Things to do in Oxford this week
It’s a busy week for Oxford, with St Giles Fair opening on Monday and Oxford Open Doors taking place throughout the week.
The centuries old fair began as a celebration of the patron saint St Giles in 1625. It has retained its original charm with traditional amusements, including a coconut shy, carousel and plenty of time-honoured sweet treats. Thrill seekers can also expect a host of white knuckle, theme park style, rides.
The fair is definitely worth a visit and opens from Monday 9 September to Tuesday 10 September. Take care when travelling by bus or car to look out for diversions, as the fair results in the closure of St Giles road.
This week Open Doors will be revealing all Oxford’s quirks, inviting you to take a closer look at the streets and buildings that make up this unusual city. The best part? It’s all completely free. There are countless hidden treasures in the city and this week they are being put proudly on show. Here are some of the highlights:
– The MINI Plant is celebrating its centenary with an exhibition and a tour of its assembly hall on both Thursday and Friday.
– On Friday take a look inside the heart of BBC Oxford, with a guided tour of its headquarters on Banbury Road.
– The Ashmolean is inviting you to take a behind the scenes look at some fascinating collections not normally on display on Saturday.
– See the graves of much loved Oxonians including Kenneth Grahame, author of The Wind in the Willows, at Holywell Cemetery on Saturday and Sunday. While you’re there bask in the beauty of this wildlife preserve’s flora and fauna.
– Lots of the Oxford colleges are welcoming visitors throughout the week. Highlights include a sobering monument to Percy Shelley at University College, the deer park at Magdalen College, or visit Christ Church for Choral Evensong.
For details about times and bookings, as well as the other events available visit the Open Doors website: http://www.oxfordopendoors.org.uk/