The Autumn Festival

Milton Country Park’s Autumn Festival is the park's biggest fundraiser and a popular event which has become a highlight of the year. 

Proudly committed to supporting local independent foodies, crafters and creatives, the Autumn Festival is not your average family fun day.  With wild outdoor play, traditional craft, magical adventures and a hint of days gone by, this is a fashionably-old-fashioned event.  Children can be found playing in piles of hay and climbing on tractors, dressing up and enjoying wood craft and magical workshops.  Adults can enjoy some of finest local street food, real ales and cider and live music, all in an attractive park setting!

All proceeds go towards the upkeep of Milton Country Park and helps to keep it open and accessible for everyone to enjoy!

  • Advance tickets £6 per adult (£8 on the gate)
  • Children under 16 free
  • Parking free (limited - please use alternative means if at all possible)

Please note that we cannot guarantee entry on the day if we are busy so it is advisable to get your tickets in advance.

Latest News

Autumn Festival 2017 will be on Sunday September 24th.  If you're a local foodie, crafter or creative and would like to take part in 2017 please fill in our sign-up form below and we will be in touch soon - thank you! 

Autumn Festival 2016

Sunday 25th September 2016

The Autumn Festival returned with many of our favorites plus some exciting new additions to the event, including;

  • Quality food to eat on the day including award winning street food collective foodPark!
  • Delicious local produce to take home
  • Local ales and cider
  • Hovercraft rides on the lake and Madagascar experience with fantastic charity Hoveraid 
  • Magical Enchanted Days workshops with the wonderfully creative Gap Learning CIC
  • A wide variety of handmade craft stalls
  • Tractors to ride and animals to meet and pet, brought by the College of West Anglia
  • Face painting
  • Make viking braiding and friendship bracelets to take home with the Cambridge Wood Craft Folk
  • Green stage with live music and entertainment
  • Produce Show
  • Story telling
  • Miniature steam train  
  • Canoe safari
  • Apple pressing in our beautiful orchard
  • Hovercraft rides on the lake and Madagascar experience with fantastic charity Hoveraid 
  • Wood craft activities for children
  • Hay play!

Canoe Safari boats can be booked when checking out.  Boats cost £8 each and time slots can be booked at either 11am, 12pm, 1pm, 2pm, 3pm and 4pm for approx 45 mins on the water.  Suitable for 2 adults or one adult and a max of two children aged 5+.  Places are limited so please book early to avoid disappointment.

*Please note that advance bookings for the canoe safari have now sold out but we will have boats available to book on the day as above with slots running every half an hour.  Please visit the main info point on arrival.  Boats will be allocated on a first come first served basis and are limited. 

Enchanted Days workshops are free so long as accompanying adults have a festival ticket - places are limited and very popular!   These sessions can be reserved in advance from mid-August.  Please check back for details or follow us on Facebook for up to date information.

Free parking - please note that parking is limited and we strongly recommend you use other means of transport on the day. 

Sponsors

A big thank you to our 2016 sponsors; Ridgeons, Cambridge Building Society, Cambridge Water, Iliffe Media and Tesco Milton for providing our volunteer lunches.

If you'd like to be a sponsor for this popular event in 2017 then we'd love to hear from you!  

Please get in touch here with us here: events@cambridgesportlakes.org.uk 

 

Stall Holders & Content

If you are either a crafter, foodie, creative or entertainer and would like to attend the Autumn Festival 2017 then please complete the pitch application form and return it to us.

**Please note that we only accept local, independent food and craft vendors and cannot offer pitches to local representatives of national businesses or bouncy castles and rides.  

Stall Holder Mailing List

If you are a local crafter, artist, foodie or creative and would like us to consider you for future festivals or events at the park then as well as sending us your application form you can also join our mailing list by filling out the short form below.  Thank you!

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Volunteer

Our events couldn't happen without the hard work and enthusiasm of our volunteers!  There are plenty of ways to get involved; from manning the information point, selling tickets on the day, marshaling, directing and helping visitors, running the apple press, helping with activities, setting up and packing down.  There is always an exciting atmosphere at the festival and it's a great way to join in, meet people and help make the day a success.  If you would like to offer your time or services we'd love to hear from you.  Please fill in the form below and someone will be in touch soon.  Thank you!

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Information and FAQs

Tickets cost £5 per adult, children and parking are free.  As a venue with a limited capacity ticket numbers will be restricted.  This is a very popular event and so it is recommended that you buy your tickets in advance as we cannot guarantee tickets will be available on the gate during the event.

Why ticket this event?

We have been overwhelmed by the positive response to the festival and the numbers we have attracted on the day.  We work hard all year round to make this event happen and to preserving its ethos and quality.  As a charity with limited resources this event is only sustainable if it raises vital funds for the park.  We hope you will agree that the ticket price is great value for a family day out and that our commitment to the event shines through!    

Is there parking on site?

We do have a car park and an overflow available on the day.  Spaces are free but they are limited.  By making the parking free we are also no longer reliant on the car park to cover costs, which leaves us able to encourage alternative transport and raise money in a way which is fairer for all our visitors.  We strongly advise you use alternative means of transport if at all possible.

Can I bring my dog?

Yes the festival welcomes well behaved dogs!  Please note that the event area is situated in the on-lead area of the park.  To exercise your dog off-lead please cross into the northern end.  See park map.