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