Formal dinners known as Formal Halls are held fortnightly throughout semester. This is a formal dinner replacing the usual self-service meal offered to residential students. Non-residential students are also encouraged to attend and asked to pay a small fee to cover the cost of their meal. All students are asked to wear academic gowns and there is usually a guest-of-honour to speak on a topic of interest.
There are some particularly important Formal Halls during the course of the year that attract very large numbers. These are the Opening Dinner at the beginning of the academic year, the St Edmund Campion Dinner in late June (to mark the end of Easter Term), the Scholarship Dinner in Trinity Term, and the Valedictory Dinner (known as the Réveillon) at the very end of Michaelmas Term.
We also keep the custom of singing one of the anthems of Our Lady before processing out at the end of each dinner.