The buzz of Christmas may be a distant memory but there’s no excuse to give in to the January blues. Give yourself something to look forward to and book your ticket to one of these events in 2018…be quick though, tickets won’t be around for long!
The East Anglian Game & Country Fair, 28-29 April, Euston Estate, Thetford
An annual two-day family event welcomes world class displays and attractions to the show each year. There are lots of fun and educational activities for children of all ages, equestrian and dog events, shopping opportunities, food and drink, sporting pursuits, live music and mush more. www.ukgamefair.co.uk
City Roots Festival, Cambridge, 22 February – 6 March
The spirit of the world-famous Cambridge Folk Festival will inject the city with winter cheer in February and March, when Cambridge’s second city-wide winter folk and roots festival opens for two weeks of exceptional music and events. The Corn Exchange, Cambridge Junction and The Portland Arms will host a number of musicians and artists throughout the event. There will also be drop-in music sessions around the city; a special City Roots Family Day with free attractions including craft workshops, face-painting, storytelling, ‘Come and Try’ ukulele workshop and fun walkabout characters; plus what promises to be a sell-out City Roots highlight – a fascinating live interview, in association with the Cambridge Union Society, with charismatic Canvey Island rocker Wilko Johnson – and it’s safe to say City Roots will be one of the most anticipated events in Cambridge in 2018!
The Banff Mountain Film Festival, 1 March, Cambridge Corn Exchange,
The Banff Mountain Film Festival World Tour is returning to the UK in 2018, with thrilling evenings of adventure films coming to the Corn Exchange, Cambridge, on 28 February and 20 April, the Alban Arena on 1 March and to the UEA, Norwich on 21 April. The tour features two different collections of brand new adventure films, starring the world’s top explorers on mind-blowing journeys in wild and remote parts of the globe. www.banff-uk.com
Norfolk & Norwich Festival, 11-27 May
The largest arts festival in the East of England returns for another year of entertainment from some of the UK’s leading artists and performers. The programme will be the first presented under the new festival directorship, as Daniel Brine takes over from predecessor William Galinsky this month. Internationally acclaimed UK circus company, Barely Methodical Troupe will headline the Adnams Spiegeltent with the world premiere of Shift. The festival will present further world premiers as well as returning favourites. The full line up will be announced in February. www.nnfestival.org.uk.
Forest Live 2018, 7-10 June
This is a line up you don’t want to miss! Gary Barlow, The Script, Paul Heaton & Jacqui Abbott and Kasabian have been announced as gigs as part of Forest Live; the summer concert series organised by the Forestry Commission. Taking place in Thetford Forest, the gigs are a great opportunity to make the most of the light evenings and enjoy fantastic live music with the backdrop of the woodlands. Gary Barlow on 8 June is already sold out but you can join the waiting list, however tickets are still available for the other artists! More information at www.forestry.gov.uk
Nene Park Trust, Ferry Meadows Celebrates Culture – Ferry Meadows Country Park, 30 June and 1 July
Peterborough’s beloved greenspace, Ferry Meadows Country Park, officially opened on 1 July 1978. To mark its 40th year Nene Park Trust will host a festival of food, fun and culture at Ferry Meadows. Celebrations include a teddy bears picnic on the meadow, a farmers market, live music, a cinema experience and much more.
Essex Festival of Food and Drink, 14-15 July
One of the biggest foodie events in the region is back! Taking place at Cressing Temple Barns, this year has an impressive line up of appearances including chef Tom Kerridge and Fred Sirieix from Channel 4’s First Dates and his boss Chris Galvin. Further details are available at www.essexfoodfestival.co.uk.
If you can’t wait until July to get your foodie fix, the Essex Fine Food featuring chefs James Martin and John Torode returns to Chelmsford City Racecourse on 12 and 13 May.
Craig David at Newmarket Nights, 20 July
Internationally acclaimed and multi-award winning artist Craig David will be taking to the stage at Newmarket Racecourse on 20 July 2018. Visitors can expect classic hits as well as material from his new album ‘The Time Is Now’. The announcement of Craig David follows The Vamps having been announced for the family-friendly Summer Saturday Live, headlining on 25 August 2018. Tickets for Craig David are now on sale via http://www.thejockeyclublive.co.uk, priced from £29.