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Our 2016 review

Wow, what a year 2016 was. In years to come, with the benefit of hindsight and water under the bridge (pun absolutely intended), I'm sure that we'll all look back on 2016 and laugh. Or cry. Or both... But for the time being, let's just look back on the year's highs and lows. Not necessarily in chronological order, not necessarily all to do with punting, and not all of them necessarily directly related to us. Think of this as a shorter, less funny, more Cambridgey version of Charlie Brooker's annual review... We were awarded a Trip Advisor certificate of excellence. Check it out: Some engineering students made a pedal powered punt We wrote our infamous What's in a name? blog post that quite a few people read and one person even commented on! William Shatner partook in a spot of punting - http://www.itv.com/news/anglia/update/2016-08-16/star-trek-star-swaps-the-enterprise-for-something-more-leisurely/ (not on one of our punts) We made a couple of videos that some people watched (not all of them related to us). There was a punting bake off - http://www.irishnews.com/news/northernirelandnews/2016/09/01/news/andrew-smyth-s-punt-at-bake-off-title-takes-him-through-to-the-next-round--676626/ - thanks to the creativity of a former Cambridge student We hit (over) 600 followers on both Facebook and Instagram and (nearly) 800 on Twitter More celebrity punting - http://www.mirror.co.uk/3am/celebrity-news/amanda-holden-helps-tamzin-outhwaite-9204767 We launched a page where you can find accommodation if you're planning a stay in or around Cambridge We sponsored a local football team We took loads of beautiful photos of Cambridge Cambridge City Council introduced a PSPO banning touting away from recognised punt stations in Cambridge. As we speak, unauthorised punting is still taking place  - who'd have guessed it? Brexit happened Donald Trump happened As for what 2017 has in store, your guess is possibly as good [...]

Our 2016 review 2018-03-24T10:53:28+00:00

A brief history of punting. Part I

Trinity college punts moored under a tree If you've ever been punting before you'll have enjoyed one of the many narratives delivered by one of our talented punt chauffeurs. And if you've been punting more than once, you may have enjoyed an altogether different narrative, because such is the way with storytelling. History is a supple and fluid mistress, and in the hands of our chauffeurs she ebbs and flows with the tides of the Cam... (ok, technically the part of the river Cam we punt on isn't tidal any more but go with it). With this in mind, we thought it pertinent to bring you the definitive history of punting. Don't worry though, no spoilers here, we'll save the best river folklore for on board the punts... What is punting? A punt boat, more commonly known simply as a punt, is a square-ended boat that has a flat bottom with no keel. The normal method of propulsion is by using a 5m (16ft) long pole and literally pushing against the river bed. The pole is also used to steer, either as a tiller or rudder for gentle changes of direction, or by pushing off at an angle to the punt for more advanced manoeuvring. This method of propulsion is known as "punting". History of punting Punts were developed in medieval times to provide stable craft that could be used in areas of water too shallow for rowing conventional craft. One such area was the Fens, the marshy flatlands north of Cambridge, where punts were integral to local trades such as eel fishing, reed-cutting, fowling (hunting ducks, etc) and for transporting cargo, until their use died out in the late nineteenth century. The [...]

A brief history of punting. Part I 2017-12-08T14:35:33+00:00

Histon Hornets U10 (Blue) v Newmarket Town Youth (White)

 12th November 2016 On a windy, rain-swept and chilly Saturday morning the Histon Hornets U10 (Blue), welcomed Newmarket Town Youth to the recreation ground. The away game at Newmarket between these two sides was a great nip and tuck affair, with Newmarket slotting in a cheeky late winner. So today’s game between the evenly matched sides in such challenging conditions was eagerly anticipated.  […]

Histon Hornets U10 (Blue) v Newmarket Town Youth (White) 2017-03-27T11:08:37+00:00

Histon Hornets U10 (Blue) v Cherry Hinton Lions

    This week, the Histon Hornets U10 (blue) team welcomed the Cherry Hinton Lions (U10) to the Histon & Impington recreation ground. On a perfect early Autumn morning, both teams were ready and raring to go – like excited flat-capped Whippets ready for the chase. […]

