St Andrew’s Church is the ideal venue for the first ever Hutchmoot UK! It has a large church space with small breakout areas (including a quiet prayer room). What’s more, in the last five years, the adjoining church centre has been completely redeveloped and transformed into a brand new, fully-equipped, conference facility.
The church is located in a North Oxford residential area (just round the corner from where J.R.R. Tolkien lived for 17 years, although this is not open to the public). It is only 15-20 minutes walk from St Giles, where the oldest university colleges begin. It is also only a few minutes away from the River Cherwell and beautiful walks in the University parks.
By Train: Oxford Station is on the Great Western line with regular trains from London Paddington and Wales; various Cross-Country routes also stop in Oxford. On arrival, either get a taxi (roughly 10 minutes) or go on foot (roughly 30 minutes)
By Car/Bus: Be warned that Oxford is notoriously difficult for parking, and the area around St Andrew’s is no exception. You are strongly advised to use the excellent Park & Ride Scheme - they all operate 24/7 and you can leave cars there overnight (£4 for 24 hours). There are several Park and Ride Services in Oxford. The most convenient one to use for the Hutchmoot venue is Oxford Parkway / Water Eaton Park and Ride (Post code OX2 8HA ). This Park and Ride runs a service for the number 500 bus service. The site is located at Oxford Parkway Station to the north of the city and can be accessed from the A40 (from Witney and Cheltenham), A4260 (from Kidlington), A34 (from Banbury, Bicester and Northampton) and the M40.
Although the bus timetable shows Summertown as the nearest stop (a 15-20 minute walk from St. Andrew’s), the number 500 bus actually travels south down the Banbury Road and stops at the end of Linton Road (about a 2 minute walk from the church). As you get on the bus, tell the driver that you want to get off at the Linton Road Stop. Don’t worry about missing the stop as the bus service has an automated announcement in which the next stop is announced just before arrival.
Here is a link to the number 500 Bus timetable in pdf form.
Here is information about the opening times and prices for Water Eaton Park and Ride Car Park and bus service. Please note you will need to pay for car parking and also for a bus ticket. There are some combined tickets and family tickets available— scroll to the bottom of the page for details.
Here is a map which shows you where to catch your bus back to Park and Ride car park from the city centre.
Should you wish to contact the bus company directly (for the 500 Bus service) the telephone number is 01865 785400.
Tip: If you get lost, the Hutchmoot venue (St Andrew’s church) is near Wolfson College, which people may know if you are asking for directions.
Bike-hire: Oxford is a cycling city, so bikes offer by far the easiest and cheapest way to get around. There are several ways of hiring bikes: follow this link