Things to do this Summer in Cambridge
Written by Tracey Dean
Summer is here and the weather is getting warmer making it the perfect opportunity to experience Cambridge at its finest. From exploring the city to outdoor activities, the summer season has something to offer everyone.
Here is a selection of what’s not to be missed in Cambridge during the warmer months:
Eat and drink outside in Cambridge
The Varsity Hotel located down Thompson’s Lane (off Bridge Street) has a popular Roof Terrace featuring stunning views of the city’s historic colleges. Relax on one of the sofas and watch the sunset as you enjoy a glass of champagne or a gin and tonic from the drinks menu.
If relaxing in the park is more for you, you cannot miss Jazz and Brass in the Park. From June to September local parks such as Jesus Green and Cherry Hall will be playing live music that the whole family can enjoy. It’s the perfect opportunity to pack up a picnic of your favourite food and drink and enjoy the toe-tapping music.
This month why not explore Cambridge by going on a tour. The Cambridge Bike Tours offer the perfect tour for a city famous for its cycling. Trip Advisor has ranked the experience in its top 10 activities for tourists in Cambridge and its one not to be missed!
Their variety of tours include the City Tour where you are joined by a knowledgeable guide as you cycle along the river and take in the picturesque scenery such as the boathouses and famous colleges. The tour lasts for four miles and a bike is provided which includes the choice of an antique bike with a basket, a mountain bike or even an electric bike!
Another fantastic tour in Cambridge is the Cambridge Food Tour. Foodies will love their walking food tours such as their lunch tour ‘Taste Cambridge’. The tour lasts for four and a half hours and lets participants sample the cities food scene from a local’s perspective. From British food to international delights you are sure to be introduced to new food and some much-loved favourites.
Outdoor activities in Cambridge
Punting along the River Cam run by Scudamore’s is an unforgettable experience to see the college backs made even more beautiful accompanied by a summer blue sky. Choose from their award-winning punting tour or hire your own punt for this traditional must try Cambridge experience. If instead, you fancy a swim, the Jesus Green outdoor swimming pool located off of Chesterton Road is the perfect place to cool down from the summer rays. Its 91-metre pool opened in May and will be open until Sunday 17 September.
Cambridge’s most famous market is located in the city Centre at the Market Square, a historical part of the city with trading taking place from 10pm to 4pm. It’s the perfect place to pick up fresh food, a bunch of beautiful flowers or even some handmade jewellery. Sunday sees the market transform into a local foods and arts and crafts market, the perfect place to pick up a homemade cake or a painting from a local artist. Another fantastic market in Cambridge is the All Saint’s Art and Craft Market. Running for almost 40 years with all stalls selling handmade items you can shop for a variety of items such as beeswax candles, wearable art and button necklaces!