While ‘The Challenge’ may sound like a cringey 5pm game show, it is actually an annual November shooting competition that brings over 140 shots from universities around the country to East Fife. Some might see the Welly Ball that follows as a quintessentially St Andrews event – playing host to thousands of students in ball gowns, tweed, and most importantly, wellies – but it remains one of the few cross-university events that the town hosts, with attendees from as far as Exeter. The Clay Pigeon Shooting Club somehow manages a finely-tuned schedule starting with a day for the shots and then followed by a ball for both Dinner and After Party guests, greatly to their credit. Welly 2018, though not without its detractions, was yet again a fun experience, with the proceeds going to a great cause. Plus, it had the added bonus of Wellington boots as a barrier both to the usual mud, and toe-stepping revelry of Kinkell.
A night of masked entertainment, with cocktails flowing, in St Andrews? Surprising. While it may sound like it, no, it’s not a resurgence of sports club initiations or Bullingdon Club-esque debauchery, but the 4th birthday of Concrete Catwalk St Andrews. Held at The Adamson on the 30thOctober, the eclectic street style blog that captures library looks fresh off the pages of Vogue hosted a wonderful evening of masked revelry.