Cambridge has been at the heart of world changing discoveries for centuries and today it remains a city of innovation that embraces entrepreneurial spirit and ground-breaking research.
There’s a tangible passion for sharing knowledge between academia and business – this, together with its history, beautiful architecture and fantastic venues make Cambridge and the wider area the place to meet.
The University, the Colleges and local businesses all offer unique opportunities to enhance your event, adding value and interest for your delegates and increasing the return for your organisation.
The following opportunities are all available to help you create a successful event and a unique Cambridge experience.
Maps & Cambridge Tourist Information
Through our partnership with Cambridge BID we are able to provide organisers free, pocket-sized maps for delegates and a range of visitor information leaflets in an eye-catching display stand for use at your event registration.
Depending on the size of the event and availability, it is also possible to arrange to have one of the city's ambassadors available at your event to answer visitor questions and provide destination information during refreshment breaks etc.
Please contact us with as much notice as possible to make arrangements for any of the above.
The VisitCambridge & Beyond App
FREE to download, no hidden costs
From top attractions, including the University of Cambridge colleges, river tours, stunning museums and galleries to amazing shopping experiences and vibrant local markets, parks and open spaces, nightlife and some of the world’s most famous landmarks, Cambridge has it all and it’s all at your fingertips.
Find out what's near you right now, using the Interactive Live Map - including great places to eat and top attractions.
Find hidden gems and explore Cambridge’s highlights, including what you can do for free - and save them as favourites to view offline
Buy Official Licensed Tickets for top attractions, including punting on the River Cam
Discover the best of Cambridge near your location or near where you're planning to go, including top restaurants, bars and attractions.
Find the best routes and directions to navigate the city
Location responsive, quick and simple.
Share with your delegates to save you time and resource at your event.
Love Cambridge Gift Card
The Love Cambridge Gift Card is a pre-loaded, Mastercard-based card which can be used at particpating businesses in Cambridge; a perfect gift for conference delegates...
The card can be loaded with as little as £10 or as much as £500, and the choice of where to spend it is huge. There are more than 160 participating businesses, which include national high street chains such as John Lewis, Build-a-Bear, The White Company, Paperchase, The Perfume Shop, Decathlon, Carphone Warehouse, Hobbs – as well as smaller independents such as Podarok, Millers Music, Nomads and Barton Bicycles to name but a few.
The ‘Love Cambridge’ gift card can also be redeemed at an assortment of eateries from Aromi to Zizzi – including Cambridge Chop House, McDonalds, Patisserie Valerie, Smokeworks, Bills, D’Arry’s, Nanna Mexico, Pint Shop, Yo Sushi, Ta Bouche, The Cambridge Brew House, The Old Bicycle Shop, The Punt Yard, The Station Tavern and many more.
For further information and to purchase cards online please visit: https://love-cambridgegiftcard.com/
City Stakeholder Engagement & Welcome
We work closely with key city stakeholders in academia, business and government to ensure that delegates attending events in the city and the region receive a warm Cambridge welcome. We're passionate about connecting people and sharing knowledge and we'd be delighted to help you engage with key stakeholders for your event with your whether that is simply to attend a networking session, welcome drinks reception or even to give a talk, contact us with your plans and we'll put you in touch with the relevant organisations.
We also work closely with Stansted Airport and rail operators in Cambridge to help you create a special welcome for your delegates as they enter the country or the city. We are able to make an application on your behalf to arrange welcome desks at points of entry for you to staff. Advance notice is absolutely essential and the desks are subject to approval from the relevant authorities. Please contact us to find out more about this service.
The Mayor of Cambridge would be pleased to attend any welcome events you have planned subject to availability and we can help with making the necessary arrangements for you. We would advise booking well in advance so please do contact us as early as possible.
