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Discover the Chilterns with a guided walk and picnic
Join me on a stroll through my homeland: the beautiful Chilterns Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty. I’ll take you to some of my favourite spots on the Chilterns ridgeway; a unique area rich in biodiversity and steeped in history. We’ll meet at the war memorial, exchange some greetings then start in one of the local churches where you can see wall art from the year 1300. We’ll then start our walk onto the ridgeway, stopping along the way to talk Iron Age forts, wild orchids, chalk streams and how the Chilterns even came to be in the first place. We can walk across the driveway of Chequers (the Prime Minister’s country residence) and then gaze across the Aylesbury vale from the Chilterns’ second highest point. We’ll find a nice spot on top of my favourite hill (with a great view) to eat and chat. I will share my passion for cooking using some of the area’s best produce and we can spend time getting to know each other and exchanging stories. The timings listed are only a guide. I can be very flexible and also host a sunset experience (weather permitting) and night-time walking for stargazing (weather permitting!). Let me know what your plans / interests are and I can tailor something that works for you :) I can also run the experience without the picnic (from £20/person). Please message me to discuss.
Cotswolds Private Tour from Oxford
*** Book for 2 gets a 5% discount. *** Book for 3 or 4 gets a 10% discount. Experience the English countryside of the Cotswolds, an area known for its green landscapes, charming villages, and honey-coloured stone cottages on a private tour without worrying about missing the must-see places. Avoid the hassles of a DIY or large-group trip and relax on a luxury private tour of must-see towns and villages. See the historical homes of Stow-on-the-Wold and marvel at the honey-stoned Broadway and other precious villages like Chipping Campden, Bibury and Snowshill. Highlights: - Spend at least 6 hours exploring the best of the Cotswolds! - Visit iconic villages, historical towns and the beautiful countryside! - Have free time to explore each location! - Travel in a luxury car along the country lanes! - Learn about history and photography from your knowledgeable local guide! NOTES: ** I can pick you up from your chosen accommodation in the Costwolds. Please ask me! ** Picking you up from London and returning is possible for an extra £200 fee. ** If you would like to participate on a date that is not available, please send a request. I will do my best to accommodate.
Explore the Hidden Gems of Cotswolds
*** Book for 2 gets a 25% discount. *** Book for 3 or 4 gets a 35% discount. *** %20 OFF for early-bird bookings (two or more weeks in advance). Experience the English countryside of the Cotswolds, an area known for its green landscapes, charming villages, and honey-coloured stone cottages on a private tour without worrying about missing the must-see places. Avoid the hassles of a DIY or large-group trip and relax on a luxury private tour of must-see towns and villages. See the historical homes of Stow-on-the-Wold and marvel at the honey-stoned Broadway and other precious villages like Chipping Campden, Bibury and Snowshill. Highlights: - Spend at least 6 hours exploring the best of the Cotswolds! - Visit iconic villages, historical towns and the beautiful countryside! - Have free time to explore each location! - Travel in a luxury car along the country lanes! - Learn about history and photography from your knowledgeable local guide! NOTES: ** I can pick you up from your chosen accommodation in the Costwolds. Please ask me! ** Picking you up from London and returning is possible for an extra £200 fee. ** If you would like to participate on a date that is not available, please send a request. I will do my best to accommodate.
Exclusive Private Cotswold Tour
We will pick you up in our Chrysler Grand Voyagers, which carry masks and sanatiser. Pick up points are Moreton-in-Marsh train station, (perfect if you come up from London for the day on the direct train and you could always call in at Oxford on your return), The Lygons Arms in Broadway, The Plaisterers Arms in Winchcombe or The Queens Hotel in Cheltenham - with our guide and driver and take you on guided tour of the Cotswold villages and towns. The tour will last approx 4.5 hours. During the tour informative talks and information on each village/town we visit. Other things to note We can pick up from your chosen accommodation in the Costwolds
Oxford River Walk & optional Cruise Boat
Oxford Boat Trip + Guided Walk along the Thames to Iffley village which has medieval cottages, a beautiful Norman church plus garden pubs. Special focus on Oxford's Alice in Wonderland heritage as we are more or less following the route which Alice Liddell took with Lewis Carroll on a storytelling boat trip on July 4th 1862. We will also introduce Oxford university & city history , Oxford student life and its college rowing sporting traditions- which can actively be seen on the route too. This activity makes for an active day out in nature away from the city crowds. This tour starts with brief walk introducing Oxford city and university sights lasting up to half hour to arrive from start point to the river cruise point. Tour ends there This activity's average duration is 3 hours. Private groups can book on flexible start time and on any day. Shared group tour fixed schedule will be limited by seasonal demand. The total walking distance is up to about 4 miles. The cost of the boat trip is not included & needs to be paid on the day directly to the boat company at cost from approximately £5-£9 per person.

