Things to do in July: from artists open studios to history and heritage
- Credit: David Whitaker / Cambridge Open Studios
Some suggestions of things to do in July.
1. Visit studios for free and look at work created by Uttlesford artists across the four weekends of July 3-4, 10-11, 17-18 and 24-25 from 11am to 6pm.
Artists across the district are taking part in Cambridge Open Studios. There is also a large exhibition at Linton village hall.
2. Thaxted Festival continues until Sunday July 4.
On Friday July 2 at 7.30pm, Zeb Soanes and Selina Cadell recite Sitwell's poems in Walton's Façade, accompanied by Covent Garden Sinfonia. The conductor is Timothy Redmond. See https://www.thaxtedfestival.co.uk/ for tickets.
There may also be returned tickets to get you into two other concerts which are currently sold out.
You may also want to watch:
These are pianist and conductor Howard Shelley and the London Mozart Players on Thursday July 1 at 7.30pm, and also Christopher Weston with Covent Garden Soloists on Sunday, July 4 at 7.30pm.
3. The work of typewriter artist James Cook is on display at Wonky Wheel gallery in Finchingfield from July 2 until July 31.
His work includes a number of famous landmarks across Essex.
The gallery is on The Green, Finchingfield, and is open from 10am to 4pm, Wednesday to Saturday.
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4. Saffron Hall has two performances by classical BRIT Award-winning saxophonist Jess Gillam on Saturday July 3 - there is one performance at 5pm and another at 8pm.
The Maccabees' former frontman Orlando Weeks, and composer Ollie Howell who has worked on BBC's Dynasties and two-time Golden Globe-winning The Mauritanian are also guest performers.
Her ensemble is conducted by the London Contemporary Orchestra’s Hugh Brunt.
Tickets for the concert from https://events.saffronhall.com/whats-on/view/jess-gillam-friends
5. Immersion Theatre perform a music adaptation of Rudyard Kipling's The Jungle Book as an outdoor production at Little Easton Manor (CM6 2JN) on Saturday, July 3 at 4pm.
6. Join a litter pick on Sunday July 4.
Walden Wombles volunteers gather on the first Sunday of the month. Their next meeting is Sunday July 4.
In June, they cleared rubbish and even found an old discarded laptop.
Get in touch via www.waldenwombles.org.uk
A separate group, The Friends of Audley Park, meet on Sunday mornings at 10am each week at the Abbey Lane entrance to the park to pick litter for around an hour.
7. Visit the newly restored Walden Castle, the ruined remains of a 12th century tower keep, which has reopened after eight years of restoration work.
The Grade I listed castle is a Scheduled Ancient Monument on Castle Hill (CB10 2BS) and entry is free of charge.
8. Saffron Walden Museum on Museum Street (CB10 1JL) has the Man & Beast exhibition exploring the cultural history of animals.
Bronze Age and Roman treasures are also on display. The museum has a Roman ring, silver Roman coins and two solid gold bracelets. The items were found by detectorists and purchased with support from various funds.
Buy your ticket via the museum’s website at www.saffronwaldenmuseum.org
9. Great Dunmow Museum within The Maltings on Mill Lane (CM6 1BG) is open on weekends and Bank Holidays from 11am to 4pm.
Admire a model of the former Dunmow Railway Station complete with a moving train, learn more about the history of the Flitch Trials, and more for a small entrance charge.
See https://www.greatdunmowmuseum.org.uk/ for further details.