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Cambridge Live - Corn Exchange and Guildhall

A view of the entrance to the Corn Exchange.
Largest Event Space in the City Centre
Corn Exchange Foyer - Spacious large hall with very unique lighting & adjacent bars areas and screens.
Corn Exchange Foyer
Large dining hall with high ceilings & large tables, tables located close to stage.
Dining and Celebrations
Sophisticated hall venue, well decorated with lots of space for private dining.
The Large Hall at the Guildhall
Large theater with large array of seating options, huge screen & stage for large conferences.
Offering a Variety of Seating Options
Circular board room style meeting place, for presentations & pitches as well as meetings.
The Guildhall Committee Room

The Grade II Listed Corn Exchange is the largest event space in the centre of Cambridge offering capacity for up to 1400. The flexible auditorium offers a variety of seating options including theatre style, cabaret and tiered, as well as a completely blank canvas of 456 square metres for exhibitions. The other rooms in the venue offer registration and breakout spaces for large scale conferences.

The Corn Exchange can also be used in conjunction with the other site, the Guildhalls. Located directly opposite, the Guildhalls provide additional breakout spaces. Accommodation and formal dining can be found in venues close-by including the Cambridge Colleges to provide an excellent solution for large conferences.

Situated in the centre of the historic university city of Cambridge and adjacent to the Corn Exchange, the Guildhalls offer some of the largest and very best conference facilities in the region. The spaces are impressive examples of Victorian and 1930s architecture, combined with 21st Century technology, offering several flexible spaces to accommodate conferences, exhibitions, trade fairs, civil ceremonies and wedding receptions - whether for 14 or 500 people.

These venues have a recommended outside catering company and details can be provided on request.

Rooms and Accommodation

  • Rooms
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Breakout Areas

Theatre
Layout
Classroom
Layout
U-Shape
Layout
Boardroom
Layout
Cabaret
Layout
Dimensions
Suited for syndicate meetings, breakout/training sessions. Equipped with a board. Situated directly above the entrance.
King's Room - Corn Ex
60
20
-
20
20
Width: 5.4m
Length: 9m
The St John's Room is suited for drinks receptions, syndicate meetings, breakout sessions, training sessions and more.
St John's Room - Corn Ex
50
20
-
20
20
Width: 4m
Length: 9m
Ideal reception and registration area. Two bar service areas and an expansive floor space. Also used for breakout areas.
Foyer - Corn Ex
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-
Width: 8m
Length: 14m
The Large Hall is the main space within the Guildhall. This impressive conference venue is set out for wedding reception.
Large Hall - Guildhall
600
350
200
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180
Width: -
Length: -
The beautiful Small Hall of the Guildhall has a large source of natural light and is the ideal space in which to host exhibitions.
The 144 square metres of floor space can easily hold up to 200 delegates or accommodate 15 exhibition stands. It can be used as an annex to the Large Hall or in its own right for smaller functions. The Large and Small Halls are adjacent and have linking doors to allow for the spaces to be used in conjunction with each other.
Small Hall - Guildhall
200
100
90
90
90
Width: -
Length: -
Spacious auditorium for large events & dining, with a traditional feel & large stage area Multiple screen set up at the Corn Exchange in the auditorium with plenty of tiered seating with a detailed arch ceiling.
Corn Exchange Auditorium
1400
250
300
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300
Width: -
Length: -
As well as having two large halls, the Guildhall can also offer committee rooms for smaller events.
Committee Room 1 - Guildhall
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-
-
-
Width: -
Length: -
The Guildhall can offer committee rooms for smaller events. Rounded horseshoe table layout with two large windows.
Committee Room 2 - Guildhall
-
-
-
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-
Width: -
Length: -

Dining Rooms

Max Diners
Room Width
Room Length
The King's Room is suited for syndicate meetings, breakout sessions, training sessions and presentations for between 6-40 guests.

