ICE Summer Festival | Institute of Continuing Education skip to content

Institute of Continuing Education

 

Summer Festival at the Institute of Continuing Education

June – September 2018, Madingley Hall

Thank you for joining us in 2018 for a summer of cultural, culinary and educational events in the spectacular setting of Madingley Hall and Gardens. We look forward to seeing you again next year!

Programme of events

Date Event Tickets
10 Jun 2018 National Gardens Scheme: Open Garden Afternoon
A chance to visit Madingley Hall Gardens, open to the public as part of the National Gardens Scheme. Come along any time between 2.30 and 5.30pm and enjoy a stroll in the 8-acre gardens and home-made teas at St Mary Magdalene Church.
Adults £5
children free
16 Jun 2018 Madingley Concert: Classico Latino
Kick start summer with the upbeat sounds of the award-winning group Classico Latino. Enjoy the seamless blend of classical music with authentic Latin American rhythms and melodies.
£13.50
17 Jun 2018 Father's Day Afternoon Tea
Celebrate Father's Day with an afternoon tea designed with Dad in mind! Why not explore the gardens to round the afternoon off? Food will be served between 2.00pm and 4.30pm.
£15
17 Jun 2018 Workshop: The Murder Plot: How to Write (and Read) Modern Crime Fiction
What is it about crime writing that readers find so appealing? In this workshop we will look at how modern crime novels use - and cleverly subvert - universal story dynamics to entertaining effect. Discount available if you attend the Sherlock Holmes performance later in the day.
£15
17 Jun 2018 Workshop: The Golden Age of Crime Writing
Crime fiction is as popular today as it was in the 1920s and 1930s – but the stories are very different. Or are they…? Come along to find out more about ‘the golden age’ of crime writing, and what today’s authors can learn from the old masters. Discount available if you attend the Sherlock Holmes performance later in the day.
£15
17 Jun 2018 Chapterhouse Open Air Theatre presents Sherlock Holmes
Chapterhouse Theatre presents a new Sherlock Holmes adventure, in the glorious outdoor setting of Madingley Hall Gardens. When Watson's wife suddenly disappears, a desperate quest to find her begins. Sherlock Homes comes face to face with his greatest fear at the hands of his mortal enemy in this stunning new tale of romance and suspense.
£17.60 (£13.20 conc.)
24 Jun 2018 Meet the Herbalist and the Gardener
Journey through time, from the history of herbal medicine through to the plants living in the garden today. Enjoy the expertise, experience and enthusiasm of the herbalists, coupled with Madingley Hall's garden team under the guidance of Head Gardener Richard Gant.
£15
30 Jun 2018 -
1 Jul 2018
Open Studios
Madingley Hall’s Courtyard Suite becomes an art gallery, in association with Open Studios. Artists will be demonstrating at various times during the weekend, and you can try out materials for yourself. Bring your own easel and sketch in the gardens, or just come and enjoy the exhibition and its setting.
Free
7 Jul 2018 Cambridge Festival of Creative Writing
We are delighted to announce a new annual festival of creative writing. To mark our partnership with the BBC National Short Story Award, this year’s festival will celebrate the short story. Join us for this one-day event featuring talks, seminars, panel discussions and workshops by leading short story writers, academics and representatives from the world of publishing.
Free - £35
15 Jul 2018 Workshop: Love, Death and Laughter: a philosophical introduction to tragicomedy
Tragedy and comedy are the two opposing faces of drama yet, on rare occasions, we experience both. Before our screening of a quintessentially British example of tragicomedy, we will explore the genre's historical and philosophical themes and ask what it is we find so compelling about laughing at death. Discount available if you attend the Four Weddings and a Funeral screening later in the day.
£15
15 Jul 2018 Star & Mouse Picture Show presents Four Weddings and a Funeral (15)
Enjoy open-air cinema in the wonderful setting of Madingley Hall Gardens. Bring your friends, enjoy popcorn and laugh and cry along with Hugh Grant et al in this modern classic. Our BBQ will be serving a menu of burgers, chicken and chargrilled vegetables, and drinks will be available to purchase from our fully licensed bar.
£15
24 Jul 2018 Foodie Tuesdays: Vegan Desserts
The first of a series of food and drink evenings. Enjoy a variety of culinary delights and get your very own menu cards to take home!
£30
29 Jul 2018 Open Studios
Madingley Hall’s Courtyard Suite once again becomes an art gallery, in association with Open Studios. Artists will be demonstrating at various times during the day, and you can try out materials for yourself. Bring your own easel and sketch in the gardens, or just come and enjoy the exhibition and its setting.
Free
25 Jul 2018 -
22 Aug 2018
Music Appreciation Evenings
Treat your ears this summer with a series of five informal music appreciation sessions. Topics include Debussy, The Beatles, J S Bach, Prokofiev and the Andrews Sisters! Drinks will be available to purchase on the night.
Free
3 Aug 2018 Star & Mouse Picture Show presents Breakfast at Tiffany's (PG)
Experience this iconic film in the secluded setting of Madingley Hall's Rose Garden. This is a VIP experience. A cocktail on arrival sets the tone for the evening. Deckchair, headphones and popcorn are included in the ticket price, with hot water bottles available on request!
£18
4 Aug 2018 Star & Mouse Picture Show presents Spectre (12A)
Join Daniel Craig and see Spectre on the stunning 30ft screen - courtesy of Star and Mouse Picture Show - in the beautiful, quintessentially English surroundings of Madingley Hall Gardens. Channel your inner Bond/Bond Girl, and if you dress up (black tie!) you will receive a martini from us on arrival. Our BBQ will be serving a menu of burgers, chicken and chargrilled vegetables, and drinks will be available to purchase from our fully licensed bar.
 
