Top free things to do in Cambridge

  1. Cambridge Jazz Festival

Immerse yourself in the gypsy jazz, Latin, soul and funk, and jam sessions of the Cambridge Jazz festival, and get involved with films, speakers and workshops. With more than 200 musicians, and 80 events in 18 venues celebrating the multiple genres of jazz, there's an abundance of both ticketed and free events to enjoy. The festival takes place in November.


  1. e-luminate Cambridge Festival

The e-luminate Cambridge Festival each February transforms the city’s medieval architecture with light art installations over 6 magical evenings. This modern arts festival aims to help visitors discover Cambridge via installations, talks, family activities and concerts.


  1. Heritage Open Days

See inside some of the usually off-limits parts of Cambridge buildings, from historic university colleges to the main galleries of the Fitzwilliam Museum, and backstage at the Amateur Dramatics Centre. You can also take some great guided walks and discover some lesser known facts about the city.


  1. Kings College Chapel Evensong

Choral evensong is held every evening during university term time, and it’s a magical way to experience the atmosphere of Cambridge through traditional choir singing, in the impressive setting of King’s College Chapel.


  1. Picnic by the river

Pick up some local delicacies at the Sunday farmers market and enjoy a picnic beside the Mill Pond. You can watch the punts go by and take in the beautiful architecture of nearby Darwin College.


  1. Walk to Grantchester

Take a walk along the River Cam, through Grantchester Meadows and on into the countryside until you reach the beautiful village of Grantchester. If you need refreshment, you can stop into the Orchard Tea Garden. You can do the same journey by punt, but doing it on foot is free!

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