Location: Microsoft Research, Cambridge, UK
Date: 10-12 September 2009

Social Event


September 12, Saturday, 10am - 5pm

The day will comprise of the activities listed below. The total cost of the day is 20 including lunch. To register, please tick the social event option on the registration page.

10:00am - Punting or Kings College Chapel

We meet in front of Kings College (point 5 on the map at the end of this page) at 10:00am.

Depending on the weather, we will either go punting on the river Cam or we will be visiting Kings College Chapel.


A punt is a square-ended boat which has a flat bottom with no keel and is usually propelled using a long pole. Punts were developed in medieval times to provide stable craft which could be used in areas of water too shallow for rowing conventional craft. One such area was the Fens, the marshy flatlands north of Cambridge, where punts were integral to local trades such as eel fishing and reed-cutting, until they died out in the late nineteenth century. For more historical information, see http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Punting.

Punting will be provided by Cambridge Chauffeur Punts. It is situated near on Silver Street Bridge underneath the willow trees, very close to the Anchor pub. The location is marked as 4 on the map at the end of this page.

Web site: http://www.punting-in-cambridge.co.uk/ Tel. +44 (0) 1223 354164

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King's college tour

King's College is a dynamic and diverse community that is committed to intellectual excellence and the development of new knowledge. It was founded in 1441 and is one of the 31 colleges of the University of Cambridge. Its Chapel is one of the most iconic buildings in the world. For detailed information, please see www.kings.cam.ac.uk/chapel or http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/King's_College,_Cambridge. The location is marked as 5 on the map at the end of this page.

Web site: http://www.kings.cam.ac.uk/. Tel. (+44) (0)1223 331212

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12.30pm - Lunch

For lunch, we will go to the popular Anchor pub, a traditional English pub, right in the heart of Cambridge and on the bank of the river Cam. The Anchor building dates back to 1843 when the under part of the site was used for mooring boats, and so the building takes its name. Overtime it has experienced several transformations. In Victorian times, the site was a laundry for local women, in the early nineteen hundreds it was a coffee house and, most notably, it became The Riverside Jazz Bar where the legendary Pink Floyd would hang out in their early days. Today it opens its doors to folks from all around the world who visit the historic Cambridge city, serving them an authentic taste of traditional English food and drink. The location is marked as 3 in the map at the end of this page.

To speed up ordering food, please select your preferred choice from the menus available at the registration desk by 11.30am on September 11.

Full address: The Anchor, Silver Street, Cambridge, CB3 9EL, UK. Tel +44 (0)1223 353554.
Web site: http://www.cambridgeanchor.co.uk/.

The Fitzwilliam Museum

The Fitzwilliam Museum houses world-class collections of works of art and antiquities spanning centuries and civilisations. In addition to the riches of the permanent collection, the Museum offers a wide-ranging programme of temporary exhibitions, events, courses and activities for all ages. Exhibitions on this day will include:
  • Endless Forms: Charles Darwin, Natural Science and the Visual Arts
  • Sculpture Promenade 2009
In addition, activity kits and a new Fitz Kit 'Beauty and the Beetle' will be available during the Endless Forms exhibition as part of the Family Activities for Darwin programme. The location is marked as 2 in the map at the end of this page.

For more information, please refer to the museum's website at http://www.fitzmuseum.cam.ac.uk/.

Full address: The Fitzwilliam Museum, Trumpington Street, Cambridge CB2 1RB. Tel: 01223 332900

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Map of Cambridge City Centre with Points of Interest

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Points of interest:

1: Magdelene College
2: Fitzwilliam Museum
3: The Anchor
4: Cambridge Chauffeur Punts
5: King's College