Cambridge is full of things to see and do, including the traditional touristic venues such as galleries, museums and the like. If you decide you’d rather take a more unconventional approach to your visit, then why not try out these five quirky things to do near Clayton Hotel Cambridge during June?
- Try your hand at paddle boarding
The traditional method of exploring the waterways of Cambridge is punting, but paddle boarding is becoming ever more popular around the River Cam. For the uninitiated, getting to grips with paddle boarding will take a little work, but thankfully the Milton Country Park offers classes ideal for enjoying in the summer sunshine until you feel confident enough to go it alone.
The classes cater for everyone from absolute beginners to experienced paddle boarders, though there is a minimum height requirement for safety purposes. If you’re on a short break, check out one of the one-hour Quick Start sessions before heading back to the Clayton Hotel Cambridge to enjoy a well-earned meal with the Grill Restaurant.
- Visit an artistic marvel
Artist David Parr spent several years decorating his home, today simply referred to as the David Parr House, in the arts and crafts style of his day. It is now a popular museum offering a glimpse at the artistic history of Cambridge and a feast for the eyes for arts fans of all ages. The property has been untouched artistically since the Art Deco era.
- Master golf at Cambridge Lakes
Not everyone is a natural golfer, and many find the sport off-putting due to it’s penchant for strange clothing and exclusive clubs. However, there’s a great way to try golf out for yourself at Cambridge Lakes Golf Course – a no-frills, no pretentions nine-hole golf course designed to let everyone give golfing a go without the novelty of ‘Crazy Golf’ or the rules of professional golfing. Ideal for trying something new and a little quirky during before heading back to your hotel to sample the Grill Restaurant menu.
- Meet the Cambridge cows
Unlike many cities, the line between city and country is quite blurred in the Cambridge area, and visitors are often surprised and delighted to see cows grazing in nearby greens and public spaces. There are several areas where this sight is commonly observed, including Stourbridge Common, Midsummer Common and Coe Fen, where sightseeing can be accompanied by a brisk countryside walk.
- Explore beautiful bird sculptures
Mill Road Cemetery might not seem like the most appealing location for a touristic visit, but the bird sculptured dotted around this Victorian space, installed in 2014 by artist Gordon Young, are definitely worth seeing for those hoping to take a detour from the beaten path. Each is dedicated to a different bird species, and they have poetry and sayings engraved beneath them, reflecting the artistic heritage of Cambridge and surround perfectly.
Here’s a bonus Activity! Looking for a spook? Try The Cambridge Ghost Tour, which includes Oliver Cromwell’s’ final resting place