Cambridge is a must-visit at any time of the year. English summers in our city are particularly stunning when you can enjoy picnics, relax on a punt in the sunshine and listen to the fine tunes of Jazz in the Parks. Here are the top 6 Quintessentially Cambridge things to do this summer.
Sip Cocktails and play Croquet on the Lawn
The stunning Garden Restaurant at the Gonville Hotel must be the most quintessentially English summer experience in Cambridge! Featuring a lavishly decorated marquee on the Lawn, deck chairs where you can sip cocktails, play a game of Croquet before lunch and feast on local produce.
This boutique hotel overlooking Parker’s Piece has created a truly magnificent experience in their beautiful secluded garden for the ultimate quintessential summer experience.
Sip Cambridge Gin and tuck into Chelsea buns on a punt
The must-do experience in Cambridge is spending time on the River Cam and drifting along the Backs. Sit back and relax on a chauffeured punt whilst soaking in the breathtaking views of University Colleges, stunning bridges, pristine gardens and meet the local wildlife. Lots of ducks and swans around, and you might even get a glimpse of the Cambridge cattle.
Punting in Cambridge can’t get any better than with Rutherford’s Punting, combining the best of Cambridge. Sip Cambridge Gin, tuck into Chelsea Buns and relax on the River Cam on a luxury punt.
Posh Afternoon Tea at a historic landmark
Parkers Tavern takes Afternoon Tea to a different level! Their luxurious experience includes a delicious selection of savouries and sweets created by their renowned chef Tristan Welch. Indulge in traditional finger sandwiches, broad bean, pea and mint tarts, freshly baked scones, and to finish scrumptious desserts.
Looking for a treat or a luxurious picnic? You now can take out Parkers Tavern’s Afternoon Tea to enjoy it as part of a picnic or at home. Did anyone say punting and Afternoon Tea? What is there not to like?
An afternoon of Jazz in the park
Listen to the tunes of Jazz by the local band Duxford Saturday Workshop Jazz Band at Wandleburry Park. Steeped in myth and legend set on the remains of a circular Iron Age Hillfort on the Gog Magog Hills. This beautiful countryside estate offers miles of beautiful walks through woodland and wildflower meadows grazed by Highland Cattle. A perfect setting for a picnic.
Bring your picnic or visit their pop-up cafe providing refreshments for the event. The event is hosted in the beautiful paddock of the manor house at Wandlebury and your ticket includes free parking.
Jazz in the Park is an event to raise funds for local charity CambridgePPF. All funds generated will help them to care for Wandlebury Country Park and other unique places around Cambridge.
Details: Sunday 8 August from 3pm-5pm. Please arrive early to get seated. The band will play two sets with an interlude.
Join Enchanted Cinema for an evening of magic
One of the highlights of Cambridge’s summer is the return of the open-air screenings of Enchanted Cinema. The team behind these magical experiences are the experts in creating a truly magnificent evening at unique locations in Cambridge. This year they’re back again at the Secret Garden at the Gonville Hotel. Their brand new location this year is at the meadows on the River Cam at the Plough in Fen Ditton.
Before every film, a local musician plays for the audience, followed by an independent short. It’s all about local at Enchanted Cinema, so street food vendors will pop up alongside the cinema! Film, food and music, all in beautiful settings – What’s not to love.
Explore Cambridge in a Classic
Let’s step back in time and explore Cambridge in a stunning replica of the famous 1910 Model T Ford. This electric car has an extra row of seats, accommodating up to seven passengers, perfect for families, small groups, and special occasions. The attention to detail is so accurate that it often has been mistaken for the original one.
Your trip starts in the heart of the city and takes you on a journey for you to discover many of Cambridge’s historic colleges and breathtaking sights with the option to include Grantchester. Your driver will show you Cambridge’s points of interest and share interesting tales that you won’t find in guide books.
Best Historic Tour Operator of the year 2020/21.
Enjoy the summer and quintessentially Cambridge!
Cambridge is the perfect destination for a staycation. My tip is to stay longer as there is so much to see and do that only one day doesn’t feel long enough.