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Raspberry Fields: A festival of project making

A weekend to celebrate digital making at the end of June in Cambridge

Join us for the first annual Raspberry Fields, a festival of digital making held over the weekend of 30 June and 1 July in Cambridge.

Organised by the Raspberry Pi Foundation, the weekend will be packed full of fun, exciting, thought-provoking and informative shows, projects, demonstrations, and talks.

For example, you’ll be able to recreate your favourite potions and magical brews by visiting The Cauldron. These techno-wizards use molecular mixology and responsive ‘magic’ wands to create (non-alcoholic) cocktails, bringing “the magic from fantasy books to life”.

Elsewhere, drop in on the Museum in a Box, which shrinks entire “museum collections and expert knowledge” into a handheld box. You’ll be able to experience some of the most exotic places on earth without moving a yard.

Raspberry Fields Festival

Raspberry Fields: a celebration of hobbyist projects

For more inspiration, there will be a fantastic range of projects built by hobbyists just like you, using the Raspberry Pi, Arduino, micro:bit, and other technologies. If you’re still in need of a creative kick-start, check out the quick-fire talks given by young makers from CoderDojos, Code Clubs, Raspberry Jams, and other groups.

Once you’ve got an idea for a project, you can browse the vendor stalls for that perfect bit of kit for your next build.

If all that sounds a little exhausting, you can see how fast your heart is beating in the Heart of Raspberry Pi chill-out zone. Here you’ll be able to place your own heartbeat alongside hundreds of others in sealed jars that light up the room.

With many more shows, stalls, events, and acts still to be announced, Raspberry Fields is sure to be a brilliant and memorable day out, whichever day you attend. And of course there will be the obligatory face-painting, food, music, and generally loads of interactive fun to be had!

How to attend Raspberry Fields

You can book your tickets now, from the Cambridge Junction website. Tickets are free for under 16s, and £5 for everyone else. Every attendee will need a ticket, so please book now to avoid disappointment.

You can book a ticket to visit on either Saturday 30 June or on Sunday 1 July. The gates open at 10:30am on Saturday and at 10:00am on Sunday.

There are many easy ways to get to Cambridge Junction – it’s less than ten minutes’ walk from Cambridge railway station, and there’s a secure car park at the neighbouring PureGym Cambridge Leisure Park if you’re driving.

Locals can use the regular buses and the site is a 30-minute walk from Cambridge town centre. For more details see Cambridge Junction.