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Events with a Twist at the Examination Schools

The grand rooms at the Exam Schools play host to a range of unusual events

For generations of undergraduates at the University of Oxford, the Examination Schools aren’t exactly associated with carefree fun; they are mostly just the place where tests need to be passed in order to get their degrees. But recently, they have played host to a range of more unusual events.

Academic and business conferences and seminars still form our venues’ bread and butter, but now we’re also growing our range of events aimed at attracting a wider range of people, many of whom won’t have set foot in our grand rooms before. The Examination Schools recently hosted the first and second Oxford Comic Con (see above) – watch this space for 2018!

The weekend of August 5 and 6 will see a Gin festival arrive at the Schools, introducing visitors to the fast-growing world of artisanal gin. Guests will be able to sample spirits flavoured with everything from chocolate to damsons and tomato, as well as playing games, listening to music and watching cocktail-mixing demonstrations.

Anna Munday, Events Manager at the Examination Schools, said “The Gin Festival is an exciting new way of experiencing our venue and broadening the range of events is something we’re keen to do across all of them including the Sheldonian Theatre, St Luke’s Chapel in the Radcliffe Observatory Quarter and William Osler House at the John Radcliffe.”

Gin Festival Tickets and further information can be found here.

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