Entertainment in Cambridge

Cosy, bustling and quaint, Cambridge is a truly vibrant bubble, filled with an eclectic selection of things to do, places to see, and ways to while away those lazy Sunday afternoons.

Here, we talk about some of our favourite entertainment spots in Cambridge and why this little city is not to be underestimated.

Theatre & Cinema

For a night at the movies, head on over to the Arts Picturehouse, which exhibits a mix of flicks ranging from indie to mainstream Hollywood. Throughout September the theatre is completely taken over with the Cambridge Film Festival, allowing you to see the newest emerging films and industry talent.

The Arts Theatre, meanwhile, offers you a slice of the latest West End pre-runs, along with fresh independent productions and modern takes on Shakespeare and other classics.

Arts & Culture

Cambridge is simply awash with museums, galleries and exuberant exhibitions, all waiting for you to explore and soak up their spectacular insight and wisdom.

The Fitzwilliam Museum is among the most famous of these attractions, boasting over half a million works in its collection and just a 20 minute walk from Downing’s The Railyard.

The Ruskin Gallery is another of these beauties, nestled happily within several artists’ studios on the Anglia Ruskin uni campus. Encompassing a vast exhibition space within, the Ruskin features the world’s first Panasonic 3D HD Plasma screen TV, as part of its goal to incorporate digital viewing into the traditional gallery experience.

If you’re in doubt about Cambridge’s music scene, then it’s time to put those concerns to bed. The city has a strong hub of renowned music venues as well as the Cambridge Rock Festival, now in its second decade and recently shortlisted for Best Medium Sized UK Festival.

Things to Do

If you need a little respite from the bustling city streets, then taking a stroll through the Botanic Gardens seems like the logical choice. While the collection of over 8000 plant species are mainly acclaimed for their value to science, one can’t help but admire the beautiful scenery and atmospheric calm they create while getting lost within the winding paths.

For a spot of locally independent shopping, stop by the daily Cambridge Market on Cambridge’s Market Hill. The stalls are full of secondhand vintage items, including clothes, books and music, and shoppers won’t be able to resist the range of artisan food and fresh fruit and veg on offer.

And what would a day in Cambridge be without a bit of punting? The city offers plenty of opportunity to enjoy this age-old traditional sport, either in groups or as a pair. Choose to hire your own boat or take a chauffeured punt along the iconic River Cam for a truly relaxing experience.