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Ceremonial Cambridgeshire within England
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Historic Cambridgeshire in the British Isles
Coordinates: 52°20′N0°0′W / 52.333°N -0.000°E / 52.333; -0.000
Sovereign state United Kingdom
Constituent country England
Region East of England
Established1 April 1974
Established by Local Government Act 1972
Preceded by Cambridgeshire and Isle of Ely
Huntingdon and Peterborough
Origin Ancient
Time zone UTC±00:00 (Greenwich Mean Time)
  Summer (DST) UTC+01:00 (British Summer Time)
Members of Parliament List of MPs
Police Cambridgeshire Constabulary
Ceremonial county
Lord Lieutenant Julie Spence [1]
High Sheriff Dr Bharatkumar N Khetani (2023-24)
Area3,389 km2 (1,309 sq mi)
  Ranked 15th of 48
Population (2021)852,523
  Ranked 28th of 48
Density252/km2 (650/sq mi)
Ethnicity94.6% White
2.6% S.Asian

Cambridgeshire has a maritime temperate climate which is broadly similar to the rest of the United Kingdom, though it is drier than the UK average due to its low altitude and easterly location, the prevailing southwesterly winds having already deposited moisture on higher ground further west. Average winter temperatures are cooler than the English average, due to Cambridgeshire's inland location and relative nearness to continental Europe, which results in the moderating maritime influence being less strong. Snowfall is slightly more common than in western areas, due to the relative winter coolness and easterly winds bringing occasional snow from the North Sea. In summer temperatures are average or slightly above, due to less cloud cover. It reaches 25 °C (77 °F) on around ten days each year, and is comparable to parts of Kent and East Anglia.

Record high °C (°F)15.7
Mean daily maximum °C (°F)7.8
Daily mean °C (°F)4.8
Mean daily minimum °C (°F)1.7
Record low °C (°F)−16.1
Average precipitation mm (inches)47.2
Average precipitation days (≥ 1.0 mm)
Source: ECA&D [18]
Record high °C (°F)15.4
Mean daily maximum °C (°F)7.7
Daily mean °C (°F)4.8
Mean daily minimum °C (°F)1.9
Record low °C (°F)−16.0
Average precipitation mm (inches)48.6
Average precipitation days (≥ 1.0 mm)
Mean monthly sunshine hours 57.277.8118.4157.2182.7182.5190.0181.3144.0110.367.653.71,522.7
Source 1: Met Office [19]
Source 2: Starlings Roost Weather [20] [21]
  1. Weather station is located 0.8 miles (1.3 km) from the Cambridge city centre.
  2. Weather station is located 3 miles (4.8 km) from the Cambridge city centre.



Various forms of football have been popular in Cambridgeshire since medieval times at least. In 1579 one match played at Chesterton between townspeople and University of Cambridge students ended in a violent brawl that led the Vice-Chancellor to issue a decree forbidding them to play "footeball" outside of college grounds. [22] During the nineteenth century, several formulations of the laws of football, known as the Cambridge rules, were created by students at the university. One of these codes, dating from 1863, had a significant influence on the creation of the original laws of the Football Association. [23]

Cambridgeshire is also the birthplace of bandy, [24] now an IOC accepted sport. [25] According to documents from 1813, Bury Fen Bandy Club was undefeated for 100 years. A member of the club, Charles Goodman Tebbutt, wrote down the first official rules in 1882. [24] Tebbutt was instrumental in spreading the sport to many countries. [26] Great Britain Bandy Association is based in Cambridgeshire. [27]

Fen skating is a traditional form of skating in the Fenland. The National Ice Skating Association was set up in Cambridge in 1879, they took the top Fen skaters to the world speedskating championships where James Smart (skater) became world champion. [28]

On 6–7 June 2015, the inaugural Tour of Cambridgeshire cycle race took place on closed roads across the county. The event was an official UCI qualification event, and consisted of a Time Trial on the 6th, and a Gran Fondo event on the 7th. The Gran Fondo event was open to the public, and over 6000 riders took part in the 128 km (80 mi) race. [29]

The River Cam is the main river flowing through Cambridge, parts of the River Nene and River Great Ouse lie within the county. In 2021 the latter was used as the course for The Boat Race. The River Cam serves as the course for the university Lent Bumps and May Bumps and the non-college rowing organised by Cambridgeshire Rowing Association.

There is only one racecourse in Cambridgeshire, located at Huntingdon.

Contemporary art

Cambridge is home to the Kettle's Yard gallery and the artist-run Aid and Abet project space. Nine miles west of Cambridge next to the village of Bourn is Wysing Arts Centre. [30] Wisbech has been home to the Wisbech Gallery, South Brink since 2023. Cambridge Open Studios is the region's large arts organisation with over 500 members. Every year, more than 370 artists open their doors to visitors during four weekends in July. [31]


The annual Fenland Poet Laureate awards were instigated for poets in the North of the county in 2012 at Wisbech & Fenland Museum. [32]


The county was visited by travelling companies of comedians in the Georgian period. These came from different companies. The Lincoln Circuit included, at various times, Wisbech and Whittlesey. The Wisbech Georgian theatre still survives as an operating theatre now known as The Angles Theatre. In Cambridge the ADC Theatre is the venue for the Footlights.



The county is covered by BBC East and ITV Anglia which broadcast from Norwich. Television signals are received from the Sandy Heath TV transmitter. [33]


BBC Local Radio for the county is served by BBC Radio Cambridgeshire which broadcasts from its studio in Cambridge. County-wide commercial radio stations are Heart East, Greatest Hits Radio East, Star Radio, Cambridge 105, Connect FM (covering Peterborough), and HCR FM (for Huntingdonshire).

Places of interest

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EH icon.svg English Heritage
Forestry Commission
HR icon.svg Heritage railway
HH icon.svg Historic House
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Museum (free/not free)
NTE icon.svg National Trust
Drama-icon.svg Theatre
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Notable people from Cambridgeshire

See also

Explanatory notes

  1. Components may not sum to totals due to rounding
  2. includes hunting and forestry
  3. includes energy and construction
  4. includes financial intermediation services indirectly measured

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