A Day at Oxford Literary Festival… complete with thunder

I love Oxford in the rain. Even a little drizzle seems to clear the streets, and if you head off into the city’s many alleyways during a decent downpour it can feel as though you have the whole place to yourself. I got caught out in a thunderstorm while walking between talks at the literary festival today, and had a great time taking touristy pictures in the moody, semi-empty streets. I was pleased to warm up in front of the open fire in Christ Church College’s Great Hall after a little too long taking pictures in the hail and the rain- I was soaked through!

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The Radcliffe Camera in a thunderstorm

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The Oxford Martin School which hosted “Is the planet too full?”
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The Norrington Room at Blackwells Oxford- effectively the world’s best book cave

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Drying off from the thunderstorm in front of the fire in Christ Church College’s Great Hall

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A full shot of the Great Hall, which Potter fans might recognise as Hogwarts Hall from the films

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Tourists sheltering from the thunderstorm under the Bridge of Sighs

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Broad Street

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Christ Church College Quad

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Christ Church College Quad in the thunderstorm

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The Bodleian Library luring in unsuspecting passers by…

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School children enjoying a talk about the most deadly inventions in the Blackwells festival marquee

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The Vaults Cafe looking inviting…

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Entrance to the Great Hall at Christ Church with vaulted ceiling and Narnian style lamposts

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The Sheldonian Theatre


3 thoughts on “A Day at Oxford Literary Festival… complete with thunder

  1. orange

    I loved your moody, touristy pictures! I have only visited Oxford once as an 11-year-old (all I remember was the Oxford Story), and these pictures actually triggered very much buried memories of an early January visit to Cambridge 5 or 6 years ago. It was very cold and drizzling, the streets were empty and the pavement shone as my friend and I just walked and walked in the rain, as I was in a very strange head space.

    I’m not sure if it’s acceptable to see Oxford and say you are reminded of Cambridge, I hope that’s not some kind of faux pas!

    1. Siobhan Post author

      Ha ha ha, it might be to the locals, but I don’t think I’ve been here long enough to build up that kind of hometown pride 🙂

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