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College launches new event space – Acropolis at Caius

  • 21 May 2018

Gonville & Caius College will be injected with a touch of Ancient Greece when an innovative new event space opens next year. The stylish marquee structure entitled Acropolis at Caius will provide a spacious and flexible setting for a whole host of events from Christmas parties to drinks receptions, conferences, meetings and dinners.

Acropolis at Caius will be located in the beautiful Harvey Court gardens on the West Road site, also home to the Cavonius Conference Centre and vacation residential facilities in Harvey Court and the Stephen Hawking Building, and will provide guests with spectacular views of the College’s luscious gardens. The structure will be able to cater for large gatherings with space for up to 140 seated on round tables for dinners, up to 100 cabaret style and 180 theatre style.

Named Acropolis for its intriguing architectural shape and multiple glass sides around its linked hexagonal structures, the 2,150 sq ft facility will be available from July 2019 for a 15-month period whilst some of the College’s kitchen and dining facilities in the Old Courts undergo a major refurbishment programme.

Eve Stupart, Conference Manager at Gonville & Caius said: “Launching our new events space is an exciting initiative for us, enabling organisers to enjoy a stunning and novel setting which will enhance meetings, conferences and dinners. It will also allow us to hold Christmas Parties – both private events and joiner party nights – in this atmospheric environment. In the summer, the surrounding gardens will provide a perfect backdrop for drinks receptions and outdoor events.”

“It also presents an excellent opportunity for us to relaunch our dining offering once our new facilities are completed, with a product that will take Caius dining to the future.

“We are particularly excited that we will be able to accommodate large dinners seated on round tables – up to 140 people in total – which is difficult to find in Cambridge.”

Jennifer Phillips, Operations Director at Gonville & Caius added: “The Acropolis will offer a refreshing alternative for event organisers looking for a venue with a difference. Set in the gardens on our West Road site, it will also help to introduce visitors to our first-class facilities there including Harvey Court, the Cavonius Centre and The Stephen Hawking Building.”

An open event is being held on Wednesday 11 July from 4.00-6.00pm to introduce existing and potential clients to the concept of Acropolis and provide them with the opportunity to talk to the Caius Conference team, and sample drinks and canapés. Further details and invitations to follow. 

Blending traditional with modernity, Gonville & Caius College provides a spectacular setting for a wide array of events such as meetings, private dining and weddings, as well as being a beautiful location for filming. In addition, guests can stay in the College’s outstanding student accommodation during vacation periods.

  • Media enquires for Acropolis at Caius should be directed to Lesley Crosland of Crosland Communications on lesley@croslandcomms.co.uk or +44 (0)1638 662188. 
  • For more information on the College's events facilities, please contact our dedicated Meetings and Events team.   

Pictured left to right: Andrew Gair (Estates Manager), Jennifer Phillips (Operations Director), Ricardo Soares (Director of Catering), Eve Stupart (Conference Manager), Simon Gascoyne (Deputy Conference Manager), Laura Webb (Conference Coordinator), Christophe Benedetti (Deputy Catering Manager). 

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