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Plenty going on to upgrade your downtime as always. Happy days!

Shaun The Sheep sportsday  ‘ChampionSheeps’ at Whipsnade Zoo, 2-10 June

Haven’t organised anything to amuse the kids in half term week yet? Join the club. However, this is my secret weapon. The main lawn of Whipsnade will be turned into a farmyard filled with sporting challenges for the whole family, including welly throwing, egg and spoon, hula hooping, aerobics and line dancing. The kids will have a ball, and you have to admit it – don’t you want to know if you can still do the hula?
Championsheeps LIVE! is included in the cost of admission to the Zoo. ZSL members go free.

English Music Festival, Dorchester Abbey, Dorchester on Thames, 1-5 June

Britten or Vaughan Williams? Elgar or Delius? These are no doubt questions you ponder daily, but now you can make up your mind once and for all at the fifth English Music Festival, a celebration of… well, I won’t tax your intelligence. Dorchester Abbey is absolutely knock-out, as is Dorchester itself in South Oxfordshire (some nice pubs for dinner – just stroll down the high street and take your pick) while the other main venue is Radley College in Radley which looks more country estate than school. BBC Concert Orchestra and the Chamber Ensemble of London are among those taking part.

Crazy Golf on Selfridges roof top, Oxford St, 1 June – 2 September

These sensible young men are in charge of designing the golf course

You read it right people! As part of its Big British Bang celebrations Selfridges is re-opening its legendary roof tomorrow for the craziest crazy golf you’ve ever seen. ‘Food architects’ Bombass & Parr have created a 9 hole course course in the shape of a gargantuan giant cake display, with landmarks like Buckingham Palace and St Paul’s Cathedral clad in fondant and piped icing, cake stand bunkers and sugary waterfalls. There’s also a new 100% organic Daylesford Cafe on the rooftop to provide the highest teas in Oxford St if your exertions prove too much. Bonkers and brilliant.
To book a round of crazy golf, go to, or head to the express lift in the Fragrance Hall.

Michelle Pfeiffer in Tim Burton’s ‘Dark Shadows’, on general release

This woman is 54. Just. Not. Fair.

Here’s a blast from the past. Michelle Pfeiffer has popped up in the latest Tim Burton film Dark Shadows. I always thought she was incredibly beautiful in my teens and now here she appears as a haughty descendent of Johnny Depp’s Dracula, looking unbelievably youthful and lithe and 20 years younger than her years. Madonna, my dear, you’ll just have to try harder.

Sunningwell Festival, Sunningwell, Oxfordshire 1-10 June 2012

Grown men wearing knee bells. Oh hell, it’s the Morris Dancers!

The biannual Sunningwell Festival takes place in the centre of the little village of Sunningwell, only 5 miles from Oxford during half-term week. I should caveat this and say haven’t been to it before but it sounds like typical kid-friendly small festival offering (parents – grab with both hands!). Opera, pop/rock, theatre, choral and instrumental concerts, plus  Morris Dancing, art exhibitions, mini iron man competitions and even a dog show.  A very British mash-up of culture and eccentricity. Love it!

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