Live Like A Local: Cambridgeshire

27 June 2017

Cambridgeshire is a lovely county which is home to so many exciting attractions, days out, and eateries.

With the rolling countryside, bustling populated areas, and striking stately homes, it would be a real challenge to not enjoy your time in Cambridgeshire but, as there are so many options for things to do and see, we thought we’d round up some of the best so that you get to see the creme de la creme of Cambridgeshire while you’re there.

If you’re staying with us, do ask us about our holiday passports, as you may be able to get some great deals on some of the attractions mentioned.

Try local foods

Eat at Il Piccolo Mondo

‘Il Piccolo Mondo’ is Italian for ‘The Little World’ and is an intimate and authentic Italian restaurant. Situated in a historical building, this restaurant, which has been running since 2011,  prides itself on providing its customers with good, fresh, and locally sourced food on a daily basis.

Despite its striking aesthetic and cozy atmosphere, the real star of the show at Il Piccolo Mondo is the homemade pasta, including the popular spaghetti alla ciociara and gnocchetti verde con gorgonzola e noci.

Treat the kids to a free carvery

At The Stables Bar & Restaurant at our Tydd St Giles park, kids under 5 can enjoy a free carvery when accompanied by a paying adult with our holiday passport!

Visit local attractions

Wild Tracks

For the ultimate outdoor activity experience, Wild Tracks is the place to go in Cambridgeshire. Made up of 60 acres of land, the grounds at Wild Tracks are packed full of exciting activities such as motocross, clay shooting, and go-karting

This activity park can suit the needs of anyone, from children’s parties to corporate events and team building activities.

Shepreth Wildlife Park

Shepreth Wildlife Park is great for little ones who want to get up close and personal with a variety of animals including tigers, fruit bats, and red pandas. The wildlife park comes fully equipped with a soft play area, a play barn, and a safari train and, with informative talks every half an hour, it’s a wholly engaging experience for all of the family.

Bounce

Bounce is an indoor trampoline park which consists of over 100 interconnected trampolines. An absolute hoot for both adults and children, Bounce features a main arena, a dodgeball court, a kids area, a slam dunk area, a foam pint, gladiator pits, and much more!

They even have an adults only session on the first Friday of every month, with mocktails, a live DJ, and nightclub lighting.

Visit Wicken Fen

As the UK’s oldest nature reserve, Wicken Fen is iconic and is the most picturesque place for you to spend the day. Property of The National Trust, Wicken Fen is home to lots of wildlife, including wild horses and, famously, a vast population of mosquitos.

This is the ideal location for lovers of nature and walking to enjoy a sunny afternoon in the tranquil wilderness.

Enjoy Cambridge University Botanic Garden

The 40 acre botanic garden at Cambridge University opened in 1846 and is a beautiful place to visit regardless of the time of year. There are over 8000 plant species in the garden and wildlife is plentiful, offering you close encounters with grey squirrels, foxes, and frog life.

The land serves as a muse to gardeners all around the world and is easily accessible, with few stairs and steps. With so many plants and collections, it can be a challenge to know where to start in the botanic garden, so it is recommended that first-time visitors take a guided tour.

Picnic at The Backs

The Backs is a park which is named as such due to its views of the back of the riverside colleges. The land itself is situated alongside the River Cam and here you can find a number of famous bridges, including the Mathematical Bridge and the Bridge of Sighs.

This stunning park, which is adorned with daffodils and crocuses in the spring, is the perfect location for a picnic and, as a Grade 1 Historic Park, it’s brimming with fascinating history and beauty.

Peruse The Fitzwilliam Museum

This free of charge museum calls itself home to exhibitions, displays, and artifacts which will be sure to spark your imagination. With curatorial departments covering applied arts, ancient world, coins and medals, manuscripts and printed books, and paintings, drawings, and prints, this museum leaves no stone unturned.

The Fitzwilliam Museum also regularly puts on events and talks, making it a great place for history and art enthusiasts to spend a few hours or a whole day.

Go punting with Scudamore’s

Punting is a popular pastime in Cambridgeshire and this traditional activity ensures that you get to see the sights in style. Both locals and visitors enjoy travelling along the River Cam and, with Scudamore’s, are given the option of punts, kayaks, or Canadian canoes.

You can hire a punt for anywhere from an hour to a whole day and you can even go on a party punt tour where you can enjoy Pimms, champagne, or cocktails on your punt as you travel elegantly alongside the iconic college banks.

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