FREE charity tours

Walking Tours of Oxford is once again delighted to be involved with this fundraising initive by the students of Oxford Univerisry.  Teams are selected from the 22,000 studying here at Oxford and they will go head to head in a race across the globle – to see which team can get the furthest – with no money!

Firstly they must raise several hunderd pounds for local charitites such as rape victims and the homeless.  All proceeds go 100% to charity.

To assist them is this very worthwhile cause, Walking Tours of Oxford guides will give up her time complelty free and offering a 1.5-2 hour walking tour of this stunning Univeristy town.  We will walk through the very heart of Oxford University and see such sites as The Radcliffe Camera, The Bodlean library, The Weston library, The Bridge of Signs, many of the 38 colleges (from the outside) AND A VISIT INSIDE ONE OF THE MOST BREATHTAKING COLLEGES. You will see the stunning arcitecture and hear the stories of how it all began with a little Harry Potter thrown in – and indeed anything that interests you.  All guide are fully qualified and hold the Green Badge accrediation for the Guild of registered Tourist Guides as well as a member of The Oxford Guild of Tour Guides

One of the student taking part in Jailbreak will meet us during the tour and talk to you about life as a student here.

These tours are normally priced at £15 per person but you can now join totally free – for a limited time.  If you enjoy the tour – and we are confident that you will (we are number 2 on TripAdvisor with over 400 positive reviews!), then we would be delighted if you would make a donation towards the charities.

Please only book a place if you are sure that you can intend.  Please email me info@walkingtoursofoxford.com to confirm your place and with your mobile telephone number.

We hope to see you in Oxford soon.

Colin Dexter

Meeting Colin

When I was 18 years old Morse was first aired on TV.  It was the 6th January 1987.

Fast forward 30 years and I am now an avid ‘fan’.  More than that, I get to share my stories and findings with my guests on my tours that I conduct in Oxford. I certainly would not mind going to the pub with young Endeavour any day!

The family home that I talk about was in Buckinghamshire. When I started a family of my own, I settled in Oxfordshire.  As time passed and the family grew up, I decided to re-train as a Green Badge guide for Oxford.  It was a challenging time but I loved learning all about this stunning city.  When you first qualify, you do so as a ‘University and City’ guide only.

Brief thoughts flickered through my mind about becoming a Morse guide but did I really want to do more training after such an intense 9 months*?  The work I was receiving was sufficient and I had my family which kept me pretty busy!

So what changed my mind?  I think it was meeting Colin Dexter that was the turning point.

It was a bitterly cold winter day and I was in The Morse Bar at The Randolph.  I am sure many of you have already been but if not, you must add to your list!  Anyway, I digress.

There I was looking at the photos of John Thaw and perhaps reflecting quietly on my youth and watching Morse with my parents.  I glanced down and thought ‘hang on a minute’.  There was Colin.  He had some signed Morse books (how I wish I had brought one).  Colin kindly allowed me to sit down and chat for a few minutes.  What a delightful and amusing gentleman he was.  We chatted about Morse and had a giggle.  He was fun and a little flirtatious but I did not mind at all – rather made my day!  Our time was all too brief as I had to start my tour.  I bid him farewell with a kiss on each cheek and in hopefulness that our paths would cross again. Sadly, it was not to be. Colin’s health was detoriating and he died a few years later – 21st March 2017.

I had my photo taken with Colin and would proudly show anyone that displayed a flicker of interest.

It is perhaps with poignancy but pleasure and privilege too, that I have recently been invited and accepted an invitation to Colin’s memorial service. I have no idea as yet who will be there but I am just looking forward to adding my personal thanks to this wonderful man and without whom, I would be unable to conduct these tours and pass on the stories.

There are plans to erect a statue to Colin in Summertown, just outside the centre of Oxford and you can read more about that here:-

http://www.oxfordmail.co.uk/news/15571071.Plans_for_Colin_Dexter_statue_take_shape_as_design_is_revealed/

Thank you Colin.

Qualifications

  • Heidi, like all guides working for Walking Tours of Oxford is a fully qualified green badge guide – member of The Institute of Tourist Guiding and The Oxford Guild of Tour Guides and that is what stands us apart from some of the other Operators in Oxford.

 

 

 

 

Morse / Lewis and Endeavour Tours

Morse / Lewis and Endeavour tours

Another busy summer with lots of new tours. Morse / Lewis and Endeavour continues to be ever popular. I was thrilled to meet Shaun Evans and Roger Allam (Endeavour and Fred Thursday) during the filming for season 5. Here are a few snaps taken over the course of the year.

I am already looking forward to January and the return of Endeavour – it helps lift my post Christmas blues! The great news is that it will be 6 episodes (rather than the normal 4).

During the winter months, these tours will operate on a Thursday and Saturday at 2pm. Additional tours maybe added. Book early to avoid disappointment!

The 2018 schedule is almost ready so watch this space for additional days and times being added.

All our guides are fully qualified and hold the Green or Blue badge accreditation, awarded by the Institute of Tourist Guiding, so you can be assured of a quality tour.