Summer’s in Full Swing this August with CambridgePPF

11th Jul 2016

The summer holidays are here again and it’s time for some family fun! August is the ideal time to get out and enjoy the beautiful British countryside, and with the kids off for six whole weeks there’s plenty of time to join CambridgePPF for an action-packed month of outdoor events. There’s a huge amount to choose from: tracking, fire-making, survival skills, pond-dipping and making collages – to name just a few – and the focus is always on creativity, learning and fun. Be sure not to miss out on the Stourbridge Fair either, for an authentic slice of medieval life in the fascinating settings of the ancient Leper Chapel. Put the finishing touches to your perfect summer this August with CambridgePPF.

Stick Fun – Summer Holiday Activity for Accompanied Children
Tuesday 2 August: 10am to 12pm
Stick fun
Wandlebury woodlands provide all the natural tools necessary for this morning activity in the Country Park. Guided by the staff team, children will have all sorts of fun building stick towers, animals and dens. It’s an ideal way to spend some quality time with your children outside in the fresh air, and a great reminder of how much joy there is to be had in sharing simple family activities. Why not bring a picnic and enjoy the park afterwards?
NB: For ages 5+. Advance booking essential, and children must be accompanied throughout. £8 per child (members £6), adults free. Meet at the Wandlebury Stable Rooms. Dress according to the weather and for being outside.

Animal Tracking – Summer Holiday Activity for Accompanied Children
Wednesday 3 August: 10am to 12pm
Group pond dipping
Younger children will relish the chance to follow clues through the woods, nets at the ready, to identify real animal evidence. You’ll need to keep up as the group of intrepid explorers discovers the pond for some fascinating net-dipping, and moves on to the grasslands to investigate what lives there. Why not bring a picnic and enjoy the park afterwards?
NB: For ages 3-6. Advance booking essential, and children must be accompanied throughout. £8 per child (members £6), adults free. Meet at the Wandlebury Stable Rooms. Dress according to the weather and for being outside.

Hinxton Watermill Open Day
Sunday 7 August: 2.30pm to 5.30pm
Hinxton Mill interior
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’ contest!
NB: CambridgePPF members can visit for free. For non members, entry is £3 for adults, £1 for children. No need to book.

Nature Safari – Summer Holiday Activity for Accompanied Children
Wednesday 10 August: 10am to 12pm
Sweep netting
Set out on your own nature adventure! Prowl around Wandlebury, using nets in the pond and grasslands, and get a buzz as you watch intently in the observation beehive. Track down and find out about the local plants and animals – you might be surprised to find out what’s hiding in the undergrowth. Why not bring a picnic and stay on in the park afterwards?
NB: For ages 5+. Advance booking essential, and children must remain accompanied throughout. Dress according to the weather and for being outside. £8 per child (members £6), adults free. Meet at the Wandlebury Stable Rooms.

Wild Art – Summer Holiday Activity for Unaccompanied Children
Friday 12 August: 10am to 4pm
Your children can unleash their creativity on this day of guided, experimental fun. Drop children off for the day with our experienced team, where they’ll soak up the beautiful natural surroundings as inspiration for their artistic creations – experimenting with methods of drawing, painting, modelling, printing and collage-making. Be sure to have some wall space ready to hang thier new masterpiece!
NB: For ages 8-12. Advance booking essential. £40 per child (members £35). Meet at the Wandlebury Stable Rooms. Wear suitable old clothing and bring a packed lunch and a drink.

Tilly the Travelling Tearoom at Wandlebury
Sunday 14, 21, 28 August: 11am to 5pm
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What a treat! On most Sundays throughout summer, visitors to Wandlebury Country Park will have the opportunity to purchase hot and cold drinks and a variety of tasty homemade cakes and cookies from Tilly the Travelling Tearoom. Tilly will also be selling delicious ice cream from the Saffron Ice Cream Company. Tilly is a lovingly refurbished, genuine 1960s Mini Glen caravan, bringing tea to us in vintage style. Whatever the weather, Tilly will welcome you with protection from the sun or rain. The perfect way to end a walk around the stunning Country Park.
NB: Tilly is owned by keen baker, Carol Corfield, and will be situated in the middle of the park, close to the Tadlow Granary.

Bourn Mill Open Day
Sunday 14 August: 2pm to 4pm
Bourn Mill turning
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 are 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

Stourbridge Fair at the Leper Chapel
Saturday 3 September: 12pm to 4.30pm
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Step back in time for a merry medieval afternoon at the historic Leper Chapel, Cambridge’s oldest complete surviving building. Dating back to 1199, the Stourbridge Fair was once the largest medieval fair in Europe, and today visitors can browse stalls selling produce typical of the time, view historical re-enactments, and wander among pedlars and alchemists. There’s plenty of entertainment on offer too, with medieval singing, dancing, storytelling, and fascinating history talks. It’s a real original – be sure to put it in your diary.
NB: This is a free, family event, and all are welcome. Donations towards the upkeep of the chapel are always appreciated. No need to book.
Directions: Barnwell Junction on Newmarket Road, Cambridge, CB5 8JJ – opposite Cambridge United. OS 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.

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