The British Seaside is a famous attraction. For centuries, the British have travelled to their seaside in droves, braving wind, rain, and even occasionally the sun in order to relax on its pebbly, muddy and even occasionally sandy shores. Last night, the students in Jowett Walk were given the chance to relax themselves— and, with a British Seaside-themed party waiting for them in the marquee at St Catherine’s College, they didn’t even have to struggle through wind and rain, or risk muddying their lovely dresses and smart shirts.
Upon arrival, students were greeted by the sight of tables of gleaming glasses containing alluringly-hued and gorgeously flavoured mocktails and other drinks; with thirst sated, attentions directed to food were fully satisfied by the sight of tables almost bowing down beneath platters piled high. The décor fully reflected the theme. Enormous beach balls were both fitting and a lot of fun to have bouncing over the crowd; a giant deck chair, along with similarly oversized bucket and spade, was a brilliant photo opportunity for posing; a surfing simulator provided the opportunity to test out balance. Tubs of ice cream and sticks of candyfloss, both seaside staples, were also very popular in rejuvenating tired limbs and cooling hot party-goers.
The dancefloor, throughout, was by far the most popular part of the party. A brilliant selection of
music included something for everybody’s sense of rhythm, and the warm and inclusive atmosphere coaxed even those not too keen on dancing into a happy state of foot-tapping fun.
When the time came to return to Balliol, students were sorry to see the last of the seaside marquee; but there remains the reassurance that there is still another week to be passed surrounded by such friends, and another party to look forward to even at the end of the fortnight remaining.