Culture Crawl Oxford 23rd September

What a night! Lots of entertainment, and lots of walking but all in aid of a very good cause! We started in Kennington at 6.30pm.

We were pleasantly surprised after a reasonably short walk to Iffley Lock, to be greeted by a boat! This took us to Oxford and included entertainment in the form of singing Pirates, Short Drag Roger. I kid you not, take a look at this video, they were awesome.

 

Once in Oxford, and back on our feet we headed towards OVADA, Art Gallery for a welcome break and a look around this industrial building, containing wonderful artists exhibitions. If you would like to visit OVADA, you will find them in Osney Lane.

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Pit stop over, back to work, this time aiming for Pembroke Street to visit The Story Museum.

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And as if that wasn’t exciting enough, we also had Mim’s Belly Dancers showing off their incredible skills and after a few dances, getting the crowd to join in!

And the fun didn’t stop there! The next part of our Culture Crawl was a stroll to Oxford Castle Unlocked. We were introduced to the Castle by a guard, who then pointed us in the direction of some well-earned snacks, spring rolls and pork dumplings, yummy!

We wandered through the Castle, meeting some infamous names along the way, including Mary Blandy who was accused of killing her father, she told us about her privileged lifestyle and her time in the jail. Did she mean to kill her father? Visit Oxford Castle Unlocked and decide for yourself!

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Upon leaving the creepy castle, we were thrilled to see Wolvercote Morris Men dancing in the moonlight.

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As fun as this all was, and it really was, it wasn’t over yet, we still had a visit to the stunning grounds of Magdalen College and inside a beautiful choir. It would have been easy to sit and listen to the choir all evening, but we still had a job to do, our finish line was at the Churchill Hospital, Maggies Centre and this meant walking up Headington Hill. If you have never walked up Headington Hill, I suggest you opt for a taxi instead! This was by far the hardest point of the evening and where we earned those charitable donations!!

Listen to the choir here;

 

Maggie’s supporters started falling over the finish line from around 11.30pm, and were pleased to see a huge table of refreshments, tea, water and cakes. Lots and lots of cakes!

It was a thoroughly enjoyable evening, at points it was more like a fun tourist tour than a sponsored ‘crawl’, but those donations for this fabulous charity were earned, and the pain on Saturday morning was well worth it. If you don’t know much about Maggie’s, please take a look at their website and follow them on Twitter and Facebook. They do an incredible job for those affected by Cancer. And sadly, I don’t think many of us can say we haven’t been affected in some way during our lifetime.

https://www.facebook.com/maggiesoxford/

https://twitter.com/maggiesoxford

https://www.maggiescentres.org/our-centres/maggies-oxford/