Christmas Holiday Opening Times

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Milton Country Park is open all day every day. 
Our car park will close daily at 4.30pm throughout the winter and will be CLOSED on Christmas Day only.

Grounds Café opening times are as follows;

Christmas Eve: 9am-2pm
Christmas Day: CLOSED
Boxing Day: 9am-4pm
New Year's Eve: 9am-4pm
New Year's Day: 10am-4pm
Bank Holidays: 27th December & 2nd January: 9am-4pm
All other days will be open as usual (weekdays: 9.30am-4pm, weekends: 9am-4pm) 
 

 

 

 

'Welcome to Milton Country Park' Memorial Sculpture

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We've had many people asking and commenting on the lovely new welcome sculpture at the entrance to the park.  

The sculpture was gifted to the park by Peter Garside (picture above, centre) as a memorial to his late wife, Pauline.  Peter and Pauline walked their dogs in the park regularly for many years, finding it especially helpful as a way of enjoying the outdoors when Pauline was suffering from Alzheimer's disease.  Pauline even tried cycling for the first time in 50 years in the park with inclusive cycling project You Can Bike Too!  Pauline loved the park and Peter felt it would be a fitting tribute to add something really special to the entrance, welcoming visitors as they arrive.

We have worked with Rowan Humberstone on several projects now including our orchard signs and thought they would be the perfect organisation to create a memorial sculpture.  Rowan is a small Cambridge charity and arts centre working with people with learning disabilities by sharing skills and giving meaningful opportunities through accessing the arts.  Mr Garside met with Rowan and park staff to discuss ideas and Rowan's student artists, Ash and Francis (pictured with Mr Garside above) worked on the chosen design.  The design is carved from oak and depicts some of the wildlife Pauline enjoyed seeing in the park, including a swan and coot by lily pads carved on the front of the design and a beautiful dragonfly on the back.  

We think this is a really special addition to the park and would like to thank Peter for this donation and Rowan for their care in creating and installing this piece.  We hope our visitors' will enjoy it for many years to come!

You can also find out more about Peter Garside's work, raising awareness on how to appeal for NHS support when caring for a loved one with Alzheimer's, by visiting his website.  Peter's story has helped many people access the help and support they deserve.   

Find out more about Rowan at their Winter Warmer Event, Wednesday 6th December, 5pm-8pm.  Come in out of the cold and join Rowan for their winter open evening.  Visit the studios, see the students’ artwork and you might even find a few unique Christmas presents!  Refreshments and music will be provided. 

Autumn Festival Raises Vital Funds for New Playground!

Last Sunday we held our fourth Autumn Festival, our annual fundraiser, and what a fantastic day it was!  

The park is run by registered charity, Cambridge Sport Lakes Trust and receives no external funding so this event is an important part of the calendar, raising funds which help the park remain open during the winter months.  It's also a great family day packed with delicious food, live music, craft and wild outdoor activities!  The sun shone and we were delighted to see so many people in the park enjoying the day.

As advertised £1 in every ticket was promised to go directly towards our playground appeal.  This includes our free children's tickets! 

We can now reveal that the Festival raised a fabulous £4,000 to go towards our total!  

Thank you to everyone who came and supported the park, we hope you enjoyed the day!!

To bolster our fundraising efforts we have two significant fundraising applications in progress and hope to have some news for you before Christmas.  In the meantime if you can help in any way please get in touch here: mcp@cambridgesportlakes.org.uk or visit our playground appeal page!    

Sarah and Lorraine 

MCP / CSLT

 

 

Autumn Festival Tomorrow!

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On Sunday we celebrate our fourth Autumn Festival, a chance to celebrate summer's last hurrah with some of our best local foodies, makers and entertainers!  At the Autumn Festival we are proud to work with many creative and adventurous people to bring you a day of fantastic outdoor fun and adventure!  Here's everything you need to know...

Sunday 24th September 10.30am-5pm
£6 advance tickets will be selling until 12pm Saturday 23rd HERE!
Advance tickets are available for collecting on our 'box office' at the gate. 
Tickets will be available on the gate for £10 per adult.  Children FREE.  Parking FREE.
Advance water activity booking closes at 12pm on Saturday 23rd. Details below.
We will put out a notice on our website and social media when or if we become full.  Please leave extra time for your journey.  Parking will be in the field opposite Tesco. 

Here is a full list of what you will find at the fest tomorrow!

