Van Mildert Opera by the Lake 2020

All Van Mildert College alumni and their guests are welcome to join us for Opera by the Lake with Sir Thomas Allen at Van Mildert College on Saturday 22 February.

If you want to be in rooms near, or sit with specific people for the dinner, sign up as a group, or email the Development Officer at

The Van Mildert Association Alumni Reunion Weekend is a wonderful opportunity for alumni to reconnect with fellow Mildertians and their College.

Whilst we are looking forward to welcoming back Mildertians from across all year groups, we are particularly excited to welcome back the graduating class of 1969, who will celebrate the 50th Anniversary of their graduation, along with those who graduated in 1979, 1989, 1999 and 2009!

Over the course of the weekend a number of activities and events are planned including the Annual Dinner on Saturday 13 July at 7 pm in the Ann Dobson Hall. Further details about each of the activities can be found below. In addition, the Van Mildert Association AGM will take place on Saturday 13 July at 4 pm. The deadline for bookings is Monday 24 June 2019 at 5pm.

Events and Activities Package - £45

To include the Annual Dinner with after dinner entertainment (Saturday evening), snacks and refreshments in the Bar & JCR (Saturday afternoon), entry to Durham University Botanic Gardens and Durham University Oriental Museum (Friday & Saturday), and a tour of Durham Cathedral and North Tower.

The Van Mildert Association is also excited to offer a tour of the Business School Art Collection on both Friday and Saturday. Places for this tour are limited, please contact to reserve a place.

 *Tour of Durham Cathedral and North Tower unavailable due to closure of Cathedral during Durham Miner's Gala.

Annual Dinner Only - £35

If you would prefer not to purchase the above Events and Activities Package, tickets for the Annual Dinner (including after dinner entertainment) can be purchased individually at a cost of £35 per person. The menu for the Annual Dinner is provided below but please note that special dietary requirements can be catered for and should be noted on the booking form or via email to


VMA Reunion Dinner Menu

Pea mousse

with mint jelly and feta crumble V


Pan-fried chicken breast

with fondant potato, celeriac puree, fine beans

and tarragon jus


Wild mushroom tart

with duchess potato, parsnip puree, sautéed greens

 and celeriac V


 Lemon tart

 with fresh raspberries and raspberry sorbet V


Bolivian medium roasted coffee or

choose from our tea selection accompanied

with petits fours


Accommodation (Bed & Breakfast)

Single Standard - £32 per night

Double Ensuite - £75 per night

Additional meals may be purchased at the below rates:

Friday Dinner - £16 per person

Saturday Lunch - £16 per person


For any queries, please contact

Event Selection
The annual Van Mildert Association Reunion Weekend will take place on Friday 12 July- Sunday 14 July 2019. This is a fantastic opportunity to enjoy a weekend in Durham, reconnect with old friends and Mildertians, and celebrate the successes and achievements of the College's current students and alumni!

Please note that the booking form limit is for 8 guests due to the size of tables. If you have additional guests, please contact
12 July 2019
Van Mildert College Opera By the Lake

Van Mildert College
Durham University
Mill Hill Lane

+44 (0)191 334 7100