Top 10 cultural events coming up in Cambridge in 2015


1: Cambridge Science Festival– 9 – 22 March 2015

This year it will be the 21st Cambridge Science Festival held by the University of Cambridge. The year 2015 is the UNESCO International Year of Light and Light based Technologies and the festival has some fascinating light-themed talks and hands-on activities on offer during the Festival fortnight.

2: Shakespeare Festival-  July-August 2015. Dates TBC

An opportunity to enjoy high quality productions in the magical settings of the Cambridge College gardens.

Photo credit ptwo


3:Cambridge Bumps – 10th – 13th June

Head down to the river to witness the famous University May bumps, the competitive rowing event between the University colleges. There is also a town bumps event later on in the summer. Photo credit 


4: Folk Festival – 30th July- 2nd August 2015

Cambridge Folk Festival is one of the premier music events in Europe and one of the longest running and most famous folk festivals in the world. Held each year since 1965 in the beautiful setting of Cherry Hinton Hall it is renowned for its unique atmosphere and an eclectic mix of music. Photo credit

5:Strawberry Fair – June 6th 2015

Strawberry Fair is a popular free, entirely volunteer run, one day music & arts event in Cambridge attracting over 40,000 visitors throughout the day. On the first Saturday of June and now in our 40th year, residents and visitors have gathered together on Midsummer Common to celebrate their vibrant and creative city. Photo Credit Rror 


6: Summer in the City– Summer 2015- Date TBC

A series of exciting events held on Parker’s Piece in Cambridge.


7: Cambridge Film Festival– 3rd- 13th September 2015

Outdoor and indoor cinema screenings across Cambridge. Head along to Granchester meadows to watch films under the stars. Photo credit Bill Thompson

8: Literary Festival– 14th-19th April and 29th November 2015.

Cambridge Literary Festival, the new name for Cambridge Wordfest. Head along to venues in the city’s historic centre to engage with the newest fiction, cutting edge commentary and science, workshops, children’s events and lots more.

9: Festival of Ideas– 19th October- 1st November 2015

The Cambridge Festival of Ideas focuses on fuelling the public’s interest in and involvement with the arts, humanities and social sciences in a unique and inspiring way. It aims to gauge the similarities and differences in the approaches to public engagement required for science, technology, engineering and maths, and for the arts, humanities and social sciences.

10: Art:Language:Location Autumn 2015. Date TBC

Art Language Location (ALL) is an art festival taking place over two and a half weeks in October 2014 in locations throughout Cambridge, featuring experimental contemporary artists from across the UK and beyond who use text in their work and respond to a specific location in Cambridge. Photo credit- Josh Murfitt.