MON 14 - SUN 20 AUG 2017
Maidenhead Beach, Norden Farm, until Sun 27 Aug
This way to the beach. And no it doesn’t involve a motorway queue, windbreaker or an umbrella. Norden Farm’s sandpit of fun is open for business. Head to Maidenhead with the kids. They can enjoy the Hawaiian Elvis theme and fun activities while you say aloha to the Beachside cafe for a few minutes peace. It’s totes freeee and open from 10am-4pm.
Performance exhibition, Bray House Maidenhead, Sat 12 – Wed 16 Aug
Can you believe it was the Rio Olympics this time last year? We were all a bit bleary eyed staying up to watch Team GB going for gold. Beautiful Brazil, carnival spirit, caipirinha cocktails – it’s a blur, but it was a gift for photographers. Here’s your chance to see awesome images in the Performance exhibition at Bray House.
Comedy of Errors, West Wycombe Park, Weds 16 Aug
Shakespeare and classic romance are on the programme in these Bucks National Trust gardens, with Chapterhouse Theatre production this summer: of The Comedy of Errors on 16 Aug.
West Wycombe Park, West Wycombe, Bucks, nationaltrust.org.uk
We Love Eighties Night, Clayton’s Marlow, Sat 19 Aug
Grab your shoulderpads, swipe that blusher across your temples and hit the dance floor at former Muddy Award winner Clayton’s Marlow. Free before 10, or £5 from then on. 9pm-2am.
Clayton’s, Oxford Rd, Marlow, claytonsmarlow.com
Humanity: Ricky Gervais, Cambridge Corn Exchange, Mon 14 – Tue 15 Aug
The man from Slough hardly needs an introduction – the creator and star of The Office, Extras & Derek, Ricky Gervais has won three Golden Globes, two Primetime Emmy Awards and seven BAFTA’s – wowzers! He hasn’thad a stand-up tour in seven years and here’s your chance to see the funny man live.
Cambridge Corn Exchange, 2 Wheeler St, Cambridge CB2 3QB, cambridgelivetrust.co.uk
Summer Showcase, The Art Hound Gallery, Burwash, until Thurs Aug 31
The Art Hound Gallery will open its doors this Summer to showcase the works by some of the UK’s most exciting contemporary artists and the world renowned giants of modern art. With a focus on original printmaking, the showcase will feature the pioneers of Pop Art, Sir Peter Blake, Eduardo Paolozzi alongside the current up-and-coming crop of pop and urban artists and the most established – Jamie Reid, Shepard Fairey and Pure Evil. You’ll be also be able to discover the most affordable ways to own your very own Warhol, Francis Bacon, Matisse or Picasso.
The Art Hound, Unit 12, Burwash Manor, New Road, Barton, Cambridge CB23 7EY, thearthoundgallery.com
Jazz Club at The Flavel, Dartmouth, Sat 19 August
The Flavel has their very own House Band, The Martin Dale Quartet, this summer featuring Derek Nash. Those who know their jazz, will know him as a member of the Jools Holland Rhythm and Blues Orchestra since 2004 and a member of the Ronnie Scott’s Blues Explosion. Might be a good excuse to book a babysitter and breathe for a few hours!
Broomhill National Sculpture Prize, Broomhill Sculpture Gardens, Nr Barnstaple
Go for a walk in the gardens here and you never know what you’re going to find next. This incredible-looking venue is now the location of this year’s National Sculpture Prize finalists. Broomhill Art Hotel, near Barnstaple features a sculpture garden and looks a pretty awesome place to go for tea, too. Loving the concept.
Soul Circus Yoga & Wellness Festival, Elmore, near Gloucester, Fri 18 to Sun 20 Aug
Dubbed the festival for wellness wierdos by The Sunday Times, Soul Circus promises to blow your mind, body and soul, show you a good time and leave you feeling balanced and Zen-like at the end of it. Now in its second year, this summer sees rapper, singer-songwriter and Faithless lead vocalist Maxi Jazz headlining the Saturday night DJ set, and also hosting a live DJ yoga class and talk on Buddhism. Yeah, I know, yin and yang. As well as thumping tunes, there’ll be loads of yoga, too, of course – hot, rocket, acro yoga dance – you name it, Soul Circus has it. And Bamford Haybarn Spa will be there with the Pop Up Hotel dishing out wellness in the form of treatments, saunas and wood-fired hot tubs where you can chill out next to the lake with a pre-prandial bottle of Moet before dining at a supper club and then throwing some moves with your newly flexible body late into the night. Pack your Lululemon leggings and limber up, it’s good for you, you know.
