June 13, 2016, by Emily Howard

You SHALL go to the ball!

Term is finishing, so what better way to replace days of studying than with nights of dining, wining and dancing? This past weekend has been a ball – literally – with Grad Ball, Cocksoc (Cocktail Society) Ball and the SU Networks’ Ball all kicking off. Each ball is unique, so here’s a celebration of all the glittery events and a guide to help you decide which ball floats your boat if you’re here next year.

Grad Ball


On Thursday 9th June, this year’s graduates celebrated in style at the stunning Colwick Hall, just outside of town. Dating back to the 11th century, the hall is nestled amidst manicured lawns and enchanting woodland – perfect for this year’s ‘Secret Garden’ theme. Attendees either chose to go for a 3-course meal, or turn up afterwards for the entertainment. Alongside a Pimms bar, Sweet Emporium, Fairground Stalls, Wood Fired Pizza stand and photo booth were the Acoustic Stage and Main Stage. The line-up was hailed as stellar, featuring the likes of WSTRN, Toyboy & Robin, and Eton Messy. If that wasn’t enough, the afterparty continued until 6am at Crisis!

Cocksoc (Cocktail Society) Ball


Those who weren’t graduating this year didn’t miss out, as Cocktail Society hosted a ball just as flamboyant! With the theme of ‘The Great British Ball’, guests were cordially invited to revel in royalty between the 11th and 13th June; again, choosing from either a ticket inclusive of a 3-course meal or entertainment only. True to the name, wine, port and Bailey’s was provided as well as a ‘pre-lash’ goodie bag for guests who chose to partake! Hosted at the decadent Belgrave Rooms, afterparties were easy to reach, with Stealth just next door!

The SU Networks’ Ball


The very first of its kind, Friday 10th June witnessed a historical moment as all the Students’ Union Networks joined together in celebration. Lauding intersectionality and diversity, the ball was open to members of the Women’s, LGBT, BME, International Students’, Mature Students’, Postgraduate Students’, Environmental & Social Justice and Disabled Students’ Networks as well as the UoN Feminist Society. Hosted at our very own East Midlands’ Conference Centre, the ball was less pricey than the others above and included a fancy 3-course meal as well as entertainment showcasing the talent of UoN students. Magicians from MagicSoc greeted guests on arrival with impressive tricks, and after-dinner performances featured stunning dancers from PoleSoc and NUDance, some neat footwork from BladeSoc, and drag queen Luxx Andrews. Not one but two afterparties continued the celebrations at Ocean and/or Propaganda!

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