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Oxford's top sights in a fun walking tour with a local
This is not just a walking tour…this is a fun experience where we see Oxford at its best! Join a small group where I share my knowledge of Oxford’s must-see places & hidden gems. I am sure you will love our City of Dreaming Spires as we follow a relaxing route around some of the UK’s most historic streets with its dazzling architecture & prestigious University. Along the route, we’ll see Oxford’s amazing historic buildings including colleges, museums, libraries, & monuments, plus we visit a vibrant indoor market where we can get an award-winning Gelato or delicious hot chocolate. I’ll tell you about some of the university’s crazy traditions & you will hear stories about some of Oxford’s famous authors, whilst we can’t forget the Harry Potter film locations. We take off the beaten track passageways, walk along medieval streets & peer through historic doors that make this experience so unique. By the end, you may be ready for a drink & a bite to eat at a magical hidden gem of a place. So, book Airbnb’s top Oxford Walking tour & join me on a stroll through our historic city for an experience you won’t forget. If you prefer an even more personalised walking tour with your friends or family, then I provide this option too, by booking a private tour. If there’s not a suitable tour date on my calendar, please contact me.
History of Oxford with Tea, Scones & Beer
This guided experience is a walking tour of Oxford getting away from the busier tourist hot spots to experience the real authentic Oxford. Food, drink & tickets into College buildings are included. Your local guide Chris will take you on a journey of discovery and exploration, sharing his favourite historic buildings and stunning viewpoints. You’ll leave feeling that you’ve seen the very best of Oxford and taken away many memories. You’ll visit some of Oxford’s most iconic landmarks, climbing 127 stone steps up a 13th Century church tower for a breathtaking view. You’ll take a stroll hearing stories as you wind through Oxford’s historic hidden lanes that most visitors miss. You’ll step inside some of the University’s courtyards & buildings to see stunning architecture, including the Divinity School - the oldest teaching room in Oxford. Enjoy a quintessentially English cream tea with scones, jam, clotted cream and a pot of tea served in Lewis Carroll inspired ‘Alice’ restaurant. Go on a voyage to see Oxford's greatest treasures belonging to the legendary King Alfred the Great. You’ll also get to visit Christ Church Cathedral, Oxford’s oldest pub, see longhorn cattle graze on grassland meadows, visit some of the locations from the Harry Potter films and see the home of one of Britain’s most famous artists. Finish off your true Oxford experience with a pint of local beer.
Discover the Chilterns with a guided walk and picnic
Join me on a stroll through my homeland: the beautiful Chilterns Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty. I’ll take you to some of my favourite spots on the Chilterns ridgeway; a unique area rich in biodiversity and steeped in history. We’ll meet at the war memorial, exchange some greetings then start in one of the local churches where you can see wall art from the year 1300. We’ll then start our walk onto the ridgeway, stopping along the way to talk Iron Age forts, wild orchids, chalk streams and how the Chilterns even came to be in the first place. We can walk across the driveway of Chequers (the Prime Minister’s country residence) and then gaze across the Aylesbury vale from the Chilterns’ second highest point. We’ll find a nice spot on top of my favourite hill (with a great view) to eat and chat. I will share my passion for cooking using some of the area’s best produce and we can spend time getting to know each other and exchanging stories. The timings listed are only a guide. I can be very flexible and also host a sunset experience (weather permitting) and night-time walking for stargazing (weather permitting!). Let me know what your plans / interests are and I can tailor something that works for you :) I can also run the experience without the picnic (from £20/person). Please message me to discuss.
Enjoy baking delicious sourdough
The aim of this experience is to introduce you to the art of making authentic sourdough bread here in Boston Road, Henley-on-Thames. The experience begins at 10.30am in my home (free parking, a 5-minute walk from Henley-on-Thames train station). Together we will make our own loaves, using sourdough ferment (the starter), and combining it with strong white bread flour, spelt, water and sea salt. With the help of a few simple tweaks, we will bake the bread in a standard domestic oven, to a professional standard. See guest photos... I shall show you a French kneading technique to make light and airy dough quickly and efficiently. You will also learn how to look after your starter, that you will be given to take home, along with fresh-baked, sourdough bread. You will also have a shaped, unbaked loaf to take home which can be baked the next day in your own home. During lunch we will enjoy some fresh-baked sourdough, paired with a selection of cheese, charcuterie, fruit and wine. Other options available for vegans and vegetarians. The experience will take place in a large kitchen that is only used for baking bread. Places are limited to four people. No experience necessary.
