Visiting Oxford

Oxford Bach Soloists

Submitted by paull on Thu, 2016-11-24 12:04

Oxford Bach Soloists

The Oxford Bach Soloists (OBS) exists to perform the complete vocal works of J. S. Bach in Oxford. Drawing from an abundance of Oxford talent, OBS provides the next generation of young soloists, many of whom are choral scholars from the University’s college chapels, with the opportunity to collaborate with a professional baroque orchestra.

OBS also exists to provide a laboratory for current research on Bach, working together with Professors from the University of Oxford’s Faculties of Music, Theology, and Modern Languages.

Offer for alumni: Oxford Alumni Card holders benefit from a 20% discount on Oxford Bach Soloist's concert tickets. The discount applies to two tickets and can be used in conjunction with the under-18s for free offer currently in operation. This offer cannot be combined with any other discounts or applied to concessions.

How to claim: A valid Oxford Alumni Card must be produced when purchasing tickets at the box office or if purchased online, must be shown to staff when collecting tickets before the concert. 

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Thursday, November 24, 2016 - 12

Libraries at Oxford

Submitted by oxalumni on Tue, 2014-12-16 11:53

Accessing the Bodleian in Oxford

All graduates of the University of Oxford are entitled to apply for free admission to Oxford library services. Contact the Bodleian Admissions Office or telephone +44 (0)1865 277180 for more details.

Scan and Deliver

Scan and Deliver is now available to all current Bodleian Library card holders.

There is now a Scan and Deliver service for items held in the Bodleian Libraries Book Storage Facility. Instead of requesting the physical item to a reading room, you can request scans of sections direct to your desktop. See more at:

Exhibitions, tours and masterclasses

What’s on at the Bodleian Libraries brings together the wide-ranging activities taking place in the Libraries. Whether you visit an exhibition or a display, attend an event or a lecture, go on a guided tour, or visit our shop, you will find an opportunity to discover our distinguished collections, magnificent buildings and informative programmes. See more at:

Join the Friends of the Bodleian

As a Friend, you will be able to enjoy a range of activities, including free lectures and special tours. The society has helped the Bodleian acquire diverse treasures including Jane Austen’s draft of The Watsons and pages from the draft of Frankenstein by Mary Shelley (both acquisitions are on display in the Bodleian’s Marks of Genius exhibition). See more at:

Oxford University Research Archive (ORA)

Open access to the research publications from the University of Oxford - see the ORA website to gain access to research publications. 

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Tuesday, December 16, 2014 - 11

Bodleian Library Publishing

Submitted by oxalumni on Tue, 2014-12-16 11:32

Bodleian Library Publishing has a diverse list of gift, general interest and scholarly books on a wide range of subjects drawn from or related to the Library's rich collections of manuscripts, rare books, maps, postcards and other printed ephemera.

Offer for alumni: 10% discount on all publications.

How to claim: Contact Bodleian Library Publishing Sales on 01865 283850 or email quoting BL002 .

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Tuesday, December 16, 2014 - 11

University of Oxford Botanic Garden and Harcourt Arboretum

Submitted by oxalumni on Tue, 2014-12-16 11:16

The University of Oxford Botanic Garden is the oldest Botanic Garden in Britain, and is the most compact, yet diverse, collection of plants in the world. It is open throughout the year, and differs from other types of gardens as it represents collections of plants that are grown for purposes other than purely aesthetic reasons.

For more information please visit their Oxford Botanic Garden website.

Harcourt Arboretum has been part of the University of Oxford since 1963. The site comprises 130 acres containing the best collection of trees in Oxfordshire with some of the oldest redwoods in the UK. Seasonal highlights include wildflower meadows, rhododendrons and bluebell woods. It is open throughout the year.

For more information please visit Harcourt Arboretum website.

Offers for alumni: Oxford Alumni Card-holders benefit from a special admission fee of only £3.50 at the Botanic Garden and £3.50 at the Harcourt Arboretum. The discount is offered to the Card-holder only.

How to claim: Please show your Oxford Alumni Card at the entrance.


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Tuesday, December 16, 2014 - 11

The University Club

Submitted by oxalumni on Tue, 2014-12-16 11:13

The University Club is a sports and social facility for staff, graduates, alumni, retired or ex-staff of Oxford University, and membership is now available to their friends and family. The Club is situated on Mansfield Road, a short walk away from the city centre.

The Club offers great value, menus catering for all tastes and a broad selection of beverages, including local speciality ales.  The Club also offers accommodation  and plays host to the following sports: aerobics, dance, football, cricket, archery, tennis, squash, karate and fencing. Use of the gym is available for guests staying at the Club.

Offer for alumni: Alumni are entitled to join the University Club for an annual fee of £25.

