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Clubs, societies and social events

Being part of Clare Hall’s community presents a wonderful opportunity to socialise, develop new skills and explore extracurricular activities – whether by joining one of our clubs and societies, or by attending events.



Learn about Clare Hall’s highly regarded music programme, including the Intimate Engagements series.

Clare Hall’s quartet-in-residence, the Fitzwilliam String Quartet, delight us with concerts throughout the year.


Members are warmly invited to be part of our relaxed, enjoyable and accessible choir.

A practice session in spring 2022.


Exhibitions and art collection

Our Art Committee presents a range of exhibitions and talks throughout the year. Members can also loan artworks from the College’s eclectic collection.

Art is an enriching aspect of college life.


Explore the Bell Collection of British Studio Pottery, 1920-1980, which is available to enjoy year-round in the College’s Main Site, with a rotating display drawing from some 320 pots.

Student-led activities and sports:

The Graduate Student Body Committee plans an extensive range of social events year-round, which complement the student bar‘s range of cocktail nights and family evenings.

The ALB bar is fully student-run and offers a great variety of beers, spirits, wines, and soft drinks.


Clare Hall’s allotment is free for members and their families to join.

What better way to unwind than by growing delicious vegetables?

Boat Club

Clare Hall Boat Club (CHBC) competes in both collegiate and town competitions.

Our Boat Club crews pictured in spring 2024.

Football, Badminton, and Rugby

Why not try the Clare x Clare Hall joint football team, or join your fellow college members for a session of badminton? Contact GSB Sports Officer Martin Baur for more information.

If you’re interested in trying out rugby, consider joining the All Greys, a rugby team made of players from the University of Cambridge’s mature and graduate colleges.

University sports

For a smaller college, Clare Hall has a high percentage of student athletes who participate at the top level in University sport. Find examples on this page.

College activities:

Book Club

We discuss books from across the globe. Discover more on this page.

Reading for leisure is one of life’s great pleasures, so why not join our Book Club and delve into a new story?

Cricket Club

A sociable sporting club which is open to all who work and study at Clare Hall.

Cricket Match 2022.


Clare Hall Golf Society is open to all college members including staff, students and visitors and offers a sociable group for golfers of all levels of experience to play together at a number of local courses.


The College has a punt called the John Benstead, which members can book. Please see the Intranet for details.

Our punt’s first outing.

Swimming pool and gym

Enjoy our indoor heated swimming pool and gym.

College members can reserve a pool slot via Booker.


Enjoy a meditation drop-in each Tuesday from 1pm in the King Room, led by Emeritus Fellow Elizabeth Garnsey.

Mindfulness has an immediate and lasting ripple effect.

Board Games Club

The Clare Hall Board Games Club hosts games nights twice a week – currently on Sundays and Mondays in the Common Room from 7pm. All College members are welcome.

For further information, contact Esdras Paravizo via


Make the most of a summer’s day and enjoy a game of croquet on one of our lawns. There are two croquet sets stored in the basement of Gillian Beer House which are available for members to use.


Find a range of social events such as Jazz Formals, Formal Swaps, ceilidhs and feasts via our events calendar year-round. There is also a barbecue in West Court which our members are very welcome to book for social events.

Clare Hall’s annual lectures, colloquia and special interest groups present opportunities to interact – as does being part of the Graduate Student Body Committee.

Join the Clare Hall events Facebook group to hear about upcoming public-facing events on the social media platform. Follow our Twitter list to connect with your fellow College members.

The University’s What’s On round-up is a fantastic means of keeping track of events which are taking place across the University of Cambridge and its affiliated institutions.