7 THINGS TO DO IN CAMBRIDGE

Saturday

This is a guest post by Love Em.

There are so many gorgeous places to sightsee and visit around the UK. I am lucky enough to live near Cambridge, a historic city filled with fun things to do. Whether you're looking for tours, buildings or thrills, Cambridge has something for everyone in the family to enjoy. Here are some bucket list things you need to do if you visit Cambridge!


buildings in cambridge
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Explore Heffers


I recently visited Heffers on a trip to Cambridge, and I was thrilled to have found this gem. Heffers is a bookstore filled with books, stationery and even music. If you want to purchase a ukulele, you can! I have never fallen in love with a bookstore the way I did with Heffers. While it may seem ordinary for some, I loved how cool and quiet it was compared to the busy street. I loved that you can find a range of board games too. The books are reasonably priced, so you can get the books you want without breaking the bank. My favourite section was the stationery as there were lots of affordable cards that I've stocked up.. My partner and I spent a good hour here, and I would highly recommend you do too. It's a lovely place to get out of the heat and get lost in a book. 


Skate Around On The Ice Rink


Cambridge has recently built an ice rink! Ice skating may not seem like anything special, but it's a fun way to spend a rainy day. It's different to the cultural activities you may find around the city. It allows you to get active while having fun, and it's away from the busy streets. The ice rink is indoors, and it's affordable too. I love ice skating, and the rink has allowed me to have fun with friends doing something different. If you want an even more magical experience, you should visit Cambridge at Christmas. Cambridge holds a small fair on Parkers Piece around Christmas time. There are rides, stalls and more to enjoy. More importantly, there is an outdoor ice rink that comes to town! Every year I visit with my partner to skate around and have fun. Make sure you bring gloves as this rink is especially cold! 


Swim At The Jesus Green Lido


Every year, the Jesus Green lido has a long queue of swimmers waiting to get into the pool. You can see a long line of people running along the river, which is when you know the summer has begun! The lido is a lovely place to relax and take it slow. Before the lockdown, the lido offered a sauna and sunbathing terrace for guests. There is a picnic area and cafe, making it the perfect place to spend a warm summer's day. It's a well-kept pool, and I have found it cleaner than other lidos I have visited. It is also one of the longest outdoor swimming pools in Europe, so make sure you visit if you're going to Cambridge! 


Go Punting Down The River


If you visit Cambridge, punting must be on your list of things to do. This Cambridge classing has you pushing a boat along a river. You can choose to have a tour guide or punt yourself. For first-timers, I'd recommend having the tour guide. It was relaxing to have someone push you along and teach you about the history of Cambridge. Many offer an afternoon tea package deal so you can have a slice of cake in a local cafe too! Don't forget to tip the punter! It's not required, but it's a nice gesture as many of the guides are students. Every little helps! 


If you have a larger group of friends with you and want to have some fun, you can take the boat yourself. I have never done this, but I have heard it can be quite hard to steer! If you're feeling brave, this is something I'd recommend you try! Bring along a small picnic and enjoy a drink together on the river! 


Take A University Tour


Cambridge is famous for its universities. There are many in the location, all with beautiful gardens and tours. If you're visiting Cambridge, why not take a tour around the campuses? There are lots of different tours to try, so you'll find something for everyone to enjoy. There are punting tours, which I have personally taken. The tour guides are lovely and well informed about the history of the universities. You can get guided audio tours and even scooter tours if you want to try something more thrilling. 


Cambridge is quite a historic place, and there is a lot to learn about the city. Even if you don't take a university tour, you could try a walking or bus tour of the city itself. Tours are an affordable day out, and you can educate yourself on this beautiful area! 


Try One Of The Many Escape Rooms


If you're looking for some fun, why not try an escape room. Although escape rooms aren't exclusive to Cambridge, there are many on offer in the city. An escape room is a perfect way to escape from the bustle of the street. Cambridge can be busy, full of students and cyclists. Sometimes it's nice to duck away for a few hours. The escape rooms can last around an hour to two, so it's a fun way to spend a rainy day. You can have up to 6 players, so it's good if you're visiting with friends. Most escape rooms let you choose the theme/difficulty of the puzzle, allowing you to customise your experience. I'd love to hear how long it takes you to escape!


Enjoy A Slice At Tom's Cakes


I love grabbing a slice of cake wherever I go. For me, it wouldn't be a day out without a sweet treat. If you're looking for a local coffee shop with a large selection of cakes, I'd highly recommend Tom's Cakes. It's a small coffee shop with a rustic-looking interior. They have barstools by the front window, so you can eat while you watch Cambridge go by. There are tables both indoors and outdoors for you to sit at too. As for the food, you won't be disappointed.


Firstly, the cakes on offer are high quality and delicious. There are so many to choose from, including a slice of a layered cake, brownies, eclairs, Bakewells and more. There are even some less common options, such as crumble and hummingbird cake. The selection is changed regularly while still having a few classics on offer. They also theme some of their treats to seasons and upcoming celebrations. If you're not a sweet person, you can get a selection of sandwiches, cheese scones and other savoury treats. 


Cambridge is full of fun and family-friendly activities. Whether you're there for the day or making it a long weekend, I'd highly recommend all of these activities. It's a beautiful place, so you can get some unique pictures for social media while you're there. What are your favourite things to do in Cambridge? I'd love to hear what hidden gems you've found on your trip! 


About the Guest Writer!

Em is a UK blogger focusing on blogging, business & sustainability on her blog "Love, Em". With 4 years of experience in the blogging world, she is keen to share her knowledge. Emily is passionate about helping others, and since leaving college, has decided to put her passions in writing. You can find her over on social media!

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10 EUROPEAN CITIES YOU NEED TO VISIT

Yay another travel blog! I haven't written one in so long due to the pandemic and travel not really being as accessible anymore, but the future is bright. We may as well start thinking about places we'd like to go as something to look forward to. Or if you're like me, you would have been thinking about travel this whole time.


If you are dying to travel when it's safe again then you should start by checking out this amazing list of cities in Europe that I have lined up for you.


10 cities you need to visit in Europe


1. Amsterdam


I have been to Amsterdam twice now and would still love to go again. There is so much to do and I really loved it there. It's not too far to fly from the UK either and you can usually find reasonably priced flights.


Read more about my trip to Amsterdam.


Amsterdam canal

2. Sorrento


I think Sorrento, and the Amalfi Coast are some of my favourite places in the world. Everywhere you go is just so beautiful. Staying in Sorrento, it's really easy to travel to other places along the Amalfi Coast too like Positano, Amalfi and Capri. I love Italy and would love to see more of it, so many Italian cities are on my list.


Read more about my week in Sorrento.


Sorrento

3. Krakow


Krakow is such a beautiful city with a lot of history. It's also really close to Auschwitz Concentration Camp which is the reason I went. It's really good prices to go out for food and drinks there too and again, flights from the UK can be found at reasonable prices a lot of the time.


4. Dortmund


My family and I have been to Dortmund for the last couple of Christmas markets, except for 2020 because of the pandemic. My family used to live there and the Christmas market is amazing so I really love going there, although I haven't been there any other time of year that I can remember. I would definitely recommend the Christmas market though.


Dortmund Christmas market

5. London


I know London isn't too far for me to travel but I still think it should be included as it is one of my favourite places! There is just so much to do and I keep seeing more and more things I want to add to my list of things to do in London for next time I go. I always have such a good time in London and haven't visited in a while due to the pandemic.


6. Dublin


I have been to Dublin twice now too and I loved it both times. If you want to go somewhere for nice weather then it's probably not the place for you but I really love Dublin it's such a cute city with so much personality and the people are a lot more friendly than in London.


7. Paris


OK I admit I only visited Paris for one day with college when I went to Disneyland but I really enjoyed my time there and would love to visit again for longer. I feel like it's just a classic place to go and if you want to travel around Europe, you need to go there.


8. Cardiff


This is definitely an underrated city and again, it's not very far for me to travel. I only went to Cardiff for a couple of days for work experience but it seems like a good place for nightlife and shopping. Hopefully I will be able to go again soon.


9. Barcelona 


I haven't actually visited these last 2 cities but they are probably top of my list so I thought why not share them too? My mum and dad went to Barcelona and said it was amazing and it does look it with the beautiful architecture and the beach too. 


10. Budapest


Finally, I would love to travel to Budapest I just think it looks really cool and hopefully I will be able to go soon and say more about why it's a good city to visit.


I might write a list like this of UK cities that you need to visit too, let me know if you'd like to see that.


Related: UK cities you need to visit


Where is your favourite European city?

MEET MY JUNE ADVERTISERS

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I can't believe it's June already! I am so excited for warmer weather, and I have finished university now too. Now that I don't have to spend all of my time doing assignments anymore, I will hopefully be able to spend more time on my blog and also reading some more of your blogs.

Speaking of your blogs, I am so delighted to share the following bloggers with you. Since I started my advertising service on my blog, I have featured some really great blogs and I always love reading new blogs too. So without further ado, here are some of my favourite bloggers this month.

Bloggers you need to check out this month

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First of all, we have Nyxie's Nook. Nyxie writes all about mental health, wellbeing and lifestyle. I think mental health blogs are so important an I love reading them. It's just a reminder that you can be open and vulnerable online and don't have to try to be perfect all the time. It's also an inspiration for others to open up when they have felt like they can't.

Start by checking out these posts

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If you need a bit of positivity then you definitely need to check out Sunshine Sarah. Sarah is a lifestyle blogger and content creator that wants to bring a bit more sunshine to your life! I always feel better after reading Sarah's blogs or seeing her uplifting social media posts.

Make sure you check out these blog posts by Sarah


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Next up, we have Lyla Stone. I have only discovered Lyla's blog recently but I am already a big fan of her posts. She writes mainly about psychology and wellness.

Check out these posts

5 ACTIVITIES TO DO INSTEAD OF USING SOCIAL MEDIA

Saturday

As a blogger, I am often spending a lot of time on social media. Whether that is to promote my blog, or to research trends to grow my presence, I feel like I spend most of my free time on there. As a lot of us know, too much time on social media can sometimes become a bit toxic, as we may find ourselves comparing our lives to others too much. That's why I've come up with a list of activities you or your child could try instead of scrolling social media for hours.


Social media can be great in moderation, as it helps us to connect with people we may not get to see a lot, especially in recent times in the pandemic. It can also help us to connect with new people too, but it's important to take breaks from it too.


scrolling through instagram on iphone with coffee
Image by Kerde Severin on Pexels.


Activities to try instead of using social media


1. Exercise


OK, I'll be honest, how likely is it that I will exercise any time I would usually use social media? Not very. Just imagine the health benefits if we exercised each time we did endless scrolling though. If you are motivated enough, then this is definitely something to try.

2. Painting


In the first coronavirus lockdown, I started a paint by numbers and I found it a lot more relaxing than staring at my phone screen scrolling. And, it's a cool project that looks really nice when it's done!

3. Gaming


If you want to be active on your phone or laptop, then why not try gaming and putting your mind towards gaming instead of looking through social media? A website for gaming I have tried recently is Plays.org. It's great for when you're just bored on your laptop and have some time free. My personal favourites on here are the Pac Rat and Minigolf games. It really reminds me of when I was at secondary school in IT and played games on the computer. (If you are one of my school teachers, this is a joke).

Or of course, if you have a gaming console such as an Xbox then that is another great way to spend time and let off some steam.

4. Reading


A bit like exercise, I always wonder how many books I would have read if I picked up a book any time I wanted to just sit and scroll.

5. Go for a walk


Again, using your time for fresh air and stretching your legs is time better spent. Getting out of the house just makes me feel better afterwards too.
What is your favourite way to spend your free time? Do you feel like you're on social media too much too?