What is a lindy exchange?
A Lindy Exchange is a gathering organised by a swing dance scene in one city for a weekend to invite people to dance and explore the city together. In Cambridge our exchange is small and friendly; we hope that by the end not only will you be danced out and have eaten a huge pile of cake, but also that you will have made a whole bunch of new friends.
Who can be involved?
Anyone who wants! The exchange is for all swing dancers, wherever you're from, however long you've been dancing for.
What's the theme?
Come and join the Circus at CLX 2022! The Big Top, the acrobats, tightrope walkers, ventriloquists, jugglers, magicians, unicyclists, or even a holographic animal - whatever you fancy! The theme will inspire some of the activities we will plan for the weekend, and also your outfit if you wish to dress up for the Saturday night social. But don't worry if costumes aren't your thing - it's not compulsory!
Can someone host me?
One of the joys of the exchange is meeting new people! "Hosting" is when dancers from out of the city stay with local dancers. If you're local to Cambridge and you've a spare bed, sofa or bit of floor space, why not make a dancer's day by letting them stay with you? If you're looking for hosting or can provide it, please post in the Facebook event.
How do I book?
Bookings opened on the 1st August, and cost £75 per person. Weekend tickets sold out around the middle of August.
Individual night tickets for Friday and Saturday night aren't available. Sunday tea dance tickets are £15 by card/contactless on the door (and the pub afterwards is a public house, too!)
Please see our Terms and Conditions page for booking conditions, including for transfers and refunds.
CLX would not happen without our wonderful volunteers and we are eternally grateful for them for helping out. If you could lend us a little time over the weekend please tell us on the booking form or if you've already registered, contact us.
Volunteering may involve checking in guests on the door, refilling the hot water urns, decorating the hall or helping us pack down after a full on night of dancing. Unfortunately we cannot give free passes in exchange for doing lots of volunteering; this allows us to keep the costs down for everyone and we would rather lots of people gave an hour or two, rather than have guests working all the time and not having fun dancing!
Where are the venues?
Add our custom Google map for the locations of the venues and nearby bicycle and car parking, or see the links below.
Friday evening - Storey's Field Centre, Eddington
Dinky Doors tour - starting at Reality Checkpoint, Parker's Piece.
Other Saturday daytime activities - Centre at St Paul's, St Paul's Church, Hills Road.
The entrance to the Centre is at the right hand side of the church as you face it from Hills Road.
Saturday evening - Storey's Field Centre, Eddington
Sunday afternoon - Storey's Field Centre, Eddington
Sunday evening - The Old Spring pub, Ferry Path
How do I get there?
See our Google map for the nearest car parking and bicycle parking to the venues.
Note: on the evening of 5th November the council's fireworks display is happening in central Cambridge, so there will be road closures affecting the roads around Midsummer Common from 18:30 to 21:45. That's a fair way from the Saturday night venue but may affect you if you're staying in town. It'll also increase the demand for buses and increase traffic in town.
Cambridge is largely flat, making bikes a popular way of getting around. Check our map for the nearest cycle parking to each venue. Don't forget your bike lights in the evenings.
The Voi rental bikes and e-scooters are available for hire in various locations. You'll need to pre-register with a driving licence for the scooters.
The Universal (U) bus runs between Eddington and the main Cambridge railway station via the town centre. The last bus back from Eddington to town is about 21:30 so won't get you back after the evening dances. Their timetable has full details.
Eddington is also served by the buses for the nearby Park and Ride site at Madingley. They run until about 20:30, see their timetable for details.
Central Cambridge isn't particularly car friendly but the evening venue has plentiful car parking nearby. Details:
The huge Madingley Road Park and Ride car park is free for up to 18 hours and is a short walk from the Storey's Field Centre (especially if you park at the north east end of the car park where a footpath lets you out towards Eddington). There is also a Park and Ride bus into town.
On street parking is available payable by meter, with the Ringo app in town, or with the Just Park app in Eddington. It's often free in the evenings, but do check the signs nearest to the parking space as times can vary, even from one side of the road to the other.
The Old Spring has a small car park for customers. If it's full, the streets around Ferry Path may have spaces available and are free on Sundays.
Who are the organisers?
The Cambridge Lindy Exchange is run by Cambridge Swing Dance CIC, a not-for-profit company which is run by volunteers.