5 Free Things to do in Cambridge in January

Now that the last of the mince pies have been eaten and the country is on an annual detox, you may be looking for something to spice up your new year. Thankfully, there is just SO much on our Cambridge doorstep that there is no excuse to hibernate this January!

As Oscar season is approaching, why not visit some of our famed cinematic locations? Great Court at Trinity College can be seen in the Academy Award winning film, ‘Chariots of Fire’. Scenes of Nigel Havers speeding across the Great Court cobbles have inspired many a re-enactment! To add to the occasion, you may wish to watch the British masterpiece again before visiting.

We host one of the world’s most beautiful libraries and the best bit is that it is open to the public. Wren Library, designed by Sir Christopher Wren in 1676, has some of the most important works of literature and rare manuscripts on its shelves. Why not write some pages of your inner novel within the walls of this magnificent building, or failing that, savour a quiet read in this stunning sanctuary.


The cloisters at St John’s College is often referred to as a Harry Potter walkway, flooding with light and with terrific acoustics. It was recently seen on screen in ‘A Theory of Everything’ with Eddie Redmayne, playing the leading role of Professor Stephen Hawking. St John’s College also played the backdrop to the film’s beautiful May Ball. Visit @stjohnscam on Instagram for some truly lovely images of the college, grounds and students.

The Bridge of Sighs and Kitchen Bridge are also seen in the Oscar winning film when the lead actors are spinning and dancing on the banks on the River Cam. A still now captured on postcards sold around the city shows the two historical landmarks which make up a collection of 25 bridges, each with their own story and charm.

The imposing Fitzwilliam Museum is the place to ensure a cultural fix and this January you can indulge in the works of Rosseti, Ruskin and Orpen. If that isn’t enough you can also take in an exhibition by James McNeill Whistler. What a place to while away a January afternoon…and all you have spent is your time!

Victoria’s Top Tip: 

102 Things To Do In Winter by Alex Quick

With a young family, reference books that I can dip in to are still firm favourites and this is a gem of a find! Packed full of cosy ideas to enjoy as a family will ensure that your New Year is joyous. Flicking through the pages, what to plan first? Attend a pantomime, fry an ice cream or go snow tubing?! Alex Quick’s ‘102 Things To Do In Winter’ has captured the essence of winter in this easy read, one to buy now and enjoy throughout the winter months!

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