Festive Fun for the whole family this December with Cambridge Past, Present and Future

18th Nov 2015

Christmas is coming! Get wrapped up and join local charity CambridgePPF getting into the festive spirit with a variety of seasonal events this December. Enjoy the winter woodland vistas of Wandlebury on a tree identification workshop, and get crafty making your own Christmas wreaths, tree and table decorations with natural materials from the park – there are separate events for adults and children so the whole family can have a go. For a truly traditional Christmas experience there’s also a chance to enjoy Christmas carols by candlelight, and a Christmas Eve midnight Communion, in the beautiful setting of the Leper Chapel. Start your countdown to Christmas this month with CambridgePPF!

Christmas crafts

Nordic Walking
Wednesday 2, 9, 16 December: 1pm, 2pm, 3pm start
Get into the rhythm and enhance your wellbeing and fitness levels with this very friendly Nordic Walking group at Wandlebury Park, led by Wellbeing Coach/Nordic Walking instructor Oliver Glynn. Nordic Walkers use more of their entire body than regular strollers, so while taking in the beautiful scenery of the park and chatting with the group you’ll get a great workout without even noticing it. Don’t worry if you’ve never tried it before – instruction will be given. There are three levels of walk: 1pm start for those with restricted mobility, 2pm for a healthy lifestyle speed, 3pm total beginners.
NB: Poles can be borrowed free of charge if required. Instruction fee £5, car park free for CambridgePPF members, non members £3.
For more information and booking: contact Oliver on 07947 835522 or email: info@nordicwellbeing.co.uk

Healthy Walking
Every Thursday: 10am or 10.30am to 11am
Keep fit and greet the changing of the season by joining our healthy walkers this December for one of our Walking for Health accredited sociable walks around the park. Meet at the Stable Rooms at 10am for a longer walk or 10.30am for a shorter stroll. The walks end at around 11am with tea and coffee in the Stable Rooms. All are welcome, suitable for all different abilities.
NB: Free of charge and no need to book, but please arrive 10 minutes early to register if it’s your first time. Donations towards the upkeep of the park are always welcome.
For more information: email bookings@cambridgeppf.org, call 01223 243830 extension 207 or visit www.cambridgeppf.org/whats-on

Mill Road Winter Fair
Saturday 5 December: 10.30am to 4.30pm
The Mill Road Winter Fair is one of the annual highlights of Cambridge’s cultural calendar, celebrating the richness of life in the heart of one of the region’s most diverse and vibrant areas. There will be a variety of events, activities, and performances on offer, with many local businesses taking part, and of course the colourful Carnival Parade. Come along and visit CambridgePPF’s stall, where we will be showcasing our work in and around Cambridge. We will also be selling the popular Remember Britain Cambridge bags and umbrellas which make lovely Christmas gifts. These are available at our Wandlebury office all year round.
Directions: Mill Road will be closed to traffic from East Road to Coleridge Road. Cyclists are required to dismount through the road closure area. Mill Road is a 10 minute walk from the railway station.
For more information: Visit www.millroadwinterfair.org, email bookings@cambridgeppf.org, call 01223 243830 extension 207 or visit www.cambridgeppf.org/whats-on

Winter Tree Identification
Saturday 5 December: 1pm to 4pm
Give yourself a break from Christmas preparations and join the CambridgePPF team for this fascinating workshop for adults in the beautiful winter scenery of the Country Park. Learn the basic skills of 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 warmly for being outside.
For more information: email bookings@cambridgeppf.org, call 01223 243830 extension 207 or visit www.cambridgeppf.org/whats-on

New this year! Christmas Crafts for Adults
12 December or 14 December: 10am to 12noon or 1pm to 3pm

Christmas crafts men
Store that shop-bought tinsel and celebrate Christmas in natural style this year with your own personalised wreaths, table and tree decorations. Join the team at Wandlebury and discover how to craft stunning seasonal decorations from natural materials that will add the finishing touches to a perfect family Christmas.
NB: For adults only. Booking essential for this activity – please book early to avoid disappointment! £10 per adult (members £9). Dress warmly. Tea and coffee provided.
For more information: email bookings@cambridgeppf.org, call 01223 243830 extension 207 or visit www.cambridgeppf.org/whats-on
Christmas Crafts for Children
Saturday 19 December: 10am or 2pm start
Children love to get involved with the decorations too – let the little ones get out of the house and help contribute to your special family event, making attractive rustic decorations using natural materials from the park. Expert guidance will be on hand and you’ll take home some wonderful creations to deck the halls that will make it a Christmas to remember.
NB: Children must remain accompanied by an adult. Booking is essential – please book early as this is a popular event. £5 per child (members £4), adults free.
For more information: email bookings@cambridgeppf.org, call 01223 243830 extension 207 or visit www.cambridgeppf.org/whats-on

Christmas Carols at the Leper Chapel
Sunday 20 December: 6.30pm to 8pm
If you’re still not feeling Christmassy enough then this event, in the atmospheric Leper Chapel, is sure to get you into a festive mood. The Reverend Dr Williams will be leading the Cottenham Brass Band for carols by candlelight, and you’ll experience the best of the traditional English Christmas. Make sure to wrap up warm, and enjoy the mince pies and mulled wine!
NB: This is a free, family event and all are welcome. Donations to the charity are always appreciated.
For more information: email bookings@cambridgeppf.org, call 01223 243830 extension 207 or visit www.cambridgeppf.org/whats-on

CANDLES

Midnight Communion at the Leper Chapel
Thursday 24 December: 11.30pm to 12.30am
A simple celebration of Christmas: the Communion, by candlelight, with carols. The 12th century Leper Chapel is the oldest complete surviving building in Cambridge and provides a stunning historic setting in which to enjoy the service. All are welcome.
NB: A free event. All welcome. Donations towards the upkeep of the Chapel are always appreciated.
For more information: email bookings@cambridgeppf.org, call 01223 243830 extension 207 or visit www.cambridgeppf.org/whats-on

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