Great Days Out In & Around Cambridge
GREAT DAYS OUT THIS SUMMER
Described as quintessentially English, the National Trust gardens of Anglesey Abbey provide beautiful colours from the sweeping Herbaceous Border and heady scents of the Rose Garden to the magnificent Dahlia Border.
Take a peep at Life Below Stairs 1960’s style in the recently restored Domestic Wing.
There’s plenty of family fun to be had in the Hoe Fen Wildlife Discovery Area with its giant treehouse, storytelling circle and wildlife viewing hut as well as in a new Play and Stay Area.
At Wicken Fen National Nature Reserve you are bound to see some amazing wildlife from colourful butterflies and dragonflies to rare birds of prey. Explore the nature trails, take a relaxing cruise along the beautiful reed-lined waterways or hire a bike to explore the wider reserve and local villages. Keep an eye out as you go for Wicken’s famous herds of konik ponies and Highland cattle.
There’s an exciting range of wildlife, art and craft and adventure activities for children throughout the long school holidays from pond dipping and bug hunting to den building and the ever popular (and messy) mud glorious mud.
Wimpole Estate with acres of parkland and woodland walks to explore, has a Home Farm with rare cattle pigs and sheep, and plenty of daily activities to keep the family occupied from grooming the donkeys to milking the cow. The summer holidays see ‘50 things to do before you’re 11¾’ every Tuesday and Friday with everything for the intrepid explorer from pond dipping, bug hunting, tree climbing to den building in the new nature hub in the park.
For culture vultures the mansion is an architectural delight with the dramatic Yellow Drawing Room and Plunge Bath, it also holds a fascinating collection of furniture and pictures with an interesting exhibition of Raemaekers WW1 political cartoons.
Enjoy the Fitzwilliam Museum’s two new exhibitions of rarely exhibited works Watercolour: Elements of Nature featuring paintings by artists including Turner, Whistler, Cézanne and Sargent, and Ruskin’s Turners – last on display 15 years ago. Families can create their own works of art to take home or add to a group installation during Family Art Week from 4-6 August. Plus, on the first Saturday of every month, drawing materials, activities and trails are available from Gallery 33.
At IWM Duxford on weekends from Saturday 25 July to Bank Holiday Monday 31 August, chat to a historic interpreter who recreates the role of a Spitfire pilot in 1940. Hold the equipment used by Battle of Britain pilots and see the aircraft they flew in dogfights over Britain. Throughout the summer, borrow a family backpack, full of exciting activities which take you on a trail around four aircraft in AirSpace exhibition. On selected days, meet veterans and chat to them about their experiences of war.
Visit English Heritage’s Audley End House and Gardens to explore the house and see the service wing, nursery and stables as they spring to life with Victorian costumed characters each weekend throughout the summer. Get hands on with the horses and dress up in the stable yard, play in the themed play area and explore the Organic Walled Kitchen Garden.
Plus, there are lots of fun family events including the action-packed bank holiday blockbuster WW11: Soldiers & Spies, the chance to uncover historical Discoveries and Inventions, go on an Ugly Bug Safari, play like a Georgian, impress royalty and treat taste buds at the popular Apple Festival.
Ely Cathedral is acknowledged as ‘One of the Wonders of the Medieval World’ and located right in the heart of Cambridgeshire. This magnificent historic building is one of East Anglia’s treasures as well as an award winning film location. Climb the iconic West or Octagon Towers, picnic in the grounds or treat yourself to lunch or afternoon tea in the medieval undercroft of the Almonry Restaurant.
Shepreth Wildlife Park will be celebrating its annual conservation fundraisers this summer, with Tiger Day on 4th August and Hedgehog Day on 31st August. Find out about the importance of these species on our planet and the plight they face on the wild.