skip to content

Newcomers and Visiting Scholars


All members are welcome to come along to any of the groups listed below. You can book your place to most of the groups by going through our events calendar.  If you have any questions, please contact

Most events take place during term-time dates and pause for the vacation weeks. Refer to the Events section of our website for a full list of events and activities.


Read more at: Around the World with Women Writers

Around the World with Women Writers

Coordinator: Inci Egeli - Around the World with Women Writers is an engaging discussion group driven by participants who share a passion for women writers across the globe. Gathering both in-person and on Zoom on selected Fridays, the group dives into thought-provoking conversations about the texts...

Read more at: Afternoon tea

Afternoon tea

Afternoon Tea was introduced in Britain in the early 1840s; it began as a small meal to delay hunger before the evening meal. Our volunteers invite our members into their homes to experience this very British ritual. A great opportunity to meet other NVS members and get to know our volunteers.

Read more at: Art for All

Art for All

Coordinator: Nicole Keshav - Bring your favourite sketchbook, art materials, or just pencil and paper and join the Art for All group. Some materials will be available. We will draw and paint with watercolour to observe and connect with our surroundings. While drawing we try to mindfully stay in the...

Read more at: Cambridge Leisurely Walk

Cambridge Leisurely Walk

Coordinator: Simone Castello - Discover Cambridge and its surroundings with Simone's leisurely walk. This will be an informal walk, when pushchairs and children are welcome too: stroll along with new friends and enjoy the time together. Date and times announced in the Newsletter and via Facebook.

Read more at: Cambridge Traditional English Pub Visit

Cambridge Traditional English Pub Visit

Coordinator: Jonathan Collis - Come and join us for a visit to one of Cambridge's traditional pubs. There is no need to book, just meet Jonathan Collis outside Great St Mary’s Church, CB2 3PQ, near the Senate House at 17.00. This is a great opportunity to meet others. We look forward to seeing you...

Read more at: Cambridge Walking Tour

Cambridge Walking Tour

Coordinator: Lindsey Payne - Expert tour guides will be taking NVS members on a walking tour of Cambridge on selected dates. The walks will be on Tuesdays after the talk ends and last around an hour. Members will be told which dates and where to meet in the Newsletter and our Facebook page.

Read more at: Cookery Group

Cookery Group

Coordinator: Naheed Kandil - The Cookery Group will have 2 to 3 classes each term where a different cuisine is cooked each time. Participants will help in making the dishes and enjoy a meal together. Booking is required and there is a fee for the ingredients.

Read more at: Crochet & Knit

Crochet & Knit

Coordinator: Sabah Zeeshan - Whether you are experienced in crochet, a long-time knitter, or trying it out for the first time, join our group on Thursdays from 10:00-12:00. Everyone is welcome, crochet or knitting is not essential. Most materials will be provided. Children are very welcome!

Read more at: Cultural Discussion Group

Cultural Discussion Group

Coordinator: Gail Featherstone - Would you like to discuss interesting topics from a multi-cultural perspective? Come and join Gail for a lively discussion in a friendly and welcoming environment. This is a unique opportunity to learn about different perspectives from around the world – and to...

Read more at: English Conversation

English Conversation

Coordinator: Gill Maynard & Gail Featherstone Whatever your level of English, you’re welcome to join our friendly and informal conversation group. We meet every Tuesday in full term at 9.45am at the University Centre. We take a different topic each week, chosen by members, and share ideas in...

Read more at: Film.Point


Coordinator: Dasha Tenditna - "Film.Point" is a group designed for film enthusiasts who share a deep love for the world of cinema. The group meets weekly on Wednesday evenings. Following the screening, members will have the unique opportunity to engage in thoughtful and reflective conversations...

Read more at: UniCam Babies

UniCam Babies

UniCam Babies is a parent-led group for NVS members and their young children. A great opportunity to meet other mums and dads and share experiences, discuss child growth and development and of course enjoy songs, games, arts & crafts.

Read more at: Coffee Club

Coffee Club

Meet other NVS members over a cup of coffee. The Coffee Club aims to meet every other week between Thursday to Sunday, visiting a different coffee shop every time. Refer to our weekly newsletter for more information.

Read more at: Reading for Pleasure: the Happy Book Club

Reading for Pleasure: the Happy Book Club

Do you miss reading just for fun? Would you like to relax with an uplifting story and have a friendly chat over tea/coffee and cookies? Join our Happy Book Club, themed exclusively around “feel-good” stories!