There’s a Repair Cafe happening somewhere in Cambridgeshire most weekends. Each is run by a different community group. Find upcoming dates below and book an item in for repair. With a 64% average repair rate, you’re more likely to get an item fixed than not!

What is a Repair Cafe?

Repair Cafes are community events that match people who need stuff fixed, with people who like fixing things. The international Repair Cafe movement started in Amsterdam in 2009. There are now over in 600 Repair Cafes in the UK and over 3,000 internationally. Repair Cafes are non-commercial and focus on bringing people together to share skills and reduce the environmental burden of consumption.

What types of things can I bring along?

Most Repair Cafes will accept: household electrical items, toys, clothes, bikes, jewellery, tools, soft furnishings, bags and more, but this will vary from one Repair Cafe to the next depending on the skills of the volunteer repairers available. Here are some more details on what sort of items we accept:

  • We're not professional repairers and so do best with items that do not carry high sentimental or financial value. As explained in our Repair Agreement, your item may be broken further during the course of the repair.
  • Our repair slots are usually 45 minutes long. More complex repairs may require more than one visit e.g. we may identify the fault at one Repair Cafe and recommend that you buy a spare part to complete the repair at the next Repair Cafe.
  • We don’t accept some items on safety grounds, for example microwaves and old TVs can hold a charge and so are not accepted at our Repair Cafes
  • We want to promote local repair businesses, such as local mobile phone and computer repair shops, so we may direct you to them rather than offering to repair your item for free. That said, if you’d struggle with the cost of a professional repair, just let us know and we’ll see what we can do.
  • There are some limitations to the types of repairs that we can take on due to our insurance, for example, we can use soldering irons and heat guns but not other heat processes such as welding.

Is it free?

Yes, all our repairs are free. Repairers volunteer their time to help people get things fixed. We welcome donations to support our growing network and different groups fundraise at Repair Cafes for all sorts of local causes.

Do I need to book in advance?

Each Repair Cafe is organised by a different community group so expect some variation. Most Repair Cafes will have a booking system e.g. a link to an online form or an email address for you to book items in in advance. To increase the likelihood of fixing your item, please give the organisers as much detail as you can about the fault and anything you've already tried to fix it.

Repairs may over-run and you may have to wait a little even if you have a booking. Nearly all Repair Cafes will also leave a portion of slots for walk-ins on the day so, even if you don’t manage to book in, you may still be able to get something fixed on the day!

What should I expect on the day?

When you arrive at the Repair Cafe, you’ll be asked to sign a copy of our Repair Agreement which sets out our house rules. If there is anything that you are uncomfortable with, please speak to the organiser before getting your item seen. When your repairer is ready, you’ll be asked to bring your item to their repair bench. Your slot will usually be about 45mins long (although this can vary across Repair Cafes). We ask that you stay with your repairer, or at least within the Repair Cafe, whilst your item is being fixed so that you can see what’s involved in the repair.

What about spare parts?

Repairers will have access to common low-cost items (e.g. screws, clips, batteries, fuses etc) in our shared toolkit, which they may provide free of charge.  If you need something more substantial, the repairer will help you to identify the part, and suggest where you might be able to order it. You can then bring the broken item and spare part along to the next Repair Cafe.

Will my item be PAT tested?

If your item has a mains plug then it needs to be PAT tested before it leaves the Repair Cafe. The organisers will confirm whether your item needs to be PAT tested and mark the appropriate box on the Repair Agreement. It is your responsibility to take the item to the PAT test table to be tested after the repair. Failure to do this will mean your item is not covered by our insurance. You can read our PAT test policy here.

Get something fixed

Find an upcoming Repair Cafe

To book an item in for repair, click on the listing of the Repair Cafe that you would like to visit. Most Repair Cafes open bookings about 1-2 months in advance.

