Ice Worlds Open Day at British Antarctic Survey

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10:00am – 4:00pm, Saturday 2 April | British Antarctic Survey, High Cross, Madingley Rd, CB3 0ET

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Introducing ‘Ice Worlds’, a rare and dazzling showcase of environmental science, engineering and technology at the British Antarctic Survey’s offices in Cambridge.

British Antarctic Survey is delighted to be opening its doors for the Cambridge Festival 2022. There is something for all the family to enjoy!

Why are the Polar Regions so important to study? And what makes them so unique? Use this rare opportunity to find out what BAS scientists are investigating in the Polar Regions.

To give you a taste of what it’s like to live and work on the frozen continents, meet polar scientists and engineers who live there, discover the methods they use to study the ice, rocks, ocean and animals, and how these icy landscapes are being affected by climate change. See some of the amazing biodiversity that inhabits the freezing seas and experience what it’s like to live and work under canvas in a tent or on our new polar research ship RRS Sir David Attenborough. Expect cool kit, lots of samples, Antarctic clothing, films, historical archives and lots more.

A man and a group of children testing out cold weather clothing
Visitors will hear what it’s like to live and work in Antarctica
Visitors will have the chance to see a model of the new polar ship RRS Sir David Attenborough and robotic gliders used to collect data from the Southern Ocean

Tickets provide 90 minutes in Ice Worlds. There is limited capacity at BAS Cambridge, so booking is strongly advised. Some walk-ins may be available on the day.


To protect our staff, some of whom have lowered immunity after being in Antarctica, we ask that you do not enter the building if you, or anyone in your household, have Covid-19 or are showing symptoms.

We ask all those visiting BAS Cambridge to take frequent LFD tests where possible.

Face coverings are strongly encouraged to be worn inside the building unless an individual is medically exempt.


Ice Worlds at British Antarctic Survey is accessible for those with reduced mobility – we have step-free access and a lift.  Limited parking for blue badge holders is available on site and assistance dogs are welcome.  Please be aware that corridors and display areas can get very busy especially at peak times.  If you require further advice or assistance to accommodate a disability please contact


Photographs will be taken throughout the day at the event, and may be put on social media and our website. If you or your child do not wish to be photographed, please inform a steward or member of staff upon arrival to the event.

Deception Island

10:00am-3:00pm daily from Thursday 31 March until Sunday 10 April | McDonald Lawn, Downing Street, CB2 3ER
Book Deception Island tickets here.

Prepare to embark on an immersive expedition like nothing you have been on before.

Step inside an exact replica of an Antarctic hut and be transported to Deception Island, a tiny caldera in the Antarctic Ocean, battered by the fiercest seas in the world and shaken by volcanic activity. This project has been created in partnership with BAS Archives.

Here the rusting remains of industrial whaling and a seabed littered with whale bones testify to mankind’s greed and brutality. But the island is also an outpost of scientific exploration, a witness to human attentiveness and fortitude.

This is an immersive poetry film that will delight and enthral.

Take a look at the full Cambridge Festival event programme here.

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