Festival Day

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:
Anderson Group

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. John Row has told stories in festivals, libraries and schools on four continents. A fixture at Glastonbury, Cambridge Folk Festival and Strawberry Fair he is delighted to return to Cherry Hinton with fantastic tales to delight and transport his audiences to a wonderland of beggars, witches, wizards, kings, queens, princes, princesses and tricksters.
  • 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!)
  • Part of our Explorers theme, Cambridge Science Centre will be running make and take activities all afternoon, alongside regular interactive demonstrations. Come and find out about the exciting science explorations made by Charles Darwin while on
    board the Beagle, and how his discoveries helped uncover the path that led
    to the theory of evolution. Delve into our fossil collection and take home
    some crayon rubbings of your favourite ancient creatures. Make your own
    animal skeleton from straws and card and learn about the ancient animal
    species that all animals with backbones are related to.
  • The worst kept secret of the Festival – the stewards flashmob – will return with a new routine choreographed by Dance Matters.
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:


Splitz Theatre Artz
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!).

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  • 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.
Big balloon shapes with Bubbly Maths
Big balloon shapes with Bubbly Maths
Sports Area
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:

  • Exercise bike challenge
  • Hula Hoop challenge
  • Limbo challenge
  • Selfie deckchair

There will be demos and taster sessions for you to try something new, including

About the groups

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.

Cambridge Volleyball Club have been around for over 28 years and is the largest volleyball club in Cambridge. Training in various sports halls in Cambridge, we have 2 National League teams (Div 1 and 2), 2 county teams, an intermediate team and a beginners/core skills team. We also run a satellite club with Hills Road Sixth form. We have qualified coaches and passionate players who enjoy this highly competitive yet sociable sport. It’s great for someone who appreciates the merits that a team sport brings. Visit the website for more information.

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.

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


Music Stage
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:


Rootnotes on the music stage
Enjoying lunch and listening to music
Enjoying lunch and listening to music

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.

Stallholders include:

Come and join the fun!