14th May 2016
£12 per person
2pm – 4pm, starting from Castleyard Cafe, Oxford Castle Unlocked , OX1 1AY
A two-hour, central Oxford ‘walk on the Welsh side’, with reference to eminent ‘sons of Cambria’ such as Geoffrey of Monmouth, Gerald of Wales, ‘Beau’ Nash, T. E. Lawrence, and an incalculable number of Joneses, as well as Dylan Thomas himself.
Passing from west to east, from the River Thames to the Cherwell, from Town to Gown, from pre-Roman to post-War, this one-and-a-half mile walk with local historian, guide, and author Mark J. Davies will pass by “beer-imbibing, Welsh-rarebit-fed” Jesus College, the ancient Turf Tavern (one of Dylan’s favourite pubs, among many favourite pubs!), and end at Magdalen College, where Dylan resided while in Oxford in the 1940s.
Expect ‘tales of youth’ and of ‘rough and adventurous relaxations’; of leeks, and harps and toasted cheese; of at least one Red Herring; and of treachery, magic, and dragons!
The £12 ticket price includes entrance to Magdalen College, founded in the 15th century, where participants will be able to explore the extensive grounds and deer park at leisure at the end of the walk.
Why not make a day of it by exploring Oxford Castle Unlocked in the morning? There is a 25% discount on entry for participants on the Dylan Day walk.
This event is supported by Literature Wales, and is one of many arranged on International Dylan Thomas Day to commemorate the date of the first public reading of Under Milk Wood in New York on 14 May 1953.
If you are an Oxford resident or an Oxford University alumnus or aged over 60, please bring proof with you.
Book your ticket for the International Dylan Thomas Day Walk on 14th May using the form below: