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Attending the Festival

We want everyone to enjoy the Cambridge Science Festival and have a great experience at our events

Each year the Festival gets very busy. We ask for your patience with staff and volunteers as queues can occur and resources are limited. The Festival is hosted in working departments and is run by staff and student volunteers, who are all trying to give you the best experience possible, as well as keeping as many events as possible free-of-charge and accessible to everyone.

Tips for attending the Festival

• There is no need to book for events unless otherwise stated.
• There may still be spaces available at events which are listed as ‘pre book’; you are welcome to turn up and enquire on the day.
• Please note that entry may be refused if the venue is full or if you are late, even if you have made a booking.
• All events are free-of-charge unless otherwise stated.
• Please note that children should be accompanied at all times and use the minimum age guide indicated in the event description. For a number of events those under the minimum age may not be admitted due to the nature and content of the event. Please call ahead to check.
• Your attendance at any Festival event signifies your agreement to comply with the guidelines for attendance (pdf).

Travel information

Getting to central Cambridge

• By bicycle: Cambridge is a very cycle friendly city with plenty of places to lock your bicycle.
• By car: From the South & from London, Cambridge is a short trip up the M11 motorway, exit at junction 9 onto the A11 and follow the signs to the city centre. From the North, the A1 and M1 link to the A14 dual carriageway straight to the city. Parking is limited in Cambridge and very expensive, we recommend using the Park and Ride bus service if you are visiting for the day.
• By train: The railway station is a 15 minute walk from the city centre and there are regular buses to and from the train station. 

Getting to West Cambridge

• By car: The A14 gives you access to West Cambridge and junction 13 of the M11 exits onto Madingley Road. If you are travelling from the centre of Cambridge, head towards Madingley Road. Parking is available on site on the second Saturday of the Festival.
• By bus: The Madingley Road Park and Ride bus runs from the city centre and the Park and Ride site is a five minute walk away from West Cambridge. The Universal Bus links the centre of Cambridge with West Cambridge, ending at Eddington.

Getting to Cambridge Biomedical Campus

• By train: There is a foot and cycle path from the railway station to the CBC site.
• By car: From outside Cambridge, leave the M11 at junction 11 and follow signs for ‘Hospitals/Biomedical Campus’. If you are travelling from the centre of Cambridge, head south on Hills Road for approximately 1.5 miles until you reach the Biomedical Campus. Park in the public car park. We recommend visiting the Cambridge Biomedical Campus by bus or bike but if you need to use a car, there will be reduced price parking available all day.
• By bus: The Cambridge Biomedical Campus is well connected to the city centre by bus. Most buses, including the Universal Bus stop at the Hospital bus station at the Hills Road entrance as well as other stops around the site. The Babraham and Milton Park and Ride buses also provide good connections for those travelling from outside the city.

Where to stay

Visit Cambridge provides a listing of hotels, guesthouses and other accommodation in Cambridge.