In Autumn 2005, my husband John and I set up Cumbria's first Cafe Scientifique, with the generous help and sponsorship of Jennings Brewery in Cockermouth. Since then, we have held 7-8 Cafes Sci each year, in the quirky and friendly Old Cooperage Bar at the Brewery, with speakers coming from all over the UK to tell us about their research topics and enthusiasms. The current programme and details of previous events can be found here. An added bonus has been that most of the speakers have stayed with us, so we have had the pleasure of 'talking about science' (and other matters, too!) over late-night drams.