Cambridge Nature Festival 2024

25th May – 30th June

A celebration of the nature on our doorstep!

May Half Term at Wimpole

Wimpole Hall Wimpole Estate, Arrington,, Royston

Discover different drop-in crafts around the Wimpole Estate inspired by nature, land, and landscape art. Create your own insect puppets, collage wildflower meadows, and cherry blossom trees to take home, and help us create large-scale pieces to share with visitors in weeks to come. Crafts will take place in The Stables, Wimpole Hall, the Walled …

Honour the Waters of Cambridge

Empty Common Community Garden Brooklands Ave,, Cambridge

Organised by Water Sensitive Cambridge   Empty Common Community Garden, Brooklands Ave, Cambridge, Cambridgeshire, CB2 8BL Cost: £12 (pay more), £6 (pay less) and free (10 and under). Some free spaces. To book: https://www.watersencam.co.uk/events/honour-the-water-cambridge-nature-festival/ An afternoon with Isla Macleod to recognise our relationship with River in gratitude and ceremony.   Join ceremony designer and Water Sensitive Cambridge at …

Pond Dipping

Wicken Fen, National Trust Lode Lane,, Wicken, Ely, Cambridgeshire

Pond dipping at Wicken Fen   10:30-11:15, 11:45-12:30, 13:30-14:15, 14:45-15:30

Cuckoo Clock workshop

Wicken Fen, National Trust Lode Lane,, Wicken, Ely, Cambridgeshire

We'll help you design and make a unique Cuckoo Clock, with your own choice of clock face, pendulums and decorations. Did you know that Wicken Fen is one of just a handful of sites in the South of England that Cuckoos visit each summer? Take a stroll around the Fen in May and you will …

Wicken Fen boat trips

Wicken Fen, National Trust Lode Lane,, Wicken, Ely, Cambridgeshire

Sit back, relax and watch the world go by as you explore the beautiful fenland waterways on the Mayfly. The 50-minute trips run from mid March to October. Our open boat is powered by a quiet electric motor, allowing you to enjoy the tranquillity of the Fen. Our expert driver will be able to let …

Pond Dipping – Wicken Fen

Wicken Fen, National Trust Lode Lane,, Wicken, Ely, Cambridgeshire

10:30-11:15, 11:45-12:30, 13:30-14:15, 14:45-15:30 Suitable for children age 5+, children must be accompanied. £4 Plus parking (parking free for members) Booking essential, see weblink above for link to booking website or call 0344 249 1895 12 spaces available Pond dipping at Wicken Fen | National Trust Delve into the watery world of Wicken Fen to …

Water Use at the Garden Guided Walk

Cambridge University Botanic Garden 1 Brookside, Cambridge

Come along for a guided walk led by the Head of Horticulture, Sally Petitt, exploring water use practices at the Garden. Water Use at the Garden Guided Walk - Cambridge Botanic Garden Normal Garden admission

Walk with a Warden – Evening Edition

Fen Drayton Lakes RSPB Fen Drayton Lakes, Fen Drayton Road,, Cambridge

Join the reserve warden at Fen Drayton Lakes for an evening guided walk to discover the birds, mammals, insects and flowers using the reserve at this exciting time of year. We will stay out until dusk when there's a chance of seeing bats and owls. Perfect for wildlife enthusiasts of all levels, this will be …

£5.75 – £13.25

Building bricks wetland workshop – Wicken Fen

Wicken Fen, National Trust Lode Lane,, Wicken, Ely, Cambridgeshire

What might you find at Wicken Fen in another 125 years' time? Come and have fun building future windpumps, wildlife and wetland artefacts - let your imagination run wild... Suitable for all ages; under 4s go free and will have some bigger building blocks to play with. Models can’t be taken home but you are …

Bat Walk – Coe Fen

Guided bat walk run by Rachel Bates     Location: meet outside the The Watermill, Newnham Rd, Cambridge CB3 9EY Cost: Free Booking: please email info@castlehillecology.co.uk  Number of spaces: 25 Suitability: Adults and children

Small mammal trapping – Wandlebury

Wandlebury Country Park Wandlebury Ring, Gog Magog Hills, Cambridge

Set traps - 31st May  6pm Small mammal identification - 1st June 8am https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/small-mammal-surveying-at-wandlebury-country-park-tickets-904065854307?aff=oddtdtcreator Booking required Number of spaces 25 Suitable for everyone . Donations welcome.

