Stuck on how to keep the children entertained this summer? Here are 10 things you simply must do in Cambridgeshire during the school holidays
Written by Sydney Webb
Cambridge Treasure Hunt Trail
The Cambridge Central Treasure Hunt Trail is a self-guided walking trail around Cambridge which is suitable for all ages. The 1.7 mile trail is completed at your own pace. The route is wheelchair and pushchair friendly and so can be completed by families and groups.
The trail explores the North of the city centre and includes area such as Jesus Green and along the River Cam. The only cost of the trail is the £6.99 printed trail booklet, there is also a handy text message service which can offer clues and hints if you get stuck. The trail takes on average two hours to complete and explores beautiful scenery and commonly overlooked areas of Cambridge. Start your treasure hunt at www.treasuretrails.co.uk/things-to-do/cambridgeshire/cambridge
Shepreth Wildlife Park
Station Road, Shepreth, Royston SG8 6PZ
Shepreth Wildlife Park is an outdoor, family friendly zoo. There are a variety of talks running throughout the day to allow visitors to experience an up-close encounter with the animals whilst learning more about them. From bird of prey displays to a walk-through bat enclosure, there is something that appeals to everyone.
With an onsite café and the availability to bring picnics, it is a great day out for the whole family. Adults £12.50, children and seniors £10.50, under 2s go free. Other activities available on the day includes feeding fish on the jetty, under 5s soft play area, safari train and discovery centre with bugs, fossils and bones. sheprethwildlifepark.co.uk/
Duxford Imperial War Museum
Duxford, Cambridge CB22 4QR
The Imperial War Museum offers incredible experiences learning about the development of the air force and the role that they have played throughout history. IWM Duxford offers a variety of different flight experiences and trail flying lessons including spitfire experiences.
As well as viewing the planes, there is also the opportunity to talk to servicemen and women who served during the second world war and their experiences. They also offer military vehicle running days which are live demonstrations of the land warfare exhibit with vehicles ranging from trucks to tanks. Pre-booked tickets are £18 per adult, £9 per child (5-15), concessions £14.40 and under 5s free. Book your ticket at www.iwm.org.uk/visits/iwm-duxford
Big Sky Adventure Play
24 Wainman Road, Peterborough PE2 7BU
For those rainy days visit The Big Sky Adventure Play, an indoor soft play designed for children aged 0-12 years. It offers a variety of different play areas.
The around the world theme play frame is ideal for older children who love to run, jump, climb and slide, all this while learning facts about the world. For younger visitors, there is the baby area which consists of a secure area with a variety of climbing bridges, slide, toys and ball pits to ensure they are entertained. For the toddler, there is a specially designed area for them to play and make friends with plenty of slides, obstacles and ball pits.
There is also a large indoor football pitch for the sportier guests who want to show off their skills. The climbing wall is an eye-catching feature with four climbing routes varying from beginners to expert climbers with the ability for adults to take part. Under 1s £3, 1-3years £5.95, 4-12 years £7.95 and adults are £1.75 per person. www.bigsky.co.uk
Planet Ice Arena
1 Mallard Road, Peterborough PE3 8YN
From ice skating lessons to the use of ice penguins, it’s suitable for all ages. Planet Ice Arena also offers a variety of different events such as a Hawaiian Luau Party and a summer breakout foam party to get the whole family involved.
Ice skating is an activity for the whole family with specialised courses to teach under 5s how to ice skate correctly and confidently as part of a 6-week program. If borrowing ice skates, the price is £11.10 per person but if you are taking your own skates, the price is £8.90 per person but under 4s cost £2.50. planet-ice.co.uk/locations/peterborough/
Lakeside Lodge Golf and Bowling
Fen Road, Pidley, Huntingdon PE28 3DF
With the availability of golfing and tenpin bowling, there is an activity that will appeal to the whole family. Tenpin bowling is an enjoyable and family friendly activity that is suitable for all ages. With an easy to use computer system and animated graphics, its practical and eye catching for the youngest of members.
The golf complex also caters for all abilities of golfer from beginner to professional and offers a variety of different courses depending on how long you wish to stay and play for. From the 18-hole lodge course with eight lakes and more than 15,000 trees, to the par 3 pitch and putt course with its short and simple layout, there is a course suitable for everyone. The restaurant serves delicious food up until 9pm, 7 days a week. As well as catering for individuals, there is an additional group menu designed for groups of 12 or more and is ideal for family events or afternoon buffets. Two games of bowling are £10 per person including shoe hire. www.lakeside-lodge.co.uk/
Cherry Hinton Water Play Area
Cherry Hinton Road, Cambridge, CB1 8DW
The Cherry Hinton Water Play Area consists of two small paddling pools with small water shelves at a maximum depth of 0.4 meters which means that they are suitable for younger children and babies. The water play area is the perfect place to cool down in the water and play in the neighbouring park.
Open from May to September, it is the perfect place for a picnic in the sunshine with shade of the trees and the pool in the park to keep children entertained. With the play area and car parking, it is a popular spot for adults and children alike. www.cambridge.gov.uk/cherry-hinton-water-play-area
Punting in Cambridge
Quayside Punting Station, Magdalene St, Cambridge CB5 8AB
It might not be the cheapest of school holiday activities, but it will certainly be one children remember for a very long time. Step aboard the wooden punts and drift down the river Cam taking in the sights of Cambridge. There’s the choice to self-punt or hire a guide. Make it fun for little ones with a game of eye spy, bird spotting and an onboard picnic. Book your punt at www.scudamores.com
Rally Karting Centre
Kings Ripton Road, Huntingdon PE28 2NX
With everything from quadbikes to rally karts and four-wheel drives, there is something for every member of the family. These activities are ideal for older children and adults, but they do cater for younger members of the family. Individuals over 12 are given the opportunity to drive a series of laps around a variety of terrains complete with a mud bath. Younger children are allowed on the track with those of similar ages in order to create a safe and non-intimidating environment. No previous experience is needed and so is an opportunity to test your driving skills. With activities starting from £10, it is a fantastic opportunity to get stuck in and perhaps discover a new hobby. /www.rallykartingcentre.co.uk/
French Drove, Peterborough PE6 0PE
Battlefield LIVE is a fully interactive combat inspired outdoors activity, ideal for anyone aged eight and over. With the use of infrared beams and amazing sound effects, Battlefield Live imitates the training that is used by the Royal Marine Commandos in their combat simulation training.
There are a variety of games available to engage all members of the family and ensure a fun, action packed day. Games include capture and hold a base, rescue a VIP, recover an injured soldier, sniper alley and team combat missions among other scenarios. For £17.50 for 2-hour session per person, it is an opportunity for family and friends to play together safely. www.battlefieldlive-peterborough.co.uk/