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Newnham College

Various photos of the buildings and gardens
Newnham College
College hall set up for Christmas celebrations
College Hall
Various photos of the buildings and gardens
Cynthia Beerbower Room
Panoramic shot of the modern styled cafe with lots of lighting
Newnham College Cafe
The Lucia Windsor Room is a very versatile room.  It can take up to 120 theatre style, or 50 cabaret.  It can also be used for dinners up to 40.  With natural daylight and built in A/V, there is a foyer adjoining for refreshment breaks.
Lucia Windsor

Set in 20 acres of stunning gardens, Newnham College hosts a variety of events; including residential and day conferences, weddings and dinners, workshops, to name but a few. These events are hosted in the beautiful and stunning buildings that make up the College and are grouped around extensive landscaped gardens. The College has 86 brand-new bedrooms, which includes 81 double en suite bedrooms.

Whether you are looking for ‘old’ Cambridge, in the meeting rooms situated in the older parts of the College, with all of its history. Or ‘new’ Cambridge in the Dorothy Garrod Building, Newnham covers all aspects to create the perfect event.

The College recently opened the Dorothy Garrod Building, offering meeting facilities for up to 150, including a plenary room, three break out spaces and a beautiful rooftop dining area, with stunning views across the city. There is also a fabulous café area, with direct access on to the gardens.

A short 5 to 10 minute walk away is the added attraction of Cambridge’s city centre: fine architecture, historic buildings and punting on the River Cam.

There is also limited car parking available on site and a dedicated and experienced events team.

With 4 separate catering areas, the largest being the College Hall - seating up to 160 guests, plus a more casual Buttery, private dining in the Pavilion with fabulous views across Cambridge and the vibrant Iris Café - all your catering needs are covered at Newnham College.

Rooms and Accommodation

  • Rooms
  • Accommodation
  • Outside Spaces
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Bedroom

Breakout Areas

Theatre
Layout
Classroom
Layout
U-Shape
Layout
Boardroom
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Cabaret
Layout
Dimensions
The Lucia Windsor Room, which is situated above the Buttery is a versatile, flat-floored space, which can be sub-divided into two rooms by means of solid oak folding panels. Equipped with the very latest in AV, the room can accommodate groups of 100 theatre style or 150 for receptions. Dividing the room into two creates a more intimate setting, which is perfect for smaller groups and private dining. With a tempered air system, WiFi, controllable variable lighting and disabled access the room is suitable for a range of events from conferences to seminars; private dining to wedding ceremonies. Outside the room there is an elegant foyer area which can be used for registration and refreshments. The Lucia Windsor Room, which is situated above the Buttery is a versatile, flat-floored space, which can be sub-divided into two rooms by means of solid oak folding panels. Equipped with the very latest in AV, the room can accommodate groups of 100 theatre style or 150 for receptions. Dividing the room into two creates a more intimate setting, which is perfect for smaller groups and private dining. With a tempered air system, WiFi, controllable variable lighting and disabled access the room is suitable for a range of events from conferences to seminars; private dining to wedding ceremonies. Outside the room there is an elegant foyer area which can be used for registration and refreshments.
Lucia Windsor Room
120
30
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30
40
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Situated in the oldest of the College buildings the room is lit by three large window embrassures and two French windows, opening onto the garden. It can seat up to 60 theatre style and is registered as a civil ceremony room. Situated in the oldest of the College buildings the room is lit by three large window embrassures and two French windows, opening onto the garden. It can seat up to 60 theatre style and is registered as a civil ceremony room.
Barbara White Room
60
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28
40
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The Anna Bateson Room can seat up to 12 in a boardroom style. The room benefits from natural daylight and direct access to the gardens.
Anna Bateson Room
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16
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The Millicent Garrett Fawcett Room is located on the ground floor in the Dorothy Garrod Building.  The room can take up to 12 boardroom and benefits from natural daylight and built in A/V.
Millicent Garrett Fawcett
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16
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Sidgwick Hall (theatre direct behind view) Sidgwick Hall (theatre side view)
Sidgwick Hall
60
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20
30
Width: 6m
Length: 11.4m

