EVENT NEWS: Spring into action this May with CambridgePPF
Join local charity Cambridge Past, Present and Future (CambridgePPF) and welcome in the warmer weather this May for an action-packed programme of nature and culturural? events involving all the family. Watch the sun rise over Wandlebury’s woodlands accompanied by a traditional morris dancing display; book the kids for an unaccompanied day brushing up on their bushcraft skills; or simply relax as the City of Cambridge Symphony Orchestra performs an unforgettable concert. There is a variety of half-term activities to keep the children occupied too: exploring the woods, building shelters and toasting marshmallows, or getting up-close with bees and amphibians. Say farewell to winter and take everyone outdoors to join the exciting events this month organised by CambridgePPF!
May Day Morris Dancing: Friday 1 May: 5.30am to 6.15am
Enjoy an early start on the first morning of May with the Devil’s Dyke Morris Men as they perform traditional English folk dances. Meet on the picnic field to greet the summer sun as it rises over the Wandlebury woodlands, accompanied by a bacon roll and hot drink.
NB: This is a free event, but bookings must be made in advance for refreshments, available for £2.50. Any donation towards the upkeep of the reserve would be greatly appreciated.
Beginners Basket Making Day: Saturday 2 May: 10am to 4pm
Learn the traditional skill of basket making, its techniques and the materials to use, in this
one-day course for adults held in the Stable Room at Wandlebury. Enjoy experimenting in a relaxed environment and create a simple basket that is yours to keep using sustainable willow taken from CambridgePPF’s sites. Please wear warm clothes as the Stable Room with be kept cool to prevent the willow from drying out. In addition, bring an old towel to wrap the willow in. Tea and coffee will be provided throughout the day; however, course members must bring their own packed lunch.
NB: This full-day event is £35 per person (members £30). Adults only. Places are limited so please book early to avoid disappointment. Bookings must be paid in full 48 hours prior to the event.
Hinxton Watermill Open Day: Sunday 10 May: 2.30pm to 5.30pm
It is National Mills Weekend so here is your chance to explore this impressive 17th century working watermill, built on a site dating back to the Domesday 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.
NB: CambridgePPF members can visit for free. For non members entry costs £3 for adults, £1 for children. No need to book.
Bourn Mill Open Day: Sunday 10 May: 2pm to 4pm
It is National Mills Weekend so come and see inside one of the oldest windmills in the country, set in beautiful scenery near Bourn village. Volunteer guides will tell you the history of the mill and if the weather is favourable you may even be part of 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.
City of Cambridge Symphony Orchestra Concert: Saturday 16 May: 7.30pm
Don’t miss out on another chance to see the sensational City of Cambridge Symphony Orchestra perform at West Road Concert Hall, while supporting CambridgePPF – half the proceeds of all tickets booked through CambridgePPF will go to the charity. Also featuring St Catharine’s Girls’ Choir, the concert will include Copland’s Fanfare for the Common Man, Barber’s Adagio, Strauss’s Wind Serenade Op.7 and Holst’s The Planets.
NB: Adults £18, concessions £16, students £8, under 14s £5. Booking essential – booking your tickets directly through CambridgePPF will help benefit the charity. Use the booking form at cambridgeppf.org/events/city-of-cambridge-symphony-orchestra-concert, or call 01223 243830 extension 207
Amphibians at Wandlebury: Wednesday 20 May: 8.30pm to 9.30pm
Join the CambridgePPF team at this evening event for adults and older children, looking in and around the ponds of Wandlebury in search of amphibians. What will you spot? Bring along a torch, dress for being outside and according to the weather on the day.
NB: This is a free event but booking is essential. Any donations to support the upkeep of the park are welcome.
Wildlife Survey Week at Wandlebury Country Park: Saturday 23 May: 10am to 4pm
Drop in at any time and join us for this exciting opportunity to take part in wildlife surveys at Wandlebury. A series of wildlife surveys by schools will take place all week, starting on Monday and finishing on Friday. The week will end with an open day for families and experts on Saturday 23rd. There will be opportunities to see and survey bugs, birds, bats and the battalion of plants that share Wandlebury Country Park. NB: This is a free event and there is no need to book. Donations are welcome to support the upkeep of the park.
Half-Term Activities at Wandlebury
Bees! Half-Term Event for Accompanied Children: Tuesday 26 May: 10am to 12.30pm
Watch activity inside our observation honeybee hive and solitary bee homes. Find out how our honeybees live, why bees and other pollinating insects are so important and how we can help to look after them. Make your own wooden solitary bee home to put up at home. Meet at Wandlebury Stable Rooms. Bring a drink and a snack. Dress for being outside! Why not stay on for a picnic and explore the Country Park afterwards? NB: Ages 6+, children must remain accompanied throughout the event. Booking is essential as places are limited. £6.50 per child (members £5.00). Accompanying adults free.
Old-Fashioned Fun in the Woods! Half-Term Event for Accompanied Children: Wednesday 27 May: 10am to 12pm
Bring your children to the Country Park for some good old-fashioned fun during the half-term holiday. Play in the woods. Build and decorate shelters. Help make a small bonfire and bring along a snack and marshmallows to eat around it. Guaranteed
to provide a good night’s sleep! Meet at the Wandlebury Stable Rooms. Bring a drink and a snack. Dress for being outside. NB: Children must remain accompanied throughout the event. Ages 3-6 only. Booking essential as places are limited. £6.50 per child (members £5.00). Accompanying adults free.
Bushcraft Fun for Unaccompanied Youngsters 10-14 Years: Friday 29 May: 10am to 4pm
Another opportunity to take part in a very popular day of independence, learning and fun for 10-14 year-olds with the CambridgePPF team. Discover exciting new ways to experience the outdoors by learning bushcraft skills such as fire-starting, whittling and shelter building. Bring a packed lunch and take part in the time-honoured tradition of eating around a camp fire. Dress according to weather. NB: Booking and payment in advance essential. £30 per child (members £25). To avoid disappointment, early booking is recommended for this activity.
Directions: Wandlebury Country Park is on the A1307, 2.5km south of the Addenbrooke’s roundabout. Parking is available on site is free to members, £3 to non members.
For more information: email@example.com or call 01223 243830 extension 207 or www.cambridgeppf.com