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Great Weekend Cambridge

Friday 18th – Sunday 20th September 2020

Incorporating the EAZ AGM & Members’ Forum

Following the resounding success of our 2019 Great Weekend in Valencia, we will be visiting Cambridge in September 2020. The programme will include two black-tie dinners at Cambridge colleges.  We will spend a day in Ely, visiting the Cathedral, the Stained Glass Museum and the Almonry Restaurant. Sunday morning will be given over to the EAZ AGM and Members’ Forum.  After a buffet lunch at the hotel a walking tour of Cambridge will offer the opportunity to see some of the architectural gems the University has to offer.  Dinner on Sunday evening will be at the University Arms Hotel.  Transport by coach will be provided throughout the weekend.

Our base will be the Holiday Inn Hotel, Impingham, Cambridge.  The hotel is just outside the city centre with ample parking.  (One word of warning however, you will need to register your car with the hotel reception on arrival to escape the possibility of a fine.)  We have negotiated a very competitive rate for the weekend and the hotel will also host the AGM and Members’ Forum on Sunday morning.  If travelling by train it is a relatively short taxi ride from Cambridge Station.

The first event will be a black-tie Reception and Dinner at Corpus Christi College on Friday evening; a coach will pick us up at the hotel at 6.30 pm.  Corpus Christi College was founded in 1352 it is one of the smallest colleges in Cambridge University.  It is unique in that, while other colleges were founded by wealthy benefactors or religious orders, Corpus Christi was founded by the townspeople of Cambridge. 

On Saturday morning the coach will pick us up at the hotel for the short drive to Ely.  We will spend the morning exploring the splendours of the medieval cathedral and the Stained Glass Museum which is unique in the UK.  There will be some free time either to explore the town itself or another museum, Oliver Cromwell’s house is nearby, or you may wish to ascend one of the cathedral towers.  (The towers, 165 and 288 steps respectively, demand a reasonable level of fitness and a head for heights.  There would also be an additional charge for this option.)  In the early afternoon we will head for the Almonry Restaurant and a special Afternoon Tea.  The Restaurant is situated within the Cathedral precinct.

Magdalene College will host our dinner on Saturday evening.  Magdalene was founded in 1428 and re-founded in 1542 by Thomas Audley, Henry VIII’s Lord Chancellor.  Samuel Pepys was a student at the College and subsequently a generous benefactor.  Rowan Williams, the former Archbishop of Canterbury, became Master of the College in 2013.  Our Reception and Dinner will start in the Pepys Cloisters (weather permitting) before moving to the College Hall.  Dress Code will be black-tie.

After an early start on Sunday morning for the AGM and Members’ Forum we will have a buffet lunch at the hotel before leaving by coach for a guided walking tour of Cambridge visiting some of the other colleges before returning to the hotel in the late afternoon.  Dinner that evening will be a smart casual affair taking place at the University Arms Hotel where a talented young chef, Tristan Welch, is making a name for himself reinventing British classics using locally sourced ingredients.

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