What is Open Saturday?

The Wellcome Genome Campus is open every third Saturday of the month for you to explore! Visit our changing exhibitions, meet scientists, try hands-on activities, and explore the Campus to discover its history and the cutting-edge science that happens here today.

An ideal trip for curious people of all ages; come and discover the exciting world of genomics in creative and delightful ways.

Open Saturdays are FREE for everyone but booking is required.

Can you Defeat The Helix?

An alien life form known as The Helix has found Earth and is taking over the planet as we know it! We We need you to take on the mission of defeating the Helix by solving puzzles and working out clues.

Enter Mission HQ and receive information and clues from scientists from across the globe who are working with you on this life-or-death mission, uncovering how the Helix communicate and how they use genetic information to infiltrate and overtake other lifeforms. Only your puzzle-solving skills can save us now…

Communications tell us that The Helix will arrive on Saturday 18 May, and you will have until Saturday 21 September to defeat them…

There is a also separate mission - if you choose to accept it! Defeat The Helix: The Human Resistance Needs You! is a bookable timed immersive game, reccommended for groups of 3-6 players, aged 14+. Book your session here!

Frequently Asked Questions

What are my transport/parking options for the event?

The Wellcome Genome Campus is situated about 10 miles south of Cambridge. Driving or cycling to the Campus is the easiest way to reach us. Whittlesford Parkway and Great Chesterford train stations are both about 2 miles from the Campus but have limited facilities (neither has a taxi rank). There is plenty of free parking at the Wellcome Genome Campus.

When should I arrive?

When you arrive at the main entrance, please drive up to the security barriers and give your name to the person in the security booth. Please use the barrier intercom for access if the booth happens to be unattended.

Open Saturdays are drop-in, and you can arrive at a time to suit you. Last admission to the campus is 3.30pm, and the event ends at 4pm.

Do I have to bring my printed ticket to the event?

No you don't need to bring your ticket, as your name will be on our attendee list at the entrance. 

Are refreshments available?

The event cafe will be open, selling a range of drinks and small snacks. The cafe doesn't sell lunch but you are welcome to bring a packed lunch with you. 

Are you accessible for wheelchair users and people with limited mobility?

Our campus in general, and the spaces used as part of Open Saturday, are accessible to wheelchair users and people with limited mobility. The car park is a few minutes’ walk from the conference centre, where the main Open Saturday activities are held. If it is easier for you or a member of your group to be dropped directly outside the conference centre you are very welcome to do so. Please speak to the staff member at the security gate and they will direct you.

It takes about 15 minutes to walk from the conference centre to our Open Lab experience. Surfaces are mostly flat and even, though there is one slope at the halfway point. We have an assistance wheelchair available for anyone who wishes to use it. Please let a staff member know when you arrive. If you have any other questions regarding access, please don’t hesitate to contact us.

If you have any other questions or concerns about accessibility please do get in touch.

Where can I contact the organiser with any questions?

If you have any questions about this event, or our work in general, please email engage@wellcomegenomecampus.org

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