Wondering where to visit in Cambridge during the colder months… we’ve got you covered. From Lunar New Year celebrations to vintage markets, punting, and chocolate extravaganzas, Cambridge is buzzing with opportunities to make the most of the season. Join us as we guide you through a carefully selected list of winter events, ensuring you experience the city’s rich history and discover hidden gems that might have escaped your radar.
Cambridge Lunar New Year Festival
First up – the Lunar New Year Festival on February 10th at the Marleigh Community Centre in Cambridge. This event is set to be an exciting, memorable day for people to come together. This will be the first event to celebrate the Lunar New Year in Cambridge, and it definitely won’t be one to miss.
With over 20 food stalls and a whole range of different activities, like crafts and tech workshops, traditional tales told to the children, and some incredible musical performances – there is something here for everyone. With no entry fee, you can pass through and enjoy the day whenever you like.
This special day isn’t just about celebrating the Lunar New Year; it’s an opportunity to broaden your horizons, learn new skills, and immerse yourself in diverse cultures. So mark your calendars, and let’s kick off winter 2024 with a memorable Lunar New Year celebration.
Quinky Vintage and Craft Market
For those vintage lovers, Quinky Vintage and Crafts Market will be right up your street! The market is the perfect place to thrift all the sustainable pieces you need in your winter wardrobe this year. This is not the first, or last Quinky market in Cambridge – their next event will be held in the stunning Pitt Building on February 24th, right in the city centre.
The market was set up by two friends with the interest of creating a sustainable marketplace for local sellers to come together. Along with being environmentally sustainable, they donate the £2 door fee to charity, adding that extra touch. Whether you’ve been before or going for the first time, be sure to stay updated with their pop-up events around Cambridge!
Discover Bulgaria Wine Rooms
Next up on the list of things to do this winter, is the Cambridge Wine Academy’s ‘Discover Bulgaria’ event. Wine experts will transport you right from the Cambridge Wine Rooms to the Thracian Lowlands region of Bulgaria. This region is responsible for about 30% of Bulgaria’s wine production, creating favourites like Mavrud, Rubin and Melnik – but we’ll let the real experts do the talking in their exciting event.
This relaxed, conversational event is the perfect opportunity to meet people with similar interests and learn something new, without needing any prior knowledge at all. You can then impress loved ones with your newfound wine expertise! This event will be on February 12th and definitely isn’t one to miss! A reviewer even described the Cambridge Wine Rooms as a ‘wine haven in a storm’ … sounds pretty good.
Punting with Let’s Go Punting
A day out in Cambridge could never be complete without a punting trip to see the Cambridge University Colleges. After a hard day’s work shopping, or exploring the markets, you can sit back and relax on one of our chauffeured tours. The tours last 50 minutes, where you can enjoy a full history tour as you glide past renowned sights like Kings College, the Mathematical Bridge and the Bridge of Sighs.
With Valentine’s Day coming up, why not treat your loved one to a romantic private chauffeured tour with a complimentary rose. If you would like to make the day even more special, there are options to add on flower bouquets, picnics, prosecco and champagne. Despite being a bit chilly, a winter punting tour is an incredible way to visit the College Backs when they are crisp and uncrowded. So, bundle up and embark on a winter punting adventure that not only explores the rich history of Cambridge but also captures the enchanting College Backs in their winter splendour.
Cambridge Chocolate Festival
We’ve covered wine tasting, but the Cambridge Chocolate Festival has other ideas… On Valentine’s weekend (9th-11th February), the Orator is hosting a chocolate extravaganza. This is the perfect way to indulge with a loved one, and an even better way to enjoy your galentines. They are hosting a whole range of events, all centred around something very important – chocolate!
The first evening they will be airing ‘The Chocolate War’ accompanied by chocolate cocktails. We aren’t sure what these consist of but would love to find out. The following two days will be the festival market with a whole range of crafts and products from local businesses to explore. And to make things better, dogs are allowed!
The Cambridge Chocolate Festival is a must-attend event for those with a penchant for the sweeter things in life. Whether you’re craving chocolate cocktails, exploring a market, or enjoying the company of your furry friend, this festival is set to be a delightful celebration of all things chocolate. Mark your calendars for a weekend filled with sweetness, laughter, and the joyous spirit of Valentine’s and Galentine’s Day.