Milton Country Park Nominated for UKs Best Park!

uksbestpark.jpg

Milton Country Park has been nominated for the UK’s best park in a National campaign by Fields in Trust to celebrate our green spaces.

The campaign asked for members of the public to nominate their favourite park and describe why they felt it was so special. The first nomination received is displayed on their website and all parks nominated are now listed and open to a public vote.

Milton Country Park has a busy programme of sports, activities and events including watersports, open air theatre and cinema, Cambridge Parkrun, all-ability cycling project You Can Bike Too, Cambridge Junior Cycling Club, and the popular annual fundraising event the Autumn Festival. If you enjoy coming to the park for any of these or simply like having a quiet walk, an ice cream or taking the kids to the playground, then you can vote for Milton Country Park below: 

Find Your Wild Wednesdays

fire%2Bgroup%2B6%2B%25281%2529.jpg

Find Your Wild Wednesdays

Venue: The Dell, Milton Country Park

6.00–8.00 pm

For ages 10-14

27th February –27th March 2019
5 weekly sessions
£75 per child

24th April – 22 May 2019
5 weekly sessions
£75 per child

3rd July-17th July 2019
3 weekly sessions
£45 per child

Activities include:

Bushcraft and Forest school, campfire cooking, woodland art and craft, nature watching, problem solving and team games.

For bookings and information please contact Lindsay at: lrae@findyourwild.org

www.findyourwild.org

Learn, Grow and Connect

Find Your Wild provides the opportunities to:

  • Build confidence

  • Develop resilience

  • Inspire creativity

  • Improve communication skills

  • Nurture happy healthy relationships

  • Build self-esteem and empathy

  • Promote care and stewardship for the environment

Find Your Wild activities are fully risk assessed and carried out under the supervision of a qualified level 3 Forest School leader and outdoor first aid trained staff. All staff and volunteers are DBS checked and trained in safeguarding.

Burwell Bike Club raises money with a Santa's sleigh bike ride for You Can Bike Too!

BurwellBikeClub.jpg

A few months ago You Can Bike Too met with Richard Olivey from Burwell Bike Club, who had the fantastic idea of raising money for YCBT by borrowing our quad bike, putting santa on the front seat and cycling him through Burwell with a magical convoy of cycling elves!

Of course we wanted to be a part of this brilliant plan!

Burwell Bike Club’s elves cycled to Milton Country Park on 16th December for You Can Bike Too’s last session to see the project in action and enjoy our Christmas campfire to celebrate the end of the season with our volunteers and regular cyclists. It was wonderful to meet them and say a big thank you for their sleigh-building and fundraising efforts.

On the 22nd December the Burwell elves met and spread their Christmas cheer through the village of Burwell. Our bike was transformed into a fabulous sleigh and Santa got to be ridden through the streets, spreading Christmas cheer to many boys and girls.

The Burwell Bike Club have now smashed their target of £150 raising over £300 for You Can Bike Too so we can continue to bring all-inclusive cycling to as many people as possible next year. We are hugely grateful for their efforts.

If you would like to donate to Burwell Community Santa Sleigh’s fundraiser for You Can Bike Too just follow the link below.

Thank you so much to Burwell Bike Club and all who supported them by spreading a little joy on two wheels this Christmas and beyond!

The You Can Bike Too Team x

Cambridge Junior Cycling Club 2019

unnamed.jpg

We have news on some exciting changes to Cambridge Junior Cycling Club for 2019!

About the Club

Cambridge Junior Cycling Club is a British Cycling Go-Ride club offering cycle coaching for juniors from 5 years of age up to 16 years. Our coaches are British Cycling trained and cater for all girls and boys who want to improve their cycling ability, whether it is for their improvement in leisure and everyday riding, or want to race. 

Sessions

Sessions are weekly with road and off-road sessions running on alternate weeks to give juniors an opportunity to learn a wide variety of cycle skills.

