OtherSyde Presents The Alcademy

by The Alcademy in Cambridge, Cambridgeshire, United Kingdom

Total raised £863

£5,000 target 14 days left
17% 16 supporters
This project will only be funded if at least £5,000 is pledged by 9th March 2024 at 8:00am

The Alcademy, a freehouse pub with excellent local food & drink, music & art, underground cocktail bar and next level community first focus!

by The Alcademy in Cambridge, Cambridgeshire, United Kingdom

OtherSyde is rocking up at a new place in town, ready to embrace the fresh opportunities that lie ahead. Having survived more than two years of Covid lockdowns, we're ready to bounce back stronger than ever before 🙂

We're incredibly excited to be setting up our new venue in Cambridge. Here, we will create a vibrant community hub, complete with a dynamic bar and café, hosting plenty of regular music nights and offering a wide variety of other interactive events. 

What's more, this new location is even closer to the city centre, ensuring that our energy and creativity will resonate throughout the heart of the city.

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The Alcademy is housed at 54/56, Chesterton Road in the Mitcham's Corner area of Cambridge. We're all signed off and ready to put the interior plans in place, including our outside parklet, as pictured above in our architect's impression.

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Independent pubs, bars and coffee houses have long been an essential part of the UK's way of life. But they are threatened now more than they ever have been, with only a small percentage of pubs being run as free houses.
 

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Supporting local arts and music is at the heart of the Alcademy's community focus, so you can expect to see many of your local favourites playing in the basement cocktail bar beneath our ground floor cafe.

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We've put together a fantastic collection of rewards, including nine limited edition prints by Mick Rock of Cambridge icon, Syd Barrett. Each print is numbered and signed by Mick Rock. These rewards are super-special and there is only one of each print 🙂

We’re a Cambridge Company with a Growing Reputation


Our shared vision revolves around establishing a community-oriented enterprise that encapsulates the distinctive character and self-reliant ethos of Cambridge.

We garnered some great feedback at our previous venue, the Engineer’s House at the Cambridge Museum of Technology, with an average rating of 4.6 on Google based on over 300 customer reviews. 1691998038_rep3.png

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This is a rare opportunity to help us set up a new and highly interactive free house in Cambridge that puts the community first. If you share our love of good food, drink and company for conversation and revelry then get ahead of the curve.

For anyone supporting our campaign, we've got some great rewards on offer that we think you'll find almost irresistible.

So please check them out and join us on this exciting journey!

REWARDS INCLUDE:

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Drinks and Tapas (vegan and non-vegan)

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Music Nights

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Cambridge walking tours with a difference

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Your favourite Cantabrigian on an Alcademy item of clothing

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Tarot Readings - For individuals and groups

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The Psycho-Alchemical Baseball Cap (makes you think)

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Board Game Nights with Morat Games

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A Special showing of a Abcedarium, based on the life of Cambridge legend, Ludwig Wittgenstein

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Alcademy tin badges and embroidered patches

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There's a new mental martial art in town 🙂 and it's called psykido! 

It's designed to protect the practitioner against the threat posed by AI-lien Intelligence. Our first Psykido course begins in early 2024. Limited places available, so sign up now and Save the Human! 

Psykido is suitable for all ages and doesn't require any physical exertion.

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You don’t need a cap and gown to embrace the Alcademy look (just a backpack will do) - we call it alchemi-core 🙂

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Alcademy Playing Cards showing a wide range of well known Cantabrigians

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Custom Minecraft skins based on your image. We've also got 6 beta-tester rewards for anyone interested in helping us develop our playable Virtual Alcademy.

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Vegan Ice Cream (but we do regular ice-cream as well)

(Please note that we shall be aiming to confirm dates for rewards that are event based early in the New Year. If for any reason you are unable to attend an event because the date doesn't work for you, we will, of course, reimburse the reward price in full.) 

Who are we?

We are a collective of individuals that predominantly reside in the city of Cambridge.

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We have a deep-seated enthusiasm for cultivating a business that is closely aligned with the city's identity and values; that contributes to the local ecosystem and fosters a sense of unity among residents.

Who are we partnering with?


We've got some great local partners involved in the Alcademy project and they are all contributing something special to this crowdfunder:

  • Brewboard, whose beers we will have on tap, will be running tours of their brewery
  • La Dispenza, the Italian deli next door, are offering tapas nights (vegan and non-vegan)
  • Construct Sounds will be running DJ nights
  • Morat Games are putting on two board game nights
  • VenSei are donating a custom made cocktail machine (with drinks as well)
  • Coffee Temple is offering free coffee
  • Vegan Bites will be providing 100 vegan suppers

Why support our Crowdfunder?

