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by Louis Rogers

Clare Member

Available to members of Clare College

Clare ticket is guaranteed

One guest is guaranteed

2nd and 3rd guests subject to availability

University Student

Available to students of Cambridge University

Tickets subject to availability

Can apply for up to 2 additional guests

From 22/02/2016

Visitors and Alumni

For Clare Alumni and guests from outside Cambridge

Tickets subject to availability

Alumni information from Development Office

Alumni from 18/02/12

Dining Option £50

For the first time in a decade, Clare May Ball will have a fine dining option!

As the electric atmosphere that precedes the May Ball begins to build, a select number of guests will be invited into the Great Hall before the Ball starts to indulge in a sublime 4-course meal by the award-winning Clare College catering team.

For these lucky few, the evening begins with a glass of bubbly amid the opulent surroundings of the 17th Century Great Hall. The meal progresses as summer sunlight streams in through the elegant Grade I listed stained-glass windows: the vibrant sensations of prime, locally-sourced food and top-class wine form the perfect sensory aperitif to the May Ball.

Once the meal has finished and the port has been consumed, guests will be able to make a grand entrance into the May Ball straight from the Great Hall, without having to queue.

Dining will begin at 18:00 on the night of the ball. 

Queue Jump £20

Skip the queue and get stuck in!

Queue Jump and Dining Option are subject to availability

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We welcome you aboard for an unforgettable night of romance and adventure…

in dazzling First Class style.

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This June, we invite you to experience the glamour and luxury of one of the most written-about conveyances since the golden age of travel: the Orient Express

For a single night, the familiar surroundings of Clare will be transformed into the world-famous stops along the famed route of the Orient Express. The sounds, sights, and smells associated with this love-letter to luxury travel will blend seamlessly with the best in modern music and entertainment: the bustle of Turkish bazaars will merge with the music of internationally-acclaimed artists; top-flight DJs will inhabit dusky Amsterdam bars.

Stroll the streets of Paris; make a crowd or two of new friends in the biergartens of Munich and Bavaria. Feast upon the perfect combination of regional cuisine and the specialities of some of Cambridge’s most popular eateries; food and drink are on the house when you travel first class!

We are delighted to invite you upon the journey of a lifetime.  Welcome aboard the Orient Express.

Cambridge's First Carbon Neutral May Ball

committee-8committee-1A message from our sustainability directors:

May Balls are unequivocally one of the most quintessential traditions in the University of Cambridge, offering the student body truly memorable and amusing nights. At the same time, however, they can leave a significant environmental footprint through the generation of large amounts of waste, high energy consumption, and greenhouse gas emissions. Therefore, we have decided to place sustainability at the core of Clare May Ball 2016.

This year, our two Sustainability Directors are working hard at the three main sustainability objectives of Clare May Ball 2016:

  1. Achieve carbon neutrality, meaning that it will have a net zero carbon footprint.
  2. Produce no more non-recyclable waste than Clare College produces on a normal day.
  3. Develop a sustainability guide and evaluation framework for May Balls in general.

To achieve these ambitious goals, Clare May Ball 2016 is focusing on six impact categories, each with practical strategies that are important for sustainability in the context of a Cambridge May Ball:

  1. Energy consumption
  2. Water efficiency
  3. Resource management
  4. Waste management
  5. Responsible partnerships and supply chain
  6. Raising awareness

Our hope is to create a useful guide to quantify and reduce negative impacts of this year’s Clare May Ball, and to create a legacy for all future balls to follow. We have already been selected as Clare's Excellence Project for Green Impact!

By placing our sustainable ethos at the heart of all May Ball decisions, one decision at a time, every member of the committee is working towards making Clare May Ball 2016 as sustainable as possible. 


Alongside work done within the May Ball, this year we have chosen to support environmental charity Cool Earth. Cool Earth works to prevent deforestation by establishing sustainable agreements with rainforest communities which aim improve their lives to the point where they benefit more from keeping the forest standing than they would otherwise earn from clearing it. The assistance given is based on the needs and specific requests of the community, ranging from support for local industries such as cacao and coffee, to the provision of boats for emergency health evacuations. Based on this, Cool Earth’s work also contributes to economic empowerment, education and health at a community level.

Half of the world’s rainforest has been destroyed in the last 40 years, and local people stand to lose the most from deforestation, but have the most to gain from its protection. As such, they are the forest’s best possible custodians. That’s why all Cool Earth partnerships are community-owned and led – an approach that research is continually proving to be the most effective way to keep rainforest standing. They are also the only charity that works solely where the threat to the forest is greatest, and that builds partnerships to form a shield to make the neighbouring forest inaccessible to loggers – saving millions of acres of further forest. To date, they have saved 640,000 acres of the world’s most at-risk rainforest, and shielded 5 million more acres, through empowering 118 villages in Peru, the Democratic Republic of Congo, and Papua New Guinea. This has helped to lock in a staggering total of 160 million tonnes of CO2.

The money donated by Clare May Ball should help Cool Earth protect 44 more acres of rainforest, saving over 38,000 tonnes of CO2 emissions.

Visit their website to find out more.


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