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Culture and entertainment

Here are some ideas for sightseeing, going out, shopping, doing sport, and eating and drinking in Oxford:


Going out


  • Bookshops: Blackwells, Borders, Waterstones - to mention a few!
  • The Covered Market: specialist shops and cafes
  • The High Street: antiques and women's fashion
  • Cowley Road: cheap and unusual individual shops - for students
  • Bicester Village Designer Outlet shopping centre: bargains galore!

There are department stores and many fashion stores in Queen Street and Cornmarket Street too.

Doing sport

If you're feeling energetic, you can choose from an *ice-rink, *three swimming pools, *free tennis and *basketball courts and various community *football pitches. We can help you with membership of *sports centres and *fitness clubs, *yoga classes and *cycle/running routes. There are also *golf clubs, *watersports and *horse-riding facilities nearby.

Eating and Drinking

There are lots of places but some of our favourites include The Turf Tavern, Jamie Oliver's Restaurant, Turl St Kitchen, The Kazbar, Browns' Cafe, The Varsity Club and the cafes/restaurants in the Oxford Castle development or pubs along the River Thames. You can ask your teacher too!

For students aged 16 and 17

As well as the above *sports activities* and *suggestions for going out*, the school offers ideas and advice to students aged 16 and 17, for appropriate ways to enjoy their free time.

However, Lake School courses are for adults. So parents of students aged 16 or 17 should note that students are accompanied during weekly social and cultural activities and weekend excursions. But  otherwise, outside of classes, students' free time is unsupervised.