New Additions and Highlights

Friday 13 September

NEW: Tours at 11am, 12.30pm, 2pm and 3.15pm: The Story Museum (OX1 1BP): A rare opportunity to see The Story Museum's dramatic transformation in action including a tour of the work in progress and an insight into plans to make this unique building the National Centre for Story - all made here in Oxford. Advanced booking required (opens on Wednesday 28 August). Book via this link: https://www.storymuseum.org.uk/event-details/?WebEventId=180220hardh&wp_eid=21646

NEW: The RIBA Lecture - 4.30pm - 5.30pm: Examination Schools (OX1 4BG):'Building Stories' with multi award winning Richard Jobson, founding Director of Design Engine Architects. The lecture will focus on the narrative behind buildings, whose lives they touch, the hands that crafted them and the people who conceived them.

"Architecture is concerned in its most elemental sense with the interaction of people.  Building above all else provide the theatre for human engagement in all of the many and diverse forms that this entails.  Claude Levi-Strauss gave central importance to the role of myth - a world view based on a traditional story, and a term deriving from the ancient Greek 'mythos', that simply means story..." (Taken from the recently published Building Stories written in collaboration with the late Martin Peace. All welcome but booking essential. Please visit: https://www.oxfordpreservation.org.uk/events/friday-13-september-430pm-riba-lecture

Saturday 14 September

UPDATE: North Hinksey Conduit House (OX2 9AS): Please note you can visit the Conduit House over the weekend but regrettably, due to a lack of volunteers you will only be able to see the interior of the Conduit House on Sunday 15 September between 10am and 2pm.

UPDATE: 11am to 4pm: Bodleian Libraries, Weston Library (OX1 3BG): Explore intriguing maps of Oxfordshire from Tudor times to the 20th century with a day of fun drop-in activities.

BLACKWELL HALL, WESTON LIBRARY:11am-3pm Exhibition mini tours focusing on the Oxfordshire maps in the gallery (starting on the hour). 11am–4pm: Explore intriguing maps of Oxfordshire from Tudor times to the 20th century with a day of fun drop-in activities, including talks, walking tours from Uncomfortable Oxford, tapestry weaving, and redesigning Oxford for the 21st century.

LECTURE THEATRE, WESTON LIBRARY: 11-11.30am and 2-2.30pm: Short talk from Map Librarian Nick Millea on three intriguing maps of Oxford and Oxfordshire: the Cutteslowe Walls map, Sheldon Tapestry Map and Sharp’s planning maps of Oxford. 

SCHOLA MUSICAE, OLD BODLEIAN LIBRARY: 11am–3pm: Discover the Bodleian’s historic presses and letterpress workshop. Visit the Oxford Preservation website for more information.

TOURS DEPART FROM THE ENTRANCE TO THE WESTON LIBRARY: 11am and 2pm: Two short talks from Nick Millea on the Cutteslowe Walls, Sheldon Tapestry Map and Sharp’s planning maps of Oxford. 12-1.15pm, 3-4.15pm, 4-5.15pm: Uncomfortable Oxford Tours. Join a free walking tour with Uncomfortable Oxford, the student-led social enterprise which runs tours to highlight alternative histories of the city which are often untold or forgotten, including imperialism and empire, town and gown violence, gender, slave wealth, and the impact of Cecil Rhodes. Tours help facilitate conversations on such uncomfortable topics.

First-come, first-served sign-ups from 11am at the entrance to the Weston Library. The walking tour will cover less than 2km but participants should be aware that cobblestones and uneven pavements may impact accessibility. The recommended age for tours is 14+.

LECTURE THEATRE, WESTON LIBRARY: 12-12.30pm: Frideswide who? Discovering Anglo-Saxon Oxford.  Find out about a brave Oxford princess in this interactive talk for families by Jackie Holderness, author of The Princess who Hid in a Tree. (Please queue outside the lecture theatre from 10 minutes before the talks.)

BLACKWELL HALL, WESTON LIBRARY: 3-3.20pm: Why did Oxford’s Princess Frideswide hide in a tree?  An interactive storytelling session with Bodleian children’s author, Jackie Holderness. 

UPDATE: 3pm until 4pm: Wadham College Hall (OX1 3PN): Please note the change in time for the opening of Wadham College Hall.

UPDATE: 10am until 4pm: University of Oxford Sport, Iffley Road Facilities (OX4 1EQ) What’s On - What’s on is subject to last minute changes and additions.  It might get even better.

