At University Arms, we have been nestled in the heart of the picturesque city of Cambridge for over 190 years, allowing us to gather the best activities for you and your family. Whether you enjoy historic activities, shopping, or enjoying nature, there is something for everyone.

We have put together a guide for unique and exciting activities to enjoy in Cambridge this February half term.

Museums and Galleries

Museum of Zoology

Take a short walk to the Museum of Zoology for a unique "night at the museum" experience. On February 15th, from 4:30-7:00pm, bring a torch and explore the exhibits in the dim light. Witness the magic as shadows play on the skeletons of extinct species, including the famous 21-meter-long fin whale. It's a magical experience that combines education and fun for the whole family.


Museum of Cambridge

From traditional eel griggs and fenland witchcraft to an early domestic food processor, an industrial scale apple peeler and corer, and a beautiful piece of embroidery by a recovering WW1 soldier, the Museum of Cambridge, shares the extraordinary stories of ordinary people over the last 300 years.

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Whipple Museum's "Space Explorers" Installation

Discover the wonders of astronomy and laboratory history at The Whipple Museum of the History of Science. The museum's collection includes scientific instruments, apparatus, models, pictures, prints, photographs, books and other material related to the history of science.

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Dinosaur Hunt at Sedgwick Museum of Earth Sciences

Discover 4.5 billion years of Earth's history, from meteorites and mountains to dinosaurs and diamonds just a 5 minute walk from University Arms. Discover their range of exhibitons and events here.

Fitzwilliam Art Museum

Immerse yourself in the world of art at the Fitzwilliam Art Museum during February Half Term. Explore exquisite collections, from classical masterpieces to contemporary works. The museum often hosts family-friendly activities, providing an educational and visually stunning experience for visitors of all ages.

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IWM Duxford

For a unique and captivating experience, head to IWM Duxford during the half term break. This historic airfield and museum showcasea vast array of aircraftand military vehicles, offering an immersive journey through aviation history. Engage in interactive exhibits and witnessiconic planes that played pivotal roles in significant historical events. Running until the 25th February is their 'Spies in the Skies: A Second World War Aerial Reconnaissance' spotlight exhibition.

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The Centre of Computing History

Unleash your inner tech enthusiast at The Centre of Computing History in Cambridge. This interactive museum showcases the evolution of computing, featuring vintage computers, gaming consoles, and hands-on exhibits. Engage in coding workshops or simply marvel at the technological journey from the past to the present.

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Oliver Cromwell's House

Step back in time at Oliver Cromwell's House, a historic gem in the heart of Ely. Explore the former residence of the Lord Protector and delve into the turbulent history of the English Civil War. Engage in interactive exhibits and guided tours, gaining insights into this key figure and the 17th-century period.

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Enjoying the Scenic Nature

Cycle to Grantchester

Hop on a University Arms bike and head to the picturesque village of Grantchester, just outside the city, where tea-gardens, country pubs, and river journeys await. There’s no better way to enjoy the great outdoors as a family.

Speak to our concierge to help you plan your trip.

The River Cam

Embrace the serene beauty of the River Cam during February Half Term. Take a relaxing punt tour with your family or friends, enjoying the tranquil scenery and iconic Cambridge views. Whether opting for a shared tour or self-punting, the quieter river in February provides a more intimate experience, perfect for a leisurely afternoon outing. This should be on everyone’s wish list of activities in Cambridge: You can book a private or shared punt tour of the city or have a go at punting yourselfand even enjoy a picnic on board.

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Hire a Paddle Board

Pull on a wetsuit to brave the elements and enjoy an adventure on a stand-up paddle board along the River Cam exploring the college backs. You can explore the Backs (the land that runs along the back of the colleges built on the riverside) on a guided tour for individuals or pairs, or putter about solo.

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Cambridge University Botanic Garden

Reconnect with nature at the Cambridge University Botanic Garden during February Half Term. Wander through diverse landscapes, participate in family-friendly activities, and explore special events such as the Glasshouse Adventure trail. The Botanic Garden provides a tranquil escape within the city, offering a breath of fresh air and seasonal wonders for visitors of all ages.

On the 19th-21st February, Indigo Moon theatre comes to the Botanic Garden for a special Twilight showing of the puppet show Seedheart. This show tells the important tale of what happened to the Earth when humans came along and how we can restore our once green planet. Suitable for ages 5 and above.

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Anglesey Abbey

Discover the winter charm of Anglesey Abbey's gardens during the half-term break. The historic house and stunning grounds offer a picturesque setting for family walks. Explore the snowdrop displays, follow enchanting trails, and revel in the seasonal beauty of this National Trust property.

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Shepreth Wildlife Park

Embark on a wild adventure at Shepreth Wildlife Park during February Half Term. Home to a diverse range of animals, this family-friendly destination offers both entertainment and education. From lemurs to tigers, enjoy close encounters with fascinating wildlife while supporting conservation efforts. They are also celebrating their 40th anniversary in April hosting a charity ball in aid of SWCC Hedgehog Hospital.

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A Treat for the Adults

For a truly luxurious and convenient February getaway, look no further than University Arms. Our hotel is centred in the heart of Cambridge and offers unique features and accommodations. We have special seasonal packages and a relaxing spa experience to ensure your stay is truly unforgettable.

This February Half-Term, create lasting memories with your family in Cambridge. From interactive museum experiences to outdoor adventures, University Arms is your luxurious base for an unforgettable break. Contact our concierge for further details or to arrange your trip. To experience Cambridge in the most luxurious and memorable way, consider booking your stay at University Arms, where hospitality meets elegance.

Looking for more fun events and spots to visit? Check out our Discover Cambridge page, with a helpful interactive map of the historic city.