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Oxford's famous and hidden gems
Oxford’s city centre is a concentration of all you want to know. Within a relatively small area there are hundreds of years of history which we will be experiencing by walking for a couple of hours. We will tour the famous sights and learn about the culture, reasons and history behind what we see. We will hear about the famous Oxford personalities, who shaped the world and learn about their world. We will also discover more hidden places, the ones tourists (and many locals) don’t know about. I will point out the locations of world famous films and the stunning hidden architecture. This is a tour for very small groups as I want you to feel comfortable and able to ask questions. If there is any particular requirement, just ask and I will do my utter best to accommodate you. Most of the times, it would be your own private tour. We will meet outside the Randolph Hotel, on Beaumont Street, opposite the Ashmolean Museum and start our adventure from there. Other things to note My tours are suitable for families and children under 2 come for free. We will be passing many shops during our walk where you can buy drinks and snacks if needed. This tour is wheelchair and child friendly. As the group size is very small you will almost certainly enjoy a fully private tour.
Paddleboard River Safari For Beginners
Awarded "Experience of The Year" at the Visit Worcestershire Tourism Awards 22/23!! Ready for some SUP therapy? Learn to stand-up paddleboard (SUP) and enjoy a SUP safari on the beautiful River Avon with Wittering SUP; an award winning ASI accredited SUP school. Perfect for absolute beginners, you'll learn how to stand up paddleboard followed by a peaceful tour of the beautiful river Avon to enjoy the tranquillity and local wildlife (kingfishers, deer, herons, wagtails, skylarks, swallows, Canada Geese, buzzards, Red Kites, otters, mink, water voles, oystercatchers and even rare curlews!). Every ticket sold makes a contribution to the Kemerton Conservation Trust who help take care of our beautiful wildlife here. With ASI qualified SUP Technical Coaches (and all gear provided), you will learn everything you need to start your paddleboarding adventure; how to kneel and ultimately stand on a board, correct paddle-stroke and turning techniques as well as safety and equipment knowledge before we head off on our adventure! Ideal for couples, families or friend groups from age 12+ so long as you can swim at least 50m. This a very accessible water sport and you don't need any experience to join in. All paddlers get a 10% discount from our friends at Revil's Farm Shop and Cafe; hot drinks and delicious lunches onsite - Yum!
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 lovingly 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 gin, 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 stayed not once but twice, followed by your cream tea with homemade jam and clotted cream back at the cottage. Come hungry for history, heritage and of course scones with lashing of homemade jam and clotted cream! Yum! If you don't have a car to travel to us, please don't worry, as we have a train station nearby. Please contact us for details.
Traditional Afternoon Tea-Baking Class
First we will make our homemade mixed berry jam & clotted cream, a seasonal pudding and then start baking! You will get a chance to bake a rich and delicious chocolate fudge cake, Victoria sponge and different variations of sweet & savoury scones (traditional ones and seasonal/unique ones). We will be using only organic ingredients but most importantly, we will have so much fun! There will be many treats made so you will take the extra ones with you as well as a mini jar of jam and AN ANTIQUE PIECE OF CROCKERY AS A SOUVENIR! Once back home, you will be able to practice what you have learnt. I will email you written recipes and lots of tips! Please message me for alternative dates and times. Other things to note Guests ages 2 and up can attend with their parents. Please message me for alternative dates and times. PLEASE ADVISE IN ADVANCE IF YOU HAVE ANY FOOD ALLERGY OR RESTRICTION. www.thedoughhouse.co.uk
The magic world of chocolate
This is a private course for 2 people so there is flexibility. Feel free to contact me to discuss any thing you are interested, Happy to adjust course time and even dates to suit you. Introduction to chocolate making equipment and techniques, for use in a home environment. You will be able to produce very professional chocolates using the facilities of a home kitchen. so you can continue to make chocolates at home. Hands-on practical sessions: How to temper (crystalise) chocolate, in a home environment (this is important as most chocolatiers only show the table technique) How to make a ganache How to make chocolates using moulds Decorating moulds using cocoa butter colours Coating the moulds, filling and sealing them During Easter months we can make Easter eggs How to take care of chocolate equipment Finishing You will take away with you lots of chocolates that you have made yourself, for you, your friends and family to enjoy beautifully packed for presents. This is what each one of you will make to take home. Suggested retails value, but could cost more in different retail shops, of chocolates you take home beautifully packed 48 moulded bonbon chocolates £48.00--14 truffles £14.00 8 tablets £16.00 a quantity of piped and enrobed truffles £15.00 And sometimes more Contact Chonette if you prefer times and days to suit you not listed in the calendar

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Oxford Walking Tour with a local; history, gems & stories
Are you planning a visit to Oxford? Then one of the best things to do is to enjoy this Oxford Walking Tour with a local & hear about its history, stories and Oxford University traditions. This is not just a walking tour, but is a fun experience where you join a small group to see Oxford’s most iconic attractions! 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'll visit a vibrant indoor market where we can get an award-winning Gelato or delicious hot chocolate. I’ll tell you about some of Oxford University’s crazy traditions & you will hear stories about some of our famous authors, whilst we can’t forget the Harry Potter film locations. We go off the beaten track, through 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. This tour is great for people of all ages, couples, singles & families. Join as strangers, leave as friends...that's the Airbnb way! If there are no dates in my calendar, please ask.
