There are hundreds of events at the University that are open to the public and the majority of these are free-of-charge.
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The Cambridge Festival
When we started our two Cambridge Festivals, we had one aim – to create a platform to share the very best academic research taking place at the University of Cambridge with the public. Over the past twenty-five years, we have done everything we can to create an unrivaled festival experience in truly unique settings, driven by a desire to do things differently. We are now set to undertake our biggest reinvention– to a single interdisciplinary festival for the University of Cambridge. We’re busy now developing our programme for March 2021 and look forward to sharing more information about the new Festival soon!
Cambridge opens its doors for a special weekend in each September giving everyone opportunities to discover the local history and heritage of their own community. Open Cambridge is part of the national Heritage Open Days Scheme.
The Hay Festival is one of the most prestigious cultural and literary events in the world. The University of Cambridge has partnered with the Festival for over ten years to deliver The Cambridge Series which gives a taste of the research being conducted at the University.
FunLab at the Big Weekend
Each July we present our FunLab, a space where everyone can get seriously hands-on with science, during the Cambridge City Council Big Weekend on Parker’s Piece. Unfortunately in 2020 the Big Weekend was canceled, but you can still try some of the activities that were due to be part of the event via the Big Weekend Creativity Pack
Have a question about…well, anything? We're looking for questions from people of all ages, people just like you! From aliens, bees and climate change to xenophobia, youthquakes or even zombies, whatever your question, we know experts searching for answers! We'll match your questions up with the researchers and experts who can answer them for you.
Missed taking part in all of our wonderful hands-on activities at our Festivals? Here's a selection of online resources from across the University and from our Festival partners for you to try at home and while out exercising or walking the dog!