Excursions

Wednesday 19 September

Delegates and their guests are offered 2 excursion options taking place during the afternoon on Wednesday 19 September. Places can be booked at the time of registration.
Places are limited and will be allocated on a first come, first served basis.

1. Blenheim Palace

Visit the historic Blenheim Palace, a masterpiece of Baroque architecture.

Home to the 12th Duke of Marlborough and his family and the birth place of Sir Winston Churchill, Blenheim Palace is a UNESCO World Heritage Site boasting a long and diverse history.

Today, the Palace is home to one of the most important and extensive collections in Europe, which includes portraits, furniture, sculpture and tapestries.

Amongst the many treasures to be found in the State Rooms are the famous Marlborough Tapestries (the ‘Victories Series’) in the Green Writing Room and the First, Second and Third State Rooms.

Be sure not to miss the magnificent Long Library with its walls lined by more than 10,000 books, many of them hundreds of years old and of great historic significance.

The picture-perfect British stately home of Blenheim Palace sits among more than 2000 acres of extraordinary landscaped Parkland and Formal Gardens.

The inspired work of Lancelot ‘Capability’ Brown has created a lasting legacy in the Park at Blenheim Palace. The visionary master landscaper constructed the Great Lake and planted thousands of trees in his ten-year tenure here, engineering a landscape that appears natural but is actually ‘contrived to pleasing effect’.

The Park is now home to several Sites of Special Scientific Interest including the Great Lake and the ancient oaks in High Park.

Comfortable footwear is recommended.

Price:
£35 per person including coach transfers to / from Blenheim and access to the Palace and grounds.
The price does not include a private tour of the site or catering.

Details:
13:30 hrs Departure from Keble College. Coach transfer to the Palace
14:15 hrs Arrival at Blenheim Palace. Explore the Palace and the grounds at your leisure.
17:15 hrs Coach departure from Blenheim to Keble College.
Allow 45 minutes travel time back to Keble.

For those who have booked tickets, the gala dinner pre dinner drinks takes place from 19:00 hrs with dinner being served at 19:45 hrs.


2. Oxford Private Walking Tour

Oxford walking tour

Radcliffe Camera

Sheldonian Theatre

Take a fun and informative 2 hour walking tour of historic Oxford with your own private Blue or Green Badge Guide.

See the University’s most photographed buildings: the Radcliffe Camera, Bridge of Sighs, Sheldonian Theatre and the world famous Bodleian Library.
Uncover the stories behind the college gates and stone walls, with a college visit included in your tour, as well as a visit inside the Divinity School (depending on availability)

Explore Oxford as the setting for famous fictional characters such as Harry Potter, Alice in Wonderland and Inspector Morse (to name a few) and be entertained with anecdotes about the real life characters who have graced Oxford.

Discover the University traditions and how students live and study today and learn why Oxford is called the City of Dreaming Spires.

Comfortable footwear is recommended.

Max group size: 19

Price:
£12 per person including guide.

Details:
14:00 hrs Depart from Keble College with your guide.
14:20 hrs Tour begins
16:20 hrs Tour concludes
16:45 hrs Arrival back at Keble College

For those who have booked tickets, the gala dinner pre dinner drinks takes place from 19:00 hrs with dinner being served at 19:45 hrs.