Social Programme

Social activities will be offered on most afternoons and evenings each week. Possible activities include a guided tour of the extraordinary Parker Library at Corpus Christi to view its unique collection of medieval and renaissance manuscripts, a visit to the King’s College Chapel, a walk along the River Cam to take tea at The Orchard Tea Room at Grantchester, a visit to the Fitzwilliam museum or the University Botanic Garden, or the following tours:

The Wren Library, Trinity College

Visit one of the most beautiful buildings in Cambridge. This stunning library, designed by the world-famous architect Sir Christopher Wren, houses a rich and diverse range of treasures: hundreds of illuminated manuscripts, a lock of Isaac Newton’s hair, letters by Lord Byron, and even the original manuscript of Winnie the Pooh! This is a rare opportunity to explore the library’s collection and to learn more about the history and architecture of Cambridge’s grandest college.

An Architectural Tour of Cambridge

Cambridge is an historic city full of architectural interest. This tour will take in some of the city centre’s most important sites on foot. From the perpendicular Gothic splendours of King’s College Chapel to the classical sobriety of the Senate House; from the robust Romanesque ‘Round Church’ to the ancient St Bene’ts; from the Tudor triumphalism of St John’s Second Court to the delicate detailing of All Saint’s Jesus Lane. At each site we will learn some architectural vocabulary and think about the precedents which led each architect to build in their chosen manner.

For those attending the two week programme, or the first one week programme, Saturday 25 August will be spent in London where there will be the option to join a specially organised tour, together with free time to explore the city’s many sights.

Sunday 26 August will be spent visiting the Sandringham Estate, the much-loved country retreat of Her Majesty The Queen located around 50 miles from Cambridge.

Summer Programmes

Dr Nick Godfrey
Director of Summer Programmes