Festival Day 2017 – Explorers!
- Saturday 16th September
- 12noon to 6pm
- Recreation Ground, High Street, Cherry Hinton, Cambridge (find out how to get here)
- FREE admission and FREE activities.
Festival Day principal sponsor:
Thanks to the generosity of our sponsors, Festival day is FREE admission and the attractions are FREE for everyone to enjoy.
Festival Day 2017 has the theme of Explorers! 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!
The Festival has 4 main areas:
- The Community Performance Arena
- The Children’s Activities Marquee
- The Sports Area
- The Music Stage
There are also general entertainments such as:
- The mobile cave! One of the most realistic artificial caving experiences you will get above ground with over 90ft of tunnelling inside – 2 levels, sumps, stalagmites and squeezes! Put on your hard hats and start exploring!
- Story telling with John Row
- Skills workshops and demos with Cambridge Community Circus
- Nene Extreme Climbing Wall
- Magic and mayhem with Devilstick Peat
- The ever popular Gamers Bus and NEW for 2017 – Virtual Reality Pods!
- Crafting with ChYpPS – following our explorer theme you are invited to make compasses, binoculars and safari hats (decorative rather than functional!)
The worst kept secret of the Festival – the stewards flashmob – will return with a new routine choreographed by Dance Matters. If you can spare an hour or two to steward at the Festival please drop us a line (joining the flash mob is just for fun and not compulsory!) Email: email@example.com
Community Performance Arena
Sponsored by Anderson Group
The Community Performance Arena will again be hosted by the wonderful JezO’s and will feature groups and activities from around the locality. Expect music, movement, martial arts and a little bit of magic! The 2017 Arena participants are:
- Arco Iris
- Cherry Bombs Cheer and Dance
- Cherry Hinton Tang Soo Do
- Cambridge Lindy Hoppers
- Emma Collins School of Irish Dancing
- JezO’s Magic Show
- John Row
- SIN Cru
- Splitz Theatre Artz
Children’s Activities Marquee
The Children’s marquee will see the return of some old favourites as well as some new exhibitors.
- NEW for 2017 and part of our Explorers theme is Access Cambridge Archaeology. Here you can meet two archaeologists from the University of Cambridge and learn to be an archaeologist by trying the following activities:
– Dig through the different layers of ‘soil’ and discover artefacts in the ‘Excavation chest of drawers’
– Identify pottery from Bronze Age to 19th century
– Identify animal skulls and skeletons
– excavate seeds and identify them in a mini dig
– make a viking bracelet
- The Brickologists will also be returning with some fun LEGO building challenges.
- Messy play for the under 5s will be provided by the Cherry Hinton Baptist Church.
- Cherry Hinton Children’s Centre / Romsey Mill will have activities for under 5s on our theme of Explorers.
- How do you think and where do you feel? Mundipharma, Napp and Bard scientists will help you discover how and where you think and feel. Make your very own (in)famous brain hat to wear with pride. Learn why you see stars if you hit the back of your head and explore whether there really is a difference between the left and right halves of your brain. Suitable for all ages.
- This year, due to popular demand, we will be offering 3 face painting artists including the wonderful Cheeky Moo Face Painting and Lizzy B’s Face Painting.
- The University of Cambridge Museums will have elements of their India Unboxed exhibition for you to handle and explore.
- NEW for 2017: Dress up in scrubs for the Teddy Bears Hospital and put a plaster cast on your toy (or your finger!).
- Stem cells are small, rare and amazing – they can make all of the cells in the human body! Scientists from the Cambridge Stem Cell Institute are here for the first time at the Festival to discuss their research with you, and get you thinking about the power and potential of stem cells. Make your own playdoh cell to take home, learn how cells are looked after in the laboratory, and experiment with turning different ‘specialised cell types’ back into ‘stem cells’ (as if by magic!).
- We are delighted to welcome back Bubbly Maths – enjoy giant bubbles and make giant balloon shapes.
Sponsored by Better Cambridge
Get active in our sports area!
Have a go at the inflatable sweeper game and zorb football.
