What to do in and around Royston

Royston Golf Club

The club is particularly interesting as it is situated on Therfield Heath, which is very rugged chalk heath land and is dotted with iron age Tumuli and a long barrow, from the top of the course there are very good views as far as Cambridge. Founded in 1892 the golf club has a hole called Long Barrow and the course guide says shepherd’s rest is from one side of a valley to the other and is difficult shot, I can believe that! for further information www.roystongolfclub.co.uk

Duxford Imperial War Museum

The imperial war museum has a fantastic display of all types of military hardware, there is all sorts here, TSR2, B52,U2, tank museum it really is a day out, I particularly like having a nose round in the hangers where they are restoring the exhibits, the museum itself is based on a 1930s fighter base and was the home of Douglas Bader and Lee Mallory’s big wing in the Second World War to find out more duxford.iwm.org.uk

Shepreth Wildlife Park

Shepreth has a particularly interesting collection of animals, from Meerkats to a Tiger, in addition to this there is a picnic area, cafeteria, Adventure pirate ship, toddlers play area and “Watership Down” a pet area, they can be contacted on www.sheprethwildlifepark.co.uk

Wimpole Hall

Now owned by The National Trust this is the former home of Mrs Elsie Bambridge and has a walled kitchen garden, a farm all of which are designed to show how food production has changed since the late eighteenth century, there is also a gallery, lakes and a folly to explore to see more www.wimpole.org

Cambridge University Botanic Garden

This garden was founded in 1846 by professor John Henslow, mentor to Charles Darwin, this heritage landscape is a treasure trove of over 8000 plant species, including nine national collections and the finest arboretum in Eastern England for further information www.botanic.cam.ac.uk

The Fitzwilliam Museum

This museum has magnificent collections of art and antiquities, the museum opened in 1848 and displays include such as artists Rubens, Van Dyke, Canaletto, Constable, Monet and Renoir and there are also clocks , illuminated manuscripts, armour, coins and much more, www.fitzmuseum.cam.ac.uk

Punting on the River Cam

If you fancy trying something a bit different, why not try your hand at punting on the river Cam. It is great fun on a sunny day but can be a little wet if trying it for the first time. If you are not up to punting yourself why not try a chauffeur trip or a guided tour of the backs. www.scudamores.com or www.puntingincambridge.com

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