Visit England have recently carried out their annual assessment visit and we are delighted to announce that we have retained our Four Star Self Catering rating.
Kettles Yard - Why not combine your stay with a visit to Kettles Yard, one of Britain’s finest galleries - a beautiful and unique house with a distinctive collection of 20th century art, and a gallery exhibiting contemporary and modern art. Check their calendar for up to date information - http://www.kettlesyard.co.uk/calendar.php
Fireworks in the park – Cambridge is renowned throughout the South East for its fireworks display. This is one of Cambridge’s biggest events of the year and attracts crowds in excess of 25,000. This year’s display will be held on Midsummer Common on Friday 4th November.
Display is free to attend, but donations of £2 per person are encouraged.
What better way to enjoy the autumn colours than a visit to the Cambridge University Botanical Gardens. With plants from all over the world displayed in a 40-acre oasis of gardens and glasshouses, the garden is an inspiration for gardeners, an exciting introduction to the natural world for families, and provides a great day out for all visitors.
Opened to the public in 1846, the Cambridge University Botanic Garden develops & displays over 8,000 different plant species in 40 acres of beautiful landscapes.
Take time to explore & enjoy the winter garden, glasshouses & a superb collection of mature trees. The garden holds nine national collections, including Geranium & Fritillaria. For more information visit http://www.botanic.cam.ac.uk/
Celebrating the First 200 Years: The Fitzwilliam Museum 1816 – 2016
Running throughout 2016, this exhibition explores the Fitzwilliam’s past, present and future. A timeline of the first 200 years will introduce key themes and characters, while displays of objects will show how the collections have developed over two centuries.
The exhibition runs alongside a new book The Fitzwilliam Museum: A History. For the very first time, this will tell the full 200 year story of the Museum. The triumphs and challenges of successive Directors, the changing nature of the Museum’s relationship with its parent University, and its dogged survival through the two World Wars. It will also shed light on the colourful, but previously little-known, personal life of Viscount Fitzwilliam himself.
Cambridge Arts Theatre
No trip to Cambridge is complete without a trip to The Cambridge Arts Theatre. It is one of the region’s liveliest and most exciting venues, hosting a varied programme of drama, dance, music, comedy and pantomime, as well as many shows prior to and direct from the West End.
There is something for everyone over the next few months. Shakespeare’s Globe bring us Romeo & Juliet, and an open-air performance of Much Ado About Nothing in the Master’s Garden at Corpus Christi College. Sue Holderness stars in Mrs Warren’s Profession and Stephanie Cole in Alan Bennett’s Talking Heads, as well as childhood favourites An Inspector Calls and Horrible Histories making a welcomed return. This incredible season is topped off with our traditional family pantomime, Cinderella, the greatest love story ever told! https://www.cambridgeartstheatre.com/load_screen.asp?screen=search_results.asp
Cambridge has a full calendar of events, festivals and attractions that make it ideal to visit all year round – a destination for all seasons. The city is hard to beat for a weekend away or a longer stay; there is always something to see and do with a choice of activities to satisfy all ages, every budget and interest.
In the summer months Cambridge is sizzling with al fresco performances of music in the parks and green spaces as part of the annual Summer in the City programme of events. This includes the Jazz in the Park on Jesus Green; Midsummer Fair and The Big Weekend, three days and nights of free music and family entertainment on Parker’s Piece.
Cambridge Folk Festival is one of the premier music events in Europe and one of the longest running and most famous folk festivals in the world. It has become hugely popular attracting ten thousand people, many of whom return year after year.
Strawberry Fair is the free music and arts festival in the heart of Cambridge. Each year, on the first Saturday of June, Strawberry Fair transforms Midsummer Common into a visual extravaganza where fair-goers of all ages enjoy an abundance of eclectic, sometimes eccentric activities and entertainment.
The Cambridge Shakespeare Festival is an eight-week tour-de-force of Elizabethan drama performed in the idyllic and unique settings of Cambridge University’s private gardens, where the audience can picnic on a summer’s evening before enjoying theatre at its best.
In April and November, The Cambridge Literary Festival brings authors and literary luminaries to Cambridge in a programme of lively and friendly events across all genres. The University of Cambridge Festival of Ideas, in October, is the only free arts, humanities and social sciences festival in the UK and packed with talks, worskhops and performances for all the family.
Detailed below are just a snippet of the events taking place, for further information please visit the official Cambridge Tourist Information Website: http://www.visitcambridge.org/whats-on
Guided tours – why not make the most of the summer sunshine by taking one of the official guided tours of the city. http://www.visitcambridge.org/official-tours/official-daily-walking-tours-of-cambridge/book-an-official-daily-walking-tour-of-cambridge?action=dailytours
The annual Cambridge Film Festival - the third longest running film festival in the UK - is a celebration of film – past present and future. It's a chance to relive and enjoy past glories, but also to see what’s happening in film right now, and reveal new talents who will shape the future of cinema. A good example of that is a chap who had his student short selected for the programme here back in 1996, named Christopher Nolan. Apparently he’s done quite well since!
Of course it’s also a chance to see films from around the world, from other countries and cultures, many of which we might not otherwise come into contact with. And it’s all brought to our doorstep. It brings the people who make the films here, too, of course, so it’s a chance to meet and put your questions to actors, writers and directors.
What makes Cambridge different from other Festivals is that it attracts big names but is nonetheless intimate and approachable. There are no red carpets, no banks of flashbulbs going off, and the chances are the acclaimed director of the much-anticipated new film you’re about to see is happily hanging out in the bar, just like you! Our audiences like that – the filmmakers actually love it, too. http://www.cambridgefilmfestival.org.uk
What better way to see the city of Cambridge than from your very own Punt?
We have teamed up with Scudamores Punt Hire to offer our guests unlimited use of a punt when they stay at Mrs.Andrews. Punting is available seasonally from the 1st March to the 30th September each year.
Scudamore's Punting Company owns the world's largest fleet of punts, with around 150 boats available for hire along the two traditional routes.
What is Punting?
A leisurely way to enjoy the rivers of Cambridge, traveling by boat. Why not pack a picnic, and a 'brolly' for those hot and sunny days, and just take life as it comes on the river.
Punts are square-ended boats with flat bottoms, no keel and are usually propelled with a long pole. They are well-suited to the flat, shallow waters of the Fens around Cambridge.