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Fall in love with Autumn in Cambridge: a guide to the best seasonal activities.

Autumn in Cambridge. Cambridge University Botanical Garden. A beautiful tree with red leaves by the pond.

Fall in love with Autumn in Cambridge: a guide to the best seasonal activities.

Autumn in Cambridge. Cambridge University Botanical Garden. A beautiful tree with red leaves by the pond.

It is a time to embrace the beauty of nature, indulge in seasonal flavours, and immerse oneself in the rich history and culture of the city. 

In this article, we will explore the various activities and experiences that make autumn in Cambridge truly special.

Exploring the changing colours of Cambridge’s parks and gardens

One of the best ways to enjoy the autumn season in Cambridge is by exploring its parks and gardens. The city is home to several beautiful green spaces that come alive with vibrant colours during this time of year.

Some of the best parks and gardens to visit include Jesus Green, Parker’s Piece, Midsummer Common, Cambridge Botanical Gardens, Cherry Hinton Hall, and Wandlebury on the outskirts of the city.

Savouring seasonal flavours: Best places to enjoy Autumnal cuisine in Cambridge

Autumn is a season of harvest, and Cambridge offers a wide range of restaurants and cafes that celebrate this abundance. From hearty stews to pumpkin-spiced treats, there is something for everyone to enjoy.

Some of the best places to indulge in autumnal cuisine include The Pint Shop, which offers a menu filled with comforting dishes such as braised beef and roasted root vegetables. 

Another great place to try some hearty pub-grub is the Eagle Pub, one of the oldest inns in Cambridge, bursting with 14th-century charm and character.

For those with a sweet tooth, Fitzbillies is a must-visit. Their famous Chelsea buns are the perfect treat to enjoy on a chilly autumn day.

Embracing the chill: Cosy activities to enjoy in Cambridge during Autumn

As the weather gets colder, it’s time to embrace cozy activities in Cambridge. Whether it’s curling up with a book in a cozy cafe or enjoying a hot drink by the fireplace, there are plenty of ways to stay warm and comfortable.

One of the best places to cozy up with a book is the Michaelmas Café with its lovely stained glass windows or Hot Numbers with its buzzing creative atmosphere and warm décor it’s a great spot to read a book.

Another great option is The Orchard Tea Garden, where you can enjoy a hot cup of tea or coffee while surrounded by beautiful gardens.

Discovering Cambridge’s rich history during the Autumn season

Cambridge is a city steeped in history, and autumn is the perfect time to explore its rich past. From ancient colleges to historic landmarks, there is so much to discover.

Some of the must-visit historical sites and landmarks include King’s College Chapel, the Fitzwilliam Museum, and the Cambridge University Botanic Garden. 

Guided tours are available for those who want to learn more about the history and significance of these places.

Celebrating Halloween in Cambridge: Spooky events and festivities

Halloween is a time for spooky fun, and Cambridge offers plenty of events and activities to celebrate the holiday. From haunted tours to pumpkin carving contests, there is something for everyone to enjoy

Why not go on a Halloween Punting Scavenger Hunt, it’s a great way to see the city in the dark or if you prefer to be spooked there is a Horror at Hinchingbrooke House. Definitely not for the faint-hearted.

You could head down to the Festival of the Dead at the Corn Exchange featuring World-class circus performers, Giant skeleton puppets on stage and in the crowd, and Shredding guitar solos and live percussion. Tickets can be booked here: 

Getting Festive: Attending Autumnal events and festivals in Cambridge

Cambridge is known for its vibrant events and festivals, and autumn is no exception. From food festivals to music concerts, there is always something happening in the city.

  Some of the best festivals and events to attend include the Cambridge Oktoberfest, the Cambridge Film Festival, and the Cambridge Literary Festival. 

Upcoming highlights of the Cambridge Film Festival include Catalan Cinema, an unforgettable voyage into the world of Powell and Pressburger, and the return of the Family Film Festival. The Cambridge Literary Festival also features some great celebrity writers including Theresa May, Timothy West, and Rick Stein.

These events offer a chance to immerse yourself in the local culture and celebrate the season with fellow residents and visitors.


Autumn in Cambridge is a truly magical time. From exploring the changing colours of the parks and gardens to savouring seasonal flavours, there is something for everyone to enjoy. So, grab your camera, put on your walking shoes, and get ready to embrace the beauty of autumn in Cambridge.

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