The British-Slovene Society Annual Picnic

We warmly invite you to join us from 12 noon till 4.30 p.m. on Saturday 28th June for the Annual Picnic in the Oxford University Arboretum at Nuneham Courtenay. We will meet again by the kozolec (Slovene hay rack).

Bring your own picnic and drinks, deckchairs, picnic blankets, your kids, grandchildren and friends. As is usual among Slovenes, we encourage you to bring plenty to eat and drink and share it with everyone!

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This splendid Arboretum is close to Nuneham Courtenay House, where Lewis Carroll would row the young Alice Liddell (Alice in Wonderland) and her sisters on the River Thames on a summer afternoon.

It is situated just south of the village of Nuneham Courtenay on the A4074 road from Reading, eight miles south of Oxford. The postal code is OX44 9PX. From London it can be reached by the M40, exit 8, A40 to Oxford, then southwards round the Ring Road (A4142) on to the A4074 towards Reading.

If you intend to come to Oxford by train and need transport to the Arboretum, please mail to or call 07584 199 177 and we will do what we can to help.

The Arboretum has kindly agreed to mow the area around the hayrack, which has recently suffered some damage and we are not allowed to climb on it. Adults attending the British-Slovene picnic pay the entry fee i.e. £3 instead of the regular price £4. Children and Members of Oxford University (bring your card) enter for free.

More information on the Arboretum can be found at

We hope we can welcome many of you as we celebrate and enjoy an afternoon around the kozolec – one of the most traditional symbols of Slovenia and its culture.


Music for Ascension Day

London Gallus Consort will sing renaissance choir music at the Church of St. Andrew by the Wardrobe (nearest tube station: Blackfriars) on 29 May at 8 pm.

We are well acquainted with this excellent choir: in the same church it has been performing at the British-Slovene Society’s Christmas Carol services for the last few years. This time they will perform masterpieces by Tomas Luis da Victoria, Christopher Tye, Thomas Tallis, William Byrd, Peter Philips and Jacobus Gallus, who came from present-day Slovenia.

All welcome.