Join a short tour of the site at 11am, 2pm and 3pm.

If you would like to participate in any of the free sports activities (squash, badminton, basketball, walking and running) please remember to bring your own equipment and shoes

OLD SPORTS HALL: You can watch Fencing 10 – 12, Kickboxing 11 – 12 and Jiu Jitsu 12 – 2pm. Free badminton courts will be available from 12 noon for you to play.

ACER NETHERCOTT, NEW SPORTS HALL: Free badminton courts and free basketball throw around space will be set up in this new hall.  In the afternoon we may have clubs giving demonstrations of their sports.  These have not yet been confirmed.

ROWING TANK: Try out our rowing tank, open 1 – 3pm.  Sit indoors but experience rowing in a river.  Rowing coaches will be on hand to advise you.  First come first served; you may have to queue.

POOL (Adults Only): Our high quality pool is open between 12.30 and 2pm for adults to swim for free.  Try it out, see if you can detect our lower than usual level of chlorine. 

TRACK: The famous 4 minute mile track will be open for walkers and runners.  We have arranged different time slots for walkers and runners to ensure comfort for all.  No need to sign up just turn up at one of the following times.

Walkers: 10 – 10.30, 12.00 – 13.00 and 14.00 – 15.00

Runners: 13.00 – 14.00 and 15.00 – 16.00

Between 10.30 and 12 noon Helen and Douglas House are using the track to train for their sponsored half marathon.  Go to their website to join them.

SQUASH: The courts are open all day to play for free, bring your own equipment and book in at Reception.

NEW: 11am until 4pm: Thames Valley Police to bring vehicles and a static display at Old County Hall (OX1 1ND).

New: 11am and 2pm tours: Modern Art Oxford (OX1 1BP): Modern Art Oxford will be open as part of the Oxford Open Doors weekend with special tours offering you the chance to go behind-the-scenes at the gallery. Led by two of our longest running members of staff, explore our industrial spaces including the galleries, production workshops and archive. Advanced booking required via this link https://www.modernartoxford.org.uk/event/open-doors-behind-scenes-tours-modern-art-oxford/

New: 12 noon: Performance by vOx Chamber Choir at the Holywell Music Room (OX1 3BN): Don't miss the vOx Chamber Choir performing in the Holywell Music Room.  No booking - just turn up.

New: 11.30 am: Private Art Collection: Tour of works by Ben Nicholson, David Jones, Winifred Nicholson and other 19th and 20th Century artists.  Advanced booking essential - see entry on venues and events page to book.  The location will be sent to those who have booked for the tour in the week prior to the tour taking place.

New: Tours at 8am, 9am and 10am: Alex Wenham - Stone Carver (OX2 9QZ): Alex Wenham (www.alexwenham.co.uk) is a prizewinning stone carver specialising in architectural stone carving restoration and conservation.  He has worked on stone buildings of every century from the 11th to the 21st, and has provided carved detail for some of the most prestigious buildings of both the UK and France (where he lived for 8 years) — including the Houses of Parliament, St Paul’s Cathedral, Chartres Cathedral, the Louvre, Château de Versailles, Brighton Pavilion, Magdalen College Oxford.  He will open his workshop in Cumnor for visits to discuss his work and architectural stone carving in general.  Advanced booking required. Please contact Alex via email alex@alexwenham.co.uk or via telephone 07703260672 to book one of his tours.

NEW: 9am until 5.30pm: County Library (OX1 1DJ): Re-image your local library!  Join us on Sunday at our open doors with a range of interactive experiences, programs and events.  Be surprised and delighted as you discover all that your library service offers.  Explore your library with fresh eyes.  Adults and children are welcome to explore, play and enjoy the atmosphere. Activities include: 1. Gadget Help & Advice 1.30 – 3.30pm - Our digital helpers can help the bemused get the best out of your mobile devices. 2. Junior Code Club 9.30 – 10.30am - Children aged 9-13 years and their families are welcome to drop-in and experience Code Club and you can learn how to make cool games, animations and websites. 3. Open House Music all day - Our digital piano will be open to players to perform with no headphones, customers to experience and explore playing in a library space. Maximum 30 minute sets or as little as 1 minute. Solo and duet play possible. 4. Open Keyboard will be available in the Children’s Library for children and families to perform, experience and explore keyboard playing, without headphones – except when there’s a storytime. 5. Children’s Craft Storytime 2.30 -3.30pm - Come and meet author and library worker Cas Lester read stories and then lead a messy craft session. Suitable for children aged 4-11 year sand their parents.

