Autumn in Oxford
The end of summer in Oxford sees the students at the two universities return, and the city settle back into its usual routine. This makes autumn an ideal time for an authentic, local experience in Oxford and there are still plenty of cultural events and festivals to attend.
The 5th of November is known as Bonfire Night in the UK, and marks the anniversary of a failed attempt by Guy Fawkes and his co-conspirators to blow up the Houses of Parliament. Known as the Gunpowder Plot. Around November 5th bonfires are lit, often with an effigy of Guy Fawkes burning, and then fireworks are set off. Oxford hosts several of these events, but one of the best and biggest is held at South Park – a uniquely British experience.
Museums and galleries
As the temperature drops and the large tourist crowds leave, autumn is an ideal time to visit Oxford’s world-class museums and galleries. From the Ashmolean Museum, to Modern Art Oxford, to the Oxford University Press Museum, there is something for everyone. Many of Oxford’s museums and galleries also offer free entry, so it’s a great opportunity to try new things and visit places outside of your usual tastes.
Enjoy a night by the fire
Autumn is an ideal time to experience the traditional British pub, and Oxford hosts many historic options dating as far back as the 13th century. Escape from the weather by a log fire, and spend a warm cosy night relaxing with friends. Many pubs also offer table games, making it a great place to get to know new people and practise new language.
Visit the markets
The Covered Market is home to numerous shops, cafes and street-food options – all under one roof – making it an ideal autumn activity. Gloucester Green Market also offers a range of stalls selling clothes, antiques and international street food.
See the leaves changing colour
Appreciate the beauty of Oxford’s parks as the leaves change to orange and the autumnal atmosphere takes over. Highlights include Oxford University Parks, Port Meadow and Christ Church Meadow, just a short walk from the city centre.
Visit the theatre
A fantastic cultural experience, as well as excellent English practice, the New Theatre in Oxford shows high-quality performances year-round, from world-famous musicals, to stand-up comedy, to gripping dramas. Smaller theatres and university colleges also offer a unique range of performances.
Escape to the Cotswolds
Appreciate the autumnal atmosphere in the rolling countryside just a short journey from Oxford. There are several options for long and short walks, as well as the opportunity to explore the nearby traditional British villages.