Cambridge University students smiled and posed for pictures to show off their eclectic fancy-dress outfits to celebrate the end of their exams with their first May Ball for three years.
Hundreds of young men and women soaked up the sunshine as they headed away from the party at King’s College on Thursday morning – with some donning cheeky clothing choices.
The bash, which was dubbed ‘the Antidote to the May Balls’ had the theme of Metamorphosis and bragged about being ‘known for doing things differently’.
Students dressed up in their best fancy dress outfits, with one even completely transforming into Maleficent while others kept things simple as mermaids and fairies.
Guests paid at least £125 for the ticket to Wednesday’s event, and were promised ‘a dreamlike paradise’ upon entry at 9pm.
Students downed cans of water in an attempt to recover from the long night of partying before. They donned eclectic outfits to fit in with the Metamorphosis theme
Cheeky! One partygoer ditched the majority of his outfit to fit in with the dress code as he entered the King’s Affair on Wednesday evening
Revellers at the King’s College bash took the theme in different ways, with a group of girls dressing up a pastel coloured mermaids and fairies for the long awaited party
One girl went all out in a Maleficent-style outfit for the all night party which included a silent disco and bumper cars as a highlight of the evening
Party-goers paid at least £125 a ticket to attend the exclusive bash, which has been dubbed the ‘antidote to May Balls’ because of its more relaxed dress code. Usually students at other colleges are required to stick to strict black tie rules
Students clutched M&S cocktail tins as they were wandering the streets in Cambridge on their way home from the all night party
Organisers of the ball, which they called the King’s affair, also bragged that tuxedos and floor length gowns were banned in favour of ‘magnificent fancy dress costumes’.
They challenged students by adding: ‘This year’s dress code is whatever Metamorphosis means to you…be as creative as you can!’
Guests could tuck in to artisan mac and cheese, doughnuts, wraps and Italian delicacies – as well as washing it all down with some bubble tea.
The organisers also put on bumper cars, a bouncy slide, tarot reading, a silent disco and festival rides.
Organisers put on bumper cars, a bouncy slide, tarot reading, a silent disco and festival rides. Guests could tuck in to artisan mac and cheese, doughnuts, wraps and Italian delicacies
One girl went for an under the sea theme with a pink bejewelled fish hat while another painted her face to look like a woodland creature with flowers in her hair
Two students sipped on beer as they wandered home carrying a large papier mache spehere. They had also adorned themselves with temporary butterfly tattoos
Other students dressed as David Bowie, a bunny, a dinosaur and one even dressed as Rick from the hit TV show Rick and Morty – carrying round a Morty glass to drink from
Another couple took inspiration from the incredible Hulk, painting himself green while his friend dressed in a pretty purple gown
A group of friends dressed as Greek gods and goddesses with golden head pieces and outfits adorned with leaves, while others plumped for pastel dresses as mythical fairies
Students clutched at their passports and ID’s which were needed to ensure that they got access to the King’s College party on Wednesday night
A skeleton spaceman also made an appearance at the bash, while is two friends covered themselves in fake cobwebts for the event
They also enjoyed a DJ set from HAAi, who travelled from Parklife to perform before heading onto Glastonbury this week.
Another headliner for the bash was Late Night Shopper, who is also heading to Glastonbury after the Cambridge party.
It is the first time May Balls have been held at the university since the Covid pandemic.
Previous events in 2021 and 2020 were cancelled, meaning the last events held there were in 2019.
May Balls have been held at the prestigious university colleges since 1866 to mark the end of the academic year.
One lad chose to wear a bright red skirt, red wig and sequined nipple tassels to the event while his female friend chose a more covered up ethereal outfit
Students opted for comfortable footwear to party the night away in, while donning risque and revealing outfits for the Metamorphosis themed ball
A reveller hugged his scantily clad friends, who appear to be dressed as fairies, as a man in a dinosaur outfit appeared to be focused on getting home
Partygoers shared pictures with each other of the night before as they queued to get home from the exclusive party at Cambridge University
A group made a statement with bold headwear for the party, with one girl attaching a large bush to her head while her pal opted for a silver alien headband
A group of golden boys grinned as they made their way home, with two donning waist bags that matched their outfits. The students enjoyed their first May Ball in over two years after they were cancelled due to the pandemic
The tradition of May Balls in Cambridge started in the 1830s with the first official one being the First and Third Trinity Boat Club May Ball in 1866.
They are usually lavish affairs with ticket prices ranging from around £100 to as much as £640 for a pair of dining tickets at Trinity.
The ball has been held every year since 1866, apart from 1910, when King Edward VII died, during the Second World War between 1939 and 1945, and in 2020 and 2021 due to the Covid-19 pandemic.
A series of balls is held to mark the end of term, with various colleges hosting them.
Despite now taking place in June they are still called the May Balls as that is when they were originally held.