of botanicals including sunflower, cucumber and barley aims to plump skin and shake off those fine lines and wrinkles.

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Boasting 100% natural fragrance, shower time doesn’t get much better than with an Original Source gel (£1, Boots), plus it’s always at a total bargain price, and completely vegan and cruelty free. This new mango edition uses six natural and fruit oils for a lusciously juicy shower that will leave you feeling fresh and fruity!

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100% natural and organic, this gorgeous body butter from Odylique (£20, odylique.co.uk) has a balm-like consistency but absorbs quickly, leaving skin super hydrated and feeling non-greasy. With toning properties including lemon, bergamot and ylang-ylang, as well as hydrating shea, coconut and extra virgin olive fruit oils, it’s a medley of absolute goodness.

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With lots of scrummy smelling scents to choose from, the Hill & Noble hand creams (£3.33, Boots) are the perfect size for popping in your bag for a fruity refresh and replenish for hard-working hands. Crammed with plenty of natural ingredients including conditioning Shea butter, macadamia nut and sweet almond oil, along with orange flower extract to help nourish and smooth your skin, they’re also non-greasy, and oh-so-deliciously scented.

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ost ISC (Independent Schools Council) schools have charitable status as not-for-profit organisations with a focus on the public benefit of the education they provide. Following concerns in Parliament that too few sports and arts facilities owned by charitable independent schools are accessible to pupils in state education, the Charity Commission updated its guidance and it now recommends that the schools carry out annual audits to show they meet the public benefit test. As well as providing more bursaries to open access to places at independent schools, my experience is that independent schools are working harder than ever to develop beneficial links with maintained sector (state) schools. The Leys, a co-educational boarding and day school for 11 to 18 year olds, provides many programmes with, and in, local primary schools. Pupils and staff deliver workshops in languages, music, sciences, maths and extra-curricular activities such as dance and t’ai chi. I am convinced that these benefit not just the pupils of those primary schools, but also the staff and pupils from The Leys who take part. We also work to provide public benefit by opening up wider educational opportunities, such as our annual sixth form Careers Forum and lectures by distinguished public figures and experts in their fields. We host the Surgery in Schools day with CUSS (Cambridge University Surgical Society) and recently held a sixth form Medical Ethics Workshop with the BMA. Both of these were open to pupils from other schools in the area. Our Fair Trade for Schools fair, held last year for Year 7 to 9 pupils across Cambridge, was the first to take place in the city. We have played host to the Rotary Club Peace Debates, in which sixth formers from across the city test their powers of persuasion. Several local state schools use our facilities and sports fields. We hosted The Davis Cup Trophy Tour last year and we are the home of Northamptonshire Cricket Club’s satellite academy in the east which spots and fosters young talent. As a keen rowing school, we provide boats for community-based sports clubs and for a ‘learn to row’ programme. Of course, like any head teacher, my primary accountability is to our own pupils and their families. I am convinced, however, that ‘public benefit’ can work for all. Community-mindedness follows naturally from the ethos of The Leys. Our pupils gain immeasurably through engagement with the world beyond our school gates. A fine example of this is our work with the Ollie Feast Trust, set up in memory of a young Old Leysian who died in 2015. The Trust and

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The Leys have together developed, alongside partner schools in the maintained sector, a free summer activity camp for Year 9 and 10 pupils from local state schools, designed to develop confidence and soft skills such as teamwork. The first of these annual camps will be held this summer, with some of our pupils helping to run it as part of the Service element of their Duke of Edinburgh Awards. I am very proud of this initiative, which also offers a great example of how, if schools think creatively, such partnerships can truly work for the benefit of all concerned. n

