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Midsummer Common

  • Midsummer Common, Cambridge CB5 8DJ

Midsummer Common is a large green space to the northwest of the city centre. It borders the River Cam – houseboats are often moored on the south bank and many colleges’ boathouses are located on the north bank.

We have worked hard in recent years to restore the common to how it originally looked, including by planting new trees of local providence and planting wild seeds to increase biodiversity.

The common is grazed by a herd of Red Poll cattle between April and October each year, in between hosted events.

The common is home to the annual Midsummer Fair, one of the longest-established fairs in England. It also hosts the city’s annual bonfire night and Strawberry Fair.

The Friends of Midsummer Common group supports and promotes the management and responsible use of the common and adjacent orchard.

The common has previously been called Midsummer Green, Greencroft and Butts Green.