Five Fantastic Spring Activities To Enjoy In Cambridge
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Five Fantastic Spring Activities To Enjoy In Cambridge

Beautiful blooms, a beer festival and a traditional village fete: there’s plenty to enjoy during springtime in Cambridgeshire.

Thriplow Daffodil Weekend

Each March, around 10,000 visitors descend on the quaint village of Thriplow to marvel at a dazzling display of daffodils and enjoy all the fun of a traditional country fete.

As well as around 100 different varieties of daffodil (including the Thriplow Gold, a narcissus named in the festival’s honour), there’s vintage entertainment galore, from Morris dancers to blacksmith displays and a tea and cake tent.

You can also expect stalls, live music, and lots of tasty things to eat as you make your way around the village, which is car-free all weekend.

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Snowdrops at Anglesey Abbey

Another fabulous floral display can be found at Anglesey Abbey, a stately home in the village of Lode, which is around 5 miles outside of central Cambridge.

The house’s grounds are blanketed in snowdrops each spring, with around 300 individual varieties of the delicate white flower to discover. The stunning spectacle attracts thousands of visitors each year and heralds the beginning of spring in the county.

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Lambing at The Wimpole Estate

The gardens at Wimpole come alive with colour during spring, making it a wonderful time to explore this grand country estate near Royston. It’s also the time of year when the Home Farm’s 280 rare breed yews give birth to several hundred fluffy new additions to the Wimpole flock – giving visitors a chance to see the pens and paddocks filled with skipping, bleating baby lambs.

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May Day at Wandlebury

As the sun rises on May Day at Wandlebury Country Park, the Devil’s Dyke Morris Men dance to greet it. You’ll have to be up with the lark to catch them – the bells and handkerchief swinging start at around 5.30am – but you’ll be rewarded with the sight of a gorgeous sunrise over the woodland.

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Cambridge Beer Festival

A late spring attraction that’s always worth a visit is the beloved Cambridge Beer Festival. Taking place every May on Jesus Green, the event dates to the 1970s and is one of the largest regional beer festivals in the country, attracting upwards of 40,000 ale enthusiasts each year. On offer are a huge range of beers from all around the world, as well as cider, perry, mead and wine, plus a range of savoury bites at the cheese counter. Because it’s such a local favourite, there can be lengthy queues to get in – but you won’t regret the time spent waiting in line!

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Photo by Chris Boland www.chrisboland.com
Photo by Chris Boland www.chrisboland.com
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Did you know?

Take a wander around Cambridge between spring and autumn and you might be greeted by the sight of cattle roaming freely in parks and green spaces.