What not to miss this Lent

Freya Sanders 13 January 2015

It is a new year, and a new term, and time to make some plans about how to make the best of Lent Term. Luckily, as it’s Cambridge, there is always an eclectic mix of opportunities and events on offer, ripe for the taking advantage of….

1. Love Art After Dark

Sophisticated but not stuffy, this is so much more than an opportunity to wander around the Fitzwilliam Museum after hours. It in fact features an “exquisite” programme of talks, tours and life drawing – not to mention the complimentary drinks. The event is totally free and will take place on 21st January.

Photo Credit: The Fitzwilliam Society 

2. Backtracks 2

After the popularity of Michaelmas Term Backtracks, Fez are bringing back the golden oldies on 22 January. It’s time to dance your way through the decades. Earlybird tickets are £4.

3. CUPO presents ‘Great Adventures’

On 23 January Cambridge University Pops Orchestra – which last year brought us the masterstroke that was 'Disney at Trinity' – will be filling West Road Concert Hall with the rousing melodies of Lord of the Rings, among other excellent adventure tunes. Tickets can be purchased at www.adcticketing.com

4. Judy’s Affordable Vintage Fair

On 24 January, the fair will return to the Guildhall, bringing with it excellent floral prints, myriad trinkets, and some birthday cheer: 2015, after all, is the 10th anniversary of the fair, and they’ll be celebrating in style.

Photo Credit: Roberto Trm

5. Lent Bumps

Between 24 and 28 February the River Cam will be chaos. Recent ex-novices will come face-to-face, for the first time, with the dark exhilaration which makes rowers keep coming back for more. Meanwhile, in the men’s first division Caius will be battling to steal headship back from Downing. For the confused or somewhat apathetic, it’s a good chance to prepare yourself for the overwhelming hype of the Boat Race, which takes place in April.  

6. Equus

Never before has the ADC stage hosted graphic bestiality or absolute nudity (on purpose, anyway). Head down between 27 and 31 January to see some boundaries being broken.

Photo Credit: Angharad Owen

7. Footlights Presents: S.C.O.F.F.!

Between 4 and 7 February, four tried and tested Cambridge comedians will be taking to the ADC late show stage as a “big-cheese sketch troupe” making a comeback after “ten rocky years apart”. Stellar comedy is guaranteed.

8. Churchill Spring Ball

Let’s be honest, Churchill isn’t a college known for its outstanding Ents (PAV, anyone?), but last year the ball was a resounding success. Headlined by Ella Eyre, with bouncy castle and laser tag to boot, it offered all the decadent fun of a May Ball without any of the pretension. This year the theme is dystopia – perhaps ironically, since the ball will take place of Valentine’s Day. Tickets are available at £79.

Photo Credit: Churchill Spring Ball 

9. Pancake Day

Not having a hob on your corridor is no excuse for avoiding this most esteemed of holy days. Experiment with the microwave, if you have to (The Cambridge Student accepts no responsibility for injuries, spillages or breakages); or if all else fails sidle up to the perpetually chirpy proprietors of the Cambridge crepe van and fill up a loyalty card with Nutella and bliss. After all, the time of abstinence is almost upon us. This year, Pancake Day falls on 17 February.

10. RAG Blind Date

Possible the single most exciting event of Lent Term, RAG Blind Date takes place just before Valentine’s Day. Whether you have the time of your life, or a painfully awkward 20-minute chat before your partner goes to the loo and never comes back, everyone will get a story out of it. And singletons need not have all the fun – those in a relationship are just as welcome to sign up as those ‘attached’. Keep your eye on the RAG website for more details. 


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