Garden Party Guide 2013

Celebrate May Week in style with The Tab’s Garden Party Guide.

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Forget exam revision, all of us here at The Tab are keen to get on with planning our May Week frivolities.

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Whether you’d prefer a classier strawberries-and-champagne experience, or simply want to get off-your-face drunk, there’s a garden party for everyone.

Wednesday, 12th June

Rudimental Presents Turf: The Dimensions Festival Launch

Time: 11am-9pm
Pricing: £10 Early Birds
Dress Code: Casual

Held in a secret location to be revealed, an edgy addition to the garden party scene.

Friday, 14th June

Cambridge Union Society Garden Party

Time: 11:00
Tickets: £20 (£25 non-members) release date 14 May
Dress Code: Smart Casual

If the last three years are anything to go by, we can expect good things.

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Wilberforce Society Garden Party

Time: TBC
Tickets: £5, AVAILABLE NOW
Dress Code: Smart Casual

Cambridge’s favourite think-tank kids make their mark on the garden party scene.

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Gentlemen of St John’s Garden Party

Time: TBC
Tickets: TBC, release date TBC
Dress Code: Smart Casual

It’s probably better than Oxford, whatever the song says.

Saturday, 15th June

Queens’ May Bumps Garden Party

Time: 11:00
Tickets: £15 AVAILABLE NOW
Dress Code: Smart/Blazer

If the dress code is anything to go by, expect boaties galore.

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Engineers’ Garden Party

Time: 13:00
Tickets: £4 (£6 non-members) AVAILABLE NOW
Dress Code: Smart Casual

Engineers have fun too, y’know.

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IndiaSoc Garden Party MASTI

Time: 14:30
Tickets: £10 SOLD OUT
Dress Code: Smart Casual

A vibrant twist on the traditional Cambridge garden party.

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CUCA Garden Party: Teddy Bears’ Picnic

Time: 15:00
Tickets: £9 (£13 non-members) AVAILABLE NOW
Dress code: Smart Casual

Jelly and ice-cream make Tories both young and old happy.

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CLIO Garden Party

Time: 19:30
Tickets: £8 (£10 non members) AVAILABLE NOW
Dress Code: Smart Casual

Historically very popular.

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Adams Society Garden Party

Time: TBC
Tickets: TBC, release date TBC
Dress Code: Smart Casual

Party with the John’s mathmos. You might even meet our very own Mark Liu.

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The Gentlemen Patricians’ Garden Party

Time: TBC
Tickets: TBC, release date TBC
Dress Code: Smart Casual

Fairly generic college drinking society garden party.

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The Kitten Club Garden Party

Time: 14.00
Tickets: £10, TIckets are by invitation only.
Dress Code: Smart Casual

By invitation only. Don’t worry if you haven’t received and invite, you can ‘register your interest’ online.

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The Ten Men Garden Party

Time: TBC
Tickets: TBC, release date TBC
Dress Code: Smart Casual

Is it still a garden party if it’s just boaties watching bumps by the river?

CULS Garden Party

Time: TBC
Tickets: TBC
Dress Code: Smart Casual

Expect a good deal – Law Soc events are usually heavily subsidised.

Sunday, 16th June

Crescents’ Garden Party

Time: 09:00
Tickets: £13.50 SOLD OUT
Dress Code: Smart Casual

Alcohol mixed in barrels, and young men embarrassing themselves. A classic.

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Gentlemen Wyverns’ Garden Party

Time: 11:00
Tickets: £15 Silver, £20 Gold AVAILABLE NOW
Dress Code: Blazers and Shorts/Bikinis and Shades

There will be no jelly wrestling at this year’s Wyverns’ Garden Party. Make of that what you will. 

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Idlers’ Garden Party

Time: 12:15
Tickets: £15 SOLD OUT
Dress Code: Smart Casual

As drinking soc garden parties go, this one is actually pretty sophisticated.

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Trinity Hall Garden Party

Time: 13:00
Tickets: £15 SOLD OUT
Dress Code: Smart Casual

Good clean fun. Food, booze, and no ritual humiliation.

