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TALC 2018 Social Programme

Things to do while in Cambridge

We´re sure you already have your own plans and looooong list of things to do while in Cambridge but we thought that it may be worth throwing some ideas in case you fancy doing something different.

Punting and walking tours

The TaLC 2018 conference organising committee has arranged two guided activities to give you a flavour of Cambridge- the classic punting on the Cam River and a historic walking tour by a blue badge tour guide.

Event dates: 8pm, July 19th and 20th
Event address: Cambridge city centre (meeting location will be specified in your booking confirmation email)
Event contact:

Please BE AWARE of clashes with the conference dinner or other activities.

1. Punting on the Cam River (10£/person) - A minimum of 12 people is needed

You will be taken to the tranquil waters of the Cam River by punt—a narrow, wooden boat ideal for these waterways. With your guide at the helm, admire breath-taking views along the riverbanks to the backs of the Cambridge colleges beyond and gain insight into 800 years of English history in Cambridge. Perhaps take the pole in hand and give punting a try yourself! Then, after a sixty minute cruise, return to your starting point by Darwin College to bring your tour to an end. Book here.

2. Guided walk tour (10£/person) - A minimum of 15 people is needed

Experience Cambridge University with a guided walking tour. See Trinity College, King’s College and Corpus Christi College, where alumni like Sir Isaac Newton, C.S.Lewis and Steven Hawking once walked. This small-group tour is limited to 15 people for a personal experience. Follow your tour guide, Nick Chrimes, blue badge tour guide/ writer/lecturer in English Culture & History. His book: Cambridge - Treasure Island in the Fens was written primarily to educate the university alumni. The book gives an excellent understanding of Cambridge and English culture and has sold over 30,000 copies which in this small country, is some mark of success. Book here.

From Nick to TaLC conference guests:


Cambridge, and indeed much of England, closes at 6 o'clock in the evening. This town also ‘rolls up its pavements by time we will start our tour. But no matter, there will be a plenty to wet the appetite of any culturally aware visitor. First there is the river. The River Cam dominates Cambridge and is of course its mother. We will stand on a bridge and wonder how the river leads directly to the North Sea and first bought invaders to Cambridge; the Romans, Vikings, then the Normans in the C12th. Next it bought merchants; this part of England was once amongst the richest areas of the country. The wealth of the town grew attracted first the clerics (priests) and then the academics (there was little difference between the two in our Middle Ages).

Cambridge Shakespeare Festival

A Midsummer Night’s Dream

9 July - 28 July 2018
Every evening (except Sunday) at 7.30pm
King’s College Gardens (entrance via Queen's Road only)

The Taming of the Shrew

9 July - 28 July 2018
Every evening (except Sunday) at 7.30pm
St John’s College Gardens
(entrance via Queen's Road only)

The Merchant of Venice

9 July - 28 July 2018
Every evening (except Sunday) at 7.30pm
Downing College Gardens


9 July - 28 July 2018
Every evening (except Sunday) at 7.30pm
Robinson College Gardens

Buy tickets here

Live classical music

Check out the concert calendar here.