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Afternoon Teas and Themed Walking Tours

Christ Church Events 2015

Alice in Wonderland Meadow Walk

10, 24 July, 21 August, 4 September 2015 at 2pm

A leisurely circuit of Christ Church Meadow with local historian and author Mark J. Davies to highlight the all-important role of the River Thames in the creation of Alice's Adventures in Wonderland - printed exactly 150 years ago, in June 1865 - and Through the Looking-Glass.

The walk will follow waterside paths familiar to Alice Liddell and Lewis Carroll, and includes:

The location from where Carroll hired rowing boats for their many river outings; reference to some of the Oxford individuals who may have inspired characters such as the Hatter and Red Queen; and explanations of the realities underlying more distant locations such as the 'Treacle Well' and 'The Pool of Tears'.

With reference to relevant local history and geography, the route also touches on some other renowned Oxford authors of fantasy fiction - Pullman, Lewis, Tolkien - as well as Oxford's rowing traditions, the original Oxen-ford, and a beautiful panoramic view of the 'dreaming spires' of Oxford.

Ticket Options

Adults: £17.00

Concessions (students, seniors - 60 and over, children 10-17 years): £15.00

Family Ticket (2 adults, 2 children 10-17 years):  £50.00

Friends Ticket (4 adults): £55.00 

The ticket price includes the entry fee to visit Christ Church before or after the walk. Please visit the Opening Times page of the website for our entry times. The walk will start and finish at the Meadow Gate and last approximately 90 minutes. Please note that all children must be accompanied by an adult. Tickets will be available to book online until midnight the previous day. Remaining tickets will be available on the day at the Meadow Kiosk.

 

 

 

Literary Meadow Walk

17 July, 14, 28 August 2015 at 2pm

With reference to a range of authors spanning more than four centuries – some little-known; some world-famous – the geographical and historical significance of this ‘river-rounded’ location will be explained by local historian and author, Mark J. Davies. Oxford's proud tradition of competitive rowing – in which Christ Church played a crucial formative role – will also feature.

The route will pass the site of the original Oxen-ford, a subterranean stream, and a beautiful panoramic view of the 'dreaming spires' of Oxford, illuminated by association with authors such as Austen, Hardy, Jerome, and Waugh. Additionally, the Meadow provides insights into some of the realities which underlie the fantasy worlds created by writers such as Lewis, Pullman, Tolkien, and, most famously of all, Christ Church’s very own Lewis Carroll, this year being the 150th anniversary of the publication of Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland.

Ticket Options

Adults: £17.00

Concessions (students, seniors - 60 and over, children 10-17 years): £15.00

Family Ticket (2 adults, 2 children 10-17 years):  £50.00

Friends Ticket (4 adults): £55.00

The ticket price includes the entry fee to visit Christ Church before or after the walk. Please visit the Opening Times page of the website for our entry times. The walk will start and finish at the Meadow Gate and last approximately 90 minutes. Please note that all children must be accompanied by an adult. Tickets will be available to book online until midnight of the day before. Remaining tickets will be available to purchase from the Meadow Gate on the day.

 

 

 

Halloween 'Trick or Treat' Afternoon Tea in Hall

27 & 29 October 2015 at 3pm

Join us this half-term for an afternoon of fun for all the family. Our spectacularly spooky afternoon tea will be served at High Table in our Great Hall. Enjoy a selection of spellbinding sweet and savoury treats while your host entertains you with his spine-tingling illusions! Enhance your experience by joining our post-tea ghost tour of the college with Bill Spectre.

As our teas are specially created we are not able to offer any special dietary requirements. Guests are requested to arrive 10 minutes before the start of their event via the main Tom Gate, St Aldate’s, Oxford, OX1 1DP, and must bring their e-receipt. The tea lasts approximately one hour. Further details about the optional ghost tour are available below.

The tea and tour are suitable for all ages, although children must be accompanied by an adult. Alcohol will only be served to  those aged 18 years and over.  Proof of age may be requested.

Ticket Options

Halloween Afternoon tea

Adult: £25 pp

1 Adult and 1 Child (4-12yrs): £40

1 Adult and 2 Children (4-12yrs): £55

Family (2 adults and 2 children aged 4-12yrs): £75

Halloween Afternoon Tea and Ghost Tour with Bill Spectre              

Adult: £39 pp

1 Adult and 1 Child (4-12yrs): £62

1 Adult and 2 Children (4-12yrs): £90

Family (2 adults and 2 children aged 4-12yrs): £120

Please note that all tickets are non-refundable. 

