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 a great 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

Pool membership: Open to any member of Clare Hall, as well as certain other individuals approved by the college. For more information on becoming a member, contact our Porter’s Lodge.  Members of Clare College need to apply to the Domestic Bursar for special permission.

Clare Hall Family Swimming Lessons for Children

Clare Hall parents run a programme of children's swimming lessons for family members of the Clare Hall swimming pool on Saturday afternoons during school term time. Registered pool users who have paid the appropriate annual pool membership are eligible to participate. The lessons are a unique feature of the Clare Hall family experience: while Clare Hall children enjoy learning to swim together, their parents enjoy catching up on the side of the pool.

Lesson format: 6 classes - depending on demand - of up to 4 children each, divided into half-hour lessons (currently: beginners 1 and 2, improvers 1, 2,3 and 4, but these can change according to the children's standard). The minimum age is 3.5 years. Lessons begin at 1.30 pm.

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

Cost: £5.50 per lesson, payable by term. New children attend a free trial lesson before committing to the term. Spaces are limited, so please notify us now if you would like your child to participate.

Contact: For more information and to register your child, please contact Dr Juha Jäykkä or Katrin Mueller-Johnson

Elite Swimming Acadamy

Elite Swimming Acadamy also holds weekly swimming lessons at the Clare Hall Pool. For more information including term dates see the website.  For any queries please contact Elite using the details below.


Tel: 01223 633 699