Gap year roadshow kicks off to a packed hall in Cambridge is back on the road. The first 2012 university city tour got underway in Cambridge on Monday night at a packed hall at Anglia Ruskin University.

The Cambridge roadshow was the first of four roadshows scheduled this week, with further events taking place in Manchester, Oxford and London in the next three days. and other gap year industry experts set out the benefits of taking a break, volunteering or working abroad. The inspiring and informative multimedia presentation lasts just over an hour. There are various giveaways, and one person who goes will win a flight to Australia with Qantas and a Topdeck tour.

The roadshows are aimed at backpackers, travellers and those interested in taking a gap year. The events are being held at universitys across the country, but they are open to people of all ages. There is no admission cost, entry to the roadshows is completely free.

Tim Fenton, general manager of, said: "It’s great for us to get out and meet real gappers and would-be gappers. 2012 is going to be a busy year for the business."

At time of writing, the dedicated roadshow team are making their way from Cambridge to the University of Manchester, where the second roadshow event will take place at 6pm this evening (Tuesday 7th February 2012).

After that it’s onto Oxford Brookes University tomorrow evening (Wednesday 8th February 2012, 6pm), and then on to the University of London tomorrow (Thursday 9th February 2012, 6pm) where the fourth and final of this week’s gap year events will take place.

Attendees at the roadshow in Cambridge

More detailed information on the roadshows can be found on the roadshow section of the website.

If you’ve missed Cambridge and can’t make it to one of the three remaining roadshows this week, don’t dismay; are planning to do more shows in the up-and-coming months.

Were you at the Cambridge roadshow last night? If so, what were your favourite moments of the evening? Let us know your thoughts below.

And if you take any nice photographs at the events please be sure to let the team know; if they like your shots enough you might even get them featured on the site.