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Events

Whether you’re on the wagon and looking for non-alcoholic social events, or you’re interested in an unforgettable night out – we have you covered. Here’s the lowdown of all the key events happening during Freshers’ Festival. Individual event tickets are on sale from Monday 17 September.

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Welcome Hog Roast
22nd September
The Packhorse
It's time to get all up in our grill as The Packhorse host a hearty hog roast to welcome all the new and returning students.
Bars and Nightlife | Free | Freshers | The Packhorse | Day
Freshers' Welcome Party - Day One
22nd September
Students' Union
So you've unpacked and moved into your new halls, and you're ready to party it up in the evening. We’re kicking off day one of Freshers’ Festival with a huge arrivals party for all the incoming first years.
Bars and Nightlife | Freshers | Night | Wristband | Union Venue
Returners' Welcome Party - Day One
22nd September
Medicine
We're hosting an exclusive welcome-back party for all the returners. Get first dibs partying in the newly refurbished Medicine venue.
Bars and Nightlife | Free | Freshers | Night | Medicine
Poster Sale
23rd September
Union Plaza
Uni Poster Sales are bringing a poster and art print sale to Royal Holloway. You are free to come and browse through their prints - fill your new pads with our fun new and classic designs!
Free | Alcohol-free | Freshers | Day | Union Venue
Quiz Night
23rd September
The Packhorse
Who said the days of pen and paper are long gone? We sure don't think so. Come on down to our hand written quiz night as our quiz master brings you four rounds of questions and one picture round.
Bars and Nightlife | Freshers | The Packhorse | Night
Freshers' Welcome Party - Day Two
23rd September
Students' Union
It's round two of the Freshers' Welcome Party at Royal Holloway!
Bars and Nightlife | Freshers | Night | Wristband | Union Venue
Returners' Welcome Party - Day Two
23rd September
Medicine
Round two of the returners' welcome back party!
Bars and Nightlife | Free | Freshers | Night | Medicine
Poster Sale
24th September
Union Plaza
Uni Poster Sales are bringing a poster and art print sale to Royal Holloway. You are free to come and browse through their prints - fill your new pads with our fun new and classic designs!
Free | Alcohol-free | Freshers | Day | Union Venue
Freshers' Fair - Day One
24th September
Sports Centre
It's day one of the Freshers' Fair. Come along and meet all your clubs, societies and media outlets as well as some local charities and external organisations.
Free | Alcohol-free | Societies | Sports | Media Outlets | Freshers | Day
Sunset Session
24th September
The Packhorse
We know it's September, but that doesn't mean you can't relive the summer vibes. Why not come down to our musical delicatessen at The Packhorse, showcasing the finest cuts of chilled Ibiza grooves.
Bars and Nightlife | Free | Freshers | The Packhorse | Night
Caribbean Beach Party ft. Jack Fowler
24th September
Students' Union
Calling all islanders - we got a text! We'll be joined by Love Island legend, Jack Fowler, as we spruce up the SU to give you a tropical experience.
Bars and Nightlife | Freshers | Night | Wristband | Union Venue
Toast: Official Medicine Launch
24th September
Medicine
Our legendary value for money night out is back for Freshers! Say hello to drink deals all at one single price - £1.50!
Bars and Nightlife | Free | Freshers | Night | Medicine | Toast
Poster Sale
25th September
Union Plaza
Uni Poster Sales are bringing a poster and art print sale to Royal Holloway. You are free to come and browse through their prints - fill your new pads with our fun new and classic designs!
Free | Alcohol-free | Freshers | Day | Union Venue
Freshers' Fair - Day Two
25th September
Sports Centre
It's day two of the Freshers' Fair. Come along and meet all your clubs, societies and media outlets as well as some local charities and external organisations.
Free | Alcohol-free | Societies | Sports | Media Outlets | Freshers | Day
Caribbean Salsa Party
25th September
Medicine
Join us in enjoying the dance and flavours of the Caribbean down in Medicine.
Bars and Nightlife | Alcohol-free | Freshers | Night | Medicine
VK Electric
25th September
Students' Union
VK are hosting a huge party at the SU, where you can witness enormous inflatables, lasers, VK buckets and more beneath a monsoon of streamers and confetti!
Bars and Nightlife | Freshers | Night | Wristband | Union Venue
Treasure Trails
26th September
Start at Students' Union
Come and familiarise yourself with campus even more by taking part in our treasure trail. A great way to get to know your way around as well as meet new people.
Free | Alcohol-free | Freshers | Give It A Go | Day
Nationalitea
26th September
Medicine
Are you an international student? Why not join us for an afternoon tea party to meet other international students, hosted by your Vice-President Welfare & Diversity, Willow Wong!
Free | Alcohol-free | Societies | Sports | Freshers | Day | Medicine
Karaoke Night
26th September
The Packhorse
Are you like us? Do you practice with a hairbrush in front of the mirror? Well, look no further - The Packhorse is giving you your chance to put those rehearsals into practice and sing your favourite songs.
Bars and Nightlife | Free | Freshers | The Packhorse | Night
MedsWeds: Launch Night
26th September
Medicine
Get ready for the Wednesday sesh with drinks deals at our weekly pre-drinks night at Medicine!
Bars and Nightlife | Free | Freshers | Night | Medicine | MedsWeds
Flawless ft. EO
26th September
Students' Union
Upcoming British artist, EO, joins us at the SU to bring mayhem to Royal Holloway for Freshers' Festival! If you’re into all things grime, hip-hop and R&B then Flawless is the night for you!
