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County Town: Cambridge
Population: 550,000
Area: 956 Sq Miles 2476 Sq km
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Food Legends:Stilton Cheese
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Folk Customs:
Dicing for Bibles
Midsummer Cushion Ceremony
The Town Peas
Whittlesey Straw Bear Festival
Haunted Britain:
Barnack’s Wretched Rector
Corpus Christi’s Macabre Master
Roman Revenants of Wicken Fen
Wherefore Art Thou in the Pub Juliet?
Cultural Britain:
Dorothy L Sayers and the Fens
Lore & legend:
Brave Man of Balsham
Gog and Magog
Hereward the Wake
The Witches of Warboys
Natural Britain:
Greensand Ridge
River Cam
River Nene
The Fens
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Events

January
Buckden Antique Vintage and Collectors Fair
St Ives Antiques Fair
Straw Bear Festival

February
Snowdrop Season
St Ives Antiques Fair

March
Feast EAST
St Ives Craft & Design Show

April
Bible Dicing
Family Fun Day

May
Asthma UK House and Garden Fair
Duxford Spring Air Show
Eel Festival Weekend
Elys Food & Drink Festival
National Mills Weekend
Stilton Cheese Rolling

June
Abbots Ripton Hall Show
Annual TS Eliot Festival
Dragon Boat Festival
East of England Show
Hemingford Abbots Flower Festival
Offord Music Festival
Peterborough Artists Open Studios
Peterborough Festival
St Edmund's May Ball
St Neots Folk Festival
Strawberry Fair
Vintage and Rail Mail Weekend

July
Cambridge Folk Festival
Doddington Carnvial and Sports
Dog Show
Festival of Hunting
Flying Legends
Fringe in the Fen
Godmanchester Gala
Kimbolton Country Fayre
Littleport Show
Picnic in the Park
Red Lion Free Folk Day
St Ives Carnival & Music Festival
Summer Music Festival
World Pea Shooting Championships & Village Fair

August
Beer Fest
Charity Flying & Car Display
Equifest
Fenland Country Fair
Race Meeting
St Ives Music & Arts Festival
St Neots Sunfest

September
1940's Weekend
Annual Plough Day & Craft Fair
Buckden Food and Drink Fair
Cambridge Film Festival
Diesel Gala
East of England Classic Car Show
Gransden Agricultural Show
Grassroots Festival
Haddenham Steam Rally
Heritage Open Days
Mascot Grand National & Race Meeting
Open Cambridge Weekend
Steam Gala
The Duxford Air Show
World Heart Day Walk

October
Diesel Gala
Duxford Autumn Air Show
East of England Autumn Show
Food & Drink Festival
Great Eastern Run
Huntingdon Park Gold Cup Day
National Festival of Railway Modelling
St Ives Craft & Design Show
Thomas at Halloween
Thomas' Half Term

November
East of England Christmas Festival
Fireworkfiesta

December
Boxing Day Racing
Christmas Craft and Gift Fayre
East of England Smithfield Festival
Festival of Carols and Lessons
Santa Specials
St Ives Antiques Fair

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Principal Towns: Cambridge, Ely, Peterborough, Huntingdon, St Neots

Head North from London on the M11 and after an hour or so, you’ll come to the beautiful county of Cambridgeshire in East Anglia. Situated on the River Cam , its most famous city is of course is Cambridge , home of the University bearing the same name, which has dominated the town since the early 13th century. Whilst the University and the other buildings surrounding it are a veritable feast for historical and architectural gluttons – in fact it’s probably the most culture you could pack into a small space – there are also many other visitor attractions scattered throughout Cambridgeshire that make it a must do for any visitor to the UK.

Describing the magnificence of the Cambridge University buildings is no mean feat. Each and every one has a wow factor all of its own and there’s something to interest and engage visitors of all ages from the stately elegance of Trinity College to King's College Chapel, whose fan-vaulted ceiling are the finest example of Perpendicular Gothic architecture in England. Daily services featuring the world-famous Choir should not to be missed. Trinity College was founded by Henry VIII in 1546 and its impressive gateway is a perfect example of Tudor style, and the library was built by Sir Christopher Wren .

To get a good snapshot of the University take a walk along The Backs, where the lawns of six of the oldest colleges lead down to the River Cam. If you’re feeling brave rent a punt (flat-bottomed boat propelled by a long pole) and take a leisurely punt down the willow-lined river – straw boaters are optional. Cambridge itself is a very flat city, so if you prefer to be on dry land, then get on your bike – cycling is the very best way to see the whole town in a day. Garden lovers should ensure a stop at the Botanic Gardens is on their list.

Cambridgeshire itself is split into two very different landscapes; to the south there are rolling chalk hills, but in the north are the Fens. Drained in the 17th century, the Cambridgeshire Fens are a unique and distinctive area, which provides some of the most fertile land in Britain for the production of flowers, fruit and vegetables. Criss-crossed by waterways they offer incredible views and impressive sunsets and are home to some of Britain’s most important nature reserves. One of the settlements within the Fens is Ely , named for the eels which swam in the shallow waters, which is dominated by its magnificent Norman cathedral . The cathedral was built in 1083, and when its tower collapsed in the early 14th century it was replaced by its “lantern tower” which, to many at the time, seemed to float unsupported above the crossing of Ely Cathedral like a cloud. Fortunately the 400 tons of wood and lead are held up by 63 foot massive oak beams resting on stone pillars.

If cathedrals are your particular joy, then head to Peterborough where you’ll find its magnificent Norman cathedral, where the 13th century western front is one of the most impressive feats of medieval architecture in Britain. Peterborough’s Bronze Age excavations also are worth a look. If you’ve had your fill of history and heritage, then Peterborough is an expert at mixing the old with the new. The city offers a great nightlife including theatres, cinema and a greyhound stadium, as well as a great choice of places to eat and drink whether you want gastro-pubs, cafes, trendy bars or fine-dining restaurants. There is a also a lively arts scene and the city hosts the UKs biggest undercover beer festival held in August each year.

Heading South, aviation enthusiasts can visit Duxford Aircraft Museum which houses the largest display of historic aircraft in Europe in the grounds of an important WWII airfield. Time your trip right and you could see one of its air shows. Also South you’ll find Stilton , the village famed for its annual cheese rolling, and the market town of Huntingdon - birthplace of Oliver Cromwell . Also in the vicinity is the largest town in Cambridgeshire - St Neots , which grew round St Neots Priory, a Benedictine Monastery founded in 974AD. Useful facts about St Neot; he was the patron saint of fish, was related to King Alfred the Great and was only four feet tall – hence he was known as the Pygmy Saint!

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