Cottenham Community Centre

Cambridgeshire, United Kingdom

Hosted by Group avatarCottenham Repair Cafe

Volunteers at a Restart Party fixing devices, cropped on hands


Our band of volunteer repairers can help fix all kinds of things – from bikes to clothing to earrings, radios, printers, ornaments – almost anything you can carry, in fact! We like to show you how we do it, so that if it happens again, you can do it yourself. Both repairers and repairees have a very enjoyable and rewarding time.

Cottenham’s Repair Cafés have been running for several years, and are now established as the village’s favourite way to get everyday items fixed, while enjoying a coffee or cake at Cottenham Community Centre.

Before we go on, please take a look at our Repair Café agreement that sets out what you can expect from us, and what we expect from you at the Repair Cafe: (You may need to copy and paste the link into your browser’s address bar). We’ll have a paper copy ready for you to sign when you arrive.

Please book either a morning (10-12) or afternoon (12-2) ticket, choosing the ticket description that fits your item best, and we will contact you with a more precise time slot. Let us know as much as you can about the item and what the problem is, as this will help us match you to a repairer with the right skills and ensure we bring the correct tools and spares. You don’t need to print the ticket or bring it with you to the event.

We look forward to seeing you there!


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250a High Street, Cottenham, Cambridge, UK

About the group

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Cottenham Repair Cafe

Cottenham Repair Cafe usually runs two to three times a year at Cottenham Community Centre, with a 'guest' spot at Cottenham Village College during the biennial Fen Edge Festival. We usually have electrical, mechanical, bike, jewellery and clothing repairers. Repair Cafes have been running in the village for over a decade!

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Restart Party Do’s and Don’ts


  • Check if your device is still within warranty, you may be eligible for a free repair, replacement or a refund. (Which? helps in the UK).
  • Take responsibility for your device and your data. Our volunteers are here to help you learn to fix your gadget, not to provide a free repair service. Get involved!
  • Backup your data. We can’t be responsible for your cat pics, so please back up your device before you come. (Of course you already do this once a month, right?)
  • Charge up your device and bring all leads.
  • Get in touch with organisers if you have any questions about whether a fix is possible.


  • Assume repairs will be successful. We help fix over half of devices at our events. Even if your repair is unsuccessful, you will learn about your device and why it failed.
  • Expect us to have spare parts. But we can help you source them. Often people visit twice: first we’ll help diagnose the fault, then you source the spare part, and on your return we’ll help you do a replacement.
  • Attempt a mobile screen repair just to save money. DIY mobile screen repair is a learning opportunity first and foremost. Please see our advice page first.
  • Bring a microwave.