Dining Rooms

Max Diners
Room Width
Room Length
The Lucia Windsor Room, which is situated above the Buttery is a versatile, flat-floored space, which can be sub-divided into two rooms by means of solid oak folding panels. Equipped with the very latest in AV, the room can accommodate groups of 100 theatre style or 150 for receptions. Dividing the room into two creates a more intimate setting, which is perfect for smaller groups and private dining. With a tempered air system, WiFi, controllable variable lighting and disabled access the room is suitable for a range of events from conferences to seminars; private dining to wedding ceremonies. Outside the room there is an elegant foyer area which can be used for registration and refreshments.
Lucia Windsor Room
40
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The College Hall, which is at the heart of the college is stunningly decorated in light pastel colours with 7 long arched windows which creates a light, bright space with views of the garden. The Hall can hold from 20 to 180 for dinners, 200 for drinks receptions and from 60 to 150 for weddings. The College Hall, which is at the heart of the college is stunningly decorated in light pastel colours with 7 long arched windows which creates a light, bright space with views of the garden. The Hall can hold from 20 to 180 for dinners, 200 for drinks receptions and from 60 to 150 for weddings. The College Hall, which is at the heart of the college is stunningly decorated in light pastel colours with 7 long arched windows which creates a light, bright space with views of the garden. The Hall can hold from 20 to 180 for dinners, 200 for drinks receptions and from 60 to 150 for weddings. The College Hall ais  light and spacious and the perfect venue to hold your dinner and drinks reception. The Hall can comfortably seat up to 180. College hall set up for Christmas celebrations College Hall set up for festive dining experience with a Christmas tree in the background
College Hall
160
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The Pavilion Room is a stunning room located on the rooftops  of the Dorothy Garrod Building, with spectacular views across Cambridge.  Accessed via a lift or stairs, this room can take 16 in a  boardroom layout and 16 for private dinners.  With an adjoining terrace for drinks receptions or refreshments.
Pavilion Room
16
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The bright and airy Iris Cafe is located in the Dorothy Garrod Building and is ideal for a  lunch and refreshment area.  The Cafe has direct access to the gardens. Closeup shot of the bar & prep area of the Cafe
The Iris Cafe
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Main Meeting Rooms

