Looking for things to do in Cambridge this May?
May 1, 2022

We’ve found some fantastic local events for you to enjoy this month. From film nights and crafting to interesting museum exhibitions.

Cambridge Craft & Flea – Sat 14th May – 11:00 til 17:00

Cambridge Craft & Flea is a collection of independent makers, collectors, designers and creatives all under one roof 

Shop small and shop local in our authentic twist on the traditional craft market with a huge selection of products from illustration to vintage bric-a-brac, plants to jewellery, sustainable products to food, ceramics to candles and so much more!


Location: St. Paul’s Church, Hills Rd, Cambridge, CB2 1JP

Banff Mountain Film Festival – Cambridge – Sat 28th May – Films start at 7:30pm.

The Banff Mountain Film Festival (blue film programme) features a thrilling selection of films from the most captivating places on earth!

Join the world’s top adventure filmmakers and explorers as they push themselves to the limits in the most remote and stunning corners of the globe. Witness epic human-powered feats, life-affirming challenges and mind-blowing cinematography – all on the big screen!

Location: Corn Exchange, 2 Wheeler Street, Cambridge, CB23QB

To book please visit: https://bit.ly/wtb37

Free Outdoor Film Night – 20th May 2022

6.00pm – Encanto 

8.00pm – Ghostbusters: Afterlife

Popcorn at the ready, Cambridge BID’s alfresco cinema returns to the Market Square this Summer. In their 4th year, these much-loved summer events animate a usually quiet, unused space at night and bring it to life with a family-friendly evening of fun.

Location: Cambridge Market Square, Market Hill, Cambridge, Cambridgeshire CB2 3QJ 

Lies, Spies and Double-Dealing: A Cambridge Spy Tour

5:30pm-7:00pm Friday every week starting Friday 21 May

11:30am-1:00pm Sunday every week starting Sunday 23 May

Enjoy a spy-filled walk around some of Cambridge’s loveliest streets. Discover how the Tudor monarchs made the university their secret-service HQ, and how they exploited codes, cyphers and undercover agents in their determination to reveal plots. Learn how a famous Elizabethan dramatist was exposed as a spy by his college bar bill. And why did Churchill call the Cambridge code-breakers at Bletchley Park, “the geese that laid the golden eggs.”? Then there’s James Bond, Miss Moneypenny, the Big Five, and much more…

Location: Great St Mary’s Church, Senate House Hill, Cambridge, CB2 3PQ

Booking is required and please contact tours@cambridge-spies.uk or 07900 532605

Meet and Make at the Museum – Auroras – Monday 23 May, 1pm – 3.30pm

Meet and Make at the Museum sessions are all about giving you a supportive and social space to be creative. Making new crafts, making space for yourself, and making new connections. A chance for you to explore working with different materials and learn new skills with others.

Explore light and colour, crafting with coloured acetate to craft your own Northern Lights. Discover the magic of fluorescent paints as you make your own aurora.

Location:  The Polar Museum

Book Today: https://bit.ly/wtb38

Butterflies Through Time – Exhibition runs from 15 March to 18 Sept 2022

This exhibition will use UK butterfly specimens from the Museum of Zoology collections to showcase the natural world and environmental change. It highlights the research that conservationists are undertaking to reverse long-term declines, including people based here in the Museum. 

Location: Museum of Zoology, David Attenborough Building, Downing St, Cambridge, CB2 3EJ

Hockney’s Eye The Art And Technology of Depiction – Exhibition runs from, 15 March to 29 Aug 2022

One of the most influential artists of our time, David Hockney takes over Cambridge this spring and summer with an exhibition across The Fitzwilliam Museum and The Heong Gallery, Downing College.

Through both traditional and cutting-edge ways of making art, the exhibition explores Hockney’s obsession with how we see the world, and how our world of time and space can be captured on the surface of a flat picture.

In The Fitzwilliam Museum’s picture galleries, Hockney’s drawings, paintings and digital artworks are shown in a series of provocative encounters with works by artists including Claude Monet, John Constable and Andy Warhol.

The display at The Heong Gallery charts Hockney’s pioneering modern experiments from the 1960s to the present day in bringing hand, eye, and optical instruments together, with the iconic Grand Canyon I (2017) among the many glorious and daring works on display.

True To Nature – Open Air Painting In Europe 1780 1870 – Exhibition runs from, 3 May to 29 Aug 2022

In this unique exhibition, explore the inventive ways artists in the 18th and 19th centuries recorded fleeting moments in nature, capturing the effects of light, drama, and atmosphere first-hand in the open air.

Featuring more than 100 oil sketches by artists including John Constable, Jean-Baptiste-Camille Corot, Louise-Joséphine Sarazin de Belmont and André Giroux, the thrill of these painters’ encounters with nature is palpable in their highly skilled, rapidly painted sketches. We see with their eyes and feel their wonder as they witness storm-torn skies, limpid rockpools, the dappled shade of a tree canopy or the awe-inspiring sight of an erupting volcano.

Location: The Fitzwilliam Museum