    • Ely Repair Cafe
    • Ely Repair Cafe
    • Ely Repair Cafe is coming to The City of Ely and Ely Cathedral Green Fair on Saturday 27 July 2024...
    • Sat 27 Jul 2024, 11:00am - 2:00pm
    • Ely
    • Together Culture Repair Cafe
    • Together Culture Repair Cafe
    • A regular Repair Cafe on the FIRST SATURDAY OF THE MONTH - no need to book Join us for a...
    • Sat 3 Aug 2024, 9:00am - 12:00pm
    • Cambridge
    • Waterbeach Repair Cafe
    • Waterbeach Repair Cafe
    • Waterbeach Repair Cafe will be back on the 31st August as part of the "Summer at the Beach" Festival. We'll...
    • Sat 31 Aug 2024, 11:00am - 2:00pm
    • Waterbeach
    • Together Culture Repair Cafe
    • Together Culture Repair Cafe
    • A regular Repair Cafe on the FIRST SATURDAY OF THE MONTH - no need to book Join us for a...
    • Sat 7 Sep 2024, 9:00am - 12:00pm
    • Cambridge
    • Bassingbourn Repair Cafe
    • Bassingbourn Repair Cafe
    • Bassingbourn Repair Cafe will be back in September - check back closer to the time for more information about this...
    • Sat 7 Sep 2024, 2:00pm - 5:00pm
    • Bassingbourn
    • Great Shelford Repair Cafe
    • Great Shelford Repair Cafe
    • Great Shelford Repair Cafe will be back in September. Please check back closer to the time for more details.
    • Sat 21 Sep 2024, 2:00pm - 5:00pm
    • Great Shelford Free Church
    • St Ives Repair Cafe
    • St Ives Repair Cafe
    • The St Ives Repair Cafe team will be back 28th September ready to try their hand at fixing your household...
    • Sat 28 Sep 2024, 1:00pm - 4:00pm
    • St Ives
    • Burwell Repair Cafe
    • Burwell Repair Cafe
    • Burwell Repair Cafe is back! For more information and to book items in for repair visit the Burwell Repair Cafe...
    • Sun 29 Sep 2024, 2:00pm - 5:00pm
    • Burwell
    • Coneygear Centre Repair Cafe
    • Coneygear Centre Repair Cafe
    • We will be holding our second Repair Cafe at the Coneygear Centre on the 4th October! Please check in closer...
    • Fri 4 Oct 2024, 2:00pm - 4:00pm
    • Huntingdon
    • Together Culture Repair Cafe
    • Together Culture Repair Cafe
    • A regular Repair Cafe on the FIRST SATURDAY OF THE MONTH - no need to book Join us for a...
    • Sat 5 Oct 2024, 9:00am - 12:00pm
    • Cambridge
    • Buckden Repair Cafe
    • Buckden Repair Cafe
    • Buckden's first Repair Cafe will be taking place on the 5th October. Repairers will be on hand to help to...
    • Sat 5 Oct 2024, 1:30pm - 4:30pm
    • Buckden, St Neots
    • Willingham Repair Cafe
    • Willingham Repair Cafe
    • Willingham Repair Cafe will be back on the 6th October ready to help you fix your stuff. Please check back...
    • Sun 6 Oct 2024, 1:30pm - 4:30pm
    • Willingham
    • Abington Repair Cafe
    • Abington Repair Cafe
    • A newly formed team will be re-instating Great Abington Repair Cafe in October 2024. More details to follow closer to...
    • Sat 12 Oct 2024, 10:00am - 1:00pm
    • Great Abington
    • Trumpington Repair Cafe
    • Trumpington Repair Cafe
    • Trumpington Repair Cafe will be back in October. Repairs are free as they are done by volunteers but donations are...
    • Sun 13 Oct 2024, 2:00pm - 5:00pm
    • Trumpington
    • Addenbrookes Repair Cafe
    • Addenbrookes Repair Cafe
    • Repairing stuff for those who are used to repairing people! Addenbrookes Repair Cafe will take place on the 16th October...
    • Wed 16 Oct 2024, 11:00am - 3:00pm
    • Cambridge
    • Cottenham Repair Cafe
    • Cottenham Repair Cafe
    • Cottenham Repair Cafe will be back again on the 19th October to celebrate International Repair Day. Please check back closer...
    • Sat 19 Oct 2024, 10:00am - 2:00pm
    • Cottenham
    • Haddenham Repair Cafe
    • Haddenham Repair Cafe
    • Join us for the third Haddenham, Ely Repair cafe. We have volunteer repairers who specialise in electronics, electrical items, clothes...
    • Sat 19 Oct 2024, 2:00pm - 5:00pm
    • Haddenham

Why repair?

The stuff that we use every day carries a high environmental burden due to resource extraction, processing, product manufacture and transport. Pre-use emissions account for 84% of the lifecycle emissions of a blender, 79% of the lifecycle emissions of a mobile phone and 73% of lifecycle emissions of our clothes. We have become used to a high churn of household items to support our lifestyles, because our stuff fails quickly, because we find it hard to get things fixed and because our preferences change over time. So much so, that in the UK we generate the second highest amount of e-waste per person globally. But there are fruitful opportunities for change at the community and individual level: 64% of items that are brought to our Repair Cafes are fixed then-and-there in a 45 min slot, and there is plenty more potential for repair and reuse with almost half of the electricals sent for recycling either fully usable or economical to repair.

Supporters

Thank you to our sponsors who support the vibrant community repair movement in Cambridgeshire