Bands

  • 12.00-12.30pm: Deep City
  • 12.50-1.20pm: Oscar Corney
  • 1.40-2.10pm: Alton Wahlberg
  • 2.30-3.00pm: Saltfen
  • 3.30-4.45pm: BIG 10
    * Mortal Tides will not be playing as previously advertised

Food

More Street Food!

  • Provenance - restaurant quality, modern, British food serving from their new converted horsebox!
  • Pull Me Cheri - delicious pulled meat cooked with love in a old vintage Renault estafette!
  • Azahar - Artisan Spanish food, served from a beautiful tiled Citreon van
  • Kerief Catering - These authentic dutch poffertjes are fluffy sweet delights!
  • Grounds - Our in-house café serving handmade lunches, snacks, ice creams and a BBQ from their pop-up in the playground.

Delicious Snacks and Take-Home Produce

  • Events Tree - Vintage tea tent serving afternoon tea, cakes and homemade lemonade in our beautiful orchard.
  • The Allotment Catering Co - Winner of the Cambridge food & drink awards pop-up of the year - serving snacks and refreshments as beautiful as the horse box they serve from!
  • George's Bakery - a stunning array of big, beautiful cakes and baked produce
  • Ely Fudge - handcrafted, local, mouth-watering fudge
  • Gourmet Brownie - gorgeously gooey all-butter brownies using local, high quality ingredients
  • Jack's Gelatos - a Cambridge must-try; organic, fair trade, creamy, superior quality ice cream
  • Gourmet Vegan - proof that vegan's can be naughty too - yummy, handmade cakes and snacks
  • Caffé Mobile - a Cambridge market staple serving fairtrade coffee and handmade cakes
  • Cambridge Sustainable Foods - promoting good food for us and the planet!
  • Mr Smith's Sweets - a traditional sweet shop pop-up in the park!
  • Cambridge Preserves Kitchen - flavourful artisan jams, jellies and chutneys
  • Humclosen - traditional cheese and specially chosen wine, the perfect combination!
  • Madame Sunshine - Ghanaian dairy and gluten free sauces and chutneys that will bring a smile to your face
  • Brown Bread - breads, pastries and patisseries
  • Sweet Treat - old fashioned sweets, popcorn and candy floss!

Feeling Thirsty?

  • Lion & Lamb - popular local Milton pub serving local ales and cider and their home-made Scotch egg bar snacks
  • Gentleman Jim's Bar - a finalist in the Cambridge food & drink awards 2017 for best bar!  Serving from a beautifully restored horse box with a hint of vintage and retro 
  • Pinkster Gin - award winning gin pop-up bar and take home treats. Nationally recognised and made with raspberries picked up the road in Milton!
  • Ely Gin Co - It's always gin o'clock with these flavoured gin gift bottles to take home. A tasty mixture of traditional with a modern twist!

Activities

Vital Spark Theatre Workshops
Exploring all the fun of an outdoor space by combining movement, drama, music and craft and a hint of woodland magic!
Where: In the playground (entrance to sunclock)
How: Drop in sessions, no need to book
Cost: FREE

Right Side Up Circus
Unleash your inner clown, learn some circus skills and amaze your friends!
Where: At the hay play before Remembrance Meadow
How: Drop in sessions, no need to book
Cost: FREE

Creative Movements
Meet enchanted fairies and woodland creatures mingling at the fest then join them in the Enchanted Forest from 2-3pm for story-telling with role play and movement.  
Where: Roaming all day then in the Orchard from 2pm-3pm
How: Drop in sessions, no need to book
Cost: FREE (aimed at 2-6 year olds).

Wild Thyme and Embers: Bushcraft Sessions
Bushcraft for all ages including whittling, shelter building, making bows and arrows, fire starting challenge and interactive stories!
Where: The Wild Place
How: Book your session at the Wild Place gate
Cost: FREE 

Hoveraid
Book a ride on a hovercraft and get a chance to feel what it’s like to be part of their medical teams out in Madagascar.  Fly across Dickerson's lake and see the park from a whole new perspective!
Where: Dickerson's Pit - follow signage from the bridge by the Hoveraid info point
How: Booking at the lake - queuing times advice from the Hoveraid info point
Cost: Suggested donations

Miniature Steam Train
So popular last year, Milton Country Park is again playing host to a lovely miniature steam train Where: Remembrance Meadow
How: Just turn up
Cost: £1 per ride

Canoe Safari
Follow a trail around Todd's Pit lake and explore the lakes Canadian style!  
Where: Todd's Pit from the pontoon
How: Book in advance online or at the main entrance on the day *these sessions sell out early.
Cost: £10 per boat (2 adults, one child or one child two adults. Age 4+)

Facepainting & Glitter
Find Glitterbugs in the play area!

