All the Joys of Spring this May with CambridgePPF
This May, local charity CambridgePPF has a range of exciting activities planned for all ages to enjoy the longer days of sunshine and celebrate the season of growth. Witness a traditional English morris dance at dawn as the sun rises over the Wandlebury woodlands, discover new skills on a tree identification workshop, or find out about the fascinating story of Wandlebury at a spring talk in the Country Park. At half term children can get stuck into hands-on events and have plenty of fresh air and fun as they learn. It’s the perfect time to get out and about in the great outdoors!
May Day Morris Dancing and BBQ – Sunday 1 May: 5.30am to 6.30am
Enjoy an early start on the first morning of May with the Devil’s Dyke Morris Men as they perform a traditional English folk dance. Meet on the picnic field to greet the summer sun as it rises over the Wandlebury woodlands, while enjoying a bacon roll and hot drink. NB: This is a free event, but bookings must be made in advance for refreshments, available for £3.50. Donations towards the upkeep of The Park would be greatly appreciated.
Beginners Tree Identification at Wandlebury – Saturday 14 May: 1pm to 4pm
Step outdoors into the new season and join the CambridgePPF team for this fascinating workshop for adults in the beautiful spring scenery of the Country Park. Learn the basic skills of native tree identification using bark, buds, leaves, shape and form and then put them to the test on a tree trail around Wandlebury – a perfect relaxing afternoon in the outdoors. NB: For adults only. Booking essential. £6 per person (members £5). Dress for being outside.
Hinxton Watermill Open Day – National Mills Weekend – Sunday 15 May: 2.30pm to 5.30pm
Drop in and explore this impressive 17th century working watermill, built on a site dating back to the Doomsday Book. Hinxton Mill, owned by CambridgePPF and run by volunteer guides, is located in charming surroundings in the village of Hinxton on the River Cam. Much of the machinery inside remains in good working order. Children can take part in the ‘Where’s Ratty’ contest! NB: CambridgePPF members can visit for free. For non members entry costs £3 for adults, £1 for children. No need to book.
Bourn Post Mill Open Day – National Mills Weekend – Sunday 15 May: 2pm to 4pm
Come and see inside one of the oldest mills in the country, set in beautiful scenery near Bourn village. A perfect location for a picnic. Volunteer guides will tell you the history of the mill and if the weather is favourable you may even witn
ess the incredible sight of the mill being turned on its post. NB: No need to book. Free to CambridgePPF members, non members £3 per adult, £1 per child.
Spring Talk – The Story of Wandlebury – Tuesday 17 May: 7.30pm start
With a rich history and ancient monuments steeped in myth and legend, there’s much more to Wandlebury than stunning scenery and wonderful walks. Book a place today on this informative talk about the Country Park, by long-standing CambridgePPF member and author of a history of the charity, Anthony Cooper, and discover some of the best kept secrets of Wandlebury’s past. NB: Booking essential. This is a free event and open to all, but places are limited. Please book by 11 May. Donations towards the upkeep of the park are always appreciated. Held in Wandlebury Stable Rooms.
Amphibian Evening at Wandlebury
Saturday 21 May: 8.30pm
Come along for an informal talk about Wandlebury’s resident amphibians. Don’t forget your torch as we stroll to the pond at the Country Park to catch a glimpse of the beautiful smooth newts swimming– during spring they leave hibernation and return to weedy ponds for breeding – and the best time to spot them is after dark.
NB: Booking essential. Aimed at adults and accompanied teenagers. This is a free event, but donations towards the upkeep of the park are always appreciated.
Directions: Wandlebury Country Park is on the A1307, 2.5km south of the Addenbrooke’s roundabout. Parking is available on site and costs £3 per vehicle, free to members.
Muddy Fingers – Half-Term Event for Accompanied Children
Tuesday 31 May: 10am to 12pm
Younger children love getting their hands dirty. Let the little ones’ imaginations run riot as they help to build dens and stick towers, make tree faces, and learn to track through Wandlebury’s woods. It’s just what the outdoors were made for, and you’ll have a great time too. Bring a drink and a snack and dress for being outside.
NB: For ages 3-6. Advance booking essential, and children must be accompanied throughout. £8 per child (members £6), adults free. Meet at the Wandlebury Stable Rooms.