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.
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!
Now the Festival is only 5 months away, we are starting to think about publicity. Our lovely sponsor Martin & Co will erect up to 75 boards to advertise the Festival across Cherry Hinton and the surrounding wards. If you can have a board up in your front garden to help us spread the word please email your name and address to: email@example.com
We have teamed up with Thirsty Cambridge to bring the Thirsty biergarten to Cherry Hinton. Join us on Saturday 15th September at St Andrew’s Church for craft beer, quality wine and artisan gin. There will also be street food and live music. What a great way to start Festival week!
On Festival Day (22nd September) this year, we are proud to host a mobile planetarium from the University of Hertfordshire Bayfordbury Observatory! It’s the biggest mobile planetarium in the country – seating 100 people – and is the centre piece for our Time Travellers themed event. As with all the entertainments on Festival Day, you can visit the planetarium for FREE.
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.
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!
Here are some of our race winners and decorating winners.
Thank you to the 27th Cambridge Scouts for helping out and running the fun duck games.
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!
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.
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!
St Andrew’s hosted the duck decorating, ready for the Turbo Trust Duck Race tomorrow. There were some wonderful designs!
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!
Thank you to Tenpin Cambridge, The Tamburlaine Hotel and Cambridge Escape Rooms for providing prizes for our fundraising quiz night with team ARM on June 28th! The lucky winners will have some brilliant prizes to enjoy at these wonderful local venues. All money raised will go towards the fantastic, FREE, Festival Day!