Whilst Cambridge's city centre is just a few minutes' drive away, the village of Fulbourn has its own charm and selection of local amenities. The small high street is just a 5 to 10 minute walk away and has a Co-operative supermarket, chemist, coffee/snack bar, beautician, florist and one of the village pubs. A hundred metres away is the 'White Hart' pub/restaurant which as well as from providing a warm friendly atmosphere also has an excellent lunch and dinner menu for those wanting the convenience of dining out locally.
Cambridge, just a short drive or bus ride away, has a beautifully preserved city centre including the world renowned University college buildings, perhaps the most famous of which is Kings' College from whose magnificent Chapel the Christmas Eve carol service is broadcast each year. St Bene't's Church is the oldest building in Cambridge, dating back to 1040, and other buildings of architectural note are the Round Church, the Fitzwilliam Museum and the Catholic Church.
Steeped in history and heritage, yet also a vibrant modern city with a bustling atmosphere, Cambridge has much to offer the visitor and the longer term resident alike.
Historically an important market town, there is still a daily market selling produce and everyday items as well as souvenirs, and quality crafts at the weekend. There are, of course, many familiar high street stores and designer names but also a choice of independent boutiques and gift shops to browse.
As well as the Cambridge must-do's of touring the Colleges and punting along the river Cam, there are various art galleries and museums to explore, from the vast collections at the Fitzwilliam Museum to smaller art & craft gallery shops, to contemporary art at Kettles Yard.
Other entertainment on offer includes three theatres, three cinemas and ten-pin bowling, as well as an enormous choice of bars, cafés, restaurants and late night bars & clubs. Live music can be enjoyed from local pub gigs to big name concerts in the Corn Exchange, as well as various (often free) open air events during the summer.
The city's generous park spaces are regularly host to special events such as Strawberry Fair, the Comedy festival, Beer festivals, the Cambridge Folk Festival, the Open Air Shakespeare Festival, and an ice rink in the winter. Art lovers may wish to visit Open Studios during July weekends and movie buffs will enjoy the Film Festival in September.
Within the local South Cambridgeshire area, there are many leisure opportunities, among them countryside walks, cycling, golf, tennis and other social sports, gym or fitness classes and swimming. Also family-friendly attractions and activities such as Linton Zoo, Wimpole Hall & Home Farm, Duxford Imperial War Museum, Fowlmere nature reserve. The nearby market towns of Saffron Walden, Bury St Edmunds, Ely and St Ives are all well worth a visit to soak up their history and beauty.
About 10 miles northeast lies Newmarket, internationally renowned as a centre for horse racing, breeding and training. Indeed it is considered to be the birthplace of thoroughbred horse racing, dating as far back as 1174. It is the home of the National Stud as well as Sheikh Mohammed's Dalham Hall stud. There are two racetracks in Newmarket, The Rowley Mile and The July Course, which host various fixtures from April to October, including evening music events in the summer which make great family days out. The National Horseracing Museum is the place to go to learn about the history of racing. The town is also famous for its delicious Newmarket Sausages!
Cambridge is just 50 miles (80km) north of London, the easiest way to get there being the 45 minute express train to Kings Cross, so the bustling capital is easily accessible for day trips or even an evening out to see a show in the West End.
It would not be possible to list all of London's many attractions, but here is just a taster:
- The Tower of London & London Dungeons
- The London Eye (360 degree view over the city)
- Madame Tussauds
- Art galleries: The Tate, Tate Modern, National Gallery & National Portrait Gallery
- Museums: Science Museum, Natural History Museum, British Museum
- Buckingham Palace, Changing of the Guard
- Westminster, Houses of Parliament & Westminster Abbey
- Tower Bridge, Trafalgar Square, St Paul's Cathedral
- Musicals and shows in the West End or Shakespeare at the Globe Theatre
- Live music from pub gigs to stadium concerts
- Shopping for every budget: Oxford Street, Covent Garden, Camden Market, Harrods!
- Royal Botanic Gardens in Kew, London Zoo
More information can be found on London's official city guide