Road sessions: 

Cottenham Village College
alternate Mondays
6.30pm5yrs - 16yrs of age
£5 per session payable on the day

Off-road sessions
Milton Country Park
alternate Saturdays
1pm for 5yrs - 10yrs of age and 2pm for 11yrs - 16yrs of age
£5 per session payable on the day


Membership (new for 2019!)

To receive coached sessions we ask that all riders are a member of Cambridge Junior Cycling Club. Membership costs £15 per year and for this members will receive:

  • a complimentary club t-shirt

  • unlimited weekly coached sessions for just £5 per session

  • opportunities to purchase and use club kit

  • opportunities to race in events as a member of Cambridge Junior Cycling Club

  • a membership card

  • a 15% discount on junior bikes from our club sponsor at the Histon branch of Rutland Cycling (when membership card is shown)

How to Join

To join Cambridge Junior Cycling Club you just need to sign up on our page on the British Cycling UK website. Please click the button below or visit www.miltoncountrypark.org/cjcc : 

Once you are a member you will be added to our register and can collect your t-shirt and membership card when you attend your next session.

Please bring your membership card with you to all sessions you attend.

If you are unsure whether your child would like to join then you may attend your first session for free before you decide whether to join.

2019 Sessions

Our new term start dates are as follows:

Off-road session @ Milton Country Park: 12th Jan 
Road session @ Cottenham Village College: 21st Jan

Current Members

If you have paid a membership subscription in the last year and your membership is still valid please get in touch by replying to this letter with proof of payment. You will be given the option to remain as a member until your subscription runs out or to pay the difference in membership fee to begin your membership from your new sign-up date and enjoy the new membership privileges listed above.

Please note that if you signed up to be a member over one year ago your membership will now be invalid.
Please get in touch if you have any questions at: cjcc@cambridgesportlakes.org.uk

We look forward to seeing many of you in the new term!

Happy cycling and a very happy Christmas!

Cambridge Junior Cycling Club Team

Milton Country Park / Cambridge Sport Lakes Trust
01223 420060




Autumn Festival!

Meadow5_Smaller.jpg

Please note the Autumn Festival was postponed due to predicted high winds. The new date is Sunday 7th October. Our line up will change slightly from the listing below and will be updated very soon

Sunday 7th October sees the return of our popular 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 7th October 10.30am-5pm
Tickets are £10 per adult, children under 16 are FREE. You can purchase your tickets on the gate but please note that numbers are limited so we do advise purchasing in advance HERE!

Advance ticket sales close at 12pm on Saturday 6th.

Parking is also FREE but LIMITED. We have additional parking available for this event but it does get very busy. We recommend using other forms of transport or you can park at Milton Park and Ride and enjoy a short walk to the fest!

We will put out a notice on our website and social media when or if this event becomes full.  Please leave extra time for your journey.

Advance water activity booking closes at 12pm on Saturday 6th. Details below. We have some slots available on the day but can’t guarantee availability, they are booking up quickly.

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

Bands

  • 12.00-12.30   PRETTY ACE: Four sisters with great backing

  • 12.40-1.05     ALTON WAHLBERG: Nominated two years running for Best Male Solo Artist - NMG Awards

  • 1.15-1.40      GABBY RIVERS: A rising star fresh from this year’s Latitude

  • 1.55-2.25      THE GREEN BROTHERS: A two piece indie/alternative band and one of the best emerging on the Cambridge circuit

  • 2.40-3.10      AMONG THE CITIZENS: Hotly tipped as ones to watch on the National indie scene

  • 3.30-4.45      BIG 10: Back by popular demand, one of the UK’s best SKA cover bands!

Food

  • Fired Up Pizza - proper pizza from a mobile wood-fired oven

  • Tin Kitchen - hot filled artisan ciabattas from a pretty little tin van

  • Churros Bar - fresh sweet churros and delicious dips

  • The Wandering Yak - vibrant vegetarian street food

  • Kura Kura - Sri-Lankan and South Indian street food; curries, roti and the best bhajis in town

  • Guerilla Kitchen - bringing bao and epic sides to the street of Cambridge

  • Azahar - Artisan Spanish food, served from a beautiful tiled Citreon van

  • Meatless - New for 2018 is Guerilla Kitchen’s new venture, vegetarian and vegan dishes to get excited about!

