June - Photo Calendar
June was a busy month with a lot going on. Students got the results of their exams (from the boards outside Senate House, seen here, or they can choose to get their results online) and those who had completed their degrees celebrated their successes at their graduations. Having worked so hard throughout the year, our undergraduates also made the most of their remaining time in Cambridge with their friends before heading off for the long summer vacation.
May Week (which is actually about two weeks, and at the beginning of June, once exams have finished) gets packed full of garden parties, barbeques, the Bumps (rowing races between all the Colleges, www.cucbc.org/bumps) and the legendary all-night May Balls. As well as fairground rides and amazing fireworks displays, some of the music acts at this year’s balls included Mr Hudson, Tinie Tempah, Faithless, Ellie Goulding, the Guillemots, Wheatus and Hot Chip. One land-locked College even turned itself into Venice for its ball, building a large lake and canal for punting in its front courts!
There was plenty happening in the city too. Every year the City Council organises a summer programme of festivals, events, fairs and activities at the city’s various parks (www.cambridge.gov.uk/ccm/navigation/leisure-and-entertainment/festivals-and-events/), the first two of which took place in June. The Town and Country Show had something for everyone - from steam engines and donkey rides, to medieval re-enactments and knights in armour, to hands-on cookery demonstrations, duck herding and a dog show, as well as arts, crafts, lifestyle and food marquees. Just a couple of weeks later we also had the Midsummer Fair, which is one of the oldest in the country. Although the Fair originated in 1211, these days it’s packed full of everything you’d expect from a modern fair, including the latest fairground rides, a comedy marquee, live music and market stalls.
All photographs © University of Cambridge. Photography by James Appleton Photography.