There's lots to see and do in Huntingdonshire! Through our Think Local campaign, funded by the Welcome Back Fund, we are encouraging our local communities and visitors to explore the district and support the local businesses that make our towns such a unique and exciting place to be.
Below we share links to websites that showcase just some of what's on offer within our market towns of St Neots, Huntingdon, St Ives, and Ramsey.
To find out more about the businesses in each of our towns, check out our town guides on Instagram.
The Think Local campaign is funded by the UK Government Welcome Back Fund, in association with the European Regional Development Fund.
A former county town, Huntingdon combines a charming, pedestrianised high street, historic local attractions, against the scenic backdrop of the River Great Ouse.
Huntingdon’s high street offers diverse local businesses, an abundance of cafes and restaurants, and an extensive programme of live entertainment and events at The Commemoration Hall.
As the birthplace of Oliver Cromwell, Huntingdon is steeped in history; home to the renowned Cromwell Museum, housed in the former school building attended by both diarist Samuel Pepys and Cromwell himself.
Award-winning green space is also just a short walk from the town centre with nearby Hinchingbrooke Country Park and Riverside Park.
As the district’s largest town, St Neots has a bustling high street, boasting an eclectic mix of quaint boutiques, characterful cafés and bars, and charming shopping mews, like Cross Keys and Moores Walk, filled with hidden gems.
It’s thriving local, independent businesses offer carefully selected items, from sweet treats and clothing, to house plants and pottery, alongside a regular Farm & Craft Market, offering food and crafts made and sold locally.
The centre is also just a stone’s throw from culture and green space. The town’s fascinating history is told at St Neots Museum, based in the old police station and court building, and nearby is Riverside Park, providing majestic views of the River Great Ouse, and its own miniature railway.
St Ives is packed with historic charm, local attractions and an excellent mix of independent businesses.
The quaint, riverside town of St Ives has much to offer its visitors, from exploring the independent traders in The Courtyard, strolling over the 15th century bridge – one of just four in the country to boast a chapel, to stopping for refreshment at one of the towns many cafes and restaurants.
Having first hosted a market in 1312, St Ives continues this proud tradition to this day with a market held every Monday and Friday.
Just a short walk away, you’ll find the Norris Museum, telling the 160-million-year history of Huntingdonshire, and the tranquil Holt Island Nature Reserve, perfect for eager wildlife photographers.
The St Ives Corn Exchange, situated in the heart of the town, also offers an extensive programme of live entertainment, markets and film screenings.
Nestled in the open countryside, Ramsey is a Fenland jewel in the Huntingdonshire crown, home to friendly local businesses, historic sites and beautiful green spaces. Awash with history, Ramsey grew up around the once great Benedictine abbey, the remains of which can still be seen today and are now maintained by the National Trust.
To more modern times, Ramsey is home to a diverse mix of local businesses, giving Ramsey its unique character and feel. Visitors can enjoy everything from local cafes and bakeries, clothing boutiques to an indoor market, plus a plethora of local events, like the regular Great Whyte Dine Out.
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