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38 pictures from Cambourne to be Wild: Feel-good festival gets off to a good start


By Paul Brackley


The Wildlife Trust in Cambridgeshire says it hopes to bring back the Cambourne to be Wild festival next year.

Magic Queen headline Cambourne to be Wild. Picture: Paul Brackley
Magic Queen headline Cambourne to be Wild. Picture: Paul Brackley

Held on Saturday and Sunday (July 6-7) on a field beside Cambourne Business Park, the inaugural festival featured live music, wildlife-related activities and food and drink - all of which raised money for the Wildlife Trust’s work.

Headlining on Saturday were Magic Queen, a Queen tribute act that got everyone up and dancing.

Also performing on Saturday were Limited Time, DC Brown, Blue Thunder, Fiveska, John Verity and Decades, while Sunday brought Pulling Up Daisies, Upwood Ukeleles, Fenboy3 and Timeline to the stage.

Cambourne to be Wild, Blue Thunder on stage. Picture: Keith Heppell. (13509298)
Cambourne to be Wild, Blue Thunder on stage. Picture: Keith Heppell. (13509298)

Wildlife walks were held around Cambourne, where the Wildlife Trust Bedfordshire, Cambridgeshire and Northamptonshire office is based, while arts and crafts, stalls and fairground rides entertained families. Pizzas from the Willow Tree restaurant's oven were on offer, alongside a beer tent and prosecco.

Louise Rackham, head of communities and wildlife for the trust, who organised the event with Kevin Hennessy, said: “This was our first ever Cambourne to be Wild festival and as such we feel it’s all gone really well.

Cambourne to be Wild was organised by the Wildlife Trust BCN. Picture: Keith Heppell
Cambourne to be Wild was organised by the Wildlife Trust BCN. Picture: Keith Heppell

“We’ve had some great feedback already with lots of people asking if we’ll be doing it again – we’d definitely like to.

“Despite the rain on Saturday there was a great atmosphere and folks seemed to be really enjoying themselves.

“All the bands were superb, and it was wonderful to see so many children engaging with nature via the various wildlife activities.

“We are really grateful for invaluable support and help via the local community from the council to cadet groups, and to all those who sponsored us and lent equipment, this helped make it all possible.

“Next year this can be bigger and better, it’s been an inevitable learning curve but with many positives to take from the experience.”

Taylor Wimpey East Anglia was the headline sponsor of the festival and donated £500 towards the running of the event.



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