Resources for Cambridge Parents
With a strong emphasis on resources that have WWW pages
The Tourist Office (behind the Guildhall) and public libraries
have many pamphlets. Also
NB: The City Leisurecard
gives locals discounts for many leisure facilities (including swimming pools).
Cambridge/London train timetables and National Express coach timetables. The coach to London is about £4 return for children (sometimes it's nothing) and has
convenient drop-off points.
The City Council has a list of
parent-related organisations including
- Museums and Talks
- Pubs and Eating places
- Cambridge Blue on Gwydir St (has an interesting garden)
- The University Centre
("Grad Pad") - for university staff/students. Child-friendly
- The Carlton Arms - children welcome in the non-smoking lounge;
children's menu; family games and puzzles; comfy couches as well as
tables; huge beer garden for nice weather plus heated marquee tent for
rest of the year.
A bit out of the way for those walking around City Centre, but the C1 bus
stops right by the pub (Debbie Grossman)
- See also Local Restaurants for Families with Young Children by Simon Tam.
- Scotsdale, Cambridge Road, Gt. Shelford (Garden centre - Xmas display, fish, PYO sweets)
- Burwash Manor Farm, New Road, Barton (refreshments, a play area, and
a toy shop).
- Lighthouse Toys (Histon)
- Hanchett Toys
- The Cambridge Toy Shop
- Pink Dinosaur (children's toys, gift and partyshop, Cottenham)
- Inner Sanctum
Collectibles (board games)
- Model and Toy Expo (Snetterton Park, Norfolk)
- Activity Worlds
- Spy Masters (Bar Hill)
- Funky Funhouse (Mercers Row)
- Ely (Planet Zoom - Strikes Bowl Multiplex - near the train station)
- Bury (near the train station)
- Haverhill Leisure Centre (Ehringshausen Way, phone 01440 702548)
- Eat 'n' Play (St Neots, with 10 pin bowling)
- Windmills and Watermills
- Wild Animals
- Orchard Tea Gardens, Grantchester
- University Botanic Gardens (Bateman Street) - especially the tropical greenhouses. Phone 01223 - 336265.
- Wimpole Hall (the farm and the grounds). Phone 207257.
- Audley End (just for the 1.5 mile miniature railway). Xmas specials in December.
- Miniature Train Rides on Cambridge model engineering society railway
at Fulbrooke Road (off Grantchester Road). 2nd Sunday, May-October, 2-5.30pm.
- Stansted Mountfitchet (norman village recreation - gory in parts).
- West Stow Anglo Saxon village (by Bury St Edmonds).
- Royston Cave -
Cave under Melbourn Street with medieval carvings - for older children (see the movie - Quicktime). There's a park nearby
- Hinchingbrooke Country Park
See the City Council's Play Areas page too.
- Milton Country Park
- Gt Shelford (there's a river at the end)
- Cherry Hinton Park (paddling pools, lake, playground)
- Lammas Land (playground, paddling pool, nature walk)
- Jesus Green (outside pool, lock, playground)
- Coleridge Recreation Ground (Coleridge Road, Cambridge) has a
Several places offer Living History. The Special Events aren't always
well advertised (see the Diary). Here are some options
- TEEM - (Teachers Evaluating Educational Multimedia), part-sponsored by Homerton
- Tomino (language learning CD Roms)
Updated September 2012
Assisted by Patrick Gosling, Olivier Suard, James Matheson and Lydia Pollard.
Tim Love (firstname.lastname@example.org)