Brookes Society Events




A guided tour of Bothy Vineyard

Tuesday 10 September at 2pm
Bothy Vineyard, Frilford Heath

A tour and tasting at this award-winning vineyard will start off with a gentle walk around the vineyard during which we learn about the history of the vineyard, the economics of such a modest business, viticulture and the environmental factors which affect our harvest and wine. After that we will see where and how the wine is made, followed by a free tasting of the vineyard’s award-winning wines with a few nibbles. Purchases of wine can be made at the shop.

This event costs £10 and is limited to 25 participants. There is ample parking and good disabled access, and it is also possible to go by bus. The Stagecoach S9 from Oxford to Wantage stops on Faringdon Road nearby. There is an option to meet at 12 for a pub lunch at The Doghouse next door, or members may go direct to the Bothy at 1.45 ready for the tour.

Contact: Catherine Tranmer,, 01865 711962


London Riverside Walk

Tuesday 8 October at 1.45pm
From Blackfriars Bridge (South bank), London

Described by Ian Nairn, architectural observer, as the "skeleton key " that deciphers the enigma of London, is this popular walk along the Thames from Blackfriars. Walking along the South Bank we will see the reasons why London was established in the 1st century and why it has endured. We will enjoy wonderful views of the City, learn about Shakespeare's career and the story of the theatres, consider the Great Fire and the rebuilding of St Pauls Cathedral and note the markets and the history of London Bridge. The river is the narrative of London and is the timeline of our capital city.

We will meet at around 12.15 at the Founders Arms on the South Bank, a short walk from Blackfriars Bridge, where we can sample the pub’s well-known fish and chips before we assemble at 1.45 for the walk, which will finish around 2 hours later near London Bridge.

The walk will be guided by Shaughan Seymour, who has guided several previous London walks for the Brookes Society. He is an actor and a professionally qualified Blue Badge and City of London Guide and may break into song during the walk.

The cost will be £8pp and is limited to 25 persons. You can take the District/Circle underground lines to Blackfriars Station and can return from London Bridge Station or via the River Bus to the North Bank of the river.

Contact: Catherine Tranmer,, 01865 711962

Tour of Oxford Centre for Islamic Studies

Tuesday 12 November at 2pm
Contact Clare Fox,


Christmas lunch for members

Thursday 5 December 12 noon - please note, the deadline for the deposit is September and there are 20 places.
Brookes Restaurant

This will be followed by a Jack the Ripper lecture by Prof Anne-Marie Kilday, Pro Vice-Chancellor Student and Staff Experience, and Britain's only Professor of Criminal History. She is an expert on the subject and will explore the cultural climate associated with the Victorian underworld and the cultural phenomenon of the Ripper Murders. We could say it is not exactly Christmas fare but this is an opportunity to hear the expert on the subject - and she is Brookes' expert.

The lecture will take place at 3.00 in JHB 401, capacity 36. The lecture to be opened to others if our registration is low.

Contact Clare Fox, or Laura Bartholomew, 01844 353715