The Muddy Guide 30 Jan – 5 Feb
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Another week, another opportunity to throw off the January hairshirt and get out and about!
Krafty Kids, Out of the Dark, High Wycombe, Thurs 30 Jan, weekly
The brilliant Out of the Dark, part cool kids charity, part funky mid-century furniture specialists (check out their brilliant childrens range in the Muddy Boutique) are starting a FREE club for 12-15 year olds at their workshop in High Wycombe. They’ll be making ‘cool stuff, using arts, crafts and design skills’, and it’s a first come, first serve scenario. So if you have a teen who could do with being busy in a nurturing, creative environment, here it is on a plate.
Bite, Chipping Camden, 1 – 8 Feb
I mentioned this last week but it’s worth reminding you that the BITE festival starts on Saturday in Chipping Campden. It inlcudes an all-day-long free outdoor market in Chippy (on the 1st), a literary lunch with Arabella Weir, an evening with Anthony Worrall Thompson, children’s tea party, champagne dinners, family cooking masterclass, and lots more throughout the week. Check out the full programme here and plot your feasting.
Brilliant Body Art, Pitt Rivers Museum, Oxford, Sat 1 Feb
A rather odd subject for kids perhaps (watch out in case your 7 year old nips off for a rose motif in the local tatt parlour), but the Pitt Rivers does have a stupendous body art collection to admire, plus the children can make an ornament and have their faces painted. I mean, what could go wrong?!
1-4pm. No cafe, but nip down St Giles or up to North Parade for good caffeine or pub options.
Waterperry Gardens, Wheatley, free entry
Looking for an alternative walk than the squelchy mulch of a wood walk? Until 1 Feb, walking in the lovely garden and surrounding woodlands of Waterperry Gardens are free to explore. There’s a cafe, shop and garden centre on site as well, in case you also like your wanderings with central heating attached.
Bicester Village, discount jewellery event, 7 Feb
It was fun (kind of) to save in January and play at being frugal and sensible, but frankly we’re all bored of that game now. So hello, welcome and aren’t you pretty to Bicester Village and its discount galore from top jewellery brands. Amongst the bargains, there’s 20% across the board at Lalique, Folli Follie and Carat, 20% Nirvana rings and charms at Swarovski, and cupcakes and complementary bubbles galore.
National Theatre Live, Coriolanus, 30 Jan and various later dates
The enthusiasm for catching seminal London theatre shows ‘live’ via cinema has been growing steadily and now it seems as if the tinder is truly flaming. This Donmar Warehouse’s production of Coriolanus, with Tom Hiddleston (highly acclaimed in the title role) and with Mark Gatiss in sterling support, is being screened live onto cinema screens throughout Bucks & Oxon today in Aylesbury, Banbury, Bicester, Didcot, Henley, Oxford. But if you can’t make it, fear not – you can catch re-runs too in Henley and Oxford (4th Feb), Wallingford (6th) and Banbury (13th). Much easier than dashing into London and (whisper it) much cheaper!
For a full list of participating cinemas check here.
Artist Textiles: Picasso to Warhol, Fashion & Textile Museum, London, 31 Jan – 17 May
I love this idea. With the 20th century art greats now protected behind glass in the major museums, this exhibition at the Fashion & Textiles Museum in London, traces the history of 20th century art in textiles, when ordinary people were once able to engage with modern art in a personal and intimate way through their clothing and home furnishings. With over 200 rare pieces, many of which have not been on public display before, the highlights include work by Dalí (silk scarf, above), Matisse, Miró, Moore, Picasso and Andy Warhol.
Tuesday to Saturday, 11am – 6pm; Thursdays until 8pm. Closed Sunday and Monday. Tel: 0844 248 5076. £8.80 adults, £6.60 concessions, £5.50 students.
50th anniversary of Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, Roald Dahl Museum, Great Missenden, Sat 1 Feb
A whole industry has built up around Roald Dahl and this weekend marks the start of a year-long (yes, you read that right) celebration of the 50th anniversary of Charlie and the Chocolate Factory. The chocolate-decorating has sold out, but there are Charlie-themed archive tours (1.30pm, 2.30pm and 3.30pm, free with Museum entry), Writing Hut talks (11.30am, 1pm and 2pm, free with Museum entry), and a Charlie and the Chocolate Factory trail around the Museum, with chocolate treat at the end. It’s free entry for children dressed as a character from the book, but where’s the fun for adults? Go on, dare you to go as Miss Trunchball.
Call 01494 892192 to book.
Wicked, Milton Keynes Theatre, 4 Feb – 8 March
Wah-ha-ha, my pretty! The poor misunderstood witch escapes from her infamy in London for an extended stint in Milton Keynes. Tickets aren’t cheap but you can’t deny they’re much less expensive than a one way trip to Oz.
£22.50 – £75. Buy tickets
Feast, North Wall, Oxford, from 6 Feb
Current Muddy teacher’s pet North Wall in Oxford has hand-picked four stand-out shows from the 2013 Edinburgh Fringe for a fortnight (and a bit) of award-winning, critically-acclaimed performance., which they’ve parcelled up as ‘Feast’. Particularly must-see is Credible Likeable Superstar Role Model (8 Feb, 8pm), given 5 stars by both the Independent and Time Out and tackling the oh-so-pertinent problems of finding decent role models for kids in a sexualised, commodified society. More fun than I’ve made it sound!