Bumper Half Term Survival Guide
Stock up the gin cupboard half term is here. Here's your survival guide to get you through the week - book it up and kick'em out.
Brace yourself; stock up the gin cupboard half term is here. Not sure how the hell you’re going to survive the week with the ankle biters in tow? Don’t panic, here’s your handy guide of things to keep them out and about in the fresh air – not a ball pit in site. I’ll keep adding to this list so make sure you keep checking in. In the meantime I’ll see you on the otherside!
Sacrewell Farm, Thornaugh, Mon 27 – Sun 4 June
You might know Sacrewell as a fab place for children to see the farm animals, run around in beautiful countryside and let off steam in the state-of-the-art play barn – but there’s a lot more. This half term there’s a diverse programme planned for little’s over the 7 day break: den building, bug hunting, duck race, pond dipping, leatherworks, marshmallow toasting, and black-clay-smithing – take your pick. By the way if you fancy a sleepover you can take your wigwam and camp overnight.
Sacrewell Farm, Thornaugh, Peterborough, PE8 6HJ, sacrewell.org.uk
Kids’Jewellery Making, Co. Fifteen, Cherry Hinton, Mon 30 May
After a big success with their adult Jewellery Making Workshop, Maxwell & Scott are returning with one just for kids this half-term (ages 6-12 to be exact). Bring the kids along to the workshop, and enjoy a coffee and a spot of quiet time for yourself!
Co. 15 High St, Cherry Hinton, Cambridge CB1 9HX, maxwellandscott
Garden of Surprises, Burghley House, Stamford
If it’s a scorcher I’d grab the swimmers (kids only I’m afraid) and hop over the border to Muddy Lincs to the Garden of Surprises at Burghley House. Water, water everywhere: enter the Elizabethan styled garden to discover what awaits. The moss house, the swivelling Caesar busts, basins of water, jets and the mirrored maze have been designed for the young, or those young at heart, who enjoy a paddle on a warm day. The garden exudes a real sense of fun – I’d recommend taking a picnic and making a day of it. The Gruesomely Grubby Sculpture Gardens is also worth an explore.
Rally Carting, Huntingdon
Have you a teenager who fancies himself or herself as the next Jenson Button? Jump in a Rally Kart or Quad Bike and test our driving skills. A great family activity to occupy everyone this half term, it’s aimed at the slightly older kids (age 12+). Once you’ve mastered the flat circuit test your nerve on an all terrain circuit complete with a mud bath or get behind the wheel of a four wheel drive
Rally Karting Centre, Kings Ripton, Huntingdon, Cambs PE28 2NX, rallykartingcentre.co.uk
Half Term Activities, Wandlebury Country Park
It’s all very creative at Wandlebury Country Park this half term. There are Vital Spark outdoor theatre workshops for ages 2 up to primary school ages, bushcraft fun for slightly older kids, and fairy fun for the wee ones and how about going on a wild animal hunt.
Wandlebury Country Park, Wandlebury Ring, Gog Magog Hills, Babraham, Cambridgeshire CB22 3AE
Horrible Histories: The Best of Barmy Britain, Key Theatre, Peterborough, Wed 31 May – Thurs 1 Jun
The history of Britain with the nasty bits left in! Could you beat battling Boudicca? Will King John be a martyr for the Magna Carta? Will you lose your heart or your head to Henry VIII? Can Parliament survive gunpowder Guy? Light up your life with the great fire of London! Escape the clutches of Burke and Hare and move to the groove with party Queen Victoria!
Key Theatre, Embankment Rd, Peterborough PE1 1EF, vivacity-peterborough.com
Kings and Queens, Audley End, Saffron Walden, Mon 29 May – Thus 1 June
Put on a right royal welcome at Audley End – learn to avoid the pitfalls of palace life and impress your regal rulers. Uncover the ultimate curtsy, bow like a pro, and entertain without being a fool. Find out how to be the King’s right hand man or the Queen’s favourite lady in waiting at this school for novice nobles. Get it wrong and it’ll be off with your head!
Audley End, Saffron Walden CB11 4JA, english-heritage.org.uk
Superhero Half Term School, Milton Community Centre, Cambridge, Thurs 1 Jun – Fri 2 Jun
Calling all Superheroes! Two days of super action for those aged 5-11 including drama improvisation; superhero games, costume design, craft and more. The day finishes at 3pm but each day they will run a superhero movie from 3pm – 5pm.
