Programme

A map with all the venues can be found on the venues page of our website.

Festival Week is a showcase for Cherry Hinton’s wonderful facilities, activities, clubs and societies. Find out what’s happening in your community and join in with these great events.

Saturday 9th September

The Animal Agents Summer Reading Challenge Certificate and Medals Ceremony
Organised by Cambridgeshire Library Services
Venue:
Cherry Hinton Library
Time:
10.30am
Price:
FREE by invitation
Medals to be presented by author/illustrator Jools Bentley who was shortlisted for the 2017 Cambridgeshire children’s picture book award Read It Again!

followed by

52 Stories Workshop with Jools Bentley author/illustrator of The Hippopandamouse
Venue:
Cherry Hinton Library
Time:
11.30am-12.15pm
Price:
FREE
Tickets available from Cherry Hinton Library or ring 0345 045 5225. Parents and carers to stay with their children.

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52 Stories 2016 with author / illustrator Alison Limentani

Saturday 9th September
Family Fun Day

Venue:
St Andrew’s Church & Church Centre
Time:
2.00pm-4.00pm
Price:
FREE
The annual pre-Duck Race event: decorate your duck for the race and take part in other fete style games. Delicious cake and tea for sale.

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Magic show at the Mini Festival Fete 2016

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Duck decorating at the Mini Festival Fete 2016

Saturday 9th September
Family Badminton And Table Tennis

Venue:
Cherry Hinton Village Leisure Centre
Time:
12noon-3.00pm
Price:
FREE
Booking essential. Call 01223 576412 for more information and to make a booking.

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Family badminton at the Village Leisure Centre 2016

Saturday 9th September
Family Glow Sports

Venue:
Cherry Hinton Village Leisure Centre
Time:
3.00pm-5.00pm
Price:
FREE
See the Leisure Centre transformed into a playground of ultra-violet and glow in the dark sport! Wear something that will glow – either UV or white – and come along with friends and family to enjoy the fun!

Sunday 10th September

Sunday 10th September
Duck Race
Organised by Turbo Trust
Venue:
Spring Head – opposite the Robin Hood Eating Inn
Time:
From 1.30pm
Price:
£2 per duck or four ducks for £6
Ducks available to purchase at the Family Fun Day, Cherry Hinton Library and Cherry Hinton Village Leisure Centre. Duck Races and Best Decorated Duck have four categories

  • 0-4yrs
  • 5-7yrs
  • 8-12yrs
  • 13+
After registration, both before and in between races, we will have an array of activities for
the children to participate in, varying from learning how to make an origami duck, to a
treasure hunt and ‘search for the ducks’ activity, to quizzes for different age groups and of
course the ever popular Duck-a-hoopla and tombola. There is the opportunity for all, big and small, to win a prize or two and have a fun-filled afternoon.
The Duck Race has been organised by the Turbo Trust. For more information please visit the Turbo Trust website or email: sjoberg@virginmedia.com
The ducks getting ready for the 2016 race
Some of the ducks getting ready for the 2016 race
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And they’re off!

Monday 11th September

Ol’ Boys Club for men over 50
Venue:
Cherry Hinton Village Leisure Centre
Time:
2.00pm-4.00pm
Price:
First session free (usual charge – Better pay ‘n’ play members £3, non-members £4)
Drop in to meet the ‘Ol’ Boys’ and play cards, scrabble, other board games, curling, darts and table tennis. Or chat over a cup of tea / coffee and biscuits. Call 01223 576412 for further details.

See the Ol’ Boys Club in our 2015 video

Monday 11th September
Land North of Cherry Hinton: Evaluation of the archaeological landscape east of Cambridge Airport

Organised by Cherry Hinton Local History Society
Venue:
St Andrew’s Church Centre
Time:
2.30pm-4.00pm
Price:
£4, £3 for members includes light refreshments
Talk by Dr Marcus Brittain who directed the evaluation work in the field. Call 01223 210724 to reserve your place or pay on the door.

Jenny Taylor, Chair of The History Society with guest speaker Nicki Newton from Addenbrooke’s Community Trust

Monday 11th September
A guided tour round a local allotment

Time:
5.00pm-7.00pm
Price:
FREE
Ring 01223 709428 or 07879 626674 for further details and to book your place (limited places).

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The best kept secret of the Cherry Hinton Festival! The allotment tour 2016

Monday 11th September
Bat Walk
Organised by The Wildlife Trust BCN
Venue:
Cherry Hinton Chalk Pits Nature Reserve, Lime Kiln Road
Time:
7.30pm-9.00pm
Price:
£5 per adult, under 16s free
Use bat detectors to listen to their calls and learn more about them and their ecology. To book a place please call 01954 713531 or email iain.webb@wildlifebcn.org

The 2016 Bat Walk
The 2016 Bat Walk

Tuesday 12th September

Tuesday 12th September
Phoenix Tuesday Club
An independent group for older men and women
Venue:
St Andrew’s Church Centre
Time:
2.30pm-4.00pm
Price:
FREE
Drop in to meet other people for conversation, education and friendship. Tea / coffee and biscuits provided. Call 01223 240181 or email panwrites@ntlworld.com for more information.

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A warm welcome awaits you at the Phoenix Tuesday Club

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Tuesday 12th September
Friends With Disabilities
Venue: Cherry Hinton Village Leisure Centre
Time: 2.00pm–4.00pm
Price: First meeting is free. Yearly membership is £5 plus £2 per meeting
A social group for people with mobility problems / disabilities and their carers, and the elderly. Come and have a chat and a cup of tea and play a game of bingo. The meetings often include speakers on issues relevant to people with disabilities. Members enjoy days out and a yearly holiday with accessible transport. For more information email: evelynlisboa@ntlworld.com or call 07963 521711.

