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Discover Kettle’s Yard as a unique venue for your event


Kettle’s Yard is a unique place hidden away in the oldest part of Cambridge, a beautiful house created by Jim and Helen Ede, and filled with a remarkable collection of twentieth century British and European art. Alongside the house are light and airy gallery spaces which host contemporary exhibitions.

Outdoors there is a courtyard, a secluded cottage garden, and the neighbouring St Peter’s church and churchyard, making it a beautiful and flexible venue to host special events.

All income from venue hire helps to sustain Kettle’s Yard to enable us to look after the collection and programme exhibitions and community and learning activities

Photo: Chris Boland

The Spaces

The House

Dinner Parties

The house at Kettle’s Yard is the perfect setting for an intimate and very special dinner party where your guests will dine surrounded by exceptional art.

We work with a small number of hand picked catering companies all of whom cook modern, imaginative food and offer vegan, vegetarian and gluten-free dishes on their menus. We also have an excellent wine list expertly curated by our independent wine merchant.

Capacity: 36 seated for dinner
Available from £3000

Welcome Area and Gallery 1 and 2

Drinks Receptions & Private Views

At Kettle’s Yard we have a bespoke approach to event planning and our event team will help you plan your party and deliver it to the highest standard.

Whether it is a late evening event with a bar, mixologist, lighting and music, or a sophisticated launch party with champagne and canapés we will mix and match our spaces to fit your party.

You can also add a private view of our current exhibition or an exclusive tour of the house to complete your evening.

Capacity: 300
Available from £2000

The Ede Room, Clore Learning Space & Edlis Neeson Research Space

Meetings, Away Days and Creative Activities

Kettle’s Yard has three rooms which are perfect for meetings, away days, presentations and creative activities. They are all accessible by lift and stairs, and are fully equipped with HD screens, AV and WiFi connections.

At night they can be transformed by lighting and a bar to make perfect spaces for smaller networking events.

CAPACITY: Standing up to 60 & Seated up to 40 theatre/20 boardroom
Available from £500


Photos by Chris Boland and Ian Olsson

Food and Drink Suppliers

We work with a small group of catering companies all of whom produce the highest quality food and all operate policies to reduce plastic usage and food waste in line with Kettle’s Yard and the University of Cambridge’s own values.

By working with a number of suppliers we are able to suggest a catering company that matches the style and budget of food that guests are looking for whether that be a vegan feast, bowl food, desert canapés at the bar with post dinner cocktails rather than pudding or a more classical approach. Together we will match you with the right choice of caterer.

 Our wine list has been carefully selected to offer a range of interesting wines of different styles from a number of wine producing regions and includes champagne and prosecco and we can offer this on sale or return of unopened bottles.


It was fantastic to work with the Kettle’s Yard team. They were extremely professional, accommodating and understanding and the final result was a fabulous event. Kettle’s Yard is a very special venue and it was wonderful for the guests to have dinner in such a magical location, whilst being serenaded by music. We hope to work here again in the future.

Victoria Dashwood-Chase
House of Party Planning

The tour  of the exhibition was fantastic and all our guests were very happy… the guide was excellent and all of our hosts really lovely and welcoming. Thank you very much for a wonderful evening.

Claire Forrester

Feedback from all our guests was that the day was perfect and that the venue was unique, personal and incredibly beautiful. Liz and her team couldn’t have been more efficient and took good care of us throughout the planning process – even helping us organise catering and wild-flower bouquets for our lunch setting. We organised two tours of the collection and the guides were informative and engaged. I can’t recommend Kettle’s Yard enough.


Thank you so much for your welcome today, we all had a wonderful time and our clients left super happy… everything was perfect.  Thank you very much for a lovely day.

Marcelina Chavarri

Get in touch

To find out more and discuss your upcoming event with us please get in touch with Liz Wilkinson, Enterprise Manager:
01223 748706


Download the brochure here

Community and Charity Venue Hire

We are able to offer free, one-off venue hire to Cambridge based community groups who receive a Cambridge City Community grant of less than £5000 or are members of Cambridge Community and Voluntary Services (CCVS).

This is available on weekdays during Kettle’s Yard office hours in either the Ede Room or Clore Learning Studio as available.

We are also able to offer registered charities a discount on our normal booking charges.