With the help of Independent Cambridge - the definitive guide to ‘real’ Cambridge - Cambridge Network continues its weekly exploration of the best independent shops, cafés, restaurants, venues and events in Cambridge and the surrounding area. This week: there's something for everyone at Mill Road Winter Fair tomorrow (Saturday December 3rd).
Explore Independent Cambridge: Mill Road Winter Fair tomorrow
The Mill Road Winter Fair celebrates the quirky community spirit and multiculturalism that make this road so special. Always held on the first Saturday in December, it’s an important event in the seasonal calendar – bringing many thousands of people to the area, raising the profile of Mill Road, increasing awareness of its many and diverse businesses and community groups and generally providing a colourful and fun-filled time for visitors.
With the road closed between East Road and Coleridge Road, visitors to the fair can stroll along the street and see the amazing variety of what is on offer. Crammed full of independent shops, Mill Road is truly diverse, both in what can be found for sale or to eat and in terms of who is selling or preparing it.
Chinese and Korean restaurants and supermarkets, cyber cafes and coffee houses, Indian restaurants, an Italian delicatessen, North African, Adriatic and Turkish restaurants and shops selling organic and locally-produced food sit alongside shops where you can buy antiques, vinyl records, bikes, retro furniture and clothing and gifts and cards made by local artists.
There’s a pretty good choice when it comes to having a drink too with the numerous great pubs along the road.
And as well as this variety of shops, the fair hosts a food fair, art show and craft stalls and sees street performers congregate to entertain the public. Musicians, dancers and other artists all gather to perform along the road and in marquees, pubs and clubs. Truly something for everyone!
The opening ceremony will take place at 10.30am at Ditchburn Gardens, just after the road is closed. The Fair will be opened by the Mayor.
Discover unique boutiques and boutique hotels mingled with communities of artists and craftspeople. Sample an award-winning restaurant or thriving little café tucked away in a back street – all easy to locate with the 200 page full-colour Independent Cambridge guide.
Handily presented with a map and an index at the beginning of each section, this book is the indispensable key to finding out what’s on offer from the independents of Cambridge. Get your copy from Waterstones, Heffers, many of the independent shops or online at www.independent-cambridge.co.uk
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