Our Top 10 Local Autumn Activities in 2019

The autumn season can bring beautiful colours, cozy jumpers and hot chocolate whilst you huddle up by the fire. There is lots to do during the build-up to Christmas, sometimes it can be difficult to choose with so many available options!

Beginning your Autumn plans with fantastic accommodation at Boutique Lux is a must – the perfect setting for an autumnal retreat! Set against the backdrop of the Cambridgeshire countryside, our locations are perfect for adding that extra “cozy autumn” feeling. The Retreat, a beautiful rustic wooden cabin set amongst the crunchy fall leaves, or the Buddha House, the home-away-from-home, perfect for family evenings sitting out in the cool autumn air.

If you are looking for a relaxing evening activity or fun day out during your stay with us, we have put together a list of some of the best Autumn activities happening in our local area for this year.

We are sure that you will find something that will entertain, spook or warm your heart.

I don’t know about you, but autumn just leafs a smile on my face!

For Delicious Food and Tipsy Drink

Craft Beer Tour of Cambridge

If you are a fine ales and good times lover, then you will fit in perfectly with this scene!

Kick back and relax on a craft beer tour sampling fine ale and delicious local produce off the beaten track of Cambridge. On this immersive 4-hour tour you will have the opportunity to visit local breweries and meet their brewers, beer shops and take part in bespoke tastings, pairing tasty local food with the fine ales on offer.

  • Date: Season beginning 26th October 2019
  • Time: 11:30 am – 3 pm
  • Suitable For: A group of friends, stag do or corporate event (adults only)
  • Price: £75 per person


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Gin O'Clock Gin and Food Tour

Is that the time already? It must be time for Gin O’Clock!

If you prefer a smooth spirit to a fine ale, why not check out a local gin tasting tour complete with relaxing scenic walks, sipping on cocktails at a trendy liquor loft and delicious dessert tapas prepared specially by a local Spanish chef at a top Cambridge watering hole?

You will get the opportunity to sample a variety of gins, some local to Cambridge and some from further afield. This tour is just as unique as the gin you get to sample and you won’t be disappointed!

  • Dates: Saturday 19th October, Saturday 16th November and Saturday 14th December
  • Times:
    • October and November: 11:15 am – 2:15 pm
    • December: 11:15 am – 2 pm
  • Suitable For: A group of friends, stag or hen do or corporate event (adults only)
  • Price: £75 per person


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Cambridge University Botanic Garden Apple Day

If you find botanic gardens and apples a-peeling, then you will love the region’s largest apple day at the Cambridge University Botanic Garden! The event offers the opportunity to sample over TWO DOZEN delicious local varieties, also available to purchase, in addition to apple cultivation tips and tricks on how to grow the perfect pomme.

Also on offer will be a variety of apple-related activities for the young and young-at-heart, in addition to live music, botanical garden tours, food and craft stalls, as well as local artisan products for sale, including, hedgerow cordials, hand-pressed juices and ciders, fruit-flavoured spirits, specialty teas, chocolates and cheeses!

  • Date: Sunday 20th October
  • Time: 10 am – 4 pm
  • Suitable For: Anyone and everyone!
  • Prices:
    • Adult tickets: £9.30
    • Concession: £8.30
    • CU students: £4.30
    • Children under 17: FREE
    • Essential carers for disabled visitors: FREE


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Undley Pumpkin Patch and Maize Maze

This family fun day out is celebrating its 20th anniversary this year with celebrations bigger than ever before! A day out at the Undley Farm Pumpkin Patch is a great way to ring in the autumn season, with live magic shows, pumpkin carving, bouncy castle, donkey rides, and face painting – the list is endless!

Also new for 2019, to celebrate their 20th anniversary, there is an enormous “Maize Maze”, with the addition of an animal hunt challenge for little ones!

Also on offer are a range of tasty treats including a barbeque, wood-fired pizzas, hog roast, as well as a variety of Halloween and pumpkin-themed desserts, for example, pumpkin pie, Halloween cookies and cake, pumpkin bread and also pumpkin milkshakes!

Whatever your autumnal preference, we are confident that there is something at the Undley Pumpkin Patch for everyone to enjoy!

  • Dates: Open during half term and weekends throughout October
  • Times: 10 am – 5 pm
  • Suitable For: Anyone and everyone!
  • Price: Entry and parking are free, however individual attractions within the patch have their own cost


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For a Spooktacular Halloween

Fenland Spooktacular

Get ready for Halloween with some spooky fun!

The Fenland Spooktacular is the perfect day out for families wanting to have fun in the changing colours of autumn nature! Dress up in creepy costumes or dress down in messy clothes and get ready for a day of Halloween crafts and games in the picturesque setting of the Wicken Fen nature reserve.

