Although you may be looking out the window and seeing a pretty dreary and drizzly day, summer is officially here and if you have kids then that means just one thing – summer holidays are coming. This is 6 or 7 weeks of which you have to find something to do with the children to keep them occupied because as parents we all know that after a few days of ‘freedom’ from school your kids will soon be moaning that they are bored and have nothing to do… yet those suggestions of tidying their bedrooms or cleaning your car seem to fall on deaf ears!
But don’t despair – we are here to help! We have put together a list of things to do in Cambridge during the summer holidays. We have tried to mix it up so you can really vary the summer holidays for your children, offering different things to do in Cambridge during the summer holidays every week. We are sure you’ll find something for every child to enjoy.
This is our short list of things to do in Cambridge during the summer holidays;
Punting In Cambridge
Why not go punting in Cambridge, after all, it is one of the main things that Cambridge is famous for. If your children are older they can do the punting themselves, but if you fancy a more relaxing punt or have younger children then why not book a chauffeured punting session in Cambridge where you can sit back and enjoy the scenery.
You can book a private punting tour or share your punt with other families enjoying the sights of the fabulous Cambridge colleges that are steeped in history. Your children will also be able to see the majestic Kings College which makes a fantastic backdrop for a gorgeous summer family photo. Punting in Cambridge is brilliant for children of all ages and there is always something new to see or learn.
Where is it? There are a range of different punting operators in Cambridge, visit our Punting page for more information and advice!
How much will it cost? A shared tour will cost you around £15 and a private tour will set you back around £100. It is important to note that prices are more much expensive at the kiosk, so we recommend that you book online.
Kings College Guided Tours
Speaking of Kings College why not take the family on a Kings College guided tour, it’s a truly inspirational experience for everyone. On the tour of the King’s College Chapel, you will be taken around one of the largest and most spectacular college chapels in Cambridge, many people feel the King’s College Chapel is one of the most beautiful and grandest buildings in the whole of Cambridge and therefore definitely not something to be missed.
Don’t just look at the gorgeous building from the outside, though, book a King’s College Chapel guided tour to allow you to bring the history of Cambridge to life with some fun facts and really great stories that kids young and old will love and remember for years to come. A guided tour around King’s College Chapel is an unforgettable day out.
All tickets should be purchased on the day from King’s College Visitor Centre
Where is it? King’s College, King’s Parade, Cambridge CB2 1ST
How much will it cost? The tour will cost £6 for adults and £4 for children and students.
Great St Marys Church
Another church that is well worth a visit is Great St Mary’s Church in Cambridge, with over 800 years of history and a major part to play in the history of Cambridge and the University of Cambridge there’s lots to uncover at the Great St Mary’s Church that is sat in the heart of the city of Cambridge. This church was the first home of the scholars who came from Oxford in 1209 and it was in this church that lectures were given, celebrations were held and degrees were conferred.
Although lectures do not take place here anymore it is still a fascinating place to visit and you can pay a small fee for your family to take a tour of the tower and see for miles across Cambridge, taking in the sights from above that you have enjoyed down on the ground. Open 7 days a week, dependant on funerals and weddings, this is a fabulous church with wonderful sights to be seen across the whole of Cambridge when you climb to the top of the tower.
How much will it cost? Entry to the church is free. If you wish to climb the tower then there is a small charge.
Student and Senior Citizen: £3.40
Fitzwilliam Museum in Cambridge
Here in Cambridge, we are very lucky to have this incredible museum on our doorsteps, it has over half a million artworks in its collection and is rumoured to be one of the most impressive regional museums in Europe with tourists coming far and wide to see the exhibitions at the Fitzwilliam Museum.
You can book an official guided tour of the Fitzwilliam Museum to make sure you don’t miss anything or you can wander round in your own time taking in the displays and artefacts of world history and art from as far back as 2500 BC right through to the present day. There is sure to be something to amaze or even inspire your children in this superb museum.
Where is it? Trumpington St, Cambridge CB2 1RB
How much will it cost? Entry is free however, visitor’s donations help keep the galleries open and are greatly appreciated
On a gorgeous summers day the botanic gardens offer a fabulous day out in Cambridge, with 40 acres of beautiful gardens and stunning glasshouses you can discover a huge array of flowers from all over the world, many your children have never seen before and even some you may never have heard of!
The Cambridge University Botanic Gardens opened in 1846 and have been a true inspiration for gardeners for many years while offering an introduction to the natural world for families and a refreshing oasis of peace and tranquillity for all visitors to these stunning heritage-listed gardens. You will find plants and flowers to intrigue and enchant visitors of all ages.
Where is it? 1 Brookside, Cambridge CB2 1JE
How much will it cost? Admission is free if you join the Friends of Cambridge University Botanic Gardens, if you are not a member it is £5.00 for an adult and free for children under 16.
Cambridge Lido (Jesus Green Outdoor Pool)
As we experience the hotter days that can be rare in the UK summer holidays then there is only one place to go so you can cool off and relax and that’s the Cambridge Lido. It is a 91m long outdoor swimming pool surrounded with grassed and paved areas where children can play and adults can relax with a good book in the summer sun.
If you prefer the shade you could perhaps relax under the mature trees that surround the Cambridge Lido, acting a windshield to create a truly wonderful day out for you and your water-loving kids.
Where is it? Jesus Green
How much will it cost? For an adult, it will cost £4.50 and for a junior, £2.30. There is a full price list which can be seen here if you are interested in a season ticket or other facilities.
This is our shortlist of things to do in Cambridge during the summer holidays, but of course, we have missed out loads of great things such as Shepreth Wildlife Park, Duxford Airport, Hamerton Zoo, Ely Cathedral, S15 Spy Tours and so much more…. we are just going to have to write another list!
Well off you go and get on with these great things to do in Cambridge during the summer holidays and we will get started on part 2 of the list to ensure that you and your family have an amazing summer holiday, enjoying all the things there are to do in Cambridge!