Calendar of What’s On In 2018

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16th Jan to 16th March (lent term) – Evensong at Kings Starts up again for the term – 5:30pm each day and twice on Sundays’.

17th to 20th Jan – CAMRA Winter Beer Festival – 

Location: University of Cambridge Social Club              FREE to Camra members

25th Jan – Robbie Burns Night (celebrating his birthday)- go and eat Haggis! … Kingston Arms is very good for that. Or Loch Fyne of course.



Snowdrop season – various events around Cambridge – Anglesey Abbey is a good place to see them.

10th to 15th Feb – Festival of Light – lots of amazing buildings are lit up with incredible displays of light – Free of charge – for more visit

9th to 25th Feb – History Festival – mainly held in the Museum of Cambridge but also other locations. For more information visit

11th Feb – Cottenham Point to Point Race – Start of the season

late Feb – Rag Week – college festivities throughout the city – Always good to watch the Duck Race from Garrett Hostel Bridge. Find details here:

28thFeb to 4th March – Lent Bumps – college bumps rowing race on the lower river


MARCH 2018

late March to early April – Circus Wonderland – Midsummer Common – free entry – For more details visit

early March – Philharmonic Orchestra – Corn Exchange – tickets start at £28.50

mid March – Watersprite Festival – This is our student film festival and it is one of the largest in the world. Get  more details here …

mid March  – Charity Music Concert – Brass – St. Barnabas Church, Mill Road – 7pm start – in aid of Sarcoma UK

mid to end March – Cambridge Science Festival – great things to do for all the family. Held at the Corn Exchange

16th March – Kings College Chapel – Evensong – last day of lent term

26th March to 1st April – Kings College Chapel – Evensong – Holy week and Easter Day


April 2018

early April – Sunday – Cambridge vs. Oxford Boat Race (on the Thames in London) – 5pm starting pistol for the ladies race and 6pm for the mens – See our feature for more details. Currently 82 to 78 in Cambridge’s favour. For more visit

April – Royal Philharmonic Orchestra – Corn Exchange – Beethoven and Elgar – tickets from £28.50. More info visit

early April – Banff Mountain Film Festival – at Corn exchange & Lady Mitchell Hall – £13 per ticket approx.

early to mid April – Cambridge Literary Festival –

early April – Grand National –  Go to Newmarket and watch it in a lively pub. Brilliant!

mid April – Thriplow Village Daffodil Weekend. Great village event. Not to be missed.

endApril – London Marathon – in London obviously. Just something for your diary.

end April – Dame Evelyn Glennie – at the corn exchange (see our feature on the home page)

end April – Small Boats Regatta – On the lower river – Free of charge (NOT ON THIS YEAR – TBC)

24th April to 17th June – KINGS COLLEGE EVENSONG – Easter Term chapel services start –

mid April  – Music Concert – Cambridge Summer Music Festival presents Music in Quiet Places –

end April – Country House Attic Sale – At the Memorial Hall. Only £2 admission for both days. Bargains to be hunted!

endApril – CSD Brass Concert – St. Philip’s Church,Mill Road, Cambridge – 7pm start


MAY 2018

all May – Music Concert – Cambridge Summer Music Festival presents Music in Quiet Places –

early May – Impington Bike Event – 7am or 8am start –

end April to early May – May Fair – On Midsummer Common – free of charge – for more details visit

early May – Newmarket 2000 Guineas – Guineas festival over 2 days.

early May – Bike Ride to Reach Fair – meet outside the Guildhall at 9:30am – Great day out.

Late May – Oxfam Sponsored Walk – Chilford Hall – TBC

all May – Eat Cambridge Food & Drink Fair – Corn Exchange – 10:30am £2per ticket entry. Loads of local suppliers showcasing their talents.

mid May – Moscow State Symphony Orchestra – at the Corn Exchange

midMay – Stilton Village Cheese Rolling event – home of the stilton cheese. This is a rather unusual event. 12noon cheese is rolled. Stilton is a little village just south of Peterborough. More info here:

end May – City of Cambridge Symphony Orchestra – 7:30pm – ADC Theatre

mid May – Girton Glebe Primary School Fair – These guys manage to get some popular music groups to their event. They also have a display of modified cars, which is quite fun. 7pm start. Ticket price is unknown. More info at … TBC

end May – 43rd Cambridge Beer Festival – more than 200 beers! – Location: Jesus Green For more information visit –

Opening Hours & Admission

Opening Hours
Day 12:00pm — 3:00pm 3:00pm — 5:00pm 5:00pm — 10:30pm
Monday Closed Closed £4.00
Tuesday Free Closed £4.00
Wednesday Free Closed £4.00
Thursday Free Closed £5.00
Friday Free Closed £5.00
Saturday £3.00 All Day


late May – Music Concert – Cambridge Summer Music Festival presents Music in Quiet Places:   – 7:30pm start – £14ticket – All Saints’ Church, Landbeach – For more information visit

end May – D-Day Anniversary Air Show – Duxford Air Museum –

late May – Music Concert – Cambridge Summer Music Festival presents Jacqueline Ross violin:  – 7:30pm start – £14ticket – Lee Hall, Wolfson College – For more information visit




