100 things to do in April

1. Take a Cambridge Food Tour

With Gerla, a self confessed foodie with a loyalty to all of Cambridge’s tucked away independent eateries.

2. Go to the Theatre!

The Apex in Bury St Edmunds is a beautiful theatre/concert venue providing a range of shows for all audiences and ages.

3. Get creative

At Studio Scribbles in Newmarket, all ages can paint and create their own pottery, great for personalised gifts.

4. Play at Sheep’s Green, Cambridge.

With such a huge play area, the kids won’t play on the swings and be bored after 5 minutes. The outdoor pool will be open from May 26th too!

5. Learn to Cook!

Open your mind to the simple pleasures of good honest home cooking at Just Cook Cookery School in Saffron Walden.

6. Visit the Junction

Cambridge Junction is one of the most diverse cultural venues in the UK, a vibrant centre of contemporary culture with a uniquely varied programme.

7. View Cambridge from above

Sit back and take in the view of the whole of Cambridge from Castle Hill.

8. Listen to the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra

At Cambridge Corn Exchange, Saturday 11th April.

9. Have a Sing-a-Long Session!

Choose from Frozen (3pm) or Grease (7pm) and join in with the catchy songs with lyrics on screen at the Theatre Royal in Bury St Edmunds, both on 9th April!

10. Shop till you drop!

Head down to Cambridge’s Grand Arcade. Whether you want to shop for high street shops or designer brands, Grand Arcade has it all.

11. Tour the Greene King Brewery

Get to know Bury and its history with a tour of the Greene King Brewery. There’s a museum and small shop too, where you can purchase some tasty beers afterwards!

12. Row, row, row your boat!

Head to a pub in Cambridge to watch them take on Oxford in the famous Boat Race on Saturday 11th April.

13. Spring Clean your Body.

At Neal’s Yard Remedies in Bury St Edmunds, from 10am to 1pm on 12th April, learn how to aid your body through a detox with a cleanse workshop for £45.

14. Catch a Film

Head down to Cambridge Arts Picturehouse, screening artsy movies, and enjoy its modern café bar too.

15. Try Hovercrafting

Flo-ridaz, situated just outside Bury St Edmunds, are one of only a handful of providers of hovercrafting experiences, so what’s stopping you from having a go…

16. Jesterlarf Comedy Club

At Cambridge Junction on 3rd April!

17. Visit the smallest pub in Britain!

Proudly holding this title confirmed by the Guinness Book of Records, The Nutshell is a destination not to be missed!

18. Take a step back in time.

With its tranquil gardens, Victorian settings, horses and a children’s play area, take time out to explore Audley End House and Gardens near Saffron Walden.

19. A family fun day!

CurveMotion in Bury has activities for all the family, including rollerskating, soft play and mega slides.

20. Cambridge Band Competition Final

With 5 acts ready to battle it out to win the longest running band competition in the UK, the final will be hosted at Cambridge Junction on April 18th.

21. Go to an Art Exhibition

Smiths Row in Bury St Edmunds is a contemporary art gallery with exciting exhibitions and public art projects, and all admissions are free. The craft shop showcases affordable work by the very best British makers, including ceramics, jewellery, textiles and printmaking, alongside artist-designed cards and wrapping paper.

22. Rock On!

Watch Simple Minds at Cambridge Corn Exchange on 21st April!

23. Grab a Cocktail

The Doodle Bar in Bury St Edmunds has a relaxed lounge atmosphere, somewhere between a pub and a club, with a menu full of interesting cocktails.

24. Going Old School

Find out what it was like for kids living in Britain during the Second World War, with a display of toys that they would have played with in the 1940s.

25. Curb your Burger Craving!

At Benson Blakes Bar, Bury St Edmunds, with over indulgent 15 burgers to choose from!

26. Have a Night at the Races

A night at Newmarket Races is one not to be missed; enjoy live performances from top musicians and an evening of racing!

27. Visit a Mansion

Wimpole Hall in Cambridge is a National Trust property with beautiful Georgian interiors and a colourful walled garden.

28. Make your own Chocolate!

Artistry in Cocoa in Newmarket holds customisable chocolate workshops, enabling you to take home your own delicious chocolate treats.

29. Become a Spy!

Si5 Spy Missions in Cambridge gives children and adults the ultimate spy experience with three different mission levels.

30. Go Vintage Shopping

Visit Treasures in Newmarket for a spot of vintage shopping. Full of furniture, homeware, jewellery and clothing, it is quite simply… a treasure chest for vintage lovers.

31. Follow by drinking tea in a Vintage Tearoom

Just around the corner from Treasures is Nancy’s Vintage Tearoom. It’s so beautifully decorated you won’t know where to look next, and when your food arrives you’re in for a treat too, with sandwiches and scones served on tiered cake stands, and tea poured from ornate teapots.

32. Outdoor Activities

Get outside at Mepal Outdoor Centre for an exciting range of activities including air rifle, archery, bushcraft, canoeing, fencing and high ropes.