Pub and City Tour
Oxford Is an amazing city and a chat over a drink in a couple of the oldest pubs in town makes getting to know it all that much more enjoyable. We will meet in the late afternoon and I will show you the iconic sites and tell you about the history, the personalities and events that influenced the world. With as many pubs as colleges in the city centre, there is ample choice of where to sit and absorb the centuries of information. Try a local brew, drink where medieval stables used to be, contemplate the Saxon city wall, watch the quirkiness of ancient establishments, sit where famous literature personalities sat. All within a short walking distance from one another, you will see historical monuments, world-famous buildings and sites where world-shaping events took place. Listen to the legends, the facts and the fantasies hidden around every corner of this magical place while relaxing by the fire or in the garden of pubs that are hidden gems. Other things to note The tour is suitable for all abilities and if you have any specific requirements, please contact me and I will most certainly be able to accommodate you. As the group size is very small you will most likely enjoy a fully private tour.
Oxford's famous and hidden gems
Oxford’s city centre is a concentration of all you want to know. Within a relatively small area there are hundreds of years of history which we will be experiencing by walking for a couple of hours. We will tour the famous sights and learn about the culture, reasons and history behind what we see. We will hear about the famous Oxford personalities, who shaped the world and learn about their world. We will also discover more hidden places, the ones tourists (and many locals) don’t know about. I will point out the locations of world famous films and the stunning hidden architecture. This is a tour for very small groups as I want you to feel comfortable and able to ask questions. If there is any particular requirement, just ask and I will do my utter best to accommodate you. Most of the times, it would be your own private tour. We will meet outside the Randolph Hotel, on Beaumont Street, opposite the Ashmolean Museum and start our adventure from there. Other things to note My tours are suitable for families and children under 2 come for free. We will be passing many shops during our walk where you can buy drinks and snacks if needed. This tour is wheelchair and child friendly. As the group size is very small you will almost certainly enjoy a fully private tour.
Walk Alpacas around a Cotswold Manor Estate
You will meet our lovely alpacas (Frodo, Gandulf, Chewy, Twiglet, Eeyore, Pippin, Whisky, Merry, Legolas and Gimli). We will explain the characteristics of these lovely animals and teach you how to handle them. You will feed and walk the alpacas around our 16th century Manor Estate. The walk is more of a gentle stroll, as we appreciate both the beautiful gardens and many historic features of the Estate; our medieval stocks, a Tudor barn and 5 acres of amazing gardens, a lake and a large orchard. At the end of the experience you will have the opportunity to spend some free time interacting with the alpacas up close, off the lead. We end with a refreshing glass of home-made apple juice.
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.
Letterpress Printing Experience
Learn the art of letterpress printing in a working printshop and create your own poster or cards. You will learn how to compose type, mix inks and operate the different presses. You will explore the range of wooden and metal type, and vintage blocks and learn how to use them. Choose your own type, set it on your galley, choose your ink colour, and print! You can print an A3 poster on the proofing press or make your own set of greeting or correspondence cards on the Arab or Adana presses. Suitable for children over 7 with adult accompaniment. If you are visiting the area for a special occasion, such as wedding planning, birthday or anniversary celebrations and would like to print something special such as Save the Dates or posters to mark the occasion please contact me directly so I can help organise what you would need.
Potter's Wheel Taster Workshop
In this fun introductory class you will get familiar with the potters wheel and learn what it is like to have a go at throwing. On arrival at our Studio, you’ll be warmly welcomed as you join the rest of your group. The workshop begins with a full demonstration of the pot throwing process, given by one of our expert potters. You will then be individually assigned a potter’s wheel for the duration of the workshop and its your turn to get hands-on and have fun practising your pottery skills! An experienced tutor will be on hand throughout offering practical tips and guidance. You will learn the 5 basic steps in making a pot, from centering, opening out and pulling up the walls of your pots, using specialist tools. You may create as many pots as you wish on the session, using an unlimited supply of clay. As a beginner, your pots tend to be super wobbly and often collapse but it’s all part of the fun and the normal learning curve of a potter! This is a make and take class, so at the end of the workshop you can chose your best piece to take away on the day free of charge (additional pots charged at £3). Pots can be left to airdry at home and painted if you wish.
