Downing Outreach Blog

University Open Days 2016

16 Sep 2016 | Lauren Payne | Uncategorised

The Cambridge University Open Days are massive events, where thousands of prospective applicants and their supporters from all over the country (and abroad!) make their way to the city to visit the University’s departments and Colleges.

The 2016 Open Days took place over two days, June 30 and July 1, and here at Downing we were lucky enough to welcome lots of visitors and show them around the College.

Colour-matching was a definite priority and I can confirm that Downing magenta was everywhere – magenta gazebo, magenta balloons, magenta signs, magenta madness all round! Visitors got the opportunity to wander around the College site and see key facilities such as the Dining Hall, Howard Theatre, Butterfield Cafe and Bar, and the new Heong Gallery. The current exhibition, Ai Wei Wei: Cubes and Trees, provided a wonderful backdrop to the day and it was brilliant that so many people got to see the artwork (particularly the mini forest of trees outside the Chapel!) whilst touring the College.

 Another thing that was in abundance were our new ‘Discover Downing’ canvas bags, which proved a real hit with the crowds of students laden down with heavy prospectuses!

 If you attended the University Open Days and have any more questions about Downing or applying to the University do get in touch. Equally, if you didn’t manage to see Downing but are interested in the College, come up to our September Open Days!

Lauren Payne

I studied English at Emmanuel College from 2012-2015, before moving over to Downing to start as the full-time School and College Liaison Officer. My role involves organising outreach work primarily in the South West, advising both students and teachers in all things related to Cambridge and Higher Education more generally.