Events and Excursions

Lincoln College Chapel

The first five excursions for 2022 are now available and they are open for booking . We expect to have another two or three later on in the season.

All the outings are guided walks within public open space with, in a few cases, access into a church or other public building, and this element may have to be omitted if access is not available at the time. The number of places for each outing is limited but we will keep a reserve list in case of cancellations.

We are not charging for the cost of the guides but, if there is cost for access into buildings, we will ask for payment on the day and also, if refreshments can be offered, the cost of these. Transport costs must be paid in advance and a PayPal option will be sent on confirmation of the booking.

If you need to cancel, please email

Confirmation and joining details will be sent by email. Please watch for announcements on the website, and make sure that we have your email address - you can check the details we hold for you by logging in. There will not be a paper booking form this year.

If you have any queries please contact the Excursion Secretary: Postal enquiries should be sent to:

Michael Heaton, Excursions Secretary
48 High Street, Wheatley, Oxford, OX33 1XX

Disability Policy
Members with limited mobility must contact the Excursions Secretary, Michael Heaton (tel: 01865 425909 or email: before booking an excursion to discuss whether special access arrangements can be made to buildings or locations. The Society will do its best to accommodate special needs, but reserves the right to refuse access to its events where, in the judgement of the Committee, the safety of an individual or of other participants is put at risk.

Witney Walk

Date: 21 May 2022
Time: 12pm
Leader: Jill Hind
Location: The Blanket Hall
Cost: £7.50
No of Places: 20
Closing Date for Bookings: 15 May 2022

Bookings for this event are now closed

OAHS Secretary Jill Hind carried out an intensive study of the historic town of Witney while working for Oxford Archaeology, and in 2021 led a tour from the parish church north to the Blanket Hall. This year will cover the northern part of the town, and participants are welcome whether or not they had taken part in 2021. The walk will start from the Blanket Hall and explore more of Witney’s important blanket heritage. Then the tour will visit the planned settlement of Newland and finish at Cogges Manor Farm, where Jill Hind helped with excavations in the 1990s. A guided tour of the manor is included, but there will also be an opportunity to look at the evidence for the medieval manor and the church. Refreshments will be available at the farm.

Cost of trip: £7.50 for entry to Cogges and guided tour.

Details of the refreshments and their costs will follow.
No transport provided.

Henley Walk

Date: 18 June 2022
Time: 2pm
Leader: Simon Townley
Location: Chantry House, Henley
Cost: Free
No of Places: 25
Closing Date for Bookings: 12 June 2022

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Now best known for its annual summer Regatta, Henley is a planned medieval market town which owed its early success to the river trade with London, later becoming a fashionable coaching and tourist centre. Starting at the church and the adjoining Chantry House (dendro-dated to 1461), this 2-hour walk will include the waterfront, the medieval market place, and some of the newer streets laid out in the 19th century, taking in medieval timber-framed houses, former inns, smart 18th-century town houses, and more recent additions.
No transport provided.

Broughton Castle and Rousham House

Date: 30 June 2022
Time: 8.30am
Location: Broughton Castle and Rousham House
Cost: £57.00
No of Places: 28
Closing Date for Bookings: 23 June 2022

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Broughton Castle is a medieval fortified manor house in the village of Broughton which is about two miles south-west of Banbury, Oxfordshire. It is the home of the Fiennes family, Barons Saye and Sele. The castle sits on an artificial island in pastureland and is surrounded by a wide moat.

Rousham House, continuously in the ownership of one family, was built circa 1635 and remodelled by William Kent in the 18th century in a free Gothic style. Further alterations were carried out in the 19th century. Guided tours are given by the owning family. Extensive garden and grounds.

£57 per person inclusive of coach transport from Oxford, coffee/tea on arrival at Broughton Castle plus quiche and salad lunch at the end of the visit there.

Wheatley Heritage Walk

Date: 30 July 2022
Time: 1.45pm
Leader: Michael Heaton
Location: Wheatley
Cost: Free
No of Places: 25
Closing Date for Bookings: 22 July 2022

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The Wheatley Heritage walk is being repeated for those who did not come on it last time
OAHS excursions organiser Michael Heaton has immersed himself in the history of Wheatley since moving here 4 years ago. Wheatley has an industrial background from its days of limestone quarrying from the 14th century supplying high quality stone for Windsor Castle and many of the Oxford colleges. This took Wheatley into the top echelon of Oxfordshire villages as shown in the survey of 1334. Evidence of these quarries remains. A few fine dressed stone buildings remain and there are many houses of lesser-quality rubble. As well as having this outcrop, Wheatley also sat on two seams of Kimmeridge clay which resulted in brickworks in the village from 1742 to 1939. Wheatley High Street was also on the main road from London to Oxford via Shotover Plain, bringing considerable passing trade, until re-routed at the end of the 18th century. The influence of this historical past on the current village underlies this tour. The tour will end with tea at the Sun public house (payable on the day), one of three remaining pubs from 15 that have existed over time.
No transport provided. 280 and U1 buses from Oxford High will drop you near the starting point.