Frequently asked questions

Q)  Who is this event for?

A)  The Festival is attractive to all levels of player

  • Any social bridge player who wants to try out duplicate bridge in a friendly, unpressured environment
  • Any beginner who wants to practice what they’ve learnt so far and learn more from experts who will give them special attention in the seminars and reviews to make them welcome as an integral part of the event
  • Intermediates who will use the seminars and reviews to continue their progress
  • Advanced players who want to play excellent bridge with new people

Q)  I am a very experienced player in the top league of my county competition.
Is there anything in this for me and my partner?

A)  Yes of course; you will be placed with people of your level at the first Swiss Pairs event.  Another opportunity is not to play with your partner, there are no Masterpoints at stake; but we already know of some experienced players who are bringing along improvers so that they can help them into duplicate bridge or to develop their skills

Q)  This is my first bridge gathering of this sort; will I enjoy it, without stress?

A)     We are all there to enjoy it.  There are no recognised Bridge Awards at stake.  After the first session, we will make sure you’re seated with like-minded people who suit your level of skill. You may well choose to play with friends or new friends.  You’ll also move about to meet new people.

Q)  If I come for the whole four days, what is included in the £150?


  • Five sessions of bridge and four seminars with coaching from top players.Supervised, drop-in and optional reviews of the hands played the previous day.
  • The Monday afternoon tea
  • Lunch and tea on the Café bridge day
  • The final night dinner and prizes

Q)  Is accommodation included?

A)  No.  Below there is a list of B&Bs and hotels near to St Hugh’s

Q)  What are the prizes for?


A)  Apart from prizes for winning bridge sessions we will also award prizes for things such as ‘most enthusiastic beginner’, ‘most inspiring intermediate bidder’, ‘Most considerate partner’ and so on.  They will reflect not only the bridge sessions but also the lessons from the seminars and reviews


Q)  Can I park at St Hugh’s College?


A) No Oxford City does not have lots of long term parking. The best option is to use the many park and ride areas that surround the City.  The most appropriate Park and Rides for St Hugh’s are Peartree and Water Eaton. The buses from these facilities stop near the end of St Margaret's Rd, Oxford OX2 6LE.  However for the evening session parking on the roads outside St Hugh’s becomes free.



Q)  Is St Hugh’s a pleasant environment to spend the non-bridge hours?


A)  The gardens at St Hugh’s are beautiful so if you prefer you can stay on campus rather than going into Oxford you will have very pleasant surroundings to enjoy.














List of Oxford Accommodation









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Price guide


Dianas Bed and Breakfast




Galaxie Hotel




Cotswold House Hotel




Parklands B&B




Jurys Hotel




Linton Lodge





There are many good quality AirBnB in Central Oxford


St Hugh’s College also has a few rooms


 60 - 140


Mon Jul 09 @11:00 - 15:30
Seniors Pairs
Thu Jul 19 @19:30 - 21:30
OBA Management Meeting
Mon Aug 13 @11:00 - 15:30
Seniors Pairs