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Things to do in Cambridgeshire

Trying new things and visiting new places is a key part of the scouting adventure for all involved. Why not take a look at the wealth of ideas below, all tried and tested, from local leaders for inspiration? Unless otherwise stated they are suitable for any Section, but don’t forget to make sure you follow POR, carry out a risk assessment and any follow relevant activity / permit rules.

Why not consider the scouting campsites, buildings and outdoor spaces (Scout Websites – Please update this link) available to hire across the county too.

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Place Brief Summary Contact Details
Animal Experience (Stretham) A local experience (and will travel / do virtual sessions) with everything from a hissing cockroach to meerkats and pythons to owls – and many more! Animal Experience
Bounce (Peterborough) Trampoline and bouncing fun for all ages. Before booking you should read the very specific requirements of The Scouts about this activity. Bounce
Cambridge Aqua Park (Stretham) This is solely an Aqua Park, and they also have very clear requirements about how far people can swim, ratios etc so please read it all carefully. Cambridge Aqua Park
Cambridge Ice Arena Ice skating Cambridge Ice Arena
Cambridge Observatory Visit the Institute of Astronomy at Cambridge University, and learn from the experts. Cambridge Observatory
Cambridge Clip ‘n’ Climb Indoor climbing for all ages, with a difference. Clip ‘n’ Climb
Cambridge Science Centre An interactive, hands-on science centre in the heart of Cambridge. “We are a fun space for discovery – a place where children and young people can get their hands on science, try stuff out and learn all about the principles and mysteries of ourselves, our planet and beyond.” Cambridge Science Centre
Cromwell Lake (Huntingdon) Cromwell lake is a fishing lake that is owned by Stanjay Sports & Trophies, who are based in Godmanchester. Contact them for details of how to book / purchase tickets. Cromwell Lake
Cromwell Museum (Huntingdon) A small local museum about Oliver Cromwell, that will open it’s doors just for you. Cromwell Museum
Cryptx Escape Rooms (Knapwell) Escape Rooms are one hour, live-action games for teams of two or more. The goal is to solve puzzles, find clues, and unlock the secrets of the room before the time runs out. There are two different rooms to try and crack! This business offer a 20% discount when taking your section, or 15% for groups of scouting adults or those who want to take friends or family. You will need a code our unique Cambridgeshire Scouts code when booking – this can be found in the general closed county Facebook Group or you can email (your membership number will be required) Cryptx
Denny Abbey & Farmland Museum Learn all about rural farming history, just north of Cambridge. Denny Abbey & Farmland Museum
Duxford Imperial War Museum A chance to explore aviation. Duxford IWM
Fitzwilliam Museum (Cambridge) History from around the world. Various exhibits and events at this large Museum. Fitzwilliam Museum
Foodbanks A great cause, and you can take your sections along to visit one of the various locations across the County. Trussell Trust
Grafham Water Offering a variety of courses & activities. Grafham Water
Hamerton Wildlife Park Wild animals. Sometimes have special events/sessions for groups. Ideal for Beavers. Hamerton Wildlife Park
Hertfordshire Scouts Air Activities This team of volunteers operate out of Cambridge Gliding Centre (at Great Gransden Airfield). For Beavers & Cubs they do sessions that cover badges & sitting in aircraft. For Scouts & Explorers the sessions include an actual flight in a glider too! Hertfordshire Scouts Air Activities
Hinchingbrooke Country Park 170 acres to explore just outside Huntingdon. Also holds various events or can arrange sessions for groups. Hinchingbrooke Country Park
Johnsons of Old Hurst Working farm with a variety of animals, that include crocodile called ‘Cuddles!’ Includes a play park and farm trail, has an onsite restaurant. Suitable for Beavers. Johnsons of Old Hurst
Lakeside Lodge (Pidley) Small 10 pin bowling alley, golf course and restaurant Lakeside Lodge
Laserforce (Peterborough) Laser fun for various ages. Laserforce
Linton Zoo A great way to learn about animals & conservation. Suitable for Beavers/Cubs. Linton Zoo
Milton Foot Golf Local foot golf centre. Milton Foot Golf
Morrisons Some branches will arrange a tour, some ‘hands-on’ activities too. Morrisons
Nene Park Ferry Meadows, Orton Meadows, Orton Mere, Woodston Reach, Thorpe Meadows & The Rural Estate together form Nene Park. A great place near Peterborough to get outdoors & enjoy nature. This includes a half acre group campsite & lots of activates across the park. Nene Park
Norris Museum (St Ives) Small local history museum. Norris Museum
One Leisure Details of all sports fun available at the Ivo Outdoor, Ivo Indoor, Huntingdon, Ramsey, Sawtry & St Neots Centres. From swimming to roller skating and badminton to bowling! One Leisure
Parkside Pool (Cambridge) A public swimming pool in Cambridge with floats and flume. Can hire out too. Parkside Pool
Paxton Pits (near St Neots) Paxton Pits Nature Reserve is situated in the Great Ouse valley in Little Paxton village, between St Neots and Huntingdon, and just off the A1. The nature reserve is managed by Huntingdonshire District Council in partnership with the Friends of Paxton Pits. Paxton Pits
Pizza Express Some branches run these “school” sessions for youth groups like ours too. Pizza Express
Planet Ice (Peterborough) Ice skating (private/public hire), shows, discos & even ice hockey matches. Planet Ice
Raptor Foundation (Woodhurst) See a range of birds, including in flight displays. Suitable for Beavers. Raptor Foundation
Ride Leisure (Wyboston) First there is the Aqua Park and secondly “kids” Group options for all sorts of hovercraft, jet ski thrills. PLEASE NOTE YOU CAN NOT GO BANANA BOATING / ON A “RINGO” RIDE / BUNGEE JUMPING IN SCOUTING THOUGH! They also have very clear requirements about how far people can swim, ratios etc so please read it all carefully. Aqua Park
Rookery Waters – Raven Lake (Pidley) Provides an opportunity for local fishing Rookery Waters – Raven Lake
RSPB Nature Reserves Choose from these 5 RSPB Nature Reserves across Cambridgeshire. RSPB Reserves
South Lake Aqua Park (Little Paxton) First there is the Aqua Park and they also offer paddle boarding and water skiing. PLEASE NOTE YOU CAN NOT GO  ON A “RINGO” RIDE IN SCOUTING THOUGH! They also have very clear requirements about how far people can swim, ratios etc so please read it all carefully. South Lake Aqua Park
Spy Missions (Bar Hill) A range of options for different ages as they go on secret missions! Spy Missions
Stained Glass Museum (Ely) A small local museum based in Ely Cathedral Stained Glass Museum
Trail Tale This is a free app that has a range of walks exploring cities, towns and villages across the country, with an increasing number across Cambridgeshire Trail Tale
Wagamama (Cambridge) Some branches allow children to make meals with a chef – suitable for Scouts / Explorers. Wagamama Cambridge
Wimpole Hall & Farm As well as the house and grounds there is a farm and play area too. Suitable for Beavers / Cubs. Wimpole Hall & Farm
Xtreme360 Trampoline Park (St Neots) Trampoline and bouncing fun for all ages. Before booking you should read the very specific requirements of The Scouts about this activity. Xtreme 360
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