JUNE 2018


early June – Cambridge Buskers and Street Performers Festival – venues across Cambridge – free entry – visit

early June – Music Concert – Cambridge Summer Music Festival presents Music in Quiet Places: Westcombe Brass  – 7:30pm start – £14ticket – Holy Trinity Church, Balsham – For more information visit

early June  – ‘Getting-On’ Race (college rowing race on the lower river) – For more information visit

early June – Strawberry Fair – Free (always on the 1st Saturday in June each year). Truly Cambridge fair that takes place on Midsummer Common. All day and most of the night. For more information visit

6th June – 70th Anniversary of the D-Day landings – Duxford Air Museum and the the American Cemetery or The Eagle Pub would be a good place to visit on this day.

mid June – ‘May’ Bumps (college rowing race on the lower river) –

mid June – Trinity & Clare May Ball – Fireworks to be enjoyed from Garrett Hostel Bridge and punts free of charge.

mid June – St Johns May Ball –  Fireworks to be enjoyed from Garrett Hostel Bridge and punts free of charge.

end June – Newmarket Nights July Course –

end June – Tokyo String Quartet at Kings College Chapel – 7pm start

27th June to 8th July – Kings College Chapel – Evensong – Long Vacation Term


JULY 2018

every Wednesday in July – Picnic Prom – Botanic Gardens – 6:15pm –

end June – Father’s Day – do something for him ….

end June – Kings College Evensong Resumes –

end June – 805th Midsummer Fair – Midsummer Common – Free entry – stalls and rides for everyone.

end June – Kings College – Singing On the River – 7:30pm – £12 adults and £5 students – For more information visit:

end  June – Newmarket Nights July Course – Will Young!

early July – City of Cambridge Symphony Orchestra – 7:30pm – ADC Theatre

early July – Kings College Chapel – last Evensong of term –

early July – Kings College Chapel – Summer Choral Concert – 7:30pm – For more information visit

early July –  – Mumford theatre – musical – 7:30pm

early July – East of England Country Show – at the Peterborough Arena 

mid July – BIG WEEKEND – music and fireworks on Parker’s Piece

10th July to 26th August – CAMBRIDGE SHAKESPEARE FESTIVAL – Performances across Cambridge in College gardens – A highlight of the summer.

mid July – PRAMTASIA & DOLLMANIA – Duxford Air Museum – from 10am – it’s about Prams and Dolls –

mid July – Summer Choral Concert at Kings – Beethoven Celebration£18 unsighted or £40 in the main area

mid July to early August – Cambridge Summer Music Festival –

early July – Cambridge Open Studios – various studios open their doors to the public to see how they make their crafts. We recommend The Cambridge Museum of Technology (the old Pump Station down on the river behind tescos on Newmarket Road).

late July – Town Bumps Races  (rowing race on the lower river).

late July – Newmarket Nights July Course –

late July – Cambridge Open Studios – various studios open their doors to the public to see how they make their crafts. We recommend The Cambridge Museum of Technology (the old Pump Station down on the river behind tescos on Newmarket Road).

late July to early Aug  – Cambridge Summer Music –  7:30pm start –

late July – London to Cambridge Bike Ride – finishing at Midsummer Common – 

late July – Race For Life – Cancer Research run from Parker’s Piece

late July – Nearly New Sale of baby stuff at The Centre at St. Paul’s on Hills Road.

late July – Secret Garden Party – festival –!/home/

late July – Cambridge Folk Festival –

Location: Cherry Hinton Hall                Time: all day and night

Cost: £126 for the whole festival or around £55 for Saturday or Sunday

late July – Newmarket Nights Concert Series –

late July – Cambridge Open Studios – various studios open their doors to the public to see how they make their crafts. We recommend The Cambridge Museum of Technology (the old Pump Station down on the river behind tescos on Newmarket Road).



early Aug – Cambridge Triathlon – finishing in Midsummer Common – details unknown – website not known

early Aug – Cambridge Thai Festival – Parker’s Piece – great food, eating competition, ladyboy show, blind boxing, massage and cookery demonstrations –

early Aug – Newmarket Nights July Course –

early Aug – Newmarket Nights July Course –

mid Aug – The Cambridge Triathlon – Mepal Outdoor Leisure Centre – For entry information go to: – ENTRIES CLOSED

mid Aug – Newmarket Nights July Course –

up to end August – CAMBRIDGE SHAKESPEARE FESTIVAL – Performances across Cambridge in College gardens – A highlight of the summer.

