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Get Out of the House

With peaceful rolling countryside, beautiful scenery, captivating guided walks and a spectacular nature reserves Cambridge and Beyond provides a great opportunity to get out and about and work off the festive excess with in invigorating winter walk, a trip down the river or a visit to somewhere that you’ve never been to before.

Official Tours of Cambridge

What better way to blow away the cobwebs than by taking a leisurely stroll around the city. Book a walking tour of Cambridge and discover why this beautiful city is known and respected throughout the world.

Our official Blue Badge guides will bring the city to life for you, as they explain its history and heritage, tell tales of its quirky traditions, and answer questions you may have along the way.

Punting on the River

Enjoy a quintessential Cambridge experience and take to the river Cam for the afternoon – enjoy the sights and sounds of the river, whilst taking in some of Cambridge’s most idyllic scenery.

Christmas Park 'n' Cruise River Tours in December

Avoid the traffic queues and 'hunt the parking space' Park at The Plough Fen Ditton at the edge of Cambridge and enjoy a peaceful cruise into Jesus Green a short stroll to the shops.  Then have a trip back and enjoy a drink or meal at the pub before going home.

Inbound trips at 9:30 and 13:00 Outbound trips Midday and 17:00

St Ives Electric Riverboat Company

Mulled Wine Boat Trips

Fridays to Mondays

3rd Nov – 18th Dec

Half hourly trips

11:00 - 13:00 £5 per person

Embark From St Ives Quay Pontoon


University of Cambridge Museums

Jazz at the Museum of Zoology

Wednesday 22 November, 7-10pm, £11
Museum of Zoology
Live contemporary jazz in the company of a giant whale skeleton. Cambridge Jazz Festival presents boundary-pushing performances from Entropi and Phil Meadows Project. Enjoy an interactive sound and light installation and get an exclusive look at the Museum's brand new Whale Hall.

The Edge of India: Untold Stories, After Hours

Friday 1 December, 7-9.30pm, £11
Museum of Archaeology and Anthropology
Join us for an evening of experimental film and music, critical stories and hands-on encounters with the crafts of Indian artists. Take in the displays after dark, debate their stories over a drink and challenge the stories that museums tell.

Festive Tracks and Fizz

Wednesday 6 December, 7-9pm, £8
Sedgwick Museum of Earth Sciences
Cosy up with the dinosaurs as the Sedgwick Museum does Christmas with a twist. With atmospheric lighting and performers from We Are Sound bringing their eclectic take on winter revelry, it’s the perfect way to kick off your festive season.

Visit www.museums.cam.ac.uk/cam-lates for full details and booking. A new programme of Cam Lates events will arrive for the New Year, but in the meantime, do escape the Christmas frenzy by popping into the museums. You might even find the perfect gift there…


Christmas at the National Trust

A Classic Christmas at Ickworth House

21st November - 27th January

1930s Christmas pudding workshops, Adult Christmas Crafts, Christmas Wreath Making Workshops and An Ickworth Christmas Play are just some of the highlights to be enjoyed at Ickworth House this festive season.

Christmas Celebration & Winter Garden at Peckover

9th - 17th December

Visit Peckover this December to see selected rooms of the house decorated for Christmas with festive floral arrangements. They'll also have Christmas trees decorated by local community groups. There'll be music and local choirs, as well as mulled wine and homemade mince pies to get you in the festive spirit. Enjoy a stroll around Peckover's garden during the winter months and warm up with our delicious soups and hot drinks in the Reed Barn tea room. 

Wimpole Estate

11th November - 2nd January

Prepare for Christmas, celebrate family time and get away from it all at Wimpole Christmas.

Arts, Crafts, A Christmas Concert in the Chapel, Make your own log Snowman, The Grand Tour and Wimpole Walks.


Ghost Stories by Candlelight at The Manor Hemingford Grey

15th - 17th December

Robert Lloyd Parry presents Ghost Stories by M R James told by candlelight in their 900-year-old Music Room

Chilford Hall

November - Februray

Chilford Hall are offering a number of festive activities to get you out and about this Christmas - Winter Wine Tastings, that run throughout November to February -  a Cheese & Wine Evening on Saturday 18th November and a fabulous Christmas Wine Fair on Saturday 2nd & Sunday 3rd December.

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