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Milton Country Park’s Autumn Festival set to proceed on Sunday





Milton Country Park’s popular Autumn Festival returns this weekend for its seventh year, following ‘careful consideration’ of the guidelines following the death of The Queen.

Sarah Harris, project manager for Cambridge Sports Lake Trust which runs Milton Country Park. Picture: Keith Heppell
Sarah Harris, project manager for Cambridge Sports Lake Trust which runs Milton Country Park. Picture: Keith Heppell

With wild outdoor play, traditional craft, food and a hint of days gone by, the event will take place this Sunday (September 18), from 10.30am to 5pm.

Children can enjoy dressing up, hay play, bushcraft, enchanting campfire stories and wood craft, while adults can enjoy local street food, real ales and cider, and live music.

This year, award-winning street food vendors return to Remembrance Meadow and are joined by two vintage mobile bars. The UK’s best ska and 2 Tone covers band Big Ten will be playing the main stage, along with some up-and-coming Cambridge bands. Visitors can also enjoy, among other things, apple pressing in the orchard and a miniature steam train.

Milton Country Park – an award-winning photo taken by Joanna Thomson
Milton Country Park – an award-winning photo taken by Joanna Thomson

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Milton Country Park is managed by independent charity Cambridge Sport Lakes Trust, whose project manager, Sarah Harris, told the Cambridge Independent that the decision to go ahead wasn’t easy.

“We were very sad to hear of the passing of the Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II and have considered carefully whether or not to continue as planned with the Autumn Festival.

“The last few years have shown us how important the Park has been to our community, allowing friends and families to connect and come together outdoors. The festival is an important fundraiser which helps sustain the Park but at its heart it is a community event, and an opportunity to be together and share moments and memories.

“For this reason, and in line with Government guidance, we feel that it is important to continue with Sunday’s event as planned. During the event the north end of the Park will still be open, as normal, to all for quiet reflection.

“On Monday, September 19, the park will remain open and we will pause our activity and work programme during the funeral service. The Trust is committed to providing an outdoors for everyone’s well being and to allow people to mark this moment in our history as they feel is most appropriate.”

All funds raised go towards keeping the park open for everyone to enjoy. For tickets and more information, visit miltoncountrypark.org/autumnfestival.



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