Yule Ball – General Information


If you are arriving by car, please park initially in the car park. After parking proceed via the Meet and Greet (who will be located by toilets and a brazier). You will be directed to Troll who will be located in the Tower Hall. They will give you your room keys and the code for the external doors (if you are staying in the House). At this stage, you may bring your car in front of the House or in front of the Hall to offload. Apart from offloading and packing on Sunday morning, cars must be parked in the car park for the duration of the event. Sunset over the event will be approximately 16:00.


Bunks: Please strip your beds and remember to take your bedding with you. If you have borrowed bedding please return it to the Tower Hall.
House beds: Please strip and remake your beds.
Apartments: Please strip and remake your beds.
Cars may be brought to the Tower or House for packing only. Please return to the car park if you are not leaving straight away so that others can do the same.
Site closes at 11:00.

The Chapel

The Claret Center who own the site are a working Roman Catholic institution with a few priests living on site. They also provide services for the community. On Saturday Mass will be held in the Chapel at 09:30 and 18:30. Unless you intend to attend the service please do not enter the Chapel at these times or disturb the Mass in any other way.

Yule Ball – Maps & Plans

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Other Accommodations

The George Hotel
Buckden High Street

The Lion Hotel
Buckden High Street
established 1492

The Tower Rooms
Buckden High Street


Buckden is located on the Great North Road (now the A1), giving easy access from north and south. It is also located about 5 miles south of the A14 giving easy access from east and west.

The site is about 5 miles from both Huntingdon and St. Neot’s, both of which have stations on the East Coast Line from London to Peterborough. Taxis are readily available at both local stations.

Transfers from the Stations
Due to being unable to guarantee sufficient volunteer drivers, we are unable to offer event organised pickups this year.

Buses: For local buses from Huntingdon and St. Neots please visit http://www.cambridgeshire.gov.uk/site/custom_scripts/bus_timetable_by_location.aspx.

Extend your trip

So you’re not quite sure whether to make just a weekend trip to Yule Ball? Then extend your trip into a winter break. There are many places to see within a short journey of the site. Get into the University spirit by visiting the original artifacts and paintings, or diving into the libraries and archives. Or just be a tourist and visit the many wonderful attractions, period and later, that England has to offer.



Travel to Cambridge:
Cambridge Airport.
Stansted Airport, followed by train ~31m to Cambridge.
Train: ~50m from London Kings Cross to Cambridge.

Travel to Site:

Car: ~30m on the A14 or A428. Pickups can be arranged.
Train: ~1h 15m from Cambridge to St. Neot’s, with 1 change at Hitchin.

Period Attractions:
Cambridge Colleges
Fitzwilliam Museum

Other Attractions:
American Cemetery
IWM Duxford: Air Museum
Other Museums


Travel to London:
London City Airport, Luton Airport, Gatwick Airport, Heathrow Airport, Stansted Airport, all easily accessible by train and/or underground.
Eurostar arriving at St. Pancreas.

Travel to Site:
Train: ~51m direct from London King’s Cross to St Neot’s.

Period Attractions:
British Library
British Museum
Globe Theatre
Greenwich National Maritime Museum
Golden Hinde II
Medieval Churches
Museum of London
National Portrait Gallery
Tate Gallery
Tower of London
UK National Archives
V&A Museum
Westminster Abbey

Other Attractions:
Churchill War Rooms
Cutty Sark
Greenwich Royal Observatory
HMS Belfast
Houses of Parliament / Palace of Westminster
Imperial War Museum
Kew Royal Botanic Gardens
London’s Markets
Natural History Museum
Science Museum
St. Paul’s Cathedral
Tate Modern
Tower Bridge
West End Theatres


Travel to York:
Train: ~1h 7m from Leeds Bradford Airport to York, 1 change at Leeds.
~2h direct from London King’s Cross to York.
~1h 35m direct from Manchester Airport to York.

Travel to Site:
Train: ~2h from York to Huntingdon, 1 change at Peterborough

Period Attractions:
Clifford’s Tower
Jorvik Viking Centre
The Shambles
York Castle Museum
York Minster

Other Attractions:
National Railway Museum
York Castle Prison