Supporting our crowdfunder for the Alcademy comes with a multitude of reasons that highlight the significance and benefits of contributing to our cause:

Exclusive Rewards: By supporting our crowdfunder, you gain access to unique perks and exclusive rewards, showcasing our appreciation for your support.

Innovative Investment: Your contribution drives innovation in Cambridge, enriching the community culturally and economically.

Community Building: Join our crowdfunder to foster a sense of belonging among backers who appreciate Cambridge's essence and turn ideas into reality for the community's benefit.

1693990469_whatsapp1.pngIf you have any questions about our crowdfunder, please feel free to contact us through Whatsapp on our website: alcademy.co.uk

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In essence, supporting our crowdfunder is a chance to be more than just a spectator; it's an opportunity to actively shape and contribute to the realisation of a vision that aligns with your values and love for Cambridge. Your support matters, and it plays a vital role in making the Alcademy a reality.

Join us in bringing the vision to life 🙂

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Rewards

This project offers rewards in return for your donation. Please select a reward below.

£250 or more

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Founding Member

Founder Members will receive all the Gold level patron rewards as well as an exclusive item of Alcademy branded clothing that will be otherwise unavailable. A clear sign of your VIP status and commitment to the cause. You will also be invited to a special event for Founder Members only and receive a ticket for 10 free drinks. Founder membership is for life!

£3 or more

Alcademy Badge - Collect from venue

Spread the Alchemy! A simple tin badge with the Alcademy logo on it. You'll be able to collect your badge at the venue as soon as it opens.

£4 or more

Alcademy Badge - Sent by post

A simple tin badge with the Alcademy logo on it. We'll post your badge to you.

£6 or more

A drink of your choice

A drink of your choice (pint, double, cocktail or glass of house wine)

£10 or more

Tarot Reading

A tarot reading for one person by Mistress Rebecka: our very popular tarot reader who was a regular at OtherSyde's former venue over the last couple of years.

£12 or more

Six coffees from Coffee Temple

Six coffees from Coffee Temple at a knockdown price!

£12 or more

Vegan Ice Cream

Six tubs of vegan ice cream brought to you by Vegan Bites.

£12 or more

Vegan tapas + vegan ice cream

One vegan tapas board + one vegan ice cream.

£15 or more

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Drawing in the Afternoon

A two hour drawing session led by Mark Cheverton, renowned local artist, + a free cup of coffee or tea.

£15 or more

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Vegan Bites Night

Vegan Bites are offering their delicious vegan hot dogs (eat as many as you like!) and we'll throw in a free drink to slake your thirst.

£16 or more

Alcademy Embroidered Patch

A sew on Alcademy Embroidered Patch

£18 or more

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Wittgenstein and Friends - Cambridge Walking Tour

You don’t have to be a philosopher or even have a clear idea of what philosophy is for your thinking to be transformed by this tour! More info at alcademy.co.uk

£18 or more

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Syd Barrett Cambridge Walking Tour

Embark on a captivating Cambridge walking tour delving into the enigmatic journey of Syd Barrett, tracing the footsteps of the legendary Pink Floyd founder amidst the picturesque backdrop of his formative years. More info at alcademy.co.uk

£20 or more

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Brewboard brewery tour

A tour of the Brewboard Brewery in Harston, a few miles outside of Cambridge + beer tasting.

£20 or more

10 coffees from Coffee Temple

10 coffees from Coffee Temple available from the venue.

£20 or more

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Game night + 1 drink

Board game night run by Morat games in our basement bar + one free drink of your choice.

£20 or more

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DJ Night with Construct Sounds

Immerse yourself in a perfect blend of electronic beats curated by top-tier record label: Construct Sounds. Ticket holders will gain exclusive access to our basement cocktail bar and will receive their first drink on the house.

£20 or more

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We Reward Interesting Ideas With Drinks

Come and tell us about your ideas for the Alcademy. We genuinely want the Alcademy to be as open to new ideas as possible. Whether that's ideas for events that we might put on in collaboration with local groups or artists, possible business partnerships, Cambridge related tours or anything else that you can think of. You bring the ideas, we'll pay for the drinks.

£20 or more

Enamel Mug

A lightweight, durable and multifunctional enamel mug bearing the Alcademy logo. Use it for your favorite beverage or a hot meal, and attach it to your bag for easy access on a hike.

