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Family: What to do this school holiday




Little ones at a loose end? Here are three fun and fascinating ways to while away a day

Go on a cow hunt

As any local will tell you, few things are more ‘Cambridge’ than the Red Poll cattle which graze its commons: with their beautiful russet coats and mellow demeanour, the city’s green spaces would be incomplete without them.

In fact the animals are so iconic, they inspired city-wide art trail Cows About Cambridge, which has installed almost 100 life-size and mini moos (the former painted by professional artists, the latter by school and community groups) in streets, shopping centres, parks and open spaces.

You’ve got from now until September 4 to spot them all - download the Cows About Cambridge app to track your progress!

Be an angel

Made up of 100 glass feathers, each one individually hot sculpted, a pair of 10ft angel wings has been installed at Ely Cathedral.

Called Solace, the awe-inspiring artwork is located in a corner of the Lady Chapel, where shafts of light from its vast windows bisect, to provide “a focus for people of all faiths and none, to remember the loss of loved ones and contemplate the effects of the pandemic,” explains glass artist Layne Rowe.

Displayed so visitors can stand in front of the sculpture and be pictured ‘wearing’ the wings, Solace will be on show until August 16.

Visit elycathedral.org for more details.

Travel through time

Cambridge University Botanic Garden is celebrating 175 years on its city-centre site - and we’re all invited to help celebrate! A new Mystery History family activity trail is running throughout the summer holidays. It’s full of fun and fascinating facts: did you know, for example, that in Victorian times the garden had its own police constable - as well as a pony to help with the mowing? Billed as a chance to “travel back in time, have fun exploring our 40 acres and complete the missing histories which have disappeared from our map”, the free trail is available at ticket offices.

Normal garden admission applies - see botanic.cam.ac.uk for details and tickets.

Follow @CUBotanicGarden and #CUBG175 on social media for more.


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