CULTURAL VISITS & ACTIVITIES
|"The excursions were great and enabled us to see parts of England we normally wouldn't see. "|
The college offers a lively program of visits and activities as a complement to the academic curriculum and to ensure a well-rounded cultural experience. Students are encouraged to take part, and invariably derive great benefit from doing so.
The constituent colleges of Oxford University date from as early as the thirteenth century and each has its own architectural beauty, art treasures, peaceful ambience and delightful gardens. Guided tours of the most picturesque and impressive colleges in the centre of the city are therefore organized. We also arrange visits to Oxford’s many gardens, galleries and museums, including the Ashmolean, the Pitt Rivers, the University Museums and the Museum of Modern Art. Theatres and cinemas are both plentiful in Oxford and visits are organized each term to at least one production. Destinations outside the city include Blenheim Palace, Stratford-upon-Avon, Warwick Castle, Bath, Stonehenge and, of course, London.
BLENHEIM PALACE, the birthplace of Sir Winston Churchill, is a memorable afternoon visit. Situated just eight miles north of Oxford, Blenheim was designed and built at the beginning of the eighteenth century by Sir John Van Brugh for the first Duke of Marlborough after his victory at the battle of Blenheim. The building itself, in the Baroque style, is magnificent, with interesting exhibitions and displays of furniture and tapestries. The extensive grounds include formal gardens, a miniature railway, a maze and garden centre and a lake designed by England’s greatest landscape gardener, Lancelot “Capability” Brown.
LONDON, England’s capital city, is only an hour away and offers a wealth of cultural and leisure opportunities, including some of the best theatres, cinemas, concerts, museums and galleries. Visits may include a guided tour of The Houses of Parliament and Westminster Abbey, a trip to the infamous Tower of London, a ride on the ‘London Eye’, a performance at The Globe Theatre, as well as events such as The Changing of the Guard at Buckingham Palace.
STRATFORD-UPON-AVON, the birthplace of William Shakespeare, is visited in an afternoon, with a theatre production in the evening. Nearby Warwick Castle is another worthwhile visit, with its magnificent ramparts, splendid displays of armour and spine-chilling dungeon. A little further afield are Stonehenge, one of England’s oldest monuments, and the ancient city of Bath, with its magnificent Georgian architecture and a wealth of ancient remains, including the famous Roman baths that give the city its name.
A range of extra-curricular activities is also offered within the college itself. These include special lectures and talks, student debates and screenings of classic films. The college music club gives musicians and singers the opportunity to practice together under the guidance of a tutor.