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The Muddy Guide 22-29 March

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Fame, Aylesbury Waterside Theatre, Mon 24- Sat 29 Mar
Oh my days, this is going to be so much fun! Fame the musical arrives in its legwarmers and gold headband at Aylesbury Waterside this week and if you have an ounce of irony, nostalgia or love of the musical you’ll be there. But just be award, as Lydia rightly points out, Fame costs. (Um, £12.90 – £41.40 since you’re asking).

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Bucks Bake Off, The Potting Shed, Askett, Sat 22 Mar

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I’m counting on you lot to provide me with loads of cakes and biscuits to scoff today in the Bucks Bake Off (all in the name of quality judging of course). Just turn up with your incredible biscuits, cupcakes, celebration cake tomorrow at 3.30pm. Basically I then eat the lot, though apparently BBC Sports presenter and fellow judge Mike Bushell is a bit of a pig too, so it could be a bit of a bun fight. Boom boom!

Entries from 3.30pm. Prize Ceremony at 5.45pm. Entry costs (which all go to Sport Relief) are £5 per adult entry per category, £3 per child entry per category

Oxford Literary Festival, 22 – 30 March

The OLF is becoming one of the big literary festivals and with venues like the Sheldonian and Woodstock it offers something few rivals can match. The list of authors, workshops and talks is frankly massive, but the big name authors are here in spades. Check out the programme here and start booking.

Waddesdon Manor reopens, Waddesdon, Bucks, Weds 26 Mar

My fave NT venue is opening properly for Spring/Summer from next Wednesday, having  been ticking by on weekends since late last year. Don’t get caught out though, the Manor is only open Wednesday – Sunday, and remains closed on Mondays (except for bank holidays) and Tuesdays. I can’t tell you the number of times over the years I’ve forgotten that little nugget of info and have stood at the gates on a Monday morning trying to think of an alternative plan with kids hanging off my shins. But there, you’re smarter than me!

Art on the Hill, Brill, mid Bucks, Sat 22 Mar – Sun 23 Mar

A little local art festival in aid of the local school, this gem always seems to pull in people far and wide, not least because Brill itself is such a pretty hilltop village with a famous windmill and a decent gastropub. Kids can try claymaking, comic illustration, felt workshops, meet author Steve Cole (who’s been announced as the new writer of the James Bond books), paint a bird box, you name it, and if you’re artistically inclined yourself, there are some adult activities too.


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