Cambridge Festival of Ideas

Booking opens in just under two weeks soon for the twelfth annual Cambridge Festival of Ideas – but with hundreds of events to choose from it could take you that long to plan your visits.

The sprawling festival takes place over more than 50 venues across a fortnight, kicking off on October 14 and running until October 27, and taking in a whopping 270 – mostly free – events.

Bookings open at 11am on Monday, September 23, but with such a packed programme we recommend taking a look through the range of talks, exhibitions, film screenings, and hands-on activities now to avoid missing out.

The eclectic festival is centred around a theme of change, but takes in everything from changing attitudes to the pineapple to new uses for historical instruments like the harpsichord and whether artificial intelligence could replace lawyers.

You can browse the entire programme on the Cambridge Festival of Ideas website, and we’ve highlighted some top tips below: