Special events

College family dinner

In addition to the diverse programme of events organised throughout term by the JCR and MCR, and in addition to the huge range of plays, concerts, poetry readings and debates taking place all over the university throughout term, there are also the following special events, some of which involve the whole college and some of which involve mainly visiting students.

Celebratory Meals

Formal Hall.  These occur twice weekly and are candlelit, three course meals held in the main dining hall.  You can book in via the website.

Thanksgiving Dinner.  On Thanksgiving we invite our visiting students to a three course Thanksgiving Dinner in the main dining hall. This is always great fun. It is preceded by drinks with the Principal in the elegant Principal’s drawing room.

Christmas Dinner.  At the end of the autumn term there is a formal Christmas dinner for all students in college who sign up for it.

Dinner with College Parents.  At the beginning of the summer term we invite you and your college “Mum” and “Dad” to a formal, candlelit college family dinner. 

Farewell Tea.  At the end of the summer term we say goodbye to all our Visiting Students by holding a delicious English afternoon tea in the main dining room, where you can tuck in to sandwiches, cakes and scones, jam and clotted cream.

Hertford Summer Ball

At the beginning of the summer term Hertford students organise a formal ball with music, dancing and entertainment.  You can book tickets through the JCR.

Wednesday Lunchtime Concert in Hertford Chapel

Regular concerts given by talented musicians and singers are organised  on most Wednesdays in the chapel – the quality of music is outstanding and they are free of charge.

Hertford Conversations

These are organised by the Principal for the whole college. A public figure is invited to come and give a talk and take questions. This is a wonderful opportunity to engage with a well known public figure in a relatively informal setting.

Formal Photograph

Just before the College family dinner we organise a formal photograph for Visiting Students taken by a professional photographer in the courtyard of Hertford College.  We give you a copy to take home with you as a reminder of your time here.

Report reading at Principal’s Collections

At the end of term, Visiting Students are included with the full time undergraduates in “Principal’s Collections”. This involves meeting the Principal of the College and the Senior Tutor.  The Principal will read out the student’s academic report and there is the opportunity for a brief discussion.