Vanbrugh College's 50th Anniversary

Vanbrugh College is turning 50 this academic year.  We will have our big 50th Anniversary Celebration Weekend on April 20-22nd 2018!  
Everyone is welcome, whether you are a current student, member of staff, alumnus of another college or just love music!

Click here for more information on the Weekend Program

Tickets are no longer on sale online.  Please email the college at: to reserve a ticket.  You will then be able to pick up and pay for your ticket at the door.  

A limited number of full weekend passes are still available to buy on a first come-first served basis, however there is a cheap Saturday Only ticket to see the bands which you can also buy on Saturday.

Ticket Prices on the door:

This includes a full weeekend pass, complimentary cocktail on Friday evening, goody bag, cake, free entry to the pub quiz on Saturday, tea and scones on Sunday

  • £25 for a Full Weekend Ticket
  • £15 Student Concession Ticket (you will need to be a current student with at the University of York or have valid Student ID)
  • For children accompanying their parents or siblings to this event there is a £10 charge for 12-18 year olds and under 12s go free.  Although this is a child-friendly event, younger children will need to be accompanied by an adult at all times and no under 18 year olds will be permitted to buy or consume alcohol.

There is a Saturday Only Cheap Ticket for £5 on the door if you just want to see the bands.

How to Get Involved

Want to help out at on the weekend?

If you are a member of staff, a current student or an alumnus living in York and you'd like to help out during the weekend, please sign up to volunteer:

If you would like to volunteer to work at the 50th Anniversary Event (Friday 20th-Sunday 22nd April), we are looking for:
  • Event Stewards
  • Cloakroom Attendants
  • Tech Support 
  • Campus Tour Guides
  • Pub Quiz Helpers
  • Sports Day Helpers
  • Duck Norris Wearers
  • Photographers
  • Decoration and Display Creators
All volunteers will receive ambassador training and a complimentary weekend ticket to the anniversary celebrations as well as an invite to the staff after event party on the Sunday evening at The Warren for food and drink!
Complete the application form here:

All Alumni: Register to receive updates

Register on YorkSpace with your preferred email address so that you can recieve updates about celebrations, events and activities. You can select what sort of information you recieve and the type of contact.

Stay in Touch with Social Media



  • Follow us on @VanbrughCollege
  • Use the Hashtag #Vanbrugh50

Apply to Perform at the Saturday Music Festival?

Are you a solo artist or in a band, a D.J, a musical group or a string quartet?  Whether you are a student or alumnus we would love to hear from you. If you are interested then please apply using the google form here:

Alternatively, you can email 

Want to be an Alumni Leader in your area?

You may already have a thriving friendship network including alumni of Vanbrugh College and the University of York, or you may want to contact alumni in your area and share you experiences.  If you would like information or support on being an Alumni Network Leader in your region, country or just in your friendship group contact

Share Your Memories

Send us photos of your time at York that we can add to our 'Memories of York' display, or maybe you have other memorabilia such as books, magazines, t-shirts, newspapers or posters. Please send any scanned or digital copies to Lenore Klassen:

Any original items that you would be willing to loan us for our display would also be greatly appreciated.


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