Social events

Punting on the River Cam

We have some exciting activities planned for the HUCBMS 2017 conference for all of our delegates. Below is an outline of what will be happening over the two days.

Wednesday 6 September

5.30pm - A gentle walking tour of Cambridge city

This 20-minute strolling tour will take us from Anglia Ruskin University to the River Cam, and will allow you to enjoy the sights of Parker's Piece Green, the architecture of several Cambridge University colleges and museums, and the bustling streets of Cambridge city centre.

6pm - Pimm's and punting on the River Cam

First group – 6pm punt. Second group – 6.30pm punt (for those attending the AGM)

Queens College Gatehouse

The punting will start at Mill Lane Punting Station on the edge of the beautiful Coe Fen. You will be able to sit back, relax, and enjoy your Pimm's while you are taken on an expert-led tour of the famous College Backs along the River Cam.

7pm - BBQ and drinks at The Granta

After the punting tour, take a five-minute stroll along the river to the riverside pub, The Granta, which offers beautiful views over Mill Pond and the Fen. It's the perfect setting for a BBQ and drinks reception.

Thursday 7 September

6.30pm - Formal conference dinner at Queens' College

To celebrate the 25th anniversary of HUCBMS, we will host a drinks reception and formal dinner in the stunning historic surroundings of the lawns, Old Hall and Old Kitchens of Queens' College. A ceilidh band and caller will provide rousing after-dinner entertainment!

Queens' College was founded in 1448 when the lands and licence to found a college were issued to Queen Margaret of Anjou. The college was also patronised by Queen Elizabeth Woodville from 1465. Queens' College is one of two colleges in Cambridge with buildings spanning both sides of the River Cam, and they are joined by the famous Mathematical Bridge.

Delegates will be dining in the Old Hall, which was erected as part of the original building, with the dinner bell cast in the bell tower over the Hall in 1655. The three portraits which hang in the Old Hall dining room were gifted in 1766 by descendants of Elizabeth Woodville.

Coach transport to and from Anglia Ruskin University will be provided.