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Key Information for In-Person ORFC Attendees

Please take note of the following which is relevant to everyone joining ORFC 2024 in Oxford.

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Wednesday, 3rd January

  • Early registration, market stall dinners and evening entertainment will open from 6pm in St Aldates Church.

Thursday, 4th January

  • General registration will open from 8am in St Aldates Church. 
  • Sessions will take place from 9:30am – 5:30pm.
  • Childcare is available in the Story Museum from 9am – 6pm. (Pre-booked only.)
  • Additional evening entertainment will take place in St Aldates Church and nearby venues. 

Friday, 5th January

  • Sessions will take place from 9am – 5pm.
  • Childcare is available in the Story Museum from 8:30am – 5:30pm. (Pre-booked only.)


All venues are located just off the High Street in the centre of Oxford and within a 5-minute walk of each other. Explore the venues.

Oxford Town Hall – plenaries and sessions
Museum of Oxford – sessions, workshops and events
Blue Boar House – sessions
St Aldates Church – registration, social space for networking with meals and bar, exhibit hall, overflow space for plenaries
Pembroke Street Parish Centre – sessions, workshops and events
Story Museum – sessions, workshops and events
Jesus College Cheng Building – sessions and events

Getting to the Conference

By train: The main train station is Oxford Railway Station. 

By liftshare: A self-organising liftshare spreadsheet is included in the ticket order confirmation email and will also be included in emails to delegates. We encourage delegates to use the ORFC 2024 liftshare spreadsheet to travel to the conference in groups. If you are planning to drive to ORFC make sure to coordinate with other delegates and offer lifts to people in your area so you don’t have an empty car. 

By bus: The main bus station is Oxford Bus Station (Gloucester Green). For information on travelling within Oxford by bus, please visit the Oxfordshire County website

By car: The Town Hall website gives detailed information on how to get there. Parking in the city is difficult and there is no parking easily available near the venue. We recommend you use the Park & Ride or leave your vehicle at your accommodation if possible. If you plan on parking in Oxford, you can browse city centre parking.

Oxford has implemented bus-only lanes and gates, and only buses and taxis are permitted on the High Street from 7:30am – 6:30pm. Details are available on the Oxfordshire County Council site, including this interactive map to view the restricted streets. Please check these carefully to avoid being fined.

If you are driving and have extra space, please consider offering a lift to other delegates en route using the liftshare spreadsheet included in the ticket order confirmation email. 

By plane: If there are no other transport options available, Birmingham and London airports all offer good bus connections to Oxford. View airport bus timetables.


Delegates are encouraged to book accommodation as early as possible to secure the best rates. A self-organising accommodation sharing spreadsheet is included in the ticket order confirmation email (on the second tab of the liftshare spreadsheet) and will also be included in emails to delegates. 

Bed and breakfast accommodation may be found through bedandbreakfasts.co.uk (please note you will need to adjust the dates).

During vacation periods, colleges often open dorm room accommodation to visitors for booking. Dorm room accommodation in central Oxford may be found through University Rooms.

We have also partnered with one of our venues, Jesus College, to offer bed and breakfast accommodation in Oxford city centre. Accommodation is simple but convenient and an easy 5-minute walk from Oxford Town Hall. Please note parking is not available on-site.

To book accommodation directly through Jesus College:

  1. Go to the accommodation page.
  2. Scroll to the bottom and choose Bed and breakfast bookings +
  3. Enter the promotion code: KX63997
  4. Select the arrival and departure date (availability runs from 02/01.2024 up to 06/01/2024) and press Search.
  5. Choose the room type that you would like to book.
  6. Book and pay for the rooms.
  7. Once booked, Jesus College will add you to the accommodation list and allocate the appropriate accommodation.


  • Please note that the rooms will show only when the code has been entered into the promotions box.
  • You will need to add an arrival and departure date within the booking booking (2/1/2024 through 6/1/2024). Dates selected outside this window will not be recognised.

Food and Drink

This year once again, our key social space is St Aldates Church, which will be the place for food and drink, exhibition stalls and networking throughout the conference. 

There will be food stalls serving evening dinners and a bar serving delicious brews on Wednesday 4th and Thursday 5th. There will also be excellent lunches available for purchase on Thursday 5th and Friday 6th.

Below is a list of local recommendations for food and drink. We also recommend checking out the Independent Oxford Map to find great independent coffee shops, cafés, restaurants and bars.

Please note we will not be providing any disposable cups for tea and coffee this year, or for evening drinks – please bring your own mug. Alternatively, you can purchase a (very nice) ORFC mug at the conference.

Online Conference

All in-person tickets include full access to the online conference. Details on how to join the online conference will be sent to all delegates nearer the event. 

Please note access to the online conference is linked to your email address. If you need to update your registered email address, please contact brittany@orfc.org.uk by Wednesday, 27 December 2023.

Transferring your ticket

If you would like to transfer your in-person ticket to another attendee, please contact brittany@orfc.org.uk no later than Monday, 4th December 2023

If you would like to transfer your online ticket to another attendee, please contact brittany@orfc.org.uk no later than Wednesday, 27th December 2023.


All in-person venues are fully accessible, except for the Blue Room in St Aldates Tavern, which unfortunately does not have lift access. Hearing loops are available in the Main Hall, Assembly Room and Old Library (Town Hall); and in the Woodshed (Story Museum). 

If there is anything we can help with, please contact info@orfc.org.uk.


Childcare is available in the Story Museum for children ages 3+ on both days. Childcare spaces are available through the ticketing page for £35 per child (plus booking fee). Childcare is subsidised by ORFC to support parents in attending the conference; however, if the fee is still a barrier to attending, please do get in touch at brittany@orfc.org.uk

The deadline to book childcare is Monday, 11th December 2023. Spaces are limited, so book early to guarantee your spot.

Covid-19 Safety

Please view our full Covid-19 safety procedures here.

Fraud protection

Fraudulent ticket sales have been attempted in the past through setting up fake ORFC events. Please read our Fraud Protection statement here to understand more about how what measures you can take to protect yourself from phishing and scams.