Top 10 summer activities happening in Cambridgeshire parks during the summer holiday

Funtopia at Huntingdon  

Our fun-filled festival – designed especially for under 10’s, is filled with all the fun and games your family could want to make this exciting day out one to be remembered!  

Funtopia has high energy inflatables, role play areas, shows and competitions, character meet and greets, giant games, huge water fights, a tasty food court and more! We even have an incredible Under 5’s area for our mini guests, filled with Bouncy Castles, Soft Play, Ball Pool, Ride On’s and other fun toys and games. 

This year EVERY Funtopia will have an exclusive Autism Friendly Session at the start of every day! Especially for children who may struggle to attend a general Funtopia event. With limited numbers, no music, sensory games and activities, our Autism Friendly Session is perfect for children not only with autism, but those with SEND as well. Siblings are also welcome! 

Arrive hungry and sample an array of delicious menus in our Food Court which offers sweet and savory meals to suit all taste buds! 

Autism Friendly Session: 

Under 90cm Free of Charge 
Children £5 
Adults Free of Charge 

Funtopia (Main Event): 

Under 90cm Free of Charge 
Over 90cm £10 
Adult £2.50 

Funtopia shall be held at Huntingdon Riverside Park, Hartford Road, Huntingdon PE29 3RP 
Event dates: Thursday 27th July 2023 

For more information click onto the Facebook Page for all the latest news and updates! Or visit: Funtopia at Huntingdon | Cambridgeshire and Peterborough Parks ( 

Cambourne Folk Festival 

Cambridge Folk Festival is one of the longest running folk festivals in the world. Held each year since 1965 it attracts around fourteen thousand people, many of whom return year after year. 

This year the Cambridge Folk Festival welcomes everyone for another blast at Cherry Hinton Hall! 

The festival is renowned for its unique atmosphere and its eclectic mix of music, the best traditional folk artists from the UK and Ireland rub shoulders with cutting edge contemporary acts, the finest American country, blues and roots artists, acclaimed singer songwriters, famous names and world music stars. 

This hot summer holiday is not only for children to have fun but also for adults to party! 

The Folk Festival occurs on a weekend between 27th – 30th of July where everything is available from 10am till 10pm each day.  

Save the date and we hope to see you there!  

Doddington Village Summer Show 

Come and support Doddington Village Summer Show on 29th July from 12pm at Benwick Road Recreational Ground in Doddington. 

Not only have we got the amazing exhibits and entries we also have a wide range of local artisan crafts and produce stalls as well as many attractions for all the family to enjoy. And then, as if the daytime events and attractions are not enough, we have organized an evening event too! 

Come along and dance the night away at our barn dance with a live Ceilidh band. 

For more information visit their Facebook Page by clicking here or visit Doddington Village Summer Show | Cambridgeshire and Peterborough Parks ( 


Cherry Hinton East Pit Glow-worm Walk 

East Pit was quarried up until the early 1980s and is the largest of the three chalk pits at Cherry Hinton. It is now a Wildlife Trust reserve, home to diverse flora and fauna, including a healthy population of glow-worms.  

Come along for the evening on the 31st of July from 10:15 till 12pm to learn more about these elusive beetles and help us search for glow-worms in the quarry. If you haven’t seen these amazing insects in action before, you’re in for a treat! Bring a torch and suitable boots and clothes for a walk around the reserve. 

Due to the nature of the activity, we suggest the event is mainly suitable for families, adults and beginners. 

No payment required but we do suggest donations of £3.00 to the Wildlife Trust welcome. 

Meeting point: Meet at the entrance of East Pit on Lime Kiln Hill, Cherry Hilton. Grid Ref. TL484559 

For more information visit: Cherry Hinton East Pit Glow-worm Walk | Cambridgeshire and Peterborough Parks ( 

glow worms

Magic of Thailand at Parker’s Piece 

Get ready as on 5th of August a two-day Thai Festival is coming for you to experience the taste of Thailand at Parker’s Piece which brought to you by Magic of Thailand, previously known as Cambridge Thai Festival. 

A variety of activities expected to see such as: 

  • Live cooking demonstrations
    • Authentic Thai Cuisine – Food Stalls
    • Thai Carving & Produce 
    • Thai Boxing Demonstrations 
    • Lady boy Shows 
    • Kids Rides 
    • I’m British Get Me Out of Here! Eating Competition 
    • Thai Beer Garden 
    • Traditional Thai Music and Dancing 
    • Thai Massage 

Tickets are available both online and on gate: 

  • Admission: 1 day ticket – £5
  • Children under 15: FREE

The event will be from 10am till 7pm on both days 5th and 6th of August. 

For more information click here or visit: Magic of Thailand | Cambridgeshire and Peterborough Parks ( 

A girl in a crowd at a festival

Family Wildlife Eco Boat Trips 

Wyndham’s near silent-motor means that she is the ideal craft for wildlife watching… 

Join us on a trip around Overton Lake and along the river Nene where swans, geese and other waterfowl will glide alongside the boat with you. We cannot guarantee what you will see but wildlife highlights may include Herons, Kingfishers and the elusive Otter! 

