You are cordially invited to the social highlight of the year, the Durham University Postgraduate Masquerade Ball. Show off your smartest outfit, polish your dancing shoes, and disguise yourself under a masque as you mingle with friends, flirt with strangers, and dance in Castle’s Great Hall.
The MCR Presidents’ Committee has designed a night you will not forget in the stunning venue of our World Heritage Site. On Thursday 6th of August, you will enter through the Norman Gatehouse into Durham’s Castle and an evening of mystery and intrigue, with events planned well into the night.
The evening will begin at 18:00 with a sparkling wine reception in the exclusive Fellows’ Garden, with giant lawn games and a display of exotic birds of prey. You will then be entertained by a roving magician as you enjoy a three-course dinner, with wine included, in the Great Hall.
After dinner, the entertainment will continue with Shuggy Boats in the enchanting Castle courtyard, specially lit for the occasion. While awaiting your turn on the Shuggy boats, there will be a chocolate fountain for your enjoyment.
At 22:00, nationally renowned CoCo and the Butterfields will perform in the Great Hall. Winners of UK Live & Unsigned 2012 and fresh off a performance last month at the Isle of Wight Festival, CoCo and the Butterfields performed at Glastonbury in 2014 and has toured with Bastille, Scouting for Girls, and Wheatus. They feature a colourful, energetic and crowdstomping style that expresses the intimate vibrancy of a village folk fair with powerful vocal melodies and an undercurrent of driving beatbox to deliver catchy songs resonating in an urban pop vibe.
The night will conclude with silent disco until 1:00, at which time those that have managed to keep their masques on may flit away into the night.
Seating capacity is limited, so don’t miss out on an evening you and your friends will be talking about for years!
What: Postgraduate masquerade Summer Ball
When: 6th August, 6pm – 1am (deadline for tickets: 27th of July)
Cost: £46.50 (drinks reception, 3-course meal with wine provided, followed by ents, band and silent disco).
Theme/dress code: Masquerade black tie