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26 September 2018Oxford
11 June 2018Visit to West Dean Gardens and Goodwood House
14 March 2018Outing to the Royal Albert Hall
27 February 2018Trip to London
01 November 2017Autumn Visit to Queen's Gallery and Cadogan Hall Concert
10 July 2017Summer visit to Highclere Castle, Gardens and Egyptian Exhibition.
28 June 2017Tosca at the Grange Opera, West Horsley Place
07 February 2017Pinchas Zukerman performs Beethoven with The Royal Philharmonic Orchestra.
29 September 2016Guided Tours of House of Lords and Apsley House
23 June 2016A Visit to Kelmscott and Buscot Park
28 April 2016A Visit to Exbury Gardens
04 February 2016London Visit: Royal Academy and the Queens Gallery
19 November 2015Canterbury Cathedral tour with optional lecture on the Stained Glass Studio

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Wednesday 26 September 2018

This trip is for a morning tour of the Sheldonian Theatre, and a leisurely afternoon stroll around the artistic and archaeological highlights of the city, including a visit to one of the colleges.

The Sheldonian Theatre, an exquisite Grade I listed building situated in Oxford’s city centre, is the official ceremonial hall of the University of Oxford, and is where they have their graduation ceremonies.

This unique historic Oxford venue, located in Oxford’s medieval city centre, was built between 1664 and 1669. It was designed by Sir Christopher Wren, and has a magnificent ceiling painted by Robert Streater during the reign of King Charles II. You can also climb the steps to enjoy one of the best indoor 360 degree panoramic views of Oxford from the Cupola.

The coach will leave the King George V car park at 8:30am to get us to the Sheldonian Theatre in Oxford before 10:30am. There they will provide us with a welcome cup of tea/coffee and biscuits, followed by a tour of the theatre.

This will finish by 12:30pm. You will then have free time until 2pm so that you can have lunch - there are numerous cafes and restaurants nearby - and/or visit other places of interest or just go shopping.

We'll then meet up at 2pm for a leisurely two hour walking tour. The tour guide comes highly recommended, two of our committee members having previously taken groups on two of his other guided tours of Oxford.

After this the coach will pick us up at 4:45pm to return us to Effingham, arriving back there some time after 6pm.

The tickets are £45, to cover the cost of the coach, ‘tea & tour’ at the Sheldonian Theatre, and the fees for the tour guide and entrance to the college.

I am afraid we are limited to 25 places for this outing, and so if you would like tickets, please email on If any places are remaining by our June lecture, we will also be selling them then.