Addenbrooke’s 250th Anniversary @ the Big Weekend

Come and see, do, discover

This is the first time the Trust has taken part in the City Council’s ‘Big Weekend’ and it is especially significant for us as this is the 250th anniversary of Addenbrooke’s Hospital.

We are very grateful for this opportunity and pleased to be working with the City Council, Cambridge Live and our partners in the health economy and on the Cambridge Biomedical Campus (CBC).

Thousands of people coming to Cambridge’s Big Weekend on Saturday 09 July can learn how to become happier, healthier and fitter.

The ‘Health and Wellbeing’ village will be opening on Parker’s Piece from 12:00-17:00 on Saturday 09 July so visitors of all ages can talk to experts in health, medicine and science as part of the Addenbrooke’s 250th anniversary celebrations.

Anyone coming along will be able to:

  • speak to doctors and nurses to understand how healthcare is transforming for the benefit of patients
  • try out techniques to improve well-being from yoga,  meditation and exercise
  • have the chance to see how equipment used in operating theatres has advanced over the last 250 years
  • learn how the Cambridge Biomedical Campus is developing so hospitals can put into practice the research of scientists from the University and research institutes

The village will consist of three tents containing a wide range of organisations including: Addenbrooke’s Charitable Trust (ACT),  Addenbrooke's Archive – 250 years' of history, 100,000 genomes project, Cambridge Clinical Informatics (CCI), Cambridge Biomedical Campus, Form the Future, Cambridge Clinical Trials Unit, The Cambridge BioResource, Healthwatch Cambridgeshire, Cambridge University Health Partners, Cambridge University Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust, East Anglian Air Ambulance, Eastern Academic Health Science Network, NHS Psychological Wellbeing Service, NHS Health Checks, Outspoken Cycles, Papworth Hospital NHS Foundation Trust and  ‘Time to Change’.

The Big Weekend, which will take place on Parker’s Piece on Friday 8 – Sunday 10 July, is provided by Cambridge City Council and organised by Cambridge Live. For more information go to the Cambridge Live Trust website.


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100,000 genomes project

The aim of the 100,000 genomes project is to create a new genomic medicine service for the NHS – transforming the way people are cared for. Come and learn about the project and about genomics. Make sure to bring the whole family to learn about genetics by doing a fun taste test!

University Technical College (UTC)

UTC Cambridge will be running hands-on science activities, loads of hands on fun for all ages. You can find out about Cambridge's only specialist 14-19 Science College (free to all students), learn about our outstanding work based science curriculum and the exciting projects that our students engage in.

See what science can do! The development of new laboratories.

An insight into how a space that will house laboratories to discover new medicines at the Cambridge Biomedical Campus is shaped by the evolving needs of research. AstraZeneca and MedImmune’s new home at the CBC will provide space to encourage collaboration and show what science can do.

Modern treatment of heart and lung disease from Papworth Hospital

Come and experience GlaxoSmithKlein (GSK’s) respiratory story – see how technology and innovation at GSK are changing therapies for respiratory diseases and conditions such as asthma and chronic obstructive pulmonary disease COPD. Take the peak flow challenge to understand the problems of asthma. Take our pipette challenge and feel that you are doing ‘real science’!

Putting great ideas into practice

Have you ever had a great idea that could help people live healthy lives? Why not put your idea to the test? Players will be asked to come up with a fun idea, which could help people live healthy lives, and then asked to roll the dice and follow the pathway!

East Anglian Air Ambulance

East Anglian Air Ambulance, a 365 day-a-year lifesaving service working across Cambridgeshire, Bedfordshire, Norfolk and Suffolk. With a highly skilled doctor, critical care paramedic and specialist medical equipment on board every flight, we are effectively able to fly the A&E department to the scene.

Cambridge Clinical Informatics (CCI)

CCI will discuss present and future patient electronic medical records. We will also have a game showing children (and the young at heart) how to enter a fictional patient’s height and weight data to calculate their Body Mass Index, and then enter this onto their electronic medical record.   

What is the Cambridge Biomedical Campus (CBC)?

Come and find out what’s going on and what’s ‘going up’ including the new buildings under construction and the next phase of development.

Form the Future

Form the Future connects schools and businesses to help young people learn about and prepare for future careers while tackling employers’ skills shortages, particularly in STEM. They run Step Up,, for Cambridge Ahead and the GCGP LEP, and deliver Signpost 2 Skills on behalf of the Greater Cambridge City Deal.