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low down, what slow down? Messages of doom and gloom about the state of business in Britain today may be around in prodigious quantities – but not when it comes to conferences and events in and around our city. Indeed, many venues in Cambridge are reporting not just that they’re busy, but that in some cases enquiries are at record levels. Some of the success is down to the three ‘Bs’ – an unrivalled combination of business, brains and beauty. “Cambridge seems to be on the up and up,” says Michelle Sargeant, events manager at Hotel du Vin. “It’s a very buoyant city and self-sufficient – it just works on its own.” It’s helped by the focus on innovation, whether generated by huge enterprises or two person start-ups. “There’s a very strong science and technical workforce and a very highly skilled workforce,” points out Helen Harding-Male, events and marketing communications assistant at Allia. What that doesn’t explain, however, is why in an era of videoconferencing and webinars – and particularly in an area renowned for its technological know-how – face to face meetings remain a favoured, and very often the preferred, way of doing business. It’s simple, say conference experts. However brilliant your business, whether generations old or vibrantly new, there’s nothing like making good connections to help it flourish – and that’s often best done by meeting them in the flesh. Real life face-to-face encounters, they conclude, reach the parts that other forms of contact can’t. However slick and efficient (and they’re often both), digital events just don’t have the same ambience. Even quite simple things can make a difference, points out Rebecca Burgess, conference and sales manager at Madingley Hall. “You can see somebody on the screen but you can’t always get the full picture because you can’t necessarily see their body language.”

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It’s all too easy to overlook this in a digital age, agrees Alicia Garner, conference and events sales manager for Hilton Cambridge City Centre. “People often forget the importance of sitting down face to face. It builds relationships and often gets better value than being at the end of the telephone.” And it’s not just the formal part of the meeting that matters. Sometimes chance conversations can be just as significant. “There’s so much networking and relationship building outside the meeting,” says Andrew Bell, manager at the Granta Centre. “People often say the best ideas are hatched over coffee.” At Allia Future Business Centre, the building has been cunningly designed to encourage connectivity between businesses. Glass dominates so that it’s impossible not to be aware of all the vibrant businesses in permanent residence there. “It really encourages companies to be aware of the partner companies and start thinking that they should start a conversation with them,” says Helen. Inevitably, business meetings are going to span a range of formats. Given the sheer variety of venues, you can be sure that whatever your preference, there’s a space close to Cambridge that will suit your firm down to the ground. “If you want a blank canvas on which to project your company’s vision, ethos and values, our area is packed with conference spaces that can be tailored to your heart’s content. The vast open spaces of the Granta Centre even prompted one firm to use it to showcase a car inside,” says Andrew. “We’re very solution driven. People come and look at the spaces and ask if we can make their ideas a reality and almost invariably the answer is ‘yes we can’.”

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CONFERENCING CHARLOT TE PHILLIPS TA K E S A L O O K AT W H Y THE CONFERENCE TR ADE IS B O O M I N G I N A N D A RO U N D CAMBRIDGE, WHILE OTHER B U S I N E S S E S A R E FAC I N G G L O O M I E R P RO S P E C T S

Other organisations prefer a smaller, perfectly-formed venue where the atmosphere comes ready made. As to format, things are changing, say our area’s experts. While there’s a role for the traditional show-and-tell event, all presentation and applause, today’s conferences are fast becoming events in their own right, a combination of think tank, news sharing, celebration and networking. “The traditional format of sitting down and being told something with a Powerpoint presentation isn’t the norm any more,” says Michelle at Hotel du Vin. Instead, she sees companies seeking to understand and invest in their staff and get their input. Increasingly, there’s a blurring of the lines between speaker and audience. Once, the audience’s role was a passive one. You sat, listened, asked questions at the end, applauded politely and then left. Now, speakers are often also provocateurs, who encourage debate. Audiences are increasingly expected – and want – to make a contribution so that the conference doesn’t just report on an industry, area or market but uses the combined energy and talents of its delegates to move the story on and make change happen then and there. The Hilton reports more demand for smaller, interactive conferences. “There’s more brainstorming and collaboration,” says Alicia Garner. “The style of speakers is changing to become more motivational to uplift the audience and gain more engagement.” At Madingley Hall, meetings increasingly include plenary sessions, often held in syndicate rooms. “There’s an element of a cabaret layout so delegates can divide into smaller groups or go to separate rooms to discuss what’s been said,” says Rebecca. “It’s got a lot more interactive. and there’s an element of how you apply what you’ve just been learning.” As to the next big thing? A growing role for the micro meeting, for one. Allia has launched what it describes as ‘fireside chats’, featuring entrepreneurs in conversation with a facilitator, sharing their tips for business success with up-and-coming business innovators. And one thing’s pretty much guaranteed. Large or small, businesses with a story to tell will be coming together at venues in our area to share it – face to face – for the foreseeable future.

