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Clare College Gin

The Clare May Ball committee is excited to launch our very own bespoke gin, exclusively for sale on the Clare May Ball website, distilled using botanicals from the beautiful Clare gardens. Our award-winning partners, the Cambridge Gin Distillery, have been excitedly working with Steve Elstub, Head Gardener, to achieve the perfect recipe: herbaceous and perfect for warm summer evenings, either neat or with tonic. All profits will contribute towards the amazing food, drink and entertainments at Clare May Ball, which proudly froze ticket prices this year.

We are now taking orders for 10cl and 75cl bottles, ready before the ball in mid-June, which can either be collected from college or delivered to any address in mainland U.K. for an additional fee.

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A taster of Clare May Ball 2017...

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Clare May Ball

A Legacy Of Excellence

Clare May Ball is an annual event dating back around 120 years. As a farewell to the academic year, guests are treated to an all-night, all-inclusive experience featuring world class entertainment, food, and drink. For the entire night, the iconic Old Court and gardens of Clare will transport over 1000 students and alumni to an enchanting world of class, glamour and sophistication.

Student Workers

Applications for Clare May Ball 2018 have now closed.

If you have any further queries, please contact personnel@claremayball.com

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Clare May Ball has a history of excellence in sustainability, with the 2016 Ball being the first Cambridge event of its time to be carbon neutral.

Since then, there has been a wave of events bringing sustainability considerations to the forefront, opening up exciting possibilities for collaboration and we are confident that we can make Clare May Ball 2018 the most sustainable yet!

This year, we are working with Sustain-a-Ball, an initiative co-developed by Clare alumna (and former sustainability officer for CMB 2016) Amy Carmichael, to support and incentivise as much good practice as possible.

By making sustainability a priority for our event, we want to show that sustainability is an opportunity, rather than a limit, for creativity and we can’t wait to bring you a Ball that is as fun for Planet Earth as it is for our guests!

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Become part of our tradition.

If you are interested in becoming a sponsor, we would be delighted to talk to you to form a partnership. We offer many exciting publicity opportunities for your company through exposure to the thousands of Cambridge students and alumni.

Please see our sponsorship brochure for further information. Any correspondence should be directed to our Director of PR and Sponsorship, Dan Benson, at communications@claremayball.com

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Our Partners

Lord Karan Bilimoria founded Cobra Beer in 1989 having realised that Britain deserved a better, smoother, less gassy lager. Using the finest natural ingredients and a traditional Indian blend of barley malt and yeast, with maize, hops, and rice, he created an extra smooth and less gassy beer, quite unlike any other.

Cobra beers have been awarded a total of 94 Gold Medals by Monde Selection, one of the most prestigious quality awards in the world of beer. In 2016 Cobra was awarded 5 gold medals across the Cobra Beer product range including a Grand Gold for King Cobra.

Cobra Premium is a beer designed for food. It is made from a complex recipe of seven ingredients and then expertly brewed in a way that gives it fewer bubbles to give it a smooth sophisticated taste. At 4.8% ABV bottled or 4.3% ABV draught it is the perfect companion for any dish.

King Cobra is double fermented in the bottle, a process normally reserved for fine Trappist ales giving it a super-premium, full-bodied taste and pleasant, hazy appearance. This unorthodox approach gives King Cobra it's warming, powerful depths. Served in a champagne style bottle at 7.5% ABV King Cobra is perfect for sharing with friends over any cuisine.

We are really excited to be serving both at the May Ball, thanks to the generous donation of stock by Lord Bilimoria.

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Rutherford's are incredibly proud to partner with Clare May Ball to provide a luxurious punting experience on the night. We're looking forward to joining you for an evening of glamour as you celebrate the completion of an inspired academic year. Happy Punting! https://www.rutherfordspunting.com/

Eden Mill

Eden Mill is Scotland’s first single-site distillery and brewery. Based in St Andrews, we have tasked ourselves with revitalizing the arts of brewing and distilling, once integral to the town. We seek to build upon the incredible reputation of the 'home of golf', distilling gin and whisky, and brewing beer, on a site which was a distillery itself in the 1800s. Based on the banks of the river Eden, we are amongst the most fortunate distilleries, with an incredible access to fresh, local botanicals. We are proud to share the way we make our products, a traditional process which requires equal parts passion and patience. We hope you enjoy our creations.

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2018 Committee


Catherine Clark

Vice-President (Operations)

Ben Williams

Vice-President (Creative)

Holly Holt


Alex Ridley


Siling Zhang


Anna Tindall


James Price


Anna Warden


Elly Cockman

PR & Sponsorship

Dan Benson


Zoe Tan


Philippa Slay

Main Ents

Kam Sohi

Student Ents

Matt Nixon

Non-music Ents

Aish Machani


Nancy Wilson


Jess Lindley


Jacob Meagher

Design Team

Helen Llambias Maw

Denicia Bernard

Isabelle Picard

Margarita Kobrina

George Baker

Bryan Hwang

Adhvik Shetty

Maureen Good

Joy Gingell