In conjunction with our colleagues at Cambridge Enterprise we can offer conference organisers the opportunity to create a bespoke conference programme, or enhance an existing programme with a range of opportunities that will allow delegates to get a real insight into our unique City and the University. Elements can be tailored to the subject area, or interest of your event and include:
- Presentations by Cambridge Enterprise staff and associates about topics related to the transfer of knowledge from the University through the creation of spin-out companies; licensing of Intellectual Property; consultancy; and entrepreneurship education, including issues such as the seed funding of spin-outs and early-stage technology companies
- Technology transfer training sessions and entrepreneurship training sessions
- Presentations by University academics on their research and its practical applications, covering a very wide range of topics
- Visits to specific University departments and laboratories such as the famous Cavendish Laboratory, the Whittle Laboratory etc.
- Visits to, and presentations on, Cambridge Science Park and any of the other science parks in and around the city including the Cambridge Biomedical Campus at Addenbrooke’s and the Babraham Research Campus
- Visits to, and presentations on, St John’s Innovation Centre
- Presentations by successful technology businesses
- Presentations on “The Cambridge Phenomenon”.
Any of the above can be combined with cultural and leisure activites and Cambridge Enterprise can also assist with arranging transport. To discuss the opportunities for adding value and enhancing your event please contact Alex Smeet or Brian Corbett at Cambridge Enterprise as early as possible in your planning.
Cambridge University Press
The Press book shop is housed in a historic building in the city centre right opposite the University’s Senate House. A visit to the bookshop is always high on the agenda for conference delegates and now organisers also have the opportunity to book the shop for exclusive use. With prior arrangement the shop can be opened after hours for delegates to browse and buy books whilst mingling and networking. Catering options can also be added to this service. The University Press book store also offers a 20% discount to delegates attending a conference in Cambridge.
To help you promote this to your delegates the Press will create a voucher bespoke to your event. Vouchers can be ordered in any quantity and make an ideal addition for your delegate welcome pack.
To order discount vouchers, or to enquire about booking the shop please contact Cathy Ashbee by email to email@example.com or telephone +44 (0) 1223 333325.
Blue Badge Guided Tours
A guided walking tour is the best way to see Cambridge and allows your delegates to find out more about the Colleges and why Cambridge is so well known through the world! All tours are lead by a experienced Blue Badge Guides and can be tailored to suit the theme of your meeting and the interests of your delegates. Tours can also be arranged to places of interest in the area such as Ely or Bletchley Park. For group bookings please contact the Guided Tours manager, John Milne by email to firstname.lastname@example.org or telephone +44(0) 1223 457570 and mention Meet Cambridge.
The quintessential English activity of punting is on the bucket list of many visitors to the city. Scudamore's offer a group service which allows organisers to make a discounted group booking on a set date and time or a ticketing service. Scudamore's will print tickets for you, branded with your conference logo to give to delegates so that they can go punting at a time that suits them. Discount vouchers are also available for organisers who would like delegates topay for their own activities, the vouchers can also be branded and Scudamore's will print them for you or provide you with an electronic ticket to distribute to your delegates. Please contact Meet Cambridge in the first instance to arrange this.
Private Library Tours and other Activities
Cambridge is like no other city on earth it is packed with curios, treasures, art and experts a-plenty so give your delegates an opportunity to see places off the tourist trail and add extra value to your event. We'd be delighted to talk through any ideas that you have and to make enquiries on your behalf, here's a few ideas for activities we've done already.
The Parker Library at Corpus Christi College
A treasure house of medieval and Renaissance manuscripts and early printed books, The Parker Library at Corpus Christi College is named after its greatest benefactor, Archbishop Matthew Parker (1504-1575) who donated over 400 manuscripts to the college in 1574, including the sixth-century Gospels of St Augustine and the oldest manuscript of the Anglo-Saxon Chronicle. Private tours led by one of the College's librarians can be arranged for groups.
Afternoon Tea and Private Tours of Pepys Library at Magdalene College
Situated alongside the banks of the River Cam, Magdalene College houses the Pepys Building which houses the famous diaries that Samuel Pepys bequeathed, along with his unique library to College in 1703. Groups can enjoy a delicious afternoon tea in the College's parlour before taking a private tour of the Library which has fascinated visitors and scholars for centuries. Tours are generally available on week days and subject to a minimum number of 10 guests and a maximum of 25. Larger groups could be accommodated by splitting the group and offering back-to-back tours subject to agreement with the College.