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Event Durham

Banqueting & Functions

Gala Dinners

Offering a stunning variety of venues, from modern, purpose-built function rooms to the Great Hall at Durham Castle, Event Durham can transform your gala dinner into an unforgettable event.

Whether you plan a celebratory meal, charity function, or the showpeice conclusion to your conference, sit back and let our professional and experienced catering teams look after after every last detail.

Private Dining

With a wide selection of rooms, in varying sizes and styles, Event Durham's professional and experienced catering teams can create the perfect dining experience, whatever the occasion.


Durham University has a range of facilities perfect for birthdays, anniversaries, retirements and engagements, whatever the occasion we can meet your requirements. Our professional and experienced catering teams can provide a variety of menu options to complement your celebration. Together with bar facilities and space for dancing and entertainment, we can ensure that your special occasion is one to remember.

Guide to Dress Codes

Please find below a quick guide that will help you understand the expected dress, according to the dress code written on the invitation or in the email you receive before attending your event.

Durham University strongly embraces equality and diversity and guests are encouraged to adapt this code in a way that makes them feel comfortable at the event.

Formal - Black Tie/Tuxedos/Formal National Dress. Black bow tie, black dinner jacket and trousers for men. Cummerbunds are optional. Evening dress or suit for women.

Academic Dress – Academic Gowns (event organiser will advise on what type to wear)

Lounge Suit and Cocktail Dress – Dark suit with tie for men; for women, a smart dress or equivalent, such as a cocktail dress or a suit.

Business wear –A suit and tie for men. Women can wear a tailored dress, trouser suit or skirt and blouse or equivalent.

Smart Attire – Suit trousers and shirt with an optional jacket and tie for men. Women can wear a dress or a skirt/trousers.

Casual – Casual wear, jeans are acceptable.

Please use the above as a guideline only. For further information please contact the event organiser.


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