Writing the Oxford treasure hunt was one of the highlights of this year for me. I love visiting Oxford and writing an Oxford treasure hunt for a hen party in March provided me yet another excuse to visit this wonderful city. Its fair to say that treasure hunts bring me to Oxford at least a dozen times a year whether it’s to write or re-check an Oxford treasure hunt or as a handy location for a trip into London to write or re-check one of the many London treasure hunts we offer. My favourite thing about Oxford is that every time I visit it inspires me to think about the things I see and discover in different ways, and this time I was struck by the three Lewis’s and decided to try and connect them.
The Oxford treasure hunt links three Lewis’s
Having discovered that over the years Oxford has become famous for three different Lewis’s, starting and finishing at the Turf Tavern, in the style of Bradley Walsh’s crime connections this is how I connect them.
Oxford treasure hunt – Connecting the Turf Tavern to Lewis Caroll.
This is a tenuous link I know but if Bradley Walsh can get away with it in Crime Connections then so can I. Taking a trip down St Helen’s passage a.k.a. Hells Passage, the twisting little passage en-route to the Turf Tavern one is reminded of the white rabbit from Alice in Wonderland shouting “I’m late I’m late”. And it’s not difficult to imagine how the city could have inspired Oxford Novelist Lewis Caroll (real name Charles Lutwidge Dodgson) to write that classic novel which is considered to be one of the best examples of the literary nonsense genre. There you go the twisting St Helens passage leading to the Turf Tavern reminds me of the famous Oxfordian Lewis Caroll, linking the Turf Tavern to our first Lewis, and a visit to the Turf Tavern will definitely help you score points on the Oxford Treasure hunt.
The Oxford Treasure hunt connects Lewis Caroll to C.S. Lewis.
Now from Lewis Caroll to another famous Lewis, this time C.S. Lewis. C.S. Lewis along with J R Tolkein and other friends was part of an informal literary discussion group called the Inklings. The Inklings regularly met in the Eagle and Child pub in St Giles, which they referred to as The Bird and Baby. A public house since 1650 The Eagle and Child is now a Nicholson pub serving real Ales and quality food and no Oxford treasure hunt would be complete without a visit to this historical pub where Tolkein and Lewis once drank. Worked out the link yet? Well they were both writers for a start. A visit to the Eagle and Child will provide you with yet more valuable answers in the Oxford treasure hunt.
Oxford is famous for a third Lewis, yes you guessed it Morse’s old sidekick Lewis now Inspector Lewis in his own hit series. Both the original series Morse and Lewis the spin off from Morse were both created by the great author Colin Dexter. When you visit the Turf Tavern as part of your Oxford treasure hunt you will find evidence to suggest that the Tavern, is as popular with Lewis today as it was with Morse back in the Day. The connection here is that they both C.S Lewis and Inspector Lewis, like a drink or two. So there you have it we have connected the three Lewis’s of Oxford, what connections will you make when you do an Oxford treasure hunt?