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Cambridge is a city of diversity, education and culture. It is therefore no surprise that it is also home to excellent festivals to suit any audience. Here is our round-up of fabulous Cambridge festivals offering great music, food, learning opportunities and more.

The Literary Festival:

Literary festival Cambridge Literary Festival took its offering online during lockdown in 2020 and we thoroughly enjoyed listening to Matt Haig discuss his (then) new release, The Midnight Library from the comfort of our own home. This Spring, the online festival is back with events to inspire adults and children alike and celebrate wonderful literature. Get involved and book the Cambridge Literary Festival 2021 online here. Writers this Spring include; Maggie O’Farrell, Grace Dent, Douglas Stuart and the wonderful children’s author Julia Donaldson.

Cambridge Folk Festival:

The Cambridge Folk festival is one of the longest running and most prestigious folk festivals in the world. The festival mixes an eclectic host of quality artists with activities to suit everyone. Get involved in den building, tai-chi, instrument making, sculpting, drawing, sewing and a whole host of music, arts and craft related activities. Buy day, weekend or camping tickets and enjoy!

Cambridge Beer Festival:

The Cambridge Beer Festival is held during May and November each year. Well attended and popular with locals, the festival showcases real ales, ciders, Perry’s, wines and beers.  Incidentally, it also has a brilliant cheese stall. Take in some live music and quality drinks with a festival atmosphere. A fun weekend.

Foodies Festival:Cambridge food

July is the month when Foodies Festival take over Parker’s Piece and give the city chef demos, food stalls, music and more. Masterchef and Bake Off winners show off their bakes while artisan food producers share their wares with visitors. Music this year includes Toploader, Sophie Ellis Bextor, and Scouting for Girls. Weekend tickets are £29, while day tickets start at £17.

Eat Cambridge Food and Drink Festival:

The Eat Cambridge food festival happens each May and lasts for two weeks. Special events and restaurant offers are available during the festival. Volunteer organised, it showcases the best of the independent Cambridge food scene. Take a look at the calendar and find your choice of pop up supper clubs, street food, food fairs, tasting events, talks, demos, and cookery lessons.

Strawberries and Creem Festival:

Music and youth culture festival Strawberries and Creem brings together Hip-Hop, R&B, Afrobeats, Dancehall, House, Garage, and Drum & Bass artists in their two day music festival. Based at Childerley Orchards, you are able to buy a weekend or day ticket. After dark entertainment is available for those camping or glamping on site. This is an adults only festival.

The Cambridge Club Festival:

Another Childerley Orchards offering, the September Cambridge Club Festival is a family festival of music, arts and culture. Take in some feel good music, for example Soul ll Soul, Toploader and Beverley Knight. Why not also take advantage of the mind, body and soul activities, for example disco yoga, meditation, gong baths and holistic treatments. You can also get some top notch grub with the street food vendors present. Family friendly entertainment available. Campers and glampers can take advantage of the after dark discos too!

Science Festival:

With 30 days of fun for everyone, the Cambridge Science Festival is packed with thought provoking activities for young and old. With about 250 events running, choose from the calendar of demonstrations, lectures, and exhibitions- most of which are free. Cambridge has strong links to scientific breakthroughs and minds, so where better to inspire young minds and spark interest.


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