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Festival of Wellbeing | 22 June - 26 June

 

7.00 - 9.30am 

University
Sports Centre 

Health Check Ups

Four health checks (Peak Flow, Blood Pressure, Body Fat and Hamstring/Back Flexibility) will be completed in your 20 minute session, which will give you an indication of your current health levels. Great as a starting point before you begin exercising or to gauge your improvement over time if you currently exercise.

​Sessions available are:- 7.00 - 7.30am  |  7.30 - 8.00am  |  8.00 - 8.30am  |  8.30 - 9.00am  |  9.00 - 9.30am

 

7.30 - 8.15am

University 
Sports Centre 

CoreXperience

A low impact, stress- relieving workout; combining bodyweight exercises, pelvic floor strengthening, core muscle toning and balance workouts. The endurance techniques will build natural strength and increase stamina. The class will help you to reconnect with and appreciate your body.

 

9.30 - 10.25am 

University 
Sports Centre 

Total Body Conditioning 

Total Body Conditioning combines high energy cardio with resistance work and stretching for a full body workout delivering all round benefits from head to toe.

 

Drop in between :-
10.00 - 2.00pm

Gardens and Library
Selwyn College

The Bird-Fancyer's Delight: A Display of Rare Books on British Birds and a Visit to Selwyn’s Gardens

This display will focus on birds that you might see in our gardens (or your own) now and throughout the year and will also touch on the positive impact birdwatching and spending time in nature can have on your wellbeing. Amongst the volumes on display will be some of the most exquisitely hand-coloured illustrations of British birds published in this country, and will include works by James Bolton, John Wood, Francis Morris, and Thomas Bewick. You are also welcome to have a look around Selwyn's gardens, where the gardeners will be on hand to answer questions.

 

11.30 - 12.30pm

Room 142,
Media Centre 
​Sidgwick Site 

The Ins and Outs of Cycling in Cambridge

To be held at the Sidgwick Site. This hour long interactive seminar includes general cycling advice and illustrations of some of the cycling infrastructure in and around Cambridge. Included are a number of short videos, examples of how to lock your bike, bike lights and cycle safety tips. Feel free to bring along your lunch!

 

12.00 - 12.30pm

Great St Mary's 
Church 

Great St Mary's Church Tour

A guided tour around the University Church featuring its remarkable heritage and the significant role it has played in the history of the University and City of Cambridge over 800 years. This will be followed by a chance to climb the tower to see the wonderful panoramic views of Cambridge.  Weather permitting ....

The tower climb is 123 spiral stairs in each direction; you need a strong heart on the way up and strong knees on the way down! Not recommended if you're claustrophobic. Level access to the ground floor for wheelchair users and accessible WC.

 

12.00 - 1.00pm

Institute of Continuing
Education
Madingley Hall

Madingley Hall Tour

Discover the majesty of Madingley Hall. Imagine stepping into one of the magnificent frescos on a guided tour. Let the mystery and magnificence of the past surround you and escape from the cares of the day.

 

12.00 - 1.00pm

Lecture Room 1 - 8
Mill Lane

Perfectionism - Friend or Foe?

'Striving to better, oft we mar what’s well' - This talk will introduce psychological perspectives on perfectionism and consider some of its unhelpful consequences, and consider healthier alternatives. The session will be facilitated by Dr Jan van Niekerk, Clinical Psychologist.

 

12.30 - 1.15pm

University
Sports Centre

Squash / Racketball

Squash is a club sport played by two (singles) or four players (doubles) in a four-walled court with a small, hollow rubber ball. The players must alternate in striking the ball with their racket and hit the ball onto the playable surfaces of the four walls of the court. The game was formerly called squash clubs, a reference to the "squashable" soft ball used in the game

Racketball is the UK’s fastest growing sport! It is played on any regular squash court and is similar to squash. In Racketball a larger ball, which does not need warming up like in squash, and a shorter racket are used, as shown below. The fact that the ball is bigger, more bouncy and does not need warming up means that the rallies last longer, as the ball moves slower giving the opponent more time to react and get to the ball. The shorter racket also helps with hand eye coordination making the ball easier to strike. Overall this makes the game much easier to pick up than many other sports like squash or tennis. Racketball is said to be, "Easy to learn yet difficult to master" which is one of the key factors in the sports recent growth.