Bat Punt Safari

Scudamores Punting Scudamore's Punting Company 32a Bridge Street, Cambridge

Bat Punt Safaris | Wildlife Trust for Beds, Cambs & Northants (wildlifebcn.org) BOOKING ESSENTIAL The Wildlife Trust (BCN)'s annual river Cam bat punts with Scudamore's provide one of the most exciting evening experiences of summer on the river in Cambridge. Enjoy a unique experience setting off just before dusk. Hand held bat detectors pick up …

Small trapping – Wandlebury – ID

Wandlebury Country Park Wandlebury Ring, Gog Magog Hills, Cambridge

Set traps - 31st May  6pm Small mammal identification - 1st June 8am https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/small-mammal-surveying-at-wandlebury-country-park-tickets-904065854307?aff=oddtdtcreator Booking required Number of spaces 25 Suitable for everyone . Donations welcome.

Building bricks wetland workshop

Wicken Fen, National Trust Lode Lane,, Wicken, Ely, Cambridgeshire

What might you find at Wicken Fen in another 125 years' time? Come and have fun building future windpumps, wildlife and wetland artefacts - let your imagination run wild... Suitable for all ages; under 4s go free and will have some bigger building blocks to play with. Models can’t be taken home but you are …

‘We need to talk about peat’ Guided Walk – Wicken Fen

Wicken Fen, National Trust Lode Lane,, Wicken, Ely, Cambridgeshire

What is going on with peat at the Fen. As part of the Fens East Peat Partnership, we're undertaking large-scale projects to keep our deep peat wet, and to rewet other areas of peat - a vital tool in the fight against climate change. Peat is 'black gold' - in the past it has been …

History Strolls – Wimpole

Wimpole Hall Wimpole Estate, Arrington,, Royston

  Looking to stretch your legs and learn more about the history of Wimpole Estate? Then this walk is for you! Join us on Sunday mornings for an educational walk and talk on the history of Wimpole, its landscape, history and people. Suitable for Adults. Walkers should wear stout footwear and suitable clothing. Our History …

Science on Sundays

Cambridge University Botanic Garden 1 Brookside, Cambridge

Thomas Idris Marquand will talk about the role of wetlands in climate change. Other Science on Sundays talk run until August (third Sunday of each month).   Normal Garden admission, in the Cambridge University Botanic Garden (Classroom)  

Cambridge AstroPlus – Rockets (talk)

Institute of Astronomy Bullard Laboratories Madingley Road,, Cambridge

Cambridge AstroPlus (for 11-18yrear olds) How do rockets work? What sort of rocket do you need to fly to space, to the Moon, to Mars or beyond? What type of fuels and energy sources could power you? £4 (annual family membership) CA+: Rockets | CAA (cambridgeastronomicalassociation.com) 19:15-21:00pm

Eddington Ecology walking tour

Eddington Square

  Discover some of the habitats and features created at Eddington in this walking tour led by Mike Dean, the project’s ecologist. Eddington is a growing sustainable community in Cambridge, led by the University of Cambridge. The tour will outline some of the works undertaken to enhance the area’s biodiversity, such as the lagoon, tree …

Dragons, Damsels & Nature for Mental Health

Ouse Fen

Come and discover dragonflies, damselflies & how the power of nature can improve your mental health.   The evidence that getting out into nature is good for your mental health is ever growing. Join local wildlife guide David Chandler for a wander through one of the UK's largest wetland nature reserves in search of the dragonflies and damselflies found …

Eddington Ecology Tour

Eddington Square

  Discover some of the habitats and features created at Eddington in this walking tour led by Mike Dean, the project’s ecologist. Eddington is a growing sustainable community in Cambridge, led by the University of Cambridge. The tour will outline some of the works undertaken to enhance the area’s biodiversity, such as the lagoon, tree …

Wednesday Walk – Wimpole

Wimpole Hall Wimpole Estate, Arrington,, Royston

Each week the Wednesday Walk takes in a different route, varying in distance and taking in different highlights around the estate. Our walks are usually between 3 - 5 miles, and take 1-2 hours depending on walking speed. Suitable for Adults. Walkers should wear stout footwear and suitable clothing. Our Wednesday Walks are between 3 …

Guided Garden Walk

Learn about the great gardeners of the past who have helped shape Wimpole's pleasure grounds, discover this season's most notable new arrivals and hear about our plans for future growth in the gardens. As part of this tour you'll be guided around our four-and-a-half-acre walled garden before being taken behind the scenes to see the …