Cool corner of Didcot (*thud*)
Like Aylesbury, Didcot is a town that raises eyebrows when you mention the word ‘cool’ (yeah I saw you do it). But I’m not kidding, if you’re yet to venture to Didcot, head straight to the theatre with its funky architecture and promise of urban culture. I’m almost growing a beard and a bun just thinking about it.
Aylesbury Waterside is my most local theatre so I’ve been there a-plenty, but last week was the first time I’d ventured to the Cornerstone Arts Centre in Didcot. I was totally blown away – not just the look of this futuristic boxy piece of concrete joy, but also the spinky spanky new Nourish cafe inside and the superbuzzy feel of the space.
There’s a very strong community feel to Cornerstone with classes, workshops, dance, book groups, comedy and lots of family theatre, and now that the café has had a facelift with a mix of smaller tables, high stools and slouchy seating through the middle.
Here was my lunch, a very rare example of health on a plate. But you know *sigh* I had to make the exception for a cafe called Nourish. Useful colour table for a food photo too, so thanks for that, Cornerstone, and ’twas delish too.
Outside the theatre there’s a lovely large courtyard dining space for those who don’t feel the arctic chill…
… and just to the right is a gorgeous little area of community herbage (no, not that kind) where you can pick what you need for free. Go put that in your right-on pipe and smoke it Queens Park and Hampstead!
If you’re heading down Didcot way this week, you can catch The Strange Case of Dr Jekyll and Mr Hyde (for kids 12+) by the brilliant Pantaloons Theatre (Thurs 27), or Something Wicked: All Hallows Walks (Sat 29- Sun 30 Oct), small group tours at dusk, where performers appear unexpectedly to share spooky stories. Plenty else besides, so check out the schedule at your leisure while you’re nursing a flat amongst South Oxfordshire’s urbane trendies, young mums and local foodies.
Nourish café, Cornerstone Theatre, 25 Station Rd, Didcot OX11 7NE. Tel: 01235 515144. cornerstonetheatre-arts.org