  • Date: Friday 25th October
  • Times: 10:30 am – 12:30 pm and 1:30 pm – 3:30 pm
  • Suitable For: Anyone and everyone, particularly families!
  • Price: £6.50 per child


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Horror at Hinchingbrooke House

Hinchingbrooke House from Geograph.org

How would you like to spend your evenings shaken to your core at an award-winning, interactive and realistic horror experience set in the infamous haunted Hinchingbrooke House and gardens? If being scared to death haunted by nightmares for months to come is your poisoned chalice, then read on…

The most terrifying characters of horror come to life is this adrenaline-filled interactive experience, preying on innocent victims such as yourself as you wander timidly through darkened rooms, distorting mazes and creepy forests.

This is a truly extraordinary experience, where groups of 8-10 people a led on a formidable journey through a labyrinth of hair-raising surprises from killer clowns, ax-wielding maniacs, demonic creatures and more!

Make sure that this experience is for you, as once you are in, there is no turning back!

  • Dates: Saturday 19th October – Sunday 27th October
  • Times: 10:30 am – 12:30 pm and 1:30 pm – 3:30 pm
  • Suitable For: Anyone with a death wish, but not suited to children under 12
  • Price: From £18.50 – £29.50 depending on the date chosen


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Black Shuck Ghost Tours of Cambridge

If you want to see a darker side to the historic city of Cambridge, then Black Shuck Ghosts Tours are the group to lead you into the deep unknown, making you question everything you thought you knew about the supernatural.

The Black Shuck group offers three different tours. Firstly, the Haunted Cambridge tour, where you are taken to the city’s sites of ghostly presences and will be entertained with tales and legends of the supernatural, as well as having the opportunity to try ghost photography.

The second tour offered is the Wickedness and Witchcraft tour where you are taken on a bewitching journey of spells, sorcery, and superstition. The third tour is the Colleges and Corpses tour, where you will be taken to sites of grizzly murders, body-snatching, burnings, and burials.

Whatever your chilling cup of tea, there is something for everyone!

  • Dates: Open seven days a week, all year round
  • Times: Tour slots available between 4 pm and 10 pm
  • Suitable For: Anyone with a hankering for hauntings
  • Price: Varies based on type of tour and size of group – enquire for details


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For an Evening to Remember

Peter Pan Goes Wrong

Following the phenomenal multi-award winning success of The Play That Goes Wrong, Mischief Theatre’s Peter Pan Goes Wrong comes to Cambridge Arts Theatre!

Brilliantly performed by the members of the Cornley Polytechnic Drama Society, the fast-growing phenomenon is a mega-hit around the world, currently being performed in five continents and 35 different countries!

If you are looking for an evening of gut-busting comedy, nostalgic tales and thrilling entertainment, then this production is your ticket to Neverland.

  • Dates: 12th November – 16th November
  • Times:
    • Tuesday 12th, Wednesday 13th, and Friday 15th: 7:45 pm – 10:15 pm
    • Thursday 14th and Saturday 16th: 2:30 pm – 5 pm matinee, as well as evening performance 7:45 pm – 10:15 pm
  • Suitable For: Anyone and everyone!
  • Price: From £20 depending on date and time


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Fireworks and Bonfire Night at Midsummer Common

A yearly highlight for many of the residents of Cambridge and beyond is the fireworks and bonfire night at Midsummer Common. It is one of the most spectacular events of the year, and as a bonus, it is completely free!

One of the city’s longest-running traditions, endorsed by Cambridgeshire County Council, is filled with fun, excitement, and kaleidoscopes of colour. Set up alongside the breathtaking display will be a fairground, as well as a variety of delicious food and drinks stalls, serving tasty local produce and classic barbeque favourites.

  • Date: Tuesday 5th November
  • Times:
    • Food stalls and fairground open from 6 pm – 10 pm
    • Fireworks display at 7 pm
    • Bonfire will be lit after the fireworks display
  • Suitable For: Anyone and everyone!
  • Price: Free, with the option of a recommended donation to help with event costs


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Neon Moon's Infamous Halloween Spectacular

Why not send autumn out with a bang at one of the top 10 parties in the UK?

Dress up, get down and party with the undead! Neon Moon’s Infamous Halloween Spectacular features circus, cabaret, and burlesque performers, bringing you a sell-out party and night you will never forget!

Further attractions include an interactive walk-about, face paint, boutique, as well as some of the hottest tracks performed by international DJ “God” and C@ in the H@, a firm Glastonbury favourite.

You’ll need to book early to party the night away, so make sure you don’t miss out on this sell-out event!

  • Date: Saturday 26th October
  • Times: 
    • Cocktails, drinks, interactive walkabout, face paint, and boutique from 8 pm – 9 pm
    • Cabaret and circus show from 9 pm – 11 pm
    • C@ in the H@ from 11pm – 2am
  • Suitable For: Anyone and everyone over 18
  • Price: Ranges from £20 – £28.50, with offers available for group discounts


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We hope this list has provided you with a wide variety of options to make your stay with us the even more enjoyable!

Remember we are always on hand to offer any advice, to provide information or to answer any queries you might have. Just get in touch below, and we will respond to your request as soon as possible!

Autumn wishes from,

Team Boutique Lux