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What's On  |  03/12/2019

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We had a truly inspiring time at our ‘Big Picture Thinking’ Indie Academy event – the last of 2019. Get a room full of indie business owners together – whatever they do, and the creativity, passion and laughter is infectious! Many thanks to Ludo Chapman for leading us gently but firmly, and for everyone who came. We’ll be running a lot more next year and our members can come along for free. If you want to join us – become a member now! Join Indie Cambridge


Christmas knitting needles



8th Dec: Come and join in the festive fun at Knitting Needle Lane’s Christmas get together. There will be plenty of mince pies and tea/coffee/juice, alongside workshops, a prize-draw and of course, the chance to shop for all your knitting needs. This event is FREE but you must book a space here to come along.


Late night shopping at the Kitchen



9th: It’s Christmas late night shopping over at the Country Kitchen, Haslingfield – 5.30 – 8.30 pm with complimentary mulled wine and mince pies, live Christmas music and 10% off when you spend over £30 (excluding alcohol, local crafts and meat).


Festive art in Linton



7th-24th Dec: For wondrous watercolours, atmospheric oil paintings, gorgeous glassware and distinctive jewellery, sourced from local, national and international artists, pop in to the Darryl Nantais Gallery in Linton and visit their special Christmas Exhibition.


Bodywork Christmas show



13th Dec: Students from Bodywork Company will be performing in their annual Christmas Show at West Road Concert Hall, Cambridge, CB3 9DP. Adult ticket £20.00 concession £17.00 available directly from Bodywork Company Dance Studios or call 01223 314461.


Crafts at the Edge



14th Dec: The Edge Cafe on Mill Road is having a Christmas Craft Fair. Come and browse the selection of handmade gifts for sale – knowing that any purchase you make will mean you are also supporting your local artisan craft community. Grab a coffee too to support the cafe! Fair on 2pm-5pm.

(It’s) Hairspray!



17th-22nd Dec: Baltimore, 1962. Tracy Turnblud is a big girl with big hair and an even bigger dream: to dance her way onto national TV, and into the heart of teen idol Link Larkin. Tracy’s audition makes her a local star and soon she is using her new-found fame to fight for integration. Don’t miss this irresistible, feel-good show from Cambridge Theatre Company, at Great Hall at The Leys. Ticket info here.


Pop prints and pictarama


Up to 22nd Dec: Pop art pioneer Eduardo Paolozzi is just one half of this year’s Babylon Gallery’s Christmas exhibition, also exhibiting they have Pictarama, Lego ‘still life’ scenes from artist Sara Amond. The artworks are for sale, and there’s also a lovely range of gifts in their shop to tempt you. Further information about the artists can be found here.


Silver and Green


On until 22nd Dec: The antidote to online Christmas shopping, Fen Ditton Gallery invites you to browse a superb collection of handmade gifts and contemporary art. This mixed exhibition includes ceramics, silverware, photography, printmaking, drawings, paintings, textiles and woodwork – with a percentage of sales from the exhibition going to support Cambridge homeless charities Jimmy’s Shelter and Winter Comfort.

Shop, shop ewop



Indie member Eve Waldron Design recently launched a brand new online workplace furniture shop, ewop. For nearly three decades, Eve and her team have created successful and forward-thinking workplaces. Ewop contains a carefully curated, online selection of tried and tested products and are supported by a behind-the-scenes team of expert space planners, furniture specialists and commercial designers. With ewop Everything Works out Perfectly!


Très chic trash chic


If you’re looking for an usual Christmas gift, something that’s handmade, local and using upcycled materials, then a Trash Chic cushion could be the answer. The inspiration of local indie Jane Horwood, these cushions are made using vintage scarves, with designs ranging from kitsch to classic. Some of the scarves are collectable while others are designer, so as well as being gorgeous – each one is guaranteed to be unique (scarves are also sold separately). View and buy online here.


Keeping it small and green


Indoor plant specialist Small and Green is popping up at the following places this month. 3rd/4th at Hot Numbers Roastery in Shepreth’s Christmas Fair week. 5th at The Maltings, Ely Love Local event from 5-9pm. The 7th at Mill Road Winter Fair in the Bath House, 13th at The Cherry Tree cafe in Haddenham from 11-2pm. 18th at the Christmas Market by Cambridge train station from 12-4pm. 21st in CB1 on Norfolk Street with Bookish Cambridge, a combination of lovely plant gifts and second hand books and framed book covers. Also Janet will be on the market for most Wednesdays leading up to Christmas except Wednesday 4th, 18th and 25th of course 🙂


Beautiful Bento boxes

Do you have your Christmas gifts planned yet? So Blooming Beautiful Bento-boxes can be created according to your style and colours. It’s a wooden tray with fresh or dried flowers mixed with Christmas decorations. An ideal corporate gift or a centrepiece at your shop or home. Pre-order here now for delivery in December or email


New drinks to try at Abantu

Café Abantu are introducing 3 new drinks for December.
The lovely fragrant lavender latte made with dry lavender syrup, a shot of espresso, all topped with silky milk. The vietnamese latte – a must try if you like something small and sweet but with a kick! Prefer something cold? How about the espresso tonic? Adding a little carbonation never hurt anyone, and what a way to spruce up an espresso shot.


New Year’s Eve – Plough-style

See in the New Year with the lovely folks out at The Plough Shepreth with a mexican supper, live music from the Ben Smith Blues Band, loads of dancing and fizz at midnight. Tickets are £35 and book you a table for the entire night. Just email


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