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30 | April 18, 2013 | | Cambridge News

What’s On Family Five things to do with the family

Words: Ella Walker


Family folk show at the Junction

1. Go to a birthday party PUT on your party gear, make a birthday card and head to Cambridge Corn Exchange for Spot the dog’s birthday show. Created by children’s theatre extraordinaire David Wood (he of The BFG), and based on the classic books by Eric Hill, there will be games, songs and stories, but don’t make puppy dog eyes if there’s no cake! It’s on Saturday at 12.30pm and 3pm, is suitable for all ages and costs £12, from (01223) 357851 or

2. Meet the author LITERARY fiends should pop along to Heffers bookshop in Cambridge on Saturday to catch teen author Teri Terry signing copies of her new book, Fractured. It’s the sequel to her first novel, Slated, which tells the story of Kyla whose memory and personality have been completely erased, but have they? Find out more about Kyla’s quest to uncover the truth and hear Teri reading from her books from 12pm. Entry is free.

3. Get stuck in a tree NO, not really! That would be silly! Instead, find out how Floyd gets his kite stuck in a tree, and then his shoe, a cat, a ladder and an orang-utan, trying to get it back down! Based on the story by Oliver Jeffers, expect music and interaction galore from the Big Wooden Horse Theatre Company on Saturday at 2.30pm at the Mumford Theatre. Stuck is suitable for ages 4 and above and tickets cost £7 from 0845 196 2320.

4. Learn to cook IF your kids aren’t too nimble in the kitchen but have a budding passion for food (well, mainly cake, we imagine), why not sign them up for the Cambridge Cookery School’s Young Chefs After School Club? The eight-week course starts on Monday from 4.30pm until 6pm and is a chance to pick up basic cooking skills, make a few delicious dishes (you can take the recipes home), and luckily all the clearing up is done for you! Suitable for 12-15-year-olds, visit for ticket prices and to book.

5. Take a dip GRAB a net, pack a picnic and head out to find some creepy crawlies, super skaters and little fishes at Welney Wetlands. It’s the last weekend you can take advantage of the centre’s family pond dipping days. Pop along on Saturday or Sunday, between 9.30am and 5pm. There’s no need to book, just turn up and get dipping. Equipment is included in the admission price. Email or call 01353 860711 for more information.


F you’re beginning to grow sick of singing along to “The wheels on the bus go round and round, round and round,” or warbling “Ohhhh! The grand old Duke of York…” on a loop, every single car journey, Megson can help. The husband and wife duo, otherwise known as Stu and Debbie Hanna, are the darlings of the British folk scene. Hailing from Teeside and named after Debbie’s family dog, the pair are three time BBC Radio 2 Folk Award nominees, and are coming to Cambridge toting guitars, mandolas and a fresh approach to nursery rhyme time. Their latest album, When I was A Lad: A Collection of Children’s Folk Songs, was inspired by time they spent taking a break from touring

ᔡ The Family Folk Show with Megson is at Cambridge Junction on Sunday at 11.30am and 2.30pm, and is suitable for all ages. Tickets are £9 (£5 concessions) from (01223) 511511 or

to have their little girl, Lola Wren, now 22-months-old. Numbed by the jingly nursery rhymes spouted by the likes of CBeebies, the couple decided little people deserved decent music of their own too. When I Was A Lad is stocked with traditional folk songs and lullabies, as well as a few new pieces the couple wrote themselves and although it’s a folk album for children, really, anyone can enjoy it. “It’s more laid back I suppose,” explains Stu, when asked what makes it ideal for pre-schoolers – whether they are mini folk fans or not. “But

we don’t compromise on the music, it’s not dumbed down.” The songs he says are “quite gentle,” and include old favourites like Dance To Your Daddy and Five Little Ducks, but also a few you might not recognise like A Frog He Would A Woo-ing Go and Leatherwing Bat. “Adult folk gigs are often quite quiet with everyone really paying attention to the music,” says Stu. “Which is great, but it’s not so great if you’ve got young children with you.” That’s why Megson have started playing gigs for children and their families. “The demand is there,” Stu enthuses. “There are lots of really good theatre shows for children, but not so much music. We just want to entertain, they can have a sing and a dance, and they’re often

interested in the instruments, so we talk about them a little bit. But it’s a real concert, not a workshop; it’s a proper gig experience.” “It’s exhausting!” he admits. “It’s much tougher than a usual gig!” Their biggest fan so far is definitely their daughter Lola: “We practice our songs for her. She goes on YouTube and finds our videos and says ‘mummy, daddy! Play this one!’ she’s got her favourites. We’ll be bringing her along to the Junction, but she’ll probably want to get on stage,” he laughs. So why should people come along? “If they want a relaxing, enjoyable, organic music gig that’s fun, without a plasticky, panto feel.” We’re sold. Those wheels can go fall off that bus.

Family folk with Megson  

Family folk show with Megson

Family folk with Megson  

Family folk show with Megson