Wood Craft Folk
Make and take home Viking braiding and friendship bracelets with the Wood Craft Folk!
Where: In the sunclock
How: Drop in sessions, no need to book
Cost: FREE

Fishing
30 minute taster fishing sessions run by FPAS.  Have a go and see what you can catch!  Supported by the Environment Agency with their large fish tank which will be filled with the fish caught during the sessions.
Where: Todd's Pit
How: Booking
Cost: £2.50

Pond Dipping
Find and learn about the mini-beasts living in Deep Pool! Sessions run by the environment agency
Where: Todd's Pit
How: Booking
Cost: FREE

Paddle Boarding
Have a go at SUP (stand up paddleboarding) on the lake and pretend you're in Hawaii!
Where: Todd's Pit from the beach
How: Book in advance online or at the main entrance on the day *these sessions sell out early. 
Cost: £10 per person (min height 1.3m)

Apple Pressing
Help the orchard volunteers chop their apples with their bike-powered apple scratter!
Where: The Orchard
How: Pop in and say hello!
Cost: FREE donations for the freshest juice you could possibly taste!

Produce Show
If you're a budding Bake Off contestant, gardener, photographer or crafter then enter the Produce Show for a chance to win a trophy!  
Where: Upstairs in the Visitor Centre
How: Details on categories and how to enter can be found here.
Cost: 50p per entry

Pets as Therapy
Meet the animals that make people feel better!
Where: Roaming

Shopping Opportunities!

  • Cambridge Preserves Kitchen - jams, jellies, chutneys, flavoured sugars
  • Gina Kay Jewellery - handmade stirling silver jewellery
  • Handmade at Home
  • Karen's Crystals - jewellery
  • Blue Design Shed - handmade fused glass and textiles
  • Histon Country Market - mix of food/craft/plants
  • Oriolo Jewellery - handmade jewellery and pashminas
  • Hestia Mosaics - mosaic art
  • Heather Bee Arts - paintings cards, painted wood
  • Other Side Sillygreeting cards - jewellery and gifts
  • Orsi Batta - glass jewellery
  • Milton Photographic Club - photo and info display
  • Curly Emma Embroidery - Handmade gifts using free motion embroidery, make-up bags, purses etc
  • Little Tinkers - Handmade/painted gifts for children inc boxes, coasters animal necklaces
  • The Balloon Pet Shop - walking animal balloons
  • AJ Bewers - plants and planters
  • JM Belts - leather belts made to order
  • KJP Photography - prints, cards etc
  • Just a Little Something by Sarah - lego mini figures in frames
  • Jabbawocky Crafts - pendants and glass art
  • Ken's Wood Shop - handmade wooden toys and gifts
  • Buds 2 Bloom - flower hair garlands
  • Hedkase - handmade hats
  • Madame Sunshine - chutneys chilli sauce and oils
  • HumClosen - wine cheese crackers chutney
  • Balkan Pottery - Handmade pottery from Bulgaria

 

 

Kids at the Fest!

Sunday Sept 24th 10.30-5pm

The Autumn festival is nearly upon us!  It looks as though the sun is going to shine (yes really!) and we have a packed line-up for you!  If you're bringing the kids there is plenty to keep them happy all day long with wild outdoor adventure and magical woodland fairies and pixies galore.
Let their imagination go wild in the park!!  Dressing up is actively encouraged!
 

Vital Spark Theatre Workshops
Exploring all the fun of an outdoor space by combining movement, drama, music and craft and a hint of woodland magic!
Where: In the playground (entrance to sunclock)
How: Drop in sessions, no need to book
Cost: FREE

Right Side Up Circus
Unleash your inner clown, learn some circus skills and amaze your friends!
Where: At the hay play before Remembrance Meadow
How: Drop in sessions, no need to book
Cost: FREE

Creative Movements
Meet enchanted fairies and woodland creatures mingling at the fest then join them in the Enchanted Forest from 2-3pm for story-telling with role play and movement.  
Where: Roaming all day then in the Orchard from 2pm-3pm
How: Drop in sessions, no need to book
Cost: FREE (aimed at 2-6 year olds).