 

12.45 - 1.30pm 

University Library 

Tower Tours at the University Library

At 157 feet tall Cambridge University Library’s tower is its most recognisable feature, and can be seen for miles around. This tour of the tower, normally accessible only to Library staff, reveals some of the secrets held in its collections. The subject of the UL’s current exhibition, the tower collections (over half a million books on 11 floors) tell the story of two centuries of popular publishing in the UK, received under the Copyright Act and since 1934 held in the tower as ‘secondary’ to the Library’s main academic collections. Victorian toys and games jostle for shelf space with colourful children’s books, Edwardian fiction in pristine dust jackets and popular periodicals.

Now recognised as a treasure trove for researchers, its collections tell the story of our national life through the printed word. The exhibition can be viewed in the Milstein Exhibition Centre before or after your tour. Please note that the lift stops on the 15th floor. Access to the 16th floor is via a single flight of stairs. This tour may not be suitable for those uncomfortable in confined spaces or those with mobility issues.

             18s and over only

             In the event of a fire evacuation or lift failure, access up or down the tower is via 200+ steps. Therefore, this tour is not suitable for those with limited mobility or wheelchair users.

             This tour may not be suitable for those uncomfortable in confined spaces

             Bags and large coats must be left in our Locker Room off the Entrance Hall before the tour commences

             No food or drink may be consumed at any point on the tour

             The tower is a high-security area and the Library reserves the right to search tour visitors on exit

1.05 - 1.50pm

University 
Sports Centre 

Bodypump

Using light to moderate weights with lots of repetition, BODYPUMP™ gives you a total body workout. Instructors will coach you through the scientifically proven moves and techniques, helping you achieve much more than on your own!

 

1.05 - 1.50pm

University 
Sports Centre 

Pilates

Pilates is suitable for all fitness levels. It’s aimed at improving and strengthening posture and developing flexibility to aid relaxation.

 

3.30 - 4.30pm

Newnham College
Porters Lodge

A Walking History of Newnham College Gardens

Newnham College gardens are one of the hidden treasures of Cambridge and a fine example of the Arts and Crafts Movement in gardening. Come and join the Head Gardener for a fine example of the Arts and Crafts Movement in gardening.

 

5.30 - 6.25pm

University 
Sports Centre 

Studio Cycling 

Indoor cycling class based on Spinning principles providing an intense cardiovascular workout in a motivating group environment. Be prepared for tough hill sprints and speed intervals that will really push your physical and mental thresholds.

 

6.30 - 7.25pm

University 
Sports Centre 

Circuits

Station-based exercise class using work intervals of 50 seconds. Body weight exercises and fitness equipment will be used! Great all round class which improves muscular and aerobic endurance.

 

6.30 - 7.25pm

University 
Sports Centre 

Rugby / Eton Fives

Rugby Fives is a handball game, similar to squash, played in an enclosed court.  The game is played between two players (singles) or between two teams of two players each (doubles), the aim being to hit the ball above a 'bar' across the front wall in such a way that the opposition cannot return it before a second bounce. The ball is slightly larger than a golf ball, leather-coated and hard. Players wear leather-padded gloves on both hands, with which they hit the ball.

Eton Fives, is a handball game, similar to Rugby Fives, played as doubles in a three-sided court. Eton Fives was developed in the late 19th century at Eton College. The shape of the court used now is taken from the chapel at Eton College, where A. C. Ainger and some of his friends developed a simple set of rules in 1877. The rules have been modified since that time to those seen now, but the essential components are still the same.  The object is to force the other team to fail to hit the ball 'up' off the front wall, using any variety of wall or ledge combinations as long as the ball is played 'up' before it bounces twice. Players wear leather padded gloves on both hands, with which they hit the ball.

 

6.30 - 7.25pm

University
Sports Centre 

Yoga

A yoga class which, via a series of postures, internal dynamics and breathing techniques, encourages a deeper understanding and control of the physical body.

 

5.30 - 6.25pm

University
Sports Centre 

Zumba©

Zumba classes feature exotic rhythms set to high-energy Latin and international beats. Before you know it, you'll be getting fit and your energy levels will be soaring! Easy, effective, exhilarating.