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The Oscar Wilde Society has an exciting and diverse programme of events all year round. We organise lectures, readings, and discussions about Wilde and his works, and visits to places associated with him. We also aim to highlight other events of interest which are organised by other entities.

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Oscar Wilde Society Summer Lunch

August 17 @ 12:00 pm - 4:00 pm


This year’s Oxford celebration will be hosted at St Hilda’s College on 17 August. St Hilda’s was the first women’s college at the University of Oxford, established in 1893. It is a lovely college, with gardens onto the river, where we will enjoy our traditional Pimms reception. Lunch will be served in their riverside pavilion overlooking the dreaming spires.

Magdalen College is located just the other side of the bridge to St Hilda’s, so guests can visit the college (subject to whether it is closed for a private event) following the luncheon if they would like to see Oscar’s college as well.

St Hilda’s is located on Cowley Place, which is off to the right if approaching the roundabout at the end of the High Street from the High Street itself. If coming from London by Oxford Tube, if you alight at St Clements’ it is a five-minute walk from the stop. If arriving by train, you can catch any of the following buses to ‘the Plain’ roundabout: 400 (stop R1), 1, 5 (Stop R2), X7, X8 (Stop R5).

Our speaker this year will be Dr Sophie Duncan, Research Fellow and Dean for Welfare at Magdalen College, Oxford. Sophie grew up in Stratford upon Avon and has published widely on Shakespeare, as well as advising Kenneth Branagh and other directors of theatre companies. She is currently organising an exhibition to open at Magdalen in the autumn commemorating 150 years since Oscar’s arrival at Magdalen, and her talk will be called: Oscar Wilde in Oxford.

Tickets are £70 per person, which includes a Pimms reception, three course lunch, and after dinner tea/coffee. Wine with the meal is not included but can be bought on the day from their wine list, which features bottles from Brightwell’s, a local Oxford vineyard.

If you would like to come, please make your payment by 2 August via PayPal to or by cheque made out to the Oscar Wilde Society and sent to:
John Stratford, Hon Treasurer
The Oscar Wilde Society
9 Rosehip Way
Bishop’s Cleeve
Cheltenham GL52 8WP

Members may bring one guest.

Please state when booking if you have any allergies. Please state if you would like to have the vegetarian or vegan menu. We regret that we are unable to accommodate any dietary requirements beyond these options.


August 17
12:00 pm - 4:00 pm
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St Hilda’s College
Cowley Place
Oxford, OX4 1DY
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