Cambridge Nature Festival 2023

26th May – 2nd July

A celebration of the nature on our doorstep!


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Walk: Building Stones of Cambridge

May 29 @ 10:00 am - 12:30 pm


As part of Geoweek –

Cambridge is a beautiful city! Why? Because it has a great number of very fine buildings – university, ecclesiastical, public and commercial – built with some affluence, which meant the owners could use stone, and the more fashionable and pleasing to the eye that stone was the better. Join us for this guided tour around the city to see how these different stones were used, where they came from, how building and architectural fashions changed over time with improvements in transport and see what stones are used today to enhance the built environment.

Our locally sourced stones tell us about the past environments of the area –  as seen in the fossils that many of them contain –  from Chalk ‘clunch’ to highly prized Jurassic limestones. Others, such as granites and ‘exotic’ pebbles tell the story of earth’s history elsewhere in the world. You will never walk through the city with the same eyes again.

All welcome. 2.5 hours to 12.30pm. Easy walking. £3 per person (free for CGS members).

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May 29
10:00 am - 12:30 pm
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Cambridgeshire Geological Society
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Cambridge City