Holidays

What to do in the first week of the summer holidays in Cambridge

In theory the Summer Holidays are brilliant.

Six weeks of ‘sunshine’ bliss to spend quality time with your little monkeys, without the school run, hectic breakfasts or the rush to find P.E kits.

But six weeks is a long time, especially when you have to find an activity to fill every single day. All 42 of them.

The struggle is made even harder when the weather decides not to co-operate (like today).

So we’ve found the best things to do – come rain or shine – with your little ones, and big ones, this week.

Today, is going to be fairly wet and miserable all day long. BUT that doesn’t have to hinder the summer fun, because really it wouldn’t be a great British summer without a bit a rain.

And just because today is wet it doesn’t mean the rest of the week will be – although we’d keep the anoraks close by.

Audley End, Victorian Delights

Go back in time this summer, at Audley End House

Join the adventure as you travel back to the wonderful world of Victorian Britain.

This event isn’t just for today! Running until Friday (July 28), Audley End is giving you the chance to have your own little slice of Victorian splendour this summer.

There will be plenty of drama and theatricality as you meet Queen Victoria and all 42 of her gracious grandchildren, discover innovative inventions and tremendous toys; but make sure to watch out for the sneaky assassins trying to claim the price on Queen Victoria’s head!

Event timetable:

12.30pm Have-A-Go at a selection of Victorian Games

12.30pm Interactive Children’s Play

1.30pm – 2.30pm Have-A-Go at a selection of Victorian Games

2.30pm Interactive Children’s Play

3pm – 4pm Have-A-Go at a selection of Victorian Games

There will be performances throughout the day including ‘We ARE Amused, ‘Robin Hood and the Silver Arrow’ and ‘What Ho Henry!’

The event costs £10.50 for children and £17.50 for adults, but you will also have access to the house and gardens.

The Victorian Delights event is running all week from 12.30-4pm.

For more information click here.

And if you don’t fancy Victorian games and want some more modern fun, why not have a go on one of the world’s largest inflatable play parks.

Jump in muddy puddles

One, two, three, JUMP!

Don’t write of the day just because of the rain – if Peppa Pig can do it, why can’t you?

Cambridge has plenty of places for you and the kids to go and take a puddle-jumping walk! Wrap up warm and keep dry in your rain mac and wellies and go to town (or country) for some fun splashing around in muddy puddles.

If you’re stuck for places, you could try out any of these wonderfully wet places to wander, or even just take a stroll into the nearest village, or park, because there will definitely be a few there.

Wicken Fen

Ooh what’ve you got?

We LOVE Wicken Fen, and so do kids. It reminds us of when we were in primary school and used to get SO excited when anyone so much as mentioned pond dipping.

And what with it being the summer holidays, they have got plenty of family friendly, fairy hunting, muddy den building activities for you and the kids to get stuck into.

Fenland Fairies and Pixies

Meet the fairies and help them with their magic.

Mon July 24, Fri July 18 and Wed Aug 30.

10.30am – 12.30pm or 2pm – 4pm

£5.50 per child (age range 3 – 7)

Pond Dipping and Minibeast Hunt

Come and discover what lives in your ponds.

Tues July 25 and every Tuesday in August.

Timed sessions from 10.30am

£3.20 per child (age 3+)

Den Building

Little dens, big dens, plus games and challenges.

Mon July 31, Wed Aug 16 and Fri Sept 1.

10.30am – 12.30pm or 2pm – 4pm

Painting the Fens

Tues Aug 1.

10.30am – 12.30pm or 2pm – 4pm

Learn or improve your watercolour skills.

£5.50 per child (age 6+)

Mud Glorious Mud at Wicken Fen

Mud glorious mud

A truly messy event. Use mud for games, pies and much more.

Wed July 26, Fri Aug 11 and Mon Aug 21.

10.30am – 12.30pm or 2pm – 4pm

£5.50 per child (age 3+)

Summertime Arts and Crafts

Wild arts and crafts inspired by nature and the season

Fri Aug 4 and Mon Aug 14.

10.30am – 12.30pm or 2pm – 4pm

£5.50 per child (age 3+)

Storytime: Superworm’s Adventure

Stories, crafts and games inspired by Superworm!

Fri Aug 25, timed sessions from 10am

£3.20 per child (age range 3 – 7)

For more information click here.

Thetford Forest, Gruffalo Trail

On went the mouse through the deep dark wood, an owl saw the mouse, and the mouse looked good.

Less than an hour away from Cambridge, High Lodge at Thetford Forest is the perfect place to go if you fancy going on an adventure this summer.

Take a stroll through the deep dark wood… young Gruffalo spotters will have to be really good, he has knobbly knees and turned out toes and a poisonous wart on the end of his nose.

I spy with my little eye, something b-b-big and hairy

Once you get there pick up your activity pack from the information point, and download the free gruffalo spotting app, then you are on your way.

Once you’ve completed the trail you are awarded with your very own Grufflao spotters certificate.

Whether you’re four or 40 the novelty of getting lost in the woods never gets old, especially when you don’t know what is around the corner.

For more information click here.

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