Outdoor Activities

Top 5 ideas to spend quality time outside!

Explore Cambridge and its Outdoor Activities

It has been a long time inside our homes, wondering what we could have been doing. Now, that we can go back outside, making the most of our time having fun is our top priority, and we suggest you should start local. To help you work out what you can do with your family this summer, we have created a list of the best local outdoor activities.

Small businesses have been hugely impacted during the COVID-19 pandemic, so let’s all get together to support our local community to get back on track. Therefore, we suggest that you opt to shop, eat, explore and purchase locally. Together we will be stronger sooner than we could ever imagine. We, at the Traditional Punting Company, want to support fellow companies and individuals around the Cambridgeshire area. If you willing to join us, here are some of our suggestions:

Top 5 Best Outdoor Activities to do in Cambridge

Punting in Cambridge

When you Book one of our chauffeured tours, your guide will be happy to let you have a turn at punting, if you would like. Before you have a go at punting yourself, make sure that you’re wearing sensible footwear, and that the till is as dry as possible to avoid slips. Your chauffeur will teach you all the techniques, but we’ll provide a brief description here.

Of course, if you prefer to leave it to your guide, then all you need to know is how to sit back and relax with your drink in hand! Our tours can provide you and your group a tranquil, personal experience. Allow yourself time to enjoy the delights of Cambridge and its University from the comforts of our traditional punts, whilst your personal chauffeur regales you with intriguing insights about the city that surrounds you.

Scavenger Hunts

Looking for a fun activity to do with some of your friends? Want to have the freedom to explore at in your own time? Contact us! We have exactly what you are looking for: a self run scavenger hunt. The Hunt will be posted to your address, including colour coded question rounds and a bonus round, as well as the sealed answers and all the instructions needed for a real moment of pure fun.

Our scavenger hunt is an activity completely based around the city centre. It is a unique experience to share with your family and friends. It is both, informative and interesting, and is suitable even for locals. You will be surprised by the amount of knowledge that you will get of Cambridge after this activity.

Walking Tours

Walking tours are often a great way to soak up the real essence of exploring a city from a locals perspective. We recommend Stride Cambridge, for a more personalised service for you and your group or family to explore the best of Cambridge with a local specialised tour guide.

For the Private Guided Tour option you can bring a group up to 20 people. If you are in a group larger than 20, fear not, they can accommodate by booking extra tour guides to suit your group size. Your entire group can then be lead through Cambridge’s cobbled streets together. Booking a Private Tour is the best way to get to know our beautiful city from a local’s perspective, asking as many questions as you like along the way.

Stride offer tours that last an hour or an hour and a half (you decide!). Regardless of the tour length you will be passing the most famous colleges of Cambridge University and well as the main highlights the city has to offer.

Visit St. John’s College & Bridge of Sighs

Take time to visit, or revist the colleges of Cambridge University. One of our favourites to spend time strolling around, exploring the details and taking pictures of is St John College. There is so much to explore inside St John’s College Gates and it will make you feel like you’ve travelled back in time.

The Cambridge Bridge of Sighs is named after the Bridge of Sighs in Venice. While they share very few architectural similarities, they are both covered. The Bridge of Sighs is one of the top tourist attractions in Cambridge. Queen Victoria was said to love the bridge, and stated it to be her favourite location in the city.

Cambridge Botanic Gardens

Of course this list of outodoor activities wouldn’t be completed without a suggestion to spend some time around the lovely botanic gardens! As a local this place never gets old. Every visit is unique and remains forever as a great memory.

The botanic gardens display a huge variety of plants and exhibitions. Their large grounds are wonderfully kept and provide space for long walks and wonders around the enchanting landscape that they have designed. It is definitely worth a visit, we’d even encourage you to get a little lost.


COVID-19 is a difficult time for all, and most businesses are having to reinvent how they operate in order to keep their customers and staff members safe. As we know from Government Advice, outdoor activities pose a lower risk of transmission of COVID-19. But it is worth noting that your favourite outdoor activity might have altered slightly from what you have previously experienced. If you are wondering what these places are doing to protect you during the time, please visit their websites to learn more. If you are thinking of coming Punting this summer please visit our COVID-19 FAQ page for more up to date information.

Posted on June 7th, 2020, by the Traditional Punting Company