Baking Scones in a Cotswold Cottage
Step inside a 16th century Cotswold thatched cottage to learn to bake English scones. See how the owners of the cottage have lovely restored the old farm labourer’s home and hear stories of the cottage’s ancestry. Whist enjoying making the scones using vintage cooking utensils in the cottage kitchen, there is also chance to sample some local English wine, while waiting for the scones to bake in the oven. While the scones are cooling, enjoy a short guided walking tour around the Cotswold ironstone village of Hanwell, visiting a 13th century church and a castle where King James l and Oliver Cromwell both stayed, followed by your cream tea picnic with homemade jam and clotted cream in the Oxfordshire countryside. Come hungry for history, heritage and of course scones with lashing of homemade jam and clotted cream! Yum!
Harry Potter Oxford Insights Tour
NOTICE: This tour starts at 12.45 and not at 12.30 but the airbnb scheduling system has no option to state 12.45! The Divinity school film site is closed on some dates but on any such dates, we simply swap it for entry to New college film site with extra £5 entry to pay. This tour goes into great detail about the making of Harry Potter in Oxford, including film site/s visits. It also highlights JK Rowling's ideas plus it mentions Oxford history plus Oxford's many other famous literary connections. Covid Closures Revised Itinerary: Currently, only the Divinity school film site at the Bodleian library is open. Its £3 per person entry fee is included in your ticket. There is a larger film site called New college but it's not open every day & so it's not included in the tour- unless you request your guide to take you there but that will then mean an additional £10 per person paid in cash only to extend the tour to include New college too. The tours run in English. However, together with my bilingual colleagues, we can also offer private group tours only in foreign languages with adequate advance notice. If -after you book- we learn of closures affecting the tour, I will email you but please can you also share your phone number and email address after booking, so that I can update you of any such notices.
Candle Making with Tea & Cake
Larkswold is a Cotswold Crafting destination for those who wish to experience a workshop in a relaxing and restorative environment, run by friendly, well-informed locals. During our Candle Making Workshop you will learn how to make poured candles, adding essential oils, colours & your choice of decorations to ensure your candles are totally unique to you. Ideal for gifts or to keep! CandleMaking is ideal for individuals, couples, families with children over 10 years and a brilliant activity for larger groups! Long wooden tables in our new garden studio allow plenty of space, and the coffee is always on to enjoy with our delicious homemade cakes, all included. Our aim is to send you away feeling rejuvenated, refreshed & happy with your creations, and with a wealth of local knowledge! Other things to note You do not need any experience to successfully make your own candles. We will lead you through the process.
Traditional Cream Tea Experience - Baking Class
This is a mini version of our Afternoon Tea Experience for the travelers who has limited time! You will get a chance to bake different variations of sweet & savoury scones (traditional ones and seasonal/experimental ones) and then we will enjoy our meal with clotted cream, different flavors of jams, dips and tea. We will be using only organic ingredients but most importantly, we will have so much fun! There will be many scones made so you will take the extra ones with you! Once back home, you will be able to practice what you have learnt. We will give you written recipes and lots of tips! Please message us for alternative dates and times. PLEASE ADVISE IN ADVANCE IF YOU HAVE ANY FOOD ALLERGIES OR RESTRICTIONS. www.thedoughhouse.co.uk
Escape to Oxford Walking Tours
From the Martyrs' Memorial, we meander through the heart of Oxford, passing a number of historic buildings and university colleges, including the 1000 year-old Saxon Tower, the oldest building in Oxford and the finest example of Saxon architecture in England, Carfax, the magnificent Town Hall, Christ Church College and its beautiful Meadow, over ‘Dead Man’s Walk’ into medieval Merton Street where we cut through Logic Lane, past University College, the first of the 39 colleges that make up the University, into the Radcliffe Square, (one of the most sought after landmarks in the UK), view the magnificent Gothic architecture of University Church of St Mary the Virgin, meeting place of the university's first governing body, the Schools Quadrangle, heart of the world-renowned Bodleian Library and seat of the 15th century Divinity School. We pass the Sheldonian Theatre, Christopher Wren’s first major architectural project, the first purpose-built public museum in the Western world and into Broad Street. Our guides are well versed in the history of Oxford and the University from the founding of the city over 1000 years ago to the beginnings of the University in the 13th century, through the industrial revolution to the present day. Where possible we will escort our guests into university and college buildings. Private tours available on request - minimum four (4) persons.