Why do clinical trials matter?

The Cambridge Clinical Trials Unit (CCTU) works with researchers in all stages of clinical trials including, costing for grant proposals, developing protocols, obtaining necessary approvals, delivery, quality control, data management and final analysis. Come to the stand to find out about the clinical trials, and how you can get involved.

Cambridge University Health Partners (CUHP)

CUHP will explain how by bringing the NHS, academics and industry together in collaboration we are improving healthcare locally, nationally and across the world.

The Cambridge BioResource

The Cambridge BioResource is a panel of around 16,000 volunteers, both with and without health conditions, who are willing to be approached to participate in research studies investigating the links between genes, environment, health and disease. Volunteers can join the Cambridge BioResource by consenting and donating a small blood or saliva sample which may match the requirements to participate in our current and future research studies.


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Smoothie bikes and ‘Watt’ challenge

Outspoken Cycles’ bring their Smoothie Bikes and Watt Challenge to the Big Weekend! Come and have a go – a short pedal on one of our bikes linked to a blender to blend your very own refreshing smoothie or come and take part in our Watt Challenge – what can you power?!

NHS Psychological Wellbeing Service

The Psychological Wellbeing Service is an NHS service that offers short-term psychological treatments for common mental health difficulties such as depression, anxiety and stress. Therapies range from guided self-help to CBT for problems such as panic, social anxiety, health anxiety, perfectionism, OCD and PTSD as well as low self-esteem and a range of phobias.

Recharge and refocus neuroscience and mini-mindfulness

Come and have a go at mindfulness!

"The world demands more of our attention than ever before. My work is to help combine techniques proven by neuroscience to help you; train your attention and protect your attention; Enhance focus, reduce stress, use time more wisely and be more effective." Sam Thorogood

Drop-in meditation sessions

Alternate half hour sessions between 13:00 and 17:00

Mindfulness of breathing and Loving kindness meditation

Led by Suryamani and Aidan

You will be led through each practice in a simple, relaxed and enjoyable way. Sessions start promptly every half hour. Please book first. No special gear needed – just bring yourself and a beginner’s mind!

Get to grips with operating theatre equipment

Come and get your hands on the instruments we use in operating theatres and try your hand with some spinal surgery equipment. 

Exercise – YES! Benefits for people with heart failure and Chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD)

People with heart failure and COPD experience shortness of breath and fatigue.  Research has shown that exercise improves symptoms and quality of life and helps people stay healthier.  Come learn about heart failure and COPD, how being physically active helps and our research in this area.

Infection control

A look back at diseases and historical events that led to the control and prevention of infectious diseases and improvements to sanitation. Photographs and information clips will be displayed and there will be a quiz for children. The development of the role of the infection control nurses in UK hospitals will be explored and they will be there to answer any questions.

Healthy eating

Come and chat with the dietitians from Addenbrooke’s. We are here to explain and show you lots about what we do and why food and your diet is important for your health and well-being.

Be safe in the sun!

Addenbrooke’s Skin Cancer Service will be providing sun awareness advice to help reduce your risk of developing skin cancer and also information on how to check for the early signs of this disease. Come along for your free sun screen sample!

Have a go at yoga

Come and find out about the benefits of yoga on your health and wellbeing. We are offering taster sessions and general help and advice.


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Time to Change

‘Time to Change’ at CUH raises awareness of mental health difficulties and challenges the stigma and discrimination that suffers often encounter. We have lots of information … as well as mentally healthy snacks! Come and meet the ‘Black Dog’, an opportunity to meet beautiful black greyhounds and discover that talking about depression is not as unapproachable as you may have thought. A special thanks the Retired Greyhound Trust Bishop’s Stortford for the loan of their black dogs.

Foundation Trust membership and governors at Addenbrooke’s and the Rosie Hospitals

Come and meet the governors who represent you on the council at Addenbrooke’s and the Rosie Hospitals. Join our membership, get involved in improving the patient experience and tell our governors what is currently of interest and concern to you and your family.

Addenbrooke’s Charitable Trust (ACT)

Join Addenbrooke’s Charitable Trust (ACT) play interactive games, meet Thin Tony the skeleton, piece together a model brain and model eye, see the history of charitable support and find out how kind supporters make a difference for patients.

