Usually, Cambridge has a buzzing social life with many activities in and outside of colleges taking place. This year, this is likely to be different, though. Fortunately, there are still many things you can do in and around town while keeping social distance (and some things you can look forward for when this whole pandemic is over).
Out and About
Besides several parks such as Parker’s Piece (where, famously, the Cambridge football rules were established), Jesus Green, Midsommer Common or Coe Fen/Sheep’s Green, other green spaces invite for walks and enjoying nature.
Angelsey Abbey A bit further out, but this Jacobean-style house with gardens and a working watermill run by the National Trust is open again (pre-booking necessary) and a nice destination for a day-trip via bike or bus
Punting (for more information about the Sidney Sussex Punting Pass see here)
Walk to Grantchester
Grantchester is a lovely village southwest of Cambridge and setting of the BBC detective drama of the same name. Why not take a walk along the River Cam and visit the idyllic English village? The Orchard Tea Garden is a popular destination with sitting arrangements inside and out. Under normal circumstances, we would offer a group trip to Grantchester during Fresher’s Week so why not ask your flatmates to accompany you?
Museums of Cambridge
Cambridge has many museums which are part of or independent from the University. Luckily, some museums will open in time for Michaelmas with social distancing and other safety measures in place.
All Cambridge museums will close on Thursday, November 5th until further notice.
- Cambridge Museum of Technology Please book a ticket in advance here
- Cambridge Science Centre Some exhibitions are taking place, see here
- Kettle’s Yard Please book a free ticket in advance here
- Museum of Cambridge You do not need to book in advance but please have a look at their safety guidelines
- The Fitzwilliam Museum. Open Tuesday to Saturday, 10am-5pm, Sunday 12-5pm. Please book a free ticket in advance here
- Museum of Archaeology and Anthropology. Open Thursday to Saturday, 10am-5pm. Please book a free ticket in advance here
- Museum of Classical Archaeology. Open Tuesday to Friday, 11am -2pm. Please book a free ticket in advance here
- Museum of Zoology. Open Thursday to Friday, 9:30am-03:30pm. Please book a free ticket in advance here
- Sedgwick Museum of Earth Sciences. Open Thursday – Saturday, 10am-5pm. Please book a free ticket in advance here.
Museums currently closed (some exhibitions may be available online, though, so have a look at the websites)
Cambridge Ice Arena (currently closed)
Clip ‘N Climb Cambridge (Climbing Centre)
Kelsey Kerridge Sports Centre (Gym, Classes, Climbing Wall, …)
Rainbow Rocket (Bouldering)
Tenpin (Bowling, Karaoke, Table Tennis, Pool, Arcade)