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Cotswolds Private Tour from Oxford
*** Book for 2 gets a 5% discount. *** Book for 3 or 4 gets a 10% discount. Experience the English countryside of the Cotswolds, an area known for its green landscapes, charming villages, and honey-coloured stone cottages on a private tour without worrying about missing the must-see places. Avoid the hassles of a DIY or large-group trip and relax on a luxury private tour of must-see 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! - Visit iconic villages, historical towns and the beautiful countryside! - Have free time to explore each location! - Travel in a luxury car along the country lanes! - Learn about history and photography from your knowledgeable local guide! NOTES: ** I can pick you up from your chosen accommodation in the Costwolds. Please ask me! ** Picking you up from London and returning is possible for an extra £200 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.
Explore the Hidden Gems of Cotswolds
*** Book for 2 gets a 5% discount. *** Book for 3 or 4 gets a 10% discount. *** %20 OFF for early-bird bookings (two or more weeks in advance). Experience the English countryside of the Cotswolds, an area known for its green landscapes, charming villages, and honey-coloured stone cottages on a private tour without worrying about missing the must-see places. Avoid the hassles of a DIY or large-group trip and relax on a luxury private tour of must-see 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! - Visit iconic villages, historical towns and the beautiful countryside! - Have free time to explore each location! - Travel in a luxury car along the country lanes! - Learn about history and photography from your knowledgeable local guide! NOTES: ** I can pick you up from your chosen accommodation in the Costwolds. Please ask me! ** Picking you up from London and returning is possible for an extra £200 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.
Discover the Chilterns with a guided walk and picnic
Join me on a stroll through my homeland: the beautiful Chilterns Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty. I’ll take you to some of my favourite spots on the Chilterns ridgeway; a unique area rich in biodiversity and steeped in history. We’ll meet at the war memorial, exchange some greetings then start in one of the local churches where you can see wall art from the year 1300. We’ll then start our walk onto the ridgeway, stopping along the way to talk Iron Age forts, wild orchids, chalk streams and how the Chilterns even came to be in the first place. We can walk across the driveway of Chequers (the Prime Minister’s country residence) and then gaze across the Aylesbury vale from the Chilterns’ second highest point. We’ll find a nice spot on top of my favourite hill (with a great view) to eat and chat. I will share my passion for cooking wholesome and nutritious local food using some of the area’s best produce and we can spend time getting to know each other and exchanging stories. The timings listed are only a guide. I can be very flexible and also host a sunset experience (weather permitting) and night-time walking for stargazing (weather permitting!). Let me know what your plans / interests are and I can tailor something that works for you :)
Exclusive Private Cotswold Tour
We will pick you up in our Chrysler Grand Voyagers, which carry masks and sanatiser. Pick up points are Moreton-in-Marsh train station, (perfect if you come up from London for the day on the direct train and you could always call in at Oxford on your return), The Lygons Arms in Broadway, The Plaisterers Arms in Winchcombe or The Queens Hotel in Cheltenham - with our guide and driver and take you on guided tour of the Cotswold villages and towns. The tour will last approx 4.5 hours. During the tour informative talks and information on each village/town we visit. Other things to note We can pick up from your chosen accommodation in the Costwolds
E-Bike cycling to a vineyard
Cycling in the Chilterns to a Vineyard for some wine tasting. A unique opportunity to ride an E-bike in the beautiful surroundings allowing the E-bike to cruise up any hills the Chilterns can throw at you, whilst your host Mark will share his local knowledge of the history in the region, including many TV programs and film sets in and around the Hambleden valley. For example the village of Turville Heath where The vicar of Dibley was filmed, Goodnight Mr.Tom and many Midsummer Murder episodes. You will experience a fun outdoor experience taking in the glorious views and an abundance of fresh air, learning about how a small yet efficient Vineyard runs and the opportunity to taste the grapes grown. Knowing that you are in the safe and friendly hands of Mark who is passionate about cycling in the area. Other things to note A level of fitness is necessary.

