The Muddy Guide
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It wasn’t easy finding you entertainment this week. It’s been a slow start to the year socially it seems, with the local villages and towns yawning into the New Year, events few and ponderous. Even so, I hope these will interest you until the fun really kicks back in at the beginning of February.
Waterperry Gardens open weekend, Waterperry, Oxfordshire, 19-20 January.
Wrap up warm, shake your fist at the snow and head on out to the lovely Waterperry Gardens for a bracing winter walk. There are free tours of the nurseries, orchards and gardens, plus the RSPB will be offering free talks. If you spend £30 or more in the Garden Shop or Gift Barn, you’ll also get a free bird box for your trouble.
Tour times at 11am, 12.30pm and 2pm each day. Waterperry Gardens, Nr Wheatley, Oxfordhire OX33 1JZ. Tel: 01844 339254. www.waterperrygardens.co.uk
Django Unchained, general release, from 18 January
I’ve never been a massive QT fan – too much yakking, not enough momentum for my tastes – but his western Django Unchained has been a massive critical hit, winning a Golden Globe for Best Screenplay and up for Best Picture at the Oscars. Unsurprisingly Tarantino has pulled together a strong cast, with Jamie Foxx playing the freed slave Django who takes violent revenge on the plantation owner (Leonardo Dicaprio) who’s bought his wife. Go judge for yourself if Tarantino has found himself a real live plot when it opens on Friday.
Flushbunking Mr Fox, Roald Dahl Museum, Great Missenden. 19 January
Are your kids driving you up the wall, over the fence and towards the nearest boozer? Resist the temptation and take them forthwith to the Roald Dahl museum. Here they can concentrate on making a Fantastic Mr Fox with moving legs so he can run away from Boggis, Bunce and Bean, leaving you to rock gently in the corner.
01494 892192, www.roalddahlmuseum.org.
The Woman in Black, Aylesbury Waterside Theatre. From 21-23 January
Slim pickings for theatre this month, unless you have a searing wish to see Robbie Williams tributes (is that really the JK starring in it?) or Rat Pack-style evenings. However, I reckon The Woman in Black will be great fun if you’re the type who likes being scared out of your wits. I categorically do not enjoy fear so you’ll have to tell me what it’s like!
Tickets £10-32. Buy them here
And… action! Science Live, Oxford. 19 January
Pah, who needs the Golden Globes or Oscars when you can make your own celluloid masterpieces? Kids 8-11 can have a go at making their own moving pictures at this brilliant, family-friendly science space in central Oxford. Booking essential for sessions at 11am or 2.30pm. If you have younger kids, they’ll happily dash around the soft play and younger science area for the hour or so you’re waiting for your mini Hitchcock to reappear.
Per person £35, per family group (up to 5 people) £16. www.scienceoxford.com