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The Muddy Guide 14 – 20 March 2014

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Seriously, how the hell are we already in mid-March? Anyway, the sun is out, Spring has sprung and there are loads of fun things to do this week. Huzzah!

Legoland reopens, from Fri 14 March

LLWR Opening Weekend[8]
Praise be! One of the few family activities that keeps all Muddy children happy at once, hte plastic paradise opens its doors for the first time today (Friday). Even better, there’s a new area Pirate Shores opening with a log flume and, like, everything! And if you visit this weekend (15/16 March) you can meet Emmet and Wyldstyle from The LEGO® Movie between 10am-11am. Really, life doesn’t get much better than that.

LiveFriday, Wisdom, Wonders and Widgets, Ashmolean Museum, Fri 14 Marchashmolean at night
The fabulous (and free) LiveFriday  returns to the Ashmolean today (Friday) in a special collaboration with Oxford Brookes University to launch its 150th anniversary celebrations. Wisdom, Wonders and Widgets brings together an eclectic mix of music, drama, demostrations, drinkies on the top floor and a fun vibe in this after hours party at the museum. If you can’t make it this time, there are another two LiveFridays scheduled for this year, in June and Oct. Worth checking out if you find yourself near the Ashmolean between 7pm – 10.30pm.

Full programme

Wow! How?, University Museum of Natural History, Oxford, Sat 15 March

scientist with lab stuff
It’s back after a year off! Wow! How? is a chance to make, test, explore, and explode with excitement (it says here) at the annual bonanza of experiments and hands-on fun. And if the weather holds, you can go and throw a frisby in the park around the corner afterwards. Bonza!

Everyone welcome, recommended for 8+. 10am – 4pm. 

Country Living fair, Islington Business Centre, London N1, Weds 19 – Sun 23 March


Interiors inspiration a plenty at this massively popular fair in Islington. It seems to get bigger every year and for 2014 offers talks and demos, book signings, workshops and 30 minute lessons in Mandarin (well, it wouldn’t surprise me). I have 3 pairs of tickets worth £32 each to give away – first come first served! Email me at and if you win I’ll get back in touch!

Young and Strange, The Magic, Comedy and Illusion Show, Cornerstone Theatre, Didcot, Sat 15 March

Good quality magic acts are always a joy to take kids too – the thrill on their faces is quite something isn’t it? This illusion show by the brilliantly monikered Young and Strange is aimed squarely at kids 8+ and their families. The guys  have form, both being members of the Magic Circle and having appeared on Penn and Teller’s Fool Us. Should be fun.

 7pm. £14.50, £13 (concs), £45 (family ticket). Ages 8+ and adults. Tickets

Gisele, Russian State Ballet of Siberia, Aylesbury Waterside Theatre, Mon 17 – Wed 19 March 

The Russian State Ballet of Siberia are one of the world’s top companies, and the Waterside is one of my favourite theatres. Throw in some men in unfeasibly close-fitting tights and really, what’s not to like?

Tickets. £16.90 – £40.40

… or Rambert, New Theatre, Oxford, 19 – 20 March

Meanwhile over at New Theatre Oxford, the UK’s Rambert dance company offers the polar opposite of pirouettes and pas de deux, and gets with the funk  by bringing Christopher Bruce’s snake-hipped Rooster back to the stage for the first time in 13 years, to the background of Rolling Stones hits.

Tickets. £11.90 – £30.90

Sunshine on Leith, Wantage Cinema, Civic Hall, Fri 21 March

Another great cinema pop up, this time in Wantage. This is the second outing for this local government initiative and by all accounts it’s been a great success so far. If you’re local to the area and want to catch well-regarded UK film Sunshine on Leith starring Jason Flemying and Peter Mullan in the Civic Hall and save a couple of quid on the cinema (tickets are £6, or £2 on the Saturday morning for kids to see Turbo), here’s your chance.


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