A Literary Pilgrimage to Christian Oxford - Summer School 2018

17th - 22nd June 2018

**** SOLD OUT **** Reserve list available


This year Wycliffe's Summer School will explore the great Christian literature associated with Oxford. Come and join us as we discover more about CS Lewis, Dorothy Sayers, JRR Tolkien, and others, considering how their theological themes relate to the broader biblical narrative.


  • An opportunity to learn in the context of the University of Oxford;
  • Teaching by the renowned Alister McGrath, Amy Orr-Ewing, Tom Price and others;
  • Daily worship and biblical expositions from Wycliffe faculty;
  • Gala closing banquet and other unique fellowship opportunities;
  • Exclusive access to Wycliffe faculty and students.

Plan to arrive in Oxford by Sunday, 17 June in time for our welcome afternoon tea, dinner and chapel.  The schedule includes worship at 8:30 followed by teaching, lunch, and excursions tied to the themes of the teaching. All are included in the summer school fee. Activities include: 

  • Walking Tour of the historic university city of Oxford

This tour will be led by one of our knowledgeable Wycliffe experts who will show you the "Dreaming Spires" of Oxford and offer a unique insight into the city's rich Christian heritage. There is much to learn and discover!

  • Guided Tour of "The Kilns" (C.S. Lewis's House)

Gain a unique insight into the private life of C.S. Lewis and his unconventional family. The Kilns and its surroundings inspired many characters and books of Lewis including the famed Chronicles of Narnia.

Visit to Christ Church College and Cathedral

Founded in 1546 by King Henry VIII, Christ Church has a number of architecturally significant buildings including Tom Tower (designed by Sir Christopher Wren), Tom Quad (the largest quadrangle in Oxford), and the Great Dining Hall ( the seat of the parliament assembled by King Charles I during the English Civil War). The buildings are featured in movies such as Harry Potter. Christ Church’s notable alumni include 13 British prime ministers (more than any other Oxbridge college), King Edward VII, King William II, 17 Archbishops, writers Lewis Carroll (Alice in Wonderland) and W.H. Auden, and philosopher John Locke. Christ Church Cathedral’s dual role as cathedral and college chapel is unique. The site was historically presumed to be the location of the nunnery founded by St Frideswide, the patron saint of Oxford, and the shrine now in the Latin Chapel, originally containing relics translated at the rebuilding in 1180, was the focus of pilgrimage from at least the 12th—early 16th century.

  • Blenheim Palace

Blenheim is a monumental country house and the residence of the Dukes of Marlborough. It is the only non-royal, non-episcopal, country house in England to hold the title of "palace". Built in 1705, in the rare and short-lived English Baroque style, the palace is both the birthplace and ancestral home of Sir Winston Churchill. It is also where Churchill, in 1908, proposed to his future wife.

  • Banquet in St. Peter’s College dining hall

We’ll celebrate our final evening with a formal banquet in the beautiful college dining hall of St. Peter’s College. St. Peter’s occupies the site of two of the university's oldest inns. Francis Chavasse, an Anglican bishop who helped found St. Peter’s as a new academic institution admitting undergraduates of modest mean, served as Principal of Wycliffe Hall from 1889-1900. The closing banquet is a great opportunity to recap on a successful week, say farewell to newly made friends and experience a unique Oxford tradition.

Meals: The fee includes all lunches, coffee and tea breaks, Sunday’s English tea and welcome dinner, and a gala closing banquet.

Accommodation: Many delegates choose to stay at nearby B&Bs or hotels. There are options for every budget; contact Stephanie Cocke for further information. Alternatively, student accommodation is available at Wycliffe Hall. You need not be a student to use these rooms but please note the rooms are modestly furnished with shared bathroom facilities! Please contact Matthew Armstrong for help with online booking.

Summer School Fee (includes teaching, several afternoon activities, and five lunches and two dinners, including a gala banquet)


****SOLD OUT**** Reserve list available   

Please complete the BOOK ONLINE NOW form to be added to the reserve list. 

Contact Information:


Matthew Armstrong, Development Director - for reserve list enquires
T: +44 (0) 1865 274200
Website: wycliffe.ox.ac.uk


Stephanie Cocke, U.S. Coordinator

T: 713.598.1526
E: stephanie@friendsofwycliffehall.org
Website: friendsofwycliffehall.org          


Refund Policy

A 75% refund will be available if cancellation is made at least 4 weeks prior to the start of the event. No refund will be available after this date.

We will refund on the card you paid with and the money will be refund within 10 working day.

Event details

  • 17th - 22nd June 2018
  • FREE*
  • Wycliffe Hall, Oxford

*Additional options may incurr extra charges. Extra costs will be mentioned where applicable.

Book online now