Cambridge University wedding venue
Planning the perfect wedding day in Cambridge
Cambridge is a city with a rich cultural heritage where there is plenty to explore, whether your guests are spending a whole weekend or even just a day there. The relaxed atmosphere makes it romantically welcoming in both the colder and warmer months.
Its location makes it a fairly easy place to get to, whether you and your guests are travelling via road, rail or air, and the city is less than an hour away from central London and a mere 20 minutes from Stansted Airport.
Although best known for its world-famous university, Cambridge has an awful lot else to offer. There are plenty of pubs, cafes and eateries, and the city is a haven for shoppers who prefer independent stores and markets. Additionally, some of the colleges are turned into exceptional Cambridge Wedding Venues which are available for hire.
The university and architecture
If it is architecture and heritage that you are after, which will give your photographic wedding memories and exceptional backdrop, then you are truly spoilt for choice here.
The university has 31 colleges, among which is the remarkable Homerton College, whose Victorian Gothic Hall dates back to the 1800s. At the time, Homerton was a women-only college; it was not until the 1970s that men were first admitted into the College.
Like many Cambridge Colleges, Homerton is located in extensive grounds. This characteristic is particularly useful when it comes to summer weddings: keeping all of our guests indoors might be slightly uncomfortable after a while, leaving them hot and bothered.
Despite being one of the busiest during term time, home to around 1,200 students; Homerton College is one of the preferred choices when it comes to wedding planning.
Cambridge’s signature punting pastime
And of course, neither the bridegroom nor the guest are allowed to leave Cambridge without a spot of punting. It is possibly Cambridge’s answer to the gondola. For those of you not so familiar with the pastime, a punt is a square-ended boat with a flat bottom and no keel, and is usually propelled using a long pole.
They were developed in medieval times for shallow waters and were integral to local trades such as reed-cutting and eel fishing. Seeing as those trades died out years ago, however, you’re unlikely to find yourself doing any fishing from a punt these days: just relaxing and capturing Cambridge’s views from the water. Ever before thought of a radiant bride on one such boat?
Markets in Cambridge
The historic market is open Monday to Saturday, 10am to 4pm, and boasts clothing, food, plants, books and other goods. If you are someone who collects souvenirs, the best time to lay your hands on those are in the summer. On Sundays the market hosts arts and crafts stalls, selling work from the region’s most talented artists, craftsmen, potters, sculptors and photographers. There is also an opportunity to check out the locally-sourced organic produce at the Farmers’ Market.
If you have decided not to marry in the summer, a sight that is open to visitors all year round is the Botanic Gardens, which should definitely be on the cards. Only a five-minute walk from the railway station, this peaceful 40-acre garden has a collection of over 10,000 labelled plant species in an assortment of settings including the Lake, Rock Garden, Winter Garden and Woodland Walk.
Guest blog from Homerton college cambridge – www.homertonconference.com