Dine with dinosaurs, frolic amongst the ferns, and revel in the delights of the natural world.

Join us on Sunday 14th June in Pliny-inspired celebration.


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Explore our selection of the finest from every genre, across four busy stages throughout the night. Whether you're jiving to our lively folk and swinging jazz, discovering some niche new indie bands and the latest DJs, or getting hyped for our electrifying headliners, it will be a night that will keep you moving. And if you do need a breather, our mellow acoustic acts will be there so you can kick back and rest your dancing feet. With appearances from old favourites as well as unearthed new talent, this is an event not to be missed!


Entertainment at Emma this year is going to be something special. Whether it's jumping and spinning on the rides and inflatables, posing in costume for our themed photo opportunities or getting pampered in the tiring early hours, there'll be plenty to do wherever you turn. Head over to the stage where a variety of acts, from stand up to spoken word, sketch shows to acrobatics will be on offer or sit back and relax under the stars whilst being wowed by what you'll be able to see around you.


Whether meaty or veggie feast is your desire, we bring you a range of choices from across the world; from Sushi in the east to american in the west. Drawing on the street food revolution, there will be tasty traders from Cambridge and London, as well as scrummy snacks you can fill your pockets with or grab on the go. Wherever you find yourself in the ball, there's sure to be something delicious close by.


Quenching your thirst, tantalising your tastebuds, enhancing your senses, drinks at Emmanuel May Ball will cater for every whim. Classic cocktails alongside mixology masterpieces, bars across the ball will serve a range of alcoholic and non-alcoholic concoctions. For something different, carefully curated selections of craft beer, tasting sessions of fine spirits, and energising short drinks will keep you intrigued and excited right up to breakfast.


Tickets have now sold out!

If you are a student of Emmanuel College and you haven't managed to claim the one Standard Ticket that you are entitled to, please email ticketing@emmamayball.com with your name and CRSid by Tuesday 10th February at 5pm and we will arrange a ticket for you.

Anyone else wanting tickets, or students of Emmanuel wanting to purchase extra tickets may add their names to the waiting list on our ticketing site.

Current students may buy up to 8 tickets each, and Alumni can buy a pair. Ticket prices are as follows:


Ticketing »


Emmanuel College May Ball is now recruiting for 2015!

We are looking for motivated and enthusiastic individuals to join our vibrant workforce and help kick off this year's May Week with an unforgettable night. With a range of roles to pick from, competitive wages, helpful superiors and the opportunity to work with friends, working for Emmanuel College May Ball will be a thoroughly enjoyable experience.

Interested? More information is available on the staffing page - just click the big green button below. Closing date for applications will be Monday 23rd February.

Staffing »

Performing & entertaining at the Ball


Auditions for musical acts are now closed. DJs interested in performing can continue sending mixes to Immi and Katherine at music@emmamayball.com.


Online applications for Non-Musical Ents are now closed. If you still wish to be considered for the ball, or have any questions, please email Emma and Roberta at entertainment@emmamayball.com.


This year we are proud to be sponsored by Olympus Security (UK) Ltd, one of the UK's leading security companies. They will be providing the security at our event this year.

We are also sponsored by the following companies:

Saffron Brewery is an award-winning local microbrewery producing a range of craft ales available in bottle and draught form. For a sneak preview of the delights that will be on offer, pop along to their Brewery Tap, Cambridge's smallest pub: the St Radegund on King St.

somethingMADE are designers and silkscreen printers of bespoke stationery for events and special occasions.


There will be an optional charitable donation at £2.00 per ticket. All donations raised from ticket sales for this year's May Ball will be channelled into two valuable causes, through the May Ball Charity Fund Initiative. This initiative is undertaken by the May Ball Presidents' Committee.


Money donated to Afrinspire will be directed towards a new grass-roots project, which will facilitate the building of a number of classrooms in a primary school in Uganda. The May Ball Presidents' Committee aims to build a long term relationship with Afrinspire to see the completion of this particular project. Afrinspire supports indigenous development initiatives across East Africa, ranging from the provision of education materials to financing the construction of water tanks.

Student Minds

Student Minds is the UK's student mental health charity. They deliver research-driven training and support to equip students to bring about positive change on their campuses through campaigning and facilitating peer support programmes.


Members of our committee would be pleased to answer any questions you may have.