Things to do in Cambridge

There are some things you just have to do in Cambridge: go punting, take tea in The Orchard at Grantchester, and of course, admire the breathtaking scenery.

Cambridge has lots to offer as a home while you’re studying. It is among the top 20 places to live in the UK according to the Sunday Times. There’s plenty to entertain you from music of all genres to festivals all year round, not to mention brilliant museums, independent shops and wonderful food, including a growing street food scene. The list of places you just have to try is growing all the time!

This page has some ideas for things you might like to do when you’re not studying. Cambridge Leadership College is well placed, with contemporary venue Cambridge Junction, a cinema The Light, bowling alley and the beautiful Cambridge University Botanical Garden, just a short walk away. Explore on foot or join the Cambridge tradition of getting around on two wheels by bicycle – you won’t be disappointed. 

Music and Theatre Venues

Cambridge Junction

Gigs, comedy, theatre, you name it, it's on at Cambridge Junction.

Cambridge Arts Picturehouse

One of the three cinemas in the city centre, Cambridge Arts Picturehouse has the latest releases as well as art house and classics.

Cambridge Arts Theatre

A theatre with a rich history, Cambridge Arts Theatre regularly welcomes famous actors to its stage.

Cambridge Corn Exchange

Cambridge Corn Exchange hosts gigs, shows and festivals in the city centre.

Going punting in Cambridge

Cambridge Festivals and Fairs

Cambridge has a thriving calendar of festivals. There’s always something on. Here are a few of the highlights:

Cambridge Festival of Ideas

Cambridge Science Festival

Cambridge Folk Festival

Cambridge Literary Festival

Strawberry Fair

Midsummer Fair

Cambridge Jazz Festival

Cambridge Big Weekend

e-Luminate Festival

Mill Road Winter Fair