 

 

 

 

Ghost Tour with Bill SpectreGhost Tour with Bill Spectre

27 & 29 October 2015 at 4pm

Join Bill Spectre for an eerie and entertaining afternoon of ghoulish tales, fun and illusions. The experience will begin with a warming drink and piece of cake by the fire in the Great Hall, after which Bill will guide you on a theatrical and spine-tingling ghost tour of the college. Not for the faint-hearted!

Ticket Options

Adult: £15

Child (4-12 years): £12

Family Ticket (2 adults and 2 children): £50

Friends Ticket (4 adults): £55

Please note that all tickets are non-refundable

 

 

 

High Tea at High TableHigh Tea at High Table

3 November 2015 at 3pm

Enjoy a traditional High Tea of hearty sandwiches, delicious pies and cakes in Christ Church’s magnificent Tudor Hall – the perfect treat on a cold Winter’s day.

As our teas are specially created we are not able to offer any special dietary requirements. Guests are requested to arrive 10 minutes before the start of their event via the main Tom Gate, St Aldate’s, Oxford, OX1 1DP, and must bring their e-receipt. The tea lasts approximately one hour.

The tea and tour are suitable for adults and accompanied children aged 10 years and over.  Alcohol will only be served to  those aged 18 years and over.  Proof of age may be requested.

Ticket Options

Afternoon Tea and Talk commencing at 1500 hrs: £25 pp

Afternoon Tea  and Talk with a glass of Champagne commencing at 1500 hrs:  £35 per person

Afternoon Tea and Talk with Behind-the-Scenes Tour commencing at 1345 hrs:  £37 per person

Afternoon Tea and Talk with a glass of Champagne and Behind -the-Scenes Tour commencing at 1345hrs: £45 per person                                              

Please note that all tickets are non-refundable. 

 

 

 

Alice in Wonderland Mad Hatter's Christmas Tea Party

Alice in Wonderland Mad Hatter's Christmas Afternoon Tea

23, 26 November and 2 December 2015 at 3pm

Join us in the Great Hall for a Mad Hatter's tea party with a festive twist. The tea includes a selection of finger sandwiches, cakes and tartlets, all carefully crafted by our chefs to reflect our unique associations with Alice in Wonderland. The Hall will also be decorated for the season with a large Wonderland inspired Christmas tree as its focus- How many connections can you find?

Tea will be served at 3pm with up to 30 guests and includes a talk on the author and his extraordinary stories. There is an optional Pre-tea Behind-the-Scenes Tour of Christ Church, which will include an explanation of the many Christ Church associations which inspired Lewis Carroll’s Alice stories. 

As our teas are specially created we are not able to offer any special dietary requirements. Guests are requested to arrive 10 minutes before the start of their event via the main Tom Gate, St Aldate’s, Oxford, OX1 1DP, and must bring their e-receipt. Those booking the pre-tea tour will be met at Tom Gate at 1330 hrs and the Tour will start promptly at 1345hrs.

The tea and tour are suitable for adults and accompanied children aged 10 years and over.  Alcohol will only be served to  those aged 18 years and over.  Proof of age may be requested.

Ticket Options

Afternoon Tea and Talk commencing at 1500 hrs: £25.00 per person

Afternoon Tea  and Talk with a glass of Champagne commencing at 1500 hrs:  £35.00 per person

Afternoon Tea and Talk with Behind-the-Scenes Tour commencing at 1345 hrs:  £37.00 per person

Afternoon Tea and Talk with a glass of Champagne and Behind -the-Scenes Tour commencing at 1345hrs: £45.00 per person                                              

Please note that all tickets are non-refundable. 

 

 

 

A Christ Church Christmas Carol Tea Party

30 November 2015 at 3pm

Celebrate the festive season with an exclusive afternoon tea on High Table. Inspired by Dickens' description of Scrooge's first encounter with the Ghost of Christmas Present, the tea includes a delicious selection of finger sandwiches, cakes and pastries.

Ticket Options

Afternoon Tea and Talk commencing at 1500 hrs: £25.00 per person

Afternoon Tea  and Talk with a glass of Champagne commencing at 1500 hrs:  £35.00 per person

Afternoon Tea and Talk with Behind-the-Scenes Tour commencing at 1345 hrs:  £37.00 per person

Afternoon Tea and Talk with a glass of Champagne and Behind -the-Scenes Tour commencing at 1345hrs: £45.00 per person                                              

Please note that all tickets are non-refundable. 

 

 

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