As the days become lighter, longer and hopefully warmer, discover all the city and Cambridgeshire has to offer. Here are our top recommendations for things to do in Cambridge for the perfect Summer city break in Cambridge, 2024:

Megan Rooney: Echoes & Hours Exhibition

Coming to Kettle's Yard, this is the first major solo exhibition in the UK of work by Megan Rooney (b. 1985, South Africa). Her paintings have an irresistible life and energy, renewing the potential of abstraction to embody the richness of the visual world. In June 2024, Rooney will spend three weeks making a new ‘mural’, painting directly on the walls of one of Kettle’s Yard’s two galleries. In the other gallery a group of new paintings will be exhibited for the first time.

22nd June - 6th October 2024, 11am, free entry.

Sounds Green at Botanic Garden

Relax with family and friends and enjoy an evening of live, open-air music from Cambridge Summer Music every Wednesday evening in July.

Every Wednesday evening in July at the Cambridge University Botanic Garden, 6:15-8:30pm.

Cambridge Folk Festival

Visit the Cambrigde Folk Festival this year for the perfect family-friendly weekend. One of the longest running folk festivals in the world, since 1965, discover a wonderful mix of contemporary singer-songwriters, Americana, roots and blues, traditional, and world music that is the hallmark of Cambridge.

25-28th July. Held at , just a 10-15 minute drive from University Arms.

Summer Hand-Tied Bouquet Workshop

Join us in our ballroom on Thursday 8th August with Emily Tallulah flowers for a 2-hour summer hand-tied bouquet workshop. Enjoy a glass of sparkling wine whilst Emily demonstrates the process of arranging a luxury, seasonal bouquet.

8th August, 6:30-8:30pm, University Arms Ballroom. £85 per person.

Cambridge Comedy Festival

The all-new Cambridge Comedy Garden comes to Parker's Piece with an astounding series of shows starring stand-up's finest.

17th-21st July, Parker's Piece.

Cambridge Open Studios

Celebrating 50 years of art and creativity in Cambridgeshire, the Cambridge Open Studios returns to the city once more running over the first four weekends of July every year, and provides the opportunity to visit working studios, and buy art direct from the artists.

6th-28th July, 10am-5pm.

Mini Ceramic Pinch Pots with Daniela Stief

Wednesday 24th July, 6:30-7:30pm. £30 per person, David Parr House.

Join ceramic artist, Daniela Stief to make patterned pinch pots and dishes with glazed glass interiors. In this workshop, you will learn how to hand build with clay using a pinching technique creating three different pinch pots from two different clays.

Flying Days: The Americans

Friday 26th July, Imperial War Museum Duxford. 10am-6pm.

A tale of two countries bound by duty, find out about the special relationship between America and Britain. Enjoy a few surprises in the sky and a great day out on the ground at Flying Days: The Americans. 

Sundowners at Saffron Grange Vineyard

Discover Saffron Grange as they introduce their 'Sundowners at Saffron Grange' every Friday 5-9pm until September 2024. Enjoy their premium English sparkling wine from their Tasting Room and local food-trucks (which will vary depending on the date.) No need to book, just pop along and soak up the atmosphere!

Every Friday evening, 5-9pm, Saffron Grange vineyard.

All that Jazz

Jazz nights come to Parker's Tavern bar at the University Arms, every Friday, 7:30-10:00pm. Sip away at Parker's Tavern signature cocktails and swing out with the Sam Miles Trio and the Andy Bowie Quartet.

No booking required, all are welcome. https://parkerstavern.com/bar/

Where to stay in Cambridge this Summer

For a luxurious and unforgettable Summer getaway, consider booking a stay at University Arms, Cambridge's premier luxury hotel. With elegant accommodations, exceptional service, and convenient access to the city's top attractions, University Arms offers the perfect retreat for discerning travellers. Whether you're on a short weekend break or a week-long family break - we've got you covered. And we're even a dog-friendly hotel, so you don't have to leave your furry friends behind.

For more information, explore our available packages and luxury accommodations. Or book your stay now!