Ticket ballot FAQ

Some of the most frequently asked questions about the CHRISTMAS LECTURES ticket ballot.

Who can enter the ballot?

All Ri Members and Patrons as well as employees of Ri Corporate Members and Partners can enter the ballot. All individuals receive one entry per membership. Your membership must be valid at the time you enter the ballot.

The ballot is also open to all UK registered schools. This is defined by the government’s Edubase database in England and Wales, the Education Scotland database and the DENI database in Northern Ireland. Entries made on behalf of a school must use a school email address to complete the form.

I’m not a member, how can I join?

If you are not a current Ri Member or Patron, you can sign up to membership online. Ri Young Membership for under 18s starts at only £29 a year.

I have a question about my membership, who should I contact?

Please email our Membership team at membership@ri.ac.uk or call us on +44 (0)20 7491 6588 from Monday to Friday between 9.30am and 5.30pm.

When is the ballot being held?

The 2017 ballot will be open from 10.00am on Thursday 7 September 2017; closing at 11.59pm on Sunday 1 October 2017 for both Ri Members and UK registered schools. You may enter at any time during this period without affecting your chances of success.

How do I enter the ballot?

The quickest and easiest way to enter the ballot is online.

Alternatively, we can take your ballot entry over the phone on +44 (0)20 7409 2992 or send you a postal ballot form upon request. Postal ballot forms have already been sent to all members for whom we do not have email addresses.

Can I apply for multiple Lecture dates?

The ballot process will require applicants to list their preference of Lecture dates. If successful, you will be allocated tickets to one Lecture only, based on your first available preference. Note that if there are multiple Ri Members at the same address, each member can apply for a different Lecture day as their first preference. You must purchase all tickets you successfully apply for.

Can I enter the ballot more than once?

Only one ballot application can be filled out per Ri Member or school. The ballot must be made in the member’s name and unique membership number, even for Ri Young Members.

How many tickets can I apply for?

Members can apply for a maximum of five tickets per Lecture and schools can apply for a maximum of 30 tickets per Lecture.

Each ballot form can be used to apply for multiple tickets on a particular date. As always, an adult ticket is only available when purchasing a junior ticket and juniors must be aged between 11 and 17 years at the time of filming. Proof of age may be requested. As adults and juniors are seated separately, an accompanying adult is not required in the theatre.

What is a screening room ticket?

These tickets allow you to watch a live feed from the recording in the theatre on a big screen in one of our beautiful libraries. Tickets can be purchased outside the ballot and unlike the theatre show, there are no age restrictions.

How much do the tickets cost?

£30 for juniors aged 11–17 and £40 for adults, inclusive of all fees and postage. Screening room tickets are priced at £16 for standard, £10 for concessions and £7 for members.

When are the Lectures being filmed?

Tuesday 12 December 2017
Thursday 14 December 2017
Saturday 16 December 2017

Filming will start at 6.00pm on each of these three dates and we ask all attendees to arrive at the Ri by 5.30pm. As the events are being filmed live, it is difficult to give an exact finish time. However, from previous experience we estimate that each Lecture will finish at around 8.30pm.

When will I hear if I’ve been successful? What about if I haven’t been successful?

We will start to notify successful applicants from Monday 9 October. When the payment deadline has passed, we will reallocate the tickets of those who haven’t paid to the next people in the ballot. After those successful entrants have paid, we will contact everyone who has not been successful.

Do you have any standby tickets available?

Standby tickets will go on sale as part of the ballot. Standby tickets will also go on sale after the ballot has ended, subject to availability.

Will the money be taken as soon as I enter or when/if I’ve been successful?

No. If you are successful, we will contact you with details on how to pay for your tickets after the ballot has closed.

My children are younger than 11, are there other ways we can be part of the lectures?

On each of the three filming days we will run a live screening of the Lecture in one of our beautiful libraries. Tickets for these screenings will go on sale after the ballot has ended. All ages are welcome to attend our live screenings.

Please see the latest information for CHRISTMAS LECTURES events and activities.

Who do I get in touch with and how to let the Ri know about my, or my child’s, accessibility needs?

Please email the CHRISTMAS LECTURES team at  xmaslecs@ri.ac.uk in the first instance to discuss your requirements.

What should I do if any of my contact details are incorrect?

If there are any changes to your postal or email address then please contact us to update these details as soon as possible. You can update any of your personal details by contacting us at membership@ri.ac.uk or calling us on +44 (0)20 7491 6588.

Please note that on occasion emails can be directed to your junk or spam folders. Please ensure that @ri.ac.uk is added to your list of safe domains.

Is there parking at the Ri?

As the Ri is located in Mayfair in central London, parking is very limited and we advise attendees to use public transport where possible. For more information on nearby parking, please see https://www.westminster.gov.uk/parking

Details of getting to the Ri by public transport can be found on the find us section on our website.