Cambridgeshire half-term: Five things for families to do
PUBLISHED: 12:00 19 October 2016 | UPDATED: 12:05 19 October 2016
From falconry, spooky tales, pumpkins, and walks in crunchy golden leaves to exploring museums and catching a film at the cinema. Here are five of the fun things going on to help keep your little ones interested this half-term.
1 Skylark Maize Maze and Funyard in March have brought back their popular week of wickedness.
They’ll be plenty to keep children occupied for hours including the giant maize maze, with a spooky twist.
You can also pick your own pumpkin from Skylark pumpkin patch – and then carve your very own Jack O’Lantern. Tickets cost £10 for adults and £9 for children.
2The Lancaster Experience comes to the Imperial War Museum Duxford this half-term.
This is a rare opportunity to peer inside one of Britain’s most iconic Second World War bombers and hear amazing stories about the men who flew and fought in this type of aircraft.
Explore the recently transformed American Air Museum and follow the story of Anglo-American collaboration in twentieth and twenty-first century conflicts through the historic objects and fascinating personal stories on display. The Lancaster will open from 11.30am-3.30pm.
Each day at 11am, there will also be a talk by a historic interpreter. Visitors will be able to hear all about the development of this legendary bomber, the role each crew member played in Bomber Command and the specific history behind IWM Duxford’s own Avro Lancaster.
3 Bring your children to Wandlebury in the Gog Magog Downs for an exciting morning exploring the park on Tuesday, finding out how wildlife prepares for winter and collecting beautiful leaves and seeds.
Afterwards, head to the Stable Rooms and get creative for an art session with the wonderful autumnal colours. Bring a drink and a snack and dress for being outside and all weathers.
The event runs from 10am to 12pm and costs £8 per child.
4 Fearless souls are required for a thrilling family adventure at Audley End House and Gardens. Throughout half-term storytellers reveal the terrifying truth behind the bedtime fairytales you’ve grown to love.
Have a go at their creepy crafts and try your hand at carving your very own petrifying pumpkin to take away.
Witness graceful hawks, elegant owls and fearsome falcons in flight as expert falconers demonstrate the art of training, exercising and hunting with birds at Audley End House and Gardens on Saturday and Sunday.
There will be tales of gothic tragedy and superstition while these amazing birds swoop overhead.
5 After the success of Cambridge’s first Pumpkin Festival in 2015, it returns this year with more delicious ways to use up Hallowe’en pumpkins.
From pop-up cafés and kids’ discos to cooking workshops and pumpkin cake decorating, there will be plenty to do.
Cambridge Pumpkin Festival is an initiative of Cambridge Sustainable Food, a network of public, private and community organisations working to promote food that is good for people and good for the environment. Visit cambridgepumpkinfestival.org.uk.