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A Guide to May Day in Cambridge
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A Guide to May Day in Cambridge

29 April 2017 |

It’s that time of year again. The May Bank Holiday is upon us, and students in Oxford and Cambridge spend the weekend trying to raise the revelling stakes. We've put together a selection of some of the May Day goings-on that deserve a visit if you're in the Cambridge area this weekend.

Evening Events
 
Cambridge nightlife is a motley affair, but the Bank Holiday weekend always offers the drinking establishments a chance to snare punters. For straight-up drinking and dancing, student-style, on Sunday 30 April we have Cambridge’s infamous Sunday Night, set against the neon-pink surfaces of Kuda club. Across town at Lola Lo on Corn Exchange Street there will be several nights of more May Day parties which also coincide with the club’s reopening - so you know this weekend will be a big one. Meanwhile, the largest nightclub in Cambridge, Ballare in Lion Yard, is set to host Bank Holiday Afrobeats on 1 May, featuring Dancehall, RnB and Hip Hop DJs.
 
Wholesome Family Fun
 
For those with families in tow, Thurston Fun Fair will be opening on Cambridge’s Midsummer Common over the weekend to satisfy all those cravings for rides, stalls and sweets. But if you’re keen to venture out of the city, to the northwest of Cambridge there is another fair taking place in the picturesque village of Reach. Home to the Reach Fair, every year the Mayor of Cambridge opens the event at midday on Monday 1 May in full regalia. The fair boasts a big wheel and some eye-catchingly attired morris dancers, who will be jigging all afternoon long, as tradition dictates.


Image Credit: Oxfordian
 
Morning Breakfasts
 
As that hangover hits, it’s probably time to bite back with a royal breakfast. But let’s be honest - by the time you’ve scrambled bleary-eyed into daylight it’ll be more like a royal brunch. So here we present a few of Cambridge’s finest post-party all-day eateries. One Cambridge favourite is the gloriously light and airy King Street café, Afternoon Tease. Open since 2013, they are really cake specialists (the chocolate and earl grey is a winner) but also serve a mean brunch with a rotating menu, and their fresh cheese scones are just the ticket. For splashing out and smart interiors there’s the Hotel du Vin Bistro on Trumpington Street, offering tasty and traditional fare such as eggs benedict and grilled kipper. Or alternatively you can head on over to the Black Cat Café on Mill Road, where their seasonal menu includes the Black Cat Big Breakfast: a great big hearty fry-up which we highly recommend. And of course, May Day could not be complete without a trip to The Maypole pub! Tucked away off Portugal Place, this cosy place with its Maypole Breakfast is not to be missed.


Imaged Credit: http://www.maypolefreehouse.co.uk/
 
Another tip: food delivery service Deliveroo have allegedly announced free delivery for all breakfast orders in Cambridge on Saturday and Sunday morning of the Bank Holiday weekend. Just saying.

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