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10 things to do with the family (January 28 - February 4

Written on 28 Jan 2016 in Press Mentions

1 Watch the birdie

UNEARTH your binoculars and cast your eyes to the skies this weekend for the RSPB Big Garden Birdwatch. Now in its 37th year, it's the world's biggest wildlife survey, with more than half a million people expected to take part this year. All you need is a pen, a piece of paper and a spare hour to spend watching robins, sparrows and a whole host of other winged wonders in your garden or local park. Visit for more information.

2 Visit the Fitzwilliam

IF you haven't visited the Fitz lately, now is the time to do it, with only a few days left to see the brilliant exhibition celebrating Ronald Searle. Running until January 31, Ronald Searle: Obsessed with Drawing, showcases the Cambridge-born artist's amazingly diverse range of work, including cartoons drawn for the Cambridge Daily News as a teenager, the arch-delinquent schoolboy, Nigel Molesworth and his famous cats. An exhibition the whole family will love; go marvel. See for more information.

3 See a film

JOIN Peter Pan, Captain Hook, Tiger Lily and co on an adventure in Neverland as Pan – director Joe Wright's inventive take on the J.M. Barrie classic – flys into Cambridge Arts Picturehouse this Saturday. The Kids' Club film starts at 10.30am and autism-friendly at 11am. Call 0871 902 5720 to book your tickets.

4 Eat!

STIR, a fab new neighbourhood coffee shop on Chesterton Road, host an after-school supper club from 3.30-5.30pm every Friday, which gives busy parents the chance to let someone else to do the cooking! Keep an eye on for menu updates.

5 Learn to dive

EVER wanted to be able to leap, tumble and spiral through the air – without a belly flop at the end? Now's your chance. Cambridge Diving Club runs 30-minute learn to dive sessions for 5 to 14-year-olds at Parkside Pools in Cambridge on Tuesday and Friday evenings, and Saturday mornings. Want to find out more? Email to book a taster session.

6 See the snowdrops

WRAP up all warm and snugly and head to Anglesey Abbey for its annual snowdrop festival. In January and February, the gardens are transformed into a glorious sea of white as over 300 varieties of the pretty white flower herald the arrival of spring. Trust us: it's bloomin' beautiful! Usual admission applies. Contact (01223) 810080 for more information.

7 Run away to the circus

WE'VE all once dreamed of packing our bags and running away to the circus. Well, sign up to Cambridge Community Circus and you can make it an actual reality. From juggling and unicycling to hula hooping and stilt-walking, you'll learn a whole host of death-defying new skills to impress friends and family with. Sounds ace. The group meet every Sunday. See for class times and further details.

8 Hunt for bugs

JUST because it's still super chilly, doesn't mean you should stay tucked up indoors! Wrap up warm and visit the Cambridge Botanic Garden for some good old fashioned bug hunting and nature exploration, with some help from a Young Explorer Backpack. Inside each pack is: a pair of binoculars, a bug viewer, clipboard and colouring pencils, plus a special spot-a-lot activity sheet. To get involved, just pick one up from the ticket office on your way in – it's free but usual admission applies! Contact (01223) 336265.

9 Explore space

EVER dreamed of an adventure in outer space? Well, we've got good news: Cambridge Science Centre – the awesome museum in Jesus Lane – is offering budding astronauts the chance to explore Major Tim Peake's mission to the International Space Station! From launching a rocket to experiencing life in microgravity; it's going to be out of this world! The event takes place Saturday at 3pm; normal admission applies. See

10 Visit the zoo

IF you haven't been to Linton Zoo before, you're seriously missing out. The animal sanctuary is home to all sorts of creatures, from lions and tapirs to giant rabbits and tortoises, but one of their most beautiful animals is the endangered snow leopard. The zoo is open every weekend in January and entry costs £9 for adults and £6.50 for children. Call (01223) 891308 for more details.

Source: Cambridge News Online