In one afternoon, you can become a music hall star, help out in a Great War hospital, get enlisted, see a "war horse" and soak up Cambridgeshire's memories of WW1.
These are just some of the activities being organised for the "˜Last Day of Peace' event commemorating the centenary of the start of the Great War.
The free family event is being held on 3 August, 1 pm "“ 5 pm, at Hinchingbrooke House, Huntingdon, with the former stately home being used to create the spirit of 1914. People from across Cambridgeshire will be able to explore the house and grounds and take part in different activities, bringing alive Cambridgeshire's contribution to the conflict. There will be activities and performances for all ages, including:
Â· The Music Hall Society providing music from the Great War
Â· Classworks Theatre who are recreating a Great War convalescent hospital where local people can play their part
Â· Re-enactors from the Shornecliffe Trust showing a WW1 piece of artillery with a gun crew of gunners in period uniform. They will also form a recruiting party.
Â· The Combat Veteran Players who recently performed at Shakespeare's Globe theatre in London performing extracts from Hamlet and Rupert Brooke
Â· 20 minute music workshops transforming people into music hall stars
Â· The Great War - Between the Lines display consisting of six exhibitions on different aspects of the First World War.
Â· A dip into the archives "“ Information and guidance on local and family history from Cambridgeshire Archives and Local Studies
Â· Enjoy a game of croquet
Â· March Veteran and Vintage Cycles with a display of cycles from 1900-1918
Â· War Horses- Waldburg Shires drawing a four wheel carriage which will give rides during the afternoon
Â· Light Refreshments on sale including cream teas made by the Chef's catering team at Hinchingbrooke House
The Deputy Lieutenant of Cambridgeshire will be present at the event to open it and mark the county's involvement in the Great War.
The event is part of a cross channel project called "˜Great War: Between the Lines' and is led locally by Cambridgeshire County Council, but it also involves partners in France and Belgium and other areas of the UK. Other activities include:
- A set of exhibitions currently touring local libraries, featuring photographs, letters and documents from the period
- an online community archive where people can see and contribute photographs and documents about the Great War. Visit
- Great War walks to explore historic sites and places of remembrance to do with the Great War. Guides are available from local libraries and online at
Joanne Gray, Participation Officer at Cambridgeshire County Council, said: "They'll be lots to see and do at the Last Day of Peace event, with performances and activities that we hope will bring alive the spirit of 1914. It should be a very special day, particularly as we will be in the house and grounds of Hinchingbrooke House with its close connection to the Great War , and the Huntingdonshire Cyclist Batallion. We want people to come along and enjoy the afternoon and come away aware of Cambridgeshire's contribution to the Great War."
Cambridgeshire County Councillor Mac McGuire, Chairman of the Community (Military) Covenant for the County, said: "The Last Day of Peace event on 3rd August is a wonderful way to commemorate the centenary of the start of the Great War. There will be activities for all ages and people will be able to see the massive contribution that local people in the Armed Forces made during this war. We do hope that people come along and take part in marking what is a momentous time in our history."
For more information about the "˜Great War: Between the Lines' project and the Last Day of Peace event on 3 August, contact Sally-Ann Greensmith on 01223 715613http://www.great-war.ccan.co.uk/ http://www.great-war.ccan.co.uk/ and click on the "˜Routes' tab.