All activities near Oxfordshire

Fabulous Oxford walking tour with a local guide
Oxford is a wonderful City best seen on a small-group walking tour. It's a vibrant, historic city, with fantastic architecture & the prestigious Oxford University. Enjoy a relaxed, fun & informative Oxford walking tour any time of the year, rain or shine with a small group of people. On a tour to suit all ages, you will see Oxford's most famous sites, discover parts of the city that many visitors don't see, learn about Oxford University & its traditions, hear about Oxford's famous authors & visit some of the Harry Potter film locations. Along the route, you will see ancient buildings, colleges, libraries, a theatre, an indoor market, gardens and a tranquil river. We visit a Gelateria for award-winning gelato or amazing hot chocolate, then finish at an ancient pub to cool down in the summer & warm up in the winter! This is not a scripted Free Oxford walking tour with a group of 30+ people! It is however a friendly tour guided by an Oxonian, with depth, humour & passion. Guests who have taken this tour love its intimate & relaxed nature, plus they enjoy meeting fellow travellers from the Airbnb community. You can also book a private tour for your family group, or as a work team-building event to get a truly intimate & fun time. If there’s not a suitable tour date on my calendar, please contact me. If you are not an Airbnb member, contact me via myoxfordtravel
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.
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 with extra £5 entry to pay. 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. Covid Closures Revised Itinerary: Currently, only the Divinity school film site at the Bodleian library is open. Its £3 per person entry fee is included in your ticket. There is a larger film site called New college but it's not open every day & so it's not included in the tour- unless you request your guide to take you there but that will then mean an additional £10 per person paid in cash only to extend the tour to include New college too. 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.
Escape to Oxford Walking Tours
From the Martyrs' Memorial, close to the north gate of the old city, 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 and the first purpose-built public museum in the Western world 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 will escort our guests into university and college buildings. Private tours available on request.
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.
Cotswolds Private Tour from Oxford
*** Book for 2 gets a 5% discount. *** Book for 3 or 4 gets a 10% discount. Experience the English countryside of the Cotswolds, an area known for its green landscapes, charming villages, and honey-coloured stone cottages on a private tour without worrying about missing the must-see places. Avoid the hassles of a DIY or large-group trip and relax on a luxury private tour of must-see 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! - Visit iconic villages, historical towns and the beautiful countryside! - Have free time to explore each location! - Travel in a luxury car along the country lanes! - Learn about history and photography from your knowledgeable local guide! NOTES: ** I can pick you up from your chosen accommodation in the Costwolds. Please ask me! ** Picking you up from London and returning is possible for an extra £200 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.
Autumn Wreath Making Workshop
Don’t fake it, make it. Create a stylish real foliage autumn wreath to bring a little autumn colour to your front door. Using dried & fresh flowers, willow, maybe some lavender or eucalyptus with ribbon & hessian we'll show you how to make a unique wreath celebrating Autumn. Follow our example wreaths or create something truly original.
Oxford University Walking Tour Led By University Alumni
In just an hour walk through pivotal moments of human history: from petty and outlandish rivalries to architectural masterpieces with confusing names. See the lamp-post which inspired Narnia and the architecture which has inspired His Dark Materials. Visit the meadows where C.S. Lewis first recounted the story of Alice in Wonderland. Marvel at some of the world’s greatest examples of Gothic and Baroque architecture. Inspiring, baffling, and downright outrageous: Oxford is a city full of stories waiting to be told. Oxford is nothing without its students, and it’s the students who make our walking tours so special. All our tour guides are either graduates of or current students at the University of Oxford who combine their personal experiences of the city with their deep passion for its history, architecture, and stories to provide a one-of-a-kind tour. Combining a deep passion for the city’s history and architecture with the knowledge you hear all about what the students really get up to – from BOPS to secret societies and which all-night library permits outside snacks. Which college is the poshest one, and which is the oldest? Which one has traditions designed only to mock the traditions of other colleges? As well as hearing it all from the horse’s mouth, you get to see inside colleges, with highlights including the beautiful Jesus college gardens. This is the real Oxford.