Wild Thyme and Embers: Bushcraft Sessions
Bushcraft for all ages including whittling, shelter building, making bows and arrows, fire starting challenge and interactive stories!
Where: The Wild Place
How: Book your session at the Wild Place gate
Cost: FREE 

Hoveraid
Book a ride on a hovercraft and get a chance to feel what it’s like to be part of their medical teams out in Madagascar.  Fly across Dickerson's lake and see the park from a whole new perspective!
Where: Dickerson's Pit - follow signage from the bridge by the Hoveraid info point
How: Booking at the lake - queuing times advice from the Hoveraid info point
Cost: Suggested donations

Miniature Steam Train
So popular last year, Milton Country Park is again playing host to a lovely miniature steam train Where: Remembrance Meadow
How: Just turn up
Cost: £1 per ride

Canoe Safari
Follow a trail around Todd's Pit lake and explore the lakes Canadian style!  
Where: Todd's Pit from the pontoon
How: Book in advance online or at the main entrance on the day *these sessions sell out early.
Cost: £10 per boat (2 adults, one child or one child two adults. Age 4+)

Facepainting & Glitter
Find Glitterbugs in the play area!

Wood Craft Folk
Make and take home Viking braiding and friendship bracelets with the Wood Craft Folk!
Where: In the sunclock
How: Drop in sessions, no need to book
Cost: FREE

Fishing
30 minute taster fishing sessions run by FPAS.  Have a go and see what you can catch!  Supported by the Environment Agency with their large fish tank which will be filled with the fish caught during the sessions.
Where: Todd's Pit
How: Booking
Cost: £2.50

Pond Dipping
Find and learn about the mini-beasts living in Deep Pool! Sessions run by the environment agency
Where: Todd's Pit
How: Booking
Cost: FREE

Paddle Boarding
Have a go at SUP (stand up paddleboarding) on the lake and pretend you're in Hawaii!
Where: Todd's Pit from the beach
How: Book in advance online or at the main entrance on the day *these sessions sell out early. 
Cost: £10 per person (min height 1.3m)

Apple Pressing
Help the orchard volunteers chop their apples with their bike-powered apple scratter!
Where: The Orchard
How: Pop in and say hello!
Cost: FREE donations for the freshest juice you could possibly taste!

Produce Show
If you're a budding Bake Off contestant, gardener, photographer or crafter then enter the Produce Show for a chance to win a trophy!  
Where: Upstairs in the Visitor Centre
How: Details on categories and how to enter can be found here.
Cost: 50p per entry

Pets as Therapy
Meet the animals that make people feel better!
Where: Roaming

We will also have a wide range of delicious food to try, craft stalls, live music and colourful characters to meet!
 

Foodies at the Fest!

We know one of the reasons why the Autumn Festival is so popular is because of the incredible food and drink on offer! 

Cambridge has an amazing local food scene and we love to celebrate our local independents so we've picked some of the very best businesses on our doorstep!  From award-winning street food to market produce to take home, it is the season of plenty!

Here is our full line-up for the day to wet your appetite...

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Popular local street food collective foodPark have been with us from the beginning and we are proud to have grown with them!  Serving from vintage, funky and colourful vans they are diverse, multi award-winning and look stunning parked up in Remembrance Meadow!  
This year foodPark will be bringing us...

More Street Food!

  • Provenance - restaurant quality, modern, British food serving from their new converted horsebox!
  • Pull Me Cheri - delicious pulled meat cooked with love in a old vintage Renault estafette!
  • Azahar - Artisan Spanish food, served from a beautiful tiled Citreon van
  • Kerief Catering - These authentic dutch poffertjes are fluffy sweet delights!
  • Grounds - Our in-house café serving handmade lunches, snacks, ice creams and a BBQ from their pop-up in the playground.

Delicious Snacks and Take-Home Produce

  • Events Tree - Vintage tea tent serving afternoon tea, cakes and homemade lemonade in our beautiful orchard.
  • The Allotment Catering Co - Winner of the Cambridge food & drink awards pop-up of the year - serving snacks and refreshments as beautiful as the horse box they serve from!
  • George's Bakery - a stunning array of big, beautiful cakes and baked produce
  • Ely Fudge - handcrafted, local, mouth-watering fudge
  • Gourmet Brownie - gorgeously gooey all-butter brownies using local, high quality ingredients
  • Jack's Gelatos - a Cambridge must-try; organic, fair trade, creamy, superior quality ice cream
  • Gourmet Vegan - proof that vegan's can be naughty too - yummy, handmade cakes and snacks
  • Caffé Mobile - a Cambridge market staple serving fairtrade coffee and handmade cakes
  • Cambridge Sustainable Foods - promoting good food for us and the planet!
  • Mr Smith's Sweets - a traditional sweet shop pop-up in the park!
  • Cambridge Preserves Kitchen - flavourful artisan jams, jellies and chutneys
  • Humclosen - traditional cheese and specially chosen wine, the perfect combination!
  • Madame Sunshine - Ghanaian dairy and gluten free sauces and chutneys that will bring a smile to your face
  • Sweet Treat - old fashioned sweets, popcorn and candy floss!

