Release the Muddy newshounds! If it’s cool, stylish, fun and local, we are ON IT. Here’s a speedy heads-up on what you need to know about this week…
An amazing tennis jolly at Stoke Park (you cannot be serious? Oh, we can)
The Boodles, Stoke Park’s annual Wimbledon warm-up spectacular, takes place 27 June to 1 July. There you can watch the biggest names in the sport play in an intimate 2,000-seater stadium, while you drink champagne and bask in the sunshine (hopefully). YES PLEASE! Tickets start at £69 and are on sale now.
Book now for Oxford Literary Festival
Big names galore have been announced for the Oxford Literary Festival which runs 25 March – 2 April, so get those tickets booked pronto. Among the 250 events are appearances from Nigella Lawson, Alexandra Shulman, Jeremy Paxman, Hilary Mantel and Jessica Ennis-Hill, Olympian turned children’s author.
Chesham goes pop (up)
Oh, how we love a pop-up restaurant at Muddy. Chesham gets an injection of East London foodie cool with the arrival of the Grand Union Dining Den pop-up (£30 per head) at The Little Orchard. The 25 March date, with its Middle Eastern-themed menu, is almost sold out, but they’ll be back on 29 April with a modern British feast. Hurry, fellow gluttons!
Common People’s line-up announced
The excellent Rob Da Bank-helmed music festival in Oxford’s South Park has just announced its line-up. While headliner Sean Paul is probably best left to the teenagers (unless you want to see me twerking? Hey, come back everyone!), we’ll be down the front for Rag’n’Bone Man, Wild Beasts, Saint Etienne and DJ sets by Groove Armada and Foals. It takes place 27-28 May.
In a spin in Chalfont St Giles
Let’s get physical for a moment with news of a brand new shiny fitness centre, Ride 45, in Chalfont St Giles. Opening this week, the indoor cycle studio will be offering 45 (hence the name) minute spinning classes. You don’t have to be a member (or a spinning pro), just get Lycra-ed up and drop in.
Excellent headliners for Henley Festival, 5 – 9 July
They’ve really pulled it out of the bag for the Henley Festival this summer with an impressive array of headliners now announced. The Pet Shop Boys (6 July) always put on a fabulously theatrical live show, while ’90s nostalgia and cargo pants-fans will love All Saints (9 July). Disco legend Chaka Khan belts out the hits on 7 July and – ageing drum’n’bass fans, rejoice – Goldie presents an orchestral version of his genre-defining 1995 album, Timeless, with the Heritage Orchestra, on 8 July. The festival runs 5-9 July.