Easter has past, spring is upon us, the days are getting longer and what we hope will be a blissful summer full of warm days and balmy evenings is well on its way. There are a lot of great things to do in Cambridge all year round, but when the sun hits most people want to head outside and make the most of the better weather. A picnic is a relaxing and enjoyable way to spend a warm, sunny afternoon but picking the best spot, especially if you are not from the local area, can require some pre-planning. Fortunately, Cambridge will leave you spoilt for choice when it comes to beautifully picturesque settings ideal for a picnic with friends and family.
When you’re planning your next trip, there’s no need to search for hotels near Cambridge. The Tamburlaine is close to all of these picture-perfect spots, meaning all you need to do is decide on a menu!
Cambridge University Botanic Gardens
Sometimes, it can be nice to leave the busy city behind and enjoy an hour or two closer to nature. If this sounds like your idea of heaven, fill your hamper and head to Cambridge University’s Botanic Gardens. Here you’ll find 40 acres of gardens, glasshouses and wildlife to enjoy, the perfect backdrop to a summer day and a wonderful venue for an al-fresco lunch. Pop in for an hour or two, stroll through the gardens themselves to work up an appetite and then delve into your bag full of treats or, walk off your sandwiches, cake and charcuterie with a little time exploring this urban oasis.
If you’re looking for somewhere slightly more low key to unfurl your picnic blanket, try an afternoon at Jesus Green. Jesus Green is a vast open space open all year round. Its central location makes it a popular park in the heart of the city and it’s easy to access on foot, by bicycle or public transport. We’d suggest taking a book or a Frisbee and getting comfy for an hour or two.
Despite its central location, Sheep’s Green is a surprisingly tranquil part of Cambridge, while remaining conveniently placed for a day that also includes a few other activities. Wander the grounds, enjoy the paths and take in the range of trees and shrubberies before finding your perfect picnic spot and digging in. Plus, there is a paddling pool and play area for those travelling with young children.
Cambridge, as many people already know, is famous for its punting. Punts travel up and down the River Cam every day showing tourists and locals alike a different side to the city. This is a side steeped in history and idyllic views so why not combine a must-do punting trip with a delicious picnic? There are several punting companies in Cambridge and many provide packages that include a lunch picnic before, during or after your time on the river.
If you’re planning a visit and are tired of searching for hotels near Cambridge, The Tamburlaine is centrally located and makes an excellent home from home whatever your itinerary.