Please note: This space is upstairs and cannot be accessed by wheelchair users and can only be booked in conjunction with bookings of the auditorium.
King's Room - Corn Ex
40
5.4m
9m
The St John's Room is suited for drinks receptions, syndicate meetings, breakout sessions, training sessions and presentations.
St John's Room - Corn Ex
40
4m
9m
The space offers two bar service areas and an expansive floor space for networking. It can also be used breakout area.
Foyer - Corn Ex
-
8m
14m
This venue can be set up in a variety ways. It can hold 40 exhibition stands. Fixed stage with Lighting /sound equipment.
Large Hall - Guildhall
300
-
-
Photo of the small hall set-up for an event at the Guildhall
Small Hall - Guildhall
140
-
-
Spacious auditorium for large events & dining, with a traditional feel & large stage area Multiple screen set up at the Corn Exchange in the auditorium with plenty of tiered seating with a detailed arch ceiling.
Corn Exchange Auditorium
250
-
-
As well as having two large halls, the Guildhall can also offer committee rooms for smaller events.
Committee Room 1 - Guildhall
-
-
-
The Guildhall can offer committee rooms for smaller events. Rounded horseshoe table layout with two large windows.
Committee Room 2 - Guildhall
-
-
-

Main Meeting Rooms

Theatre Layout
Classroom layout
U-Shape Layout
Boardroom Layout
Cabaret Layout
Dimensions
The King's Room is suited for syndicate meetings, breakout / training sessions and presentations. Set out as a Boardroom the auditorium.
King's Room - Corn Ex
60
20
-
20
20
Width: 5.4m
Length: 9m
The St John's Room is suited for drinks receptions, syndicate meetings, breakout sessions, training sessions and more.
St John's Room - Corn Ex
50
20
-
20
20
Width: 4m
Length: 9m
The Foyer offers two bar services and an expansive floor space. It can also be used for receptions or as breakout areas.
Foyer - Corn Ex
-
-
-
-
-
Width: 8m
Length: 14m
This conference can be set up in a variety of ways. Set up for a wedding reception with white linen and flowers.
Large Hall - Guildhall
600
350
200
-
180
Width: -
Length: -
The beautiful Small Hall of the Guildhall has a large source of natural light and is the ideal space in which to host exhibitions.
The 144 square metres of floor space can easily hold up to 200 delegates or accommodate 15 exhibition stands. It can be used as an annex to the Large Hall or in its own right for smaller functions. The Large and Small Halls are adjacent and have linking doors to allow for the spaces to be used in conjunction with each other.
Small Hall - Guildhall
200
100
90
90
90
Width: -
Length: -
Spacious auditorium for large events & dining, with a traditional feel & large stage area Multiple screen set up at the Corn Exchange in the auditorium with plenty of tiered seating with a detailed arch ceiling.
Corn Exchange Auditorium
1400
250
300
-
300
Width: -
Length: -
As well as having two large halls, the Guildhall can also offer committee rooms for smaller events.
Committee Room 1 - Guildhall
-
-
-
-
-
Width: -
Length: -
The Guildhall can offer committee rooms for smaller events. Rounded horseshoe table layout with two large windows.
Committee Room 2 - Guildhall
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-
-
-
-
Width: -
Length: -

Weddings

Civil Licence
Yes
Maximum number for a Civil Ceremony
500
Maximum number for a Wedding Breakfast
Not Applicable
Maximum number for an Evening Reception
260
Restrictions:

Green Initiatives

  1. All bar areas are equipped with recycling bins.
  2. Staff are encouraged to bike or walk to work; a Bike 2 Work scheme is available.
  3. Plastic use is being reduced with the introduction of reuseable cups.
  4. Use of LED lights, less and smaller generators and photocell light sensors is encouraged.

Did You Know?

  1. The Corn Exchange was originally a building for farmers and merchants to trade cereal grains.
  2. Ex-Pink Floyd founder and troubled local genius Syd Barrett makes his last ever musical appearance, at the Corn Exchange, supporting the Nektar
  3. The Guildhalls can trace its origins back to 1224 when the site was originally the town gaol.
  4. The Corn Exchange Auditorium is the biggest performance space in East Anglia.

How To Find Cambridge Live - Corn Exchange and Guildhall

Cambridge Corn Exchange, Wheeler Street
Cambridge
CB2 3QB