Trinity May Ball
Founded in 1546 by Henry VIII, Trinity College, Cambridge is the largest College in either Oxford or Cambridge, and each year on the Monday of May Week (we know it's actually in June), Trinity holds the best ball of the year. A large proportion of its students attend, along with their guests, Trinity fellows, and other undergraduate and graduate students from the University. The 2013 Ball will be held on the night of Monday the 17th of June, and we look forward to seeing you there — if you're lucky enough to get your hands on a ticket!
A Brief History
The first May Ball prototype hosted by Trinity was in celebration of the ‘First Trinity’ Boat Club winning Headship of the River in 1838. Just 38 Trinitarians happily drank their way through 47 bottles of champagne, 12 of sherry, 6 of Mosel, 2 of Claret, 6 quarts of ale and £16 14s of punch at a post-race dinner at the Hoop Inn.
However, the first official First and Third Trinity May Ball was held in 1866 when the First Trinity team was head of the river, with Third Trinity second. It has evolved over the 20th century into what is now arguably the largest and most sought after event on the student social calendar.