Brighten up February with country walks and outdoor events with Cambridge Past, Present and Future (CambridgePPF)
We’ve braved the worst of the winter and now that there’s a hint of spring in the air you won’t be alone if you’re hankering to head outdoors. CambridgePPF has a variety of activities this February to tempt you back to the beautiful local countryside for some exercise, sociable fun and fresh air.
Volunteer Conservation Work Parties, Every Tuesday: 10am to 1pm
Get involved with some hands-on conservation by helping care for the green spaces and the wildlife that thrives in them – plus you can get active, meet new people and enjoy learning rural practices at the same time. This February, the volunteer work party will be assisting with vital work at Wandlelbury Park and Coton Reserve. If you can spare any time then please come along and lend a hand!
NB: All welcome (children/teens accompanied). Meet at the car park notice boards. All instruction, equipment and tools provided. Wear tough clothing and footwear, and bring snacks and a drink. No need to book, just turn up.
Locations: 4 February – Wandlebury Park; 11 February – Coton Reserve; 18 February – Wandlebury Park; 25 February – Coton Reserve.
Healthy Walking at Wandlebury, Every Thursday: 10am or 10.30am to 11am
Keep fit and greet the changing of the season with an enthusiastic group of trained volunteers who lead the two, weekly ‘Walking for Health’ walks at Wandlebury.
The first is slightly faster while the second is more leisurely, accommodating people who are not so fit or are newcomers to the group. Each walk lasts around 30 minutes and covers about 1.5 miles. This social group meets all year round at 10am every Thursday morning, with the slower walk starting at 10.30am. Some people like it so much they do both walks! Teas and coffees are available afterwards.
NB: All welcome, suitable for all abilities. 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.
Holiday Bushcraft (5-12 years), Monday 17, Tuesday 18, Wednesday 19 February: 8.30am to 4pm
‘Holiday Bushcraft’ at Wandlebury is designed for children ages 5-12 and is run by experienced, qualified teachers from the outdoor learning experience group, Wild Thyme & Embers, who will inspire children and share their knowledge and skills of surviving in the wild.
The sessions follow a forest school approach, encouraging self-confidence and a sense of achievement. All basic bushcraft techniques suitable for this age range will be taught, including shelter building, knots, plant recognition, woodcrafts, fire lighting and wilderness cooking, use of cutting tools and whittling, arts, crafts and much more.
NB: Booking essential. The cost for each day is £38 per child. Children need to bring a packed lunch and large water bottle (which can be refilled throughout the day) and dress for the weather. Please send children with a change of clothes and ensure they wear suitable footwear, preferably closed-toe shoes such as hiking boots, wellies or trainers. Wild Thyme will take care of everything else, including providing all specialist equipment as well as delicious snacks cooked on the fire!
Booking: and further information visit wildthymeandembers.co.uk/holiday-bushcraft-club
March 2020 Events
Sun 15 March, 1.30pm-3.30pm, Spring Clean Litter Pick at Coton Countryside Reserve
Be part of the Great British Spring Clean and help pick litter from footpaths and hedgerows in the reserve and around Coton village. Meet outside The Plough Pub, Coton. All equipment provided.
Sun 22 March, 11am – 3.30pm, Wandlebury Wildlife at Wandlebury Country Park
Join in and explore the habitats of Wandlebury and the wildlife that call it home. Learn from interactive displays and talks from the conservation partners, and meet the team that works to protect and safeguard Wandlebury’s Wildlife. Fun and learning for all ages. Free, drop in event. In conjunction with Cambridge Science Festival.