We run a year-round programme of Oxford-themed talks, walks and visits aimed to encourage an awareness and understanding of our city. The talks (free and open to all) are given by leading speakers in interesting locations across the city. Topics can include Oxford’s history, buildings, arts and science, and current development projects.

The extensive programme of visits and walks (members only and usually for a small charge) is led by local experts and held both in and out of Oxford.

New this year, and celebrating the 50th anniversary of Oxford Civic Society, we are presenting three OCS@50 Debates. These will cover:

  • The need for housing versus the protection of the Green Belt,
  • Cutting pollution in Oxford; the Zero Emission Zone, and
  • The Expressway.

Admission to the debates is open to all (members and non-members) by paid ticket only. Look under the ‘OCS@50 Debates’ tab for full information on these as they take shape. Booking for the Green Belt debate is now open; tickets for this event are £7 per head. Follow the link on the event page to buy tickets (maximum two per person).


OCS@50 Debates - ticketed events

The OCS@50 Debates are ticketed events open to everyone. See individual events for how to book.

  • Should Oxfordshire Grow?

    The proposed Expressway and new communities

    Monday 17 June, 7.30pm
    Assembly Rooms, Oxford Town Hall, St Aldate’s, OX1 1BX

    Government proposals for significant growth in Oxfordshire in coming decades include an Expressway and several new communities.  Are these needed or can growth be directed elsewhere?  Can growth be ‘intelligent’, leading to prosperity without compromising the quality of life?  In the third and final debate to mark the 50th anniversary of Oxford Civic Society, Councillor Ian Hudspeth, Leader of Oxfordshire County Council, and Danny Dorling, Halford Mackinder Professor of Geography in the University of Oxford will contest the issues.

    Doors open 7.00pm; debate starts 7.30pm. Tickets required – no entry on the door.

    Tickets for this event are £7. Click here to go to the Eventbrite booking page.

    Please contact us if you have any special mobility or other needs we should know about.

Members-only Walks and Visits

Tickets are needed for these events. Closing date 4 April. To check availability for events in March & April please contact Alan Hobbs (details on booking form). Download the booking form

  • Chilswell Valley Nature Reserve – a walk

    Thursday 13 June 2.30pm

    The Chilswell Valley near South Hinksey is a rare and beautiful example of acid grassland, noted for its wild orchids, reed beds and old gnarled oaks. This walk will take about an hour; strong footwear is advised.

  • Newman College, Littlemore – a visit

    Tuesday 2 July 2.15pm

    A small Catholic community, the college was founded by Newman when he was the local vicar. This one and a half hour visit to the college, led by one of the sisters, will take in the chapel, library and a museum in Newman’s room.

Open talks — all welcome

Come and learn about your city. No pre-booking, free of charge.