Make a scarecrow or jumping frog at summer family days at Denny Abbey

Scarecrow making at Denny Abbey

Scarecrow making at Denny Abbey - Credit: Archant

A FULL programme of family days have been organised at the Farmland Museum at Denny Abbey this summer, with everything from scarecrows to jumping frogs.

Scarecrows to protect the crops at Denny Abbey

Scarecrows to protect the crops at Denny Abbey - Credit: Archant

Events kick off today, Thursday July 25, with an archaeology day, when youngsters can investigate ancient poo, piece together a broken artefact; dig for objects and identify them, or follow a trail and make a mosaic.

On July 30 and August 1, a Scare the Crows event gives youngsters the chance to make a scarecrow to help save the crops, as well as make a model scarecrow and follow the farmland trail.

It’s Clay Day on August 6 and 8, when aspiring potters can try their hand a creating pots, gargoyles or tiles; and on August 13 and 15 a Mystery of the Abbey event reveals more about the ancient abbey and visitors an follow an interactive trail.

A session called Jumping Frogs takes place on August 20 and 22, when youngsters are invited to make simple origami models of flowers and animals, and see whose frog can jump the highest.


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The last sessions, on August 27 and 29, are entitled Optical Magic, when visitors can enter the world of amazing optical tricks and make things which will bamboozle their friends.

Family days at Denny Abbey, on the A10 between Stretham and Waterbeach, run from 12noon to 4pm, and entry costs £5 for adults and £3.50 for children.

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Manager Ann Wise said: “Our holiday drop-in activities over the summer are perfect for parents, grand parents and child minders looking for somewhere to go with a variety of things to keep children occupied and entertained that is inexpensive, local, with free parking and ample space to run around in.

“The Docky Box Tea Room will be open for refreshments on these days, or bring a picnic and spend the whole afternoon at Denny this summer.”

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