EVENT NEWS: Here Comes the Summer! Enjoy June with CambridgePPF
Make the most of the longest days of sunshine this June by joining Cambridge Past, Present and Future (CambridgePPF) for a variety of seasonal events that will allow you to get out and about and explore your local area. See the Wandlebury grasslands come into bloom on a guided wildflower walk, or come to Coton for a midsummer stroll followed by a quintessential cream tea. In addition there will be a fascinating opportunity to hear all about the history of the Wandlebury estate throughout the ages, as well as the chance to visit the wonderful working windmill in Bourn and watermill at Hinxton. Discover the wonders of the changing season and learn about your local environment this month with a range of activities for the whole family.
Wildflowers at Wandlebury
Sunday 7 June: 11am – 1pm
Set amid the chalk hills of the Gog Magogs, the managed grasslands of Wandlebury Country Park are home to a diverse range of beautiful chalk grassland wildflowers. During the summer months these flowers provide pollen and nectar for many different species of insects, if you’re lucky you might catch a glimpse of butterflies such as the Comma and Marbled White. Join the team at 11am in the Stable Rooms for an introductory talk, then head out into the park to search for and identify the colourful blooms. Don’t worry if you don’t know your Flax from your Field Scabious – no prior knowledge is required and our team will be on-hand to provide expert advice.NB: Booking is essential for this event, which is for adults only. £7 per person (£6 for members).
Hinxton Watermill Open Day
Sunday 7 June: 2.30pm – 5.30pm
Here is your chance to explore this impressive 17th century working watermill, built on a site dating back to the Domesday 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.
NB: CambridgePPF members can visit for free. For non members entry costs £3 for adults, £1 for children. No need to book.
Local Natural History and Wildlife Exhibition – Conversazione
Friday 12 June: 1pm – 6pm; Saturday 13 June: 10am – 5pm
The Conversazione is the annual exhibition of the Cambridge Natural History Society, held in the Cambridge University Department of Zoology, which exhibits on all aspects of natural history and local wildlife. There will be a variety of hands-on exhibitions, providing children with a great opportunity to learn about the natural world. Past exhibits have included fungi, carnivorous plants, cow-pats, historical documents and much more! Come and see the CambridgePPF display where 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.
The History of Wandlebury
Thursday 18 June: 7pm – 8pm
Book your place now on this special event that will reveal fascinating facts about the history of Wandlebury Country Park – one of Cambridge’s most beloved green spaces. Join CambridgePPF’s properties team for a guided walk around the park, which stretches over 110 acres and offers more than 8km of meandering footpaths. The early evening stroll will take in the central areas of the Wandlebury estate looking for evidence of the past. During the walk the team will recount stories about the people who lived and worked at Wandlebury from the 18th century onwards. Wandlebury Country Park is a magical place to explore. Many people know it as the perfect spot for a picnic and a wander or because of its Iron Age hill fort, which dates back 2,500 years. But did you know that modern thoroughbred racehorses have a connection to Wandlebury?
NB: This event is aimed at adults and older children. Booking is essential so that the charity can gauge the number of attendees and staff the event accordingly. £4 per person (£3 for members). Meet at the visitor car park for a prompt 7pm start.
Midsummer Walk and Cream Tea at Coton Countryside Reserve
Sunday 21 June: 1pm start
Join CambridgePPF for a gentle midsummer stroll through the scenic Coton Countryside Reserve, passing through pleasant farmed land and pasture. Take in the reserve’s impressive viewpoint – boasting one of the most panoramic vistas in Cambridgeshire. The walk ends at Coton Village Green, where you can enjoy a traditional cream tea and home-made cakes, wander round the stalls and listen to the brass band. Proceeds from the refreshments will go towards the maintenance of the 12th century St Peter’s village church, which will also be hosting an art exhibition celebrating the natural world.
NB: Booking is required for the walk through the Reserve. There is no booking fee but we would appreciate support of the reserve with a donation of £3 per adult and £2 per child.
Directions: Meet at The Footpath, Coton, CB23 7PZ – at the reserve entrance (east of the recreation ground) to begin the walk.
Bourn Mill Open Day
Sunday 28 June: 2pm – 4pm
Come and see inside one of the oldest post mills in the country, set in beautiful scenery near Bourn village. It’s a perfect location for a picnic. Volunteer guides will tell you the history of the mill and you can try your hand at turning the mill on its post!
NB: No need to book. Free to CambridgePPF members, non members £3 per adult, £1 per child.