A Traditional Cambridge Christmas
Solveig S. | Tuesday, November 10, 2015
OISE Cambridge hosts an elaborate holiday programme, from mince pies to barrel racing and ghost walks through the city at night; all wonderfully merry opportunities to hone your language skills whilst engaging with English culture.
Anyone who has spent time in Cambridge around Christmas will know what we mean when we say the atmosphere is magical. The intricately winding streets are a bustle with Christmas market stalls, choirs, a smell of roast chestnuts and hot chocolate; all converging to transport you to classical England.
This Christmas OISE Cambridge have an extensive Festive Programme on offer, running from the 21st of December till the 1st of January. Join us for mulled wine and mince pies, or for some invigorating ice skating on Parker’s Piece followed by a trip to the “Fayre” in the days counting down to Christmas Eve.
A walk along the river to idyllic little thatched-roof Grantchester is not to be missed, leading up to The Red Lion where old-fashioned English ales may be deservedly enjoyed. This hamlet also hosts a curious tradition; the Grantchester Barrel Race, held every Boxing Day for over a century. A stroll along the Cam to watch the revelry at noon is followed by a hearty lunch at local gastro pub The Green Man.
Should you need a break from the Christmas hustle and bustle, the winter gardens at Anglesey Abbey offer a stunning oasis of tranquil beauty, featuring plants that are at their most resplendent during the colder months. Come along on the 28th of December to discover winter-flowering honeysuckle and a plethora of other botanical surprises, ending in a meal in their lovely National Trust Café. On the following day we offer the chance to experience the mysterious hidden backstreets of historic Cambridge on a late evening’s ghost walk.
End the year with a blast; go see the spectacular “Lion King” show in London’s West End, an evening culminating in the breathtaking view of fireworks over the Thames at midnight.
New Year’s Day is an opportunity to absorb the best of London culture; the V&A, Natural History and Science Museums are all within walking distance of each other. The Tate Modern adds a colourful dusting of contemporary influence – complemented perfectly by a trip to the National Gallery.
Extensive festive schedules are also provided by OISE Oxford and OISE London. We hope you will join us to celebrate the holidays with this tightly packed programme; offering you the very best of the season and region. P
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