The information on this page shows what happened at the 2017 Fair. Information on the 2018 Fair will appear here a few weeks before Fair day.
So many things happen throughout the day and at different times all along the length of Mill Road, in all the shops, restaurants, cafés and other businesses. There are fancy dress, ethnic costumes, special dishes, dancing, singing, special offers and fundraising initiatives for several different local charities. Here are some of the highlights of the 2017 Fair:
At 10.30am, fire crews from Cambridge Fire Station will pull their engine up Mill Road to Devonshire Road and back again before parking in Mortimer Road where you can go and say hello to them. They will be collecting money for the Fire Fighters Charity.
Cambridge Community Circus will have a free circus workshop and street show in Great Eastern Street Car Park between 12pm and 3.30pm.
The Coleridge Carnival Crew from Parkside Federation will perform with 40 drummers and dancers at 11am in Great Eastern Street Car Park.
Watch out all along Mill Road for Infusion Physical Theatre which performs a roaming showcase of mime, clown and character.
The CULDT Chinese lion will perform at 1.45pm outside Cutlacks/Cycle King.
Arco Iris, Cambridge's community samba band, will march into the sunset to close the Fair.
Cambridge Swing Dancers will perform at 12.45pm outside Urban Larder.
Three different sides of Morris and Molly dancers will dance in different places at different times, adding colour and sound to the street scene:
Coton Morris Men dance Cotswold Morris and describe themselves as 'experts in the least stealthy Martial Art'.
Ely and Littleport Riot dance women's border morris and are always keen to recruit more musicians to play for them.
Cambridge Morris Men perform traditional display dances vigorously using sticks and hankies.
There will be music of every kind everywhere! Along the road (at busking spots and in parades), in Ditchburn Gardens, in cafés and pubs, at the Food Fair in Gwydir Street Car Park, in a party tent in ASHCOOP car park, in Lloyds Bank Car Park and at Romsey Mill.
Different local choirs will perform throughout the day:
Greater Bibleway Gospel Choir at 10am at Ditchburn Gardens and again at 11am at Gwydir Street Car Park.
Lifecraft Singers and ReSound Community Choir at 1.45pm at Gwydir Street Car Park.
Women of Note at 12.45pm at Gwydir Street Car Park.
Vocal Remix at 11.45am at the Avenue of Limes.
The Rhythm and Railway Singers at 11.45am at Cavendish Road.
Stagecoach Performing Arts Choir at 12.45pm at the Avenue of Limes.
Sing Out Cambridge at 3.45pm at Gwydir Street Car Park.
The Souls' Café Gospel Singers and Band at 3.45pm outside Cycle King.
Youth With A Mission Gospel Choir will perform at 11am at EF and 1.45pm outside the Co-op.
St Philip's Church will host a number of choirs including the Railway Singers at 11am, Sing! at 2pm, Shout Aloud! (children’s choir) at 3.15pm plus a Christingle candlelight service at 3.45pm.
Mill Road History Society will have an exhibition, old photographs and maps, children’s activities, monologues and light refreshments in St Barnabas Centre (behind the church).
The Cambridge branch of the Taoist Tai Chi Society of Great Britain will give demonstrations at Petersfield, near the end of Mortimer Road.
Grupo Negaça Capoeira will perform at 12.45pm at Cavendish Road.
Browse through a copy of the 2017 Mill Road Winter Fair brochure, which features the full programme of events for the Fair and a map of venues.
There is plenty of music at designated busking spots, in Lloyds Bank Car Park and at Argyle Street Housing Co-operative car park after the Fair - as well as all along Mill Road.