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July/August 2020 in Cambridge

A very different, quieter summer in Cambridge, restaurants, pubs and cafes are reopening with museums to follow.

Don’t forget your face mask, these are now mandatory inside enclosed public spaces. Almost everything needs to be booked ahead to keep everyone safe and prevent overcrowding.

We would love to share Cambridge with you, if you would like an orientation tour please call us on 01223 290571. We can also advise on the school application process if you’re moving with children.

Things to do:

  • The Star and Mouse drive in cinema at Burwash Manor Barns and IWM Duxford  (both 10 mins drive from the city) lots of great films with pre-film Dj, entertainment and a contactless payment bar. Rocketman on 3rd August. Days of Thunder on 23rd.  You do need your own car for this and book ahead.
  • Cambridge Botanical Gardens are looking fabulous. You can pre-order a picnic the day before or take your own. The glasshouses have also reopened and there are lots of paths for young ones to explore. You need to pre-book an entry ticket online and they are limiting numbers with the gardens.
  • Punting has resumed – again perfect with a picnic or just soak in the beauty of the Cambridge Colleges and let your chauffeur enlighten you. Scudamore’s offer self hire also if you are feeing confident and would prefer to head out of the city towards Grantchester.
  • Walk from Cambridge to Grantchester across the meadows, following in the footsteps of poets such as Byron. It is a popular route, with several pubs The Rupert Brooke has a great terrace and The Orchard Tea Garden in Grantchester with plenty of outdoor seating.

Where to stay:

  • The University Arms is unbeatable for the views over Parkers Piece and stunning interiors, reopening on 31st July with special room rates. The restaurant Parkers Tavern under Tristan Welch is fabulous too re-opening on the same day – they’re also offering gourmet pizzas to takeaway or enjoy on Parker’s Piece.
  • The Lodge, Duxford has been renovated with exceptional style, just 15 minutes drive south of Cambridge with weekend barbecues and gorgeous bedrooms. IWM Duxford is a few minutes drive away and reopens on 1st August – a treat for airplane enthusiasts.


  • Cambridge Tour Guides offer superb, guided walking tours of Cambridge with Tony or Chris – both expert blue badge guides.

Bike hire:

  • Rutland Cycling offer cycle hire from Cambridge Station and in the City Centre.

Indulge your tastebuds: 

  • At this time of year you simply can’t visit Cambridge without stopping at Jack’s Gelato on Bene’t Street, seasonal flavours with a daily changing menu, several sorbets and vegan options – the vegan vanilla and macadamia is amazing!
  • New independent openings this year in Cambridge include Bould Brothers Coffee cafe on Regent Street, warm, comfortable and delicious coffee! Super stylish Mercado Central in Green Street reopening on 19th August serving exceptional Spanish food with real provenance.
  • If you enjoy Gin, consider a tasting visit to Cambridge Distillery at Grantchester (perfect for a lovely 2 mile weekend walk as mentioned above) or create your own Cambridge Gin at Cambridge Gin Lab on Green Street.