St Neots is a charming riverside town with a friendly and vibrant character. Although the largest and fastest growing town in Cambridgeshire (located 18 miles west of Cambridge), St Neots still retains its rich heritage and charm, with plenty to offer the visitor.
For more information please visit www.visitstneots.co.uk
The town dates back over 1,000 years to the Medieval Priory of St. Neot. The name of the town comes from the Cornish saint, whose remains were interred in the Priory some time before the Norman Conquest.
St Neots still retains its character as a country market town and the Market Square is one of the largest and most ancient of its kind in the country, dating back to the 12th century. A market has been held upon this square every Thursday since its foundation.
Things to Do
Uncover the story of our historic market town in the award winning museum housed in the former magistrates’ court. From here you can embark on a journey to discover the Lost Priory and walk in the footsteps of the famous 19th Century Eynesbury Giant.
Another must is to explore the unique lock up, Riverside Mill and lock in Eaton Socon.
Other activities include a tenpin bowling alley, pitch and putt and a renowned skateboard park. Autumn 2013 will see the opening of a new 6 screen Cineworld cinema and restaurant complex in St Neots town centre.
Beyond the town centre there are several beautiful green spaces to enjoy including The Common, Priory Park and Riverside Park. Set amongst huge weeping willow trees, there are lakes for boating and fishing, picnic areas, children's play areas, and many marked cycle and footpaths, providing the perfect setting for fun and relaxation.
You might also like to join in with St Neots’ popular events and festivals in 2013:
CAMRA Booze on the Ouse Beer Festival -14 – 16 March
Folk Festival - 8 & 9 June
Rowing Regatta - 20 & 21 July
Medieval Heritage Festival - 27 & 28 July
Food & Drink Festival - 3 & 4 August
Charity Dragon Boat Race Festival - 31 August
Music in the Park - 15 September
Christmas Lights Switch On - 29 November
Shopping in St Neots
The thriving town centre offers a lively shopping experience, with hidden courtyards running off the main high street. Browse the local shops for unique gifts and indulge in some excellent food at one of St Neots many restaurants, pubs and cafes.
Visit the weekly Market every Thursday and the Farmers Market (held on second and fourth Saturday of each month) for a chance to meet local producers and sample some delicious goods. Regular Continental markets also visit the town.
The Surrounding Area
Visit Paxton Pits Nature Reserve at Little Paxton, comprising 75 hectares of gravel pits, meadows, scrub and woodland next to the River Great Ouse. There is a wealth of wildlife to enjoy all year round, and a network of marked paths. During May there are large numbers of Nightingales and many species of orchid can be found in the meadows.
For further information on how to have a great day out with the family contact the Town Centre Manager at St Neots Town Council.
Tel: 01480 388911