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Six Things For Students To Do In Cambridge This Spring

Carmela De Simone March 4, 2022

Here are six places to explore and things to do in, Cambridge, one of the most famous university cities in the world.

Punting

There is nothing more quintessentially Cambridge than punting down the river Cam. Spring is a great time to go because you won’t pay the extortionate rates charged in summer due to the sheer volume of tourists. The river is less congested (yes rivers do have traffic) which means that, if you’re a first timer trying out the self-hire punts, your experience is likely to be at least 50% less embarrassing. 

The Regal

Please check out The Regal. Non-locals are always shocked, if not appalled, that one of the most popular weekend hotspots in Cambridge is this central Wetherspoons pub with a dancefloor. The Regal is a place us Cantabrigians love to hate. Yet it always has guaranteed vibes on a Friday and Saturday night. The building previously known as The Regal Cinema has irrefutable grandeur despite the inexpensive menu.

Town and Gown

Town and Gown is a fairly new addition to the town centre. The pub and theatre has an intimate and elegant atmosphere, serving locally brewed beer, spirits and handmade cocktails. The theatre has a range of comedy shows, theatrical productions, experiences and bingo nights to suit all tastes. There is also a very reasonably priced pre-theatre menu at £15.95.

Strawberry Fair

Strawberry fair has been hosted since 1974 in Cambridge on Midsummer Common. Created by Cambridge University students as an alternative one-day music and arts festival, the fair previously attracted over 30,000 visitors pre-Covid. This year the festival will be held on 11th June 2022 with a Love The Planet Theme. Strawberry fair also hosts the Cambridge Band Competition every year.

Drinking spots

Have a few drinks at Mill Pond, or Parker’s Piece, or midsummer Common, or maybe even Jesus Green. These are popular spots during spring/summertime. Due to the lack of places in town with outdoor seating most opt for a drink on the green in warmer months. 

KOTA

Check out the new rooftop bar and restaurant KOTA. The restaurant opened last year by the owners of popular cocktail bar NOVI, and prides itself on using regional, sustainable suppliers for local produce.  The rooftop terrace is only open during warmer months, but the downstairs courtyard, offers cocktails and alfresco dining all-year round. This Finnish-inspired dining experience is located within the new village of Eddington, just outside the city centre, at the Turing Locke Aparthotel and Hyatt Centric Cambridge Hotel Complex.

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