Trips last approximately 1 hour 30 minutes and a member of our knowledgeable team will join you on the cruise to make sure you don’t miss anything and help you learn more about the wildlife you observe. We will have spotter sheets for children to learn the names of birds that they see. 

Minimum age: 4yrs. 

Children must be supervised by an adult, maximum two children per accompanying adult. Everyone attending needs to buy a ticket. 

Meeting point: Boat Jetty, opposite Otter Play area at Nene Park 

Cost: £15 pp 

For more information click here or visit: Family Wildlife Eco Boat Trips | Cambridgeshire and Peterborough Parks ( 

Boat with two people in it while on water

Vocal Remix Choir plus support 

Music in the Parks is a highlight in the city’s summer calendar, with people enjoying the opportunity to get together in their local parks and recreation grounds while relaxing and listening to live afternoon music in the company of friends and family! 

So come celebrate and relax on the 20th of August from 3pm till 5pm. 

Organised by Cambridge City Council, the music events are generously sponsored once again by lead sponsor Graduate Cambridge hotel continuing last summer’s successful partnership, with support also this year from supporting sponsors, Cambridge BID, Cambridge Water and High Sheriff’s Fund via Cambridgeshire Community Foundation. 

For more information click here. Or visit: Vocal Remix Choir plus support | Cambridgeshire and Peterborough Parks ( 

Pop-up Youth Ranger Night Walk (Cambourne) 

This session is designed for 11–17-year-olds to attend independently. It is a chance to meet some of our Young People’s Forum, get to know like-minded people, and chat with staff. 

We’ll take a walk with bat detectors, and if the weather is suitable, we may also toast some marshmallows around a fire. 

Booking is essential because we need to have parental consent and emergency contact details. 

Please note: 

  • Toilets will not be available for this session 
  • This is a special event organised in conjunction with our Young People’s Forum 
  • This session may not suit every young person; parents/guardians will be asked to fill out a consent form to include any relevant issues like allergies or learning needs. We want to ensure this session is as safe and accessible as possible, so please make us aware of anything that may affect this. 
  • Unfortunately, we are unable to provide 1:1 support 
  • We may have to cancel this session with short notice, if the weather is not favourable 

Please consider the environment before deciding to drive a long distance to get to this session. 

Please refer to our event terms and conditions webpage for details on refunds and cancellations, as well as general information about how we run our events. Booking is essential for all participants. Please email us first as a consent form will need to be completed before booking. 


£10 (plus booking fee) for Wildlife Trust BCN members 

£12.50 (plus booking fee) for non-members 

Contact Details: 


Mobile phone number: 07894 599020 

For more information visit here: Pop-up Youth Ranger Night Walk (Cambourne) | Cambridgeshire and Peterborough Parks ( 


Our Go Insane 5km/10km held at Washbrook Farm, Doddington in Cambridgeshire on Sunday 27th August 2023. 

This event is an Obstacle Course/Mud Run for all ages and abilities. The course is set out in a 5km loop. Each participant gets the choice on the day of completing 1 lap or 2, allowing for 5km or 10km in distance. The course includes pond wades, waterslides, hay bale climbs and much, much more….  

Based in Cambridgeshire with free parking, toilets, refreshments and camping all available on site, this venue makes for the perfect day out for any running enthusiast. Spectators are very welcome too! 

Please note: All Children can participate however they must have a parental consent form completed on the day or beforehand to bring with them if they are 17years or under and children must be accompanied by an adult. (1 adult to 1 child 6 to 12yrs) 

Adult Prices are as follows – (18 years +) 

  • March 2023 – 30th April 2023 – Early bird price – £25 
  • 30th April 2023 – 30th June 2023 – Price – £30 
  • 1st July 2023 – 21st August 2023 – Price – £35 
  • On the day booking available – £40 

Junior Prices are as follows – (6 to 17yrs old) 

  • 6 to 12 years old – Price – £15.00 
  • 13 to 17 years old – Price – £20.00 
  • On the day booking available – Price 6 to 12yrs £20, 13 to 17yrs £25

Please note online booking for this event closes on 21st August 2023. 

For more information click here or visit: GO INSANE 5/10KM | Cambridgeshire and Peterborough Parks ( 

People running into mud puddles

Evening Bat Walk at Paradise Nature Reserve 

Paradise Nature Reserve is located on the west bank of the River Cam and includes woodland and a more open central marshy area. It is ideal for seeing (or hearing!) a variety of different species of bats.  

Come along to the nature reserve on the 28th of August for the evening between 8pm till 10pm to find out more about these elusive night-time predators. Bring a torch and suitable boots and clothes for a walk around the reserve – it can get very muddy! 

Due to the nature of the events is suggested to be mainly suitable for families, adults and beginners. 

No payment required but suggested donations of £3.00 to the Wildlife Trust are welcome. 

For more information visit: Evening Bat Walk at Paradise Nature Reserve | Cambridgeshire and Peterborough Parks ( 

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