Social events form a core part of Bristol University Royal Naval Unit. The unit is fortunate enough to share the bar and facilities which are on site at HMS FLYING FOX based in the centre of Bristol.
Major social events occur throughout the year, starting with the annual Trafalgar Night dinner – celebrating the Royal Navy’s most famous victory and the immortal memory of Vice Admiral Lord Nelson
We also have a Reception in the spring term, which enables the unit to host a variety of local dignitaries and officials together with representatives from the Universities, and military guests. Unit members are able to hone their hosting skills, whilst chatting to a variety of fascinating guests. The guests, in turn, are able to speak to unit members and learn more about what we do.
Our final formal event of the year is the URNU Ball. An opportunity to let our hair down, and invite friends and family to join us in one of Bristol’s outstanding settings. In the past we have held Balls in Bristol Museum, Ashton Court Mansion and Bristol Zoo.so have a range of organised social events, with the most notable being the annual Halloween and Christmas parties – nights enjoyed by all!
Throughout the year we have more informal socials held on Tuesdays, after drill nights. It is not uncommon for us to be found at the bar catching up, discussing what we’ve learned, or making plans for the weekend and week ahead! From the unit, we often end up in Clifton or the City Centre partying until the early hours! Drill nights can often involve themed events such as quizzes or charity nights, or end of term parties.
Without a doubt – whether a formal dinner celebrating the Navy’s proud and illustrious history, or a few drinks at the bar after drill – the social aspect of the unit helps to form a strong sense of community and helps to reinforce the friendships and teamwork that are key to the unit’s success.