Cambridge’s free Festival of Ideas includes storytelling, pirates and Ancient Rome

PUBLISHED: 16:20 11 October 2017

Cambridge Festival of Ideas

Cambridge Festival of Ideas


Families are invited to the 10th annual Cambridge Festival of Ideas from October 16-29 (going through half-term) with talks, story-telling, games, exhibitions and interactive fun. There are hundreds of free events over two weeks.

The event includes detective hunts, decoding secret messages, and fortune telling in Ancient Rome, to piracy on the high seas.

The first week is designed for younger children, starting with the Arctic on October 16 at the Polar Museum with crafts and stories. On October 21, there will be live reindeer.

Can you tell truth from fiction? Cambridge Storytellers present their 7th annual Cambridge contest of liars competition at Cambridge Junction on October 19. That same day, the Cambridge Archaeological Unit has a prehistory day with rock art, spear-throwing, archery, and pottery making and bakeing re-historic bread and getting messy with wattle and daub.

On October 23, families can join detectives at the Whipple Museum finding fakes and forgeries, and try their own forgery. For the programme and to book, 01223 766766 or see:


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