Feeling Thirsty?

  • Lion & Lamb - popular local Milton pub serving local ales and cider and their home-made Scotch egg bar snacks
  • Gentleman Jim's Bar - a finalist in the Cambridge food & drink awards 2017 for best bar!  Serving from a beautifully restored horse box with a hint of vintage and retro 
  • Pinkster Gin - award winning gin pop-up bar and take home treats. Nationally recognised and made with raspberries picked up the road in Milton!
  • Ely Gin Co - It's always gin o'clock with these flavoured gin gift bottles to take home. A tasty mixture of traditional with a modern twist!
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Autumn Festival Canoe and Paddle Boarding Booking Now Open!

Fun paddle boarding and canoe sessions will be running throughout the festival this year!  
All sessions are an hour long with approx 40mins on the water.  Please allow plenty of time to arrive for your session.

You will need to purchase your Autumn Festival ticket before you book these sessions.  
To book your session simply pick an activity, select a time and check out below!

SUP Club moving to Saturdays

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SUP Club is moving to Saturday morning for the rest of September!  This means there will be NO SUP Club this Thursday!

Our club sessions are open to anyone with a Ready to Ride or Born to Ride passport to give you a chance to paddle independently and enjoy the lake in an open session.  

From this Saturday and for the rest of September these sessions will run from 9-10am on a Saturday morning.  It is important you arrive early as the container will be locked at 9am.

We are still running courses through September with two more Ready 2 Ride courses this season.  From October only Ready to Ride SUPers will be allowed to paddle.  We will continue to monitor the water temperature and aim to continue sessions until it dips too low.  

There will be also monthly Cam paddles for those with your own board  - follow the SUP Club Facebook page for more info.

Autumn Festival 2017

Milton Country Park’s Autumn Festival returns in September for its fourth year, promising to be bigger and better yet still just as charming as ever!

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 our finest local street food, real ales and cider and live music in an attractive park setting.
This year award winning street food collective foodPark return to Remembrance Meadow and are joined by a host of other local foodies including Provenance’s restaurant-quality food served from an airstream, winner of best street food of the year award The Allotment Co, a Pinkster gin pop-up, a vintage tea tent in the orchard, local ales and cider and delicious food to take home from jams and chutneys to cheeses, breads, cakes and brownies. 
Some of Cambridge’s most popular live bands will be performing including;

  • Big 10
  • Alton Wahlberg
  • Oscar Corney
  • Mortal Tides
  • and Saltfen

You can also enjoy apple pressing in the orchard, a craft market, Forest School activities, a canoe safari, paddle board games, theatre and circus workshops, storytellers, a miniature steam train in the meadow and local charity Hoveraid giving hovercraft rides on the lake!
Whether you’re a food lover, want to shop for some original gifts or spend time with the kids doing something a bit different, the Autumn Festival is the perfect opportunity to get outdoors and celebrate the season of plenty!
All proceeds go towards the upkeep of Milton Country Park and help keep this lovely green space open and accessible for everyone to enjoy.
This year £1 in every ticket goes towards the park’s playground appeal!

Entry: 
Advance tickets £6 per adult in advance (£10 on the gate)  
Children under 16 FREE
Parking FREE (limited availability so please use alternative transport if at all possible)

Purchase your tickets here!
You can also purchase your tickets online and collect in advance from the park office here!

 

 

A call for Autumn Festival Volunteers!

It's that time of year when we are looking for volunteers for our annual fundraiser, the Autumn Festival!  
The Autumn Festival is a really fun and popular event which can't happen without the fantastic support of our volunteers.  
This year the festival will be on Sunday Sept 24th 10.30am-5pm.  
Roles for the day include;

7am - 10.30am - set up
10.30am - 1.30pm - morning session (park information points / main entrance / water activities)
1.30pm - 5pm - afternoon session (as above)
5pm - 7pm - pack up

Volunteers get a free ticket to enjoy the festival before or after their session!  All day volunteers will have lunch provided by Tesco.

