“And now close your eyes, turn around yourself, anticlockwise…” if you see a group close to St Mary’s Church or on Christchurch Meadow reacting upon these instructions, don’t be worried, they are simply on a Wonder Walk!
The Story Museum located in the heart of Oxford just re-launched their Wonder Walks for families (and grown-ups who like stories). A rather unusual activity which guarantees a lot of fun, laughs and unexpected details about Oxford and those places where fantasy stories originated. It would be a shame to reveal all the stories now, but let me just say that I learned new things about sweet Alice, the daughter of the Dean of Christ Church in the 1850s… but pssst, you should discover the other details by yourself 🙂 Your “Wonder-Tourguides” will protect you from dragons and safely lead you through the different universes with humour, creativity and pizzazz!
What is the Wonder Walk? Do you like stories, fantasy, time travelling, imagination, fancy dressing? Than you will be happy to join this family friendly walkabout through some of Oxford’s beautiful sights which you may not know under the “storytelling” perspective. Equipped with a storytelling map, you explore some of the backgrounds of well-known stories such as Alice in Wonderland or CS. Lewis’ Narnia. At every place you will receive a sticker for your map (great souvenir for the children!). And don’t forget, watch the dragons and follow “P-Body” the flamingo…
It’s for families, but which age is the best? I would recommend from 4 to 5 years onwards. It is great fun if the children know a little bit about the stories (in the written or filmed version) and can interact with the guides -who love that!
Can I do it with my pushchair? Yes, that’s not a problem. The Wonder Walk is planned for the whole family, just be prepared that you might have to go through a wardrobe and a tiny, tiny door! But I am sure you will manage.
When does it take place and for how long?Every Sunday in May and June 2014 (for other dates, please refer to the website of The Story Museum) at 11am! Don’t be late or you will have to run just like the rabbit in the story of, well, you know whom I am thinking about, don’t you?
The Wonder Walk takes around 1.30 hour, but trust me, you won’t see the time, it’s simply too exciting!
The price? The full price is £6, with concession £4 (children, job-seekers, full-time students, over 60s) and babies under 1 go for free. Online and telephone booking possible.
To know more: http://www.storymuseum.org.uk/whats-on/browse/wonder-walks/
Where is the meeting point?At the courtyard of the Story Museum, Rochester House, 42 Pembroke Street, Oxford OX1 1BP.
Good to know! After a quick break – you are close to town, there are plenty of good places to have lunch (don’t know where to go? Oxford Mommy has a suggestion: https://oxfrognews.com/2014/04/25/guest-post-from-oxford-mommy-about-the-jam-factory/) – take time to discover the exciting exhibition of The Story Museum which caught my attention. Entitled 26 Characters, this interactive exhibition whisked you away in a land of childhood story heroes.
To know more about it: http://www.storymuseum.org.uk/whats-on/26characters/
Some final feedback! We have had a fabulous “Wonder-tourguide-Team” with Jane and Sophie surrounded by two lovely volunteers – they were fantastic, creative and funny storytellers. I was very glad to share this Wonder Walk with my family and at the end everyone was happy –also our baby boy who was dubbed knight by “P-Body”. What would be great for the future would be to see a bit more of the original plots of “Alice” or “The Hobbit” by entering the Colleges. Not to visit the entire place, of course, but just to get a bit more of the atmosphere and the historic feeling!
Keep in contact! The Story Museum has a shop and soon a Café, stay in touch with all their activities here: http://www.storymuseum.org.uk/ and don’t forget to follow them on Facebook https://www.facebook.com/TheStoryMuseum?fref=ts and Twitter (@TheStoryMuseum).