NEW: 11am and 2.15pm: Walton Well Road Walk: view the hidden delights of Victorian architecture (including Harry Moore's ornate drinking fountain and the Elijah terrace of Joseph Curtis with Samuel Grafton's stone reliefs). Gather at Lucy's forecourt (OX2 6EE) at 11am for the morning walk or 2.15pm for the afternoon walk. 

Highlight: 10am until 2pm: BMW Museum and Visitor Centre (OX4 6NL): Since the production of the new MINI started in 2001, more than 3 million cars have been made at Plant Oxford. But the plant's heritage goes back much futher than that - it is a site with 100 years of automotive manufacturing history, which has become a landmark in the "city of dreaming spires". Visit the museum (located in the Visitor Centre) and view some of the most iconic models as well as most recent MINIs produced. 

Highlight: 10am until 4pm: Iffley Road Sports Complex and 4 minute mile track: The first breaking of the 4-minute mile was made on the Iffley Road running track. Visit the famous track and make yourself stronger, fitter and healthier, just like Roger Bannister did. Discover the Iffley Road Sports Complex by enjoying a free swim, joining in or watching a wide variety of other activities (e.g. badminton, squash, running, fencing and many more), experiencing our warm welcome on a tour or enjoying the cafe. Tours at 11am, 2pm and 3pm. For a full list of activities see our main OOD Venues & Events Page.

Highlight: 10.30am until 4pm: Oxford Brookes University - Harcourt Hill Campus (OX2 9AT): Learn about the history and go on a tour of the Harcourt Hill Campus, which will be marking the 60th anniversary of the arrival of Westminster College's students from London to their new Oxford buildings. There will be guided walks (book on arrival), 'Hands on History' encounters with interesting and unusual archive items and a talk exploring the ambiguity of the architects' partnership and how this may be understood within the context of their time and social class. Please note there is limited parking available and we would encourage the use of the U1 bus to the Harcourt Hill Campus.

Highlight: 11am until 3pm: HealthFest 2019 at Warneford Hospital (OX3 7JX): Oxford NHS Foundation Trust and partners invite you to visit the beautiful rounds of the Warneford Hospital to meet and take part in activities promoting wellbeing for both physical and mental health. For a full list of activities see our main OOD Venues & Events Page.

NEW: 11am until 4pm: Wolfson College (OX2 6UD): Stroll in the secluded riverside gardens of the College designed by Powell and Moya.

Highlight: 1pm until 3pm: Malmaison (OX1 1AY): Discover more of this unique and stylish hotel within a prison!

NEW: 2pm until 4.30pm: Campion Hall (OX1 1QS): Visit Campion Hall, built in 1935-36 and the Jesuit Permanent Private Hall in Oxford. There is a Chapel painted by Charles Mahony in 1941-50 as well as a small collection of old master paintings. Please note there is no disabled access to the Chapel.

NEW: 4pm: Exeter College (OX1 3DP): Listen to Pavlova Winds and Radcliffe Strings perform Brahms Serenade No.1, in its original scoring for a wind/string nonet, surrounded by the glorious views of Exeter College.

Sunday 15 September

New: 10.30am until 4pm: Worcester College (OX1 2HB): One of Oxford's best kept secrets.  Enjoy the tranquil charm of our College, with its extensive award winning gardens and stunning architecture.

NEW: The Oxford Artisan Distillery (OX3 7QJ): 11am to 5pm: Tour the distillery and meet the team and learn more of their future plans not forgetting to sample the gin!  www.spiritoftoad.com

UPDATE: North Hinksey Conduit House (OX2 9AS): Please note you can visit the Conduit House over the weekend but regrettably, due to a lack of volunteers you will only be able to see the interior of the Conduit House on Sunday 15 September between 10am and 2pm.

New: 1pm until 3pm: Malmaison (OX1 1AY): Discover more of this unique and stylish hotel within a prison!

New: 11.30 am: Private Art Collection: Tour of works by Ben Nicholson, David Jones, Winifred Nicholson and other 19th and 20th Century artists.  Advanced booking essential - see entry on venues and events page to book.  The location will be sent to those who have booked for the tour in the week prior to the tour taking place.

