With last night’s antics still in the forefront of their minds, the students studying at Queen’s College embarked on yet another adventure, to visit the Anglo-Saxon market town of Stratford-upon-Avon. The bus was animated with spirits high, breaking out in song at the prospect of visiting somewhere new!
The town is a popular tourist destination owing to its status as the birthplace of English playwright and poet, William Shakespeare in 1564. The town has managed to retain its rustic aesthetic with and dense array of Tudor architecture despite the annual influx of tourists amounting to a staggering 2.5-3 million every year.
The students visited the very house of Shakespeare’s birth, which has since been turned into a shrine, offering a tantalizing glimpse into Shakespeare’s early world. Trained actors at the Shakespeare Centre treated students to mini renditions of Shakespeare’s works.
Students lunched in the Bancroft Gardens, with fortuitous weather and the River Avon in front of them students enjoyed their time and saw the Theatre of the Royal Shakespeare Company.
Once back in Oxford there was still energy in the tank for the group to go out for an evening game of football in University Parks. A great amount of skill and co-operation was shown throughout. The game reached a climax however when one of the students dislocated his finger in a heroic dive to save a goal! He was quickly whisked away and treated at the hospital. He returned to Queen’s College later that evening a campus hero!
Students are gearing up for the Intercampus Olympics taking place at the Sir Roger Bannister running track tomorrow afternoon! Stay tuned for more details!