Balancing the brilliant days out and activities, there are also plenty of splendid entertainment options for you to tick off during your time here in Huntingdon. We’ll begin with the excellent local racecourse and the town’s other sporting options before pointing you in the direction of two top-class amateur theatres and a state-of-the-art cinema.
Entertainment in Huntingdon
Dust off the tweed jacket, hunt down your flat cap and make your way to Huntingdon Racecourse for one of its excellent race days throughout the year. Huntingdon is a thoroughbred horse racing venue with a National Hunt course – meaning it has jumps – which hosts 17 events throughout the year. Take a look at what’s on during your stay; our Huntingdon hotel is a few minutes away.
The best race day to try and attend is the Peterborough Chase in December, when the racecourse really comes to life. There’s an array of dining and hospitality experiences you can choose from during your visit. The restaurant is nicely presented, and the private boxes offer the best views overlooking the racecourse and the parade ring.
Huntingdon’s other sporting options may not be quite as high a standard, but we do enjoy watching Huntingdon Town FC play at Jubilee Park. It’s an amateur club with a local but enthusiastic following on match days. Tickets are dirt cheap, so if you simply love the game, and you’re craving watching a kickabout, then give The Hunters a couple of hours of your time.
Huntingdon Town FC
Shakespeare at the George
The most popular theatre in Huntingdon is the Cineworld cinema in nearby Sapley. It’s a state-of-the-art, 10-screen cinema where you’ll be able to catch all the latest releases with everything from triple-A blockbusters to secret screenings.
Looking for live theatre? Make your way to the Performing Arts Centre in the grounds of Hinchingbrooke House. It hosts local am-dram productions in its 238-seat theatre with every genre under the sun covered. It’s also a favourite for touring comedy acts, with famous names such as John Bishop and Ed Byrne performing at the centre.
Saving the best for last, there’s nothing quite like seeing Shakespeare in an open-air theatre. So be sure to see if you can catch Shakespeare at the George. The George Hotel in Huntingdon has been hosting excellent productions of classic Shakespeare plays in its courtyard for 60 years.
It’s an incredible setting, and while it’s only an amateur group, the sheer quality of its productions is excellent. Tickets sell fast, so you’ll want to book well in advance. It also hosts smaller In The Parlour productions, which showcase the work of playwrights other than the Bard.
While there aren’t dedicated concert halls or live music venues in Huntingdon, if you want to catch a gig or listen to some local artists, there are still some great local pubs putting on regular live music nights. Try the Samuel Pepys pub on the High Street, The Exhibition gastropub on London Road in Godmanchester and the Lord Protector in Hartford.