What’s going on this Autumn?
The change of season has happened once again, and Autumn has come around quite quickly in our opinion. With the change of colours on the trees and the brisk morning air, Autumn has definitely arrived.
A lot of people are wondering what they should be doing during this time of year. This weird period between summer and Christmas. (Well, let’s not pretend that advent calendars weren’t in the supermarkets in September, but the majority of people do not think about Christmas until November at the earliest). So what is Autumn all about and what do most people do this time of year?
Well for some people Autumn is the time of the year to enjoy cosy evenings with blankets and mugs of tea. There is also a bigger selection of TV to indulge in, and comfort food is in since summer salads are now nowhere to be seen. While others feel like Autumn is the second spring and have a ‘spring clean’ in preparation for winter. As well as hitting the gym in sight of the gluttonous Christmas ahead… Well, we think Autumn is a beautiful season (especially along the River Cam), as there is something really pretty about seeing the leaves go different shades of red, orange and brown. What’s more Halloween and Bonfire night takes centre stage…
Here in Cambridge there are lots of events that are going on this Autumn that will tempt you to get off out those cosy blankets and venture out into that brisk cold air. So we have taken the time to comply a list of events for you so you can easily plan your time this Autumn.
Date: Friday 11th October 2019
Time: 10:00 – 14:30
What is it about: ‘Capitalising on the huge trend for cooking and eating healthy and sustainable food, Cambridge Sustainable Food (CSF) is organising a programme of events to gather insights on what fires people up about food.’ Raising the profile for sustainable and healthy food is a great thing to do and this event wants it to become mainstream but getting people involved in building an action plan for years to come.
Date: Thursday 17th – Saturday 19th October 2019
Time: 12:00 – 22:00/22:30
Where: Burgess Hall, St Ives
What is it about: Specialising in Beer, Cider and Perry, this festival aims to serve 66 cask conditioned beers and 5 KeyKeg beers, from both well-established independent breweries and the newer ‘craft’ micro-breweries. They are also serving some vegan and gluten free beers and also showcase winners and runner up in the Champion Beer of Britain Competition 2019. In regards to Cider and Perries, there will be 16 varieties available, sourced from quality producers, locally and elsewhere in Britain.
Date: Sunday 20th October 2019
Time: 10:30 – 16:00
Where: Guildhall, Cambridge
What is it about: This event will have a large variety of stalls selling vegan products from great local businesses. ‘Find a whole host of mouth-watering food stalls, eye-opening lifestyle brands, luxury cosmetics, ethical clothing, interesting charities and much more.’
Date: Saturday 2nd November 2019
Time: 08:00 – 20:00
Where: Landing Stage, La Mimosa, Thomspons Ln, Cambridge
What is it about: This year, together with Lets Go Punting, we are making a difference and helping change children’s lives across the UK by running a fascinating 12 hour-long Punt-a-thon. Customers can jump onboard our decorated polka-dot Pudsey Punt and help children whilst you are gliding along the River Cam for a hour-long tour. You can purchase tickets online here, and 100% of ticket sales will be donated to ‘Children in Need’. So enjoy the beautiful scenery of the famous ‘College Backs’ on a hour-long shared or private tour, while we do all the hard work for 12 hours long.
Date: Tuesday 5th November 2019
Time: 18:00 till late
Where: Midsummer Common, Cambridge
What is it about: This annual event is the city’s longest running and best-loved traditions. It is provided by Cambridge City Council, and is one of the largest free displays around. Whats more the event is renowned for being safe and child friendly, so it is a great way for the whole family to enjoy a brilliant Bonfire Night. With a funfair, food stalls, firework displays and of course the bonfire, there is no question why you wouldn’t make a night out of it.
Date: Friday 8th – Saturday 9th November 2019
Time: Varies for the different dates.
Where: Jesus Green, Cambridge
What is it about: Oktoberfest is much more than German Beer (even though there is a lot of it). With live music, a massive tent that is decorated in blue and white colours and waitresses and waiters that are dressed in Dirndl and Lederhosen, it brings the German festival here to Cambridge. You can buy your tickets here for the event.
Date: Wednesday 13th – Sunday 24th November 2019
Time: Varies for the different dates.
What is it about: This festival was founded in 2014 and ‘is a celebration of the huge variety of music that jazz encompasses, from gypsy jazz to funk, from jazz poetry and spoken word to hip-hop, from solo artists to big bands and to open jazz up to new audiences, particularly young people, and to give them the chance to get involved as well as come and listen.’ Spanning over 11 days, this festival has both ticketed and free events. With workshops, main and fringe events, there is something for everyone.
Date: Wednesday 13th – Saturday 16th November 2019
Where: University Social Club, Mill Ln, Cambridge
What is it about: Like all CAMRA festivals, the festival is organised and run by unpaid volunteers, showcasing over 100 real ales, ciders, meads and German beers.