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The perfect dirty weekend

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Me on holiday. Yes, I’m often mistaken for Helena Christiensen

Greetings! It’s been a while, non? Muddy Stilettos has been resting for a couple of weeks by a swimming pool in Sardinia. It’s been a tough summer, let me tell you.

But now I’m back, I’m tanned, and as ever I’m looking for fun. So what’s new, pussycat?

Well, if you like your rock and roquefort (and a bit of festival mud to boot) I’d head down to the Harvest Festival this weekend in Kingham, Oxfordshire, near Chipping Norton. Alex James, Blur popster turned into floppy haired cheese-farmer, writer, bon viveur, father and all round good egg, is staging his first festival tomorrow (9th-12th September) on his fromage farm. Hyped as a ‘Festival with a Bite’, it’s a family friendly muso/gastro thing, with Richard Corrigan and Hugh Fearnley-Whittingstall vying with The Kooks, KT Tunstall and The Christians (remember them??!! ) – for your attention. Even Monty Don is doing a turn, talking about food provenence or something while his female fans swoon and flutter at his manly hands and Byronic broodiness.

An entirely gratuitous pic of Alex James. Phhoarrr!

Kids can watch theatre interpretations of Charlie and Lola, Fantastic Mr Fox, go to the circus, have a cookery lesson or try a clay making workshop. Or you can bung them into ’boutique babysitting’ (yes, that’s really what it’s called), slip on your glossy red Hunter boots, unpack your stuff into your yurt, tipi or luxury tent, and revel in your fragrant middle-classness.

Good for: families, gastro couples, festival fans

Bad for: fast food addicts, Trotskyists

Costs: Adult day pass £45, child day pass £12.50. Camping fees extra. Check out for more info.

Details: Call 02072927121 (between Monday to Friday 9:30am and 6.00pm). Email

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