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For those interested in the arts, Cambridge has something for everyone. The town has its own theatre, venues for all types of music and no shortage of local artists who display their works.

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Several art galleries show and sell works by local artists, while the Cambridge Community Arts Council promotes regular events such as the biannual Art Attack. The Cambridge Society of Arts runs a gallery in Thornton Rd, next to the children's playground.


The Cambridge Country Store, in Victoria St - more commonly known as the Pink Church - is reputed to be New Zealand's largest craft centre and has won national tourism awards. The town also hosts regular crafts events such as the Quilt and Patchwork Expo and the twice yearly Giant Craft & Collectable Fair at the St Andrews Church.


Waipa residents have access to about 152,000 books and 3,600 other items, such as CDs and DVDs, through libraries in Cambridge and nearby Te Awamutu.


The Cambridge Repertory Company regularly performs plays at the Gaslight Theatre, in Alpha St. St Peter's School and Cambridge High School also regularly stage high quality productions open to the public.


The Tivoli Cinema is an independent Cinema established in Cambridge in 2014, featuring a mix of films from around the world. Other nearby cinemas are the five-screen Regent Theatre at Te Awamutu and Hamilton's Event Cinema complexes at Chartwell Square (six screens plus Mega screen). Hoyts have six screens and 1,400 seats at Te Awa, The Base, Te Rapa, as well as Metro by Hoyts at Centre Place, Hamilton or you can opt for the boutique Lido Hamilton, 501 Victoria St.

You can rent DVDs in Cambridge from Civic Video (12 Lake St) or United Video (37 Victoria St).


Since the Cambridge Brass Band first played in 1877, the town has fostered many forms of music. The District Pipe Band has been playing since 1947 and these days you'll find all genres of music being performed live at venues ranging from the Town Hall to bars, or the Vilagrad Winery at Ohaupo which often hosts concerts. Crowded House and Split Enz star Neil Finn has even been known to drop in to the Cambridge Club for its jam sessions.


Fine music enthusiast Gregor Morandini hosts up to six concerts a year at his home at 29 Alpha St, Cambridge, often featuring talented young musicians studying at Waikato University. Tickets are available through his website.

Performing arts

The Gallagher Academy of Performing Arts is part of Waikato University's east Hamilton campus (19km and 18 mins drive from Cambridge). The award-winning academy, opened in 2001, has a collection of specialist venues to host concerts, theatre productions, dance and art exhibitions. Its website lists upcoming events.


Cambridge hosts an annual autumn festival which features music performances by well-known artists as well as literary, theatrical and dance events.


The Cambridge Camera Club has been helping local photographers develop their skills since 1957.


Sinclair-Barclay Gallery

Wayne Sinclair opened own art gallery in Cambridge in 1997 with wife, artist Robyn Barclay.

The Garden Art Studio

At The Garden Art Studio you will discover collections from New Zealand artists, monthly exhibitions, indoor and outdoor sculptures, stone, glass, ceramic, jewellery, paintings and much, much more.

Inspirit Studio & Gallery

Showcasing the best of New Zealand Art and Design. Come and experience a wonderful collection of original and diverse New Zealand made art and design in a stunning rural location only ten minutes drive from Cambridge.
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Cambridge Christmas Festival

The Cambridge Christmas Festival again brings magic to Cambridge from 3-18 December 2016 in the Cambridge Town Hall. Opening hours are 3-10 December 10.00am - 6.00pm and 11 -18 December 10.00am - 8.30pm. Santa will visit Saturday & Sunday 12-1.30pm

Lindsay Muirhead Studio Gallery

For over 30 Years, Lindsay has been encapsulating the beauty of NZ wilderness within his paintings. Using only the premium of oil paints and high quality canvas, Lindsay uses the most intricate brush strokes to achieve his picturesque quality in art

Cambridge Woodcraft Gallery

Open most days 9am - 5pm

Heritage Gallery

From the Hearts and Hands of NZ's finest Artist.
At Heritage, you've got an open invitation to visit our world filled with the treasures of NZ! From a small or subtle gift, to an extravagant and significant work of art, the this gallery has it all!

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