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ORFC 2024

Conference Venues

A brief guide to the various spaces at ORFC and what you will find going on there.

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

Oxford Town Hall, St Aldate’s, Oxford OX1 1BX

Join us in the Main Hall for our opening and closing plenaries, and to find livestreamed sessions from movement leaders taking on our most urgent challenges facing farming communities today. Find answers to your practical questions in the Assembly Room and the Council Chamber, where the Soil Association, Pasture for Life and others will bring farmers together with researchers to discuss the need and opportunities for innovation in farm practice.  In the Court Room and St Aldates Room you’ll find sessions showcasing agroecological projects around the UK and addressing key issues facing the movement. 

Museum of Oxford, St Aldate’s, Oxford OX1 1BX

The Museum of Oxford is attached to the Oxford Town Hall and the entrance is through the Oxford Town Hall Foyer. Head downstairs to the basement to find the Museum Makers Space and The Learning Studio, an intimate practical space where participants can join a selection of workshops and explore displays.

Blue Boar House, 5 Blue Boar St, Oxford OX1 4EE

A new venue, the Inter-Varsity Room is just around the corner from the Museum of Oxford and the Oxford Town Hall. Here you can join eclectic sessions on everything from land succession to fashion fibres.

St Aldates Church, St Aldate’s, Oxford OX1 1BT

The Church is our main social hub, with lunches, refreshments and uplifting workshops during the day, and food, music, and a bar each evening. 

Parish Centre, Pembroke Street, Oxford OX1 1BP

Head past the Story Museum to the Parish Centre where you’ll find the Christopher Room and the smaller Conference Room.

St Aldates Tavern, 108 St Aldate’s, Oxford OX1 1BU

Head over the road from the Oxford Town Hall to the Blue Room on the first floor of the St Aldates Tavern for media sessions, the press social, and a rich selection of sessions in a less formal setting.  

Cheng Building, located in Jesus College on the corner of Cornmarket and Market Street

Find critical policy discussions happening in the Digital Hub downstairs at the Cheng Building as well as the global première of long-awaited UK documentary, Six Inches of Soil. Explore new approaches to transforming our food future and networking opportunities in the Seminar Room, just off the foyer on Market Street.

Between sessions at the Cheng Building make sure to explore the We Feed the UK Pop-Up Exhibition. We Feed The UK highlights regenerative farmers and food growers as custodians of Britain’s biocultural diversity.  These pop-up portraits were taken by photographer Louis Little at last year’s Oxford Real Farming Conference, Groundswell and Land Skills Fair. Now they return to ORFC to share highlights from the portrait studios and celebrate you – the food sovereignty movement.

Story Museum, 42 Pembroke St, Oxford OX1 1BP

In the Story Museum, you’ll find sessions themed around justice, reparations, workers’ rights and land-based spirituality as well as interactive workshops. These sessions are spread out across four rooms;  The Woodshed, The Magic Common Room (also known as the Justice Hub), the Link Room and the Triangle Room.  This year the Justice Hub is being hosted by Seeding Reparations and Shared Assets. This is a dedicated space for people who are oppressed, discriminated against or marginalised within agricultural spaces to feel empowered, connect and exchange knowledge, but everyone is welcome to come and share the space. Drop into workshops and exhibitions in The Triangle Room.