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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 Spring 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.......  

 

Floristy Workshop
Hotel Felix - 1st May

Book ahead for our fascinating Dutch Floral Design Workshop.  Held at Hotel Felix on Friday 1st May this promises to be a great day, at which you can learn floral design tips from the expert Alice Calcasola-van der List.  Create your own design (which you can take home afterwards) and enjoy a delicious afternoon tea......

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2nd May
QUIPCO 2000 Guineas Race

The Saturday of the QIPCO Guineas Festival marks the start of a fantastic weekend of style and sophistication, exhilarating racing and awesome entertainment. The feature race, The QIPCO 2000 Guineas, is a Group 1 flat race open to three-year-old colts over a distance of 1 mile and was previously won by the unforgettable Frankel.

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9th-24th May
Eat Cambridge Food and Drink Festival

Eat Cambridge is an annual festival of food and drink created in 2013 with the aim of showing off our fabulous local independent producers to local food fans throughout the county of Cambridgeshire. The festival takes place in May and features a fortnight of fantastic local food and drink, a jam-packed two-week schedule of tasty fringe events and a huge food and drink fair at the Corn Exchange in the historic city of Cambridge. Why not book a table for an delightful Italian Afternoon tea at Hotel Felix on 10th May, as part of the festival.

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Take a visit to the University Botanic Gardens

Explore these beautiful gardens where you can discover plants from all over the world in 40 acres of grounds and glass houses

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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, visit the sales when they are on at Tattersalls or stand on Warren Hill and watch the horses train in the morning.
 

15th - 16th May
Richard Alston Dance Company at Cambridge Arts Theatre

Proudly celebrating its twentieth year, Richard Alston Dance Company returns to the Arts Theatre with a knock-out new programme showcasing Alston’s superbly skilled choreography.

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18th - 23rd May
42nd Cambridge Beer Festival

The festival is the United Kingdom's longest running CAMRA beer festival and currently is the largest regional beer festival in the UK. The festival features a wide range of local and national beers of all styles, as well as cider, perry, mead, wine and bottled & draft beers from around the world. The festival is also famous for its CAMRA Cheese Counter, where a very wide range of fine cheeses, together with locally produced bread, pork pies, ham and other savoury items are available.

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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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18th - 20th May Pint of Science

The Pint of Science festival aims to deliver interesting, fun, relevant talks on the latest science
research in an accessible format to the public – all in the pub! We want to provide a platform which allows people to discuss research with the people who carry it out.

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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.


30th May
Royal Philharmonic Orchestra

The finale concert in the 2014/15 Cambridge Classical Concert Series opens with Glinka's sparking Overture to Ruslan and Ludmilla. Artist in Residence Freddy Kempf demonstrates his dazzling virtuosic skills with a dazzing performance of Greig's lyrical Piano Concerto. After the interval, Ravel's playful Mother Goose Suite precedes one of the most electrifying and exciting works from the early twentieth centry - Stravinsky's The Firebird Suite, a magnificent end to this year's series.

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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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See a Show at the Corn Exchange

Whether you're into Musicals or Comedy - there's always a great choice at the Cambridge Corn Exchange.  Dating back to 1842 the Corn Exchange has a fascinating history and is a great venue for all types of acts.

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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. Plus there are handwritten notes by Robert Oppenheimer describing atomic bomb testing and a collection of poems by John Milton. Designed by noted architect Christopher Wren and built in 1695, the library is worth having a good look at as well as the books! Visits to the library are free but check opening times.

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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. With support from the Arts Council, a new Education Wing and environmentally controlled galleries alongside better services for visitors including a café will be developed. The house at Kettle's Yard will remain untouched but will close for the safety of the collection. 

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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. They contain information about the sculptures, the artists and maps to help find them. The shortest trail takes about two hours - so comfortable shoes are recommended!

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Explore Cambridge by 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.