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?
"Once Upon A Time". 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 2023 at 6 pm and sold out during August. A full weekend ticket was £95 (or £75 with the Access to Dance coupon for people experiencing financial difficulty).
We are now fully sold out and cannot accept transfers or refunds this close to the event.
We will sell tickets on the door for the Sunday tea dance only. They'll be £15 by card/contactless.
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 to CLX 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?
How do I get there?
See our Google map for the nearest car parking and bicycle parking to the venues. There's some more details on transport below:
On the evening of Saturday 4th November the council's fireworks display is happening in central Cambridge, where 20000 people will attempt to get to Midsummer Common for 7 pm, and home again afterwards. While the Saturday night venue is safely out of the way, this may affect you if you're staying nearby in town, so allow extra time for your journey.
Park and Ride bus timetables are altered, and there'll be road closures on roads around Midsummer Common from 6:00 pm to 9:30 pm. It'll also increase the demand for buses and increase traffic in town. See the council's site for details.
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 22:30 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.
These timetables may be altered on Saturday 4th November because of the fireworks display in town, see above.
Central Cambridge isn't particularly car friendly but the main dancing venue is out the city centre, and has plentiful car parking nearby. Details:
Storey's Field Centre (Friday night, Saturday night, Saturday parkrun, Sunday tea dance):
The huge Madingley Road Park and Ride car park is free for up to 18 hours. It's a short walk from the Storey's Field Centre, especially if you park at the north east end of the car park (get directions) where a footpath lets you out towards Eddington.
St Philip's Church (Saturday daytime):
The Queen Anne Terrace multi-storey is the nearest off-street parking to St Philip's church, from where you can then walk down Mill Road and over the railway bridge to the church, about a 15 minute walk. You can check whether spaces are available and check prices. Note that you will pay more per hour for your whole stay if you arrive between 11 am and 1 pm.
On Mill Road, the area to the north and east of the railway bridge (north of St Philip's) does not have a residents' parking scheme. You may find a space there if you have excellent parallel parking skills.
Marleigh Community Centre (Saturday afterparty):
Park for free in the Newmarket Road Park and Ride and walk through to the Centre on the footpath by the roundabout at the car park entrance (see our map). Don't park in Marleigh as the late night noise may cause complaints (and there isn't much parking there anyway).
The Old Spring (Sunday pub):
The pub 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.
See our Safer Spaces Policy for how to identify our Safety Secretaries and report any problems.