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What to do in Cambridge

Cambridge offers huge opportunities for student families. The City is very child friendly, with many great parks like Lammas Land. The plethora of bikes means that it is quite normal to see children cycling to school.  Cambridge parents also use a huge range of cycles to transport children, shopping and books, with cycles to meet any need more available here than anywhere else in the UK.

Good sources of things to do include:

Cambridge Museums

Great St Mary’s

Cambridge Parents Facebook Group

Cambridge Council

Cambridge University Primary School


Childcare Office

University Playscheme

CHYPPS (Children and Young People's Participation Service)


Things to do in Cambridge


Parks & Splash/Outdoor Pools

Cherry Hinton Water Play Area: Free access pair of paddling pools with a connecting bridge and an attached play area, grass area for picnics. May through September.

Jesus Green (CB4 3PX): Unheated outdoor swim facility with natural windbreak. There are plenty of grassed and paved areas for sunbathing.

Lammas Land (CB2 2AD): Adventure playground with a large shallow paddling pool free to use throughout the summer.

Sheeps Green Learner Pool: A minute walk from Lammas Land pool. The pool is 0.9 metres deep and is free to use. It is open from 26 May. A lifeguard is present.

Coleridge Paddling Pool: The pool is fenced off, with seating and toilets available nearby. The pool consists of newly installed interactive splashpad features and an area of pool for paddling. Newly refurbished park.

Swimming Pools

Concertina: Swimming Pools

Parkside Pools (CB1 1LY): 25m fitness pool and combined teaching and diving pool with moveable floor. They also have two flume rides: one single, and one suitable for two people, plus a children's leisure pool.

Abbey Pool Complex (CB5 8NT): Two swimming pools, an outdoor interactive splashpad.

King Hedges Pools (CB4 2XH): The indoor learner pool is 15 metres long and 0.9 metres deep. The paddling pool has been refurbished into an exciting new splashpad facility

Indoor Soft Play

Concertina: Indoor Soft Play

Cheeky Monkeys Playbarn (CB1 5HR): Fulbourn – Small soft play with great outdoors area too.

FunkyFunHouse (CB5 8HY): Cambridge – Absolutely massive! If you have kids that can go off and play without needing you then this is a fab soft play to keep them occupied for hours! Avoid afternoons when football team is at home though as the traffic is then gridlocked!

Whale Of A Time (CB3 8EL): Bar Hill – Small soft play next to a massive Tesco!

Museums and Educational Trips

Cambridge Museum of Technology (CB5 8LD): The museum shows the history of power through the ages, collections include letterpress-printing and pump station equipment, information and artefacts from local industries.

The Fitzwilliam Museum (CB2 1RB): Houses world class collections of works of art and antiquities spanning centuries and civilisations. Enjoy tales of mighty rulers, warrior kings and powerful armies from Ancient Egypt and closer to home.

Cambridge Centre for Computing History (CB1 3EW): A hands on, interactive computer and video games museum dedicated to the history of the technology that has changed our lives! Many of the computers can be played with and we have programming guides for you to follow and learn to code!

Sedgewick Museum of Earth Sciences (CB2 3EQ): Varying range of exhibitions, encompassing more than 500 million years of Earth's history, plenty of it dinosaur related. Try the Trail after!

Museum of Cambridge (CB3 0AQ): Local social history museum housed in a 17th-century timber framed building, which operated as the White Horse Inn for 300 years. Wonderful, varied collections are displayed in nine room settings, each filled with intriguing objects, some dating back to the1600s.

Whipple Museum of the History of Science (CB2 3RH): holds a pre-eminent collection of scientific instruments and models, dating from the Middle Ages to the present including microscopes and telescopes, sundials, early slide rules, teaching and demonstration equipment, pocket electronic calculators and laboratory apparatus!

Cambridge Science Centre (CB5 8BQ): Educational based shows, workshops, lectures and hands-on exhibitions: great for keeping little minds and little fingers busy!

Kettles Yard (CB3 0AQ): Family friendly, on top of the fantastic exhibitions they also offer an Education Room where the kids (4+) can make their own artwork from a selection of free materials! Loads of cool events too!

Other things to do in Cambridge

Kings College Chapel (CB2 1ST): The Choral Services and concerts at King's are an iconic Cambridge visit and a breathtaking live musical experience for any age, with differing choir combinations to choose from.

Cambridge University Botanical Garden (CB2 1JE): A family friendly place of peace to study plants from all over the world in 40 acres of beautiful gardens and glasshouses.

TenPin Cambridge (CB1 7DY):  28 modern fully computerised lanes. Tuesdays are half price. Tesco Clubcard vouchers can be used.

Vue Cinema: In the Grafton Centre. Multiplex. Kids AM on Saturday and Sunday mornings and every day in the holidays showing a film from last 6 months for £1.50 a child.

Livingstones café (CB2 3AR): Very child friendly.