The Muddy Guide 12 – 18 November
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I love the Old Fire Station. There’s always so much stuff going on (comedians, salsa dancing, creative storytelling) and the shop is also full of brilliantly eclectic stuff. Now a new pop-up print store has just opened here for the month, exhibiting and selling prints from up-and-coming UK designers. Some of it will be off the wall, other bits will no doubt appeal, so have a gander next time you’re in central Oxford.
40 George St, Oxford OX1 2AQ.
London Jazz Festival, various locations, until 18 November
Looking for an excuse to hit Big Smoke? (Hell yes.) The London Jazz Festival has just kicked off and it’s bigger than ever before, with dozens of venues and hundreds of artists involved – take a look here for a full venue and artist list. Grab a whisky sour and turtle neck sweater, perfect your rhythmic head nod, and off you go!
Christmas decorations at Tythe Barn, Haddenham, until 22 Dec
Haddenham’s vast 15th century Tythe Barn, just behind the postcard-perfect duck pond and church, is the venuue for a lovely Christmas decorations fair, selling everything from baubles and jewelry through to festive wreathes and artworks. Wrap up for the cold – there’s no heating – and wear some sturdy boots in case the track down to the barn is a bit muddy. If you’re planning to take (or drag) your kids along with you, there are friendly alpacas to stroke on 7-8 December and 21-22 December, Rudolph being otherwise engaged.
The Tythe Barn, Manor Farm, Church End, Haddenham, Bucks HP17 8AH. www.thetythebarn.co.uk. The Tythe Barn is open Wednesday-Saturday only, 9.30-5pm. Until 22 Dec.
The Quince Tree restaurant opens, Stonor, from 15 November
The buzz surrounding The Quince Tree in Stonor (a few miles north of Henley on Thames) has been growing ever since it opened its doors earlier this year. The business already incorporates a fantastic local produce shop, pub and cafe open seven days a week, and this week sees the official opening of its fine dining restaurant. The design looks fab and incorporates a world first – cool, retro-inspired chairs that actually look comfortable – and precedent says that the restaurant will be a whopping success. But who the hell is this Precedent guy anyway? Try it out yourself and tell us what you think.
The Quince Tree, Stonor, Oxfordshire, RG9 6HE. Tel: 01491 639039
Argo, on general release
Wondering how the hell you’re going to get your cinematic kicks after the high of Skyfall? Ah, well, it’s not as difficult as you think. I grant you, a Seventies-styled Ben Affleck is no Daniel Craig in the hottie department, but Affleck’s self-directed-and-starring film Argo has had most critics in ecstasies. Based on a bizarre CIA hostage extraction during the 1979 diplomatic crisis in Iran (sounds, er, great…), it’s actually a smart thriller that also manages its fair share of laughs. Here’s the trailer to whet your appetite.