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Clay Farm Centre

Inside the Clay Farm Centre
Clay Farm Centre, Hobson Square, Trumpington, Cambridge CB2 9FN
Outside view of the Clay Farm Centre

The Clay Farm Centre in the south of Cambridge hosts a community centre, library and café on the ground floor and first floor.

The library and café are open at the times listed below. The centre’s public-use rooms are available for groups and room hire throughout the week.

There is a medical centre on the second floor, and the top two floors are residential accommodation.

The centre has a fully accessible Changing Places facility, and free Wi-Fi throughout.

The centre is a short walk from the Trumpington Park & Ride and from the guided bus stop on Foster Road. The area is patrolled by parking enforcement officers, so make sure you use a proper parking space if you’re driving.


The Clay Farm library is on the ground floor of the centre. It is currently open for managed browsing and the select and collect service at the following times:

  • Mondays: 9.30am to midday
  • Tuesdays: 9.30am to 5pm
  • Wednesdays: 9.30am to 3pm
  • Thursdays: 9.30am to 7pm
  • Fridays: Closed
  • Saturdays: 9.30am to 1pm
  • Sundays: Closed

We might ask you to queue outside during busy times.


The café provides affordable simple refreshments and has indoor and outdoor seating. It is open at the following times:

  • Monday to Friday: 9.30am to 4pm
  • Saturday: 10am to 2pm

The Saturday café is run by local community groups and charities as well as centre staff. Contact us if your group would like to help run a Saturday café.

Events and activities

The centre hosts many groups and activities every week. The programme of events includes contact details for each activity.

You can hire a room for your event – find out more below about the available spaces and how to book.

Public-use rooms

As well as the library and café, the centre has an array of spaces available for hire in normal circumstances.

The Eva Hartree Hall (204m²) on the ground floor can be split into two smaller sections of 135m² and 68m². It is ideal for large groups, exercise classes, performances and conferences. The hall is equipped with tiered seating if required.

The Tillie Cuthbert Room (56m²) on the ground floor is a multi-use room with an enclosed patio space. It has an enclosed patio area so is ideal for children’s activities, as well as for classes and meetings of all kinds. The room has tea-making facilities.

The Baker Studio (72m²) on the first-floor is a flexible space that can be used for classes and meetings of any kind. The room has tea-making facilities.

The Byron Room (30m²) and Chaplen Room (27m²) are first-floor meeting rooms. The dividing wall between them can be rolled back to create a single, larger room. The Byron Room has tea-making facilities.

We also have circulation areas with seating which are ideal for informal meetings.

Contact us if you are interested in hiring a space at the centre.

Communities and people

Our ‘communities and people’ video features the centre.

Centre management

The Clay Farm Centre is a joint venture between us and the county council. It is overseen through a partnering agreement.

We manage the community facility, library and café on behalf of the partnership, including employing the staff and providing all the services.