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 2019 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 on Donkey Common between 12pm and 3pm.
The CULDT Chinese lion will perform at 11.30am outside Cutlacks.
Arco Iris, Cambridge's community samba band, will march into the sunset to close the Fair.
Cambridge Swing Dancers will perform at 1.45pm outside Urban Larder.
Cambridge Comhaltas and the Emma Collins School of Irish Dancing will perform at 12.45pm outside Urban Larder.
Jive4All will perform at 2.45pm outside Urban Larder.
Bharatnatyam will perform at 11.30am at Gwydir Street Car Park.
Four 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.
Gog Magog Molly dances are traditionally inspired (from roundabouts and mathematics).
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, at Ironworks site, 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.
Vocal Remix at 12.45pm at at Cavendish Road.
The Hummingbirds at 11am at Gwydir Street Car Park Food Fair.
Sing Out Cambridge at 3.45pm at Gwydir Street Car Park.
Faithlife Church and YWAM will perform at 12.45pm at EF and 3.45pm outside Urban Larder.
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.
Browse through a copy of the 2019 Mill Road Winter Fair brochure, which features details of events at 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.