Histon Hornets U10 (Blue) v Cherry Hinton Lions 2016-10-26T12:11:35+00:00

Newmarket Town Blue vs Histon Hornets Blue

Mini Soccer Cup The boy’s last game saw them travel to Newmarket Town football club to play a cup match on the newly laid 3G pitch. Once the boys got over the distraction of what footwear they were permitted to wear they all got their game faces on and began the warm up. After introducing Sav (MK Dons Ladies goalkeeper) as the new member of the coaching team the boys were itching to get going. […]

Newmarket Town Blue vs Histon Hornets Blue 2016-10-21T10:16:58+00:00

Cottenham U10 – Histon Hornets U10 (Blue)

Following on from a great game against Haslingfield recently, the Histon Hornets U10 boys were ready raring to go again for Saturday’s local derby against Cottenham U10. Right from the whistle Histon had one thing in mind, pass move and attack. The Histon boys had the better of the early first half exchanges. Following great team movement with the Histon defence winning the ball and passing through the midfield, Alistair picked up the ball, opened up the Cottenham defence to score a terrific goal! […]

Cottenham U10 – Histon Hornets U10 (Blue) 2016-10-21T09:43:42+00:00

Haslingfield v Histon Hornets U10 (Blue)

Following on from a very healthy win at home last week against Spartak,  Histon Hornets U10 may well have felt justifiably confident for the first away fixture of the season. However, today’s opponents Haslingfield U10 had other ideas. From the opening few minutes of the game, it became clear that Histon were in for a hard game. Haslingfield were first to the ball, pressurised the Histon players into mistakes and picked up every loose ball. […]

Haslingfield v Histon Hornets U10 (Blue) 2016-10-21T09:43:42+00:00

About the Histon Hornets

We're immensely proud to be the 2016 sponsors of a local youth football team - the Histon Hornets U10 (Blue). Getting children involved in team sports from an early age is such a good thing to do and lays the foundation for so many life skills. You can follow their progress via their match reports in this section. You'll see that we don't publish the results. This is deliberate and part of the FA RESPECT protocol aimed at promoting good sportsmanship and helping to help ensure a safe, positive environment in which to play the game, regardless of the score. [layerslider id="1"]

About the Histon Hornets 2017-12-08T15:19:51+00:00

What’s in a name?

Allow me to set the scene Back when we started out as independent punt operators, there were just two of us, each with our own boat, working together as a partnership. As time went by, we added more punts and, as a consequence, needed more people to work with us to help take the tours and find people to go on them. In those days, we jokingly referred to ourselves as 'Team Awesome' (yeah, I know - it might seem a bit cringe-worthy looking back on it but it seemed like a good idea at the time!). In those days, punting was still, largely, a summer activity, most operators ceased trading altogether during the winter, or ran a very limited service. It was during one of those winter breaks that I decided to build us a website to help promote our business and perhaps bring in some advance bookings. Whilst trying to find a suitable domain name (website address), I discovered that most of the ones with punting in Cambridge (or words to that effect) had already been taken. Looking back, had I been a little bit more imaginative, I might have been able to find something (e.g. our current website address www.puntcambridge.co.uk may have been available). However, I decided to take a different approach and got inspiration from our tout boards, which all had Cambridge River Tour written on them. Perfect, I thought. It's very 'Ronseal' it describes what we do and has the added advantage of making sense to people who have never actually heard of (at least in the context of Cambridge and boats) punting. I registered both the .co.uk and the .com domains and set about building a website (now on [...]

What’s in a name? 2018-03-24T11:04:47+00:00

An E-luminating Festival!

We all know that Cambridge is a great place to visit in the summer when the sun is (hopefully) shining, the days are long and the weather is balmy. But there are plenty of reasons to visit the city all year round. Every year for the last 4 years, the e-lumiate festival Cambridge has been showcasing some of Cambridge's most famous buildings in a new light (pun intended) and this year was no exception. With a number of installations around the city: Great St. Mary's Church; the University Library; Gonville & Caius college were just a few of the iconic locations lit up as part of the 2016 festival, held between 12th & 17th February. They say a picture tells a thousand words so here's video and some pictures we shot on the last night of the festival. You can see a few more on our instagram feed and also on the gallery page. Senate House, Cambridge during e-luminate 2016   Make sure you keep a window in your diary for next year.

An E-luminating Festival! 2017-12-08T15:33:51+00:00