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Summer Festival at the Institute of Continuing Education

June – September 2017, Madingley Hall

Join us for a summer of cultural, culinary and educational events in the spectacular setting of Madingley Hall and Gardens!

Date Event Tickets
4 Jun 2017 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
18 Jun 2017 Madingley Concert: Marianne Schönle (piano)
Enjoy a relaxing Sunday afternoon at Madingley Hall and be transported by classical music. This continuation of our successful concert series features Marianne Schönle (piano) performing works by Granados, Gubaidulina, Szymanowski and Liszt.
18 Jun 2017 Father's Day Afternoon Tea
Celebrate Father's Day with an afternoon tea designed with Dad in mind! Why not explore the gardens or have a game of croquet to round the afternoon off? Food will be served between 12 noon and 5.30pm.
£10 - £20
19 Jun 2017 Literary Lunch: Martin Bell in conversation with Stephen Chittenden
Enjoy lunch with a glass of wine in Madingley Hall's spectacular Dining Hall and listen to former BBC war correspondent and MP, Martin Bell discussing his new book, War and the Death of News, Reflections of a Grade B Reporter.
2 Jul 2017 Lecture Supper: The Early History of Madingley Hall, with Dr Frank Woodman
Madingley Hall is a fine example of Tudor architecture dating from the reign of Henry VIII. It also contains intriguing remnants of earlier buildings, recycled by the Hynde family and others. Find out more, and discover some of the Hall's 'secret places', in this illustrated architectural talk by Dr Frank Woodman.
9 Jul 2017 Movies @ Madingley: Open Air Cinema - The Theory of Everything (12)
Enjoy this quintessentially Cambridge film in the glorious grounds of Madingley Hall. Bring your friends, enjoy popcorn and perhaps come early and indulge in a BBQ as you relax on a summer evening.
14 Jul 2017 Madingley Menu Tasting Experience
Your chance to try the wonderful food our chefs create! Join us for a fabulous seven-course taster menu with wines. Enjoy the best of local and sustainable produce. Wines to accompany each course will be chosen by our Sommelier.
30 Jul 2017 Lecture Supper: The Gardens - Past, Present and Future, with Richard Gant
Now home to the University of Cambridge Institute of Continuing Education, Madingley Hall has functioned at various times as a hunting lodge, a family home and a royal residence. Discover more about its beautiful, Capability Brown-designed gardens, with Head Gardener Richard Gant.
3 Aug 2017 Cheese and Wine Tasting
Experience fine cheese and wine in the majestic setting of Madingley Hall. With our local supplier providing six cheeses, our very own sommelier has carefully selected wines to complement them.
5 Aug 2017 Summer Ball
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 Drivin' South. Whether you enjoy a charleston, rumba or a bit of rock and roll, quickstep to Madingley Hall for an unforgettable evening!
6 Aug 2017 Movies @ Madingley: Open Air Cinema - Maurice (15)
Enjoy this Merchant Ivory classic - featuring a very young Hugh Grant - in the glorious grounds of Madingley Hall. Bring your friends, enjoy popcorn and perhaps come early and indulge in a BBQ as you relax on a summer evening. The film is preceded by a talk by Kit Hesketh-Harvey, who co-wrote the screenplay.
12 Aug 2017 Mindfulness Retreat: For Calm and Content
Mindfulness for Calm and Content allows you time to create space and spaciousness within yourself. With different types of meditation explored, you have a chance to discover what suits you and how you can 'come home to yourself'.
13 Aug 2017 Mindfulness Retreat: For Confidence and Kindness
Mindfulness for Confidence and Kindness teaches us, through understanding our relationship with ourselves, how to feel and act with empathy and friendliness and forge a deeper connection with others.
13 Aug 2017 Lecture Supper: James Stuart and his Legacy, with Dr Nigel Kettley
26 Aug 2017 Sustainable Food Fair
Celebrating the best in local artisan food and produce, from butchers and bakers to local gin makers. This pop-up farmers' market allows you experience taste sensations and then purchase to enjoy at home.
3 Sep 2017 Workshop: Writing Historical Fiction
Have you ever wondered how novelists create convincing historical worlds? Breathe life into your writing in this session that starts with a short talk, close reading and examples from published novels. Then, after a cup of tea or coffee, you can explore you own writing with novelist and creative writing tutor, Elizabeth Speller.
3 Sep 2017 Chapterhouse Open Air Theatre presents Pride and Prejudice
Jane Austen's Pride and Prejudice is brought to life by the Chapterhouse Theatre Company in the beautiful grounds of Madingley Hall. You are welcome to bring a picnic, and food and drink will be available to purchase before and after the performance.
£12 - £16
5 Sep 2017 Workshop: 'So You Think You're a Team Player?'
8 Sep 2017 Open Cambridge Festival: Open Garden Afternoon
Explore this eight-acre garden, with magnificent trees, topiary, woodland walk, and a walled garden packed with plants both familiar and unusual. The medicinal border has plants with aromatic scents, colours to dye for, plants which heal and herbs which zing!

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