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H I LTO N CAMBRIDGE CIT Y CENTRE. Located in the heart of the city and within walking distance of all major attractions, the Hilton’s dedicated conference facilities include a bright and airy atrium. A popular choice for anyone wishing to combine business with pleasure and take in some of the sights of our city, the hotel offers dedicated conference facilities on the first floor. Meetings can be completely tailored, from format to catering options, while a dedicated event manager who looks after clients from first contact to final departure, ensures that events run smoothly and are stress free.

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Madingley Hall.

Madingley Hall offers a bespoke conference centre in a peaceful countryside setting, an antidote to the distractions and bustle of urban lifestyles. Unusually for an academic institution, it’s able to take term-time bookings, enabling groups from five to 100 to take year round advantage of the range of flexible meeting spaces in stunning surroundings – a Tudor manor house dating back almost 500 years set in eight acres of grounds, designed by Capability Brown. And with over 60 en-suite bedrooms, fast Wi-Fi and AV facilities, 21st-century mod cons are very much in evidence as well.

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While Hotel du Vin has all the mod cons at its disposal, like AV and projectors, it’s the impressive setting that really gets pulses racing. Its atmosphere is quite simply unique. Oozing character, it is a go-to destination for anyone in search of something just that bit different. The Common Room, which holds up to eight people, is in demand for board meetings and off-site interviews. Ruinart, a larger room, has breathtaking touches including a bespoke mural that covers an entire wall and a table big enough to seat 24. With luxury accommodation available as well, it’s got everything needed to create the perfect setting for smaller scale business meetings with a touch of luxury.

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A vast, light open and airy space that boasts a sleek, contemporary design, the Granta Centre can be all things to all people – at least when it comes to events. Catering for between three and 300 delegates, the Granta Centre radiates an easygoing, relaxed atmosphere that’s often commented on by delegates. The spaces lend themselves to transformation, an ideal vehicle for companies to project their corporate culture. Coupled with a can-do attitude, great range of catering options and plenty of free parking, it’s easy to see why the Granta Centre is a hugely popular choice for companies.

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Allia Future Business Centre.

Encouraging and fostering entrepreneurship and helping businesses to grow is what Allia is all about. The Future Business Centre in Cambridge, with another in Peterborough and Hackney, East London, is designed to do just that. Fabulously flexible, it boasts two dedicated meeting rooms and a large conference room seating a maximum of 77. Some businesses are based there, others come in to use its conferences spaces or to participate in the free events it runs to support impact entrepreneurs and business ventures. With features including a large atrium, conference organisers have considerable flexibility when it comes to designing their event. The only limit is their imagination.

W E L LC O M E GENOME CAMPUS CONFERENCE CENTRE. A large complex within the Hinxton Hall Estate, the Wellcome Genome Campus Conference Centre offers an extensive choice of meeting rooms, accommodation and catering in a wonderful setting within a 100-acre landscaped parkland. Facilities are on a grand scale, from the 300-seat auditorium and 1600m² of exhibition and break-out spaces, to 136 comfortable, modern bedrooms.

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W H E N IT COM E S TO GA RD E N D E S I G N, IT’S TI M E TO RI P U P T H E RU LE BO O K . T H IS SUM M E R IT’S A LL A BO U T A M IX-A N D M ATC H E T H OS, A LLOW I N G YO U R O U T D O O R S PAC E TO B E COM E A N AT U R A L – A N D S T Y LIS H – E X T E N S I O N O F YO U R H OM E