Do let us know if you would like to join us for this event so we can add you to our schedule.
Volunteers will be invited to a pre-event briefing the week before the event.

If you would like to volunteer please fill out the quick form below - thank you!

Name *
Name
Volunteers must be over the age of 16
Session I'd like to volunteer for...

Go-Tri: Mini triathlon

Our Go-Tri mini triathlon is back!

17th August 6pm-8pm

If you've ever wanted to try a triathlon now is your chance with this fun, short, off-road, affordable & accessible event!

100m swim, 3km bike, 1km run

Cambridge Sport Lakes Trust in association with Cambridge Triathlon Club is proud to host a mini-triathlon for the annual low-cost 'Go-Tri' scheme.

This event is perfect for ADULT novice triathletes who want to have a go at a friendly, low-key event.

The evening will comprise of coaching (bike fit, transition tips, course familiarisation, run and swim technique advice) followed by a short event comprising a swim across one of Milton Country Park’s lakes (we will endeavour to provide wetsuits for those who don’t have them) followed by a 3 lap off road cycle ride (any sort of bike is suitable) and finally a 1 lap run.

6.00 to 8.00pm on Thursday 17th August 2017

Milton Country Park, Cambridge, CB24 6AZ (with registration at 6pm)

Entry (£10.00) is in advance.

Playground Appeal!

Playground Appeal!

The playgrounds at Milton Country Park have been much loved and well-used for many years.  Our equipment was installed in 1999 and is now at the end of its useable life.  The park has a thriving community and outdoor play is a key element to what makes the park such a great resource.

It's vital that we have a playground which better reflects our beautiful park setting and provides a stimulating, exciting place for children to enjoy playing, learning and physical activity.

New playgrounds are expensive and go far beyond the maintenance budget of the park.  Milton Country Park is managed by registered charity, Cambridge Sport Lakes Trust and receives no external funding.  The park costs hundreds of pounds every day to remain open and large scale improvements such as this are only possible through fundraising.

How You Can Help

Donate

We have identified several local funding opportunities but there is no guarantee of success and even if successful they will still not fully cover costs.  We are therefore asking for your help.  If you enjoying visiting Milton Country Park, if your children love playing in the park, and if you would like them to enjoy more exciting, challenging play, then please help by giving a donation!

Please donate - we need your support to make this happen!  
Together we hope to create something really special that families can enjoy for years to come!

Fundraise

We welcome support from local business and fundraisers.  If you have an idea for raising money we'd love to work with you!  If you are a local business keen to support community projects then please do get in touch

Sign our Petition!

Fundraising isn't just about raising money, it's about gathering and evidencing local support.  If you would like to see our project go ahead then please add your name and any comments to the petition on our web page.

 

Thank you to everyone who has already supported our playground!  We are very grateful for all donations however big or small!

New Playground design

Our playground design was created following several consultations with visitors and local school children so that we could be sure we were creating something people really wanted, as well as suiting the needs of the park.  

The new play design incorporates priorities highlighted in our research including...

  • A natural design in keeping with the park setting
  • A place where all ages can play together
  • A zip-wire!
  • Climbing
  • More swings
  • Encourages independent play
  • Something for all abilities

The children were so keen on having a zipwire we've added a double zipwire to the design so that they can play with their friends!  
The design has been broken down into three phases.  How much we can do is entirely dependent on how much we can raise.  This design can be added to with more play equipment, landscaping and planting, seating.  As our funds grow so can our ideas!!

VIEW OUR PLAYGROUND PLANS ON OUR WEBSITE!

 

 

Forever Active over 50s Summer Sessions

Summer Sessions for Over 50s

You Can Bike Too

You Can Bike Too is an award winning, all ability cycling project delivered at Milton Country Park.  You Can Bike Too is the only cycling project of its kind in Cambridge. There are a wide range of bikes to suit individuals or groups of friends to cycle together. There are different bikes to suit all abilities and sessions are run by trained instructors (helmets are provided). Milton Country Park have designated short or longer routes to cycle around.

Cycling sessions take place on Wednesday’s - 5th , 12th , 19th & 26th July

11.00-12.00pm

Milton Country Park, Cambridge Road, Milton, Cambridge CB24 6AZ

£4 per session (booking essential)

For more information or to book a place, please contact Jane Jones, Development Officer for Forever

Active on jane.jones@forever-active.org.uk or call Jane on 07887760426.