£20 or more

Glossy Black Alcademy Mug

This cupboard essential is sturdy, sleek, and perfect for your morning java or afternoon tea.

£20 or more

Minecraft Skins

Let us design a Minecraft skin based on a photo of yourself. Use the skin on your avatar within any Minecraft or Minetest game. Eventually, you'll be able to explore our own game world with your avatar.

£21 or more

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Beta-tester for a new Minecraft type game

Might you be interested in helping us develop our playable Virtual Alcademy? The game is already quite well developed and we're looking for beta-testers to give us creative feedback that will help bring the game to fruition.

£22 or more

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In the Footsteps of a Murderer

Lead by Mistress Rebecka you'll see the dark side of Cambridge and have a much needed relaxing drink (on the house) at the Alcademy afterwards. See Alcademy.co.uk for more details

£22 or more

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French Night - £22 + 1 welcome drink

French Night. French music. French nibbles. £22 + 1 welcome drink of French wine.

£22 or more

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Italian Night - £22 + 1 welcome drink

Italian Night. Italian music. Italian tapas. £22 + 1 welcome drink of Italian wine.

£22 or more

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Spanish Night

Spanish Night. Spanish music. Tapas. £22 + 1 welcome drink of Spanish wine.

£23 or more

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Wittgenstein Abecedarium - A film by Jeffrey Hall

This is a special showing of Jeffrey Hall's film, based on the life of Ludwig Wittgenstein and filmed mostly in Cambridge. Free glass of wine with each ticket.

£25 or more

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OtherSyde T-Shirt

In memory of where it all began, be part of the exclusive history of our new venue by representing it's foundation and celebrating its growth!

£25 or more

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Alcademy Opening Night Party

You'll be invited to our opening night party and your first drink will be on us. The date for the party hasn't been determined yet, but it will be sometime in mid to late 2024.

£25 or more

Tapas + two drinks per person

Tapas (Spanish, Italian or vegan) of your choice + two drinks. Tapas by La Dispenza.

£25 or more

The Alcademy Thinking Cap

Made of 100% organic cotton. The high quality and 100% organic cotton of this hat makes it a sustainable choice. You’ll be able to enjoy it for years to come. Complement your stylish outfits with this eco-friendly hat!

£26 or more

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Alcademy Playing Cards

Alcademy playing cards - A set of alchemical playing cards designed specifically for the Alcademy. This is the first of six sets and celebrates Cantabrigians that are well known contributors to arts and culture.

£28 or more

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Alcademy T-shirt

Embrace the future with an exclusive Alcademy Crowdfunder T-shirt, those who know will always know and those who don't will want to.

£30 or more

Tarot readings for a party of 4

Individual readings for each member of the party. Great value and great fun!

£30 or more

Tin Level Patron

Become a Tin Level Patron for one year and in return we'll give you a 2.5% discount on all purchases made within the venue + 250 tokens worth £2.50 pcm that can be spent on any online purchase made from the Alcademy website + Unlimited coffees for 3 months.

£31 or more

Hardcover bound notebook (5.5″ × 8.5″)

Whether crafting a masterpiece or brainstorming the next big idea, this notebook will inspire your inner wordsmith. The notebook features 80 lined, cream-colored pages, a built-in elastic closure, and a matching ribbon page marker. Plus, the expandable inner pocket is perfect for storing loose notes and business cards, so you’ll never lose track of important information.

£40 or more

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Alcademy Sweatshirt

This will be a limited edition Alcademy branded Sweatshirt that you will be able to select for colour and size. As our first batch they will be adorned with a subtle v1.0 indication to show that you were involved from the beginning of the project.

£40 or more

Tray of cocktails

Six cocktails of your choice. Alcholic or non-alcholic: they all taste fab!

£40 or more

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Wine Tasting

There'll be a great selection of wines to choose from + free nibbles. Come and meet the Alcademy staff and get 20% off any bottle of wine that you buy on the day.

£40 or more

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Romantic evening for two

Romantic evening for two - Table for two in our intimate basement bar. Includes a tapas board to share + a bottle of wine to help set the mood.

£42 or more

Copper Level Patron

Become a Copper Level Patron for one year and in return we'll give you a 3.5% discount on all purchases made within the venue + 350 tokens worth £3.50 pcm that can be spent on any online purchase made from the Alcademy website + Unlimited coffees for 4 months.

