Local community

At the Wellcome Genome Campus we have a long-standing relationship with our local communities; in fact, many of the people that work here also live locally. We take pride in being a good neighbour, regularly meeting with local community groups, including the Parish Councils of Hinxton, Ickleton, and Great Chesterford, providing an excellent opportunity to exchange news and developments on Campus and in the surrounding area.

We welcome visits to the Campus by local groups, schools and organisations. You can chat with our scientists about their cutting-edge research and share our passion for genomics. Visits and tours can be arranged through the Visit the Campus page.

The local communities also share access to our Wetlands Nature Reserve. Many of our neighbours attend events organised on the wetlands and even volunteer to help with its maintenance.

We provide financial support and make donations to local non-commercial enterprises, including raffle prizes to schools, fetes and local events; donations towards playground equipment, school refurbishments and other community projects.

To find out more, please contact Jo Tunstill-Slater (jt18@sanger.ac.uk).

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Campus Fireworks Night 2021

Our annual Fireworks display will take place on Thursday 4th November from 5.30pm – 7.30pm for members of our local communities, Campus staff and their families and friends.

Food will be available to purchase from 5.30pm , where The Wandering Yak bring their Middle Eastern inspired street food to the campus, Bam Bam Crepe will offer a variety of sweet crepes, Abbots Events will bring their stonebaked pizzas, Pull me Cheri will offer pulled meat with veggie options, and new for this year we have Pimp my Fish offering fish and chips to be eaten just as nature intended, or pimped up with homemade sauces and sides to give a creative twist to a British classic!  Also new for this year The Rural Coffee Project will bring along speciality coffee, tea and home baked cakes!

While you wait for your food Gene❤️Song will sing some songs to you and a jazz trio will entertain you too!

The fireworks will be fired at 7pm by Jubilee Fireworks, who will provide yet another spectacular show for us to enjoy!  For health and safety reasons please do not bring your own fireworks to the event (not even sparklers).


Wetlands Nature Reserve

We work closely with the Cambridgeshire Wildlife Trust who provide their expertise and guidance in creating a reserve where people can appreciate and learn about local wildlife as part of their everyday life.

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