We regret that all the events in our current programme have been cancelled.
However, we are delighted to say that we have arranged for two of the postponed public talks to be given as webinars. See opposite for more information.

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.


Magdalen’s Grove Auditorium has level access via the main entrance doors though the foyer. Wheelchairs may be placed in front of the front row of seats. There is an accessible toilet via the fire exit leading to Longwall Street from the front of the Auditorium. Neither venue has disabled parking spaces nearby although there are limited general pay-and-display parking places in Longwall Street near the Grove Auditorium entrance.

Rewley House is wheelchair accessible via a ramp. Once inside there is a lift to the lecture theatre and to the bar! There is limited parking in Wellington Square and more in St Giles.

Oxford Town Hall Assembly Room is on the first floor. There is a street-level entrance to the Town Hall on St Aldate’s immediately after the Edinburgh Woollen Mill shop. You may need to ring the bell to get the door opened by Reception. Once inside there is a lift to the first floor and then a level floor to the meeting room.

Open talks — all welcome

We are pleased to announce that two of our speakers have agreed to present their talks as webinars. You will need to register to attend. If you are a member of OCS and receive our regular e-Bulletins you can register using the links in the bulletins, or you may receive an email with the link from another organisation to which you belong. Otherwise you can email us using this link and ask to be sent the registration link. We look forward to seeing you (virtually) at one or both the webinars, and hopefully others to follow.

  • Zero carbon homes and the future of housebuilding

    Wednesday 20 May 8pm

    Ian Pritchett photoThe Managing Director of Greencore Housing, Ian Pritchett, talks about the company’s innovative work and about how housebuilding can and must change to help tackle the climate crisis.

    The UK is now on track to be “nearly Zero Carbon” by 2050 and we really need to halve our CO2 emissions by 2030. Can we afford to keep building new houses that contribute to the problem and will need retrofitting? Ian shows how Greencore has developed a way to build houses with zero embodied carbon and net-zero energy in use. He suggests people watch this video on YouTube beforehand: “Our Planet, Our business” –

    You can see this talk and the discussion that followed on Youtube at

Members-only Walks and Visits

Due to Coronavirus restrictions we have postponed or cancelled our current programme of walks and visits. See opposite for more information.