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Festival 2019 dates announced

The Cherry Hinton Festival 2019 will run from 14th to 21st  September.

The Festival volunteers are taking a break from organising Festival Day on the Recreation Ground this year, but there will be plenty of events to keep everyone entertained throughout the week . . . including the return of the wonderful Thirsty Biergarten!

The Cherry Hinton Festival 2018 is underway!

We had a fab start to the Festival yesterday. 73 children received their summer reading challenge certificates at the library, presented by the Mayor of Cambridge, 80 children enjoyed Code Club Workshops, 100 children decorated ducks ready for the duck race on Sunday, 200 people watched Paddington 2 with the Cambridge Film Festival and 750 people enjoyed the Thirsty Cambridge Biergarten! We had a blast! Looking forward to more events this week and of course Festival Day coming up on Saturday 22nd September.

Team Arm volunteers at Code Club
Learning to code with Python
Thirsty Biergarten opens with a peal from the Cherry Hinton bell ringers.
Duck decorating – who’ll win best dressed duck at the Duck Race?
Delicious burgers and rosemary fries at the biergarten. A perfect evening for al fresco dining.
Rev Karin Voth Harman with comedians Chris Norton Walker, David McHardy Bimisayo Adeyi aka The Mind of Bim.

FREE Cambridge Film Festival event on opening weekend

We are delighted to welcome the Cambridge Film Festival to the opening weekend of the Cherry Hinton Festival.  The Cambridge Film Festival will provide FREE short films for kids on the theme of ducks to accompany the duck decorating from 3-5pm. They will also provide a FREE screening of a family friendly feature film in the church in the evening – which will include an intermission for people to refill their glasses with the delicious beers, wines and gins from Thirsty Cambridge! Join us on Saturday 15th September from 3pm at St Andrew’s Church for beer, food and film – a winning combination!

Festival week fun!

There are great events happening every day during Festival week. Over the last couple of days we’ve had the Between the Covers Reading Group and Rhymetime at the Library, Cherry Hinton Community Choir at the Baptist Church and Stay & Play at the Children’s Centre. Looking forward to our author event at the Library this evening (Thursday 14th Sept) with Guinevere Glasfurd.

Rhymetime at Cherry Hinton Library
Dolls house
Stay and Play at Cherry Hinton Children’s Centre
Between the Covers Reading Group at Cherry Hinton Library
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Cherry Hinton Community Choir at the Baptist Church

Duck Race 2017

We had a lovely day at the Spring Head for the 2017 Duck Race. The standard of the duck decorating this year was so high I wish we could have given prizes to everyone!

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Here are some of our race winners and decorating winners.

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The 8-12 years race winner
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The 8-12 years best decorated duck winner.
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The 5-7 years race winner with Lou Everard from the Turbo Trust.
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The 5-7 years best decorated duck winner
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The 0-4 years race winner.

Thank you to the 27th Cambridge Scouts for helping out and running the fun duck games.

Helpers from the 27th Cambridge Scouts

The Duck Race is organised by the Turbo Trust. All the money raised from the event today will help fund special mobility chairs for people for Owen. You can read Owen’s story here. And here is Owen – with his duck ready for racing!


Festival week 2017 is off to a flying start!

We’ve had a brilliant day today with events at the Library, the Village Leisure Centre and St Andrew’s Church.

Children collected their Summer Reading Challenge certificates from author / illustrator Jools Bentley.

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Jools then stayed to host 52 Stories. Jools read her book The Hippopandamouse, showed the children how to a draw the Hippopandamouse and then drew an animal based on the children’s suggestions: A Lionsnaketigerelecatmeerkatowl!

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St Andrew’s hosted the duck decorating, ready for the Turbo Trust Duck Race tomorrow. There were some wonderful designs!

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Thanks to BETTER Cambridge for the free family badminton session at the Village Centre. Great Festival fun!


See you tomorrow for the Turbo Trust Duck Race!