Cambridge is a fantastic destination to visit for a weekend break, and as the weather gets warmer there’s never been a better time to get out and about and enjoy all the fabulous open-air activities happening in and around the city. Here’s our top guide to some of the best things to see and do outside this summer – perfect if you are preparing to visit us here at The Tamburlaine!
Explore Cambridge University Botanic Garden
Whilst this stunning garden is available to enjoy all year round, the summer months are when visitors really flock here, and it’s a great day out for all the family. Offering 40 acres of Grade II listed heritage gardens, right in the heart of Cambridge, there’s over 8,000 plant species to explore. Close to the Tamburlaine Cambridge for those hoping to ensure convenience as well as comfort, the Cambridge University Botanic Garden was first opened in 1846, and is home to the finest collection of trees in the local area as well as a number of both iconic and endangered tree species.
Fantastic for both relaxing in beautiful surroundings and having a more active exploration of all the gardens have to offer, there’s wonderful highlights here such as the Winter Garden, the beautiful Scented Garden, and the Bee Borders. For chillier days, guests can also check out the Glasshouse Range. With a regular roster of events happening all through the summer, head to the official website to find out more.
Visit a local zoo or wildlife park
Cambridge and the surrounding area have plenty of great opportunities for wildlife enthusiasts, most notably Shepreth Wildlife Park and Linton Zoo. Younger wildlife fans will thrive on the conservational and educational opportunities at both locations, with the chance to get up close to some of the world’s most magnificent species!
From majestic tigers to curious meerkats, there’s lots of animals to meet, and as both are predominantly outdoor attractions, with lots of marvellous country park trails to explore, there’s even more reason to ensure the whole family visit during a sunny weekend, and enough talks and activities to keep everyone entertained. The venues are also close to our luxury accommodation in Cambridge and the many restaurants in Cambridge for added convenience.
Enjoy Wicken Fen Nature Reserve
Another great way to spend a sunny summer day, Wicken Fen Nature Reserve is the oldest nature reserve under the care of the National Trust. There’s a wide range of different walks for all ages to enjoy, ranging from relaxing family strolls and the chance to stop along the way for coffee and cake, to more intensive walks for experienced hikers. There’s much more to do here, also – including cycling routes, bike trips and even back-to-basics camping opportunities for those eager to spend even more time at the fen, and a wide variety of stunning wildlife and endangered species to discover, with wetlands catering to over 9000 species.