Every year, on the first Saturday in December, Mill Road is transformed. People take over from cars, shopkeepers turn out and set up their stalls, and we provide spaces for local businesses and charities to sell crafts, gifts and refreshments all along the street. Interspersed with the stalls are buskers, circus performers, dancers, poets and storytellers to entertain and inspire.
The theme of this year's fair is 'Nature', so if you are reading this in advance of the fair please start thinking about ideas - for costumes, stall decorations, parade props, etc.
The Winter Fair is run entirely by volunteers and we need your donations to help stage it every year. If you would like to get involved or donate we would very much appreciate it.
Stewards wearing hi-vis jackets with Mill Road Winter Fair on the back, are available to assist you and help ensure your safety. Please comply promptly with any instructions from stewards.
If you see anything suspicious or unsafe, please report it to a steward immediately.
In an emergency, follow instructions from stewards or the emergency services.
If you require First Aid ask the nearest steward.
Event Control and First Aid are both located in the Baptist Church, 178 Mill Road Broadway, on the Corner of Stockwell Street.
Please arrange your own family meeting point in case you become separated. Report missing children to any steward or Event Control.
Between 9.00am and 5.30pm on the day, Mill Road (between East Road and Coleridge Road), the top of Gwydir Street and the top of St Barnabas Road will all be closed to traffic (including cyclists), although activities will stop at 4.15pm. Diversions will be signposted.
Pedestrians should exercise particular care before the road is fully closed.
Re-opening will occur gradually, so drivers and pedestrians should take extreme care.
Pedestrians will be required to make way for emergency and other vehicles within the closure area, from time to time.
If you have any questions about the road closure on the day phone 07591 116145
During the Fair from 9.00am to 5.30pm Mill Road is closed to traffic. Gwydir Street Car Park is also closed from the previous evening until the end of Fair day as it is the site of the Food Fair. Great Eastern Street Car Park is also closed.
The nearest car parks are Queen Anne Car Park and The Grafton Centre Car Park.
You can look at the City Council's information on car parks. Information about diversions in place due to the road closure can be found on the County Council website.
With a Blue Badge you can 'park on single or double yellow lines for up to three hours in England and Wales except where there is a ban on loading or unloading or it causes an obstruction'. Look at the City Council and County Council websites for more information on this.
Bus Arrangements for Mill Road Winter Fair
From Queen Edith/Sainsbury's side the last bus would be the 08:46 from Sainsbury's, passing Brookfeilds at 08:49 and the first would be the 17:46 from Sainsbury's, passing Brookfeilds at 17:49.
From Cambridge North side the 08:48 from Emmanuel St will be the last and the first will be 17:48.
Services will be diverted via Coldham’s Lane.
Information wiil be available at https://www.stagecoachbus.com/about/east