The Muddy Guide
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Well hello Friday! Nothing better than a the flirty ankle of the weekend to come, is there? Lots to try in the latest Muddy Guide, so loosen up the corset, sneak your hipflask, and go and have some fun.
Dickensian Christmas, Blenheim Palace, Woodstock, 9 Nov – 13 Dec
Hughendon Manor watch out, Blenheim Palace is playing its own Victorian card this Christmas, with the palace and grounds transformed into Dickensian grandeur. The grand Saloon table will be set for a Christmas feast inspired by ‘A Christmas Carol’. Grand trees in the Long Library will be decorated with lanterns and candles, along with displays of giant replica Victorian Christmas cards, and excerpts from Dickens stories within the library. Victorian carol singers will be wheeled out on weekends and this coming weekend you can also see the Living Statues of Scrooge and Marley in the Palace.
Priscilla, Queen of the Desert, Aylesbury Waterside Theatre, 18-23 Nov
Grab your fake eyelashes, and slap on three inches of make up…. meh, just a normal day at the office for me. This is an early nudge to get booking for the tour of Priscilla which shimmies up to the Waterside for a week from 18 Nov. It’s the tour direct from the West End, and it’s managed to drag none other than Jason Donovan (Especially For Us – oh come on, that’s good!) past the M25, so it will be a certain sell-out. Make your move fast.
Well, burger me!
Not one but two burger joints have popped up on the Muddy radar. Dean’s Diner, a new 50s-inspired American diner in the middle of Bicester (part of a mini-chain based in the South of England) opened last week as part of a £70m commercial development. And G’rillers in White Hart St in High Wycombe, inspired by African food, is set to open its doors in the next week. No idea what they’re like, but let’s give them the benefit of the doubt for now. Ra-ra-ra to new business!
Jacqueline Du Pre Music buildings, St Hilda’s College, Oxford, 15 Nov
Winner of the Best Jazz Act at the 2012 MOBO awards, Zoe Rahman has been described as ‘a total star’ (Independent on Sunday) and ‘formidably talented’ (Telegraph). This concert in c-promotion with the Spin Jazz Club, brings Rahman and her band to the JdP, playing music that draws on her combined English, Irish, and Bengali heritage. Sounds groovy.
8pm Tickets: £20 gallery/ £15 stalls/ £5 students.
Tickets: Oxford Playhouse 01865 305 305.www.st-hildas.ox.ac.uk/jdp
The Wedding Show ‘Hollywood Glitz’, Pinewood Hotel, 24 November
Getting married? Know someone who is? Well you’d better ding-dong all the way to the Bucks borders for this show then. Over 40 local exhibitors from the Home Counties will be gathering there, intent on making your day super-special. And best of all, it’s free!
11am – 3pm, free entry. www.ultimateweddingmagazine.co.uk
Discover Dahl’s Archives, Roald Dahl Museum, Great Missenden, Sun 10 November
Loving the sound of this for Dahl-loving kids and grown-ups. A chance to go behind the scenes at the Roald Dahl Museum’s archives, looking at Dahl’s manuscripts and letters, with Collections manager and archivist, Rachel White. For 10+.
Free for Museum visitors. 12.30pm, 1.30pm and 2.30pm.
Ballet Boyz , MK Theatre, 12 Nov
Ah yes. *Sigh*, the Ballet Boyz. What talented young men they are. I managed to admire their super dancing technique in Aylesbury earlier this year and at no time did I get sidetracked by the fact they were half naked the entire performance. Go and enjoy it for the, um, love of the dance!
Buy tickets . £17.90 – £43.40.
The Tythe Barn at Christmas, Haddenham, until 21 December
The gorgeous 15th century Tythe Barn in Haddenham, Bucks is transformed into a twinkly, misteltoey, gifty heaven, complete with alpacas (from 21 Nov), and a little makeshift cafe. Be warned that it’s chilly in the barn, so wrap up warm, get your Yuletide shopping thrills, then amble up to the picture-perfect ‘Midsomer’ duck pond and down to my lovely Muddy local cafe Little Italy for lunchie!
Wednesday to Saturday 9.30am to 5pm every week up to Saturday 21st December. www.thetythebarn.com