Top 10 things to do in Cambridge this summer
Cambridge is stunning in the summer: from meadow picnics to Shakespeare, you’ll find yourself feeling inspired. Read our guide to a Cambridge summer.
Paola Velasco Herrejon, University of Cambridge PhD student and The Granta Academy Economics Supervisor, recommends:
1. Grab a traditional cream tea (scones, clotted cream and jam) to take away at Fitzbillies (a part of Cambridge since 1920) and go punting or sit on Jesus Green to enjoy.
Justin Crane, The Granta Academy Head of Cultural Activities, always knows the best places and events to go to. He picks his favourites:
2. Rent a bike and explore the city. The backstreets and the surrounding villages really make you realise what makes Cambridge so extraordinary. There’s a reason there are over 70,000 bicycles in the city!
3. Get your friends together and follow the river down to Grantchester and have a picnic in Grantchester Meadows.
4. Visit nearby Ely. Just 10 miles from Cambridge, Ely is famous for its magnificent Cathedral, that stands out like a ship in the middle of the countryside, and for being the home of Oliver Cromwell.
Jessica Edwards, University of Cambridge Undergraduate Supervisor and The Granta Academy Director of Studies, shares her best Cambridge activities:
5. Cambridge in the summertime is all about making the most of our amazing green spaces. We have plenty to choose from, and my favourite is probably Jesus Green. It’s the perfect place for a lazy afternoon with a picnic by the river, especially on Jazz and Brass in the Parks weekends.
6. Another great event is Movies on the Meadows. The Cambridge Film Trust sets up a big screen on Grantchester Meadows, and you can watch classic films under the stars.
7. On hot days I also love to walk down the river to Fen Ditton, or in the opposite direction to Trumpington where you can swim in the river at Byron’s Pool.
Adam Schumacher, Managing Director of The Granta Academy, highlights the best of the Cambridge festivals:
8. The Cambridge Shakespeare Festival stages outdoor plays in University of Cambridge college gardens throughout the summer. It is in the top four arts festivals in the UK (reported in The Independent).
9. Experience the vibrant Cambridge street food scene at the food park at Gravel Hill Farm, North West Cambridge, complete with live music.
10. The Cambridge Folk Festival is one of the longest running folk festivals in the world. Held in Cambridge each year since 1965, it is hugely popular and attracts top folk music artists.
Cambridge has so much for you to experience and The Granta Academy can be your guide.
The Granta Academy runs two-week summer courses held in a University of Cambridge college. University of Cambridge academics teach our academic classes and workshops so you can really experience life at a top university.
You can choose your subject, with academic skills and university application guidance included in every course. You’ll also meet people your age from all over the world and explore Cambridge, one of the most famous cities for learning.