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.

  • Citizens in crisis

    Wednesday 14 November, 8pm
    Magdalen College Auditorium, Longwall Street

    Al Bell, Director of Oxford Citizens Advice, talks about the charity’s role in helping Oxford people and influencing decision makers on a range of contemporary social and economic issues including debt, housing, Universal Credit and Brexit.

  • The Oxford Local Plan: a discussion

    November: date and venue to be confirmed.

    This autumn the City Council will be consulting further on the Local Plan that will guide Oxford’s development for the next 20 years. This discussion will be an opportunity for members to discuss the issues and give their views. We will announce the details of this event by email, on our website and on Twitter when we know the City’s timetable.

Members-only Walks and Visits

Tickets are needed for these events. Download the booking form here. Closing date 31 August. download booking form

  • The Botanic Garden – a walk through history

    Thursday 4 October, 1.30pm
    Saturday 20 October, 11am

    Local historian Mark Davies will lead this 75-minute tour, highlighting some of the more unusual individuals and events associated with Oxford’s 400 year-old ‘physick garden’. These include the garden’s first superintendent, Jacob Bobart, the German Prince of Plants; some of Britain’s earliest hot air balloon launches and the garden’s associations with Lewis Carroll and other celebrated writers.

  • Lincoln College – a visit

    Monday 29 October, 2.30pm

    An opportunity to see some of the oldest and newest parts of this ancient college, located in the heart of the city since the 15th century.

  • Rhodes House – a visit

    Monday 5 November, 2.30pm

    Rhodes House is a hidden delight in the heart of Oxford. Designed by Sir Herbert Baker, it reflects a number of influences: Cape Dutch farmhouse, English country mansion, and the arts and craft movement of the 1900s. Isabelle Barber of Rhodes House will show us where Rhodes Scholars and their distinguished guests have studied and entertained for nearly 100 years.