EVENT NEWS: The heat is on this July with CambridgePPF

22nd Jun 2015Bourn MillCoton Countryside ReserveHinxton WatermillLeper ChapelWandlebury Country ParkEducation and learningEventsHistoric buildingsHistorySchool holidays

High summer is here again, and there’s no excuse for staying cooped up indoors. Head out this July and join Cambridge Past, Present and Future (CambridgePPF) for a huge range of fun-filled family events. See history come to life as you walk the line down an ancient Roman road with Roman soldiers – or if that sounds too much like hard work, put your feet up for the afternoon with a relaxing picnic and music concert at Wandlebury Country Park. If you’re feeling brave, there are some spine-tingling opportunities to test your mettle, with ghost stories and haunting renditions of tales by the master of mystery, Edgar Allen Poe, at the Leper Chapel. The kids won’t waste any time getting stuck in too, with plenty of special summer activities for playing and learning – building dens, playing hide and seek and discovering some of Wandlebury’s Iron Age secrets. Dig out that straw hat and sunscreen and enjoy yourself!

Hinxton Watermill Open Day

Sunday 5 July: 2.30pm to 5.30pm

mill crop

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. NB: CambridgePPF members can visit for free. For non members entry costs £3 for adults, £1 for children. No need to book.

‘From the green wood, from the dark wood’ at Wandlebury Country Park

Thursday 9 – Saturday 11 July: 8pm

‘We went into the woods and we came out changed’. An intriguing opportunity to watch Cambridge experimental theatre group ‘in situ:’ performing their evocative and playful reflections on time, magic and woodwork. The group creates performances outside the boundaries of conventional theatre by performing in non-theatre spaces – this time in magnificent settings among the trees of the Jubilee Wood at Wandlebury. NB: You can book ahead or find more information here: www.insitutheatre.co.uk or call 01223 211451 or purchase a ticket at the park from 7pm. £12 (£10 for concessions).

Summer Walk and Wildlife at Coton Countryside Reserve

Tuesday 14 July: 6.30pm

Coton consul eve

An early evening opportunity to take part in a guided walk around Coton Countryside Reserve. Enjoy passing through pleasant farmed land and pasture, whilst focusing on the abundance of plants, animals and insects that thrive in the reserve. The walk usually takes between two to two and a half hours. NB: Booking is essential for this event. Meet at Martin car park, Grantchester Road, where there is free parking. Free event but donations to support the upkeep of the reserve are always welcome.

Summer Walk and Wildlife at Coton Countryside Reserve

Tuesday 14 July: 6.30pm

An early evening opportunity to take part in a guided walk around Coton Countryside Reserve. Enjoy passing through pleasant farmed land and pasture, whilst focusing on the abundance of plants, animals and insects that thrive in the reserve. The walk usually takes between two to two and a half hours. NB: Booking is essential for this event. Meet at Martin car park, Grantchester Road, where there is free parking. Free event but donations to support the upkeep of the reserve are always welcome.

Fun in the woods

Open Day at Wandlebury Country Park

Saturday 18 July: 10am to 4pm

Drop in anytime between 10am and 4pm to take in the tranquil setting of the Country Park, with over eight miles of wonderful walks through mature woods, meadows and chalk grassland areas. Join one of our guided walks, starting at 9.30am and 12noon and lasting for around an hour, during which time members of the team will outline plans currently under way for improvements to the park. Enjoy refreshments at the pop-up cafe from 11.30am to 4pm, or bring a picnic and spend the whole afternoon. For members only, the day will include afternoon tea and refreshments at 4pm, followed by a guided walk at 5pm. NB: Open day and guided walks at 9.30am and 12noon are free but donations very welcome. There is no need to book. Meet at the Tadlow Granary, Inner Ring, for guided walks. Booking is however, essential for members’ afternoon tea and 5pm guided walk – £5.00 (children £3.00).

Cambridge Young Archaeologists at Wandlebury Country Park

Saturday 18 July: 10am

Take part in a Roman road sponsored walk in aid of the Cambridge Young Archaeologists’ club. Join the walk accompanied by historical re-enactors in full Roman regalia; budding young Legionnaires can dress up as Romans themselves, with prizes for the best costume. Along the way you will hear fascinating insights from local archaeologists and wildlife experts and collect stamps from milestones. The walk starts at the Country Park and there are three routes of varying lengths – join the one you think will suit you best. NB: All are welcome, minimum sponsorship amount of £5 per individual or £15 as a family. Routes start and finish at Wandlebury and are 5, 10, or 17 miles – or as far as you like. Under 16s to be accompanied by a responsible adult. For more information: email cambridgeyacs@hotmail.com or visit cambridgeyacs.wordpress.com/roman-road-sponsored-walk