Street Photography Walk Through Oxford
We will walk the streets of Oxford, some popular, some lesser known, and I will be sure to take you on an immersive Photowalk through the famous sights and sounds and into the side streets and alleys bringing you unique shots you wouldn't get if you just went out alone. I will help guide you with angles and new perspectives so your photos will lock in a way of seeing the city many tourists and even locals won't achieve. While doing this you get the knowledge of the sights you'll see while being able to view the city from an Expats point of view, hear my love for what brought me and keeps me in Oxfordshire, chat about why you came here, and get to know one another. I love meeting new people and hearing their journeys and about their travels, the perfect way to bring this all together is with a love for photography, join me on a unique and great experience!
Oxford University Tour With Alumni
We will start with a whirlwind overview of Oxford as the central player in 1,000 years of British history, and giving guests an understanding of how the sprawling institution operates before embarking on the tour. Navigating down the windy alleyways we will get an insiders take on the little known viewing angles that bring across the drama of the world famous architecture in this city. With striking spires and imposing buildings, we will cover how these influenced Tolkien, C S Lewis, along with Alice's Adventures in Wonderland. We will enter one of the oldest Colleges at Oxford, renowned for its beautiful gardens, before heading into one of the most famous Library's in the world - responsible for over 13 million books. Capping this off we will cover a Harry Potter film site, along with why the most powerful religious figure England has ever seen, was burnt alive in the centre of Oxford, on what is now such a nondescript part of road you could easily miss it. Please note: Colleges and the Library can shut without notice and currently they are available as of August 2021. If this changes on the day we will of course incorporate them - if we are not able to offer any access, we will offer up the option of a full refund.
Cotswolds Private Tour from Oxford
*** Book for 2 gets a 5% discount. *** Book for 3 or 4 gets a 10% discount. Experience the English countryside of the Cotswolds, an area known for its green landscapes, charming villages, and honey-coloured stone cottages on a private tour without worrying about missing the must-see places. Avoid the hassles of a DIY or large-group trip and relax on a luxury private tour of must-see towns and villages. See the historical homes of Stow-on-the-Wold and marvel at the honey-stoned Broadway and other precious villages like Chipping Campden, Bibury and Snowshill. Highlights: - Spend at least 6 hours exploring the best of the Cotswolds! - Visit iconic villages, historical towns and the beautiful countryside! - Have free time to explore each location! - Travel in a luxury car along the country lanes! - Learn about history and photography from your knowledgeable local guide! NOTES: ** I can pick you up from your chosen accommodation in the Costwolds. Please ask me! ** Picking you up from London and returning is possible for an extra £200 fee. ** If you would like to participate on a date that is not available, please send a request. I will do my best to accommodate.
E-bike experience by the Thames
You will be greeted by your host Mark at the agreed location Town Hall. You will then be shown how to operate your e-bike, you will have a safety bike helmet to wear at all times whilst cycling your e-bike. You will then enjoy a lovely experience cycling, visiting the Thames and local villages while the e-bike glides you effortlessly along country lanes.
Family friendly time-travel Oxford tour
This is a tour for everyone, but especially designed for families, with a spotting list for younger children. I offer a unique 75 minute chronological trip through Oxford's colourful history, from the Saxon origins of the town to the present day. If children are on the tour I'll admit that I am a time traveller! We will see some of Oxford's best-known landmarks and hear about the people and events that made the city and the university world-famous - as well as some of the scrapes I got into when visiting them! Other things to note During off season I'm happy to adapt timing of tours (eg morning tour instead), please do enquire! Travel around Oxford can get a bit congested so please don't hesitate to text or call me if you have any problems and I will do my best to adapt when possible. There are cobbled streets on the tour.
Tour around Windsor with a local student
Join me for a tour of one of the UK's most remarkable places - Windsor. Home to the King's weekend castle, Britain's most prestigious school and a stunning 2,020 hectares of parkland (mostly) available to the public. We will go through the High Street, around the Castle, view the River Thames and walk through some of the Long Walk; a beautiful 3-mile avenue from Windsor Castle to the Copper Horse Statue surrounded with ancient oaks and deer herds. If time will permit, we could look around the walls of Eton College and explore the narrow streets next to the castle. All this, and we will only walk for around an hour. This route is easy and fun for everyone. When we return, we'll end our time together by talking about the best places to eat in and other exciting activities in the area.
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