Opening Hours

Café, galleries and shop: Tuesday – Sunday 11am – 5pm

House: Tuesday – Sunday 12  – 5pm

Free, timed entry tickets to the House are available at the information desk on arrival or online here.

Last entry to the House is at 4.30pm

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21 July 2018, 12 – 5pm, Castle Hill
Photo: Josh Murfitt
Photo: Josh Murfitt
Photo: Josh Murfitt

Castle Hill Open Day, Saturday 21st July 2018

Come and explore one of the oldest and most vibrant areas of Cambridge as venues on Castle Hill open their doors for the day.

Historians, local experts, artists, musicians and dancers will come together to provide a variety of free, drop-in events for all ages. Pack a picnic or visit the food stalls and make a day of it (whatever the weather)!

See pictures from the last Castle Hill Open Day, which took place in 2015, here.

What’s On

Click here to download our full programme and a map of Castle Hill.

Come along to the opening ceremony at midday to see the mayor welcome everyone to the event, then watch internationally renowned dance company Casson & Friends perform a specially-choreographed piece created in collaboration with Mayfield Primary School. Pop-up dance performances will also be taking place throughout the day in the Kettle’s Yard galleries, created by Casson & Friends and performed by local residents of all ages.

Discover the history of Jelly at the Museum of Cambridge and meet ‘Fanny Cradock’.

Get creative at family art making activities on Northampton Green and in the Kettle’s Yard studio. Relax on the green in our picnic area, picnic boxes on sale from The Garden Kitchen Café. Visit the Kettle’s Yard House, meet the archivist, and see the exhibition of renowned sculptor Antony Gormley in the galleries.

Enjoy story telling, music, cream teas and more at St Giles’ Church.

Try mat weaving, drawing and poetry in St Peter’s Church and churchyard.

There will be tea and cakes at Castle Street Methodist Church, plus a play area for young children.

Come along to one of the tours of the New Hall Art Collection (with over 400 works of art by women artists from throughout the world) and the Murray Edwards Garden.

Explore the history of this area through the people who live here at Histon Road Cemetery.

Jump aboard the Time Truck and explore the archaeology being uncovered for the A14 Cambridge to Huntingdon improvement scheme, with displays and activities for all the family.

Find out how people lived in the area in a display of the county archive records in the foyer of Shire Hall.

Around the corner the former Nuclear Bunker will be open for visits.

The Fitzwilliam Museum, Museum of Classical Archaeology and the Museum of Archaeology and Anthropology will all put on interactive activities, from how to treat the plague to trying on armour.

In addition there will be tours throughout the Castle Hill area including a riverside tour with Caroline Biggs, Roman History with Quinton Carroll, and CAMRA‘s tour of former pubs and inns. Talks include Cambridge Past, Present and Future and the Churches Conservation Trust.

Not forgetting food! There are plenty of picnic spots but if you don’t bring your own we also have the following on offer: The Garden Kitchen café at Kettle’s Yard, St Giles’ Church and Castle Street Methodist Church, and pop ups from the Wandering Yak, Azahar and Pizza Mondo.

Visiting Kettle’s Yard

There will be no advance booking to the Kettle’s Yard House on Saturday 21 July 2018.

The House will be open to the public from 12pm. Last entry is at 4.30pm.

On arrival, if you wish to visit the House, please head straight to the information desk, just inside the front door of Kettle’s Yard.