WALKS & TALKS FOR LIPREADERS
PROGRAMME OF WALKS 2017
January 22nd From Surgeons to Squadrons
This winter walk takes us to Lincoln’s Inn Fields with famous architects, politicians, lawyers and surgeons to discover. The buildings are beautiful, the park is serene and the stories are fantastic with assassinations, family feuds and royal divorces to enjoy. From here we will stroll to the marvelous Wren church of St Clement Dane and discover the history of the Royal Air Force. There are memorials to and from the US Air Force, the Polish flyers in WW2 and those from the Commonwealth – and where else in London are you going to encounter a flying guinea pig?
March 12th The South Bank and the Festival of Britain
On this walk we go back to 1951 when the Festival of Britain took Londoners out of post war austerity to marvel at the latest innovations in art, design, industry and technology at a festival to celebrate the centenary of the Great Exhibition of 1851. Find out how this event was a catalyst for the regeneration of the entire South Bank which is today famous for its arts centre. We trace the surviving remnants of the festival including, two sculptures and the recently restored Royal Festival Hall. We view the post festival arts centres such as the National Theatre and finish with a great riverside panoramic view from the riverside walkway adjacent to the Oxo Tower.
May 21st Oxford, “City of Dreaming Spires”
Today we explore the historic heart of Oxford. We will discover more about the “town” and “gown” with tales of martyrs, movements and ceremonies. Immersed in legend that has inspired over 500 literary works from Chaucer to Tolkien, we walk around the backdrop of Inspector Morse.
Today the University of Oxford has 38 colleges and 6 permanent private halls but no date of foundation – teaching existed since 11th century and the colleges emerge in 13th century. There will be an optional opportunity to visit inside a college (small entrance fee) at the end of the walk subject to opening hours on the day.
Perhaps spend the afternoon exploring one of the many famous museums including the Ashmolean Museum or the Bodleian Library.
Trains from Paddington or Marylebone – Park and Ride is recommended if travelling by car. Meeting Point: TBC
July 16th Kensal Rise Cemetery
“So, what links the inspiration for a Dickens character in The Old Curiousity Shop, some paintings in the Houses of Parliament, a tightrope walker and a cross dressing doctor? The answer is Kensal Green Cemetery and today we get an opportunity to see the most stunning Victorian memorials to these and many other famous and interesting individuals. With inspiration from Pere Lachaise cemetery in Paris it became our capital’s first garden cemetery and rose to receive royal approval as the resting place for Royal Dukes. Still in use today it remains a perfect place to wander on a summer Sunday with trees, wildflowers, rose gardens, butterflies, birds and bees to enjoy. Come and join us and learn more about London’s Magnificent Seven and their contribution to a healthier London”.
September 17th Pugilism, Puppets and a People’s Park
Historic Bethnal Green
See the home of a famous 18th century champion boxer, take a peek at a treasure trove of children’s toys, admire the old town hall which is now a luxury hotel and walk down a street of delightful Victorian houses en route to attractive Victoria Park. London’s first “peoples’ park.” As we stroll through the park with its lake and canal you’ll hear how it has hosted protests, rock concerts, boating and leisure pursuits.
Meet outside Bethnal Green Underground Station inside the ticket hall.
November 19th London at Christmas – Past and Present
Christmas was hardly celebrated when Queen Victoria came to the throne in 1837. Charles Dickens changed all that when “A Christmas Carol” was published in 1843 and the modern family Christmas was born. Father Christmas arrives early in the West End so we will be taking a look at the razzle dazzle of the Christmas windows and decorations as well as remembering what is behind some of our favourite Christmas traditions and stories.
Our walk takes us from Oxford Street to Piccadilly weaving through Mayfair where sophistication and glamour have been the bywords for shoppers, even inspiring Jane Austen to describe in Sense and Sensibility.
At the end of the walk you may be tempted to go Christmas shopping in Fortnum and Mason or continue to Hyde Park to enjoy the festivities of Winter Wonderland.
Meeting Point: Bond Street underground station
NB: all meet points will depend on public transport lines open
Walks&Talks for Lipreaders,
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