Locomotion Dinners


Rangers being serenaded at our Burns’ Night Locomotion Dinner by the bagpipes.

Locomotion Dinners are a twice-termly event which are a staple of life at Stephenson College. You may never have had the experience of dressing up smart for formals on a termly basis before now, but the Stephenson Locomotion Dinner is something spectacular. Formals are one thing which Durham prides itself in, yet we at Stephenson pride ourselves on being the only college which doesn’t do formals – we do Locomotion instead.

Chinese New Year dinner where we adopted a buffet style format.

Instead of dressing smartly all of the time we adopt a theme, such as Diwali or Burn’s Night, to ensure that our evening is a little different. This means that sometimes we will dress formally but with a hint of something such as tartan for our Burns’ Night dinner or other times you will be invited to dress up (or down!) wearing traditional dress or pyjamas. You’ll be in the company of your friends and college over a meal which is followed by entertainment. It is sure to be a night you will not forget!

The JCR organises these dinners throughout the year and they are held in the Waterside Restaurant (our very own dining hall on campus). Locomotion Dinners are part of your JCR Membership and first years will each receive tickets for two Locomotion Dinners.

Signing up online for Locomotion Dinners when they become available is imperative, as spaces are scarce – be sure to get in there first!

Throughout the year we also host a range of other formal dining events including the Halfway Dinner for second years, the Finalists Dinner for those sadly leaving us at the end of the year and the Handover Dinner where we celebrate and award all the achievements of our Sports and Societies over the past year and welcome the incoming JCR President and Executive Committee in a ceremonial handover.