The Wednesday afternoon of the Symposium is free time. The Excursion – a walking tour (with guides) of the historic city centre has been organised from 2-4pm (meet outside Churchill).

If this doesn’t take your fancy, or if you want other ideas for the rest of the afternoon (before coaches for dinner at 6pm) please see the below suggestions (these are not organised events but you can just turn up):

Punting

This is a traditional boat propelled by a pushing along the river bed by a long pole, popular with tourists and the university’s student population. Scudamore’s is the largest punt hire company in the city centre. http://www.scudamores.com/. There are a couple of other companies around too. See the leaflet in the bags. Various options available – tours or self-drive. Prices vary.

The Fitzwilliam Museum

Traditional museum on Trumpington Street. http://www.fitzmuseum.cam.ac.uk/ Open until 5pm. Admission Free. Current exhibitions include watercolours, including Turner, and portraits of King Henry VIII on loan from Trinity College

Cambridge University Botanic Garden

Just to the south of the city centre, the botanic gardens are on Brookside, CB2 1JE. Open until 6pm, entry £5. http://www.botanic.cam.ac.uk/Botanic/Home.aspx

Scott Polar Research Institute

The SPRI museum http://www.spri.cam.ac.uk/museum/ is on Lensfield Road, CB2 1EP.

Sedgwick Museum of Geology

The Sedgwick Museum of Earth Sciences is the oldest of the University of Cambridge museums, having been established in 1728. http://www.sedgwickmuseum.org/ Open until 5pm, admission Free. Downing Street, CB2 3EQ.

Shopping

Three main options: the city centre, including market (or Market Square…) until 4pm, the Grand Arcade, just to the south of the market square, or the Grafton Centre – a 15 min walk to the north east.