Chard, Ilminster & District

2017 Holiday in Cambridge

On 15th October eighteen of us left to visit Cambridge and its surrounds. En route we stopped at Nuffield Place, the home of William Morris founder of Morris Motors and a philanthropist. We had a beautiful country drive along the Thames on our way to stay at Cambourne, just outside Cambridge.

Our first day was spent in Cambridge walking around the city, stopping to see Kings College Chapel, a fascinating place and lunching at The Eagle a pub known for the signatures of some WWII airmen on the ceiling. The afternoon was spent at the Botanical gardens where we were treated to the strange effect of the Sahara sand on the sun as well as some stunning plants.

The weather was really kind to us the following day we were in Ely to visit the famous Cathedral in the morning and Oliver Cromwell house in the afternoon, both most interesting.

Our final day was spent in Cambridge, where we had free time to return to places we had seen on our previous visit or to try new venues. By the afternoon the rain came but luckily it did not trouble us as we were in the Fitzwilliam Museum. There was an exhibition of work by Degas and some of his cartoon collection for us to see as well as all their other exhibits,

On our return journey home we stopped at The Vine which unfortunately is still undergoing refurbishment so access was limited. Again the weather was kind to us as the rain held off until we were almost home.

I think we all enjoyed the holiday and if this report wets your appetite try our next trip to Derbyshire in June, see my accompanying article.

Janet Brown