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.


Open talks — all welcome

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

Members-only Walks and Visits

Tickets are needed for these events. Download the booking form here. Closing date 29 March. download booking form

  • 300 years of garden history

    Saturday 7 July at 2pm

    “What can we learn from old guidebooks?” asks Michael Pirie, Gardener to Green College. This walk round some of the college gardens of central Oxford will reveal how ideas of gardens have evolved over three centuries.

  • Sydlings Copse – a Wildlife Haven

    Tuesday 18 September 2.30pm

    Tucked away to the north-east of Oxford, Sydlings Copse is a treasure trove for wildlife enthusiasts, once described as one of the richest habitats in middle England. With Nicole Clough, BBOWT’s Reserves Officer for Oxfordshire, we will take a circular walk lasting about an hour through all of the different habitats. We will hear too about the challenges of managing such a precious place and the threat of developments nearby. Walkers with suitable footwear should find the going easy to moderate.