Plan your Festival visit

Plan your Festival visit

On this page you will find


Festival guide

Download a copy of the Festival guide >



Lecture tickets

  • Per session: £15 (concessions: £12)
  • Four or more sessions: £60 (concessions: £48)

Concessionary prices apply to Cambridge alumni and students who matriculated in or later than 2007, and guests aged between 12 and 18 years of age.

Under-12s go free but must be accompanied by an adult at all times.

Event tickets

Some events are chargeable and others are free-of-charge. Pricing is shown on each individual event listing. 

For a small number of events that are chargeable, the fee will be payable on the door – see the individual event listings for details.


The pre-bookable lunch, served on the Sidgwick Site from 12pm until 2pm on Saturday, 23 September, is £10 inclusive of VAT. See more about Festival lunches >



There are still around 50 events with space available to book on the day at the Welcome Centre marquee on the Sidgwick Site. See the location on the University's online map >


When you arrive

Please collect your badge, printed guide and Festival gifts from the Welcome Centre in the marquee on the Sidgwick Site's Raised Faculty Building lawn. You'll need to display your name badge when attending Festival events.

Sidgwick Site - off West Road, CB3 9DT. See the marquee's location on the University's online map >

Opening hours

  • Friday, 22 September: 9am to 5pm
  • Saturday, 23 September: 8.45am to 5.30pm

For advice and assistance, please come to the welcome centre, where our staff can help you with the following:

  • Booking enquiries, including changing your event selections
  • Finding your way to your chosen events
  • General enquiries
  • Medical assistance



Cambridge's park and ride network includes sites at five locations around the city. See details of park and ride sites and pricing. There is also limited metered parking on West Road and Sidgwick Avenue; limited non-metered parking can be found on Adams Road, Herschel Road and Sylvester Road.

Six disabled parking spaces are available on the Sidgwick Site and Blue Badge holders can refer to the Cambridge City Council website for more parking options.


Food and drink on the Sidgwick Site

On the Saturday, tea and coffee will be available free of charge from the marquee during the morning break between lectures (10.30 – 11am).

Picnic box lunches

Pre-booked meals on the Sidgwick Site will be served from 12pm to 2pm upon presentation of your badge.

On the day, you'll be able to create your own two course picnic box from our fantastic 'deli counter'. For your first course, you'll choose from a wide range of fresh salads, cured meats, pâtés, smoked fish, pork pies and scotch eggs, continental and British cheeses, olives, pickles, chutneys and artisan breads. Desserts will include: cakes, fruit tarts, and strawberries and cream. The price also includes a soft drink.

For those of you pushed for time, we will offer 'grab and go' picnic bags containing a gourmet sandwich, fruit, crisps, chocolate bar and drink.

Catering outlets

Opening hours of outlets on the Sidgwick Site are as follows:

The Alison Richard Building café
Friday, 22 September – 8.30am to 3pm
Saturday, 23 September - 9am to 3pm
Sunday, 24 September - 10am to 1.30pm 

The Buttery, Austin Robinson Building
Friday, 22 September - 8.30am to 4.30pm
Saturday, 23 September - 8.30am to 4.30pm

Faculty of Law café
Friday, 22 September - 8.30am to 4.30pm
Saturday, 23 September - 8.30am to 4.30pm

Festival marquee, Raised Faculty Building lawn, Sidgwick Site
Saturday, 23 September: 8.45am to 5pm. 


Return to the Alumni Festival 2017 programme >