Pre-film workshop: A Secret Agent's Guide to International Relations
ICE Tutor Ian Shields, an expert in strategic thinking, offers an insight into the world of international relations to get you into the mind of Bond, ready for an evening of espionage on the outdoor big screen. Vodka Martini anyone?
£15
5 Aug 2018 Star & Mouse Picture Show presents La La Land (12A)
Enjoy open-air cinema in the wonderful setting of Madingley Hall Gardens. Bring your friends, enjoy popcorn and metaphorically kick off your shoes as Ryan Gosling and Emma Stone bring the evening to life. Our BBQ will be serving a menu of burgers, chicken and chargrilled vegetables, and drinks will be available to purchase from our fully licensed bar.
 
Pre-film workshop: La La Land and the American Musical Legacy
Cambridge lecturer Dr Loreta Gandolfi gives an insight into some of the key US musicals in film history and how they have contributed to the phenomenon of cinema musicals of which La La Land is one example.
£15
18 Aug 2018 Summer Ball - 10th Anniversary
Join us for our annual Summer Ball. Dust off your dancing shoes for a night of fabulous food, delightful music, featuring the Umbrella Big Band and Life After. Whether you enjoy a charleston, rumba or a bit of rock and roll, quickstep to Madingley Hall for an unforgettable evening!
£50
24 Aug 2018 Fine Dining Experience
A chance to experience the wonderful food our chefs create in a beautiful setting! Join us for a fabulous fine dining experience with the best of local and sustainable produce, and wines to accompany each course chosen by our in-house sommelier.
£89
27 Aug 2018 Chapterhouse Open Air Theatre presents Alice in Wonderland
plus Mad Hatter's Tea Party

Take a trip down the rabbit hole with the classic tale of Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland. Join Alice as she stumbles into the magical world of Wonderland and meet a whole host of colourful characters. Before enjoying the show, why not step further into the world of Lewis Carroll with a Mad Hatter's Tea Party? Wander through our walled garden keeping an eye out for the Cheshire Cat and celebrate your unbirthday with tea and cakes.
 
Pre-performance workshop: Not everything is what it seems? Irrational actors, social media and identity
When Alice disappeared down the rabbit hole she entered a world where not everything was quite what it seemed. This talk, given by international relations expert Ian Shields, will explore three themes from today’s world that might indeed bend our perceptions of reality.

 
Pre-performance workshop: Making it all up with Alice: a child-led workshop for grown-ups
Join your children down the rabbit hole. This workshop will use Alice in Wonderland to inspire imaginative work in wild and wonderful ways. Using creative writing and visual artwork, the focus will be on child-centred learning, with parents following the interests and instincts of their children.
£13.20 - £63 (family ticket)
8 Sep 2018 Madingley Concert: Django's Tiger
Hoping to hold onto that summer feeling? Delight in Django's Tiger and dream of long sunny days and nights. Sipping your arrival drink, relax in the setting of Madingley Hall's Saloon for an evening of jazz manouche and standards with an exuberant swing and lively charm.
£16.50 (includes drink on arrival)
Date Event Tickets
14 Sep 2018 Open Cambridge Dinner
The annual Open Cambridge Festival dinner will this year take place at historic Madingley Hall. Enjoy a specially designed menu from Madingley's award-winning chefs, followed by an after-dinner speech given by Head Gardener Richard Gant.
£39
15 Sep 2018 Open Cambridge: Madingley Hall and Gardens
To mark the 70th anniversary of the University of Cambridge’s purchase of Madingley Hall, we are opening up the Hall and parts of the Estate to the public as part of the Open Cambridge Festival. Explore the eight-acre garden, the Capability Brown landscape, Madingley village, the surrounding woodland, and the Cambridge American Cemetery.
 
Local Food Fair
After you’ve explored the Estate, why not revive and refresh at our Local Food Fair at Madingley Hall? Indulge yourself with samples from the pop-up farmers’ market, reminiscent of the Village Fete popular in times gone by.
Free

Contact us

If you have any questions about these events or the booking process, please contact enquiries@ice.cam.ac.uk

How to book tickets

Book online using the links on this page, or call the Cambridge Live box office on +44 (0)1223 357851

What our visitors said...

What an absolutely fantastic evening the film night on Sunday was!

I had a wonderful evening at the beautiful Hall, one filled with good conversation and a lot of laughter.

Thoroughly enjoyed the gardens!

Looking to learn a language this summer?

The University of Cambridge Language Centre offers a range of summer courses in French, German, Italian and Spanish.

View the Cambridge University Language Programme (CULP) - on the Language Centre website