Because Cambridge is the home to so many clever folk, the town has also become the UK equivalent of Silicon Valley. Here it’s nicknamed Silicon Fen, thanks to a bustling and growing number of research and development centres, science parks and the like. Software, military research and numerous other high tech concerns are all flourishing on campus and in town.
It’s not all studying and bicycling, however. Cambridge was key in developing the rules of football (soccer to Yanks) so you can find numerous professional teams, including Cambridge United F.C. Rugby, rowing, tennis and of course cricket all have a lively presence as well. The annual rowing competition between Oxford and Cambridge is a major social event.
The place where Pink Floyd was born, Cambridge boasts live theatre, the well-known Kettle’s Yard gallery, classical music and folk festivals, the eight week Shakespeare Festival, a major film festival and more. They all contribute to a year-round calendar of fun, world-class events.