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Summer at the Beach 2024

Arts Festival in Waterbeach,

Cambridge, CB25 9PA

August 24/25/31 September 01/07/08

10 am - 5 pm    Saturday & Sunday

Waterbeach’s favourite art festival, Summer at the Beach, is back. It’s staged at Waterbeach Barracks over the last 2 weekends of August and the first weekend of September, from 10am to 5pm daily. 


This year’s event will be held exclusively in the evocative, and historically distinctive, Cold War architecture of the ‘Terrace Units’. As always, the program promises to be filled with the highest quality mix of art, food, music and culture. A must see and do for everyone.


Summer at the Beach is a fantastic opportunity for Waterbeach’s artistic community to come together, celebrate and share the place that so inspires us. This year’s exhibition will include ceramicists, milliners, textile artists, painters, printmakers, photographers, film makers, sculptors, installation artists, musicians and performers. It’s an unmissable, accessible and family friendly event.


Alongside the exhibition, Summer at the Beach will also be staging a range of free creative events and workshops for all ages and interests. These will be held on a drop-in basis throughout all weekends.


Refreshments will be available from the famous ‘Pop-up Café’, whose range of delicious, homemade cakes and snacks have been a deserving highlight of previous years.


Private view on Friday August 23rd, 6pm -9pm. All are welcome.


For detailed descriptions and timings of all events, please check out our  Summer at the Beach Facebook page and website:

Summer at the Beach is made possible by the generous and ongoing support .

Parish Council

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About Us

Celebrating Creativity Together

Summer at the Beach is an annual Arts Festival run by a collaborative group of more than 20 artists living and working around Waterbeach, near Cambridge, UK. Our group includes many professional artists with prestigious exhibition histories, including the Summer Exhibition at the Royal Academy of Arts.   This year’s Summer at the Beach Arts Festival promises to be bigger and better than ever before.  Alongside the multifaceted arts exhibition showcasing our diverse range of work, there will be a series of free, fully accessible, cultural, and creative events for all ages. 

We are committed to inclusivity, promoting creativity for wellbeing and working towards ecological sustainability.

What's On?

Summer at the Beach is a fantastic opportunity to meet the artists and so much more...

Throughout the Festival you will find

  •  A diverse range of art on show.

  • Many unique pieces of artwork are available to purchase (but absolutely no pressure to buy).

  • Creative Space with free art materials available for you to create your own artwork on-site. 

  • A Book Swap 

  • Many special events, live music sessions and free workshops (details below).

  • ​Cafe - Last, but certainly not least...  Summer at the Beach offers what we all think is the best Pop-Up Cafe in East Anglia.  Delicious cakes and refreshments are on sale throughout the festival.

​Come on down, with cake this good, it mustn't be missed!

What's On?

How to Find Us

Terrace Units, Waterbeach Barracks, Waterbeach, Cambridge CB25 9PA

The Old Barracks are situated just off Denny End Road in Waterbeach.  Follow the distinctive red and yellow signs to find us.

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Summer at the Beach is approximately one mile on foot, bicycle or car from Waterbeach Train Station.

FREE PARKING for cars and bicycles

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From Idea to Reality:

The Evolution of Summer at the Beach


From tiny acorns...

... to mighty sunflowers!

The vision for Summer at the Beach started in 2014, when a small group of Waterbeach artists came together to exhibit their work as part of Cambridge Open Studios. From the outset, the focus has been on sharing a wide range of high-quality art alongside staging an increasing number of creative and cultural events for our local community to enjoy. The group now includes more than twenty artists including, ceramicists, milliners, textile artists, painters, photographers, filmmakers, sculptors, installation artists and printmakers. 

Interview with Gideon Pain

"We can't wait!"

Gideon Pain, local artist and event coordinator, said: “We’re delighted to be back at Waterbeach Barracks this September for our Late Summer at the Beach.  As well as some old favourites, we have some exciting new talent to showcase as well as lots of events and activities to inspire enthusiastic amateurs and the next generation.”

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