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Historical & Literary Walks & Talks, and Books by Oxford Towpath Press

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MANY SCHEDULED WALKS & TALKS HAVE, OF COURSE, BEEN POSTPONED ON ACCOUNT OF COVID-19 BUT LOOK OUT FOR SOME “LYRA’S WALKS” (arranged via Experience Oxfordshire) in  2021 – inspired by the popularity of the BBC TV adaptations of Oxford author Philip Pullman’s “His Dark Materials”. Also “Belle Sauvage” Thames cruises to Godstow with Oxford River Cruises.


Ch Ch Meadow Walk (small)









In normal times, most of my WALKS are for pre-booked tours (starting at £60 inclusive for up to 20/24 people). However, if you as an individual, or as part of a small group, would like to arrange a walk, do please still feel free to get in touch at oxfordtowpathpress@gmail.com. Or, for £30 for up to five people (lasting 90 minutes or so), you can suit yourself as to start time time and exact route.

Not sure? Please have a look at my (sadly unmaintained!) ‘Customer Comments’ page.


On-line TALK: ‘Princes of Plants’: the Bobart family and Oxford’s 400-year-old Botanic Garden

Monday 26 July 2021:

Oxfordshire Family History Society. Details here: Talk

Oxford University’s Botanic Garden, the oldest in Britain, was founded in July 1621. Jacob Bobart, the ‘German Prince of Plants’, was the first keeper, famed both for his horticultural skill and his eccentricities. His sons were Jacob, ‘horticulture’s sapient King’, and Tilleman, overseer of the grounds of the new Blenheim Palace, while a later descendant became mayor of Woodstock and another was celebrated in fact and fiction as Oxford’s ‘Classical Coachman’. Some of the important visitors and events associated with the Garden will also be featured, including Ashmole, apes, aeronauts and ‘Alice’.


Oxford Botanic Garden 400th Walks – 26 July 2021 at 10am and 2pm

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A short stroll with Oxford local historian and author Mark Davies focussing on some of the charismatic, eccentric, and ground-breaking (!) individuals who have graced the Garden over the last four centuries. These include early keepers such as ‘the German Prince of Plants’ and ‘Horticulture’s Sapient King’; visitors (respected, regal, and rude!); plus balloonatics, scavengers, apes, dragons, and monsters.


Oxford Indie Book Fair (rearranged date after postponement from April, then June 2020):

6 Nov 2021: Wesley Memorial Hall, New Inn Hall Street, Oxford

Indie Book Fair

WALK: 12 noon (probably). One-hour ‘Damnable Oxford’ historical and literary tour, including the Oxford Canal and Castle Mill Stream. Cost £5 per person (maximum 20 people). Some steps. To reserve a place or for more information send an e:mail to: oxfordtowpathpress@gmail.com


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