Summer sun and outdoor fun with Cambridge Past, Present and Future (CambridgePPF)
Now that spring has finished teasing with its promises of warmth – followed by cold snaps and rain – we’re finally easing into the early summer season. It’s the time to be outdoors, enjoying the beautiful local surroundings and making the best of the British summertime.
CambridgePPF is thinking along the same lines, with a month full of activity for all ages…
Coton Countryside Walk: Coton Reserve–Madingley Rise–American Cemetery, Saturday 1 June: 10am to 3pm
Enjoy a sociable countryside walk around picturesque Coton village and its beautiful surroundings. Enjoy striking, long-distance views south from Madingley Rise and north from the American Cemetery, and visit the Millennium Wood. Visit Coton Produce Sale in Coton Village Hall for coffee, cakes, and seasonal produce; there will also be opportunities to divert to The Plough in Coton for lunch – or bring a packed lunch and drinks.
NB: No need to book. Free event but donations are appreciated. The walk is around 7.5 miles long and could take up to five hours including breaks. Most of the walking is on hard earth paths which could be muddy after rain. To get the views does mean walking uphill! Dress for the weather and wear suitable walking shoes.
Directions: Meeting point is the Martin Car Park at Coton Reserve, Grantchester Road, Coton. Approach the reserve along Grantchester Road, just under a mile from the M11/Barton Road junction and you’ll see the car park on your right hand side. CB23 7PZ. OS grid reference TL 414 577 GB.
Hinxton Watermill Open Day, Sunday 2 June: 2.30pm to 5.30pm
Drop in and 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. On six 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. There are also walks along the river. Children can take part in the popular ‘Where’s Ratty’ contest and have the chance to win a prize!
NB: CambridgePPF members can visit for free. For non-members entry is £3 for adults, £1 for children. No need to book.
Directions: Mill Lane, Hinxton CB10 1RD (turn off the A1301 from Cambridge into Hinxton village).OS grid reference TL 493 453.
Wandlebury Adventures: Woodland Crafts (for unaccompanied 8-12 year old children), Monday 3 June: 6pm to 8pm
Have a blast designing and making your very own miniature treehouses usingnatural woodland materials! The action-packed Wandlebury Adventures take place on six consecutive Monday evenings and you can sign up for a 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: Places limited so please book in advance. Unaccompanied event – parents are not required to attend the sessions with their children. Activities may be changed or adapted if the weather is not suitable. Children will need to be prepared for the weather – suitable footwear for wet and muddy conditions and waterproof clothing (just in case!). Based in the Stable Rooms at Wandlebury.
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.
Wandlebury Adventures: Wonderful Clay (for 8-12 year old unaccompanied children), Monday 10 June: 6pm to 8pm
Get creative with clay as you sculpt unique natural art in the outdoors! The action-packed Wandlebury Adventures session is £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.
Trees of Wandlebury in Summer, Tuesday 11 June: 10am to 12pm
Want to learn more about the native trees found at Wandlebury? Join in this gentle walk around the woods of Wandlebury, guided by a park warden, who will help you identify the great variety of both the common and rarer species of trees to be found in our woodlands and hedgerows.
NB: This is a free event and there is no need to book, but donations are always welcome. Please wear appropriate footwear and clothing. Meet at the notice board in Wandlebury Country Park.
Saturday Bushcraft for Families, Saturday 15 June: 9am to 11.30am
In addition to the always-popular holiday bushcraft club for children, on the third Saturday of each month the outdoor learning experience group, Wild Thyme & Embers, is now offering the chance to explore the natural world through the skills of bushcraft together as a family, at Wandlebury Park. Construct shelters, cook on an open fire, whittle feather sticks and butter knives, and practice primitive fire-building techniques in these immensely satisfying and rewarding sessions. A great opportunity for quality family time while learning some essential traditional outdoor skills – perfect for the budding and mature outdoorsperson alike.
NB: £18 per family (£12 for single adult and child). Includes all specialist equipment and a drink and snack. Dress according to the weather on the day. Booking is essential. Please visit www.wildthymeandembers.co.uk
Wandlebury Adventures: Scavenger hunt (for 8-12 year old unaccompanied children), Monday 17 June: 6pm to 8pm
Navigate your way around Wandlebury on the hunt for scavengers, and use photos to seek out your treasure. The action-packed Wandlebury Adventures session is £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.
Wandlebury Adventures: All Things Nets! (for 8-12 year old unaccompanied children), Monday 24 June: 6pm to 8pm
Grab your net and prowl the woods and ponds, hunting high and low for extraordinary beasties! The action-packed Wandlebury Adventures session is £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.
Vital Spark Festival of Play and Creative Wellbeing, Sunday 30 June: 10.30am to 1pm
Join Vital Spark on this fun and creative series of activities for the whole family. There will be creative taster sessions such as family yoga, wild stories and joy club – so you can all take part. 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.
NB: Booking essential. Dress for the weather. Meet at the Stable Rooms, Wandlebury Country Park. Tickets £5 per person or £20 for a family ticket (maximum 2 adults and 3 children).
Bourn Windmill Open Day and Teas, Sunday 30 June: 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.