Wills has a tradition of regular formal meals on Fridays until just after Easter. The dress code for formal meals requires all students to wear academic gowns and formal evening wear - for women, dresses, skirts or smart trousers; for men, black tie, or lounge suit with shirts (with collars) and ties. Gowns will be available for purchase on arrival at hall.
Students attending formal meals must be in the dining hall by 7.20pm, and must not leave the dining hall before the Warden. The Warden and the SCR invite guests from across the University to sit on High Table and therefore good, well-mannered and courteous behaviour is expected from all those attending. Students are allowed to bring an opened bottle of wine or soft drink (but not spirits or beers) into a formal, which they are encouraged to share with another diner.
There is limited space for guests at formal meals which students may book through reception (guests do not need to wear gowns). Since the dining hall can only accommodate 200 a signing-up arrangement operates to ensure fair seating.
It has become customary for students to treat Friday evenings as ‘Wills Night’ and the JCR usually organise a DJ in the bar on Fridays following the formal dinner.