The Four Seasons

Christ Church
Commemoration Ball
Saturday, 17th June 2017

The Four Seasons

In the three years since the last Christ Church Ball, the House has been preparing to go bigger, better, and more beautiful than ever. You will find something for everyone throughout our four stunning quads, where, for one night only, everything is in season. See Tom Tower like never before, with Spring in full bloom, before dancing all night in our festival-inspired Summer playground. Find food, drink and entertainment as the leaves fall in the Autumnal air before retiring to a Winter wonderland to relax in style.

Experience a full year in one night with a trip through the Four Seasons.



7.10 pm Queue entertainment starts
8 pm First entry
9.30 pm Waltz around Tom Quad
10.20 pm Fireworks
10.30 pm Main ball opens
3 am-5 am Silent disco
4.30 am Breakfast
5.30 am Survivors' photo
The timings vary for punting and dining guests. Please check further information.


Entrance for normal ticket holders will be through Peckwater Quad. Special arrangements will exist for Punting, Dining, and Alumni guests, as detailed in the ticketing section.
The Ball is organised according to the four seasons theme. Tom Quad will be transformed in to a Spring festival for the Gala Reception. After the fireworks, the Ball continues in the Pocock Garden, Masters’ Garden, and Broad Walk.



Our three stages will be home to a non-stop mix of music throughout the night. Enjoy our biggest headliners including Scouting for Girls and ABBA Revival on the Main Stage on the Broad Walk. Or check out the Dance Stage in the Masters' Garden for Arlissa, Redlight, and others. Meanwhile, on the quiet stage in the Pocock Garden we'll be showcasing some of Christ Church's homegrown talent alongside acoustic performers. Check out our Spotify playlist to get to know the acts.

... & more

Marvel at the stunning fireworks display in Tom Quad, delight in the carnival rides on the Broadwalk, win big at the casino, or enjoy one of the many other entertainment options available to all guests. There is no shortage of fun to be had at this year’s ball. Thrill-seekers will love the games and rides available in the Summer area, while those in search of a more sedentary and sophisticated experience can play cards or simply relax around one of the many shisha pipes in the Winter section. Entertainment will never be in short-supply, from the entrance queue to the final minutes of the ball.

Confirmed Artists


Food & Drink


A host of delicious, seasonal delights will welcome all ball goers! From Jamon Jamon’s fiery Spanish paella, to taste of Tibet’s legendary dumplings, there will be something to satisfy every taste.

In the Master’s Garden you’ll be able to sample the wonders of George and Danver’s delicious ice cream, Joe and Seph’s popcorn and Los Churros amigos heavenly churros stand.

Food highlights of the Broad Walk will include The Moorish Bar, Anna Mae’s Mac and Cheese and The Italian Pizza Truck.

Get ready to enjoy a dazzling array of flavour sensations all chiming in gastronomic harmony with the four seasons!


In Spring, we’ve taken inspiration from fresh flowers and the excitement of the change in seasons. Our main feature is a 2008 vintage Nicolas Feuillatte champagne, which will be served alongside elderflower cocktails and cordials.

Stop by the TPP Bar in summer to sample Sipsmith London Cup, Elderflower Punch and Rum Delight, or enjoy Harry Brampton’s alcoholic iced tea and the shot bar. Wine will also be available, as will non-alcoholic options including our juice bar.

In autumn, a wide range of beers, ciders, and cocktails will be on offer, including our delicious rum punch and festive Fall Fruits cocktail. Meanwhile, in the wintry Pocock Garden there will be wine, port, and sloe gin cocktail alongside the Vodka Luge. Tea, coffee, and hot chocolate will also be available.


Those with dining tickets will feast with the seasons through four courses of decadence in Christ Church’s iconic Hall. Banqueters will experience a year in flavour, over two hours, accompanied by wines curated from the House’s legendary cellars.


Ticketing and Entry

All ticket sales and the transfer window have closed. Ticket holders should read through the information and the frequently asked questions below.

Wristband exchange

Blue Boar Exhibition Space
Friday 16: 4-8 pm
Saturday 17: 11 am - 4 pm

Bring your FIXR ticket, either on your phone or a printed out copy, a valid driving licence or passport, and your guests.


General ticket holders and their guests will queue through Peckwater Quad to be admitted through Fell Tower. Queue entertainment starts at 7.10 pm. First entry will be at 8 pm and last entry at 10.15 pm. Re-admittance will not be allowed.