33. Visit King’s College Chapel

The venue for the Christmas Eve service, A Festival of Nine Lessons and Carols, which is broadcast to millions around the world, Cambridge’s King’s College Chapel’s impressive gothic architecture is not to be missed.

34. Try Motocross

Learn how to ride a motorcross bike for the first time in less than a day at MX Tryout in Newmarket.

35. Visit an Animal Centre

One of the leading animal welfare organisations in the UK,  Wood Green, The Animals Charity, re-homes  thousands of cats, dogs, chickens, rabbits, mice, guinea pigs, goats, sheep, ferrets and more! But even if you’re not taking a pet home, Wood Green is a great place to visit!

36. Become a confident Public Speaker

The Cambridge City Communicators Toastmasters Club welcomes the public to join their meetings and improve their public speaking skills.

37. A Luxury Stay

Poet’s House, Ely has the most stunning interiors and stylish settings for you to relax in.

38. Take a Picture on the Mathematical Bridge

This bridge, made from tangents, arcs, and triangles and with absolutely no nails in its construction, connects the two parts of Queens’ College and makes for a great photo opportunity.

39. Chilford Hall

The home of one of Englands oldest established vineyards, award winning wines and its beautiful Garden Rooms venue.

40. Take a Walk by the River Cam

The River Cam makes for a scenic day out with its views of the Colleges and meandering punts.

41. Eat at an Independent Restaurant

Cambridge is not just home to some beautiful independent shops, but to some great independent eateries too. Try Bread & Meat for top quality hearty meaty sandwiches!

42. Wine and Chocolate Tasting

Teaming up with Chocolat Chocolat, Cambridgeshire Wine School is offering a special Easter wine tasting night at the Royal Cambridge Hotel on Good Friday, 3rd April, from 7pm – 9pm.

43. Go on an Easter Egg Trail

From 1st – 6th April between 11am and 3pm at Ickworth, find and solve as many hidden clues as you can and bag yourself a Cadbury’s Easter Egg!

44. Watch a Bubble Show

A show of bubble art, magic, science and lots of fun at The Apex, Bury St Edmunds, on 4th April at 11am or 1.30pm.

45. Visit the National Horse Racing Museum

The most famous racing town in England, Newmarket, is full of equine history.

46.Peter Pan Goes Wrong

Watch Peter Pan Goes Wrongat the Cambridge Arts Theatre.

47. Shop at Gog Magog Hills

The Farm Shop, Delicatessen and Café at Gog Magog Hills is full of delicious homemade and quality produced treats!

48. Enjoy 1930s Country House Luxury

Head down to Anglesey Abbey to visit the Jacobean-style house and appreciate its spectacular  gardens.

49. Get On The Water

Take in the enchanting scenery on an electric riverboat tour around St Ives.

50. Go to the Zoo!

Visit Linton Zoo and support its conservation programmes.

51.Visit the Cambridge & County Folk Museum

Fun for the whole family, located on Castle Street, Cambridge.

52. Keep your Wits about you!

Take a tour around Cambridge with the Black Shuck Cambridge Ghost Tours.

53. Appreciate Gardening
It’s National Gardening Week from the 13th April – 19th April so get outdoors and enjoy all the spring flowers as they come into bloom at Wicken Fen National Nature Reserve, Cambridge.

54. Get Lost in a Squirrel Maze

At Thetford Forest Park take the family for a day of adventure, exploring the forest play areas and squirrel maze.

55. Buy a Cambridge Satchel Company bag

Since it launched, The Cambridge Satchel Company has really taken off. Visit its first store in Cambridge to see where the magic all started.

56. Try Yoga

At the Self Centre, Bury St Edmunds on Saturday 4th April, 12pm – 4.30pm.

57. Dine on the River Cam

There’s nothing better than dining in beautiful settings, watching as the punters and rowers pass by.

58. Experience a Crafty Cat Fair

Products range from jewellery and accessories to clothes, home-made chutneys, shabby chic, vintage finds and more. From 12 noon to 5pm at The Priory Centre, St Neots, Saturday 11th April.

59. Ride a Bike

Like most people living in the centre of Cambridge, riding a bike is all part of the fun, so why not join in or take a bike tour.

60. Learn to Fly

At Cambridge Airport, aspiring pilots can develop their skills with Virtual Aviation Flight Training.

61. Have a Forest Adventure

At Go Ape in Thetford Forest, have a day of excitement flying down zip wires, leaping off Tarzan Swings and tackling crossings.

62. Play Golf

Go for a round of golf at Gog Magog Golf Course, where there are two excellent courses to choose from.

63. Cambridge Literary Festival

From 14th – 19th April, 111 speakers will appear at 4 venues.

64. You’re havina laugh!

Go and watch Alan Carr at Cambridge Corn Exchange on 3rd or 4th April.

65. Go Paint Balling

From beginner to expert, Thetford Forest Paintballing has you covered, with a wide variety of game zones available.

66. Go and watch the Ballet

Ballet Central at the ADC Theatre, Cambridge, 10th -11th April.

67. Relax in the Orchard Tea Garden

Enjoy the English tradition of afternoon tea at The Orchard in Grantchester, where more famous people have taken tea than anywhere else in the world.

68. Drink home-brewed beer!

At The Cambridge Brewhouse, at least three of their very own cask ales are brewed on the premises by their talented brewing team.

69. Take a Horseracing Tour

As well as being home to an equine museum, Newmarket offers behind the scenes, tailormade tours that are bursting with horse racing history. http://www.discovernewmarket.co.uk/

70. Have a Laugh

In the luxury environment of the DoubleTree by Hilton, with some of the UK’s finest comedians, at the Castle Comedy night on April 23rd. Cocktails created by one of the UK’s top mixologists.

71. Go and Visit the Corpus Clock

A very popular tourist attraction, along Cambridge’s King’s Parade.

72. Dr Seusss Cat In The Hat

Take the kids to watch Cat In The Hat at Cambridge Corn Exchange.

73. Visit the Imperial War Museum

Head to Duxford to the Imperial War Museum to find out about Duxfords role in the First World War, Second World War and the Cold War.

74. Strike!

Go bowling at Ten Pin, Cambridge.

75. Get Outdoors

The Abbey Gardens are perfectly situated near Bury St Edmunds town centre, so, as it gets warmer, take the time to grab an ice cream and see the spring flowers beginning to blossom.

76. Go Rock Climbing!

At Kelsey Kerridge Sports Centre, Cambridge, and try out over 200m² of climbing surface and a huge variety of angles and shapes, including a 40 degree overhanging barrel, arch and multi-faceted features.

77. Cambridge is full of Speciality Shops!

From The Fudge Shop, where you can watch fudge being made, to The Sheep Shop, a knitting and yarn shop.

78. Meet Basil Brush

Watch the charming and cheeky Basil Brush live at The Apex, Bury St Edmunds on 9th April at 11am or 2:30pm, and meet him after the show too!

79. Test your Animal Knowledge.

At Nowton Park in Bury St Edmunds, with a trail to see how much you really know about animals. Running until 12th April, from 9am – 4pm.

80. Visit Cambridge’s American Cemetery

Madingley Road, Coton, Cambridgeshire.

81. Watch a Footlights Performance

On Friday 17th and Saturday 18th April at Cambridge Arts Theatre. The Footlights amateur theatrical club was founded in 1833 and is run by Cambridge University students.

82. Go to an Indoor Car Boot Sale

and find some hidden gems and special treasures without the worry of April showers. At The Erskine Centre, Chedburgh, 12th April, from 10am to 12 noon.

83. Walk on the Wild Side

Have a look around the Wildlife Park at Shepreth.

84. Visit a Market

in Saffron Walden every Tuesday and Saturday, and pick up produce, bread and cakes, coffee, jewellery, local meat, clothing, footwear, plants, flowers, fish, stationery, material, household and decorative/vintage items.

85. Support the Us

Watch League Two team, Cambridge United, who recently held Manchester United to a draw.

86. Go to the Circus

From 8th to 12th April, enjoy 2 hours of Chaplins Circus immersive entertainment at Saffron Walden. www.chaplinscircus.com

87. Visit Kettle’s Yard

This Gallery in Cambridge displays a range of beautiful 20th century art.

88. Take a Stroll

Go for a walk around Milton Country Park.

89. Eat home-cooked Food

at The Three Blackbirds in Woodditton. Whether for family lunch or a romantic dinner for two, it’s the perfect place to wind down with a beer, enjoy a coffee and a chat or see out a lazy evening with friends.

90. Visit the Botanic Gardens

Get in touch with nature and see the beautiful flowers of Cambridge!

91. Hop on the Bus

Take a trip around Cambridge on an open top bus tour.

92. Cocktails and Food on the Riverside at Ely

Ta Bouche offers homemade pizza and burgers alongside a huge array of cocktails, which you can enjoy with amazing views of the river.

93. Play at Cherry Hinton Hall

There’s plenty to enjoy at Cherry Hinton Hall, with its wide open grass spaces, childrens play park, paddling pool and the large ponds.

94. Get out on the Water!

At Grafham Water Centre in Huntingdon, Cambridge, all abilities and ages can take part in some great water sports!

95. Take a class at the Cambridge Wine School

Learn how to taste wine and get your taste buds tingling.

96. Whatever floats your Boat

Take a tour along the River Cam with Scudamore’s punting.

97. Take a walk around The Backs.

Walk round ‘The Backs’, where several Cambridge Colleges back on to the River Cam.

98. Take a step back in History

Have a look around the Fitzwilliam Museum on Trumpington Street.

99. History Rocks!

Visit the Sedgwick Museum of Earth Sciences. A walk round will take you on a 4.5 billion year journey through time!

100. Pick up a copy of Velvet

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