Events at St Aidan's
Aidan’s is proud to be one of Durham’s most exciting colleges. Barely a week passes without an event being put on for your entertainment. No matter who you are or what your interests may be, Aidan’s is bound to have an occasion to suit you. Our main termly and annual events can be found below. Please check out our Events Calendar regularly for upcoming events.
Our formals are some of the best that Durham has to offer. They are predominantly themed fancy-dress events rather than requiring you to wear a gown, so our formals have
a comparatively relaxed atmosphere. We decorate our hall with banners, balloons and full table dressings, and follow some of our own fun traditions after the meal. Formals are a great chance to dress up (either in black tie or in a silly costume), consume a delicious meal with friends and then enjoy some mandatory karaoke in the bar.
Jazz, Rock, and Cocktails
Jazz, Rock and Cocktails is the shop’s big event of the term and probably Aidan’s most chilled out music night. This event sees all of Aldan’s most talented performers showcasing their talent in the ambient setting of our Junior Common Room with a selection of discount deals and cocktails.
Newcastle Club Nights
For those who wish to venture outside of Durham, our Social Committee organises regular club nights in Newcastle, with transport pre-arranged.
Other Termly College Events
The bar committee run at least one themed “ent” (our term for an event) per term and a bi-weekly 'Open-Mic and Cocktail Night.' The Shop Committee also run wonderful events throughout the term including COD and FIFA tournaments and various quizzes. There are also a number of informal events run by the film club, our language groups, and DUCK fundraisers including “Aidan’s Got Talent”. Check out our Events Calendar for a full list of events.
The Halloween Ball is the first big event that Aidan’s hosts in Michaelmas Term (apart from Freshers’ Week). This is an evening that is packed full of exciting and quirky events - in the past we have had owls visit the college! Organised by our wonderful Social and Formals Committee, this event is always fancy dress with college being transformed into previous themes including: “Aidan’s Worst Nightmare”, “Aidan’s School of Witchcraft and Wizardry” and “The Masquerade Ball.”
The Informal Ball is the big event of second term providing a hub of themed entertainment following some tasty food and drink. College is decked out in paintings and props galore with enough miniature entertainments to match. This is organised by our Livers’ Out and Formals Committee with previous themes including “Childhood”, “A Night at the Movies”, “Carnival” and “Africa”.
Summer Ball is the biggest and best event of the year. Each of the colleges hosts their own Summer Ball and here at Aidan's we are renowned for throwing one of the best in terms of value for entertainment. With an impressive budget, this black tie ball brings you the greatest display of entertainment, music, and fun. Previous themes have included “The Roaring 20’s”, “Circus” and “Alice in Wonderland” which saw Stavros Flatley performing in our hall, four fairground rides, and the hall transformed into a mad-hatters tea party. The ball goes on throughout the whole night from 6pm-6am, ending with a champagne breakfast and survivors photo so you can prove you’ve past the ultimate test of endurance.
This is the annual event our Bar Committee host after exams each year in summer which is open to all of Durham’s students. This event is a day-long extravaganza of beer, ale, and cider tasting from around the world, coupled with fair-ground games, live music and a hog-roast! This is one event not to be missed.
Always one of the highlights of the year, Aidan’s Day has it all. We have team games, endurance challenges, live bands and gunging the Exec. There’s a different theme every year, and the bar is open all day providing a day-long celebration of everything Aidan’s.
Durham Wide Events:
Aidan’s Ski Trip
Durham University runs an annual ski-trip in January at a very reasonable price. This year over 170 Aidanites of varying ability, spent a week conquering Les Arcs. This is a great way to either try something new or to just go on holiday with your friends!
Senior Common Room Events:
The Senior Common Room also holds regular cultural and dialogue forums that undergrads are welcome to attend. for more information, contact the SCR Executive Committee: https://community.dur.ac.uk/st-aidans.scr/contact.php