Kickstart your Summer with CambridgePPF

1st Jun 2017Bourn MillHinxton WatermillLeper ChapelWandlebury Country ParkEducation and learningEnvironmentalEventsGreen spacesHistoric buildings

All the joys of June start here! It’s finally time for summer to spread some warmth and cheer! CambridgePPF has a fun-packed variety of family events to help kick off your summer season outdoors. There’ll be half-term high jinks for youngsters tracking down wild animals at Wandlebury and playing fairy hide and seek; as well as a chance for adults to encounter some of the Country Park’s resident reptiles and have a stab at identifying plants and grasses. The experimental theatre group in situ: will be continuing their long collaboration with CambridgePPF, with performances of Poe’s Tales of Mystery and Imagination and Chekhov’s Three Sisters in the atmospheric Leper Chapel – be sure to file these under must-see. Book your places now for some fun in the sun!

Healthy Walking Every Thursday: 10am or 10.30am to 11am – Wandlebury

Keep fit and greet the changing of the season by joining our healthy walkers this June 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

 

Wild Animals! – Half-term event for accompanied children Friday 2 June: 10am to 12pm – Wandlebury

Bring your child to Wandlebury for a morning of crazy wildlife fun. Lead by our enthusiastic and knowledgeable team, investigate the park and find out all about the wild animals that make their homes here. The children will love getting stuck in (and you might too!)  Why not stay on afterwards and enjoy a picnic in the park?

NB: For accompanied children aged 4-8. £8 per child (£6 members), adults free. Wear outdoor clothing. Meet at the Wandlebury Stable Rooms. For more information: email bookings@cambridgeppf.org, call 01223 243830 extension 207 or visit www.cambridgeppf.org/whats-on 

Resident Reptiles Saturday 3 June: 9am to 10.30am – Wandlebury

The natural habitats of Wandlebury provide the perfect place for reptiles to thrive. Join this opportunity for adults to take a guided stroll around the Country Park to seek out these somewhat shy creatures.

NB: Aimed at adults, £4 per adult (£3 members). Meet at the Wandlebury car park notice board. For more information: email bookings@cambridgeppf.org, call 01223 243830 extension 207 or visit www.cambridgeppf.org/whats-on 

Tales of Mystery and Imagination by Edgar Allan Poe at the Leper Chapel Saturday 3 June: 8pm

If you don’t spook too easily, come along for this evening of suspenseful tales from the greatest of the gothic writers, Edgar Allan Poe, including ‘The Premature Burial’ – one of the most extraordinary short stories ever written, and ‘Thou Art the Man’. Recited by Richard Spaul of the in situ: experimental theatre group in the mysterious setting of the 12th century Leper Chapel, and interspersed with haunting songs from the English Folk and American Blues traditions.  This is one event which is sure to give you goose bumps even on a June evening!

NB: Tickets £12 (£10 concessions), available in advance here: www.insitutheatre.co.uk or call 01223 211451 and at the venue from 7.30pm – but please note that space is limited so advance booking is recommended. Suitable for ages 16+

Directions: Barnwell Junction on Newmarket Road, Cambridge, CB5 8JJ – opposite Cambridge United. Grid reference TL 471 594 GB Note that there is no parking or facilities at the chapel itself. Please park in nearby streets or come by bus or on foot.

Hinxton Watermill Open Day Sunday 4 June: 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’ competition!

NB: CambridgePPF members can visit for free. For non-members entry costs £3 for adults, £1 for children. No need to book. Directions: Mill Lane, Hinxton CB10 1RD (turn off the A1301 from Cambridge into Hinxton village). OS grid reference TL 493 453. For more information: email bookings@cambridgeppf.org, call 01223 243830 extension 207 or visitwww.cambridgeppf.org/whats-on

Grasses of Wandlebury Sunday 11 June: 2pm to 3.30pm

You will be surprised how much there is to learn about a plant which we take for granted! Join this guided stroll aimed at adults around Wandlebury Park to see and identify some of the grasses in situ. A fascinating, relaxing afternoon for those who enjoy looking a little more closely.

Adults only. £3 for members, non-members £4. Meet at Wandlebury car park notice board. Booking recommended. For more information: email bookings@cambridgeppf.org, call 01223 243830 extension 207 or visit www.cambridgeppf.org/whats-on

Conversazione – Local Natural History and Wildlife Exhibition Friday 16 June: 1pm to 6pm; Saturday 17 June: 10am to 5pm

The Conversazione is the annual exhibition of the Cambridge Natural History Society, held in the Cambridge University Department of Zoology, which exhibits all aspects of natural history and local wildlife. There will be a variety of exhibitions, providing children in particular with a great opportunity to learn about the natural world. Come and see the CambridgePPF EMBLEM display – We’ll be displaying what we have done and what we have found so far, as well as our plans for the future. We’ll be on-hand to take questions and show people opportunities to get involved in local and national Citizen Science projects. We will be showcasing information about the wildlife and ecology of our properties.

NB: The exhibition is a free, drop in event. Refreshments are available.

Directions: Department of Zoology, University of Cambridge, Downing Street, Cambridge, CB2 3EJ. Access is from Downing Street, just before Tennis Court Road. No parking on site.

For more information: and updates see www.cnhs.org.uk

Three Sisters by Anton Chekhov at the Leper Chapel Thursday 22 June to Saturday 24 June: 8pm

Join the in situ: experimental theatre group as they present one of the greatest masterpieces of the twentieth century, performed in the atmospheric 12th century Leper Chapel – the oldest complete surviving building inCambridge. Inspired by Russian practitioners such as Stanislavsky and Meyerhold, and the more modern influences of absurdism and ‘Zero Theatre’, this fine ensemble performance explores Chekhov’s tragedy in new and powerful ways. A truly unique chance – be sure not to miss out on this one.

NB: Tickets £12 (£10 concessions), available in advance here: www.insitutheatre.co.uk or call 01223 211451 and at the venue from 7.30pm – but please note that space is limited so advance booking is recommended.

Directions: Barnwell Junction on Newmarket Road, Cambridge, CB5 8JJ – opposite Cambridge United. Grid reference TL 471 594 GB Note that there is no parking or facilities at the chapel itself. Please park in nearby streets or come by bus or on foot.

Plants of Wandlebury Sunday 25 June: 2pm to 3.30pm

This guided afternoon stroll around Wandlebury for adults introduces the chalk grasslands and woodland plants that flourish here. You’ll learn how we care for their habitats and how to identify the different species along the way, while taking in the beautiful sights of the Country Park in early summer.

NB: Booking recommended., Adults only. £3 for members, non-members £4. Meet at the car park notice board. For more information: email bookings@cambridgeppf.org, call 01223 243830 extension 207 or visit www.cambridgeppf.org/whats-on 

Bourn Mill Open Day and Teas Sunday 25 June: 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 witness the incredible sight of the mill being turned on its post. Teas and cakes available.

NB: No need to book. Free to CambridgePPF members, non-members £3 per adult, £1 per child. Directions: Off Caxton Road, Bourn CB23 2SU. Accessible by car, or on footpaths from Bourn. OS grid reference TL 312 580. For more information: email bookings@cambridgeppf.org, call 01223 243830 extension 207 or visit www.cambridgeppf.org/whats-on

 

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