Join Adenbrooke’s Charitable Trust (ACT) to see how kind supporters make a difference for patients. Addenbrooke’s was founded thanks to a gift of £4,676 left by Dr John Addenbrooke’s in his Will. Today, charitable support continues to make a difference for patients.

Come along to see how people like you have helped through our interactive games. Meet Thin Tony the skeleton and find out how your support helps the bone unit, piece together a model brain and hear about a neuro-microscope that is advancing brain surgery, disassemble a model eye to see all its parts and learn how the latest laser can improve vision.

You can also test your nerves by playing the children’s game 'Operation', pretend to be a surgeon by having your photo taken at our special cut-out stand and see a timeline display of the history of charitable support.

Addenbrooke’s Abroad

Addenbrooke’s Abroad inspires, enables and supports NHS staff and students from Cambridge University Hospitals (CUH) and the surrounding health community to volunteer worldwide and share their expertise abroad for the benefit of resource-poor communities and strives to ensure there is reciprocal learning and development. Addenbrooke’s Abroad is a programme of Addenbrooke’s Charitable Trust (ACT). We believe that the diverse experiences that our volunteers gain overseas helps to make a difference for patients at home.

Addenbrooke's Archive – 250 years' of history

Addenbrooke's Hospital has a long history dating from 1766.

The hospital archives holds material and artefacts worthy of permanent preservation that relates to the history and work of the hospital and its other related organisations, from the origins of the hospital to records created today. The type of material held includes:  annual reports, patient records and registers, press cuttings photographs and artefacts and ephemera.

On display will be a few items from the hospital archives as well as displays showing the history of the hospital.

Come and chat to our archivist and delve into the past...

Addenbrooke’s Arts

Addenbrooke’s Arts enhances the hospital environment and aims to improve the experience of patients, visitors and staff through an innovative, stimulating and engaging arts programme.

  • improve the hospital environment using visual arts
  • integrate art into new buildings on the hospital site
  • provide opportunities for patients and staff to participate in the arts
  • develop and manage a programme of arts events for patients, staff, visitors and the wider community

Come and have a chat about our work and see more of what we do.


Want to make a difference for kids at Addenbrooke’s? Got any bright ideas? Aged 8-18 years? Why not join ACTIVE?

We are children and young people just like you. Some of us are or have been patients, some of us are thinking about working in a medical career, some of us are just interested and want to make a difference.

‘The key idea for ACTIVE is that no one knows what a child wants or needs better than a child. ‘ Zoe, ACTIVE leadership aged 16

What do we do?

Here are some of the things our members have told us they enjoy doing:

  • making a difference for children in hospital
  • having an input – sharing your ideas and work on projects and seeing them come to life
  • visiting around the hospital to learn how things work
  • working with hospital staff and learning about their jobs
  • developing your personality and taking opportunities for personal development
  • socialising, playing games, having a laugh with new friends
  • being as involved as you wish

Come and find out more about the projects we've completed and see if you would like to get involved. 


Healthwatch Cambridgeshire are thrilled to support the Big Weekend! Tell us about your stories of the NHS and care. 

Come and:

  • share your story of care on our story tree
  • be in our film (if you want)
  • take part in the sweetest of quizzes
  • take a chance on our lucky dip


Unison is the public service union representing members throughout the Hospital. We are here today showing what we do for members working at the Hospital and to highlight the current campaign for continuation of the NHS bursary. Please stop by if you have any questions about the bursary or Unison

Careers zone – A great place for great people to work!

Working at Cambridge University Hospitals (CUH) is about providing great patient care in one of the best hospitals in the NHS.  Visit our work opportunities and recruitment stand to find out about opportunities available at CUH and learn about the variety of routes and career paths that are in place to help you make the most of working at our world-renowned hospital.

The volunteer contribution to hospital life

If you thought volunteering was only for retired people or just about making tea, think again!

Our team of volunteers are of all ages, come from all walks of life and bring many skills and qualities which help them to provide practical help to patients and visitors, complementing the work of hospital staff. New volunteers join a team of more than 800 existing volunteers who give more than 60,000 hours of their time each year to help patients during their stay in hospital.

NHS health checks

NHS Health Checks are being provided across Cambridgeshire as part of a national health assessment programme for people in the age of 40-74. The programme aims to help spot early warning signs or certain health conditions and provide peace of mind. It lets you take control of your health, and enjoy life for longer. Our friendly advisers will be there for you on the day to answer any questions you might have.


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