Our Top 10 Winter Activities in 2019

Winter is just around the snowy corner and we are already craving cosy frosty nights, curled up in wooly jumpers, snowball fights and the enchanting festive feeling of Christmas fast approaching. There can be lots going on as we head into the new year, that sometimes it can be difficult to find the right fit to make the most out of those chilly days!

The Christmas season symbolises treasured time spent with family, friends and those dearest to us, and there isn’t a better place to make the most out of these precious moments than staying at the gorgeous accommodation we offer here at Boutique Rooms. The Retreat, a quiet, cosy haven set against the blanket white country fields and frost-tickled leaves with its own exclusive sauna and hot tub – perfect for those cold, snowy nights, or the Buddha House, a family-centric home-away-from-home with a wide range of amenities and facilities, to ensure your family are as comforted and as relaxed as possible.

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

We are sure that you will find something that will bring you festive joy and Christmas cheer!

To Eat, Drink and Be Merry

Mill Road Winter Fair Food Tour

Experience the hustle and bustle of central Cambridge with this immersive 4-hour food walk tour. Take in the sights and smells of the historical city whilst sampling a colourful array of delicious local and international delicacies. Alongside tasting a variety of mouthwatering food, you will also have the opportunity to meet local brewers and listen to interesting stories about the Cambridge food scene and its colleges.

If this sounds right up your street, join your foodie friends for a unique sensory experience! It will be the perfect occasion to stock up on Christmas treats!

  • Date: Monday 2nd December
  • Time: Runs throughout the day, additional private tours available for the evening
  • Suitable For: Friends, families, and foodies!
  • Price: £52.50 pp.

 

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The Bury St Edmunds Winter Christmas Fayre

The award-winning Bury St Edmunds Christmas Fayre is back: bigger and better than ever for its 18th year! Immerse yourself in the beauty of Christmas with treasured family and friends at this 300 stall extravaganza. Featuring a children’s parade, fireworks, cookery theatre, funfair and so much more, the Bury St Edmunds Christmas Fayre has something for everyone!

Also new for 2019 will be a Farmers and Cookware Market where there will be regular market traders selling locally produced food and drink, in addition to a Makers Market, which will feature crafts available to buy and gift to the special people in your life.

  • Date: Thursday 21st November until Sunday 24th November
  • Times: 
    • Thursday: 12 noon – 8pm
    • Friday & Saturday: 9am – 8pm
    • Sunday: 10am – 5pm
  • Suitable For: Anyone and everyone!
  • Price: FREE

 

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The Big Christmas Lights Switch On

Experience the annual Big Christmas Lights Switch On at Cambridge City Centre! Get ready for a festive-filled evening that wouldn’t be complete without food stalls, costumed performers and of course, switching on the beautiful Christmas lights for the historical city of Cambridge. Come with family and friends and experience an exciting evening filled with fun, laughter and tasty treats!

  • Date: TBA – Contact for more information
  • Time: TBA – Contact for more information
  • Suitable For: Anybody and everybody with festive cheer!
  • Price: Free

 

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Winter Lights at Anglesey Abbey

Hosting a breathtaking combination of lights, colour, sounds, and nature, Anglesey Abbey’s Winter Lights is an experience you don’t want to miss! Returning for its ninth year, the Winter Lights at Anglesey Abbey is the perfect event to spend with loved ones as you immerse yourself in the illuminating effects and absorb the natural beauty around you.

This year, the event will feature live music hosted by the Cambridgeshire Folk Festival and the Cambridgeshire International Jazz Festival. Also featured for this year will be special film screenings and projections developed exclusively for the Winter Lights event by the Cambridge Film Trust, creators of the Cambridge Film Festival.

  • Date: 
    • Friday 29th November – Sunday 1st December
    • Thursday 5th – Sunday 8th December
    • Thursday 12th – Sunday 15th December
  • Time: TBA – Contact for more information
  • Suitable For: Anyone and everyone!
  • Prices (Ticket for Entry Only – Food and Drink Sold Separately):
    • Adult: £16.50
    • Child: £11.15
    • Under 5s: Free
    • Family (2 Adult 3 Children): £56.00
    • Carer: Free

 

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Wood Green Charity Christmas Gifts and Crafts Fair

Support local businesses, a phenomenal charity and have a fantastic time at the Wood Green Charity Christmas Gifts and Crafts Fair! This free event will host a range of local gifts and crafts stalls including jewellery, cards, candles, art, and knitted items, in addition to hosting an exciting charity raffle!

You never know what hidden treasures you might discover as you lose yourself wandering through the fair. You might just manage to find that one elusive gift, handmade locally with love, for that special person in your life!