Ghost Stories at the Leper Chapel

Saturday 18 July: 8pm

Don’t miss out on a night of fright as the popular ‘Ghost Stories’ returns for one evening only in the haunting atmosphere of the 12th century Leper Chapel – the oldest complete surviving building in Cambridge. in situ’s Richard Spaul will be recounting chilling tales by Elizabeth Bowen and Edith Wharton, combined with atmospheric jazz and Music Hall songs. Book your place now – if you dare! NB: Tickets £12 (£10 concessions), available in advance here: www.insitutheatre.co.uk or call 01223 211451 and at the venue from 7.30pm. Running time 110 minutes approximately. Suitable for ages 16+

Leper Chapel interior

Summer Picnic and Music Concert at Wandlebury

Sunday 26 July: 3.30pm

Spread out a rug and relax for a musical family afternoon at the Country Park. Part of the Cambridge Summer Music Festival, the Wandlebury family picnic concert will feature summer sounds from a live band, so you can tap your toes as you tuck into your meal. The perfect way to while away a summer’s afternoon and keep the kids occupied. NB: This is a free event and there is no need to book. Donations are welcome and will be collected during the performance. Picnic and concert will be held in the Inner Ring, signposted from the car park.

Bourn Post Mill Open Day

Sunday 26 July: 2pm – 4pm

Come and see inside one of the oldest mills in the country, set in beautiful scenery near Bourn village.Volunteer guides will tell you the history of the mill and you may witness 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.

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July Children’s Summer Holiday Activities at Wandlebury Country Park
This July we have a range of interesting and exciting summer holiday activities for children – including an unaccompanied session on Friday 31 July where our team will look after your children for the day.

Swishy-Swashy Grass

Tuesday 28 July: 10am – 12noon

Go wild as you swish your way through the grasslands of the Country Park. Examine the huge variety of plants and animals that make their homes there. Afterwards you can get stuck into all sorts of supervised activities: recycling paper, making cards and paper jewellery and decorating them with painted and pressed grassland flowers. Bring a drink and a snack and dress for being outside. Wandlebury is a great place for a picnic after the activity; you can explore the park further too. NB: Advance booking essential. £6.50 per child (members £5), adults free. For ages 5+ Children must be accompanied throughout. Meet at the Wandlebury Stable Rooms.

Children in grass2

Fairy Giggles and Grubby Fun

Tuesday 28 July: 2pm to 4pm

I can seeee yooou! A fun-packed magical afternoon at the Country Park for younger children including storytelling, fairy hide and seek, building shelters for small mammals (and fairies), and making your own stick fairies. Bring along a drink and a snack and be prepared to get grubby. Wandlebury is a great place for a picnic after the activity; you can explore the park further too. NB: Advance booking essential. £6.50 per child (members £5), adults free. For ages 3-6. Children must be accompanied throughout. Meet at the Wandlebury Stable Rooms.

Forgotten Wandlebury

Wednesday 29 July: 10am to 12noon

Discover some of the secrets of Wandlebury’s past. Collect stickers from around the site to build up a picture. Find out how people lived over two and a half thousand years ago, and have fun building your own Iron Age roundhouse from natural materials to take home with you. Bring a drink and a snack and dress for being outside. Wandlebury is a great place for a picnic after the activity; you can explore the park further too. NB: Advance booking essential. £6.50 per child (members £5), adults free. For ages 6+ Children must be accompanied throughout. Meet at the Wandlebury Stable Rooms.

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Fun in the Woods

Wednesday 29 July: 2pm to 4pm

Turn off the television set and join us for some fun in the woods! Get back-to-basics as you build and decorate shelters, help make a small bonfire, and bring a snack and marshmallows to eat around it – good old-fashioned fun to talk about until bedtime. Dress for being outside. NB: Advance booking essential. £6.50 per child (members £5), adults free. For ages 5+ Children must be accompanied throughout. Meet at the Wandlebury Stable Rooms.

boy in grass

Wandlebury Woodland Adventures

Friday 31 July: 10am to 4pm – For unaccompanied children

Find out how to look after yourself in the great outdoors by learning the skills that count: knot tying and lashing, den building, fire making, cooking bread, tracking and problem solving games. Bring a packed lunch and enjoy eating it around a camp fire. Dress for being outdoors and be prepared to hone your bushcraft skills. NB: Advance booking essential. Children £25 (members £20). For ages 6-10. Unaccompanied event – leave your child for the day. Meet at the Wandlebury Stable Rooms.

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