Outdoor September Activities in Cambridge

The hot and heady days of summer may be mostly behind us but the golden colours and cool evenings of September provide plenty to celebrate. CambridgePPF has plenty to see and do this September. 

Holiday Bushcraft (5-12 years), Tuesday 3 September, Wednesday 4 September: 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

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Directions: Wandlebury Country Park is on the A1307, 2.5km south of the Addenbrooke’s roundabout. CB22 3AE. Parking is available on site and costs £3 per vehicle, members free.

Painting and Drawing in Autumn – five-week course, Thursdays from 5 September: 12.15pm to 4pm

Celebrate the changing autumn hues of Wandlebury’s flora on this five-week drawing and painting course with treescape artist Debbie Baxter. Designed for those wanting to improve and grow their creativity by connecting with their surrounding natural environment, the course provides studio time and plein-air instruction from a professional artist. It doesn’t matter what your skill level is – both group and individual tuition will be provided in acrylics and watercolour painting.

NB: Course runs for five consecutive Thursdays beginning 5 September. £170 per person. Materials list will be provided on booking.

Booking: and more information email [email protected]

Coton Countryside Walk: Great St Mary’s–The Backs–West Fields–Coton Reserve, Saturday 7 September: 10am to 3pm

A sociable and flat walk from Great St Mary’s Church in Cambridge city centre. From the city’s historic colleges and The Backs into the immediate rural hinterland and the West Fields, past the striking architecture of the University’s West Cambridge site, into the Coton Countryside Reserve, before returning via the University’s Sidgwick site in Newnham to the city centre.  Visit the Coton Produce Sale in Coton Village Hall for coffee, cakes, and seasonal produce; there will also be an opportunity to divert to The Plough pub in Coton for lunch – or bring a packed lunch and drinks. 

NB: Free event but donations are appreciated. The walk is around 6.5 miles long, and could take up to 5 hours including breaks. Most of the walking is on surfaced or hard earth paths, which could be muddy after rain. Please dress for the weather and wear suitable walking shoes.

Directions: Meeting point is in front of Great St Mary’s Church, north end of King’s Parade, Cambridge, CB2 3PQ.

Stourbridge Medieval Fair at the Leper Chapel, Saturday 7 September: 12pm to 4.30pm

Step back in time for a merry medieval afternoon at the historic Leper Chapel, one of 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 – arrive at noon to witness the traditional way of opening the fair. It’s also a great opportunity to see inside the stunning chapel, which is normally closed to the public. There’s plenty of entertainment on offer too, with medieval singing, costumed dancers, 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.

Wandlebury Adventurers: Constructions & Building (unaccompanied children), Monday 9 September: 6pm to 8pm

Join the Wandlebury Adventurers and have fun making buildings and structures from natural materials! The action-packed Wandlebury Adventurers takes place on six consecutive Monday evenings and you can sign up for the term (£75) or for an individual session (£15). Sessions will be, to a certain extent, child-led and once established, the children will play a large part in choosing and creating activities.

NB: For ages 8-12. Places limited so please book in advance. Based in the Stable Rooms at Wandlebury.

Wild Flowers in Autumn, Tuesday 10 September: 10am to 12pm

Want to learn more about wild flowers? Join this gentle guided stroll around the woods and meadows of Wandlebury with one of the knowledgeable wardens, who will help you identify and learn about the late flowering plants that thrive here. A fascinating, relaxing morning for those who enjoy looking a little more closely.

NB: Free event – donations welcome. No need to book. Meet at the notice board next to the car park. No prior knowledge necessary. Wear footwear and clothing suitable for being outdoors.

Bourn Windmill Open Day and Teas, Sunday 15 September: 2pm to 4pm

Come and see inside one of the oldest mills in the country, set in beautiful scenery near Bourn village. On five Sundays during the summer the mill is opened and guides will show you how the mill works and tell you the history of this incredible building. Not only can you see inside, you can also have a go at the task of turning the whole mill on its post – an amazing sight. The mill is owned by local charity CambridgePPF and run by dedicated volunteers. Teas and cakes will be available for purchase.

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.

Wandlebury Adventurers: Fireside Cooking (unaccompanied children), Monday 16 September: 6pm to 8pm

Join the Wandlebury Adventurers as they cook up some tasty treats over an open fire! The action-packed Wandlebury Adventurers takes place on six consecutive Monday evenings and you can sign up for the term (£75) or for an individual session (£15). Sessions will be, to a certain extent, child-led and once established, the children will play a large part in choosing and creating activities.

NB: For ages 8-12. Based in the Stable Rooms at Wandlebury.

‘This glorious human relationship with trees’ – a talk by Debbie Baxter, Tuesday 17 September: 7.30pm to 9.30pm

Professional treescape artist Debbie Baxter gives an inspirational talk and slideshow about her journey through the woods of the United Kingdom, and how this keystone species has played such a big part in her development as an artist and a human being. There will also be the opportunity to purchase signed copies of Debbie’s recently released book on treescape paintings and poetry, Into the Woods, providing valuable insights on the sentiments of her work.

NB: Entry free, donations welcome.

Wandlebury Adventurers: Messy Art (unaccompanied children), Monday 23 September: 6pm to 8pm

Join the Wandlebury Adventurers and use your imagination to create your own messy masterpiece! The action-packed Wandlebury Adventurers takes place on six consecutive Monday evenings and you can sign up for the term (£75) or for an individual session (£15). Sessions will be, to a certain extent, child-led and once established, the children will play a large part in choosing and creating activities.

NB: For ages 8-12. Places limited so please book in advance. Based in the Stable Rooms at Wandlebury.

Walk for Parkinson’s UK, Saturday 28 September: 11am start

Join Parkinson’s UK, the charity that supports the care and treatment of Parkinson’s sufferers and their families, for a friendly fundraising charity walk around wonderful Wandlebury Park. There is a shorter route available at 1.5 miles, or a 4.5-mile route if you’re feeling fit.

NB: Registration fee is £12 for adults/under 16s £5. Registration opens at 10am. Suggested minimum sponsorship is £50. The start and finish point is Wandlebury Park.

For further information and registration: visit parkinsons.org.uk/events/walk-parkinsons-wandlebury-country-park

Wandlebury Adventurers: Willow Crowns (unaccompanied children), Monday 30 September: 6pm to 8pm

Join the Wandlebury Adventurers weaving willow and natural objects to create a crown fit for a king or queen! The action-packed Wandlebury Adventurers takes place on six consecutive Monday evenings and you can sign up for the term (£75) or for an individual session (£15). Sessions will be, to a certain extent, child-led and once established, the children will play a large part in choosing and creating activities.

NB: For ages 8-12. Based in the Stable Rooms at Wandlebury.

For more information and booking about all events contact email [email protected] or telephone 01223 243830

 

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