“Everything you can imagine is real.”

- Pablo Picasso

/The Imaginarium

Clare May Ball invites you to enter into the deepest, darkest depths of your imagination. Tonight you will enter every part of your mind, from the sensual to the surreal. Be awed by our illusions room, let Dali’s world transport you, and be sure to revel in the stunning performances of our professional circus troupe.


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/Employment opportunities

We are currently seeking applicants for a variety of roles on the evening.

Roles include the following:

Work during the Ball

  • Head Coordinator
  • Coordinators
  • General Workers
  • Ents Workers
  • Stage Manager
  • Drinks workers
  • Food workers
  • Sound Monitor

Outside Ball

  • Head Lugger
  • Luggers
  • Set-up luggers
  • Set-down luggers
  • Clean up workers
Click here to go to the application page

Any questions? Shoot an email to:

/The Committee

President | Natasha Boyd |

Vice President | Ed Phillips |

Treasurer | Felicia Law |

Personnel | Thurkka Rajeswaran |

Secretary | Teri Wukovits |

Construction | Ying Teng |

Production | Ollie Webster |

Design Team | Nina Rauch | Nick Lonsdale |

Food | Katie Harrison |

Drinks | Joe Landman |

Ents | Annabell Hood | Ben Leitch |

IT and Ticketing | Ben Ting |


/Frequently Asked Questions

Dietary Requirements
All the food is nut-free, although we cannot guarantee that there are no traces of nuts. There are vegetarian, vegan, gluten free and dairy free options, please consult the programme on the night.

Disabilities/Special Access Requirements
If you have a disability or require special access, please contact with details. It is important to note that those with disabilities may not be able to access all areas of the ball, because in the event of an emergency everyone must be able to independently evacuate.

Payment Deadline
Payment for tickets must be made by Friday 3rd April.

Changing Names
Name changes will be allowed via the ticketing website for free between 27th Feb and 13th March. After the 13th March, name changes will be charged at £10, increasing to £25 after March.  Please be reminded that the person on the ticket must match the correct ticket category, failure to ensure this could result in cancellation of the ticket without refund.

Cancelling Tickets
Ticket cancellations can be made by emailing with your order no. If tickets are not paid for by Friday 3rd April, they will be cancelled. Please be reminded that once a ticket has been bought, Clare May Ball reserves the right to refuse refund.

Ticket Collection
This will take place in Clare the week before the ball, you will be informed by email closer to the time. Alumni will have their tickets posted to them.

Web Shop Collection
Liqueur and posters purchased from our web shop can be collected with your tickets. See Ticket Collection.

Time of the Ball
The ball will take place between 8pm on Monday 15th June and 5am Tuesday 16th June.

VIP guests will attend a drinks and canapés reception prior to the ball. They will then be punted into the ball before other guests arrive, thus avoiding the long queues.

Dress Code
All guests are required to wear black-tie.

Cloakroom Facilities
There will a ticketed, staffed cloakroom, where you are welcome to leave your coat.



Ticket sale periods:

Clare members: Thursday 5th February @ 8:00am.  Initially, you will be able to purchase a ticket for you and a guest.  Pending availability of tickets, you will have the option to purchase up to 2 extra guest tickets on Friday 6th February @ 8:00am.

Alumni: Tickets will open for sale to Alumni on Saturday 7th February @ 10:00am.  If you are an Alumni and wish to purchase tickets, please email for the link to the Alumni ticket ordering page.

If all tickets are sold, you will be given the opportunity to add your name to the waiting list.

Buy tickets here

Tickets will be available for pick up during the Easter Term.  More details for follow.  Please read the FAQ's and Terms and Conditions at the ticketing website prior to purchase.

Don't forget that you can also purchase our special "The Imaginarium" Ball Promotional Posters and limited edition Liqueur directly from the webshop on this site.

Click here to go the shop


Just a taste of what's on offer...


The lineup

As we move closer to the date, the full entertainment lineup will be finalised.  Below are some of the class entertainers and activities which have been confirmed


Shisha Experience

The Gardens

The best ‘ready made shisha experience’ Cambridge has to offer, delivered by Cambridge Shisha Hire


Something for everyone! And then some


Last year, we raised just under £3000.00 for charity and we hope to do the same if not better again this year.

This year, we will be supporting four causes:

Queens’ and Clare Overseas Education Fund


The Queens’ and Clare Overseas Education Fund (QCOEF) is an open committee of students and fellows from Queens’ and Clare Colleges. QCOEF raises and allocates funds for education-related projects developing countries.

This year, 1% of ticket sales will be donated to QCOEF.

Learn more about QCOEF here




Afrinspire supports indigenous development initiatives across East Africa. Working closely with community leaders, we understand the development needs of communities and tailor our support to meet these. Whether through the provision of computers and educational materials, funding for schools and scholarships, helping set up new enterprise schemes, disseminating sustainable agriculture techniques, or financing the construction of water tanks, we work from the grassroots to reduce poverty.

This year, 0.75% of ticket sales will be donated to Afrinspire

Learn more about Afrinspire here


Student Minds


Student Minds is the UK’s student mental health charity. We believe that peer interventions can change the state of student mental health. We deliver research-driven training and support to equip students to bring about positive change on their campuses through campaigning and facilitating peer support programmes.

This year, 0.25% of ticket sales will be donated to Student Minds.

Learn more about Student Minds here


Cambridge RAG – “Raising and Giving”


We will also be auctioning off two tickets to support the Cambridge RAG society.

Learn more about Cambridge RAG here

Clare May Ball 2015

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