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KEEP IT N AT U R A L . The modernist, minimal garden has its place (think: slick, design-conscious hotels and uberglam properties), but for most of us this approach is too high maintenance. Instead, opt for a range of natural materials for a more authentic appeal. Mix wood furniture with clay pots, decking areas with stone features, reclaimed sleeper timbers and rustic swing seats for an organic look. The blend of natural materials will give a tactile, layered aesthetic that is very much on trend. Bartek Ostojski, co-owner of Arbol House, a specialist in industrial home furnishings, agrees: “Concrete is the material of the moment. While it is not a natural material, it brings the wow factor to your garden especially when combined with more organic pieces. As it’s a minimalistic and hard material it looks best matched against scrubbed wood, oversized planters and colourful soft furnishings. John Lewis stocks a range of furniture and accessories to achieve the look. “Whether you’re in the heart of the British countryside or the bustle of a vibrant city, a few carefully chosen pieces can transform a terrace or a patch of grass into a perfect place to relax,” says Vicky Angell, Outdoor Living buyer for John Lewis. “We’re also seeing customers look to purchase that one special item that will provide a talking point when entertaining friends, or make their gardens more Instagram-worthy – be it a tiki cocktail bar, love seat, hanging chair or colourful patio set.” For the perfect laid-back touch, add a hammock, such as those available at Smallable or a Cocoon Chair from Smithers of Stamford, which is based in Cambridgeshire, and mix in tribal-themed accessories, like those available at Sainsbury’s. Check out the shop’s Moroccan Luxe and South American themed accessories for a splash of colour. Source rustic terracotta pots, antique silver planters and zinc tubs at home-store Angela Reed in Saffron Walden. David Reed, co-owner, gives his advice: “Use focal points to bring different layers and textures together. Emphasise a pretty tree or invest in a statement garden ornament or statue to draw the eye towards an interesting part of the garden.”

Top Marlow Grey Collection of rattan furniture, from £199, and accessories, from £7.50, all from Marks & Spencer Above Venice dining table and stool set, £449, and Farrah Berber rug, £330, both from John Lewis Left Black metal wall décor, £49, from Angela Reed

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Middle Kick back in Bloomingville’s striped hammock chair, £82, from Smallable Above Design Project one arm sofa, £650, and Bergen armchair, £200, both from John Lewis

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I N THanging E R Iplanters ORS by Danish brand Madam Stoltz, available at Ovo Home

Top three buys for a stylish garden. Oval Chedworth zinc planters, £136, miafleur.com

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Oak seat swing with fuchsia ropes, £139, bobbyrabbit.co.uk

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Raw metal Barrington arch trellis, £55, gardentrading.co.uk

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C O LO U R B LO C K I N G . Forget the predictable greens and browns for garden fencing and furniture. This summer, it’s all about colour. Bright block shades give a contemporary, cheerful feel to garden spaces. Use pops of colour in edging tiles or stones to frame planting areas, for instance, or think about painting a wall in a bold hue – such as peacock blue or fiery red – as a backdrop behind a stylish sofa. Mark Bannister, technical consultant at Sandtex, which stocks a wide range of exterior paints in vibrant shades, says: “Look to your furniture, benches or even metal plant pots to inject an added splash of colour. Not only perfect for reflecting the natural shades of your garden, a lick of paint can also make your furniture a real focal point. Yellow is a fantastic shade to couple with soft greys – it can create an immediate on-trend exterior space with minimal effort. Additionally, you don’t have to go wild with the amount you use, as painting a few prominent objects in your garden will immediately transform the area.” Colour can also be used to zone areas of the garden to give a sense that you are entering a series of outdoor rooms. Use different shades in the same palette for dining, playing and lounging areas. In larger gardens, use Trex’s low-maintenance, wood-alternative decking to set off dining tables and sofas – its special material resists fading, stains, scratches and mould growth due to its protective shell. “By creating zones within your garden, you can really maximise the space and really utilise your garden,” says Vicky Angell, at John Lewis. “Use a barbecue to create a dining space and perhaps place a modular sofa or a hanging egg pod chair in a different area to create a lounging area. If space is limited, I would suggest a bistro set in a bright colour along with a smaller barbecue to create a relaxed dining area.” To complete the look, accessorise as you would indoors – Dash & Albert stocks fantastic outdoor rugs; Marks and Spencer has a range of glamorous safari-style melamine dinnerware and Extex is renowned for its cushions in innovative, luxury outdoor fabrics. “The summer months are a great time to turn your garden or terrace into an extension of your living space,” says Tandine Rawkins, design director at Extex. “Go for vivid colours to brighten up your garden all year round or look to the trends and introduce additional green tones for a botanical oasis.”