Theatre Layout
Classroom layout
U-Shape Layout
Boardroom Layout
Cabaret Layout
Dimensions
The Lucia Windsor Room, which is situated above the Buttery is a versatile, flat-floored space, which can be sub-divided into two rooms by means of solid oak folding panels. Equipped with the very latest in AV, the room can accommodate groups of 100 theatre style or 150 for receptions. Dividing the room into two creates a more intimate setting, which is perfect for smaller groups and private dining. With a tempered air system, WiFi, controllable variable lighting and disabled access the room is suitable for a range of events from conferences to seminars; private dining to wedding ceremonies. Outside the room there is an elegant foyer area which can be used for registration and refreshments. The Lucia Windsor Room, which is situated above the Buttery is a versatile, flat-floored space, which can be sub-divided into two rooms by means of solid oak folding panels. Equipped with the very latest in AV, the room can accommodate groups of 100 theatre style or 150 for receptions. Dividing the room into two creates a more intimate setting, which is perfect for smaller groups and private dining. With a tempered air system, WiFi, controllable variable lighting and disabled access the room is suitable for a range of events from conferences to seminars; private dining to wedding ceremonies. Outside the room there is an elegant foyer area which can be used for registration and refreshments. The Lucia Windsor Room, which is situated above the Buttery is a versatile, flat-floored space, which can be sub-divided into two rooms by means of solid oak folding panels. Equipped with the very latest in AV, the room can accommodate groups of 100 theatre style or 150 for receptions. Dividing the room into two creates a more intimate setting, which is perfect for smaller groups and private dining. With a tempered air system, WiFi, controllable variable lighting and disabled access the room is suitable for a range of events from conferences to seminars; private dining to wedding ceremonies. Outside the room there is an elegant foyer area which can be used for registration and refreshments.
Lucia Windsor Room
120
30
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30
40
Width: -
Length: -
Situated in the oldest of the College buildings the room is lit by three large window embrassures and two French windows, opening onto the garden. It can seat up to 60 theatre style and is registered as a civil ceremony room. Situated in the oldest of the College buildings the room is lit by three large window embrassures and two French windows, opening onto the garden. It can seat up to 60 theatre style and is registered as a civil ceremony room.
Barbara White Room
60
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28
40
Width: -
Length: -
The stunning Pavilion Room, is located on the rooftops, with amazing views across Cambridge.  It can take 16 boardroom or 40 in a hollow square; as well as 16 for a private dinner.  The Pavilion has its own private terrace. The Pavilion Room is a stunning room located on the rooftops  of the Dorothy Garrod Building, with spectacular views across Cambridge.  Accessed via a lift or stairs, this room can take 16 in a  boardroom layout and 16 for private dinners.  With an adjoining terrace for drinks receptions or refreshments.
Pavilion Room
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16
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16
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The Anna Bateson Room can seat up to 12 in a boardroom style. The room benefits from natural daylight and direct access to the gardens.
Anna Bateson Room
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16
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Width: -
Length: -
The Millicent Garrett Fawcett Room is located on the ground floor in the Dorothy Garrod Building.  The room can take up to 12 boardroom and benefits from natural daylight and built in A/V.
Millicent Garrett Fawcett
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16
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Located in the new Dorothy Garrod Building, the flat floor Cynthia Beerbower can seat up to 150 delegates in a theatre style, as well as many other layouts. The room can also be divided in to 2 sections, by a soundproofed wall. Cynthia Beerbower Room in a classroom style set up Located in the new Dorothy Garrod Building, the flat floor Cynthia Beerbower can seat up to 150 delegates in a theatre style, as well as many other layouts. The room can also be divided in to 2 sections, by a soundproofed wall.
Cynthia Beerbower Room
150
40
36
40
50
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Sidgwick Hall (theatre direct behind view) Sidgwick Hall (theatre side view)
Sidgwick Hall
60
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20
30
Width: 6m
Length: 11.4m

Outside Space

Newnham College Accommodation

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The College's residential accommodation offers 86 brand-new en suite rooms, 81 of which are doubles. The buildings, all linked by an internal corridor on the ground floor, are set in beautiful gardens on a 17-acre site (and, rare among Cambridge colleges, you can walk on the grass!).

Lifts are available for easy access whilst tea and coffee-making facilities are available in all rooms, as are towels.

Dorothy Garrod Single En Suite Bedroom
5 Rooms
There are 81 double en suite bedrooms, within the Dorothy Garrod Building.  Each comes with a fridge, tea/coffee making facilities and a vanity pack.
Dorothy Garrod Double En Suite Bedroom
81 Rooms
Total
86 Rooms

Newnham College Outside Spaces

Weddings

Civil Licence
Yes
Maximum number for a Civil Ceremony
100
Maximum number for a Wedding Breakfast
130
Maximum number for an Evening Reception
80
Restrictions:

Green Initiatives

  1. The Student Switch Off Campaign: The College signs up to this campaign every year.
  2. Green Gardens... The College monitor and record garden wildlife (moth trap, bumblebee transect; wild plant record; camera trap).
  3. Food Policy/Catering: Newnham don't use plastic in the catering outlets.
  4. Waste Management, the College currently recycle, paper, card, metal, glass, plastic, all garden waste and food waste.

Did You Know?

  1. Newnham is a women's college, co-founded in 1871 by the suffragist leader Dame Millicent Garrett Fawcett.
  2. When the College was first founded, women were banned from the University of Cambridge. Women didn't receive degrees until 1948!
  3. The buildings and grounds at the College were the inspiration for Virginia Woolf's ground-breaking essay A Room of One's Own.
  4. Famous alumnae include Emma Thompson, Clare Balding, Jane Bakewell, Diane Abbott, Dorothy Hodgkin and Mary Beard.

How To Find Newnham College

Newnham College
Cambridge
CB3 9DF

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