The City of Oxford
Oxford was founded in the 8th Century and has examples of every major English Architectural period since Saxon times. Oxford is dominated by the University which was established in the 12th Century – although teaching can be traced back to 1096 making it the second oldest University in the world.
Oxford city centre is squeezed into a few streets, with a labyrinth of beautiful buildings, shops, museums, pubs and other attractions hidden away. Find the covered market, explore the colleges, climb church towers, visit the parks or find unexpected surprises!
Our main dancing venues are full of history too.
St Columba’s Church – Friday Night
The Church building dates to 1915 and is modelled on the structure of medieval banquet halls – like the one at Winchester housing King Arthur’s Round Table.
We will be dancing in the Church itself – no pews, no pillars, just wall-to-wall wooden dance floor!! There will also be a dance annex to chill out in!
The Church is on Alfred Street, in the historic centre of Oxford, and is located next door to one of the oldest pubs in the City!
The Oxford Union – Saturday Evening and Sunday Afternoon
We are privileged to welcome you to world-famous Debating Chamber of the Oxford Union for our Saturday and Sunday dances. The Union is normally only open to visitors and private events, so it is a great opportunity to visit and dance in this historic venue and we will have access to the Debating Chamber, Gardens and bar for OLX!
Designed to resemble the chambers of the Houses of Parliament, the debating chamber building opened in 1879. The Architect Alfred Waterhouse, who is known for his Gothic Revival designs, also designed buildings for Balliol College Oxford, 3 Cambridge Colleges and the Natural History Museum in London.
Presidents of the Union Society include many former Prime Ministers of the United Kingdom and Cabinet Ministers. The Union is also known for inviting many famous guest speakers. Notable speakers at the Oxford Union have extended from Winston Churchill, Bill Clinton and Albert Einstein to Kermit the Frog.