Household at Lodge Park, Sherborne Estate, Mon 14 August
Show the kids a slice of 17th-century entertainment as re-enactors bring along games and technology from the 1600s and set up in England’s only surviving grandstand. And a beautiful bit of grandstand it is, created by John ‘Crump’ Dutton in 1634 as a den of gambling, banqueting and entertaining. Afterwards you can explore the estate, which this year hosted BBC Springwatch and has more wildlife than you can shake a stick at.
The Railway Children, The Marlowe Theatre, Tue 15 ‐ Sat 19
When their father mysteriously disappears with two strangers one evening, the lives of Roberta, Peter and Phyllis are turned upside down. Forced to leave the comforts of their privileged London life in exchange for a humble rural existence in the depths of the Yorkshire countryside, this fractured family soon discover new friendships and an unexpected secret that will change their lives forever. Complete with beautiful period costumes and ingenious designs, this new production of E.Nesbitt’s classic children’s story promises an uplifting theatrical experience for all ages, packed with intrigue, adventure, joy and jubilation. It is one of my all time favourites.
City Festival, Leicester, Sat 12 Aug- Monday 28 Aug
The City Festival celebrates Leicester in all its glory. Taking place over 17 fun-packed days, sites across the city centre will be filled with street entertainment, sports, culture, music, art, heritage and more.New for 2017 include a six day street festival featuring unique performances from national and international street artists; Night of Festivals South Asia and Leicester Music Trail, a range of special events showcasing the best of music and performances. Other highlights include a colourful Rickshaw Run and parade, a cosmopolitan carnival, City ride, that includes a unique pitch-side route through a Premier League football stadium and much much more.
Foolhardy Summer Circus, Wroxham Barns, Hoveton – Fri 18 & Sun 20 Aug
Returning year-after-year, this popular summer circus is full of fool-hardery – expect clowns, circus skills and general silliness. New for this year is a Custard Pie show, where a clown falls in love with a trapeze artist and will do anything to impress her, including leaping head first into a custard pie. Will love prevail? Come and find out.
Wind in the Willows, Boughton House, Kettering, Gates open 5pm, Showtime 6-8pm 15 Aug
Fun and frolics aplenty with this adaptation of the classic novel loved by children and adults alike, performed in the grounds of some of the UK and Ireland’s most beautiful open-air venues.Join Badger, Ratty, Mole and Toad for a perfect summer of adventure. What starts as a search for the best picnic spot rapidly turns into the most hilarious of escapades. With the bumptious Toad’s heart set on a shiny new motorcar and his very liberty soon at stake, will his faithful friends come to his rescue – and will he let them? Alive with music and song, this magical family show is presented in beautiful traditional costume and features a woodland parade during the interval for everyone to join in with! Adult £15 / Child £10 / Family (2 Adults & 2 Children) £44 10% discount for parties of 10 or more. Bring your own rugs or low-backed seating.
Boughton House, Kettering, Northamptonshire, Northamptonshire NN14 1BJ, chapterhouse.org
Atomic Festival, Sywell Aerodrome 19-20 August
A spectacular two-day celebration of mid-century music, dancing, fashion and style, with international bands & DJs, large covered dance floors, classic & custom car show, huge specialist vintage & retro market, Sunday morning indoor flea market, rock’n’roller rink, vintage kids zone, hot rod racing, fairground rides, Wall of Death, free dance classes and lots more. And for teh adults, teh festivities don’t end when teh sun goes down. You can dance your socks off at ATOMIC…There’ll be top DJs playing in four of the fantastic on site venues , with some unique sessions…
Atomic Festival, Sywell Aerodrome, Northants NN6 0BN, atomicfestival.co.uk
Summer Jousting Tournament, Blenheim Palace, Fri 18 – Sun 20 Aug
Charrrrgggggge! It’s the epic Jousting Tournament on the South Lawn with the ‘Knights of Arkley’ and their mighty steeds. It’s all about the traditional tilt, battle on foot with the mace and quarter staff and hamming it up to the max.
