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Useful Information

Festival Registration

Registration is open from 2pm on Sunday. Go to the Tom Gate entrance of Christ Church (on St Aldate's) - you will be able to collect your Festival pass from the reception desk in Tom Quad. If you have booked accommodation in Christ Church you will also be able to collect your room key from the reception desk. Rooms are available from 2pm on Sunday.


The main reception desk is open 2pm-7pm on Sunday and 8:30am-11am on Monday.


If you arrive at the festival after 7pm on Sunday, on Monday afternoon or on Tuesday please go to the Porters' Lodge at Tom Gate to collect your pass (and room key if applicable). If the gate is locked please ring the bell to alert the Duty Porter.


Travelling to the Festival


There is NO parking available at Christ Church and city centre parking in Oxford is limited. Find more information about car parks and Park and Ride here: parking in Oxford


Christ Church is a fifteen minute walk or a ten minute bus ride from Oxford station. A number of local buses stop outside Tom Gate. For more see: public transport in Oxford




All seminar rooms are wheelchair accessible and there is lift access to the Great Hall. Both St Aldates and the Sir Michael Dummett Lecture Theatre have induction loops.


Gate Hours

Tom Gate is open from 6am to 8pm. If you have booked accommodation in Christ Church your room fob will allow access through the small wicket gate at Tom Gate at all hours. If the gate is locked and you are not staying at Christ Church please ring the bell to contact the Duty Porter.


You can also access the college through Canterbury Gate from 8am to 5:30pm (or until midnight using a room fob).



Some afternoon seminars have limited capacity (2pm and 4pm, Monday and Tuesday). Please attend the particular seminars you are booked for - these will be printed on the back of your festival pass.

Seminar notes are now available to download from the resources page.


Festival Bookshop

The Festival bookshop, run by Church House Bookshop, will stock a wide selection of speaker and preaching books and resources. The main bookshop is located in the Music room, off Tom Quad.



The dress code for the Gala Dinner on Sunday is smart (not black tie).

Breakfast for those who have booked B&B accommodation in Christ Church is available in the Great Hall 7:30am to 9am.

If your Festival ticket includes lunch this will be served in the Great Hall from 12:30pm to 2pm.

Free tea and coffee is served in the morning and afternoon on both Monday and Tuesday.

The Buttery Bar, adjacent to the Great Hall, is open after dinner on Sunday and Monday night.


Local Cafés, Restaurants and Pubs

George & Danver | 94 St Aldate's | 8am-12am | Tel. 01865 245952
Barista coffee, fresh-baked bagels, cakes and ice cream in an independent all-day eatery


Café Loco | 85-87 St Aldate's | 7:30am-6pm | Tel. 01865 200959
Modern, Mad Hatter-themed cafe serving sandwiches, salads, cakes and afternoon tea


Art Café | 14 Bonn Square | 7am-7pm | Tel. 01865 242464
Sandwich shop and café with an emphasis on homemade, organic and local produce


Shanghai 30’s | 82 St Aldate’s | 6pm-10:30pm | Tel. 01865 242230
Traditional Chinese restaurant


Quod Restaurant & Bar | 92-94 High Street | 7am-11pm | Tel. 01865 202505
Hotel restaurant serving a variety of seasonal dishes


St Aldates Tavern | 108 St Aldate’s | 11:30am-11pm | Tel. 01865 241185
Traditional pub with a buffet menu


The House | Wheatsheaf Yard | 5pm-12am | Tel. 01865 724433
Stylish cocktail bar


Live Broadcast and Recorded Talks

On Monday we will live stream two talks from the festival: Stephen Cottrell's lecture at 10am and Sam Well's seminar at 2pm. Video will be shown at

Audio recordings of the main lectures and seminars will be available to purchase after the festival.


About Us

The Festival of Preaching is created and managed by Hymns Ancient and Modern Ltd, publishers of the Church Times, the imprints Canterbury Press and Church House Publishing and owners of Church House Bookshop. We already run the bi-annual Bloxham Festival of Faith and Literature and feel that this is the ideal next event for us to create. Find out more about us and our work.

Speakers 2017

Kate Bruce
Martyn Percy
Stephen Cottrell
Nadia Bolz-Weber
Doug Gay
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