The Muddy Guide 13 – 19 Dec 2013
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Christmas Mystery Day, Old Amersham, Sat 14 Dec
Don’t worry, you’re not in period costume trying to solve a murder! Christmas Mystery Day is Amersham’s latest brainwave for getting you into the town, and they’re pulling out the stops. Expect Christmas Market stalls in the Memorial Gardens, live music; mulled wine; sleigh rides pulled by English reindeer (Rudolph Yule-Smythe perhaps?); a mystery Santa Trail; roundabout rides and a huge tree decorated with giant sweets made by the children of St Mary’s Primary School. Lights are switched on at 5pm.
Christmas at Kew Garden, Richmond, 28 Nov – 4 Jan
Loving the sound of this. With the weather so mild at the mo, this is great opportunity to enjoy Kew Garden at twilight. For the first time you can see the gorgeous gardens after dark, and discover an illuminated trail through the winter landscape with a series of lighting installations created by artists from around the UK. The trail works on a timed-entry basis, and each walk takes 75 minutes, so you need to book. And please be aware that it’s only open in the latter half of the week. Don’t rock up on Tuesday night or you’ll be naffed off! More expected festive pleasures include the Christmas Village, with a Victorian carousal, vintage Santa’s grotto, plus a boutique Christmas market.
‘Wolf Hall’ and ‘Bring Up the Bodies’, Swan Theatre, Stratford-upon-Avon, until 29 March
This new dramatization of Hilary Mantel’s Man Booker Prize winning novels Wolf Hall and Bring Up the Bodies has just started, and as a massive Mantel fan I can’t wait to see it. Starring Coupling‘s Ben Miles as Thomas Cromwell (well cast and let’s face it, pretty hot too), and directed by Royal Court Associate Director Jeremy Herrin, it’s bound to head off to London before too long, so catch it while you can.
£5 – £48, Book Tickets
Panto-tastic: The Muddy Guide for Pantos
Panto season is underway (hurray! or booooo! depending on your viewpoint on such things). If you haven’t already booked yours yet, save yourself some time and effort and read my shortcut to the best local and London productions here
Forty Years of Fine Art Part II, Bohun Gallery, Heneley on Thames, until 25 Jan
Fancy a bit of culture amongst the commercial mayhem of Christmas? BOHUN Gallery showcases the last two decades of its fine artists in Forty Years Of Fine Art Part II — From 1994 with a roll call that apparently includes some of the most progressive and influential painters and sculptors of the late 20th century. Quite a claim, so go and see for yourself!
For tickets and info call 01491 576228 or click on Bohun Gallery
Haddenham Beer Festival, Haddenham, 14 Dec
The Haddenham Winterfest has become a massively popular beer festival in this vibrant Buckinghamshire village. There are 24 real ales, a variety of ciders, Christmas stalls, live music, a visit by the Mummers and probably rather a lot of bonhomie after a few hours drinking. This year everything is under one giant marquee roof to further create that rosy festival feeling. It’s not my cup of char, but you can always drop your other half at the Winterfest, and check out White Hart Studios boutique and the Tithe Barn Christmas decorations before retiring to Little Italy for coffee and cake. That sounds just the ticket.
Tickets cost £5 in advance, £6 on the doo. 12pm – 5pm, Banks Park, Banks Road, Haddenham, Bucks, HP17