Explore the Hidden Gems of Cotswolds
*** Book for 2 gets a 5% discount. *** Book for 3 or 4 gets a 10% discount. *** %20 OFF for early-bird bookings (two or more weeks in advance). Experience the English countryside of the Cotswolds, an area known for its green landscapes, charming villages, and honey-coloured stone cottages on a private tour without worrying about missing the must-see places. Avoid the hassles of a DIY or large-group trip and relax on a luxury private tour of must-see 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! - Visit iconic villages, historical towns and the beautiful countryside! - Have free time to explore each location! - Travel in a luxury car along the country lanes! - Learn about history and photography from your knowledgeable local guide! NOTES: ** I can pick you up from your chosen accommodation in the Costwolds. Please ask me! ** Picking you up from London and returning is possible for an extra £200 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.
Discover the Chilterns with a guided walk and picnic
Join me on a stroll through my homeland: the beautiful Chilterns Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty. I’ll take you to some of my favourite spots on the Chilterns ridgeway; a unique area rich in biodiversity and steeped in history. We’ll meet at the war memorial, exchange some greetings then start in one of the local churches where you can see wall art from the year 1300. We’ll then start our walk onto the ridgeway, stopping along the way to talk Iron Age forts, wild orchids, chalk streams and how the Chilterns even came to be in the first place. We can walk across the driveway of Chequers (the Prime Minister’s country residence) and then gaze across the Aylesbury vale from the Chilterns’ second highest point. We’ll find a nice spot on top of my favourite hill (with a great view) to eat and chat. I will share my passion for cooking wholesome and nutritious local food using some of the area’s best produce and we can spend time getting to know each other and exchanging stories. The timings listed are only a guide. I can be very flexible and also host a sunset experience (weather permitting) and night-time walking for stargazing (weather permitting!). Let me know what your plans / interests are and I can tailor something that works for you :)
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 lovely 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 wine, 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 and Oliver Cromwell both stayed, followed by your cream tea picnic with homemade jam and clotted cream in the Oxfordshire countryside. Come hungry for history, heritage and of course scones with lashing of homemade jam and clotted cream! Yum!
Paddle Boarding in the Hertfordshire
Paddle boarding is fun, friendly and relaxed - suitable for all levels. If you are new to it, I am sure you will love it! We ensure that social distancing is adhered to at all times and equipment is fully sanitised. Come and learn a new skill and see the world in a different way! You will come and meet me in the park with all the kit that you need for the activity. I will go through everything, ensuring you know how to use it. From there we will go through some simple paddling techniques as well as running through safety measures, so that you know what you're doing. We will go to explore the local area, seeing the sights and building your confidence as we go! If you don't see a day/time when you can to make, send me a message and we can schedule in something to suit you. Don't worry if you're a newbie, we keep the groups to a manageable size. If you're looking for something a bit more adventurous do get in touch and I can put together a bespoke package for you! I look forward to welcoming you on board. Other things to note: You will find us in Berkhamsted (Hertfordshire) with stunning views of the Chilterns and great surroundings.
Roast coffee and learn about it
This is a full immersion coffee experience done in my house. Analysing different green coffee with an introduction to processing and drying techniques. Roasting coffee and cupping to be able to identify different coffee varieties and origins. Different brewing methods and different tasting notes.
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 new 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 Portraits Photo Tour
A private photo tour around historic Oxford to capture memories of your time there. Whether you're a solo traveler, staycation holidaymaker, couple or family. Please note the price is the same for solo, couple/ pair of travelers (just select one guest but that can include one pair for the same price as well as a couple with one young child). For larger groups please select the private group option or drop me a message. I will take you around some iconic places & if you're a Harry Potter fan I've also got you covered! A lot of the filming locations were around Oxford (fun fact... I was even in Fantastic Beasts & Where to Find them myself)! We will start at Oxford's Bodleian Library and Divinity School, Radcliffe Camera, Bridge of Sighs (also Harry Potter filming locations). Then we will take a hidden narrow cobbled lane to one of the old colleges (also a Harry Potter location). The entrance fee for one person other than myself is included in the cost. I can even give you tips on where to stay for some extra Harry Potter magic. Posing- I model myself so I will demonstrate poses for you. I like movement in the photos such as walking shots to create natural comfortable photos. You will receive 10 digital printable images with this package. You will get to choose your images from an online gallery.
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