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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 

 

7.00 - 7.45am

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.

 

11.00 - 12.00

Lecture Room 1
8 Mill Lane 

Introduction to Wellbeing Advocates 

Over the last year, as part of the University’s wellbeing initiative, WellCAM, Wellbeing Advocates have been nominated in departments to provide guidance and a general signposting service about wellbeing issues, including mental or physical health and dignity at work concerns, to members of staff, as well as promoting local and University-wide wellbeing initiatives.
If you could like to find out more about WellCAM, this role and examples of local initiatives being taken forward, please book a place.

 

12.00 - 1.30pm

Minsk Room
Greenwich House

Introduction to Display Screen Equipment Assessment 

This training is intended to help prevent or reduce the risk of possible health problems arising from regular computer use.

 

12.30 - 1.15pm

Jaffna Room
Greenwich House

Positive thinking and Meditation 

A 45 minute session providing a brief introduction to mediation and how to access the deep reservoir of positive qualities that are in all of us.  The mediation process can help support your general wellbeing and develop your thinking to its full potential.  The session will include short meditations as well as a chance for discussion and questions.

 

12.30 - 1.25pm

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.

 

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

1.00 - 2.00pm

Museum of
Archaeology
and Anthropology

Museum Mindfulness

Mindfulness is a form of meditation that asks you to bring your full attention to the present moment. In this hour-long workshop, we will be seeing how mindfulness techniques can be used to deepen your appreciation of museum or gallery collections and also how museums and galleries can assist with mental health. The workshop starts with a close observation of objects from the MAA’s handling collection and will then move to use mindfulness in a gallery setting. 

 

1.05 - 1.50pm

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.

 

1.05 - 1.50pm

University 
Sports Centre 

Iyengar Yoga 

This yoga practice promotes strength, suppleness and vitality as well as a sense of internal harmony and well-being. Regular practice helps to reduce stress and increase energy levels and concentration. Classes have a strong emphasis on alignment, bringing more balance to the body and improving posture.

 

2.00 - 3.00pm

Magdalene College 
Magdalene Street 

Tour of Magdalene College Gardens 

A tour of the College grounds looking at the development of the grounds over the centuries.

 

2.00 - 4.30pm

Westminster College
​Madingley Road 

Tour of Westminster College

Tour of  gardens, the discovery of the Prayers Labyrinth and the Art Studio where an arty activity will take place. Afternoon tea at 4pm will be included.

 

3.30 - 6.00pm

30min session

Prince and West Rooms,
Institute of Continuing Education 

Introduction to Basic Book-Making with Cambridge Art Makers

Have you ever wanted to craft a book? Learn some basic book-binding techniques to make useful books in which to plan your life-work balance, or to make more exotic art books to express your creative flair!
Experience the therapeutic benefits of making with a new technique explored every half hour. Stay for half an hour or all afternoon, simply book (no pun intended) your arrival time.

Various sessions :- 3.30 - 4.00pm  |  4.00 - 4.30pm  |  4.30 - 5.00pm  |  5.30 - 6.00pm

 

5.00 - 7.00pm

Clinical School 
Foyer 

 

Cycle Maintenance Workshop

To be held at the Clinical School Foyer. Bring along your bike and learn what can be achieved with a minimalist toolkit and the application of basic bike repair skills. The workshop will include general bike checks (‘M’ Check), reviewing gears, removing and replacing wheels, choosing and applying lubricants, fixing punctures, the contents of a basic tool kit, adjusting brakes and, if time allows, bike cleaning tips, how to replace brake blocks and any bespoke requests you might have.

 

6.30 - 7.15pm

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.

 

6.30 - 7.25pm

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!

 

6.30 - 7.25pm

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.