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The Muddy Guide 19 – 26 June 2014

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Looking for kicks? Want to do something different? Here are this week’s curated picks to the best bits in the area. Have fun times, peeps!

Last weekend to see Cezanne, The Ashmolean Museum, Oxford


Still haven’t made it to The Ashmolean’s acclaimed Cezanne exhibition? Don’t miss it peeps, it’s sooo worth seeing, but ends this Sunday so no more procrastinating! It’s also the final weekend of the Bucks Open Studios, the massively popular local art event featuring nearly 500 artists – if you haven’t already made it along to an event near you, check out the artists and venues here.

Also coming to the end of its run (one week to go on this one)  is The Queen’s Beasts in the gardens of Blenheim Palace by Tom Hiscocks, outdoor sculptures of heraldic beasts that were presented to the Queen on her diamond jubilee. Maybe combine with a visit to the Blenheim Flower show which starts tomorrow (Friday 20 June) and goes through until Sunday. Watch out for traffic on Saturday though (or join in the fun), as it’s the Woodstock Carnival from 4pm.

Tarantino season at the Ultimate Picture Palace, Oxford, 22 June – 14 July

reservoir-dogs Make the most of the UPPs swanky new seats while your ears get a blasting of four letter words courtesy of Quentin Tarantino with this short season of his best films. All the classics are there, from Pulp Fiction to Reservoir Dogs. Also in mid-swing is Cult Screenings on the roof terrace at Malmaison Hotel. Grab a blanket, drink and a deckchair for £12.50, pray for good weather and enjoy the award-winning Philomena, showing next Wednesday from 8.30pm.

Katherine Jenkins and Elton John, Stoke Park, 28 & 29 June


Want to hear Ms Jenkins’ searing soprano or watch Elton’s wig wobble as he belts it out on the piano? They’re appearing in separate concerts at the glorious surroundings of Stoke Park for charity and tickets are still available.

Book now for Cornbury Festival

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The Festival onslaught is nearly upon us and first out of the starting blocks is the lovely Cornbury, from 4-6 July. I’ve been to this the last couple of years and had a really fab time. It’s very relaxed, family-friendly, a bit Boden/Joules-ish (which you’ll love or hate) and pretty much a banker if you’re into the whole experience. Very much aimed at Eighties folk, with a line up including Kid Creole & the Coconuts, Jools Holland with MARC ALMOND!!!, Gypsy Kings, Sophie Ellis Bextor, Simple Minds and, um, Mel C. For the ‘young folk, The Feeling and Scouting For Girls are turning up too. There’s a fairground, kids tent and all that malarkey too for your £170 weekend ticket. Have fun!

Love Fridays, Ashmolean Museum, Oxford, 27 June

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Hurrah! The supercool Live Fridays return to the Ashmolean, after-hours music, art, theatre, workshops and more, this time to the theme of ‘Love’. Tis free to enter, so if you don’t want to commit to the whole evening, just drop in between 7.30-10pm to get a taste of the fun to come.
Lord Wood’s Sculpture Weekend, Marlow Common, 20-22 June

Lord’s Wood has been host to an artistic heritage initiated by the Bloomsbury Group who used the house and its grounds as a summer retreat, and the artistic tradition continues. Open by appointment only most of the year, this  Studio Open Weekend allows the public to see fine and art and sculpture within a series of landscaped gardens. Well worth a look.

Emily Brown and the Thing, North Wall Theatre, Summertown, 21 June

event_big_238I love this kids book by Cressida Cowell, the very matter-of-fact Emily and her roving imagination, and this theatre production for 3+ years sounds fab, with original music, physical storytelling and lots of comedy brought to life by the company that brought us The Gruffalo.

Performances 11am & 2pm.
Big Night Out, ZSL Whipsnade Zoo, Sat 21 June

The annual Big Night Out sees animal talks, feeds, demonstrations, a Caribbean steel band, face paints, animal onesies and masks for kids and hog roast. Kind of like a village fete with lions attached.

£21.36 adults, £15.45 children.




 Additional research: Georgina Ellison

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