Top 10 Cambridge Events 2017

What’s on in Cambridge this Summer 

This year throughout spring and summer Cambridge plays host to a variety of must see festivals and events that you won’t want to miss! 

Here’s our top 10 list of what Cambridge’s cultural scene has to offer during the warmer months of the year:

Cambridge events

Cambridge Literacy Festival, 18 – 23 April

Now in its fourteenth year this hugely popular event showcases writers from a wide range of genres. Highlights include a host of recognisable names discussing their latest books including Jo Malone, Tom Kerridge and BBC Foreign Affairs Correspondent John Simpson. Children’s book author Jaqueline Wilson will also be in attendance giving a sneak peak of her latest novel. For tickets visit

Cambridge Beer Festival, 22 – 27 May

Beer lovers will not want to miss sampling a host of local and national beers at one of the largest beer festivals in the region. The festival organised by CAMRA (Campaign for Real Ale) takes place on Jesus Green, and also includes their famous cheese counter selling a selection of fine cheeses, savoury items and locally produced bread.

Strawberry Fair, 3 June 

The Strawberry Fair is a free one-day music and arts event taking place in the heart of Cambridge at the Midsummer Common. This year’s fair will have a fairytale theme where over 30,000 visitors will enjoy live music, a dazzling parade and a market including delicious food and craft stalls.


Cambridge Town and Country Show, 10 – 11 June

A fun packed day is sure to be had at this family-friendly event featuring a host of activities to watch and enjoy. Held on Parker’s Piece, be sure to witness the historical re-enactments and pick up some local produce from the variety of stalls that will be there throughout the weekend. You also won’t want to miss the birds of prey flying displays or meeting the animals in the petting pens!

Midsummer Fair, 21 -26 June

One of the longest established fairs in England is back this year with the much anticipated return of the traditional large scale funfair. Whether you want a go on the spinning Waltzer ride or the all time favourite Dodgems there’s something for everyone to enjoy.  There will also be a market featuring tempting street food and an array of stalls ranging from clothes and jewellery to crafts and soft furnishings. The event takes place on MIdsummer Common.

Cambridge Roar

Cambridge Roar, June – September 2017

A festival of events that raises thousands of pounds of much needed funds for a variety of local charities. This year’s highlights include a comedy night, summer ball and a VIP champagne event where attendees will be greeted on the red carpet before enjoying a luxury three course meal. For tickets visit:

Cambridge Shakespeare Festival, Date TBC

Watch and appreciate some of Shakespeare’s finest work at this crowd pleasing eight week festival. Taking place at a variety of Cambridge University colleges be sure to enjoy a picnic in the picturesque settings as you revel in the shows that are acted out in full period costume and feature live music.

Big Weekend Cambridge,  7 – 9 July

The Big Weekend will see Parkers Piece bustling with activity including a range of workshops, face painting that the little ones will love and spectacular fireworks! The music line up for this incredibly popular event is yet to be announced but you can expect fantastic DJs and music from new and established acts to top the bill. For more info

Cambridge Summer Music Festival,  14 -29 July

Featuring world class performers this classical music event takes place in some of the city’s most historic venues including universities, museums and churches. This year’s high calibre of performers include music from pianist Freddy Kempf, the Aurora Orchestra and award-winning choir Tenebrae. For more info:

Cambridge Folk Festival, 27 – 30 July

Join thousands of music enthusiasts to hear some of the best folk music around at one of the longest running folk festivals in the world. Taking place at Cherry Hinton Hall, this year acts include the number one selling artist Jake Bugg and award-winning folk trio Lau. For tickets visit:

Written by Tracey Dean – read more from Tracey every month in the ‘Cambridge Scene’

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