Mill Road to sparkle throughout December

This December a sparkling celebration of Mill Road is taking place. Due to Covid-19 restrictions, the popular Mill Road Winter Fair can’t take place so it is being replaced by the first online Fair and Lantern Trail.

Ten beautifully crafted community lanterns, inspired by ideas and images gathered from residents in the streets off Mill Road, are being displayed in ten shops and businesses along the road. The lanterns, created by local illustrator, designer and artist Penny Sobr, will be illuminated until 20th December, including one for our development, Ironworks. An accompanying history trail will also provide fascinating stories about a number of Mill Road’s best-loved buildings.

Further lanterns for other streets and shops are planned for next year, which will all be brought together within community lantern parades at future Winter Fairs.

From 1st December, the talents and diversity of the local community will shine in the online fair,  which offers the chance to watch some of the Fair’s favourite performers and buy locally produced and beautifully hand-crafted gifts. The fair offers a selection of familiar stalls and much-loved performers as well as an exhibition of local artists, plus videos and activities from many of our partner organisations, including University of Cambridge Museums, Mill Road TV, Cambridge Hands-On Science, The Junction, Mill Road History Society, and more. This ‘virtually brilliant’ fair means you can support local businesses and stallholders this Christmas by visiting