Journey Through Brasenose Ball

Each area of the ball has a myriad of entertainment, food and drinks — get a sneak preview here! View the gallery to walk through 3 quads and over 1000 years of humanity's answers to the wondrous and terrifying question of what lies beyond the Earth...


Old Quad

The contemplation of celestial things will make a man both speak and think more sublimely and magnificently when he descends to human affairs.


You will enter the ball through Brasenose's beautiful tower on Radcliffe Square, where, on Old Quad, we have been inspired by the wonders of ancient civilisations, celestial goddesses and communications with multiple god and deities; picture a majestic champagne reception accompanied by acoustic melodies, segueing into jazz and shisha as the sun goes down.


Deer Park

This most excellent canopy, the air, look you, this brave o-erhanging firmament, this majestical roof fretted with golden fire.

William Shakespeare, Hamlet, c.1600

Brasenose's Deer Park may be devoid of deer but it will be the beating heart of the ball, allowing guests to transition from the acoustic strains and refined elegance of Old Quad to the pulsing excitement of New Quad. Expect roving performers ready to thrill and entertain, continually-flowing drinks and plenty of opportunities to be immersed in the stars and constellations themselves...


New Quad

Travelling through to New Quad, guests will transcend the earth's limits and look to whole new worlds of entertainment possibilities in a space resplendent with food, drinks and a stage showcasing the stars of the night. Parallel the 1960s Space Race and its exuberant optimism and prepare to sing along to the our performers' sets all night, including our exclusive headliner who will light up the stage once night has well and truly fallen. The silent disco will keep you dancing until dawn finally takes back the night sky.


The Hall

Learning the stars and following their nightly courses across the sky brings a deep satisfaction born of familiarity with something both ancient and ageless.

Richard Berry, Discover the Stars, 1987

Enter the oldest part of Brasenose where, as a dining guest, you will be treated to a sumptuous four-course banquet which evokes the Ancient Greeks' fascination with mapping the night sky. Expect constellations, mythology and a sensory feast for the eyes and tastebuds; as night falls and guests stroll throughout the college, our hall will transform and become an intergalactic wonderland to explore with friends — and those you haven't yet met...


The Chapel

God has no intention of setting a limit to the efforts of man to conquer space.

Pope Pius XII

I looked and looked but I didn't see God.

Yuri Gagarin, 14 April 1961

Our chapel is a mesmerising mix of materials and decorative elements, from a marble altar to an intricately painted ceiling and polished chequered floor. Enter one of the college’s best-kept secret spaces to be entertained by performers from all genres. Relax in the peaceful and continually surprising surroundings; look up and see the stars.


Lecture Room VII and Medieval Kitchen

It's human nature to stretch, to go, to see, to understand. Exploration is not a choice, really; it's an imperative.

Michael Collins

Two hidden gems between our quads; dip into the sweet and sugary planet of Lecture Room VII to escape for refreshments when it opens later in the evening, and lie back and ponder the deepest wonders of the universe with films asking the same questions in the wonderful Medieval Kitchen, the oldest building in Brasenose.


Lecture Room XI and the Platnauer Room

Man looks aloft, and with erected eyes
Beholds his hereditary skies.


Two of our rooms, just off New Quad, will defy gravity with immersive experiences where guests can explore the full capacities of space, replete with experimental cocktails and gin galore. Absorb the futuristic vision while the music takes you on a journey through the decades.


The Bar

I wondered how I was ever going to get my work done because I just wanted to stay glued to the window.

Richard Searfoss, astronaut, interview in The Guardian newspaper, 30 July 2013

Our bar provides the perfect space to head underground and discover the plethora of entertainment experiences hidden in the medieval alcoves, as well as ample opportunity to relax with any of the fare you pick up along the way for sustenance; try everything.


Car Park & Bunker

Man is an artifact designed for space travel. He is not designed to remain in his present biologic state any more than a tadpole is designed to remain a tadpole.

William Burroughs, Civilian Defense, 1985

The only buildings in Brasenose to have won architectural awards, the colloquially-named concrete 'Car Park' and 'Bunker' will be the striking backdrop for a myriad of post-apocalyptic games and art installations — walk through the archways on New Quad to fully experience the unsettling mood and reality of a post-space world.