Family activities for December

Plenty to see and do during the next month

The great outdoors

Cosying up with the family is one of the great joys of winter, but there comes a point when what’s needed is a run around in the great outdoors and a few lungfuls of fresh air. Take a stroll at Wicken Fen, the National Trust’s oldest nature reserve and England’s most famous fen. It’s one of Europe’s most important wetlands, home to more than 9,000 species, including wigeons (medium-sized ducks with chestnut and yellow heads) and short-eared owls. Easy to spot are the large flocks of starlings, whose stunning ‘murmurations’ signify their intention to settle down for the night. 

Kids can also have a go at bushcraft over at Wandlebury Country Park on 21 December. Designed for children aged 5 to 12, the day is run by experienced, qualified teachers, who aim to inspire children about the outdoors. It’s £38 per child.

1 December Family First Saturday

The Fitzwilliam Museum holds its latest Family First Saturday on 1 December. Make art on a finders-keepers theme, and enjoy family tours lasting 30 minutes at 2pm and 3pm (recommended for children five and up). There are also 30-minute storytelling sessions at 2.30pm and 3.30pm, which are suitable for under-fives. It’s free, just collect a sticker from the courtyard entrance.

1 December Winter prints at the Botanic Garden 

There’s a wealth of arty inspiration to be had at the Botanic Garden, so why not combine some of those ideas with a bit of card to create something new, at a winter prints drop-in event that’s free for children. Print from plants, and make your own unique gift tags and cards to take home. There’s also the chance to take a close look at Christmas plants such as mistletoe, fir trees and holly.

15 December Star & Mouse Cinema

Enjoy the ultimate family Christmas movie on 15 December, when The Star & Mouse Pictureshow presents Home Alone at Manor Farm in Bourn. Promising an abundance of festive cheer, guests can also join in with carols and have a cup of cocoa with Santa himself. Hot food and mulled wine will be on offer, along with a live brass band, toasted marshmallows and a stocking filler Christmas market. Tickets are £10.