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Members of a family take part in pond dipping at Wicken Fen National Nature Reserve, Cambridgeshire
Family pond dipping at Wicken Fen, Cambridgeshire | © National Trust Images/John Millar

Family-friendly places in Cambridgeshire

If you're looking for something fun to do with the family, why not enjoy a day out with the kids at one of these places around Cambridgeshire?

Summer of Play

Enjoy fun-filled family days out and exciting adventures this summer with the National Trust’s Summer of Play, sponsored by Starling Bank. With different activities at each location, there’s something new to discover every time you visit throughout the school holidays.

A child and a woman play in the Hoe Fen Wildlife Discovery Area at Anglesey Abbey, Cambridgeshire
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Summer of Play at Anglesey Abbey 

Bring the whole family along for a jam-packed summer of fun. Take a dive into five creative play hubs and see if you can get a hole-in-one on the crazy golf course. With story times, bubble shows, craft activities and lunchtime discos, there's plenty to keep you busy and coming back for more.

Family enjoying a summer day out at Wimpole, walking towards the camera with the hall behind them
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Summer of Play at Wimpole Estate 

Get back to nature and explore the great outdoors this summer at Wimpole Estate. In the pleasure grounds you'll find a fun selection of garden games and, new for 2024, see the wider estate on one of our bikes available to hire from the visitor welcome centre.

A family takes part in an insect hunt in front of a windmill at Wicken Fen National Nature Reserve, Cambridgeshire
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Enjoy summer at Wicken Fen 

Discover what curious creatures live underwater with a pond dipping session. Become bug hunters searching for creepy crawlies under logs or crickets in the grass. Plus we'll have minibeast-themed craft activities and a new boardwalk trail to enjoy.

A boy and his Grandmother inspect leave and flowers in the gardens at Peckover
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Summer at Peckover 

The gardens at Peckover offer the perfect oasis of calm in Wisbech town centre. This summer there will be garden games that the whole family can play, family yoga sessions and creative activities to help keep the little ones entertained too!

Children enjoying activities at Houghton Mill, Cambridgeshire
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Summer at Houghton Mill 

Electric riverboat tours will be running from St Ives to Houghton Mill every Wednesday this summer, come and see flour being milled on Sundays and explore some beautiful walks around Houghton Meadows in the summer sunshine.

50 Things to try

Visitor looking for insects with a butterfly net at Crom, Country Fermanagh.
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Top ‘50 things to do before you’re 11¾’ activities in summer 

Enjoy a memorable family day out this summer. Plan your own wild adventures and see how many of our ‘50 things to do before you’re 11¾’ activities you can try out wherever you are.

Two children in coats and wellies walk along the path with umbrellas up towards East Riddlesden Hall, Yorkshire
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Top ‘50 things to do before you’re 11¾’ activities to do when it’s raining 

We've compiled a selection of items from the ‘50 things to do before you’re 11¾’ list that are perfect for rainy days, so grab your waterproofs and get involved.

Play areas in Cambridgeshire

There’s nothing quite like playing outdoors. Swooshing down slides, clambering over logs and letting your imagination run wild. It’s no wonder that play areas are an essential part of many family days out. Here are some top places to play in Cambridgeshire.

Dad and three children are jumping, taking part in a sack race outdoors. Smiles all round. There is a banner to the left-hand side reading 'Starling Bank'.
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Family-friendly things to do at Anglesey Abbey 

There's an adventure waiting for you in the Woodland Play Area. Nestled away at the end of the woodland path there's something for everyone, from swings to birdwatching and den building. A natural woodland offers the space to have a nature-filled adventure with all the family. Head down and let your imagination run wild.

A father and son enjoying a game of croquet on the lawns of Wimpole Estate, Cambridgeshire
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Family-friendly things to do at Wimpole 

A space for younger visitors to explore and play in a new, safe and stimulating way, all nestled within the picturesque surroundings of the estate’s Home Farm. Designed and crafted with an emphasis on fun and sustainability, the new play area features large climbing frames, an adventure trail, and accessible swings made of natural materials, surrounded by hardwood chip safety surfacing.

The South Front of Anglesey Abbey, Cambridgeshire

Discover more in Cambridgeshire

Fenland landscapes, grand houses, lush farmland and a myriad of waterways can all be found in Cambridgeshire.