  • Date: Saturday 7th December
  • Time: 10am – 3pm
  • Suitable For: Anyone and Everyone!
  • Price: Free

 

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For Heart Warming Entertainment

Christmas Decorations Winter Workshop

Get traditional, get creative and get inspired at the Christmas Decorations Winter Workshop at Wicken Fen. Discover the rustic simplicity of a range of natural materials, and get lost in your festive creations!

Beautiful decorations will be made from willow or rush and will be the perfect Christmas addition to your cozy home, Christmas tree or dining table. They also make lovely, thoughtful gifts for love ones, to celebrate the festive feeling and time treasured together!

  • Date: Saturday 23rd November
  • Times: 
    • 10 am – 12:30 pm
    • 1:15 pm – 3:45 pm
  • Suitable For: Anyone and everyone with that festive feeling!
  • Price: £21.50

 

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Cinderella at the Cambridge Arts Theatre

The brilliant Cambridge Arts Theatre is back and bigger than ever for another year with the most magical fairy tale of all: Cinderella! Bring family and friends along for an exciting evening of laughing, sing-alongs, sensational costumes and lots of he’s behind you’s at this spectacular pantomime!

Fun for the whole family, Cinderella at the Cambridge Arts Theatre features a star-studded cast from both television and theatre royalty, set to delight and amaze, showering everyone with festive cheer!

Book your tickets today…your carriage awaits!

  • Date: Performances running from Thursday 28th November 2019 – Sunday 12th January 2020
  • Times: Performance times vary day to day please visit the website below for a detailed schedule
  • Suitable For: Anyone and everyone – come and join in the fun!
  • Prices: 
    • PEAK –
      General: £32 – £46
      Children: £26
      Disabled: £32
    • MID-PEAK –
      General: £24 – £36
      Children: £22
      Disabled: £24
      (10% discount on groups 10+)
    • OFF-PEAK –
      General: £20 – £26
      Children: £19
      Disabled: £20
      (10% discount on groups 10+)
    • PREVIEW: £17
    • SCHOOLS: £17
      (All ticket prices include a £3 per-ticket booking fee)

 

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The Wind in the Willows Family Christmas Show

Come and join Figs in Wigs and Cambridge Junction as they reimagine the classic tale of friendship that is the Wind in the Willows!

Bring family and friends to meet Mole, Ratty, Badger, and Toad as they take you on a brand new festive adventure full of comic timing, bad jokes, pop-culture references. Get involved in the all-singing, all-dancing extravaganza – the perfect day out for anyone who loves or hates Christmas!

  • Date: Performances running from Wednesday 11th December 2019 – Sunday 5th January 2020
  • Time: Performance times vary day to day please visit the website below for a detailed schedule
  • Suitable For: Anyone and everyone – come and join in the fun!
  • Price:
    • General: £15.50
    • Concessions: £10
    • (Group of 4: Save 15% (max. 2 adults))

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Spontaneous Potter Improv Play

“Grab your wands, don your house robes, and apparate yourselves to the box office!
A very magical improv show awaits…”

The smash-hit Spontaneous Potter by Cambridge Junction is an entirely improvised comedy play based on Harry Potter and the entire plot is cleverly dependant on the suggestion of a fanfiction title by the audience.

A new Potter adventure is magically uncovered and improvised on the spot without prior preparation, alongside live musical accompaniment! Come with friends for a hilarious, side-splitting night out, performed masterfully by truly gifted comics.

  • Date: Friday 22nd November
  • Time: 8 pm
  • Suitable For: Any fanfic fan or improv enthusiast!
  • Price: £15.50

 

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The North Pole Cambridge

Cambridge’s very own Winter Wonderland returns this November!

Set amongst the trees of beautiful Parkers Piece Park, The North Pole Winter Wonderland is full to the brim of festive treats and Christmas cheer! Skate with family and friends under the sun, moon, and stars in the heart of the historic city of Cambridge. Experience thrilling fairground rides with cherished family and create memories to last a lifetime.

Refuel at the Alpine Cabin Bar serving delicious bratwurst sausages, steaming cups of marshmallow hot chocolate, as well as mulled wine and cider, local ales, craft beers and a range of tasty gins for that extra kick to take you into the festive season!

  • Date: Saturday 6th November 2019 – Sunday 5th January 2020
  • Time: 
    • Weekdays: 11:00 am – 9:00 pm
    • Weekends: 10:00 am – 9:00 pm
  • Suitable For: Anyone and everyone with festive cheer!
  • Price: 
    • Adult/teens (13+): From £12.50
    • Children (3-12 years): £10.50
    • Family Ticket (1 adult + 3 children or 2 adults + 2 children): From £40
    • Season Pass (skate any day and any session): From £102

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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!

Festive greetings from

Team Boutique Rooms