Cambridge and St Neots are very popular, large and historic locations in Cambridgeshire, and as we are based in St Neots and down the road from Cambridge, here are some things to do in both the town and city.
What to do?
If you are interested in learning about British history, Cambridge is definitely a great place to start; From universities to churches, Cambridge quite literally flows with history, especially with their museums. Furthermore, when you are visiting this city it’s considered a necessity to visit a museum, just so you have experienced and understand the city’s cultures. According to TripAdvisor, the Fitzwilliam Museum is a highly recommended attraction to visit due to its free entry and highly-educational qualities and artefacts. Link to the Fitzwilliam Museum is here: http://www.fitzmuseum.cam.ac.uk/
Another well-known activity visitors tend to do in Cambridge is punting - take a tour down the River Cam with a small boat and friendly guide to educate you on the things you will pass. Punting allows you to learn about the city’s history and culture whilst relaxing on the water. What a way to spend your day!
We’ll save the most expensive thing for last - shopping! Cambridge is the home to two massive shopping centres, the Grafton Centre and the Grand Arcade and are only a small distance away from each other. Spend the day with your friends and family and shop till you drop! For more information on whats there, visit these links: http://www.grandarcade.co.uk/ , http://www.graftoncentre.co.uk/
What to eat?
From cheap eats to fine dining, Cambridge can provide you with a variety of multi-cultural, delicious foods. So after your shopping trip or punting tour you are able to enjoy a lovely meal from a selection of restaurants, cafes and takeouts.
Furthermore, if you are feeling like a cheat day or need something affordable to snack on, have your classic takeaway food such as McDonald's, Dominos, KFC, Subway etc. which you can find almost on every corner of Cambridge.
Despite its urban background, the walks in Cambridge are stunning and natural. The routes at the back of colleges and universities have been voted to be one of the most spectacular walks in Britain. There are several routes you can take where you can experience a relaxing, natural atmosphere.
So we have spoken about what there is to do on a daily basis, but Cambridge is also the city where festivals and events take place. Here are a few well-known events that are visited by thousands annually:
Strawberry Fair: Every year this music and art festival gains over 30,000 visitors. The festival is completely voluntary to the general public so anyone can help out and enjoy the music and art. Unfortunately, this year’s fair has already been, as it is hosted on the first Saturday of every June. http://strawberry-fair.org.uk/
Dragon Boat Festival: This festival is an ancient Chinese tradition that has been around for decades. As the fastest growing water event in Britain, it definitely isn’t something to miss. The event is held on the famous River Cam in the Autumn time. More information here - http://dragonboatfestivals.co.uk/dragon-boat-festivals/cambridge-festival/
Chariots of Fire: This is an annual charity event where teams of six each run a 1.7-mile course, starting and finishing at the Queen’s Gardens. The purpose of this event follows the heroic footsteps of the film “Chariots of Fire”, hence the name. https://www.chariots-of-fire.co.uk/
Bonfire Night: Bonfire night is a world-known event, primarily celebrated by Great Britain. However, Cambridge hosts a huge event that is supported by many local businesses and has gone on for over 20 years. Details haven’t been fully announced yet for this year's event but the link is here for when it is revealed: https://www.cambridgelivetrust.co.uk/city-events/bonfire-night
St Neots is the biggest town in Cambridgeshire, home to tens of thousands of people. As we are based in St Neots, we feel that it is necessary to include the same potential St Neots has to offer:
What to do?
Rowley Arts Centre: A multi-use leisure location, compromises a cinema, three delicious restaurants, a gym and car/cycle parking. The site was opened in 2014 and has since then has entertained the general public - to enjoy a film, have a meal, work out, whatever you need to do, its there.
Xtreme 360 Trampoline Park: A great place to enjoy with friends and family, no matter what the age. Xtreme gives you the chance to get fit and have fun! From parties to fitness classes, this trampoline park will be a great few hours with the right people. Link: http://www.xtreme360trampolinepark.uk/
Ride Leisure: Experience the thrill of jet skiing, hover-crafting, jetpacking or even on their huge water inflatable! Provided at very high safety levels, an affordable cost and with gorgeous views, your friends and family are guaranteed a day pumped with adrenaline. http://www.rideleisure.co.uk/
There is so much more you can do such as bowling, laser tag, swimming etc. those were just a few examples.
What to eat?
Like most places, St Neots gives you several options for eating out - cafes, restaurants, take-outs, pubs, the whole lot. For instance, like I mentioned earlier, the Rowley Arts Centre compromises three pristine restaurants; Prezzo, Frankie & Benny’s and Pizza Express, and have neighbours such as Blazin’ Burger, Nawab Lounge, Auntie’s Thai and Bohemia. All of these stunning restaurants have unique menus, style, cultures and mouth-watering food. St Neots also has cafes spread across the town for quick snacks and lunches.
The town is also scattered of take-out foods for those cheat days - such as a McDonalds, KFC, Subway, Dominos and Greggs, even a Burger King is in construction!
St Neots has some wonderful routes and open spaces where families have picnics, dog walks and even where some clubs/training takes place. A few examples are:
Priory Park: Just on the outskirts of St Neots town lies Priory Park, 32 hectares (80 acres) of green, natural park. It features 3 playground parks and space for probably the whole population of St Neots. Usually, this is where locals go for football training, family dog walks/picnics, workouts and runs. It’s multi-purpose and very well cared for.
Paxton Pits: 60 hectares (150 acres) of nature reserve. Here you can embrace the natural environments and observe species such as birds, squirrels, deer and insects peacefully. There are several routes you can take around the lake.
Grafham Water: Okay, so maybe it isn’t in St Neots, but a couple of miles down the road shouldn’t make a difference. Grafham water is an 806 hectare (1991 acres) reservoir surrounded by astonishing views and nature. The walk may be incredibly long but the visit is truly worth it.
Unlike Cambridge, St Neots hasn’t really got a reputation for big festivals and events. However, this year some events have been revealed that you may be interested in (based in and out of St Neots):
Dragon Boat Festival: A charity dragon boat race held annually on Regatta Meadow in St Neots, it’s a fun, competitive day for all! You have the opportunity to enter a crew for the big race. This year it will be held on the 4th August.
Bedford River Festival: Bedford’s biggest and most popular tourist event, which gains hundreds of thousands of visitors each year. It’s free and you can participate in so many activities such as dragon boat and raft racing, and there is a fair, live bands playing and stalls where you can win some awesome prices. It’s only a 20-minute drive via the A1 and A421 (from St Neots) and it is definitely worth going to.
St Neots Living History Festival: This year, held on the Market Square, you can meet historic characters from the past and discover more about the town’s history. It will be held on 14th July 2018.
Fairs: Finally, every year there are a few fairs held at Riverside Park, Regatta Meadows or on The Common. These fairs usually last between a day or a whole weekend and are great fun for family and friends.
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