A Vibrant Autumn in Cambridge

Oct 17, 2023

Events and Activities You Can’t Miss This Autumn in Cambridge

As the leaves start to turn golden and the air becomes crisp, Cambridge, a city steeped in history and charm, prepares for an autumn season filled with exciting events and activities. From cultural festivals to outdoor adventures, there’s something for everyone to enjoy.

Let’s explore the vibrant happenings in Cambridge this autumn that will make your stay at The Fellows House memorable.

Autumnal Walks in Cambridge University Botanic Garden

Experience the beauty of autumn up close at the Cambridge University Botanic Garden. Take leisurely strolls amidst the vibrant foliage, breathing in the earthy scents and marvelling at the seasonal flora. The garden’s diverse collection of plants, trees, and flowers provides a picturesque backdrop for nature enthusiasts and photographers alike. Join the Cambridge University Botanic Garden on the 22nd of October to celebrate the region’s biggest Apple Day, jam-packed with live entertainment, pop-up food trucks, and local craft stalls and sales – not forgetting lots of apple activities.

Or to entertain your little ones during the autumnal half-term break, head to the Botanical Garden for an Autumn Art Adventure. Available 21st October till 30th November.

Bonfire Night

Cambridge, renowned for its prestigious university and rich cultural heritage, comes alive in a blaze of colour and excitement every November 4th for Bonfire Night. Also known as Guy Fawkes Night, this centuries-old tradition commemorates the foiling of the Gunpowder Plot in 1605. In Cambridge, this event is more than just fireworks and bonfires; it’s a celebration that bridges the gap between history, community, and fun. In this blog post, let’s explore the magic of Bonfire Night in Cambridge and why it’s a must-visit event for locals and tourists alike.

Bonfire Night in Cambridge is not just a display of pyrotechnics; it’s a nod to history. The night commemorates the failed attempt by Guy Fawkes and his associates to blow up the Houses of Parliament. Every year, Cambridge residents gather to remember the events of 1605, making it a celebration steeped in historical significance.

The highlight of Bonfire Night in Cambridge is, of course, the breathtaking fireworks display. The sky above Cambridge lights up with a myriad of colours, creating a visual spectacle that leaves spectators in awe. Families and friends gather to witness the night sky adorned with dazzling bursts of light, creating cherished memories under the canopy of stars.

Every year, this Fireworks Night is organised by Cambridge City Council and is held at Midsummer Common, which is just a stone’s throw from The Fellows House. This event is one of the city’s longest-running traditions, with thousands of locals watching the spectacular fireworks show. The fireworks display starts at 7 pm.

After the fireworks, we invite you to join us in The Folio Bar & Kitchen for a warming meal or a cocktail to be enjoyed in the warmth of our cosy bar.

Cambridge Film Festival (19 – 26 October)

Kick-start your autumn in Cambridge by immersing yourself in the world of cinema at the Cambridge Film Festival. This renowned event showcases a diverse range of films, from independent productions to international blockbusters. Grab some popcorn and enjoy screenings in unique venues across the city, experiencing the magic of storytelling on the big screen.

Punting on the River Cam

Embrace the autumnal beauty of Cambridge by taking a relaxing punt along the River Cam. Admire the changing colours of the trees lining the riverbanks as you glide through the water. Many punting companies offer cozy blankets too. Finish your punting trip with a hot coffee and delicious cake in The Sage, making it a perfect end to a crisp autumn afternoon with friends or family.

Autumn in Cambridge

Cambridge Jazz Festival (13 – 27 November)

Music enthusiasts, rejoice! The Cambridge Jazz Festival brings the city to life with soulful melodies and rhythmic beats. Immerse yourself in the world of jazz as local and international artists perform at various venues. Whether you’re a jazz aficionado or just looking to enjoy some live music, this festival promises evenings filled with musical delights.

Discover Local Museums and Galleries

Just a short scenic walk from The Fellows House, you will arrive at The Fitzwilliam Museum. It is the art and antiquities museum of the University of Cambridge and it offers a large variety of exhibitions and displays.

Are you staying with us this half term? If so, we recommend visiting the Museum of Classical Archaeology on the 26th of October for ‘Monsters at the Museum’! The Museum has been taken over by mythical monsters and scary beasts! Join with your family for this fun afternoon and get ready for the spooky season ahead!

Nestled within the picturesque streets of Cambridge, just a stone’s throw from The Fellows House, Kettle’s Yard stands as a haven for art enthusiasts and cultural explorers alike. This unique gallery and contemporary art space, located near the heart of the city, offers a captivating blend of art, history, and creativity.

Cambridge Literary Festival (25 – 28 November)

Bookworms, this one is for you! The Cambridge Literary Festival celebrates the written word with engaging talks, book signings, and discussions led by acclaimed authors and thinkers. Explore a world of literature and ideas, delving into captivating stories and intellectual conversations that will leave you inspired and enlightened.

Cambridge comes alive with a multitude of events and activities during the autumn months, offering a perfect blend of entertainment, culture, and natural beauty. Whether you’re a film buff, music lover, nature enthusiast, or literary connoisseur, there’s something in store for everyone. So, don your cosiest sweater, grab a hot drink, and immerse yourself in the warmth of Cambridge’s autumnal charm. Don’t miss out on these exciting experiences that will make your autumn in Cambridge truly unforgettable.


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