A Christmas to remember with Cambridge Past, Present and Future

15th Nov 2017

The festive season is here again so join CambridgePPF this December as we prepare good tidings for the whole family in the run-up to the big day. Make yours a crafty Christmas with chances for children to make rustic decorations and a wreath weaving event just for grown-ups. If you fancy a touch of terror then don’t miss out on the spooky goings-on at the atmospheric Leper Chapel – the in situ experimental theatre company will be returning to tell some haunting tales that are guaranteed to send chills down your spine. Or if you prefer exercise to raise your pulse there’s a volunteer activity caring for the beautiful Coton Reserve and its wildlife, as well as Nordic and healthy walking around wonderful Wandlebury. Then wrap up your perfect family Christmas with traditional Carols by candlelight and a Christmas Eve Midnight Communion. All we need now is some snow!


Christmas Wreath Weaving for Adults Saturday 2 December: 11am to 1pm Wandlebury

Step away from the Christmas shopping, glitter and plastic! Have some ‘you time’ learning a new craft with natural materials and personalise your Christmas decorations this year. Come to Wandlebury and weave a sturdy internal willow ring which looks wonderful on its own, or can be dressed up using seasonal foliage from around the park. You can also try your hand at small willow stars, reindeer and other hanging decorations.

NB: Booking is essential for this popular event – book early to avoid disappointment. For adults and accompanied teens. Dress warmly. Tea and coffee provided. Adults £20, accompanied teens £10 (members £18/£8).



Theatre at the Leper Chapel with in situ: Tales of Mystery and Imagination Saturday 2 December: 8pm, Leper Chapel

If you don’t spook too easily, come along for an evening of suspenseful tales performed by the in situ experimental theatre company in the atmospheric 12th century Leper Chapel. Director Richard Spaul takes centre stage as he explores the ‘uncanny boundary between life and death’ while recounting two of the best tales from Edgar Allan Poe’s famous collection of short stories. Featuring The Premature Burial – one of the most extraordinary short stories ever written – and Thou Art the Man, and interspersed with haunting songs from the English Folk and American Blues traditions, this one is sure to make your spine tingle!

NB: Tickets £12 (£10 concessions), available in advance here: www.insitutheatre.co.uk or at the venue on the night from 7.30pm – however space is limited so advance booking is recommended. Dress warmly. Running time approximately 110 minutes.

Suitable for ages 16+.

Healthy Walking Thursday 7, 14, 21 December: 10am or 10.30am to 11am, Wandlebury

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. Walks end around 11am with tea and coffee in the Stable Rooms. All welcome, suitable for all abilities.

NB: Free of charge and no need to book, please arrive 10 minutes early to register if it’s your first session. Donations towards the upkeep of the park are always welcome.


Volunteer work party day – woods and trees at Coton Countryside Reserve Wednesday 13 December: 10am to 3pm

If you fancy heading outdoors for some fresh air and exercise and can spare a little time, then come along to the beautiful Coton Reserve to join our volunteer work party this December. We’ll be carrying out some essential tasks that will help us care for the reserve and its wildlife, and you’ll learn the basics of how to manage young woodlands. Make sure you wrap up warm!

NB: No need to book, just turn up on the day. Meet at the reserve notice board near the car park. All instruction, equipment and tools provided. Wear warm, waterproof clothing and tough footwear and bring a packed lunch and drink. Please help if you can – all welcome! Free event but donations are always appreciated.


Nordic Walking Wednesday 13 December: 1pm, 2pm, 3pm start, Wandlebury

Get into the rhythm and enhance your wellbeing and fitness levels with this friendly Nordic Walking group at Wandlebury Park, led by coach Oliver Glynn. Nordic Walkers use more of their 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. Don’t worry if you’ve never tried it before – instructions will be given. Three levels of walk: 1pm for those with restricted mobility, 2pm for a healthy lifestyle speed, 3pm total beginners.

NB: Poles can be borrowed free of charge if required. There is no charge for the restricted mobility and healthy speed walks, for total beginners the cost is £15 per hour – please book. 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


Ghost Stories at the Leper Chapel with in situ: Saturday 16 December: 8pm

The region’s leading environmental theatre company returns for one night only to the haunting Leper Chapel for director Richard Spaul to perform his successful one-man show, Ghost Stories. The fabulous stories Miss Mary Pask by Edith Wharton, and Pink May by Elizabeth Bowen combine with jazz and music hall songs for a spine-chilling evening out. Richard explains, ‘Both tales, as well as being deliciously scary, have remarkable twists and turns that have made me think about the ghost story genre in a completely new way. In situ: is best known as an ensemble group, but this one is just me, plus the audience and of course the ghosts themselves.’

NB: Tickets £12 (£10 concessions), available in advance here: www.insitutheatre.co.uk or at the venue on the night from 7.30pm – however space is limited so advance booking is recommended. Dress warmly.

Children’s Christmas Crafts Sunday 17 December: 11am to 4pm, Wandlebury

Children love to get involved with the decorations too – get into the family Christmas spirit and back to nature, helping your children make attractive rustic Christmas decorations using natural materials from the park. Expert guidance is on hand and you’ll take home wonderful creations to deck the halls that will make it a Christmas to remember.

NB: Drop-in event, no need to book. Children must remain accompanied by an adult throughout. £10 per family (members £8).


Christmas Carols at the Leper Chapel Sunday 17 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 Roger 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 towards the upkeep of the chapel are always appreciated.



Outdoor Craft & Storytelling for Children Wednesday 20 December: 10.30am to 11.30am, Wandlebury

Vital Spark Theatre is a Cambridgeshire-based company specialising in working with young people in a creative way through drama, dance, music and creative arts. This monthly event, perfect for pre-schoolers and children up to age six – great for young home-schooled children, provides fun adventures in nature craft and storytelling in the park and stable rooms.

NB: Meet at the stable rooms. Time will be spent outside regardless of weather so please dress appropriately. Booking is essential. £8 per family (up to three children and £3 per additional child). Pay cash on the day. Children must remain accompanied throughout.

For more information and booking: email Katherine@vitalsparktheatre.org

Midnight Communion at the Leper Chapel Sunday 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. Dress warmly.


For more information on all CambridgePPF events : email bookings@cambridgeppf.org, call 01223 243830 extension 207 or visit www.cambridgeppf.org/whats-on

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