Top Protect wooden furniture – such as this tree bench – with Sadolin Wood Protection, prices vary Above Set the scene with this Fisher ticking stripe cotton rug from Dash & Albert, £38 Left Umi & Yuri Cushions, made with Extex outdoor fabric, from £48.75

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Above Havana two-seater sofa, £200, and Havana glass and brass side table, £49, Weaver Green outdoor rugs, from £65, all from John Lewis Opposite, top These napkins from East London Parasol Company, £30, add a flamboyant touch

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M A S H I T U P. Up until recent times, it was de rigueur to stick to one garden style – be it classic Mediterranean or pretty cottage planting. These days, times are changing with designers mixing old and new for modern impact. If you have a traditional planting scheme, contrast with modern, modular furniture – like the sofas and outdoor heaters available from Maze Rattan or the concrete coffee tables at Arbol House. For gardens with contemporary greenery – such as spiky palms or grasses – more ornate furniture, such as wrought iron benches or mosaic-tiled tables, will soften and offset the hard lines. Lucy Ferguson of the East London Parasol Company, which sells stunning flamboyant parasols and linens made in Bali and India, gives her tips: “I love to contrast colours and textures in a garden. I like to have a base of colourful patterned tablecloths, cushions and napkins with unexpected hints of luxury like sheepskins and cut crystal. I pile up colourful cushions and rugs, and use big painted ceramic platters to make everything look appealing and abundant. As twilight arrives, I hang tea lights in jam jars from inside a garden parasol, light the candles in lanterns and brass candlesticks and settle in for the evening.”

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WARM IT UP.

LOW R I A L L P R E S S AT J O A L E X A N D E R G I V E S H E R TO P GA R D E N B U YS 1. Our Linum striped cushions give a cool Scandinavian feel. 2. Be transported to the lemon groves of Tuscany with our aqua and citrine linen tablecloths and napkins (pictured below). 3. The wonderful glow of a Kadai Firebowl adds warmth to any gathering.

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Above Mix and match colourful styles for your tableware. M&S has a gorgeous range of patterned crockery and table linen this summer, with prices starting at £3.50 for plates.

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Angela Reed, 01799 520056, angelareed.co.uk Arbol House, 01244 329643, ovohome.com Bobby Rabbit, 0114 321 7000, bobbyrabbit.co.uk Dash & Albert, dashandalberteurope.com Extex, extex.co.uk Jo Alexander, 01954 768567, joalexander.co.uk John Lewis, 01223 361292, johnlewis.com Marks and Spencer, 0333 014 8000, markandspencer.com Maze Rattan at Mode Living, 01277 625591, modeliving.co.uk Mia Fleur, 0116 298 6393, miafleur.com

Perfect for al fresco dining is this 12-piece Lombard dinner set, £49.50, and embroidered runner £29.50, from Marks & Spencer

Sainsbury’s, 0800 636 262, sainsburys.co.uk Sandtex, sandtex.co.uk Smallable, 020 3445 0146, smallable.com Smithers of Stamford, 01780 435060, smithersofstamford.com Trex, trex.com

G O R G E O U S B U YS . Jamie Letchford, director of Mode Living, reveals his top buys from Maze Rattan

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Crafted with functionality and style in mind, the Winchester Tall Heater is a great addition to any patio or decking.

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Gather all the family together this summer with the Victoria eight-seat dining set, perfect for all those summer get-togethers (pictured left). Extend your living space to your garden with the Zen two-seat sofa set, made with durable, weatherproof fabric which can be left out all year round.

