Cambridge Festival: Expedition Ice

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Journey into the future of polar research and operations! As part of 2024’s Cambridge Festival, we’re inviting you to step inside British Antarctic Survey as we open our office doors in Cambridge on 16 March 2024. Come and discover the fascinating polar research, technology, engineering and operations that will guide our next 10 years of scientific research in the polar regions.

Tickets are now available to book here

Why is Antarctic ice the key to understanding climate change? What do researchers in Antarctica do? How are they conducting their research and what are they trying to find out? Discover the answers and get a taste of what life and work is like in the extreme conditions of Antarctica and why research there is so vital.

Meet polar scientists and engineers, pose the difficult questions and sample life as a polar researcher! Whether you’re interested in scientific research, cutting-edge technology, the impact on climate change, our research stations, vehicles and equipment, the remarkable RSS Sir David Attenborough or our operations in extreme conditions… this ice-cool experience is open to everyone.

A large ship in the snow

  • Hear stories from those who have experienced life and work in the freezing winds and icy wilderness of Antarctica.
  • Bed down in a polar researcher’s field tent, try on the essential kit necessary to endure such intrepid conditions.
  • Literally, step into the boots of a polar explorer and discover the methods they use to study the ice, rocks, ocean and animals.
  • Don’t miss the chance to capture a photo with the penguins aboard our snowmobile!
  • Join us and learn that what happens in Antarctica doesn’t stay in Antarctica.

A penguin in the snow. Four people are stood in the background watching

Entrance to our open day is by pre-booked ticket with a limited number of walk-ins available on the day.

Book your tickets here.

Open between 10am and 4pm. This is a FREE event.

If you are travelling by car please park at the Madingley Park and Ride.

Step-free access available.