A bumper half term what’s on guide
Oh flip, half term’s arrived, and there are children to be entertained (or detained in their bedrooms while you work). In this bumper half term what’s on guide there’s a whopper load for kids to do, I’ll be adding to this as the week progresses, so definitely check back every day. New additions will be put at the top of the post so you can find them easily. If your half term is not until the following week, don’t sweat – I’ll include a specific what’s on guide to cover then also (I know, I’m good to you). For those without kids who don’t give a damn about ‘half-term’- and why should you?! – or any parent who craves some adult time and space (like, everyone) I’ll be including a grown-up Muddy Guide out later this week.
Angles Theatre, Wisbech, Mon 13 – Wed 15 Feb
The Angles Theatre are running A Play in a Day workshops for anyone that loves nothing better than a dose of drama in their life. Each day differing mini plays will be created, with help from the kids, and then performed later in the afternoon. The workshops are for ages 5-12 years.
Angles Theatre, 4 Alexandra Rd, Wisbech PE13 1HQ, anglestheatre.co.uk
Cambridge Science Centre Pop Ups, Sat 11 – Tue 14 Feb
Cambridge Science Centre is homeless for a while but don’t panic it’s popping up all over Cambridge this half term as part of their Street Science Programme. With loads of fun activities to enthuse even the most reluctant scientist – it kicks off on Sat 11 – Sun 12 Feb at Wimpole Hall, they move to Heffer’s Bookshop on Mon 13 Feb and you’ll find them at The Polar Museum on Tue 14 Feb.
The Sorcerer’s Apprentice, Cambridge Junction, Mon 13 Feb
Charlie Hubble is a little boy with a very big dream – he wants to be a world-class magician. So, he saves up his pocket money to buy The Big Book of Magic for Trainee Magicians and sets off to Mr Zacoor’s Toy Shop to buy his spell book. But Mr Zacoor is no ordinary shopkeeper, he’s a real life Sorcerer and he has a very special job for Charlie. This delightful new show comes to life with an irresistible blend of music, puppetry and storytelling. Little people aged 3-7 will love this funny, heart-warming tale, but big people will have lots of fun too.
Cambridge Junction, Clifton Way, Cambridge CB1 7GX, junction.co.uk
Cookery lessons, Cambridge Cookery School, Mon 13 – Wed 15 Feb
Half term is dedicated to the little chefs at the Cambridge Cookery School. With various classes on all week for ages 7 upwards – the highlight for many might be Chocolate Making with Mama Bombo. A real life Vivienne – remember the novel Chocolat, Gloria (aka Mama Bombo|) learnt her trade through her travels across South America and will run this very hands-on course. If chocolate isn’t your thing then there’s pasta making, mexican food and other delights to conjure up in the kitchen.
Cambridge Cookery School, School House, Homerton Gardens, Purbeck Rd, Cambridge CB2 8EB, cambridgecookeryschool.com
Over & In Tennis Coaching, Cambridgeshire, Mon 13 – Fri 17 Feb
Not sure what the weather’s plans are yet but if you’re keen on the kids getting outdoors and playing some sport then Over & In have tennis coaching going on all week from ages 4-17 at Buckden, Great Shelford, Foxton and Cambourne. A bit of drizzle won’t put anyone off and their clothes don’t come back caked in mud!
Planet Ice Peterborough, Mon 13 – Wed 15 Feb
Do you have a wannabe ice skater on your hands, who dreams of twirling round the ice with their leg wrapped round their neck?! Planet Ice Peterborough are holding 3-day intensive learn to skate courses for absolute beginners who want to take their first steps on the ice – without smothering a penguin.
Planet Ice, Planet Ice Arena,1 Mallard Road, Peterborough PE3 8YN planet-ice.co.uk
Spy School, Audley End House, Saffron Walden, Mon 13 – Fri 17 Feb
A must for any super sleuths, secret agents, intrepid investigators or future 007s! Sharpen your detective skills with hands-on training in cracking codes and solving clues this half term at Audley End House. Whilst the kids learn to become spooks explore the Jacobean mansion house, wander through the gardens created by ‘Capability’ Brown and enjoy lunch at the café. All in all a very pleasant day out and knackered kids thrown in.
Audley End Park, Saffron Walden CB11 4JA, www.english-heritage.org.uk
The Larder at Burwash Food Hall, Barton, Cambridgeshire. Mon 13 – Fri 17 Feb
A fun-tastic week of children’s cookery classes from a range of chefs at The Burwash Foodhall. Classes include bread for beginners, curry for kids, fish fingers with sweet potato chips, spring rolls and wontons and smoothies – I’m feeling rather hungry! Classes are for ages 4-18. For those that haven’t ventured into Burwash yet, it’s a lovely courtyard of renovated buildings that now house a unique mix of shops – Cuckoo clothing, The Secret Garden, Providence, Rocking Horse toy shop, The ArtHound Gallery, Cozzi and Boffa wine merchants, a beauty salon and Flock Cafe.
