Summer in the City

Some ideas for the summer holidays

Splash pools, Ice creams, Green spaces, Days out, Nature, Adventure

Summer is here!

Girl in summer

Heatwaves, changeable weather

There are lots of places to be outside, on greens or the playgrounds. For older kids there is the skateboard park, Jesus Green Lido, adventurous sports. The Summer Holidays are again quite tricky in 2021 because not all holidays are possible and not all holiday clubs are running. Whether you are juggling working from home or not, the weeks over July and August can be a challenge to fill with activities to keep the kids from getting restless!

Summer activities

There are outdoor tennis and ping pong to try for free. Splash pools are great for cooling down and having fun. Look out for them in King's Hedges, Abbey and soon Coleridge. The many nature reserves, from Wicken Fen to small local wild green ares in the city, are good for spotting dragon flies or fishing with a net. Whatever your families interests, have a browse for some ideas to fill the days ahead.

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Splash Pools in the City
Nature Reserves and Animals
Fun on the Water
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Summer Fun

Best Ice Creams in Town



1 Benet St - Huge rich Italian ice creams, lemon, chocolate strawberry with really intense rich flavours. A favourite!


Jack's Gelato

6 Benet St - Just around the corner. This is pretty high up in the best ice cream stakes. Fantastic flavours rotating six a day. Such as Chelsea Bun, Earl Grey or Roasted Rice.


Chocolat Chocolat

21 St Andrews St - Chocolate ice cream heaven.

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Newnham Rd - Best for a sit down ice cream sundae. Maltesers, doughnut, brownie and marshmallow. Phew!


Cambridge be waffle

Market St - Real Belgian waffles from a stand - with lots of different ice cream and toppings to go with it. Friendly service too.

Summer Things to Do


Milton Country Park

Lovely park just outside of Cambridge to the North. It has a playground, lakes, visitor centre and cafe. Be careful with small children as the

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Buggy by college

Best Buggy Walks

Luckily Cambridge is very flat! Which is great to wheel a buggy around. The buses also all have access for buggies, as long as there

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Cambridge Canoe Club

The club has reopened for use in line with current covid restrictions. There are beginners kayak and canoe sessions, look at the website to confirm.

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ducks and swans

Free Summer Fun

There are the green spaces of course, such as Jesus Green and Parker’s Piece, which have short grass perfect for playing frisbee, football or other

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Punts on the river Cam

Bat Safari Punting

Join the Wildlife Trust on a Bat Safari punt for adventures at dusk towards Grantchester Meadows. 90 minutes long. Grab this chance to see our

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geocache object


This is a modern day treasure hunt, using a GPS device to find hidden containers or ‘caches’. It is a nice, simple idea set up by volunteers worldwide.

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Jesus Green

Green Spaces in the City

Christ’s Pieces Emmanuel Road A very central park with four free tennis courts, a refreshment kiosk and a popular play area for the under 6s.

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It's often the simple things that make the best summer memories with kids

Going fishing with nets. Making their own fresh lemonade. Splashing about in a pool. Blowing bubbles.Going on a treasure hunt. This is quite a nice list from Unicef with 50 fun summer activities for the kids... click the title for the link.

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