Special Arrangements


Punts will be departing from Magdalen Bridge from 6.30 to 8.15 pm and there will be a member of our team directing and answering any questions. Please arrive 15 minutes before your allocated time slot. Late guests will have to take the last punt as to not hold up others. You should bring your wristband and ticket for entry. A bottle of fizz will be provided.


Those fortunate enough to have secured dining tickets will be treated to a fine dining banquet in the Great Hall. The champagne reception will commence in the antehall at 18:15 with queueing through Schools Quad from 18:00. Dinner will commence at 19:00 and last for about two hours after which you will join the reception in Tom Quad. Please bring your wristband and tickets with you.


Alumni are encouraged to collect their wristbands in advance but can also do so on the door. Queuing will be through Schools' Quad from 7.45 pm onwards. Last entry will be at 10.15 pm.

Frequently Asked Questions

What do I need to bring to the Wristband Exchange?

Your FIXR ticket, either on your phone or a printed out copy.

A valid form of ID i.e. drivers’ licences, passports. Student university cards will not be accepted. The name on the ticket must match the name on your ID. If your FIXR account is under a different name, you can change it in the FIXR account settings.

Guests must attend the wristband exchange with the Christ Church member who is taking them.

What do I need to bring to the Ball?

Your Wristband and your FIXR ticket, either on your phone or a printed out copy.

Any medication, for example against hayfever

What do I do if I, or my guests, can’t make the wristband exchange?

All wristbands should be collected by guests in person, except by prior arrangement with the Ball Committee.

Please email as soon as possible so we can organise special arrangements for you.

All alumni will be able to pick up their tickets on the door.

What happens if I don’t pick up my wristband and forget to email the Ball Committee?

In order to ensure that admission to the Ball is as quick as possible for all guests, any wristbands uncollected will be voidable and non-refundable.

Where do I need to queue?

Queuing for alumni, dining and punting ticket holders will be through Schools Quad. Non-dining student ticket holders will queue in Peckwater Quad for entry under Fell Tower.

What time can I enter the Ball?

The Ball will begin at 20:00. The dining reception will begin at 18:15.

What is the dress code?

The dress code is white tie or equivalent national dress.

  • Black tailcoat.
  • Black trousers.
  • A white shirt.
  • Cufflinks and studs. The shirt will usually be closed with studs rather than buttons. These may be plain white or decorative.
  • A white waistcoat.
  • A thin, white bow tie.
  • Highly polished or patent black lace-up shoes, worn with black laces (traditionally ribbon) and black socks.
A traditional White Tie suit can be rented from Walters, Shepherd and Woodward or the White Tie Company, all of which are offering discounts for those attending the ball.

  • Full-length, formal evening dresses or jumpsuits. It is traditional, but not essential, to show décolletage. Shorter dresses, no matter how smart, are not acceptable. Jumpsuits must be smarter than those that you may wear for Black Tie.
  • Gloves will not be necessary.

  • National Dress.
If anyone has any questions about what will or will not be allowed please ask or send photographs of planned outfits. It is better to be safe than sorry as any outfit that does not comply with the dress code will unfortunately be turned away.

What are the arrangements for the cloakroom?

The cloakroom is situated at the Undercroft Bar. All guests can leave and retrieve items throughout the night.

When can we return to Christ Church after the ball?

Tom Quad opens at 3 am with admittance through Canterbury Gate only. The Meadows Quad will open at 5.30 am. The Christ Church Meadows and the Broad Walk will reopen at 1 pm on Sunday. The Masters' and Pocock Garden will be closed until Monday or Tuesday.

Full terms and conditions can be found here.

Contact if you have any other questions.

The Christ Church Commemoration Ball 2017 is proud to be sponsored by



We are proud this year to be supporting two fantastic charities that have close links to Christ Church in the first ever charity Christ Church Commemoration Ball. Some proceeds from our ticket sales will be going towards IntoUniversity and Ovalhouse, both brilliant charities that support young people in different forms of education.


Since 2004, IntoUniversity has provided local learning centres for young people from Britain’s most deprived backgrounds. They offer academic support and mentoring across 22 centres in seven cities, and have seen a huge success in boosting university acceptance rates for their students. Oxford’s IntoUniversity centre was opened in partnership with Christ Church in 2014 and will benefit hugely from any donations from the Ball.


Ovalhouse Theatre in South London was founded by Christ Church graduates in the 1930s. It provides a vital performance space for experimental, radical, and overlooked artists. It pursues an agenda for a positive artistic, political, and social change by undertaking tangible creative work with children and young people, and sheltering fringe social and political movements.




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