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Afternoon Teas and Themed Walking Tours

 

Alice in Wonderland Meadow Walk

Summer dates coming soon

A leisurely circuit of Christ Church Meadow with local historian and author Mark Davies to highlight the all-important role of the River Thames in the creation of Alice's Adventures in Wonderland - published exactly 150 years ago, in July 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: £15.00

Concessions (students, seniors - 60 and over, children 10-17 years): £13.00

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 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

Summer dates coming soon

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 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: £15.00

Concessions (students, seniors - 60 and over, children 10-17 years): £13.00

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.

 

 

 

Alice in Wonderland Mad Hatter's Tea Party

in the McKenna Room

21 May 2015

Tea will be served in the McKenna Room at 3pm with up to 30 guests and includes a talk on the author and his extraordinary stories.  The tea includes a choice of teas, a selection of finger sandwiches, cakes and tartlets, all carefully crafted by our Chefs to reflect our unique association with Alice in Wonderland. 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. 

 

 

 

 

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