How to claim: Please use the associate membership page as alumni to redeem this offer and quote your alumni number when joining. Your Alumni Card must also be presented as ID at Reception when you visit the Club for the first time.

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Tuesday, December 16, 2014 - 11

Sheldonian Theatre

Submitted by oxalumni on Tue, 2014-12-16 11:09

The Sheldonian Theatre was erected in 1664-8 to a design by Sir Christopher Wren (1632-1723) from funds donated by Gilbert Sheldon (1598-1677) – a former Chancellor of the Univeristy of Oxford.

Its purpose was to provide an appropriate secular venue for the principal meetings and public ceremonies of the University, and this remains its purpose today. The Sheldonian was described by the European Commission as 'one of the architectural jewels of Oxford'.

Offer for alumni: Oxford Alumni Card-holders benefit from free entry to the Sheldonian Theatre, while their guests receive concessionary rates (currently £2.50).

How to claim: Please show your Oxford Alumni Card on arrival.

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Tuesday, December 16, 2014 - 11

Oxford University Sport

Submitted by oxalumni on Tue, 2014-12-16 11:06

Oxford University Sport on Iffley Road offers a variety of memberships for its facilities, which include the Rosenblatt Swimming Pool, a gym, squash courts, and an athletic track.

The athletic track was the scene of one of the greatest sporting achievements in the 20th century – the breaking of the four-minute mile by Oxford alumnus Sir Roger Bannister.

Offer for alumni: Oxford Alumni Card holders are entitled to membership at a special discounted annual rate (£272 for swimming pool only, £408 for swimming pool and gyms) or discounted monthly direct debits.

How to claim: Visit the Oxford University Sport complex on Iffley Road, call 01865 240476 or email .

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Tuesday, December 16, 2014 - 11

Oxford Playhouse

Submitted by oxalumni on Tue, 2014-12-16 11:01

Oxford Playhouse has a well-earned reputation as one of Britain's leading theatres. From its foundation in the 1920s to the present day, it has been associated with the launch of many stellar careers and productions; its repertory years saw companies which included such names as John Gielgud, Judi Dench, Ian McKellen, Ronnie Barker and Dirk Bogarde.

Offer for alumni: Oxford Alumni Card holders benefit from a 10% discount on tickets for selected theatre productions at the Oxford Playhouse*.

How to claim: Please show your Oxford Alumni Card at the Oxford Playhouse, Beaumont Street, Oxford, OX1 2LW.

* Please note: The discount applies to two tickets; it is not available for Saturday evenings, one-nighters, certain amateur shows or Friday evenings of Band A shows. If you’re in doubt, please contact the box office.

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Tuesday, December 16, 2014 - 11

Oxford Philharmonic Orchestra

Submitted by oxalumni on Tue, 2014-12-16 10:58

The Oxford Philharmonic Orchestra is Oxford’s professional symphony orchestra and Orchestra in Residence at the University of Oxford. Under the leadership of its music director Marios Papadopoulos, the Orchestra offers an annual concert programme that has featured a remarkable roster of distinguished artists, including Valery Gergiev, Maxim Vengerov, Hélène Grimaud, Nigel Kennedy, Lang Lang and András Schiff.

In addition, the Orchestra offers an extensive programme of community and education work that includes regular FUNomusica family concerts and a range of schemes designed to nurture young musical talent in Oxford.

Offer for alumni: 10% discount on Oxford Philharmonic Orchestra concert tickets (own concert promotions and advance telephone bookings only). This offer cannot be combined with other discounts or applied to concessions.

How to claim: Quote your alumni number over the telephone (if you do not know your alumni number, please complete the online form).

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Tuesday, December 16, 2014 - 11

Blenheim Palace

Submitted by oxalumni on Tue, 2014-12-16 10:54

Home to the 12th Duke and Duchess of Marlborough and birthplace of Sir Winston Churchill, Blenheim Palace is a true masterpiece of 18th century baroque architecture.

Discover the beauty of this World Heritage Site amongst over 2000 acres of ‘Capability’ Brown parkland and Formal Gardens.

Blenheim Palace is not only an iconic part of history, but also a living, changing experience with a wealth of sporting and cultural events, themed exhibitions and tours throughout the year.

Offers for alumni: 30% discounted entry for Oxford Alumni Card-holders. 2018 admission prices are:

Adults Concessions Children Family
£18.20 £16.10 £10.15 £43.75

This gives entry to the Palace, Parkland and Formal Gardens. In addition if you donate your admission on arrival, you will be entitled to a free Annual Pass which gives you unlimited entry* to the Palace, Park and Gardens as well as free entry or a discount for most events.

*Terms and conditions apply

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Tuesday, December 16, 2014 - 10