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Open Cambridge Festival
Friday September 10–Sunday September 19
One of Cambridge’s most popular free festivals returns to the city from September 10th to 19th.
This year’s programme, focusing on the past and present, incorporates a series of 65 free walks, talks, tours and online events.
Here’s what you can expect from the festival:
Events tipped to be favourites among visitors include a look at the food the Americans brought to Cambridge during the Second World War and a talk that reveals what food provisions are needed when crossing Antarctica.
Visitors will have the chance to go on a behind-the-scenes tour of Cambridge University Farm, which was originally established in 1900. The farm includes a herd of pedigree Holstein Friesian cows and a flock of North Country Mule ewes, along with an anaerobic digester producing electricity from slurry produced by the dairy cows.
Visitors can see the animals, machinery and anaerobic digester plant on a tour led by the farm’s staff and learn how the farm aims to manage livestock operations in ways that demonstrate animal welfare, and farm in a sustainable manner, including maintaining and enhancing the conservation value of the farm.
History buffs can enjoy several events that focus on the city’s culinary past, including What Did The Americans Bring To The Table In WWII? which will explore Americans bringing their food and culture to these shores.
Further history-focussed events include the Feasting Histories Hunt: Discover the rich culture of feasting in the city of Cambridge. From collegial dinners in medieval Halls, to Queen Victoria’s Coronation Feast in a park, this event takes visitors on a virtual tour to selected places strongly associated with feasting.
For further information, or to browse the programme and book events, visit the website www.opencambridge.cam.ac.uk/
What's Ons are broadcast across the day at 7.50, 10.30, 1.30 and 4.30, and at weekends.
To get your event included email: Karen Stringer