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!

  • Kerief Catering - These authentic dutch poffertjes are fluffy sweet delights!

  • Arepas Station - traditional Veneuelan street food and corn breads

  • Souvlaki Shack - free-range chicken, Blythburg pork and halloumi cooked Cypriot style and served in warm handcrafted pitta

  • 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

  • Temper and Glaze - Jasmin Harley, contestant and finalist from The Great Australian Bake Off brings her Vintage caravan serving handmade cakes and refreshments in our beautiful orchard.

  • The Allotment Catering Co - Winner of the Cambridge food & drink awards pop-up of the year 2017 - 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

  • Stir Cambridge - Fresh bread and baked items on a bike from this popular Cambridge Café

  • 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!

  • Humclosen - traditional cheese and specially chosen wine, the perfect combination!

  • Ali’s Baltic Bakes - returns with their mouth watering delightful piragi!

  • Sweet Treat - old fashioned sweets, popcorn and candy floss!

Feeling Thirsty?

  • The Bank Bar - Willingham’s micro-pub bringing you craft ales and cider and a ‘wall of beer’

  • 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

  • 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

Meet the unicorns with Cambridge Pony Parties
We will have two very special guests at the festival this year!

Meet and have your photograph taken with adorable Peter Peanut and Honeybee!
Where: In the playground (entrance to sunclock)
How: Drop in, no need to book
Cost: FREE

Wild Thyme and Embers: Bushcraft Sessions
Bushcraft for all ages including fire lighting, shelter building, and whittling.
Where: The Wild Place
How: Book your session at the Wild Place gate
Cost: A small fee

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
Always popular, 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!

The Craft Shack!

New for 2018 meet our talented local yarnies, learn new skills and make beautiful hand crafted items you will treasure including: fairy wands, festival flags, scrap crowns and more!

Where: In the tent at the main info point
How: Drop in and get making!
Cost: Suggested donation of £1 per activity

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: Hall’s Pool
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: Hall’s Pool
How: Booking
Cost: FREE

Paddle Boarding
Due to previous sessions selling out we’ve added an extra SUP (stand up paddleboarding) Ready to Ride / Born to Ride course on the lake. Learn everything you need to know to paddle independently, earn your Ready to Ride certificate and you can join our paddle club next year!
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: £50 per person (min height 1.3m)

Apple Pressing
Help the orchard volunteers press their apples and taste our home grown delicious juice!
Where: The Orchard
How: Pop in and say hello!
Cost: FREE donations for the freshest juice you could possibly taste!

Traditional Games with SC Games

Traditional wooden games for old-fashioned fun!
Where: The playground
How: Roll up, roll up and take your turn
Cost: Small fees apply.

Shopping Opportunities!

  • Oriolo Jewellery

  • Handmade at Home

  • Little Tinkers

  • Hestia Mosaics

  • Copper Beech Gifts

  • SJP Jewellery Design

  • Other Side Silly

  • The Balloon Pet Shop

  • AJ Plants

  • JM Belts

  • Just a Little Something by Sarah

  • Ken’s Wood shop

  • Henna Art

  • Hordiys Glass

  • The Jolly Bobbin

  • Milton Photographic Club

  • Eddies

  • The Wildlife Trust

  • Wood Green Animal Shelter

  • Cam Cycle

Plus if you haven’t seen it yet you must visit our fantastic new playground which opened this year partly funded by last year’s Autumn Festival. Thanks to all who came and supported the park last year!

Foodies at the Fest 2018!

The Autumn Festival is now in its fifth year and once again is packed with an amazing line-up of foodies coming on Sunday 23rd September!

Cambridge has a buzzing 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!

We know one of the reasons why the Autumn Festival is so popular is because of the incredible food and drink on offer so here is our full line-up for the day to wet your appetite...

foodPark

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...

