Family things to do in January

Fab activities for the month ahead for the family

Fridays and Saturdays Museum of Zoology

The University of Cambridge’s Museum of Zoology has been closed for redevelopment long enough that many children in the area will never have seen its largest specimen, the 70ft-long finback whale skeleton.

The museum is set to reopen on 27 March, but every Friday and Saturday there’s now a chance to have a proper peek at the Whale Hall, which is the entrance to the museum. It’s open 12pm to 4pm. Once open properly, there will be new displays, a café and shop; but for now, take a look at the great whale. 

13 January Tim and Tom's Symphonic Adventure 

Classical music takes a fun turn at this year’s Cambridge Philharmonic Family Concert on 13 January. Conductor Tim Redmond is joined on stage by his brother Tom, who helps to narrate what happens when they find an old chest full of mysterious objects which take them on unexpected musical adventures.

Works include pieces by Mozart, Wagner and John Williams in an action-packed hour of orchestral music for all the family. Tickets for this 2pm performance are £12.

Thursdays Wandlebury Walks 

Make Thursday mornings a time to step out in nature, and join one of Wandlebury’s weekly Walking for Health guided walks. Meet at the Stable Room; 10am for the longer option or 10.30am for a shorter stroll. Both walks end at 11am, when it’s time for tea or coffee. Everyone is welcome and it’s suitable for different abilities.

It’s free and there’s no need to pre-book but arrive ten minutes early to register. 

21 January Family Jam – Percussion

Make some noise in a hands-on percussion workshop led by Colin Currie, who just happens to be known as “the world’s most daring percussionist”. Be ready to make sounds tiny and massive at Saffron Hall on 21 January. You can shake, rattle, bash, crash and jangle at 11am or 2pm. Children must be accompanied by adults; suitable for ages eight and up. Tickets are £10.