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What’s On for Adults (Thurs 27 Oct – Weds 2 Nov)

You’ve spent days either entertaining your own children or avoiding other people’s. Like, where’s your fun? Relaxez-vouz, here’s a whole plate of grown up kicks right here.

Ghost, New Theatre, Oxford, Mon 31 Oct – Sat 5 Nov


The type of show that would see Mr Muddy put on an Olympic style sprint away from the theatre, but see ya later, I’m staying right here! If you want to see Sarah Harding from Girls Aloud chanelling Demi Moore and flinging clay around the potters wheel in erotic abandon, here’s your moment. She stars with Andy Moss (Hollyoaks) in this touring production of 1990 cinematic hit Ghost. I’m reviewing on Monday so I’ll feed back my verdict asap, or if you can’t wait to book, see you in the theatre!

Two great shows at Christchurch Picture Gallery in Oxford, until 2017


I’m a massive fan of this beautiful, underutilised gallery at the back of Christchurch College. It has a fantastic collection of Old Masters, and the gallery space itself is just exquisite, architecturally a real mix of the old and new.  Drawing in Red shows shows over 30 drawings from Michelangelo to Bernini, focusing on the technique emerging in the early 16th century of drawing with red chalk. Then there’s also Forgotten Faces: Portraits from our Storeroom (running until 20 Feb 17), an exhibition of beautiful portraits of the unknown or overlooked from centuries gone by. You’re right by Christchurch Meadows for a meander down to the river afterwards, it’s heaven.

Festive Gift Fair, Mapledurham House, Berkshire, Fri 28 – Sun 30 Oct

Mapledurham watermill, Oxfordshire. The last working watermill on the River Thames

Just over the border into Berkshire, the gorgeous Mapledurham House is named in the Doomsday Book, and the The Mill here (above) is the only one on the Thames still working and producing high-quality stone-ground flour. All weekend there’s a Festive Gift Fair in heated marquees on the front lawns, with the usual pressie options, teas, coffees, and plenty of free parking (don’t judge me, it’s the first thing my mum always asks).

Matisse: Drawing With Scissors, River & Rowing Museum, Henley, until 8 Jan 17


First David Hockney, now some bloke called Matisse has rocked up to the bijou gallery space at Henley’s lovely River & Rowing Museum. One of the 20th Century’s most influential artists, the work of Henri Matisse (1869 – 1954) is celebrated for its extraordinary richness and luminosity of colour. Matisse: Drawing with Scissors, features 35 lithographic prints of the famous cut-outs, produced in the last four years of his life, including many of his iconic images, such as The Snail and the Blue Nudes.

Museums at Night, various locations, 27-29 Oct


If you’re in London this weekend, why not check out some of the special events at the capital’s biggest attractions? The British Museum, National Gallery, Houses of Parliament, Somerset House, and Natural History Museum are all opening their doors to the culturally curious wanting to experience something new and exciting (sorry, this has gone all Reader’s Wives). Anyway, apparently there are cocktails, atmosphere and… goodness me, is that the doorbell, yes young fit plumber, I do need my pipes examined!

Artists & Makers Fair, Thame, Sat 29 Oct

Sally Evans’ events are really well established with respected artists and crafters exhibiting in droves at venues including Waddesdon Manore and Thame Town Hall. A dead cert for picking up pressies without the elbow-factor of Nov & Dec, plus free parking in the centre of town and Waitrose.

10am-4pm, free entry.

Ballet Boyz, ‘Life’., Wycombe Swan, Mon 31 Oct


Ah yes the Ballet Boyz (I must not ogle, I must not ogle…) Two new commissions by internationally acclaimed choreographers Pontus Lidberg and Javier de Frutos for you to, um ‘admire’  here. Co-produced by Sadler’s Wells in association with artsdepot,  the 10 ballet boyz perform Life. in gratifyingly few clothes.


















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