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.
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!
We are delighted to welcome Jools Bentley to 52 Stories during Festival week (9th September). Jools is the author/illustrator of The Hippopandamouse which was shortlisted for 2017 Cambridgeshire children’s picture book award Read It Again!
Come along to Cherry Hinton Library to hear Jools read The Hippopandamouse and join in the craft activity.
Exciting news for the Music Stage on Festival Day (16th Sept) – 4 out of 5 acts are confirmed!
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 (https://www.facebook.com/dbincidentals/, www.youtube.com/dalebennettmusic ) have just confirmed their place on the stage.
Our penultimate act of the afternoon will be Ipswich singer songwriter, Hannah Scott (http://www.hannahscott.co.uk/), an acoustic pop artist who has supported the likes of Ed Sheeran.
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”.
We still have space for one more music act, so if you know of a local band or artist keen to get some exposure, then please drop us a line: firstname.lastname@example.org
We are delighted to welcome Hannah Scott to the music stage on Festival Day. Hannah’s single Hurricanes (https://soundcloud.com/hannahscottuk/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.
Save the date: Saturday 16th September. Visit our Festival Day page for more information.
We are delighted that Festival Day has been awarded a grant from The Big Lottery Fund. The funding will be put towards various entertainments and attractions for Festival Day – all of which will be FREE for our visitors to enjoy.
The Big Lottery Fund is the largest funder of community activity in the UK. It puts people in the lead to improve their lives and communities, often through small, local projects.
It is responsible for giving out 40% of the money raised by National Lottery players for good causes. Every year it invests over £650 million and awards around 12,000 grants across the UK for health, education, environment and charitable purposes.
Since June 2004 it has awarded over £8 billion to projects that change the lives of millions of people.