Cambridge, the city of Universities, providing a cultural centre for students, the city is very diverse. The deep-rooted traditions of the educational establishments, the pioneering scientific developments, the medical research of Addenbrookes and of course – punting on the River Cam.
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We are passionate about supporting High Street retailers at Eastpac. Cambridge has a great blend of shopping centres, the charming back streets and malls of independent retailers making it a prime destination to return time and time again.
And while you shop, you can take in the architecture, the street artists, the music all providing a vibrant, friendly atmosphere.
The River Cam
Winding its way through Cambridge, it can only be truly appreciated by taking a punt. There are plenty of tour operators to sell you tickets, but once out on the river, you’ll get a fantastic view of the college grounds and narration of the history. However, if you’re feeling adventurous, you can punt yourself - this can be amusing for both you and the onlookers!
Cambridge American Cemetery and Memorial
Paying tribute to those who made the ultimate sacrifice in combat losing their lives, it is a very moving experience. The 30.5 acres in total, was donated by the University of Cambridge. The cemetery contains the remains of 3,812 of our war dead; 5,127 names are recorded on the Walls of the Missing. Rosettes mark the names of those since recovered and identified. There are many hidden stories behind the memorials that line the field. Take a moment to reflect and meditate.
This bridge enjoys the fame of being labelled as ‘designed by Isaac Newton’ Unfortunately, Isaac Newton died in 1727, and the bridge was constructed in 1749. So yes, it’s a myth. As is also the story that it was initially held together with no nails or bolts until some curious students pulled it apart and couldn't figure out how to put it back together again... It is a unique design and well worth viewing.
Choose between the Grand Arcade and The Grafton Centre. Both within walking distance and if you’ve chosen to use the excellent Park N Ride service into the centre, you’re set for a great day. Don’t stay inside all day – stray out into the surrounding streets and explore. There always seems to be more to see and do.
The Market Square
Cambridge is a market city, and stalls have been trading at the historic market square in the city centre since the middle ages. From Monday-Sunday, 10am-4pm, you will find stalls selling a wide range of goods including Street Food, Books, Vinyl, CDs and DVDs, Clothes, Jewellery and Bags, Fruit and Veg, Fresh Fish and Health foods, Second-hand Bikes, Garden plants, Mobile phones….and much more! The market square also hosts a flourishing local food, arts and crafts market on Sundays (10am-4pm). Selling organic produce from local farmers, work from some of the region’s most talented artists, artisans, potters, sculptors and photographers.
With over 30 colleges in Cambridge varying in size and status, they provide a diverse range of 65 or more subjects. But on a day visit, even from the outside, they are very impressive, dating back to 1209. University colleges include King’s, famed for its choir and towering Gothic chapel, as well as Trinity, founded by Henry VIII, and St John’s, with its 16th-century Great Gate.
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Cambridge Folk Festival-The Cambridge Folk Festival is an annual music festival, established in 1965, held on the site of Cherry Hinton Hall in Cherry Hinton, one of the villages subsumed by the city of Cambridge, England. Dates: 2 Aug – 5 Aug 2018
Starting the summer season in Cambridge for over 40 years
From humble beginnings, Strawberry Fair has grown to be the most popular free, entirely volunteer-run, one-day music & arts event in Cambridge (and probably across Europe!), attracting over 30,000 visitors throughout the day. On the first Saturday of June residents and visitors gather together on Midsummer Common to celebrate their vibrant and creative city.
The Fair is run entirely by volunteers (affectionately known as Strawberry Fairies) who give their energy, imagination and vision to present to their friends and neighbours in Cambridge a great free day out.
Cambridge Dragon Boat Festival
Up to 10 people paddle each 30’ boat with a drummer at the front beating time, and our helm at the tail was steering a straight course on the river Cam. It is on Saturday 8th September 2018, and it is done to raise money for charity!
Cambridge international Jazz Festival
The Cambridge Jazz Festival was founded in 2014, this year it is running 13th-27th November.
The festival features over 200 musicians and 80 events in 25 venues, day and night and provides talks, educational workshops and masterclasses for both children and adults.
The 2018 Festival took place from 9 – 14 February 2018. Held over six days, e-Luminate Cambridge Festival is a spectacular light art event that uses cutting-edge technology to transform the city by creating a colourful celebration of Cambridge’s heritage and architecture.