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10 things to do in Cambridge this bank holiday weekend

We all know the feeling when a Bank Holiday is about to approach, the excitement of a 3 day weekend and only a 4 day week, who doesn’t love it? With the last bank holiday this year until Christmas just around the corner, we take a look at the best activities that are taking place in Cambridge.

1. Grantchester Meadows – Outdoor Cinema – 29th August -31st
Summer is still here and why not make the most of what’s left with a trip to an Outdoor Cinema surrounded by beautiful scenery? This year the event will be showing 3 different films for each day. Whether you are into a classic feel-good film such as ‘Brief Encounters’ or a hilariously funny family film such as ‘Paddington’, there’s something for everyone. Don’t forget to take a blanket or chairs for sitting on and warm jumpers for when it gets chilly later. The promoters encourage attendees to bring their own food and drink but refreshments will be provided at the event from local street vendors.

Saturday 29th August – 2001: A Space Odyssey; Paddington; The Theory of Everything
Sunday 30th August – Back to the Future; Brief Encounter; The Railway Children
Monday 31st August – Far From the Madding Crowd; All that Heaven Allows; Letter from an Unknown Woman

For more information on tickets click here
Outdoor Film


2. Much Ado About Nothing – 29th – 30th August

If you haven’t yet visited one of the great outdoor performances in the Cambridge colleges this summer, then now is the time to go. Performed by the talented Cambridge art theatre, ‘Much Ado About Nothing’ is one of Shakespeare’s much loved comedies. The show will take place at Corpus Christi College on the Friday, Saturday and Sunday so be quick and grab your tickets now!
As most outdoor performances state, bring your own food and drink and don’t forget those comfy picnic baskets and chairs! Admissions will begin 30 minutes before the start of the performance. Entrance to The Masters Garden, Corpus Christi College is via Free School Lane.

For tickets click here


3. Beer Festival fun for all the family! 28th – 31st August
If you thought all the Beer festival fun was over for the summer, you will be pleasantly surprised! The Mexican August Beer Festival is back for its 10th year which is held at The Fox Mexican Restaurant in Burwell. The event promises to be bigger and better than any year before, promising the tricky choice of 30 real ales and ciders from local and national micro brewers.
There will also be live entertainment for all 3 days during the day and evening for both children and adults, with live music, barbequed food and activities for the kids. It’s not one to miss out on!

Entry is free, don’t forget! For more information or any questions contact The Fox’s twitter page


4. Newmarket Racecourses: Live with McBusted – 29th August
If you’re looking for some music this weekend or fancy being transported back in time to see your favourite band from when you were growing up, Newmarket Racecourses is the place to be. Enjoy an incredible performance from the one and only McBusted. McBusted (Mcfly and Busted) first came together at the end of 2013 and have become unstoppable ever since becoming a super group.
Before the show kicks off in the evening, enjoy an action-packed day of 6 races in the day with a chance to win big before the thrilling performance. Whether you are going for the races or for a dance to Mcbusted, it’s sure to be an exciting day for all.

For tickets click here


5. St Neots Summer Festival & Dragon Boat Race – 29th August
St Neots Dragon Boat Race and Summer Festival takes place this Saturday and it promises to be fun for all the family and free to attend! The Dragon Boat Race is actually a fundraising event and the proceeds of the race, as well as the whole day, go to the Carers Trust Cambridgeshire.
Along with boat races there will be stalls offering food and games. Kids can enjoy funfair rides whilst adults can sit back and relax in front of live staged entertainment. The end of the day will go off with a bang as fireworks take to the sky at 9pm, so don’t miss out!

For more information click here


6. Ashwell Show – 31ST August
The Ashwell show is a fun day for all the family with lots of events and attractions on for the whole day, there really is something for everyone. The main event is The Adrenaline Tour, an awesome Quad and Motorcycle stunt show performed by ex-world championship moto-cross rider Jason Smyth. Feel your heart beat quickly as you see him fly freestyle in a show that will be unique and breath-taking for all the family.
Kids have a treat in store in the likes of the one and only Punch & Judy! Not only will they be performing but hand-carved puppets will entertain the children using characters such as Hector the Horse and Sausage-munching Crocodile!
If however you’re gagging to give the motorcycles a go with the hope of kicking in some adrenaline, then the Go-Karts and Balloon Fantasia will be the place for you too!
Tickets are £8 for an adult, Children 5-15 £4, Under 5’s: Free and Senior £4

For family passes and more information click here


7. Fenland Country Fair – 29th, 30th & 31st August
Fenland Country Fair takes place over the weekend at Stow Cum Quy this year with a mix of different activities to satisfy all interests. Fenland fair say they want to help ensure all of us, old and young, can learn about the countryside customs past and present.
Activities on the day will include a chance to buy locally grown food and produce, a time to relax in the very popular beet tent and a glimpse at vintage cars and farm machinery.
Little-ones will get to have a chance to try their hand at shooting on the ground, while adults get to have a go at the classic Clay Pigeon Shooting. In the main Arena a flurry of different events will be held, such as Demonstrations from Sheepdogs, Gundogs, Fly Fishing and Falconry. Also dog lovers will get to see the ‘dog agility course’ and see how their own beloved pet can match up to the pros!

For more information please click here


8. WWII Soldiers & Spies – Audley End House and Gardens – 30 & 31st August
Children and vintage lovers will love this action-packed day out which will propel you back into wartime Britain. Play soldiers-and-spies with the kids as you explore what it was like to be a soldier with the explosive river assault course.
The day will be brought to life with actors and a 1940s-themed scenery, with music, fashion and food of the era to enjoy. Educate yourself and the kids as you learn about the stories behind the battles that changed the world as we know it today.

To find out more about tickets click here


9. Cambridge Science Centre – Kids go Free (Ends 1st September)
If you haven’t visited the Cambridge science centre with your children, then this will be your last weekend to claim your free pass for the kids. Families can enjoy the time to get lost in a world of science and discovery with a fun and exciting chance to learn about the world around them.
Cambridge Science Centre offers the chance for your kids to get lost in space and feel what it would be like to orbit in a black hole or what it’s like to stay alive in microgravity. Whichever experience you choose, it’ll be an experience the kids and you won’t forget!

Find out more information click here

Cambridge Science Center

10. Punting Tours
Punting down the River Cam by a chauffeur or privately is the classic Cambridge experience that can’t be missed. With the summer passing us by, this bank holiday weekend is one of the best opportunities to book a punt and relax in the sun.
You can see many different historic places when punting down the Cambridge backs, such as the bridge of Sighs and the iconic view of Kings College Chapel.
Whichever way you decide to punt, alone or guided, you’re sure to have a fantastic experience.

To book tickets for punting, see here 

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