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For hundreds of years, Cambridge students have yearned to escape the stresses of town and term and immerse themselves in the peace of the surrounding countryside. They have sought solace on (and in) the river. To release themselves from urban crush and academic confinement, they have gone in search of fresh air and exercise, but without taking such healthful pursuits too seriously. The Granta Rats maintain these time-honoured traditions.
To do this, we operate a self-hire booking system in cooperation with Scudamore’s Punting Company. We have a number of season tickets. You pay us £20 at the beginning of the year to fund these, and this enables you to book a Scudamore’s punt for a whole day through our website as many times as you like for the rest of the academic year (see our website for details).
We also arrange a few events throughout the year, such as our annual “garden” party in May Week (we chain some punts together and head out towards Grantchester with refreshments) and punt racing.
All in all, the Granta Rats follow a convivial, light-hearted, easy-going approach to riverine life. In a sense, we might be regarded as 'the antidote to boat clubs'.