  • Steak & Honour - two chefs, two vans, proper burgers

  • Fired Up Pizza - proper pizza from a mobile wood-fired oven

  • Tin Kitchen - hot filled artisan ciabattas from a pretty little tin van

  • Churros Bar - fresh sweet churros and delicious dips

  • The Wandering Yak - vibrant vegetarian street food

  • Kura Kura - Sri-Lankan and South Indian street food; curries, roti and the best bhajis in town

  • Guerilla Kitchen - bringing bao and epic sides to the street of Cambridge

  • Azahar - Artisan Spanish food, served from a beautiful tiled Citreon van

  • Meatless - New for 2018 is Guerilla Kitchen’s new venture, vegetarian and vegan dishes to get excited about!

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!

  • Kerief Catering - These authentic dutch poffertjes are fluffy sweet delights!

  • Arepas Station - traditional Veneuelan street food and corn breads

  • Souvlaki Shack - free-range chicken, Blythburg pork and halloumi cooked Cypriot style and served in warm handcrafted pitta

  • 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

  • Temper and Glaze - Jasmin Harley, contestant and finalist from The Great Australian Bake Off brings her Vintage caravan serving handmade cakes and refreshments in our beautiful orchard.

  • The Allotment Catering Co - Winner of the Cambridge food & drink awards pop-up of the year 2017 - 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

  • Stir Cambridge - Fresh bread and baked items on a bike from this popular Cambridge Café

  • 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!

  • Humclosen - traditional cheese and specially chosen wine, the perfect combination!

  • Ali’s Baltic Bakes - returns with their mouth watering delightful piragi!

  • Sweet Treat - old fashioned sweets, popcorn and candy floss!

Feeling Thirsty?

  • The Bank Bar - Willingham’s micro-pub bringing you craft ales and cider and a ‘wall of beer’

  • 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

  • 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!

You can still get your tickets at a reduced price if you purchase early. £8 advance, £10 on the gate, children under 16 go FREE!

FoodPark2_Smallerfinal.jpg

You Can Bike Too: Shortlisted for Mick George's Skip of Gold!

You Can Bike Too is an amazing, award-winning all-ability cycling project at Milton Country Park, managed by Cambridge Sport Lakes Trust and supported by our awesome, experienced instructors and volunteers.

This year alone we've already had some fantastic firsts, with children and adults enjoying the great physical and mental health benefits of getting outdoors and cycling, many of whom never thought they could! 

Every week many families with a range of ages and mixed abilities, enjoy time and an activity that they can do together, which we're often told is a rare and special treat for all of them.

We've had the slow progression of young people going from being too overwhelmed to leave the car park who are now cycling the park unsupported and grinning all the way, to children with mobility impairments peddling away from their parents on their first ever ride, much to their amazement!

We've ridden wheelchair users in our specially adapted wheelchair bike with people who don't need to speak to share their thrill at travelling through the park on a bike, and have cycled a stroke survivor who had been a keen cyclist and never thought he would ride again: 'this feel like hope, to me' he said as he pedaled with us on our side-by-side bike.  

These are the reasons why we are so proud to be a part of this project and why we ask you to vote for You Can Bike Too for Mick George's Bag of Gold competition!  Funds will allow us to reach more people by covering extra summer sessions, giving families a chance to experience a rare weekday outdoor activity for all the family!

Please take a moment to vote for You Can Bike Too on Mick George's website here: https://www.mickgeorge.co.uk/cambsgold18

Thank you so much!
The You Can Bike Too Team
Milton Country Park
 

New Parking Machine - card only!

Homepage_NEWSLETTER.jpg

Regular visitors will know that we have now been without a car park machine for many months.  This was due to the continuous theft and vandalism of the old machine which eventually left it irreparable.  The resulting cost to us as a charity has been huge, both in terms of replacing this machine, lost car park revenue and staffing at busy times. 
Thank you for your patience during this time.

The good news is that we now have a new machine up and running! 
After some deliberation we took the decision to make this a card only machine.  We hope that this will deter theft and vandalism as there will never be cash in this machine.

