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Things to do in Cambridge

Whenever the Cambridge city life gets to be a little too hectic or a little too congested, take a step back to enjoy the natural beauty in and around the city. Enjoy outdoor activities that provide true rest and relaxation, from watching football games in the park, to strolling through the botanic gardens to reclining with a book in the roots of a shady tree.

Or, if walking through a garden doesn’t sound appealing, take a ride in a punt down the River Cam, letting the slow movement of the river lull you into a state of complete serenity. A punt tour through the Cambridge Backs allow you to see the striking, more regal side of Cambridge as you drift down the River Cam and see the backs of the various University of Cambridge buildings and lawns.

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Orchard Tea Garden

The Orchard Tea Garden in Grantchester. Photo: Tony Abad

Want to get in touch with nature? The Cambridge University Botanic Garden is the perfect place to observe a wide variety of plant-life and wild-life, as the University of Cambridge strives to maintain the most natural conditions possible to help life flourish. You can also go to the Orchard Tea Garden a few miles from the city, where famous artists like Rupert Brooke, Sylvia Plath and Virginia Woolf once enjoyed the scenery with a cup in hand.

If you are looking for a park to stretch your legs, try Christ’s Pieces. With its playground, tennis courts and bowling green open to the public, Christ’s Pieces makes a serene spot to enjoy a gentle Cambridge day. Jesus Green is another great spot to relax, full of sprawling trees and green grass on which to lounge. The green also contains a skate park and a swimming pool in Cambridge for those hot summer days.

Midsummer Common Bonfire Night

Bonfire Night at Midsummer Common. Photo: Chloe Yueshuang Wei

If lounging is not what you’re looking for walk over to Midsummer Common, where you might find any number of festivals going on throughout the year like the May Fair, Strawberry Fair and the famous Midsummer Fair. You can find more information on these festivals (and more!) in our Events tab.

If you want sports, make a trip down to Parker’s Piece for a wide open expanse of grass where people of all ages gather to play. The Piece is also relatively close to restaurants in Cambridge that are perfect after a long day of sport. For those interested in golfing there’s the Cambridge Lakes Golf Course just south of the city centre, where anyone from beginners to pros can practice their swing.

Cambridge Arts Theatre Jack and the Beanstalk

Cambridge Arts Theatre’s 2012 production of “Jack and the Beanstalk”. Courtesy of the Cambridge Arts Theatre

At the end of a warm day in the sun and grass, try out one of the many theatres in Cambridge that offer a wide range of entertainment. You could see a rock concert at the Cambridge Corn Exchange, a piano duet at the Mumford Theatre, a comedy at the ADC Theatre, or a drama at the Cambridge Arts Theatre. Or, if it just feels like a really good movie night, head on down to the Vue Cinema at the Grafton or to Cineworld at Cambridge Leisure Park, and you are sure to have a good time.

Once you’re done perusing all these things to do in Cambridge, don’t forget to check out all the other things going on to take advantage of when you Visit Cambridge. And after that, check out all the restaurants in Cambridge or learn more about the University of Cambridge. Whatever it is you’re looking for, Cambridge is sure to offer it—and much more.

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