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Things to do in Cambridge

There are plenty of reasons to visit and things to do in Cambridge at any time of the year.  This wonderful City has something for everyone - with plenty of things to see and do to keep the whole family entertained.  So why not come and discover our  top reasons to visit Cambridge in May - and hopefully enjoy some late spring sunshine whilst you're here!  


28th April – 3rd May The 46th Cambridge Drama Festival

At least two one-act plays each evening plus intriguing theatrical quizzes for the audience and interesting professional critiques of each play by Marie O' Sullivan from the Guild of Drama Adjudicators. 

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Discover Military History at the Imperial War Museum
Duxford - open daily from 10.00 am

IWM Duxford is set within the spacious grounds of the famous former First and Second World War airfield, a short drive from Hotel Felix. Lose yourself for a whole day wandering under and around some of the most iconic aircraft in the world and get hands-on with our award-winning interactive exhibitions. IWM Duxford is home to an impressive collection of over two hundred aircraft as well as tanks, military vehicles and boats.

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1st – 5th May Cambridge May Fair
Midsummer Common, Cambridge

Flanked on one side by the River Cam with its many Cambridge University college boathouses, Midsummer Common is an ancient area of grassland that thrusts into the heart of Cambridge City. For many centuries fairs and other events have been staged on the Common and this tradition continues today.

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4th and 5th May The QIPCO Guineas Festival
Newmarket Racecourse

These two momentous days are a chance to enjoy Flat racing at its absolute best with the first two Classics of the British season, the most important spring races in Europe and the launch of the QIPCO British Champions Series calendar!

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5th May Annual Reach Bike Ride

Take part in the annual bike ride from Cambridge to the historic village fair in Reach.  Arrive in Reach in time to watch the opening of the May Fair at noon, when the village comes alive with children dancing around a maypole, morris dancing, fairground attractions and food and drink tents.

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4th – 5th May Ely's Food & Drink Festival 2014
(part of the Eel Festival)

Ely's Food and Drink Festival (part of Ely's Eel Festival 2014) will be located on Palace Green under the gaze of the magnificent Ely Cathedral in the heart of this historic city.

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9th May – Wu Quartet at St. Mary’s Church
Comberton

The thrilling young Wu Quartet are rising stars in the chamber music firmament. They have impressed audiences with their sensitive and dynamic playing, from London (Wigmore Hall, BBC Proms), to Vienna and Beijing. They present a programme of classical masterpieces that promises to enthral and delight. 

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16th May Chocolate Dinner
Hotel Felix, Cambridge

Hotel Felix has teamed up with one of Cambridge’s best loved chocolate shops, Chocolat Chocolat, to host a fabulous Chocolate Dinner on Friday 16th May. Arrive at Hotel Felix for 7pm and enjoy a chocolate cocktail reception before sitting down to a delectable three-course dinner, each course containing chocolate, followed by coffee and truffles. The evening will conclude with a charity auction with the chance to win some fabulous prizes. 

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19th – 24th May 41st Cambridge Beer Festival
Jesus Green, Cambridge

Join fellow lovers of real ale on Jesus Green and sample over 200 different varieties. This is one of Cambridge’s much loved yearly events.

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Selected dates in May
Bat Safari with Scudamore’s Punting Company
Cambridge

Bat safari trips towards Grantchester Meadows will run throughout 2014 in partnership with the Wildlife Trust. The tours are led by a Wildlife Trust expert and include the use of specialist electronic bat detectors. Your guide will outline the notable characteristics and habitats of bats likely to be encountered on your trip and teach you how to use the detectors. 

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