£45 or more

The Alcademy Hoodie

This will be a limited edition Alcademy branded Hoodie that you will be able to select for colour and size. As our first batch they will be adorned with a subtle v1.0 indication to show that you were involved from the beginning of the project.

£50 or more

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Date Night Special + Tarot

Romantic evening for two - Table for two in our intimate basement bar. Includes a bottle of wine to help set the mood + a tarot reading for each lovebird.

£60 or more

Silver Level Patron

Become a Silver Level Patron for one year and in return we'll give you a 5% discount on all purchases made within the venue + 500 tokens worth £5 pcm that can be spent on any online purchase made from the Alcademy website + Unlimited coffees for 6 months.

£60 or more

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Meet the Founders

Spend 2-3 hours with the founders of the Alcademy to find out what motivates them and gain insights into their innovative approach to creating a community hub, hear firsthand stories of their journey in establishing a revolutionary learning and gaming platform, and engage in a dynamic discussion on the future of learning and skill development in the ever-evolving landscape of the 21st century.

£100 or more

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Basement Bar - Private Party

Pledge £100 and be rewarded with exclusive use of our basement cocktail bar for one whole evening. Bring along up to 40 friends.

£120 or more

Gold Level Patron

Become a Gold Level Patron for one year and in return we'll give you a 10% discount on all purchases made within the venue + 1000 tokens worth £10 pcm that can be spent on any online purchase made from the Alcademy website + Unlimited coffees for one year.

£120 or more

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Psykido Course (6 two hour sessions)

Here at the Alcademy we're developing a new mental martial art that we call Psykido. It's designed to protect the practitioner against the threat posed by AI-lien Intelligence. Our first Psykido course begins in early 2024. Limited places available, so sign up now and Save the Human!

£250 or more

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A Year of Beer!

Lock-in a free pint every week for a year! When you know you'll be stopping by regularly why not save yourself some money?!

£450 or more

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Syd Barrett with Tennis Racket

This is an unframed black and white print of Syd Barrett holding a tennis racket in a Cambridge garden. It is signed by Mick Rock and is number 11 of a limited edition of 50. Print size is 1'8" x 2'. See photo 4 in the collage.

£500 or more

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Syd Barrett, Car and Guitar

This is an unframed black and white print of Syd Barrett leaning against a car in a London street. It is signed by Mick Rock and is number 12 of a limited edition of 50. Print size is 1'8"x 2'. See photo 5 in the collage.

£600 or more

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Smiling Syd

This is an unframed black and white print of a smiling Syd Barrett. It is signed by Mick Rock and is number 11 of a limited edition of 50. Print size is 24"x1'8". See photo 7 in the collage.

£650 or more

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Syd Barrett with Hand on Face

This is an unframed black and white print of Syd Barrett with hand on face. It is signed by Mick Rock and is number 11 of a limited edition of 50. Print size is 24"x 1'8". See photo 3 in the collage.

£700 or more

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Syd Barrett with Necktie

This is an unframed black and white print of Syd Barrett wearing a loose necktie. It is signed by Mick Rock and is number 12 of a limited edition of 50. Print size is 1'8" x 24". See photo 6 in the collage.

£700 or more

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Syd Barrett with Coffee Cup

This is an unframed colour print of Syd Barrett looking down at a coffee cup. It is signed by Mick Rock and is number 11 of a limited edition of 50. Print size is 24"x1'8". See photo 8 in the collage.

£750 or more

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Syd Barrett with Turntable

This is an unframed colour print of Syd Barrett bare chested, kneeling by a turntable. It is signed by Mick Rock and is number 14 of a limited edition of 50. Print size is 24" x 1'8". See photo 1 in the collage.

£1,200 or more

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Syd Barret and Iggy

This is an unframed colour print of Syd Barrett and Iggy. It is signed by Mick Rock and is number 21 of a limited edition of 50. Print size is 24"x1'8". See photo 2 in the collage.

£1,200 or more

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Syd Barrett with Turntable (large)

This is an extra large unframed colour print of Syd Barrett kneeling on the floor with his hand on a turntable. It is signed by Mick Rock and is number 12 of a limited edition of 50. Print size is 30" x 40". See photo 9 in the collage.

£5,000 or more

Lifetime Membership

OK, this one's a bit of a longshot, but if you fancy getting 50% off everything you order from the Alcademy for the rest of your life (or the Alcademy's life) and you'd like to contribute to our revolutionary approach to learning, play and community development, then this is the reward for you. Feel free to contact us if this reward is something you'd like to learn more about.

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