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£32, amara.com

SAMODE LIGHT BLUE INDOOR/OUTDOOR RUG

from £52, dashandalberteurope.com

SCATTER CUSHION CARIBBEAN STRIPE

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SHIRLEY PARASOL

£450, eastlondonparasols.com

MOROCCAN LUXE LANTERN

£22, sainsburys.com

TRIMARAN STRIPE FUCHSIA INDOOR/OUTDOOR POUFFE

INDUSTRY BLACK ROUND TABLE

£292, dashandalberteurope.com

£247, ovohome.com

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£240.20, smallable.com

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WHITE ARCHED MIRROR WINDOW

£80.95, florafurniture.co.uk

BUTTERFLY HOME BY MATTHEW WILLIAMSON TRAY

£9.60, debenhams.com

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ffering a sleek design service for homes in the Cambridgeshire area, AZ Interiors specialises in a range of interior design services to suit its clients’ varying lifestyles. Established in 2013 by designer and artist Alicia Zimnickas, the company offers a personalised approach for both residential and commercial properties. Having studied Interior Design at the renowned Chelsea College of Art and Design in London, after completing her Master’s degree at the University of Fine Art in Warsaw, Alicia gained first-hand experience by working with a range of noted interior design companies in the capital. “I have always been very creative,” she says. “And I’ve studied all aspects of design from a young age – from art to textiles, products to interiors. Now I have my own company, however, the key to standing apart from others is the ability to balance practicality with creative solutions. The overall aim is to help homeowners achieve the most considered, functional and stylish of homes.” A recent project was a large Victorian villa, which needed complete renovation. “It took more than two years to complete but it now looks stunning,” she says. “Key to its success was maintaining good communication with the owners. It’s very important for customers to feel like they are on the same page as a designer, and a renovation project like this can be a very long process. It goes without saying that great understanding between client and designer is paramount.” “The most rewarding thing about the job is how each project is different,” she reveals. “One minute you could be doing paperwork in the office, next you’ll be working on technical drawings and concepts. I also love going to the build sites and project managing.” Citing her signature style as ‘light, bright and airy’, Alicia also reveals that: “I’m not afraid of using pattern and fabric with dramatic effect. “I’d say that my expertise is threefold,” she continues. “One is adding light to dark rooms – many period houses in the UK are dark by nature so it’s a common problem. Secondly, I specialise in soft furnishings, especially re-upholstering existing pieces of furniture. Finally, I am now offering interior design courses. Homeowners in the UK are really into DIY, so it makes sense for me to help them achieve their dream homes without necessarily having to hire a professional. During the workshops, everyone works on one room project and I teach participants how to

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manage the design process, find their personal style and ultimately make their house beautiful yet practical.” While Alicia keeps on top of new trends by reading design magazines and visiting design shows, her inspiration also comes from travelling: “I like Italian, sleek design matched with oriental elements. It’s unusual but when done right, it can look really impressive. “In terms of new interior trends: playful colours are in but you have to be careful not to overdo them. I would suggest adding a pop of colour with accessories. We will also see a lot of natural materials, such as cork and marble, wood and stone, and raw concrete, which all give a timeless appeal.” Alicia describes her own house as having lots of natural light – with large windows and skylights. “It is bright and airy, with a contemporary but warm feel. I also paint professionally and so have lots of my pieces dotted around. They are vibrant, natureinspired paintings with splashes of colour and texture. It’s personal, comfortable and usable – which is what I aim to achieve with my clients’ homes.” n For more information on the interior design service, workshops and art, visit az-interiors.co.uk | 4 Winchmore Drive, Cambridge, CB2 9LW | 07963 175508.

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LOCAL CENTRE APARTMENTS COMING SOON TO TRUMPINGTON MEADOWS.

BARRATT HOMES are delighted to announce that the ‘local centre’ at the sought-after Trumpington Meadows development, located on the southern fringe of the city, will be coming soon. This new phase will include a series of one- and two-bedroom apartments that are set to benefit from retailers*. Located just minutes from Cambridge city centre but on the edge of one of the area’s most beautiful country parks, Trumpington Meadows is ideal for those looking for the convenience of city living, but with the benefits of country life. Trumpington Meadows’ local centre is designed to serve the heart of the whole development, providing

the community with a central point which is configured around a landscaped space. The one- and two-bedroom apartments themselves offer the best of contemporary living, boasting spacious, open-plan environments and high-quality specification as standard. With guide prices from £319,995, many of these homes will feature a private balcony or a terrace.