Bars and Nightlife | Freshers | Night | Wristband | Union Venue | Flawless
Give It A Go Festival ft. Petting Zoo
27th September
Founder's Field
It's time for the Give It A Go Festival! This is a chance for you to find out more about our Give It A Go programme, take part in loads of activities and get to know some of our great societies.
Free | Alcohol-free | Societies | Freshers | Give It A Go | Day
Plant Sale
27th September
Union Plaza
Bag yourself a leafy best friend at the houseplant sale outside the Students' Union!
Free | Alcohol-free | Freshers | Day | Union Venue
Disabled Students' Meet And Greet
27th September
Shilling Building
Come along to the first disabled students' meet and greet of the year! Open to self-identifying disabled students.
Free | Alcohol-free | Freshers | Day
Transmission Live
27th September
The Packhorse
It's the return of the biggest indie night on campus! We've got a very special Transmission night prepared for you, with an outdoor gig at The Packhorse.
Bars and Nightlife | Music and Film | Freshers | The Packhorse | Night | Transmission
Late, Great & Free: Rainbow Rave
27th September
Medicine
Late, Great & Free is back with the LGBTQ+ Society hosting a Rainbow Rave!
Bars and Nightlife | Free | Freshers | LGBT+ | Night | Medicine
School of Rock ft. Don Broco (DJ Set)
27th September
Students' Union
It's the biggest rock night on campus with a special guest dropping the heaviest tunes! With an appearance from Don Broco (DJ Set), expect everything from rock to metal to alternative and everything in between with some of the biggest rock anthems.
Bars and Nightlife | Freshers | Night | Wristband | Union Venue
Inflatable Laser Tag - 10:00-12:00
28th September
Students' Union Main Hall
Show off your laser tag skills to your friends, by battling your way through the dark in our nine-pod inflatable maze.
Alcohol-free | Freshers | Give It A Go | Day | Union Venue
Plant Sale
28th September
Union Plaza
Bag yourself a leafy best friend at the houseplant sale outside the Students' Union!
Free | Alcohol-free | Freshers | Day | Union Venue
Diversity Picnic
28th September
Medicine Beer Garden
Celebrate the diversity of our student body as we welcome students from all backgrounds and groups to join us for a picnic.
Free | Alcohol-free | Freshers | Day | Medicine
Inflatable Laser Tag - 12:00-14:00
28th September
Students' Union Main Hall
Show off your laser tag skills to your friends, by battling your way through the dark in our nine-pod inflatable maze.
Alcohol-free | Freshers | Give It A Go | Day | Union Venue
Mindful Meditation
28th September
Founder's Chapel
Come along to a free session and discover the profound benefits of mindfulness!
Free | Alcohol-free | Welfare | Freshers | Give It A Go | Day
Inflatable Laser Tag - 14:00-16:00
28th September
Students' Union Main Hall
Show off your laser tag skills to your friends, by battling your way through the dark in our nine-pod inflatable maze.
Alcohol-free | Freshers | Give It A Go | Day | Union Venue
Islamic Society: Welcome BBQ
28th September
Medicine Beer Garden
Join a BBQ hosted by the Islamic Society in the newly refurbished Medicine garden, where a range of Halal food and non-alcoholic drinks will be available for you to enjoy.
Free | Alcohol-free | Societies | Freshers | Night | Medicine
Drinks Exchange
28th September
The Packhorse
Interactive night where the prices of drinks respond to what you are buying. Keep an eye on our real time trading screens and take advantage of market crashes to select your next drink.
Bars and Nightlife | Freshers | The Packhorse | Night
Medicine Live ft. Della B
28th September
Medicine
The launch of our weekly live music night on campus followed by a jam session. We'll also be joined by London-based soul/pop band, Della B.
Bars and Nightlife | Free | Music and Film | Freshers | Night | Medicine
Escape ft. Andy C and Tonn Piper
28th September
Students' Union
International drum and bass pioneer Andy C and MC Tonn Piper come to the SU to bring you the biggest Friday night out on campus.
Bars and Nightlife | Freshers | Night | Wristband | Union Venue | Escape
Trip To IKEA
29th September
Meet at Students' Union
Join us for a trip to IKEA and kit out your house or flat with whatever you desire.
Alcohol-free | Freshers | Give It A Go | Day
Bingo Night
29th September
The Packhorse
It's time to round up your squad for a friendly game of bingo at The Packhorse.
Bars and Nightlife | Free | Freshers | The Packhorse | Night
Freshers' Ball ft. Philip George, AFISHAL and SOAP
29th September
Founder's Building
Nothing suits you like a suit. Grab your ball gowns and black ties for the classiest night of Freshers' Festival!
Bars and Nightlife | Freshers | Night | Wristband
Freshers' Ball Afterparty
29th September
Medicine
Don't want the night to end yet? Don't worry, we're hosting an afterparty for Freshers' Ball.
Bars and Nightlife | Freshers | Night | Wristband | Medicine
Colour Run
30th September
Sports Centre
Whether you run, walk or jog, you'll be covered in paint by the time you finish, and you're guaranteed to have a laugh getting covered on the way round too!
Alcohol-free | Sports | Freshers | Give It A Go | Day
Quiz Night
30th September
The Packhorse
Who said the days of pen and paper are long gone? We sure don't think so. Come on down to our hand written quiz night as our quiz master brings you four rounds of questions and one picture round.
Bars and Nightlife | Freshers | The Packhorse | Night
Slumber Party And Movie Night
30th September
Medicine
As Freshers' Festival comes to an end, it's time to wind down and get ready for the start of the academic year. And what better way to do it than a slumber party and a screening of a movie.
Free | Alcohol-free | Freshers | Give It A Go | Night | Medicine