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Your Guide to Children’s Activities this Summer


Museums and attractions come into their own during school holidays and this summer is no different. There are some fantastic children’s activities to help keep little ones, as well as older ones, busy and entertained this August. Here are our suggestions of where families can have some  fun in Newmarket and the surrounding area.

Teddy Bear Tuesdays at National Horseracing Museum

The museum is inviting children to bring along their bears to join them in the gardens, every Tuesday in August. Bring your picnic or pre-order from The Bakery. Search for the Teddy Bears playing Hide and Seek in the King’s Yard Galleries to receive a special sticker and take your Teddy Bear to The Bakery for a FREE Babyccino. Bears of all ages welcome!

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Earth Arts Festival in the Memorial Gardens, Newmarket

The Earth Arts Festival is running a series of events for children of all ages every Thursday in the Memorial Gardens, from 1 pm to 4 pm. Whether you need to entertain the children or grandchildren, they have put together a list of free things to do in the Memorial Gardens and it is jam-packed with exceptional creative activities. Kids can try out arts activities with professional artists and enjoy a wide range of fun free activities, including theatre, music, drama, storytelling, crafts, educational animal encounter, and as always, the favourite free inflatable fun.

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Newmarket’s BePuzzled Treasure Hunt

This free, interactive trail can be done at any time of the day up until 22nd August. It is totally free, easy to use and provides at least an hour of fun entertainment in Newmarket’s High Street. You just have to visit the website and decide which location to start from,  find the poster, hover your phone over the QR code and begin your treasure hunt. At the end you have the added bonus of being able to download a free e-book. What really makes this activity fun though is the hilarious selfies that can be taken on route!

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Arty Afternoons at Burwell Museum

Feeling creative? Then come along any Thursday during the summer holidays and take part in the Summer with the Museums programme. Create your own artworks based on objects in the museum’s collections. There is a different theme each week, so take your pick or come along each week!

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Hands on History at Ely Cathedral


Meet a different character from the Cathedral’s history each day, hear a story and take part in an activity. Running Monday to Thursday, 10am – 2pm, during August.

Local residents with a CB6/CB7 postcode can show proof of address for free entry, otherwise normal visitor admission charges apply with children going free.

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West Stow Anglo-Saxon Village

This is your chance to tour the reconstructed Village and the Beowulf and Grendel Trail that aim to explore the great, the gross and the gruesome of Anglo-Saxon life. Participants will also have the chance to enjoy a lunch supplied by Mobile Pizza Co as well as a talk by them about the ingredients that go into their food. In the afternoon participants are invited to try their hand at archery to finish off a day of fun history and activities.

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