Cambridge University students dress up to celebrate their first May Ball for THREE Years 


Freedom at last! Cambridge University students celebrate their first May Ball for THREE Years after Covid cancellations

  • Hundreds of students queued for an hour to get into the ball at Robinson College at the university last night
  • They turned out in dinner jackets and cocktail dresses in accordance with the May Ball’s Moulin Rouge theme
  • It is the first time in three years the ball has been held, with events in 2020 and 2021 cancelled due to Covid 

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Students at Cambridge University dressed up in cocktail gowns and dinner jackets last night to celebrate their first May Ball for three years. 

Hundreds of young men and women braved the heat to queue up outside Robinson College on Friday night, eager to get into one of the most anticipated events of its social calendar.

Those in attendance dressed up in their finest clothes to match the Moulin Rouge theme, with tickets for the popular night going for £100 each.

It is the first time May Balls have been held at the university since the Covid pandemic. Previous events in 2021 and 2020 were cancelled, meaning the last events held there were in 2019. 

Students dressed up in their finest clothes to attend the first May Ball at Cambridge University in three years on Friday, June 17

Students dressed up in their finest clothes to attend the first May Ball at Cambridge University in three years on Friday, June 17

Students queued for an hour in the heat while dressed up in glamorous cocktail dresses and dinner jackets as they waited to get into the ball

Students queued for an hour in the heat while dressed up in glamorous cocktail dresses and dinner jackets as they waited to get into the ball

A group of students make their way to the May Ball, which had a Moulin Rouge theme at Cambridge University's Robinson College

A group of students make their way to the May Ball, which had a Moulin Rouge theme at Cambridge University’s Robinson College

Men and women enjoyed the glorious weather ahead of the ball and wore their finest clothes for the normally annual event

Men and women enjoyed the glorious weather ahead of the ball and wore their finest clothes for the normally annual event

It is the first time in three years that the ball has taken place, with the Covid pandemic forcing it to be cancelled in 2020 and 2021

It is the first time in three years that the ball has taken place, with the Covid pandemic forcing it to be cancelled in 2020 and 2021

Once inside, students were treated to live music, cabaret and magic, as well as headline indie act, Kawala and food including Sicilian sourdough pizza.

It states on their events page: ‘Cabaret, elephants, windmills! The theme of the Robinson May Ball 2022 is MOULIN ROUGE!’

‘Prepare yourself for an over-the-top spectacular frenzy of colour, music and movement fueled by all the food and drinks your heart desires!

‘Party all night, watch the sunrise and experience the legendary Moulin Rouge at what Varsity described at one of the best value for money May Balls in all of Cambridge!’

Alumni of Robinson, which is one of the newest colleges at Cambridge, include the likes of comedian Robert Webb, TV presenter Konnie Huq and former Liberal Democrat leader Nick Clegg.  

May Balls have been held at the prestigious university colleges since 1866 to mark the end of the academic year.

The tradition of May Balls in Cambridge started in the 1830s with the first official one being the First and Third Trinity Boat Club May Ball in 1866.

They are usually lavish affairs with ticket prices ranging from around £100 to as much as £640 for a pair of dining tickets at Trinity.

 Meanwhile, students at Oxford’s will attend one of its summer balls tonight. 

The Christ Church Commemoration Ball will see hundreds of past and present students dress up in white tie attire. 

Organisers say the ball, which takes place every three years and is being held at the historic college, will transport people into an ‘incredible world of spectacle and enchantment’ with its La Durée theme.

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