Formal Hall


Formal Hall is a more elaborate dinner in Hall, requiring smart dress and gowns. Meals are served at your table, and attendees may bring guests and bottles of wine.

Twice a term students may hold a Super Hall. Fancy dress may be worn (after permission from the Dean). Super Halls can sometimes have a different price to Formal Halls.


Formal Hall: Wednesdays and Fridays – 19:30

Formal Hall by arrangement: Any other night – 19:30

  • Please be seated before 19:30.
  • A gong will sound as the Fellows enter; all stand for Grace.
  • A gong will sound at the end of the meal for Fellows to leave following a Grace. Students may remain seated for this.
  • Wine bottles must be opened at the Bar beforehand.


Places at Formal Hall must be booked in advance. Click here to book. (Raven login is required). Students may book up to 5 guests (check online as number of guests usually differ at Super Halls).

Bookings and cancellations are available until 14:00, two days before. If you have special dietary requirements, please let us know by then.


  • Dress should be appropriate to the occasion; for example, jacket, collar and tie, or smart evening wear.
  • Gowns must be worn by College members (not guests).

The university outfitters A.E. Clothier, Ryder & Amies and Ede & Ravenscroft will be able to advise you best which gown you require. You can also hire gowns. However they are so frequently required, that most people own theirs. Most occasions where gowns are worn also require you to be smartly dressed. For gentlemen this means a shirt, tie and suit and equivalent smart wear for ladies.

On very special occasions you might be asked to wear ‘black tie’ which is a dinner jacket, tuxedo or smoking for gentleman and elegant evening dress for ladies. When invitations at Fitz state ‘black tie’ this will be the preferred option of dress – you will never be forced to wear one!


Students and guests are not permitted to play drinking games of any kind. If you do you will be asked to leave the Hall. Please read the College Regulations.

Formal Hall by arrangement

Please contact the College Events Co-ordinator for information. Minimum of 20 people (max 5 guests per Fitzwilliam student).

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