end Aug to early Sept – Cambridge’s Oktoberfest – Jesus Green – £5 tickets –


SEPT 2018

early Sept – Mill Road Feast – in the car park off Gwydir Street – lovely local event – free of charge –

mid Sept – Dragon Boat Festival (lower river) – 

early Sept – Newmarket Rowley Mile September race – (not on this year)

mid Sept – Open Cambridge – This is where many of the colleges open their doors free of charge for people to have a really good look round. Places that are usually closed to the public are opened and it gives you an amazing glimpse into the private world of the University of Cambridge.

early Sept – Spartan Race – obstacle race – great challenge –

mid Sept – Duxford Air Show – Duxford Air Museum – (Battle of Britain Anniversary Show 2015)

mid Sept – Chariots of fire race – relay race through

mid Sept – Newmarket Open Day – trainers stables are open to the public in this charity event. You can even bring your own horse and ride it on the gallops if you’d like. What a lovely way to see real Newmarket.

end Sept to early Oct – International Freshers Week – University of Cambridge

end Sept – Cambridge Print Makers Exhibition – In the Pitt Building from 10:30am each day.

end Sept – The Cambridgeshire Meeting at Newmarket’s Rowley Mile Course – one of the best racing days of the year.

end Sept – Poetry Unplugged – at Rhode Island, Cherry Hinton – only £3 for a great night of words (and don’t forget great craft beer as well)




October 2018

end Sept to 2nd Dec – Kings College Chapel – Evensong services start up again. 5pm wait at front gates.

early Oct – Freshers Fair – University of Cambridge

early Oct – Cambridge Art Festival – At the Guildhall in the market square each day. For more information visit

early Oct – Lectures Start – University of Cambridge

early Oct – Uncovered Wimpole – The National Trust are holding various events, walks and rides around the estate. Price unknown.

early Oct – Lion Yard Student Day – there is a 25% discount to students for one day only – annual event and you need student ID with you. You can register for the event and the first 1,500 people get a gift bag click here to do that

early Oct –  performances’ at ARU in the Mumford Theatre – usually only £12.50

mid Oct – Air Show at Duxford IWM – (in September this year 2015)

mid Oct – Great Russian Circus – Midsummer Common – (not this year)

mid Oct – Angian Potters – Private View 

mid Oct – CAMRA Oktoberfest Beer Festival

Location: University of Cambridge Social Club

mid Oct to Sun 30th Oct – Festival of Ideas – 170 free events across the city – interesting lectures etc.,

end Oct – Cambridge Film Festival – open air movies in Grantchester Meadows, Jesus Green Swimming Pool and various others. Bring your umbrella!

end Oct – Town and Gown 10km fun run– commences from Midsummer Common. More information visit

31st Oct – Halloween – there are numerous parties to go to but there’s also a Ghost Tour –


November 2018

5th Nov – Fireworks Display

Location: Midsummer Common               Time: 7:30pm onwards

Cost: donations of at least £1 is expected

Note: Lots of restrictions on access and viewing from Limekiln Hill etc., apply so just turn up without your own fireworks or sparklers and enjoy the event. For the latest info about these fireworks go to…

mid Nov to 10th Dec –  Anglian Potters – All Saints Church – great for Christmas presents!

end Nov – Switching on the Christmas Lights – Katherine Kingsley the actress is making an appearance this year. Sunday is the main day with 4pm Grand Arcade having it’s slights switched on and then 5pm the event on the stage starts and the City lights are switched on.

end Nov to 8th Jan 2018 – Ice Skating on Parker’s Piece h – £11.50per ticket effectively

end Nov – Horse Racing – Cottenham Point to Point – 12noon start


December 2017

end Nov to 7th Jan – Panto! Jack and the beanstalk is being performed at the Arts Theatre. Ticket price of around £35. For information and tickets visit

first Saturday in  Dec (2nd) – Mill Road Winter Fair – all sorts of stalls are laid out. Top Tip for a local thing to do. The road is closed and people are everywhere!

early Dec – Cambridge vs. Oxford Rugby Match – Twickenham, London 2:30pm kick off. For tickets visit 

Christmas Eve – 24th Dec – Nine Lessons & Carols at Kings College Chapel – truly a highlight of the whole year here in Cambridge. Queue are long so get up really early. Start Queueing at 9am and you’ll get in.

Boxing Day (26th Dec) – 12noon – Grantchester Barrel Race! – approx 100yrs of rolling and mayhem. Opposite the Rupert Brook Pub. About a 50min walk from the centre of Cambridge across Grantchester Meadows. Charity Donations accepted but it is free.

31st Dec – New Years Eve Celebrations – Town is busy – lots of parties – even some pubs charge to get in. There is no special Cambridge specific celebration.

31st Dec – Cottenham Point to Point – 11am first race – more information here

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