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***Tickets sold out - The Festival of Light event at the Botanic Garden is now fully booked. 


India Unboxed Presents: A Festival of Light

Wednesday 25 October 2017, 6.30-9pm. FREE. Prebook from 11 September.

Spectacular light installations and Indian beats - come and celebrate Diwali with the University of Cambridge Museums at the Botanic Garden. Banish the autumn blues as we bring you India's festival of light with a twist.


Information for ticket-holders

To help you plan and enjoy your evening we'd like to make you aware of a few things about the event.

Entrances and Exits 
Please note that both gates off Trumpington Road and Hills Road will be open for entrances and exits on the night. The gates will open at 6.30pm for ticketholders. Please note that tickets are per person including adults and children.


All visitors with access requirements are welcome. There is advice on the Botanic Garden’s website about access which we recommend looking at in advance, Please note that the areas of the Garden which will be open on the evening are the Glasshouses and Main Lawn. If you require any further information, or would like to book an electronic scooter or wheelchair for use on the evening, please contact the Garden on 01223 336265.

Parking/Bike Racks
We regret no public parking is available on site, and there is limited parking nearby. Both Babraham Road and Trumpington Road Park and Ride service have drop off/collection points near both Garden Gates. However, last buses are at 20.30 and the service may be busier than usual.

Please note that bicycles are, unfortunately, not permitted into the Garden. There is a dedicated Bike Park on Bateman Street, 65 metres from the Brookside Gate on Trumpington Road. However, please be aware that the park may be busier than usual that evening, and is unlit. For more information on nearby parking, bike racks and about getting to Garden please see here

Talvin Singh 

Talvin Singh's performance will run between 7.30 – 8.30pm on the Main Lawn.


The majority of the event will be taking place on lawns and gravel paths which could get waterlogged in bad weather. All major activities will be undercover on the evening. The event will go ahead in all weathers unless wind speeds on the evening make the event in the Garden unsafe.

Return tickets
There has been a lot of interest in this event. If you can no longer attend the event, or have spare tickets we’d be grateful if you can contact Cambridge Live on 01223 357851 or to return your tickets for others to have the chance to attend.

Food vendors update
Due to unforeseen circumstances, and through no fault of their own, Kura Kura will no longer be able to join us at the event. Food and drink will still be available from a selection of other vendors. We apologise for any inconvenience caused to those looking forward to sampling Kura Kura’s food. 

If you have any further questions about planning your evening please contact the University of Cambridge Museums office in the first instance. Please call 01223 761486 or email 

We’re looking forward to welcoming you to the Garden to celebrate!  


This event is a highlight of India Unboxed, a programme of exhibitions, events, digital encounters, discussions, installations and more within the museums and the city of Cambridge. Rooted in our collections, the programme will explore themes of identity and connectivity for audiences in both the UK and India, with support from Arts Council England. It is part of the UK/India Year of Culture, organised to mark the seventieth anniversary of Indian independence.