Family Events

Family Suppers

Family Supper is one of the activities that make Clare Hall unique amongst Cambridge Colleges. It offers an opportunity for the Fellows and students to gather with their families for an enjoyable evening.

Usually, the evening takes place on the first Friday of the month from 5.30 pm, with an activity for the children followed by supper and a film viewing.  During the film viewing parents are welcome to meet for a glass of wine in the Common Room.  It is an excellent opportunity for families at Clare Hall to socialise and is a relaxing way to end the week.

Check the College Calendar or the weekly Events Bulletin for this term’s dates.

  • Children’s meals will be charged at the student rate.
  • Please remember after eating to clear up your children’s plates, or better yet encourage them to do it themselves!
  • Children can be left to watch the film unsupervised if you are confident they will stay in the room.
  • At least one adult needs to stay in the Meeting Room during the film
  • Please note that there is no supervision provided, so children remain their parent/guardian's responsibility throughout the activity.
  • Children must not run in the corridors and are not allowed in the garden or toilets alone.
  • They should not use the lifts.

We always welcome volunteers to help organise activities for the first half-hour and to help with clearing up at the end of the evening. If you could help, even occasionally, please contact Dr Jenny Bangham jb252@cam.ac.uk


Pool membership

Membership of the Clare Hall pool is currently paused during Covid-19 restrictions, with plans to reintroduce a range of options in Michaelmas Term 2021. Members of Clare College need to apply to the Domestic Bursar for special permission.


Clare Hall Family Swimming Lessons for Children

Children’s swimming lessons are held each Saturday afternoon in the Clare Hall swimming pool for children of Clare Hall members and Clare College Fellows. Registered pool users who have taken out family membership of the gym and pool are eligible for their children to participate in these lessons.

Gym/Pool membership: Instructions regarding how to join the pool are detailed here. Memberships are currently on hold due to Covid, but the College expects them to resume early in Michaelmas term 2021, at which point swimmers need to become members again.

Lesson format: 6 classes – depending on demand – of up to 4 children each, divided into half-hour lessons (currently: beginners 1 & 2, improvers 1, 2, 3 & 4, but these can change according to the children’s standard). The minimum age is 3.5 years. Lessons run from 2pm–5pm. 

Instructor: Jooles Hobbs is a qualified swim instructor and has been teaching for twenty years (ASA Level 1 & 2 Certificate in Teaching Aquatics). Jooles used to be a competitive swimmer in her younger days, and now focuses on teaching swimming in Cambridge.

Lesson dates: approximately follow the school academic year. Lessons in Michaelmas Term 2021 will be held on the following dates:

  • September 11, 18, 25
  • October , 2, 9, 16 (no lesson on October 23 or 30 for half-term)
  • November 6, 13, 20, 27
  • December 4, 11

Cost: £7.00 per lesson. The first lesson for a child new to the programme is a free trial session. Fees are payable to the instructor per term.

Contact: For further information and to register your interest, please email Juha Jäykkä at juhaj@iki.fi


Elite Swimming Academy

Elite Swimming Academy holds daily swimming lessons at the Clare Hall Pool. For more information, including term dates, please see their website.  For any queries, please contact Elite using the details below.

Email: info@eliteswimmingacademy.co.uk

Tel: 01223 633699


Further information

Please find a swimming timetable for September 2021 here.