Things to do in Cambridgeshire

Lost for ideas for something to do this week, or just wondering what events are taking place in the county?

Here's a snapshot of what's on in Cambridgeshire, with links to other sites and listings.

If you'd like to publicise your Cambridgeshire event email the details to the team, making sure to include where and when the event takes place, admission details and how people can get in touch for more information.

Christmas events

Head to one of our two cathedrals for special Christmas services this year.

Peterborough Cathedral joins forces with the Salvation Army Band of Peterborough for one of its Christmas Eve services, and also offers a joint New Year's Eve service with other churches in the city. The details are on the website.

At Ely Cathedral one of its popular Christmas Eve services is a crib service. Again, click on the website for details of this and all Ely's Christmas services.

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  • Addenbrooke's Hospital Choir is holding its annual Christmas Concert this Wednesday, 21 December at 19:30 GMT. It's at Great St Mary's and all money raised will go to children's cancer charity CLIC Sargent. For ticket prices, go to the Foresters' website.
  • The Thorney Methodist Church is holding its Christmas Carol service on Friday 23 December. It starts at 19:00 GMT and there's refreshments and a mince pie afterwards.
  • Sacrewell Farm near Peterborough is hosting Father Christmas every day from 17 to 23 December. All sorts of other entertainment is on offer from a Nativity scene in the barn to mulled wine and mince pies.

Theatre, music and dance

Panto season is upon us and the Arts Theatre in Cambridge launches Cinderella with a preview on Thursday 8 December, followed by twice-daily shows from Friday 9 December until Sunday 15 January. Stars include the Three Degrees' Sheila Ferguson. Click on the web link for details.

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  • Peterborough's Key Theatre team is offering you Aladdin this year. Expect slapstick, humour, music and spectacle. More details are on the website.

Out and about

Image caption Santa Specials are now running at the Nene Valley Railway

Nene Valley Railway's Santa Specials run on Saturdays, Sundays and Wednesdays throughout December. Father Christmas plans to take up residence in his grotto at Wansford Station. Thomas will then take passengers on a 50 minute round trip to Peterborough. Check out the website for dates and prices.

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  • Take in one of nature's greatest sights. Head to the Wildfowl and Wetlands Trust at Welney where thousands of migratory swans are paying a winter visit. If you plan it right you can visit in time for one of the regular swan feeds. The times and prices are on the website.
  • And you can really stretch your legs by joining the Cambridge branch of the Ramblers' Association. It has a packed programme of walks planned to help keep you active this winter.

Exhibitions and history

Image caption This note convicted Spaldwick man Walter Horsford of murder by strychnine poisoning

The Norris Museum in St Ives' new exhibition is called Writing History, showcasing some of its historic documents. Highlights include the letters of John Bellingham, the St Neots man who assassinated the prime minister in 1812, Oliver Cromwell's signature, and a lease between Valentine Walton and Thomas Pride, both of whom signed Charles I's death warrant.

It's always well worth visiting this pretty little museum. More details are on the website.

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  • Angelsey Abbey has opened its spectacular book collection to the public. It was collected by the first Lord Fairhaven and is considered one of the National Trust's most important libraries. Highlights include a copy of the Magna Carta, printed in gold.

It runs until 15 January. Check the website for details and charges.

  • At the Fitzwilliam Museum you can enjoy a UK first - the country's only showing of rare items from the collections of Imperial Treasury of the Hapsburg emperors held at the Kunsthistorisches Museum in Vienna. The exhibition runs until 8 January.
  • And as if that's not all - the Fitzwilliam also has a fabulous Vermeer exhibition. It features The Lacemaker, owned by the Louvre in Paris and never before seen in Britain, two other Vermeers and paintings from the artist's contemporaries.

Extra inspiration

For more ideas of things to do, take a look at these suggestions for places to visit in Cambridgeshire.

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