Enjoy a long-awaited day out at these fantastic venues – ideal for young and old
A trip to Ely
If you’re looking to get out of Cambridge for the day, the nearby city of Ely has a whole host of hotspots that make for a fun-filled family day out. You can enjoy a picturesque picnic next to the astounding Ely Cathedral (we recommend picking up some snacks from newly opened Tom’s Cakes), or explore the mysteries of Oliver Cromwell’s House – including Ely’s Escape Room, opening on 22 May. Or there’s always Wicken Fen Nature Reserve, where you’re sure to encounter an abundance of wildlife on your wanders.
For a fancier affair, why not spend the day at Newmarket Racecourse? Frequent race days are taking place over summer, offering afternoons or evenings of exciting racing action. You can also upgrade the experience to include hospitality at the racecourse’s Summer House restaurant, or maybe book to watch the races from your very own private box. Find out more on the website. thejockeyclub.co.uk
Jesus Green Lido
For a relaxing day out with the family, you can always rely on Jesus Green Lido, where you can power through some lengths, or at least try a tentative toe-dip. There’s plenty of space for sunbathing, so set yourself up for the day and bring a book to while away the hours. There’s no better location in Cambridge to relax when the weather at its warmest during the summer months.
It’s certainly been a while since we’ve taken to the Cam, but luckily Scudamore’s is here to remind us how to do it right. Championing a traditional punting experience, Scudamore’s has been around for more than a century, offering private tours of the city’s waterways, as well as self-hire services and special punting packages. Check out the website for further information, or to get booked in. scudamores.com
You needn’t leave the city to find a great family day out. LockHouse Escape Games offers three distinctly different escape room experiences to please every interest. Whether you’re into space and sci-fi, the ancient Egyptians, or spies and secret agents, LockHouse has something for you. The escape rooms are available to book from 18 May – head to the LockHouse website for details. lockhouse.co.uk
Kingsway Dino Golf
Newly opened this spring, Kingsway Golf Centre has invested £750,000 in an impressive dinosaur-themed adventure golf site called Jurassic Links. Kingsway has a nine-hole course, nine-hole pitch and putt, driving range, plus footgolf. Visitors can navigate through a jeep, walk under a cascading waterfall and putt through various hazards – watched over
by a pterodactyl and a 30ft T. rex! kingswaygolfcentre.co.uk