Down by the Hayrack: British-Slovene Oxford Picnic


Some 40 people gathered on 28th June for the annual British-Slovene picnic by the Slovene kozolec (hayrack) at the Oxford Arboretum. They came not only from Oxford, but from London, Southampton, Bristol, Wales and other parts of the country. Among those attending was Slovenian Ambassador Tadej Rupel and his family.


Plenty of Slovene sausages, potica and gibanica, as well as Slovene wines (donated by the Ambassador) and Pimms No. 1, kept the party going with a swing. it was difficult to leave when the park closed its gates at 5 pm.


Anton brought Slovene books and gave them to young families who really appreciated his gesture.DSC08439Andrew Page played Slovene songs on his harmonica.


Children were not allowed to climb the hayrack because it is not safe. Hope it will be repaired by next year.


For more pictures see the Gallery.

The picnic is organised by Trustees of the British-Slovene Society. Come again next year!

Evening Courses of Slovene in London

Starting in October 2015 SSEES, UCL will run evening courses of Slovene language at the beginners’ and upper intermediate levels on Wednesday and Thursday evenings at 6.30 pm. They will take place at the School of Slavonic & East European Studies at University College London at 16 Taviton Street, London, WC1H 0BW.

These small interactive courses develop conversation skills without losing sight of the fundamentals of grammar. They are ideal for anyone interested in the rich culture and unique language of Slovenia.

Enrolment will be open in August.

You can find more information about the Slovene courses here:

More information is also available from Maja Rančigaj, Slovene language teacher:

Anyone interested in Slovene language and Slovenia is warmly invited!