Free things to fill your weekends
With autumn well underway and the winter months soon to follow, getting out and about to enjoy the local area isn’t as easy as it was. Those sunny and pleasant weekends have been replaced by crisp and cold weather conditions, and that’s before you even mention the rain, wind, and impending snow. Luckily, Cambridge is full of great things to do and see even in adverse weather.
Join the library
Joining Cambridge’s Central Library, based in the Lion Yard, is free for all Cambridge residents and that includes students studying and boarding at CCSS. All you need is proof of address to join. As well as having access to a wide range of fantastic resources, the Central Library hosts numerous events and workshops. Visit their website for further details regarding what’s on.
Visit a museum
You don’t have to be a history buff to appreciate a great museum. Fortunately, Cambridge is packed full of the finest museums in the country, many of which offer free entry. Whether you are looking for an educational day out, or a leisurely stroll back in time, there are many museums to explore, meaning you’ll have something to do indoors every weekend over the autumn and winter months. Cambridge University’s Fitzwilliam Museum is up there with the best as Culture Trip details:
“Cambridge University’s art and antiquities museum makes for a fascinating day out. Once declared ‘one of the greatest art collections of the nation and a monument of the first importance’, the museum was founded when Viscount Fitzwilliam of Merrion donated his collection of art to the university. The brilliantly diverse collection includes arms, coins, Cypriot, Greek, and Egyptian art, and works by Degas, Reubens and Gainsborough among countless others. Many consider it the finest small museum in all of Europe.”
Other museums that offer educational fun with free entry include the Museum of Archaeology & Anthropology, Whipple Museum of the History of Science, The Polar Museum, The Sedgwick Museum of Earth Sciences, and Kettle’s Yard. The Museum of Cambridge and The Centre for Computing History also offer discounted entry for students.
It’s not all doom and gloom during the autumn and winter months. Both seasons may bring adverse weather conditions, but that doesn’t mean you have to be holed up indoors for the duration. Cambridge is home to a plethora of parks, nature reserves and green spaces, each of which provide plenty of beauty with the changing seasons. Bramblefields, Logan’s Meadow, Barnwell East and West, Byron’s Pool and the well-named Paradise are all Cambridge-based nature reserves crying out to be explored.
Those looking to travel a little further afield won’t be disappointed by the natural sights and settings on offer in surrounding counties. Nearby Suffolk for instance has a number of natural wonders to take in. Read our student’s guide to Suffolk, for more free things to do just a stone’s throw away from Cambridgeshire.
Photograph © Andrew Dunn
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