Flying the Purple Flag this Winter
Purple Flag is an award for the safe management of towns and cities after dark (5pm – 5am). Managed by the ATCM, there are over 70 Purple Flag towns and cities in the UK and Ireland.
It wouldn’t be Christmas without the North Pole on Parkers’ Piece, to start your night with ice skating and mulled wine. Cambridge Arts Theatre plays host to Aladdin for this year’s panto, so what would you ask the genie for this Christmas? Town & Gown has a production of Miracle on 34th Street based on the 1947 radio hour broadcast – the battle of Kris Kringle vs the Supreme Court. The St Petersburg Classic Ballet will perform at the Corn Exchange, with the Nutcracker and Swan Lake. If you prefer to be in the driving seat for all the action, head to LockHouse Escape Games for brain-teasing puzzles and a mild sense of peril.
DRINKING & DANCING
Have you tried the newly reopened Cambridge Union Cellars, famous for hosting the Footlights back in the day? Or if you’re in the mood for music, head to De Luca Cucina & Bar for live piano, and La Raza has regular takeovers from bands and DJs. MASH is an independent nightclub, keeping Cambridge up after hours all week long. Revolution is promising show stopping Christmas spectacles, including their cocktail masterclasses. Or, if you’re in the mood for a Christmas party, Vinyl has private rooms and VIP tables, with party planners to do the hard work for you!
Clayton Hotel Cambridge is perfectly located near the train station and Botanic gardens. It offers Christmas Day and New Year’s Eve dining with complimentary prosecco. At the University Arms, guests staying on Christmas Eve will enjoy a truly festive experience – carol singers, sherry and cream tea in luxury surroundings. Varsity Hotel & Spa has special menus throughout December at their restaurant SIX, with yuletide songs in a festive setting. Graduate Hotel guests this winter can enjoy frosty views of the River Cam, whilst feeling cosy inside its Garden House restaurant with an open grill kitchen.
SERVICES IN THE CITY
On Friday and Saturday nights 10pm – 4am, the dedicated Street Pastors keep an eye out for anyone in need. They offer directions, food and drink, and other practical support. And on each payday weekend and every weekend in December, the Taxi Marshals at the St Andrews Street Taxi Rank help everyone get home safely.
Cambridge – Flying the Purple Flag
The Purple Flag working group work on a number of initiatives across the nighttime economy, including the following which are designed to keep us all safe on a night out: Taxi Marshals – Providing professionally trained licensed Taxi Marshals on key dates throughout the year helps to ensure people get home swiftly and safely after… View Article
Be Our Guest
University Arms University Arms is a landmark hotel located in the historic heart of Cambridge, overlooking Parker’s Piece. Since opening in 1834, the University Arms hotel has played an important role in the history of the city. In 1848, in the shadows of the hotel the defining rules of football were invented by locals playing… View Article
Street Vendors Whether you arrive by bus, train, car, or bicycle there’s a strong chance you will see a street food vendor within the first few minutes of your arrival. There is so much choice from this fun, affordable food option. There are Tacos, falafel, burgers, hotdogs, crepes, ice cream, traditional Indian food and much… View Article
Bags of Style…
Cambridge is spoilt for choice when it comes to unique gifts which can be found in one of the many independent boutiques that you will find spread throughout the city. Head to the historic centre to find those special gifts for your loved ones. Stroll down Rose Crescent and Trinity Street, Magdalene Street, Bridge Street… View Article
48 Hours in Cambridge
Friday Afternoon Upon arrival, why not stop at one of the local cafes and treat yourself to a cuppa (or something stronger!) while you wait for your hotel to be ready. If you arrive by train, you can jump in a cab or hop on a bus if you don’t fancy the 10-minute stroll into… View Article
FIRST STOP, SHOPPING! From independent boutiques to big-name brands, you’ll find something for everyone here in Cambridge. Not only are you spoilt for choice with the Grafton, Lion Yard and Grand Arcade, but this city is also home to hundreds of high street stores. And for those with temporary or permanent mobility issues, Shop Mobility is a free-of-charge service that… View Article
Family friendly activities for £10 or less in Cambridge this summer
The Cambridge Book Bench Trail Explore every nook and cranny of our wonderful city as you follow the trail to discover 12 completely unique book benches across Cambridge from the historic core to shopping centres and parks. This summer Cambridge BID in partnership with Wild in Art has installed 12 individually designed Book Benches across… View Article
Dog Friendly Cambridge
Park and Ride Accessing the city with your pooch has never been easier with the network of Park & Ride buses allowing you to travel with your dog for free (however, they will need to sit on the floor). Buses run from five sites across the city, and tickets cost as little as £3 return… View Article
Top five things to see and do in Cambridge this summer
This summer, the historic city of Cambridge invites holidaymakers to venture along its quaint streets to discover brand new boutique accommodations, exciting attractions and unrivalled al fresco dining throughout the charming city centreand its lush green spaces beyond.