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 kids 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, 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.
Escape to Oxford Classic 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.
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. 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. 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.
Full day tour of the stunning Cotswolds with a local guide
**Group bookings of 3 or more people achieve a 10% discount** Come and experience this magnificent full-day, driving and walking tour of the famous Cotswolds with an expert local guide, in-vehicle refreshments and plenty of incredible photo opportunities along the way. The Cotswolds is an ‘Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty’ (AONB) known for its stunning countryside, historic castles, grand manor houses, lively market towns and quaint villages with honey-coloured stone cottages. By booking this tour, you will escape the hassles and time-constraints of accompanying a larger group, gain local insights and be able to fully immerse yourself in the experience. During this tour, you will: • Be driven in a luxury vehicle with refreshments. • Visit quintessential English countryside locations. • Learn about the history of the places we visit . • Hear fun stories from my time growing up in the Cotswolds. • Have access to an in-vehicle Wi-Fi connection. • Enjoy some free time to explore, or relax. • Stop for photographs in various places along the way. • Eat and drink in a Cotswold pub or restaurant (Optional- not included in tour price). Tours run from 10am - 4:30pm approx. Public tour guests - I will collect you from (and return you to) Kemble train station. Private tour guests - you can be collected from (and returned to) your accommodation anywhere in The Cotswolds.
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 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.
Oxford of Morse, Lewis and Endevour
Morse, Lewis and Endeavour are Oxford's own heros, solving the many murders of this dark, sinister and mysterious city. The fact that Oxford's most common crime is bicycle theft and not putting the comma in the proper place, doesn't take anything away from the famous TV detectives. Come and discover where most of the episodes were filmed. Walk in the footsteps of John Thow, Kevin Wheatley and Shaun Evans. And let's not forget Hathaway and Hobson. Visit this natural film setting with the backdrop of dreaming spires and learn about the city and its history as well as relive snippets of the world famous episodes and learn behind the scene information. We will pass the pubs, the buildings and the streets that made Morse and it's sequels what they are. Other things to note If you have reduced mobility and you use a wheelchair, please let me know in advance. I can modify the route to accommodate you. Families with children are welcome, I will not be discussing the murders in details
The Oxford Inklings tour-Lewis & Tolkien
Tolkien once described the Inklings club as “An undetermined and unelected circle of friends who gather around C S lewis, our habit was to read aloud compositions of various kinds ....and lengths !" One cannot underestimate how the loud encouragement this circle of friends gave one another helped produce some of the most important and popular books of the 20th century. Not only Fantasy classics such as The Chronicles Of Narnia and The Lord Of The Rings but also important religious works such as Lewis’s “Mere Christianity” a book which has sold over two hundred million copies. At a relaxed pace, we will explore many sites and stories associated with this eclectic group, concentrating not only on C.S. Lewis and J.R.R Tolkien but also some of the other Inklings such as Owen Barfield and a man who was a great influence on Lewis, Charles Williams. Whilst taking in Oxford's stunning architecture we shall wander the grounds of a beautiful medieval College associated with the Inklings and visit The University Church of Saint Marys {Where Lewis gave talks} - any entrance fees are included in the price We shall also walk by many of their regular haunts such as The Eagle And Child pub & Eastgate Hotel. I shall also regale great stories of which I have collected over many years Other things to note Comfortable foot wear is highly recommended, roads in Oxford are uneven in places.
Explore the Hidden Gems of Cotswolds Private Tour
*** Enjoy a 10% discount for groups of 3 or 4 guests. *** Get 20% off early-bird bookings when you book two or more weeks in advance. Experience the picturesque Cotswolds, an area of idyllic English countryside known for its green landscapes, charming villages, and honey-coloured stone cottages, on a guided driving tour without worrying about missing the must-see places. Skip the hassles of a DIY or large-group trip and relax on a luxury tour of must-visit 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! - Discover iconic villages, historic towns, and stunning countryside! - Enjoy free time to explore each location at your own pace! - Travel in a luxury car along the country roads! - Learn about local history and photography from your guide! NOTES: - I can pick you up from your chosen accommodation in the Cotswolds. Please ask me! - London pick-up and return are possible for an additional 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.
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