Big Wednesday On Coldham's Common

Please do join us on Coldham's Common (in the area closest to the Abbey Pool by the BMX track) at the start of the summer holidays on Wednesday 2nd August for FREE ACTIVITIES to celebrate National Play Day when Historyworks is teaming up with ChYpPS and Cambridge Uni Museums and Abbey People and Cam Utd and others to provide a huge variety of FREE activities and refreshments for local families to enjoy including Geocaching, Birds of Prey, Street Games and tons of crafting and flight-themed crafting and face-painting will be on offer...

Historyworks will focus on 'Active Abbey Adventures' for the 4th funded event under their Cambridge City Council 'Walking and Cycling Promotion Grant', and Historyworks team members will show the geocaching trail with a new map and scavenger hunt around Coldham's Common to encourage young people and families to explore the lovely spaces on the Common and win toy prizes. Helen will focus on the history of the area and has booked the Raptor Foundation with their birds of prey and with help from ChYpPS we will make Pterosaur puppets and Pterosaur gliders to remember the flying lizards who flew over the Common in the Jurassic period and left evidence of their living in the area in great numbers.  Mario will showcase geocaching and demonstrate the range of cache and recepticles and toys you can swop and help the public set their phones to use the trail we've made, with a clue-based scavenger trail in site of the Historyworks stall for primary-aged children to do and win toy prizes.  Tizzy will oversee badge-making activity for young people to make on a wildlife theme, so that they have a badge to put into a geocache box, to encourage their engagement with the geocache trail around the Abbey area.  We hope that the owls from the Raptor Foundation will pose again for selfies and become models for badge-makers!!

For Crafts, we'll have Cambridge Scrapstore to make butterfly and bird wings, Historyworks to make owl and falcon puppets, and the glider-making and pterosaur-making at the Historyworks stall.  Also,  Abbey People will have a mosaic-making stall, with Hill n Jill leading participants to make a mosaic in the shape of a flying pterosaur to decorate one of the benches on Coldham's Common.  In addition, Abbey People will have the Youth Group run their tuck shop and a sign-up for participants and volunteers. 

In addition to the Historyworks stalls, there will be a Cambridge University Museums set of activities with a flight theme, and lots of fun with handling museum objects.  We've also space for a large sports zone on Coldham's Common which will have performers to teach everyone to participate in Cambridge Community Circus and the Sweeper challenge within the main field by the BMX track, and then on the edge where space is needed there will be tons of fun stuff including PING, Street Games, a Decathlon, and an athletics challenge!   ChYpPS and Historyworks also invited Cambridge Food Cycle to bring healthy snacks and to raise the profile of Food Cycle in Abbey and the Cambridge area, and the Outspoken Smoothie bike will be a fun and active way for people to pedal in order to make their own smoothie!!

ChYpPS will have an under-five tent and a giant bubble interactive stall and a face-painting tent for pre-school children to enjoy with their families.  The day will be great fun and all the activities are FREE, so all you need to do is come along with friends and family between 1pm and 4pm.  Children under ten years of age must be accompanied by an adult, and there will be plenty of suitable activites for the very young and the not so young, so teens and adults will have a good time too!  

Big Wednesday On Coldham's Common