“Hatfield tradition and
‘College Spirit’ are two of
the most appealing aspects
of Hatfield life. Formals
are a great opportunity
to get into gowns and
sit down to have the
most fun meal around.”
Formals are one of Hatfield's favourite traditions. Held in the Hall each week throughout the year (twice weekly in Michaelmas term), they are regularly well attended and widely regarded as the best formal in Durham.
Livers-in sign-up takes place outside of the bar annexe at 17:00 on Sundays for Tuesday Formals and on Wednesdays for Friday formals. Please do not arrive or start queuing more than 15 minutes before the specified sign-up time, or you will be turned away. Formals and sign-up times are announced each week in the JCR email. If, for any reason, you are unable to make sign-up but wish to attend, please contact the JCR Secretary.
The JCR subsidises the cost of formal for members. Currently, Livers-In attendance is free for normal formals and £3 for Guest Nights, while Livers-Out attendance is £3.50 for normal formals and £5 for Guest Nights. While non-Hatfield guests are welcome to attend, they pay the unsubsidised price of £7 for normal formals and £8 for Guest Nights.
The dress code for normal formals is academic dress (suit and tie or dress, with gown). Guest Nights, which have a more formal atmosphere (and usually include a cheese course and live music), are black tie. You may be denied entrance to the hall if you are not in dress code! If necessary, gowns may be hired for guests from the John Lindley Room prior to the start of formal, but you must notify the JCR Secretary in advance as there are a limited number available.
Attendees should gather in the college bar from 18:30 for a 19:00 start. You are allowed to purchase wine or soft drinks on the way into the hall, while water and squash are available at no cost.
The full formal guidelines can be found here