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Online Program

Adventures Online: Discover the Cotswolds, Oxford & Stratford

Take an inspired journey into the “heart of England,” as you explore the Cotswolds, Oxford and Stratford during this online learning adventure, live from England!
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Program No. 24413RJ
Length
3 days
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Online Program

Adventures Online: Discover the Cotswolds, Oxford & Stratford

Take an inspired journey into the “heart of England,” as you explore the Cotswolds, Oxford and Stratford during this online learning adventure, live from England!
Length
3 days
Starts at
349
Program No. 24413 RJ

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Online Program
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Learn from the comfort of your own home.

Dec 13 - Dec 15, 2021
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Online Program 349

DATES & PRICES

Online Program
Accommodation Details

Learn from the comfort of your own home.

Dec 13 - Dec 15, 2021
SOLD OUT
Online Program 349

At a Glance

If you’ve always wanted to know more about the town where William Shakespeare once lived, or get an insider’s look into the city surrounding Oxford University and meander through the Cotswolds, there’s no better way to explore the “heart of England” than on this special Adventures Online, live from England! With local experts, learn the history of these charming towns and enjoy virtual walks along the Cotswold Way, through the streets of Stratford and the communities of Oxford. Enjoy opportunities to hear about regional culinary specialties like puppy dog pies and Shakespearean foods, and learn why students at Oxford wear a carnation in their lapels. Get to know your fellow Road Scholars during discussions and Q&A sessions that let you share your mutual love for the English countryside.

Best of all, you’ll…

  • Learn about the human and natural history of the Cotswold National Landscape as you enjoy a virtual hike along the Cotswold Way.
  • Take a look into the life of William Shakespeare during a virtual walk and gain insight into how Stratford-upon-Avon helped to form the man he became.
  • Join experts for a look into the “town” and “gown” identities of Oxford as you learn about its famous colleges and residential communities.

General Notes

You’ll enjoy 2-3 hours of daily instruction, discussion and/or field trips, which includes sufficient breaks throughout the program. This online program is through Zoom, an easy-to-use web video service that includes closed captioning. All you need is an Internet connection and your computer. We’ll provide a how-to guide to make sure you’ll have a hassle-free experience. This session is offered live only and will not be available on demand. Please review the daily itinerary for start and end times to ensure you won’t miss a minute of this live experience. All times are listed in the EASTERN time zone. If you live in a different time zone, please adjust your schedule accordingly.
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Heather Newman
Heather Newman has a BSC (Hons) Degree in Countryside and Environmental Management from Harper Adams University, and her areas of expertise are rural skills and the flora and fauna of South England & Wales. She has walked the length and breadth of the British Isles on her adventures, and was previously employed by the National Trust as a ranger.

Please note: This expert may not be available for every date of this program.

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Heather Newman View biography
Heather Newman has a BSC (Hons) Degree in Countryside and Environmental Management from Harper Adams University, and her areas of expertise are rural skills and the flora and fauna of South England & Wales. She has walked the length and breadth of the British Isles on her adventures, and was previously employed by the National Trust as a ranger.
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Ian Jelf has been working as a professional “Blue Badge” guide in the heart of England since 1993. He worked previously in museum management. Over the years, he has developed a reputation for “niche” exploration in out of the way places as well as looking at well-known venues in a different way. As you might expect of a Blue Badge professional in central England, a major part of what Ian enjoys has been introducing Shakespeare, his family, and his home town.
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Edward Taylor is an Oxford resident and Green Badge guide for the city and University as well as a Blue Badge Guide for the Heart of England. He leads walking explorations of the famous colleges and loves explaining the history and traditions of the “dreaming spires.” When not leading groups around Oxford, he enjoys the peaceful countryside of the Cotswold hills for walks and Dorset on the English south coast for wildlife watching and the sea air — that may even include a bracing sea swim.
Visit the Road Scholar Bookshop
You can find many of the books we recommend at the Road Scholar store on bookshop.org, a website that supports local bookstores.
Bill Bryson Shakespeare: The World as a Stage
by part of the "Eminent Lives" series
Alice in Wonderland
by Lewis Carroll
Sheep in the Cotswolds
by Derek Hurst
Oxford: A Living History of English Architecture
by Matthew Rice
Oxford
by Jan Morris
Shakespeare Work, Life & Times: The Official Guide
by
Ladybird William Shakespeare Limited Edition
by
The Making of the British Landscape: From the Ice Age to the Present
by Nicholas Crane
The Secret History of Oxford
by Paul Sullivan
Shakespeare
by Bill Bryson





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