Paddle Boarding

Stand up Paddle boarding is a fun way to exercise outdoors, incorporating balance, strength and flexibility.  Milton Country Park is an accredited British Stand UP Paddleboarding Association School (BSUPA) and can cater for complete beginners and the more experienced. If you are not sure what Paddleboarding is all about, book a session and give it a go…Paddleboarding sessions take place on Thursday’s - 6th , 13th , 20th and 27th July

3.00-4.00pm

Milton Country Park, Cambridge Road, Milton, Cambridge CB24 6AZ

£10 per session (limited places, early booking essential)

For more information or to book a place, please contact Jane Jones, Development Officer for Forever

Active on jane.jones@forever-active.org.uk or call Jane on 07887760426.

Mamma Mia this Saturday!

Saturday 1st July 8pm-midnight
The weather is looking great for our first outdoor screening this summer - Mamma Mia!
Come and boogie and sing-a-long to songs like ‘Does Your Mother Know’ and ‘Gimme, Gimme, Gimme a Man After Midnight’.
Gates open at 8pm and Spectrum Events will be providing an illuminated bar and snacks while park café, Grounds will be serving hot drinks and hot dogs from its pop-up before the film starts at 10pm.  
Go on ‘Take a Chance on Me’ and enjoy a fun night with a big screen under the stars!
Bring blankets and chairs if you wish.
Tickets £12 each or 4+ tickets for £10 each.


Book online or purchase your tickets from the park office (door to the right of the Visitor Centre)

If you were looking for a family film night then Spectrum will be returning on Saturday 26th August for a special showing of E.T
Advance booking.

Summer Watersports at Milton Country Park!

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If you enjoyed the watersports at Parklife 2017 yesterday then why not further your paddle skills this summer at Milton Country Park? 

CANOEING

This year Cambridge Sport Lakes Trust was awarded a grant through Sport England to develop canoe opportunities at Milton Country Park.  We've now launched a programme of sessions for the summer to get you paddling in no time! 

Quick Start Sessions

On Sundays from July 16th we'll have Quick Start canoe sessions running from 11am and 12.15 am which will give you an introduction to this versatile sport.  Sessions are open to adults and children with a minimum age 8 (children under 10 must be accompanied in a boat by an adult).  

Sessions are fun and friendly and designed for all abilities, whether you have no experience or want to refresh your skills on the water.  You will learn the basics of canoeing, including safety, equipment and paddle strokes.

Skills & Journeys!

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If you're keen to learn and experience canoeing with a difference and enjoy a real adventure on the water then why not try our Skills & Journeys course?  This is a unique opportunity to learn the basics of canoeing with a half day course on the lake followed by a beautiful day journey along the river Cam (one day journey) or Little Ouse (overnight & camping)!

Our highly experienced and BCU qualified instructor, Joy of Adventure, teaches from the recognised BCU syllabus meaning you have the opportunity to earn your BCU one star or Paddle Power Passport (age 8-14), whilst enjoying an journey on a nearby river that'll leave you with great memories and new friendships!

Children aged 5 and over are welcome.

Our summer skills & journey programme includes:

  • Family Skills & Journey
  • Women's Only Skills & Journey
  • Dads & Sons Skills & Journey
  • Mums & Daughters Skills & Journey
  • Open Adventure: 1 Day Skills & Journey 
  • Open Adventure: Skills & Overnight Journey with Camping

For more information and online booking please visit our canoe web page.

SUP

Our SUP courses are proving so popular we've added more places to July's SUP Ready to Ride and Born to Ride sessions,so you can learn paddle like a pro, earn a passport to use in BSUPA schools across the country, and even join our resident Cambridge SUP Club or fitness classes!   Sessions are open to adults and children over 1.3m tall.

For more information and booking please visit our SUP web page. 

Parklife on Sunday!

Parklife returns tomorrow!

10am-5pm
£4 parking all day

Parklife is a fun family festival organised by South District County Council in partnership with Cambridge Sport Lakes Trust.

Parklife allows visitors to try a wide range of sports and activities to improve their health and well being and inspiring them to be more active.

The event will get underway with the regular 2k junior parkrun, marking the official start of Parklife 2017.

All activities are free of charge and for most it will be a case of turning up to take a turn.  

The Water Zone will feature kayaking, canoeing and paddle boarding plus the chance to try your hand at angling too.  These taster sessions are popular so to help manage demand, half the slots will be available to book in advance. You can find all the details of the day on our Water Sport bookings page. With the help of the experienced instructors, visitors find they can quickly take to the water and have fun on the lake.

Once again HoverAid will be offering rides across the lakes in return for a small donation to this worthwhile charity.

