Cambridge is without doubt the perfect place to spend a sunny weekend. Aimless strolling around the cobbled streets, stunning views of the magnificent colleges, a spot of punting on the glistening waters of the river, and some excellent food in the pub where Pink Floyd used to hang out – Cambridge has it all!
We arrived early in the morning and started our tour. The trick is to try and get into as many university colleges with open courtyards as you can, and to get utterly lost. Then you just have to resist the urge to look at a map, and you can say you’ve had the full Cambridge experience.
If you feel your strength waning, you can always stop by Hardys Original Sweet Shop for some traditional fudge, and of course all the alternative variations like chocolate peppermint, rum & raisin, or creamy vanilla. If you’re not too bothered about the fancy packaging, the sweets stalls at the market in the town square sell some fantastic fudge with an even bigger range of flavours.
Personally, I was in need of a belt, so the All Saints Garden Art & Craft market served as the perfect place to get an authentic handmade one. You can select your own buckle, and they cut up the leather right in front of your eyes. They can even put your initials on the belt, which makes it into a nice little souvenir.
We discovered this half-hidden pub by the water, and by this time we were so hungry, we were ready to go in whatever they had to offer. It surprised us with a swanky interior, and a lovely terrace overlooking the river.
After lunch we continued our walk and after spending some time picking out wines as gifts, we thought it was time to treat ourselves to a refreshing drink to chase the heat of the afternoon away.
Pimm’s is always a good idea!
Next up we had planned to go for a punt on the river, as we’d never had the pleasure, even though we’d been to Cambridge a fair few times before. Even the impending rain wasn’t enough to lower our determination to experience this traditional Cambridge pastime.
But after the rain came the rainbow! Two of them at that… Absolutely enchanting against the backdrop of the dusky grey sky.
When the sun finally pierced through the clouds, we could just sit back and enjoy the stunning views on both sides of the river, as well as the variety of beautiful bridges passing above our heads while we floated downstream.
Only in Cambridge: this awesome boat was invented by the immensely creative, cycling-loving students at one of the colleges.
The sun was about to set, and that could only mean one thing – it was time to start thinking about dinner! We headed to The Anchor Pub, the cradle and preferred hangout of a little local band that goes by the name of Pink Floyd. The food was absolutely brilliant, I would definitely recommend a visit!
Well, we might have seen the last sunny weekends for this year, but no excuses! That only means you have plenty of time to plan your getaway to Cambridge the first chance you get next year 🙂