Better Cambridge (The Cherry Hinton Village Leisure Centre) have lots of fun games and physical challenges to entertain you throughout the day, including:
- Boot camp monopoly
- Exercise bike challenge
- Hula Hoop challenge
- Limbo challenge
- Selfie deckchair
There will be demos and taster sessions for you to try something new, including
- Cambridge Cangaroos (display only)
- Cambridge Handball Club
- Cherry Hinton Cricket Club
- Cherry Hinton Lions Football Club
- Park Tennis
- Run For Your Life
- SIN Cru Bboy workshop
- Skateboard lessons
- Yi Zhong Yang-Style Tai Ji
About the groups
Cambridge Cangaroos operates out of 3 centres, Sawston, CRC and Saffron Waldon County High. We have over 200 members and 14 coaches and we offer training 6 days a week from the various centres. Receiving the right education in how to take part in this exhilarating sport is of paramount importance. So if you want to see how its done from early start through to National level trampolining, then come and join us.
Park Tennis: Anyone can play, whether you’re young or old, a new starter or a seasoned pro, it’s fun, relaxed and easy to play. Join in at Nightingale Rec, Saturdays 10-11am.
SIN Cru Bboy workshop: introducing the dance form known as Breakin’, with musicality, ways to get to the floor, and what you can do when you’ve hit the ground. They will share some footwork and freezes, and help you get back up again. The only prerequisites for the Bboy workshop are a sense of humour and a sense of adventure!
Yi Zhong Yang-Style Tai Ji: Swimming in the air, Tai Chi improves and maintains health. It is suitable for all ages!
Zumba: An aerobic fitness programme featuring movements inspired by various styles of Latin American dance and performed primarily to Latin American dance music. Guaranteed to make you sweat!
Want to learn to skate? Then join Skates and Ladders on the skate ramp from 1-5pm. Improve your skills, gain confidence and learn to skate safely. Boards and safety gear provided.
Sponsored by ARM
We have five brilliant acts to treat your ears on Festival Day!
Local acoustic artist, Dave Irving, will be first up, breaking us into the afternoon with a range of popular covers from the likes of Ed Sheeran, Passenger and Damien Rice, to name but a few.
Hot off the press, the young, up-and-coming Haverhill band, Dale Bennett and the Incidentals have just confirmed their place on the stage. Check out their music on youtube: www.youtube.com/dalebennettmusic
We are very pleased to announce that Datum Plane have confirmed they will play for us on the Music Stage on Festival Day. Datum Plane are a four-piece indie band from Cambridge, drawing on three part harmonies to create a distinct sound.
Our penultimate act of the afternoon will be Ipswich singer songwriter, Hannah Scott an acoustic pop artist who has supported the likes of Ed Sheeran. Hannah’s single Hurricanes has been played on BBC Radio 2 by Bob Harris and Dermot O’Leary. Hannah also played a live session on Dermot’s Saturday afternoon show.
Closing the day will be a band hailing from local technology company ARM, The Electron Thieves, who describe themselves as an “amateur rock band … [who] stray beyond traditional dad-rock to play an eclectic mix of music from across the years – aiming to entertain, astound and embarrass in approximately equal measure”.
Relax and enjoy the music with food and drink from our refreshment area:
- Banquet Inn Bar
- Caffe Mobile
- Cherry Hinton Lions Football Club BBQ
- Kura Kura
Verrecchia’s Ice Cream
- Warm & Toastie
As always, we have a great selection of stalls. Come and find out more about our community groups and maybe be inspired to join a club. Visit the fundraising stalls to support some local good causes. Or just enjoy yourself browsing the craft stalls and the wide variety of different wares on offer from small traders.
- Cambridge City Council Streets & Open Spaces
- Cambridge Lady Cake
- Cambridge Unite the Union Community Branch
- Cambridgeshire Family Chiropractic Centre
- Cherry Hinton Baptist Church
- Cherry Hinton Lions Football Club
- Cherry Hinton Tang Soo Do
- Christine Newman Patchwork
- Colville Primary School
- Friends with Disabilities
- Forever Living Products
- George’s Bakery
- Global Justice Cambridge
- Independent Living Services (Cambridge City Council)
- Little Cherries
- Martin & Co
- Maureen’s Jewellery
- Mr Smith’s Sweets
- Oscar Pet Foods
- Other Side Silly
- Spinney Primary School
- Splitz Theatre Artz
- Sue Ryder
- Royal British Legion
- RNLI Cambridge District
- St Andrew’s Church
- St John’s Ambulance, Cambridge
- St John’s Players
- The Turbo Trust
- The Wildlife Trust BCN
- Whytchrose Endeavours
- Yi Zhong Yang-Style Tai Ji Society
- 27th Cambridge Scouts
Come and join the fun!