The Larder at Burwash Food Hall, Burwash Manor, New Road, Barton, Cambridge CB23 7EY Burwash Food Hall
Flying displays and Keeper Talks, The Raptor Foundation, St Ives, Mon 13 – Fri 17 Feb
Eagles, owls, falcons, hawks and buzzards are all on the species list at The Raptor Foundation – a permanent home to over 200 birds with an impressive 40 different species. It’s a working centre providing a rescue service, 24 hour care and rehab facilities for injured birds of prey. This half term they’re holding keeper talks and flying displays – a chance to see these magnificent birds up close. With the current bird flu restrictions these will take place indoors until regulations change. There’s limited info on the website – I get the feeling the birds are their priority rather than updating social sites – kind of reassuring, but time slots are at 10.00am, and on the hour thereafter.
The Raptor Foundation, The Heath, St Ives Road, Woodhurst, Cambridgeshire PE28 3BT, raptorfoundation
Play of Light, e-Luminate, Cambridge Corn Exchange & Guildhalls Mon 13 Feb
As part of the Festival of Light the day is dedicated to exploring creativity, games, innovation – and light! There are five sessions all based around this year’s theme –play, and connecting it to elements of today’s world – the internet, literature, magic, biology, technology, globilisation, art as well as hosting Cambridge’s first e-sports day for dedicated gamers. All rather funky.
The Segway Rally Course, Grafham Water, Mon 13 – Tue 14 Feb
If you’ve got older kids who are kicking their heels this half term, why not test their stability on this two wheeled electric scooter. Self-balancing, with a handle bar to help support – the transfer of weight is used to control the direction in which the contraption travels. Training is included with an instructor who will help riders become familiar with the Segway and then guide them on the rally track. There’s no age restriction but you’ll have to be over 134 cm tall to get control of one of these devices.
Grafham Water, Marlow Car Park, Grafham, Huntingdon PE28 0BH, segwayevents.co.uk
Twilight at the Musuems, Cambridgeshire, Wed 15 Feb
Cambridge comes to life as the lights go down – 13 local museums and collections open their doors for an assortment of illuminated adventures. Turn into a gruesome gargoyle at All Saints Church, Jesus Lane; discover objects that are larger than life at the Whipple Museum; or enjoy an art adventure at the Fitz. Denny Abbey will also join in this twilight event (it doesn’t officially open until 1 April) with a range of activities and crafts and those essential hot drinks. It will repeat it again on Thurs 16, at a slightly earlier time, if it’s too far past bedtime. Wrap up warm and don’t forget a torch
Art Workshops, Wysling Arts Centre, Mon 13 – 15 Feb
It’s all about visual arts at Wysling Art Centre. With an award winning contemporary studio building, acres of space, a 17th century farmhouse – it’s an interesting juxtaposition. Artists will lead three morning sessions exploring materials, sculpture and drawing with the aim of creating sound art, presentations and projections – all very groovy. Booking is essential and workshops are suitable for 6–12yr olds – an adult must accompany kids under 8. There’s a café as well if you want to hang out with a coffee and a mag.
Wysling Arts Centre, Fox Rd, Cambridge CB23 2TX, wysingartscentre.org
Cambridge Arts Theatre, Cambridge, Mon 13, Wed 15 – Thurs 16 Feb
A week of workshops designed to inspire imaginations. With themes of Unknown World, Adaption and Devising, kids will use objects they’ve brought in, props, or their imagination to bring themes to life. A great opporutnity to learn some drama skills, build confidence, make friends and have fun – a few sessions are booked up but there’s still availability from ages 5-6 and 11-15.
Cambridge Arts Theatre, 6 St Edward’s Passage, Cambridge CB2 3PJ, cambridgeartstheatre.com
Sacrewell Farm, Peterborough, Mon 13 Feb – Sun 26 Feb
From bumpy tractor rides to a relaxing ramble in the countryside, there’s always something to do at Sacrewell Farm. This half term there’s den building with marshmallow toasting over a campfire, making bread Victorian style in the Mill or playing at Pooh Sticks Bridge. There’s also a playbarn if the weather’s not brilliant.
Sacrewell, Thornhaugh, Peterborough PE8 6HJ, sacrewell.org.uk