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Summer is officially here, and with it comes the warmer climate that makes us want to explore everything the great outdoors has to offer. This summer is undoubtedly going to be a little different than the rest.

The Covid-19 pandemic has affected every part of our lives, and as the nation takes tentative steps towards recovery, people are looking a little closer to home for sources of summer fun.

Whether you’re based in Cambridge or visiting from a little further afield, the city, and its surrounding areas offers plenty to do and see outside this summer.

Here, we reveal the ultimate guide to Cambridge’s Covid-friendly, outdoor attractions so you can unlock days of summer fun for you and your family.

See Cambridge by punt

Cambridge is well known for its punting tours. In fact, a visit to the city wouldn’t be the same without one. Punting is the ultimate authentic experience for out of towners and it’s pretty fun too!

Many punting boat operators are now taking bookings and whilst the experience will be a little different to ensure your safety – you’re likely to see increased sanitisation of boats, staff in masks, masks available for you to wear and hand sanitiser on board – punting still offers a fantastic way to see the best of the city of Cambridge by water.

Explore the Botanic Gardens

Cambridge’s beautiful Botanic Garden is a top visitor attraction and thanks to its 40 acres of greenery, it’s highly likely to be a hotspot this summer too.

The garden was named one of the most beautiful in the UK, here Stylist explains more about its enviable reputation:

“As one of the top universities in the world, what better a place to learn about over 8,000 different species of plants than the University of Cambridge’s botanical garden.  Founded in 1762, the gardens are home not only to a wide variety of plants and flowers, but also to a great diversity of wildlife, including badgers, grass snakes and foxes.”

The attraction, which is owned by Cambridge University, ran virtual walking tours and online courses throughout the pandemic.

It has now opened its doors so visitors can explore its many plant and tree specimens. Pre-booking is essential – find out more about how to purchase tickets here.

Cycle your way around the city

As well as punting, cycling is a favourite pastime for the people of Cambridge so why not hire a bike and explore like a local?

There are so many reasons why cycling in Cambridge is a great idea – it’s cheap, fun, and makes the many sights of Cambridge so easy to see.

Explore a little further afield

The hustle and bustle of Cambridge is charming and infectious, but those staying a little longer should explore the surrounding area.

The city is blessed with beautiful surrounding countryside, from the rural beauty of the Cambridgeshire Fens to the delightful walk to nearby Grantchester, there’s a lot to love.

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