Summer sun and outdoor fun in Cambridge

Now that the summer season is in full swing it’s time to be outdoors, enjoying the beautiful local surroundings and making the best of the British summertime. CambridgePPF has a month full of activities for all ages.

 

Wandlebury Adventures: Fire Making (for unaccompanied 8-12 year old children), Mon 1 July: 6pm to 8pm

An exciting opportunity for 8-12 year olds to learn how to start a fire and put their skills to the test! 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.

Advertisement

NB: Places limited so please book in advance. Unaccompanied event – parents are not required to attend the sessions with their children. All activities are run by two of our experienced Field Teachers who are DBS checked and first-aid qualified. 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.

In Situ: Theatre at The Leper Chapel: Julius Caesar by William Shakespeare, Thurs 4 July – Sat 6 July: 8pm

Join In Situ: theatre for Shakespeare’s history play and tragedy of political assassination and civil war. Expect no less than a powerful walkaround performance by in situ:’s talented ensemble of actors in an atmospheric setting.

NB: Tickets £15 available in advance at www.insitutheatre.co.uk and at the venue from 7.30pm – but please note that space is limited so advance booking is recommended.

Directions: Barnwell Junction on Newmarket Road, Cambridge, CB5 8JJ – opposite Cambridge United. 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.

Hinxton Mill

 

Coton Countryside Walk: Coton Reserve–Madingley Rise–American Cemetery, Sat 6 July: 10am to 3pm

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 5 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! Please 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 7 July: 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! Homemade teas and cake in the Village Hall.

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: Den Building and knots (for unaccompanied 8-12 year old children), Mon 8 July: 6pm to 8pm

Have a blast building a construction using knots! 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: An individual session is £15. Places limited so please book in advance. Unaccompanied event – parents are not required to attend the sessions with their children. Based in the Stable Rooms at Wandlebury.

Wild Flowers of Wandlebury in Summer, Tue 9 July: 10am to 12pm

Want to learn more about wild flowers found at Wandlebury? Join in this gentle walk around the woods and meadows of Wandlebury, guided by a park warden, who will help you identify our wild flowers in summer.

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.

In Situ: Theatre at The Leper Chapel: Hamlet by William Shakespeare, Sat 13 July and Sun 14 July: 8pm

Cambridge’s environmental theatre company In Situ: returns to the Leper Chapel with one of Shakespeare’s greatest works, Hamlet, as never seen before.

In Richard Spaul’s hands, the play becomes a one-man performance, as he leads the audience through the political machinations and emotional turbulence of the Danish court, to the play’s tragic conclusion.

NB: Tickets £15 available in advance at www.insitutheatre.co.uk and at the venue from 7.30pm – but please note that space is limited so advance booking is recommended.

Moths at Wandlebury, Fri 19 July: 7.30pm-late or Sat 20 July: 6am-9am

Wandlebury Country Park is home to hundreds of species of common and rarer moths, many are very beautiful and some have evocative names, such as Flounced Rustic and Powdered Quaker. They are usually difficult to see because they are active at dark. Find out which species are on the wing and get a close look at them.

NB: Free event, donations welcome. Suitable for ages 9+. Bring a torch and remember it gets cooler after dark. Meet at the Stables Education Centre. Sunglasses can also be handy for the bright light. Mini workshop available on the Friday, on the Saturday morning we will look at some of the species that have been caught over-night and release them. You can come to either or both.

In Situ: Theatre at The Leper Chapel: The Demon Lover by Elizabeth Bowen, Sat 20 July: 8pm

Storytelling and drama by in-situ, featuring The Demon Lover, Elizabeth Bowen’s tale of guilt and retribution (one of the greatest short stories of all time); Saki’s Gabriel-Ernest, an uncanny exploration of homoeroticism in upper-class Edwardian society; and Beatrix Potter’s Tale of Jemima Puddleduck. If you think this sounds like a children’s story, be warned that not in this performance it isn’t! The stories are combined with songs by Noel Coward, Screaming Jay Hawkins and others in a complex, provocative and fascinatingly disturbing evening’s viewing in a small atmospheric building.

NB: Tickets £15 available in advance at www.insitutheatre.co.uk and at the venue from 7.30pm – but please note that space is limited so advance booking is recommended.

In Situ: Theatre at The Leper Chapel: Tales of Mystery and Imagination, Sun 21 July: 8pm

The “uncanny boundary between life and death” feature in two of the best of Edgar Allan Poe’s famous collection of short stories. Performed by in situ: ‘The Premature Burial’ – one of the most extraordinary short stories ever written – and ‘Thou Art the Man’. The tales are interspersed with haunting songs from English Folk and American Blues traditions.

NB: Tickets £15 available in advance at www.insitutheatre.co.uk and at the venue from 7.30pm – but please note that space is limited so advance booking is recommended.

In Situ: Theatre at The Leper Chapel: Ghost Stories, Sat 27 July: 8pm

A deliciously scary evening out. The area’s leading environmental theatre company presents a one-man show as director Richard Spaul takes centre stage, telling Miss Mary Pask by Edith Wharton, and Pink May by Elizabeth Bowen.

NB: Tickets £15 available in advance at www.insitutheatre.co.uk and at the venue from 7.30pm – but please note that space is limited so advance booking is recommended.

Bourn Mill

Bourn Windmill Open Day and Teas, Sunday 28 July: 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.

Holiday Bushcraft (5-12 year olds), 29 July – 30 July, 05 Aug – 07 Aug, 12 Aug – 14 Aug, 19 Aug – 21 Aug, 27 Aug – 28 Aug 3-4 Sept 2019: 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, 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

For further information about all events email [email protected], call 01223 243830 extension 207 or visit www.cambridgeppf.org/whats-on

 

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.