The action packed Cycling Zone will return, offering a myriad of bikes to try out, from multi-person, recumbent, balance and all-ability bikes in addition to the popular pedal-powered Scalextric, smoothie makers & cycling sprints.

Back by popular demand is the Wild South Cambs Zone, where visitors can get hands on, den building, fire -lighting and pond dipping.

The Extreme Zone will feature archery and some pretty challenging climbing walls, as well as the incredible spider mountain, which involves a lengthy climb up a netting tower and descent via a precipitous slide.

New this year will be Cambridge United who will be bringing along a fantastic inflatable football pitch as well as a selection of their Olympic schools activities.

There will be entertainment too, with live music, dancing, circus skills and lots of opportunities to join in and have fun.  Refreshments provided by Grounds café pop ups around the park and Events Tree vintage tea tent in the orchard.

 

 

 

SUP Fitness Launches tomorrow!

Take your work out to the water and enjoy a fitness class with a difference!

Saturdays 8.30am-9.30am
£10 per person, payment on arrival.

Take your work out to the water and enjoy a fitness class with a difference! SUP Fitness is a challenging exercise class combining paddle boarding, balance and yoga.
Ditch the gym, work your whole body and improve your core-stability, with the added benefit of a beautiful lake setting.
We ask that you have attended a minimum of a Quick Start session and feel confident on a board and in water.

We won't make you do a headstand...unless you want to!

 

 

 

Canoeing at Milton Country Park!

Sport England Award

Recently Cambridge Sport Lakes Trust were successful in receiving a grant from Sport England for the purchase of equipment that will enable us to develop canoe opportunities at Milton Country Park.

We now have nine fantastic new 16ft Canadian canoes which will enable us to get more people out on the water and accessing this exciting sport!

We will be working with British Canoeing over the course of the year to develop opportunities and hope to have some taster sessions this year and more activities in place for 2018.  
See below for some canoe sessions coming up soon, more information to follow!

Parklife

Parklife is our popular free family event provided in association with South Cambridgeshire District Council.  This year you can try canoeing, kayaking and paddle boarding taster sessions on the lake.  The watersports are really popular and places always fill quickly.  Half the available sessions will be bookable in advance.  Pre-booking will be open from 9am Thursday 1st June until 5pm Monday 19th June.  There is an admin fee of £5 per kayak/paddle board and £8 per canoe.  You can also book on the day from 10am at the marquee by the visitor centre.
Age and height restrictions apply.
Please see the Parklife website for more information.  

Joy of Adventure

Over the summer we'll be partnering with experienced BCU coach, Joy Martin to give young people a chance to complete their Duke of Edinburgh practice and assessed expeditions.  These opportunities are detailed below...

1) Open Gold Canoe Practice Expedition June 30th - July 2nd.  River Ouse, Cambridgeshire. Your opportunity to complete your Gold expedition by canoe with training and practice in Cambridgeshire on the beautiful river Cam and Ouse.  Training date to suit group members. More information from www.joyofadventure.co.uk   dofe@joyofadventure.co.uk Cost £275

2) Open Gold Assessed Expedition July 21st - 24th / August 28th - 30th.  Based in East Anglia. More information from www.joyofadventure.co.uk dofe@joyofadventure.co.uk Cost £275

4) Open Silver Canoe Practice  Expedition June 30th - July 2nd.  River Ouse, Cambridgeshire. Your opportunity to complete your Silver expedition by canoe with training and practice in Cambridgeshire on the beautiful river Cam and Ouse.  Training date to suit group members. More information from www.joyofadventure.co.uk   dofe@joyofadventure.co.uk Cost £275

5) Open Silver Assessed Expedition July 21st - 23th / August 28th - 30th.  Based in East Anglia.  
More information from www.joyofadventure.co.uk  dofe@joyofadventure.co.uk Cost £275

 

 

 

 

 

Paddle Boarding Lessons start next Saturday!

Paddle boarding lessons start next Saturday, 6th May with a Quick Start session designed to get you paddling in no time!

Sessions start at 10am and 11.15am and cost £15 per person.  Perfect for adults and children it's a great activity to do as a family, as an introduction to this growing sport or as a refresher if you've tried it before.  
Minimum height restriction 1.3m. 

Courses alternate on Saturdays between our Quick Start sessions and our Ready to Ride and Born to Ride courses, where you can earn your accredited BSUPA pass which will allow you access to our club and social nights!

Learn to SUP and enjoy time on the water this summer with the UK's fastest growing sport!