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Half term family fun at Curating Cambridge

Curating Cambridge: our city, our stories, our stuff will kick off half term family fun this weekend. On Saturday 25 & Sunday 26 October The Campsite will pitch up on Christ’s Pieces in the centre of Cambridge; this two day extravaganza will see museums step out of their normal homes into a pop-up venue with a difference.

CampsiteThe Campsite is a collection of vintage campervans, caravans and tents all of which become venues for theatre, music, poetry and art installations showcasing performances and activities created by artists in collaboration with each of the University’s Museums and Botanic Garden. Hear a story in a vintage campervan, relax and play some camping games or discover live music in a 1980s caravan! All this is free and suitable for the whole family to enjoy.

Following The Campsite weekend each of the artists’ work will be present at their museum of origin on different days throughout half term, allowing families and visitors to chart their way from The Campsite to the various University of Cambridge Museums around the city.

The Campsite at Curating Cambridge
Saturday 25 October, 10.30am – 4.30pm
Sunday 26 October, 11am – 4pm
Christ’s Pieces

There’s plenty to keep the kids entertained for the rest of half term week as well.

The incredible life of Tibetan Books
Saturday 25 October, 11am – 4pm
Also running on 28, 29 and 30 October, 11am – 4pm
Museum of Archaeology and Anthropology
All ages

Hands-on activities inspired by the current exhibition Buddha’s Word: The Life of Books in Tibet and Beyond.

Apple Day
Sunday 26 October, 10am – 4pm
Botanic Garden
All ages
Normal admission applies

Visit the region’s biggest Apple Day with apple tasting, trails, crafts and storytelling.

DrawingDrawing Connections
Tuesday 28 October, 10am – 12 noon
Kettle’s Yard
Ages 8+

Bring your own object to Kettle’s Yard and enjoy an experimental drawing workshop

Curious Collections: University of Cambridge Museums Family Day
Wednesday 29 October, 12 noon – 4pm
Fitzwilliam Museum
All ages

The Fitzwilliam Museum is being taken over with seven other Cambridgeshire museums stopping by to host family activities in different galleries around the museum. Kettle’s Yard, The Polar Museum, Sedgwick Museum of Earth Sciences, Whipple Museum of the History of Science, Museum of Archaeology and Anthropology, Museum of Zoology, and Denny Abbey & the Farmland Museum invite you to the Fitzwilliam Museum to create and organise your own collections; a chance for families to discover stories and connections between objects and creatures from across the world and throughout time.

Curate it yourself!
Wednesday 29 October, 2 – 4.30pm
Museum of Classical Archaeology
Ages 12+

Tech-savvy teenagers get the chance to produce their own interpretations of classical sculpture using iPads.

Build a Day of the Dead altar
Friday 31 October, 11am – 4pm
Also running on 1 November, 11am – 4pm and 2 November, 12 noon – 4pm
Museum of Archaeology and Anthropology
All ages

Join the Museum of Archaeology and Anthropology at the end of half term to celebrate the Day of the Dead; have fun building an altar which traditionally consists of flowers, breads and sugar skulls, whilst discovering more about this annual Mexican ritual.


Presented by the University of Cambridge Museums with the Festival of Ideas, cultural partners and community organisations, Curating Cambridge is a city wide cultural celebration with an exciting mix of exhibitions, workshops, music, talks and performances for all to enjoy.

Funded by Arts Council England through its Major Partner Museums programme, with support from Cambridge City Council, Curating Cambridge has been developed by the University of Cambridge Museums as a celebration of our work with cultural partners and community organisations across the city.

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