Tuesday 12th September
Festival Church Service

Venue:
St Andrew’s Church
Time:
6.00pm-7.00pm
Price:
FREE
Putting some SOUL into Cherry Hinton! All welcome to join in.

Karin Voth Harman from St Andrew's Church and Nic Boynes from Cherry Hinton Baptist Church getting ready for the Church Service 2016
Karin Voth Harman from St Andrew’s Church and Nic Boynes from Cherry Hinton Baptist Church getting ready for the Church Service 2016

Wednesday 13th September

Wednesday 13th September
Stay and Play

Venue: Cherry Hinton Children’s Centre
Time: 10.00am–11.30am
Price: FREE (normally £2 per family or a Children’s Centre voucher)
Festival fun for children under 5 and their parents / carers.

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Having fun at Stay and Play 2016

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Wednesday 13th September
Rhymetime at Cherry Hinton Library
Supported by Cambridgeshire Library Services
Venue:
Cherry Hinton Library
Time:
2.00pm-2.30pm
Price:
FREE (no need to book)
Aimed at babies and toddlers aged from birth to 18 months, their parents and carers. Please ask us about Bookstart Bear Club.

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Singing fun for parents and babies at the library

Wednesday 13th September
Cherry Hinton Community Choir

Venue:
Cherry Hinton Baptist Church
Time:
8.00pm-9.30pm
Price:
FREE
No audition and no musical qualifications or singing expertise are required,  just lots of enthusiasm for singing in a variety of genres such as pop, soul, gospel and musicals. First rehearsal of the year – all welcome.

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Come and sing. No experience necessary!
Come and sing. No experience necessary!

Thursday 14th September

Between the Covers Reading Group
Venue:
Cherry Hinton Library
Time:
11am
Price:
FREE
Borrow A God in Ruins by Kate Atkinson from Cherry Hinton Library on your library card
(copies available from mid-August) and come along to chat about the book.

Novel Ideas reading group discuss The Miniaturist by Jessie Burton
Novel Ideas reading group discuss The Miniaturist by Jessie Burton

Thursday 14th September
An evening with author Guinevere Glasfurd
Organised by Cambridgeshire Library Services
Venue:
Cherry Hinton Library
Time:
7.00pm-8.30pm
Price:
£2, to include light refreshments.
We are delighted that author Guinevere Glasfurd will be joining us to talk about her novel The Words in My Hand which was shortlisted for the Costa First Novel Award 2016. Books for sale and signing. Book your place in person at Cherry Hinton Library or ring 0345 045 5225.

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Author Guinevere Glasfurd

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Friday 15th September

Books and Story time
Venue:
Cherry Hinton Children’s Centre
Time:
10.00am–11.30am
Price:
FREE
A variety of activities relating to different stories – including We’re Going on a Bear Hunt – and linking with the Bookstart programme.

Friday Friends Harvest Lunch
Venue:
Baptist Church Family Centre
Time:
12.45pm
Price:
Costs are met by voluntary donations
Open to all senior citizens. Enjoy a roast / vegetarian dinner and celebrate the harvest with a hymn and a prayer. To book please email admin@ch-bc.org.uk phone: 01223 561139 or put a note through the door of 95 High Street by Wednesday 13th September.

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Friday 15th September
Young at Heart Club for Ladies Over 50
Venue: Cherry Hinton Village Leisure Centre
Time:
2.00pm-4.00pm
Price:
First visit free. Become a Pay ‘n’ Play member for £5 per year and pay only £3 for each Social Club session
Are you looking to meet other mature women through a social and relaxed environment? Then the Young at Heart Club could be for you! Enjoy a range of activities including board games, ladies in conversation, curling, darts, table tennis, arts and crafts, and guest speakers. Sessions include tea/coffee and biscuits.

Friday 15th September
Festival Quiz Night
Organised by Friends of Cherry Hinton St. Andrew
Venue:
St Andrew’s Church
Time:
from 7.30pm
Price:
£5, £4 members, £3 under 16s
Get your team (max 6 members) and ring 01223 210724 to reserve a table if possible or just turn up on the night. Bring your own drinks.

Thinking caps on!
Thinking caps on!

 

Saturday 16th September

Festival Day 2017
Venue:
Recreation Ground
Time:
12noon-6.00pm
Price:
FREE admission and FREE activities (yes, everything really is free!)
Enjoy a great day out with family and friends with our Explorers themed Festival Day! Put your hard hat on and explore the cave system, be an archaeologist in the Children’s Marquee, get building in the Minecraft virtual reality pod, get creative with the Explorer themed crafts with ChYpPS plus much more! For details visit the Festival Day page on our website. Thanks to our principal sponsor The Anderson Group.

 

The Peterborough Highland Pipe Band leading the procession
The Peterborough Highland Pipe Band start the 2016 Festival

 

Splitz Theatre Artz in the Community Performance Arena
Splitz Theatre Artz in the Community Performance Arena

 

Balloon shapes with Bubbly Maths
Balloon shapes with Bubbly Maths

 

The Heron Heron peep board - exclusive to the Cherry Hinton Festival!
The Heron Heron peep board – exclusive to the Cherry Hinton Festival!

 

 

Fighting the bad smells of the plague with Black Shuck Cambridge Ghost Tours
Fighting the bad smells of the plague with Black Shuck Cambridge Ghost Tours

 

Skate boarding lessons with Skates and Ladders
Skate boarding lessons with Skates and Ladders

 

Photobomb!
Photobomb!