End the year in style

Attractions & Lineup

York Racecourse

The award winning modern grandstands, characterful listed buildings, manicured lawns and homegrown flowers set the scene for the best of evenings at the Racecourse.

You will have access to three levels of the knavesmire grandstand with bars and entertainment on every floor.


Casino, funfair, inflatables, candyfloss and sweets, entertainers, 2 student led stages and the 4am survivor photo!

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Lotto Boyzz Hyde Park Brass Haus of Dench Plus many more across 3 stages!

A graduation dinner ticket means the celebrations start early, starting off with a glamorous champagne reception on the lawns of Heslington Hall.
A free bus service then whisks you away to the York Racecourse where early access to the funfair rides and a delicious three course meal awaits!


Warm Beetroot, Goats cheese & butternut squash filo tart, rocket & pine nut salad, basil oil dressing (v)


Butterbean & puy lentil pâté with apricot chutney, toasted (vegan)

Main Course

Pancetta & thyme roast breast of chicken, roasted chateau potato, Madeira jus (gf) served with cauliflower purée, heritage carrots & tender stem broccoli


Mint pea risotto wrapped in savoy cabbage, saffron roasted butternut squash fondant, fresh asparagus and red pepper sauce (v/gf/df/vegan)


Sticky toffee pudding with fudge sauce, vanilla pod ice cream and hazelnut brittle (or gf/df/vegan version)

Hunt the Hashtag #SB18

In the run up to this year’s Summer Ball we are hiding hashtags around campus and beyond! Each hashtag grants the winner FREE ENTRY to the biggest and best event of the year on Tuesday 11th June. There will be 5 different hashtags to find starting in Week 7. Keep an eye on social media for clues!

Frequently Asked Questions
Frequently Asked Questions

What time should I arrive? How do I get there? What do I need to bring? Take a look at our frequently asked questions to solve any queries you might have about the event.

How do I get there?

Transport is included in your ticket price. Coaches will be leaving campus at 16.15 for graduation dinner guests from outside The Student Centre in James College and from 20.00 for Summer Ball guests.

What time should I arrive?

The Summer Ball starts at 20.30 and will finish at 04.00. Graduation dinner will commence with a champagne reception at Heslington Hall from 15.30.

Is there a dress code?

The Summer Ball is a black tie event, so get your glad rags on!

What do I need to bring?

You will need to present a form of ID and your printed event ticket at the entrance.

Will there be a cloakroom?

Yes there will be a cloakroom on the ground floor where you can leave your coat whilst you enjoy your evening.

Is there a cash machine?

Yes there is a cash machine in the venue but be careful, it will charge you for withdrawing cash so we suggest you bring some cash with you for purchasing food and drink.

Can a friend not from this University attend?

Yes students can bring non-students or a student from other Universities but you will need to buy them a seperate ticket.

Can I attend as a post-grad/mature/part-time/first-time student?

Yes, the Ball is open to all students.

Do you make provisions for Wheelchair users?

Yes, the Summer Ball is totally accessible for wheelchair users.

Do I need to bring my Student card for verification?

Bringing a student card is not essential but please do remember you will require a form of ID to present on entry.

What happens to Lost Property?

Any lost property will be handed in at the clock tower (event entrance) and will be available from the following day. Lost property is only held for 14 days so please make sure you come and collect your items before you leave for the summer.