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On-site facilities for children and carers

We have a number of onsite facilities and resources to support our conference attendees and their families. While we are not able to provide on-site childcare, we have a dedicated family room and private lactation room with refrigerator for milk storage - both accessible at any time and located very close to the conference auditorium. We also provide a number of baby/toddler furniture items, such as highchairs, toilet seat and changing table.

Please contact us at if you have any questions or suggestions for ways that we can support you during the conference.

Junior Delegates

Children will be issued with a Junior Delegate pack including a name badge (first name only, with emergency contact details on the back) and some activities that they might enjoy. Children must be accompanied by a parent or carer at all times.

Family Room (Darwin Room)

A multi-use room will be a dedicated space for families to use during the conference. This room has soft lounges, table and chairs, soft floor coverings and is a suitable space for carers to use when supervising young children or for childminders/partners/carers to use while the conference is in progress.

There are also baby changing facilities, toddler toilet seat and highchairs available on site.


Breastfeeding is welcome in all public areas of the building. We also provide a private room for nursing and pumping with a separate fridge for milk storage. 

Access to the Botanic Garden

The Lab is surrounded by the Cambridge University Botanic Garden, a traffic free area with a café. Please contact the conference organisers so we can arrange for free access to the Garden for your partner/childminder during the conference.

Suggested activities for children

We are gathering ideas and suggestions from local families and will list nearby parks, activites and child friendly cafes and restaurants on this page closer to the date of the conference. 

Local Attractions

Please find below links to a number of family-friendly attractions within walking distance of the conference or accessible by public transport.

University of Cambridge Museums and Botanic Garden

Centre for Computing History

Cambridge Ice Arena

Cambridge Outdoor Market

Cambridge Science Centre

Cherry Hinton Hall Park (water play area and duck ponds)

Nene Valley Railway (home to Thomas)

Sheep's Green (play park and children's play pool - all free)