Bank Holiday Muddy Guide – Sun 24 & Mon 25 Aug
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Sun 24 Aug
Towersey Festival continues today and tomorrow if you’re looking for an all day event. Great children’s area by all accounts this year and they’re throwing the kitchen sink at the festival to celebrate 50 years so probably worth a go. It’s kiddie catnip at the Chiltern Open Air Museum today and tomorrow with Medieval Firepower, a two day romp through military history, where they can meet medieval gunners and soldiers and explore their camp, see amazing replica medieval cannons and weapons, see artillery displays and generally have an explosive time of it. Let’s Get Geeky family friendly drop in at The Museum of the History of Science is on this morning, a free volunteer-led handling session for geek gadget freaks. Blenheim Palace holds its 8th Blenheim Festival of Transport today and tomorrow, showing of not only classic cars, but also motorcycles, Minis and VW’s, Customs, Hot Rods and Americans, kit and sports cars, if that kind of thing floats your boat. Claytons Marlow is holding a Bar-Bados all day party, which sounds like my kind of bash – all day Carnival Party & BBQ. DJs, a steel band and rum punch, and free entry before 9pm.
Mon 25 Aug
Brilliant chance to try Longridge Activity Centre in Marlow, which is having an Open Day for its many sports on offer – just £3 per 75 minute session with a 30 minute break between sessions so you can try climbing, kayaking, canoeing, bell boats, orbs or the leap of faith (a leap from a totem pole onto a trapeze – relax, there’s a harness!). For 8+. At Waddesdon Manor, kids go free all through August and this Make a Mosaic foam coaster craft activity, inspired by the Predators and Prey, A Roman Mosaic exhibition has a suggested donation of just £2 so it’s great value.
Kiddie catnip continues today at the Chiltern Open Air Museum today with Medieval Firepower, a two day romp through military history, where they can meet medieval gunners and soldiers and explore their camp, see amazing replica medieval cannons and weapons, see artillery displays and generally have an explosive time of it. There’s a Dahlia Festival at Chenies Manor today – this manor house is only open on Wednesdays and Thursdays and Bank Holidays so if you work full time this could be your last chance to get there this summer. Don’t forget Plantasia at Kew Gardens as an option too – the festival finishes on 7 September so again this is probably one of your last opportunities to get there. Stonor Park, with its church, grand house and lovely gardens is open this afternoon from 2pm – 5pm, while Creation Theatre continues to put on Macbeth in the grounds of Lady Margaret Hall in Oxford. Don’t forget that the counties’ museums are all open on Bank Holiday Monday, so fill your boots with culture, cake and coffee as you see fit.