As we approach spring there is much to celebrate; Mother’s Day, Easter and the start of British summertime, and Cambridge has something to offer all year round!
Afternoon tea in Cambridge
Is there a nicer way to spend an afternoon than by enjoying a seasonal afternoon tea at the Tamburlaine Hotel? The opulent setting is the picture perfect backdrop to enjoy an afternoon of delicious dishes. The trusty, traditional treats are included, such as delicate salmon sandwiches and fruity scones with jam and clotted cream and to complement these the creative kitchens of the Tamburlaine have introduced some newcomers to the afternoon tea tier. Along with a huge pot of tea, you can enjoy delicious meringues, colourful macarons and individual chocolate bites.
After tea why not savour some bubbles with some champagne to really mark a celebration. The hotel constantly update their seasonal afternoon teas and is the perfect excuse to organise a group booking to catch up with some of your favourite people or a more discrete tête-à-tête.
Shopping in Cambridge
One of my heroes, designer and poet, William Morris, once said, “Have nothing in your house that you do not know to be useful, or believe to be beautiful.” A store that ticks both boxes is Country Traditionals, located on Magdalene Street (and with a store in Stamford, too). No house is a home without at least five of their beautiful pieces. The finest Polish pottery and kitchenware comes in a variety of decorative designs and not only looks pretty but is also incredibly practical as it can be used in ovens, microwaves and dishwashers.
The range includes bowls, plates, cups and platters, and are the perfect addition to any dinner party or summer garden picnic. I also love the fact that over celebratory months you can purchase Easter bunny ornaments or Christmas tree decorations. If you are looking to give a gift which will be loved and appreciated with every use, then look no further than Country Traditionals.
Cambridge spa days
Who doesn’t enjoy a pamper?! There really is no better way to unwind and relax than with some quality spa time and you do not need to leave town to do so. Regardless of your favourite treatment, Cambridge has something for everyone. When you need to get away from the demands of work or everyday existence, The Glassworks at The Varsity, can help you find a haven of peace and tranquillity, a place where your body is pampered and your senses indulged, where your time is your own.
From specialist packages for the mum to be, winding down after work or a luxurious top to toe pampering day, their packages have been specifically created with you in mind and aim to leave you feeling refreshed, revitalised but most important; relaxed! To view the full list of treatments and to book an appointment or purchase a gift voucher contact the team at www.thevarsityhotel.co.uk/elemis-spa
Victoria’s Top Tip: Punting in Cambridge
If you fancy something a little more adventurous, why not rent a punt to enjoy the river views? It is great fun and a guaranteed memory making experience. You can also take advantage of the host of wonderful river pubs such as The Mill and The Anchor by savouring a pie and a pint after your punting extravaganza!