Summer Days Drifting away to Summer Nights | Things to do in Huntingdon

Posted: Mon, June 5th, 2017

As the lyrics from that well-known Grease song say, ‘Summer days drifting away to oh oh the summer nights’. And that’s what we bring you (gratefully without the singing).

It might not be California in 1959, however, we are all looking forward to those long summer evenings and there is more going on than you think.

Many of Huntingdon’s venues offer evening entertainment from Shakespeare to karaoke, snooker to quiz nights to eating and drinking al fresco. A great way to know what’s going on is to visit the venue’s Facebook page (or ours at HuntingdonFirst) or look out for posters.

Some choices include The Market Inn, The George Hotel, DaVinci’s, The Falcon and The Montagu Club.

However, if it’s an al fresco meal and drink that’s making you want to break the mould, then our town has lots of places offering lovely, welcoming outside areas. Why not try The Old Bridge, Alex’s, The Falcon, Sandford House, The Samuel Pepys, The George Hotel not to mention those that offer the pavement café experience.

Take a peek at our ‘Find a Business’ page on our website for details of all venues – it’s easy to find at

Get out and about 

Now is the time of year when we all hope to be able to enjoy the great outdoors whether it be a gentle stroll or something a little more energetic.

Get prepared! Either treat yourself to a new bike or dig that one out of the back of the garage for a service; Richardson’s Cycles are here in the town ready to help and advise.

With many stores in Huntingdon offering an ever-increasing array of picnic goodies, why not enjoy a lazy afternoon in the sun by the river. Check out Wilko and Argos for the iconic picnic blanket and accessories, whilst Sainsbury’s, Aldi and Waitrose can provide all the ingredients as well!

A good alternative is just to take a bottle of chilled wine or beer and let the world go by (we like that one!). So don’t waste your day sitting in traffic jams all the way to the coast; break out the sun tan lotion and cool shades and see what Huntingdon has to offer.

There are many beautiful places to take a walk or cycle ride, especially along Riverside. Speaking of which, how about messing about on the river (well, don’t mess about but you know what we mean). Hire a boat from Purvis Marine and enjoy a leisurely trip on the river Great Ouse or even try a spot of fishing* (*permit and licence required). Energy to spare? Then there’s a children’s playpark to make a few more happy memories!

And then we have the rich history. The Cromwell Museum is a treasure trove of all things to do with Oliver Cromwell. Having been born in Huntingdon and educated in the school house that now forms the Museum, Cromwell rose from relative obscurity to become the most powerful British figure of his age. Or walk the Huntingdon Town Trail and discover the fascinating history of the town from its Royal Charter to the, now disused, County & Borough Gaol. The Trail is available on our website

With plenty more events coming to Huntingdon in July and August including Summer Entertainment, Huntingdon Carnival / Live in the Park Festival Weekend, The Beach Party and Bubble Rush, take the stress out of travelling far and wide and enjoy something closer to home.

Finish it off with a bite to eat or seriously scrummy afternoon tea to round off a pleasant day out.