12 hours of partying in a castle? That’s so Durham.
On the 21 of July, the biggest annual Castle ball called June Ball took place and beat all measures. It’s a white tie event and the biggest ball in Durham. Here’s how I experienced this 12h long ball:
5.12pm Finally dressed up with my ball gown and my make-up and hair is finished. Let’s walk up to the castle.
5.32pm We’re taking lots of photos in front of the cathedral. Everyone looks so pretty.We get a glass of champagne and enjoy the afternoon sun.
6.08pm I’m having a look at the seating plan and we’re now allowed to enter the marquee on Palace Green (the grass field in front of the castle). The theme of this June Ball is revealed on the cards on the tables: Night at the museum. The tables are decorated with small bushes, apples and wooden golden snakes – Garden of Eden.
6.51pm First course is served. Smoked salmon with summer pickles, viola, caviar (never tried caviar before… that’s so posh!) and horseradish cream. I’m sitting next to people I’ve never met before but we ended up spending quite a bit of the evening as a group which was great fun.
7.18pm Second course is served: A lime sorbet.
8.13pm Main course arrived: Fillet of beef.
8.42pm The dessert was a strawberry cheesecake. Yum!
10.28pm Now it’s still a bit light but the sunset was approximately half an hour ago. People are queuing for the ferris wheel. However, we first explore the courtyard of the castle and get ready for the fireworks. There’s another champagne reception in the Castle entrance and live Egyptian sculptures watch you making your way into the castle.
10.50pm The fireworks starts with music played in the background. That was amazing!
11.02pm We’re trying out the ferris wheel. It was great fun and who else gets to go on a ferris wheel surrounded by a cathedral and a castle?
11.16pm Back in the castle the DU brass band was playing.
11.31pm We discover the petting zoo where you can hold rabbits, guinea pigs or snakes.
11.52pm We enjoy Smores in the castle courtyard.
midnight The old excec go down the castle steps and the new excec goes up. From now on the new elected excec are in charge.
00.35pm The hoosiers are giving a concert in the great hall. What an experience – they were so good!
2.22pm DULOG perform some songs in the senate suite. People here are so talented!
3.10pm We finally made it to the silent disco! We got headphones where we could switch between two channels. Great fun!
5pm It’s already light outside. We’re queuing for some hog roast. I’m getting tired.
5.13pm Our final “Angels” song is played. The ball is coming to an end.
“I’m loving angels instead”
5.30pm A survivors photo is taken and we’re making our way to the marquee where breakfast is served.
6.30pm After saying goodbye to everyone as I’ll be leaving the next day, I’m making my way home in the morning sun.
I want to thank the June Ball Committee for organising such a great event! I appreciate your hard work!