Castle Hill Open Day is happening on 13 July with free events led by historians, local experts, artists, musicians and dancers. There’s something here for all ages as you explore the art, history and heritage of one of the oldest parts of Cambridge.
A quick history lesson …. Castle Hill was originally an Iron Age hill fort and subsequently the site of the Roman town of Durolipante. The Normans built Cambridge Castle there in 1068 but all that remains of it now is grassy Castle Mound, a rare hill in our flat East Anglian landscape! Climb this and you’ll be rewarded with terrific views of Cambridge.
The packed programme for this year’s Open Day includes
- art workshops, talks and music at Kettle’s Yard
- a rare chance to explore the former Nuclear Bunker behind Shire Hall
- a tour of the New Hall Art Collection which has over 400 works of art by women artists plus you can pick herbs and make tea in Murray Edwards College Garden
- a “Museum of Mysteries” trail and a Cabinet of Curiosities family workshop at the Museum of Cambridge
- an insight into the area’s history through the biographies of 60 people buried at Histon Road Cemetery
- free themed tours of the Castle Hill area
Food-wise, there’ll be plenty of picnic spots. The cafes at Kettle’s Yard, the Museum of Cambridge, St Gile’s Church (cream tea, anyone?!) and the Methodist Church will be open. There’ll be several food trucks, a vegan pop up cafe at Murray Edwards College and an ice cream van.
You’ll find more information and full details of the Open Day schedule on the Kettle’s Yard website.