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The Wonder Walk: a summer tour with a difference from The Story Museum. 18 July 2013.

Thursday 18th July

Dive head-first into Oxford’s famous fantasy stories with a brand new family-friendly tour, The Wonder Walk. Visitors are invited to journey into Middle Earth, Wonderland and Narnia to discover:

  • where Tolkien was working when he dreamt up The Hobbit;
  • who and where inspired Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland
  • how the ideas for The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe took shape

Oxford is brimming with myths and legends and its inspiring history and ancient library have fired the imagination of some of the world’s most famous writers. There may not be wardrobes or rabbit holes to escape into, but Story Museum guides offer a sensory and playful glimpse into the worlds created by JRR Tolkien, Lewis Carroll and CS Lewis. Visitors of all ages will see the city through their eyes as the magic of their stories is brought to life.

Discovering enchanting places such as Pembroke College and Christ Church, the one and a half hour guided walk steps into city secrets such as the ‘Narnia’ door in St. Mary’s Passage. Visitors are invited to bring along their own imagination, with fun and surprises along the way.

The Wonder Walk runs throughout the summer holidays, from 27 July to 31 August: on Tuesdays and Thursdays at 2.30pm and on Saturdays at 10.30am. The walk lasts around one and a half hours and covers approximately three quarters of a mile. Tickets (bookable in advance) are £5 and £3 concessions (free for two years and under). All proceeds go towards The Story Museum’s fundraising campaign, which aims to raise £8m. For more information visit or call 01865 790050.

The tour has been designed for everyone to enjoy but children must bring a grown up with them. 2 years and under go free.


Contact Cath Nightingale or Alex Coke, 01865 790050

Note to editors

The Story Museum is a charity and non-profit company that works to celebrate and demonstrate the power of stories to inspire learning, especially for the young. It takes story performances, exhibitions, activities and ideas to schools and communities and is gradually creating a magical new world centre of children’s literature and storytelling in the heart of Oxford. The Story Museum also coordinates Alice’s Day across the whole of Oxford, each July.  The Museum’s patrons are Kevin Crossley-Holland, Michael Morpurgo, Philip Pullman, Michael Rosen and Jacqueline Wilson.

The Museum is raising funds towards its £8m development campaign. The first phase – ‘Chapter One’ – will open in Spring 2014.

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