There are three balls in the year, one each term. There is always a drinks reception, a three course dinner and then entertainment (‘ents’) afterwards which can include anything from bouncy castles to photobooths to gladiator-style competitions, and of course lots of music.

The first ball of the year is Winter Ball in Michaelmas term. This was a new event as of 2016/17, replacing Informal Ball. The theme last year was Narnia, and the whole of college was decorated to match different areas of the much-loved children’sbook series by C.S. Lewis.

The Ball in Epiphany term is the Masquerade Ball, which is run by the Arts Society (SMCAS).


The final ball of the year in Easter Term is the Midsummer Ball which is the biggest event in Mary’s Social Calendar. The event consists of a massive meal in a marquee in Mary’s grounds, enormous ents throughout the night, and it lasts until 6am when there is a full college photo, and is always amazing!

You can also become involved in organising the balls, as they are entirely student ran, whether this is through looking for sponsorship or making decorations, all help is appreciated.

Here is the link to a video of our most recent Midsummer Ball to give you a bit of a taste of what to expect: