MAY HALF TERM: What families can do in Cambs during the school holiday

16:23 21 May 2014

Playing in water on a hot sunny day

Playing in water on a hot sunny day


A run down of activities in Huntingdonshire this half term.


The Rockwatch Roadshow for budding geologists who want to see and handle Jurassic fossils comes to the Norris Museum from 11am-3pm on Thursday, May 29. Free entry, donations welcome. Under 10s must be accompanied. For more, visit

A bee-themed family fun day with lots of busy bee activities is being held at Holt Island Nature Reserve from 11am-3pm on Friday, May 30. At the same time, the Norris Museum will be inviting people to make beeswax candles in traditional style.

The village’s nature reserve will be holding a series of free discovery activities during half-term.

Starting with Monday there will be Wild Play – natural play time, including searching for bugs, butterflies and other creepy crawlies. There will be two sessions – 10am-11am and 11.30am-12.30pm.

On Tuesday there’s forest school fun, including campfire cookery, den creations and mud masterpieces. 10am to 12.30pm.

On Wednesday it’s signs, structures and surprises: A wild art workshop. From 10am to 12.30pm.

Also on Wednesday is a guided bat walk with local bat expert – 8.30pm to 10pm from the car park at Springfield.

INFORMATION: To book you place call Phil Clark on 01223 715686.

Child-friendly opera will be on offer at the library on Friday, May 30, between 1.30pm and 2.30pm.

Borka – English Touring Opera – is aimed at children aged four to seven and is based on the book by John Burningham. Music, design, acting and puppetry tell the story of the goose with no feathers who tries to learn to fly and swim. 
Free, but numbers are restricted.

If you’re struggling for ideas for Father’s Day then why not get the children to paint their dad a special mug at a half-term workshop at Crafty Monkey, 12 Moores Walk, on Wednesday, May 28, between 10am and 11am? It costs £10 per child.

INFORMATION: Contact Chrissy Brown by emailing or call 01480 219222. Minimum age five.

Join in with stories and activities on a magical theme at the library on Friday, May 30. Stories and activities are suitable for children up to the age of eight years. Parents/carers must remain with their child at all times.

INFORMATION: 10am-11am. Free.

Story time at the library will inlcude Giraffe Craft and Tall Tales on Wednesday, May 28, starting at 11am. It’s free but children must be accompanied by an adult.

What sort of superhero would you be and what would be your special power? Children can design a superhero mask at this free event at Buckden library on
Tuesday, May 27.

INFORMATION: 2.30pm-4.30pm.

Huntingdonshire’s One Leisure centres at St Neots, Huntingdon, Ramsey, St Ives and Sawtry all have various events planned during half-term, including (at some sites) kids clubs. To find out what’s on at your local centre visit


Children can get creative at St Neots Museum this half-term.

Visitors can make and decorate a ‘magic’ wallet with a replica 10 shilling note inside, plus a treasure box with a replica £1 note to start their collection.

INFORMATION: Drop-in from 11am-3pm on Thursday and Friday (May 29-30). Entry costs £2 per child.

This one is for adults but is an experience you’ll not find many places – a heavy horse driving course.

It’s £125 and is for the over 16s, but those with enough money will get to learn a huge amount about Shire horses. The course begins with grooming followed by harnessing and walking behind a Shire, giving him directions via the reins and verbal instructions. You then progress to driving a sledge on grassland, manoeuvring around trees. In the afternoon, you have the opportunity to take the reins driving a one-horse cart through the National Trust park. The day ends with a chance to help stable and feed the horses, or put them out in the field.

INFORMATION: The next course is Saturday, May 24. Other days available, see


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