New: 10am until 5pm: Trinity College, Broad St (OX1 3BH): Visit the 17th Century Chapel with carvings by Grinling Gibbons, the Dining Hall and enjoy our extensive gardens.  Please note the Dining Hall will be closed between 12 noon and 3.30pm.

Highlight: 10.30am until 3pm: Oxford Brookes University - Harcourt Hill Campus (OX2 9AT): Learn about the history and go on a tour of the Harcourt Hill Campus, which will be marking the 60th anniversary of the arrival of Westminster College's students from London to their new Oxford buildings. There will be self-guided walks and 'Hands on History' encounters with interesting and unusual archive items. Please note there is limited parking available and we would encourage the use of the U1 bus to the Harcourt Hill Campus.

NEW: 11am until 4pm: County Library (OX1 1DJ): Re-image your local library!  Join us on Sunday at our open doors with a range of interactive experiences, programs and events.  Be surprised and delighted as you discover all that your library service offers.  Explore your library with fresh eyes.  Adults and children are welcome to explore, play and enjoy the atmosphere  An amazing array of activities offered: 1. Makerspace Digital Fun all day for all ages - Paint by Spherosphere - direct a spherical ball using simple digital technology to roll through paint and create pictures which you can take away with you. Prepare for a bit of mess!! 2. Make a cut-out Flying Rocket – keeping up with the summer’s space theme, use a digital paper cutter to make a cut out rocket to test its flying ability once assembled. 3. Discover Simple Robotics – meet one of our little ozobots and learn to instruct it to obey your will. 4. Music fun all day: Perform, Experience and Explore with our piano and keyboard – available for children, families and adults. 5. Ohuki Ukelele Band will perform between 12-3pm and in between sets, show you a ukulele and let you have a go. 6. Understand DNA with strawberries - all day. Meet the team from Oxford’s i-GEM programme who will demonstrate their strawberry DNA extraction work – hi-level science of to made accessible to anyone. 7. Information Fair all day. 8. Meet people from our local community such as the National Careers Service, a local photographer and a Knitting Craft Group and find out more about what they do and how you can get involved. 9. Stay, Play & Learn for 0-3yrs 11am – 12pm Babies and toddlers can enjoy a calm session making marks, playing with toys and then enjoy a bit of noise singing rhymes. Great session for parents to meet other parents and spend focussed time with their little ones.10. Craft for Toddlers all day - there will be craft activities for tiny children and their parents to get stuck into. 11.Storytime with Cas  1-1.30pm & 3 – 3.30pm Children aged 4-11 years. Meet author and library worker Cas Lester as she reads some stories to children – a nice bit of down-time.

NEW: 11am until 4pm: Wolfson College (OX2 6UD): Stroll in the secluded riverside gardens of the College designed by Powell and Moya.

NEW: 12.15pm until 4pm: The Old Palace, Oxford University Catholic Chaplaincy (OX1 1RD): Discover the Grade I listed Old Palace, home to Oxford University Catholic Chaplaincy.

NEW: 2pm: Alternative Oxford Tour with the Oxford Imps: Oxford is a city overflowing with walking tours, from historical guides to Harry Potter, but isn't it time there was one catering to the fake news generation? Let us take you on a walking tour of Oxford full of alternative facts based entirely on your suggestions. Sign up on the day at the Hub in Cornmarket where the meeting point will be advised at the time of booking.

NEW: 2pm until 5.30pm: Oxford Jewish Congregation (OX1 2JL): Visit the ground floor of the centre with tours and explanations in the sanctuary and display about Judaism and Oxford's Jewish Heritage.

NEW: 2pm until 4pm: Wytham Woods Tour (OX2 8QQ): A 2 hour walk with Conservator of Wytham Woods. Over 1,500 scientific papers have been produced by the researchers of Wytham Woods. A chance to learn about science, ecology and the history of this world famous site. Please note this in now a booked event - bookings open on Wednesday 28 August. The walk has partial disabled access (there are some steep slopes) but is mobility scooter friendly.

NEW: 4pm: Sheldonian Theatre (OX1 3AZ): Listen to Pavlova Wind Quintet perform a selection of light music for an autumn afternoon in the beautiful surroundings of the Sheldonian Theatre.

Campion Hall

County Library Activities

HealthFest 2019

Iffley Road Running Track

County Library

Sheldonian Theatre