Blenheim Palace, Woodstock, Oxon, blenheimpalace.com
Much Ado About Nothing, Wadham College, Oxford, all week (now to 19 Aug)
I’ve seen a fair few interpretations of Much Ado over the years – from a 1960s hippy setting to one bizarrely featuring senior citizens Vanessa Redgrave and James Earl Jones as lead characters Beatrice and Benedick. Oxford Shakespeare Company have taken their latest production of this hilarious Shakespeare comedy to a 1943, war-struck Messina where the Italian Resistance meet Mafiosi and it sounds pure brilliance. Catch it now until mid August in the gorgeous outdoor setting of Wadham College Gardens.
Wadham College, Parks Rd, Oxford, ticketsoxford.com
Ladies Day, Bath Racecourse, Sat 19 August
OTT hats and heels on and get ready to strut your stuff at Ladies Day. Food, drink, a Best Dressed competition (win £1000) – oh and a spot of horse racing too, including a female jockey only race.
Rum Festival, Cheese & Grain, Frome, Sat 19 August
Next best thing if you’re not holidaying in South America or the Caribbean this summer? Over 40 rums, rum cocktails, Caribbean food and hot spicy music in the centre of Frome.
Face to Face: The Figurative Sculpture of Sean Henry, ends 5 Nov
Internationally recognised sculptor Sean Henry returns to Woking, the place of his birth, with a show of artwork made over the last 15 years which will be exhibited at the gallery and in outdoor locations across the centre of town. Henry’s work is highly realistic and essentially modern in its choice of subject matter, colour and materials. His figures – often anonymous men and women – have an emphatic physicality which allows room for the viewer to draw their own interpretations.
Camberley Car Show, Sat 19 Aug
The sixth, annual, Camberley Car Show will take place on the main streets in and around Camberley Town Centre with more than 200 vehicles on static display, including some very rare, unusual and specialist ‘celebrity’ examples. There will also be live music, street entertainers, characters in costume and children’s face painting. And, it’s free.
Airbourne, Eastbourne seafront, Thurs 17 – Sun 20 Aug FREE
Eastbourne’s International Airshow boasts a two mile flying display line along the seafront with military and civilian aviation display teams including the RAF Red Arrows, Typhoon and the Battle of Britain Memorial flights and more, and all for free! This year the Red Arrows will fly on Fri, Sat and Sun. Ground displays open 10.00am – 6.00pm daily, with flying from lunchtime until around 5.00pm.
Moonorooni Colourscape, Compton Verney, Sun Aug 20
For one-day only an extraordinary experience of colour and light, the Moonorooni Colourscape, comes to Compton Verney’s park. You can explore intense light, colour and space in 25 interlinked colourful inflatable chambers and encounter musical experiences during your journey. Colourscape is for visitors of all ages and promises to be an experience you will not forget.
Dinosaurs in the Wild, Hall 2, NEC, until Wed Aug 23
Travel back 67 million years and experience the greatest safari in your lifetime – with living dinosaurs! Ends next week.
Salisbury Racecourse Meetings, to 16 August
Salisbury Racecourse is one of England’s most historic racecourses, racing having taken place at the picturesque downland course since the 16th century. Salisbury stages a number of meetings during the summer months when it successfully combines high quality racing with a friendly and enjoyable day out. Facilities include bars and catering outlets, and a big screen opposite the Stands.
Summer Fun, Wiltshire Music Centre, to 18 August
Highlights include a contemporary dance intensive with award-winning Neon Dance Company and Street Theatre, where budding actors can devise a new play in two days. Young rockers will experience playing in a band at Rock It and aspiring composers and songwriters can take part in a three-day course where they’ll write new music based on a folk tale.