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Christ Church& Oxford University Real Tennis Court
Thursday 28 March 2019

Christ Church & Oxford University Real Tennis Club

A guided tour with Alastair Lack

Thursday 28 March 2019: 10.00 – 12.00

Cost: £15

Meet under Tom Tower, Christ Church, St Aldates, Oxford


Alastair Lack will be our guide to Christ Church – the grandest of the Oxford colleges.  Founded by Henry VIII in 1546, it has educated thirteen Prime Ministers, Charles Dodgson and countless politicians, judges and diplomats.  Alastair will lead a tour of the college, taking in the magnificent Dining Hall (the location for Hogwart's Dining Hall in the Harry Potter films), the Cathedral, the Cloisters, Tom Quad with its Tower by Christopher Wren, and finally Peckwater Quad, a Palladian delight.


He will then take us to the Oxford University Real Tennis Club in Merton Street where the professional will give an introduction to Real Tennis and then play a short exhibition game with the assistant professional. This ancient precursor of tennis is played indoors on a court resembling a Medieval street, complete with sloping roofs, openings (like windows) in the walls and the two sides of the court are not the same shape. Played by Henry VIII, written about by Shakespeare, and wildly popular in the Middle Ages, this game is now rare.  Merton’s court was first built in 1595.  Some intrepid members may have the chance to play a few shots!  

Booking form can be found here.

22 places available

Tickets on sale from January meeting onwards.