Oxonmoot 2016 will be held at St Antony’s College Oxford from Thursday 8th through to Sunday 11th September.
Oxonmoot is an annual event hosted by the Tolkien Society which brings together around 200 Tolkien fans, scholars, students and Society members from across the world. It has been held annually in Oxford since 1974 on a weekend close to Bilbo and Frodo’s birthday (22nd September) and is the key event in the Society’s annual calendar – if you want to come to any Tolkien event, come to Oxonmoot.
Oxonmoot is a three- or four-day event and since 1991 it has always been in a picturesque college of the University of Oxford. The college supply meals and accommodation for the weekend so we effectively “take over” the college and enjoy an exclusively Tolkien weekend!
Oxonmoot 2016 is being held over 4 days from the afternoon of Thursday 8th September until lunch time on Sunday 11th September, at St Antony’s College. The setting allows delegates an opportunity to spend time in one of the loveliest settings for study in the world. The college is set in a pleasant leafy residential area of north Oxford, just a 10-minute walk from the heart of the city. The campus has a mixture of architectural styles ranging from the nineteenth century, through the 1960s, up to the present day. It sits within attractive gardens, and its quiet position and first-class facilities make it a very attractive location for conferences.
We are currently developing the programme for this year, but it typically includes: talks, quizzes, lectures, an auction, an art show, workshops, performances, papers, discussions, sales, singing, slideshows, dancing, costuming, gaming and celebrating. New events confirmed for this year include: a dwarven beard-making workshop with our infamous group of “dwarf” ladies, and a Hungry Hobbit Bake-Off competition, for which all places on the judging panel have already been snapped up by eager members. All of this is supplemented by continual eating, drinking and chatting! The weekend concludes with a visit to Tolkien’s grave on the Sunday morning – a beautiful and moving end to the event.
See what it’s like to attend Oxonmoot in this video from 2015.
Bookings are now open! The form includes registration, accommodation, meals, t-shirts (design coming soon!), and more.
Registration costs range £45-65, for adult attendees, depending on TS membership and number of days attending. Day registration is £30 on Saturday and £25 on other days.
Accommodation starts at £37.50 per night for a single room. Please note that there is no double accommodation in the College, except in very special circumstances.
Meals at the event will include a soup and sandwiches lunch on Saturday, and that meal is already paid for by the registration fee. Other meals you can book are: breakfast, Thursday night welcome buffet (10% discount for first-timers at Oxonmoot!), and a 3-course served dinner on Friday night. Any dietary requirements should be noted in the booking form and will be passed on the College.
A sample menu for the 3-course dinner includes:
Smoked Salmon, Double Grapefruit and Horseradish Salad with Pink Peppercorns and Mustard Seeds
Twice Cooked Pork Belly on Braised Red Cabbage with Baby Carrots, Baby Turnips, Veal Jus-Lié and a Parsnip Crisp Garnish
Chocolate and Beetroot Brownie with a Shot of Baileys Cream
For special requirements, please contact the bookings officer, Francesca Barbini, directly.
62 Woodstock Road, Oxford, OX2 6JF, United Kingdom
St Antony’s College is about 15 minutes walk from the centre of Oxford (nominally Carfax Tower) and roughly 20 minutes walk from the train station.