Festival Day

Festival Day 2018

  • Saturday 22nd September
  • 11am to 5pm
  • Recreation Ground, High Street, Cherry Hinton, Cambridge (find out how to get here)
  • FREE admission and FREE activities. For the full Festival Day programme please download the What’s On Guide: Whats on Guide 2018

Principal sponsor

Thanks to the generosity of our sponsors, Festival day is FREE admission and the attractions are FREE for everyone to enjoy. The 2018 Festival will be opened by the Mayor of Cambridge, Cllr Nigel Gawthrope.

Festival Day 2018 has the theme of Time Travellers:

  • Join us for a journey through time and space in the 100 seat planetarium
  • Experience the feeling of weightlessness (like an astronaut) in the gyroscope
  • Go prehistoric and meet the dinosaurs including an amazing animatronic dinosaur
  • Get a selfie with the Stormtroopers and the DeLorean
  • Enjoy a musket demonstration, sword school and pike drills with the living history group 17th Century Life and Times
  • Watch out for the Daleks. We’ve asked them not to exterminate the Festival visitors. But we’re not sure they can be trusted . . .

About the planetarium

We look forward to welcoming you to the UK’s largest outdoor inflatable planetarium! Journey into the Solar System and beyond, to distant galaxies and black holes with astronomers from the University of Hertfordshire.

The shows are FREE, last 45 minutes and start on the hour: 11:15 12:15 13:15 14:15 15:15 16:15. Please note there will be no admission once the show has started.

The shows are suitable for adults and children over 5. The Planetarium has excellent disabled access so visitors in wheelchairs are very welcome.

If you or your child has a sensory disability please let us know when you check in so that the guide can make adjustments  to the show (where possible) to make it more accessible for you or your child.

Astronomers from the University will be on hand outside the planetarium to help answer all those tricky space questions you have always wanted answered.

About 17th Century Life and Times

Drop in for a chat with our 17th Century friends. Play period games and try on costumes & armour. Also:
11.30am–12noon Call to Arms: Enjoy a demonstration on how muskets were used. Muskets will be fired by the demonstrators.
1.30pm–2.00pm Sword School: Come an have a go sword fighting. Wooden swords are available for small children to use.
3.30pm–4.00pm Military Experience: Experience life as a 17th Century solider and take part in the pike drills.
4.00–4.30pm Call to Arms: Enjoy a demonstration on how muskets were used. Muskets will be fired by the demonstrators.

The Festival has 5 main areas:
Community Performance Arena

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 2018 Arena participants include:


Splitz Theatre Artz
Splitz Theatre Artz
Children’s Activities Marquee

The Children’s Activities Marquee has everything you need to keep you entertained for hours! Build, make, creative and explore with:

Addenbrookes - Teddy Bears Hospital
Addenbrookes – Teddy Bears Hospital (2017)
Family Sports Area

Have a go at the inflatable sweeper game, climbing wall and bungee trampolines.

Try the Sawston Xtreme sports day games including: Tug-o-war, Egg & Spoon, Space Hoppers, Relay Races, Bean Bag Throwing, Skipping and the 3 Legged Race.

Have a go at the Sawston Xtreme zorb football. Join in this hilarious version of the beautiful game! No tackling here; bump your way through to the goal.

Test your skills with batak, buzzwire and giant garden games.

Music Stage
Hosted by Cambridge 105

Matt Webb, Afternoon and Saturday Breakfast presenter on Cambridge 105 Radio presents a selection of local music acts. Cambridge 105 Radio broadcasts across the city and South Cambridgeshire online, on Digital and on FM.

We have five brilliant acts to treat your ears on Festival Day!

The Electron Thieves
A Cambridge-based rock band, playing covers which stray beyond traditional dad-rock into pastures new and unexpected.

Level Up
Formed at Swavesey Music School, Level Up have become a well-respected young band, playing many gigs in the Cambridge area. They play a broad mix of guitar-lead rock & pop covers from the 60s to the present day including:  Muse, Michael Jackson, Foo Fighters, Def Leppard, The Police, and Green Day.

Phil Watts – 80s unplugged
Singer, musician, songwriter, member of Back to the 80’s band.

Estrella is a 16 year old singer / song writer from Cambridge. She performs locally, singing both covers and her own compositions.

Hopeless Causes
The Hopeless Causes are a fantastic  6 piece Country/folk/Celtic/Indie band that play a very lively energetic and diverse set more akin to a barn dance/ceilidh band lineup includes violin, mandolin, banjo, guitar. Covers include: Johnny Cash, The Pogues, Dexys, Shania Twain, Steve Earle, The Dubliners, The Verve, Elbow, Dolly Parton, First Aid KIt and much more.

We have a wonderful musical exhibit for you to enjoy called Play the Rig. Designed by professional musicians, The Rig is a musical soundscape combining percussion, creativity and musical exploration. Suitable for ages 1 to 100!


Relax and enjoy the music with food and drink from our refreshment area. The food / music area will be under a canopy this year so come rain or shine, you will be able to enjoy the wonderful range of music whilst you eat and drink. Our food vendors this year are:

Dale Bennett and The Incidentals on the Music Stage
Dale Bennett and The Incidentals 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. More stalls to be confirmed!