Thinking of visiting Cambridge this summer? Here’s how to make the most of a day trip or weekend break to the city…
From punting on the Cam, gallivanting around galleries, cycling along the river and strolling around the shops, it’s easy to pass the time in Cambridge. The compact city comes alive in the summer with plenty to see and do. We’ve picked a few of our favourite events coming up in the months ahead.
The Big Weekend, 5-7 July
Parker’s Piece, Cambridge
It wouldn’t be summer without the Big Weekend! Once again, visitors can expect a fantastic weekend of live music covering all genres from top artists and local acts. There’s hours of entertainment for the whole family to enjoy, including a French market, Sports Zone, Gaming Hub and the Cambridge Mela; a celebration of Asian culture! But the best news is, the event is completely free to attend! www.cambridgelivetrust.co.uk
Cambridge Rock Festival, 25-28 July
Celebrating its 15th year, over 50 bands will be appearing across two fully covered stages set outdoors in the grounds of Haggis Farm Polo Club. The festival includes real-ale, on-site camping with parking by your tent (a rare treat!) and a variety of food stalls. www.cambridgerockfestival.co.uk
Cambridge Folk Festival, 1-4 August
Cherry Hinton Hall, Cambs
One of the longest running and most famous folk festivals in the world, the festival attracts thousands of visitors each year. Its’ renowned for its mix of music and great line-up of artists. This year Nick Mulvey has come on board as the Guest Curator. He will select five of his favourite artists to perform amazing sets as well as joining the line-up himself. Throughout the four days, visitors can enjoy music from the likes of Lucinda Williams, Fisherman’s Friends and Ralph McTell to name a few. Camping facilities, children’s entertainment, music workshops and other entrainment will also be available. www.cambridgelivetrust.co.uk/folk-festival
Summer Nights, 26 July & 30 August
Market Square, Cambridge
Cambridge BID has announced a programme of free films to delight audiences of all ages, with double screenings at 6.30pm and 8.30pm, and a night market selling artisan food, beverages, crafts and gifts. On Friday 21 June the biggest family film of 2018, ‘Peter Rabbit’, will captivate a younger audience before box-office-topper ‘Mamma Mia 2: Here We Go Again!’ brings sunshine back to the big screen.
The Parr family will endeavour to restore public trust in superheroes on Friday 26 July with the ‘Incredibles 2’, ahead of the hilarious ‘School of Rock’. The season finale on Friday 30 August will see ‘Early Man’, an historical football comedy from the creators of Wallace and Gromit, entertain a family audience. Major box office success ‘Bohemian Rhapsody’ will follow – don’t miss an earlier than usual start at 8pm – with a musical celebration of Queen and their extraordinary lead singer, Freddie Mercury.
You’ll need to be quick to nab a seat though, there’s approximately only 100 seats available on a first-come-first-served basis for each screening! However, families and film buffs are welcome to bring their own chairs and rugs. www.cambridgebid.co.uk.
Enchanted Cinema, until 19 September
Gonville Hotel, Cambridge
Under the city sky watch well-loved films such as ‘Dirty Dancing’, ‘TopGun’, ‘Kill Bill’ and ‘Romeo & Juliet’. There’s recent hits like ‘A Star is Born’ and ‘Bohemian Rhapsody’ at the pretty inner city hidden garden at The Gonville Hotel. Make it the ultimate movie night and pre-order popcorn and Prosecco or a gin & tonic! www.enchantedcinema.co.uk