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Summer Festival at the Institute of Continuing Education

May – September 2019, Madingley Hall

The ICE Summer Festival showcases the best of the University of Cambridge’s Institute of Continuing Education (ICE) and Madingley Hall with a series of cultural and educational events. From open air cinema to garden and hall tours detailing the history and legacy of the hall and grounds, there is something for everyone to enjoy.

Programme of events

Date Event Tickets
25 May 2019 National Garden Scheme Celebrity Gardeners Question Time
The Institute of Continuing Education is delighted to be hosting the National Garden Scheme Celebrity Gardeners Question Time fundraising event. The garden team are looking forward to sharing their work in the garden with guided tours of our 8 acre garden and the wider 'Capability' Brown landscape. Enjoy a lively Celebrity Gardeners’ Question Time with expert panellists including Bunny Guinness and Alan Gray.
£31.50 - £35
16 Jun 2019 Father's Day Afternoon Tea
Celebrate Father's Day with an afternoon tea designed with Dad in mind! Enjoy the afternoon tea between 2.00pm and 4.30pm and explore Madingley Hall’s beautiful eight-acre gardens to round off the afternoon.
22 - 23 Jun 2019

Cambridge Short Story Festival
We are delighted to announce the second annual creative writing festival celebrating the short story. Join us for this two-day event packed with workshops, interviews and readings with the very best short story authors, critics and publishers including award-winning writers Tessa Hadley and Gillian Beer.

Tickets to go on sale soon.

23 June 2019 National Garden Scheme: Open Garden Afternoon at Madingley Hall
A chance to visit Madingley Hall Gardens, open to the public as part of the National Garden Scheme. Join us to explore the Hall’s beautiful eight-acre gardens. Enjoy the landscaped walled garden with hazel walk, alpine bed, medicinal border and rose pergola. There is also a meadow, topiary, mature trees and wide variety of hardy plants.
13 July 2019

The Star & Mouse Picture Show Open Air Cinema - Battle of the Sexes (12A)

In the wake of the sexual revolution and the rise of the women's movement, this electrifying 1972 tennis match between world number one Billie Jean King (Emma Stone) and ex-champ and serial hustler Bobby Riggs (Steve Carell) was billed as the battle of the sexes. It became the most watched televised sports events of all time, reaching 90 million viewers around the world.

Deckchair and headphone hire is included in the price.

4 Aug 2019

The Star & Mouse Picture Show Open Air Cinema - Cadillac Records (15)

Set in the musical era from early 1940s to late 1960s, ‘Cadillac Records’ is about the rise and fall of Chess Records, which launched the careers of Muddy Waters (Jeffrey Wright), Etta James (Beyonce) and Chuck Berry (Mos Def). The executive of the record company Leonard Chess (Adrien Brody) scoured the South, checking out the various blues scenes and selling records from the back of his Cadillac.

Deckchair and headphone hire is included in the price.

16 Aug 2019

The Star & Mouse Picture Show Open Air Cinema

Film to be revealed soon...

26 Aug 2019 Chapterhouse Open Air Theatre presents: Wuthering Heights
This year, Chapterhouse Theatre Company is proud to present the wild and tempestuous love story of Emily Brontë’s Wuthering Heights, set on the beautiful and mysterious Yorkshire moors. This tale of passion and revenge has thrilled readers and audiences alike for generations and now, in an adaptation by award-winning writer Laura Turner, is set to entrance Chapterhouse audiences for an evening of theatre beneath the stars. Can Catherine and Heathcliff’s love endure, or will the forces of nature tear them apart?
8 Sept 2019 Chapterhouse Open Air Theatre presents: Treasure Island
Join Chapterhouse Theatre Company for this brand-new adaptation of everyone’s favourite swashbuckling pirate adventure: Robert Louis Stevenson’s Treasure Island. When he stumbles across a coveted treasure map, young Jim Hawkins finds himself on an epic adventure in the hope of finding Treasure Island. But not everyone is to be trusted, and a dark secret is lurking on board the ship... Don’t miss this much-loved story, adapted for stage in among some of the most beautiful open-air venues the UK and Ireland have to offer.
14 Sep 2019 Open Cambridge: Discover Madingley Hall
Especially for Open Cambridge, Madingley Hall will be opening its doors and offering tours guided by local experts. Learn about the rich history and explore the beauty of the 16th Century country house.
14 Sep 2019 ​Open Cambridge: Discover the Medicinal Garden
Join us to explore Madingley Hall’s beautiful eight-acre gardens. Discover cures, curiosities, tastes and essences, and learn fascinating facts about herbs and medicinal plants with professional herbalists and the garden team at the Hall’s Medicinal Garden.
14 Sep 2019 1920's Themed Summer Ball
Dust off your dancing shoes and dress up in your classy outfit, pearls and braces, for a night of fabulous food and delightful music featuring the Umbrella Big Band and AJ's Disco. Whether you enjoy a charleston, rumba or a bit of rock and roll, quickstep to Madingley Hall for an unforgettable evening.

Contact us

If you have any questions about these events or the booking process, please contact

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