Maxwell & Scott, Milton Community Centre, Coles Road, Milton, Cambridge CB24 6BL, maxwellandscott
Jesus Green Lido, Cambridge
Scorching hot then paddle on down to the outdoor swimming pool situated on the edge of the River Cam. What better way to cool down during the summer months and a fantastic place to relax and unwind with friends and family. There are paved and grassy areas around the pool so you can also catch some rays or stick your head in a book. The lido is looking very smart this season, as it’s just had a touch up over the winter. Jesus Green outdoor pool is now open every day until Sunday 24th September.
Jesus Green Lido, Chesterton Rd, Cambridge CB4 3AX, jesusgreenlido
Over & In Tennis Coaching, Various locations in Cambridgeshire, Mon 30 May – Fri 2 June
The tennis season is here and if you’ve got a keen little Andy Murray, or if you just want to get the kids out of your hair for a few hours then Over & In have tennis coaching going on all week from ages 4-17 at Buckden, Great Shelford, Foxton and Cambourne. Boot them out and hopefully they’ll come back knackered.
Discovery Club 8-11, Grafham Water, Tue 30 May – Fri 2 April
You’ll find The Discovery Club on the shores of Grafham Water reservoir just off the A1 at Buckden. The club is aimed at young people (aged 8 to 11) who want to try new activities, develop existing skills, meet new friends and have fun – it’s all very outdoorsy, taking place both on land and water (more likely in it). Discovery Clubs run on selected days during school holidays from 8.30am until 5.30pm and a healthy packed lunch will be provided. They’re also running the club in July and August if you’re looking for summer hols activities.
Grafham Water Centre, Perry, Huntingdon, Cambridgeshire PE28 0GW, grafham-water-centre.co.uk
Linton Zoo, Linton, Cambridgeshire
An uncommercialised animal sanctuary set in 18 acres of beautiful gardens with plenty of picnic areas. This place is all about the animals with a wealth of rare and exotic wildlife to see including tigers, Lions, tapirs, lemurs, owls, parrots, giant tortoises, and tarantula spiders. Since opening in 1972, the Simmons family has built up a positive worldwide reputation for its success with breeding endangered species and is especially respected for its work with animals often regarded as difficult. Linton Zoo scheduled events during the summer months and holidays, the run behind the scenes tours, get up and personal with the smaller animals and kid friendly talks on some of the more bigger beasts. When I went last it was cash only in the coffee shop and gift shop so raid the cash machine on the way.
Linton Zoo, Hadstock Rd, Linton, Cambridge CB21 4NT, lintonzoo.com
Ferry Meadows Half Term Activity Programme, Peterborough
Ferry Meadows is a great place to hang out with the kids this half term. A vast parkland close to Peterborough it is easily to get to and these hols there are heaps of activities planned. As well as play areas, walking and cycling routes, cafes and more, there is a jam packed events programme including: bushcraft, paddle-power, kids club, sailing club, raft building, canoeing taster, wild crafts and a ranger walk for the nippers to find mice, voles and shrews amongst other things. Booking is essential for most courses so get planning.
Ferry Meadows, Ferry Meadows, Ham Ln, Peterborough PE2 5U, neneparktrust.org.uk
Fairy and Elf Festival, Audley End Miniature Railway, Sat 27 May – Sun 4 June
A first of its kind at Audley End – The Fairy and Elf Festival. The Picnic Area will be packed full of fun activities for children to immerse themselves in, including story telling, face painting, hair braiding, games area and craft making. Take an enchanting train tide through the Audley End estate woodland and dive into the magical land of our fairy and elf walk! Don’t forget to wear your best fairy or elf outfit too (adults too!). Booking is recommended to avoid fairy disappointment.
Audley End Miniature Railway, Audley End Road, Saffron Walden, CB11 4JB, audley-end-railway
Villanous Vikings, Flag Fen, Peterborough, Sat 3 Jun – Sun 4 Jun
This half term, Flag Fen is being overrun with a marauding band of Vikings! See them take on the local Anglo Saxons in battle – and meet warriors from both sides. Plus discover what life was really like 1,000 years ago when Danish King Guthrum came to England. Families can get stuck in to Viking life with a children’s battle, handling Viking objects, children’s storytelling and in the Big Dig Tent.
Flag Fen, The Droveway, Northey Rd, Peterborough PE6 7QJ, vivacity-peterborough.com