Those who come without a card can still purchase a ticket from the café but please only use this option as a last resort.

Do remember to bring a payment card if using the car park and please continue to support us by paying and displaying your car park ticket - thank you!

MCP Team  

P.S - all major debit and credit cards will be accepted with the exception of American Express.

Playground Appeal Success!

PLAYGROUND SUCCESS Small.jpg

We are very excited to announce that we have reached our fundraising target for a brand new playground at Milton Country Park! 

This playground is only possible thanks to the generous donations and support from our visitors, local businesses and key funding awards, including £40,000 from the Amey Community Fund and £60,000 from WREN (please see below for a full list of our supporters).

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

This project plan was one which we felt was an achievable target.  There is still much more we can add; for example extra play pieces, seating and landscaping and planting.  Fundraising shall therefore continue until our work is complete and if you haven't already you can donate via our website.  Remember, the more we can raise the better our playground can be!

We aim to have this new playground open in June 2018 and will keep you updated with progress on our website and social media.

A huge thank you to everyone who has supported us with this project, it would not be possible without you!

We are looking forward to an exciting summer of play and possibilities and look forward to seeing you in the park soon...

MCP Team

You can read our full press release below...

Milton Country Park reaches its target for a new playground in time for summer!

Children in Cambridgeshire are set to get an exciting new playground at Milton Country Park thanks to a £60,000 grant from funding body WREN.

The money, awarded by WREN’s FCC Community Action Fund, will be used to provide a much needed renovation of the playground at the popular park just north of Cambridge.

Mick Woolhouse, director and secretary of its governing charity, Cambridge Sport Lakes Trust, believes the improvements will be a great addition for the park and its visitors.

He says: “It’s fantastic that WREN has awarded us this money.  Milton Country Park’s visitor numbers grow every year and outdoor play is a vital part of what we aim to provide.  We are really looking forward to creating an exciting playground which better reflects the needs of our visitors and which families can enjoy for many years to come.”

WREN is a not-for-profit business that awards grants for community, biodiversity and heritage projects from funds donated by FCC Environment through the Landfill Communities Fund.  Cheryl Raynor, WREN’s grant manager for Cambridgeshire, Lincolnshire and Nottinghamshire, says: “We are delighted to be supporting the Milton Country Park Playground Project and pleased that our funding will provide such a fantastic facility for children visiting the park. WREN is always happy to consider grant applications for projects that make a difference to local communities and we’re really looking forward to seeing this one take shape soon.”

For more information about WREN funding contact Cheryl Raynor at cheryl.raynor@wren.org.uk or visit 

Milton Country Park’s playground appeal was launched in 2017 and has received overwhelming support by local people and businesses, including an additional £40,000 awarded by the Amey Community Fund.  Their total has now reached over £128,000.  

 

Cambridge Half Marathon Needs Volunteers!

HalfMarathon.jpg

One Step Beyond, organisers of the Cambridge half marathon are looking to recruit a Volunteer team across the weekend of the 3rd & 4th March.

On Saturday 3rd March, this will involve being based around Midsummer Common helping to get the event set-up and could include anything from helping out with packing event goody bags to helping to brand the site ready for race day.

On Sunday 4th March, event day, there are a number of roles that cover anything from being involved in a number of teams based on Midsummer Common, through to being out on the course directing competitors out on the course.

All volunteers will receive the following for Volunteering at the event:

  • A guaranteed slot in the 2019 Cambridge Half Marathon
  • An Exclusive Cambridge Half Marathon Crew Jacket
  • A Volunteer Gift
  • Fed and watered whilst you are with us
  • On event day – a Volunteer goody bag including a pack up
  • A Volunteers area with hot drinks, cake and snacks available while you’re with us.
  • If you would use Park & Ride to get to the event on Event day – Volunteer Pass for free travel.

