BHS [Outings 2017] | Banbury Museum

The society’s summer programme is varied and includes: visits to country houses and archaeological digs, ‘road shows’ at village halls and walks exploring historical landscapes.

Previous Summer Outings:

Tour of “the Bod” Oxford

Thursday 18th May 2017 at 2pm

The Bodleian Library is one of the oldest libraries in Europe, and second in size only to the British Library with over 12 million printed items. Known to many Oxford scholars simply as ‘the Bod’, these buildings are still used by students and scholars from all over the world.

The  tour will go inside the buildings that form the historic heart of the University, .including the 15th century Divinity school, Convocation House, Chancellors Court and Duke Humfrey’s medieval library.

The tour lasts about 60 minutes and there’s a café in the new atrium in the Weston building, Blackwell Hall, where there are temporary exhibitions, and there is also an excellent shop with prints, books, home and fashion items.

Cost: entrance and tour £10 .

Places are limited to two groups of 13 – please book with Susan Walker on


Guided Visit to Historic Warwick

Saturday 10th June 2017 at 10:30am 

Led  by Graham Sutherland, A Blue Badge Guide
Meet at the Cape Road Car Park (free at weekends) at 10.30 am.
Cost: £5 per person for the tour with an additional £2 for admission to St Mary’s Church, both  payable on the day.
Members may bring guests.

Places are limited to 20 so please book with  David Pym on


Kenilworth Elizabethan Gardens Tour 

Thursday 6th July 2017 at 2pm    

A guide will lead our group through the Norman Keep and into the newly recreated Elizabethan Garden, just as Queen Elizabeth I would have entered the private garden created in 1575 by Robert Dudley, Earl of Leicester. Our guide will explain the inspiration behind this project and the recreation of the 16th-century fountain, aviary and four obelisks, as well as the search for Tudor plants, flowers and birds. This tour will also shed light on the love story between Elizabeth I and Robert Dudley and her spectacular visit to Kenilworth Castle, when Robert would attempt to win his Queen’s heart. 

The tour lasts around 45 minutes and afterwards you will have the opportunity to explore the remains of the castle including John of Gaunt’s Great Hall, one of the finest of its kind;  tea will be available in the Stables Tearoom, a magnificent Tudor timber-framed building.

Cost: entrance and tour £12 and for English Heritage members (entrance is free) £3 for the tour.

There are 30 places- please book with Susan Walker on