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Don't miss this summer's first Big Wednesday - part of the free PlayDaze summer of fun

News release from 30/07/2018

INFLATABLES, junk modelling, face painting, arts, sport and a host of entertainment will be on offer to children and their families in the first Big Wednesday of the summer which takes place this week.

Big Wednesdays are a part of Cambridge City Council’s PlayDaze programme, which offers free outdoor activities for families across Cambridge parks and open spaces.

The Big Wednesday event will take place at Lammas Land on Wednesday 1 August from 1 to 4pm and will be led by the council’s Children and Young People’s Participation Service (ChYpPS).

Throughout the day children and families will be encouraged to make their own junk model boat to be raced on the paddling pool.

Junk modelled boat races will start at 3.30pm and the best craft will be judged by Cllr Nigel Gawthrope, Mayor of Cambridge and Cllr Richard Johnson, Executive Councillor for Communities. Participants will be judged in three categories: 10 year olds and under, over 10s and adults.

Cllr Richard Johnson, said: “With the warm weather looking set to continue why not join in the fun at our first Big Wednesday of the year

“I am really looking forward to seeing lots of creative junk modelled boats but if that is not your thing there will be plenty of other activities available to ensure a fun day for all.”

This year’s PlayDaze activities focus on making the most of recycled materials and there will be plenty of opportunities for children to get involved in arts and crafts, sports, games and more.

All the activities will take place in Cambridge parks and open spaces every weekday until Friday 24 August.

More Big Wednesdays will take place on 8, 15 and 22 August with music, arts, face painting, sport and entertainment for the whole family.

Booking is not required for most activities although some, including computer coding, family forest fun and fishing lessons do need to be booked in advance. Contact the ChYpPS team.

For the full PlayDaze programme go to, follow the link on Facebook at or call 01223 457873.

ChYpPS have worked with University of Cambridge Museums, Cambridge Fish Preservation and Angling Society and Amey to put on the programme.

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