Join Alastair Lack for a two-hour walking tour of Woodstock and Blenheim Park, followed by tea and scones at The Feathers Hotel.
The town of Woodstock has a rich royal history of at least 1,000 years. Post Norman Conquest it became a royal borough, built at the gates of a royal park, where medieval kings came to hunt. Henry II would visit Woodstock to meet his
mistress, Rosamund Clifford; the Black Prince was born in the town; and Elizabeth I was imprisoned in the royal palace by her sister, Mary Tudor. In 1703, the manor of Woodstock was given to John, Duke of Marlborough, victor at the battle of Blenheim, by Queen Anne. Sir John Vanbrugh designed Blenheim Palace amid 2000 acres of
formal gardens and parkland. The palace is still home to the Marlborough family and renowned as the birthplace of Sir Winston Churchill.
Alastair Lack worked for the BBC World Service for nearly 30 years and was head of
English programmes. He also worked in television and at Radio 4.