Lion in Winter Ball
This is the biggest ball in the college calendar year and it is a truly fantastic event. Taking over the whole of college with next-level entertainment and an over-arching theme, it is a truly unmissable, all-night ball (frequently shortened to LIWB). There are two different ticket price-categories. These are Ents (short for Entertainments), which enables you to attend all of the evening’s entertainment and festivities and the more expensive Meal option, giving you a seat with friends at a table in the marquee for a fantastic meal (as well as access to all that an Ents ticket offers). For more information, keep your eyes on the weekly emails and posters around college. Check out a highlights video from the 2017 LIWB here.
Please note: Entry to the Lion in Winter Ball without a valid ticket may amount to theft, trespass, or deception. Hatfield College will treat those who are or appear to be present at the LIWB without a ticket as a serious disciplinary offence. Such people will be required to leave the College site, and will be subject to a fine of at least £100. Other penalties may be imposed.
Lumley Castle Ball
In early December we have another college ball at the nearby Lumley Castle in Chester-le-Street. This is organised similarly to the LIWB as it has a separate group of students who plan the whole event, including the meal and various other entertainments on the night. You can check out the highlight video of the 2017 Lumley Castle Ball here.
With sports matches throughout the day pitting the best talent Hatfield has to offer against the sorry souls scraped from the underbelly of the castle, all Hatfielders and Castlemen are strongly encouraged to head down to the sports pitches and offer their voices in support of their college.
The sporting mania is then rounded off with a joint formal in the evening with all as many competitors encouraged to attend as possible, as well as announcing the year’s winner of the Hatfield-Castle Challenge. The Hatfield-Castle Challenge was set up in memory of Hazel Scott Aiton, who tragically died in 2004 whilst studying at Durham.
As a post-exams beer and music festival, Sessions is a lovely afternoon of listening to some brilliant University bands while trying some local beers, or soft drinks if you prefer. It is the perfect chilled afternoon everyone needs after the stressful exam period.
Held after exams have finished in the Easter term, Hatfield Day is right up there with the most loved college events. Starting early and going on throughout the day and into the night, Hatfielders re-emerge from revision dens and celebrate together.
Regular features include an early morning wake-up call, the storming of the Castle, a photo of everyone on Palace Green, a college-wide water fight, barbeque, live music, boating on the river, inflatables, a DJ and so many laughs along the way. It really is an event you have to see to believe!
A highlights video of Hatfield Day 2015 is available here.