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CICCU (International) Garden Party

Time: 15:00
Tickets: TBC, release date TBC
Dress Code: Smart Casual

Like international students? You’ll love this.

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Wolfson College Garden Party

Time: 15:00
Tickets: Free admission
Dress Code: Not specified

Wolfson try to lure in some outsiders with free admission – will it work?

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Murray Edwards Garden Party

Time: 16:00
Tickets: £25 SOLD OUT
Dress Code: Smart Casual

It’s a bit pricey, but this themed event may even be worth walking up the hill for.

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CUJS Garden Party

Time: TBC
Tickets TBC, release date TBC
Dress Code: Smart Casual

JSoc throw a good party, so this is probably a safe bet.

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Downing Tribal Barbecue

Time: TBC
Tickets: TBC, release date TBC
Dress Code: Smart Casual

The ultimate boatie garden party, with gaudy blazers and an ever-popular soundtrack.

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Marguerites’ Garden Party

Time: 12.00
Tickets: £13, AVAILABLE NOW
Dress Code: Smart Casual

Not often a hive of social activity, Christ’s welcomes revellers into its lovely Fellows’ Garden.

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Queens’ Bounce Event

Time: TBC
Tickets: TBC, release date TBC
Dress Code: Smart Casual

It sounds perky, even if we don’t have much info yet.

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Sidney Sussex Boat Club Garden Party

Time: 12:00
Tickets: £12 AVAILABLE NOW
Dress Code: Smart Casual

With a growing reputation amongst grads in particular, this might just surprise you.

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Squires’ Garden Party

Time: TBC
Tickets: TBC, release date TBC
Dress Code: Smart Casual

Best. Wesbite. Ever.

Monday, 17th June

Newnham JCR Garden Party

Time: 13:00
Tickets: £20 SOLD OUT
Dress Code: Smart Casual

If you’re going to visit Newnham, this is the time to do it. We hear good things.

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French Society Garden Party

Time: 13:30
Tickets: £15 (£20 non-members) AVAILABLE NOW
Dress Code: Smart Casual

More chic than your average. Most Brits go only to hit on sexy French (wo)men.

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Fitzwilliam College Music Society Garden Party

Time: 14:00
Tickets: TBC, release date TBC
Dress Code: Smart Casual

The soundtrack will probably be good.

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CUSU Garden Party

Time: TBC
Tickets: Free, release date TBC
Dress Code: Smart Casual

Like much of CUSU. This exists? Who knew?

Teaparty With A Twist

Time: 15:00
Tickets: Early bird £10, otherwise £12 AVAILABLE NOW
Dress Code: “Garden party wear with a twist”

Cambridge Hub and Giving What We Can pass on all proceeds to charity.

Tuesday, 18th June

Newnham MCR Garden Party

Time: 15:00
Tickets: £24 AVAILABLE NOW
Dress Code: Smart Casual

Taken rather seriously, with a French Revolution theme and a launch party.

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CUFIS Finance and Investment Society Garden Party

Time: 13:00
Tickets: £6 AVAILABLE NOW
Dress Code: Smart Casual

Probably fairly well-funded.

Wednesday, 19th June

CUVZS Garden Party

Time: 14:00
Tickets: TBC, release date TBC
Dress Code: Smart Casual

Vets prove they like animals by including a petting zoo.

Cambridge Student Lib Dem Garden Party

Time: 15:00
Tickets: £5 non-members, £3 members, £6 membership and entry
Dress Code: smart casual

Barbecue fun with the kids in yellow.

Thursday, 20th June

CUCCS Garden Party: Duel and Beer

Time: 14:00
Tickets: £8 (£10 non-member, free for alumni)
Dress Code: None specified

Chinese Society brings the PAR-TAY.

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Twenty20 Varsity Garden Party

Time: 15:00
Tickets: £5
Dress Code: Smart Casual AVAILABLE NOW

Worth pretending you like cricket for.

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Marshall Society Garden Party

Time: 14:45
Tickets: £12, £15 non-members AVAILABLE NOW
Dress Code: Smart Casual

‘Cause economists let loose sometimes too.

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