The weather might have failed Cambridge this Bank Holiday Monday, but it doesn’t have to be a washout. With plenty of indoor options for art, theatre and music lovers, as well as free events and things to do for families with young children, there’s no need to waste the rainy day indoors.
If you fancy a leisurely mooch around a gallery, you’re spoiled for choice. Usually closed on Mondays, the charming Kettle’s Yard House is open especially for the Bank Holiday, with painting and sculpture by Vicken Parsons on display alongside the permanent collections (Kettle’s Yard, Castle Street, Cambridge CB3 0AQ; 12-5pm; admission free). You can also catch free exhibitions of new work by artists Luciana Rosado, whose first solo exhibition The Spare Room is housed at Murray Edwards College (Murray Edwards College, Temporary Exhibition Gallery, Huntingdon Road, Cambridge CB3 0DF; 10am-6pm; admission free) or by various artists at the Myths, Memories and Mysteries exhibition (Wolfson College, Barton Road, Cambridge CB3 9BB; 2.30-5.30pm; admission free).
In the city centre, head to the summer art exhibitions at Byard Art (14 King’s Parade, Cambridge CB2 1SJ; 9.30am-5.30pm), Primavera (10 King’s Parade, Cambridge CB2 1SJ; 10am-5.30pm or Cambridge Contemporary Art (6 Trinity Street, Cambrige CB2 1SU; 11am-5pm), where you can browse the for-sale collections or even pick up your very own masterpiece. If your budget doesn’t quite stretch to fine art, The Anglian Potters are also hosting a summer sale of handcrafted ceramics produced in the region at The Old Library at Emmanuel College (Emmanuel College, St Andrew’s Street, Cambridge, CB2 3AP; 10am-5pm).
Live music continues all day today at the Lion Yard Summer Music Festival, where fresh local talent George Smith, Rachel Clark and Flaming June will play acoustic sets to close the three-day event (Saint Tibb’s Row, Cambridge CB2 3ET; 11.30am-5.30pm; admission free). Other family-friendly activities open include the fantastic, recently redesigned Polar Museum (Scott Polar Research Institute, Lensfield Road, Cambridge CB2 1EP; 10am-4pm; admission free) and the August Bank Holiday Puzzles and Talks at the Technology Museum, which includes a “treasure trail” for kids and guided tours of the old steam pump technology (The Old Pumping Station, Cheddars Lane, Cambridge, CB5 8LD; 11am-5pm; Adults £3.50, Children £1.50, Concessions £2.00, Family £8.50)
Can’t bear to see the long weekend end? Catch the opening night of Helen Edmunson’s adaptation of Zola’s masterpiece Thérèse Raquin at the Cambridge Arts Theatre, starring the inimitable Alison Steadman (6 St Edward’s Passage Cambridge CB2 3PJ; 7.45pm; tickets £15/£25/£30/£35).