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Cool stuff to do: Thurs 12 – Weds 18 May

Looking for something different to do over the next week? Get your chops around this lot.

The Sound of Music, Aylesbury Waterside Theatre, Weds 18 – Sat 21 May


Doe your deer, vamp up your von Trapp, and dig out your leiderhosen, The Sound of Music is coming to the Aylesbury Waterside next week, starring BBC’s Over the Rainbow winner Danielle Hope. Can’t wait!


Rave and Ride World Record Attempt, Stoke Park, Bucks, Sat 14 May


OMG, this sounds incredible!! The awesome Stoke Park gym is the venue for a Guiness World Record in Rave and Ride in aid of MND Association. Anyone can rock up, pay the team fee of £45 (including a World Record Medal and World Record Holder T-shirt) and join in the 8 hour indoor charity cycling world record attempt. A large team of pro instructors are at at hand to keep you motivated. Bring your own glowsticks, hotpants and water bottle – but you’re hardened ex-clubbers, you knew that already.

Matthew Bourne’s Sleeping Beauty, Wycombe Swan, 24 – 28 May

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I’m totally bonkers for Matthew Bourne – absolutely everything I’ve seen him create has been amazing. New Adventures have revived his classic Gothic Romance to a trio of Tchaikovsky masterpieces, taking in the late Edwardian era through to the modern day. Magic, fairies, vampires and romance, and a whole lot of men in tights. Just saying.

Sleeping Beauty, tickets £28 – £41.50.

Pitt Rivers After-Hours: Pacific, Oxford, Fri 13 May

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Finally, the excuse to show off your tribal tattoos. The Pitt Rivers Museum and Museum of Natural History have an after-hours event that takes you around the Pacific (well it sure beats the UK). Make a Hawaiian feather cloak, handle objects from the collections and explore the galleries. Not quite sure why live music is provided by the Oxford Ukuleles – go along and ask them!

Pitt Rivers Museum, South Parks Rd, Oxford,

Framed! Live Friday at the Ashmolean, Fri 13 May


The final weekend of the Andy Warhol exhibition – yeah, I know, get to it – sees the return of the Ashmolean’s fab LiveFriday after-hours event, focusing on portraits across the Museum and beyond from gargoyles to pop-art, self-portraits to caricatures and face-swaps to selfies. You can dance around your handbag at the Warhol Factory Party with DJs from the Decadent Times, there are expert talks (if you can be bothered), hands-on activities and a  whole lot of liquid possibitiies at the Ashmolean Dining Rooms. Should be a good night.

Ashmolean, Beaumont St, Oxford,

Ferret Madness  Millets Falconry Centre, Sat 14 – Sun 15 May


I’m including this just based on the title – doesn’t everyone deserves a bit of Ferret Madness in their lives? This family-friendly event includes ferret racing, working ferret demonstrations and care workshops.

Millets Falconry Centre, Millets Farm Centre, Frilford, Abingdon, Oxon,


Casks & Cars Weekender, The Crown, Bray, Sat 14 & Sun 15 May


Grab your dad! Two days of fine ales and a display of classic and rare sports cars (Sunday only) outside Heston’s pub The Crown on the Bucks/Berks borders. There’s a Homebrewer’s Competition too – beers to be bottled (plastic or glass), no larger than 500ml (two samples per entrant), and the winner gets a free round of all ales on show at the festival. That’s up to 8 pints, people!

Meadow – Old Saw, The North Wall, Oxford, Sun 14 May

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The North Wall does a great line in children’s theatre, and this production has great credentials, created by Little Angel theatre associate artist Greta Clough. Recommended for ages 3+ with handcrafted puppets and an original score, it tells the story of the animals and insects in the meadow and the stories that come to life.

11am & 2pm. The North Wall, South Parade, Oxford,

Artists and Makers Fair, Thame Town Hall, Sat 14 May

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Looking for somewhere to mooch this weekend? Sally Evans’ long-established Artists & Makers Fairs offer a lovely way to find hand-crafted, locally made ceramics, textiles and paintings. This one is at the lovely Thame Town Hall on Saturday.

Enchanted Museum – After Dark at the Chiltern Open Air Museum, Sat 14 May

A sweet event going as part of the national ‘Museums at Night’ experience, the Chiltern Open Air Museum opens after dark on Saturday with an Enchanted theme – think candle-light storytelling in the museum’s historic buildings, fancy dress for kids, crafts, candle making (for an extra charge) and, apparently, a unicorn.

Chiltern Open Air Museum, Chalfont St Giles, Bucks,


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