The new homes are attracting strong demand so register today to avoid disappointment. For more information, call 0844 811 4888 or visit barratthomes.co.uk

TERMS & CONDITIONS APPLY See website for details, subject to contract and status. Prices correct at time of going to press if mentioned. This image is indicative only, landscaping and external materials are subject to change and include optional upgrades at additional cost. *BDW cannot guarantee who will operate in the commercial space. Calls to our 0844 numbers cost 7 pence per minute plus your phone company’s access charge.

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Are prices finally on the slide? S A M C O O K E , PA R T N E R AT C O O K E C U R T I S & C O, S E RV E S U P T H E FAC T S O N T H E C A M B R I D G E P RO P E R T Y M A R K E T

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f you pay any attention to the local housing market (and I reckon you do) you’ve more than likely noticed that stuff isn’t selling like it was a couple of years ago. Where once I could guarantee a For Sale board round here wouldn’t last two weeks, it’s now not unusual to see more price reductions in Rightmove’s daily emails than new listings. Prices are clearly on the slide. It’s impossible to argue otherwise. But prices aren’t actually on the slide. Except they are. But they aren’t. (They are.) I’ll explain. When estate agents value a property we look at various things to gauge where we think the price should sit, the most important one being comparable evidence. We look at what similar properties have been selling at recently and how they compare to the

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subject property. If one a bit smaller sold at £380,000 and one a bit bigger at £420,000 then it’s pretty straightforward to work out that £400,000 will probably be about right. Easy-peasy lemon squeezy. But what if the last two sold nine months ago? What then? Well that’s easy too, the market’s been going up around 8% or so annually for the last seven years, so you add a bit for that elapsed nine months, maybe 6%, and ask £425,000. Lovely job. And for the last six-anda-half years that’s worked a treat. But now it doesn’t. If something was £400,000 nine months ago and you ask £425,000 now it’s highly likely you won’t sell it. Until you reduce the price to £400,000. But when you do it will fly out. It might even sneak up to £410,000 in the process. Reduce the price £25,000 and the house will sell. So prices have dropped then? Yep. Asking prices have indeed dropped. But actual prices, selling prices, probably haven’t. You see, that house never really was £425,000, it was always £400,000, we just got it wrong by assuming a rise that wasn’t there. It’s taken us a few months to accept it fully, but now we do and everything’s back on track again. At the time I write this, of the ten most recent properties we’ve agreed sales on, seven were at the asking price and three were a bit over, just like the old days. Of those seven, three had been reduced in price but all three were older listings, from before we’d fully grasped this brave new post-referendum, post-stamp-duty-hike world. To put it bluntly, those listings were overpriced at the off. I don’t necessarily make any apologies for that. We always do our best to get things right and we were simply applying the same formula that had worked brilliantly since before Kate and Wills got married. They were happier times, weren’t they? The early 2010s. A lovely royal wedding. People running and jumping and throwing stuff in London. A French bike race starting in Cambridge. Life was splendid. And now what? A level housing market. That’s no good at all, is it? Unless you’re a buyer… n

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Cambridge Home + Garden Show.

The Cambridge Home + Garden Show makes its debut next month, bringing an abundance of design inspiration to help you create your dream home. Cambridge Edition is a proud media partner for this exciting new event, which takes place on 9 September at The Guildhall and will feature a host of talks and demos, plus free professional design consultations and a pop-up café. The show is the brainchild of Jennifer Chong of Feioi, a Cambridge-based interior designer and project manager. “The Cambridge Home + Garden Show has been something I’ve been thinking about for a while and I’m so excited that my idea is coming to fruition,” she explains. “There are design events all over the country, particularly in London, and I couldn’t understand why we didn’t have one in Cambridge. There is so much creative talent here that needs to be celebrated and I know how much people enjoy gathering ideas for their home and garden. I’m delighted to be able to present this fantastic collection of businesses; supporting local independents is something I’m passionate about. I hope visitors will be inspired, pick up some valuable tips and discover something new.” Stay tuned to the next issue of Cambridge Edition when we’ll be bringing you a full rundown of everything at the event. In the meantime register for a free ticket to the event and you’ll be entered CAMBRIDGE into a prize draw to win some lovely goodies including HOME + GARDEN a luxurious stay at the Quy Mill Hotel & Spa. camhomeshow.com SHOW

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