Take a look around Cambridgeshire’s new town

Residents started moving into Northstowe in 2017
-Credit: (Image: Phil Mynott on behalf of Homes England)


The first residents moved into Northstowe seven years ago. The town to the north of Cambridge is expected to be filled with 10,000 homes by 2040.

The town’s facilities have been an area of contention. The lack of GP has been criticised, as has the fact the town does not have one shop.

A BBC article last year described Northstowe as being “without a heart”. However, new additions to the town have been created as recently as April – when Northstowe Tap and Social first opened its doors to customers.

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Below, CambridgeshireLive takes a look at what Northstowe has to offer.

A multi-purpose bar

Despite a bumpy start – with an opening that was delayed, and then took place without the go-ahead to serve alcohol – Northstowe Tap and Social is here. And it’s a building with many guises.

It has an in-house bakery, sells deli items, serves burgers and even hosts fitness classes. For those more interested in the bar’s more classic role, the bar has 21 craft beers on tap.

A pint at Northstowe Tap and Social
A Northstowe Tap and Social pint -Credit:Northstowe Tap and Social

Sports pavilion

A large sports complex opened in Northstowe in January, with a 4G astroturf pitch for rugby and football, changing rooms, and a large clubroom area with a commercial kitchen and servery.

The pavilion is attached to Western Park, which has a 5G pitch, netball courts and tennis courts, and sports facilities at Northstowe Secondary College.

The outside of the Northstowe Western Park Pavilion
The outside of the Northstowe Western Park Pavilion -Credit:South Cambridgeshire District Council

Community centre

Last year saw the opening of Northstowe’s temporary community centre, named The Cabin. This has a cafe that serves food on Wednesdays and Sundays, and a “micro library”. Events and activities, such as the meeting of a youth group and dance classes, are also hosted here.

Plans for a permanent community centre were approved last December. This will be built on the same site as the temporary one.

Northstowe community hub's wall, designed by residents
Northstowe community hub's wall, designed by residents -Credit:Siobhan Middleton

Two schools

Northstowe Secondary College has a ‘good’ Ofsted rating, while the town’s Pathfinder CofE Primary School only converted into an academy in 2021 – and has not been inspected by Ofsted since then.

Guided busway stop

Northstowe is linked to Cambridge and St Ives by the Cambridgeshire Guided Busway. Cambridge North is along the route, and takes just 14 minutes to get to by bus.

CGI image of proposed Northstowe community centre, two-storey building with black timber cladding on first floor.
Illustrative image of the proposed permanent Northstowe community centre. -Credit:South Cambridgeshire District Council

There is also a ‘bike service hub’ in the town, which offers free servicing for residents’ bikes.