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Cambridge - Midsummer Common

Picnic at the Planets

Location Cambridge - Midsummer Common
Date 28 August 2022
Time 11:00AM
Age All ages

Join us on Midsummer Common for a Picnic at the Planets ahead of the sculpture trail's onward journey from Cambridge.

Enjoy hands-on creative STEAM activities, guided tours of the trail, games from Living Sport, live music by The Lightwaves, sign your family up for Hunt and Darton’s interactive 'Great Planetary Make-Off'...and much more!

The day's activities will take place at tents located between Venus and the Earth along the sculpture trail. Bring a picnic and your favourite space supplies to settle in for this family friendly event. You can also grab a coffee or a bagel on site from local suppliers.

The full programmes of events and activities is free and open to everyone. We recommend bringing your own picnic blanket and a water bottle to fill up at one of the public filling points on Midsummer Common — our Trail Guardians can help you locate them if you're unfamiliar with the area.


10am–12pm: Cycle the Solar System

Join Outspoken Training for a tour of the solar system all the way to Pluto and back (17 km). Click to book a space on this tour.

11am–3pm: Drop-in STEAM activities

Make your own rocket with the CHaOS science team, design your own tote bag with Nerve Centre, enjoy games from Living Sport, have a go on one of the Outspoken Smoothie Bikes to DIY your own delicious drink, keep the children entertained with Oliver Jeffers inspired activity sheets and enjoy model making activities with Cambridge Astronomical Association.

11.30am–12pm: Great Planetary Make Off — Season One

Grab your friends or family and register a team to take part in an interactive creative space activity with Hunt & Darton, inspired by the hit TV show Great British Bake Off. Design and build your own cosmic creation and submit it for judging by our lively duo! Click to register your team.

12pm: The Lightwaves

Enjoy music from The Lightwaves, a two-piece acoustic act from Cambridge who nail classic songs by David Bowie, Queen and many more.

12pm–1pm: Interstellar Tour with Hunt & Darton

A chance to explore the solar system from the Sun to Mars with enigmatic duo Hunt & Darton.

1.30pm–2pm: Great Planetary Make Off — Season Two

A second chance to assemble a team and design your own planetary creation, inspired by the hit TV show Great British Bake Off. Click to register your team.

2pm: The Lightwaves

Two piece act The Lightwaves return for a second set featuring their great stagecraft, creative arrangements and vocal harmonies.

2pm–3pm: Interstellar Tour with Hunt & Darton

A second chance to explore the solar system from the Sun to Mars with entertaining duo Hunt & Darton.

Please note that imagery and video will be recorded at this event.

Accept NASA astronaut Nicole Stotts' challenge

One of only ten women to ever undertake a spacewalk, Nicole tells Oliver Jeffers how earthlings need to take more care of the planet and become crewmates, not passengers, of Spaceship Earth. Join us in the activity tent to take part in Nicole's challenge.