To sign up to be part of the Volunteer team for the 2018 Cambridge Half Marathon, please click on the link below and complete the short online survey.

https://forms.office.com/Pages/ResponsePage.aspx?id=ohgSCRVrvkiKDr8l8c6B2FEDIoZcE7pJjVt97XQHHKFUQzFYSFZQWUhWNzkxREJaVFNUS0ZDWVNMOC4u

This year the half marathon are also supporting Milton Country Park with our playground appeal, donating £1000 from funds raised through the entry fee.  Thank you to One Step Beyond for this generous contribution, it's a fantastic boost to our appeal and their commitment to supporting their local community is greatly appreciated! 

Important Parking Notice Feb 2018

Parking Notice February 2018

Our parking machine is currently out of order.  You can pay for your parking below on arrival (card payment) or at our onsite café at the Visitor Centre (CASH ONLY).

We expect to have a new parking machine by end of March.  This machine will be CARD ONLY.  We will update you here when this change has taken place.
Thank you for your patience. 

Purchase Your Parking Ticket

Your ticket will be valid as soon as payment is received.  You do not need to print out a ticket or take further action.
Time of purchase, duration of stay and your car registration will automatically be logged with our duty ranger.  
Thank you.

Duration of stay
Car Registration (required)

Success at Cambridge’s first Cyclo-Cross event!

CycloCross_small.jpg

Milton Country Park saw over 400 riders this past weekend taking part in the
penultimate round of the Eastern Cyclo-Cross League, the first time this event has
been held in the city.
The event was organised by Cambridge Junior Cycling Club (CJCC), with help from
C6 Bikes, a local specialist bike shop, with premises in Waterbeach, four miles north
of Cambridge. CJCC regularly hold off road coaching and skill sessions on a
Saturday afternoon at Milton Country Park.
All age categories were well represented. It was particularly pleasing the event
enjoyed a number of local junior entries – over 140 entrants were aged 14 years and
younger – and many riders travelled in from much further afield to participate in
Cambridge’s first Cyclo-Cross race.
After several days of heavy rain made some areas of the course more challenging,
the day itself brought bright sunshine for the spectators to enjoy and for the
competitors to experience fast racing conditions. The course was widely praised for
its design and technical detail, utilising the unique topography of wooded areas
within the park. Racing families and spectators were also to enjoy the recreational
facilities of the park including its café and play areas.
The Eastern Cyclo-Cross league is made up of 16 rounds which take place
throughout East Anglia over the winter, with competitors of all abilities ranging from
under 8s to 60 plus. Prizes are awarded for each race, and trophies for the overall
winners of the league.
Stephen James Senior winner said “This is one of the most enjoyable and involving
courses I have ridden all season and could easily be developed into an amazing
venue”

Christmas Holiday Opening Times

TheWildPlaceGate.jpg

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

PeterGarside.jpg

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!

Meadow5_Smaller.jpg

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...

foodPark

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!
FoodPark_Crop_FBEvents.jpg

 

 

 

 

 

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!

Autumn Festival Giant SUP!
50.00

New for 2018!
Do you fancy a challenge with a difference? Friends, family, collegues, join together and lap the lake on our giant SUP board - the fastest team on the day wins a prize!

Maximum of six people
Min height 1.3m
Under 16s must be accompanied by a parent or guardian either in the water or on the bank.
In the unlikely event that the water temperature falls below a safe limit we will cancel the session and full refunds will be provided.

Autumn Festival Canoe Session 2019
10.00

Canoe sessions last one hour, please arrive at the pontoon gate ten minutes before your session.
£10 per boat.
Boats can hold a maximum of 2 x adults and 1 x child or 1 x adult and 2 x children
Min age 4.
Children under the age of 14 must be accompanied by an adult in the boat.
Buoyancy aids will be provided.
Please bring a change of clothing just in case!

Accessibility
The 10am session is an all-ability session.
Canoeing is, by its nature, is an accessible activity. Our boats are large and stable and our instructors are experienced with children and adults of all ages and abilities . We welcome everyone to all programmed sessions.
All-ability sessions are simply kept smaller and quieter for those with sensory issues and gives those with additional needs an opportunity to enjoy a session with their peers.
 

 

SUP Club moving to Saturdays

View2.jpg

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.