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CUHWC's Social events are many and varied, including weekly pub meets, college formals, film nights and other things besides. Sign up to our mailing list to be kept up to date.

Weekly pub meets

In ordinary times, the most regular and straightforward way to meet hillwalkers would be at the pub on a Wednesday from 8.30pm. More recently, our pub meets have moved online for as long as we are required to remain confined to our homes . Details about how to take part are shared to the mailing list.

Traditional annual events

Michaelmas Term: Christmas Curry and Secret Santa

Before Michaelmas ends, we have a relaxed Christmas dinner at a curry place. This often includes a 'Secret Santa' for those who would like to take part.

Lent Term: Annual Dinner

Normally held in late February or early March, this is about the only time you’ll see hillwalkers in black tie! Recent venues have included Churchill College (2020 and 2019), Pembroke College (2016) and St. John's College (2015). Often, the party continues well into the small hours, typically moving on to the Maypole.

Easter Term: Garden Party, Overnight Punting and Barbecue

Classic May Week activities, with a hillwalking twist! The Garden Party often involves an extravagantly decorated cake (creations have included a cow, a scale model of the Snowdon Horseshoe, and a minibus), as well as generous quantities of food and drink. In the evening, we reconvene to punt (or swim/canoe/cycle/walk) up to Grantchester for a barbecue — a great way to end the academic year.

Less regular events


We usually organise two or three official formals a term, which are always popular. Details, including and how to sign up, are emailed to the main mailing list.


We typically organise one or two swaps a year with other outdoor clubs. They include pre-drinks in a pub, an Indian curry or a Mexican burrito, and post-drinks in a College bar with games. They are very popular, providing the opportunity to meet other like-minded people beyond the Club's social circle.

... and many others!

In the past academic year 2019-2020, we had socials such as:

Pub crawl: starting at the Castle, before heading over to a number of pubs, and even Christ's Pieces for a wheelbarrow race!

Film night: watching films in good hillwalking company - often featuring mountains, of course!

Curry night: we met at Rajbelash on Hills Road for a curry and Secret Santa before heading over to a pub for drinks.

There are also cycle rides, barbecues, pub lunches, music sessions, trips to climbing walls and anything else that our members feel like organising!

Last but not least, trips are an excellent way to get to know hillwalkers better. The club has a tradition of singing on Saturdays after dinner on weekend trips, as you could probably tell from the dedicated song book page. W also do is pumpkin carving on the Halloween weekend trip, and we enjoy a Christmas Dinner on our last trip of Michaelmas.