Rowan is a vibrant, independent registered charity providing an arts centre and forest school for more than 80 adults with learning disabilities living in Cambridgeshire and the adjoining counties.

Since 1984 we have provided a safe, creative, and enriching environment where the arts are used as a tool to bring people together and tackle social exclusion. We develop the skills and potential of our students while improving their happiness, health and wellbeing.  We also deliver much needed respite to families and carers.

Rowan provides a range of creative workshops in woodwork, ceramics, textiles, print, mixed media, drama and music.

We are open Monday to Friday, 9am to 3pm, for 50 weeks of the year.  We arrange regular trips out to theatres, museums and exhibitions to explore art and culture further.

In 2020 we launched Rowan Rangers, our new forest school which enables our students to be creative and connect with nature.

We have a strong social enterprise ethos and accept both large and small-scale commissions from individuals and organisations. We also produce artworks and items such as our popular finger labyrinths to sell online and at exhibitions and events.

Rowan runs a range of community art classes during the evenings and weekends and you can also hire our venue outside our creative workshop hours.

It costs over £430,000 a year to run Rowan.  We receive some income in student fees but rely on fundraising to cover the full cost of our workshops.

We believe that people living with a disability should have the same choice, quality of life, opportunities and aspirations as others and with your support we can continue to make this possible.

Opening time notes

Places available.

Opening times

  • Monday:9am – 3pm
  • Tuesday:9am – 3pm
  • Wednesday:9am – 3pm
  • Thursday:9am – 3pm
  • Friday:9am – 3pm
  • Saturday:Closed
  • Sunday:Closed


Rowan is for adults with learning disabilities.


No referral needed.

Facilities and equipment

We do not provide personal care, so if required, personal one to one support must accompany the student. The whole building is wheelchair accessible.

  • Age range: 18 - 99+

Last updated on: 22/04/2021

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Contact details

Ellie Breeze

Comms and Fundraising Events Manager

Tel: 01223 566027


40 Humberstone Road, Cambridge CB4 1JG

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We have a disabled bay for drop offs. Car parking on Humberstone is residential and so is pay and display.

Facilities and Accessibility

  • Garden
  • Private changing area
  • Quiet area
  • Wheelchair access
  • Disabled toilets
  • Toilet facilities