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Cambridge is a vibrant city that embraces the old and the new. It combines the welcoming feel of a small town with the variety and energy of a larger city.

However you like to spend your time, there's always something to keep you entertained – whether that's having coffee with friends, going punting, catching a film, having a night out, or getting involved in clubs and societies.

Entertainment and comedy

However you like to spend your time, there’s always something to keep you entertained. Cambridge has four theatres, three cinemas, and two major entertainment venues – The Junction and The Corn Exchange – offering varied programmes which include comedy, drama, dance, concerts and club nights.

Those into comedy won’t be disappointed as, along with student groups and the annual Comedy Festival in July (featuring many Edinburgh previews), Cambridge regularly attracts top stand-up acts – in the last year the city’s hosted comedians including Ricky Gervais, Stewart Lee, Mae Martin, Andy Parsons, Abandoman, Pam Ann, Russell Brand, Reginald D Hunter and Steve Bugeja.

The city also offers numerous other events, fairs and festivals throughout the year, including:

  • Watersprite International Student Film Festival
  • History Festival
  • Literary Festival
  • Eat Cambridge Festival
  • Beer Festival
  • Strawberry Fair
  • Midsummer Fair
  • Shakespeare Festival
  • Film Festival
  • Dragonboat Festival
  • Mill Road Winter Fair


Live music is a big part of life in both the city and University. There’s something on offer for every taste; from buskers in the street and gigs in pubs, to classical concerts and big name acts. Among many others, You Me At Six, the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra, Slaves, Birdy, Two Door Cinema Club, The Shires, Jamie Lawson, Primal Scream, Jools Holland, Sons of Kemet, Rebecca Ferguson and Laura Mvula have all performed in Cambridge during the last year.

The city hosts a growing number of music festivals too. Most well-known is the Folk Festival, but others include the Jazz Festival, Jazz and Brass in the Parks, the Rock Festival and the Buskers and Street Performers Festival.

Pubs, clubs and restaurants

Cambridge has a great range of pubs – there are more than 100 before you start to count the dozens of College and University bars! The city has a mix of clubs offering everything you’d expect – a variety of music nights alongside cheap entry and offers for students.

There’s a great selection of places to eat too. Something for any mood, taste, occasion, and price range. Better still, there are lots of discounts and special deals for students at various restaurants and cafés.


Cambridge’s three shopping centres and the city’s central streets house most high street names alongside independent shops and boutiques. The stalls in Market Square sell handmade jewellery, vintage clothes books and much more. You can pick up baked goods and local produce as well as a range of street food.

Just on the edge of the city centre, is an eclectic mix of shops, cafés and restaurants on Mill Road, offering anything from just about anywhere in the world and to suit any budget.

Outside the city

If you want to explore further afield, London is just 50 minutes away by train and there’s plenty to discover in the region, for instance:

  • numerous walking and cycling routes
  • punting up the river to Grantchester
  • Ely and its cathedral
  • various local National Trust and English Heritage properties
  • nature reserves, wildlife parks and zoos
  • karting, a real snow slope, and indoor skydiving