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Things to do in Cambridge

There are always plenty of things to do in Cambridge at any time of the year, and enjoying the City bathed in Spring sunshine is a must!  So if you're planning a Summer break, then we can wholeheartedly recommend a visit to Cambridge to enjoy all that this wonderful City has to offer.

Here are our recommendations for some things to do whilst you're here.......  
 

20th June
Classic Food Tour

Sample delicious delights and see Cambridge through the eyes of a foodie on this fascinating walking tour of the City.

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Newmarket… the home of Horse Racing

Why not visit the Georgian town of Newmarket, renowned for being the home of British Horse Racing. There is plenty to see and do. Take a tour of the National Stud, stand on Warren Hill and watch the horses train in the morning, or enjoy an afternoon of racing followed by one of the renowned "newmarket nights" music events - there's a great mix this year including Kylie, Madness, Kaiser Chiefs and Status Quo!

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Visit Great St. Mary’s Church Tower

Climb the 123 steps up the Medieval turret of Great St, Mary’s Church. When you get to the top, enjoy fabulous panoramic view of Cambridge. Something not to be missed.

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Punting in Cambridge

During your stay in Cambridge, why not have a go at punting along the River Cam and discover the iconic Backs. Guests of Hotel Felix can take advantage of the discounted rates that we have negotiated with Scudamore’s Punting Company.

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Explore the treasures at Fitzwilliam Museum

Open every day except Mondays, the Fitzwilliam Museum is the art and antiquities museum of the university of Cambridge. With more than half a million incredible artworks in its collection, the museum is one of the most impressive regional museums in Europe, and presents world history and art from as far back as 2500 BC to the present day. Admission to the museum, which was founded in 1816, is free.  Don't forget to check out the much talked about bronzes housed at the museum - are they or are they not newly discovered works by Michelangelo?  

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Wander through Wren’s Library

Take a trip to Trinity's Wren Library to see some extraordinary books. The library contains several display cases containing some of the college's most treasured books, including Newton's own copy of Philosophiae Naturalis Principia Mathematica and AA Milne's autographed copy of Winnie-the-Pooh. Designed by Sir Christopher Wren and built in 1695, the library is worth having a good look at as well as the books!  Free admission.

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Visit Kettle's Yard before 22 June 2015

In 1954 Jim Ede envisaged 'creating a living place where works of art could be enjoyed...where young people could be at home unhampered by the greater austerity of the museum or public art gallery'. Kettle's Yard is a beautiful house with a remarkable collection of modern art and a gallery next door which hosts modern and contemporary art exhibitions. On 22 June the Kettle's Yard site on Castle Street -15 minutes walk from Hotel Felix - will close its doors as it begins a programme of redevelopment.

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Get lost in Art

Cambridge has more than 60 works of sculpture within easy reach of the city centre. There are three separate sculpture walks around the city, letting you discover a rich diversity of art and see some interesting parts of Cambridge at the same time. The three guides are available at the Cambridge Tourist Information Centre. The shortest trail takes about two hours - so comfortable shoes are recommended!

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Explore Cambridge on foot

Explore Cambridge by talking a stroll along the river going east from the Quayside pass Jesus Green, Midsummer Common and Stourbridge Common. This route will give you an insight into the university's many colleges and is picture-postcard pretty with elegant bridges, green lawns and graceful willows. So many famous people went to Cambridge university you will be retracing the steps of so many well-known names including 15 British prime ministers, the poet William Wordsworth, the writer CS Lewis and physicist Stephen Hawking, as recently seen in the film The Theory of Everything. 
 

4th July
The Overtones at Cambridge Corn Exchange

2015 sees the return of The Overtones - after three consecutive Top 5 albums, 850,000 sales and three sold-out headline tours, The Overtones continue to reboot classic sounds for contemporary audiences.

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6th-11th July
The History Boys at Cambridge Arts Theatre

Alan Bennett’s comedy masterpiece makes a triumphant return to Cambridge for one week only this summer.

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8th July
Sounds Green II at Cambridge University Botanic Gardens

Enjoy a wonderful concert in the beautiful setting of the Botanic Gardens.

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10th July
Bach Celebration at King’s College Chapel

Alumnus, John Butt, is a world authority on Bach and his handpicked ensemble is renowned for its powerful and exciting interpretations.

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10th-12th July
The Big Weekend

Three days of free entertainment at the Big Weekend for all the family to enjoy. On Friday expect live music from Slade & Heather Small, plus fireworks to get everybody in the mood for a great weekend. Saturday is family fun day with music from Hayseed Dixie and CC Smugglers and Sunday sees the return of Cambridge Mela and International day.

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13th July – 29th August
Cambridge Shakespeare Festival

An evening at the Cambridge Shakespeare Festival is a unique experience. Relax in scenic college gardens with a picnic and a bottle of wine and enjoy.

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17th July-1st August
Cambridge Summer Music Festival

Chamber music lovers will find plenty to enjoy with performances by the Doric, Skampa, Wihan and Allegri string quartets – including a double bill in which the Wihan and Allegri play Mendelssohn’s famous Octet.  Other highlights include the Deutsche Philharmonie Merck orchestra performing Brahms and Tchaikovsky and the Festival Chorus singing Beethoven’s mighty Missa Solemnis, both in King’s College Chapel.

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21st-24th July
Cambridge Town Bumps

Relax in the meadows by the river and watch the thrill and excitement of Cambridge Town Bumps.

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Cambridge and County Folk Museum

Discover the history of Cambridge in the quaint setting of this wonderful museum.

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Discover Shepreth Wildlife Park

The owners of this privately-owned wildlife park are passionate about animals and work tirelessly to look after the amazing animals in their care.

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