Gaudy (2) A celebratory dinner or entertainment held by a college for old members.
Mid 16th century (in the sense ‘rejoicing, a celebration’): from Latin gaudium ‘joy’, or from gaude ‘rejoice!’, imperative of gaudere.
Oxford Dictionary 

Gaudies are traditional celebrations of the life-long connection between the House and its Members. We invite groups of Members back to visit with their peers twice a year and host a spectacular dinner in Hall, preceded by drinks and an academic lecture, and the option to stay in Christ Church and re-explore the House the following day. The only charges are for overnight accommodation and gown hire, if required. We hope that you will be able to join us for your Gaudy, so please ensure we have your current contact details and can send you your invitation. 

Gaudies are normally held on Fridays in late June and late September/early October. Dates are usually finalised around six months in advance, and invitations are sent around 6 weeks prior to the event. You may wish to check with the Development Office before making firm arrangements. 

Due to the popularity of Gaudies, we are regrettably unable to invite spouses, partners, or family members. 

Please see the schedule for Gaudies below, and the attached document for the provisional further schedule

2009-2011 Matriculates
Summer 2018 (Friday 22 June 2018)        

Pre-1959 Matriculates   
Autumn 2018 (Friday 28 September 2018)        

A letter confirming the details for your Gaudy will be sent with your invite, including parking arrangements. Instructions for booking online will also be enclosed. You will be able to advise us of any special dietary or accessibility needs, and whether you would like overnight accommodation. There will also be space to note seating requests.

The event usually runs as follows:


4.00pm - 5.30pm
Talks in Sir Michael Dummett Lecture Theatre, formerly known as the Blue Boar Lecture Theatre

Choir singing at Gaudy


Pre-Dinner Drinks

Dinner in Hall


Gaudy Breakfast in Hall

9.00am - Midday             
Refreshments Available

Walking Tours

Dress code: Gowns are worn. Dinner Jacket – Decorations.  
Charges: the only charges are for a room overnight and gown hire (if required).
For further information, please contact Dr Anna Port