Get Active this August for Summer Fun with Cambridge Past, Present and Future

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It’s official – the summer holidays are here and you’re invited to join local charity Cambridge Past, Present and Future (CambridgePPF) for a fun-filled month of events that will put the wonder back into being outdoors. Get into holiday mode and strike out on safari around Wandlebury’s rich habitats, or set your sights on target with an archery taster course. You’ll get out of breath chasing butterflies and discovering how they live, as well as having a chance to dip your net into the pond to find out about the world below the waterline. CambridgePPF has plenty of events this August to get everyone out into the fresh air. The only question is: can you keep up?

Hinxton Watermill Open Day Sunday 2 August: 2.30pm to 5.30pm

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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. Young visitors can take part in our Where’s Ratty competition.

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

August Children’s Summer Holiday Activities at Wandlebury Country Park

This August we have a range of interesting and exciting summer holiday activities for children – including an unaccompanied session on Friday 14 August where our team will look after your children for the day.

Watery Wonders Tuesday 4 August: 10am to 12noon

Nets at the ready as you prepare to dip underwater to discover the rich and diverse range of life in Wandlebury’s pond. What’s lurking there? A member of the team will be on hand to explain how each aquatic creature contributes to this fascinating ecosystem, and you can get artistic afterwards making and decorating a picture of the creepy-crawlies you found. 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: For ages 5+. Advance booking essential and children must be accompanied throughout. £6.50 per child (members £5), adults free. Meet at the Wandlebury Stable Rooms.

Butterflies Tuesday 4 August: 2pm to 4pm

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Venture out into the park’s grasslands in search of the beautiful butterflies that flourish there during the summer months. Learn to spot and to recognise the different species, and find out how they function and live. You’ll have to be quick! Round off the afternoon with butterfly-related art and craft activities. Bring a drink and a snack and dress for being outside. Why not have a picnic lunch before the activity?

NB: For ages 6+. Advance booking essential and children must be accompanied throughout. £6.50 per child (members £5), adults free. Meet at the Wandlebury Stable Rooms.

Archery Taster Sessions Wednesday 5 August: 11am to 2pm

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You don’t have to be William Tell to join in this archery event, which is aimed at complete beginners. Help is on hand and there’s no need to quiver. By the end you’ll be splitting apples like a professional. The sessions last for 40 minutes – take your pick: they start at 11am, 12noon, and 1pm. 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: For ages 8+. Advance booking essential £5 per person taking part (members £4). Children must remain accompanied. Meet at the Wandlebury Stable Rooms.

Animal Homes Tuesday 11 August: 10am to 12noon

We all need a place to call home. Help your child to hunt out the cosy retreats, both natural and artificial, that animals in Wandlebury Park return to and spend the night in. Use woodworking tools, and together with the CambridgePPF team, build your own animal shelters from natural materials. Enjoy creating a haven for one of the park’s creatures to crawl into at the end of a long day. 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: For ages 8+. Advance booking essential and children must be accompanied throughout. £6.50 per child (members £5), adults free. Meet at the Wandlebury Stable Rooms.

Woodland Skills and Activities Tuesday 11 August: 2pm to 4pm

Building dens, tying knots and problem solving games. It’s never too difficult to get kids interested when it comes to woodland activities. Yours will be first in line to learn this range of fun and practical outdoor skills, and you’ll probably end up getting involved yourself. Just make sure to book in advance for this popular event. Bring a drink and a snack and dress for being outside. Why not have a picnic lunch in the park before the activity?

NB: For ages 6-8. Advance booking essential. Children must be accompanied throughout. £6.50 per child (members £5), adults free. Meet at the Wandlebury Stable Rooms.

Nature Safari Wednesday 12 August: 10am to 12noon

Set out on your own nature adventure! Prowl around Wandlebury on the lookout for plants and animals at home in their different habitats in the park, while learning all about your discoveries from an expert. You might be surprised to find out what’s hiding in the undergrowth . . . 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: For ages 5+. Advance booking essential and children must be accompanied throughout. £6.50 per child (members £5), adults free. Meet at the Wandlebury Stable Rooms.

Muddy Fingers Wednesday 12 August: 2pm to 4pm

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 was made for, and you’ll have a great time too. Bring a drink and a snack and dress for being outside. Why not have a picnic lunch before the activity?

NB: For ages 3-6. Advance booking essential, and children must be accompanied throughout. £6.50 per child (members £5), adults free. Meet at the Wandlebury Stable Rooms.

Woodland Skills and Activities Friday 14 August: 10am to 4pm

A fantastic opportunity to drop off the kids for the day and they can learn some seriously fun skills.

This popular, supervised event gives older children a chance to learn about bushcraft, independently – including knot tying and lashing, den building, fire making, cooking bread and whittling. Bring along a packed lunch to munch on and swap stories around a camp fire for an unforgettable experience.

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NB: For ages 10-14. Advance booking essential. Children £30 (members £25). Unaccompanied event – leave your child for the day. Meet at the Wandlebury Stable Rooms.

Directions: Wandlebury Country Park is on the A1307, 2.5km south of the Addenbrooke’s roundabout. CB22 3AE. Parking is available on site and costs £3 per vehicle for those staying in the park, free to members all year round. There is no charge for dropping children off for the event.

Bourn Post Mill Open Day Sunday 16 August: 2pm to 4pm

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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 or even help the volunteer guides to do this.

NB: No need to book. Free to CambridgePPF members, non members £3 per adult, £1 per child.

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