What’s On: Castle Hill Open Day 2018

An exciting event is taking place this Saturday, 21st July 2018 celebrating the Castle Hill area of Cambridge! Castle Hill is one of the oldest parts of the City and home to the famous Kettle’s Yard House and Gallery which reopened earlier this year after a major renovation. Castle Hill Open Day returns this weekend, offering the public an opportunity to learn about the arts, heritage and history of the area through a fun-filled programme which is free for people of all ages to enjoy.

The Partners for 2018 include: Cambridgeshire County Council, Castle Street Methodist Church, The Churches Conservation Trust, Histon Road Cemetery, Kettle’s Yard, Murray Edwards College, Museum of Cambridge, and St Giles’ Church. Join the Mayor of Cambridge at midday for the opening ceremony and enjoy the talks, tours, making and eating until 5PM!

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What can you expect to find?

  • Local residents performing alongside renowned dance company Casson & Friends
  • Music, cream teas and wire sculptures at St Giles’ Church
  • Fanny Craddock at the Museum of Cambridge exploring the ‘wobbly history of Jelly’
  • Pop-ups from local street food vendors Wandering Yak, Azahar and Fired Up
  • Weaving, drawing, storytelling and poetry at St Peter’s Church
  • Tours around the Castle Hill area including a tour of the former pubs and inns with CAMRA
  • The ‘Time Truck’ – archaeology being uncovered by the A14 Cambridge to Huntingdon scheme
  • A display of county archive records at Shire Hall showing how people lived in the area
  • Art installations by local community groups, including a swing at Bell’s Court
  • Interactive activities at the Fitzwilliam Museum, Museum of Classical Archaeology and the Museum of Archaeology and Anthropology… and so much more!

Ellen Nowak, Castle Hill Open Day Co-ordinator says:

“All of the venues and partners are looking forward to welcoming visitors to the fourth Castle Hill Open Day. This is a unique event that celebrates the vibrancy of the Castle Hill area. Whether you’re into making art, relaxing in a deckchair, watching world-class dance performances, sampling street food, or discovering local history, there’s something for you.”

Kettle’s Yard are hosting a family art making session and picnic area on Northampton Green – grab a picnic box from The Garden Kitchen Café and head on over! Meanwhile in the gallery, explore the latest exhibition ‘Subject’ by sculptor Antony Gormley (on until Monday 27th August 2018), meet the archivist, and check out the drop-in art workshops for young people in the education studio.

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(Image by The Trove Cambridge Kettle’s Yard, February 2018)

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Are you heading down on Saturday? We would love to see what you get up to… share your day out with us by tagging  #CastleHill18 and #CambsCreativeTreasures in your posts on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram. For more information on Castle Hill Open Day 2018 check out the Kettle’s Yard website here.

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