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    You can't beat London's museums for a culture fix. So unleash your inner Brian Sewell and check out these must-see Spring exhibitions - featuring Grayson Perry, Hockney and, um, Arnie's Terminator suit.

  • Up close and personal

    Know much about artist John Piper? We didn't either, but having seen the new the permanent new exhibition of the Henley-based polymath at The River & Rowing Museum in Henley we're now decided fans. See what the fuss is about here.

  • Storms, War and Shipwrecks

    The Ashmolean's Summer exhibition is an underwater triumph, a 200-strong exhibition focuses on objects rescued from the bottom of the sea around Sicily, including pieces from an incredible 'flat pack' church and bronze battering rams once mounted on the prows of Roman warships.

  • The Muddy Guide: What’s On Thurs 17 – Weds 23 March

    Loads on this week around Bucks and Oxon – it really feels like the fun is cranking up for Spring. Out you go and have some fun! Austen’s Women, Arts at the Old Fire Station, Fri 18 March Mr Darcy! A sell-out Edinburgh Festival hit, this play takes 13 of Jane Austen’s heroines in this […]

  • Up the highest tower in Oxford. Fancy a look?

    Went into Oxford last Monday to take my kids to the Andy Warhol exhibition at The Ashmolean Museum – because those bratlets will be cultured, goddamit. But I entirely forgot that all the museums are closed on a Monday (even in half term which seem a bit daft). Cue some quick thinking and a change […]

  • KIDS: River & Rowing and a fab lunchy

      You can always rely on the River & Rowing Museum to provide gloriously silly fancy dress with their holiday activity program. Having elbowed several children out the way to get at the goods (don’t get sniffy, at least one of them was mine) , I threw on this polyester gold lame number. This little […]

  • Last weekend for Geek is Good!

    Ooopsy. Well, better late than never. I visited the Museum of the History of Science in Oxford a couple of months back now to review the Geek is Good exhibition for the Ali Jones radio show, and then promptly forgot to put it on the blog. Now it’s the last weekend of the exhibition so […]

  • Summer Funtime at the River & Rowing Museum

    Ah, doesn’t it look peaceful? This was the lovely neat, quiet room in Henley’s River & Rowing Museum before any children got into it. Let me say straight away that this Summer Funtime with Mr Toad exhibition is not quiet. Car horns beep, there’s a musical station to the front of the picture above with […]

  • Discovering Tutankhamun

    Tis no secret that I love The Ashmolean, its lovely classic facade on Beaumont St and all that smooth white and glass and light on the inside, with an extraordinary collection of riches from around the world. The Ashmolean’s central exhibitions have been getting great press – its recent Cezanne and the Modern was gushed […]

  • What’s the Chiltern Open Air Museum like?

    …. Much better than it sounds, in fact! If you’re like me, you’ll hear the words ‘outdoor museum’ and I instinctively reach for the hipflask, but I have to say that the Chiltern Open Air Musuem (COAM, because it’s too long to write again) was a really fun day out for the kids, and happy […]

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