Trinity May Ball

19th June 2017. Celebrating 151 years of excellence.


Founding of the Ball

"The Trinity Boat Club May Ball held at the Lion Hotel was a grand success. The only drawback being 'the room', which was certainly too small for such a large and brilliant assemblage... Julien's Band, a handsome supper — what more could be wanted?"



Dating back over a century and a half, the First and Third Trinity Boat Club May Ball has undergone a startlingly dazzling transformation. Interrupted only by the death of a Monarch and World War II, the legacy of a very humble beginning lives on to this day. What was once a low-key celebration with 38 guests in the honour of a successful May Bumps season has now become a world-class affair with approximately 2000 guests.


The 150th Anniversary

A night to remember — our wonderful guests attending the 150th anniversary event partook in a celebration of delightful music, inspiring fireworks and enchanting cuisine. The 151st event will participate in this rich tradition.


Get Your Tickets Now

Trinity members and students from other Colleges may apply for Double Tickets to the Ball. Internal applications will be accepted for one week from 12pm 13th February while external applications will be accepted for one week from 12pm 20th February.

Dining Ticket

A Dining ticket includes a champagne reception, followed by a lavish five course feast with wine pairings in the unrivalled setting of Trinity’s Great Hall before the Ball.

  • A Lavish Dining Experience
  • Champagne Reception
  • Dinner Entertainment
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Standard Ticket

One of the most sought after tickets to be had in May Week. Attend Cambridge’s best Ball with hundreds of other excited guests for a night not soon to be forgotten.

  • Exquisite Entertainment
  • Unparalleled Setting
  • Unmissable Food
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VIP Ticket

With the VIP experience, guests enter the Ball an hour before our regular guests to attend a sumptuous champagne reception.

  • Classical Entertainment
  • Champagne Reception
  • Early Access to the Ball
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Trinity May Ball 2017

Monday 19th July, 9pm-6am — Trinity College, Cambridge, CB2 1TQ

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Work at Trinity

Our workers are the backbone of this large scale operation, and we are looking for charismatic and motivated people to join our team. Workers are instrumental in ensuring the smooth running of the Ball and we take pride in treating our staff well.

We have currently filled all positions for this year’s ball. If you would like to be added to the waiting list for contact if a position becomes available, please email our Personnel Officer at

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Alex Butcher & Raniyah Qureshi

Vice Presidents

Tom Herbert & Joe Ciardiello


Isabel Vallina Garcia


Neil Cunningham


Richelle George & Jack Eastwood


Michael Rivera


Fosca d'Intignano

Scene & Graphics

François Sherwood


Rebeka Marton


Jordan Lawrence

Senior Treasurer

Prof. Hugh Osborn

IT & Graphics

Liam Gray

The Poster

We have carefully designed an exquisite poster for this year’s ball so you can reminisce the night long after the Ball has come to close. Below you can see a selection of our incredible posters from the year’s gone by. Make sure you grab one of this year’s posters when purchasing your ticket!